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Title: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 24, 2011, 05:05:38 pm
Writing for Comics and Graphic Novels with Peter David
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 01, 2011, 10:24:22 am
Seal Team Six
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 04, 2011, 06:24:10 am
Dean & Me
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 06, 2011, 12:46:55 pm
Does the Noise In My Head Bother You?
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 10, 2011, 06:36:54 am
U2 By U2

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 22, 2011, 02:55:13 pm
Bossypants - Tina Fey
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 29, 2011, 09:20:31 am
Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin - Kathy Griffin
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 06, 2011, 04:51:04 pm
Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography - Rob Lowe
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 20, 2011, 09:45:26 pm
My Horizontal Life: A Collection Of One Night Stands - Chelsea Handler
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Post by: Mac on August 21, 2011, 05:59:00 pm
My Horizontal Life: A Collection Of One Night Stands - Chelsea Handler

I read "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" and liked what I read. I think you either like her or you don't. Not sure if people are on the fence with her. She cracks me up most of the time.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 21, 2011, 06:00:41 pm
I read "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" and liked what I read. I think you either like her or you don't. Not sure if people are on the fence with her. She cracks me up most of the time.

I'm on my Chelsea run and Vodka is sitting on my end table right now and is that next in line to read. I want to read all of her books in order. I believe 4 total right?
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Post by: Mac on August 21, 2011, 06:02:57 pm
I'm on my Chelsea run and Vodka is sitting on my end table right now and is that next in line to read. I want to read all of her books in order. I believe 4 total right?
I'm not following her that close. I knew about Vodka and her recent Bang Bang

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 21, 2011, 06:05:31 pm
I'm not following her that close. I knew about Vodka and her recent Bang Bang

I'm into Horizontal at about page 50 and it's a pretty good read so far. She is actually a very good writer. I wasn't expecting much here. I look forward to reading the others and posting my reviews.
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Post by: Queenie on August 21, 2011, 09:50:22 pm
Right now I am in between two books...
Which are completely opposite of each other.. I have a 100 dollar Barnes & Noble gift card so hopefully I can go and pick up a book about body language.
Anyhow, I'm reading...

Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me
.. which is completely comical... I can't read one page without laughing.. and its sad because I cant get many people to read it

the other book is

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I have actually only got to page 7 but so far.. its pretty good so I'll come back and reply when I get further in the book.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 21, 2011, 10:14:41 pm
Seems like I should try and get Chelsea Handler to join this forum since it's turning out that she owns this thread.  ;D And I agree, very funny of what I have read so far.
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Post by: Queenie on August 21, 2011, 10:17:16 pm
I didn't realize everyone was posting about her until I went up and read....

Ya isnt she hilarious? She's a cosmo writer and that's how I discovered her... its really weird because I've felt like ive known her for years and then... she turned into a huge star.. very proud of her :)

but like a lot of her books show that she has great potential
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 21, 2011, 10:18:43 pm
I didn't realize everyone was posting about her until I went up and read....

Ya isnt she hilarious? She's a cosmo writer and that's how I discovered her... its really weird because I've felt like ive known her for years and then... she turned into a huge star.. very proud of her :)

but like a lot of her books show that she has great potential

I think everyone that has been posting about her has a crush on her...yourself included.  ;D
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Post by: Queenie on August 21, 2011, 10:29:57 pm
she sleeps around too much for my taste lol
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 23, 2011, 10:28:42 pm
Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea - Chelsea Handler
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 26, 2011, 09:41:48 pm
You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried - Susannah Gora
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 03, 2011, 07:10:11 pm
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 11, 2011, 01:36:44 pm
Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker - Kevin D. Mitnick
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Post by: Mac on October 13, 2011, 06:30:32 am
Monsters in the Movies - John Landis (http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Star%20Ratings/HTL_05star.gif)

Admittedly, this is more on pictures and illustrations than reading. But this is one of the best collection of Monsters in a book I've seen in quite sometime. As Landis says, this is NOT an exhaustive collection. Just the ones he remembers and wants to talk about. His interviews with key people like Harryheusen, Baker, Carpenter and others, balance this beautiful coffee table sized book out. 

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51%2BTSPlh-8L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 13, 2011, 06:33:37 am
Monsters in the Movies - John Landis (http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Star%20Ratings/HTL_05star.gif)


How far back does this book go? No Lon Chaney?
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Post by: Mac on October 13, 2011, 07:59:56 am
100 years

It's pretty comprehensive and yes cover's the man of thousand faces
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Post by: Umainebearman on October 13, 2011, 08:13:19 pm
Though I'm not very far into it its an awful lot of fun reading about the early days of the Seattle "grunge" scene.

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Post by: Mac on October 14, 2011, 05:50:37 am
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Though I'm not very far into it its an awful lot of fun reading about the early days of the Seattle "grunge" scene.

Anyone heard any early reviews on the docu/movie?
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 14, 2011, 06:43:11 am
Anyone heard any early reviews on the docu/movie?

Only thing I know about the Doc is from what I read in Entertainment Weekly. It's directed by Cameron Crowe, which makes this an automatic winner and a must-see in my book.
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Post by: Umainebearman on October 14, 2011, 07:50:37 pm
I wanted the book first and then I'll eventually get the documentary.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 18, 2011, 09:34:20 am
KISSTORY II - Toys, Games & Girls Collector's Bible - Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 02, 2011, 12:23:57 am
KISS: The Early Years - Gene Simmons
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Post by: Mac on December 02, 2011, 06:47:41 am
Would I be far off saying you have a fascination with Kiss? :P
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 02, 2011, 06:56:50 am
Would I be far off saying you have a fascination with Kiss? :P

Not that far off.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 13, 2011, 01:24:42 pm
Off The Rails - Rudy Sarzo
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 28, 2011, 06:13:56 pm
My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N' Roses - Steven Adler

I'm just about to start the book now, but I gotta wonder just how much of this book is actually written by Steven. My money is on his collaborator writing the lion's share of the book. With all the OD's he has suffered over the years, I can't imagine that he would remember much if anything. We shall see........
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Post by: Mac on January 01, 2012, 11:04:05 am
Steampunk - 1,000 Steampunk Creations: Neo-Victorian Fashion, Gear, and Art

This is a very cool book. The pictures are taken with care and in extreme detail. Divided up by subjects, clothing, bugs, accessories, etc. I love the look of steampunk with the rich colors and the amazing imagination behind the creations. A nice small to midsize coffee table book.
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5bDUjELjg_g/TefoUEvxc9I/AAAAAAAAFmw/_0cZvnKQi8I/s1600/9781592536917.jpg)

(http://craftside.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55007f59388340154324f96c1970c-320wi)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2614/5791427496_533aac0d41.jpg)
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 01, 2012, 11:06:44 am
Is it more pictures than actual text in the book? It looks interesting and something I want to check out for sure.
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Post by: Mac on January 01, 2012, 11:09:08 am
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Is it more pictures than actual text in the book? It looks interesting and something I want to check out for sure.

