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What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Inquiry
7/03/08 | MplsSteve

Posted on 07/03/2008 8:40:03 AM PDT by MplsSteve

OK everyone, it's time for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" thread.

I like finding out what Freepers are reading lately. It can be anything...a technical journal, a trashy pulp novel, an old classic...in short, anything!

Please do not defile this thread by posting "I'm Reading This Thread". It became very unfunny a long time ago.

I'll start. I'm close to finishing "The Last Valley" by Martin Windrow. It's about the siege/battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954.

Well, what are you reading now?!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: books; literature; magazines; reading
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1 posted on 07/03/2008 8:40:04 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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Just finished Arthur C Clark's “Sunstorm.”
Working through “Free Agent Nation” prepping for our company buyout.
2 posted on 07/03/2008 8:41:42 AM PDT by mnehring
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FreeRepublic.com


3 posted on 07/03/2008 8:42:00 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote (Huh?)
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Mere Christianity -C.S. Lewis


4 posted on 07/03/2008 8:42:30 AM PDT by Hildy
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The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America by Roger Kimball


5 posted on 07/03/2008 8:42:46 AM PDT by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: MplsSteve

“I’d Rather Be The Devil: Skip James +the Blues” by Stephen Calt.


6 posted on 07/03/2008 8:42:49 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: MplsSteve

Light in August by William Faulkner


7 posted on 07/03/2008 8:43:52 AM PDT by Former War Criminal
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To: MplsSteve

Working on several materials related to Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio. MRDS. Also, database index programming. Also, same old pile of philosophy books.


8 posted on 07/03/2008 8:44:57 AM PDT by RightWhale (I will veto each and every beer)
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To: MplsSteve

The last good one was James Madison and the Struggle For the Bill of Rights by Richard Lubunski.

I started Thomas Jefferson: Secrets at Monticello and it was a bunch of tabloid/gossip rubbish!


9 posted on 07/03/2008 8:45:01 AM PDT by Disturbin (Liberals: buying votes with your tax dollars)
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To: MplsSteve

Right now I’m reading Atlas Shrugged. I don’t know how that copy of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Comics Omnibus 2” got on my nightstand.


10 posted on 07/03/2008 8:45:09 AM PDT by exile ("Get off the phone, ya big dope"- The Great One)
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11 posted on 07/03/2008 8:45:10 AM PDT by Clemenza (You Shoot Me in a Dream, You Better Wake Up and Apologize)
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To: MplsSteve

I just finished Vince Flynn’s ‘Protect and Defend’. Now I have just started W.E.B. Griffith’s ‘Death and Honor’.


12 posted on 07/03/2008 8:45:35 AM PDT by mathluv
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Beer & Food: An American History by Bob Skilnik (aka, me)


13 posted on 07/03/2008 8:45:51 AM PDT by toddlintown (Morons; all of 'em.)
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The back of a box of Kellog's Special K.

It starts off slow, but after a few unforeseen plot twists, it got to where I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this to anyone who wishes to get 15% of their recommended daily allowance of niacin in one meal.

14 posted on 07/03/2008 8:47:01 AM PDT by keithtoo (Why aren't the Republicans running a presidential candidate this year?)
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To: MplsSteve

I’m finally getting around to finishing up the seven book Stephen King “Dark Tower” series that I started almost twenty years ago.


15 posted on 07/03/2008 8:47:18 AM PDT by jpl
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Just about done with “Brother Odd” by Dean Koontz.


16 posted on 07/03/2008 8:47:36 AM PDT by day10 (Rules cannot substitute for character.)
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Alas, prepping for the classes I’ll teach next school year and doing background reading, nothing cool:

The Accidental Library Systems Manager, Gordon
Library and Information Center Management, Stueart and Moran


17 posted on 07/03/2008 8:47:39 AM PDT by radiohead (God helps those who help themselves - pray for Iowans and donate to the Salvation Army.)
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Just finished “Snowflower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See about womens’ life in 18th century China. (which was excellent) Am reading “She’s Come Undone”, which is a little racy for this traditional Catholic girl... I am not a Wally Lamb fan.


18 posted on 07/03/2008 8:48:00 AM PDT by Krista33
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I’m reading “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara.

Today is the anniversary of Pickett’s Charge, and the last day of the Gettysburg battle.


