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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:04 pm

Estiveo wrote:I'm reading through the Department Q novels by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Danish detective novels that manage to be good reads despite the fact that there isn't a single likeable character in them.
I just read those!!!! All except one, that is. You are so correct about the characters, except I like the lead character's two subordinates.
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Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Estiveo wrote:I'm reading through the Department Q novels by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Danish detective novels that manage to be good reads despite the fact that there isn't a single likeable character in them.
I just read those!!!! All except one, that is. You are so correct about the characters, except I like the lead character's two subordinates.
Love those! There's a new one coming out on audible (it might be out already in print, but I'm an audible girl!). I have it on pre-order, so I'll get it when it's released.

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Post by NotaPerson » Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:46 pm

After not reading any books for maybe a year, probably because I spend too much time on the internet (including the Fogbow), I've gotten back into it. It's funny, go a while without reading anything and you can almost forget how much you enjoyed reading and why one shouldn't stop.

I started with Ottessa Moshefgh's "Eileen." A very dark, amusing, and poignant novel. Her writing really impressed me and I enjoyed the book tremendously. Immediately after reading it I wanted to read something else, just for the sheer pleasure of reading.

So I moved on to John Lefevre's "Straight to Hell," the apparently true story of a young, filthy rich and decadent American financial whiz kid who put together bond deals for Citigroup. At times, hilarious. Other times, sickening. But a pretty enthralling story.

Now I'm reading Carrie Brownstein's autobiography "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl." You may know her as the gal on the quirky TV show "Portlandia." I have to say she's better at comedic writing (and acting), but nevertheless it's enjoyable so far.
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Post by Cedar643 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:58 pm

MN-Skeptic wrote:I just checked out the e-book Condominium by John D. McDonald, written in 1977.

McDonald is best known for his Travis McGee mysteries, but Condominium is a stand-alone book set, like many of his books, in Florida. The epigram states: "It's a very dangerous thing to go so long between hurricanes. It just causes a larger number of incredulous people - nonbelievers." - A statement by Dr. Robert H. Simpson, former director National Hurricane Center Miami, Florida.

Unscrupulous builders erect two condominium towers on Florida bays. They cut corners such that the buildings are at risk if a hurricane appears. McDonald fills the books with all sorts of good characters and greedy characters - the developer, the managers, the retirees looking for a nice warm place to retire, etc. I've read the book a number of times over the years. Having never experienced a hurricane, I thought McDonald gave a great description of what it would be like to be in one - the idea that it's hard to even think with the winds whipping and the rain lashing. With Harvey on the way, I think it's time to re-read the book.
I read this book years ago and it colored my outlook on Florida. McDonald's descriptions of the developers, the Snowbirds who bought the condos, the hurricane party on the high up floor (shudder) really left an impression. I think I'm going to find a copy and re-read it.

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Re: What are you reading lately?

Post by Chilidog » Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:01 pm

I curled up with a Flavia De Luce novel last night. One of the early ones.

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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:50 pm

I just received my latest SciFi porn by "Jack Campbell" (not his real name). It's called Vanguard. I have high hopes. The cover art is brilliant. (That's how I always initially judge my porn.)

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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:17 pm

Sterngard Friegen wrote:I just received my latest SciFi porn by "Jack Campbell" (not his real name). It's called Vanguard. I have high hopes. The cover art is brilliant. (That's how I always initially judge my porn.)
SOOOOOOOOOO, SciFi porn is okay, but not toe porn??
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Post by ZekeB » Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:22 pm

Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:SOOOOOOOOOO, SciFi porn is okay, but not toe porn??
Let me tell you sometime about an English Lit. instructor I had in college. Her reading assignments were ummm.. strange. So was she.
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Post by Addie » Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:12 pm

I'm still working through the Inspector O series set in North Korea. I like the books a lot, every one of them.

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Scroll.in: The Inspector O novels are one of the best ways to understand North Korea

The series digs deep into the shadowy world of crime and espionage in the land of the Great Leader.
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Post by TollandRCR » Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:14 pm

Stormy Weather by Carl Hiassen is highly appropriate to the present catastrophe but not yet funny unless stupid criminals are intrinsically funny. Maybe later in the book. I have high hopes for the monkey, although tigers and alligators may play a supporting role
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Re: What are you reading lately?

Post by Addie » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:55 am

This book holds a peculiar place in my reading life, because it's one of very few novels I've started that I wasn't able to finish reading. I agree that Ottessa Moshefgh's writing is impressive and powerful. Too powerful, in my case. It gave me a nightmare in the first third that stayed with me for weeks. I set the book aside, because I didn't feel I could give it a fair reading just then, though I didn't delete it from my Kindle. I intend to get back to it one day, because I sense there is a transformation coming that I want to be in on. But this sniveling cowardice about reading a book is certainly odd. Don't anybody get turned off by it, please: Read the book.
NotaPerson wrote:I started with Ottessa Moshefgh's "Eileen." A very dark, amusing, and poignant novel. Her writing really impressed me and I enjoyed the book tremendously. Immediately after reading it I wanted to read something else, just for the sheer pleasure of reading.
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Post by kate520 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:13 am

I read James Ellroy's first novel, Killer on the Road, a serial killer coming of age story told in first person, a long time ago. He's such a good writer and the material so disturbing that at one point I stormed into the hallway and threw it down the trash chute.

A while later I had to go retrieve it so I could finish. :blink:
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Re: What are you reading lately?

