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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby SoupOrMan » Wed May 13, 2015 4:06 pm

Square Foot Gardening. I want to see if it lives up to the hyperbole found in the book itself.
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Postby Weetabix » Wed May 13, 2015 10:39 pm

SoupOrMan wrote:Square Foot Gardening. I want to see if it lives up to the hyperbole found in the book itself.

Keep us posted. I've always been attracted to that idea.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Darrell » Thu May 21, 2015 10:22 pm

Just started Terry Pratchett's first Discworld book, The Color Of Magic. I thought I'd see what all the fuss is about. I bought the first three volumes, actually.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby PawPaw » Thu May 21, 2015 10:44 pm

Two books came in today. No Second Place Winner by Bill Jordan and The Art of the Rifle, by Cooper.

I think I'll start with Jordan.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby First Shirt » Fri May 22, 2015 1:13 am

I'm jealous!! Loaned out No Second Place Winner, and never got it back. The Minions have The Art of the Rifle, but I'll get it back eventually.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby randy » Fri May 22, 2015 1:18 am

First Shirt wrote:The Minions have The Art of the Rifle, but I'll get it back eventually.


Yeah, you just keep telling yourself that.
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Postby Aegis » Sat May 23, 2015 6:47 am

Darrell wrote:Just started Terry Pratchett's first Discworld book, The Color Of Magic. I thought I'd see what all the fuss is about. I bought the first three volumes, actually.


Honestly, it's best to start with slightly later books, then go back to those. They really hit their stride around Pyramids or Guards Guards, and don't let up until Unseen Academicals 20+ years later.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Jered » Sat May 23, 2015 7:47 am

Arabs at War

So far, it's a history of Jordan, Syria, and Egypt's militaries getting their asses kicked by outgunned Jews, Kurds, the British, the French, Persians, and other Arabs with one instance of America thrown in. I'm sure there will be scrawny Africans in Toyotas at some point, too.

From what I've seen, all you have to do to beat an Arab Army is deviate from their plan. Yes, their military culture really is that fucked up. And yes, I mean their plan. This book is like a complete military history of France, only without the victories.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Netpackrat » Sat May 23, 2015 7:57 am

First Shirt wrote:Loaned out No Second Place Winner, and never got it back.


At least you can still get it. I loaned out Unintended Consequences and never got it back. Then found out it is out of print... Knowing the family of the guy I loaned it to, it probably got thrown away, or is still in a box someplace at their house.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby First Shirt » Sat May 23, 2015 6:54 pm

"A Rifleman Went to War" by Herbert McBride. A serious shooter's experience in WW I. Available on Kindle for $3.50 from Amazon
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Rich Jordan » Tue May 26, 2015 12:16 am

First Shirt wrote:"A Rifleman Went to War" by Herbert McBride. A serious shooter's experience in WW I. Available on Kindle for $3.50 from Amazon


That was an excellent book.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby dfwmtx » Tue May 26, 2015 9:47 pm

Robert Conroy, "1882: Custer in Chains". One of his two post-humous novels. Custer survives Little Big Horn, becomes president, later invades Cuba. I need to read up on the real Spanish-American War to do a compare & contrast.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Windy Wilson » Wed May 27, 2015 6:43 am

Sawdust Caesar by George Seldes, the socialist newspaper reporter. Copyrighted 1935, so it reports on Mussolini's early years without the severe editing of his deeds that occurred in the mid to late 30's. His Blackshirts were as violent as Hitler's Brownshirts, only Mussolini did not have to contend with brawling in the street with Communists.
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Postby Weetabix » Wed May 27, 2015 2:55 pm

I'm having more difficulty sticking with Post Captain than I expected. It has abrupt changes in location and action that I find confusing. Someone is in his room at at an inn thinking about something and in the next sentence, he's talking to someone as he enters a cabin in the ship.
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Postby Captain Wheelgun » Wed May 27, 2015 10:46 pm

Weetabix wrote:I'm having more difficulty sticking with Post Captain than I expected. It has abrupt changes in location and action that I find confusing. Someone is in his room at at an inn thinking about something and in the next sentence, he's talking to someone as he enters a cabin in the ship.

