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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #100 on: April 21, 2020, 12:21:52 PM »
Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #101 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.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #102 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.

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« Reply #103 on: April 22, 2020, 11:23:10 AM »
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« Reply #104 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #105 on: April 22, 2020, 07:57:53 PM »
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« Reply #106 on: April 26, 2020, 10:18:30 AM »
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« Reply #108 on: April 26, 2020, 11:00:38 AM »
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I enjoy fiction sometimes too.  8)
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #109 on: April 26, 2020, 01:30:40 PM »
Prelude to Foundation. Isaac Asimov
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« Reply #110 on: May 03, 2020, 02:44:05 PM »
Job : A Comedy of Justice.   Robert A Heinlein
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« Reply #111 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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« Reply #112 on: May 04, 2020, 06:43:19 PM »
“A Blue Puttee at War” - Sydney Frost
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« Reply #113 on: May 04, 2020, 08:33:14 PM »
I'm midway through the second book of the Malazan Book Of The Fallen 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #114 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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« Reply #116 on: May 10, 2020, 12:59:25 PM »
Minority Report. By Philip K Dick
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« Reply #117 on: May 10, 2020, 03:33:27 PM »
I'm midway through the second book of the Malazan Book Of The Fallen 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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« Reply #118 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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« Reply #119 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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« Reply #120 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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« Reply #121 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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« Reply #122 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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« Reply #123 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.
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« Reply #124 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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« Reply #125 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.

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« Reply #126 on: May 30, 2020, 05:38:15 PM »
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« Reply #127 on: May 30, 2020, 05:56:17 PM »
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« Reply #129 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.



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« Reply #130 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.

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« Reply #131 on: June 21, 2020, 09:28:08 PM »
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« Reply #132 on: November 24, 2020, 08:11:37 PM »
I just read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.  I'd read articles about the book, but had never read the book itself, so I passed this rainy afternoon reading the actual book via my library's web app. 

I do like her idea that having control over your home and the objects you own is good for the soul--it's not really about being neat or a minimalist, it's about only having responsibility for the things that you need or that bring you joy.  If you drop the unnecessary baggage, your life will get easier and better.

One of the things that people had been talking about is the way Kondo would address objects aloud, and, for example, thank it for it's service before disposing it.  I had wondered whether it was a psychological aide to help overcoming emotional attachment to objects. It is. But she also made a few oblique references to Shintoism, which is a Japanese religion that is nature based and incorporates the idea of a spiritual world which also includes objects or places that possess a spiritual presence or energy.  (If you follow Shintoism, please excuse my oversimplification.)  Apparently objects want to be put to use, and our things and our homes thrive when we take care of them and in turn they seek to take care of us.

To bring this back to motorcycles, I've always gone through my stuff and either passed on to the new owner or thrown out paperwork, extra bits-n-bobs, original parts, etc., when selling the old bike and bringing home the new bike.  The only parts saved have been put to use on the new bike, like my Battery Tender lead, throttle boss and Scottoiler.  So I don't have an accumulation of unnecessary stuff.  And it would be nice to think my motorcycle wants me to be happy when I ride it.   ;)
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« Reply #133 on: November 26, 2020, 09:00:33 AM »
Finished White Death by Cussler
Starting Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes ,a novel of Vietnam.
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« Reply #134 on: November 27, 2020, 09:05:01 AM »
Matt Helm book 1. Not at all like the Dean Martin movies of the 60s.

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« Reply #135 on: November 27, 2020, 09:20:58 AM »
Last year I acquired a couple of fun books by Theodora Goss - The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter and European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (the latter was the reason I picked them up; I spotted it when we were preparing for our trip to Vienna and the title made me laugh). The books are a bit of a love letter to Victorian monster books (Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Frankenstein, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Dracula, etc). I really enjoyed them, but realized that of all the books they drew from, I had only read Frankenstein. So, in our most recent trip to the Library, I picked up as many of them as I could. I finished Moreau quickly (it's very short) and I'm currently reading Dracula, which is a bit longer. Man, the Victorians loved writing diaries!
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« Reply #136 on: November 28, 2020, 10:35:48 AM »
My daughter is reading Frankenstein as part of her college lit class- we've had some great talks!  I loved that book.
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« Reply #137 on: November 29, 2020, 04:44:48 PM »
I'm reading A Time to Kill by John Grisham. 
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« Reply #138 on: November 29, 2020, 07:39:41 PM »
I've started on the Jeeves and Wooster short stories.  They're every bit as much fun as the tv series from a few years--err, decades--ago.  No existential threats!  Just silliness.
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« Reply #139 on: December 01, 2020, 10:35:37 AM »
The Sandman (Neil Gaiman): Very good so far. A Megus casts a summoning spell to capture Death but messes it up and captures Dream instead. For 70 years he's imprisoned; never saying a word (you hear his occasional thoughts but his captors don't). During those years many people fell ill from "Encephalitis Lethargica" (sleeping sickness). They lay in sleep (no coma) for years and only occasionally wake as the universe slowly tries to fill the void with such actors as a gas-mask wearing man who fights crime in the 40s.  But all of those are just mentioned in passing as Sleep is eternal and the lifetime of his captor and his captor's son eventually pass (more stories in the anthology).

