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April 29th, 2003


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07:22 pm - BOOK UPDATE:
Here's what I've devoured in the past few weeks:


Darkness, Take my Hand - Dennis Lehane (I'll read anythign with Patrick and Angela in it!

Next Victim - Michael Prescott (Very fast paced, I burned thru this one quickly.)

The Hiking Engine - Stuard Plotkin (If you don't do a lot of hiking, this will probably not interest you)

Complicity - Iain Banks - Very good. I need to read more from European writers

Philip K. Dick - Ubik - I just discovered PKD. Lots of people recommended him, but I just got around to him after I noticed he wrote the book Minority Report that the movie was based on.

John Katzenbach - The Analyst - This was good. I have issues with Unconditionally-Doomed-Protagonist novels (I think its an unfair writing style) but this was very interesting.

Stuard Woods - The Short Forever - Good stuff! Woods comes through again! Stone Barrington is getting older, but he makes a great hero.

Jules Verne - 20,000 Leagues under the Sea - You'd think somebody who reads as much as I do would have gotten to this ages ago. You'd think wrong. Excellent book tho. Which leads me to...

Jules Verne - The Mysterious Island - I actually liked this better than 20k Leagues. It appeals to my inner apoloclyptic survivalist.

Jeff Alt - A Walk for Sunshine - I'll read just about any book about the AT, and pretty much have read all of them, but this one was well written and entertaining.

William Gibson - Idoru - Gibson is a Sci-Fi Ghod, in my opine. This measured up to his previous standards and more.

Christopher Moore - Lamb - This was hilarious. Even if you're not religious, read the religious disclaimer up front.

Wilbur Smith - Warlock - I LOVE EGYPTION FICTION! W.S. is on my must-read list now.

Wilbur Smith - River God - Followup to Warlock, massive time shift, STILL comes out excellent.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - I'm working my way thru the classics, bear with me.

Joseph Kanon - The Good German - A period Piece from WW2, journalist perspective.

Michael Middleton - COP - Very interesting novel from the perspective of a cop in blues in some of the roughest neighborhoods of LA.

Robert Baer - See No Evil - An old-school CIA agent, from back when they actually did useful things, journals the change of the CIA from an intelligenc gathering agency to a bunch of satellite watchers. He practically predicts 9/11.

George Orwell - 1984 - Another one of the classics. BIG BROTHER!

Jeffrey Deaver - Speaking in Tongues - Deaver is on my must-read list, and didn't let me down here

Paullina Simons - The Bronze Horseman - From the perspective of a Soviet Citizen, a young girl, before and through the end of WW2. It is a fairly thick book, but I found it very worthwhile.

Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut - More Classics! MUST!

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury - I've got to read more of him. I like this style.

Neil Gaiman - American Gods - I heard about this author on /. of all places. The novel is excellent, and the plot of the book is superb and very unique.

F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby - This was not bad, and I know it is supposed to be a classic, but it just didn't do much for me.

Lawrence Block - Hope to Die - Block has long been on my must-read list. HTD was great!

Herman Hesse - Siddhartha - Wait 'til you have a zen-buddhist-spiritual mood come over you. You'll enjoy it better then.

Nick Hornby - About A Boy - Read it before you see the movie. Super Novel. MORE EURO AUTHORS PLZ K THX.

Alex Haley - The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Some say the issues may be dated, but I disagree. Read this novel again after 9/11 for a fresh perspective.

Randall Kennedy - Nigger - You wouldn't think you could write a whole book about a word, and most words you couldn't, but this one has captivated so many people, Kennedy does an excellent job of dissecting why.

Jeffry Deaver - The Stone Monkey - More Deaver, in top form!

Jeff Long - Year Zero - Apocolyptic Fiction combined with Biological threats! Whee!

John Lescroart - The Oath - I will read anything with Glitsky and Hardy in it.

Stephen Hunter - Pale Horse Coming - I got addicted to his books with Snipers as a Protangonist, and this one, although different, is just as excellent.

Ken Kesey - One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest - Nicholson immortalized it, but this is still a great read.

