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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?!


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KEYWORDS: books; literature; magazines; reading
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To: MplsSteve
Baptism an account of one Army Officer and his experiences in Viet Nam. Just under a hundred pages read so far, but pretty good actually.

201 posted on 07/03/2008 5:49:21 PM PDT by Radix (Think it is bad now? Wait until you have to press "2" for English!)
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To: Skooz; Clemenza

It didn’t have a picture of a gorgeous blonde on the cover, did it?


202 posted on 07/03/2008 6:00:57 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Tanniker Smith
"If I may expand, without hijacking, this thread: a couple question that I'm curious about: do you want more frequent Book threads or would you prefer just pings to existing book threads?"

Personally, I love FR.com book threads.

Once a month seems about right to me.

I read a lot, and I certainly do consider what other FReepers are reading to help guide me on things that I certainly would have missed if I were to rely simply on my own counsel.

I have already book marked a few books mentioned out here on this thread, and have placed future orders for some on Amazon.

203 posted on 07/03/2008 6:02:48 PM PDT by Radix (Think it is bad now? Wait until you have to press "2" for English!)
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To: AppyPappy
The ghost war / Alex Berenson.

By a New York Times reporter. Versatile fellow. I thought it was a pretty good thriller. Well-informed. Not top-notch, though.

204 posted on 07/03/2008 6:14:00 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: xcamel

Just finished Gusher of Lies by Robert Bryce. All lot of his opinions are highly slanted against Bush and the like, but the facts are amazing. Everything the government has tried to do to “improve” the energy system has failed miserably. Much better to sit back and enjoy the ride rather than trying to get “energy independence” or “renewable energy”.

A devastating critique.


205 posted on 07/03/2008 6:16:46 PM PDT by Fractal Trader
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To: jpl
Trust me when I say.... it ends weak. (Read #7 2 years ago....)

I won't pick that series up again....

206 posted on 07/03/2008 6:19:37 PM PDT by Maigrey (Life, for a liberal, is one never-ending game of Calvinball. - giotto)
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To: geologist; spacejunkie01
What do you think of the LaHaye Jesus Chronicles books, if you have read them? John and Mark have been published so far.

I find them interesting, full of arcane information--still, I'm a little troubled by the extensive fictionalizing. The Bible is always quoted accurately, and nothing in the books actually contradicts what is known about history. But an awful lot is added. Wouldn't be much point to them otherwise, but still . . .

207 posted on 07/03/2008 6:21:00 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: MplsSteve

_Commodore Hornblower_ by C.S.Forester

Actually, I’m on my way through the 11 books for the third time, Commodore is the 8th in the series.


208 posted on 07/03/2008 6:25:44 PM PDT by Mrs. P (I am most seriously displeased. - Lady Catherine de Bourg)
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To: firebrand

Nope


209 posted on 07/03/2008 6:37:52 PM PDT by Skooz (Any nation that would elect Hillary Clinton as its president has forfeited its right to exist.)
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To: MplsSteve

I’m reading of bio of Meir Kahane, written by his widow. Reviewing it for a journal, actually.

Can’t wait, soon, to start GAME OF THRONES, by George Martin. Heard the series is awesome.


210 posted on 07/03/2008 7:51:16 PM PDT by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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To: MoochPooch

I’m reading “a bio”. Sorry, it’s hot here, my brains are fried.


211 posted on 07/03/2008 7:56:57 PM PDT by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

I heard that they get much better after 3rd or 4th book in the series.


212 posted on 07/03/2008 8:11:27 PM PDT by upier ("Usted no es agradable en America" "Ahora deporte Illegals")
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

Well since I’m kinda burned out on politics and need an escape, I’m reading the Jim Butcher Dresden Files series.

I heard that they get much better after 3rd or 4th book in the series.


213 posted on 07/03/2008 8:11:41 PM PDT by upier ("Usted no es agradable en America" "Ahora deporte Illegals")
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To: mathluv
Have you read any of his new series yet - The Codex Files (I think)?

