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    Recently finished: Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler.

    Currently reading: Selected Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant, initially because I wanted to compare what is probably Maupassant's most famous story – his first work published under his own name, Boule de Suif – to one of my favorite films, John Ford's Stagecoach, which it fairly faithfully inspired (in a somewhat transliterated sense).

    But Maupassant has a delicacy of tone, a very subtle and surprising wit, and masterful sense of people, all of which render most of his stories superb. Boule de Suif and Madame Tellier's Establishment (also adapted to film, as the middle of the triptych which forms Max Ophüls' Le Plaisir, and which features a key performance by the inimitable Jean Gabin) are the lengthier standouts of those stories I've read so far (I'm about halfway through the collection); however, Rust and The Conservatory are both delightfully wry interrogations of connubial conventions and stagnating relations, Two Friends is a bittersweet tale of simple pleasures amongst the plights of Prussian (and, by extension, any belligerent) occupation, while The Graveyard Sisterhood may be my favorite of his stories, modest and brief as it is.

    Maupassant is really a master of the final paragraph (or paragraphs, in some cases), and owns a cutting but compassionate eye. I'd highly recommend at least checking out Boule de Suif, if nothing else — especially if you're a fan of Stagecoach, or any of the ilk of "captive group" films that Ford's first talkie western influenced.
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    I have never read Maupassant. Thank you for the rec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julio3000 View Post
    I have never read Maupassant. Thank you for the rec.
    If you end up going the Selected Short Stories route, I'd suggest the previous Penguin Classics edition, translated by Richard Colet, rather than the newer and current Sian Miles edition. From reviews I've read, Colet's translation is fairly superior; the main supposed selling-point of the newer edition is that it includes The Necklace, which Colet notes in his introduction he purposely excluded despite its fame because he finds the story inferior and not representative of Maupassant's real strengths; and used versions of the Colet edition retail for one-cent on Amazon.
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    I just finished EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey. My next book is More Than Enough by Dave Ramsey.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackwaterPark View Post
    I just finished EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey. My next book is More Than Enough by Dave Ramsey.

    Were you the cat on the old new board praising Dave Ramsey ?
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    No Raymond Chandler fans up in this business?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpx7 View Post
    No Raymond Chandler fans up in this business?
    Thought you might enjoy this.

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    Books I picked up yesterday:

    The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

    Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

    Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

    Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley

    The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalyn View Post
    Nice find — especially for Perelman's great gloss: "they have juxtaposed the steely automatic and the frilly panty and found that it pays off".
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    The Family Lovecraft.
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    "Cthulu" was my private nickname for Cristhian Martinez. Couldn't get it to stick, for some reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julio3000 View Post
    "Cthulu" was my private nickname for Cristhian Martinez. Couldn't get it to stick, for some reason.
    I don't remember that.

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    Alright guys, please recommend a good suspense/thriller for me. (not horror)

    Love Grisham style books with low amounts of language, don't need graphic smut, just a good story line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mossy View Post
    Alright guys, please recommend a good suspense/thriller for me. (not horror)

    Love Grisham style books with low amounts of language, don't need graphic smut, just a good story line.
    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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