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Posted 18 May 2011 - 02:57 PM

View PostWandering, on 18 May 2011 - 06:46 AM, said:

Do you all really read 1/4 of a book then start reading another one? Then stop and start reading another one??? Everyone seems to be 'reading' 10 books at a time :)

I am reading Saigon Express atm. Last book was classic Wilbur Smith, River God. Love Taita!

I read one for fun and the rest as reference for a work I started on (but haven't written a single letter yet), that is why it is 10 at once.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 11:30 PM

I'm working through Dan Simmons' Hyperion series for about the 10th time.  If you haven't read this one, trust me, it's one of the most conceptually intriguing sci fi series in the last 30 years.

Newer stuff....

Finished The Warded Man and Desert Spear, both of which are fun, but the author's near obsessive focus on sex gets tiresome.  A little is good, alot getting to the pervy point.  Also read Because They Hate, an Afghan woman's perspective on islamic fundamentalists.  Her life was just brutal.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 02:31 AM

View Postsusieice, on 15 May 2011 - 02:24 PM, said:

I've read One Shot by Lee Child. I rather liked it. I've also read several of David Morrell's books. Just finished The Shimmer not that long ago. I would recommend Creepers and Scavenger, especially Creepers. Excellent book. Don't read a lot of espionage type books and didn't read his Rambo series, but Morrell is also a gifted thriller novelist.

One Shot was really good. I believe that's the one that's under contract right now to become a movie. Maybe. Perhaps. You know how those things go. The Reacher novel I'm reading right now is called Bad Luck and Trouble, and I'm enjoying it. Then again I've enjoyed them all. Hey, I know it's not exactly the world's most brilliant literature but I think Lee Child can weave an excellent story that keeps you guessing.

I'm familiar with David Morrell but actually haven't read any of his books, that I can recall. However, I really enjoy espionage novels or political thrillers or whatever the genre is called these days. One of my favorite authors is Vince Flynn, with his Mitch Rapp stories. Pretty intense stuff. I used to be a huge Tom Clancy fan, and even though Clancy is starting to (trying to) make a comeback, personally I think Flynn has well and truly supplanted him.

Anyone here ever read any of Stephen Hunter's novels about a good ol' boy named Bob Lee Swagger? He's a renowned sniper from the Vietnam War who can't seem to leave his old profession behind; then again, the bad guys usually push him into it. The character Swagger comes from Arkansas, and I lived there for a couple of years, so that's what attracted me at first. The books are very good. One of Hunter's Swagger novels was adapted for a movie called Shooter not long ago. It stars Mark Wahlberg and aside from some arguably necessary plot changes to "modernize" the story, the movie is pretty faithful to the book and pretty damn exciting to watch.

I appreciate everyone's contributions and I hope more will come. :)

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 02:36 AM

View Postquestionmark, on 18 May 2011 - 02:57 PM, said:

I read one for fun and the rest as reference for a work I started on (but haven't written a single letter yet), that is why it is 10 at once.

LOL I envy you, that. Reading ten books at once? I'm lucky to have the time to be reading two at a time; if I'm lucky, maybe three.

Maybe that's for the best. Were I to try to read that many books at one time, I'd likely get them confused and start thinking Sumerians built the Great Pyramid during the Peloponnesian War which was fought between Julius Caesar and Hammurabi near the first cataract of the Nile...

You get the idea. On the plus side, even in that state of mind, I would still not introduce aliens or Atlanteans into my befuddled memory. No one goes that far off the deep end, right? :rolleyes:

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 06:43 AM

Shooter was a good movie. And marky mark is an excellent actor. I should pick up that book.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 08:57 AM

View PostAus Der Box Skeptisch, on 19 May 2011 - 06:43 AM, said:

Shooter was a good movie. And marky mark is an excellent actor. I should pick up that book.

yeah. Bob Lee Swagger...Yeah!
Did u know that Swagger is actually based on Carlos hathcock, a legendary Marine Sniper!!
I have read all the books so far.

Edit, i know that cladkoxy sometimes discusses about Ancient Egyptian Boats and i found one such book by Dilwyn Jones - Ancient Egyptian Boats


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Posted 19 May 2011 - 12:15 PM

View Postkmt_sesh, on 19 May 2011 - 02:36 AM, said:

LOL I envy you, that. Reading ten books at once? I'm lucky to have the time to be reading two at a time; if I'm lucky, maybe three.

Maybe that's for the best. Were I to try to read that many books at one time, I'd likely get them confused and start thinking Sumerians built the Great Pyramid during the Peloponnesian War which was fought between Julius Caesar and Hammurabi near the first cataract of the Nile...

