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Old April 2nd, 2012, 05:28 AM
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 09:20 PM
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Currently I'm reading "HawaiiThreads.com."
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Old April 3rd, 2012, 03:32 AM
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That, my Friend , is a very honest response.
If I could beam over there with a ship full of champagne and whatever
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Old April 3rd, 2012, 04:00 AM
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I'm reading some free Scottish Highlands romance I downloaded on my Kindle.

and I feel absolutely no shame.
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Old April 4th, 2012, 04:02 AM
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An interesting book popped up recently called "Mary's Mosaic".
It's a look at some aspects of the era of Camelot.
Author Peter Janney was reared in troubled times.
An earlier look at the same topic was published by Nina Burleigh but
that seemed to be a "limited hangout".
Well worth perusing.
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Old April 4th, 2012, 07:46 PM
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That, my Friend , is a very honest response.
If I could beam over there with a ship full of champagne and whatever
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New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, from the Marlborough region would be nice.

Thanks! Other times I mostly read Science Fiction; mostly short stories, but occasionally novels. I like my perceptions challenged.
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Old April 8th, 2012, 09:41 PM
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After finishing Catching Fire and Mockingjay, completing Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games trilogy, I needed a change of pace.

So I’m now into The City and the City by China Miéville, an award-winning British sci-fi/fantasy writer. The City & the City won the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award and the 2010 Hugo Award, among others. The novel starts out as an ordinary murder mystery, a police procedural if you will, but then slowly (and I mean slowly) turns into something more menacing. I’m having a bit of a hard time getting into it, but it’s now beginning to get interesting.
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Just started "Escape From Camp 14"

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The shocking story of one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survived.

North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin's Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped. But Shin Donghyuk did.

In Escape from Camp 14, acclaimed journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk and through the lens of Shin's life unlocks the secrets of the world's most repressive totalitarian state. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence-he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his own family. Through Harden's harrowing narrative of Shin's life and remarkable escape, he offers an unequaled inside account of one of the world's darkest nations and a riveting tale of endurance, courage, and survival.
So far, just riveting. Really, really thought provoking, and humbling.
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Old April 9th, 2012, 05:11 AM
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The north korean state is a gangster state.
It's a mansion full of many rooms.
If the Chinese powers that be don't control this kind
of stuff , it will sooner or later bite them painfully.
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Old April 30th, 2012, 11:32 PM
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Currently reading The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura, translated from the Japanese by Satoko Izumo and Stephen Coates. I seem to be drawn to Japanese mystery novels. I don’t know why. Maybe it's because they seem more pyschological, more Dostoevskian. This one is viewed through the eyes of a Tokyo pickpocket. Lots of information on the art and history of pickpocketing. Fascinating.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 03:07 AM
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Fascinating indeed.
A peek into the "Floating World".
I'm just starting a book called
"The Harvard Psychedelic Club" authored by Don Lattin.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 11:03 AM
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Just finished Whale Rider, which was charming and atmospheric. Gonna see if my high school students like it--I have a bunch of Tongans and Samoans, so I figure they might enjoy the Polynesian nod.
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Old May 7th, 2012, 03:52 AM
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James A. Michener has a lot to say about local cultural differences in his book
"Tales of the South Pacific"
The Polynesian language is the most widely dispersed in the largest and most
recently occupied region on Earth.
The ability to make ceramics is a clue to cultural origins.
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Old May 11th, 2012, 08:17 PM
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"Re-reading" is a theme for me this year, as I am alternating between books I read and enjoyed in the past, and new ones. I just finished re-reading Rupert Holmes's second mystery novel, "Swing," which is set on Treasure Island (built for the Golden Gate International Exposition, held in 1939-1940 in SF Bay), and interweaves the coming war with Germany & Japan, the afore-mentioned exposition, secret codes and big-band music (including selections on a CD written to accompany the story). (Info on Treasure Island here.)

Not sure what will be next - there are about eight books on the "pick me next!" pile, the only potential re-read being the complete "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series - but a likely contender is the new-to-paperback "In The Garden Of Beasts" by Eric Larson stay tuned...
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"Light Speed, Year One"
Anthology of short scifi stories edited by John Joseph Adams.
Quite interesting!
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Old May 14th, 2012, 12:21 PM
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Not sure what will be next - there are about eight books on the "pick me next!" pile, ... - but a likely contender is the new-to-paperback "In The Garden Of Beasts" by Eric Larson.
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Old May 18th, 2012, 08:46 PM
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Next up, "Alphabet Juice" by Roy Blount, Jr.
Next up, the sequel, "Alphabetter Juice." Really.

I need something light after the captivating visit to 1933/34 Germany in the Larson book (which I highly recommend to anyone interested in the era of and around World War II).
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Old May 19th, 2012, 02:36 AM
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As far as I know, William L. Shirer wrote few fictional works.

Couple of years ago ,at goodwiil, I found a paperback called "The Traitor".


Shirers perspective on a nation sliding into fascism is almost unique.
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Old May 30th, 2012, 02:57 AM
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Re-reading "America in Search of Itself..The making of the President 1956-1980"
by Theodore H. White.
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The Picture of Dorian Gray
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Old May 30th, 2012, 07:50 PM
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Done and finish Lost Moon by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger. It's a great story on the flight of Apollo 13, a lunar mission that nearly turned into a disaster back in April of 1970.

http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Moon-Peri.../dp/0395670292
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Done and finish Lost Moon by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger. It's a great story on the flight of Apollo 13, a lunar mission that nearly turned into a disaster back in April of 1970.
A favorite of mine, and the Apollo 13 film (with Tom Hanks) was based upon that book. For a great history of the lunar program in general, might I recommend "A Man On The Moon" by Andrew Chaikin. http://www.amazon.com/Man-Moon-Voyag...reader_auth_dp
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I am currently reading Number 9 Dream by David Mitchell, a highly regarded young British writer who lived for quite a while in Japan. Many of his stories take place in Japan, as well as other areas in Asia and the Pacific, including Hawai‘i. This novel focuses on a young man from rural Japan who comes to Tokyo for the first time. He is searching for the father he has never met. Of course, this is not a straight forward search. Not by a long shot.

I really like the way Mitchell structures his novels and his use of language. If you like fiction that challenges you, give him a try. His best novel (IMHO) is Cloud Atlas.
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The Best of Philip Jose Farmer.
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"The Audacity of Hope"
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