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Five Equations that Changed the World: The Power and Poetry of Mathematics
The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World
Hellboy, Vol. 2: Wake the Devil
Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America
Death Comes for the Archbishop
The Hunters' Haunt
The Shadow of the Soul
Big Machine: A Novel
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere
The Final Descent
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity
Hellboy, Vol. 4: The Right Hand of Doom
The Necromancer's House
Trapped Under The Sea
Hellboy, Vol 3
Gerald R. Ford: An Honorable Life
All the Pretty Horses
The Aleppo Codex
The Third Gate
A Dance of Cloaks
A Wanted Man
A History of Ancient Egypt
Total Books - 33
Male - 27 (81%)
Female - 6 (19%)
Living - 31 (94%)
Dead - 2 (6%)
Hardback - 12 (36%)
Paperback - 10 (30%)
eBook - 11 (33%)
Fiction - 23 (70%)
Nonfiction - 10 (30%)
Public Library - 29 (88%)
My Library - 4 (12%)
ARCs - 2
Rereads - 4
Series - 15
2014 - 4
2013 - 11
2012 - 2
2011 - 2
2010 - 2
2009 - 2
2007 - 1
2006 - 1
2004 - 2
2003 - 1
1999 - 1
1996 - 1
1995 - 1
1992 - 1
1927 - 1
>5 johnsimpson: Thanks! Same to you.
>6 humouress: We have the best* library system in the country, and since I pay for it with pretty high taxes, I'm gonna get my money's worth! :)
>7 tymfos: Thanks! I'm actually a little behind - am trying for 120 this year to make a personal best. So I'm 3 or so books behind. But I'm pretty happy with what I've read so far this year.
*So says the Library Journal, who named Howard County the 2013 Library of the Year.
33. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
I'm a sucker for time travel stories - I blame the physics degrees for that. There's so much opportunity for great storytelling, and the danger that the story can go really, really bad when we start playing with the space-time continuum. Don't worry, though, Just One Damned Thing After Another is one of the good ones!
I loved the humor, I loved the path Taylor took through the many conundrums time travel stories present, and I loved the idea of historians as action-adventure heroes! While the story has a few minor flaws, logical and otherwise, it's great fun and highly recommended.
Coming by to wish you a:
Happy Easter, Jim! Stephanie and Richard got me with those St. Mary's books, too!
Fine. Just call me 1387.
Nice review. ;-)
Congratulations on your new thread.
And books 4-5 are not free... book 7 however, I got from vine, so I have to read the rest of them, right?
or a bakers dozen :)
Our library does NOT have the ebooks. drat. At least, they didn't the last I looked. They tend toward romance and thrillers more than anything it seems.
Have a good one Jim :)
Many think that the US began using professional intelligence and counter-intelligence services in and after World War II. In fact, as early as the Revolutionary War, intelligence collection and counter-intelligence operations were used to support the smaller, less capable Continental Army against the British. While some of the early uses suffered from amateurish execution or leadership, several of the military leaders were, in fact, quite capable intelligence officers and operatives, notably Washington himself. Dailgler's new Spies, Patriots and Traitors gives a history of this aspect of the Revolutionary War from the perspective of an experienced, modern intelligence officer.
I especially liked Daigler's analysis of the various aspects of the history - tradecraft (or lack thereof), planning, how operations affected the war itself. His point of view as a retired CIA operative and historian was unique and interesting to consider. My only negative comment - the book is written in a more academic style. A bit more narrative feel would have really made the book shine. Still, recommended, especially for history buffs.
And also thanks for working on the glitch for the 75ers home page. The links seem to be working now...
>47 michigantrumpet: No sweat, it was an odd one. It looks like the management changed the code that displays group page text to truncate long strings like URLs. Once I saw what was happening, I just switched over to embedded HTML and everything worked fine!
>48 Cobscook: It's another of those series folks have been warbling about, so I figure I have to give it a try... :)
I read that and it's like Charlie Brown's teacher talking in the background. No clue what's being said. Just glad someone knows what's going on around here.
36. Locke & Key, vol 6 by Joe Hill and Gabtriel Rodriguez
Finale to the very good Locke & Key graphic novel series written by Joe Hill and drawn by Gabriel Rodriguez. Of course I liked it. :)
37. The Necromancer by Michael Scott
4th in the Nicholas Flamel YA fantasy series. The story's moving along nicely, but I'm wondering if he can sustain I through two more books. There are moments when it's really YA-ey, to coin a term. :)
38. White Nights by Ann Cleeves
Second in the Shetland Islands Quartet - or given the latest one, maybe quintet. It's very good, follows some of the characters from the first, and still has that flavor of locality I liked about the first.
So yeah, looks like I'm in the midst of series completion! :)
Now that I keep hearing St. Mary's #3 is a huge cliffhanger, I'm not sure I want to be left in the lurch!!!! I just bought the darn thing last night after staying up late finishing #2...
Do we know when she's releasing #4???
