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MACS Offline
#301 Posted:
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8trackdisco wrote:
The Count of Monte Cristo.

I'm in deep water now, with a long way to go.


Great story.
bgz Offline
#302 Posted:
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I'm reading the cigarbid forums.
SteveS Offline
#303 Posted:
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bgz wrote:
I'm reading the cigarbid forums.


Me too ... very popular with many of those in this neighborhood ...
gummy jones Offline
#304 Posted:
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just started "the purpose driven life"

not exactly sure what i think about rick warren yet but, given that it is the #1 seller in american history i figured id give it a shot
SteveS Offline
#305 Posted:
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"The Given Day" by Dennis LeHane
teedubbya Offline
#306 Posted:
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yellow brick war - with my daughter
teedubbya Offline
#307 Posted:
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gummy jones wrote:
just started "the purpose driven life"

not exactly sure what i think about rick warren yet but, given that it is the #1 seller in american history i figured id give it a shot



Can't recall right now what it was, but we read some of his work at my church's men's group lead by our now retired Minister. Our Minister, whom I miss dearly, is one of the few people in the world I've ever trusted their judgement so deeply. He was such a deeply kind, caring, level headed man. I'd have no issue reading anything by Warren. That's not to say I'd take everything he says to heart, or not question it, but the vote of confidence by my Minister (who did preread stuff so it wasn't blanket approval) is meaningful to me.


Interesting story about my Minister. After getting out of Minister school (forgot what it's called LOL) he was assigned to a small church deep in the south (I think Mississippi but I can't remember) as an associate pastor. Part of what he did was form bonds with the other churches (denominations) in the area. As an aside he kept doing so with our church which is why we host multi denominational meetings with Catholics, all protestant groups, Jewish, Muslim etc. Very cool group and it is amazing how well everyone gets along and what you can learn. But I digress.

Back then the black churches were separate from white even within the same denomination. He formed a really close tie to one of the black Baptist churches. When the church burned down (suspected arson) he went to console them and offered the use of his church while they built a new one. He did so immediately without consulting the main Pastor and took a little grief for it (he downplays this .... humblest guy I've ever met). They used the church as he offered (and received threats) and ultimately his boss and the church received all sorts of accolades for their action in the face of unpopular public opinion etc. We forget how close we still are to those times.

Sorry to hijack the thread. Some of warren's work is pretty good.
burnem2 Offline
#308 Posted:
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Youth and Heart of Darkness. ...Joseph Conrad.
frankj1 Offline
#309 Posted:
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just finished The One Man by Andrew Gross

tailgater suggested it. Liked the last half more than the first
qmech Offline
#310 Posted:
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Hi
Santiago by Resnick
Q
95BSharpshooter Offline
#311 Posted:
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"Churchill- a Life" Martin Gilbert
1984- Orwell
SteveS Offline
#312 Posted:
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"Dirty White Boys" by Stephen Hunter
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#313 Posted:
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"Mississippi Blood"
Greg Iles
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#314 Posted:
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"Bazaar of Bad Dreams" - Stephen King
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#315 Posted:
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"The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty" - A.N. Roquelaure

Spanking
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#316 Posted:
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I've been reading a lot of German cookbooks lately.
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#317 Posted:
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The Guns of August - Tuchman

Trying to learn more about WWI. Pretty good but it can get bogged down a bit in the details of battles. It's interesting to see how events in WWI still contribute to today's problems.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -Santayana 1905 fog

8trackdisco Offline
#318 Posted:
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Soccer: A Spectator's Guide.

Looking to learn more. Halfway through, nothing new.
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#319 Posted:
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Buckwheat wrote:
The Guns of August - Tuchman

Trying to learn more about WWI. Pretty good but it can get bogged down a bit in the details of battles. It's interesting to see how events in WWI still contribute to today's problems.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -Santayana 1905 fog



Loved that book. When I realized I needed to know more about WWI, that, along with a few others, were incredibly helpful.

Right now: "When Breath Becomes Air" By Paul Kalanithi. Amazing story. Read it, and tell me if you didn't like it.
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#320 Posted:
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Charlie Wilson's War

Very good. I've always enjoyed reading about historical events and how power really works. Reminded me of Robert Caro's ongoing biography of Lyndon Johnson.
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#321 Posted:
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Neil Gaiman: American Gods
Fantastic so far.
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#322 Posted:
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PMBOK Guide......."somebody kill me please, I'm on my knees, pretty pretty please, kill me. I want to die, put a bullet in my......" - still one of my favorite scenes in a comedy.

