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July 25, 2008 | Stephanie32

Posted on 07/25/2008 3:01:11 PM PDT by Stephanie32

(My first thread, hope I'm doing this right!)


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: bookclub; bookreview; books; firstthread; godsgravesglyphs; readinglist
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To: wtc911

>>Berlin Noir trilogy by Phillip Kerr

Haven’t read the first one, IIRC. Will chase it down, but that is a engrossing read.

Alan Furst’s Trilogy of NightSoldiers, A PolishOfficer and DarkStar are really good too; Europa in the twilight between the two big wars, but many small declared and undeclared ones going on.

I recently found Mary Renault and her novels about Ancient Greece, including her Alexander Trilogy, starting with Fire from Heaven.

Gotta go, could spend too much time exchanging good reads.


51 posted on 07/25/2008 4:40:07 PM PDT by swarthyguy (Osama Freedom Day: 2500 or so since September 11 2001! That's SIX +years, Dubya.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Ender's Game was going to be my first suggestion
52 posted on 07/25/2008 4:45:54 PM PDT by Teacher317 (Thank you Dith Pran for showing us what Communism brings)
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To: dynachrome

“You will have to sail up to the Downs, eating the bread of affliction from your cable-laid baubles, and wetting it with the tears of your misery.”


53 posted on 07/25/2008 4:46:49 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Come then, War! With hearts elated to thy standard we will fly!)
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To: Stephanie32
Let's see...Natan Sharansky’s “Fear No Evil” was one of the best nonfiction books I've ever read.

If you can stomach it, Romeo Delaire’s “Shake Hands with the Devil” is a General's account of the genocide in Rwanda during the 90s (when Mad Albright would not say the word “genocide.").

For fiction - anything from David Gemmel, especially “The Rigante” series beginning with “Sword in the Storm.”

Also, Orwell's “1984” and “Animal Farm” are always worth your time.

54 posted on 07/25/2008 4:47:26 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: LongElegantLegs

I bow before your superior qouting ability!


55 posted on 07/25/2008 4:51:16 PM PDT by dynachrome (Henry Bowman is right)
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To: Stephanie32
Despite not being sure what you like or have read, I have a few suggestions.

Non-Fiction - The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes. He won a Pulitzer for it, and it is incredible.

Science Fiction - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle wrote three books in the late 70's and early 80's that I consider to be great. The Mote in God's Eye, Lucifer's Hammer and Footfall

Recently I read 7 books by Ian Douglas, who appears to be a pseudonym for William H. Keith, Jr. It's actually three trilogies (only one book is out in the third), and greatly enjoyed them. They are called The Legacy Trilogy, The Heritage Trilogy, and the Inheritance Trilogy (only one book out). I'm looking forward to book 2 of the latest trilogy wheneven it comes out.

Freehold and The Weapon by Michael Z. Williamson paint an interesting picture of a UN dominated future where one colony refuses to knuckle under to the UN iron fist. Freehold can be downloaded free from the Baen Free Library. Lot's of good Bolo books by Keith Laumer and others who have picked up the franchise for a few stories or even a book.

As you can see I'm a bit heavy into Science Fiction. If you haven't explored that genre, you will find a lot of good stuff. Most of the movies are BS.

56 posted on 07/25/2008 4:51:53 PM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: dynachrome

Or maybe “quoting” would work better.

defective spelchek again.


57 posted on 07/25/2008 4:52:02 PM PDT by dynachrome (Henry Bowman is right)
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To: DeLaVerdad
HAHAHA! "Are you on the write forum?"

Yes, I'm on the "write" forum. You know the one that values neural frontiersmen.

Simple people do not care to have the apparent "complexity" of their lives made simple.

[And FWIW, I knew about ET's writings years before Oprah 'discovered' him.]

Good luck. Be.

58 posted on 07/25/2008 4:58:01 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Stephanie32
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (better known for Tarzan). Amazing Science fiction, social commentary as well as a rousing swashbuckling cliffhanger story.
59 posted on 07/25/2008 4:59:28 PM PDT by allmendream (If "the New Yorker" makes a joke, and liberals don't get it, is it still funny?)
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To: Stephanie32

The Good Terrorist, by Doris Lessing.


