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"The Diving Bell and The Butterfly" - Jean-Dominique Bauby ... Highly recommended - he is a quadriplegic who blinked it out

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Against The Day - Thomas Pynchon

1/2 way thru this 1,085 page epic
I bet you've read Gravity's Rainbow? I liked that book - maybe I should check out Against The Day next.
post #287 of 4487
The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

post #288 of 4487
"Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride" by Michael Wallis
post #289 of 4487
I'm currently winding up [ONLY 100+ pages to go...] Richard Hoagland's The Monuments of Mars, 4th ed. It all started years ago with the "WTF" photo of the face. Now, years later in the narrative and at about page 370 and after almost giving up on the book, it got REALLY interesting: Hyperdimensional Physics. Do I understand it? No way - but it's fascinating.

Hoagland's new book, Dark Mission, I understand is a best seller. It may be my next read, though I rarely read any current best seller.

post #290 of 4487
Wild Horses-Dick Francis
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Before They Are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie
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post #293 of 4487
Procrastination - Jane Burka & Lenora Yuen

Got the book about 6 months ago but put off reading it to now ...

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

I love half/amazon for my books .. brand new copy for $4
post #294 of 4487
1. Transgressions, edited by Ed McBain. Great collection of novellas.

2. Just finished The Night's Dawn Trilogy, by Peter F. Hamilton. Great space opera, but very truncated and abrupt ending.
post #295 of 4487
I'm reading Catch-22 right now. It's hilarious and everyone should read it.
post #296 of 4487
Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough. She did for that story what the HBO series Rome did NOT do. THANK YOU for finishing (or continuing?) this series , Colleen McCullough.

Ever read The Thorn Birds? That book is child's play compared to her series of books on the fall of the Roman Republic - and no one notices. She's so underrated.
post #297 of 4487
An awesome read!

post #298 of 4487
Watching by Desmond Morris - a fun autobiography of a painter/zoologist/sociologies/broadcaster.
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Not an easy read for the faint hearted...real dark/depressing.
post #300 of 4487
A World of Art by H. M. Sayre.

This is a book about basic concepts of the visual arts and critical appraisal of art. The writing is clear and interesting; jargons and technical terms are illustrated with examples of works. I especially like the "Work in Progress" page spreads that appear in many chapters. Each discusses in detail how an artist conceptualise and create a particular work.

Although the author did make an attempt, in the introduction, to present a cross-cultural view, most of the examples throughout the book are modern American art. I for one welcome this: most of the artists are quite unknown, and their works are visually beautiful and conceptually sound. After all, there is never shortage of books on big European classics.
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