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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby evan price » Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:12 pm

Weetabix wrote:Got a copy of Without Remorse for Christmas and read it in a marathon session (for me). My eyes hurt.

The genesis of Mr. Clark. A good read, indeed.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby toad » Wed Dec 31, 2014 8:30 am

Recently I read "Wolf in Shadow" by John Lambshead.

It starts with a quote from Shakespeare, King Lear.
"He's mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf."

It is something of a roman a clef taking place in an alternate (Maybe) world in London. There is a fair amount of dry wit and snark in it.
One thing is that becomes apparent, the worst monsters are not the supernatural ones but the human ones. The corrupt financial types, the PC yes men, and others get their trope displayed. "Well I must be off to savage some more widows and orphans."

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Captain Wheelgun » Wed Dec 31, 2014 6:26 pm

Just started Hard Magic, book 1 in Larry Correa's Grimnoir Chronicles.
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Postby Vonz90 » Thu Jan 01, 2015 4:41 pm

Finally started my great grandmother's memoirs. Published in 2007, so I'm a bit slow to get to them.

Interesting stuff, especially as she talks about people I know or know of.

Also anotther data point on the fact that life was really rough back in the day.
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Postby Greg » Thu Jan 01, 2015 5:01 pm

toad wrote:Recently I read "Wolf in Shadow" by John Lambshead.

It starts with a quote from Shakespeare, King Lear.
"He's mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf."

It is something of a roman a clef taking place in an alternate (Maybe) world in London. There is a fair amount of dry wit and snark in it.
One thing is that becomes apparent, the worst monsters are not the supernatural ones but the human ones. The corrupt financial types, the PC yes men, and others get their trope displayed. "Well I must be off to savage some more widows and orphans."


He's currently working on a series with David Drake. Drake is doing the outline (the heavy research, outlining the plot, etc) and Lambshead is doing the writing. It's based on the life of George Washington, in a science fictional setting. I've read the first volume, second volume is in some stage of production (they're snippeting it on the Baen's Bar). It's remarkably good so far.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby toad » Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:04 am

While the Baen "Advance Reader Copies" are a good deal I've already blown my book budget. Dang it. I'd gotten David Drakes "The Sharp Edge." on a Kindle book. I'm stuck searching through the Unlimited books trying to find something not totally sucky.

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Postby SoupOrMan » Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:37 pm

Finally started in on Monster Hunter International. It's not bad.
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Postby Darrell » Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:02 pm

Just finished the Iliad. Just started When Man Becomes Prey, by Cat Urbigkit:

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Postby Greg » Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:14 pm

Finished Working God's Mischief a few days ago, it's the 4th book in Glen Cook's 'Instrumentalities of the Night' series.

I enjoyed it a great deal, but you need to like to series else it really isn't for you. ;) I hope Cook can bring it to a reasonable conclusion while he's still got the health and energy to write.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Captain Wheelgun » Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:28 pm

I've just started re-reading the Lost Regiment series by William R. Forstchen. It's about a Civil War era Union regiment transported to a world where humans are the primary food source for some very large, nasty aliens. Hilarity ensues, of course as the boys in blue become dietary consultants. :twisted:
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Jered » Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:11 pm

Captain Wheelgun wrote:I've just started re-reading the Lost Regiment series by William R. Forstchen. It's about a Civil War era Union regiment transported to a world where humans are the primary food source for some very large, nasty aliens. Hilarity ensues, of course as the boys in blue become dietary consultants. :twisted:


I read that. I'm not easily disturbed by literature, but the dinner scene was disturbing.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Captain Wheelgun » Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:55 am

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Captain Wheelgun wrote:I've just started re-reading the Lost Regiment series by William R. Forstchen. It's about a Civil War era Union regiment transported to a world where humans are the primary food source for some very large, nasty aliens. Hilarity ensues, of course as the boys in blue become dietary consultants. :twisted:


I read that. I'm not easily disturbed by literature, but the dinner scene was disturbing.

Yeah, there's some stuff in this series that qualifies as genuine horror. :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Jered » Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:08 am

Yep, there's that. That was something that almost should have been in a Saw movie.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Weetabix » Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:31 pm

I'm almost finished with Kratman's Countdown: H Hour. Pretty good on the whole, but some of the battle descriptions are too drawn out for my taste. I prefer a bit more story and a bit less long description of action. I'd still recommend it so far, though I haven't finished it yet.

I bought a pile of Kratman books recently, and this one got here first, so I'm reading the Countdown series out of order. Also got Amazon Legion based on the Women in Ranger School thread and one other that I can't remember now.
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Postby Jered » Fri Jan 23, 2015 2:41 am

You should get Riding the Red Horse, too.
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Postby Netpackrat » Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:51 am

Re-read Reilly's Luck, one of my favorites by Louis L'Amour. I got rid of nearly all of my LL paperbacks years ago, but recently found a site that has a bunch of them posted online. It's probably technically stealing but I figure that Louis' kids have more than enough of my money already.

I have a couple more paperbacks ordered, the 5th in Kratman's Carrera series, and some John Ringo sci-fi book that looked interesting.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Kommander » Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:40 am

Having just finished "Tigers in the Mud" by Otto Carius I have to say that this book really contributes to the "Deutchland Ubermench" myth. The authors description of the Russians forces it pretty good, and he obviously respected them on some level. However he has nothing but disdain for the Americans, to the point to where the reader is forced to wonder just how the Americans ever defeated a single German unit if they were as incompetent as he alleges. He seems to think that the only reason they lost was due to poor command decisions, not actually getting outfought. Never mind that this is the kind of crap Hitler used in the first place to further his "stabbed in the back" narrative.

