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Major Tool
01-28-2011, 04:09 PM
I may have mentioned before that I am an avid fan of the ghost stories of M.R. James. I've probably read all of his short stories and novelettes at least three times over.

At the moment I am once again enjoying his ghostly tales of the late 1800s and early 1900s in the excellent "The Collection of Supernatural and Weird Fiction of M.R. James".

If you enjoy having the hair stand up on the back of your neck, spooky atmosphere, and clean hyperbole-free prose, M.R. James is the author for you.

Recommended

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Yt Trash
01-28-2011, 11:54 PM
Twitter Wit- Brilliance in 140 Characters or fewer.

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Dr. Girlfriend
01-29-2011, 03:04 AM
On my Kindle right now is Marie Antoinette: The Journey - It's an unusual look at the private life of Marie Antoinette. Just started it during the storm on Wednesday so I should be finished by the end of the weekend. Good so far.



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Godfather
01-29-2011, 08:24 AM
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Matterhorn

This is a fictional book about a young Lt. in Vietnam written by an actual veteran. It's fantastically written in terms of the authors literary skill and the subject matter/story itself. Really captivating book that gives you a bottom-up look at the war for many angles. It is anti-war but not anti-America or preachy. It just shows the horror and ridiculousness of it all. The events and characters are just fantastic. Gives you a new appreciation for the war, even if you've already read/watched a lot about it.

The book is up for some major awards and was named to several lists of books of the year - in no small part because of how well it is written. This isn't your average war novel. I strongly recommend anyone who likes war books or is interested in historical fiction and the Vietnam war to check out this book.

redred
01-29-2011, 08:07 PM
http://i.imgur.com/TJMSz.jpg

it's a good book covers the history , rules of what can be called a cider and where to find good pubs plus how to make it

Goofy
01-30-2011, 09:14 AM
http://i.imgur.com/TJMSz.jpg

it's a good book covers the history , rules of what can be called a cider and where to find good pubs plus how to make it

The only way to get redred reading is to make a book about cider :lol:

redred
01-30-2011, 12:27 PM
it's my hobby8-[

Yt Trash
01-30-2011, 01:17 PM
The only way to get redred reading is to make a book about cider :lol:

I've been trying to read more. I've tried to pick up some novels, and even short stories about shows I like(Dexter or True Blood) and I just can't get into it them. So I been starting with these funny or even silly books to just get into habit of it all.

Slowly but surely it's working, I'm reading more now than ever before. Still can't get into the big books yet.


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Hal-9000
01-30-2011, 07:35 PM
Two books right now....Mel Profit For Love, Money and Future Considerations (about Canadian Football Players in the 70's)

and

North American Folk Healing (a Reader's Digest hardcover about...umm...witchcraft :lol:)

PapaZ
01-30-2011, 08:46 PM
I'm ashamed to say that the only things I read anymore is periodicals. I used to be an avid science fiction reader... Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Aurthur C. Clark, Philip K. Dick just to name a few. Now, if I read more than a page or two I fall asleep. :sleepy:

Goofy
01-30-2011, 08:51 PM
I've been trying to read more. I've tried to pick up some novels, and even short stories about shows I like(Dexter or True Blood) and I just can't get into it them. So I been starting with these funny or even silly books to just get into habit of it all.

I'm a big reader of autobiographies......... sportsmen and gangsters being my favourites :) I quite like Dan Browns books, have read all of them

Yt Trash
01-30-2011, 09:10 PM
I used to read, I've read the Dan Brown books and a few John Grisham books, but ever since my kids were born I hadn't picked up a book in a while. Just started it again... so I'll work my way into the novels.

Dr. Girlfriend
01-31-2011, 01:38 AM
I'm ashamed to say that the only things I read anymore is periodicals. I used to be an avid science fiction reader... Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Aurthur C. Clark, Philip K. Dick just to name a few. Now, if I read more than a page or two I fall asleep. :sleepy:

I've read Asimov's "I, Robot", Papa... a must read if you like sci-fi!

I've also read an abridged version of Arthur C. Clark's "Sentinel" and a movie book adaptation of "2001" but I probably should read more of his fiction.

The good thing about a snowy weekend, is that I spent all day inside today finishing off that "Marie Antoinette" book. Didn't end as well as it started. :|

Dr. Girlfriend
01-31-2011, 01:43 AM
Downloaded this to my Kindle, going to start on it now:

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H.P. Lovecraft - "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward"

DemonGeminiX
02-01-2011, 02:01 AM
I'm kinda stuck on Dean Koontz right now.

Foxdana
02-01-2011, 08:24 AM
I'm kinda stuck on Dean Koontz right now.

I've read almost all of his, my absolute favourite was "Dark rivers of the heart" closely followed by "Strangers"

I'm reading 'The Stand' by Stephen King again at the moment

Teh One Who Knocks
02-01-2011, 12:02 PM
I'm kinda stuck on Dean Koontz right now.

Him and King are my all-time 2 favorite horror authors :thumbsup:

Teh One Who Knocks
02-01-2011, 12:03 PM
I've read almost all of his, my absolute favourite was "Dark rivers of the heart" closely followed by "Strangers"

I'm reading 'The Stand' by Stephen King again at the moment

I love The Stand....a truly scary book in many parts of it

Foxdana
02-01-2011, 12:05 PM
Have you tried Richard Laymon? A very twisted soul, atleast he had an outlet with his writing, or he would have been a serial killer I think!!

Teh One Who Knocks
02-01-2011, 05:06 PM
Have you tried Richard Laymon? A very twisted soul, atleast he had an outlet with his writing, or he would have been a serial killer I think!!

The name sounds really familiar :-k

I'll look when I get home from work at my books

Pony
02-02-2011, 11:10 PM
A lot of similar tastes , I love sci-fi. Asimov, Larry Niven etc. Also Dean Koontz, Steven King, Micheal Crichton, Greg Bear....

Damn, I need to get my laptop back or I'm gonna need to make a trip to Half Priced books.

I think the last thing I read was something by Asimov.

Major Tool
02-03-2011, 02:51 AM
Dean Koonce and Stephen King are both good. I've enjoyed many of their stories. But they are both derivative of their predecessors. I'm serious, if you want to give your brain a good workout and read real literature and get some chills going at the same time, try M.R. James or even Henry James ("Turn of the Screw") or even Washington Irving.

PapaZ
02-04-2011, 11:56 AM
I've read Asimov's "I, Robot", Papa... a must read if you like sci-fi!

