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Old Aug 24, 2014, 01:33 PM   #2351
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I don't think I've ever read an autobiography of a celebrity. I wonder if they really write them or if they hire ghostwriters to write their books and the celebrities take all the credit.
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Old Aug 24, 2014, 01:37 PM   #2352
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I don't think I've ever read an autobiography of a celebrity. I wonder if they really write them or if they hire ghostwriters to write their books and the celebrities take all the credit.
So far this doesn't really read as a biography. mostly provided insight to the culture of hip-hop and Jay's lyrics. similar to what you would see on rapgenius.
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Old Aug 24, 2014, 09:27 PM   #2353
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 05:25 AM   #2354
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Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay.

Absolutely stellar book. It's absolutely no surprise that it's been named by at least 5 publications as "best fiction of 2010." It's about an alternate 8th century China, where a young man can suddenly influence the future of an empire. The story is riveting and doesn't let you go. The characters are ALL developed incredibly well. Main characters and minor characters all are fleshed out. An amazing book, I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction..


as an aside, I didn't know until I looked him up that Guy Gavriel Kay was the guy who edited Tolkien's stuff after he died. no wonder he's so amazing. I'm definitely going to pick up some of his other books now, when I get the time.

when was it written?
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 05:32 AM   #2355
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So far this doesn't really read as a biography. mostly provided insight to the culture of hip-hop and Jay's lyrics. similar to what you would see on rapgenius.

Oh ok. But it's supposed to be Jay-Z's autobiography and memoir.

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when was it written?

Published in 2010. I'm not sure if this is what you meant?
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 11:03 AM   #2356
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Oh ok. But it's supposed to be Jay-Z's autobiography and memoir.
that's right. Are you a Jay-Z fan?
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Next up is Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing.
Awesome book and story... I loved it
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 11:11 AM   #2358
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that's right. Are you a Jay-Z fan?

Not really. I'm a fan of his wife though.

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Awesome book and story... I loved it

I don't know anything about the 1914 Antarctic Expedition so the story is new to me. Very absorbing so far.
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I have this book on my Kindle. I started reading it and made it a few chapters in, and then somehow never got back to it.
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I have this book on my Kindle. I started reading it and made it a few chapters in, and then somehow never got back to it.

Really? Why's that?
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Really? Why's that?
I don't really know why. I have a few books in that state as it is.
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 11:21 AM   #2362
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I don't really know why. I have a few books in that state as it is.

Same here. I have a couple of books that I've started months even years ago but haven't gotten around to finishing them. Maybe someday
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Seems too dry for me to just read, so i'm audio booking it.

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Old Aug 25, 2014, 11:36 AM   #2364
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Same here. I have a couple of books that I've started months even years ago but haven't gotten around to finishing them. Maybe someday
Well, with that said, I opened my Kindle app and will return, right after this post, to reading one of David Weber's books, A Flag in Exile, which I left off in chapter 8 back in January!
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Just started Relic by Preston and Child. This is the first book in the Special Agent Pendergast series.


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Just started Relic by Preston and Child. This is the first book in the Special Agent Pendergast series.


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How are they as a team? I have a book by them, something cemetary or another, but I've never gotten around to reading it. Are they any good?
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How are they as a team? I have a book by them, something cemetary or another, but I've never gotten around to reading it. Are they any good?
Do you mean Cemetery Dance? That's the ninth book in the series. Anyway, it's too early to tell. I might be able to know halfway through, if you're patient and interested?
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 11:23 AM   #2368
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Do you mean Cemetery Dance? That's the ninth book in the series. Anyway, it's too early to tell. I might be able to know halfway through, if you're patient and interested?
Hey, I'm subscribed to this thread, let me know. haha I didn't know it was the 9th in a series, that's good to know.
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 05:29 PM   #2369
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I have just spent a few days - while under a duvet and several warm blankets, resting and recuperating - reading an interesting (and, unfortunately, an all too accurate and very well written) book called 'Emergency Sex and Other Measures' (the title is actually rather misleading and refers to what stressed people working in war zones may get up to by way of distraction and oblivion while seeking recreation) by Ken Cain, Andrew Thomson and Heidi Postelwait.

The latter two authors - who were still working with the UN when the book was published seem to have been reprimanded for writing the book; this is most regrettable.

Dr Thomson worked as a forensic pathologist in both Rwanda and Bosnia, after the mass murders, and genocide had happened, and what he unearthed (quite literally) served as evidence which enabled some of the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

All three have served with the UN in a variety of missions since the early 1990s (starting with Cambodia in 1992) and have worked, singly, or together, in places such as Liberia, Haiti, Rwanda (after the genocide), and Bosnia.


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I have just spent a few days - while under a duvet and several warm blankets, resting and recuperating - reading an interesting (and, unfortunately, an all too accurate and very well written) book called 'Emergency Sex and Other Measures' (the title is actually rather misleading and refers to what stressed people working in war zones may get up to by way of distraction and oblivion while seeking recreation) by Ken Cain, Andrew Thomson and Heidi Postelwait.

The latter two authors - who were still working with the UN when the book was published seem to have been reprimanded for writing the book; this is most regrettable.

Dr Thomson worked as a forensic pathologist in both Rwanda and Bosnia, after the mass murders, and genocide had happened, and what he unearthed (quite literally) served as evidence which enabled some of the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

All three have served with the UN in a variety of missions since the early 1990s (starting with Cambodia in 1992) and have worked, singly, or together, in places such as Liberia, Haiti, Rwanda (after the genocide), and Bosnia.

You always read the most interesting of books. I wish I had more time to read... Someday, right, Scribe?
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