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Postby Troy Loney » Tue May 14, 2019 3:48 pm

Just finished the first two books of the Thrawn trilogy. Going back to re-read these was a great choice, I don't remember them at all since I read them in high school.

I am also going back and re-reading A Walk in the Woods again. Bill Bryson is IMO one of the funniest damn writers around.
I read his book about England for an anglo-american relations class back in college. I liked it very much. I have not cared for anything else that i've read from him.

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Postby Troy Loney » Tue May 14, 2019 3:49 pm

EL Doctorow's Ragtime is a fabulous book.
Yeah, I'm not a marathon reader, but that's a book I could finish in 3 sessions.

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Postby shafnutz05 » Tue May 14, 2019 4:49 pm

I have not cared for anything else that i've read from him.
In a Sunburned Country was great, IMO.

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Postby robbiestoupe » Wed May 15, 2019 8:48 am

How much of a break do you typically take between first, second, and subsequent reads of a fictional work? There are some books that I just love and have to keep myself trying to reread as not to render them flat in my mind. I waited a good 20 years before re-reading Replay by Ken Grimwood and I'm glad I did. There is a John Grisham book that I read twice in the course of about three years simply because I love the setting (Ford County/Clanton).

Sometimes I'm troubled about whether or not I should even bother re-reading a book. I'll never have time to read every book I'll want to read so it's hard for me to circle back and hit something twice unless I really yearn for it.
This is a great question, and a great dilemma of mine. There are times when my list of books to read don't interest me as much, so I will circle back to favorites. No hard timeline, just a feel. Even still, there's no time to reread all my favorites, so it'll be a mood thing where I feel like rereading Lord of the Rings or feel like rereading Band of Brothers.

I also have a hard time sticking to one genre for too long a time. Even staying within fiction for too long will bear cravings for non-fiction. I try to balance that by listening to one genre on the ride to/from work and my night time reading will be a completely different genre.

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Postby eddysnake » Wed May 15, 2019 9:17 am

my list of books I want to read is so large and growing daily that I don't usually reread books, but there are definitely exceptions. I've probably reread Beowulf more than anything and I usually read The Hobbit and Clive Barkers Thief of Always yearly. Other than that, To Kill a Mockingbird, Cabal and The name of the wind are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head that I've revisited several times.

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Postby shafnutz05 » Wed May 15, 2019 12:20 pm

I honestly can't imagine re-reading a book while I can still remember most of it. That said, I am the same way with watching movies, although for some reason Bond movies are a little different in that respect for me.

So with that said, probably 20 years or so.

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Postby obhave » Wed May 15, 2019 1:15 pm

I reread books all the time. I actually have a policy that I won't buy a book unless I have borrowed it from the library and loved it enough to reread. Then I buy.

The exception is authors I love, those I pre-order without question.

It's a comfort thing, and it how I keep reading when my brain is fried from work.

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Postby Shyster » Wed May 15, 2019 10:25 pm

I also reread books fairly often. Depends on how much I like the book. It also helps that I'm a fast reader. There are occasions where I open up a book on the Kindle just to revisit a part I really liked and the next thing I know, I've reread half of the book or more.

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Postby Gaucho » Sun May 19, 2019 4:36 pm

I'm rereading It at the moment, for some reason, 32 years later. 200 pages in my biggest takeaway is that I'm not 14 anymore.

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Postby shafnutz05 » Sun May 19, 2019 6:32 pm

I'm rereading It at the moment, for some reason, 32 years later. 200 pages in my biggest takeaway is that I'm not 14 anymore.
Let us know when you get to the ritualistic gangbang part.

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Postby eddysnake » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:29 am

Read Hippie by Paulo Coelho. Enjoyed it very much, have not ready anything else by him. Intrigued me enough to pick up a book on Sufism and Islamic Mysticism.

Also got Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. This sounds really good, anyone read it?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0385534248/?c ... _lig_dp_it

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Postby robbiestoupe » Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:51 am

Source of the postIntrigued me enough to pick up a book on Sufism and Islamic Mysticism.
I've been wanting to read stuff by Rumi, but I have to be in the right mood.

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Postby eddysnake » Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:37 am

Source of the postIntrigued me enough to pick up a book on Sufism and Islamic Mysticism.
I've been wanting to read stuff by Rumi, but I have to be in the right mood.
Yeah, I looked up a lot of his stuff and found some concerning issues with the translations, so never zeroed in on one.

I ordered this as it seemed to encompass Rumi, but others as well.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/01421 ... UTF8&psc=1

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Postby shafnutz05 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:33 pm

I am making my first foray into the alternate history world of Harry Turtledove. Starting out with How Few Remain, the first of his "Southern Victory" series. Basically, an alternate timeline in which the Union never does find Lee's Order 191, and ends up losing the "War of Secession" in 1862. It starts twenty years later, and all of the POV characters are names you will recognize if you know American history. It's a really fun read so far.

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Postby eddysnake » Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:48 pm

Source of the postIntrigued me enough to pick up a book on Sufism and Islamic Mysticism.
I've been wanting to read stuff by Rumi, but I have to be in the right mood.
check out that book that I linked too above. Read a little bit last night and the way it's put together is great. You can pick it up and randomly open to a page and read for a couple minutes and be done with it until next time. rinse, repeat

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Postby Gaucho » Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:31 pm

EL Doctorow's Ragtime is a fabulous book.
Dito for World's Fair.

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Postby eddysnake » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:52 am

Recursion by Blake Crouch is a blast. If you liked Dark Matter, read this one too!

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI was very interesting, pretty wild how messed up and corrupt everyone was and how not much has changed today. The wild west indeed.

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Postby robbiestoupe » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:07 am

Source of the post Recursion by Blake Crouch is a blast. If you liked Dark Matter, read this one too!
Loved Dark Matter. Thanks for the suggestion!

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Postby shafnutz05 » Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:35 am

I forgot how great Dale Brown's older books are. I am re-reading Flight of the Old Dog and it is a great Cold War military aviation page turner. His own Air Force background makes the writing even better.

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Postby shafnutz05 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:13 am

I am currently reading a compilation of Philip K Dick's best known works, starting with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Wow... This guy was wayyyyy ahead of his time. The writing is phenomenal as is the world he builds in the relatively short story.

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Postby Gaucho » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:31 am

Make sure to only read his essential novels, as he has also written a lot of utter garbage ones. Which novels does the compilation include?

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Postby shafnutz05 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:04 pm

Make sure to only read his essential novels, as he has also written a lot of utter garbage ones. Which novels does the compilation include?
Thanks. Ubik, High Castle, Sheep, and I believe Maze of Death

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Postby Gaucho » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:14 pm

Make sure to only read his essential novels, as he has also written a lot of utter garbage ones. Which novels does the compilation include?
Thanks. Ubik, High Castle, Sheep, and I believe Maze of Death
Ubik is excellent, High Castle is very good, as is Maze of Death, iirc. Other novels I'd highly recommend are The Three Stigmata of Timothy Archer; Marsian Time-Slip; Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said; A Scanner Darkly.

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