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    Re: What are you reading now?

    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    Finally, a mild spoiler: I thought the events of the first epilogue likely took place in the clearing at the end of the path. Also, I thought the first (pre-epilogue) ending was appropriate, and the coda was, at least, interesting, and more open than it at first seemed.
    When I read Dark Tower VII several years ago, I yelled a bad word and threw the book across the room when I read the coda.

    Time has given me he perspective of that was probably about as good of an ending for the saga as I could have hoped for. Better than the rainbows and unicorns of a Star Wars ending.

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    Re: What are you reading now?

    Can anyone recommend a good war novel? Preferably World War II.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Degenerate39 View Post
    Can anyone recommend a good war novel? Preferably World War II.
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    'Gettysburg' by Stephen Sears. Informative, but slightly disappointing in that he doesn't spend too much time with any one character. A good overview. A lot of new information, but not a lot of new insights into personalities. But then I've read a ton of stuff on the subject. Lee doesn't come off well at all, and that's okay as far as I'm concerned. Meade and Hancock get the credit they deserve. It's a pity Hancock's not better known. He was a better general than many of the Confederates who became household names. His big problem was likely his post-war politics, which included a presidential run as a Democrat in which he was widely supported by former confederates.

    He was about as good a general as there was, though.
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    The Battle for Las Vegas, by Dennis Griffin. Short, but interesting history of the mob's involvement in the development of Las Vegas.

    Makes me want to watch Casino for the 100th time.

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    Getting re acquainted with my good friends Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. On Treason's Harbour at the moment.
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    Re: What are you reading now?

    Sears' Gettysburg covered Pickett's charge as well as I've seen it done.
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    Re: What are you reading now?

    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    Sears' Gettysburg covered Pickett's charge as well as I've seen it done.
    The Union troops covered it pretty well.
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    I finally finished Dreamcatcher. It is definitely my least favorite of Stephen King's work.

    I received Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King for Father's Day and just started it this afternoon.
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    Billy Lynn's Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain.

    A hallucinatory anti-war story of the US Army Bravo company, heroes of the Iraqi war, being "celebrated" at the halftime of a Dallas Cowboys game. I read all 306 pages in one day. Really great stuff.

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    Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. 2/3 Mad Men and 1/3 American Beauty. Picked it up at half price books because of the Kate Winslet Leo Dicaprio cover and was pleasantly surprised. Period piece of US suburbia in 1955. Pretty good.

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    Re: What are you reading now?

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    Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. 2/3 Mad Men and 1/3 American Beauty. Picked it up at half price books because of the Kate Winslet Leo Dicaprio cover and was pleasantly surprised. Period piece of US suburbia in 1955. Pretty good.
    Very suburban hell

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    'The Wicked Girls' by Alex Marwood. Reminds me a bit of Tana French's books. So far, I'd say this is the best mystery book I've read this year. Part of the story seems inspired by the 'Beautiful Creatures' case, but the details here are quite different. Two girls who killed another girl when they were eleven or twelve meet for the first time since. Both, after spending time locked away, have new identities and new lives, and their chance meeting at a crime scene threatens to tear those lives apart.
    "What would your feelings be, seriously, if your cat or your dog began to talk to you, and to dispute with you in human accents? You would be overwhelmed with horror. I am sure of it. And if the roses in your garden sang a weird song, you would go mad." --Arthur Machen

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    Re: What are you reading now?

    Just started I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb this afternoon. Only about 30 pages in, but this is one of those books that sucks you in from page one, at least so far.

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    Re: What are you reading now?

    I'm currently reading the first volume of Shelby Foote's trilogy of the Civil War. Its a good narrative but really almost overwhelming with information about the Civil War. I'll probably read the other two volumes later on. I'll need a break from the Civil War after this book. Also I'm reading it on my Kindle which the only way I could ever read this series. The books are too huge to carry around.
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