Let's share good books.
"Fall of Giants" (pre-WW1 drama history) 1k+ pages
"Pillars of the Earth" (medieval drama history) 1k+ pages
"Dreyfus Affair" (France SNAFU history) 500+ pages
"SpyMaster" (autobio from Olec Kalugin) 450+ pages
and plan to read online the latest book from Latif Yahia "Black Hole",same guy who wrote "Devil's Double" book & movie about being Uday Hussain's bullet catcher.
http://latifyahia2006.blogspot.com/2009 … lcome.html
If the "Spymaster" you're going to read is the same one I read, that's a good book.
"The Jefferson Lies" by David Barton. I'm immensely enjoying that one.
"Hedge Britannia" by Hugh Barker. Yeah, it's not for everyone (literally, it's a history of British Hedges) but it's funny and also historically interesting, if you're into that sort of thing.
Finished reading "SpyMaster" from Olec Kalugin and now reading Into the Mirror: The Life of Robert P. Hanssen by Norman Mailer and Lawrence Schiller.
Very interesting that the two books mention the same names. In Spymaster, the SVG didn't know who was feeding them info until Hanssen was arrested.
Read Spymaster first
then Comrade J
and then Into the Mirror
They are all related
I'm in a reading frenzy because even though I have a swimming pool - can't be out there all day in the merciless sunshine even with SPF 50 all day long and it's 98 degrees.
Planning to go to library for more books.
??? All three all those books are non-fiction!
Oops! Sorry! I just missed out the genre of the first three..hmm, I would like to check out your list..they sound interesting. I have been reading something that is quite elementary and old, but I am finding it interesting. It is a 'Critical Introduction to W.B.Yeats' by Stan Smith. As usual, I am enjoy the introduction most.
Not the same one I read. Back in the 80's, there was a book that had (I think) the same title. It was written by a former member of MI6, about the infamous Kim Philby affair. It was very good. Little self-serving, but still a cracking good read!
Yeah, started reading it yesterday, "My Silent War", after reading the other book, this book seems antiqued. So dated since in one of the later books Olec visits Philby was was an old broken man, ignored.
I read the book back in the 1980's, and it was about something that happened (if I remember correctly!) in the 1950's. I would be surprised if any of the people involved are even still alive!
Here's how long ago I read it, the general consensus seems to be that Philby is "pink" (boy, talk about antiquated phrasing!) Philby himself was quite coy. And the guy who wrote "Spymaster" (which because of the Official Secrets Act was not published in his native England) thought Philby was completely red.
Is that as confusing to you as it is to me?
Presently, I have a set of books which I have been reading, then re-reading, then re-reading, which would seem to be ridiculous, but I continue to learn from them.
I apologize, I am unable to name the books, due to other agreements in place. However, the books cover religion, politics, philosophy, wealth, power, logic, reasoning and more, and is backed by thousands upon thousands of years of research by many people who have lived, breathed and died.
I'm reading 'A Treatise on Human Nature' by the great 18thC Scottish philosopher David Hume
'The Origin and Evolution of Birds' by Alan Feduccia
'The Beak of The Finch - Evolution in Real Time' by Jonathan Weiner
'The Old Curiosity Shop' by Charles Dickens
'La Fine e' Il Mio Inizio' by Tiziano Terzani
Lined up at the top of a very big pile...
'Behavioral Ecology' by Krebs & Davis
'The Ancestor's Tale' by Richard Dawkins (writing as a scientist not a polemicist)
'Europe: A History' by Norman Davies
'800 Years of Women's Letters' by Olga Kenyon
'Terminal World' by Alistair Reynolds
'This Moment on Earth' by John and Teresa Kerry
'La Bottega Dei Gioccatoli' by Angela Carter
'Refusing to Be a Man - Essays on Sex and Justice' by John Stoltenberg
'Ethnic Conflict in The Western World' ed. Milton J. Esman
'Of Bread and Guns' by Nigel Harris
'Fundamentals of Conservation Biology' by Malcolm L. Hunter
'The Mind of God' by Paul Davies
'Complete Poetical Works' by Andrew Marvell
Wow! you read a lot a books! Is this in one month or what?!
