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    #31
    The Luck of Barry Lyndon
    https://www.gutenberg.org/files/4558/4558-h/4558-h.htm

    A Kubrick film really must be consumed along with the source book for the best experience
    Dulce et decorum est pro comoedia mori

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      #32
      Lately I’ve been working my way through a book of short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Sword of Shannara trilogy by Terry Brooks.

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        #33
        Revisiting "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell.

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          #34
          Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed - By: Ben R. Rich , Leo Janos

          From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies. Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works is a drama of Cold War confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds. Here are up-close portraits of the maverick band of scientists and engineers who made the Skunk Works so renowned. Filled with telling personal anecdotes and high adventure, with narratives from the CIA and from air force pilots who flew the many classified, risky missions, this book is a riveting portrait of the most spectacular aviation triumphs of the 20th century.
          Next on the reading list - The Warren Commission Report: The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy I've had this for a while and now built up the desire to dig into it out of curiosity (I am not a conspiracy person but I do feel much of what we "know" has been shaped out of political considerations vs. honest transparency)

          <Grendel moves away from the precipice of politi-speak>
          "When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it." - Theodore Roosevelt

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            #35
            Currently on the nightstand is Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell.
            “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” -Krishnamurti

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              #36
              Skunk Works was SOOOOOOOO good.

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                #37
                Agreed, one of my all time favorite non-fiction books!

                Finished all of Discworld in December, just in time to rage at the monstrosity that is The Watch adaptation. It's just SO bad.

                Recently finished The Space between Worlds, dystopian sci-fi with a great premise; We've discovered the multiverse, but you can only enter another world if you're dead in that world. Leads to the explorers being picked from the lowest rungs of society, being given important jobs, but still seen as outcasts. Great read and some fun twists along the way.

                Then took on Christoper Paolini's (Eragon) new book, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. Pretty good, especially how he handles and depicts alien life. Super long though, felt like it could've been broken up into two books easily. Apparently he's building a whole universe around this story so it'll be interesting to see what happens in future books.

                Now taking on the Dark Tower series.

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                  #38
                  I’m about halfway through The Twenty-Ninth Day, Surviving a grizzly attack in the Canadian tundra.

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                    #39
                    Started this one yesterday.

                    Originally posted by MAr
                    ... Nish deleted it...

                    Originally posted by Axel "coffee-fueled, beer-cooled."

                    Master Jar-Jar

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                      #40
                      I am reading the second volume of Dreiser's Desire Trilogy. Of course, it is not read in one breath, there is a lot of reasoning, but the plot is interesting and I am interested to know how the whole story will end.

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                        #41
                        Ug, slogging through The Wind Up Bird by Haruki Murakami. Recommended by a friend, but man it is not my thing.

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                        • Cunha
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                          Throw in the towel and move on. Life is too short man. Maybe start reading first sentence and last sentence in each paragraph or first paragraph and last paragraph in each chapter till it catches you or till you finish it. Just wrap that shit up and get into a better book! There is nothing more satisfying than cutting losses :P

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                          I looked this up on Goodreads, and honestly it sounds pretty terrible, despite having good reviews.

                        #42
                        I just picked up Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline. It's (obviously) the sequel to the extremely nerdy and unapologetically nostalgic sci-fi book (and movie, I guess) Ready Player One.

                        Player One is one of the single best books I've ever read. It's horribly unrealistic, and plays very heavily on 80s and early 90s nostalgia, but it did it tastefully. Hopefully Player Two keeps in line with that, without coming across as just a money grab. Player One seemed sincere in his reminiscence.

                        Cline's second novel, Armada, is one of the worst books I've ever read. It was basically Ender's Game with poor plot development, annoying characters, unnecessary sex, and an obnoxious gushing over Carl Sagan that lasted literally pages. It felt like a money grab; simply trying to profit off of his name. I pray Player Two isn't anything like that. It has me nervous though. I don't want the second book to ruin the first for me.
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                          #43
                          I almost always have an audio book for the car and a reading book going at the same time.

                          Just wrapped up 1984 today (again, luckily my memory is garbage so it was like a new story) and I’m working through one called “The Wild Trees” about some dudes that found the biggest trees in the world. It’s just entertaining enough to keep me going.
                          Last edited by autococker04; 05-14-2021, 11:57 AM.

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                            Update on the wild trees - it was about as good as a book about big trees can be.

                          #44
                          Originally posted by Diomedes View Post
                          I'm doing a Cosmere reread. Started with The Way of Kings, now on Words of Radiance. I'm also reading some nonfiction - Boundless Sea, One Billion Americans, and The Power Worshippers, because I cannot read just one book at a time.
                          What did you think of the series so far? I've already completed Elantris, and despite some criticism it has received, I enjoyed it.
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                            #45
                            Just finished Hyperion by Dan Simmons. Moving on to the sequel Fall of Hyperion.

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