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Old 16th September 2020, 08:59 PM   #561
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Lynne Kelley, The Memory Code Recommended.

Erskine Childers, The Riddle of the Sands (Fourth time!) Also recommended. Best read with Google Maps open.
Gosh darn it, that sounds like something that would interest me. In fact -

https://i.postimg.cc/W4RXFPwv/IMG-20...050309-159.jpg

I'm always looking for new (to me) and interesting things to read and so that can go in the pile.
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Old 17th September 2020, 07:14 AM   #562
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Originally Posted by PPL View Post
Gosh darn it, that sounds like something that would interest me. In fact -

https://i.postimg.cc/W4RXFPwv/IMG-20...050309-159.jpg

I'm always looking for new (to me) and interesting things to read and so that can go in the pile.
Available free in an epub format here:

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2360
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Old 17th September 2020, 07:30 AM   #563
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The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman. I read the previous edition. The current edition is worth the extra read.
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Old 17th September 2020, 10:19 AM   #564
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Originally Posted by xterra View Post
Available free in an epub format here:

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2360
Thanks for the link.
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Old 17th September 2020, 01:13 PM   #565
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To Kill a Mockingbird.

I know this was required reading in many junior high/middle schools. While I can see parts of it are accessible, I can also see that a lot of the nuance would easily be missed by readers of that age. There were some things that went by me (at this age) as well. I had to look up several words, mostly Southern vernacular, that I had no idea what they meant. One of them didn't even show up in a Google search that would fit in context, which I found particularly baffling.

It's a long book, which as an adult I really like. I don't recall if I did read it in school, but I did have the visuals in my head from having seen the movie only once.
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Old 17th September 2020, 01:28 PM   #566
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The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman. I read the previous edition. The current edition is worth the extra read.

The Pencil, by Henry Petroski, 1990. He also wrote The Evolution of Useful Things, 1992.
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Old 17th September 2020, 03:25 PM   #567
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Originally Posted by xterra View Post
...I leave it to you to decide what to make of the example you posted.

Oakland is indeed over the Bay Bridge from San Fran. (considered vulgar by native San Franciscans and not to be used).

There are only two acceptable variants.

Oakland is indeed over the Bay Bridge from San Francisco.

Oakland is indeed over the Bay Bridge from The City.
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Old 17th September 2020, 08:39 PM   #568
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Originally Posted by Elagabalus View Post
Oakland is indeed over the Bay Bridge from San Fran. (considered vulgar by native San Franciscans and not to be used).

There are only two acceptable variants.

Oakland is indeed over the Bay Bridge from San Francisco.

Oakland is indeed over the Bay Bridge from The City.
How about "'Frisco"?
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Old 18th September 2020, 06:19 AM   #569
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Face It: A Memoir by Debbie Harry - A fascinating woman.
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I recommend anything that Petroski wrote. To Engineer is Human is quite good.
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I'm reading a page of Finnegan's Wake every day. It's hard to find a stopping place. And hard to recall what happened the previous day. Might be a fool's errand on my part.

I'm reading a book of short stories by Gary Amdahl called Visigoth about men with bad tempers.

And I am working on Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness I really enjoyed Soul of an Octopus when I read it a few years ago and wanted something along the same lines
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Old 19th September 2020, 08:23 PM   #572
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The First Forty-Nine Stories by Hemingway.
I'll reread a few until I decide what's up next.
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I finally picked up the last Star Wars paperback that's been on my shelf for years - Visions of the Future. At Page 1 I discovered it's a sequel to Spectre of the Past. Sigh...

I had to order that one from eBay. I'm several chapters into it now and although it follows the EU continuity of the previous books (many of which I have read), there is virtually no connection to Episodes 7, 8, and 9. Or 1, 2, and 3, for that matter. It was written in 1997 and the prequels came out in 1999. Han and Leia have twins (boy and girl) and a younger son they named Anakin. So far I've enjoyed it more than either the prequels or the sequels.
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Just started Project Moonbase and Others by Robert Heinlein.

It's a collection of scripts, screenplays, story proposals, and production notes for the early '50s Science Fiction anthology series Ring Around the Moon. Only the pilot was filmed, which would have been a two-parter in the series. When the series was turned down the pilot was re-edited into a theatrical release as Project Moonbase.

It provides an interesting look into the television production process of that time, and into Heinlein's' thinking.

I think it would have been a great series, had Heinlein gotten what he wanted onto the screen.
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Old 20th September 2020, 06:41 PM   #575
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The Selected Works of Cesare Pavese.
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Old 22nd September 2020, 07:54 AM   #577
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Miss Emma Holmes Diary

A lady living in South Carolina during the Civil War writes a very readable diary and she reports some big time rumors about Lincoln and others. Page 241 of her book printed by LSU press repeats a tale she heard about Lincoln and the source is pretty doubtful. I repeat it here to show the kinds of myths people accept when in a war. A former member of John H Morgans raiders claimed to have grown up close the Lincolns and told this story. A woman named Hanna Hanks had Abe by a poor shiftless type named Abraham Inlow and later on married a man named Lincoln....Says Inlow was caught at the Lincoln house a big fight emerged where biting etc occured. From this situation Abe Linclon was sent by his mother to live with Mrs. McBride, who gave him the rudiments of education. He ran away from this to work boats on the Mississippi where we join the real history.....
To make up such a story eg the missing years of Christ just fill with whatever you please...
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Gary R Varner - The Mythic Forest, the Green Man, And the Spirit of Nature
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James Herriot - The Lord God Made Them All
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The Mirror and the Light, the third part of the Wolf Hall trilogy by Hilary Mantel. It's an e-book checked out from the local library, and I have a week to finish it and I'm only half-way through. Not sure if I'm going to make it; I'll either have to apply to check it out again (there's a waiting list, and they limit the number of copies being read at any one time) or buy it for the Kindle.

