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I suddenly want this book.

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No shit, huh? I wonder if Shoe really read it, or if it was a family history.

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No shit, huh? I wonder if Shoe really read it, or if it was a family history.


No mention of hypertrichosis, though so it's probably only his father's side.

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There is a reason why this is considered a classic of the post-apocalypse genre. It's fantastic. A very realistic look at the year following a 1960s-era nuclear war that is neither relentlessly bleak nor naively hopeful. It doesn't take the long-term view of what my be my favorite book in the genre, Earth Abides, but it's short-term look at how some people in a town far from the blast centers fared is wonderful. If you like the genre, read this.

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Read it in a single sitting. Granted, it's only about 144 pages, but still...

Music fans, if you are not familiar with the 33 1/3 series, you need to be. It's a series of books each of which focus on a single album. Lead up to the album, the recording, the art behind it, the response, the legacy. This one is about My Bloody Valentine's Loveless. There are 80+ others. Check the link I posted. You WILL find some about albums you love.

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A Christmas present from the Ol' Ball-and-Chain's father (who's so excited I'm sailing, and we've finally got something in common, that he hasn't even called me "the commie pinko bastard" in the last few years). About an Australian yacht race where a hurricane hit. Not particularly technical, and it does a good job of explaining the few technical things it says. Easy, enthralling read. Finished in about three days.

The Ol' Ball-and-Chain is NEVER allowed to read this. I'd never go on a boat race again.


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Another in the 33 1/3 series, about Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over the Sea. It really reads more like a full band biography than a document of just this one record, but then, they only ever put out two records.

Anyway, if you like this album, get this book.

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Shoe is right, the 33 1/3 series is great. I have the ones for Tom Waits Swordfishtrombone, and The Minutemen Double Nickels On The Dime, both excellent.

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The Tom Waits one is in my queue! Can't wait for it.

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They were giving away copies of this at my local multiplex (a weird quirk of my particular theater...they seem to give out books every other week or so), so I gave it a shot. Meh. Generic fantasy stuff, with the usual Twilight "do I choose the hot, brooding dangerous guy or the meek doormat best friend?" romantic triangle shit and an overall plot structure that's straight-up Star Wars (even throwing in the Return Of The Jedi twist that makes said triangle deeply icky in retrospect). The second-hand nature of the plotting and characterization wouldn't bother me if I were fifteen and I hadn't seen these archetypes done to death in dozens of books and movies already. It's not horribly-written or anything, but it's just kind of bland. No desire to read any further books in the series.

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Pretty good like the rest of the series.

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A nice mix of noir and science fiction.

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An enlightening account of the struggles that almost stopped the colonization of America before it ever got started.

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Re-read the first three HHGTTG books in the hospital, and half the third.

Fun. Especially when you're reading in stretches from five minutes to two hours, since you've got a new infant and a wife who's just been through major surgery that both require attention at odd intervals.


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I have long had a fascinations with hobos and the idea of ditching life to ride the rails. I've daydreamed about it to the point where I almost considered it. Never did, of course, but my fascination with the hobo life never left me.

In 1980, author Ted Conover, a young college student, hopped the rails and rode them for a summer. This is his first-person account of that experience.

It's a sad account, not at all romanticized, looking at the quirky, odd, and often broken people who ride he rails. I liked it. Thumbs up.

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Is it hoboes or hobos? I prefer hobos.

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Hobos. This guy is an idiot.

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Great book.

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Great book.


That's an understatement. I love this book so much.

For Christmas this year, my wife got me a hardback edition of Something Wiciked as well as Dandelion Wine and The Illustrated Man.

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Read that out loud to Shoe Jr. many years ago. Also read it on my honeymoon. And when I was a teenager. And a few other times.

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Cary - was that one volume with all three books, or separate volumes? Either way, this would be a beautiful book to own hardbound, and stands among Bradbury's finest work.

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They are separate. Apparently they came out a couple of years ago or so and K had seen me looking at this one at Barnes and Noble. The only one she didn't find was The Martian Chronicles and I"m pretty sure I'll end up with that one for my birthday or something.

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The Bradbury book I really really really REALLY want is, unfortunately, stupidly, stupidly expensive.

But just look at it. Look at that TABLE OF CONTENTS! A whole book's worth of previously unpublished Martian stories once intended for the book. Amazing.

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That Bradbury book does look amazing. How about this set?

http://www.abebooks.com/books/Fahrenhei ... bury.shtml

I had a chance to buy that asbestos bound Fahrenheit 451 for $400 long ago. Guess I should have not eaten that month instead of passing on it!

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I understand why it's a classic but the writing is atrocious.

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I understand why it's a classic but the writing is atrocious.


It's a pretty hard slog of a book. The writing on Frankenstein is far superior.

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I understand why it's a classic but the writing is atrocious.


It's a pretty hard slog of a book. The writing on Frankenstein is far superior.


Stoker can be a tough read but I do like his books overall. I've read Dracula a few times, The Mystery of the Sea, The Jewel of the Seven Stars and The Lair of the White Worm. The latter is easily my least favorite.

The Mystery of the Sea is insane. It's part supernatural thriller, part political thriller, part love story and part treasure hunter adventure and it breaks down in chunks just like that. It's like he changed his mind four times while writing it.

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Reading Chandler again. In backwards order, just because fuck it, why not? And also because I started by reading Poodle Springs which he began but someone else finished. Read Playback and The Long Goodbye (sometimes my answer when asked the impossible question "What's your favorite book?"). Now somewhere in The Little Sister.

If you haven't noticed when I recommended Chandler before, I'm recommending him again.


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I haven't read a Star Wars book in years but this cover was too good to pass up.


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