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« Reply #2040 on: July 03, 2018, 03:41:21 AM »


Finished Karel Čapek's "War with the newts" (1936). Fantastic book, an early satire on  colonialism, arms race, nationalism, industrialism, and more (and with actual newts). Easy and interesting in it's unusual and somewhat antique form. I will definitely try to find more from Čapek (not that easy in German, but there are more English translations), especially R.U.R with, supposedly, the first use of the word "robot" in it's current sense. Strongly recommended to many of this board.
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« Reply #2041 on: July 03, 2018, 12:14:45 PM »

Ye-es!
6 of 1 or 6 graphic novels + 1 mystery novel

Guardians of the Galaxy, v. 2
collecting issues Preludes #1-2 +
Giant size Avengers #4 +
Guardians of the Galaxy (1990) #1 +
Guardians Team-up #1-2

Diary of a Tokyo Teen :
a Japanese-American Girl Travels to the Land of Trendy Fashion, High Tech Toilets, and Maid Cafes
With illustrations and photographs

Nova :
the Human Rocket
v.1. Burn Out (unread)
v.2. After burn (read)

Yvain :
the Knight of the Lion
based on the 12th century epic by Chretien de Troyes

Lumberjanes
v.5. Band Together
collecting chapters 17-20

One Week in the Library
[It only seemed that long.]

Mystery novel
Kathleen Kent
American
The Dime
3 more fiction
Heroine: Polish-American
Place: New York and Texas
Time: the Present






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« Reply #2042 on: July 09, 2018, 03:20:17 PM »

Ye-es!
and a half dozen of the other or 3 graphic novels + 3 mystery novels

graphic novel
Moon girl and Devil Dinosaur
v.2. Cosmic Cooties
collecting issues #7-12

mystery novel
Helene Turston
Swede
Who Watcheth
Marlaine Delargo
published 2010. Translation published 2016
9th in the Irene Huss series
Heroine: Swedish
Place: Sweden
Time: Present
And if one rather see it, then read it, the series has been made into a TV series for Swedish TV.

graphic novel
Star Wars : Kanan
v.2. First Blood
collecting issues #7-12

mystery novel
Marcus Sedgwick
Brit
award winner
2 more fiction
Mister Memory
Hero: French
Place: France
Time: 1890s

graphic novel
Drax
v.1. The Galaxy's Best Detective
collecting issues #1-5

mystery novel
Shelia Connolly
American
Cruel Winter
5th in the County Cork series
2 dozen more in 4 more series + 2 stand-alones
Heroine: Irish-American
Place: Ireland
Time: Present

Next time: ?
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« Reply #2043 on: July 14, 2018, 05:34:09 PM »

Ye-es!
6 0f 1 or 6 graphic novels + 1 mystery novel

mystery novel
Charles Todd (mother-son writing duo)
Americans
award winners
Racing the Devil
19th in the Ian Rutledge series
8 more in 1 more series + 2 standalones
Hero: Brit
Place: U.K. and France
Time: 1920s

graphic novels
Back to the Future
v.2. Continuum Conundrum

Beauty and the Beast :
Belle's Tale
magna adaptation of the 2017 live action film

Beauty and the Beast :
the Beast's Tale
same

Assassin's Creed :
the Hawk Trilogy
v.4. Hawk -- v.5. El Cakr -- v.6. Leila

Star Trek
Harlan Ellison's the City on the Edge of Forever

Sherlock
v.1. a Study in Pink
magna adaptation of the 1st episode of the BBC TV series with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

Next time: a half dozen more--mystery novels
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« Reply #2044 on: July 17, 2018, 04:01:50 PM »

[/i I just binge read the entire bloom county reboot I want to.move there....]
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« Reply #2045 on: July 17, 2018, 04:45:53 PM »

I've been a fan of Bloom County since the early 80's.  Great strip!
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« Reply #2046 on: July 19, 2018, 04:53:13 PM »

Ye-es!
and a half dozen of the other (i.e. mystery novels) + 1 more mystery novel

Jane A. Adams
Brit
The Murder Book
the 1st in the Henry John stone series
16 more fiction in 2 more series
Hero: Brit
Place: U.K.
Time: 1920s


Anne Perry
ex-pat Kiwi
Murder in the Serpentine
32nd in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series
Heroes: Brits
Place: U.K.
Time: 1890s


Simon R. Green
Brit
Very Important Corpses
3rd in the Ishmael Jones series
8 more fiction in 2 more series
Hero: space alien
Place: U.K.
Time: present


Priscilla Royal
ex-pat Canadian
The Proud Sinner
13th in the Medieval mystery series
Heroine: Brit
Place: U.K.
Time: 1280s


Victoria Thompson
American
Murder in the Bowery
19th in the Gaslight series
Heroine: Irish-American
Place: New York (New York)
Time: 1890s


Sally Andrews
South African
The Satanic Mechanic
2nd in the Tannie Marie series
Heroine: South African
Place: South Africa
Time: Present
+ Afrikaan-English glossary
+ 13 recipes


Ann Cleves
Brit
award winner
Cold Earth
in the Jimmy Perez series
Hero: Brit
Place: Shetland Islands (U.K.)
Time: Present
If one rather see it, then read it, then the British TV series Shetland

