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PostMon Jul 15, 2019 6:30 pm 
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Listening to the audiobook of First by Evan Thomas. It is a recent biography of Sandra Day OíConner. Narration isnít the best, but the content has been rather interesting.

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Alpine Lakes Wilderness, the complete hiking guide, Nathan and Jeffery Barnes. New guide generally superior to old guides good maps. Does not reveal sekret routes. Got as a gift this week.

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PostSat Jul 27, 2019 11:50 am 
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About halfway thru "City of Bones" by Martha Wells.

Ultimately I didn't really enjoy this.  Too slow to develop and the payoff just wasn't worth it.
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I read something by Blake Crouch several years ago.  It was good but I hadn't tried any of his other books.  I was aware of the TV series Good Behavior but didn't watch it.  It was based on a series of short stories he wrote that originally appeared in magazines.  Now 3 of the stories are compiled in a book called "Good Behavior."  Decent so far.
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Finally got around to Tara Westover's narrative, Educated.  It kept me interested to hear her personal story and examine its underlying themes.

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I loved Pierce Brown's Red Rising trilogy.  A few years later he decided he wasn't done w/ the series, so began a 2nd trilogy.  I just got book #5 from the library--The Dark Age.  Holy crap, this thing is 752 pages.  Pretty sure that's the biggest book I've ever attempted to tackle.  That's 2 books really.
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PostThu Aug 08, 2019 11:28 am 
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Hesman wrote:
Listening to the audiobook of First by Evan Thomas. It is a recent biography of Sandra Day OíConner. Narration isnít the best, but the content has been rather interesting.

Haven't heard about this one until now. Thanks, I'll check it from the library!

edit: I'm number 21 in line for one of the 14 books checked out from the library. But that's OK, I'll get it eventually! I'm in the middle of a collection of GK Chesterton's Father Brown mysteries right now!

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Halfway through Educated here also. Nearly impossible to put it down.

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I loved Pierce Brown's Red Rising trilogy.  A few years later he decided he wasn't done w/ the series, so began a 2nd trilogy.  I just got book #5 from the library--The Dark Age.  Holy crap, this thing is 752 pages.  Pretty sure that's the biggest book I've ever attempted to tackle.  That's 2 books really.

rant.gif  About 270 pages in, I should be used to it in this series by now, but the author pits the protagonists against such seemingly insurmountable obstacles, so many missteps, betrayals...I have to put the book aside for a while.  Just can't take any more of the good guys getting outmaneuvered and blindsided.  And slaughtered.
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PostMon Aug 12, 2019 11:33 am 
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I loved Pierce Brown's Red Rising trilogy.  A few years later he decided he wasn't done w/ the series, so began a 2nd trilogy.  I just got book #5 from the library--The Dark Age.  Holy crap, this thing is 752 pages.  Pretty sure that's the biggest book I've ever attempted to tackle.  That's 2 books really.

rant.gif  About 270 pages in, I should be used to it in this series by now, but the author pits the protagonists against such seemingly insurmountable obstacles, so many missteps, betrayals...I have to put the book aside for a while.  Just can't take any more of the good guys getting outmaneuvered and blindsided.  And slaughtered.

I pushed on and finished it.  If you've read the previous books in the series, you have to continue.  This thing is EPIC!  It continued to have some frustrating parts.  The whole series has contained some violence and brutality, but Brown dialed that up quite a bit in this one.  Also there's a bit of a crass and crude undertone running thru it.  But in my mind nobody else writing currently can tell a story like he can.  And the breakneck pacing is just relentless.  Military strategy, political intrigue, a collection of fascinating characters, plot twists and turns, it's got it all.
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Bark skins, Annie Proulx a novel starting about French logger/voyagers in 18th century Canada through the present day.

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Finally getting around to something that's been on my to-read pile for a while: Poets on the Peaks - Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen & Jack Kerouac in the North Cascades by John Suiter. What hiker hasn't fantasized about spending a season as a fire lookout?  Apparently not many in the 50's.  From the book:

Gary Snyder at Crater Mountain Lookout, August 1952:

" ... so I wrote the Ranger in Marblemount in February, listed my qualifications, which were trail crew and fire fighting work in various national forests, and experience with logging and carpentry and all that kind of thing, outdoor work, and mountaineering, and then I added: 'So I would like your highest, most remote, and most difficult-of-access lookout.' "

Apparently it was a big joke in the Ranger Station that somebody had volunteered for that lookout.  They said, "He's the guy!" and "We've got somebody who actually wants it!"


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Had a bit of a losing streak.  Tried 3 different books from the library, none of them grabbed me, didn't make it very far (about 50 pages for 2 of them and only about 20 for the other).  I think I've finally got one I'm going to enjoy.  "Recursion" by Blake Crouch.  I really enjoyed his previous novel "Dark Matter."  This one has captured my interest right from the get go.
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Reading "The Overstory"  by Richard Powers.  One of the finest I've read in a while.  The chapter called "Patricia Westerford" is one of the best I've read in many moons.  Read it last night and been rejoicing in it all day today.   cool.gif

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Reading "The Overstory"  by Richard Powers.  One of the finest I've read in a while.  The chapter called "Patricia Westerford" is one of the best I've read in many moons.  Read it last night and been rejoicing in it all day today.   cool.gif

I was just coming here to post about this book!  So many moments of resonating genius - it's a marvel.

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