Sunday Morning Book Thread - 01-01-2023 ["Perfessor" Squirrel]

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, MORON HORDE!

Welcome to the prestigious, internationally acclaimed, stately, and illustrious Sunday Morning Book Thread! The place where all readers are welcome, regardless of whatever guilty pleasure we feel like reading (WEF approved!). Here is where we can discuss, argue, bicker, quibble, consider, debate, confabulate, converse, and jaw about our latest fancy in reading material, even if it's nothing more than your significant other's New Year's resolutions. As always, pants are required, especially if you are wearing these pants...(ringin' in the New Year in style!)

So relax, find yourself a warm kitty (or warm puppy--I won't judge) to curl up in your lap, help yourself to a heaping bowl of Chex Mix (a New Year's tradition at my house), and crack open a new book. What are YOU reading this fine morning?

PIC NOTE

I scour the internet for pics of libraries that I find interesting, though sometimes you do that work for me (e.g., next week's pic!). This week's pic is of the Lehigh University library near Allentown, Pennsylvania. Lehigh University was founded by Asa Packer in the wake of the Civil War in 1865. He was an industrialist who gave back to his state by creating an institution of higher learning. The Lehigh Libraries are the center of library holdings and technology support for the campus, which is fairly common across universities these days. Naturally, it has large physical holdings, as well as extensive access to online resources. Check out the pic on their website: lts.lehigh.edu. Note the PowerPoint presentation on the right-hand side of the image. It's basically everything wrong with university libraries today...

S.M.A.R.T. READING GOALS

One of the skills I attempted to teach my students this past semester was the idea of setting "SMART" goals, where SMART is an acronym for Specfic, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. They were supposed to develop around three SMART goals for their own writing activities. To illustrate the concept, I showed them my own SMART goals for reading as an example. For the past couple of years, since March 2020, I've kept extensive track of my own reading to see just how much I've read. I also set some goals for myself, such as reading an average of two books per week (or 104 books per year) and completing specific series. Last week I mentioned how I completed my SMART goal of reading the entire Wheel of Time series in 2022. I also managed to meet my goal of reading at least two books per week on average.

Now I need to figure out some SMART goals for 2023. Instead of quantity, perhaps I should focus on something else. I have A LOT of unfinished series I need to read, so perhaps I should see how many of those I can finish. I would also like to finish reading Steven Erickson's Malazan, Books of the Fallen series. I read the first one (Gardens of the Moon) and enjoyed it enough to buy the rest of the series, but I quickly got lost in the second novel and didn't finish it. It's widely regarded as one of the most complex fantasy series ever written (very nonlinear), so I will need to tackle it from a different approach in order to enjoy it fully.

I know we have some folks that are very keen on improving their reading, but might not quite know how to get started on that. Developing SMART goals is an excellent way to ensure that you are not overcommitting yourself to a goal.

What are some of YOUR reading goals? Were you able to meet your reading goals for 2022? What new goals do you have set for 2023? Should the Moron Horde devise a collective set of goals? And if so, what might those be? Perhaps one goal is to read more Horde-recommended reading materials...

What else would you like to see on the Sunday Morning Book Thread in 2023? I'm open to any and all book/reading/writing-related ideas!

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BOOKS BY MORONS

I was really hoping I'd have a Book by a Moron for the New Year's Day episode of the Sunday Morning Book Thread. What better way to start the New Year than with a new book? As always, the Moron Horde came through!


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I hope you have room for yet another book by a moron. This one is called T8, which may in fact be one of the shortest book titles ever and should not be confused with a fluorescent tube. Not that there is anything wrong with fluorescent tubes, but they are difficult to read on a plane.

Need some fun? Need an adventure? Jump into this fun science fiction romp with a unique cast of characters. It's like honey for the brain - it will make you smile and you'll keep wanting to read just one more chapter. Can Keith and his crew save the little green men? Should they? Will they be defeated by the lizard people? Or will the government stop them from going? Will a leprechaun save the day? Buckle up and blast off into this exciting adventure!

Hope you can help me launch it!

Obviously I'm a Book Thread junkie and look forward to it each week. I even put on pants especially for it.

Thank you!

Mike

[Now available on Amazon Kindle! - PS]

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MORON RECOMMENDATIONS


I finished The Lincoln Highway, by Amor Towles, and while he is a wonderful writer, I was mildly disappointed with the book, especially compared to his best one, A Gentleman In Moscow.

I think it's worth a read, especially for the interesting way he structured the book. And...I think I would have enjoyed it more had I not been comparing it to his other work.

Is that fair?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 25, 2022 10:20 AM (XIJ/X)

Comment: CBD makes an excellent point here. It's not at all unheard of for an author to write an amazing bestseller only to follow it up with another book that may be underwhelming in comparison to the first novel, but otherwise good on its own merits. What are some more examples of books that may be disappointing compared to previous/other books by the same author?

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Well, it's not technically a grown-up book, and it's not very long, but my absolute favorite Christmas book is The Littlest Angel written by Charles Tazewell and illustrated by Paul Micich.

ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES - search high and low for that exact book, because the illustrations are gorgeous.

I always get choked up at the end when God picks the littlest angel's gift, because it is filled with the simple childhood treasures that His son will no doubt see in his early years on Earth.

Seriously - go find it; you will love it.

Merry Christmas, Horde, and love from our family to all of you and yours.

Posted by: Teresa in Fort Worth, Texas at December 25, 2022 09:29 AM (MxiAA)

Comment: There's nothing wrong with enjoying children's literature as an adult. We can remember the feeling we had when we first read those books, when our minds were still full of wonder and excitement over the world. I have recently picked up a number of books from my own childhood for that very purpose. Reading them as an adult makes me appreciate them even more because I have a much greater understanding of literature and more experiences that allow me to take vital lessons from those stories. Great stuff!

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Last week I finished Joseph Conrad's Nostromo. It was not what I expected, but I liked it.

I think the issue is managing expectations. This seems like a book of intrigue and suspense, but it's not - at least not in the conventional sense. What would normally be the heart of the story - the political intrigue in the fictional Costaguana - is really just part of the setting for a series of character portraits.

To enjoy the book, one has to realize that the "plot" isn't the plot, it's the scenery. The story is how people stuck in a specific timeline react to it. Very subtle, and not for everyone, but I'm glad I got through it.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at December 25, 2022 09:16 AM (llXky)

Comment: I, too, sometimes like to read unconventional books where you are not quite sure about the story, but otherwise enjoy it anyway. After reading up on it a bit, it sounds like Conrad created a fictional place that is a melting pot of real-world nations and cultures, commenting on them as he saw fit. Thus, you probably have to be vaguely aware of the geopolitical world of the very early 20th century (pre-WWI) in order to fully appreciate the story.

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While reading a recent edition of The Epoch Times, I came across a resource which may be helpful to parents and grandparents who want to buy wholesome books for their children or grand kids. The Good and the Beautiful is a homeschool curriculum provider which offers a free book list for reading levels 1 through 12 at www.goodandbeautifulbooklist.com

Zoltan

Comment: If you are looking for wholesome, family-oriented reading that instills a positive message in your children/grandchildren, why not start here?

More Moron-recommended reading material can be found HERE! (558 Moron-recommended books so far!)

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WHAT I'VE BEEN READING THIS PAST WEEK:


  • Star Wars: Legacy of the Force 1 - Betrayal by Aaron Allston -- The series where Han and Leia's son turns to the Dark Side of the Force and conquers the galaxy...

  • Star Wars: Legacy of the Force 2 - Bloodlines by Karen Traviss -- Continuing the saga of Jacen Solo's turn to the Dark Side...

That's about all I have for this week. Thank you for all of your kind words regarding the Sunday Morning Book Thread. This is a very special place. You are very special people (in all the best ways!). The kindness, generosity, and wisdom of the Moron Horde knows no bounds. Let's keep reading!

If you have any suggestions for improvement, reading recommendations, or writing projects that you'd like to see on the Sunday Morning Book Thread, you can send them to perfessor dot squirrel at-sign gmail dot com. Your feedback is always appreciated! You can also take a virtual tour of OUR library at libib.com/u/perfessorsquirrel. Since I added sections for AoSHQ, I now consider it OUR library, rather than my own personal fiefdom...

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1 First???

Posted by: Reforger at January 01, 2023 09:00 AM (ZdOio)

2 Tolle Lege And Happy new year

Posted by: Skip at January 01, 2023 09:00 AM (xhxe8)

3 More than halfway through reading "The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government."

Now how is it that the spook agencies are working to destroy the US instead of destroy its enemies, imagined, real, or otherwise?

Posted by: Biden's Dog sniffs a whole lotta malarkey, at January 01, 2023 09:01 AM (R1YS4)

4 Top 5?

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 01, 2023 09:02 AM (KAKDL)

5 Good morning and happy new year fellow Book Threadists. I hope everyone had a great week of reading.

Posted by: JTB at January 01, 2023 09:03 AM (7EjX1)

6 I agree to CBD's assessment of The Lincoln Highway. Great read, but it ended with a whimper. Not at all what I expected from Towles--his other two books are wonderful. Happy '23 all y'all bookish Morons. . . .

Posted by: FIIGMO at January 01, 2023 09:04 AM (5Xtai)

7 Happy New Year, Horde!

My cat Penny was aggravating me last night so I locked her in the library (she had food, water, and a litter box) for a bit so I could get some rest.

Turned out she spent that time creatively rearranging my books...

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at January 01, 2023 09:05 AM (BpYfr)

8 Morning, book fans,

I've been burrowing through several library books this week. I finished The Cuckoo's Calling, the first of the Cormoran Strike mysteries by Robt. Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). It was quite good, though overlong. I think the essential clues to solve the mystery are presented, though there are so many scenes that it's hard for me to go back and find out. The essential plot is rather like one from an early, non-impossible-crime John Dickson Carr. And the characters and settings are all well drawn.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 01, 2023 09:05 AM (KAKDL)

9 Well. THIS is a lousy way to greet the Book Thread -- empty-handed. Work was so heavy this past week that when I got home each night, I didn't feel like reading anything, not even comics or the day's links. I even missed some of Ace's essays!

I did flip extensively through a book today at B&N, but because I chose not to buy it, I won't name it. I may see whether the library has it.

Ah well, I have tomorrow off from work, so maybe I'll read something. Never a lack of reading material in this house.

For now, Happy New Year, book Morons!

Posted by: Weak Geek at January 01, 2023 09:05 AM (Om/di)

10 I started The Two Towers (obligatory Tolkien reference) as I continue my annual LOTR reading. This is year 57.

Posted by: JTB at January 01, 2023 09:06 AM (7EjX1)

11 Good morning everyone. Happy New Year! I've been to Lehigh's library - it is a beautiful as the image shows.

I visited the main library of my new location this past week to sign up and get a card, etc. Remain seated folks, this will shock you - they have a very active program of historical lectures throughout the year covering actions and people of the war between the states and local history, and flora and fauna . According to the librarian, they are very well attended and a huge hit with the locals.

There's hope for us normies!

Posted by: Tonypete at January 01, 2023 09:06 AM (qoGsy)

12 Finished Camp of the Saints and see why some think it's a mess.
It's a bit dated, and think he got the invaders all wrong but then in some ways it is coming true with new invaders getting strengthen by older invaders.
Getting a ebook later in the week ( pre-ordered) a Napoleonic era by Alexander Mikaberidze's Napoleons Hollow Victory about battle of the Berezina and afterwards

Posted by: Skip at January 01, 2023 09:07 AM (xhxe8)

13 Good morning and Happy New Year! This week I read the 600 pages of 'Stone's Fall'. Very intriguing book about, of all things, business and finance couched in a mystery of sorts. A little hard to follow as it skips around in different time periods and changes protagonists along the way. I nearly gave up half way through but the storyline was too compelling. I re-opened my paperwhite and I'm glad I did. All three storylines converged and the ending was one that I did not see coming. Overall I give it 4 stars out of 5.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 09:07 AM (45fpk)

14 Happy New Year

Posted by: rhennigantx at January 01, 2023 09:07 AM (BRHaw)

15 Also this Christmas week, I finished a rereading of Heinlein's Podkayne of Mars. Supposedly this edition restores the author's original ending. But it's just as unsettling and unsatisfying as the one I dimly recall from the earlier edition I read in the '80s. In this edition, Heinlein explains some details about the characters to his agent -- details he did not make clear in the story itself, and should have; thus leaving us stranded and confused. I rate it as one of his poorest novels.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 01, 2023 09:07 AM (KAKDL)

16 BTW, massive thanks to the Perfessor for alerting everyone here to UNSUNG: Quiet Voices of the US Navy's EOD Warriors and Their Families.

