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Poll results: Books you're reading?

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  • Mysteries, including your zoning cases

    2 8.70%
  • Westerns

    0 0%
  • Non-fiction

    11 47.83%
  • Fantasy (well, whatever...)

    4 17.39%
  • Maps

    1 4.35%
  • Only the local newspaper

    3 13.04%
  • Romance, see below

    2 8.70%
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    Cyburbian Plus Zoning Goddess's avatar
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    Books, anyone?

    In between stints as an urban planner, I owned and managed a small bookstore, so I am wondering what planners read?

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    I have been indoctrinated into a group at work that has read Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series (time-travel hunky Scottish guy stuff). It is actually quite good historically.

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    Just finished "Prozac Nation" by Elizabeth Wurtzel. Great stuff!. Also read "The Ride Together" by Paul Karasik & Judy Karasik.

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    I love to read and get a bit fanatic about authors I like. My bookshelf includes:

    Robert Heinlein (Favourite book - Door into Summer)
    Philipp Jose Farmer (Fav - Barnstormer in OZ)
    Mordecai Richler (Duddy Kravitz)
    Daniel Pinkwater (Alan Mendelsohn Boy from Mars)
    Douglas Coupland (Shampoo Planet)
    Kurt Vonnegut (Jailbird)
    Hunter S Thompson ( Letters from the road)
    Tom Wolfe ( A man In full)
    Peter Bagge ( Hate)
    Bob Fingerman (Minimum Wage)
    The Big Books of ...

    Forgot 2 others

    Spider Robinson (Telempath)
    Tom Robbins (Another Roadside Attraction)

    Just started readin Phillip K. Dick, no clear favourite yet.

    Plus I read comics

    Cerebus is the only one I am attached to now, Fables seems like it has promise....
    Last edited by donk; 17 Feb 2003 at 8:28 AM.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    I pretty much stick to professional related books, such as those offered in the upper right corner of this page Other than that I enjoy hiking and travel related books particularly those related to the northwest.
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    I think we've discused reading preferences around here before, but it's been a while, and seeing as I love books I think we can open this up again

    I tend to read either non-fiction, or science fiction and war novels. I also like cookbooks, although lately I've been getting more and more of my recipes on-line.

    Donk - I'm a huge Dick fan...errr...ahh...a huge fan of Phillip k. Dick. My favs are "The Man in the High Castle", "Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said", and "Wait Until Yesterday". His short stories are great too.

    My most recent read was "Ghost Rider: Journeys on the Healing Road", by Neil Peart (drummer for Rush). It describes the mental and physical journey he undertook after the deaths of his daughter and wife. Very interesting, though it wrapped up a bit too quick for me.

    Before that, it was "Colditz - the whole story", and "Stalingrad - the Fateful Siege", both WWII histories.

    The only book I've had to put down lately has been Thomas Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow". Too deep to read on the subway - I think I need a large scotch and some time on the couch to tackle that one.

    My wife and I are fighting over "Salt", by Mark Kurlansky - great so far, but my wife has taken it over and won't let me near it.

    Actually...I think I need to hit the bookstore or library today at lunch, I'm out of reading materials.

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    I easily have over 400 economic development or planning or architecture books, another 50 landscaping books, 50 travel books, almost everything ever written by Mark Twain or John McPhee, and a couple hundred miscellaneous ones. I'm going to make some built-in bookshelves for my next house.

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    I am readling "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk." I got it from Half Price Books for 5 bucks. I am addicted to books about music history. I am also slowly reading Bill Bryson's "I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away "

    The last book I read before this one was "Joe DiMaggio:The Hero's Life" by Richard Ben Cramer.
    "I'm a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are."

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    My undergrad degree is in English Lit so I like to revisit the classics every so often. I have recently dipped into the non-fiction arena by reading "Bad Bet on the Bayou," which is about the former La governor Edwin Edwards and his political hijacks performed while introducing the gaming industry to La, particularly the New Orleans area.
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    Thinking of english lit, the only book I enjoyed that I had to read in high school was "to kill a mockingbird". After HS I even went and bought my own copy to be able to reread it when I wanted to.

    I tend to reread books over and over again, as I have a really poor memery of what happened in them. I only remember if I enjoyed them or not.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    I'm starting to think the best books this week will be "Fail Safe", "On the Beach" and "Alas Babylon". Donk, you're not far off with "Door into Summer", great book, reminds me I should re-read it soon.

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    I just started John Feinstein's The Punch and have the latest Tom Clancy on my nightstand.

    And my wife just gave me as required reading something about "Understanding Your Spirited Child"

    That's what they are calling them these days...spirited.

