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Old 05-16-14, 09:58 AM   #851
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Finished listening to Jordan Belfort's memoir The Wolf of Wall Street.

Finished listening to Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries that Ignited the Space Age by Matthew Brzezinski. Good book.

Also finished Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis by Robert Edsel. Similar story as The Monument Men which dealt primarily with the plunder of art and cultural objects by the Germans from Northwestern Europe and was written by the same author. The Monument Men is the better book and has far more details about finding the stolen treasure in various secret Nazi hideaways, though both books are worthwhile.

Started listening to No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945 by Norman Davies.
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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).
Your wife is making a good recommendation. I've listened to 4 books of the Walt Longmire series, and enjoyed all of them.
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Your wife is making a good recommendation. I've listened to 4 books of the Walt Longmire series, and enjoyed all of them.
You and my wife are both right! I'm currently reading "The Cold Dish", and I love it! Only about 80 pages in, and I'm trying not to let my reading ADHD take over. I'm still not done with a few other books I've been reading, but she's almost done with "A Serpent's Tooth", and she keeps telling me about certain events/characters, and it makes me want to [attempt to] keep up. I'm still amazed by her reading abilities...she's been through almost 8 books in a little over a month, and is retaining everything. It astounds me...most days I can't remember what was for lunch by the end of the day.
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The self sufficient life and how to live it by John Seymour. Started growing my bean garden last week and they are about 5 inches tall already! My first time growing anything.

A slow waltz in Cedar bend- a nice little romance/adventure. easy reading is a fun change from biographical or non-fiction stuff all of the time.
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into book 5 of the game of thrones series. decided not to take a break after limping through book 4.
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Finished listening to No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945 by Norman Davies.

Finished listening to Son by Jo Nesbų

Finished listening to Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson.

Finished reading Hit Man by Lawrence Block.

Currently reading Midnight in Europe, the latest pre-WW2 spy novel by Alan Furst.

Currently listening to Too Far From Home: A Story of Life and Death in Space by Chris Jones.
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Finished listening to Too Far From Home: A Story of Life and Death in Space by Chris Jones.

Finished listening to The Turnaround by George Pelecanos, a crime novel set in D.C.

Started listening to Two Trains Running, a crime novel by Andrew Vachss.
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Finished listening to Two Trains Running, a crime novel by Andrew Vachss.

Finished listening to Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower.

Started listening to The Burglar Who Counted Spoons by Lawrence Block.

Finished reading Midnight in Europe by Alan Furst.
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William black old stuff.....
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Just started One Shot, by Lee Child
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Finished listening to The Burglar Who Counted Spoons by Lawrence Block. As always, Block delivered a winner.

Started listening to The Redbreast by Jo Nesbų, the third crime novel in the Harry Hole series.

Started reading The Devil's Candy by Julie Salamon, an account of the making of the movie, The Bonfire of the Vanities.
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Finished listening to The Redbreast by Jo Nesbų, the third crime novel in the Harry Hole series. Interesting premise of Harry Hole investigating recent crimes involving some Norwegians would be "patriots" who fought with the Germans on the Eastern Front.

Started listening to The Burglar Who Painted like Mondrian by Lawrence Block.
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I'm just now getting around to trying audiobooks- downloadable mp3 format. Had to install the Overdrive app on my tablet, but what the hey, right?

Anyways, I'm on my second one. Finished Tiger's Claw by Dale Brown 2 days ago and started The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry.
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I'm just now getting around to trying audiobooks- downloadable mp3 format. Had to install the Overdrive app on my tablet, but what the hey, right?

Anyways, I'm on my second one. Finished Tiger's Claw by Dale Brown 2 days ago and started The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry.
Good deal, eh? I've listened to over 370 audiobooks in past 7 or 9 years or however long I've been listening to them on a mp3 player while cycling.

Finished listening to The Burglar Who Painted like Mondrian by Lawrence Block.

Started listening to The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams by Lawrence Block.
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I'm reading the final book in Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars" trilogy. It's been... an exercise. I recommend it, unreservedly.
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World War Z. No surprise that's it's far better than the movie. Although the movie was a little better than I expected.
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Finished listening to The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams by Lawrence Block.
Started listening to The Mission Song by John le Carré.

