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  • Originally posted by scream4melongbeach View Post
    I read it to see what the big Tom Cruise thing was all about. I enjoyed it( still Not sure how I feel about Cruise as Reacher though) I liked it enough to give the next book a shot.
    Start from the beginning. They are all good but I think I like the first the best.

    And I hate Cruise as Reacher. However, I also hated Wahlberg as Bob Lee Swagger and Shooter has since become one of my favorite action movies.

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    • Deaths Door by Michael Slade..haven't read Slade in a long time ( loved Headhunter and Ghoul)so I'm looking forward to this.
      sigpicMy , What big teeth you have.

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      • Originally posted by scream4melongbeach View Post
        Deaths Door by Michael Slade..haven't read Slade in a long time ( loved Headhunter and Ghoul)so I'm looking forward to this.
        I love nearly all of Slade's books. It sucks that apparently no American publishers will distribute them any more.

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        • Moby Dick, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Lawerence of Arabia, and then something else I can't remember but it was an antique first edition and it had pictures of skeletons so I got it.

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          • Originally posted by Mayday View Post
            I love nearly all of Slade's books. It sucks that apparently no American publishers will distribute them any more.
            Has there been any new Slade books out in the last couple years?
            sigpicMy , What big teeth you have.

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            • Bought Eye Witness To The Civil War The Complete History From Secession To Reconstruction by Neil Kagan and Stephen G. Hyslop.
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              R.I.P.

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              • found this today at a resale shop:

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                • Originally posted by pumkinheadfan View Post
                  found this today at a resale shop:
                  Very Nice~!
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                  R.I.P.

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                  • The Twelve by Justin Cronin, but heaven knows when I'll get a chance to finally start it!

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                    • Originally posted by prettyscary View Post
                      The Twelve by Justin Cronin, but heaven knows when I'll get a chance to finally start it!
                      Did you read the passage ?
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                      R.I.P.

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                      • The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker.

                        Pinker is one of those think tank types who has made a living writing watered down scholarship for the mass market. He's a pretty good writer, though his style is so breezey at times that it seems as if he's purposely dumbing down his material to reach the lowest common denominator in terms of his readership. He can be rather smug, and his attempts to balance his ivory tower smarts by citing pop culture examples comes off at times as both smarmy and hopelessly nerdy. His tendency toward condecension aside, Pinker is an engaging writer who delights in his subject matter.

                        In this book, he argues that despite more than one hundred years of cataclysmic wars and the perfection of lethal technology, the world is a less violent place then at any time in history. He attributes this to the rise of a humanistic philosophy as a by-product of The Enlightment and the general civilizing force of society as it progresses through history. He has plenty of charts and graphs and endless amounts of data to prove his point; problem is, I just don't buy his premise. And based on what happened in Conneticut today, I'm even less inclined to believe him. Still, it's an entertaining read, possibly because Pinker takes such delights in enumerating the many ways man has perpetrated violence on his fellow man from biblical times to the present even while insisting that we are becoming more empathic, commisserat, and less savage in general. Consequently, the book come off like a grand guignol shot through with just enough moral pronouncements to make it appear righteous. Weird.

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                        • Originally posted by scream4melongbeach View Post
                          Has there been any new Slade books out in the last couple years?
                          Slade's last 3 were Kamikaze, Crucifed and Red Snow. He/they got on a WWII kick for some reason. Not sure how long ago they were all published, but if you have an e-reader, their website had great news:

                          http://www.specialx.net/specialxdotnet/novels.html

                          And now that I have a Kindle Fire, I've been taking advantage of Amazon free stuff (or at least moderately priced). Downloaded a shit-ton of Phillip K. Dick stories, some free horror short story collections and a couple Stephen King/Joe Hill collaborations.
                          Last edited by Mayday; 12-14-2012, 07:13 PM.

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                          • Originally posted by Mayday View Post
                            And now that I have a Kindle Fire, I've been taking advantage of Amazon free stuff (or at least moderately priced). Downloaded a shit-ton of Phillip K. Dick stories, some free horror short story collections and a couple Stephen King/Joe Hill collaborations.
                            You really cannot go wrong with Phillip K Dick
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                            R.I.P.

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                            • Mangled Meat by Edward Lee......getting some hardcore gore, nice!
                              sigpicMy , What big teeth you have.

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                              • Originally posted by Freddy_Lives View Post
                                You really cannot go wrong with Phillip K Dick
                                Years ago a friend told me PKD was hard to get into/understand, but I have to say, I find his stuff very accessible. (Though I did read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep in high school and totally loved it.) Glad I've given him a whirl. Although the commonality of his themes from his earlier '50s works get kinda repetitive. But now that I'm almost out of PKD freebies, I might have to actually spend some $ to download his other stuff.

                                Oh, and major bonus, I inadvertantly downloaded Second Variety, not realizing it was the story upon which Screamers was based until I started reading it. Along with Blade Runner, it's my fave-fave PKD movie adaptation and a highly under-appreciated film.

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