It's 99.5% pictures. Very little text. In fact I had a hard time telling what some of those items were and their intent.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 01, 2012, 11:29:02 am
Grrrr. I just tried to add the book to my Library Que. My branch and none of the others have it. (http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Smilies/0%20All%20Smilies/HTL_mad.gif)
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Post by: Mac on January 01, 2012, 03:01:52 pm
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Grrrr. I just tried to add the book to my Library Que. My branch and none of the others have it.

Can your library search other libraries around the country including schools?
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 01, 2012, 03:06:59 pm
Can your library search other libraries around the country including schools?

If local branch doesn't carry it, it will search all the adjacent branches and then ship down to mine if it has it. Otherwise, SOL.
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Post by: Mac on January 01, 2012, 06:41:56 pm
Them bastiges

Does the system have a way of your requesting them to purchase the book?
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 01, 2012, 07:39:56 pm

Does the system have a way of your requesting them to purchase the book?

Yeah, but it takes a lot longer than I'd like it to get done. I put in orders for both Off The Rails and My Appetite for Destruction about 6 months ago and they just came out a few weeks ago as you can see since those are the most recent books I've been reading. I'll do the same for Steampunk but it will probably take even longer to make its way here because it's not a high priority book like the others.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 11, 2012, 05:13:17 pm
No Regrets: A Rock 'N' Roll Memoir - Ace Frehley
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 18, 2012, 09:33:18 am
Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson
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Post by: Mac on January 18, 2012, 11:35:25 am
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Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson

I read an excerpt from this a few weeks ago and liked it. Have not had the chance to sit down with the whole book... yet.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 18, 2012, 11:40:27 am
I put a bid for the Regular Edition and the Large Print Edition at the Library. Not many were putting the bid in for the Large Print Edition, so that cut my wait time to practically nothing. It's a whopping 812 pages, but it would take me the same amount of time to get through it if it were the Small Print Edition. I'm still around 150 on the wait list for the other one, which I'm going to keep my name on so I can see where I am when I finish this one. It's for scientific purposes. (http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Smilies/0%20All%20Smilies/HTL_wink.gif)
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Post by: Mac on January 19, 2012, 09:18:03 am
smart... I do that too. Sometimes I put my name on the list for books on CD.  ;)  ;)
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Post by: Mac on January 25, 2012, 01:27:43 pm
Horror Films of the 1990s - John Kenneth Muir (http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Star%20Ratings/HTL_03star.gif)

(http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/102750000/102750159.jpg)

This is a collection of critical essays and reviews of just about every horror movie during the 1990's, broken down by year. It is what it is. As with any one reviewing a movie, their are spot on and other times, WTF. I'm reading it mostly for those movies I haven't seen. Though there is some interesting stuff on my fav big time movies. This is definitely geared for horror freaks like me. Otherwise, I imagine it would not even be the least bit interesting to pick up, let alone read.

Very few pictures.  :-\

For some reason my library does not have Horror Films of the 1970s or Horror Films of the 1980s
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Post by: Mac on January 29, 2012, 05:47:09 pm
Mail-Order Mysteries, real stuff from old comic ads - Jesse Thorn (http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Star%20Ratings/HTL_05star.gif)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61UP5FV%2BibL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

This was a fun book to browse through. A well documented of all those strange goofy items you could buy in the back of magazines. A very quick read. Just quick synopsis of the items. Really, not much to tell about the item.

I ran across two items I know I bought. Greedy Fingers Bank and Magic Discs. The bank was cool.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_YGVLM2i9n6o/SmPULqZiHSI/AAAAAAAADCU/QeRWr9Plx9E/s400/0-GreedyFingersBank.jpg)



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Post by: Mac on January 30, 2012, 06:35:22 am
Fleetwood Mac: The Definitive History (http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Star%20Ratings/HTL_05star.gif)

(http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/110550000/110555920.JPG)

Iím only half way through this massive coffee table book. But to be honest, the early blues years are not much interest to me for this band. I like a handful of songs like Bare Trees, Hypnotized and Sentimental Lady which came from that transitional period that was run by Bob Welch and wading into radio friendly pop.  The Pre Lindsey Buckingham/Stevie Nicks era takes up half the book, but I can assume the massive success thereafter will be covered in the 2nd half with great detail. The era Iím interested in.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yA2i60AVIw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtYfKe1-0Pw
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 01, 2012, 02:30:15 pm
Save The Cat! Goes To The Movies - Blake Snyder
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 10, 2012, 04:50:09 pm
Starting an eBay Business for Dummies - Marsha Collier
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Post by: Mac on February 11, 2012, 06:41:36 am
Hmmmmmmm, do I detect someone thinking a business venture?
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 11, 2012, 06:45:16 am
Hmmmmmmm, do I detect someone thinking a business venture?

Yes Sir, you do. I've already opened an account to get my feet wet. But I feel I need to do this the right way to fully maximize potential sales and how best to build up returning clientele. So, this book hopefully will fill in a lot of those blanks. Do you have an account Mac?
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Post by: Mac on February 11, 2012, 07:08:31 am
If you mean do I buy from eBay, yes on rare occasion. I bought the Kansas poster recently and it's apparent the guy I bought it from has a business on there. Also when I was looking for some Tommy Bahamas, I ran across a guy with a 'store', Thayer kept me engaged monthly, for awhile.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 17, 2012, 02:41:16 pm
KISS: Behind the Mask - Official Authorized Biography by David Leaf & Ken Sharp
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 23, 2012, 06:31:46 pm
Investing In REITs: Fourth Edition - Ralph L. Block
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Post by: Mac on March 30, 2012, 08:49:34 am
F In Exams - Richard Benson

This had tears rolling down my eyes. Like Sh*t My Dad Says, there's always something next that made me bust out laughing. As the author says, these are moments where the student obviously said phuck it and wrote something off the wall.

(http://img.icefoundry.co.uk/l_f_in_exams.jpg)

(http://theawesomer.com/photos/2011/04/041211_f_in_exams_book_3.jpg)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31mrHpzMkIL._SS400_.jpg)

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 30, 2012, 09:12:24 am
That's good stuff right there, but is it legit? I'm gonna put this one in my Library Queue.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 07, 2012, 06:40:52 pm
Soldier Dogs - Maria Goodavage
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 19, 2012, 01:13:19 pm
DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics - Mark Chiarello
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 15, 2012, 02:50:24 pm
Stan Lee's How to Draw Comics - Stan Lee (2010)

(http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Books/Stan%20Lee%20How%20To%20Draw%20Comics/StanLeesHowToDrawComics250x250.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/stan-lee's-how-to-draw-comics-stan-lee/msg9878/#msg9878)

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 21, 2012, 12:59:51 pm
The Mad Art of Caricature! - Tom Richmond

(http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Books/Mad%20Art%20Of%20Caricatures/Mad-Art-of-Caricature-Book-Cover250x250.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/the-mad-art-of-caricature!-tom-richmond/msg10571/#msg10571)

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Post by: Mac on June 26, 2012, 04:35:39 pm
Prometheus - The Art Of The Film (http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Star%20Ratings/HTL_04star.gif)

(http://scifimafia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Prometheus-Art-of-the-Film-Cover.jpg)

This is a gorgeous coffee table book. It took me one afternoon to read it. Then again, this is chocked full of pictures and concept illustrations. It does go into enough detail about the concepts, Ridley Scotts thinking and the other talent brought on board to develop the look and feel of the film.

