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Old 05-27-2009, 06:22 AM   #166
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just finished


very good read


might start working on this next
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:59 AM   #167
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I'm just finishing this up rigth now as well. About 30 pages left. My reading time is way too scarce at the moment - with basketball on every night, the only time I ever have for reading is an hour lunch break at work. I almost can't wait for the playoffs to end. lol

Fantastic concept though, and I already love Kurt's style (this is the first of his I read). Really fast read that I could definitely see myself going through again after I finish.
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:42 AM   #168
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:34 AM   #169
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:17 AM   #170
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I bought one of these recently: http://www.amazon.com/Sony-PRS-505-P.../dp/B000WPXQ2M

and I am loving life. I got rid of all of my old books (ebayed or donated) and now I have probably a decade's worth of e-books ready to go. Right now I'm reading The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. Classic Private eye stuff. Real good...
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Old 06-03-2009, 12:13 PM   #171
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I'm about a third of the way through, 125 pages or so, with World War Z. Not a bad light summer fiction read all things considered. It's written in an odd journalistic style. It's all short recollections from survivors of various fronts of the zombie apocalypse. Entries from all over the world. So rather than a straight narative of what happened, you get this more mosiac look at it, with information on the hows and whys coming in drips and drabs through these crazy stories.

It's not Hemingway, but it's a nice light fictional read if you're into sci-fi horror. And since each story is no more than five or six pages, you can really pick it up and put it down. Great for the beach, the bathroom, or reading during commercials while watching basketball or baseball.
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Old 06-03-2009, 04:19 PM   #172
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I'm about a third of the way through, 125 pages or so, with World War Z. Not a bad light summer fiction read all things considered.

I read about a third of that book, and I agree with your assessment. I got a bit bored with the lack of action though, so I moved on. (one of the disadvantages of my Sony E-reader is that I have so much available to read...it gives me reading ADD.)

The writer's knowledge of world culture and politics is quite impressive. I kept thinking that World War Z would've been good as a "story bible" for a TV show or movie trilogy or something.
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Old 06-03-2009, 04:21 PM   #173
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the newspaper

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Old 06-03-2009, 04:27 PM   #174
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Old 06-03-2009, 04:35 PM   #175
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The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico by Bernal Diaz Del Castillo. It's by a soldier who worked for Cortez and who was one of the first Europeans to explore Mexico and Central America, and unlike a lot of books by and about the conquistadors, it doesn't depict the natives as savages or as people who are just dying to let God into their hearts. It's really well written, too, with normal language instead of that thou thy art Shakespeare **** that you find in a lot of books written before the 1800s.

I'm also about to start reading Platform by Michel Houellebecq. A friend gave it to me last week and said it's good, so even though I don't know much about it, I'll probably give it a shot the next time I take the train or have a long trip on the metro.

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Old 06-03-2009, 05:13 PM   #176
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the soft machine - william burroughs
the revolution of everyday life- raoul vaneigem
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Old 06-03-2009, 05:29 PM   #177
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I read about a third of that book, and I agree with your assessment. I got a bit bored with the lack of action though, so I moved on. (one of the disadvantages of my Sony E-reader is that I have so much available to read...it gives me reading ADD.)

The writer's knowledge of world culture and politics is quite impressive. I kept thinking that World War Z would've been good as a "story bible" for a TV show or movie trilogy or something.


I keep thinking the same thing. I just finished the section about the Battle of Yonkers, and it's like the guy must be a military armory expert. Then in another section he seems like an expert on the Indian Pakistan border relations. I'm sure he didn't know all this, it's just been well researched and well written to make it sound really knowledgeable. And in the end, it's only five or six pages a pop worth of research per section, so it's not like you'd have to try that hard in any one section. A passing knowledge of the topic, or a quick encyclopedia reference, written well enough would more than suffice. But the overall effect once you've gone through a bunch of section is that it's this huge compendium of world knowledge.

It is in fact in development to become a film. It could make for a good flick.
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:33 PM   #178
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:36 PM   #180
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I'm about a third of the way through, 125 pages or so, with World War Z. Not a bad light summer fiction read all things considered. It's written in an odd journalistic style. It's all short recollections from survivors of various fronts of the zombie apocalypse. Entries from all over the world. So rather than a straight narative of what happened, you get this more mosiac look at it, with information on the hows and whys coming in drips and drabs through these crazy stories.

It's not Hemingway, but it's a nice light fictional read if you're into sci-fi horror. And since each story is no more than five or six pages, you can really pick it up and put it down. Great for the beach, the bathroom, or reading during commercials while watching basketball or baseball.
Sounds like a good read. I'm not big into sci-fi type books, but this sounds interesting. thanks
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