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    [/quote]Finished Trinity by Leon Uris[quote]

    Excellent read. One of my favorites.

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    This interview with Gary Giddins about his new book on Bing Crosby greatly highlights how important Bing was in his time, and there's lots of important, interesting info here overall.

    https://jerryjazzmusician.com/2018/10/interview-with-bing-crosby-biographer-gary-giddins/

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    The Greatest Generation

    “The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began.
    Now far ahead the Road has gone, I must follow if I can
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    Just started reading JRR Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien's The Fall of Gondolin—published in 2018. I am enjoying it. The text is not as polished as LOTR or the Silmarillion, but remains close to the original manuscript that Edith Tolkien transcribed in the early 20th century from her spouse's notes.

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    Just finished: Fascism: A Warning by Madeline Albright.
    Now reading: The Secret History of Marvel Comics by Blake Bell.

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    Inside Pepy's London J. Bastable

    Fractured Emerald Island E. Hahn

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    I am ten pages from being finished with Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and I'm listening to Mere Christianity by C.S Lewis. I would highly recommend both! I've been on a C.S Lewis kick recently. Does anyone have any recommendations for other Lewis works to check out when I've finished this one?

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    I really like how Dostoevsky intertwines philosophical ideas and questions into his narrative. Brothers K is one of my favorite books.

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    [quote]I really like how Dostoevsky intertwines philosophical ideas and questions into his narrative. Brothers K is one of my favorite books.

    dfo, same here. This is the first of his novels that I have attempted but it certainly will not be the last. I'll take your suggestion and The Brothers Karamazov will be next on my list.

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    Does anyone have any recommendations for other Lewis works to check out when I've finished this one?

    The Screwtape Letters!

    When you're done with Lewis go on to Chesterton.

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    Olkofri, I finished that last week! It was excellent. That's what got me on my Lewis kick.

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    What would you suggest by Chesterton?

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    I really like how Dostoevsky intertwines philosophical ideas and questions into his narrative. Brothers K is one of my favorite books.

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    Does anyone have any recommendations for other Lewis works to check out when I've finished this one?

    I'm a big, big fan of Surprised by Joy.

    What would you suggest by Chesterton?

    Orthodoxy. Also any of the Father Brown books and stories.

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    + 1 for Orthodoxy. It is a fantastic read.

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    Thanks Hap! I'll put both of those on my list. I really love audio books. I do landscaping for a living so I can listen to them all day at work. What an amazing time that we live in, when the average blue collar worker can spend eight to ten hours a day becoming well read (or well listened I suppose.)

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    Don, I'm a self admitted Audible whore. I have a shitload of books in my library. I do quite a bit of steering wheel time going to and from assignments and good books make the miles fly.

    So much so that I don't use my radio anymore, not that I'm missing anything.

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    Audible whore! That sounds about right for me as well. I should buy stock. It really does make the day go by though. And I love the feeling that I've not only gotten my work done, but engaged my mind in a way that manual labor does not usually allow.

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    What would you suggest by Chesterton?

    Heretics is the companion to Orthodoxy. Don't miss it. The characters he criticises are from his time, but the ideas don't really go away, do they? They just get recycled.

    Father Brown is good too, and it features pipe and cigar smoking!

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    Ash, I am also an audible whore. It is good to find audio-compariots. . __.

    I read old manuscripts most of the day for my job, so I don't always find a hardback book relaxing. Audiobooks are what get me through the day when I am not smoking a pipe. They are especially nice when cleaning. Don, if you like audiobooks and Dostoevsky/Chesterton, check out Librivox's free versions.

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    I am ten pages from being finished with Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    I really like how Dostoevsky intertwines philosophical ideas and questions into his narrative. Brothers K is one of my favorite books.

    dfo, same here. This is the first of his novels that I have attempted but it certainly will not be the last. I'll take your suggestion and The Brothers Karamazov will be next on my list.

    Big +1.

    I’ve read all of his novels twice except the Adolescent...that one only once so far but it will get a second read soon...and almost all of his shorter stories.

    The Brothers Karamazov is truly a masterpiece...and I will no doubt read it again at least a third time at some point. The translations by Pevear and Volokhonsky are the ones I've read for his novels, and the consensus seems to be that they are the best. The Idiot and Demons are must reads as well, but TBK is the pinnacle of his art.

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    'A Peoples History of the United States' by Howard Zinn, and 'America: The Farewell Tour' by Chris Hedges.

    Find what you love, and let it kill you.
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    Diarmaid MacCulloch "Thomas Cromwell", a good (if a tad dense so far) read if you are a fan of Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies".

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    Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age by Joe Kindig.

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    I like MacCulloch’s writing. I find it more engaging than the average academic historian of the reformations.

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    @dfo, very true,but I find such things as the explanations of the various family relationships, which were admittedly extraordinarily important in that era, to be tough sledding regardless of who is doing the explaining

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    The Big Picture by Sean Carroll. This treatise on poetic naturalism isn't up to his previous works on the Higgs boson, and the quest for a theory of time. Hopefully, his next book (I think it's on quantum theory) will be better.

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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    +1 Orthodoxy
    +1 Screwtape Letters (I thought this one was hilarious)
    +++1 The Brothers Karamozov (Probably my favorite book. Definitely top 3.)

    Boy, there are some folks with great literary taste on this site, in addition to good taste in tobacco!

    Currently reading a couple of textbooks on St. Paul.

