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Old 11-16-2013, 08:19 PM   #1176
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Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.

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Old 11-16-2013, 08:34 PM   #1177
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I'm hooked on the Gray Man books by Mark Greaney now.

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Old 11-16-2013, 09:08 PM   #1178
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:10 PM   #1179
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Dr. Sleep by Stephen King. Sequel to "The Shining"

Any good? I saw it on my kindle but I am not sure it's worth buying.


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Going back in time and reading everything by Philip K. Dick, who I never read before. Just finished Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Amazing how different this book is from the movie Blade Runner. The only scene in the movie that came straight from the book is Decker's interview with Rachel, and even that is changed considerably.
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Any good? I saw it on my kindle but I am not sure it's worth buying.


I enjoyed it, but what I would recommend if you aren't sure about it is see if the local library has a program where you can check out Ebooks. Mine does, as well as for electronic Audiobooks. You can ususally get out about 20 at a time for about 30 days each or so and keep renewing them if nobody else has reserved them. Being a newer book they might have it so you can read it for free.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:22 PM   #1182
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I enjoyed it, but what I would recommend if you aren't sure about it is see if the local library has a program where you can check out Ebooks. Mine does, as well as for electronic Audiobooks. You can ususally get out about 20 at a time for about 30 days each or so and keep renewing them if nobody else has reserved them. Being a newer book they might have it so you can read it for free.

Sweet. Normally I am not a Steven King fan but I'll read anything somewhat interesting.


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Old 11-16-2013, 10:04 PM   #1183
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Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.

Great book, written in 1947, right after the war. If you wanna know how Hitler got away with all that crap, this book is mandatory reading. Long, but very, very, very good.
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:29 AM   #1184
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Great book, written in 1947, right after the war. If you wanna know how Hitler got away with all that crap, this book is mandatory reading. Long, but very, very, very good.

Hindsight is a hell of a thing. I am currently at September 17, 1939. When the Soviets and Germans made changes to their secret protocol of their non aggression/trade pact. Exchanging Lithuania for some Polish provinces.

Always interesting to see that even after everything Hitler pulled, the French were willing to negotiate after the Germans invaded Poland. Even the writer admits when he was in Germany he was taken in by the Nazis and their rhetoric.

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I then dove into Patrick O'Brian's "Master and Commander" and totally love it. I thought it would be too much about boats but so far, 200 pages in, it is a lot less about the boat or details about seafaring than Moby Dick was. Totally love this book and this series should see me through 3 days a week of soccer practices!
Probably anout 2/3 of the way through War and Peace right now. I did pick up a copy of Master and Commander, though, and plan to take that one down sometime after I finish Tolstoy's epic.

Broncosteve, you get around to reading anymore of the Aubrey/Maturin series? I've read that it really starts to pick up with the 2nd installment The Post Captain.
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:33 PM   #1186
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Going back in time and reading everything by Philip K. Dick, who I never read before. Just finished Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Amazing how different this book is from the movie Blade Runner. The only scene in the movie that came straight from the book is Decker's interview with Rachel, and even that is changed considerably.
one of the few times I think I enjoyed the movie more than the book.

that's not to say I didn't like the book. I just didn't get as into it as I did the movie for some reason.

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Old 02-25-2014, 08:59 PM   #1187
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Probably anout 2/3 of the way through War and Peace right now. I did pick up a copy of Master and Commander, though, and plan to take that one down sometime after I finish Tolstoy's epic.

Broncosteve, you get around to reading anymore of the Aubrey/Maturin series? I've read that it really starts to pick up with the 2nd installment The Post Captain.
It cracks me up that you bumped this thread. I did a search because I found a great book the other day at the library book sale and wanted to mention it here. I did the search only to find that the thread was on the 1st page of the forum!

To answer your question 1st, I love the Aubrey/Maturin series, I was let down a little with Post Captain but it finished strong, I just got the 3rd book at a used book store and it is in my read pile. I was afraid that it would be to nautical for me to slog through but so far it isn't in the way of the story telling.

Like I said above I was at the library Monday and I always try to stop at the book sale offerings because you can get used books for a $1.00 or less. I was drawn to a book. Anything that is published by a University Press gets my attention and the cover and fonts just drew me to it. Then I read the 1st paragraph and was blown away. Anyone hear of Conrad Richter's "Sea of Grass"? I never hear of Richter before and googled him. His 1st paragraph of his 1st novel is one of the best opens I have ever read! Can't wait to read it but I need to finish the bio of Bing Crosby I am reading right now.

I got into Bing through Bix Biederbecke, read a Bix Bio and found out Bing sang my favorite Bix song then researched Bing's early stuff. Very good and detailed Bio that is entertaining. Bing was the Beatles of his day and pioneered quite a bit in recording, performing and radio, not to mention his film roles that I have neglected until recently. I have been big into anything from the 20's for the last 5-7 years.
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:31 PM   #1188
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My fiance recently got me hooked on a book series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It is something like 25 books long and growing. I don't know why, I am usually not that into the Urban Fantasy story genre. I usually find them to be rather predictable and obvious. Just stories that let women's fantasies run wild about hot dudes and steamy sex stories.