I've also read an abridged version of Arthur C. Clark's "Sentinel" and a movie book adaptation of "2001" but I probably should read more of his fiction.

The good thing about a snowy weekend, is that I spent all day inside today finishing off that "Marie Antoinette" book. Didn't end as well as it started. :|


A lot of similar tastes , I love sci-fi. Asimov, Larry Niven etc. Also Dean Koontz, Steven King, Micheal Crichton, Greg Bear....

Damn, I need to get my laptop back or I'm gonna need to make a trip to Half Priced books.

I think the last thing I read was something by Asimov.

You two rounded out my list... I just had a brain fart and forgot to list them. Asimov should have been first on my list as I read tons of his stuff. After seeing "2001" at the theater I had to go out and buy the book... just to figure out what I had just seen. :lol:

Shady
02-04-2011, 11:18 PM
Besides reading a bunch of textbooks, I'm just about done with Letters To A Young Chef by Daniel Boulud.

Sharktopus
02-06-2011, 02:53 AM
Stephen King, Koonce and Asimov rock. Never heard of Mr James, will have to check that out.

Right now I'm reading Frank Barron's What Fish Don't Want You to Know: An Insider's Guide to Freshwater Fishing

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Major Tool
02-06-2011, 10:25 PM
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Dr. Girlfriend
02-12-2011, 01:59 AM
http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n59/n296654.jpg

Funny book. Anna David lived the life I had in my dreams.

Hal-9000
02-12-2011, 07:06 PM
Excellent book about the formation of a new type of unit and how effective they were during the Vietnam conflict.

(13 cents was the cost of one round)

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Pony
02-12-2011, 08:16 PM
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Vixen
02-12-2011, 08:31 PM
not reading anything at the mo but I've just picked up a Maeve Binchy book up The Copper Beech I think it's called, she's an irish novelitist who manages to pull me into the story and get me hooked.

Favourite authors so far have been Stephen King (not read all of them just a handful) James Herbert's Fluke and The Survivor,

....Catherine Cookson, Judith Krantz, Virginia Andrews and Maeve Binchy.....obviously they're the chick books and nowt you men folk would be into reading

Starchild
02-15-2011, 05:47 PM
James Patterson - London Bridges

Joebob034
02-15-2011, 07:14 PM
I actually started it a long time ago but read it in bits here and there

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Hikari Kisugi
02-18-2011, 03:45 PM
Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks.

A superb culture novel, very much enjoyed it, very entertaining ships as usual, and a well fleshed out story.
Star of the show has to be the Picket Ship, Falling Outside The Normal Moral Constraints and its avatar, Demiesen.
Certainly recommend this boo to anyone who has read any of banks culture work.

Midnight_Beacon
02-20-2011, 06:08 AM
I read The Girl who Kicked the Dragon books, then Eat Pray Love, The Blind Side & part of the Recluse series - The Colors of Chaos.

LittleDevil
02-20-2011, 03:20 PM
Just finished reading Incendiary by Chris Cleave. I just started Little Bee by the same author.

RBP
02-22-2011, 06:18 PM
Just finished "The Shack"

lost in melb.
02-22-2011, 10:44 PM
I"m reading a pictoral history of the 21st century - it's a meaty tome full of photographs with captions underneath.

Godfather
02-23-2011, 12:05 AM
The Bear and the Dragon - Tom Clancy. Not too far in, just a good fun read.

and

Rise Again - Ben Tripp - Zombie book, again an easy read but pretty cool all the same. About halfway done and just started it yesterday :lol:

Griffin
02-23-2011, 04:05 AM
just started this one.

http://www.stephenking.com/images/coming_soon/full_dark_no_stars/fdns_full.jpg

Shady
02-23-2011, 09:40 AM
Currently reading Medium Raw written by Anthony Bourdain.

Hal-9000
02-23-2011, 04:43 PM
just started this one.

http://www.stephenking.com/images/coming_soon/full_dark_no_stars/fdns_full.jpg

:lol:

I found that one lacking in substance

Mick
02-26-2011, 01:45 AM
trying to get through sara douglass's Axis Trilogy, slow going so far.

Yt Trash
02-26-2011, 01:52 AM
Darkly Dreaming Dexter, by Jeff Lindsay Books the Dexter Series is based on.

RBP
02-26-2011, 03:31 AM
Almost done with "Wrestling with our Inner Angels"

RBP
02-26-2011, 08:10 PM
Now reading "Cracked: Putting broken lives together again" by Dr. Drew Pinsky

Dr. Girlfriend
03-13-2011, 03:31 AM
http://www.theopenbookwhb.com/files/theopenbook/sing_you_home.jpg

What an emotional ride. Whew!

Kulkan
03-22-2011, 12:39 PM
I read The Girl who Kicked the Dragon books, then Eat Pray Love, The Blind Side & part of the Recluse series - The Colors of Chaos.

Recluse Series is incredible in my opinion, best to start the series in chronological order though, makes alot more sense. He wrote them all over the place time wise but if you slot them in order it makes it even better.


trying to get through sara douglass's Axis Trilogy, slow going so far.

This series i enjoyed, but it's a bit strange, gets slow in some places and then great in others, not your typical fantasy to say the least. But the ending, was so very strange in my opinion.


The Bear and the Dragon - Tom Clancy. Not too far in, just a good fun read.

Haven't read that one yet, read a fair amount of his other John Clarke and Andrew Ryan ones though. The first one with John Clark i found the best, really enjoyed it.


I am currently reading Rynn's World, by Steve Parker. Not a bad book so far.

Am heavily into Sci fi and Fantasy, have read other genres, not really many though.

Been reading alot of the Warhammer 40k sci fi authors in the last 2 years, and there are some pretty great authors amongst them. Would recommend anything by Dan Abnett, the man is a brilliant sci fi author who can get the gritty reality of war across really well.

Lambchop
04-16-2011, 06:02 PM
Starting this tonight:

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Then the LotR books.

Cactus
05-27-2011, 12:22 AM
Just started this

http://i.imgur.com/iJe1W.jpg

I read their SNL book and enjoyed it. Hope this one is just as good.

