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« Reply #620 on: June 30, 2009, 01:09:51 AM »

Just finished "Worst Hard Time", about the Dirty Thirties, or the Dust Bowl.  Great history read.

Also read a short book about Charles Goodnight, a legendary Texas Panhandle cattleman who was the basis for Woodrow Call in Lonesome Dove.
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« Reply #621 on: July 20, 2009, 01:14:10 AM »

I just finished "One Second After" by William Forstchen and I have not read anything that comes close. Both frightening and thought provoking.
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« Reply #622 on: July 20, 2009, 11:27:48 AM »

     Just started "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.  I think it was written around 1960.   Quite entertaining so far.

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« Reply #623 on: July 20, 2009, 03:41:06 PM »

Oh, To Kill a Mockingbird was an excellent read.  I am reading In The Beauty of the Lilies by John Updike.  So far, quite good.  He's an author (along with Saul Bellow) who I've always wanted to like, but while the writing has been impressive, the entertainment value less so.  I think I may not have given Mr. Updike a fair shake, for this one is both thought provoking and entertaining.  It's sort of an exegesis on the existence of God and faith as it affects humanity, told, of course, through fictional characters and their internal/external struggles.
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« Reply #624 on: July 23, 2009, 01:47:29 PM »

Just started Liberty and Tyranny....Levin.  So far, a real good read.
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« Reply #625 on: July 25, 2009, 04:14:19 AM »

Just finished "Guests Of The Ayatollah" by Mark Bowden, author of "Blackhawk Down."
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« Reply #626 on: July 25, 2009, 06:55:45 AM »

All the harry potter books are done.
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« Reply #627 on: July 25, 2009, 08:31:59 AM »

I've just finished "Truth Is Stranger Than Business" - the autobiography of Alton Delmore. If you want to get a feel for what it was like to be a country musician in the 1920s and 1930s, have a read. Fascinating stuff.
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« Reply #628 on: July 25, 2009, 01:07:10 PM »

   Romans,both Corinthians,Galatians and started on Ephesians.
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« Reply #629 on: July 28, 2009, 04:38:29 PM »

dependan: That's some good reading there.

I'm on a poetry kick of late and have been reading lots of Robert Frost and William Blake.

I'm also reading Manalive by GK Chesterton.
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« Reply #630 on: July 28, 2009, 09:00:50 PM »

In the middle of "Life on the Mississippi" by Twain.  Very entertaining, billed as a true (mostly) account of his early life & times
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« Reply #631 on: July 29, 2009, 12:32:47 AM »

dependan: That's some good reading there.

I'm on a poetry kick of late and have been reading lots of Robert Frost and William Blake.

I'm also reading Manalive by GK Chesterton.
  I just finished Ephesians and Philippians and will just continue on thru Revelation. Then start back at Matthew.    A necessary daily requirement for me.
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« Reply #632 on: July 29, 2009, 02:12:00 PM »

  I just finished Ephesians and Philippians and will just continue on thru Revelation. Then start back at Matthew.    A necessary daily requirement for me.
I'm in the middle of Matthew right now myself.
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« Reply #633 on: July 31, 2009, 11:11:37 AM »

...on last 30 pages of "Belching Out the Devil" by Mark Thomas (a UK satirist) on the activities of the Coca Cola corporation in 3rd world countries.

About to start "Making History" by Stepen Fry (actor, plays Jeeves in the TV series "Jeeves and Wooster" and many other things, panel show host, writer, documentary chap.... your basic renaissance man...).

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« Reply #634 on: July 31, 2009, 04:40:13 PM »

I usually read historical fiction but after just seeing the movie "Get Shorty" I read the book by Elmore Leonard and am now reading "Maximum Bob". I like the eclectic cast of characters in his books.
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« Reply #635 on: August 12, 2009, 01:18:27 AM »

Recently started "Big Box Swindle"..interesting book about how mega-giant corporate retailers are impacting the economic and social culture around the world.
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« Reply #636 on: August 12, 2009, 02:04:38 PM »

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A Simple Path by Mother Teresa
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« Reply #637 on: August 13, 2009, 09:06:31 PM »

Inside, Outside by Herman Wouk.  So far, he's introducing too many new characters too quickly and I'm not developing enough interest in the ones I'm already familiar with.  We'll see.  That, I believe, is an oft-levied criticism of Tolstoy in War and Peace, which is a book on my to-be-read list.  If that's a quality I can't roll with, maybe War and Peace will not never be completed.  Has anyone here read War and Peace and liked it?
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« Reply #638 on: August 14, 2009, 02:08:43 PM »

  Has anyone here read War and Peace and liked it?
It's on my list of things to do before I die.
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« Reply #639 on: August 14, 2009, 07:24:40 PM »

It's on my list of things to do before I die.

Creature, it might just take from now until you die to finish it.  I'd get going if I were you.   bigrin
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