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  • The Time Traveler, by Dan Simmons

    09/01/2015 4:11:21 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 11 replies
    Dan Simmon's Home Page ^ | 04/01/2006 | Dan Simmons
    A time traveler from the future offers a history lesson on the "Long War" with Islam that he is still fighting.
  • We just got a deafening sign that the next US jobs report will be a monster

    07/23/2015 8:13:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/23/2015 | AKIN OYEDELE
    The July jobs report could be a monster. On Thursday, the Department of Labor reported that initial claims for unemployment insurance plunged by 26,000 to 255,000, the lowest level since November 24, 1973. That's nearly 42 years ago, or when Richard Nixon was US president, or before Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras was born. The important thing, however, is that this data came during the week that the Bureau of Labor Statistics conducts the survey for the monthly jobs report, which we'll get in just over two weeks on Friday, August 7. In July, the economy added 223,000 jobs and...
  • Finding Humanity in Gone With the Wind

    07/18/2015 3:27:50 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 16, 2015 | Cass R. Sunstein
    When Americans think about the Confederacy, they often think about Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 classic, Gone With the Wind. Inspired by recent debates over the Confederate flag, I decided to give the book a try. I confess that I did not have high hopes. I expected to be appalled by its politics and racism, and to be bored by the melodrama. (Scarlett O’Hara, Rhett Butler, and Ashley Wilkes? Really?) About twenty pages, I thought, would be enough. I could not have been more wrong. The book is enthralling, and it casts a spell. Does it make a plausible argument for continuing...
  • IN DEFENSE OF ATTICUS FINCH

    07/15/2015 9:19:03 AM PDT · by shortstop · 15 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 07/15/15 | Bob Lonsberry
    Don’t throw away your copy of “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Atticus Finch didn’t betray you. Your childhood admiration was not misplaced, and your hero is not fallen. Be still, gentle reader, and let me explain. Atticus Finch is a fictional character. He was created to communicate a message on behalf of his creator, Harper Lee. You met him on the pages of Mockingbird. And some think they have re-met him this week in the unfortunate publication of an early effort titled “Go Set A Watchman.” The new Atticus, instead of being a paragon of fairness and equality, is one more...
  • Disgraced NBC Anchorman Moves to MSNBC [semi-satire]

    06/19/2015 3:53:30 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 22 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 June 2015 | John Semmens
    Dismissed from his post at NBC's Nightly News for making up stories, Brian Williams has been reassigned to the company's floundering cable channel where he has vowed "to reclaim my reputation, one viewer at a time." Whether Williams will be able to accomplish was thrown into doubt by his stubborn insistence that his on-the-air fabrications "weren't intended to mislead people." "Fiction isn't inherently untrue," Williams observed. "Many novels and movies portray deeper truths via fictional characters and events. We don't deride Mark Twain or Steven Spielberg for making up stuff. While I don't claim to be as good at it...
  • 10 best books set in Orange County. Did we get it right?

    06/07/2015 1:40:59 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 6, 2015 | Peter Larsen
    ... These Orange County stories could be fact but in this case they’re fiction, plots from a few of our list of the top 10 novels or short story collections set in Orange County ...
  • Anthony Horowitz, Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming and me

    05/16/2015 2:22:04 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 3 replies
    ABC - Australia ^ | Friday 15 May 2015 10:26AM
    Anthony Horowitz writes adult novels, teenage spy thrillers, children’s books, TV series, films, plays, journalism as well as fiction-in-the-style of other great writers. He has written in the ‘voice’ of Conan Doyle and Ian Fleming. He is also responsible for the widespread belief that there is a murderer behind every bush in a place called Midsomer in England, not to mention creating Foyle's War.
  • George Washington and most of Jamestown had gay sex... and John Wilkes Booth was one of Abraham [tr]

    04/15/2015 1:43:09 PM PDT · by C19fan · 216 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 15, 2015 | Alexandra Klaunser
    Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were gay, says a new book by a gay activist and award winning writer. Larry Kramer, 79, says he believes what's written in his history book is true though he is selling it as fiction to avoid legal troubles. In Volume One of his two part book 'The American People,' Kramer says that Abraham Lincoln was gay and his killer John Wilkes Booth was actually Lincoln's spurned gay lover. 'We know that Abraham Lincoln was gay,' Kramer told CBS in an interview about the book which came out this month.
  • Is 'Social Justice Warrior' a Pejorative?

