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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

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To: WI Conservative 4 Bush

It was chock full of music theory that I didn't understand. There weren't as many stories as I would have liked. If you're a Deadhead, you'll like it a lot better. He comes off as an everyday joe that was in the right place at the right time.


101 posted on 06/17/2005 11:29:12 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Tanniker Smith; RadioAstronomer; RightWingAtheist; Xenalyte; Tax-chick; MississippiMalcontent; ...
Just started The Star Chamber by W. Harrison Ainsworth. I have a hardcover, but anyone can download it for free.

Bibliopath ping.

102 posted on 06/17/2005 11:30:39 AM PDT by Physicist
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To: So Cal Rocket

Precisely.

Contrast that with today's fifth columnists (antiwar left).

We could lose this war too.


103 posted on 06/17/2005 11:31:00 AM PDT by sauropod (De gustibus non est disputandum)
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To: Xenophobic Alien
Friday Silliness Thread Here ya go!
104 posted on 06/17/2005 11:31:20 AM PDT by retrokitten (www.takebackthememorial.org)
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To: So Cal Rocket

The Narnia series is wonderful!!!! I loved those books. Another series I loved, especially as a kid, was the Black Stallion series. I still read those.


105 posted on 06/17/2005 11:31:38 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: stainlessbanner
That was the first of his books I read, and it got me hooked. I read all the books on the war in the 1880's and I've read the first two on the "Great War" in the 1910's. It's hard, being from the South, when I tell people what they're about (the South wins the Civil War) because they think I'm some kind of politically incorrect racist, but the books are about far more than the South winning that war.
106 posted on 06/17/2005 11:31:46 AM PDT by Crawdad (I know we've only known each other 4 weeks and 3 days, but to me it seems like 9 weeks and 5 days)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Can I be added to this ping? I am having fun here


107 posted on 06/17/2005 11:32:08 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
Give Island of Dr. Moreau a shot--probably the most enjoyable read of HGW's.

Been reading a lot this month:

Before We Get Started-Bret Lott, interesting thoughts about a writer's life

A Window Across the River-Brian Morton, a "New Yorker" kind of story, i.e. two people in love in New York THINK about being in love in New York, and nothing much happens, but well-written

So Many Books, So Little Time-Sara Nelson, a fun little book about the books one woman read in a year

Misunderestimated-Bill Sammon, some good anecdotes about post-9-11 GWB, but a lot of flab

Another Bull**** Night in Suck City-Nick Flynn, a memoir about a guy who worked in a Boston homeless shelter and what happened when his father showed up as a client

Green Shadows, White Whale-Ray Bradbury, about making the film of Moby Dick in Ireland; mostly about Ireland, not much about movie making

I AM Alive and You Are Dead-Emmanuel Carrere, about the sad life of writer Phillip K. Dick

Citizen Hughes-Michael Drosnin, about the last years of Howard Hughes.

The Painted Word-Tom Wolfe, excellent assassination of the New York art world

Tales From Development Hell-David Hughes, about how some movies don't get made

American Quest-Jack Barth, about several "quests" the writer makes, such as retracing the path of the heroes of "Easy Rider"

A Heritage of Stars" by CLifford Simak, excellent "rural" science fiction

In case you're wondering, I recently found so many books I'd bought but hadn't read that I have banned myself from buying anymore until I read all the unread ones; we're talking hundreds, so I have a lot to read!

108 posted on 06/17/2005 11:32:31 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Don't suffer fools gladly? I don't suffer them at all.)
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To: Tanniker Smith; xzins

Please add me to your ping list. I love to read.

Xzins, did you start a book thread years ago? I thought that was you who did that.


109 posted on 06/17/2005 11:33:21 AM PDT by SpookBrat
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To: Tanniker Smith

Heck,

Ping me baby one more time, once is never enough...

Thanks!


110 posted on 06/17/2005 11:33:32 AM PDT by WI Conservative 4 Bush (Three Cheers for Old Nassau!)
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To: So Cal Rocket

That one is on my list.


111 posted on 06/17/2005 11:35:16 AM PDT by SpookBrat
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To: meowmeow
And now I'm reading "What the Numbers Say" Excellent read - I recommend it instead of "Freakenomics" which sucks.

I agree. Freakenomics was a disappointment.