Yeah, that one was probably the slowest of the series. I usually skip it when I do my yearly(ish) re-read.
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Postby Weetabix » Thu May 28, 2015 7:36 pm

Captain Wheelgun wrote:
Weetabix wrote:I'm having more difficulty sticking with Post Captain than I expected. It has abrupt changes in location and action that I find confusing. Someone is in his room at at an inn thinking about something and in the next sentence, he's talking to someone as he enters a cabin in the ship.

Yeah, that one was probably the slowest of the series. I usually skip it when I do my yearly(ish) re-read.

That is actually very encouraging to hear. I bought the first six, and I was very much looking forward to them.
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Postby MiddleAgedKen » Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:10 am

I picked up The Gulag Archipelago for a buck in hardcover at my local liberry sale. It's fascinating reading, and harrowing.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Darrell » Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:44 am

I finished the first three Discworld books, they were okay. Silly, but okay. I'm presently reading Blindsight by Peter Watts, a hard sci fi novel about man's first contact with an alien race.
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Postby First Shirt » Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:57 pm

Natural Born Heroes by Chris McDougall. How a bunch of amateur soldiers and Cretan Resistance fighters on Crete kidnapped and smuggled out a German general.
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Postby MiddleAgedKen » Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:46 pm

Darrell wrote:I finished the first three Discworld books, they were okay. Silly, but okay. I'm presently reading Blindsight by Peter Watts, a hard sci fi novel about man's first contact with an alien race.


Blindsight was good. Watts has some interesting ideas. (Edit to add): I'm inclined to disagree with several of his ideas, but they are interesting nevertheless.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby John_in_Longview » Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:01 pm

Being a computer programmer, I figured it was past time for me to read Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy: Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive, plus the short stories "Johnny Mnemonic," "New Rose Hotel," and "Burning Chrome". I enjoyed them, but I am not sure if how I believe the last book ended is correct.....

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Kommander » Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:27 am

Which book John_in_Longview? Mona Lisa Overdrive?

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Cobar » Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:08 am

I've been going through the Destroyermen books.

On book 6, I think, now. I am enjoying them, the guy seems to think things through.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby John_in_Longview » Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:42 am

Kommander wrote:Which book John_in_Longview? Mona Lisa Overdrive?


Yes, that's the one.

Spoiler! :
It is my understanding that Bobby's (Count Zero) and Angela's memory constructs are in the Aleph (along with Colin and Finn), which contains a full copy of cyberspace. However, the Aleph is taken my Molly into the desert with the solar batteries rigged up by Slick, who says the batteries will last several months to a year. At some point the batteries will fail and the Aleph will lose power and all those in the Aleph will cease to be. I don't remember anything stating the Aleph was connected to the rest of the Matrix, so their "deaths" in the Aleph will be permanent?

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Dinochrome One » Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:36 pm

Cobar wrote:I've been going through the Destroyermen books.

On book 6, I think, now. I am enjoying them, the guy seems to think things through.


I'm reading those too. The first one was bought through the Science Fiction Book Club, but I found the rest of them in our favorite bookstore in Rolla; Eclipse. I'm reading Maelstrom right now. It's too bad that Walker and Mahan weren't FRAM-type destroyers with six 5-inch/fifties, some twin-40mm mounts, ASROC, and modern torpedo-tubes. Not to mention surface and air-search radars, sonar, and high-powered HF transmitters.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Jered » Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:39 pm

Dinochrome One wrote:
Cobar wrote:I've been going through the Destroyermen books.

On book 6, I think, now. I am enjoying them, the guy seems to think things through.


I'm reading those too. The first one was bought through the Science Fiction Book Club, but I found the rest of them in our favorite bookstore in Rolla; Eclipse. I'm reading Maelstrom right now. It's too bad that Walker and Mahan weren't FRAM-type destroyers with six 5-inch/fifties, some twin-40mm mounts, ASROC, and modern torpedo-tubes. Not to mention surface and air-search radars, sonar, and high-powered HF transmitters.


