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« Reply #1180 on: March 16, 2012, 07:52:05 PM »

Amazing photo. Did you take it?
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« Reply #1181 on: March 16, 2012, 08:16:56 PM »

Amazing photo. Did you take it?
It's a great shot; isn't it?
I can't take any credit for it.
When I searched for this particular poem online, I found it, complete with the image you see there. I took a bicycle trip up the west coast of Ireland about 10 years ago along the Atlantic shoreline, and out to the Aran Islands, and so much of it looked just like this photograph. And the poet lived there in the Burren area of Ireland, and he spoke of it, and wrote about it, too.
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« Reply #1182 on: March 17, 2012, 12:17:33 PM »

I'm in the middle of The Oath by Elie Weisel.  It's good, but not one of his best.
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« Reply #1183 on: March 20, 2012, 02:37:25 PM »

I've read NIGHT by Weisel. Didn't enjoy it at all and pretty much decided it would be my last book by him. The subject matter was/is important, but I just don't enjoy such things anymore. Graphic depictions of horrible events are needed so history is preserved though. I get that. I've just grown too lighthearted for such things.

Currently rereading George MacDonald's LILITH. Such an odd story. I've never seen anything else like it.  Based somewhat on the old Jewish folklore of Adam's first wife, Lilith. The main character is transported into a secondary world via a magic mirror (probably also borrowed from Jewish folklore) and led around by his guide, one Mr Raven who is a bird that also turns into a man. Me Raven is really Adam. Absolutely fascinating stuff.
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« Reply #1184 on: March 20, 2012, 05:51:57 PM »



Currently rereading George MacDonald's LILITH. Such an odd story. I've never seen anything else like it.  Based somewhat on the old Jewish folklore of Adam's first wife, Lilith. The main character is transported into a secondary world via a magic mirror (probably also borrowed from Jewish folklore) and led around by his guide, one Mr Raven who is a bird that also turns into a man. Me Raven is really Adam. Absolutely fascinating stuff.
You may already know MacDonald was a great influence on CS Lewis and JRR Tolkein.

I am finally reading The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo (Stieg Larsson). Really well written, but one of the 'dark' stories.
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« Reply #1185 on: March 20, 2012, 06:09:42 PM »

You may already know MacDonald was a great influence on CS Lewis and JRR Tolkein.


True!
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« Reply #1186 on: March 20, 2012, 08:51:00 PM »

You may already know MacDonald was a great influence on CS Lewis and JRR Tolkein.

I am finally reading The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo (Stieg Larsson). Really well written, but one of the 'dark' stories.

I read that one about 6 months ago - won't be reading any further stories in the series.  My mind simply doesn't handle unredeemed darkness very well.
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« Reply #1187 on: March 20, 2012, 08:58:27 PM »

I read that one about 6 months ago - won't be reading any further stories in the series.  My mind simply doesn't handle unredeemed darkness very well.
For me reading time is too precious to wade in dark places for long. One's mileage may vary.
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« Reply #1188 on: April 03, 2012, 08:57:28 PM »

Fall of Giants, Ken Follett.  Just started.  It's a long book, so I won't be updating this post for awhile...unless I dislike it and quit on it.
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« Reply #1189 on: April 03, 2012, 09:41:04 PM »

   I finished "WITH THE OLD BREED" by E.B. Sledge and "Helmet for a pillow" by Robert Leckie. Now I've started "Challenge for the Pacific" by Robert Leckie.

Leckie is a writer who can put you in the circumstance, and since he was a marine at Guadalcanal etc. his perspective is really part of American history.
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« Reply #1190 on: April 03, 2012, 10:01:26 PM »

The Rainbow Trail by Zane Grey on Kindle. It's a kind of follow up to Riders of the Purple Sage. I'm enjoying Zane Grey's stuff - mostly in the public domain now and often free on the Kindle. Previously read all of Louis L'Amour's books - really love the westerns.
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« Reply #1191 on: April 03, 2012, 10:25:54 PM »

"Pompeii."...........    a fictional mystery set in ancient Roman times just before and after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that devastated Pompeii.    Descriptions of the everyday life is quite entertaining.  And it goes into a lot of detail about the aquaducts and other water-delivery systems of the time

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« Reply #1192 on: April 03, 2012, 11:01:44 PM »

Civil War Acoustic Shadows
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Charles Ross

http://www.amazon.com/Civil-Acoustic-Shadows-Charles-Ross/dp/1572492546/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333494056&sr=8-1

Very interesting look at how outcomes of various Civil War battles were possibly affected by the acoustics due to terrain and weather. 
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« Reply #1193 on: April 04, 2012, 01:56:29 AM »

Civil War Acoustic Shadows
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Charles Ross

http://www.amazon.com/Civil-Acoustic-Shadows-Charles-Ross/dp/1572492546/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333494056&sr=8-1

Very interesting look at how outcomes of various Civil War battles were possibly affected by the acoustics due to terrain and weather. 
  This sounds interesting. It was the civil war that got me reading about American History many years ago. As a boy in the Ozarks we played on hills that had remains of gun emplacements. At least we thought that's what they must have been.
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« Reply #1194 on: April 04, 2012, 01:53:20 PM »

CJ: Have you tried L'Amour's poetry?  It's among my favorites.

Reading a bio on Hank Williams by Colin Escott. Interesting subject but the author comes off kind of cocky. I really hate that. He makes jabs here and there about people, things he couldn't possibly know about not having been there or actually knowing the people. There's too much detail for the average reader about radio stations and names, etc. I just wanted to know about Hank and how it all went. There's another bio at the library that I might pick up. I rarely quit a book but have been tempted to quit this one.  So many times bios are just a soapbox for the author.
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« Reply #1195 on: April 04, 2012, 04:30:52 PM »

Recently finished up Follet's The Pillars of the Earth and semi-enjoyed it. My wife found a deeply discounted Game of Thrones collection so she thought I might like them.

Pillars was bearable. I am halfway through the first book of Thrones and I think I may need a respite from the "Medieval Soap Opera" theme.  wacko
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« Reply #1196 on: April 06, 2012, 01:06:53 AM »

Weapons of Mass Instruction

John Taylor Gatto
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« Reply #1197 on: April 09, 2012, 07:16:31 PM »

"Crazy Love" by Francis Chan on my iPhone.  Francis has/had 3 books up for free on the Olive Tree software site for any mobile device.
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« Reply #1198 on: April 09, 2012, 10:28:58 PM »

"Crazy Love" by Francis Chan on my iPhone.  Francis has/had 3 books up for free on the Olive Tree software site for any mobile device.

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« Reply #1199 on: April 10, 2012, 12:02:49 AM »

This thread has been reminding me of the stack of books that I have bought, and have yet to read.

I have been trying to read Clive Cussler's set of books in their order, and while I'm not quite halfway though, there are more being added to the end.

There are few more in the pile to be read as well, and more in mind to buy/read.
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