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Title: What are we reading?
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on September 14, 2006, 10:46:17 am
Another resurrection from the old forum:

Here's what I've read lately:

Next up: The Known World -- Edward Jones
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Post by: KamiKaZee on September 14, 2006, 11:25:19 am


I'm reading three books right now -

A Master Course in Feng-Shui by Eva Wong

Perspective for Interior Designers by John Pile

Fashion Showmanship: Everything You Need to Know to Give a Fashion Show by Kay Corinth

And a software user's manual - I am self-learning a new graphic design program today


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Post by: stanleyballard on September 14, 2006, 11:26:07 am
"The Millionaire Next Door" by Thomas J. Stanley
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Post by: The Dark Wright on September 14, 2006, 12:14:59 pm
Reading textbooks right now -- oh, and Shelley's Frankenstein.

Finished John Ridley's Those Who Walk in Darkness not too long ago.  Good book, kinda like X-Men hunters.  Would make a great screenplay.  Wonder how much the option is?
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Post by: Toya on September 14, 2006, 12:44:08 pm
The Bible by various authors, the epic Gilgamesh by unknown author, and Lucretius' De Rerum Natura. All are translations.

I'm also reading The Alchemist, it's by Paulo Coelho.
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on September 14, 2006, 02:18:49 pm
The Bible by various authors, the epic Gilgamesh by unknown author, and Lucretius' De Rerum Natura. All are translations.

 ;D ;D
That reminds me.  I read Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why by Bart D. Ehrman a little while back.  A companion book.
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Post by: Open palm on September 14, 2006, 06:05:35 pm
I read the Epic of Gilgamesh last week!  :)

Currently I'm reading "Making Mindinao". Mindinao is the southern most island of the Philippine archipelago and is pre-dominantly Muslim. This book is helping me understand its history, specifically in two of its provinces.
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Post by: Wise Son on September 15, 2006, 04:13:12 am
Read the last Part of Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron. A pretty inferior fictionalised autobiography of Turner's life. Prefer Kyle baker's version.

The Plot: The True Story of The PRotocols of the Elders of Zion by Will Eisner, one of his last projects, an account of the Russian-created myth of the Jewish plot to take over the world, which is still in publication today, and still widely believed in some places, despite being disproved nearly a Century ago.

Currently reading Science: A History, an account of the development of Western science since the renaissance, pretty good.

Also been reading a bunch of graphic novels from my local library, including Grant morrison's Seaguy and DC 1,000,000, Warren Ellis' early Stormwatch and Ministry Of Space, and the original comics of Road to Perdition, and A History of Violence.
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Post by: Open palm on September 15, 2006, 06:11:09 am
The Dark Tower series is finally over? Good! I stopped after Wizards and Glass because I wanted to be sure this would end!
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Post by: Wise Son on September 15, 2006, 06:17:52 am
The Dark Tower series is finally over? Good! I stopped after Wizards and Glass because I wanted to be sure this would end!
Yeah, 7 parts in total. Definitely read it, as there are some amazing bits to come.
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Post by: Open palm on September 15, 2006, 06:21:29 am
So far the Wastelands is my favorite part.
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Post by: Wise Son on September 15, 2006, 10:06:39 am
So far the Wastelands is my favorite part.
I think some of the stuff in Song of Susannah had a huge emotional impact, and the last volume had me shedding tears twice. I don't know if King's ever going to write anything better.
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Post by: sunjata on September 15, 2006, 10:59:18 am
People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn 
 
Finding Serenity: Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon's Firefly edited by Jane Espenson
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Post by: Toya on September 16, 2006, 01:25:09 pm
People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn 

That's a really good book to pick up and dive into.
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Post by: Mastrmynd on September 16, 2006, 03:02:22 pm
I'm reading Toya's comment right now.
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Post by: Toya on September 16, 2006, 05:02:51 pm
I'm reading Toya's comment right now.

Hey wise guy.  ;D
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Post by: sunjata on September 17, 2006, 05:40:48 am
People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn 

That's a really good book to pick up and dive into.
Yes, a very very good book.
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Post by: karaszero on September 22, 2006, 03:57:41 am
I'm reading two books right now; The HAGAKURE (The book of the Samurai), and something a little easier, The Supervillain Book (The Evil side of Comics and Hollywood)
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Post by: sunjata on September 22, 2006, 08:30:44 am
Just started The Other America by Michael Harrington.  It is really good.
 
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Post by: Redjack on September 22, 2006, 09:19:11 am
Pride of Bagdad - Brian K. Vaughn
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Post by: stanleyballard on September 25, 2006, 08:00:31 am
"Standing at the Scratch Line" by Guy Johnson
"Tumbling" by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
"Yurugu" by Marimba Ani
"Gone Fishin" by Walter Mosley
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Post by: sunjata on September 25, 2006, 09:19:45 am
"Standing at the Scratch Line" by Guy Johnson
"Tumbling" by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
"Yurugu" by Marimba Ani
"Gone Fishin" by Walter Mosley
I read and enjoyed Gone Fishin when it was first released.  It is very diiferent from the other Easy series books.
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Post by: Wise Son on September 28, 2006, 05:28:21 am
I read Freakonomics and the collection of Bill Hicks' routines, letters and articles Love All The People while I was on holiday, both excellent books, the Hicks one especially giving you a real window into a brilliant, funny, angry and loving mind.

Freakonomics
should be required reading for anyone who isn't happy to be called  amoron, it really is that good, as Curtis can tell you. It also reveals that 'Reginald' is one of the 20 'blackest' names in America. ;D
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on September 28, 2006, 07:51:42 am
I read Freakonomics and the collection of Bill Hicks' routines, letters and articles Love All The People while I was on holiday, both excellent books, the Hicks one especially giving you a real window into a brilliant, funny, angry and loving mind.

Freakonomics
should be required reading for anyone who isn't happy to be called  amoron, it really is that good, as Curtis can tell you. It also reveals that 'Reginald' is one of the 20 'blackest' names in America. ;D

Definitely co-sign on Freakonomics.  I found that particular tidbit amusing also.  I also noticed that Xavier was on that list to my surprise.
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Post by: Toya on September 28, 2006, 08:32:42 am
Isn't that the book that led that radio personality to state that aborting black fetuses, would lower the crime rate?
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on September 28, 2006, 08:47:58 am
I remember the incident (we covered it on HEF 1.0) but I don't remember the book being involved.  Or what brought it on.  Anybody remember?
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Post by: sunjata on September 28, 2006, 09:00:07 am
Here is an old article from ABC news.
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/print?id=1171385

Quote
William Bennett Defends Comment on Abortion and Crime
'Book of Virtues' Author Says Hypothetical Remark Was Valid
By JAKE TAPPER
Sept. 29, 2005 — - After pondering on his radio program how aborting every black infant in America would affect crime rates, best-selling author and self-styled "Values Czar" Bill Bennett is vehemently denying he is a racist and defending his willingness to speak publicly about race and crime.

On the Wednesday edition of his radio show, "Bill Bennett's Morning in America," syndicated by Salem Radio Network, a caller raised the theory that Social Security is in danger of becoming insolvent because legalized abortion has reduced the number of tax-paying citizens. Bennett said economic arguments should never be employed in discussions of moral issues.

If it were your sole purpose to reduce crime, Bennett said, "You could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.

"That would be an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down," he added.


Outrage From Democrats

Bennett was secretary of education for President Ronald Reagan and is considered one of the Republican Party's big brains. But this week Democrats and some Republicans seemed to also question if Bennett's mouth is of size as well.

Democrats expressed outrage, ranging from demands for an apology to requests that the Federal Communications Commission suspend Bennett's show.

"Republicans, Democrats and all Americans of good will should denounce this statement, should distance themselves from Mr. Bennett," said Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill. "And the private sector should not support Mr. Bennett's radio show or his comments on the air."

"I'm not even going to comment on something that disgusting," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. "Really, I'm thinking of my black grandchild and I'm going to hold (off)."


'Things That People Are Thinking'

In an interview with ABC News, Bennett said that anyone who knows him knows he isn't racist. He said he was merely extrapolating from the best-selling book "Freakonomics," which posits the hypothesis that falling crimes rates are related to increased abortion rates decades ago. "It would have worked for, you know, single-parent moms; it would have worked for male babies, black babies," Bennett said. So why immediately bring up race when discussing crime rates? "There was a lot of discussion about race and crime in New Orleans," Bennett said. "There was discussion – a lot of it wrong – but nevertheless, media jumping on stories about looting and shooting and gangs and roving gangs and so on.

"There's no question this is on our minds," Bennett said. "What I do on our show is talk about things that people are thinking … we don't hesitate to talk about things that are touchy."


Bennett said, "I'm sorry if people are hurt, I really am. But we can't say this is an area of American life (and) public policy that we're not allowed to talk about – race and crime."

Robert George, an African-American, Republican editorial writer for the New York Post, agrees that Bennett's comments were not meant as racist. But he worries they feed into stereotypes of Republicans as insensitive. "His overall point about not making broad sociological claims and so forth, that was a legitimate point," George said. "But it seems to me someone with Bennett's intelligence … should know better the impact of his words and sort of thinking these things through before he speaks."

The blunt-spoken Bennett has ruffled feathers before, most recently in 2003 for revelations that despite his best-selling books about virtue and values, he is a high-rolling preferred customer at Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos.

In light of accusations that the Bush administration should have been more sensitive to black victims of Hurricane Katrina, a Republican official told ABC News that Bennett's comments were "probably as poorly timed as they were politically incorrect."

ABC News' Avery Miller, Karen Travers and Toni L. Wilson contributed to this report.
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on September 28, 2006, 09:44:30 am
Thanks, Sunjata.  Dead on again, Toya.  Having now read the book, it just underlines how idiotic Bennett's comments were.
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Post by: Toya on September 28, 2006, 10:36:08 am
I had pretty much the same reaction to Bennett's statements when ABC hired an interview with the writers.
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Post by: Magic Wand on December 22, 2006, 11:17:17 pm
Another resurrection from the old forum:

Here's what I've read lately:
  • Blink - Malcolm Gladwell



I read Blink over the summer.
But I MUCH preferred The Tipping Point.

Just finished Veronika Decides to Die by Paul Coelho.
It reminded me of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

In progress:  Freakonomics and a whole bunch of Black Panther comics that my Mom collected for me!

My Book of the Year is a richly, imaginative adventure by Yann Martel entitled, Life of Pi.  Pi is one of those books that I read slower towards the end because I didn't want the story to end.

My favorite mystery remains, The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin.  I dare anyone to read it and not love it.

Next up:  Reefer Madness and Soul City

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Post by: Mastrmynd on December 23, 2006, 08:37:58 am
i just finished the last book in the Series of Nina Reilly legal thrillers, Case of Lies, by Perri O'Shaughnessy.
i love Nina Reilly.  i would watch Lifetime if they had a Nina Reilly series.
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on December 23, 2006, 11:58:41 am
I read Blink over the summer.
But I MUCH preferred The Tipping Point.
Me, too.  I thought Blink was just aiight.

My Book of the Year is a richly, imaginative adventure by Yann Martel entitled, Life of Pi.  Pi is one of those books that I read slower towards the end because I didn't want the story to end.
Loved Life of Pi.  Great book.

My favorite mystery remains, The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin.  I dare anyone to read it and not love it.
Perfect timing.  I'll move that to the top of my list for the holidays.
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Post by: Marvelous on December 24, 2006, 10:46:00 am
Dresden Files
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Post by: Magic Wand on January 02, 2007, 12:51:10 pm
Enjoyed Freakonomics.
Found it informative and interesting.  Looking for a sequel or something.
Thanx for the heads-up Curtis and Wise.

Reefer Madness by Eric Schossler examines pornography, ganja and migrant workers America's Black Market.  It didn't suck.  I'll never look at strawberries the same again.  :-[

Currently enjoying Blood Child by Octavia Butler and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

I've got a LOT of catching up to do.

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Post by: supreme illuminati on January 02, 2007, 01:54:23 pm
Enjoyed Freakonomics.
Found it informative and interesting.  Looking for a sequel or something.
Thanx for the heads-up Curtis and Wise.

Reefer Madness by Eric Schossler examines pornography, ganja and migrant workers America's Black Market.  It didn't suck.  I'll never look at strawberries the same again.  :-[

Currently enjoying Blood Child by Octavia Butler and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

I've got a LOT of catching up to do.


I've loved Octavia since the 90s,she's off da heezy.I am gonna gaffle a lotta the books suggested here,good looking out one and all.