You get the idea. On the plus side, even in that state of mind, I would still not introduce aliens or Atlanteans into my befuddled memory. No one goes that far off the deep end, right? :rolleyes:

Lol. Well mostly it is to form the cross references in my brain. Once I start writing I don't want to be stopped by having to start digging through literature to remember what links where and why.

But the Atlanteans and Nibbler addition always makes me wonder if some people are trying to create themselves a Erstazreligion, after all the attributions given to both Nibblers and Atlanteans is what people in other times attributed to the gods.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 12:21 PM

I read fiction and Non Fiction - both paper and E books.
If its Paper books, i finish what i start reading. I got this Speed reading technique so that i can read fast, pausing in between to take notes (only when i am reading Non-fiction)
If its eBooks, i add a page mark to the page i have read. I got many eBooks, partially read, in this manner. Slowly, i get back to them and complete reading them  :rolleyes:

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 07:04 AM

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 03:36 PM

I downloaded three books in the "Shire Egyptology" Series, published by Shire Publishing.

Egyptian Metalworking and Tools - Bernd Scheel

Egyptian Medicine - Carole Reeves

Egyptian Woodworking and Furniture - Geoffrey Killen

Egyptian Towns and Cities - Eric P. Uphill

small books, but good stuff. next on my reading list!!

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 04:38 PM

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I downloaded three books in the "Shire Egyptology" Series, published by Shire Publishing.

Egyptian Metalworking and Tools - Bernd Scheel

Egyptian Medicine - Carole Reeves

Egyptian Woodworking and Furniture - Geoffrey Killen

Egyptian Towns and Cities - Eric P. Uphill

small books, but good stuff. next on my reading list!!

  New stuff for my wishlist, but the Egyptian Metal working may take some time.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 05:16 PM

I have been reading "Ancient Mysteries & Alternative History", a forum on the "Unexplained Mysteries" site for years now.

And of course every online book and document (remotely) related to the "Oera Linda Book" thread.

I can tell you all: I have never in my life read so many medieval manuscripts and 19th century (Dutch) texts as in this past year.


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Posted 22 May 2011 - 09:11 PM

View PostWandering, on 18 May 2011 - 06:46 AM, said:

Do you all really read 1/4 of a book then start reading another one? Then stop and start reading another one??? Everyone seems to be 'reading' 10 books at a time :)
I often will be reading 3 or 4 at a time. Usually they are a mix however, so I can keep them straight. One will be fantasy, one sci-fi, another a science type book, and a fourth could be a biography, mystery or often, the Bible.

I've read that do so is good for keeping your memory sharp. You know... the more you use it, the stronger it is.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 09:26 PM

View PostThe Spartan, on 10 May 2011 - 08:13 AM, said:

In Non fiction I am currently reading three books :
1. Friedman, Richard - Who Wrote the Bible
2. Finkelstein, Israel - The Bible Unearthed. Archaeology´s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts
3. Armstrong, Karen - A History of God

Among Fiction reads
1. Cussler, Clive- The Jungle
2. Patterson, James - Toys

On the reading list are the following books :

Non Fiction :
1. Sand, Shlomo - The Invention of the Jewish People
2. Armstrong, Karen - The Battle for God

Fiction :
1. Though the book series is for young readers..i have liked the Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan. got a few more books to read in the series.

Actually those five non-fiction books are fantasy novels

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 09:28 PM

View Postthe L, on 10 May 2011 - 09:40 PM, said:

same here.

Anyways, I recently finished (fantasy) Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind. Great book. I agree with first rule.
http://en.wikipedia....39;s_First_Rule
And I finished The fifth mountain by Paulo Coelho. Awesome book.
http://www.paulocoel...om/en/store.php

The Fifth Mountain is Paulo Coelho's inspiring story of the Biblical prophet Elijah. In the ninth century B.C., the Phoenician princess Jezebel orders the execution of all the prophets who refuse to seek safety in the land of Zarephath, where the unexpectedly finds true love with a young widow. But this newfound rapture is to be cut short, and Elijah sees all of his hopes and dreams irrevocably erased as he is swept into a whirlwind of events that threatens his very existence. In what is truly a literary milestone, Coelho gives a quietly moving account of a man touched by the hand of God who must triumph over his frustrations in a soul-shattering trail of faith.

Good books series

*SPOILER ALERT*

Richard gets kidnapped in the second book. And later in the series he meets three half-siblings.Also Kahlan gets pregnant

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