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FR Book Club: What's on your Summer Reading List?
June 17, 2005

Posted on 06/17/2005 10:47:19 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith

The Free Republic Book Club is an informal gathering of readers and lovers of all genre of books, which meets on an irregular basis (whenever I remember to post and have a copy of the ping list available.)

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Today's topic: what's on your summer reading list? Whether you are going on vacation, sitting on the beach or just hanging out on your front porch, there's usually a good novel nearby. Any particular plans or will it be a more serendipitous approach?


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I imagine that many of us have the new Harry Potter book on their list, even if they don't have a copy reserved or pre-purchased yet.

As for me, picking up a DVD of "The War of the Worlds" is giving me the desire to give Wells another go (I've never made it through any of his books). And while I'm at it, I going to try some Jules Verne.

Currently, I'm reading 3001: The Final Odyssey, a not-for-sale readers' proof edition that I won at a charity book raffle. (There are some other books in that pile waiting to be read. I just finished a 50th anniversary Peanuts collection.)

On the nonfiction front: I finished Mark Levin's book, Men in Black and I'' probably head for the library soon to reserve a few other conservative books.

What are you looking forward to? Discuss.

TS

1 posted on 06/17/2005 10:47:20 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith
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To: 506trooper; aberaussie; Alberta's Child; AQGeiger; arbee4bush; Ax; Brasil; Burn24; ...

book club ping


2 posted on 06/17/2005 10:48:27 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Fahrenheit 351, The Koran Edition......
3 posted on 06/17/2005 10:48:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (The Army makes the world safe for democracy. The Marines make the world safe for the Army.....)
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To: Tanniker Smith
For Us, The Living by Robert A. Heinlein
4 posted on 06/17/2005 10:49:48 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President - 2008)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Reading This right now:


5 posted on 06/17/2005 10:50:02 AM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: Tanniker Smith

I read The Kite Runner and it was excellent. Not too political IMHO. I am now reading The Devil in the White City--true story that reads like fiction.


6 posted on 06/17/2005 10:50:29 AM PDT by babaloo
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To: Tanniker Smith

Took the Kite Runner and Middlesex to the beach house last week. Very engaging.


8 posted on 06/17/2005 10:50:50 AM PDT by meowmeow (Gardeners for Global Warming)
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To: Tanniker Smith
I've been reading a lot from the U.S. Army's recommended reading list. The books are great so far -- whoever compiled this list has done a great job. I can recommend these books to anyone.

http://www.army.mil/cmh/reference/CSAList/CSAList.htm

9 posted on 06/17/2005 10:51:00 AM PDT by 68skylark
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To: Tanniker Smith

Anything WBTS-related


10 posted on 06/17/2005 10:51:10 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: So Cal Rocket

I just bought that myself. It's in the pile to read.

I'm reading "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" in anticipation of the movie coming out in December.


11 posted on 06/17/2005 10:51:14 AM PDT by iceskater ("Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." - Kipling)
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To: Tanniker Smith
I just read this:

I laughed OUT LOUD all the way through it.

12 posted on 06/17/2005 10:51:25 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Tanniker Smith

Techniques of Crime Scene Investigations 7th Edition and Criminal Interrogation and Confessions 4th Edition. Woo hoo!


13 posted on 06/17/2005 10:52:23 AM PDT by Horatio Gates
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To: stainlessbanner

I Finished reading Peter the Great a couple weeks ago, and now I am reading 1984, by George Orwell. Very wierd book. Next I am reading Monster by Frank Peretti.


14 posted on 06/17/2005 10:52:44 AM PDT by Lemondropkid31 (If we do not pray for our leaders, we cannot expect them to do what is right.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
I am reading this now. -and add me to your list.


15 posted on 06/17/2005 10:52:47 AM PDT by tioga
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To: Tanniker Smith

I was thinking of picking up Zell Millers new book "A deficit of decency". What is it about exactly?

His first book (a national party no more) actually convinced me to stop voting Democrat. It just summed up all of the problems I had with "The Party" and its direction.


16 posted on 06/17/2005 10:52:48 AM PDT by Betaille
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To: Tanniker Smith

I am reading nothing but Free Republic this summer. I just completed my first year of nursing school (last day today!!), and it seemed like I had my nose in a book 24/7. Everyone have a great summer. I'm off to Florida tonight for a week.