There are other issues with the book. The author first acts as if he is totally ignorant to the larger political situation in Europe, other than that Russians are bad. This is believable in the context that the author was young and focused on his job etc. Fair enough. However he also acts clueless as to why the allies and later the German people have such a poor opinion of the Wehrmacht. He fails to understand that the just doing your job bit falls a bit flat at a certain point. Certainly no one blames the common soldier directly for what happened, but at the same time they were used by the Nazis to further their political ambitions and enable them to murder a whole bunch of people. The author seems to be totally unable to understand this.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby toad » Mon Feb 02, 2015 3:06 am

I was re-reading the "Rods and the Axe" by Kratman and now I've got a real jones for the sequel.
I bit the bullet and set up my kindle to take direct down loads from Baen Books, mainly so I could skim through "Caliphate" and read his afterward.
Given when they started writing and what has happened since Kratman and Ringo both make me nervous.

I'm sure that under the Emperor I'll just look back and laugh :shock:

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Kommander wrote:Having just finished "Tigers in the Mud" by Otto Carius I have to say that this book really contributes to the "Deutchland Ubermench" myth. The authors description of the Russians forces it pretty good, and he obviously respected them on some level. However he has nothing but disdain for the Americans, to the point to where the reader is forced to wonder just how the Americans ever defeated a single German unit if they were as incompetent as he alleges. He seems to think that the only reason they lost was due to poor command decisions, not actually getting outfought. Never mind that this is the kind of crap Hitler used in the first place to further his "stabbed in the back" narrative.

There are other issues with the book. The author first acts as if he is totally ignorant to the larger political situation in Europe, other than that Russians are bad. This is believable in the context that the author was young and focused on his job etc. Fair enough. However he also acts clueless as to why the allies and later the German people have such a poor opinion of the Wehrmacht. He fails to understand that the just doing your job bit falls a bit flat at a certain point. Certainly no one blames the common soldier directly for what happened, but at the same time they were used by the Nazis to further their political ambitions and enable them to murder a whole bunch of people. The author seems to be totally unable to understand this.


Yeah, if the Americans sucked so bad, who'd he surrender to in the end? :lol:

The thing is, I really do enjoy reading the stories of German aces. Otto Carius, Adolf Galland, etc. But the important thing to remember is the big fat grain of salt to take along for the ride. They were prideful men. Prideful Germans, even. They would seize any ground to nurture their ego, and the German technowizardry and military magic myths lend power to their narrative.

Fact is, it doesn't matter how graceful their faceplants were, they still got BTFO.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby toad » Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:15 am

I used to have a paper back on German fighter pilots and I think the title was "German Fighter Aces". One of the things that has stuck with me was the hatred of the B-17 bombers that they had. They found out the hard way that the best approach was head on and it was terrifying. The book had pages illustrating what the closing speed was like. You'd have just a dot at a minute out, and the bomber would get bigger and bigger faster and faster. Then there were all of those tracers coming at you. The fighter pilots had an unconscious tendency to slump and duck down in their seats. They felt that some newbies died because the had their eyes closed and collided with a bomber. One pilot said the Ami's cut back on the raids just a bit too soon. Fighter planes they had but they were losing too many pilots. One pilot said air to air combat against other fighters was a challenge, a thrill. Going against the bomber boxes was just hoping your luck didn't run out and trying not to piss yourself.
















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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Netpackrat » Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:57 am

Yeah, the introduction of the chin turret kind of took a lot of the appeal out of the "twelve-o-clock high" attack. Some of the material I have read also expressed frustration at how difficult the B-17 was to actually bring down. They had special variants of their fighters equipped with extra gun pods and the like, which had to be escorted into attack position by standard fighters, because they were too heavy to be much good at dogfighting.
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Postby Weetabix » Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:16 pm

Marching Upcountry by David Drake and John Ringo. Not finished yet, but I'm enjoying it.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

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Kommander wrote:Having just finished "Tigers in the Mud" by Otto Carius I have to say that this book really contributes to the "Deutchland Ubermench" myth. The authors description of the Russians forces it pretty good, and he obviously respected them on some level. However he has nothing but disdain for the Americans, to the point to where the reader is forced to wonder just how the Americans ever defeated a single German unit if they were as incompetent as he alleges. He seems to think that the only reason they lost was due to poor command decisions, not actually getting outfought. Never mind that this is the kind of crap Hitler used in the first place to further his "stabbed in the back" narrative.

There are other issues with the book. The author first acts as if he is totally ignorant to the larger political situation in Europe, other than that Russians are bad. This is believable in the context that the author was young and focused on his job etc. Fair enough. However he also acts clueless as to why the allies and later the German people have such a poor opinion of the Wehrmacht. He fails to understand that the just doing your job bit falls a bit flat at a certain point. Certainly no one blames the common soldier directly for what happened, but at the same time they were used by the Nazis to further their political ambitions and enable them to murder a whole bunch of people. The author seems to be totally unable to understand this.


Yeah, if the Americans sucked so bad, who'd he surrender to in the end? :lol:

The thing is, I really do enjoy reading the stories of German aces. Otto Carius, Adolf Galland, etc. But the important thing to remember is the big fat grain of salt to take along for the ride. They were prideful men. Prideful Germans, even. They would seize any ground to nurture their ego, and the German technowizardry and military magic myths lend power to their narrative.

