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Post by realist » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:09 am

I just finished reading the latest Golf Magazine and the new GolfWeek arrived yesterday.I'm good.


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Post by Foggy » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:30 am

Tanenbaum and Wetherall, [link]Computer Networks (5th Ed.),[/link]. Taking a college course online at Univ. of Washington.


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Post by Dingue Monde » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:57 am

Has anyone read The Elegance of the Hedgehog? A rather varied group of people have suggested it.Yes - and I loved it. Really loved it. It's a pretty short book, all things considered ... but it stays with you.My favorite fiction from the past month's reads included [link]Room,by Emma Donoghue,[/link], and -- even more -- [link]The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, by Walter Mosley,[/link]. And, the best nonfiction I read in past month (or year), without a doubt, was [link]The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 by William Manchester and Paul Reid,[/link].



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Post by kate520 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:44 am

California Real Estate Principles


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Post by Princess foofypants » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:06 pm

I will cross post in the Harrison J Bounel thread, but I just downloaded a book called American Tapestry about the genealogy of Michelle Obama. I have a sneaky suspicion that Mssr Bounel does not appear. [/break1]amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0070XAZ64/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1358903105&sr=8-1&pi=SL75]http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0070XAZ6 ... -1&pi=SL75



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Post by kate520 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:04 pm

Who Stole the American Dream by Hedrick Smith. It tracks the rise of business influence from the late 70's and The Powell Memo to now.





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Someone needs to make a documentary movie about this like Dinesh's stupid movie. RWNJ's won't read this book but they might watch the movie if they think its subversive against TPTB,which it is. They might see themselves portrayed in a most unflattering light. :roll:


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Post by rosy » Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:44 pm

I've been rereadng the Hunger Games trilogy this past week. Much better than the film!Also recently I've read Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, about the plague year in a small Derbyshire village (I live close by). It's close to the actual events, but some details have been deliberately changed. A great read if you like historical stuff.Next up will be A Season for the Dead by David Hewson, first (of 9) in the Nic Costa series of detective thrillers set in Rome.



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Post by SuzieC » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:14 pm

I've been rereadng the Hunger Games trilogy this past week. Much better than the film!Also recently I've read Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, about the plague year in a small Derbyshire village (I live close by). It's close to the actual events, but some details have been deliberately changed. A great read if you like historical stuff.Next up will be A Season for the Dead by David Hewson, first (of 9) in the Nic Costa series of detective thrillers set in Rome.I also reread HUnger Games, after watching the movie. In addition, I re-read the entire Millenium Trilogy, after watching the first movie.



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Post by Estiveo » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:34 am

Just finished the lates Robert Crais, Suspect, which was quite good. A fast read, like most Crais stories, but well put together.





I am now about 100 pages in to The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks. Hard-core science fiction, the latest in his series of stand-alone "Culture" novels. If I were a puppy, i'd be piddling on the floor.


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Post by Somerset » Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:00 am

We discovered a very cool used bookstore, and now that I've discovered reading glasses, I'm having fun again. Just finished Gil Ameilo's "On the Firing Line" (his butt hurts), and Skunk Works by Ben Rich (a great book).



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Post by Gnarly Goat » Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:31 pm

Just finished "Agent 6" by Tom Robb Smith and was hugely disappointed. I loved "Child 44" and "The Secret Speech" but this was a lame ending to a trilogy that had such great potential. It pains me to say that I wouldn't recommend this.


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Post by Addie » Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:42 pm

I agree, Gnarly.