RBP
05-27-2011, 12:27 AM
Just finished Exuberance by Kay Redfield Jamison

http://i.imgur.com/EAjHx.jpg

Hal-9000
05-27-2011, 01:05 AM
Just finished a bit of fluff by Dean Koontz called Breathless and am reading The Heavy Guitar Bible by Richard Daniels

Dr Death
06-02-2011, 10:37 AM
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61BtpQ95N7L._SS500_.jpg

Not much of a reader really...never was...but I've decided since I haven't really read anything in decades I thought I'd give it a go again.
Just started reading The Hobbit (by J.R.R. Tolkien) for the first time a few days ago. I'm about half way through it now (reading a couple of chapters a night in bed after work) and I've really enjoyed it so far. Been on a Tolkien kick lately after watching the Lord of the Ring trilogy recently! :lol:

SmoothBob
06-17-2011, 12:46 PM
http://www.jambands.com/images/2011/02/10/26799/Life-Keith-Richards-300x300-353x.jpg

And it is brilliant! Couple o green smokes and a few chapters, fantastic!

SmoothBob
07-09-2011, 09:18 AM
Game o thrones, is very very good

Joebob034
09-02-2011, 01:47 PM
one of my favorite comedians, but not as funny in book form

http://www.audiobooksonline.com/media/Me-of-Little-Faith-Lewis-Black-unabridged-compact-discs-Penguin-audiobooks.jpg

redred
09-05-2011, 03:24 PM
MY APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION: SEX, DRUGS AND GUNS N ROSES

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i've done slash's and axles so this was next i think duff has one coming soon as well so that will be on the list to buy

next to read is

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all about the Haçienda night club in manchester
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ha%C3%A7ienda

SmoothBob
09-05-2011, 11:49 PM
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51uB90%2BxrSL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

120 pages in and is very good!

Cactus
12-04-2011, 09:13 PM
I am about to start this. Its a friend of mines second book. Its a dark comedy about a detective with a bunch of pop-culture references. Not too bad.
http://i.imgur.com/mWo9B.jpg (http://imgur.com/mWo9B)

beowulf
12-04-2011, 10:42 PM
ringworld throne by larry niven was the last book


currently reading a history of tank warefare since WW1

redred
12-07-2011, 03:52 PM
just finished

http://i.imgur.com/m4YOp.jpg

and i have this waiting under the christmas tree

http://www.guitarworld.com/files/imce-images/duff.jpg

i've read the other books from the original line up of GnR so i what to hear duffs side of the story

Arkady Renko
12-07-2011, 04:00 PM
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51uB90%2BxrSL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

120 pages in and is very good!

you done by now? I liked that one a lot, too.

redred
01-07-2012, 07:59 PM
http://www.guitarworld.com/files/imce-images/duff.jpg

i've read the other books from the original line up of GnR so i what to hear duffs side of the story

just finished ,very good book ,one of my favorite parts was after duff was trying to get cleaned up after his pancreas burst and he hook up with some pro mountain bikers to train with ,he goes to meet them one sunday morning after they've had a party


one of the bikers said "oh man,i'm so hungover"
"what did you guys do last night"i asked
"we partied like rockstars!"
"huh"i said"what do you mean"
" i drank a whole 6 pack by myself"said the hungover man

duff then went on to explain who he was how much he use to drink which included throwing up then drinking that because he knew it would still have alcohol still in it

there faces dropped

"yeah " said the guy"we partied like mountain bikers last night"

redred
01-12-2012, 02:14 PM
http://i.imgur.com/ZdIHl.jpg (http://imgur.com/ZdIHl)

don't know what to make of this book so far ,i'm about 1/2 way in, the book is sometime a hard read because of the detail he goes into about rock faces etc ,maybe if i climbed i'd understand ,also because of the risk he takes he does come across as a bit of a twat

DemonGeminiX
01-12-2012, 02:40 PM
The FreeBSD manual.

8-[

redred
01-12-2012, 02:43 PM
any good:lol:

DemonGeminiX
01-12-2012, 03:23 PM
Terrifying. Best damn horror novel I've read in years.

:lol:

beowulf
01-20-2012, 07:24 PM
for crying out loud by jeremy clarkson

Joebob034
02-13-2012, 10:25 PM
a new series from my favorite authors
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0a/Gideon's_Sword_(Preston_and_Child)_book_cover.jpg

Hal-9000
02-13-2012, 10:36 PM
a new series from my favorite authors
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0a/Gideon's_Sword_(Preston_and_Child)_book_cover.jpg

I've read most books by those two guys....:thumbsup:

Joebob034
02-14-2012, 05:03 PM
I've read most books by those two guys....:thumbsup:

yeah I've enjoyed most of what they've written so far

Joebob034
03-27-2012, 02:39 PM
I've actually had this for a while just getting around to reading it now. Not as good as World War Z but still pretty cool.

http://www.buyzombie.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/zombie-survival-guide.jpg

Loser
03-27-2012, 05:54 PM
Hunger games.....




8-[




*Ducks dodges dips dives dodges*

:lol:

Teh One Who Knocks
03-27-2012, 07:02 PM
Hunger games.....




8-[




*Ducks dodges dips dives dodges*

:lol:

I broke down and ordered a Kindle today....that's the first book I'm gonna get for it

Goofy
03-27-2012, 07:24 PM
I broke down and ordered a Kindle today....that's the first book I'm gonna get for it

You have time to read? :shock: :lol:

I've actually considered one myself......... probably wait till the kindle fire is on sale here.......... about 2019 i think :-k

Teh One Who Knocks
03-27-2012, 07:28 PM
You have time to read? :shock: :lol:

I've actually considered one myself......... probably wait till the kindle fire is on sale here.......... about 2019 i think :-k

Not really :lol:

But I'm gonna try and make time for it...at least 30 minutes or so a day

I ordered the Kindle Touch...$99 and free shipping

Goofy
03-27-2012, 07:41 PM
Kindle Touch is £109 over here :| Fuck them, the robbing bastards ain't getting my money [-(

Arkady Renko
03-28-2012, 07:53 AM
Kindle Touch is £109 over here :| Fuck them, the robbing bastards ain't getting my money [-(

the plain kindle is pretty neat, too. If you use software like calibre to organize your books, you don't really need the touchscreen in my opinion.

Joebob034
08-01-2012, 09:22 PM
finally broke down and figured I'd give this a shot

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Basser
08-25-2012, 07:01 AM
finally broke down and figured I'd give this a shot

http://i48.tinypic.com/oh24uc.png



Just finished that series and though they were great...and enjoyed the movies as well...into the first book of GOT right now...

FBD
09-19-2014, 04:44 PM
I usually have a few books open at once. Usually nonfiction reference stuff.

