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BS: Read any good books lately?

Steve Shaw 14 Jan 19 - 07:27 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 14 Jan 19 - 07:27 PM

Hutton's Arse by Malcolm Rider. Its claim is, I quote:

"3 billion years of extraordinary geology in Scotland's Northern Highlands. This book takes you through those 3 billion years, shows you the rocks, visits the places, introduces some of the famous researchers and presents the geological theories that have been inspired by the Highlands."

It's an astonishing and riveting book. Despite the title, it's a serious though very approachable read, and poor old James Hutton, despite the title, doesn't get many mentions!


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 14 Jan 19 - 07:16 PM

The BBC2/Netflix adaptation of the last kingdom was great. I gave up on the books after number 3 though. Just didn't seem to be Cornwell's usual standard.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Neil D
Date: 14 Jan 19 - 06:50 AM

His "Macbeth" retold was my introduction to Nesbo. I enjoyed it enough to look further and have really enjoyed his series featuring his protagonist, Harry Hole.

Speaking of Bernard Cornwell, I've been enjoying a series on Netflix called "The Last Kingdom" based on his Saxon Series, which I had previously read.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Jan 19 - 04:17 PM

The public library just got the latest John Rebus/Ian Rankin mystery,
which says to me that
the latest book has been released some time ago already.

I liked it a lot.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: keberoxu
Date: 11 Jan 19 - 12:02 PM

Jo Nesbo rewrote, in prose form, Macbeth, publishing it recently as a crime novel. It's a cracker.

Come to see what he does with Macbeth's Lady
(so that's why she's walking in her sleep);
stay for the updated Witches and Hecate,
who are drug traffickers.

And wait until you see what takes the place
of the moveable forest.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Jan 19 - 12:36 AM

Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things To Me. Extremely timely and very well considered and written.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: rich-joy
Date: 10 Jan 19 - 11:42 PM

Due to some issues with LUE (Life, the Universe and Everything), I have recently escaped into the worlds of literary historical fantasy and been working my way through :

anything and everything by NZ writer, JULIET MARILLIER
(IMHO, she writes great characters and stories and many are set in ancient Ireland and Scotland).

However, other favourites where I have devoured most everything they have written are :

CHARLES DE LINT, Canadian fantasy writer
(esp love his Urban settings);
JOANNE HARRIS, English-French writer
(she of Chocolat fame);
DIANA GABALDON, American writer
(she of Outlander fame);
KATHLEEN O'NEAL GEAR & W. MICHAEL GEAR, American writers
(particularly like their 1st Americans prehistory novels);
SHARON KAY PENMAN, American writer
(loved her Welsh mediaeval history series);
PHIL RICKMAN, English supernatural/mystery writer
(he of the Merrily Watkins fame, set in the English-Welsh Border);
STEPHEN BOOTH, English mystery writer
(he of the Cooper & Fry Peak District detective novels.

A few years back, due to being caught up in (the younger!) Sean Bean's SHARPE DVDs, I also read and enjoyed the entire Sharpe series (mostly Napoleonic era) written by English writer, Bernard Cornwell!

Yeah, that's enough for now!
R-J (Down Under)


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Senoufou
Date: 10 Jan 19 - 04:36 AM

I very much liked Susan Maushart's 'Wifework'. She's a sociologist and the book examines very fairly the lives of working wives in comparison to that of their menfolk. (feminist, obviously)

I recently bought a copy of her sequel, 'What Women Want Next' which is thoughtful and balanced. It examines where Women's Rights has brought women now, and whether we are actually happier.
She refers at all times to recognised research studies and her conclusions are most interesting.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Neil D
Date: 10 Jan 19 - 01:20 AM

I've been enjoying the Nordic Noir mysteries of Jo Nesbo. If you're a fan of Rankin, Bruen, Conelly, you'll probably enjoy these.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 01:20 PM

Got Jonathon Bardon's 'A Narrow Sea' The Irish-Scottish Connection in 120 episodes, for Christmas
A fascinating series of small chapters, making it possible to read, leave and return to whenever the mood takes you
Learn and enjoy
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 04:47 AM

Gerard Russell: "Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East". Looks at first sight as if it's going to be a simple travelogue, but he builds up a surprising and systematic picture of hidden relationships between the belief systems of that part of the world for the last 3000 years or so, with groups that are now utterly marginal given far greater historical importance than you'd think. (One limitation is that he didn't know about the much older Göbekli Tepe site, which has to change the way we think about all these religions; but that's rather speculative as yet).