The Black Jacobins,C.L.R. JAMES. CIVILIZATION OR BARBARISM,Dr. Cheikh Ante Diop. THE DESTRUCTION OF BLACK CIVILIZATION,DR. CHANCELLOR WILLIAMS (dopest book of my life).Loved Tom Clancy's RAINBOW SIX,like SPLINTER CELL series,loved RICHARD MARCINKO'S ROGUE WARRIOR SERIES...currently readin THE FACE by KOONTZ
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Post by: Vic Vega on January 03, 2007, 12:30:38 pm
Transgressions, Vol. 3. Ed McBain, Donald Westlake and Walter Mosley all have short stories in this volume.   Great Stuff.
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on January 03, 2007, 12:41:50 pm
The Hero with an African Face: Mythic Wisdom of Traditional Africa by Clyde Forde
Kind of a companion piece to Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces.  Campbell's work is brilliant but dismissive of African mythology.  Forde's book corrects that.
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Post by: Open palm on January 03, 2007, 05:58:48 pm
Still reading Black Athena.
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Post by: JLI Jesse on January 03, 2007, 06:19:44 pm
I just finished Cross, James Patterson newest book in the Alex Cross series.

Next I think I am going to read Mitch Albom's For One More Day, followed by Michael Crichton's Next.
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Post by: supreme illuminati on January 05, 2007, 06:46:47 pm
I just finished Cross, James Patterson newest book in the Alex Cross series.

Next I think I am going to read Mitch Albom's For One More Day, followed by Michael Crichton's Next.


i am ASTOUNDED that James Patterson can write a brotha so well...I loved Cross since KISS THE GIRLS,and I am going to acquire his whole run...props to James,he does a very good job.Especially for a White dude.So does Bendis with Cage.

But RH or PRIEST should write cage...and PRIEST is THE MAN for THE FALCON...although in the ANNUAL ole boi did a good job with ULTIMATE FALCON when he was chillin with Cap and they had to fight Zemo I think it was...what'shisname again? The author of that book?
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Post by: JLI Jesse on January 05, 2007, 08:15:43 pm
I just finished Cross, James Patterson newest book in the Alex Cross series.

Next I think I am going to read Mitch Albom's For One More Day, followed by Michael Crichton's Next.


i am ASTOUNDED that James Patterson can write a brotha so well...I loved Cross since KISS THE GIRLS,and I am going to acquire his whole run...props to James,he does a very good job.Especially for a White dude.So does Bendis with Cage.

I'll tell you this.  THe Alex Cross books are not overly complex and often follow the same pattern, but DAMN are they fun.  I always know it will be a fun ride and and finish it off in a few days.

When I was home for the holidays I lent the book to my father.  He finished it and said "I don't know why they just don't make an Alex Cross movie and have Morgan Freeman play Cross."  I replied, "Not only have they made 2 Alex Cross monies with Morgan Freeman, but you've seen them both."  He couldn't stop laughing after that.
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Post by: Open palm on February 10, 2007, 08:47:13 am
Good time for a bumping!

I'm reading Dean Koontz's "Frankenstein, Book Two: City of Night". It's not the usual style I'd expect from Koontz. It must his co-writer, Ed Gorman. But the rendition of the 'monster' is amazing. The story takes place in the present. Both the 'monster' and Frankenstein are still alive. But the mad scientist doesn't use the same method to creating new creatures. He uses cloning and genetic engineer. That difference inspires the belief that the 'monsters' birth might have been more supernatural. The lightning bolt might have been sent from on high, endowing the monster with some gifts, possibly a soul. One of those gifts is understanding the 'quantam nature of the universe'. The dude can vanish into thin air, teleport around the world!
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Post by: Cheirel on February 10, 2007, 12:08:07 pm
I just finished reading the 2 books The Man In the Basement and Six Easy Pieces both by Walter Mosely.

The Man In the Basement is very a diffirent style of book for him. I found it interesting (?)  but I have thing it had some profund points that I enjoyed I have already passed it on to for someone else to read.

The other book is typical ...
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on February 10, 2007, 12:48:51 pm
The other book is typical ...
Cheirel, what did you mean by typical here?  Typical of Mosely's Easy Rawlin's series?  (It's a collection of shorter stories.)  Typical pop mystery? 

I haven't yet read Man in the Basement.  So, you'd recommend it?
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Post by: bmagee on February 10, 2007, 06:52:29 pm
I just finished reading the 2 books The Man In the Basement and Six Easy Pieces both by Walter Mosely.

The Man In the Basement is very a diffirent style of book for him. I found it interesting (?)  but I have thing it had some profund points that I enjoyed I have already passed it on to for someone else to read.

The other book is typical ...

I read Man in the Basement a couple years ago or so. I loved it. I like Mosley when he's writes books NOT about that private detective series. The Wave and Futureland both were great scifi books written by Mosley.

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Post by: Magic Wand on February 13, 2007, 08:29:59 am
I just finished reading a Jake Lamar mystery, entitled, Ghosts of Saint-Michel.  This recommendation by a friend was a fun romp through a familiar Paris Noir.
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Post by: Cheirel on February 13, 2007, 08:34:24 pm
The other book is typical ...
Cheirel, what did you mean by typical here?  Typical of Mosely's Easy Rawlin's series?  (It's a collection of shorter stories.)  Typical pop mystery? 

I haven't yet read Man in the Basement.  So, you'd recommend it?

YES! I recommend the Man in The Basement.
The other is a typical Easy Rawlins book except that it starts out telling you that Mouse is dead but that all I'm going to say on that nospoilers here.
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on February 15, 2007, 08:16:25 am
I just finished reading a Jake Lamar mystery, entitled, Ghosts of Saint-Michel.  This recommendation by a friend was a fun romp through a familiar Paris Noir.

I also recommend Jake's Rendezvous Eighteenth also set in Paris Noir.  The main character in The Ghosts of Saint-Michel is introduced in Rendezvous Eighteenth.  Jake is a friend of mine and I really do like his writing.  As it turns out, Jake was a classmate of Reginald's at Harvard.
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Post by: Magic Wand on February 16, 2007, 01:08:31 pm
A'ight!
I'll pick that up as soon as I finish Faces at the Bottom of the Well, by Derrick Bell.
Thanx for the heads-up! :-*
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on February 16, 2007, 01:41:33 pm
Ohh, Faces at the Bottom of the Well is a great book.  It includes the Space Traders story in Cosmic Slop. 
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Post by: Magic Wand on February 20, 2007, 10:53:42 am
Loved Space Traders.
Really dug The Racial Preference Licensing Act as well.
Thought provoking stuff!
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Post by: Catch22 on February 20, 2007, 11:58:39 am
I know I'm late, but I just started Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama and I just picked up Michael Crichton's Next.  And I still have a boatload of comics to read like Pride of Baghdad.
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Post by: Wise Son on March 07, 2007, 06:54:38 am
To Make The People Smile Again by George Wheeler.
Some of you may remember from HEF1.0 that my Great-Granddad was a volunteer in the International Brigade, the anti-fascist force that was formed to help the government of Spain oppose the Hitler/Mussolini-backed uprising of General Franco in 1936. George Wheeler was one of his comrades, and they were captured together as the war drew to a close. Wheeler's book is a memoir of his period with the IB, light on detail of the battles, but rich in detail of the day-to-day life.

To be honest, the book leaves you wondering how they weren't beaten straight away, being forced to fight with out-of-date soviet weapons donated by Mexico, against the Luftwaffe and heavily-backed fascist ground forces, but they held out for more than a year after George's arrival. It's a great story told by a great man. Probably hard to get hold of, but I found it a rewarding read.
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Post by: JLI Jesse on March 07, 2007, 07:49:42 am
I just started reading Christie Todd Whitman's "It's My Party Too."
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Post by: Catch22 on March 07, 2007, 09:30:30 am
I had to put down the Obama book for a while because I had to start on Mack Daddy: Mastering Fatherhood Without Losing Your Style, Your Cool, Or Your Mind/i] it's given me such nuggets as....

Don't name your son or daughter a name they can't (or you don't want them to) live up to.  Names like Adonis, Zeus and Achilles for boys and Bambi, Candi and Diamond for girls.  :D
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Post by: Magic Wand on March 26, 2007, 01:56:06 pm
Ohh, Faces at the Bottom of the Well is a great book.  It includes the Space Traders story in Cosmic Slop. 
EVERYBODY ON THIS BOARD SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!
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Post by: JLI Jesse on March 26, 2007, 02:04:29 pm
I just started reading James Patterson's "Step on a Crack."  Just finished Michael Crichton's "Next", which I didn't care for, even though I usually like MC's stuff.
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Post by: Magic Wand on March 26, 2007, 02:08:21 pm
Just picked up The Audacity of Hope.
Also reading Platitudes by Trey Ellis, (a funny novel about conflicts on the African American literary scene, recommended by a good friend) and Thanatos Syndrome by Walker Percy (a sci-fi thriller that has been on my shelf for years).
Ordered Standing at the Scratch Line, by Guy Johnson.
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Post by: Cheirel on March 28, 2007, 05:21:12 pm
Ohh, Faces at the Bottom of the Well is a great book.  It includes the Space Traders story in Cosmic Slop. 
EVERYBODY ON THIS BOARD SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!

I will pick up a copy. I was just about to start reading Why Black People Eat Fried Chicken. I'm going to guess Mag your book is a little deeper.
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Post by: Mastrmynd on March 30, 2007, 01:58:45 pm
let me know how the audacity of hope is.
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Post by: Magic Wand on April 13, 2007, 10:18:15 am
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Post by: Magic Wand on April 16, 2007, 10:38:49 pm
Started reading Middle Passage, by Charles Johnson, on the train from Shanghai to Beijing.
Entertaining read.

Just added, Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans to my ever-expanding Wish List.

Can anyone recommend a book that explains how to add six more hours to the day without losing sleep over it?

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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on September 12, 2007, 01:42:23 pm
Bump...
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Post by: JLI Jesse on September 12, 2007, 01:51:40 pm
Thanks Curtis, I forgot about this thread!

I'm just now finishing up Bill Simmons's (Page 2's Sports Guy on espn.com) "Now I Can Die in Peace," which collects 8 years of his Red Sox columns culminating in their 2004 World Series victory.  I'm hoping he can write a sequel after this year!  ;D 

I also recently read Animal Farm (because I somehow missed it in high school) and Christopher Hitchens's "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" which discusses some of the problems that have come from religion.  Very interesting.

Next up?  I'm not sure.  I have about 3 Dean Koontz books sitting around that I should probably read.
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on September 12, 2007, 04:28:49 pm
I'm a Sports Guy fan also.  I haven't read the book but I think I probably read all the columns in it online.

In another point of convergence, I just read Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion

Next up for me, Zulu Heart by Steven Barnes and Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher by Richard Feynman and Paul Davies.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: The Dark Wright on September 12, 2007, 05:58:57 pm
I read Pursuit of Happyness after viewing the movie.

The movie was great...the real story is Superb.

After that was Mosley's White Butterfly which was...meh. Devil in a Blue Dress was much better.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Wise Son on September 14, 2007, 01:40:47 am
After that was Mosley's White Butterfly which was...meh. Devil in a Blue Dress was much better.
Really? I've never read a 'meh' Mosley book. Have you read his sci-fi collection, I tihnk it's Future City or something?
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on September 14, 2007, 08:19:39 am
After that was Mosley's White Butterfly which was...meh. Devil in a Blue Dress was much better.
Really? I've never read a 'meh' Mosley book. Have you read his sci-fi collection, I tihnk it's Future City or something?

Futureland which I also recommended earlier in the thread.  IAWWS about Walter Mosley.  I've enjoyed everything I've read by him which is most of his oeuvre.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: JLI Jesse on September 14, 2007, 09:38:53 am
never heard of Walter Mosley.  What type of stuff does he write?
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Sunjata on September 14, 2007, 11:12:26 am
never heard of Walter Mosley.  What type of stuff does he write?

http://www.hachettebookgroupusa.com/features/waltermosley/index.html

I am currently reading "Heretics of Dune" by Frank Herbert.  Great continuation of the original Dune saga. 

I am also reading "Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman. 
 
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: stanleyballard on September 14, 2007, 11:57:32 am
Still reading WEB Dubois' "Black Reconstruction"....detailed information on a forgotten part of American history.

Plan to read..."I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson, "Four Agreements" by Dan Miguel and "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Mastrmynd on September 24, 2007, 10:02:43 am
so...um... why does the thread "Read A Book" exist?
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: The Dark Wright on September 24, 2007, 01:19:26 pm
After that was Mosley's White Butterfly which was...meh. Devil in a Blue Dress was much better.
Really? I've never read a 'meh' Mosley book. Have you read his sci-fi collection, I tihnk it's Future City or something?

