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Re: I love a Good "Good Book" thread [Re: rice] #2935709
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Originally Posted by rice
Just finished Steinbeck's, East of Eden. Was pretty great.

I had never read it before. My daughter recently did and said it was a must read.


Love that book. My Dad (since deceased) bought me a First Edition, First Printing of that book, in decent condition, as a gift. It's truly one of the first books printed because there is a misspelling on page 288 that was corrected early through the first printing. Book Nerds know these things. I'll never sell it.

Re: I love a Good "Good Book" thread [Re: Autoprax] #2935718
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Because of all the praise for Paul Theroux on here, I picked up and recently finished �Dark Star Safari�. Really enjoyed it, gave me a similar feel as reading Barbarian Days.

I started �Blood Meridan� this morning after one of my more well-read friends said it is his favorite book. I�m just glad it�s something to read under 400 pages monkey


I just read PT's Sir Vida's Shadow.

I enjoyed re reading 20 years later.

I can go back and read all the old ones again.

Try Old Patagonia Express



Thanks! I�ll have to check it out. I didn�t know he was so cynical, so that was a nice surprise. I think I would�ve read his stuff sooner had I known that.

After finishing Blood Meridian (loved it), I read Pastoralia by George Saunders. Nice DFW/Pynchon style without having to read a 700+ page book. Becoming Westerly by Jamie Brisick was excellent too. Currently slogging through Dostoevsky�s The Idiot.


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Fun fun fun.

PT has a wry, dry sense of humor.

Dumb people don't get it.

So much comedy in his books.

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Originally Posted by tacos
Because of all the praise for Paul Theroux on here, I picked up and recently finished �Dark Star Safari�. Really enjoyed it, gave me a similar feel as reading Barbarian Days.

I started �Blood Meridan� this morning after one of my more well-read friends said it is his favorite book. I�m just glad it�s something to read under 400 pages monkey


I just read PT's Sir Vida's Shadow.

I enjoyed re reading 20 years later.

I can go back and read all the old ones again.

Try Old Patagonia Express



Thanks! I�ll have to check it out. I didn�t know he was so cynical, so that was a nice surprise. I think I would�ve read his stuff sooner had I known that.

After finishing Blood Meridian (loved it), I read Pastoralia by George Saunders. Nice DFW/Pynchon style without having to read a 700+ page book. Becoming Westerly by Jamie Brisick was excellent too. Currently slogging through Dostoevsky�s The Idiot.


Hotel Honolulu.

Fun fun fun.

PT has a wry, dry sense of humor.

Dumb people don't get it.

So much comedy in his books.

Re: I love a Good "Good Book" thread [Re: Icu812] #2935719
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Originally Posted by Icu812
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Just finished Steinbeck's, East of Eden. Was pretty great.

I had never read it before. My daughter recently did and said it was a must read.


Of course, Cannery Row by Steinbeck is also great, but the post-war follow-up Sweet Thursday is well, sweet.


I've got a First Edition of Cannery Row as well. Very good condition, just a couple of nicks on the dust jacket (which, surprisingly, is a very big determinant of the value of 20th century novels).

Re: I love a Good "Good Book" thread [Re: Autoprax] #2935742
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Midway into The Quiet American, by Graham Greene

Haven’t read something this good in 5+ yrs

Nothing forced so far, just total artistry

No spoilers please!


Have you read "Power and the Glory"?

Very slow and dense but I think it's his best book

We had to read it senior year of high school. I knew it was good then but I'd like to read it 20 years later


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Re: I love a Good "Good Book" thread [Re: subway] #2935767
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Discovered the author Paul Theroux... "The Great Railway Bazaar" and "The Happy Isles of Oceania" at the local public library years ago. Very good books with a writing style where you don't want to put the book down. I'd recommend any books by Paul Theroux. Of course, "Kon-Tiki" is another classic by Thor Heyerdahl...he and some others floated on a balsa raft from Peru to Tahiti to prove that some of the original inhabitants of Tahiti came from South America....amazing expedition!!

Re: I love a Good "Good Book" thread [Re: subway] #2955602
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Bringing back this OG thread...

Finished Dostoevsky’s The Idiot a week or two ago, I don’t think I’d read it again. Some interesting ideas but it didn’t really do much for me.

Read Solo Faces by James Salter a couple days ago. A good quick novel that revolves around mountain climbing and the psyche of it, I think many here would like it.

And I’m now 50 pages into Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Can’t remember if it’s been mentioned here but it’s been captivating so far discussing Homo sapiens, Neanderthals, etc and the cognitive revolution.

Re: I love a Good "Good Book" thread [Re: bigsurfer67] #2955709
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Originally Posted by bigsurfer67
Discovered the author Paul Theroux... "The Great Railway Bazaar" and "The Happy Isles of Oceania" at the local public library years ago. Very good books with a writing style where you don't want to put the book down. I'd recommend any books by Paul Theroux. Of course, "Kon-Tiki" is another classic by Thor Heyerdahl...he and some others floated on a balsa raft from Peru to Tahiti to prove that some of the original inhabitants of Tahiti came from South America....amazing expedition!!


Fatu Hiva from Heyerdahl is good too. Him and his wife living feral in the Marquesas. Its where he developed his backwards theory on pacific migration.

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Reading “Our Man in Havana” by Graham Greene

I read “The Quiet American” and “The End of the Affair” in the last couple of months

Quiet American was best so far

Our Man in Havana is pretty cool- spy novel set in 1950s Havana

Makes me want to drink daiquiris

Re: I love a Good "Good Book" thread [Re: tacos] #2955957
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Originally Posted by tacos
Bringing back this OG thread...

Finished Dostoevsky’s The Idiot a week or two ago, I don’t think I’d read it again. Some interesting ideas but it didn’t really do much for me.

Read Solo Faces by James Salter a couple days ago. A good quick novel that revolves around mountain climbing and the psyche of it, I think many here would like it.

And I’m now 50 pages into Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Can’t remember if it’s been mentioned here but it’s been captivating so far discussing Homo sapiens, Neanderthals, etc and the cognitive revolution.


I just read Salters travel story anthology.

I'd never heard of him before.


A threat response is a potent trigger for motivated reasoning.

"People who are right a lot listen a lot, and they change their mind a lot. . . . . They wake up and reanalyze things and change their mind. If you don't change your mind frequently, you're going to be wrong a lot."
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Patrick Rothfuss.

If you like Game of Thrones/Tad Williams.

The King Killer Chronicle

Two books so far:

The Name of the Wind

The Wise Mans Fear

Wise Mans Fear was released in 2011. Waiting patiently for the next one.

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Excellent writing. I'm engrossed.

Though, similar to the Russian greats, it pains me the English translation is so good the Norwegian version must be better and thus an even better read.


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A threat response is a potent trigger for motivated reasoning.

"People who are right a lot listen a lot, and they change their mind a lot. . . . . They wake up and reanalyze things and change their mind. If you don't change your mind frequently, you're going to be wrong a lot."
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"Playing for Pizza", by John Grisham. One of his lesser-known works. Fun and fast read if you like Italy, football, and food.

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I just finished "Children of Earth and Sky" by Guy Gavriel Kay. Kay does these twists of different periods of history and cultures. Good stuff, worth a read

Just downloaded the sequel, "A Brightness Long Ago".

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Just finished "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen. It's set in a Depression Era circus. Stayed up until 3am reading it last night.


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