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    "Erebus" by Michael Palin. Highly recommendend if you're into maritime history. Well researched and very entertaining writing. Before that, "The End" by Ian Kershaw. He deals with the question why the Germans kept on fighting after June of 1944, when to almost all concerned it was pretty obvious they had lost the war.

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    dukdalf, thanks for the recommend. I just downloaded it.

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    Complete works of Sherlock Homes

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    The Bear and the Nightingale - a novel set in Medieval Russia in the winter. Quite different than what I usually read. It's mood matches the snow and 8F temperature here outside

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    The Odyssey -- Decided I need to familiarize or re familiarize myself with the classics. I'm doing the Cliff notes on this one because I want the breakdown of the story, characters, and themes, without all the readin' and stuff. Maybe I'll revisit the actual text to get a glimpse of the art of the actual writing.

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    The Order Of Time, a non-technical book by theorectical physicist Carlo Rovelli,
    who's in the Loop Quantum Gravity camp -- as opposed to string theory.

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    A collection of Van Gogh letters.

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    I finished "Shake Hands with the Devil: the Failure of Humanity in Rwanda" by General Romeo Dallaire.

    He was the Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda prior to and during the 1994 genocide.

    A heavy read. I could only read so much at a time.

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    I’m on book 12 of the military history fiction series of “Marching With Caesar” by R. W. Peake. I’m also going through the Great Lecture series on the complete history of Rome. Historical Military fiction (or factual) reading is my usual genre when sitting outside and sipping a pipe.

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    McFadden's TobakkoNacht: The Antismoking Endgame.

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    Malice in Wonderland: The Inside Story of the Police Investigation of the Laurel Canyon Murders.
    Just finished and worth a look if the case interests you in particular or you enjoy true crime in general or are perhaps a John Holmes fan

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    The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn

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    The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn

    +1 This should be mandatory reading in High School...

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    Diamondback, I read it in college and it means much more 35 years later.

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    Artemis, Andy Weir. His next book after "The Martian". This is a crime-drama set on the moon. Pretty good so far!

    Next up is the final installment in the crime trilogy by Don Winslow (one of my favorite authors). "The Power of the Dog" and "The Cartel", first two were excellent.


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    I just finished “ hard way out” it was written by a former hells angel member turned informant. Decent read but it felt rushed. Not sure what’s up next.

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    Diamondback, I read it in college and it means much more 35 years later.

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    Vladimir Medinsky, Myths about Russian alcohol consumption,laziness and brutality.

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    I didn't know they'd translated "Medinsky". Wow.

    For fun and/or to put myself to sleep: Akunin's Fandorin series (great historical detective/adventure stuff, not sure if it's been translated); for some reason, simultaneously re-reading Evelyn Waugh (_Decline and Fall_ has a great pipe-smoking character). Also still wading through the second volume of Kaplan's Sinatra biography - still interesting, but it gets pretty hard to care after the first "retirement".

    For work: ...Yawn... Tolstoy mostly, plus mss.

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    Yesterday I finished “ all quiet on the western front “
    Very good read. Next up is guns of August

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    Yesterday I finished “ all quiet on the western front “

    How different is it from the movie?

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    Finished Dan Simmons' Terror. Now I've started his Summer of Night. Really liking Dan Simmons' writing style.

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    ^ I really enjoyed the Hyperion Cantos many years ago and have been thinking about rereading them. I haven't gotten into his other work as much but haven't tried Terror yet.

    Finally gotten around to reading The Black Company books (of the first seven or eight to them at least) and have been enjoying them greatly.

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    I just started The Brothers Karamazov, as well as reading/listening to PG Wodehouse. I also just got about five books on historic London, Scottish and English Country Pubs. There are open books allover my house.

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    Olkofri- I haven’t seen the movie yet. Maybe this weekend if it’s on Netflix

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    I just started How Linux Works by Brian Ward. Fascinating look into the inner workings of the OS.

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    "Blue Horizon" by Wilbur Smith and the Operator's Manual for a Gas Chromatograph / Mass Spectrometer.

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    Just started "Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland" it's a great exam of The Troubles during the 1970's.

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    The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Kieth. Eye opening.

    Viewing with alarm since 1948.
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    I am currently revisitng The Fellowship Of The Ring/J.R.R. Tolkien.

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    Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs; for the umpteenth read-through - Sherm Natman

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    Re-reading Asimov's Foundation's Edge.

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    @anthonyrosenthal74

    I am currently revisitng The Fellowship Of The Ring/J.R.R. Tolkien.

    Me too! Started it again last night (audiobook version) while watching the "Super Worm Moon Equinox" moon rise last night. With a few pipes of course.

    Also, any Jim Butcher fans here?

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    I'm also on a re-read: "Titus Groan", the first part of Mervyn Peake's "Gormenghast" trilogy. About three decades ago I loved its weirdness and gothic style, not sure about this time around...

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    Just got it this week:

    The Great Awakening
    by WWG1WGA

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    “The Coming Civil War” by Tom Kawczynski

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    CONAN, The Usurper; by Robert E. Howard (edited by L. Sprague de Camp, 1967; #8 of a 12 volume collection.)- Sherm Natman

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    Escape From Five Shadows by Elmore Leonard.

    Western.

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    Stormlight archives by Sanderson. Also morning and evening by Spurgeon

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    John Gierach "A fly rod of your own" 2017

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    The Dry by Jane Harper. Also Super Powereds Year One by Drew Hays.

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    'Mythos' by Stephen Fry. A very easy to read gallop through Greek mythology.

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