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Re: What are you reading?

Post by maskaggs » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:15 pm

Got a few things on the reading pile at the moment, including:

_A Wicked War_, by Amy Greenberg. I knew next to nothing about the Mexican-American War before starting this, so it's been a pleasure.

_Teeth of the Tiger_, by Tom Clancy. I'm a sucker for espionage/technothrillers.

_Lies My Teacher Told Me_, by James Loewen. As a history educator-in-training, it's thought-provoking, if a little polemical from time to time.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by jww » Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:32 am

Started Foucault's Pendulum ..... not yet an exciting read, and the beginning parts seem to be way over my head ----- I have only once or twice started and not finished a book in my entire life, and I am seriously considering it now ..... it has great promise when you read the precis, and gets great reviews, but I do admit that it does feel bloated at the front end. Only on page 30 so we'll see how it goes. The Remorseful Day keeps on bidding me from the bookshelf ..... and there are a couple of Robin Cook's novels I was thinking of reading --- I always enjoy his stuff, even it can be far-fetched ... always makes me wonder.

Oh well -- it's Pendulum for the moment ..... and we'll just have to see how it develops for me.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by changabang » Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:36 am

Back to my addiction to the American Civil War: "Gettysburg: The Second Day", by Harry Pfanz.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by jww » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:32 am

Can anyone recommend a good history book on the French Revolution? I am hoping to find something along the writing styles of Simon Schama or David Starkey if possible.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Kyle76 » Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:45 pm

A Tale of Two Cities? Stick with Foucault, Wendell. Eco is a challenge, but a rewarding one. It's been a long time since I've read it, so I can't comment on how long it might take to grab you, but if you liked Name of the Rose, I think you'll be glad you read Foucault's Pendulum.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by jww » Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:53 pm

Thanks -- Tale of Two Cities is on my list to read, but I am looking specifically for good history/fact book that is well written.

Pendulum is intriguing --- not about to drop it yet --- as I mentioned before, I am only on page 30-something and I have only once or twice in my memory not finished a book. It's a typical Eco dis-discombobulated beginning. All this first person takes a bit of time to get your head around that's all.

I gotta re-read Name of the Rose one of these days as well. Loved that book.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by churchilllafemme » Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:55 pm

I am re-reading A Death in Venice, in the series by Daniel Silva about the Israeli spy/art restorer Gabriel Allon, while waiting for the books I've ordered through my local libraries to come in.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by maskaggs » Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:15 pm

jww wrote:Can anyone recommend a good history book on the French Revolution? I am hoping to find something along the writing styles of Simon Schama or David Starkey if possible.
Popkin's A Short History of the French Revolution might be a good place to start, Wendell. I read it for class a few years ago and found it really accessible; it also has solid references to more substantial books, too.

Here's a link to it:

http://www.amazon.com/Short-History-Fre ... 943&sr=1-1
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by jww » Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:08 pm

Thx mike.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by drmoss_ca » Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:46 am

Talking of Paris, I waded through much blood and gore in The Twelve Children of Paris by Tim Willocks recently. I can't really recommend it, and bought it out of curiosity as Tim was in my class at medical school. It's the second part of a trilogy and is set at the time of the St Bartholomew's Day massacre of the Huguenots. It's predecessor was better, and involved the great siege of Malta. Both will teach you some history, but they are mostly edged weapons and blood.

For some reason I missed one of the books of the much-lamented Douglas Adams, so The Salmon of Doubt is up next.

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Barry » Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:10 am

I put Shantaram (in e-book format) on hold at the library and now it's available - sooner than I expected.

I can't wait to get my new Kindle Paperwhite. Hopefully it will ship on time because I'd like to take it with me when I go bike camping later in October.

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Thalay Sagar » Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:07 am

drmoss_ca wrote: For some reason I missed one of the books of the much-lamented Douglas Adams, so The Salmon of Doubt is up next.
Make that two of us.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by fallingwickets » Sun Sep 22, 2013 1:05 pm

a timely(?) coincidence i guess Wendell, but i just received a book by r.r. palmer: Twelve who ruled Its supposed to be a brilliant piece on the revolution, but I havent read it yet to comment personally

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by brothers » Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:22 pm

I'm reluctant to admit I'm not reading anything currently, even though I have some very tempting stacks nearby. I've been distracted, I suppose.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by fallingwickets » Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:02 am

I've been distracted, I suppose.
houeswives of nj or homemade soaps??????? :D :D

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by wimbouman » Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:00 am

William Gibson - Spook Country

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by dosco » Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:21 am

I'm re-reading Stephen King's The Shining in preparation for its sequel, which IIRC was released yesterday.

I read a bunch of King's stuff when I was in college ... 20 years ago. Sigh.

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by churchilllafemme » Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:43 pm

Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard. I used to like his stuff a lot, but eventually it just seemed sort of smugly self-satisfied and repetitive, so I quit. Now it's been many years, and I'm giving him another chance.
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Re: What are you reading?

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Thalay Sagar » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:07 pm

churchilllafemme wrote:Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard. I used to like his stuff a lot, but eventually it just seemed sort of smugly self-satisfied and repetitive, so I quit. Now it's been many years, and I'm giving him another chance.
I had the same problem with Carl Hiassen. One of his more recent books is sitting on my nightstand but I can't quite bring myself to starting it. One day---maybe.
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