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Old 08-28-17, 10:26 AM
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+1. Read the first two trilogies back when they came out. No idea on the recent ones though.
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Old 08-28-17, 11:49 AM
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Just finished reading American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White. Great biography. The author is attempting to restore the luster to Grant's legacy, which has been somewhat tarnished and forgotten. At one time Grant was right up there in stature with Washington and Lincoln.
The Bruce Catton biography of Grant is fantastic. It's three volumes, and the second two in particular do his command a great service, I think.
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Old 08-28-17, 01:23 PM
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I am currently reading All the light we cannot see from Anthony Doerr.
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Old 08-29-17, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by colorider View Post

Picked up James Clavell's Shogun. That should keep me busy for awhile.
I liked it, there was also a tv minseries based on it.

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Old 08-29-17, 12:44 PM
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Finished listening to Old Man, a novel by Thomas Perry. Fair not up to the standard of his previous books that I read; not even close to Butcher Boy.

Started listening to Caravans, by James Michener, a novel set in Afghanistan just after the end of WW2.
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Old 08-29-17, 01:40 PM
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I liked it, there was also a tv minseries based on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3qldVft8XQ
I remember watching it back in the day. Saw someone recommended the book on here (you?) and decided to pick it up.
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Old 08-29-17, 02:06 PM
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"Gather the Daughters" by Jennie Melamed.



It is going to be the greatest book in the history of mankind, and I encourage everyone to go buy multiple copies.







Full disclosure: Author is a friend of mine.
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Old 08-31-17, 11:09 AM
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I just finished a book on the Franco Prussian war. I can't remember the name. It was one of a series of "Short History of..." I was a good overview, but probably wanted a little more depth.
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Finished re-reading Moore's Lamb: Gospel of Biff, Christ's childhood pal.

Started Where the Bird Sings Best by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Semi-autobigraphical with fictional liberties taken. If you know who he is and have seen some of his stuff before, this will not disappoint. If you think something like Twin Peaks is nonsense, don't bother with it...
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Old 09-02-17, 12:47 PM
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Now I'm reading a book by Eliyahu Goldratt the goal
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Old 09-06-17, 07:48 AM
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This is the time of year I like to read creepy, spooky and scary books. Started this season with The Fisherman by John Langan. I'm about a third of the way in. I had a hard time getting hooked into the story, but now the actual creepy part has started it is getting good.
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Finished listening to Caravans, by James Michener, a novel set in Afghanistan just after the end of WW2. Excellent!

Started listening to A Legacy of Spies, by John le Carré. The novel is a prequel to the events portrayed in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, my favorite le Carré novel.
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I'm a fan of "end times" Christian fiction(despite how bad / lame some of it can be), so in addition to rereading the Covenant series that I mentioned above, I've begun reading the "Underground Zealot" series by Jerry Jenkins. I'm about 15 chapters into book one and I hope the "action" picks up soon because so far the story is rather 'dry.'




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Old 09-14-17, 08:41 PM
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Finished listening to A Legacy of Spies, by John le Carré. The novel is a prequel to the events portrayed in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, my favorite le Carré novel. Best le Carré novel I've listened to in quite awhile.

Started listening to It, a novel by Stephan King.
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Old 09-18-17, 08:22 AM
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Finished The Fisherman by John Langan. Part mystical and part Pet Cemetery. I liked the flashback scenes in the book best, which was about 2/3 of it.

Started HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. A 350+ year old witch with a curse lives in a small town near West Point. Trouble will ensue.
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Old 09-18-17, 12:42 PM
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Still reading Game of Thrones.

I've decided this series needs a good editor, badly.

It needs to be trimmed, mistakes removed, and I suspect the plot needs a little thinning out. I'm halfway through the second one, so it's a little premature to say that.

It's making me want to read Lord of the Rings again, more than pressing on to the 3rd GoT novel.
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Old 09-18-17, 03:30 PM
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Still reading Game of Thrones.

I've decided this series needs a good editor, badly.

It needs to be trimmed, mistakes removed, and I suspect the plot needs a little thinning out. I'm halfway through the second one, so it's a little premature to say that.

It's making me want to read Lord of the Rings again, more than pressing on to the 3rd GoT novel.
The 4th and 5th books will really drive you nuts then.
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Old 09-19-17, 10:09 AM
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The 4th and 5th books will really drive you nuts then.
I don't think I am ever going to finish the second one. On a good day I'll read a chapter, but most days I just read a page or two.

It was a mistake (for me) to watch the show first.
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Just finished 'The Last Of THe Vikings' by Johan Bojer. Story of fishermen from central Norway going up to fish for cod in the Lofoten Islands. It was written ~1920 and set maybe 30 years before; was supposed to capture the end of that era of Norwegians going out in boats for resources; at the end of the book, everyone was just going to North America instead of fishing (in Norway anyway, the Norwegians who made it to the west coast picked right up again on the fishing). And yet, even during the main story the fishermen were fishing mostly for cash, selling the fish to wholesalers (after cleaning them), rather than fishing for subsistence alone, so it was already a pretty new economy at that point that they were closing down. Good book though. Also included the family members who could not go fishing, and what was easy (nothing) and hard (many different things) for them too. The fishermen did kind of have it easier actually at least once they departed since at that point all they had to do was stay alive and catch fish. No more foraging for them since they had bought all the food they would need on credit.
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Finished listening to It, a novel by Stephan King. Good book, great narration by the reader, expressive for both the children and adult voices as well as the voice of Pennywise the Clown. Looking forward to viewing the TV movie (I'm next up for the local library's copy) as well as going to the movie theater this week to see the current release.

Started listening to The Girl Who Takes and Eye for an Eye, by David Lagercrantz. It is the fifth Lisbeth Salander novel in the Millennium Series (The first was the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.)
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Finished listening to The Girl Who Takes and Eye for an Eye, by David Lagercrantz. It is the fifth Lisbeth Salander novel in the Millennium Series (The first was the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.) OK, but not up to enjoyment level of the first three books in the series.

Started listening to the non-fiction Hellcats - The Epic Story of World War II's Most Daring Submarine Raid by Peter Sasgen.
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Finished HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. Not surprisingly, many bad things happened. However, as with many horror novels the real horror were the people not the "monsters".
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Finished listening to the non-fiction Hellcats - The Epic Story of World War II's Most Daring Submarine Raid by Peter Sasgen.

Started listening to Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself, by Garrett M. Graff
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Finished listening to The Girl Who Takes and Eye for an Eye, by David Lagercrantz. It is the fifth Lisbeth Salander novel in the Millennium Series (The first was the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.) OK, but not up to enjoyment level of the first three books in the series.
How did it compare to the 4th book? Also didn't think it was on the same level as the first three but judged it a worthy successor in the series -- similar with this 5th book? It's sitting on the shelf, next in line after I finish a couple other books:

The Billionth Monkey by Richard Kazcynski -- Just started it, and it's started out plenty strange, like an Illuminatus Trilogy for the 21st century.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab -- also just started. Enjoying it so far, a few dozens of pages in, decent fantasy with an interdimensional flair.
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How did it [The Girl Who Takes and Eye for an Eye, by David Lagercrantz] compare to the 4th book? Also didn't think it was on the same level as the first three but judged it a worthy successor in the series -- similar with this 5th book?
Yes it was similar in quality to the fourth book in the series , not on the same level as the first three, but still good.
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