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  1. mikemacrdlnds

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    "Nothing Like It In The World" by Stephen Ambrose, the story of the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869.

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    James Michener . The World Is My Home .

    “There was an awful suspicion in my mind that I'd finally gone over the hump, and the worst thing about it was that I didn't feel tragic at all, but only weary, and sort of comfortably detached.”
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    I'm not exactly reading anything at the moment, although I have bookmarks in "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Getting Published," "The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft," "The Seat of The Soul," and a few others.

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    Judge & Jury - James Patterson, Andrew Gross

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    Tangent - Mike Pomery

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    Just finished Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Great Book) now on to Still Searching for Pipe Dreams, got "Steve Jobs" and "Yes, Youre pregnant but what about me" by Kevin Nealon in the background

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    I am reading," In The Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson. It is about the ambasador for the USA in Nazi Germany. At the time they thought Hitler was a joke with a Charlie Chaplin mustache. Then as the politics of the time unfold they see the truth. Very good read.

    Check it out;

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Garden_of_Beasts

    Think slow, act fast.
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    "Away Off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602 to 1890" by Nathaniel Philbrick. Great writer.

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    Getting close to finishing Gideon's Corpse by Preston & Child. I'm also in the middle of re-reading Robert Jordan's A Crown of Swords. I read the first 9 or 10 books years ago but they got tedious. Now that the series is ending, I'm re-reading it in order to (finally!) finish it up. It's a very pipe-friendly series.

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    I just finished the first book in the series A Song of Fire and Ice: Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and now on to A Clash of Kings.

    A smart man learns from the mistakes of others.
    A wise man learns from his own.
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    Blackout by Mira Grant. It's the last book of the Feed series which is zombie fiction, but with not a lot of zombies and more near future gov't conspiracy. It's interesting.

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    Right now I'm halfway through Drood by Dan Simmons. It's about the last five years of Charles Dickens' life through memoirs of his good friend Wilkie Collins.

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    A couple hours into The Ugliest of Things by Robert Kuntz.

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    George Orwell "1984"

    Earth: The Insane Asylum of the Universe. Nowhere else could things be more messed up.

    Does a culture based on separation and competition, of scientific sophistication and mideval religion, offer happiness even as it ravishes the Earth that sustains it?
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    I just started "De Bello Gallico"/"Commentaries of the Gallic Wars" by Julius Ceasar in the original Latin.......problem is I dont know any Latin... This might take awhile

    "Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres, quarum unum incolunt Belgae, aliam Aquitani, tertiam qui ipsorum lingua Celtae, nostra Galli appelantur".

    I think I have the first sentence figured out; "Gaul is divided overall into 3 parts, the first inhabited by Belgians, another by the Aquitani, and third those who speak Celtic, who our men call Gauls."

    Any Latin speakers out there ?
    Its actually pretty fascinating... problem is it takes me an hour to read a few sentences and then I'm not always sure I get the drift of whats being said. "Nostra Galli appalentur" I thought at first meant "the gauls who our men attack". This Latin stuff is tricky, lots of meanings for one word.

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    "The French Foreign Legion" by Douglas Porch.

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    "The French Foreign Legion" by Douglas Porch.

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    Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

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    Just finishing up Among the Living by Timothy Long, zombie fiction and have several anthologies of 50's pulp science fiction I am going thru. That is the one nice thing about an e-reader, you can get anthologies pretty cheap. I'm also occasionally reading HP Lovecraft.

    I normally read WW2 history but the above is pretty mindless reading, which is nice to unwind after a tedious day at work. That and a pipe.

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    "The Man in the Glass Booth" by Robert Shaw.

    Shaw was a wonderful under the radar writer but is best remembered as Captain Quint in "Jaws." However, I will always remember him as the greatest actor in the English speaking world for his performances in "A Man for All Seasons," "Young Winston," - (nobody ate better than Shaw on screen. Watching him have breakfast with Simon Ward was astonishing) - "From Russia With Love" and as the heaviest of heavies in the original "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three."

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    About to start the final book in Stephen Donaldson's epic Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Against All Things Ending. Would love to see the series made into a movie starring Hugh Laurie as Thomas Covenant...

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    @rickpal14 Great book by one of the legends of SF! Two of my favorites of his are Stranger In A Strange Land and Door Into Summer. Read both when I was in high school (he was still alive at the time, as were most of the dinosaurs}, and they remain favorites today....some 50 years later!

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    I just made the horrible mistake of reading "The Forest of Hands and Teeth", partly because it sounded like a very original horror novel idea ("The Village" meets "Night of the Living Dead") and partly because it has one of the best and most evocative titles I've ever found. It was very well written but I hated every character, and came away thinking I am entirely too middle-aged and too male for the intended audience of this book. The lead character was like Ally McBeal dropped into zombieland, and spent the ENTIRE book obsessing about her personal life and her relationships and whether she was going to get the guy she wanted or not, and being incredibly self-centered and selfish, even when her village was under attack and everyone she had ever known or (in theory) cared about as being devoured by undead.

