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Hey Everyone!
It's always interesting to me to find out what books people are currently reading. So I thought it would be neat to create a GeekList about just such a thing! It certainly helps me broaden my literature horizonscool and helps me figure out which book I want to read next (something I usually have a HUGE problem doing).

I hope that this can be an ongoing and long-term GeekList. When you finish the first book that you post on here, come back and post the next one that you are reading!

Hopefully this will be a big help to me and everyone else by letting us know about awesome books that we never would have heard of (or never would have dreamed of reading) otherwise.
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101. Board Game: Android [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:701]
Tim Thorp
United States
Granite Falls
Washington
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Rereading Queen of Angels by Greg Bear. When I'm done, I'll be reading the third in Robert Charles Wilson's Spin trilogy: Vortex. (Hopefully, it'll be out by the time I'm finished.)
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102. Video Game: Maiden of the Moonlight [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Remus McRhymus
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Pennsylvania
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Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane

Sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone which is an excellent novel and there's a great film adaptation of it, as well. So far, Moolight Mile is pretty good, but it's not nearly as good as Gone, Baby, Gone.
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103. Board Game: 221B Baker Street: The Master Detective Game [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3340]
Cliff Roberts
United States
Barstow
California
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I'm currently reading The Classic Illustrated Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.



It's my first time ever actually reading his works as they were published in The Strand magazine and I'm thoroughly impressed by his skill as an author. Fascinating read and impressive ability. I'm loving it.
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104. Board Game: War and Peace [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1574]
Vaughn Sandor
United States
Eastlake
Ohio
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The BBC series is far better than the excellent NBC one. Now go watch it.
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Tolstoy's 1400+ page masterpiece. I'm currently entering the second month of reading it.

After I finish I need to track down the 8+ hour Russian movie so that I can say that I liked the book better.
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105. Board Game: Ripley's Believe It or Not! [Average Rating:4.28 Overall Rank:10683]
Chris Miller
United States
Louisville
Kentucky
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My current book I'm reading at work is The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. It's part of one of those three-in-one collections along with Ripley Under Ground and Ripley's Game.

I just started a new book at home - Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. It's set in a world where magic is based on color and there's a guy with a sentient sword.
 
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106. Board Game: Unhappy King Charles! [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:779]
Philip Thomas
United Kingdom
London
London
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The Crisis of Parliaments: English History 1509-1660 by Conrad Russell

On of Conrad Russell's many approaches to the English Civil War, this has to be the most longterm. Have just reached the outbreak of war, acheieved by an impressive comedy of errors.

Sidonius Apollinaris and the Fall of Rome by Jill Harries. Sid was a Gallic Aristocrat and writer of the late 5th century AD. Still at his grandfather at the moment though.
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107. Board Game: Space Infantry [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:2225]
Nate K
United States
Utah
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I'm about seven chapters into Dan Abnett's novel Embedded. It's quite good so far, as per usual with Mr. Abnett.
 
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108. Board Game: Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:322]
Richard S
United States
Rensselaer
New York
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River of Gods - Ian McDonald I realize that I am late to the game on McDonald, but excellent writing so far.
 
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109. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Conquest of Nerath Board Game [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:904]
Michael Erb
United States
Parkersburg
West Virginia
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The Mark of Nerath by Bill Slavicsek. First D&D novel based on 4th Edition and set in the Nentir Vale, the new default setting for the RPG.

I'm actually really enjoying this book. There are a lot of characters and moving parts, but it is written in micro chapters, only a couple of pages long, and it is slowly bringing all of the characters to one place at one time for a huge showdown. You can see where an effort was made to emulate some of the 4E rules and a ton of setting information into the book, all of which I greatly appreciate.
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110. Board Game: A la carte [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1106]
Patrick R
Canada
Fredericton
New Brunswick
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"Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany"

by Bill Buford

It's an entertaining read if you're at all interested in food or what goes on in a professional kitchen.

Before this I was on a bit of a Kurt Vonnegut kick, so I just finished "Cat's Cradle" and "Slaughterhouse Five." I loved both of them.
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111. Board Game: Maths Me! [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Richard Smeltzer
United Kingdom
Leeds
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A History of Mathematics - An Introduction by Victor J. Katz. So far I've reached ancient Greece, via Egypt, India and Babylonia.
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112. Board Game: The Wheel of Time Collectible Card Game [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:9922]
Michael G
Netherlands
Toulouse
France
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I'm reading the 13th and (projected) second to last book of the late Robert Jordan's monumental Wheel of Time series, called "Towers of Midnight".

Brian Sanderson is doing an excellent job wrapping up the series based on the notes left behind by the late author, though the first of couple of chapters in The Gathering Storm (Book 12) feel a bit awkward.

About halfway through now and I have no idea how he's going to wrap everything up in one more book. I expect it to be so action packed that it will spontaneously combust once you reach the back cover.


To everyone who gave up during the slow-paced middle novels of the series, I can only recommend to come back and finish the series now that the end is in sight.
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113. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:106] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Thomas H
Austria
Linz
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I'm currently reading Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond.

Diamond describes in several chapters the reasons behind the decline of civilizations or societies, which is quite fascinating to read. It's also interesting to learn from it or to find similarities to our modern society.
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Gary Habbermas
United States
Kentucky
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I am finishing up two books. "The Cases that Haunt Us" by John Dauglas. DO NOT READ BEFORE GOING TO BED! Impossible to put down. I have said to myself "One more page" for page after page until I'm up way too late. A friend of mine at work does not read and I let him read it when we have down time and he can't put it down either.
Dauglas (and Hazel) spearheaded modern criminal profiling and have been instrumental in predicting with great precision the moves of serial killers and why they do what they do. In "The Cases that Haunt Us" he profiles unsolved killers like Jack the Ripper and the Zociac with very persuasive conclusions.