It would have been perfect it included some of the CGI work. But that's a minor complaint. For the price and it being a hard cover (http://www.amazon.com/Prometheus-The-Film-Mark-Salisbury/dp/1781161097/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340753743&sr=1-1&keywords=prometheus+the+art+of+the+film), it's a great deal.

There's a video in the review section to get a taste of it.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 26, 2012, 04:42:01 pm
I take it there is a handful of thumbnails in the book by Ridley himself right? I love watching him draw when he is doing storyboards for his shot list and it's amazing to see him do so at the drop of a hat just prior to setting up a shot that he didn't even think of until he got to the location.
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Post by: Mac on June 27, 2012, 07:32:59 am
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I take it there is a handful of thumbnails in the book by Ridley himself right? I love watching him draw when he is doing storyboards for his shot list and it's amazing to see him do so at the drop of a hat just prior to setting up a shot that he didn't even think of until he got to the location.

Handful is correct. The notes that go with the story telling were rather cryptic though  :-\
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Post by: Neumatic on September 13, 2012, 10:08:06 pm
I love those art of coffee table books, but I have no space for any of them anymore (and no spare cash to buy them).  I think I'm happy enough now to make my own.  I will definitely look through that Prometheus one for inspiration though.  The last one I looked through was the Dark Knight trilogy, but it's easy enough to get the lesson of that design:  Simplicity.  Got it.

I've never heard of that caricature book before but I'll have to check it out, I'm big on trying to get likenesses down so a book ALL about that is right up my alley (even if I'm not intentionally funny WITH them).

I have a PILE of books to read-- proper books, Robopocalypse, Not Exactly The Three Musketeers, Wool.  I'm also still listening to "Rendezvous with Rama" (I know, listening isn't reading!).
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 16, 2012, 12:54:44 pm
This (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/comic-books-and-art/batman-the-dark-knight-(52-realaunch)/msg12174/#msg12174).
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Post by: Mac on September 18, 2012, 01:18:39 pm
The Third Gate: A Novel - Lincoln Child

(http://www.ziesings.com/pictures/48468.jpg)

I've been a fan of Lincoln Child & Douglas Preston from day one. It started with Michael Crichton, which lead me to similar style writing of this unique duo. On occasion, the guys put out their own particular novel, most of the time not to far removed from their thriller - adventure - slightly technical science fiction.

The Third Gate is very similar in concept to the duo's writing of Riptide. Very much an adventure with just enough paranormal to make it believable and interesting. As usual, the style is thrust the reader into action, reel it back and then slowly peel back the layers of onion skin of a overlapping story lines for the big climax in the third act.

In very quick description, the Third Gate is about an adventure to uncover the tomb of one of the first Egyptian Kings, who masterfully built his burial on a Sudd (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudd), let it sink and to never be found by anyone. Despite that, still a curse and 3 gates to get through to the Big Find.

Fast read as usual. Highly recommend if you're into the slightly techie thriller uncovering an ancient past.
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Post by: Neumatic on November 06, 2012, 03:52:27 pm
Just got Cory Doctorow's Pirate Cinema when I had an innocent swing by the bookstore.  Didn't even know the book was out, and I fell right into it.  It's SO what I want to read right now that it's crazy.  You can only hope to have that same kind of immediate resonance when you write something.

I would have picked up Nate Silver's book but it was 30 bucks and I don't have that kind of cash to spend.  Maybe when it goes softcover (and let's face it, his reputation is on the line tonight, no matter how safe it seems).

I also picked up a little softcover copy of The NeverEnding Story by Michael Ende and I'm actually quite curious to read it.  Next to it was a hardcover copy of Stardust by Neil Gaiman that I might give a friend as a Christmas gift but it was a bit expensive-- and I think she'd much rather have MY finished book as a prezzie.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on November 06, 2012, 04:34:33 pm
For me, books in general have priced themselves out of my wallet. I can't afford to buy the amount of books that I once use to and it was a lot of books. If it were not for my local library, I wouldn't even bother reading anymore. I know it may sound weird that I would bash books when I sell 'em. But just making a point that the overall prices need to come down, which is kind of impossible given that the price to make them is stil climbing.
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Post by: Neumatic on November 06, 2012, 05:22:41 pm
This is why I'm big on cheap eBooks and used books (how I buy most of my books).  Plus I take my sweet time reading so I don't buy books as often as I should (I also regift books when I'm done, so I feel like I'm getting a little more value for my buck).  But yeah, some of these prices are insane.  If only I made more money...  At my dad's house, he and Mo had this HUGE pile of books that was easily 200 bucks or more, and that was their "still to read" pile.  Whoa.  There are books all over that house but few spaces to put them in.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on November 06, 2012, 05:28:52 pm
Yeah, I would buy boatloads of books dating back 15 years that I never got around to reading and real estate is dwindling. So much so, that I've had to put them up on eBay without ever having read about 95% or the.

Sigh.
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Post by: Neumatic on November 06, 2012, 05:57:44 pm
I'm that way with all these downloaded scripts... thank god I don't need to print them all out, Kindle baby, Kindle!

I have a big buttload of audiobooks to listen to as well, I don't know when I'm going to get around to all of those, but I'm determined to.  Well, I could be MORE determined...
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on November 06, 2012, 06:04:36 pm
Dude, with the amount of time you put into your drawings, this would be the ideal way to knock out some of the audio books.
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Post by: Neumatic on November 06, 2012, 06:46:35 pm
I actually haven't drawn in what feels like ages (I have drawn since the fairy-on-the-nose doodle on Deviantart, though).  I actually wind up drawing a lot of what I read, especially when it comes to sci-fi and fantasy.  The thing is I kinda go into a trance with my drawing and it's so easy for me to phase out on what I'm listening to anyways since I'm hearing-impaired.  I like my audiobooks when I'm driving or doing chores about the house or anything like that.  I USED to listen to them as I drew, maybe I should give that another crack.

I usually listen to TV shows or old movies when I draw.  I consume TV and movies.  I CHERISH books and reading.  It's a different interaction for me (and nothing beats reading out on the porch in summer).
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 17, 2012, 12:49:41 pm
Dr. Format Answers You Questions - Revised Edition - Dave Trottier (2004)

(http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Books/Dr%20Format/250x250DrFormat.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/dr-format-answers-you-questions-revised-edition-dave-trottier-(2004)/msg14990/#msg14990)

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Post by: Mac on March 30, 2013, 09:43:18 am
William Gibson wrote a draft for the 3rd Alien movie in the series. It was not picked.
It is no where close to the Fincher version.

Alien≥ -- by William Gibson (http://home.online.no/~bhundlan/scripts/alien3/gibson.htm)
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 30, 2013, 10:56:51 am
I will definitely check this out.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Neumatic on April 26, 2013, 09:22:27 pm
I never finished the William Gibson script... but I liked the ideas and some of the interesting locales.

