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#1 GrinderMJ

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 12:31 PM

Hey, I'm not much of a reader, but I've now read two books by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child and they are both really good books. The two books are called Brimstone, and Cabinet of Curiosities. They are both fiction, and are detective/mystery books. They aren't very deep intellectually I suppose, but they are both really well written in my opinion, and unbelievably addicting. So, I thought I would throw those two out as reccomendations in case anybody was thinking of picking up a new book or two. I'd also be curious to hear thoughts from people who might have read either of these two books. Thanks

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 12:33 PM

View PostGrinderMJ, on Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 4:31 PM, said:

Hey, I'm not much of a reader, but I've now read two books by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child and they are both really good books. The two books are called Brimstone, and Cabinet of Curiosities.
I've read most of the Pendergast books. Good character, fun reading.Wang

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 12:38 PM

I'm a big fan of Clive Cussler. {from Wikipedia}Main CharacterDirk Pitt is a renowned adventurer, a sort of blend of Indiana Jones, MacGyver and James Bond. He's described as tall (6'3") with craggy looks, dark wavy hair, and possessing a rangy build. His most striking features are his opaline green eyes, which can be both alluring or intimidating, as need be. Pitt has a commanding presence, this combined with a quick, sly wit, often infuriates those opposed to him. His comical banter with sidekick Al Giordino during stressful situations leaves the reader with little doubt that both are confident of their abilities.Translation, he kicks *** and gets the girlStyleThe books are written in the style of fast-paced action, and follow a simple and predictable storyline (see below). Most of the creative effort is devoted to highly detailed descriptions of events and technology that are not necessarily mandatory to get the story across. Determination, perseverance and the tendency to overcome hopeless odds are trademarks of the main characters, who, in difficult situations, use humor to further antagonize their opponents or to lift their own spirits. Often, the activities of the main characters are described over action packed consecutive days as they become more determined and more exhausted. In many of his adventures Dirk Pitt meets an odd, eccentric individual, sometimes explicitly identified as Clive Cussler, sometimes hinted at ("C.C." or something similar). This cameo appearance by the author is relatively unusual in modern novels.Translation: Fun, easy read.
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Posted 18 July 2006 - 12:41 PM

View PostShimmering Wang, on Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 12:33 PM, said:

I've read most of the Pendergast books. Good character, fun reading.Wang
Books aren't supposed to be fun. They're supposed to be intimidating, that way if you finish one you feel like a better person than everone else.

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 12:41 PM

View PostShimmering Wang, on Wednesday, July 19th, 2006, 1:33 AM, said:

I've read most of the Pendergast books. Good character, fun reading.Wang
Pendergast is probably the coolest fictional character I've ever read about. The things he thinks of and gets away with are awesome

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 12:43 PM

Dirk Pitt books (Clive Cussler) are a hell of a lot of fun to read, as long as you don't look for them to be anything more than entertaining. He's like an underwater Indiana Jones, very fun, fast paced books. If you're going to start on the series, start with Atlantis Found or Valhalla Rising or Raise the Titanic, really get into the character before reading the older stuff.

View PostDirtydutch, on Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 4:41 PM, said:

Books aren't supposed to be fun. They're supposed to be intimidating, that way if you finish one you feel like a better person than everone else.
I know you're just kidding, but this mentality never fails to piss me off whenever the books and reading discussions start up. It'll show up here too, trust in that.

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 12:46 PM

View Postajs510, on Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 12:43 PM, said:

Dirk Pitt books (Clive Cussler) are a hell of a lot of fun to read, as long as you don't look for them to be anything more than entertaining. He's like an underwater Indiana Jones, very fun, fast paced books. If you're going to start on the series, start with Atlantis Found or Valhalla Rising or Raise the Titanic, really get into the character before reading the older stuff.I know you're just kidding, but this mentality never fails to piss me off whenever the books and reading discussions start up. It'll show up here too, trust in that.
I'm joking in how I say it, but I really do only read books that improve my self-image. Goosebumps, of course, aside.

