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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby slowpoke » Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:21 pm

Just bought Lawdog's book on kindle. It hit top paid kindle book on Amazon :D
I hadnt read much of his older content, so enjoying it even more. I highly recommend.
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Postby blackeagle603 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:02 pm

Part way thru "Guns, Germs and Steel." Will get back to it soon as I finish the latest Brad Thor book that just came out (Use of Force).
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Postby Weetabix » Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:47 pm

To Kill A Mockingbird
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Postby MiddleAgedKen » Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:18 am

Just finished Vietnam: A History, by Karnow. Had to force myself through the last 50-60 pages. Did you know that the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was actually Goldwater's fault? Pore Lyndon, he was just worried about having his right (political) flank in the air....

About to start We Were Soldiers Once...And Young, and re-reading the Pacific naval operational parts of Wouk's War and Remembrance. I've read The Winds of War and War and Remembrance nearly as many times as I've read Lord of the Rings.
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Postby toad » Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:35 am

The African Law dog is coming out in August and this time I got in on order.
I've started "Blenhiem: Battle for Europe, How two men stopped the French." By Charles Spencer. I figured what the hey 300 years ago......sigh. Narcissists, people inbreeding by marrying first cousins, religious fanaticisms, A King who couldn't stand to have people smarter than himself as advisors, ....same old same old in different clothing....Fascinating Jim.
Even fantasy gets its licks in. "The weres, mages, demons, fey, and etc. are leaving California, it is impossible to make money out there with all the rules, regulations, an punitive taxation.
As a side note: I'm going to keep on using Kindle unlimited but I'm not ordering things from Amazon online any more. They screw up the orders and they'll use the US Postal service and If my local post office get's a hold of it, it will never get delivered.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby randy » Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:22 am

Just started the Lawdog books. Africa book pre-ordered

I recognize some so far, others I haven't read before. The mark of a good storyteller is that I don't mind re-reading his stuff. The journey is half the fun even if you do know how it ends.

Found a place to download Jeff Cooper's Commentaries from 93-06 in PDF format. (http://myweb.cebridge.net/mkeithr/Jeff/)

Will carry them on the tablet for times when I just need something short to read without getting too into a story.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Langenator » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:36 pm

Just finished Monster Hunter: Siege and Straight Outta Tombstone.

Now working on Edward Luttwak's Grand Strategy of the Byantine Empire.

Next on the list is David Glantz Colossus Reborn: the Red Army at War, 1941-1943
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Postby HTRN » Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:04 pm

Langenator wrote:Just finished Monster Hunter: Siege

Just finished Nemesis.

Franks may be a "good guy", but man, what an asshole. :lol:
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Postby Johnnyreb » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:34 am

Picked an old favorite off the shelf today. Elizabeth Moon, Sheepfarmer's Daughter. First book of a trilogy about the creation of a paladin. Always wanted to see that one turned into a movie. But I guess a story with very little swearing and no graphic sex doesn't have much chance these days.

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Postby Rich Jordan » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:34 am

Johnnyreb wrote:Picked an old favorite off the shelf today. Elizabeth Moon, Sheepfarmer's Daughter. First book of a trilogy about the creation of a paladin. Always wanted to see that one turned into a movie. But I guess a story with very little swearing and no graphic sex doesn't have much chance these days.


I've got those too. It was actually quite good, unlike a lot of books written only for the purpose of making the main protagonist a woman/minority/whatever. Paks was real.

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Postby Netpackrat » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:58 am

Siege arrived today, but I am going to try to save it for when I am traveling next week.
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Postby Weetabix » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:41 am

Understanding Radio, 1951 edition
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Postby evan price » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:48 am

Craig Wilson "Longmire" series
The tv show was great.
The books are better.
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Postby Johnnyreb » Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:04 pm

When I got out of bed and headed off to the royal throne this morning I didn't feel like taking 3 whole steps back toward the bed to grab my book. So I grabbed the next in line since it was closer. Lawdog's book, I bought the paper one. I had to stop at page 50 and do something about breakfast. Suicide by 6 foot chickens. This stuff ought to be a movie, its hilarious.

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Postby Rich » Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:46 pm

Johnnyreb wrote:When I got out of bed and headed off to the royal throne this morning I didn't feel like taking 3 whole steps back toward the bed to grab my book. So I grabbed the next in line since it was closer. Lawdog's book, I bought the paper one. I had to stop at page 50 and do something about breakfast. Suicide by 6 foot chickens. This stuff ought to be a movie, its hilarious.


