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[Al-fons Blazing] Thursday, July 09, 2009 3:20:03 PM 
The Art of Dreaming. By Carlos Castaneda.

If you haven't read anything from Castaneda prior to this book, it might be hard to understand.
[Palmer Griffiths] Thursday, July 09, 2009 3:13:51 PM 
I just read a book called A Perfect Hell by John Nadler.It's about a unit my GrandDad served in during World War II called the First Special Service Force "The Black Devils". He told me a few things when he was in it but the book gave me some more insight into the scope of what he was involved with.Sadly he passed away last year.
[_strat_] Thursday, June 25, 2009 9:33:53 AM 

Terry Pratchet again - Guards, Guards! This time... Great stuff...

[Chinese metal] Thursday, June 25, 2009 9:02:50 AM 
Confessions of an economic hitman
wonder if  those confessions he gave make sense any more  , seems like such kind of books are written and published more and more every year, as if every one knows a big secret.
[blackshadow] Saturday, June 20, 2009 1:05:18 PM 
I'm reading Crossing Over by John Edward
[soul stealer] Monday, June 08, 2009 1:27:48 PM 
i went to books a million recently and bought a book called Dark Side. It's about myths in metal and other music. haven't started reading it yet, though
[Matts458] Monday, May 04, 2009 12:02:26 PM 
Iron Maiden: 30 Years Of The Beast- Paul Stenning
[joedraper] Sunday, May 03, 2009 2:23:09 PM 
Every Second Counts - Lance Armstrong

The amazing thing is that I read this book in one day. I'm a cycling nerd so I found his first book really interesting and had to read the second one. I think that Lance is a very brash, loudmouth, straightforward guy. He's 100% American and it shows in pretty much everything he does. He makes no apologies for who he is or what his views are and that has to be admired. It's nice to see someone straightforward and sure of himself.

If you're a cyclist, cancer patient or just someone needing motivation, read this book (but read It's Not About The Bike first lol).
[Palmer Griffiths] Saturday, May 02, 2009 2:54:00 PM 
Right now I'm reading  a book called Testaments of Honor : Personal Histories of Canada's War Veterans by Blake Heathcote. It is stories from the Veterans of World War II talking about there experiences overseas.
[joedraper] Monday, March 23, 2009 10:15:39 AM 
All Night Long: The True Story Of Bon Jovi by Mick Wall
I have no idea why Mick Wall who is obviously a huge Jon Bon Jovi fan, or is getting some sort of kick back from Jon himself titles this book “The True Story Of Bon Jovi” because what it truly is, is the glamorisation and butt-licking story of Jon bon Jovi. The book claims to include full details of all band members, which it clearly does not. What it does have is little snippets in the form of comments from the rest of Jon’s posse and way too much droning on about how great Jon is and how the rest of the other guys would be nothing without him. Pfft! The book goes on and on about what a success Jon’s solo album was and how Richie’s solo album was a complete flop. Now, I’ve got both albums and I have always thought that Richie was the star of that band and that was only confirmed by playing his and Jon’s solo albums back to back. Richie is far more musically, how can we put this, mature and versatile than Jon ‘I’m so beautiful’ Bon Jovi ever could be. I always thought that David, Tico and Alec (who’s attitude I absolutely adored in the band) never got the credit that they duly deserved. David is a piano genius who put such an edge on that band. Tico and Alec were the typically telepathic rhythm section that should never be separated (and yet they were?) I always thought that the whole Bon Jovi thing was the Jon & Richie show but this book left me dismayed to realize that it’s always been the Jon Bon Jovi ego trip. What a shame, what a waste.
Aerosmith: Life In The Fast Lane by Malcolm Dome
What a controversy between this biography and the Bon Jovi monstrosity badly told by Mick Wall. Malcolm Dome can actually put together a good unbiased biography and manages to stay focused on the information that fans want to know about; the actual story of the band and the story behind the albums. He manages to give unbiased details on each album up until Get A Grip (which is where the book ends) and also manages, unlike Mick Wall, to not throw any band members name into the gutter and shows no favouritism to any one member. He understands and brings across the story of what a band is all about. This book was a pleasure to read and made use of beautiful, descriptive wording without being overly complicated. There were however a few spelling errors but this is not necessarily the fault of the author, it could have been a mix up in transferring data during publishing so I wont fault him for that.
[METALMANJP] Wednesday, February 11, 2009 8:27:35 AM 

Louis L'amour    The Sacketts.  There is a total of 19 books in all. I'm on book number 6 .

