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Old 01-15-2018, 02:49 PM   #2741
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Old 01-15-2018, 08:09 PM   #2742
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Started reading Artemis by Andy Weir over the weekend.

Whoever told me about it said it was nowhere near as good as The Martian, so I had low expectations. I have been pleasantly surprised though and am enjoying it.
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Old 01-16-2018, 07:51 AM   #2743
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Started reading Artemis by Andy Weir over the weekend.

Whoever told me about it said it was nowhere near as good as The Martian, so I had low expectations. I have been pleasantly surprised though and am enjoying it.
I'm also reading this book. It's good so far, but not holding me like The Martian did.

The best book I've read this winter is 'Before the Dawn' (also mentioned in this thread). Fascinating read.
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Old 01-16-2018, 05:47 PM   #2744
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Started reading Artemis by Andy Weir over the weekend.

Whoever told me about it said it was nowhere near as good as The Martian, so I had low expectations. I have been pleasantly surprised though and am enjoying it.
That was my take on it too. The Martian is a hard act to follow. And the book's success allowed Weir to take an early retirement and do what he wanted to do, so good for him!
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Recently finished two books.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. It was decent but didnít enjoy it near as much as Atlas Shrugged. Although it was shorter .

The Last Season by Eric Blehm. About a seasonal NPS ranger named Randy Morgensen who went missing in the Sierra in the mid 90ís. This book I enjoyed very much, especially cause it brought me back to many of the places in this beautiful and spiritual area Iíve traveled through during my time on the PCT.
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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. It was decent but didnít enjoy it near as much as Atlas Shrugged. Although it was shorter .
Oh yeah, it's just a short story compared to Atlas Shrugged!
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Old 01-17-2018, 06:03 AM   #2747
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After two previous failed attempts I finally read and finished The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri translated by John Ciardi. My previous attempts with different translations found the book impenetrable but finally getting the Ciardi translation that has explanations before and after each chapter help me easily get through the book. I also found the Wikipedia page helped me interpret each chapter and the allegory.
To think that someone could write like that in 1320 really made me pause. The more I read classics or historical books the more I realize the the people from 700 years ago or 2000 years ago were pretty much indistinguishable from people today and could probably pick up an I-phone and start texting in under an hour. The only area where I think we have significantly advanced in 3000 years is our understanding of medicine.
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My previous attempts with different translations found the book impenetrable ...
Agreed. A good translation can make all the difference. One of my sons investigates translations before he purchases any classic work. So now the first thing I do if I'm going to read something like Dante is to ask my son "Which translation should I get?"
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Confederate Arsenals, Laboratories, and Ordnance Depots, V.1, 2, and 3. Not light reading and probably more detail on the subject than I'll ever need.
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I am in the middle of reading Bumfuzzle: Just Out Looking For Pirates. Itís about a young couple who decide to sell everything, buy a catamaran and sail around the world. Itís been fascinating reading it. The best part is the E-book is FREE on Amazon.

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Here is a book about an Irish guy and ex military who rides his bike from San Francisco to New York. Itís called Travels With Surly: Cycling Across The USA. Its a good book and an interesting perspective to read a foreigners view of the USA. Surly is the brand of touring bike that he is riding.

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Started reading Artemis by Andy Weir over the weekend.

Whoever told me about it said it was nowhere near as good as The Martian, so I had low expectations. I have been pleasantly surprised though and am enjoying it.
Finished reading Artemis the other day. I'd have to rate this average to below average.

As mentioned, I had low expectations, but was initially pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately, however, I thought the story "ran out of gas" in the second half and it was a challenge to stick with it until the end.
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American Kingpin, by Nick Bilton, is excellent. This is the true story about the hunt for the guy who built The Silk Road, the dark net drug emporium. The story is bizarre, including fake torture, real hits, corrupt Secret Service and DEA agents, nerds, cops, and criminals. The US government seized $150M in bitcoin from Silk Road in 2013. If they still have them they are worth $billions.
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A guilty pleasure but recently finish Steven Erikson's Forge of Darkness.

It is kind of medieval fantasy with a good helping of common person point of view. It is the 2nd in a three part sequel to his Ginormous Malazon Book of the Fallen series.

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Finished Ann Cleeves The Seagull. One of her best in the Vera series.

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Finished reading Artemis the other day. I'd have to rate this average to below average.

As mentioned, I had low expectations, but was initially pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately, however, I thought the story "ran out of gas" in the second half and it was a challenge to stick with it until the end.
Yep, my experience as well.

Reading 'Mayflower' right now. Interesting so far.
https://www.amazon.com/Mayflower-Sto.../dp/0143111973

Next up is Killers of the Flower Moon.
https://www.amazon.com/Killers-Flowe.../dp/0385534248

I'm a road biker, so Travels With Surly sounds entertaining. Thanks fidler.
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Reading 'Mayflower' right now. Interesting so far.
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Finished Mayflower just before Artemis. Really enjoyed it. It's the third book I've read by Nathaniel Philbrick and he is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
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Old 01-24-2018, 07:35 PM   #2758
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Yeah, just finished Artemis too. It would have been fine for anybody else. The Martian is going to be hard to match/beat.
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Iíve read this. It was fascinating. And depressing.
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Midnight Line - Lee Child.

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I had rejected Lee Child after a Reacher book that was so unrealistic, but I gave him another chance, and now I just finished my seventh of his. Just finished The Hard Way. I gave No Middle Name, Make Me, and One Shot all five stars on GoodReads.
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