Well, right now I'm reading "Ringworld," I said to myself I would try to read or listen to the SF classics but at the rate I'm going it'll be a long time before I get through them all.

I switched to SF since the last thing I read was non-fiction, Sean Howe's "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story" which as interesting though really sobering at the end, where the last two decades are big corporate mergers and buyouts and backruptcy issues, the CONTENT of the books is never really a big thing in the book, but it really reached the "doesn't matter" point when it gets to the present, which I always felt but you hate to read it in print.  But it was interesting, I could have read a LOT more from multiple sections, there are interesting little paths to follow down (especially in the 70s where artists were dropping acid and wandering around Death Wish-era New York in the middle of the night.  That's GOTTA be worth a read).  But there's just so little space to go into any detail, so the book is basically informational, a detailed time line.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 26, 2013, 09:27:27 pm
So, is it worth checking out Marvel Comics: The Untold Story from the Library? I'm a sucker for 'behind the scenes' stuff, be it DVD extras or in print.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Neumatic on April 26, 2013, 10:21:30 pm
It's a LONG book.  I don't know if a book can get any bigger, I finished it in a couple days but you'll have to really power through to get through the whole thing in a rental window.  But yeah, definitely worth a read.  I can totally imagine this being the basis for a Mad Men-type series.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Neumatic on July 02, 2013, 12:34:28 am
You know, it's not a big deal to anyone else, but when I was a real little kid (like, 11 or 12) I had the novelization of Back To The Future Parts II and III and left it at someone's house.  In Rome.  And I never forgot that.  Well, last week I was at the used book store and I found them, like 75 cents each so of course I picked 'em up.  I don't know if I'm actually gonna read 'em but I feel this stupid little sense of completion now that I have them again.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 02, 2013, 05:48:41 am
Similar story with Bugsy Malone (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/music/soundtracks-musical-scores-discography/msg9287/#msg9287). Took me about 16 years to hunt it down. The last place you saw your items was in Rome, for me it was on Catalina Island. Congrats on finding your books. I absolutely know what it feels like to finally get a sense of completion in trying to retrieve something from your youth.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Mac on July 02, 2013, 07:19:07 am
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So, is it worth checking out Marvel Comics: The Untold Story from the Library? I'm a sucker for 'behind the scenes' stuff, be it DVD extras or in print.

Ah dayum, if I'd known. I just read the other day all this behind the scenes stuff of John Carpenter's The Thing. Primarily it dealt with Carpenter having all this time between productions and the luxury to massage the movie to what it was. Great details about rewriting some material, editing, getting input from the cast. The one I was surprised most about was Kurt Russell's character MacCready was not originally written to take the lead. Once Carpenter watched his draft product he changed some things including the brand new direction of MacCready.

I thought it was pretty cool. I'll see if I can find it. You guys might be interested in it.

Note: Well, this wasn't hard to find


How John Carpenter fixed The Thing (http://theoriginalfan.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/when-thing-became-john-carpenters-thing.html)
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 08, 2013, 12:51:28 pm
Comedy Writing Step by Step: How to Write and Sell Your Sense of Humor (1990)
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Mac on July 08, 2013, 01:10:22 pm
1990?

Hasn't the playing field completely changed from 23 years ago? I'm asking... has comedy evolved or stayed the same?

Without trying to make a sweeping comment, I would think most comedy has evolved in many ways. The type of humor, how presented, how written, how performed.

Of course some are classic, but to me that means, it was good then and is good today. But people don't write much like that any more.

I could be wrong.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 08, 2013, 01:13:32 pm
1990?

Hasn't the playing field completely changed from 23 years ago? I'm asking... has comedy evolved or stayed the same?

Most definitely it has changed. It's a book that I picked up years ago. Haven't read since then. But since I'm going to put it up on eBay, I figured that I read through it again one last time. I'll comment on any changes I notice in the book compared to today's standard when I do my review.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Neumatic on July 31, 2013, 10:50:45 pm
I'm halfway through "Adventures In The Screen Trade" By William Goldman (which I'm willing to bet has a thread on here) but it's so good I want to make it last, so I'm also into "The Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories On The 50th Anniversary" (which are good so far) and "The Mammoth Book Of  Extreme Science Fiction" edited by Mike Ashley... both books of short stories that I can peck at when I feel the need.

And reading those two books, I keep thinking a couple of the stories so far (and I'm still early in both books) COULD be good Twilight Zone episodes.  And I realized also that the Netflix release-at-once model is perfect for a show like this (I mean, it's ALWAYS marathonning on SyFy on big holidays).  I might have mentioned before that I thought "Gattaca," "In Time," and "The Host" would be great stylistic models for what a new show should look like, cool and conservative like a sharp suit... if they did it this way the producers would be spoiled for choice, so many great stories to adapt, so many actors to get parts, fantastic voice actors for the narration and alien voices... it's such low-hanging fruit you gotta think someone who can actually do something with the property will think of it sooner or later.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 31, 2013, 10:59:04 pm
There's no Adventures In The Screen Trade thread, but feel free to start one and once I get around to reading it, I will add to it myself.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Neumatic on July 31, 2013, 11:10:16 pm
It's a surprisingly good and quick read... to tell one story, Goldman has to tell two others and they're quick and gripping and funny you're still clear on everything that's happening.  And the stories are funny.  It's a pleasant read for movie fans, not just movie writers.  And it hasn't been updated since it's release in 1983.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 18, 2013, 03:44:46 pm
Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS - 1972-1975 (2013)

(http://i.imgur.com/WPukpRJ.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/nothin'-to-lose-the-making-of-kiss-1972-1975-(2013)/msg23670/#msg23670)

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Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Neumatic on October 18, 2013, 11:20:00 pm
I'm in the final stretch of "Zealot" ... the season change is throwing my reading schedule off.  I have a GIANT book (actually three books put together) called "School's Out Forever" that's like a post-apocolyptic thing set at a boarding school.  The first sentence reads:

Quote from: School's Out Forever
I celebrated my fifteenth birthday by burying my headmaster and emptying my bladder on the freshly turned earth. Best present a boy could have.

(http://scottkandrews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/SCHOOLS-OUT-FOREVER.jpg)
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on November 14, 2013, 09:24:25 pm
Joan Jett (2010)

(http://i.imgur.com/O9bYkzo.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/joan-jett-(2010)/msg23949/#msg23949)

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 02, 2013, 12:46:57 pm
Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll (2012)

(http://i.imgur.com/M9cxHzf.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/kicking-and-dreaming-a-story-of-heart-soul-and-rock-and-roll-(2012)/msg24656/#msg24656)

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Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Mac on December 02, 2013, 01:54:56 pm
I wanna hear more about your books. The Heart book and the Schools out book.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 23, 2013, 06:36:00 pm
Tatum O'Neal - A Paper Life (2005)

(http://i.imgur.com/RMWWtKX.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/tatum-o'neal-a-paper-life-(2005)/msg24880/#msg24880)

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 01, 2014, 03:32:35 pm
Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good - Kevin Smith (2012)

(http://i.imgur.com/uJIq17B.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/tough-sh*t-life-advice-from-a-fat-lazy-slob-who-did-good-kevin-smith-(2012)/msg25202/#msg25202)

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Post by: Neumatic on January 07, 2014, 10:26:05 pm
I got Tough Sh*t for my sister for Christmas, but I read it all first, mostly in a single day.  A very awesome read.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 09, 2014, 07:49:07 am
Undisputed Truth - Mike Tyson (2013)

(http://i.imgur.com/UZj8RAv.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/undisputed-truth-mike-tyson-(2013)/msg25798/#msg25798)

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Post by: Mac on January 09, 2014, 09:13:17 am
Far and Away: A Prize Every Time (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10349111-far-and-away) - Neil Peart (May 2011)

(http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/97/81/77/04/10/9781770410596_500X500.jpg)

Got this for Christmas and just **** it open for the first chapter. I already know I'm going to like it. I've loved all his previous books and this appears to not to be the exception.

