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02-22-2012, 07:06 PM
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Either 8/10, or 4/10.

Needed a break from my usual John Sandford novels, picked this up on the kindle for 5 bucks. Strange, strange book. Tale of a hitman on the run, what and who he encounters along the way, and is FULL of strange, (sometimes alarming) flashbacks.

For 5 bucks it gave me about a week of night reading. If you're looking for a strange buy, go for it.

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02-22-2012, 07:18 PM
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Civilization and its Disconnects by Sigmund Freud.

Great perspective on how the external world affects the internal world inside individuals. His thesis on the development of the superego and how it acts as an internal authority figure for developed adults is brilliant. I got great visuals reading this one.



Das Kapital by Karl Marx.

Damn he is a smart dude. His knowledge of economics is deep as you can go. Love some things about it, don't like others. His theory of communism rebellion has a serious flaw, but many of his critiques of the capitalist system are both justified and astute.

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02-22-2012, 09:12 PM
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My sister picked me up Infinite Jest for Christmas because she knows I'm a big James Joyce fan. This book is a cluster **** to read. I have a hard time reading more than 10 minutes of it at a time.
Keep going. It'll come together.

Are you still reading it?

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02-22-2012, 10:19 PM
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The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America by Daniel Hannan

8/10 (a very good read, but marked down only because I prefer to reserve higher for seminal or unique literature)

Written by a member of British Parliament, this is a "warning to America" about following the road to socialism that he's observed first-hand in Europe. He praises the U.S. Constitution for its values and simplicity and slams the European Union constitution for being way too large and regulatory. It's a very interesting comparison, since they're called the same thing and seem similar, but the newer EU constitution, he argues, comes from a fundamentally different place and has a fundamentally different purpose (to list what the government can do) than the U.S. Constitution (to list what the government can't do). One of his best lines is that the U.S. Constitution empowers the people and controls government, whereas the EU constitution controls the people and empowers government.

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02-24-2012, 03:26 PM
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American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings by Allan Cigler.

I really enjoyed this book. It is basically about 100 articles and excerpts from various authors (mostly prominent names in their respective fields) that touch of a number of themes and subjects of American politics.

Cigler does a good job of tying them together into their sub-categories, and I enjoyed many of the articles in it.

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02-25-2012, 12:13 PM
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I like to re-read it every couple of years to keep it fresh in my mind...



10 out of 10 as usual.

Also, a good companion...



A group of essays in favor of the ratification of the US Constitution. Another 10 out of 10.

Both should be required reading for anyone into US politics.

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02-25-2012, 01:04 PM
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Federalist Papers #10, #14, #39 and #78 are the freaking bomb.

Love Madison and Hamilton.

You should read the above book.


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02-25-2012, 04:01 PM
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Podkayne of Mars, by Robert A Heinlein, 5.5/10. My problem with Heinlein is that for someone with his naval and educational background he insists on limiting his sci-fi abilities, often being unrealistic, leaving technical aspects unexplained, often it seem rather unimaginative. He also comes off as a perverted old creep at times, like the flamboyant old man at a bar who tries to pick up the youngest boy available. Aside from that there was some interesting tidbits in this book to think about, the story was at least average but the narrator, who was a 16 year old girl, I found a little too childish for my liking. Think I'll probably hang up the gloves on Heinlein, I've read Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land, both at times were amusing but I found them each laborious after about 3/4 in to each book.

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The Hunger Games

9.5/10

Fantastic dystopian setting. Great premise, solid writing. Character development is a bit lacking, but the writer really knows how to tell a story.

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Halo Cryptum: The Forerunner Saga, by Greg Bear, 7/10. The least challenging Greg Bear book I've read, probably dumbed down a bit for the XBOX generation. I find the Halo story interesting and I like the cgi movies they did, never played the video game though and truthfully only read the book because it was done by Bear and the library near me has a small sci-fi section. This book is narrated through the eyes of a Forerunner and is well after the forerunner/human war where humans have been devolved. It's a good story, maybe a few loose ends I would have liked to have seen tied, such as what happened to the narrators human companions and what exactly happened to the Didact he met up with. I guess people who are more familiar with the series of books may have a better Idea of what happened to them, but I probably won't read any more Halo books, a little too simplified, intended for the average teenager with an attention span of like 10 minutes, IMO.

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02-27-2012, 06:21 AM
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Great Expectations
9/10

Probably my favorite book

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Great Expectations
9/10

Probably my favorite book
Which ending do you prefer? The original or second one?

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Great Expectations
9/10

Probably my favorite book
Love that one. It's actually the only Dickens I've read but I don't know why since it's so great.

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Which ending do you prefer? The original or second one?
Always been more partial to the original.. The first time i read the book it had the 2nd ending in it as the ending.. Seemed too cheesy

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I Am Ozzy - Ozzy Osbourne
4/5

The Dante Club - Matthew Pearl
3/5

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One Corpse Too Many, by Ellis Peters: a very reliable detective series this, set in 12th century England and with a sleuthing Benedictine monk named Brother Cadfael. When Cadfael has been asked to supervise the burial of 94 loyalists who have been hanged, he notices that there are actually 95 bodies awaiting burial. This slight discrepancy doesn't bother anybody else, but it certainly bothers the good brother, who takes it upon himself to find out what is going on. Great premise and a well-executed mystery. One of the bonuses in this series is that you learn a lot about the so-called Dark Ages. Entertaining reading.

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The Hunger Games

9.5/10

Fantastic dystopian setting. Great premise, solid writing. Character development is a bit lacking, but the writer really knows how to tell a story.
I just read this too and I finished it in two days (which maybe not be as fast as some other readers here but it was a lot of reading for me!) and I loved it. I couldn't help but think of two other stories as I read it, and I'm wondering if anyone else thought this.

