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Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:37 pm
by Kyle76
"A Legacy of Spies" by John le Carré. I had to read "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold" first because the new book relates back to the events of the earlier one. Though I've read almost all of le Carré's works, i had strangely never read the one that really launched his career.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:28 pm
by brothers
Jim, how would you rate these 2 books? I've been curious about them for quite a while now.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:36 pm
by Kyle76
brothers wrote:Jim, how would you rate these 2 books? I've been curious about them for quite a while now.
Both are very good, although I'm only about halfway through "A Legacy of Spies". They are fairly short pretty accessible among le Carré books, which can be a bit of a challenge.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:56 pm
by brothers
Jim, I'm definitely putting them on my to read list. Thanks.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:29 am
by ShadowsDad
Kind of on subject...

I like physical books, I just HAD to state that. But one periodical gave up paper a few years ago and another will stop paper in a few months. The wife asked what I wanted for my birthday and as much as I hated to do it I told her "a Kindle". Then began the 'net research to find what I wanted. Her 8" Kindle is fine, but I discovered that there's a 10" Kindle. Reviews of the latest version told me that it was a downgraded unit for cost purposes (why do companies deliberately make garbage?? I'll never understand that!). Ultimately we drove 20 miles to go to a Best Buy to see more Kindles. They had a 10" on display and the display wasn't terrible as I'd been lead to believe from reviews. It was the old model before the neutering. Best Buy reports on the website that it's out of stock, but the website lies. Today the brown truck should be delivering it. Since we have Amazon Prime what will I be reading? Lots of stuff; my "lost" periodicals certainly. But I need to figure out how to get my saved books from my wifes Kindle and into mine so that I can use them.

I'm sure I'll find more uses for it also. Movies for one, a 10" display is large enough for a movie and Amazon will allow a movie download for watching later (so I've been told).

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:20 am
by fallingwickets
Today the brown truck should be delivering it
use in good health!

clive

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:56 am
by brothers
ShadowsDad wrote:. . . . Since we have Amazon Prime what will I be reading? Lots of stuff; my "lost" periodicals certainly. But I need to figure out how to get my saved books from my wifes Kindle and into mine so that I can use them.
Brian, that's what I did also. Now all of our books are available to both of us. If I recall the process was easy, once I figured out how to do it.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:12 pm
by brothers
The Last Patriot by Brad Thor. I found the short essay he included regarding Thomas Jefferson's most serious challenge while POTUS to be very intriguing.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:57 pm
by ShadowsDad
brothers wrote:
Brian, that's what I did also. Now all of our books are available to both of us. If I recall the process was easy, once I figured out how to do it.
I bet it was a family group, whatever it's called. That's how I did it. I was able to get some of them, but not all. Some of them I couldn't get so I just found them and downloaded. They were free books anyway, cookbooks from years ago. I find glancing at the methods and recipes from long ago interesting. But even there I couldn't get all of them. No big deal they're on the wifes Kindle. But I haven't missed them so they'll probably remain in her cloud.

There is another way to trade data... the Dropbox (it's free for a relatively small amount of storage; 2 or 3 GB). Anything put into it can be used by others with the proper codes. I put stuff there if I don't want to fill up my RAM chip. It's accessed thru wifi, so it's not always available, but so far it's worked for me. I haven't found a way for full access in the dropbox thru the Kindle yet, but I'm still trying. For instance, tonight I wanted to delete a 400+mb file and couldn't find a way to do it with the Kindle. But the desk computer can. I put my competition videos on it for folks on another forum and delete the last ones to prevent the dropbox from filling up. I'm told they enjoy them. I supply the link and they can access them.

The 10" kindle works fine and it really works great with movies. Now Amazon allows downloading them to ones Kindle to watch later. With the added RAM chip (56, 64 GB, I don't remember) I can download many movies (20 or so at full resolution) to watch wherever I want, but so as not to be annoying to others I watch them when no one else is around and just read when I'm in a crowd, such as waiting for an appointment. I find that at night after the wife has gone to sleep that I watch what I was watching with Fire Stick TV on my Kindle. The resolution appears to be just as good as on our 55" FS and the volume is much lower, but just fine for watching at 18" or whatever it is. It also uses a lot less juice.

That reminds me, I need to subscribe to the periodicals that no longer use paper.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:20 am
by fallingwickets
silk roads by peter frankopan

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:01 pm
by brothers
Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison. The latest (#12) in the Oregon Files series.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:21 am
by ShadowsDad
Unintended Consequences by John Ross (for the 2nd time)

There is a free download of the book since hard copies are extremely expensive; $60-$100 used. One does not need to be a member of the gun culture to enjoy the book.

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Uploads ... uences.pdf

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:43 am
by fallingwickets
less by andrew greer

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:03 am
by brothers
Brian, thanks for the link.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:06 am
by Squire
I'm not reading a damn thing because I'm too busy watching tv.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:40 pm
by CMur12
Squire wrote:I'm not reading a damn thing because I'm too busy watching tv.
:mrgreen:

(Probably because you have neglected to update your reading glasses to something stronger. 8) )

- Murray

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:12 am
by fallingwickets
not reading a damn thing because I'm too busy watching tv
not even all the drivel at the bottom of the screen?? You have to teach us your secrets squire!!!!

clive

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:54 am
by fallingwickets
return of a king....william dalrymple

captivating, to say the least!

clive

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:23 pm
by Squire
Actually I watch tv while on computer. I get nervous doing just one thing at a time.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:59 am
by brothers
Sometimes I read my books on the Kindle Cloud on the PC, but more often I just go to the hand held Kindle. I have found that I cannot focus on detail when reading a book while simultaneously following whatever is on the TV. Can't do both in my case. There are more than a few times that I ask my wife a question and she is quick to say "I just TOLD you!". Obviously I can't do three things at the same time - reading - watching TV - and listening to someone speaking. Guilty! :D