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Old 09-07-18, 11:45 AM
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Old 09-10-18, 06:53 AM
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Finished listening to the non fiction book, Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man, by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic. Very good and adds more details than were in the book that I previously read on the subject(Fatal Voyage), especially about the court martial of Captain McVay.

Finished reading Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam, by Mark Bowden. Well worth reading.

Started listening to Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times by Mark Leibovich.
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Old 09-10-18, 10:38 AM
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Recently finished "Surface Detail" by Iain M. Banks. This is the last book I had to read in the Culture series, the first book of which is being made into a miniseries by Amazon. If you enjoy scifi or other flavors of speculative fiction, do yourself a favor and read the entire series. Amazing stuff.

Just started "The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O." by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland. It seems like a more lightweight version of Stephenson's usual meticulously researched/diversion heavy brand of prose. The book seems based on an extrapolation of the Schrodinger's cat metaphor.
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Old 09-13-18, 09:52 AM
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Just started Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook.
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Finished Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier by Mark Frost. Interesting background and follow-up on some of the main characters from the David Lynch franchise. Worth getting, if you're into the series. Thing I like most about these books released after the latest series is that they don't give too much away. If you're looking for answers, you are bound to be disappointed.
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Old 09-16-18, 05:08 PM
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Finished listening to Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times by Mark Leibovich. Very interesting and right up to date with ignorant shenanigans from wannabe owner who wasn't good enough for the exclusive NFL owners' club and now delights in stirring up crap in his Twitter storms.

Started listening to The Fighters, a non fiction book by C. J Chivers, a senior writer at The New York Times, about modern combat in Iraq and Afghanistan as experienced by the soldiers in contact with the opposition.
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Old 09-18-18, 08:21 AM
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Finished Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey. Interesting book. I liked the ending where he basically talked about electronic haunting. For example a father died who was part of the early computer revolution. He had his house wired up to turn on/off the lights and run water at certain times by a computer program that was set to his own idiosyncratic schedule. When his daughters moved into the house it gave the impression of still being "haunted" by his presence with light turning on and off at different hours.
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Old 09-21-18, 01:59 AM
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Old 09-24-18, 07:47 AM
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The last book I read was the volume of Bradbury's stories "Dandelion Wine"
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Old 09-25-18, 01:27 PM
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Apex by Ramez Naam. Book 3 in a suprisinegly awesome Sci-Fi Trilogy.
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Old 09-25-18, 05:16 PM
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Finished listening to The Fighters, a non fiction book by C. J Chivers, a senior writer at The New York Times, about modern combat in Iraq and Afghanistan as experienced by the soldiers in contact with the opposition. Highly recommended.

Started listening to The Iceman: A Novel, by P. T. Deutermann, a WW2 submarine warfare thriller.
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basin and range-john mcphee

death with interruptions-josé saramago.
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Old 09-26-18, 12:59 PM
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Little over half way through Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt. I like the way it is written. Although I was expecting some more scariness. More creepy than scary at this point of the book.
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The last book I've read was The Giver, by Lois Lowry, I rated 5/5 stars.

This book surprised me, I didn't expect it to be that good! It makes you be grateful for the life we have, the world we're living in (although there are many things wrong with people who create war).
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Old 10-03-18, 12:17 AM
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Finished listening to The Iceman: A Novel, by P. T. Deutermann, a WW2 submarine warfare thriller. Action at sea was very good. The romance on land was dull.

Finished listening to Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris by Alex Kershaw. Highly recommended for its feel of the terror of living under the Nazi terror in Paris.
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Finished listening to Dark Horse, the fifth Walt Longmire Western novel, set in contemporary Wyoming. Equal to the first four that I also listened to previously.

Started listening to On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle, by Hampton Sides.
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Old 10-08-18, 11:55 AM
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Finished Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt. I liked it, but still did not deliver the scare. Well written though.

Started a HP Lovecraft collection of stories.
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I can't seem to finish any of the lengthy documentary type books I've started over the past year or two, so I'm switching to some junk food reading to kickstart my brain.

