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Old 06-03-2010, 12:50 PM   #481
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Italian Shoes, by Henning Mankell. I thought this was to be a crime novel, but instead it is a serious study of a man near to being old and living a very circumcribed life when things abruptly change. He is confronted with his past, and errors in the way he perceived events and acted on them.

IMO, a very thoughtful, high quality novel. It does what a novel is supposed to do- shows you real characters in real situations, and therefore suggests a look at one's own self and attitudes.

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Motherless Brooklyn by John Lethem. Extrordinary crime novel related in the first person by an orphan with Tourette's Syndrome. Powerful stuff.
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Just started The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Touted as the one of the first mystery novels, it is engagingly written even if a bit heavy in that particularly 19th century affliction of extremely long descriptions. Nothing quite as extreme as an entire chapter about the symbolism of white as a color, and I admit to skimming over them anyway.

And for you cheapskates out there, it is available through the Gutenberg project. (free in the iBook store).

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"the unseen hand" by ralph epperson. book about american history - minus the revisionist drivel that's taught in schools/media.

you tin foilers will love it. statists will have their world destroyed.

it's an amazing piece of work. i read 2-4 books per month and this one is truly exceptional.
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This isn't a book but I found it well worth reading. It seems very appropriate with father's day only a couple of weeks away: Phillip Toledano - Days with My Father
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"the unseen hand" by ralph epperson. book about american history - minus the revisionist drivel that's taught in schools/media.

you tin foilers will love it. statists will have their world destroyed.

it's an amazing piece of work. i read 2-4 books per month and this one is truly exceptional.
I thought this Amazon review very concise and to the point:

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The source material for this book rests heavily on other conspiracy volumes, and most of the material for this book seems to be drawn from books and pamphlets from the John Birch Society. The Birchers built their entire organization around the ideas of a communist conspiracy and the creation of a global new world order. The last chapter of the book devotes a large amount of space in praise to the JBS, so an objective account of conspiratorial history won't be found in this book. Epperson also made the mistake of not going directly to source material for his information. Instead, he relied on the interpretations of others, and some of these people are wackos.
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I thought this Amazon review very concise and to the point:
So are you a tin foiler, a revisionist, or a statist?

I bet you're glad you're not a moderator!
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So are you a tin foiler, a revisionist, or a statist?
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This is a free Kindle book:

Shadow of Power by Martini

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This link sent me to "Your Media Library" (new to me) where I was shown every media purchase I had ever made from Amazon. Nothing to indicate the free book you are referring to.
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Thanks, Ron, I fixed it.
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T-Al, thank you! I just downloaded Martini's Shadow of Power on my Kindle. I don't read much fiction since I love non-fiction so much and reality is often stranger than fiction and more fascinating to me. However, this book looks really interesting (and at $0.00, if it isn't so what ). Right now I am in the middle of another book but it's nice to have this for future reading.
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Thanks, Ron, I fixed it.
Thanks. I downloaded right to my Blackberry... and, as W2R sez, the price is certainly right... if not correct.
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Thanks T. Al!

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"All the flowers are dying" by L. Block. Very good.
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Okay, I also downloaded it. I see people who "bought" it also bought Don Brown's "treason" which I remember was free when DAN Brown's last book came out

Edit: I see Treason is free today (or again). Haven't read it yet.

Vicente I've read an L. Block and have more of them lined up.
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I just finished James Patterson's "Honeymoon " . A real quick easy read !
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Yeah... but was it any good?
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Yes, it was good !
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Just finished Cronin's The Passage, and I must say that I was disappointed. I don't understand what all of the excitement was about. It is a big sweeping Story with lots of characters. In that way, it reminded me of The Pillars of the Earth, and as T-Al said, just as you start to get to know a character, he or she gets killed off.

It also reminded me a bit of The Lord of the Rings in this respect. A story built around a fairly large band of characters. Lots and lots of stuff happens, but I never felt like I got to know the characters very well.

Maybe I adjust behind the times, and this is the current style of fiction, but I still prefer the old-fashioned story, in which you come to understand a character and how the story's events changes him or her.
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