Right now,
Zen and the Brain (Austin)
Esoteric Anatomy (Berger)
The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine (Maoshing Ni)

and perpetual books of study, Charles Luk's Taoist Yoga, Deadman's Manual of Acupuncture

actually you can include yellow emperor in perpetual study...very deep subject

Hal-9000
04-09-2015, 04:03 PM
All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

Beautifully written book that takes place right at the onset of WW2 featuring two main characters. A young blind girl that lives in Paris with her father and a young German boy who has a fascination for science and radios.

The author is a subtle and gifted writer. In one brilliant sentence he can convey the horrors of the German occupation and paranoia as it was happening.


:thumbsup:

thebastardnextdoor
07-10-2015, 11:15 AM
Tripwire by Lee Childs

RBP
08-01-2015, 04:00 AM
http://i.imgur.com/ELVOaxH.jpg

Very interesting memoir, but i can't recommend it. The writing is so flowery, metaphors on top of similes on top of strings of adjectives - annoying and distracting. And if you think there is some grand redemption, nope.

http://i.imgur.com/IStY7mu.jpg

I chose this because it was outside my political echo chamber. I expected to eye roll and swear - but no. Bryan does an amazing job explaining how things worked in rural Alabama, and national, criminal justice. Highly recommended.

DemonGeminiX
08-01-2015, 04:40 AM
I was reading Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I took off from it for a few weeks but it's sitting there staring me right in the face. I hate leaving things unfinished, so I should probably pick it back up and finish it.

The only 2 books I haven't ever been able to finish in my entire life were Herman Melville's Moby Dick and Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I couldn't finish Moby Dick because of the exposition on whales near to the center of the book. I honestly struggled to get to that point, the damn thing was just putting me to sleep, but I ended up throwing the book across the room in anger when I got to the extended discussion of whales. Rich Dad, Poor Dad was a bunch of horseshit from the get go. It's a genuinely intellectually insulting book. I dropped it off at a used bookstore and started looking for better books on investing.

redred
07-03-2016, 08:39 PM
Rotting in the Bangkok Hilton: The Gruesome True Story of a Man Who Survived Thailand's Deadliest Prisons

http://i.imgur.com/1nPHESw.jpg

DemonGeminiX
07-09-2016, 06:52 AM
Neuromancer by William Gibson

Sci-fi cyberpunk by the creator and master of the genre.

redred
07-12-2016, 07:02 AM
http://i.imgur.com/uo61ZeM.jpg

really good book , not sure i'd like to be in his boots

Fodster
07-12-2016, 10:18 AM
http://covers.booktopia.com.au/big/9781741108514/dirty-work.jpg

The Story:

This is a true story, told for the first time.

Glen McNamara joined the NSW Police Force when he was 17 and was sworn in as constable at 19. A career as a detective beckoned and soon Glen was tracking down the notorius Warren Lanfranchi who was dealing drugs with Neddy Smith, and disgraced copy Roger Rogerson who was making deals in Redfern. This is inner Sydney in the heat of the 1980s and the cash and drugs are flowing freely.

Glen is posted to ‘Goldenhurst’, the area of inner Sydney that contains the police beats of Kings Cross, Darlinghurst and Redfern. He is confronted by the shocking and appalling reality of a protection racket that is saving notorious paedophiles Dolly Dunn and Colin Fisk from charges as long as they supply enough drugs and cash. The stench of police corruption is high.

Going deeply undercover against his own superiours, Glen risks his own life to get precious eveidence against them. His double identity is betrayed from within the police ranks and with a murder threat hanging over him, Glen and his young wife flee to the United States. But fear is not in his character and he decides to head back to the dirty streets of Sydney to finish the job.

This is a hard-hitting story about the fight for justice by one lone policeman in a sea of corruption.

About the Author

Glen McNamara was not a whistleblower. He was just doing his job. He worked as an undercover cop in Sydney's Kings Cross in the late 1980s. He was good at his work - and because he was effective against criminals, he was treated just like a whistleblower.

About the author now:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Rogerson

On 27 May 2014, Rogerson was charged with the murder of Sydney student Jamie Gao, allegedly after a drug deal having gone wrong.[20] On 21 January 2015, Rogerson and his co-accused, Glen McNamara (also a former police detective), were committed to stand trial over the alleged murder.[21] On 6 March 2015 both accused were arraigned at a hearing in the NSW Supreme Court. Both pleaded not guilty to the murder of Gao and also not guilty to supplying 2.78 kilograms (6.1 lb) of "ice" (methamphetamine). The men were due for trial in the Supreme Court on 20 July 2015.[22] On the second day, the trial was aborted for unpublished reasons.

A new trial started on 1 February 2016. On 15 June 2016, Rogerson and McNamara were found guilty of Gao's murder.[23]

If you are into this kinda shit its worth following

FBD
07-12-2016, 03:20 PM
been a long ass time since I read any fiction, I'm trying to decipher some ancient scroll right now :lol:

allsmiles
07-13-2016, 06:22 AM
http://i68.tinypic.com/30b01oy.jpg

Based on a true story of corruption in law enforcement and illegal drug busts in and around Tyler, TX in the late 70's early 80's. This book is still banned here in Smith County. That's what Amazon is for.

redred
08-05-2016, 10:12 PM
http://i.imgur.com/tnR58UO.jpg

really didn't think it was going to be as good as it has turned out to be as it jumped straight into her swimming the Bering Strait , but soon dropped back to give great history of her

redred
02-11-2017, 10:02 PM
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51mnMRt1neL._SX344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

real good read

redred
02-11-2017, 10:05 PM
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just started this one a pot smugger late 70's i believe , gets banged up in a shit hole prison in mexico

The Monk
02-12-2017, 03:56 AM
Nearly finished "The Prodigal Daughter" by Jeffrey - have been going through every one of his books.

redred
02-19-2017, 03:26 PM
http://www.asiabooks.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/264x/17f82f742ffe127f42dca9de82fb58b1/9/7/9781509843305_1.jpg