Fact is, it doesn't matter how graceful their faceplants were, they still got BTFO.


There is a lot of truth to that. On the other side of the coin, we spent a lot of time studying the Germans in my NWC Operational Planning class for the simple reason that they were really good at it (and more or less invented the modern form of it). When they say that they were good at what they did, it is most definitely not all bravado. We don't study the Japanese or Russians (or Brits or French) in the same way.

I don't grudge the average soldier/sailor/pilot to be proud of the fact that they put up a hell of a fight under rather nasty conditions when they were not really given the tools to be successful. Whether we are talking Wehrmacht or our guys who fought in Vietnam (or even Iraq or A'stan), I don't really think it is wrong for them to say that if victory was not achieved it was not their fault.

We like to think otherwise, but the truth is that the results in war are mostly top down. The top leadership of a nation needs to put their military in a position where they can win a war and then follow through with enough willpower to carry it through. Wars will not be won if you pick a fight with most of the rest of the world (Germany) or quit it the middle of the war (us). So figuring out if the soldiers did a good job or not is a more nuanced question than asking who won the war.
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Postby toad » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:45 pm

It's been a while since I read it but "Raid" by Roger Barron is interesting. It is the story of a raid set up by Gen. Patton to rescue his son-in-law from a German prisoner of war camp.
I found it interesting because the Germans and the Brits removed whole units out of the line to rest and re-equip them. The raid ran right into an area where an experienced German unit was doing its R&R.
One thing I remember from the book was that the raiding unit ran into a battery of 88's in trail on a road. As soon as they saw the guns they hosed them. It was an anti-aircraft unit "manned" by Flack Girls. Kind of upset the guys.
This brings up another German Problem, The Luftwaffe was in charge of anti-aircraft guns and the German army was desperate for anti-tank guns. This lead to some head banging on the Germans part. The flack 88's were used against tanks but they had some problems, they were set up high so that they could be aimed and loaded straight up. You had to be careful on the terrain you set them up on.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby randy » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:49 pm

toad wrote: The raid ran right into an area where an experienced German unit was doing its R&R.

That has a familiar ring to it (Arnhem)
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Postby Jered » Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:35 pm

toad wrote:This brings up another German Problem, The Luftwaffe was in charge of anti-aircraft guns and the German army was desperate for anti-tank guns. This lead to some head banging on the Germans part. The flack 88's were used against tanks but they had some problems, they were set up high so that they could be aimed and loaded straight up. You had to be careful on the terrain you set them up on.


IIRC, the Luftwaffe had a large number of ground troops.
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Postby JAG2955 » Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:59 pm

I couldn't sleep one night, so I picked up my copy of Tolkien's "Children of Hurin." I'm about halfway through now, and while it's an easier read than LOTR and by far easier than the Silmarillion, it's still a little deep. Very good in small doses, however.

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Jered wrote:
IIRC, the Luftwaffe had a large number of ground troops.


The Fallschirmjager and the Herman Goering Panzer division were Luftwaffe troops.
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Postby chem light » Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:58 am

I always have what I term a "traffic safety" book on my phone. By safety, I mean that of the drivers in my general vicintity whenever Fairfax traffic goes haywire, a pretty much hourly event. Audible has prevented many an absent minded or discourteous driver from being driven off the road by a small, blue Toyota.


But that is neither here nor there. I just finished the first book in a series called The Dresden Files. I greatly enjoyed it and have already downloaded the second. If you like MHI, you'll probably like this. I'm guessing. What do I know? I'm not psychic.
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Postby evan price » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:28 am

chem light wrote:I always have what I term a "traffic safety" book on my phone. By safety, I mean that of the drivers in my general vicintity whenever Fairfax traffic goes haywire, a pretty much hourly event. Audible has prevented many an absent minded or discourteous driver from being driven off the road by a small, blue Toyota.


But that is neither here nor there. I just finished the first book in a series called The Dresden Files. I greatly enjoyed it and have already downloaded the second. If you like MHI, you'll probably like this. I'm guessing. What do I know? I'm not psychic.

I'm on book five of the Dresden files and I just started them around Christmas time.
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Postby Weetabix » Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:21 pm

JAG2955 wrote:... and while it's an easier read than LOTR and by far easier than the Silmarillion, ...

IIRC, everything's an easier read than the Silmarillion. :lol:
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toad wrote:This brings up another German Problem, The Luftwaffe was in charge of anti-aircraft guns and the German army was desperate for anti-tank guns. This lead to some head banging on the Germans part. The flack 88's were used against tanks but they had some problems, they were set up high so that they could be aimed and loaded straight up. You had to be careful on the terrain you set them up on.


That was part of the reason the Wehrmacht developed the Pak 43. It wasn't a huge improvement on the Pak 41, but it gave them an 88 which they owned vice having to share production with another service.

BTW - just in general on the Luftwaffe, at the highest levels they were run by party hacks who were much more interested in controlling their turf than working with the other services. It was especially bad between the German Navy and the Luftwaffe.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby JAG2955 » Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:23 pm

Weetabix wrote:
JAG2955 wrote:... and while it's an easier read than LOTR and by far easier than the Silmarillion, ...

