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 Post subject: What Are You Reading?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:30 pm 
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I am rereading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:45 pm 
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I am rereading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
One of my favorites.

I'm reading a couple books right now:

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The Count of Monte Cristo because I'm getting ready to teach it to my 8th graders.

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Tucker's Last Stand

This one just isn't grabbing me like the others. The LBJ impersonations are priceless, though


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I am starting The Quick and the Dead by Louis L'Amour


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I started three books in the past couple of months. Unfortunately, I have not finished any of them yet.

2/3 of the way through Pride & Prejudice
2/3 of the way through Between Noon and Three: Romance, Law, and the Outrage of Grace by Robert Farrar Capon
A couple of chapters into Supper of the Lamb, also by Robert Farrar Capon

I am hoping to be able finish them up soon, although the reading I have for school might make that a little more difficult...

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Excellent read.

I LOVE Nelson DeMille. Wild Fire was good, but not great. I like John Corey - funny bastard. Plum Island or Gold Coast were my favorites of his.

Count of Monte Cristo is probably one of my top 5 books of all time.


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This has been on my list for a good year now. I need to get started.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:07 pm 
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a few books I am picking through...

The New York Giants, An Informal History of a Great Baseball Club

Unfurl Those Colors, The 2nd Corps at Antietam by Marion Armstrong

Flashman for Freedom, George MacDonald Fraser.

and my next book will be the new book on James K. Polk by Borneman.

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I am reading through Patrick O'Brian's Aubry/Maturin series for the second time. 20 Volumes. I started on (coincidentally) St Patrick's day, and am halfway through the 13th book. The series is just as good or better the second time around.

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Just re-read Kerouac's On The Road. It's awful.

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I'm not reading anything at the moment, but I may start re-reading "Catcher in the Rye" for the Curriculum Book Club.

The last book I read* (over six months ago) was "The Big House," by George Howe Colt. It's about a family home on Cape Cod, not prison life. ;)

*Correction: I re-read Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" this summer, so that was technically the last book I read. I read it in a day, so I forgot about it until now. I have so many books beckoning me to read them (thanks to frequent thrift store visits) that it's hard to know where to begin. It didn't help that I hard to re-certify for the family medicine boards this summer...most of my pleasure-reading time was consumed by review books, etc.

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Naval Gent wrote:
I am reading through Patrick O'Brian's Aubry/Maturin series for the second time. 20 Volumes. I started on (coincidentally) St Patrick's day, and am halfway through the 13th book. The series is just as good or better the second time around.

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I like the Aubrey books, and actually have an Honorary Aubrey dinner every spring at my club in lower Manhattan.

But for fun, Flashman is better in my opinion.
O'Brian always talks about food and only hints at sex, where Fraser is the complete opposite! LOL. I guess if you're in for a penny, you're in for a pound.

Another good series are the books by Malison focusing on Napoleonic cavalry.

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Naval Gent wrote:
I am reading through Patrick O'Brian's Aubry/Maturin series for the second time. 20 Volumes. I started on (coincidentally) St Patrick's day, and am halfway through the 13th book. The series is just as good or better the second time around.

Scott
I like the Aubrey books, and actually have an Honorary Aubrey dinner every spring at my club in lower Manhattan.

But for fun, Flashman is better in my opinion.
O'Brian always talks about food and only hints at sex, where Fraser is the complete opposite! LOL. I guess if you're in for a penny, you're in for a pound.

Another good series are the books by Malison focusing on Napoleonic cavalry.
Interesting about the dinners. When you say honorary, are they in honor of Aubry, or do you honor some guest?

I have read other books by Fraser, but never a Flashman novel. I think it's because the anti-hero rarely appeals to me. Naval Wife watches House, but I can't get over the fact that nobody punches him in the nose, much less works for him. Do those people have no pride? And while I find Mad Men visually stunning, I quit watching after a couple of episodes because there were absolutely zero sympathetic characters. Everyone I saw was an asshole in one way or another. I get no pleasure dedicating my time to assholes, fictional or real. But maybe one day I'll give Flashman a whirl.

I will look into the Malison series (Are you sure of the spelling? Amazon turned up nothing but a paper on capacitors, etc). Thanks. I've read the Sharps books, and found them fun, but it a bit light.

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Sorry to drag movies into a book discussion, but, speaking of Naval Lit, has anyone read Forester's Horatio Hornblower books? I LOVED the movies on A&E and bought the complete DVD set.

Also - re: Aubrey - I wonder why no more of those movies have been made? I enjoyed the one that came out with Russell Crowe.

I think I will go to the library and try the first Aubrey book. I really enjoy historical fiction.

My favorite historical fiction sets:

James Clavell's Asian saga.
Herman Wouk's Winds of War and War and Remembrance
Wilbur Smith's Courtney/Ballantyne South African sagas. His ancient egypt books were pretty good as well.


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