[Necroticist] Wednesday, February 11, 2009 5:05:09 AM 
Angie Sage - Septimus Heap books - charming little fantasy thing...she has talent...
[Matts458] Tuesday, February 10, 2009 7:48:33 PM 
Parasite Eve- Hideaki Sena
[ladiesman] Friday, January 30, 2009 4:10:58 PM 
[Necroticist] Friday, January 30, 2009 7:45:35 AM 
Lilith Saintcrow - Jill Kismet series...Just finished the Dante Valentine books....kinda in similar vein
[joedraper] Friday, January 30, 2009 2:59:30 AM 

It's Me, Anna by Elbie Lotter

I'm exploring some local (South African) authors partly to gain some inspiration and partly to learn to write like a South African (my publishers keep telling my agent that I'm not writing like a South African and they want to see more of that from me. WTF? anyways...)

So this book, it's so well written but it was one of the hardest books I have had to read. It was written so bluntly but with so much raw emotion and it made me revisit dark places that I didn't want to ever go to again. 

Anna was repeatedly abused and raped by her stepfather. She turned from being the perfect princess little girl into a woman terrified of men, getting herself pregnant possibly by her stepfather but never knowing for sure because she ended up becoming very promiscuous because of how dead and victimized she was from such a young age. She lost out on love because she thought that she didn't deserve it and gave up on anything that was ever good for her. She had to deal with the guilt of her younger half sister's suicide because when she left home, her father then started to rape his own flesh and blood.  Her mother chose to believe her husband and turn her back on her daughter because of the "good home and stable income" that he provided for his "family". 

Anna finally freed herself by journying back to her childhood home to confront her now older stepfather and blew him to pieces as he opened the door. 

This author managed to take me on her journey and as the book ended, I felt every shot that she pumped into his body. 

Abuse of women and children is so life destroying and yet the ones who can prevent it either choose to wear blinkers or to choose the security of a home and money over believing what their children are so desperately trying to tell them.

If you suspect or know of any abuse taking place, be a hero.. Step up to the plate and save our children from these horrors.

[Return_of_Darth_Painkiller_0870] Tuesday, January 20, 2009 5:02:42 AM 
Star Trek Enterprise: Kobyashi Maru 

Just finished Nikki Sixx's Heroin Diaries.  All I have to say is, "Wow".  Really eye-opening stuff.  You get inside the guy's head for a whole year, and see the vicious cycle he's caught in with touring, drugs, the hangers-on, and so forth.  It brings the very real problems of dealing with addiction, loss, a fucked-up childhood, and a dysfunctional band and way of life into the open for everyone to see.  I highly recommend it.
[Vaillant 3.0] Monday, January 19, 2009 6:47:21 PM 
I'm reading Inferno by Dante Alighieri for a class. I'm liking it, pretty good.
[Bev] Monday, January 19, 2009 9:23:43 AM 
Recently finished reading "Behind the Lines" W E B Griffith and am about to begin "Line of Fire" by the same author.
[_strat_] Saturday, January 17, 2009 6:50:25 AM 
Terry Pratchet - Night Watch, from the Discworld series... If Aragorn and Frank Drebin had a child, that would be it.
[ladiesman] Friday, January 16, 2009 12:22:46 PM 
[spapad] Thursday, January 15, 2009 6:55:17 PM 
Son of a Witch,    Gregory Maguire.
[adrianaec_88] Thursday, January 15, 2009 3:24:38 PM 
Antichrist - Niezstche (I think that's the english translation)
[_strat_] Sunday, January 11, 2009 4:47:53 PM 
Conan - Robert Howard

I cant get that Austrian accent out of my head when Im reading the dialogues...
[soul stealer] Sunday, January 11, 2009 3:07:28 PM 
a week ago I went to books-a-million and bought AC/DC:Maximum rock-n-roll. it's a pretty thick book, and after only 7 days, i'm about through with it! it is a really good book, over half of it is about the Bon years.
[ladiesman] Thursday, January 08, 2009 2:54:55 PM 
[Head banger] Sunday, January 04, 2009 10:42:17 PM 
I am reading that now.  my daughter just finished it.  its going ok so far, kinda predictable.  will see 3 and a half books to go.
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[mgdman] Sunday, January 04, 2009 9:11:51 PM 
Twilight !  with my 10 year old daughter.

