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Re: What are you reading right now? 2017/10/19 20:42:41 (permalink)
Just finishing up "Castaway Odyssey" by Ryk E. Spoor and Eric Flint. It's book 5 of their Boundary series. The books have just really gotten better and better as the series progressed. A good SF read, if you like SF.
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2017/10/19 20:50:21 (permalink)
"Around the World in 80 Days" by Jules Verne (1873).
 
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2017/12/30 08:51:02 (permalink)
Dan Brown's "Origin" ...his usual good stuff with a chilling warning at the end!
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2017/12/30 09:42:15 (permalink)
"Dances With Wolves" by Michael Blake.  Ms OC gave me the book for Christmas.  I did not even realize there was a book.  So far it is very good. 
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/01/05 05:46:13 (permalink)
I just started Crime and Punishment, so far it's pretty good.
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/01/05 09:45:18 (permalink)
On my 8th "Prey" novel. Binge reading the series, in order!
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/01/23 11:44:20 (permalink)
Radio Free Vermont, is a first attempt at fiction by one of our best writers, Bill Mckibben. I don't always agree with his non fiction, but he always makes a good argument. This is, as he says, his first try at fiction, but he is better at it than a lot of folks who have published a lot of novels.
 
This is not a page turner like the latest Poyer/Dan Lenson thriller that I just finished, but rather thought provoking preaching about what "could be". There are more than a few chuckles, and the pranks brought out the 10 yr old boy that still hangs in the back of my mind.  I'm about 1/2 way through.
 
It was on the "new" shelf at my local library.
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/01/23 11:48:49 (permalink)
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Just finishing up "Castaway Odyssey" by Ryk E. Spoor and Eric Flint. It's book 5 of their Boundary series. The books have just really gotten better and better as the series progressed. A good SF read, if you like SF.


I have tried to get into Flint's stuff a few times, and I like alternate history, steampunk/science fiction. I just don't get excited. Maybe I'll try again. He must be popular, because my library seems to have a new book by him a few times a year.
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/01/23 13:23:22 (permalink)
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Just finishing up "Castaway Odyssey" by Ryk E. Spoor and Eric Flint. It's book 5 of their Boundary series. The books have just really gotten better and better as the series progressed. A good SF read, if you like SF.


I have tried to get into Flint's stuff a few times, and I like alternate history, steampunk/science fiction. I just don't get excited. Maybe I'll try again. He must be popular, because my library seems to have a new book by him a few times a year.


I gave Flint's alternate history Ring of Fire series a shot when it was in its early days. It just got boring real quick. His work with Spoor has been very good, though. Harry Turtledove is my go to author for alternate history, though. He's the master of the genre.
 
Right now I'm reading "Presto! How I made 100 pounds disappear and other magical tales" by Penn Jillette. Who would have thought that someone could write a book about their weight loss and make a hilarious romp out of it. I've read most of Penn's books and this one stands up with the others for being amusing and well written.
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/01/23 17:44:34 (permalink)
Fools and Mortals. It's a new novel about the Elizabethan era with Richard Shakespeare,Williams younger brother, also an actor, as the main character and narrator. Great if you like history.
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/01/26 11:28:24 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby leethebard 2018/01/26 13:21:03
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Fools and Mortals. It's a new novel about the Elizabethan era with Richard Shakespeare,Williams younger brother, also an actor, as the main character and narrator. Great if you like history.


The earlier mentioned Harry Turtledove also covered the Shakespeare era. The book was named something like "Ruled Britannia". It is, IMO, not one of his best works, but still a decent read. As for Penn Jillette, a funny, but thought provoking piece that he wrote a few years ago, "Let the terrorists do the profiling", should have, IMO, gotten better coverage. Right now, the bad guys know that everyone past security is unarmed. His word picture of a little old lady stabbing a bad guy with a knitting needle set the tone..............funny and serious at the same time. He is IMO, one of the great minds of our time.
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/01/26 13:20:56 (permalink)
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Fools and Mortals. It's a new novel about the Elizabethan era with Richard Shakespeare,Williams younger brother, also an actor, as the main character and narrator. Great if you like history.


The earlier mentioned Harry Turtledove also covered the Shakespeare era. The book was named something like "Ruled Britannia". It is, IMO, not one of his best works, but still a decent read. As for Penn Jillette, a funny, but thought provoking piece that he wrote a few years ago, "Let the terrorists do the profiling", should have, IMO, gotten better coverage. Right now, the bad guys know that everyone past security is unarmed. His word picture of a little old lady stabbing a bad guy with a knitting needle set the tone..............funny and serious at the same time. He is IMO, one of the great minds of our time.


