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Okay, the floor is open. It was suggested that we talk about one genre per week to keep it managable to start, but I didn't get many suggestions for which one to start with.

The few that I saw discussions about up until now were fantasies (particularly "quest" novels), biographies and books by Freepers. With all due respect to my fellow Freepers, while I'd love to discuss your books, at the moment, there's probably a limited audience. I'd suggest at this point that the rest of us track down copies so we can talk about them at a later date.

That would leave us with biographies and fantasies. Which should we start off with. (Since we can't get a show of hands, I'll let the first of you that answer the ping or stumble upon the thread make the decision. See what a great leader I am! I delegate!)

TS

1 posted on 02/26/2005 5:14:04 PM PST by Tanniker Smith
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To: 506trooper; aberaussie; Alberta's Child; AQGeiger; arbee4bush; Ax; Brasil; Burn24; ...
Book-club ping.

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2 posted on 02/26/2005 5:16:06 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

How about Lord of the Rings?


5 posted on 02/26/2005 5:21:06 PM PST by stan the beaver (We will kill the ones who eat us, and eat the ones we kill!!)
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To: Tanniker Smith

I just picked up a copy of Hershey's 'A Bell for Adano' today. His forward discusses the difficulties of administration by American forces of a conquered land and I thought the book might have some insights for our foreign policy today.

There is a widely posted scan, here on FR, of the pinko John Dos Passo's article in a 1945 or '46 issue of LIFE magazine that has proven to be the exact replay of naysayer sentiment today on the same topic.


6 posted on 02/26/2005 5:23:11 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (Equally offending all people equally - pursuant to the directives of the CRA of 1964)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Please add me to the book club ping list. Thanks very much.


8 posted on 02/26/2005 5:28:33 PM PST by Rocky Mountain Mama (four more years of tax cuts and dead terrorists)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Well then * stamps foot peevishly* let's get it rolling.

I have to catch an early flight to Ohio in the am, and was just heading to B&N to see if I could find someting to kill a few hours.;=]

9 posted on 02/26/2005 5:31:25 PM PST by 506trooper (No such thing as too much guns, ammo or fuel on board...unless you're on fire)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Well today I bought "The Journal of Eleanor Ruse" b/c it only cost $4.98 and I'm into the paranormal, and Dan Brown's "Digital Fortress" b/c I'm also into reading junk fiction. If anybody feels I shouldn't waste the time, I'm all ears.


10 posted on 02/26/2005 5:31:53 PM PST by Flightdeck (Liberals see Saddam's mass graves as half full. I prefer to see them as half empty.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
I'd like to make a small suggestion. Is there anyway to possibly list the topic for the week, a week in advance, for those of us who want to participate?

It's great to discuss books and authors, but if we aren't aware of what the discussion will be in advance, it's kind of hard to be prepared.

Unfortunately, the last thing I have read was by Lemony Snickett! Haven't been able to read a book for myself in a while, and I would love a suggestion for the week in advance.
12 posted on 02/26/2005 5:36:14 PM PST by borntobeagle
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To: Tanniker Smith

I detest bios. Enjoy fiction with a mystery. Just today finished up a Cait London paperback entitled "Hidden Secrets". Will be starting "French Quarter" by Stella Cameron. Have also Lisa Jackson's "The Night Before".


28 posted on 02/26/2005 6:36:32 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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I just bought Hand of Providence - The Strong and Quiet Faith of Ronal Reagan by Mary Beth Brown. Has anyone read it? I'm planning to start reading it later tonight.

I have also been reading The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E. Woods, Jr., PhD.

32 posted on 02/26/2005 6:46:47 PM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Great thread.

The last two bios I read were last spring and summer, and both were on Reagan. One was "When Character Was King", I think, by Peggy Newnan. The other was by Mike Deavers..? Both were good.

I like John Grisham -- but I read his all in one sitting, so it gets expensive to buy them.

The most recent book I've read was by Cassandra King (Pat Conroy's wife) -- "The Same Sweet Girls." It was just okay.

35 posted on 02/26/2005 7:01:43 PM PST by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch (THANK YOU LORD -- John Kerry is still just a senator.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Tanniker, thank you so much for taking this on. Looks like there is a very enthusiastic response, kudos to you!


36 posted on 02/26/2005 7:12:39 PM PST by squarebarb
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To: Tanniker Smith
With all due respect to my fellow Freepers, while I'd love to discuss your books, at the moment, there's probably a limited audience.

This thread is a great idea. If you have a ping list, please ad me.

Now in direct contravention to your above comment, I invite freepers to read my book, absolutely free. You may access it online via my Profile here on FR. Just click my name at the bottom of this post.

I'd love feedback, and it is really a pretty good story. It is science fiction, but takes place during the present day and has no aliens or other weird stuff in it.

For you statistic hounds: The book has been edited, re-edited, and gone over by independent third parties, so it's fairly polished (there are some computer generated typos I discovered, an artifact of converting it to html). It is 117,000 words long.

Now, back to my regularly scheduled posting...

49 posted on 02/26/2005 7:56:16 PM PST by lafroste (gravity is not a force, dangit)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Just finished the last of Patrick O'Brian's novels ("21") of the "Master and Commander" series.

Capt.(now Adm.)Jack Aubrey and Dr. Maturin are now my new heroes.

I rate P.O'B right up there with Michener.

57 posted on 02/27/2005 6:30:55 AM PST by JimVT (I was born a Democrat..but then I grew up)
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To: Tanniker Smith

mark for later


58 posted on 02/27/2005 6:31:27 AM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: Tanniker Smith

My favorites are:

1. Fantasy/science fiction
2. Political non-fiction

I don't really read too much else for fun. I read a lot of scientific literature, but that's so I can keep up with my field.

I recommend the fantasy author, Terry Goodkind, writer of the Sword of Truth series. He has dead-on accurate analysis of the left and its various factions, but within the setting of a really engaging fantasy story. Sometimes, one of his characters makes such an eloquent statement about a leftist belief that I am left in awe.

I could say something about The Lord of the Rings here, but others already have.


59 posted on 02/27/2005 9:45:51 AM PST by exDemMom (Democrats must care deeply about the poor--they want so many of them!)
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To: Tanniker Smith

book club ping


66 posted on 02/28/2005 5:31:59 PM PST by mombrown1 (The CPAC taxi driver)
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To: Tanniker Smith

bump for later


67 posted on 02/28/2005 9:57:07 PM PST by GOPJ (Liberals haven't had a new idea in 40 years.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Please add me to your ping list.

I read a huge variety of books, but tend to lean toward (1) Horror; (2) Mystery; and (3) General Fiction.

I just finished reading Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz. Very funny book.

71 posted on 03/02/2005 7:08:24 AM PST by TheMom (Govern yourself accordingly.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

I keep reading about "ping" lists and keep feeling I need to be on one or two ;-) but have NO idea of what they are or how they work. Can someone fill me in?

I love books and would very much enjoy being part of this discussion. Recommended reading from this group would be more than welcome.


76 posted on 03/03/2005 8:36:48 AM PST by RepubRep (God Bless America)
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To: Mrs Zip

ping


92 posted on 03/05/2005 12:40:54 PM PST by zip (Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 48% of Americans)
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