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    Philip Roth - The Plot Against America. A book whose time has surely come again in the present political climate...

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    I read Field of Blood - which was about an ex-IRA man and a British officer. The only problem I have with GS writing about Northern Ireland is that his research is occasionally lacking, when he gets simple details wrong. Sometimes details that any squaddie in either the British Army or the IDF could have told him and sometimes details that any Belfast local could have told him.

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    Currently reading "The Iceman: Confessions Of A Mafia Contract Killer". It's the biography of Richard Kuklinski. A psychopath who probably killed over 100 people in his life. It's so over the top that if I didn't know it was real, I'd think it was just too graphic a novel to be taken seriously! Chilling stuff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yves View Post
    Currently reading "The Iceman: Confessions Of A Mafia Contract Killer". It's the biography of Richard Kuklinski. A psychopath who probably killed over 100 people in his life. It's so over the top that if I didn't know it was real, I'd think it was just too graphic a novel to be taken seriously! Chilling stuff!
    I have read that. Agree, a lot of what he claims seems to be way over the top, and there are some doubts to the extent of some of his claims, but there is no question that he was a complete cold blooded serial killer. You might want to also check out the HBO interviews that were done with him back before he died. You can find them on youtube. Even if just half of it is true, it is chilling stuff.

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    I am reading “Without Frontiers” a biography of Peter Gabriel. Very interesting so far.

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    As usual, all of mine are audio books. I just finished Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow and am now well into Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, both by Yuval Noah Harari, an Israeli historian. From Wikipedia: "His more recent books are more cautionary, and work through the consequences of a futuristic biotechnological world where sentient biological organisms are surpassed by their own creations; he has said 'Homo sapiens as we know them will disappear in a century or so'". Very thought-provoking books!

    I've also started Fire and Rain by David Browne, which basically looks at events during the year 1970 mostly in terms of rising and fading popular music stars (The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSN&Y, etc.).

    In the queue: Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature... an epic 36+ hours of listening. The coming winter will not be boring, to say the least!

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    Hmmm I might checkout that Harari book - sounds like it might be up my alley.

    I'm reading the Joni Mitchell biography Reckless Daughter and so far it is excellent. Lots of insights into this brilliant woman and many great artists and personalities she encountered on her journey. Learning a lot of specifics about what some of her songs were about and their inspirations.

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    I've had the Harari books on my radar for a while, now. Fascinating stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    I have read that. Agree, a lot of what he claims seems to be way over the top, and there are some doubts to the extent of some of his claims, but there is no question that he was a complete cold blooded serial killer. You might want to also check out the HBO interviews that were done with him back before he died. You can find them on youtube. Even if just half of it is true, it is chilling stuff.
    The author's notes at the beginning of the book claim that he had to pry a lot of the information out of him. He didn't walk into the interview room and start boasting. The sheer quantity of murders, and the sadistic way most were perpetrated seems totally surreal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yves View Post
    Currently reading "The Iceman: Confessions Of A Mafia Contract Killer". It's the biography of Richard Kuklinski. A psychopath who probably killed over 100 people in his life. It's so over the top that if I didn't know it was real, I'd think it was just too graphic a novel to be taken seriously! Chilling stuff!
    When I saw your post, Yves, I decided to put down the collection of Western noir stories I'm currently reading and ordered this one from the library. Recently saw shows on TV about Tony Spilatro and Tommy Pitera, other Mafia psycho hitmen, so I'm primed for the Iceman. Thanks for the recommend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopez View Post
    When I saw your post, Yves, I decided to put down the collection of Western noir stories I'm currently reading and ordered this one from the library. Recently saw shows on TV about Tony Spilatro and Tommy Pitera, other Mafia psycho hitmen, so I'm primed for the Iceman. Thanks for the recommend.

    Hope you enjoy. It reads like a novel so it's a page-turner. There's a section focused on his second wife , to give us a different perspective. Kuklinski was a Pole so he could never be a "made guy". As a result, he was a free-lance contract killer. I like that the book starts with his childhood, to give a window into his early development into psychosis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    I am reading “Without Frontiers” a biography of Peter Gabriel. Very interesting so far.
    I read it a few years ago with a lot of pleasure. The only thing that bordered me somewhat was that Daryl Easlea is too much a fan to be critical, especially when it comes to Gabriel's "Mandela-years".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yves View Post
    Hope you enjoy. It reads like a novel so it's a page-turner. There's a section focused on his second wife , to give us a different perspective. Kuklinski was a Pole so he could never be a "made guy". As a result, he was a free-lance contract killer. I like that the book starts with his childhood, to give a window into his early development into psychosis.
    After seeing this thread yesterday, I went back and watched a bunch of the old interview footage on youtube. The last hour or so with the psych doctor is especially interesting.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopez View Post
    When I saw your post, Yves, I decided to put down the collection of Western noir stories I'm currently reading and ordered this one from the library. Recently saw shows on TV about Tony Spilatro and Tommy Pitera, other Mafia psycho hitmen, so I'm primed for the Iceman. Thanks for the recommend.
    Kulkinski was an associate of Roy DeMeo (a psycho killer in his own right).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    After seeing this thread yesterday, I went back and watched a bunch of the old interview footage on youtube. The last hour or so with the psych doctor is especially interesting.