112 posted on 06/17/2005 11:35:30 AM PDT by GOPJ (Deep Throat(s) -- top level FBI officials playing cub reporters.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion

I've been meaning to read this for a long time.

113 posted on 06/17/2005 11:39:54 AM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: Fury

Ping for further read...


114 posted on 06/17/2005 11:41:23 AM PDT by Fury
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To: Tanniker Smith
Working my way thru some of Jean Plaidy's novels about Henry II and Henry VI. Easiest and softest way of learning English history that I know of.

Also reading "The Italian Renaissance" by J. H. Plumb.

Just started "Treason" by Ann Coulter as well.

I'm looking for a good book on WWI. I know very little about the time. I want to find a book that is not too technical with the details, but accurate about the causes and dynamics of the war; not a revisionist thing.

115 posted on 06/17/2005 11:47:18 AM PDT by what's up
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To: Tanniker Smith
I am now reading Levin's Men In Black. Recently, I finished Dean Koontz's latest book titled Velocity. That was a good read but he has done better. Waiting in the wings are Cracking The Millionaire's Code by Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential by Joel Osteen, and The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.

I have read three by Wells - extremely dry reading and very hard to get through.

116 posted on 06/17/2005 11:47:19 AM PDT by 7thson (I think it takes a big dog to weigh a hundred pounds!)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Please add me to your bookclub ping list. Thanks.


117 posted on 06/17/2005 11:47:30 AM PDT by GOPJ (Deep Throat(s) -- top level FBI officials playing cub reporters.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

I put 18 history books on my Father's day list. Everything from "To Rule the Waves" (a history of the Royal Navy) to "Twilight of the Hapsburgs" to "What Stalin Knew" (Stalin's failure to prepare or react to the German invasion of 1941). Hope to get about four of the listed books. One will be excellent beach fare this July.

I devour about a dozen fairly thick history books annually. Lately I've been concentrating on the origins of World War 1.


118 posted on 06/17/2005 11:47:58 AM PDT by henkster (When democrats talk of "the rich," they are referring to anyone with a private sector job.)
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To: meowmeow

Thanks. I credit the aging of the population, the mostly booming economy, and the rediscovery of conservative values (which includes tougher prosecution of crime) with the drop in crime rates.

I'll search for the thread on Levitt's book. Thanks.


119 posted on 06/17/2005 11:49:26 AM PDT by oblomov
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To: So Cal Rocket

Watching the Dem Convention of 2000, it was either McCullough or David Halberstam who continued the lie about Gore's father losing his Senate seat due to voting for the Civil Rights Act.


120 posted on 06/17/2005 11:50:32 AM PDT by 7thson (I think it takes a big dog to weigh a hundred pounds!)
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To: SpookBrat

Yes, that was me. I didn't fly, but it was fun while it lasted.

I, too, love to read. My current is an old novel called "The Sword of Antietam." It's a 1920's era novel for young people that's a great reminder of the level of reading of that day, and also a fair reminder of the bloodiness of the civil war.

I saw it at an antique store and bought it since I was a great fan of Joseph Altsheler's books when I was a kid. I want to....remember.


121 posted on 06/17/2005 11:50:36 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It!)
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To: Lemondropkid31

If you like Perretti I highly recommend " The Visitation"


122 posted on 06/17/2005 11:53:52 AM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

For those who are not aware, check out the gutenbergproject.org. It has tons of free electronic books, of which I think the War of the Worlds is one.


123 posted on 06/17/2005 11:55:01 AM PDT by I still care (America is not the problem - it is the solution..)
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To: lastchance

I read that, but I was a little disappointed. I was assuming it would be like Peircing the Darkness, but it was totally different. I did like The Oath though.


124 posted on 06/17/2005 11:55:54 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: bwteim

McCammon is great. Boys Life is one of my favorites. Also his vampire novel " They Thirst" but sad to say it is out of print.


125 posted on 06/17/2005 11:56:02 AM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: borkrules

"I'm reading The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, to be followed by Theodore Rex, both by Edmund Morris."

Please provide me a quick review of these when you get done. TR has always fascinated me; part liberal, part conservative, mostly imperialist. I considered some books on TR for my reading list and I know I'll get there eventually.


