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Title: What are you reading?
Post by: PetrifiedWood on August 09, 2013, 08:32:23 AM
Just curious to know what our forum bibliophiles are consuming. I am currently reading "The Count of Monte Cristo" in an attempt to catch up on some of the classics they didn't have us read in school. I enjoyed the recent movie starring Jim Caveziel and Guy Pierce, but the book so far is quite different. There is (necessarily) a lot lost when you compress a book like that into a 2 hour movie. My wife wants me to read the Harry Potter books and assures me they are also far better than the movies.


What are you reading right now, and what are you planning to read when you finish?
Title: What are you reading?
Post by: Bearhunter on August 09, 2013, 08:46:58 AM
I'm not a fiction guy.

Right now I'm reading Blood and Thunder...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1400031109

Then I'm moving on to BOONE...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1565126157

8)
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Post by: wolfy on August 09, 2013, 09:09:28 AM
 :-[ Another history book.....BUFFALO COUNTRY by Bob Duncan.
Title: What are you reading?
Post by: Bearhunter on August 09, 2013, 10:10:54 AM
:-[ Another history book.....BUFFALO COUNTRY by Bob Duncan.

That looks good Wolfy :thumbsup:

I'm going to have to add that to my list 8)

Thanks :)
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Post by: Frugal Bohemian on August 09, 2013, 10:17:39 AM
Steven King, for me.  I somehow skipped reading his stuff in High School when everybody else was reading him.....but man that guy's got a knack for creeping me out. 

And I just finished One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, by Ken Kesey too.
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Post by: upthecreek on August 09, 2013, 10:21:45 AM
I'm reading "moving for dummies".. I close on my house next Tuesday!

Creek
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Post by: greyhound352 on August 09, 2013, 11:27:53 AM
I'm currently enjoying the early writings from Elmore Leonard who did a western series. From that series I'm reading "The Bounty Hunters".

I'm also reading the 11 book in the Navajo series from Tony Hillerman called"Sacred Clown"

Someday I'm looking forward to getting started on the cracker western series. The books are written from several authors. Here are most of the books minus the river guides.

http://www.pineapplepress.com/series.asp?seriesid=4
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Post by: Draco on August 09, 2013, 11:31:46 AM
Just finishing up Undaunted Courage.  Loved the book and took a lot of side trips to find the foot noted material. 

Still studying Fundamentals of Search and Rescue.  Thinking of taking the test in Sept but may wait until the April session next year.

I have tabled Song of Ice and Fire series but am about half way through the fourth book.  I will pick that back up when I finish Undaunted Courage. 
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Post by: Mr. Tettnanger on August 09, 2013, 05:41:15 PM
I just started a book: The Secret Service, the hidden history of an Engmatic Agency (Phillip Melanson)

So far it is very interesting.

When I am done with that I will read: American Conspiracies, (Jesse Ventura)
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Post by: Half Axe on August 09, 2013, 06:16:39 PM
I always have a number of books I am reading concurrently, and start and stop each of them as the mood strikes me.  I am currently reading:

The Complete Sagas of Icelanders
http://www.amazon.com/complete-sagas-Icelanders-including-tales/dp/9979929308/ref=sr_1_18?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376092768&sr=1-18&keywords=icelandic+sagas

Three Roads to the Alamo: The Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis by William C. Davis

Dr. Ken Nordberg's do-it-yourself Black Bear Baiting & Hunting, the revised 2001 edition

Next to be read:

Adrift by Steven Callahan

Staying Alive by Maurice and Maralyn Bailey
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: zammer on August 09, 2013, 06:53:14 PM
Steven King, for me.  I somehow skipped reading his stuff in High School when everybody else was reading him.....but man that guy's got a knack for creeping me out. 

Have you read Tommy-knockers or The Cell?



My current read is Winter of the World by Ken Follett
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Post by: imnukensc on August 09, 2013, 07:27:58 PM
Just finished Joyland, another Steven King novel.  My youngest son bought it for me for my birthday.  Not his typical "horror" stuff.  No where near as good as The Green Mile, but a good read, nonetheless.

If you've never read any of John Steinbeck's stuff I can highly recommend Of Mice and Men, East of Eden, and The Grapes of Wrath.
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Post by: wolfy on August 09, 2013, 09:04:21 PM
I got on a Steinbeck kick some years back & read everything he wrote.  Last one I read was Travels With Charlie......got a kick out of that one!   He is one heckuva good painter of mental imagery, ain't he?
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Post by: Buckskin on August 10, 2013, 01:46:33 AM
Right now I am reading "Killer Colt"  http://www.amazon.com/Killer-Colt-Murder-Disgrace-American/dp/B008SLFJ18/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376120695&sr=8-1&keywords=Killer+colt
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Post by: Mannlicher on August 10, 2013, 08:24:15 AM
Finishing up Mathew Bracken's trilogy, Enemies Foreign and Domestic.
Finished Book #5 in the Game of Thrones series
Half way through John Le Carre, "Our Kind of Traitor"
Started Elmore Leonard's "Banditz"
Working on a thick book about German Cruisers in WWI and WWII
Working on a book about the history and design of American Destroyers.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: land cruiser on August 10, 2013, 09:40:58 AM
James Michener - Alaska
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Post by: zammer on August 10, 2013, 09:57:51 AM
James Michener - Alaska

Read that a few yr's back, great book.
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Post by: Wilderbeast on August 10, 2013, 12:31:50 PM
I just started on the ingredient list for Captain Crunch (its a serial), it has a thin plot but I like maritime adventures and it provides some food for thought.  >:D

I read the Frankenberry and Count Chocula boxes recently, but found that horror stories keep me up at night, plus the narrative was a bit artificial.
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Post by: woodsrunner on August 10, 2013, 01:53:04 PM
The Great Train Robbery by michael crichton

a very well written cross betrween fact and fiction...i think...
a real treat to read...woods
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Post by: Dano on August 10, 2013, 02:25:41 PM
My wife just finished one called Patriots (I think)-it's along the lines of a post war period and prepping theme I think.  She really liked it and gave it to me with a, "You GOTTA read this!!!" thing going on.  What little bits she's told me, it sounds good.  So that's next!
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Post by: Frugal Bohemian on August 12, 2013, 03:00:47 PM

Have you read Tommy-knockers or The Cell?



My current read is Winter of the World by Ken Follett

Not yet. There's so much to choose from.  I knocked out The Shining, Misery, and I'm reading Firestarter now.  I'll probably take a break before reading more Stephen King though.  I'm strangely fascinated by Andrew Carnegie lately, so I'll look up a biography on him.
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Post by: MATT CHAOS on August 12, 2013, 06:13:46 PM
I have recently read all the Games of Thrones novels and I am waiting for the next one to be released.  I, also, read alot of novels from the Forgotten Realms series of books.

I, also, read some magazines such as Self-Reliance Magazine and Game Informer (just because I like the outdoors doesn't mean I can't like video games, too).
 :)
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Post by: renter6 on August 12, 2013, 06:56:15 PM
Steven King, for me.  I somehow skipped reading his stuff in High School when everybody else was reading him.....but man that guy's got a knack for creeping me out.

I'm the same way - I made fun of my brother when we were in high school for reading Stephen King when I didn't know anything about him, I was totally wrong. Now I'm making my way through his books, frequently as audiobooks. Last two of his I read were The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Under the Dome (which was pretty rough! I don't think the movie can exceed the book, but I'll be watching for it anyway).

Stephen King's book On Writing is excellent, every graduate student should read it if they want to finish their thesis!

I've got the Lord of the Rings in progress on my kindle, and recently tried to get into Thoreau's book Walking. Turns out I think Thoreau is pretty bogus, but its still a quotable book.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: WesinND on August 12, 2013, 08:25:19 PM
"The Voyageurs" by Grace Lee, a history of the French Canadians who hauled fur out of the northwest and trade goods back.

Also the Joe Pickett series by C.J. Box a series about a game warden in Wyoming who always finds himself in the middle of crimes and has to solve them.

Wes
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Post by: wolfy on August 12, 2013, 08:41:22 PM
"The Voyageurs" by Grace Lee, a history of the French Canadians who hauled fur out of the northwest and trade goods back.

Wes

I believe it was Grace Lee Nute who wrote "The Voyageurs" in case anyone goes looking for the author of the book. ;).   That was about the only 'go to' book on the voyageurs for many years.  She did a very scholarly job of collecting information for it as she was the head of the history department at the University of Minnesota for many years.  Great factual read!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: WesinND on August 12, 2013, 09:16:58 PM
Wolfy, you are correct.
Wes
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Post by: Gryphon on August 12, 2013, 09:27:34 PM

I just finished World Made By Hand by James Howard Kunstler.  I'm a few chapters into the next book, Witch of Hebron.
http://books.google.com/books/about/World_Made_by_Hand.html?id=P-fjVHJuYegC (http://books.google.com/books/about/World_Made_by_Hand.html?id=P-fjVHJuYegC)


They take place after  the collapse of Western civilization, in upstate New York.  The survivors of a slow collapse followed by flu pandemics are scraping by eight year or so after the crash.  Those who have survived are back to a 1700's level of technology using scrounged and home-made implements.  Butter, eggs and the like abound, they make cheese and sausages and hams.  Corn is the main grain available.  Outside trade is nearly nonexistent as most of the surrounding areas have just fallen into chaos.  This town was lucky enough to have the old 1800's vintage gravity-feed water system still intact and had a base of skilled tradesmen to make keep things going (farmers, dairymen, those who knew how to make cheese and cure meats, a doctor and a carpenter who used to be a software company executive). 


Really kind of interesting as the crash depicted in the books was a slow one, so SHTF survivalists didn't get their overnight scenario.    As services crapped out and trucks stopped rolling and gas became impossible to get, the the power sputtered out after a few years, it became more of a Mother Earth News type of self-reliance situation. 
Title: What are you reading?
Post by: rlh2 on August 20, 2013, 04:34:22 AM
Left Behind series
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Post by: SIXFOOTER on August 20, 2013, 06:21:35 AM
Coming up on halfway through the Pendergast series by Preston & Child.
Books on tape are the answer when you have no time to sit and read
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Post by: treez on August 20, 2013, 06:47:05 AM
Control by Glenn Beck Samuel Hearne's journal for the third time

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Post by: werewolf won on August 20, 2013, 08:35:38 AM
I have been on a reading kick, the last few have been:
Salyut, The First Space Stations
Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee
With the Old Breed by Eugene Sledge
Mayflower   
The Salyut book is a translation from Russian and included an account of the failed Soyuz 11 mission.  I have read dozens of accounts of the decompression failure which killed the crew on their return to Earth, but could never get a detail straight until reading this account.  Americans have always said the valve that failed was below the seats, yet every set of schematics I have ever traced out of a Soyuz from that era do not have any through hull fittings below the seats.  This report called the valve out by name and location.  The valve is right at the hatch, the seats are below it; a simple grammar or translation error has had me looking under seats for 40 years :D
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Post by: greyhound352 on August 20, 2013, 09:59:54 AM
I have been on a reading kick, the last few have been:
Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee

This one is on my bookshelf and hope to read someday.
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Post by: madmax on August 20, 2013, 10:06:24 AM
I went on a Dean Kootnz marathon this summer.Hadn't read him in years.  He's gotten much better but still reads fast.  Kehpart''s Camping and Woodscraft gets regular browsing from me.
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Post by: PetrifiedWood on August 20, 2013, 12:14:19 PM
I need to try some Dean Koontz again. Last time I read any of his books was back in the early 90's. His writing style was (as you say) fast to read. Great for a quick bit of entertainment on a plane, but not equal to some of his contemporaries in the genera. If he's improved it would be worth another shot.
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Post by: madmax on August 20, 2013, 02:02:48 PM
Kootnz' Odd Thomas series of books were what I worked through.  There was another epic book I can't remember the name of.  I'll keep browsing to see if I recognize it.
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Post by: rogumpogum on August 20, 2013, 05:22:34 PM
Caesar: Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy

Been on a non-fiction kick, which is weird because I consider fantasy fiction to be my wheelhouse. Reading a lot of historical stuff. Possible "research."
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: greyhound352 on December 19, 2014, 06:20:59 PM
This was a fun and good thread that needs a bump I think.

I have finished

Elmore Leonard - The law at Randado
                        - The Bounty Hunters
Dana Ste. Claire - CRACKER - The Cracker Culture in Florida History
Knot books        - The marlinspike Sailor
                        - Knots, Splices and Ropework

On the reading list
                   
Elmore Leonard - Hombre
Tony Hillerman  - Sacred Clowns
      Knot Bible   - ABOK - Ashley Book of Knots
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Post by: Ivan on December 19, 2014, 06:38:40 PM
Recently finished The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, Jesus' Son, and a collection of George Orwell's essays. Just a few more pages left in Slaughterhouse Five, which has become one of my favorites. Next up is something by Cormac McCarthy and maybe a rereading of The Old Man and the Sea in honor of the loosening of the sanctions against Cuba.
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Post by: wolfy on December 19, 2014, 06:40:45 PM
Believe it or not, I just read Daniel Defoe's classic Robinson Crusoe for the second time.  I liked it the first time when I was a kid and decided to see if it was as gripping as Fat Guys in the Woods is today. ;D
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Post by: wsdstan on December 19, 2014, 08:00:17 PM
I just finished a fiction book by James Sallis "Cyprus Grove" a mystery.  I am now two chapters into ''From Manassas to Appomattox' by Confederate General James Longstreet.  It is Longstreet's memoir of the American Civil War. 
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Post by: Sarge on December 19, 2014, 08:00:47 PM

Believe it or not, I just read Daniel Defoe's classic Robinson Crusoe for the second time.  I liked it the first time when I was a kid and decided to see if it was as gripping as Fat Guys in the Woods is today. ;D
LOL


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Post by: Sarge on December 19, 2014, 08:21:28 PM

I just finished a fiction book by James Sallis "Cyprus Grove" a mystery.  I am now two chapters into ''From Manassas to Appomattox' by Confederate General James Longstreet.  It is Longstreet's memoir of the American Civil War.
I've read some Civil War reference type books but no memoirs. How 'bout a thumbs up or down when you're finished.

I'm a big Joseph Ellis fan. Founding Brothers is one of my all-time favorites. I'm reading American Creation right now. Wanna get Revolutionary Summer next.


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Post by: Ivan on December 19, 2014, 08:47:47 PM

I'm a big Joseph Ellis fan. Founding Brothers is one of my all-time favorites.


One of my favorite books as well. Read it a few years back in eighth grade I think... Shifted my whole perception of the founding of the United States. I'd recommend it to anyone.
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Post by: Sarge on December 19, 2014, 09:23:38 PM
That's cool, Ivan. Glad to hear students are exposed to it and that it can make such a positive impact.


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Post by: PetrifiedWood on December 19, 2014, 09:37:42 PM
Believe it or not, I just read Daniel Defoe's classic Robinson Crusoe for the second time.  I liked it the first time when I was a kid and decided to see if it was as gripping as Fat Guys in the Woods is today. ;D

Heh, I've been considering that one and Treasure Island for re-reading as an adult. There are a lot of classics that are worth another go because you pick up a lot of nuance you might not have as a kid. There are others I want to revisit as well.
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Post by: kanukkarhu on December 19, 2014, 09:58:03 PM
My reading list is so obscure, and I doubt anyone would recognize any of the books I'm working through... But I can say that I've also got a stack of old Backwoodmans magazines around... :shrug:


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Post by: wsdstan on December 19, 2014, 11:11:21 PM

I just finished a fiction book by James Sallis "Cyprus Grove" a mystery.  I am now two chapters into ''From Manassas to Appomattox' by Confederate General James Longstreet.  It is Longstreet's memoir of the American Civil War.
I've read some Civil War reference type books but no memoirs. How 'bout a thumbs up or down when you're finished.
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I can tell you already it is a thumbs up.  Longstreet, for most of the war, commanded a division in the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E, Lee.  He performed admirably in all the battles until the end of the conflict.  The officers on both sides were all friends and many were in the Mexican War together in 1845 so Longstreet can make comments about their abilities from fighting with them in Mexico and from attending West Point with them as classmates.  Longstreet was one of the few Generals who dared criticize Lee after the war for his handling of the tactics at Gettysburg which was probably the battle that doomed the South to failure in the war.
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Post by: Mannlicher on December 20, 2014, 06:12:20 AM
Right now, it's British murder mysteries.  Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter.........
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Post by: madmax on December 20, 2014, 07:32:03 AM
The Patriots' Handbook.
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Post by: Draco on December 20, 2014, 08:09:10 AM
Lost Person Behaviour.  Not exactly a page turner.  LOL 
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Post by: madmax on December 20, 2014, 09:39:39 AM
The Federalist Papers.
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Post by: Electric Cowboy on December 20, 2014, 09:45:50 AM
Endurance, Earnest Shackleton's  Incredible Voyage.
 One year of survival in Antarctica, amazing story,
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Post by: wolfy on December 20, 2014, 10:02:41 AM
Endurance, Earnest Shackleton's  Incredible Voyage.
 One year of survival in Antarctica, amazing story,
I just read that one again last winter.....one of my favorites and an absolutely incredible story of courage, survival and navigational skill! :thumbsup:
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Post by: madmax on December 20, 2014, 10:08:48 AM
Endurance, Earnest Shackleton's  Incredible Voyage.
 One year of survival in Antarctica, amazing story,
I just read that one again last winter.....one of my favorites and an absolutely incredible story of courage, survival and navigational skill! :thumbsup:

Yes. 
Title: What are you reading?
Post by: Duece111 on December 20, 2014, 12:57:34 PM
Secrets of Warmth for comfort and survival by Hal Weiss ,cool little manual on staying warm winter camping,winter survival,how cold effects our bodies etc.
Dean Koontz 77 Shadow Street

And am listening to the first book of the game of thrones series in audiobook
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Post by: zammer on December 24, 2014, 10:20:53 AM
Finally finished Sycamore row by John Grisham, a good read if you like his typical Lawyer stuff.
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Post by: Draco on December 26, 2014, 09:44:35 PM
Just started reading the Wheel of Time series.  I will get through the first one before I will decide if I will read any more of the 17 book series.  So far it is no Song of Ice and Fire series.  It has to be damn good for me to commit to 17 books.   ;)

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Post by: Trekster on December 26, 2014, 09:50:27 PM
I'm stalled on reading several books but the one I can't put down is the last Wheel of Time book that came out two years ago. I put off buying the last one because I was dirt poor for so long and wanted to wait till the price dropped lol.

