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Title: What are you reading?
Post by: maddjack on November 21, 2019, 06:46:24 PM
Just finished The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal. , almost done with Cauldron by Jack McDevit. Next up 2312 by Kim Stanley Robiinson.
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Post by: jadziadax8 on November 21, 2019, 07:35:18 PM
Existence by David Brin.  This is one of his sweeping sci-fi epics following multiple characters that all come together in the end books.
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Post by: xsrider on November 21, 2019, 07:40:12 PM
The Martian by Andy Weir.  The book the movie is based on. 
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Post by: Flyer on November 21, 2019, 07:52:52 PM
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Post by: Max Wedge on November 21, 2019, 08:56:19 PM
"Overcoming Passive-Aggression" by Murphy and Overlin
"Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius
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Post by: CLAY on November 21, 2019, 10:06:52 PM
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Super interesting so far.
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Post by: Papa Lazarou on November 22, 2019, 01:54:27 AM
The Kindly Ones, Jonathan Littell. It's taken months to read because of its content. If you haven't read it, you should. It's not a comfortable book.

So, I read easy books at the same time. :)

Worlds of Arthur: Facts and Fictions of the Dark Ages, by Halsall, Geoffrey of Monmouth and Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by KJ Parker


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kindly-Ones-Jonathan-Littell/dp/0099513145/ref=sr_1_1?hvadid=80882855599608&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvqmt=e&keywords=the+kindly+ones+jonathan+littell&qid=1574408921&s=books&sr=1-1 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kindly-Ones-Jonathan-Littell/dp/0099513145/ref=sr_1_1?hvadid=80882855599608&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvqmt=e&keywords=the+kindly+ones+jonathan+littell&qid=1574408921&s=books&sr=1-1)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/History-Kings-Britain-Classics/dp/0140441700/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=kings+of+britain&qid=1574409460&s=books&sr=1-2 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/History-Kings-Britain-Classics/dp/0140441700/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=kings+of+britain&qid=1574409460&s=books&sr=1-2)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Worlds-Arthur-Facts-Fictions-Dark/dp/0198700849/ref=sr_1_1?crid=160SFYEZZEYOR&keywords=worlds+of+arthur&qid=1574409122&s=books&sprefix=worlds+of+arthur%2Cstripbooks%2C135&sr=1-1 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Worlds-Arthur-Facts-Fictions-Dark/dp/0198700849/ref=sr_1_1?crid=160SFYEZZEYOR&keywords=worlds+of+arthur&qid=1574409122&s=books&sprefix=worlds+of+arthur%2Cstripbooks%2C135&sr=1-1)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sixteen-Ways-Defend-Walled-City-ebook/dp/B07L3291CF/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=kJ+Parker&qid=1574409187&s=books&sr=1-1 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sixteen-Ways-Defend-Walled-City-ebook/dp/B07L3291CF/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=kJ+Parker&qid=1574409187&s=books&sr=1-1)
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Post by: Cookie on November 22, 2019, 03:02:43 AM
John Deere maintenance manual.
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Post by: Papa Lazarou on November 22, 2019, 09:34:23 AM
John Deere maintenance manual.

Have you got one for a 1974 Renault diesel upright twin? Can't find one anywhere.
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Post by: Bounce on November 22, 2019, 09:55:14 AM
Been listening to the audio books of The Expanse. On book 3.5 right now.

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The Martian by Andy Weir.  The book the movie is based on.

Have it in paper, Kindle, audio book, and movie. I really liked it. It had me hooked with the first sentence.

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Existence by David Brin.

So a series? I see the first book but don't see others flagged as part of an Existence series.
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Post by: jadziadax8 on November 22, 2019, 10:14:38 AM
Been listening to the audio books of The Expanse. On book 3.5 right now.

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The Martian by Andy Weir.  The book the movie is based on.

Have it in paper, Kindle, audio book, and movie. I really liked it. It had me hooked with the first sentence.

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Existence by David Brin.

So a series? I see the first book but don't see others flagged as part of an Existence series.

It's standalone, AFAIK.  I just meant that that is the style of book he seems to write.  See Earth as a different example.
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Post by: maddjack on November 22, 2019, 12:03:45 PM
Been listening to the audio books of The Expanse. On book 3.5 right now.


I just picked a couple of the series at a book sale.I liked the show till it moved to that I don't have it network.
Have The Sea Hunters by Clive Clussler next in my parade of books. Haven't looked at any on my Kindle in a while, just don't care for reading books on them, unless I am traveling.
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Post by: maddjack on November 22, 2019, 12:05:03 PM
Existence by David Brin.  This is one of his sweeping sci-fi epics following multiple characters that all come together in the end books.
He is one of my favorites, will have to add that one to my library que.
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Post by: Mustang on November 22, 2019, 01:39:29 PM
LIFE

About Keith Richards
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Post by: PatM on November 22, 2019, 02:18:52 PM
I just finished Haven Ascendant by Robert M Kerns. I'm now reading Spacers: Free space by Scott Bartlett.
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Post by: Vulcanbill on November 22, 2019, 02:24:32 PM
Just finished a 3 book series about first contact.  Don't know the details but it allows me to turn my brain off for long periods of time yet remain largely entertained.  Just started some dystopian series about post nuclear survivalist type stuff.  I don't read deep very often. 
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Post by: Black Hills on November 22, 2019, 04:04:56 PM
David Goggins: can't hurt me

https://www.amazon.com/Cant-Hurt-Me-Master-Your/dp/B07KKP62FW/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2Y5LH62C392AA&keywords=david+goggins+book+cant+hurt+me&qid=1574460204&s=books&sprefix=david+goggins+%2Cautomotive%2C182&sr=1-1 (https://www.amazon.com/Cant-Hurt-Me-Master-Your/dp/B07KKP62FW/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2Y5LH62C392AA&keywords=david+goggins+book+cant+hurt+me&qid=1574460204&s=books&sprefix=david+goggins+%2Cautomotive%2C182&sr=1-1)
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Post by: Bounce on November 23, 2019, 09:47:33 AM
I just picked a couple of the {The Expanse} series at a book sale.I liked the show till it moved to that I don't have it network.
Have The Sea Hunters by Clive Clussler next in my parade of books. Haven't looked at any on my Kindle in a while, just don't care for reading books on them, unless I am traveling.

Like Clive too. You've not missed anything yet on The Expanse. Next season is coming out in 2020.
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Post by: jadziadax8 on November 23, 2019, 11:21:52 AM
Existence by David Brin.  This is one of his sweeping sci-fi epics following multiple characters that all come together in the end books.
He is one of my favorites, will have to add that one to my library que.

Just finished it.  My review? Meh.
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Post by: maddjack on November 26, 2019, 06:44:05 PM
2312. Meh too much fluff in the story.
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Post by: chornbe on November 26, 2019, 08:49:20 PM
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Super interesting so far.

Getting ready to start that, soon.

Finishing up some super-light and silly reading with the 4-book Ex-Heroes series.

Book one
https://www.amazon.com/Ex-Heroes/dp/B00502PFS0 (https://www.amazon.com/Ex-Heroes/dp/B00502PFS0)

Book two
https://www.amazon.com/Ex-Patriots/dp/B005ACDY8I (https://www.amazon.com/Ex-Patriots/dp/B005ACDY8I)

Book three
https://www.amazon.com/Ex-Communication-Novel-Ex-Heroes-Peter-Clines/dp/0385346824 (https://www.amazon.com/Ex-Communication-Novel-Ex-Heroes-Peter-Clines/dp/0385346824)

Book four
https://www.amazon.com/Ex-Purgatory-Ex-Heroes-Book-4-ebook/dp/B00DEDAGTK (https://www.amazon.com/Ex-Purgatory-Ex-Heroes-Book-4-ebook/dp/B00DEDAGTK)

** edit **
Looks like it's now a 5-book series. I didn't read this one.
https://www.amazon.com/Ex-Isle-Novel-Ex-Heroes-Peter-Clines/dp/0553418319 (https://www.amazon.com/Ex-Isle-Novel-Ex-Heroes-Peter-Clines/dp/0553418319)
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Post by: Bounce on November 27, 2019, 09:49:48 AM
Frontiers Sage. I'm on book 2 so far. Good stuff.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00CKD573K?ref_=dbs_m_mng_rwt_0000_ft (https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00CKD573K?ref_=dbs_m_mng_rwt_0000_ft)
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Post by: Eh2zed on November 27, 2019, 01:41:31 PM
“The Cellist of Sarajevo” Steven Galloway
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Post by: Flyer on November 27, 2019, 04:37:28 PM
LIFE

About Keith Richards
A good read!


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Post by: Andrew on November 27, 2019, 09:48:30 PM
Well, I am reading this thread at the moment ;D

Mostly tech manuals, and wiring diagrams, because I am trying to keep up to date on the new material we are receiving at work. GO to be able to teach the mechanics how to fix the new stuff.....
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Post by: CLAY on December 01, 2019, 02:07:07 PM
The Martian by Andy Weir.  The book the movie is based on.

WAY back when we had the STN sci-fi reading club we read that book.  At the time he (Andy Weir) had it for free on his website just to get his name out there.  I loved it so much I Facebook friended him and we chatted several times.

Then his book was bought, picked up for the movie, and he ended his personal Facebook account and started an author page.  Dude is cool.
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Post by: maddjack on December 01, 2019, 04:01:20 PM
The Cussler book I am reading now is not a novel but a historic ,in that it is telling of the exploration of ship wrecks and some of the history of the wrecks. Interesting ,and I never knew how many ship wrecks Mr Cussler has chased and explored.
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Post by: Bounce on December 02, 2019, 11:03:59 AM
Contiuing to work my way through Ryk Brown's "Frontiers Sage" (part 1). It's only 16 books. Good enough to be worth it though.
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Post by: maddjack on December 07, 2019, 10:09:03 AM
A Walk Across The Sun by Corban Addison
A novel about human trafficking.
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Post by: coho on December 07, 2019, 12:28:34 PM
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Post by: maddjack on December 11, 2019, 06:10:45 PM
Starting Rouge Clone by Steven L Kent.  And fyi the last book ( A walk Across The Sun ) was very good
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Post by: maddjack on December 16, 2019, 10:52:02 AM
Finished Rouge clone, good read.
Starting Death day by William C Dietz
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Post by: maddjack on December 22, 2019, 09:35:52 AM
Atlantis Found by Clive Cusler
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Post by: Stickman on December 23, 2019, 10:58:08 AM
Earthsea series by Ursula LeGuin
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Post by: Vulcanbill on December 23, 2019, 04:25:41 PM
Something with dragons. I love dragons.
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Post by: jadziadax8 on December 24, 2019, 06:48:35 AM
I recently found Theodora Goss when I was shopping for books for my trip to Vienna. For some reason, a book entitled “European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman” caught my eye at that moment. :lol:

It’s a series that’s Frankenstein, Rappaccini's Daughter, Jekyll and Hyde, The Island of Dr. Moreau and Dracula all wrapped up with Sherlock Holmes. It’s very fun, though Holmes is just a side character. The first in the series is “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter.”
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Post by: Bounce on December 24, 2019, 08:33:52 AM
Re-reading "Animal Farm".

I was surprised at how much of, "Animal Farm", I'd forgotten. I think everyone remembers the highest points of the story because they have seeped into the collective consciousness. Things like "All animals are equal but some are more equal than others."

We easily forget the progress of their form of government. They were easily lead and distracted. Enemies were named and renamed as fitted the accumulation of power by the pigs. What was an enemy became a friend, then an enemy again. Also, the inviolate "rules" of Animal Farm were bring re-written under cover of darkness while mouthpieces for the government went around assuring people that they were mis-remembering the original rule.
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Post by: maddjack on December 24, 2019, 11:37:25 AM
Re-reading "Animal Farm".

I was surprised at how much of, "Animal Farm", I'd forgotten. I think everyone remembers the highest points of the story because they have seeped into the collective consciousness. Things like "All animals are equal but some are more equal than others."

We easily forget the progress of their form of government. They were easily lead and distracted. Enemies were named and renamed as fitted the accumulation of power by the pigs. What was an enemy became a friend, then an enemy again. Also, the inviolate "rules" of Animal Farm were bring re-written under cover of darkness while mouthpieces for the government went around assuring people that they were mis-remembering the original rule.
Good book , a classic, also I liked 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 in that vein
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Post by: maddjack on December 30, 2019, 01:05:28 PM
Colonization Harry turtledove.
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Post by: maddjack on December 31, 2019, 07:37:10 AM
Decided to put harry on hold,started a historic account. American Raiders by Wolfgang W E Samuel. Its an account of grabbing as much Luftwaffe tech ,hardware and scientists as possible at the close and end of WW2.
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Post by: slayman on December 31, 2019, 09:45:02 AM
Nothing so other-worldy or cerebral as most of what you all are reading.
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West, David McCullough's latest.
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Post by: chornbe on December 31, 2019, 10:55:15 AM
Our updated drafts of wills and estate plans and trusts.
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Post by: thatguy on December 31, 2019, 10:43:09 PM
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Post by: sodapop6620 on January 01, 2020, 04:16:43 AM
Finished this the other day.

