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    Around the Horn and Home Again by "Shalimar" (F. C. Hendry) and Three Ships Came Sailing by Arthur H Noble. A true account of family life on 3 sailing ships The Bedford, the Pleiades and the Northbrook in the 1870s - 1890's.

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    Just finished Philip Kerr's crime trilogy, which was good, perhaps not great, but very readable.



    He's rather hamhanded with female characters, who all have billowy boobs and big bums and are your basic easy pieces. He kills most of them off— some issues, perhaps.

    Now working on this:



    It's a novel of early-days Newfoundland, with dashes of magical realism (a man taken from the belly of a dead whale), the predictable cast of quirky characters (a miser, a libidinous priest) and some problems with believability: can a small dog pack a trail through waist-deep snow? Not bloody likely.
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    Inspired to read this by our recent trip to Haida Gwaii. Highly recommended!


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    I am reading this:





    Next will be these:






    And then will be these:

    Last edited by Tom Montgomery; 08-10-2017 at 05:35 PM.

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    Been reading some of William G. Tapply's 'Brady Coyne' series. Enjoyable.

    Took a step outside my normal fare to read Matthew Quirk's 'Cold Barrel Zero'. Lots of international intrigue and tons of Special Forces types doing superhuman combat ops. A fun romp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Lesser View Post
    Inspired to read this by our recent trip to Haida Gwaii. Highly recommended!

    Oh, yes!

    What are you doing about it?




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    Found a stash of old Rex Stout novels in the basement. Reading one of his early, short, works right now. MIL loved her some Rex Stout. As do I.
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    Just starting Roving Fisherman - An Autobiography by Frederick William Wallace. Sub-titled "Recounting Personal Experiences in the Fishing Fleets and Fish Trade of Canada and the United States - 1911-1924" A rather thick book (506 pages, plus appendices) published in 1955.

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    "Better to begin your fishing early than to fish late. When you swing 'em over at two, or three or four - 'specially during broken weather - the men have daylight ahead of them should it breeze or shut down thick. I'd sooner be caught with my dories astray in a fog or snowstorm at four in the morning than at four in the afternoon. More chance of pickin' 'em up." I could see the logic in this.
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    Just yesterday started MacLean's "Democracy in Chains: the deep history of the radical right's stealth plan for America".

    Looks like it will be seriously good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Just yesterday started MacLean's "Democracy in Chains: the deep history of the radical right's stealth plan for America".

    Looks like it will be seriously good.
    I'll be interested in your comments.

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    Just starting this:

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    I am immediately rereading South, but more slowly. I honestly cannot remember the last time I savoured a book like this. I read and re-read, because sometimes the words don't say what the man means, you know? Always a leader and a fearless one. Ha!

    The words are beautiful, and they are the man's own. The things those men revealed to themselves during their travails were instructive, and remain so, and the descriptions of the places and things done there are simply mind boggling.

    The privation was extreme, and the conditions seemingly deadly. I knew the story before, but reading Shackleton's own account was wild.

    I'm going on the same ride again, but I'm dressing warmer, this time.

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    Most of my reading time is aloud, to other people. The current selection is The Indian in the Cupboard. We have a grand tradition of reading aloud, with character voices.
    Next read aloud is A Connecticut Yankee..., by Sammy C. (Harhar) We just scored a neat old copy. And, the eclipse...

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    South, one of my favorites. Try Four Against the Arctic after that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by switters View Post
    South, one of my favorites. Try Four Against the Arctic after that.
    Cool. Thanks.

    For some reason explorers fascinate me. The Ex Ex of the US is one of my favorite bunch of explorers. And them cats what walked and paddled across the pre-states.

    Peace,
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    Another Rex Stout - the first Nero Wolfe book: Fer de Lance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianW View Post
    Still plowing through "America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History."

    It's interesting enough, but I seem to only read it while flying back and forth from work. So I tend to fall asleep.

    I do recommend it though.
    Quote Originally Posted by SKIP KILPATRICK View Post
    I'd be interested to know how this one ends! Or maybe that should be if it ends?

    Sad to report I'm still working on it.

    Very interesting, I just need to commit to it.

    Plenty of blame to go around so far.
    "Simple minds discuss people, Average minds discuss things, and Great minds discuss ideas".

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    We lived on Lyttelton Harbour, near Christchurch NZ, opposite Quail Island where the dogs and ponies were trained for the British Antarctic expeditions. I used to paddle over and wander among the reconstructed pens and barracks. I also collected a shelf of books on polar exploration, including old volumes, such as this:



    I used Scott's Russian dog driver, Dmitri Gerov, as a character in a historical novel.






