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What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Review
4/05/10 | MplsSteve

Posted on 04/05/2010 7:53:56 PM PDT by MplsSteve

Hello everyone! It's time again for my quarterly "What Are You reading Now?" thread.

I consider Freepers to be some of the more well-read people on the Internet and I'm always curious as to what you're all reading.

In short, it can be anything - a classic novel, a NY Times best seller, a trashy pulp novel, a technical journal...in short, anything.

Please do not defile this thread by posting something inane like "I'm reading this thread". It became really unfunny a long time ago.

I'll start. I'm about 65 pages into "War Like The Thunderbolt: The Battle and Burning of Atlanta" by Russell S Bonds. So far, so good. I can't complain.

Well, what are you reading now?


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1 posted on 04/05/2010 7:53:56 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve
What Are You reading Now?

Your post


2 posted on 04/05/2010 7:54:59 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: MplsSteve
"What Are You Reading Now?"

Does Katie Couric have anything to do with this thread?
3 posted on 04/05/2010 7:56:36 PM PDT by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: MplsSteve; tbw2

I just finished Humanity’s Edge by FReeper TBW2- excellent sci-fi book (a series of short stories). I’m digging around for something new, I’ve been going through 2 books a week lately.


4 posted on 04/05/2010 7:56:45 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: MplsSteve

I’m reading volume 1 of Conceived in Liberty by Murray Rothbard


5 posted on 04/05/2010 7:56:56 PM PDT by tpaige
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To: MplsSteve
I usually have several going at once. I'm near the end of Tim LaHaye's Luke's Story from his The Jesus Chronicles series. I'm halfway through Brigitte Gabriel's Because They Hate, and have made a good start on 48 Liberal Lies About American History, by Larry Schweikart. On deck are Sean Hannity's Conservative Victory and Karl Rove's Courage and Consequence.
6 posted on 04/05/2010 8:01:52 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: MplsSteve

The 5,000 Year Leap, The Book of Lies, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (for my son!)


7 posted on 04/05/2010 8:01:53 PM PDT by ODC-GIRL (We live in interesting times)
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1. I am Ozzy- autobiography, Ozzy Osbourne

2. The Lady in the Tower-the fall of Anne Boleyn

3. The Illuminatus Trilogy....timely

4. Forty Ways to look at Winston Churchill..

5. The House of Rothschild...Niall Ferguson


8 posted on 04/05/2010 8:02:16 PM PDT by spyone (ridiculum)
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To: MplsSteve

Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef. Great story by son of Hamas leader who converted to Christianity and became a spy for Shin Bet. It has some great lessons on the intractable Middle East problems


9 posted on 04/05/2010 8:02:32 PM PDT by CWW (Palin & Jindal in 2012!!)
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To: spyone

Those who read many books at a time amaze me. It would drive me nuts.

That said, I am reading a novel called “Declare” and REALLY like it. It is a cold war spy type thriller, but so well written and subtle, with that added fillip of supernatural elements. Muslims figure predominantly along with commies and Great Britain, the French. . . from the 1930s to the 1950s or so. Good read. Recommended.


10 posted on 04/05/2010 8:04:08 PM PDT by Persevero (Ask yourself: "What does the Left want me to do?" Then go do the opposite.)
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To: MplsSteve

I’ve been reading Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden Files (Turn Coat, #11, just came out in paperback) and Codex Alera. I’m waiting for the last volume of that series to come out in pb. Partly I don’t want to pay for hardcover, and partly I don’t have room on my shelves.

I’m also reading a fantasy series by P.C. Hodgell that I managed to miss until now. Baen Books is republishing the earlier ones as double books. Rather dark, but so far quite fascinating.


11 posted on 04/05/2010 8:04:53 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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I am reading “My Grandfather’s Son” by Clarence Thomas and “The Help” by Kathleen Stockett.

Both are excellent reads, but “The Help” is definitely a chick’s book.


12 posted on 04/05/2010 8:06:07 PM PDT by ClarenceThomasfan (President Bush will go down as one of our greatest presidents (next to Ronald Reagan))
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To: darkwing104

Karl Rove’s Courage and Consequence.


13 posted on 04/05/2010 8:06:35 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: darkwing104

Karl Rove’s Courage and Consequence.


14 posted on 04/05/2010 8:06:36 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: MplsSteve
Finishing "A Genious for Deception: How Cunning Helped the British Win Two World Wars." Great story by Nicholas Rankin about spycraft, disinformation, camouflage, steps to repel invaders, sigint, humint and other forms of trickery in WW I and WW II. Makes one yearn for the days when nations didn't commit suicide.

I thought it appropriate to follow this with "How Democracies Perish" by Jean-Francois Revel. I read about it on a thread last week and picked up a used copy off of Amazon for a couple bucks. From the back cover: "Why do so many socialists and other liberal minded men in the countries of Western Europe, and indeed elsewhere, lend their support to communist activities over the world? How can the spread of communist regimes be averted? Can the capitalist democracies so reform themselves that they can survive?" Originally published in 1976 before Reagan and the supposed end of the Cold War, it is very timely today as we deal with the serious internal threat to our nation's survival.

