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Michael Huber
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Thomas Moudry
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Finally decided to begin Stephen King's Dark Tower series. For whatever reason, I just never picked up the first book, even though I've owned it for several years.

Also reading Nora Ephron's I Remember Nothing...it's hilarious!

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William Roberge
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Just started The TERRA COTTA ARMY by John May. About Emperor Qin Shi Huang and the (you guessed it) more then 8,000 Terra Cotta Warriors.

I'll update when I'm done.

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Wizard: the life and times of Nikola Tesla
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Petter Myhr Ness
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ECHO BURNING - a straight-forward thriller by Lee Child.

BITTER SEEDS by Ian Tregillis - done reading it, but thought I'd recommend it all the same. A sci-fi novel set during WW II. Very exciting.
(slight disclaimer: Ian's a friend of mine, but his books IS really good!)
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Soren Hjortkær
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I`m currently reading "The fall" by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. It`s the second part of a trilogi concerning a kind of virus outbreak. I won`t spoil the surprise for those who haven`t read it.

The first one is called "The Strain". That was a really good read.

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Just finished THE PASSAGE - by Justin Cronin

Huge, thick (700+ pages) vampire novel, set in the near future when a government-created virus turns people into vampires who then infect others (thru obvious means), which leads to the fall of civilization.

Part of the novel is about what leads up to this, but the bulk is about the survivors a couple of generations down the road.

Couldn't finish it before I had to return it to the library, but it was such a slog almost didn't put myself on the list again. Finally finished it, but...it wasn't worth the slog. Interesting situations/developments/characters, but sparsely written; and ultimately, not a satisfying end in any way.
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Joe Smith
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ALWAYS BY MY SIDE - Jim Nantz
RATIO - Michael Ruhlman
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Chris Wood
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Henry Clay — The Essential American, by Davis S. Heidler and JeanneT. Heidler. 

It's a great examination of a historical figure who was one of a triumvirate of Senate greats that also included Daniel Webster and John C. Calhoun.
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Josh Goldberg
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Just started Stephen J. Cannell's THE TIN COLLECTORS.
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Jason Mark Hickok
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After a couple meager tries I am finally a good portion through the final Dark Tower book by Stephen King.
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Fabrice Renault
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I just finished the first book of the Dark Tower (the gunslinger ; first version, not the corrected one).

Now I intend to start reading a Sherlock Holmes tie-in book : Memories of Mary Watson.

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Brad Krawchuk
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I've started The Mauritius Command by Patrick O'Brian, having just finished HMS Surprise and I'm also near the end of William Shatner's Up Till Now and about 50 pages into Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms

I usually have about 10 books going at any given time, but those are the ones at the forefront of my interest right now so I won't list the rest. 
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Jamie Grey
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Just finished Edward Rutherfurd's "New York" - loved it.
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Andrew Hess
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AT HOME by Bill Bryson

Basically, a bunch of trivia. He tries to hold it all together by using the different rooms of the house as a backbone, but some of the connections are a little iffy.

Well written, and interesting, in any case.
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Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini
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About a 150 pages into THE OLD DEVIL: CLARENCE DARROW - THE WORLD'S GREATEST TRIAL LAWYER by Donald McRae.  Ever since I became obsessed with the history of Chicago a decade ago, Darrow's name has popped up quite frequently.  I think he's a fascinating character.  This book is good, but spends a wee bit too much time using his affair with Mary Field Parton as both a framing device and the lens through which his story is told.  That certainly bogs down the first fifty or so pages, but once you get to the courtroom it's fairly riveting. 

The book focuses on the last years of his life and the three trials that cemented his legacy; Leopold and Loeb, the Scopes Monkey trial and the racially charged Sweet murder trial.  I know quite a bit about Leopold and Loeb after reading the excellent FOR THE THRILL OF IT: LEOPOLD, LOEB, AND THE MURDER THAT SHOCKED JAZZ AGE CHICAGO by Simon Baatz.  Outside of a general overview, I know very little about Scopes and have never heard of the Sweet murder trial, so I'm looking forward to getting to that part of the book.

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THE WAR FOR LATE NIGHT, by Bill Carter. About 4 chapters into it. A good read.
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Just finished Harry Turtledove's "The Valley-Westside War" from the "Crosstime Traffic" series.
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Chilton's manual for a 1974 Ford Maverick
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Richard White
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 On The Beach....after seeing JB mentioning it.....loving it.
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The Dark Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks. (It's about super ninja in a fantasy setting who reminds me of Remo Williams: the Destroyer somehow). It's one of those sci-fi bookclub omibus things that I found at Half Price Books, used.
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Dan Dare Pilot of the Future: Project Nimbus.

Fantastic art!

Outstanding Space Ships!! (My favorite is the Zylan Ferry)

Spectacular story!!!

 

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Just finished The Count of Monte Cristo for the first time and To Kill a Mockingbird for the third.

Mockingbird is always a treat to read.  I love "Scout", her way of talking and how she relates the story with a shot of humor as an adult.

Count was a very easy read, though I see why so much of the story is streamlined for movies (and the book is streamlined quite a bit from the complete story).  I enjoyed it quite a bit, though the ending in the James Caviezel movie was more...fulfilling and heroic.

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I had the same reaction to reading The Count of Monte Cristo, Ryan. Good book though.

Just finished reading The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. Very much not my kind of thing and exactly in my wheelhouse, odd combination but I really enjoyed it. Debating whether to read the second book in the series next or go on to The Wall; Rome's Greatest Frontier by Alistair Moffat, a history book about Hadrian's wall.

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