    Scott, Oates, and other expedition members appear as well.
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    Finished the first Nero Wolfe book, 'Fer de Lance'. It'd been years since I read it last, and it rewarded revisiting. Except that I stayed up WAY too late last night finishing it.
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    Read another Nero Wolfe: something golden earrings. Then the latest C.J. Box. (consistently good). Now I'm into a Karin Slaughter - 'Blindsighted'. Still nibbling away at 'Democracy in Chains:'.
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    It's been years since I read Tolstoy's 'The Death of Ivan Ilyich' - but my oldest son had just finished it when we were at his place for dinner last night. He was remarking on how greyly dour it was. My sweetie, the English major, said it was a novel of 'living lives of quiet desperation'. My own memory was that is was a hopeful book. About as hopeful as Russians of that era could manage. That - even though it took him until his death-bed to realize it... he did have a hopeful epiphany. So the moral of the story was actually hopeful, if not cheerful, despite all the grim trappings, plot, and mood.

    Anyone remember it well enough to comment?
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    Just started 'The Golden Spruce'. I think I'm gonna like it. It seems to be compared a lot to 'Into Thin Air'. I hope not. While that was an interesting book... I also found it highly annoying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    ...'Into Thin Air'. ... I also found it highly annoying.
    Boy howdy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    It's been years since I read Tolstoy's 'The Death of Ivan Ilyich' - but my oldest son had just finished it when we were at his place for dinner last night. He was remarking on how greyly dour it was. My sweetie, the English major, said it was a novel of 'living lives of quiet desperation'. My own memory was that is was a hopeful book. About as hopeful as Russians of that era could manage. That - even though it took him until his death-bed to realize it... he did have a hopeful epiphany. So the moral of the story was actually hopeful, if not cheerful, despite all the grim trappings, plot, and mood.

    Anyone remember it well enough to comment?
    No Tolstoy commentary, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Just started 'The Golden Spruce'. I think I'm gonna like it. It seems to be compared a lot to 'Into Thin Air'. I hope not. While that was an interesting book... I also found it highly annoying.
    About halfway thru. Is this the best book I've ever read? I might be tempted to say that, if I thought one could actually make that sort of characterization of any book. But it is most enjoyable. Densely packed with history, wisdom, and non-stop provocation. Challenging stereotypes. Delving into complexity and nuance. So rich that I've had to take a break. Haven't touched in in two days. Read another Nero Wolfe to give my brain respite. I'll get back to it soon, though. With relish.

    It's an important book. I think anyone who lives in the Pacific NW should read it. I'm tempted to expand that to just 'anyone'. It's delightful in spots, and satisfying throughout. I get book suggestions from 'Goodreads', here, from friends, and from a sympatico local librarian. But if it was someone here that mentioned it... please sing out, so I can offer my heartfelt thanks.
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    I just reread Bluebeard by Vonnegut, on a lark.

    Now I have to read them all. Dang it. I do this from time to time, with a few authors. I will,start at the beginning and work my way through. So, I'm on Player Piano.

    Bluebeard, though, is a VERY special book to me. It was like a gut punch. It still is.

    I hope to one day b able to thank my meat. My soul is still at war with it, I think. The chances of me leaving anything of such monumental value behind are VERY slim, though.

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    Keith sent me a copy of Pinker's "The Better Angels of our Nature" a couple of weeks back. I'm about to have some holidays, and am very much looking forward to cracking it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    Keith sent me a copy of Pinker's "The Better Angels of our Nature" a couple of weeks back. I'm about to have some holidays, and am very much looking forward to cracking it.
    Loved that book, and needed now more than ever. A non-intuitive premise but he is very convincing, and Pinker has the cred to back it up.

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    The Gift of Humor
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    a review here
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    About halfway thru. Is this the best book I've ever read? I might be tempted to say that, if I thought one could actually make that sort of characterization of any book. But it is most enjoyable. Densely packed with history, wisdom, and non-stop provocation. Challenging stereotypes. Delving into complexity and nuance. So rich that I've had to take a break. Haven't touched in in two days. Read another Nero Wolfe to give my brain respite. I'll get back to it soon, though. With relish.

    It's an important book. I think anyone who lives in the Pacific NW should read it. I'm tempted to expand that to just 'anyone'. It's delightful in spots, and satisfying throughout. I get book suggestions from 'Goodreads', here, from friends, and from a sympatico local librarian. But if it was someone here that mentioned it... please sing out, so I can offer my heartfelt thanks.
    "The Golden Spruce" is excellent, but John Vaillant's book "The Tiger" is even better if that's possible.

    https://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Vengean.../dp/0307389049

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    "The Golden Spruce" is excellent, but John Vaillant's book "The Tiger" is even better if that's possible.

    https://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Vengean.../dp/0307389049
    Dude, that is one of the greats. The end sticks with me.
    The measurements of the tiger in the book are awe inspiring and terror inducing.
    Siberian tigers are real monsters. Huge animals.

    The writing never gets in the way of the story, and the story is as incredible as they come.

    I read it three times in a row, then returned it to the guy who loaned it, then bought my own copy.

    Peace,
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    I'll look at 'The Tiger' as well. Hard to believe I'll like it nearly as well... but wouldn't that be nice!!
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    Make Way for the Superhumans by Michael Bess

    Interesting, possible even but I have the feeling that changes in the planet's climate are likely to overtake it all.

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    The Lobster Chronicles by Linda Greenlaw. It's okay but not great.
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    I just finished NO IS NOT ENOUGH by Naiomi Klein. Not all that well written but she makes some very compelling points.

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