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Post by MsDaisy » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:02 pm

After reading 4 books on while on vacation on my iPad Kindle app, I have decided I still prefer a paper book. But h/t to Maru for the “Second Duchess”. I liked it. “One Second After” was another story. It sounded like it would be good when I read the story line on Amazon, but I was hurrying to get more to read before I got stuck somewhere where I couldn’t download anything so I snagged it. As I was reading it I kept thinking that it had been written by some right wing nut job. When I got back to Internet access I looked him up and found out I was right. “The Round House” was pretty good as was “God of Small Things”. Now that I’m home I checked my bookcase for something I hadn’t read yet, remembering the piles of books I’d picked up at yard sales last summer. So now I’ve just started “The Favored Child”, the second book in the Wideacre trilogy by Philippa Gregory. I’d read Wideacre some time ago and enjoyed it. I think I got this one for 50¢ so we’ll see. Estiveo, I was prowling the books in Target a while back while MrDaisy was looking at cameras and stumbled onto a book called “Tunnels” by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams. It sounded okay, so I bought it. It was really more of a young adult/ teen kind of book but I got sooo hooked on it that I was out looking for book two before I finished book one, not able to stand the though of not knowing what was going to happen next. It had that kind of Harry Potter magnetism, but it was more like a modern day Jules Verne Journey to the center of the earth kind of thing. The characters and the creatures were amazing, especially the faithful “Hunter”, a giant hairless ass kicking cat. (Want!) There are 4 books in all, the last one I thought got a little carried away, but I loved the series. I think you might like it too. Here’s a link, just in case you’re interested. [/break1]amazon.com/Tunnels-Book-1-Roderick-Gordon/dp/0545078814]http://www.amazon.com/Tunnels-Book-1-Ro ... 0545078814


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Post by ObjectiveDoubter » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:37 pm

After reading 4 books on while on vacation on my iPad Kindle app, I have decided I still prefer a paper book. But h/t to Maru for the “Second Duchess”. I liked it. “One Second After” was another story. It sounded like it would be good when I read the story line on Amazon, but I was hurrying to get more to read before I got stuck somewhere where I couldn’t download anything so I snagged it. As I was reading it I kept thinking that it had been written by some right wing nut job. When I got back to Internet access I looked him up and found out I was right.“The Round House” was pretty good as was “God of Small Things”.I also read The Round House, finishing it last week. It was a bit hard to understand -- I couldn't put it all together until the end. When I did, I realized that it had been a really good read. I forget who recommended it. Or maybe I got it because it won the National Book Award in 2012, for fiction. Regardless, sadly I know so little about Native Americans, other than the ones that run all the casinos here in California, yet continue to suffer such abject poverty on the whole; this was educational, as a result. I recommend it.



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Post by Estiveo » Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:32 am

Estiveo, I was prowling the books in Target a while back while MrDaisy was looking at cameras and stumbled onto a book called “Tunnels” by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams. It sounded okay, so I bought it. It was really more of a young adult/ teen kind of book but I got sooo hooked on it that I was out looking for book two before I finished book one, not able to stand the though of not knowing what was going to happen next. It had that kind of Harry Potter magnetism, but it was more like a modern day Jules Verne Journey to the center of the earth kind of thing. The characters and the creatures were amazing, especially the faithful “Hunter”, a giant hairless ass kicking cat. (Want!) There are 4 books in all, the last one I thought got a little carried away, but I loved the series. I think you might like it too. Here’s a link, just in case you’re interested.


[/break1]amazon.com/Tunnels-Book-1-Roderick-Gordon/dp/0545078814]http://www.amazon.com/Tunnels-Book-1-Ro ... 0545078814Thanks MsDaisy, that does sound like something that I'd like. I've made a note for my next trip to my local independant bookseller. But I still gotta finish The Hydrogen Sonata and then I have Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton next in the queue. That one's almost 1,000 pages so it might take me a few extra days.





Srsly, any of you that like hard science fiction combined with pure space opera? Peter F. Hamilton is your go-to guy....if you like tomes of great length. ( [-X stop it, that's not what I meant and you know it!) His Night's Dawn Trilogy, my fave, is well over 3,000 pages total and worth the read.


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Post by Foggy » Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:30 pm

pure space opera :?:Is that like a soap opera in space or what?


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Post by Norbrook » Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:00 pm

I just finished reading [/break1]baenebooks.com/p-1741-shadow-of-freedom-earc.aspx]Shadow Of Freedom by David Weber. It's the newest one of his "Honorverse" series.



