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  • #16
    Dave,I read a digital sample of "Fire Season, Field Notes From A wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors" and think it will be a very interesting read and I put it on my future e-book purchase list.

    I really like my Kindle e-reader.Saves a lot of space.

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    • #17
      Hey Greg & Crew,

      Let's see, here's what we have so far:

      "Zero Hour," Clive & Dirk Cussler. Yet another Dirk Pitt novel, not as good as the originals.

      "The Striker," Clive Cussler & Justin Scott. Fun early 20th Century Isaac Bell detective series.

      "Empire & Honor," W.E.B. Griffin & W. E. Butterworth IV. Continuation of the Argentina/OSS series. Interesting if one has spent time in Argentina, but not as good as the originals.

      (NB: Sons writing in place of the father do not always share the same success.)

      And now for the best:

      "SLOW TRAINS DOWN SOUTH, Vol. 2,"id="blue">id="size2"> Mallory Hope Ferrell. Interesting only if one's consummate rail passion is small Southern short lines in places like Georgia. Who me?[:-bouncy]

      Upcoming:

      "The Admirals," Walter Bourneman. Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, King, the admirals who won the war at sea.

      "The Black Box," Michael Connolly. Continuing the Harry Bosch series, great if one has lived 50+ years in L.A. and knows most of the places whereof he writes.

      Then I'll take it from there.

      Steve

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      • #18
        Hi blokes,

        Summer there means winter here, and I've been re-bitten by the "SF" bug.

        Started off a few months back with re-reading my collection of Clifford D Simak paperbacks, and I have been averaging about one per week since then. These include "Time is the Simplest Thing", "City", "Highway of Eternity", "Catface", "Our Children's Children", "Cosmic Engineers" and just last night, I finished "Enchanted Pilgrimage". In my opinion, the weakest one of this batch was "Cosmic Engineers" and the best was "Enchanted Pilgrimage".

        I am also re-reading Arthur C Clarke - whose work I really admire. My favourite is "A Fall of Moondust", followed by the Rama Series, which commences with "Rendezvous with Rama", and is followed by three sequels, (co-authored by Genty Lee) "Rama Revisited", "Gardens of Rama", and "Rama Revealed".

        John Wyndham is next on my re-reading list.

        (No wonder I get no modelling done these days.....) :erm:


        John


        Time is the Gauge of Existence

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        • #19
          quote:


          Originally posted by leeflan


          Hey Greg & Crew,

          Let's see, here's what we have so far:

          "Zero Hour," Clive & Dirk Cussler. Yet another Dirk Pitt novel, not as good as the originals.

          "The Striker," Clive Cussler & Justin Scott. Fun early 20th Century Isaac Bell detective series.

          "Empire & Honor," W.E.B. Griffin & W. E. Butterworth IV. Continuation of the Argentina/OSS series. Interesting if one has spent time in Argentina, but not as good as the originals.

          (NB: Sons writing in place of the father do not always share the same success.)

          And now for the best:

          "SLOW TRAINS DOWN SOUTH, Vol. 2,"id="blue">id="size2"> Mallory Hope Ferrell. Interesting only if one's consummate rail passion is small Southern short lines in places like Georgia. Who me?[:-bouncy]

          Upcoming:

          "The Admirals," Walter Bourneman. Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, King, the admirals who won the war at sea.

          "The Black Box," Michael Connolly. Continuing the Harry Bosch series, great if one has lived 50+ years in L.A. and knows most of the places whereof he writes.

          Then I'll take it from there.

          Steve


          Steve,

          Agree with the "Empire & Honor" commentary; I've noticed this in several of the recent works, and have friends who have expressed the same sentiments. [:-irked]

          Once you're finished with "The Admirals," shoot me a PM and I'll send you a "summer reading list" that will keep you going for months. The Second World War in the Pacific is fascinating, and a lot of good, new information is finally appearing.

          Pete

          in Michigan

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          • #20
            Currently reading "John Quincy Adams" by Harlow Unger after finishing "John Adams" by David McCullogh.

            After reading "1776" also by McCullogh last winter I got hooked on early presidential history. Not

            withstanding, also read "Killing Lincoln" and "Killing Kennedy" By Bill O'Rielly.

            John Elwood

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            • #21
              Hey John,since you mentioned presidential history of the United States,we have all been taught that George Washington was the first president.

              This turns out not really to be true,did you know that you actually had 14 presidents before Washington.

              The first president of the United States was named John Hanson,how many of us have heard of him or the role he played in your countries early history?

              And why don't we ever talk about these other presidents before Washington?

              Greg Shinnie

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              • #22
                Being a slow reader, I was thinking twice about reading a 900 page novel but decided to give it a try. Fall of Giants, is the first of three volumes and I'm really enjoying it. Follows several families across the globe through the 20th Century. Very well written by Ken Follett.
                Look out for #1, but don\'t step in #2!



                Andy Keeney

                Dewitt, MI

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                • #23
                  Recently read the following:

                  "Forgotten Sacrifice" by Michael J. Walling regarding the Arctic Convoys to Russia in WWII.

                  "Humble Heroes" by Steven George Bustin regarding the USS Nashville in WWII.

                  The latest "Spenser" novel by a ghost writer in the style of Robert B. Parker.

                  Started re-reading the Honor Harrington Space Operas by David Weber.

                  Read several novels by Thomas DePrima in the Galaxy Unknown Space Opera.

                  Re-read the Lost Fleet SF Series by Jack Campbell.

                  Read the screenplays for the "Thin Man Series" by Dashiel Hammet.

                  Rick J

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                  • #24
                    quote:


                    Agree with the "Empire & Honor" commentary; I've noticed this in several of the recent works, and have friends who have expressed the same sentiments. [:-irked]


                    Once you're finished with "The Admirals," shoot me a PM and I'll send you a "summer reading list" that will keep you going for months. The Second World War in the Pacific is fascinating, and a lot of good, new information is finally appearing.

                    Pete

                    in Michigan


                    Roger that, Pete. There HAS been a lot of good information on the Pacific Theater. I'll leet you know when I finish.

                    Steve

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                    • #25
                      Prior to retirement, I only read tech manuals. I promised myself that when I retired I would catch up on reading. I primarily read history, although I read one or two novels every now and then. The following are on my reading shelf.

                      “Guns, Germs, and Steel”, Jared Diamond. I liked this on well enough to buy the sequel.

                      “Collapse”, Jared Diamond.

                      “Empire of the Summer Moon”, S. C. Gwynne. I really liked this one as it seemed to present both sides of the "Indian Wars".

                      “Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar”, Simon Sebag Montefiore. I enjoy Russian history and this book was excellent.

                      “Ruby Ridge”, Randy & Sara Weaver. Not normally a book I would read; however, my wife's brother in law asked me to read it.

                      “Debunking 9/11 Myths”, David Dunbar & Brad Reagan.

                      “The Girl with no Name”, Mariana Chapman.

                      “Absolute War”, Chris Bellamy.

                      “The Crimean War”, Orlando Figs.

                      “Ships of Oak – Guns of Iron”, Ronald D. Utt. A very good history of the 1812 war.

                      “For Crew and Country”, John Wukovits.

                      Respectfully,

                      BNSF Fan

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                      • #26
                        Another fascinating book is "American Rifle ,a biography",by Alexander Rose. It's a read it a couple times book.

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                        • #27
                          Immigrants and Boomers by Dowell Myers.

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                          • #28
                            "Fire Season" is hard to put down.... :up:

                            Will probably finish it tonight....


                            Pete

                            in Michigan

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                            • #29
                              I'm rereading Aristotle's Poetics and Rhetoric.

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