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« on: March 14, 2006, 06:55:13 PM »

I noticed there hasn't been a "Books Read in 200X" list since 2004.

Post away, bookworms!

(my list is a few posts down)
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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2006, 07:01:13 PM »

Cool = Paulbot!

So far I've read:
The Liveship Traders: Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
The Liveship Traders: Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
Cell by Stephen King

Next on my list are the last two published Harry Potter books.
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2006, 07:34:50 PM »

I'm trying to get caught up on Harry Potter so I can read the books before I see the movies.  

So far :

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2006, 07:58:03 PM »

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Cycle of Hatred (Warcraft novel)
Neuromancer

Been pretty light on the reading this year.  I need to get back into it
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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2006, 10:43:52 PM »

Hmm, let me see...

Half-Blood Prince
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Uh, that's it. (Unless you count textbooks)
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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2006, 10:50:13 PM »

Light reading here as well:

Read:

vince Flynn books (Transfer of Power, Executive Power, and Third Option).  I highly highly highly recommend this guys books for anyone remotely interested in the TV show 24.  This guy is the consultant for that show and his books are nothing more than a season of 24 in print.  I especially recommend Memorial Day.  Best ever 24-esque book.


Reading:

Nelson Demille's The Lion's Game.  Almost a thousand pages, so should last me quite a while.
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2006, 04:40:50 AM »

Here's my complete list for 2006:

Didymus Contingency by Jeremy Robinson
Showdown   by Ted Dekker

The Left Behind Series (12 books) by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins:
Left Behind (actually read this one at the end of 2005)
Tribulation Force
Nicolae
Soul Harvest
Apollyon
Assassins
The Indwelling
The Mark
Desecration
The Remnant
Armageddon
Glorious Appearing

Harry Potter & the Sorcerers Stone
Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets
The Da Vinci Code
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince
House by Frank Peretti & Ted Dekker
A Series of Unfortunate Events Book 1 by Lemony Snickets
Star Trek Federation
The Chronoliths
Star Trek Articles of the Federation Keith R.A. DeCandido
All Things Hidden by Kathy Herman
Obsessed by Ted Dekker
The Tin Man by Dale Brown
Trial by Fire by Kathy Herman
Point Blank by Catherine Coulter
Allah's Fire by Gayle Roper & Chuck Holton
The Rising by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins
The Regime by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins
Divine by Karen Kingsbury
The Dad in the Mirror by Patrick Morley & David Delk
The Rapture by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins
Star Trek Titan: The Red King by Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels
The Last Jihad by Joel C Rosenberg
The Last Days by Joel C Rosenberg
The Ezekiel Option by Joel C Rosenberg
Night Light by Terri Blackstock
The Copper Scroll by Joel C Rosenberg
ST Titan: Orions Hounds by Christopher L. Bennett
Star Trek Captains Glory by William Shatner
Deliver us from Evelyn by Chris Well
The Edge of Darkness by Tim LaHaye
Epicenter by Joel C Rosenberg
Soul Hunter by Melanie Wells
The Jesus Chronicles: John's Story by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins
Saint by Ted Dekker


Currently reading: nothing. Got three books in the queue, but I'm busy with other stuff.
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2006, 01:03:18 AM »

The Worst Hard Time:  This was so good, I devoured it in two days.  First hand stories of living in the Dust Bowl during the Depression.  Amazing what people lived thru.  

Salt:  A World History:  Ok, this one is so jam packed with historical tidbits (all salt related of course) that you could use this book as a launch to about 50 other books and topics.  Very interesting and long look thru history of salt, the "oil" of its time.
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2006, 04:20:16 PM »

So far I have read the following:

1. The Cabinet of Curiosities -- by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
2. Altered Carbon -- by Richard Morgan
3. Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life -- by Spencer Johnson, Kenneth H. Blanchard
4. The Master Blueprint to Internet Marketing Success -- Willie Crawford (best IM book ever)
5. GoogleCash -- by Chris Carpenter

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Nothing, studying for the CGIPS
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2006, 06:57:21 PM »

Have read:
Runes of Earth by Stephen Donaldson (First book, 3rd trilogy of Thomas Covenant)
The radio-active boyscout by Ken Silverstein
Ghosts of Manila by Mark Kram
The Dark Tower by Stephen King (final book of DT series)
The Warrior Prophet by R. Scott Bakker
A scanner darkly by Philip K. Dick
Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds
Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds
Watchmen by Alan Moore (As always, just at the end of October)