15 posted on 04/05/2010 8:06:55 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: MplsSteve

Just finished “Dune”. Just started “Atlas Shrugged”. Yeah, I know, I’m behind the times by 30 years.


16 posted on 04/05/2010 8:07:37 PM PDT by CondiArmy
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To: MplsSteve

Just finished Ralph Reed’s “Dark Horse: A Political Thriller, for fun. Started slow, but was entertaining.

Now, for something a bit more serious, am taking Glen Beck’s advice, and starting “The Age of the Unthinkable”.

When working, I am listening to Spencer Quinn’s “Thereby Hangs a Tail”. This is for humor... a Chet and Bernie Mystery, as told by Chet, Bernie’s sidekick.

Chet is a dog, and the narrator does him perfectly. Wonderful fun.

The first Chet and Bernie mystery by Spencer Quinn is “Dog Gone It”, and there is a new one coming out in the fall.


17 posted on 04/05/2010 8:07:54 PM PDT by jacquej
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To: Persevero

“Declare” is one of Tim Powers’ books. He’s a great writer. I think that novel may be his most powerful, but I also have a special fondness for “The Drawing of the Dark,” a fantasy novel based on King Arthur travelling to Vienna at the time that the Muslim Turks besieged the city. But all his stuff is good.


18 posted on 04/05/2010 8:08:56 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: MplsSteve
Darkness Take My Hand by Lehane.

I'm working my way through the Kenzie/Gennaro series.

19 posted on 04/05/2010 8:11:34 PM PDT by wolf24
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To: Cicero

You recommended this months ago. No book store had it. Now have a kindle so I will get them tonight....anything else?


20 posted on 04/05/2010 8:11:57 PM PDT by spyone (ridiculum)
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To: MplsSteve

The Magus (John Fowles)
1984 (Orwell)


21 posted on 04/05/2010 8:12:10 PM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: MplsSteve
For relaxation - "A Circle of Quiet", book 1 of Madeline L'Engle's Crosswicks Journal series
For a purpose - two organizational communication texts, and a book on faith-based microfinance.
22 posted on 04/05/2010 8:13:36 PM PDT by Sisku Hanne
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To: MplsSteve

The Three Deceivers....easy read, but uniquely written. Open the book from the Three Deceivers side and read about the “deceivers,” then turn the book upside down and over and the title on the back is The Three Alternatives (to the deceivers.)


23 posted on 04/05/2010 8:16:34 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: MplsSteve

How Animals Think by Dr. Temple Granden.
Excellent book by an autistic animal behavior expert. The premise of her book is that autistic people think and experience the world much like other mammals do. Fascinating and an entertaining read.

AND

Dread Empire’s Fall by Walter Jon Williams. Decent SciFi novel.


24 posted on 04/05/2010 8:16:42 PM PDT by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: MplsSteve
Spy Hook... it's been awhile
25 posted on 04/05/2010 8:18:30 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: MplsSteve

Oh yeah, the third book is a Microsoft book Developing in Silverlight.


26 posted on 04/05/2010 8:18:56 PM PDT by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: MplsSteve

I Am Murdered: George Wythe, Thomas Jefferson, and the Killing That Shocked a New Nation by Bruce Chadwick


27 posted on 04/05/2010 8:19:45 PM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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The Quest for Cosmic Justice, by Thomas Sowell. Absolutely flabbergasting how he routinely manages to gore every liberal ox around.

Obama,Democrats,liberals
28 posted on 04/05/2010 8:20:21 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: CondiArmy

Dune is still one of my favorites, but I found all the sequels disappointing.

Atlas Shrugged is a classic, of course. I’ve never gone back and read it again, though.


29 posted on 04/05/2010 8:21:10 PM PDT by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: MplsSteve

The Last of the Mohicans


30 posted on 04/05/2010 8:22:06 PM PDT by MrsPatriot (‘The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.’ - R R)
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To: MplsSteve
Just finishing Heat by Bill Buford--far and away the best restaurant book I have ever read. Features Mario Batali and other colorful people he has worked with. Great food book even if you are not fascinated with the restaurant trade as I am.
31 posted on 04/05/2010 8:23:04 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: MplsSteve

Finally, I came across one of these threads while it was active, instead of one or two mos old. (Is there a ping list?) Anyway, I just finished a trio of old murder mysteries from the forties: The Sleeping Sphinx, Beagle Scented Murder and Death of a Doll. They were great; I love older fiction.

Btw, I am an aspiring Young Adult Christian Fantasy/SF writer, with reason to believe I may soon be published. I’m always looking for good beta readers. If you would like more information, please PM me; thanks!


