drneutron's 2014 Reading - Fourth Reel

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drneutron's 2014 Reading - Fourth Reel

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Editat: abr. 18, 2014, 3:35pm

abr. 18, 2014, 3:32pm

Nice stats! Like you, I read more living authors than dead, but I don't keep track regularly and essentially depend on LT's stat page to tell me my total reading of living/dead (as well as male/female, which I also don't keep track of but enjoy the fact that it stays fairly 50/50 give or take a few without my trying).

Happy Easter!

abr. 18, 2014, 3:38pm

I mostly pick books from the public library "New Books" RSS feed, plus recommendations from LT and other friends, so I tend to new fiction from living male authors, not that I'm trying to do that! :) The biggest bit of info out of these stats is that my ebook usage has jumped up to be about the same as hardbacks or paperbacks - I blame Overdrive. :)

abr. 18, 2014, 3:59pm

I tend to "get around to" certain authors shortly after they die...

abr. 18, 2014, 4:09pm

Happy Easter Jim.

abr. 18, 2014, 4:24pm

>3 drneutron: Oh, doc! I never picked you for a misogynist! I love the concept of borrowing e-books from libraries.

>4 laytonwoman3rd: Um ...

>5 johnsimpson: Good point; happy Easter!

abr. 18, 2014, 4:28pm

Happy Easter, Jim! Congrats on the new thread. And you're making great progress on the challenge, with 33 books already!

abr. 18, 2014, 5:02pm

>4 laytonwoman3rd: Yeah, I got a list. :)

>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.

abr. 18, 2014, 5:22pm

Jim, congrats on your latest thread and

abr. 18, 2014, 5:57pm

Happy new thread Jim, and Happy Easter. I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend :)

abr. 18, 2014, 7:13pm

Great new thread and stats, Jim. Have a good weekend.

abr. 18, 2014, 7:25pm

Happy New thread, Jim! Hope you have a great weekend planned.

abr. 18, 2014, 10:59pm

Nice new thread for Eastertide!

abr. 19, 2014, 9:35am

Thanks everyone! I hope you're having a good weekend too. And thanks to our resident Book Warbler...

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.

abr. 19, 2014, 10:15am

Oh good! I'm so pleased that you liked the book, Jim. The series is good fun.

abr. 19, 2014, 12:12pm

Happy New Thread and Happy Bunny Egg Weekend, Jim!

abr. 19, 2014, 12:23pm

Happy new thread, Jim! Wishing for you a weekend full of fabulous!

abr. 19, 2014, 3:11pm

>8 drneutron: Best Library System in the country? Yowza! I'm impressed!

abr. 19, 2014, 6:08pm

>14 drneutron:, what >15 richardderus: said! Just started A Second Chance last night, late last night (damn it Richard). Love these books.

abr. 19, 2014, 6:33pm

>14 drneutron: Adding the book to my TBR!

abr. 19, 2014, 9:17pm

And now I've got the rest of the St Mary's series all queued up!

abr. 19, 2014, 10:24pm

I loved the first St. Mary's too, Jim! Richard really got a lot of us with that marathon warbling rampage he went on, huh??

Coming by to wish you a:

abr. 20, 2014, 8:20am

Special for you Jim, Here's what I get when I google bunnies and atoms..

Happy Easter

abr. 20, 2014, 9:15am

Happy Easter, Jim! Stephanie and Richard got me with those St. Mary's books, too!

abr. 20, 2014, 11:05am

>14 drneutron: Argh! Fine FINE FINE! I'll get the book. Everybody is reading it and pushing it in my face! FINE! :D

abr. 20, 2014, 11:55am

Happy New Thread and Happy Easter Jim!

abr. 20, 2014, 12:47pm

Just have to get those St. Mary's books, obviously - such a broad range of readers I respect are enjoying them!

abr. 20, 2014, 7:25pm

>23 Carmenere: *snerk*

>24 Crazymamie: I suppose this means we have to give him credit for having reasonably good taste, then, hmmm. :)

>25 Morphidae:, >27 sibylline: come, join the Collective... :)

>26 Smiler69: thanks!

abr. 21, 2014, 12:08am

HI Jim - yep having a great library system is not to be taken lightly. I'm fortunate to have access to two of them. I work in one county and live in another and it's rare that I can't get something from one or the other.

abr. 21, 2014, 12:17am

>21 drneutron: Jim, I was bereft when I finished the 3rd one. That doesn't happen to me often.

abr. 22, 2014, 12:37am

>28 drneutron: - Oh dear.... I joined the Collective?! Nooooooooooooo. *sobs*

Fine. Just call me 1387.

