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    21 Actual Analogies - Funny!

    Apologies if this already was posted here somewhere. I saw it today and died laughing. Not literally, but... :)
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    Benito Cereno - Herman Melville

    :star3: Intriguing and suspenseful story of mutiny on the high seas. Sort of like the story of the Amistad, but in this story the author wants you to feel sorry for the slavers. Despite being one of the wordiest stories I have ever read, it still managed to be a page turner. Hard to read stuff...
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    George Saunders: Tenth of December

    Tenth of December - George Saunders :star3:1/2 I forgot about this one that I slipped in a few weeks ago.... Tenth of December is a collection of ten dark, sometimes dystopian, always tragi-comic short stories. If there is an underlying thread that draws these stories together, I might guess...
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    The Good Lord Bird - James McBride

    The rollicking and hilarious account of Henry Shackleford, a black slave boy in Kansas, "freed" from slavery by John Brown in a shootout that leaves his father dead. John Brown mistakes him for a girl because of a sackloth garment he is wearing at the time, and the boy decides for various...
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    True Detective

    Hello, If there is already a thread for this show, I must have missed it, and I apologize. I am curious if anyone out there has been watching True Detective on HBO. The season finale was last night and if anyone has been following it I would like to know their thoughts on it. Personally, I was...
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    Joe Landsale: Edge of Dark Water

    Edge of Dark Water - Joe Landsale :star3:3/4 The plot follows three teeneagers in 1940's rural East Texas whose friend is found murdered, her body weighted and sunk in a fishing pond. Her wish was to escape her home and travel to Hollywood to become a star, so naturally they form a plan to dig...
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    Louis L'Amour : The Walking Drum

    The Walking Drum - Louis L'Amour :star4: The story of a youth in 12th century Brittany, Matthurin Kerbouchard, whose home on the coast of Armorica is destroyed by a vicious local baron. Kerbouchard escapes into the galley of a slave ship in a desperate attempt to find his father, so together...
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    Windows 8 : Anybody else using it?

    Is anybody else using windows 8? I have had it for about 2 weeks now, and it is a gigantic nightmare for me. I'm just curious if I am just old and stupid or if anyone else has experienced the same feelings.
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    U.S. not the fattest anymore!

    Should we be happy? Or is this just one more thing we are no longer the best at? :) http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57592714/mexico-takes-title-of-most-obese-from-america/
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    New James Lee Burke

    For any James Lee Burke fans, there will be a new Dave Robicheaux mystery out on July 23rd. From Amazon "Louisiana Sherriff’s Detective Dave Robicheaux and his longtime friend and partner Clete Purcel are vacationing in Montana’s spectacular Big Sky country when a series of suspicious events...
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    Walter Mosley resurrects Easy Rawlins

    I don't think any current forum readers are big fans of Walter Mosley, and that's a shame. I had to share this anyway though because it made me pretty darn happy. After pretty much killing one of my all time favorite characters, detective Easy Rawlins, Mosley has resurrected him in a new novel...
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    Jesmyn Ward: Salvage the Bones

    :stars5: Salvage the Bones tells the story of four children (and a dog) living in rural poverty on the gulf coast of Mississippi in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. The story centers around Esch, a teenage girl (maybe 14 years old) who has just learned that she is pregnant by one of...
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    18 years?? Really?

    BBC News - 'Monster of Riga' Dutch paedophile jailed for 18 years Does anyone else think this sentence is a little on the light side? I am always surprised that child molesters seem to get less time than people charged with drug offences and other similar crimes.
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    Kazakh medalist played Borat anthem

    Really?? Hilarious. BBC News - Kazakh gold medallist is played Borat anthem in Kuwait
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    Zombie Apocalypse

    It's starting........ 95 yr old 'Dead' woman climbs out of coffin - GhanaNation News
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    Bernard Cornwell: Death of Kings

    Death of Kings - Bernard Cornwell :stars4: Uhtred of Bebbanburg returns in the sixth installment of the Saxon Tales for his usual purposes of insulting priests, stealing the wives of other lords, belittling his rivals and utterly destroying the Danish enemies of King Alfred The Great's...
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    Rick Perry lip reading

    This made me laugh today. Obligatory: The Rick Perry lip-reading clip « Hot Air
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    Gold tops $1800 per ounce

    So, Gold briefly topped $1800 an ounce tonight and is now worth more than platinum. This might not be interesting to anybody else here. I buy and sell physical gold regularly and this latest run up has been nothing short of amazing. If Marvin Gaye were here with us he would probably ask...
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    Shuttle program scrapped

    So the space shuttle/low earth orbit program is getting scrapped. Are there any opinions on this or the politics behind it? Do you think it is good? Bad? I was talking to my Dad the other day about this and at the beginning of the conversation we both seemed to think this was a bad thing, but...
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    Moonlight Mile - Dennis Lehane

    This is the sequel to "Gone Baby, Gone" and if you liked that story (or even the movie) you will probably want to read this one. The story takes place twelve years after the abduction and return of Amanda McCreedy. She has dissapeared again, and again her faithful aunt enlists the aid of...