IIRC, everything's an easier read than the Silmarillion. :lol:


Except maybe a phone book or the tax code.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

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JAG2955 wrote:
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JAG2955 wrote:... and while it's an easier read than LOTR and by far easier than the Silmarillion, ...

IIRC, everything's an easier read than the Silmarillion. :lol:


Except maybe a phone book or the tax code.


I've got a Thomas Pynchon novel somewhere I got as a gift a long time ago, that you might appreciate. :lol:
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Netpackrat » Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:29 am

Finished a re-read of Last of the Breed the other night. Now on to Come and Take Them by Kratman, with Ringo's Live Free or Die on deck.
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Postby JAG2955 » Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:26 pm

I finished Children of Hurin. Very much so a Greek tragedy re writ into Middle Earth. If you're a fan of Tolkien, this is a relatively easy read and really fills in some of the early history of Middle Earth, especially on the man side.

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Postby toad » Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:42 pm

The thread about unusual people in the US military reminded me of the book, "You're stepping on my cloak and dagger"
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After WWII ended and the author sought employment at an advertising agency, he was asked what he had learned in the military. Since he had been in the OSS he told them, IIRC, "I learned how to pick locks, break into safes, steal, lie, and be deceptive. Also how to train and lead others in the arts of killing and lying."
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Postby Steamforger » Sun Feb 15, 2015 12:15 pm

toad wrote:I used to have a paper back on German fighter pilots and I think the title was "German Fighter Aces". One of the things that has stuck with me was the hatred of the B-17 bombers that they had. They found out the hard way that the best approach was head on and it was terrifying. The book had pages illustrating what the closing speed was like. You'd have just a dot at a minute out, and the bomber would get bigger and bigger faster and faster. Then there were all of those tracers coming at you. The fighter pilots had an unconscious tendency to slump and duck down in their seats. They felt that some newbies died because the had their eyes closed and collided with a bomber. One pilot said the Ami's cut back on the raids just a bit too soon. Fighter planes they had but they were losing too many pilots. One pilot said air to air combat against other fighters was a challenge, a thrill. Going against the bomber boxes was just hoping your luck didn't run out and trying not to piss yourself.


Interesting. Saburo Sakai noted in his book that climbing up to a B-17 from behind and below and putting 20mm into the bomb bay until the payload detonated was extremely effective and likely a much safer method of attack.

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Postby toad » Sun Feb 15, 2015 5:47 pm

IIRC in Saburo Saki's book he talks about the time he jumped what he thought was a group of Wildcats unfortunately by the time he realized they weren't (accounts differ on whether it was TBF's or SBD's but the US Navy is pretty sure it was a Dauntles Dive bomber) a rear gunner blew off his canopy, creased his skull and left him permanently blind in one eye. He had a hell of a trip back to his base and landing with out depth perception was tricky.

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Postby Greg » Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:25 am

Just finished 'American Gun'. Rather enjoyed it, but I do have one obvious nit to pick. As iconic as the Thompson was, it was most definitely not the first submachine gun.

That would be the MP18, which set the pattern for what an SMG looked like for decades.
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Postby Weetabix » Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:40 pm

David Drake and Tom Kratman's "March to the (destination)" series. First was good. Good character development. Decent story. The second is bogging down in wearisome technical hypothesizing.

"The Mardukans we want to help can cast a fair arquebus but they can't ream the jib sails unless we build a particle accelerator from these old timbers and that barrel hoop."

I'd like to see how Prince Roger turns out before I die. I've begun to skip long passages looking for the story. Sigh.
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Weetabix wrote:David Drake and Tom Kratman's "March to the (destination)" series. First was good. Good character development. Decent story. The second is bogging down in wearisome technical hypothesizing.

"The Mardukans we want to help can cast a fair arquebus but they can't ream the jib sails unless we build a particle accelerator from these old timbers and that barrel hoop."

I'd like to see how Prince Roger turns out before I die. I've begun to skip long passages looking for the story. Sigh.


Uh, no. That series is by John Ringo and David Weber.

Weber is well known for having a bit of a self-indulgent fascination with the nuts-and-bolts details of technology, even fictional technology. His Honorverse books have a self-contained internally-consistent series of technologies (that develop over time!) w.r.t which some of his more 'on the spectrum' fans have developed an almost Rabbinical tradition of textural scholarship, and they obsessively argue over the most minor (fictional) technical points.

I find that aspect of Weber's writing (and his fans) rather tiresome, but it seems to entertain him and sell books, so what do I know?
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Greg wrote:Uh, no. That series is by John Ringo and David Weber.

Weber is well known for having a bit of a self-indulgent fascination with the nuts-and-bolts details of technology, even fictional technology. His Honorverse books have a self-contained internally-consistent series of technologies (that develop over time!) w.r.t which some of his more 'on the spectrum' fans have developed an almost Rabbinical tradition of textural scholarship, and they obsessively argue over the most minor (fictional) technical points.

I find that aspect of Weber's writing (and his fans) rather tiresome, but it seems to entertain him and sell books, so what do I know?

Oops. I didn't have it in front of me, and it's on a Nook, so no cover. At least I got Drake right.

Hmm. I'm going to feel free to skip liberally until I rediscover the thread of the actual story. The story is good. It's that nuts-and-bolts that's boring me to tears.
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Postby Darrell » Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:39 pm

Presently reading GRRM's World of Ice and Fire. It was a Christmas gift. Big, unwieldy book, lots of sometimes garish artwork. It's a history of the Game of Thrones world, of Westeros in particular.
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Weetabix wrote:
Greg wrote:Uh, no. That series is by John Ringo and David Weber.