April 28, 2015, West Baltimore, Maryland: Ground Zero in America's Opiate Wars.
In this crime-plagued section of the city, the death of Freddie Gray has triggered the worst domestic rioting since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and created a terrifying new breed of criminal entrepreneur.
Here, as looters and arsonists lay waste to already blighted parts of Baltimore, two of the city's brightest students are helping to carry out a historic drug robbery spree--one that will flood the city with highly addictive pain pills and heroin.
The teens' plan: to use their gang connections and computer programming skills to set up a high tech drug delivery service and Dark Web marketplace. The result: the boys became America's youngest drug lords, in the process sparking bloody gang warfare and a nationwide wave of addiction and murder. Now mixing in deadly circles, Brick and Wax soon found their own lives were on the line...
In this groundbreaking work of investigative journalism, Newsday criminal justice reporter Kevin Deutsch chronicles the rise of these gangland upstarts as they help steal $100 million worth of high-powered opiates, and build a national narcotics empire from scratch.
As gripping and compulsive as a thriller, Pill City takes readers into the heat of the action as Brick and Wax outwit the FBI and DEA, gang members like Damage and Lyric live and die by their own brutal code, the cops battle to stop the carnage, and a high-school coach risks a bullet to get addicts into rehab.
A gritty, hard-hitting story of gangland survival, Pill City will open the world's eyes to the plague of drug-related killings rocking America, and reveal the deadly cost of the Baltimore riots.

really interesting read

redred
06-16-2017, 11:21 PM
http://i.imgur.com/qmXsiEz.jpg

fun fact her 300 man gangbang was faked :shock: only 30 ish people were used

Godfather
09-13-2018, 03:45 AM
Has anyone read Five Days a Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital ?

Looks fascinating and tragic. Lots of ethical dilemmas during those difficult days after Katrina.

Teh One Who Knocks
12-18-2018, 01:24 PM
http://imagizer.imageshack.com/img923/1747/xwISWt.jpg

Current read....about 1/3 of the way through it, reading it when I get a chance.

PorkChopSandwiches
12-18-2018, 04:35 PM
http://i.imgur.com/uo61ZeM.jpg

really good book , not sure i'd like to be in his boots

I read that in the early 90's amazing true story.

Currently

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51fZv%2Bs54lL._SX338_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

Hal-9000
01-01-2019, 06:32 PM
https://i.imgur.com/RwBbDPL.jpg

Super interesting story about two couples in 1974 that meet while boating on a small, creepy island called Palmyra. (1200 miles straight south of Hawaii)

The older couple end up dead and the younger couple show up in Hawaii with their boat.

First half of the book is a story-account of what happened up until to the murders occurred based on evidence given by multiple sources, second half is Bugliosi defending the wife who was part of the younger couple.

What's cool is Bugliosi is one of the most famous prosecutors of our time with an amazing trial record for convictions. Here he's on the defense side.

DemonGeminiX
05-16-2019, 11:46 PM
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

SyFy made this into a 3 part miniseries several years ago, and I remember that it made me angry. I thought the ending was callous and pretentious. I always meant to pick up the book since all of the reviews of the TV miniseries said it botched some things and really didn't do the book justice.

Despite being a fan of Science Fiction, this will be the first Arthur C. Clarke book I'm reading.

DemonGeminiX
06-21-2019, 05:45 PM
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

SyFy made this into a 3 part miniseries several years ago, and I remember that it made me angry. I thought the ending was callous and pretentious. I always meant to pick up the book since all of the reviews of the TV miniseries said it botched some things and really didn't do the book justice.

Despite being a fan of Science Fiction, this will be the first Arthur C. Clarke book I'm reading.

Well, I finished it, and I think the miniseries reviews were right. The book was slightly different. The miniseries embellished a bunch of things, cut other things out. The book is far less insulting than the miniseries was to me. It's hard to translate the exposition onto the screen. Oh well.

On to the next one: I'm going to be tackling Joe Hill's NOS4A2. It's a big one. It's roughly the same thickness as The Stand. Let's see if Joe's a slow starter like his father is.

RBP
06-21-2019, 05:52 PM
Just finished (audio)

https://i.imgur.com/LrasWjA.jpg

RBP
07-24-2019, 02:03 AM
Finished this...

https://i.imgur.com/gV2iB3j.jpg?2

Started this...

https://i.imgur.com/1093fnZ.jpg

Godfather
07-24-2019, 05:28 AM
Finished this...

https://i.imgur.com/gV2iB3j.jpg?2

Started this...

https://i.imgur.com/1093fnZ.jpg

How did you like The Stubtle Art? My wife bought it for me but I haven't read it yet.

I'm currently reading How to Win Friends & Influence People. It'd be on my list forever and I wasn't sure how it'd hold up give how old the book is, but I'm having a ton of ah-ha moments especially now that my role at work is changing to more b2b stuff. It's great so far.

RBP
07-24-2019, 10:59 AM
How did you like The Stubtle Art? My wife bought it for me but I haven't read it yet.

I'm currently reading How to Win Friends & Influence People. It'd be on my list forever and I wasn't sure how it'd hold up give how old the book is, but I'm having a ton of ah-ha moments especially now that my role at work is changing to more b2b stuff. It's great so far.

I enjoyed it. Funny and interesting - worth a read. It's a different way to look at the world, but also a lot of things I already do.

Godfather
05-15-2020, 10:29 PM
Just picked up The Splendid and the Vile about Churchill. Probably the 3rd or 4th Churchill book I've read but Erik Larson is a particularly wicked writer. Dead Wake was one of the better history books I've read. Even if you don't think you'd be much interested in the sinking of the Lusitania, it'll have you completely enthralled. Will report back on The Splendid and the Vile but I have high hopes.

KevinD
05-15-2020, 10:52 PM
Just finished re-reading the Demon Accord series by John Conroe.

RBP
05-16-2020, 04:04 AM
In the middle of this....

https://i.imgur.com/9b8f8eZ.jpg

DemonGeminiX
05-16-2020, 05:03 AM
I'm reading a bunch of books on writing.

Godfather
05-16-2020, 06:50 AM
I'm reading a bunch of books on writing.

That's neat! Are you writing something yourself DGX?

DemonGeminiX
05-16-2020, 07:34 AM
That's neat! Are you writing something yourself DGX?

I've got a bunch of crazy ideas that have been bouncing around in my brain for years. I started writing them down recently and I figured, while they might be slightly derivative, they're not actually that crazy compared to some of the junk I've read. And since I've been writing down these old ideas, new ones have been popping up in my head. Right now, I've got between 20 to 30 ideas that I could flesh out into short stories or novellas, and about 8 to 10 ideas that could be fleshed out into long form novels. They're a bunch of science fiction, horror, and fantasy stuff, a few crime, and some may have mystery and suspense elements to them. One or two are erotic in nature. I could easily put a few of the scifi stuff in the Star Wars universe, but creating my own universe would open up a lot more ideas, and probably save me the headache from a lawsuit or two backed by a certain mouse.

Godfather
05-16-2020, 05:28 PM
That's super cool dude! I love short stories, hopefully you'll share some with us at some point!

