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I am currently reading Bread For All: The origins of the Welfare State. 

Usually I go into Waterstones bookshop and read all Bernard Cornwell's swords and whatever fiction for fun and free. But once a year I buy a book by way of an admission fee and this year I ended up with Chris Renwick's little effort which was well worth it, particularly since it had been remaindered and was going for washers.

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I just downloaded Lost Souls, the fourth book in Dean Koontz Frankenstein series.



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I just finished reading  The Devil Colony by James Rollins. What a page turner. It involves some of the history of North American Indians in particular the finding of white Indians who claimed in the folk lore of the Iroquois  Nation who claimed the white Indians came from the east across the Atlantic from Egypt. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin are also mentioned and it shows their acts of resolution to  create a 14th Colony of the Iroquois Nation. Lots of action and twists to the story. I read it in three days. I am looking forward to reading more books by James Rollins.

 His style reminds me of Clive Cussler another author I enjoy reading.

Uni



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I just finished reading  The Devil Colony by James Rollins. What a page turner. It involves some of the history of North American Indians in particular the finding of white Indians who claimed in the folk lore of the Iroquois  Nation who claimed the white Indians came from the east across the Atlantic from Egypt. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin are also mentioned and it shows their acts of resolution to  create a 14th Colony of the Iroquois Nation. Lots of action and twists to the story. I read it in three days. I am looking forward to reading more books by James Rollins.

 His style reminds me of Clive Cussler another author I enjoy reading.

Uni


 Ooh, that's sounds good!  



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I'm not reading a book at the moment. I'm debating reading Fire and Fury, but so far can't bring myself to subject myself to Trump anymore than I have to. My sister read it in a single day, but she loves hating on Trump. Uni's book sounds a lot more interesting.

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About forty years ago, I obtained a 1954 paperback edition of The Caine Mutiny (Herman Wouk)...it even had a section of images from both the movie (released at the same time, and starring Humphrey Bogart) and the stage play. It was pretty pricey for its day...a whopping 95 cents, but it sold several million copies, as did the hardcover edition. I had never read it before, and I read it and re-read it until it fell apart, after which I taped it together. Maybe twenty years ago, I replaced it with the exact same edition, which was in better shape. But now that one is almost 65 years old, and it, too, is falling to pieces.

A couple of weeks ago, Lucinda gave me a re-issue, with bigger pages and a larger font (Hey, I'm an old geezer now!)...and I have been reading this story for the first time in many years. I usually read non-fiction about WWII, but it's still one of the best pieces of fiction about the war and the Navy that have ever been written. Even without any of the endless cursing and talk about sex. In fact, there's very little mention of sex at all. It's so well-written that it makes you feel like you're on board that ship.

There are maybe a half-dozen works of classic fiction about WWII, and this is one of them. Everybody has heard of Captain Queeg and his steel ball bearings, and losing your marbles, thanks to this book. I think our Commander-in-Chief needs to be made aware of it. I bet he's never even heard of it, let alone tried to read it. Are you kidding me?

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1954 paperback edition: Still crazy after all these years...



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I think our Commander-in-Chief needs to be made aware of it. I bet he's never even heard of it, let alone tried to read it. Are you kidding me?

Charlie

 


He wouldn't understand it. Not even if the story was printed on the side of a Happy Meal box and came with a toy.



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Just finished Dead Wake by Erik Larson, a fascinating account of the events leading up to and surrounding the sinking of the Lusitania.  This author made history come alive.  I loved every bit of it.  The juxtaposition between Captain Turner and Captain Schweiger was brilliant, as was life aboard the Lusitania and the cramped, fetid quarters on the U-Boat.  So much to absorb and very cleverly laid out.



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Dee wrote:

I'm not reading a book at the moment. I'm debating reading Fire and Fury, but so far can't bring myself to subject myself to Trump anymore than I have to. My sister read it in a single day, but she loves hating on Trump. Uni's book sounds a lot more interesting.


 My wife (Suzy) just finished Fire and Fury and found it very interesting. I bought it for her as an E-book the day it came out for $15.99 You can get it as an E-book from Google Play or Amazon Books for $15.99. or can read it on your computer or tablet . At Amazon, you can download the free Kindle Cloud reading app Your books will always be available to you on the Kindle Cloud. Kindle also offers a free lending library. I currently have 10 books checked out of the library. I must read and return some to get any more.

I'm currently reading a hardback copy of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neal deGrasse Tyson, My favorite scientist. The book is very readable, not nearly as intimidating as the title suggests. I'm also reading Hot Zone, A Post Apocalyptic Thriller by Steven Konkoly, and Rock With Wings by Anne Hillerman. I usually have two or three going at once. When one gets too intense, I switch to something else for a while. I'm retired so I need something to fill my time in winter.



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Dee wrote:

I'm not reading a book at the moment. I'm debating reading Fire and Fury, but so far can't bring myself to subject myself to Trump anymore than I have to. My sister read it in a single day, but she loves hating on Trump. Uni's book sounds a lot more interesting.


 My wife (Suzy) just finished Fire and Fury and found it very interesting. I bought it for her as an E-book the day it came out for $15.99 You can get it as an E-book from Google Play or Amazon Books for $15.99. or can read it on your computer or tablet . At Amazon, you can download the free Kindle Cloud reading app Your books will always be available to you on the Kindle Cloud. Kindle also offers a free lending library. I currently have 10 books checked out of the library. I must read and return some to get any more.

I'm currently reading a hardback copy of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neal deGrasse Tyson, My favorite scientist. The book is very readable, not nearly as intimidating as the title suggests. I'm also reading Hot Zone, A Post Apocalyptic Thriller by Steven Konkoly, and Rock With Wings by Anne Hillerman. I usually have two or three going at once. When one gets too intense, I switch to something else for a while. I'm retired so I need something to fill my time in winter.


 I like the sound of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. I am not going anywhere in a hurry or otherwise, but I have manage to forget almost all my basic physics, so I will give the book a go, although being almost terminally cheap I will wait a couple of weeks until it is remaindered. 

Many thanks Time.



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Dee wrote:

I'm not reading a book at the moment. I'm debating reading Fire and Fury, but so far can't bring myself to subject myself to Trump anymore than I have to. My sister read it in a single day, but she loves hating on Trump. Uni's book sounds a lot more interesting.


 Thanks so much Dee. It definitely left me with questions and ooohs and ahhhhs. It is the first book of James Rollins I have read and he has lots of books out there on similar style and intrique and lots of historical mysteries and misadventure to name a few of his talents as a story writer. I could not put it down for long and I was right back at it.

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I'm ever so pleased that so many of us still read books, but I don't think I can count myself among you these days, any more than I can count myself among t.v. and movie viewers.  None of those are there for me any more, and I'm happier writing my own stories about cats and dogs.

When I did enjoy reading, there were Agatha Christie's huge output of mysteries, Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, a number of other Brit-Mysts (you all know how often I've said nobody does mystery stories better than the English).  After that I discovered Stephen King, but after his first four novels, he became tediously traumatizing.  Likewise, Anne Rice and her set of vampire tales.

Meh, I'm happy I was there to experience them. 



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