    04/14/2015 12:17:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    I was reading a post-mortem on the delicious Sad Puppies/Hugo nominations imbroglio last week when an interesting point came up. George R.R. Martin, the "Game of Thrones" chappie, wrote on his Not a Blog that Sad Puppies commenters on his blog should lose the Social Justice Warrior, or SJW moniker. Because courtesy. >>>Let's not throw around insults, or charges of misogyny and racism, please. And Puppies, sad or happy, if any of you feel inclined to reply, please avoid the term "Social Justice Warriors" or SJWs. I am happy to call you Sad Puppies since you named yourself that, but...
  • " St. Patrick Was a Baptist"

    03/16/2015 8:16:21 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 118 replies
    Don Boys "Common Sense for Today News" ^ | March 14, 2015 | Don Boys
    Our Catholic friends won’t like this revelation but facts are facts. Patrick (original name was Sucat) was born in Scotland about 375 AD and lived about 85 years dying in 460. As a teen he was captured by marauding raiders and taken to Ireland where he was sold to Milcho, a Druid chieftain and held in slavery for six years. Patrick said that he was hungry and naked during that time. He eventually walked 200 miles to the Irish coast to escape and to find his way back to Scotland. It is my desire to dispel the myths, delusions, superstitions...
  • Ishmael's New Testament: Salvation in Moby Dick

    12/28/2003 4:02:24 PM PST · by Cvengr · 2 replies · 1,264+ views
    http://pages.cthome.net/jbair/mobydick.htm ^ | 8/19/98 11:38:49 PM | James Bair
    Moby Dick is full of allusions to the Bible. A major theme in the Bible is salvation and (in the New Testament) new birth. This essay will summarize what the Bible says on the subject and then show ways in which this applies to Moby Dick. Moby Dick depends a lot on the Old Testament. Job and Jonah, Ahab and Noah stalk its pages. (Originally I had thought of doing a paper contrasting Melville's Ahab with Job, but I was overwhelmed at the magnitude of references and allusions--anyone willing to stake me for a two-year sabbatical?). Moby Dick does also...
  • The Wachowskis’ Expensive ‘Jupiter Ascending': What The Hell Happened?

    02/11/2015 10:04:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 56 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | February 9, 2015 | Anthony D'Alessandro
    While this year’s domestic box office is off to a great start with $1.2B, it’s also produced too many bombs. Following Universal/Legendary’s Blackhat ($70M cost, $16.6M global B.O.) and Lionsgate’s Mortdecai ($60M cost, $19.1M global B.O.), this weekend brought Jupiter Ascending from Warner Bros./Village Roadshow (estimated cost $205-$210M) and Seventh Son (estimated cost $105M-$110M) from Universal/Legendary.
  • ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Debuts to Muted Crowd at Sundance

    01/29/2015 5:55:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Variety ^ | January 27, 2015 | Ramin Setoodeh
    The Sundance Film Festival isn’t a typical launchpad for studio blockbusters, but Warner Bros. surprised theater-goers on Tuesday night by unveiling the Wachowski siblings’ “Jupiter Ascending” at a “secret screening.” The invitation-only event, which was not billed as a premiere, was the first time “Jupiter Ascending” was shown to the public. Variety broke news of the screening on Tuesday afternoon, but there were other clues the audience wasn’t about to see a typical Sundance indie. When attendees with tickets arrived at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, they were handed 3D glasses. Despite the hype of a secret screening, clusters...
  • Hillary novel: Bows out of 2016 race, Rachel Maddow wins presidency

    12/16/2014 1:31:58 PM PST · by God'sgrrl · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | DECEMBER 15, 2014 | BY PAUL BEDARD
    It was just a matter of time. After living in the spotlight for 22 years and inching toward another presidential bid, Hillary Clinton is finally the subject of a full-length novel.
  • Starship Troopers: One of the Most Misunderstood Movies Ever

