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Old 12-07-2017, 11:44 AM   #3851
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:46 AM   #3852
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I recently discovered Korda through pure chance of stumbling upon his biography of T. E. Lawrence at the library. As a result of that, I'll now read anything the man writes.

His biography of R.E. Lee is next on my list.

the Lee bio is in my queue as well. will have to add the Lawrence bio. thanks for that bit of info.
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Old 12-21-2017, 03:04 AM   #3853
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I joined the local library here, finally and checked out 3 books. Right now I'm reading "X" by Sue Grafton.
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Old 12-21-2017, 03:22 AM   #3854
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I joined the local library here, finally and checked out 3 books. Right now I'm reading "X" by Sue Grafton.
Dont pretend you'll remember it, but she is readable.
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Old 12-21-2017, 03:34 AM   #3855
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Dont pretend you'll remember it, but she is readable.


I've read the first 5 or 6 books in the series. They are, indeed, readable.
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Old 12-21-2017, 11:38 AM   #3856
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A brilliant book. A sometimes hard read.

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Old 12-21-2017, 11:46 AM   #3857
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Has anyone read "Lincoln in the Bardo"? It's kinda spendy, but sounds intriguing.
This one is great as an audiobook. There are so many characters in the book and the audiobook uses that to its advantage by employing a host of narrators: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, Don Cheadle,.... The list goes on and on: http://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.c...colninthebardo

It's like long-form radio drama.
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Old 12-21-2017, 12:08 PM   #3858
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This one is great as an audiobook. There are so many characters in the book and the audiobook uses that to its advantage by employing a host of narrators: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, Don Cheadle,.... The list goes on and on: http://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.c...colninthebardo

It's like long-form radio drama.
Yes! It's my current listen, it's fantastic, I love it.
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Old 12-21-2017, 04:17 PM   #3859
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Tom Clancy's "Commander In Chief". A Jack Ryan novel by Mark Greaney.

Clancy passed away in 2013. I can only surmise Greaney has studied Clancy and has picked up on the Jack Ryan character were Clancy left off.
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Old 12-27-2017, 11:27 AM   #3860
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"...Barely half the inhabitants [of Japan in 1946] had a roof over their heads. One in five had tuberculosis. On all sides in the capital were ruined buildings, broken water mains and sewage drains, shattered schools. There was no public transportation: all the buses were destroyed; the trolley lines and their cars had been obliterated. There were the daily degradations and humiliations of the American occupation; there was a pervasive lack of work and its kin: a want of money and widespread beggary and destitution. There was also, or so it seemed, a collapse of society's moral fiber, with gang warfare, prostitution, thievery, and black marketeering pasted onto a national sense of remorse, guilt, resentment, and a deeply felt, unfocused, and chance-directed bitterness.

Yet, for all that, as 1946 got shakily under way, something curious happened: the Japanese people began to ready themselves, though they knew it not, to rise up and display a mettle quite unimagineable in its scope, heft, and range. And the Pacific Ocean was the theater in which this display was to be most vigorously mounted.

In those first few months after the surrender, the country was gripped by a spasm of self-repair, of make-do and mending, of precipitous institutional about-faces and adaptations. Factories that had weeks before been making war materials switched their production lines to start making items needed not by generals and admirals, but by the bone-tired civilians and by the ragged menfolk returning from the battlefields. So bomb casings became charcoal burners, sitting neatly upright on their tail fins and helping households get through that first bitter winter. Large-caliber brass shell cases were modified as rice containers, while tea caddies were fashioned from their smaller shiny cousins. A searchlight mirror maker turned out flat glass panes to repair thousands of Tokyo windows; and for country dwellers, a fighter plane engine piston maker turned his factory to building water pumps. A piston ring fabricator named Soichiro Honda took small engines used during the war as radio generators and strapped them onto the frames of Tokyo's bicycles...

...In a series of secret U.S. Navy experiments that were begun in the early 1960s, a flotilla of antique warships was used to drag sensitive magnetometers back and forth across those Pacific ridge summits that had been found off the Oregon coast. Scientists then analyzed the recordings, and carefully noted the traces of magnetism that had been detected in the rocks below. What they found quite astonished them, as the submarine rocks displayed, with an elegant and instantly understandable symmetry, the record of the already know phenomenon of the earth's magnetic field reversal.

Every fifty thousand years or so, and for no certain reason, the direction of magnetism of the planet abruptly changes: compasses that point to the north suddenly point to the south, to put it simply..."


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Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers
New York, N.Y. 2015.




Simon Winchester has written a bunch of engrossing and best-selling books. The man is brilliant and a bit of a polymath. This isn't his best work, by any means, but it's entertaining and worth a read.


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Old 12-28-2017, 01:42 AM   #3861
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I finished "X" by Sue Grafton..really good.

My next one is Innocence by Dean Koontz.
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Old 12-28-2017, 02:25 AM   #3862
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I finished "X" by Sue Grafton..really good.

My next one is Innocence by Dean Koontz.
Tough it out, it should have really been an Odd Thomas novel
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Old 12-28-2017, 03:06 AM   #3863
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I have'nt take enough time to enjoy anything lately,however the last memorable piece of classic lit(my fav)was Goetthes(hope i spelled correctly)Fauste.Has been on my bucket list 'o books for the last 25 years or so,but finally came across it in a donated stack of other bucket list books i opened it and clung to every vivid line in the book.It is one of those gems that tends to leave you with lines you never really forget,in fact the type that tend to somehow shape our future personality,profound is perhaps the term.Anyhow,the fact that it is written in an earlier time period dialect makes little difference as I feel it is more like lovely,descript poetry!
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Old 12-29-2017, 12:33 AM   #3864
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Tough it out, it should have really been an Odd Thomas novel
I didn't like the Dean Koontz book. Boring.

I'm now into chapter 5 of Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen. I think I've read it before, years ago but it's really good.
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Old 12-29-2017, 03:18 AM   #3865
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I didn't like the Dean Koontz book. Boring.

I'm now into chapter 5 of Razor Girl by Carl Hansen. I think I've read it before, years ago but it's really good.
If you didnt like Odd Thomas, you wouldnt. I'm not surprised... I was just in a place where it was the only book I had at the time
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Old 12-29-2017, 03:25 PM   #3866
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Awww, Sue Grafton died.
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Old 12-29-2017, 03:30 PM   #3867
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Old 12-29-2017, 04:04 PM   #3868
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Just finished "The Tropic of Capricorn".
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Old 12-30-2017, 10:53 AM   #3870
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Just finished The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. By Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland.

Loved it to bits.
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Old 12-30-2017, 11:01 AM   #3871
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the Lee bio is in my queue as well. will have to add the Lawrence bio. thanks for that bit of info.

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Old 12-30-2017, 06:14 PM   #3872
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sean got me this, its really good

Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.

Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village.

But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
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Old 12-30-2017, 06:19 PM   #3873
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Old 12-30-2017, 06:23 PM   #3874
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Old 12-30-2017, 08:34 PM   #3875
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sean got me this, its really good

Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.

Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village.

But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
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