Whatcha reading redux.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Windy Wilson » Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:32 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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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Weetabix » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:18 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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Post by First Shirt » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:16 pm

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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Post by Captain Wheelgun » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:28 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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Post by blackeagle603 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:06 am

Just started Eric Metaxis' "Martin Luther". Good story teller and researcher (or reader of the current research).
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Post by g-man » Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:19 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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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Jered » Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:56 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?[/spoiler]

Have you read 11/22/63?

That's a good one of King's books.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Post by Weetabix » Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:43 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?[/spoiler]
I'm not there yet, but...
[spoiler]Nadine and Harold and especially Trashcan Man and The Kid make me uncomfortable.[/spoiler]
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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Post by Wrenchbender1 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:39 am

Emden : My experiences in S. M. S. Emden
Interesting so far. The Emden was a German light cruiser/commerce raider that was sunk during WWI. Hopefully, I'll come across a book about the SMS Seeadler as well. Both crews were well respected on both sides.
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Post by Johnnyreb » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:34 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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