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RE: What are you reading? 2014/01/19 23:10:42 (permalink)
Loved Cross My Heart-very different ending.....
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RE: What are you reading? 2014/01/20 00:00:37 (permalink)
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Loved Cross My Heart-very different ending.....

 
What ending???That was not an ending....To Be Continued!!!!
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RE: What are you reading? 2014/01/20 00:02:51 (permalink)
By the way, I'm up to Roses Are Red in my Alex Cross marathon..one book better than the last....I'm reading so fast...almost a book a day...these are good, yet quick reads!!!!
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RE: What are you reading? 2014/01/20 11:55:14 (permalink)
I'm re-reading The Emperor's General by James Webb.
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RE: What are you reading? 2014/01/28 01:55:34 (permalink)
I am reading  <Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era> By James M. McPherson in my sunshine journey.
 
 
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RE: What are you reading? 2014/01/28 10:30:57 (permalink)
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"Affairs of Steak" by Julie Hyzy, the fifth (out of seven) in the White House chef mystery series.  Very interesting stories with some meal preparation details thrown in.  It is a cozy mystery, so not filled with blood, guts, and profanity - but people do get killed.

After we discussed cozies, just out of curiosity I tried a food related "cozy" mystery. It was A Slice of Murder by Chris Cavender. It was about a widow who owned a pizzeria in a small North Carolina town. Of course there was a murder she was initially suspected of that got her into sleuthing to clear her name. At the end of the book there was a pizza recipe. There are six pizza cozies in the series total I know of. This one was the introductory book to the series. It looks like a setup book for a continuing group of town characters including the chief of police of course and I would guess she would be at loggerheads with him.
 
Cozies are not exactly my style but I just went searching for pizza mysteries and came up with this one. When I buy books for the iPad from iTunes they are shared with my wife on her iPad. It might be a little more her style.
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RE: What are you reading? 2014/01/28 15:53:13 (permalink)
Just started HAVISHAM, a newly written prequel to Great Expectations. I'm looking forward to the new W.E.B. Griffen novel that just came out, and already a best seller.
 
Update.. I took HAVISHAM back to the library after 75 pages. When I got there, they had the new Griffen book on the shelf which I note has dropped 2 places, to 5 on the best seller list. His books still make the list, but it has been a long time since he had a #1, or stayed on the list for many weeks. I understand that he is still our most prolific living author, (under many names) though.
 
Another update.....the Griffen book was a bit different, and written in a different style than previous books in the series. I suspected more work by the co author son, but a post script set things straight. He had a hard time finishing the book, and so used the comedic style of his earlier M*A*S*H books. I'm not sure that I liked it, but I did read the book in 2 sittings....... I do wish that he would finish The Corps series........it has been at least 10 years since he left his readers in the middle of the Korean War. His series on the US Army did get finished, and reads as well today as when it came out.
post edited by tmiles - 2014/02/02 11:08:04
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RE: What are you reading? 2014/01/28 16:06:18 (permalink)
Just finished:"Shell Shocked - My life with the Turtles, Frank Zappa, Flo & Eddie, Etc." by Howard Kaylan. A Christmas gift from my wife, an easy read - sex, drugs and rock & roll!
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RE: What are you reading? 2014/01/29 12:57:12 (permalink)
Killing Jesus, Bill O'Reilly...Interesting read, unreal how much war went on everywhere, back then. King Herod was a neat guy, not, with Gangrene of the testicles and scrotum, gout, worms, and other maladies, he killed a whole bunch of people in many nasty ways, molten gold poured down your throat, anyone?
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Re:What are you reading? 2014/01/29 13:26:42 (permalink)
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I am reading the Ken Follett trilogy which obviously is a three book series.  The first is "Fall of the Giants".  I have order the others from Amazon which arrived today.  It starts around 1911.  Very interesting if you like ken Follette.  I enjoyed the "Eye of the needle"  Fantastic and was later made into a movie.

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I'm halfway through Eye of the Needle--my first Ken Follett book.
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Re:What are you reading? 2014/02/05 16:33:17 (permalink)
I'm about 1/2 way through EXTORTION by Peter Scweizer. "How politicians extract your money, buy votes, and line their own pockets" Disgusting, and each party is as bad as the other. The book is about 20% footnotes, and is a best seller. I wonder if anything will change??
 
So far the author has shown a lot of bad, but offered few solutions.
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Re:What are you reading? 2014/02/05 17:05:55 (permalink)
tmiles - that sounds like a book I'd want to throw across the room the more I read it! " />
 
Eye of the Needle was hard to put down towards the end!  Quite the page-turner.  I'm now reading A Time to Kill--John Grisham's first book (but definitely not my first of his).
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RE: What are you reading? 2014/02/05 20:13:24 (permalink)
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Killing Jesus, Bill O'Reilly...Interesting read, unreal how much war went on everywhere, back then. King Herod was a neat guy, not, with Gangrene of the testicles and scrotum, gout, worms, and other maladies, he killed a whole bunch of people in many nasty ways, molten gold poured down your throat, anyone?

