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   Gram77  I was just on the movie site when an author's name popped up; J.R, Lansdale. I checked him out and his books really sound like they are well worth reading. Has anyone here read his works? What's your opinion? I've got my eye on The Thicket.
February 28 at 09:03 EST .

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   M-79  The last book I read was "A Higher Call" by Adam Makos and Larry Alexander. Couldn't put it down. World War II, it was written from the point of view of a Nazi fighter pilot and a US Bomber pilot. A true story and riveting. It would make a fantastic movie also.
February 24 at 16:37 EST .

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   Balogreene  I just got it on Audible Books. Thanks for the recommendation.
February 25 at 21:51 EST .

   M-79  As cold as it has been lately it is impossible to get outside so I decided to read a "classic." Ben Hur by Lew Wallace (Union General in the Civil War ). What a fascinating story. At one time this book was required reading in High School and every home in America owned a copy. I would recommend this book to anyone from age 13 on up.
February 24 at 16:27 EST .

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   Balogreene  Lew Wallace was also Governor of New Mexico, and tried to arrange for Billy the Kid to not be charged with any crimes, if he testified in a murder trial. Billy testified, the powers-that-be in the County revoked the clemency.
February 28 at 15:30 EST .

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   Gram77  This is both reading and movies. I read Left Unattended by Lisa Genova. Her second book is on the screen now; Still Alice. Has anyone read either of these and has anyone seen Still Alice? I've read Left Unattended and liked it.
February 5 at 20:51 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, I've read neither of those books, but I have "Still Alice" on my to-buy list.
February 22 at 08:48 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm reading "Us", by David Nicholls. It's about a man trying to hold his marriage together and work on his fragile relationship with his teenaged son while on a trip to Europe. The writer drops in laugh-out-loud descriptions and characterizations. I like to check out potential book purchases at Good Reads.
February 22 at 08:52 EST .

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   Gram77  Storm, try Left Unattended first. It really shows of the writer's talent. Now US is on my mile long list of things to read. Thanks.
February 22 at 13:43 EST .

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   Balogreene  I have wildly eclectic tastes. On Audible lately I have been listening to a series by Mark Hodder (actually, I had three of his books, and recently found the last two in the series ). The series I am reading begins with "The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack". They call this genre "steampunk". Many of the characters are historical, Sir Richard Burton (not the actor ), Algernon Swinburne, Stanley and Livingstone, Bram Stoker, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, etc. But, it is "science fiction", there is time-travel, alternate realities, strange "machines".

It is hard to explain, but, from Wikipedia "Steampunk began as a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy literature, but has developed in recent years to become a craft and lifestyle movement that commonly features some aspect of steam-powered machinery." In Tulsa, my sister has found steampunk jewelry for me, made from old watches and clocks.

Mark Hodder's books display a wonderful imagination, tell wonderful stories, and are highly entertaining (I don't read, I listen to an actor read them ). I don't often like science fiction (except H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, etc. ) but, I love these.
February 4 at 18:14 EST .

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   StormCnter  Y'all are mentioning substantial books and my suggested fiction isn't going to educate anyone, but might provide some winter's distractions.

I began Matthew Thomas's "We Are Not Ourselves" with high expectations, felt a bit bogged down halfway through, but ended the book feeling grateful I had run across it. It follows an Irish-American family in Queens, NY, love and life and caring and, eventually dealing with a loved one's Alzheimer's. I highly recommend it.

Malcolm Brooks' "Painted Horses". I looked forward to this one because it's a western setting , ranchers, a planned dam where American Indians held sacred ceremonies, greedy developers, a handsome cowboy and a naive young female archaeologist. I was disappointed.

"The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty. I loved it, start to finish. It's set in Australia and follows three interlocking stories. I had read her ""What Alice Forgot" and liked that one a lot. I'm going to look up her other two books.

Now, I'm starting "GI Brides" by Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi. Non-fiction, following four women who left their British homes to come to America for a new life. It's an international best-seller.
February 4 at 16:42 EST .

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   Balogreene  Storm, this thing about the periodic table of the elements is something that just came up. My boss would be the world's best teacher. He has two degrees in Chemistry (and one in business ). He has explained these marvelous tables to me. It's the story of how the scientists noticed the relationship between two elements, and realized they were only one element apart. Thus they discovered a new element.

But, I love history, read a lot of it, had a marvelous Latin teacher in high-school, and read that, and a terrific Lit teacher, so love some of that. Other than that, I read David Baldacci, Clive Cussler, Vince Flynn, the Daniel Alon series, Georgette Heyer, Preston and Childs, WEB Griffin, Lots of fiction.
February 4 at 17:57 EST .

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   Balogreene  P.S. Two out of three of those sound wonderful.
February 4 at 18:00 EST .

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   Gram77  Boy, Storm, an interesting list of reading material. I've got 2 written down.
February 5 at 09:26 EST .

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   Gram77  Good morning readers. You know me, I wander the library aisles constantly and never know what I will come home with. The latest choice is The Long Way Home by David Laskin. This is directly from the book in order to get it right; This is a story of 12 immigrants from Europe who served in the American armed forces during World War I. When the nation went to war in 1917, the 12 returned to Europe in uniform and fought in the front lines. The survivors came back different men, transformed in the ways people are transformed by sorrow and sacrifice beyond words. My in-laws came through Ellis Island and any book that has a story starting there I have to pick up. Can't wait to get started.
February 1 at 12:20 EST .

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   Balogreene  I went on Kindle, and found three of his books that sounded good, and were inexpensive. Thanks for the recommendation.
February 11 at 23:46 EST .

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   Balogreene  I am writer/illustrator by profession, an elementary teacher by training, an a ditzy broad by birth. You have to know and understand this or you won't understand why this is so strange. I bought Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements by Hugh Aldersey-Williams. A history of the Periodic Tables we learned in Chemistry.

My boss is a Chemical Engineer, and over the last 9 years has explained bits and pieces to me. It's terribly logical, and wonderfully interesting, how this weird chart came into being.

I got it on Amazon (through ) for under $2.00.
January 29 at 19:38 EST .

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   Gram77  Went to the main library checking to see what was new in that section. I picked up a book entitled The Wind Is Not A River based on the inside description of the story. I like a good story based on war times and I knew just a few pages in I had made a good decision. The author is Brian Payton. Anyone familiar with this book or author?
January 16 at 14:58 EST .

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   Balogreene  Looks like a good book. And it is an e-book. Will have to check it out of my library on Kindle.
January 22 at 20:36 EST .

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   Gram77  I was interrupted in completing The Unbroken due some things going on legally. I finished last night and I have no idea what any one else felt but the final 2/3 chapters moved me beyond words. I plug along daily and try to accept what comes along in life, but to find fulfillment like Zamparini did is something I discovered I need to work on. It's never too late.
January 6 at 11:43 EST .

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