    Unless the intention was to make the reader desperate to see the lead character become zombie chow by the end, it was clearly not a book written to appeal to anyone who isn't a teenage girl.

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    I'm in the middle of the Vampire Chronicles as of right now but just finished the Song of Fire and Ice series.

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    Lord of Bows. It is a Ghengis Khan historical fiction.

    @checotah. Interesting that you area reading the Thomas Covenant series. I read the first two trilogies, and the first book of the final. I haven't gone back to it since, so maybe it is getting close to time!

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    CHARLES BUKOWSKI. HAM ON RYE. A coming-of-age story that has a lot more going for it that CATCHER IN THE RYE.

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    The Spirit Well by Stephen R Lawhead

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    Rex Stouts Nero Wolfe, Too Many Clients

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    Ian Fleming's "James Bond" (The collection)

    Next will be "Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, again the collection.

    I have a weak spot for Billard-, Canadian-, Liverpol- and Poker-style pipes from Comoy and Dunhill...
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    Just started Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clark. I quite like it, so far. It's the sort of read you can't put down. Light a bowl, cup of tea... And it's hours later. I hope you seek out this book. And, if you do, that you enjoy it as much as I am.

    Copied from inside dust jacket...
    " The year is 1806. England is beleaguered by the war with Napoleon, and it is hundreds of years since practical magic faded into the nation's past. But scholars of this glorious history suddenly discover that one practicing magician still remains: the reclusive Mr. Norrell of Hurtfew Abbey. Challenged to demonstrate his powers, Norrell causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and sing, and sends a thrill through the country. The magician proceeds to London , trailed by excited rumors, where he raises a beautiful young woman from the dead and finally enters the war, summoning an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French.
    Yet Norrell is soon challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange. Young, handsome, and daring, Strange is the opposite of the cautious, fussy Norrell. Still, Norrell agrees to take Strange as a pupil, and the young magician joins England's cause, enduring the rigors of Wellington's campaign in Portugal to lend the army his supernatural skill on the battlefield.
    But as Strange's powers grow, so do his ambitions. He becomes obsessed with the founder of English magic, a shadowy twelfth-century figure known as the Raven King. In his increasingly reckless pursuit of the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, Strange risks sacrificing mot only his partnership with Norrell, but everything else that He holds dear."

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    The "Elements of Philosophy", a broad, but dense survey of the various sciences within philosophy. Light reading, no?

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    Stephen Ambrose, "Undaunted Courage". the story of the expedition of Lewis and Clark.

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    Just finished an anthology of Tomas Transtromer. Not sure what I'll read next.

    BLACKBLOODs for life...just please keep making Black House!
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    Im actually flip flopping between 2 books (both of which I have read a couple of times before)

    1; Food of the Gods... by Terence McKenna
    2; Fingerprints of the Gods... by Graham Hancock

    Both fantastic books and highly recommended

    I carry a gun... because a cop is too heavy!
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    This forum...

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    Just finished No Blade Of Grass by John Christopher an oldie doomer type, but very good.
    Just started Founders by James Wesley Rawles, a new doomer

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    "On Writing" By Stephen King, while working on my own SF novel. Hope to have it available on Amazon in about 6 months.
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    A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
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    All of R.A Salvatores books based on the Character Drizzt. If you love Tolkien then you will love Salvatore as. Well. Great reads.

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    "Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath"

    Since you have to die anyway, you might as well die from something you like.
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    No Easy Day...

    Got an email at work about this containing Classified Info. Whoops, I guess ol boy didn't clear it through Public Affairs office prior publishing it. I'm sure several are unhappy about the way he handled this one.

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    One Way Out:An oral history of The Allman Brothers Band by Alan Paul

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    current

    Canoe Trip: Alone in the Maine Wilderness by David Curran /good so far

    recent

    Standing in a River Waiving a Stick by John Gierach /good

    Point to Point Exploring the Inside Passage By Kayak by Denis Dwyer /ok

    The Things You Find on the Appalachian Trail by Kevin Runolfson / very good

    Skywalker- Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Walker /great

    AWOL ont the Appalachian Trail by David Miller /great

    Ever since I got my Kindle for fathers day Ive been on a roll. And yes I had a little obsession with learning about the Appalachian Trail

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    The Hobbit by Tolkien
    “After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more."

    I like how light and carefree the overall ambiance of the "adventure" is. This quote pops into my head every time I think about smoking when I'm at work.

    "A Dutchman without a pipe is a national impossibility. If a Dutchman were deprived of his pipe and tobacco, he would not even enter Paradise with a glad heart."

    -Schotel
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    Martin Windrow, "The Last Valley", the French Defeat at Dien Bien Bhu.

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    Three fourths of the way through Daniel Dafoe's, "Robinson Crusoe" and I'm astonished by it's political incorrectness, spirituality and God-awful 1700's prose. But, like Melville's "Moby Dick," if you can get through the first 300 pages then you've got a pretty good read on your hands.

    @Bukowski - Seriously, man? Chuck Bukowski?

