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Books you just read discussion #119445
07/19/05 05:09 PM
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The "movies you just watched" thread is really great, I thought it would be nice to have one for books.

I just read "The Godfather Legacy". Truly amazing. So much to know about the GF - I highly recommend it to all GF fans.


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Re: Books you just read discussion #119446
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Just finishing up "The Black Book And The Mob" which is a must for any Mob/Las Vegas fan.


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Five - ten years from now, they're gonna wish there was American Cosa Nostra. Five - ten years from now, they're gonna miss John Gotti.




Re: Books you just read discussion #119447
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Quote:
Originally posted by Fame:
one for books.

I just read "The Godfather Legacy". Truly amazing. So much to know about the GF - I highly recommend it to all GF fans.
Are you aware that Harlan Lebo is making a revised/updated version of the book?


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Re: Books you just read discussion #119448
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The last books I read was Fight Club and Death of a Salesman. I read parts of Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness every now and then, and it's an excellent book for The Aviator fans.

I have a lot of other books, including Puzo novels, although I have only read some of each, except The Family. Movie viewing takes up most of my reading time. :p


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Re: Books you just read discussion #119449
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I was thinking of actually making this thread! Anyway, I really want to read Marlon Brando's Autobiography, "Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me."



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Re: Books you just read discussion #119450
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Quote:
Originally posted by Don Cardi:
[quote]Originally posted by Fame:
[b] one for books.

I just read "The Godfather Legacy". Truly amazing. So much to know about the GF - I highly recommend it to all GF fans.
Are you aware that Harlan Lebo is making a revised/updated version of the book?


Don Cardi [/b][/quote]I heard about it some time ago, or maybe I've read about it in the Lebo chat transcript - anyway it sounds good, when is it coming out?


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Re: Books you just read discussion #119451
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I just finished reading The Broker by John Grisham. It definitely wasn't his best novel, but it was still a great read nonetheless.

Now I'm finishing up reading Gangsters and Goodfellas, then I plan on reading Way of the Wiseguy, and then I'm gonna pick up The Family for another read.

I plan on getting the new Harry Potter book, but I wanna get the first 5 first and read them. I'm thinking about purchasing the hardcover boxset from Amazon.com, but the price is a little steep. I may just settle for the paperback set, and purchasing the new book along with it. Although I could just buy all the books at Wal-Mart, and use my discount card.


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Re: Books you just read discussion #119452
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Quote:
Originally posted by xXx_DoN_CoRLeOnE_xXx:
I plan on getting the new Harry Potter book, but I wanna get the first 5 first and read them. I'm thinking about purchasing the hardcover boxset from Amazon.com, but the price is a little steep.
Check out this site for Harry Potter books :


http://dogbert.abebooks.com/servlet/Sear...Potter&x=19


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Re: Books you just read discussion #119453
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I read about half of The Hobbit 2 months ago but unfortunately I haven't picked it up since. I hope to get it finished before I go back to Texas next month on the 17th


Re: Books you just read discussion #119454
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I've posted a bunch of book reviews on our blog , though you might have to check the archives for some of the earlier ones. Currently, I'm reading the "9/11 Commission Report," "All The Presidents Men," and "Unlimited access : an FBI agent inside the Clinton White House," all of which seem to be good reads for your friendly neighborhood American history major, such as myself.



Re: Books you just read discussion #119455
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I'm just wrapping up Bob Woodward's excellent The Secret Man. Fascinating reading about Felt, the cover-up and the background of the main players in the breaking of the story.

Re: Books you just read discussion #119456
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I've recently finished Catch-22 and Beowulf (Seamus Heaney translation). Both were superb.

Re: Books you just read discussion #119457
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The last five books read "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls, "Skinny Dip" by Carl Hiaasen, "The Sex Lives of Cannibals" by Maarten Troost, "The Millstone" by Margaret Drabble and "No Ordinary Matter" by Jenny McPhee.

Currently reading "The Motorcycle Diaries" by Ernesto "Che" Guevara.


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Re: Books you just read discussion #119458
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I just finished "Henrietta Snow" by Ruth Doan MacDougall. Every summer, I give myself the treat of rereading "Beach Music" by Pat Conroy.


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Re: Books you just read discussion #119459
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Quote:
Originally posted by Don Cardi:
[quote]Originally posted by xXx_DoN_CoRLeOnE_xXx:
[b] I plan on getting the new Harry Potter book, but I wanna get the first 5 first and read them. I'm thinking about purchasing the hardcover boxset from Amazon.com, but the price is a little steep.
Check out this site for Harry Potter books :


Don Cardi [/b][/quote]I've purchased quite a few books from abebooks.com. They definitely have the best prices, and the best selection. I purchased what they called a brand new copy of Gangsters and Goodfellas from Abebooks for 3 bucks. I was scared it would be in sh*tty condition, but was surprised when it showed up. It was brand new.

I really want this version of The Half Blood Prince, but I may just settle for the regular copy.


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Re: Books you just read discussion #119460
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Well, in the last two months I've read,

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, for the second time
Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Choke by Chuck Palahniuk, this thing was fucking amazing!
And I am at chapter 6 of Lullaby by Palahniuk, which I just started yesterday.


