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Posted Friday, December 21, 2007 1:07 AM
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Books - any of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels - pure escapism.

Best Christmas buy ever though was when travelling to South Africa for christmas - a 24 hour plus trip. We bought the children three of the Harry Potter books, unabridged on cassette read by the inimitable Stephen Fry and armed with a Walkman each, they were so engrossed that we were halfway across the Karoo before the first "Are we nearly there yet"!
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Posted Friday, December 21, 2007 1:34 AM
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Bit of dutch chauvinism here. There was a movie called "Zwartboek" this year which was a really good one for dutch measures. I know it's been released outside Holland as well and I think it's worth watching.

Best christmas gift I ever got was the news that my wife was pregnant from our first child.

Merry Christmas everybody !
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Posted Friday, December 21, 2007 2:40 AM
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One of my favourite movies this year: Stardust.

De Niro's performance alone is worth the entrance fee




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Posted Friday, December 21, 2007 2:50 AM
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I'd add another recommendation for the Jack Reacher series.

Take a look a the work of Quintin Jardine as well. He does two series: Bob Skinner and Oz Blackstone.

Bob Skinner is the Deputy Chief Constable of a Scottish police force.
Oz Blackstone is a PI.

Both good series, both worth starting at the start rather than jumping in to the middle.

http://www.quintinjardine.com/quintinjardinehome.htm




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Posted Friday, December 21, 2007 5:44 AM


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It's brain candy, but tasty, John Birmingham's Final Impact. It's the third book in a trilogy (I truly hate that phrase, but they must be some kind of marketing thing, who knows) where in a heavy carrier battle group from 2021 who've been fighting a hard war against Islamic terrorism for twenty years accidently gets transported back in time. The first book lands them in the middle of the battle of Midway, accidently sinking the entire American fleet. History goes downhill from there. It's a little choppy and kind of goofy in a lot of ways, but Birmingham is a fun writer, so it's good escapist fantasy stuff. Brain candy.

For something a bit more serious, a new history of the French & Indian War by Walter Borneman is worth the read.

The book I hope I'm getting from Santa is a little older, but if you haven't heard of it, it might be good. It's called Caveman Chemistry by Kevin Dunn. 28 Projects formthe the Creation of Fire to the Production of Plastics... My kids are going to love me in equal amounts to how much my wife will hate me. I can't wait.


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Posted Friday, December 21, 2007 6:01 AM
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I've been (re) reading the Foundation series of books by Isaac Asimov. Good books, especially if you read the entire i Robot series first.

ONe of the best movies I saw this year was Grandma's Boy. Hillarious.
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Posted Friday, December 21, 2007 6:22 AM
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For a real rollercoaster adventure read The Judas Strain by James Rollins. He's always good for a thrill-a-minute. The basic premise will scare your pants off. (Read it with your significant other. :D)


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I've enjoyed all three of the Bourne movies and have Superbad, Transformers and Spiderman 3 set aside for the next week.

When time permits I try reading the Tom Clancy novels. I have the two newest but havent been able to get past chapter 2. Life is just plain insane when you've got two kids ages 4 and 3.

Have a happy holiday all and look forward to hearing/reading from all of you next year.

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Posted Friday, December 21, 2007 7:00 AM
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For me, I haven't been reading too many books. But I've listened to a lot of audio books since starting my job here. For those of you with young children, if you're going on a long car ride and want them to listen to something, I recommend The Cat in the Hat and other Dr. Seuss Favorites, as narrated by Kelsey Grammer (from Cheers, Frasier) and other famous actors and actresses. I've been a huge Dr. Seuss fan all of my life, and when I downloaded this audio book, it was a great walk down memory lane.

I'm currently listening to Dan Brown's Digital Fortress.

Happy holidays (Christmas, Kwanzaa, Yule, Boxing Day, and any others I may have missed) :D

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