Timeline: A Novel

Michael Crichton

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Post by: doc4216 on January 01, 2020, 01:36:32 PM
The stranger beside me by Ann Rule. She is my favorite author so I am collecting every book she wrote. Unfortunately, she passed in 2016 so when I am done, I will have to find a new author.
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Post by: Mustang on January 01, 2020, 07:15:50 PM
Criss Cross by James Patterson.
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Post by: maddjack on January 09, 2020, 06:19:30 PM
A huge pile of periodicals that have been languishing on my reading table. Roadrunner, Rider, Air and space ,and National Geographic. Months worth.
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Post by: maddjack on January 24, 2020, 08:30:18 AM
Finished Turtledoves Contact Down to Earth.  Starting a thriller set in WW2
A Gathering of Saints. By Christopher Hyde
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Post by: OHScot on January 24, 2020, 10:20:38 AM
Educated by Tara Westover.  True story as far as she can remember. Bit of an eye opener.
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Post by: minimac on January 26, 2020, 10:11:48 AM
Just finished Hour Game, by David Baldacci.  I'm a fan ( of sorts), and I know they're kind of cheesy, but I find his books entertaining. There's a used bookstore in Manassas I discovered years ago, which isn't far from where  Mini Jr. lives. I make it a point to stop there every time I visit him-the paperbacks are mostly $0.15- $0.35 so I stock up. I think I still have about seven more Baldaccis to read, then on to my collection of Tom Clancys.
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Post by: Bounce on January 26, 2020, 11:35:13 AM
Book 4 of The Expanse series. Love the lack of "warp drive" and everything kept within the limits of physics as we currently know it.

Season 4 of the series is now over on Prime and is even better (production quality) than the first 3. Even little things like when someone gets shot in zero G and just "floats" there; held in place by their mag boots. Oh yeah... no artificial gravity unless under acceleration or inside a spinning container.
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Post by: maddjack on January 29, 2020, 06:41:44 PM
Citizen of the Galaxy.   Robert A Heinlein
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Post by: PatM on January 30, 2020, 09:52:41 AM
Started a new series of books from Bob Blanton, Delphi in Space. A different twist on Earth being visited by Aliens / spaceship found / must hide it from the governement / good guys vs bad guys, etc. First book was Starship Sakira. I'm starting the second one Delphi city. Fun to read, so far.
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Post by: thatguy on January 30, 2020, 10:36:54 AM
Recommended by the library "if you enjoy Stephen King." So far interesting.

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Post by: jadziadax8 on January 30, 2020, 01:19:25 PM
I lurve Neil Gaiman. That’s a good one, for sure.
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Post by: squeezer on January 30, 2020, 03:14:58 PM
Recommended by the library "if you enjoy Stephen King." So far interesting.

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I really liked that one. I actually did the audio book for this rather than reading it. Still good. Gaiman's the reader.
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Post by: maddjack on February 13, 2020, 09:48:28 AM
The Accidental Time Machine - Joe Haldeman
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Post by: stevent on February 13, 2020, 09:59:40 AM
I just started reading "Blind Mans Bluff", about submarine activities in the 70's. Interesting for me because I was in the USN at the time, though not on subs.
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Post by: jadziadax8 on February 14, 2020, 09:08:32 AM
Educated by Tara Westover.  True story as far as she can remember. Bit of an eye opener.

I borrowed that from a co-worker after hearing about it here.  I could not put it down; finished in like 3 days. 

What a fucked up life!
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Post by: Bounce on February 14, 2020, 09:57:49 AM
"Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
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Post by: OHScot on February 14, 2020, 10:06:01 AM
Educated by Tara Westover.  True story as far as she can remember. Bit of an eye opener.

I borrowed that from a co-worker after hearing about it here.  I could not put it down; finished in like 3 days. 

What a fucked up life!


Check out her parents websites if you want to continue.  If you are the least bit alternative or organic kind of an eye opener.

Also read her brothers comments on the web.  It is all a little shall we say different.  Perspectives and views from other ends.
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Post by: Papa Lazarou on February 15, 2020, 03:48:20 AM
Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann
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Post by: maddjack on February 15, 2020, 09:21:41 AM
Deaths Bright Day - David Drake
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Post by: chornbe on February 15, 2020, 09:31:08 AM

https://pub.dev/

#geeklife
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Post by: maddjack on February 18, 2020, 11:56:35 AM
Homeward Bound - Harry turtledove
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Post by: maddjack on February 22, 2020, 08:08:59 PM
Executive Orders - Tom Clancy.
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Post by: viffergyrl on February 22, 2020, 08:55:13 PM
The Testaments - Margaret Atwood
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Post by: thatguy on February 23, 2020, 08:15:58 AM
On a Gaiman kick. The man has an ability to flesh out an idea into a plausible reality.

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Post by: maddjack on March 06, 2020, 09:04:55 AM
Night school  - Lee Child
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Post by: MrsCablebandit on March 06, 2020, 11:24:44 AM
Educated by Tara Westover.  True story as far as she can remember. Bit of an eye opener.

I borrowed that from a co-worker after hearing about it here.  I could not put it down; finished in like 3 days. 

What a fucked up life!