    12/02/2014 7:02:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 77 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 7, 2013 | Calum Marsh
    When Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers hit theaters 16 years ago today, most American critics slammed it. In the New York Times, Janet Maslin panned the “crazed, lurid spectacle,” as featuring “raunchiness tailor-made for teen-age boys.” Jeff Vice, in the Deseret News, called it “a nonstop splatterfest so devoid of taste and logic that it makes even the most brainless summer blockbuster look intelligent.” Roger Ebert, who had praised the “pointed social satire” of Verhoeven’s Robocop, found the film “one-dimensional,” a trivial nothing “pitched at 11-year-old science-fiction fans.” But those critics had missed the point. Starship Troopers is satire, a ruthlessly...
  • [Vanity] Suggestions on reading Ulysses

    11/30/2014 3:59:51 PM PST · by re_nortex · 100 replies
    NOV-30-2014 | Self
    I'm well into my 70s and checking off an item on my bucket list is finally getting around to reading Ulysses by James Joyce. It was never assigned reading in high school or college (I went to a Christian school, which may be one of the reasons). So, at my advanced age, I'm attempting at long last to tackle this work.I have a long attention span and am not easily bored nor discouraged. I've read long, involved books and have found most of them gripping, such as The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, Faust by Goethe and Crime and Punishment...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Virginian"(1929)

    11/30/2014 12:31:28 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1929 | Victor Fleming
  • Victoria - a Novel of 4th Generation War

    11/22/2014 7:51:18 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 36 replies
    Traditional Right ^ | 2014 | "Thomas Hobbes"
    On April 30, 1995, William S. Lind published an op ed in The Washington Post that foresaw a future breakup of the United States, driven by multiculturalism. The piece described not only America’s second civil war, but also a recovery of our traditional, Western, Christian culture. That cultural and moral recovery was led by a new country located in the northeast, which named itself Victoria because it had returned to Victorian values. Mr. Lind’s op ed has since been turned into a book, Victoria: A Novel of Fourth Generation War, by “Thomas Hobbes,” the well-known theorist of the state and...
  • The World’s Best Living Catholic Author of Fiction

    11/08/2014 1:51:50 PM PST · by millegan · 23 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Michael Saltis
    Are you looking for a spellbinding novel with deeply Catholic themes, compelling characters, and exquisite prose? Well, if you’ve been confining your search to Barnes and Noble’s family-friendly Christian fiction shelf, I’m here to tell you that you’re missing out. As a reader, you have probably heard of Dean Koontz. He has sold 450 million copies of his books in 38 languages, making him one of the most successful writers in the world. And while his stories have been categorized as science fiction, fantasy, thriller, and horror, he’s also considered by many readers to be the world’s best Catholic author...
  • The Sci-Fi Book Classics You Need to Read Before You Die

    09/12/2014 5:32:37 PM PDT · by Fzob · 201 replies
    Popsugar ^ | 09/06/2014 | NICOLE NGUYEN
    Happy National Read a Book Day! Celebrate with these essential sci-fi classics. Space, dystopian futures, robots, technology, aliens . . . what is there not to love about science fiction, a genre that stretches the imagination and offers a glimpse into what lies in a galaxy and time far, far away? Now that you've indulged on the most compelling, classic epic fantasy series, it's time to switch gears. Onward, futurists! We recruited our own POPSUGAR editors to help compile the ultimate list of geeky reads. And this week, we're showcasing the best sci-fi narratives, with all the traditional elements of...
  • VICTORIA (a pretty good read IMHO. Free to read at the site)

    08/24/2014 5:36:06 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    TraditionalRight.com ^ | 2014 | “Thomas Hobbes"
    Was the dissolution of the United States inevitable? Probably, once all the “diversity” and “multiculturalism” crap got started. Right up to the end the coins carried the motto, E Pluribus Unum, just as the last dreadnought of the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Navy was the Viribus Unitis. But the reality for both was Ex Uno, Plura. It’s odd how clearly the American century is marked: 1865 to 1965. As the 20th century historian Shelby Foote noted, the first Civil War made us one nation. In 1860, we wrote, “the United States are.” By the end of the war, the verb...
  • UKRAINE: Results for August 18 'From Bad & To Good'

    08/18/2014 7:31:37 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 36 replies
    Brothers and sisters, following 18 August. FROM BAD: 1 When the output of REFUGEES from towns Hryaschuvate and Novosvitlivka in Lugansk MILITANTS launched a massive blow to this column with mortars and "Grad". The column moved under a WHITE FLAG, but it did not save from almost total destruction. KILLED DOZENS OF CIVILIANS, MANY CHILDREN. We are used to the fact that the militants are deliberately firing on homes of local residents, on the ambulances with the wounded, using civilians as human shields. But the present case - is the apotheosis of savagery and meanness. This - the very essence...
  • My Newest Novel is Out Today (Complete Vanity)

    07/20/2014 11:03:54 AM PDT · by Anitius Severinus Boethius · 25 replies
    ASB | 07/20/2014 | ASB
    This is nothing more or less than a complete vanity. My sixth book is out today and I am thrilled with it. I started my journey as a self-published writer just over two years ago and look forward to doing this as a career for the next few decades. My latest novel is called 'EMP': In a flash of searing light, the world changed. A massive solar flare has crippled the modern world and brought chaos and destruction. David Hartsman is stuck in the remote farm town of his youth on what was expected to be a short visit to...
  • Wachowskis' 'Jupiter Ascending' Abruptly Bumped From July to February 2015

    06/04/2014 10:16:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 3, 2014 | Pamela McClintock
    At the 11th hour, Lana and Andy Wachowski's sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending is being pushed back from July 18 to Feb. 6, 2015. As a result, Liam Neeson's action movie Run All Night will now need to find a different home. That film had been set to open Feb. 6; a new date has yet to be announced. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow co-financed Jupiter Ascending, which stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. Insiders say the $150 million movie needed more special effects work.
  • Trick or truth! Can you even tell the difference?

    05/18/2014 3:08:34 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 19 replies
    Daily Inter Lake ^ | 2014 May 17 | Frank Miele
    What if everything you know is fake? That is a premise that was repeatedly explored by author Philip K. Dick in his science fiction novels. Some of his stories have been made into popular films such as “Total Recall,” where a blue collar worker in the far future doesn’t know whether he is really a secret agent or just pretending to be one as part of an implanted memory. In Dick’s novel “Time Out of Joint,” protagonist Ragle Gumm gets confirmation that something is terribly wrong with the world around him when he attempts to buy a beer at an...
  • Need Help Identifying Two Different Science Fiction Books.

    04/19/2014 1:04:17 PM PDT · by chaosagent · 17 replies
    Looking for two Science Fiction Books. Thanks.
  • Bundy Ranch: the "truth" shall make you . . . ?

    04/12/2014 12:33:10 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 17 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 12, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The reports, such as they are, from the Bundy Ranch have been confusing. The Feds have contributed to the dearth of verifiable information, suggesting that there are things it would be inconvenient for us to know.I don't know what's happening at the Bundy Ranch because, aside from conservative bloggers and occasionally Fox News, there is very little information, verifiable or otherwise. According to Mr. Bundy, on Friday he barely recognized the land during an airplane flyover earlier in the day."I flew down along the river here, and I'd seen a little herd of cows," he told a gathering of supporters....
  • Tales of Futures Past: Soviet Science Fiction of the Cold War

    03/16/2014 7:35:17 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Space.com ^ | March 14, 2014 | Jill Scharr,
    In 1898, British writer H. G. Wells wrote "The War of the Worlds," a science-fiction novel in which Martians invade the Earth and nearly decimate humanity. A decade later, in what was then the Russian Empire, writer and Marxist revolutionary Alexander Bogdanov wrote his novel "Red Star," also about Martians landing on Earth. But in Bogdanov's novel, the Martians are not violent or monstrous. Instead, they invite the main character, a young Russian student named Leonid, back to the Red Planet to see the Martians' civilization: a thriving, peaceful — and communist — utopia. The optimism of "Red Star" was...
  • The Trauma of Abortion Very Real in ‘The Tenth’s’ Fictional Realm