I would love to have seen an Essene community on the Sabbath. They had to go the whole day without taking a shit.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 04:46 AM

Just finished Conn Iggulden's War of the Roses series of 'faction' books. Very enjoyable and, since I knew very little of that period, very informative too.

mkebenn, I'm a Martin fan too. If you look at the War of the Roses you can see where some of his ideas were born!


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: KarenH
Date: 06 Jan 19 - 10:55 PM

"The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle". Sort of Groundhog Day meets Agatha Christie. Gripping.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: keberoxu
Date: 06 Jan 19 - 06:41 PM

Update on author Susan Hill and her
crime-fiction protagonist, Simon Serrailler:

Ms. Hill, after a hiatus of a few years, is busy again, and so is her detective inspector in a cathedral town.

Two novellas, shorter works on Serrailler, are being promoted.
One has been out for a little while: it is titled "Hero."
The other has yet to be released, but promotion is online already;
it is titled "Old Haunts."

Both revisit memories Serrailler has of his youth early in his career.

Very recently, Ms. Hill let it be known
that two more full-length Serrailler books could be expected,
and one has just been published.

The one just released is called "The Comforts of Home."
Reviews are decidedly mixed. This is one of those books
which has a great deal happening all at once,
and readers have complained of the lack of resolution.
Not the first time this has happened in the Serrailler series.

There was a mystery much earlier for Serrailler, in which the perpetrator of murders of small children was apprehended and locked away for life. It took two books to play it all out, and the first book got criticized; all build-up, much unpleasant detail, and an ending frustrating for many readers. That was because the earlier book set everything in place, and the book that followed, brought about the conclusion.

I am optimistic -- having yet to read these -- that Susan Hill is doing the same thing this time. After all, "The Comforts Of Home" is due to be followed, by the end of 2019 (we hope), by a Serrailler full-length mystery called
"The Benefit of Hindsight." We shall see.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: mkebenn
Date: 09 Oct 16 - 01:11 PM

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, fantasy by G R R Martin while waiting soooo long for his next book in his extra ordinary series " A Song of Ice And Fire" Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: ranger1
Date: 08 Oct 16 - 01:04 PM

In the middle of Trespasser, the second book in the Mike Bowditch series by Paul Doiron. It's a mystery series with a young Maine Game Warden as the protagonist. I'm enjoying them a lot.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: mrdux
Date: 08 Oct 16 - 12:07 AM

i just finished the best thing i've read in a long time: The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov, wherein the Devil and his entourage wreak some serious -- and some not-so-serious -- havoc in Stalinist Moscow over a few days in the 1930s. And interwoven into it is a story of Pontius Pilate and his relationship with one Yeshua Ha-Nozri. Quite an amazing book, unpublished until 1965, 25 years after Bulgakov died. the Pevear and the Burgin translations seem to be preferred.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 07 Oct 16 - 09:58 PM

I've read two good books lately, one for each of my book clubs. One was Still Life with Bread Crumbs; the other was The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. Both novels are about people whose generally good lives have been on a downhill slide when their circumstances change for the better. A few months before that, both clubs chose interesting nonfiction books about maritime disasters--Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania and In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the US Jeannette.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Oct 16 - 03:37 PM

For some years now, Susan Hill has been publishing a detective/mystery series in a fictional cathedral town, with protagonist Simon Serrailler. She took him on a really long built-up multi-story arc at the climax of which, the higher-ups concluded that he was the only man for the near-suicide mission of tackling a ring of wealthy and aristocratic pedophilic fans of juvenile-snuff film footage. Serrailler cracked the ring by story's end, although the beating he got nearly killed him.

Now Ms. Hill, who is genuinely senior-citizen aged, is not going to publish any more full-length Serrailler, although there is some sort of e-book novella with a promise of other novellas and short stories to come.

Maybe Ms. Hill is being shrewd and quitting while she is ahead, with this series. Character development over the books of the series has been done with loving attention to detail and consistency, and there is a world of possible futures ahead for the detective and his loved ones. So she leaves us wanting more. Oh, that last novel is called "The Soul of Discretion."


