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What are you reading in 2018?

Postby Benjamin Grimm » Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:16 am

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I'm starting off the year with The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. Anyone who thinks that black people have had it easy in America (and amazingly enough, those people are out there) should read this book. But of course, they won't.

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I'm reading this memoir of Neil Young's, told through the facet of the cars that have gotten him through. It's also a good look at the guitars he's played (and attacked Stephen Stills with) across the decades.

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Postby Frayed Knot » Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:07 pm

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Benjamin Grimm wrote:I'm starting off the year with The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.


Terrific book; read it maybe five years ago.
Slavery was in some ways better than the system which followed it for many and the total effects of one of the world's largest ever internal migrations is one of the under-reported stories in this country's history.
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Agree about The Warmth of Other Suns, an epic that took the author many years to write.

I read Neil Young's first memoir and thought it was a piece o' crap and grievously unedited.

I finished the fifth volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle earlier today. It's the third year in a row that I have started the year reading one of those books. Not much happens but his take on not much happening is fascinating.

Re: What are you reading in 2018?

Postby Rockin' Doc » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:23 pm

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I read The Warmth of Other Suns a few years ago. I thought it was well written and very enlightening regarding the many hardships that confronted blacks following the abolishment of slavery due to continued discrimination and segregation.
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Postby Fman99 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:05 am

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Plowing through all of the books I've purchased the last few years of book sales at my local library. About halfway through this tome, a detailed look at the changes in media and how they relate to politics over the middle portion of the 20th century, and the change from printed news, to radio and then television.

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Postby Lefty Specialist » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:08 am

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They should do a Powers That Be book for today's media landscape. Of course, you couldn't get it published because every major publisher is now an arm of a major media group.
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Postby 41Forever » Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:24 am

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My son got me this one for Christmas. I've read a lot of books about TR, but I'v never read any of the books he authored. This one is still considered the definitive book about the naval aspect of the war.

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Postby Frayed Knot » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:11 pm

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A bit of a late start here, but kicking off my reading year with READY PLAYER ONE based on the recommendations of several of youse here.
Enjoying it so far even though I am not and never have been in what is seemingly the book's target audience of role-playing gamer geek. Man, those types must be in heaven with this book.
Either that or they quit halfway through in frustration that the world imagined by the author doesn't yet exist. But that is quite a world he creates.
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Postby Zvon » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:04 pm

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I'm reading three books at the same time for the first time in my life. I've never even read 2 at the same time before.
I like to kEePeM'SePaRaTeD. (<that supposed to be me singing that song)

Reading the COMPLETE AMBER CHRONICLES, 1-10. All 10 books dealing with the Nine Princes of Amber, THE only true royal family who live in the one true world (ours is not the true one. Our earth is a shadow of Amber) who don't know whether to support one another of cut their brother's throats so they are next in line to be king. They also have the pretty awesome ability to transport them selves to each other's location by using a deck of cards made in their images by an insane magician who served now missing, feared dead, King of Amber. They just reach into the card and pull the other through.

They also have the magical ability to walk through shadow into all the shadow worlds that exists, and they are limitless. As they do so the scenery and things around them visually change before their eyes so they see what they desire to see, until they reach the shadow world they desire to visit. One amazing passage has the main character, Corwin of Amber, rightful heir to The Throne, traveling thru shadow with one of his brothers in a car. His brother is doing the driving as well as controlling the passage thru shadow. And every few lengths of road the car would change into a different shape, and different model, as did the landscape outside. As did their clothing.

Sometimes amusing, always riveting, it starts with Corwin in a hospital bed after a bad car accident. A head wound had caused him to suffer amnesia and he didn't who he was. So he didn't know he could do these things nor that he was magical or a prince of Royal blood. And neither did the reader (yes, that's a bit of a spoiler but he finds out pretty quick. But the way he finds out.....). Most definitely my favorite opening to any book, ever. Even better than my all time favorite book, THE STAND (S.KING).

If you pick up book one (NINE PRINCESS IN AMBER short and sweet, app. 120 pages), I guarantee you will be hooked and have to read all ten. Most recommended to fans of sci-fi as well as those of swords and sorcery.

I read some of these Amber books some time ago, but not in order and not one right after the other.
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I'm also re-reading some Sherlock Holmes stories. I have the complete collection in 3 volumes that I keep in the john and I'll read a few pages while taking care of business. I normally would not like to read a book in such a fashion (prefer the newspaper or a magazine while on the throne), but I've read these stories so many times already that I can leave off anywhere and pick it right up again. And Sir A.C. Doyle.....what can I say but one of the best wordsmiths to ever work a page. Reading him I feel like our race IS suffering de-evolution (with exception to the grand writers we have as members).
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Also reading a book my neighbor wrote. It's enjoyable if only for the fact that he wrote it. I hope he won't be insulted if he ever reads that I said he is no Sir A.C.Doyle, but who the frack is?
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Postby cooby » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:20 pm

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Love Sherlock Holmes!

Re: What are you reading in 2018?

Postby DocTee » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:22 am

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Keeping with my 2017 resolution to read a book per week, here's how I started 2018:

1. The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse. Rich Cohen.
2. Exiled: The Last Days of Sam Houston. Ron Rozelle.
3. Al Capone and the 1933 World's Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago. William E. Hazelgrove.

Re: What are you reading in 2018?

