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« Reply #2055 on: August 06, 2018, 08:08:59 PM »

Ready Player One. I enjoyed it more than anything I've read in a long time.
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« Reply #2056 on: August 09, 2018, 06:23:03 PM »

Y-es!
I try to read 3 newspapers a day.

The conservative Wall Street Journal
The liberal New York Times
And somewhere in between USA Today.

I also read a number of magazines.
Aviation Weekly
--for the aviation news

Catster
--for the catty news

Discovery
--for the science news

Dogster
--for the doggie news

New Yorker
--for the cartoons

Parents
--out of the mouths of babes. For the humor

People
--for the gossip

Us
--ditto People

Wired
--for the tech news

Next time: 6 of 1

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« Reply #2057 on: August 16, 2018, 04:05:07 PM »

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

Mystery novels
Alex Grecian
American
Lost and Gone Forever
5th in the Scotland Yard's Murder Squad
Hero: Brit
Place: U.K.
Time: 1890s


Ruth Downie
Brit
Vita Brevis :
a Crime Novel of the Roman Empire
7th in the Gracius Ruso series
Hero: Roman
Place: ancient Rome
Time: A.D.


Emelie Schlepp
Swede
Marked for Life
1st in the Jana Berzelius trilogy
2014 Swedish publication
2016 English publication
Hero: Swede
Place: Sweden
Time: 1990s - 2010s


Karen Harper
American
Mistress of Mourning
14 more fiction, including 4 in 1 more series
Heroine: Brit
Place: U.K.
Time: 16th century
+Readers' guide


Parker Bilal
(i.e. Jamal Mahoub)
Sudanese ex-pat
award winner
City of Jackals
5th in the Makana series
Hero: Sudanese ex-pat
Place: Cairo (Egypt)
Time: 2000s


Simon R. Green
Brit
Dead Man Walking
2nd in the Ishmael Jones series
8 more in 2 more series
Hero: space alien
Place: U.K.
Time: 2010s


non-Mystery novel
Alan Dean Foster
American
award winner
Star Wars :
the Force Awakens
24 more fiction in 4 more series + 5 stand-alones
Heroes: human and alien
Place: a galaxy far, far away
Time: a long, long time ago

Next time: and a half dozen more

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« Reply #2058 on: August 16, 2018, 05:21:30 PM »

the Nazarene https://www.amazon.com/Nazarene-Novel-Based-Life-Christ/dp/0786703792

finally finished this. What can I say I'm a slow reader. in my defense it's about 700 pages long.

Sholem Asch,  the author, is an expert on 1st century Judaism. the book is basically a retelling of the Gospel of mark: the Jesus story but not the 3 wise men and the manger stuff, just the ministry. the first hundred or so pages are just descriptions of what the place ( Jerusalem? I guess) was like then. Jesus shows up around page 150. various bible characters have roles including Mary Magdelene, Pilate, and Judas (a fairly sizeable and excellent section is written in the voice of the latter).

The story is the same but the perspective is not. the narrative switches from a Roman assistant to Pilate guy, Judas Iscariot and a student of a not quite as radical as Jesus rabbi. The latter is the voice where the author's voice comes through the most. As long as this thing is, the details are esqusite( sp?). You really feel like you're there.

at 690 or whatever pages of course there is some creative license, but to good effect. One memorable section is where Jesus and his followers travel outside familiar territory into pagan lands. There they see even worse class differences and immorality than where they came from. Slavery is everywhere. The group even goes to a Pagan ceremony, which Jesus insists they attend. I won't recount the details but it's one of the most insane things I've ever read.

If you aren't interested in this stuff it's just a long version of the story you've heard before. If you are a bible geek like I am it's massively revelatory and not un mind blowing. I'm going to read his book on the apostle Paul next


translated from Yiddish
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« Reply #2059 on: August 23, 2018, 05:37:14 PM »

Ye-es!
And a half dozen of the other
or 6 graphic novels.