Currently reading:
Chasm City - Alastair Reynolds
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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2006, 04:15:48 PM »

Have read:
  • Enterprise Integration with Ruby by Maik Schmidt
  • Pragmatic Ajax by Justin Gehtland
  • Google Map API by Scott Davis
  • Learn to Program by Chris Pine (bought as a gift for my son, and read it to see if it was good enough)
  • My Job went to India: 52 Ways to Save Your Job by Chad Fowler
  • Practices of an Agile Developer by Andy Hunt
  • Rails Recipes by Chad Fowler
  • Ruby for Rails by David Black
  • Ruby Cookbook by Lucas Carlson
  • Getting Real by 37Signals
  • Run Your Own Web Server Using Linux & Apache By Stuart Langridge
  • Pragmatic Version Control w/ Subversion by Mike Mason
  • Bulletproof Web Design by Dan Cederholm
  • PHP Phrasebook by Christian Wenz
  • New Owner's Guide to Bulldogs by Hank Williams (plan to buy one in 2-3 years)
  • The Bulldog by Diane Morgan
  • CSS Mastery by Andy Budd
  • Interface Oriented Design by Ken Pugh
  • Creating Characters with Personality: For Film, TV, Animation, Video Games, and Graphic Novels by Tom Bancroft
  • Head Rush AJAX by Brett McLaughlin
  • Javascript Anthology by  James Edwards & Cameron Adams
  • The Linux Enterprise Cluster by Karl Kopper
  • How Linux Works by Brian Ward
  • Best of Ruby quiz by James Edward Gray II
  • Web Services on Rails By Kevin Marshall
  • Rubyisms in Rails By Jacob Harris
  • Programming Rails by Robby Russell
Currently Reading:
  • New Testament by God  (doing a 1 year reading plan)
  • High Performance MySQL by Jeremy Zawodny
  • Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master By Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
  • REALbasic Cross-Platform Application Development By Mark Choate
  • Scalable Internet Architectures By Theo Schlossnagle
  • SQL Cookbook By Anthony Molinaro
  • Time Management for System Administrators By Thomas A. Limoncelli


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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2006, 06:59:51 PM »

edited my list and bumping since editing doesn't throw this to the top
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« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2006, 07:40:00 PM »

I tried to read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  160 pages into it (out of 850+) I realized I just don't want to read it.  I don't mind long books but it seems the HP books just keep getting bigger and bigger.

But I am reading A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin.  I thought I'd have a hard time getting back into the series but a couple chapters in and I'm hooked in a way the Harry Potter books never accomplished.
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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2006, 07:58:17 PM »

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I tried to read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  160 pages into it (out of 850+) I realized I just don't want to read it.  I don't mind long books but it seems the HP books just keep getting bigger and bigger.


I've thoroughly enjoyed the books, and hope #7 is 1,000 pages!  biggrin

So, should I start with A Game of Thrones?
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« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2006, 08:50:18 PM »

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So, should I start with A Game of Thrones?


I just finished re-reading the first three books of A Song of Ice and Fire, followed by my first read of "A Feast for Crows", and man... these are quite my favorite books, period.  Wow.  Great, fantastic stuff.

And I enjoyed the first three reading them again even more than I did on the first readthrough!  So many little details that you pick up on in the early books after knowing what comes later!  biggrin
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« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2006, 08:53:10 PM »

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So, should I start with A Game of Thrones?

Absolutely!   Cool

It's the first book of a great, well-written series.  It's very "adult" in its themes, characters and situations.  The plot twists and turns and Martin keeps you in suspense because he's not afraid to kill off important characters to further the story.  He does an amazing job of creating this fantasy land without any elves or dwarves.  There is magic but it's quite rare - there's no D&D style wizards.

Just be warned that the first book starts off kinda slowly.  I liked it from page one but some people have said it took them a couple of chapters to really get into it.  And remember the book is very much written for adults so be prepared for some crude language and even cruder situations.

I loaned them to my younger sister and she tore through the first three books in about 3 weeks which she's never done!
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« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2006, 09:16:20 PM »

Either "Spin" or "The Chronoliths" by Robert Charles Wilson would be great choices for the science fiction fan. The guy can really write.

"Bag of Bones" by the venerable Stehpen King. I hadn't read anything by him  other than the Dark Tower stuff in ages; I'd forgotten just how entertaining he can be. This would make a great M. Night Shyamalan movie...if King didn't write the script, of course. biggrin

All four(?) Dan Brown books: "The DaVinci Code", "Angels and Demons" (his best, imo), "Deception Point" and "Digital Fortress" (horrible, horrible ending). They're all basically the same book.