Postby Lefty Specialist » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:32 pm

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Finished Fire and Fury as my vacation/beach read.

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Postby RealityChuck » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:44 pm

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Reading The Book of Dreams, the final book in Jack Vance's Demon Princes series. Vance was an amazing writer, a master of creating bizarre planets and outre characters. He was a fine stylist.
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Postby Fman99 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:45 pm

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Lefty Specialist wrote:Finished Fire and Fury as my vacation/beach read.

Oy gevalt.


I'm about a third of the way through it. He's not a particularly skilled writer.
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Postby Lefty Specialist » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:47 pm

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Fman99 wrote:
Lefty Specialist wrote:Finished Fire and Fury as my vacation/beach read.

Oy gevalt.


I'm about a third of the way through it. He's not a particularly skilled writer.


No, there are tons of simple errors that editors should have caught, which I found a bit annoying. It's like the book was blurted out on a cocaine all-nighter.
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Re: What are you reading in 2018?

Postby Vic Sage » Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:18 pm

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Zvon wrote:...
Reading the COMPLETE AMBER CHRONICLES, 1-10. All 10 books dealing with the Nine Princes of Amber, THE only true royal family who live in the one true world (ours is not the true one. Our earth is a shadow of Amber) who don't know whether to support one another of cut their brother's throats so they are next in line to be king. They also have the pretty awesome ability to transport them selves to each other's location by using a deck of cards made in their images by an insane magician who served now missing, feared dead, King of Amber. They just reach into the card and pull the other through.

They also have the magical ability to walk through shadow into all the shadow worlds that exists, and they are limitless. As they do so the scenery and things around them visually change before their eyes so they see what they desire to see, until they reach the shadow world they desire to visit. One amazing passage has the main character, Corwin of Amber, rightful heir to The Throne, traveling thru shadow with one of his brothers in a car. His brother is doing the driving as well as controlling the passage thru shadow. And every few lengths of road the car would change into a different shape, and different model, as did the landscape outside. As did their clothing.

Sometimes amusing, always riveting, it starts with Corwin in a hospital bed after a bad car accident. A head wound had caused him to suffer amnesia and he didn't who he was. So he didn't know he could do these things nor that he was magical or a prince of Royal blood. And neither did the reader (yes, that's a bit of a spoiler but he finds out pretty quick. But the way he finds out.....). Most definitely my favorite opening to any book, ever. Even better than my all time favorite book, THE STAND (S.KING).

If you pick up book one (NINE PRINCESS IN AMBER short and sweet, app. 120 pages), I guarantee you will be hooked and have to read all ten. Most recommended to fans of sci-fi as well as those of swords and sorcery.

I read some of these Amber books some time ago, but not in order and not one right after the other...



i loved LOVED LOVED those books when i read them in high school. I should re-read them. Zelazney is one of my all time faves.

currently reading JULIET, NAKED by Nick Hornby. Liking it muchly.
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Re: What are you reading in 2018?

Postby Lefty Specialist » Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:40 pm

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Also read this while on vacation, where I was in no hurry at all:

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A quick, fun read. Big cosmic stuff presented in a conversational tone with the occasional bad joke thrown in.
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Postby Frayed Knot » Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:44 pm

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Lefty Specialist wrote:
Fman99 wrote:
Lefty Specialist wrote:Finished Fire and Fury as my vacation/beach read.

Oy gevalt.


I'm about a third of the way through it. He's not a particularly skilled writer.


No, there are tons of simple errors that editors should have caught, which I found a bit annoying. It's like the book was blurted out on a cocaine all-nighter.


Just the existence and the timing of the book certainly gives it the appearance of a rush job - especially considering it's describing an ongoing situation where story lines could change drastically within weeks.
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Re: What are you reading in 2018?

Postby Lefty Specialist » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:41 am

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And I'd say that 60-70% of that book is Bannon, or more properly Bannon talking for hours on end to the author. Not that Bannon comes off like a hero by any stretch, but the narrative seems driven by his thoughts.
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Postby Fman99 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:50 am

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I gave up on it about 85 pages in. I just don't care. It's a big shit show, and the book's best points have already all been shared on news sites.

I switched gears to "Farenheit 451," which I've somehow never read before. So far, so good.
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Postby Lefty Specialist » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:27 am

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Re: What are you reading in 2018?

Postby Zvon » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:40 am

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Lefty Specialist wrote:
Fman99 wrote:
Lefty Specialist wrote:Finished Fire and Fury as my vacation/beach read.

Oy gevalt.


I'm about a third of the way through it. He's not a particularly skilled writer.


No, there are tons of simple errors that editors should have caught, which I found a bit annoying. It's like the book was blurted out on a cocaine all-nighter.


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Re: What are you reading in 2018?

Postby Zvon » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:44 am

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Vic Sage wrote:i loved LOVED LOVED those books when i read them in high school. I should re-read them. Zelazney is one of my all time faves.

currently reading JULIET, NAKED by Nick Hornby. Liking it muchly.


Do re-read them.

If you get the same copy of The Amber Chronicles that I bought years ago, be warned: In book one, The Nine Princes In Amber, they printed a big chunk OUT OF ORDER!
In the wrong place! It jumps a bunch of pages and then picks up again where in jumped from.
I had read book one at least twice before I got the collection so I noticed right away. I was just appalled that they could make this mistake!
I even wrote to the publishers about it. Never heard back.
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