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 Post subject: Re: What's Currently on Your Nightstand?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:55 pm 
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chuck palahniuk "snuff" (author of fight club) a strange dark tale of a washed up porn stars attempt to break the a world record for participants in a porn movie. he sets most of the book exploring the different characters lives as they wait their turn in the green room to be called to "perform" .weird but compelling read.

tim sandlin" *** & sunsets" a romantic comedy about a deranged hero that hears voices in running water & his attempt to win his one true love. quirky feelgood.

read them in that order as you'll want to cleanse your mind after the first!


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 Post subject: Re: What's Currently on Your Nightstand?
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I've just finished 'First Light', the autobiography of Spitfire pilot Geoffrey Wellums. It's brilliantly told and probably gets across the adrenaline rush and sheer terror felt by young fighter pilots who fought during the Battle of Britain, better than any other book that I've read on the subject.
The teenage Geoffrey had just joined the RAF and was still being taught to fly when war was declared - he had survived two operational tours from fighter stations in Kent and flown convoy protection to relieve Malta by the time he was 22.
I had the privilege of meeting Geoffrey by accident a couple of years ago; I was talking to an elderly lady at an unrelated book launch, when she told me, 'my husband has also written a book, he flew Spitfires in the Second World War..." When I showed interest, she beckoned him over and he was as charming as you would imagine, in fact he was genuinely surprised that I would want to read about his exploits in a Spit.

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I just finished "Cahokia" by Timothy Pauketat. Cahokia is near Collinsville, IL (Home of the GIANT ketchup bottle) and is the largest Native mound in North America.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cahokia

The destruction to the mounds/villages by "modern" society, be it from plowing/farming or building the boring Interstate Highway system is deplorable.

After my trip to D.C., this is the next place I want to go.

Currently reading Fodor's Guide to Washington, D.C. and Dinner at Mr. Jefferson's. After that, it's the Paul Nelson bio by Kevin Avery.

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We've been to Cahokia. Extremely interesting.

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Just finished reading Earth - The Book recently.

Far more clever than the stuff they have on The Daily Show truth be told, as they were not stuck doing only American satire.

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I just finished "Steamboat in a Cornfield" by John Hartford. It's a "juvenile" book, mostly pictures, so it's a quick read. He wrote the book in rhyme and it's a true story.

In 1910, the steamboat Virginia ran aground in a cornfield, hung up on an Indian Mound. The photographs are astounding. Just gathering them up to put in the book must've taken ages.

I wish Hartford would've lived longer, too. I always loved the story of how he wrote "Gentle On My Mind" - he'd seen the movie Doctor Zhivago, came home & started writing and was done with the song in about 15 minutes.

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"Zone One" by Colson Whitehead. A zombie book but a good one, if you can get through the first 1/3 of the book with some pretty lousy character development. What is it they used to say about Warren? He could do more character development in a 3:50 song than most writers could do in 300 pages? That sums up this author nicely. But he finishes strong as the zombies kick into action towards the middle 1/3 of the book and the ending is strong. Overall a good read in the "zombie-lit" genre.


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I recommend "A Long Way Gone" (memoirs of a boy soldier) by Ishmael Beah. http://www.alongwaygone.com/. I couldn't put it down.


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Just finished Michael Connelly's "The Fifth Witness" - very clever ending. I like the Harry Bosch series more than the Mickey Haller (Lincoln Lawyer), but I appreciate them both.

What I thought pretty funny: "Hollywood" wants to make a movie out of the case Haller's working on. The producer tells him, "I see Matthew McConaughey in the role" meaning Haller. Why I found it funny is when they *did* make a movie of The Lincoln Lawyer (the first in the Haller series), he WAS played by McConaughey.

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Finished "Sacre Bleu," the latest Christopher Moore. I was disappointed. It deals with artists in Paris in the 19th century, an era I love and which I do know something about, so I was looking forward to it. Near the end it got better, but it probably wasn't worth slogging through the rest. Maybe it's me. Anyone else read this?

Also recently read PD James' "Death at Pemberly." Expertly written, as always, but she should have resisted the temptation. No sense of the Austen characters at all -- they just ended up seeming generic. Ironically, characters in her other books are much more distinctive. Writers should leave classic characters alone; it just never works.

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I've got the James on reserve @ the library. I'm pretty far down in the queue, # 191. I *was* 400-& something when I first requested it.

I can't recall ever having read any Austen, so it won't matter to me. Hahahahaha.

My brother loaned me a book that I've barely begun: "Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America" by Jim Webb - he's a Senator from Virginia. Joe says he's enjoyed the novels Webb's written and this history was pretty interesting, too.

I'm also reading Hardy's "A Pair of Blue Eyes" and in the car, for reading at the endless drive-through lines at the various banks my boss sends me to, "Wandering Stars" - an anthology of science fiction short stories with Jewish themes.

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I recommend "Born Fighting" to tons of people. I think it really explains a LOT about America.

You've never red any Jane Austen???? Oh my lord! Get "Pride and Prejudice" NOW. Do not pass go. Do not go to work. READ IT. I was in my mid-20s before I did, and I wasted a LOT of time. Ditto "Sense and Sensibilty."

The thing is, Austen is FUNNY. I admit it depends on my mood, but Mrs. Bennett is either annoying beyond belief or HILARIOUS. But regardless of her, "Pride and Prejudice" is THE BEST.

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I've just finished 'Stonemouth' by Iain Banks. A good story, very well told, as you would expect; just not as 'out there' as some of his best work. 'The Wasp Factory' is still the benchmark for Mr Banks, I think...

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"Chomp" by Carl Hiaasen. Yeah, it's for "young adults" but how can you pass up a book that starts off: "Mickey Cray had been out of work ever since a dead iguana fell from a palm tree and hit him on the head." ???

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 Post subject: Re: What's Currently on Your Nightstand?
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When I recently bought 'Stonemouth' by Iain Banks, there was a promotional deal where I was given a free paperback. I've just finished it and have to say it was really good.

'All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye' by Christopher Brookmyre - not an author I've come across before, but I'll certainly look out for his other books.

Basically, a down to earth Scottish housewife suddenly finds herself dragged into a James Bond-style world when her techie son (and her slightly boring husband) are kidnapped for a futuristic weapon he may, or may not, have invented... and it turns out she takes to the life of a special agent/spy far easier than expected... :)

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