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What books are you currently reading?
1/23/2012 | William Eaton

Posted on 01/23/2012 8:52:51 PM PST by WilliamEaton

What books are people currently reading? Any particular fiction or non-fiction of note? Any recommendations from some recent reads?

I just downloaded the novel Hunter by Robert James Bidinotto for my kindle. It's an indie novel and has received good reviews on Amazon. Will report back once I finish up.


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To: Eddie01
Call of the Wild

Well, that's it for you. You can never be president. Have you come to the part about niggerheads yet?

101 posted on 01/23/2012 11:14:44 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: WilliamEaton

I’m reading the Perry Mason novels. There are about 80 of them, written from 1933-1970. There are some cultural roadbumps, but overall, they are well written and fast moving. (& I’m getting them all from the library)


102 posted on 01/23/2012 11:16:58 PM PST by Nepeta
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To: WilliamEaton

Regnum Celorum: Patterns of Millennial Thought in Early Christianity

Men to Boys: the Making of Modern Immaturity


103 posted on 01/23/2012 11:30:07 PM PST by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: exit82

Evil Under The Sun. Agatha Christie. Hercule Poirot in white suit and hat in lounge chair at the beach in a swanky hotel in England. It’s fun.

My husband reads aloud one chapter each morning the Bible starting January with Genesis. We read some Proverbs and Psalm. My personal reading is book of Romans right now.

Best fiction/ best author ( I believe) Len Deighton. His 9 or 10 Bernrd Samson books are my favorite but his first book, Ipcress Files is a fav too. Not part of Samson series, Goodbye Mickey Mouse, great book about bombers in England bombing Germany. He is an expert on England and Europe, Germany, Berlin, WW11, Hitler, British intelligence, Russia and cold war, East and West Berlin and the wall. He is wonderful. I reread all his books every couple of years.


104 posted on 01/23/2012 11:42:45 PM PST by maranatha (Texas really is unlike any other place)
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To: Krankor
Just finished King Rat by James Clavell. It’s an old book, but I highly recommend it. Just started The Kite Runner, so far very good.
Haven't read The Kite Runner, only saw the movie.
If you liked King Rat, I suggest Taipan, Shogun, Noble House, Gaijin and Whirlwind (rather apropos today). Did you know that Clavell was a POW?

As to the question of the thread, I am finishing Shmuel Katz's two volume biography of Jabotinsky, Lone Wolf. My next book will be Reappraising the Right: The Past & Future of American Conservatism by George Nash, author of "The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945", which is a must-read.

105 posted on 01/23/2012 11:46:45 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: cherry
just finished “The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo”.....convoluted...tedious...won’t be seeing the movie...
and written by a communist.
106 posted on 01/23/2012 11:48:45 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: napscoordinator
John wrote the best books when he wasn't such a big liberal, just a Baptist deacon with a little brick law office on Stateline Rd. in Southaven, Mississippi.
107 posted on 01/23/2012 11:52:54 PM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: WilliamEaton

I finished all the Aubrey/Maturin books, and now I’m on a P. G. Wodehouse binge (Jeeves and Wooster, etc.).


108 posted on 01/23/2012 11:53:47 PM PST by Charles Henrickson
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To: WilliamEaton; LS

Ameritopia and a politically incorrect British history book by an NRO Weekly Standard American Spectator guy.....Crocker


109 posted on 01/23/2012 11:58:46 PM PST by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: Krankor
Just finished King Rat by James Clavell.

I read that years ago while I was sick with the flu. Being wracked with fever added a certain realism to the book.

110 posted on 01/24/2012 12:10:32 AM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: WilliamEaton

I have read so many books in the last 52 years I can’t name them all. From Captain Blood by Rafiel Sabatini, three volumes, to Tacitus’ histories. Lots of J Frank Dobie’s books, Beau Geste, Beau Sabeur, Beau Ideal, Beat To Quarters (three volumes and many others) The books kept me from going insane in my youth, along with The Illiad, The Odyssey and The Anead, and many, many more.

I am currently working on Alfred Hitchcock’s Tales or Terror, and the Bible for the third or fourth time.

Along with HP Lovecraft novels, and Eusebius’ Histories of the Christan church.

Not to mention THE LOST GOD bt Russell, or the works of Kipling, or way too many histories of the early Americas or Indian wars or pirate stories, and way, way too many short si-fi stories by Isamov, Ray Bradbury, or Richard Matheson.

