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Finished Blindsight by Peter Watts last night. This is a First Contact novel set in the latter part of the 21st century.

It's well written and worth reading, although life in 2082 seems like a stretch to me, and the aliens, who are highly intelligent, highly technological, but have no language and are not self aware seem like a huge stretch.

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Just finished a James Patterson book called "The Beach House"

Probably one of the most ridiculous and absurd books ever written.

It started out well and then went over a cliff.

It was short so I decided to finish.

Terrible.

EDIT: If by chance any of you have read the book and like it, take no offense.

I'm some moron who posts on internet boards.

;-)

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Yeah. My girlfriend loves the Lee Child Books.

The character is called Jack Reacher?

I'm going to start one of those soon.

I'm reading "Drood" by Dan Simmons now.

Good time of the year to catch up on reading now that Satan has prevailed in Minnesota.

I would suggest reading the Child books in order, if not you may not see Reacher change ever so slightly [a maturing issue, I am sure] ... Child does a nice job with the characters within the stories ...

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"Siddhartha", I read that a few years back and really enjoyed it. Have you read "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho? If not, you might find it to your liking.

Trying to finish up two books at once. "Thursday Next: First Among Sequels" by Jasper FForde (he's as close as I'll come to Dougas Adams' humorous writing, R.I.P.) and "Netherland" by Joseph O'Neill; it's taking me awhile to get through this one.

Also recently purchased "Kitchen Confidential" Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly" by Anthony Bourdain. Should be a good snark-filled read; trying not to open this one up until I have wrapped up the above two.

Of what I have read so far above, I have enjoyed them all. I'm not a book critic so if I've piqued your interest you may want to pop over to Barnes and Noble or Amazon to see what they are all about.

Our daughter was reading 'The Alchemist' for one of her HS classes, I picked it up and enjoyed it as well.

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My wife just finished The Quickie by James Patterson. Also not recommended, so I won't bother to start it.

I started The Man Who Fought Alone by Stephen Donaldson, but couldn't continue after about 50 pages. Donaldson is the author of the Thomas Covenant fantasy novels and the Gap SF novels. His attempt at crime fiction didn't work for me.

After that I picked up Over Tumbled Graves by Jess Walter. This is crime fiction set in Spokane, so Corky take note. An excellent first novel. After I was well into the novel, I had to check whether "Jess" was a male or female writer, because I couldn't tell. Generally, I find female authors write character driven novels, and male writers are more plot driven. This novel is both. The copyright is 2001, so I will be searching for more work by this guy.

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Just finished a James Patterson book called "The Beach House"

Probably one of the most ridiculous and absurd books ever written.

It started out well and then went over a cliff.

It was short so I decided to finish.

Terrible.

EDIT: If by chance any of you have read the book and like it, take no offense.

I'm some moron who posts on internet boards.

;-)

I read it a bit ago when it came out, thought the same way, specially the last part of the book.

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Has anyone read the "John Corey" books by Nelson Demille, or the Pendergast Novels by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston?

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I read it a bit ago when it came out, thought the same way, specially the last part of the book.

Yes. I was rolling my eyes half of the time I was reading it.

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Has anyone read the "John Corey" books by Nelson Demille

I've read them. I don't know how many there are, but I'm thinking of something called Plum Island, and one about an Arab terrorist, and one about the Pan Am explosion over the Atlantic. She's an FBI agent, and he's an ex-NYC cop. Good reading.

Pendergast novels sounds unfamiliar.

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Yeah. I've read a couple of those as well. The first one I read was about the Pan Am bombing. I didn't realize that they were continuing characters at first.

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Has anyone read Irving's "Last Night in Twisted River?" I've been an admirer of some of his former works, and was curious if this should be picked up. I'll probably do it regardless.

Any Atwood fans? My girlfriend loves her and has been stalling on picking up her latest work, "The Year of the Flood." Any reviews or criticisms regarding it would be appreciated.

I'm currently trying to re-read most of Steinbeck's works as I'm heading to Monterey soon for an extended period of time and wanted a refresher to make the trip a little more authentic.

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I've been on a John le Carre kick lately. Just finished "Call for the Dead", one of his earliest novels recently released on paperback, it was good. I did not enjoy "A Most Wanted Man' as much.

I'm curious if anyone has read the Ann Rice novels on the life of Christ? What did you think?

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Has anyone read Irving's "Last Night in Twisted River?" I've been an admirer of some of his former works, and was curious if this should be picked up. I'll probably do it regardless.

Any Atwood fans? My girlfriend loves her and has been stalling on picking up her latest work, "The Year of the Flood." Any reviews or criticisms regarding it would be appreciated.

