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BiblioRanger 10 August 2004 11:56

What are you reading?
 
With apologies to RangerCharlie, who usually comes up with this type of question.

What are you reading right now?

James Buchanan - bio
Curing MS - non-fiction
Da Vinci Code - fiction
Presidential Leadership - non-fiction
Charlotte's Web - (reading to my son)


What is your all-time favorite book?

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

SgtUSMC8541 10 August 2004 12:03

Reading:

The Nelson Touch. The Life and Legend of Horatio Nelson by Terry Coleman.

DY 10 August 2004 12:05

Answer: This well known author is a favorite among rougue Rangers who steal away to local libraries.
Question: Who is John Steinbeck?

Neo 10 August 2004 12:17

Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King

Excellent read.

BiblioRanger 10 August 2004 12:18

Quote:

Originally posted by DY

Question: Who is John Steinbeck?

Steinbeck is probably one of America's greatest novelist from the 20th Century. He wrote The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, and other novels and non-fiction.

He lived from 1902 to 1968. Was born in California and is the only California native to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (1962).

Check out some of the links below:

http://www2.sjsu.edu/steinbeck/

Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University

http://www.nobel.se/literature/laure...nbeck-bio.html

Steinbeck Bio from the Nobel web page.


http://www.steinbeck.org/MainFrame.html

John Steinbeck Center in Salinas



Needless to say, he is my favorite writer.

JJC_15 10 August 2004 12:26

Charlie Wilson's War by George Crile.

An outstanding and scary read about the CIA in Afghanistan in the 80's.

jojoB375 10 August 2004 12:30

One fis to fis wed fis boo fis...


Dark tower trilogy by Stephen King. (Fiction)
Jarhead by Anthony Swofford (Non Fiction)
Black Tulip by Dumas (Classic Fiction)

DY 10 August 2004 12:47

Quote:

From Biblioranger: Needless to say, he is my favorite writer.
He appears to have lived alife that most writers dream about.

A recent favorite of mine is "The Fight" by Normal Mailer...an insiders view of "the rumble in the jungle" between Mohammad Ali and George Foreman.

Reattacking "From Beriut To Jerusalem" by Thomas L. Friedman. He lived in Beruit as a journalist for 5 years.

Started The Bible (from) "the beginning". Currently in Judges.

pittsburghgrl 10 August 2004 12:51

LOL, I tried to get Ranger Sharky to read something besides non-fiction. He just gave me that "Real men don't read fiction" look. I got him to read "East of Eden" and he loved it. I also have "Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice and Men", maybe I can sneak those onto his nightstand too. Maybe you guys ARE a good influence... :D

brewmonkey 10 August 2004 12:57

Plan of Attack by Bob Woodward & SOCNET.

BiblioRanger 10 August 2004 13:09

Quote:

Originally posted by sharkysgrl
LOL, I tried to get Ranger Sharky to read something besides non-fiction. He just gave me that "Real men don't read fiction" look. I got him to read "East of Eden" and he loved it. I also have "Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice and Men", maybe I can sneak those onto his nightstand too. Maybe you guys ARE a good influence... :D
If Sharky does not want to read GOW or OMM have him watch the movies. The 1939 version of OMM with Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney, Jr is a great movie. In 1940, GOW, directed by John Ford, starting Henry Fonda is the best.

Also, in 1992 OMM was done with John Malkovich and Gary Sinise and it is a very good film, it is very true to the book.

OMM is a pretty short novel and it can be read in a couple of hours.

Steinbeck wrote East of Eden for his children.

IMHO - anything by Steinbeck is good reading!

ke4gde 10 August 2004 13:10

Ahh a favorite past time for me. I love SCI-FI.

Currently reading Boat of a Million Years by Poul Anderson

Favorites Include but are not limited to:
1) Sten (7 book series) by Allen Cole and Chris Bunch
2) Any book by Chris Bunch
3) The Reality Dysfunction series by Peter F. Hamilton
4) Fallen Dragon by Peter F. Hamilton
5) most of the alternate history books (except the fantasy based ones) by Harry Turtledove
6) Armor by John Steakly
7) Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlen
8) The HALO series of books

There are more, but these are all I can recall off the top of my head. I love reading a good book with a cigar, and some cognac.

Gypsy 10 August 2004 13:30

Tales from the Teamhouse, a compilation of stories from SF Soldiers...proceeds benefit the 'Yards. A great read!

Edit to add: Just finished In the Company of Heroes a couple weeks ago...awesome book.

rna 10 August 2004 13:30

Right now I'm reading Terrorism: Inside A World Phenomenon by Barry Davies.

I really enjoyed The Commandos: The Inside Story of America's Secret Soldiers by Douglas C. Waller, but my favorite book of all time is The Finishing School by Dick Couch.

celder 10 August 2004 13:32

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

Luke 10 August 2004 13:38

Charlie Wilson's War - Crile

I've been reading Steven King's Dark Tower since I was in high school, but the fourth book was average and the fifth was just awful. I don't know if I can bear to read the current one (Song of Suzannah?). Has anyone read this yet?

FireFinder 10 August 2004 13:50

Currently:

The Yom Kippur War

Recently:

The Filthy Thirteen
Combat Jump
Currahee!
This Man's Army
In the Company of Heroes
Immediate Action
Behind Hitler's Lines
We Were Soldiers Once, and Young
Jarhead

On deck:
Practical Shooting: Beyond the Fundamentals
Airborne
The Battle of Mogadishu
The Guts to Try
SOG
Unfit for Command

Its hard to keep track of what I've read, I go through about 4 books a month.

pittsburghgrl 10 August 2004 14:05

Quote:

Originally posted by BiblioRanger
If Sharky does not want to read GOW or OMM have him watch the movies.
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?

Neo 10 August 2004 14:39

Parachute Infantry : An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich by David Webster

This guy was one of the guys in Easy Company in Ambrose's "Band of Brothers". He gives his perspective of the Normandy jump, his fellow soldiers and the war. Seems like he didn't enjoy the Army to much, but knew he had a job to do.

Excellent read again.

FYI: If you have watched the series, hes the guy who misses the Bulge and comes back to a Company who treats him like a FNG, even though he had fought on D-Day and did the jump in Holland during operation Market Garden.

Guy 10 August 2004 14:55

None at all...
 
Quote:

Originally posted by sharkysgrl
He's getting there. Any recommendations on some good fiction books that my grumpy old Ranger might enjoy?
Women. :rolleyes: I swear I'm not changing. I still don't like Oprah or her book reading club.:p

My next book..."How to refinish this damn deck, so that my better half leaves me alone."

Her next book, which I will purchase..."Communication is way overrated in a relationship."

Take care...lmao!:D

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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