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After watching a movie about Hemingway, I realized I had never read any of his books. I immediately hit up Amazon for a single book with "The Sun Also Rises", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "A Farewell to Arms", and "The Old Man and the Sea". I quickly jumped into TSAR.

Holy cow, it sucks. Frown Sure, the dialog between characters is pretty good, but I just can't put myself in with these hedonistic, spoiled jerks. I'm pretty certain Brett Ashley has BPD.


I'm with ya. Last year I first read "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and then jumped right into "The Old Man and the Sea." Both were pretty decent. Glad I read them but not sure I will ever read them again. Then I picked up "The Sun Also Rises" and could only make it about 1/3 of the way through the book before I had to dump it.
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In the spirit of noting 'Unreadable Classics' I will add "Catch-22" to that list. Boy, did I want to like this book. Could not get through the first few chapters, however. Style, pace, construction, .... Whoever turned that into a good movie did amazing work.
 
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After watching a movie about Hemingway, I realized I had never read any of his books. I immediately hit up Amazon for a single book with "The Sun Also Rises", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "A Farewell to Arms", and "The Old Man and the Sea". I quickly jumped into TSAR.

Holy cow, it sucks. Frown Sure, the dialog between characters is pretty good, but I just can't put myself in with these hedonistic, spoiled jerks. I'm pretty certain Brett Ashley has BPD.


I'm with ya. Last year I first read "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and then jumped right into "The Old Man and the Sea." Both were pretty decent. Glad I read them but not sure I will ever read them again. Then I picked up "The Sun Also Rises" and could only make it about 1/3 of the way through the book before I had to dump it.
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In the spirit of noting 'Unreadable Classics' I will add "Catch-22" to that list. Boy, did I want to like this book. Could not get through the first few chapters, however. Style, pace, construction, .... Whoever turned that into a good movie did amazing work.


Man I loved "Catch-22." I read several "classics" last year and "Catch-22" was definitely my favorite. Haven't seen the movie.

"Catcher in the Rye" was one that I finished but kept telling myself to drop it after the first couple of chapters. Should have listened to myself. Horrible read. And that was actually when I grabbed "The Sun Also Rises" and listened to myself about dropping the book


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Reading the Silo series by Hugh Howey right now. Almost done with the first collection (Wool). Really enjoying it.

Dystopian survival. Society Living in a Silo. Is there more life outside? Toxic air will kill you out there. Your punishment for discussing the outside... Is to go outside. Oh, and please clean the cameras out there before you kick it. Thanks.


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In the spirit of noting 'Unreadable Classics' I will add "Catch-22" to that list. Boy, did I want to like this book. Could not get through the first few chapters, however. Style, pace, construction, .... Whoever turned that into a good movie did amazing work.


Try it again. Heller can actually write.




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Try it again. Heller can actually write.

Yes! One of my favorite books.
 
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Currently reading Armada, by Ernest Cline.

Prior to that, the recent list looks like this:

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

You'll have to update us when you're done with Armada. I LOVED Ready Player One but am hesitant to give Armada a go due to Amazon reviews.
 
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Just finished the third Egil and Nix book from Paul S Kemp, A Conversation in Blood. Deep reading? Nah. The dialogue runs through my head like a buddy cop movie, with a fantasy setting.

I may have to pick up the more recent Garrett, PI books by Glen Cook. Not sure I want to go through The Black Company again right now.


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Yes! One of my favorite books.
 
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Latin version would also be a translation... The Iliad was originally in Greek. Wink

My error. My first reading of both The Iliad and The Odyssey were in Latin. So confusing to keep those two cultures apart Smile
 
 
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I need to see you. When can I?

When I am not there. Smile
 
 
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Just finished "Orphan X" by Greg Hurwitz on audible, narrated by Scott Brick. Phenomenal! I immediately downloaded the next in the series "The Nowhere Man" which so far is even better.

Evan Smoake makes Mitch Rapp look like a fucking Girl Scout.


I just picked up Orphan X this past week. It seemed like the kind of story I'd be interested in. I'm not sure when I'll get the chance to start reading it, though. I liked Gregg Hurwitz's previous series with DUSM Tim Rackley. I was torn between Orphan X and starting Mark Greaney's Gray Man series. I'll probably end up checking out the Gray Man series before too long.


