ENT Book crew: what are you reading?

lowfat

The Dragon Reborn
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Oct 27, 2003
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I had no idea what it was about before buying. Think it may be one of weird fantasy romance novels. :run:



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Chuck Finley

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May 1, 2002
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Reading Thunder Below right now. It's addicting, I can't put it down.



"The thunderous roar of exploding depth charges was a familiar and comforting sound to the crew members of the USS Barb, who frequently found themselves somewhere between enemy fire and Davy Jones's locker.

Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen. And in a fascinating twist, he uses archival documents from the Japanese Navy to give its version of events.

The unique story of the Barb begins with its men, who had the confidence to become unbeatable. Each team helped develop innovative ideas, new tactics, and new strategies. All strove for personal excellence, and success became contagious. Instead of lying in wait under the waves, the USS Barb pursued enemy ships on the surface, attacking in the swift and precise style of torpedo boats. She was the first sub to use rocket missiles and to creep up on enemy convoys at night, joining the flank escort line from astern, darting in and out as she sank ships up the column.

Surface-cruising, diving only to escape, "Luckey Fluckey" relentlessly patrolled the Pacific, driving his boat and crew to their limits. There can be no greater contrast to modern warfare's long-distance, videogame style of battle than the exploits of the captain and crew of the USS Barb, where they sub, out of ammunition, actually rammed an enemy ship until it sank.

Thunder Below! is a first-rate, true-life, inspirational story of the courage and heroism of ordinary men under fire."
 

Chuck Finley

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May 1, 2002
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Yes. I listened to Simple Genius on Audible. I enjoyed it (thank you for the suggestion), though it is part of a larger series so the characters were in mid character development (especially Michelle who was going through a personal crisis). Was thinking of trying Plum Island next.
Did you ever end up reading Charm School or Plum Island?
 

Frank White

Through thick and thin...
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Aug 1, 2006
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I've been making my way through Michael Connelly books in publication order for a little bit. Probably going to take a break soon and switch it up, before I get burnt out.
 

Frank White

Through thick and thin...
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Aug 1, 2006
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Also, really been having the craving to read through Harry Potter for the 10th or 11th time. Was trying to wait for my kids to be old enough I could read it to them but fuck it
 

Tesla Death Ray

Open your mouth, I'm gonna put something nice into
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Oct 11, 2006
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Your Best Nightmare
started a full murakami read, i've read probably half of his books before. on his first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, which was not published in English back when i read his other earlier stuff back around 2003 or so. so far it's a bit more rudimentary than his later novels but it's pretty compelling from the start. mostly about some guy drinking with his buddy the Rat and reminiscing about troubles they'd found themselves in and different ideas they had. it's a pretty short book, about 100 pages long, so i'm not really sure where it's going.

I've read a couple of his books and that's always how i feel about them, but then they don't really seem to go anywhere
 

sans_pants

I don't want any damn vegetables
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May 2, 2002
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into some scifi guys ive never read and just finished rogue moon by algis burdys

i thought it was pretty great. interesting enough scifi concepts but the human drama was much more central. originally picked it up because it was compared to Rendevous with Rama but its not really similar at all, the exploration of the alien structure is really secondary

just started the crystal world by jg ballard. good prose so far but havent even gotten into the plot yet
 

Thunderbear

Yggdrasil's Forester.
into some scifi guys ive never read and just finished rogue moon by algis burdys

i thought it was pretty great. interesting enough scifi concepts but the human drama was much more central. originally picked it up because it was compared to Rendevous with Rama but its not really similar at all, the exploration of the alien structure is really secondary

just started the crystal world by jg ballard. good prose so far but havent even gotten into the plot yet

I picked up a version of Algis Budrys' WHO? which was a scary techno-mystery Cold-War read, with a cover art I've never been able to find, since. My version had the requisite metal head and arm, but a much more modern take on the exterior, with some clear Cylon influence. The book cover art, the subject and the tone were all deeply unsettling, and a hell of a memorable read, decades later.

Edit: fuck me, I found it. Went down the ISFDB speculative fiction rabbit hole for WHO?. I think the cover artist is James Gurney. ISFDB lists all versions of a cover which is really neat. http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?847

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sans_pants

I don't want any damn vegetables
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May 2, 2002
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I picked up a version of Algis Budrys' WHO? which was a scary techno-mystery Cold-War read, with a cover art I've never been able to find, since. My version had the requisite metal head and arm, but a much more modern take on the exterior, with some clear Cylon influence. The book cover art, the subject and the tone were all deeply unsettling, and a hell of a memorable read, decades later.
might just add that to my list
 

Miesha Taint

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May 6, 2006
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Most important book of the year and that's probably an understatement:

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