    Thanks for the link. I'll finish the book before watching this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by interbellum View Post
    I read it a few years ago with a lot of pleasure. The only thing that bordered me somewhat was that Daryl Easlea is too much a fan to be critical, especially when it comes to Gabriel's "Mandela-years".
    Yes, I would agree with that. The book is certainly not very objective, but it was an enjoyable read.

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    I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus by S. G. Browne. Funny, and told in the first person by one of the undead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yves View Post
    Currently reading "The Iceman: Confessions Of A Mafia Contract Killer". It's the biography of Richard Kuklinski. A psychopath who probably killed over 100 people in his life. It's so over the top that if I didn't know it was real, I'd think it was just too graphic a novel to be taken seriously! Chilling stuff!
    Thanks Yves, I just ordered a used copy of this. Looks right up my alley!

    Recent reads include The Fighter, by Craig Davidson, and The Acolyte, by Nick Cutter. (a Davidson pseudonym)

    The Acolyte was excellent. About a society where the ruling authority is the One True Religion. Heretics are hunted down
    and exterminated. The Acolytes are an elite team whose task is to hunt down and eradicate all non believers. Of course,
    the One True Religion is far from the moral high ground that they portray. This is an extreme version of what can happen
    when religion is perverted to the maximum.

    The Fighter tells the tale of a wimpy high class guy who gets his ass kicked badly in a bar. He then loses interest in everything else in life
    except training at a local boxing dive. His life devolves into a series of underground bare knuckle bouts which can never seem to satisfy
    his immense self loathing. Pretty gritty and very dark.
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    "The Collapsing Empire" by John Scalzi was the page turner for today.
    To be truthful, I don't know if I will read more of Scalzi's work based on this one.
    Billed as 'An Interstellar Epic', it sort of gets moving and explains the background 'science' that moves the ships.
    Much ( too much ) palace intrigue, and forgive me for not being up on the latest authors styles, way to much colloquial American english idiom for some time period 1600 years in the future.
    It did seem like a mostly self contained novel, but left some room for additional material in the future, that does seem the formula for the scifi of today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MudShark22 View Post
    I enjoyed the 1st two in the series but fell away afterwards. Interested in hearing how you like it.
    Regarding the Pendragon Cycle by Lawhead , I also enjoyed the second volume (Merlin) so will plow ahead!

    I'm about a hundred pages from finishing Hobb's second in the Liveship Trilogy (thanks for the recommendation Yves) "Mad Ship" and have "Ship of Destiny" on deck.

    I also have "Kate: Inside the Rainbow" by Kate's brother John waiting for me. Found this in Montreal, beautiful coffetable-type book full of his photos of his beautiful sister.

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    I'll pretend that this is an audio book:

    https://www.truthdig.com/videos/chri...ystopia-video/
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    I was reading Ship of Magic at the recommendation of folks here, and was a little over halfway through and it was kind of boring me so I put it aside. But just restarted a few days ago and it seems I was right at the place where it picks up. Or absence makes the heart grow fonder. Anyway, much more interesting now, though still a little frustrating the way i imagine romance novels are. Friggin screw already, people!

    On a different subject, anyone here familiar with the Horus Heresy novels? It's part of some mammoth series of Warhammer books. People seem to love them, and the covers are cool, but I'm worried they suck. I sometimes am interested in these books based on RPGs, but always figure they'll probably blow. But they look so cool...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ho...k_1_to_Book_10
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    So I was decided to just get the first of the Horus Heresy books mentioned above, and Barnes & Noble's site said it was in stock at a store a 20 minute drive from me, so I go there and lo - they didn't have it. Thanks a damned lot, B&N. No apology or anything either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000
    So I was decided to just get the first of the Horus Heresy books mentioned above, and Barnes & Noble's site said it was in stock at a store a 20 minute drive from me, so I go there and lo - they didn't have it. Thanks a damned lot, B&N. No apology or anything either.
    Sounds like Best Buy. Their website will tell you they have a new CD at a decent price at the nearest store, but if you go there, they will not have even one. So, I don't believe them anymore and rarely visit their store or website. If they want to put themselves out of business, it's fine by me. If you ask an employee, not only will they be unapologetic, they likely won't have ever heard of the advertised item.

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