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    I finished Casino Royale by Ian Fleming today. Hated the first half of the book and loved the second half.

    Started on Coraline by Neil Gaiman today. About two pages into it and I'm really enjoying it.
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    Re: What are you reading now?

    Having a fourth read through Patrick O'Brian's series. It's been a while since the last time. Currently about halfway through Post Captain.
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    Just about to finish "The Yiddish Policeman's Union." Not as good as "The Adventures of Kavalier and Klay," but solid enough read.

    I was thrown off by the fake historical event that led to the setting but eventually figured that out and I've liked it pretty well.
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    Re: What are you reading now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoosier Red View Post
    Just about to finish "The Yiddish Policeman's Union." Not as good as "The Adventures of Kavalier and Klay," but solid enough read.

    I was thrown off by the fake historical event that led to the setting but eventually figured that out and I've liked it pretty well.
    Really liked that one too, and agree that it's not quite up to "Kavalier and Clay" standards. Very glad I discovered Chabon a few years ago; he's one of my favorite authors now.
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    I'm trying to read A Clockwork Orange but it feels like a hassle to get through.
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    I just finished the original scroll of On The Road. I'd never read the original, so I read it more as a memoir than as a novel.

    Maybe I'm ignorant of the influence of the beat culture. I don't quite understand the "Great American Novel" tag it gets. Does this book really resonate with anyone here, and would you care to explain?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WildcatFan View Post
    I just finished the original scroll of On The Road. I'd never read the original, so I read it more as a memoir than as a novel.

    Maybe I'm ignorant of the influence of the beat culture. I don't quite understand the "Great American Novel" tag it gets. Does this book really resonate with anyone here, and would you care to explain?
    When you say the original scroll, do you mean the version that's all one long paragraph with almost no punctuation? If so, you might have had a more positive experience with the more "normal" version of that book.

    I'd say it certainly resonated with me when I was younger (in my teens), especially the notion of being on your own in strange places, traveling, meeting interesting people, etc. There's an energy to the book that was appealing to me back then. You have this theme of traveling and moving west, which makes it an easy fit into the "great American novel" category. However, that book reads much differently to me now than it did then. Now it seems like a much sadder book about looking for absentee father-figures (and never finding them).

    I teach On the Road in my American Lit. classes, and it's definitely one of the books where the students either love it or don't get it at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NebraskaRed View Post
    When you say the original scroll, do you mean the version that's all one long paragraph with almost no punctuation? If so, you might have had a more positive experience with the more "normal" version of that book.
    Yea, that one. I didn't know that's what it was until it came in from amazon.

    I get what you mean about resonating more with teenagers. To me it was more about the danger of prolonged adolescence. Neil (Dean) was really sad to me.
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    Having a fourth read through Patrick O'Brian's series. It's been a while since the last time. Currently about halfway through Post Captain.
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    I read Blockade Billy by Stephen King last night in one sitting. I really like the story but it was too damn short. Would've been nice to see some of the games more in-depth and some more of what Billy did between games. The ending was a tad predictable but it wasn't bad.
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    Just started Difficult Men by Brett Martin. It's about the creation and development of The Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men. Really interesting so far.

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    Reading Wizard of Lies about Bernie Madoff. Very interesting, but I'm still amazed how little we know about how he was able to do what he did, and when it started. I'm not sure where Madoff lands on the list of worst people to have lived in the past 100 years, but he's definitely in consideration for a pretty high ranking. And I don't think he feels any guilt about it either. If he does, it's about the impact to his family and his son's suicide. I don't think he cares one iota about the lives he ruined of everyday folks.
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    I'm trying to read A Clockwork Orange but it feels like a hassle to get through.
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    Re: What are you reading now?

    Reading - July 1914: Countdown to War, Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer and just finished Forging Genius: The Making of Casey Stengel. Leafing through Lee Allen's Cooperstown Corner at night.

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    Re: What are you reading now?

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Reading - July 1914: Countdown to War, Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer and just finished Forging Genius: The Making of Casey Stengel. Leafing through Lee Allen's Cooperstown Corner at night.
    I happen to be reading Lee Allen's "The Cincinnati Reds" now.
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