Nice review. ;-)

abr. 24, 2014, 6:41pm

I can't stand to be left out, i added all the St Mary's series as well

abr. 24, 2014, 6:44pm

Mwaa haa haa!!

abr. 25, 2014, 12:28am

Lovely shiny new thread! Happy Friday!

abr. 25, 2014, 3:19am

Jim, it looks like RD has been up to his book bulleting mischief whilst I have been on my un-interneted travels. Not heard of the series but I am sure that I'll fall under its spell too eventually.

Congratulations on your new thread.

abr. 25, 2014, 3:15pm

>32 beeg: same here! Just added the first in the series to my ereader.

abr. 25, 2014, 3:36pm

Who can argue with FREE? I mean! (Of course, now the eeeeevilllllll plot to hook you will become obvious, but hellfire folks it's only $8.97!)

abr. 26, 2014, 11:00am

Okay, dang it. I got the Just One Damned Thing After Another on my iPad. And it wasn't free. It cost me a whole 99 cents. Probably will be a couple of weeks until I get to it though. I have several books coming due.

abr. 27, 2014, 2:45am

Hi Jim -- just stopping by to wish you a happy weekend!

abr. 27, 2014, 4:58pm


Editat: abr. 27, 2014, 6:47pm

I liked Just One Damned Thing After Another, too... I'm totally addicted to The Iron Druid series, too.

And books 4-5 are not free... book 7 however, I got from vine, so I have to read the rest of them, right?

abr. 27, 2014, 7:21pm

I've only read the first Iron Druid. Reading the rest will have to wait until the income situation has been remedied. And I've read all the St. Mary's Chronicles. Like Richard I am salivating for the next to come out.

abr. 28, 2014, 8:33am

I've got access to the Iron Druid series through Overlook and my public library. So it's on the list, but I really need to get some half-finished series done first... :)

abr. 28, 2014, 8:52am

I messaged Hearne on FB... he only plans 9 books. I suggested that he consider a nice round dozen.....
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 :)

abr. 28, 2014, 4:59pm

35. Spies, Patriots and Traitors by Kenneth A. Daigler

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.

abr. 28, 2014, 5:28pm

I don't know how you manage to stay on top of everything here in this group, based on the fact that you were the first on my thread and I suspect more times than not, you are the first on most new threads! Secretly maybe you're a cyborg??..haha! ;)

abr. 28, 2014, 6:07pm

>45 drneutron: I saw that book and was intrigued. Thanks for the review.

And also thanks for working on the glitch for the 75ers home page. The links seem to be working now...

abr. 28, 2014, 6:39pm

I wish my library had the Iron Druid series...alas it is not there in hardcopy nor on the Overdrive system. I guess I will just have to buy them....maybe an Amazon gift card will be coming my way for Mother's Day! ;)

abr. 28, 2014, 8:18pm

>46 jolerie: Actually, I usually only hit LT a couple of times a day - once in the morning at my desk before starting work, and in the evening after we've settled down to relax in the living room. But I do read every thread. Ok, if I'm behind, I'll skip to the end of some of the long threads! :) And I try to make it a point to welcome everyone who starts a thread.

>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... :)

abr. 29, 2014, 9:07pm

I got books from Kriti! I got books from Kriti!!

Our own kgodey ran a contest on her book blog to give away A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents from the publisher, and she picked me! They arrived today, and I'm really looking forward to diving in. Stay tuned for reviews!

abr. 30, 2014, 3:10pm

Congrats, doc!

abr. 30, 2014, 6:41pm

Very cool!

abr. 30, 2014, 6:44pm

>50 drneutron: Ooh, I've been hearing good things about those books!

maig 1, 2014, 2:40pm

>50 drneutron: Yay! You're going to love them! Once you're done with those, the author & Tor/Forge are having a contest for the 3rd book - if you design your own dragon and write a description, you could win an ARC of the third book AND your dragon could actually be featured in a future book in the series. (http://torforgeblog.com/2014/04/28/from-the-memoirs-of-lady-trent-series-design-...)

maig 2, 2014, 7:30am

Orbiting around planet LT and stopping by to say hello!

maig 2, 2014, 5:30pm

>49 drneutron: "...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!"

