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02/16/2010 01:43:09 PM · #201
Googled - The End of the World as We Know It
- Ken Auletta

Non-fiction. Interesting story about the creation of a technology company. Well written. But the distance from the front cover to the back cover is a little too great.
02/16/2010 03:09:53 PM · #202
For Us, The Living, Robert A. Heinlein's long-lost first novel (1939). Really a series of political tracts presented as a novel, it lays the groundwork for many of his "Future History" series of stories and novels. Published 16 years after the author's death, it includes a couple of pretty good essays (Foreward and Afterword) by other authors as well. It should rate 10/10 for Heinlein fans, but probably anything from 2-8 for others depending on one's political bent and affinity for the Sci-Fi genre.
02/16/2010 03:19:14 PM · #203
I am currently reading The Unbearable Lightness of Scones by Alexander McCall Smith. I do not know why I stick with this series because the only characters that I don't want to smack are the kid (Bertie) and Big Lou.
03/27/2010 09:42:59 PM · #204
For those who recommended "Pillars of the Earth" - I'm about halfway through and am finding it EXTREMELY depressing. Does it get better or should I just give it up now?
03/27/2010 10:23:42 PM · #205
Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams (the final book in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series (ETA: this isn't TECHNICALLY the last one... but it's the last one by Douglas Adams))

I liked it a lot, but it was really pretty in comparison to the rest of the books in the series. Overall, the series was great. Also recommend the Dirk Gently books if you dig this sort of thing.

Now starting to read The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less by Barry Schwartz (nonfiction). I decided to read this after I saw a lecture from the author online. Should be an interesting read.

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03/27/2010 10:33:02 PM · #206
Totch, A Life in the Everglades By Loren G. "Totch" Brown...Book this is a book about growing up in the Everglades from 1920's to 1990's roughly...This is ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' MelonMusketeer's Uncle. If any of you have read A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith. You would really enjoy this book...It was very fascinating and one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing Waddy
06/26/2010 06:27:06 PM · #207
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. 10. And I'm not finished with it yet. The only thing that could spoil this book is the fact that it will indeed at some point end. That, and in looking up the author to post here, I sadly found that the author (Shaffer) died in 2008 and this was her first and only novel.
06/26/2010 06:41:12 PM · #208
Originally posted by Melethia:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. 10. And I'm not finished with it yet. The only thing that could spoil this book is the fact that it will indeed at some point end. That, and in looking up the author to post here, I sadly found that the author (Shaffer) died in 2008 and this was her first and only novel.


ooh!! I loved that book!!
06/29/2010 02:45:08 PM · #209
Reading Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb and so far I give it a 10.
06/29/2010 05:14:32 PM · #210
For the 50th anniversary of To Kill A Mockingbird, I'm reading it again. What an amazing book. New things to discover every time. Also it is an wildly important social commentary for the 60's. Harper Lee was an artist with words. No matter that she didn't produce anything after this book, because this one is so awesome.
06/29/2010 05:30:19 PM · #211
Originally posted by Melethia:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. 10. And I'm not finished with it yet. The only thing that could spoil this book is the fact that it will indeed at some point end. That, and in looking up the author to post here, I sadly found that the author (Shaffer) died in 2008 and this was her first and only novel.


Oh, I so enjoyed that book. Really was a pleasure to read.
06/29/2010 10:24:58 PM · #212
The Millenium Trilogy (Girl with the dragon tattoo, Girl who played with fire, Girl who kicked the hornets nest).

This was a very readable, and very fun series to read. If you are looking for an entertaining series, I would recommend it.
06/29/2010 10:28:40 PM · #213
Originally posted by salmiakki:

Originally posted by Melethia:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. 10. And I'm not finished with it yet. The only thing that could spoil this book is the fact that it will indeed at some point end. That, and in looking up the author to post here, I sadly found that the author (Shaffer) died in 2008 and this was her first and only novel.


