Our Reads of 2024

Discussion in 'Books' started by Ismitje, Jan 1, 2024.

  1. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Stephenson gets better as he goes on (and maybe he still is... I haven't read anything since Quicksilver). But don't make the mistake a lot of people did when Snow Crash came out and track down his first book. . .

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    According to Wikipedia, where I got the image . . . Stephenson has said he is not proud of this book.[1] When Stephenson's Snow Crash was published in 1992, the book that became a best-seller and vaulted him to fame, The Big U was out of print and Stephenson was content to leave it that way. When original editions began selling on eBay for hundreds of dollars, he relented and allowed The Big U to be republished, saying that the only thing worse than people reading the book was paying that much to read it.
     
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  2. TheJoeGreene

    TheJoeGreene Member+

    Aug 19, 2012
    The Lubbock Texas
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    I've got Cryptonomicon and Termination Shock in my pile to read and I intend to get to Seveneves and The Baroque Cycle trilogy at some point in the future.
     
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  3. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
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    Faith, Hope and Carnage, a book length interview/discussion between musical polymath Nick Cave and British journalist Sean O'Hagan. Pretty interesting, given the things that Cave was dealing with (death of his mother and his 15 year old son, etc).
     
  4. Bluto11

    Bluto11 The sky is falling!

    May 16, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Finished Spook Street last week, my brother gave me the next one and since I had jury duty yesterday I basically read the whole thing. Didn't get picked, just sat at the courthouse all day

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    I enjoyed it, partly because the crew was all in one spot for most of it, including Lamb. Usually he pops up, saw some asshole-ish things, goes to do his own thing, then pops up again. Felt like he was around more in this one.
     
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  5. Chesco United

    Chesco United Member+

    DC United
    Jun 24, 2001
    Chester County, PA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Argentina
    Flying Close To The Sun by Cathy Wilkerson. Wilkerson was a member of the controversial leftist group Weather Underground. She details her experiences. Personally, I never identified as a leftist revolutionary. Then, Trump happened. Should be an interesting book.
     
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  6. bigredfutbol

    bigredfutbol Moderator
    Staff Member

    Sep 5, 2000
    Woodbridge, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I worked at a Barnes & Noble in 2001; we hosted a reading by former Weather Underground member Bill Ayres (the one who was later associated with Obama) promoting his biography.
     
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  7. Chesco United

    Chesco United Member+

    DC United
    Jun 24, 2001
    Chester County, PA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Argentina
    The 25th Hour by David Benioff. I really liked the film of the movie with Anna Paquin, Edward Norton and actors like Philip Seymour Hoffman and gridiron player Tony Siragusa who have sadly since sadly since passed away. I believe that Benioff was later a writer on Game of Thrones. The book looks interesting.
     
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  8. Q*bert Jones III

    Q*bert Jones III The People's Poet

    Feb 12, 2005
    Woodstock, NY
    Club:
    DC United
    And now you can't run for public office.
     
  9. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
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    Best Minds: How Allen Ginsberg Made Revolutionary Poetry From Madness. . . his own and as well as his mother's, by Stevan M. Weine, a trained psychiatrist who met Ginsberg during his (Weine's) undergrad years and who later went to med school to become a trained psychiatrist. Ginsberg gave him access to his own medical records as well as that of his mother, and Weine has turned out a pretty good book (since in his words, he doesn't glamourize madness, nor does he pathologize creativity).
     
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  10. nopalnation

    nopalnation Member+

    Jun 2, 2007
    San Diego CA
    Club:
    CA Monarcas Morelia
    Nat'l Team:
    Mexico
    this book started a life long love for books. A teacher in high school made me read it and then I read Neuromancer… and hundreds of books later I have to thank snow crash for it all.

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