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DavidW

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« Reply #140 on: May 02, 2007, 10:13:51 AM »
The most recent book I read was Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear - pretty gripping techo-thriller/sci-fi stuff in a Crichton-esque vein, but nothing really ground-breaking.

That was my impression as well.  It was a plane flight read when I read, and kept me amused through the flight. :)  I'm not a big Greg Bear fan.  At the time that I was into him I liked the two novels about the machines that destroy Earth, and I also liked the novel Moving Mars even though it was pretty silly. :)

That was a few years ago, I don't think that I would like him at all today.

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« Reply #141 on: May 02, 2007, 06:40:23 PM »
Finished Cormac McCarthy's feel-good Oprah book club selection The Road.  Great heartwarming story of a guy's love for his son while trying to avoid being eaten by roving post-apocalyptic cannibals.

Also read The River of Doubt, an account of Teddy Roosevelt and Candido Randon's trip down an uncharted Amazon tributary in 1913

Working on Niall Ferguson's book on the Rothchilds

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« Reply #142 on: May 02, 2007, 07:53:43 PM »
More Proust....

Danny

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« Reply #143 on: May 02, 2007, 09:29:12 PM »
Also reading Development of Christian Doctrine by Cardinal Newman with A History of the Church by Eusebius.

dtwilbanks

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« Reply #144 on: May 03, 2007, 03:30:09 AM »
Finished Cormac McCarthy's feel-good Oprah book club selection The Road.  Great heartwarming story of a guy's love for his son while trying to avoid being eaten by roving post-apocalyptic cannibals.

I read that one before Oprah put her stamp on it.

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« Reply #145 on: May 03, 2007, 04:47:46 AM »
I read that one before Oprah put her stamp on it.

Was it better before?

Do you think Oprah will put her stamp on Blood Meridian?

dtwilbanks

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« Reply #146 on: May 03, 2007, 04:48:17 AM »
Was it better before?

You didn't like it? I thought it was rad.

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« Reply #147 on: May 03, 2007, 04:49:49 AM »
You didn't like it? I thought it was rad.

No, I loved the book.  Just amused that Oprah put it in her book club.

dtwilbanks

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« Reply #148 on: May 03, 2007, 04:52:41 AM »
No, I loved the book.  Just amused that Oprah put it in her book club.

Yeah, I was amused as well.

I have BLOOD MERIDIAN on my TBR (to be read) pile. I'll have to get around to that soon.

dtwilbanks

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« Reply #149 on: May 03, 2007, 05:19:31 AM »
I'm really enjoying THE TERROR by Dan Simmons. It may become one of my favorite reads of the year. If you'd like to check it out, here's a link.
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« Reply #150 on: May 03, 2007, 05:27:04 AM »
The Road.  Great heartwarming story of a guy's love for his son while trying to avoid being eaten by roving post-apocalyptic cannibals.

I must admit that really does sound heartwarming. ;)





(But who likes precooked heart? 0:))

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« Reply #151 on: May 03, 2007, 05:29:45 AM »
No, I loved the book.  Just amused that Oprah put it in her book club.

What do you think caused the apocalypse?

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« Reply #153 on: May 03, 2007, 05:33:06 AM »
LOL!

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« Reply #154 on: May 03, 2007, 06:57:31 AM »
I just finished the new mystery by Harlan Coben, The Woods -- a real page turner with a surprise ending.  If you have never read any of Coben's books, this is a great way to start.  Gripping, from start to finish. 


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« Reply #155 on: May 03, 2007, 06:58:26 AM »
I just finished the new mystery by Harlan Coben, The Woods -- a real page turner with a surprise ending.  If you have never read any of Coben's books, this is a great way to start.  Gripping, from start to finish. 

Thanks for the recommendation. I might give it a shot on my upcoming vacation.

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« Reply #156 on: May 03, 2007, 06:59:08 AM »
Also reading Development of Christian Doctrine by Cardinal Newman with A History of the Church by Eusebius.

Please tell me that you weren't reading these for school.

Thanks for the recommendation. I might give it a shot on my upcoming vacation.

As long as you aren't camping out in the woods...

Sorry, couldn't resist that!  Actually, the events in the woods occur 20 years before the start of the book.  But still, the echoes of the events are felt through the years.

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« Reply #157 on: May 03, 2007, 06:59:16 AM »
What do you think caused the apocalypse?

McCarthy likely had no specific event in mind, but would have to guess some extraterrestrial impact.  There was no indication of radiation from nukes. The dead ocean, perpetually overcast sky and wide swaths of burned land seem to line up with Discovery channel speculation on the after effects of large impacts

dtwilbanks

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« Reply #158 on: May 03, 2007, 07:03:33 AM »
McCarthy likely had no specific event in mind, but would have to guess some extraterrestrial impact.  There was no indication of radiation from nukes. The dead ocean, perpetually overcast sky and wide swaths of burned land seem to line up with Discovery channel speculation on the after effects of large impacts

Makes sense. Thanks.

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« Reply #159 on: May 03, 2007, 09:08:56 AM »
I must admit that really does sound heartwarming. ;)





(But who likes precooked heart? 0:))

It is by far McCarthy's most optimistic and upbeat book.

BTW are you a fan of Stanislaw Lem?  The Cyberiad is about my all time favorite book