Aahhh what us dads do for our girls !!
[spapad] Saturday, December 27, 2008 4:07:49 PM 
Cant wait to read the new James Patterson, Alex Cross book.
[ladiesman] Saturday, December 27, 2008 3:00:36 PM 

Vittorio:The vampire.ANNE RICE.

[Head banger] Monday, December 22, 2008 2:50:50 PM 
outstanding story
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[METALMANJP] Monday, December 22, 2008 2:17:55 PM 
[ladiesman] Monday, December 22, 2008 12:51:35 PM 


[METALMANJP] Tuesday, December 16, 2008 2:46:01 PM 
[ladiesman] Tuesday, December 16, 2008 11:49:32 AM 

Brave new world,Revisited;Aldous Huxley.

[_strat_] Friday, December 12, 2008 3:52:36 AM 
Moving on from Poe, now reading "The Children of Hurin" from the one and only J.R.R. Tolkien. Soon to be followed by "The Hobbit" (for at least the 5th time) and then by the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy (at least for the 10th time). Yup. December will be a Tolkien month for me.
[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Monday, December 08, 2008 4:56:59 PM 

LOL Is the guy who wrote it from Montana????  Just kiddin.. thats the main reason I wanted to move from that state.

The people their are really wierd... 

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[joedraper] Monday, December 08, 2008 3:29:46 PM 
The First 5 Minutes After You Die - Isak Burger

I'm sick to death of these religious extremist (which this guy clearly is) using scare tactics and focusing on one section of the Bible to turn the words around to suit them. 
This book was locally writen (by a South African author) and he's focused on the story of Lazarus and the rich man going to heaven. I have no problem with the fact that he focused on that section but what I do have a problem with is how he preaches as if he's died and gone to both sides before. 

I know we all have different beliefs and understandings of things, especially spiritual matters but there is not one thing that my son or daughter could EVER do that would make me turn my back on them and scorn them. NOTHING! There is no way that I would offer my children free will and then punishing them for eternity for making use of that free will which I granted them. No way ever. 
Now, if we are God's children and he made us in his image, why should I believe that if I choose to live differently to the norm and have alternative understandings/ interpretations of things that he will damn me to hell forever and sit by and watch me burn and beg him to grant me restitution? 
I'm sorry but I just don't buy it.

I hate the fact that this guy insinsts that we need to all believe in one religion or we burn. What gives him the right?
[Return_of_Darth_Painkiller_0870] Thursday, December 04, 2008 1:50:11 PM 
Star Wars - Clone Wars

My g/f gave this to me on my birthday and I've only recently had the opportunity to start reading it.
[Deep Freeze] Thursday, December 04, 2008 12:40:35 PM 
CRAIG!!!!!   HE LIVES!!! Always good to see you!!

I just finished Discussions on American Grammar.  I doubt seriously anyone here would find interest in it.  HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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[Craig Wagenhoffer] Thursday, December 04, 2008 12:37:59 PM 
Did you like the book? I haven't read it, but I've read some glowing reviews about it.
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[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, December 04, 2008 11:02:39 AM 
I decided to borrow Alice Cooper's biography, Golf Monster, today from the library. And it's definitly worth it. Fuck it's a good book haha. Funny and lots of cool stories.
[SkyRideR] Wednesday, December 03, 2008 8:44:47 PM 
my new bible of metal discourses: "Heavy Metal Painkillers"...
bow down all sinners to kk...
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[Soylentgreen4u] Monday, December 01, 2008 11:25:35 PM 


[soul stealer] Monday, December 01, 2008 1:34:02 PM 
a few years ago, i purchased a really thick book that had all his poems and stories. i got a good deal for two dollars! i checked out the biography at the public library. good to see another Poe fan on here
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[_strat_] Monday, December 01, 2008 1:18:18 PM 
Cool, right now Im about halfway through Poes "Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket". Great book.
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[soul stealer] Monday, December 01, 2008 1:07:56 PM 
i am currently reading the biography of edgar allen poe
[jimmyjames] Friday, November 28, 2008 5:42:30 AM 
I'm reading The Richest Man In Babylon by George S Clason. Tells you the secrets of accumulating wealth and keeping it.
[joedraper] Tuesday, November 25, 2008 11:28:39 AM 

The Dirt - Motley Crue

I've had this one on my book stand for ages and decided to pick it up against my better judgement. 
This book is disgusting; gentle; hearbreaking; incredibly human and impossible to put down! I got to experience in particular sides of Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx that were very down to earth. I think that this book is a gem and should be read by any music lover.

