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Discussion in 'TMB Book Club' started by UA412, May 25, 2009.

  1. New user

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    Recently finished The Sirens of Titan and Slaughterhouse Five....both interesting and really different
     
  2. tne

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    cant wait until this semester ends and I can starting reading more enjoyable stuff
     
  3. Reggie Washington

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    Enjoyed it as well. Didnt realize it was kin of a novella or whatever. Wish it were a longer book.
     
  4. dcon79

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    made the mistake of doing that before semester is over. Having a hard time getting motivated to do homework
     
  5. Ikawgagoo

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  6. Hoss Bonaventure

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    I don't even know where they got the story for the movie. Certainly not from the book. I don't understand why movies do this, it would have been such a better movie if they would have stuck to the book
     
  7. Joe_Pesci

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    Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies

    excellent if you're a nerd like me
     
  8. TC

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    This is the Mainboard

    Translation: we're not
     
  9. Arzachel

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    reading John le Carre's latest novel, Our Kind of Traitor. He's a supremely talented and creative writer, with a great sense of humor. I've always been surprised that someone with such great literary talent chose spy novels as his genre.
     
  10. Teflon Queen

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    cormac mccarthy thread inspired me to read BM again...haven't read it in like five years so i'm like a kid at christmas
     
  11. The Nightman

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    narcissus and goldmund is one of my favorite books
     
  12. AIOLICOCK

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    just started blood meridian, not a fan of fiction, hope this is worth it
     
  13. TC

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    I finished "The World at War" yesterday and started reading this:

    Biosociology of dominance and deference / Allan Mazur.

    Product Description
    This short, engaging volume develops new and sociologically sophisticated concepts to bring the fields of biology and sociology together. It is about the social biology of face-to-face dominance interactions and explores the evolution of behavior through connections among biology, language, culture, and socialization. Meant to be a self-contained exploration_sociologists would require no prior knowledge of biology; biologists would require no prior knowledge of sociology_this book is a fun, informative supplement for courses throughout sociology and the social sciences.
     
  14. the Weimar Beer Belly

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    If you guys have a general interest in historic photographs (and photography in general) I'd recommend checking out these books;

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    Evidence by Luc Sante is a compilation of old crime scene photos from the late teens/early 20's.

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    Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy consists of news paper clippings of the strange events that occured over a 20 year (I think) period in a part of Wisconsin and photographs of the people who lived there.

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    Ghostly Ruins: America's Forgotten Architecture by Harry Skrdla

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    Alexey Titarenko Photographs by Gabriel Bauret

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    Miroslav Tichý by Andreas Bees, Udo Kittelmann, et al. Tichy is a photographer who started in Communist Czechoslovakia taking clandestine photographs of women with home-made cameras. He started in the 60's and continued to do it through the 90's, at least.

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  15. TC

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    Do want

    Trappist I read a book like this one time called "Flophouse: Life on the Bowery." It was about a shitty ass hotel in New York that would rent tiny rooms by the night, week or however long you wanted it. Mostly drug users, bums, transients and other riff raff stayed there. The author started taking pictures of people and writing down their story, whatever it was. Some were funny, sick, exciting, etc. Was a pretty good read and had some great photographs in it.
     
  16. Joe_Pesci

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    If you're talking about the British documentary, :respek:

    It was recently re-released on blu-ray. :jizz:

    If you do mean the documentary, question for you: So in the intro it's a sequence of faces like burning into the next one. WTF is the last one? I've watched it so many damn times trying to figure it out.

    For reference, skip to ~2:40 here http://www .liveleak.com/view?i=38f_1264736536

    Chan note- remove space between www and . to see link. The autoplay was annoying.
     
  17. Keg10

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    Just finished "The Quiet Game" and its successor "Turning Angle" by Greg Iles. I loved them both. Couldnt put either down. Strongly recommend them.
     
  18. TC

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    This was a book based on the documentary that sadly was not up to the par of the film. It was really good, but I have seen a few parts of the movie on Military Channel and it's so much better. The book does have a lot of photos though. I hope to see the whole film soon. Blu Ray would be fucking awesome :lovelove: Military Channel doesn't even show stuff in HD. Isn't it like 15 parts overall?
     
  19. Ikawgagoo

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    Want to read a couple of C. McCarthy's books this summer. Is there a good starting point or does it not really matter?
     
  20. Teflon Queen

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    no country for old men is a really easy and quick read...the border trilogy, starting with all the pretty horses, is great...got to read blood meridian at some point
     
  21. triceratops

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    I am reading The Crossing now only have 10% left according to the Kindle. It is a good book, but I think I prefer All The Pretty Horses a little better. Looking forward to read the last of the trilogy and will read No Country in the future. It was one of my favorite movies. Blood Meridian is really good, but it takes a lot of focus to read it.

