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What are you reading (other than RoadBikeReview)?(28 posts)

What are you reading (other than RoadBikeReview)?terry b
Feb 18, 2002 5:36 PM
Finished "Lexus and the Olive Tree" by Thomas Friedman in January. Interesting treatise on Globalization but I didn't like his style.
Finished "Soldiers of God" by Robert Kaplan a couple of days ago. Covers the 1980 war in Afghanistan with a new forward and last chapter (post Sept. 11). Interesting perspective on the politics in the region.
Started "Eastward to Tartary" also by Kaplan. Covers south eastern Europe and the nearest from a travel-political perspective.

How about you?
Fast Food Nation by SchlosserMB1
Feb 18, 2002 5:43 PM
also A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, I have enjoyed everything he has written.
I really liked "In a Sunburnt Country" (NM)terry b
Feb 18, 2002 6:36 PM
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering GeniusSintesi
Feb 19, 2002 10:43 AM
by Dave Eggars. Pretty funny, great title, hyper ironic. Basically a memoir - "Holy cow! look what a putz I am" -Good book less than great.

Bend Sinister - Vladdy Nabokov. Sublime prose but I burned out on totalitarian absurdists novel genre back in college. Doesn't carry the same bite these days.

Both recommended tho.
Bill BrysonStampertje
Feb 21, 2002 9:34 AM
"I'm a stranger here myself" should be compulsory reading for all Americans.

I don't suppose a lot of people on this board have read "Proefspel" by F.B. Hotz... I'm currently taking a look at "Sacred Hoops", the Phil Jackson book.
Isaac Asimov - Robots And Empire...OutWest
Feb 18, 2002 10:26 PM
...for the 5th time since I was 14 (I'm now 46), Canadian Electrical Code 2002 edition, John - New Testament and just finished Dan Silva - The Marching Season.
"Ulysses"Spinchick
Feb 19, 2002 5:25 AM
Love James Joyce. Although this is my 3rd attempt to get past page 30. I have to do it this time. I have no excuse since I'm not spending half my day on the bike anymore.
You have my admiration & best wishes!scottfree
Feb 19, 2002 5:39 AM
try reading Finnegan's Wake if you think Ulysses is toughColnagoFE
Feb 19, 2002 10:49 AM
I had one English prof say the best way to read it was to cut out all the pages and scatter them around the floor then read them in random order.
Why read it then?OutWest
Feb 19, 2002 10:11 PM
Please don't think I'm being critical or a moron. I suppose I read for stress relief/relaxation mainly so I was just wondering why you would stop reading it twice and then try again? I read a lot of books in a wide range from easy reading sci-fi, right through technical journals, Shakespeare and some of the heavier classics but I rarely pursue a book if I get bogged down. So I am curious, perhaps you have an attitude that I should learn from and persevere. I started War and Peace/Tolstoy years ago and stopped reading it but thoroughly enjoyed The Prince/Machevelli. looking forward to your reply. By the way are you a new Mom?
Why read it then?Spinchick
Feb 20, 2002 5:30 AM
I look at it as somewhat of a rite of passage. Somehow I managed to get through 4 years as an English major undergrad without reading it. Not that I was avoiding it, it just wasn't something offered as part of a course (but it was a course of it's own).

Look at it another way. Why ride a century? The first time you rode a century was it easy? Did you ever feel like stopping because it was getting hard? Nobody NEEDS to ride a century - they just do it. And it gives you a brand new perspective on things. Kind of a "wow, if I can do this, I can do anything" attitude.

I'm also a bit of a "challenge" junkie. Anything that's too easy I get bored with quickly. I'm sure a therapist would have a go at that but I've turned it into a positive trait.

To answer your other question: I guess you could say I'm a relatively new mom - my daughter turns 4 in April. Her little sister is due to make an appearance July 3 or so.
That makes perfect sense...OutWest
Feb 20, 2002 9:12 PM
...and I never thought of reading as a challenge. The century analogy is good, I think I'll drop by the library and look at this book. I spend so much time troubleshooting as an electrician, Scouting and being the best Dad I can that when I read I just want a good story. I do a bit of writing, right now its a children's story that I am being encouraged to publish. Thanks for the insight!
Thats great, I love kids, I have 3 boys, 11, 7 and 5 and they are so much fun. I wish we had a daughter but thats not going to happen now. Did you ask what the sex would be or are you making a guess? Anyway congrats!
re: Timeline...By Chichton(sp?)jrm
Feb 19, 2002 8:54 AM
Soon to begin Shipping News.
re: What are you reading (other than RoadBikeReview)?ColnagoFE
Feb 19, 2002 10:47 AM
Currently reading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace...also Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in America.
High Intensity Training for Cyclists, and DreamcatcherTig
Feb 19, 2002 11:31 AM
The former is by Arnie Baker, MD, and is full of great info and on-bike fitness plans. I like it better than Friel's book. The latter is a recent Stephen King novel. Sometimes a good ol' pulp horror novel can be a fun break from life.