I finished Nowhere Man today and I can't wait for the next book in this series. Set up very well for the next one.

I couldn't get enough of Gregg Hurwitz so I downloaded "Survivor", also narrarted by Scott Brick. Great reviews. I'm on a 10-12 hour road trip tomorrow so I'm looking forward to getting lost in that.

I've read the Gray Man series too and enjoyed them.



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Before Christmas, I became fascinated with the Great Lakes Hurricane of 1913.

I am currently reading November's Fury. Next up, is Ships Gone Missing.


Love to see the reading list on this. Yuuuge fan of the story of the Fitz and in the book Gales of November by Robert Hemming there are a number of references to the storm of 1913.


I just finished November's Fury, by Michael Schumacher.

The next two are:
The Last Laker by Frederick Stonehouse
Ships Gone Missing by Robert J, Hemming

How the storm evolved is fascinating and the stories are just horrific. So many ships and so many men lost.

A weather event like this could happen today, but technology would prevent most Captains from leaving port.


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Recently read Karl Marlantes' Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War.

Currently reading Black Wind, White Snow-The
Rise of Russia's New Nationalism by Charles Clover.


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Started reading the Gray Man series by Mark Greaney. First book was great, I'm into the second one.


I too, as well, have gotten in to this series. Good stuff.




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Currently reading Armada, by Ernest Cline.

Prior to that, the recent list looks like this:

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

You'll have to update us when you're done with Armada. I LOVED Ready Player One but am hesitant to give Armada a go due to Amazon reviews.


Finished Armada last night. I did not enjoy it as much as Ready Player One, but RPO touched a nerve that a book has not accomplished in a long, long time. That being said, I'd still recommend Armada because it's a good read, and it puts a new spin on some of my favorite movies/sci-fi/video game concepts.


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One of my favorite books is also one of the hardest to read, at least to start. The Sound and the Fury is an absolute masterpiece but reading the first chapter from Benji's perspective will make you quit the book multiple times.

On the far other side of things, I've been reading Fleming's Bond novels through for a little while. Definitely not great literature but they are fun, fast-paced stories.



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After watching a movie about Hemingway, I realized I had never read any of his books. I immediately hit up Amazon for a single book with "The Sun Also Rises", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "A Farewell to Arms", and "The Old Man and the Sea". I quickly jumped into TSAR.

Holy cow, it sucks. Frown Sure, the dialog between characters is pretty good, but I just can't put myself in with these hedonistic, spoiled jerks. I'm pretty certain Brett Ashley has BPD.


I'm with ya. Last year I first read "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and then jumped right into "The Old Man and the Sea." Both were pretty decent. Glad I read them but not sure I will ever read them again. Then I picked up "The Sun Also Rises" and could only make it about 1/3 of the way through the book before I had to dump it.
.

In the spirit of noting 'Unreadable Classics' I will add "Catch-22" to that list. Boy, did I want to like this book. Could not get through the first few chapters, however. Style, pace, construction, .... Whoever turned that into a good movie did amazing work.


Man I loved "Catch-22." I read several "classics" last year and "Catch-22" was definitely my favorite. Haven't seen the movie.

"Catcher in the Rye" was one that I finished but kept telling myself to drop it after the first couple of chapters. Should have listened to myself. Horrible read. And that was actually when I grabbed "The Sun Also Rises" and listened to myself about dropping the book


I forced my self to finish catch 22 last year. I think now it's wry humor and black humor are so common place that it has become its own worst enemy.

I could not stomach slaughter house 5. Not after catch 22.
 
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For a epic novel. Read Eiji Yoshikowa's "Musashi"
 
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Yes does he have to come back?

XXXXX is going off so what is next?

XXXXXXXX getting revenge again?

Going to leave him alone for a while.

XXXXX'ed out the names do not want to spoil it.


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The Obsidian Chamber, the latest novel in the A. X. L. Pendergast series by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child.


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The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson.

Fascinating stories. Expertly woven together.




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