Weber is well known for having a bit of a self-indulgent fascination with the nuts-and-bolts details of technology, even fictional technology. His Honorverse books have a self-contained internally-consistent series of technologies (that develop over time!) w.r.t which some of his more 'on the spectrum' fans have developed an almost Rabbinical tradition of textural scholarship, and they obsessively argue over the most minor (fictional) technical points.

I find that aspect of Weber's writing (and his fans) rather tiresome, but it seems to entertain him and sell books, so what do I know?

Oops. I didn't have it in front of me, and it's on a Nook, so no cover. At least I got DrakeDavid right.

;) Different David. Weber is very different from Drake, though sometimes the fan bases overlap.

Hmm. I'm going to feel free to skip liberally until I rediscover the thread of the actual story. The story is good. It's that nuts-and-bolts that's boring me to tears.


I sympathize. I greatly enjoyed the series as a whole, but I also skipped giant chunks of 2 of the books.
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I'm binge reading Doc Ford novels by Randy Wayne White. His character is a worthy successor to Travis McGee.
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Taking a break from binge-reading Harry Dresden books (Love them so far but one needs to rest one's taste buds after indulging in strong flavors). I'm about to start Book #11, Turn Coat.

So I'm whetting my appetite with the first two of the Lost Regiment books by William Forstchen. First one was OK. Second one seems about the same.
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evan price wrote:Taking a break from binge-reading Harry Dresden books (Love them so far but one needs to rest one's taste buds after indulging in strong flavors). I'm about to start Book #11, Turn Coat.

So I'm whetting my appetite with the first two of the Lost Regiment books by William Forstchen. First one was OK. Second one seems about the same.

I just recently finished re-reading that series, now I'm working on the kinda-sorta similar Misplaced Legion series by Harry Turtledove.
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Greg wrote:;) Different David. Weber is very different from Drake, though sometimes the fan bases overlap.

OK. I'm done trying to do authors from memory when I'm reading electronically. :lol:

I sympathize. I greatly enjoyed the series as a whole, but I also skipped giant chunks of 2 of the books.

The skipping doesn't seem to be hurting me anywhere so far.
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Postby Langenator » Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:41 pm

I just finished The Forgotten Man by Amity Schlaes. That also completed my project to finish reading all of the books I had started reading but not finished.

Now up is Gust Front by John Ringo, to be followed by a biography of MacArthur, Slim, or Zhukov.
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Greg wrote:;) Different David. Weber is very different from Drake, though sometimes the fan bases overlap.

OK. I'm done trying to do authors from memory when I'm reading electronically. :lol:


Heh. I'm terrible with names in general, but some authors I know well.

I sympathize. I greatly enjoyed the series as a whole, but I also skipped giant chunks of 2 of the books.

The skipping doesn't seem to be hurting me anywhere so far.


I skipped disturbingly large parts of the two middle books. I enjoyed the series quite a lot. The two may be related, but I still feel a little guilty for not reading them 'the right way'. :lol:
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Postby evan price » Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:38 am

Greg wrote:
Weetabix wrote:David Drake and Tom Kratman's "March to the (destination)" series. First was good. Good character development. Decent story. The second is bogging down in wearisome technical hypothesizing.

"The Mardukans we want to help can cast a fair arquebus but they can't ream the jib sails unless we build a particle accelerator from these old timbers and that barrel hoop."

I'd like to see how Prince Roger turns out before I die. I've begun to skip long passages looking for the story. Sigh.


Uh, no. That series is by John Ringo and David Weber.

Weber is well known for having a bit of a self-indulgent fascination with the nuts-and-bolts details of technology, even fictional technology. His Honorverse books have a self-contained internally-consistent series of technologies (that develop over time!) w.r.t which some of his more 'on the spectrum' fans have developed an almost Rabbinical tradition of textural scholarship, and they obsessively argue over the most minor (fictional) technical points.

I find that aspect of Weber's writing (and his fans) rather tiresome, but it seems to entertain him and sell books, so what do I know?


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Inwardly, Jason breathed a sigh of relief. Tipping was the custom of paying extra -- usually a percentage of the price paid for goods and services rendered -- as a reward for outstanding service on the part of the service provider. At least, this was how the custom had gotten started. In practice, the custom had spread to the point where now a tip was expected even if merely average-quality service was provided. A man who transported a freshly-made pizza from the production facility to the Customer's residence could usually count on receiving 15 percent of the pizza's price as free money he could keep for himself, in addition to the salary paid him by his employer. As a result, employers typically took advantage of this situation and set their deliverers' salaries artificially low. Since, technically, there was no legal requirement for the Customer to pay the tip, Customers who had fallen on hard economic times had been known to simply not pay it, leaving the delivery man barely able to subsist on the paltry wages his employer provided. Jason knew the co-worker who was assigned to delivery duty tonight, Pizza Delivery Person Third Class Alonzo Gomez, and had seen the despondent look on his face more than once when Alonzo had returned after a delivery without a tip in his pocket. But this customer had just given his assurance that he would be tipping, thereby relieving Jason of the worries he harbored for his co-worker and comrade.


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Langenator wrote:I just finished The Forgotten Man by Amity Schlaes. That also completed my project to finish reading all of the books I had started reading but not finished.


