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Old October 8th, 2010, 03:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm reading the first book in the Gears of War series. I started reading it in preparation for the new Gears of War video game that comes out next year. I'm a little sad since I realized last week that it is glorified fan fiction, though

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I jumped back 120 years or so and I'm reading a book of Sherlock Holmes short stories (I was ready for some real light weight stuff). Not sure what book I'll read next, I'm thinking it's either going to be one of Clive Cussler's books, or something out of the Anita Blake series. I'll decide that at the last second...
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Mind Over Ship, the sequel to Counting Heads by David Marusek. Not a very well known SF author (yet) but very, very good.

WWW: Watch by Robert J. Sawyer or Saturn's Children by Charles Stross is up next.
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reading Wicked in my downtime. Trying to pick up a new Sci-fi/fantasy series akin to say LOTR, Shannara, Forgotten Realms.
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I am reading a first edition "Tale of Two Cities." Think I bought a real gem and so I am enjoying it more, now that I know I was fairly teated by the seller.

Before that, I read Erskine Caldwell, "Tobacco Road." Before that, "Fifty Acres and a Poodle."

Next, I'll proof read and suffer through a book I wrote. My fear is I'll be correct in my assumption that it is crap.

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Bob, if you dont mind uploading the book up here, or at least some parts, im sure some of us would help proof read, and its always good to get an outside opinion (i cant read my own writing or eat my own food i only find flaws)
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Bob, if you dont mind uploading the book up here, or at least some parts, im sure some of us would help proof read, and its always good to get an outside opinion (i cant read my own writing or eat my own food i only find flaws)

An excellent idea, gallendof. Why not upload a chapter or two and get some feedback? Seems like a fairly intelligent, well read group here.
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Cobra series - Timothy Zahn, Different kinda space adventure than i used to... Very interesting read though so far
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Fire Strike 7/9 by Sgt Paul "Bommer" Grahame & Damien Lewis.

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I jumped back 120 years or so and I'm reading a book of Sherlock Holmes short stories (I was ready for some real light weight stuff). Not sure what book I'll read next, I'm thinking it's either going to be one of Clive Cussler's books, or something out of the Anita Blake series. I'll decide that at the last second...
I mean to read that too

So how easy going is it? Some older books can be a little archaic with their language.
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Currently reading "Old Man's War" by John Scalzi.
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I really, really liked that one and it's sequels. Highly recommended. Looking forward to more from Scalzi.
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So how easy going is it? Some older books can be a little archaic with their language.
Not a problem. The occasional 'britishism' (no offense to our brothers from Britain) but it's not full of thees and thous or nonsense like that. If I didn't KNOW that it was written 100 plus years ago, I'd think it was far more current and written about the past.
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"very interesting" - is that the same as "good"?
I've downloaded the series, but haven't started it yet.
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Not a problem. The occasional 'britishism' (no offense to our brothers from Britain) but it's not full of thees and thous or nonsense like that. If I didn't KNOW that it was written 100 plus years ago, I'd think it was far more current and written about the past.
I say old chap, nothing wrong with a few Birtishisms

Just skimmed the first few pages - any book where characters can shout "By Jove!" and "What the deuce?" is fine by me
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I've downloaded the series, but haven't started it yet.
Yes and no... It is written in a different style than i am used to. First book spans like 40 years, was hard to get used to at first, still really enjoyable book though
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Bob, if you dont mind uploading the book up here, or at least some parts, im sure some of us would help proof read, and its always good to get an outside opinion (i cant read my own writing or eat my own food i only find flaws)
I can't do it because of contract issues and corporate disclosure policies. Rather dry technical stuff, I'm afraid. No big secrets, but I must follow rules. I am, however, working on a book about plastics. Perhaps there are some lovers of Celluloid Nitrate and Casein that might find my work helpful.

This one is a real page turner due to threats of lawsuits and the disruption of the handmade fountain pen industry. A true potboiler. Let me just say, the Acrylic Acetate did it in the wood shop with a candlestick.

I am also writing an article about Dupont Paint and their development of a certain paint was nothing short of revolutionary in the market place. Painters these days have it easy.

Any takers?

