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wes Apr 26, 2005

  1. BennytheBlade

    BennytheBlade LUC4 JDBA Official Member Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    The Blue Max- Jack Hunter, was made into an excellent movie w/ George Peppard as well.
     
  2. BigJim

    BigJim Justabuyer Fucktard

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    Orson Scott Card..... Start with a book called Enders Game...then read on.

    R.A. Heinlein Stranger in a strange land..... then read the Moon is a harsh Mistress. Must read for us rugged individual types.

    Ann Rand...Atlas Shrugged.

    Piers Anthony his Science fiction not that dumb ass Fantasy crap. Look for a trilogy called Orn, OX, Omnivore. Another good was called Macro-scope.

    Joe Halderman Jr .. the forever war is a winner. Draws on his time as a trooper in Vietnam to write a timeless story of Military service set Far.... far far in the future.

    Not books but I read Scientific American and Highly suggest everyone buy the on-line digital Subscription. Bottom line for most of us is we fucked off in school and are paying a price. We are stupid and as a result we are missing the AMAZING things that we should understand thanks to the efforts of brilliant minds. Seriously this magazine will change your perspective on things not through emotional persuasion but careful explanation of fact and current theory.

    all this and I still make time for stroke books and Internet porn.
     
  3. Parker

    Parker Former Village People Roadie Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Six now, isn't it?

    Many a good night spent laughing myself to sleep.



    I utterly recommend Marley and Me - laughed myself to sleep for three nights and cried the fourth. Completely carthartic for a dog we all loved and I had to put down. Also made me understand that stupid beast of mine a lot more.
     
  4. grover_cephas

    grover_cephas Huge member

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    Things Fall Apart was _much_ better that I expected. ;-)

    Now, seein' as I work with graphic novels eight hours a day, maybe I should suggest a few:

    First of all, Maus by Art Spiegelman. We'll just get it out of the way. Bit of a downer (obviously) but also really, really good. Worth giving a look.

    Anything by Alan Moore. Watchmen and V for Vendetta, obviously, but he also has an imprint distributed by DC called "America's Best Comics"... They ain't kiddin'. My favorites are the Top Ten series--after WWII, the US govenment relocates all superheroes and supervillains to a brand-new city in the middle of nowhere. The Top Ten books are about the police department that has to keep order in a city where everybody, from the mayor to the hot dog vendor, has superheroes. :-D

    Mike Mignola's Hellboy books have this weird feel halfway between an action movie and an H. P. Lovecraft story. Didn't see the movie, but the books are awesome.

    The new Conan comics by Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord are _incredible_. Some stories are original, some are based on the old Robert E. Howard novels, and all of 'em are illustrated with gorgeous painted figures. And in the tradition of barbarian fantasy art, the wimmins is real purdy.

    If you can get past the undertones of preachiness and main-line liberal stupidity, Concrete by Paul Chadwick is really brilliant in places, and the art's really well composed. I could spend hours just looking at his page layouts.

    The Samurai Executioner series by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima, legends of Japanese comics, is the best feudal-Japanese comic I've ever read (I hear his Lone Wolf and Cub is as good or better, but haven't read 'em yet). Each book is made up of several stories, and most stories revolve around some mystery, puzzle, or ethical dilemma that the main character brilliantly sovles. Sometimes his conclusions are exactly opposite what seems right to a modern American, but it's a brilliant series if you take it on its own terms.

    For light comedy, anything by Phil and Kaja Foglio is awesome. I especially like XXXenophile and Girl Genius (the first title is, ah, "not work safe").

    Finally, one specific mainstream book: "DC's Greatest Imaginary Stories". Pre-Crisis, DC used to print "imaginary stories"; they didn't take place in the regular continuity, so the writers could pretty much do whatever they wanted. Without continuity restrictions, the imaginary stories were some of the most creative DC published; this book has my favorite in it: "Lex Luthor, Hero". See, in this story, you learn just how brilliant and how evil Lex Luthor is. He cures cancer, freakin' _cures_cancer_, just to catch Superman off-guard so Luthor can kill him. _That's_ a supervillian, not the lame-ass modern corporate-exec Luthor. Damn good story, and definitely worth what I paid for the book (which was, okay, free. But it's still good, dammit!)