126 posted on 06/17/2005 11:56:10 AM PDT by henkster (When democrats talk of "the rich," they are referring to anyone with a private sector job.)
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To: henkster

those are the best. I want to read Mornings on Horseback too. Teddy Roosevelt is my fav president to read about


127 posted on 06/17/2005 11:57:15 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

For lovers of period mysteries, I recommend a fairly new author: Will Thomas. He has written two novels set in Victorian London. His first novel is Some Danger Involved. His second, out in Hardback only, is To Kingdom Come. Both are terrific reads, and as good as the first Sir John Fielding mysteries by Bruce Alexander. I am also reading the newest paperback Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Game (Laurie King). It is terrific. There have been others in this series that I didn't care much for.


128 posted on 06/17/2005 11:57:45 AM PDT by JustaCowgirl (When will appeasers learn that cowtowing to bullies only leads to more bullying?)
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To: I still care

Chapter 11 just called to say that my copy of 1776 is in. Can't wait to begin. Am ostensibly giving it to Dad on Sunday but will be reading it as well!

The Kite Runner was awesome!

Also just finished The Other Boelyn Girl. Another great read.

Two I'd like to get to:

Tis by Frank McCourt
You, The Owner's Manual

Please add me to the ping list!


129 posted on 06/17/2005 11:58:23 AM PDT by rightthinkingwoman
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To: Lemondropkid31

TR would have FLOWN the plane that landed on the carrier deck.


130 posted on 06/17/2005 11:58:49 AM PDT by henkster (When democrats talk of "the rich," they are referring to anyone with a private sector job.)
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To: bwteim

Love RMc also. So glad he has a new book out. Can't wait!


131 posted on 06/17/2005 11:59:29 AM PDT by bonfire (dwindler)
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To: Tanniker Smith

"Rising 44" by Normal Davies about the Warsaw Uprising.


132 posted on 06/17/2005 12:00:59 PM PDT by dfwgator (Flush Newsweek!)
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To: iceskater; Tanniker Smith

I just got down with The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe :) Now its on to the rest of the series. I love the Narnia chronicles. They are just so much fun to read....

Then its onto Coulter's How to Speak to a Liberal.

Hey please add me to the ping list. I'm always looking for new books and this seems like a good place to get some ideas :)


133 posted on 06/17/2005 12:02:25 PM PDT by EHC Southern Pride (Whever you go, go with all your heart.)
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To: henkster

Hahaha that is for sure!!!! He would have wanted to be right in the pilots seat!!!


134 posted on 06/17/2005 12:03:50 PM 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: I still care

Here is the link for anyone interested. They have tons of free books, and also some audio.

http://www.gutenberg.org/


135 posted on 06/17/2005 12:04:05 PM PDT by I still care (America is not the problem - it is the solution..)
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To: EHC Southern Pride

Those are wonderful books. C.S Lewis was a great author. If you get a chance, read the Space Trilogy too. Those three are really neat.


136 posted on 06/17/2005 12:06:53 PM 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

Here goes nothing. Some are old faves.

Soldier of The Great War by Mark Heleprin
Rise To Rebellion by Jeff Shaara
One Door Away From Heaven by Dean Koontz
Kathy Reich's series featuring Temperance Brennan an forensic anthropologist
Long Gone by Paul Hemphill ( maybe out of print)
Martha Grimes series featuring Inspector Richard Jury.
Right now I am reading an Agatha Christie mystery. Good summer read.


137 posted on 06/17/2005 12:06:53 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: 68skylark

Bookmarked the military book list site. Thank you so much for posting it. b


138 posted on 06/17/2005 12:08:24 PM PDT by Barset
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To: lastchance

I found the Martha Grimes books to be horribly depressing. I only read two of them. The Grave Maurice, and shoot..i cant remember the other one. The other one was tha name of a tavern


139 posted on 06/17/2005 12:09:15 PM 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: Lemondropkid31

Same here on the Martha Grimes books, ldk. I only got partway through one, don't remember which. I have the same reaction to PD James books. Her books are excellent but also often have a very dark depressing atmosphere.


140 posted on 06/17/2005 12:14:40 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (When will appeasers learn that cowtowing to bullies only leads to more bullying?)
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To: lastchance

Left out a few.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
anything by PJ O'Rourke
and for those whose leisure time in summer consists of 1.5 minutes a day don't forget these wonderful little golden books. The Poky Little Puppy. Scuffy The Tug Boat, Goliath The Elephant, Scrawny Tawny Tiger and Littlest Caboose. Happy reading.


