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Old 10-13-2006, 12:13 PM   #21
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JG,

believe it or not, I never read Jane Austin. I am, however, very familiar with many other European and Russian authors from 18th, beggining of 19th century.

I was surprised to see that Ayn Rand never made the list. May be that should tell me something about it.

However, "never let me go" turned out to be a very good read. Never expected to be science fiction, though.

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A few years ago The Book of the Month Club and The Library of Congress
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I'm reading Fiasco: The American Adventure in Iraq. I think it would be a worthwhile read for eveyone, particularly you vets who are concerned about how our military is being used/abused. The book does a great job of laying out the mistakes that were made. What I think will probably take decades to arrive at is a good analysis of the why's of the Cheney/Rumsfeld/Wolfowicz thinking and to a degree the why's of Paul Bremer and General Sanchez.

It does a credible job of showing how the war could have been turned around with a good occupation plan regardless whether the war itself was merited. That failure he lays on the lap of top civilian leadership - principally Rumsfeld. Of course, that is all speculation and we will never know the reality of the coulda, shouldas.
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I read a lot -- not all of it books. As editor for a number of engineering handbooks and a technical magazine, I read several dozen technical manuscripts every month. I read a dozen or more archaeology manuscripts each year doing research for my volunteer archaeology outings. I review and edit technical books for three publishers (which amounts to only 2 or three books a year). I typically read a few dozen fiction titles a year with a handful of non-fiction (usually history). The fiction tends to be light and entertaining. Here's the embarrassing thing. I almost never remember titles or authors of the fiction. I can be in the middle of a book I am enjoying and not be able to tell you the author or the title without closing the book and looking at the cover. On my trip last weekend to Los Angeles I read a book that is part of a detective series. I've read 3 or 4 books from the series and enjoyed this book. I can tell you the main character is Hieronymus Bosch (the same name as the Dutch painter) and describe the plot, but since I never remember authors or titles and I've already returned the book to the library, I can't give you the book details.

I'm actually in the middle of another book right now that is about a forensic anthropologist. It's pretty good, but I couldn't tell you who wrote it or what the title is. The next time I go to the library and start browsing for books to check out, I will see names and titles that are familiar and remember whether I've read the books or not. I might even look for other books by the same authors then.

I do know that I have "The World is Flat" by Thomas Friedman on deck. I can tell you that because it is sitting on the desk in front of me.

When I was a researcher and individual contributor I really needed to remember where research ideas came from. It was easy for me to recall important research conclusions but not the articles they came from. I used to take notes that consisted of nothing but the citation and 1 or 2 hand sketched figures or tables that came from the article. Maybe I should do that with the books I read now.
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Ah, reading, one of my favorite activities!

I just finished "The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill" by Ron Suskind. Very interesting account of O'Neill's stint as US Treasury Secretary in first Bush administration.

"Straight Man" by Richard Russo, a wonderful writer. About academic politics in a small midwestern college and the midlife meltdown of a professor. Very very funny! Especially if you happen to know something about academia.

"The Ice Queen" by Alice Hoffman, a lovely writer of magical fiction.

"8 Weeks to Vibrant Health" by Hyla Cass, MD. Lots of good stuff in there.

And now I am returning to "Snow" by Orhan Pamuk. Didn't finish it before, but since he just won the Nobel prize for literature I want to see what I missed.

Also, not to disparage Ayn Rand in any way, I think she's a great writer. But I read Atlas Shrugged several times in high school.
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I just finished "The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill" by Ron Suskind. Very interesting account of O'Neill's stint as US Treasury Secretary in first Bush administration.
I have Paul O'Neill's book on my list to read, but haven't gotten around to it. Have you read it as well? Would you recommend this one instead?
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I love to read, too. I read a lot of paperback fiction in my teen years as an escape from our boring family life: Catcher in the Rye, Valley of the Dolls, The Godfather, The Lord of the Rings, The Carpetbaggers, Catch-22, The Day of the Jackal, Barbara Cartland and Mills & Boon love stories, some Mark Twain works, Stephen King's horror stories, etc.

I have read only one book by Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice. That was just summer of last year, and I fell in love with her writing so I ordered a set of her books in cheap hardcover.

