Rewarding Reads

Re: Rewarding Reads

Postby The_Hankerchief » August 27th, 2012, 10:42 pm

mitchellbravo wrote:YESSSSS.

Lmao "Why are you going up to the east coast Hank" "This girl that posts on an internet forum I'm on has a book she wants to lend me" "Ohhh... kay..."


You know what, you're right. I'll bring over a book or two I think you might appreciate, just to make it fair.

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Ever read On Her Majesty's Occult Service? Funny as all hell; it's about afat, balding thirty-something British computer hacker who accidentally hacks open a gateway to Hell and winds up working for a division of the British government (known as "the Laundry" that keeps this stuff from happening. Lots of tech references and quotable dialog. Comes highly recommended by me.


On another note: technically, we're not allowed to travel four hours outside of the base without special approval. Fortunately, with the way I drive, this should be a cakewalk. Who wants to bet I can make it from north-central Texas to the Atlantic Ocean in under four hours in a rental car?

(/dream of re-enacting Smokey & The Bandit)
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Re: Rewarding Reads

Postby mitchellbravo » August 27th, 2012, 10:47 pm

That sounds awesome. And, to prove how much I need to go to bed, I was just going to tell you "Oh man, if you road trip over to the East, you need to keep a diary of it, like this John Steinbeck book I have where he takes an RV and..."
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Re: Rewarding Reads

Postby The_Hankerchief » August 27th, 2012, 10:50 pm

mitchellbravo wrote:That sounds awesome. And, to prove how much I need to go to bed, I was just going to tell you "Oh man, if you road trip over to the East, you need to keep a diary of it, like this John Steinbeck book I have where he takes an RV and..."


That is an excellent idea. I wonder why it hasn't been done befo- oh, wait a minute.....
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Re: Rewarding Reads

Postby ireallylikeapples » November 30th, 2012, 2:36 pm

Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami. I listened to the recorded version of this one while on vacation, and it was an AMAZING experience. I felt like I was high the whole time, and it was a whole week sober because you can't take drugs on a plane. (Not that I'd want to cause I don't do drugs.) It was just amazingly beautiful and crazy and whoa. My dad and I discussed that book nonstop for about two weeks after we read it. Definitely recommended, it's a masterpiece.
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Re: Rewarding Reads

Postby flyingtoast » March 8th, 2013, 3:57 pm

Look, this series has an amazing story along with the most breathtaking art I have ever seen in any graphic novel in my life.(and it gets prettier with each book)
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Re: Rewarding Reads

Postby The_Hankerchief » March 15th, 2013, 3:21 pm

Elmore Leonard's "Ten Rules Of Writing". It's short, but funny and very true.

While we're on that subject, anything by Elmore Leonard is good. He's probably one of the greatest crime novelists around. Plus he's now like 80 something and still cranks out books like Stephen King. Hell yeah.
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Re: Rewarding Reads

Postby Chris chris » April 6th, 2013, 1:41 am

Magic of You by Johanna Lindsey. I was on vacation with my mom and wanted a book to read on the plane ride him. We were at a little thrift store when I came across this book. I wasn't sure what to expect of this romance novel that wasn't fantasy related. Quite pleasant surprise with a feisty determined young lady wanting to marry a man she knew for sure would be her husband. Even though that man was cold hearted and spiteful toward her uncles.

Could be the story reminded me a lot of how my grandmother and her husband met...
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Re: Rewarding Reads

Postby UrbanMysticDee » April 6th, 2013, 11:42 pm

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robybang wrote:Orson Scott Card's Empire. I had heard a lot of talk about the Ender series, hadn't heard about any of his political leanings until after I read the book, and the premise on the back of the book was interesting. It was about a civil war starting between liberals* and conservatives. Promising, it's just not carried out very well because the author is so invested in his own party that the book is less about condemning political extremism than condemning political extremism from the party the author doesn't like:

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The main character is a conservative Iraq War veteran who every so often complains about the liberal media and the liberal college professors etc. He was supposed to come up with possible attack plans terrorists might use to stage another attack on the country so the government can defend against these attacks, which liberal spies find and sell to the terrorists so they can kill Borge Gush (who's totally not George Bush) and blame it on the protagonist. The republicans who declare martial law (which spurs the liberals to "liberate" the cities) are actually liberals pretending to be conservatives to make their invasion justified. And to top it all off, the liberals are all getting funding for their coup from Sorge Goros (who's totally not George Soros, the infamous liberal millionaire boogeyman). Oh, and the liberal armies all get mechs and hovercrafts, despite the fact that the US probably spends Soros' entire net worth hundreds of times over annually, but are still stuck with boring guns and tanks. The only good liberal is the main character's wife, who only exists to point out that not all liberals are evil and to give the illusion of balance. My beef here is not that he's criticizing liberals, but that the he promised to rake both sides over the coals in a work about political extremism, but lacks the objectivity to even consider that his side isn't the paragon of virtue and justice.