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.

maig 2, 2014, 6:08pm

HA! Good news there, Jim. Glad you got some books.. will you be designing a dragon? If you do, can we see?

maig 2, 2014, 8:05pm

Just checking in to see if The Martian has been cracked...

maig 2, 2014, 10:40pm

Mark - I've been working late every night this week, so haven't been by the library yet. Tomorrow's the DC meetup, so I'll pick it up Sunday - just in time for the trip to Louisiana!

maig 3, 2014, 12:27am

Hi Jim, here's the new book swap thread: 75ers book swap

maig 5, 2014, 10:54am

And books added...

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! :)

maig 5, 2014, 6:55pm

>61 drneutron: Jim, I love Locke & Key, a friend gets them for me. Well, he sent me the 1st and I told him he was responsible for feeding my addiction. So far, I only have two.

maig 5, 2014, 8:54pm

>31 lkernagh: and others LOL... I'm now part of THE COLLECTIVE!!! I feel special! ;)

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???

maig 9, 2014, 10:30am

39. My Life Among the Serial Killers by Helen Morrison

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.

maig 9, 2014, 7:12pm

>64 drneutron: Jim, I think I'm going to skip My Life With Serial Killers based simply upon her theory that they're just born that way. Maybe some are, but most are bred in horrifically abusive situations which warps them.

maig 9, 2014, 10:27pm

Yeah, I just keep coming back to the idea that environment has to matter.

maig 10, 2014, 5:08am

>56 michigantrumpet: Not just me, then. Phew!

>65 AuntieClio: No, I can't believe that 'they're just born that way' either.

maig 10, 2014, 8:29am

Jim, I wish you a fabulous weekend.

maig 10, 2014, 11:23am

Popped the first Anne Cleeves on the list for the spousal unit - those look intriguing.

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.

maig 10, 2014, 1:22pm

Just dropping by to catch up and say hi Jim! Hope you're having a great weekend.

maig 10, 2014, 1:27pm

Ilana! Thanks for dropping by!

maig 10, 2014, 1:33pm

>68 Ameise1: Gorgeous! Passion flowers (or is that passion fruit flowers or passion fruit plant flowers? Whatever; one of my favourites).

maig 10, 2014, 1:37pm

Yeah, those are some spectacular flowers. Not something I've ever seen before.

maig 10, 2014, 2:43pm

>72 humouress:, >73 drneutron:: Indeed, those are passion flowers. I'm glad you like it.

maig 10, 2014, 6:34pm

Just ducking in to say hi.


maig 10, 2014, 10:06pm


maig 11, 2014, 2:03pm

wandering through to say hello!

maig 11, 2014, 7:22pm

So many posts! Jim those flowers look just right for a guy like you :)
Kinda funky and space-y and yet...flowery!

Hope all is well !

maig 12, 2014, 10:38am

>77 SuziQoregon: Hello back!

>78 mckait: Reasonably well. We spent last week in Louisiana with my family, now in a different part of Louisiana with mrsdrneutron's family. Hence my relative quiet on the threads! :)

maig 12, 2014, 6:25pm

40. The Bedlam Detective by Stephen Gallagher

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!

maig 12, 2014, 10:08pm

Wow? That's it? LOL! I am so glad you loved it, Jim! I had a feeling this one would be right in your wheelhouse!

Try to track down Annihilation. It's not in the same league but a nice introduction to a dystopian trilogy.

maig 12, 2014, 10:52pm

Yeah, a short review, but I really struggled with giving away too much. :)

maig 13, 2014, 4:57am

Oh I've seen The Martian around other people's threads but if you say it is "wow" it is definitely one I want to read. Thanks for the BB:)

maig 13, 2014, 8:32am

Obviously have to get right on acquiring The Martian!!!!!

maig 13, 2014, 3:06pm

Another fan of The Martian here, Jim. So glad it rang true for you. Richard found an interesting video of the author talking about the book, its creation and its publication - those who haven't read the book probably won't want to watch it, due to some spoilery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMfuLtjgzA8

maig 13, 2014, 5:53pm

Hey Drneu, what part of La, I'm down here in the south.