The Codex Alera series. Haven't read any of them yet, although my step dad tells me they're great.
214 posted on 07/03/2008 8:13:12 PM PDT by JamesP81 (George Orwell's 1984 was a warning, not a suggestion)
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To: MplsSteve
To Set the Record Straight - Swett and Zeigler (full of references to FR during the 2004 beat-Kerry campaign)
The Forgotten Man - Shlaes (Secretary of the Treasury Mellon under Coolidge was the first to predict correctly that reducing taxes would actually increase government revenues)
Next up Triumph Forsaken - The Vietnam War, 1954-1965 - Mark Moyar.......
215 posted on 07/03/2008 8:44:39 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: upier

I’m far from disappointed, Butcher has a writing style I like, you can really get a feel for the character.

Too bad they canceled the television show, it had potential.


216 posted on 07/03/2008 10:08:54 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg ("Shut the hell up, New York Times, you sanctimonious whining jerks!" - Craig Ferguson)
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To: keepitreal

ping for later


217 posted on 07/03/2008 10:18:15 PM PDT by keepitreal
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To: MplsSteve
During and after a recent hospital stay I've been afflicted with Gotta Read A Lot Disease--I've gone through more books in the past three weeks than I have in the past three months.

Among them:

TREASON and GODLESS by Ann Coulter--I think she goes overboard on TV because she wants to be seen as controversial, but her books are enjoyable and make me think about the issues she discusses. I don't think she's unbiased, but her writings send me off to do fact-finding missions of my own.

AFTER by Steven Brill--That this book sank without a trace is a disgrace. Brill, a contributer to Chuck Schumer, wrote a book about a handful of people post-9/11 including John Ashcroft, a shop owner, a widow, and others. As I recall, the liberal press couldn't wait for this to come out...until it did, and Brill praised President Bush's reaction to 9/11.

ELIA KAZAN by Richard Shickel--Terrific look at the director.

ROSEBUD by David Thomson--A really engrossing biography of Orson Welles.

HOWARD HAWKS by Robin Wood--His smart appreciation is marred by a new introduction that smears America and George W. Bush--Hawks being long dead before W became president may make more thoughtful readers wonder what the hell any of that material has to do with the director's films.

CAN YOU FEEL THE SILENCE? a bio of Van Morrison.

I've read many more books, but these stand out.

THE HAUNTED WOOD and THE VENONA FILES about the facts of Cold War Soviet espionage, as opposed to the "There were no Soviet spies!" happy dreams of Hollywood.

INTELLECTUALS by Paul Johnson, a great raking over the coals of leftist BSers like Lillian Hellman.

I've read many more, but these stand out.

218 posted on 07/03/2008 10:18:16 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (American secret agent in enemy territory (Cambridge, MA))
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To: MplsSteve; AFPhys

Looks like a lot of good info here for future reference.

Right now I am reading Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead.. recommended by & loaned from AFPhys. Also am a bit into a Civil war book & a holistic health book. (these last two aren’t reading but the skim, open, look a little here & there)


219 posted on 07/03/2008 10:49:38 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: MplsSteve

The Bible, King James Version.

I try to read a chapter per night, except when I’m just too dog tired to manage it. I pick the chapter at random for reflection and inspiration.


220 posted on 07/03/2008 11:57:39 PM PDT by RebelTex (MOLON LABE!)
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To: henkster

“I’d like to add Morison’s full set to my library some day.”

I must have been a pretty good dad because my wife and daughter found it on amazon used last year in perfect condition. The first time through I borrowed volume by volume through our library’s inter library loan program. Books came in from all over Florida and No. GA.


221 posted on 07/04/2008 6:54:17 AM PDT by Sunnyflorida (McCain Swiftboated the Swift Boat Vets for Truth - Thomas Sowell for President.)
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To: Skooz

“My gosh, I bet that is excellent.”

Beyond words. Gives you a totally new perspective on our current military situation and how it was covered by the MSM and the tremendous sacrifice of our troops.


222 posted on 07/04/2008 6:56:37 AM PDT by Sunnyflorida (McCain Swiftboated the Swift Boat Vets for Truth - Thomas Sowell for President.)
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To: Radix; mathluv; geologist; wastedyears; FReepaholic; NoGrayZone; cdga5for4; mpackard; ...

Not a single mention of “A Grave Breach” from my fellow freepers? In all the bookstores. High sales volume. Except for whoever reviewed it for Publishers Weekly, universally great reviews. Compared by others to Flynn, Rosenberg, Grisham, Clancy, Forsyth.


