What Book Have You Read Recently?

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  1. KeninDC

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    Currently reading J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy. A harsh look at white poverty, family, and bad choices in the U.S. I've done some work in the Virginia juvenile court system and some of these kids have the deck stacked against them.
     

     

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  2. HiFi in WYO

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    Just started this one. As with the few Gore books I've read, it shouldn't take long to finish!

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  3. IPADave

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    "Burr" by Gore Vidal is one of my favorite novels.

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    Adventures of Tom Sawyer
     
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    On audio book cd.
     

     

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    An excellent historian:thumbsup:
     
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  8. CougarXR7

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    Just finished "Black House" by Stephen King (and Peter Straub).
    It was a chore to plod my way through it and I certainly will not be reading it again, which pains me to say given that I'm generally a strong fan of his work. This one was a disorganized, meandering dud to say the least.

    Currently reading "The Jungle" by Clive Cussler.
     
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    The works of the great Edward S. Herman
     
  10. Judas Priest

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    That one bored me to death too; and I am also a big fan.
     
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    "The Devil"...Tolstoy
     

     

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    "Hunger" Knut Hamsun
     
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    "Stupid To The Last Drop" by William Marsden (2007)

    A reporter going out on the limb, discussing the history of oil, with how it came about, the effects and who is in the game both past and a present.

    Only a 1/3 of the way through, and I can sense the bias of this writer who tends to stray from the facts and implying his own take on things. There's always more than one layer to consider!

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    Joan Didion
    We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order To Live
    (Knopf, 2006)

    Nearing the end of this sprawling collection of essays penned between 1968 and 2003.

    Great book @ times, but one suspects that this woman has been sorely in need of Prozac for some time.
     
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    Had to stop reading Nietzsche for awhile, but will try to get back to him later. Maybe it's just the translation, but he has struck me as just another nihilist. So moved on and have just finished Sarah Vowell's book Unfamiliar Fishes. Now that that's finished, am starting a complete and unabridged collection of the poetry of Robert Frost.
     
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    My latest read was Digital Audio Technology by Dr Heitaro Nakajima, Toshitada Doi, Jyoji Fukuda and Akira Iga. First Edition English Translation. 1983. 312 pages.

    The theory and details of digital recording and reproduction (from the first linear tape based, rotary etc) including the lead up to the invention and commercialization of the compact disc. Written originally for the Japanese Audio Society in 1979 by these top Sony engineers, it is a fascinating read and the translation is first rate. Full details of the error correction and interleaving aspects of the format. Filter techniques and theory etc.

    Pictures of prototypes, the world's first CD radio broadcast on a prototype player etc.

    Straight from the horses' mouths with facts and the mathematics behind it all and absolutely no internet hearsay and guesswork that comes with 35 years of audiophile nonsense. Some very fascinating predictions that have pretty much all come into play in the current day.
     
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    I read Faulkner's Sanctuary and found the jail scene wherein Popeye awaits his execution to be very similar in theme to Camus' protagonist's ruminations in prison before he is executed. I think Camus must have read Sanctuary but who knows. I read The Stranger decades before I read Sanctuary but the latter book brought back Camus' work rather strongly.
     
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    Camus was a pussy:)Faulkner quite the opposite...... Faulkners short stories alone render him unique.
     
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    "The Samurai" by Jonathan Clements.
     
  20. Judas Priest

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    I enjoyed Matilda, even though it was basically a child´s book :)

    After a few recent disappointing new books, I´m starting King´s "Dark Tower" again. I think his is my 4th time; all 5,620 pages of it :)

    edit: page count corrected
     
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