Page 4 of 29 FirstFirst 123456714 ... LastLast
Results 28 to 36 of 259

Thread: What Are You Reading? TWT Book Discussion

  1. #28
    Olympic Champ kr1963's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Clearwater, Florida, United States
    Posts
    7,028

    Default Re: What Are You Reading? TWT Book Discussion

    Amen Russ...I mean, er um, I agree brother!

  2. #29

    Default Re: What Are You Reading? TWT Book Discussion

    All I've got left in The Iliad is the last book, Priam still needs to go and get Hektor's body.

    Overall I've enjoyed it, I don't know if its just this translation that made it go so well or if it really is a much more approachable text than I expected but I really enjoyed reading it.

    Will now have to debate between staying in epic poem territory and starting "Inferno" by Dante or wait for the pile of books that I've got on order to arrive near the end of the week.

  3. #30

    Default Re: What Are You Reading? TWT Book Discussion

    I'm reading "The Speed of Trust" for work

    Both the Iliad and The Odyssey are great. I enjoyed them a lot.
    RIP Jacob Schlottke; KR1963 and rpayton




  4. #31

    Default Re: What Are You Reading? TWT Book Discussion

    I will say that this version of Achilles is (expectedly) much more bad ass than the one played by Brad Pitt.

  5. #32

    Default Re: What Are You Reading? TWT Book Discussion

    I refuse to believe there is anyone more BA than this guy
    To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

  6. #33
    NCAA Champ WhippetGrappler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Moved to Suffolk, VA
    Posts
    1,281

    Default Re: What Are You Reading? TWT Book Discussion

    About to start: A Game Plan for Life, Joe Gibbs

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Game-Plan-Life-Personal-Playbook/dp/1414329792/ref=pd_sim_b_1"]Amazon.com: Game Plan for Life: Your Personal Playbook for Success (9781414329796): Joe Gibbs, Tony Dungy, Jerry B. Jenkins: Books[/ame]
    BRUTUS BUCKEYE WILL TAKE YOU DOWN...

  7. #34
    Olympic Champ r.payton@att.net's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Danville .Indiana
    Posts
    8,718

    Default Re: What Are You Reading? TWT Book Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by JensenS View Post
    I will say that this version of Achilles is (expectedly) much more bad ass than the one played by Brad Pitt.
    It's pretty easy to be a bad ass when you are invincible -hence the origin of ''Achilles Heel'' as a weak point as his mother held him by his heel while dipping him into the river -leaving only his heel as a weak spot .
    I prefer the Odyssey as Homer recounts and addresses problems which still exist today . The LAND OF THE LOTUS EATERS is very much the same as our current drug problem-Homer treats it as a life choice and simply leaves the crew behind .
    I pick 4-5 classics to reread every 5 years -THEY have NOT changed one word , I ,on the other hand ,have hopefully changed a great deal every 5 years .
    JensenS -if you find time -or any other esteemed members of TWT-please read THE CONFIDENCE MAN as I have NEVER been able to draw any conclusions to what the Hekk it is about .

  8. #35

    Default Re: What Are You Reading? TWT Book Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Flop The Nuts View Post
    Game Change is well worth the money, very fast-paced and entertaining. Lots of behind the scenes stuff. Palin comes off worse that her public persona, which is really saying something.

    Somehow I kept hoping that Obama would lose the election, but he won in the book as well.
    Just finished Game Change after having rolled through it in basically 24 hours and I've got to say I really enjoyed it. Like Flop points out here the reading was very fast paced and the behind the scenes stuff was very interesting.

    The real story that came through out of the book was just how much better Obama's team (primarily David Axelrod, David Plouffe, and Robert Gibbs) were at doing their jobs than those performing the same tasks in any other camp.

    The authors grant that Obama's message was more or less empty when it came to substantial policy but the fact of the matter is that they had one and they stuck to it unlike the Clinton or McCain camps which were supremely disorganized changing messages constantly and racked by internal arguments between high staffers who generally despised one another.

    Palin definitely didn't come off well but the authors seemed to show a little bit of sympathy toward her as they pointed out that the fact of the matter was that she was selected so late in the game that there wasn't enough time to figure out how to mask her numerous deficiencies as a national candidate.

    As badly as Palin was portrayed one person who came out of the book looking even worse than her was John Edwards who was shown to be hilariously crazy and delusional with his attempts to sell his exit from the race to Obama for a high level cabinet position and obviously his love child scandal.

    Bill Clinton loomed large as a character through out the book and his presence definitely was enjoyable presenting how on one hand he was his wife's biggest asset (in place of her seemingly very over matched staff) and her biggest hinderance (being Bill Clinton and all).

    Overall an excellent book and one that I would heartily recommend.

  9. #36

    Default Re: What Are You Reading? TWT Book Discussion

    Just finished the Terminal Man, a true story about polonium poisoning that happen in England. Very intesting stuff and a bit scary. I guess the perps never thought it would be detected and it almost wasn't. Once authorities knew what to look for they went though the difficult task of tracing the movement--planes, hotels rooms, and restaurants. It almost certainly came from Russia and requires special equipment to spot since it's radiation is of a different sort than, for example Uranium.

    Recommended.
    DSCH: a Soviet artist's reply to unjust criticism.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •