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    Since my last two listens were a bit heavy, I've started Carter & Lovecraft, by Jonathan Howard, if a Lovecraftian fantasy can be considered light. It's shorter, at least.

    And physically, I'm reading The Pull of the Earth, a participatory ethnography by Laurie Thorp, in preparation for starting my own participatory ethnography, which will likely involve a middle school book club.
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    I've started Ready Player One, hoping to get through it before the movie comes out, and I have to ask those who have read it, am I terrible for thinking it is awful thus far? Does it ever turn into anything other than misguided eighties golden-age nostalgia? Should I just go back to telling kids to get off my lawn?
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    I've started Ready Player One, hoping to get through it before the movie comes out, and I have to ask those who have read it, am I terrible for thinking it is awful thus far? Does it ever turn into anything other than misguided eighties golden-age nostalgia? Should I just go back to telling kids to get off my lawn?
    I've tried to read it twice and couldn't get through it (and I'm a sucker for pointless nostalgia)

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    I just started chapter seven, and I'm sure something will happen soon.
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    Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America by Donald Miller. It's a beast at 700+ pages, but it's a super entertaining overview of everything New York in the '20s, from boxing and baseball to Prohibition to Lindbergh to radio to politics.
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    That was actually the next Dickens book I was going to read.
    I wish I had Dickens to read again.

    Reading “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett. Interesting and good book.
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    Walter Lippmann's "Public Opinion." Seemed timely. Interesting read thus far.

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    I recently finished Roosevelt in the Badlands by Herman Hagedorn. I read somewhere that Roosevelt gave Hagedorn complete access to his diaries to write this book. Hagedorn also talked to many of the people that knew Roosevelt in the Badlands to give an even more insightful commentary on him. TR was an amazing person. It just amazes me all he did in his lifetime. This was no small accomplishment either. By all accounts he threw himself into Cowboy life and was well accepted by all that were around which was no small fete. This was very well written book,which was written in 1921. It is of narrative variety and very interesting to anyone who is interested in that time in American history as well as TR himself. The version of this book was a free edition that Amazon had at one time with no illustrations. I don't think they offer it free any longer.

    https://www.amazon.com/Roosevelt-Lan...n+the+badlands

    The book I mentioned in an earlier post, Shoeless, was an excellent biography of Joe Jackson. As well as the 1919 Black Sox scandal. Many myths about Jackson and this scandal were refuted in this book.

    I am currently reading, Hamilton--A Life by William Randall Stearnes. This is the third book I have read by Stearnes. All of have been excellent and this is no different. I knew nothing about Hamilton other than he was killed in a duel by Aaron Burr. This is a very detailed book and it actually starts out with his duel with Burr and then goes on with his life from his beginnings in the Carribean. I am about half way through it and am very well pleased to this point by it.
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    I gave up on RP1 and started The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. Interesting tone, as if an old folk tale were fleshed out.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    I've started Ready Player One, hoping to get through it before the movie comes out, and I have to ask those who have read it, am I terrible for thinking it is awful thus far? Does it ever turn into anything other than misguided eighties golden-age nostalgia? Should I just go back to telling kids to get off my lawn?
    I really enjoy it, judging from all the hate it’s getting online that means I’m really dumb or something.

    I have played a lot of online games including multiple MMORPGs though, and am a huge fan of 80s culture, so it probably tickles my fancy more than most.

    If you don’t like it by page 20-30 you aren’t going to like the rest of the book.
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    I'll have another go at it later. Sometimes whether I like something depends on the mood I'm in. I hadn't realized that there was a lot of online hate; that makes me want to like it.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    I just started chapter seven, and I'm sure something will happen soon.
    So funny that I just saw this post. My wife said a little while ago, "This book is boring. It's chapter 6 and he's still busy world-building." Although she did just say that "stuff is happening now in chapter 8."

    For what it's worth, i read it a couple years ago and really enjoyed it.
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    Okay, so I have true crime addiction.

    Had never ever heard of the East Area Rapist or Original Night Stalker.....now known as the Golden State Killer....

    And now I'm reading "I'll Be Gone in the Dark..." by Michelle McNamara....

    What a twisted, demented dude. I never realized real life could be that scary...Jesus, this guy never got caught and what he did to people is truly terrifying beyond anything I've ever known.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cumberlandreds View Post
    I recently finished Roosevelt in the Badlands by Herman Hagedorn. I read somewhere that Roosevelt gave Hagedorn complete access to his diaries to write this book. Hagedorn also talked to many of the people that knew Roosevelt in the Badlands to give an even more insightful commentary on him. TR was an amazing person. It just amazes me all he did in his lifetime. This was no small accomplishment either. By all accounts he threw himself into Cowboy life and was well accepted by all that were around which was no small fete. This was very well written book,which was written in 1921. It is of narrative variety and very interesting to anyone who is interested in that time in American history as well as TR himself. The version of this book was a free edition that Amazon had at one time with no illustrations. I don't think they offer it free any longer.

    https://www.amazon.com/Roosevelt-Lan...n+the+badlands

    The book I mentioned in an earlier post, Shoeless, was an excellent biography of Joe Jackson. As well as the 1919 Black Sox scandal. Many myths about Jackson and this scandal were refuted in this book.

    I am currently reading, Hamilton--A Life by William Randall Stearnes. This is the third book I have read by Stearnes. All of have been excellent and this is no different. I knew nothing about Hamilton other than he was killed in a duel by Aaron Burr. This is a very detailed book and it actually starts out with his duel with Burr and then goes on with his life from his beginnings in the Carribean. I am about half way through it and am very well pleased to this point by it.
    Hamilton's and Jefferson's discourses are worthy of reading. Hamilton was a genius (literally) on Commerce.
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