DemonGeminiX
06-14-2020, 05:47 AM
I finally finished Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King.

I started reading it a while back but never finished it. I saw it laying around a few days ago with the bookmark sticking out of it where I put it down and decided to finish it. It's a short story/novella collection. 5 stories: 1922, Big Driver, Fair Extension, A Good Marriage, and Under the Weather. I won't spoil them, but I will say they are all, in their own way, nasty pieces of work. He even said he found them a bit harsh and a little hard for him to write in the afterword to the book.

1922 was made into a Netflix special. I haven't watched it yet. Big Driver could really happen. Those kind of stories kind of stick with me, the ones that could really happen, that human beings are capable of doing shit like that. I found Fair Extension to be a bit humorous, but still mean. My sense of humor's like that, so I could see myself doing something like what happened in the story, if the circumstances were dire enough. I thought A Good Marriage was vicious and fucked up and I couldn't stop reading it after I started it. I had to take a break after it was over. I can't get it out of my head that it could actually happen, and learning from the afterword that he based it on something that probably did happen makes it even more fucked up in my mind. To me, A Good Marriage was way more vicious than Big Driver. I took Under the Weather to be like a little "fuck you" kind of story that he writes from time to time. Kinda like Here There Be Tygers from the Night Shift collection. Short, sweet, and "oh, by the way... dear reader, fuck you". Here There Be Tygers has to be my favorite short story by him. It's like less than 10 pages and it makes me chuckle. The audiobook is on youtube. Listening to it cracked me up too. Under the Weather didn't make me laugh, I saw what was coming from a mile away, but I could see other people laughing at it. People way more fucked up than me.

Oddly enough, Under the Weather's also in Bazaar of Bad Dreams, which I'm starting next.

FBD
08-03-2020, 06:16 PM
He even said he found them a bit harsh and a little hard for him to write in the afterword to the book.

that's a bold statement coming from that sicko!

Godfather
01-11-2021, 06:48 AM
Been on a reading tear since I bought myself a new Kindle

Someone bought me Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey. I hated it :lol: Guy is completely full of shit, there are almost no good stories about any of the films he's made. Mostly it's just his own bullshit about spiritual journeys and cheap, vapid quotes. I didn't like the guy before (his acting is fine, just his interviews bugged me), but now I think I hate him.


Also read:
- With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene Sledge (one of the books The Pacific is based on). Excellent, horrific, sad, gruesome, humbling, and exceptionally well written.
- Marcus Aurelius' Meditations: A New Translation by Gregory Hays. Amazing how writing from almost 2000 years ago is still so impaction. This is difficult in parts to get through, I had to bite off small chunks at a time. I felt dumb reading the prologues but Gregory Hays does a magnificent job setting the background to the history, politics, philosophy and language you need to at least partially grasp.
- How I Invest My Money: Finance experts reveal how they save, spend, and invest - great book on how brilliant financial experts, CFO's, hedge fund managers etc. manage their own money. I'll save you the $20. They buy low cost ETF's and Mutual Funds, rarely buy their own hedge funds, pay off their mortgages faster than they recommend others do despite how cheap money is, and maximize all the usual tax savings mechanisms :lol:
- Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right by Dr. Sophia A. Yin - Great little book on dog training. A bit basic if you're already through the first few months and have done some classes but I like her approach and it's an enjoyable read.

Godfather
01-21-2021, 07:10 AM
This came out years ago but Shoe Dog by Phil Knight is a very enjoyable read. Very grassroots story about building Nike.

Godfather
01-24-2021, 07:31 AM
This came out years ago but Shoe Dog by Phil Knight is a very enjoyable read. Very grassroots story about building Nike.

I'm on a business biography kick now, currently reading Bob Iger's Ride of a Lifetime about his years as CEO of Disney. Less of a memoir and more of a book on rules for leadership/success which I sometimes find a bit lame, but I'm still enjoying the anecdotes.

The Monk
01-28-2021, 03:59 AM
https://i.imgur.com/8BT0nQ6.jpg



Very much eye opening to events from the past...

The Monk
01-30-2021, 03:16 AM
"MOSSAD" was very enlightening as many of the events covered I remember from news at the time.

Now for a bit of fiction:

https://i.imgur.com/YFnH0BK.jpg

The Monk
01-30-2021, 04:21 AM
I've dropped Griffin for a while as I have now got:-


https://i.imgur.com/pDmxiIq.jpg

lost in melb.
01-30-2021, 05:11 AM
:lol:


Poor old Griff, I wonder if he'll come back

Godfather
01-30-2021, 07:51 AM
https://i.imgur.com/8BT0nQ6.jpg



Very much eye opening to events from the past...

I actually have this on my kindle! I'll check it out soon.

The Monk
01-31-2021, 01:58 AM
:lol:


Poor old Griff, I wonder if he'll come back

For sure that Griff will return.... I've read several of his books and I still have several to go. :thumbsup:

Godfather
02-03-2021, 07:50 AM
I finished War by Sebastian Junger who visited one of the most dangerous outposts in Afghanistan several times, and created the incredible documentary Restrepo in the process (highly recommend checking out that film).

Fantastic book. Very intimate look at the brotherhood of soldiers and insights into their psyche, as well as just incredible raw imagery of war on the frontlines. Junger is an incredible writer, I see now why people have called him a modern Hemingway. Easily one of the best firsthand accounts of any war I've ever read.

lost in melb.
02-03-2021, 01:10 PM
I finished War by Sebastian Junger who visited one of the most dangerous outposts in Afghanistan several times, and created the incredible documentary Restrepo in the process (highly recommend checking out that film).

Fantastic book. Very intimate look at the brotherhood of soldiers and insights into their psyche, as well as just incredible raw imagery of war on the frontlines. Junger is an incredible writer, I see now why people have called him a modern Hemingway. Easily one of the best firsthand accounts of any war I've ever read.

Looks great! I read The Perfect Storm quite a few years back. Didn't think so much of the movie, though..

The Monk
02-04-2021, 09:49 AM
I've dropped Griffin for a while as I have now got:-


https://i.imgur.com/pDmxiIq.jpg


This is something of an eye-opener (if true).

