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   Carolina Kat  I just finished "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand and would give it five stars! It's the non-fiction biography of Louis Zamperini. They've made a movie out of it, but I'd bet it won't touch very much on the spiritual side of the story. What a story of survival and victory and forgiveness! I highly recommend it.
17 hours ago .

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   StormCnter  I agree, Carolina Kat. I resisted reading that book because I'm squeamish about torture and wartime survival. But, my son-in-law was carried away with it, so I finally stopped pushing it back on my bookshelf. It was a great book and I have recommended it to so many people. Thanks for reminding me.
7 hours ago .

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   MeiDei  I just finished reading The Martian recommended by Storm a while ago. Very much enjoyed it - the writer left the ending to our imagination; I imagined all went well.
Yesterday at 17:33 EST .

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   Gram77  I too read this book. It was excellent and the ending was clear. The astronaut was definitely rescued and by a daring method. The space ship did a passover with an astronaut tethered to that ship and he was able to literally grab the stranded fella and bring him home. Pretty badly bruised by rescued.
Yesterday at 17:44 EST .

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   MeiDei  Right, but Gram did you not wonder if they had enough food & fuel to get home?
Yesterday at 19:22 EST .

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   Gram77  I guess they did because in the book they got home. In real life so to speak, you bet I would wonder.
Yesterday at 20:02 EST .

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   StormCnter  I am so pleased y'all liked the book. I just sent it home with my son-in-law and am looking forward to his opinion,too. I'm wondering if it wouldn't make a profitable movie. Or was the theater-going public sated with the Sandra Bullock film.
Yesterday at 05:39 EST .

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   Gram77  I kind of think it would make a good movie....but...only if the movie people did not change things on the book to suit them. Unfortunately they usually do and the biggest change I remember was how the the ending in The Horse Whisperer movie was so very different then the book.
Yesterday at 09:25 EST .

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   MeiDei  I hate to be contrary, but in the end of the book they were still 211 days away from earth with dwindling supplies of food & as previously mentioned, there was a protocol for who would survive if they ran out... it was the Johannson girl. I still have the book so I checked. I agree it would make a great movie if they follow the book faithfully.
21 hours ago .

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   StormCnter  Mei, I love you but I also think the crew was headed for survival.
7 hours ago .

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   Gram77  Just got an email from a friend who recommended a book. The title is The Harbinger. Anyone read this? I read an interesting review and plan to check it out.
Sunday at 10:08 EST .

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   StormCnter  I haven't read it, Gram. I looked it up on Amazon and read through the reviews. It's not the type of book I would buy, but I'm interested in what you think of it if you read it.

Do you look up book reviews? Goodreads is a helpful site. I had almost decided to give up on a highly touted book that I was 75 pages into and bored to death, but before I abandoned an expensive hardback, I checked it out at Goodreads. Reviewers there said that the book picks up at the halfway point and turns into a really good one. I've stayed with it a bit more and the reviewers are right.
Yesterday at 09:19 EST .

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   Gram77  The only reason I plan to see if this book is really good is that I saw there is a copy at my library. Otherwise I would not buy it.
Yesterday at 09:27 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm just finishing "This is the Water" by Yannick Murphy. Stay away from it, no matter how many gushy reviews you see. It's gimmicky and tedious.
September 25 at 07:09 EST .

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   Susannah  I'm about halfway through "Jackie as Editor: The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis," by Greg Lawrence. It's about the only part of her life that was never put under a microscope: her editorial jobs at Viking and Doubleday. It's pretty interesting, with some good anecdotes about various authors. And it provides a depressingly accurate picture of what publishing has become today.
September 18 at 11:47 EST .

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   Gram77  I'm about to try a new author: Courtney Collins and her book is The Untold.
September 15 at 13:57 EST .

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   MisterDickens  Anybody heard anything about David Limbaugh's new book about the bible?
September 13 at 10:26 EST .

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   StormCnter  MisterDickens, it's getting a lot of attention on the conservative news sites. Here's a Brent Bozell column from yesterday:

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-bozel
l/2014/09/13/bozell-graham-column-david-
limbaughs-case-christianity
September 14 at 07:36 EST .

  6 people like this.





   StormCnter  Mike and I have discussed Jeff Guinn's books. I have another to recommend, "Glorious". This one is western-based fiction and I think it's as good as some of McMurtry's. I foresee a movie version. Matthew McConaughey for the flawed main character.
September 9 at 07:20 EST .

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   Gram77  I really like Western fiction. I intend to put this on my list. At the moment I am about half way the second book in a trilogy by Michael McGarrity. The first book is Hard Country and the one I'm reading now is Backland. The 3rd book is in progress.
September 10 at 18:27 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, have you read either of Harry Combs' books? I liked "Brules" the best, but it is very graphic in places.
September 11 at 17:23 EST .

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   Gram77  Just about finished with Michael McGarrity's Hard Country and it is excellent. The second one (it's a trilogy of the Kerney family ) became available earlier this year. I'm going after that one as soon I finish this.
September 6 at 18:29 EST .

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   MeiDei  Just finished reading Michener's The Covenant about So. Africa spanning the centuries up to apartheid. Now reading my first LeCarre book, surprise - it's about So. Africa too post WWII. Have seen his books turned into movies i.e., Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Constant Gardener but missed The Panama Tailor. The last film (& John Phillip Seymour's )is a spy thriller. So far I find his book "The Mission" to be similar in style to Hemingway - both seem as if written to me in letters or via conversation.
August 30 at 14:42 EST .

   10 people like this.


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