Editat: maig 13, 2014, 9:31pm

This week, I'm in Shreveport/Bossier City. Last week was Alexandria. You're further south, right.

maig 13, 2014, 11:40pm

>80 drneutron: >85 jnwelch: Glad to know you also enjoyed The Martian, Jim! I thought it was fabulous, but to know it was factually accurate makes it even better! Thanks for the link, Joe! Can't wait to watch the interview!

maig 14, 2014, 8:52am

Yes, I'm in the crack of the boot :)

maig 14, 2014, 9:36am

>80 drneutron:: The "Wow" one is in my pile, Jim! After that recommendation I can't wait to get to it.

maig 14, 2014, 10:10am

>54 norabelle414: Oh no! I should've visited this thread sooner. The daughter of friends has been designing dragons since age 8 or so.

maig 14, 2014, 7:59pm

Happy travels to you, Jim!

Editat: maig 16, 2014, 10:16am

Happy Friday! Hoping you have some wonderful eating amongst your travels.

maig 16, 2014, 11:58am

The Martian sounds intriguing. Thanks for not giving away too much...

maig 16, 2014, 7:52pm

Just to let everyone know, there's now a way to let everyone know about our favorite obsession. 75er t-shirts!


maig 17, 2014, 9:10am

Are you still in NOLA?

Kevin Hearne
11 mins ·
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 :)

maig 17, 2014, 11:40am

Oh, it sounds like so much fun! I've never been to New Orleans.

maig 17, 2014, 7:19pm

I'm going to NOLA next month. I checked Five Days at Memorial out of the library yesterday. I'm reading one other book now, but I may start it since the other book I'm reading is fiction.

maig 17, 2014, 8:04pm

And we're back in Maryland!

maig 17, 2014, 8:48pm

Glad to hear that you are safe home!

maig 18, 2014, 2:15pm

Glad to hear you returned safely, but what a shame miss such a great event!

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!

maig 18, 2014, 6:55pm

>101 michigantrumpet: Thanks for the heads-up on the FoNP thread! I've added it to the group wiki.

maig 20, 2014, 1:07pm

Thanks Jim! It is more the work of Julia and Steve but I thought I would help pass the word.

maig 21, 2014, 9:38am

So what's up in the life of a rocket scientist?

maig 21, 2014, 11:22am

We spent last week moving my mother in law and nephew to Maryland with us, so we've been busy sorting out living arrangements and social services. It's been a bit of a whirlwind. :) Plus, I got almost no reading done for about a week. :( but we're making progress and things are settling down, so hopefully we'll get things back in order.

maig 22, 2014, 4:00pm

I really, really want to get to The Martian. It sounds fabulous!

I hope you start getting some time for reading soon.

maig 22, 2014, 7:59pm

Wow, that sounds like a life changing week!

Glad to hear that things are settling down, now.


maig 23, 2014, 11:15am

A week without reading?! Eek! Hope things settle down for you soon Jim.

maig 23, 2014, 12:03pm

Jim, I hope things do settle down for you soon, and that your MIL and nephew make the adjustment to a new place. Are they living *with* you, or *near* you?

maig 23, 2014, 12:47pm

Thanks for all the good thoughts! My MIL is moving to an apartment close by in a couple of weeks. It's a really nice senior living apartment , nearly new, in a great location. The nephew will be with us for a while until we can figure out some sort of independent living arrangement close by. We're already getting social services started for him and have some programs we're looking into. He's got some learning disabilities and other issues, so we're taking things a little slower with him.

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!

maig 23, 2014, 1:52pm

You deserve stars in your crown for taking the time to help your MIL and nephew settle down. It is SO hard to find programs to help people like your nephew--really a gap in our services. (just a bit of unsolicited advice: have you checked out the local chapter of NAMI? They can be a great resource.)

maig 23, 2014, 1:54pm

Wow - what a whirlwind! Good to hear things are settling down and you'll be getting some social services assistance.

maig 23, 2014, 3:27pm

Another fan of The Martian. Really want to get my hands on that one now. Would you say the science in the book hard to understand? It doesn't take away from the story? Sometime I find SF books get so technical that the story just becomes bogged down with details that not many people would understand??

maig 23, 2014, 4:09pm

Nope, the science/engineering is done at a really good level, and for me, adds quite a lot to the story. Technically, it's all pretty accurate too - no magic bullets or anything like that, everything's pretty real. Although the hero is a pretty lucky guy at some points. :)

maig 24, 2014, 10:58am

Jim, I hope you'll find a good place and program for your nephew. I wish you a wonderful weekend.

maig 26, 2014, 12:19pm

Wishing you a happy Memorial Day. Hope everyone is settling in nicely and you are snatching a few reading moments.

maig 27, 2014, 8:34am

Well, May pretty much killed my hopes of making 120 books this year. :) I've had that as a goal for a long time, but the closest I've ever come is 111. Ah well, at least I've read some good ones.

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!

maig 27, 2014, 8:45am

>117 drneutron: Time to read some graphic novels ;-)

maig 27, 2014, 2:13pm

>117 drneutron: That trend will continue with the Shetlands books. This I promise you.

maig 27, 2014, 2:28pm

Excellent! I'm starting the 4th this evening.

maig 27, 2014, 3:09pm

Big book in the series, fer sher.

maig 27, 2014, 8:20pm

Poetry and graphic novels.... you can do it! And older sf - remember how short the books used to be? The James White's are 200 or less!

Very kind what you are doing for your family.

maig 27, 2014, 9:08pm

:) yeah, I'm gonna have to pump up the graphic novels!

maig 27, 2014, 9:30pm

AND the older science fiction, like Lucy said!!

maig 28, 2014, 3:07pm

43. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

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.

maig 29, 2014, 12:19am

Hi Jim! I'm glad you enjoyed A Natural History of Dragons! I loved both the world and the way Isabella's character was written.

maig 29, 2014, 7:11am

Best of luck with the MIL and nephew transitions. Such a wonderful thing for you to do, and I'll be sending thoughts your way for the whole family. Thought of you when we were in Legoland, as they have as part of their mini-town area an entire NASA section, which was very cool!

maig 29, 2014, 10:09am

Oh, cool! NASA Lego stuff! Did you get some pics?

maig 29, 2014, 11:44am

44. Prayer by Phillip Kerr

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.

maig 30, 2014, 7:04am

>128 drneutron: Of course we did! Ha! Here's a few of just the NASA bit, but the whole thing was amazing - I highly recommend a visit.

maig 30, 2014, 8:19am

Wow, that's a pretty accurate representation of the VAB and the shuttle launch facility!

maig 30, 2014, 8:28am

Cool! I didn't really know, as I've not been there, but it sure looked neat to me!

maig 31, 2014, 7:00am

Great photo's Jim, glad you had a good time there.

Editat: maig 31, 2014, 1:50pm

Great photos of your trip, Amber! I'm glad that you, Charlie and Tomm had such a good time (and that you apparently avoided the inevitable pileups on I-285 around Atlanta).

maig 31, 2014, 2:01pm

>134 kidzdoc: Darryl: I think it helped that we managed to pass Atlanta at non-peak traffic times. And my excellent driving skills, of course ("I get my underwear at Kmart"). Ha!

maig 31, 2014, 4:13pm

Hmm. I'm now doubly confused. Why did I post this message on Jim's thread instead of yours? And what does Kmart underwear have to do with traveling on I-285???

I think I need a nap. :)

maig 31, 2014, 5:04pm

I think Amber was referencing the movie "Rain Man."

Ask her if she also needs to be home by five to catch "Wapner" ;-)

maig 31, 2014, 5:37pm

I am so sad the shuttle program was discontinued. It was always a dream to be able to see a launch.

Editat: maig 31, 2014, 10:24pm

Tell you what - I'll let you know when we launch in 2018 and you can join us! :) Delta IV Heavy night launch is pretty impressive...

maig 31, 2014, 10:53pm

Oh holy cow! That would be such an honor. I would totally love that. :-)

juny 1, 2014, 9:02am

>136 kidzdoc: Ha! Sorry, Darryl - I seem to have that effect on people sometimes...

>137 katiekrug: Good eye, Katie! *snork!*

>139 drneutron: Oooh, LT meet-up at the launch! How awesome would that be?!

juny 1, 2014, 9:47pm

Jim, I'm glad you're enjoying the Shetland series. I'm currently reading the 5th and enjoying it.