I say meh because it's an Easy Rawlins story, it has Mouse in it, there's a murder, Easy works with/runs from the cops and it was more of the same storytelling. The writing is always superb but it's more of the same from Easy. A Red Death was a better ER story and Devil takes the cake. Mosley's Paris Minton stories are good, but I've never read any of his sci-fi. Is it good?
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Wise Son on September 25, 2007, 04:11:10 am
I say meh because it's an Easy Rawlins story, it has Mouse in it, there's a murder, Easy works with/runs from the cops and it was more of the same storytelling. The writing is always superb but it's more of the same from Easy. A Red Death was a better ER story and Devil takes the cake. Mosley's Paris Minton stories are good, but I've never read any of his sci-fi. Is it good?
Yeah, it's great. Short stories that form a greater story-arc. Futureland would actually be a great thing to adapt to a TV series or something. The characters and the concepts are both great, and ethnicity issues come through in interesting ways, too. I definitely recommend it.
I'm just reading my first Paris Minton book, Fear of The Dark. Enjoying it so far, the similarities and differences between Easy/Mouse and Paris/Fearless are interesting.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Mastrmynd on September 25, 2007, 04:14:48 am
today i read the first issue of BUFFY the vamp slayer season 8 by Brian K. Vaughn.
If i didnt know any better, i would have thought it was joss writing the book.
it was GREAT... and georges...dang, that brother can draw...
why is everyone staring at me... so it's not a book.

jeeez!
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: The Dark Wright on September 25, 2007, 08:51:56 am
I say meh because it's an Easy Rawlins story, it has Mouse in it, there's a murder, Easy works with/runs from the cops and it was more of the same storytelling. The writing is always superb but it's more of the same from Easy. A Red Death was a better ER story and Devil takes the cake. Mosley's Paris Minton stories are good, but I've never read any of his sci-fi. Is it good?
Yeah, it's great. Short stories that form a greater story-arc. Futureland would actually be a great thing to adapt to a TV series or something. The characters and the concepts are both great, and ethnicity issues come through in interesting ways, too. I definitely recommend it.
I'm just reading my first Paris Minton book, Fear of The Dark. Enjoying it so far, the similarities and differences between Easy/Mouse and Paris/Fearless are interesting.

If you like that I would suggest you tackle Fearless Jones and Fear itself. 2 great ones w/ Paris and Fearless.  I will have to check Mos' sci-fi out. I also want to read P.K. Dick's sci-fi when I get a chance.  All I'm reading now is textbooks--ugh! :P
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Wise Son on September 26, 2007, 06:40:56 am
I'm definitely going to check out other Paris/fearless books. Paris is a less heroic but more human figure than Easy, I find, while Fearless and Mouse have that 'force of Nature' thing going on, but Mouse is a villain, Fearless a hero.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: JLI Jesse on November 09, 2007, 06:33:26 pm
I finally got around to reading Mitch Albom's For One More Day.  Came home from work and it was sitting in front of my door (thank you amazon).

I said, let's have a quiet night in, and after an hour I was finishing...and crying like a baby.  I had to call my mom and tell her I love her.  I'm a sucker for these things  ;D
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: stanleyballard on December 25, 2007, 07:25:31 pm
Bump......
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Redjack on December 25, 2007, 08:47:20 pm
the three books in the HIS DARK MATERIALS series.

THE GOLDEN COMPASS

THE SUBTLE KNIFE and the soon to be read

THE AMBER SPYGLASS

This is an AWESOME story. Even if you like the film the books blow them away.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Reginald Hudlin on December 25, 2007, 09:08:49 pm
the three books in the HIS DARK MATERIALS series.

THE GOLDEN COMPASS

THE SUBTLE KNIFE and the soon to be read

THE AMBER SPYGLASS

This is an AWESOME story. Even if you like the film the books blow them away.

I could tell that when I was watching the film.  I enjoyed it, but it felt rushed.  I could tell that given a chance to breathe, and to fully enjoy the texture of that alternate reality would be even more fun.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Open palm on December 26, 2007, 07:06:49 pm
Film Posters: Science Fiction & Film Posters: Horor Films.

It's a great series of film posters, touching on different plots and themes. I'm impressed at how they've thoroughly included foreign designs of films i.e. Return of the Jedi. I think modern poster design has become mediocre with the computer's 'cut & paste' tricks. I was so disappointed with the X-Men Trilogy posters. These books prove they could have been better.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Sunjata on December 26, 2007, 07:59:53 pm
I just started "The Assassination of the Black Male Image" by Earl Ofari Hutchinson.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: moor on December 26, 2007, 08:16:04 pm
Food Politics - Marion Nestle

The Wave - Walter Mosley
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Cheirel on January 01, 2008, 07:53:48 pm
The Wave let me know how it is cuz I luv me some Walter Mosely.
It was funny my daughter got 5 (five) "The Daring Book for Girls" for xmas so for all you with girls....
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Vic Vega on January 03, 2008, 01:41:03 pm
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: moor on January 03, 2008, 01:44:59 pm
The Wave let me know how it is cuz I luv me some Walter Mosely.
It was funny my daughter got 5 (five) "The Daring Book for Girls" for xmas so for all you with girls....

The Wave was excellent, but a very short read.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on January 03, 2008, 02:07:47 pm
I'm going to be reading this as soon as I get a hold of it. In the interview, he talks about how since the Reagan era there has been a transfer of wealth toward the rich due to changes in government policy. Hmm...

David Cay Johnston on How the Rich Get Richer (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17808622)
Fresh Air from WHYY, January 3, 2008 · Investigative reporter David Cay Johnston explores in his new book how in recent years, government subsidies and new regulations have quietly funneled money from the poor and the middle class to the rich and politically connected.

Cay Johnston covers tax policy for The New York Times, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on that beat. His previous book, Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich — and Cheat Everybody Else, was a best seller.

The new book, which expands the inquiry beyond tax policy into a whole range of regulatory machinery, is titled Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill).

(http://media.npr.org/programs/fa/features/2008/01/free_lunch_200.jpg)
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Sunjata on January 04, 2008, 05:50:05 am
That book by David Cay Johnston looks real intersting.  I will probably put it on my TO READ list.

I just finished Addicted to War: Why the U.S. Can't Kick Militarism by Joel Andreas
and I am now reading The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: stanleyballard on January 06, 2008, 12:02:30 am
"Strength of a Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story"  Authorized biography of the best female voice of the last 30 years- covering her bi-polar disorder, drug abuse, awesome talent, various lovers, rise in fame, humble beginnings and sad ending.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Sam Wilson on January 27, 2008, 07:02:46 pm
yo,

Does Mosely's "always outnumbered, always outgunned" have any, umm, sexuality in it that would be more than pg-13? Is there any mosely book that would be rated PG 13?  Much appreciated...
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: blueplanet on February 01, 2008, 12:39:18 pm
good thread!!

I have never read a Walter Mosely book I didnt like. I was kinda weirded out by his sci-fi forays but they were at least still entertaining.

I also c/s 100% anything by the late Octavia Butler..This woman got me interested in Sci-Fi. Her Xogenisis stories are superb.

Loved the Kite Runner although it broke my heart.. I  am afraid to watch the movie..Same thing with Love in the Time of Cholera. I just dont see how the movies can live up to the books.

Life of PI is one of my all time favorites!! Adored that book sooo much!! Story stays with you.

Currently I'm on a James Lee Burke/Dave Robicheaux kick.. Crusader's Cross followed by Pegasus Descending...which Im thoroughly enjoying.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Cage on February 01, 2008, 03:10:27 pm
yo,

Does Mosely's "always outnumbered, always outgunned" have any, umm, sexuality in it that would be more than pg-13? Is there any mosely book that would be rated PG 13?  Much appreciated...


I think Mosley did 47 which is directed at a younger audience.

Yup, found it.  I never read it but here you go:

(http://media.npr.org/books/ymrt/2006/mosley.jpg)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal
Grade 7-10–The intense, personal slave narrative of 14-year-old Forty-seven becomes allegorical when a mysterious runaway slave shows up at the Corinthian Plantation. Tall John, who believes there are no masters and no slaves, and who carries a yellow carpet bag of magical healing potions and futuristic devices, is both an inspiration and an enigma. He claims he has crossed galaxies and centuries and arrived by Sun Ship on Earth in 1832 to find the one chosen to continue the fight against the evil Calash. The brutal white overseer and the cruel slave owner are disguised Calash who must be defeated. Tall John inserts himself into Forty-seven's daily life and gradually cedes to him immortality and the power, confidence, and courage to confront the Calash to break the chains of slavery. With confidence, determination, and craft, Tall John becomes Forty-seven's alter ego, challenging him and inspiring him to see beyond slavery and fight for freedom. Time travel, shape-shifting, and intergalactic conflict add unusual, provocative elements to this story. And yet, well-drawn characters; lively dialogue filled with gritty, regional dialect; vivid descriptions; and poignant reflections ground it in harsh reality. Older readers will find the blend of realism, escapism, and science fiction intriguing.–Gerry Larson, Durham School of the Arts, NC
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From AudioFile
"Neither a master nor nigger be," Tall John admonishes "47" early and often in this young adult novel, which is part mystery, part historical fiction, and part science fiction. In one of his final performances, the late, great Ossie Davis has left us with a treasured gift. He becomes "47," a fourteen-year-old slave on the Corinthian Plantation in the year 1832. Davis's wonderful gravelly voice lends a touch of realism to this surreal story. The novel, Mosley's first for young adults, has enough complex layers to keep adults involved. Listen as a family--the story may inspire some interesting discussions on freedom and the dynamics of the master/slave relationship. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Cage on February 01, 2008, 03:12:06 pm
I am currently reading "Dragons of the Highlord Skies" from the Dragonlance Lost Chronicles.

Just recently finished "A Quiet Strength" By Tony Dungy. I highly reccomend this.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: JLI Jesse on February 04, 2008, 01:09:58 pm
I haven't had much time to read lately, but I'm attempting to start Eric Clapton's autobiography.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Sam Wilson on February 04, 2008, 01:18:11 pm
yo,

Does Mosely's "always outnumbered, always outgunned" have any, umm, sexuality in it that would be more than pg-13? Is there any mosely book that would be rated PG 13?  Much appreciated...


I think Mosley did 47 which is directed at a younger audience.

Yup, found it.  I never read it but here you go:

([url]http://media.npr.org/books/ymrt/2006/mosley.jpg[/url])

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal
Grade 7-10–The intense, personal slave narrative of 14-year-old Forty-seven becomes allegorical when a mysterious runaway slave shows up at the Corinthian Plantation. Tall John, who believes there are no masters and no slaves, and who carries a yellow carpet bag of magical healing potions and futuristic devices, is both an inspiration and an enigma. He claims he has crossed galaxies and centuries and arrived by Sun Ship on Earth in 1832 to find the one chosen to continue the fight against the evil Calash. The brutal white overseer and the cruel slave owner are disguised Calash who must be defeated. Tall John inserts himself into Forty-seven's daily life and gradually cedes to him immortality and the power, confidence, and courage to confront the Calash to break the chains of slavery. With confidence, determination, and craft, Tall John becomes Forty-seven's alter ego, challenging him and inspiring him to see beyond slavery and fight for freedom. Time travel, shape-shifting, and intergalactic conflict add unusual, provocative elements to this story. And yet, well-drawn characters; lively dialogue filled with gritty, regional dialect; vivid descriptions; and poignant reflections ground it in harsh reality. Older readers will find the blend of realism, escapism, and science fiction intriguing.–Gerry Larson, Durham School of the Arts, NC
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From AudioFile
"Neither a master nor nigger be," Tall John admonishes "47" early and often in this young adult novel, which is part mystery, part historical fiction, and part science fiction. In one of his final performances, the late, great Ossie Davis has left us with a treasured gift. He becomes "47," a fourteen-year-old slave on the Corinthian Plantation in the year 1832. Davis's wonderful gravelly voice lends a touch of realism to this surreal story. The novel, Mosley's first for young adults, has enough complex layers to keep adults involved. Listen as a family--the story may inspire some interesting discussions on freedom and the dynamics of the master/slave relationship. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.



thanks brother cage.  Word...
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on March 01, 2008, 05:52:26 pm
Here's my last batch of reading:

New England White - Stephen Carter
Not bad. It's a mystery set in a parallel New Haven. A rather wry look at upper class black folks and their history mixed with political intrigue. It keeps things moving along.

Great Sky Woman - Steven Barnes
This is set in prehistoric Africa next to Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is a fascinating look at the social structure (made-up according to the author) of a tribe of hunter gatherers and the central role of storytelling in making meaning. Steven Barnes has become one of my favorite writers and this does nothing to change that.

