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Posted on 12/20/2005 11:08:46 PM PST by Darkwolf377
Anyone reading anything good?
No. I'll go check out another thread......
Revenge of the Middle Age Woman--Wish I could write this well
Revenge of the Middle Age Woman--Wish I could write this well
just finished knife of dreams myself. but the series is going way too slowly now. i don't see how he can end it in only one more book.
for the first time in the last 6 of the series, i actually put off getting it until i had finished something else. (martin's a feast for crows)
Yawn. Ha, funny. Thanks for your contribution.
I am reading The Farm, by Louis Bromfield.
Have you read 'Gangs of America'?
It's quite good.
Other stuff I've read in the last couple of months:
1. Hammerjack by Marc Giller. Cyberpunk rides again - pretty much a straight ripoff of William Gibson and the last half is way overwritten but it's entertaining nonetheless.
2. Life At The Bottom and Our Culture, What's Left Of It both by Theodore Dalrymple. The first one's grittier, the second one a little more scholarly. Both are gripping reads and biting social criticism.
3. Marxism by Thomas Sowell. An older book pulled from the shelf - Sowell is truly a master of the subject as an ex-Marxist himself. Some really surprising stuff in there.
Merry Christmas, all!
You said a bad word, you said a bad word. You're in trouble....
I just finished reading Kings Row by Henry Bellamann---pretty darn amazing novel.
Ronald Reagan acted it the wonderful movie adapted from this book although it's very different from the original...cleaned up quite a bit.
The novel is haunting...and complex. I give it 5/5 stars.
I love the Hornblower series, there are 11 of them I think. Great stuff!
"Saving Fish from Drowning", Amy Tan
Really odd story and a good read at night.
"The Strenuous Life" - Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt (yes, the former President). Written ~100 years ago, sounds like a modern conservative talk-show monologue: addresses the human condition in the USA, with good answers timelessly applicable.
I read last week on a flight from NY to Seoul. I couldn't put it down. The story is overblown but the bibliography is offers some really great reads.
What are books 2, 3, 4 and 5 titled?
Calvin's Institutes, 1536 Edition.
Oh, and the Bible as translated into German by Luther. Reading Scripture in another language is quite interesting.
Bias by Bernie Goldberg.
A treasure trove of amazing reading.
One Nation Under Allah
Description: One Nation Under Allah: The Islamic Invasion of America
If you found the series Jihad Comes to Small Town USA informative, you need to read this book. An insightful look at the permeation of Islam into the American way of life by Laura Mansfield. Laura goes undercover into the mosques of America and tells you what is happening in these Islamic centers. A comprehensive look at the changes that have been slowly forced onto American society to accommodate Islam.
And - Just released!
The story of how a young American woman from the deep south finds herself married to a Muslim radical extremist. That young woman was Laura Mansfield. Laura provides a view of Islamic extremism that can only been seen from the inside. Laura's escape (with her children) from radical Islam, her battle to keep her daughters safe, and how she became a leading terror analyst make this a book you won't want to put down.
Laura Mansfield has over 20 years of experience dealing with issues pertaining to the Middle East.
She is fluent in written and spoken Arabic, and has an excellent understanding of the complex cultural, religious, and historical issues.
Laura spent nearly 7 years living and working in the region, for a wide range of clients including the United States Embassy, the United States Agency for International Development, and various international corporations.
She was active in the embassy warden system, acting as a liaison between the Embassy security office and her employer during the days of the Beirut hijackings.
I agree, after the 3 love interests he lost me. I read through book 9 and lost interest though loved the beginning books.
Gods of Mars; Warlord of Mars; Thuvia, Maid of Mars; Chessmen of Mars.
Jesse James by TJ Stiles and The Nazi Doctors by Robert Jay Lifton.
Nelson's Trafalgar: The Battle that Changed the World by Adkins.
A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Pelopennisian War, by Hansen.
A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe
Ripples of Battle: How the Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live and How We Think, by Vistor Davis Hansen
The Roads to Modernity: The British, French and American Englightenments by Gertrude Himmelfarb
Black Rednecks and White Liberals, by Thomas Sowell
Men in Black by Mark Levin
Hooking Up, essays by Tom Wolfe
If you like Niven and Pournelle,don't sleep on Lucifer's Hammer!
'Unholy Alliance' - David Horowitz
'Home Business Tax Deductions' - Stephen Fishman
I can't tell you yet which one is scarier! ;)
I just started an early Christmas present -
Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader : North Korea and the Kim Dynasty, by Bradley Martin
I've been on a Revolutionary War binge over the last few weeks: These are all EXCELLENT books:
Victory at Yorktown
George Washington is absolutely hands-down the greatest founding father and my true hero!!! John Adams is a close second. Thomas Jefferson was an eloquent writer and did many good things--but he was also THE original "limousine liberal".
Reading these books has reminded me of the greatness of our country.
Thanks.. think I will look for it sounds good. For what I am reading now ( ducking as I say this) Harry Potter books for the second time.
Any thing by Neil Stephenson, but Cryptonomicon is his best.
The trilogy, of which Quicksilver is the first book (followed by The Confusion and The System of the World, is very good as well. It deals with the rise of Trade and the passing of Fuedalism as the driving forces in the world.
"Why the Greeks Matter"
If you love Heinlein, check out Steel Beach and The Golden Globe by John Varley. Lots of books claim to be Heinleinesque, but Varley must have channeled him.
Right now, I'm re-reading Volume II of Warren Carroll's A History of Christendon, and desperating trying to find Volume III.
I read a book once called Honorable Treachery which was a history of spying in America. One comment made in the book was that, during the war, Washington was fighting an enemy that was larger, better trained, better equipped, better fed, and faster (they could use the British Navy to go from one place to another); and at all times, he had to stay to the west of the British so that he could never get caught between the British Army and the Atlantic Ocean.
As if he didn't have enough on his mind!
"Men in Black" by Mark Levin
I'll have to find that one!
Several years ago, my wife and I were on a trip to Canada, when we spent a day in Quebec City. I really wanted to see the Plains of Abraham, so my wife humored me, and dropped me off there by the river. I climbed the steep slope up to the plateau where Wolfe met Montcalm, expecting to find a museum or at least a great monument for such a pivotal battle in world history.
Instead, I found nothing but a jogging track and a small plaque. The plaque read (paraphrasing from what I remember):
On this site, on 13 September 1759, due to the overwhelming number of their forces, the British army was able to land her and capture the City of Quebec,
You could almost feel the resentment of the French Canadians as they wrote this :^)
Thanks! I'll look them up.
Memoirs of a timelord.
"Can't You Hear Me Callin'", by Richard D. Smith. The definitive biography of "The Man" himself, Bill Monroe, the "father of bluegrass music", who literally created an entire genre of American music (with a little help from Earl Scruggs, of course). Dick Smith has played in numerous bands himself - I remember him as having a good stint with The Country Gentlemen in the 80's.
Book previous to that:
"Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone", by Mark Zwonitzer. The story of The Carter Family of Poor Valley, Virginia, perhaps the most influential group in American country music history. A good companion piece to the new movie, "Walk the Line", about Johnny Cash's relationship with June Carter (Mother Maybelle's middle daughter) - detailed in the book as well.
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