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  • Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

    5 29.41%
  • The War of Art - Steven Pressfield

    1 5.88%
  • Mencken: American Iconoclast - Marion Rodgers

    2 11.76%
  • The Man Without a Face - Masha Gessen

    2 11.76%
  • I'd Rather We Got Casinos - Larry Wilmore

    0 0%
  • You Are Not a Gadget - Jaron Lanier

    1 5.88%
  • Letters From a Stoic - Seneca

    4 23.53%
  • The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge - Calvin Coolidge

    2 11.76%
  • Weaving the Web - Tim Berners-Lee

    1 5.88%
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe - Walter Isaacson

    1 5.88%
  • Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work! - Douglas Coupland

    1 5.88%
  • Self-Reliance - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    1 5.88%
  • In the Garden of Beasts - Erik Larson

    1 5.88%
  • The Origins of Political Order - Francis Fukuyama

    3 17.65%
  • The Mythical Man-Month - Frederick Brooks

    0 0%
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynmann - Richard Feynmann

    3 17.65%
  • The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler

    9 52.94%
  • The Republic - Plato

    4 23.53%
  • Fever Pitch - Nick Hornby

    3 17.65%
  • The Stand - Stephen King

    4 23.53%
  • Dune - Frank Herbert

    2 11.76%
  • The Stranger - Albert Camus

    5 29.41%
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Thread: What should I read this weekend?

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    What should I read this weekend?

    I'm travelling for the next few days with my brand new Kindle Touch. I currently have nearly 500 books in my Goodreads queue. Help me narrow them down. I'm probably going to load up two or three of these, but vote for whatever you like or think I'd like most -- well, preferably the latter:

    John Sandford - The Fool's Run
    Jerry Oppenheimer - Seinfeld, The Making of an American Icon
    Diarmuid Jeffreys - The Bureau (Inside the Modern FBI)
    Richard Gid Powers - The Troubled Past and the Uncertain Future of the FBI
    John Sandford - Sudden Prey
    John Sandford - Eyes of Prey
    John Douglas - Journey into Darkness (he was a Criminal Profiler in the FBI)
    John Douglas - Mindhunter
    John Douglas - Unabomber (On the Trail of America's Most-Wanted Serial Killer)
    Ronald Kessler - The Secret History of the FBI
    John Sandford - Chosen Prey
    John Miller - The Cell (Inside the 9/11 Plot, and why the FBI and CIA failed to stop it)

    There's not much fiction in there, but that doesn't mean I don't want to read it. I just don't have as many directions. I'm looking for something either authentically or deeply historical, clearly, and also plenty of wit.
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    A lot of those are going to take more than a weekend.

    OK, so I voted for all the books in your list that I've read. They're all good, though obviously The Stand is good in a different way from Letters From A Stoic. If you're in the mood for philosophy, I think you've got some really good stuff on that list. If you haven't read Plato before, though, I don't know that I'd start off with The Republic. Not that you shouldn't read it, it's just going to be a trip and there's an awful lot of stuff to digest. I read The Origins of Political Order last year and thought it was very interesting. I can't really say enough good things about Chandler. Hard-boiled detective fiction was an influence on Camus when he wrote The Stranger, so a combo platter of The Big Sleep and The Stranger would probably work really well.
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    The Stand is my favorite post apocalypse novel ever, and I think it is King's best work.

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    It came down to The Big Sleep and The Stand, and, honestly, The Stand drags far more at times, so.... The good parts are phenomenal, though, and you definitely should read it. Just, you know, second.

    Quote Originally Posted by swampdragon View Post
    The Stand is my favorite post apocalypse novel ever, and I think it is King's best work.
    I love it, myself, and agree that it's King's best novel. But as post-apocalyptic novels go, I can't put it ahead of Alas, Babylon, Lucifer's Hammer or On the Beach. Throw in The Road to make it a top-five.

    (This is assuming 1984 is considered dystopian and not post-apocalyptic; otherwise, it would leap over all of the above.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TotalEnd98 View Post
    I love it, myself, and agree that it's King's best novel. But as post-apocalyptic novels go, I can't put it ahead of Alas, Babylon, Lucifer's Hammer or On the Beach. Throw in The Road to make it a top-five.
    Lucifer's Hammer and Earth Abides are probably my two favorite in that genre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dagrims View Post
    Lucifer's Hammer and Earth Abides are probably my two favorite in that genre.
    I almost put Earth Abides on my list, too.

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    You'll note that while votes are down on Fever Pitch, the quality of the votes there is exceptional.
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    I voted for the only one of those that I've read.

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    I can't see who voted for what on mobile, sadly.

    But I'm going to kick off with Chandler.
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    Watching Jon Stewart flirt with Masha Gessen on her recent Daily Show appearance was highly entertaining.

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