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  1. DAR

    DAR Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 8, 2004
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, kind of want to see what the hype is about.
  2. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 29, 2005
    The Glass Key. Absolutely fantastic. Hammett moves away from PI protagonists; here the protagonist is the fixer for a political boss who gets caught tangentially in a murder. At first the murder is merely lurking in the background behind Beaumont as he deals with his own gambling debts and his boss's political troubles in advance of an upcoming election, but the murder comes to dominate the election and Beaumont has to get at the truth. The plot is fantastic, a big story about city politics more than just a detective story, in the style of Red Harvest, but here Hammett manages to keep the single murder mystery seamlessly integrated into the larger plot and running perfectly throughout the book. Hammett's writing style is very effective, only revealing the bare minimum and letting the reader play catch-up for much of the early going, revealing character and plot through Beaumont's actions. And Beaumont makes a good character; coming from outside the private eye category, he's not beholden to the stereotypes of that role. He may be a political wizard, but he's not a detective genius, and he gets at the truth only through his grasp of the political situation. And he's certainly no great fighter or shooter. A great story, noirish in its cynical political focus.
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  3. Jabbadabbado

    Jabbadabbado Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Mar 19, 1999
    The Escape Artists: How Obama's Team Fumbled the Recovery
    by Noam Scheiber
  4. Chancellor_Ewok

    Chancellor_Ewok Force Ghost star 7

    Nov 8, 2004
    Finished The Big Roads, which was interesting, the other day and started reading In Defense of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5, last night. This also promises to be interesting, as it was written with the co-operation of MI5.
  5. VadersLaMent

    VadersLaMent Chosen One star 10

    Apr 3, 2002
    I can't recommend this enough. I'd be an EU fan if all of them were written this well.

    On to d&d: [link=]Brimstone Angels[/link]
  6. Nevermind

    Nevermind Jedi Knight star 6

    Oct 14, 2001
    Ron Chernow's "Washington"
  7. VadersLaMent

    VadersLaMent Chosen One star 10

    Apr 3, 2002
    [link=]Star Wars Riptide[/link]
  8. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

    May 31, 2005
    Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, on my iPad, to satisfy my curiosity about both the Millenium series and e-books. Rather like the book (though the end is a bit too much), not sold on the e-book thing, thogh. I find it a bit hard on the eyes, and, in the end I just like having a book in my hands. On the other hand, no disputing the convenience factor.
  9. quiller

    quiller Jedi Master star 2

    Jun 1, 2005
    I am a avid reader and when I can I will read 1-2 books a day. I was hesitant to get into the e-book thing, but when I upgraded to a hand-me down Iphone, I loaded Stanza and started reading e-books. it seemed odd and the screen was a little tiny but I learned to loved it, the freedom of always having a book to read is great, also no more worrying about keeping 2-3 copies of one book just so I have a readable copy as well as a copy in mint condition. I now have a kindle, bigger screen helps and use it as much as regular books,

    by the way in some ways the next two dragon books are a little better IMO and all three books really work well together as a group and its a pity he died as a 4th seemed called for in a way, I really like the way he develops the main characters through out the series.

  10. Drac39

    Drac39 Jedi Grand Master star 7

    Jul 9, 2002
    Starting a huge biography about Napoleon Bonaparte. I'm really curious to see what kind of slant it takes on him. If it is predominately anglican I might just put it down.
  11. Lazy Storm Trooper

    Lazy Storm Trooper Jedi Master star 4

    Sep 18, 2012
    This thread... Also Kenobi...
  12. Tabula Rasa

    Tabula Rasa Administrator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jul 8, 1998
    Neanderthal, by John Darnton. It's alright if you can get passed some of its pseudo-science. Would make for a fun adventure movie.
  13. DT421

    DT421 Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Nov 6, 2003
    Hollow City by Ransom Riggs and On the Road by Kerouac
  14. SWpants

    SWpants Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Oct 28, 2004
    Almost done with my reread of Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli
  15. Wylding

    Wylding Jedi Master star 5

    Aug 13, 2000
    I've just gotten into the wheel of time.

    PS Thread with it!
  16. Rogue_Ten

    Rogue_Ten Chosen One star 7

    Aug 18, 2002
    is u serious dawg?
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  17. Ramza

    Ramza Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA VIP

    Jul 13, 2008
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