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Brewdude

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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:21 pm

Thought I'd give a classic a whirl - Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels". Didn't really know much about it, other than it being about a giant in a land of tiny inhabitants who rope him to the ground. And that memory goes back to my childhood.

Anyway, the book turned into a struggle and a bore for me. Largely the way it was written back in the 1700's. I've had issues with other classic works from then and beyond. And while this wasn't as difficult as some, it became a chore so I gave it up early on. Library book, so no expense. Not for me, the HS dropout!


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:27 pm

On an Al Capp roll right now-

Just finished "The Best of Lil' Abner". It's a collection of Capp's favourite strips, many in colour as they would have been in the Sunday funnies. One of my favourites is the Shmoos, and remember reading about them back in the day.

Really great to see all that fine artwork again after all these years. Capp certainly had a talent for drawing unique characters - Fearless Fosdick, Marryin' Sam, Lonesome Polecat, General Bullmoose, Moonbeam McSwine, Evil Eye Fleegle, Joe Btfsplk (world's worst jinx, and my current avatar), and many more.

Not to mention Abner, Mammy and Pappy Yokum, and the delectable Daisy Mae! I once had a childhood crush on Daisy Mae, and even wrote a song dedicated to her entitled "Daisy Mae Waltz".

Currently about halfway through "Al Capp - A Life to the Contrary", an autobiography by Michael Schmaucher and Denis Kitchen.

So far I'm enjoying the hell out of it, as it provides a great deal of the back story of Capp's rise to the top of his profession. And, there are many interesting anecdotes about his, er, personal life!


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:41 pm

Never Again!
Author: Rabbi Meir Kahane

I've read this paperback a year after Rabbi Kahane's assassination. The anniversary of his death is less than 2 months away, it's time I refresh my memory a bit.



REST IN PEACE, my dear friend
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:08 pm

The Mauritius Command (Vol. Book 4) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels) authored by Patrick O'Brian
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:38 am

The Autobiography of Malcolm X
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:54 pm

Daniel Silva - The Fallen Angel

Chuck C - A New Pair of Glasses

Essentials of Negotiation (School Textbook)
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:07 am

The Story of the Jewish Defence League

Founder and Author: Rabbi Meir Kahane



Rest In Peace My Dear Friend
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:36 am

Knight's Cross, A Life of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel 

Author: David Fraser



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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:26 am

Finished Christopher Morley's "Haunted Bookshop." A whimsical, light hearted mystery of sorts. Had to read it as it does have quite a bit of pipe smoking in it.

In the middle of H. G. Wells's "The Time Machine."
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:07 am

And Then There Were None

Author: Agatha Christie



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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:40 am

Several in process right now...

2016-2020 Extra Class FCC Element 4 Study Guide by Gordon West

Integrated Forest Gardening by Weisman, Halsey, and Ruddick

The Beekeeper’s Handbook by Sammataro and Avitabile

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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:08 pm

"Doctor in the House" by Richard Gordon. Humorous account of a medical student's education in London at a less than respected institution. Seems to be set in the middle of the 190''s but this isn't immediately clear as there are no references to dates.

In any case it's a rather obscure book that I read about somewhere and decided to check out. Glad I did.

Now onto "The Scarlet Pimpernel". Never read it before and wanted to take a swing at it to see if it catches. One chapter in and pleased to report it has hooked me.



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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:12 am

Scarlet Pimpernel. I'm sure I've read it way back, but for some reason I can't remember what it's about.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:11 pm

CharlG wrote:
Scarlet Pimpernel. I'm sure I've read it way back, but for some reason I can't remember what it's about.

The French Revolution, through the experiences of some Brits who opposed the movement and aided in it's demise. Or at least as far as I've gotten into it thus far.

Forgot to mention I just completed "Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I was a big fan of the B&W movies back in the day and always wanted to read the original.



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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:50 am

Thanks! Any good?
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:01 am

CharlG wrote:
Thanks! Any good?

So far it is, yes. Only a few charters in but quite interesting.


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:56 am

Will have to see if I can get hold of it.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:42 pm

The Scarlet Pimpernel was a favorite back in high school. As I recall a very good read.


Currently reading Blitzfreeze by Sven Hassle.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:35 pm

Elijah Men Eat Meat: Readings to slaughter your inner Ahab & pursue Revival and Reform by Joshua Jones
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:40 am

Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon—about halfway through and so far it’s a magical tale of coming of age in a small Alabama town in the mid-sixties. Doesn’t shy away from the darkness, either, quite enjoying it for both his pure storytelling chops and its authenticity.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:21 am

That was a very good book,I enjoy most of McCammon's work.

I'm reading the new Stephen King/Owen King novel, "Sleeping Beauties", so far it's pretty good.

GrampaGrossbart wrote:
Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon—about halfway through and so far it’s a magical tale of coming of age in a small Alabama town in the mid-sixties. Doesn’t shy away from the darkness, either, quite enjoying it for both his pure storytelling chops and its authenticity.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:32 am

Just started reading: Crime and Punishment

By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky



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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:53 am

Just started reading:

Couple Next Door, it's a reprint paperback

Author: Shari Lapena



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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:29 am

Currently reading in Kindle form, the sixth volume of the Aubrey/Maturin series from Patrick O'Brian titled "The Fortune of War".

Such a compelling and well written series by O'Brian. Those of you who have an interest in the Napoleonic wars and naval engagement of that period would do well to check out the series.

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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:51 pm

One I always meant to read in my youth but for whatever reason never did, Jules Verne's "Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
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