223 posted on 07/04/2008 7:35:18 AM PDT by jim macomber (Author: "Bargained for Exchange", "Art & Part", "A Grave Breach" http://www.jamesmacomber.com)
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To: MplsSteve

After almost reaching age 60 and never knowing much about Ayn Rand other than what others have written about her, I decided it was time to learn more by reading her books.

I thought an interesting approach would be to read them in the order in which she wrote them, so I started with “We The Living”.

I just finished “Anthem” (her short novella).

I’ve ordered “The Fountainhead” and will start that as soon as it arrives.

I’m wondering if I can handle the 900+ pages of “Atlas Shrugged”???

- John


224 posted on 07/04/2008 7:42:41 AM PDT by Fishrrman
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To: jim macomber
I looked it up on Amazon. It is still in hard cover, and I don't read them.

Even so, I don't remember seeing it in my book store, but I will look.

225 posted on 07/04/2008 8:32:45 AM PDT by mathluv
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To: firebrand

I have the first, in paperback, but have not read it yet.


226 posted on 07/04/2008 8:34:04 AM PDT by mathluv
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To: magritte

I went to one of my used book stores and found the complete set - through the newest that is out in paperback.


227 posted on 07/04/2008 8:41:52 AM PDT by mathluv
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To: gate2wire
Me>“Wow! If this is your first time through, you’ve got quite a >treat ahead...”

You>Yes. My first time through. My father speaks highly of the >series, so I thought I’d give it a shot. So far, so good.

I first read the books in 1994, when the last book was “Lord of Chaos” I loved them so much I bought the paperbacks and gave them to my wife. When my daughter was old enough, she read the series. Then my son. So we're a “Wheel of Time” family.

228 posted on 07/04/2008 11:12:04 AM PDT by Forgiven_Sinner (For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him should not die)
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To: MoochPooch

“Can’t wait, soon, to start GAME OF THRONES, by George Martin. Heard the series is awesome.”

It’s well written, but I found it too dark and depressing for my taste. I have not read “Feast for Crows” and don’t intend to.


229 posted on 07/04/2008 11:30:48 AM PDT by Forgiven_Sinner (For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him should not die)
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To: jim macomber

Is it about anything specific?


230 posted on 07/04/2008 12:13:47 PM PDT by wastedyears (Obama is a Texas Post Turtle.)
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To: Fishrrman

I finally read “The Fountainhead” 2 weeks ago. Great book. I read “Atlas Shrugged” last year, also great, as in very great.

I had read one of Rand’s other (Virtue of Selfishness) books when I was a teen still and it did not compute for me then, but I’ll read it again in the near future.


231 posted on 07/04/2008 5:58:21 PM PDT by Radix (Think it is bad now? Wait until you have to press "2" for English!)
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To: jim macomber

I just started reading Flynns books. Yesterday I finished Transfer Of Power, and I have a few, well, several more to go. But I will pick up A Grave Breach!


232 posted on 07/05/2008 2:51:56 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (A Lesser Evil Is Still Evil.)
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To: wastedyears

My books center on a firm of international lawyers with connections to the intelligence community. They’re legal thrillers - not in the sense of being courtroom dramas as much as having international legal issues behind the plots. The first “Bargained for Exchange” arose out of the Sami Al-Arian business in Tampa in 1995 or so. It gave me the idea of ‘what if terrorists used Middle East studies departments in coleges and universities as a cover for a support network. (Long before it was revealed that was exactly what had occurred.) The second book, “Art & Part” (which is a Scottish legal term), had the trial of the Libyans accused of the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie as the background. Not so much about the trial as what happens when the lawters go over to cover it. Similarly, the third book, “A Grave Breach” has the Bosnian war crimes trials as the background. But it’s not about the trials. Not a single scene takes place in the Hague. Rather, in this one, the oldest member of the law firm was in WWII Yugoslavia, then there was the Bosnian War in the nineties and now someone is about to be tried as a war criminal and the elder lawyer askes one of his colleagues to defend him. More to it than that but that’s the basic premise.
Thanks for asking.


233 posted on 07/05/2008 6:46:01 AM PDT by jim macomber (Author: "Bargained for Exchange", "Art & Part", "A Grave Breach" http://www.jamesmacomber.com)
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To: NoGrayZone

I read Flynn, too. He’s one of the best. Along with Daniel Silva, David Hagberg, Ian Rankin - more mystery than thriller - and a lot of others.