I'm a Shakespeare nut, and former teacher of same. Thanks for the info.
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/01/29 11:18:20 (permalink)
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Radio Free Vermont, is a first attempt at fiction by one of our best writers, Bill Mckibben. I don't always agree with his non fiction, but he always makes a good argument. This is, as he says, his first try at fiction, but he is better at it than a lot of folks who have published a lot of novels.
 

I looked at the book on Amazon, ordered it and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Have never read anything by McKibben, but am going to see what else he has.
 
Thanks, tmiles.
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/01/31 10:29:47 (permalink)
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Radio Free Vermont, is a first attempt at fiction by one of our best writers, Bill Mckibben. I don't always agree with his non fiction, but he always makes a good argument. This is, as he says, his first try at fiction, but he is better at it than a lot of folks who have published a lot of novels.
 

I looked at the book on Amazon, ordered it and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Have never read anything by McKibben, but am going to see what else he has.
 
Thanks, tmiles.


I'm glad that you liked it, and I'm sure that Mr McKibben is even happier, because you BOUGHT your copy!!
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/01/31 14:10:20 (permalink)
Fire and Fury...trying to figure out if it's a comedy or tragedy!!!
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/02/01 19:44:28 (permalink)
The Harry Turtledove fans on this thread may already know, but the 3rd and last book in the HotWar series just came out. My library expects to have a copy for me on Monday.
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/02/02 08:22:32 (permalink)
I'm reading the Jack Harkaway series of books by Bracebridge Hemyng that were originally published in England in the 1870s, first in story papers and later in hardcover both in England and America and stayed in print at least until 1915.  I'm about a third of the way through the series with "Jack Harkaway's Escape From the Brigands of Italy" (1874).  There are about 15 books in the series and about 850 chapters; it is an adventure serial.
 
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/02/02 13:13:53 (permalink)
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The Harry Turtledove fans on this thread may already know, but the 3rd and last book in the HotWar series just came out. My library expects to have a copy for me on Monday.


It's a good read. I pre-ordered it from Amazon and read it when it came out. A fitting wrap up to the series.
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/02/03 16:49:10 (permalink)
Stuart Woods... Unbound. Latest in Stone Barrington series.
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/03/28 08:37:45 (permalink)
I am enjoying reading Jane's Diary on Roadfood!
 
 
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/04/12 06:33:43 (permalink)
I re-read Hamlet , interested in the theme of symbolism, like simbol yorick's skull the play, Hamlet muses on and toys with the idea of death.
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/09/24 19:44:46 (permalink)
Some "fake news". Stephen Coonts edited a collection of aviation short stories and chapters from favorite aviation books. The oldest that he could find was by Edgar Allen Poe, about a balloon trip over the Atlantic. The story is very detailed, and it was sold to a willing newspaper as "true and exclusive". It was totally made up, but Poe had already been paid when the truth came out. The paper sold a lot of copies, but printed a retraction a few days later. "Nothing new under the sun"
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/09/25 15:26:17 (permalink)
Vince Flynn RED WAR - by Kyle Mills
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/09/25 17:11:10 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby tmiles 2018/10/15 19:58:36
"The Day After Gettysburg" by Robert Conroy and J.R. Dunn. An alt-history novel of the events after Gettysburg.
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/09/28 13:23:05 (permalink)
ICEMAN , a new WW2 submarine novel. It reads like a Douglas Reeman paperback, which is IMO a good thing. Those old paperbacks are out of style, and the copy of the new book that I read was in the library in hard cover. The cover art is first rate too.
 
My local library has a whole wall of paperbacks from that golden era of straight to paperback, quality fiction that ended with the demise of airport bookstores. Sadly they have no Douglas Reeman. 
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/10/15 20:00:53 (permalink)
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"The Day After Gettysburg" by Robert Conroy and J.R. Dunn. An alt-history novel of the events after Gettysburg.


I ordered it via inter library loan and got it last week. I finished it today. Thanks for the tip!
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Re: What are you reading right now? 2018/10/15 22:04:58 (permalink)
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"The Day After Gettysburg" by Robert Conroy and J.R. Dunn. An alt-history novel of the events after Gettysburg.


I ordered it via inter library loan and got it last week. I finished it today. Thanks for the tip!


You're welcome. It was a decent enough book, but I (a Conroy fan) could really tell that someone other than him had had a big hand in the writing. It didn't have the same pacing and feel, as his other novels. It was enjoyable, but the difference in style was noticeable. I'm going to have to look into getting a couple of his ebooks that never made it into dead tree books. They look pretty good, and they're all Conroy.
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