Should I write a book geared towards the mass market, I just might elude to it on the list. I am finishing a project for a well known craft supplier and perhaps I'll put it on my web site with a link in my sig.

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Just skimmed the first few pages - any book where characters can shout "By Jove!" and "What the deuce?" is fine by me
And Dames . . . You need lots and lots, and lots of Dames. By Jove, Pip Pip, and all that Rot.

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I am, however, working on a book about plastics.
Hmmm... I may pass on that one. With the subject matter being a little, um, dry, you're going to want a title that'll really grab someone's attention - what do you think of Through the Plexiglass.
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E-Book- The Picture of Dorian Gray
How's the dorian gray? his story always intrigued me
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The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry.. just picked it up but haven't had the chance to actually sit down and read it just yet
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Agree



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Hmmm... I may pass on that one. With the subject matter being a little, um, dry, you're going to want a title that'll really grab someone's attention - what do you think of Through the Plexiglass.
Dry? Perhaps. Bad title because plexiglass is just a tiny part of the history and wont be discussed because it is a boring polymer with little charm; pedestrian to be sure.

I like the story of Casein and Celluloid. Lots of excitement and yes, even a few explosions. Polymers made from cows blood, milk, camphor, and the like turn me on.

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Sorry if it didn't come off as intended, but I was just joking about it being "dry" and the title as well. No offense meant.

Good luck with the book!
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Sorry if it didn't come off as intended, but I was just joking about it being "dry" and the title as well. No offense meant.

Good luck with the book!
LOL . . . I got it and you are correct, it might be dry.

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I am, however, working on a book about plastics. Perhaps there are some lovers of Celluloid Nitrate and Casein that might find my work helpful.

This one is a real page turner due to threats of lawsuits and the disruption of the handmade fountain pen industry. A true potboiler. Let me just say, the Acrylic Acetate did it in the wood shop with a candlestick.

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Any takers?

Should I write a book geared towards the mass market, I just might elude to it on the list. I am finishing a project for a well known craft supplier and perhaps I'll put it on my web site with a link in my sig.

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If they are interesting subjects about something you might not think had an interesting history, then I'll read them! I'm reading a book about the history of Aspirin right now... for the second time. Who know a little white pill that helps get rid of headaches could have such an interesting history full of politics, indutstial espianage, backstabbing and all sorts of other shennanigans starting in ancient Egypt and including helping Bayer bankroll the Nazi regime in WWII? Sure I'll read a book about plastics and paint!



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It's pretty interesting. I'd heard the basics of the story, but never read it. Then I found it on Laputa, and gave it a go. I'd recommend it.
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I finished Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré and Enduring Love by Ian McEwan recently, and I'm currently reading Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.
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I'm reading "The Man Who Loved Books Too Much" by Allison Hoover Bartlett. Bartlett is a journalist who stumbles upon the world of rare book sellers and enthusiasts and finds out about a well known book thief who doesn't think he's doing anything wrong even though he keeps getting thrown in jail. He thinks it's unfair that he can't afford to buy these expensive books. It's broken down from interviews with the book seller who caught him and the thief himself.

Before this I read "An Expensive Education" by Nick McDonnell, a very good and very young (mid 20's author).
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I'm reading "The Man Who Loved Books Too Much" by Allison Hoover Bartlett. Bartlett is a journalist who stumbles upon the world of rare book sellers and enthusiasts and finds out about a well known book thief who doesn't think he's doing anything wrong even though he keeps getting thrown in jail. He thinks it's unfair that he can't afford to buy these expensive books. It's broken down from interviews with the book seller who caught him and the thief himself.

Before this I read "An Expensive Education" by Nick McDonnell, a very good and very young (mid 20's author).
Those sound interesting, I'll look into them!
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If they are interesting subjects about something you might not think had an interesting history, then I'll read them! I'm reading a book about the history of Aspirin right now... for the second time. Who know a little white pill that helps get rid of headaches could have such an interesting history full of politics, indutstial espianage, backstabbing and all sorts of other shennanigans starting in ancient Egypt and including helping Bayer bankroll the Nazi regime in WWII? Sure I'll read a book about plastics and paint!