60 posted on 07/25/2008 5:00:33 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: dynachrome

There are few books as quote-able. :-P


61 posted on 07/25/2008 5:03:55 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Come then, War! With hearts elated to thy standard we will fly!)
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To: Stephanie32

Here’s a very eclectic mix, off the top of my head.
None of them is in any way related to any other-——
FICTION: A High Wind in Jamaica Richard Hughes
Soldier’s Pay Wm Faulkner
The Fox in the Attic RIchard Hughes
Light in August Wm Faulkner
The Car Thief Theodore Weesner
V. Thomas Pynchon
ANY fiction, poetry or other
writing by our best writer DENIS JOHNSON
Denis
NON FICTION THE Supreme Doctrine Hubert Benoit
(the best single book I have read, hence my FR
handle)
Black Spring Henry Miller
Because I Was Flesh Edward Dahlberg
(both autobiographies)
Diary of a Madman August Strindberg
THe Thief’s Journal Jean Genet
ANYTHING BY HAROLD ROSENBERG (art &culture
criticism
ANYTHING BY MARK STEYN
Anything by Saul Bellow.
Anything by Jacques Ellul
JESUS NOW Malachi Martin


62 posted on 07/25/2008 5:04:08 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: Stephanie32

In my lifetime (I’m 58) there are only two books that I read in one sitting. That is, when I picked them up, I didn’t put them down until finished.

The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty

For detective fiction, there is nothing better anywhere than the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald.

Military history: Challenge for the Pacific; Guadalcanal, the turning point of the war, by Robert Leckie. I can still recall passages from that book some forty years after reading it.


63 posted on 07/25/2008 5:09:46 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: kitkat
OK here's two.

Fiction, Double Take Catherine Coulter
For people who are not offended by pottymouth dialogue, Invisible Prey, John Sandford

64 posted on 07/25/2008 5:16:09 PM PDT by Publius6961 (You're Government, it's not your money, and you never have to show a profit.)
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To: LongElegantLegs
The Aubrey/Maturin series, by Richard O’Brian. It will consume your life until you finish it. Seriously.

I'll second that.

I'm reading Hot Water by P.G. Wodehouse, creator of Jeeves and Wooster. Wodehouse is one of the best humorists in the English language.

65 posted on 07/25/2008 5:16:36 PM PDT by Califelephant
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To: Califelephant

Have you read Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)
by Jerome K Jerome? Very funny. It reminded me of Wodehouse.


66 posted on 07/25/2008 5:18:48 PM PDT by kalee
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To: Stephanie32

The Civil War, three part series by the late Shelby Foote. It may take you awhile though. Although if you have an affinity toward the Civil War, it is a labor of love. Just for clarification, it is nonfiction, a historical narrative of the entire war.


67 posted on 07/25/2008 5:23:24 PM PDT by Xenophon450 (I guess I'll never know, some things under the sun can never be understood...)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

HELL YES! Best book I’ve read in a long LONG time!


68 posted on 07/25/2008 5:24:54 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy. Fight back or STFU!!!)
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To: Stephanie32
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. Not a cheerful read but a beautiful one, real literature. It's about World War I, and what love means. Not a chick book, though, don't get me wrong.
69 posted on 07/25/2008 5:30:47 PM PDT by ottbmare
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To: Stephanie32
Does anyone have any recommendations for any really great books that you've really enjoyed lately? Fiction or nonfiction.

You could be a nice person and give us a clue of the genre you enjoy, or if depends on your mood.

Some months I read entirely fiction, others just non-fiction.

And then there's the categories
Classic Literature?
Philosophy?
Politics?
Art?
Spy novels?
Action adventure?
Medical?
Science Fiction?
Humor?
Ancient History?
Recent History?
Historical novels?

So many books, so little time.

70 posted on 07/25/2008 5:33:56 PM PDT by Publius6961 (You're Government, it's not your money, and you never have to show a profit.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
I found his Berlin Diary on sale and read it this spring. Very interesting reading...

I'll have to find it. Another one he wrote is "The Collapse of the Third Republic" which tells the story from the French side. It is written ten years later (1970). Very interesting as to what was going on in France, which was considered to have by far the strongest army in Europe until about 1936 or 1937.

71 posted on 07/25/2008 5:43:49 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: Blood of Tyrants; Stephanie32

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

 

You might find this book interesting when contrasted with certain elements of Atlas Shrugged.  I think that if you read it, you'll probably see why there is IMO a connection, (and validation) of Rand's almost prophetic work. The business about the modern Montana Economy early in the book is what compares mostly, I think.


72 posted on 07/25/2008 5:46:37 PM PDT by Radix (Think it is bad now? Wait until you have to press "2" for English!)
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To: raybbr

Pillars of the Earth was long, but fantastic.


