Whatcha reading redux.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by First Shirt » Tue May 10, 2016 2:43 am

Just finished Greyfriars Bobby which was a free Kindle download. Damn, it's dusty in here!
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Rich Jordan » Sun May 22, 2016 4:55 pm

Found at a local book clearance sale.

"The 6th Infantry Division In World War II - 1939 - 1945"
by The Division Public Relations Section
Washington Infantry Journal Press

First edition, May 1947

No jacket (if it ever came with one) and the binding is a bit weak. This book was read a fair amount.

Top of the stack when I'm done with my current book. Its not rare but a neat find for $2, and fits well with my Britain's Homage book and a few other period titles.

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ETA; I looked up the association because the last page included subscription info (at the time $1/year for the newsletter); apparently the Sixth Division Association is in the process of dissolving. The 6th was inactivated in '94, one of the many reductions by Clinton, and the nonprofit Association has been dwindling in membership and resources ever since. They're taking a vote to dissolve, and turn over remaining resources, mementos, etc to a museum. The next newsletter will likely be the last.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by toad » Mon May 23, 2016 12:38 am

SeekHer wrote:I was at the used book store and came across some great fishing books from the 1980s, 1970s and 1930s.

Traver, Robert.....Trout Madness

Gierach, John.....Standing in a River Waving a Stick

Haig-Brown, Roderick.....The Western Angler -- The only one of his great works that I hadn't read in the past--great find as now it completes the series..

Also by the same authors that I can recommend:
Traver, Robert.....
Trout Magic
Laughing Whitefish
Anatomy of a Fisherman
-- all hilariously funny
He also wrote a number of crime novels that weren't bad...He was a lawyer--but we won't hold that against him--yet his style was very lively, comical in a very oblique manner.

Gierach, John.....
Sex, Death and Flyfishing -- First One that I had read and what got me hooked on him as a writer and educator...One of the best untrained naturalists.
Fishing Bamboo
Dances With Trout -- Great read
Even Brook Trout Get the Blues
Another Lousy Day in Paradise
Where the Trout Are: As Long as your Leg
Fly Fishing Small Streams -- Excellent work on technique
The View from Rat Lake
Trout Bums -- Spawned a whole group of anglers and a trade name for rods
Fly Fishing the High Country -- Another excellent work on technique

Haig-Brown, Roderick.....
A River Never Sleeps
Fisherman's Spring
Fisherman's Summer
Fisherman's Fall
Fisherman's Winter
Return to the River

All magnificent works by the acclaimed dean of Fly Fishermen from the 1930s to 1950s...Written in "English" from the time period but still with wit, humour and a superlative eye for detail...Must have for any avid flyfisher...This now gives me his complete set...I bought a few in the 1970s and hadn't picked up a fly rod until about 2000/2001...His detail even worked for spinning rigs on fish habitat, behaviour and feeding habits

They also had the complete twenty two volume series of Casca the Eternal Mercenary by Barry Sadler--who also wrote the "The Ballard of the Green Berets" song...He extensively researched his stories before writing them covering from ±40AD in Judea to the 1970s and Vietnam and the Israeli Wars...I had read them back in the 1980s and enjoyed them then and the complete set was only $40 (twice what they were new) so I bought them.
I've lost the ability to set still or repeatedly cast a line. It takes too long now for me to get to decent fishing water. My idea of fishing now involves nets and lime bombs.
I need to check half price for some of those Barry Sadler books. I remember being surprised at how well he researched them.
There are some as Ebooks on Amazon.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by evan price » Mon May 23, 2016 4:14 am

After a brief fling in the genre in the 90s thanks to the SERRAted Edge books by Mercedes Lackey and playing a lot of Shadowrun-
I've rediscovered "Urban fantasy" thanks to Jim Butcher's Dresden Files.
(And despite David Coe's Justis Fearsson series which tried hard to get me to not go back to UF.)

Reading Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series, which is so far not bad. I'm in Book Six iirc.

Reading Kim Harrison's The Hollows which is a more estrogen-heavy series but still enjoyable, set in an alt-Cincinnati. Book Four I think.

Reading Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake- Vampire Hunter series, which is even more estrogen-ey, but still OK after the first book.

I have Patricia Brigg's Moon Called on the table to start which is the first of the Mercy Thompson series, but the idea of reading THREE similar genre story arcs at once is beginning to give me trouble and adding a fourth might be a bad idea.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Termite » Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:24 pm

Just finished Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary Pirates.

Pretty good read.
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Post by Netpackrat » Wed Jun 08, 2016 5:38 pm

I'm most of the way through "C Stories" by Jeff Cooper. The first of several books my brother and his wife gave me for my birthday.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Weetabix » Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:27 pm

Just finished Eats, Shoots, and Leaves. I'm not sure what it says about me that I really enjoy reading about punctuation, but there it is. :geek:
Note to self: start reading sig lines. They're actually quite amusing. :D

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Post by dfwmtx » Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:20 pm

I've gone through so many of the Jack Reacher books I've lost count. I swear, 3 of them were like Reacher's anti-criminal rampage through America's breadbasket. Stopped currently on some novella so I can re-read S.M. Stirling's "The Peshawar Lancers", which I haven't read since college.
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Post by dfwmtx » Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:06 pm

I know Frank Herbert's son Brian finished out dad's Dune series with the help of dad's notes and a ghost writer. Haven't read those yet; still stuck on Dune 7. However, I've started reading a novel of his to see if he can come up with ideas not based on dad's source material. "The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma". Seems like an enviromental dystopia everyone on this board would hate to live in and love to fight against. And interestingly enough, all printed in green ink.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Weetabix » Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:08 pm

I lost interest after Dune Messiah. Can't remember why, though.
Note to self: start reading sig lines. They're actually quite amusing. :D

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