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01-25-17 11:04 AM - Post#1691586    


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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.

I just got back from Shanghai and Hong Kong, and decided to start reading it. My wife finished the book before we left and loved it for what it is - light, trashy reading for the beach, the pool, or the plane.



I love light trashy reading! Might have to pick this up.
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01-26-17 09:26 AM - Post#1691677    


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Step Up and Lead.

Fire and Water.
 
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02-16-17 04:37 PM - Post#1693430    


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"No Angel"

Great read about ATF agent Jay Dobyns who infiltrated the Hell's Angels. I loved "Under and Alone" about Steve Queen infiltrating the Mongols..... this one is better writing. The author managed to convey the shifting loyalties that go with undercover work (as I understand it). There are parts where the speaker (Jay Dobyns) honestly talks about his family as if they're a pain...... heart wrenching and very "real".
 
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02-16-17 06:00 PM - Post#1693447    


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In The Garden of the Beasts by Eric Larson.

Historical fiction.

The buildup of Nazism in Germany.

The protagonist is William Dodd, the Ambassador to Germany.

It's set in 1933.

So far so good.
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02-16-17 07:15 PM - Post#1693470    


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He is a terrific writer. I have that one on the shelf, to be read at some point soon. You can't go wrong with any of his work.
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02-16-17 07:45 PM - Post#1693475    


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I agree.

I read the one he wrote about the Lusitania, Dead Wake.

Well done.

After I finish this one, I might get the one about the hurricane.

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02-16-17 10:29 PM - Post#1693491    


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Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy - not one of his best but still enjoyable. He must have been in a humorous mood when he was writing the first half. Some of it is nearly indecipherable.

"it howled execration upon the dim camarine world nativity wail on wail while lay there gibbering with palsied jawhasps, his hands putting back the night like some witless paraclete beleaguered with all limbo’s clamor."
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."


 
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02-20-17 06:31 PM - Post#1693749    


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Did you ever read Blood Meridian? Another McCarthy book, but written in the prose of the 19th century (I think) so there is no punctuation at all. Hardest read ever. I gave up halfway though. '

Ben Nichols (singer of Lucero) released an EP of songs inspired by the book - "Last Pale Light In the West" hauntingly beautiful.
 
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02-20-17 08:33 PM - Post#1693757    


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That's one of my favorite books.

McCarthy's writing style is heavily influenced by William Faulkner so there's a lot of stream of consciousness and little punctuation aside from periods.

I've read all his novels, Suttree and Outer Dark have the most difficult passages to interpret imo.
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Edited by Jobu on 02-20-17 08:34 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
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03-02-17 09:25 AM - Post#1694581    


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Just finished "One Soldier:A Canadian Soldier's Fight Against the Islamic State." This is a very easy to read book, written very colloquially. You can easily get by this book in a day or two. The story is absolutely fascinating, about a Canadian Soldier, Dillon Hillier, who is a former Afghanistan veteran who packs up one day and decides to fight Isis in Northern Iraq with the Kurdish peshmerga. It's at times funny, and at times tragic, and overall provides some very good unsight from the ground level on the fighting that's happening over there. Just a warning to our liberal brothers here, but he is a conservative and makes no bones about it throughout the book, often times even overgeneralizing a little on the left, which is a mild weakness of the book, as I tend to prefer these kinds of stories without too much partisanship. But you can't blame the kid, his father was a conservative MP.


 
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03-02-17 09:28 AM - Post#1694583    


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I'm currently reading "The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin" by Steven Lee Myers." I just got through 68 pages of the first section.

So far, not a bad book.


 
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03-02-17 02:35 PM - Post#1694612    


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Anything in there about his kgb days?

Is Putin just misunderstood?
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03-02-17 03:01 PM - Post#1694614    


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Up to page 68, that has been the primary focus. It's actually quite interesting. Not quite what I expected.


 
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03-07-17 09:36 PM - Post#1695115    


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I am now reading China Rich Girlfriend - the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians. Enjoyable light reading, and yet both books have a surprising amount of cultural information and language insight.
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03-08-17 01:54 PM - Post#1695186    


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"The Enemy" by Lee Child. My ninth or tenth book of that series since October. I was going to take a break and my significant other got me his latest book for my BDay in Feb.. It was a prequal, I read that and went to the library to see how many I have read, "The Enemy" was there and I hadn't seen that one on the shelves.

Very light reading and very addictive these books, and informative.
 
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03-08-17 01:56 PM - Post#1695187    


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The type disappears when I try to edit the above post. The Bday book is "Night School."
 
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