I just finished reading Killing Jesus and may read another recent best seller, Zealot: The LIfe and Times of Jesus of Nazereth by Reza Asian. It is interesting how the life of Jesus was put together with little contemporary direct reference and the New Testament writings that were actually secondary hearsay from passed down oral accounts. The most interesting reference in the back of the Killing Jesus book was The Joy of Sexus by Vicki Leon. I think that is where the references to the sexual decadence of the Romans came from.
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RE: What are you reading? 2014/02/05 20:27:23 (permalink)
"The Long War" by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. Sequel to their book, "The Long Earth". Pretty good book with interesting characters.
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Re:What are you reading? 2014/02/06 07:38:20 (permalink)
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tmiles - that sounds like a book I'd want to throw across the room the more I read it! " />

Eye of the Needle was hard to put down towards the end!  Quite the page-turner.  I'm now reading A Time to Kill--John Grisham's first book (but definitely not my first of his).
That's a tough read because of the tragic subject matter, but still very good. The movie was also tough to watch. Check out A Painted House (really different than standard Grisham) and The Racketeer....just finished it...lots of twists and turns and great.

post edited by Pancho - 2014/02/06 08:50:40
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Re:What are you reading? 2014/02/06 08:35:47 (permalink)
L2B, I liked Eye Of The Needle too, try Hornet Flight by Ken Follett, you may like that one also........
 
Just got done with Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, not a bad read. I liked Gone Girl much more.
 
I'm reading Lisa Gardner's Fear Nothing: A Detective D.D. Warren Book...........
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Re:What are you reading? 2014/02/06 11:02:56 (permalink)
I'm reading Iditarod Alaska Life of a Long Distance Sled Dog Musher by Burt Bomhoff.  The race starts March 2.
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Re:What are you reading? 2014/02/06 19:15:16 (permalink)
Pancho--yes, it IS tough!  I wasn't sure I'd even continue with it, but I like John Grisham, so am giving it a go.  I've read A Painted House and about half a dozen others, but not the Racketeer.  I'll put it on my list!
 
Pnw - I'll make a note of Hornet Flight, too.  Thanks!
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Re:What are you reading? 2014/02/06 19:33:53 (permalink)
Finally plodded to finish Amy Tan's new book....should have been called Valley of the Losers.  Wonders why it tok her so long to write it.
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Re:What are you reading? 2014/02/24 14:03:57 (permalink)
DUTY by Robert M. Gates....."MEMOIRS OF A SECRETARY AT WAR". I had been boycotting the book, thinking that it was disloyal to publish so soon, but it is a #1, and on the shelf at the library so I'm reading it. After about 75 pages, it is not a page turner, but I expect that it will be a standard reference for years to come.  I had not realized that he was a former president of Texas A&M, a former USAF officer,  and a Ph.D. from Georgetown.
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Re:What are you reading? 2014/02/24 14:09:26 (permalink)
Just finished "Meddlers in Time" by Wayne Watson. Interesting premise----time travelers go back to 8th Century England to bring more advanced technology to it----better iron forges, chimneys, graded roads, sanitation and hygiene,----nothing too far out that they can't duplicate, but enough to give them a big boost towards much earlier industrialization. Interesting read!
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Re:What are you reading? 2014/02/24 15:00:51 (permalink)
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Just finished "Meddlers in Time" by Wayne Watson. Interesting premise----time travelers go back to 8th Century England to bring more advanced technology to it----better iron forges, chimneys, graded roads, sanitation and hygiene,----nothing too far out that they can't duplicate, but enough to give them a big boost towards much earlier industrialization. Interesting read!

 
Actually, didn't Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee do that same thing a couple centuries before that, in King Arthur's Court?  "The Boss" really helped them out, with not only advanced knowledge, but good old Yankee common sense.
 
Can't recall the dates, though...too bad there's no one around from Connecticut today that might remember....
 
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Re:What are you reading? 2014/02/24 15:20:49 (permalink)
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Just finished "Meddlers in Time" by Wayne Watson. Interesting premise----time travelers go back to 8th Century England to bring more advanced technology to it----better iron forges, chimneys, graded roads, sanitation and hygiene,----nothing too far out that they can't duplicate, but enough to give them a big boost towards much earlier industrialization. Interesting read!


Actually, didn't Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee do that same thing a couple centuries before that, in King Arthur's Court?  "The Boss" really helped them out, with not only advanced knowledge, but good old Yankee common sense.

Can't recall the dates, though...too bad there's no one around from Connecticut today that might remember....


 
The big difference is that "CT Yankee" went back accidentally, while the people in "Meddlers" planned on the trip and implemented it in order to consciously change history and help bring up the level of living and survival for the folk, as well as giving them technology that they could duplicate so they could make further improvements themselves. 
 
 
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Re:What are you reading? 2014/02/24 17:29:21 (permalink)
James Patterson's LA Private, so far, 50 pages, so good!
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Re:What are you reading? 2014/02/24 21:36:20 (permalink)
The Hidden Hand (1859) by E.D.E.N. Southworth.  It's an 1859 American magazine serial republished as a novel.  It's one of the very early examples of the genre when the idea of a mystery novel was still new and not quite formed in the manner we recognize a mystery today.  Still, elements of the form are in place here.
 
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Re:What are you reading? 2014/02/24 23:41:53 (permalink)
Read Pat Conroy's "Death of Santini"..great read......crazy family!.even crazier than mine!
 
Grisham's "Sycamore Row" was also a fun easy read
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RE: What are you reading? 2014/02/24 23:44:28 (permalink)
The Tyranny of Malice by Joseph H Berke       
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RE: What are you reading? 2014/02/25 09:52:09 (permalink)
Just started Private L.A..... James Patterson.
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Re:What are you reading? 2014/02/26 10:54:14 (permalink)
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Read Pat Conroy's "Death of Santini"..great read......crazy family!.even crazier than mine!

Grisham's "Sycamore Row" was also a fun easy read


I didn't know that there was a follow on to Great Santini, a favorite book. I'll have to track it down. In that he died at the end of The Great Santini, is it just an expansion on the last part of the earlier book?
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Re:What are you reading? 2014/02/26 12:24:37 (permalink)
I'm trying really hard to get into The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, which I picked up based on a good friend's rave review. I'm about 75 pages in and it hasn't happened yet.
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