Anyway, very good, a fascinating look into the mind of King Henry VIII's fixer.
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"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" I have seen a sherlock serries played by Jeremy Brett, and soon got flattered and decided to know more about it and when google I found the book over amazona and downoaded and it's like heartfilling experience. Just began reading, more things discover.
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Rage. Nothing new, but still very informative.
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The Mirror and the Light, the third part of the Wolf Hall trilogy by Hilary Mantel. It's an e-book checked out from the local library, and I have a week to finish it and I'm only half-way through. Not sure if I'm going to make it; I'll either have to apply to check it out again (there's a waiting list, and they limit the number of copies being read at any one time) or buy it for the Kindle.

Anyway, very good, a fascinating look into the mind of King Henry VIII's fixer.
I have Diarmaid MacCulloch's biography of Cromwell on order from Amazon. I may give Mantel's trilogy a look after I finish MacCulloch's book, but, I dunno...I used Amazon's "Look Inside" feature on "Wolf Hall," and I noticed the book is written in 3rd person present tense, something that kind of annoys me. That's just a personal preference, of course, and it may be I could get past it- I have with some novels where the plot carried me along sufficiently (Black House, by Stephen King and Peter Straub, for one).

Presently reading All The Great Prizes, a biography of American statesman John Hay, by John Taliaferro. (Sigh) Politics was probably just as cutthroat in the late 19th-early 20th century, but it surely at least seems like it was more gentlemanly.
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Robert Irwin - For Lust of Knowing. The Orientalists and their Enemies


Edward Said's central theme* (widely used by the 'progressives' of today**) is seriously flawed, although Europeans are far for being innocent.



* Western scholarship about the Eastern World is inextricably tied to the imperialist societies who produced it

** one of the causes that it is so difficult to criticize Islam today
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The Mirror and the Light, the third part of the Wolf Hall trilogy by Hilary Mantel. It's an e-book checked out from the local library, and I have a week to finish it and I'm only half-way through. Not sure if I'm going to make it; I'll either have to apply to check it out again (there's a waiting list, and they limit the number of copies being read at any one time) or buy it for the Kindle.

Anyway, very good, a fascinating look into the mind of King Henry VIII's fixer.
I've started reading it this summer and are about half way through, so good work I'm reading it in english and there are alot of words I need to check up since its not my native language.

But very enjoyable book so far. I dread the chapters where Cromwells fall begins.
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“The Neuroscience Of Intelligence” by Richard Haier.

Pretty interesting... Haier starts out with some of the history of intelligence research, and I’m currently on the chapter exploring how modern imaging techniques have affected research in the field.
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Lynne Kelley, The Memory Code Recommended.

Erskine Childers, The Riddle of the Sands (Fourth time!) Also recommended. Best read with Google Maps open.
These look like some future reads...Thanks! I've just recently finished up The Last Odyssey by James Rollins on Audiobook.
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This year has been amazingly productive for me in reading. Now I am finishing up "The Count of Monte Cristo", and the purchased 8 volumes from the series of adventure novels are already waiting for me. I had read many of them earlier, but I could not help purchasing such a series. Therefore, I will re-read already familiar works.
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Just finished The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester. Started The Three-Body Problem. I think I'm pretty late to that party.
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The last couple of short stories in 'Nabokov's Dozen.'
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'Like his father before him, Octavio runs the Notre Dame bakery and knows the secret recipe for the perfect Parisian baguette. But, also like his father, Octavio has never mastered the art of reading and his only knowledge of the world beyond the bakery door comes from his own imagination. Just a few streets away, Isabeau works out of sight in the basement of the Louvre, trying to forget her disfigured beauty by losing herself in the paintings she restores and the stories she reads. The two might never have met, but for a curious chain of coincidences involving an impoverished painter, a jaded bookseller, and a book of fairytales, lost and found...Evocative, romantic, and wise, this is a magical novel about the power of stories - to help us find enchantment, freedom, and sometimes even love.'

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'A rich and unforgettable tragic-comic novel of sexual intrigue and political scheming,*The House of Ulloa* is one of the greatest works of nineteenth-century Spanish literature.'


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The Old Man and the Sea.

I was inspired to finally read this because I'd gotten The Young Man and the Sea from a Little Free Library and read that last summer. I think this book would have had more impact if I'd not read the other one first, as much of the seafaring adventure is inspired by the older book. The other one was more of a young adult novel, with much of the angst one might expect from that sort of thing.

I also made it a point to skip the Introduction (which I usually read), which was fortunate. Spoilers!! I learned my lesson on my first read of Lord of the Flies many years ago when a major plot point was discussed as being all "allegorical" and stuff. That's fine, but save it for the afterword, jerkwad. Maybe somebody hasn't read this book before.

It was a nice, short story but I can't say it's had any impact on my life as a "great book". I do have to admit some affinity for Hemingway because although I've never read him before, I'm fond of absinthe and have even been told a few times that I resemble him.
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My favourite Hemingway for some reason is A Moveable Feast, snippets of his life in Paris and his thoughts.
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