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    Re: What are you reading now?

    I'm listening to The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron and reading A Princess of Mars. The Aaron book is pretty good so far and I'm enjoying Edgar Rice Burroughs' writing even if it is a bit dated.

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    Re: What are you reading now?

    Wow, I am really surprised that The Art of Fielding has mostly lukewarm reception on this board (with a couple of exceptions). I've heard only the most glowing things about it. It's on my list, definitely.

    I'm still piddling through my first Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, which I think I posted about a gajillion months ago on this board. I'm almost done, partly because it has gotten better (just BLOW UP THE DAMN BRIDGE ALREADY), and partly because I'm eager to get to the Coco Chanel biography.
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    Re: What are you reading now?

    Quote Originally Posted by vaticanplum View Post
    Wow, I am really surprised that The Art of Fielding has mostly lukewarm reception on this board (with a couple of exceptions). I've heard only the most glowing things about it. It's on my list, definitely.

    I'm still piddling through my first Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, which I think I posted about a gajillion months ago on this board. I'm almost done, partly because it has gotten better (just BLOW UP THE DAMN BRIDGE ALREADY), and partly because I'm eager to get to the Coco Chanel biography.
    For me "The Art of Fielding" was mediocre at best. It starts out so promising, but about 1/3 of the way through it stops being a good baseball book and becomes something else. Some of the themes in the story are very "adult." Not that I couldn't deal with it, or even disagree with some of the things that occur, but they feel so forced. I also found that, by the end of the book I hated the main character. Others may feel differently, but my opinion is that 1/3 of the book is an above average baseball story, and the other 2/3 of the book is an overly complicated, and poorly written love story.
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    A good walk spoiled. - I am a bit behind on my reading list.

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    I could see someone being disappointed if they went into The Art of Fielding thinking it was a baseball book.
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    Speaking of baseball, it's a travesty that I haven't read "Boys of Summer" until now, but I'm about to start it.

    Also, "Slam" by Nick Hornby. It's billed as a "young adult" novel and while I haven't fit into that category for quite some time, I'm a fan of Hornby's other work so I'm going to give it a try.
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    Re: What are you reading now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsfaithful View Post
    I could see someone being disappointed if they went into The Art of Fielding thinking it was a baseball book.
    I remember being very excited when my eleventh grade teacher told us we would be reading Catcher in the Rye. I was hoping it was a baseball book, but I ended up enjoying the book anyway.

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    I hadn't read any reviews for The Art of Fielding, so yup I thought it was a "baseball" book. At it's core it is a story about baseball and baseball players, but I really wasn't expecting the book to develop the way it did. I guess I should've read more about it before buying it. I just didn't enjoy it. It's just my opinion, I was just trying to save someone else from having to slug through the whole thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichRed View Post
    Speaking of baseball, it's a travesty that I haven't read "Boys of Summer" until now, but I'm about to start it.
    I read it a long time ago. It's certainly worth your time. One of the best books, not just baseball, I have ever read.
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    I am almost finished reading this now. This is a good book to read if you cannot read a lot in one sitting. Multiple short story's of Tom Browning's life/career.

    http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Brownings-.../dp/1596700467

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    Re: What are you reading now?

    Quote Originally Posted by goreds2 View Post
    I am almost finished reading this now. This is a good book to read if you cannot read a lot in one sitting. Multiple short story's of Tom Browning's life/career.

    http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Brownings-.../dp/1596700467

    A must (easy) read for any Reds fan. But in reading I just don't think Browning was as candid as I would have liked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonelong View Post
    A good walk spoiled. - I am a bit behind on my reading list.
    Love this book. Feinstein has unfortunately turned into an ass these days, but this was him at his best. Fun read.
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    Re: What are you reading now?

    The Mental Game of Baseball by H. A. Dorfman.
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    Fame is man given: be thankful.
    Conceit is self given: be careful.

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    My son is reading The Mental ABC's of Pitching by Dorfman.
    Talent is God Given: be humble.
    Fame is man given: be thankful.
    Conceit is self given: be careful.

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