While I recovered from surgery, I read all of those books.

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Postby Flintlock Tom » Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:50 pm

I'm currently reading through some of E.R. Burroughs books.
I do most of my reading on my Kindle. Is there some reason, beyond profit, that an e-book should cost 10 or 12 dollars?
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Flintlock Tom wrote:I'm currently reading through some of E.R. Burroughs books.
I do most of my reading on my Kindle. Is there some reason, beyond profit greed, that an e-book should cost 10 or 12 dollars?
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FIFY. I'm as big an advocate for the capitalist system as anyone, and certainly think authors and other artists should be fairly compensated, but when an electronic version of a book or music, especially back-list titles, cost as much as the physical item, I think they've moved beyond fair profit to price gouging, and provides a large incentive to indulge in digital piracy.

One of the reasons (mostly because I like their authors) a lot of my reading is from Baen. I feel their prices are fair (or at least in the realm of what I am willing to pay in a fair exchange), and they don't keep their back-list titles pumped up. Of course their free library is pure evil (the first taste is free...), but it is an evil I can appreciate even as I fall victim to it. ;)

I would be willing to buy a lot of my physical library content again as e-books, but not at prices equal to or even higher to what I paid for the book in the first place.
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Postby HTRN » Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:30 am

A poster over at GD recently commented on this - long story short, alot of real world publishers, who are dipping their toes into digital publishing, are basically clueless. Add in Amazons somewhat complicated pricing structure for Kindle books(you get charged per megabyte for delivery for some options), and you can see how it happens. This was in a thread by a popular author in GDs new book, which the kindle version was only a coupla bucks cheaper than the hardcover..
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Kommander » Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:11 am

John_in_Longview wrote:
Kommander wrote:Which book John_in_Longview? Mona Lisa Overdrive?


Yes, that's the one.

Spoiler! :
It is my understanding that Bobby's (Count Zero) and Angela's memory constructs are in the Aleph (along with Colin and Finn), which contains a full copy of cyberspace. However, the Aleph is taken my Molly into the desert with the solar batteries rigged up by Slick, who says the batteries will last several months to a year. At some point the batteries will fail and the Aleph will lose power and all those in the Aleph will cease to be. I don't remember anything stating the Aleph was connected to the rest of the Matrix, so their "deaths" in the Aleph will be permanent?


Spoiler! :
Gibson may have failed to mention specifically that it was hooked up, but the are most definitly leaving, leaving the Aleph, leaving cyberspace, and in fact leaving earth.


Gibson was not a computer person. Do not read into his technical explanations too far as he pretty much just made them up as he went. If you want cyberpunk done by someone who knows computers give Snow Crash by Stephenson a read. The world he creates is so believable that it might just come true. When your done with that you can go play the original Deus Ex if you have not already. If nothing else these works of fiction should make it clear that the government has been using dystopic science fiction as a how to manual for shaping the future. :D

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Cobar » Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:03 pm

Dinochrome One wrote:I'm reading Maelstrom right now. It's too bad that Walker and Mahan weren't FRAM-type destroyers with six 5-inch/fifties, some twin-40mm mounts, ASROC, and modern torpedo-tubes. Not to mention surface and air-search radars, sonar, and high-powered HF transmitters.


I'm in the middle of Firestorm now. Too advanced would have taken some of the fun out of it I think. She is advanced compared to what she is dealing with but not too far. Her crew is a lot closer to the sailing ships than she is to a modern ship leaving them better to deal with the old ways.

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Postby Weetabix » Sun Jul 05, 2015 10:10 pm

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Flintlock Tom wrote:I'm currently reading through some of E.R. Burroughs books.
I do most of my reading on my Kindle. Is there some reason, beyond profit greed, that an e-book should cost 10 or 12 dollars?
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FIFY. I'm as big an advocate for the capitalist system as anyone, and certainly think authors and other artists should be fairly compensated, but when an electronic version of a book or music, especially back-list titles, cost as much as the physical item, I think they've moved beyond fair profit to price gouging, and provides a large incentive to indulge in digital piracy.

