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pittsburghgrl 10 August 2004 15:00

Hey Guy! I got somethin' for ya to read... MY SIGNATURE!

Tell your woman I'll get her the book "How to Lose All Guy's Money in Las Vegas"...heh heh. You're not comin' with her are ya? ;)

quartz 10 August 2004 15:07

Current
The Bourne Supremacy - Jack Ludlum

Favorite all Time
Alaska- James Mitchner

Favorite Authors
Edgar Allen Poe
Mark Twain

I also like long walks....oops different thread

Almost forgot
Issac Asimov Love the Fondation Series

BiblioRanger 10 August 2004 15:24

I like Faulkner
 
Quote:

Originally posted by celder
BiblioRanger,

Do you like Faulkner at all?

I like both because my dad has stories from his childhood that are Steinbeckian and Faulknerian. He grew up in the South, but also went west to work on the railroads.

I need to record all of his stories.

celder

Celder,

Yes, indeed, I like Faulkner's Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom, and many of his short stories. He also won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Faulkner, Steinbeck, Hemingway and Fitzgerald are good read, if you like early to mid 20th Century Lit.

Guy 10 August 2004 15:24

LMAO...
 
Quote:

Originally posted by sharkysgrl
Hey Guy! I got somethin' for ya to read... MY SIGNATURE!

Tell your woman I'll get her the book "How to Lose All Guy's Money in Las Vegas"...heh heh. You're not comin' with her are ya? ;)

I should be there if I'm at home.

NO DAMN JEWELRY SHOPPING! I'm going too have her sign a "written contract on that and get it notarized." :o

Take care.

RangerWinnie 10 August 2004 15:26

Quote:

Originally posted by sharkysgrl
He's getting there. Any recommendations on some good fiction books that my grumpy old Ranger might enjoy?
"Soldier of the Great War" by Mark Helprin
I reccomend 3 books by Stephen Pressfield
"Gates of Fire"
"Tides of War" &
"Last of the Amazons"

I'm a Ranger and I read them, they won't hurt him I promise. lol

BiblioRanger 10 August 2004 15:29

Quote:

Originally posted by sharkysgrl
His problem is not that he minds reading. He reads CONSTANTLY! He just thinks that fiction that isn't directly related to war or law enforcement isn't worth reading. He had to take a Lit course this semester for school and he's opening his mind a little to fiction. I think he equates "fiction" with "trashy paperback novel" (i.e. geared toward mushy love stories and women) and doesn't yet realize that most of the best books in the entire world are fiction and may or may not have ANYTHING to do with war, etc.

He's getting there. Any recommendations on some good fiction books that my grumpy old Ranger might enjoy?


Pick up Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls and see if he like it. Also, a short novel by Hemingway - The Old Man and the Sea is a good fishing tale.

Tell him that fiction goes beyond the "trashy paperback novel."

celder 10 August 2004 15:35

Faulknerian Mad Lib
They lead beautiful lives - SOCNETers. Lives not only fought from, but irrevocably killed excommunicated from, all reality. That’s why although their wars, the instant of dissolution, are of no importance to them since they have a beer and blood in the face of mud and guts which would make the most hazy fire resemble a puling heart , yet to them of their funerals and graves, the little hot men of spurious immortality set above their slumber, are of incalculable importance.

http://www.class.uidaho.edu/english/...an_mad_lib.htm

pittsburghgrl 10 August 2004 15:39

Re: LMAO...
 
Quote:

Originally posted by Guy
I should be there if I'm at home.
I was talking about the bachelorette party...YOU CAN'T COME!!!!!

Bravo_One_Three 10 August 2004 15:39

Just finished "A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles" by Thomas Sowell.

Prior to that I read "Uncle Sams Plantation" by Star Parker. It's an excellent commentary on vote pandering and the effects of the social safety net.

I'm now waiting for "Unfit for Command" by John O'Neill to be released/deliverd from Amazon.

Husker19D30 10 August 2004 15:47

I second RangerWinnie's reccomendation of "Gates of Fire" really excellent historical fiction. Other good ones, a bit more down the sci-fi arena are: "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card, the Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov, and "Childhood's End" by Arthur C. Clarke.