It's sad though, because there was stuff in it I really liked. The main character was of Bosnian heritage, and considering they actually did have a civil war at a politically unstable time in their history, would have brought more weight to the story especially if he had drawn more parallels between that conflict and the conflict of the story. There's a historian character that points out how a politically oriented war would be especially messy since political orientation doesn't fall on state lines like the American Civil War did, though it would have similar socioeconomic makeups (industrial vs. the agrarian/suburban). Finally, the twist that the historian was actually playing both sides against each other for his own political power was actually surprising. And if the rest of the work wasn't so blatantly biased, the twist could have further driven home why political extremism is bad. I think the lost potential is the most disappointing thing about this book.


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If what you say is true I'm going to have to buy this book.

Well, I bought the book and I'm loving it so far. I can see so much of what I'm writing in this book, it's like my book has already been written (except the zombies, and the 30 pages of end notes).
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Re: Rewarding Reads

Postby robybang » April 7th, 2013, 1:39 am

The_Hankerchief wrote:Elmore Leonard's "Ten Rules Of Writing". It's short, but funny and very true.

While we're on that subject, anything by Elmore Leonard is good. He's probably one of the greatest crime novelists around. Plus he's now like 80 something and still cranks out books like Stephen King. Hell yeah.


I loved Rum Punch. It was like a Tarantino film, and then I found out it was adapted into a Tarantino movie, so I got the best of both worlds. If you like his stuff, Dave Barry (yeah, the humor columnist from Florida) wrote a few Elmore Leonard-esque novels that are really good. Tricky Business and Big Trouble. Definitely recommend reading.
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Re: Rewarding Reads

Postby The_Hankerchief » April 7th, 2013, 2:49 am

robybang wrote:
The_Hankerchief wrote:Elmore Leonard's "Ten Rules Of Writing". It's short, but funny and very true.

While we're on that subject, anything by Elmore Leonard is good. He's probably one of the greatest crime novelists around. Plus he's now like 80 something and still cranks out books like Stephen King. Hell yeah.


I loved Rum Punch. It was like a Tarantino film, and then I found out it was adapted into a Tarantino movie, so I got the best of both worlds. If you like his stuff, Dave Barry (yeah, the humor columnist from Florida) wrote a few Elmore Leonard-esque novels that are really good. Tricky Business and Big Trouble. Definitely recommend reading.

Dave Barry's good stuff too. I think he also has a newspaper column, if I recall properly.
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Re: Rewarding Reads

Postby Vitotamito » April 7th, 2013, 10:29 am

The_Hankerchief wrote:
robybang wrote:
The_Hankerchief wrote:Elmore Leonard's "Ten Rules Of Writing". It's short, but funny and very true.

While we're on that subject, anything by Elmore Leonard is good. He's probably one of the greatest crime novelists around. Plus he's now like 80 something and still cranks out books like Stephen King. Hell yeah.


I loved Rum Punch. It was like a Tarantino film, and then I found out it was adapted into a Tarantino movie, so I got the best of both worlds. If you like his stuff, Dave Barry (yeah, the humor columnist from Florida) wrote a few Elmore Leonard-esque novels that are really good. Tricky Business and Big Trouble. Definitely recommend reading.

Dave Barry's good stuff too. I think he also has a newspaper column, if I recall properly.

Listen to "Dave Barry Does Japan" on Audiobook. It's one of the more hilarious things I've heard.

Also, I downloaded the audiobook, "The President of Vice: The Autobiography of Joe Biden" from The Onion. It's one of the most hilarious things I think I've ever listened to in my life. Non-Stop one-liners that make me giggle like a 5-year-old.
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Re: Rewarding Reads

Postby The_Hankerchief » April 8th, 2013, 9:59 am

Any of the BADASS books by Ben Thompson. He's the guy who runs the "Badass of the Week" site (http://www.badassoftheweek.com). He's got three books out, and while most of them are documenting actual historical events, they're absolutely hilarious and awesome. Plus, you learn a lot reading it, too. It's the way you wish history class would have been in high school.
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Re: Rewarding Reads

Postby The_Hankerchief » July 6th, 2013, 1:39 am

Resurrecting a thread. T'is okay. Zombies ain't got nuttin' on me.

Anyone else read The Dresden Files? Guys, I'm in love here.
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Re: Rewarding Reads

Postby SamOwen819 » July 6th, 2014, 3:42 pm

I'm dyslexic so as a rule I don't ever start reading a novel that I don't think will be good, but I do tend to enjoy things that most people think are weird. So I'm here to sing the praises of John Dies at the End, by David Wong! It's weird, it's kinda gross, and there are no dull moments. There's always something messed up happening, and I love it, it's just brilliant storytelling. --don't watch the movie though. It has almost nothing at all to do with the book :(
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Re: Rewarding Reads

Postby LeeWiddershins » July 7th, 2014, 12:42 am

When I picked up Push by Sapphire, I was a little terrified I wasn't going to like it. It's such an important book for so many people, but at the time I hadn't had much experience with that genre. Of course, ended up loving it. Precious' voice is straight-forward and compelling, and it's a very satisfying story despite the dark content.
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