So . . . What Are You Reading (2013 Edition)

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  1. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    Read "River God" many moons back. It was odd at first, a total departure from Smith's other books. Got to enjoy it a lot. I've read it at least once since, might be time to dust it off again.

    And welcome!

    Have to look for it. I saw the movie a couple of years or so ago. It's worth the watch.

    I remember Leeds back then. We used to call Bremner "The dirty little dwarf" I was in Goodison when Jimmy Gabriel took the ball off him, Bremner chased him down and jumped on his back. Didn't slow Jimmy down at all, he kept going and got his cross in.
    Gabriel came over and coached the old Sounders for a while. The knuckle dragging media back then didn't like a scouse coaching their kids.
     
  2. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    It's a good book: takes some getting used to since it jumps back and forth from Clough's earlier years (mostly at Derby) and the 40-odd days with Leeds. I'm borrowing a friend's copy which he bought in England. Seems to only be available on kindle here.
     
  3. TightAngelicWingback

    Sep 16, 2013
    Astride a hawk contorting, and its wings too..
    Club:
    Beitar Jerusalem FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Samoa
    Cheers Dr Wankler, for your camaraderie:)

    Incidentally, of Smith's more traditional works, I think I hold Eagle in the Sky, and When The Lion Feeds, closest to my heart..

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    Speaking of Fantasy, my second genre-love after horror, my first... I hold Gemmell (simple but powerful IMO; the man paints, so to speak, with the Primary Colors), and Donaldson (Chronicles of Thomas Covenant) in the most enduring regard.

    Donaldson is the only man whom has ever made me weep while reading a fantasy novel; I believe I wept, beautifully, cathartically, during the penultimate stages of the third book in the original trilogy.

    In highschool, I composed erotica, and those teachers whom were good dudes, indulged me and read aloud to the class said compositions. It was a nice way to "waste" time in the stifling, silly, highschool class days.
     
  4. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    Hey, I did welcome you aboard..:)

    "When the Lion Feeds" was the best book I ever read in the 60's. I had to tell everybody about it. An adventure in the grand scale of African adventure. (I reread a couple of years back and it didn't lose anything) Then the subsequent books following the families travels and travails over generations. "The Sound of Thunder" "A Sparrow Falls" and more.
    "Eagle in the Sky" Not so much. The story line was very good but the maudlin tone it took lost it for me.

    I do believe I've read all of Smiths books over the years.
     
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  5. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
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    And I've never read a single one. Though i'll extend my welcome to TAW as well.
     
  6. TightAngelicWingback

    Sep 16, 2013
    Astride a hawk contorting, and its wings too..
    Club:
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    Nat'l Team:
    Samoa
    Hey my apologies.. Cheers for the welcome:thumbsup:

    How do you feel about Smith's, The Quest? No spoilers please, please... ple-ase dont tase me bro..
     
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  7. TightAngelicWingback

    Sep 16, 2013
    Astride a hawk contorting, and its wings too..
    Club:
    Beitar Jerusalem FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Samoa
    You, son of a...

    Cheers:)
     
  8. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    Then you owe it to yourself. Start with "When the Lion Feeds" though. Wilbur Smith 1964.


    A worthy successor to his Egyptian stories. Hated the way they killed him off in the 3rd chapter though!


    I kid......
     
  9. TightAngelicWingback

    Sep 16, 2013
    Astride a hawk contorting, and its wings too..
    Club:
    Beitar Jerusalem FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Samoa
    Some would opine - admittedly many of these men require a few plum brandy's first - that WTLF remains Smith's greatest work. In my experience, those whom hold that opinion have been, in the majority, Asian-American men with pronounced penchants for fiction involving fratricide, and one of the, Great Cats, employed as symbolic device..

    As regards, The Quest, or, TQ, my feeling is that I should anticipate Taita and Meren eventually fellating one another.
     
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  10. Val1

    Val1 Member+

    Arsenal
    Mar 12, 2004
    MD's Eastern Shore
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Let me add a welcome to TAW as well.:thumbsup: We're always happy to have more readers in this place.

    You gotta do something about your sig, though. This is not a fanboy site...
     
  11. TightAngelicWingback

    Sep 16, 2013
    Astride a hawk contorting, and its wings too..
    Club:
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    Nat'l Team:
    Samoa
    Cheers Val1 bro,

    Btw, I have added a new facet to my sig.. just for you..:D

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  12. chaski

    chaski Moderator
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    Mar 20, 2000
    Itchycoo Park
    Club:
    Lisburn Distillery FC
    Nat'l Team:
    American Samoa
    O Pioneers! - Willa Cather

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    "Isn't it queer: there are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before; like the larks in this country, that have been singing the same five notes over for thousands of years."
     
