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Old 08-19-14, 12:56 PM   #876
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A Dirk Pitt novel by Clive Cussler.

The Eiger Sanction by Trevanian

and some male smut (spy novel).

At work: journal articles of the chemistry persuasion.
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Old 08-20-14, 03:14 PM   #877
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The Deerslayer.

Tain't making any High School reading lists as so far there isn't a single character who would not be branded as racist.
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Old 08-20-14, 04:25 PM   #878
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The Deerslayer.

Tain't making any High School reading lists as so far there isn't a single character who would not be branded as racist.
Huck Finn is probably on as many HS reading lists as he is banned from. Pap Finn was one hellava bigot.
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Finished Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier. Great book!

Also finished Private Empire: ExxonMobile and American Power. Pretty good. Nothing too mindblowing here.

Looking for something good to read now. Anybody got any suggestions?
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Looking for something good to read now. Anybody got any suggestions?
Try one of these.

City Primeval, High Noon in Detroit, by Elmore Leonard. One of the master's best crime novels, though all his books are a treat.

Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors
, by James D. Hornfischer. Great telling of fantastic bravery during Battle of Leyte Gulf.

Any of the Mathew Scudder series of mystery novels by Lawrence Block, preferably in sequence. List is at http://www.amazon.com/lawrence-block...R3CWNLVPP93EIL

Night Soldiers by Alan Furst, first of Furst's series of 1930's-WW2 era spy novels. All the rest are good too and do not need to be read in sequence.

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skoots. Description from Amazon: From a single, abbreviated life grew a seemingly immortal line of cells that made some of the most crucial innovations in modern science possible. And from that same life, and those cells, Rebecca Skloot has fashioned The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks a fascinating and moving story of medicine and family, of how life is sustained in laboratories and in memory.



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Old 08-20-14, 10:26 PM   #881
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Finished Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier. Great book!

Also finished Private Empire: ExxonMobile and American Power. Pretty good. Nothing too mindblowing here.

Looking for something good to read now. Anybody got any suggestions?
if you like travel/adventure books: wind, sand and stars (lewis galantière translation) by antoine de saint-exupéry. highest recommendation.
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Just started The Monuments Men.
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The Holy Bible- The Book of John specifically.
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Finished listening to The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit by Michael Cannell.
Finished listening to The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart by Lawrence Block.

Started listening to Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America by Annie Jacobsen.
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Finished reading the Kindle Single book: The Secret Agent: In Search of America's Greatest World War II Spy by Stephan Talty.

Started reading The Executioners (AKA Cape Fear) by John D. Macdonald.

Also started rereading A Walk Among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block. It is the tenth of the Mathew Scudder series of mystery/crime novels. I previously have read or listened to all of them but want to refresh myself on this one in antipation of the movie release later this month.
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Put Monuments Men on hold and started Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.
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Put Monuments Men on hold and started Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.
Another winner. Louis Zamperini, the subject of Unbroken just recently died. A real man's man. When you finish it you might want to read Seabiscut also by Laura Hillenbrand another good story but nowhere near as fascinating as Unbroken.
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Another winner. Louis Zamperini, the subject of Unbroken just recently died. A real man's man. When you finish it you might want to read Seabiscut also by Laura Hillenbrand another good story but nowhere near as fascinating as Unbroken.
I'm liking it so far. I had to reserve it from the library. When I got the notice it was available I put down Monuments Men. I plan to pick it up again when I'm done with Unbroken. I'd heard of Seabiscuit - saw the movie too. May put that on my list also.
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Finished rereading A Walk Among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block. Refreshed myself on this Matthew Scudder story/plot and am now ready for the movie release later this month. Hopefully it will be at least half as good as the book.

Finished listening to Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America by Annie Jacobsen.

Started listening to Edge of Dark Water, a novel by Joe Lansdale.

Started reading You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again, a memoir by movie producer Julia Phillips.
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Near the end of re-reading Rant by Chuck Palahniuk. Fun, but not exactly for the squeamish per the author's usual preference for the disturbing, especially combined with precise medical descriptions and terms. Alt-present regarding a rural kid brought up in a dysfunctional environment of which he turns out to be the biggest dysfunction. Moves to the city and engages in crash parties, where people flag their cars to take part in mutual fender-benderism, and the solution to quelling traffic problems is to segregate the population into two groups -- daydwellers and nightdwellers. Oh, and there's some kind of time travel involved, too. Rant ends up being a king manipulator responsible for a new rabies epidemic and who can seemingly only get it up with the help of spider venom...

I really need to be in the right mood to read a Palahniuk novel, but I've enjoyed most of them. In one way or another, they are all like rubbernecking at human disasters, watching a car race where you know there will be a wreck because that's part of the plan...
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Oh mostly junk... and tech manuals. The junk has recently been largely the Jack Reacher series of books... entertaining, but not exactly "high brow."

Enjoyable reads if you are looking for your basic action novels on a summer day.
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rereading the Harry Dresden series just because I enjoyed them first time.
also been reading a lot of Charles Stross. strongly recommend his Laundry series, sci-fi with a sense of humor.
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Finished listening to Edge of Dark Water, a novel by Joe Lansdale. Not as good as The Thicket by the same author but still a good read.

Started listening to The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird. Mr. Ames was killed in the 1983 Beirut U.S. Embassy bombing.
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Huck Finn is probably on as many HS reading lists as he is banned from. Pap Finn was one hellava bigot.
Yea, but he was just one character and not portrayed in a positive light. Pretty much every single character in can be portrayed as racist.

Now there are some interesting variations, some are just judging others in the context of their own culture, others find Indians as less than human. But no way it is getting past the short sighted.
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Yea, but he was just one character and not portrayed in a positive light. Pretty much every single character in can be portrayed as racist.

Now there are some interesting variations, some are just judging others in the context of their own culture, others find Indians as less than human. But no way it is getting past the short sighted.
The irony in what I was saying is in that Clemens (Twain) was not a bigot himself, and was in fact a pretty staunch abolitionist. They that are prone to ban books often do so based on perceptions of superficial details, rather that an understanding of the actual meaning of the work. In the case of Huckelberry Finn, the meaning was a satirical condemnation of racist attitudes. I suspect that those who have worked to ban this, and similar works, aren't really keen in their critical thinking.
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Both Deerslayer and Huck Finn are historically significant books.
I may be going out on a limb here but I get tired of the apologists and
others who want to just erase the past.
to quote George Santanya
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I re-read The Giver, since I hadn't read it since high school and I saw the movie. Was still just as great as I remembered it.

Now reading The Maze Runner.
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Finished listening to The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird. Mr. Ames was killed in the 1983 Beirut U.S. Embassy bombing.
Started listening to The Burglar in the Library, the eighth book in the Bernie (The Burglar) Rhodenbarr series by Lawrence Block.
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