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Postby guitargeek » Thu Jun 12, 2008 9:37 pm

You like books? What have you read? What do you recommend?

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Postby DerGolgo » Fri Jun 13, 2008 5:30 am

Oh dear, and there I thought I had nothing to do this weekend. Well, here goes nothing...
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Postby DerGolgo » Fri Jun 13, 2008 6:50 am

http://www.librarything.com/catalog/dergolgo

I make no claim to completeness or accuracy. I have read all the books listed, I own most of them, but not necessarily the particular issues. I just picked 'em based on the right work in the language I read it in. Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head, or remember when I saw 'em, but since most of my library is presently in boxes in storage, I can't make a more complete list right now.
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Postby piccini9 » Fri Jun 13, 2008 6:59 pm

Wow, the library thing looks pretty cool.
I've read a lot of books, many genres many authors.

Last few years I've read almost all of Terry Pratchett.

Will get back to you with some kind of organized list.
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Postby DerGolgo » Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:11 pm

What does it cost?

A free account allows you to catalog up to 200 books. A paid account allows you to catalog any number of books. Paid personal accounts cost $10 for a year or $25 for a lifetime. (See here for organizational accounts.) I conservatively predict the revenue will enable me to recline all day on an enormous pile of gold.


I only just saw this. Once I unbox my library, and add the ebooks I have, I'd cross 200 easy (I'm up to 185 just from memory of what i own). This sucks. I don't think I'm gonna complete my list.
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Postby guitargeek » Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:09 pm

I'm migrating over to goodreads, but I've found that the export/import feature doesn't really work...

http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/842462?sort=title
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Postby DerGolgo » Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:34 pm

guitargeek wrote:I'm migrating over to goodreads, but I've found that the export/import feature doesn't really work...

http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/842462?sort=title


works for me. I have to change some covers and add my reviews again, but despite some error messages, all my books have been succesfully imported. I used the "Export as tab-delimited text" to make the text file from which I imported.
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Postby Sockpuppet » Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:23 pm

I had been collecting books since high school. I had over the years collected almost all of RAH's books, and I had many books that were out of print for a long time. E.E. Doc Smith anybody ever dig on his stuff?
I had two hand made bookshelves I built full of books and they all burned. Insurance is better than nothing but its a scam. They took all the books put them as one line item, then gave my 33% of the value. You get the rest when you have bought all the books back, and provide reciepts, but you only have two years to do it. They know its impossible.

I really really miss my books. I had some trick books, on metalurgy, and one I need to get again on how to make race cars that dont break, and why they break.

Carrol Smith's Engineer to Win, or how to build winners that dont break. I learned so much from that book.

Sorry about the rant, I just got to thinking how much I miss my books.
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Postby guitargeek » Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:45 pm

Caliann is in Texas with barely any internet connection, so she asked that I post her recommendations:

R.A. Heinlein...great brain stretchers, he was a very persuasive author.
Laurell K. Hamilton....for your sexual, dark fantasy.
Steven Brust....for your non-sexual light fantasy.
Neil Gaiman...for twistedness.
Gene Wolfe...to disabuse you of the notion that you are intelligent.
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Postby GOSTAZ » Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:17 am

Random enjoyable book:

Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

Loaned to me by a coworker. 11th Century England, not a literary tour de force or anything, but good fun.
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Postby Gungnir » Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:28 am

hers a personal fave of mine .. its written by a vietnam war chopper pilot. damn good book. chickenhawk by robert mason u cant go wrong here
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Postby guitargeek » Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:55 pm

Gungnir wrote:hers a personal fave of mine .. its written by a vietnam war chopper pilot. damn good book. chickenhawk by robert mason u cant go wrong here

I've read that one! Yes, it's quite good and doesn't pull any punches. When I was in military school, quite a number of first person accounts about the war in Vietnam made the rounds among the cadets. Another good one I recall was Nam: The Vietnam War in the Words of the Men and Women Who Fought There. Quite the eye-opener, it laid out the horrors of war in a very personal way that Chuck Norris movies just don't seem to capture...
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Postby rubber buccaneer » Mon Aug 25, 2008 6:05 pm

I'm just finishing American Prometheus. A very informative biography of Robert Oppenheimer, his work and the controversy surrounding him. Wouldn't mind sharing it if anyone is interested.
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Postby rhinoviper » Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:31 am

Just signed up. Thanks, Stacius! I'm trying the import now and will add more as I have time (yeah, that's a funny statement!). Sounds like amongst the crew we have a wide variety and yet a lot of overlap. I'm mostly a non-fiction girl myself.
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Postby guitargeek » Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:40 am

:shock:

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They're making a movie, it looks like it might be pretty good... though still horrifying and depressing.

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Postby Shhted » Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:11 am

guitargeek wrote::shock:


MUST READ.
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Postby Jaeger » Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:56 am

Ooh, good thread GG.

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Postby DerGolgo » Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:58 am

Oh, so somebody turned the long-term weather forecast into a novel, big whoop :P

I'll keep it in mind, but I'm reading another apocalyptical thriller right now, and I can take only so much doom every now and then (the world is scary enough as it is).
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Postby motorpsycho67 » Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:20 am

Two books you should all enjoy....