Yes I do read all the time. I always have a book with me and I just read whenever I can. I'm thinking about getting an eReader to make it more convenient but a lot of the books wouldn't really work in that format (stuff with scientific diagrams for example). No, not a month, a couple maybe. But I can happily get through a book in a day. It really depends what it is. The history of Europe, for example, might take me a year because I'll be thinking critically and cross-referencing a lot. 'Of Bread and Guns' only took an hour and a half. I really should find the time to read more fiction.
Everyone must read 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' by Louis de Berniere (the Nicholas Cage movie bears no resemblance to the book at all and they completely changed the ending) as it is a work of genius. Also, I challenge anyone with a heart not to weep buckets through the entire final three chapters!
The Jefferson Lies by David Barton
Being George Washington by Glen Beck
Bloody Crimes by James L Swanson
I love American history!
Okay, I admit it, this isn't great literature, but I'm going to start "Black Jack Justice" by Gregg Taylor because I love the audio dramas so much!
I'm reading The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. Definitely recommend, it's helped me see both Nixon and Clinton a little more clearly.
Also recommend Boomerang by Michael Lewis. It's about how the global downturn has effected the world. The chapter on Greece is worth the price of admission, I understand Greece more now, though I like it less.
I just read Under The Dome by Stephen King, even wrote a review. My next book is most likely going to be... on my shelf. I haven't decided yet.
I used to be a Stephen king fanatic until about the third book of the Gunslinger series when he said that he was planning a total of 7,000 pages in total. Heard in the last of the book series - he puts himself in it. Must've wrote himself into a corner like the TV series "LOST"?
Still like the short story about the werewolf with Gary Busey in it.
Yeah, the Dark Tower Series is a hate it or love it sort of thing. Good comparison to LOST though, especially seeing the story goes almost completely insane at one point. He wrote a prequel recently to the Dark Tower, however, I don't exactly know how that is possible... especially seeing that Insomnia tied into it as well.
Books 5,6, and 7 of The Dark Tower series are must-reads (meaning the entire series is as it's basically one long book). It's so amazing what he does in the series. Unfortunately, they only seem to be read by the more avid King fans.
Keith, the new one (The WInd Through The Keyhole) is written so that it happens in the middle of books 4 and 5. It's basically Book 4.5. It's on the shorter side but it really packs a punch. It is an amazing story and could even stand by itself separate from the series. I've read everything by King and The Wind Through The Keyhole is honestly one of my favorite things he's ever written.
I tend to read a few books at a time. I'm actually reading "Niacin the real story," and "vitamin C the real story." Boring I know.
I'm currently reading Vikram Seth's 'A Suitable Boy'. Once I finish this 1.3k+ mammoth, I've Salman Rushdie's 'Midnight's Children' lined up on my book shelf.
I'm halfway through Vikram Seth's 'A Suitable Boy'. This 1300+ pages epic is a mesmerising combination of all those things that you crave in a good book. A post Partition/Independence India is the backdrop with all its prejudices, moral values, communal ideologies, ideals and corrupt politics. Beneath all this is a mother's struggle to find a suitable boy for her daughter and the girl's naive love story that's oddly touching.
I became interested in the histories written by Kurlansky. I read and loved Salt. Now I'm reading The Big Oyster. Next I'll read Cod. These histories are a little weird, because they tell the whole history in context, and you find out all kinds of things you didn't know. How the different parts affect each other and all circle around the commodity - salt, or oysters, so far - is really entertaining. You know, that whole "if this hadn't happened, that wouldn't have happened" thing. Only the first thing that had to happen is associated with the commodity being written about.
I just finished reading "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen" by Paul Torday. Have not seen the movie yet and will probably do so.
I enjoyed reading the book immensely - although afterwards thought that some of the methods used to convey the story (especially the interviews) were a bit superficial. The politicians and officials - and Fred Jones' wife are depicted with very little sympathy. Maybe they deserve it.
The story itself is captivating and very original
Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in Popular Culture. Don't jump to conclusions about my tastes; I'm teaching a university course on the subject. Just finished The Devil in the White City, about a grisly serial killer in 1890s Chicago. They're both good books, but I'll be ready for something more uplifting when I'm through.
I am thinking about reading Hunger Games sometime soon. Also, I may start reading the Harry Potter series to my son soon. I haven't read them yet so we would both be reading them for the first time.