    03/15/2014 6:57:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    We are surrounded everyday by forces of good and evil. Sometimes our nation’s laws and leaders advance the former, other times unfortunately, the latter—just look at the result of Roe v. Wade, which has taken 55 million innocent lives in the last four decades and simultaneously unwoven the moral fabric of our society. Although “The Tenth” by Joanne Moudy is fiction, fighting against this evil takes center stage in her gripping novel. As a paranormal thriller, the book weaves back and forth between our world and another, known as the ‘Realm of Holding.’ The main character Elizabeth, a trauma...
  • Downton Abbey’ recap: The season finale

    02/24/2014 9:50:46 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2-24-14 | Joe Heim
    Wait, did the season finale of “Downton” leave us with more questions than it answered? Here’s what we still don’t know: Did Bates kill Green? Will Mary choose Blake or Gillingham or Napier? (Okay, probably not Napier). Will Edith ever locate Michael Gregson? What dirt does Barrow have on Baxter? (And, related, why do the names of so many characters on “Downton” begin with B? Bates, Blake, Barrow, Baxter, Bunting, Branson, Braithwaite. I’m out of breath). I doubt the last question will be answered and it looks like we’ll have to wait for next season to find out about the...
  • The Top Ten Books People Lie About Reading

    02/03/2014 2:13:32 PM PST · by jocon307 · 396 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 01/16/2014 | Ben Domenech
    Have you ever lied about reading a book? Maybe you didn’t want to seem stupid in front of someone you respected. Maybe you rationalized it by reasoning that you had a familiarity with the book, or knew who the author was, or what the story was about, or had glanced at its Wikipedia page. Or maybe you had tried to read the book, even bought it and set it by your bed for months unopened, hoping that it would impart what was in it merely via proximity (if that worked, please email me).
  • New York Times Had Reporter 'Talking to the Attackers' During Benghazi Massacre

    12/31/2013 8:11:00 PM PST · by servo1969 · 97 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Journalism ^ | 12-31-2013 | Tony Lee
    The New York Times had a reporter talking to attackers on the ground during the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans in September of 2012, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, and may know the identity of some the murderers and perpetrators. David Kirkpatrick, the Times reporter who wrote the story that forced the paper's Editorial page editor to defensively declare on Monday that it has not chosen to endorse Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, said that the paper had a reporter on the ground who was witnessing the attacks.
  • America's Knockout Novel: The Adventures of Huck Finn

    12/10/2013 3:45:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2013 | Lee Culpepper
    With recent footage of black teenagers cold-cocking random strangers in a deadly game known as “Knockout,” Americans should recognize how badly our country needs a selfless voice of leadership heard in all of our homes. But until the dignified message of someone like Dr. Ben Carson becomes mainstream, Mark Twain’s classic punch to the face has always packed the power to knock some sense in to people who need it the most. Nearly 130 years after The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published, Twain’s timeless lessons on race and humanity continue to offer America a remedy to racial bigotry --...
  • Socialist, Communist authors make Obama administration reading list

    11/25/2013 12:15:42 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/25/2013 | Patrick Howley
    Socialist, Communist, and McCarthy-era blacklisted writers appear on the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new “Books That Shaped Work in America” list celebrating the department’s 100th anniversary.A Socialist leader, two Stalin apologists, two blacklisted ’50s screenwriters, and a suspected Marxist are included on the list, which DOL compiled based on recommendations from various figures in the community. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez described the program as an “online book club.”Better not invite Tailgunner Joe McCarthy.The first two reds on the list are Sidney and Beatrice Webb, who made it for their 1897 work “Industrial Democracy,” recommended by Carter administration Labor Secretary...
  • Costco apologizes for calling Bible 'fiction'

    11/21/2013 12:20:04 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 30 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 20, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Costco has apparently had a “Come-to-Jesus” epiphany. The national warehouse chain has apologized for labeling Bibles in a Simi Valley, Calif. store as fiction, calling it an error that they are working quickly to correct. “We deeply regret the mislabeling of the Bible and meant no offense to anyone,” the company wrote in an email received by several customers. “The buyer has let us know that this was an error and the books are being pulled off the shelves to be re-marked.”
  • Costco -- the Bible is fiction