It's pretty interesting. I'd heard the basics of the story, but never read it. Then I found it on Laputa, and gave it a go. I'd recommend it.
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The breach by Patrick lee. - about a breach in time so to speak, and the odd things that come out of it.

The doomsday key - James rollins, sigma force series.

Loved the original Clive Cussler books back in the day.
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I love James Rollins's work, I always feel it's a cross between Brown's and Ludlum's work. Haven't been reading many of his works lately, but you reminded me that I should

I feel that there are too much to read and not enough time to read everything I want to read!
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Old October 13th, 2010, 03:06 PM   #38 (permalink)
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I love James Rollins's work, I always feel it's a cross between Brown's and Ludlum's work. Haven't been reading many of his works lately, but you reminded me that I should

I feel that there are too much to read and not enough time to read everything I want to read!
I could see that. Do you mean Dan Brown or Dave Brown.

Someone else I really like, Carl Hiaseen (Sp?) and Tom Dorsey. But I grew up in FL and can relate to some of it.
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I used to do that when I was on summer breaks. I'd spend 14+ hours reading and read a book a day. Eyes kind of went like this =.= but I do miss the ability to read without a care in the world and be really absorbed into the story.

I have quite the active imagination and I prefer reading the book to watching the movie of the book. When I'm reading, I FEEL like I'm in the story. If I reach out, I can touch the people in it. So to me a book is more realistic and life like than a movie. Only movie(s) I found that was on par with any books were the LOTR trilogy
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Finished Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. Not bad, but not great. A little absurd.

I think I'll pick up Three Stations by Martin Cruz Smith next.
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I used to do that when I was on summer breaks. I'd spend 14+ hours reading and read a book a day. Eyes kind of went like this =.= but I do miss the ability to read without a care in the world and be really absorbed into the story.

I have quite the active imagination and I prefer reading the book to watching the movie of the book. When I'm reading, I FEEL like I'm in the story. If I reach out, I can touch the people in it. So to me a book is more realistic and life like than a movie. Only movie(s) I found that was on par with any books were the LOTR trilogy
Well said roze. LOTR i actually enjoyed the movies more. It could of been where i was with myself at the time but i couldn't force my self to finish book 3... (like 200+ pages of wrap-up)
Aside from that i still do (well i try) that with the really good ones. I read alot of 'alright' books that don't really draw me in. Nightangel was the first series in a while that i simply HAD to read every waking min
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Just finished the book I was reading, so now it's Night Angel for me
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You'll love it Xyro (you suck if you dont!! LOL)
Seriously though, lets us know what you think while your reading it, would love to have a thread dedicated to it, discussions about plot kinda thing. (with no spoilers of course)
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We'll let you get into it it some first of course, then me and some of the others who have read it can all weigh in
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I used to do that when I was on summer breaks. I'd spend 14+ hours reading and read a book a day. Eyes kind of went like this =.= but I do miss the ability to read without a care in the world and be really absorbed into the story.

I have quite the active imagination and I prefer reading the book to watching the movie of the book. When I'm reading, I FEEL like I'm in the story. If I reach out, I can touch the people in it. So to me a book is more realistic and life like than a movie. Only movie(s) I found that was on par with any books were the LOTR trilogy
Indeed. There are many books that I think would make phenomenal movies, but alas they would cast the wrong people and so on and then it would be totally smurfed up (yes I autocensor myself when typing) For example, Sahara the Clive Cussler novel was awesome, the movie had 2 jackazzes in it, sucked mostly. William H Macy was indeed who I though would be best at the role of admiral, but alas that didn't fix the total smurf up of a movie.

I really Liked LOTR and so far I like Harry Potter for what it is. (again teenage angst and all that BS but still)

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Seriously though, lets us know what you think while your reading it, would love to have a thread dedicated to it, discussions about plot kinda thing. (with no spoilers of course)
I suppose I will have to try nightangel. Never heard of it, but that doesn't mean much.
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The Shawshank Redemption was also a great movie that was originally a novella (too long to be a short story, not long enough to be a novel) by Stephen King. I would argue parts of the movie were even better than the book
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I LOVE Shawshank Redemption! It's in my top 3 all time movies!!! I didn't know it was a book. Might have to read it now, just because, lol.
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