Whatcha reading redux.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Langenator » Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:53 am

TheArmsman wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 12:52 am
Langenator wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 11:09 pm
On the fiction side, I'm re-reading Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command). Reminding myself, once again, how badly the House of Mouse missed the boat because they were too busy screwing the pooch on Eps VII-IX.


Was so hoping these would have been made into a movie. Was also looking forward to A Splinter in The Minds Eye being a movie, also.
I think the biggest obstacle to making them into a movie is that they're set only 5 years after Return of the Jedi. Meanwhile, the actors who played the main characters have aged 30 years. Luke and Leia should have been what, in their mid to late 20s in those books? Meanwhile, Hamill and Fisher were in their 60s. That's asking a bit much, even for the best make up artists. Plus, they'd have to pay Zahn some pretty hefty royalties, I'm sure.

I am waiting for the library to open back up so I can get my hands on Zahn's Thrawn prequel books. Along with the next Harry Bosch novel on my list.

Meanwhile, I'm reading John Keegan's Second World War (again) on the non-fiction side, and Ballistic by Marko Kloos on the fiction side.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Rich Jordan » Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:40 pm

Wanted to post this Kindle sale ($2.99 down from $18) for a book on "special operations" during the American Revolution.

Finished the Pangea series by John C Wright, which was just an adventure romp with serious undertone.

Picked up the Junkyard Pirate series about old junkman meeting nano-size aliens and saving the world from resource stealing pirates. Well written but kind of a lightweight series.

Haven't started yet "The Book of Joe: About a dog and his man" which is a Vincent Price book about his dog; I may also pick up a Vincent Price cookbook; turns out he was a well respected gourmand. Who knew?

Kindle version of Hatcher's Notebook and his Book of the Garand so I can review and refer without digging out my hardcopies.

Professor Jordan Peterson's "Twelve Rules for Life: An Antidote for Chaos". Only read chapter 1 (the one with the lobsters) after watching a number of video interviews where the (usually leftist and or feminist) interviewer spends too much time about "why are women chaos!" and what do lobsters have to do with anything? The answers were extremely clear after reading so I assume they didn't, or like many doctrinaire people, they didn't like what they read. So far recommended.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by randy » Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:07 pm

Vincent Price was also very involved in the art collectors world.
...even before I read MHI, my response to seeing a poster for the stars of the latest Twilight movies was "I see 2 targets and a collaborator".

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by HTRN » Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:10 pm

Just finished ch 65 of The Deathworlders.

The big enemy performed their sneak attack on the arrays, killing thousands, including the CO of the HEAT team.

They made WARHORSE angry. This is what we call mistake #1.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Vonz90 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:08 pm

randy wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:07 pm
Vincent Price was also very involved in the art collectors world.
He was from a well to do old money St. Louis family.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Weetabix » Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:58 pm

I'm reading Winston Churchill's account of the second world war. Finished The Gathering Storm and Their Finest Hour. Now in The Grand Alliance. Very interesting and instructive, but man that guy could put a lot of words on paper!

At the same time, reading Nock's The Disadvantages of Being Educated.
Note to self: start reading sig lines. They're actually quite amusing. :D

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by John_in_Longview » Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:21 pm

Weetabix wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:58 pm
I'm reading Winston Churchill's account of the second world war. Finished The Gathering Storm and Their Finest Hour. Now in The Grand Alliance. Very interesting and instructive, but man that guy could put a lot of words on paper!

At the same time, reading Nock's The Disadvantages of Being Educated.
I am working through Churchill's World War II series as well. I am on the last book of the series, Triumph and Tragedy. It is amazing to me all the big and small things he kept track of at once.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Weetabix » Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:26 pm

John_in_Longview wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:21 pm
Weetabix wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:58 pm
I'm reading Winston Churchill's account of the second world war. Finished The Gathering Storm and Their Finest Hour. Now in The Grand Alliance. Very interesting and instructive, but man that guy could put a lot of words on paper!

At the same time, reading Nock's The Disadvantages of Being Educated.
I am working through Churchill's World War II series as well. I am on the last book of the series, Triumph and Tragedy. It is amazing to me all the big and small things he kept track of at once.
That actually occurred to me the other night as well. With no electronics! He must have had some serious notebooks.

He'd write something like, "I write to inquire about the estimates I asked for in my Minute of 9 days ago."
Note to self: start reading sig lines. They're actually quite amusing. :D

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