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Discussion in 'Books' started by Ismitje, Jan 1, 2012.
Really enjoyed this. Several good insights.
Falconer and the Death of Kings, by Ian Morson
King Arthur: Dragon's Child, by M K Hume
Gullhanger: or, How I Learned to Love Brighton & Hove Albion, by Mike Ward
The Athena Project, by Brad Thor
And Then There Were None, by Agatha Chriatie
A Scattering of Jades by Alexander Irvine
As many around here will know, the author is a long time Big Soccer poster. I came across this in a used book store and snapped it up. Enjoying it very much so far.
The Ten Shirt: How the United States Soccer Team [Might Have] Won the 1982 World Cup
by Michael Maddox
Louis L'Amour -- From The Listening Hills (short stories)
My son and I are reading this one right now. Classic stuff. If you haven't read it previously, I guarantee you will remember the ending for the rest of your life.
OK, we're going to need you to tell us how they might have won it all. Intriguing as a title, maybe the most I've seen for a soccer book in years, but I probably won't read it. But we'd love the cliffs notes version...
The first two books of harry potter! More to come
Welcome to BS!
You're not the first person in the last year to just in on the Potter series. As an avowed lover of the series, I can tell you that you've got a lot to look forward to, esp Prisoner of Azkaban, my favorite of the seven.
Might have....but they wouldn't let them carry guns....
Only a couple chapters in, and it's setting up the protagonists' backstories ... cocky kid (Leslie King) with tons of talent from Virginia Beach, poor kid (Billy Ford) from single parent household in West Philly who tries out for the Fury at age 14, etc.
It's pretty much a what-if, alternate universe story where soccer is considered one of the major sports in the United States. There's a part of Ford's initial story talking about how Veterans' Stadium is being built as the home field for the Eagles and Fury, while the Phillies aren't popular enough and will play elsewhere. Detroit Chrysler FC is a big team in the United States; other teams such as the LA Aztecs, NY Cosmos, and NY Americans are considered hugely popular, globally supported clubs akin to Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Picked this up on Monday, finished it this morning. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
I finally got done grading research papers. And I've been reading, but I haven't figured out how to post images when I'm using an Ipad yet. So here are the last three books I've read all by the Chinese American Geographer Yi-Fu Tuan.
I came across this guy's name when I read Eric Weiner's The Geography of Bliss
The Good Life. Interesting take from a Geographer's viewpoint. Focusing on space that makes life better or worse, Tuan offers up his idea. My favorite was his point that a certain degree of austerity is necessary for life to be good.
Who Am I?[/img]. Interesting enough. Far and away the best autobiography I've ever read by a Chinese American geographer.
Dear Colleague. A collection of aphoristic comments collected from letters he's been writing to a close circle of friends over the past 30 years. Funny: four friends of mine and I have been doing that for about 15 years. Maybe we ought to look into putting together our greatest hits.
Picked up another Lee Child book yesterday. "Running Blind" Thought I'd read the opening chapter to see how it goes. Then 3 hours later, I'm well into the book and forgotten what I was 'supposed' to be doing. He does that to you.
Henry VIII's advisor Thomas Cromwell as a cross between Niccolo Machiavelli and Karl Rove.
Biggest load of shite ever
so, no ghost writer...
My belated review of "Post Office."
The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard. He was a New York artist from 1960 until his AIDs-related death in the '90s. Very strange writing. His longest work is the weird experiment in autobiography called I Remeber, about 150 pages of one or two sentence lines, each of which starts with the phrase "I remember" and goes from there. Somehow, it works.
Finished on the plane to DC:
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal, which continues his trend of less-funny and more-sophisticated stories over time.
Next up: the very heavy Child 44 by Tim Rob Smith, which focuses on 1950s USSR.
About halfway through Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore. Interesting take on the French impressionist painters. Not as funny as Fool. Not yet anyway. Here's hoping I fall out of my chair at least once down the stretch.
William Faulkner -- The Town
I'm only in the 3rd chapter, but it's really sucked me in.
Have you read The Hamlet?