I would rather read than watch TV any day, except when I am painting.


111 posted on 01/24/2012 12:15:26 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: WilliamEaton

I have read so many books in the last 52 years I can’t name them all. From Captain Blood by Rafiel Sabatini, three volumes, to Tacitus’ histories. Lots of J Frank Dobie’s books, Beau Geste, Beau Sabeur, Beau Ideal, Beat To Quarters (three volumes and many others) The books kept me from going insane in my youth, along with The Illiad, The Odyssey and The Anead, and many, many more.

I am currently working on Alfred Hitchcock’s Tales or Terror, and the Bible for the third or fourth time.

Along with HP Lovecraft novels, and Eusebius’ Histories of the Christan church.

Not to mention THE LOST GOD bt Russell, or the works of Kipling, or way too many histories of the early Americas or Indian wars or pirate stories, and way, way too many short si-fi stories by Isamov, Ray Bradbury, or Richard Matheson.

I would rather read than watch TV any day, except when I am painting.


112 posted on 01/24/2012 12:15:40 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

In case anyone is still up, I’m reading Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, by Richard Rhodes.

I always knew Hedy Lamarr had been an incredibly beautiful actress in Hollywood, but I had no idea she was brilliant as well. She hated the Hollywood scene, and struggled to be taken seriously. I’m just loving this book.


113 posted on 01/24/2012 1:08:40 AM PST by Island Girl
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To: Island Girl

Niteowl BookMark :)

May God bless.
Tatt


114 posted on 01/24/2012 1:25:57 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: WilliamEaton

Just finished “Alone in Berlin”, by Hans Fallada. A masterpiece about one man’s resistance during Nazi oppression, based on true events.


115 posted on 01/24/2012 1:32:08 AM PST by KobiMaru
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To: WilliamEaton
Eric Clapton's autobiography. The story of a very successful and extremely self-centered man. He spent most of his adult life unhappy and addicted to either heroin or alcohol. He couldn't get sober until he got down on his knees and prayed for help twice a day. Afterwards he started his own addiction treatment center and helped to fund it by selling his old guitars for millions and holding benefit concerts. He found a nice woman, got married, and had children. He seems to have transformed into a much better person over the years.

He said he liked to avoid political words and agendas in his songs and let the music say it all.

116 posted on 01/24/2012 1:44:11 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: WilliamEaton

Stories of Natural Gas by Ralph E. Davis (1964).
Published by Ralph E. Davis.

This is THE book on the history of the natural gas ‘bidness’ as told by one of its pioneers.


117 posted on 01/24/2012 1:47:23 AM PST by bigoil (Study Thy Nixon)
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To: napscoordinator

The Litigators was funnier than I remember the other Grisham books being. Especially in the beginning. Laugh-out-loud funny.


118 posted on 01/24/2012 1:58:12 AM PST by firebrand
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To: Grunthor

The Bible
Steve Jobs (do as I say not as I do liberal) great book
Rick Harrison (Pawn Stars)


119 posted on 01/24/2012 2:12:13 AM PST by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: PieroC

Demonic is Ann’s best book, in my opinion. She gets deeper into the causes of liberalism, rather than just pointing out their illogicalities and contradictions—which she also does very well.


120 posted on 01/24/2012 2:13:44 AM PST by firebrand
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To: WilliamEaton
Just finishing Civilization: The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson. Highly recommended -- explains why western European Christian civilization spread over the entire world in the last 200 years. An excellent rebuttal to the Marxist "imperialism" meme.
121 posted on 01/24/2012 2:18:42 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: WilliamEaton

Just finished “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. Next, Clauswitz.


122 posted on 01/24/2012 2:19:06 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: WilliamEaton

Read Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy so I could understand the movie. I see why Anthony Lane basically said to go back to the books for the real le Carre. Yet the movie had some dramatic scenes that were not in the book and were very memorable and not the least out of place: Jim killing the bird (an owl in the book, and it happens “offstage”), the bee in the car full of important espionage types (hilarious), Jim punching Ricki Tarr (and knocking a tooth out? went by too fast), and most entertaining, the Christmas party, with spies at their most Britishly merry and a cameo of Le Carre (standing next to a Santa in a Lenin mask).

This has turned into a movie post, but the book is truly excellent. Carre can write. Is there another British spy writer even near his talent? (Don’t say Ian Fleming.)


