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Friday, June 09, 2006

Make Otis Your Monkey

So, we had a lot of change sitting around the house. And by a lot, I mean, it was spilling off our bathroom counter and various pieces of furniture around the house. When the wife took a tupperware container to a grocery store change-cashing kiosk, it ended up being $215 worth of change. Rather than pay the 10% juice to get the cash, Mrs. Otis took the Amazon gift card instead.

So, now Mt. Willis has a bunch of money to spend on Amazon. I need some new reading material, but I'm stuck. I've read just about everything on my list. I'm going to need at least three new books for the next few weeks. Since we have $215 to spend on Amazon, I need to get some books before the wife finds ten books on the ya-ya panties of the great southern BBQ pit...or something.

So, shoot me a comment and recommend something. Make me your reading monkey.


Blogger BadBlood said...

You may like American Gods by Neil Gaiman

4:46 PM  
Blogger April said...

I posed the same question to several people we know recently...it's my goal to read a book every week this summer.
I just finished Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson - excellent book. I haven't yet decided what my next one will be...my "reading list" looks like something from a graduate level English course. :)

4:59 PM  
Blogger BG said...

I'm currently reading "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" by David Foster Wallace. His mastery of ninety nine cent words is fucking disheartening. Enjoying the essays though.

5:34 PM  
Blogger G-Rob said...

I read "Infinite Jest" by Wallace. Not bad, but its been YEARS.

Are you looking for fiction or non?

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's wrong with ya-ya panties?

That's my vote.

Of course, that's.... only if you write about it.

Funniest thing I've read all day.

Thank you for that!

11:37 PM  
Blogger Maigrey said...

a) you know you can take your change to your Real Live Bank and they'll deposit it into your checking account for free, right? :)

b) Blink, by Malcom Gladwell if you haven't read it yet.

Freakonomics by Steven Levitt

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The gospel according to biff, by Christopher Moore

Mountains beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder

Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri

Wow, is that enough?

11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.

5:54 AM  
Anonymous BettyChristine said...

"The Girls" by Elaine Kagan,
"Remembrance of Things Past' by Marcel Proust,
"These Demented Lands" by Alan Warner.

1:46 AM  
Blogger Sparky said...

I think a good summer read for you would be something by Kinky Friedman. I've recommended him to the good doctor as well.

2:06 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

If you haven't already read it, you gotta get "All Over But The Shoutin'" by Rick Bragg. It's as far as "chick lit" as you can get. Oh, and if you're willing to share that 215 w/Mrs. Otis, my recommendation for her is a juicy, poolside book, "The Washingtonienne", by former Senate aide turned blogger who lost her job when powerful people discovered said blog.

2:10 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

PS. Kinky for Texas Gov 2006!!!!

2:11 AM  
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6:11 PM  
Blogger BSN said...

If you're looking for some fun reads, James Swain's "Tony Valentine" books are pretty good, and are built around gambling. I've written some reviews of some of them at the blog.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Huge Junk said...

Miracle in the Andes.

It's the story of the rugby team whose plane went down in the Andes. The dude who hiked out after 63 days with no training (or gear) is the author, and an official badass. 72 days in total, eating the bodies of their friends and loved ones to survive. It's unreal. I don't believe I've ever read a book as fast as I did this one.

And if you like books about a lone badass taking matters into his own hands, sort of like The Bourne Identity and such, pick up any book by Lee Child. His Jack Reacher series is entertaining as hell.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

I'd suggest:

Bloodsucking Fiends -- Christopher Moore

Crimes Against Logic -- Jamie Whyte

I'll second the Blink nomination

Pretty much anything by Bill Bryson (I just finished A Short History of Nearly Everthing - it's entertaining AND informative! Infotainment!) - A Walk in the Woods is hysterical, if you haven't already read it.

12:56 AM  
Blogger Zippy said...

Lets see...In The Heart Of The Sea is a hell of a true story about a whaling ship sunk by a whale in the middle of nowhere and the journey to get home again.

Bill Bryson's A Short History of Everything is also fun and informative (Become the new Cliff Claben!)

If you can handle used, and want to get totally anti-chick, hunt down Eric Hammel's Guadalcanal trilogy (Decision At Sea, Starvation Island and The Carrier Battles)

The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John Barry was hard to put down.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Pokerwolf said...

A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Iriving. It's a heavy, dramatic read. Hell of a book.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Shep said...

I like reading poker blogs
their is the:
upforpoker blog
up for anything
poker stars
and one whimp has one called BadBlood on poker
then there is poker and liquor
and pokerbitch has one too
if those dont do
how about guinness and poker
al can't hang
and the tao of pauly

this is where i get my weekly reading

4:31 PM  
Blogger Drizztdj said...

Just don't waste it on poker books.

2:42 PM  
Blogger C.L. Russo said...

I don't know if you like mixed-genre stuff, but Gene Wolfe is an incredible author, you can't really go wrong with anything by him.

4:22 PM  

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