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« Reply #1400 on: January 04, 2013, 07:18:24 PM »

   After acquiring the Nook app for my computer and my tablet, I bought and finished reading; "Easy Company Soldier" by Sgt. Don Malarkey  It took more than a few Kleenex to make it all the way thru.
   Once again several mistakes are straightened out that they got wrong when making Band of Brothers. I guess Hollywood just can't help being who they are.
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« Reply #1401 on: January 05, 2013, 01:34:15 AM »

In a rush one day at the library I picked up a book titled An American Wife by Curtis Sittenfield.  Turns out to be a fictionalized account of Laura Bush's life.  It's good fiction, though knowing who it is patterned after was an obstacle.  I already knew the outcome of a lot of the  plot lines.  Still, I very much enjoyed it and never would have picked it out had i known who it was based on.  Laura Bush is so...polite in public that I would have imagined the book to be a snooze fest.

On deck:  The newest book by Barbara Kingsolver, an author whom I love.  Can't think of the title.

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« Reply #1402 on: January 05, 2013, 04:38:31 AM »

Ryler, I think the latest Kingsolver book is "Flight Behaviour",

I am reading the biography of Tom Waits. A fascinating read!
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« Reply #1403 on: January 05, 2013, 03:05:37 PM »

Caz, you are right about the book title.  Thanks. 
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« Reply #1404 on: January 05, 2013, 04:42:10 PM »

   After acquiring the Nook app for my computer and my tablet, I bought and finished reading; "Easy Company Soldier" by Sgt. Don Malarkey  It took more than a few Kleenex to make it all the way thru.
   Once again several mistakes are straightened out that they got wrong when making Band of Brothers. I guess Hollywood just can't help being who they are.

Thanks for the review. I picked this up last night - read until midnight. Finishing tonight. Great stories, loving the perspective from 'Malark' as I've read Band of Brothers, seen the mini-series numerous times, and was blessed to bicycle and hike some of the grounds between Omaha Beach and St. Mere Eglise.

Airborne - All the Way!
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« Reply #1405 on: January 05, 2013, 04:51:23 PM »

Thanks for the review. I picked this up last night - read until midnight. Finishing tonight. Great stories, loving the perspective from 'Malark' as I've read Band of Brothers, seen the mini-series numerous times, and was blessed to bicycle and hike some of the grounds between Omaha Beach and St. Mere Eglise.

Airborne - All the Way!
  Unless a new book comes out I have finished reading all the good ones I can find on the 506th. I may read some about the other soldiers in the 101st and the 82cnd now.
    I also would love to go to Normandy, the closest I have been is Paris. Brecourt Manor would be a stop on my list, for sure.
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« Reply #1406 on: January 05, 2013, 05:15:13 PM »

What I Learned in Narnia - Douglas Wilson

Through the Magic Door - Author Conan Doyle.  A fascinating book about reading by a serious book lover. 
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« Reply #1407 on: January 05, 2013, 05:56:57 PM »

  Unless a new book comes out I have finished reading all the good ones I can find on the 506th. I may read some about the other soldiers in the 101st and the 82cnd now.
    I also would love to go to Normandy, the closest I have been is Paris. Brecourt Manor would be a stop on my list, for sure.

Check out this museum in St. Mere.... I had the fortune to cycle the Liberty Trail (Voie de Liberte) from the Normandy Beachhead to Strassburg in 1987. One of the best stops was here. Normandy Airborne Museum
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« Reply #1408 on: January 05, 2013, 06:22:56 PM »

    Thanks for the link.   I also started NO NAME ON THE BULLET, a biography of Audie Murphy, by Don Graham. I am always amazed at the people who have never even heard of "The most decorated soldier of WW II" Especially the Texans. I have never seen a high school etc. named for him, but Crockett, Bowie, Houston, Etc. are everywhere. Good men all, for sure.
     Yet our country chose long ago to forget Audie Murphy. Maybe because of the lifestyle he lived after the war. To me he was just a troubled man who did his best for our country and had to live with the consequences of a tortured soul, as a result of the deeds that won him the Medal of Honor and too many other medals to name.
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« Reply #1409 on: January 08, 2013, 07:04:10 AM »

More Guns Less Crime - John Lott

I almost typed "It's a nice break from calculus and physics books" until I realized it's kinda messed up that crime statistics is my light reading break from STEM texts. Maybe I should reread The Hobbit.
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« Reply #1410 on: January 12, 2013, 02:41:57 AM »

Just read all the emails under this topic,I recommend it ,it,s good reading
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« Reply #1411 on: January 12, 2013, 01:12:41 PM »

Just started Stephen Kings "11-22-63.  Typical King weirdness, but I guess that's why I like his writing.  Great so far.
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« Reply #1412 on: January 12, 2013, 01:32:08 PM »

Instrumental Influences
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« Reply #1413 on: January 16, 2013, 02:20:58 PM »

Lately I've been reading a whole bunch of booklets of excerpts from Berklee online music classes.  I signed up for a songwriting class of theirs that is free of charge and with that signup is quite a bit of great tips.  They are in .pdf and I put them right onto my Nook Color for easy access.

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« Reply #1414 on: January 16, 2013, 02:59:14 PM »

The Silmarillion - Tolkien
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« Reply #1415 on: January 16, 2013, 03:57:35 PM »

The Silmarillion - Tolkien
   Give us a little review later.
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« Reply #1416 on: January 16, 2013, 06:35:27 PM »

   Give us a little review later.
Will do, but give me about two months.  This is heady stuff, and my first goround with it.  Been a Tolkien fan for years and finally decided to undertake this venture.  The first chapter is mind-bending stuff.  This fellow was a very deep well.  A real gift to the world. 
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« Reply #1417 on: January 16, 2013, 06:51:31 PM »

The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten. Only a few pages in but so far its very interesting.
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« Reply #1418 on: January 20, 2013, 06:55:17 PM »

Just read 'The Secret Race' by Tyler Hamilton and 'Seven Deadly Sins' by David Walsh.
Two EXCEEDINGLY interesting reads if your interest in the murky underbelly of cycling has been piqued by a certain Mr L. Armstrongs' interview with Oprah.

Onto 'Poseidons Arrow' by Clive Cussler now as I need a good bit of adventure reading escapism after those last two.  Nothing like a Dirk Pitt novel to lose yourself in on a cold winters night.
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« Reply #1419 on: January 22, 2013, 09:57:00 PM »

The Audie Murphy autobiography was long and a bit tedious at times, but worth reading.

I picked up a shorter WW II book called "CURRAHEE" down at half priced books. It cost a whole $3.25 and was an excellent read. Written by Donald R. Burgett who was a paratropper in the 506th, 101st. But not in easy company. He was in company A and wrote this book long before Band of Brothers. But Stephen E. Ambrose wrote the forward for this book and calls it "by a longshot the best. Without qualification"

I believe this little book was one of the main inspirations for Ambrose to write his own book about the paratroopers of the 506th, 101st.
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