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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/11/18 16:43:08 (permalink)
I just finished "MAPHEAD" a self-discriptor by Ken Jennings, the Jeapordy Champ.  Jennings does a great nerdly/geeky write-up of his relationship with Maps and Geography. He brings to our attention many of the varied sub-sets of the cartographer's world and its impact on US !! From the Geography Bee Final Rounds  to the Geo-Cachers and Train and Highway route freaks, he identifies with the need some have for more and more 'details' in this often documented, but seldom explained, sub-culture.
  If you are a road/route map addict as I am this is a very interesting read.
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/11/19 09:40:13 (permalink)
@Mayor Al, as a ten year old kid in 1953, we drove from the Boston area to Los Angeles, and each day we took turns (two sisters and myself) to be the "navigator."  We read the "trip tick" maps from AAA and told Dad (he was the ONLY driver) which roads to drive.  it was the trip of a life time, it took us three months and well over 15,000 miles to traverse the US.  First from Boston to Orlando, then to Canada, then to Texas, back to Canada and down most of the Continental Divide, we only missed two states on that drive, Washington and Oregon.
 
Now 58 years later, I can look at a map and plan my trip, without looking at it again, though I still love looking AT the maps, but my two sisters can get lost looking for a store four blocks from home.
 
Several years ago, my (now) ex- and I were traveling south out of Utah to the Grand Canyon North Rim and saw an interesting sign.  It looked to be about the size of one of those signs you see on every corner naming a street, but this one said "Pip Spgs Nat Mon 6 -->" so we turned right just to see what a "pip spgs nat mon' WAS.  It turned out to be the highlight of that days travel, Pipe Springs National Monument.  If anyone reading this has BEEN to pip spgs, you know what I mean, any one that hasn't, go there and have a wonderful day.
 
And with this in mind, now I will have to go find Ken Jennings book.  Thank you for bringing this up.
 
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/11/19 10:24:13 (permalink)
Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Lincoln".
 
 
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/11/19 10:30:57 (permalink)
"Throw Them All Out" by Peter Schweizer.
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/11/19 12:51:19 (permalink)
Phottoman,
  Perhaps we should do one of the DNA test match-ups? It sure sounds as though we come from a common ancestor !
I shared similiar roadtrips with my Family and then a couple of Detroit to L A trips with my grandparents in the 1940's
I treasure a photo of me playing in the Virgin River (Zion Nat'l Park) in 1948 (age 6) and one of three of my sons in the exact same location (Same rocks and background scenery) taken in 1988.
The Deja Vu sensation comes to mind frequently as I drive thru an area or community that I have no recall of visiting previously, but yet seem to navigate to a given location without the support of outside help !
  Jennings has captured some of those inner feelings and linked them with the many subsets of activities for folks "Like Us".
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/11/19 17:41:15 (permalink)
"The Accidental Adventurer" by Barbara Washburn, first woman to climb Mt. McKinley with her famous husband Brad Washburn.  Third time I've read this one.......it just keeps getting better and better.
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/11/19 18:04:18 (permalink)
Nothing interesting-Stephen King.
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/11/20 12:42:41 (permalink)
Seal Target
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Real story about Seal Team Six and osama bin ladens life and death
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/11/20 12:59:08 (permalink)
The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/11/22 16:28:30 (permalink)
I have gotten sucked in by the Hallinan books and enjoy them too............You might want to try some from Dean Barrett if you like the Thai type stuff
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/11/22 16:54:07 (permalink)
Ares Decision, a Robert Ludlum book ghost written by ? great book so far, mucho adventure, SEALS, African madmen, Iranians, Parasites that turn people into superhuman killing machines, you know, bedtime story stuff!
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/11/22 17:50:55 (permalink)
Right now I'm reading The Rescue Season by Bob Drury. It's about the Air Force Reserve parajumpers in Alaska. Next uip will be The Accidental Adventurer by Barbara Washburn with Lew Freedman. It's about the climb by Washburn to become the first woman to summit Denali.
 
Thanks lleechef.
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/11/23 08:53:33 (permalink)
I just finished "A Dance With Dragons" by George RR Martin.I had been waiting 5 years for that book and it did not disappoint. I just hope I don't have to wait 5 more years for the next one.

