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  1. #91
    Quote Originally Posted by Root View Post
    The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King. Not you're "typical" King. This is the first in a series of 8 books. Roland inspired my love of revolvers. While he's got great .45's with Sandlewood grips, everytime I fire my .357 I feel like him.
    Yeah , strange and unusual, I always liked apple beer and revolvers ...



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  3. #92
    Quote Originally Posted by georgiaboy View Post
    I've wondered about Anne Rice's stuff.

    There are historically based books about the American Revolution and Magellan that were good. I think they were technically fictions, based in the history.
    I thought "The Devil, Memnoch" was an excellent read; I have tried some of her other novels and not been a big fan.
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  4. #93
    Flowers for Algernon

    Original short story:

    http://www.sdfo.org/gj/stories/flowersforalgernon.pdf

    Expanded long story form:

    https://archive.org/stream/FlowersFo...ernon_djvu.txt

    This book will make you grateful for what you have, and encourage you to find your full potential as a human being. It will touch your heart
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    Quote Originally Posted by specsaregood View Post
    Ok, I went and read his other 2 novels in the "wool" series "Shift", "Dust". They were pretty good as far as series books goes; but I think I preferred "Wool" as a stand alone novel.
    I agree. Also, he has a sci-fi series too whose name escapes me. It's pretty good, but nowhere near as thought-provoking as Wool. Good fluff sci-fi, though, if you're into that.

    Neal Stephenson has a new book out... Seveneves. Haven't read it yet, but he's usually pretty solid.
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  9. #97
    This book takes place in the future with familiar themes like the War on Drugs and a massive Surveillance State. What's interesting to me is how the main character is squarely in the middle of all this and working with both sides as a Narc.

    Not all of the novel is really serious though, it does deal with some odd, quirky, irreverent characters.


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    How'd this thread get this far without anyone mentioning Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress?

    Are we assuming everyone read those already?

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  16. #104
    Quote Originally Posted by specsaregood View Post
    Ok, they are on the list. which would you read first?
    Depends. If you are in the mood to drop something hallucinogenic and join a religious hippy commune, read Stranger and live the life. May you never thirst!

    OTOH, If you are in a rebellious mood and want to read about Libertarians bailing earth and colonizing the moon, then dropping rocks on our home planet in response to governmental attempts at coercion, then read Moon.

    -t
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  18. #105
    Quote Originally Posted by specsaregood View Post
    well that was an interesting read. Started off with a real manic writing pace that I don't generally enjoy, slowed down a bit and became kinda depressing, then ended rather suddenly, leaving it all hanging and the reader left guessing. definitely some plot twists and unexpected development, kinda liked it overall.
    This one is good to. If the title sounds familiar, Spielberg bastardized it for one of his movies.

    If you have a Kindle or Nook, you could probably just get the short story by itself. I think there might be a free PDF floating around on Google to.

    Like the movie, this story deals with a concept of Pre-Crime, but it is handled much differently. I wish the movie had followed this story, it would have been more interesting and a more controversial story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VIDEODROME View Post
    This one is good to. If the title sounds familiar, Spielberg bastardized it for one of his movies.

    If you have a Kindle or Nook, you could probably just get the short story by itself. I think there might be a free PDF floating around on Google to.

    Like the movie, this story deals with a concept of Pre-Crime, but it is handled much differently. I wish the movie had followed this story, it would have been more interesting and a more controversial story.

    It's coming:
    http://betanews.com/2015/09/07/minor...-analytics-qa/

    worse yet, CPS is already using it in some states.

    -t

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    Leviathan Wakes is a 2011 science fiction novel by James S. A. Corey, the pen name of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. It is the first book in the Expanse series, followed by Caliban's War, Abaddon's Gate, Cibola Burn, and Nemesis Games.

    The Expanse is a series of science fiction novels by James S. A. Corey, the pen name of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. The first novel, Leviathan Wakes, was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2012.[1]

    As of 2015, The Expanse consists of five main novels and four shorter works (two prequel short stories, one prequel novella and one novella set between Caliban's War and Abaddon's Gate). Four more novels are planned,[2] as well as three more novellas. The series is being adapted for television by the Syfy Network, also under the title of The Expanse.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leviathan_Wakes

    Wow, a new book to read (the last in this series) and a SyFy Network series. Happy day.

  23. #110
    I'm pretty psyched about Cormac McCarthy's new book, 30 years in the making!

    http://www.crossmap.com/blogs/cormac...passenger-6744

    The first word I remember hearing from Cormac McCarthy's newest novel The Passenger was the name Plato. Read by Caitlin Lorraine McShea, the line was classic McCarthy: a mixture of philosophy, science, and dare I say, theological teasing-all beautifully writ.
    [...]
    The book may be in two volumes (or in one volume with two parts). Excerpts were read from volume 2 on this evening.

    One of the characters is a woman, possibly institutionalized. Her father was a Los Alamos scientist. Both-sibling and father-are brilliant. The daughter is also a musician.

    There is much allusion to mathematics and insanity, with references to Gödel and other masterful minds.
    http://www.newsweek.com/cormac-mccarthy-new-book-363027
    Wallach first heard about “The New Orleans novel,” as he refers to it, when it was confirmed publicly in 2009, during a rare interview that McCarthy gave with The Wall Street Journal:

    “It's mostly set in New Orleans around 1980. It has to do with a brother and sister. When the book opens she's already committed suicide, and it's about how he deals with it. She's an interesting girl.”

    Rumors circulated over the succeeding years. McCarthy hinted at the novel in an interview he gave for The Counselor, a film he wrote for director Ridley Scott in 2013. But the book seemed to be stuck in limbo. Wallach speculates—having spoken to people close to the author—that the story was becoming mired in its own complexity.

    Now that the book has been presented in public, it would seem that McCarthy has resolved whatever dissatisfied him.
    Based on the idea of natural rights, government secures those rights to the individual by strictly negative intervention, making justice costless and easy of access; and beyond that it does not go. The State, on the other hand, both in its genesis and by its primary intention, is purely anti-social. It is not based on the idea of natural rights, but on the idea that the individual has no rights except those that the State may provisionally grant him. It has always made justice costly and difficult of access, and has invariably held itself above justice and common morality whenever it could advantage itself by so doing.
    --Albert J. Nock

  24. #111
    Quote Originally Posted by phill4paul View Post
    Reamde by Neal Stephenson.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reamde
    read this earlier this year, meh. despite many of my acquaintances liking Stephenson, I can't say I've really enjoyed any of his books.

  25. #112
    Quote Originally Posted by heavenlyboy34 View Post
    "We", "Oman Ra", and "1984". ETA: "Shogun", "A day in the life of Alexander Denisovich", "Moscow To The End of the line". ETA2: "Envy" and anything else by Yuri Olesha. "The Master And Margarita" is considered "high brow" lit, but it has moments of levity (like the talking cat and various comical black majick things).
    Shogun remains near the top of my surprising good reads this decade. I decided to make my way through the authors entire Asian saga. I really liked Tai-pan, and Gai-jin was a decent followup to those 2. King Rat is up next, which looks like it is going to be a good one.



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  27. #113
    I'd suggest a book but I don't read.
    "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration is minding my own business."

    Calvin Coolidge

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