So, What Are You Reading? v. 2020

Discussion in 'Books' started by Ismitje, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. chaski

    chaski Moderator
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    Mar 20, 2000
    Itchycoo Park
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    American Samoa
    The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton

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    "His whole future seemed suddenly to be unrolled before him; and passing down its endless emptiness he saw the dwindling figure of a man to whom nothing was ever to happen."
     
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  2. Atouk

    Atouk BigSoccer Supporter

    DC United
    Apr 16, 2001
    Arlington, VA
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    Queens Park Rangers FC
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    United States
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    John Updike -- The Centaur
     
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  3. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    I liked Rabbit, Run in college. Tried The Centaur over summer, but DNF. Can't remember why.

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    The Bardo of Waking Life, the image of which was hard to find because the movie Waking Life was directed by Richard Linkletter, who shares the same first name of the book's author, Richard Grossinger, and a lot more people look for the movie than for this book.
     
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  4. Atouk

    Atouk BigSoccer Supporter

    DC United
    Apr 16, 2001
    Arlington, VA
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    Funny, because I went to read The Centaur last year as my second in this volume, after Of the Farm, but DNFed it then.

    I started again recently after reading the other two and am more into it this time.
     
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  5. Ismitje

    Ismitje Super Moderator

    Dec 30, 2000
    The Palouse
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Several years ago I read the most realistic, edge-of-my-seat time travel story, Connie Willis's multiple award winner Doomsday Book about both a modern-day pandemic and a time traveler ministering to people during the Black Plague. It's phenomenal.

    Last week, I read another of her books in the same general universe (that is, time travel centered out of Oxford) that has quickly become one of my all-time favorite books. To Say Nothing of the Dog really shows the author's range, because where the first book was as heavy and often hopeless (and full of true bravery as the caregivers of plague victims keep at it), this one is light and delightful and hopeful. It's flat-out fun.

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    I am not sure I've read two so closely related books that are as different in tone as these two, or as equally wonderful in their own way.
     
  6. KensingtonSC

    KensingtonSC "They're lucky we want equality, and not revenge."

    FC Vaduz / Philadelphia Union
    Jan 7, 2010
    Andalusia, PA
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    FC Vaduz
    Will definitely check out Doomsday Book based on this recommendation. Thanks!
     
  7. Excape Goat

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    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid
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    I seldom read love stories. Two months ago, I read "Norwegian Wood" by Haruki Murakami. I really enjoyed it. So I decided to read more books about love.

    Paul Coelho's "Eleven Minutes" was about desire, love, sex, loneliness, etc. Was I enlightened by tis book? Paul Coelho's books are easy to read, but I probably did not grasp the true meaning of this novel. In the middle, there was a lot of sex scenes. I am not the type of guy who usually got repulsed by sex, but I skipped the description of the sex scenes. In fact, I did read reviews on amazon.com that some reviewers thought the book was all about sex. I can see why some people would dislike the book.
     
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  8. Val1

    Val1 Member+

    Arsenal
    Mar 12, 2004
    MD's Eastern Shore
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
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    The Kill Chain -- Christian Brose

    This is a thoroughly depressing book. It is mostly about how the US is about to fall behind China in a new, high tech, arms race. America, after two stunningly successful major campaigns against Iraq, has not modernized at all and would prefer to fight the next war like the previous two. In other words, with secure forward staging bases, clear (and largely unearned) air superiority, and with a few "heritage" platforms leading the way. China, on the other hand, was scared shitless by America's success and realized they couldn't meet the US on the same battlefield, so they have developed a distributed network of thousands of drones, sensors, cruise missiles and satellites. They developed the first ever anti-ship cruise missile -- the DF-21 with a 1000 mile radius -- designed to attack the crown jewel of America's force projection arsenal: the carrier.

    Of course, the US military has been aware of the threat for quite some time, but the usual suspects will keep us from adapting. The US is doubling down on the sleek, stealth-looking Large Surface Combatant (in otherwords, a cruiser) and will maybe get a dozen of these things when we ought to get 100 self guided Orca subs.

    There's very little prescriptive in the book. Washington, the Pentagon and Silicon Valley need to do a better job. But how likely is that going to happen? Hence the pessimism on the part of author and reader. Sigh.
     
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  9. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Happy Independence Day, everyone!
     
  10. chaski

    chaski Moderator
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    Mar 20, 2000
    Itchycoo Park
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    American Samoa
    Visions of Copy - Jack Kerouac

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    "I see Cody's face occupying the West Coast like a big cloud and that must be because after him there's only water and then China out there for me or he represents all that's left of America for me."


    It took me more than 3 months, but I finally finished this. Whew!!
     
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  11. Excape Goat

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    Mar 18, 1999
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    Real Madrid
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    I do not know how many Americans were required to read this in the Middle School, but I read this for 7th Grade back in 1983. This book changed my life. Before this, I had never read an entire book. Reading was boring or the "uncool" thing to do. Then, I went on to read all of SE Hinton's novels.... my mum was impressed. I became a lover of books ever since.

    'Grease" came out in 1978. Many American kids of my generation probably would have seen that movie and then, read this book a few years later in the Middle School. Even as a 13 years old, I wondered how this book and the movie "Grease" would shape my life. On of my first music album i ever bought was Stray Cats' "Built up for Speed". IThey were a rockabilly band with songs about "gang fights", etc.

    Nope. I never joined a gang. I was nerd.... and unpopular in High School
     
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  12. Q*bert Jones III

    Q*bert Jones III The People's Poet

    Feb 12, 2005
    Woodstock, NY
    Club:
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