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    Reading."What's if you met a Cowboy?"
    by Jan Adkins. (Whom many of you are familiar with. I'm really like his artwork.
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    Guilty... in large part ---

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Orca View Post
    Just goes to show how tastes and expectations differ. I loved Anathem, but was not hugely impressed by Seveneves.
    Did not read Fall but finished Reamde over the weekend. Liked that one in that it was entertaining without taxing the memory banks too hard to keep up with plot lines and characters.. I have some plot critiques but they would come out as spoilers. A very fast moving book with lots of action reminiscent of Cryptonomicon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by switters View Post
    Did not read Fall but finished Reamde over the weekend. Liked that one in that it was entertaining without taxing the memory banks too hard to keep up with plot lines and characters.. I have some plot critiques but they would come out as spoilers. A very fast moving book with lots of action reminiscent of Cryptonomicon.
    Glad to hear it, that one's loaded into my Kindle library and I should be getting to it shortly.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Just started this. Looks good so far. A woman studying math in the '50s, when not many women studied math.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Orca View Post
    That sounds really​ cool! I think I'll get my dad a copy for Chrimbo.
    I'm certain he will enjoy it.
    Ive offered it to my Dad who is keen to read it, but he has to finish off Cook's biography by Peter Fitzsimmons first.

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    Walter Mosely's 'The Right Mistake'. 1/3 done, I'm finding it very good.
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    The forum is pretty cool.

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    Farthest North, by Fridtjof Nansen. Original 2 volume edition with all plates and maps intact.
    A$12.00 at a charity shop

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    Two Years Before the Mast. Picked a copy up for $8.50 at a second hand bookshop today. I have a vague recollection of hearing the book mentioned so i thought it would be a good read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hallam View Post
    Two Years Before the Mast. Picked a copy up for $8.50 at a second hand bookshop today. I have a vague recollection of hearing the book mentioned so i thought it would be a good read.
    When I read it, I like to imagine my home as it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    C17C8A7E-1C7B-4D3C-8D9D-E855994F4748.jpg
    The forum is pretty cool.

    Peace,
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    I love that book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    I love that book.
    I love having random packages show up on my doorstep.

    I am surely not worthy of you wonderful folks.

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    Ain't none of us "worthy." That's the point, eh?
    If I use the word "God," I sure don't mean an old man in the sky who just loves the occasional goat sacrifice. - Anne Lamott

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    Quote Originally Posted by switters View Post
    Did not read Fall but finished Reamde over the weekend. Liked that one in that it was entertaining without taxing the memory banks too hard to keep up with plot lines and characters.. I have some plot critiques but they would come out as spoilers. A very fast moving book with lots of action reminiscent of Cryptonomicon.
    That's good to hear, I loved Cryptonomicon. I've downloaded REAMDE and it's in my queue.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Currently trying to get into some literature. Reading Steinbeck's East of Eden. Am also into the middle of Le Carre's Smiley series: The Honourable Schoolboy. I'm finding my ability to enjoy the pulp stuff is diminishing. I used to enjoy David Baldacci's work. Jeffery Deaver I still can get into.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Walter Mosely's 'The Right Mistake'. 1/3 done, I'm finding it very good.
    Flipp'n genius.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Flipp'n genius.
    Uh-huh. Dude should be a household name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webishop14 View Post
    Currently trying to get into some literature. Reading Steinbeck's East of Eden. Am also into the middle of Le Carre's Smiley series: The Honourable Schoolboy. I'm finding my ability to enjoy the pulp stuff is diminishing. I used to enjoy David Baldacci's work. Jeffery Deaver I still can get into.
    You can finish a LeCarre book? I bow in sincere wonder and admiration. I've tried several times. <shudders>

    Right now, I'm reading Pat Conroy's 'The Water Is Wide'. Most excellent. I even recommended it to my sweetie... and I'm mighty careful what I send her way. I think someone here recommended it. If so THANKS!!!