I'm currently trying to re-read most of Steinbeck's works as I'm heading to Monterey soon for an extended period of time and wanted a refresher to make the trip a little more authentic.

Have a couple Atwood books that I haven't gotten around to yet, including the Flood book.

Steinbeck is always great.

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I'm curious if anyone has read the Ann Rice novels on the life of Christ? What did you think?

Not helpful, but I knew my daughter had read Anne Rice at one time, so I asked her. She wrote "Anne Rice started out as a very interesting author, but as the books progressed, it became clear she has only one way of writing about things. So while I am aware that she has written about Jesus, I have not read it."

I just put down Halting State by Charles Stross. An interesting SF novel about the near future where the line between virtual reality and actual reality is blurred, and a gamer programmer is called in to solve a theft in the virtual world which is causing the stock of a gaming company to tank.

As usual with this kind of book, I find the author's take on the near future to be a little fanciful. That is, I don't think the pace of change will be as rapid as most authors think. But an otherwise entertaining novel.

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Not helpful, but I knew my daughter had read Anne Rice at one time, so I asked her. She wrote "Anne Rice started out as a very interesting author, but as the books progressed, it became clear she has only one way of writing about things. So while I am aware that she has written about Jesus, I have not read it."

My wife has read a good chunk of her books and says sort of the same thing. She's pretty descriptive with the background and locations, which can get tiring. I have read the book "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt" and found it very interesting. If you are familiar with the story, it is a very interesting take on an aspect of Jesus' life that I had not explored. There is another book out, but I haven't read it. You can tell she spent a lot of time studying text, though.

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I don't read many whole books, but I read a lot of articles or chapters of books. I just read Tragedy of the Commons and found it pretty interesting.

He died recently, but there's a couple fairly interesting interviews (or clips of them) with Hardin available on youtube where he reflects back on the article.

Jeff Shaara's newest book is coming out tomorrow: "No Less Than Victory"

One of my favorite authors - US Historical War Fiction

The last two books I finished were US Civil War Fiction. "The March" by EL Doctorow, which was alright, and "The Black Flower" by Howard Bahr, which was excellent.

-Tony

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Neil Gaiman is an excellent author, everything I read from him is very entertaining. House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski is a mind bending read as well.

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My wife has read a good chunk of her books and says sort of the same thing. She's pretty descriptive with the background and locations, which can get tiring. I have read the book "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt" and found it very interesting. If you are familiar with the story, it is a very interesting take on an aspect of Jesus' life that I had not explored. There is another book out, but I haven't read it. You can tell she spent a lot of time studying text, though.

The second book takes up just before Jesus started teaching. I agree it is a very interesting take on his life and those of that era.

I read Riced's early vampire books when they first came out, stopped after the second or third one. I have not anything else from her before this series.

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About 2 years ago, I decided to get back into SF, and used the Hugo and Nebula awards as a resource for finding authors. Any recommendations from SF readers out there will be appreciated.

I'm a big SF fan, but most of what I like probably falls into the SF/Fantasy genre. Butcher's "Dresden Files" is my favorite running series, though Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" stuff is a close second. I'd second PG's recommendation of Gaiman, if you don't mind the occasionally mildly disturbing element.

-Tony

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I'm a big SF fan, but most of what I like probably falls into the SF/Fantasy genre. Butcher's "Dresden Files" is my favorite running series, though Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" stuff is a close second. I'd second PG's recommendation of Gaiman, if you don't mind the occasionally mildly disturbing element.

-Tony

There isn't much that disturbs me, unless it's pedophilia. The one and only Anne Rice book I tried to read was about an adult male's obsession with a 14 year old girl, and I just couldn't get into that.

I am down to 3 SF and 3 crime fiction books unread on my shelf, so it's time to do another order. I generally order 10-20 used books at a time, usually from Powell's web site. If I'm buying new books, it's from Amazon. I will be looking at some of the recommendations I've seen here.

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I am down to 3 SF and 3 crime fiction books unread on my shelf, so it's time to do another order. I generally order 10-20 used books at a time, usually from Powell's web site. If I'm buying new books, it's from Amazon. I will be looking at some of the recommendations I've seen here.

I am a big fan of hitting used book stores. There is one near us that just recently that is all donation. You pay what you can/want. We also keep an eye out for library sales. Some bigger ones even have permanent stores. Kalamazoo's is really nice.

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Spalding's Official Baseball Guide - 1913 (Kindle Edition)

The Kindle edition is free from Amazon.

Spalding's Baseball Guide and Official League Book for 1889 (Kindle Edition)

Also free.

Have not seen them yet as I am at work and just ordered them but I will be downloading as soon as I get home. If you have a Kindle a good strategy is to go to all books in that area and sort by price, low to high. many freebies.

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