That's why I loves me some Project Gutenberg and abebooks.com. :geek:
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Postby evan price » Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:41 am

Spell Blind by David Coe.
A reviewer on Amazon called it "Dime-Store Dresden Files".
I'll read the second one but hope it improves.

O'Brian's The Mauritius Command, Book 4 of the Aubrey/Maturin series. Pretty good, with lots of action. Unfortunately it's the last one that my library system has in the chain and I'll be forced to import the next few to jump the gaps from another library system and that takes a lot of time to order in. Clonfort as a character surprised me.

Also Book 5 of The Expanse series by James SA Corey is out and I'm reading it. Just started last night. It's like putting on a comfy pair of boots.
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Postby Weetabix » Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:55 pm

evan price wrote:O'Brian's The Mauritius Command, Book 4 of the Aubrey/Maturin series. Pretty good, with lots of action. Unfortunately it's the last one that my library system has in the chain and I'll be forced to import the next few to jump the gaps from another library system and that takes a lot of time to order in. Clonfort as a character surprised me.

I just finished that one recently. It's cool that it was based on an actual naval campaign with actual ship names and sizes.
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Postby dfwmtx » Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:56 pm

Alternating between "I,Claudius", "Noble House", "The Pillow Boy of the Lady Onogoro", "The Field Manual For Super Villians", and "Save the Cat!"
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Postby Aesop » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:09 pm

The Blaster's Handbook.
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Postby SoupOrMan » Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:35 pm

Kommander wrote: If nothing else these works of fiction should make it clear that the government has been using dystopic science fiction as a how to manual for shaping the future. :D


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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Netpackrat » Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:28 am

Netpackrat wrote:Six Frigates


I finished this tonight, and truly enjoyed it. At times I almost forgot I was reading a work of non-fiction, in that much of it reads like a thriller. An amazing story.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby SoupOrMan » Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:49 pm

Weetabix wrote:
SoupOrMan wrote:Square Foot Gardening. I want to see if it lives up to the hyperbole found in the book itself.

Keep us posted. I've always been attracted to that idea.


I haven't had a chance to work on this, what with part of my neighbor's tree falling into my yard and damaging my siding and fence. It looks mostly like you do all the scutwork up front in preparing the boxes and soil mix. Then by placing the plants in each grid section in a square formation (1, 2, 4, 9, or 16 depending on the ultimate plant size), you reduce the need to thin out your plants.

It looks like it's designed to reduce labor while maximizing growth chances. Won't know for a while, though.
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Postby Darrell » Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:20 pm

Finished Watt's Blindsight, now reading the second novel Echopraxia. It's a continuation of the Blindsight storyline, in the future after Man's first encounter with alien life. Vampires are involved.
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Postby Netpackrat » Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:47 pm

Started Kratman's most recent book in the Carrera series.
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Postby Jericho941 » Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:00 am

"Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards.

Finally got sick of having all these picture ideas and no drawing ability, trying to do something about it.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Rich Jordan » Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:51 am

Rereading Weber's "Mutineer's Moon" series. After that, Honsinger's "Brothers in Valor" and Kloos' "Angles of Attack" just reappeared from a pile of amazon boxes.

But we did some cleanup in the book loft last weekend... and my stack of Laumers (mostly Retief and Bolos but I like nearly all of his books) also reappeared, and lo, they do call to me...

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Jered » Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:54 am

I ordered a bunch of the Harry Paget Flashman books.

Right now, I'm reading One Continuous Fight which is about Lee's Retreat from Gettysburg.
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Postby evan price » Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:35 am

Blindsight. Peter Watts can write science fiction as hard as crystal, like Charles Stross.

And now back to O'Brian, I finished Desolation Island and its time to move to the next one.
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Postby Darrell » Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:24 pm

evan price wrote:Blindsight. Peter Watts can write science fiction as hard as crystal, like Charles Stross.