How is that? I've wanted to pick it up for nigh onto ten years now.

I'm in the process of finishing Undaunted Courage now. The biggest takeaway I have so far from the book is this: don't have sex with any of the Plains Indians in the 19th century. They have syphilis. The second biggest takeaway I have is don't rely on unproven gear when going into the unknown.
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evan price wrote:RTWT

I couldn't.

As I began to mentally decipher the letters on the screen presented to me via the technology brought to me by the great hero AlGore, known colloquially as the internet, a heavy but familiar feeling of ennui began to drape over me like a thick coating of Mardukan slime. This feeling, one I had experienced before when wading through the tedium of a self-indulgent author who had not even the merest semblance of courtesy for the attention span common to even the most attentive reader, reminded me all too clearly of the painfully recent, though not-yet-complete experience of March to the Sea. As my mind appreciated the resolution of my screen, I began to review the development of the visual viewing component on my computer from the venerable cathode ray tube, with its electron guns and fluorescent screen in a vacuum, it occurred to me that I could recreate one of those with my current technology. I stepped out to the beach for some sand....

ugh :roll:
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SoupOrMan wrote:
Langenator wrote:I just finished The Forgotten Man by Amity Schlaes. That also completed my project to finish reading all of the books I had started reading but not finished.


How is that? I've wanted to pick it up for nigh onto ten years now.


It's well written and well researched, but is not, strictly speaking, an academic history. It's somewhere in between a popular style and academic. It's another (third that I've noticed, anyway) in the vein of re-looking the New Deal and stripping away a lot of the mythologizing of FDR. That said, it's not nearly as straight-up accusatory as, for example, New Deal or Raw Deal.

One thing that I did have a hard time with is that, in some parts, it's kind of the history book version of watching a horror movie: you're inwardly yelling at the protagonist "Don't do that!" "Don't try to keep farm prices/wages/etc up! Don't enact a big tarriff! You're just making things worse!"
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Weetabix wrote:
evan price wrote:RTWT

I couldn't.

As I began to mentally decipher the letters on the screen presented to me via the technology brought to me by the great hero AlGore, known colloquially as the internet, a heavy but familiar feeling of ennui began to drape over me like a thick coating of Mardukan slime. This feeling, one I had experienced before when wading through the tedium of a self-indulgent author who had not even the merest semblance of courtesy for the attention span common to even the most attentive reader, reminded me all too clearly of the painfully recent, though not-yet-complete experience of March to the Sea. As my mind appreciated the resolution of my screen, I began to review the development of the visual viewing component on my computer from the venerable cathode ray tube, with its electron guns and fluorescent screen in a vacuum, it occurred to me that I could recreate one of those with my current technology. I stepped out to the beach for some sand....

ugh :roll:


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Inwardly, Jason breathed a sigh of relief. Tipping was the custom of paying extra -- usually a percentage of the price paid for goods and services rendered -- as a reward for outstanding service on the part of the service provider. At least, this was how the custom had gotten started. In practice, the custom had spread to the point where now a tip was expected even if merely average-quality service was provided. A man who transported a freshly-made pizza from the production facility to the Customer's residence could usually count on receiving 15 percent of the pizza's price as free money he could keep for himself, in addition to the salary paid him by his employer. As a result, employers typically took advantage of this situation and set their deliverers' salaries artificially low. Since, technically, there was no legal requirement for the Customer to pay the tip, Customers who had fallen on hard economic times had been known to simply not pay it, leaving the delivery man barely able to subsist on the paltry wages his employer provided. Jason knew the co-worker who was assigned to delivery duty tonight, Pizza Delivery Person Third Class Alonzo Gomez, and had seen the despondent look on his face more than once when Alonzo had returned after a delivery without a tip in his pocket. But this customer had just given his assurance that he would be tipping, thereby relieving Jason of the worries he harbored for his co-worker and comrade.


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Postby JAG2955 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:37 pm

During my long drive to Texas, I was listening to a podcast called Hardcore History, by Dan Carlin. I had five episodes, each about 3-4 hours in length called "Blueprint for the Apocalypse", which was all about WWI. Extremely well done. Just have one more episode to go. I hope that he has lots more out before my next trip to Houston.

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I finished Monster Hunter Nemesis a few days ago. I waited until it came out in paperback.

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In the middle of Citadel by Ringo.

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I'm a couple of chapters into Korzybski's Science and Sanity. Rather enjoying it so far. Actually so far it's pretty obvious.
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I've just started re-reading the Casca - The Eternal Mercenary series by Barry Sadler. I've got all 21 of them, so it may be a while to finish them.
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I finally finished the World of Ice and Fire, by GRRM and Co. It's okay, I guess, if you're really into the GOT universe. I'm about to start something different--the Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, by Robert E. Howard. I don't think I've read anything by Howard since the Conan books my brother and I cut our teeth on in our teens.
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Postby Weetabix » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:03 pm

Just found an old copy of Hook: The Boosted Man. It's schlock, but quite enjoyable schlock - old 70's purple sci fi.

Ryder Hook was a member of the top secret Boosted Man project which, IIRC, makes them invincible, lightning-fast supermen. But! [dramatic chord] They've gone bad. Ryder Hook is now a curmudgeonly loner on the run, and his sense of honor makes him unwillingly help the targeted innocents of the galaxy when he gets thrown in with them. He's always invincible, but the propinquity of another Boosted Man triggers the speed sympathetically... somehow.