PMZ
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Post by: Draco on December 27, 2014, 10:43:15 AM
That is what everyone says Trek.  I'm giving it a shot.  The good news is it is a pretty easy read so far.  Ice and Fire is not only a complex plot but the author liked to describe the scene to the point where you are thinking "get on with it already."  If I do continue on with Wheel I will take a break when the last Ice and Fire comes out.  I hear it is done now so there is no more worrying the author is going to kick the bucket before he finishes it. 
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Post by: Trekster on December 27, 2014, 01:39:44 PM
Believe it or not, Brandon Sanderson (the author hired to finish the WoT series after Robert Jordan died), has written the last few books so as to be almost indistinguishable in style and content from Robert Jordan's earlier work.

There are some interesting aspects of the newer books which make me wonder if Brandon Sanderson is a bushcraft/traditional skills enthusiast himself :D. Like, he does a lot of short segments where certain characters are doing certain tasks like blacksmithing, bladesmithing, leatherworking, etc etc. It's a recurring thing and it seems as though Brandon himself knows a lot of these things or perhaps he just did the research really well. Small details, and all that.

Good series, if you enjoy long fantasy series you won't be disappointed!

PMZ
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Post by: wannabe on December 27, 2014, 05:53:31 PM
For anybody with an interest in World War 2 or stories about human perseverance during the absolute worst circumstances, try reading "City of Thieves". Tremendous story that illustrates the hellish life in St. Petersburg during the war. I'm not a big reader but couldn't put it down and burned through it barely stopping. Fantastic read.

http://www.amazon.com/City-Thieves-Novel-David-Benioff/dp/0452295297
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Post by: Trekster on December 28, 2014, 06:20:47 PM
Wannabe, if you like historical books and historical fiction, there is an author whose works I have enjoyed named Leon Uris.

He wrote a lot of books about the Jews in WWII.
My favorite is called "Exodus." I have another one called "Armageddon" which I haven't finished yet.

PMZ
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Post by: wsdstan on December 28, 2014, 10:08:00 PM
Just started a new book after reading Longstreet's Memoirs of the Civil War campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia.

This one is "The Neaderthal's Necklace"  copyright 2001 by Juan Luis Arsuaga.  It is the story of the first inhabitants of Europe; the Neanderthals and is written by Arsuaga, a renowned paleoanthropologist .  It outlines their cultural practices, the struggles with the Cro-Magnon race and their eventual demise.  Early on it is a very interesting look at early man and the culture they developed.   
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Post by: Yeoman on December 29, 2014, 06:52:41 AM
I'm reading a forum thread on Blades and Bushlore about what people are reading.


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Post by: wsdstan on December 29, 2014, 11:33:38 AM
I'm reading a forum thread on Blades and Bushlore about what people are reading.


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A tome of great and overwhelmingly erudite observations on the state of our intellectual level, of that I am sure.
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Post by: Sarge on December 29, 2014, 11:55:02 AM
Indeed.


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Post by: Yeoman on December 29, 2014, 05:09:41 PM

I'm reading a forum thread on Blades and Bushlore about what people are reading.


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A tome of great and overwhelmingly erudite observations on the state of our intellectual level, of that I am sure.
Indeed.


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I concur!
So many great titles as suggestions.


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Post by: jontok on December 30, 2014, 10:46:33 AM
Today I'm reading Murder of Crows (book 2 in The Twenty Sided Sorceress series), Tomorrow I'll read book 3 and, the day after, book 4.... Then I'm gonna read book 1,5 and 2 in the Rust and Relics series, then it's on to Gods and Dragons (a collection of 8 fantasy novels). Don't know what I'll read next week... Darn Kindle! :D
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Post by: madmax on December 30, 2014, 11:43:29 AM
Rereading "Benjamin Franklin" by Carl Van Doren.  That guy was just amazing...
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Post by: wolfy on December 30, 2014, 12:00:42 PM
Rereading "Benjamin Franklin" by Carl Van Doren.  That guy was just amazing...
Yeah, he was, AND he seemed to know how to enjoy the 'finer' things in life! ;D
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Post by: madmax on December 30, 2014, 12:31:44 PM
If you're unfamiliar with Ben.  Read up on him.  You will be blown away by his inventions.
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Post by: Yellowyak on December 31, 2014, 03:25:14 PM
I'm about a quarter of the way through "Surviving the Wilds of Florida" (http://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Wilds-Florida-Reid-Tillery/dp/0963429752). It's a bushcraft / survival book focusing mainly on the Florida Everglades. It's a good read for a novice outdoorsman like myself focusing on the wilderness and waterways of Florida. So far, I'm really enjoying it.

Another book I've purchased but haven't started reading is "A Paddler's Guide to Everglades National Park" (http://www.amazon.com/Paddlers-Guide-Everglades-National-Park/dp/0813033608). I purchased this book mainly for researching a kayak trip I hope to make one day to paddle the entire 99 mile Wilderness Waterway through the Everglades.
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Post by: madmax on December 31, 2014, 03:29:53 PM
I'm in Greg!  Got the second book.  Ordering the first.  Paddle in hand.

Wonder if anybody's SUP'd the run?
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Post by: Yellowyak on December 31, 2014, 03:32:21 PM
I'm in Greg!  Got the second book.  Ordering the first.  Paddle in hand.

Wonder if anybody's SUP'd the run?

Tony, how cool of a trip would that be? It's on my bucket list for sure.
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Post by: madmax on December 31, 2014, 03:33:56 PM
Kelly and I did a piece of it.  Want more.
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Post by: greyhound352 on December 31, 2014, 03:55:53 PM
I'm about a quarter of the way through "Surviving the Wilds of Florida" (http://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Wilds-Florida-Reid-Tillery/dp/0963429752). It's a bushcraft / survival book focusing mainly on the Florida Everglades. It's a good read for a novice outdoorsman like myself focusing on the wilderness and waterways of Florida. So far, I'm really enjoying it.

I really like this book, it's well thought out and written.  I think it was forum member RBM that brought the book to my attention a while ago.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Draco on January 07, 2015, 04:23:25 PM
Believe it or not, Brandon Sanderson (the author hired to finish the WoT series after Robert Jordan died), has written the last few books so as to be almost indistinguishable in style and content from Robert Jordan's earlier work.

There are some interesting aspects of the newer books which make me wonder if Brandon Sanderson is a bushcraft/traditional skills enthusiast himself :D. Like, he does a lot of short segments where certain characters are doing certain tasks like blacksmithing, bladesmithing, leatherworking, etc etc. It's a recurring thing and it seems as though Brandon himself knows a lot of these things or perhaps he just did the research really well. Small details, and all that.

Good series, if you enjoy long fantasy series you won't be disappointed!

PMZ

I'm into the second book and fatwood even gets a mention.  He does not go into detail but at least Jordan seemed to know what it takes to survive in the wilderness mentioning both a bow drill and a snare.  So far very enjoyable.  My only complaint is it is a little too sanitized for me.  I like a little more gritty a story.  Song if Ice and Fire is a little more to my liking.  Still Wheel of Time is a compelling enough story to keep me interested. 
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Post by: wolfy on January 07, 2015, 04:28:40 PM
I'm presently pretty engrossed with a motorcycle shop manual. :P
Title: What are you reading?
Post by: Yeoman on January 07, 2015, 04:53:53 PM
Just finished Common Ground by Justin Trudeau. It was pretty interesting.



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Post by: abo4ster on January 08, 2015, 11:55:33 AM
Just started Ray Mears biography.

Good thread, ordered a few based on the recommendations.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on January 08, 2015, 12:08:12 PM
Finishing the last couple of chapters in MAPPING by John Noble Wilford, too. :thumbsup:
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Post by: cbeck on January 08, 2015, 02:47:34 PM
Pinnell and Talifson: Last of the Great Brown Bear Men

 Guiding stories from these two hunters on Kodiak island from the 50's to the 80's.
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Post by: Top Dog on January 08, 2015, 05:22:13 PM
Lords of the north by Bernard Cornwell, pretty darn good, I may try and find some more by him.
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Post by: zammer on January 08, 2015, 05:31:07 PM
Finishing the last couple of chapters in MAPPING by John Noble Wilford, too. :thumbsup:

Interesting wolfy... I have the same named book by David Greenhood ( that oddly enough you of all people recommended,lol )  since I'm finally done my Grisham, perhaps I'll

No....I WILL! read this  :cheers:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Yeoman on January 08, 2015, 06:09:58 PM
Currently reading Colin Towell's "The Survival Handbook: Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure"
It's pretty good.





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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on January 08, 2015, 06:45:31 PM
Finishing the last couple of chapters in MAPPING by John Noble Wilford, too. :thumbsup:

Interesting wolfy... I have the same named book by David Greenhood ( that oddly enough you of all people recommended,lol )  since I'm finally done my Grisham, perhaps I'll

No....I WILL! read this  :cheers:
Good for you......I think you'll like it. :cheers:   It was reccomended to me by a geospatial engineer for its clarity and perception of the subject. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Trekster on January 10, 2015, 06:41:35 PM
Believe it or not, Brandon Sanderson (the author hired to finish the WoT series after Robert Jordan died), has written the last few books so as to be almost indistinguishable in style and content from Robert Jordan's earlier work.

There are some interesting aspects of the newer books which make me wonder if Brandon Sanderson is a bushcraft/traditional skills enthusiast himself :D. Like, he does a lot of short segments where certain characters are doing certain tasks like blacksmithing, bladesmithing, leatherworking, etc etc. It's a recurring thing and it seems as though Brandon himself knows a lot of these things or perhaps he just did the research really well. Small details, and all that.

Good series, if you enjoy long fantasy series you won't be disappointed!

PMZ

I'm into the second book and fatwood even gets a mention.  He does not go into detail but at least Jordan seemed to know what it takes to survive in the wilderness mentioning both a bow drill and a snare.  So far very enjoyable.  My only complaint is it is a little too sanitized for me.  I like a little more gritty a story.  Song if Ice and Fire is a little more to my liking.  Still Wheel of Time is a compelling enough story to keep me interested.


If you think it's sanitized now, wait till you get into the series lmao.
I think you won't be disappointed ;) It gets quite dark!

PMZ
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Trekster on January 10, 2015, 06:44:31 PM
I just finished WoT, BTW. The ending isn't what I expected but it's not the worst ending for a fantasy series ever. In fact, it's a little open-ended, which is nice, because it leaves the reader room to imagine what the main characters who survive Tarmon Gaidon end up doing later in life lol.
A pretty happy, if slightly bittersweet, ending to a very depressing last book lmao.

PMZ
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Draco on January 10, 2015, 09:42:37 PM
Believe it or not, Brandon Sanderson (the author hired to finish the WoT series after Robert Jordan died), has written the last few books so as to be almost indistinguishable in style and content from Robert Jordan's earlier work.

There are some interesting aspects of the newer books which make me wonder if Brandon Sanderson is a bushcraft/traditional skills enthusiast himself :D. Like, he does a lot of short segments where certain characters are doing certain tasks like blacksmithing, bladesmithing, leatherworking, etc etc. It's a recurring thing and it seems as though Brandon himself knows a lot of these things or perhaps he just did the research really well. Small details, and all that.

Good series, if you enjoy long fantasy series you won't be disappointed!

PMZ

I'm into the second book and fatwood even gets a mention.  He does not go into detail but at least Jordan seemed to know what it takes to survive in the wilderness mentioning both a bow drill and a snare.  So far very enjoyable.  My only complaint is it is a little too sanitized for me.  I like a little more gritty a story.  Song if Ice and Fire is a little more to my liking.  Still Wheel of Time is a compelling enough story to keep me interested.


If you think it's sanitized now, wait till you get into the series lmao.
I think you won't be disappointed ;) It gets quite dark!

PMZ

Cool.  The only down side is that series is a commitment.  Not just a lot of books but the books are not short by any means. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Trekster on January 10, 2015, 09:56:38 PM
Yup, that's the only problem.

PMZ
Title: Re: What are you reading?@
Post by: Trekster on January 30, 2015, 09:46:28 PM
So, uh...i am already rereading the WoT books. Lol. The good thing about that is, it encourages me to practice archery, make knives (right now I'm working on Mat's "ashandarei" (a type of polearm similar to the Japanese naginata) and camp more, both because the books inspire creativity, and because I spend so much time reading that I eventually feel the need to take a break, lol!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: diogenes on January 30, 2015, 10:08:31 PM
I'm about to start The Man in the High Castle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_in_the_High_Castle) by Philip K. Dick. I've been wanting to read this one for a while now.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: zammer on January 30, 2015, 10:29:07 PM
Interesting wolfy... I have the same named book by David Greenhood ( that oddly enough you of all people recommended,lol )  since I'm finally done my Grisham, perhaps I'll

No....I WILL! read this  :cheers:

It's a bit of a slow read ( more like a study read ) but the more I learn, the more I realize we would not be where we are today without the mapping that went on before us.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wsdstan on January 31, 2015, 09:47:43 AM
"Seth Bullock, Frontier Marshall". Written by his grand-son, Kenneth C. Kellar in 1972.  Bullock was an early migrant to Deadwood and entered the hardware store business with Sol Starr.  They developed a ranch and were instrumental in Deadwood's early commerce.  Bullock was the Deadwood Sheriff for a number of years and a deputy US Marshall.  He  became friends with Teddy Roosevelt during the time he that Teddy was ranching in the Medora North Dakota area.  They remained friends for the rest of their lives.  Bullock is a regional figure, once you leave this area no one knows much about him.  Bullock and Starr donated a railroad site that grew into present day Belle Fourche South Dakota, a town not far from where I live.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on January 31, 2015, 09:27:38 PM
I bought that book in Deadwood at the museum. :)
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Post by: wsdstan on January 31, 2015, 09:45:31 PM
I bought that book in Deadwood at the museum. :)

I checked this one out of the library.  It is pretty well written but has quite a few factual errors about directions and events in the first part of the book.  Once he gets into the letters and relationship with TR it flows pretty well. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on January 31, 2015, 09:47:27 PM
I confess to not having read it yet. :-[
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wsdstan on January 31, 2015, 09:53:36 PM
I confess to not having read it yet. :-[

I have a large pile of unread books sitting on my desk.   I also have a large pile of half read books there too.   :-X
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Draco on February 01, 2015, 10:37:41 AM
I have a large pile of unread books sitting on my desk.   I also have a large pile of half read books there too.   :-X

I confess to having several half read books as well.  I can forgive the ones that are just not what I expected.  The thing that blows me away is I will read a book I just love by an author so I get another book by the same author.  At it seems like that second book was written by someone else.  It just does not capture the interest like the first one did.  It is not always the subject matter either.  It is like they just did not try as hard with the second book. 
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Post by: Trekster on February 01, 2015, 01:56:16 PM
I , too, have several half finished books awaiting my attention, most of which were gifts :O
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: diogenes on February 01, 2015, 09:04:57 PM
Well, I guess I'm about to start two books now. Just picked this up at the bookstore this afternoon.

(http://www.foxfire.org/images/products/detail/F1.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: MnSportsman on February 01, 2015, 09:32:42 PM
Well, I guess I'm about to start two books now. Just picked this up at the bookstore this afternoon.

(http://www.foxfire.org/images/products/detail/F1.jpg)


Can't go wrong with "Any" of the Foxfire books for some reading...
;D


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Post by: wolfy on February 01, 2015, 09:40:12 PM
I actually met that dude in the picture with the black plastic-rimmed glasses that's getting ready to make the belly incision in that scalded & scraped hawg in that volume. 8)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: diogenes on February 01, 2015, 09:43:51 PM
I actually met that dude in the picture with the black plastic-rimmed glasses that's getting ready to make the belly incision in that scalded & scraped hawg in that volume. 8)

The feller with the pipe in his mouth? Cool!
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Post by: madmax on February 02, 2015, 05:34:28 AM
In a group doing a reading/course called "Experiencing God" by Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King.  2nd time around.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Orbean on February 16, 2015, 09:52:37 PM
Been on a history kick lately, right now its: John Marshall definer of a nation written by jean edward smith
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Post by: Rancher on October 08, 2015, 09:08:05 AM
This thread needs a bump. :-)

Just picked up a Theodore Rex, by Edmund Morris.