The recently read book I highly recommend is "Ghost Soldiers" by Hampton Sides. It is a well told non-fiction story about the American WW2 POW's that survived the Bataan Death March, and the rescue by US Army Rangers and Filipino guerrillas. The story flows well and is full of accounts from survivors. If you like any of the Stephen E. Ambrose books ("Band of Brothers") you will love this book.
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essexmr_spin
Feb 19, 2002 11:54 AM
Never could get through Moby Dick, but this is the real thing. Gotta love a good cannibalism story.
Followed that with "Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage"Stretch
Feb 27, 2002 8:27 PM
Both shipwrecks, different outcomes. It was interesting to compare the two.
Current readingAlex-in-Evanston
Feb 19, 2002 11:59 AM
A Distant Mirror, by Tuchman. 14th century French history, so I'm killing it softly (10 pages per month). I'm re-reading Shame, Rushdie's 2nd novel. That's going much more quickly.

Alex
Tuchman, the bestmr_spin
Feb 19, 2002 12:18 PM
Have you read any of her other works? I think she is the best writer of history ever. The Guns of August and Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 are both amazing works and page turners. Not surprisingly, they are also both Pulitzer Prize winners.

Reading The Guns of August will forever cleanse your mind of the story we all were taught in grade school, that WWI started because an Archduke was shot in Sarajevo.
Bravo, TuchmanMcAndrus
Feb 19, 2002 12:52 PM
My Tuchman lines goes backward from
i A Distant Mirror
to
i Stillwell
to
i Guns of August i
to
i The Zimmerman Telegram.

What Americans don't know about their own history in WWI is absolutely staggering. Except for
i Stillwell
I've read each of these twice and
i Mirror
three times. I just love her writing.

In case you're interested I just finished a WWI history that says Tuchman pretty much got it wrong on the Battle of the Marne but that doesn't diminish my admiration for her one bit.
re: What are you reading (other than RoadBikeReview)?Mike P
Feb 19, 2002 1:17 PM
"Numbers in the Dark" by Italo Calvino. It's a collection of stories translated from Italian.

"Body, Mind and Sport" by John Douillard. A little too heavy on the testimonials but otherwise interesting training concepts. Way overboard on the testimonials!

Mike
Just finished twoL.O. McDuff
Feb 19, 2002 2:31 PM
Just finished two by P.J. O'Rourke. All the Trouble in the World, and Eat the Rich.

Funny, well written and usually dead-on observation and commentary.
re: What are you reading (other than RoadBikeReview)?Woof the dog
Feb 19, 2002 9:02 PM
i am reading a book called Shamanism for my rel. class. Its pretty interesting.
re: What are you reading (other than RoadBikeReview)?McAndrus
Feb 20, 2002 6:17 AM
i The Myth of the Great War
- John Mosier - An analysis of strategies and tactics used in World War I and the pivotal role of the USA.

i St. Paul the Traveller and Roman Citizen
- William Ramsey - An analysis of Paul's first century work using Biblical and non-Biblical sources.

i Annals of the Former World
- John McKee - An absolutely fascinating history of the geology of North America.

i The Two Towers
- J.R.R. Tolkien - My daughter is reading and I am re-reading for the pure fun of it.
POSITIONING by Al Ries and Jack TroutI Love Shimano
Feb 20, 2002 10:17 PM
Next book in line will be Trial by Fire...all about the Hundred Years War.
re: What are you reading (other than RoadBikeReview)?netso
Feb 21, 2002 4:26 AM
Hobbit, Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Tolkien, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone by Rowling. The Harry Potter series is simple but a great read.
re: What are you reading (other than RoadBikeReview)?merckx56
Feb 21, 2002 8:08 AM
"It doesn't take a Hero", by norman schwartzkopf. no matter what your politics, he's a stud!
"We were soldiers once, and young", LT. GEN. Harold Moore.
this is the book the mel gibson movie is based on. it's a very powerful read about the battle of the Ia Drang valley during vietnam. too bad they had to go and make a movie...
Horton Hears a Who (Dr. Suess) (nm)Kristin
Feb 28, 2002 11:53 AM