    I am thinking about getting the Dark Tower series, Game of Thorns series and the Girl With the Dragon Fly Tatoo trilogy. Likely enough books to last me two years, but the Kindle has inspired me to read more.
     
  22. TC

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    Dark Tower 1-4 are amazing, 5-7 suck so hard you should probably just skip them and make up your own ending.
     
  23. Ikawgagoo

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    Thanks. Really want to read BM after hearing so much about it hear.

    Just finished Fight Club for the first time. Really good book and quick read. Watched the movie again too which was great. Gonna have to try some more of palahniuk in the future.
     
  24. dfmPSU

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    Anybody else gonna pick up David Foster Wallace's unfinished final novel The Pale King on Friday? I'm really looking forward to it.
     
  25. Cornelius Suttree

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    I'd start with Outer Dark and Child of God

    NCFOM, The Road next
     
  26. Roisin Dubh

    Roisin Dubh EMAG, EMAS

    I miss books. Screw grad school.

    If any of you guys like satirical short stories/novellas, check out George Saunders. He wrote my absolute favorite short story: "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline." It's weird, and it's wonderful.
     
  27. Irush

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    Outer Dark be so good
     
  28. Ikawgagoo

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    Alright i'll give them a look. I have a feeling once I read one of his books it'll be hard to not just keep going and read them all.
     
  29. BTH

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    Just finished 'Merchant Kings' by Stephen Bown. It's basically a study of corporations/businessmen from 1600-1900 by individual cases that were the top dogs in their day. It starts with the Dutch East India company and ends with the De Beers In South Africa. Pretty good read, makes you realize that business has become far more civilized :laugh:
     
  30. Pharm

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    Not sure if its been posted or not but The Hot Zone by richard preston is a very good book. A great read if you are into science and stuff. It is about the ebola virus and kinda like the true story of the movie outbreak.

    Im reading another of his books called The Demon in the Freezer and its about smallpox, anthrax and biological weapons.
     
  31. BTH

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    That stuff scares the crap out of me
     
  32. jredd78

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    I know I am in the minority but I actually liked book 5 & 7. Book 6, not so much.
     
  33. Joe_Pesci

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    might have to check this out
     
  34. Mix

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    Pulitzer winners:

    * Fiction: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

    * General Nonfiction: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

    * History: The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner

    * Biography/Autobiography: Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

    * Poetry: The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan
     
  35. Volholic16

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    I know it's been mentioned itt but I just bought Lone Survivor the other night. Im only about 60 pgs into it. Fucking fell asleep last night reading. Love it so far.
     
  36. colonel_forbin

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    finished a bunch of nonfiction stuff lately, lyndon johnson and the escalation of the cold war by brian vandemark, eisenhower and the cold war by divine, and the bay of pigs by howard jones.

    just bought on the road, naked lunch, and the song of ice and fire series
     
  37. TC

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    I have looked up the lists in the Nonfiction, History and Biography categories many times and read several books from there. They make some really good picks. Fiction and Poetry? :laugh:

    I haven't heard of any of these books yet but I'm sure I will
     
  38. POWESHOW

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    is there a torrance site for books?
     
  39. Arkie Proud

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  40. Reggie Washington

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  41. chopcity

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    posting for lata
     
  42. Heavy Mental

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    Just bought a Kindle today, so I'm looking forward to reading through this thread and getting some e-books.
     
  43. chopcity

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    can you guys point me in the direction of a place to download free audio books? I spend alot of time in the car.
     
  44. Fort Hill

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    Chopcity, check out librivox.org, all the books are read by people in that community (amateurs) but are of good quality in many situations. All books on that site are in the public domain so it is completely legal but also have a publishing date of mostly before 1923.
     
  45. Joe_Pesci

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    the Kindle is sweet, plus it makes me look :cool:
     
  46. ths

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    i just finished light in august by faulkner, fucking brilliant
     
  47. jredd78

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    I just started "the name of the wind" and just finished "the lincoln lawyer" next up is "the pillars of earth".
     
  48. Heavy Mental

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    I just finished The Name of the Wind and Pillars of the Earth right before it. I thought both were entertaining, although I thought TNOTW was sorta cheesy at times (in a Harry Potter way). I guess after I read A Song Of Ice And Fire I was expecting all of the fantasy books I read to be adult-oriented and savage, haha.
     
  49. Heavy Mental

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    Glad to hear it bro. I just opened mine up, starting Anathem by Neal Stephenson now.
     
  50. BTH

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    I gave my Kindle to my mom. iPad is much better as an e reader, plus I can upload all my kindle books on here and read them through the Kindle app. :smug: