What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Fbone » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:13 am

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde.

Loved the world Fforde created and the whimsical comedy that goes with it. The plot was on the light side without a lot of action. Still, this was typical Fforde where his worlds and citizens are the best part.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Earl Lemongrab » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:20 pm

Space Opera by Catherynne Valente.

See: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=146455&sid=6748df5 ... 0#p4054014
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Jazztonight » Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:59 am

I'm currently half way through Grit https://www.amazon.com/Grit-Passion-Per ... +duckworth by Angela Duckworth. It's terrific, and a real Bogleheads book!

I'm also almost finished with the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It's nothing like the movies I've seen or the Classic comics version! https://www.amazon.com/Count-Monte-Cris ... unabridged
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Blues » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:17 am

Jazztonight wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:59 am
I'm also almost finished with the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It's nothing like the movies I've seen or the Classic comics version! https://www.amazon.com/Count-Monte-Cris ... unabridged
Along with Les Miserables, one of the truly great epics of that (or any) period.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ResearchMed » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:25 am

Blues wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:17 am
Jazztonight wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:59 am
I'm also almost finished with the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It's nothing like the movies I've seen or the Classic comics version! https://www.amazon.com/Count-Monte-Cris ... unabridged
Along with Les Miserables, one of the truly great epics of that (or any) period.
Ah, you beat me to it!

Those ARE two of the greats, if not "the" two greats.

Again, the originals, not modern adaptations of varying modes.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Blues » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:42 am

ResearchMed wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:25 am
Blues wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:17 am
Jazztonight wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:59 am
I'm also almost finished with the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It's nothing like the movies I've seen or the Classic comics version! https://www.amazon.com/Count-Monte-Cris ... unabridged
Along with Les Miserables, one of the truly great epics of that (or any) period.
Ah, you beat me to it!

Those ARE two of the greats, if not "the" two greats.

Again, the originals, not modern adaptations of varying modes.

RM
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by MJW » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:51 am

Jazztonight wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:59 am
I'm also almost finished with the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It's nothing like the movies I've seen or the Classic comics version! https://www.amazon.com/Count-Monte-Cris ... unabridged
One of my all time favorites. I read the "illustrated classics" version as a child and the unabridged as a young adult. Haven't read it again in years but it remains one of the best.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by lthenderson » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:05 pm

Blues wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:42 am
ResearchMed wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:25 am
Blues wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:17 am
Jazztonight wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:59 am
I'm also almost finished with the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It's nothing like the movies I've seen or the Classic comics version! https://www.amazon.com/Count-Monte-Cris ... unabridged
Along with Les Miserables, one of the truly great epics of that (or any) period.
Ah, you beat me to it!

Those ARE two of the greats, if not "the" two greats.

Again, the originals, not modern adaptations of varying modes.

RM
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I haven't read either in nearly 30 years. Reading this makes me want to dig them out and re-read them.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Artful Dodger » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:33 pm

MJW wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:51 am
Jazztonight wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:59 am
I'm also almost finished with the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It's nothing like the movies I've seen or the Classic comics version! https://www.amazon.com/Count-Monte-Cris ... unabridged
One of my all time favorites. I read the "illustrated classics" version as a child and the unabridged as a young adult. Haven't read it again in years but it remains one of the best.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:55 am

Hickory, Dickory, Dock, by Agatha Christie.

A series of petty thefts and practical jokes at a student boarding house obscure a more devious plot.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Koogie » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:15 pm

azurekep wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:06 pm
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

An intelligent, well-researched international thriller with vividly written scenes. (Some suspension of disbelief is needed.) Most of the thriller-type action takes place on the Aegean coast of Turkey, in an atmospheric setting with historic ruins and mansions along cliffs. Prior to the action moving to Turkey, there are scattered scenes in other parts of the world and many readers give up, or almost give up on the book, since the multiple threads seem disconnected and the book is extraordinarily long (700 pages). But keep plugging and you likely will feel rewarded.

For those who have already read the book, the scenes that stick in my mind are when The Saracen, now a well-educated medical doctor, poses as a homeless man, setting up camp for weeks outside a Syrian research institute. This demonstrates his patience in his quest for a weapon and it's funny how everyone gets used to seeing him and ignores him — a kind of social engineering. Also, the episode involving the Uffizi Gallery in Florence was pretty amazing. I'm not sure if the whole premise was scientifically accurate, but it sure was an interesting twist.

If there is a follow-up book, it would be great if it concentrated on the Pilgrim's skill as a criminal investigator. The terrorist plot is done and over with and we all know Pilgrim is a great operative. But after 700 pages, I personally don't need to see more. :) But a criminal investigation following up on the thread left hanging would be interesting.
Having just read it, I would agree with some of your criticisms. On the positive side, it was well written. The author has a good feel for dialogue, character and motivation (probably true to his screenwriting roots).

The plotting though. The thriller plot works well. Intelligent, well thought out and logical. I take a lot of issue with the "forensic genius" subplot though. Nonsensical. How does an espionage agent end up heralded as also the worlds best forensic and crime scene expert ? That was never adequately explained (perhaps as you say, that is what the sequel is for). And I personally found the Uffizi and the reason for going there pretty laughable as a plot device. Still, if he writes the sequel to the same standard, sign me up.

I also recently read The Imam of Tawi-Tawi by Ian Hamilton. Latest in a series (11th) of thriller/detective novels featuring a young, female Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant who specializes in overseas bad debt recovery. At this point in the series, we are well into formula territory. Still, he writes the protagonist well, the places he sends her are always interesting and well described and the series is still interesting. For how much longer, I am not sure. I kind of feel the same way about it now as when I gave up on the Dave Robicheaux novels that James Lee Burke used to pump out. I like the authors writing, I like the protagonist but the formula is starting to feel worn out.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by gretah » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:38 pm

"The President is Missing" by James Patterson and Bill Clinton.

A page-turner thriller.

Probably the best of the James Patterson collaborations.

Intelligent, fun read.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by lthenderson » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:05 am

"The Best Land Under Heaven" by Michael Wallis
In the eerily warm spring of 1846, George Donner placed this advertisement in a local newspaper as he and a restless caravan prepared for what they hoped would be the most rewarding journey of a lifetime. But in eagerly pursuing what would a century later become known as the "American dream," this optimistic-yet-motley crew of emigrants was met with a chilling nightmare; in the following months, their jingoistic excitement would be replaced by desperate cries for help that would fall silent in the deadly snow-covered mountains of the Sierra Nevada.

We know these early pioneers as the Donner Party, a name that has elicited horror since the late 1840s. Now, celebrated historian Michael Wallis―beloved for his myth-busting portraits of legendary American figures―continues his life’s work of parsing fact from fiction to tell the true story of one of the most embroidered sagas in Western history.

Wallis begins the story in 1846, a momentous "year of decision" for the nation, when incredible territorial strides were being made in Texas, New Mexico, and California. Against this dramatic backdrop, an unlikely band of travelers appeared, stratified in age, wealth, education and ethnicity. At the forefront were the Donners: brothers George and Jacob, true sons of the soil determined to tame the wild land of California; and the Reeds, headed by adventurous, business-savvy patriarch James. In total, the Donner-Reed group would reach eighty-seven men, women, and children, and though personal motives varied―bachelors thirsting for adventure, parents wanting greater futures for their children―everyone was linked by the same unwavering belief that California was theirs for the taking.

Skeptical of previous accounts of how the group ended up in peril, Wallis has spent years retracing its ill-fated journey, uncovering hundreds of new documents that illuminate how a combination of greed, backbiting, and recklessness led the group to become hopelessly snowbound at the infamous Donner Pass in present-day California. Climaxing with the grim stories of how the party’s paltry rations soon gave way to unimaginable hunger, Wallis not only details the cannibalism that has in perpetuity haunted their legacy but also the heroic rescue parties that managed to reach the stranded, only to discover that just forty-eight had survived the ordeal.

An unflinching and historically invaluable account of the darkest side of Manifest Destiny, The Best Land Under Heaven offers a brilliant, revisionist examination of one of America's most calamitous and sensationalized catastrophes.
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Land-Under- ... 0871407698

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:30 am

lthenderson wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:05 am
"The Best Land Under Heaven" by Michael Wallis
In the eerily warm spring of 1846, George Donner placed this advertisement in a local newspaper as he and a restless caravan prepared for what they hoped would be the most rewarding journey of a lifetime. But in eagerly pursuing what would a century later become known as the "American dream," this optimistic-yet-motley crew of emigrants was met with a chilling nightmare; in the following months, their jingoistic excitement would be replaced by desperate cries for help that would fall silent in the deadly snow-covered mountains of the Sierra Nevada.

We know these early pioneers as the Donner Party, a name that has elicited horror since the late 1840s. Now, celebrated historian Michael Wallis―beloved for his myth-busting portraits of legendary American figures―continues his life’s work of parsing fact from fiction to tell the true story of one of the most embroidered sagas in Western history.

Wallis begins the story in 1846, a momentous "year of decision" for the nation, when incredible territorial strides were being made in Texas, New Mexico, and California. Against this dramatic backdrop, an unlikely band of travelers appeared, stratified in age, wealth, education and ethnicity. At the forefront were the Donners: brothers George and Jacob, true sons of the soil determined to tame the wild land of California; and the Reeds, headed by adventurous, business-savvy patriarch James. In total, the Donner-Reed group would reach eighty-seven men, women, and children, and though personal motives varied―bachelors thirsting for adventure, parents wanting greater futures for their children―everyone was linked by the same unwavering belief that California was theirs for the taking.

Skeptical of previous accounts of how the group ended up in peril, Wallis has spent years retracing its ill-fated journey, uncovering hundreds of new documents that illuminate how a combination of greed, backbiting, and recklessness led the group to become hopelessly snowbound at the infamous Donner Pass in present-day California. Climaxing with the grim stories of how the party’s paltry rations soon gave way to unimaginable hunger, Wallis not only details the cannibalism that has in perpetuity haunted their legacy but also the heroic rescue parties that managed to reach the stranded, only to discover that just forty-eight had survived the ordeal.

An unflinching and historically invaluable account of the darkest side of Manifest Destiny, The Best Land Under Heaven offers a brilliant, revisionist examination of one of America's most calamitous and sensationalized catastrophes.
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Land-Under- ... 0871407698
You might as also like The Year of Decision by Bernard DeVoto. It does not focus only on the Donner party, but also on the many other significant events of 1846.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by lthenderson » Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:15 pm

ruralavalon wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:30 am
You might as also like The Year of Decision by Bernard DeVoto. It does not focus only on the Donner party, but also on the many other significant events of 1846.
Thanks for the recommendation. This is my second book in a row on this time period, the first being about the gold rush three years later, and it does seem like there was a lot happening. I'll add it to my list.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:32 pm

The Source, by Martin Doyle.

This book is a history of the Constitution, federalism, property rights, law, regulation and the use of rivers in the U.S.

The book covers early Europen settlement on the Atlantic, early industrialization at the fall line (sawmills, grist mills), powering factories, improving navigation, canals, dams, irrigation, flood control, hydroelectric power, and includes more current dam removal, environmental protection and stream restoration.

I found this very interesting and informative.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Dave55 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:22 pm

"The Sinners" by Ace Atkins, this is the 8th book of the Quinn Colson series. Quinn is the sheriff in a fictional rural Mississippi county plagued with its share of crime and characters. His family and personal life add richness. The writing, characters and plots make the entire series of 8 books quite enjoyable. BTW, the series is highly plugged by CJ Box, Lee Child, Michael Connelly and others.


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