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    books

    Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    I'm starting to think the best books this week will be "Fail Safe", "On the Beach" and "Alas Babylon". Donk, you're not far off with "Door into Summer", great book, reminds me I should re-read it soon.
    Great, if scary, books. Should be required reading. Add Catch 22, Dr. Strangelove and All Quiet on the Western Front. Oh yeah, A Bright Shining Lie.

    I've been trying to catch up on some of the clasics. I've just finished The Hunchback of Notre Dame and I am somewhat struggling with Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Apocolapse Now was based on it.
    WALSTIB

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    I am currently reading "You Shall Know Our Velocity" by Dave Eggers and just finished "The Little Friend" by Donna Tartt. Next up, "Fay" by Larry Brown.

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    i enjoyed on the beach, but did not go crazy on buying everyone of shute's books like I have with the other authors mentioned.

    In door into summer,I can just see Pete the Cat prowling around the house asking for each door to be opened then refusing to go out. i can also see Pete prowling and "singing" at the house after the confrontation. When mentioning it did not even think about the weather we have all been having.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    For Me:

    "First Marathons: Personal Encounters With the 26.2 Mile Monster"

    A little inspirational reading for my upcoming marathon attempt.

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    I just picked up my first Edward Abbey book (one of the authors recommended in "Ghost Rider"), "Beyond the Wall". So far so good...

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    I just finished a Reginald Hill mystery. Last night I started the new Nick Bantock book, beautiful drawings and a series of letters among four people. Before that I read Margaret Atwood's Blind Assasin.

    I read A LOT. My husband doen't quite get it.

    During grad school I worked part-time at a used book store it was great although I often spent as much as I made.

    Recently I reread Trumpet of the Swan and Carol Shields Dressing Up for the Carnival. I tend to read a lot of Canadian fiction. Yan Martel's "Life of Pi is on my to read list.

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    Cyburbian donk's avatar
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    Maybe we should start a cyburbia book of the month clube? Someone suggests a book or two, as a group/poll decide which one to read then discuss.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    That sounds a lot like work, Donk...

    Neat idea though.

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    My favorite books are:
    (clasified by author)
    Isaac Asimov:
    -The Foundation Trilogy (Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation)
    -The Foundation's Edge (4th of the saga) *
    -The Bicentenial Man
    - I'm now reading The End of Eternity

    Ray Bradbury:
    -Martian Chronicles **
    -Fahrenheit 451
    - Other short stories...

    William Gibson:
    -Neuromancer
    -Virtual Light
    -Idoru
    -All Tomorrow's Parties

    That's in the sci-fi and mostly english reading section...
    * Books that I read that weren't in English
    ** I read it in Spanish and then I've read my favourite stories of the Martian Chronicles in English.

    Non Sci-Fi:
    Crime and Punishment - Fedor Dostoyevski
    Cien años de Soledad - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    that's all of the books that come to my mind in this moment...
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    I have tried reading Gibson and find it really tough sledding. i get confused about who is who and what is real and imagined in his books. I have read neuromancer and a book of short stories.

    I forgot Bradbury. recently finished a book about a house that was pretty interesting.

    Have one called "one for the road" waiting after I am done the PK Dick book I am reading now.

    Another interesting author is Matheson, his book of short stories "I am Legend" is pretty good. The title story is a great horror story.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    I have been indoctrinated into a group at work that has read Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series (time-travel hunky Scottish guy stuff). It is actually quite good historically.
    LOVE LOVE LOVE the Outlander Series!

    James Patterson's First to Die - finished this weekend
    The Lovely Bones - Two weeks ago's read.

    Am anxiously awaiting Harry Potter V in June, and also read lots of Nora Roberts. I'm pretty all over the place, reading wise.

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    Books

    I do adore Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. In fact, everyone that I have talked to about the series love it as well!!! I love books on Scottish time travel. Actually, books with Scottish hunks are, in general, great to read.

    Right now, since I am not working, I have way too much time on my hands and I am reading everything by Karen Marie Moning. The Dark Highlander is great. Had to buy 3 more of her books. I need to get some more books since I am reading at least one a day now.

    Favorite book of all time is "To Kill A Mockingbird", which I had to read in high school much like Donk had to.

    I like mysteries and the Harry Potter series too. So much to read and so little time. My cousin just bought me the first book in the Wheel of Time series (Sci-Fi/Fantasy) by Robert Jordan. There are ten books in that series, so it will take me a little while to get through them since they are well over 1000 pages for each book.

    On the non-fiction front, it is just more reality than I need, so the good fluff stuff keeps my mind from going insane. Who needs more reality when you can have sex and time travel adventures?

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