141 posted on 06/17/2005 12:15:24 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: JustaCowgirl

PD James? What do the PD stand for?


142 posted on 06/17/2005 12:17:27 PM 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
Why Men Hate Going To Church -Murrow - Men are in charge but women run the show,. What does your church do that is run exclusively by men FOR men? ............................... (waiting for answer)............................. it's no wonder that dad stays home on Sunday morning

Shadow War -Miniter- just finished it. Most problems were borne years ago and noticeably ignored by Clinton. Then 9-11 and since then, W has wiped out a great deal of AlQaida in ways we don't usually think about... when did special forces go into afghanistan and what happened when someone ratted them out to terrorists in Iran? (the story has a happy ending)... Why did Spain's conservative party lose after the 3-11 elections? These questions and more asked and answered.

Blink - gladwell - explains how decisions made in the blink of an eye can be the correct ones or decisions made under great stress can't be helped ... if you know anything about springsteen's song 41 Shots and have read this book, then you know that Brucie doesn't know as much about human nature as critics and sociologists think he does ... and if he's wrong about what happened to Amadou Diallo, then what else is he wrong about? --- in short, under the same circumstances, a bunch of grandmothers would have beaten rodney king with nightsticks

Freakonomics - leavitt - what do sumo wrestlers and chicago public schol teachers have in common ... why do drug dealers live with their moms? ---except for his reasoning for the lowering of the crime rate in the 90's , it's a very interesting book

143 posted on 06/17/2005 12:17:59 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Look! Jimmy Carter! History's greatest monster!)
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To: Lemondropkid31

All of Grime's early books are based on the names of English Pubs. I love old style English mysteries. Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh and Dorothy Sayers come to mind.


144 posted on 06/17/2005 12:18:06 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Lemondropkid31

I don't know what the PD stands for. She was English and wrote (writes?) British police procedurals. Her books are very well done, and she's highly thought of, but they're pretty dark.


145 posted on 06/17/2005 12:19:50 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (When will appeasers learn that cowtowing to bullies only leads to more bullying?)
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To: lastchance

Oh really? LOL I didn't know that. Interesting. Hey does anyone like Dick Francis? I have read almost all of those.


146 posted on 06/17/2005 12:20:29 PM 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

Items read in the last few weeks

CCSE study guide
CCISSP gold edition prep
Hymn Before Battle - John Ringo
Gust Front - John Ringo
Hell's Faire - John Ringo
Cally's War - John Ringo
Hero - John Ringo
Diaspora - Greg Egan
Shadow of Saganami - David Weber
Days of Infamy - Turtledove
Gate of Worlds - Robert Silverburg
Killing Star - Pelligrino
The Ophiuchi Hotline by Varley, John
Dragon's Fury : Long March

Not too bad a list for a month


147 posted on 06/17/2005 12:21:27 PM PDT by Centurion2000 ("THE REDNECK PROBLEM" ..... we prefer the term, "Agro-Americans")
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To: Lemondropkid31

Yep I am a Dick Francis fan.


148 posted on 06/17/2005 12:23:29 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Centurion2000

It took me three months to read Peter the Great. I am going to stay away from long novels for awhile and enjoy some short ones.


149 posted on 06/17/2005 12:23:50 PM 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; WinOne4TheGipper; sauropod; So Cal Rocket; Lemondropkid31; retrokitten
I'm about half way through 1776 myself. I put my second reread of Lord of the Rings on hold to read it. I'm up to the point where the Battle of Long Island begins. It was captivating to read about the British fleet showing up in New York Bay. I have never read such a detailed account of it. It must have been painful to see all those ships, and know the men on those ships are there to destroy you.

Other than those two books, I have purchased the following books this year, and I'll probably get around to reading them at some point (hopefully).

The Life and Religion of Mohammed, by Fr. J.L. Menezes (so "controversial," that National Review Book Service caved to CAIR's demands that they stop selling it)
Men in Black, by Mark Levin
Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism is Corrupting our Future, by Ben Shapiro
How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, by Thomas E. Woods, Jr

150 posted on 06/17/2005 12:23:54 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady." - Tolkien)
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