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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    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 - stay tuned...
    Next in the picks. Pzarquon will be pleased.

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    Just finished the two-part techno-thriller series by Daniel Suarez (Daemon and Freedom). Very interesting read considering how "plugged in" the entire world is.

    Also would recommend to anyone that was of school age and a gamer in the 80's Ready Player One by Erine Cline. Definitely a fun read!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opihimonster View Post
    Just finished the two-part techno-thriller series by Daniel Suarez (Daemon and Freedom). Very interesting read considering how "plugged in" the entire world is.
    I looked him up on Amazon. Sounds intriguing. I'll have to put him on my list. As for my readings:

    I recently finished An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter, and currently am reading Varamo. Both by César Aira, translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews. Aira is an Argentinean writer, well-respected internationally, but not very well known in the U.S. He’s prolific (over 80 books; about two per year), but has only recently begun to be translated into English.

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    Just started on The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst, who is known for his series of historical spy novels. This is one of them.

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    The Furst book is top grade.
    Thankyou Hon for bringing this book to attention.


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    I found a copy of "Remembering America" recently, penned by Richard N. Goodwin.

    The subtitle is "A Voice from the sixties"
    The author was one of the few key inner circle Kennedy advisors
    that were transitioned into the Lyndon Baines Johnson administration.

    His thoughts are worth reading.
    After Kennedy left office, many things changed within the Heart and Soul of America..

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    Kennedy didn't "leave office" - he was assassinated. There is a big difference!
    "Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be."
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    Just about to start "The Fry Chronicles" - autobiography by UK humorist Stephen Fry.

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    Started to read Ham Radio for Dummies book.

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    I recently finished Frances Kakugawa's Kapoho, a bunch of short pieces about the little village she grew up in on the Big Island, before the lava swallowed it up. Nice pieces of history and reflection on humanity! I really enjoy her friendly but spare style.

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    Kapoho was a unique event in that a major vent erupted right next to the sea.

    The National Geographic pictures from that time show vast lava fountains and
    huge amounts of steam.

    The remaining cone has a little lake within.

    I photographed some cultural heritage sites in that region and left the area
    with some instilled meaning.

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    Another interesting book emerged from a local second hand bookshop.
    "Roosevelt's Secret War'
    FDR and World War two espionage."
    The early connections between industrial bankers and the rise of the nazi state are well
    documented.
    The author is Joseph Persico ,who has a marvelous insight into these
    matters.
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    Another cool book surfaced at goodwill.
    "The Master Spy"
    The story of Kim Philby.
    Phillip Knightley ,the author, was the last journalist to speak with Philby before his demise.

    An interesting video leading into this world is "Tinker Tailor ,Soldier Spy".
    The original BBC series is much preferable to the later film.

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    Currently reading Coin Locker Babies by Ryu Murakami (no relation to Haruki), translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder. This is a re-read for me. Murakami is somewhat of the “bad boy” of Japanese literature. He’s not for everyone, but he is provocative. (Maybe that’s why he’s not for everyone.)

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    THHGTTG "trilogy" is my favorite!

    I'm currently reading "Deadwood" by Pete Dexter, and although I like it, its taking me awhile to get into it. I just finished "The Help" on Wednesday, which was so good I practically ate it up in just one day!
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    Just finished,'Survival of the Sickest'. Moving on to,'The Way Things Are'.
    May I always be found beneath your contempt.

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    "Breach of Faith"

    The fall of Richard Nixon.
    Written by Theodore H.White , this volume has much to offer.

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    "The Great Influenza" by John M. Barry, about the 1918 influenza pandemic.

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    A very educational read.
    One of the most productive upgrades to public health in the USA was the installation
    of an underground sewer system in New York ,NY.

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    Next up:

    "Leningrad" by Anna Reid, the first major book about this WWII blockade since Harrison Salisbury's "The 900 Days" came out in 1969. Reid uses Russian archive materials that were unavailable before the years of glasnost.

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    ^

    Absolutely fascinating. The conditions during that event are hard to comprehend
    from our relatively comfortable existence.

    The intense cold, lack of basic supplies and the limited daylight hours were a true living nightmare.
    On my own reading stack at the moment are two books.

    'Times to Remember" a memoir by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (Doubleday)

    and

    'Personal History' by Katherine Graham (Random House)

    Kate Graham assumed the helm of the Washington Post after a very stormy marriage

    and succeeded in a very challenging learning curve.

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    Interesting old book popped up at goodwill called

    'The Sign and the Seal' by Graham Hancock.

    "The fate of the lost Ark of the Covenant is one of the great historical mysteries.

    The mention of the Ark disappears in the Old Testament quite suddenly'.

    Where did it go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lensperson View Post
    Interesting old book popped up at goodwill called

    'The Sign and the Seal' by Graham Hancock.

    "The fate of the lost Ark of the Covenant is one of the great historical mysteries.

    The mention of the Ark disappears in the Old Testament quite suddenly'.

    Where did it go?
    Where in the OT is it last mentioned?
    There was a time when the Temple was destroyed; it might have been plundered at that time.

    Sounds interesting!

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    Oh Chu. If only you could have seen what I've seen, with your eyes.

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    1 Chronicles 28:2 is a good starting point.
    The evidence suggests that is was already long gone when the armies of
    Nebuchadnezzar burned Jerusalem in 587 bc.

    It was not in the second temple which was built over the remains of the
    first after the return from exile in 538 bc.

    A close reading of the old testament reveals more than two hundred seperate
    references to the Ark of the Covenant
    up until the time of Solomon (970-931 bc)

    After the reign of that king it is never mentioned again.

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    Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. This is a re-read for me, to refresh myself for the movie, which opens on October 26. I have it circled on my calendar.

    As for the novel itself, this is easily one of the best novels I’ve read in quite a while. I might even go so far as to say this is probably one of the best novels of the early 21st century. When I first read it, I had a difficult time getting into it, probably because the first story was my least favorite. But when I got to the other stories and realized what the author was trying to doing, the narrative picked up and I had a hard time putting it down. This is a novel that definitely challenges you. The sixth story, the Hawai‘i section, is the apex of the novel, but is the most difficult to get through because of the language. Mitchell imagines how language evolves after centuries, perhaps millenniums, have gone by. The language is reminiscent of Russell Hoban’s classic Riddley Walker, which Mitchell acknowledges as being influential in his writing (particularly this section of Cloud Atlas). One of the elements thrown into this invented language mix is Hawaiian pidgin.

    This is not a novel you simply breeze through. But if you like a novel that challenges you, I would highly recommend it.
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