Neil Peart (Drummer/Percussionist for Rush) has penning lyrics for the band since the beginning and writing books on his adventures, typically separate from the Bands activities. He also been writing a blog to catalog his thoughts. Far and Away is a collection of those blog posts. I never read the blog, mostly because I just found it not very pleasant to read long paragraphs of text on a computer screen monitor.

This book will more than compensate for that loss.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 08, 2014, 11:10:39 am
Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal (2011)

(http://i.imgur.com/gdRvrdG.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/eddie-trunk's-essential-hard-rock-and-heavy-metal-(2011)/msg26352/#msg26352)

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 06, 2014, 09:00:12 am
Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film (2004)

(http://i.imgur.com/ifJGQ8Y.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/down-and-dirty-pictures-miramax-sundance-the-rise-of-independent-film-(2004)/msg27444/#msg27444)

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 04, 2014, 02:14:41 pm
Kiss and Sell: The Making of a Supergroup (1997)

(http://i.imgur.com/nCyTDZD.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/kiss-and-sell-the-making-of-a-supergroup-(1997)/msg27676/#msg27676)

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 16, 2014, 09:38:57 am
Digital Photography FAQs 365 (2012)

(http://i.imgur.com/bZU4xjn.jpg)

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 27, 2014, 07:12:59 am
Understanding Exposure - 3rd Edition (2010)

(http://i.imgur.com/mCl9mp5.jpg)

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 28, 2014, 10:08:40 am
Paul Stanley: Face The Music - A Life Exposed (2014)

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Post by: Mac on May 04, 2014, 12:10:43 pm
Your life calling : reimagining the rest of your life - Jane Pauley

(http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/9eul24ubxdE/0.jpg)

I know of Jane Pauley. I never watched her. I recently saw her on Sunday Morning talking about her new life... after 50. She wrote a book how lots of people are Reinventing their lives. It's not like our parents where life seems to just stop and put in limbo. I can't even imagine entertaining that idea. But at the same time, what will or can I do. I have a pretty good idea, especially since I jumped into music. I'm pretty sure I know the general direction.

I was hoping for more from this book than I got. In ways it's chaotic, yet she has made attempts to tying together stories of individuals and their journey to reinvention.

It's just OK. An easy read. But very little in inspiration.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 08, 2014, 10:10:39 am
The KISS Years - Barry Levine (1997)

(http://i.imgur.com/OehCpeR.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/the-kiss-years-barry-levine-(1997)/msg28109/#msg28109)

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 16, 2014, 12:43:54 pm
Rob Lowe: Love Life (2014)

(http://i.imgur.com/4drey3D.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/rob-lowe-love-life-(2014)/msg28530/#msg28530)

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Mini-rant below

So, I learned something about my Library today and the branches in general. They all suck. I went into pick up a DVD and on the New Release Shelf for books, there was a copy of Rob Lowe's Love Life sitting there. So why does the Library suck? Apparently they don't actually pull books from the shelves, even if there is a massive wait list. Walking into the Library, I was #52 on the wait list. That's about a 3-5 month wait based on that number. It all depends on how fast people can read and return their books. So yeah, even though I literally jumped from #52 all the way to #1, I think the Library in general just doesn't give a f*ck. This isn't the first time this has happened. They also did it with Undisputed Truth (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/undisputed-truth-mike-tyson-(2013)/msg25798/#msg25798) which I was able to leapfrog over EVERYONE.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Mac on May 16, 2014, 12:45:31 pm
My library does the same thing. I've mentioned this before. I've not questioned them about it in fear they stop doing it. It's only to my advantage actually.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 16, 2014, 12:48:33 pm
Well, that's exactly why I didn't point it out because I don't want to end up shooting myself in the foot. But just looking back at all the HUGE wait times I've had to deal with for both Books and DVDs, it kind of p*sses me off because most likely the majority of what I have been waiting for has most likely been sitting on my local branches shelf the entire time. So, I will now actively hit the New Release Book Shelf from here on out.
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Post by: Mac on May 16, 2014, 12:51:22 pm
Quote
most likely the majority of what I have been waiting for as most likely been sitting on my local branches shelf the entire time.

I don't think so. I've only been fortunate a handful of times. There are many folks like me checking the new stuff for these little opportunities. I just happen to be there in the right place at the right time. I'm willing to bet a couple of minutes later, that item would have been gone.

All dependent how hot the item is.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 16, 2014, 01:17:38 pm
Well, there were 2 Copies of Undisputed and Ron Burgundy's book that just came out had 3 Copies (2 when I left Library this morning), and that one has a sizable wait list. I just think they put aside X amount of copies for the Hold List and the rest are farmed out to each branch. I think that if someone checks the book out from the Library in person and when it's returned, it stays on the shelf. I can't verify that of course, but it's a good chance that's how the system operates.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Mac on May 16, 2014, 02:33:55 pm
Yea, I'd think our system is similar.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 04, 2014, 06:00:19 pm
Jason Priestley: A Memoir (2014)

(http://i.imgur.com/WCgbO2y.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/jason-priestley-a-memoir-(2014)/msg29047/#msg29047)

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Post by: Neumatic on June 10, 2014, 02:00:09 am
Well, not reading YET, but I swung by the bookstore today and I have two books on my radar, but I'm going to wait until they come out on paperback (they're 28 bucks each and I can't swing that right now).

(http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1391419511l/18505802.jpg)

The first was Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Blake J Harris.  I'd been catching snippets around the web recently and they're all interesting, it might make a good companion book to "Slimed," that history of Nickelodeon that I got my sister for Christmas.  And D*MN is that book thick.

(http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1400863577l/18077903.jpg)

I had forgotten about the other book, Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace, it's an insider's guide as to how Pixar works by the freakin' president of Pixar.  I'm anxious to read it, but the books in the store, there was something off about them: the pages were dried together, stuck in a curve, the state of them was just weird and off-putting.  Hopefully the paperback version will be out soon.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 10, 2014, 04:41:26 am
Can't you get these books at your Library?
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 22, 2014, 08:55:36 am
KISS & Tell By Gordon G.G. Gebert and  Bob McAdams (2010)

(http://i.imgur.com/6OdIZ6W.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/kiss-tell-by-gordon-g-g-gebert-and-bob-mcadams-(2010)/msg29311/#msg29311)

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 03, 2014, 11:59:40 am
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America (2014)

(http://i.imgur.com/4DCMQ09.jpg)

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Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 08, 2014, 10:16:40 am
Pulling the plug on Carsick. I just don't like it. Not going to bother reviewing it.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Mac on July 08, 2014, 10:30:14 am
Glad you added your pulling the plug.