Covers many aspects of Russian interference over decades and also the influence of Opus Dei.... :?:

Godfather
02-12-2021, 07:05 AM
I'm almost finished One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick - the LT in Generation Kill if you ever saw the HBO series. Fantastic book the covers his experiences going through Marine OCS and infantry training, his first deployment in Afghanistan right after 9/11 (he was deployed on an MEU on 9/11 and was one of the first troops in Afghanistan). After his first deployment, he become a Recon Marine and describes going through various specialized schools, and then deploying again during the second Iraq War. Really incredible insights to the experiences of a company grade officer in war, the misery, decision making, struggles with incompetent leadership. Very well written book, I can see why it was named one of the best Military Biographies of the 2000's.

The Monk
02-13-2021, 08:05 AM
I've dropped Griffin for a while as I have now got:-


https://i.imgur.com/pDmxiIq.jpg


:lol:


Poor old Griff, I wonder if he'll come back


For sure that Griff will return.... I've read several of his books and I still have several to go. :thumbsup:

Back to Griffin - >

Godfather
03-06-2021, 06:13 PM
I'm reading Skunk Works by Ben Rich right now about his years leading Lockheed's secretive Skunk Works division, building the F-1117 Nighthawk. Very interesting read.

The Monk
03-07-2021, 09:43 AM
The 4th book in W.E.B. Griffin's Clandestine Operations series. One to go.....

KevinD
03-08-2021, 12:30 AM
Those are good ones. I'm starting to re-read Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series.

The Monk
03-08-2021, 01:10 AM
What sort of theme is it?

KevinD
03-08-2021, 02:11 AM
Sword of truth? Hmmmm, I'd guess its a fantasy of sorts, with political (conservative mostly) viewpoints. Think swords and wizards, good vs evil, with a dash of dystopia. I won't ruin it, BUT there are many books (13 or so) to the resolution. There's slight romance, political stuff, etc. Its kinda hard to pin down actually, other than sci-fi/fantasy. This, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, Tolkien's series, Michael Anderle's Kutherian Gambit (et-al), L. E. Modesitt Recluse series and others are among my favorite series. I have many other authors I follow, some for differing topics, but when I just want to read,like watching a movie, the previous fill the bill. Do give one a shot and let me know what you think.

The Monk
03-10-2021, 05:34 AM
I somehow managed to lose my entire Calibre Library on Monday - I have no idea what happened but I now have to rebuild it..... it had several thousand books.

SmoothBob
03-24-2021, 11:38 PM
I've gone back to my early teens and bought a box of David Eddings books from ebay
. His Belgariad series was the 1st fantasy books I remember reading, picked it up like 10 year before I read any Tolkien

KevinD
03-25-2021, 12:05 AM
Eddings is great. Currently I'm re reading past issues of John Conroes' The Demon Accords.

Godfather
03-26-2021, 03:44 AM
The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King--The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea

Fantastic book. I was a little worried I'd get lost with the author trying to tell the story of 4 very different men but Walter R. Borneman does an incredible job giving context to who each one was, and their incredible, fascinating and intertwining careers. Really enjoyed this book.

The Monk
03-28-2021, 03:19 AM
The second book in WEB Griffin's Brotherhood of War series - "The Captains".

https://i.imgur.com/uqqM8QQ.jpg

RBP
03-29-2021, 12:07 AM
https://i.imgur.com/GYV4b89.png?1

The Monk
03-29-2021, 07:32 AM
https://i.imgur.com/GYV4b89.png?1

Is that fiction :?: :lol:

RBP
03-31-2021, 01:19 AM
Is that fiction :?: :lol:

A fiction writer got divorced. He was confused. So he went deep reading all the teachings on masculinity dated back hundreds of years. He compiled the lessons into a story of a grandfather teaching his grandson how to be a man.

Short read and thought-provoking in the current anti-masculinity culture war.

Godfather
05-16-2021, 06:00 PM
I've been reading several books by young leaders at war:

- Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan by Sean Parnell
- Joker One: A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood by Donovan Campbell
- House to House: An Epic Memoir of War by David Bellavia


Outlaw Platoon and Joker One are both written by young lieutenants who led platoons in Iraq and Afghanistan. House to House is by a Sargeant and squad leader who was awarded the MoH for his actions in Fallujah.

I'd say Outlaw Platoon was the most well written account. You could really start to get a sense of the weight and gravity of being a 20-something year old leading 19 year old boys in combat and death, the absolute quagmire of fighting in the mountains of Afghanistan and the red tape of the big military machine.

Joke One was mostly about the battle of Ramadi and was similarly well written and gripping.

House to House was gruesome and more raw, bit of a different perspective from a squad leader and NCO rather than an officer. The chapters of Bellavia describing his actions that eventually led to him being awarded the MoH made me sweat, describing hand to hand combat in a pitch black house in Fallujah.

All fantastic reads but I need to take a break from reading war memoirs now. I didn't sleep well for a day or two after reading House to House but I think they're important reads. I had several friends and acquaintances deploy to Afghanistan and my generation doesn't talk about it at all, but I sincerely want to know more about what happened there.

KevinD
05-16-2021, 08:47 PM
Actuall accounts of war should be frightening and sobering to civilians. I didnt see any real combat, so can't speak for personal experience, but those of us who put their lives on the line deserve nothing but our respect. Glad you're reading up on it GF.

The Monk
05-17-2021, 07:29 AM
Just today finished the first book of WEB Griffin's series Badge of Honour - "Men in Blue" -

The Brotherhood of War and Clandestine Operations by Griffin were great reading.

FBD
05-17-2021, 01:04 PM
Actuall accounts of war should be frightening and sobering to civilians. I didnt see any real combat, so can't speak for personal experience, but those of us who put their lives on the line deserve nothing but our respect. Glad you're reading up on it GF.

my grandfather said ww2 was the most terrible, horrible, scary, terrible, terrible thing he ever experienced, to the point that he simply didnt talk much about the things he experienced. there was no word he used more than terrible, it was just that bad.


quite a contrast to my best friend's gramp, who had high falootin stories of flying around the south pacific working a refrigeration unit where his pilot would get too drunk to fly half the time and make him fly the plane, or getting bored and putting a 12 foot freon tank on a piece of angle iron and knocking the end off with a monkey wrench and watch the fucker go, or devising a letter code with his wife to figure out which ports werent stealing the cash he was sending back home from selling ciagarettes. that cig money built their family home.


playing paintball was enough of a taste of the fog of war for me

The Monk
05-18-2021, 02:06 AM
Started a new bio last night - Lucrezia Borgia by Emma Lucas

Godfather
06-08-2021, 05:55 AM
I'm reading The Guns of August. Not an easy read, lots of pauses to google people/places/events referenced. That said, what an incredibly well written book, fascinating. I can see already why Barbara W. Tuchman won two Pulitzers for this.