19 posted on 07/03/2008 8:48:00 AM PDT by 04-Bravo
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To: day10

How is Brother Odd? It has been sitting on my shelf for almsot a year.


20 posted on 07/03/2008 8:48:25 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: Clemenza
Great, when you die, show this book to the bouncer at the door marked "Hell - Entrance" and you will get put to the front of the line.

P.S.: Bring your asbestos book cover.

21 posted on 07/03/2008 8:49:31 AM PDT by keithtoo (Why aren't the Republicans running a presidential candidate this year?)
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To: MplsSteve

Just finishing up the last volume of Samuel Eliot Morison’s 15 Volume set of the History of the United States Navy in WWII - second read. Great story.


22 posted on 07/03/2008 8:49:42 AM PDT by Sunnyflorida (McCain Swiftboated the Swift Boat Vets for Truth - Thomas Sowell for President.)
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Memo to the President Elect by Madeleine Albright

Yeh, I know, consider the source.

But, she makes some good points, even if she lets her bias come out at times.

23 posted on 07/03/2008 8:49:45 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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Reach of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman


24 posted on 07/03/2008 8:50:19 AM PDT by doodad
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To: MplsSteve

Gnostic stuff mostly:

* Valis by Philip K. Dick

* The Nag Hammadi Library, The Definitive Translation


25 posted on 07/03/2008 8:50:29 AM PDT by maclay (America First - The rest of the world comes second)
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To: mnehrling
Just started:

Savage Frontier, 1835-1837: Rangers, Riflemen, and Indian Wars in Texas (Savage Frontier)

26 posted on 07/03/2008 8:50:35 AM PDT by saminfl (,/i)
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To: exile
reading Atlas Shrugged

Might as well read the daily newspaper, it's happening now, pretty much the same except where is that gold bar they promised?.

27 posted on 07/03/2008 8:50:35 AM PDT by RightWhale (I will veto each and every beer)
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To: MplsSteve

Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough.


28 posted on 07/03/2008 8:50:53 AM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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I’m re-reading Richard Marcinko’s SEAL Force Alpha right now.

I still have to finish Shadow Warriors by Tom Clancy. (that has had a bookmark for years)


29 posted on 07/03/2008 8:52:30 AM PDT by wastedyears (Obama is a Texas Post Turtle.)
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The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.


30 posted on 07/03/2008 8:52:50 AM PDT by gate2wire
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“The Entire and the Rose” Series by Kay Kenyon. Very creative, good series. Not as good as the “Third Chronicles of Thomas Covenant” Stephen Donaldson.... now THAT is a materpiece.


31 posted on 07/03/2008 8:52:54 AM PDT by Danae (Remember: Obama = Pull out from Iraq. PLAN on voting, or accept responsibility for the consequences.)
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To: mnehrling

Not too bad - typical Koontz - a bit formulaic, but the Odd Thomas character is so likeable and Koontz always throws in some humor. Worth a quick read.


32 posted on 07/03/2008 8:53:09 AM PDT by day10 (Rules cannot substitute for character.)
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33 posted on 07/03/2008 8:53:18 AM PDT by Redcloak ("Yes, I have been drinking. Why do you ask?" #1 on the list of "Things heard from McCain voters")
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ML/NJ
34 posted on 07/03/2008 8:53:18 AM PDT by ml/nj
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The Loomming Tower: al Qaeda and the road to 911

Alantic: Scott Cookman - a 1905 sailboat race across the Alantic sponsored by Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany.

Godforsaken Sea: Derek Lundy - great author, book about singlehanded round-the-world sailboat racers.

The Way of a Ship: Derek Lundy - a square rigger voyage around Cape Horn in the last days of sailing schooners.

35 posted on 07/03/2008 8:53:55 AM PDT by HardStarboard (Take No Prisoners - We're Out Of Qurans)
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To: toddlintown

That’s something I’d enjoy reading.


36 posted on 07/03/2008 8:54:06 AM PDT by wastedyears (Obama is a Texas Post Turtle.)
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Life of Washington I by Washington Irving.

An account 100 years closer to the real events that cites original source documents from personal letters to state/assembly legislation. In book I Pre Revolution.

Just getting around to Lexington/Concord, Ethan Allen and Ticonderoga.

