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Summer reading....wherever did Stephen's book post go?

Taking a weekend between summer walkabout and time for some quick book shopping.

What's on y'all's favorites for this summer?

I went throught the Dragon Tattoo Girl trilogy by Stieg Larsson and it made for adequate entertainment. Not literature, but easy on the ol' noggin.

Not sure who I'd envision playing her in the upcoming USA flick.

Halfway through "The Passage" by Justin Cronin, and I have advice for you:

First, read "A Canticle for Lebowitz" by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Then hit "The Passage" and it will be deja vu all over again!

Read the Percy Jackson series with the boys - great fun to discuss with the kids, so worth it if your kids are reading them.

There's some new book I lost the name of that's the 21st or something in a detective series that is supposed to be very good. If y'all have that description ring a bell, let me know.

Any good horror fiction out there?

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The Stieg Larsson trilogy was a big hit over here, and I enjoyed it. The first 2 of the series has already come on DVD, and the actress they found is absolutely wonderful: Noomi Rapace

Horror book worth reading, even if it's old: The red dragon by Thomas Harris

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You guys read pussy shit.

"War" Sebestian Junger (The Perfect Storm).

If you're interested in the 1%ers in the military that actually do the fighting up close and how they live together in those conditions.

In Vietnam it took an average of ten people to support one shooter in the field. Today, it is more like 100. For example, Obama's 30k increase in military personnel in Afghanistan will put about two military companies on the firing line. That's approx. 300 men. Not women. We're going to lose the war in Afghanistan because every one of us are hiding with our heads up our asses.

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Chronic City

ask the dust

KNOCKEMSTIFF chronicles!!(GET THIS ONE NOW! NOW NOW!!!)
I know this Much is True

Marabou Stork Nightmares

The Alchemist

Keeper of the Moon

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Wally Lamb is great.

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you guys MUST get Knockemstiff. My 2nd favorite book of all time.

http://www.amazon.com/Knockemstiff-Donald-Ray-Pollock/dp/0385523823

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I recently finished Shop Class As Soul Craft, which I highly recommend. There are lots of parallels to the hi-fi hobby in there.

Now reading Roberto Bolano's massive and excellent 2666 and Murakami's Norwegian Wood. I read Bolano in the morning (when I'm ready to get my ass beat) and Murakami in the evening (when I want to just chill).

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Ghost Wars by Steve Coll. I have a hard time finishing it due to me being Danish, but it sure is enlightning.

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Ghost Wars by Steve Coll. I have a hard time finishing it due to me being Danish, but it sure is enlightning.

Man, I neglected to mention this one'

INSIDE THE JIHAD.

http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0465023894?tag=betteraddons-20

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Sounds like some scary shit

Here's a video I've made on the subject. Kinda shows where I am... Love thy neighbour

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Every few hundred years these fuck-ups start fucking everything thing up trying to convert everybody's ass and then the infidels kill several hundred thousands of these idiots and they calm down for the next hundred years or so. Fuck Allah Akbar.

FUCK ALLAH AKBAR!

FUCK ALLAH AKBAR!

FUCK ALLAH AKBAR!

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One of my absolute faves: Kent Haruf. Plainsong, Eventide, The Tie That Binds and Where You Once Belonged are masterworks. Flawless, straightforward, authentic.

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Every few hundred years these fuck-ups start fucking everything thing up trying to convert everybody's ass and then the infidels kill several hundred thousands of these idiots and they calm down for the next hundred years or so. Fuck Allah Akbar.

FUCK ALLAH AKBAR!

FUCK ALLAH AKBAR!

FUCK ALLAH AKBAR!

Yeah, sick idiot priests brainwashing stupid people and children. They're the devil's offspring.

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Every few hundred years these fuck-ups start fucking everything thing up trying to convert everybody's ass and then the infidels kill several hundred thousands of these idiots and they calm down for the next hundred years or so. Fuck Allah Akbar.

FUCK ALLAH AKBAR!

FUCK ALLAH AKBAR!

FUCK ALLAH AKBAR!

Your going to get a fatwa declared on you Lamont

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Yeah, sick idiot priests brainwashing stupid people and children. They're the devil's offspring.