Editat: juny 1, 2014, 9:57pm

>137 katiekrug: I think Amber was referencing the movie "Rain Man."

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...

juny 1, 2014, 11:01pm

>143 kidzdoc: - Ha ha! Great gif!

juny 2, 2014, 7:09am

>143 kidzdoc:: *snork!!*

juny 2, 2014, 8:10am

I love that gif!

juny 2, 2014, 9:18am

Morphy saves the day and explains all!


juny 2, 2014, 9:33am

>147 Morphidae:

Now I get it! Thanks, Morphy!

juny 2, 2014, 8:23pm

45. Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves

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.

juny 2, 2014, 8:53pm

>149 drneutron: Oh dear, yes. Sad.

juny 2, 2014, 8:59pm

Hi There Jim! I haven't been as active as other years. I'm stopping by to thank you for your kind posts on my thread. It means a lot to have you visit.

juny 3, 2014, 5:33am

Love all the Rainman references!

>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?!?

juny 3, 2014, 11:10am

Thanks for all your comments on The Martian a while back. It really made a difference to know that all the technical aspects were realistic. I loved the book - an unexpected pleasure!

juny 3, 2014, 8:51pm

Hi Jim... just popping in to catch up and hopefully find out more about your space program news!

Do you call it "Space Program for Dummies" at the office when you tell them how you have to explain it to us, LOL???? ;)

juny 3, 2014, 10:00pm

>154 TinaV95: heh, no. We actually have a pretty active public outreach aspect, so this sort of thing is typical.

juny 3, 2014, 10:31pm

>139 drneutron: I think an LT launch viewing party in 2018 would be AWESOME! Just saying.

juny 4, 2014, 3:33pm

>139 drneutron: >156 ronincats: I second that! Or should it be "third" that?

juny 4, 2014, 8:32pm

All in favor say Aye!!!!! AYE!!!!!!

Nay (Silence)

The Ayes have it!

(That's how we do the votin' here at Town Meeting)

juny 4, 2014, 8:52pm

Oh, I'm sure everyone will be well informed as we get closer to time! :)

juny 5, 2014, 8:02pm

Jim, I do believe that I am in good time to wish our dear administrator a very happy birthday. Have a wonderful day and I wish to say again how grateful I am for all the sterling work you do for us all here in this sustaining group.

juny 5, 2014, 8:10pm

What Paul said

juny 5, 2014, 8:13pm

I want to wish you a Happy Birthday here, as well.. with a hug because I'm sad to have missed meeting up with you this time... :)

Mucho Happy

juny 5, 2014, 8:27pm

I didn't know it was your birthday, Jim! I hope you had a wonderful day.

juny 5, 2014, 9:23pm

Happy Birthday, Jim! Best wishes for a lovely day.

juny 5, 2014, 10:10pm

Happiest of happies, Jim!

juny 5, 2014, 10:56pm

Have I stumbled into a birthday celebration? Happy Birthday, Jim!

juny 6, 2014, 7:22am

Oh, Happy Birthday, Jim!!

juny 6, 2014, 8:28am

Oh, hope you had a lovely birthday, Jim! And thanks from me too...this group is such a great part of my life. Don't know what I'd do without it.

juny 6, 2014, 8:39am

Thanks everyone! It was indeed a pretty good day. We made some progress at work on a couple of technical problems that have been plaguing us, the family made me a great steak dinner that we got to enjoy outside on the deck, and mrsdrneutron got a lawn service to mow our yard this week so I wouldn't have to do it! Plus key lime cupcakes from our local bakery for dessert... :)

juny 6, 2014, 9:31am

Happy belated birthday!