The two stories I related it to are The Lottery (Shirley Jackson) and The Long Walk (Richard Bachman aka Stephen King). I won't go into long detail about how they all relate but they all gave me the same feeling as I was reading them.

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Federalist Papers #10, #14, #39 and #78 are the freaking bomb.

Love Madison and Hamilton.

You should read the above book.
The Federalist Papers, the best sales pitch ever.

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02-28-2012, 07:39 PM
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I just read this too and I finished it in two days (which maybe not be as fast as some other readers here but it was a lot of reading for me!) and I loved it. I couldn't help but think of two other stories as I read it, and I'm wondering if anyone else thought this.

The two stories I related it to are The Lottery (Shirley Jackson) and The Long Walk (Richard Bachman aka Stephen King). I won't go into long detail about how they all relate but they all gave me the same feeling as I was reading them.
I actually haven't read The Hunger Games yet, but I have read The Lottery, and that's what I thought of when I first heard the concept. My sister got all three books in the aforementioned series for Christmas and had them done before the end of the week.

I've been reading a lot of stuff from local writers. I've got a published poet in one of my English classes, and a good friend of mine in the English department here wrote this:



Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine, Jessie Graves

I've had this since November and just now finished it a couple of days ago. Graves is a poet of images; he likes to take words, dip them in colors ad splash them on the pages to paint pictures of rural Tennessee or New Orleans or New York state. A lot of the poetry is about growing up in a rural community, which I can really relate to: the days before being confined to school, first vehicles (and wrecks), and struggling to follow in your father's footsteps are all things I've lived or seen or been around. I haven't read much modern poetry, but this sets the bar pretty high. I'll give it an 9/10.


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Serena, Ron Rash

It doesn't surprise me that this book is being turned into a film. The "cinematic" (to borrow a term from a friend of mine) style of the book is often reserved for genre fiction, but this has neither a ridiculous premise (see The Da Vinci Code) nor a very particular target audience (like Grisham or Clancy novels). I haven't finished it yet, so I can't rate it, but if the first few chapters are any indicator, I'm going to love it. Also reading some of Rash's other, shorter works, which are all excellent, if a bit on the grim side.

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02-28-2012, 08:13 PM
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I'm almost done reading "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan.

The writing is fairly elementary but the subject matter is eye opening to say the least. Describes the process and chemicals within our food; organic or not.

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I'm almost done reading "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan.

The writing is fairly elementary but the subject matter is eye opening to say the least. Describes the process and chemicals within our food; organic or not.
I was not a big fan of that book, it felt like a burden. HFCS! Corn! Meat!

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Finished the Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell (The Winter King, Enemy of God and Excalibur)

I had some reservations going into this trilogy because I tend to like my Arthurian legends to follow the leads of TH White and Malory, while Cornwell definitely takes his creative license with the Arthur myth in regards with certain characters. However, I ended up loving this series and thought the changes he made to certain characters were well done and fit in great with the story he was telling.

All books are told in the first person by Derfel, Arthur's close friend and trusted warlard. The trilogy is aptly named as it is all about war. When Arthur and his men win a huge battle (usually against great odds) it is not long at all until new battles must be fought. Lots of betrayal and traitors, all of which are fairly easy to see coming. Some nice, intricate details about life in those early ages.

I liked how the first two books had good, complete endings, while still leaving the reader knowing that there is still to come. I don't care for cliffhanger endings in series and I like that Cornwell stayed away from them. The trilogy as a whole had a nice ending as well.

Very enjoyable reading.

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Great Expectations
9/10

Probably my favorite book
I just finished reading that a few days ago.

"Book" 3 (the third stage of Pip's expectations) was amazing.

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I was not a big fan of that book, it felt like a burden. HFCS! Corn! Meat!
yes, i agree it gets repetitive and i'm assuming that's why it felt like a burden. the content is still fresh enough to keep me interested.

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Cities of the Plain, Cormac McCarthy: 8.5/10
The final book in McCarthy's Border Trilogy unites the two protagonists of the prior novels. It may be John Grady Cole's (of All the Pretty Horses) story but more may be revealing of Billy Parham (of Cities of the Plain) instead. The plot is similar in a lot of ways to ATPH (Cole falls for a girl he can't have and disaster inevitably ensues) but that doesn't make it less enjoyable. Eduardo the pimp joins the Judge from Blood Meridian, the old woman from ATPH, Anton Chigurh from No Country and a trio to be encountered below as implacably cold, almost supernatural, unforgettable characters signature to McCarthy's work.


The Orchard Keeper, Cormac McCarthy: 7/10
McCarthy's first novel and maybe my least favorite, but still enjoyable. The story revolves around 3 main characters, a boy, a man, and an older man, but none of them I found especially interesting. A lot of the prose is devoted to the land itself, which McCarthy describes in perfect detail.


Outer Dark, Cormac McCarthy: 8.5/10
A girl gives birth to her brother's son. The son is abandoned in the woods by the brother and the two set out seperately across the landscape - the sister looking for a tinker whom she believes has her son, the brother looking for the sister or some other kind of salvation. A trio of mysterious men stalk after them like accountants, unbeknownst to either. The book is fascinating and horrific, a nightmare very reiminiscent of Blood Meridian.


The Sunset Limited, Cormac McCarthy: 7.5/10
A play (more accurately, a conversation) between two men, Black and White, this zips along at a pace alien to most McCarthy works (I finished it in one morning on the way to work). It deals with themes that turn up frequently in McCarthy's work - mainly religious and existential dilemmas. It may not pack the punch most of his work does, but it's a gripping and easy read.

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