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BOOKS

Posted: September 30th, 2017, 10:10 am
by PucPuggy
Read anything good (or bad)? Want to kick around or share your opinions on anything book related? This is the corner of the plaza to do it.

Just received this yesterday, and will be diving in soon. I read the prologue online. I love this reporter's writing!

Dream State: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and Other Florida Wildlife, by Diane Roberts (Free Press 2004).

I was turned on to her by a FB friend, a journalist herself. We both agree Ms. Roberts would be a fun speaker at an event in St. Augustine.
~~~~~

Also, after watching 18 hours of "The Vietnam War," the PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, I am determined to re-read Neil Sheehan's "A Bright Shining Lie." All I have to do is find the book. Here. In the house. On a shelf. In a box. Somewhere....

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Posted: September 30th, 2017, 4:38 pm
by scrutney
All I have to do is find the book. Here. In the house. On a shelf. In a box. Somewhere....
quoth an archivist friend of mind...in reference to my huge stacks of cd's, vinyl, books and movies (from the golden age of cinema, natch):

"if you can't find it when you need it...all those piles of media are just something else to trip over."

~jean louise.

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Posted: September 30th, 2017, 5:49 pm
by scrutney
reading daniel silva's latest page turner featuring gabriel allon (free lance art restoration expert and head of the Israeli secret service) and his merry band of assassins...

"house of spies"

so far so good...
formulaic, but if you have a good formula, what the hell?

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Posted: October 1st, 2017, 9:41 am
by bieramar
My fave of the moment is John Straley - currently finishing "Cold Storage, Alaska."

[I'm also a Silva fan].

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Posted: October 1st, 2017, 10:08 am
by PucPuggy
scrutney wrote:
September 30th, 2017, 4:38 pm
"if you can't find it when you need it...all those piles of media are just something else to trip over."~jean louise.
:o My, my , young man! How words can come back to haunt one. You have an endless memory! *mutter mutter*

Silva sounds very interesting. Gonna check him out!
"

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Posted: October 1st, 2017, 12:20 pm
by PucPuggy
bieramar wrote:
October 1st, 2017, 9:41 am
My fave of the moment is John Straley - currently finishing "Cold Storage, Alaska."

[I'm also a Silva fan].
Must check amazon for Straley, too! Silva has two thumbs-up here. And from the discriminating guys, too. On the list. Thanks!

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Posted: October 5th, 2017, 7:57 pm
by scrutney
i've just finished silva's latest (house of spies) and i can honestly say it's one of the best thrillers i've ever read...if you want my advice, start with the prequel (the black widow) but all of silva's books are stand alones.

neil gaiman's "neverwhere" is a recent fave...i'd try and describe it, but amazon reviews do a much better job.
it's not horror, it's not sci fi, it's not fantasy...it's a mash up of the three with a dash of thriller to season the broth.

terry pratchett is still my favorite modern author, who paints pages with a palette of dickensian characters
every one of his disc world books is worth a read...funny as hell morality plays, tackling race, religion, and social and technological innovations...
once you "get it" and it won't take long...you won't be able to finish a page without cracking a smile, or laughing out loud.


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Posted: October 6th, 2017, 7:32 pm
by PucPuggy
Way cool, Scrutney. Your selections sound far more interesting than mine!

Started "Chesapeake" by James Michener. Remember him?

Also have Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" out again. I have all characters listed and identified inside the front cover. I had no trouble remembering the dead Addie. But the rest? All stream-of-consciousness writing (he originated it), which is easier to follow now. Since last November.

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Posted: October 6th, 2017, 11:31 pm
by scrutney
never read a michener...i'll have to try one on for size..
i was never much on "the sprawling saga of an american family" genre...john jakes' "the bastard" put me off that whole sweeping epic thing.
however i did dive deep into "the winds of war" and "war and remembrance" and enjoyed the hell out of both.

i had some eye problems the past couple of years which seriously slapped the mojo on my reading input...
but i'm back...with my nose in a book.

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Posted: October 7th, 2017, 7:41 am
by PucPuggy
I hear you. One bad book in a genre can be bad juju for the rest.

Any possibility you've read "American Psycho"? I know they made a movie from the book.

I've read many Michener books and have enjoyed them. "Hawaii" made me so angry! All those missionaries.

"Centennial" was a great read!

Sorry to hear about your eyes. I can empathize. I hope all that is behind you for good!

Is it a Kindle you read? If so, is there a model that is better for one with chronic but not serious eye problems?

Happy reading!

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Posted: October 7th, 2017, 8:57 pm
by scrutney
i still have an old first generation nook.
but i gave it up because it isn't backlit.
my ipad is...and i have made a few purchases...it works fine.

but i like books.
turning pages is much more satisfying than "scrolling."

damned cataracts.
one is history, the other goes away next month.

just picked up dan brown's latest trip to the butcher shop..."origins"
despite the great reviews the first 30 pages were underwhelming.

while he may be a great story teller, he is a horrible "writer", dashing to the ubiquitous end of the chapter cliff hanger with break neck speed...(and the chapters are usually only 4 or 5 pages.)
it gets a little tedious in a 400-500 page book.

"and the truth hit him like a punch to the gut...
ooooooof"

Re: BOOKS

Posted: October 8th, 2017, 11:09 pm
by auntmartymoo
I fear that I am too much of a dilettante to participate in this thread with you avid readers, but...

I'm still trying to work my way back through some of the old southern classics. As I Lay Dying is in the pile!

But I may never get to it if I remain stuck in the Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor for another year. I've had to read each short story twice and I'm still not sure I get her point.

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Posted: October 9th, 2017, 7:24 pm
by scrutney
auntmartymoo:
"But I may never get to it if I remain stuck in the Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor..."
then put it down and read something you'll enjoy.

i WAS working on james joyce' ulysses...started it the week my wife and i got married.
that was 23 years ago...
about 6 months ago, i made it to page 88 and said...life is too short to read this incomprehensible, well...i'm not sure what the hell it was ...at least moby dick had a plot.
ahab was obsessed.
scrut isn't.

paraphrasing dorothy parker:
"this is not a book to be put down lightly. it should be thrown at something with great force."

if your looking for a palette cleanser (and you have an e-reader) try p.g wodehouse...
barnes and noble has a 3,000 page collection($5) of short stories and a few novels thrown in as well...the "jeeves" stories are absolutely great...and funny as hell.

jeeves, the butler, watches as his charge, bertie wooster, gets himself into all sorts of trouble, but always finds the time to bail him out...sort of.

bieramar is a fan too.

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Posted: October 9th, 2017, 7:27 pm
by bieramar
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Posted: October 9th, 2017, 9:58 pm
by auntmartymoo
Thanks for the great suggestions!

I've been a little OCD about abandoning my reading "theme." I read an article about southern authors in Garden & Gun magazine and it inspired me to read and re-read some works of southern women.

I started with Harper Lee and re-read Mockingbird and then her new-ish sequel to Mockingbird.

Then I wanted to try some Flannery O'Connor. She always seemed like such a quirky bird and a fellow Georgian. All I remembered reading in high school was A Good Man is Hard to Find. Anyway, somehow I have become so daft since high school that I can't detect themes in short stories. Very frustrating!!

Next up was going to be Carson McCullers or maybe Eudora Welty. And eventually the plan was to move on to Faulkner and some of the boys. Like I said, I'm having trouble abandoning my southern reading masterplan.

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Posted: October 9th, 2017, 10:34 pm
by scrutney
well...i've had a bit of a reading plan myself.

i've been promising myself that i will read at least some of the works of ernest hemingway...but his books are still under copyright and command premium prices.
that's fine...his cats have to eat.

but i'll be standing there in barnes and noble with "the sun also rises" and the latest nytimes best seller in my hands and, thrifty soul that i am i always opt for the fistful of dreck.

that little voice in my head says something like:
"get the page turner...you can always find hemingway's books at the used book store"

the problem is i can never find a used bookstore with a decent selection of "classics".
however today, i found hardbacks of "the sun also rises" and "for whom the bell tolls" for $5 each.

unfortunately, i'm bogged down in the middle of dan (the da vinci code)brown's latest; "origin", which i bought saturday and...am regretting.

i'm pretty sure i've sussed out who the killer is and the killing hasn't even happened yet.
subtlety isn't brown's strong suit.

and did i mention that i'm a fool for history books?
and they aren't cheap either.

i picked one up the other day which recounts william tell and his family's attempt to start a bowling league in switzerland. apparently all the league records went up in flames several hundred years ago, and we may never know:

for whom the tells bowled.

Re: BOOKS

Posted: October 10th, 2017, 11:46 am
by bieramar
Errr ahhh scrut — there's a great public library, and branches, in St. Johns County - doesn't cost a red cent.

PS: One of my vivid memories of St. Johns County Commission Meetings was before the vote to build the Main Library - Commish Earl Byrd proudly asked and proclaimed "Why do we need a library? I haven't read a book since high school."

(Another vivid memory was when Virginia Whetstone shook her finger at me and testified to the Commission that I was "the spawn of Satan"!)

Re: BOOKS

Posted: October 10th, 2017, 11:52 am
by scrutney
bier...i do libraries.
but i prefer to read books on my own schedule, and have the financial resources, if not the storage space, to do so.
and in a way, that's good for the library...as they get all my cast offs, for their twice yearly garage sale.

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Posted: October 10th, 2017, 1:52 pm
by scrutney
scrut wrote:
for their twice yearly garage sale.
which commences at the anastasia branch, friday morning.
i'll be taking a couple of hours off work..
and bringing bags. lots of bags.

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Posted: October 10th, 2017, 3:58 pm
by mike
bieramar wrote:
October 10th, 2017, 11:46 am
(Another vivid memory was when Virginia Whetstone shook her finger at me and testified to the Commission that I was "the spawn of Satan"!)
So, she got to know you, right? :twisted: