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"What Are You Reading?" [Reloaded]

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Anchoret, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Anchoret

    Anchoret Friend of Leo's

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    "There's more to life than books, you know -- but not much more."

    My assumption has always been that if a book I post looks interesting to you, you'll check out the Amazon page for it -- which is easy to do and will provide you with more information and reader reviews than you can probably stand. I post most of these books before I read them in any case, usually at the time I put requests in for them, so I have nothing informative to say about them at that point even if I were so inclined. My posting a book here does not constitute a recommendation, as I've said before.

    If it helps, I'll link to the book's Amazon (or other) page.

    I post to these book threads on numerous sites merely as data, with the entirely passive message that reading is interesting, educational and usually more worthwhile than what you're doing instead -- and your taxes are paying for library systems from which you should try to extract more personal value.

    People always ask me questions like, "How (or why) do you read so much?" "Why do you refuse to discuss the books you read?" "Do you really read all those books?" "Do you speed-read?" "What do you think of eBooks?" "Should I buy a Kindle?" And so forth. I'm going to put up, maintain and link to an external FAQ. They're valid questions, I just don't want to discuss them on forums.
     
  2. urizen

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    In theory, if the title/cover looks intriguing, one could go online and get review(s) from source one might trust. In my case, I knew an author Anchoret posted (George MacDonald Fraser, for those of you familiar w/ the Flashman series), but was not aware of his memoirs and other writings, so just seeing the title (and having Anchoret kindly post some info about one of his books being basically an edited version of another with a different title).

    I imagined brother Anchoret is a bookseller or in the trade (and/or a bit of a recluse...Anchoret is similar to anchorite).
     
  3. StuR

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    For my own personal tastes, no pre emptive pun intended, I see no relevance in posting a picture of a book; without any clarification of why or what, than there would be in a person making daily posts of pictures of what they ate that day.

    Many books are published with different covers, so an interesting cover isn't going to hack it. Many people wouldn't recognise the name of an author who to some is "known", the title of a book may not have a direct bearing on the content.
    All of these points are directly relevant to how unknown authors and future "classics" are discovered and circulated; for which many readers are genuinely grateful.

    Unless the point of the posts is to repeatedly say "I read a lot" I'm still wondering why.

    PS. A few pages back I posted that I am currently reading a series of magazines published in 1938-39; "I Was There" on the subject of WW1. I've been surprised by the last one I picked up; a memoir from an officer who served with T E Lawrence. In actual describes real life detail from his life which confirms many parts of the film "Lawrence of Arabia". The mis-pronounced use of his name as a battle-cry; the two young Arab boy acolytes that he knew. Not often you see a Hollywood blockbuster with small accuracies like those.
     
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  5. mindlobster

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    Gorky Park, by Martin Cruz Smith.
     
  6. urizen

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    Really fine writer, well-researched (for versimilitude), clever plotting and twists, excellent stylist, remarkable genre-hopping, and more prolific than many realize:

    * Romano Grey books:
    Gypsy in Amber New York: Putnam, [1971]
    Canto for a Gypsy New York: Putnam, [1972] ISBN 978-0-399-11024-5

    * The Inquisitor Series (as Simon Quinn):
    The Devil in Kansas (1974) (The Inquisitor Series #1)
    The Last Time I Saw Hell (1974) (The Inquisitor Series #2)
    Nuplex Red (1974) (The Inquisitor Series #3)
    His Eminence, Death (1974) (The Inquisitor Series #4)
    The Midas Coffin (1975) (The Inquisitor Series #5)
    Last Rites for the Vulture (1975) (The Inquisitor Series #6)

    * Arkady Renko books:
    Gorky Park New York: Random House, 1981 ISBN 978-0-394-51748-3
    Polar Star New York: Random House, 1989 ISBN 978-0-394-57819-4
    Red Square New York: Random House, 1992 ISBN 978-0-679-41688-3
    Havana Bay New York: Random House, 1999 ISBN 978-0-679-42662-2
    Wolves Eat Dogs New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004 ISBN 978-0-684-87254-4
    Stalin's Ghost New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007 ISBN 978-0-7432-7672-6
    Three Stations New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010 ISBN 978-0-7432-7674-0
    Tatiana (2013)

    Other books:
    The Indians Won (1970)
    Analog Bullet (1972)
    Inca Death Squad (1972) (as Nick Carter)
    The Devil's Dozen (1973) (as Nick Carter)
    The Human Factor (1975) (as Simon Quinn)
    The Wilderness Family (1975)
    (as Martin Quinn)
    Ride for Revenge (a Slocum western) (1977) (as Jake Logan)
    Nightwing(1977)
    Stallion Gate (1986). ISBN 0-345-31079-9
    Rose (1996)
    December 6 (2002) (also published as Tokyo Station)
     
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  7. urizen

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    I hope the list provided above might lead some to explore Martin Cruz Smith. He doesn't seem to have the broader recognition he deserves.

    If you like amusing/fanciful mysteries (and characters) and have an interest in history and/or the counterfeiting of antiquities, you might enjoy Jonathon Gash's Lovejoy series. Very English and just on this side (or maybe the other) of being farces.
     
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    "Inferno" by Dan Brown. Got about 80 pages to go.

    It's definitely a Dan Brown book. This time it's Daunte.
     
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    "Inferno"- Dan Brown (just started it...)
     
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    Medieval Europe: A Short History, by C. Warren Hollister.
     
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    Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
     
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    My Cross To Bear. The Duane Allman story. Not bad, a pretty good read. Typical 70's rockstar lifestyle. Chicks, drugs, music.
     
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    Neuromancer. William Gibson. It could have been better, but it was good enough to read all the way through. Some people call it a sci-fi classic.
     
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    Just started Stephen King's new book, Dr. Sleep.

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    The Ocean At the End of the Lane. I've yet to read a Neil Gaimon book that wasn't entertaining, and so far this one is holding up really well.
     
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    I just finished 'Fear Itself' by Ira Katznelson. I'm starting 'A very different age: Americans of the Progressive Era' by Stephen J. Diner.
     
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    I've just started reading James Arness: An Autobiography. Good read so far. James is my biggest western hero, especially as "Uncle Zeb" Macahan. I have a strong feeling you can't separate the man from his characters in "Gunsmoke" or "The Macahans" ("How the West Was Won").
     
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    Started rereading "A Farewell to Arms" by Hemingway last night.
    Waiting for "Fallsy Downzies" by Stephanie Doment to arrive from Amazon.
     
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    "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence" by Robert Pirsig. One of my friends from Arizona recommended I read this book. Five years later I'm getting around to it!
     
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