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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 12/9/2017 4:27:06 PM   
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"Astrophysics For People in a Hurry" by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
"New Sales Simplified" by Mike Weinberg
"Homeward Bound | The Life of Paul Simon" by Peter Ames Carlin

I'll finish them all by the end of the year. I hope.

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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 12/10/2017 11:37:06 AM   
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Today I finished reading “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. I really liked this book. I’m a sucker for a novel set in an historical setting, particularly one set during World War II like this novel. Beautiful flowing prose, wonderful story line with just enough twists, turns and surprises to keep you engaged throughout. Great look at war from a woman's perspective. I particularly love how each sister helped in two distinct ways from each other but risking all to help others in their own ways. I had a hard time putting it down each day. I finished it in 4 days flat. Something I rarely do these days. Recommended to highly recommended.


Comporable to All the Light We Cannot See?


Quality? Yes. Timeframe? Yes. Story? Close but enough different to keep it interesting.

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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 12/10/2017 11:37:35 AM   
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"Astrophysics For People in a Hurry" by Neil DeGrasse Tyson


On my To-Read shelf.

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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 12/10/2017 1:29:42 PM   
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The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis.

Just finished, but will have to re-read. An intellectual struggle for me. Never read C.S. Lewis before. Makes you think. Now on to a novel to give the gray matter a rest and changeup.

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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 12/26/2017 11:24:06 AM   
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Over the Christmas vacation week I finished reading “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss.

I thought this was a well written story and really enjoyed reading this book. This is not a genre I normally read and must admit I felt like I was being tortured the first 200 pages of this book. However, I persisted and once it reached a turning point where the main character began to chronicle his youth and days at university it slowly but surely drew me in and made for an enjoyable read. I’ll likely soon read the second book in this Kingkiller Chronicle.

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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 12/26/2017 11:28:15 AM   
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Just finished the latest Jack Reacher novel (The Midnight Line). Lee Child seems to purposefully make him seem even larger than in previous novels. The exact opposite of casting Tom Cruise as Reacher.

Not my favorite of the Reacher series, but a good read never-the-less.

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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 12/26/2017 2:49:41 PM   
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Deep Work by Cal Newport. Part of my adventures in reducing and limiting online time. More reading of books in the evening, less Web surfing, minimal text messaging. It seems to have made a positive impact so far.


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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 12/26/2017 5:28:26 PM   
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Deep Work by Cal Newport. Part of my adventures in reducing and limiting online time. More reading of books in the evening, less Web surfing, minimal text messaging. It seems to have made a positive impact so far.




A very nice plan. I too have started to get back to reading more. Catching up on the last year or so of New York Review of Books. And reading a few books on Zimbabwe (work-related), and not directly work related, Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts, that covers the life of the US Ambassador to Berlin in 1933 and 1934, just as Hitler was coming to power. Like all of Larson's work, it is pretty easy to read; seems well researched, but is not burdened with footnotes. I find the latter sometimes liberating, and other times a bit annoying (at least the academic in me!). Very enjoyable reading though. Some of the reviews try to tie it to our current political situation. I am no fan of the current administration, but I do think one needs to be careful of such comparisons. I do think Larson illustrates how easy it is to be complacent or less principled when faced with clearly wrongful activity. For that it is applicable to the current situation, but also I would argue more broadly to any time and place given the large amount of injustice still in the world. As I go on, I realize this should also be cross posted to one bottle consumed alone -- though I have only had about two glasses (of an excellent Hermitage given to me by my Secret Santa this year!). Back to cooking dinner, that Hermitage, and eventually more of Erik Larson......

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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 12/26/2017 5:43:25 PM   
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The Afterlife Revolution, by Whitley Strieber. Highly recommended.

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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 1/2/2018 11:08:00 AM   
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The Last Days of New Paris - China Mieville. A real fever dream of a novella.

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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 1/2/2018 2:40:37 PM   
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Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen. Lived in So Fl for a while and Hiaasen writes quite funny easy reads. Appropriate over holidays -- sorta light-hearted, while not in the best of taste.

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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 1/3/2018 7:00:48 AM   
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Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen. Lived in So Fl for a while and Hiaasen writes quite funny easy reads. Appropriate over holidays -- sorta light-hearted, while not in the best of taste.


A little last-minute grooming in the car is in bad taste?

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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 1/13/2018 2:28:42 PM   
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Today I finished reading my first book of 2018. “Grant” by Ron Chernow. This massive tome was a significant effort for me to finish. Normally a huge fan of biographies, particularly historical and war based biographies, this 1,104 page work was both a physical and mental challenge to complete in under three weeks of concentrated effort. Chocked full of detail, well researched and written I still found it a bit dry in the details and circuitous on the subject of Grant’s drinking problem. Still it was a good read and very informative albeit a bit long and difficult read at times. Still I’d recommend it with those caveats.

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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 1/13/2018 3:26:46 PM   
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Today I finished reading my first book of 2018. “Grant” by Ron Chernow.


Did it have a section regarding the secret agents Grant sponsored, James T. West & Artemus Gordon, who rode around the West in a custom steam train?

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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 1/13/2018 4:01:33 PM   
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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 1/13/2018 5:38:20 PM   
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Goodbye To All That - Robert Graves

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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 1/14/2018 2:30:22 PM   
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Don't encourage me.

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RE: NWR: I just read/am reading.... - 1/15/2018 7:39:48 AM   
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Today I finished reading my first book of 2018. “Grant” by Ron Chernow.


Did it have a section regarding the secret agents Grant sponsored, James T. West & Artemus Gordon, who rode around the West in a custom steam train?

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Funny how I kept thinking about that while reading the book.


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