Posted by: FIIGMO at January 01, 2023 09:08 AM (5Xtai)

17 Happy New Year.

I've been working my way through The Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell. Billed as a Hornblower type space series, it's keeping my interest. I've actually been reading the text on all these. Most of my reading volume has been listening to audio books for the past decade, but I'm trying to shift it back more towards 'reading'.

Posted by: InspiredHistoryMike at January 01, 2023 09:09 AM (2j1hH)

18 Morning, 'rons and 'ronettes. Hope you all had a lovely night and that this may be a year of peace (mental and physical) and happiness for you all.

What are some more examples of books that may be disappointing compared to previous/other books by the same author?

He deservedly gets kicked around on the HQ because of his puerile leftist politics, but Bill Bryson is a good example. For every excellent one - The Mother Tongue, Notes From A Small Island, One Summer - he comes up with trash like Neither Here Nor There or The Road to Little Dribbling.

Bryson's problem is that he's lived in England for so long that he accepts its decline and restrictions as normal and sees the US through the lens of his 1950s childhood, complaining about our current lives, but steadfastly refusing to see that it was his generation's selfishness, indolence and parasitical politics that have destroyed both countries.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 01, 2023 09:09 AM (AW0uW)

19 I forgot to mention that Stone's Fall is written by Iain Pears.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 09:09 AM (45fpk)

20 Re: 7--Cat + library = chaos.

Posted by: FIIGMO at January 01, 2023 09:09 AM (5Xtai)

21 This week I read The Devil's Hand by Jack Carr. This is the fourth volume in the James Reece series. As with others in the series, this is an above average thriller. A bioweapons attack on the United States, which must be avenged, is the main plot.

Posted by: Zoltan at January 01, 2023 09:09 AM (tTH8i)

22 I received several books for Christmas. The first one cracked open is The War on the West by Douglas Murray, which details the coordinated effort to destroy western civilization. Once that is read I will move on to Rosebud. This is the story of how General Crook at Rosebud Creek nearly ended up with the same fate as George Custer just a few days earlier, and why he wasn't on hand to assist Custer.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at January 01, 2023 09:09 AM (r1fJX)

23 Wow, I don't know about setting reading goals. I'm trying to remove pressure from my life, not add it.

I see the value for some though, and could have used the advice oh some 29+ years ago.

Posted by: fd at January 01, 2023 09:09 AM (iayUP)

24 This week in my reading of "Pliny's Natural History", I learned that some things have not changed at all since Pliny's times:

"Luxury and effeminacy have augmented the price at which we live, and never was life more hankered after, or worse cared for, than it is at present. This, however, we look upon as the business of others, forsooth; other persons must see to it, without our troubling ourselves to request them, and the physicians must exercise the necessary providence in our behalves.

As for ourselves, we go on enjoying our pleasures, and are content to live—a thing that in my opinion reflects the highest possible disgrace—by putting faith in others."

Posted by: fd at January 01, 2023 09:10 AM (iayUP)

25 On the recommendation of a couple of you last week, I picked up and read the 1942 Perry Mason novel The Case of the Careless Kitten. It's fast-moving and very much of its time (all-night service stations in LA? Wow!). The essential clues and their explication are worthy of a mid-period Ellery Queen novel. I'm still not sure how Mason settles on the murderer. A process of elimination ("Murderer must have had characteristics A, B, and C; only Such-and-such met all 3 characteristics; therefore . . .") would have been more satisfying. Still, a fun read.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 01, 2023 09:11 AM (KAKDL)

26 As far as reading for the new year, I have a few chapters from a novel a dear friend of mine is writing that I have to get through. I don't want to. Not that she's a bad writer - she isn't - and not that her story isn't interesting - it is - I just don't feel like doing anything. But I've been putting it off and putting it off, so I must get to it today.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 01, 2023 09:12 AM (AW0uW)

27 I also read Summer's End by John Van Stry. Thanks to all who recommended it. It was one of the best sci-fi books that I read.

Posted by: Zoltan at January 01, 2023 09:12 AM (tTH8i)

28 As I continue to avoid social and cultural matters and even recent history, my reading focuses on pleasant topics and beautiful writing. Without even trying, I can come up with several lifetimes worth of reading that qualifies. That should count towards SMART resolutions and certainly will add to the pleasures in life.

One aspect of that is a growing preference for physical books and less reliance on anything electronic or digital.

Posted by: JTB at January 01, 2023 09:13 AM (7EjX1)

29 Good Sunday morning, horde, and best wishes for the coming year.

I updated Goodreads, planning (again) to read at least 52 books this year. I have more trouble updating my Goodreads page than I do reading the book goal.

I'm about halfway through The Soccer War by Kapuscinski, and after that, I'm not sure where I want to go reading-wise.

Posted by: April--dash my lace wigs! at January 01, 2023 09:13 AM (OX9vb)

30 I've had the past week off, and read Clive Barker's Coldheart Canyon. It's a ghost story, more or less, and I've been on a ghost story kick of late, having also read Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and Richard Matheson's Hell House in recent months. I like Barker's writing, and don't regret reading this one, but it was not really satisfying despite having a pretty good first half.

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls - an election is simply a festival for the majority at January 01, 2023 09:14 AM (KFhLj)

31 Good morning and Happy New Year! Thanks for the thread, perfessor!

My last book of the year: "The Eight" a National Best Seller!

Good gravy, what a piece of grrrl! pwr tripe.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(5pTK/) at January 01, 2023 09:14 AM (5pTK/)

32 My brother (a younger, dumber version of me) the doctor in the family started to try and publish a few weks ago. His editor took his blog and a few other writings and managed to come up with a 300ish page book reflecting on the pandemic from the inside. Nightly thoughts and observations by a guy on the front lines.

I'm pretty proud of him. I watched him almost die at about 1 year old and beat some unknown ailment after around a year in the Hospital right next to his other brother whose blood was trying to kill him. Both are far better people than I and Steven is the first published author in the Family.

Alive Again by Steven Dalton DO.

Not a recomendation as I'm only about 20 pages in. Just needed to brag a bit. Figured a book thread would be the place to do it.

Posted by: Reforger at January 01, 2023 09:14 AM (ZdOio)

33 Boy, MP4, are you right about Bill Bryson. Some of his books I really like and have re-read including "One Summer" and "At Home." A bit of his puerile leftist politics seep into those, too, but it's very limited.

I tried to read "The Road to Little Dribbling" and found him so annoying I quit less than 1/4 into it. Two things dawned on me. First, all of the stuff he complained about in "Dribbling" is deterioration of English tradition that's CAUSED by the policies he espouses. Like most leftists, he somehow manages not to make that connection.

The other thing I realized that Bryson's travel books all reveal that as a person, he's a complete jerk. I'll stick to the more-or-less factual books, thank you.

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at January 01, 2023 09:15 AM (fTtFy)

34 Happy New Year of reading, Perfesser and Horde!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 01, 2023 09:15 AM (Dc2NZ)

35 New Year's Resolutions? I guess one will be the same as last year's: read more of what I own and less from the library.

So of course I have three comics trade collections from the library -- one in hand and two in transit -- but hey, I got those last year.

So I'm still on track to keeping the resolution.

But "T8" looks interesting ...

Posted by: Weak Geek at January 01, 2023 09:16 AM (Om/di)

36 Just needed to brag a bit. Figured a book thread would be the place to do it.

Posted by: Reforger at January 01, 2023 09:14 AM (ZdOio)


Congrats to your brother!

Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 09:16 AM (45fpk)

37 My current book is a 2016 fantasy by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes, The Seascape Tattoo. I'm not sure if it is a continuation of his Magic Goes Away stories. Though magic is not gone from the world, it has vanished to a great degree. So far, the story is crisply told and fast-moving, very much unlike so many other fantasy novels I've inspected. Vivid details abound, all important ones -- much like Niven's early SF and the Beowulf SF stories that he, Jerry Pournelle, and Barnes have written.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 01, 2023 09:17 AM (KAKDL)

38 This week I read the 600 pages of 'Stone's Fall'. Very intriguing book about, of all things, business and finance couched in a mystery of sorts.

Posted by: grammie winger

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I read it for the third time this week, as I do every Christmas week now. Each time I read it, I like it more, even knowing the ending. Pears also wrote Arcadia, which is a more CS Lewis type book, which you might enjoy. It is about a portal to the world created by a fantasy author, and the story moves back and forth between the real world and the fantasy world, along with those that cross the portal.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at January 01, 2023 09:18 AM (4BEsw)

39 Yay! A New Year of book threads!

Yeah, so I decided to take an actual vacation, and put off my final edits on Walls of Men for another week. Soon.

I'm currently reading book 2 of Peter Kemp's autobiographical account of his service from Spain to WW II. No Colours or Crest is quite interesting, and Kemp seems to have more than a few things in common with Evelyn Waugh insofar as neither had anything close to a conventional military career. In fact, both ended up in the Balkans doing liaison work with the Communists, which is a bit ironic since they both detested them (Kemp actually fought them in Spain). Well-written, easy to follow thanks to excellent maps.

Kemp's writing style is a bit of a breather after Conrand's luxurious and detail-laden style. I will say that Nostromo is the most verbose thing of his I've yet read. Conrad's sea stories are necessarily pretty crisp, and his details are more pertinent. With Nostromo, he goes off on multi-page digressions about various (fictional) historical details and the romance of the Gould family is something out of Ford Madox Ford at his most evasive.

Which isn't surprising, given their mutual admiration society.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 01, 2023 09:18 AM (llXky)

40 As I mentioned on the Coffee Thread yesterday, my plan this year is to systematically read the Bible from cover to cover. I just downloaded the reading plan I'm going to use.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 09:18 AM (45fpk)

41 I've enjoyed Robert Bloch's musings on SF fandom in the collection "Out Of My Head". He credits two people for their influence on him and on the genre: John Campbell and August Derleth. Now Bloch and Campbell had a gentlemen's agreement: Bloch would never submit a science fiction story, and Campbell would therefor never send him a rejection slip.

Campbell had a profound effect on the early greats of SF by nurturing and guiding them. Derleth self-funded Arkham House for the express purpose of publishing Lovecraft's works in hardcover, which never happened in H.P.'s lifetime. But there were others who benefited. It was through Arkham that fantasy and science fiction were published in hardcover when nobody else would touch that Buck Rogers crap. The first collections of Ray Bradbury and Fritz Leiber, among others, came from Arkham, and it inspired others to start small presses.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 01, 2023 09:19 AM (Dc2NZ)

42 Pears also wrote Arcadia, which is a more CS Lewis type book, which you might enjoy.


Thanks Thomas for the recommendation!

Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 09:19 AM (45fpk)

43 The other thing I realized that Bryson's travel books all reveal that as a person, he's a complete jerk. I'll stick to the more-or-less factual books, thank you.
Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at January 01, 2023 09:15 AM (fTtFy)


Yes, absolutely! He's always sneering about other people (he really ramps it up in A Walk in the Woods or organizations and, while indulging in the very English trait of self-deprecation, continually presents himself as an ordinary chap wanting peace and quiet who is surrounded by grumbling, angry trolls.

It took me a long time to finish Notes From A Small Island because every other page was a jeremiad about how much he hated Reagan and Thatcher.

These days, if he puts out a book about a subject (like At Home, One Summer or Shakespeare), I'll buy it. If it's a travel one, I only hope it ends with him being hopelessly lost and never coming back.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 01, 2023 09:20 AM (AW0uW)

44 I've been burrowing through several library books this week. I finished The Cuckoo's Calling, the first of the Cormoran Strike mysteries by Robt. Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). It was quite good, though overlong.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 01, 2023 09:05 AM


If you think that one is overlong, wait. I have read them all, though, and enjoyed them. It was my first experience of Rowling's writing. She may have a future in it.

Posted by: huerfano at January 01, 2023 09:20 AM (dTFZY)

45 Somebody asked last week about a copy of "Natural History". The one I am reading is the Tom Bostock translation from Gutenberg. The footnotes are often the most interesting part, and I spend as much time investigating them as reading the actual text.

One of the promises of the Internet was access to all the books in the world, hyperlinked together. We are coming closer to that, and the ease of heading down a trail of links is an amazing thing.

