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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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Postby guitargeek » Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:37 pm

My dad used to love to read novels, but hasn't finished one since his series of health crises this last summer, so I got him a Kindle. It's super easy on the eyes and the font size is adjustable. I thought, "Perfect! He'll love this!"

I really don't think he could possibly be any less interested in the damn thing.

I loaded it with the complete works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, all of the Robert E. Howard, every bit of HP Lovecraft, and most recently a Rolling Stone interview with Mighty Merle Haggard...

I even loaded it with an album's worth of instrumental music from The Ventures!

Nothing, not the slightest wisp of interest.

My nieces are utterly queer for the Kindle, and I burned through about half of Starship Troopers on it one day at the doctor's office, but Dad rejects it out of hand. I showed him how to use it, my niece got him to listen to an Old Time Radio episode of Gunsmoke on it, but that's it.

Maybe I should just give him the box it came in to play with... :/
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Postby MagnusTheBuilder » Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:16 am

To me it doesn't really matter if the book has pages or pixels, as long as the content gets into your head, the delivery method is irrelevant. I will say, that for the sheer amount of data accessible through the nook or kindle is absolutely amazing, mind blowing even. My primary issue with those devices is that when it runs out of battery it becomes worthless. Sure it can only hold one book, but a book will never cease to be readable until you plug it back in.

Doesn't really matter, if it requires gadgets to get people to read again, bring it on. However you do it, read a motherfucking book.

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Postby Aggroton » Mon Jan 03, 2011 4:00 pm

Thanks for that heads up Rolly. Reading all kinds of chesterston stuff now.


I was all "I need to smell the binding glue" about the ebooks too.
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Postby guitargeek » Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:47 am

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Postby Zim » Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:17 am

Just finished American Borders, by Carla King, about her test ride of a 1994 Ural sidecar outfit around the US.

Traveling, breakdowns, adventure, some romance. Formatting is kinda screwy for the Kindle, but still readable.

This is a lendable book, so if anyone is interested and has a Kindle (or Kindle app), shoot me a PM.

If I understand Amazon correctly, I can only lend it out once, so first PM gets it. The loaned book is good for 14 days.
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Postby Zim » Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:01 am

American Borders has been loaned.

<s>I also have Coming and Going on Bikes: Essaying the Motorcycle if anyone is interested.</s>

Edit: Someone was interested.
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Postby guitargeek » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:00 pm

Zim wrote:American Borders has been loaned.

<s>I also have Coming and Going on Bikes: Essaying the Motorcycle if anyone is interested.</s>

Edit: Someone was interested.

That was I, on both of these. After reading them, I struck up acquaintance with Carla King and Jack Lewis on Facebook.

After years of putting it off, I finally picked up Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. :shock:
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Re: books

Postby motorpsycho67 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:47 pm

Oooh! Me likey books! :D

I opened a Goodreads account, but quickly got bored with it.

I enjoyed Endurance by Alfred Lansing recently and Collected Stories by Paul Bowles. Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil finally made it to my list and was enjoyable if you're into that music scene (NYC in the 70s). Death On The Installment Plan by Celine was good. Death in the City of Light by David King was a page turner. I can also recommend anything by Groucho Marx as enjoyable, especially The Groucho Letters. The Hell Fire Clubs by Ashe was an interesting look into a world I never knew existed.

Beneath the Underdog by Charles Mingus

Harpo Speaks by Harpo Marx

What We Do Is Secret by Hillsbery

Jazz Is by Nat Hentoff

The Secret History of the American Empire by Perkins

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Re: books

Postby DerGolgo » Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:50 am

I'm on a bit of a nonfiction kick with my audiobook addiction, allow me to recommend a few:

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman
The real life race around, the world, against Jules Verne. Two women going neck and neck, though in opposite directions, with the intimidating transport technology of 1889. With only one day to prepare, for one of them.

Super Crunchers by Ian Ayres
It's just FUCKED UP how much stuff you can predict with enough data to analyze, some elegant math and some huge, brute-force computing. I don't expect medical schools to remain as popular as they are, what with diagnostic computers already outperforming squishy human doctors in some regards.

Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael S. Gazzaniga
Declaring that free will is an illusion is a little fashionable. Here, a reasonably successful psychology professor gets down and dirty with the cognitive processes behind free will, what part of the brain does what. What I learned here about what we think we do and how it really works was a bit of a delightful mindfuck for me.

What currently makes me chuckle:
What Should We Be Worried About?: Real Scenarios That Keep Scientists Up at Night Edited by John Brockman
A BIG collection of essays, written by people ranging from Craig Venter to Terry Gilliam. About just what the title says. No, I didn't expect half of it, and I do tend to imagine in what spectacular manners stuff will go wrong. The other half, quite a lot of it is worrisome in ways I hadn't considered before. It's actually fun to hear about real dangers of the modern world, like children's social skills developing to match the facebooks, or global underpopulation, or teenagers assembling synthetic organisms from the biochemistry kit they got for christmas.
I like how Mr. Gilliam gets considered to be a scientist for the purposes of the title of this book.
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Postby wheezy e » Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:54 pm

Books. I used to have to have one with me at all times, like a security blanket. I would literally take a book to a party or bar and sit there reading. I'm certain I came off like an asshole but it really was just a defense mechanism to deal with social insecurity. Kinda sad when I think about it, but I have read a lot. I don't read too much modern fiction but I gotta recommend David Foster Wallace - Infinite Jest is absolutely phenomenal writing. It's long as hell and the timeline is all broken up so it's hard to keep a linear storyline going in your head, which normally would annoy me but every page is written so well that I just enjoyed the reading even when I got lost and it all comes together toward the end. Probably the most disturbing ending to anything I've read although, as the storyline is broken, the book's ending isn't the final word. Also W.G. Sebald's "Rings of Saturn" is the craziest stream of consciousness writing which seems to have no actual point aside from the fact that it's beautiful to the point of awe (for me at least...)
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Postby calamari kid » Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:34 pm

I keep meaning to pick up Infinite Jest.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell is a great read. It also plays around with timelines, and time itself, in fascinating ways. One of the most engrossing books I've read in a long time, couldn't put it down.
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Postby motorpsycho67 » Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:38 am

Couldn't get into Infinite Jest... after 100 pages I gave up. Just got bored with it..

Cloud Atlas.... hmmm. I'll check it out.
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Re: books

Postby Jaeger » Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:03 am

I too need to read "Infinite Jest," but I can vouch for "Cloud Atlas" -- I'm not sure if seeing the movie would help or hurt. I saw the movie then read the book, so it's hard to be objective. I will say that seeing the movie helped conceptualize the "ties" that he alludes to...

Anyway. Yes, need to read Infinite Jest.

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Postby guitargeek » Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:09 am

Cloud Atlas is a beautiful story, the film is a gorgeous mess.

Jaeger, you should read Bruce Sterling's Distraction!!
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Re: books

Postby Nick » Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:25 pm

Motorcyclists who are also interested in Japan may find the following Kindle publication of interest....

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