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Title: What are you reading?
Post by: dazie on January 01, 2009, 09:34:32 PM
In the past few days I've read "Valhalla Rising" by Clive Cussler, "In Her Shoes" by Jennifer Weiner and "Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes and More from NPR's The Kitchen Sisters" by Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson.

The first two are enjoyable fluff, good vacation reading.  The third (which I actually read first) is an excellent book if you like NPR.  Good stories, some heartrending, most pretty fun.  Plus recipes, which are always a treat. 

So what are you guys reading?


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dc on January 01, 2009, 09:47:20 PM
"Lump of Coal" by Lemony Snicket

"The Fourth Bear" by Jasper Fforde

*Edit* -- And "BAAA" by David Macaulay


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: grace on January 01, 2009, 10:47:32 PM
New Orleans--authentic recipes celebrating the foods of the world.

Letters by Henry Miller.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BigDun on January 01, 2009, 10:51:12 PM
Reading: It's A Magical World: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson

Listening to: Woken Furies (Unabridged) by Richard K. Morgan


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: nishi on January 01, 2009, 11:26:51 PM
i just re-set my brain by re-reading the entire aubrey-maturin series by patrick o'brian.

i think it helped.

now i'm reading the newest novel by jim harrison, "the english major". i adore him, but so far this one isn't outstanding.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Infobahn on January 01, 2009, 11:27:56 PM
I am reading
Harold and the Magic Crayon
To Andy.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: eo000 on January 02, 2009, 09:00:46 AM
too fat to fish, by artie lang


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: swolt on January 02, 2009, 09:49:42 AM
I am reading:
"Angel Customers and Demon Customers"
"Designing a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure"
and
"Coyote Blue"

Coyote Blue I got for Christmas and it's pretty funny.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Beefy on January 02, 2009, 12:40:44 PM
Lots of blogs lately.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Infobahn on January 02, 2009, 12:54:41 PM
Lots of blogs lately.

I am loving Google Reader.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Beefy on January 02, 2009, 01:07:59 PM
Lots of blogs lately.

I am loving Google Reader.


I am now looking that up.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Infobahn on January 02, 2009, 01:12:47 PM
Lots of blogs lately.

I am loving Google Reader.


I am now looking that up.

It is nice as I can read my RSS feeds from ANY computer or my iPhone (or Blackberry).


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: VikingJuice on January 02, 2009, 05:22:58 PM
Book 5 in the Asimov Foundation Series: Foundation's Edge.

http://www.amazon.com/Foundation-Isaac-Asimov/dp/0553803719/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230934940&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Foundation-Isaac-Asimov/dp/0553803719/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230934940&sr=8-1)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jessie on January 02, 2009, 06:48:45 PM
Im finishing draft 2 of Carroll's book, but yesterday I bought War and Peace, Atonement, and Under the Banner of Heaven.

I've also been reading Digital Photographers Handbook.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: VikingJuice on January 02, 2009, 11:57:45 PM
Im finishing draft 2 of Carroll's book, but yesterday I bought War and Peace, Atonement, and Under the Banner of Heaven.

I've also been reading Digital Photographers Handbook.


What do you think of the Digital Photographer's Handbook?  I've been contemplating buying something like that very recently but haven't gotten off my ass to make it happen yet.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Alice on January 03, 2009, 02:30:04 AM
Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs and a zombie haiku book.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jessie on January 03, 2009, 08:56:27 AM
Im finishing draft 2 of Carroll's book, but yesterday I bought War and Peace, Atonement, and Under the Banner of Heaven.

I've also been reading Digital Photographers Handbook.


What do you think of the Digital Photographer's Handbook?  I've been contemplating buying something like that very recently but haven't gotten off my ass to make it happen yet.

The one I bought is from 2002 (it was only $6) and it's dated, and I'm not fond of how it's written.  I haven't learned much from it.