I wept  when Neil wrote about the death of his baby girl. I don't know how in the world anyone can recover after such a loss. That chapter affected me in a very deep way.
Tommy, well, he's always been a firm favorite of mine purely because of how energetic and sort of innocent he is too all of life. When you get to read his sections he's very straight forward and comes across as a very lovable but missunderstood person. 
Mick was the star of the book for me though. I really grew to like him through this read.

[mesniu II] Monday, October 27, 2008 2:59:07 PM 
"Judas Priest: Heavy Metal Painkillers"- one day i'll read it completely.
[scorpion01] Friday, October 24, 2008 11:48:16 PM 
[Udo Sapper] Friday, October 24, 2008 10:51:33 PM 
Judas Priest - Heavy Metal Painkillers - great read.
[Deep Freeze] Saturday, October 18, 2008 9:10:32 AM 
I am glad that I was able to offer you the information. The book is very good. It offers some great insights.

I appreciate that you care about manners. As you mentioned, ours is a world that does not value civility as we once did. Those on this site that know me will tell you that I champion manners and good behavior constantly. I do not believe that rudeness is "cool" and I treat people with dignity and respect. I also eschew profanity, as I find it incredibly distasteful in a public forum. So much of what we see and hear today is just disgusting and it is packaged up as "entertainment". Worse yet is the terrible way people treat one another!

It is tremendously encouraging to find a new member such as yourself that shares in these beliefs. I do hope you will become a regular here and share in the cause of bringing a bit of class and kindness to our Board.   [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by caronctm from Saturday, October 18, 2008 12:35:09 AM)
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[caronctm] Saturday, October 18, 2008 12:35:09 AM 
Deep Freeze, I agree.
 I haven't read this book you talked about, but I am so glad that you mentioned it and the topic of manners/civility. I am also greatful that there is someone out there who thinks the same thing that I do and says it. 
It seems to be a past notion, civility and manners. We have gone so far from operating out of any thought beyond ourselves, in this "me", "have to have it now", "get out of my way", short attention spanned generation.
Example/true story: I was on the phone with a cust. serv. rep., trying to solve a problem caused by a cog in the big corporate machine(a stupid, rude, condecending, moron at a major utility).  After my re-telling of the problem and informing this rep. of what needed to be done, and what I was going to do, she was able to give me some good news from her manager as to how they could help. I thanked her and moved towards ending the call. She stopped me and said how she would have been furious if the situation had happened to her, and she was amazed that I remained so calm. I replied that since I new that she didn't cause the problem, nor had she treated me badly, that I had no need to take out my anger on her. She then said that she would use my civility as an example for herself in the future. She truly was stunned that I could treat her with any respect. 
I am stunned that more people don't seem to have a clue of how to treat others,  much less an understanding of what it does to our society as a whole. What happened to basic respect? Have we forgotten, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"?
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[Head banger] Friday, October 17, 2008 10:19:21 PM 
Yeah I read that.  forgot about it.  

a comic version,  dunno if I will ever do that.
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[guidogodoy] Friday, October 17, 2008 6:53:41 PM 
Well, you just run yourself off to your local Comic Book Guy...they are only on issue two!

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[Deep Freeze] Friday, October 17, 2008 10:25:28 AM 

The Regulators is the follow up novel. Also very good. Read them both!!

[Deep Freeze] Friday, October 17, 2008 10:18:07 AM 

HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh man, guido! I lost my copy!! HAHAHA!!

HB, Desperation is a town where this "evil" being named Tak takes over people's bodies. Kind of a demon possession thing. Great story!