And now back to O'Brian, I finished Desolation Island and its time to move to the next one.

I just finished Blindsight and Echopraxia. I thought Watt was a bit hard to follow at times, moreso in Blindsight. Odd writing style.

I'm now reading the Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, by Mike Cox. Good so far.
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Postby Netpackrat » Fri Aug 07, 2015 1:12 am

Started this one on our recent trip. Haven't gotten very far into it yet because kids:

Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization
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Postby Cobar » Fri Aug 07, 2015 1:24 am

listening to pandora's star... having a hard time following it in audio. It would probably be better in print, but I just don't seem to have time anymore.

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Postby Greg » Fri Aug 07, 2015 1:35 am

Rich Jordan wrote:Rereading Weber's "Mutineer's Moon" series. After that, Honsinger's "Brothers in Valor" and Kloos' "Angles of Attack" just reappeared from a pile of amazon boxes.

But we did some cleanup in the book loft last weekend... and my stack of Laumers (mostly Retief and Bolos but I like nearly all of his books) also reappeared, and lo, they do call to me...


Pretty much anything he wrote before he had the stroke is outstanding. He's one of my favorite authors, still. Shame all my books are in boxes right now.... I feel an urge to do some rereading:

Knight of Delusions
The Long Twilight
Galactic Odyssey
Once There Was A Giant
Dinosaur Beach
Plague of Demons
The Great Time Machine Hoax

to name a few good ones. :)
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Postby dfwmtx » Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:11 pm

Finished "Noble House" last night. Picked up the new Harry Turtledove, "Bombs Away". Instead of saying "no way! Are you fucking insane?" to MacArthur's request to use nukes against the combined Nork/Chinese forces in Korea, Truman agrees. Nuclear hell breaks loose from there.
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Postby evan price » Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:34 am

Just got back from two weeks' vacation in the northern woods off Sault St Marie with a sack of books...the latest Larry Corriea Monster Hunter book didn't make it to me before I left so it wasn't read. Several books at the bottom of the bag got neglected, a couple David Coe "Blood of the Southlands" books and a Peter Watts sequel to "Blindsight" weren't read.

That said:

Finished a few more of Patrick O'brian's Aubrey-Maturin books.

Finished all four of John Ringo's "Black Tide Rising" series about the zombie apocalypse. It got worse, not better and I agree with Ringo, the 4th book wasn't needed.

Read the first Destroyermen book "Into the Storm". I know I picked up #2 & #3 but must have left them at home. Wanted to read more of them. Very much "Lost Regiment" or "Final Countdown". Will be following up on this series.

Read John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" and started the second one. Not bad.

Read two old Calvin & Hobbes trade paperback compilations. That was such a great strip.
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Postby SoupOrMan » Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:44 pm

Finished The Twelve Caesars and The Agricola and The Germania. Again. Back on The Jugurthine War and The Conspiracy of Catiline. Again. I'll probably reread Livy again after that.
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Postby Frosch » Wed Aug 12, 2015 4:05 am

War! What is it good for? -- ian morris
Sniper on the eastern front -- albrecht wacker
The beggar king (hangman's daughter) -- oliver poetsch
greek fire and its contribution to byzantine might -- konstantinos karatolios
partners in crime: five bestselling crime thrillers -- rebecca forster, et al
winter territory (a jack reacher) -- scott blade
december 6: a novel -- martin cruz smith
the grey man: payback -- j l curtis
aphrodesia -- ohn oehler
the archers: historical fiction... -- martin archer
nanostrike -- pete barber
in the dark of the moon -- christopher kenworthy
armageddon -- leon uris
smaller, faster lighter, denser, cheaper -- robert bryce
night in shanghai -- Nicole Mones

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Postby dfwmtx » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:02 pm

"The Prankster and the Conspiracy: the Story of Kerry Thornley and How He Met Oswald and Inspired the Counterculture", Adam Gorightly (pseudonym for the "late" Hunter S. Thompson, who is currently hiding out in Bad Ass, TX trying to remake his own life in the wake of his fame.)