Check out her parents websites if you want to continue.  If you are the least bit alternative or organic kind of an eye opener.

Also read her brothers comments on the web.  It is all a little shall we say different.  Perspectives and views from other ends.

I'm THIS CLOSE to finishing it. It's riveting and also  :o! It's my book club's selection for this month and I am leading the discussion on the 17th. Thank goodness for online resources for book clubs because otherwise I'd start off by looking around at the other members and saying, "DAFUQ?!?"  :lol:
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Post by: maddjack on March 10, 2020, 12:54:27 PM
Rebel Yell- S. C Gwynne
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Post by: thatguy on March 10, 2020, 09:49:10 PM
Orwell's 1984..........again. I like being paranoid. :D
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Post by: chornbe on March 10, 2020, 09:59:57 PM
Learning Angular.

Riveting.
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Post by: minimac on March 11, 2020, 07:40:41 AM
Learning Angular.

Riveting.
.
Sounds exciting as watching paint dry
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Post by: dpippin on March 12, 2020, 09:52:46 AM
I just started reading "Blind Mans Bluff", about submarine activities in the 70's. Interesting for me because I was in the USN at the time, though not on subs.

If you like "Blind Mans Bluff" you should also read Red November by w. Craig Reed

W. Craig Reed, a former navy diver and fast-attack submariner, provides a riveting portrayal of the secret underwater struggle between the US and the USSR in Red November. A spellbinding  true-life adventure in the bestselling tradition of Blind Man’s Bluff , it reveals previously undisclosed details about the most dangerous, daring, and decorated missions of the Cold War

Doug
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Post by: radon222 on March 12, 2020, 10:17:59 AM
Learning Angular.

Riveting.

At least you didn't say Circular
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Post by: Vulcanbill on March 18, 2020, 10:20:46 AM
Relevant to the times:  Great book.  Great series.  Will freak you out.

https://www.amazon.com/Jakarta-Pandemic-Survival-Thriller-Collapse-ebook/dp/B0047DX080 (https://www.amazon.com/Jakarta-Pandemic-Survival-Thriller-Collapse-ebook/dp/B0047DX080)

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THE JAKARTA PANDEMIC:

Cases of a highly lethal virus appear in major cities around the globe. Most ignore the warning signs.

Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, has read the signs for years. With his family and home prepared to endure an extended period of seclusion, Alex thinks he's ready for the pandemic. He's not even close.

The unstoppable H16N1 virus rapidly spreads across the United States, stretching the fragile bonds of society to the breaking point. Schools close, grocery stores empty, fuel deliveries stop, hospitals start turning away the sick...riots engulf the cities. As hostility and mistrust engulfs his idyllic Maine neighborhood, Alex quickly realizes that the H16N1 virus will be the least of his problems.

"It delivers a vicious punch of violence and heroism for the reader to endure and admire. I could hardly put The Jakarta Pandemic down until I finished it." - Amazon reviewer

"The tension builds as difficult choices are made, when no good options seem to be available. I found certain segments to be uncomfortably realistic, at times creepy in the way you could feel things closing in around the family." - Amazon reviewer

"It makes you think...how far are you willing to go to protect your loved ones? Every day that goes by, these characters have to question what is right and what is wrong. Take the trip thru this book. You won't be disappointed." - Amazon reviewer
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Post by: maddjack on March 19, 2020, 10:52:21 AM
Code To Zero- Ken Follett.
A spy thriller set in the early 1960's
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Post by: MrsCablebandit on March 21, 2020, 01:52:28 PM
I'm reading "Beartown" by Fredrik Backman. The neighborhood book club read it prior to me joining. We're set to read the next book in the Bjornstad series in May ("Us Against You"), so I'm reading this one ahead of it. I'm really enjoying it so far!

Per Amazon:

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: LibraryReads • BookBrowse • Goodreads

“You’ll love this engrossing novel.” —People

The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.

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Post by: maddjack on March 23, 2020, 01:39:14 PM
Taking time to read the stack of Rider, Roadrunner , Air & Space and National Geographics which I have piling up. Good stuff. Will start a new book tomorrow maybe.
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Post by: minimac on March 23, 2020, 02:55:57 PM
I finished my stack of David Baldacci books, so now on to something educational. Poorly Made In China, An Insider's Account Of The Tactics Behind China's Production Game, by Paul Midler. I now firmly believe that all of this country's bean counters should be rounded up and banished to forced labor camps. Seriously.
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Post by: Leanintree on March 24, 2020, 07:34:52 AM
Just finishing up Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge (#5ish in Monster Hunter International series). It's gun porn! Pretty obvious that Larry Correia is a firearms instructor...

