#551 10-29-2016 9:43 PM

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Re: What are you reading RIGHT NOW?

Just finished the disturbing "Arc of Justice" by Kevin Boyle.  Well written coverage of a black family's ill-fated attempt to move into a white neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan in the 1920's.  Came away appreciating Clarence Darrow (really know very little about him), but saddened how reminiscent the tragedy was of the Gunpowder Treason in England (see above, lol).  How can we harbor so much angst against anyone 'different' when history is so compelling how we are all so similar once we are willing to get to know one another???

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#552 11-7-2016 11:53 AM

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Re: What are you reading RIGHT NOW?

Currently rereading Orson Scott Card's "Speaker for the Dead". It's the sequel to his more well-known Ender's Game.

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#553 11-12-2016 9:05 PM

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Re: What are you reading RIGHT NOW?

traveldoc1084 wrote:

Currently rereading Orson Scott Card's "Speaker for the Dead". It's the sequel to his more well-known Ender's Game.

How was it?  I thought "Ender's Game" was remarkable, but read it about twenty years ago (25?) and everyone told me Orson's other literature was lacking (no idea what his other pieces were), so interested whether the  sequel is worthy???

 

#554 11-13-2016 1:16 PM

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vances wrote:

traveldoc1084 wrote:

Currently rereading Orson Scott Card's "Speaker for the Dead". It's the sequel to his more well-known Ender's Game.

How was it?  I thought "Ender's Game" was remarkable, but read it about twenty years ago (25?) and everyone told me Orson's other literature was lacking (no idea what his other pieces were), so interested whether the  sequel is worthy???

I've read the entire Ender series and Speaker for the Dead is, by far, my favorite book in the collection. It's nothing like Ender's Game. It's a lot more cerebral, and Card hits on some heavy themes in this book (e.g., religion, war, etc.). There's very little action but a lot of character development and philosophy. Ender and his siblings are all adults in this book and their relationships more complex. Even the introduction to this book is excellent and highly worth a read.  In it Card mentions that he actually started on Speaker before Ender and intended it to serve as a stand alone novel, albeit it being published as a sequel. I even get the impression Speaker is his favorite book in his series.

By the way the kindle edition is less than 3 bucks on Amazon. I bought it for travel reading, although I will always prefer the feel and smell of an actual book in my hands.

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#555 12-10-2016 9:25 PM

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traveldoc1984 wrote:

By the way the kindle edition is less than 3 bucks on Amazon. I bought it for travel reading, although I will always prefer the feel and smell of an actual book in my hands.

I can go either way with books --> like you, prefer hard copies, but Kindle is not significant departure (if they would price these more appropriately I would likely buy much more Kindle).  Did not see "Speaker for the Dead" pried at $3...but it is now on my list!  THANKS!

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#556 12-10-2016 9:42 PM

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And while we are on the subject of travel reads...need to share an astonishing discovery.  The "Emerald Mile" by Kevin Fedarko ---> a brilliant celebration of the deep beauty of the Grand Canyon in the United States.  Confess I was circumspect at the beginning, but this is a marvelous work that relates modern (i.e., Western European) discovery, exploration, transfiguration and experience of this natural wonder.

Though I have glimpsed the marvel of the Grand Canyon, this gem inspires me to return and ride the water to truly taste the remarkable grandeur....highly recommended!

 

#557 12-14-2016 7:53 PM

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Re: What are you reading RIGHT NOW?

Working on three right now including The Book Thief

 

#558 12-17-2016 4:56 PM

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Re: What are you reading RIGHT NOW?

vances wrote:

traveldoc1984 wrote:

By the way the kindle edition is less than 3 bucks on Amazon. I bought it for travel reading, although I will always prefer the feel and smell of an actual book in my hands.

I can go either way with books --> like you, prefer hard copies, but Kindle is not significant departure (if they would price these more appropriately I would likely buy much more Kindle).  Did not see "Speaker for the Dead" pried at $3...but it is now on my list!  THANKS!

smile

Let me know what you think!

 

#559 12-29-2016 12:56 PM

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

 

#560 1-7-2017 8:59 PM

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traveldoc1984 wrote:

Let me know what you think!

Wow, Calvin - thank you.  Confess I was befuddled at the beginning, but what a mighty imagination (with respect to envisioning alternate life forms) which can be wedded to philosophic concerns.  A really good book!

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#561 1-8-2017 5:11 AM

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Re: What are you reading RIGHT NOW?

