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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Schlottke View Post
    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.
    I recently read "the Road", it was well written but a little too bleak and monotonous for my taste. I much preferred the Stand, which is one of my favorites. It's pretty awesome.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by JensenS View Post
    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 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.

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