I was kind of interested in this. Saw him plug it the other day on Bill Maher.

Now... won't waste my time.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 08, 2014, 11:25:44 am
I only gave it a shot because he was on The Colbert Report and he did a great job hyping the book. The premise itself was very interesting. But after reading the first 3-4 chapters I was done. These chapters were clearly fiction and did not happen at all. Besides the stories being fake, I didn't want to waste my time reading about how he jacks every dude off.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Mac on July 08, 2014, 01:11:04 pm
Ack.... My eyes, my eyes






Scarred for life now reading that. Why didn't the forum auto censor THAT
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 08, 2014, 01:30:47 pm

Scarred for life now reading that. Why didn't the forum auto censor THAT

No idea. I think it's geared to singular words that are profane and not necessarily a handful of words that make a profane statement.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 18, 2014, 08:03:36 am
DC Comics Guide To Creating Comics - Carl Potts & Jim Lee (2013)

(http://i.imgur.com/ltkFsif.jpg)

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 01, 2014, 11:48:05 am
Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss - Peter Criss (2012)

(http://i.imgur.com/fZuVqeF.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/makeup-to-breakup-my-life-in-and-out-of-kiss-peter-criss-(2012)/msg30533/#msg30533)

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 19, 2014, 08:10:02 pm
The Digital Photography Book Part 5: Photo Recipes - Scott Kelby (2014)

(http://i.imgur.com/aHbgA5H.jpg)

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Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Neumatic on August 19, 2014, 09:09:38 pm
I still haven't started the Pixar book.  It's too hot to read anything!

I looked in my little... note scrap book thing I have and saw this giant list of books I still want to get (including "The Martian" by Andy Weir).  That's gonna be a huge freakin' pile of pages that I might never get through.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 19, 2014, 09:14:50 pm
I had over 150 books on my "To Read" list over on Goodreads. But I haven't been able to log into my account there for the better part of 6 months. So, I don't have a clue what I had in the pipeline of what to read next. I've tried resetting my password over there, but nothing works. I gave up.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Neumatic on August 19, 2014, 09:32:30 pm
Pen and paper, my friend, pen and paper.  I generate a LOT of scrap paper so I wind up writing this sort thing down... I wound up having to get one of those portfolio-style books just to keep them all in.  Now my scattered notes look FANTASTIC.  But in there is a list of all the DVDs I need to buy, books I'm missing, books I'm interested in reading, and audiobooks I haven't listened to yet.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Mac on August 20, 2014, 02:40:10 pm
Same here... Pen and paper and notes everywhere.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Neumatic on August 20, 2014, 02:43:24 pm
That portfolio book was a lifesaver, it seems like too big a luxury for putting scrap notes into, but it makes a huge difference knowing exactly where everything is.  I always kept trying to use a proper notebook but I'd always forget about it, or put notes on scrap paper anyway, or I'd have to swap out notes and the whole thing wound up being disorganized.  This was the perfect marriage of both.  It's too bad they don't make them smaller (at least, the ones that are smaller are for photographs, and that's not what I wanted).
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 07, 2014, 09:35:50 am
Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need - Blake Snyder (2005)

(http://i.imgur.com/a81mbEn.jpg)

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Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 20, 2014, 01:11:17 pm
Console Wars by  Blake J. Harris (2014)

(http://i.imgur.com/9TCDNRE.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/console-wars-sega-nintendo-and-the-battle-that-defined-a-generation/msg31797/#msg31797)

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Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Neumatic on September 23, 2014, 09:08:46 pm
Still curious to hear what you thought about this!
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 23, 2014, 09:27:10 pm
Still curious to hear what you thought about this!

It's gonna be a while before I have a review up. Just started the book. Only 60 pages into what feels like a 2,000 page book.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Neumatic on September 23, 2014, 10:43:46 pm
Really?  Wow, I breezed through it in three days.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Neumatic on September 25, 2014, 07:28:21 pm
(http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQd3xf8XL2JCsiG0AjxHnvpYCCun-5xRBKBILlzCnjVhAoF_zV7J2keIRQ)

Creativity Inc: Pixar And The Art Of Creativity by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace.  Very interesting read, it's a sort of history of Pixar and how the company evolved as it grew and faced new challenges.  Definitely worth a read.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Mac on October 05, 2014, 09:15:17 am
All the Steampunk I can get my hands on...

The Art of Steampunk

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51fI9wuL1HL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

Steampunk Gazette

(http://www.searchpress.com/_uploads/_previews1/9780956438263.jpg)

Steampunk Creations

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nI0RC088Jrg/UFuJ6W6k-FI/AAAAAAAAC0k/g5vhrIWHtWk/s1600/1000+Steampunk+Creations.jpg)

Steampunk Bible and Steampunk Jewelry


(http://www.bigbeadlittlebead.com/guides_and_information/Steampunk/08_BBLB_Steampunk_Handbooks.jpg)

Steampunk Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61Bg8rqp6FL._SL500_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-big,TopRight,35,-73_OU01_AA300_.jpg)

Steampunk Accessories

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51h7aMoIpUL._SL500_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-big,TopRight,35,-73_OU01_AA300_.jpg)
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on November 06, 2014, 09:39:42 pm
Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol (2014)

(http://i.imgur.com/1YfFR45.jpg) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/dancing-with-myself-by-bill-idol-(2014)/msg32207/#msg32207)

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Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Neumatic on November 29, 2014, 04:01:35 pm
I picked up "Finding The Next Steve Jobs" by Nolan Bushnell and Gene Stone at the airport bookstore and wound up reading the whole thing.  It's a neat little book with tips for people in the business world on how to attract and utilize oddball creative types and use them to their full potential, as well as ways to become a company that attracts that kind of talent.  It was a neat little read.

One little annoyance I have about it is the cover, it's an AWFUL cover, but the inside is so well designed, they don't match up at all.  If you pick up the book, you'll see what I mean
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Post by: Mac on December 14, 2014, 11:57:40 am
sci-fi chronicles (http://www.amazon.com/Sci-Fi-Chronicles-History-Galaxys-Greatest/dp/1770852646) (http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Star%20Ratings/HTL_05star.gif)

I'm a geek, but no where geeky as some. sci-fi chronicles is a detailed massive book on all things sci-fi, including movies, comic books, books, authors and genres. When I say detailed, the book goes over the top on timelines, associations with other subjects and products. The book gets to the details very quickly. No long exposition filler. I think the longest subjects include Star Wars and Planet of the Apes and those may span 6 pages at the most. I read what I wanted and got through it very quickly. I don't think I want to own it, but it sure is a sci-fi lovers dream book.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51OVmcKQp4L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)
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Post by: Mac on December 22, 2014, 07:29:07 am
Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion - Phil Zuckerman (http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Star%20Ratings/HTL_05star.gif)

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I heard my favorite podcast show (Dave Glover) interview Phil Zuckerman a couple of weeks ago and was fascinated by the subject matter of Faith, Religion and growing trend of ďNoneĒ. I picked this book up from the library and read the whole thing yesterday morning.