Posted by: fd at January 01, 2023 09:20 AM (iayUP)

46
Lehigh University was founded by a Frenchman on a three day cocaine bender in 1865.

And now you know the true story.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 01, 2023 09:20 AM (KLPy8)

47 24 This week in my reading of "Pliny's Natural History", I learned that some things have not changed at all since Pliny's times:
Posted by: fd at January 01, 2023 09:10 AM (iayUP)

Great passage. Thanks.

Posted by: Ordinary American at January 01, 2023 09:21 AM (H8QX8)

48 Did my fingers really type "I agree to" in comment 6? Holy crap--gotta' get more coffee. . . .

Posted by: FIIGMO at January 01, 2023 09:21 AM (5Xtai)

49 As I mentioned on the Coffee Thread yesterday, my plan this year is to systematically read the Bible from cover to cover. I just downloaded the reading plan I'm going to use.
Posted by: grammie winger

Nice! I've been happily stuck on Isaiah for the past few weeks. Instead of skimming, as is my habit, I'm using it as a jumping off point to dive deeper into the locales mentioned and then supporting works describing the history and people of those locales.

Posted by: Tonypete at January 01, 2023 09:22 AM (qoGsy)

50 I have a review-by-proxy from my youngest daughter, who got the Thrawn series by Timothy Zahn for Christmas. She's reading the first book in the trilogy and when she takes a break from obsessively reading it, raves about the character development and humor.

I'm no longer "current" on Star Wars or where Zahn's original trilogy fits in (I think it got killed by the sequels), but according to her, there is a movement within the Disney Empire to retcon them back into the timeline.

Anyway, she has grown up with nothing but garbage Marvel movies and crap Star Wars stories and so something that isn't all Mary Sue, all the time is really exciting her. If nothing else, she's getting some time away from screens, which is a very good thing.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 01, 2023 09:23 AM (llXky)

51 One of the things I like to do is take book recommendations from the Horde, hit Amazon to find it, and proceed to find a used copy from a third party seller.

Yeah, I have to wait a bit to receive the book, but, that gives me time to finish whatever it is I'm currently reading.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(5pTK/) at January 01, 2023 09:23 AM (5pTK/)

52 I've been happily stuck on Isaiah for the past few weeks. Instead of skimming, as is my habit, I'm using it as a jumping off point to dive deeper into the locales mentioned and then supporting works describing the history and people of those locales.

Posted by: Tonypete at January 01, 2023 09:22 AM (qoGsy)


Now why didn't I think of that?

Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 09:23 AM (45fpk)

53 All the diet books go back to the library tomorrow.

I'm hungry already.

Posted by: April--dash my lace wigs! at January 01, 2023 09:24 AM (OX9vb)

54 In line with Perfessor's comment above, I have assembled a nice collection of childrens' classics like the Beatrix Potter stories, Wind in the Willows, Winnie the Pooh, etc. These are hardcover. The key for me is having the original (usually the best) illustrations in the edition. I would have enjoyed these books as a small child. As a curmudgeon of 70, they are a delight.

Posted by: JTB at January 01, 2023 09:24 AM (7EjX1)

55 As I mentioned on the Coffee Thread yesterday, my plan this year is to systematically read the Bible from cover to cover. I just downloaded the reading plan I'm going to use.
Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 09:18 AM (45fpk)


That's a bit ambitious for me. I do want to make some life changes in the new year, both physical and mentally. I want to stop vomiting every time I look in the mirror and every time I look at my soul.

The RCC newspaper Our Sunday Visitor had a little sidebar the other day about 'making a holy week' which talked about setting aside at least one hour each week for prayer or contemplation (which could include reading Scripture). It's one of those things that I want to do and, if I can finish reading my friend's work today, want to set down into a 'betterment' plan for 2023.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 01, 2023 09:24 AM (AW0uW)

56 I've been thinking about "streaks." Tracking how many consecutive days one exercises or reads or writes a certain amount or doesn't drink. Whatever. It's like the opposite of a goal in a way--a promise to the past--I'll do it one more day--while a goal is a promise to the future. Except I think the two work together. Perhaps some people are more geared to one approach, others to the other.

Posted by: Wenda at January 01, 2023 09:25 AM (uFqRH)

57 Hot Coffee!!!...Mr. Pears Stones Fall...excellent time piece...

Posted by: Qmark at January 01, 2023 09:25 AM (ttO/Q)

58 At the suggestion of a dear friend, I started reading "The Pickwick Papers" by Dickens. This is so well written and subtly funny I stopped reading the 99 cents Kindle version and ordered a used leather bound hardcover from 1944. This is a book I want to hold in my hands and return to as the mood takes me. This approach seems to be happening more often as I get older.

Posted by: JTB at January 01, 2023 09:25 AM (7EjX1)

59 I am looking forward the audio book when Fetterman writes his memoir and reads it himself.

Posted by: gnats local 678 at January 01, 2023 09:26 AM (kFrCu)

60 hiya

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 09:26 AM (T4tVD)

61 It was a good year for reading, at least. Books I enjoyed:

Hot Moon by Alan Smale
Rich Man's Sky by Wil McCarthy
Cold Storage by David Koepp
Virgil Wander by Leif Enger (best novel this year, I'd say)

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 01, 2023 09:27 AM (Dc2NZ)

62 Posted by: JTB at January 01, 2023 09:25 AM (7EjX1)

I envy you. I love Pickwick and try to re-read it every year. The book sags a bit in the middle (remember that Dickens was writing weekly scenes for magazines and not penning a book in whole), but is wonderful overall.

I'd also recommend Sketches by Boz, which is a collection of his early newspaper 'sketches' on various scenes and peoples.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 01, 2023 09:28 AM (AW0uW)

63 It was through Arkham that fantasy and science fiction were published in hardcover when nobody else would touch that Buck Rogers crap. The first collections of Ray Bradbury and Fritz Leiber, among others, came from Arkham, and it inspired others to start small presses.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 01, 2023 09:19 AM (Dc2NZ)
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I think fantasy/sf is very similar to Hollywood in that the first generation were largely self-made people with exceptional drive and talent who not only had important things to say, they had to overcome considerable barriers to say them.

After the pioneers build the framework and lowered the barriers to entry, there was a fleeting golden age that subsequently was overrun by third-generation hacks and grifters devoid of any discernable talent other than self-promotion and gathering cancellation mobs.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 01, 2023 09:28 AM (llXky)

64 I've been burrowing through several library books this week. I finished The Cuckoo's Calling, the first of the Cormoran Strike mysteries by Robt. Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). It was quite good, though overlong.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 01, 2023
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If you think that one is overlong, wait. I have read them all, though, and enjoyed them. It was my first experience of Rowling's writing. She may have a future in it.
Posted by: huerfano at January 01, 2023


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Oh, i understand that she was creating a new series and needed to set up the main characters and how they meet and become a team. But the problem with something this long is that the reader loses track of who some of the characters are and needs to flip back; loses track of important facts the detective uses in his solution, and needs to flip back (and may never find those facts amid all the wordage).

Rowling knows how to tell a good story and apparently knows her audience. People seem to want loooong books for their money these days. It's just that if I hadn't been off this week I'd still be trying to get through it.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 01, 2023 09:29 AM (KAKDL)

65 Tolle Lege And Happy new year
Posted by: Skip

Speaking of Tall Legs, the Pants Guy (who isn't a guy btw) has a pair of tall (if skinny) legs.

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 09:29 AM (T4tVD)

66 I borrowed Ian Rankin's 'The Impossible Dead', and Elizabeth George's 'Believing the Lie' from the library this week. Rankin is a newish author to me, and George is an old friend. It's so hard to get good books in large print. That's why I usually end up using the paperwhite. It's nice when I can read a physical book.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 09:30 AM (45fpk)

67 Happy New Year, gang.

Don't know if I've got a reading goal, except to keep reading. Of course, at my age it's possible to set some (I will finish reading the complete works of so-and-so) because most of my favorite writers are gone to that great pub in the sky or just not producing that much any more. I do plan to hit Anna Karenina and Bleak House soon, but in the meantime, back to Simenon and Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Posted by: Just Some Guy at January 01, 2023 09:30 AM (a/4+U)

68 What else would you like to see on the Sunday Morning Book Thread in 2023? I'm open to any and all book/reading/writing-related ideas!

I'm thinking of writing Tales of the Toid, about notable poops That I've taken.

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 09:31 AM (T4tVD)

69 I would like to see a coffee table book of frozen birdbath photos.

Posted by: fd at January 01, 2023 09:32 AM (iayUP)

70 45 ... F's,

Thanks for mentioning the Tom Bostock translation of Pliny. Turns out that is the one used in the Delphi edition of Pliny's writing that I have on Kindle.

Posted by: JTB at January 01, 2023 09:32 AM (7EjX1)

71 Iain Pears most popular book is An Instance of the Fingerpost. This is a medival mystery/witch story, told in turns by four witnesses, all of whom have their own prejudices, so the reader has to find the truth by weighing the veracity of each account. One of the witnesses is clearly insane, and it is fascinating to read the various accounts and see how the same situation can be viewed so differently. Once again, the central character of the story is so fascinating, the reader is determined to read through and find the truth.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at January 01, 2023 09:32 AM (++4Ew)

72 I am looking forward the audio book when Fetterman writes his memoir and reads it himself.
Posted by: gnats local 678

Is the LUMP gonna sing softly in the background ?

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 09:32 AM (T4tVD)

73 @JT, what sort of format do you envision for your masterpiece? "Dear Diary?"

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(5pTK/) at January 01, 2023 09:33 AM (5pTK/)

74 Congrats to your brother!
Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 09:16 AM (45fpk)

Thank you grammie.
I once told him the story of his entry into the hospital way back in 1978. He want's me to do as much writing as I can from memory of that day for his next book. I am at about 2000 words right now. I was 8 when this happened and remember way more than my mom who was freaking out. I also rember the cops showing up to look at me as my mom strapped him to me with the seatbelt for the trip to the local hospit. His fits and convulsions bruised the fuck out of my chest and I was only in my bathing suit. The nurses called thinking I was being abused. I think my mom had a real breakdown at that point.

I think Steven is really trying to figure out what the doctors back then couldn't and I am one of few sources still around.



Posted by: Reforger at January 01, 2023 09:33 AM (ZdOio)

75 What else would you like to see on the Sunday Morning Book Thread in 2023? I'm open to any and all book/reading/writing-related ideas!

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Perfessor, how about a thread on "The First Novel or Story I Read by [blank]"? Or the first in a given genre; or the one that changed your ideas about the author or genre?

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 01, 2023 09:33 AM (KAKDL)

76 Perfessor, how about a thread on "The First Novel or Story I Read by [blank]"? Or the first in a given genre; or the one that changed your ideas about the author or genre?
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 01, 2023 09:33 AM (KAKDL)
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Great idea! I'll add it to my "list."

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at January 01, 2023 09:34 AM (BpYfr)

77 The RCC newspaper Our Sunday Visitor had a little sidebar the other day about 'making a holy week' which talked about setting aside at least one hour each week for prayer or contemplation (which could include reading Scripture). It's one of those things that I want to do and, if I can finish reading my friend's work today, want to set down into a 'betterment' plan for 2023.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 01, 2023 09:24 AM (AW0uW)
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I've been making a greater effort to observe holy days of obligation, and I'm enjoying it. The weekday Mass is shorter, and I can often just take an extended lunch break.

If you want to feel better about yourself, the look the priest gives you when he starts recognizing you as a "regular" is nice. I do weekday Masses from time to time, and there's now this nod of recognition among the core group.

Plus, you get more readings and contexts for them as well as explanations about why certain days are important.

Now that I'm officially retired from the Guard (screw you, Lloyd Austin!), I'm looking at making the Church the new centerpiece of my calendar.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 01, 2023 09:35 AM (llXky)

78 Happy New Year everone!
Can anyone recommend a good book about the Red Baron that doesn't require extensive research or prior knowledge of the aircraft of that time? I'm interested in something that gets inside the man's life and inside his head as much as possible.

Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at January 01, 2023 09:36 AM (Wy1BU)

79 I would like to have a thread devoted entirely to women authors, in defiance of the patriarchy.



If you can't tell, I'm kidding.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 09:37 AM (45fpk)

80 I'm thinking of writing Tales of the Toid, about notable poops That I've taken.

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 09:31 AM (T4tVD)
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Get in line.

Posted by: James Joyce at January 01, 2023 09:37 AM (llXky)

81 71 Iain Pears most popular book is An Instance of the Fingerpost.
Posted by: Thomas Paine at January 01, 2023 09:32 AM (++4Ew)

That sounds interesting. I think I'll recommend that for family book club this month.