    11/18/2013 6:54:48 PM PST · by massmike · 66 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 11/18/2013 | Todd Starnes
    What do the Bible, "The Hunger Games" and "Fifty Shades of Grey" have in common? All three are works of fiction, according to the booksellers at Costco. Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach made that shocking discovery last Friday as he was shopping for a present for his wife at a Costco in Simi Valley, Calif. “All the Bibles were labeled as fiction,” the pastor told me. “It seemed bizarre to me.” Kaltenbach is the lead pastor at Discovery Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in southern California. He thought there must be some sort of mistake so he scoured the shelf for other...
  • Why Did Costco Label Bible as Fiction?

    11/19/2013 2:44:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/19/2013 | Todd Starnes
    What do the Bible, "The Hunger Games" and "Fifty Shades of Grey" have in common? All three are works of fiction, according to the booksellers at Costco. Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach made that shocking discovery last Friday as he was shopping for a present for his wife at a Costco in Simi Valley, Calif. “All the Bibles were labeled as fiction,” the pastor told me. “It seemed bizarre to me.” Kaltenbach is the lead pastor at Discovery Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in southern California. He thought there must be some sort of mistake so he scoured the shelf for other...
  • One day, bookstore employees will grow a conscience and do the right thing with this book...

    11/14/2013 11:28:49 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 16 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-14-13 | The Looking Spoon
  • Best Selling Author Tom Clancy Dies at the Age of 66

    10/02/2013 1:23:22 PM PDT · by k4gypsyrose · 18 replies
    Best selling author, Tom Clancy has died at the age of 66 in his birth town of Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Five most important people that never lived?

    09/27/2013 7:19:00 PM PDT · by MNDude · 147 replies
    Recently, Time magazine had an issue titled "The One Hundred Most Influential People Who Never Lived" where they ranked the most important fictional characters of all time such as Santa Claus, Kinta Kunta, Homer Simpson, etcetera. In your opinion, who are the five most influential fictional characters of all time?
  • Vanity: looking for book recomendations

    09/27/2013 12:03:41 PM PDT · by Hugin · 128 replies
    Hi everyone, Recently I've found myself with a lot of spare time on my hands, so I've been doing a lot of reading, and I'm looking for recommendations. I'm not looking for anything heavy, but basically escapist fiction, with my favorite genre being historical fiction. I've read everything by most of my favorite authors; Bernard Cornwell (Sharpe's Rifles, Saxon Tales, etc.), Conn Igulden (Emperor, Genghis series), Stephen Pressfield (Gates of Fire, Afghan Campaign, etc.), and also Michael Crichton. So I'm looking for recommendations and who better to ask than Freepers?
  • IPCC In Crisis As Climate Predictions Fail

    09/17/2013 8:29:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 9/17/2013 | Dr. Benny Peiser
    To those of us who have been following the climate debate for decades, the next few years will be electrifying. There is a high probability we will witness the crackup of one of the most influential scientific paradigms of the 20th century, and the implications for policy and global politics could be staggering.
  • The Happy Enders' Club (Fiction)(?)

    08/09/2013 2:39:46 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | August 8, 2013 | Dan Miller
    An article at a12iggymom's Blog about an environmentalist decision to terminate ninety percent of Mother Gaia's population starts with this: The Human Race has been declared a hostile species and a threat to the planet: the environmentalists have said so. Obama’s buddy Cass Sunstein, argues strongly for human euthanasia. “…what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible. …” Dave Foreman, Co-Founder of Earth First: “We humans have become a disease, the Humanpox.” Roger Martin, environmental activist, “Fewer people mean better lives.” Obamacare death panels. Democrat strategist Steven Rattner said, “We need death panels…until we start allocating health care resources more prudently—rationing, by...
  • Exodus: Book One of the Fundamentalists (who is this guy?)