I would like to have the time in the future to read some works by Shakespeare. The only one I kind of read was The Merchant of Venice for high school when I was 13 or 14 and the words did'nt make sense to me and my classmates, so we bought the comic book version.

I read Atlas Shrugged when I was about 17. I can't remember much about it. I have The Fountainhead on loan from a friend. I also have Waiting by Ha Jin received as a gift, and that's what it's been doing, waiting to be read for the last four years or so. I want to finish reading A Brief History of Time and The Big Bang. I would also like to read more books by Ken Wilber.

I tried reading The World is Flat but I couldn't connect with it, so I will put it off.

I recently read The Number by Lee Eisenberg, and I was entertained. Even more recently, I read Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking and was in a semi-morbid mood for a couple of weeks afterwards.

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I. On my trip last weekend to Los Angeles I read a book that is part of a detective series. I've read 3 or 4 books from the series and enjoyed this book. I can tell you the main character is Hieronymus Bosch (the same name as the Dutch painter) and describe the plot, but since I never remember authors or titles and I've already returned the book to the library, I can't give you the book details.
Micheal Connelly is the author. Writes a lot of detective novels.

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I am a voracious reader and always have at least 2 books going at the same time. Right now I am reading CJ Cherryys - Downbelow Station a sci-fi book, and 102 minutes- a non fiction book about the WTC and 9/11. I am also listening to "unleashing the power of a modern god" by gregg braden (on CD's) when I drive.


BTW, For SCI-FI FANs I just finished a great book called 'Spin State' by Chris Moriarity - terrific hard Sci-fi book- I couldn't put it down and devoured it!
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All you Mississippians would like this:

Rising Tide by John Barry. Mostly about the great MS Delta flood of 1927, but actually a great historical read about the Delta and the Core of Engineers. Personalities, politics and rivalries sound almost like fiction.

The Civil War, A Narrative by Shelby Foote. It is worth the read him no matter what the topic is just to "listen" to Shelby tell the story. Clear, flowing, lyrical prose.
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I can be in the middle of a book I am enjoying and not be able to tell you the author or the title without closing the book and looking at the cover. On my trip last weekend to Los Angeles I read a book that is part of a detective series. I've read 3 or 4 books from the series and enjoyed this book. I can tell you the main character is Hieronymus Bosch (the same name as the Dutch painter) and describe the plot, but since I never remember authors or titles ....
That would be by MIchael Connelly. I just finished "The Last Coyote", one of the Bosch series, & liked it. That was the first I've read, but not the last.

If you want something funny definitly read anything by Carl Hiassen; he comes up with outrageous characters & plots, & really does write well. You may have seen Bert Reynolds as a lecherous congressman in "Striptease" adapted from his book. Most of his plots take place in South Florida, & usually involves corrupt local politics & issues like the environmental destruction by development - but they're all funny.
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Micheal Connelly is the author. Writes a lot of detective novels.

That sounds right. Now . . . do you know the title of the book that deals with an ex-FBI guy who is a serial killer burrying his victims on Zzyzx Road?
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Fortune's Formula by Wm. Poundstone

It's about the untold story of a scientific betting system that beat the casinos and Wall street.
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I'm jumping back and forth between four books right now:

The Afghan Campaign - about Alexander the Greatís invasion of the Afghan kingdoms in 330 B.C.

Calculus for Dummies - for when Dad has to help with homework. Trust me, with a liberal arts education under my belt this book is appropriately named. (How did I and the Princess, an artist, wind up with two science/math geeks?)

The Daily Bible - it's an ER goal to read the guiding works of the major religions.

re-reading Flags of our Fathers - before I go see the movie.

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That sounds right. Now . . . do you know the title of the book that deals with an ex-FBI guy who is a serial killer burrying his victims on Zzyzx Road?
I love Connelly's work. The one you're referring to is also a Bosch novel, called The Narrows. It was good, but if I remember correctly the ending struck me as being a little improbable. Of course I tend to see more of the BS in detective novels than most, but I will read them if the characters are well-developed and enjoyable. Connelly does a marvelous job with Bosch, and the main character in a recent non-Bosch novel, The Lincoln Lawyer.