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Post by: maddjack on March 24, 2020, 08:35:49 AM
Black Wind Clive Cussler
Seems appropriate for the Times
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Post by: chornbe on March 24, 2020, 10:39:44 AM
Citizen of the Galaxy.   Robert A Heinlein

May I assume you've read The Number of the Beast by him as well?
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Post by: chornbe on March 24, 2020, 10:41:22 AM
Just finishing up Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge (#5ish in Monster Hunter International series). It's gun porn! Pretty obvious that Larry Correia is a firearms instructor...

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You may enjoy some of Jake Bible's work (specifically his Black Box books), and the Dead Team Alpha stuff, as well as Mur Lafferty's The Shambling Guide to New York City.
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Post by: maddjack on March 24, 2020, 12:50:17 PM
Citizen of the Galaxy.   Robert A Heinlein

May I assume you've read The Number of the Beast by him as well?
On the list Chris, he wrote a lot of books
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Baxter on April 02, 2020, 03:20:48 PM
I just finished Firebrand by Kristen Britain.  It's the sixth in her Green Rider series.  There's a well-developed fantasy world and the main storyline follows a young woman named Karigan who came across a mortally wounded King's messenger, a Green Rider, while on her way home from college.  She completes his mission and eventually becomes a Green Rider herself despite the misgivings of her merchant father.  She's drawn into adventures threatening the realm and also repeatedly fights an ancient deep evil awakening to threaten everyone everywhere.

I won't go into a story synopsis as Amazon has it here:  https://www.amazon.com/s?k=kristen+britain+green+rider&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_2 (https://www.amazon.com/s?k=kristen+britain+green+rider&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_2)

One thing I like about this series is that skills must be learned.  You don't just find a magic sword and become a swordmaster.  Kerrigan isn't very apt with a sword but becomes proficient.  Throughout her adventures she sometimes looses, she gets injured or caught, and things just don't go perfectly.  People seem real, are developed, and have actual issues.  And the baddies, both mundane and magical, can be truly evil.

One drawback is that the author hasn't a specific end in sight.  Her website says that she'll keep the series going as long as she feels there's more to the storyline. But she recently released some stories set in the Green Rider world but which don't continue the main storyline. How much patience should I have?

If you're familiar with Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, I'd put Britain's writing below his best but better than his worst.  I was reading WoT with friends, and we all were mystified when the middle novels started bogging down.  Many of the main characters were captured and tormented, and the storyline bogged in minutia.  It later came out that Jordan had cancer.  I think his personal experience was reflected in the changed storyline.  Britain's best writing resembles Jordan's earlier volumes in WoT, with well developed characters and backstories.  But sometimes the action becomes unclear and I have to reread some passages.
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Post by: Flyer on April 02, 2020, 06:59:30 PM
The Biography of Major “Mick” Mannock VC, DSO, MC
“King of Air Fighters” by Wing Cmdr. Ira Jones
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: radon222 on April 03, 2020, 11:36:36 AM
If you're interested in Ocean, fishing, sea stories  a former boss retired and turned author.

Deep Velocity (http://scottemcdowell.com/deep-vorticity.html) is a fictional Submarine adventure. 

While the Albatross (http://scottemcdowell.com/albatrosss.html) and Dickie Buck (http://scottemcdowell.com/dickie-buck.html) are historical memoirs gleaned from growing up on Cape Cod.

And finally for the home schoolers looking for something a bit more educational - Sea Knowledge (http://scottemcdowell.com/sea-knowledge.html)
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Post by: Papa Lazarou on April 04, 2020, 01:43:07 AM
The Ninth Rain, by Jen Williams. Excellent fantasy and not your usual stuff. A really good author who needs a wider readership.

Until I got to page 117 and found that 118-257 pages were missing. Ordered another copy.
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Post by: maddjack on April 06, 2020, 07:06:42 PM
Phobos- Ty Drago decent sifi read.
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Post by: stevent on April 07, 2020, 12:16:06 PM
Grundfos Pump specification sheet. It appears the new boiler feedwater pump I ordered isn't a plug and play after all, they seem to have snuck in some subtle changes in the flange design, the clever bastards...
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Post by: Flyer on April 09, 2020, 08:23:56 PM

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Post by: OHScot on April 09, 2020, 08:52:01 PM
Into the Planet.  My Life as a Cave Diver
by Jill Heinerth

Pretty freaky stuff.  Made me really not want to dive more then 10 feet or so.  Library is closed now what? 