    I've never understood this tortured artist shit that reality can't be embraced without turning your liver into a piece of granite or sliding through life unless spikes of Mexican brown heroin are hanging out of your forearms.

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    new to the forum but i will always post what im reading, right now im reading treasure island and when im done i will be reading long dark tea time for the soul. i love douglas adams and all the crazy writing that he did.

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    The Cardinal, saw the movie a long time ago, Lawrence on this forum brought it up, glad he did. The old cajun

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    Taking a break from reading, burned out on books for now.

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    Just finished "It's Even Worse Than It Looks" by Mann/Ornstein - I highly recommend it to all US citizens. Also just finished "Hope, Human & Wild" by Bill McKibben.

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    A couple of days ago I'm sitting on a gas line and I had this paperback called Absolute Power by David Baldacci. I don't usually read these kinds of books ( I like think I read more "heady" stuff). Well a few pages into this book and I'm hooked. Political intrigue, sex, cops, burglars, etc. I can't put this book down. I need to be less of a snob in my reading literature. The other thing I'm reading is Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson. 800+ pages of words.....all small print. Its fiction about the Age of Enlightenment and what might have been involved in all the scientific discoveries of the time. Stephenson is a masterful writer. Baldacci is like a good McDonald hamburger (quick food but good) and Stephenson is a 5 course meal.

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    I am currently reading The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Along with Tolkien, Robert Jordan was another influence in getting me to finally pick up the pipe and start puffing away.

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    I'm a Book Worm. I always have been. Currently, I am reading several books all at once. I am part of the way through: "Say Everything How blogging began, what it's becoming and why it matters", "The Perfect Smoke: Gourmet Pipe Smoking for Relaxation and Reflection", "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion", "Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear", and I have 4 more queued up after these.

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    Currently I'm about 250pgs into Dance With Dragons. This one is definitely better to me than book four Feast For Crows, mainly because my favorite characters are in this one and weren't in FFC.

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    Agatha Christies Hercule Poirot "Murder in Retrospect"

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divergent_(novel)

    Just finished divergent and now I am working on book #2 insurgent. If you like the huger games give this a shot.

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    Foccault's History of Madness... unabridged... and Tocqueville's Democracy in America

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    "Winesburg, Ohio" by Sherwood Anderson. It was recommended to me as an American analog of James Joyce's "Dubliners." A lofty expectation, for sure, but so far living up to it.

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    "Red Phoenix Rising" The Soviet Air Force in World War II

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    "A History of Russia" by Nicholas V. Riasanovsky

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    House of Silk was good enough to keep me reading Sherlock Holmes ... I'm on "Dust and Shadow" by Lyndsay Faye

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    Re-reading "The Hobbit", in a recently updated form from Barnes and Noble. I did not realize that Tolkien had changed it from the original work to match up with the Lord of the Rings. Apparently, his heirs are continuing the tradition.

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    I am currently reading The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. So far its a great read.

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    Just finished Gary Schrier's Confessions of a Pipeman, and starting Schrier's History of the Calabash Pipe.

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    Currently reading through the "Wheel of Time" series, which by the way contains a TON of references to pipe smoking and tobacco. I swear, I can't turn more than 5 pages before the evil authors mentions one of the protagonists thumbing Two Rivers tobacco in their long-stemmed pipes and puffing away happily. Guess what I want to do immediately when I read this ....

    Suffering from a serious case of "EPARD", also known as the Estate Pipe Acquisition and Restoration Disorder.
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    Just finished Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "Letters & Papers from Prison." I didn't really find the expanded version to be that interesting with its ongoing prattle about family events. I am not convinced by the totality of his argument that God has abandoned the world hence 'evil' prevails. And, I found his brand of piety bordering on fanaticism. On a whole, some very interesting points and highlights buried in a lot of nothingness. I was a bit disappointed.

    Tonight, I am starting Homer's "The Illiad". Hopefully, I'll learn more about the classical views of courage, honor and ambition. I am wondering how polytheism will play into the fates of men. I know the gods use mankind as pawns, proxies, and agents. It will be a good read.

    I'm also looking for examples of personal transformation though the use of ritual space, sounds, and actions. I'm not sure I'll find any....; but, I always enjoy the quest. Sometimes, the smallest details matter greatly.

    I am always open to suggestions future readings if anybody has any suggestions.

    Many thanks,
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    If thou art full, though purse be bare, I smoke, and cast away all care!
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    Back issues of "Rockets" magazines

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    Currently have multiple books in mid read:

    - "The Dragon Reborn" by Robert Jordan
    - "Inside the Third Reich" by Albert Speer
    - "This is Berlin" by William L. Shirer
    - "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by Jean Shepherd
    - Struggling through German Folk tales in German

    "The cosmos is also within us. We're made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." - Carl Sagan
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    I am reading through Jeremiah (Old Testament) and Luke (New Testament). I am also reading Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer and Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat by John Vigor. O.K., I'm retired!

    “Apples for walking, and a pipe for sitting.”
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    Last Of The Breed by Louie Lamour. The old cajun

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    Just finished The Last Man by Vince Flynn. Staring Atlas Shrugged (4th time).

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