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 12:55 PM

Also, James Rollins is a decent writer... Check out Map of Bones.
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Posted 18 July 2006 - 01:48 PM

I am a little confused by the ending of brimstone. It says there is the sound of tools beginning to remove the bricks from the tomb that Pendergast is supposedly in, and through the hole there is a man with one hazel eye one blue. Anybody know what this means? d'agosta saw a man on the hill at the end who had the same eyes. Is it pendergast's brother or soemthing of taht nature?

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 01:48 PM

View PostGrinderMJ, on Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 5:48 PM, said:

I am a little confused by the ending of brimstone. It says there is the sound of tools beginning to remove the bricks from the tomb that Pendergast is supposedly in, and through the hole there is a man with one hazel eye one blue. Anybody know what this means? d'agosta saw a man on the hill at the end who had the same eyes. Is it pendergast's brother or soemthing of taht nature?
You know there's more books, right? The saga does continue (and starts before Brimstone)Wang

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 02:39 PM

View PostShimmering Wang, on Wednesday, July 19th, 2006, 2:48 AM, said:

You know there's more books, right? The saga does continue (and starts before Brimstone)Wang
Yes, I feel a little out of sorts, because I have no clue of the order of release, and was hoping somebody could shed some light on what is happening at the end

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 03:10 PM

View PostGrinderMJ, on Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 3:31 PM, said:

Hey, I'm not much of a reader, but I've now read two books by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child and they are both really good books. The two books are called Brimstone, and Cabinet of Curiosities. They are both fiction, and are detective/mystery books. They aren't very deep intellectually I suppose, but they are both really well written in my opinion, and unbelievably addicting. So, I thought I would throw those two out as reccomendations in case anybody was thinking of picking up a new book or two. I'd also be curious to hear thoughts from people who might have read either of these two books. Thanks
I love their books. You need to read "Thunderhead" next. It is my favorite of theirs novels. "Mount Dragon" is good too. You should also check out their solo efforts. I just bought Douglas Preston's "The Codex" this past weekend. maybe we can start our own little book club?P.S. "Riptide" was their first book I read. It was what got me started reading them. I definitely recommend it.

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 03:25 PM

View PostmissIdaho, on Wednesday, July 19th, 2006, 4:10 AM, said:

I love their books. You need to read "Thunderhead" next. It is my favorite of theirs novels. "Mount Dragon" is good too. You should also check out their solo efforts. I just bought Douglas Preston's "The Codex" this past weekend. maybe we can start our own little book club?P.S. "Riptide" was their first book I read. It was what got me started reading them. I definitely recommend it.
The lady at the bookstore also recommended I read the Codex As of now, i bought "Reliquary" and Mount dragon I think.

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 03:28 PM

are there any netflix type companies for books? they're pretty ****ing expensive, especially since i hardly ever reread anything.
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Posted 18 July 2006 - 03:28 PM

View PostGrinderMJ, on Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 6:25 PM, said:

The lady at the bookstore also recommended I read the Codex As of now, i bought "Reliquary" and Mount dragon I think.
Have you read Relic yet?

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 04:13 PM

You guys will probably enjoy "fooled by randomness"I really enjoyed bill brysons "short history of nearly everything". Currently I'm reading Godel, Escher, Bach. Its very interesting, but very long too.

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 04:17 PM

View PostTheraflu, on Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 7:28 PM, said:

are there any netflix type companies for books? they're pretty ****ing expensive, especially since i hardly ever reread anything.
Good lord, it's called a library....

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 04:21 PM

View PostTheraflu, on Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 7:28 PM, said:

are there any netflix type companies for books? they're pretty ****ing expensive, especially since i hardly ever reread anything.

View PostShimmering Wang, on Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 8:17 PM, said:

Good lord, it's called a library....
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Posted 18 July 2006 - 05:18 PM

View PostmissIdaho, on Wednesday, July 19th, 2006, 4:28 AM, said:

Have you read Relic yet?
No, should I read it before reliquary?

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 05:27 PM

View PostShimmering Wang, on Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 4:17 PM, said:

Good lord, it's called a library....
haha i got a good a laugh...but my towns library is a piece of **** and doesnt get new books in. i suppose there are colleges and such, and other towns, and my library even has that program where you can order any book from like 100 libraries and they send it over...but still.im such a degenerate. i havent read anything non sports/poker related since Timeline came out.
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