Posted by: April--dash my lace wigs! at January 01, 2023 09:37 AM (OX9vb)

82 LOL, grammie winger

Posted by: April--dash my lace wigs! at January 01, 2023 09:38 AM (OX9vb)

83 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I’m currently reading 1) the Bible, Geneva version, making sure I study at lead five pages per day; it is one of the earliest English language bibles, predating King James, and more supportive of liberty, 2) “The Great Brain Robbery” by P.G. Bell, part two of an enjoyable kids’ trilogy about a postal delivery service run by trolls that operates a train in other dimensions, 3) Klaus Schwab’s “Stakeholder Capitalism,” a sloppily written and badly argued justification for WEF’s fantasies about running (ruining) our lives, and 4) economist James Buchanan’s excellent “Cost and Choice,” which carefully examines differing definitions of “cost” and how confusing these has led to all sorts of errors, including the stupid idea that experts can plan the economy. I am leading a discussion group on this last one and we’re almost done; it is really satisfying to read complex stuff and then discuss.

May 2023 be a great year for us all and for freedom. Let’s work and pray to make it so!

Posted by: Durak Kazyol at January 01, 2023 09:39 AM (4zxRq)

84 I would like to have a thread devoted entirely to women authors, in defiance of the patriarchy.

If you can't tell, I'm kidding.
Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 09:37 AM (45fpk)
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On it.

Posted by: NY Times Bestseller List at January 01, 2023 09:39 AM (5pTK/)

85 Hiya Grammie !

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 09:39 AM (T4tVD)

86 Hiya JT!

Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 09:40 AM (45fpk)

87 What were some of your favorite reads this year? Tarantino's "Cinema Speculations" is surely one of mine.

Tarantino on "blurb-whore" Charles Champlin, called the Will Rogers of film criticism -- he never met a movie he didn't like. "Champlin wrote as if appearing in as many movie ad pull quotes as possible was an editorial imperative."

Sounds like Gene Shalit -- or maybe Spy Magazine's beloved and be-monocled blurbologist, Walter Monheit (RIP):

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2011/08/monheit-dead

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 01, 2023 09:40 AM (Dc2NZ)

88 Geneva version, making sure I study at lead five pages per day; it is one of the earliest English language bibles, predating King James, and more supportive of liberty


Can you elaborate on what you mean by more supportive of liberty?

Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 09:41 AM (45fpk)

89 Can anyone recommend a good book about the Red Baron that doesn't require extensive research or prior knowledge of the aircraft of that time? I'm interested in something that gets inside the man's life and inside his head as much as possible.
Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at January 01, 2023 09:36 AM (Wy1BU)


I wish you had asked that last week. The used book store I go to had a Richtofen bio on the shelf which looked interesting, but WWI aviation isn't really my wheelhouse, so I left it there. I can go back next week, check it out and, if I think it meets your requirements, buy and send it to you.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 01, 2023 09:42 AM (AW0uW)

90 During my time in Chicago, I lived about a mile from the long-gone Hanley's Book Shop in Rogers Park. Specialized in sf and mystery, but carried books in a number of areas. Got a number of Arkhams there (Ramsey Campbell, Charles Grant, and others). Can't remember where I found the Arkham edition of Leiber's Night's Black Agents, might have been Hanley's, but that was a delightful collection. Didn't care much for a lot of the Derleth I read, but he bought his way into Heaven when he started Arkham House.

One of the drawbacks of living where I do is that there's nothing like Hanley's around here.

Posted by: Just Some Guy at January 01, 2023 09:42 AM (a/4+U)

91 A.H. Lloyd - great idea! Have you ever tried to read The Liturgy of The Hours routinely?

I've (half-heartedly) tried a number of times but just haven't been able to make it a habit nor gained a complete understanding of the workings of it all.

Posted by: Tonypete at January 01, 2023 09:42 AM (qoGsy)

92 Yet ANOTHER Book Thread without a pants guy
that doesn't own a weedwhacker !

I'm beginning to suspect a conspiracy....

wrapped in a riddle...

inside an enema.

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 09:43 AM (T4tVD)

93 Hiya JT!
Posted by: grammie winger

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 09:44 AM (T4tVD)

94 62 ... "I'd also recommend Sketches by Boz, which is a collection of his early newspaper 'sketches' on various scenes and peoples."

Hi MP4,

Yes! Sketches by Boz is wonderful. I love Dickens for the humor in his phrasing. Pickwick Papers takes that to the next level.

Dickens was ruined for me back in grade school when we were given the cheapest paperback version of Great Expectations. The damn thing started falling apart after 5 minutes and the print was small even for 4th grade eyes. The teacher sucked: no explanations, no context, just weekly regurgitation on the latest chapter. I think it was chosen because it featured a young boy. It took the better part of 60 years to get past that experience. (I had some excellent teachers in grade school but this POS was not one of them.) (Not that I'm bitter. Nope. Not me.)

Posted by: JTB at January 01, 2023 09:45 AM (7EjX1)

95 most of my favorite writers are gone to that great pub in the sky or just not producing that much any more.

Posted by: Just Some Guy

One thing that I noticed at the bookstore is that Clive Cussler started a trend - many authors are cowriting with their children, or with assistant writers. I assume putting the author's name helps with sales, but I doubt the books are as good. I know the cowritten Cussler books aren't as good, with the exception of those written with Jack DuBrul, who was a good author in his own right beforehand. I bet the trend is driven by a reluctance of publishers to expend resources on printing books without a guaranteed sales figure.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at January 01, 2023 09:45 AM (akrzQ)

96 This isn't really reading, but fd's mention of coffee table books of photos puts me in mind of a book I got for the members of my family who are traveling this holiday break.

It's "Momo Across Europe," and it's best described as a real life "Where's Waldo?". The photographer has taken a variety of images -- landscapes and cityscapes -- with his dog, Momo, peeking out from somewhere in each shot. If I recall the text on the back flap correctly, the photographer posts such images on Instagram, which I don't use.

He's put out at least three Momo books. I chose Europe because that's where the travelers are.

I hope they bring it back to our house because I want a crack at it.

Posted by: Weak Geek at January 01, 2023 09:46 AM (Om/di)

97 A.H. Lloyd - great idea! Have you ever tried to read The Liturgy of The Hours routinely?

I've (half-heartedly) tried a number of times but just haven't been able to make it a habit nor gained a complete understanding of the workings of it all.
Posted by: Tonypete

Are your eyes open ?

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 09:47 AM (T4tVD)

98 During my time in Chicago, I lived about a mile from the long-gone Hanley's Book Shop in Rogers Park.

Speaking of bookshops, I stumbled on a nice little indy shop in Galveston the other day. Here is their delightfully web 1.0 site, lacking only flashing comic sans fonts:

http://galvestonbookshop.com/

Posted by: Houston at January 01, 2023 09:48 AM (nfrXX)

99 Received The Bomber Mafia, by Malcolm Gladwell, for Christmas--interesting book; anyone else have thoughts on it?

Posted by: FIIGMO at January 01, 2023 09:48 AM (5Xtai)

100 I would like to have a thread devoted entirely to women authors, in defiance of the patriarchy.

If you can't tell, I'm kidding.
Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023


***
Ha! Though a thread about women authors who play fair, i.e., describe good men and bad men, good women and bad women (in contrast to the "men bad women good" notions of modern fiction) -- that would be good.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 01, 2023 09:48 AM (KAKDL)

101 /big city sock

Posted by: Oddbob at January 01, 2023 09:48 AM (nfrXX)

102 I've accumulated several books on painting based on major exhibits over the last few decades. The museum often publishes high quality books with gorgeous photos of the works and biographies of the artists. This week I was going through the copies for Jacob van Ruidael (1700s), John constable (1800s) and Andrew Wyeth. So much beauty and inspiration in a few pounds of paper.

Posted by: JTB at January 01, 2023 09:49 AM (7EjX1)

103 I'm thinking of writing Tales of the Toid, about notable poops That I've taken.

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 09:31 AM (T4tVD)

You ain't gonna write it while hobo-ing around Boulder, are you?

Posted by: OrangeEnt at January 01, 2023 09:50 AM (Angsy)

104 I need to nip out and take care of a couple of errands. Back soon, I hope. Carry on!

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 01, 2023 09:50 AM (KAKDL)

105 by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 01, 2023 09:42 AM (AW0uW)

Oh you lovely man! Thank you for this offer. I really don't have bookshelf space for it though. I'm hoping to find something I can read on the tablet or get from the library. Thank you. If you do check it out and think its a good option, just the title would suffice. Then hopefully I can track down the Kindle version or library stock.

Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at January 01, 2023 09:50 AM (Wy1BU)

106 I'm thinking of writing Tales of the Toid, about notable poops That I've taken.

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 09:31 AM (T4tVD)

You ain't gonna write it while hobo-ing around Boulder, are you?
Posted by: OrangeEnt

Nope !

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 09:51 AM (T4tVD)

107 Dipping into the Alliance-Union Cherryhverse again, this time with "Angel With The Sword". It's set on a backwater planet cut off from interstellar trade due to war, and fallen into decay. So like the Pern series, it's nominally sci-fi but really fantasy. Altair Jones is a lowly pole boater on the canals of Merovingen who saves a nobleman from cutthroats. Skullduggery ensues. You read Cherryh for the world building. It later became a shared universe anthology series, which was a very 80's thing. I have it all on my shelves somewhere.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 01, 2023 09:51 AM (Dc2NZ)

108 Happy New Year, dear Horde!

Love the book thread, Perfesser Squirrel!

Posted by: Ladyl at January 01, 2023 09:53 AM (+4oV5)

109 Any suggested geology textbooks??

@TheInsiderPaper · 7h
JUST IN 🚨 4.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Soledad, California

Posted by: andycanuck (Vwz3I) at January 01, 2023 09:53 AM (Vwz3I)

110
Literature 101 - a limerick

For my finals I studied the whole list
But the syllabus had a section I'd missed
I knew Hawthorne, Poe and Twain
But I've racked my feeble brain
"Who the dickens wrote Oliver Twist!?"

Posted by: Muldoon at January 01, 2023 09:54 AM (ykeLU)

111 Of to enjoy the day -- to include reading.

Have a great first day of 2023, my pretties.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 01, 2023 09:56 AM (Dc2NZ)

112 Re Geneva Bible…
“Can you elaborate on what you mean by more supportive of liberty?”
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Yes. It was not only the first English language Bible translated from the original languages, it was the first annotated Bible. The annotations emphasized God’s sovereignty instead of sovereignty of earthly rulers, that tyrants were answerable to God, and that people should always obey God and obey governments only if that is compatible. The Geneva Bible outraged King James sufficiently that he authorized translation of KJV and then outlawed the Geneva translation. I find the notes and explanations interesting. I’m not sure they are always correct interpretations but they do consistently uphold obedience to God and not to man.

Posted by: Durak Kazyol at January 01, 2023 09:56 AM (4zxRq)

113 A primer on how to run a fireworks display, including illuminated drones...

https://twitter.com/rawsalerts/status/
1609431630866776065

https://tinyurl.com/3p99bw2s

Posted by: andycanuck (Vwz3I) at January 01, 2023 09:58 AM (Vwz3I)

114 Of to enjoy the day -- to include reading.

Have a great first day of 2023, my pretties.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread)

Backatcha Eris !

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 09:59 AM (T4tVD)

115 I bet the trend is driven by a reluctance of publishers to expend resources on printing books without a guaranteed sales figure.

It reminds me of 'ghost strips' like Andy Capp or Gasoline Alley or Snuffy Smith, where the original artist is long dead, but the syndicate hires someone else to keep the thing going, rather than expend time and money on a new, unproven strip.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 01, 2023 09:59 AM (AW0uW)

116 Happy New Year LadyL !

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 09:59 AM (T4tVD)

117 Can anyone recommend a good book about the Red Baron that doesn't require extensive research or prior knowledge of the aircraft of that time? I'm interested in something that gets inside the man's life and inside his head as much as possible.
Posted by: Madamemayhem


The Red Fighter Pilot is his autobiography. It has been a long time since I read it, but it gets into his head better than anyone else could.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at January 01, 2023 10:01 AM (X8TUh)

118 I read Sabrina Chase’s new book ‘Red Wolf’ last week and really enjoyed it. Finished the first installment on a flight back from Tel Aviv, liked it so much I bought the whole eArc using the airplane WiFi.

A bit different from her usual sci-fi, but very well done and am looking forward to the next.

