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Last book you read / books you are reading.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by johnny k, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. ce24

    ce24 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 26, 2008
    Right now I'm reading. Shackleton...... Story of his treck across the Antarctic continent......
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  2. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

    Feb 26, 2017
    Intrigued but don't have a clue

    Sex politics drugs religion or tonewood?
  3. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    2 but mostly 4. Don't know about 5.
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  4. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

    Feb 26, 2017
    No tonewood sex then?
  5. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Friend of Leo's

    Oct 30, 2017
    Aaarrrggghhhh! Sometimes these rules are tough!

    Anyway, yeah. It's all about the tonewood!:D
  6. Mechanic

    Mechanic Tele-Afflicted

    Just read Michael Connelly, Two Kinds Of Truth and reread Robert Hienlien The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. 2 authors of whom I’ve read most of their work. The Bosch novels are classic L. A. SoCal whodunits. Heinlien went from juvenile SF to fairly sophisticated SF.
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  7. Pickin N Grinin

    Pickin N Grinin Tele-Meister

    Mar 9, 2008
    New Jersey U.S.A.

    If you enjoy reading about WWII this one was really interesting. My late father in law flew against some these guys as a ball turret gunner in B-17's over Europe.
    This is a Very interesting fighter pilots view of WWII from the German perspective. They all expressed very little respect for their criminal **** leadership.
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  8. Otis Fine

    Otis Fine Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

    Jun 3, 2016
    Chicago, Illinois
    I typically only read one book at a time, but yesterday I picked both of these up at the library and I’m alternating after each chapter.

  9. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    I rarely re-read fiction, but I'm reading Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age for the second time. First time was shortly after it was published, in the late 90s. It's one of those books that has subtly shaped the way I see the world. I didn't expect this, of course, or I'd never have read it in the first place. :lol: I'd forgotten how funny it is, too. NS has such a bright, sardonic wit.
  10. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Dec 21, 2004
    central ky

    man, I would love to read this one.
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  11. Boubou

    Boubou Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Jul 30, 2005
    Montreal, Quebec
  12. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Dec 21, 2004
    central ky
    i'm looking forward to reading the latest Lucas Davenport novel, "Twisted Prey". it came out at the end of april.
  13. Harry Styron

    Harry Styron Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Aug 2, 2011
    Branson, Mo
    The House on Diamond Hill, by Tiya Miles. If you’re interested in the history of the southern US and the interaction of various ethnic and cultural groups in the early 19th century, this book is a real treasure. The setting is a plantation about 60 Miles north of Atlanta, owned by James Vann, a Cherokee entrepreneur, who allowed a group of Moravians to build a school on his plantation. The author uses diary entries kept by a missionary (translated from German) to reconstruct the lives of dozens of people who lived on this plantation from about 1800 to 1825.

    Notably, the diaries provide details about the lives of slaves as named individuals, interacting with one another and Vann, their Cherokee owner, and his family.

    Vann’s brilliance was in negotiating contracts with the federal government to operate inns and ferries and promoting literacy for Cherokees. He was probably one of the wealthiest men in the South at age 40 in 1804. But he was brutal in his treatment of others, especially women and slaves, which led to him being killed by a former friend in 1809.

    The author received a MacArthur award after this book was published, which was her second monograph on slaveholding Natives.
  14. Flakey

    Flakey Friend of Leo's

    Recently finished Sam Wineburg's Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts and My Dear Mr. Stalin: The Complete Correspondence of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph V. Stalin by Susan Butler (Editor).

    Now reading Micheal J. Lansing Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics.

    I'll let the American Historical Review explain the subject:

    " A populist movement that briefly unsettled politics on the western plains, providing a blueprint for citizen agency in a corporate age. The movement germinated in North Dakota, where farmers in this overwhelmingly rural state found themselves by the second decade of the twentieth century experiencing increasing economic stress, including possible foreclosure on their homesteads. Minneapolis businessmen who bought their wheat, owned their mortgages, and set the costs for transporting grain from small towns seemed deliberately to be squeezing farmers.
    This phenomenon—reminiscent of a Hamlin Garland short story—triggered both resentments and a meaningful movement, starting with grassroots initiatives to counter commercial interests."
  15. lousy13

    lousy13 Tele-Meister

    Feb 25, 2007
    Near Denver
    Another Neal Stephenson fan here. Just started reading Seveneves.
  16. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    Oswald Spengler, The Decline of the West
  17. Flakey

    Flakey Friend of Leo's

    Thanks for mentioning this book! I assign weekend reading for my A.P. U.S. History students and I try to use primary sources and descriptive narratives that place the larger narratives of periods in a more personal and social context. I'm lacking stories from this period of time. I'll read this over the summer and if it fits the bill it will be on the syllabus this fall. :D
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  18. Disco Biscuits

    Disco Biscuits TDPRI Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    Thai Horse

    This is probably my 10th or 11th time reading it, but it's been a few years so it's nice and fresh at the moment. It's a little like Jason Bourne, but with less fighting and more insight to the character. That's not to say there isn't any action throughout the book. Highly recommend to anyone, I can't see many males that wouldn't enjoy this all the way through. The first 10 pages will grab you immediately.
  19. po-boy

    po-boy Tele-Holic

    Oct 19, 2007
    gulf coast, alabama
    recently i had been reading mostly accounts of WWII including Pyle's "Brave Men" and "Here Is Your War", "With The Old

    Breed" by Sledge, "A Helmet For My Pillow" by Lecke and "Some Survived: An Eyewitness Account Of The Bataan Death

    March And The Men Who Lived Through It" by Lawton - on a recent trip i was passing through an airport terminal and was

    looking for something to read when i spotted Hiaasen's "Bad Monkey" and decided i needed a change of pace - big Hiaasen

    fan and own a dozen of his books, but this was a new one - like all of his books, they are best read in high temps and

    sweltering humidity with a cold beverage handy - highly recommended -
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