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Nominations are open June 27, 2007

Posted by skinbad in Literature.

Wait until you see the cover of my magazine*!


What do you want to read for July?

Other than the lame algebra idea, I’m pretty much game for whatever. Compos emailed me and said he’d like to re-read that classic: I’m Joe’s Rebellious Colon. And speaking of classics, I’ve failed multiple times at Walden, The Sound and the Fury, and Ulysses. Maybe with the support of fake internet friends, I’d even have luck with those.

*Logo dedicated to Kevlarchick and her fondness for the Big O.


1. skinbad - June 27, 2007

It does say the Sound and the fury, but sort of looks like The Sauna and the Fury. Which would really have some possibilities, if you think about it.

2. geoff - June 27, 2007

I wouldn’t mind taking a shot at any of those, particularly The Sound and the Fury or Ulysses. But Ulysses, at least, is likely to take much longer than a month. Maybe you should do it in parallel with a series of normal books.

3. eddiebear - June 27, 2007

How’z about “Inherit the Wind”? I still think that’s a great book.

4. Retired Geezer - June 27, 2007

I’m just starting the newest John Sandford book, Invisible Prey.
So could we go with that one?

Trying to balance out my last book Physics of Christianity, which I could barely comprehend.

Mrs. Peel might have trouble figgerin’ out that book. It was good though.

5. skinbad - June 27, 2007

The faculty and staff on our campus all (were supposed to) read the play and then watch it last year. Concurrently, it was supposed to be worked into the curriculum so the students could have a campus experience as well. I complied and enjoyed it. The anti-evolution faction (represented by the famous blusterer) came off as buffoonish, which I’m sure was the point. A good play, nonetheless.

6. daveintexas - June 27, 2007

Hey, who doesn’t love the Big O?

7. mesablue - June 27, 2007
8. skinbad - June 27, 2007

I’m was referring to the play Inherit the Wind. Not the play Physics of Christianity, which has enjoyed a long, successful run in New York.

9. mesablue - June 27, 2007




“Thank you, but I’m not helpless,” nineteen-year-old Jessica Radford said when the stagecoach driver offered her his hand after she opened her door…”

10. Retired Geezer - June 27, 2007

…the play Physics of Christianity, which has enjoyed a long, successful run in New York.

I believe you’re confusing it with “Psychosis of Christianity”, a performance art piece involving hamsters, drugs and urine.

11. kevlarchick - June 27, 2007

A big O!!


I picked up Gone WIth the Wind again. Good beach reading. Nothing too dense for vacation. What was the book Michael raved about–Pillars of something?

12. Retired Geezer - June 27, 2007

Mesa found that book by Googling ‘yer momma’ and ‘border ruffians’.

He also came up with DinT’s blog with the same search.

13. mesablue - June 27, 2007

Actually, I just put in “Dave in Texas” at Amazon and those were the first two hits.

The rest were for various parrafin and metrosexual products.

They are good…Amazon, that is, kinda scary how much they know about us.

If you put in Mesablue, you get stuff about football, hot babes and beer.

14. Sobek - June 27, 2007

I would nominate War and Peace, but I’m far too offended to participate in this club.


15. Retired Geezer - June 27, 2007

Dang, I just googled ‘retired geezer’… I pwn that search!

You get my moronblog, IB, Ace, Spudder, Sprinkler Doc and a slew of other things excluding paraffin treatments.

16. Lipstick - June 27, 2007

KC — Pillars of the Earth — great choice. By Ken Follett.

17. geoff - June 27, 2007

I read Pillars of the Earth years ago. Good book, but not worth a re-read.

18. Mrs. Peel - June 27, 2007

How about Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm?

ok, kidding.

Anyway, count me out for July – Harry Potter will be absorbing all my reading time until Deathly Hallows is released on the 21st. I plan to live-blog my reading of Book Seven, which I envision going something like this:
“12:40 – Just got back from Walmart. There was a long line for the book but I drove 90 mph in a 35 mph zone to get home asap. Now settling down with popcorn and ginger ale and BOOK SEVEN!!!
12:45 – Wow, the Dursleys are annoying.
12:52 – p.57: OMGWTFBBQ!!!!!
1:15 – Just thought I’d let you mere mortals know I’m now on p.200.
1:32 – p.251: I might have said this already, but OMGWTFBBQ!!!!!!!!!!
2:45 – p.597: Ha! Told you so, Snape-haters!”

