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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally got around to reading East of Eden. Great book!!!!!

Currently I am reading Generation Kill which is about the war in Iraq written by a Rolling Stone reporter imbedded with a Marine unit during the initial invasion. It is an eye opening read.

Lots of people reading Tolkien and Harry Potter. Maybe I should give them a look.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2004 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgot Farenheit 451 - Bradbury
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2004 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul wrote:
For those of you who can't wait to tackle Indeurr's third pick, you might want to get started: 1135 pages!


It is worse. The book is just one part of the trilogy, and one of these books comes in three parts as voluminous as the above-mentioned book. They were written for the purpose of "Sursum Corda” (the second title of all of these books). Henryk Sienkiewicz received a Noble Price for Literature for them in 1904 or 1903 (I have to check on it) awarded to Poland. At the time Polish state did not exist (the lands were partitioned by 1795 between Austria – the south, Prussia – the west, and Russia – the east. Russia gave up any claim to the Polish crown by the second up—rising of the 1861. The claim existed between the years 1819 and 1861.).
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In 1918 Poland declared independence. The diplomatic notes were sent to Prussia and Austria. During the years 1919-1920 Poland, assisted by the West Ukrainian Republic, fought against the Bolshevik—lead Russia. At the end the war was not about ideology, but about nationality. The Russian Whites joined the Bolsheviks against Polsha, and 40,000 Polish Reds with red flags waving above their heads joined the Polish – Ukrainian military. The only country that supported Poland in the struggle was France (weapons only), and the American La Fayette Flyers serving in the French military. Poland dealt the first defeat to the Bolshevik Russia and stopped their struggle to spread Communism across the entire Europe on the tips of their bayonets (Pilsudski repeated a question: “Should Europe be Kozak (Cossack)?” after a known West European Socialist). Poland and the ‘Soviet’ Russia signed a peace agreement in 1922 in Riga. This was their first diplomatic contact.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's an author to consider: Tim Green

Micah might remember him, he played for the Falcons for 8 years. He graduated from Syracuse, played ball, and is now a lawyer living in upstate New York. He started out writing some football novels and branched off into some lawyer thrillers. He also has a non-fiction book out on the NFL that I found fascinating. I'm in the process of going through all of them this summer, along with my third time through all the Harry Potter books before the sixth one arrives from the Library.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I remember Tim Green. He is one of those authors that I always say that I want to try but for some reason I never remember him when I am in the book store.

I have noticed a lot of adults reading Harry Potter. Maybe I should give it a try. I always thought those were just kids books.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am going through the first 5 Potter books again before the 6th one reaches me from the Library. The last 2 are quite long, but because they are written on a youth level, they make for very fast reading.

Just finished up State of Fear by Michael Crichton.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm reading Running With The Buffalos right now. I'm about half way through it and like it alot.

Before that I read When Bad Things Happen To Good People. I really liked it because it causes you to question some of the accepted ways we look at God in relation to the tragedies that happen in life.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Running With the Buffalos is a great read right now, even though its a bit dated. The book centers around Goucher, and he is in the process of having a superb season.

Try to get your hands on Chris Lear's Sub Four, about Webb at Michigan. It is quite good.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2005 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Micah Ward wrote:
Yeah, I remember Tim Green. He is one of those authors that I always say that I want to try but for some reason I never remember him when I am in the book store.

I have noticed a lot of adults reading Harry Potter. Maybe I should give it a try. I always thought those were just kids books.


The Harry Potter books are a good read ... I've read them all ... Read the 6th one the Saturday it came out ... I was a bit disappointed in this one ... But only because I thought there was more that needed to be explained/revealed before she tries to tie it all up in the final book ... But they are fun and quite engrosing ...
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My stepdaughter got me to read C.S. Lewis. At first, I told her that the subject of his books is nonsense even for sci fi. However, after I started reading one of these books, it took me only two days to finish because it was so well written.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorites (note: teenage reader)

1. The Bible - by God
2. Harry Potter series - by JK Rowling
3. Shadows of the Empire -by Steve Perry
4. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and the Growing Pains of Adrian Mole -by Sue Townshend
5. Stories of Your Life -by Ted Chiang

The school librarians wonder why literacy is down, particularily among boys. I can tell you why: the books many librarians get are not interesting to young men such as myself. I remember back in middle school I would search for hours looking for just one book that might interest me. I found that many young adult books have 12sh year old girls as main characters. After reading plenty of books like this in Literature class, I was put off. I wanted stories about men. Men struggling and overcoming the challenges that face them. Not the emotional highs and lows of a little girl! I mean when I was in junior high I hated girls! Why would I want to read about them?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I found that many young adult books have 12sh year old girls as main characters.

They're written for the R. Kelley crowd.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2005 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point Fry. It might be that you are ready to step up to mainstream works.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2005 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm gradually working myself into mainstream works. But, often my school library doesn't stock the most popular books. For shame. I just joined the local library (a highly under-used resource in todays world), and have been looking for some good fiction. Up until now I'd read books published by National Geographic or books based on running or books based on Star Wars since those are major interests of mine. If I never had those interests, I'd probably be a terrible reader.

They talk a lot about how the HP series is going to save an entire generation of readers. I don't think that will happen unless there is a major revolution of young adult writing with HP being the epicenter. I have a feeling that JK Rowling has done more than write an interesting series. Shes getting an entire generation ready to read novels and fiction beyond whats in the library.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a good point about Rowling. Ward's Worthless Opinion is that the key to reading enjoyment is to experiment with different types of books on lots of different subjects. I kow that I tend to have favorites but I try to read something different every third book or so.
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