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Post #751 by listeme » Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:59 am

phelana wrote:I just finished reading, The Martian. Great book. The movie followed the book closely.

Also breezed through Lois Lowry's Gathering Blue. Now onto, Messenger.


The Martian was a blast. I was somewhat reluctant to try the movie, but I also enjoyed it. (I have a lot of friends of friends of this author, oddly enough, including NONwriter friends. Some weird little life overlaps, including a Scrabble friend.)

Also, I LOVE Lois Lowry. Loved Gathering Blue.

I'm working on my fighting-gloom reading list for fall: I have re-upped kindle unlimited so I can bounce around frou-frou stuff if I feel like it. I also am starting GRR Martin's Wild Card series. Not sure what I think about it yet. The premise is right up my alley. Maybe some lighter mysteries?


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Post #752 by TexasFilly » Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:59 am

I started The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley. My son gave me his copy after he finished reading it for a Black History class he is taking. He really enjoyed it. The class has really opened his eyes to the way America works. I'm looking forward to reading it.


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Post #753 by SueDB » Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:42 pm

listeme wrote:
phelana wrote:I just finished reading, The Martian. Great book. The movie followed the book closely.

Also breezed through Lois Lowry's Gathering Blue. Now onto, Messenger.


The Martian was a blast. I was somewhat reluctant to try the movie, but I also enjoyed it. (I have a lot of friends of friends of this author, oddly enough, including NONwriter friends. Some weird little life overlaps, including a Scrabble friend.)

Also, I LOVE Lois Lowry. Loved Gathering Blue.

I'm working on my fighting-gloom reading list for fall: I have re-upped kindle unlimited so I can bounce around frou-frou stuff if I feel like it. I also am starting GRR Martin's Wild Card series. Not sure what I think about it yet. The premise is right up my alley. Maybe some lighter mysteries?


Ordered the kindle version of "The Martian" in the morning, had finished it by mid afternoon...read through lunch too.


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Post #754 by phelana » Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:00 pm

I was just given this read....

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Post #755 by Addie » Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:34 pm

I'm reading Darktown by Thomas Mullen. This novel about policing in Atlanta is set in post-WWII, when eight returning black servicemen are hired by the APD. They are assigned only to patrol the black parts of town, not given patrol cars or a real police station to work out of, or to make arrests of white lawbreakers. Looking a white person in the eye did not come at all easy. At the time, 1948, 25% of the white Atlanta police were Klan members.

Needless to say, this history-based novel is fascinating, also, too, well-written.

Here is a WaPo review:

A novel about police brutality in 1948 Atlanta that sounds eerily relevant today


And NPR:

'Darktown' Imagines What It Was Like For Atlanta's First Black Policemen


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Post #756 by Kathi » Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:30 pm

I'll read anything that doesn't read me first but sink deep into escapist stuff when troubled. Last week it was Escape Clause (John Sanford) and Turbo Twenty-three (Janet Evanovich). Tonight I'm curled up with my secret vice, Laurell Hamilton and the latest Anita Blake Vampire Executioner tale, Crimson Death. Image Nothin' like vampire porn to take the mind off going to hell in a handbasket...


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Post #757 by TollandRCR » Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:35 pm

Still working my way through the days of the Harry Kemelman Rabbi David Small mystery series. I've finished Thursday the Rabbi Walked Out, so I have to figure out which of the remaining three or four of the series to take up next. Wonderful diversionary reading.

(I have stopped my reading of books about prewar Germany as Hitler was rising to power. Too stressful.)


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Post #758 by DryInk » Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:58 pm

The latest Jack Reacher book was released in the last week or so, and I've been trying to find time to start it.


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Post #759 by Chilidog » Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:15 pm

I've been re reading Terry Pratcett's series
(In order if I can)

It's interesting to see how discworld evolved.

For example, The trolls of "The Color of Magic" are nothing like the trolls on the later books.

I'm in the middle of Hogfather now.