Looks like it may be a pretty interesting biography of Teddy Roosevelt.
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Post by: Quenchcrack on October 08, 2015, 09:38:13 AM
Natures Garden by Sam Thayer.  It is a highly recommended book on foraging wild edibles.  With retirement approaching, it might be useful.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Draco on October 08, 2015, 11:28:15 AM
Just finishing Epic Survival by Matt Graham.  Not terrible but way too much magical thinking and pseudo science  for my liking.  I figured he would have some hippie/new age philosophy but I was hoping more philosophy and less of "the eagles are watching me and appreciating what I do" crap.  It is not a how to survival book and is not marketed as one.  It is his story and delusional/magical thinking. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: insaneh on October 08, 2015, 11:37:16 AM
Steven King, for me.  I somehow skipped reading his stuff in High School when everybody else was reading him.....but man that guy's got a knack for creeping me out. 

And I just finished One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, by Ken Kesey too.
If you want any particular of his books let me know. I'll give them to you.
I boycotted him after his anti gun tirade. If it takes money out of his pocket, I'm in.
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Post by: 7.62 on October 08, 2015, 03:30:05 PM
Colter's Run by Stephen T Gough
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Post by: Orbean on October 08, 2015, 05:50:51 PM
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. Just finished When China Rules The World by Martin Jacques
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wsdstan on October 08, 2015, 06:12:58 PM
A book called "Sheep    Life on the South Dakota Range"  written by Archer Gilfillan in 1949. 

Gilfillan was a herder for sixteen years prior to working as an editor and writer on the South Dakota effort in the Federal Writers Project back in the 1930,s.  Well educated in his youth he writes in a humorous style and tells you all about running sheep in the wild and wooly plains of western South Dakota.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: PetrifiedWood on October 08, 2015, 09:08:50 PM
I finally made it to the most recent book the in the Song of Ice and Fire series. At times it seems a bit slow, following plot limes that the show expeditiously glossed over. I had to stop watching the TV series because of the way the books are organized. Events in the beginning of book 4 occur at the same time as events in the beginning of book 5, so I pretty much have to catch up completely if I don't want the show to spoil the book.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Draco on October 09, 2015, 05:33:49 AM
PW that is what has me concerned. The last season left off where the last book does. It does not look like the book is going to be released before new episodes. Not sure what I am going to do yet.


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Post by: NewEnglandBushcraft on October 09, 2015, 06:03:35 AM
Well, let's see here....

Just now I was reading the local newspaper, yesterday the latest Outdoor Life,... oh, books? lol Well then :D....

I was flipping through the pages of the Boy Scout Fieldbook (Second Edition, 1980 printing, Copyright 1967) that used to belong to my brother's godfather before he passed-on.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: PetrifiedWood on October 11, 2015, 09:39:33 PM
PW that is what has me concerned. The last season left off where the last book does. It does not look like the book is going to be released before new episodes. Not sure what I am going to do yet.


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My concern is that the show (which is influenced by ratings, subordinate to artistic vision) will drive the plot for the books. I have read a few books that were adapted from original screenplays and they are rarely as good as books that were later made into movies.

That Jon Snow situation we discussed seems to be complicated further by the appearance of a character in this last book. I am off to read some more to try to catch up so I can watch the rest of the last season.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: madmax on November 25, 2015, 03:09:24 PM
The Tao of Pooh.  Benjamin Hoff.

Don't laugh until you read it.
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Post by: Unknown on November 25, 2015, 03:12:35 PM
Heh heh.

I have read it
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: madmax on November 25, 2015, 03:20:29 PM
Then you're allowed to snicker... a little. lol
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Post by: Aven on November 25, 2015, 03:24:24 PM
War Dogs by Greg Bear.
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Post by: zammer on November 25, 2015, 04:12:44 PM
"The Gift of Fear" by Gavin de Becker
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Post by: Carson on November 25, 2015, 04:41:04 PM
I'm reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr at the moment, a super piece set during the German invasion of France...

but when I'm done with that I'm going to read The Revenant, a Novel of Revenge (http://www.amazon.com/The-Revenant-A-Novel-Revenge/dp/125006662X) about the interesting old story of Hugh Glass, mauled by the grizzly, left for dead by his comrades...sound familiar? Anyway it is a current take on it and there is a movie coming out January 8 according to IMDB starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663202/)
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Post by: wolfy on November 25, 2015, 05:08:55 PM
I've read Frederick Manfred's version of the trials of Hugh Glass in his book, LORD GRIZZLY, but that was a long time ago.  I'm going to see if I can get ahold of THE REVENANT, too, so I can compare.  ;)   The movie comes out Christmas Day and I will be in San Antonio looking for something to do besides listening to female relation talking for hours on end......I'm going!

http://youtu.be/QRfj1VCg16Y
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wsdstan on November 25, 2015, 06:31:09 PM
I am reading two books at the moment.

"Great Plains" by Ian Frazier which I have just started.

"Hundred in the Hand" by Joseph Marshall III.  An indian account of the Fetterman massacre.
Marshall is a Lakota writer, lecturer, archer, and educator.  This book is fiction set in factual events and he does a great job with it.  I am nearly done and for anyone who is interested in the Indian wars in the western plains I highly recommend it. 
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Post by: PetrifiedWood on November 25, 2015, 06:58:46 PM
PW that is what has me concerned. The last season left off where the last book does. It does not look like the book is going to be released before new episodes. Not sure what I am going to do yet.


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Well, I finished the boos some time ago. I will probably wait until the entire season is over and binge watch it on Google Play. As for the next book, not really sure where any of that is going. A lot of plot threads haven't been addressed in a very long time. Like zombie Cat, for example.
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Post by: Mannlicher on November 26, 2015, 06:55:29 AM
in between a stack of detective fiction and British crime stories, a great Revolutionary War book entitled Spies, Patriots, and Traitors

Author is Kenneth A. Daigler.  A most excellent read.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Draco on November 26, 2015, 09:20:55 AM
PW that is what has me concerned. The last season left off where the last book does. It does not look like the book is going to be released before new episodes. Not sure what I am going to do yet.


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Well, I finished the boos some time ago. I will probably wait until the entire season is over and binge watch it on Google Play. As for the next book, not really sure where any of that is going. A lot of plot threads haven't been addressed in a very long time. Like zombie Cat, for example.

I know and it is hard to see how even two books are going to bring all the threads together into the giant battle that always happens in these fantasy books.  I believe the Red Witch will bring Jon back to life and in the end he will claim the throne as his birthright because he is actually Ned's nephew and not is bastard son.  That has to happen because that is what I want to happen.    :lol:

What is wrong with this author that he makes you love the Starks of the North and then kills them off one by one in a way that they are betrayed by those around them?    I hope we have the new book before summer of 2016.  I also hope that the author has his notes available to the publisher so if he dies someone can finish the book. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: PetrifiedWood on November 26, 2015, 09:47:51 AM
I really thought Arya was going to be permanently blind. It was a relief to find it was a temporary condition. He definitely is hard on the Starks. The Lannisters took a beating as well,with Cersei's shaming, Jamie's hand, Tywin on the "throne", and Tyrion discovering his first love really wasn't a whore after all. Jorah Mormont has a hard time of it as well. He gets what amounts to a modern divorce that cleans him out, then rejected by Danerys, then the greyscale.

Really, it seems that most of the main characters suffer some kind of shocking misfortune or death at one time or another. Brandon's legs right from the onset kind of set the tone I guess.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rancher on November 26, 2015, 09:54:20 AM
Right now, it's British murder mysteries.  Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter.........

Have you tried any of the Charles Todd novels?

http://www.amazon.com/Charles-Todd/e/B000APRU9E/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1448556786&sr=8-2-ent (http://www.amazon.com/Charles-Todd/e/B000APRU9E/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1448556786&sr=8-2-ent)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Draco on November 26, 2015, 09:59:33 AM
I am a book and a half from being done with the Wheel of Time series.  Very enjoyable books.  In the middle like books 6 thru 9 things were moving pretty slow but book 10 on have been great.  Lots of what you would look for in a good fantasy book series.   It really has been a fun rise to power for a small group of kids from a farming village.  This is more of a feelgood read than Game of Thrones believe it or not. 

Another book I read this last month ( I normally have one or two going at the same time) is Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell.  I am guessing that Sarah is ecstatic that she released this essay style book that is basically about the help France gave the US during the Revolutionary War one month before Paris has been in the news.  It is really humbling that a kid looking for the glory of war paid his own way to the US from France (against the specific orders of the king) to play such a major role in our independence.  A lot of things came together at the right time to gain us our independence that never would have without the actions of the French and Lafayette.  I highly recommend all of Sarah's books my favorites being Assassination Vacation and Partly Cloudy Patriot.  She has a way of not only finding the most obscure parts and people in history but does an excellent job of making the connections as to how it affects us today. 
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Post by: Draco on November 26, 2015, 10:15:41 AM
I really thought Arya was going to be permanently blind. It was a relief to find it was a temporary condition. He definitely is hard on the Starks. The Lannisters took a beating as well,with Cersei's shaming, Jamie's hand, Tywin on the "throne", and Tyrion discovering his first love really wasn't a whore after all. Jorah Mormont has a hard time of it as well. He gets what amounts to a modern divorce that cleans him out, then rejected by Danerys, then the greyscale.

Really, it seems that most of the main characters suffer some kind of shocking misfortune or death at one time or another. Brandon's legs right from the onset kind of set the tone I guess.

It sure is true that he kills off everyone.  Love them or hate them they all have to die sometime.  I think the big difference between him and other authors is he really develops the character before he kills them.  Most authors after having put so much time and effort into the development of a character do not want to let them go that easy. 

Arya is really my favorite character.   Yes she is going down a very dark road but she is going to get revenge on those who killed her father and nothing is going to stop her.  They had better get going with the TV series because she is not going to look 13 for ever. 
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Post by: PetrifiedWood on November 26, 2015, 02:58:56 PM
The Wheel of Time series is on my list. I have a couple of TV series I want to get through before I commit that much time to books again though.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BigHat on November 26, 2015, 04:55:49 PM
i'm reading the wheel of time series. i read it when i'm at home. i typically read a chapter or two before i go to sleep.

out to sea i read whatever shows up from other people. 2001: a space odyssey, is amazing.
Title: What are you reading?
Post by: JTD on November 26, 2015, 06:08:40 PM
I'm not a much a reader beyond forums, and websites.  But every year or two I might read a zombie or doomsday books.

Last couple ones I actually finished where:

Fight Club by Chuck Palaniuk
World War Z by Max Brooks
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
And currently..
One Second After by William R. Forstchen



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Post by: Orbean on November 26, 2015, 06:15:18 PM
Sharpes Eagle.  by Bernard Cornwell. Fifth book in the series. It follows the fictional life of a officer in the  British army during the war between British and France in the early 1800's. Highly recommend.
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Post by: PetrifiedWood on November 26, 2015, 09:11:18 PM
i'm reading the wheel of time series. i read it when i'm at home. i typically read a chapter or two before i go to sleep.

out to sea i read whatever shows up from other people. 2001: a space odyssey, is amazing.

Yeah, the book was really good! I read it maybe 6 years ago. The movie is a good one as well.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mannlicher on November 27, 2015, 07:06:55 AM
I am afraid that what happened with Wheel of Time, will happen to A Song of Fire and Ice, the Game of Thrones books. With WOT, the author, Robert Jordan,  a fat, slow writing, old guy died before he finished the series.  A stand in was hired to finish the books, and I never was really pleased with the ending.
Now George Martin, another old, fat, slow writing author, is dragging the GOT story out to milk a couple more best sellers out of the mess.  I am certain he is a bratwurst away from a coronary, and will leave the project hanging.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: woodsrunner on November 27, 2015, 08:27:37 AM
Three roads to the Alamo
very in depth look into the lives and psyche of Travis, Crockett and Bowie...can't believe i have not read this sooner...good read
Wolfy be sure and visit the Alamo while in San Antone :hail:...i was stationed at ft sam in 1971...it was a great place to be in those days...woods
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on November 27, 2015, 10:05:06 AM
The Alamo is always on my list when I'm down there.  It always seems to me that a very somber atmosphere surrounds that memorial to Texas independence, but never visit during a weekend when the Spurs are playing a championship game. >:(

Thanks for the 'heads-up' on the book.....I'll seek it out! :thumbsup:

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Quenchcrack on November 27, 2015, 12:08:29 PM
"SAS Urban Survival Handbook" by Lofty Wiseman and "Natures Garden" by Samuel Thayer.  Natures Garden is a very highly rated book on edible plants and the SAS book is more about methods to improve your survivability in the city under all kinds of disasters.  It seldom mentions wilderness survival in this book; it is how to survive in the suburbs and cities.  In the event of a disaster that happens so fast that we cannot evacuate, we need to know the best methods to survive in place.  His chapter on firearms is couched in British Law so you can skip a lot of that one.  British firearms law is simple: can I carry a weapon? NO!  So you will be there to protect me from danger? NO!  So why do we need police?  TO DO THE PAPERWORK!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on November 27, 2015, 06:24:58 PM
Three roads to the Alamo
very in depth look into the lives and psyche of Travis, Crockett and Bowie...can't believe i have not read this sooner...good read
Wolfy be sure and visit the Alamo while in San Antone :hail:...i was stationed at ft sam in 1971...it was a great place to be in those days...woods
Just scored a copy on eBay for $3.97 w/FREE SHIPPING! :banana:    817 pages :shocked: that ought to keep me busy for a while.
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Post by: hunter63 on November 27, 2015, 06:43:40 PM
Finished Shelter, Shacks and Shanties by D.C. Breard .....woodsman required reading...LOL
http://www.walmart.com/ip/25951582?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227018685098&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=53087373288&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=75176364168&veh=sem

Working on Across Atlantic Ice:

http://www.amazon.com/Across-Atlantic-Ice-Americas-Culture/dp/0520275780
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: PetrifiedWood on November 28, 2015, 12:47:21 PM
I am afraid that what happened with Wheel of Time, will happen to A Song of Fire and Ice, the Game of Thrones books. With WOT, the author, Robert Jordan,  a fat, slow writing, old guy died before he finished the series.  A stand in was hired to finish the books, and I never was really pleased with the ending.
Now George Martin, another old, fat, slow writing author, is dragging the GOT story out to milk a couple more best sellers out of the mess.  I am certain he is a bratwurst away from a coronary, and will leave the project hanging.

I really hope these guys at least have a detailed plot outline. If I was his publisher I'd be demanding something like that.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BigHat on November 28, 2015, 02:30:55 PM
just got a copy of Dave Canterbury's "Advanced Bushcraft" for free from a library. I'll get back to you on whether or not it was worth every penny >:)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Draco on November 30, 2015, 02:00:03 PM
I am afraid that what happened with Wheel of Time, will happen to A Song of Fire and Ice, the Game of Thrones books. With WOT, the author, Robert Jordan,  a fat, slow writing, old guy died before he finished the series.  A stand in was hired to finish the books, and I never was really pleased with the ending.


I have not started book 14 in WoT yet but I liked Sanderson's writing style better than Jordan.   Jordan would write 120 page chapters that concentrated on one story line where Sanderson will write shorter chapters that switch between storylines.   Sometimes Jordan would take so long to get back to a story line I would forget what is going on.   :doh: 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Draco on November 30, 2015, 02:02:34 PM

I really hope these guys at least have a detailed plot outline. If I was his publisher I'd be demanding something like that.

I would think HBO has all ready demanded that.  That has become HBOs big draw.  GoT is the number one illegally downloaded show of all time. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: BigHat on November 30, 2015, 02:53:25 PM
just got a copy of Dave Canterbury's "Advanced Bushcraft" for free from a library. I'll get back to you on whether or not it was worth every penny >:)

definitely not worth every penny, i'll be taking it back to the library tomorrow and redonating it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on November 30, 2015, 03:01:20 PM
just got a copy of Dave Canterbury's "Advanced Bushcraft" for free from a library. I'll get back to you on whether or not it was worth every penny >:)

definitely not worth every penny, i'll be taking it back to the library tomorrow and redonating it.
BH....have you read Cody Lundin's 98.6 DEGREES: THE ART OF KEEPING YOUR ASS ALIVE? :shrug:
I borrowed a copy of it and thought I got my money's worth. 8)
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Post by: BigHat on November 30, 2015, 03:16:51 PM
no, i won't buy it. no one i know owns it, so i can't borrow it either. i'm ok.

not saying things can't be gleaned from "survival" manuals, but after reading Larry Dean Olsen's "Outdoor Survival Skills" for the Primitive side and an old boy scout manual, i'm not sure what's left...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on November 30, 2015, 03:48:08 PM
Pretty much the way I feel, too.  ???
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Post by: PetrifiedWood on November 30, 2015, 06:56:48 PM
Don't forget Bradford Angier if you're into well established mid 20th century outdoor survival authors. "How to Stay Alive in the Woods" easily ranks up there with Olson's book, but applies better to most of the non-desert areas. In my area, Olson's "Outdoor Survival Skills" is particularly relevant, but it would have been better titled "Great Basin/Southwest Region Survival Skills".

