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Offline thatollie

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #585 on: April 13, 2011, 09:54:32 AM »
Fever Dream by Preston and Child.

The new Pendergast ... 'nuff said.

It's not really enough, tell me more.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #586 on: April 13, 2011, 10:40:44 AM »

 ;D


It's a series of books and this is the latest in the series. For anyone who's read the series from the beginning (as I have), simply being told there's a new instalment is enough to know there's a good read ahead.

Thassit!

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #587 on: April 13, 2011, 10:47:41 AM »
But I've not heard of it... can you see this from my perspective?
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #588 on: April 13, 2011, 09:52:44 PM »
Sure.

It's a series of crime thrillers with a horror bent. The crimes often seem to have a supernatural component but are, in the end, more closely related to hard Sci-fi. Think Criminal Minds meets Michael Crichton.

The series' true draw, however, is the main character, an Holmsian FBI agent from Southern Louisiana old money: Agent Aloysius Pendergast.

In this latest instalment, titled Fever Dream (as mentioned), Pendergast discovers that his beloved and long dead wife may have been murdered. he recruits his friend and frequent collaborator, NY police Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, to help him find his wife's killer and avenge her death.

The first book in the series, if you're interested, is The Relic (and yes, it was made into a movie; and no, it was not a good adaptation).

So how 'bout it, 'nuff yet?

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #589 on: April 17, 2011, 10:58:17 AM »
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach.

Non-fiction. Roach examines the science and logistics behind preparing for both space flight and living in space.

She has written several similar books, taking a humorous, layman's approach to her subjects. In past books, she has explored the scientific uses of cadavers, and the scientific study of the spirit world and of sex.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #590 on: April 17, 2011, 11:01:48 AM »
Child Language: Acquisition and Growth (non-fiction) by Barbara Lust. Not the most exciting book but extremely interesting.

Also her name is awesome.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #591 on: April 17, 2011, 11:06:51 AM »
A PAINTED HOUSE by John Grisham. It's quite good, copyright 2001, possibly the one where he began turning his back on those by-the-numbers made-for-Hollywood legal thrillers. Those are well done, but he's actually a much better writer than that now.

In this book, for example, I feel like I'm actually out there with him, age 7 like him, picking cotton in Arkansas, when in fact I grew up picking tobacco in North Carolina and didn't start (and quit) until I was 9. I was going to recommend this one to my lovely wife, despite the incredibly small font in my "Only For Sale In India" copy, before someone got his head bashed in with a 2 by 4.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #592 on: April 17, 2011, 11:09:35 AM »
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach.

I loved her book about cadavers, and she has a cool name, although she might have to concede the gold medal to Barbara Lust.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #593 on: April 17, 2011, 11:22:06 AM »
I read Bonk by Mary Roach, enjoyed it much. Right now I'm reading "Please Look After Mom" by Kyung-Sook Shin it's very good, makes me reflect on my relationships with family. I like the style it's written in also.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #594 on: April 20, 2011, 11:48:27 AM »
Breathless by Dean Koontz.

Though I used to love Koontz' stuff, I hadn't read any of his in a long while--just got tired of him, but I thought I'd give him another chance.

So far, it's not bad. Might have to add him back onto my regular rotation ... we'll see.


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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #595 on: April 20, 2011, 12:24:07 PM »
The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton... trying to get to feeling like I did as a child when I read her books!
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #596 on: April 25, 2011, 04:12:47 PM »
Freedom (TM) by Daniel Suarez

A sequel to a great thriller titled Daemon. Sort of Michael Crichton meets Neil Stephenson.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #597 on: April 25, 2011, 11:01:35 PM »
Next on the agenda is WHY NOT ME? by Al Franken.  Not to be confused with the classic Judds song.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #598 on: April 26, 2011, 05:45:26 PM »
The Sword of The Lictor - Gene Wolfe

The third volume of The Book of The New Sun, I'm really enjoying it.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #599 on: April 27, 2011, 06:10:30 PM »
Stein on Writing by Sol Stein