"Japan's Motorcycle Wars:An Industry History" by Jeffrey Alexander

"Tuning for Speed" by Phil Irving (which I believe is out of print, but can be found on eBay)
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Postby urbanscum » Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:43 am

Sockpuppet wrote:.

E.E. Doc Smith anybody ever dig on his stuff?


Fuck Yeah.

Had a really good second hand book shop down the raod when I was a kid. Collected LOADS of 60's & 70's Sci Fi. Was massively into Edgar Rice Burroughs Martian and Venus series (not that shite Tarzan stuff) EE Doc Smith, Heinlein, Azimov, Harry Harrison, et al.

The world was a better place to these guys, the future bright and full of promise. How wrong were they!!!

Still a good read though. Kept all the books for my dotage.
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Postby SSCAM » Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:43 pm

I am about a third of the way through Atlas Shrugged right now. I don't think I could even remember 1/4 of what I have read in my brief time on this planet. I tend to give my books away after I have read them.
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Postby bndgkmf » Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:03 pm

In The Heart Of The Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

The story that was the inspiration behind Moby Dick.


The Count Of Monte Cristoby Alexandre Dumas

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Postby guitargeek » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:37 am

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I'm reading this again after probably 25 years, and I have a whole new understanding of and respect for it. Some of Heinlein's notions are pretty kooky, some are spot fucking on.

Highly entertaining.
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Postby piccini9 » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:48 am

In my Christmas stocking I got.

Life Without Lawyers by Philip K. Howard

What is the What by Dave Eggers

and Brainwashed by Tom Burrell.

So glad I got reading glasses this year, I really needed them. :D
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Postby rolly » Tue Dec 28, 2010 12:41 pm

piccini9 wrote:ILife Without Lawyers by Philip K. Howard


When I saw Philip K I immediately though "…Dick" and I can't help but imagine A fusion of PK Dick and Robert E Howard, a psychedelic paranoid barbarian pillaging the law firms of Hyboria.
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Maybe it was the talk of Dirk Gently, but I've also been feeling a need to soak in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime OF The Ancient Mariner, not only for the enjoyment of it, but I've had extremely silly project idea inspired by it.
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Postby piccini9 » Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:50 pm

Maybe it was the talk of Dirk Gently, but I've also been feeling a need to soak in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime OF The Ancient Mariner, not only for the enjoyment of it, but I've had extremely silly project idea inspired by it.


I've been wanting to do a staged reading (if that's the right term) of that for years.
It's just so awesome and scary. And I do mean awesome, as in scary.

The very deep did rot: O Christ!
That ever this should be!
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
Upon the slimy sea.
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Postby rolly » Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:57 am

Oh, and almost forgot! If you're thinking I'm some kind of poncey intellectual with my mouldering classics, this summer I picked up Wilson by Daniel Clowes (creator of Ghost World, you might have heard of that one) ans Market Day by James Sturm. I set them aside to go for a ride or something and am only getting back to them now.

Comic books. I could put on airs and call them graphic novels but there's nothing wrong with comic books.

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Wilson at Drawn & Quarterly with preview

Wilson is a comic about a misanthropic loner. It's done in a format like the sunday funnies, a series of short punchy strips, but as you read on it becomes apparent that it's not really a series of disconnected gags, but a continuing sad narrative. If that wasn't enough, each strip is drawn in a different cartoon style, with equal mastery.


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Market Day at Drawn & Quarterly with preview

Market Day is a tale of a craftsman at the dawn of the industrial age finding that skills and life's work are no longer needed in the face of inferior, cheap, mass produced goods. A story that might resonate with a few of us.

Both signed by the artists, what hey!
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Postby Zim » Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:42 pm

I co-gifted my wife and myself a Kindle for Christmas, and have already outread my yearly average of books. Not that it was a great accomplishment, because two books does not a bookworm make.

I'm also late jumping on the Rev Stalking bandwagon. I re-happened upon his and Rolly's adventure of circumnavigating the you essay, an adventure documented HERE & HERE, inspired by C. K. Shepherd's book, "Across America by Motor-Cycle". (Link to book contained in thread and blog)

So with the wizardry of modern electronics, I popped the book onto the Kindle. It's been a, well, can't say "page turner", so it's been a Forward Button clicker. 48% of the way into it. Nothing against Rev or Rolly, as I would love to make an epic trip like theirs, but their jaunt was a mere cakewalk compared to that fellow <S>Cecil</s>. (EDIT: Cyril)

At one point, our British hero makes a staggering 5 miles in 6 hours time. He deals with rain and heat at a time before raingear or vented gear. Breakdowns leading to roadside engine teardowns, and a get-going-again repair with a stick. A realization that he can get away with not wearing a hat or covering his neck in the American public and not be considered rude. Farmers and service stations owners and their suspected nefarious deeds. He stands before a judge to answer for his brisk improprieties, argues with motorcycle service departments who were not keen on immediacy, fails to meet up with mailed funds, and rides a mixture of pleasant and horrible, horrible roads. C. K. was the man.

I love how
Mr. Shephard, in the book's Preface, wrote:In the following pages I have endeavoured to portray America and Americans exactly as I found them and they appealed to me. If at times I perchance may give offence to any who are lovers of all and anything American, I do it without intent.


...yet goes on to lambaste Americans later on in the book. Rightfully so in many instances.

So far a great motorcycle adventure book, and an American road history book.
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