123 posted on 01/24/2012 2:28:20 AM PST by firebrand
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To: WilliamEaton

Also just read Harry Stein’s I Can’t Believe I’m Sitting Next to a Republican. Not deep, but sadly familiar and funny at the same time.


124 posted on 01/24/2012 2:31:48 AM PST by firebrand
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To: WilliamEaton

“Omdurman” by Philip Ziegler


125 posted on 01/24/2012 2:54:07 AM PST by liberalism is suicide (Communism,fascism-no matter how you slice socialism, its still baloney)
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To: hocndoc

I love Connelly’s Harry Bosch detective series for light reading...on my 3rd one since Christmas...so far I’ve read Black Ice, Echo Park and The Closers...I also read and enjoyed Jeff Ashton’s, Imperfect Justice...


126 posted on 01/24/2012 2:57:19 AM PST by ~Vor~ (Freeper since 10/98)
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To: mamelukesabre

Keep reading. Excellent series.


127 posted on 01/24/2012 3:10:18 AM PST by bonfire
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To: WilliamEaton
Simple Church

What We Knew

128 posted on 01/24/2012 3:25:36 AM PST by RightField (one of the obstreperous citizens insisting on incorrect thinking - C. Krauthamer)
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To: WilliamEaton

Ameritopia — What else?


129 posted on 01/24/2012 3:27:36 AM PST by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: WilliamEaton

American Sniper


130 posted on 01/24/2012 3:49:28 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: WilliamEaton

The Vigilantes of Montana, Dimsdale, for I think the second time.


131 posted on 01/24/2012 4:08:38 AM PST by bkepley
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To: WilliamEaton

The Mote In God’s Eye.


132 posted on 01/24/2012 4:28:45 AM PST by Sawdring
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To: WilliamEaton
The Irish epic "the cattle raid of Cooley" aka "tain 'bo Cualgne". It's the story of what could be termed an Irish "hercules" that dates back to pre Christian times.

CC

133 posted on 01/24/2012 4:55:34 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (Wisdom comes from experience. Experience comes from a lack of wisdom.)
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To: WilliamEaton
Bought a Kindle...it makes things very easy!

So...:
"Bleak House",
"Last of the Mohicans",
"Mein Kampf",
"Brothers, Rivals, Victors",
and "Falling Upward" (a waste of time, but I promised my Mom I'd give it a read).

134 posted on 01/24/2012 5:02:52 AM PST by Logic n' Reason (N/A)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
An extraordinary book!! And as palpably true today and it was when first penned in the early 90s!

Made me so mad when I read it, that my girlfried at the time would not let me read it just before going to bed!!!

135 posted on 01/24/2012 5:04:55 AM PST by Logic n' Reason (N/A)
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To: exit82
"My List of Conservative Accomplishments” by Mitt Romney.
It was blank.

I have that one...it's on my bookshelf right next to "The Wit and Wisdom of Spiro T. Agnew" {blank also}, and "Important and Weighty Thoughts on the State of the World" by Joey Biden {blank also}

136 posted on 01/24/2012 5:11:20 AM PST by Logic n' Reason (N/A)
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To: badpacifist
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks....

I read that about a year ago. It's fascinating. Recommended.
137 posted on 01/24/2012 5:35:52 AM PST by Nepeta
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To: Krankor

James Clavell is my favorite novelist. Shogun was the best novel I ever read. Tai Pan was the second best.

I have recently finished Killing Lincoln and the Last Lecture, both excellent books.


138 posted on 01/24/2012 5:48:37 AM PST by billhilly
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To: WilliamEaton

Re-reading William L. Shires’s “The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich.”


139 posted on 01/24/2012 5:48:45 AM PST by dearolddad
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To: Krankor

James Clavell is my favorite novelist. Shogun was the best novel I ever read. Tai Pan was the second best.

I have recently finished Killing Lincoln and the Last Lecture, both excellent books.


140 posted on 01/24/2012 5:48:51 AM PST by billhilly
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To: cherry

The Swedish film is sooooo good. My hubby tried to read it too & felt the same way as you-but we love the original movie.


141 posted on 01/24/2012 5:51:25 AM PST by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: MtnClimber
The Wheel Of Time Series by Robert Jordan At 13 volumes and counting, this sweeping — some would say sprawling – richly imagined epic chronicles the struggle between servants of the Dark One and those of the champion of light known as the Dragon Reborn.