73 posted on 07/25/2008 5:53:49 PM PDT by Lynne
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To: Publius6961

Thanks, Publius. I’ve made a note of the books you recommended.


74 posted on 07/25/2008 5:56:14 PM PDT by kitkat (EX DEO LIBERTAS (From God, liberty))
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To: Daffynition

Love love love “The Power of Now.”


75 posted on 07/25/2008 6:16:12 PM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: ConservaTexan

Agree, “My Grandfather’s Son” was fantastic. Have you read “Blacklisted by History?” Really good, too.


76 posted on 07/25/2008 6:17:16 PM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: kitkat; cardinal4

If you’re interested in Africa at all, Wilbur Smith is your man. His works range from ancient Egypt (”River God’) and any number of novels on the early days of the Europeans settling in Africa.


77 posted on 07/25/2008 6:18:40 PM PDT by Ax (A guy can never be too rich, too thin or have too many camouflage T-shirts.)
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To: Vermonter
I loved Cryptonomicon, but Stephenson's later book(s), the Baroque Cycle Quicksilver, Something I Can't Remember, and The System of the World are better. These are about the development of science and economics in the seventeenth century. That sounds dry, but it's fascinating and funny, splendidly done. Stephenson is brilliant.
78 posted on 07/25/2008 6:27:38 PM PDT by ottbmare
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To: Stephanie32

I’m on jury duty and I’ve re-read One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn) and A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M Miller, Jr) so far. I just started The Everlasting Man (G K Chesterton). All three are great reads!


79 posted on 07/25/2008 6:29:51 PM PDT by choirboy (My carbon footprint is bigger than your carbon footprint!)
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To: Stephanie32; All

For light murder-cop-mystery reading, anything by Robert B. Parker. Like popcorn, to me. (Spenser for Hire, Sunny Randall series, etc.)

For deeper murder-cop-mysteries I like Michael Connelly or Dennis Lehane of ‘Mystic River’ fame. ‘Gone, Baby, Gone’ is really good.

One can NEVER go wrong with any of the “Travis McGee” mysteries by John D. MacDonald. (They all have a ‘color’ in the title.) Start with the first one to watch Travis age; but he’s pretty timeless. And make note of any music he’s listening to; I love his taste in music. I wish he were real; I wish he were mine, LOL!

My favorite author is Shirley Jackson. If you’ve not read ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ treat yourself. I read it at least once a year, usually in the winter. She also wrote ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ a CLASSIC haunted house tale.

May seem goofy to some, but I get a lot out of Sarah Ban Breathnacht ‘Simple Abundance.’ It’s in a page-a-day format and I’ve really gotten a lot from that book over the years; have read it many times and refer to it often.

What I’m reading these days:

The latest Sunny Randal series by Robert B. Parker, ‘Blue Screen.’

‘More Home Cooking’ by Laurie Colwin. A GREAT Food Writer who died way too early of cancer.

‘Rhoda’ by Ellen Gilchrist. I’ve heard that I’ll fall in love with her character Rhoda; we’ll see. ;)

‘Reader’s Digest Complete Sewing Guide.’ Now that my son has moved out, his old room is now my sewing room. Since I haven’t done ANY sewing other than curtains and mending of kids’ clothing for the past decade, I’m brushing back up on my skills. :)


80 posted on 07/25/2008 6:30:32 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Ax

Thanks, Ax

Africa is a part of the world I know little about. I have been curious, though. I’ll look for Wilbur Smith’s books.


81 posted on 07/25/2008 6:33:51 PM PDT by kitkat (EX DEO LIBERTAS (From God, liberty))
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To: Auntie Mame

I am reading it now.


82 posted on 07/25/2008 6:33:51 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Daffynition
Wait a minute...did you drink the Oprah Koolaid or what?

Just kidding. I sell books, and when I can find a used copy, it's sold within minutes. I'll consider it, but I already live in the "now." I'm like a cat. ;)

I thought for SURE your link would lead to this as being the greatest book ever written, LOL!

('To Serve Man')

83 posted on 07/25/2008 6:34:54 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Stephanie32
ANONYMOUS SEDITION... if a contemporary, conservative-leaning thriller, is your cup of tea. Mark Helprin’s— A Soldier of the Great War is swell as well!
84 posted on 07/25/2008 6:36:33 PM PDT by Shqipo (Palin for Veep!)
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To: ConservaTexan

Thanks! Added that to my Library List. I’ve been wanting to read that. I’ll make sure I leave it on my desk at work and watch the heads of my Lefty co-workers explode, LOL!