Oh, I so enjoyed that book. Really was a pleasure to read.


agreed. One of my recent favorites.
Right now I'm about half way through Olive Kitteridge - I'll let you know how it goes but so far I love it!
06/29/2010 10:50:31 PM · #214
61 Hours - Lee Childs latest. 8
11/10/2010 09:50:46 PM · #215
just read "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett...really good book... 8.5
11/10/2010 09:59:33 PM · #216
Shutterbabe by Deborah Copaken. 10/10
11/10/2010 10:20:26 PM · #217
The hunger games trilogy. Loved #1 and #2 but didn't love #3 so much.

My favorite books of all time are the following in this order:

Pride and Prejudice
Memoirs of a Geisha(read this about 5 years before the movie came out, the book is 100 times better.)
Lord of the Rings

I would love to hear others all time favorites.
11/10/2010 10:41:43 PM · #218
All time favorites:

3. Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathon Stroud.

2. Dark Elf and Icewind Dale Trilogy by the master R.A. Salvatore.

1. Sherlock Holmes (All of them)
11/10/2010 10:44:57 PM · #219
Just finished Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier.
It's a remarkably well written page-turner of a strange and interesting area.
11/25/2010 01:38:55 PM · #220
I am reopening this thread to rave about another book.

The Autobiography of Mark Twain I am about half-way through this entertaining read. He did, as promised, write candidly and eloquently about his life, family and times. Yes, and except for the very sad parts, he wrote it in his trademark humorous vein.

The only caveat I'd give, is that if you have a Kindle (or other electronic reading device that will handle it) use that instead of the heavy, bulky brick of a book the publishers selected for the print version. I did look at the 'brick' and handled it, but put it back.
11/25/2010 01:53:15 PM · #221
'Alone in Berlin' by Hans Fallada - 9/10

Primo Levi's declaration that Alone in Berlin is “the greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis” is bold and unequivocal. English readers have had to wait 60 years to explore the novel for themselves. Hans Fallada published it in 1947; he lived in Germany throughout the war and wrote directly from experience, his own and that of others.

The two central characters are Otto Quangel, a factory foreman with a birdlike face and a grim, laconic manner, and his longsuffering, good-hearted wife Anna. When their son is killed in France “for Führer and Fatherland”, they begin to write anonymous postcards, denouncing the war and the regime, and leave them on the stairwells of large buildings in Berlin.

Absolutely brilliant book and one I can recommend 100%. One of the few books I really did have trouble putting down! This was first published in 1947 in German and was only recently translated into English.
11/25/2010 02:12:30 PM · #222
"Motorcycles and Sweetgrass" by Drew Hayden Taylor.

A trickster story, set in Northern Ontario. This is a fun, easy to read story, that holds together until the end. It was wonderful to read cuddled up in my comforter on a very cold November night.
11/25/2010 02:25:40 PM · #223
I'm almost finished with a really entertaining book called "The Oblivion Society" by Marcus Alexander Hart. I got it for about five bux on my Kindle and it has been quite entertaining. I typically try to work some occasional humor into my reading regimen, and this book has definitely filled that role...
11/25/2010 02:56:42 PM · #224
"The defense of the realm, the authorized history of MI5" by Christopher Andrew.
Very, very interesting !

Some of my all times favorite are "Il pendolo di Foucault" by Umberto Eco, "La vieja Sirena" by José Luis Sampedro, "Bomarzo" by Manuel Mújica Láinez, "Letter from an Unknown Woman" by Stefan Zweig, "Alamut" by Vladimir Bartol, I enjoyed many books of Marion Zimmer-Bradley, Kafka, Fyodor Dostoevsky and the list goes on.
11/25/2010 03:42:56 PM · #225
The Lost Symbol was as expected.. a lot of information and Brown's suspect story telling abilities. I was intrigued in the beginning but by the end it was only the main villian's background that really surprised me. 6/10

I am also re-reading Needful Things by King. It's very entertaining to read how human behaviour could be so viciously manipulated.. It's chock full of sub plots and characters and a lot of gore at the end. 7.5/10

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