I want this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Photography-Book-Scott-Kelby/dp/032147404X

I just haven't bought it yet.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Infobahn on January 03, 2009, 10:46:43 AM
You would be better off reading a couple of blogs about Digital Photography, as things change so often.  Also, you can ask questions and see example and join contests.  One of the best bloggers out there (I met him at Blog World) also runs a website for digital photography.  Start here:


http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dazie on January 03, 2009, 11:33:54 AM
I 2nd Info's suggestion.

See if you can get on a newsletter list.  I used to be on one for PhotoShop that was great, I'm assuming there are similar ones out there for photography.

I'm now reading "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" btw.  Lubs me some Half Price Books.  $1!


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BigDun on January 03, 2009, 01:15:53 PM
I just read Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves (I read it in one day). Last night I started Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Infobahn on January 03, 2009, 01:18:39 PM
...Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler.

That sounds like an Oprah selection right there.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jessie on January 03, 2009, 03:52:41 PM
You would be better off reading a couple of blogs about Digital Photography, as things change so often.  Also, you can ask questions and see example and join contests.  One of the best bloggers out there (I met him at Blog World) also runs a website for digital photography.  Start here:


http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/

I've read a lot on that site.  Sometimes I like to get off the internet and hold a book in my hands, though.  Books can also go in my camera bag.  My computer and the whole internet can't.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Gamplayerx on January 04, 2009, 07:46:05 PM
I am reading some really silly book called "Undead and Unwed" that I got from the ship's library.  It seems to be about a blond former model turned vampire queen who really loves designer shoes. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: eo000 on January 04, 2009, 09:08:22 PM
i've moved on from too fat to fish, to the bro code.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jessie on January 04, 2009, 11:37:41 PM
I read all of Atonement this weekend.  It's a very good book.  The movie is an excellent adaptation, near perfect, really.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BigDun on January 05, 2009, 12:26:39 AM
I am reading some really silly book called "Undead and Unwed" that I got from the ship's library.  It seems to be about a blond former model turned vampire queen who really loves designer shoes. 


That book is the first in a series. I've listened to the first 3 or 4 of them. They are mindless fun.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Gamplayerx on January 05, 2009, 11:19:44 AM
I am reading some really silly book called "Undead and Unwed" that I got from the ship's library.  It seems to be about a blond former model turned vampire queen who really loves designer shoes. 


That book is the first in a series. I've listened to the first 3 or 4 of them. They are mindless fun.

Good to know.  :D


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dazie on January 26, 2009, 08:00:56 PM
To Kill a Mockingbird.

Much much better than I remember it being when I had to read it in high school.  I wrote a paper on it, comparing it to SE Hinton's The Outsiders.  Wish I still had it to see what kind of BS I spouted.  :)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jessie on January 26, 2009, 08:05:50 PM
I love that book so much.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Beefy on January 26, 2009, 08:43:51 PM
I've been on the verge of starting Little Brother (http://www.amazon.com/Little-Brother-Cory-Doctorow/dp/0765319853/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233020591&sr=1-1) for a while now.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: grace on January 26, 2009, 10:36:53 PM
architectural salvage sites & blogs


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: VikingJuice on January 27, 2009, 12:10:09 AM
the label on my underwear.  Next to size it says "DAMN!!"


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: pumpkineye on January 27, 2009, 12:06:14 PM
the most frustrating pattern in the history of my knitting life.  I have probably looked at this piece of paper and re-read it over and over in the time it took you all to finish your books.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dazie on January 27, 2009, 12:18:23 PM
Have you tried writing it out yourself?  I found that if I was working on something that was like "K2 P4 KO repeat til end" or whatever, it helped to get some lined paper and write out every single line of knitting, especially if there was a repeat.  Then, when you finish each row of knitting, cross off the corresponding line on the paper.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: pumpkineye on January 27, 2009, 12:56:36 PM
(http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/579/stupidbagks7.th.jpg) (http://img231.imageshack.us/my.php?image=stupidbagks7.jpg)

its the chart of the design that is killing me.  The number of stitches in the design, the size of the squares, the colors I picked.... all a bad combo it seems.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dazie on January 27, 2009, 01:03:37 PM
I hate following charts, so I feel your pain.  I tried some illusion knitting a while back and finally just gave up. 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Alice on January 27, 2009, 01:25:24 PM
I like the colors.