I wouldn't mind finding a copy of the movie.



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Post #760 by Mikedunford » Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:04 pm

Chilidog wrote:I've been re reading Terry Pratcett's series
(In order if I can)

It's interesting to see how discworld evolved.

For example, The trolls of "The Color of Magic" are nothing like the trolls on the later books.

I'm in the middle of Hogfather now.

I wouldn't mind finding a copy of the movie.


I think it's available on iTunes.


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Post #761 by Azastan » Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:58 pm

I am reading The Classic Slum; Salford Life in First Quarter of the Century, by Robert Roberts.

Not only is it interesting in and of itself, but virtually all of my great grandparents lived in Salford and environs.



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Post #762 by Addie » Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:10 am

I'm reading Christodora, a novel by Tim Murphy. The title refers to a condominium building in the East Village that was originally built as a settlement house for immigrants in the 1920s. You may recall the 1980s, when homeless people and anarchists battled the police in Tompkins Square Park, after invading the Christodora's lobby -- ("Die Yuppie Scum!"). The East Village in those years wasn't the upscale, gentrified neighborhood it is now, in other words, though when I lived there around the corner from the Christodora for eight years in the '90s, it was still grungy, but relatively peaceful. The book is largely a chronicle of the AIDS epidemic in Manhattan and the struggle for medical treatment and the community that intensified around its own activism. The characters are a mix of gays and straights and children and artists and social workers, who move in and out of each other's lives in significant or casual ways. The book's structure is like that, too, moving backwards and forwards in time and context. It is one of the great, sprawling New York novels.


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Post #763 by pjhimself » Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:24 am

Presidents Club

This is a book I've read before and am listening to it again.
It seems somehow appropriate in light of the recent election.
My original take was a bit of surprise that such seemingly disparate partisans would actually help their rivals.


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Post #764 by Chilidog » Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:42 pm

I've been indulging in a little trip down memory lane.

I've been hunting up ebook editions of some of my favorite books from when I was grinning up.

Right now, I'm reading some Clifford Simak.

Just finished rereading The Goblin Reservation, going to start on Way Station tonight.



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Post #765 by Azastan » Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:57 pm

Chilidog wrote:I've been indulging in a little trip down memory lane.

I've been hunting up ebook editions of some of my favorite books from when I was grinning up.

Right now, I'm reading some Clifford Simak.

Just finished rereading The Goblin Reservation, going to start on Way Station tonight.


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Post #766 by Sterngard Friegen » Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:01 pm

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi.

I wrote to one of our other Fogbowzer SciFi fans today in a PM and said this:

Just finished it.

It's not about climate, climate deniers, and big business; or is it? Well, it is about the last. And also about the importance of peer review in the scientific community.

It's well worth pushing to the top of your list.

Also filled with a lot of Scalzi humor with some echoes of Heinlein.

It will be a Hugo nominee -- assuming the new nomination system works.

I'm looking forward to a sequel.


I pretty much have liked everything Scalzi has written, except Redshirts -- ugh. And anybody who sticks it to the abominable "Vox Day" is a hero in my book.



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Post #767 by Foggy » Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:56 am

Love Scalzi, but I'm reading Robert's Rules of Order. Yesterday I saw this guy put on a magnificent performance at our Democratic Party County Convention. I want to be able to do that.

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Post #768 by NMgirl » Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:10 am

Foggy wrote:Love Scalzi, but I'm reading Robert's Rules of Order. Yesterday I saw this guy put on a magnificent performance at our Democratic Party County Convention. I want to be able to do that.

http://ncdp.org/team/second-vice-chair/

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Post #769 by Sterngard Friegen » Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:17 am

Wobert's Wules of Odor? Thuffering thucotash. What we're readin' is about novels 'n stuff, Foogie.



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Post #770 by Foggy » Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:22 am

Sterngard Friegen wrote:Wobert's Wules of Odor? Thuffering thucotash. What we're readin' is about novels 'n stuff, Foogie.