And for anyone interested in philosophy I am reading "Warrant: The Current Debate" by Alvin Plantinga. If you are interested in epistemology and have at least some proficiency (or access to a text that can help) in modal logic than you have to read this or be in the dark.
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115. Board Game: Singularity [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked]
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United States
Saint Louis
Missouri
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THE SINGULARITY IS NEAR:
When Humans Transcend Biology

By Ray Kurzweil, Viking Press

"At the onset of the twenty-first century, humanity stands on the verge of the most transforming and the most thrilling period in its history. It will be an era in which the very nature of what it means to be human will be both enriched and challenged, as our species breaks the shackles of its genetic legacy and achieves inconceivable heights of intelligence, material progress, and longevity.

For over three decades, the great inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he presented the daring argument that with the ever-accelerating rate of technological change, computers would rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now, in The Singularity Is Near, he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine, in which the knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of our own creations.

That merging is the essence of the Singularity, an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly nonbiological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today—the dawning of a new civilization that will enable us to transcend our biological limitations and amplify our creativity. In this new world, there will be no clear distinction between human and machine, real reality and virtual reality. We will be able to assume different bodies and take on a range of personae at will. In practical terms, human aging and illness will be reversed; pollution will be stopped; world hunger and poverty will be solved. Nanotechnology will make it possible to create virtually any physical product using inexpensive information processes and will ultimately turn even death into a soluble problem.

While the social and philosophical ramifications of these changes will be profound, and the threats they pose considerable, The Singularity Is Near maintains a radically optimistic view of the future course of human development. As such, it offers a view of the coming age that is both a dramatic culmination of centuries of technological ingenuity and a genuinely inspiring vision of our ultimate destiny."
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116. Board Game: Heart of Africa [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:8427]
Tam Goodmanson
United States
Wisconsin
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A Rage to Live: an Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton by Mary Lovell

I got this at Christmas 2-3 years ago and read 100 pages before losing it somewhere. Found it in the last month. Really, really interesting. Burton just did not stop.

What helps this along is that Lovell has Isabel's journals and she was obsessed with Burton before she ever met him. She has clips after clip of his exploits, letters, and of course his papers (including notes he added to Speke's book about their exploration of the Lake Country of East Africa).

Also reading:

Cloudsplitter (Banks)
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Sacks)
A Thread of Grace (Russell)
The Norby Chronicles (Asimov)
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117. Board Game: Space Pirates [Average Rating:5.48 Overall Rank:9317]
Guillermo Cantu
United States
Edinburg
Texas
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I'm currebntly reading Darkship Thieves by Sarah A. Hoyt. A fast, light sci-fi romp. 1/5 through I'm not sure how I feel about the book, but it is interesting enough to keep reading.
 
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118. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:93]
Blessed
United States
Texas
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Thanks to this Geeklist & recommendations of well-read BGGers, I'm embarking on C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy. First stop: Out of The Silent Planet.

JUNE 14th UPDATE: READ!

Onward to Perelandra.
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119. Board Game: Necronomonopoly [Average Rating:6.65 Unranked]
E Butler
United States
Hughesville
Pennsylvania
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I'm currently reading, the Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft (Commemorative Edition) ISBN: 9780575081574

- A very large Lovecraft collection my wife picked up for me for my Birthday last month.
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120. Board Game: Rocketville [Average Rating:5.06 Overall Rank:10864]
Eric Evans
United States
Port Angeles
Washington
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I'm reading Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons I can barely put it down. It paints a wonderful picture of the early days of rocketry in Southern California in the late 30s and 40s as a backdrop to explore a this brilliant but disturbed scientist. I am about a quarter of the way through and am hooked.

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121. Board Game: Baltimore in a Box [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
Donald Dimitroff
United States
Beltsville
Maryland
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I am currently reading: The Baltimore Plot: The First Conspiracy to Assassinate Abraham Lincoln by Michael J. Kline. I just started, but I find it fascinating so far. A very scholarly look at the events leading up to the Civil War, and of course the plot to assassinate Lincoln.
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122. Board Game: Moon Base Clavius [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:8942]
Jeremiah Dwyer
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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I just started reading All Your Base Are Belong To Us, a book chronicling the history of video games. Before that:



Last week I finished Lego: A Love Story, a book that was part history of the company, part discussion of "AFOLs," (adult fans of Lego), and part autobiography, with the author discussing his own re-entry into the Lego hobby. The book was uncanny, in that if you substituted board games for Lego, the book would likely read about as accurately. I enjoyed it very much, especially since I also do a lot of Lego stuff with my boys.

My interest in both books is likely due, in large part, to my re-entry into the board game hobby, interest in other gaming/Lego-type hobbies, and my recent, overall embrace of my inherent geekiness. cool

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123. Board Game: Mousquetaires du Roy [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1225]
Mary Tomaszewski
United States
Kentwood
Michigan
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I'm currently reading The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, translated by Richard Pevear. I don't know if it's just this translation (I suspect that it is), but the book is highly readable. It's actually a really fun read. Long. But amusing.
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124. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:178]
Paul Whittenhall
United States
Des Plaines
Illinois
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I just started The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Having a hard time putting it down, Just finished Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and I am also reading Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft.
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125. Board Game: Robot Wars: The Game [Average Rating:3.82 Unranked]
Brian Bankler
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson.

Yeah, it's basically World War Z (a bunch of connect short stories and "found documents" after the Zombie Invasion) meets Terminator. It's already been optioned for a movie.



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