17 posted on 06/17/2005 10:52:57 AM PDT by Siouxz ( Freepers are the best!!!)
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To: Howlin

have you read her bounty hunter series.....the newest one comes out this summer. I love her comedic writing and I laugh out loud while reading...


18 posted on 06/17/2005 10:53:41 AM PDT by tioga
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To: Tanniker Smith
Michael Connely's new book in the Harry Bosch LA Detective series: The Closers
19 posted on 06/17/2005 10:53:42 AM PDT by BullDog108 ("Conservatives believe in God. Liberals think they are God." ---Ann Coulter)
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To: Tanniker Smith

I'm reading Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley". It's awesome!


20 posted on 06/17/2005 10:53:43 AM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: Tanniker Smith
And now I'm reading "What the Numbers Say"

Excellent read - I recommend it instead of "Freakenomics" which sucks.

21 posted on 06/17/2005 10:53:53 AM PDT by meowmeow (Gardeners for Global Warming)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Just read 3001: The Final Odyssey. Better than 2010, but not as ground breaking as 2001.


22 posted on 06/17/2005 10:53:58 AM PDT by razoroccam (Then in the name of Allah, they will let loose the Germs of War (http://www.booksurge.com))
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To: Tanniker Smith

Gates of Fire : An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae


Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here obedient to their laws we lie.


23 posted on 06/17/2005 10:54:22 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob ("Nac Mac Feegle! The Wee Free Men! Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! We willna be fooled again!")
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To: Tanniker Smith

Hi TS!

I'm not much of a reader (Gen-X'er, nuf said). However, I've kind of been sucked back in to reading novels the past few years.

Anyway, I'm currently reading "Washington's Crossing" by David Fischer, Oxford Press I believe. This guy wrote "The Ride of Paul Revere" about a decade ago to rave reviews.

This is a very well-written and well-researched book. I'm at the point of the chronology where the author delves into the characteristics of the Howe brothers from England.

Nice maps, and interesting reading for the history buffs out there.

I'll let y'all know how it ends! Freedom vs. Tyranny!


24 posted on 06/17/2005 10:54:45 AM PDT by WI Conservative 4 Bush (Three Cheers for Old Nassau!)
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To: shotokan; stylecouncilor

That sounds interesting.


25 posted on 06/17/2005 10:54:47 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: Tanniker Smith
Here's what's on order from Amazon:

Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything [Hardcover]
By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set: Full-Color Collector's Edition [Paperback]
By: C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)

Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork : A 12-Stop Program to End Bad Habits and Begin a Healthy Lifestyle [Hardcover]
By: Mike Huckabee Yes, that Mike Huckabee

26 posted on 06/17/2005 10:55:23 AM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: Lemondropkid31

1984 is a weird one, but a good read to be able to talk about.


27 posted on 06/17/2005 10:56:47 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: Tanniker Smith

Dale Brown, "Act of War," where he continues his story involving the "tin men" battle suits. I also hope to read "South Park Republicans," plus, for work, John Keegan's "Mask of COmmand," and Tom Sowell's "Black Rednecks . . . ."
LS


28 posted on 06/17/2005 10:56:50 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis; Modern Optics; Oxford Collection of English verse; Applied Partial Differential Equations; and whatever easy-level Latin/German/Tagalog passages I can get my hands on.
29 posted on 06/17/2005 10:57:09 AM PDT by explodingspleen (http://mish-mash.info/)
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To: Tanniker Smith
I'm reading the Lucado Devotional Bible, 'Taking Heat' by Ari Fleischer and 'Play Poker Like the Pros' by Phil Hellmuth.
30 posted on 06/17/2005 10:57:15 AM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Tanniker Smith

put me on the ping list please.

Just finished Anna Karenina - the entire book! Took weeks.

"The Time Traveler's Wife" is exceptional.

If no one has read "The Red Tent," I recommend it highly.


31 posted on 06/17/2005 10:57:28 AM PDT by peacebaby (The human heart yearns for the beautiful in all ranks of life. Harriet Beecher Stowe.)
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To: babaloo

I read The Devil in the White City, too. I loved it. I thought the parts about the planning of the fair might be a little stale, but they were just facinating. The author paints such a vivid picture of what Chicago was like in those days.