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Finished listening to The Mission Song by John le Carré.

Started listening to The Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell but am ready to give up due to author's repeated forays into polemicizing about liberals, the Press, politicians, etc as well as political ranting about Iraq and WMD. Also overloaded with machismo grandstanding and bragging about being the meanest MF'ers on the planet.

The movie was good and stuck to the events that led to the author being the lone survivor of an Afghan battle and the events and decisions that preceded it and the reason why 3 Navy Crosses and a Medal of Honor were awarded to the four brave men. Too bad the book doesn't stick to those events. Maybe a little further into the book he will get to the actual events.

For an interesting read about Navy SEALS and their training and organization I'd recommend No Easy Day by Mark Owen which deals with the mission to capture/kill Bin Laden.
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Christopher Moore: Serpent of Venice. If you like Christopher Moore, this is a typically hilarious book, a follow-up to Fool. If you don't like Christopher Moore, what the hell is wrong with you?!? Easy read, got through it in about two days... mainly because I couldn't put it down. Amazing production values--jacket printed 6c on foil paper with emboss, matte lam & spot gloss; edge staining; 2c printing for the text; only letdown is a typically substandard (for mass market hardcover) case.

Cormac McCarthy: The Road. I'd seen the movie a while back. Turns out, it was pretty faithful to the book, always a good surprise. He writes excellent prose, also a quick read. The mass market pbk appears to have been typeset in a bold typeface or at least semibold/medium.

Writer Kazuo Koike, artist Goseki Kojima: Lone Wolf and Cub. Sprawling series set in Edo-era Japan, follows a Ronin Samurai turned assassin done wrong, out for revenge, and his toddler kid. The original US publication was not done in order and was in comic book format; the series I'm reading is the manga size edition with covers by Miller and Varley. We're selling a bunch of stuff, this series is part of what's for sale, trying to get through it before the weekend, reading about 2-3 issues each day. Not sure if I'll make it by the weekend, just finished #9 an it goes into the 20s. Authors (and translator) are true to period settings, terms, situations, so it's as much an education in Japanese history as it is a rollicking adventure.
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I'm reading the final book in Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars" trilogy. It's been... an exercise. I recommend it, unreservedly.
I grabbed up all 3 at a used book store, but haven't gotten into them yet. My wife tried but didn't get very far into Red Mars before giving up. She said it was pretty political and boring. But I'm still going to give them a go.

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Cormac McCarthy: The Road. I'd seen the movie a while back. Turns out, it was pretty faithful to the book, always a good surprise. He writes excellent prose, also a quick read. The mass market pbk appears to have been typeset in a bold typeface or at least semibold/medium.
This was my first foray into Cormac, and once I got used to his writing style, it was so, so, so, good. Movie was a good try. But the book is magnificent.

If you haven't read other Cormac books, make sure you definitely read No Country For Old Men, for obvious reasons, and if you think you're ready, read Blood Meridian, which is possibly his best book, and possibly in my top 3. But, holy **** was it absolutely brutal.
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Finished reading The Devil's Candy by Julie Salamon, an account of the making of the movie, The Bonfire of the Vanities.

Started reading The Switch by Elmore Leonard. Thought I had read or listened to every crime novel written by Elmore Leonard but I had somehow missed this one.

Started listening The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling by Lawrence Block.
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Finished listening to The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling by Lawrence Block.

Started listening to A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre.
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Finished listening to A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre.
Finished reading The Switch by Elmore Leonard. Well named book, I never saw coming the book ending. As always great dialog, this time from the same two characters from Rum Punch, Ordell and Louis who were played by Sam Jackson and Robert DeNiro in the movie Jackie Brown.

Started listening to The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit by Michael Cannell.
Started reading the Kindle Single book: The Secret Agent: In Search of America's Greatest World War II Spy by Stephan Talty.

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Secrets of Small House Living by Claire Middleton - I'm kinda interested in the whole Tint/Small House Movement (and growing more-so)
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