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Post by jdb » Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:42 pm

I have now set a new personal record of which I am not proud. Over 11 months ago I misplaced a new book about to read, spent hours looking in every bookshelf, without luck. Last week inadvertently discovered it hiding under another book on seldom used table. I know, should read the Marie Kondo book, but like having many hundreds of books on shelves and tables most of which will be never be read again. Anyway, very much enjoying the long lost book, The Conquering Tide by Ian Toll, about WWII between 1942 and 1944 in the Pacific, from Naval perspective. Highly recommend.

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Post by ruralavalon » Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:00 pm

The Fleet At Flood Tide, by James D. Hornfischer.

This is a history of the war in the Pacific in 1944 - 1945, from the invasion of Saipan through the surrender and occupation of Japan. It focuses on the Marine Corps invasions of Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and on the naval and air battles involved in those invasions. It focuses on the roles played by Admiral Raymond Spruance commanding naval forces, Admiral Kelly Turner commanding amphibious forces, and Colonel Paul Tibbets leading the unit responsible for the bombing of Hiroshima. I recommend this book.
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Post by letsgobobby » Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:12 am

Rereading Orwell's 1984...

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Post by deanbrew » Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:03 am

letsgobobby wrote:Rereading Orwell's 1984...


I just re-read it last year. There were passages that gave me chills. Both of my kids read 1984, at my urging, and fairly often bring up quotes or thoughts from the book. It apparently is no longer required reading in high school, but it should be.
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Post by letsgobobby » Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:48 am

deanbrew wrote:
letsgobobby wrote:Rereading Orwell's 1984...


I just re-read it last year. There were passages that gave me chills. Both of my kids read 1984, at my urging, and fairly often bring up quotes or thoughts from the book. It apparently is no longer required reading in high school, but it should be.

the version I borrowed includes Animal Farm.

What is the recommended age for Animal Farm? I want to read to my almost 10 year old daughter, but if it's not going to be understood we will wait.

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Post by deanbrew » Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:55 am

letsgobobby wrote:
deanbrew wrote:
letsgobobby wrote:Rereading Orwell's 1984...


I just re-read it last year. There were passages that gave me chills. Both of my kids read 1984, at my urging, and fairly often bring up quotes or thoughts from the book. It apparently is no longer required reading in high school, but it should be.

the version I borrowed includes Animal Farm.

What is the recommended age for Animal Farm? I want to read to my almost 10 year old daughter, but if it's not going to be understood we will wait.


I read Animal Farm last year, too. What a good book. I think 10 might be too young to really understand the political and economic implications, but she would likely get the most obvious hypocrisies and manipulations. It depends on the individual, of course, but I would think junior high age would be the youngest to really appreciate it. Of course, some people never understand it.
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Post by Nicolas » Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:58 pm

letsgobobby wrote:Rereading Orwell's 1984...

The Road to Wigan Pier and Down and Out in Paris and London are also enjoyable. Both by Orwell of course.
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Post by wilson08 » Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:11 pm

On Mystic Lake
by Kristin Hannah

The wife of a successful Southern California lawyer lives a
mundane linear life putting everyone's interest ahead of her
own. She is stunned by an unexpected demand for a divorce
and returns to her roots in rural Washington state where she
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Post by soboggled » Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:33 pm

Nicolas wrote:
letsgobobby wrote:Rereading Orwell's 1984...

The Road to Wigan Pier and Down and Out in Paris and London are also enjoyable. Both by Orwell of course.
http://www.planetebook.com/ebooks/Down- ... London.pdf

Great stuff!

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Post by gkaplan » Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:40 am

Dead diva, the soprano Isabella Sommita, was widely loathed, so much so that the problem is less a lack of suspects than an embarrassment of options. Though the grand country-house – and with it, the country-house murder mystery – was history by 1980, the author got around the problem by setting Photo Finish on a lavish island estate, cut off from the mainland by a sudden storm. Happily, Inspector Alleyn is among the guest and can take charge in the absence of the local constabulary. The penultimate novel in this series, Photo Finish, is also one of only four books set in Ngaio Marsh's native New Zealand. (Synopsis edited from the description on the back cover of the paperback.)

This is another great Marsh crime novel. Unlike Elizabeth George, whose books generally run over 600 pages, Marsh can tell her story in 250 pages with an interesting and complex plot whose solution is not evident until the closing scenes, and involve us with equally interesting and complex characters.

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Post by reason-logic » Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:54 am

American Ulysses by Ronald White. Great book about one of my heros, US Grant.

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Post by peterinjapan » Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:56 am

The Terror by Dan Simmons, An amazing horror story set on and around two British ships frozen in the ice, who are stalked by some kind of supernatural creature. It's totally exactly from the point of view of the crew members, and is incredibly detailed.

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Post by corwin » Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:58 pm

Reading "River God" by Wilbur Smith. I have always been a fan of historical fiction (emphasis on the fiction). I'm a big fan of Bernard Cornwell and Wilbur Smith has some of the same elements: intrigue and action. The narrator Taita is a great character. As a eunuch slave he is the Leonardo Da Vinci of ancient Egypt. Hoping the rest of the books in this series are as good.

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Post by Jazztonight » Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:46 pm

Last night I finished Michael Connelly's newest book, The Wrong Side of Goodbye. https://www.amazon.com/Wrong-Goodbye-Ha ... l+connelly

Like his other books, it's a page-turner. I like the Bosch character a lot. You can always expect an entertaining ride for your (or your library's) money, and this book is no exception. It is a well-written thriller.

Now back to the two books I was reading previously: Harry Potter (volume 1) in Spanish, and American Discoveries: Scouting the First Coast to Coast Recreational Trail.
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Post by dms1709 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:40 pm

The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead

It was a good read.

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Post by quantAndHold » Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:01 pm

Secret History, by Donna Tartt. College kids accidentally kill someone, then intentionally kill one of their friends to cover it up. Everyone is changed by the experience. A great read.

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, by Murakami. I'm 3/4 of the way through it and I think I might actually know what it's about now. Weird. Very weird.

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Post by ruralavalon » Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:22 am

Red Bones, by Ann Cleeves.

Two deaths at an archeological site in the Shetland Islands are a mystery with roots long ago.
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Post by ruralavalon » Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:24 am

Red Bones, by Ann Cleeves.

Two deaths at an archeological site in the Shetland Islands are a mystery with roots long ago.
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Post by Blues » Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:37 am

So nice, he's reading it twice! :wink:
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Post by snowshoes » Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:36 pm

100 to 1 in the Stock Market: A Distinguished Security Analyst Tells How to Make More of Your Investment Opportunities; by Tom Pheleps . This book was used as research for a new & updated book: 100 Baggers, by Chris Mayer w/similar 100 bagger research from the 60s to 2015.

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Post by Exuberent » Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:38 am

Just finished reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Really, really good.

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Post by ruralavalon » Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:05 am

Blues wrote:So nice, he's reading it twice! :wink:

Twice the enjoyment, and the second reading took only two minutes :wink: .
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Post by runner3081 » Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:25 pm

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow.
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Just finished "The Whistler" by John Grisham.

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Post by bertilak » Fri Nov 18, 2016 3:29 pm

I recently picked up a collection of Edgar Allan Poe's poetry and am occasionally dipping into it. This of course includes The Raven, a true masterpiece.

It also has my favorite, Annabel Lee:

    It was many and many a year ago,
    In a kingdom by the sea,

    That a maiden there lived whom you may know
    By the name of Annabel Lee;

    And this maiden she lived with no other thought
    Than to love and be loved by me.
    ...
This may be my favorite because I heard this guy give an in-character recitation of it at the Annabel Lee pub in Baltimore, Poe's hometown. This was on one of Mike Rowe's TV shows.
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Post by heartwood » Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:02 pm

I just finished John Grisham's The Whistler. Much better than his last two,especially Rogue Lawyer. The Whistler does jump all over the state of Florida, and briefly others. It has an Indian casino, a state agency, the Coast Mafia and even the FBI. It was a decent read.

I'm just starting The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith. I have Harlan Coben's "Home" up after that. I've always enjoyed the Myron Bolitar character.