I skipped a bunch of the ones that weren't too impressive, but this is most of em.


Current Mood: sicksick

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From:thinkpalmtrees
Date:April 29th, 2003 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Out of curiosity, how long did it take you to read all this?
I'm embarassed.
The last thing I read was my thesis proposal, and that was in February...
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From:jon3
Date:April 29th, 2003 04:49 pm (UTC)
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a month? or so?

Don't measure yourself against what I read. I'm not human that way.
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From:jon3
Date:April 29th, 2003 04:51 pm (UTC)
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I didn't really count technical books or online stuff. :/

But I shouldn't, because I generally don't finish the technical stuff completely. I'm in the middle of:

Programming in ANSI C, Stephen Kochan
The C Programming Language, K&R
The Practice of Programming, K&P

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From:girl_on_a_stick
Date:April 29th, 2003 05:44 pm (UTC)
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Siddhartha isn't Zen. Sorry, I'm a stickler, but I hate that everyone equates all buddhism with Zen. It's like saying all Christians are Methodists or something.

On another note, yay for you and reading all that. Have you read any of Hornby's other stuff? I want to go check out The Mysterious Island now.
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From:jon3
Date:April 29th, 2003 06:02 pm (UTC)
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Well, a Zen and/or Buddhist mood. My religious background is limited to lapsed catholicism.

Hows that work?


I read high fidelity a while ago, I think. Or maybe I just saw the movie a bunch of times. :)

I intend to pick up 'how to be good' one of these days.

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From:girl_on_a_stick
Date:April 29th, 2003 06:12 pm (UTC)

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Zen is a type of Buddhism, one of many. Siddhartha (the book) is closest to the Mahayana Buddhism of China, though it's pretty heavily influenced by a Jungian Westerner's viewpoint.
If you are interested in the details, belief.net does a pretty good job of explaining the differences.
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From:jon3
Date:April 29th, 2003 06:18 pm (UTC)
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buddhist_on_a_stick? :)
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From:girl_on_a_stick
Date:April 29th, 2003 06:26 pm (UTC)

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Haha, something like that :)
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From:roguerider
Date:April 29th, 2003 11:20 pm (UTC)
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I love the fact that you read!! Especially because you seem to read like I do, at warp speed that no one else seems to understand.....
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From:jon3
Date:April 30th, 2003 01:27 pm (UTC)
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Voraciously is the most often heard term. I love books.

Read anything good lately?
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From:cinnaminige
Date:April 30th, 2003 02:39 am (UTC)
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i've only read 3 of those books
-cat's cradle, 1984 (one of my favorites), and the great gatsby (i agree with your opinion of this one)
and in the past few weeks i've read:
the perks of being a wallflower

i ROCK
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From:runcherylrun
Date:May 2nd, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC)

i'm just nosy

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and followed you from the b0ston community and i must say HOLY cow - and i thought III read alot!
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From:jon3
Date:May 2nd, 2003 04:31 pm (UTC)

Re: i'm just nosy

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Who is III?

I know, I'm sick. Pity me! Help cure me. Donations of Barnes&Noble and Borders Gift Certificates will help the cause.
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From:runcherylrun
Date:May 4th, 2003 05:26 pm (UTC)

Re: i'm just nosy

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sorry i was just being silly by III, I meant me...back when I was employed I used to read a book a week.
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From:jon3
Date:May 4th, 2003 08:49 pm (UTC)

Re: i'm just nosy

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Heh, I thought you were referring to somebody on LJ.

What have you read lately?
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From:runcherylrun
Date:May 5th, 2003 06:12 am (UTC)

Re: i'm just nosy

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well, i attempted to read "the poisonwood bible" by barbara kingsolver but it just didn't keep me interested enough so i've kind of just let it go...and because i'm unemployed i've lost my motivation and my time, and my money that used to make me read a lot... before that though i read the secret history by donna tartt - and off the top of my head nothing else memorable. i'm a big fan of haruki murikami, irvine welsh, and nick hornby. i've been on the hunt for horby's newest book of essays and besides online stores i'm having no luck.

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