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  1. Jan 30, 2019 #121

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    Reading Test Crash Girl by Kari Byron. It was on sale from the Amazons for $1.99 but it look like it is back up to full price at least for now. Interesting insights on her chaotic life and Mythbusters. But some of her "facts" seem questionable. For example, she wrote that LDRS was "large, dangerous rocket ships" and that it is "a contest". Oh hell no.
     
  2. Jul 11, 2019 #122

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    Just finished Big Sky by Kate Atkinson. It's an interesting mystery set in northern England, with creepy parallels to the Epstein case currently in the news.
     
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    Memorizing Star Ship Troopers...a political manifesto for today
     
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    Working on the 3rd book of the Expanse series. Finally found some really good science fiction! Its been awhile.
     
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    Re-read Elizabeth Moon's "The Deed of Paksenarrion"
     
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    Everything by Richard Powers, amazing author
     
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    Just finished this one:
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    Not a bad read.

    Now onto this one, number two in the Culture series...
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    Is that an alternate title for "The Perfectionists"? If so, that was a pretty good read. I definitely enjoyed it.

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    I recently managed to find a copy of "Foundations of Mechanical Accuracy". Not exactly a novel, but it's been a great read so far.

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    Not sure, but it looks like it is a re-titled version.
     
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    Yeah, I gave it a google. Looks like "The Perfectionists" is the US title.
     
  14. Jul 14, 2019 at 8:17 PM #134

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    Anyone here on goodreads? Might be interesting to create a some sort of rocketry forum group...

    Don't know if this will interest folks here, but earlier this year I read these non-fiction books about Alaska, prior to visiting. Some were audiobooks, gets in *far* more reading time with my long crummy commute. "Looking for Alaska" was the best overall to learn about the state's history and culture. Arctic dreams was good, but don't think I could've made it through a print version. "Where The Sea Breaks it's back" and "The Cruelest Miles" read almost like adventure novels, and I highly recommend them (and they're much shorter).

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    Currently I'm listening to the Foundation series (The 5 narrated by Scott Brick - don't care for Larry McKeever), and for print, "Crazy Horse and Custer" by Stephen Ambrose. The 3 original Foundation novels are re-reads, but it's been a long, long, time.

    There are some good recommendations in this thread, I will have to look into some!
     
  15. Jul 14, 2019 at 10:18 PM #135

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    I just finished "The Fiery Cross", the fifth book in the Outlander series. It takes me months to get through each of these books. Very well written, but I just can't sit down and read them for hours.

    I just started another Anne Perry book about Inspector Pitt. I am reading the series in random order. Too lazy to figure out the proper order and read them that way.

    On the avoid at all costs lists is a "Sentence of Marriage". It sounded interesting, but it takes the author 20 pages what could have been written in 2 or 3. I could predict what would happen in the chapters ahead and almost always nailed it. Reviews on line are either love it or hate it; no middle ground. It is part of a series.

    Another book I didn't care for was "Shadow Games" about people with telepathic powers that live among us. They can cloud and even alter your mind. The protagonists in the book are immune, but don't realize it at first. They are discovered by the Shadow People and are deemed a threat and must be eliminated. I felt the book was written for 6th graders. It was OK, but the style just didn't appeal to me. It is part of a series.
     
  16. Jul 15, 2019 at 12:30 AM #136

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    Wow, you guys are nerds <smile>

    I just dumped the summer reading pile out onto my work table (to get it off the floor so that I could run the vacuum cleaner). I am re-reading a few well-thumbed paperbacks from my salad days, and I have some hopes for the Crowley, but it is mostly more edification.

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    I am currently reading Catalog of Shipwrecked Books. So far, Christopher Columbus is shaping to be a complete nut-case.

    I got about 50 pages into Horizon a few weeks back, but I was getting sick again and it was -- frankly -- too depressing . I'll give it another try when I am off pain management meds. If I am still in the mood for it after Hernando Columbus's bibliomania, I will dig into the William Butcher translation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
     
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    Into issue 21 of Rockets magazines from their archives.
     
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    Kornbluth, C. M. (Cyril M.), 1923-1958. His share of glory : the complete short science fiction of C.M. Kornbluth / edited by Timothy P. Szczesuil. Framingham, MA : NESFA Press, 1997.
     
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    Just finished Sphere (M. Crichton) on audio, and now listening to Ready, Player One. Wow, as someone who was a teenager in the 1980s, RP1 is helping me relive my childhood!
     
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    For what it’s worth, I do not have much time to “pleasure” read lately. Most of my reading is for my formation in the Catholic Permanent Diaconate Program here in the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Best one was on the early church fathers. I just finished a funny book (is in a weird Catholic way) called “What’s the Smoke For?” If you are Catholic you will immediately know what that refers to in regards to the Mass! All three I read this summer were for my summer diaconate formation assignment.

    I hope to read for pleasure again sometime this summer! Good suggestions on here!

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    A good friend of mine saw the show where they had the "contest" at LDRS and told me about it. I said the "contest" wasn't really a contest, that they just said all that for TV. He didn't believe me. He insisted it was a real contest. After a few minutes I just gave up trying to explain it wasn't a contest. A little disinformation goes a long way.
     
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    The U.S. Constitution
     
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    A good companion to that would be the Federalist Papers as a collected work.
     
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    After reading the first half or first four books of the currently published Expanse series I am taking a break and currently reading the Walter Isaacson biography on Albert Einstein. This book has renewed my interest in physics and science in general. This is a must read for any Physics major I would say.

    Isaacson is by far one of the best biographers ever, certainly of our time. This is my sixth Isaacson biography. After I complete the next four Expanse books while waiting for the final volume, I will be reading, Isaacsons tome on Benjamin Franklin.

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    And then the Mandela Effect kicks in.
     
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    Read that one this year, found it at the small library we have at the condos.
     

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