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« Reply #520 on: September 25, 2008, 04:39:17 PM »

I applaud this effort.  I failed lots (most) of my classes in school and just couldn't get it together for some reason.  The only thing that interested me was music, but I cannot help but think that a connection with the right book/books back then might have made all the difference.  Anything that pulls kids away from the emptiness of pop culture is a good thing.  Hat's off to you. 

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                         My thoughts exactly, I also had a similar experience to yours. Reading is what has saved me intellectually.    Danny
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« Reply #521 on: September 26, 2008, 04:05:51 PM »

Right now I'm going through the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian.  Just great stuff about the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic era.  Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin are the finest literary duo, ever, surpassing Holmes and Watson.  The one possible exception would be Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster.  I've read some of those Jeeves and Wooster stories 20 times and they still make me laugh out loud.

I'm also a big fan of Civil War and WWII history.  Stephen Ambrose's books (Band of Brothers is one) about WWII are fantastic, as is James M. McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom about the Civile War.  I also loved Killer Angels by Michael Shaara is also great.

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« Reply #522 on: September 27, 2008, 01:36:33 AM »

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Check out "Devil Boats, The P.T. War Against Japan" by Williams Brueuer and look at this article from Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PT_boat

My dad served in the Navy and spent 23 months in 1944 and 1945 in combat in the South Pacific on a Destroyer Escort and would have loved this book. Many PT Boat commanders (i.e. John F. Kennedy and former PA Governor Raymond Schafer) were in their 20's when they took command of a PT boat with a crew of 12 to 17 and routinely battled sea sickness and piloted these boats to cripple the Japanese fleet deep in enemy waters with limited firepower and unknown fuel supplies.
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« Reply #523 on: September 27, 2008, 05:19:24 PM »

Just started Orwell's 1984.  This was an assignment in high school that I didn't do, so I need to catch up.

Also, all the McCullough talk sent me to the library where I picked up 1776.  Can't wait to get into that one. 
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« Reply #524 on: September 27, 2008, 05:34:34 PM »

Just started Orwell's 1984.  This was an assignment in high school that I didn't do, so I need to catch up.
 

Then you have to write a book report. At least three pages long, and don't change the margins!  mad
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« Reply #525 on: September 27, 2008, 08:42:27 PM »

Then you have to write a book report. At least three pages long, and don't change the margins!  mad
  If you want to know exactly how much of a dork I am, I actually keep a reading journal and log my reading with comments about some of the books.  So you're not far off. 

 
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« Reply #526 on: October 02, 2008, 10:42:51 PM »

Quite honestly, I read a ton of kids books (mostly teen level). My love of Harry Potter started this.

Currently reading:

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer (book two in the Twilight series)
Pendragon - The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale (book one in the Pendragon series)

Also:

The Rickenbacker Book by Tony Bacon and Paul Day
Reveal: The Story of REM by Johnny Black
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« Reply #527 on: October 03, 2008, 02:30:39 AM »

Quite honestly, I read a ton of kids books (mostly teen level). My love of Harry Potter started this.

Currently reading:

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer (book two in the Twilight series)
Pendragon - The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale (book one in the Pendragon series)

Also:

The Rickenbacker Book by Tony Bacon and Paul Day
Reveal: The Story of REM by Johnny Black

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« Reply #528 on: October 03, 2008, 10:33:54 AM »

The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle: Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot by Robert Morgan and Ron Powers
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« Reply #529 on: October 04, 2008, 02:08:27 AM »

Quite honestly, I read a ton of kids books (mostly teen level). My love of Harry Potter started this.

Currently reading:

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer (book two in the Twilight series)
My teenage daughters adored this series. They keep trying to get me to read it.

