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  1. #1716
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    Would you believe a novel, 'The story of Edgar Sawtelle' by David Wroblewski.
    I find it every bit as engaging as the blurb on the back says it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Finished 'Every Cloak Rolled In Blood' by James Lee Burke last night. He claims it's his best novel. Maybe, but it's certainly another HomeRun. Brilliant writing, with a lot to say.
    Burk is at the top of my favorites list. This is one I've not read yet--must order, must order.
    He was one of the most supremely stupid men I have ever met. He taught me a great deal.

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    Finished 'Fifty Words For Rain' by Asha Lemmie.

    From the title, I thought it would be one of those ultra-literary explorations of not very interesting characters shallow feelings about life.

    Turned out it's far from that. It is fresh, beautifully crafted, wise, engaging, and sweet. A debut novel, but you'd never know it.
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    Another debut book -- 'The Drifter' by Nicholas Petrie. Excellent!
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    Shiela in the Wind

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    The Art Of Cabinet Making by Krenov.

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    Mark Greaney, Dead Eye. Book 4 of the Gray Man series.
    Fight Entropy, build a wooden boat!

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    Ken Follett, Never.
    A bit formulaic, he has written better.

    Pete
    The Ignore feature, lowering blood pressure since 1862. Ahhhhhhh.

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    Reading some Bernard Cornwell recently, The Last Kingdom-era stuff.

    I want to read his book on Agincourt.
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    Finally finished 'The Dawn of Everything'. It's thick. It's densely packed. And it's quite challenging. But it's a very well researched rethink of human history and human nature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by epoxyboy View Post
    Ken Follett, Never.
    A bit formulaic, he has written better.

    Pete
    I consider myself to be a Ken Follett fan, but this book was a big disappointment. Not even close to his usual high standard.

    Jeff C
    Don’t expect much, and you won’t be disappointed…

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    Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World
    by Don Tapscott, Alex Tapscott. My plan for the nearest future is to get a crypto license from https://rue.ee/ but for that I would like to have a clear understanding of crypto market, blockchain technology and different cryptocurrencies.
    Last edited by mike9199; 07-22-2022 at 03:48 PM.

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    Strandbeest - Lena Herzog and Theo Jansen

    Weighty
    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    Found another real gem. 'The Saints of Swallow Hill' - Donna Everhart. A most excellent tale set in the Antebellum South, in the midst of the whole 'naval stores' harvesting industry. Longleaf Pine & turpentine. Some dramatic events told in an understated fashion by an accomplished author.
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    the selfish gene….again

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    Started 'Cold Silence' by Toni Anderson. First attempt at her stuff. Yikes!!!

    I like it when authors regard their writing as a challenge. In this case, unfortunately, she seems to regard the challenge as how much hyperbolic over-acting she can cram onto one page. I made it thru chapter 2 before my gag reflex wouldn't be stilled. A prolific and NYT bestselling author... from the 'clickbait' school of literature. <sigh>
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    Needed a summer escape after days working on the boat. Settled on Andy Weir’s “Hail Mary”. I like it.

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    Picked up a well-worn edition of Atlas Shrugged last week @ local library. About 1/3rd through it so far.

    Read The Fountainhead back in high school, never got around to AS 'till now.
    When the people wanted the Constitution amended, it was amended. When the elites wanted the Constitution amended, but the people did not, that is called democracy."

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    I picked up "Isaac's Storm" by Erik Larson.

    Its about the great hurricane of 1900 that hit Galveston, Texas in the US. But in addition to the description of that specific storm, there's an interesting history of hurricane science through the centuries and how it affected navies. Very readable.

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    I was a sophomore at Humboldt when I read Atlas Shrugged. I was sick over Christmas break, so had the time to read it. When I was finished, I wanted to climb out of my sick-bed, buy a plane ticket to New York so I could slap that woman silly for having so determinedly insulted my intelligence.

    I may have posted a similar screed in the past, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
    He was one of the most supremely stupid men I have ever met. He taught me a great deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webishop14 View Post
    I was a sophomore at Humboldt when I read Atlas Shrugged. I was sick over Christmas break, so had the time to read it. When I was finished, I wanted to climb out of my sick-bed, buy a plane ticket to New York so I could slap that woman silly for having so determinedly insulted my intelligence.

    I may have posted a similar screed in the past, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
    I have to admit that my 15 YO self found the meritocracy concept appealing. By the time I was 18, I'd figured out what utter hogwash Ms. Rand was spewing.

    What can I say, it's been a long strange trip...
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    A pile of 15 year old WB magazines………….

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    South Sea Vagabonds by JW Wray
    Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci.

    If war is the answer........... it must be a profoundly stupid question.

    "Freighters on the nod on the surface of the bay, One of these days we're going to sail away"
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    John Lewis memoir . . . I was reminded of how radical SNCC was portrayed back in the 60's,

    when in fact they were fully committed to Gandhian non-violence.


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    Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

    by Edward S. Herman, Noam Chomsky

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