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Post by Estiveo » Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:10 am

pure space opera :?:Is that like a soap opera in space or what?Sorta kinda, but with robots and lasers and shit. :mrgreen:


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Post by listeme » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:33 am

I looked at that trilogy in Barnes and Noble on Monday, Estiveo. It is heavy! I think this is a good candidate for my kindle :mrgreen: but will give it a try.


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Post by verbalobe » Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:00 am

I looked at that trilogy in Barnes and Noble on Monday, Estiveo. It is heavy! I think this is a good candidate for my kindle :mrgreen: but will give it a try.We weigh the kindle each week, it's not quite in strict diet territory yet....



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Post by Roboe » Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:24 pm

Went on a minor spree at my local library and got away with Dreams From My Faterh & Audacity of Hope by President Obama (both in original english, which I prefer over translations), a couple of biographies on some remarkable Danish Kings (Christian VII and Christian X), a book on members of the Scandinavian Waffen-SS units during WW2, a book on occupied France 1940-1944, and a book on the rise of spindoctors in Danish politics. Should last me a week or two :D



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Post by TollandRCR » Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:41 pm

[link]Wilderness: A Novel,http://lanceweller.net/[/link] by Lance Weller is, of course, a story in which the great and bloody Battle of the Wilderness figures strongly. It is also the story of a lost and grieving rural New Yorker who happens to be in North Carolina when the Civil War starts and thus fights on the Confederate side. It is the story of an escaped slave who literally nursed the Confederate soldier, Abel Truman, back to life; of the impact of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address upon Mr. Truman; of a dog; and of the rocky shore and coastal mountains of Washington State.





As I started this, I found some sentences that reminded me of Faulkner. That is not usually a good thing, as I think sentences consisting of dozens of words are pretentious (I'm looking at you, Proust!). Then I found the writing entrancing. It lucidly paints pictures of unimaginable horror and of human grace and honor. Its characters are strongly drawn, even those who survive for only a few pages.





Parts of the novel were very hard for me to read, as is the case for me with most great novels of war. That may be because I never experienced war, but I doubt that a veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan would find it much easier going. It might even be harder for them.





Some will compare this novel to Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain because of the study of the impact of war upon one man and those around him, but the two novels differ in almost all respects, including quality of writing. Five stars.




Edit: ETA: Think Cormac McCarthy Blood Meridian: Or The Evening Redness in the West.


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Post by Chilidog » Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:40 pm

I just finished reading two Alan Furst novels. "Night Soldiers," and "Mission to Paris." He is my new favorite author. His novels are set in pre-WWII Europe. They are extreamly entertaining, and are readily availible for download from my library (via 3M). What I find fascinating, and not a little bit disturbing, is the the way his depictions of the facist's mentality is mirrored so often in todays events.Oh. BTW they are spy novels



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Post by Princess foofypants » Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:42 pm

[link]Wilderness: A Novel,http://lanceweller.net/[/link] by Lance Weller is, of course, a story in which the great and bloody Battle of the Wilderness figures strongly. It is also the story of a lost and grieving rural New Yorker who happens to be in North Carolina when the Civil War starts and thus fights on the Confederate side. It is the story of an escaped slave who literally nursed the Confederate soldier, Abel Truman, back to life; of the impact of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address upon Mr. Truman; of a dog; and of the rocky shore and coastal mountains of Washington State.





As I started this, I found some sentences that reminded me of Faulkner. That is not usually a good thing, as I think sentences consisting of dozens of words are pretentious (I'm looking at you, Proust!). Then I found the writing entrancing. It lucidly paints pictures of unimaginable horror and of human grace and honor. Its characters are strongly drawn, even those who survive for only a few pages.





Parts of the novel were very hard for me to read, as is the case for me with most great novels of war. That may be because I never experienced war, but I doubt that a veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan would find it much easier going. It might even be harder for them.





Some will compare this novel to Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain because of the study of the impact of war upon one man and those around him, but the two novels differ in almost all respects, including quality of writing. Five stars.




Edit: ETA: Think Cormac McCarthy Blood Meridian: Or The Evening Redness in the West.
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Post by Addie » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:41 pm

Major fan here :-bd I just finished reading two Alan Furst novels. ... Oh. BTW they are spy novels


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