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: keberoxu
Date: 14 Aug 16 - 05:01 PM

Janie, from the Cracker Barrel rentals, I found one that I really liked, but it wasn't popular fiction.

"Kitchen Privileges" is the name of a volume of memoirs by suspense writer Mary Higgins Clark. She grew up in the Bronx amongst Irish Americans, and she traveled a long and rocky road before she started writing her suspense novels. It's the kind of life story that is really entertaining if you don't have to live through it yourself. And Ms. Clark narrates her memoirs in the audiobook, giving it a sense of authenticity. I loved listening to it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Stu
Date: 14 Aug 16 - 09:45 AM

Thursbitch by Alan Garner

Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd

Both stunning and profound and both invoking English mysticism and a sense of... the other.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 14 Aug 16 - 06:06 AM

Just finished the remarkable 'The Angel's Game. by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, a follow-up to his equally remarkable, 'The Shadow of the Wind'
Would highly recommend both.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: keberoxu
Date: 13 Aug 16 - 05:15 PM

Well, the publication release date is about two weeks away....

for Louise Penny's latest in her Quebec murder mystery series, which switches between Montreal and the Surete, and a fictitious town called Three Pines near the Canada/US border. The series bears comparison with Elizabeth George's England series, for a number of reasons. One is that both series have gone on for some time, and been adapted to television. Another is that both series, several books in, developed and changed in ways that shocked and alienated many readers.

Louise Penny's next Chief-Inspector Gamache book has had advance-reader reviews already, and most are not only positive but reassuring, as in, the author is back on form.

I just want to make sure that the bistro owners, the poet, and the duck are still all right.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 11:21 AM

I have read quite a lot lately..lovely to read out side..I read The Cruise of The Snark by Jack London, Loving Monsters by James Paterson Hamilton, loved it. He is a very good writer. Also, Bonjour Tissteste by Francois Sagan, odd but enjoyable. Am now reading Among The Believers by V.S. Naipaul, very enlighteing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 10:13 AM

Audiobook just finished, MARVELOUS: The Lost Prince (free, at Librivox)

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Micca
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 09:59 AM

insert word "detective" between traditional and fiction


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Micca
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 09:56 AM

I would recommend "The Girl with the dragon tattoo" by Stieg Larsson non-traditional fiction translated from the Swedish, For the first time in years I stayed up until 4 am to finish it!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 09:17 AM

Just on the second of the Malazan books by Steven Erikson - Very complex plots and masterful characterisations. I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys fantasy or lovers of polital intrigue.

DeG


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: ard mhacha
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 04:47 AM

Two 2nd hand buys from Amazon resulted in two great reads, The Springing of George Blake by Sean Bourke and The Blake Escape by Michael Randle and Pat Pottle. I read the books when they were first published, Bourkes in 1970 and Randles and Pottles in 1990.
The two books will hold you to the finish, both books are amazing tales of Blakes escape from Wormwood Scrubs Prison and the twists and turns on the road to East Berlin.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Amergin
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 01:07 AM

I have been reading the Night Watch series by Sergei Lukyanenko....English transations from the original russian....but very interesting....detective/fantasy stories....


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 12:47 AM

I haven't read any of his, either; just don't appeal to me.

Janie, thanks for the info re' Butcher. I will have to look at those books.

I'll post some new titles tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Janie
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 09:40 PM

I haven't read any Dan Brown, though both Barnes & Noble and Border's are flooding my e-mail now with promo on his newest release.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Riginslinger
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 09:14 PM

Does anyone read the Dan Brown books? I tried reading "The Da Vinci Code," and found it written in a prose style that prevented me from finishing it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Janie
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 09:07 PM

Have recently discovered "the Dresden Files," a series by Jim Butcher that is a load of fun. A modern day wizard/private eye in Chicago. Have finished the first two books, and am just starting on the third. Not great literature by any means, but well-written and entertaining.

Also just finished listening to "The Time Thief", the 2nd book in "the Gideon Trilogy", by Laura Buckley-Archer.   Haven't read or listened to the 1st or 3rd book of the trilogy. It is a fantasy about time travel geared toward adolescent readers. (Because of my now 15 year old son who loves fantasy and sci-fi, I read or listen to a lot in this genre.) Again, not great literature, but entertaining. Not the best of the genre either, but still pretty good - in the middle of the pack, I would say.