Which causes me to refer back to "Principia Discordia" during my reading. Oddly enough, it was written by Richard Nixon as a counter to the various programs and operations the KGB was running in the American counter-culture in an attempt to de-stabilize America. The attributed authors, "Malcalypse the Younger" and Omar Kayyam Ravenhurst", are actually Nixon's editors and proof-readers, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Apparently Bush got the "Ravenhurst" pseudonym after reading reports from military intelligence detailing the original Ravenhurst prank at Atsugi airbase. Ronald came up with the "Malcalypse" moniker as a pointed joke against J. Edgar Hoover's taste in men.
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Postby Weetabix » Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:10 pm

Kipling's Stalky & Co. I love that book, but it makes me get less sleep.
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Postby dfwmtx » Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:24 pm

Add to my previous crazy one, John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" since Aesop said it should be a manual and not a socialist tear-jerker, and since I've never read it I'm trying to figure out what he meant, ergo I have to read it.

And "Breaking Bad and Philosophy".
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Postby HTRN » Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:03 pm

Started reading Charcuterie.Bad, baaaaaad idea. I can feel my arteries hardening page by page :mrgreen:
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Postby Langenator » Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:43 pm

Peter Nealen's "American Praetorians" series of novels.

Great gunplay, and one of the characters is, in physical description at least, based on Larry Correia.
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Postby Darrell » Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:49 pm

I put down Texas Rangers, rather boring and repetitive. Started reading Pratchett again. Read Mort (Death is a hoot), Wyrd Sisters (Granny Weatherwax is a hoot), presently on Sourcery.
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Been working my way through 3 different books on pruning, from the library. Interesting subject, wish the desperate crash course weren't so imperative.
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Postby toad » Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:54 am

Just finished Bernard Cornwell's "Waterloo; Four days, Three Armies, and Three Battles."
A lot of what goes on reminds of what is going on today. Mainly putting people in charge of things because of their connections and relations instead of their abilities.
Also when you talk of the "fog of war" Waterloo had it; smoke, rain, noise, language problems, and it was evident that even with watches hardly anybody had synchronized time.

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Postby Netpackrat » Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:44 am

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Postby toad » Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:21 am

It has been a while so I decided to re-read MHI. It was free so that was nice. In a way the book was predictive with out annoying hobby horses some books are from the right. Just got a laugh from the line, "How many firearm regulations does this gun violate?, Milo starts counting on his fingers and then says, "All of them."

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Postby First Shirt » Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:43 am

One of my co-workers has offered the opinion that, should MHI become a movie, I should be Milo.

I've pointed out that I don't have a beard, red hair, or a shaved head. He refuses to change his mind.

(Several of us have MHI stickers on our vehicles, though.)
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Postby evan price » Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:15 am

MHI Nemesis, just finished as a palate cleanser between Destroyermen and Aubrey/Maturin books.
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Postby First Shirt » Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:57 am

The MHI crowd can be divided into two groups. The ones who think Agent Franks is da bomb, and the ones who think he should be staked with a thermite grenade on his chest.

Larry is pretty amazing, having one character who can provoke such emotions.
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Postby Darrell » Fri Oct 02, 2015 3:26 am

Still delving into Pratchett's Discworld series, just started Guards! Guards!
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Postby Jered » Fri Oct 02, 2015 4:04 am

First Shirt wrote: think he should be staked with a thermite grenade on his chest.


That would just piss him off.

After Nemesis or maybe as a result of Nemesis, I found him a more sympathetic character.
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Postby toad » Fri Oct 02, 2015 5:09 am

The "Abomination" shotgun in MHI started out as a Saiga shotgun before Milo tweeked it into a full auto with side folding bayonet, grenade launcher, and holographic sight.
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Postby Netpackrat » Fri Oct 02, 2015 5:32 am

toad wrote:The "Abomination" shotgun in MHI started out as a Saiga shotgun before Milo tweeked it into a full auto with side folding bayonet, grenade launcher, and holographic sight.
Made me think of Netpackrat for some reason.


