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    Thanks to Hatter, I am currently three chapters into this.



    And it's actually got me taking notes!! I'm going to be buying so many frickin movies because of this book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damien C
    For school, I have to read "Crimes of the Century". It details 5 crimes; Leopold & Loeb, Alger Hiss, the Scottsboro Boys, the Lindbergh trial, and OJ. I haven't gotten to the OJ trial yet, it's the last one discussed, but the other 4 all happened before my time and it's really cool to see the details and learn about these huge crimes and their shortcomings (which is what the book is really about, social injustice) that I would probably not know about had I not been forced to read this book. I don't know if forced is the right word, because it's actually a very entertaining read and I'd recommend it.
    I was assigned this book for my initial Criminology class a few years back, but got lazy and didn't read anything but the section on Leopold and Loeb. I agree that it's actually pretty interesting (well, the one chapter, anyway)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nazgul
    A collection of HP Lovecraft's short stories. I have't read any Lovecraft before. Very interesting stuff. I love authors who create whole worlds (or universes)...
    If you love Lovecraft, try reading Clark Ashton Smith as well. He is a California author from Auburn completely self educated & an amazing writer. He died in the early 60's, but he & Lovecraft were friends & correspondents before Lovecraft died. CAS created whole worlds as well. The City of the Singing Flame is one of his best.

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    Angels and Demons - friend just gave it to me.

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    I usually read a fiction and a non-fiction book together (I'll get bored of one, then switch to the other, and vice versa...I actually read books faster this way)

    So I just finished:


    Hunger by Knut Hamsun (EXCELLENT BOOK!)

    and



    Atheism: The Case Against God (Skeptic's Bookshelf) by George H. Smith

    If you're an Atheist, or a Theist I recommend you read this book to help strengthen or question your beliefs

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    I'm just about finished with "California: A History" by Kevin Starr. Great book for anyone interested in knowing the geographic, cultural, religious, political, economic, scientific and artistic history of our state. It's fairly expansive but not overly academic; it clocks in at around 350 pages and is an easy read.

    I know history bores the hell out of some people, well, a LOT of people, but I enjoy it. And being someone who was born and bred in California, it's interesting to read about all that history has recorded since Spaniards first landed here. (For those of you who know me mostly from the politics forum, don't worry, Starr is Mr. Middle-of-the-road Even-Handed Historian. His guiding principle here is summary, not analysis. Some facts are certainly left out; very few, however, are spun)

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    Nice Post Irisher.

    Right now Im about finished with my second reading of the Finca Viglia edition of the Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. If you want an idea of the overall body of work Hemingway ran through this is it. Its got everything from Bullfighting, to the Spanish Civil War, Fishing, and boozing. I love it.

    After this I got to get my hands on some more Mirukami books....his stuff is great.
    "How Dare You Trump My Clever Witticism"

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    Reading Levitt's "Freakanomics" and Klosterman's "Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs" right now.

    "A Million Little Pieces" is next.

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    I am really hooked on the Necroscope series by Brian Lumley.

    Just finished:
    Necroscope IV: Deadspeak
    Necroscope V: Deadspawn

    Curently reading:
    Necroscope: The Lost Years

    If you like vampire novels this stuff is for you. link> http://www.brianlumley.com/

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    I'm currently 125 pages into Ryu Murakami's Coin Locker Babies, and it KICKS ASS.



    There's a movie coming out of it soon starring Val Kilmer, Tadanobu Asano, Liv Tyler, Asia Argento, Vincent Gallo, and Sean Lennon. They better not **** it up.

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