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Posted on 02/25/2005 8:44:01 AM PST by Tanniker Smith
Welcome to the Free Republic Book Club.
Last time I checked there were over 70 posts on
our first thread by 40+ posters. Not bad at all.
Let's call our second meeting to order. I'd love to give you a topic, but I have to go dig up the car and take the kids bowling. So talk amongst yourselves.
The results of yesterday's "survey" are below.
The thread didn't get a lot of responses, and out of the books that were listed, some weren't in any particular order, or weren't read yet. Soooooo, instead of using a totally unscientific method that would have made the WashCompost proud, and totally assembling the data out of whole cloth and randomly assigning percentage values (I mean "skewing"), I just sorted through the titles that people have read (though I may have stopped after your third book listed).
February 25, 2005 ping.
No, "I Am Charlotte Simmons" (by Tom Wolfe)? I'm re-reading it.
Now there's a book that will tempt you to stop saying your prayers at night.
Coulter never said How To Talk To A Liberal was anything but a column collection. That said, there IS new material in there.
Would you mind adding me to your ping list? There have been so many books I've wanted to read, but forget to write down the titles...
Coulter's new book isn't worth the money. There are a few good pieces in it here and there, but mostly it's boring. It gives the feeling that she was under contract to write a book, but didn't really feel like it, so she threw this thing together.
Has anybody read Thomas Dalrymple, on the state of culture in the UK? He's good.
Also, 'Tom And Huck Don't Live Here Anymore', forgot the author, will look it up.
The Death of Right and Wrong by Tammy Bruce
Useful Idiots by Mona Charen
The Rise and Fall of Socialism by Jason Muravchik
The Quest for Cosmic Justice, Race and Culture, and another recommendation for A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell (any book by Thomas Sowell, actually)
I recommend reading Unfit for Command if you haven't, specifically because you can't really appreciate just how much the left was covering up for Kerry without looking at the sheer number of claims and how they are supported in this book.
Not conserative books, per se, but useful books that undermine some key liberal academic assumptions include Stereotype Accuracy: Toward Appreciating Group Differences edited by Yueh-Ting Lee, Lee J. Jussim, and Clark R. McCauley and War Before Civilization: The Myth of the Peaceful Savage by Lawrence Keeley. The first addresses the assumption that all stereotypes are wrong and bad and the second addresses the liberal myth that all violence springs from Western culture. Both have been favorably reviewed in National Review in the past.
First (sheepishly hanging my head) let me shamelessly promote my own Military techno-thriller series about World War III pitting Red China, the fundamental Islamic nations and their allies against the United States and our allies. Sort of a Clancy with a consntitutional attitude blending in many conservative issues of the day into the storyline.I know I have missed others. Please chime in.
THE DRAGON"S FURY SERIES
Then, there's Freeper Travis McGee's (Matt Bracken), Enemies Foreign and Domestic, as good a second amendment thriller about rogue governmental agencies and politicians pitted against 2nd amendment adherants as you will find. A GREAT read.
Freeper Jim Macomber's Art & Part and Bargained for Exchange. Two novels, really a series about the main character, that are outstanding reads that mix Grisham and Clancy type writing styles into very good legal/espionage thrillers.
Freeper LS has writtne and is doing extremely well with, "A Partriot's History of America". He also has "Spetember Day" which should be coming out soon, a thriller based on the 9-11 attacks. I've read the manuscript and it is exciting and an excellent blend of historical fact with fictional what-if's that are sure to rasie the haris on the back of your neck and pull you into a an exciting stroy line.
A great ficitonal, Sci-Fi read is byFreeper author E.E. Knight (snake65). His Vampire earth Series (and don't be put off by that title, it is NOT your typical Vampire novel...it's true sci-fi with an unbelievably good story line, Way of the Wolf and Choice of the Cat.
Having read all of the books I just mentioned, I can say that we have Hope a wealth of fictional literary talent here on FR. Hope everyone enjoys it all
2. A book club thread , be it conservative, or Republican, or libertarian, is waaay to broad in scope,..and therefore is not focused. I think that every week you should consider limited the area of discussion to a particular topic, or genre..examples..and there are others..
1. Contemporarey politics
5. European history
> 6. Religion
Otherwise the thread is all over the place...in this way,each week there's a little more focus to the books discussed.. thanks for letting me weigh in..
It's not written by a Freeper, but if somsone wants a really thought-provoking Christian fiction book, try "Blink" by Ted Dekker. (NOT the "Blink" that is out there by a secular writer in non-fiction). I also strongly recommend "Smoke Screen" by Kyle Mills, which offers a remarkable answer to all the tort-lawsuits in the nation today.
Let me say that Jeff Head's five volume series is worth the money. I would not have purchased every one of five volumes.
LOL, my friend, it appears that you and I are both plagued by the typo bugs today.
Jeez. I meant to say that if they weren't good, I would NOT have purchased all five volumnes. You know what I meant.
I know...just reviewing my own post I saw a couple of typos and thought it was humorous is all. Thanks in any case for the kind words...they are more than mirrored back to your own excellent work.