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Flyer on April 10, 2020, 05:44:53 AM
Library is closed now what?
I’m using “Hoopla” and “Cloud Library” apps.
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: Patmo on April 10, 2020, 07:42:48 AM
I’ve been using the Libby app, which gives me access to thousands of books in the Kentucky Library system.  Both digital and audio versions for many.  Can refine your search based on subject, type, etc.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: jadziadax8 on April 10, 2020, 07:43:00 AM
Before the library shut down here, I grabbed the first 6 books of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anita_Blake:_Vampire_Hunter) series.  It's alright so far.
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Post by: OHScot on April 10, 2020, 12:33:28 PM
Orwell's 1984..........again. I like being paranoid. :D

Was this in the Fiction or Reference section.  Soon to be in the current events area.

After you finish this may want to take another read of Brave New World by A.Huxley.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: maddjack on April 10, 2020, 05:47:37 PM

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I want read that. Have you read The Blond Knight of Germany, or Stuka pilot? Both are excellent.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: maddjack on April 15, 2020, 03:29:50 PM
SS-GB an alternate history detective thriller set in a conquered Great Britain in the 1940's
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Post by: maddjack on April 21, 2020, 12:21:52 PM
Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson
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Post by: Leanintree on April 21, 2020, 12:34:45 PM
Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson

Good book. The followup 'Robogenesis' was a disappointment though, not as well told a story. That said, if you need a copy of 'Amped' by him, let me know. I slaved to find an e-book copy that was complete and finally succeeded.

LT
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Post by: maddjack on April 21, 2020, 12:37:30 PM
Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson

Good book. The followup 'Robogenesis' was a disappointment though, not as well told a story. That said, if you need a copy of 'Amped' by him, let me know. I slaved to find an e-book copy that was complete and finally succeeded.

LT
Yeah,thanks
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Post by: Bounce on April 22, 2020, 11:23:10 AM
Zero Day
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Post by: slayman on April 22, 2020, 05:00:13 PM
I just finished a very quick read. Lost City of the Monkey God. Very entertaining. And in the final chapters he dives in to the speculation of why the city was deserted. Lots of discussion about old world/new world diseases. Fauci mentioned.
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Post by: thatguy on April 22, 2020, 07:57:53 PM
Again...........

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Post by: ChrisFZ1 on April 26, 2020, 10:18:30 AM
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Post by: ChrisFZ1 on April 26, 2020, 10:19:22 AM
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Post by: thatguy on April 26, 2020, 11:00:38 AM
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I enjoy fiction sometimes too.  8)
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Post by: maddjack on April 26, 2020, 01:30:40 PM
Prelude to Foundation. Isaac Asimov
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Post by: maddjack on May 03, 2020, 02:44:05 PM
Job : A Comedy of Justice.   Robert A Heinlein
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Post by: MrsCablebandit on May 04, 2020, 02:11:10 PM
I'm reading "Beartown" by Fredrik Backman. The neighborhood book club read it prior to me joining. We're set to read the next book in the Bjornstad series in May ("Us Against You"), so I'm reading this one ahead of it. I'm really enjoying it so far!

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It's May, so now I'm reading "Us Against You." I enjoyed the twists and turns of "Beartown" and am about 1/3 of the way through this new one and am enjoying it equally, if not slightly MORE!

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Post by: Flyer on May 04, 2020, 06:43:19 PM
“A Blue Puttee at War” - Sydney Frost
The Memoir of Captain Sydney Frost, MC, #56 of the “First 500” volunteers from Newfoundland to ship off to the Great War 1914-1918.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: miles on May 04, 2020, 08:33:14 PM
I'm midway through the second book of the Malazan Book Of The Fallen (https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Malazan-Book-Fallen-ebook/dp/B00HL0MA3W/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=malazan&qid=1588642250&sr=8-2) series, Deadhand Gates.
There are ten books in the series, and they are substantial books at that, so I have a fair bit ahead of me.

I've read a lot of fantasy over the years, and I have to say that these books rank as perhaps the most original I have ever read.  It has been said (with some degree of accuracy) that all modern fantasy is derivative of Tolkien, but these books are absolutely not that at all.

The world building is stunning, the underlaying concepts are unlike any I've stumbled across, and the storytelling language is very immersive and creative while also a bit challenging. 

10/10.  Would recommend.
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Post by: OHScot on May 05, 2020, 11:45:37 AM
Just read Barnum.  Was a tough slog not sure I wanted to know that much about Barnum.

Reading Franklin.  Been hard to stay with but still holding interest.

Wish the library would open.  Just can't do any more on screen reading.
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Post by: chornbe on May 05, 2020, 01:06:11 PM
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What are you reading?

req docs for my latest task. they look something like...   :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:

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Post by: maddjack on May 10, 2020, 12:59:25 PM
Minority Report. By Philip K Dick
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Post by: Papa Lazarou on May 10, 2020, 03:33:27 PM
I'm midway through the second book of the Malazan Book Of The Fallen (https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Malazan-Book-Fallen-ebook/dp/B00HL0MA3W/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=malazan&qid=1588642250&sr=8-2) series, Deadhand Gates.
There are ten books in the series, and they are substantial books at that, so I have a fair bit ahead of me.