Fortunate Son - Walter Mosley
Mr. Mosley is also one of my favorites with good reason. This book is again like nothing else he's written. It reminds me in tone of Derrick Bell's stories but really well-written. Fortunate Son is a compelling tale on the surface and it is certainly a parable having something to do with race relations in America. I'll be thinking about this book for the foreseeable future.

Next up:
Pushkin and the Queen of Spades - Alice Randall
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Tanksleyd on March 02, 2008, 03:22:29 am
Ya'know, to my shame but shared by increasing millions, I don't really read anymore. My most active period was when I was in Oklahoma and one TV channel went off at midnight and NBC had bad reception. I read a lot of books then, mostly autobiographies, though Howard Fast's "Immigrants" was a favorite as was Charlie Chaplin's story. I did a lot of writing too, mostly poems, mostly bad, but people liked them. I haven't written a poem in years...or read a book. I finally figured out how to write a book and so have 90,000 others in Philly alone.

My literary world I fear is dominated by PBS, C-Span and the Wire. And worse of all, the internet.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Excuse me so very much, but I so see the connection: Genesis 2:17
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on March 02, 2008, 10:31:25 am
Ya'know, to my shame but shared by increasing millions, I don't really read anymore.

Then with all due respect, why are you posting in the "What are we reading?" thread?
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Tanksleyd on March 02, 2008, 11:07:51 am
My bad to the max! :-[
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on March 02, 2008, 12:08:15 pm
Apology accepted. Maybe you can use this as inspiration to read something and get in the mix. I hope so. That's part of what this thread is for.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Cage on March 02, 2008, 12:50:26 pm
Fortunate son was dope.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Wise Son on March 03, 2008, 05:06:59 am
Ya'know, to my shame but shared by increasing millions, I don't really read anymore.
Then with all due respect, why are you posting in the "What are we reading?" thread?
C'mon Curtis, the question is 'What are you reading,' and Tank's answer is simply, 'Nothing!' It's still a valid answer;)
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on March 03, 2008, 07:33:06 am
Ya'know, to my shame but shared by increasing millions, I don't really read anymore.
Then with all due respect, why are you posting in the "What are we reading?" thread?
C'mon Curtis, the question is 'What are you reading,' and Tank's answer is simply, 'Nothing!' It's still a valid answer  ;)
Sure, just not a particularly interesting one.  ;)
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Cage on March 03, 2008, 12:48:19 pm
Just ordered Blonde Faith and The Killing of Johnny Frye: A Sexistential Novel, both by Mosley, they should be here in two days, I'll let y'all know how they are.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on October 09, 2008, 08:54:38 am
I've read three remarkable books in the last few weeks:

Lies My Teacher Told Me
Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

James W. Leowen

The author has examined 18 different high school history textbooks and here lays out how much information passed off as fact is just untrue or unverifiable. If this weren't enough, he offers a penetrating analysis of just why is this so and why is history as taught so damn boring. He deals with the prevailing Eurocentrism, racism, and chauvinism and overall hero myth-making process present in the textbooks. Some topics covered include:

Even though I had a passing familiarity with much of the material presented, I learned plenty and the overall effect is simply devastating. This is the rare book that gave me new insights. Here's the ultimate praise, although I checked it out from the library, I have to buy a copy because my children will need it when they get a little older.

Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on October 09, 2008, 09:14:19 am
Next up,

The Tempest Tales by Walter Mosley

This collection of tales is inspired by Langston Hughes' Jesse B. Simple stories. We get Tempest Landry, a man accidentally shot down by the cops in Harlem in a case of mistaken identity. When he is referred to hell by St. Peter at the gates to heaven for being a sinner, he begs to differ. Well, that throws a monkey wrench in the proceedings and leads to him being sent back to Earth with an accounting angel until he either accepts his fate or makes his case that sin is relative and he faces extenuating circumstances.

I am a huge Walter Mosley fan and this did nothing to change that. This works for me on many levels. Think of it as Langston Hughes meets Neil Gaiman. Highly recommended.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on October 09, 2008, 09:35:24 am
Finally, a memoir by my friend Trey Ellis (http://www.treyellis.com/) (http://www.treyellis.com/):
Bedtime Stories: Adventures in the Land of Single-Fatherhood

First of all, I can't pretend to be anywhere near objective on this. I know most of people and events in this book; I was present for some of them. My children are the same age as Trey's and we all enjoy the times we can get together. That said, this is a remarkable read.

He is open and honest about his life in a way that I can only admire. He is remarkably aware of himself and his own foibles and is somehow warm and kind and funny in his treatment of the recent events of his life. Including his wife leaving him (well, sort of), being essentially forced into single fatherhood by her limitations, getting along with significant health and career problems. And most of all, being a good omniparent to his frankly adorable children. He has somehow shouldered an immense burden and carried on with spirit and heart. And he's winning; his children are wonderful. I felt as though I got emotionally smarter over the course of reading this book. Thank you for sharing, my friend.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Sam Wilson on October 09, 2008, 01:41:58 pm
Next up,

The Tempest Tales by Walter Mosley

This collection of tales is inspired by Langston Hughes' Jesse B. Simple stories. We get Tempest Landry, a man accidentally shot down by the cops in Harlem in a case of mistaken identity. When he is referred to hell by St. Peter at the gates to heaven for being a sinner, he begs to differ. Well, that throws a monkey wrench in the proceedings and leads to him being sent back to Earth with an accounting angel until he either accepts his fate or makes his case that sin is relative and he faces extenuating circumstances.

I am a huge Walter Mosley fan and this did nothing to change that. This works for me on many levels. Think of it as Langston Hughes meets Neil Gaiman. Highly recommended.

Hmph. Cage sent me a bunch of Mosley books, as of now I've only read "Devil In a Blue Dress", but that sound interesting indeed.  I"ll have to one click order this one brother, word.

Right not i'm almost done with Jose Saramago's "Blindness", his nobel prize winner.  Not a light book by any means, its actually really dark and his narrative style is unlike any I have ever read but its cool.  Also read Evan Wright's "Generation Kill", the best reporting of soldiers in war I've ever read, and soon I'll be reading Junot Diaz's "The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao".  Curtis, Junot is a prof. of lit at MIT, your old stomping grounds.  He's a friend of mine, my old writing professor introduced us after his first book, "Drown" came up.  Best urban voice I've ever read, his anger comes across clear and beautiful and its unlike anything I've ever read.  I'd definatly check out Drown or his new book...
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Sam Wilson on October 09, 2008, 01:43:58 pm
I've read three remarkable books in the last few weeks:

Lies My Teacher Told Me
Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

James W. Leowen

The author has examined 18 different high school history textbooks and here lays out how much information passed off as fact is just untrue or unverifiable. If this weren't enough, he offers a penetrating analysis of just why is this so and why is history as taught so damn boring. He deals with the prevailing Eurocentrism, racism, and chauvinism and overall hero myth-making process present in the textbooks. Some topics covered include:
  • 1493: The True Importance of Christopher Columbus (hint: he wasn't first or even the first European)
  • The Truth About the First Thanksgiving ('nuff said)
  • Red Eyes (exposing some of the boatload of lies, untruths, and misinformation spread about Native Americans)
  • "Gone With The Wind": The Invisibility of Racism in American History Textbooks
  • John Brown and Abraham Lincoln: The Invisibility of Antiracism in American History Textbooks
  • The Land of Opportunity (the unmentionable class structure in the US)
  • Watching Big Brother: What Textbooks Teach About the Federal Government (we're the force for good in the world, right?)
  • See No Evil: Choosing Not to Look at the War in Vietnam
  • Down the Memory Hole: The Disappearance of the Recent Past

Even though I had a passing familiarity with much of the material presented, I learned plenty and the overall effect is simply devastating. This is the rare book that gave me new insights. Here's the ultimate praise, although I checked it out from the library, I have to buy a copy because my children will need it when they get a little older.



word brother, I should get this book.  Not that your suprized, but when I teach we do the book part, then I go off on a tangent and teach the kids the truth.  Word.  Forgive me for saying this, but f*ck the white man's version of history...

in fact, f*ck it.  After writing the post initially I had a thought.  I'm buying that damn book and reading from it at least once a week in history class.  f*ck it...
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on October 09, 2008, 02:02:54 pm
word brother, I should get this book.  Not that your suprized, but when I teach we do the book part, then I go off on a tangent and teach the kids the truth.  Word.  Forgive me for saying this, but f*ck the white man's version of history...

in fact, f*ck it.  After writing the post initially I had a thought.  I'm buying that damn book and reading from it at least once a week in history class.  f*ck it...

Sam, I have to confess: reading about your adventures in the Off to Get Lynched thread is what made me get off my ass and write this review. You do need this book.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Sam Wilson on October 09, 2008, 02:17:16 pm
word brother, I should get this book.  Not that your suprized, but when I teach we do the book part, then I go off on a tangent and teach the kids the truth.  Word.  Forgive me for saying this, but f*ck the white man's version of history...

in fact, f*ck it.  After writing the post initially I had a thought.  I'm buying that damn book and reading from it at least once a week in history class.  f*ck it...

Sam, I have to confess: reading about your adventures in the Off to Get Lynched thread is what made me get off my ass and write this review. You do need this book.

 ;D


Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Sam Wilson on October 21, 2008, 06:21:42 pm
brother curtis,

I told another teacher about that book and he wanted it.  I just ordered two copies from amazon.  The revolution is beginning...
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on October 21, 2008, 06:41:50 pm
brother curtis,

I told another teacher about that book and he wanted it.  I just ordered two copies from amazon.  The revolution is beginning...
;D
I ordered a copy myself.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: Vic Vega on October 22, 2008, 02:39:31 pm
brother curtis,

I told another teacher about that book and he wanted it.  I just ordered two copies from amazon.  The revolution is beginning...

 ;D
I ordered a copy myself.


Either of you guys ever read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee?

http://www.amazon.com/Bury-My-Heart-Wounded-Knee/dp/0805066691/ref=pd_sim_b_2

I read it a couple of years back-great stuff.
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Post by: Sam Wilson on October 22, 2008, 07:05:19 pm
I showed the HBO movie to my class last year, but someone stole the dvd...  >:(
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Post by: Reginald Hudlin on October 23, 2008, 06:09:47 am
brother curtis,

I told another teacher about that book and he wanted it.  I just ordered two copies from amazon.  The revolution is beginning...

 ;D
I ordered a copy myself.


Read it when I was a kid.  It wrecked me.

Either of you guys ever read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee?

[url]http://www.amazon.com/Bury-My-Heart-Wounded-Knee/dp/0805066691/ref=pd_sim_b_2[/url]

I read it a couple of years back-great stuff.
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Post by: JLI Jesse on October 23, 2008, 12:12:55 pm
I'm about 100 pages into The God Delusion.  I really dig Richard Dawkins.
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Post by: moor on December 30, 2008, 09:16:25 pm
I picked up "A Journal for Jordan" today, after catching an interview with author Dana Canedy by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. 


I picked it up thinking it was going to be a book about fatherhood, and it's actually that, a love story, a tribute to the all those who are serving, and much more.

I'm only about a 1/3 of the way through, but I recommend it HIGHLY...
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Post by: Cage on January 06, 2009, 07:00:11 am
Just Finished "The Right Mistake" by Walter Mosley, started his "47" and Tolkiens "Silmarillion." Picked 47 and Silmarilion up for $3.99 each at Borders.
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Post by: Cage on January 06, 2009, 07:01:01 am
On pay day I am going to order Redjack's Star Trek book fom Amazon. Its shameful that I haven't already.
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Post by: Catch22 on January 06, 2009, 07:45:21 am
I just started Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Sanction by Eric Van Lustbader.  So far it's moving at a nice pace and it's a good read.
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on January 06, 2009, 09:51:53 am
I'm about 100 pages into The God Delusion.  I really dig Richard Dawkins.
I read that a while back, generally liked it.

I have from the library both "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" by Christopher Hitchens and "The Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine" by Alister McGrath and Joanna Collicut McGrath.
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on January 06, 2009, 09:53:26 am
Just Finished "The Right Mistake" by Walter Mosley...

What, no review?  >:(
C'mon, how was it?
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Post by: Cage on January 06, 2009, 10:27:33 am
Just Finished "The Right Mistake" by Walter Mosley...

What, no review?  >:(
C'mon, how was it?

Man I'm so biased, Mosley could write the alphabet three times on 400 pages and I'd think it was great.  I've never really thought much about writing reviews, though, but I'll get back to you on this one when I have a chance to write something meaningful.
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on January 06, 2009, 12:59:34 pm
Just Finished "The Right Mistake" by Walter Mosley...

What, no review?  >:(
C'mon, how was it?

