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    Book Recommendations

    What's everyone been reading this summer? I don't get to read as often as I used to but I've got 10 days of vacation coming up, so I need something new.

    The past few years I've made it through all of the Game of Thrones books and more recently read some of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game stuff.

    I've been thinking of starting The Expanse series and getting the first book Leviathan Wakes. I've heard it described as GOT in space, but I'll take that with a grain of salt.

    So what good stuff have people read lately? It doesn't need to be sci-fi or fantasy either, I've just been on those genres lately.



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    Re: Book Recommendations

    Try "Fifty Degrees Below" by Kim Stanley Robinson. I had to read it twice to actually notice everything in it. Whether you're confident that climate change is real or if you scoff at global warming people, this book will make you think. It's fiction (not a narrative or diatribe or political commentary) and yes, the title refers to U.S. temperature (F) Find out how people in our future deal with the changes in climate, weather, temperature and related actions (less frozen and more liquid water anyone?) as well as the human and governmental choices are affected by what we really can't control anymore.
    Sounds boring? Well, the main character builds himself a kind of treehouse in the middle of a city part to escape notice. Try that.



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    Re: Book Recommendations

    I read "All the President's Men" this summer and enjoyed it.



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    Re: Book Recommendations

    I just powered through the divergent series. Not real mind blowing, but if you are just looking for something to pass some time, I'd recommend it



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    Re: Book Recommendations

    An Army at Dawn. First of a three part series on WWII. I rely like the writing style and brings new information to the table with details down to individual soldiers.



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    Re: Book Recommendations

    Life of Pi

    Power of Now.

    Jack Reacher (easy and fun)



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    Re: Book Recommendations

    If you want to feel like kicking yourself in the nuts I'd recommend either Argument Without End or In Retrospect by Robert McNamara.

    Slightly more optimistic is LBJ: The Passage of Power by Robert Caro

    I picked up all 3 for less than $3 at the used book store.

    The 60's....what a trip. Wish I was there to see it first-hand



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    Re: Book Recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbuk View Post
    I read "All the President's Men" this summer and enjoyed it.
    If you enjoyed that book you might like The Final Days written by Woodward and Bernstein. An account of the last days of Nixon and how everyone was playing CYA in the White House. Very interesting



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    Quote Originally Posted by ISUKing View Post
    I just powered through the divergent series. Not real mind blowing, but if you are just looking for something to pass some time, I'd recommend it
    I vehemently disagree with this recommendation. Unless you really enjoy reading about someone's insecurities.


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    Re: Book Recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUKing View Post
    I just powered through the divergent series. Not real mind blowing, but if you are just looking for something to pass some time, I'd recommend it
    +1 similar to hunger games if you're into that



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    Re: Book Recommendations

    If you have not read them yet, I would highly recommend picking up the trilogy written by Stieg Larsson. His first novel (in the trilogy) is "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". It is so unfortunate that Larsson died an early death. His writing style and depth of plot is amazing. At least, we have the opportunity to read these three stories.



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    Quote Originally Posted by KnappShack View Post
    If you enjoyed that book you might like The Final Days written by Woodward and Bernstein. An account of the last days of Nixon and how everyone was playing CYA in the White House. Very interesting
    That one is excellent.

    Back to Vietnam, Christian Appy wrote a book on Vietnam called Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered From All Sides. He did a stunning number of interviews in the book with people from all levels on each side. That one is a really good read.


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    I am currently re-reading Sulfuric Acid by Amélie Nothomb, a Belgian author.

    It's the story of a dystopic future (aren't they always?) where people are rounded up off the streets for a TV show called "Concentration". It's reality-turned-horror (no, not the Kardashians, but almost), as the "stars" of the show are beaten, starved, and tortured following the whims of their "kapos" (uneducated brutes from the streets) and the TV viewing public. As the entire world votes on who lives and who gets executed (on live TV, of course), their darling, the beautiful heroine, faces her ugly torturer who is armed with sulfuric acid.

    This short novel was published in 2005, so predates Katniss and Co. by a year. The style is more erudite and cynical than Collins' trilogy.



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    I recently reread The Call of the Wild. There is something most excellent about that book.


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    I finally got to The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach, in January of last year. Really a well-written book that gives a somewhat inside look at a fictional college athlete's experience at a (fictional) small school in Wisconsin. Rumors were that he spent ten years writing it, and I'd believe it, based on all the detail included in all of the characters, both development- and storyline-wise.



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