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« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2006, 10:22:28 PM »

"Choke" by Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club) was absolutely mind-blowingly amazing.

I'm hesitant on starting another book because I really, really thoroughly enjoyed "Choke", and I seriously doubt I'll read anything better than it for a long time.

The book is a little twisted, but hey, that's classic Palahniuk.
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« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2006, 10:56:09 PM »

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"Choke" by Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club) was absolutely mind-blowingly amazing.

I'm hesitant on starting another book because I really, really thoroughly enjoyed "Choke", and I seriously doubt I'll read anything better than it for a long time.

The book is a little twisted, but hey, that's classic Palahniuk.


A little twisted?? That book is messed!  Of course that is what makes Palahniuk's books so good.  I think I liked Survivor better than Choke, but Choke was still very enjoyable.  Maybe I will re-read it, something I should do with all his books.  There is just so much to grasp in them.
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« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2006, 11:20:29 PM »

My 10 year old daughter brought an armload of books home one day from the library, and in them were the first three Lemony Snickets books. I was took curious, so I read the first one.

Talk about SAD endings! I love it! Lots of bad luck and then right when things were looking really good, FLUSH goes the toilet!!
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« Reply #20 on: May 08, 2006, 03:14:35 AM »

bumping since I updated my list
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« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2006, 12:44:57 PM »

I'm not through it, but am almost half way: The Three Muskateers.  Written in 1840, I somehow, in my travels, landed a complete and unabridged version at Walmart for 50 cents.

It's simply brilliant.
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« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2006, 01:30:49 PM »

Just finished:

Moonseed by Baxter (not his best effort)
Mysterium by Robert Charles Wilson (pretty good read)
Darwinia by Robert Charles Wilson (uneven, but a very good read)

Reading:
On Writing by Stephen King (part biographical (he doesn't even remember writing Cujo!...dude was seriously fucked up for a long time), part "How to write"...pretty good read so far)
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (I never get tired of this book)
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« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2006, 06:39:59 PM »

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« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2006, 06:44:25 PM »

Completed:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J. K.  Rowling)


Currently Reading:

1776 (David McCullough)
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« Reply #25 on: May 23, 2006, 06:55:10 PM »

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Completed:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J. K.  Rowling)


You mean the Harry Potter BRICK!  biggrin  My daughter (almost 11) just finished it (again). She's plowing through the entire series for the third time!
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« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2006, 07:18:05 PM »

I just completed "Spilling Clarence" by Anne Ursu.  It was really good!  It was about a chemical spill in a small town.  And the chemical made people remember all of their memories.  And, of course, this was a blessing to some that HAD "good" memories and it was a nightmare for others.

Anyway, fairly quick read and pretty entertaining.
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« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2006, 07:36:06 PM »

I'm working on Sabriel by Garth Nix.  It's a lot of fun so far.  It's pretty dark, especially for a book that appears to be aimed at a teen audience.
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« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2006, 11:47:14 PM »

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Completed:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J. K.  Rowling)


You mean the Harry Potter BRICK!  biggrin  My daughter (almost 11) just finished it (again). She's plowing through the entire series for the third time!


You're not kidding. I actually listened to the audio book. 20 hours over 17 CDs. You know, if you and your daughter haven't tried audio books, I heartily recommend the Harry Potter series as excellent listening material. Jim Dale is the reader and he does an astounding job bringing the book to life in vivid detail. His voices for each character are spot on.
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« Reply #29 on: May 24, 2006, 09:48:53 PM »

Finished

To Rule The Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World by Arthur Herman
A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin
The Tsar's Last Armada: The Epic Voyage to the Battle of Tsushima by Constantine Pleshakov
Cell: A Novel by Stephen King
Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris
The People of the Abyss by Jack London
The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad by Fareed Zakaria
A Year In The Merde by Stephen Clarke
Crisis, Absolutism, Revolution: Europe and the World 1647 - 1789 by Raymond Birn
Cataclysm: The First World War as Political Tragedy by David Stevenson
Reign of iron: The Story of the First Battling Ironclads, The Monitor and The Merrimack by James L. Nelson
Vimy by Pierre Burton
Paths of Glory: The French Army 1914-1918 by Anthony Clayton
Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front 1914-1918 by Richard Holmes
The End of Oil: On The Edge of a Perilous New World by Paul Roberts
Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell
Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free and Empire's Slaves by Adam Hochschild
Napoleon & Wellington by Andrew Roberts

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« Reply #30 on: May 26, 2006, 01:19:38 AM »

Finished Napoleon and Wellington last night.
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« Reply #31 on: May 29, 2006, 02:53:44 AM »

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So, should I start with A Game of Thrones?


