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tailgater Offline
#401 Posted:
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Didn't Tolstoy write "War, what is it good for?"


HuckFinn Offline
#402 Posted:
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tailgater wrote:
Didn't Tolstoy write "War, what is it good for?"



Absolutely nothin'!

Say it again!
dstieger Offline
#403 Posted:
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deadeyedick wrote:
The Danger Within Us - Jeanne Lenzer

About the medical industrial complex which is way bigger than the military industrial complex.



Spoiler alert: It is Vic's and TW's fault.
delta1 Offline
#404 Posted:
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Been unable to read much lately...developed floaters and flashers in my good eye, and one particularly pronounced one sits right in the focal point of my reading sweet spot, making reading difficult...thinking about books on tape, but I like to hold a book and turn pages...
HuckFinn Offline
#405 Posted:
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delta1 wrote:
Been unable to read much lately...developed floaters and flashers in my good eye, and one particularly pronounced one sits right in the focal point of my reading sweet spot, making reading difficult...thinking about books on tape, but I like to hold a book and turn pages...

You sure it's a floater in the center of your vision and not onset macular degeneration?
frankj1 Offline
#406 Posted:
Joined: 02-08-2007
Posts: 42,718
Killers of the Flower Moon

poor reading habits, but I'm hooked.
MCAddict Offline
#407 Posted:
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frankj1 wrote:
Killers of the Flower Moon

poor reading habits, but I'm hooked.

Picked up a hardback copy of this at Goodwill and is on my read-next list. Currently finishing up Nathaniel Philbrick’s “Mayflower”. ThumpUp
HuckFinn Offline
#408 Posted:
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Just finished American Pastoral by Philip Roth.
Can't recommend it.
SteveS Offline
#409 Posted:
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"The Relic Master" by Christopher Buckley
8trackdisco Offline
#410 Posted:
Joined: 11-06-2004
Posts: 57,594
The Mixer- Michael Cox.
DrafterX Offline
#411 Posted:
Joined: 10-18-2005
Posts: 96,594
I think Axl wrote that.. Mellow
burnem2 Offline
#412 Posted:
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The Chosen - Chaim Potok
Gene363 Offline
#413 Posted:
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The train to Crystal City : FDR's secret prisoner exchange program and America's only family internment camp during World War II

Author: Russell, Jan Jarboe, 1951-

Because the interment of Japanese Americans just wasn't bad enough, some US Citizen children of Japanese and German family were traded for other US citizens and shipped to war torn Germany and Japan.
MACS Offline
#414 Posted:
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Blood Song - Anthony Ryan
HuckFinn Offline
#415 Posted:
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The Gambler by Dostoevsky.

Thought it would be more interesting cause Dostoevsky was a serious, addicted gambler.

Maybe it'll get better.
shaun341 Offline
#416 Posted:
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HuckFinn wrote:
The Gambler by Dostoevsky.

Thought it would be more interesting cause Dostoevsky was a serious, addicted gambler.

Maybe it'll get better.



Only way it gets more interesting is if you can relate to addiction.
frankj1 Offline
#417 Posted:
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burnem2 wrote:
The Chosen - Chaim Potok

Ernie!

may have read that years ago, but for sure I read My Name is Asher Lev.

He has a way of telling stories of the human condition and relationships while using a very strictly defined pool of characters. People whom one does not normally picture when thinking about others in situations common to all, but his people are just colored by circumstances of birth and belief.
burnem2 Offline
#418 Posted:
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frankj1 wrote:
Ernie!

may have read that years ago, but for sure I read My Name is Asher Lev.

He has a way of telling stories of the human condition and relationships while using a very strictly defined pool of characters. People whom one does not normally picture when thinking about others in situations common to all, but his people are just colored by circumstances of birth and belief.


One of the most powerful last 4-5 pages of a book I've read in a long time. The relationships between fathers and sons was truly wonderful.
burnem2 Offline
#419 Posted:
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HuckFinn wrote:
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

900 freaking pages..


Finished this one a couple of weeks ago. Great story and ending. Highly recommended.
deadeyedick Offline
#420 Posted:
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Just finished Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. Somehow I missed many of these American classics when I was a kid.

Next up: Darwin Comes To Town by Menno Schilthuizen
deadeyedick Offline
#421 Posted:
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frankj1 wrote:
Killers of the Flower Moon

poor reading habits, but I'm hooked.


You'll learn all about Drafter.
frankj1 Offline
#422 Posted:
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deadeyedick wrote:
You'll learn all about Drafter.

Kidding aside, I have thought of him.

Love the way this nonfiction plays out like a history mystery. Just getting to J. Edgar Hoover now...I really read slowly and not every day.
HuckFinn Offline
#423 Posted:
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shaun341 wrote:
Only way it gets more interesting is if you can relate to addiction.

Good call.
HuckFinn Offline
#424 Posted:
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The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer

Written when he was just 24. Autobiographical. About his ww2 experiences in the Pacific.
Good.
fiddler898 Offline
#425 Posted:
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deadeyedick wrote:
Just finished Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. Somehow I missed many of these American classics when I was a kid.