Also, a really good book is "Mountaineering, the Freedom of the Hills". This book is continuously updated and is like an instruction manual for mountaineering. It has tons of great information on how to dress, selecting proper footwear, what to pack, how to deal with cold temperatures and rough terrain. It has a lot of good survival information in it, but it's focus is more on how NOT to find yourself in a survival situation in the first place. It should be on every outdoor enthusiast's bookshelf, IMO.

http://www.amazon.com/Mountaineering-Freedom-Hills-8th-Edition/dp/1594851387 (http://www.amazon.com/Mountaineering-Freedom-Hills-8th-Edition/dp/1594851387)

Forgot to mention, it's full of some awesome knots as well. ;)
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Post by: wolfy on November 30, 2015, 06:59:19 PM
Agreed!  That's why I like the McPhersons better than the rest.....just more relevance for my area.
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Post by: Unknown on November 30, 2015, 07:09:04 PM
Medicine for Mountaineering:and Other Wilderness Activities is another of similar quality PW.

Maybe I should check my additions vintages and see whats been updated.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Draco on December 16, 2015, 06:16:39 PM
Finished Wheel of Time series.  So now I have a #bookhole in my life.   :lol:  When you have been reading something like that for so long it does kind of feel weird that it ended. 

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on December 16, 2015, 07:46:49 PM
Just won a copy of THE WRECK OF THE WHALE SHIP ESSEX for $3.47 on eBay.....it was the inspiration for Melville in writing MOBY DICK and Ron Howard's inspiration for the movie made from Nathaniel Philbrick's IN THE HEART OF THE SEA.

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=lpa6BwAAQBAJ&source=productsearch&utm_source=HA_Desktop_US&utm_medium=SEM&utm_campaign=PLA&pcampaignid=MKTAD0930BO1&gl=US&gclid=CJHptOzs4ckCFQd3MgodtaUNhg&gclsrc=ds

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=roXy5kT34j4C&source=productsearch&utm_source=HA_Desktop_US&utm_medium=SEM&utm_campaign=PLA&pcampaignid=MKTAD0930BO1&gl=US&gclid=CMH3w7Hv4ckCFWJrMgodLUcOTw&gclsrc=ds
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Post by: wsdstan on December 16, 2015, 08:42:15 PM
I just finished two books. 

Private Theodore Ewert's Diary of The Black Hills Expedition of 1874.  Edited by John M. Carroll and Dr, Lawrence Frost.

Ewert's account from his diary entries of the 1874 expedition led by Custer into the Black Hills.

The second is "Diary of an Early American Boy" by Eric Sloane.  A fictionalized account of life in the eastern United States.  The basis is an actual diary from 1805 that was found in an old house.  Sloane weaves an interesting account of the daily life throughout the seasons of Noah Blake.  Excellent resource for how they made some items and how they used water power. 

Next up is "Deadwood, The Golden Years"  by Watson Parker.  An historians account of Deadwood South Dakota from 1876 to about 1925.  I saw this book at a flea market and opened up to see what the text was like.  I turned it to a page with this on it: "She was real tall and built like a busted bale of hay".  That was one contemporary comment about the famous Calamity Jane.  I gotta read this I said to no one in particular.
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Post by: PetrifiedWood on December 16, 2015, 09:51:48 PM
Just won a copy of THE WRECK OF THE WHALE SHIP ESSEX for $3.47 on eBay.....it was the inspiration for Melville in writing MOBY DICK and Ron Howard's inspiration for the movie made from Nathaniel Philbrick's IN THE HEART OF THE SEA.

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=lpa6BwAAQBAJ&source=productsearch&utm_source=HA_Desktop_US&utm_medium=SEM&utm_campaign=PLA&pcampaignid=MKTAD0930BO1&gl=US&gclid=CJHptOzs4ckCFQd3MgodtaUNhg&gclsrc=ds

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=roXy5kT34j4C&source=productsearch&utm_source=HA_Desktop_US&utm_medium=SEM&utm_campaign=PLA&pcampaignid=MKTAD0930BO1&gl=US&gclid=CMH3w7Hv4ckCFWJrMgodLUcOTw&gclsrc=ds

Melville's Moby Dick is available free from Gutenberg Project, if you don't mind reading electronically. A lot of people might already have read it as a school assignment.
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Post by: PetrifiedWood on December 16, 2015, 09:53:49 PM
Right now I am reading the second book in Matthew Bracken's "Enemies" trilogy.

http://www.amazon.com/Enemies-Foreign-Domestic-Trilogy-Book-ebook
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on December 16, 2015, 10:15:50 PM


Melville's Moby Dick is available free from Gutenberg Project, if you don't mind reading electronically. A lot of people might already have read it as a school assignment.




Call me Ishmael, but I read MOBY DICK for a book report when I was a freshman in high school.....I tried reading books on a Kindle and the iPad, too, but it's just not my cup o' tea.  :-\
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: PetrifiedWood on December 16, 2015, 11:37:03 PM


Melville's Moby Dick is available free from Gutenberg Project, if you don't mind reading electronically. A lot of people might already have read it as a school assignment.




Call me Ishmael, but I read MOBY DICK for a book report when I was a freshman in high school.....I tried reading books on a Kindle and the iPad, too, but it's just not my cup o' tea.  :-\

It took me a bit of getting used to. But using the kindle app for Android, I set the color to sepia and turn down the brightness all the way, then adjust the font size. I have read thousands of pages on my tablet this way. I still like a good book for its relative permanence. It doesn't need batteries or any learning beyond the ability to read. But the cost savings and convenience of E books is compelling.

For things like reference materials and how-to books, I like to have a hard copy that will work in a power outage. I like recipes in electronic form since I can print it out and take the page in the kitchen where it can get splashed with oil, tomato sauce, and all the other pitfalls in the kitchen without damaging my only copy.

Another advantage E books have is that they don't make your fingers cramp from propping open a thick springy paperback for hours at a time, especially if you like to hold the book in one hand to have another hand free to sip a drink, snack, etc.

Besides if you can read B&B on a tablet comfortably, a book is an easy transition.  ;D
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Post by: Draco on December 17, 2015, 04:01:11 PM
I don't mind the Kindle app for the phone and I used it for years.  I owned a Kindle in the past but thought it was heavy compared to the phone and my old paperwhite one had no light so you had to have a booklight to read in bed.  Well about 6 months or so ago I thought I would give the new generation of paperwhite kindle at go.  I love the new ones.  Super light and lit with LED from the edges so it shine on the device and not in your face.  Of course the paperwhite only uses power when pages are changed and what the LEDs use so it only needs charging every couple of weeks.  I have gotten so I like the Kindle better than any other way to read. 

Starting the prequel book to Song of Ice and Fire.  It is really three short stories from the author.  Really wish the next book would get released in this series.   
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Post by: Carson on December 17, 2015, 07:10:16 PM
I got an iPad Mini 2 earlier this year and can easily read again. My eyes had gotten bad enough I read certain words as others, made reading difficult as I had to go back over that sentence so it would make sense. The iPad cleared that up, no more problems and I can devour books now like I used to. I can read in a dark tent and there is an ocean of free literature out there to read and several ways to do it.

They added the Retina screen display on the iPad mini version 2 and it is dazzling. The iBooks reading app is wonderful. You can change the font, text size, 4 background colors from white to sepia to gray to black. And it holds thousands of books. You browse books on various sites through the iPad browser, Safari, get your book and it is ready to go in seconds. I can set it up in various positions with the Otter Box Symmetry case/stand I got for it. It does a lot of other things too but I use is for reading mostly and won't be going back to paper books. 
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Post by: Trekster on December 22, 2015, 07:34:43 PM
Right? :lol:
Finished Wheel of Time series.  So now I have a #bookhole in my life.   :lol:  When you have been reading something like that for so long it does kind of feel weird that it ended.
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Post by: wsdstan on December 22, 2015, 07:47:54 PM
I always felt that way when I would finish Lord of the Rings.  Even after I read it for the 6th time.
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Post by: Orbean on December 22, 2015, 08:32:28 PM
"The Voyageurs" by Grace Lee, a history of the French Canadians who hauled fur out of the northwest and trade goods back.

Also the Joe Pickett series by C.J. Box a series about a game warden in Wyoming who always finds himself in the middle of crimes and has to solve them.

Wes

I really enjoyed that book, the voyageur. The song lyrics are neat.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wsdstan on December 22, 2015, 08:36:23 PM
I have read some of the Joe Picket game warden books.  Some are pretty interesting.  Box writes well most of the time but his last book about crime in the oil fields of North Dakota was pretty bizarre. 
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Post by: MnSportsman on January 17, 2016, 05:49:52 PM
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=1015


I am enjoying it. Some info in the cracks & crevices about that life long ago.
;)
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Post by: wolfy on January 17, 2016, 05:54:17 PM
Classic! :thumbsup:
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Post by: wsdstan on January 17, 2016, 07:11:59 PM
i am reading a brochure report title "The Mallory myths and Mysteries:  The Mallory Clothing Replica Project" by Mike Parsons and Mary B. Rose.  it is the report The Mountain Heritage Trust in the United Kingdom made on the discovery of George Leigh Mallory's body on Everest in 1999 (Mallory and Irvine died on Everest in 1924) and the retrieval of parts of the clothing and the pair of boots he was wearing on his summit climb.  The Trust paid for the replication of the clothing he was wearing and it led to the subsequent wearing of the clothing by a few people whilst they were on Everest.  Two of them in a climbing environment and one at a base camp.  The replication process is quite interesting and does provide some interesting conclusions about the effectiveness of the cotton, wool, silk, and leather items that were used.   

I have been interested in this for a long time and while I read a lot of material about it before; this information comes from the people who actually replicated the clothing which is much more complicated that I realized.  The clothing also has a lot of usefulness for what we do in the colder months and has led to some changes in my winter attire. 
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Post by: Draco on January 18, 2016, 04:14:46 PM
Just finished One Second After.   Too easy of a read.  Not to be insulting but it seemed like the professor either dumbed it down or has questionable writing skills.  It was lacking in technical accuracy.  This history professor at a military academy does not know the difference between a magazine and a clip?  They found old crank telephones for communications?  Did they not have any ham radio operators in this community?  I bet over half our guys have either old microwave ovens or homemade Faraday cages where they have a radio or two stored there in case of a EMP event.  The editing errors were rampant.  The biggest con was the lack of character development.  Sadly I just did not care about any of the characters.   

What I liked about the book was the demonstration of the difficult decisions you have to make in triage.  That was timely for me was we just went through that training last week as part of CERT.  I think the author did an excellent job of demonstrating what a community would go though if suddenly all supply lines were cut off.  The health and food issues were well described and I believe accurate.  In the tradition of Walking Dead they had to fight off a group called the Posse who of course were cannibals.  Again this is where the author shines as I believe he gave a realistic view of what a battle like that will be like.  So many of these book have the small group of survivors killing all the bad guys.  Not the case in this book.  I think another positive point was the protagonist was an intellectual middle of the road conservative that did not come across as a paranoid delusional nut case like so many do. 

All in all I think it is a worth while read just don't expect too much in the writing and the take away is the logistics issues they had. 
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Post by: wolfy on January 18, 2016, 04:36:50 PM
It is a haunting tale, though.....I couldn't get it out of my head. :-\      The general population resorting to cannibalism is not totally out of the realm of believability, either.  WWII era populations under siege, like the winter campaign of the Nazis against Stalingrad, saw evidence supporting the commonality of the practice.  It's, for sure, a last resort, but a lot more common than we normally hear of, or talk about.  :stir:

I just read an account of cannibalism among the men in the lifeboats after the sinking of the whale ship, Essex.  Recently, the Uragayan soccer team stranded in the mountains after the plane crash.  Probably a lot more instances than we ever hear about. :shrug:
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Post by: PetrifiedWood on January 18, 2016, 05:51:48 PM
Just finished One Second After.   Too easy of a read.  Not to be insulting but it seemed like the professor either dumbed it down or has questionable writing skills.  It was lacking in technical accuracy.  This history professor at a military academy does not know the difference between a magazine and a clip?  They found old crank telephones for communications?  Did they not have any ham radio operators in this community?  I bet over half our guys have either old microwave ovens or homemade Faraday cages where they have a radio or two stored there in case of a EMP event.  The editing errors were rampant.  The biggest con was the lack of character development.  Sadly I just did not care about any of the characters.   

What I liked about the book was the demonstration of the difficult decisions you have to make in triage.  That was timely for me was we just went through that training last week as part of CERT.  I think the author did an excellent job of demonstrating what a community would go though if suddenly all supply lines were cut off.  The health and food issues were well described and I believe accurate.  In the tradition of Walking Dead they had to fight off a group called the Posse who of course were cannibals.  Again this is where the author shines as I believe he gave a realistic view of what a battle like that will be like.  So many of these book have the small group of survivors killing all the bad guys.  Not the case in this book.  I think another positive point was the protagonist was an intellectual middle of the road conservative that did not come across as a paranoid delusional nut case like so many do. 

All in all I think it is a worth while read just don't expect too much in the writing and the take away is the logistics issues they had.

I wonder if wrapping a radio completely in aluminum foil would suffice for a faraday cage? I read somewhere that a steel gun safe is a pretty good RF Shield.
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Post by: Draco on January 18, 2016, 07:03:58 PM
It has to be grounded.  If so then I bet a gun safe would work just fine.  When I first saw someone use a old microwave I thought that was genius. Yes it is intended to keep those microwaves in but it also keeps them out. 


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Post by: Trekster on January 18, 2016, 07:42:04 PM
I have a huge old "Faraday cage" (microwave) that I keep in an outbuilding. I still need to put my radios in it but I don't have any to spare. It would be a great place to stash anything "sensitive" in any variation. Unlikely that anyone would find it there and unless the cold outdoors kills the batteries anything put in it should last decades. Out of curiosity, do large scale, severe EMP or HEMP events fry batteries or just wiring and circuitry?
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Post by: PetrifiedWood on January 19, 2016, 02:53:36 PM
I have a huge old "Faraday cage" (microwave) that I keep in an outbuilding. I still need to put my radios in it but I don't have any to spare. It would be a great place to stash anything "sensitive" in any variation. Unlikely that anyone would find it there and unless the cold outdoors kills the batteries anything put in it should last decades. Out of curiosity, do large scale, severe EMP or HEMP events fry batteries or just wiring and circuitry?

I think it really depends on the sensitivity of the circuitry. For example, in order to suffer damage from an EMP, an electronic device needs to "receive" the energy in the same way you receive radio signals. So some simpler, more robust circuits like a very simple vacuum tube amplifier containing no transistors might survive an event that was powerful enough to destroy a cell phone. This would be particularly true if it was unplugged and disconnected from any external wiring that could act as an antenna to "receive" the EMP energy.

The longer the wires (and traces on the board) in a given circuit, the more sensitive it will be to external RF sources because the wires and traces act as antennas. If you've ever seen a circuit board for a bluetooth device, there is always a "squiggly" trace on the circuit board that is the actual bluetooth radio antenna, as an example. Much of this can be mitigated with chokes and filters, but if the source is strong enough, no amount of filtering can completely exclude it.

Surrounding the device in a metal enclosure protects the contents because the metal enclosure conducts the energy better than the contents, particularly if they are insulated from the enclosure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi4kXgDBFhw
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Post by: NewEnglandBushcraft on January 19, 2016, 03:15:15 PM
Well, I finished my latest Bernard Cornwell acquisition, part of the Saxon Tales series, "The Last Kingdom"...first book in the series, I think. I have 2 others, "Sword Song" and "The Burning Land", which I have read many times over. Brilliant author if you like history and a touch of fiction. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Draco on January 19, 2016, 03:54:49 PM
I have a huge old "Faraday cage" (microwave) that I keep in an outbuilding. I still need to put my radios in it but I don't have any to spare. It would be a great place to stash anything "sensitive" in any variation. Unlikely that anyone would find it there and unless the cold outdoors kills the batteries anything put in it should last decades. Out of curiosity, do large scale, severe EMP or HEMP events fry batteries or just wiring and circuitry?

My guess is most batteries would be okay.  However the popular charging devices made by companies like Anker have more circuitry in them for the USB connections.  I'm pretty sure those would be useless.  I don't see how any led acid car type battery or even the sealed type would be affected. 

From my reading EMP on a large continent size scale is still pretty theoretical.  Of course all the experts thought RSA public key/private key encryption was unbreakable until Snowden taught us otherwise.   
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Yeoman on January 19, 2016, 03:57:39 PM
I've only read his Sharpe's series. I may have to have a gander at some of his other historical fiction.

These days I'm reading a biography of David Cornwell (no relation I'm aware of). He's better known as John Le Carr?.


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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Draco on January 19, 2016, 04:12:28 PM
Well, I finished my latest Bernard Cornwell acquisition, part of the Saxon Tales series, "The Last Kingdom"...first book in the series, I think. I have 2 others, "Sword Song" and "The Burning Land", which I have read many times over. Brilliant author if you like history and a touch of fiction. :)

Thanks I'm adding that to my wish list.  Looks pretty good.  I like history but don't really know a lot about British history.  Well I went through a Guy Fawkes phase at one point.   :rofl: 

I have been reading Benjamin Franklin An American Life by Walter Isaacson.  He repeats himself a lot and it is not a fast read.  However it is very enjoyable and a very good analysis of Ben's accomplishments and failures.  Right up until the war he was hoping that the King would see fit to make Americans on equal ground with Britain's.  I am about 2/3 through it.  It is one of those books I don't read everyday so I have been on this one a while. 
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Post by: NewEnglandBushcraft on January 19, 2016, 04:26:03 PM
Well, I finished my latest Bernard Cornwell acquisition, part of the Saxon Tales series, "The Last Kingdom"...first book in the series, I think. I have 2 others, "Sword Song" and "The Burning Land", which I have read many times over. Brilliant author if you like history and a touch of fiction. :)

Thanks I'm adding that to my wish list.  Looks pretty good.  I like history but don't really know a lot about British history.  Well I went through a Guy Fawkes phase at one point.   :rofl: 

I have been reading Benjamin Franklin An American Life by Walter Isaacson.  He repeats himself a lot and it is not a fast read.  However it is very enjoyable and a very good analysis of Ben's accomplishments and failures.  Right up until the war he was hoping that the King would see fit to make Americans on equal ground with Britain's.  I am about 2/3 through it.  It is one of those books I don't read everyday so I have been on this one a while.
Sounds interesting...I have quite a few books written about the Founders. It's funny how much stuff isn't mentioned in high school history class, let alone in college.

