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Anybody Reading Any Good Books Lately?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by tonytrout, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. tonytrout

    tonytrout Friend of Leo's

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    Mar 19, 2003
    Brasstown/Murphy, NC
    This has probably been asked before by me but - has anybody read any good books as of late?

    Myself? I finally got around to purchasing "So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star - The Byrds Day-By-Day: 1965-197" and I'm gobsmacked with how big (336 pages) this book actually is and how informative!
     
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  2. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Like the quotes states, a good intro to Dennett. My favourite horseman!
     
  3. Mjark

    Mjark Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Feb 14, 2011
    Annapolis, MD
    Vandals took my handles.
     
  4. brenn

    brenn Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 8, 2013
    Kentucky
    If you want a good music/guitar related book, this one was written by a guy who lives around here. I don't like 80's metal much, but it's still a great book about guitarists and stuff.
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    Power Chord is the story of one man’s epic pilgrimage to gain rock enlightenment from the gods and guitar heroes of the Golden Age of heavy metal. Author Scott McKenzie set off to make contact with the legendary metal superstars he worshipped in his rural Kentucky youth—men like George Lynch of Dokken, Glen Tipton of Judas Priest, and Ace Frehley of KISS—hoping to gain wisdom and a better understanding of the electric guitar mystique. The result is a veritable treasure trove of enthralling behind-the-scenes stories and “where are they now” revelations that will delight anyone who has ever felt a Mötley Crüe, Guns ’N’ Roses, or Black Sabbath song reach out from the speakers and grab them by the ears.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006VE74Z8/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
     
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  5. Bellacaster

    Bellacaster Tele-Holic

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    Sep 5, 2010
    Ypsilanti, MI
    I read This Wheel's On Fire by Levon Helm recently. I had very high expectations going into it and it exceeded them. Can't recommend it enough.

    I'm currently reading Don DeLillo's Great Jones Street, which is pretty cool so far but not blowing my socks off.
     
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  6. Mjark

    Mjark Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Feb 14, 2011
    Annapolis, MD
    All the Light We Can Not See by Anthony Doerr is really good.
     
  7. Rustbucket

    Rustbucket Friend of Leo's

    Mar 28, 2016
    Arizona
    Currently reading The Son by Philipp Meyer and it's been a great read so far. The AMC mini series that just started airing is ok but not as good.
    I left my copy at my hotel in Montreal so have to wait another week to go back before I can finish reading it.
     
  8. King Creole

    King Creole Friend of Leo's

    Jan 24, 2011
    Colorado
    I read "How Music Works" by David Byrne and found it fascinating and inspiring. I highly recommend it, whether or not your a Byrne fan.

    I just started reading "The Tortilla Curtain" by T.C. Boyle. It looks like it will be a good story.
     
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  9. Dennyf

    Dennyf Tele-Holic

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    Feb 9, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets
    by Charles Wohlforth, Amanda R. Hendrix Ph.D. (Author)

    Really interesting to anyone interested in a manned space program. A refreshingly honest look at the very real problems of putting humans in space beyond LEO, the culture at NASA that precludes them from achieving goals equivalent to the moon landing (not entirely their fault), and how the commercialization of space by entrepreneurs like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, plus deteriorating conditions here on earth, will make eventual colonization of the solar system inevitable. (Fun fact: It probably won't include Mars.)
     
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  10. mauer62

    mauer62 Tele-Holic

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    I just read Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001) by Don Felder and it was a really good book. I have read many biographys like Nikki Sixxes, Sammy Hagar, Paul Stanley and this book is right up there with them. I highly recommend it.
     
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  11. qblue

    qblue Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 12, 2009
    Clarks Summit, PA
    I liked this book a lot!


    Jo Joe (Black Bear, Pennsylvania #2)
    by Sally Wiener Grotta (Goodreads Author)
    4.23 · Rating Details · 61 Ratings · 40 Reviews
    A Black Bear, Pennsylvania novel

    Jo Joe is a mystery of the heart about Judith Ormond, a young mixed race Jewish woman. Seventeen years earlier, violence and hatred had driven her away from the small Pocono Mountains village where she was raised by her white Christian grandparents. Now,with the death of her beloved grandmother, she must reluctantly break her vow to never return to the town she learned to hate.


    The author is one of my acquaintances, in my new persona, as an artist. It's part of a series of books, though I will have to find the rest, one written by the author's deceased husband.
     
  12. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

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    Sinatra's World
    I'll be finishing this one tonight:

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    Excellent read!

    It starts right at the beginning and goes through today in a very readable and interesting manner that is not geared to bible scholars or specialists at all. If you enjoy the history of language and the way it has influenced/impacted society, this book is terrific. I highly recommend it!
     
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  13. tery

    tery Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Sep 21, 2012
    Tennessee
    I'm just getting into Cuba Straits by Randy Wayne White .
     
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  14. Steve Ouimette

    Steve Ouimette Tele-Holic

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    Scottsdale, AZ
    David Lee Roth's autobiography "Crazy From The Heat" is my all-time favorite rock bio. Like him or not he's a great storty teller and you might actually be surprised with the content. Scaling near-Everest sized mountains, traveling deep into the amazon rainforests, touring cities at night by bike or kayak. Incredible. Plus his humor comes out (of course) and it is magnificent in every way.
     
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  15. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 5, 2006
    Sinatra's World
    And, I recently read this one:

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    It's basically a textbook (the author characterizes it that way), but if you're interested in the subject matter, it's also a really worthwhile read. Just don't expect novel-ish writing; it's meant to be informative, not necessarily entertaining, though I thought it was really good!
     
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  16. teletimetx

    teletimetx Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 25, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Always have a couple, three going. Some current excursions:
    the Financial Lives of Poets, by Jess Walter
    Roadside Geology of Colorado, Halka Chronic and Felicie Williams (a mother/daughter team, I went to almost my entire pre-college school in Boulder with Felicie, who was lost tragically to cancer a few years ago.)
    Dead Wake - the Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Eric Larson,
    and a collection of poems by Czeslaw Milosz.
    My wife is a writer, so sometimes I read for her stuff she can't get to; it's an ongoing dialogue.
     
  17. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    The beginning?
     
  18. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 5, 2006
    Sinatra's World
    The beginning of bible translations in Alexandria. What did you think I meant? In the beginning,... ? ;) :D
     
  19. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Enquiring minds want to know!

    I'm interested in the history of language, but I, uh, don't play on the team. Does the book assume you suit up?
     
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  20. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK
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