    08/01/2013 2:41:05 PM PDT · by FightforFreedomCA · 16 replies
    Geoff Livingston ^ | August 1, 2013 | Geoff Livingston
    From his website "Coming August 26: Exodus A dark stranger arrives in the middle of the night ripping open a centuries old wound in post-apocalyptic Harpers Ferry. Religious zealots have risen from the south conquering all that stands before them. Now Jason must help his fellow villagers escape to a land far away to preserve their culture and buy enough time to build a defense. Can they succeed without any technology in the face of a rugged American continent? Blogger and author Geoff Livingston confronts America’s worst fears with a world destroyed by technology and dominated by Christian fundamentalism. Don’t...
  • Iain Banks dies of cancer aged 59 (author)

    06/10/2013 10:14:21 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 9, 2013
    Author Iain Banks has died aged 59, two months after announcing he had terminal cancer, his family has said. Banks, who was born in Dunfermline, Fife, revealed in April he had gall bladder cancer and was unlikely to live for more than a year. He was best known for his novels The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road and Complicity.
  • Tierney’s ‘Gun Safety’ Nonsense

    05/20/2013 9:40:41 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 16, 2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    The Hill has a story today that leaves one wondering if, when it comes to gun control, there is any line too ridiculous for progressives to cross: A House Democrat inspired by the last James Bond movie has offered legislation to produce handguns with “personalization technology.” The idea is to produce guns that can only be used by the gun’s owners. Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) cited the latest James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” as inspiration for the bill. “In the most recent James Bond film, Bond escapes death when his handgun, which is equipped with technology that recognizes him as its...
  • Teacher Buys Student "Fifty Shades of Grey" for Reading Class

    05/03/2013 9:40:59 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 47 replies
    nbcphiladelphia.com ^ | May 3, 2013 | By Vince Lattanzio
    A Philadelphia mother wants her son’s high school teacher fired after he bought the teen the novel Fifty Shades of Grey for in-class reading. Maya Ladson says she was shocked to find a copy of the racy read in her 14-year-old’s book bag back on March 9. That shock turned to outrage when she found out how he got the book. “The minute I found out about it, it raised concern,” the mother told NBC10.com Thursday. “This is not OK to me. This is major.” Ladson's son, who is a 9th grade student at Eastern University Academy Charter School in...
  • Books by a writer Everyone Here Should Read

    03/27/2013 12:54:26 PM PDT · by Vinylly · 9 replies
    I have been recovering from a stroke, so, to keep life interesting I have been reading a few novels. I have now read most of the novels by F. van Wyck Mason. He once was a military officer but I don't know if he is now alive. He really knows his early American History of around 1775 and the conflict between the rebels, Tories, and royalists. You will learn how the New Englanders fit in, Boston, Rhode Island, Norfolk, Virginia and Burmuda. They were brutal on each other as was never told in school history books. I'm reading 'Three Harbours'...
  • Book Excerpt: PART OF Chapter 3, "Kingdom's Eve and The Nine Harbingers"

    02/15/2013 11:49:55 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 22 replies
    Pages 31-43 of "The Harbinger" Large Print Edition | September 1, 2012 | Jonathan Cahn
    This is an excerpt to wet your desire for an interesting book. “They had no idea what was coming. They thought it would all go on as it always had, as if it would never change. They had no idea what was about to happen or what it was all leading to. Everything they had ever known, up to that point, their entire world, would vanish.” “Who?” “An ancient people…an ancient kingdom. Israel, the northern kingdom, eighth century B.C. They should have known. It was all there from the beginning, but they forgot.” “Forgot what?” “Their purpose, their foundation, that...
  • Climate Scientists get Nobel Prize

    02/05/2013 2:55:35 PM PST · by RetiredTexasVet · 13 replies
    Retired Texas Vet
    Climate scientists, Drs. Mann, Jones and Hansen were nominated and approved for a Nobel Prize. The Drs. had written several manuscripts detailing climate change (aka global warming or new ice age depending on the time and rquirements). Wannabe self-proclaimed climate change expert Al Gore based his movie on the climate change trios manuscript. The Nobel prize science committee encountered several problems initially when trying to verify the data, models and results for the manuscripts. Their publisher, IPCC stated that they had no data, models or results for the committee to review even though it was commonly accepted that those items...