32 posted on 04/05/2010 8:24:47 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: CondiArmy
I finally read Dune a few months ago. Really enjoyed it.
33 posted on 04/05/2010 8:24:56 PM PDT by wolf24
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To: MplsSteve

“Live Free or Die” by John Ringo (A SF novel)

“Fencing: A Renaissance Treatise” by Camillo Agrippa, Ed. by Ken Mondschien (A modern translation of a 16th c. swordfighting manual)


34 posted on 04/05/2010 8:25:36 PM PDT by LexBaird (Tyrannosaurus Lex, unapologetic carnivore)
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To: gitmo

Sean Hannity’s latest.


35 posted on 04/05/2010 8:26:24 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: MplsSteve

1. Boone (biography of Daniel Boone)
2. Heck (juvenile lit., humorous adventure about “where the bad kids go”. Sort of like Purgatory and junior high combined. Richard Nixon is the ethics teacher and Blackbeard the Pirate teaches p.e.)
3. The Synoptic Gospels (bible study materials)
4. Don Camillo (humor, small-town priest in post-WWII Italy spars with communist mayor of the town.)
5. Percy Jackson and The Olympians, vol. two, The Sea of Monsters (reading out loud with kids, juvenile lit. with adventure and humor, Freepers would think it’s a bit “green”, but would like that a major point is that western civilization is worth fighting to save.)


36 posted on 04/05/2010 8:26:30 PM PDT by married21
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To: MplsSteve
I'm reading "Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II" by Douglas Blackmon. Very interesting, and goes a long way toward explaining why many black people grew up in the 50s tending to be leery of the police.
37 posted on 04/05/2010 8:27:07 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: MplsSteve

“John Adams” by David McCullough.


38 posted on 04/05/2010 8:28:05 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Persevero
That said, I am reading a novel called “Declare”

Tim Powers is a great read. The forthcoming "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie is supposed to be based off of his "On Stranger Tides", but I dread what they are likely to do with it.

39 posted on 04/05/2010 8:29:13 PM PDT by LexBaird (Tyrannosaurus Lex, unapologetic carnivore)
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To: MplsSteve

This evening, re-browsing The Discourses of Epictetus, and later this evening doing the same with The Mother of the Buddhas by Lex Hixon.

Longer term, about a third of the way through Guadalcanal: Starvation Island, by Eric Hammel.


40 posted on 04/05/2010 8:29:16 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: MplsSteve

tea leaves


41 posted on 04/05/2010 8:29:25 PM PDT by lonestar (Better Obama picks his nose than our pockets!)
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To: MplsSteve
I've just started reading Paul Revere's Ride by David Hackett Fischer.

This book chronicles the events leading up to April 19, 1775 and documents Revere's role as more than simply a "midnight messenger."

Anyone who has attended an Appleseed shoot will be familiar with the history presented in this book.

42 posted on 04/05/2010 8:29:55 PM PDT by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: Sisku Hanne
a book on faith-based microfinance.

Microfinance is an interesting topic. Our daughter is majoring in Economics, and has been studying microfinance.

43 posted on 04/05/2010 8:30:00 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: spyone

Actually, I haven’t been keeping up with Tim Powers, I find. I just checked him on Amazon and found several more I haven’t read.

Also, with some of the out-of-print ones you can often find them on Amazon as used books from their associate dealers. That means paying postage, but if the price is low enough it can be worth while.

I just got a copy of a David Drake fantasy called “Old Nathan,” based on the stories of Manley Wade Wellman, which I used to read, I think, in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. It’s fantasy folk tales set in the back woods of the south (Drake’s hero can talk to animals, and has amusing conversations with the mule he rides). David Drake usually does military SF, but I recently came across a story from this book and enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to reading the rest of it.

And if you can still find any Manley Wade Wellman, that’s worth while, too. He was a contemporary of Robert Heinlein.


44 posted on 04/05/2010 8:31:28 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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45 posted on 04/05/2010 8:31:29 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: MplsSteve

“The Art of Racing in the Rain”


46 posted on 04/05/2010 8:34:13 PM PDT by motor_racer (That which you manifest is before you.)
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To: Cicero
Thanks for that tip, I intend to read Declare. I have another book by Tim Powers on order (a collector's copy, which cost me a pretty penny) A time to cast away stones. It is the follow on from The Stress of Her Regard.

I have just finished Dimiter by William Peter Blatty. He is best known as author of the Exorcist. The book is a sort of thriller with religious/mystic overtones. Dimiter is good enough to read, but the story is rather slight and improbable. You put it down in the end thinking ... yes ... but ...

47 posted on 04/05/2010 8:35:16 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: MplsSteve
Finding George Orwell in Burma

by Emma Larkin

___ great read

48 posted on 04/05/2010 8:37:10 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: DTogo

I was a bit disappointed that the book didn’t give more detail about his defense of the British soldiers and about the Sedition Act. Kinda wish he’d delved more into political intrigue and all that.


49 posted on 04/05/2010 8:39:04 PM PDT by phredo53 (Caution: This post does not comply with White House standards.)
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To: MplsSteve

The Dakota Project
Flight of the Horse (Larry Niven), esp. short story Flash Crowds
Dracula


50 posted on 04/05/2010 8:40:53 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (+)
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