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    Just finished Popular Crime. I enjoyed it though at one point he writes about serial killers and i took a break.

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    Re: What are you reading now?

    American Gods by Neil Gaiman
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    finished "freedom" by jonathan franzen...feel like i've known walter and patty berglund all of my life.

    finished "wish you were here" stewart o'nan..1st of his books i've read. i'll search out more from the library.

    now reading "the story of charlotte's web: e.b. white's eccentric life in nature and the birth of an american classic" by michael sims...excellent.

    next up.."the lonely polygamist" by brady udall
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    Just got Surely You Must be Joking Mr. Feynman in the mail. 20 pages in, so far so good.

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    A friend got me started on the Dresden Files series. Sort of a grown up Harry Potter-ish kind of thing. lol! http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/dresden

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    Re: What are you reading now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetstop View Post
    finished "freedom" by jonathan franzen...feel like i've known walter and patty berglund all of my life.

    finished "wish you were here" stewart o'nan..1st of his books i've read. i'll search out more from the library.

    now reading "the story of charlotte's web: e.b. white's eccentric life in nature and the birth of an american classic" by michael sims...excellent.

    next up.."the lonely polygamist" by brady udall
    Freedom was impressive - reminds me a bit of Dostoevsky
    Thank goodness for baseball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickOff View Post
    Freedom was impressive - reminds me a bit of Dostoevsky
    well, it definitely made me feel like i needed to read something substantial and all encompassing as a followup. franzen doesn't miss anything.

    i also felt much empathy and discomfort there in the trenches of the berglund's marriage.

    i liked "mistakes were made" autobiography of patty berglund by patty bergland.

    btw, i'm pretty sure we have a pair of cerulean warblers that summer in our "wild wood". 1
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    Re: What are you reading now?

    Just picked up Game of Thrones and Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. Haven't started yet. Anyone read the series?

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    Quote Originally Posted by izzy's dad View Post
    Just picked up Game of Thrones and Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. Haven't started yet. Anyone read the series?
    Yes, very, very good series. Complicated at first, refer to the appendix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by izzy's dad View Post
    Just picked up Game of Thrones and Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. Haven't started yet. Anyone read the series?
    Spoiler alerts in this thread...

    http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=87947

    Also some conversation here w/o any spoilers:

    http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=85846

    I believe there is also some discussion on this very same thread buried however many pages back.

    Additionally, when you're 300 pages into it and can't figure out who's who, don't worry that seems to be a common reaction. Give it another 150 pages and you'll have it all figured out. It was definently fun to read, I'm about 25% thru the 2nd book now.

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    Just finished Augustus by John Edward Williams, a criminally underrated American author. Though he did win a National Book Award, his stuff rates in the top tier of contemporary American literature. Admittedly, his understated tone and bleak denouements are right in my wheelhouse, but I still don't understand why he isn't more highly thought of. I suppose his modest output - three mature novels and two books of poetry - play a role.

    Up next Halberstam's The Powers That Be, followed by Nelson Algren's, another underrated author, The Neon Wilderness.
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    I finished reading Campy by Neil Lanctot. Very good biography of baseball player Roy Campanella. I never knew a lot about him other than he was one of best catchers in MLB history and that he had the unfortunate accident that left him a quadrapeligic. The author goes into very good detail about his upbringing and the challenges he faced then of being a child of a mixed race. His mother was black and father was Italian. He follows his path through the old Negro Leagues and finally getting the opportunity in MLB after they integrated in 1947. There was a lot about the rift between he and Jackie Robinson that never fully healed. Also the tragedy of his life when he became a quadrapeligic due to an automobile accident in January of 1958. It ended somewhat abruptly I thought, as there wasn't a lot about his life after the accident. But the author implied that his third wife really protected and shielded him from things. So most events of his life afterwards is not known. Also Campy was probably very hard to write in that Camapanella often contradicted himself in what he told the public. I'm sure it took a lot of detective work by the author to find the truth in some things. All in all a very good book of you like sports biographies and highly recommended.
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    Re: What are you reading now?

    Quote Originally Posted by izzy's dad View Post
    Just picked up Game of Thrones and Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. Haven't started yet. Anyone read the series?
    I agree with everyone else. I got half way through book 1 and went ahead and got the series. It has flat out sucked me in.
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