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PostSun Dec 31, 2017 3:19 pm 
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Love In The Time Of Cholera by Nobel Prize winning Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a literary treat. The immersion into the verbal imagery he creates is magical. For it to be so captivating in English I can only imagine what his words would project in Spanish, the language it was originally written in.
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PostWed Jan 03, 2018 5:18 pm 
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I'd never given much thought to reading any of Edgar Rice Burroughs' works before.  Kind of on a whim I got "A Princess of Mars" (the basis for the recent film "John Carter of Mars") from the library.  Published in 1917.  It can probably be criticized for being racist and sexist by today's standards, but it wasn't written in the current time.  It's also very influential in the realm of sci fi, both in literature and film.  About 1/3 of the way through it.  A fairly entertaining, light read so far.
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PostWed Jan 03, 2018 7:21 pm 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
I'd never given much thought to reading any of Edgar Rice Burroughs' works before.  Kind of on a whim I got "A Princess of Mars" (the basis for the recent film "John Carter of Mars") from the library.

One of my favorite authors when growing up.  This was long, long before science fiction and fantasy were so popular and overblown.  There were books first, but I usually read the paperbacks with the amazing Frank Frazetta covers.  ~z
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PostSat Jan 06, 2018 10:40 am 
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reading "The Emerald Mile:the epic story of the fastest ride in history through the heart of the Grand Canyon" by Kevin Fedarko.  Someone has probably mentioned this book before but so far it's a most enjoyable read with much history and story of the "development :"of the Colorado as well.  cool.gif

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PostMon Jan 08, 2018 11:32 am 
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Just finishing up "A Princess of Mars."  Got a start on my next book, the third in the Red Rising trilogy "Morning Sun."  The first time I read the trilogy I was slightly disappointed w/ the final entry.  This time through I didn't enjoy the 2nd book quite as much but I got sucked into the 3rd book right away.
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PostMon Jan 08, 2018 11:32 am 
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zephyr wrote:
One of my favorite authors when growing up.  This was long, long before science fiction and fantasy were so popular and overblown.  There were books first, but I usually read the paperbacks with the amazing Frank Frazetta covers.  ~z

I browsed through the galleries.  Interesting artwork.
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Now reading "Grant" by Ron Chernow.  He is very readable for a historian and Grant himself was not what I had imagined at all.  I'm only a third of the way through but can sincerely recommend this as a good read if you have patience for 959 pages.   cool.gif

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Just finished  Newton and the Counterfeiter. A fascinating look at the little known 3rd career of the father of modern physics..as Warden of the Royal Mint. He'd get down and dirty and actually do his own legwork gathering evidence in disguise, running informants, etc. You didn't want to wind up matching wits with Newton in court after doing some coining of your own.

The story is about Newton and the sole guy to evade him for very long, William Chaloner...said to be a master of 'tongue pudding' (love that), a skill he used to escape punishment on his first arrest, turning over on his conspirators and winding up not only a free man, but with a 100 pound reward!

Now I'm working on my second satire from Owen Stanley. The first was The Missionaries, a short read and waaay more fun than I expected. My second round with him is The Promethean. This is about a Bezos/Musk type character who decides to market a robotic personal assistant with AI, and his head on impact with politically correct expectations and regulators, especially when the prototype is finished...and it observes things and asks questions which are not popular. Short books, easy reading, and funny as hell.

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PostMon Jan 15, 2018 7:37 pm 
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Astoria by Peter Stark. Good read about two troublesome expeditions -- 1 overland, 1 by sea -- funded by John Jacob Astor to establish a trading colony in the PNW. I highly recommend it to hikers and adventurers.

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PostMon Jan 15, 2018 7:43 pm 
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that looks good, thanks! on my list now

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PostTue Jan 16, 2018 2:27 pm 
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Neither wolf nor Dog

"A white author is sucked into a road trip through the heart on Native American Country by a Lakota elder and his best friend forcing the author into a deep understanding of contemporary native life"

Would post more but connection is lame at best- 10 minutes just to post this much...
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PostThu Jan 18, 2018 11:20 pm 
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Where Men Win Glory.  By Jon Krakauer.  Written in 2009, but I never got around to reading it before.  The story of ex-Arizona Cardinal Pat Tillman, who gave up a lucrative NFL career to join the Army Special Forces, where he eventually died in Afghanistan  from friendly fire.

I really enjoyed it.  Unbelievable (or not) how the government twisted facts around during the Iraqi war.  I especially liked the couple of chapters of the Jessica Lynch rescue.  And the totally f**ked up mission that resulted in the deaths of several Americans.

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PostFri Jan 19, 2018 9:31 am 
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Where Men Win Glory.† By Jon Krakauer.†

It's a well researched exposť of two disgusting U.S. military false propaganda campaigns. Tillman's widow,Tillman's family and Jessica Lynch deserve lauds for working to get the truth to the public.
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Having lived, and worked, on boats in the Florida Keys and Bahamas, I am thoroughly enjoying The Republic of Pirates. From this book, and some other reading online, I have learned that the relationship amongst pirates was more complex and democratic than the stereotypes would have us believe.
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PostSun Jan 21, 2018 12:04 am 
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I saw several positive reviews for Louise Erdrich's "Future Home of the Living God" so I got it from the library.  Having a hard time getting into it.  So I'm setting it aside for now.  Basic idea is that somehow all of sudden evolution is reversing itself.  Much mayhem is to ensue as people freak out.

Got another book from the library, just getting started but it's promising.  Andy Weir's followup to "The Martian."  This one is called "Artemis" and is set in a permanent lunar colony.  The main character is a small time smuggler, barely getting by, but finds herself w/ a chance for a big score.  Which will probably not go according to plan of course.
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