I'm jealous, I wish I had the patience for knitting.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: pumpkineye on January 27, 2009, 01:31:34 PM
I like the colors.

I'm jealous, I wish I had the patience for knitting.

it does kind of take over.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dc on January 27, 2009, 07:34:53 PM
Everybody go read some John Updike....

Only because he passed away today.  I wouldn't recommend him for any other reason.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Beefy on January 27, 2009, 08:40:35 PM
Everybody go read some John Updike....

Only because he passed away today.  I wouldn't recommend him for any other reason.


I've thought about reading The Witches of Eastwick a few times.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dazie on March 26, 2009, 01:24:01 PM
"Love in the Time of Cholera"

Not bad, but kind of difficult to pay attention to.  The author tends toward short transitions between story lines, and sometimes I have a hard time following what's going on.

Not bad though- I'm curious to see how it all pans out.

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Time-Cholera-Vintage-International/dp/0307387143/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238088192&sr=8-1


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jessie on March 26, 2009, 01:53:24 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Dress-Codes-Girlhoods-My-Mothers-Fathers/dp/B000HWYXCM/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238089963&sr=8-1

Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods---My Mother's, My Father's, and Mine


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BigDun on March 26, 2009, 02:14:18 PM
I'm listening to Enchantment by Orson Scott Card. It's great with the readers doing decent Russian accents.

http://www.audible.com/adbl/site/products/ProductDetail.jsp?productID=BK_BLAK_002444&BV_SessionID=@@@@1259860355.1238091145@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccgadegkmjdilmcefecekjdffidfgi.0 (http://www.audible.com/adbl/site/products/ProductDetail.jsp?productID=BK_BLAK_002444&BV_SessionID=@@@@1259860355.1238091145@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccgadegkmjdilmcefecekjdffidfgi.0)


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: meredith on March 26, 2009, 04:51:23 PM
"Love in the Time of Cholera"

Not bad, but kind of difficult to pay attention to.  The author tends toward short transitions between story lines, and sometimes I have a hard time following what's going on.

Not bad though- I'm curious to see how it all pans out.

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Time-Cholera-Vintage-International/dp/0307387143/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238088192&sr=8-1


QUITE THE GUT-WRENCHING READ
...
THE BOOK LEFT ME FLUSHED
...
IT RISES ABOVE THE USUAL CRAP



sorry



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Beefy on March 26, 2009, 07:12:45 PM
I got the new issues of Wired, Video Watchdog, and Rolling Stone.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Gamplayerx on March 27, 2009, 11:56:57 AM
I'm not reading anything.  I've read everything I have here.  I need a book.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dots on March 30, 2009, 10:18:08 PM
Choke


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jessie on March 31, 2009, 08:49:08 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Dress-Codes-Girlhoods-My-Mothers-Fathers/dp/B000HWYXCM/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238089963&sr=8-1

Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods---My Mother's, My Father's, and Mine

I picked this up at the flea market so I'd have something to read while eating lunch alone.  Turned out to be a pretty good book.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: dazie on March 31, 2009, 09:02:03 AM
It looks interesting. 

I'm still slogging through Love...Cholera, but now I'm also reading "Michael Tolliver Lives" and "Baghdad Without a Map" which are both much better.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Gamplayerx on March 31, 2009, 04:13:00 PM
I went to the library. Now I'm reading some quality trash and am totally content:  Plum Spooky


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ReBurn on March 31, 2009, 05:49:58 PM
Whatever it is you're reading I'd rather just watch the DVD version.


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Gamplayerx on April 01, 2009, 03:07:09 PM
It'd be awesome if they made a DVD version of the Stephanie Plum books.  How fun would that be?