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Offline Curtis Metcalf

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What are we reading?
« on: September 14, 2006, 10:46:17 am »
Another resurrection from the old forum:

Here's what I've read lately:
  • See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism - Robert Baer
    The memoirs of a CIA field officer in the middle east.  Syriana is based on this book.  All I can say is no wonder our government doesn't seem to know anything about what's going on over there. 
  • The Wave - Walter Mosley
    His latest science fiction effort.  Interesting but I liked Futureland better. 
  • Soul City - Toure
    "Toure is a New Jack Ishmael Reed" -- blurb from our kind host.  I concur.
  • Freakonomics - Steven Leavitt and Stephen J. Dubner
    Fascinating book that we've talked about elsewhere on the forum.  Don't be daunted by the subject matter, it's an easy read.
  • Blink - Malcolm Gladwell
    Gladwell is becoming one of my favorite public intellectuals.  The Tipping Point was great.  This is very good.  I hadn't realized that his mother is Jamaican.
  • Zorro - Isabel Allende
    Great read by a great writer.
  • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies -- Alexander McCall Smith
    The latest in his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series set in Botswana.  I just started but it's comparable to the rest of the series.  I always thought this would make an interesting TV series like the Hercule Poirot series or the Maigret series.

Next up: The Known World -- Edward Jones
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #1 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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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2006, 11:26:07 am »
"The Millionaire Next Door" by Thomas J. Stanley

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3 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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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4 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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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5 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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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #6 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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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #7 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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« Reply #8 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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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #9 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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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2006, 06:21:29 am »
So far the Wastelands is my favorite part.
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« Reply #11 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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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2006, 10:59:18 am »
People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard ZinnĀ 
 
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« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2006, 01:25:09 pm »
People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard ZinnĀ 

That's a really good book to pick up and dive into.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2006, 03:02:22 pm »
I'm reading Toya's comment right now.


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