Currently I'm enjoying reading:

The Active Directory Cookbook

Hacking Exposed Windows Server 2003

Microsoft Exchange Server 2003

and the 9/11 Comission Report.

BiblioRanger 10 August 2004 15:53

Quote:

Originally posted by celder
Faulknerian Mad Lib
http://www.class.uidaho.edu/english/...an_mad_lib.htm

Thanks for the link Celder.

Ahh! The difference between Hemingway and Faulkner has always been that Hemingway will have a 3 or 4 sentences to describe something in a paragraph. On the other hand, Faulkner will take about 3 to 4 pages to describe one thing - all in one paragraph. :D

Guy 10 August 2004 16:12

Re: Re: LMAO...
 
Quote:

Originally posted by sharkysgrl
I was talking about the bachelorette party...YOU CAN'T COME!!!!!
I have no desire to attend one of those!

My next book..."How to E&E when women, get together to gossip.":D

Can you say...HEADACHE!

glockcqc 10 August 2004 16:16

Current read
 
.."An Army At Dawn"

..school of hard knocks for the US Army in Tunisia.

Kurt V 10 August 2004 16:18

Quote:

Originally posted by jojoB375
One fis to fis wed fis boo fis...
Dark tower trilogy by Stephen King. (Fiction)

There are actually going to be a total of 7 books in the series. Book 6 just came out and that is what I am reading right now. I'm a one book at a time guy. Don't know how the rest of you can read 5 or 6 books at once.

Reaper375 10 August 2004 16:28

I moved this here to the book forum, since it looks like a pretty good heads-up list on things to buy/read.

JazzSolo 10 August 2004 19:47

Just finished The Great Game by Peter Hopkirk. It's a history of British/Russina intrigues in Afghanistan et al during the 19th Century and early 20th.

Currently re-reading King Leopold's Ghost by Hochschild. A history of the Belgian Congo.

Fire-Gunner 10 August 2004 20:50

Currently:
The Last Men Out: Life on the edge at Rescue 2 Firehouse, by Tom Downey

Six Days of the Condor, by James Grady

The Teeth of the Tiger, by Tom Clancy

On Deck:
The Battle of Mogadishu, edited by Matt Eversmann and Dan Schilling

American Soldier, by General Tommy Franks

Unfit for Command : Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry, by John O'Neill (when it comes out)

Group9 10 August 2004 21:00

Quote:

Originally posted by celder
Faulknerian Mad Lib
They lead beautiful lives - SOCNETers. Lives not only fought from, but irrevocably killed excommunicated from, all reality. That’s why although their wars, the instant of dissolution, are of no importance to them since they have a beer and blood in the face of mud and guts which would make the most hazy fire resemble a puling heart , yet to them of their funerals and graves, the little hot men of spurious immortality set above their slumber, are of incalculable importance.

http://www.class.uidaho.edu/english/...an_mad_lib.htm

That last sentence is sure Faulknerian. :D (Ole Miss grad who used to bicycle by Rowen Oak on his way to class).

Surf n Turf 10 August 2004 22:08

What are you Reading
 
Just finished
A National Party no more – Zell Miller
The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown
Charlie Wilson’s War – George Crile

Reading
Corporate Warriors (The rise of the privatized Military Industry) P.W. Singer
The Puzzle Palace – James Bamford

Next up
Shining Path of Peru - -David Scott Palmer
Body of Secrets – James Bamford
Small Wars Manual (USMC 1940) intro Ronald Schaffer

Ordered tonight
Unfit for Command – John E. O’Neill
American Soldier – Tommy Franks (Hope it's #1 this week)


SnT

SHOOB 10 August 2004 22:31

Just finished Veil by Bob Woodward and currently reading Imperial Hubris by Anonymous.
Ron Kessler is coming out with a new book called License to Kill. A continuation to his last book The CIA at War. I have it on order but in the mean time I will read Dick Secord's Honor and Betrayal.


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