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Bringing Down the House (NonFiction)

February 18 2005 at 3:55 PM
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Bringing Down the House
by Ben Mezrich
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After five weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list in hardcover, Mezrich's inside story of the young card-counting masterminds who took on Vegas is poised to reach an even wider audience in its new paperback edition.


 
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Sheryl
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Wow!

February 21 2005, 10:32 AM 

I've heard wonderful things about this book, and with an opening like this, I can see why!

Looking forward to the rest of the week ...

 
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eLIZabeth
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"WOW!" is right....

February 21 2005, 8:21 PM 

I have no interest in gambling, casinos or Vegas and yet this book has grabbed and hooked me right away! Looks like a real page turner. Thanks for this selection b/c I otherwise wouldn't have even picked up the book, good reviews and all.

 
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Kim
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Re: Wow!

February 21 2005, 8:38 PM 

This is a rejuvenating beginning, filled with heart pounding energy, I was scared they were going to get caught,(that is Kevin and the Red head-girl) can't wait to see what happens. This is not my usual read, but it has caught my attention. Its a good one I'll say.

 
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Kristi
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Very nice

February 21 2005, 3:24 PM 

It's a good thing I'm not too busy at work this week. I sure would hate to have to use the delete key on this one.

 
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Doris
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Heart Pounding --

February 22 2005, 1:00 PM 

This has all the suspense and intrigue of a good mystery - and it's true !!! -

Sounds like a great read and will get to learn all about what and what is not "legal" - for now I'm saying "Go - Go - Go" to the MIT students but what do I know?

 
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Corenna
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Thanks Suzanne...

February 22 2005, 8:30 AM 

I haven't had much time to post, but this book is one that I've been wanting to read for a long time. Thanks to Suzanne, I am taking a break from studying and indulging in a little reading for FUN!

 
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Victoria
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Great Book

February 22 2005, 12:22 PM 

I read this book a few months ago and couldn't put it down. It truly is a case of truth being stranger than fiction. Were this a fiction book, I think most readers would laugh at it. But it isn't fiction, it is the truth - the incredible truth. I couldn't put it down and found my pulse racing from time to time as the hotel security descended on the gamblers.

 
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Matt
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You have my attention!

February 22 2005, 4:45 PM 

Most times, I don't find the chapter a day books to my liking but this one certainly has my interest. I immediately went to my library's website and have requested the book to put on hold for me.
Thanks Suzanne.

 
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Bringing Down the House

February 22 2005, 8:10 PM 

I can believe that I was looking forward to see the next step of this story!! I almost thought He would get caught!! It had me scared...as if I was there..now thats a book!!looking forward to the next read.

 
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It has grabbed me already

February 23 2005, 5:52 AM 

I have read just two chapters(In Suzanne's language two days) and I want to read the whole book.

Although it is nonfiction the literary style Mezrich's uses to present his ideas is captivating.

Thank you Suzanne for the choice of book for this week

 
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Doris
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Card Counting --

February 23 2005, 4:37 PM 

Well - you all probably already know - but I found today on a site that card counting is not illegal but of course the casinos will escort you to the door if they are aware you are doing so - guess they have the right to choose who they allow to gamble in their establishment and of course they don't want anyone in there who might win their money - also once they find anyone doing so, they distribute their pictures around to other casinos - just fyi - in case you are planning a gambling junket - don't get caught card counting -- (anyone with a different set of facts?) -

 
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A
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Re: It has grabbed me already

February 23 2005, 5:48 PM 

This book is phenomenal, and a hell of a read. I picked it up last year and finished it in a bit more than a day...I can't believe you guys have to wait and read it in such small pieces. I know basic strategy quite well, but haven't been able to execute card counting. It's not difficult in principle, but executing it in a casino is something else. Add to that the enormous sums of money they use and the targets on their backs as a blackjack team makes what they managed to pull off quite amazing.

 
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Doris
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Yes --

February 24 2005, 10:44 AM 

I had no trouble with this read this morn. and am looking forward to having the entire book in hand this afternoon - enjoying the writing also -

 
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Lunch time intensity!!!

February 24 2005, 2:37 PM 

This one is great - I only have a few minutes at lunch time each day to do a little reading. This book makes it well worth my time - breathtaking!!!

 
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Doris
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And away we go ---

February 25 2005, 7:56 AM 

Well, looks like we are now on our way to an exciting adventure - so just sit back and enjoy the ride I guess - but don't know if I can relax enough at this point to sit back - am on the edge of my seat -


 
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Bringing Down the house was exciting!

February 26 2005, 9:39 AM 


 
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Doris
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Anyone else reading this book? --

February 28 2005, 6:08 AM 

What a book - excitement, intrigue, and intensity - with much apprehension thrown in - you all are probably finished with it by now but I - unlike my daughter - cannot read a book at a sitting - I read in increments -

 
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Re: Bringing Down the House (NonFiction)

March 22 2005, 6:06 PM 

Became interested in this book after someone tried to explain how to "count cards".
It was a mystery to me.
Read and enjoyed the book. In fact, a "documentary" has run on one of the cable channels twice in the past few months. This added to my enjoyment.
I wound up giving this book as a Xmas gift last year.

 
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