Man I'm so biased, Mosley could write the alphabet three times on 400 pages and I'd think it was great.  I've never really thought much about writing reviews, though, but I'll get back to you on this one when I have a chance to write something meaningful.

Yeah, I'm a big fan, too. Still, looking forward to whatever you have to say about it.
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Post by: Magic Wand on February 14, 2010, 11:18:02 am
No one read anything for a whole year?
Geeez!

I just read George Schuyler's, Black No More in one sitting and grinned through most of it.
Great novel for a flight.
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Post by: Reginald Hudlin on February 16, 2010, 02:58:20 pm
No one read anything for a whole year?
Geeez!

I just read George Schuyler's, Black No More in one sitting and grinned through most of it.
Great novel for a flight.
I love that book.
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Post by: JLI Jesse on February 16, 2010, 05:01:09 pm
I'm about a quarter of the way through Eric Clapton's autobiography.  It's really amazing how much he loved the blues and how obsessed he was with it.  He left several successful bands because he felt they were to much jazz/rock/etc..he loves it that much.  Though if I was his bandmate I'd probably want to kill him.
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Post by: Cage on March 03, 2010, 01:20:05 pm
On pay day I am going to order Redjack's Star Trek book from Amazon. Its shameful that I haven't already.

You know what is sad?  I did just what I said I was going to do over a year ago and bought this book.  I can't believe I never posted anything about it.   :-\

Star Trek Titan: Sword Of Damocles, By Geoffrey Thorne

First let me say that this book was a challenge.  I normally read when I am either in bed or when I have free time, sometimes with music on or even with a game on.  This book required my thinking cap and focus.  I had to make sure I was understanding the technical things that were happening along with the plot.  I enjoyed that "challenge." What you realize about Mr. Thorne is that he is an intelligent person who can tell a story without dumbing it down.  It was almost like a high intensity workout.  You know when you get comfortable going to the gym and then some nut job friend of yours says "Hey lets work out together" and that mothersucker puts you through it?  Well thats what my mind was like after reading this book.  It was a workout but when I was done I was feeling good about it.  A really interesting story with writing that gives you terrific description allowing you to create a full image in your mind.  It was great to connect with characters that I was very familiar with (Riker and Troi) and to meet the new characters that Geoff introduces us to.  As I said before I am no book reviewer so I will say that I really enjoyed reading this and regret that I took so long to post about it.  If anyone cares, I definitely reccomend it (even if I did read it over a year ago.)
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Post by: Open palm on March 05, 2010, 01:58:46 pm
I bought a paperback copy of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. First I'll have to re-read the previous book, The Girl Who Played with Fire. The main character, Lisbeth Salander, became my favorite heroine last year.
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Post by: Redjack on March 20, 2010, 11:08:55 am
Yeah, well,  whatever. You know you need to be reading this:
http://www.amazon.com/Geoffrey-Thornes-DREAMNASIUM-1-Thorne/dp/1438295251 (http://www.amazon.com/Geoffrey-Thornes-DREAMNASIUM-1-Thorne/dp/1438295251)


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Post by: Open palm on March 20, 2010, 05:29:21 pm
Huh, yeah. Whatever. I'm reading The Lovely Bones now.
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Post by: Battle on April 14, 2010, 07:41:16 am
(an excerpt from Cruz, Gilbert TIME April, 2010: page 55)
Q & A
Walter Mosley
Detective writer Walter Mosley loves to dig deep into his characters.  He wrote 11 books featuring the Los Angleles-based gumshoe Easy Rawlins before retiring him in 2007. His latest private eye, former mob crook Leonid McGill, stars in the new novel Known to Evil --- the second in what Mosley hopes will be a 10-book series.

What's your writing routine?  Do you leave room for moments of inspiration?
I write every day. Every single day, in the morning. And when I stop writing, all during the day and that night, things are percolating.  I wake up in the morning and there's more there.  Inspiration is a charged word, like everything is beautiful. When you're having a character brutally murder another person, does that come from inspiration? 

How much of a character's life do you know at the outset when starting a new series?
I just finished the first chapter of the third Leonid McGill book.  And I'm still learning about him.  And I will be learning about him until I come to the last book, which I think will be No. 10.  If you know everything from the begining, it's hard to write.
(http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w184/Battle-D/HEFmosly_01.gif)
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Post by: Afro Samurai on April 14, 2010, 07:04:18 pm
Doctor Voodoo Mini Series.....
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Post by: Mastrmynd on April 15, 2010, 02:23:52 pm
...threads on the Hudlin Boards.
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Post by: Magic Wand on April 15, 2010, 06:17:49 pm
...threads on the Hudlin Boards.


 jus' a reminder  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlKL_EpnSp8)
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Post by: Magic Wand on April 18, 2010, 06:27:07 am
Has anyone heard of this book?

America's First Black Town: Brooklyn, Illinois, 1830-1915 (http://www.amazon.com/Americas-First-Black-Town-1830-1915/dp/0252025377)

I always thought Brooklyn's claim to fame was baseball and the Chinamen joint.  (Best Chinese food evah!)

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Post by: Cage on April 18, 2010, 06:01:39 pm
Finished Geoffrey Thorne's Dreamnasium about a week ago.  I am horrible at attempting to write reviews so I'll just be me.  First off Big ups Red!  Congrats for getting this published, congrats for being able to express so many different ideas and bring whats in your mind to life for the rest of us to "See".  If I have to describe this book, and/or RedJack's writting style, then it would be that he turns the words on the page to images in your mind.  Of course that is (I guess) the goal of every writer but I find that it is powerful in Red's writing.  This is a book of short stories that range from detectives to vampires to super powered evil slugs to bored "Gods".  Like the Star Trek Titan: The Sword of Damocles this book requires and demands your attention, if you like your stories dumbed down, then this ain't the writer for you.  I have already  put Geoff up there with Walter Mosley as authors that I have to read (sort of like when Prince releases an album I buy it on sight without hearing it).  I know that he is just starting out and I am not comparing him to Mosley, what I'm saying is that Mosley is my favorite Author and Red's writing seizes my attention and anticipation like Mosley's.  So bottom line if he wasn't my "friend" would I reccomend this book? Hell yeah.Just come prepared to use your brain and imagination ad you will be in for a fun ride.  The mark of a good book for me is getting to the end and being disappointed that its over and that you have to wait for the next one.  Well done, Red.
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Post by: Rockscissorspaper on April 18, 2010, 07:08:59 pm
Recently read Known to Evil by Walter Mosley as well as finished off a book I bought a while back: Meji (Book two) by Milton Davis.
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Post by: Magic Wand on June 19, 2010, 05:42:28 pm
I just picked up What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell. 
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Post by: JLI Jesse on June 21, 2010, 09:52:49 am
I'm just about to start Robert Parker's Blue-Eyed Devil, the fourth book in the series that was the basis for the movie Appaloosa.

It's a bittersweet read because Parker, my favorite author, passed away earlier this year so who knows if there are any other books left in the can that will be published.
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on June 21, 2010, 10:22:54 am
I just picked up What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell. 

His website (gladwell.com) has an archive of all of his New Yorker articles.
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Post by: Magic Wand on August 02, 2010, 11:31:48 am
I just received Come to Win, by Venus Williams with Kelly Carter.
Venus gets inspirational stories from business leaders, artists and other visionaries about how sports can help you top your profession.
Cool stuff inside.
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Post by: jeseen007 on August 06, 2010, 06:31:16 am
"The Dreams" Book of Gurbaksh Chahal 
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Post by: Reginald Hudlin on August 06, 2010, 06:47:55 am
Read and loved GAME CHANGE earlier this summer.
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Post by: Kristopher on August 06, 2010, 12:31:40 pm
Finished "King Suckerman" (http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/georgepelecanos/king_suckerman/) by George Pelecanos, about to start the next book in the series, "The Sweet Forever" (http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/georgepelecanos/sweet_forever/).
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Post by: ashleyy on September 09, 2010, 12:18:05 am
I am reading you can win.
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Post by: Princesa on September 09, 2010, 06:34:29 am
I'm in the middle of LA Banks nine book Vampire Huntress series. I'm enjoying it very much, if you like Vamps and want an urban slant this is your cup of tea.
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Post by: Mastrmynd on September 09, 2010, 09:14:56 am
Paul Mooney's "Black is the New White."
I am REALLY enjoying the book.
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on September 09, 2010, 10:40:06 am
Team of Rivals (http://www.amazon.com/Team-Rivals-Political-Abraham-Lincoln/dp/0684824906) by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

It turns out that Abraham Lincoln was a funny mf. Who knew?
I'm still early in the book leading up to the Civil War but I'm liking it.
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Post by: Magic Wand on September 10, 2010, 04:32:34 am
Parable of the Sower,  Octavia Butler.
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Post by: The Griot on September 10, 2010, 10:52:34 am
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
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Post by: Mastrmynd on September 11, 2010, 08:20:23 am
i finished Black is the new White this morning.
I really like this book.
Hmm...now i want to interview Mr. Mooney.
He is THAT cool. i get him.
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Post by: Catch22 on September 13, 2010, 09:56:48 am
i finished Black is the new White this morning.
I really like this book.
Hmm...now i want to interview Mr. Mooney.
He is THAT cool. i get him.

I'm a big fan of Mooney and Pryor.  I need to pick this up ASAP.  Currently, I'm re-reading The Stand unabridged version by Stephen King.
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Post by: Mastrmynd on September 13, 2010, 03:50:06 pm
see...we are definitely brothers...
u will like this book.
it's an easy read and some of the revelations will be new, common knowledge & will make u say, "Is THAT where that ______ came from? wow!"
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Post by: Catch22 on September 13, 2010, 05:48:56 pm
see...we are definitely brothers...
u will like this book.
it's an easy read and some of the revelations will be new, common knowledge & will make u say, "Is THAT where that ______ came from? wow!"


I jut ordered it, it should be here this week.  I can't wait to check it out.  Mooney is that guy...he's so angry it makes his rants even funnier.
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Post by: Magic Wand on November 11, 2010, 06:11:52 am
I just received Come to Win, by Venus Williams with Kelly Carter.
Venus gets inspirational stories from business leaders, artists and other visionaries about how sports can help you top your profession.
Cool stuff inside.

Good Summary (http://bookstove.com/book-talk/summary-and-review-of-come-to-win-by-venus-williams-and-kelly-e-carter/)
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Post by: Marvelous on November 11, 2010, 11:57:42 am
Just got finished with Changes by Jim Butcher.  Now I'm starting his book of short stories of Dresden Files called Side Jobs.
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Post by: Mastrmynd on November 12, 2010, 02:27:40 pm
see...we are definitely brothers...
u will like this book.
it's an easy read and some of the revelations will be new, common knowledge & will make u say, "Is THAT where that ______ came from? wow!"


I jut ordered it, it should be here this week.  I can't wait to check it out.  Mooney is that guy...he's so angry it makes his rants even funnier.


What did you think of the book?

I'm currently reading "Skippy Dies."
This is a great read at 600plus pages... ever heard of this book?
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Post by: Battle on November 29, 2010, 09:10:19 am
Loose Lips by Claire Berlinski---I thought it would be intriguing to re-visit this love story from the perspective of a sharp, white chick who joins the C.I.A. just because...  The lighter side of espionage and romance in a fairly compact, humorous and easy-to-read package in a modern world  where sensitive US documents litter the internet by way of wiki leaks.
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Post by: Wise Son on December 05, 2010, 01:51:18 pm
At the moment I'm most of the way through Richard Dawkins' God Delusion. I've realised lately that Dawkins is nowhere near as angry and antagonistic as he is portrayed, and the book shows how rigourously logical he is, but also how much beauty he finds in the world around him. Some chapters flow easier than others, but it is, for me, a very refreshing read, just a chance to flex your brain muscles a bit.

My fiance also lent me a good book called Breathe in the Air, a debut novel by a young Australian Aboriginal woman. It's a very distinctive voice, written in a way that comes across like prose poetry, but (so Tammy tells me), actually reflecting very accurately the dialect of English spoken by the Aboriginees. The story is incredibly moving, and has a resolution that feels the least like a story's happy ending, and more like a real life's happy ending (especially as, it is not necessarily either;))
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Post by: Rockscissorspaper on December 08, 2010, 05:30:02 am
At work (during breaks and lunch) I've been reading David Landes' Dynasties: Fortunes and Misfortunes of the World's Great Family Businesses.

Just got Walter Mosley's latest in the mail the other day: The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey.
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Post by: terrence369 on January 10, 2011, 08:38:31 pm
I am  reading The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. its really good!
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Post by: Reginald Hudlin on January 10, 2011, 09:13:24 pm
I am  reading The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. its really good!