Posted by: Phat at January 01, 2023 10:01 AM (Azq47)

119 Any suggested geology textbooks??

********

Rock My World - a limerick

Of geology textbooks I've owned
Or ones that the library loaned
The one I found fulfillin'
Was the one by Bobby Dylan
"Everybody Must Get Stoned"

Posted by: Muldoon at January 01, 2023 10:01 AM (ykeLU)

120 Started three new books for the new year (rare to finish up three at the same time, but it's happened) so the year is starting with clean slate. So I'm reading Main Traveled Roads by Hamlin Garland, The Gilded Age by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner, and The Pentagon's Brain by Annie Jacobs. All are starting out on high notes. The description of the steamboat race in The Gilded Age is one of the most exciting things you'll ever read. The book about ARPA also starts out strong and really brings home the fear of nuclear war that has now receded so far (although maybe it hasn't).

Posted by: who knew at January 01, 2023 10:01 AM (4I7VG)

121 Hiya Heidi ! (I know you're in here...)

Give our regards to The Artist Formerly Known as Da Cannibal !

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 10:01 AM (T4tVD)

122 Posted by: Durak Kazyol at January 01, 2023 09:56 AM (4zxRq)


Thank you.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 10:02 AM (45fpk)

123 Barns and Noble used to be known as a dead-company-walking, but sometime last week I heard in passing that they had actually started turning a profit. The context was that their new CEO actually wanted them to be bookstore, instead of a lifestyle brand or whatever they were trying to be before. However, a 2-second google search doesn't come up with any news more recent than 2019. Can anyone confirm or deny this turn-around?

Posted by: Castle Guy at January 01, 2023 10:03 AM (Lhaco)

124 The one I found fulfillin'
Was the one by Bobby Dylan
"Everybody Must Get Stoned"

Posted by: Muldoon at January 01, 2023 10:01 AM (ykeLU)


You too should win a Nobel Prize.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 10:04 AM (45fpk)

125 I had an HS English lit teacher who took us thru Great Expectations and made it somewhat enjoyable. Also Canterbury tales and the movie Becket.

I took Mythology from her too. She even had a field trip to a Greek restaurant. She was an awesome teacher, and one of the few I remember.

Posted by: fd at January 01, 2023 10:04 AM (iayUP)

126 Today is the girl spawn birthday. She is 17years old now. We celebrated this occasion yesterday by shopping for her homecoming dress. She is part of the homecoming court. She has to work today which is why we did the celebration yesterday.

Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at January 01, 2023 10:04 AM (Wy1BU)

127 I would again like to recommend this book I picked up at a thrift shop in the Amish part of PA-The Harper Collins Book of Prayers through the ages. Edited by Rev. Robert Van de Weyer who is or was a Anglican priest They are mainly Christian prayers but also contain Jewish psalms and prayers of the prophets and a Muslim and Native Smerican prayer.. I was saying yesterday that one tiny bit of prayer I was particularly struck by was by Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) who was a missionary in India and had a home for children before having to retire because of arthritis . She then wrote devotional books.

"May thy grace, O Lord, make that possible to me which seems impossible to me by nature."

I found that a humble prayer and I am putting it on a thought for the day sign outside our church today.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at January 01, 2023 10:04 AM (lSUDZ)

128 I've (half-heartedly) tried a number of times but just haven't been able to make it a habit nor gained a complete understanding of the workings of it all.

Posted by: Tonypete at January 01, 2023 09:42 AM (qoGsy)
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No, but my wife did them for a while. I'm trying not to be too ambitious, and choosing elements that are sustainable rather than overdoing it and then feeling guilty when I can't keep up.

I highly recommend the Lord of Spirits podcast. I download it and listen to it while driving. It is done by two Gen X Orthodox priests and while they seem to have an odd compulsion to take cheap shots at the Catholic Church, it's very consistent with Catholic teachings and they are quite amusing. It has really opened my mind regarding spiritual warfare.

Since this is a book thread, folks interested in that topic should check out Dom Lorzenso Scupoli's The Spiritual Combat, which is absolutely great.

One other suggestion: have a Bible out where it's handy. Don't leave it on the shelf, but have it near the bedside, or on the sideboard or coffee table - someplace where you can pick it up and browse, say after Mass to do further readings.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 01, 2023 10:06 AM (llXky)

129 On children's literature, a fun read at bedtime reading when our son was young was re-reading "Castaways in Lilliput", which I positively devoured when I was a kid.

Posted by: George V at January 01, 2023 10:07 AM (ugbqN)

130 I visited Barns and Noble over the holidays. I walked away with a coffee-table book about blacksmithing, and Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles: The last Ronin. Actually, I went there before Christmas, and again afterwards. The TMNT book was sold out before Christmas, but had been restocked to a stack of 8 afterwards. It's nice to see a successful book every now and then.

I think I also spotted a couple of teens in line with a whole stack of Berserk hardbacks.

Alas, for me, everything else on the comic shelves ranged from looking dumb to boring.

Posted by: Castle Guy at January 01, 2023 10:07 AM (Lhaco)

131 One other suggestion: have a Bible out where it's handy.


And make sure it's in a font that is readable. I have a large print Bible (NIV). The only drawback is there are no study notes.

Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 10:08 AM (45fpk)

132 B&N's turnaround was discussed in a Substack piece by Ted Gioia not long ago. Never got into the tinyurl thing, but if you go to Gioia's Substack page, you should be able to find it.


Posted by: Just Some Guy at January 01, 2023 10:09 AM (a/4+U)

133 Today is the girl spawn birthday.

I knew a girl in college whose birthday was 01/01. She said she never got a party because everybody was either hung over or watching football.

Posted by: Oddbob at January 01, 2023 10:10 AM (nfrXX)

134 Good morning Horde and a Happy , blessed and healthy New Year to all. The new year starts with continuing FBI incompetence. Sources at NYPD sat the new year's eve attack on three officers was committed by a recent convert to Islam who as usual was on the FBI radar. Apparently the FBI waits until there is an attack on a citizen or leo and then they say "hey now we can do something"

Posted by: Smell the Glove at January 01, 2023 10:10 AM (11zNb)

135 **cocks an ear**

Portland classical station is broadcasting the Beethoven 6th. I like Beethoven, but that's one of those pieces that is really overplayed.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 01, 2023 10:10 AM (AW0uW)

136 Today is the girl spawn birthday. She is 17years old now. We celebrated this occasion yesterday by shopping for her homecoming dress. She is part of the homecoming court. She has to work today which is why we did the celebration yesterday.
Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench)

Happy Birthday !

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 10:10 AM (T4tVD)

137 The Red Fighter Pilot is his autobiography. It has been a long time since I read it, but it gets into his head better than anyone else could.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at January 01, 2023 10:01 AM (X8TUh)
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He is the one war hero the Germans are allowed to honor. I had a long (beer-soaked) discussion in Germany some years back with a tour guide/Luftwaffe veteran on this topic.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 01, 2023 10:10 AM (llXky)

138 FYI, there is a free kindle version of Richtofen's autobiography available for kindle (The Red Battle Flyer)

Posted by: who knew at January 01, 2023 10:10 AM (4I7VG)

139 Can anyone recommend a good book about the Red Baron

*******

Snooping Around - a limerick

There's a memoir by Flight Captain Hammill
About planes made of cloth and enamel
He quotes in one place
The World War One fllying ace:
"I'd walk a mile for a Sopwith Camel!"

Posted by: Muldoon at January 01, 2023 10:10 AM (ykeLU)

140 And make sure it's in a font that is readable. I have a large print Bible (NIV). The only drawback is there are no study notes.
Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 10:08 AM (45fpk)


I grew up in a very traditional RCC household. We use, and I use, the Douay-Rheims translation.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 01, 2023 10:11 AM (AW0uW)

141 As far as practical knowledge I learned from Pliny this week, there is this:

"When animals refuse to couple, it is recommended to rub the sexual organs with nettles."

A process known as "urtication". Urtication is apparently still used to this day, not for that purpose, but as a pain treatment.

Posted by: fd at January 01, 2023 10:12 AM (iayUP)

142 The Red Fighter Pilot is his autobiography. It has been a long time since I read it, but it gets into his head better than anyone else could.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at January 01, 2023 10:01 AM (X8TUh)

Thank you. I will look for this.

Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at January 01, 2023 10:12 AM (Wy1BU)

143 Good Morning.
A little late. Still trying to catch up on the comments.
I received a couple of books for Christmas that I am curious about.
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. I knew it was a movie but had no idea it was a book. Has anyone read it and if so should I?
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. It sounds familiar and wondering if it is Woke or a good book.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at January 01, 2023 10:13 AM (Y+l9t)

144 And a Happy New Year Hat's Off to Muldoon.

What's that, three this morning? Four? I envy the man's quickness and rhyming skills.

Posted by: Just Some Guy at January 01, 2023 10:14 AM (a/4+U)

145 @115 --

"Andy Capp" ended with Reg Smythe, but I know of a spinoff that purports to center on Andy and Flo's daughter (hah!).

She's a slut. Reminded me of Billie Piper's character in "Doctor Who" -- Rose Tyler(?).

I don't remember the name of this other strip. It wasn't that good.

Posted by: Weak Geek at January 01, 2023 10:14 AM (Om/di)

146 Posted by: Muldoon at January 01, 2023 10:10 AM (ykeLU)

Nice. And I hate to admit this but......

I started thinking about reading more on the Bloody Baron because of the song Snoopy versus the Red Baron. That goofy song popped into my head a while back and I've been wondering about the real man every since. Strange thing.

Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at January 01, 2023 10:16 AM (Wy1BU)

147 Portland classical station is broadcasting the Beethoven 6th.

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Music Appreciation - a limerick

On New Year's Eve I was miffed
Depressed, and I needed a lift
I wanted a drink
So just as you think
I finished off Beethoven's fifth!

Hic!

Posted by: Muldoon at January 01, 2023 10:16 AM (ykeLU)

148 132 B&N's turnaround was discussed in a Substack piece by Ted Gioia not long ago. Never got into the tinyurl thing, but if you go to Gioia's Substack page, you should be able to find it.


Posted by: Just Some Guy at January 01, 2023 10:09 AM (a/4+U)

Ah, that was probably where I heard it then. Thanks.

Posted by: Castle Guy at January 01, 2023 10:19 AM (Lhaco)

149 I decided to take my cat Penny's advice and rearrange my books...I plan to somehow squeeze all of the books I obtained in 2022 into my shelves (somehow).

Might need to contact ace for advice...

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at January 01, 2023 10:19 AM (BpYfr)

150 129 On children's literature, a fun read at bedtime reading when our son was young was re-reading "Castaways in Lilliput", which I positively devoured when I was a kid.
Posted by: George V at January 01, 2023 10:07 AM (ugbqN)

I let my Grandkids pick. Right now we are doing... Nevada History Through Glass, a Coffee table book I bought about 2 weeks ago. One I would have just skimmed through and left on the table. They are loving it with the map I have of 1920's Nevada. Having a 6 year old and a 30 month old has the younger one skipping a lot. Oldest is reading at a 3rd grade level and the youngest could easily do Kindergarten. Knows his ABC's and can count to 10. Shapes, colors etc...
I read constantly and they are picking up on it. Will just jump on my lap and make me read aloud. They sponge it up.

Posted by: Reforger at January 01, 2023 10:20 AM (g11eT)

151 A word of caution about the Red Baron: He very well inflated his kill numbers.

I remember reading, years ago, a well known historian who's name escapes me, who mentioned reading about one of the "kills" by Von Richthofen and claims that particular kill didn't happen, because he was the second seat gunner during the encounter and was quite sure Von Richthofen didn't shoot them down that day.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(5pTK/) at January 01, 2023 10:20 AM (5pTK/)

152 B&N's turnaround was discussed in a Substack piece by Ted Gioia not long ago. Never got into the tinyurl thing, but if you go to Gioia's Substack page, you should be able to find it.


Posted by: Just Some Guy


I just found it and read it. Very interesting.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at January 01, 2023 10:20 AM (+V/wy)

153 As far as practical knowledge I learned from Pliny this week, there is this:

"When animals refuse to couple, it is recommended to rub the sexual organs with nettles."

A process known as "urtication". Urtication is apparently still used to this day, not for that purpose, but as a pain treatment.
Posted by: fd

Makes ya wonder if he tried it on his wife first....

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 10:21 AM (T4tVD)

154 I started thinking about reading more on the Bloody Baron because of the song Snoopy versus the Red Baron. That goofy song popped into my head a while back and I've been wondering about the real man every since. Strange thing.
Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at January 01, 2023 10:16 AM (Wy1BU)

And now I'm thinking about sinking the Bismarck and wondering if there's a good book.