(yes, I am exaggerating my reading speed, although I did finish HBP in under 3 hours.)

19. daveintexas - June 27, 2007

Pillars of the Earth is a fantastic read.

If you’ve seen the film with Richard Burton, it kinda cements the story

20. daveintexas - June 27, 2007

not that the film is based on the book… just the intertwining of the historical events.

21. Retired Geezer - June 27, 2007

Yeah, it was a pretty good read.

That book inspired me to do some research of European cathedral architecture.

I enjoy lightweight, guilty pleasure stuff by:
Stephen Hunter
Robert Crais
John Sandford
Kyle Mills
C.J. Box

22. daveintexas - June 27, 2007

I liked it for the historical exposition on the construction of the cathedral, as well as the context of the struggle between the church and the state

23. Pupster - June 27, 2007

I am actually re-reading Walden right now, for about the 10th time. And…it’s available on-line, which is nice.

Thoreau was an interesting character, kind of an 1800’s hippie.

24. Russ from Winterset - June 27, 2007

Let’s alternate between history (Victor Davis Hanson, etc), classics (Mickey Spillane?), current events, sci fi, and general fiction.

I propose starting with the July issue of “Penthouse Letters”.

25. Michael - June 27, 2007

It you like historical fiction (I love it), another great read is The River God by Wilbur Smith. I would gladly read that again. The epilogue is the best part, but don’t peek ahead!

26. BrewFan - June 27, 2007

I was going to suggest Of Mice and Men but I decided that book might strike too close to home with this group.

27. Lenny from Winterset - June 27, 2007

Tell me about the rabbits, Brew.

28. lauraw - June 28, 2007

29. lauraw - June 28, 2007

30. Wickedpinto - June 28, 2007

Well, the books you listed are “hard reads.”

If thats what you are after, The Satyricon took me about 2 months to read the first time, about 2 months the second time, and finaly I was able to sink into it’s less than 120 pages and read it in less than a week.

It took me a year to get through “Paradise Lost.” took me a week to get into the meter, and the next 51 weeks consisted of me trying to reconcile the non-sequitor style into an actual story. I haven’t tried again, though I might in the future.

I have cloth bound version of “the complete writings of Johnathan Swift.” Which isn’t hard to read because of language, but rather history. It mostly consists of contemporary references (victorian area england and Ireland politics) that it takes a great deal of either effort to learn while reading, or historical reference to begin with to understand easily.

I would pick swift.

31. Wickedpinto - June 28, 2007

An entertaining but rather depressing dystopic alt-history is fatherland.

Sci-fi, I would say my favorite somewhat unknown novel is “War Birds” by R.M.Mulloch.

You can FEEL! the freedom that comes with flight, space flight, with touching the stars in that book. In fact, one of my first monikers was “Sturmschwalbe” back in the eary 90’s.

32. skinbad - June 28, 2007

I’ve never even attempted Paradise Lost. You da man, WP. I like Russ’s rotation of genre plan. I don’t think Penthouse Letters will fly, though. I’ll try to put up a suggested schedule tomorrow and then you all can tell me to stick it or why it won’t work and we’ll go from there.

33. eddiebear - June 28, 2007

I did think of anothert one:

“Northwest Passage”. That one makes me want to gain weight after reading the privations those fellows had to endure.

34. daveintexas - June 28, 2007

How about some Elmore Leonard?

You know, something brainy.

35. Retired Geezer - June 28, 2007

If you like Elmore Leonard, you’ll like Robert Crais.

Gritty private eye stuff in L.A.
Great characters and stories.

36. Russ from Winterset - June 28, 2007

Dave, are we long lost brothers or something? We’re both retards, we’re both slightly less than svelte, and we both think Elmore Leonard is the bomb.

I’ve got almost all of his potboilers in paperback, plus a couple of his old western books. One of them got made into a movie with James Garner, Sidney Poitier & Dennis Weaver back in the late 60’s/early 70’s. Don’t remember the name, but it was pretty good.