Mezolith :
bk. 1. Stone Age Dreams and Nightmares
1st published in the U.K. in 2008
Published for the U.S. market in 2016
Hero: Brit
Place: east coast of the U.K.
Time: 8000 B.C.


Darth Vader
v.3. The Shu-Torun War
collecting issues #16-19


Star Lord and Kitty Pryde :
Secret Wars
in the Battle world series


Star Wars
v.3. Rebel Jail


White Sands
an original graphic novel adaptation of an unpublished 1st novel


Rocket Raccoon and Groot
v.1. Tricks of the Trade


Next time: a versus
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« Reply #2060 on: August 27, 2018, 11:11:09 AM »

1916
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« Reply #2061 on: August 27, 2018, 11:42:25 AM »

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

Novel based on characters from the TV series. Gomer didn't come from Mayberry in it. Still pretty funny so far.
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« Reply #2062 on: August 28, 2018, 11:06:03 AM »

Ye-es!
Sometimes books are so similar it is simple to do a compare and contrast. For example . . .

The 3 Janes'
My Lady Jane (mlj)
Characters: Lady Jane Grey, Lord Gifford Dudley, and Edward VI.

versus

Laura Andersen's
The Boleyn Trilogy (tbt)
Characters: King William, Minuette Wyatt, Lady Jane Grey, Lord Guildford Dudley, and Dominic, Duke of Exeter.

or, 11 reasons (mlj) is a better read than (tbt.)

01. More realistic, thus more believable.
02. More interesting.
03. More emotional.
04. More humor that works, thus a smoother read.
05. A more fun read.
06. Better understanding of characters' character (authors) thus a better understanding of characters' character (audience.)
07. More likable characters.
08. More human characters.
09 More intelligent characters.
10. More historically correct.
11. And a more satisfactory ending.

Next time: 6 of 1
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« Reply #2063 on: August 29, 2018, 06:17:12 AM »

''Legion'' by Master Dan Abnett.  Do not get into a fight with the Alpha Legion.  They will xxxx you up in more ways then you'll even know.
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« Reply #2064 on: September 05, 2018, 04:14:43 PM »

Ye-es!
6 of 1 or 6 fiction and 1 non-fiction

Fiction
Martin Limon
American
The Ville Rat
10th in the Sueno and Bascome series
and
Ping Pong Heart
11th in the Sueno and Bascome series
Heroes: Mexican-American and Caucasian
Place: South Korea
Time: 1970s


J. M. Gregson
Brit
Final Act
12th in the Lambert and Hook series
+8 more in 1 more series
Heroes: Brits
Place: U.K.
Time: Present


Jean Luc Bannalee (pseudonym)
German ex-pat
1st novelist
Death in Brittany
translator, Sarcha McDonagh
1st in the Commissaire Dupie series
published in Germany in 2013
translated in 2014
published in 2016

Covering the . . .
art -- architecture -- botany -- cuisine -- geography -- history -- people -- and weather
of Brittany (France.)


Tim Weaver
Brit
award winner
Fall from Grace
5th in the Dave Raker series
Hero: Brit
Place: U.K.
Time: Present


Nevada  Barr
American
award winner
Bear Island
19th in the Anna Pigeon series
+ 2 more fiction + 1 more non-fiction
Heroine: American
Place: Maine (U.S.)
Time: Present

She has her mojo back. (IMHO) this is a much better read than the previous 2 in the series.


non-Fiction
Glen Weldon
The Caped Crusade :
Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture
1 more non-fiction


Next time: a half dozen of the other
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« Reply #2065 on: September 09, 2018, 01:43:31 AM »

Just read. ''Shroud of night''. By Andy Clark. Hydra Dominatus!
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« Reply #2066 on: September 11, 2018, 12:05:20 PM »

A half dozen of the other or a half dozen books of fiction.