The Monk
06-08-2021, 08:02 AM
The Victim - Book III WEB Griffin's Badge of Honor series.

Godfather
07-21-2021, 04:56 AM
I'm reading One Mintute to Midnight right now

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0018QOYWA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_d_asin_title_o09?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It has a lot of previously unpublished info about the Cuban Missile Crisis, and it's told in a day-by-day, sometimes minute-by-minute recap of the crisis. Absolutely fascinating and horrifying how close we came to the end. One of the most captivating history books I've read.

Godfather
07-27-2021, 05:11 AM
The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story by Richard Preston

Ya.. this book will keep you up at night. It's pretty gruesome, and horrifying, and eerie and mysterious. Ebola is scary as hell and this book talks about its origins and attempts to find where it came from. The author takes a lot of creative liberty in retelling the stories in the book that span a few decades, but I believe it's also well researched and includes plenty of interviews with people on the ground in Africa, at the CDC and the US Army who are leading experts on it. Really unpleasant and sobering to read about how delicate we are to this little bastard worm of a virus.

Griffin
08-24-2021, 04:57 PM
Just finished Billy Summers by Stephen King.
I haven't ranked my King collection but I'm pretty sure this is in my top 5.
Now I need to rearrange my bookcase to make room.

DemonGeminiX
08-24-2021, 08:50 PM
Just finished Billy Summers by Stephen King.
I haven't ranked my King collection but I'm pretty sure this is in my top 5.
Now I need to rearrange my bookcase to make room.

I read some bad reviews about that one. Some said there was a fair bit of overexplaining and a bit of political meanderings in it.

Griffin
08-24-2021, 10:12 PM
Kings stories have always had more detail in the character building than most thus the large page count, but I've always felt that is what drew me in seeming to be in the story.
The brief political bits only place the point in time. What was mentioned probably could have been left out but nothing in the entertainment field is immune anymore. That being said he has never had anything good to say about Trump in real life so don't expect sugar coating in the books.

Godfather
09-25-2021, 07:05 PM
Few of my recent readings:

- Isaac's Storm - Erik Larson - yet another fantastic Erik Larson book about a small moment in forgotten history that is truly fascinating. The story of a major hurricane that hit Texas in 1900, just a great read. Everything this guy writes is enjoyable.
- No Time For Spectators: The Lessons That Mattered Most From West Point To The West Wing by Martin Dempsey (Author) - Amazing book on leadership with a bunch of excellent military and political stories interwoven.
- Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor by Clinton Romesha - another excellent military veteran's memoir. Gripping and raw, surprisingly well written and visual. Loved this read.

lost in melb.
09-27-2021, 01:47 PM
Wow, how do you have the time to read that much?


I just took out a digital subscription to the New York Times :d

lost in melb.
09-27-2021, 01:49 PM
The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story by Richard Preston

Ya.. this book will keep you up at night. It's pretty gruesome, and horrifying, and eerie and mysterious. Ebola is scary as hell and this book talks about its origins and attempts to find where it came from. The author takes a lot of creative liberty in retelling the stories in the book that span a few decades, but I believe it's also well researched and includes plenty of interviews with people on the ground in Africa, at the CDC and the US Army who are leading experts on it. Really unpleasant and sobering to read about how delicate we are to this little bastard worm of a virus.

I think i remember reading that, but it might have been before you were born, lol

Godfather
10-23-2021, 07:23 AM
Wow, how do you have the time to read that much?


I just took out a digital subscription to the New York Times :d

:lol: It's all bedtime reading honestly. I got a new kindle at Christmas to finally replace my first gen one, and now with the backlight I can read in bed without waking the wife. So I go to bed an hour earlier than I used to, and instead of browsing my phone for an hour, I read for an hour... or three.

The whole point was to fall asleep faster than staring at a screen, but I keep picking page-turning books so it's counter-productive :lol:

Godfather
10-23-2021, 07:24 AM
Just finishing Helmet For My Pillow by Robert Luckie, one of the characters and inspirations behind The Pacific. It's as good as With The Old Breed by Eugene Sledge for sure.

lost in melb.
10-23-2021, 09:00 AM
:lol: It's all bedtime reading honestly. I got a new kindle at Christmas to finally replace my first gen one, and now with the backlight I can read in bed without waking the wife. So I go to bed an hour earlier than I used to, and instead of browsing my phone for an hour, I read for an hour... or three.

The whole point was to fall asleep faster than staring at a screen, but I keep picking page-turning books so it's counter-productive :lol:

Great habit. And I do believe that a back light is not the same as an iPhone screen.

I'm the opposite, I find intellectual stimulation fires me up. Now before bed, I sip tea, stretch and hammer my muscles with a theragun.

Godfather
10-25-2021, 05:57 AM
Great habit. And I do believe that a back light is not the same as an iPhone screen.

I'm the opposite, I find intellectual stimulation fires me up. Now before bed, I sip tea, stretch and hammer my muscles with a theragun.

That's probably the way to go, I've been wanting a theragun too.

The kindle definitely feels less stimulating than a phone screen. I've read something about phone screens mimicking sunlight and keeping you up.

I think the trick with reading for me if I really need to get to sleep is a more technical book that I enjoy, but makes my eyes heavy. Some of the more dense history or science books I've read definitely do it, I'm out in a few minutes with those. My friend is a psychiatrist who runs a sleep clinic and whenever people tell her reading doesn't make them sleepy she goes "pick a more boring book" and if they say "I tried that" her response is "no, you can go more boring" :lol:

Godfather
05-05-2022, 05:40 AM
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson... I just adored this book. It's awesome for a dumb nerd like me who loves to know a little bit about everything. He touches on the history and current scientific understandings of everything earth science related... biology, chemistry, geology and earth sciences, astronomy. It's a fun and fascinating, very accessible read. I almost stopped early on as I found the first couple of chapters a bit too rapid, but you settle into his pace and writing style and it's fantastic. It's the kind of book you could spend a few months reading slowly because you want to google all sorts of fascinating tidbits he doesn't always have time to spend chapters writing about.

Muddy
05-05-2022, 02:02 PM
60 Drudge Report headlines.. :d

lost in melb.
05-09-2022, 04:32 PM
60 Drudge Report headlines.. :d

Just the headlines :rofl:

PorkChopSandwiches
05-09-2022, 04:53 PM
:rofl:

Muddy
05-11-2022, 02:52 PM
Just the headlines :rofl:

Yes. :d