The Road To Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson. (An Aussie living in the UK describing his trips around England) Very funny.

 

#562 1-10-2017 6:13 PM

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Still working on several (including a random goal of reading several picture books a week) but my main one right now is Heat Wave which is the first in a series based on the TV series Castle.

 

#563 1-21-2017 1:32 PM

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I am currently reading "Bill Bryson - Road to little Dribbling". He has written quite a few interesting books about his travels. I can highly recommend his travel books. My favourite travel book of him is probably "Neither here nor there" about his travels in Europe.

 

#564 1-21-2017 9:52 PM

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Re: What are you reading RIGHT NOW?

HORSCHECK wrote:

I am currently reading "Bill Bryson - Road to little Dribbling". He has written quite a few interesting books about his travels. I can highly recommend his travel books. My favourite travel book of him is probably "Neither here nor there" about his travels in Europe.

Agree Bryson's travel books are fantastic, though I have not enjoyed his other offerings so much. Although they are chock full of interesting tidbits, it is overwhelming and there does not seem to be a theme beyond "I'm just going to spout trivia ("Home" and "Mother Tongue" come to mind).  But after this disappointment I wind up reading one of his travel tomes and come away astonished with his brilliant wit and insight.

PS.  I thought I saw in this thread it was mentioned he was an Aussie, but he is American, despite having lived a chunk of his life in the UK, I think.

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#565 1-22-2017 7:04 PM

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Thinking about rereading Buck's 'The Good Earth'.

 

#566 1-22-2017 9:30 PM

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HORSCHECK wrote:

I am currently reading "Bill Bryson - Road to little Dribbling". He has written quite a few interesting books about his travels. I can highly recommend his travel books. My favourite travel book of him is probably "Neither here nor there" about his travels in Europe.

I haven't read much of his more recent stuff but his "Walk in the Woods" and "In a Sunburnt Country" are 2 of my favourite books.

As to what I'm reading now I'm just getting started on Troublesome Young Men by Lynne Olsen about the group of Tories who opposed British PM Chamberlain's appeasement of Hitler.

 

#567 1-26-2017 6:46 AM

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I belong to two reading groups so usually have at least two books on the go .
Currently they are The Audacity of Hope  by Barack Obama and Where my Heart Used To Beat by Sebastian Faulks.
For bedtime reading I have just finished The Truth in Masquerade  by Carole Strachan (new writer 1st book) and Olive Kitteridge  by Elizabeth Sprout.
My birthday is not long before Christmas  so I have a pile of books received as gifts on the "waiting to be read shelf".

 

#568 1-28-2017 4:24 AM

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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King. A collection of short horror stories, naturally.

 

#569 2-6-2017 9:48 AM

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Ernest Hemingway - The Sun Also Rises
Been spending the last while working through the classics.
Hemingway/ Scott Fitzgerald/ George Orwell....
They're classics for a reason.
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#570 2-10-2017 11:52 PM

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Roald Dahl - Charlie and the chocolate factory

 

#571 2-11-2017 8:46 AM

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I am reading Productive Workplaces: Dignity, Meaning, and Community in the 21st Century by Marvin Wesibord.

 

#572 2-12-2017 5:47 AM

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Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, by Thomas L. Friedman

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#573 2-18-2017 7:44 AM

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Just finished 'Fludd' by Hiliary Mantell.

 

#574 2-18-2017 8:06 PM

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Re: What are you reading RIGHT NOW?

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Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, by Thomas L. Friedman

Curious to learn your opinion...I was somewhat disappointed.  Though engaging as always, Friedman did not introduce any revelations, which I have come to expect.  Despite enjoying reinforcement of current opinions, I was not astounded.  I recognize that is a harsh expectation, but Tom consistently introduced brilliant new planes of thought before.

 

#575 2-19-2017 1:10 AM

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vances wrote:

nolan wrote:

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, by Thomas L. Friedman

Curious to learn your opinion...I was somewhat disappointed.  Though engaging as always, Friedman did not introduce any revelations, which I have come to expect.  Despite enjoying reinforcement of current opinions, I was not astounded.  I recognize that is a harsh expectation, but Tom consistently introduced brilliant new planes of thought before.

I got distracted after a few chapters because I am now reading an earlier Thomas Friedman book:

http://www.thomaslfriedman.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/9781250013729-200x300.jpg

I'll get back to you after I finish this one.

 

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