For some reason these books have really grabbed my attention. So if anyone is interested in books that deal with a lot of paranormal stuff, mixed into Greek mythology, that have violence, gore, romance, brutality and sex, than I recommend Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:48 AM   #1189
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I read '11/22/63' by Stephen King a while back and really enjoyed that adventure.

I've read a few more of the 'Jack Reacher' novels and enjoy them when I'm in the mood for that genre.

I read 'White Fire', the latest of the Agent Pendergast novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child....that was the 14th book in the series, that started with 'Relic'. I've really enjoyed this series over the years. Anyone else read any of the novels in this series?

I read 'The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service' by Henry A. Crumpton a while back....an inside look at intelligence gathering pre-9/11 and post-9/11. It was interesting to get more of an idea of what happens in the intelligence gathering community, but it was a pretty dry read after a while. It started reading like more like a text book, laden with theory than the 'spellbinding' story the book advertised to be. It was an interesting, albeit dry read.
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Old 02-26-2014, 04:42 AM   #1190
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Good sifi book. I like most things Reynolds writes. If you are into sifi you should check him out.
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:59 AM   #1191
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I am currently reading 'American Sniper' the Chris Kyle autobiography. Only 100 pages in but it is really good.
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:21 AM   #1192
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slow getting up by Nate Jackson has tons of good Bronco tidbits and is a solid read.

I usually read non-fiction but because all my students have been reading the Divergent series I figured I could skim through it and bare it enough to have conversations with them.... now I'm hooked.
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:32 AM   #1193
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If anyone grew up skateboarding in Northern Cali or in general FTC has put out a book detailing the SF scene back in the EMB days. Back when skateboarding was real, instead of cookie cutter energy drink contest robots of today.
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Slow Getting Up was a solid read.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:21 PM   #1195
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:55 PM   #1196
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Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson (same guy who completed Wheel of Time and authored the Mistborn trilogy).

Premise: About 10 years ago, a mysterious event granted comic book-like superpowers to a number of random individuals. (Perhaps a hundred or so in the US alone). Bad news is that virtually every one of them becomes a super-villain: arrogant, tyrannical, psychopathic, sadistic, etc. The level of power varies, but a good number of them are immortal and "almost" invulnerable.

I say "almost" because every one of them has some secret individual "weakness," which often makes no particular sense outside of comic book conventions.

The government collapses and the entire country is broken into numerous small "city-states" and spheres of influence for the various super-villains, called "Epics."

The protagonists are a small group of resistance fighters, dedicated to assassinating the villains, one-by-one-by-one. It takes place primarily in Newcago, which is what is left of Chicago after almost every inorganic object in the city was turned to steel by a bad guy.

Light reading, but fun if you like that kind of stuff.
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:21 PM   #1197
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gutenberg.org - http://www.gutenberg.org/

Check it out, good stuff online. Classics like Poe, Dickens, etc . . . ..
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Check it out, good stuff online. Classics like Poe, Dickens, etc . . . ..
Your right but I prefer to read a hard copy even if I have to resort to reading glasses these days.

When I got my 1st smart phone back before the general public had them I read a couple e-books and it just wasn't the same. I read a bunch of Doyle's Holmes short stories and stuff I could find for free, mostly at lunch if I was alone. All I ended up doing was wearing down the battery and then couldn't make a call when I needed to later in the day, this was back when you were lucky to get 6-8 hours of battery time on a smart phone.

There are all sorts of places to get used books dirt cheap that I don't need to go online looking for more. Plus with all the "Green" issues I prefer to use a device that doesn't need to be powered to read.

I could see where it would be a boon for some one who took a train and commuted to work every day but for sitting at home or in the back yard I prefer my read pile.
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Your right but I prefer to read a hard copy even if I have to resort to reading glasses these days.

When I got my 1st smart phone back before the general public had them I read a couple e-books and it just wasn't the same. I read a bunch of Doyle's Holmes short stories and stuff I could find for free, mostly at lunch if I was alone. All I ended up doing was wearing down the battery and then couldn't make a call when I needed to later in the day, this was back when you were lucky to get 6-8 hours of battery time on a smart phone.

There are all sorts of places to get used books dirt cheap that I don't need to go online looking for more. Plus with all the "Green" issues I prefer to use a device that doesn't need to be powered to read.

I could see where it would be a boon for some one who took a train and commuted to work every day but for sitting at home or in the back yard I prefer my read pile.
There's this thing called "change font" and expand. For instance, I'm reading this page at 175%. Looks nice. You download and save the book in plain text then suit it to your screen, Gene.

I have this thing called a DC to AC inverter in my truck, it charges batteries that run off of AC. Takes the DC power from the truck battery, changes it to AC, and voila, you have AC power at demand . . . .
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There's this thing called "change font" and expand. For instance, I'm reading this page at 175%. Looks nice. You download and save the book in plain text then suit it to your screen, Gene.

I have this thing called a DC to AC inverter in my truck, it charges batteries that run off of AC. Takes the DC power from the truck battery, changes it to AC, and voila, you have AC power at demand . . . .
Yep, I know you can change the fonts and I have a phone charger in my car as well.

My point was that I prefer hard copy books so much I would rather use reading glasses than resort to a laptop, phone, or tablet even though they are easier to use/read. It is not the same to me, plus I can't take a powered device into a hot tub though I am sure a lot of you guys would like me to.
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