The Saxon Tales series are based around the Dark Ages time period in Anglo-Saxon Britain (which would later become AEnglaland and then England as we know it today). Bernard did an excellent job writing them, as he diverts into both the Anglo-Saxon and Dane and Norse side due to the past of the protagonist. I shan't spoil it, but I will say that Bernard receives a lot of praise from George R.R. Martin ;).
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Post by: Orbean on January 27, 2016, 09:20:15 AM
Just finished Captain James Cook by Richard Hough and Compass A Story of Exploration and Innovation by Alan Gurney. The book about cook was great, definitely recommend. The compass book was a little slow but I learned a lot
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Orbean on January 27, 2016, 09:39:06 AM
Well, I finished my latest Bernard Cornwell acquisition, part of the Saxon Tales series, "The Last Kingdom"...first book in the series, I think. I have 2 others, "Sword Song" and "The Burning Land", which I have read many times over. Brilliant author if you like history and a touch of fiction. :)
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I love reading Cornwell, great writer
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Post by: CaneCreek on January 27, 2016, 01:21:38 PM
Matthew Bracken's "Enemies" Trilogy

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Post by: RDStone on January 27, 2016, 05:00:45 PM
I'm reading: Give Your Heart To The Hawks - A Tribute To The Mountain Men by Winfred Blevins.  There are some embellishments from some other accounts I've read, but he has a nice style.  Those were some tough guys for sure.  I kind of like coming back out of the woods to my nice warm dry home after a hike or backpacking trip - guess I'm a sissy boy!  That months on end stuff would have to do some growin on me.
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Post by: zammer on January 27, 2016, 06:34:23 PM
Got two on the go, first one is a re-read of James Mitcheners Chesapeake, and the other is the book mentioned the other day called A life wild and Perilous by Robert M. Utley

Got both sides of the Country covered...lol
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Post by: wsdstan on January 27, 2016, 07:09:57 PM
I picked up a copy of "Crazy Weather" by Charles L. McNichols.  Written in 1944 the preface says it is a little bit like a modern version of Huck Finn with an interesting Indian boy the central character.  We shall see.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Draco on January 28, 2016, 01:13:22 PM
currently I am a book and a half deep into the Sword of Truth series.  Anyone else read this one? 
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Post by: Carson on January 29, 2016, 12:45:38 PM
I'm going to start this book later in the evening.

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Longitude by Dava Sobel

Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day―and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives and the increasing fortunes of nations hung on a resolution. One man, John Harrison, in complete opposition to the scientific community, dared to imagine a mechanical solution―a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.
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Post by: wolfy on January 29, 2016, 01:10:26 PM
That's a great book.....you'll love it! :thumbsup:
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Post by: Orbean on January 29, 2016, 01:14:49 PM
I am picking up a copy asap. Thank you for the recommendation
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Post by: wolfy on January 29, 2016, 01:26:54 PM
There's a PBS/BBC movie on Harrison's quest to build a successful chronometer that is very well done. :thumbsup:

http://youtu.be/ecrf8KhVcyo
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Post by: Carson on January 30, 2016, 02:34:47 PM
I'll have to check out that movie Wolfy. I'm about halfway through the book Longitude and it is very good, short but good.
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Post by: woodsorrel on January 30, 2016, 06:55:16 PM
There's a PBS/BBC movie on Harrison's quest to build a successful chronometer that is very well done. :thumbsup:

I remember when this came out.  I enjoyed it immensely!

  - Woodsorrel
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Post by: PetrifiedWood on January 30, 2016, 08:56:29 PM
I just had sort of a silly thought that applies to reading.

At some point in history, there were so few books actually "published" that it was possible for a scholar to have real all of them. With the advent of the printing press, books became far more common. However, it must have been theoretically possible to have read all of the published books for at least a short time after the press was invented. I wonder how long it took for the number of different books to outpace the amount of time it would take to read them all based on a person's life expectancy at the time?
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Post by: Draco on January 30, 2016, 09:06:58 PM
By the time Gutenburg invented the printing press there were a lot of monks copying the books buy hand.  I have no idea how many had been written by then but before that there were scrolls and we know from the dead sea finds there were a lot of them. 

In my mind the greatest invention of mankind was the printing press.  Without which our revolution would have probably never have happened.  It was the easy access to information via newspapers and pamphlets that made America great.   Very few places would a person have been allowed to author and distribute something like Thomas Paine's Common Sense.

In my mind fire was always there and the wheel was pretty much too.  It was Gutenberg's press with moveable type that brought access to information to people of the middle class and it was Ben Franklin's library that brought it to everyone. 
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Post by: Orbean on January 30, 2016, 09:31:14 PM
I believe the three greatest inventions of all time are the printing press, an accurate time piece and accurate maps.
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Post by: jontok on January 31, 2016, 01:59:53 PM
currently I am a book and a half deep into the Sword of Truth series.  Anyone else read this one?
I read some of those. good books, but i quit a little bit into book 7 or 9 (can't remember which) because he basically uses the same formula for the books over and over again... You'll see what I mean...


I've been on a sci-fi bender... I re-read the Omega Force series, and have just finished the Black Fleet trilogy and the two Reaper Inc books.
Now I'm on book two in a collection (kindle) that's called Gods and Mortals.
I like those collections from Kindle because there is always one or two books in there that are good enough to warrant getting the rest of the series.
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Post by: Orbean on February 09, 2016, 05:06:08 PM
Just finished  Blood and Thunder, The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West. Excellent book, not only a biography of Carson but also explains the political climate of the time and how it related to the opening and settling of the west. Particularly interesting to me because my family has lived in northern NM and were among the first Europeans to settle the area ( I come Basque and French stock).

Also finished Over the Edge of the World written by Laurence Bergreen. It is a good read detailing Magellan's circumnavigation of the world.
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Post by: wolfy on March 07, 2016, 05:19:21 PM
I just finished a translated copy of EXPLORING WITH FREMONT.  It was written in German by a gifted young cartographer (in diary form) by the name of Charles Karl Preuss.   Preuss was employed by John Charles Fremont on his 1st, 2nd, and 4th expeditions into the Oregon Territory and areas covering California, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah and almost all of the area west of the Missouri River.  Preuss was able to finally produce an accurate map of the newly discovered Oregon and California trails, the correctly proportioned relationship of all the rivers, mountain ranges, deserts and passes......no more 'educated guesses' on the maps.

Most of these old diaries can be pretty boring, but I must say, this one is the most entertaining of any that I've read.  Preuss constantly gripes about the food and camping conditions. :lol:  Did you know that the head is the tastiest portion of a dead mule? :deadhorse:

His opinion of Fremont is pretty telling, too.  He complains about the stupid moves and quirks that Fremont displays in his everyday decision making, etc. 

Guides, Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, and Old Bill Williams are discussed at length.....very interesting highlights into each man's skills and weaknesses. 

I had to get it through inter-library loan, but if I ever get a chance to buy a reasonably priced copy, I WILL own one. :thumbsup:

Portions of Preuss' mapping efforts are available for viewing at bottom of this page..

http://www.longcamp.com/preuss.html
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Post by: wsdstan on March 07, 2016, 06:40:51 PM
That sounds like a terrific book Craig.  Especially his observations about the scouts, who are three of the best.  I will have to see if our library can get it. 
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Post by: Unknown on March 07, 2016, 06:46:52 PM
Hmm, interesting...but probably not so much for me to dive in.

Isn't it always the way with underlings questioning the wisdom of their superiors? I did it (justifiably so) when I was lower on the totem in the dumb ole construction field, and had it done to me later on. It happens to every manager, Officer in the military, almost any leader-I think- 
   At times those sorts of critique are possibly valid because those making the assessments aren't dealing with the stresses of the whole picture, kinda gives them a laid-back pigeon hole view of what's going on. Sometimes valid on the whole, more often self-serving imho.

I have had some darn good cabesa tacos, which is beef cheek(I think). probably not the same as mule head, but I would trade you that for the "beef gizzard"  I was served once.

Me? I dont read nuttin' but what you said. :-[
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Post by: wsdstan on March 07, 2016, 06:54:48 PM
Fremont deserved all the questions about his wisdom he got.  He made a lot of serious mistakes, in California, during the Civil War, and on his expeditions.  His last one, down in southern Colorado was a disaster. 
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Post by: Unknown on March 07, 2016, 07:13:08 PM
Ohhh, come on Man. He's not so bad. I'm startin' to identify with him.
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Post by: wolfy on March 07, 2016, 07:22:19 PM
The men under his command that either froze to death, starved to death or had to resort to cannibalism in order to survive might have a differing opinion. :lol:

That mountain howitzer that they were ordered to so labourisly haul through deep snow and jumbled boulders, set in place in front of Fremont's tent every single night and finally ended up abandoning, near present-day Carson City, was fired only ONE time and that was when they were trying kill a buffalo with it!  :P :doh:
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Post by: Unknown on March 07, 2016, 07:56:40 PM
I forget how many died, 10 or 20, more? You could find that many wimps in any crowd of 35, 40 today.

I dont know about the gun.

Having made so many expeditions, he must have had some successes(?) I just don't know enough to evaluate whether he was only pleasing to his masters,(and so allowed to continue on at any cost)
 a victim of fate, I'm not sure. Perhaps he was just a misguided opportunist that any other might have filled the role of, and as such, made many a fubar- but- that was a crazycrazy time. It would take a lot of digging to get the full spectrum of influence.

I tip my hat to the depth of your investigation sensei.  Was he a Confederate tool, used by the powerful interests at the time into unwitting circumstance? In the end he died poor, right? I see where he's headed, just now
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Post by: wsdstan on March 07, 2016, 09:35:47 PM
He was politically connected.  His wife was the daughter of Senator Thomas Hart Benton.  His legacy is more one of political manipulation than accomplishment.  He more or less hired the right guides (Kit Carson and Jim Bridger) and then followed them around.  His last expedition in Southern Colorado was scouted by Bill Williams because Carson turned him down.  He was advised not to try his route that time of year but chose to anyway. 

This quote from Wikipedia pretty much sums him up. "Historians portray Fremont as controversial, impetuous, and contradictory. Some scholars regard him as a military hero of significant accomplishment, while others view him as a failure who repeatedly defeated his own best purposes. The keys to Fremont's character and personality may lie in his being born illegitimately, his ambitious drive for success, self-justification, and passive-aggressive behavior." 
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Post by: wolfy on March 07, 2016, 10:05:44 PM
That pretty well nails it, Stan.  That last foray, that Bill Williams ended up leading, almost killed him when he became confused from freezing cold and starvation and getting them all lost, too.  Fremont was wise (or just very lucky) to choose Charles Preuss (a civilian) to do the surveying, sketching and subsequent map making.   He did a superb job.  They ended up with a map that filled in all the gaps and put to rest the wild speculation that existed in all of the previous maps of the mountainous regions of the western frontier.   The ironic thing about it is, that Jedediah Smith probably had very similar information and maps that he'd drawn and had in his possession when he was killed by Indians in 1831....nearly 17 years prior to Fremont's expeditions. :-\

There is a framable and readable copy of the final Preuss map available, but it costs $90.....I'm tempted. :[
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Post by: Unknown on March 08, 2016, 07:08:50 AM
Wow. I'll have to review the rest of that wikipedia entry. I told ya I was starting to identify with him. I better straighten up.
 
 
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Post by: madmax on March 08, 2016, 08:03:41 AM
"The Swamp".  The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise.  Michael Grunwald.

I'll let you know when I finish.
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Post by: Moe M. on March 09, 2016, 10:25:12 AM
  I've just finished reading Of Blood and Suffering, the Regaining of Lost Freedom by Robert LaVoy Finnicum, it's a fictional novel about a scattered ranching family caught in the wake of an EMP attack on the US and their individual struggles to to get back to their home,  and then their struggle along with their neighbors to defend what they have against the forces of the HLS agency and those of their neighbors who have not prepared for a world turned upside down. 

  I'd suggest that it's a good read,  and one that will provoke some heavy thinking for some.    :thumbsup:

  * LaVoy Finnicum was the Rancher that was shot and killed by the FBI's HRT team and state police officers during a takeover of a wildlife preserve building,  he was shot and killed during a car stop where officials claim they were serving an arrest warrant on Finnicum.
     The details of the shooting are still being investigated, five FBI agents are facing charges of falsifying reports in the case,  Police claim he was reaching for a gun while other witnesses at the scene claim that the FBI and State Police murdered Finnicum in cold blood,  he was shot nine times by at least four officers and or federal agents.
     A grainy video released by the FBI tend to show Finnicum reaching for his left side, the suggestion made was that he was reaching for a weapon,  witnesses claim he was shot in the side while he had his hands up in surrendering and only grabbed for his side when the bullet hit him, then he was shot several more times and again as he lay in the snow dying.   
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Post by: Fink on March 10, 2016, 01:25:12 AM
I have been listening to the  Arisen Series by Michael Stephen Fuchs and Glynn James. Good stuff!

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Post by: zammer on March 11, 2016, 05:05:09 PM
"The Swamp".  The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise.  Michael Grunwald.

I'll let you know when I finish.

Look forward to your thoughts on that as you live in the Sunshine state.  :cheers:
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Post by: vonrichthofen on March 14, 2016, 05:30:46 PM
Reading Pedro, by Pedro Martinez.  An amazing individual besides being one of the smartest pitchers to ever play the game.  He noticed everything. Once struck out a batter on three straight curve balls because he noticed that the pitchers mound was in shadow and the plate was in the sun.  He figured the batter would have an obscured view of his delivery, and with the sun in his eyes would not see the curve on the ball very well.  He was not as big as most pitchers but more than made up for it by being such a fierce competitor.  Sure do miss him in Boston.
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Post by: Electric Cowboy on March 20, 2016, 05:06:46 PM
Follow the Rabbit proof Fence, Doris Pilkington.
Based on a true story.
I like to think Im a tuff guy, but I bow down to these girls.
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Post by: Electric Cowboy on March 20, 2016, 05:09:51 PM
  I've just finished reading Of Blood and Suffering, the Regaining of Lost Freedom by Robert LaVoy Finnicum, it's a fictional novel about a scattered ranching family caught in the wake of an EMP attack on the US and their individual struggles to to get back to their home,  and then their struggle along with their neighbors to defend what they have against the forces of the HLS agency and those of their neighbors who have not prepared for a world turned upside down. 

  I'd suggest that it's a good read,  and one that will provoke some heavy thinking for some.    :thumbsup:

  * LaVoy Finnicum was the Rancher that was shot and killed by the FBI's HRT team and state police officers during a takeover of a wildlife preserve building,  he was shot and killed during a car stop where officials claim they were serving an arrest warrant on Finnicum.
     The details of the shooting are still being investigated, five FBI agents are facing charges of falsifying reports in the case,  Police claim he was reaching for a gun while other witnesses at the scene claim that the FBI and State Police murdered Finnicum in cold blood,  he was shot nine times by at least four officers and or federal agents.
     A grainy video released by the FBI tend to show Finnicum reaching for his left side, the suggestion made was that he was reaching for a weapon,  witnesses claim he was shot in the side while he had his hands up in surrendering and only grabbed for his side when the bullet hit him, then he was shot several more times and again as he lay in the snow dying.

Thanks Moe, I gave it a read. Not Bad.
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Post by: NewEnglandBushcraft on March 20, 2016, 08:38:42 PM
More Bernard Cornwell....
'The Pagan Lord'   :cheers:
Also re-reading 'The Burning Land' for the third time. Very captivating books, hard to put down.
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Post by: Carson on March 21, 2016, 02:40:19 PM
More Bernard Cornwell....
'The Pagan Lord'   :cheers:
Also re-reading 'The Burning Land' for the third time. Very captivating books, hard to put down.

White hot historical fiction! I have read the entire series up to the latest Warriors in the Storm. He has not got there yet so more to come. I like his short Arthur series too, The Winter King etc.
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Post by: NewEnglandBushcraft on March 21, 2016, 08:14:49 PM
More Bernard Cornwell....
'The Pagan Lord'   :cheers:
Also re-reading 'The Burning Land' for the third time. Very captivating books, hard to put down.

White hot historical fiction! I have read the entire series up to the latest Warriors in the Storm. He has not got there yet so more to come. I like his short Arthur series too, The Winter King etc.
I've got some catching up to do lol. 'Lords of the North' is on my next must-read list :). Besides the other two I mentioned earlier, I also have 'Sword Song' and 'The Last Kingdom'.