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[guidogodoy] Friday, October 17, 2008 8:53:18 AM 
Haa! How curious. I am re-reading the comic book (erm...graphic novel) of the Stand by Stephen King!
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[Head banger] Friday, October 17, 2008 8:41:41 AM 
I must have read it, but refresh my memory.  ok, now I will pack and checkout of this hotel and go to work.
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[Deep Freeze] Friday, October 17, 2008 8:16:15 AM 
Exactly. If you have not already read it, I recommend Desperation.
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[Head banger] Friday, October 17, 2008 8:12:02 AM 
yep, its great.  this is one of his best works, but your right, even if you pick up one of his weaker works, your on the right road.\
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[Deep Freeze] Friday, October 17, 2008 8:01:36 AM 
Excellent choice, HB. You really cannot go wrong with King.
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[Head banger] Friday, October 17, 2008 7:58:17 AM 
I am re reading the stand by steven king.
[Deep Freeze] Friday, October 17, 2008 7:50:05 AM 
Choosing Civility by Dr.PM Forni of Johns Hopkins. For me, this is a "must read", gang! How often have I preached manners and civility to all of you? How often have I lamented the terrible rudness that reaches every part of our lives? Dr.Forni examines the deterioration of our societies and how we have allowed ourselves to become so tremendously rude and ill mannered. This may not be a "Rock n Roll" bio, but I urge anyone here that actually enjoys reading to pick this one up. It will change how you treat others and, afterall, couldn't we all use a little more civility?
[jimmyjames] Friday, October 17, 2008 6:38:06 AM 
I just bought Lemmys autobiography White Line Fever and a book about Motley Crue called The Dirt which is supposed to be very good.
[PRIEST_HAMMER] Saturday, September 20, 2008 1:09:19 PM 

Right now I'm reading "Fit For Life" by Harvey & Marilyn Diamond. I just finished these other books:

1. Living Without Pain
2. Why Christians Get Sick
3. The Clay Cure
4. Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You Know About
5. More Natural Cures: Previously Censored Products That Cure Disease
6. The Weight Loss Cure "They" Don't Want You To Know About
7. The Debt Cure "They" Don't Want You To Know About

I'm still reading The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King and Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. The movie to the latter one is coming out this November 21st; taking Harry Potter's spot. Harry Potter was bumped up to July 9th for next year. I guess J.K. didn't wanna butt heads with Meyer...hehehehehe.


[paperflowers] Wednesday, September 17, 2008 9:45:42 PM 
Just curious....any other ADD brains around who have trouble reading books?
[jimmyjames] Wednesday, September 17, 2008 1:21:52 AM 
Has anyone read My Wicked, Wicked Ways, its the autobiography of the great Errol Flynn, would recommend this book to anyone, the life of a hellraising, alcoholic, womaniser in his own words.
[joedraper] Tuesday, September 16, 2008 2:48:09 PM 

How To See Yourself As You Really Are - The Dalai Lama

Ok, firstly, this is not a religious book perse. What I mean by that is yes, it's writen by the leader of the buddhist faith but... you can also choose to read this book and use the meditations as day to day 'looking after my mind' sort of aid. I've always been a firm believer in meditation in order to keep your mind clear and rested. This book is a great guide to those who are interested in meditations for these reasons. The old beliefs are healthy mind =  healthy body. You can believe in whatever religion that fits right for your soul and still benifit from this book. It is writen without the need to call one into the buddhist faith but rather to help mankind clear their minds.. (he he he there I go getting poetic on ya'll lol)

The first part of the book helps to deal with perspection, persception and how to suppres negative emotions.

The second part teaches us to understand the difference as to how we see ourselves, as opposed to how we actually are.

The third part is a step to step guide on how to meditate and capture it's possitive powers.
The fourth and fith part explains how we really exsist in relation to people and things.

Go on be brave, if you want an alternative look on things then you can't go wrong with this book.

[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Friday, September 05, 2008 4:54:33 PM 

Ann Rule/ True Crime..  Smoking mirrors and looking glass  ... I cant remeber...  Its about husbands who have murdered thier wives and famlies, for either another woman or money...... there are like 5 true stories in the 1 book.