A little difficult to read at times, Small type and earlier American english.

37 posted on 07/03/2008 8:55:45 AM PDT by BoneHead (Don't we live in a great country or what?)
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Just finished:

Currently reading:

On deck:

38 posted on 07/03/2008 8:55:49 AM PDT by FReepaholic (Me no bottom man. Me top man.)
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If you read one book this summer make it:

The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour - Andrei Cherny

This is the best non-fiction book I've read in a long time. Anyone doubting our abilities to convert a culture into a democracy needs to read this book.

I am now on to:

"Monster of Florence" - Douglas Preston.
Very good look back at the real case of the Florence serial killings which were the basis for a lot of the Hannibal Lecter books.
39 posted on 07/03/2008 8:57:21 AM PDT by Daus
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The Majesty of Law; Sandra Day O’Connor

I was often unhappy with O’Connor as a Supreme Court justice, but I recommend this book to anyone that is interested in the Constitution and wants to know why we have come so far from the vision of the Framers of the Constitution. Many of the court cases that brought us to where we are are discussed in this book and it makes it all a little clearer. It is a well written book, and interesting to read some of the history of the court. This book came out when she was still on the bench, but I am just now getting around to reading it. The great thing is it can be found cheap now.


40 posted on 07/03/2008 8:57:25 AM PDT by Tammy8 (Please Support and pray for our Troops, as they serve us every day.)
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Protect And Defend...Vince Flynn. Rush was talking about how he couldn’t put it down so I said what the hay.

Very good book!


41 posted on 07/03/2008 8:58:05 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (A Lesser Evil Is Still Evil.)
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Herman Melville’s short stories.

Saul Bellow’s short stories.

“From Lumber Hookers to the Hooligan Fleet: A Treasury of Chicago Maritime History”


42 posted on 07/03/2008 8:58:11 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof)
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“Chovos haLevovos” (Duties of the Heart) by Rebbeinu Bachya ibn Pakuda — latter 11th century Jewish philosophical work. It’s awesome.

And “Cheney” by Stephen Hayes.


43 posted on 07/03/2008 8:58:22 AM PDT by Cinnamon Girl (McCain calls it "radical islamic terrorism," the dems don't refer to it at all)
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Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World (Paperback)


44 posted on 07/03/2008 8:58:22 AM PDT by Soliton (Investigate, study, learn, then express an opinion)
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To: exile

Probably put there by whomever keeps leaving some Nora Roberts book on mine....IT’S A CONSPIRACY, I TELL YA!!!!


45 posted on 07/03/2008 8:59:38 AM PDT by mpackard (Proud mama of a Sailor.)
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To: MplsSteve

Do the Dungeons and Dragons Fourth Edition rule books count?


46 posted on 07/03/2008 8:59:56 AM PDT by Ingtar (Haley Barbour 2012, Because he has experience in Disaster Recovery. - ejonesie22)
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To: day10

I CANNOT wait for Frankenstein III! I hope he’s still planning on doing that one. I neeeed to know what happens!!!


47 posted on 07/03/2008 9:00:21 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (A Lesser Evil Is Still Evil.)
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To: keithtoo
LOL!

Dawkins is at his weakest, btw, in his argument that all who question the origins of life should have no more issues once they've had their consciousness raised by evolution. I still haven't seen any evidence, for OR against, a prime mover/"creator."

In other words, I am neither fully convinced by the atheists or the believers at this time, although I lean more towards to former than the latter.

48 posted on 07/03/2008 9:00:51 AM PDT by Clemenza (You Shoot Me in a Dream, You Better Wake Up and Apologize)
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Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness
49 posted on 07/03/2008 9:01:35 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Public policy should never become the captive of a scientific-technological elite. -- Ike Eisenhower)
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I just finished Gordon Rhea’s series on Grant’s 1864 Overland Campaign; The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna River & Cold Harbor. As a follow-up I am about half way through Noah Trudeau’s “The Last Citadel; The Siege of Petersburg.”

After that, it’s on to “Team of Rivals” which discusses the political intrigue in Lincoln’s Cabinet.


50 posted on 07/03/2008 9:01:44 AM PDT by henkster (Politics is the art of telling a bigger and more believable lie more often than your opponent)
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