My LauraW TrueConfession moment: I can’t resist a used book store. I could spend hours just walking around looking. There’s an antique flea market in Des Moines where the Mrs. and I shop occasionally, and she usually leaves me at the big ol’ bookcase in the NE corner of the building while she shops for “whatever the hell she buys with her money”. I picked up a couple of the old “Reader’s Digest Classics” hardbound versions of “The Last of the Mohicans” and the short stories of Jack London the last time I was there for $2 each. I like sitting in new bookstores too, but the used ones let me bring home a whole cart full of books for the same price as one or two new ones.

We spent our anniversary in Denver in 2001 and visited a great bookstore in the “LoDo” district. Don’t remember the name, but it was probably the coolest bookstore I’ve ever been to. Three stories tall, in an old warehouse, and it was filled with all sorts of neat stuff.

37. Russ from Winterset - June 28, 2007

Wicked, I’ve never read “Fatherland”, but is it the book that HBO or Showtime adapted into a movie with Rutger Hauer back in the late 80’s? The alt-history where England fell in ’40, the US never attempted to defeat Germany, and the holocaust got whitewashed by the Nazis who ended up ruling all of Europe? The movie was interesting, and I’m sure the book would be too, if it’s the basis for the movie I’m thinking of.

I’ve meant to pick up a copy of Phillip K. Dick’s “The Man in the High Castle” for awhile now. An alt-history where Germany won the war that I’ve heard is a pretty good read.

Skinny, if “alt-history” is one of the categories, let’s start out with one of Hillary’s books.

38. geoff - June 28, 2007

We spent our anniversary in Denver in 2001 and visited a great bookstore in the “LoDo” district. Don’t remember the name, but it was probably the coolest bookstore I’ve ever been to. Three stories tall, in an old warehouse, and it was filled with all sorts of neat stuff.

That would be The Tattered Cover, I believe.

39. Wickedpinto - June 29, 2007

Yes it is Russ. The movie didn’t do the book justice.
Basicaly the book is very much like “gorkiyi Park” (I think I screwed the spelling) where someone lower/mid level officer investigates a murder comes to a bigger truth.

I would recommend gorki park too, but the movie is actually more famous than the book now.

Another distopic alt-history that I thought was interesting, though the nature of the antagonist is kinda upseting is a book I got while doing community service at a one of those donation stores, like the salvation army stores called “Amok.”

I ran into a lot of interesting reprints while doing community service, I would show up with 20 bucks and walk out with a 10 dollar lunch, and about 20 books. Visit those exchange stores and just pick a random book.

No shit, true story, I would have massive book orders at local book stores when I was a kid, I would say that other than my various cars (in fact only one car) my largest bill ever was my book bill.

Anyways, the books I would order, I kinda knew what to expect, so everytime I would clear out my queue, I would pick a surprise book, so I would walk to a book section (paperback) put my finger on the spine of the books in the shelves, and walk around the store until I either entered the courteous personal space of someone who either worked in the store, or a customer, and whatever book my finger was on I would buy, unless it was one I had already read.

Thats why if you dig through my books, I got a lot of wierd crap.

40. Retired Geezer - June 29, 2007

Hey, I read Amok… a couple of times.

*ponders the fact that WP and I liked the same book*

41. Wickedpinto - June 29, 2007

about the almost seven foot tall japanese guy?

42. Wickedpinto - June 29, 2007

we have read a lot of the same books RG.

Most of my stuff is in storage at my brothers place, and he asked me, actually asks me, “why do you keep all this shit?” talking about my books.

and it’s because I believe that owning books, even fiction, is like posessing knowledge.

43. Retired Geezer - June 29, 2007

about the almost seven foot tall japanese guy?

Yeah, and IIRC the creepy thing that I remember from the book was that Amok was used as a Noun.

The Amok!

44. Wickedpinto - June 29, 2007

Yeahp, thats the book.

45. Russ from Winterset - June 30, 2007

Gorky Park? Wow. I came up with the same comparison myself. That’s scary. William Hurt & Lee Marvin combined for one hell of a procedural thriller.

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