If you like Connely's Bosch, you would probably also enjoy James Lee Burke's character Dave Robichaux.
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. . . I love Connelly's work. The one you're referring to is also a Bosch novel, called The Narrows. It was good, but if I remember correctly the ending struck me as being a little improbable. Of course I tend to see more of the BS in detective novels than most, but I will read them if the characters are well-developed and enjoyable. Connelly does a marvelous job with Bosch, and the main character in a recent non-Bosch novel, The Lincoln Lawyer.

If you like Connely's Bosch, you would probably also enjoy James Lee Burke's character Dave Robichaux.
That's it. This is great. The next time someone asks me about a book I've read, I'll just come to this board and find out the author and title.

I actually think the Bosch character is not consistent across the 3 or 4 of these stories I've read. I don't like the guy in some of them and find him okay in others. Most detective stories have some amount of improbable story development. If that stuff comes too early in the book, I don't enjoy it. As long as they can hold it off until I'm hooked, I can deal with it. The Bosch stories always have some improbable romantic aspect. Some young woman is going to sleep with this guy even though he exhibits limited to no redeaming features. Yeah . . . I believe that.
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Some young woman is going to sleep with this guy even though he exhibits limited to no redeaming features. Yeah . . . I believe that.
Happened to me. More than once.

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How did I and the Princess, an artist, wind up with two science/math geeks?
Teenage rebellion can get pretty ugly.

Better not tell them where you went to college or they'll try to upstage you there, too...
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I actually think the Bosch character is not consistent across the 3 or 4 of these stories I've read.
You're right. I felt the same way, and looking back I think it was during the time that Connelly was having hits with some non-Bosch stuff (the profiler - bloodwork?). But, I recently read the new Bosch book (Echo Park) and The Lincoln Lawyer and thought Connelly was getting back to where he was when I first started reading him.

The credibility of detective/cop novels, movies and TV shows is more of a sticking point with me. I remember when Training Day came out being totally pissed because it was so unbelievable. But, after some co-workers and I discussed it we concluded that if you took every nightmare incident that took place in our field in a couple of years and compacted it into one day, one city, one police department and then had it all happen to one guy, and then exaggerate some things to make it exciting - Then, yes, it was credible. Other than that, it was complete BS. An action packed movie, but total BS.

But that's how a lot of this genre works. If you showed how it really was, nobody would be interested. It is the career often described as hours of boredom punctuated by a few seconds of sheer terror and excitement.

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Well, actually.....(as Ms. Lou Ann Povey would say). I'll say this. The first day in the police academy they told us something along these lines. "That badge will get you all the women you want. But you better be careful about how you choose. Because it only takes one woman to get that badge taken away from you." Most guys burn out through their "how many chicks can I get this week" stage before turning 30, but if you want to be a sexy stud muffin it will work well into your 40's or 50's. The lesson most of us learned is that a lot of them were nice women just looking for an adventure - some were looking for a husband with a good job - and then there were the occasional pyscho. After one or two of those experiences most of us stopped looking to hook up at work and I remember being on a couple of third dates when I was asked "just what do you do for a living?"
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Here's the embarrassing thing. I almost never remember titles or authors of the fiction. I can be in the middle of a book I am enjoying and not be able to tell you the author or the title without closing the book and looking at the cover.
I have the same problem. I can never remember the authors and titles so I have a hard time remembering who I read to get new titles when they come out. Now I just watch the reviews and cut out the ones that interest me -- order them from the library.
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I've been reading Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael mysteries about a 12th-century retired crusader turned monk who solves crimes. Easy reading, but I love Cadfael.

Real historical events and places are included, which sends me off to the internet to learn more. I'm now planning to spend some time in Shropshire & Wales when we go to England in spring 2008 (current plan).
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"The Mission Song" by John Le Carre. Le Carre is fascinated by Africa, or at least "The Constant Gardner and The Mission Song" seem to indicate so. This latest one is about Bruno Salvador, a Congolese interperter, who is fluent is several languages, including some I never heard of. He's drawn into a big meeting of African hotshots and he's not to let them know he can speak so many languages. This allows him to overhear stuff and well, the plot goes on from there. Apparently the meeting is about installing a new government in the Congo which will be beneficial to "the people." Sound familiar? I like almost anything Mr. Le Carre" writes, as I think his timing and dialogue are superb.

http://www.amazon.com/Mission-Song-N.../dp/0316016748

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