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Post by Earl Lemongrab » Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:47 pm

Currently finishing up "Red Planet Blues" by Robert Sawyer. Read about it on the old rec.arts.sf.written usenet group. It's a gritty private investigator working out of a domed city on Mars.

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Post by MP173 » Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:26 pm

"The Wrong Side of Goodbye" by Michael Connelly.

Harry Bosch is back...pushed out of LAPD and doing double duty as a P.I. and helping a small town police department.

Perhaps my favorite Bosch series book yet.

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Post by quantAndHold » Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:33 am

"The Things They Carried," by Tim O'Brian. Vietnam war stories, exquisitely told.

"The Year of Magical Thinking," by Joan Didion. Her path through the grief process, after her husband dies suddenly. A lovely book.

"A Brief History of Time," by Stephen Hawking. Physics explained to laypeople. I couldn't get through the first chapter. It's well written and informative, but I didn't want to put in the work to understand what he was talking about, which says more about me than it does the book, of course.

"The Phantom Tollbooth," by Norman Juster. A kids book that I didn't read as a kid. A bored kid goes on the adventure of his life. Cute and funny, especially if you like wordplay.

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Post by quantAndHold » Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:39 am

quantAndHold wrote:The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, by Murakami. I'm 3/4 of the way through it and I think I might actually know what it's about now. Weird. Very weird.


I was wrong. I had no idea what it was about until the very end. It just kep getting weirder, until everything was resolved in the last chapter.

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Post by Blues » Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:54 am

"News Of The World" by Paulette Jiles
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Post by jebmke » Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:20 pm

MP173 wrote:"The Wrong Side of Goodbye" by Michael Connelly.

Harry Bosch is back...pushed out of LAPD and doing double duty as a P.I. and helping a small town police department.

Perhaps my favorite Bosch series book yet.

Ed

I am half way through this now. Hard to beat the two Poet books though.
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Post by market timer » Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:25 pm

Benjamin Franklin's biography by Isaacson.

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Post by ruralavalon » Sun Nov 27, 2016 5:18 pm

American Ulysses, by Ronald C. White.

This is a comprehensive biography of Ulysses S. Grant from his childhood to his death, including his family life, his Presidency, and his later private life, with relatively little time spent on his Civil War service. I recommend this book.
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Post by no_surrender » Sun Nov 27, 2016 7:42 pm

"With the Old Breed" by Eugene B. Sledge. Memoir from a Marine on the battles during WWII in Peleliu and Okinawa.

My grandfather was an officer in the US Army and came to Okinawa during the war and I'm USAF now stationed in Okinawa.

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Post by mms » Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:12 pm

Can I Retire Yet? by Darrow Kirkpatrick - no nonsense - I recommend to anyone contemplating early retirement or waiting until full retirement age.
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Post by MP173 » Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:37 am

My problem is that I have "caught up" with my favorite authors...Michael Connelly, John Sandford, James Lee Burke, Lawrence Block, Johathan Kellerman and several others. I must await new books as I have read all. The series books are appealing to me.

Currently reading Stephen White's "Critical Condition". This is the first I have read of his. Hoping he will fall into that "most favored author" status.

Any suggestions?

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Post by bertilak » Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:17 am

MP173 wrote:My problem is that I have "caught up" with my favorite authors...Michael Connelly, John Sandford, James Lee Burke, Lawrence Block, Johathan Kellerman and several others. I must await new books as I have read all. The series books are appealing to me.

Currently reading Stephen White's "Critical Condition". This is the first I have read of his. Hoping he will fall into that "most favored author" status.

Any suggestions?

Ed

Suggestion:

Look to the old masters: Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, John Buchan, Arthur Conan Doyle, Raymond Candler, Ian Fleming. All of those have series of books that can keep you busy for a long time. For most of those you do need to get into the spirit of time and place but I find that one of the greatest joys of reading them.
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Post by nisiprius » Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:54 pm

Just finished A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. Wow. Wow. What can I say? Wow.
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nisiprius wrote:Just finished A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. Wow. Wow. What can I say? Wow.