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  13. TightAngelicWingback

    Sep 16, 2013
    Astride a hawk contorting, and its wings too..
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    Nat'l Team:
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  14. soccernutter

    soccernutter Moderator
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    Aug 22, 2001
    Don't drink beer but like cheese
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    Just started this one, the third of the Jimmy Paz series. So far it is a good read, smoother than the first two (though the second was smoother than the first). Also like the shown The Book of Air and Shadows and The Good Son.
     
  15. Minnman

    Minnman Member+

    Feb 11, 2000
    Columbus, OH, USA
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
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    I'm on the Canto a day plan. Currently wallowing through the last bolgia or two of the 8th Circle. I very much enjoy and appreciate Ciardi's introductions and notes for each Canto.
     
  16. Val1

    Val1 Member+

    Arsenal
    Mar 12, 2004
    MD's Eastern Shore
    Club:
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    Donna Andrews -- Murder with Peacocks and Murder with Puffins

    I am writing a cozy mystery right now and thought I would go back and re-try to familiarize myself with the genre, only to rediscover that I hate the genre. These books are soooo tedious. Cozies are full of dogs and cats (who are practically characters), recipes, quilt patterns, and in these two, birds that have nothing to do with the plot. Waaaay too cutesy.
     
  17. Val1

    Val1 Member+

    Arsenal
    Mar 12, 2004
    MD's Eastern Shore
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    A panda and Segal. That took some doing....
     
  18. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  19. BalanceUT

    BalanceUT RSL and THFC!

    Oct 8, 2006
    Appalachia
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    AKA, Introduction to Overfitting and Capitalization on Inflation of Type I Error :p
     
  20. StiltonFC

    StiltonFC He said to only look up -- Guster

    Mar 18, 2007
    SoCal
    Club:
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    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    it's Seagal, unless that's not Steven Seagal.
     
  21. Walter3000

    Walter3000 Member+

    Apr 8, 2004
    gainesville, Florida
    Club:
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    Started on the Smiley Novel series, quite enjoying the first book so far
     
  22. Bluto11

    Bluto11 The sky is falling!

    May 16, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    On to book #9! Just started but enjoying it

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  23. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    2/3rds of the way into "The English Girl" I really didn't think I was in the mood for another Daniel Silva book right now. Made the mistake of opening it and didn't put the light out until after 1am. Had a meeting the morning as well.
    Silva can be a little exhausting at times but his stories keep you engrossed.

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    "Seven days
    One girl
    No second chances
    Madeline Hart is a rising star in Britain's governing party: beautiful, intelligent, driven by an impoverished childhood to succeed. But she is also a woman with a dark secret: she is the lover of Prime Minister Jonathan Lancaster. Somehow, her kidnappers have learned of the affair, and they intend to make the British leader pay dearly for his sins. Fearful of a scandal that will destroy his career, Lancaster decides to handle the matter privately rather than involve the British police. It is a risky gambit, not only for the prime minister but also for the operative who will conduct the search.
    You have seven days, or the girl dies.
    Enter Gabriel Allon—master assassin, art restorer and spy—who is no stranger to dangerous assignments or political intrigue. With the clock ticking, Gabriel embarks on a desperate attempt to bring Madeline home safely. His mission takes him from the criminal underworld of Marseilles to an isolated valley in the mountains of Provence to the stately if faded corridors of power in London—and, finally, to a pulse-pounding climax in Moscow, a city of violence and spies where there is a long list of men who wish Gabriel dead.
    From the novel's opening pages until the shocking ending when the true motives behind Madeline's disappearance are revealed, The English Girl will hold readers spellbound. It is a timely reminder that, in today's world, money often matters more than ideology. And it proves once again why Daniel Silva has been called his generation's finest writer of suspense and foreign intrigue."
     
  24. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    I've read all the books. His book cover cover paintings are just great as well, aren't they. They'd make a nice series of pictures for the old style office/den wall.
    I've been aboard the Victory, Nelson's Flagship they have that same "feel"
     
  25. StiltonFC

    StiltonFC He said to only look up -- Guster

    Mar 18, 2007
    SoCal
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    how do those compare to C.S. Forster's Hornblower series?
     

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