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(I also loved the Harry Potter series)
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« Reply #530 on: October 04, 2008, 05:56:06 PM »

Just finished Orwell's 1984.  I cannot believe just how much of a let-down that one was.  I hated the ending.  I guess I'm ultimately a sucker and love happy endings.  I could just picture ol' Smith taking down BB and everyone living happily ever after.  I know the book was part prophecy as well as fiction, but I just didn't like the ending.  Right now I'm reading Huxley's Brave New World and I'm not holding my breath for a good ending for it either.   
 
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« Reply #531 on: October 20, 2008, 07:01:31 PM »

Just finished reading The Watchmen by Alan Moore and now I'm trying to finish Return of the King by Tolkien.
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« Reply #532 on: October 20, 2008, 11:26:42 PM »

Touching the Void by Joe Simpson - True Story about two mountain climbers who have to get down off a 21,000 peak in the Andes Mountains.

One flew over the cuckoo's nest by Ken Kesey - I read this a number of times over the years but it is worth another pass and a great read.

Getting ready to read "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy, author of "No Country for Old Men." 
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« Reply #533 on: October 21, 2008, 01:03:39 AM »

Just finished Orwell's 1984.  I cannot believe just how much of a let-down that one was.  I hated the ending.  I guess I'm ultimately a sucker and love happy endings... 
 

Then, by all means, avoid Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.  Great book, but the ending - ouch.
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« Reply #534 on: October 21, 2008, 10:59:34 AM »

Just started another Stephen King book, (32nd), called "Blaze".  Very funny so far, but coming from SK, that will probably change.

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« Reply #535 on: October 21, 2008, 11:15:55 AM »

Just finished:

1776 by David McCullough.  LOVED this book!  Will probably read it again.  I checked it out because of the recommendation in this thread. 
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Currently reading:

Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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« Reply #536 on: October 21, 2008, 08:52:52 PM »

Creature:

Glad you enjoyed "1776."

There is a story in David McCullough's biography "Truman" recounted by a local Presbyterian Minister who delivered a eulogy at a graveside service in Missouri and there wasn't another person in attendance except him and the undertaker. He decided to wait to start the committal until the time that had been announced in the paper arrived. It was snowing and bitter cold and a green Dodge pulled up and a secret service man stepped out along with Harry S. Truman. The pastor asked Harry Truman why he was there because it was so bitter cold. Harry Truman replied "Pastor, I never forget a friend." Hard to imagine that a former President would/could make an appearance without any fanfare.
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« Reply #537 on: October 21, 2008, 10:25:19 PM »

Creature:

Glad you enjoyed "1776."

There is a story in David McCullough's biography "Truman" recounted by a local Presbyterian Minister who delivered a eulogy at a graveside service in Missouri and there wasn't another person in attendance except him and the undertaker. He decided to wait to start the committal until the time that had been announced in the paper arrived. It was snowing and bitter cold and a green Dodge pulled up and a secret service man stepped out along with Harry S. Truman. The pastor asked Harry Truman why he was there because it was so bitter cold. Harry Truman replied "Pastor, I never forget a friend." Hard to imagine that a former President would/could make an appearance without any fanfare.
Great story.  I'm going to look for some more of McCullough's work.  I've been wanting to get into some biographies anyway.  Thanks for the recommendation. 
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« Reply #538 on: October 27, 2008, 09:44:40 PM »

Just read:

Culture Warrior by Bill O'Reilly.  This one gets a "thumbs up".  It was a real eye-opener on a few issues. 

Jarhead by Anthony Swoffard.  "Thumbs down".  A complete waste of time and I'm still not sure what possessed me to read this book. 

I rarely ever put down a book, but I just could not get through Thoreau's Walden.  I've read instruction manuals more interesting.  Sheesh.

Currently reading:

The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier
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« Reply #539 on: October 28, 2008, 03:47:20 AM »

"Fire Mountains of the West- The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes" Stephen L. Harris. After staring at Mt. Theilsen while staying at Crater Lake in Oregon and living near Mount St. Helens in the '70's I thought my next challenge may be to bag some volcanic summits.
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