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muleskinner

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01-12-2013 05:48 AM

The nights are long and my shop gets cold after the sun goes down, so winter is when I get caught up on my reading list. The list is getting pared down and needs to be replenished. So what are you guys reading? What would you recommend?

I’ve finished these within the last couple weeks:
Wealth and Democracy by Kevin Philips
A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin
Stormy Weather by Carl Hiaasen

Three different genres but I’d recommend each book and each writer.

So what do you recommend I put in my book stack?

-- Visualize whirled peas


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#1 posted 01-12-2013 05:59 AM

toilers of the sea – victor hugo
indian givers – jack weatherford
death of the fox – george garrett
the language of life – bill moyers
nothing to lose – lee childs

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 01-12-2013 06:15 AM

I don’t read books….too boring, and I don’t have the patience to sit still that long….I’ll usually read woodworking magazine articles, but that’s about it…..I remember the last book I read….it was a paperback, and it was “Jaws”......that was in 1975…........

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#3 posted 01-12-2013 06:26 AM

if you would like to read some spiritual book, the Book OF Mormon is filled with gods word.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 01-12-2013 06:33 AM

I used to read a lot of books in a year but now reading has become a sleeping pill.I could read for about fifteen minutes before dozing off. I started reading Travels of Marco Polo since early last month but still have a lot of pages to go.
Do you know of any cure for the sleeping sickness?

-- asm

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#5 posted 01-12-2013 06:42 AM

LJ, best reading there is! ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 01-12-2013 06:45 AM

Grizz, are you referring to the Broadway musical or the Smith book?

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know what I mean...

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#7 posted 01-12-2013 12:30 PM

One book I would recommend is “We, THE DROWNED” by Carsten Jensen.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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muleskinner

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#8 posted 01-13-2013 02:45 AM

ashahidan, “any cure for sleeping sickness”? Well, more interesting books maybe? :).

I’ll admit that I have the same affliction but use it to my advantage. Always have something to read on the nightstand. Works as well as a sleeping pill with no side effects. But it was frustrating, I’d read a couple of pages as I fell asleep. The next night I’d end up reading the same couple of pages again to find my place and again fall asleep. Took forever to read anything of any length.

A couple of years ago my kids gave me a Kindle. Now I turn it on and it is exactly where I left off the previous night and shuts itself off five minutes after I’ve fallen asleep. So, despite the fact that Amazon.com is an evil behemoth more detrimental to small businesses than Walmart, I do like my Kindle.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#9 posted 01-13-2013 06:47 PM

Anything by: Ben Bova, Greg Bear, Arthur C. Clark, Isaac Asimov, Stephen Hawking

-- *Arachnoleptic Fit*: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidently walked through a spider web.

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muleskinner

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#10 posted 01-13-2013 09:43 PM

Clark and Asimov I’ve read quite a bit. ‘Childhood’s End’ was probably my favorite of Clark’s although I don’t remember anything of his I didn’t like. Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ should be required reading for any SF fan. I don’t think I’ve read anything by Bear but I think I’ll remedy that. The ‘Forge of God’ looks pretty enticing. A good introduction?

Hawking kind of scares me – I’m afraid he’ll be over my head. I may have to wait till he writes what he’d consider a children’s book. :)

You might try ‘Armor’ by John Steakley for a SciFi read. For a science read, 'The River That Flows Uphill' William Calvin is my hands down favorite. A beautiful book.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#11 posted 01-13-2013 10:01 PM

muleskinner,

Ask and you shall receive:
George's Secret Key to the Universe

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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muleskinner

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#12 posted 01-13-2013 10:18 PM

Chuck – now that’s what I’m talk’n about! And reading the sample on Amazon it appears it might also involve bacon. That’s worth three stars alone.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#13 posted 01-15-2013 01:08 AM

I just finished A Short List of Even Prime Numbers.

It is concise and fascinating two – I mean too!

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#14 posted 01-15-2013 02:06 AM

One I got for Christmas, but not started yet is “Death by black hole” by Neil DeGasse Tyson. The guy is a lot of fun, if you are into being sucked into stars.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#15 posted 01-15-2013 02:44 AM

I forgot to mention Heinline; “Stranger in a Strange Land” – it was the very first SF I read. Heavy ! Greg Bear writes very similar.

-- *Arachnoleptic Fit*: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidently walked through a spider web.

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