Probably some of the best historical fiction out there.  8)
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Post by: Orbean on March 31, 2016, 08:46:03 AM
Just finished  Salt A World History written by Mark Kurlansky. You know a book is good when it drives you to learn more and that is what Salt did for me. There is obviously history, but also took away lessons on cooking, geology, and cartography. It is an easy read, flows well and is not bogged down with  obscure technical terms and pretentious prose. I am ordering Kurlansky's book The Basque History Of The World, being partially Basque I am hoping it is as good as Salt is.


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Post by: Mannlicher on March 31, 2016, 10:00:35 AM
I really enjoy Brit murder mysteries, both on TV and in book form.  Just downloaded from kindle, a 4 volume set of murders by Alan Hunter, featuring Inspector George Gently.  The books are very different from the TV show portrayal of the detective.
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Post by: wolfy on March 31, 2016, 10:01:45 AM
Just finished  Salt A World History written by Mark Kurlansky. You know a book is good when it drives you to learn more and that is what Salt did for me. There is obviously history, but also took away lessons on cooking, geology, and cartography. It is an easy read, flows well and is not bogged down with  obscure technical terms and pretentious prose. I am ordering Kurlansky's book The Basque History Of The World, being partially Basque I am hoping it is as good as Salt is.




Thanks for the evaluation of SALT, Orbean. :thumbsup:    I just saw it offered on Thriftbooks website for $3.59 a couple of days ago......I'm going for it if they still have it. :)
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Post by: Quenchcrack on March 31, 2016, 10:37:12 AM
The Oregon Trail: sketches of prairie and Rocky Mountain life. by Francis Parkman (1823-1893)  Freebie on Kindle Books.
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Post by: Quenchcrack on March 31, 2016, 10:38:56 AM
Just finished  Salt A World History written by Mark Kurlansky. You know a book is good when it drives you to learn more and that is what Salt did for me. There is obviously history, but also took away lessons on cooking, geology, and cartography. It is an easy read, flows well and is not bogged down with  obscure technical terms and pretentious prose. I am ordering Kurlansky's book The Basque History Of The World, being partially Basque I am hoping it is as good as Salt is.


Are lady Basque people called Basquettes?  Sorry, I'll just get my hat and coat....
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Post by: wolfy on March 31, 2016, 11:25:00 AM
The Oregon Trail: sketches of prairie and Rocky Mountain life. by Francis Parkman (1823-1893)  Freebie on Kindle Books.
That oughta keep ya' busy for a while. ;D
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Post by: Quenchcrack on March 31, 2016, 02:32:59 PM
Wolfy, I started this book last year but stopped reading before I finished.  Not sure why.  CRAFT is setting in.  It is an interesting book, lots of prose and humor typical of Mark Twain.
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Post by: Orbean on March 31, 2016, 07:09:30 PM
Just finished  Salt A World History written by Mark Kurlansky. You know a book is good when it drives you to learn more and that is what Salt did for me. There is obviously history, but also took away lessons on cooking, geology, and cartography. It is an easy read, flows well and is not bogged down with  obscure technical terms and pretentious prose. I am ordering Kurlansky's book The Basque History Of The World, being partially Basque I am hoping it is as good as Salt is.


Are lady Basque people called Basquettes?  Sorry, I'll just get my hat and coat....

Quenchcrack will be performing two shows nightly. Remember folks it is a two drink minimum and be sure to tip your waitress.
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Post by: Trekster on March 31, 2016, 07:45:09 PM
Just finished  Salt A World History written by Mark Kurlansky. You know a book is good when it drives you to learn more and that is what Salt did for me. There is obviously history, but also took away lessons on cooking, geology, and cartography. It is an easy read, flows well and is not bogged down with  obscure technical terms and pretentious prose. I am ordering Kurlansky's book The Basque History Of The World, being partially Basque I am hoping it is as good as Salt is.


Are lady Basque people called Basquettes?  Sorry, I'll just get my hat and coat....

Quenchcrack will be performing two shows nightly. Remember folks it is a two drink minimum and be sure to tip your waitress.

I'll give her my tip in any way she desires!
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Post by: RedBeard on March 31, 2016, 09:15:51 PM
It took me a bit of getting used to. But using the kindle app for Android, I set the color to sepia and turn down the brightness all the way, then adjust the font size. I have read thousands of pages on my tablet this way. I still like a good book for its relative permanence. It doesn't need batteries or any learning beyond the ability to read. But the cost savings and convenience of E books is compelling.

For things like reference materials and how-to books, I like to have a hard copy that will work in a power outage. I like recipes in electronic form since I can print it out and take the page in the kitchen where it can get splashed with oil, tomato sauce, and all the other pitfalls in the kitchen without damaging my only copy.

Another advantage E books have is that they don't make your fingers cramp from propping open a thick springy paperback for hours at a time, especially if you like to hold the book in one hand to have another hand free to sip a drink, snack, etc.

Besides if you can read B&B on a tablet comfortably, a book is an easy transition.  ;D
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You gotta take a look at the Kindle Paperwhite. It's pretty splash resistant. Looks like a real book. The real beauty of that bad boy is that the battery lasts over a month on a single charge. Plus its lighter than your traditional tablet.
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Post by: wsdstan on March 31, 2016, 10:32:43 PM
RedBeard a Kindle would be a good idea for me to get.  I have way to many books, around 1000, and shelf space for about 500.  They have run me out of my office room at home and they spilled into the living room and just about every table has some stacked there waiting to be read or put in a proper shelf. 

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Post by: pommie on April 01, 2016, 06:12:28 AM
A little heart felt book by her mother.

http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781405923644/?a_aid=irisgracepainting   free shipping.

about the life of a little girl with autism and a cat.

Got the book yesterday and already 100 pages into it. Very artistic little girl that needed some help to come out of her shell.
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Post by: gene stoner on April 09, 2016, 11:18:38 AM
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Post by: Orbean on May 18, 2016, 10:28:06 AM
Looking for some book recommendations covering the age of exploration. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
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Post by: wsdstan on May 18, 2016, 10:37:24 AM
Here are a couple I would recommend.  They deal with America.

Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose.  An easy to read account of Lewis and Clark's expedition.

Exploration and Empire by William Goetzmann.  This books deals with the exploration of the American west from Lewis and Clark to John Wesley Powell.  One of the best books on the expansion and exploration of the country I have read.

If you are after earlier expeditions such as those coming from Europe in the 1500's then look up Cortex, Pizarro, and Ponce De Leon.

 
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Post by: madmax on May 18, 2016, 10:45:04 AM
A Land Remembered.  Patrick Smith.  FL homesteading.
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Post by: Orbean on May 18, 2016, 11:34:49 AM
Undaunted courage I have read several times, IMO it is a classic. Exploration and empire I will lookup. Florida homesteading sounds interesting. Thank you
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Post by: wolfy on June 19, 2016, 12:53:13 PM
I am over half way through THE WORST HARD TIME by Timothy Egan.  It is the story and recorded true account of many of those who remained in the heart of the Dust Bowl during the absolute worst conditions one could possibly imagine.  Many people gave up and left, like the mythical Joad family in Steinbeck's novel THE GRAPES OF WRATH, but this is the true story of those that stayed!   It's hard to read about the unbelievable hardship, desperation, and decade-long incessant weather conditions, but almost impossible to put down!  I highly recommend it. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Post by: Unknown on June 19, 2016, 01:45:42 PM
What things made them stay, briefly is okay? It's nearly unimaginable to remain, try and get through considering the hardships and dangers, toils those folks faced.
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Post by: wolfy on June 19, 2016, 02:19:20 PM
Most of the residents who stayed, either had deep family roots and ties to the land or had arrived from elsewhere with nothing to begin with.  The newer residents were mortgaged to the hilt by failing banks and those who did have a nest egg, from having lived through more prosperous times, saw those meager savings dwindle through taxation.  They could not sell because there were no buyers who would pay for what the land was worth.  They could leave and lose what little they did have, but there were no jobs anywhere in the country due to the economic times of 'The Great Depression.'  They were trapped....and knew it, but had no alternative, except to weather the storm and pray for better times to return.  It's a chilling story.
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Post by: Orbean on June 19, 2016, 05:52:51 PM
The Ice Master, The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk. Written by Jennifer Niven. A man named Vilhjalmur Stefansson, a polar explorer abandoned his crew because of his impatience with the Arctic ice pack. The book is the story of their self rescue from Cape Halkett to St Michael Alaska after their ship was crushed by the ice pack. Great reading.

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Post by: Orbean on June 19, 2016, 06:07:57 PM
What things made them stay, briefly is okay? It's nearly unimaginable to remain, try and get through considering the hardships and dangers, toils those folks faced.

My father had a client named Faro Caudill, he settled in Pie Town Nm during the depression. There are a series of photos taken of him and his family that are well known. He eventually moved to Albuquerque and retired as a trade union rep.
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Post by: pap11y on June 19, 2016, 07:59:21 PM
I have just started this.. Great illustration and a bit of inspiration for me to get back out there to play :)

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Post by: Trekster on June 20, 2016, 12:53:14 PM
I'm slowly reading through the Third Edition ARRL Ham radio license manual.
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Post by: Trekster on June 20, 2016, 12:57:56 PM
It's been years (over a decade) since I transmitted on a Ham radio and it appears that technology has very much progressed since then. I'm not very electronics savvy other than computers and cellphones. I do have a couple of Baofeng 2016 UV6r handhelds and I put a 15" whip on one but I only use them for police scanners currently. Trying to get all this technical data into my head feels like packing my head full of wool. It's not just the metric system. I probably understand that better than most people my age. It's the numbers. I hate math and numbers and terminology. I'm math retarded.
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Post by: Orbean on June 21, 2016, 02:44:56 PM
I am over half way through THE WORST HARD TIME by Timothy Egan.  It is the story and recorded true account of many of those who remained in the heart of the Dust Bowl during the absolute worst conditions one could possibly imagine.  Many people gave up and left, like the mythical Joad family in Steinbeck's novel THE GRAPES OF WRATH, but this is the true story of those that stayed!   It's hard to read about the unbelievable hardship, desperation, and decade-long incessant weather conditions, but almost impossible to put down!  I highly recommend it. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Just picked up a copy, hastings had a sale on used books, five for twenty five dollars. Looking forward to reading it
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Post by: wsdstan on June 21, 2016, 03:54:27 PM
I am now reading "96 Years in the Black Hills" by Frank Thomson.  Thomson's biographical account of his life in the Spearfish SD area.  A lot of interesting material on the problems and frustrations of a ranchers life in the depression era along with the years after WWII.  Thomson adds a lot of his thoughts about the monetary system and the corruption of the political system.  He would fit right in today.

The most interesting part to me has been the cattle and sheep programs the federal government established to deal with the problems ranchers and farmers were having trying to survive on their farms.  Dust storms, farm crop prices, loans from the bank, land prices are all covered.  He paints a dismal picture of the day to day life of the average man in these times in western South Dakota.  Land sold for a $1.00 an acre with few takers.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on June 21, 2016, 04:16:28 PM
Sounds like a good read, but I'm not sure I could take two books on that subject, back to back. :'(

I'll make a note of it for later, though. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wissahickon on June 21, 2016, 05:04:16 PM
I got a good haul of books for Father's Day and I started the pile with Tom Brown Jr.'s Field Guide, Wilderness Survival.  My three year old picked it out, apparently. 

My dad used to have The Tracker by TB and I always thought it was cool when I was a kid.  I don't know much about the guy, aside from him having been sued for "tracking" the wrong guy at one point.  Hopefully I didn't subconsciously retain much from that book. 

This book, so far, seems to be a pretty good read.  I'm sure it's already on a lot of your radars but for those who haven't heard of it:

It focuses on survival when no tools are available.  All the usual topics are covered (shelter, fire, water, food, etc).  His anecdotes are fairly hokey but they keep the reading a bit less monotonous than a lot of similar books on the topic.  Typically the anecdotes cover mistakes he made while learning the skills described and they help to explain what Brown considers to be the common slip-ups a reasonable person would make. 

As an added bonus, TB apparently learned most of what he's teaching very near my home making the information provided especially relevant for my needs. 

One downside is that the info covered in the book has, for the most part, been beaten into the dirt by pretty much every bushcraft book written since its publication (1983).  Granted, this has nothing to do with the quality of the book and is certainly not Brown's fault but if the first few pages of his writing leave you with a bad taste in your mouth, there's nothing here that can't be found in a thousand other presentations. 

On the positive side, the writing is clear and informative.  It's more thorough than a lot of books out there these days (that seem to be published just to keep the author's name out there), it doesn't operate under the assumption that you're loaded with tools, and the illustrations are excellent.  Aside from being much nicer to look at than, say, Mors Kochanski's (Northern) Bushcraft, the quality of the illustrations leaves the reader with little doubt as to what the heck the author is talking about. 

Overall, a pretty good read (so far) though it's nothing that can't be found elsewhere. 

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Trekster on June 21, 2016, 07:03:05 PM
I just printed out a few of my Expedients/X files pdfs and put em in a three ring binder. I've read through a few of em.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: MnSportsman on June 21, 2016, 09:35:02 PM
I am now reading "96 Years in the Black Hills" by Frank Thomson.  Thomson's biographical account of his life in the Spearfish SD area.  A lot of interesting material on the problems and frustrations of a ranchers life in the depression era along with the years after WWII.  Thomson adds a lot of his thoughts about the monetary system and the corruption of the political system.  He would fit right in today.

The most interesting part to me has been the cattle and sheep programs the federal government established to deal with the problems ranchers and farmers were having trying to survive on their farms.  Dust storms, farm crop prices, loans from the bank, land prices are all covered.  He paints a dismal picture of the day to day life of the average man in these times in western South Dakota.  Land sold for a $1.00 an acre with few takers.

Bet is that it is 4-6K now, or more.

Not that I am complaining or making a statement. But that land is worth a lot more now... I would think. He just lived in a different time. His "heirs" might not be saying the same thing.
;)


Sounds like a good read though. :) Kind of the type of stuff I like to read. Real stuff.
;)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wsdstan on June 22, 2016, 08:20:13 AM
The context that he said it in troubled economic times is right.  The point is, for him, that it is less than they paid for it.  The farm and ranch land took a tremendous drop in price because no one could do anything with it.  The drought turned the land into a desert.  You could not raise a cow on most of it for several years and even if you could have the market price for cows was nil.  It cost more to ship them to the Chicago market than the would bring at sale.  Calves were selling for 4 1/2 cents a hundred weight.  A 500 lb calf brought in 22 1/2 cents. 

That land today is as high as 10K an acre but most is in the 3 to 6 k range.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: lgm on June 25, 2016, 08:31:24 PM
The forgotten crafts by John Seymour.
All about how things were done back in the day. Everything from coppicing ( cutting a tree so new shoots grow) to soap making.
Some interesting stuff.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Trekster on June 26, 2016, 04:33:47 PM
They still do coppicing in southern UK. They also make "living hedges" out of willow shoots like the South African farmers made "kraals" out of thornbushes (and Western USA ranchers did). I want to try that!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Trekster on June 26, 2016, 04:34:33 PM
Thanks for the Seymour reference! I'll have to look it up
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Trekster on June 26, 2016, 04:35:09 PM
I also enjoy the Eric Sloane books
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: lgm on June 26, 2016, 06:08:07 PM
You are welcome Trekster , The UK is where Mr Seymour is from. He talks alot about it. Seams he has had many jobs & writes from experience.
I learned more then a few things & want to give a few a try
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/931505.Forgotten_Arts_and_Crafts.
Funny I found my book at the library & it looks the same as the one in the link but in the lion it is called " the forgotten arts and crafts
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: NewEnglandBushcraft on June 26, 2016, 06:37:13 PM
I'm indulging in more Bernard Cornwell :D

Finished The Pale Horseman some days ago, and now I'm halfway through Lords of the North. Death of Kings arrived today :banana:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: imnukensc on June 26, 2016, 06:39:14 PM
Confederates in the Attic
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: WesinND on July 03, 2016, 09:36:29 PM
I just finished "Bushcraft 101" by Dave Canterbury and am starting to re-read "How to Hunt Birds with Gun Dogs", by Bill Tarrant.  I had that one in a paperback, but my mother-in-law sent me a hardcover version, and it's worth reading again.  ~Wes
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wsdstan on July 03, 2016, 10:06:03 PM
I just finished "Bushcraft 101" by Dave Canterbury and am starting to re-read "How to Hunt Birds with Gun Dogs", by Bill Tarrant.  I had that one in a paperback, but my mother-in-law sent me a hardcover version, and it's worth reading again.  ~Wes

Yes it is.  It is one of four or five books that every retriever trainer should read. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: metaldogfish on July 09, 2016, 09:49:09 PM
I've been reading a lot of wild edibles books lately. Fascinating! Who knew that, that damn weed "purslane"  that tried to take over my garden the last few years is actually nutritious and tasty! it's growing hardy and being harvested this year. Daylily buds, too.  Lots to learn and enjoying every minute and morsel!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chekmate on July 10, 2016, 07:18:34 AM
I've been reading Mors Kochanski book "Basic Safe Travel and Boreal Survival Handbook".   Lots of good information from Mors with all his experience and knowledge.   