Now I am reading "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo". Going from GRRM to Strieg Larsson is a huge drop-off in writing talent and the book started off a bit slow, but now it is starting to catch my interest. I just hope it ends up being as good as everyone tells me it is.
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/11/23 08:59:18 (permalink)
Anybody else reading non-fiction? Being a Civil War nut I'm now reading "They'll Do To Tie To," a history of the 3rd Arkansas Infantry of Hood's Texas Brigade.
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/11/23 09:13:28 (permalink)
For some short and interesting non-fiction historical books you should check out this guy

http://books.google.com/b...an%22&output=html_text

He is a historian, history teacher, and American Revolution and Civil War memorabilia collector with some amazing pieces and an incredible amount of knowledge. He tells history from the actual letters he has from those eras. There may be more books that he wrote, but this is what I was able to find on a quick Google search.
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/11/23 11:32:05 (permalink)
I read the trilogy of the Stieg Larsson Girl with... books and saw the Swedish movies that pretty much faithfully followed the books. Can't wait for the American movie versions. The books are choppy in places but as mysteries go they are engrossing.
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/12/06 18:25:47 (permalink)
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal
The story is pretty incredible....a German immigrant comes to the US, expands his psychological disorder and  personas
on both coasts.  Maybe he was involved in a murder, definitely convicted of kidnapping his daughter.....he's due to be released in 2013, which, given
his history is a scary thing...
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/12/07 12:34:16 (permalink)
The Drop- Michael Connelly...Great book, Harry Bosch series
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/12/07 13:00:47 (permalink)
I'm also reading Michael Connelly, chewy. The Closers. Really enjoying the Bosch books so far.
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/12/07 16:59:52 (permalink)
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I'm also reading Michael Connelly, chewy. The Closers. Really enjoying the Bosch books so far.

I've read all of them, The Drop is his latest, hard to top his other books but he did, the good news is Harry bosch will be on LAPD, for at least another 5 years, so 4 or 5 more Bosch novels!

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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/12/07 17:22:45 (permalink)
Just picked up the new Stephen Cannell at the library, Vigilante.
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2011/12/08 16:12:39 (permalink)
The auto-biography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn
 
It is a fun read this time of year
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2012/01/04 14:24:03 (permalink)
Agent 6, Tom Rob Smith. So far not as good as Child 44, but still a decent one.
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2012/01/05 10:38:04 (permalink)
"Look I Made A Hat", by Stephen Sondheim. Volume two of his collected lyrics with commentary, reflections, gripes, insights, and other stuff. A fascinating look at how a great mind works.
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2012/01/07 13:38:59 (permalink)
I was reading The Art of Fielding. The first 100 pages or so are promising, but then it starts dissolving... actually it starts from the beginning, but the decline isn't fatal until about 100 pages in. I got up to about 275 then jumped to the end.
 
Never have I read such a bad book that got such amazing hype. It's not that the plot is about as complicated as a John Tunis novel (The Kid from Tompkinsville); it's that the book is badly written.
 
On the other hand, searching for more information about the hype machine surrounding that book led me to some other recommendations, and I just started Cormac McCarthy's Child of God, which is pretty good. I have Don Delillo's Underworld up next, I picked the McCarthy first because it's shorter and I needed something to clear TAOF out of my mind.
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2012/01/07 14:53:25 (permalink)
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The Drop- Michael Connelly...Great book, Harry Bosch series


Chewy, I just got done reading "The Drop" I knew there was some reason I liked you, although I can't think of it at the moment...............
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2012/01/07 15:23:58 (permalink)
The Steve Jobs autobiography. Man was a world class butthead, but we'd be worse off if it weren't for him.  Good read, tho and a great insight into one of the leaders of the tech revolution.
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2012/01/07 16:42:09 (permalink)
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The Drop- Michael Connelly...Great book, Harry Bosch series


Chewy, I just got done reading "The Drop" I knew there was some reason I liked you, although I can't think of it at the moment...............

It's probably my ability to do anything and everything better than anyone else!

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Re:What are you reading right now? 2012/01/07 16:46:33 (permalink)
I posted this earlier today, gone??? DC Dead, Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington, I'd like to experience just 1 day in his life!
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Re:What are you reading right now? 2012/01/08 13:02:32 (permalink)
Sorry to hear about the Art of Fielding, there's been a lot of fuss over it...
 
I just started Explorers of the Nile, the triumph and tragedy of a great Victorian adventure by Tim Jeal.
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