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... Now I think I'll read Steve McQueen by Marc Elliot next which came out last year (reviews seem so-so on it). I've read Elliot's book on Clint Eastwood and I've read one previous book on McQueen Steve McQueen, the Final Chapter by Grady Ragsdale, but that only covers the last few years of McQueen's life)

Well I finished it and it is a decent not great biography that sometimes seems a bit deprecating towards Steve (especially compared to his more fawning book on Eastwood, though both he loves to concentrate on the love affairs unfortunately over the films). There are definitely a few mistakes that some of the reviewers on Amazon have picked up (not the level of Ric Meyers), but not enough to warrant a one-star review (one thing that I completely agree on was one person's mention that if you are going to write something make sure you have quality editors and reviewers). But there is a certain cockyness from the author that is annoying as well as some prose that dwells into condesceding.

I like the following:

"I must confess, some were better than others, some to my taste not very good at all, and some worthless; none were definitive." [i'm still not sure how his is definitive.]

"If my biography differs from the others, I think it is mostly because those who previously ventured into the foreground of Steve McQueen's life did not have enough knowledge or experience of Hollywood as the backdrop against which it needs to be placed."

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Just finished reading a book that was surprisingly short but very nice. Tony And Me by Jack Klugman about his pal Tony Randall. I never really understood what it meant to have a sort of real and true type of friendship that seemed to last forever but after reading this I felt like I knew. A great read.

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I'm currently reading TOUGH S**T, by Kevin Smith. Yes, THE Kevin Smith of CLERKS fame. He delved into talking about working with the Weinstein Brothers, Bruce Willis on LIVE FREE AND DIE HARD and COP OUT (I was shocked with the COP OUT chapter...Mr. Willis is not one to work well with directors according to Smith), making ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO and blaming himself for that film failing at the box office, and his horror film RED STATE.

For those who do not know, and he did point this out in his book, Kevin Smith is retiring as a director after he makes his hockey movie HIT SOMEBODY yet he will be doing an animated feature, JAY AND SILENT BOB'S GROOVY ANIMATED MOVIE (live action and R-rated animation hybrid).

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For those who do not know, and he did point this out in his book, Kevin Smith is retiring as a director after he makes his hockey movie HIT SOMEBODY yet he will be doing an animated feature, JAY AND SILENT BOB'S GROOVY ANIMATED MOVIE (live action and R-rated animation hybrid).

He's busy with podcasting and his Pawn Stars knock of TV show Comic Book Men now.

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Just finished reading a book that was surprisingly short but very nice. Tony And Me by Jack Klugman about his pal Tony Randall. I never really understood what it meant to have a sort of real and true type of friendship that seemed to last forever but after reading this I felt like I knew. A great read.

This is why it is good to reread threads. I must have missed this. I'm putting this on my shopping list. Three nights ago I saw Tony Randall in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

What I've read since I last posted:

Killing Lincoln (2011) by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard

It’s a Jungle In There (2010) by Steven Schussler with Marvin Karlins

The Mad Dog Hall of Fame: The Ultimate Top-Ten Rankings of the Best in Sports (2006) by Christopher Russo and Allen St. John

Head First Software Development (2008) by Dan Pilolne & Russ Miles CS

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This is why it is good to reread threads. I must have missed this. I'm putting this on my shopping list. Three nights ago I saw Tony Randall in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

What I've read since I last posted:

Killing Lincoln (2011) by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard

It’s a Jungle In There (2010) by Steven Schussler with Marvin Karlins

The Mad Dog Hall of Fame: The Ultimate Top-Ten Rankings of the Best in Sports (2006) by Christopher Russo and Allen St. John

Head First Software Development (2008) by Dan Pilolne & Russ Miles CS

Cool, I've always enjoyed The Odd Couple TV show and I think no one could've played those characters better because in a strange way, they were a lot like their characters in real life. The book also comes with a DVD of outtakes from the show introduced by Jack. They're funny and interesting to see.

Currently I'm buying several books I guess stockpiling if you will for who knows what, maybe I'll be like the guy from Twilight Zone who has all the time in the world to read when the world ends except I'll actually be able to read them because I can read without my glasses :wink:. I recently bought George Takei's book which I found at a local antique store for around 3.50. I also bought Charlie Chaplin's autobiography online. I'm trying to read Muhammad Ali's book The Greatest at the moment though because I have the movie based on the book and I'm trying to see how much of the film was the book and how much was hollywood if you catch my drift. Also to the fella who's reading Kevin Smith's latest book, cool! I wanna read some of his stuff sometimes cause I like the guy and his Q&As he has some wild and crazy stories to tell.

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I'm currently reading TOUGH S**T, by Kevin Smith. Yes, THE Kevin Smith of CLERKS fame. He delved into talking about working with the Weinstein Brothers, Bruce Willis on LIVE FREE AND DIE HARD and COP OUT (I was shocked with the COP OUT chapter...Mr. Willis is not one to work well with directors according to Smith), making ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO and blaming himself for that film failing at the box office, and his horror film RED STATE.

For those who do not know, and he did point this out in his book, Kevin Smith is retiring as a director after he makes his hockey movie HIT SOMEBODY yet he will be doing an animated feature, JAY AND SILENT BOB'S GROOVY ANIMATED MOVIE (live action and R-rated animation hybrid).

I wouldn't mind reading that book as I'm a big Kevin Smith fan, I own and have seen all his movies like literally 100s of times with the exception of Jersey Girl.

Currently I'm reading "Io, Zlatan", a autobiography of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Currently reading Stephen King's "On Writing." Will be reading next "Pere Murray and the Hounds : The Story of Saskatchewan's Notre Dame College." Also just picked up a copy of the Douay Rheims bible that I'll be looking at. Normally I read P.D. James, biographies (Benazir Bhutto, Mozart) country studies (Pakistan/Argentina) and Hong Kong film books.

Laura

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I finished TOUGH S**T and it is definitely a good read. Kevin took a whole chapter about how he met his wife (who played Emma in Clerks II) and how she sacrificed her success to be at her husband's side. He even wrote a chapter about another idol turned actor of his films, the late great George Carlin. If you like Kevin Smith's films, this is definitely worth reading.

I am now reading THE GOLDEN AGE OF VIDEO GAMES, by Roberto Dillon. From what I read so far, it's a pretty interesting look at the beginning of the computer and how it evolved into the groundbreaking "Tennis for Two" game as well as Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney's ascent as the pioneers of the video game with "Pong" and their company, Atari.

Even learned some interesting facts, like Nintendo was founded in 1886 as was actually a producer of Japanese playing cards, a far cry from the video games we all know and love today. And "Namco" stands for "Nakamura Manufacturing Corporation". So far, this is truly another good read.

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Currently reading Stephen King's "On Writing."

Finished that myself about 2 weeks ago. A friend lent it to me and I read it in 3 days. It's a really good book. I didn't realize it's already a decade old. Need to get my own copy and read it again.

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Currently reading "Dreams of Steel", by Glen Cook...the 5th book in his "Tales of the Black Company" series about a ruthless band of mercenaries in a high fantasy setting. Riveting stuff if you dig that genre.

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While on vacation I read:

'The Fear' by Peter Godwin- scathing,firsthand look at Robert Mugabe's torturous and bloodthirsty reign in Zimbabwe,and the heroism and determination of a people struggling for a better country.

On the Trail of the JFK Assassins by Dick Russell-if you're a JFK assassination buff this is great with some truly new insights.

The Politics of Change in the Philippines by Yuko Kasuya and Nathan Gilbert Quimpo-a bit academic and dry but some insightful analyses on why the Philippines continues to lag behind as other Asian nations forge ahead.

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I am currently reading the Purging of Kadillus. The book is a Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine Novel dealing with the Dark Angel chapter handling an ork invasion. Its by Gav Thorpe and its one of the few books I have actually read on my own thats not filled with picture (i.e. comics).

If comics count though, I have been reading the Red Lanterns series, the Transformers comics (both series), the godzilla comics (that just ended) and Deadpool. So yeah...

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Just finished reading Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks, and Stalin - Breaker of Nations by Robert Conquests. Now reading The Emperor of All Maladies - A Biography of Cancer. All pretty heavy stuff, good reads, but heavy. So I've been reading Calvin and Hobbes and Krazy Kat on the side.:bigsmile:

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I like my books like I like my movies action packed. I 've read every Lee Child I can get my hands on. He writes about this fella named Jack Reacher he's ex military and basically a transient. He just travels around with just his Id, bank card, and toothebrush. He buys his clothes every couple a days from regular stores. Every novel starts off in whatever city he has wound up in and gets into some sort of adventure. I like these books cause he always ends up in some fights. He handles them realistically and when reading in some of the books you get to read his thoughts on how he handles the situations. He does well although he is 6'5 250 lbs. I read somewhere online Tom Cruise will be playin him and some fanboys like myselft are a little hurt over this. I also am fond of David Morell. He wrote First Blood. I would have to say the best that I read was the Fifth Prossion. Its about as he puts it executive protectors. Fancy word for bodyguards really. Starts out tellin bout the 47 ronin and some group that I cant remember off the top of my head, but the novel has some kung fu scenes if you will the main charcter whoopin 12 or so. Another one he wrote that comes to mind was The Protector kinda along the same line about a security professional (ex-special forces)

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Love Lee Child's Jack Reacher series myself. Read a lot of David Morrell's stuff, too, but his action sequences never made sense to me.

Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz. About a young man who lives in Moonlight Bay, CA and suffers from xenoderma pigmentosum (allergy to light). Great cast of characters and there's some crazy government experimental stuff going on. I recommend it. It's the 1st in a series of which he's only written 2 books.

Started George R R Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. So far I've read A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. I'm about 150 pages into A Storm of Swords. Holy cow! Fantastic plots, fun dialogue, and literally tons of characters! Wish there was a little more action at times. There are certain events within events that I wish he would've delved into more. Still, these books are great!!! This guy must have rooms with every single wall dedicated to chart plot-lines in order to keep it all straight. And he only last year put out the 5th book in this series which is meant to have 7.

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Wizard of Lies - the Bernie Madoff situation. Really good, the amount of money these people had to invest is hard to wrap my head around, especially that they basically lost it all as well. Craziness.

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