    Anybody else have favorite comics?
     
  5. leanne

    leanne collects metal Lady Devil

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    im quite fond of dr fausus by christopher marlowe.

    and clive barker...
     
  6. silenthunterstudios

    silenthunterstudios The Jello Gigolo

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    Just got a lot of hunting, buckskinner, guns, knives and gunsmithing books from a friend of mine. Knee deep in the life for the next several months!:coolkid:
     
  7. bhamster06

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    Pappion
     
  8. Rozz

    Rozz piss and vinegar Lady Devil

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    ok I just bought the latest from Augusten Borroughs....

    "Possible Side Effects"

    So far so good I guess. I'm only about 1/2 way through & it's witty like the rest of his work, but is lacking the usual "shock" value. Hopefully it'll get a little better.
     
  9. cutty

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    Everyone should give me their books, if they are good.

    My Attic has soooooo may books.

    Maybe a swap forum ?

    Roslin are you from earth?
     
  10. Drivetech

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    Yikes, just noticed this (I'm sorta slow sometimes...) :(

    Hope you liked it, and had fun over there, too!



    I've been reading a new Kauffman's butterfly guide I just got, and also China Meillviles "Perdido Street Station" (very interesting book so far).
     
  11. tubtar

    tubtar high caliber consecrator Moderator Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    WHAT"CHALL REEDIN ?

    I usually don't multi task when it comes to book reading , but found my self 80 % through " The Zen of Zim " ....Don Zimmer's book.
    Then I started " Jar head " ( I tend to like the book over the movies ) and am about 1/4 through this one.
    Now it is a self made dilemma as to which one to pick up , but it got me wondering.
    What are my brothers and sisters cramming their noggins full of ?
    I don't as a rule read anything considered " a classic " or anything overly intellectual , but pound down a lot of history , cop novels and car & motorcycle magazines.
    It makes for a nice little diversion from the mountain of shit that life tosses at us on a daily basis.
    J.S.
     
  12. gailt

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    Dispatches by Michael Herr for the umpteenth time.its by far my favorite book.
     
  13. Grim-Sniper

    Grim-Sniper Beers Lover

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    Penthouse!
     
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  14. inkster

    inkster The Mayor of Bloomerville

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    Right now i'm reading a book by Dean Koontz called False Memory.

    I read about 8 of his books in the past couple of months, plus one Jeffrey Deaver book, and part of another book called Dies the Fire I belive...

    I used to read all Koontz books in the earlier 90's I just started reading them again recently.

    Besides those I mentioned I read alot of Knife and Watch magazines :blahblah:

    I guess i'm not very interlectual
     
  15. ded i

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    Goya - the one by Robert Hughes (there were two new biographies of Goya this year) Excellent artist analysis, and contextual history of Spain

    The Rape of Europa - the fate of Europe's treasures in the Third Reich and Second World War. (Good shit - knocking my hat off here)

    And bathtub reading - Art News, Art Forum, Science News, and/or any good novel, spy thriller, or great Science Fiction I can find.

    I'm way behind in Sci Fi - if anyone has a recommendation, I'd appreciate it.
     
  16. Clydetz

    Clydetz Forever straight and true Brigade Member

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    Goya also packages some great beans and has written some fine recipes using his spices. Good reading! :-D (Please don't hit me!)
     
  17. tubtar

    tubtar high caliber consecrator Moderator Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    Robert Heinlein still amazes me.....I just finished his first book....first novel written , but published later. The name escapes me , and I passes it on to another fan.
    But he wrote it in 1938 , and predicted Hitler commiting suicide , a unified Europe with one government and currency and a raft of other things...a medium close to the internet for dissemination of information.
    This guy was good !
    Plus he spins a great yarn.
    J.S.
     
  18. ded i

    ded i Friend of The Devil Lady Devil

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    Clydetz ... u very funny! :nono: :eat:
     
  19. Chisel

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    Just read State of Fear by Michael Crichton. Did it in a day and a half. Pretty good readin'
     
  20. BennytheBlade

    BennytheBlade LUC4 JDBA Official Member Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    God help me, my nephews got me reading Harry Potter.
    Book before that was James Clavell Noble House. Not as good as Shogun, Tai Pan, or King Rat, but still readable.
     

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