Posted by: That NLurker it comes in pints? at January 01, 2023 10:22 AM (eGTCV)

155 And make sure it's in a font that is readable. I have a large print Bible (NIV). The only drawback is there are no study notes.
Posted by: grammie winger at January 01, 2023 10:08 AM (45fpk)
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I have a Ryrie Study Bible, New American Standard, which I like very much. Ryrie does a great job of putting events and language in the context of when the Bible was written.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(5pTK/) at January 01, 2023 10:24 AM (5pTK/)

156 And now I'm thinking about sinking the Bismarck and wondering if there's a good book.
Posted by: That NLurker it comes in pints?

Next thing ya know, we'll both be reading about the battle of New Orleans!

Where does this madness stop?

Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at January 01, 2023 10:25 AM (Wy1BU)

157 Turned on the TV and the Twilight Zone is on. It's the one with the obsolete librarian. I am not making this up.

Posted by: fd at January 01, 2023 10:26 AM (iayUP)

158 Where does this madness stop?
Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at January 01, 2023 10:25 AM (Wy1BU)
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"The Charge of the Light Brigade?" "Lucky Man?"

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(5pTK/) at January 01, 2023 10:26 AM (5pTK/)

159 "Andy Capp" ended with Reg Smythe, but I know of a spinoff that purports to center on Andy and Flo's daughter (hah!).

She's a slut. Reminded me of Billie Piper's character in "Doctor Who" -- Rose Tyler(?).

I don't remember the name of this other strip. It wasn't that good.
Posted by: Weak Geek at January 01, 2023 10:14 AM (Om/di)


It was called "Mandy Capp," and was, IIRC, encouraged by Piers Morgan, who was editor of the Daily Mirror at the time. She was supposed to be the comics' answer to the Spice Girls.

Smythe hated the strip and refused to have anything to do with it.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 01, 2023 10:27 AM (AW0uW)

160 Where does this madness stop?
Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at January 01, 2023 10:25 AM (Wy1BU)

I figure about when the first scoop of dirt gets tossed into my forever hole.

Posted by: Reforger at January 01, 2023 10:27 AM (g11eT)

161 Happy New Year 2023, you swell bunch of erudite bibliophiles! May your acquisitions, readings, and endings all be satisfactory ones.

Posted by: Count de Monet at January 01, 2023 10:27 AM (4I/2K)

162 Backatcha Count !

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 10:30 AM (T4tVD)

163 And now I'm thinking about sinking the Bismarck and wondering if there's a good book.
Posted by: That NLurker it comes in pints?

Next thing ya know, we'll both be reading about the battle of New Orleans!

Where does this madness stop?
Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at January 01, 2023 10:25 AM (Wy1BU)

When we find ourselves North, to Alaska.

Posted by: Count de Monet at January 01, 2023 10:30 AM (4I/2K)

164 And now I'm thinking about sinking the Bismarck and wondering if there's a good book.
Posted by: That NLurker


There are two books vital to learning about the Bismarck. Pursuit, by Ludivic Kennedy, who was an on the scene witness aboard HMS Tartar, and later was a BBC anchor and historian, and Battleship Bismarck, A Survivor's Story, written by Baron Burkhard Von Mullenheim Rechburg, the highest ranking officer from the German ship to live and tell the tale.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at January 01, 2023 10:30 AM (XxeK+)

165 I got three books for Christmas from the kiddos:

1) "Bad Teeth" by Simon Rich
Comic writings. Pretty funny. Guy has a good schtick. Enjoyable read. Not as explosively funny as say the early Woody Allen collections, "Getting Even" or "Without Feathers".So far, it just wants to make you laugh, which is just fine.

2) Armchair Explorer: Best Film, Music, and Literature from Around the World by Lonely Planet
This is the kind of thing I really like - a quick scan of books, films, etc I'm unfamiliar with and might be interested in reading/hearing/watching. Have scanned through it. Leans left a bit in its recommendations but not terminally so. I think this'll be useful

3) The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A Caro
I trust Caro as a biographer, but this is a guy I know nothing about. So, I hope it's a more where the bodies are buried/how the sausage gets made/skeletons in the closet - kind of thing instead of some lame leftard hagiography. But, we'll find out.

I love when the kiddos give a gifts from thought and the heart rather than a "neck-tie" type gift. Read them all I shall.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 01, 2023 10:30 AM (KLPy8)

166 I read Podkayne of Mars from a cheap Kindle download.

I too did not like the ending, but Heinlein explained why. People do things that can have enormous tragic consequences.

Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at January 01, 2023 10:31 AM (I9VC/)

167 Happy New Year, all. I'm currently reading The Two Towers and listening to the audio version of The Protector's War, the second in SM Stirling's Emberverse series.

Posted by: DIY Daddio at January 01, 2023 10:31 AM (64aAI)

168 As far as practical knowledge I learned from Pliny this week, there is this:
"When animals refuse to couple, it is recommended to rub the sexual organs with nettles."


*********

Grumpy Cat - a limerick

I followed the advice of Ol' Pliny
Rubbed my cat 'til his hiney was shiny
I used nettles andd thistle
He was clean as a whistle
But he didn't get horny...just whiny!

Posted by: Muldoon at January 01, 2023 10:32 AM (ykeLU)

169 A word of caution about the Red Baron: He very well inflated his kill numbers.

I remember reading, years ago, a well known historian who's name escapes me, who mentioned reading about one of the "kills" by Von Richthofen and claims that particular kill didn't happen, because he was the second seat gunner during the encounter and was quite sure Von Richthofen didn't shoot them down that day.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(5pTK/) at January 01, 2023 10:20 AM (5pTK/)
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All "kill" numbers were inflated. The Germans thought they'd shot down the entire RAF in the first few weeks of August 1940. Even with gun cameras, there was still considerable inflation.

The reason is that there's a lot going on and if you get a plane in your sights, fire a burst and it veers away and you lose track of it, well, you shot down, right?

In Their Finest Hour, Churchill has tables of losses showing what the RAF claimed and what the Germans listed as losses. The RAF wasn't as good as they thought, but still pretty good.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 01, 2023 10:33 AM (llXky)

170 Grumpy Cat - a limerick

I followed the advice of Ol' Pliny
Rubbed my cat 'til his hiney was shiny
I used nettles andd thistle
He was clean as a whistle
But he didn't get horny...just whiny!
Posted by: Muldoon


There is something wonderful and delightfully wrong with you.

Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at January 01, 2023 10:34 AM (Wy1BU)

171 I'm zipping through Words on Words by John Bremner. Thanks to whichever Moron recommended it. It's a great, interesting and very funny read.

Posted by: LASue at January 01, 2023 10:35 AM (Ed8Zd)

172 Phat Finished the first installment on a flight back from Tel Aviv, liked it so much I bought the whole eArc using the airplane WiFi.

Wow, what an honor! Both for liking it enough to want the eARC, and for putting up with airplane WiFi to get it! I am not worthy...

I am glad you enjoyed Red Wolf. It is definitely a new direction for me but I am enjoying it (and I am about 1/3 in to book 2, so never fear! The adventures of Nic and her pet parallel world general will continue!)

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at January 01, 2023 10:38 AM (cjvQp)

173 I have a Ryrie Study Bible, New American Standard, which I like very much. Ryrie does a great job of putting events and language in the context of when the Bible was written.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(5pTK/) at January 01, 2023 10:24 AM (5pTK/)
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Of course, along with translation and annotation/commentary, there's also the question of which books are in your Bible.

This time of year, having access to Maccabees is useful.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 01, 2023 10:39 AM (llXky)

174 "The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York"

It's harsh but detailed.

Moses was a hugely consequential figure, for good and bad. And not just for NYC.

The guy got things done. Sometimes too much.

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 01, 2023 10:40 AM (SJsWC)

175 Side note: We are getting a really nice globull warming rain storm here in the High AZ Desert.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(5pTK/) at January 01, 2023 10:41 AM (5pTK/)

176 What were some of your favorite reads this year? Tarantino's "Cinema Speculations" is surely one of mine.

Tarantino on "blurb-whore" Charles Champlin, called the Will Rogers of film criticism -- he never met a movie he didn't like. "Champlin wrote as if appearing in as many movie ad pull quotes as possible was an editorial imperative."

Sounds like Gene Shalit -- or maybe Spy Magazine's beloved and be-monocled blurbologist, Walter Monheit (RIP):

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2011/08/monheit-dead
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at January 01, 2023 09:40 AM (Dc2NZ)

I really enjoyed Take the Gun, Leave the Cannoli (behind-the-scenes of the Godfather filming), Middlemarch (after a slow start) and Jane Eyre.

Posted by: LASue at January 01, 2023 10:41 AM (Ed8Zd)

177 "The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York"

It's harsh but detailed.

Moses was a hugely consequential figure, for good and bad. And not just for NYC.

The guy got things done. Sometimes too much.
Posted by: Ignoramus at January 01, 2023 10:40 AM (SJsWC)


Thanks for the quickie review, Ignoramus.

Sounds like something I should enjoy!

Posted by: naturalfake at January 01, 2023 10:43 AM (KLPy8)

178 The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

I've read three LJB books by Caro, which I found fascinating. Has he written a fourth.

Posted by: That NLurker it comes in pints? at January 01, 2023 10:44 AM (eGTCV)

179 David Benioff (Of Game of Thrones fame) wrote three books...one of which was glorious. It's called City of Thieves, and it was about 800 times better than his other two books.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 01, 2023 10:44 AM (XIJ/X)

180
Moses was a hugely consequential figure, for good and bad. And not just for NYC.

The guy got things done. Sometimes too much.

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 01, 2023 10:40 AM (SJsWC)
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Years ago I saw a documentary about him, maybe on PBS or something. It was hugely critical of what his planning did to old neighborhoods, but avoided the elephant in the room, which is that the same liberals lamenting what he did had created (and still supported) the mechanism that allowed him to do it.

"We need to empowered enlightened, unaccountable bureaucrats to act in society's interests - no wait, not like that! You should be doing what *I* want!"

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 01, 2023 10:45 AM (llXky)

181 The guy got things done. Sometimes too much.

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 01, 2023 10:40 AM (SJsWC)

Well put.

Moses loved cities but hated people!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 01, 2023 10:45 AM (XIJ/X)

182 Moses loved cities but hated people!
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 01, 2023 10:45 AM (XIJ/X)
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Current liberal mindset in a nutshell.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(5pTK/) at January 01, 2023 10:46 AM (5pTK/)

183 I followed the advice of Ol' Pliny
Rubbed my cat 'til his hiney was shiny
I used nettles andd thistle
He was clean as a whistle
But he didn't get horny...just whiny!
Posted by: Muldoon at January 01, 2023 10:32 AM (ykeLU)


Not to bust the estimable Muldoon's balls, but wasn't Pliny pronounced "Plinn-ee," as to rhyme with "whinny?"

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 01, 2023 10:47 AM (AW0uW)

184 I guess tomorrow is one o' them holidays that the Post Office dreamed up.

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 10:47 AM (T4tVD)

185 Not to bust the estimable Muldoon's balls, but wasn't Pliny pronounced "Plinn-ee," as to rhyme with "whinny?"
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing

His close friends called him PLY nee !

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 10:49 AM (T4tVD)

186 A friend of mine told me he recently read The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold, by Waugh.

He wasn't sure what to make of it, but his edition had an afterward by Waugh that helped explain it. Basically, it is the story about a older author suffering from various health issues and unable to finish his current book. He takes a cruise and ends up suffering from a breakdown, but in the end figures himself out.

It is based on Waugh's own experience of doing exactly that, so it's a bit of self-criticism but it also is a great example of Writing What You Know. Waugh was basically poisoning himself with various medications and alcohol, took a cruise to relax, and had the breakdown he later described. His response?

"There's a book in that!" And there was. One can argue that by the late 1950s, he had used up most of his material, so the cruise gave him a fresh angle.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 01, 2023 10:49 AM (llXky)

187 Good morning Horde readers and Happy New Year.
I've just completed the Stonemont series by Stephen Smith. A post EMP, apocalyptic event that sees the main characters come together and rebuild America. Good storytelling plus insights into creating government and rules for society.
The story is a reach at times but still worth the read.

Posted by: Diogenes at January 01, 2023 10:51 AM (anj39)

188 175 Side note: We are getting a really nice globull warming rain storm here in the High AZ Desert.
Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(5pTK/) at January 01, 2023 10:41 AM (5pTK/)

We in N. Nevada are under 8" of a wet white blanket of Globull warming.
In fact I should probably get off my ass and start making it go away.