I always enjoyed Robert B. Parker's terse, smartypants style so I just raided our apartment complex library for "Thin Air" and "Mortal Stakes". If those are like most of his Spenser books I'll finish one just on the train rides this week. Unfortunately the Spenser For Hire TV series and Tom Selleck's TV movie characterizations haven't quite captured the Spenser I picture from the books. Selleck is a bit too laconic and morose.

And "Gorky Park" was always a favorite so I snagged a dogeared paperback copy of "Red Square," the Martin Cruz Smith followup to the Arkady Renko character. Should be fun. Renko is very much a Spenser type investigator, although Smith's writing style is more dense, complex and evocative of time and place.
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Finished listening to On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle, by Hampton Sides. Despite the subtitle, the book also gives a good account of the U.S. Army's battles on the east side of the Reservoir. Excellent account. For a quick visual account of this battle see the following documentaries on this subject available for free on Amazon Prime:
American Experience: The Battle of Chosin; and
Task Force Faith: The Story of the 31st Regimental Combat Team.


Started listening to Silkworm, the second Cormoran Strike detective novel by Robert Galbraith, AKA J.K Rowling.
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Just started Storm Front by Jim Butcher
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Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison- not to be confused with W.G, Wells' The Invisible Man. It's a story about race relations and civil strife against the backdrop of depression era Harlem.
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Finished listening to Silkworm, the second Cormoran Strike detective novel by Robert Galbraith, AKA J.K Rowling. Rather confusing as to which characters are which in this murder mystery that features the characters identified in the murder victim's `novel. Good ending though. Not quite as good as the first Galbraith novel.

Started listening to Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds, by Ed Rasimus.
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Just started The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
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Finished listening to Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds, by Ed Rasimus. Fighter pilot with the Right Stuff, for real!

Started listening to Escaping the Trap: The U.S. Army X Corps in Northeast Korea, 1950, by Roy E. Appleman.
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Finished reading Hell to Pay, Operation DOWNFALL and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947,
by Giangreco Giangreco. A sobering study of the planning (by both the Allies and Japan) for the Allied invasion of the Home Islands of Japan. The logistics and expected casualties is staggering

Excerpt from a recent book review https://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/538.asp describes the book well:
The book "provides a welcome investigation of the costs of an invasion of the Japanese home islands based on a careful examination of the invasion plans and defense preparations. This work succeeds because it provides a detailed understanding of the military calculations of both sides during the final days of the war, which leads to an evaluation of the likely course of an Allied invasion.

Giangreco argues cogently that the Japanese armed forces were relatively confident in their ability to resist an Allied invasion. The Japanese had accumulated thousands of kamikaze aircraft, far more than the Allies had estimated, many of which were older models that were nearly invisible to radar, plus a wide variety of suicide naval craft, an army of approximately three million men, and a rapidly expanding home defense force. What Japan lacked in quality and power projection, it made up for in numbers and a fierce dedication to the defense of the homeland. Although most Japanese planners anticipated heavy losses, some estimating as many as 20 million dead, they believed that they could extract so high a price in blood from the Allies that they would be able to secure an acceptable end to the war.

Alternatively, Giangreco depicts the Allies as confident in their ability to win, but deeply concerned regarding the costs of their victory, citing, for example, Marine Major General Graves B. Erskine, who remarked, "[V]ictory was never in doubt. Its cost was. What was in doubt, in all our minds, was whether there would be any of us left to dedicate our cemetery at the end, or whether the last Marine would die knocking out the last Japanese gun and gunner." This fatalism was underscored by American defense planners who ordered an additional 500,000 Purple Heart decorations made in anticipation of massive losses, a stockpile so large it proved sufficient to cover American casualties in wars over the next 50 years."

Additional review with a link to an 8 minute audio segment from NPR at https://www.npr.org/templates/story/...ryId=122591119

Started reading The Quiet Flame, by Phillip Kerr. It is the fifth novel in the Bernie Gunther series.

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