So I just picked this up at Borders two days ago (only 3.99) I have always been slow about books but have been reading a lot more the past few months.  

Oddly I know, but I prefer children's books (with hidden meanings).  I just finished reading some Lewis Carroll, as well as the whole Narnia series and the original Wizard of OZ.  After reading everyone rave about "A Game of Thrones" I figured I would try something a little fresh.  

So far it's decent..I can understand why someone would say it starts off slow..but I think it's expected in most books.  I've only read a few fantasy type novels..some being the Dragonlance series when I was 14.  I always just feel slightly nerdy when being caught reading them (but not like reading the wizard of oz is any cooler).

I think we should post more reviews of the books we read instead of list them.  Maybe open a book section on the forum.
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« Reply #32 on: May 30, 2006, 01:32:05 AM »

Calculus for Cats - Kenn Amdahl and Jim Loats

an often amusing read about the diabolic obfuscation of the mathematics of calculus as perpetrated by an alien species - the furry household feline.  it explains the core concepts thoroughly, and gives illuminating examples in a way that calc textbooks (and profs) tend to gloss over, or ignore entirely.  these involve catmobiles and headlights on hilly roads, quadratic mice and cats ice-skating circles and spirals, holding a string...  i really wish i had this book a few years ago - i now have a workable idea of what derivatives, the rules of differentiating, and limits are (their definitions and appropriate usage), and that my downfall was really an inadequate grasp of algebra*.  the knowledge i gained from this book would have actually let me complete the class i was in at the time, instead of succumbing to an ineffectual teacher and a dense textbook.  think it's time to try again.

* - i'm going to read their Algebra Unplugged book next...
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« Reply #33 on: June 01, 2006, 12:39:46 PM »

My Updated List:

Read in 2006:[/u]

Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan - first Sci Fi book I've read, loved it...

Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life   

The Cabinet of Curiosities

Getting Things Done : The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

CGIPS Study Material (Cover to Cover) - Blah


Currently Reading:[/u]

The Innocent by Harlan Coben - Excellent So far (half-way through), highly recommended...
   
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Upcomming[/u]

    
Skeletons on the Zahara : A True Story of Survival by Dean King
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

Storyselling for Financial Advisors : How Top Producers Sell
Tested in the Trenches : A 9-Step Plan for Building and Sustaining a Million-Dollar Financial Services Practice
The Excellent Investment Advisor
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« Reply #34 on: June 01, 2006, 12:59:14 PM »

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Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan - first Sci Fi book I've read, loved it...


Just read that a week or two ago.  Loved it.  Not sure if you arleady knew, but there are two follow up novels- Broken Angels (which was great) and Woken Furies (which I haven't read yet).
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« Reply #35 on: June 02, 2006, 03:22:38 AM »

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Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan - first Sci Fi book I've read, loved it...


Just read that a week or two ago.  Loved it.  Not sure if you arleady knew, but there are two follow up novels- Broken Angels (which was great) and Woken Furies (which I haven't read yet).


I actually didn't know.  I meant to check for his other books but forgot.  Thanks for the reminder.

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« Reply #36 on: June 02, 2006, 05:12:48 AM »

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Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan - first Sci Fi book I've read, loved it...

Just read that a week or two ago.  Loved it.  Not sure if you arleady knew, but there are two follow up novels- Broken Angels (which was great) and Woken Furies (which I haven't read yet).

Oddly enough, I got a call just yesterday that Woken Furies is waiting for me to pick it up at the local library.  With any luck, it'll be yet another genre jump for our intrepid hero.

I also enjoyed Morgan's Market Forces.  Very different in concept from the Kovacs series, but also paints an intriguing picture of the universe it's set in.
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« Reply #37 on: June 02, 2006, 01:36:42 PM »

I actually want to go back and read angels and demons. I liked Da Vinci Code. It wasn't a wonderful book, but it kept my attention like no other book has ever done, so I'm anxious to see what the prequel has in store for me.
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« Reply #38 on: July 11, 2006, 04:13:08 AM »

Bumping due to making edits to my list.

Anyone else got some updates?
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« Reply #39 on: July 11, 2006, 04:18:16 AM »

Just finished Angels and Demons.
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