Morrison began in-depth interviews of serial killers in the 1970s and continued to work with them into the 2000s, along the way developing some expertise leading to work as an expert witness on the question of legal insanity of these defendants. My Life Among Serial Killers is partly about several of the more well-known ones and her interaction with them, and partly personal memoir of her life in this field of study. In the end she lays out her theory of why some people kill in this way, one that isn't the usual spouted on TV shows like Criminal Minds.
The book is an interesting look at a somewhat narrowly defined set of killers. Morrison's writing is pretty journeyman - not bad, but not up to better writers of narrative nonfiction. On the other hand, she's not a professional writer, so that's ok. My main disappointment, though, was that she stuck to the famous killers - ones that have already had so much written about them. A broader perspective may have led to a deeper understanding.
I'm not sure I completely buy her theory. In her thinking, someone who exhibits a certain set of behaviors and psychological traits is a serial killer and was born that way. She believes that all these people discussed share some sort of brain characteristic or structural defect that presents as that set of symptoms. Maybe so, but there's no evidence one way or another - basic humane treatment of prisoners doesn't allow testing, even non-invasive MRI and such - even with the prisoners' permission. So her belief is just that, and seems to neglect environmental influences that others think are significant.
Final conclusion? It was worth reading, but nothing to get too excited about.
Happy too that you read the above book about serial killers and reviewed it convincingly. Any kind of 'no exceptions' attitude toward just about anything (hmm except that if you get sucked over the event horizon you will not come back in your original form, or maybe ever) is suspect.
Kinda funky and space-y and yet...flowery!
Hope all is well !
Nicely done mystery set in pre-WWI England with an unusual main character. Sebastian Becker is an investigator for the Crown who determines whether mentally ill peers are able to manage their estate. In the course of investigating one who lost his family - and all his party - in an Amazonian exploration gone wrong, Sebastian stumbles into the search for the killer of two small girls. And the prime suspect is the person he's investigating.
41. The Martian: a novel by Andy Weir
Wow. Just wow. A highly technically accurate story of an astronaut left behind for dead on Mars after a deadly storm and fast evacuation of the team. The story is very well done, but what impressed me were the details that Weir worked into the story. This is one impressive piece of work!
Try to track down Annihilation. It's not in the same league but a nice introduction to a dystopian trilogy.
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It's been a wild few days in New Orleans. Very good times with my friends and I've met some super spiffy readers! Hoping to meet many more today. There's a giant signing thingie from 11-2 with 500 authors! Open to the public, books for sale, etc. at the Marriott on Canal Street! If you happen to be in the area come on by!
The Iron Druid author and more! ... thought I would share just in case :)
Thought you might want to know about a new thread called Friends of Nancy P.
Part therapy for for the completists in our group, and part a safe haven to blow off some steam about those books you want to throw against the wall. Kudos to Steve the Curmudgeon for setting it up!
I hope you start getting some time for reading soon.
Glad to hear that things are settling down, now.
In spite of that and recovering at work from being away, I am managing to get some reading done - I finished A Natural History of Dragons (thanks Kriti!) and am in the middle of a couple of others. Plus, tomorrow's our annual Prairie Home Companion event at Wolftrap!
42. Red Bones by Ann Cleeves
Third in the Shetland Islands Quartet-with-five books-and-now-maybe-a-sixth. So far, all I've read have been high star books for me. I really like the atmosphere and the relationships among the characters. Plus, I've been surprised at the ending by 2 of the 3 I've read!
Very kind what you are doing for your family.
A Natural History of Dragons is a fantastic (in both senses of the word!) memoir of the world's foremost expert in dragons. Ok, it's not our world, but one remarkably close to Victorian-era Europe. And one that's remarkably fun to visit. Brennan has a great sense of character, and her writing hits the right voice perfectly.
Gil Martins is an FBI agent working in domestic counter-terrorism. He's also a former Catholic, former evangelical Christian, current atheist, to the disappointment of his wife. But it's hard to let go of those older beliefs, and when he finds skimpy evidence of a series of suspicious deaths of prominent anti-religion folks, he prays that God would prove His existence - if there's really a God there. And that simple thing sets off a seriously mind-bending story.
Prayer is one of those books that pushes the reader into that territory where we're not sure whether we're reading a suspense story or a story of a serious mental breakdown. That twistyness is the fun of a book like this. And Kerr delivers in the end - once the reader gets through a bit of a lag in the middle section, the book's only flaw.
I think I need a nap. :)
Ask her if she also needs to be home by five to catch "Wapner" ;-)
Ask her if she also needs to be home by five to catch "Wapner" ;-)
Ohhh. I got it. I think. Nooo, I don't got it...
Ann, oh Ann, how could you? Here we are at the end of your Shetland Island quartet and you did that? At least you had the decency to write another (and a sixth?) to make up for it...
As with the others, Blue Lightning is a great mystery filled with fascinating characters in a place I'd love to visit someday. It's no wonder this is such a popular series of books.
>149 drneutron: Book warbling a Series! Thanks a lot Jim!!! I've just added the first to my WL. How could I resist when I went to book's work page and the series is recommended for me based on my liking the Louise Penny series?!?