Welcome to the board Terrence!
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Post by: terrence369 on January 10, 2011, 10:48:18 pm
I am  reading The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. its really good!

Welcome to the board Terrence!

Thanks!
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Post by: Cheirel on January 11, 2011, 01:54:45 pm
I'm currently reading (trying to) Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin. I'll update you guys...
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Post by: KIP LEWIS on March 04, 2011, 08:30:15 pm
Just finished Orson Scott Cards' HIDDEN EMPIRE.  Really good book set in near future, it is a follow up to EMPIRE which focus on the 2nd American Civil War between the right and the left and the beginnings of Pax America, the American Empire.
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Post by: JLI Jesse on March 10, 2011, 09:16:16 am
I just picked up "Is Christianity Good for the World? A Debate" between Christopher Hitchens and Douglas Wilson
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Post by: Hypestyle on March 17, 2011, 08:59:40 pm
..at a book signing, I bought Russell Simmons "Super Rich", and I'm about halfway through-- actually, I got about halfway through while waiting in line.. it's not a "money" book but more about general living/philosophy via Russ, and his buddhism/hinduism-derived views.. for example he describes a passage from the bhagvad-gita in 'street lingo', pretty interesting..   ;)
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Post by: TripleX on April 11, 2011, 03:32:17 am
The Confessions of Rick James "Memoirs of a Super Freak"

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Post by: The_Scribe on April 18, 2011, 06:17:41 pm
Romantic Warrior by Frank Akenten
http://artistryemploys.org/Author.aspx

An African Romance/Fantasy -  Check it out!
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Post by: The_Scribe on April 18, 2011, 06:26:40 pm
Another resurrection from the old forum:


How about a book review?  I like your style to a point.  Check it out!  An African Romance/Fantasy!  Money Back claim: If you are not impressed...

Romantic Warrior by Frank Akenten
http://artistryemploys.org/Author.aspx
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Post by: Rockscissorspaper on May 15, 2011, 05:02:12 pm
Recently finished When The Thrill is Gone by Walter Mosley (his latest Leonid Mcgill mystery). Just started Changa's Safari by Milton Davis (a/k/a the HEF's own The Griot).
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Post by: Kristopher on June 03, 2011, 10:14:58 am
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Post by: TripleX on June 07, 2011, 03:36:56 am
Now I'm on Chaka Khan's "Through The Fire". It's so much better than Rick's book, he wrote his in prison and needed a ghost writer hella bad.
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Post by: JLI Jesse on July 01, 2011, 06:41:27 am
I just picked up Stephen Hawking's The Grand Design.
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Post by: Princesa on July 03, 2011, 07:25:39 pm
The Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones (it's very good).
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Post by: The_Scribe on July 04, 2011, 04:21:08 pm
http://artistryemploys.org/RW.aspx (http://artistryemploys.org/RW.aspx)

This is a book review by a professor of English at an HBCU.  I am blessed to have someone of his caliber to review Romantic Warrior by Frank Akenten.


Romantic Warrior, by Frank Akenten. Montgomery, Artistry Employs, 2009. 203 pp. $25.00

     In the second half of Frank Akentens Romantic Warrior, an ancestor spirit, upon viewing a penitent Chief Priest, states Hmmm. If my lover bowed down like that before I died, I would have stayed in the body of my birth (154).  Thus, we have a love match, or rather a series of sexual encounters, that transgresses spiritual boundaries.  Billed as Americas First African Fantasy what is presented here is a playful and intricately detailed novel in which absolutely anything can happen.  Magic, and an examination of how to deal with loss, are at the heart of this epic.

     When the ancient kingdom of Jenne is thrown into political strife, the true nature of African civilization is explored, without the preconceptions and stereotypes that developed centuries later.  In an era prior to modern Christianity, folklore dominates this narrative of a young womans journey from the countryside to the capital city where magic is practiced and the rules of time and space do not apply.  The notion of a young person in their late teens or early twenties growing lonesome on the farm has been with us for a very long time.  The heroine, Twela Burundi, is described as a boat pulling away from the seashore and this move away from her people is very unpopular (vi).  Not only does she put distance between herself and her family, she also must accept the fact that Akibo, the man she is betrothed to, has died before they have the opportunity to wed.  Twela, as a result of this tragedy, is reluctant to take risks.  Romantic Warrior is as much about how she must fight to heal as it is about this civilizations success on the battlefield with the neighboring nation of Mali in 30 BC.

     This fantasy approaches Africans as masters of mechanical engineering.  There is a precision inherent with their technology that rivals the intellectual advances of the enlightenment seventeen centuries later.  These are people who could have built The Pyramids of Giza.  The king of the nation authorizes the construction of a new city by the seashore, the establishment of a new trade route to the Far East, and the formation of a trade route by sea, which complements the elegantly advanced ships constructed mainly of African Blackwood (58).

     There is a lushness and lavishness to Akentens writing style.  Every bath gel, every pure and cotton blended fabric, and every precious shining diamond is described with intricate care.  Like a watchmaker, he meticulously describes the physical characteristics Twela witnesses as Temple Curator.   This adds texture to Romantic Warrior and grounds a novel that, all too often, requires that the reader suspend his or her disbelief.  It is not uncommon for figures to change shape, fly through the atmosphere or converse with ancestor spirits.  However, the truly compelling component is Twelas struggle to redirect her emotional life and find a balance that proves to be more elusive than her professional success in the capitol city of Jenne.  Today, a person would attempt to bounce back from heartbreak with the support, care, and compassion of family and friends.  That said, in this antediluvian society, her psychological welfare is entrusted to the Priests, Priestesses, and Temple Guards that she works with.  Her spiritual wellbeing, both body and soul comes from the individuals she works with (70).  When Twela is faced with trauma and that trauma is exacerbated, her parenting does not come from blood relations.  She is awoken one morning and told, The temple will take care of you.  Healing hearts is what they do best (160).  When it comes to increasing her strength so that she may let go of the past, the kingdom of Jenne devotes itself to this complicated task with an efficiency that any modern legal entity would envy.
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Post by: Rockscissorspaper on July 04, 2011, 04:51:05 pm
Decoded by Jay-Z
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Post by: TripleX on July 12, 2011, 08:01:20 am
I take back what I said about Rick's book, I read the first chapter and put it down. Now I'm reading the whole thing...

That brotha is a FOOL! I'm on page 127 and he's already gone AWOL from the Navy, broken out of prison, been in 3 bands, abandoned his first born child, got hooked on heroin and kicked it, only to get hooked on cocaine and acid, crisscrossed the country and Canada over and over again, flown to India to smuggle back hashish, broken into a clothing store and been busted for leaving the clothes with the tags still on them in his hotel room, got his ass kicked by the cops, got stalked by a crazy elderly prostitute,  become a pimp with 5 hoes along side Eddie Kendrick's brother, robbed the dope man and sold all his drugs, he's beat up umpteen dudes and boned about 50 "bitches" and to hear Rick tell it he barely escaped being at the Tate house the night of the Manson murders...all this and he's still not even famous yet.

I thought Chaka was bad for leaving her kids and going through a 20 year haze of heroin and crack, but she has NOTHING on Rick. He's basically a drug addicted super-villain, but he's so funny and likable you end up rooting for him and keep on reading to see what he'll do next.

I think the next book I read needs to be the Bible. lol
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Post by: Mastrmynd on July 13, 2011, 10:53:01 am
I've been on a kick lately:

1. john grisham: the confession (great book. highly recommend), the street lawyer & the chamber.  enjoyable. i really like grisham

2.michael crichton's TIMELINE. AWESOME!  quickest 500 pages you will ever read...the ending is a bit abrupt though

3. james patterson's WHEN THE WIND BLOWS: i had no idea what this would be about but i'm glad i read it. genetic manipulation grounded in reality

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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on July 13, 2011, 11:25:09 am
I started Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison. I'm not sure why I wasn't more aware of this book.
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Post by: Reginald Hudlin on July 13, 2011, 01:49:52 pm
I take back what I said about Rick's book, I read the first chapter and put it down. Now I'm reading the whole thing...

That brotha is a FOOL! I'm on page 127 and he's already gone AWOL from the Navy, broken out of prison, been in 3 bands, abandoned his first born child, got hooked on heroin and kicked it, only to get hooked on cocaine and acid, crisscrossed the country and Canada over and over again, flown to India to smuggle back hashish, broken into a clothing store and been busted for leaving the clothes with the tags still on them in his hotel room, got his ass kicked by the cops, got stalked by a crazy elderly prostitute,  become a pimp with 5 hoes along side Eddie Kendrick's brother, robbed the dope man and sold all his drugs, he's beat up umpteen dudes and boned about 50 "bitches" and to hear Rick tell it he barely escaped being at the Tate house the night of the Manson murders...all this and he's still not even famous yet.

I thought Chaka was bad for leaving her kids and going through a 20 year haze of heroin and crack, but she has NOTHING on Rick. He's basically a drug addicted super-villain, but he's so funny and likable you end up rooting for him and keep on reading to see what he'll do next.

I think the next book I read needs to be the Bible. lol
Wow, that sounds hot!
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Post by: Mastrmynd on July 24, 2011, 09:35:39 am
I'm reading Eragon now.  I'll probably NETFLIX the movie after I'm finished
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Post by: Imaro on August 08, 2011, 01:44:45 pm
I'm rereading the (recently) Late - Lesile (L.A.) Banks' - Minion, the first book in 12 Vampire Huntress Series. Its about this millenium's Neteru (the chosen protecter and hunter of vampires and general evil); she's an African American songtress with an edge and a great supporting cast.

Its kind of like Buffy meets Erika Badu meets Coffy (in the latter books). The first book is a little rough, but the series REALLY pick up later on.

I'll write more on her later.

RIP Lesile


Paul F.
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Post by: Cheirel on August 11, 2011, 01:12:27 pm
My favorite book store is going out business so I'm really stacking them up. I love reading. But I about quite few books in the Atlanta airport on layover.LOL

Currently reading Someday You'll Thank Me For This. Truly a girly book about a "Perfect" mother. Kinda like the official Southern Ladies Guide. It is truly a crack up with great recipes.
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Post by: The_Scribe on August 19, 2011, 05:26:45 pm
I started Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison. I'm not sure why I wasn't more aware of this book.


The reviews for Romantic Warrior by Frank Akenten are going well.  A professor of English at an HBCU gives the book his endorsemnet.  The Alabama Arts Council's "AL Writer's Forum" has endorsed the book.  You can check out the reviews here: http://artistryemploys.org/ReviewDetail.aspx
Be sure to read "Artistry of Romantic Warrior": http://artistryemploys.org/RW.aspx

I am so glad that I took over publishing the book.

Curtis Metcalf, you have been called to review. ;D  Answer the calling.  ;D
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Post by: Mastrmynd on August 20, 2011, 07:53:59 am
Perri O'Shaunessy's "Dreams of the Dead."
I've waited all year for this book!
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Post by: Funkenstein on October 03, 2011, 06:38:36 pm
Just finished Daniel Suarez's "Daemon" and halfway through the follow up "Freedom".

If you're into cyber-conspiracy type stuff, it's a good read.
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Post by: The Griot on October 07, 2011, 09:30:33 am
Just finished "The Stone God Awakens" by Philip Jose Farmer. Read it for a submission I'm working on. Classic Farmer but not one of his best.  Reading "Warrior of the Four Worlds" by Ronald T. Jones. He's a BSFS friend and a great military sci-fi writer. So far, so good. Next will probably be Dances With Dragons by George R.R. Martin. Bought it two months ago and still haven't read a page. It's a thick ass book!
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Post by: Mastrmynd on October 08, 2011, 09:26:46 am
i'm reading L.Ron Hubbard's MISSION EARTH series.
i started when i was young but never finished it...so i'm starting over.
it's a dekalogy so i'm only on Book 3...bout to start Book 4.
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Post by: Reginald Hudlin on October 16, 2011, 09:05:00 pm
i'm reading L.Ron Hubbard's MISSION EARTH series.
i started when i was young but never finished it...so i'm starting over.
it's a dekalogy so i'm only on Book 3...bout to start Book 4.
Maybe you should be reading the INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY book!
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Post by: Mastrmynd on October 18, 2011, 06:58:50 pm
i'm reading L.Ron Hubbard's MISSION EARTH series.
i started when i was young but never finished it...so i'm starting over.
it's a dekalogy so i'm only on Book 3...bout to start Book 4.
Maybe you should be reading the INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY book!

uh, why?
don't think I'm trying to go the Tom Cruise route.  Even though he cites "sarcasm", I can see his fundamental idealogies coming thru in his writings
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on October 19, 2011, 09:11:32 am
Lately:
Thinking in Systems: A Primer (http://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Systems-Donella-H-Meadows/dp/1603580557) by Donella Meadows
An excellent introduction / overview of systems thinking. Recommended.

