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thepaulhoa

thepaulhoa

Joined October 2015

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Mehso-so

It was good enough but not great

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Pickpick

Life-changing book.

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This is a great read for basketball fans. A light snack while also providing a phenomenal inside look at some of the games all-time great players and personalities.

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Mehso-so

This book was pretty enjoyable. It was a light read with some good humor. It would have been a 🤟🏻 (Pick) had it been a little shorter (his hundred years are really covered) or a little less predictable. I am not mad I read it, I just wish it was a little better.

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Pickpick

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It‘s very long, and some parts are slow and seem redundant. But it‘s a pretty captivating story, and I was hooked for the last half.
I also love the supporting role of NYC as a character. A lot of great gems about the city, for those of us that love NYC.

mrozzz Agreed about NYC! 2y
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Can't wait! Because I can relate:

Thrillingly for his admirers, it is a coda of sorts to “The Spy Who Came In From the Cold” (1963), the third of his two dozen novels and the one that for many readers serves as the gateway drug to full-blown le Carré addiction.

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Musashi | Eiji Yoshikawa, Charles S. Terry
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I loved this book. A long and winding read, but it held my attention throughout. I loved this for many reasons - the story of a man's search and work on self-discipline and improvement; the look into Japanese history and culture; the action; learning about the samurai. I highly recommend this book if any is that interests you.

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Musashi | Eiji Yoshikawa, Charles S. Terry

He stopped along the way to look at several well-known temples, and at each of them he bowed and said two prayers. One was: “Please protect my sister from harm.” The other was: “Please test the lowly Musashi with hardship. Let him become the greatest swordsman in the land, or let him die.”

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Musashi | Eiji Yoshikawa, Charles S. Terry

Loving this book so far.

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Post Office | Charles Bukowski
Pickpick

Very funny book. Great to get into when you want a light snack.

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Mehso-so

I just thought this book was average. Perhaps it suffered from very high expectations because it came so recommended from so many people. I liked it fine, but definitely didn't love it.

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Fantastic book. Absolutely loved it. Brought back great memories of moving to NYC in the early 2000's. And so much inside scoop on the scene at the time. Highly recommend this book.

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LOVING this book so far. If you love music and NYC, you'll love this book.

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Pickpick

Just read it! If you like startups, business, biographies, or good stories, you'll like this book. I highly recommend it.

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Can relate

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A few chapters in and the only reason I'm putting this book down is to go for a run.

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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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I liked this book a lot. It dragged for a bit, and I thought it took getting used to the style of writing and structure of the book, both of which were pretty unique. But the story was very compelling and made the book a very worthwhile read.

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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak

I am enjoying this book, but it's kind of dragging at the same time.

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Savages: A Novel | Don Winslow
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This is a helluva first chapter

todd Great book! I have "Kings of Cool" on my night stand. 2y
thepaulhoa @todd I liked it! Can you recommend some things similar? 2y
todd Try "Power of the Dog" and let me know what you think. 2y
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Genius hesitates.

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Has anyone noticed that Harry can be a bit of a shithead?

BookishMarginalia Yep. That's what makes him great -- his utter fallibility (and teenage boyishness) 3y
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'Tis the season to drink where the literary giants drank

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Millions and millions of kids are right - this is a good book!

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Better late than never...

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Mehso-so

Incredible subject - Popov was the inspiration for James Bond, after all. But parts of the book were a little flat. It was a good book overall, and well worth reading for a good look into espionage in WWII. There were parts that could have been better, so I just can't give it my strongest recommendation.

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“What are you going to do, then?" I asked. "To smoke,” he answered. “It is quite a three pipe problem, and I beg that you won‘t speak to me for fifty minutes.” - My #SummerofSherlock continues. You have to appreciate someone who values so highly the importance of Me Time. And I'm looking forward to adding "three pipe problem" to my vocabulary. #threepipeproblem

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The Sign of the Four | Sir Arthur Doyle
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Another fun read from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. There are so many great lines in his works. Mystery, suspense, humor, twists, and solutions - everything I want in a summer read. #SummerofSherlock #lightsnack

MarisaColaneri I'd love to get a Sherlock primer from you. Leaving for the beach in a week and need to compile a book list. 3y
thepaulhoa @marisaclemens I just started in chronological order with the first novel, A Study In Scarlet. It's novel, novel, short stories, short stories, novel and so on. None are huge commitments so you can dip in and out. But all are entertaining so they read quickly. It's funny to finally read in depth a character that I seemingly knew. 3y
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An inside look into what it's like to follow a passion and open a restaurant. While I do think she glossed over some things that lead to the restaurant's success (she had a widely-read food blog, a monthly column in Bon Appetit, many connections in food media), she does accurately capture the physical work, stress, and mental challenges accompanied with getting a restaurant off the ground.

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A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle
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The first novel about Sherlock Holmes is a treat. This is a great introduction to the man of Baker Street. A great, quick read, I highly recommend this book.

