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Old 12-02-2011, 12:07 PM   #1871
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I am on SUCH a good roll with books lately. Recently read:
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candace Millard
All three VERY different and all three excellent!
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:11 PM   #1872
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Finished reading The Demon Queen and the Locksmith by Spencer Baum. Not at all what I was expecting and I love it for that. The tone of the book was somewhere between a classic mystery novel, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and a dream. The subject of the book was part comic book, part japanese "attack of the mutant such and such", part old mystery radio show, and part folk tales of the New Mexico dessert, only done in a way that's not nearly as cheesey as that makes it sound.

The writing was good and the story was well paced. I was able to predict some things but there were twists I didn't see coming, which is rare to find in a book anymore. The characters could have been a tiny bit more developed but definitely weren't two dimensional and were fairly easy to relate to. They were also quirky, a little weird, but believably so. I believe it was self published, so no editor, but there were only two mistakes that I remember, both along the lines of doubling up on a word. The author was refreshingly proficient with the rules of grammer.

Overall it was an extremely enjoyable read and it was free for the kindle app. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes non magic based fantasy, fantasy set in modern times, old mystery radiow shows and crazy conspiracy theories about aliens, mutents, government coverups of giant mutant animals, etc. Or even just to someone looking for something a little different.

Next on the list is The Labrynth, by Kenneth McDonald.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:26 PM   #1873
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End In Tears a Chief Inspector Wexford mystery by Ruth Rendell. I love her books.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:53 PM   #1874
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16 research papers (about 500 pages) on distributed sensor networks. ZZZZZZ
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Old 12-02-2011, 04:28 PM   #1875
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Just finished "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky, and am about to start "Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World" by the same author.

If you haven't read the "Salt" book, it's a good one. You'll never look at salt the same way again.
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Old 12-02-2011, 04:49 PM   #1876
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Just finished "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky, and am about to start "Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World" by the same author.

If you haven't read the "Salt" book, it's a good one. You'll never look at salt the same way again.

He is an interesting guy!

If you have not read it already try Food of a Younger Land.
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:34 AM   #1877
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Just finished "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky, and am about to start "Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World" by the same author.

If you haven't read the "Salt" book, it's a good one. You'll never look at salt the same way again.
That was the book that started my love affair with Salt...drives Shrek nuts when I can tell him where and how that salt he just ate was showing up on his food.
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That was the book that started my love affair with Salt...drives Shrek nuts when I can tell him where and how that salt he just ate was showing up on his food.
No surprise--you keep him locked up when you're at work.
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No surprise--you keep him locked up when you're at work.
So he doesn't scare the neighbor kids...

I'm such a brat!
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:05 AM   #1880
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didya know, bradbury's fahrenheit 451 is now available as an ebook! as a rule, i don't do a lot of rereads, but fahrenheit is one i look forward to reading again. wonder if there will be a dated feel to it....
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