Bill Crider
American
award winner
Survivors Will Be Shot Again
23rd in the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series
6 more fiction in 2 more series
Hero: American
Place: Texas (U.S.)
Time: Present


Lindsay Davis
Brit
The Graveyard of the Hesperides
4th in the Flavia Albia series
20 more in 1 more series + 3 stand alones
Heroine: Romanized Brit
Place: ancient Rome
Time: A.D. 80s

In which she touches on, if only in passing . . .
beastiality -- bisexuality (female) -- bisexuality (male) -- ephebophilia -- hebephilia -- homosexuality -- lesbianism -- male-on-female rape -- male-on-male rape -- necrophilia -- pedophilia -- transvestitism -- and virginity.


Peter Robinson
Brit ex-pat
award winner
When the Music's Over
in the Inspector Banks series
+2 short story collections + 3 standalones
Hero: Brit
Place: U.K.
Time: Present


Cara Black
American
Murder on the Quai
16th in the Aimee Leduc series
Heroine: French-American
Place: France and Germany
Time: 1940s and 1980s


Sarah Maine
Brit
1st novelist
The House Between the Tides
Heroine: Brit
Place: U.K.
Time: 2010s and 1910s


Jean-Luc Bannalee
(pseudonym)
German ex-pat
Murder on Brittany Shores
translator, Sorcha McDonagh
2nd in the Commissaire Dupin series
Hero: French
Place: Brittany (France)
Time: Present

Next time: we'll finish up with a half dozen various reads.
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« Reply #2067 on: September 16, 2018, 06:08:52 PM »




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« Reply #2068 on: September 16, 2018, 06:36:19 PM »

I just finished LIVES OF THE ROMANS by Stephen Matyszak.  It was a collection of 100 short biographies of citizens of ancient Rome both famous and obscure - statesmen, generals, poets, gladiators, governors, bureaucrats, and merchants - written in a very readable format, and richly illustrated.  I enjoyed it and learned from it.
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« Reply #2069 on: September 19, 2018, 03:35:59 PM »

Y-es!
Finishing up this go round with a half dozen various.

Karen Fossum
Norwegian
award winner
The Drowned Boy
translator, Kari Dickson
13th in the Inspector Sejer series
Hero: Norwegian
Place: Norway
Time: Present


Martinetti, Le Beau, Franc
Agatha :
the Real Life of Agatha Christie

Still the best selling fiction writer of all time. In her 85 years (1890-1976) she had some 86 books published. Some after her death. To whit . . .

39 Hercule Poirot (1920-1998)
13 Miss Marple (1930-1976)
05 Tommy and Tuppence (1922-1973)
17 stand alone mysteries (1924-1970)

as Mary Westmacott
07 mostly romance novels (1830-1956)

as herself
03 books of poetry (1925-1973)
02 autobiographies (1946-1977)

86 total


Steve Olsen
Eruption : the Story of Mount St. Helens

Only half of the bodies of the victims have ever been recovered to date. Yet, since we know who was in the area, and who was unaccounted for, we know the final tally. To whit . . .

40 men
16 women
including 12 couples
and an 11-year-old boy

As much as we rue the loss of life of the 57, there was one bit of good news. If it had happened on a weekday, instead of a Sunday, when the logging crews would have been in the area working, the loss of life would have been far higher than 57.


Guardians of the Galaxy
collecting issues #1-25
+ more stories featuring Rocket and Groot


James Andrew Miller
Power House :
the Untold story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency [CAA]

An oral history from its beginning in 1975 to 2016, which, at its height had 5000 employees, including 700 agents, and had offices in 6 countries, including the U.S., and 5 cities, including Los Angeles (California)


Altman and Gross
The 50-year Mission :
the complete, uncensored, unauthorized oral history of Star Trek :
the next 25 years from The Next Generation to J. J. Abrams

2nd v. of a 2 v. work


Next time: there are only so many ideas in literature


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