Comfort to the Enemy and Other Carl Webster Stories (http://www.amazon.com/Comfort-Enemy-Other-Webster-Stories/dp/0061735159) by Elmore Leonard
Fun read. Great dialogue.

A Noble Radiance (http://www.amazon.com/Noble-Radiance-Guido-Brunetti-No/dp/0142003190/ref=cm_lmf_tit_7) by Donna Leon
From her Guido Brunetti series set in Venice. A nice change up from the usual mystery novels.

Next up:
Joplin's Ghost (http://www.amazon.com/Joplins-Ghost-Novel-Tananarive-Due/dp/B000H2N0FS/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_6) by Tananarive Due
Also, I've got to get the next book in her African Immortal series, My Soul To Take. That series probably deserves a thread of its own.
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Post by: Kristopher on October 28, 2011, 07:24:47 am
Why Should White Guys Have All The Fun?
How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/why-should-white-guys-have-all-the-fun-reginald-f-lewis/1102225041)


(http://covers.openlibrary.org/b/id/300457-L.jpg)
"Where other guys were taking courses to get out of school, Reggie had a master plan in mind. When other guys were reading comics, he was reading The Wall Street Journal."
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Post by: The Griot on November 01, 2011, 06:02:32 am
Warriors of the Four Worlds by Ronald T. Jones. Excellent military sci-fi by a brother. Best I've read, and I'm used to read the old school Bolo stories. This brother details weapons tech like it actually exists, and his character development equals his battle expertise.
http://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Four-Worlds-ebook/dp/B00585GGLY
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on November 01, 2011, 10:22:03 am
Why Should White Guys Have All The Fun?
How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire ([url]http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/why-should-white-guys-have-all-the-fun-reginald-f-lewis/1102225041[/url])



I read that about 15 years ago. Liked it. Reginald Lewis was another relatively early cancer victim.

I did not realize the Hugh Price was one of the authors until just now.
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Post by: Magic Wand on November 02, 2011, 04:44:32 am


I did not realize the Hugh Price was one of the authors until just now.

Never knew about Hugh Price until just now.
Thank you, Curtis!
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Post by: Magic Wand on November 02, 2011, 04:47:56 am
Just finished reading, The Shack, by Wm. Paul Young.
It's an interesting read, that isn't preachy at all.  I recommend it.
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on November 18, 2011, 06:29:39 am
I'm reading a pair of books right now:

The End of Diversity as We Know It (http://leveragingdifference.com/books/) by Martin N. Davidson
I'm just starting but it's fresh and smart just like its author who is a good friend and a member of Reggie's Harvard posse.
More on this after I finish the book.

As a kind of companion piece to Martin's book, I felt moved to reread Derrick Bell's Faces At The Bottom Of The Well: The Permanence Of Racism. (http://www.amazon.com/Faces-At-Bottom-Well-Permanence/dp/0465068146)
This book is as stunning as ever. Each chapter individually is worth the price of admission. I just (re-)finished the Rules of Racial Engagement (http://www.mdcbowen.org/p2/rm/define/bellsRules.html) which deserves its own thread. This book should be required reading for every American. Of course, it wouldn't matter - see Rule #5.
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Post by: Battle on November 30, 2011, 09:00:00 am
PLAY MONEY or How I Quit My Day Job And Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot by Julian Dibbell


A fun read that explores the profile types of real people who pay real money to play MMORPGs to earn fake money and collect virtual items and reselling those items for real money.  If that didn't make any sense to you, this book should also be considered a companion piece to the documentary, Second Skin.

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Post by: JLI Jesse on November 30, 2011, 11:31:50 am
Just finished reading, The Shack, by Wm. Paul Young.
It's an interesting read, that isn't preachy at all.  I recommend it.

I actually just bought that.  I am a relatively nonreligious Jewish guy and was talking to someone about christianity, basically saying I don't understand the whole "father, son, and holy ghost" thing.  He told me to get that book.  For $8 on amazon, I figured I'd give it a shot.
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Post by: The_Scribe on December 08, 2011, 10:00:23 am

 

   Please share this video with your friends. Romantic Warrior by Frank Akenten has been submitted for an Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work-Fiction-Debut author. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Za7mcOae1I

Thanks,
Artistry Employs
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Post by: JLI Jesse on December 09, 2011, 07:03:30 pm
I just finished the girl with the dragon tattoo...i wasn't sure what to think going in but i actually loved it.  I'm starting the girl who played with fire tomorrow.
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on December 10, 2011, 06:30:00 am
I just finished the girl with the dragon tattoo...i wasn't sure what to think going in but i actually loved it.  I'm starting the girl who played with fire tomorrow.

How about that, I'm currently reading The Girl Who Played With Fire.
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Post by: Magic Wand on December 16, 2011, 08:52:04 am
The 4-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss (http://www.amazon.com/4-Hour-Workweek-Anywhere-Expanded-Updated/dp/0307465357/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324054229&sr=8-1)
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Post by: JLI Jesse on December 27, 2011, 01:14:29 pm
I just finished the girl with the dragon tattoo...i wasn't sure what to think going in but i actually loved it.  I'm starting the girl who played with fire tomorrow.

How about that, I'm currently reading The Girl Who Played With Fire.

What do you think?  I'm about 400 pages in and planning to finish it today or tomorrow, if I have the time.
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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on December 27, 2011, 03:08:25 pm
I just finished the girl with the dragon tattoo...i wasn't sure what to think going in but i actually loved it.  I'm starting the girl who played with fire tomorrow.

How about that, I'm currently reading The Girl Who Played With Fire.

What do you think?  I'm about 400 pages in and planning to finish it today or tomorrow, if I have the time.
I liked it. Lisbeth Salander is a unique literary creation.
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Post by: Marvelous on January 05, 2012, 11:58:27 pm
Got my new KindleDX mah girl got me for Christmas.  Finished Book 13 of Dresden Files.

Believe it or not, I've never read To Kill A Mockingbird...reading it now.
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Post by: Rockscissorspaper on February 17, 2012, 03:14:56 pm
Just finished All I Did Was Shoot My Man, Walter Mosley's latest Leonid McGill mystery.
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Post by: The Griot on May 08, 2012, 07:45:35 am
I'm almost done with the Tarik al Fatassh. It's a must read for anyone interested in the Sahalian Kingdoms of Africa. During a lot of African history book reading over the next few weeks. I plan to slip a little fiction in there, too.
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Post by: TripleX on October 01, 2012, 05:33:26 pm
There was a bad thunderstorm Friday night and my power went out for hours. I finished reading "The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman" by flashlight and loved it! If you ever happen to come across it, do yourself a favor and pick it up. It's by turns funny, tragic, heartbreaking and scary as a horror novel; but it's uplifting too and fills you with a sense of pride.
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Post by: Battle on October 02, 2012, 09:05:05 am
A fairly informative reference book every American household should have on their bookshelf is A Civil War Treasury: Being a Miscellany of Arms & Artillery, Facts & Figures, Legends & Lore, Muses & Minstrels, Personalities & People by Albert A. Nofi.
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Post by: The Griot on October 08, 2012, 06:45:49 am
Catching Fire, the second book of the Hunger Games Trilogy. The first book was pretty good.
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Post by: Vic Vega on October 15, 2012, 08:22:24 am
Currently reading:

Redshirts by John Scalzi.

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow.
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Post by: Rockscissorspaper on October 24, 2012, 06:27:03 am
Just recently finished reading "Awake" by Wendy Raven McNair. Read the first part "Asleep" previous to that.
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Post by: moor on November 09, 2012, 01:01:19 pm
"The Great Crash 1929"  by John Kenneth Galbraith
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Post by: Marvelous on November 09, 2012, 09:58:11 pm
Mitch Rapp Series by Vince Flynn.  It's Jack Bauer in a book!
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Post by: stanleyballard on November 30, 2012, 09:47:58 am
Reading "Born To Run" by Christoper McDougall.....fascinating and inspiring story. 
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Post by: The Griot on December 07, 2012, 09:56:15 am
Immortal IV: Collision of Worlds by Valjeanne Jeffers and Warfare in Atlantic Africa: 1500 - 1800 by John Kelly Thorton.
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Post by: Reginald Hudlin on December 11, 2012, 02:03:14 pm
Damn, gotta go to thread more often!  Smart people and smart choices here.
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Post by: Catch22 on December 12, 2012, 06:31:46 pm
Right now I'm reading World War Z by Max Brooks, getting ready for the movie next year.  I'm thinking about trying to get through all of James Patterson's Alex Cross books, in sequence...starting next year.   
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Post by: Mastrmynd on December 31, 2012, 07:03:16 pm
Mitch Rapp Series by Vince Flynn.  It's Jack Bauer in a book!

You had me at Jack Bauer! lol
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Post by: Marvelous on January 01, 2013, 03:21:59 pm
Mitch Rapp Series by Vince Flynn.  It's Jack Bauer in a book!

You had me at Jack Bauer! lol

yea, the author was a consultant for 24 Season 5 I hear.
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Post by: The Griot on January 04, 2013, 04:23:55 am
Just completed Taurus Moon: Relic Hunter by Keith Gaston. It was a great read. Lots of action, funny, and entertaining. Taurus is a Indiana Jones of the supernatural. I highly recommend it.

http://www.amazon.com/Taurus-Moon-Relic-Hunter-ebook/dp/B005IDV54Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1357302186&sr=8-2&keywords=taurus+moon+relic+hunter (http://www.amazon.com/Taurus-Moon-Relic-Hunter-ebook/dp/B005IDV54Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1357302186&sr=8-2&keywords=taurus+moon+relic+hunter)
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Post by: Magic Wand on January 04, 2013, 07:16:17 am
A friend recommended SuperFreakonomics, so I picked that up on Audio the other day.  I also got Daniel Pink's, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. 

The book I'm most excited about is Ed Dwight's (signed) memoir, Soaring on the Wings of a Dream.  The diminutive Ed Dwight was NASA's first Black astronaut candidate during the Kennedy administration.   The intriguing thing is that I've admired his incredible artwork for years and only recently discovered his significant connections to NASA and other programs and an eclectic array of friends we have in common. 

I look forward to finally meeting this fascinating man this summer!

Viral Player (http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid34762914001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAB_wnNRk~,WN9MweAQd_tBaI99JKgDAcW3bUx7peWv&bclid=0&bctid=67563775001)
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Post by: Hypestyle on January 04, 2013, 09:59:56 am
A friend recommended SuperFreakonomics, so I picked that up on Audio the other day.  I also got Daniel Pink's, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. 

The book I'm most excited about is Ed Dwight's (signed) memoir, Soaring on the Wings of a Dream.  The diminutive Ed Dwight was NASA's first Black astronaut candidate during the Kennedy administration.   The intriguing thing is that I've admired his incredible artwork for years and only recently discovered his significant connections to NASA and other programs and an eclectic array of friends we have in common. 

I look forward to finally meeting this fascinating man this summer!

Viral Player ([url]http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid34762914001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAB_wnNRk~,WN9MweAQd_tBaI99JKgDAcW3bUx7peWv&bclid=0&bctid=67563775001[/url])


did mr. dwight get to know Guion Buford?
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Post by: Michael Jewett on January 05, 2013, 11:06:36 am

  I just started "The Book Of Negroes" by Lawrence Hill.

  This was a gift from my wife. She tracked down a copy of the Illustrated Edition from a library sale in Canada.
 
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Post by: Reginald Hudlin on January 06, 2013, 05:10:30 pm

  I just started "The Book Of Negroes" by Lawrence Hill.

  This was a gift from my wife. She tracked down a copy of the Illustrated Edition from a library sale in Canada.
 
I have a copy of that book! 
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Post by: sherelled on January 07, 2013, 07:28:56 am
 Content Rules by CC Chapman and Ann Handley and The End Of Business As Usual Brian Solis.  :D
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Post by: Michael Jewett on January 16, 2013, 08:35:07 am

  I just started "The Book Of Negroes" by Lawrence Hill.

  This was a gift from my wife. She tracked down a copy of the Illustrated Edition from a library sale in Canada.
 


 

  I'm about a third of the way into this amazing piece of work. There is some powerful writing here.

 Researching the Lawrence Hill book lead me to the website of the Black Loyalist Society. A core section of their site is dedicated to the actual Book Of Negroes. The entirety of the historic record is reproduced there. I've scanned through the whole record once. Now, I'm looking at various sections more closely.  Three thousand names...each of these names is an untold story.

    http://blackloyalist.com/canadiandigitalcollection/index.htm (http://blackloyalist.com/canadiandigitalcollection/index.htm)


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Post by: Metro on January 18, 2013, 07:49:56 am


http://www.100greatblackbritons.com/ (http://www.100greatblackbritons.com/)


Also, the following journals have been amazing this year!