Itís essentially a study of apostateís (people who renounce religious or political beliefs) and why the change. Virtually everyone started off with religious beliefs, and for a variety of reasons no longer believes. This struck a nerve with me. Just about every story connected with me.

This book is not a slam against religions like many atheist authors tend to do (Prove to me there is a God). But just in depth observations of those who did believe and no longer do.

It even gets into theories of why this happening including a variety of secondary theories such as the guilt feeling of those, admitting they no longer believe.

What Iíve discovered about myself falls squarely in this group of folks, that simply just no longer care. Iím not an atheist. Iím agnostic. I believe in God, just none of the religious rules and I take the bible with a grain of salt. This self-discovery has been a long journey. It didnít happen overnight and there is not one event that triggered it. I have a personal relationship with God, but not with the community. I just canít buy into all the faith. And I still canít explain my belief in God.

I was in bible study for years trying to understand Christianity. Very little of it connected. Well, actually, none of it connected. Iím sure losing my daughter at 12 and my wife a few years later changed that all for me. Also the constant religious views people felt a need to broadcast, later politics getting involved and the easily the last straw of the arrogance of those who say they know whatís going onÖ and telling me Iím wrong.

This is in no way conclusive. My journey doesnít end here just because this book makes a lot of sense to me and validates some of my deepest secrets. I will continue to search for answers.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 22, 2014, 10:50:26 pm
I thought this was gonna be a Rock Bio about the band.  ;)

"You want it all, but you can't have it!"
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 05, 2015, 11:11:49 am
Sealed with a KISS by Lydia Criss (2006)

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 17, 2015, 11:08:03 am
Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith by Joe Perry (2014)

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 07, 2015, 11:40:04 am
Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business by Gene Simmons (2014)

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Post by: Mac on May 12, 2015, 09:00:47 am
A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life - Brian Grazer (http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Star%20Ratings/HTL_03star.gif)

(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03164/curious-mind_3164637a.jpg)

Well, if you wanted to know all the definitions for 'Curiosity' Brian Grazer explains it in exhausting detail.

I really wanted to like this book. I did, but it could have been so much shorter. Or maybe he should of included more stories about his various encounters. He writes well, when it comes to the basics. His stories of meeting people are very entertaining, but he just doesn't realize he went overboard on peeling back every detail and angle of what Curiosity is.

A man who has seen a lot of life. More opportunities than the average person to meet extraordinary people. And not just because of his hollywood producer role. From a personal perspective, he sought out a huge variety of people to pick their brain. And that's where the book shines. An ordinary guy, with extraordinary desires to learn more.

Don't know if I'd recommend. It's hit and miss throughout.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 14, 2015, 06:47:01 am
As soon as I saw the cover I recognized it from Empire as it was featured prominently in one scene as a couple of the characters commented on the book. You may be wondering why THAT book was in Empire. It's not a stretch to conclude that he is one of the Executive Producers.  ;)
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 12, 2015, 05:31:30 am
My Fight / Your Fight by Ronda Rousey (2015)


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Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 30, 2015, 11:18:11 pm
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology By Leah Remini (2015)
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Post by: Neumatic on December 30, 2015, 11:45:15 pm
Have you watched Going Clear yet, by any chance?
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 31, 2015, 05:33:47 am
I have it on hold at the library, but I can't get to it until after New Years because they are closed.
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Post by: Mac on December 31, 2015, 08:52:52 am
I'm finishing up Blue labyrinth by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child.
Love everything these guys write. This is another in the Pendergast series. Fast, fun reads.

(http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1408116686l/20980959.jpg)

Speaking of books, I just picked up two from the Library

Destinations of a Lifetime - National Geographic


(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61msNTFUIJL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)



The Who: 50 Years, the Official History


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and I'm waiting on BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE ULTIMATE VISUAL HISTORY

(http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/bttf/images/5/51/Back_to_the_Future_The_Ultimate_Visual_History_Cover.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20151019203431)

and Dust & grooves : adventures in record collecting
(http://www.dustandgrooves.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/dust-and-grooves-650.jpg)

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Post by: Mac on January 08, 2016, 12:45:24 pm
Meant to follow up earlier with The Who book and the National Geographic.
Both were real disappointments for me.

National  Geographic: Destinations of a Lifetime Ė Should be that coffee table book that would peak most people interest. It falls way short in the type and size of pictures. Itís a thick book with plenty of pages, but totally stunned how many of the pages had small photographs sprinkled on them. And many of them were not that impressive. Pictures looked like anybody could have taken them, instead of the standout photography NG is known for. IMO, it should have had tons of full page photography.

The Who 50 Years was another letdown. Admittedly Iím not the Whoís greatest fan, but I love most of their hits. If you are a diehard fan, than this book is for you. It focuses in great detail each of the members, their early years and up through Keith Moonís death. With a lot about Keithís influences. A little less on John Enwhistle, and just a tiny bit on the Pete Townsend/Roger Daltry years. I found most of the picture of very little interest. Not much at all in action shots (concerts, performances, movies, etc). Lotís of personal photoís and behind the scenes stuff. Like I said, not very interesting. I guess this book really wasnít meant for the casual fan.
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Post by: Neumatic on January 08, 2016, 01:18:11 pm
You know, I'm honestly amazed that I didn't get that Back To The  Future book for x-mas.  Seems like it would have been an obvious pick.

Sorry those coffee table books didn't do it for you, man... the National Geographic one just sounds inexplicable.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 08, 2016, 01:49:59 pm
I'll be picking up the BTTF Exclusive version. Going to go with the Unsigned copy and then just take it to Comic Con this summer and have him sign it. I'm not paying an extra 10 bucks for his signature on the book! I have to cut as many corners as I can to save a buck here and a buck there.
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Post by: Neumatic on January 08, 2016, 02:05:32 pm
I didn't get mine signed either... for all the times I've met J Scott, I don't know if I actually have his actual signature on anything.
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Post by: Mac on January 10, 2016, 07:36:51 am
Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting 1.3 Billion Stars

Now THIS is a coffee table book. Its packed with fantastic photography, clipped with quick quotes and comments. The pictures are the entire page, 2 pages and some tri-fold. Each picture different (style) than the next. The book covers everything vinyl. Covers, art, picture disc, color vinyl, the odd and unusual. From the collector who has them in boxes, to the elaborate display, and everything in between. The last quarter of the book interviews, and pics.

I think an interesting thing in the pictures how the collectors don't really have their listening equipment with their collections. Maybe it's because the collection is separated because of size.

Obviously this book is put together for a specific group of interest. But maybe the non-collector may find the book interesting.

I had a collection, but sold that years ago. I loved collecting, but more importantly loved the music. You'll read in the book, the various reasons people do collect. This brought back a lot of great memories.

