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« 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?

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« Reply #1 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

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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2013, 09:09:28 AM »
 :-[ Another history book.....BUFFALO COUNTRY by Bob Duncan.
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« Reply #3 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)

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« Reply #4 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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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2013, 10:21:45 AM »
I'm reading "moving for dummies".. I close on my house next Tuesday!

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« Reply #6 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.

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« Reply #7 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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« Reply #8 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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« Reply #9 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

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Adrift by Steven Callahan

Staying Alive by Maurice and Maralyn Bailey

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« Reply #10 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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« Reply #11 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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« Reply #12 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #14 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"
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2013, 09:40:58 AM »
James Michener - Alaska

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« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2013, 09:57:51 AM »
James Michener - Alaska

Read that a few yr's back, great book.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #17 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #18 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...
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« Reply #19 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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« Reply #20 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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« Reply #21 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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« Reply #22 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.

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« Reply #23 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.

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« Reply #24 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.

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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!
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« Reply #25 on: August 12, 2013, 09:16:58 PM »
Wolfy, you are correct.
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« Reply #26 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


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. 
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« Reply #27 on: August 20, 2013, 04:34:22 AM »
Left Behind series
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« Reply #28 on: August 20, 2013, 06:21:35 AM »
Coming up on halfway through the Pendergast series by Preston & Child.
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« Reply #29 on: August 20, 2013, 06:47:05 AM »
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« Reply #30 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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« Reply #31 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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« Reply #32 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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« Reply #33 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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« Reply #34 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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« Reply #35 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."
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« Reply #36 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
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Elmore Leonard - Hombre
Tony Hillerman  - Sacred Clowns
      Knot Bible   - ABOK - Ashley Book of Knots
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« Reply #37 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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« Reply #38 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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« Reply #39 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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« Reply #40 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
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« Reply #41 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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« Reply #42 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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« Reply #43 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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« Reply #44 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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« Reply #45 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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« Reply #46 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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« Reply #47 on: December 20, 2014, 06:12:20 AM »
Right now, it's British murder mysteries.  Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter.........

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #48 on: December 20, 2014, 07:32:03 AM »
The Patriots' Handbook.
"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving pretty with a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways in a cloud of smoke, thouroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, Wow! What a ride!" 
Hunter S, Thompson

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #49 on: December 20, 2014, 08:09:10 AM »
Lost Person Behaviour.  Not exactly a page turner.  LOL