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Matthew Chartrand
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Posted: 23 March 2017 at 4:26pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply



 Just finished SHARUQ by Bill Keith.  A modern day submarine thriller similar to Tom Clancy but way shorter.

  Now starting NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman.
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James Best
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Now starting:
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Robert Cosgrove
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Just finished DICTATOR, the last in Robert Harris's trilogy based on the life of Cicero.  

Although Cicero had no advance knowledge of Julius Caesar's assassination, he is drawn to the side of the conspirators.  Immediately he realizes that they erred in leaving Antony alive.  As Antony moves to seize power, Cicero conceives an audacious plan to restore the republic by checking Antony with Caesar's chosen heir, Octavius.  It works surprisingly well . . . at first.


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Robert Cosgrove
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The recent efforts by the campus young fascist left to prevent Charles Murray from speaking reminded me I had earlier read some of Murray's books, including the one which first brought him to public attention, Losing Ground, as well as his most recent book, published a few years ago, Coming Apart.  I decided I'd try his In Pursuit of Happiness and Good Government, which I enjoyed well enough, but if you're interested in Murray, I'd suggest starting with one of the other two.
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James Best
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Since baseball season is now under way, I'm starting:
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James Best
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Now starting book #4 in the Penn Cage series by Greg Iles...
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Brad Brickley
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Been on a Stephen King binge lately with finishing THE STAND, EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL and 11/22/63. I also read CITY AT WORLD'S END between those last two. I enjoyed all those books, but enjoyed 11/22/63 quite a bit.
I was going to start IT next, but I needed a King break so I'm finally reading CASINO ROYALE. I figured it would be a quick read before I went back into King with IT. So far, so good.
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John Cole
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Doc Savage Skull Island I just picked it up a week ago and it's a very interesting read so far.
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Matthew Chartrand
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 The Android's Dream by John Scalzi.
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Thom Price
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STEPHEN KING'S IT; geez, it's wordy.  Every time some tension or horror starts to build, King goes into a 500 word detour about some tertiary character.  I'm skimming a lot, which I seldom do.
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Didier Yvon Paul Fayolle
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"Ghosts from our Past' by Erin Gilbert, Abby L. Yates
and Andrew Shaffer

Funny. I can hear Melissa Mc Carthy in my head when I
read her character's parts.
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Stéphane Garrelie
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I see on the previous page a mention of Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammeth.
JB will maybe say if he liked it; for me i read it last year and loved it. 
This book was also a favorite of Raymond Chandler.
The continental op, a recurring character in both Red Harvest (Moisson rouge), The Dain Curse (Sang maudit) and many other Hammeth short stories, is at the center of this novel and one of the reasons i am fond of this book.
Also: my edition too (Quatro Gallimard, french translation) contains his five novels [Red Havest, The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon (all those three i loved), The Glass Key (I'm not a fan and didn't even finish it), The Thin Man (Didn't start it yet, cause you know.. i wanted to finish the Glass Key first and instead i did read many other books)]

NB: I already knew the continental op from some short Hammeth stories i read in the late 90s. Amongst which, one where he falls...or jumps or is trown away from the Golden Gate Bridge and has to swim back to the shore. I think he was thrown inconscious from the Golden Gate Bridge and awakened by the cold water.... that or he was simply thrown from a boat in the San Francisco bay and i probably read too much Spider-Woman. 

NB #2: After a google check it seems to be from "The Tenth Clew", a short story from 1924 (so no Golden Gate Bridge and too much Spider-Woman for me) where he is "dumped in the San Francisco Bay".



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Brad Brickley
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It took me a couple of chapters to get into Fleming's voice for the book, but after that I cruised right through CASINO ROYALE.
Overall I enjoyed it quite a bit and it has one of the great last lines of any book I've read. 
I was gonna read IT next, but I'm tempted to read LIVE AND LET DIE next.  I'll probably go with IT and Bond afterward again.

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The Bond books are a brisk, fun read. From Russia With Love, for me, was the high point of the series. Fleming knew his stuff but also didn't try to reach too far. The ingredients of lean thriller and jet-setting travelogue mixed with the frisson of upper-class lavishness against a backdrop of post-war austerity made for an attractive brew
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I'm hit or miss with Stephen King, but I found IT to be an interminable slog; just intermittently interesting enough not make me reluctant to abandon the book, but so bloated and verbose that reading it was, at times, downright tedious.

Moving onto Carrie Fisher's THE PRINCESS DIARIST.  I had planned to read it a while back, but put it on hold after her death.  The book is witty and warm, but still surprisingly hard to read after her loss. 
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Robert Cosgrove
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Hey, it's been a great week for Bill O'Reilly.  Sure, he had a few little problems, but no doubt he's ecstatic that I finally read one of his books with Martin Dugard.  In fact, I read two.  I read a lot of history-oriented books, but have avoided O'Reilly, in part because I tend to dislike "written with" books by celebs, and in part because, although I know O'Reilly's bright enough, I find his Ted Baxter persona a little off-putting.  But having just finished a MacArthur bio, and needing a book on disc for my morning commute, I tried Killing Japan and to my surprise, quite enjoyed it.  So much so that I picked up Killing Patton, which also seems good, although I know little about Patton beyond the movie and what I've picked up generally.  I'm now reading a thick, exhaustive "real" bio of Patton, so we'll see if my opinion changes when I'm done with that.
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Matthew Chartrand
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  SATURN RUN by John Sanford and Ctein. Really good sci-fi novel from author of the Prey books.
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James Best
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Continuing with book #5 in the Penn Cage series and the second novel in the "Mississippi trilogy": 
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Michael Penn
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Robertson Davies' THE CORNISH TRILOGY.

I'm only 1/3 through it's 1,134 pages, but I'm loving it. I've been meaning to read this for decades! It's just been sitting on my bookshelf all that time. Long, but excellent.
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Thom Price
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Neil Gaiman's ANANSI BOYS, a quasi-sequel to AMERICAN GODS.
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Wallace Sellars
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I'm rereading Juanita Coulson's THE WEB OF WIZARDRY… for the umpteenth
time!
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Robert Cosgrove
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THE GENERALS by Thomas Ricks.  How the brass has run the military from WW II through the book's publication early in Obama's presidency. Per Ricks, George Marshall designed a military where failing commanders were relieved but often given a second shot where they proved more successful.  In the modern military, relieving a general has become unthinkable, to the detriment of the ranks and the American people.  At the same time, the military has become excellent tactically and inept at strategic thinking.  Candid assessments with few in the modern military winning Ricks's admiration.  Villains/goats are Douglas MacArthur, William Westmoreland ("stupid"), Stormin' Norman Schwarzkopf, Tommy Franks ("few generals manage to lose two wars"), and most of all, Max Taylor.  Winning kudos are Marshall, Eisenhower, O.P. Smith, Matthew Ridgeway, H. R. McMaster, David Petraeus, and "Mad Dog" Mattis.  Civilian leadership, particularly Lyndon Johnson, Robert Mcnamara, and Donald Rumsfield, do not escape criticism.
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Reading TY COBB: A TERRIBLE BEAUTY which, in part, tries to give a more accurate picture of Cobb's life than the hatchet job Al Stump did on him in his books from 1961 and 1994.

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SLEEPING GIANTS, book #1 in the THEMIS FILES series, by Sylvain Neuvel.
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James Best
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Final book in Greg Iles' "Mississippi" trilogy, and the first of his novels to ever reach #1 on the NY Times Bestseller List.  I hope it finishes as well as it started...
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