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Old 12-04-17, 09:00 PM   #1401
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Finished listening Two Kinds of Truth, the latest Harry Bosch police procedural, by Michael Connelly. Excellent, as were the previous 21 Harry Bosch Novels. Mickey Haller, The Lincoln Lawyer, Harry's half brother has a significant role in this novel.

Started listening to Darktown, by Thomas Mullen, a police procedural set in the late 40's in a very segregated Atlanta where Black Lives did NOT matter in any way to the almost all white police force. The first 8 Negro/colored/Black officers (though seldom are any of those the terms used by the white officers, many of whom are KKK members to describe them) have been hired and meet Jim Crow in all their activities.
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Old 12-05-17, 10:58 AM   #1402
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A newish Robert Crais mystery i picked up on the sale rack at barnes and noble
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Old 12-09-17, 09:40 AM   #1403
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Finished listening to Darktown, by Thomas Mullen. Excellent book, I will soon listen to the second in this series, Lightning Men.

Finished listening to a Stephen King novella, Gwendy's Button Box. King never fails to deliver a good read/listen.

Started listening to The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War, by Doug Stanton.
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Just started Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
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Old 12-11-17, 07:57 PM   #1405
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Finished listening to The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War, by Doug Stanton.

Started listening to Lightning Men: A Novel (The Darktown Series Book 2) by Thomas Mullen.
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Finished listening to Lightning Men: A Novel (The Darktown Series Book 2) by Thomas Mullen.

Started listening to Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon, by Jeffrey Kluger
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Old 12-18-17, 09:30 AM   #1407
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The Plot to Hack America by Malcom Nance

Nance was FBI intelligence, he knows this sort of thing inside out.

https://www.amazon.com/Plot-Hack-Ame...o+hack+america
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Two (secular) things I always read at Christmastime:

1.) Truman Capote: A Christmas Memory
2.) James Joyce: The Dead (from his collection, Dubliners)

I personally think that Truman Capote is one of the most underrated of American authors. His writing is so often beautifully lyrical and he was so capable of expressing sublime sentiments, as in the final two paragraphs of A Christmas Memory, which, if you have any heart at all, will move you to tears.

In The Dead, James Joyce's prose achieves a level of lyricism and power that only the greatest poets in the English language were able to realize. The story, set at Christmastime, speaks to the close relationship between those of us living and those of us who have passed away; he puts the capstone on this idea through a very powerful metaphor in the final paragraph of the story.

I highly recommend these two amazing works of the highest art in our English Language.
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Old 12-22-17, 11:59 AM   #1409
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Finished listening to Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon, by Jeffrey Kluger. Indeed the entire story of this mission is thrilling with background of emerging from the Apollo 1 catastrophe and the pressure of the deadline of landing on the moon by the end of the decade; the first manned mission riding on the Saturn 5, the first manned trip to the moon. It was no cakewalk!

The story behind the Earth Rising photo and the Christmas Eve Message from the crew of Apollo to the People on the Good Earth are especially interesting.



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Old 12-26-17, 08:28 AM   #1410
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Finished my horror reading for the year, a couple of weeks back, with Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Didn't realize it was a novella. Interesting story, but anticlimactic ending.

I took a little reading break and was waiting for a couple of books as Christmas gifts. I got Anthony Beevor's Crete: The Battle and the Resistance, which I just started. Looks interesting so far.
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Old 12-29-17, 12:37 AM   #1411
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Krakatoa The Day The World Exploded August 27, 1883 by Simon WinchesterSpice trade history, evolution, geology - plate tectonics. Fascinating
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Finished listening to Vulgar Favors - Assassination of Gianni Versace, by Maureen Orth, non-fiction book about the murder of 5 people by Andrew Cunanan and the police and FBI investigaions and hunt for the killer. Emphasis is on the seamy underbelly of gay life and drug use, especially in San Diego and Miami, as well as the celebrity worship and media excesses after the last murder - Versace.

Started listening to Fobbit a fictional satirical account of the relatively pampered life of the RAMF's who spent their entire Iraq tour inside the wire of a Forward Operating Base near Baghdad, circa 2005.
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Finished listening to Fobbit a fictional satirical account of the relatively pampered life of the RAMF's who spent their entire Iraq tour inside the wire of a Forward Operating Base near Baghdad, circa 2005. Pretty funny and seemed familiar since I lived the relatively good life of a Fobbit in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Started listening to The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, by Scott Galloway.
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Finished listening to The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, by Scott Galloway. OK, nothing special.

Finished listening to Escape from Five Shadows, a western written by Elmore Leonard in 1956 but just recently released as an audio book. I think I have now read or listened to all of Elmore Leonards books. If I didn't have so many more books I want to read or listen to, I'd start all over on all of his books.

Started listening to Robicheaux, the 21st novel in the series by James Lee Burke about Detective Dave Robicheaux of Louisiana.
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The Haywire Heart.

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The Little Ice Age by Brian Fagan
(after a rec, from a CL history forum poster)

Medieval Europe, by Warren Hollister
(book sale at local library)

Book about the Irish Famine -don't have exact title on hand at the moment
(in-laws immigrant genealogy got me to read about subject)

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Old 01-13-18, 03:43 PM   #1417
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I just finished: Rainbows in the Mud. It was a let down.
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Old 01-16-18, 11:28 AM   #1418
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new Clive Cussler book set mostly around the Black Sea. A bit of a slog.
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