Keep Your Tinder Dry
Chekmate
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: mneedham on July 10, 2016, 07:30:27 AM
1491 by Charles C. Mann, amazing writer...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nature Boy on July 10, 2016, 08:44:56 AM
Re-reading my Preacher reprint paperback 'graphic novels' from DC Comics. Comparing them to the AMC TV show.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: PetrifiedWood on July 24, 2016, 08:39:15 AM
It's been years (over a decade) since I transmitted on a Ham radio and it appears that technology has very much progressed since then. I'm not very electronics savvy other than computers and cellphones. I do have a couple of Baofeng 2016 UV6r handhelds and I put a 15" whip on one but I only use them for police scanners currently. Trying to get all this technical data into my head feels like packing my head full of wool. It's not just the metric system. I probably understand that better than most people my age. It's the numbers. I hate math and numbers and terminology. I'm math retarded.

Spend some time in hamstudy.org and use the flash cards. You will get it. Elementary school kids get licensed all the time.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on July 24, 2016, 12:07:52 PM
I just finished reading Peter Jenkins' LOOKING FOR ALASKA last night.....very good book, but getting a bit dated.  Next in line.....David Nichol's ERNIE'S WAR, a compilation of the popular WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle's newspaper columns from the front lines.  He begins on Omaha Beach on D-Day +1, continues through Europe until Berlin is captured, then goes into the South Pacific to follow the war with Japan.  Unfortunately, he was killed in 1945, shortly before the war ended. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Orbean on August 10, 2016, 06:49:07 PM
Just finished Stephen Ambrose's Nothing Like It In The World, about the building of the Transcontinental railroad. Good book, not as enjoyable as Undaunted Courage but a still a fun read.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wsdstan on August 10, 2016, 07:46:42 PM
Just finished a fiction book by CJ Box called Endangered.  Features his Joe Pickett game warden character.  Frivolous but fun.

Next up is a re-read of Rocky Mountain Life by Rufus Sage.  This edition is based on the 1858 edition but the original journal was published in 1846.  Sage visited many of the important sites in the west. My interest in this book lies in his descriptions of places that I spent a lot of time at.  I once had a duck blind a stones throw from an early fur trading post on the Platte river (Fort St. Vrain that Sage was at for a time).  He traveled up the Platte to present day Denver, went up Cherry Creek and crossed the divide going south by what became Colorado Springs, traveled to Pueblo, Bent's Fort, Taos and so forth.  Every time I re-read this book I remember a place I was that he was. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mannlicher on August 11, 2016, 06:42:34 AM
half way through "A World Lit Only By Fire".  William Manchester.  The medieval mind and the renaissance.  A portrait of an age.  Interesting and depressing at the same time.  Mankind had an arduous journey to get where we are today.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: MnSportsman on August 11, 2016, 05:19:42 PM
  Just spent the last week revisiting the John D. McDonald  series with "Travis Mcgee" as the star, along with his adventures aboard the "Busted Flush" and travels around the N. & S. American continents,"salvaging" for other folks. ;)


Good reads, IMO!
:D
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mannlicher on August 12, 2016, 06:45:56 AM
re read "One Fearful Yellow Eye" last week.  The yarns are usually pretty good, but frankly, I find Travis harder and harder to enjoy.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: MnSportsman on August 12, 2016, 10:08:02 AM
   I just read & re-read for the enjoyment of the mystery/crime & the little twists & turns. I had my fill now for another 20 years. ;) 


Have to admit though, it was fun for me to revisit to go back to an earlier time with pay phones  ( booths) and some of the other nostalgic things that get mentioned that ya don't see of hear about anymore .
 ;)


 I re-read Jame Michener novels & Louis L'amour novels also just for the entertainment, also.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Orbean on August 22, 2016, 09:49:49 AM
   I just read & re-read for the enjoyment of the mystery/crime & the little twists & turns. I had my fill now for another 20 years. ;) 


Have to admit though, it was fun for me to revisit to go back to an earlier time with pay phones  ( booths) and some of the other nostalgic things that get mentioned that ya don't see of hear about anymore .
 ;)


 I re-read Jame Michener novels & Louis L'amour novels also just for the entertainment, also.

I have read almost all of Michener novels, some are better than others, but always learn from them. The first one was centennial while attending high school in canon city co. We was a national treasure and is missed.

Just finished Weather for dummies, yes I admit I am an dummy, lol. Great book learn much. Easy read and has changed the way I look at the weather. For example, it takes trillion of calculations to develop a forecast of a couple of days. It might take a rocket scientist to get to the moon, but without info meteorologists provide it would never leave the atmosphere.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wsdstan on August 22, 2016, 12:07:46 PM
I am reading a fiction book by Robert Waller titled "Border Music".  Entertaining and I like Waller's use of words. 

He wrote the book "The Bridges of Madison County" which was made into a movie. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: MnSportsman on August 22, 2016, 07:41:49 PM
Re reading,  Arming the Union : small arms in the Civil War  by Carl L Lewis.

:)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on August 22, 2016, 08:56:23 PM
WHEN ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE by Cody Lundin  :coffee:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wannabe on September 07, 2016, 09:03:03 PM
Is there a bible of foraging? If so, what might it be named? Thanks.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Unknown on September 08, 2016, 01:07:52 AM
Aristotle.
Adam Smith.
Enoch
Julius Evola
Ricardo Duschene.
Holy Bible.
 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Orbean on September 09, 2016, 07:02:55 PM
Is there a bible of foraging? If so, what might it be named? Thanks.

I think good guide books for foraging are area specific, for example IMO the book Edible Plants of the Rocky Mountains. ISBN 0-8263-0343-9.  Written by H.D. Harrington. It is well referenced, and most were tried by Harrington.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on December 13, 2016, 10:07:09 AM
I'm a little more than 1/4 of the way through Pierre Berton's 450 page KLONDIKE FEVER: The Life And Death Of The Last Great Gold Rush.  The New York Times Book Review says "It is the most complete and most authentic on the subject in English.  I agree! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on December 13, 2016, 10:53:14 AM
WHEN ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE by Cody Lundin  :coffee:

A waste of time. :rolleyes:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: MnSportsman on December 13, 2016, 11:29:31 AM
WHEN ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE by Cody Lundin  :coffee:

A waste of time. :rolleyes:


Wolfy,


Could you please elaborate as to why your opinion of this book is so low?


I have not read this book, but kind of put it on my, " If I ever see a free edition, or one that I could peruse a bit; I would read it.", list. When you say it is a waste of time, & I value your opinion, it prompts me to ask.


Thanks, if ya have the time to hold forth a bit on it.
:)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wsdstan on December 13, 2016, 01:59:53 PM
Two older books that I am reading at the same time (well one for awhile then the other)

The Custer Myth by Colonel Graham MCMLVIII  (1957)  Observations of various aspects of Custer's life and death.  A very interesting review of Custer's legend and lore.

Ammunition, It's History, Development and Use.  by Melvin M. Johnson and Charles T Haven 1943  A look at the development of cartridges from the beginning of their use to the advent of smokeless, United States Military Cartridges, Smokeless powder sporting rifle cartridges, Pistol cartridges, ballistics, and a insert with charts on determining Ballistic Coefficient, remaining energy, time of flight, and other useful things.  An interesting book with a lot of information on the early black powder cartridges and smokeless powder cartridges. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on December 13, 2016, 02:51:30 PM
WHEN ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE by Cody Lundin  :coffee:

A waste of time. :rolleyes:


Wolfy,


Could you please elaborate as to why your opinion of this book is so low?


I have not read this book, but kind of put it on my, " If I ever see a free edition, or one that I could peruse a bit; I would read it.", list. When you say it is a waste of time, & I value your opinion, it prompts me to ask.


Thanks, if ya have the time to hold forth a bit on it.
:)
Since the Ernie Pyle book that I was going to send you ended up in Yuma for the time being, I am going to send my copy of Cody's book to you.......along with that copy of The Worst Hard Time that I promised to you, too. O:-)     I'm a helluva good guy.....just a little slow sometimes. :-[

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  :cheers:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: madmax on December 13, 2016, 03:06:21 PM
Florida Gun Law
Armed And Educated

David S. Katz
James D. Phillips, Jr
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Orbean on December 13, 2016, 03:58:34 PM
A good and wise measure. The search for the Canadian American boundary. 1783-1842. The story of the defining of the US northern border. Interesting that we almost went to war with great Britian a couple of times over this issue after the war of 1812 and how the treaty of Ghent was badly written.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on December 13, 2016, 04:51:45 PM
Fifty-four Forty or Fight!  :duel:

http://geography.about.com/od/politicalgeography/a/5440orfight.htm
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: MnSportsman on December 13, 2016, 10:05:11 PM

Since the Ernie Pyle book that I was going to send you ended up in Yuma for the time being, I am going to send my copy of Cody's book to you.......along with that copy of The Worst Hard Time that I promised to you, too. O:-)     I'm a helluva good guy.....just a little slow sometimes. :-[

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  :cheers:


Thanks! That would be great!  :)


MERRY CHRISTMAS! to you too! :cheers:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Orbean on December 18, 2016, 01:43:27 PM

Since the Ernie Pyle book that I was going to send you ended up in Yuma for the time being, I am going to send my copy of Cody's book to you.......along with that copy of The Worst Hard Time that I promised to you, too. O:-)     I'm a helluva good guy.....just a little slow sometimes. :-[

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  :cheers:

I used to live a couple hundred feet from the Ernie Pyle library, he was from Albuquerque. Visited it many times.

Thanks! That would be great!  :)


MERRY CHRISTMAS! to you too! :cheers:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on December 23, 2016, 06:55:21 PM
Bill O'Reilly's most recent book in the 'killing series,' KILLING THE RISING SUN is the story of Japan's sneak attack on the U.S. Navy's fleet at Pearl Harbor and our involvement in the Pacific war effort.   The horrendous fighting that was necessary to secure the islands close enough to the mainland of Japan for bombing runs lead to the atomic bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki....a fascinatingly presented and hard-to-put-down read!

If you remember Quint, from the movie JAWS, giving his chilling account of the torpedo attack and the sinking of the Indianapolis after it delivered 'the bomb' to the island of Tinian in the Phillipines, there is a very good account of that in the book, too.  The Japanese submarine commander, with only two torpedos left, had had a miserably unsuccessful tour and was getting ready to head back to port when the Indianapolis suddenly and unexpectedly appeared in his periscope.

I learned a lot that I didn't know about the war in the Pacific.....it's a great read! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Orbean on December 23, 2016, 07:44:50 PM
Just finished Toward the setting sun. Columbus, Cabot, and Vespucci. The race for America. Written by David Boyle. Great book, explains the relationship of the three explorers, how they grew up together, and most likely their families knew each other; there is solid evidence that Cabot (Caboto), and Columbus might have been next door neighbors. It starts with fall on Constantinople, goes on to describe the economy of Europe and the emerging merchant class, and then how these three Italian state explorers went to the kings of Europe to finance their expeditions. Their interests in the new world was more about business than about discovery.

Great book, going to read it again as there is so much info.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Electric Cowboy on March 17, 2017, 09:46:57 PM
Just started "Ishi the last Yahi ". If you like primitive archery or just a cool read.
This one would be a good choice.............
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wsdstan on March 17, 2017, 10:30:39 PM
Plain Enemies.  True stories of the American Frontier.

An account of battles in the Indian Wars in the West. 

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on March 17, 2017, 10:43:26 PM
'UNDER THE BLACK FLAG, the Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates".....pretty interesting read and I've learned a lot about them that I didn't know.  For example, I didn't know that the most influential pirate leader of all time was a Chinese hooker (Mrs. Cheng) who led a flotilla of junks, manned by more than 8000 pirates under her command! :shocked:  :duel: :duel: :duel: :duel: :duel: :duel: :canoe: :canoe: :canoe:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wsdstan on March 18, 2017, 11:33:25 AM
Mrs. Cheng had lots of potential customers.  She could split the loot and then let them pay it back.
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Post by: madmax on March 18, 2017, 02:55:12 PM
Lost City.  Cussler.  I really have to be in the mood for this.  Got about halfway through.  Gonna work through the rest.  lol
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: PetrifiedWood on March 18, 2017, 09:33:41 PM
Just started "Ishi the last Yahi ". If you like primitive archery or just a cool read.
This one would be a good choice.............

Is this Ishi the same for which "Ishi sticks" used in flint knapping are named for?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wsdstan on March 18, 2017, 10:34:13 PM
It is. 

From a Wikipedia article on Ishi: 

Among Ishi's techniques was the use of what is now known in flintknapping circles as an Ishi stick, used to run long pressure flakes. As it was a traditional technique of the Nomlaki and Wintu tribes, the finding suggests Ishi may have learned the skill directly from a male relative from one of those tribes. Also small groups, they lived close to the Yahi lands and were traditional competitors and enemies of the Yahi.

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: PetrifiedWood on March 22, 2017, 05:22:53 PM
It is. 

From a Wikipedia article on Ishi: 

Among Ishi's techniques was the use of what is now known in flintknapping circles as an Ishi stick, used to run long pressure flakes. As it was a traditional technique of the Nomlaki and Wintu tribes, the finding suggests Ishi may have learned the skill directly from a male relative from one of those tribes. Also small groups, they lived close to the Yahi lands and were traditional competitors and enemies of the Yahi.

:thumbsup:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Orbean on April 24, 2017, 06:00:41 AM
Finished Across the Wide Missouri written by Bernard DeVoto. Having read twelve plus books and a handful of articles dealing with the fur trade; this book went to details that were very interesting. It expanded on bits and pieces of stories i had learned in other publications, and help me make connections between different traders and trappers. It it an easy read, flows well, i can see why it won a Pulitzer prize
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wsdstan on April 24, 2017, 10:12:41 AM
Across the Wide Missouri is a great book Orbean.

I am currently reading the current issue of Muzzleloader magazine which has been running a multi-part History of the Fur Trade.  No new ground to anyone who has read a lot about it but it is a good review of the economic and social implications of the developing events in the frontier of America. 

Also reading a western short story collection edited by the late Tony Hillerman which has an excellent bunch of stories.  The Best of the West was published in 1991. 

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: John Van Gelder on April 26, 2017, 07:13:30 AM
The life and times of Titus Flavius Vespasian who became emperor of Rome. Which brings to mind a series on Netflix, House of Cards, that makes me think politics have not changed a lot in the last 2000 years.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Moe M. on April 29, 2017, 06:11:35 AM
  At the moment I'm reading "Hiking Through" by Paul Stutzman,  "One man's journey to peace and freedom on the Appalachian Trail".
  It's the story of a middle aged business manager who has lost his wife to cancer,  he is devastated by her loss and feels he has no direction left in his life,  but he knows he has to go on,  he needs some "alone time" to get over he loss and find some direction for his life.
  So he quits his job, travels to Georgia, and there he takes his first step in what would be a 2,176 mile trip through fourteen states searching for peace and a renewed sense of purpose,  in the book he recounts his trip about all the great people he met, learns about "trail magic",  and learns that every choice we make no matter how small has consequences that we have to deal with.
  I just got the book and I'm only into the introduction,  but it seems to be shaping up to be a good read,  A few years ago I met a guy who was just retiring from the police force at one of our bushcraft meets,  he worked for a large city police force about 40 miles from me, but he attended the same police academy as I did, had the same instructors, and we hit it off from the beginning of our meeting.
  Mike was an avid outdoorsman, he loved to hike, canoe, and rock climb, a year after "putting in his papers" he decided at 62 years old and in fine shape that he was going to hike the AT from Georgia to Maine, the trip took him about four and a half months to complete,  the following fall he told us about his experiences on the AT and said it was one of the greatest experiences of his life,  and one of the hardest to complete.
 That was the last time I saw Mike,  a mutual friend called me around New Years with the news that Mike had suffered a heart attack,  he survived and came out of the hospital in good spirits and feeling good,  but he didn't survive the next one that took him about a month later.
 I'm hoping this book will give me some sense of what Mike experienced on his personal journey traversing the Appalachian Trail.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: John Van Gelder on May 06, 2017, 12:33:42 PM
Vespasian had not gotten to be emperor yet, waiting for another book, I have moved on to Rameses II.  The pharaoh of Egypt at the time  of Moses.   
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Moe M. on May 10, 2017, 09:23:44 AM
  Well,  I just finished the book 'Hiking Through' by Paul Stutzman,  and I was saddened that I'd come to the epilogue, so much so that I've decided to read it again.
   
  A little background,  when I first saw the book on the local CVS book rack waiting for a script to be filled,  I read the back cover and thought to myself that I'd look it up on Amazon and read a few reviews, I don't know many bushcrafters that are not interested in learning more about the Appalachian Trail,  but the more I thought about it the less interested I became,  there are at least a hundred books on the market written by through hikers about their  adventures and struggles in completing their 2000 plus mile journey from end to end of the AT, and probably another hundred written by section hikers,  surely this is just one more, and after awhile they can get pretty boring, so I decided to pass on the book.
  I visited the pharmacy several more time over the course of the month and never gave the book a thought,  the last time I was there I added the book to my order,  I didn't know why,  I wasn't interested in buying it or reading it, something compelled me to do so, and I obeyed, now I know why,  and if you read the book so will you.
  But first a warning,  if you aren't a spiritual person or are an atheist,  this book is probably not for you,  but if you believe even mildly in spirituality and creation, this book will move you spiritually and emotionally, trust me, it's worth the $10.00 you'll likely pay for the book, and I'd be willing to bet a cheeseburger that you'll want to pass it along to someone you care about.

