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Old 02-24-14, 12:16 PM   #826
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I've just started "A Princess of Mars," Edgar Rice Burroughs. I'm also working my way through Euclid's "Elements" and reading Thomas Nagel's "Mind and Cosmos." I'm also reading Lloyd Alexander's "Book of Three" to my children.
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Old 02-25-14, 11:48 PM   #827
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Finished listening to Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden Story of America's Space Espionage by Philip Taubman.

Finished listening to Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany by Donald Miller. Eighth Air Force history

Finished listening to The Thicket by Joe Lansdale. Early 20th Century Texas novel

Finished listening to Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly. 5th Mickey Haller (Lincoln Lawyer) novel.

Finished listening to Serpent's Tooth by Craig Johnson, Sheriff Longmire novel

Finished listening to Such Men are Dangerous by Lawrence Block. Short crime fiction.

Finished listening to The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel.

Started listening to Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson.

Still reading Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam by H. R. McMaster.
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Old 02-26-14, 11:43 AM   #828
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Finished listening to Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden Story of America's Space Espionage by Philip Taubman.

Finished listening to Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany by Donald Miller. Eighth Air Force history

Finished listening to The Thicket by Joe Lansdale. Early 20th Century Texas novel

Finished listening to Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly. 5th Mickey Haller (Lincoln Lawyer) novel.

Finished listening to Serpent's Tooth by Craig Johnson, Sheriff Longmire novel

Finished listening to Such Men are Dangerous by Lawrence Block. Short crime fiction.

Finished listening to The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel.

Started listening to Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson.

Still reading Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam by H. R. McMaster.
How did you like Monuments Men? It sounds interesting.
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Old 02-26-14, 01:05 PM   #829
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How did you like Monuments Men? It sounds interesting.
Very interesting and highly recommended. I understand the movie (haven't seen it yet) has a Dirty Dozen theme of misfit soldiers chasing after art. The book is far more serious about the subject and delves into the participants' backgrounds and sleuth work to track down and rescue the stolen plunder from Western European owners, principally in France and Belgium and European Jews, but also the controversial topic of returning stolen German cultural artifacts to its original owners.
I previously saw the 2006 documentary movie. R*pe of Europa which was co-produced by Mr. Edsel and it just touches the surface that the book covers.

I have on my reading queue another book by the author Robert Edsel, Saving Italy. It deals with the rescue and restoration of Italian cultural artifacts stolen by the Fascists in WW2.
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Old 02-26-14, 03:46 PM   #830
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Old 03-05-14, 04:44 PM   #831
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Old 03-07-14, 10:33 PM   #832
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Finished listening to Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson. So many players involved in the Middle East during WW1 and it is difficult to keep up with who is playing whom. Fascinating book.

Started listening to Bat by Jo NesbÝ, the first book in the Inspector Henry Hole Series of crime novels by the Norwegian author.
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Old 03-07-14, 11:47 PM   #833
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Women, Men and Society 2012, Renzetti et al
Investigating the Social World, 2012, Shutt
Film As Social Practice 4th ed., Graeme Turner
The Making Of Citizen Kane 1996 - revised. Robt. Carringer

Mid-semester I begin sneaking pleasure books from the library into my cave. Hence I just started -

Why I Write, George Orwell, 1931
Down and Out in London and Paris, Orwell 1933

and if I ever get around to it, (though the last King book I picked up I found boring)-
Joyland, Stephen King
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Old 03-08-14, 05:11 AM   #834
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the biographical dictionary of popular music: from adele to ziggy, the real a to z of rock and pop-dylan jones 2012.
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Old 03-08-14, 08:45 PM   #835
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Old 03-08-14, 09:00 PM   #836
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About 200 pages into Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. It's like the literary equivalent of watching an artist paint a painting by stabbing arbitrary points on the canvas with the brush. Disorienting at first, but the more you read the more its genius becomes apparent.
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Old 03-12-14, 11:49 PM   #837
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Finished listening to Bat by Jo NesbÝ, the first book in the Inspector Henry Hole Series of crime novels by the Norwegian author. I am third on my library's waiting list for the audiobook version of the second in the Harry Hole Series, Cockroaches. I will listen to it soon, but in the meantime:

Started listening to Billy Bathgate, by E. L. Doctorow, a novel about Dutch Schultz, NYC
gangster in the 30's.

Finished reading Dereliction of Duty, Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies That Led to Vietnam by H. R. McMaster.

Started reading L.A. Noir, The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City by John Buntin. Non fiction dealing principally with the Chief Parker - Mickey Cohen era.
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Old 03-21-14, 01:09 PM   #838
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Finished listening to Billy Bathgate, by E. L. Doctorow, a novel about Dutch Schultz, NYC
gangster in the 30's.

Started listening to The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel, by Benjamin Black, written in the style of Raymond Chandler.
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Old 03-21-14, 06:56 PM   #839
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The Hunger Games trilogy. Got the first book at a secondhand shop, hardcover; checked the second book out of the library (Young Adult?!?); downloaded the third book as an ebook, first ebook I've ever read. It's fluffy stuff, but fun to read. Better than Dan Brown. And Tom Clancy. Nowhere near as good as Battle Royale.