If you like vinyl, you'll probably enjoy this book quite a bit
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 16, 2016, 08:01:06 am
It's So Easy: And Other Lies by Duff McKagan (2012)
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Post by: Neumatic on February 16, 2016, 03:54:10 pm
I just got my TPB of Generation X in the mail.  I'm quite happy, I've had the first couple of issues, well, since they came out and I've always been fond of them, the funky artwork in particular.  I scanned them in to my iPad a while ago and they wre the first ones I read on the new big iPad Pro and they look gorgeous (it's a perfect comic book reading size, I know I said that about the Air model, but seriously, it's a 1:1 scale).  The books went for four issues before the big Age Of Apocalypse thing changed everything around for four months, right in their prime, and when the book came back, I felt like I'd missed an episode of a soap or something.

That's where this new TPB picks up.  The art is still gorgeous... for a couple issues, but I don't know if the artists got tired or changed, but the quality starts to go downhill for me.  It doesn't look as exquisite or detailed as it's powerful premiere, and I think I credit this to the artists' exhaustion.  It's a hard book to do, and screw AoA for giving me four less issues of this continuity in that style (though they AoA books were done in the same style, and I may have to dig them up, but it made the continuity of the series suffer right when it was getting going).

This time reading I felt like I could start picturing the live action version in my head, which iI'd never been able to do before.  I started realizing that if this was real (and not like the garbage pilot Fox made), it would look like Farscape, which would be DOPE.  Those freaky Jim Henson style creatures, the leather, etc.  I would be all over that.
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Post by: Neumatic on March 11, 2016, 09:29:04 pm
I finally finished "Dracula."  Oh man, I loved it.  It must have felt like listening to a heavy metal album when it came out, you know?   Van Helsing is taking and subverting holy sacraments of the church like the Wafer and using them as weapons, they perform a prayer for the dead on still-living Miss Mina, etc.

Another thing that struck me is that it's all journal entries (as was Frankenstein, if I recall correctly), so it's also the period version of the "found footage movie."  And not just one movie, the perspectives shift and the movie takes place over the course of almost a year, so it's more like an anthology of horror movies, like you're running a marathon.  And they shift genres, you might recognize pieces from the 1992 movie (which I love, but tried to avoid like the plague while reading b/c I didn't want it to influence me), but at the same time, there's stuff like the voyage which feels like Alien or The Thing, with crew members being wiped out one by one, or the ending which... without wanting to give anything away, reminded me of the remake of True Grit.

I was also struck how close to the modern day it takes place in.  The characters take the Underground!  And not just the Underground, I've been to at least one of the stations they mention!  That's kinda weird, right?
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 11, 2016, 10:07:15 pm
I was down at the Library this afternoon looking for a book....any book that I could read. Nothing. There wasn't one title out that interested me. I'm hoping the new books on order arrive soon as I hate not having a book on hand to read.
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Post by: Neumatic on March 11, 2016, 11:03:19 pm
I got Charlie Jane Ander's "All The Birds In The Sky," and I'm excited, but I'm still holding out until more consistent good weather so I can power through it.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 18, 2016, 05:55:00 pm
Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain by Alan Light (2014)

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 09, 2016, 09:16:55 am
I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon (2013) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/i-would-die-4-u-why-prince-became-an-icon-by-toure-(2013)/msg38286/#msg38286)
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 07, 2016, 09:07:24 pm
Crisis of Character by Gary J. Byrne (2016) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/crisis-of-character-by-gary-j-byrne-(2016)/msg39239/#msg39239)
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Post by: Neumatic on October 07, 2016, 10:06:11 pm
Been volunteering at the library this week for their Book Sale (lots of fun, and a real confidence booster), and I can't help but pick up a few books, despite my best efforts.  What's interesting about sales like this is that it's all tail end stuff, things that wouldn't be on display at a regular bookstore, and I enjoy getting to showcase some of them.  I got a couple old travel books (apparently I'm planning a tripe to Australia in 1992) as well as this nice National Geographic book about chivalry.  Obviously research for a project I'm toying with, and you can take a wild guess what about.

My mom also got this big "All Creatures Great And Small" kind of book that I'm definitely going to borrow and read, even though the dang thing is massive.
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Post by: Neumatic on October 27, 2016, 05:47:14 pm
I just finished Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and... well, lots of thoughts.

One is me wondering where the heck our pop culture version of Frankenstein comes from, cause the crazy doctor, the castle, the lightning, the lumbering creature, the sewing together of corpses, Igor... NONE of that is in the book!  Victor Frankenstein is basically a college student, he's Mark Zuckerberg!  Honestly, I kept picturing Remi Malek as I read it.  He doesn't reanimate corpses, in fact he's purposefully vague about how he creates life because he doesn't want the process to ever be repeated.  The creature himself, you think "arrrr, fire bad!" but I swear he just wont shut up, he narrates a huge chunk and frankly, he sounds like Frasier Crane.

And the book is like a nesting doll book, kind of like Cloud Atlas, first it starts with a dude at sea writing letters, then he transcribes everything Frankenstein says, and THEN Frankenstein quotes everything the daemon said, and that dude said EVERYTHING including what he ate for breakfast.

It's definitely not as tight or modern as Dracula, which I loved, but definitely interesting, if long winded.  It feels like reading a Nanowrimo novel, which it kind of was back in the day.
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Post by: Neumatic on November 01, 2016, 12:28:23 am
A second book finished... and in such quick time, too!  This one I picked up at the Book Fair, I just had to: "Jeeves And The Wedding Bells.  I mean, come on!  Very cryptic, but either Jeeves or Wooster getting married, I have to see how that turns out.

Well, the actual wedding, the matrimonial bliss, spoiler alert, isn't in the book.  I wanted to see the whole family and relations in that setting, I thought that's what the book would be.  No no.  I'm a BIT disappointed about that, because the entire prospect of marriage is at the end of the book, the last chapter, to a point where it feels anti-climactic.

But that's my only issue with the book.  Everything else worked very well for me (though I understand some **** fans weren't totally satisfied).

While I haven't had the pleasure of reading the Wodehouse original books, I have enjoyed some of the old movies and of course the classic television adaptation of Jeeves and Wooster, and the book really does feel like the big "series finale" to the whole thing that the proper show never really had, tying up loose ends, having Bertie recognize one of Jeeves' quotations for the first time, and obviously getting Bertie to settle down, which Aunt Agatha has been pressuring him for ages (and of course, the stake that Jeeves would leave when Bertie gets tied down, since Jeeves is acting as a bit of a minder for sir).

And the tone was perfect, I couldn't help but read Bertie in Hugh Laurie's voice and Jeeves in Stephen Fry's, pitch perfect the whole way through, and nailing the rhythm, the specific humour and so on.  Though I was picturing Daisy Ridley as Georgianne, which creates a weird temporal displacement when paired up with young Laurie.

I also couldn't help but chuckle at the reference to an upcoming expedition to Egypt, alluding to Highclere Castle (where they shot Downton Abbey AND a few episodes of J&W).
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on November 14, 2017, 09:01:48 am
Petty: The Biography: by Warren Zanes (2015) (http://pennycan.createaforum.com/books/petty-the-biography-by-warren-zanes-(2015)/msg40910/#msg40910)