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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:44 pm 
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Just finished reading "Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie. I'd never read it before. Really! It was.............................interesting.

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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:47 am 
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I just finished these two books....

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both are excellent choices for the Military Historical reader out there.

How did we beat the British? Tough Continentals and Militia.

How did the Army of the Potomac beat Robert E. Lee? Secondary staff officers rising to the occasion,and a couple of Corps Commanders too. ( and Confederate mistakes )

Good Fall/Winter reading......

Both books go into great detail the how and why victory happened.

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I just finished Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & The Prison Of Belief by Lawrence Wright. What a page turner! Couldn't put it down.

This excerpt from the Washington Post on the back cover sums it up best: "Brings a clear-eyed investigative fearlessness to Scientology… A rollicking, if deeply creepy narrative ride, evidence that truth can be even stranger than science fiction."


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Poetry by Robert Frost:

"Sometimes I scare myself with my own desert places."

"I have miles and miles to go before I sleep."

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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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swshrd wrote:
I just finished Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & The Prison Of Belief by Lawrence Wright. What a page turner! Couldn't put it down.

This excerpt from the Washington Post on the back cover sums it up best: "Brings a clear-eyed investigative fearlessness to Scientology… A rollicking, if deeply creepy narrative ride, evidence that truth can be even stranger than science fiction."

Wow! - a very powerful and well done book. The hook for me was the "prison of belief" part of the title -
Truth is indeed stranger than fiction..

thanks for the recommendation..


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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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GrizzlY Barfly, I have found your book...........

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while searching for Monkey Wrench Gang info, I came across this. I think Hayduke was modeled after Doug Peacock

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1. Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
2. Monuments Men - Robert M. Edsel
3.Lone Survivor - Marcus Luttrell
4.The First World War - Hew Strachan

all done.

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Pre-independence history.

Last of the Mohicans.
1757 wasn't a real safe time to live in America.


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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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windyscotty wrote:
Poetry by Robert Frost:

"Sometimes I scare myself with my own desert places."

"I have miles and miles to go before I sleep."

It's just "miles".


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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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WZ, I'm going to read Grizzly Years next. That looks like a great book.

In keeping with Veterans Day I'm reading a book called "Lost in Shangri-La." I'm only few chapters into it but it really has my attention.

A true story of survival at the end of WWII.

"Near the end of World War II, a plane carrying 24 members of the United States military, including nine Women’s Army Corps (WAC) members, crashed into the New Guinea jungle during a sightseeing excursion. 21 men and women were killed. The three survivors--a beautiful WAC, a young lieutenant who lost his twin brother in the crash, and a severely injured sergeant--were stranded deep in a jungle valley notorious for its cannibalistic tribes. They had no food, little water, and no way to contact their military base. The story of their survival and the stunning efforts undertaken to save them are the crux of Lost in Shangri-La"

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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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I Like to read and have read lots of good books and a few great books. So what makes a book great and not just good? For me, it's easy. If something in the book helps me think in a different way that gives me some clarity in the muddy waters of life, or that makes me chuckle at the madness of it all, that might just be a great book. The best books are not ones with the happy or wildly unpredictable ending. For me the best books end with a kind of huh? a huh which prods me to ponder the themes in the story, and pursue them deeper. Fiction and non fiction are equal to this task, but few writers are. Two authors I recently started to read, that keep me pondering are Ted Chiang and David Foster Wallace.

Ted Chiang's "Stories of Your Life and Others" are short stories, and they have the kind of impact a short needs to be effective. I am looking forward to more from him.

David Foster Wallace is a writer of both fiction and non fiction. I just finished up "Consider the Lobster" a series of essays and plan on reading some of his fiction also. Unfortunately his genius was crippled with depression and he ended his life in 2008.

Both of these guys have stuff on the internet, so check them out if you want a huh? moment..


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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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Just finished, "Time Traveller's Wife". I had to keep telling myself that it would all make sense by the end of the book. It does, sort of. I don't think I quite enterpreted the lives of the characters in quite the same way that the author had intended.

Also somehow got on a kick to read recent Steven King books and finished both "Under the Dome" and "11/22/63". I didn't like the end to either of these books but would say they are worth the time to read anyway.

Have you read "Wool"? Now THAT'S a book I would recommend! Very good, very thought-provolking.

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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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I like Stephen King, but would put him in the good category, and a weak ending from him is only a disappointment and not a thought trigger.
I have read Wool and the followup silo stories. I would put them in the good category also, and while entertaining and engaging I did not consider them much after the read.

Read Ted Chiangs "The Lifecycle of Software Objects",
http://subterraneanpress.com/magazine/fall_2010/fiction_the_lifecycle_of_software_objects_by_ted_chiang

My guess is it will make you go huh? and then ponder a bit..


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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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The Armies are on the move.....General Hooker is still in command of the Army of the Potomac...he is following Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia into Pennsylvania.....

July 1st is not far off.......... 152 years ago ...

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