MrBook Loved this one! 3y
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The Sign of the Four | Sir Arthur Doyle

“Which is it to-day?” I asked,—“ morphine or cocaine?” He raised his eyes languidly from the old black-letter volume which he had opened. “It is cocaine,” he said,—“ a seven-per-cent solution. Would you care to try it?”

thepaulhoa Sherlock Holmes was into some things! 3y
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Fun, quick read. There's a really interesting technique Levin used that added a cool level of mystery and took my by surprise. Highly recommend this as a light snack, especially if you love mysteries and noir. #noir #mystery #suspense

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Brainstorming, that's all.

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Love this cover. Looking forward to diving into this one! #noir

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Panpan

This book was a long, boring slog. It seemed to be a series of Things Happening rather than a cohesive plot. Sure, it shed light on some of the horrors of the American west and settlement, but I could have gotten that from a history book. I can't recommend this at all.

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Will something please fricken happen? PLEASE.

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Ok, this is kind of dragging. I'm not not into it, but it takes some effort to get through pages.

jeff For slower books, I sometimes pile on another parallel read to give the book that drags a little space. Or just BAIL! 3y
jeff Yes!!! 3y
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Man's Search for Meaning | Viktor Emil Frankl, Harold S. Kushner, William J. Winslade
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One of the most powerful books I've ever read. This isn't a phrase I use lightly, but it was and is a life-changing book. Just read it again for the second time and am already looking forward to reading it again. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

jeff Second that! Thanks for introducing me to this classic. 3y
thepaulhoa @jeff help me help Viktor help you 3y
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Finally getting around to this, about 10 years after my friend's recommendation. Only just getting into it, but so far, so good.

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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexandre Dumas
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When you find a book rec in your favorite book

jeff That book is the gift that keeps on giving. Might be time to pull it off the shelf. +3 Litfluence for Dumas. 3y
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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexandre Dumas

Sick burn, Mssr. Dumas! "On the contrary, he was paying the meal the compliment one would expect from a man who has been condemned for four or five months to suffer Italian cooking (which is among the worst in the world)."

MarisaColaneri Brutal take on Italian cooking. Can't say I support this. 3y
thepaulhoa Nor can I. Unless Italian cooking got remarkably better in 100 years, I think he just had it out for them. A few more jabs came out in ensuing chapters. 3y
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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexandre Dumas

Hello, old friend. It's been too long.

jeff My numero uno 3y
thepaulhoa @jefflebl mine too! But just realized I only read it once. Time to get into it again. 3y
jeff Curious to hear what you think of the RB translation! 3y
MarisaColaneri How have I still not read this? Shame. 3y
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Eh. Finally got done with this beast. I liked it. But the fact that it look a long time to get into plus I don't know how I feel about it now that I'm done might mean this is going to be a pan? Will have to let it marinate before final judgement.

jeff I can see the mixed feelings. For me, the last quarter brought everything together, but I think it's a book that benefits from momentum (i.e., reads better over a vacation or fewer sittings). 3y
thepaulhoa @jefflebl Yeah. It brought it together but I might have been looking for a little more resolution. Overall it was maybe like a workout for me. Glad I did the exercise even though it wasn't always enjoyable. 3y
todd Once I was able to get into the language and sort out the characters, I was hooked. 3y
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Brief history my ass. #STILLreading

todd Ha! I'm going to feel bad if you finish and still feel this way. 4y
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Saw this article today and it makes me want to read the book even more. http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/how-a-brief-history-of-seven-killings-embodies-...

jeff It's awesome so far 4y
todd Ben, from the posts I've seen from you so far, and the first hundred-ish pages I've read, I think you'll dig it-- hits on culture, politics, crime, reggae, the tropics and more. Solid use of reggae lyrics. Supplementary read attached. 4y
thepaulhoa Ok. It's me, and not the book, but I fell asleep on page 2 of the cast of characters! But reading has commenced and I look forward to discussing with y'all. 4y
todd Stay with it! "Rastaman live up. Rastaman don't give up." 4y
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Moby Dick | Herman Melville
Bailedbailed

Couldn't get into this one at all. A couple hundred pages into it and nothing happened yet. Feel like I'm missing something here cause it's a "classic" but it just wasn't my cup of tea.

jeff I made it all the way through, but only by parallel reading with easier stuff and taking it about 5% a day. Melville is a better writer than storyteller in my opinion. 4y
thepaulhoa Glad I bailed then! 4y
todd I bailed too. Loved the style but couldn't get into the story. Life is too short! 4y
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Siddhartha | Hermann Hesse
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I love the message of this book. A tale about losing one's way and trying to find it again. Great to pick up again every couple of years.

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I read this book in high school and thought it was meh. Pretty boring. But I hate communism much more now so am wondering if I should give it another go?

jeff +1 for giving it another go 4y
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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Loved this book. Fast-paced read that's a mix of mystery, love, literature, and history in Barcelona.

MarisaColaneri I cannot say enough good things about this book. Wholeheartedly agree! 4y
jeff Love this book. Have you ever read Mr. Penumbra? Another magical library book, but a lot lighter 4y
thepaulhoa @jefflebl No I haven't, but it sounds like this could be the light snack I'm currently looking for. Adding to my stack now. Thanks! 4y
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After a lifetime of inventing cover stories for every occasion, he still found it impossible to talk his way out of a dinner invitation.

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Great book! It's about the mob, the FBI, the Kennedy's, and Cuba in the late 1950s/early 1960s. This one really pulled me in and I had a hard time putting it down.

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