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What's the last good book you've read?

This seems like an appropriate enough forum to post this thread in, so what's the last good book you've enjoyed?

I just started "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein. My Mom made the recommendation and despite the title, I didn't realize how much the author would tie in motorsports... but I quickly found out it's about the life of a semi-pro enduro racer and his family - as told from his dog's point of view. I thought it was gonna be super cheasy but I'm enjoying it a lot. Just keep an open mind I guess.

I couldn't think of a more appropriate book for either Kim or Nolan

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Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game

if you like sci-fi that is not only about lazers and green aliens, but more about people - recommended
HOLY SHIT!

I've been trying to remember the name of that book...I read that in college and really enjoyed it. Good stuff!

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Also, reccommend Peter Hamilton - Void series

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This seems like an appropriate enough forum to post this thread in, so what's the last good book you've enjoyed?

I just started "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein. My Mom made the recommendation and despite the title, I didn't realize how much the author would tie in motorsports... but I quickly found out it's about the life of a semi-pro enduro racer and his family - as told from his dog's point of view. I thought it was gonna be super cheasy but I'm enjoying it a lot. Just keep an open mind I guess.

I couldn't think of a more appropriate book for either Kim or Nolan
Kim's already read it, given it to Tony Cortese, who gave it to Amanda (Jeff's GF) who gave it back to me. Anybody who loves dogs and racing will dig it. It's available for loan at your nearest trackday

Just finished "Blue Like Jazz" by Donald Miller. Recommended by my Dad who recognizes that although I grew up in a conservative Christian community I don't necessarily buy into organized religion. The subtitle is "Nonreligious thoughts on Christian Spirituality." I found it interesting.

I'm about 1/4 of the way through "Peddling Prosperity - Economic Sense and Nonsense in the Age of Diminished Expectations" by Paul Krugman. Bit of a snoozer but in light of today's economic times I'm finding it a good read.

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I think I'm going to re-read Lonesome Dove again soon...one of my all time favorites. That whole series is just excellent.

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I hope they serve beer in hell

Hilarious, but don't leave it around where your kids could read it...
one of the funniest books ever. bought it at the airport for a flight home a while back. i laughed out loud most of the flight home.
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Kim's already read it, given it to Tony Cortese, who gave it to Amanda (Jeff's GF) who gave it back to me. Anybody who loves dogs and racing will dig it. It's available for loan at your nearest trackday

Just finished "Blue Like Jazz" by Donald Miller. Recommended by my Dad who recognizes that although I grew up in a conservative Christian community I don't necessarily buy into organized religion. The subtitle is "Nonreligious thoughts on Christian Spirituality." I found it interesting.

I'm about 1/4 of the way through "Peddling Prosperity - Economic Sense and Nonsense in the Age of Diminished Expectations" by Paul Krugman. Bit of a snoozer but in light of today's economic times I'm finding it a good read.

Back to fiction again soon...
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its a hard read, but i'm gettin with it about now.

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Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game

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Ender's Shadow is a great book also. Same story as told by another character.

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Ender's Shadow is a great book also. Same story as told by another character.
working through the whole series
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This seems like an appropriate enough forum to post this thread in, so what's the last good book you've enjoyed?

I just started "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein. My Mom made the recommendation and despite the title, I didn't realize how much the author would tie in motorsports... but I quickly found out it's about the life of a semi-pro enduro racer and his family - as told from his dog's point of view. I thought it was gonna be super cheasy but I'm enjoying it a lot. Just keep an open mind I guess.

I couldn't think of a more appropriate book for either Kim or Nolan
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working through the whole series
The whole series is good, but Enders Game was the best. I'm a big Sci-Fi fan. I recently picked up several old Berserker novels by Saberhagen from a used book store. One was even signed. They are showing their age, but still fun.

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