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Postby ramble2 » Mon Dec 22, 2003 8:10 pm

bell wrote:And so I will begin with a very brief excerpt from a humorous Nick Hornby article regarding none other than Moneyball (Okay, so consider this the cleansing process.):
Anyway, I understood about one word in every four of Moneyball, and it's still the best and most engrossing sports book I've read for years. If you know anything about baseball, you will enjoy it four times as much as I did, which means that you might explode.


I love Nick Hornby! A friend of mine let me borrow High Fidelity when I was living in London (next to Islington, as it were). Absolutely hysterical. Where did Hornby write a review of Moneyball?

As for recommendations, try Katherine Dunn's Geek Love. Bizarre, funny book. Very bizarre. It's about all sorts of things, and well worth the read.

I'm also a big fan of W. Somerset Maugham. If you've ever had a hard time getting over someone, been smitten with a person you knew was wrong for you, or been in a bad relationship that you had just a hell of a time getting out of, check out Of Human Bondage. Maugham ranks right up there in terms of creating characters with real depth, and exploring the relationships between people. Not a lot of action, but a good read if you want to score literature points.

Finally, I just finished Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Good book. Flows really well. A story about two cousins growing up in the 30's & 40's who start a comic book. I was never a huge comic book fan, but found this interesting. A kind of historical novel about the comics industry, WWII, and the immigration to America.
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Postby bell » Mon Dec 22, 2003 10:57 pm

ramble2 wrote:
bell wrote:And so I will begin with a very brief excerpt from a humorous Nick Hornby article regarding none other than Moneyball (Okay, so consider this the cleansing process.):
Anyway, I understood about one word in every four of Moneyball, and it's still the best and most engrossing sports book I've read for years. If you know anything about baseball, you will enjoy it four times as much as I did, which means that you might explode.


I love Nick Hornby! A friend of mine let me borrow High Fidelity when I was living in London (next to Islington, as it were). Absolutely hysterical. Where did Hornby write a review of Moneyball?

His article is in the latest issue of The Believer magazine (http://www.believermag.com/). Moneyball occupies 1-2 paragraphs of a larger article about various books he's reading. If you haven't read Hornby's Fever Pitch yet, make a point of reading it. It's an autobiographical account of his obsession with soccer. Your living in London should allow you to understand the atmosphere of European soccer more than most who live outside of Europe, but it's really a great read for anyone who has an (unhealthy) obsession with any sport.

ramble2 wrote:Finally, I just finished Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Good book. Flows really well. A story about two cousins growing up in the 30's & 40's who start a comic book. I was never a huge comic book fan, but found this interesting. A kind of historical novel about the comics industry, WWII, and the immigration to America.

Good recommendation. I've been wanting to read that for quite a while now, but I'm trying to get through the books that I own that I have yet to read.
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Postby wrveres » Tue Dec 23, 2003 12:25 am

I'm currently reading ...


"Microsoft Forums ... For Dummies"
I'll let ya know how it turns out . ;-D
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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Tue Dec 23, 2003 12:38 am

ramble2 wrote:
bell wrote:And so I will begin with a very brief excerpt from a humorous Nick Hornby article regarding none other than Moneyball (Okay, so consider this the cleansing process.):
Anyway, I understood about one word in every four of Moneyball, and it's still the best and most engrossing sports book I've read for years. If you know anything about baseball, you will enjoy it four times as much as I did, which means that you might explode.


I love Nick Hornby! A friend of mine let me borrow High Fidelity when I was living in London (next to Islington, as it were). Absolutely hysterical. Where did Hornby write a review of Moneyball?

As for recommendations, try Katherine Dunn's Geek Love. Bizarre, funny book. Very bizarre. It's about all sorts of things, and well worth the read.

I'm also a big fan of W. Somerset Maugham. If you've ever had a hard time getting over someone, been smitten with a person you knew was wrong for you, or been in a bad relationship that you had just a hell of a time getting out of, check out Of Human Bondage. Maugham ranks right up there in terms of creating characters with real depth, and exploring the relationships between people. Not a lot of action, but a good read if you want to score literature points.

Finally, I just finished Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Good book. Flows really well. A story about two cousins growing up in the 30's & 40's who start a comic book. I was never a huge comic book fan, but found this interesting. A kind of historical novel about the comics industry, WWII, and the immigration to America.


Nick Hornby ain't bad, I don't like Sommerset Maughem as much as I did when I was a kid, and I don't like Chabon's Cavalier and Clay.

One thing I can recommend is Ethan Canin's "The Palace Thief." Fantastic. It doesn't hurt that 2 of the 4 stories are baseball related.
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Tue Dec 23, 2003 10:17 am

What is everyone's favorite book?
Mine is 1984.
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Postby trevisc » Tue Dec 23, 2003 11:04 am

The Hobbit
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Postby Arlo » Tue Dec 23, 2003 8:26 pm

Pogotheostrich wrote:What is everyone's favorite book?
Mine is 1984.

Probably Trainspotting, but it's hard to define a favorite. Maybe Bellwether...
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Postby Nberan » Tue Dec 23, 2003 9:36 pm

mine is the pookey little puppy
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Postby DK » Tue Dec 23, 2003 11:54 pm

Despite its tough subjects and abrasive language, When Dad Killed Mom is a fantastic book.
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Postby bell » Fri Jan 02, 2004 1:50 pm

For anyone who enjoys Vonnegut, I just finished Bagombo Snuff Box. Collection of various short stories, many done before he was a full-time writer. The only other book I've read of his is Breakfast of Champions, but I think I'll make Piano Player my next.
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