[Everleigh] Friday, September 05, 2008 4:41:57 PM 
"The Road" by Cormac Mc Carthy, and "They Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion. Both are relatively "short books"- . I read one on the way to Vegas to see Priest, and the other on the fllight home.
[zumpulija] Monday, September 01, 2008 7:40:41 AM 
East Wind: West Wind by Pearl Buck - surrisingly interesting book. I really enjoy reading it
[_strat_] Saturday, August 30, 2008 12:50:36 AM 
That would be cool. It would also be cool if they would finaly film Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

There are never enough fantasy movies to go around. Specialy not the good ones.
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[Soylentgreen4u] Friday, August 29, 2008 7:30:10 PM 

[Palmer Griffiths] Thursday, August 28, 2008 6:51:54 PM 
I recently heard that in 2009 Universal is supposed to adapt the books to a motion picture.I don't know how good it would be.I hope it will stay true to the books.
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[WhiskeyWoman] Thursday, August 28, 2008 12:16:47 PM 
Cool thread!  (Just discovered it...)

Just finished:
"The Lovely Bones" - Alice Sebold
(was okay...)
"Duma Key" - S.King
(very cool)
[crypticangle] Wednesday, August 27, 2008 11:09:48 AM 
Judas Priest--Heavy Metal Painkillers
Nikki Sixx--The Heroin Diaries
Anthony Kiedis--Scar Tissue
[Justin Kenny] Monday, August 25, 2008 10:57:03 AM 
My latest conquests include:

"Temples On The Other Side" -- Sylvia Browne
"Cell" -- Stephen King (so far, so good)
"The Exorcist" -- William Peter Blatty ( nowonmai --figure THAT out!! )
[_strat_] Monday, August 25, 2008 1:53:29 AM 

I read "The Fortress of the Pearl" recently, and yeah, its pretty good. A nice idea that I havent seen before, about traveling through someones dream. Oh, and Elric kicks ass, thats for sure.

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[rheis] Sunday, August 24, 2008 7:35:02 AM 
I've just started reading "Defenders of the Faith - The Judas Priest Story" by Neil Daniels. Absolutely fascinating!
[Palmer Griffiths] Saturday, August 09, 2008 10:11:10 PM 

I don't know if anyone here is actually into the fantasy genre of literature but I will Recommend any of Michael Moorcock's books about Elric. Elric of Melnibone/The Fortress of The Pearl/Weird of The White Wolf/Sailor on the seas of fate/The Dream Theifs Daughter etc. Actually I heard Universal Pictures have the Rights and are supposed to make a motion picture for it. There's been talk about it for a while now. Blue Oyster Cult along with Lemmy's old Band Hawkwind did songs about Micheal Moorcock's character Elric. Anyhow folks if you can than check the books out it's not typical Swords and sorcerrey at all. They're some of my Favourites anyway.

[joedraper] Tuesday, August 05, 2008 10:59:43 AM 
I've been a busy little reader this month... I should've concentrated on more writing but I was feeling decidedly uninspired so I got lost in the works of others instead. I'm not too sure if I'm feeling 'inspired' enough to write yet but I at least feel more informed. Considering I screwed up a pretty important publishing date, I guess I can at least take solace in the fact that I did something literary in the last month. Here goes:

The Adoring Audience by Lisa A. Lewis: Either "they" got "us" all wrong or I got very offended by "them" but I did not like the way that these academics summed us up. I was totall offended by the way that they seemed to represent the idea that all fans (but especially those of rock/metal music) are raving sociopaths likely to hunt down their idols and kill them in order to obtain their own fame. The contributers to this book seemed to take delight in separating "them" the sane normal upstanding citizens from "us" the drug crazed uneducated dreamers. Also, I found it very insulting that at the end of the book, the only fan letters that they published in the book were the ones written by the real insane fans ie; the letters from fans who hear voices in their heads telling them to destroy all their idols records etc. One letter in particular from a psychotic fan of Kate Bush who had ingested 200 asprin tablets and was lying in hospital dying from kidney failure as a result and blaming Kate Bush?  Oh well, I guess some may find this book to be an acurate depiction of fans but I certainly do not.

Extreme by Sharon Osbourne: I needed to read this as I found it lighter and less offensive than the first book. I love the way Sharon writes as if she is sitting across a table from you sharing her life story as if you were having a cup of tea together. I think I enjoyed her first book more but this was because this book dealt with her father issues so maybe it touched on a sensitive note for me. Who ever ghost wrote this book for Sharon is an excellent ghost writer.