Both are great! I've read most of Harry Potter (got delayed after Book Five & need to read the last two) and all of Hunger Games. Rarely have I just plain enjoyed anything as much as I did the very first Potter book. Hunger Games was compelling and interesting. Both series are billed as books for youth, but they certainly have the sophistication for adults to appreciate them.
I'm reading "The Quiet Girl" by Peter Hoeg and The second book in the Hunger Games series. Also reading "The Shining", "Gulliver's Travels" (almost done) and "Middlemarch". I want to read "Ficciones" by Jorge Louis Borges.
Right now reading My life next door, and also reading in parallel Kindred in Death by J.D.Robb. Both excellent books.
I'm reading 'thinking, fast and slow' by Kahneman, an art of survival biography of Talleyrand by orieux jean and 'from Socrates to Sartre by Lavine and economics by Samuelson now.
I plan to read how mind works by pinker, fooled by randomness, shantaram by Roberts, zadig by voltaire, great gatsby and security analysis.
I just started "50 Shades of Grey". I'm on chapter 3, and I feel like it isn't very well written. Not bad necessarily, just...immature. Of course then I learned it was originally written as a Twilight fan fiction and it all made sense.
i would suggest Khalid Hosseini's 'The Kite Runner' and 'A Thousand Splendid Sons', the latter being more interesting. it overs a story of an afghani girl and how life turns miserable and how she finds a way of her own
I just read 'The Kite Runner' and 'A Thousand Spendid Suns'. I enjoyed them both but I agree, Suns was better.
Have you watched the movie "the kite runner"? It's better than the book actually.
I've been wanting to read "The Kite Runner."
If you have read the splendid suns and liked it very much, then you might like it, otherwise it'll be a waste of time.
Haven't read it. Only really know "Kite Runner" because of the movie but it sounds like a good one from the synopsis.
Oh it is! The Kite Runner is a beautiful story.
The pace and presentation is Good, I didn't like the climax and he is selling the misfortunes of Afganistan.
I've just begun with "The First Man" by Albert Camus...and I'm already a fan. It's an autobiographical novel found at the site of the car accident which killed him when he was only 46. And it was an incomplete copy then.
I just started reading: The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America
Yeah it's really worth watching...such a thought provoking subject. And when it's a movie, it's an altogether different experience.
i found another book called 'The Alchemy Of Desires', i started it, seems an interesting read
The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Different than I expected, but good so far.
Read all of the Hunger Games books and enjoyed them.
I'm re-reading The Passage by Justin Cronin, getting ready for the next in the series due out in Sept.
I'm also reading a couple books on writing techniques.
Just finished reading the most excellent book by maria goodavage - Soldier Dogs -
This is what I wrote in the FB page for Soldier Dogs:
"There seems to be a dichotomy with Solder Dogs having a higher rank than the handlers yet are still considered 'equipment'. A gun does not have rank.
Perhaps this is a way to get Soldier Dogs recognized as canine personnel or nonhuman personnel under UCMJ - Article 134 - (Abusing public animal)"
Please add link to petitioning DOD to continue funding after 10/12 as referred on page 187. Thank you in advance.
2 books on the go...'a long way gone - memoirs of a boy soldier' and 'the girl who played with fire'
Question: How do you pick out books?
I do it 2 ways: when I'm on a subject - I reserve it from the library.
when I'm at the library - I browse the new book non-fiction section.
Sierra Vista Library is well-funded
Since my main topics of interest are apologetics and theology (not necessarily in that order) I often browse catalogues.
I like history, and bookstores are often good for that. I'm very much a classic bibliophile, so if I think the book is good, I want to keep it!
Don't tell anyone, but chasing my daughter around Target has afforded me the opportunity to read several books.
Gosh, I am immersed in books - or they are constantly hurtling towards me as if I'm space-traveling through a literary asteroid belt - so I don't know about picking them out (which conjures up leisurely hours browsing through the shelves of a dusty used bookstore...) it's more a case of racing against time to read what there already is.
I am currently reading "Smokin' Seventeen" by Janet Evanovich. Its seems dry in comparison to some of the books previously listed but I read according to my mood and lately I have been a little sad and these books will have me laughing out loud. I have "Sing Me Home" by Jodi Picoult lined up to read next but I have to prepare myself for her books as they can be sad.
I just finished "American Savior", it was about Jesus running for POTUS of the USA.
Good book, funny.
I read a book a long time ago called "Christ On Trial" but I don't remember the author's name. I plan on reading from the "Book Of Life", but, I misplaced the key that unlocks it. 'Come and see!'
Then I suggest 'the last temptation of Christ' by nikos Kazantzakis, you might like it.
I haven't read the book but I saw the movie and thought it was the most diabolical (pardon the phraseology) trash. I'm no christian but that was an absurd interpretation of the life of Jesus that actually left the christian mythology looking more faithful to the historical facts!
So, I just finished reading Gerg's first novel Fatal Indemnity. If you haven't congratulated him, then check out this thread and show HP love and support. It's a REALLY good novel and I highly recommend it. If you read his hubs, you'll realize what a great writer he is. http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/99629
Slowly reading that bio on Steve Jobs. But the book i am looking forward to reading is Magician's End by Raymond E Feist, only problem is its not out until May 2013
Just finished On The Road by Kerouac, which was really interesting, especially if you're really into travel. Loved that it was based on his real escapades with his friend Neal Cassidy.
Right now I'm reading The Cider House Rules by John Irving; it's a bit hefty, but the story-telling is immensely good, really pulls you in!
I have most of fall of giants great read. I am into the whole zombie thing now. I am currently reading World War Z and Autumn
I got my sister “The Hunger Games” series for her birthday. She loved it, and she’s given the books to me to read. They’re going to be my next reading project. I know that they were written for children (or young adults), but I like reading imaginative children’s books!
I've recently read: "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett, for enjoyment, and "The Leopard" by Guiseppe di Lampedusa for a History class.
I really enjoyed "The Leopard" and chose not to return the book at the end of the semester.
I wonder why no one mentions Harry potter series or chronicles of narnia nor any classics. Or is it all read?
I imagine that most people who were going to read those since the movies came out have done so. Many of us read one or the other before the movies. I loved the Chronicles as a kid.
Yes, I loved the Chronicles as a kid, too (blissfully ignorant of the disguised christian apologetics, which is doubtless an indication of Lewis's genius!) but interestingly Tolkien didn't like them. He shared Lewis's faith but said he didn't like 'analogies'. However, they were both very influential and while I find the Lord of The Rings quite tedious I still love The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - and what a great title! Boy do I wish I'd thought of that.
I just finished Moby Dick last week. I have to admit it took about a month to get through. Thought provoking, but man, it's tough at times.
I agree that it's a tough one. Melville actually only sold a little over 3,000 copies in his lifetime and he had to self-publish, too. However, it is worth it. You just have to get into the language and settle in to the pace. It's beautiful really.
I would like to read a book where there are many "how to's" on it, general know how like how to boil water in the microwave, stove top under the sun or on the roof and simple maintenance how tos inside the house that uses tools, car maintenance etc...
I am finally getting into the fad, and realized its a worthwhile one... but I'm reading Hunger Games.... and the Pretty Little Liars series. Yes I always keep two books going at once. Usually very different ones so I can read based on my mood.
At the moment, I'm re-reading (once again) the Harry Potter series. I've probably read the first one at least 7 times now. I'd read them all again when a new book was due to come out. And now I'm reading them again!
Other books I recommend (besides Dave Barry, they're all fiction/fantasy):
~Anything by Dave Barry (I've only read "Dave Barry is From Mars and Venus" and "Dave Barry is Not Making This Up," but I'm getting another one)
~"The Name of the Wind" and "The Wise Man's Fear" by Patrick Rothfuss (the first two books of a trilogy--the 3rd hasn't come out yet)
~The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin by Masha Gessen (2012)
Damn, This guy is a bloody thug-thief. Check this out:
"In June 2005, while hosting a group of American businessmen in St Petersburg, Putin pocketed the 124-diamond Super Bowl ring of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. He had asked to see it, tried it on, allegedly said, ''I could kill someone with this'', then stuck it in his pocket and left the room abruptly. After a flurry of articles in the US press, Kraft announced a few days later that the ring had been a gift - preventing an uncomfortable situation from spiralling out of control ..... In September 2005, Putin was a guest at New York's Guggenheim Museum. At one point his hosts brought out a conversation piece another Russian guest must have given the museum: a glass replica of a Kalashnikov automatic weapon filled with vodka. The gaudy souvenir costs $300 in Moscow. Putin nodded to one of his bodyguards, who took the glass Kalashnikov and carried it out of the room, leaving the hosts speechless."