 Get the book and read it, you won't be sorry.
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Post by: robcollins on May 11, 2017, 12:12:35 AM
James Michener - Alaska

I'm reading Centennial now.  (I live in Centennial, CO, so, it just felt like I should) Alaska was an awesome read too.  Michener's novels take commitment, but not as much as say, Crime and Punishment, which felt like doing my own dentistry, and I read that for "pleasure".
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Post by: madmax on May 11, 2017, 04:11:20 AM
I read Michener's "Alaska" in Hawaii.  And his "Hawaii" when I was in Alaska.  Loved them both.  Split personality.
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Post by: wolfy on May 11, 2017, 08:03:49 AM
Michener's stuff I've read:

Centennial
Alaska
The Drifters
Chesapeake
Texas

I've enjoyed them all, but he can get 'ponderous' at times.....I identify with that, however. :rolleyes: :lol:
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Post by: madmax on May 11, 2017, 08:11:32 AM
Summer's coming fast.  Southern Appalachians.  No elec.  No computer.  No unannounced guests.  Lotsa reading.  Gonna start the used bookstore treasure hunt tomorrow. 
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Post by: wolfy on May 11, 2017, 08:56:58 AM
Summer's coming fast.  Southern Appalachians.  No elec.  No computer.  No unannounced guests.  Lotsa reading.  Gonna start the used bookstore treasure hunt tomorrow. 

I recommend this place for browsing for used books, Tony.....

https://www.thriftbooks.com/

I buy stuff from them all the time.....they will notify you by email if something becomes available that you have been wanting, but has not been in stock.  Choice of condition, paper or hardback, free shipping on orders over $10, etc.   GREAT RESOURCE and WOLFY APPROVED!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: madmax on May 11, 2017, 09:29:04 AM
   Thanks Wolfy!  Just browsing I saw one I have read many times and will take with me.  Rick Warren's,  "A Purpose Driven Life".  It's one you read a little and then let it absorb.  Even better part of a group discussion.  No group up at the cabin but past comments will undoubtedly be recalled.  And as a counter punch, Vonnegut's, "Slaughter House Five"  might get another read.  Now to find some new material...
    I'm looking forward to this summer.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Orbean on April 29, 2018, 10:42:08 AM
Just finished Ishi In two worlds. Written by Theodora Kroeber, she is the wife of the man who befriended and cared for Ishi. He was the last member of his tribe the Yana, located in California. They were wiped out in the late 1800's. It is a sad story of a great man. Highly recommend.
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Post by: wsdstan on April 29, 2018, 03:35:27 PM
It is a good book Orbean.  I liked it a lot.

I am re-reading "The Custer Myth" by Graham.  Written in the 1920's it contains interviews and correspondence with a number of people who were at the Little Big Horn.  It also has copies of letters between key players in the fight.  It contains a wealth of information for those who read a lot about Custer and the battle.  One of about six books one should read to have a good foundation of data about that period in US history.
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Post by: randyt on April 29, 2018, 04:20:22 PM
The Ben Lilly Legend by Frank Dobie and the Nick Adams stories by Earnest Hemingway
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Post by: Orbean on April 29, 2018, 06:37:54 PM
It is a good book Orbean.  I liked it a lot.

I am re-reading "The Custer Myth" by Graham.  Written in the 1920's it contains interviews and correspondence with a number of people who were at the Little Big Horn.  It also has copies of letters between key players in the fight.  It contains a wealth of information for those who read a lot about Custer and the battle.  One of about six books one should read to have a good foundation of data about that period in US history.

That sounds interesting, I will keep a lookout for it.
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Post by: wsdstan on April 29, 2018, 09:14:35 PM
The Ben Lilly Legend by Frank Dobie and the Nick Adams stories by Earnest Hemingway

It has been awhile since I read any Nick Adams shorts.  I think the last one was the first in the series of stories, "Big Two Hearted River" about twenty years ago, or more.  The onion sandwich  and dropping bread in the water to drift down to the trout is in my mind.  Hope I have the memory right.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on April 14, 2019, 01:45:48 PM
No posts in this thread for the past year.....did everyone quit reading books or are we busy reading all the books that have already been suggested? :shrug:   

I am actually catching up on reading most of the books that I've purchased (with the best of intentions), but didn't immediately read. :P

My present read is Charles Krauthammer's final book, THE POINT OF IT ALL.....I find myself nodding in agreement with most of his positions. :cheers:

R.I.P., Charles. :'(
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Post by: madmax on April 14, 2019, 02:22:52 PM
I'm on another prepper kick.  Both stocking up more and reading. 

"The Road"

"1 Second After"

"The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving."
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: woodsorrel on April 14, 2019, 02:57:29 PM
I recently purchased a Kephart-style knife, which got me thinking...

So I'm reading "The Book of Camping & Woodcraft" by Horace Kephart.

- Woodsorrel
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Post by: wsdstan on April 14, 2019, 06:24:31 PM
I am reading Rustler on the Rosebud, the legend of Jack Sully.  Sully was an early cowboy who ranched on the west side of the Missouri in what is now South Dakota.  He, like a lot of small outfits, took advantage of the law regarding unbranded calves to build a heard.  When that changed he started rustling and selling the stock in Nebraska.  Don't know how it will end but it is an entertaining read.
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Post by: Unknown on May 28, 2019, 09:43:20 PM
Absolutely Nothing.  What is worth reading?
  The ticker tape on the news warning me: Tornado  (ME: "not today". I can see for myself the clouds and weather features that might impact my home station.

I see a bunch of romance: long ago dudes that walked in your nearby, former virgin woods.

   who taught you how to interpret those diaries? I mean, you can listen. But it is (you) reading that stuff. More than likely (you) cannot accept what your Grandfather accepted as the Way of the World.

Me? i would just laugh and buy your Granddad 4 cigars for a nickel. He  would be upset; partially, about the things I could disclose regarding his descendants.  He would say: this is a cheap cigar.
      My reply: Follow me

And the World would be a better place. But Dang. I missed at the rail crossing
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Post by: Pete Bog on May 28, 2019, 10:05:30 PM
Dang Unk, Your on a roll today. The old Norwegians I grew up with had a saying "OOFTA! Dat wuz a good one."

I don't smoke, so the cigars are out, but I drink cheap beer, does that count? (hopeful grin) :drool:
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Post by: Pete Bog on May 28, 2019, 11:29:37 PM
Last weekend I finished "The Lutefisk Ghetto". The two books on the desk in front of me are "Favorite Recipes" From the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Newfolden Minnesota, and the "Cook Book" by the Karlstad Hospital Guild circle No. 1.  Since I have never cooked, now that I've retired I look for simple recipes and even a simpleton like me can cook. I ran across one in this latest book I'd like to try. Called 'Cowboy Casserole' , I'll post it in the appropriate section.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: madmax on May 29, 2019, 03:47:58 AM
Another post apocalyptic series.

"The Trackers"  Nicholas Sansbury Smith.  A 4 book series about the usual everybody dies except a few good guys and a lot of bad guys.

Next is "Pandemic".

I am picking up the new Kephart bio in a week and a half at a book signing.   

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Post by: wsdstan on May 29, 2019, 08:57:10 AM
I am reading "The Western Cattle Trail 1874 to 1897.  Its Rise, Collapse, and Revival, by Gary and Margaret Kraisinger.  This particular trail ran in various routes from Texas North into the plains States and Territories. 

The books is a history of cattle driving in the west.  It covers the early trails like the Shawnee, the Goodnight, the Chisholm, and the Western.  I live in an area where many of the people are descendents of Texas cowboys who drove herds north and stayed around.  (although it is tough to figure out why)

This is a coffee table sized book and over 500 hundred pages long.  It is a good book for long winters and rainy weather.   
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mannlicher on May 30, 2019, 06:13:10 AM
Reading a book by my friend Dan Chamberlain, ?Battle of Fortune Wells?.  It?s about the US army and the Comanche.
Also reading Kennith A. Daigler?s  most excellent book ?Spies, Patriots and Traitors?.   American Intelligence efforts in the Revolutionary War.
Also have 6 other books in my satchel to get through,
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mannlicher on May 30, 2019, 06:14:18 AM
Another post apocalyptic series.

"The Trackers"  Nicholas Sansbury Smith.  A 4 book series about the usual everybody dies except a few good guys and a lot of bad guys.

Next is "Pandemic".

I am picking up the new Kephart bio in a week and a half at a book signing.
. But I thought Horace was dead!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: woodsrunner on May 30, 2019, 09:37:38 AM
Reading the Long Rifle by Stewart Edward White....i read it in the sixties...but somehow its still very familiar ???
Fictional account of some young man in possession of Dan'l Boone's rifle and roaming around my "once virgin woods"
 not a bad read, reckon it was built around 1932 ;)...the book, not the rifle :P...woods
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Post by: wolfy on May 30, 2019, 10:23:38 AM
Hey woods.....do you remember Disney's 1957, 6-episode TV series, The Saga of Andy Burnett?  It was based on Stewart Edward White's THE LONG RIFLE.  I watched each episode and dreamed of becoming a mountain man at 9 years of age.....secretly, I still do. :-[

My folks bought me the hardback book version of The Saga of Andy Burnett for Christmas that year and of course, I devoured it in short order.  The book's introduction mentioned that it was inspired by Stewart Edward White's THE LONG RIFLE.  When I also asked for that book for my birthday in February, Dad gave me his paperback copy that he had read several years earlier....I believe that probably sparked the interest in that era that I continue to have and read about to this day. :coffee:

https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/The_Saga_of_Andy_Burnett
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Post by: woodsrunner on May 30, 2019, 07:08:06 PM
No...hmmm
at least i don't recall Craig :-\
I remember reading this book in the early sixties and yes, it got a young mind of a mind to up and head for injun country for sure...my favorite was A.B. Guthrie's The Big Sky...a mite low on the Politically correct peoples list these days...but it sure made this here ni_ _er starved for some Buffler tongue n Beaver tail...dripp'n in hot marrow!!! :drool:
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Post by: wolfy on May 31, 2019, 09:12:01 AM
Deleted....due to a brain fart. :P
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Post by: randyt on January 05, 2020, 04:14:31 PM
I generally read 3 to 4 books, toggle back and forth. Right now I'm reading, Enchanted Vagabonds, Scouting on Two Continents, Derzu the Trapper.

Waiting in the rotation is Bust Hell Wide Open, and a book about Jack Hinson civil war sniper   
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Sarge on January 06, 2020, 12:36:57 PM
That sniper book sounds interesting, randyt.

I just finished Bare Knuckles & Saratoga Racing - about the life of John Morrissey. Good (and quick) read. Not sure what I'll pick up next.
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Post by: randyt on January 06, 2020, 04:32:35 PM
here a link, there are a couple different editions on the book.

 http://www.historyofwar.org/bookpage/mckenney_battlefield_sniper.html

Bust Hell Wide Open is about Nathen Bedford Forrest and Jack Hinson civil war sniper was a scout for Forrest.
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Post by: wsdstan on January 06, 2020, 05:32:36 PM
Thanks for mentioning the NB Forrest book.  While I have read a fair bit about the civil war and about Forrest that is one I have not.  Shelby Foote thought the civil war produced two genius's.  One was Lincoln and the other Forrest.  His quote in lay terms "get their first with the most" is what always stuck in my mind.  The slaughter at Fort Pillow tainted Forrest's war record and followed him the rest of his life despite the Union inquiries showing he was not present when the Confederates shot down unarmed black Union soldiers and many white confederates who had deserted the south and joined the Union army.

I had, until returning them to the fellows family,  letters written home from Fort Pillow by a Union soldier who was a confederate deserter just two weeks before Forrest's command took the fort.  This soldier had also written a couple of years earlier when he was still a Confederate about Forrest's brief skirmish at Farmington MS with a Union force.  This man was killed at Fort Pillow but the details are unknown. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: randyt on January 06, 2020, 05:51:42 PM
That's interesting, I have read a bit (not much) on NBF and it sounds like he was quite the interesting fella. Looking forward to the book but am closing out a few others first.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wolfy on January 07, 2020, 08:54:20 AM
Good to hear from you again, randy....I'm reading NORTH OF THE PLATTE & SOUTH OF THE NIOBRARA: A Little Further Into The Nebraska Sand Hills by Bryan L. Jones.  It's a very well told story, by a native Nebraskan author, of the interviews and chance meetings he had, over several years & thousands of miles of driving, with the region's oldest residents....old family ranchers, schoolteachers, bull riders, historians, scientists and poets. 

I'm about halfway through it at the moment, but so far it's WOLFY APPROVED! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wsdstan on January 07, 2020, 09:50:03 AM
I am reading the biography of Horace Kephart "Back of Beyond" by George Ellison and Janet McCue.  About half way through it.  Learned a lot about Kephart so far that I did not know. 
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Post by: Sarge on January 07, 2020, 11:52:48 AM
I enjoyed Back of Beyond, Stan. Read it on vacation this past summer. It's a bit long at times but well worth reading.
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Post by: randyt on January 07, 2020, 04:08:54 PM
Sounds like some good reading. I also picked up Bronco Apaches, They Never Surrendered and Survival in the Southwest by Arizona Bushman.
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Post by: wsdstan on January 07, 2020, 06:30:13 PM
I enjoyed Back of Beyond, Stan. Read it on vacation this past summer. It's a bit long at times but well worth reading.

I agree.  It also delves into information one might not care about and gets a bit long.  I learned a lot about Kephart that I didn't know.
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Post by: wolfy on January 08, 2020, 08:06:28 AM
I enjoyed Back of Beyond, Stan. Read it on vacation this past summer. It's a bit long at times but well worth reading.

I agree.  It also delves into information one might not care about and gets a bit long.  I learned a lot about Kephart that I didn't know.

I read it, too....just after finishing OUR SOUTHERN HIGHLANDERS about a month before, then I  tackled BACK OF BEYOND.  I was definitely on 'Kephart Overload' by the time I finished reading it, but it is a very interesting & informative book.  :cheers:
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Post by: madmax on January 08, 2020, 01:35:46 PM
You really have to bite off little chunks of "Back of Beyond" at a time.   The two authors are academics and get ponderous at times.  I did find "Deadman's Curve" where he and the Fatman died.  The little store/gas station that first heard the wreck is still there.  That part is more gruesome than the authors let on.  I had been looking for it for years.  Some locals really didn't want to talk about Kephart.
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Post by: wsdstan on January 08, 2020, 08:09:02 PM
My wife and I went to a lady in towns home for dinner tonight.  She gave me a book.  So now, while reading about Kephart I can also read Jerome Greenes 1982 tome entitled "Slim Buttes, 1876 An Episode of the Great Sioux War". 

We live about sixty miles from the location of the Slim Buttes fight and while I have read a good deal that Mr. Greene wrote I had not read this book.  It will be a good one and as it is fairly short at 177 pages it won't take too long.  Oddly it is the only Indian Wars fight that took place in South Dakota.
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Post by: Plumber on May 26, 2020, 06:58:26 PM
Cool North Wind
         by
Stephen Stuebner
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Post by: Plumber on May 26, 2020, 07:06:54 PM
My wife and I went to a lady in towns home for dinner tonight.  She gave me a book.  So now, while reading about Kephart I can also read Jerome Greenes 1982 tome entitled "Slim Buttes, 1876 An Episode of the Great Sioux War". 

We live about sixty miles from the location of the Slim Buttes fight and while I have read a good deal that Mr. Greene wrote I had not read this book.  It will be a good one and as it is fairly short at 177 pages it won't take too long.  Oddly it is the only Indian Wars fight that took place in South Dakota.

Read this, about the last Indian uprising in the US. https://www.leechlakenews.com/2018/10/05/on-this-day-in-history-the-battle-of-sugar-point/
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Post by: wsdstan on May 26, 2020, 08:01:36 PM
I am currently reading "Vanguards of the Frontier" an excellent book about frontier America from the fur trappers to the end.  Written in 1941 from an extensive bibliography, Everett Dick covers things in great detail.  I am enjoying this book so much I go back and reread parts of it often.
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Post by: wsdstan on May 26, 2020, 08:17:48 PM
Read this, about the last Indian uprising in the US. https://www.leechlakenews.com/2018/10/05/on-this-day-in-history-the-battle-of-sugar-point/

Thanks Plumber.  Interesting articles written by what appear to be the ancestors of people who write headlines for CNN.

The story is great and how it turned out is good as far as the meeting with the commission is concerned.
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Post by: Mad-max on May 27, 2020, 02:15:30 AM
Bible
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Post by: wsdstan on May 27, 2020, 09:05:59 AM
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: Kelso on May 27, 2020, 03:10:58 PM
The Apache Wars written by Paul Hutton.
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Post by: windy on May 27, 2020, 03:11:30 PM
Thunder in the Mountains--a better'n average treatment of the Nez Perce war
Foxfire 3 and 4
A Soldier's Story, by Omar Bradley
Genghis Kahn, by Ratchnevsky
A Hero of Our Time, by Lermontov (Vladimir Nabokov's translation)
Just finished The Thousand Mile War, about WW2 in the Aleutians

That's the trouble with havin' ADD; ya gotta have several irons in the fire to keep any of 'em hot!
windy
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dabberty on May 28, 2020, 02:48:00 AM
Currently a book about local Dutch legends and myths, how they originated most likely etc.
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Post by: Plumber on May 28, 2020, 06:27:49 AM
Just started, Mind of the Raven, by Bernd Heinrich. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernd_Heinrich
I have read several of his books, and learned a lot about nature.