And some would say tedious. Some would say extremely tedious. Then there is the unhappy fact that Jordan did not live to complete the tale.

Another peasant boy --who is remarkably like an American teenager in thinking and attitudes!-- is revealed to be the most important person in the universe! ALL the women are basically the same character with different labels; even Jordan admitted this.

The Sword Of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind Young Richard Cypher gradually embraces his destiny as the Seeker of Truth, and sets out to stop the evil that others would unleash.

Howlingly funny if read as comedy. Goodkind insists that these books are NOT fantasy, and that he has invented a new form of literature. The writing must be read to be believed. One of the books begins with a line that goes something like "What is wrong with the chickens?" and gets into something that is a chicken but not a chicken.

Not at all like the tv series, which was a vast improvement upon the books.
142 posted on 01/24/2012 6:05:15 AM PST by Nepeta
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To: WilliamEaton

bfl


143 posted on 01/24/2012 6:15:59 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: WilliamEaton

“Cracking the Code”

Here is the free version.

http://www.losthorizons.com/Cracking_the_Code.htm

.

http://losthorizons.com/CtCforFree.pdf


144 posted on 01/24/2012 6:33:29 AM PST by phockthis (http://www.supremelaw.org/fedzone11/index.htm ...)
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To: WilliamEaton

Ameritopia

Monster Hunters International

The Voice of Reason

Free to Choose

I am actually listening to them. One of the great things about my job is I can listen to books all day long on my ipod.


145 posted on 01/24/2012 6:42:27 AM PST by albionin
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To: WilliamEaton

Here is a list of books that define my study subjects for the past year or two.

The now banned Freeper non sequitur recommended Shattered Sword. Like those that follow, it is new scholarship and breaks lots of new ground. These books capture the war in the Pacific.
Shattered Sword … The untold story of Midway J. Parschall and Anthony Tully
The Solomons Campaign William L. McGee
Clash of the Carriers Barrett Tillman
The Battle of Leyte Gulf H.P Willmott

Stephen Lekson writes prolifically about the people of our southwest. He is a hands on archeologist and manhandles many of his colleagues who dwell in various ruts. (or on their individual study creeks) His pronouncement…. Everybody knew everything, distance was not a problem. He led me to Cahokia and archeoastronomy in America. Cahokia was more populous than London in 1050
A History of The Ancient Southwest Stephen H Lekson
The Chaco Meridian Stephen H Lekson
Cahokia…..Ancient America’s great city Timothy R Pauket
Living the Sky… The Cosmos of the American Indian Ray L Williamson

The Power of Gold Peter L Bernstein
Wonderful Life,,,, The Burgess Shale Stephen J Gould
Eighteen Minutes…The Battle of San Jacinto Stephen L Moore


146 posted on 01/24/2012 6:46:42 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: WilliamEaton

finishing “Jimmy Stewart - Bomber Pilot”

will start next

“A Blue Sea of Blood: Deciphering the Mysterious Fate of the USS EDSALL” By Donald M. Kehn, Jr.


147 posted on 01/24/2012 7:45:26 AM PST by urtax$@work (The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
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To: WilliamEaton

Just finished Stieg Larsson’s “Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” (Last of the Millenium Trilogy), and, via audiobook, Ben Sherwood’s “The Survivors Club” which I heartedly recommend. Currently reading Bernard Cornwell’s “Death of Kings” (latest in his Saxon Tales). Next on my list, Michael Crichton’s last book (finished by Richard Preston), “Micro,” and, via audio, Alex Kava’s “Hotwire.”


148 posted on 01/24/2012 8:31:01 AM PST by ixtl ( You live and learn. Or you don't live long.)
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To: WilliamEaton

“The Rights of Man” by Thomas Paine


149 posted on 01/24/2012 9:23:14 AM PST by Publius
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To: napscoordinator

Grisham is a good writer, but he’s a one-note-Nelly. He writes about lawyers and legal cases, the “Litigators” being another case in point.

Using the ability to write across a spectrum of topics, I’d put before you these:

Louis L’Amore who did westerns, medieval, boxing, short stories, and the sea.

Mark Twain (of course) who did culture, river, short stories, and scifi/fantasy.

John Steinbeck who did American culture, Hispanic culture, the sea, the depression, the underdog,


150 posted on 01/24/2012 10:31:30 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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