Not just brainwashing, teaching them to live a life of misery and guilt. Oh, wait, we're talking about WHICH religion?

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You're a riot JJ. Get back to developing something.

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J_J is a secret believer.

You have to believe in God in order to hate him.

As for Lamont, damn, he already lives in New Mexico, how much more punishment do you expect him to take?

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You got that right.

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As for Lamont, damn, he already lives in New Mexico, how much more punishment do you expect him to take?

Oh!

Oh dear.

I had no idea. I'm very sorry to hear about your problem!

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It's the same Lamont.

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Chronic City

ask the dust

KNOCKEMSTIFF chronicles!!(GET THIS ONE NOW! NOW NOW!!!)
I know this Much is True

Marabou Stork Nightmares

The Alchemist

Keeper of the Moon

OK, I read Knockemstiff, but Dubliners it ain't.

(Actually, the format was great and reminded me of Dubliners, truth be told, but...)

Every damn story spent way too much time describing the status of people's dentition and general lack of hygeine....like maniacally so.

I appreciated the lack of redemptive value of the characters, but just couldn't get behind it.

I'll check out Chronic City and Ask the Dust.

I'd love to hear your review of Knockemstiff to see if there is something more to it that I may have overlooked.

(I read The Alchemist in the way back days and liked it in a Jonathan Livingston Seagull way.)

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One of my absolute faves: Kent Haruf. Plainsong, Eventide, The Tie That Binds and Where You Once Belonged are masterworks. Flawless, straightforward, authentic.

Hey rvance, those are great books. Thanks for the recommendations. You sure know your lit, dude!

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Ok guys,

some more books

The Redneck Manifesto(the name belies what is found inside...a clever commentary on United States social stratification)

House of Leaves-- read it again. scared my ass off

Night of the Gun. Think "A Million Little Pieces" but true...written by acclaimed Journalist David Carr(NYT)

When Rabbit Howls- a fucking nightmarish book written by "the troops" (a group of 96 personalities who reside in one woman).. the actual girl/person "left" when she started being abused at a very early age. god damn scary

The Descent-- not the movie. the book. classic!

The Secret History-- mindbending whodunit

The name of the rose- eco's finest!

Wind Up bird Chronicle-- murakami's finest

Infinite Jest- David Foster Wallace. Brilliant author. Gone too soon

The Decameron

Knockemstiff

Ishmael

Marabou Stork Nightmares

Candy(luke davies)

inside the jihad--awesome insider account of terrorist life

an american in the gulag

QUeer

the 1st 3rd

Cancer Ward

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist

Diary of a Madman and other Stories
The Dice Man

The Glass Bead Game

Labyrinths

The Devils of Loudon

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

The Sorrows of Young Werther

Lotte in Weimar

Evening in the Palace of Reason

I know this much is true- wally lamb

The drunken boat- rimbaud

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Hey rvance, those are great books. Thanks for the recommendations. You sure know your lit, dude!

OK, OK! I will order Plainsong!

It better be a post-apocalyptic joyride of ironic violence and sex under duress.

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It better be a post-apocalyptic joyride of ironic violence and sex under duress.

It's more like a bucolic hayride into that core of mid-western goodness that transforms lives of incredible tedium and banality into illuminated selflessness and courage. It doesn't knock you stiff- it lifts you off the mat.

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Begun to read "When Rabbit howls". Scary shit...

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The Detonators : the secret plot to destroy America and an epic hunt for justice / Chad Millman. Not a novel

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Begun to read "When Rabbit howls". Scary shit...

yes it is. pick up house of leaves after that!

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read "Inside the Jihad" -- great insiders account of Taliban Life

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I will...

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The Detonators : the secret plot to destroy America and an epic hunt for justice / Chad Millman. Not a novel

read "Inside the Jihad" -- great insiders account of Taliban Life

I should expand on Hillman's book a little.
Its about WW1 and gave me a different perspective on why the treatment of Jap/Amer and Ger/Amer during WW2.
What he describes are events I never heard of. Ever. I used to think I knew something about are own American history, but this came out of left field for me.

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