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  1. #351
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    Fordlandia -
    Henry Ford tries to build a city in the amazon - dude was arguably richest guy on earth and straight up crazy.
    Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Natures peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. - John Muir

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    suck it up princess" - XXX on getting off mj

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    I have heard that the book thief by Markus Zusak is pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McDreamerson View Post
    Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
    The Sisters Brothers by Patrick Dewitt

    Both westerns. Good western books and movies are my favorite genre. Everyone knows of Blood Meridian, it is serious and gnarly...scalping, hoss prostitutes, forced army work in mexico. The Sisters Brothers is hilarious and intense. Great read. I regard both of these titles as must reads.
    Blood Meridian is one of those books that gets better every time I read it. Holy shit, its violent.

    I'll have to check out the Sisters Brothers.

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    "The Sellout" by Paul Beatty. Just started it on a recommendation from a friend. Has anyone else read it?

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    Just polished off The Shotgun Rule by Charlie Huston.
    Imagine a mid-'80s coming-of-age story as written by Quentin Tarantino.
    Well paced, gritty, hyper-violent, some nice twists.
    Quick and gritty read.

    http://charliehuston.com/books
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    Quote Originally Posted by The AD View Post
    "The Sellout" by Paul Beatty. Just started it on a recommendation from a friend. Has anyone else read it?
    I own it but haven't finished it yet. A TGR poster here used to be called "Tuffy", based on another Beatty book, remember him? I think he was Tuffy109 at powdermag.

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    been on a simon winchester kick lately-
    My coworker started it our by giving me "A crack at the edge of the world" and I have been hooked (about plate tectonics based around the story of the big 1906 san fran earthquake)
    Then did Krakatoa - prob my favorite out of the winchester's I have read so far
    The Map that changed the world

    Also on rec from others here The Last Ridge about the 10th Mtn Division was so good so I must re-rec since it has to do with all of our common passion

    Now I am reading that book about microbes that cane out this yr "We contain multitudes"
    I keep annoying andrew by quoting info from this book so is good so far but I am maybe only 1/4 way thru
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    say the quotes with a snooty british accent

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    haha there are SOO many footnotes
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    i once had to write a very important academic paper. it was supposed to be 20 pages long and take a year. mine was 20 pages with 98 pages of endnotes and took 6 years. needless to say, that didn't turn out too well.

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    Just about to finish The Count of Monte Cristo. I don't typically read books more than once, but this is #3 for me. Great book that always delivers.

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    Time for a new book - any suggestions?

    Just finished Blake Crouch's Dark Matter. It's your basic existential sci-fi relationship thriller. I really enjoyed it.

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    A Man Called Ove.
    A sardonic take on depression, death and holding to a peculiar angle on life.

    A Swedish widower of taciturn mien grapples with layoff, old age, suicide and a neighborhood of modern close to the bone life.

    Surprisingly uplifting and funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    Just polished off The Shotgun Rule by Charlie Huston.
    Imagine a mid-'80s coming-of-age story as written by Quentin Tarantino.
    Well paced, gritty, hyper-violent, some nice twists.
    Quick and gritty read.

    http://charliehuston.com/books
    I really enjoyed Caught Stealing (1st of a 3 book series) and The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death.

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    Halfway through With The Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, by E.B. Sledge. Very detailed memoir of his time in the Pacific theater of WW2 as a marine mortar man. I can't put it down.

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    Just started "What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World". I like it so far. Working dogs, cadaver hunting dogs, etc. and how they do it. Combines a lot of things I like. Dogs, science, hiking around in the woods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NW_SKIER View Post
    Halfway through With The Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, by E.B. Sledge. Very detailed memoir of his time in the Pacific theater of WW2 as a marine mortar man. I can't put it down.
    Great memoir of what it was like to be an infantry soldier in WWII. Very gripping.

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    Nomad by Matthew Mather - just saw it is free for kindle if you have prime.
    Pretty cool science ey read about a catastrophic celestial event about to happen to earth. Heavy on the physics being the enemy as opposed to other beings. Just saw he turned it into four book series, so at least I know what I am reading next.
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    Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Natures peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. - John Muir

    "How long can it last? For fuck sake this isn't heroin -
    suck it up princess" - XXX on getting off mj

    “This is infinity here,” he said. “It could be infinity. We don’t really don’t know. But it could be. It has to be something — but it could be infinity, right?” - Trump, on the vastness of space, man

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    The Cold Six Thousand, Jame Ellroy. If you are into Noir and political/mob/Kennedy Assassination stories its a wild ride written in an odd style.

    His explanation is one of his early books came in too long. He was asked to cut 100 pages. Instead he cut about every 5th word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NW_SKIER View Post
    Halfway through With The Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, by E.B. Sledge. Very detailed memoir of his time in the Pacific theater of WW2 as a marine mortar man. I can't put it down.
    Maybe the best WWII book I've ever read. "Helmet for my pillow" by Robert Leckie was pretty good too (although not as gripping as WtOB), both books were drawn on heavily for the HBO mini series "The Pacific"

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    Quote Originally Posted by The AD View Post
    "The Sellout" by Paul Beatty. Just started it on a recommendation from a friend. Has anyone else read it?
    Took me a while to get through it, but finished it a few days ago. Overall it's an enjoyable read, but slightly disjointed. There are some real laugh out loud moments, but if you're looking for a book with a real plot look elsewhere.

    I just started "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. I'm kind of going in with a bad attitude about it, but I figure it's probably worth reading. I haven't seen the movie yet, either.

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    watched this flick The Girl With All The Gifts the other week.
    Learned that it was based on the novel of the same name (and actually the author wrote the screenplay concurrently with the book, or so I've heard).
    At any rate, picked up a copy of the novel last week.
    100 pages in and it's even more intense and page-turning than the film, which was really good.
    Just a few minor differences between the film and book so far, but I still have 300 pages to go, so we shall see.
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    I don't check in often enough to be useful, so it may have already been mentioned: Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance is a great non-fiction read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    watched this flick The Girl With All The Gifts the other week.
    Learned that it was based on the novel of the same name (and actually the author wrote the screenplay concurrently with the book, or so I've heard).
    At any rate, picked up a copy of the novel last week.
    100 pages in and it's even more intense and page-turning than the film, which was really good.
    Just a few minor differences between the film and book so far, but I still have 300 pages to go, so we shall see.
    For sure, a really good read - didn't even know it was made into a film, I'll have to check that out.

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    HUE 1968- By Mark Bowden ( Black Hawk Down). Holy shit, great book. Most detailed account of the Battle for Hue, and the Tet Offensive in general. Highly recommend.
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