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kuranes

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I just finished several "Repairman Jack" novels that I had fallen behind on ( it's a series ) by F. Paul Wilson. I am now reasonably "up to date". :)
I read two bios of Frank Zappa, one being partly an auto-bio, with a ghost writer involved.
I read "The White Castle" and will soon start "My Name is Red" ( read ) that was recommended to me by a person on INTPC. They are translations from the original Turkish - Orhan Pamuk.
I read a suspense novel called "Devil's Peak" by Deon Meyer, set in Cape Town, South Africa. I like books set in other cultures, although this one wasn't so different from ours.
"The Know It All" by A.J. Jacobs - non-fiction about reading the Encyclopedia Britannica from start to finsih.
Just started:
"Escapement" by Jay Lake
"The Gone Away World" by Nick Hardaway - I think Rhu might enjoy this. Just an instinct.
"Lush Life" - Richard Price. Price is a realist who writes about inner city drama. He has been praised as the best writer of realistic modern dialogue ( meaning English/American, I suppose ) but I think George V. Higgins rivals him for dialogue. There's a lot more to Price than dialogue, though. I read his earlier novels "Clockers" and "The Good Samaritan". He's very adept at setting up realistic situations that show the "human condition" of modern urban life. Never a "quick read" however.
"Clark Gifford's Body" by Kenneth Fearing - recommended for me by the same INTPC member.
"Their Wildest Dreams" by Peter Abrahams - Stephen King's favorite suspense writer
 

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The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

Just recently I finished A Gathering of Gargoyles by Merideth Ann Pierce, and DeathNote: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases. I'll leave my comics and manga out of this.
 
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Recently I glanced through some parts of Democracy's Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy by Michael J. Sandel. Very interesting take on the prevalent concepts that govern American socio-political consciousness and how they have little if any connection to what were the original governing principles of the American Repbulic.
 

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The Sickness Unto Death Soren Kierkegaard. For the third time! And I'm loving it. :)
 

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Just finished Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann, and I'm well proud because it was 600 pages and I've become nigh on illiterate during the past few years. I just found out they're coming out with a new movie for the book in December in Germany! I hope they'll import it here at some point.

I'm starting Life of Pi.
 

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I'm reading this month's issue of Scientific American - they have an article about the effects of the moon on the earth that was very interesting.
 

kuranes

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Recently I glanced through some parts of Democracy's Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy by Michael J. Sandel. Very interesting take on the prevalent concepts that govern American socio-political consciousness and how they have little if any connection to what were the original governing principles of the American Repbulic.
* makes a note of it *
 

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Falcarius has a few pages of the 'Orange Book' to finish off today. Then he will read a book about his favourite Tory; Mr. Disraeli. Falcarius is not totally tendentious, he is a socialist who believes every Diplodocus and Tyrannosaurus Rex are equal. He also considers himself a traditional Labour supporter who has never voted Labour despite voting in every local and national election he could.:shock:

Then Falcarius is going to read 'Tom Jones', that is the book not the singer, racing driver, or astronaut.
 
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Sniffles

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I finally was able to obtain a copy of Ernst Jünger's Storms of Steel, which is a memoirs of his combat experiences in World War I. It's generally considered on the best works ever written about the war, even rivaling All Quiet on the Western Front on some scales.

I've been meaning to read this for some time now; and with having to explain so much about this book and the author to Little Linguist certainly peaked my determination. ;)
 

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Just recently finished The Riven Kingdom, by Karen Miller. Right now I'm not reading anything save college books...
 

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I'm currently reading: Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Lawrence Gonzales.
I met him once and got him to review a short story of mine. At the time I was going for a odd combination that one might call a mix of Raymond Carver, Mark Twain and Richard Brautigan. He told me that he didn't "get" it, and that was all he said. Someday I've got to get him something new. :) His own work that I've seen since tends to be more documentary or straightforward genre, and so I probably should have sent him something that was either non-fiction or at least "read like it". Bruce Sterling writes fiction that reads like non-fiction. Paul Theroux would have been a good model for me to follow on that exercise also.
 

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I read Stone Butch Blues. Good book, it was for a class so I just rushed through the second part, hopefully I'll get to re-read it in more depth/for fun later.
 
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