Got the African tales delivered to my Kindle last week. It's even better than Vol.1. :D
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Postby randy » Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:56 pm

Just finished African Tales last night. The only problem with his books is that they are too short!
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Rich Jordan » Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:06 am

Jerry Pournelle passed away today (Friday) according to a post from his son at his site.

I've been a paying member there for a couple of years but had been just too busy to keep up. I grew up with his books, both fiction and non, and read his every Chaos Manor column in Byte magazine. I still think about what a different, and better place this world would be if his 'survival with style' guidelines had been followed even partway.

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Postby MiddleAgedKen » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:32 pm

Sad news about Dr. Pournelle. It was ironic that I just read an article (can't recall where) a day or so ago, talking about Project Thor (aka Rods from God) as if it were back under consideration.

On the book front, just finished Silas Marner and C.S. Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet.
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Postby Weetabix » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:22 pm

Recently reread the first three Monster Hunter books. Bought Monster Hunter Legion and Monster Hunter Nemesis. Damn that Correia. I read Legion one night after work. Went to bed verrrry late. Skipped a night and told myself I could limit myself. Read Nemesis after work. Went to bed verrry late again.

The books are engaging. I like the backstory on Franks. Some of the fights went over long for me, so I skimmed a bit. I'll read them again later and hope I can restrain myself to reasonable sittings.
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Postby MiddleAgedKen » Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:00 am

Just started Monster Hunter Alpha (recently read Nemesis) and C.S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength (recently finished Perelandra), and also just finished Nick Cole's Soda Pop Soldier (that and CTRL-ALT-REVOLT! are both very good).
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Postby Greg » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:31 pm

Weetabix wrote:Recently reread the first three Monster Hunter books. Bought Monster Hunter Legion and Monster Hunter Nemesis. Damn that Correia. I read Legion one night after work. Went to bed verrrry late. Skipped a night and told myself I could limit myself. Read Nemesis after work. Went to bed verrry late again.

The books are engaging. I like the backstory on Franks. Some of the fights went over long for me, so I skimmed a bit. I'll read them again later and hope I can restrain myself to reasonable sittings.


I read MH Siege very recently. It was good, but LC has done such a good job with his 'supporting' characters, made them so interesting and so sympathetic that when they get their own books it's awesome.

So awesome that 'Owen' books are almost a bit of a letdown. ;)
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Postby Old Grafton » Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:38 am

Just opened a box of R.A.Heinlein novels I last closed about 1987 when we last moved. I'll be busy for a while. :lol:
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Postby Rich Jordan » Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:28 am

I dug up my copy of "A Step Farther Out" by Jerry Pournelle. Probably won't have time until the weekend but its time to re-read it. It has been too long.

I'm sure parts of it are dated, but survival with style will never go out of style.

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Postby Jered » Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:50 am

I'm reading Green Leader: Operation Gatling, the Rhodesian Military Response to the Viscount Tragedy

I'm at the part where the Rhodesians are figuring out who was behind shooting down their civilian airliner. They also murdered the survivors.

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Postby toad » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:19 pm

Got the paper back of Wilbur Smith's "War Cry." It covers the pre war years of Hitler's rise to power. "De Ja Vue all over again." and "History doesn't repeat itself but it does rhyme." Interesting the figures in England that embraced the communists and the Nazi's. Sounds like the people we have at present only they aren't doing it as well.

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Postby Weetabix » Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:50 pm

Red Storm Rising
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Postby Rich Jordan » Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:31 pm

Weetabix wrote:Red Storm Rising


I always liked that one; pre Jack Ryan world.


Just finished two books; The Hidden Truth and A Rambling Wreck by Hans Schantz; I'll admit part of the enjoyment was the preaching to the choir nature of it for me, but still an enjoyable techno-fantasy conspiracy romp. Next book not yet released.

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Postby Rich » Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:32 pm

From fishy stories to something way out there.

Found something I had read about 40-50 years ago and now offered in Kindle format.

Yup, I'm rereading Atlantis, the Antediluvian World by Ignatius Donnelly. It's good bedtime reading. Just read until your eyes glaze over, then you're ready for sleep. Saves on the Opiods, don't ya know.

Earlier, I have read volumes 1-5 of Marko Kloos Frontier series, and will probably buy volume six whenever. I know some don't like his politics, but that has never stopped me before. ;)
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Postby Captain Wheelgun » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:25 am

I'm currently re-reading the 'Grey Man' series by J.L. Curtis, aka blogger 'OldNFO'. I'm about halfway through book three.
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Postby Windy Wilson » Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:32 am

I finished "Amazing Grace", Eric Metaxis's biography of William Wilberforce, charged through "Killing Floor", Lee Child's first Jack Reacher novel, and am now about 1/3 of the way through Ernle Bradford's "Ulysses Found". He's *(was, unfortunately) a very engaging writer. His Great Siege of Malta: 1565 is a real page turner even though we know the Hospitaliers won. His Ulysses book shows that the poem follows the geography of the central Mediterranean very closely, particularly the details about sailing.
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Postby Weetabix » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:18 pm

The Stand by Stephen King. Apparently, I'm on a thick book spree.

