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Richard Burley

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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:04 am

Fight'n Hampsters wrote:
...How has it been so far?  This is on my list.

Re the Alexander Hamilton book above: It's quite readable, but long. Has a novelistic narrative drive that helps things along, without getting too bogged down in trivia. I recommend it for anyone wanting to learn about the man and the conflicts of the era, mostly the Republican/Federalist clash. I'm not really a fan of biographies as such, but I'll be glad I read this one--once I finish the dang thing. Hamilton was a great man and self-made, if you admire that quality. I do, because it entails volition, rather than reading about some famous passive drunk who has things happen to him. Hamilton had volition in spades.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:06 pm

Richard Burley wrote:
Fight'n Hampsters wrote:
...How has it been so far?  This is on my list.

Re the Alexander Hamilton book above: It's quite readable, but long. Has a novelistic narrative drive that helps things along, without getting too bogged down in trivia. I recommend it for anyone wanting to learn about the man and the conflicts of the era, mostly the Republican/Federalist clash. I'm not really a fan of biographies as such, but I'll be glad I read this one--once I finish the dang thing. Hamilton was a great man and self-made, if you admire that quality. I do, because it entails volition, rather than reading about some famous passive drunk who has things happen to him. Hamilton had volition in spades.


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:07 pm

Currently reading The Jesuits from Malachi Martin. And, concurrently, also reading A commentary on the Book of Revelation and Unlocking the Bible from David Pawson. To relax, I read La bataille du Saint - Laurent (The Saint Lawrence Battle) from Jacques Castonguay, one of the rare books, surprisingly, focusing on the U-Boot's incursions (and ravages) in the Saint Lawrence Golf and river during WWII.
And, of course, smoking my pipes throughout. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:20 am

Of Mice and Men 
Author: John Steinbeck




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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:29 am

Lonecoyote wrote:
Of Mice and Men 
Author: John Steinbeck

It's been decades since I read this, but I have assigned it for a class this semester (World 1914-1945), so I'll need to read it again soon.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:50 am

DrT, read this book years ago also back in High School. Now that all I have is time on my hands I'd like to enjoy reading it again. As you get older one tends to also forget, " a mind is a terrible thing to waste "! 


Also want to refresh my memory with another classic:
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, I believe I'm a Willy Loman type of guy.....allot of travels in my life but not as a salesman. Over 34 years and at the end I got the shaft as Willy did....lol


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:59 am

Lonecoyote wrote:
DrT, read this book years ago also back in High School. Now that all I have is time on my hands I'd like to enjoy reading it again. As you get older one tends to also forget, " a mind is a terrible thing to waste "! 


Also want to refresh my memory with another classic:
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, I believe I'm a Willy Loman type of guy.....allot of travels in my life but not as a salesman. Over 34 years and at the end I got the shaft as Willy did....lol


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Always good to be reading the good stuff!

If anyone is interested, this is what else I've assigned this semester
World Civ 1 ... The Bacchae
History of Britain (sophomore level) ... Canterbury Tales, Taming of the Shrew, Sherlock Holmes, A Murder is Announced (Christie)
World 1914-45 ... R.U.R. (Capek), The Blacker the Berry (Wallace Thurman, Harlem Renaissance), Unnatural Death (Sayers), Of Mice & Men
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:37 am

Oooooookaaaay. Next in the line up. ...

'Escape from Germany. A history of RAF escapes during the war', Aiden Crawley.

Early doors yet, but all set to be another great reference publication.

And only £2.81 delivered from the Amazon market place!
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:39 am

DrT, so did you have time to refresh your memory and read Of Mice and Men? Do you believe George did right by Lennie ( mercy killing )  when he killed him? Do you believe if Curley got to Lennie first it would have been worse, as in a much slower death. Lennie did not kill Curley's wife intentionally, Lennie in reality did not know his own strength when he shook Curley's wife ( broke her neck ) to death. George killed Lennie out of guilt, for bringing Lennie to the ranch in the first place. George felt responsible for the death of Curley's wife. 


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:50 am

Lonecoyote wrote:
DrT, so did you have time to refresh your memory and read Of Mice and Men? Do you believe George did right by Lennie ( mercy killing )  when he killed him? Do you believe if Curley got to Lennie first it would have been worse, as in a much slower death. Lennie did not kill Curley's wife intentionally, Lennie in reality did not know his own strength when he shook Curley's wife ( broke her neck ) to death. George killed Lennie out of guilt, for bringing Lennie to the ranch in the first place. George felt responsible for the death of Curley's wife. 