Yummmm, key lime cupcakes . . . .

juny 6, 2014, 10:30am

Happy Birthday, after the fact!

juny 6, 2014, 10:41am

Happy belated birthday from me too!

juny 6, 2014, 10:50am

Me, too, Jim. Happy belated birthday! I love key lime cupcakes.

juny 6, 2014, 11:28am

Happy belated birthday. Steak dinner sounds gorgeous.

juny 6, 2014, 1:00pm

Sounds like a very good day all around, Jim.

juny 6, 2014, 2:53pm

Happy belated birthday - sounds like you had a good one!

juny 6, 2014, 5:16pm

Happy belated birthday greetings Jim from me and Karen, hope you had a good day and got lots of presents.

juny 6, 2014, 7:15pm

Thanks, everyone!

juny 7, 2014, 12:02am

Belated happy birthday wishes, Jim! Hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend!

juny 7, 2014, 1:28am

Happy Birthday Jim! I am woefully behind on your thread, but off I go to try and catch up! Have a great weekend.

juny 7, 2014, 10:05am

Jim, I wish you a fabulous weekend.

juny 7, 2014, 4:47pm

A belated:

Editat: juny 8, 2014, 3:24pm

I've had a chance to add two more!

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.

juny 8, 2014, 3:42pm

I thought Dark Eden was compelling, too, though I found its style a bit too stylish after a while.

juny 8, 2014, 4:01pm

Dark Eden is in my tbr pile. I'll get to it...soon?

juny 8, 2014, 4:21pm

>183 drneutron: I saw that crossword book on the ER list and was intrigued. Seems I should keep looking for the definitive book.

Hope you had a wonderful birthday.

juny 9, 2014, 4:05am

Belated happy birthday Jim.

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.

juny 9, 2014, 7:05am

Oh, Dark Eden sounds good! Wishlisted!

juny 9, 2014, 7:28am

Sigh. Got me. I now HAVE to read Dark Eden.

Thanks for your post on my thread..... it both cracked me up and was informative :)

juny 10, 2014, 9:39pm

48. Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory

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.

juny 10, 2014, 11:52pm

That's a new take on the zombie tale!

juny 11, 2014, 8:26am

It was. For folks who don't like the usual zombie book, this would be a great way to dip into the genre. It's more character-driven than the usual and isn't the gore-fest that some books are.

juny 11, 2014, 5:17pm

>183 drneutron: I enjoyed Dark Eden a lot as well when I read it last year.

juny 11, 2014, 11:47pm

Belated birthday greetings! Hope it was a good one!

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.

juny 13, 2014, 9:13am

Happy 7th Thingaversary, Jim!

juny 13, 2014, 9:23am

Your Thingavesary is so close to your birthday Jim. Did you chose your books yet?

juny 13, 2014, 9:25am

Happy Thingaversary!

juny 13, 2014, 9:33am

Happy Thingaversary, Jim! I can't imagine LT and the 75ers group without you, so here's to the next 7 years.

juny 13, 2014, 10:40am

Happy Thingaversary!

juny 13, 2014, 11:28am

Happiest of happy Thingaversaries, Jim!

juny 13, 2014, 11:29am

Happy Thingaversary to you, Jim!

juny 13, 2014, 12:14pm

Happy Thingaversary, Jim. 2007?! Go buy yourself some books!

juny 13, 2014, 12:24pm

Happy Thingaversary! Do us proud, now.

juny 13, 2014, 2:51pm

Happy Thingaversery, Jim!

juny 13, 2014, 5:28pm

A very happy Thingaversay to you, Jim!

juny 13, 2014, 5:49pm

Happy Thingading, Jim!

juny 13, 2014, 6:00pm

Happy thing-a-versary!

juny 13, 2014, 6:01pm

Thingaversary!! Yay!

juny 14, 2014, 6:18am

Happy Thingaversary Jim, hope you choose some good books.

juny 14, 2014, 8:46am

Happy Thingaversary Jim.

juny 14, 2014, 10:19am

Jim, I wish you a wonderful weekend.

juny 14, 2014, 11:53am

Hope you had a wonderful book haul on your Thingaversary!

juny 15, 2014, 10:46pm

Wow, I go away for a weekend and come back to 18 messages! Thanks for remembering, everyone - I'd completely forgotten and now need to do some book shopping!

Editat: juny 16, 2014, 1:23pm

Saw this on a car this weekend, had to hunt it down...

juny 18, 2014, 7:33am

49. Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

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!

juny 18, 2014, 7:35am

Hi Jim, glad you have liked these books so far, they are on my pile to be read.

juny 18, 2014, 10:39am

Thought of you this weekend, Jim, as we were on Florida's "Space Coast". Is that where the Solar Probe Plus will launch from?