"Somebody told me when the bomb hits, everybody in a two mile radius will be instantly sublimated, but if you lay face down on the ground for some time, avoiding the residual ripples of heat, you might survive, permanently fucked up and twisted like you're always underwater refracted. But if you do go gas, there's nothing you can do if the air that was once you is mingled and mashed with the kicked up molecules of the enemy's former body. Big-kid-tested, motherf--ker approved."
Re: Books you just read discussion #119461
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LLC, is Palahniuk's Fight Club writing style in his other works? There are several books I would love to get, but any time I get money, it has to go into film. :p I also forgot to mention I finished Shakespeare's Julius Caesar a while back. Some may remember my public speaking problems with Antony's monologue. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is probably on the top of my list as far as books go. I read all that Amazon.com let me, and I have to read more.


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Re: Books you just read discussion #119462
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I don't read as much as I should, but this is a nice idea for a thread!

I have two favorite books that I didn't just read, but I feel I should mention them:

False Memory - Dean Koontz
I chose this for a school assignment in which we were supposed to read several books and gather points from each one for a final grade. It turned out to be one of my favorite books. Koontz is a real stickler for details, as my friend warned me, but I think it was worth it for the full effect. It really did "get to me," as the story progressed, and I truly did enjoy reading it.

A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
An assignment for my English class, or else I probably never would've laid eyes on it, but it really surprised me, as I ended up loving it. It took detailed explanations from my teacher, as well as cliff notes after I read the actual chapters, to understand it completely, but all of the "research" made it worthwhile. It even made me cry, probably the first time a book's ever done that, and I'm really glad I read it.

Hopefully I'll do some heavier reading when school starts back, but I've stuck to the sports section and my Uncle John's Bathroom Readers for my summer reading.

Re: Books you just read discussion #119463
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Quote:
Originally posted by Don Vercetti:
LLC, is Palahniuk's Fight Club writing style in his other works?
Yeah, it's all like that, for the most part. Choke had a few chapters where the main character discussed his childhood, and those were just slight variations of his writing style. but 90% of it was his famed style used in Fight Club.

I highly reccomend all of his books. Chuck has confirmed they're all going to be turned into movies eventually, and Choke, Lullaby, and Invisible Monsters all have finished scripts. I'm most excited about Choke. There are rumors of Darren Aronofsky directing it, which would kick ass--Requiem was simply amazing, the best film of 2002.


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Re: Books you just read discussion #119464
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"The Da Vinci Code" is the last book I read.
I'm currently reading "The catcher in the rye" by Salinger and.......

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THE GODFATHER by Mario Puzo!!!!! It seems to be a good book, they should make a film out of it!!!!!


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Re: Books you just read discussion #119465
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I'm pretty sure the last book I read was a few months ago. It was Omerta by Mario Puzo. I liked it, and would recommend it to the people on this forum (but chances are, most of you have already read it). I'm reading the latest Harry Potter, Fools Die should be coming soon in the mail, and I'm trying to order a copy of Bill Maher's latest New Rules: Polite Musings of a Timid Observer. You can hear an audio sample by visiting this website .


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Re: Books you just read discussion #119466
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I just finished Digital Fortress by Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code. I'm deciding between reading Omerta, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Deception Point, or To The Lighthouse next.

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Don Sicilia,


It's always nice to see you post. Go with Omerta my friend. Fast read and enjoyable.


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Re: Books you just read discussion #119468
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Don Sicilia, did you ever get around to reading that book about the Chicago World's Fair? It's been on the best seller list for months now.


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Re: Books you just read discussion #119469
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Chicago's World Fair?? Haven't heard of it. What's it about (other than the obvious!)? :p

Yeah, DC, I was leaning towards Omerta. I still have The Godfather Returns on my queue, but I have a strange feeling Omerta will be better.

Re: Books you just read discussion #119470
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Quote:
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[quote]Originally posted by Don Vercetti:
[b] LLC, is Palahniuk's Fight Club writing style in his other works?
Yeah, it's all like that, for the most part. Choke had a few chapters where the main character discussed his childhood, and those were just slight variations of his writing style. but 90% of it was his famed style used in Fight Club.

I highly reccomend all of his books. Chuck has confirmed they're all going to be turned into movies eventually, and Choke, Lullaby, and Invisible Monsters all have finished scripts. I'm most excited about Choke. There are rumors of Darren Aronofsky directing it, which would kick ass--Requiem was simply amazing, the best film of 2002. [/b][/quote] Do you have the first version of Fight Club?


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Re: Books you just read discussion #119471
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Ok, I just finished The Balck Book And The Mob. Great Book!

I am awaiting a book called "The Green Felt Jungle."

But while I am waiting for it to be delivered, I was toying with the idea of trying to finish GF Returns. I never finished it because I became disgusted with it about 1/4 of the way through it.

Maybe I'll give it another shot.

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Re: Books you just read discussion #119472
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I'll definitely finish reading The Godfather Returns, eventually. No matter how much Pepto Bismol I injest in the process, I paid 17 bucks for that book, and by God I'm gonna finish it!


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Re: Books you just read discussion #119473
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Am I the only one who thinks books are overpriced? When I can get movies cheaper then a hardcover book, I feel there's something wrong.


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How's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone coming along xxx? I just read another 4 chapters of The Hobbit today and only have 6 left. I should hopefully get it done by Monday. When I get my Potter books in I want to start reading them, which means that I won't be able to read The Godfather for a year or more


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