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What are you reading?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RightHand, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    "What are you listening to" has become a pretty popular thread and I was wondering what you are reading?

    I'm not reading anything particularly interesting at the moment, just changes to the tax code but I could use some suggestions for when I have a little free time. Any genre, any subject, any author.

    Some of my favorites from the past are:

    American Caesar, William Manchester, biography of Douglas MacArthur

    Father, Son & Co., My Life at IBM and Beyond. Thomas Watson Jr. , story of IBM

    The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, Maxine Hong Kingston, a memoir

    A Woman of Independent Means, Elizabeth Hailey. fiction

    A Death in the Family, James Agee, fiction

    Anything by John Steinbeck

    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn

    As I lay Dying, William Faulkner

    What about you? Anything interesting or particularly memorable in your library?

  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    The ARRL Antenna book from 1974.
  3. Redneck Rebel

    Redneck Rebel Monkey++

  4. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    I'm reading seed catalogs and planning next year's garden
  5. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    Just finished Sue Grafton's "V is for Vengeance" and "Until Tuesday" which is about a wounded veteran and his service dog. Before that was "Moonshiner's Manual" which was quite um... educational.

    Up next is "11-22-63" by Stephen King.
  6. gomer

    gomer Hooligan

  7. Alpha Dog

    Alpha Dog survival of the breed

    Im reading World War Z it's a ZOMBIE appocalse but before you jump to conclusions it has a very real story line about this virus and goverment cover up. It was first called African rabie's the US goverment had hid the infections and the spread of the infection secret. Countries were hit unprepared. Honestly would also be a good plot for swine flue or any other viral disaster.
  8. STANGF150

    STANGF150 Knowledge Seeker

    This what I'm currently reading thru again at random

    Jerry D. Young: More Prep & PAW stories

    But I've got two new Clive Cussler books & am reading a chapter a day in my book "The Ultimate Guide To U.S. Army SURVIVAL Skills, Tactics, And Techniques" that I picked up at Ollies other week.
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  9. gomer

    gomer Hooligan

    Finished this a few weeks ago and am currently rereading it. I kind of liked it but there are some stretches that made it a tiny bit hard to push that suspend disbelief button. If anyone's interested, I'll happily mail it out. Just PM me.
  10. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Travainian , Shibumi
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  11. Alpha Dog

    Alpha Dog survival of the breed

    Ill tell you something I like about it and I haven't finished it yet, to me it keeps pushing the idea of not being prepared. As reading I could almost see it more in the lines of a pandimic, the sheeple and the loss of human life due to goverment cover up and
    the lack of civilans being unprepared or so far thats kind of the mind set Im getting.
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  12. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    A while back I finished "Under the Dome", by Stephen King. It's about this small town that gets isolated by some alien technology that basically encases the entire town, including it's airspace and ground beneath, in a huge, clear dome. They can't blow it up, can't break it, can't go under it. Electricity and supplies are all cut off. The interesting part about the book is following the power plays that ensue because there is no one around to intervene. The mayor, who is totally corrupt, guts the local PD of anyone who isn't his lap dog, and replaces them with the town thugs who will do whatever he says. Confiscations of propane, food, and firearms quickly follow, along with vilification of anyone who doesn't toe the line. The sheep just bleat along and hope for handouts.

    Alien terrariums aside, I think it's a pretty good description of what could happen if things go haywire and normal checks and balances are removed.
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  13. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    DW You have just described

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  14. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories



    by Thomas Bulfinch

    It's on line and for free -
    Bulfinch - Index

    North American Indian Mythology (Burland and Woods)

    Just in time for the slow holiday season.
  15. Mudinyeri

    Mudinyeri Monkey+

    Thanks for posting this, gomer. I'm glad you enjoy the Journal enough to refer it to your friends.

    I'm the author of The Union Creek Journal and I'd like to invite each of you to stop by and give it a read. No cost or obligation. If you like, you can subscribe to be notified by e-mail each time I post a new chapter. (A new chapter is coming later today, by the way.)

    The Journal is a fictional diary written by David Johnson. Johnson and his family are struggling to survive on a small farm in the Midwest after a global economic collapse. They thought they were well prepared but, as it turns out, there are some things for which you simply cannot prepare.

    Thanks again, gomer.
  16. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    It is interesting PAW fiction

    It is interesting PAW fiction along the lines of James Rawles et al. It is worth reading for the ideas that are incorporated into the narative. YMMV
  17. Mudinyeri

    Mudinyeri Monkey+


    I'm trying to avoid making it too "Rawles-ian" but you're right, there are a number of similarities.
  18. mysterymet

    mysterymet Monkey+++

    Just finished world war z.
  19. Espada

    Espada Monkey+

    If you want to while away the hours this winter by the fire engrossed, check out Terry C. Johnston's "Titus Bass" series, about a kid on a family farm in Ohio in the 1830s who runs away from home, hops a river boat, and ends up a beaver trapper in the Rockies. About a nine or so book series, each one of which is a classic. First book in the series is "Dance On The Wind," all available, used paperback, from Amazon.

    Johnston wrote prolifically about the early West and Indian matters, very knowledgeable, interesting documentation of his subjects... sadly, he died at age 54 - we lost a good author.
  20. oth47

    oth47 Monkey+

    You need to write faster..I'm caught up and waiting for the next chapter.Spend a little less time eating and sleeping and other unimportant stuff like that,you'll have more time to write.Dang good story..
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