If you are in a part of the USA where Cracker Barrel restaurants are common, they offer books on CD that rent for just under $4.00 per week, and I nearly always will rent one to listen to on the 6 hour drive to my parents. A tendency toward too many Nora Roberts and Danielle Steele, but nearly always there is something worth a listen. Usually good biographies are available and some good fantasy fiction that Mom, Dad and the kids can enjoy.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Neil D
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 11:54 PM

That last was me. This is the first time I've ever had to reset my cookie. That was easy enough.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 11:50 PM

I just finished, and highly recommend, "Shannon", Frank Delaney's latest novel. It weaves the tale of an American priest who had served heroically as a chaplain at Belleau Woods during WWI and come home shattered by shellshock. A few years later he has a severe relapse, somehow involving a scandal in the Boston Archdiocese. Tentatively recovering from the relapse, and at the Cardinal's recommendation, he undertakes a journey to Ireland to search for his ancestral roots along the grand river that bears his family name. Ah, but the year is 1922 and he lands in the middle of Civil War. An authentic, poetic evocation of time and place.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 10:25 PM

My airplane book for my vacation was "The Whiskey Rebels" by David Liss. It is a novel set at the end of 18th century U.S.A. Certain folks are trying to wreck the Bank of the United States, and perhaps the nascent US. At the same time Congress imposes a tax on the distilling of whiskey. This being the major source of income in the West (Pennsylvania at that time), the locals act against the Federal government.. The story is told from two separate perspectives which, in the final chapters prove to be two paths which have been crossing the entire time. Great read! This is the third book--or maybe fourth--by author Liss. All of them have had to do with finance, commodities or stock speculation, and such convelution. None-the-less, they are all terrific stories.

I am currently at the last chapter or two of "1491". This is something of a misleading title, as the book covers thousands of years of civilization(s) in the Americas, and the early years of Spanish conquest. Some parts get bogged down in anthropological data, while others go by rather quickly. If the scholars the author, Charles C. Mann, cites are correct in their analyses and interpretations, there is a lot of rethinking to be done about the civilization of the Americas concurrent with that in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, not that there was ever any contact between the two worlds, but that it is about as old.

JotSC


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: heric
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 10:20 PM

Common Sense, Thomas Paine, 1776

"By a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully. In order to discover the line of our duty rightly, we should take our children in our hand, and fix our station a few years farther into life; that eminence will present a prospect, which a few present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight."


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Janie
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 09:15 PM

Recently read The Promise of Rest, the last book of the Mayfield family trilogy written by Reynolds Price - one of my favorite authors.

Had started reading Generation Kill, by Evan Wright before my son absconded with it to read on his 3 week trip with his dad. Evan Wright is a "Rolling Stones" reporter who was embedded with a special forces Marine troop at the beginning of the Iraqi war. He wrote a series of articles for "Rolling Stone" that he turned into a book, published in 2004. Very intriquing and thoughtful. Focuses not on the war, but on the men, their experiences, and their personalities and reactions. We had stumbled across the HBO mini-series on-line and had been watching it, then went and bought the book. From what I have read so far, very thoughtful.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Joe_F
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 08:44 PM

I have been browsing once again in _The Impossible H. L. Mencken_, a fat collection of his journalism as it originally appeared. Aside from the continuing joys of escape to the follies of yesteryear, this book offers the amusing opportunity to compare some of his well-known work as it appeared in the newspapers and as he revised & expanded it for book publication. His classic obituary on Valentino is a good example -- each version has its charms. It is also interesting that the wonderful section in "The Sahara of the Bozart" in which he explains why southern blacks are racially superior to southern whites (which inspired some legislators to make speeches advocating his lynching) was not in the original.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: beardedbruce
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 01:16 PM

Amos (et al)

You paid 99 cents?

Most of us get them for free.


( I have had a copy of the LOTF (Library of the future) for many years- texts no longer under copyright, and freely available for electronic distribution.)

Try this, and stop wasting your money.