Yeah, but I'm way too much of a wuss to lug all of that stuff around. I even cut 5" off the barrel of my Saiga shotgun to save weight. :lol:
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Postby Weetabix » Fri Oct 02, 2015 6:19 pm

I guess it's about time I try some of those MHI books you guys keep referring to.
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Postby dfwmtx » Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:45 pm

Jered wrote:
First Shirt wrote: think he should be staked with a thermite grenade on his chest.


That would just piss him off.

After Nemesis or maybe as a result of Nemesis, I found him a more sympathetic character.


+1. I think the mark of a great writer is to be able to take antagonists and unsympathetic characters and turn them into characters we can relate to. As much as I like John Ringo's stuff, when Kratman humanized the Posleen in a couple of novels, that gave him high marks as a writer for me.

After reading MHI: Nemesis, I think the only way you can kill Franks is to throw him into a volcano or have him sit atop a nuke before it detonates.

Reading MHI makes me want guns I can't buy. And to buy silver bullets.
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Postby Jericho941 » Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:05 pm

On a similar note, I picked up Occult Assassin: Damnation Code, which is currently free for Kindle on Amazon. It's... I mean, just look at this cheesy description:

After a decade spent fighting the enemy abroad and keeping his country safe, Delta Force Operator Mark Talon is ready to settle down with the love of his life. But Talon's world crumbles when his fiancée becomes the victim of a murderous cult. The military man now has a new foe in his crosshairs, and this promises to be a very different war.

The person responsible for his beloved's death is a Silicon Valley tycoon allied with the forces of darkness. Fusing cutting-edge computer technology with an ancient evil, the enemy here cannot be stopped by bullets alone. If Talon is to be victorious in his mission of vengeance, he will need to master a new method of warfare -- the arcane arts! He must become... the Occult Assassin.


DELTA FORCE OPERATOR MARK TALON

Well, the price was right so I read it. And yeah, it's pretty corny, but it was also pretty fun. Worth a look, I think.

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Postby toad » Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:19 am

Goodness knows that I have low brow taste, and reading a classic book now causes me nose bleeds, but when I read the Blurb for "Occult Assasin" I figured I didn't have enough crackers to soak up the cheese.
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David Coe's "Spell Blind".
Instant first impression on seeing it was, "oh, somebody wants to cash in on The Dresden Files."...saw it was Baen and figured maybe worth a read.
Ugh. Main character is "Justis Fearsson" for crying out loud.
Yes, ripoff of Dresden Files. But poorly written, poorly charactered, just masses of fail with a goofy magic system.
Finding out Coe is a SJW, Puppy-hater, Scalzi-lover, AGW-true-believer wasn't a surprise.
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evan price wrote:David Coe's "Spell Blind".
Instant first impression on seeing it was, "oh, somebody wants to cash in on The Dresden Files."...saw it was Baen and figured maybe worth a read.
Ugh. Main character is "Justis Fearsson" for crying out loud.
Yes, ripoff of Dresden Files. But poorly written, poorly charactered, just masses of fail with a goofy magic system.
Finding out Coe is a SJW, Puppy-hater, Scalzi-lover, AGW-true-believer wasn't a surprise.

Poorly written, poorly charactered, from BAEN??? That doesn't happen very often. :(
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Postby dfwmtx » Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:59 pm

Try "Seal Team 666" and tell me what you think.
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Postby MiddleAgedKen » Tue Oct 06, 2015 2:18 am

Just finished Struggle for the Middle Sea, by Vincent O'Hara. Excellent book on the Mediterranean naval war in WWII. Having a second go at Thucydides now.
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Weetabix wrote:I guess it's about time I try some of those MHI books you guys keep referring to.


We will flog you with a wet noodle if you do not.

If you have a Kindle [<---Click me to see] or something that can read Kindle format books, MHI is free.
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I ordered the first three used in dead tree format. They'll be here shortly.
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Thanks for the tip, Jered.
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evan price wrote:
Finished all four of John Ringo's "Black Tide Rising" series about the zombie apocalypse. It got worse, not better and I agree with Ringo, the 4th book wasn't needed.

