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    I think we've had a few threads like this in the past, but I'm always interested to kind of pick brains and possibly pick up new material.

    At present I'm 4 books into Robert Fitzgerald's translation of "The Iliad" and am pleasantly surprised at the relatively easy nature of the reading.

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Iliad-Homer-Oxford-Worlds-Classics/dp/0199536791/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270412849&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com: The Iliad. Homer (Oxford World's Classics) (9780199536795): Robert Fitzgerald, Homer: Books[/ame]


    Just recently finished "The Book of Five Rings" and "Breaks of the Game" both of which I found enjoyable.

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Book-Five-Rings-Miyamoto-Musashi/dp/1590302486/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270412918&sr=1-2"]Amazon.com: The Book of Five Rings (9781590302484): Miyamoto Musashi, Thomas Cleary: Books[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Breaks-Game-David-Halberstam/dp/1401309720/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270412991&sr=1-1"]Amazon.com: The Breaks of the Game (9781401309725): David Halberstam: Books[/ame]

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    I just finished "Last Words" - George Carlin's autobiography, and "Indigo Slam" and "The First Rule," both by one of my favorite detective authors, Robert Crais. I'm currently reading "Shutter Island" by Dennis Lehane (didn't see the movie).
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    I just finished Stephen King's "Under the Dome" last week - what a tome. Just started "The Road". Next up is Crichton's "Pirate Latitudes".

    After those I think I'll tackle "The Stand" which runs just a bit longer than Dome. I'd never read a novel over 1,000 pages before and just loved Dome because how many and the depth of the characters.

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    Just starting to reread ''American Gods'' by Neil Gaiman and trying to read ''Fermat's Last Theorem ''. One is an enjoyable light read where Odin and Loki are playing tricks and the other is a dry ass read about the solving of a 358 year old math problem.Has Sominex beat to hell.
    Also rereading Andrew Vachss' ''BURKE'' Novels -excellent escapism .

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    I've been reading quite a bit about the wall street meltdown recently, but I'm hoping to migrate into some WW II books soon, probably the Rick Atkinson trilogy.

    Finished recently:

    Bill Simmon's Book of Basketball [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Book-Basketball-NBA-According-Sports/dp/034551176X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270421933&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com: The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy (9780345511768): Bill Simmons, Malcolm Gladwell: Books[/ame]

    Street Fighters (Bear Sterns book) [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Street-Fighters-Hours-Stearns-Toughest/dp/1591843189/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270422023&sr=1-2"]Amazon.com: Street Fighters: The Last 72 Hours of Bear Stearns, the Toughest Firm on Wall Street (9781591843184): Kate Kelly: Books[/ame]

    A Colossal Failure of Common Sense (Lehman Brothers) [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Colossal-Failure-Common-Sense-Collapse/dp/0307588335/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270422279&sr=1-1"]Amazon.com: A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers (9780307588333): Lawrence G. McDonald, Patrick Robinson: Books[/ame]

    Game Change [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Game-Change-Clintons-McCain-Lifetime/dp/0061733636/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270422347&sr=1-1"]Amazon.com: Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime (9780061733635): John Heilemann, Mark Halperin: Books[/ame]



    Currently reading:

    On The Brink (by Henry Paulson) [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Brink-Inside-Collapse-Global-Financial/dp/0446561932/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270422469&sr=1-1"]Amazon.com: On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System (9780446561938): Henry M. Paulson: Books[/ame]

    Judgement of Paris [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Judgment-Paris-California-Historic-Revolutionized/dp/0743297326/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270422526&sr=1-1"]Amazon.com: Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine (9780743297325): George M Taber: Books[/ame]


    By the way, I've been reading primarily on the Kindle when the books are available. I find myself reading more on the Kindle than otherwise. I'm thinking of picking up an IPad, but I hate to think of just putting the Kindle down and forgetting about it.

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    How is "Game Change"?

    Its one of several I'm thinking of picking up once I finish what I'm reading now.

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    Just finished a couple of climbing books
    Ultimate High by Goran Kropp [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-High-My-Everest-Odyssey/dp/156331830X"]Amazon.com: Ultimate High: My Everest Odyssey (9781563318306): Goran Kropp, David Lagercrantz: Books[/ame]
    It's about a guy that biked from Sweden to Kathmandu towing all his gear, then hiked to the Everest base camp before making three separate (and solo) attempts on the Everest Summit, he didn't use sherpas or have any other support along the trip.

    Climbing High [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Climbing-High-Account-Surviving-Everest/dp/0060953616"]Amazon.com: Climbing High: A Woman's Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy (9780060953614): Lene Gammelgaard, Press Seal: Books[/ame]
    About Lene Gameland who was on the Mountain (as a part of Scott Fischer's team) for the 96 Everest disaster.

    High Exposure [ame="http://www.amazon.com/High-Exposure-Enduring-Passion-Unforgiving/dp/0684853612"]Amazon.com: High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places (9780684853611): David Breashears, Jon Krakauer: Books[/ame]
    By David Breashears, he was behind the IMAX movie Everest, he also worked on Cliffhanger.

    No Shortcuts to the Top by Ed Viestrus [ame="http://www.amazon.com/No-Shortcuts-Top-Climbing-Highest/dp/0767924703"]Amazon.com: No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks (9780767924702): Ed Viesturs, David Roberts: Books[/ame]
    Ed talks about his life leading up to and including Endavor 8000, he's the only american to climb all 14 8000m peaks, and he's done them all without the aide of supplemental oxygen.

    Currently reading
    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/South-Memoir-Endurance-Ernest-Shackleton/dp/0786705973"]Amazon.com: South: A Memoir of the Endurance Voyage (9780786705979): Ernest Shackleton: Books[/ame]
    South
    It's an interesting read about the Endurance voyage, and their unsuccessful attempt to be the first to cross the South Pole.
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    How is "Game Change"?

    Its one of several I'm thinking of picking up once I finish what I'm reading now.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snackem View Post
    No Shortcuts to the Top by Ed Viestrus Amazon.com: No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks (9780767924702): Ed Viesturs, David Roberts: Books
    Ed talks about his life leading up to and including Endavor 8000, he's the only american to climb all 14 8000m peaks, and he's done them all without the aide of supplemental oxygen.
    I'd recommend this Viesturs book to anyone, regardless of whether they are a fan of climbing. I read this one about nine months ago. Pretty amazing how Everest gets all of the pub, solely because it's the highest peak. Other mountains (K2 specifically) are much more dangerous and not climbed as often. Viesturs most recent book is all about K2 - I have it here and I've only read the first 50 pages or so. For some reason I drifted into other books, but I'll eventually get back to it.

    Here is the link: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/K2-Death-Worlds-Dangerous-Mountain/dp/0767932501/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270437157&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com: K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain (9780767932509): Ed Viesturs, David Roberts: Books[/ame]

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