I am reading a very interesting historical book, which kept me up last night, I'm 1/3 done.
I enjoy reading history. One of my current books is "The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America" by Maury Klein.
I am also reading "Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics" by Gary Zukav
Both books compliment each other.
Is that the same Gary Zukav who used to bliss out on Oprah?
I’d suggest fellow Authors Carol Wyer or Stephen Hise
If you are interested in something humorous and lighthearted try Carol’s
‘MINI SKIRTS AND LAUGHTER LINES”
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/6 … haelNatale
For something on the SciFi & exciting side try Stephen’s
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/2 … haelNatale
If you are interested in a thriller novel try mine, titled THE SHOPKEEPER.
All Three books are receiving FIVE STAR ratings from readers and are available in EBook or Paperback. The links above are just one source to obtain them but they have great descriptions of the books written by the Authors and reader reviews. If you are interested in my novel you can find links in my profile
Just read "Doomsday Conspiracy" by Sidney Seldon.
Currently reading "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens.
Anticipating to read, "Revolutions 2020" by Chetan Bhagat.
Other books in mind are "Deception Point" by Dan Brown, "The God Of Small Things" by Aurundathi Roy.
I must say Books have been a wonderful part in life and sure it will stay so though whatever replacements come about in any manner.
I rather have a real book than a kindle. But do like audio books so I can listen while walking/hiking/cleaning house.
I prefer books over kindles myself.
I love all of Sidney Sheldon's books. I was sorry when he died!
Just finished: A widow's story, by Joyce Carol Oates-her memoir of her experience following the death of her husband, Ray Smith, after almost 50 yrs of marriage.
Will soon be reading: The Immortal story of Henrietta Lacks--it's about the woman whose cells were frozen and used for decades in research projects: the HeLa cells. Author: Rebecca Skloot
I just started The Stone and the Flute/Hans Bemmann. It's a fantasy novel. I like it so far. It is like an endless fairytale with the journey more fascinating than the destination..
Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace by Peter Janney 2012
The author's father was Wistar Janney, who worked for the CIA ...he eventually discovered a role that his own father had to play in the murder.
So far a very good book (page 21)
I've been working my way through Harmonium by Wallace Stevens for about the last 18 years. His first book of poetry, it shook the literary world when it was published, in 1923, and continues to split poetry lovers right down the middle. Why?
I do read other books but this one is so rich and savoury I can't stop dipping my bread. Prose is so diluted. Poetry holds the essence of language.
Text field only, can't copy the cover image. Some sites have a button to pull up a picture from file saved to your computer, one of the ways I've done it that's easier than multiple sites, like loading it to image hosting (Photobucket), then getting the HTML for them to read it here as it's frame instead of address. Ugh. My head spins. I still don't know how to use an offline address if image is saved to Windows file like Pictures, you know? So I have to go to Photobucket...more loading pages...anyone hate loading things as much as I do?
BAM! Creativity skill point two-thirds full until level...six. Like the devil.
Neil Gaiman is someone I'd heard positively about the works of and I had to wait a long time before I could find anything by him to read, being lost in some other dom of darkly fuming porous cycles. Really hope the image is showing up right. Sometimes it's that IMG type of code, other times, it's the http. I can take another page load to preview it before submitting, right?
Neil Gaiman is an excellent writer and The Graveyard Book is an absolutely seminal work well worth a read. He has an extraordinary imagination and beautiful, succinct prose style.
This is what our soon-to-be 6th grader chose from her summer reading list. I have read some of it with her and I think it is actually pretty funny!
I'm reading intensely the Book of Revelation by John from Patmos.
I have most recently been reading, Death: A Life, by George Pendle
I find this book smart and utterly hysterical! However, I know some who would find this book highly offensive...those with closed minds and no sense of humor! ;-)
For those who prefer reading series (and not the 50 Shades kind), I LOVE the Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon.
I love this so much, because she combines history with a bit of sci-fi. I have never been a sci-fi person, but this is written so well...
A World of Curiosities: Surprising, Interesting, and Downright Unbelievable Facts from Every Nation on the Planet by John Oldale
I'm calling shenanigans on some of this the pulling of teeth as a marriage gift is from Canada - not the US. & I have a real hard time believing that US tank ops don't like apricot pits (WTF?)
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