Oh, I don't know, the fourth book had lots of stuff that sorta tied up the loose ends from the first three books.

But, as the Darlin' Daughter says, if they ever cure ADHD, Ringo will be out of work, since he delights in flinging stuff here and there to see what sticks. And doing it on a coffee-and-Red-Bull fueled binge.
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Postby Steamforger » Thu Oct 08, 2015 3:03 am

Currently? An Accident Prevention Plan and an Environmental Protection Plan. I did recently gift a new copy each of Starship Troopers and Freehold to a friend who hadn't read either. I suspect he'll end up working through the Williamson/Ringo/Correia catalog sooner rather than later.

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MiddleAgedKen wrote:Thanks for the tip, Jered.


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Lately, the compiled incident reports of the CSB.

The allyl alcohol release at MFG Chemical in Dalton Georgia was just a great big WTF to chemists everywhere.

The NDK Crystal explosion in Illinois was particularly interesting because it shows how not to operate a pressure vessel at 20K psi and 800 degrees in a corrosive environment.
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Postby Weetabix » Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:25 pm

It's a sad thing when you order the first three MHI books, and the second and third arrive before the first.

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If you've got a Kindle-compatible device, Amazon had the first one up for free recently. I guess, as Larry says, they follow the business model of crack dealers, i.e., your first score is free.
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First Shirt wrote:If you've got a Kindle-compatible device, Amazon had the first one up for free recently. I guess, as Larry says, they follow the business model of crack dealers, i.e., your first score is free.


I just linked to it.

You can also get a Kindle program for your computer.
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The first MHI arrived in the mail last night. So, I'm reading it.
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Postby Weetabix » Sat Oct 10, 2015 11:22 pm

Damn. It's good, too.
Note to self: start reading sig lines. They're actually quite amusing. :D

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby First Shirt » Sun Oct 11, 2015 1:07 am

Larry doesn't do fine literature, but he's a firm believer in keeping his readers entertained. He figures that as long as he has a fist fight, a gun battle, or something blowing up every 40 pages or so, you'll stay with it. And he leaves it enough of a cliffhanger at the end that you'll buy the next one.

It's worked pretty well, so far.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Netpackrat » Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:36 am

Keep in mind while reading it, that's only his first effort.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby TheArmsman » Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:18 pm

Netpackrat wrote:Keep in mind while reading it, that's only his first effort.



And it only gets better from there.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Darrell » Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:33 pm

One of the great first lines in American literature:

On one otherwise ordinary Tuesday evening I had the chance to live the American dream. I was able to throw my incompetent jackass of a boss from a fourteeth story window


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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Captain Wheelgun » Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:15 pm

Darrell wrote:One of the great first lines in American literature:

On one otherwise ordinary Tuesday evening I had the chance to live the American dream. I was able to throw my incompetent jackass of a boss from a fourteeth story window


:lol:

And thus we neatly tie in the 'Ever had one of those bosses' thread. :lol: :twisted:

Oh, and I'm currently re-reading 'Cauldron of Ghosts' by Weber and Flint.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby JAG2955 » Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:37 pm

"Packing for Mars", by Mary Roach, after I heard her on the Alton Browncast.

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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Weetabix » Mon Oct 12, 2015 3:46 pm

Netpackrat wrote:Keep in mind while reading it, that's only his first effort.

I'm going to have to make sure I don't get a new one any more frequently than once a month or so. I can't stand the lost productivity otherwise.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby Captain Wheelgun » Sun Oct 18, 2015 3:53 am

Just started 'Son of the Black Sword' by Larry Correia. It's way different from his previous stuff, but it's been interesting so far.
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Re: Whatcha reading redux.

Postby toad » Sun Oct 18, 2015 5:18 am

For honorable mention: "ARGH!, ARGH!, HOLD THE PIG! HOLD THE PIG!, ARGH!"


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