Oh, I had no idea! :oops: :bag:

Well in that case ...

I'm finishing up Orson Scott Card's Homecoming series ... I'm halfway through Earthborn, the fifth and final book.

Next up is the Brilliance trilogy, by Marcus Sakey.




But I spends more time reading Robert's Rules. :taunt:


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Post #771 by listeme » Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:47 am

I like Earthborn a lot. A lot. I think Homecoming is underappreciated (although it does have a lot of wandering in the wilderness, so I get that, and I think people find out it's something of a retelling of the Book of Mormon and maybe they think it's something ... different?) But Earthborn is my favorite of the series.

While I'm waiting for my new Scalzi to be delivered out here in the boonies, I'm rereading some old favorites. We still have a complicated book storage setup, including boxes of books that hold up our mattress -- I'm not kidding a little bit. But I grabbed a bunch of Cards and Hobbs and old favorites can settle you right down.

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Post #772 by Addie » Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:42 pm

With so many Russian spies in the air, I was reminded of a book I've meant to read for years: The Fourth Man by John Granville (aka Benjamin Black). He writes crime novels as Benjamin Black and his literary novels under his own name. The Fourth Man, obviously, is about spying. The lead character, based on Anthony Blunt, is reviewing his life story for a young biographer, just after Margaret Thatcher publicly outed him in Parliament as part of the Cambridge spy ring of the 1930s. So the cast of characters, even under different names, is largely recognizable. Since he was also the Queen's art curator, Blunt's disgrace was total. The book is written in Banville's complicated, but always elegant prose. I am enjoying it.

Here is a NYT review from 1998.


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Post #773 by DejaMoo » Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:21 pm

I came across a new-ish author last week: Simone St. James. She writes in the classic gothic genre - you know, historical novels featuring a young woman protagonist, a little romance, a lot of suspense. St. James is obviously a true fan of the genre, and her books are reminiscent of Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart, with a healthy jolt of Stephen King mixed in.

The first book of hers gave me two serious scares before I was even a third of the way through it. It was a great read, and only after I'd finished it did I discover it was her first published book: The Haunting of Maddy Clare.

After that, I just had to read more from this author, so I snapped up everything else I could find from her. As a result, I've gotten very little sleep this past week, because it's too hard to put the books down.

If you enjoy historical novels and scary stories, you need to check her out.



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Post #774 by Maybenaut » Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:28 pm

Just finished Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Still deciding whether I liked it of not. What I got out of it: poverty among working-class white Appalachian transplants in post-Industrial middle America is complicated. Who knew? But an individual could, if he posessed the character to say no to drugs, sufficient drive and intelligence, and the right anount of family and community support, pull himself out of it. Insightful, that.

He cites Charles Murray (of The Bell Curve fame) a couple of times for conclusions in writings unrelated to The Bell Curve. If I were writing a book, I probably wouldn't cite Murray when there are likely other, less controversial authors who have done similar studies.

While I'm happy for him that he's done well for himself, the book isn't much more than a series of observations about his own anecdotal experiences. So, meh.



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Post #775 by Chilidog » Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:41 pm

Maybenaut wrote:Just finished Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Still deciding whether I liked it of not. What I got out of it: poverty among working-class white Appalachian transplants in post-Industrial middle America is complicated. Who knew? But an individual could, if he posessed the character to say no to drugs, sufficient drive and intelligence, and the right anount of family and community support, pull himself out of it. Insightful, that.

He cites Charles Murray (of The Bell Curve fame) a couple of times for conclusions in writings unrelated to The Bell Curve. If I were writing a book, I probably wouldn't cite Murray when there are likely other, less controversial authors who have done similar studies.

While I'm happy for him that he's done well for himself, the book isn't much more than a series of observations about his own anecdotal experiences. So, meh.


Interesting.

My son goes to college this fall. At Augustana, incoming freshmen are assigned a book for a reading program they all participate in.

This year it's that book.




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