Neil Gaiman Stardust. I'm a sucker for fairy tales and Gaiman is a good writer. Not heavy duty, but not a lightweight story, either.

Jonathan Lethem Chronic City. Lethem has a very Philip K Dick flavor to some of his writing, which I admire, and this book did not disappoint.
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Finished listening to The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel, by Benjamin Black.

Started listening to Cockroaches by Jo NesbÝ, the second book in the Inspector Henry Hole Series of crime novels by the Norwegian author.
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Old 03-26-14, 10:51 AM   #841
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Listened to The Hound of the Baskervilles this weekend.
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Finished listening to Cockroaches by Jo NesbÝ, the second book in the Inspector Henry Hole Series of crime novels by the Norwegian author.

Finished listening to Not Comin' Home to You, by Lawrence Block under the pseudonym Paul Kavanaugh. It is a novel inspired by the crime spree of 22yo Charles Starkweather and 14yo Carol Fugate that left 14 people dead in 1958 and was also the basis for the feature film, Terrence Malick's "Badlands." As usual another winner from this author though it was written early in his career in early 70's. He hit his top form with the Matthew Scudder series.

Started listening to Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power by Fred Kaplan.
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Old 04-06-14, 11:35 PM   #843
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Finished listening to Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power by Fred Kaplan. Bush Jr., Rumsfield, Cheney, Wolfiwitz et al. and their criminally ignorant fantasy dreams on foreign policy/American Hegemony and the mess it created.

Started listening to Deadly Aim, a crime novel by Thomas Perry. The author wrote two of the best recent American crime novels I read (Butcher Boy and Metzger's Dog) that weren't written by Elmore Leonard or Lawrence Block.
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Old 04-06-14, 11:52 PM   #844
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Just Ride by grant petersen. It's basically a drawn-out, more detailed discussion of his catalog copy from his bridgestone days in the latter half of the 80's and early 90's. There's more information, fewer illustrations, and a complete absence of photos of pretty bikes, all of which made bridgestone catalogs absolutely fascinating and far more entertaining than they had a right to be.

In it, gp spells out his theory and practice of the 'un-racer.' Of the everyman who loves riding for pleasure, commutes, goes on rides simply to explore, enjoys day trips where s/he can use the bike to haul a day's or a week's worth of clothes and camping gear, who enjoys the beauty of a finely crafted, steel, lugged bicycle.

He eschews the excesses of the pseudo-racer: the spandex, the $8K carbon-fiber wunder, the shoe bindings that belong on skis and not on bikes, the poseur with 58 colors and 59 signs on his $200 polyester jersey, beating the guy on a 38 lb. big box mart mtb bike to a red light by 20 feet, only to watch the same rider pull up beside him 5 seconds later on a bike that cost exactly $7,920 less than his $8K bike.

It's a good read. I do find it wacky that bikes are weighed now without pedals. Hmm, I've never tried riding a bike without it's pedals. Sounds interesting. GP does have a point that weighing a bike without it's engine (the rider) is a bit odd.

Bike: 16 lbs, $7,000 + Rider: 5'11", 284 lbs. Total weight: 300 lbs.

Bike: 24 lbs, $400 bikesdirect + Rider: 5'11," 176 lbs. Total weight: 200 lbs.

Which rider is faster? I'll let you answer the question on your own.

Nonetheless, the point is clear: there is far too much hype and commercialism. The industry is selling a pipe dream. Losing 8 lbs off the bike at a total cost of $6,600, instead of losing 8 pounds off the rider with sensible eating is complete and utter insanity.
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Does that mean you object because the poster misrepresented what is in the book that he read, or that you disagree with the contents of the book? BTW did you read the book?
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Finished reading China Mieville's Railsea.

I like Mieville's fantastic portrayals of worlds similar to, but very different than our own. This book did not disappoint. Not sure what category this particular titles falls into -- it had a very Young Adult flavor to it. Purchased in an airport bookshop, and finished before returning home, it made for entertaining reading. Nothing too deep: those looking for some of his more heavy-hitting tales may be disappointed. As a travel or beach book, it hits the spot.
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Finished listening to Dead Aim, a crime novel by Thomas Perry.

Finished listening to two Lawrence Block novels from the Keller the Hitman series, Hit List and Hit and Run. Hit and Run was the best of series so far of the first four that I have read or listened to.

Also finished listening to One Night Stands and Lost Weekends, a collection of short stories and novellas by Lawrence Block previously published in various men's and pulp magazines in the late 50's and the 60's. Only so-so and not up to the standards of the Scudder, Keller or Bernie the Burglar novels.

Started listening to Jordan Belfort's memoir The Wolf of Wall Street. The book is about the author's drug drenched days and nights on Wall Street and New York environs.
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Old 05-06-14, 06:35 PM   #849
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Currently reading Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig, and my wife wants me to start Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series next (she's read 6 so far in 3 weeks...I admire her ability to speed through and yet retain so much). As soon as I'm done with these, I'll be giving Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series a try.

With all this reading, it's amazing to me that our book backlog still grows. Not a bad problem to have, though.
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