It's like every fugitive/reluctant hero trope of 70's entertainment, but it was one of the first sci fi books I read as a yute, so I have an affection for it.
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Postby Rich Jordan » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:29 pm

Re-reading Terry Pratchett's Hogfather. Just because.

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Taking a break from the memoirs to read Napoleon and Blucher by Muhlbach. Just getting into it.

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I’m halfway through the third volume of Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles trilogy. They consist of The Winter King, Enemy of God, and Excalibur. And I’m thoroughly enjoying them.

As you may expect, this is a retelling of Arthur, Guenevere and Lancelot. It also includes the tragedy of Tristan and Isolde which has been woven into the Arthurian legend. All this against the backdrop of the Saxon (along with the Angles and Jutes) invasion of the British Isles which in time became England.

Cornwell doesn’t make Arthur out to be a heroic figure, just a man who winds up doing heroic deeds while sometimes being oblivious to things around him, ignoring treachery and the ambitions of those around him. The story is told in a similar manner as was his series The Saxon Tales.

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Postby HTRN » Sat Mar 28, 2015 1:43 pm

Darrell wrote: It's okay, I guess, if you're really into the GOT universe.

What I would love to read, is a decent crossover between ASOIAF and Robert Howard's infamous barbarian. :ugeek:

That or alien space bats move a quaint little eastern European town to become Ned Stark's new neighbor.. :twisted:

Let's see Joffrey deal with a Mad Girl and her army of Monsters.. :lol:
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby MiddleAgedKen » Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:13 pm

I reckon Mechanicsburg is quaint...

...for given values thereof. Coffee's good, anyway (or so one hears). :P
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Postby Kommander » Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:38 am

JAG2955 wrote:During my long drive to Texas, I was listening to a podcast called Hardcore History, by Dan Carlin. I had five episodes, each about 3-4 hours in length called "Blueprint for the Apocalypse", which was all about WWI. Extremely well done. Just have one more episode to go. I hope that he has lots more out before my next trip to Houston.


Thank you so much for recommending this, though the Title is actually "Blueprint For Armageddon". Took a bit of goggling to dig it up and I'm only about 20 min in but I am enjoying it allot so far. I really wanted to read something good about WWI last year but got kinda busy with other things. This should make up for it.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Rich Jordan » Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:54 am

"Leviathan Wakes" by James Corey. Part of "The Expanse" series.

Humanity has expanded into the Solar System; there's Earth, Mars, and the Belt colonies, and they don't always get along. Members of a crew of an ice freighter come across a distress signal from another ship, but then find themselves involved in an escalating series of events leading to war, and "killing on a scale unfathomable".

So far its pretty good. Four additional volumes are out, and it is supposedly being made into a series by the sci-fi channel

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Greg » Mon Mar 30, 2015 12:09 pm

Apparently Ringo's Muse is active and riding him hard. And what Ringo is putting out is.... stories in the MHI universe. He's been snippeting a lot on FB. Looks great, I've been enjoying them quite a bit.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Darrell » Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:55 am

I started Helen McDonald's H Is For Hawk a couple of days ago. Good so far, she has a way with words.

http://www.amazon.com/H-Hawk-Helen-Macd ... s+for+hawk
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby 308Mike » Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:12 pm

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Postby evan price » Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:18 am

Rich Jordan wrote:"Leviathan Wakes" by James Corey. Part of "The Expanse" series.

Humanity has expanded into the Solar System; there's Earth, Mars, and the Belt colonies, and they don't always get along. Members of a crew of an ice freighter come across a distress signal from another ship, but then find themselves involved in an escalating series of events leading to war, and "killing on a scale unfathomable".

So far its pretty good. Four additional volumes are out, and it is supposedly being made into a series by the sci-fi channel


Found this series by accident last year thanks to a blogpost about future economies.

The 'author' (actually two writing under the pseudonym Corey) has a really well developed universe and storyline.
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Postby evan price » Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:19 am

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Cracking open an old series.
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Postby dfwmtx » Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:50 pm

"Joe Steele" - more Harry Turtledove alternate history. Somehow Josef Stalin is an American, and becomes president instead of FDR, running on the Democratic ticket.

some metaphysics by Rudolf Steiner

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby 308Mike » Fri Apr 17, 2015 1:21 am

evan price wrote:Image

Cracking open an old series.

WOW!! How old is THAT??? Have they been compiled into a book, and if so, are they a different name?
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

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Polychrome, by Ryk E. Spoor, a Kickstarter-funded follow on story to L. Frank Baum's Oz series of books.

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Postby MiddleAgedKen » Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:45 pm

Finally finished Crime and Punishment last night. Started Notes from the Underground -- after that I think I'll go for something lighter, like King of the Khyber Rifles and Rung Ho! On the professional reading side I'm about halfway through Your Gut Is Still Not Smarter than Your Head, an excellent practitioner-oriented marketing book by Clancy and Krieg.
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Postby Captain Wheelgun » Sun Apr 26, 2015 1:12 am

Digging deep into my dead-tree library, I'm re-reading Run Silent, Run Deep by Edward L. Beach. After that are the sequels, Dust on the Sea, and Cold is the Sea.
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Postby Greg » Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:18 pm

Working through some Oracle documentation on Solaris Volume Manager. Haven't used it in over 10 years, when it was last known as Solstice Disksuite. We've started using it at work in some configurations, so have to refresh the old memory. Luckily it's relatively simple.
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Postby Darrell » Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:36 pm

I finished H Is For Hawk, and have begun Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won The Civil War, by Charles Flood. Back on a Civil War kick.