Do you call it "Space Program for Dummies" at the office when you tell them how you have to explain it to us, LOL???? ;)
The Ayes have it!
(That's how we do the votin' here at Town Meeting)
46. Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
Wow, what to say...
Ok, suppose a man and woman are left behind on a planet quite different from Earth while their three companions try to get back to Earth in a crippled ship. And suppose this planet has no Sun, but is instead heated by internal volcanism, and has evolved life based around this ecology.
Now imagine that some 160 years later, the children and grandchildren of those original two are still waiting for rescue - camped out in the valley between high, cold mountains with no idea what the world around them is like. Their knowledge and their ability to innovate is being replaced by a traditional and religious society based on the mythology of the original couple.
And suppose a young man who thinks differently, broadly, creatively about the world around him in contradiction to tradition is born. And this man changes everything...
Dark Eden is allegorical and inventive, and a right good read. Highly recommended!
47. The Crossword Century by Alan Connor
Alan Connor's The a Crossword Century is a fine little book on the history, cultural impact and appeal of crosswords over the last 100 years. It's fun and informative, but pretty light and fluffy. If you're a crossword fan, there are interesting nuggets here, but a longer, deeper book would have been better.
Hope you had a wonderful birthday.
I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers during this journey with your MIL and nephew. This is a good thing you are doing. Take care of yourself and make sure your wife does to.
Thanks for coming by my thread.
Thanks for your post on my thread..... it both cracked me up and was informative :)
A very different sort of zombie story - one where an undead baby is found and raised by a single mom. Yep raised. Somehow this baby grows up...and there's the tale.
Gregory's a great writer with inventive characters. Highly recommended.
Ah, the 4th book in the Shetland series....tough one. I'm so glad she decided to continue the series. The next book is very good, too.
4th in Ben's Rivers of London series combining police procedural with urban fantasy. Really good as a whole, but I think this one drags just a bit. Still, it's a fun read and I can't wait to see where the next one goes!
Hope you are all happy and stuff :)
I have Broken Homes on my audio stacks. Better slot it in...
>222 mckait: keep us in your thoughts. The mother in law signed the lease on her new apartment Friday, so we spent most of yesterday with friends trucking her stuff over from our house. It went pretty smoothly - most was still packed from the move from Louisiana! Now to figure out a long term plan for the nephew... :)
>223 msf59: Mark! Man hug back!! I do it because this is such a great place packed with cool people. :) and yeah, Broken Homes is worth getting to...
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor and theologian in the German Lutheran Church, literally spent his life opposing Nazi efforts to subsume the church in Germany and "purify" Germany of undesirables - to the point of imprisonment and hanging by the Gestapo for his role in helping Jews escape from Germany and in the Valkyrie plot to assassinate Hitler. Metaxas has written a very good biography of Bonhoeffer, offering not just what happened, but also how what Bonhoeffer believed led to what he did. Excellent book about a fascinating man.
51. Crusoe: Daniel Defoe, Robert Knox and the Creation of a Myth by Katherine Frank
It's relatively well known that Daniel Defoe based the story of Robinson Crusoe on real-life Alexander Selkirk, who was shipwrecked for four years off the coast of Chile. But many parts of the story - and subsequent books - parallel the story of Robert Knox, a sea captain who was held hostage for twenty years on Ceylon and later in life, had voyages and experiences published in his popular autobiography. Frank uses a parallel biographical approach to Defoe and Knox to show how their lives intersected and how Knox's story affected Defoe's writing. It's an interesting story, mostly because Knox was well traveled and not so well known, and because Defoe was surprisingly scoundrelish.
Thanks for the BBs :0/ The Martian, Dark Eden, Crusoe ... Creation of a Myth ... this thread is dangerous!
I like the idea of an LT 2018 launch party.
Many (many) years ago, we were in the States for a cousin's wedding, and some of the families went on to Orlando. One day, an uncle said he'd heard on the radio there would be a launch early the next morning (not the shuttle, unfortunately, but still a once-in-a-lifetime experience), so we all got up at about 4 and raced towards what we assumed was the launch site, but as the take-off time approached and we weren't at the site, we pulled over so we could at least see something. So there we were, the only lights in the darkness of the Florida swamp, attracting all the mosquitoes - and no launch. After all, we would have spotted any blaze of light that went up. I think we discovered later that the launch had been postponed and I think we were heading for the wrong place anyway; but the memory stays with me.
There is a new Bonhoeffer biography out by Charles Marsh which has gotten quite a lot of press. A good review is here.
Much is made in reviews about Marsh's take on Bonhoeffer's friendship with his friend and confident Bethge. Of course, that is a small part of the book.
A lifelong Lutheran, I was raised on Bonhoeffer. I've got the latest bio on my wish list.
Hope you had an enjoyable weekend!
It is a new thread started in order to brainstorm ideas for LT anniversaries. : )
While I know you're not a huge fan of mysteries, The Hanover Square Affair is in fact free for the Kindle...and there are a few others in the series...maybe, I don't know, ten or so...
Oh, here's a link just in case.