I'm about 2/3 of the way through. I'd forgotten a lot of it. Some of it is kind of gross.
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Postby First Shirt » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:16 am

Calexit an anthology with short stories from a number of authors that I really like. They've got it up on Amazon right now, either Kindle or dead tree version.
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Postby Captain Wheelgun » Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:28 pm

First Shirt wrote:Calexit an anthology with short stories from a number of authors that I really like. They've got it up on Amazon right now, either Kindle or dead tree version.

Just started that one myself.
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Postby blackeagle603 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:06 am

Just started Eric Metaxis' "Martin Luther". Good story teller and researcher (or reader of the current research).
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Postby g-man » Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:19 am

Working my way through When Violence is the Answer by Tim Larkin. Wouldn't be alarming to most readers of this forum, in that we understand that once the threshold gets crossed, ending the fight as quickly and effectively as possible is advised. However, since I pre-ordered, I got access to a video companion course which has some good content highlighting the differences between antisocial aggression and asocial violence.
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Postby Jered » Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:56 am

Weetabix wrote:The Stand by Stephen King. Apparently, I'm on a thick book spree.

I'm about 2/3 of the way through. I'd forgotten a lot of it. Some of it is kind of gross.


Spoiler! :
...cold, cold...semen?


Have you read 11/22/63?

That's a good one of King's books.
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Postby Weetabix » Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:43 pm

Jered wrote:
Weetabix wrote:The Stand by Stephen King. Apparently, I'm on a thick book spree.

I'm about 2/3 of the way through. I'd forgotten a lot of it. Some of it is kind of gross.


Spoiler! :
...cold, cold...semen?

I'm not there yet, but...
Spoiler! :
Nadine and Harold and especially Trashcan Man and The Kid make me uncomfortable.


Have you read 11/22/63?

That's a good one of King's books.

Nope. I'll look out for it. But the "to read" pile is pretty big right now. Curse you, ABEbooks.com! :lol:
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Postby Wrenchbender1 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:39 am

Emden : My experiences in S. M. S. Emden
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Postby Johnnyreb » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:34 am

The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat.

I've got the old black and white movie, must have watched it a hundred times. One of my all time favs. But it occurred to me of late that I had never read the book. So now I have the book. It is fiction, but based on real stuff, Monsarrat served on corvettes and ended the war in command of a Frigate.

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Postby Greg » Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:38 pm

I've recently done a bunch of rereading.

Glen Cook's Sweet Silver Blues. Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. David Drake's Redliners. Somewhat eclectic taste, I know.

Of original reading, I'm currently working on Gary Taube's The Case Against Sugar.
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Postby Weetabix » Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:07 am

I enjoyed Patriots by John Wesley, Rawles (though I don't know what the comma is about)

So, I ordered Survivors, Expatriates, and Founders. Much the same, which is to say enjoyable. He presents contemporaneous stories in different parts of the country and over seas. The stories move along well. Decent character development. Not as many detailed "instructions" ("for entertainment only - seem professional advice before trying any of this at home") as in Patriots. I recommend them, if you liked Patriots.

Expatriates got here first, then Survivors. Haven't gotten to Founders yet.
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Postby Rich Jordan » Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:52 am

I've been caught up in a set of John C Wright stories; the Swan Knight trilogy and the subsequent Daughter of Danger series. There is the human daylight world, the Night world where the forsaken Elfs maintain a hidden dominion over humans, and the twilight world of those 'in between'. Not twilight sparkly vampires, please...

So far they've been a lot of fun to read.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Rich Jordan » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:42 pm

Finished the fantasy series; it got a little conflicted in the end between a bouncy happy plot line ending and some pretty ugly stuff likely coming up in a subsequent series. But it was still a fun read.

Currently reading the Legionnaire series by Nick Cole; it is making obvious references to some current events but book one (Legionnaire) was good; book two (Galactic Outlaws) seems somewhat disjointed and I'm wondering if a co-authors are writing alternating sections. Still enjoying it.

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Postby First Shirt » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:56 pm

A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves That Made Us Human. Interesting study of how dogs and humans have co-evolved. Lots of insight into why your dog acts the way it does.
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