Posted by: Reforger at January 01, 2023 10:53 AM (H04xx)

189 @171 --

* takes bow *

You just made my day!

Also, you're welcome!

Posted by: Weak Geek at January 01, 2023 10:53 AM (Om/di)

190 We in N. Nevada are under 8" of a wet white blanket of Globull warming.
In fact I should probably get off my ass and start making it go away.
Posted by: Reforger

Are ya gonna sing to it ?

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 10:54 AM (T4tVD)

191 Moses had tremendous energy and was independently wealthy. Because he held many different positions simultaneously at the city and state level, and ruled his own creation - the Port Authority of NY and NJ, no single elected politican could fire him. He had strong union support because he brought jobs.

On the plus side, he created many public parks and playgrounds.

On the negative side, his worst offense may have been pushing public housing projects, muchg copied across the nation.

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 01, 2023 10:54 AM (SJsWC)

192 wasn't Pliny pronounced "Plinn-ee," as to rhyme with "whinny?"

*******

Perhaps, but if someone was rubbing my sexual organs with nettles I would be more likely to be whiny than to whinny, wouldn't I?

Posted by: Muldoon at January 01, 2023 10:56 AM (ykeLU)

193 OK, folks, must get some reading done.

Hope you all have a lovely day.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at January 01, 2023 10:57 AM (AW0uW)

194 Reforger if you can avoid it until May it will go away on its own

Posted by: Skip at January 01, 2023 10:58 AM (xhxe8)

195 Are ya gonna sing to it ?
Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 10:54 AM (T4tVD)

Never tried it. Does it work?
Sounds way easier than shoveling as my snowblower will just clog up with this stuff and heart attack inducing work is my only option shy of wait till spring.

Posted by: Reforger at January 01, 2023 10:58 AM (H04xx)

196 OK, folks, must get some reading done.

Hope you all have a lovely day.
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing

backatcha MP4 !

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 11:00 AM (T4tVD)

197 Quick glance at the library photo reminded me of the scene in Interstellar.

Posted by: polynikes at January 01, 2023 11:01 AM (TIiR1)

198 Are ya gonna sing to it ?
Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 10:54 AM (T4tVD)

Never tried it. Does it work?
Sounds way easier than shoveling as my snowblower will just clog up with this stuff and heart attack inducing work is my only option shy of wait till spring.
Posted by: Reforger

Depends on how bad ya sing....can ya do a Yoko impression ?

Posted by: JT at January 01, 2023 11:01 AM (T4tVD)

199 Way (way) back in 6th grade, a friend and I challenged each other on who could read the most pages during the school year. We were both in the independent reading class, and we started DEVOURING books.

I had no idea how this simple SMART goal that started as just a challenge between 2 friends would open my door to reading.

Can't remember our final totals, but I know we were both over 100K pages by the end of the year.

-SLV

Posted by: Shy Lurking Vote at January 01, 2023 11:01 AM (yXpN8)

200 Perhaps, but if someone was rubbing my sexual organs with nettles I would be more likely to be whiny than to whinny, wouldn't I?
Posted by: Muldoon at January 01, 2023 10:56 AM (ykeLU)
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Speak for yourself...

Posted by: Mr. Ed at January 01, 2023 11:01 AM (BpYfr)

201 I read Podkayne of Mars from a cheap Kindle download.

I too did not like the ending, but Heinlein explained why. People do things that can have enormous tragic consequences.

Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at January 01, 2023


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I just thought the points he expressed in the letter to his agent should have been shown in the novel itself.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at January 01, 2023 11:05 AM (KAKDL)

202
One of the things I like to do is take book recommendations from the Horde, hit Amazon to find it, and proceed to find a used copy from a third party seller.

Yeah, I have to wait a bit to receive the book, but, that gives me time to finish whatever it is I'm currently reading.
Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(5pTK/)


The "Suck It, Bezos" gambit. I practice it, too.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at January 01, 2023 11:06 AM (pNxlR)

203 Figured straight away Robert Conrad's was given a hat tip by writer of Alien

Posted by: Skip at January 01, 2023 11:07 AM (xhxe8)

204 Some time ago, I saw a documentary about the Red Baron. Among other things, it featured one of his relatives, about 18 years. He was ashamed of his great, great uncle's (or whoever's) fame for killing. War is bad, mmmmkay?

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter 2023 at January 01, 2023 11:07 AM (FVME7)

205 We in N. Nevada are under 8" of a wet white blanket of Globull warming.
In fact I should probably get off my ass and start making it go away.
Posted by: Reforger at January 01, 2023 10:53 AM (H04xx)
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My wife and I drove through Northern NV a couple of years ago, in April, on our way to Idaho. We were amazed at how much snow was on the ground and surrounding mountains.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(5pTK/) at January 01, 2023 11:09 AM (5pTK/)

206 There is something wonderful and delightfully wrong with you.

*******

My wife just about busted a gut when she read this. I think she may have mentally ignored the wonderful and delightful modifiers.

Posted by: Muldoon at January 01, 2023 11:10 AM (ykeLU)

207
Finished Camp of the Saints and see why some think it's a mess.
It's a bit dated, and think he got the invaders all wrong but then in some ways it is coming true with new invaders getting strengthen by older invaders.

__________

For me, it's the virtues the West had that they allowed to slip away, martial, cultural, social and religious.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 01, 2023 11:12 AM (V1D03)

208 Barns and Noble used to be known as a dead-company-walking, but sometime last week I heard in passing that they had actually started turning a profit. The context was that their new CEO actually wanted them to be bookstore, instead of a lifestyle brand or whatever they were trying to be before. However, a 2-second google search doesn't come up with any news more recent than 2019. Can anyone confirm or deny this turn-around?

Posted by: Castle Guy at January 01, 2023 10:03 AM (Lhaco)

Had to cut out for a while, so don't know if anyone's answered you on this.

Sarah Hoyt:
https://tinyurl.com/ybjpmhkx

A substack about it:
https://tinyurl.com/yz68vvr7

Posted by: OrangeEnt at January 01, 2023 11:12 AM (Angsy)

209
Because he held many different positions simultaneously at the city and state level, and ruled his own creation - the Port Authority of NY and NJ

___________

*polite cough*

Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. Which is still what keeps the MTA in business.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 01, 2023 11:15 AM (V1D03)

210 Any good books about the history of the Pinkerton's?

Posted by: Thesokorus at January 01, 2023 11:16 AM (1ais2)

211 Good morning and happy New Year Horde!!!

Perfesser, thank you for taking on the Book Thread. This is an immensely useful AOSHQ thread that I dearly love, even though it inevitably costs me a lot of money. Which I do not regret, by the way.

Currently reading Foley, about the MI6 Passport Control Officer who helped Jews escape from Nazi Germany. It is a welcome reminder to do the right thing no matter who complains or threatens. My reading goal this year is to create my own study notes for each book of Bible. It will take a lot longer than a year, but it's time I got started on an organized compilation instead of the slapdash manner in which I have been working!

Posted by: Moki at January 01, 2023 11:17 AM (JrN/x)

212 I stopped in to the local Barnes and Noble yesterday. I don't know if they're all the same now, but ours is part game store, part toy store, and part book store. I perused the new titles section, and most of them fell under the category of "You're a Racist," "This Country is Racist," "Trump = Bad," and "I'm a Freak and You're a Bigot for not Celebrating Me." Not sure how I'm gonna spend this gift card I got.

Posted by: PabloD at January 01, 2023 11:17 AM (i/IkH)

213 FIRST!!!!!

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at January 01, 2023 11:18 AM (Zz0t1)

214 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at January 01, 2023 11:18 AM (Zz0t1)

215 Morning all. HNY.

Posted by: rickb223 Gone Galt at January 01, 2023 11:18 AM (9uCBG)

216 I've read three LJB books by Caro, which I found fascinating. Has he written a fourth.
Posted by: That NLurker

The opening section where Caro describes the Texas Hill Country is riveting writing. These are books are by far my favorite's biography.

Posted by: Lost in Space at January 01, 2023 11:19 AM (c7ca9)

217 Alabama prison guard arrested for smuggling contraband and selling it to inmates. What was he slinging? Hamburgers.

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Geez, I hope he didn't smuggle them in in his underwear!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter 2023 at January 01, 2023 11:19 AM (FVME7)

218 I'm rereading "Life Expectancy" by Dean Koontz. I'd forgotten how funny it was, particularly the foot-in-mouth protag.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at January 01, 2023 11:19 AM (/+bwe)

219
I perused the new titles section, and most of them fell under the category of "You're a Racist," "This Country is Racist," "Trump = Bad," and "I'm a Freak and You're a Bigot for not Celebrating Me." Not sure how I'm gonna spend this gift card I got.
Posted by: PabloD at January 01, 2023 11:17 AM (i/IkH)

___________

Occasionally they gave good new releases when they can't be avoided. But, yeah, it's largely you-suck-if-you're-white books now.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 01, 2023 11:20 AM (MoZTd)

220 Who did Pliny the Elder bury??

Posted by: andycanuck (Vwz3I) at January 01, 2023 11:20 AM (Vwz3I)

221 It seems one of my resolutions should actually be reading more books.....

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at January 01, 2023 11:20 AM (Zz0t1)

222 . HNY.
Posted by: rickb223

********

I am reliably informed that HNY is pronounced "hinny"

Posted by: Muldoon at January 01, 2023 11:20 AM (ykeLU)

223 I lost nearly all of my books in a home explosion in December 2020. I've replaced some, and fortunately, I have some generous friends and family who have gifted my wife and me with others. The latest one that I am currently reading is an old Tom Clancy novel, Without Remorse. I'm about halfway through it on an intermittent basis; so far, it's entertaining.

Posted by: JackCoke at January 01, 2023 11:21 AM (EFQuV)

224 Any good books about the history of the Pinkertons?
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Those c0cksuckers?!

Posted by: zombie Al Swearengen at January 01, 2023 11:22 AM (Vwz3I)

225 The opening section where Caro describes the Texas Hill Country is riveting writing. These are books are by far my favorite's biography.
Posted by: Lost in Space at January 01

I agree. The details are the most interesting part of the books.

Posted by: That NLurker it comes in pints? at January 01, 2023 11:22 AM (eGTCV)

226 It seems one of my resolutions should actually be reading more books.....
Posted by: Sponge


Penthouse Forum.


*whistles innocently

Posted by: rickb223 Gone Galt at January 01, 2023 11:22 AM (9uCBG)

227 Kirk Cameron is touring libraries doing a reading of a book he wrote. Indianapolis Public Library--beautiful place--denied him bc the book has a Christian point of view; then they relented and let him rent (!) a room upstairs. Literally thousands of people came, bigger than any event Indianapolis Public Library has ever had, and they were nice, peaceful people just wanting to hear the book reading by Cameron. They were on every floor, spread out, there was an intercom system so they could at least hear him.

Posted by: AgathaPagatha at January 01, 2023 11:22 AM (xDMjB)

228 It seems one of my resolutions should actually be reading more books.....
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at January 01, 2023 11:20 AM (Zz0t1)
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It doesn't have to be about quantity... Quality counts, too!

If you are looking for reading material, the Moron Recommendations are a great place to start!

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at January 01, 2023 11:23 AM (BpYfr)

229 Kirk Cameron is touring libraries doing a reading of a book he wrote. Indianapolis Public Library--beautiful place--denied him bc the book has a Christian point of view; then they relented and let him rent (!) a room upstairs. Literally thousands of people came, bigger than any event Indianapolis Public Library has ever had, and they were nice, peaceful people just wanting to hear the book reading by Cameron. They were on every floor, spread out, there was an intercom system so they could at least hear him.
Posted by: AgathaPagatha at January 01, 2023 11:22 AM (xDMjB)
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So a devout Christian reading his book is more popular than Drag Queen Story Hour? Say it ain't so! /sarc

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at January 01, 2023 11:24 AM (BpYfr)

230 "There's a book in that!" And there was. One can argue that by the late 1950s, he had used up most of his material, so the cruise gave him a fresh angle.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd

So.

I should take that cruise then.

Posted by: Miklos, who reads books by Ace-endorsed authors at January 01, 2023 11:25 AM (pTpuS)

231 I perused the new titles section, and most of them fell under the category of "You're a Racist," "This Country is Racist," "Trump = Bad," and "I'm a Freak and You're a Bigot for not Celebrating Me." Not sure how I'm gonna spend this gift card I got.
Posted by: PabloD at January 01, 2023 11:17 AM (i/IkH)
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Go for the classics! Or Moron Recommendations!