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We're reading it in April, so I haven't reread it yet, but if I remember right, the way Steinbeck shows the people in the story (not to mention the similar people in 'Grapes of Wrath', set about 10 years later), George may have saved Lennie from being lynched, certainly a more terror-filled if short experience than being shot by surprise. Of course, Lennie would almost certainly have been executed by the state in that period, so again, better a quick death by surprise, IMO -- unless you think George could have gotten Lennie away, or Lennie might have been committed if not lynched or executed. And, if George did realize he couldn't protect Lennie any further or indeed felt partly responsible for the woman's death, that would have weighed in his decision.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:48 pm

Well DrT,  a true friend would not and could not be capable of shooting a close friend in the head. I do agree it's much better then waiting around to be hung! But my thoughts, Lennie might have been committed to an institution or a true friend would have skipped the State and/or country together, that is in real life. Obviously Steinbeck wanted the book too also leave that shock in the readers mind, always keep your eyes open with your friends....lol. Very well written.



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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:50 pm

Stick wrote:
Oooooookaaaay. Next in the line up. ...

'Escape from Germany. A history of RAF escapes during the war', Aiden Crawley.

Early doors yet, but all set to be another great reference publication.

And only £2.81 delivered from the Amazon market place!

Ta very much for the rec mate. I'll be on the lookout for this as I'm rather enjoying the escape accounts these days.

Brewdude wrote:
Now deeply into "The Complete Sherlock Holmes, vol II". The old bean is reeling with the story/sub-story of "The Valley of Fear". Cripes, what a complete surprise to see it told in this fashion. Very riveting and I'm savouring every word!

Finished this incredible collection of stories, and now am stuck into "The Beekeepers Apprentice", which was well recommended by someone here. Now who was it........

Blackhorse wrote:
At some point, if you want some good fun, pick up "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" by Laurie R. King. It begins a series of brilliantly written pastiches wherein our Mr. Holmes, in his retirement, marries a young woman...and their case solving adventures together.

In truth Dave, this book hooked me from the introduction and hasn't let go. Now about halfway through and can't wait to dig deeper. While it might not be Doyle penning this, the elements are all there as they would if he himself had written it.

Very enjoyable, and while this is a library loan I can see getting in a personal copy. Very grateful for the rec. Although, I haven't gotten to the part where he marries this young woman!

Next up is "The Complete Sherlock Holmes vol I"


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:16 pm

"The Spy" by Clive Cussler.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:07 pm

Theory of Thermodynamics by Asimov.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:43 am

Salt, by Mark Kurlansky
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:42 am

Well into 'The Complete Sherlock Holmes Vol 1" and stuck into the Memoires stories. Great stuff!

Cool


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:26 pm

The Rage and the Pride, by Oriana Fallaci.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:35 pm

Caught up with some classics recently.

One being 'God's Little Acre" by Erskine Caldwell. Remember seeing the movie back many years ago but didn't remember much about it, except that I enjoyed it.

The book however was interesting and also disturbing in some ways. More than that I won't go into just now. Held my interest though.

Right now stuck into "The Wooden Horse" by Eric Williams. A bold account of the escape attempt from a German POW camp in WWII. Seems I'm on a roll these days with similar accounts.


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:14 pm

Just finished "Escape From Germany" by Aiden Crawley. Another first hand account of escape activities the POW's in Nazi Germany undertook, sometimes to great effect. And even while the vast majority of them were unsuccessful, without a doubt they were very well planned and executed.

Now onto an old classic - Dickens '"Oliver Twist". Think I may have read this back in public school but don't remember much about it - probably owing to being forced to read it, no doubt! Lots nicer to be able to enjoy reading it here and now.


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:45 pm

"The Good Guy" by Dean Koontz.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:50 pm

Just took delivery of what looks to be a fine book - "Blood And Fears" by one Kevin Wilson. An account of how America's 8th Air Force helped save the war efforts in WW II.

This was gifted to me by my cousin Don who's a huge WW II buff. And my late Pap flew B-17's and B-24's in the Army Air Corp in that conflict. So this will be a welcome read.

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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Wed May 03, 2017 3:37 pm

"The Thief" by Clive Cussler. Another one in his Isaac Bell series.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:51 pm

Just finished reading "All Quiet On The Western Front". Somehow this didn't live up to my expectations. Hard to say why.


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:57 pm

Ozark Wizard wrote:
Salt, by Mark Kurlansky

Good book!
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:43 pm

Re-read Bill Bryson's "The Road To Little Dribbling" for the 3rd or 4th time. Never get tired of Bryson and his way with words. Pity he doesn't come out with a new book more often.

I've read and re-read all his travel books multiple times, including and especially "A Walk In The Woods" (the Appalachian trail adventure) which is Bryson at his finest IMHO. And "One Summer" is no slouch either, even if it isn't a travel book strictly speaking. This is an amazing account of the significant events in 1927 which were pretty incredible! Come to that, "The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid" is good as well.

Can you tell I'm a huge Bryson fan?

cherry


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