Next up: Darwin Comes To Town by Menno Schilthuizen


Funny, I just finished Grapes of Wrath. I realized there was a hole in my education that needed patching. What an incredible ending...
HuckFinn Offline
#426 Posted:
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deadeyedick wrote:
Just finished Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. Somehow I missed many of these American classics when I was a kid.

Next up: Darwin Comes To Town by Menno Schilthuizen

Steinbeck's The Winter of Our Discontent was great.
Also really liked In Dubious Battle

Never read a bad Steinbeck book.
But i think I like Hemingway even better.
deadeyedick Offline
#427 Posted:
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Reading through some of Steinbeck's classics now.

Finished Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat recently.

Reading Notes From The Sea Of Cortez now. Then on to East Of Eden.
8trackdisco Offline
#428 Posted:
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Still chopping away @ The Mixer. Homework on evolving strategy and tactics of the Premier League.

Feeding my rabid fascination with sport and league.
MCAddict Offline
#429 Posted:
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Re reading Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.
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#430 Posted:
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deadeyedick wrote:
Reading through some of Steinbeck's classics now.

Finished Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat recently.

Reading Notes From The Sea Of Cortez now. Then on to East Of Eden.

Before i had kids i was literate... i don't remember much of east of Eden but i remember it fascinated me and, if I'm thinking of the right book, there's a very emotional part that involves a couple of people riding horses... again, it's been a long time, but i remember that part being so well written, it felt like i was living in the book...
frankj1 Offline
#431 Posted:
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gonna take another shot at Saul Bellows' Humboldt's Gift.

I am a painfully slow reader, and it is so loooong.
HuckFinn Offline
#432 Posted:
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frankj1 wrote:
gonna take another shot at Saul Bellows' Humboldt's Gift.

I am a painfully slow reader, and it is so loooong.


Great book.
frankj1 Offline
#433 Posted:
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that's what I expect...and you once asked me if I have read Bellows.
HuckFinn Offline
#434 Posted:
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frankj1 wrote:
that's what I expect...and you once asked me if I have read Bellows.

I did. It's one of my favorite Bellow books.
MACS Offline
#435 Posted:
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Tower Lord - Anthony Ryan
opelmanta1900 Offline
#436 Posted:
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Haven't read a book in probably 5 years... Gonna dig up my copy of a Connecticut Yankee I'm king Arthur's court... Definitely a fave...
HuckFinn Offline
#437 Posted:
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Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky

Page 8 and hooked
8trackdisco Offline
#438 Posted:
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Do any of you use Audible or some other service to listen to your books?
HuckFinn Offline
#439 Posted:
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I don't, but I know a bunch of people who do. Mixed reviews. I like actual books.
fiddler898 Offline
#440 Posted:
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The Rez by Ian Frazier. I've been spending the week among the Lakota Sioux, so I thought this would be a good read, and it is.
deadeyedick Offline
#441 Posted:
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Just finished East Of Eden 600 pages

I can see why Opel might remember some of it as it's set mostly in the Salinas Valley not far from his stomping grounds.

Next up: The New Middle East - James Gelvin
MCAddict Offline
#442 Posted:
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Nathaniel Philbrick’s THE LAST STAND. Beginning to think that Richard Mulligan’s portrayal of Custer in Little Big Man was pretty spot on.
HuckFinn Offline
#443 Posted:
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Just finished Crime and Punishment. Dark stuff. But a great book. And glad I'm done with it.
Phil222 Offline
#444 Posted:
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Recently finished..."A People's History of the United States" - Howard Zinn
SteveS Offline
#445 Posted:
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"Lincoln's Last Trial" by Dan Abrams and David Fisher ...

Described as "The true story of Abraham Lincoln’s last murder trial, a case in which he had a deep personal involvement—and which played out in the nation’s newspapers as he began his presidential campaign. At the end of the summer of 1859, twenty-two-year-old Peachy Quinn Harrison went on trial for murder in Springfield, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln, who had been involved in more than three thousand cases—including more than twenty-five murder trials—during his two-decades-long career, was hired to defend him. This was to be his last great case as a lawyer."

An interesting read ...
HuckFinn Offline
#446 Posted:
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Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich
tonygraz Offline
#447 Posted:
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Did Tolstoy ever write a short story ?
SteveS Offline
#448 Posted:
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"The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History"
The gripping true story of the origins of the mafia in America—and the brilliant Italian-born detective who gave his life to stop it

by Stephan Talty
HuckFinn Offline
#449 Posted:
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tonygraz wrote:
Did Tolstoy ever write a short story ?

He did.The Death of Ivan Ilyich is about 50 pages.
The guy wrote lots of short stories and stuff like essays, letters, kids books, philosophical things...


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Short_stories_by_Leo_Tolstoy
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#450 Posted:
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Brave New Arctic ~ Mark C. Serreze - global warming, who knew and when?
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