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Old October 23rd 06, 18:25   #131
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I am on book 4 of E.E. Knights "Vampire Earth" Series. A very fun read.
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Old October 23rd 06, 19:57   #132
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vampire earth? that makes me think of "i am legend", i fucking love that book, it invented the horror/SF crossover near enough.
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Old December 16th 06, 19:52   #133
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Brian Lumley did an excellent collection of vampire books in The Necroscope and Vampire World series.Was hailed as a modern day Lovecraft and wasn't bad besides.
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Old December 24th 06, 22:13   #134
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I am reading SouthStreet A Maritime history of New York by Richard McKay
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Old December 25th 06, 05:18   #135
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I am reading Jared Diamond's latest work, "Collapse." And, as a lighter counterbalance, I just finished Terry Pratchett's "Hogfather." Very seasonal, very insightful, and very, very funny.
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Old December 25th 06, 05:47   #136
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Caesar: Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy. I saw him discussing it on C-SPAN's Book TV last week and then read some of the reviews. It is the first full length biography in a decade (the previous was Christian Meier's 1996 Caesar, which I read in English translation) and so far a very good one - balanced, fair and accurate, it is neither repelled by nor enamored of its subject. Goldsworthy is content to present the various accounts of key event and his own take on the reliability of the sources and then leave the decision about which version to believe to the reader.

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Hyperion, by Dan Simmons. Superb hard-core sci-fi. I'll be following it up with The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, which is really about a Librarian. And Vampires...
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Old January 1st 07, 21:13   #138
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Caesar: Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy. I saw him discussing it on C-SPAN's Book TV last week and then read some of the reviews. It is the first full length biography in a decade (the previous was Christian Meier's 1996 Caesar, which I read in English translation) and so far a very good one - balanced, fair and accurate, it is neither repelled by nor enamored of its subject. Goldsworthy is content to present the various accounts of key event and his own take on the reliability of the sources and then leave the decision about which version to believe to the reader.

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Oh yeah, I saw something about that in the New York Times Book Review this week. There's also a new book about Augustus.


I"m currently reading "The Man Who Would Be King: The First American in Afghanistan," by Ben Macintyre, a biogrophy (of sorts) of Joseph Harlan, a 19th century American adventurer who tried to conquer Afghanistan with a rag-tag army of mercenaries.
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Another one I think I came across on BookTV. It is on my list. You'd think something like that would make a terrific subject for a major Hollywood film, instead of the next lousy sequel or bad big screen version of a mediocre TV series, or yet another hideous remake of a film that was either great, and therefore can't be remade, or lousy and therefore shouldn't be. (How many versions of Miracle on 34th Street have been made for TV and the movies since 1946? How many can hold a candle to the original?)

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That would be Anthony Everitt's Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor. It is sitting on the bookshelf, next up after Caesar.

BTW, I recently acquired some really cool software for cataloging books, music and video of all formats, the Readerware series. My barcode reader (free if you buy all 3 modules at a discount price) won't arrive until next week, but the software does have an interface to Amazon.com and Amazon.uk that will download your purchase history along with cover images, song lists for CDs, credits for DVDs and edition and publisher's information for books. So I've already got a couple of hundred items in my book and DVD databases without ever leaving my computer.

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Hyperion, by Dan Simmons. Superb hard-core sci-fi.
A good one. Arguably the best in the series, although I'm very fond of the last book of the four.

I banged out two books today alone: Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett and We Few by David Weber & John Ringo. The first was pretty good, although not as good as some of Pratchett's prior stuff. The latter was tolerable, but prone to Weber's political polemics and long-winded explanations of space battles. I skipped vast swathes of it, and kept reading mainly to see what would happen to the protagonist.

Now I need to finish Collapse.
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