Glad to hear that. I have a copy in my "to be read" pile.
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Post by Hector » Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:31 pm

I recently completed 'When Pride Still Mattered' by David Maraniss. Its a biography of Vince Lombardi. Very successfully football coach with awful personal life.

I completed 'Sapiens' by Yuval Noah Harari before that and loved it. Its a brief history of human kind.

I completed 'Unbroken' by Laura Hillenbrand before that and loved it. Its a biography of Louis Zamperini; son of Italian immigrants, an olympian, prisoner of war in Japan during WWII and Christian. I got tired of description of his suffering in Japan. I can not imagine what he went through. It also stood out to me that how hearing just two sermons from Billy Graham changed his life 180 degree.

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Post by jdb » Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:46 pm

Just finished Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard, the story of Winston Churchill in South Africa during the Boer war, focusing on his capture and imprisonment by Boer forces and his escape from prisoner of war camp and trek on foot and by railway to freedom through almost 300 miles of Boer controlled territory while the Boers were using every effort possible to recapture their prized former captive. Interesting and rousing story but in the end a light adventure story showing the events that propelled Churchill to his subsequent political career. What I would call a good companion to a long airplane flight.

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Post by gkaplan » Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:37 pm

Blues wrote:
nisiprius wrote:Just finished A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. Wow. Wow. What can I say? Wow.


Glad to hear that. I have a copy in my "to be read" pile.



I have heard so many good things about this book that I just placed a hold on it at my library. I stand 265 in a queue of 265.
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Post by island » Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:19 am

Exuberent wrote:Just finished reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Really, really good.


I loved that book.
His next 2 books are good too: "My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She's Sorry" and the follow up to that "Britte-Marie Was Here", but neither top Ove. :D
I look forward to his next book.

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Post by island » Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:40 am

gkaplan wrote:
Blues wrote:
nisiprius wrote:Just finished A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. Wow. Wow. What can I say? Wow.


Glad to hear that. I have a copy in my "to be read" pile.



I have heard so many good things about this book that I just placed a hold on it at my library. I stand 265 in a queue of 265.


Omg, hopefully your library has a slew of copies and fast readers who don't hang on to it for the entire check out period, otherwise you might be waiting years to read that book!

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Post by ruralavalon » Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:33 pm

Vaccinated, by Paul A Offit M.D.

This is a very informative, easy to read, short history of the development of vaccines, centered around a biography of microbiologist Maurice Hilleman, head of virus and cell biology research at Merck & Co.
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island wrote:
gkaplan wrote:
Blues wrote:
nisiprius wrote:Just finished A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. Wow. Wow. What can I say? Wow.


Glad to hear that. I have a copy in my "to be read" pile.



I have heard so many good things about this book that I just placed a hold on it at my library. I stand 265 in a queue of 265.


Omg, hopefully your library has a slew of copies and fast readers who don't hang on to it for the entire check out period, otherwise you might be waiting years to read that book!


Based on past experience, my hold probably will come up in about two months.
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Post by Blues » Thu Dec 01, 2016 8:56 am

Due to popular demand...I started "A Man Called Ove", by Fredrik Backman late last night.

It's been entertaining thus far...early into the read. :beer
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Post by MP173 » Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:15 am

Just finished Stephen White's "Critical Condition". His charactor - Alan Gregory is a clinical psychologist in Bolder, Colorado - similar to the Jonathan Kellerman series.

Not bad, I will read more of his series.

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Post by no_surrender » Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:15 pm

Blues wrote:Due to popular demand...I started "A Man Called Ove", by Fredrik Backman late last night.

It's been entertaining thus far...early into the read. :beer


Same here...25% through on the Kindle.

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Post by Bungo » Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:13 pm

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter S. Thompson. I always assumed that I wouldn't like this (200 pages of early '70s drug-fueled antics didn't appeal to me) but it was recommended by someone who has made good suggestions in the past, so I decided to give it a look. It is, of course, 200 pages of early '70s drug-fueled antics, but it's surprisingly entertaining thanks to Thompson's witty style. I'm enjoying it!

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