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Old 01-03-2017, 09:41 AM   #2481
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Reading A Spy's Life by Henry Porter....so far, so good...

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Under the Dome...

About 95% different from the TV of the same name, and much, much better than the TV show, IMHO.
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Finished "Blue Highways" by William Least Heat Moon. An excellent recommendation by Nodak. I had my atlas handy when reading so I could identify the really small towns. I found it very enjoyable.
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The Lords of Discipline. I picked it up from a stack of free paperbacks. Written by Pat Conroy in 1980, (also wrote The Great Santini). Awesome book DW and I both really enjoyed.
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The Lords of Discipline. I picked it up from a stack of free paperbacks. Written by Pat Conroy in 1980, (also wrote The Great Santini). Awesome book DW and I both really enjoyed.


Great book.

I worked with one of Conroy's classmates from the Citadel.
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Finished the book....found it to be very well done.....now reading Jo Nesbo's Cockroaches...'an early Harry Hole case'.

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/cockroaches-3
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Just began "Valiant Ambition" by Nathaniel Philbrick. It's a book about Benedict Arnold and what led to his treason during the American Revolution.
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I finished Tana French's newest book, The Tresspasser. link: https://smile.amazon.com/Trespasser-...er+tana+french

It is written in the first person from the standpoint of the young Murder Squad detective in Dublin, Antoinette Conway. Lots of Irish street slang. Makes you feel like you are right in there with the detectives.

A bit of a slow starter as the first half felt slow to me. But I hung in there and felt it was maybe a 4.5 star book. I read really slowly and put the book down a lot so maybe I'm not your typical page turning reader. I've read all of Tana French's books.

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I finished Tana French's newest book, The Tresspasser. link: https://smile.amazon.com/Trespasser-...er+tana+french
Will watch out for her works...thank you.

Having finished the Nesbo, I'm on to The Fifth Woman, another Kurt Wallander novel by Henning Mankell:

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David Mccullough's The Greater Journey, about Americans in Paris in the 19th century. Gosh he's a good writer!
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I finished Tana French's newest book, The Tresspasser. link: https://smile.amazon.com/Trespasser-...er+tana+french

It is written in the first person from the standpoint of the young Murder Squad detective in Dublin, Antoinette Conway. Lots of Irish street slang. Makes you feel like you are right in there with the detectives.

A bit of a slow starter as the first half felt slow to me. But I hung in there and felt it was maybe a 4.5 star book. I read really slowly and put the book down a lot so maybe I'm not your typical page turning reader. I've read all of Tana French's books.
I was disappointed in a couple of things in Secret Place, the previous Tana French book, because she is usually just soooo good imo, but am looking forward to this new book. I saw it at the library last week but have a bunch of books stockpiled already.
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I was disappointed in a couple of things in Secret Place, the previous Tana French book, because she is usually just soooo good imo, but am looking forward to this new book. I saw it at the library last week but have a bunch of books stockpiled already.
Yep, I noticed the reviews on Amazon were lower for that one. I only read 1/2 of the Secret Place. Could not get into the teenage girl stuff.
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I am reading "the Dorito Effect- The surprising new truth about food and Flavor" I'm not done with it yet, but so far its very interesting. I read something about it in a post on this site.

My 12 year old son's comment was pretty funny- "Noooo, not another book on nutrition! Mom, I love Doritos, please don't read that!"
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Just finished "America 1900" by Judy Crichton. If you liked "The Greater Journey" you will also like this one which is written in a similar style. Judy Crichton was a director of the American Experience. The book reviews the year 1900 month by month by focusing on interesting events that occurred each month and then tying them together. Also provides a nice portrait of William McKinley which led me to "The Triumph of William McKinley" by Karl Rove. Yes that Karl Rove.
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The oldest American mystery is what happened to the lost colony of Roanoke. I thoroughly enjoyed this account that treats it as a detective story. An enormous amount of research went into it and the author is extremely well qualified to look at the Native American side. Some reviewers objected to the author's unusual style, but I found it quite enjoyable.

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Just finished "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr. The story of a blind French girl and a German boy and how their paths cross during WWII. I highly recommend.
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If you have ever wondered what the science of quantum physics is about, but thought the educational background to get 'up-to-speed' so to speak was lacking or too daunting to tackle, then this book is for you.

I'm a sci-fi geek. I love anything science fiction. I've been in awe of how the authors of books, and creators of movies and TV shows have been so accurate in foretelling the future of scientific ideas into practical application. Reading this book now, for the the 3rd time, not because it's difficult to comprehend but because in this ever changing world, there's more to realize and apply, I am constantly amazed at the obvious intelligent design of the natural universe.
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For a change of pace I just started Murphy's Law by Colin Bateman (who use to publish simply as Bateman).

I've read a number of his cynically funny books and enjoyed them.


Colin Bateman (Author of Mystery Man)

(Apparently they made a TV series based on the book, which I hadn't heard of, but which I just added to our library wish list.)
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