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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:04 pm

Just starting Fezziwig: A Life by Danny Kuhn

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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:13 pm

So, is “Fezziwig” very Dickens in style and character...or is it something else entirely?

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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:08 pm

Blackhorse wrote:
So, is “Fezziwig” very Dickens in style and character...or is it something else entirely?

Yes, it is a novel based on the Fezziwig from Dicken's A Christmas Carol. I love Dicken's novels, so I'm really looking forward to this. I have heard some really good reviews of it. I will update as I progress.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:55 pm

Rogue Protocol: The Murderbot Diaries - Kindle Edition

Rogue Protocol is the third entry in Martha Wells's
Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award-winning,
New York Times and USA Today bestselling series,
The Murderbot Diaries.



Martha Wells is one of the most loved SciFi authors...
rivaling Lois McMaster Bujold for the queen’s crown.

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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:10 pm

SimpleMan...I think my favorite Dickens is (are) The Pickwick Papers. With all his ponderous grim stories it’s good to know the great Dickens had both a subtle and slapstick sense of humor.

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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:35 pm

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SimpleMan...I think my favorite Dickens is (are) The Pickwick Papers. With all his ponderous grim stories it’s good to know the great Dickens had both a subtle and slapstick sense of humor.

Yes, very good. I read The Pickwick Papers for the first time Summer before last. Thoroughly enjoyed it. My favorites still remain A Christmas Carol (the book is so much better than any of the movies) and David Copperfield. I also enjoy The Old Curiosity Shop. I guess I am just an old soul. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:53 pm

I discovered that I had downloaded the 4th in the series...”Exit Trategies: The Murderbot Diaries. Finished that one too. Really well written and fun series.




I finally pulled up a novella I have been saving for some time...”The Flowers of Vashnoi: Vorkosigan Saga”. (Kindle) The Vorkosigan Saga was the recipient of the first Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Series. That was 2017.


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:56 pm

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And I'd love a new rec if you have one in you.


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RR

Hey Rande,

Oooooo, I've got loads up my sleeve!

For a change in pace, how about a modern mountaineering epic...

Touching the Void, by Joe Simpson.

… I doubt you'll be disappointed.  Smile

Read "Touching the Void" recently guv'nor. Held my interest right enough, but have to admit that much of the technical jargon was lost on me as I'm not a climber as you are. Still, I got the general idea and it was amazing that the author managed it at all!

I've tried to get in the movie but sadly it isn't available through my local library. Pity, that. Great rec though mate and keep them coming!



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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:01 am

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Stick wrote:
Brewdude wrote:



And I'd love a new rec if you have one in you.


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RR

Hey Rande,

Oooooo, I've got loads up my sleeve!

For a change in pace, how about a modern mountaineering epic...

Touching the Void, by Joe Simpson.

… I doubt you'll be disappointed.  Smile

Read "Touching the Void" recently guv'nor. Held my interest right enough, but have to admit that much of the technical jargon was lost on me as I'm not a climber as you are. Still, I got the general idea and it was amazing that the author managed it at all!

I've tried to get in the movie but sadly it isn't available through my local library. Pity, that. Great rec though mate and keep them coming!



Cheers,

RR

Well done mate. I've met both Joe Simpson and Simon Yates; both interesting and very different characters. The film would be great as it would fill in the technical gaps that you allude to.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:25 am

Introduction to Tantra by Sir John Woodroffe.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:37 am

A novel that George Orwell once referred to as “a dirty book worth reading.” Henry Miller’s “Tropic of Cancer.”
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:57 am

Giving To The edges of The Earth a shot...



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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:17 pm



Just finished reading this. It's an unauthorized bio of Stevie Nicks and her ascendancy to the the fairy godmother of R&R through Buckingham/Nicks in the pre-Fleetwood Mac Days through her solo career and up to the present.

She has embarked on a fresh Fleetwood Mac tour which will bring her to Phoenix this coming week and has all the original band members save for Lindsay Buckingham. I'm strongly considering attending as the "Mac" was one of my favorite mid-70's pop rock bands.

Apparently Stevie is pushing 70 and this may be one of the last chances anyone will get of seeing her and the band performing the old tunes that are much loved by many, including myself!

This book makes fascinating reading for a fan like me.


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:25 am



This most excellent biography of Sir George Martin's meteoric career was fascinating and detail oriented. It cronicles his rise to fame starting with his pre-studio days and concludes around the production of Rubber Soul. I have the next series on reserve from the library and am looking forward to it.


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:45 pm

Mark Twain’s “Roughing It.”
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:50 pm



Fascinating account of the 1933 Worlds Fair and how it was planned and built during the worst years of the great depression. And at the same time crime boss Al Capone was running all the operations that brought illegal booze to the speakeasies, since this was during the final years of Prohibition.

Well written if not a little over-dramatic at times. Sure held my interest though.


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:33 pm



Fascinating and gripping read. Dunno know how historically accurate it is but it certainly held my interest.


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:04 am

The obituaries to make sure I’m not in them
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:21 am

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King



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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:25 pm

Found it on sale on Amazon from my BookBub newsletter - The Last Sword Maker by Brian Nelson.

In the high mountains of Tibet, rumors are spreading. People whisper of an outbreak, of thousands of dead, of bodies pushed into mass graves. It is some strange new disease … a disease, they say, that can kill in minutes.

