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« Reply #1900 on: April 18, 2019, 09:29:25 AM »
I got like 10 pages into one of his books and made a snap decision he sucked, quit reading it, and have never felt more vindicated than I do now


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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1901 on: April 18, 2019, 10:06:45 AM »
I am almost through with Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway.  Its a fun romp!

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« Reply #1902 on: April 23, 2019, 07:04:12 PM »
I hate myself because I nearly got to the end of the audio book for Argo not realizing that it wasn't some good book that a movie was based on. Instead, it's just like the book version of the movie or whatever. Anyway, it's not very good.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1903 on: April 23, 2019, 07:12:22 PM »
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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1904 on: May 29, 2019, 08:40:17 AM »
Started reading this last night and cranked through 150 pages. If you like cold war spy stories this is right up your alley.


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« Reply #1905 on: May 29, 2019, 08:41:08 AM »
I'm about a quarter of the way into The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. Great book. A pre-apocalypse told through the eyes of a 6th grade girl. The disaster (disclosed at the very beginning) is that the earth's rotation starts to slow down. Days and nights become longer and that's just the start. Fascinating stuff. I think this has already been optioned as a movie or TV miniseries.

Read this book too based on your recommendation and really liked it!

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« Reply #1906 on: May 29, 2019, 08:43:23 AM »
Started reading this last night and cranked through 150 pages. If you like cold war spy stories this is right up your alley.



I read that earlier this year. I rated it 5/5.

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« Reply #1907 on: June 10, 2019, 08:24:31 AM »
A Clockwork Orange - movie is better, but it's so amazing to me that someone can write a book in basically a made up slang language and still be understood. 5/7

Also little Alex is a much worse person in the book :sdeek:
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« Reply #1908 on: June 10, 2019, 10:17:01 AM »
I'm fascinated when the movie is better than the book. Because it's incredibly rare and also because, typically, the movies are much worse than the books.

This example is a little different because the movie is a loose adaptation, but Apocalypse Now is pretty rough ridin' incredible and Heart of Darkness is pretty rough ridin' shitty.

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« Reply #1909 on: June 10, 2019, 10:24:42 AM »
glad to be validated that HoD is trash

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« Reply #1910 on: June 10, 2019, 11:51:29 AM »
I'm fascinated when the movie is better than the book. Because it's incredibly rare and also because, typically, the movies are much worse than the books.

This example is a little different because the movie is a loose adaptation, but Apocalypse Now is pretty rough ridin' incredible and Heart of Darkness is pretty rough ridin' shitty.

Unpopular opinion but I almost never find the book to be better. I like the depth books provide but my imagination is broken or something because movies are always way cooler than whatever my minds eye had going on.
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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1911 on: June 10, 2019, 12:21:00 PM »
I'm fascinated when the movie is better than the book. Because it's incredibly rare and also because, typically, the movies are much worse than the books.

This example is a little different because the movie is a loose adaptation, but Apocalypse Now is pretty rough ridin' incredible and Heart of Darkness is pretty rough ridin' shitty.

Unpopular opinion but I almost never find the book to be better. I like the depth books provide but my imagination is broken or something because movies are always way cooler than whatever my minds eye had going on.

My interest in fiction is in gaining a better understanding of people, fellow humans, the human condition, myself. Having an accompanying picture, regardless of its source, is rarely even necessary for that.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1912 on: June 10, 2019, 12:54:30 PM »
I've bought a few books recently and look forward to reading them.  Will try to review later.

  • Serious Eater: A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption by Ed Levine
  • The MVP Machine: How Baseball's New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players by Ben Lindbergh
  • Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein
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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1913 on: July 01, 2019, 08:12:25 AM »
If you have an interest in the intersection of the stock market and computer technology, Flash Boys is your porn.

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« Reply #1914 on: August 12, 2019, 07:32:15 AM »
Chuck Klosterman's new book of short stories, Raised in Captivity, is awesome and I can't recommend it enough. I listened to the audiobook, which was read by him and a bunch of other people, including H Jon Benjamin, Vincent Kartheiser, and Al Michaels.

Great stories
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« Reply #1915 on: August 12, 2019, 07:33:38 AM »
I've bought a few books recently and look forward to reading them.  Will try to review later.

  • Serious Eater: A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption by Ed Levine
  • The MVP Machine: How Baseball's New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players by Ben Lindbergh
  • Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein
MVP Machine was great and is a must read for a baseball fan interested in the current state of the game.

Halfway through Range and it is good.

Haven't started Serious Eater yet
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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1916 on: August 23, 2019, 08:47:20 AM »
Just read a couple really similar books:

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and The 7-1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. The first one I read on my own and the other was for the company book club. :nerd:

The Harry August one is much better and easier to follow. Both are creative plots even if they seem like groundhog day knockoffs on the surface.

Also reading "The New Jim Crow". Just a good ol' fashioned gut punch that every American should read, much like "Evicted" that I recommended a while back. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0067NCQVU/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

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« Reply #1917 on: August 23, 2019, 05:58:12 PM »
Dignity by Chris Arnade is a good read. It is like the good parts of Hillbilly Elegy without all the dumb crap in the last third and with some really well written/reported vignettes and portraits of poverty in America focusing on suburban and urban poverty.
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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1918 on: August 23, 2019, 10:56:20 PM »
Chuck Klosterman's new book of short stories, Raised in Captivity, is awesome and I can't recommend it enough. I listened to the audiobook, which was read by him and a bunch of other people, including H Jon Benjamin, Vincent Kartheiser, and Al Michaels.

Great stories

I’m halfway through the book. I’m not sure what I think. I think the audio version with different narrators would be better.
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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1919 on: September 05, 2019, 06:01:42 PM »
I listened to the audiobook of Heartland and overall thought it was pretty good. I definitely think it's A) better than cRusty is saying and B) better in the audiobook format. I also think it's assumed that this book is for all people from Kansas, but it's a pretty safe assumption that the people LOLing at these excerpts aren't who the book is about.

I grew up one town over from her at the exact same time and my parents/grandparents/great-grandparents are all farmers. so, it's like pretty close to being about me or at least about the community I grew up in. No one I knew rough ridin' talks like that or thought "flyover country" meant it was dangerous or was unaware of class. They did get a kick out of feeding cows on christmas though. Also LOL at thinking she stood out at rough ridin' KU because she grew up on a farm :lol:

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1920 on: September 06, 2019, 08:08:57 PM »
This should be interesting, like the show "Ancient Aliens" but in a book.





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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1921 on: September 06, 2019, 08:52:33 PM »
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« Reply #1922 on: September 07, 2019, 03:51:51 AM »
This should be interesting, like the show "Ancient Aliens" but in a book.






I read most of a similar book called "1491" v interesting imo.

Also, that dude Graham Hancock was on the Joe Rogan podcast talking about "America Before." was p great.
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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1923 on: September 07, 2019, 06:33:10 AM »
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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1924 on: September 07, 2019, 06:49:48 AM »
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