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« Reply #700 on: November 14, 2009, 11:10:10 PM »

It is very encouraging to see people who still enjoy the printed page, both digitally and otherwise.  I am also encouraged to see many who enjoy the Bible.  The grass withers and the flower fades, but the Word of God endures forever.  Press on brothers (and sisters).
  I've got two chapters left in Luke, then on to John.
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« Reply #701 on: November 16, 2009, 02:48:23 AM »

I'm still on a poetry kick, but have been in the Bible pretty heavily as well. I read The Book of Job last week, as well as Ecclesiastes a couple times; I am now continuing in the Book of Psalms. I think there are a few of the Psalms I've never actually read, and many more that I've not read in years. It's a huge book with lots of ground to cover. I've not read as many books this year as I had hoped, but I still managed to fit in 40 or so. But the rest of the year isn't looking good. There just wasn't the time.
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« Reply #702 on: November 16, 2009, 07:55:28 AM »

I'm reading a book about another "god"...
Johnny Cash's autobiography.

He was a very religious man, and wrote a religious novel about St.Paul called "The Man in White"...anyone read that?
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« Reply #703 on: November 20, 2009, 12:29:22 AM »

I just opened up my birthday present from my son and daughter-in-law: Three books from Amazon:

Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton - True story about a small band of Special Forces Soldiers who entered Afghanistan after 9/11

Where Men Win Glory, The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Kraukauer - True story of Pat Tillman who walked away from the NFL to join the Army.

Forrest Gump by Winston Groom 

This should keep me busy until Valentine's Day.
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« Reply #704 on: November 20, 2009, 12:11:39 PM »

The Shack.  Any one else read this one?
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« Reply #705 on: November 20, 2009, 04:29:32 PM »

The Shack.  Any one else read this one?

Jim, although this book has been on the best-seller list and has gotten tons of hype I couldn't get more than halfway through it.  It's one of a very few books I just gave up on.    I don't know why it's gotten so many rave reviews.  Must be something I just didn't get.  I take it that you are enjoying it ?
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« Reply #706 on: November 20, 2009, 04:38:18 PM »

Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven
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« Reply #707 on: November 20, 2009, 04:51:09 PM »

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Thats funny Dave...I've been on a SciFi kick myself lately....I've gotten caught up in the Series of novels and Short stories about a futuristic mercenary armor unit called Hammer's Slammers by David Drake.  They have recently condensed all the novels and short stories into 3 volumes....currently chewing through vol.2.  I picked up the first one when I was flying home to Ohio to visit my folks....it looked cheesy and like something that would fill some time but I wasn't expecting much....it took a little while to get into but now I'm hooked and can't wait to get the 3rd volume too.

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« Reply #708 on: December 09, 2009, 03:02:24 PM »

"My Wicked Wicked Ways" Errol  Flynn's (ghost written) autobiography...

Quite a tale/s and definitely not a guy to leave your wife, or anything else you had of value alone with   cop
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« Reply #709 on: December 09, 2009, 03:09:03 PM »

I've got two going right now:

Mark Twain's Autobiography

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Woodsgons 2 by Michael Johnathon.

I really loved Woodsongs (the first book) and am enjoying this one as well. The guy is a great story-teller and I tend to appreciate his views on creativity. But... his books are packed with grammatical errors, which really, really bothers me. I think that if anything is worth being taken to print, it's worth a good editing job. That may seem petty but it genuinely bugs me. I think the least an author can do is get his grammar correct, for credibility's sake.
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« Reply #710 on: December 09, 2009, 03:12:35 PM »

I've got two going right now:

Mark Twain's Autobiography

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Woodsgons 2 by Michael Johnathon.

I really loved Woodsongs (the first book) and am enjoying this one as well. The guy is a great story-teller and I tend to appreciate his views on creativity. But... his books are packed with grammatical errors, which really, really bothers me. I think that if anything is worth being taken to print, it's worth a good editing job. That may seem petty but it genuinely bugs me.
  "Roughing it" is also a Twain autobiography that I enjoyed immensely.
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« Reply #711 on: December 09, 2009, 05:40:08 PM »

I just finished reading "On Celtic Tides" by Chris Duff.  It's about his solo circumnavigation of Ireland by sea kayak.  Really good read if you like travel/adventure stories. 

I just started another book by Chris Duff called "Southern Exposure" which is about his trip around the south island of New Zealand by kayak.  This book also has a few pictures with it as well and illustrated maps.  Its caught my attention and Chris is also a good writer.
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« Reply #712 on: December 10, 2009, 10:02:07 AM »

Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven

I read that soo long ago. One of my favorites.  I should reread it.

I just finished "So Brave, Young, and Handsome" by Lief Enger - what a great writer!  His style in this book is so colorful and down to earth.  Anybody else read this?

I just started Neil Stephenson's "Anathem".
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« Reply #713 on: December 10, 2009, 02:03:51 PM »


I just finished "So Brave, Young, and Handsome" by Lief Enger - what a great writer!  His style in this book is so colorful and down to earth.  Anybody else read this?


Bug, I haven't started So Brave, Young and Handsome yet, but Leif Enger really stunned me with Peace Like a River.  I am anxious to read this second novel.  Glad to hear that you liked it.

I'm in the middle of El Viajero del Siglo by Andres Neumann.  It's written in Spanish so I usually read those novels much more slowly than English.  I'll be reading this for awhile.  On deck?  Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon.  I've read many a review alternating between adoration for the book and disgust for its impenetrable style.  We'll see.
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« Reply #714 on: December 10, 2009, 03:02:00 PM »

John Piper (an author and speaker that I admire) recommended Peace Like A River. It's on my list. Eventually...
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« Reply #715 on: December 10, 2009, 04:30:39 PM »

Well, I'm 5 years late, but just read The dVinci Code. A good read and a few differences from the movie.
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« Reply #716 on: December 11, 2009, 10:40:55 PM »

I've read "Peace Like a River" twice. The second time was out loud to my family when we were on a long car trip.  Everyone really enjoyed that (me especially).

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« Reply #717 on: December 12, 2009, 06:11:43 AM »

I've read "Peace Like a River" twice. The second time was out loud to my family when we were on a long car trip.  Everyone really enjoyed that (me especially).

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« Reply #718 on: December 19, 2009, 01:15:37 AM »

                                                                   Citizen Soldiers,      Stephen E. Ambrose.  


           Basically the book they based the series "Band of Brothers" on.
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« Reply #719 on: December 19, 2009, 02:22:46 AM »

Reading a memoir called The Glass Castle which I find remarkable -- the grace and love with which the narrator writes about what, from on outsider's perspective, was a horrific childhood is astonishing.  Also, rereading Yann Martel's Life of Pi . . . sort of a Christmas tradition with me.  It's hard to find quality literature that isn't' laden with cynicism and irony (which at other times of the year I can appreciate), but Martel's novel operates without either, and is brilliant.
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