Editat: juny 18, 2014, 11:00am

Oh, I missed your birthday and your Thingaversary, Jim! Oops! Happy, happy belated Birthday/Thingaversary wishes! I hope both days were stellar!

juny 18, 2014, 3:48pm

>217 katiekrug: Yup, in fact I'm headed down there at the beginning of July for our first meeting with the launch folks!

>218 tymfos: Yup, both good days!

juny 19, 2014, 7:52am

>219 drneutron: You have my sympathies. Florida in July is the pits!

juny 22, 2014, 3:56am

Happy Sunday, Jim! I hope it will be a wonderful one.

juny 22, 2014, 8:57am

Just stopping by to say hello... and that I'm thinking of you...
Hope you are all happy and stuff :)

juny 22, 2014, 9:10am

Hi Jim! It looks like I have been tardy over here. Happy Thingaversary! And thanks again for all you do around here. You do not realize how much we all appreciate it. Man Hug!

I have Broken Homes on my audio stacks. Better slot it in...

juny 22, 2014, 2:01pm

>221 Ameise1: - That's a beautiful pic! Thanks!

>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...

juny 22, 2014, 2:21pm

That will no doubt be a bit harder, but something will come along. I will be sending positive energy for that resolution to be speedy :)

juny 22, 2014, 4:37pm

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Checking in -- hoping you've had a lovely weekend and have survived the moving of MIL belongings. Nothing a little Thingaversary book buying spree won't remedy!

juny 27, 2014, 10:06am

50. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

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.

juny 27, 2014, 10:10am

>228 drneutron: Crusoe
BB. Sigh.

juny 27, 2014, 2:52pm

>228 drneutron: TWO BBs. *sigh* *sigh*

juny 27, 2014, 2:54pm

Dark Eden sounds intriguing.....

juny 27, 2014, 3:32pm

Ah, yes. My work here is done... :)

juny 28, 2014, 10:03am

Yep, adding the Bonhoeffer book to the list.

juny 28, 2014, 10:46am

Jim, I wish you a fabulous weekend.

juny 28, 2014, 8:34pm

Happy weekend Jim!

juny 28, 2014, 9:10pm

Thanks to both of you!

juny 29, 2014, 12:36am

Only half over--there is still Sunday left!! : )

juny 29, 2014, 9:14am

The Bonhoeffer is mighty tempting, Jim. I think I'll have to add it to the wishlist.

juny 29, 2014, 4:45pm

Belated Happy Birthday and Thingaversary wishes.

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.

Editat: juny 29, 2014, 5:06pm

I, too, read and enjoyed ( with some reservation) the Metaxas Bonhoeffer biography. I felt Metaxas had a Evangelical perspective into which he tried to shoehorn Bonhoeffer. While Bonhoeffer's early theology may have been more amenable to that treatment, his growth after his time in the US and in the WII years outdistanced that.

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!

juny 29, 2014, 9:06pm

Thought you might want to take a look at this...

It is a new thread started in order to brainstorm ideas for LT anniversaries. : )


jul. 1, 2014, 2:40pm

Just stopping by to catch up and wave 'Hello' ;-)

jul. 1, 2014, 5:49pm

Hi there Jim! How's it hangin' there, old sport? Thought I'd mention a little something I ran across...a mystery set in 1816 London and featuring a returned British Army captain with what we today would call PTSD and a bad case of the honorables as our sleuth, righting wrongs and causing malefactors much discomfort.

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...

*Satanically Book Warbleswhistles innocently off*

Oh, here's a link just in case.

jul. 1, 2014, 7:58pm

An " LT 2018 launch party"? Now, I am intrigued...

jul. 1, 2014, 9:39pm

Hey Jim -

I've missed so much! Happy belated birthday and Thingaversary! and I hope all is going well with your MIL and nephew.

You've hit me with some book bullets: The Martian, Dark Eden, The Bedlam Detective and Crusoe. Sheesh! I obviously need to ignore your thread in the future.....

jul. 1, 2014, 10:48pm

>242 SuziQoregon: hi back!

>243 richardderus: oh, I've been hearing the call of the warbler as he wanders through the threads... Ok, fine, dammit, I'll go get it!

>244 msf59: Cocoa Beach, here we come!

>245 Dejah_Thoris: Hey, I like to live, er, read dangerously! :)

jul. 2, 2014, 4:16pm

New thread... Stop by for a visit!
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