85 posted on 07/25/2008 6:38:56 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: martin_fierro

We can always count on YOU to class up a thread, LOL!


86 posted on 07/25/2008 6:41:14 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: All

“From Manassas to Appomatattox” (memoirs of Gen Longstreet)

by

General James Longstreet

An interesting take from the Southern perspective of the Civil War. It has intrigue in its very writing as it was a response by some Southerners of trying to put the loss at Gettysburg on Longstreet, partially for political reasons.
It includes an interesting “what if” factor if Gen Robert E Lee, would have listened to Longstreet and attacked the right flank harder near the Little Roundtop, where with relatively few men, the South almost rolled the flank.


87 posted on 07/25/2008 6:44:23 PM PDT by rbmillerjr ("bigger government means constricting freedom"....................RWR)
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To: Stephanie32

All of the C.J Box novels. Craig Johnson has also written 4 fine mysteries.


88 posted on 07/25/2008 6:48:59 PM PDT by saminfl (,/i)
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To: stylin_geek

A Drink Before the War Dennis Lehane
Gone Baby, Gone Dennis Lehane
Prayers for Rain Dennis Lehane

Yes, yes, and yes! Three of my favorites. Man, that guy can write.

And ‘Gone, Baby, Gone’ was actually a pretty good movie; I rented it on Netflix because it didn’t get much theater time here in Flyover Country. Directed by Ben Afleck? Hello? His younger brother Casey had the lead but he didn’t QUITE pull it off, IMHO. I thought their “Angie” was pretty good, but not quite tough enough.

The drugged out skank who traded her daughter for crack was very good, as were all of the “extras.” They were total trash and absolutely spot-on for the movie.

New Jersey just creeps me out. Please don’t ever make me go there again, LOL!


89 posted on 07/25/2008 6:49:21 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: kitkat; Stephanie32
I really like Lee Child's books, the Jack Reacher books. You might, too, although they could be considered guy's books.

Two novels I've read recently that were very good, and you might want to check out other books by these authors, are:

The Absence of Nectar by Kathy Hepinstall

Perfida by Judith Rossner

And a WONDERFUL non-fiction book I just read is Merle's Door, by Ted Kerasote. It's about his dog, Merle. Best dog book ever!

Merle's Door

90 posted on 07/25/2008 6:50:37 PM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: wtc911

“The series covers a Berlin detective pre-war, war years and post war in a dirty, dangerous Berlin.”

Have you seen any of the “Foyle’s War” BBC series? Same genre set in England. You might enjoy that. Available at your library or on Netflix. They’re in production again for another season. I just love them. :)


91 posted on 07/25/2008 6:52:11 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: abb

“For detective fiction, there is nothing better anywhere than the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald.”

I couldn’t agree more. :)


92 posted on 07/25/2008 6:56:23 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Foyle’s War is superb! Wish they had novelized the series. Looking forward to the finale this Sunday.
93 posted on 07/25/2008 6:56:37 PM PDT by Shqipo (Palin for Veep!)
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To: Shqipo

D’oh!

My WI PBS is too cheap to buy the series...but that gives me something to look forward to watching when I’m snowed in this coming winter. Don’t tell me how it ends!!

Thanks. :)


94 posted on 07/25/2008 7:03:00 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I loaned my copy to a liberal friend (public school teacher) after a discussion of how some kids fail because they are not as “advantaged” as others. Needless to say the subject has not come up again.


95 posted on 07/25/2008 7:06:51 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Old Sarge; Stephanie32

You have good taste, I did read that one and probably will at some point read it again.Thanks!


96 posted on 07/25/2008 7:13:18 PM PDT by Stephanie32
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To: Radix

But what the author didn’t count on is that many of the older mines that were shut down are viable with the increased prices of metals. Many of the towns are experiencing a second wind.


97 posted on 07/25/2008 7:13:42 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Auntie Mame; Stephanie32

Thank you, I will look at those in B&N and I do really love dog books too. :-)


98 posted on 07/25/2008 7:17:44 PM PDT by Stephanie32
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To: Slings and Arrows

Book ping.


99 posted on 07/25/2008 7:19:30 PM PDT by LucyT (What happens in Denver won't stay in Denver... August 25 - 28, 2008)
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To: saminfl; Stephanie32

That is great, I never heard of CJ Box and I really like reading mysteries. Thank you. I’ve read some mysteries by Greg Iles that I thought were good too if you like mysteries.


100 posted on 07/25/2008 7:21:43 PM PDT by Stephanie32
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