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Read any good books lately, or hope to read this summer?

I just finished "How I Became A Famous Novelist" by Steve Hely. Hely was a writer for David Letterman, and even though it's fiction, man he nails some very important things about being a writer...and it's quite funny.

Just started "Hit Hard" The Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top" by Joey Kramer of Aerosmith. Anyone read it?

Any good recommendations, both fiction/non-fiction?
I just finished The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough.

(And let me tell you, the book covers so much more than the miniseries ever could!) :Wink:
I read Thorn Bird years ago, and yes, the story is much more detailed than the mini-series. For some reason, I see a strong resemblance between a very young Richard Chamberlain and Daxx. It's in their eyes (at least in my twisted mind).

And, I forgot another book I recently finished: Me, The Mob and The Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James. The guy who sang "Mony, Mony" and numerous other hits...shows ya just how insane rock 'n' roll can be. According to the book, Tommy James was owed about $35-40 million at one point from his label and never saw it.
Acutally, I'm just finishing a delightful book called "I Found All The Parts" by our very own Laura Faeth! It's a charming, clever, humorous and well-researched outing about the nature of fandom, personal discovery and much more. Well worth reading if you're a rock music fan (and why else would you be here?) and particularly of interest to this fandom. Bravo, Laura!

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well seeing as i have RIAFT on order from the library again at the moment ... im hoping thats a resounding YESSSSSSSSSSSS Big Grin Big Grin

Pachyderm I

So far this year: Guadalcanal Diary, Water For Elephants, The Art Of Racing In The Rain
Just Finished: Modoc: The True Story Of The Greatest Elephant Who Ever Lived
Just Started: Watership Down
Does it count if my books have pictures?
Beside the comics, I'm reading:

Killing Pablo by Mark Bowden and I just found out 2 minutes ago that they are making a movie about this due out 2011. They already did a documentary about this on the History Channel in 2002.

Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson by Jann Wenner and Corey Seymour.
talltrickster Wrote:I just finished "How I Became A Famous Novelist" by Steve Hely. Hely was a writer for David Letterman, and even though it's fiction, man he nails some very important things about being a writer...and it's quite funny.

Just started "Hit Hard" The Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top" by Joey Kramer of Aerosmith. Anyone read it?
talltrickster Wrote:And, I forgot another book I recently finished: Me, The Mob and The Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James. The guy who sang "Mony, Mony" and numerous other hits...shows ya just how insane rock 'n' roll can be. According to the book, Tommy James was owed about $35-40 million at one point from his label and never saw it.

How I Became a Famous Novelist was great! I really hope Hely writes another novel. I'm just starting to read Joey's book and have Tommy's to read after it... great minds think alike, right? :Wink: :laugh:
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Great fun read! Spcially in light of what the guys are doing tis Summer!

Pachyderm I

PEBA Wrote:Does it count if my books have pictures?
Beside the comics, I'm reading:

Killing Pablo by Mark Bowden and I just found out 2 minutes ago that they are making a movie about this due out 2011. They already did a documentary about this on the History Channel in 2002.

Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson by Jann Wenner and Corey Seymour.
you could start a comics thread... :devil:
I've been reading "Jesse James- Last Rebel of the Civil War". (It's about Jesse James the outlaw...not the Sandra Bullock dude.) I always wanted to learn more about him. My family is from the same area he was and, in fact, he was killed in St. Joseph, MO which is where my dad was born and my grandfather lived. We used to see the house Jesse was killed in all the time when were kids so I kind of grew up interested in him. A couple weeks ago my brother was visiting from Chicago and we went down to Northfield, MN which is where Jesse and his gang got ambushed when they tried to rob the bank there. The bank is a historical museum now so I picked up this book while I was there.

Some fun books I just got done reading a couple months ago were:
"Pride and Predjudice and Zombies" by Seth Gramme-Smith. P&P is my all time time favorite book (I've read it 5 times) and this is a fun twist on it.

Seth Gramme-Smith also wrote "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" which both me and my 17 year old read. It was good and actually very informative. It followed the historical timeline and events in Lincoln's life (only with scenes of him slaying vampires thrown in) and I learned a lot about him.
Quote:How I Became a Famous Novelist was great! I really hope Hely writes another novel. I'm just starting to read Joey's book and have Tommy's to read after it... great minds think alike, right?
Wow, that's wild Voices 1979. Let me know what you think of Joey's journey. It starts off with some very intense personal stuff.

Quote:Seth Gramme-Smith also wrote "Abrahanm Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" which both me and my 17 year old read. It was good and actually very informative. It followed the historical timeline and events in Lincoln's life (only with scene of him slaying vampires thrown in) and I learned a lot about him.
My husband is just finishing Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin. She's a frequent guest on The Daily Show. It's like a zillion pages long. He said it was fascinating, but I bet not as fascinating as Lincoln slaying some vampires. Big Grin
Anneke, yes, of what seemed to be a ton of books about the Beatles released in 2005 to honor the 25th anniversary of Lennon's death, I read four and Bramwell's was by the far the best (and funniest) of them all.

Currently in the middle of "Shoeless Joe," the novel which the film "Field of Dreams" was based on. Normally, I would say I'd rather read the book before the seeing the film but in this case, having seen the film is making the book a bit more enjoyable and not as "outlandish" as it would have been otherwise.

Pachyderm I

jjgittes Wrote:...

Currently in the middle of "Shoeless Joe," the novel which the film "Field of Dreams" was based on. Normally, I would say I'd rather read the book before the seeing the film but in this case, having seen the film is making the book a bit more enjoyable and not as "outlandish" as it would have been otherwise.
i've read shoeless joe and liked it better than the movie. if you like that and don't mind long books... try the iowa baseball confederacy also by kinsella(sp?)
I picked up Queen As It Began by Jacky Gunn and Jim Jenkins at a garage sale. It inspired me to get my Queen CD's out. Love Freddie. Just love his voice and miss him still.
Also read Prayers For Those Who Grieve by Jill Kelly (wife of former Bills QB Jim Kelly) Beautiful and heart wrenching journal prayers and scripture mixed. For anyone who thinks they are alone in grief- this is a good book. Certainly not beach reading- but there are very few books that truly deal with how to go on living after loss written by people who have actually been through it and believe in God. The type of book I have been looking for for a while.
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