The Chinese government says the rumors aren’t true, but no one is allowed in or out of Tibet.

At the Pentagon, Admiral James Curtiss is called to an emergency meeting. Satellite images prove that a massive genocide is underway, and an American spy has made a startling discovery. This is no disease. It’s a weapons test. Chinese scientists have developed a way to kill based on a person’s genetic traits. But that is only the tip of the iceberg. The success of their new weapon proves that the Chinese are nearing “Replication”—a revolutionary breakthrough that will tip the global balance of power and change the way wars are waged.

Now the US must scramble to catch up before it is too late. Admiral Curtiss gathers the nation’s top scientists, including a promising young graduate student named Eric Hill who just might hold the missing piece to the replication puzzle. Soon Hill and his colleague Jane Hunter are caught up in a deadly game of sabotage as the two nations strive to be the first to reach the coveted goal. But in their headlong race, they create something unexpected … something the world has never seen and something more powerful than they had ever imagined.

The Last Sword Maker is an exciting globe-trotting thriller with unforgettable characters that depicts a haunting vision of the future of warfare.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:58 pm

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Just finished reading this. It's an unauthorized bio of Stevie Nicks and her ascendancy to the the fairy godmother of R&R through Buckingham/Nicks in the pre-Fleetwood Mac Days through her solo career and up to the present.

She has embarked on a fresh Fleetwood Mac tour which will bring her to Phoenix this coming week and has all the original band members save for Lindsay Buckingham. I'm strongly considering attending as the "Mac" was one of my favorite mid-70's pop rock bands.

Apparently Stevie is pushing 70 and this may be one of the last chances anyone will get of seeing her and the band performing the old tunes that are much loved by many, including myself!

This book makes fascinating reading for a fan like me.


Cheers,

RR

I just love Fleetwood Mac, Rande. It resonates with my soul. Really takes me back to good times of being on Dartmoor, college, and my late teenage / early 20s.

So, awful question to ask Rande... what's your fave 'Mac track?
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:01 pm

My good lady bought me 'Mad, bad and dangerous to know' by Ranulph Fiennes. I've always admired this chap for his derring-do, adventures and interesting military background. Ever thoughtful, my good lady also tucked 2 tickets into the book to see him present at our local theatre in September '19. I'm a lucky boy.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:37 pm

Stick wrote:
Brewdude wrote:


Just finished reading this. It's an unauthorized bio of Stevie Nicks and her ascendancy to the the fairy godmother of R&R through Buckingham/Nicks in the pre-Fleetwood Mac Days through her solo career and up to the present.

She has embarked on a fresh Fleetwood Mac tour which will bring her to Phoenix this coming week and has all the original band members save for Lindsay Buckingham. I'm strongly considering attending as the "Mac" was one of my favorite mid-70's pop rock bands.

Apparently Stevie is pushing 70 and this may be one of the last chances anyone will get of seeing her and the band performing the old tunes that are much loved by many, including myself!

This book makes fascinating reading for a fan like me.


Cheers,

RR

I just love Fleetwood Mac, Rande.  It resonates with my soul.  Really takes me back to good times of being on Dartmoor, college, and my late teenage / early 20s.

So, awful question to ask Rande... what's your fave 'Mac track?

Hard to say mate as there are so many. I'd rate "Gold Dust Woman" and "Rhiannon" right up there.


Cheers,

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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:25 pm



This bio is unique.

While it was OK'd by Sir Paul in a tacit way, it doesn't contain any direct interviews from him. The author had verbal license to interview all and sundry involved in his career. Some of it is very gritty and hard to read, particularly the rather acrimonious dissolution of his marriage to model Heather Mills.

The author admits his personal relationship with Sir Paul goes back to the Beatles glory years when they had a falling out over his journalism. And he's clearly managed to drag up all the dirt....

Still, this account is quite interesting and worth reading if you don't mind reading some uncomfortable copy!


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:48 pm

Brewdude wrote:
Stick wrote:
Brewdude wrote:


Just finished reading this. It's an unauthorized bio of Stevie Nicks and her ascendancy to the the fairy godmother of R&R through Buckingham/Nicks in the pre-Fleetwood Mac Days through her solo career and up to the present.

She has embarked on a fresh Fleetwood Mac tour which will bring her to Phoenix this coming week and has all the original band members save for Lindsay Buckingham. I'm strongly considering attending as the "Mac" was one of my favorite mid-70's pop rock bands.

Apparently Stevie is pushing 70 and this may be one of the last chances anyone will get of seeing her and the band performing the old tunes that are much loved by many, including myself!

This book makes fascinating reading for a fan like me.


Cheers,

RR

I just love Fleetwood Mac, Rande.  It resonates with my soul.  Really takes me back to good times of being on Dartmoor, college, and my late teenage / early 20s.

So, awful question to ask Rande... what's your fave 'Mac track?

Hard to say mate as there are so many. I'd rate "Gold Dust Woman" and "Rhiannon" right up there.


Cheers,

RR

Nice choices, Rande. I'm sat in my kitchen streaming some 'mac and it took me back to these few posts. I'd offer Dreams, Sarah, Everywhere, Tusk... cripes there really is so many. Thinking about it now, naming a few may be a discredit to the many others.
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