Post by Foggy » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:18 am

Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Estiveo wrote:I'm reading through the Department Q novels by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Danish detective novels that manage to be good reads despite the fact that there isn't a single likeable character in them.
I just read those!!!! All except one, that is. You are so correct about the characters, except I like the lead character's two subordinates.
I bought Keeper of Lost Causes based on your recommendations. Good story, I'll probably get the rest of his books. :thumbs:

And so far, I think Assad is a very likeable character. :towel:
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Post by Estiveo » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:39 am

Assad is prolly the most likeable, but he makes some really dick moves in the second book.
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Post by Maybenaut » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:58 am

kate520 wrote:I read James Ellroy's first novel, Killer on the Road, a serial killer coming of age story told in first person, a long time ago. He's such a good writer and the material so disturbing that at one point I stormed into the hallway and threw it down the trash chute.

A while later I had to go retrieve it so I could finish. :blink:
That's how I felt about Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. That is the scariest book I've ever read. I'd seen the movie. I knew it was a true story. I knew what was going to happen. But it still scared the crap out of me.

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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:15 pm

Estiveo wrote:Assad is prolly the most likeable, but he makes some really dick moves in the second book.
All part of his unfolding past coming to the fore.
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Post by June bug » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:04 pm

Maybenaut wrote:
kate520 wrote:I read James Ellroy's first novel, Killer on the Road, a serial killer coming of age story told in first person, a long time ago. He's such a good writer and the material so disturbing that at one point I stormed into the hallway and threw it down the trash chute.

A while later I had to go retrieve it so I could finish. :blink:
That's how I felt about Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. That is the scariest book I've ever read. I'd seen the movie. I knew it was a true story. I knew what was going to happen. But it still scared the crap out of me.
If you like In Cold Blood, I have a recommendation for a novel that reminds me of it in tone: A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell. Like ICB, it's also a dark tale and you know what's going to happen because the first line of the book gives the outcome away. Nonetheless, Rendell managed to enthrall me completely with the world she creates, as well as the way her characters interact in it.

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Post by Estiveo » Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:42 pm

A reminder from Booksmart, my local independent bookstore, that it's Banned Book Week.
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Post by TollandRCR » Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:04 pm

House of God by Samuel Shem (Stephen Bergman)

This is the story of a year of internship in Beth Israel hospital. It is one of the world's finest hospitals, built out of one of the many shames of American society: discrimination against Jews by our elite institutions, including Harvard Medical School.

This is a tough book. Learning to deal with death, the horrors of illness, and the disgust at what one must sometimes do is tough. If you start and find it tough, don't stop. Finish.

Although Bergman is an idealistic child of the 70's, his lead character, Roy, loses all that hope and much of his joy in life in the cruelties of the first year of being a practicing physician. This book is said to have had an impact on that training, causing residents to begin paying attention to their interns as human beings.

But apart from the miserable state of American medicine, which Bergman addresses in a new Afterword, there is also the miserable state of many American physicians. As John Updike says in a new Introduction, we expect so much of our physicians. Very often they cannot deliver what we want from them: the health of a teenager. That may partly explain the fact of the high suicide rate among physicians.

Again, this is a tough book.
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Post by bob » Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:11 pm

In anticipation of the upcoming movie, I hateread Ready Player One.

Ugh. I can't even.
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Post by WriteItDown » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:19 pm

Hi

The current piece of literature for my book club is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. It is an excellent historical novel and is very different from any book I have read. Towels is a wonderful writer who uses language masterfully. It is set in Moscow starting at the time of the revolution and continues in its aftermath. It has many characters who drift in and out of the story. Towels develops the characters very well, especially the main character "the Count" who is present throughout the novel. Some of the characters are funny, some pitiable, some eccentric and some downright mean. It makes for fun reading, there is no explicit violence or sex (which is more to my taste than some of the books you all like..SciFi porn?) My book club picked a winner with this one.

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Re: What are you reading lately?

Post by RoadScholar » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:22 pm

ZekeB wrote:
Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:22 pm
Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:SOOOOOOOOOO, SciFi porn is okay, but not toe porn??
Let me tell you sometime about an English Lit. instructor I had in college. Her reading assignments were ummm.. strange. So was she.
Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer by Kenneth Patchen?
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Re: What are you reading lately?

Post by Addie » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:35 pm

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WriteItDown wrote:
Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:19 pm

The current piece of literature for my book club is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. It is an excellent historical novel and is very different from any book I have read. Towels is a wonderful writer who uses language masterfully.
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Post by Mikedunford » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:41 pm

TollandRCR wrote:
Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:04 pm
House of God by Samuel Shem (Stephen Bergman)

This is the story of a year of internship in Beth Israel hospital. It is one of the world's finest hospitals, built out of one of the many shames of American society: discrimination against Jews by our elite institutions, including Harvard Medical School.

This is a tough book. Learning to deal with death, the horrors of illness, and the disgust at what one must sometimes do is tough. If you start and find it tough, don't stop. Finish.

Although Bergman is an idealistic child of the 70's, his lead character, Roy, loses all that hope and much of his joy in life in the cruelties of the first year of being a practicing physician. This book is said to have had an impact on that training, causing residents to begin paying attention to their interns as human beings.

But apart from the miserable state of American medicine, which Bergman addresses in a new Afterword, there is also the miserable state of many American physicians. As John Updike says in a new Introduction, we expect so much of our physicians. Very often they cannot deliver what we want from them: the health of a teenager. That may partly explain the fact of the high suicide rate among physicians.

Again, this is a tough book.
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