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  • Sun, Jul 21, 2019 9:21 AM
    posted by justincredible

    Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption is an outstanding short story/novella. Different Seasons was a great book, it combined that, Stand by Me, Apt Pupil, and some other throwaway story. The three listed by name were great stories. Apt Pupil was...messed up, but very good.

    His Bill Hodges trilogy is also very good (Finders Keepers, Mr Mercedes, End of Watch).

    Agreed on Diff Seasins, solid read. Misery was also weird but good. I haven’t read any of the Bill Hodges trilogy, might have to try one of those next.

    Sun, Jul 21, 2019 11:33 AM
    posted by iclfan2

    Agreed on Diff Seasins, solid read. Misery was also weird but good. I haven’t read any of the Bill Hodges trilogy, might have to try one of those next.

    Haven't read Misery, but the movie was probably the most memorably terrifying movie I remember watching as a child. Watched it again a few years ago and it's still good.

    I think I'm going to read Under the Dome next. Also have It and The Shining on my list to read soon.

    Sat, Jul 27, 2019 9:26 AM

    Finished The Stand.

    Started The Pioneers by David McCullough, about the founding of the Northwest Territory, Ohio, and specifically Marietta as the first settlement. 

    Also started No Country for Old Men as my beach read for vacation. 

    Mon, Jul 29, 2019 8:46 AM
    posted by justincredible

    Finished The Stand.

    Started The Pioneers by David McCullough, about the founding of the Northwest Territory, Ohio, and specifically Marietta as the first settlement. 

    Also started No Country for Old Men as my beach read for vacation. 

    I have the Pioneers on my Wish List. 

    I love No Country. I also watched the movie after reading the book. Both are near perfection. 

    I finished John Adams, which was a nice companion book from Hamilton. After reading both, it is a nice reminder that the Founding Fathers were flawed and had really, really, sharp disagreements. 

    I've now started Robert Ludlum Bourne book trilogy: Identity, Supremacy, and Ultimatum.   

    Mon, Jul 29, 2019 8:56 AM
    posted by ptown_trojans_1

    I have the Pioneers on my Wish List. 

    I love No Country. I also watched the movie after reading the book. Both are near perfection. 

    I finished John Adams, which was a nice companion book from Hamilton. After reading both, it is a nice reminder that the Founding Fathers were flawed and had really, really, sharp disagreements. 

    I've now started Robert Ludlum Bourne book trilogy: Identity, Supremacy, and Ultimatum.   

    Yep. Watched the movie last night. Forgot how great it was. Bardem was awesome.

    Mon, Jul 29, 2019 8:58 AM

    Also started Commander in Cheat by Rick Reilly. 

    Mon, Jul 29, 2019 11:01 AM
    posted by justincredible

    Haven't read Misery, but the movie was probably the most memorably terrifying movie I remember watching as a child. Watched it again a few years ago and it's still good.

    I think I'm going to read Under the Dome next. Also have It and The Shining on my list to read soon.

    Under the Dome was probably my favorite of anything he's done recently. A little while ago, I went through his most recent short story collection (Bazaar of Bad Dreams) and it was so over the place. Some of them were good, but so many of them just felt like filler in that "getting older, might as well publish these now because MY STUFF shouldn't just lay in some box in the back of my study" sort of way. But Under the Dome was long as hell, but read really quickly for me and kept me enthralled. It and Shining are also pretty essential reads if you like King. Two of his best.

    Thu, Jan 2, 2020 2:34 PM

    Bringing it back. 

    I finished reading the Bourne Trilogy. The first book was great and the other two were fine. They dragged it spots. I knew they were different than the movies, but they were really, really different. 

    Over the Holiday I finished Elmore Leonard's Tishomingo Blues. I really enjoyed it and it felt like it was the same world as Justified. 

    I'm now about a quarter of the way through Stranger in a Strange Land. It's been on a my list for a while. Great story so far. 

    Thu, Jan 2, 2020 2:50 PM
    posted by justincredible

    Haven't read Misery, but the movie was probably the most memorably terrifying movie I remember watching as a child. Watched it again a few years ago and it's still good.

    Finally saw the movie and yea, it’s pretty messed up. Pretty good though. 
    Haven’t read anything good in awhile, bunch of the free Amazon books of the month. 

    Thu, Jan 2, 2020 2:53 PM
    posted by ptown_trojans_1

    I'm now about a quarter of the way through Stranger in a Strange Land. It's been on a my list for a while. Great story so far. 

    I just started Time Enough for Love yesterday. Read Stranger in a Strange Land last year, I think. My favorite book is The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

    Heinlein is awesome. I can't think of a more influential libertarian in popular culture.

    Thu, Jan 2, 2020 2:53 PM

    I'm also reading an old sci-fi book called The Joy Makers. Pretty wild, but great story.

    Wed, Jan 8, 2020 11:05 AM

    Finished The Joy Makers. Getting pretty deep into Time Enough for Love. Lots of Heinlein philosophy, so I'm loving it so far.

    Also started Anarchy, State, and Utopia by Robert Nozick last night.

    Sun, Jan 26, 2020 7:54 PM

    Recently finished "Runnin' With The Devil" by Noel Monk, an account of Van Halen's early years, from their formation to 1985, when DLR left the group.  Monk relates that he started as their road manager and helped them become rich through some shrewd dealing by him.  The usual tawdriness and debauchery, of course.  But it's an interesting look behind the scenes of where money goes in the music business, at least back in the late 70's and early 80's.

    Currently reading "Caddyshack:  The Making Of A Hollywood Cinderella Story" by Chris Nashawaty.  130-some pages in, and they haven't even go to the filming of the title movie yet. Lots of detail how it began with the Harvard Lampoon, and the strange sequence of events that created so many iconic names and characters that now seem ancient.  That Hahvahd mystique, I guess.

    Mon, Jan 27, 2020 12:57 PM

    I will be finishing The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous tonight. Not sure what I'll jump into next.

    Tue, Feb 11, 2020 12:58 PM

    Finished Stranger in a Strange Land. Really good. I wasn't expecting so much religion and takes on religion in the book. 

    I'm about to start a John le Carre run now: Little Drummer Girl, Night Manager, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy and the Spy Came out from the Cold. 

    Tue, Feb 11, 2020 1:23 PM

    Reading Harry Potter for the first time. I'm almost done with book two.

    Tue, Feb 11, 2020 1:33 PM
    posted by ptown_trojans_1

    Night Manager

    Great choice.  I don't read a lot of fiction these days, but I read this a few years back, and it's excellent.

    Wed, Feb 12, 2020 7:49 AM

    Just finished:

    - "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future", by Ashlee Vance.  Interesting to see what drives him.

    - "Cleaning The Gold" by Karin Slaughter and Lee Child, a short story where Jack Reacher and Will Trent work together on a case

    Working on two titles right now:

    - "Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon To White America" by Michael Eric Dyson"

    - "Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted" (behind-the-scenes look at how the Mary Tyler Moore show came to be) by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

    Wed, Feb 12, 2020 8:44 AM

    Reading The Ghost Brigades, the 2nd book in the Old Man's War series by John Scalzi. Great stuff if you like sci-fi. Also reading a book called The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains: An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies and the Technology that Powers Them.

    Wed, Feb 12, 2020 2:47 PM

    Just started up a book club with a few old co-workers. We're going to read Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough.

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