Next time: ?
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« Reply #2047 on: July 22, 2018, 02:51:54 PM »

JAMES MONROE: THE SEARCH FOR NATIONAL IDENTITY by Henry Ammon

James Monroe was a President that I knew a little bit about, but I had never read a full biography of him.  A bit player in the American Revolution - he fought under Washington at Trenton and was wounded in action - he enjoyed a long political career as a governor, Senator, diplomat, and cabinet secretary before being elected President in 1816.  While I now know a lot more about his long life than I previously did, I must say this book didn't change my opinion a great deal:  Monroe was a wholesome, bland, and rather boring person who still managed to live a pretty interesting life.  One thing the book pointed out that I knew but had never really thought about: Monroe was the first American president to serve in a time of international peace and tranquility.   Every previous President had to deal with the wars and conflicts that followed the French Revolution in 1789, but Monroe's term was marked by a return of peace to Europe, which gave America a chance to forge its own destiny and, as the title implies, find its national identity.  Overall, dry and LOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNGGGGGGG  but informative book about a rather dry, long-lived American politician. 3.5/5
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« Reply #2048 on: July 26, 2018, 06:59:27 PM »

Ye-es!
6 of 1 or 6 mystery novels + 1 graphic novel

mystery novels
Stuart Neville
northern Irish
award winner
So Say the Fallen
6 more fiction
Heroine: northern Irish
Place: North Ireland
Time: Present


Mark Billingham
Brit
award winner
Die of Shame
15 more fiction, including 13 in 1 series
Hero: Brit
Place: U.K.
Time: Present


Stella Cameron
Brit ex-pat
Melody of Murder
3rd in the Alex Duggins series
Hero: Brit
Place: U.K.
Time: Present


Gary Corby
Aussie
The Singer from Memphis
6th in the Athenian series
Hero: Ancient Greek
Place: Near East
Time: Ancient past


Con Lehane
Murder at the 42nd Street Library
1st in a possible series
3 more fiction in 1 more series


Elly Griffiths
award winner
The Woman in Blue
8th in the Ruth Galloway series


graphic novel
Star Wars : Shattered Empire
collecting issues #1-4 + Star Wars Special : C-3PO #1


Next time: a half dozen more or graphic novels
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« Reply #2049 on: July 26, 2018, 08:58:09 PM »

Just finished Vol.s 1 and 2 of Bill Warren's KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES! A film by film essay of  every Science fiction film from 1950 to 1962. That's 1,241 pages of good film history.
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« Reply #2050 on: July 31, 2018, 12:00:42 PM »

And a half dozen more or 6 graphic novels.

Star Wars : Infinities
the 1974 rough draft of what would become the shooting script for 1977 film
This points out the sequel, if the rough draft had been used, was to be called Saga of the Ophuchi.

Star Wars :
Skywalker Strikes

Prince of Persia :
Before the Sandstorm
prequel stories, in graphic format, to the film

Giant-size Little Marvel :
A vs. X
featuring . . .
the Avengers -- the X-men -- the Guardians of the Galaxy -- the In humans -- the Brotherhood of Evil -- and the Mutants

Lumber Janes
v.3. and v.4.
v.3. A terrible plan, including issues #9-12
v.4. Out of time, including issues #13-16

Batman '66
v.5.
featuring from the TV series . . .
Marsha, Queen of Diamonds (Carolyn Jones) -- Cat woman (Eartha Kitt) -- Ma Parker (Shelley Winters) -- and Cat woman Julie Newmar)
and from the comic books . . .
Solomon Grundy -- Clay face -- Harlequin -- Poison Ivy -- Bane -- Scarecrow -- and Killer Croc.

Next time: novels and graphic novels are not the only things I read, and we'll take that up next time.


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« Reply #2051 on: August 04, 2018, 08:12:37 AM »

WAR OF TWO: ALEXANDER HAMILTON, AARON BURR, AND THE DUEL THAT SHOCKED THE NATION by John Sedgwick

   This is a well-written, elegant account of the lives and rivalry of the most famous duelists in American history, the brilliant but mercurial Alexander Hamilton, founder of the Federalist Party and America's first Treasury Secretary; and Aaron Burr, Vice President under Thomas Jefferson and general rogue and lady's man.  I've read biographies of both men before, but this one is fast-paced, easy to follow, and brings to light some details that other biographers leave out.  An excellent introduction to one of the most important political feuds in American history!
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« Reply #2052 on: August 04, 2018, 09:31:16 AM »

Started The Time Vault by Poul Anderson. 

After WWIII humanity's reverted to sort-of a neanderthal/medieval existence. Then someone discovers a vault of lost technology...

A lot of stuff seemed familiar, but the author's well-regarded, so I checked the copyright. The novel's from in 1952; I guess it set up a lot of tropes.
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« Reply #2053 on: August 06, 2018, 03:17:13 PM »

I just read "I Am Ozzy" by Ozzy Osbourne.  

Man, lots of interesting/crazy stories in that one.  As a doctor of his asked him years ago, with all the stuff he's done you'll wonder, "How is that guy still alive?!"

Still, a really fascinating read.
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« Reply #2054 on: August 06, 2018, 04:19:48 PM »

That was by turns a hilarious and shocking read. Have you ever seen "Ask Dr Ozzy"? Its s collection of replies from his newspaper advice column.
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