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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #300 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. 

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #301 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.

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« Reply #302 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.
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« Reply #303 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.   

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« Reply #304 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #305 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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« Reply #306 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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« Reply #307 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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« Reply #308 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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« Reply #309 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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« Reply #310 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.
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« Reply #311 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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« Reply #312 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #313 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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« Reply #314 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #315 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.
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« Reply #316 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #317 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."
"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!" 
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« Reply #318 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.

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« Reply #319 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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« Reply #320 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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« Reply #321 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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« Reply #322 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.

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« Reply #323 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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« Reply #324 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.   
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #325 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,

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« Reply #326 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.
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« Reply #327 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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« Reply #328 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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« Reply #329 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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« Reply #330 on: May 31, 2019, 09:12:01 AM »
Deleted....due to a brain fart. :P
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