H Is For Hawk is a great read, btw. Helen MacDonald, an experienced falconer, takes on the challenges of training a goshawk, after the death of her father. The book is about dealing with grief, a look into the life of T.H. White, and ruminations on being human; it's also about falconry, of course.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby evan price » Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:49 am

308Mike wrote:
evan price wrote:Image

Cracking open an old series.

WOW!! How old is THAT??? Have they been compiled into a book, and if so, are they a different name?



There are now three omnibus editions that compose the first books.
Beginning Operations (2001) contains Hospital Station, Star Surgeon and Major Operation.
Alien Emergencies (2002) contains Ambulance Ship, Sector General and Star Healer.
General Practice (2003) contains Code Blue - Emergency and The Genocidal Healer.

These are pretty old school hard SF in the style of the time it was published. It's good for a read!
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Postby Weetabix » Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:11 pm

Just ordered the first six of the Aubrey/Maturin series. I can't wait!
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby 308Mike » Sat May 02, 2015 1:50 am

Captain Wheelgun wrote:Digging deep into my dead-tree library, I'm re-reading Run Silent, Run Deep by Edward L. Beach. After that are the sequels, Dust on the Sea, and Cold is the Sea.

Books by Beach about subs are EXCELLENT!! ENJOY!!
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Captain Wheelgun » Sat May 02, 2015 7:13 am

308Mike wrote:
Captain Wheelgun wrote:Digging deep into my dead-tree library, I'm re-reading Run Silent, Run Deep by Edward L. Beach. After that are the sequels, Dust on the Sea, and Cold is the Sea.

Books by Beach about subs are EXCELLENT!! ENJOY!!

I'm about halfway through Cold is the Sea. I like how he worked in references to his own postwar adventures aboard USS Trigger and USS Triton.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby dfwmtx » Tue May 05, 2015 4:55 pm

Finished "Joe Steele". The ending would give liberals aneurisms.

"The Stand" Stephen King. I'm thinking this was during his days of heavy cocaine and vodka usage.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby JAG2955 » Tue May 05, 2015 5:45 pm

I'm kind of in a doldrums right now with regards to reading. Can someone suggest a good historical non-fiction book that will grab my attention like "Six Frigates" did?

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Postby evan price » Wed May 06, 2015 5:32 am

Started Master & Commander. Like the Hornblower stuff so this is right up my alley.
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Postby Jered » Wed May 06, 2015 5:58 am

evan price wrote:Taking a break from binge-reading Harry Dresden books (Love them so far but one needs to rest one's taste buds after indulging in strong flavors). I'm about to start Book #11, Turn Coat.

So I'm whetting my appetite with the first two of the Lost Regiment books by William Forstchen. First one was OK. Second one seems about the same.


I enjoyed the Lost Regiment series, and I bought the entire Destroyermen series. If you like the Lost Regiment, you'd probably like that one, too.

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Postby Weetabix » Wed May 06, 2015 11:40 pm

evan price wrote:Started Master & Commander. Like the Hornblower stuff so this is right up my alley.

I'd read Master and Commander years ago. Can't find it, so I ordered the first six in the series. Post Captain arrived first, so I'm reading that now.
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JAG2955 wrote:I'm kind of in a doldrums right now with regards to reading. Can someone suggest a good historical non-fiction book that will grab my attention like "Six Frigates" did?

I see what you did there. :D
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby 308Mike » Thu May 07, 2015 12:10 am

I just ordered a couple of books from Amazon:

Dumb but Lucky!: Confessions of a P-51 Fighter Pilot in World War II

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AND:

Serenade to the Big Bird
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Postby Aegis » Fri May 08, 2015 7:01 am

JAG2955 wrote:I'm kind of in a doldrums right now with regards to reading. Can someone suggest a good historical non-fiction book that will grab my attention like "Six Frigates" did?


How historical? I'm a huge fan of James Hornfischer's WWII books, including Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Neptune's Inferno.

They Were Expendable by W.L. White is a fascinating story of the PT boat crews in the Philippines at the beginning of the war.

And Cornelius Ryan's The Longest Day is probably the best book on D-Day ever written.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby First Shirt » Sun May 10, 2015 4:15 pm

Just started Steel Bonnets by George MacDonald Fraser (of Flashman fame). A history of the Border Reivers of England and Scotland between 1300-1605.

Just got a new tablet, and now I've gotta try and figure out how to change all my EPUB stuff to MOBI format.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby randy » Sun May 10, 2015 4:38 pm

First Shirt wrote:Just got a new tablet, and now I've gotta try and figure out how to change all my EPUB stuff to MOBI format.


Calibre will convert between formats. Default is to EPUB but just checked and it has MOBI listed as an output format. And it's free!

If you have an Android, you can download the Aldiko e-book reader which handles EPUB and you can skip the conversion step. Don't know if there is an I-whatever version. I got based on multiple recommendations from here and it works well.

Also, if Android, there is a Calibre Companion app that interfaces with the desktop version (through home WI-FI if you have it) which makes loading books onto your tablet a breeze. Again, don't know if there is an I-version
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Windy Wilson » Mon May 11, 2015 2:41 am

With the Old Breed, by Eugene B. Sledge. He was at Pelileu and Okinawa.
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