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« Reply #140 on: December 01, 2020, 10:39:40 AM »
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« Reply #141 on: December 01, 2020, 12:28:09 PM »
About to start The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy for next week's book club meeting: a 1972 memoir by Pat Conroy based on his work as a teacher on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, which is called Yamacraw Island in the book. Yamacraw is a poor island lacking bridges and having little infrastructure. The book details Conroy's efforts to communicate with the islanders, who are nearly all directly descended from slaves and who have had little contact with the mainland or its people. He struggles to find ways to reach his students, ages 10 to 13, some of whom are illiterate or innumerate, and all of whom know little of the world beyond Yamacraw. Conroy (called "Conrack" by most of the students) does battle with the principal, Mrs. Brown, over his unconventional teaching methods and with the administrators of the school district, whom he accuses of ignoring the problems at the Yamacraw school.
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« Reply #142 on: December 02, 2020, 12:05:45 PM »
The Sandman (Neil Gaiman): Very good so far. A Megus casts a summoning spell to capture Death but messes it up and captures Dream instead. For 70 years he's imprisoned; never saying a word (you hear his occasional thoughts but his captors don't). During those years many people fell ill from "Encephalitis Lethargica" (sleeping sickness). They lay in sleep (no coma) for years and only occasionally wake as the universe slowly tries to fill the void with such actors as a gas-mask wearing man who fights crime in the 40s.  But all of those are just mentioned in passing as Sleep is eternal and the lifetime of his captor and his captor's son eventually pass (more stories in the anthology).

It's an incredible work.
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« Reply #143 on: December 02, 2020, 12:26:53 PM »
Just finished "Be Water My Friend" by Shannon Lee. I had no idea Bruce Lee was such a philosopher. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Also just finished "Radical Honesty"- interesting book and concept, could blow your life up.
Now starting "Desperados-Latin Drug Lords, US Lawmen and the war America can't win" by Elaine Shannon. I have a lot of time to read while I recover...
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« Reply #144 on: December 03, 2020, 12:29:36 PM »
The Sandman (Neil Gaiman): Very good so far. A Megus casts a summoning spell to capture Death but messes it up and captures Dream instead. For 70 years he's imprisoned; never saying a word (you hear his occasional thoughts but his captors don't). During those years many people fell ill from "Encephalitis Lethargica" (sleeping sickness). They lay in sleep (no coma) for years and only occasionally wake as the universe slowly tries to fill the void with such actors as a gas-mask wearing man who fights crime in the 40s.  But all of those are just mentioned in passing as Sleep is eternal and the lifetime of his captor and his captor's son eventually pass (more stories in the anthology).

It's an incredible work.

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Finished the first story and now am into the one where he's trying to find his pouch of sand.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #145 on: December 06, 2020, 03:53:47 AM »
The Hollow Ones by Guillermo del Toro

A horrific crime that defies explanation, a rookie FBI agent in uncharted territory, and an extraordinary hero for the ages: an investigation spirals out of control in this heart-pounding thriller.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #146 on: December 06, 2020, 02:10:45 PM »
I just read Marie Kondo's follow-up book, Spark Joy.  She goes into more detail than before, and also explains the psychology and philosophy behind her method more openly. 

The only area that felt short-shifted was her discussion of tools.  I think that any of us who like working with tools should take some of her more extensive statements concerning kitchen utensils and apply that to tools.  My inference is that she hasn't spent much time with the mechanically inclined.

While I'm more mechanically reclined, there's something great about being able to use some tools that I inherited from my father and grandfather.  Quality tools can outlast their owner, and so should be treated with respect, cleaned and maintained for years of use.  And my Dad always said that the job's not done until the tools have been cleaned and put away for the next job. 
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« Reply #147 on: December 07, 2020, 10:37:47 AM »
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« Reply #148 on: December 07, 2020, 04:45:02 PM »
Not reading it, but thought I'd share. Stolen from a FB post one of my band-related FB friends posted:

This is a real book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60188.The_Haunted_Vagina

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It's difficult to love a woman whose vagina is a gateway to the world of the dead.

Steve is madly in love with his eccentric girlfriend, Stacy. Unfortunately, their sex life has been suffering as of late, because Steve is worried about the odd noises that have been coming from Stacy's pubic region. She says that her vagina is haunted. She doesn't think it's that big of a deal. Steve, on the other hand, completely disagrees.

When a living corpse climbs out of her during an awkward night of sex, Stacy learns that her vagina is actually a doorway to another world. She persuades Steve to climb inside of her to explore this strange new place. But once inside, Steve finds it difficult to return... especially once he meets an oddly attractive woman named Fig, who lives within the lonely haunted world between Stacy's legs.
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« Reply #149 on: December 08, 2020, 04:22:41 AM »
If anything ever came crawling out it would be the last time I ever went anywhere near that woman :willy: