Time for another "what book are you reading?" thread...

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  1. Zemke Fan

    Zemke Fan Call Me a Cab

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    We've taken up a collection...

    ... and so far we've raised $34.47 to get you to change your avatar! That thing is SERIOUSLY creepy, JF. You're scarin' away the dames, man!

    BTW, my favorite book by Hemingway is the collection of his dispatches when he was a reporter. Have you read that?
     
  2. jake_fink

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    Byline? or Dateline Toronto? or something like that. Most were for the Toronto Star.

    I've had the pleasure and endured the torture of having read everythiing Hemingway ever wrote and most of what has been written about him. The glories of higher education, woo hoo!

    About the avatar... we'll see.

    Heh heh, get it, we'll see... an eye... Oh nevermind.
     
  3. mysterygal

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    The movie is on my list of must watch..I've heard from quite a few people in here that it's great...I usually always like the book better though :)
     
  4. Mr Nick

    Mr Nick New in Town

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    I'm reading Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret by Howard and Geraldine Taylor. Very thought provoking.
     
  5. Jack Scorpion

    Jack Scorpion One Too Many

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    Heck, it's every other member's lounge-signature source. The Thin Man and the second in the series are about as amazing as Golden Age screwball comedy gets. #3 is not far behind. #4 and #5 are inferior movies but still worth a view.

    A lot of the movies from the 30s and 40s I actually like better than their book sources. I always thought Raymond Chandler's fiction looked better on the big screen. (They almost always have better endings as a film.) Most other "hard-boiled" novels or romans noir I prefer in movie format.

    Hammett's Hammett, though. The Thin Man and The Maltese Falcon are better as books.

    Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice is also a better book than a movie. I haven't read Double Indemnity or Mildred Pierce.
     
  6. Mike in Seattle

    Mike in Seattle My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    All the films you listed are absolute Must-See-TV!!!
     
  7. TheRetropolitan

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    I'm currently reading "The War of the Worlds Murder" by Max Allan Collins, the author behind the original "Road to Perdition." It's about Walter Gibson (the creator of the Shadow) trying to solve a murder amidst the Orson Welles production of War of the Worlds, on Halloween 1938.

    Sounds like a ripping good yarn, but so far it's a little lackluster. It's still got about 200 or so pages to pick up, but everything outside of the awesome introduction has been a little dull. Oh, well, I'll keep reading it anyway!
     
  8. jake_fink

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    The gimmick sounds gimmicky, but very appealing to me. Let us know how it all comes together.
     
  9. Brad Bowers

    Brad Bowers I'll Lock Up

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    I had been reading a bunch of the "Hard Case Crime" novels, but last week I rooted through my bookshelves and decided to read Lloyd Alexander's "Chronicles of Prydain" series again. It's probably been twenty years or more since I last read them. Finished those, and last night I started on a book of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short stories.

    Brad
     
  10. The D.A.

    The D.A. Familiar Face

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    Brad, The Chronicles of Prydain are amongst my favorites as well. I actually enjoy a lot of fantasy that's labeled as "young adult." I find that it's often much more fun and inventive than the stuff intended for adults.

    Lately I've been on a pulps kick. I read the first two Doc Savage stories, "The Man of Bronze" and "The Land of Terror," and the first Shadow story, "The Living Shadow" (all in new reprints). Right now I'm about two-thirds of the way through "L.A. Confidential." It's the first Ellroy book that I've read, and I'm enjoying the hell out of it, but I think that next I'll read something a little more pleasant, like a Poirot or Nero Wolf.
     
  11. Barry

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    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. I'm several pages into it. I plan to read a good portion on my travels to and from NYC.

    Barry
     
  12. Feraud

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    Let me know what you think of this book! I have it on my bookshelf in queue waiting to be read.
    I am currently reading Man-Eaters of Kumaon by J. Corbett.
     
  13. Fred G.

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    My "list of books I gotta read" is getting longer...

    I am reading "Wheels for the World", the story of Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company; also re-reading Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls".
     
  14. Zepp

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    Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir. I just finished Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, and this is a natural follow-up to Follett's fascinating novel of cathedral building, political scheming, and religion in the 12th century. I have been captivated by both books and highly recommend them.
     
  15. RedPop4

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    I haven't read these, but I'm a huge fan of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, made into the BBC TV series Cadfael which has been featured on PBS Mystery! series in the 1990's
     
  16. warbird

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    I'm finishing up Pretty Boy Floyd by Larry McMurtry.
     
  17. Barry

    Barry Practically Family

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    Recently I read "The Sting Man" by Robert Greene. It's about the ABSCAM scandal from years ago. Mel Weinberg - the "con man" is very, very funny.

    Barry
     
  18. clevispin

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    Started The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich by Shirer this weekend.

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  19. mysterygal

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    I've been reading yet another Raymond Chandler book called, 'The Long Goodbye'...Love it so far!
     
  20. Tony in Tarzana

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    The foggy "June Gloom" is on its way here in Los Angeles... time to break out the Raymond Chandler books! ;)
     

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