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PostFri Jun 29, 2018 9:05 pm 
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"The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs"

Before I read the next sentence I thought it might have been a book about GM, Ford, and Chrysler. wink.gif

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I enjoyed the BBC series "Killing Eve" this spring.  Just got the book that was the source material, "Codename Villanelle" by Luke Jennings.  Off to a good start.  Adaptations are always going to be different, but the book starts right off with Villanelle's backstory.  The tv series slowly revealed bits and pieces of it as it went along.
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PostSun Jul 08, 2018 9:47 am 
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Atlas of a Lost World, Travels in Ice Age America Craig Childs
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Tommy Caldwell's autobiography, "The Push". Determination, perseverance, self doubt, etc all led to him developing into a very highly successful rock climber. Well written, and well edited, and more details of his personal life than I would have included. I give it a sincere👍.

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PostFri Jul 20, 2018 3:10 pm 
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I really enjoyed Ruth Ware's first two books.  #3 was a dud.  Thought I'd try again with her latest "The Death of Mrs. Westaway."  About 70 pages in it was not grabbing me, set it aside, might be done w/ that author.

So instead I got totally sucked into another YA sci fi/fantasy series.  Sabaa Tahir is up to #3 of an expected 4 book series, so I have some catching up to do.  Plowed thru the first book, "An Ember in the Ashes."  Very enjoyable.  Will be moving on to the second book shortly.
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PostSat Jul 21, 2018 8:11 pm 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
I really enjoyed Ruth Ware's first two books. #3 was a dud. Thought I'd try again with her latest "The Death of Mrs. Westaway." About 70 pages in it was not grabbing me, set it aside, might be done w/ that author.

I purchased "The Death of Mrs. Westaway" and like you, I could NOT get into it! Returned it.
I have a formula, take 100, subtract your age, and if the book isn't grabbing you by page  (answer, 30 for me), get another book! Life is too short.

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PostSat Jul 21, 2018 9:15 pm 
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Toni wrote:
get another book! Life is too short.

I usually stick it out w/ movies unless it's really bad (what's 1 1/2 or 2 hours?), but a book takes way too long to read if you're not into it.  I've given up on plenty.
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PostThu Jul 26, 2018 6:39 am 
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A couple of new releases I've particularly enjoyed:

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Stephen Pinker.  Stop whining; by all measures of human flourishing, the world has been getting better.  But let's not screw it up.

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan.  Take drugs.  Mostly 'shrooms.  Not too much.

Currently reading Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality by Max Tegmark.  I like his childlike sense of wonder and simple explanations.  Reminiscent of Feynman.  This is not just an explanation of how the universe came to be, but also reasoned speculation on what may lie beyond.

If you want to be depressed: The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters by Thomas Nichols.  I am now uncomfortable saying basically anything in public, and hesitate to send my kid to college.
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PostThu Jul 26, 2018 8:08 am 
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You have very good reasons for both.

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PostFri Jul 27, 2018 4:03 pm 
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The Inca and their Ancestors Archeology of Peru, Michael E. Moseley. After hiking in Peru and visiting many ancient sites I became interested in seeing what happened. The Inca empire controlled most of Western South America extending from Columbia to Chile. The ancestral civilizations were nearly as old as those in the Middle East going back to 12,000 BC. The Inca themselves were only the last couple hundred years. The civilizations rose and fell largely on the basis of El Nio occupancies and droughts. When rainfall was low maritime civilizations prevailed. Alpine civilizations were minor until the Inca arose and controlled the continent after another period of drought. I can think of no other area where an alpine civilization became the dominant civilization. Mostly mountain areas remain tribal and are subsumed into urban civilizations. Most of the civilizations ended when a drought came and the sacrifices no longer worked. The population burned down the polices of the elite when this occurred. The Inca empire the Spanish destroyed had already been decimated by smallpox and internal unrest from the gods that failed. A lesson for later civilizations.

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PostFri Jul 27, 2018 4:12 pm 
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neek wrote:
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan.  Take drugs.  Mostly 'shrooms.  Not too much.

I heard this author in an interview (radio or online) and found that they had this book at the library.  Got on the waiting list and it arrived this week.  Curious to see his take on this approach. ~z
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PostSun Jul 29, 2018 11:57 am 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
So instead I got totally sucked into another YA sci fi/fantasy series.  Sabaa Tahir is up to #3 of an expected 4 book series, so I have some catching up to do.  Plowed thru the first book, "An Ember in the Ashes."  Very enjoyable.  Will be moving on to the second book shortly.

Second book I'm not enjoying nearly as much as the first.  "A Torch Against the Night."  Hard to put my finger on it but it's been kind of a frustrating read.  Finally getting better near the end.  More than 3/4 of the way through it now.  Will have to wait to finish it before I decide if I want to continue w/ this series or not.  I've had a number of good starts to series that went downhill fast and I gave up on.
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Picked up another Nevada Barr book featuring National Park Ranger Anna Pigeon.  This one is set in Glacier NP and features an angry grizzly bear.  And one or more human ne'er do wells.  "Blood Lure."
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PostFri Aug 10, 2018 11:50 am 
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Just finished "Wildfire - On the front lines with Station 8"  A fascinating read on the people, science, philosophy, and effort, required to tackle wildfires.
https://www.mountaineers.org/books/books/wildfire-on-the-front-lines-with-station-8
I highly recommend it!
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PostThu Aug 16, 2018 1:05 pm 
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Spokane author Jack Nesbit's Ancient Places. I picked it up at the Verlot Ranger station last weekend. So far, I'm enjoying it. I have read other Nesbit work; this is great.

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