So . . . What Are You Reading (2013 Edition)

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  1. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    They compare well, not quite as formal but still written in the old style. Get yourself in at the beginning, in order, old paperbacks are easy to find.
    Written between 1969 and '99. I think you'd enjoy them.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey–Maturin_series
     
  2. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
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    I haven't started them yet, mainly because I know from friends how extremely addicting they can be. But those books aren't going to go away, so... someday.
     
  3. chaski

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    The Duke's Children - Anthony Trollope

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    6th and last of the Palliser Novels. Others might be better, but this one is the funniest.
     
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  4. Atouk

    Atouk BigSoccer Supporter

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    Apr 16, 2001
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    Tom Sawyer, Detective -- Mark Twain

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    A quick romp of a murder mystery revisiting Huck & Tom a year after the events of Huck Finn (published 2 years after Tom Sawyer Abroad, 12 years after Huck Finn, 20 years after Tom Sawyer).
     
  5. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    Started off a little slow but soon gathered speed. Harry Hole, Jo Nesbø's detective works his 6th case.

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    I'm about half way through this gritty novel and enjoying it a lot.

    He, Nesbø. Would never get a job with the Norwegian tourist board. If one just listened to him it'd be the last miserable place on earth someone would willingly visit. :)
     
  6. Ismitje

    Ismitje Super Moderator

    Dec 30, 2000
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    Well worth it!

    Finished over the past couple of months:

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    Karen Armstrong's biography of the Bible is pretty interesting, though I like it best in the earlier chapters where there were fewer movements for her to aggregate in particular chapters. I was particularly fascinated by the info about the schools of thought on interpreting the scriptures by various Jewish rabbis in the late first century.
     
  7. Bluto11

    Bluto11 The sky is falling!

    May 16, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    I lied. The Ionian Mission is only #8!

    I have them all on paperback, been getting them used on Amazon and so far have been getting the books that are from the same "series release". I may just contact the last book shop I used directly and see if they have the rest.
     
  8. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    #358 usscouse, Oct 12, 2013
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    I bought mine over time but I've seen those printed from a same series. When lined up in order on a bookcase the spines form a nice picture as well.
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    The covers.
    https://www.google.com/#q=patrick o'brian books

    The 5 authors on the right of this page also write naval stories. Dewey Lamdin writes from an American point of view of the sailing world.
    They missed out Alexander Kent, another of the Hornblower genre.
     
  9. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

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    I'm about halfway through my first batch of courses in a Mental Health Counseling Masters program I started. That cuts into my book-reading a bit. But I'm making my way through

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    In Parenthesis by Welsh poet and artist David Jones. It's one of the best books on WWI that I've ever read. It's a mix of poetry and prose, and is baffling pretty much all the time, which is pretty much how I'd imagine life in the trenches.
     
  10. Val1

    Val1 Member+

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    Mar 12, 2004
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    Um... Slips, Stumbles and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean -- Michael Erard

    Interesting history of the study of verbal disfluencies, including the men who first studied them -- Sigmund Freud among them -- and the most famous of practitioners -- Rev William Spooner -- that I am reading for research for my book. Really a very interesting read.
     
  11. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

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    I made a Freudian slip at Thanksgiving dinner a few years back. We were gathered around the table and I meant to say to my mother, "please pass the stuffing," but what actually came out was, "you castrating bitch, you ruined my life."
     
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  12. G-boot

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  13. Atouk

    Atouk BigSoccer Supporter

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    Unabashedly Episcopalian by Andrew Doyle (Bishop of Texas)

    An honest, positive, clear invitation/pep talk for inquirers/Episcopalians.
     
  14. StiltonFC

    StiltonFC He said to only look up -- Guster

    Mar 18, 2007
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    did she pass the stuffing?
     
  15. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

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    If "Pass the stuffing" is slang for disinheriting someone, yes.

    I kid, I kid. I think I stole this joke from Paul Schafer on the Letterman show.

    Can't post the book I finished today because the work comptuers don't let me post images, but we'll get it later.
     
  16. spot

    spot Member+

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    I liked that book pretty well. He does a good job creating the world the characters inhabit.

    I do remember a point where I thought, "he just decided to wind up this book," as the pace felt like it changed suddenly but without purpose. The second book felt similar.

    Still good reads.
     
  17. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
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  18. NER_MCFC

    NER_MCFC Member

    May 23, 2001
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    This seems like a good way to say I've just started the second one, The Wise Man's Fear.
     
  19. NickyClee'sClickyKnee

    Oct 21, 2013
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    A Clash of Kings for the second time, can't get enough of A Song of Ice and Fire!
     
  20. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

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    I was going to say that this seems more suitable for the "random thoughts about books" thread. But then I figured that Noel didn't quite take it to the "thought" stage, so this is probably okay.
     
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  21. StiltonFC

    StiltonFC He said to only look up -- Guster

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    isn't he Irish or something???
     
  22. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    #372 usscouse, Oct 23, 2013
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    I'm about half way through Phillip Caputo's "The Longest Road" I like the concept of the travel, from the tip of Florida to Dawson City in Alaska something I wouldn't have minded doing. It's really not gripping me though, not Caputo's fault I just can't get into some of his side tales.

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    We, Mrs Scouse and I, took a drive couple of years back. We called it the "Long Way Down" (Then Ewan McGregor stole the title :))

    From the top left corner of the US to the southern tip of the Baja. We put in about 8,000 fun filled miles in on that one. In spite of being told they'd find our heads hanging from a bridge.

    After that trip we took a jaunt along the South coast of Engerland then over to France, zig zagging across and down to the med then west from Cannes along the coast to Barcelona. Six weeks out of a suitcase, Mrs Scouse did well.
    Another cross off on the bucket list ...!

    That's why I wanted to read Caputo's book. Still a long way to go in it. :)
     
  23. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

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  24. soccernutter

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  25. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
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    Because I'm using my new laptop that I've had for about a week, and I haven't had time to install any others. But boy, is the new Dell a piece of shit. Did you hear me computer on which I'm typing. You are a piece of shit. A ********ing piece of shit

    And don't get me started on ********ing Microsoft. No, not Microsoft with a capital M, Autocorrect. microsoft

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