    I don't often mention non-fiction here... but the more times I dip back into it... the more I think Gopnik's 'A Thousand Small Sanities' is essential reading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    You can finish a LeCarre book? I bow in sincere wonder and admiration. I've tried several times. <shudders>
    Interesting - I really enjoy his stuff. I left off at The Little Drummer Girl and need to get back to him at some point.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Orca View Post
    Interesting - I really enjoy his stuff. I left off at The Little Drummer Girl and need to get back to him at some point.
    It is remarkable how different tastes/approaches can be.

    I read fiction mostly for enjoyment... with enlightenment a sometimes happy adjunct.

    The inverse for non-fiction.

    And you? Are you saying you read as a form of self-flagellation? Or am I injecting some minor bias here?? <G>
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    Just began reading "Real Christianity," by William Wilberforce.
    basil

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    Just finishing up Levin's "Searching for Black Confederates"

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...th-kevin-levin

    It shows how thousands of Americans spent countless hours rewriting history to make the CSA palatable.

    Be very skeptical of the history that you are taught

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    Children of the Streets of Richmond
    By Harry Ward

    Harry was a friend of mine and a Professor of American History at the University of Richmond.


    Harry passed away a couple of years ago.
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    Currently working through Steinbeck's East of Eden in parallel with Le Carre's The Honourable Schoolboy." The Fisher Queen is now edging down into the queue. Next up I think I'll reread In Dubious Battle.
    "The future is already here it's just not very evenly distributed." William Gibson

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    im looking for a book, maybe someone here has a recommendation

    im looking for a good general history of pre-columbian north america

    thoughts and suggestions appreciated
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Paul,

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKIP KILPATRICK View Post
    Paul,

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    I keep bumping up against that in my searches.
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    I received 4 for Christmas. Three of those were on my wish list.

    Stein Mart- An American Story of Roots, Family and Building a Greater Dream. The Stein Mart chain of stores was started here in my hometown by Jewish Russian immigrants. I used to be friends with Jay Stein who is now the President of the chain. Jay is the grandson of the founder of the stores. A good bit of the history of this area.

    The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Fennelly
    The two authors are married to each other. Beth Fennelly is the Poet Laureate of Mississippi. She is also the head of the Master of Fine Arts department at the University of Mississippi in which her husband also teaches. This is a novel set in the 1927 Mississippi River flood.

    All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

    From my great nephew: Fool Crow by James Welch. The story of native Americans in Montana pushed out of their way of life by whites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Are you saying you read as a form of self-flagellation? Or am I injecting some minor bias here?? <G>
    I enjoy Le Carr, but then I started reading his stuff quite early - maybe 11 or 12 - so it really informed my idea of what a spy novel should be.

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    The large, book-shaped present turned out to be: The Wayfarer Book.

    The density of useful info in there is on a par with the average neutron star.

    Andy, reading 'n plottin'
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    Again... can't recommend Conroy's 'The Water Is Wide' strongly enough.

    Also just finished 'Silkworm'. J.K. Rowling, under a pseudonym. Worthwhile.

    And, having nothing else handy, I picked up an older John D. McDonald to reread. Always a worthwhile endeavor.

    And I've dipped into one of my xmas presents, from my meteorologist buddy, 'A Deadly Wind'. About the Columbus Day storm in 1962 on the West Coast. Winds of over 160 mph. I was 12. I literally went flying. Planned. Sorta, kinda, a tiny bit controlled flying using our coats spread out as 'wings'. Until one of my buddies sustained a broken arm, and had to be hauled off to the Astoria hospital. While we were playing in the wind... the storm, which began near the Phillipines as Typhoon Frieda , and took an unusual easterly path before raking the west coast from South to North, was destroying buildings and killing dozens. It'll be interesting to find out more about this event I so blithely survived.
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    Reminds me of the Groundhog Day storm of 1976, no longer a hurricane but with hurricane-force winds where I was living (St Andrews NB). We discovered that the wind was strong enough to hold us up if we leaned on it, and it was blowing right on shore, so of course we leaned on it from the top of the little cliff that marked the edge of our property and the rough high tide line.

    Boys can be remarkably foolhardy.

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    I got “How We Got to Now” for Xmas but haven’t started it. Anyone else read it?

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