Journal of African American History
Journal of American Ethnic History
Journal of Planning History
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Post by: JLI Jesse on January 22, 2013, 09:39:00 am
About to pick this up.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51In3RvVMfL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
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Post by: Battle on February 10, 2013, 06:21:45 am
Stride Toward Freedom by Martin Luther King Jr.

If anyone wants to read the actual words of the man who got the call to help catapult the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s to the 1960s, check out this book.

'Stride Towards Freedom' is sort of commentary at no matter how many times things here in America try to change, the more they try to stay the same.
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Post by: JLI Jesse on February 10, 2013, 07:19:58 pm
Just finished this:

(http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1340478576l/13624688.jpg)

Next on to these two:

(http://images.contentreserve.com/ImageType-400/1191-1/DDF/7AE/F4/%7BDDF7AEF4-751D-4301-A612-C7B33A0D51D5%7DImg400.jpg) (https://images.bookworld.com.au/images/bau/97803853/9780385393041/0/0/plain/going-clear-scientology-hollywood-and-the-prison-of-belief.jpg)
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Post by: Metro on February 12, 2013, 08:24:15 am

Jack Johnson
http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Johnson-Rebel-Sojourner-Crossroads/dp/0520271602/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360686233&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=jack+johnson+theresa+runstedler (http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Johnson-Rebel-Sojourner-Crossroads/dp/0520271602/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360686233&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=jack+johnson+theresa+runstedler)
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Post by: Rockscissorspaper on May 27, 2013, 05:45:37 pm
Recently read "Little Green" by Walter Mosley...his newest Easy Rawlins book (after "killing" the character off a few years ago)
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Post by: Marvelous on June 19, 2013, 11:29:36 am
On book 7, some of the most enjoyable books I have read.

Best-selling author Vince Flynn dies at 47

Author of political thrillers had been battling prostate cancer.

His books caught the attention of the Secret Service
Novelist Vince Flynn, who was diagnosed with stage three metastatic prostate cancer in 2010, but continued to write his best-selling thrillers, has died at the age of 47.

Flynn died Wednesday morning at United Hospital in St. Paul.

He's best known for his CIA page-turners that starred Mitch Rapp, a counterterrorism operative who made Flynn the darling of conservatives.

He wrote 14 USA TODAY best sellers. Three reached No. 2 on the list: Kill Shot and The Last Man (both in 2012) and American Assassin in 2010.

In a 2012 interview with USA TODAY, Flynn discussed living and working with cancer: "The first 48 hours of my diagnosis were hellish," he said. "Things just seemed to get worse and worse. We (he and his wife) were sneaking around the house, whispering so the kids wouldn't hear us. It was horrible.

"But, he said then, " I feel great now. ... We have this under control."

He's survived by his wife, Lysa, and three children (a stepson, 16, and two daughters, 11 and 9).

His fans included George W. Bush, who called Flynn "a little too accurate" because Flynn's books are often so true to CIA actions around the world. Once, while catching a ride in Bush's limo from Andrews Air Force Base, Flynn was grilled by the then-president on where he gets his information.

"I started to stutter," Flynn said.

His 2004 Memorial Day describes a raid very similar to the one that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. Often his books have been put on security review by the Pentagon before they are released, and they are even used by the Secret Service to identify possible lapses in their security.

"It used to astound even me," he said of his "clairvoyance." All he did, he said, was "connect the dots. I just look at what's going on in the world."

Flynn was working in sales and commercial real estate 20 years ago when he began reading voraciously in an effort to conquer his childhood dyslexia. In the process he fell in love with espionage novels and decided to try writing one himself.

His first book, Term Limits, was self-published in 1997 after Flynn received 60 rejection letters. After its immediate success, an agent signed him.

Flynn said his novels are "entertainment, educational and serve as cautionary tales."

Heading the charge is rough-and-tumble CIA agent Rapp, who was introduced in Flynn's second novel, Transfer of Power.

Flynn was close friends with radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, whom he called "one of the smartest guys I've ever met."

Flynn said not all his fans are conservatives. But if the scales tip toward the right, it probably comes from the pro-military, CIA and law enforcement theme of the books," he said. "And the idea that the United States is not the problem."
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Post by: The Griot on July 09, 2013, 07:09:17 am
Just finished A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin. What a chore! Reading The Constant Tower by Carolle McDonnell.
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Post by: Magic Wand on August 04, 2013, 10:11:58 am
A friend recommended SuperFreakonomics, so I picked that up on Audio the other day.  I also got Daniel Pink's, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. 

The book I'm most excited about is Ed Dwight's (signed) memoir, Soaring on the Wings of a Dream.  The diminutive Ed Dwight was NASA's first Black astronaut candidate during the Kennedy administration.   The intriguing thing is that I've admired his incredible artwork for years and only recently discovered his significant connections to NASA and other programs and an eclectic array of friends we have in common. 

I look forward to finally meeting this fascinating man this summer!

Viral Player ([url]http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid34762914001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAB_wnNRk~,WN9MweAQd_tBaI99JKgDAcW3bUx7peWv&bclid=0&bctid=67563775001[/url])


did mr. dwight get to know Guion Buford?


YES!
Brutha Ed knows ALL of the FIRST African American astronauts as well as several others.
They revere him.
Unfortunately, he's officially persona-non grata in the NASA books, however, Charlie Bolden (current NASA Administrator) and Leland Melvin (Associate Administrator of NASA Education) acknowledge him whenever they can.

An official unprecedented Memo from Charlie, written during Black History Month, brought Brutha Ed to tears.  He sent me me a personal note of thanks for the hand I had in getting that Memo written.

Shortly after, I spent a day and half with Ed Dwight (http://www.eddwight.com/memorials-public-art) at his amazing studio and gallery in Denver.  He's such an outstanding story-teller, we started chatting at brunch, then completely missed dinner!  It was after dark when we left the studio!

A European filmmaker is planning a documentary of this unsung hero.

Meanwhile, he's got three major memorial projects underway in the United States, as well as two others in Africa.

And....just yesterday, at a pool party, I learned that we have yet another friend in common. 

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Post by: Magic Wand on August 04, 2013, 10:22:23 am
Aside from Bradt's and Lonely Planet Travel Guides, I just picked up Mike Mullane's, Riding Rockets:  The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut .
It's a pretty entertaining memoir about NASA's astronaut program.  Mullane writes with candor about many of the personalities of NASA and spells out the emotional impact of being an ASCAN.  It's not the usual nuts-and-bolts, militaristic, boring ass approach to the program.  Mullane is quite engaging.  Check out a bit of him  in this funny video (http://mikemullane.com/speaking-programs/the-lighter-side-of-spaceflight/)

In the queue,

A Confederacy of the Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole
and
The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan (because it was recommended by an astronaut)
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: stanleyballard on December 27, 2013, 08:14:31 pm
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created is a nonfiction book by Charles C. Mann ...
Just picked this one up....

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Post by: JLI Jesse on December 27, 2013, 08:22:42 pm
I'm about to start this

(https://encrypted.google.com/books/images/frontcover/Gt4kzoJBl-AC?fife=w300)

I'm glad that they have kept up the Spencer and Jesse Stone books since Robert Parker's death, but I haven't read anything from the new hand picked writers. Robert Knott adapted the movie version of first book in this series (Appaloosa) so I have high hopes for the first Everett Hitch book not written by Parker. If you liked (or saw) Appaloosa, I'd definitely recommend picking up the first four book in this series.
Title: What are we reading?
Post by: Tanksleyd on February 09, 2014, 06:14:34 am
Howard Zinn
"A People's History of the United States"
First I saw a locally respected Liberal endorse it
Then on a slow day I see on C-Span a respected Conservative curse it
That's when I brought it about five weeks ago
I'm still reading it and enjoying it
I was kinda proud when
On the PBS production
Of Ms. Alice Walker
Mr. Zinn made
History
Either way
It is a different perspective
Of American History from Columbus
To, I presume, President Barack Obama
 
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: The Griot on March 04, 2014, 10:16:33 am
(http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd276/md716/Theforeverman_zps9ef77f78.jpg) (http://s223.photobucket.com/user/md716/media/Theforeverman_zps9ef77f78.jpg.html)

The Forever Man by Xavier Moore.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: JLI Jesse on March 04, 2014, 12:34:30 pm
As I said recently on Facebook: If you hear a wailing cry that could only be the sound of a dying animal, please don't be alarmed. It's just the sound of me reading the new Mitch Albom book.  :'( :'( :'(

(https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1380034020l/17888952.jpg)
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Post by: Hypestyle on March 04, 2014, 04:10:00 pm
As I said recently on Facebook: If you hear a wailing cry that could only be the sound of a dying animal, please don't be alarmed. It's just the sound of me reading the new Mitch Albom book.  :'( :'( :'(

(https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1380034020l/17888952.jpg)

locally, I have to put up with his weekly column  ;).  Albom's hit or miss with me.  Haven't read any of his books/novels yet.  He got in trouble some years back for faking a story of being at a basketball game, but, well, clearly it didn't ruin his career.
Title: Re: What are we reading?
Post by: JLI Jesse on March 08, 2014, 11:06:27 pm
As I said recently on Facebook: If you hear a wailing cry that could only be the sound of a dying animal, please don't be alarmed. It's just the sound of me reading the new Mitch Albom book.  :'( :'( :'(

(https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1380034020l/17888952.jpg)

locally, I have to put up with his weekly column  ;).  Albom's hit or miss with me.  Haven't read any of his books/novels yet.  He got in trouble some years back for faking a story of being at a basketball game, but, well, clearly it didn't ruin his career.

Ha :)

I've actually never read any of his sports articles or weekly columns. But man, his books (Tuesdays with morrie, the five people you meet in heaven, for one more day, etc) make me cry like a little girl.
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Post by: Hypestyle on March 10, 2014, 05:12:10 am
Anybody else read Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow?  I just recently finished it.  I'm expected to lead a couple of discussions at work about this.  Any suggestions on chapters/themes to focus on? (audience: mostly social workers)
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Post by: BmoreAkuma on March 12, 2014, 01:48:14 pm
The Art of the Advantage: 36 Strategies to Seize the Competitive Edge

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513EAw4%2BbhL.jpg)

I have a small Real Estate company where I am the sole guy and I am holding back (low funds in business accounts) to focus on building and brainstorming my plans towards my goals. It discuesses chinese princles and how many companies of today use it knowingly or unknowingly. The book is concise and breaks down each strat throughly. Once done I'll be focusing on the brain storming section. The book is meant to be used for education purposes in grad school. However Im not interested in going to grad school. I rather go either buy books for me to learn at my own pace and go to the library for free.


Prior to those I did read Powernomics

After that I've read Autobiography of Malcolm X

I may consider getting a book about economics from Thomas Sowell.

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Post by: Battle on March 13, 2014, 06:42:27 am
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Thanks for the recommendation.  Looks like a good read!
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Post by: Battle on March 27, 2014, 01:20:37 am
Humans controlling robots to fight battles for them isn't entirely a new thing. Ever since the days of Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, this has been the case. This is the magnum opus of mech stories that Hollywood has been teasing fans with movies such as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Robocop, Transformers, Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions, Aliens and Avatar for decades.

Battletech: Legend Of The Jade Phoenix Volume 3: Falcon Guard written by Robert Thurston, considered a sci-fi classic continues this trend. A third part in the story that takes place in the 31st Century in a galaxy far, far away...
...is actually a eugenics war set in the future between test tube babies called True Borns and babies of natural childbirth called Freeborns.

This volume is focused on a high ranking mechwarrior named Aiden Pryde who is demoted to a command whose orders are to whip into shape a group of aging mechwarrior pilots on the verge of retirement known as Falcon Guard.

(http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w184/Battle-D/HEFfasa_00_zpsd1eb316a.jpg)

Mechwarriors are so badass that when they retire or have a dispute, they go out in a blaze of glory called a Trial of Grievance which involves combat to the death seen here between Star Commander Summer Mandaka and Mechwarrior Rollan.

This book is an easy going read and it is fairly enjoyable.  I've been re-reading a few chapters, and putting it away for months but for you readers out there who like to do it all in one sitting, the option is there. This series was so hot, it eventually made the transition to a computer game. It's been 20 years already, when can we get to see an official MechWarrior movie???

MechWarrior 2 Intro (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X3GD0UnBCk#)

Cinematics by Digital Domain in Mechwarrior 2 published by Activision