And yes the Project Management Course is kicking my butt. It seems all I do is go to work and then come home and work on the PMP certification stuff. I sure hope it is worth it in a few months.
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#323 Posted:
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Blood Meridian. By Cormac McCarthy ( The Road )

Old west novel, about a group of Scalp Hunters working their trade. Violent.
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#324 Posted:
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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.
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#325 Posted:
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Calvin & Hobbs "Weirdos from Another Planet".
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#326 Posted:
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fiddler898 wrote:
Loved that book. When I realized I needed to know more about WWI, that, along with a few others, were incredibly helpful.

Right now: "When Breath Becomes Air" By Paul Kalanithi. Amazing story. Read it, and tell me if you didn't like it.

just called for it from the library. I'll let you know what I think, but it may be a while. I read to myself at the same speed that I read aloud.
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#327 Posted:
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The Billion Dollar Spy by David E. Hoffman
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#328 Posted:
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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Jared Diamond
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#329 Posted:
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delta1 wrote:
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Jared Diamond

choose...interesting word there
delta1 Offline
#330 Posted:
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only a few chapters in, but the author makes a compelling case that societies do have choices and archaeological evidence shows that those that declined and disappeared often make bad ones in the face of threatening circumstances...
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#331 Posted:
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might be interested, let me know what you think
95BSharpshooter Offline
#332 Posted:
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delta1 wrote:
only a few chapters in, but the author makes a compelling case that societies do have choices and archaeological evidence shows that those that declined and disappeared often make bad ones in the face of threatening circumstances...

Andrew Breitbart once noted that "politics is downstream of culture"
He was right, of course, but culture is downstream of...What?

These are the choices societies live or die on!
frankj1 Offline
#333 Posted:
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just started Hillbilly Elegy~ J.D. Vance

on deck: When Breath Becomes Air~ Paul Kalanithi I have faith in fiddler
SteveS Offline
#334 Posted:
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"Hot Springs" by Stephen Hunter
Speyside Offline
#335 Posted:
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The Ebb Tide, Robert Louis Stevenson.
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#336 Posted:
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frankj1 wrote:
just started Hillbilly Elegy~ J.D. Vance


Heard an interview with the author on NPR. Sounded more depressing than good. Would like your review when finished.
frankj1 Offline
#337 Posted:
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8trackdisco wrote:
Heard an interview with the author on NPR. Sounded more depressing than good. Would like your review when finished.

starting like a first person sociology report, more about a segment of society than flowery prose, that's for sure.
MACS Offline
#338 Posted:
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Assassin's Quest - Robin Hobb
gummy jones Offline
#339 Posted:
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Bringing up girls
8trackdisco Offline
#340 Posted:
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frankj1 wrote:
starting like a first person sociology report, more about a segment of society than flowery prose, that's for sure.


Like reading a documentary? Watching them, great. Reading them?...... meh.
frankj1 Offline
#341 Posted:
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once it started, it became the story of his family, he makes ties to the commonality of his family's story with the families of this particular slice of American society, and it appears he is headed toward his version of the reasons for their failure to advance.

It does not appear he will blame the usual targets, so I am hanging in. It's an easy read, but I read at the speed of speaking, so I just do it in spurts when bored.
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#342 Posted:
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Enhanced Interrogation by James E. Mitchell PhD

By one of the CIA Intelligence contractors who helped with the Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EIT) used on five of the most high value terrorists captured after 911.

Shows how the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Eric Holder and Senator Feinstein cherry picked the evidence in a witch hunt to get their preconceived outcome and shut it down.
SteveS Offline
#343 Posted:
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"Pale Horse Coming" by Stephen Hunter
8trackdisco Offline
#344 Posted:
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Soccernomics.
gummy jones Offline
#345 Posted:
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Darwin's doubt
8trackdisco Offline
#346 Posted:
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Miracles and Mayem in the ER.

I have a new and deeper respect for ER surgeons. Readable, interesting, sad and funny.
frankj1 Offline
#347 Posted:
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not gonna recommend Hillbilly Elegy.
Didn't finish When Breath Becomes Air

reading Devil in The White City.
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#348 Posted:
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Great book. If you like it, you might like Dead Wake as well.
SteveS Offline
#349 Posted:
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"The Day Before Midnight" by Stephen Hunter ... excellent read ...
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#350 Posted:
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Treatise de Discourse , Rene Descartes.
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