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: bankley
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 01:10 PM

"A Man Without a Country"... Kurt Vonnegut.... funny, but he gets crabby toward the end


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 11:50 AM

Just finished A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains which is comprised of letters written by Isabella L. Bird to her sister as she travelled, alone for much of the time, throughout the eastern slope of the Rockies in 1873 by horseback, climbing to the lofty heights of Long's Peak even, well over 14,000ft. Fascinating book, very well written, not at all boring or stodgy, incredible woman making her way home to England, from the "Sandwich Islands" (Hawaii)via the Rockies which she wanted to *see*. I am now off to find more of her books as she continued to travel, all over the globe, and to write about it. And, she got down in the nitty-gritty living with the real people with no putting on of airs/agendas other than to see and learn. Extraordinary woman!


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Ebbie
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 05:24 PM

Oh, by the way, in the science fiction Stand on Zanzibar' one of the world leaders is named 'Obomi'. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Ebbie
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 04:02 PM

Two questions, Amos: 99 cents for the whole thing? Not per? and how large is the type?


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Amos
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 03:33 PM

I have had the recent joy of downloading to my iPhone a bookshelf of forty-five classics for 99 cents and have delighted in reading or re-reading many of them since then. Kidnapped and A Tale of Two Cities are among the best. Others that have delighted me include Siddartha, Silas Marner, The Call of the Wild, Candide, Little Lord Fauntleroy, Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Crome Yellow, Daisy Miller, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Four Million, The Girl on the Boat, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Invisible Man, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Jungle Book, Miss Lulu Bett, Maggie--a Girl of the Streets, Little Women, The Prisoner of Xenda, The Red Badge of Courage, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Just imagine!! Such wonderful, rich, thoughtful, colorful, human entertainment--hours and hours worth--for 99 cents!!!


I love my iPhone.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 03:13 PM

Have just read several of James Lee Burke. I love his descriptions of Louisiana and Montana and his characters. He wrote one of the best observations about Katrina that I have read in the last few pages of White Doves At Morning.

Just finished Blood Work by Michael Connelly. His stuff is always good.

Child of My Heart by Alice Mcdermott was wonderfully beautiful.

I am just about to read A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Lucy Bird. She was English and came through on horseback, alone, through the rocky Mountains of Colorado in the 1870s!

Also, just getting ready to read Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson. I loved his "The Mother Tongue" and expect we will enjoy this as well.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: Ebbie
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 02:41 PM

In March 08, Art Thieme mentioned a book I just finished 'The Road', a chilling (literally)novel about what one assumes describes a nuclear winter. I suppose everyone else has already read it - I don't get around to reading much fiction - butI understand they are making a movie about it with Robert Duvall in it. I think the movie is due to come out in October.

I don't know that I'll go see it when it comes out. The story line is of a father and young son who are making their way for hundreds of miles without food or water except by happenstance through terrain choked in ash that dims the sun and blackens the night. There are bad guys out there - capturing and killing other emaciated people - for food.

That's all I'll say about it, just in case someone has not read ithe book. It is well worth the read. What I like in reading is well-written subject matter that gives me lots to reflect on and this book certainly does that.

I'm now reading 'Mr. Jefferson's Women' (Thomas Jefferson, of course) and 'The Speckled People', "A Memoir of a Half-Irish Childhood'- oh, and I'm also reading a futuristic novel, 'Stand on Zanzibar', published in 1968. It is interesting to see what the author projects for the future, even including today.

A month or so ago I had given up on 'The Kite Runner' as too guilt-ridden and humo(u)rless but several Mudcatters' opinions encouraged to continue so I did. Glad I did.

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Back in last July Riginslinger asked for suggestions on what books he could have Amazon send his son's friend in prison. May I suggest anything by Adrian Louis?

"Adrian Louis is a poet, novelist, and former newspaper editor who has also served as a professor of English at the Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He is a member of the Lovelock Paiute tribe."

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And of course I have - and have read - 'Clean Cabbage in the Bucket'. I hope they publish it as a series. hint, hint, Seamus
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Oh, DougR, (March 09)I understand that Sarah Palin is going to help George W write his book and in return he will help her write hers. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: GUEST,Hi Lo
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 11:53 AM

I have just finished two great books.."Out Stealing Horses" by a Norwegan writer and a VERY funny book called rancid Pansies by a British Author who's name I cant recall..Hamilton-Peterson, I think. Great fun and very clever.


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Subject: RE: BS: Read any good books lately?
From: fat B****rd
Date: 13 Jul 09 - 02:40 PM

I'm happily reading my way through everything by George Pelecanos. Inspired by his connections to "The Wire"


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