Skip to comments.Free Republic Book Club, 2/24/05
Posted on 02/24/2005 6:11:45 PM PST by Tanniker Smith
Welcome to the Free Republic Book Club.
It was suggested a couple of days ago, in the FReeper's Book Rockets Up Amazon After Ingraham Show! thread (somewhere toward the end) that it would be great if there FR Book Club. Somehow, I think I got nominated to start one. I don't really know how to do that other than just to go ahead and do it. So I am -- please, feel free to point out mistakes, or point out how to make a "ping" list for folks that want to be a part of this.
Anyway, if there are no complaints, I think it would be better to have a Book Club rather than a Conservative Book Club (or a Republican Book Club or a Libertarian Book Club, etc). Yes, let's focus on the bounty of conservative books that we didn't have even a dozen years ago, but if anyone wants to occasionally talk about a mystery or SF book, it won't be off topic (unless The Powers That Be decide that it is, at least at FR). I don't know about anyone else, but the majority of my reading is composed of other stuff, as can be seen on this thread: Books Read in 2004 (Read Any Good Books Lately?)
Other than that, I have only one ground rule: judge (or slam) the books themselves, not the authors. The latter is way too easy, and beside the point. Likewise, I know the opinions folks have of Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly, but please separate the books from the people, particularly if you haven't read them.
So what should we discuss first?
He was a concert pianist (recently deceased) who came to America and noticed the similarities between the Progressive movement and the early days of Soviet Communism. He also is very diplomatic and fair about how the subtlest of differences in the original philosophies of the Left and Right make such huge differences when they are carried out to their logical conclusions.
Add me to the PING list, please.
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All three of the above are collected in an omnibus edition Three Famous Murder Novels, published by Modern Library. All three novels were good, but the first one made the biggest impression on me.
Currently reading: Standing Next to History by Joseph Petro.
"Home-Alone America" by Mary Eberstadt
"Hating Whitey" by David Horowitz
and a thank you to *Do not dub me shapka broham* for talking up Horowitz, and I also have "Destructive Generation" out of the library.
I was halfway through "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower" by C.S. Forester, when my husband snarfed it,
and I've got "The Dragons of Expectation," by Robert Conquest (author of "Harvest of Sorrow") in the pile.
Have you or anyone read a book by DeMille (Plum Island author) called "Night Fall" ? I heard an interview with him on Savage yesterday and it is based on the TWA800 crash where he looked into the details and made it into a novel. It sounds reaaly good as I never thought it was a faulty wire but a terrorist attack. I am 117 on the waiting list at our library.
"Tyrone Martin's, "A Most Fortunate SHip", about the USS Constitution. "
Library ping with the book in it.
I love McCarthy. Cities of the Plain was good, but the best of the trilogy was The Crossing, IMHO.
Also IMHO, Blood Meridian is on a completely different level from anything in the Border Trilogy. It's just a masterpiece.
Great idea! Please add me to the ping list. Thanks.
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I just finished "The Perfect Machine". :-)
Hey Travis! My wife just started reading EFAD. We talked about the story for about an hour tonight after I got home from work. She asked me what kind of gun the "T.C." is...
Hmmm...Do I see another gun purchase developing?
I'm now reading "Blood Meridian" and am finding it somewhat horrifying - have just covered the Indian massacre. But I can't put it down. Somehow it's clean in its brutality.
Just finished Huxley's Brave New World
Today I started C.S. Lewis' Out of the Silent Planet
(a homeschool Mom that never read these in school so I am reading them with my sons).
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