I've read a lot of fantasy over the years, and I have to say that these books rank as perhaps the most original I have ever read.  It has been said (with some degree of accuracy) that all modern fantasy is derivative of Tolkien, but these books are absolutely not that at all.

The world building is stunning, the underlaying concepts are unlike any I've stumbled across, and the storytelling language is very immersive and creative while also a bit challenging. 

10/10.  Would recommend.

cheers. like a bit of fantasy.
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Post by: thatguy on May 10, 2020, 04:41:39 PM
Started this last night. Stumbled across it least night on the bookshelf in a book containing 4 Ludlum stories when seeking something to read while smoking a cigar with coffee.

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Post by: MrsCablebandit on May 29, 2020, 12:28:25 PM
Having watched "GRANT" on History channel earlier this week, I am now looking to read Ron Chernow's Grant biography. I requested it yesterday from the library and the bookmobile is SUPPOSED to be here on Monday, so fingers crossed it makes it onto the bookmobile before it heads out that morning.

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If I don't get it Monday, I'll get it the following week...in which case, I'll read Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Leadership in Turbulent Times," which focuses on Lincoln, both Roosevelts, and LBJ.

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Post by: Knobnose on May 29, 2020, 03:31:19 PM
Grant’s complete personal memoirs are available free on both Apple Books and Amazon. I’ve been reading them on and off for almost a year. Very long, much is fascinating but I’m rarely good for more than an hour or so, after which I put it away until I get the urge again.
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Post by: miles on May 29, 2020, 04:57:24 PM
Grant’s complete personal memoirs are available free on both Apple Books and Amazon. I’ve been reading them on and off for almost a year. Very long, much is fascinating but I’m rarely good for more than an hour or so, after which I put it away until I get the urge again.



I don’t dare read the copy I have. It is a bit too fragile.


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Post by: Bounce on May 30, 2020, 10:02:17 AM
I'm current reading "Helmet for a Pillow" by Robert Leckie. It's a WW2 memoir that, along with "With the Old Breed" are considered the most detailed and accurate sharing of events. They were also used as source material for Tom Hanks' "Pacific".
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Post by: PatM on May 30, 2020, 12:46:16 PM
I just finished reading Not Alone: Revelation from Craig Falconer
It's book 4 in the Not Alone series. If interested, read the books in order, lots of details won't make sense if you don't.
The series has multiple level of intrigue, visitors from out there, strange devices, hoaxes and more.
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Post by: miles on May 30, 2020, 01:27:57 PM
The series has multiple level of intrigue, visitors from out there, strange devices, hoaxes and more.



Sounds like a Fox & Friends show.
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Post by: PatM on May 30, 2020, 03:20:40 PM
The series has multiple level of intrigue, visitors from out there, strange devices, hoaxes and more.



Sounds like a Fox & Friends show.

 :lol:
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Post by: Flyer on May 30, 2020, 05:38:15 PM
"NexGrill DeLuxe Dual Energy Mod#720-0864R Assembly Instructions".
For Outdoor Use Only...
 :rolleyes:
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Post by: coho on May 30, 2020, 05:56:17 PM
This page.
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Post by: Flyer on May 30, 2020, 06:01:46 PM
This page.
Well done, Inmate!
 :clap:
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Post by: MrsCablebandit on June 01, 2020, 08:22:53 AM
Grant’s complete personal memoirs are available free on both Apple Books and Amazon. I’ve been reading them on and off for almost a year. Very long, much is fascinating but I’m rarely good for more than an hour or so, after which I put it away until I get the urge again.



I don’t dare read the copy I have. It is a bit too fragile.


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DUDE.  :hail:
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Post by: MrsCablebandit on June 15, 2020, 04:06:25 PM
I teach leadership courses, so I'm always looking for good books about leadership. A friend of mine (Justin Mears) released his first book back in October - "The Coin." It's a leadership book written as a parable. I seized the opportunity to both read the book AND write a review of it for my professional organization's magazine, Facilities Manager.

Here's a link to the review: https://www1.appa.org/facilitiesmanager/article.cfm?ItemNumber=4393&parentid=2741 (https://www1.appa.org/facilitiesmanager/article.cfm?ItemNumber=4393&parentid=2741)
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Post by: Flyer on June 21, 2020, 09:28:08 PM
A personal leadership hero:
https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.506335/page/n5/mode/1up