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Old 01-04-2011, 02:47 PM   #761
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+1 to both of the them. Gulf Coast Florida in the tradition of what's-his-name: pastel colored this and that.
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John D Macdonald's Travis McGee series?
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I am almost half way through "Worst Case " by James Patterson . I know I swore off him because his books were getting too kinky but this one is excellent . I also just finished " My Nest isn't empty it just has more closet space " by Lisa Scottoline . If you like her books it's an interesting glimpse into her life . I have " Unbroken " loaded in my Nook to read next . It's gotten excellent reviews .
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John D Macdonald's Travis McGee series?
That's it. I was too lazy to look it up
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+1 to both of the them. Gulf Coast Florida in the tradition of what's-his-name: pastel colored this and that.
I will try to recover from this slight against my all-time favorite novelist, Don! It is the wonderful John Dann McDonald, just as Kroeran said!

I have his entire collection of both the Travis series and his lesser known but still fabulous novels. He wrote Cape Fear which was made into a very scary movie--it is the only one of his books that I cannot bear to re-read--too scary!
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I will try to recover from this slight against my all-time favorite novelist, Don! It is the wonderful John Dann McDonald, just as Kroeran said!

I have his entire collection of both the Travis series and his lesser known but still fabulous novels. He wrote Cape Fear which was made into a very scary movie--it is the only one of his books that I cannot bear to re-read--too scary!
I like them too. I just can never remember the names of authors or even characters (like Travis McGee). But for some reason I always remembered the pastel colors in a lot of his titles (lemon colored sky?) with the great accompanying cover art
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Reading (a real catchy title, btw) "Eartly Retirement Extreme" by Jacob Lund Fisker. Wish I'd read it much sooner in my life. Lays out a new way to approach how and what you spend and how to retire, well, early.
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Here's the link: Amazon.com: Early Retirement Extreme: A philosophical and practical guide to financial independence (9781453601211): Jacob Lund Fisker: Books
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I like them too. I just can never remember the names of authors or even characters (like Travis McGee). But for some reason I always remembered the pastel colors in a lot of his titles (lemon colored sky?) with the great accompanying cover art
John Ds Harvard MBA and India deployment during the war put some meat on the bones in his stories

couple of times in my life I recognised some patterns and realised I was the real life sucker in a John D real estate scam.

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Lincoln at Gettysburg, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Garry Wills.
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I am rereading Barney's Version, by Mordechai Richler. I bought the hardcover edition when it was published in 1997 and enjoyed it. Now that it's been made into a movie, I am going to read it again before seeing the movie. I'm a few chapters in and enjoying the irreverence!
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Just finished Linda Fairstein's Entombed. She is new to me and a pretty good crime writer - about an 8.0. She is the former chief prosecutor for NY's SVU. This novel tracks the investigation of a twenty year old murder of a young woman buried alive in the basement wall of a building Edgar Allan Poe lived in ala "The Cask of Amontillado," with a concurrent investigation of an upper east side rapist.
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I just finished" Unbroken "by Laure Hillenbrand. It's an incredible tale of a survivor of World War two . I could not put it down .
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For epidemiology buffs and anyone interested in cities, disease, and how common perceptions steer us wrong, I highly recommend Steven Johnson's The Ghost Map, which discusses the London cholera epidemic of 1854 and "how it changed science, cities, and the modern world." Excellent read, thoughtful and gripping.
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Just finished a slim book by Richard Feynman, Six Easy Pieces Amazon.com: Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics By Its Most Brilliant Teacher (9780465023929): Richard P. Feynman: Books. Feynman was a much admired Nobel Prize winning physicist. This is a great little book and it's pretty easy reading too. It's probably not something you'll sit down and read any more then a chapter or few sections at a time. He does a good job of connecting the molecular world we don't see to everyday observable things.

The final chapter on Quantum Mechanics might be a little challenging for some, but it does a great job of discussing the 2 slit experiments and wave-particle duality of matter.
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Just finished a slim book by Richard Feynman, Six Easy Pieces Amazon.com: Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics By Its Most Brilliant Teacher (9780465023929): Richard P. Feynman: Books. Feynman was a much admired Nobel Prize winning physicist. This is a great little book and it's pretty easy reading too. It's probably not something you'll sit down and read any more then a chapter or few sections at a time. He does a good job of connecting the molecular world we don't see to everyday observable things.

The final chapter on Quantum Mechanics might be a little challenging for some, but it does a great job of discussing the 2 slit experiments and wave-particle duality of matter.
He is so interesting. I put this book on hold; thanks for mentioning it.

My current nighttime reading is Taras Bulba by Gogol. Very interesting book. Gogol is some enigmatic character!


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Ha, let us know how you like the book. I got mine out of the library too and have now decided to splurge on the $8 purchase .
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Richard Feynman was one of my heroes when I was a student and studied physics from his "Lectures on Physics". Bill Gates has made some of his lectures available online for free.
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