The Alchemist -  Paulo Coelho: Any book by this author is a treat and inspiration. I loved the simplicity of this book as well as it's effective advice on life. One thing that stood out was the boys innocence and determination to 'seek his treasure'. I am surprised at myself for taking so many years to pick up this book. It has been on my bookshelf for years and I wish that I read it when I first got it.
[guidogodoy] Tuesday, August 05, 2008 12:53:29 AM 
The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil - George Saunders. Wonderful. First modern book I have read in 20 years.
[Starbreaker287] Monday, August 04, 2008 11:39:37 AM 
The Heroin Diaries and The Dirt
[rheis] Wednesday, July 23, 2008 10:02:20 AM 

I've usually got a few books on the go at once cos I'm a slow reader and impatient so I jump from one to another!

At the moment these include "Heavy Metal Painkillers" (Popoff) and "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" (Pirsig.)

[Bev] Thursday, July 03, 2008 7:19:41 AM 
Done with "Eternity"
Now, if someone will nominate me, I think I'd be a good candidate for the Incarnation of Go(o)d 
[joedraper] Sunday, June 22, 2008 7:24:01 AM 
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

Yes, this book was embellished, dressed up to sensationalize some otherwise boring events in a rehab, but if you can get over that, it's not a bad read at all. James is very descriptive, imaginative and has an eye for detail. I think he has a lot of promise as a writer and just needs to master the art of punctuation.. would be nice if he could do that.
[Jpz #1 fan] Thursday, June 19, 2008 9:51:07 PM 
Im reading the book a collection  of stories of Edgar Allan Poe..really good stuff...

we had to analyse some of his work for English this semester and i didnt return it cause i still wanna read his stories
[Little Indian Angel] Tuesday, June 17, 2008 11:09:59 PM 
Ohhhh No they didn't I'm almost out of Chapter 8 now Really good book!
[Palmer Griffiths] Tuesday, June 17, 2008 10:59:34 PM 
All Quiet On The Western Front by Eric Maria Remarque
Edited at: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 11:00:54 PM
[joedraper] Tuesday, June 17, 2008 6:51:46 AM 
Shark Trouble by Peter Benchley (yes, he of "Jaws" fame)

This book is very well written but again I find that the author has a need for jargon and words that are way too complicated for what he was trying to portray in this book. I do agree with the critics though who suggest that anyone who is potentially ever going to venture into the sea again must read this book first. Peter obviously had huge love and respect for the ocean and all of her beloved mysteries.  I find though when he gets into story telling mode, he's far less complicated than when he's writing non fiction.  All in all, a good writer with vast knowledge about the topic that he chose to devote his writing talents to. R.I.P. Mr Benchley and I hope you're having the time of your life in that big ocean in the sky.
[_strat_] Friday, June 13, 2008 6:45:24 AM 
Thats a good one. Did they get to the Mountain yet?
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[Little Indian Angel] Thursday, June 12, 2008 9:36:02 PM 
I'm in chapter 7 of the Hobbit Hahaha!
[guidogodoy] Tuesday, June 10, 2008 11:30:00 AM 
Yup. Wearing a Red Wings championship shirt as I type! LOL!!

Ok, procrastinated enough. Off I go (groan....) CYA soon.
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[156555464] Tuesday, June 10, 2008 11:26:55 AM 
A collection of short stories from the Readers Digest!  I know lame. I found it at a flee market, published in 1962! I like finding old stuff like that.
[Vaillant 3.0] Tuesday, June 10, 2008 11:22:21 AM 
You're in Detroit right now?? HA!!! Good luck on the way back to TN!!
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[guidogodoy] Tuesday, June 10, 2008 11:19:37 AM 
¡Jaa!  Just trying to help....
(ok, I am i Detroit and out the door back to TN. LOOOONG drive. Just stopping in to say "hey" - wish me luck in the drive back).
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[Vaillant 3.0] Tuesday, June 10, 2008 11:13:30 AM 
Aww, crap...
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[guidogodoy] Tuesday, June 10, 2008 11:11:19 AM 
(but you spelled Márquez wrong. An accent where you put it would be redundant. LOL!!)
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