32 posted on 06/17/2005 10:57:58 AM PDT by retrokitten (www.takebackthememorial.org)
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To: Siouxz

Congrats, Siouxz. Enjoy your stay in FLA.


33 posted on 06/17/2005 10:58:01 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: Tanniker Smith

Robert McCammon's Speaks the Nightbird
older book (2002) but new to me.

Good historical adventure novel set in Carolina in 1699.

http://www.robertmccammon.com/novels/speaks_the_nightbird.html


34 posted on 06/17/2005 10:58:30 AM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Three upcoming novels I am looking forward to are:

Until I Find You, by John Irving
The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime by Jasper Fforde
The New Harry Potter


35 posted on 06/17/2005 10:58:32 AM PDT by Portnoy (Fahrenheit 451...Today's Temperature is hotter than you think...)
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To: meowmeow

Why does "Freakonomics" suck?


36 posted on 06/17/2005 10:58:35 AM PDT by oblomov
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To: Tanniker Smith
Fresh off of the Cambridge University Press, Viking Empires.
37 posted on 06/17/2005 10:58:43 AM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: windcliff

The Crime Scene book is good so far. I just finished Practical Homicide Investigation for the third time. For a reference book it reads like a novel to me. The Interview book is a little stale for me. I've got a promotional exam coming up in November so it's study study study.


38 posted on 06/17/2005 10:59:42 AM PDT by Horatio Gates
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To: Tanniker Smith

Steve Beam's Semi-Automatic Card Tricks, volume 1-5.


39 posted on 06/17/2005 10:59:46 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: Pukin Dog
'Play Poker Like the Pros' by Phil Hellmuth

Just don't throw any tantrums like Phil does!

TS

40 posted on 06/17/2005 11:00:02 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

I'd like to be on your list, please!


41 posted on 06/17/2005 11:00:34 AM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: 68skylark

I never "got" Battle Cry of Freedom. I found it tedious, lacking in theme or analysis, and weighed down in irrelevant detail. Instead, I heartily recommend the 8-volume series by Allan Nevins, "The Ordeal of the Union/War of the Union."


42 posted on 06/17/2005 11:00:41 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Ha! You don't know me, do you?
43 posted on 06/17/2005 11:01:06 AM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Watch on the Rhine (The Posleen War)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (43rd in line at the library - might just give up and buy it...).
A Mankind Witch

Maybe The Four Adventures of Richard Hannay if I get a chance.


44 posted on 06/17/2005 11:01:25 AM PDT by Little Ray (I'm a reactionary, hirsute, gun-owning, knuckle dragging, Christian Neanderthal and proud of it!)
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To: shotokan

I love these books! Have you read any of Dr. Henry Lee's?


45 posted on 06/17/2005 11:01:45 AM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: tioga

Oh, yes! All of them. We love the grandmother!

I can't wait to read the new one!

Do not MISS Metro Girl.


46 posted on 06/17/2005 11:02:20 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Tanniker Smith
Currently reading The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.
47 posted on 06/17/2005 11:03:00 AM PDT by twigs
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To: Tanniker Smith
"Silent Witness : The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo's Death" by Mark Fuhrman.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060853379/qid=1119031134/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-4235465-7687133

To all the Michael Schiavo supporters out there, you couldn't even pay me to care what you think about it.
48 posted on 06/17/2005 11:03:15 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Pray for us all.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
I just finished reading We Thought You'd Be Prettier and Autobiography of a Fat Bride, both by Laurie Natoro. She seems like she is probably a lib, but for the most part keeps her politics out of her books. Anyway, I was laughing so hard in parts I was crying.

Now back to reading 1776 and, of course, waiting eagerly for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

49 posted on 06/17/2005 11:03:50 AM PDT by retrokitten (www.takebackthememorial.org)
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To: Tanniker Smith

and of course the new book on Hillary....


50 posted on 06/17/2005 11:04:04 AM PDT by peacebaby (The human heart yearns for the beautiful in all ranks of life. Harriet Beecher Stowe.)
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