234 posted on 07/05/2008 6:52:25 AM PDT by jim macomber (Author: "Bargained for Exchange", "Art & Part", "A Grave Breach" http://www.jamesmacomber.com)
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To: MplsSteve

Getting ready to start on “Deja Demon” by Julie Kenner. A little light escapist reading in between heavier things.


235 posted on 07/05/2008 6:54:18 AM PDT by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: MplsSteve; blam
Blam got me reading “ Voyages of The Pyramid Builders” by Robert Schoch and that provoked me to begin rereading “The Mysteries of the Mexican Pyramids” by Peter Thompkins.

I bought it used hardcover on Amazon for $7.

Surprisingly, per Tompkins the 19th century explorers who began to study the various Mexican pyramids postulated Asian and Euro/African origin of the Mexican/Central American indians detailed by Schoch, 150 to 200 years ago.

236 posted on 07/05/2008 7:06:17 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Conservation? Let the NE Yankees freeze.... in the dark)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

Herman Melville’s short stories.....

I dug those out of the pile last year and found they are like a shot of liqour and two sleping pills. They are not for me


237 posted on 07/05/2008 7:10:37 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Conservation? Let the NE Yankees freeze.... in the dark)
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To: MplsSteve

Just finished SPYCRAFT by former CIA employee Wallace. A terrific book that details all the Agency’s gadgets.


238 posted on 07/05/2008 7:11:24 AM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: henkster

Have you read Morison’s ‘Admiral of the Ocean Sea’? Fascinating


239 posted on 07/05/2008 7:30:58 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

“Modern Times”

Hard read, but well worth it. Johnson packs so much detail in his books!

Good choice.

schu


240 posted on 07/05/2008 10:14:26 AM PDT by schu
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To: schu

yes, I’ve come to the conclusion I will not fully comprehend all the detail he puts into the text. Still, I put down the book knowing more than I did when I picked it up. History is nice like that. :)


241 posted on 07/05/2008 10:44:35 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just say NObama!)
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To: MplsSteve
I just finished Rex Stout's Plot It Yourself this morning.
242 posted on 07/05/2008 10:59:48 AM PDT by vamoose
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To: vamoose

Pinging myself to help me update my Shelfari.

Bibliophiles may enjoy shelfari dot com - you can have a lot of fun there setting up a virtual library, reviewing books, and discussing books.


243 posted on 07/05/2008 1:23:11 PM PDT by Marie2 (It's time for a ban on handgun bans)
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To: Skooz
So it wasn't Ann Coulter's Godless. Could be Robert P. George.
244 posted on 07/05/2008 5:54:53 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: firebrand

No, it wasn’t Coulter.

It was a more scholarly sort of thing.


245 posted on 07/05/2008 7:00:42 PM PDT by Skooz (Any nation that would elect Hillary Clinton as its president has forfeited its right to exist.)
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To: mathluv

Excellent! Let me know what you think....I just ordered his new HB “the Last Patriot” as well...magritte


246 posted on 07/05/2008 7:51:32 PM PDT by magritte (If a problem comes along, you must whip it.)
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To: Marie2

Thanks for the tip of shelfari...I just signed up...it’s coooooooool......magritte


247 posted on 07/05/2008 8:00:23 PM PDT by magritte (If a problem comes along, you must whip it.)
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To: MplsSteve
I have a number of books started right now and am making my way through these slowly.

“Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War” by Gary Gallagher
“The Fall of the Roman Empire” by Peter Heather
“Defending Identity” by Natan Sharansky
“Dangerous Nation” by Robert Kagan

In addition to the books I'm reading, I'm also listening to a few books
“The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America” by Colin G. Calloway and “The Whiskey Rebellion” by William Hoegeland

248 posted on 07/05/2008 11:21:27 PM PDT by Madison Moose
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To: bert

I like “Moby Dick” but the short stories are a tougher read that I expected. The prose is pretty dense and it takes a while to get used to the style and to unload what is there. I spent most of the weekend in a hospital ICU waiting room, so I had time to do that. I like some of the stories. Others are duds.


249 posted on 07/07/2008 7:22:35 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof)
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To: All
I just finished The Last Patriot by Brad Thor. I highly recommend it. Although it is fictional it has a LOT of insight into radical Islam. A must read.



The Last Patriot: A Thriller
250 posted on 07/07/2008 7:49:59 AM PDT by right.talker ( http://Iam.LeeAllen.org/blog)
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