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at January 01, 2023 11:25 AM (BpYfr)

232 I'm rereading "Life Expectancy" by Dean Koontz. I'd forgotten how funny it was, particularly the foot-in-mouth protag.
Posted by: NaughtyPine

I thought his One Door Away From Heaven was very funny.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter 2023 at January 01, 2023 11:25 AM (FVME7)

233 @AgathaPagatha: The library rented Kirk an "Upper Room?"

Though, I'm quite sure the symbolic aspect completely escaped the library.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(5pTK/) at January 01, 2023 11:26 AM (5pTK/)

234
If you are looking for reading material, the Moron Recommendations are a great place to start!
Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at January 01, 2023 11:23 AM (BpYfr)



Yes. That list is long and distinguished. I do have a borrowed book that I've had for quite some time and never read. It's Mike Leach's book about Geronimo. I should get that one read and returned so I'm not "that guy."

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at January 01, 2023 11:27 AM (Zz0t1)

235 I stopped in to the local Barnes and Noble yesterday. I don't know if they're all the same now, but ours is part game store, part toy store, and part book store. I perused the new titles section, and most of them fell under the category of "You're a Racist," "This Country is Racist," "Trump = Bad," and "I'm a Freak and You're a Bigot for not Celebrating Me." Not sure how I'm gonna spend this gift card I got.

Posted by: PabloD at January 01, 2023 11:17 AM (i/IkH)

Maybe try a different one. The substack post ref. above indicated the store mgr and staff had leeway to choose the stock.

Posted by: OrangeEnt at January 01, 2023 11:31 AM (Angsy)

236 Maybe I should go back to B&N, grab a copy of something by Jordan Peterson, and wait for a danger-haired landwhale to man, errr, persyn the cash register just to see if I get a reaction.

Posted by: PabloD at January 01, 2023 11:31 AM (i/IkH)

237 No B&N in my area, but if I had to spend a gift card there, I'd be looking at older titles in the fiction shelves. There's usually something I'd missed reading over the years, and those sections are a tad less vulnerable to the publishers' current craze for self-flagellation.

Posted by: Just Some Guy at January 01, 2023 11:31 AM (a/4+U)

238 Finished "Gang of One." I'm not sure what I expected, but this seems to be a YA novel which disappointed me a bit.

According to the kindle, I am 16% through "The Machiavellians" which is on a very different plane. Somewhere I picked up the idea that this book is popular with Ancaps. So far, so good.

Posted by: Oglebay at January 01, 2023 11:32 AM (7fVdQ)

239 Well, time to wander. Heading to church.

Later!

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing(5pTK/) at January 01, 2023 11:37 AM (5pTK/)

240 *Occasionally they gave good new releases when they can't be avoided. But, yeah, it's largely you-suck-if-you're-white books now.*

I rarely consume any television broadcasting but as I've recently observed during my perusal of Men's Collegiate Tackle Football competitions, white couples are not permitted to buy automobiles.

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at January 01, 2023 11:37 AM (DhOHl)

241 You can always identify a book you want and ask B&N to order it for you so you can use the gift card. I recall B&N being willing to do so in the past.

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls - an election is simply a festival for the majority at January 01, 2023 11:39 AM (KFhLj)

242 I rarely consume any television broadcasting but as I've recently observed during my perusal of Men's Collegiate Tackle Football competitions, white couples are not permitted to buy automobiles.

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at January 01, 2023 11:37 AM (DhOHl)

You have to have money! How do you expect that when their first priority is subsidizing everyone else's purchases?

Posted by: Leftists at January 01, 2023 11:39 AM (Angsy)

243 Who did Pliny the Elder bury??

Posted by: andycanuck (Vwz3I) at January 01, 2023 11:20 AM (Vwz3I)

Don't wine about no answers to your question. I believe it was himself....

Posted by: OrangeEnt at January 01, 2023 11:40 AM (Angsy)

244 Slipping out of lurk mode to wish you all a Happy New Year and to thank Perfessor for these amazing book threads. My to-read list grows longer and longer each week - but it's all good material.

My goal for 2023 is not necessarily to read more (work and other essential tasks get in the way) but to alternate fiction with nonfiction. Most of the nonfiction is religious as I attempt to fill in may gaps in my knowledge. I confess my religious formation was, well, wanting. As I suspect much religious formation was during the 1970's. It was all about "Love" but little from the catechism or anything else important.

I'm nearly finished with the Song of Ice and Fire series, having just started A Dance with Dragons. Still not sure how I feel about George RR Martin's work. I do find that I now get some of the references that have slipped in today's culture.

I believe it was one of you who recommended The End of Procrastination by Petr Ludwig. It sat on my dining room table for weeks (of course) before I picked it up last night. I'm about halfway through and it seems to make sense. I'll have to see how helpful it is to me.

Again, wishing you all a blessed 2023!

Posted by: KatieFloyd at January 01, 2023 11:43 AM (ob77J)

245 So a devout Christian reading his book is more popular than Drag Queen Story Hour? Say it ain't so! /sarc

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at January 01, 2023 11:24 AM (BpYfr)
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I bet that drove them nuts. They desperately want to think they are the majority and that only a handful of illiterate rubes care about such things, but the truth is otherwise.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 01, 2023 11:44 AM (llXky)

246 Not sure how I'm gonna spend this gift card I got.
Posted by: PabloD at January 01, 2023 11:17 AM (i/IkH)
Maybe try a different one. The substack post ref. above indicated the store mgr and staff had leeway to choose the stock.
Posted by: OrangeEnt at January 01, 2023 11:31 AM (Angsy)

If they still have those overpriced magazines in the back of the marxist book store, buy guns and ammo magazines and watch the purple haired soy boi freak when it checks you out at the register.

Then donate said magazines to the local marxist seminary public lieberry.

Win-win.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 01, 2023 11:44 AM (R/m4+)

247
Well, time to wander. Heading to church.

Later!
Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing

__________

Been and returned. 7:00 AM Mass. Very foggy this morning. Idiots on the road at 5:30. Idiots on the road at 8:00. Don't drive on a freeway at 45 with your emergency blinkers on. Turn on your lights, even if the sun has come up.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 01, 2023 11:44 AM (MoZTd)

248 Don't whine about what's on my flip side.

Posted by: Crocodile Rock at January 01, 2023 11:44 AM (DhOHl)

249
Again, wishing you all a blessed 2023!
Posted by: KatieFloyd at January 01, 2023 11:43 AM (ob77J)

__________

Lurk less, talk more.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at January 01, 2023 11:45 AM (MoZTd)

250 Time's almost up. Thanks again, Perfesser!

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at January 01, 2023 11:45 AM (llXky)

251 @ blake - semi lurker, The Upper Room-very good, I hadn't thought of that.

Posted by: AgathaPagatha at January 01, 2023 11:47 AM (xDMjB)

252
* wanders in *
* observes Commentator sans pants *
* averts eyes, wanders past *

Posted by: Duncanthrax at January 01, 2023 11:48 AM (a3Q+t)

253 Who did Pliny the Elder bury??

Posted by: andycanuck (Vwz3I) at January 01, 2023 11:20 AM (Vwz3I)


ISWYDT

Posted by: N.Lurker at January 01, 2023 11:50 AM (eGTCV)

254 Who did Pliny the Elder bury??
Posted by: andycanuck (Vwz3I) at January 01, 2023 11:20 AM


Not Ulysses S. Grant.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at January 01, 2023 11:52 AM (a3Q+t)

255 Who did Pliny the Elder bury??

Posted by: andycanuck (Vwz3I) at January 01, 2023 11:20 AM (Vwz3I)


Commentator Sans Pants would be a good nic.

Posted by: N.Lurker at January 01, 2023 11:52 AM (eGTCV)

256 Happy New Year, Horde!

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at January 01, 2023 11:53 AM (Kd4bG)

257 Just finished the usual New Year breakfast here at the palatial Caves of Diogenes. French toast, mimosas, gobs of blueberries, and there may of been a flask of maple syrup in the area.
Interesting observation...is the heel of the bread the best slice of French toast?

Posted by: Diogenes at January 01, 2023 11:54 AM (anj39)

258 I've got my Ghostbusters PJ pants on, so I'm good.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at January 01, 2023 11:55 AM (Zz0t1)

259 Happy New Year, Horde!
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at January 01, 2023 11:53 AM (Kd4bG)



Right back atcha!

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at January 01, 2023 11:56 AM (Zz0t1)

260 So a devout Christian reading his book is more popular than Drag Queen Story Hour? Say it ain't so! /sarc

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at January 01, 2023 11:24 AM

All one of a piece with Jordan Peterson's book appealing to young men, YouTubers sharing their "discoveries" of classic movies and novels, and young women reporting the "dress challenge" taught them that traditional feminine clothes make them feel better than skin-baring or sloppy clothes.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at January 01, 2023 11:56 AM (/+bwe)

261 Interesting observation...is the heel of the bread the best slice of French toast?

Posted by: Diogenes at January 01, 2023 11:54 AM (anj39)

Of course! That's why using a baguette works wonderfully. Lots of crust!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at January 01, 2023 11:56 AM (XIJ/X)

262 I saw DJ Sans Pants open for LL Cool J at Rapfest in '98.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at January 01, 2023 11:57 AM (Zz0t1)

263 Whew! Almost done rearranging my books...Penny, as usual, tries to help, but isn't particularly good at it...

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at January 01, 2023 11:58 AM (BpYfr)

264 262 I saw DJ Sans Pants open for LL Cool J at Rapfest in '98.
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at January 01, 2023 11:57 AM (Zz0t1)


I saw Sans Pants open for Men Without Hats at the Forum in 2003. Shirts and shoes were required, though.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at January 01, 2023 11:58 AM (PiwSw)

265 I thought the internet would be all lit up with all the terrible things in Trump's tax returns. Guess there wasn't anything interesting after all.

Posted by: Word to your mother at January 01, 2023 11:58 AM (3uf3+)

266 Thanks for the thread, Perfesser.
And a Happy New Year to all.

Posted by: Just Some Guy at January 01, 2023 11:58 AM (a/4+U)

267 I saw DJ Sans Pants open for LL Cool J at Rapfest in '98.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at January 01, 2023 11:57 AM (Zz0t1)

Wasn't that "Rapefest?"

Posted by: OrangeEnt at January 01, 2023 11:59 AM (Angsy)

268 I've got my Ghostbusters PJ pants on, so I'm good.

I'm not planning on getting out of my flannels and a gym shirt until Teusday morning. Just sayin...

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at January 01, 2023 12:00 PM (TgNpw)

269 Happy New Year, Morons.

Teresa in FTW, have you ever heard Loretta Young read "The Littlest Angel"?

Here...https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FTWAzRveJT0

Thank you for nudging me to revisit it.

Posted by: creeper at January 01, 2023 12:00 PM (cTCuP)

270 Nood

Posted by: Duke Lowell at January 01, 2023 12:00 PM (u73oe)

271 Whew! Almost done rearranging my books...Penny, as usual, tries to help, but isn't particularly good at it...
Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at January 01, 2023 11:58 AM

Or Penny is a misunderstood design artist?

Posted by: NaughtyPine at January 01, 2023 12:03 PM (/+bwe)

272 Happy New Year! Much to my family’s chagrin, black eyed peas are going. I am going to work out at 2 (I get to take an actual class, not teach because my team is great!) and then spend some time with my 11 year old on what we are going to strive to do to grow this year. Both of us.

Posted by: Piper at January 01, 2023 12:04 PM (ZdaMQ)

273 Thanks for the thread, Perfessor. Best one of the year!!

Posted by: OrangeEnt at January 01, 2023 12:06 PM (Angsy)

274 I've found the Goodreads website/app a handy place to track what I've read and what I want to read. 2023's goal is 40 books, same as 2022. Unfortunately, the tracker counts books, not pages read, so one long book throws off my pace and completion rate. In 2022, that book was "O, Lost" by Thomas Wolfe, which was over 600 pages. I also try to write a brief review of each book--shades of grammar school book reports!--which helps jog my memory about a particular story.

This year's bookish resolution--to whittle down my TBR stacks scattered all over the house!

Posted by: March Hare at January 01, 2023 12:10 PM (lwrAe)

275 53 All the diet books go back to the library tomorrow.

I'm hungry already.
Posted by: April--dash my lace wigs! at January 01

Good! Send them back. Do not diet. And never let yourself be hungry. You can eat boatloads of food, just the right foods, and sometimes not the right foods. Don’t do this to lose weight. Do it to be healthier and if you lose the weight, well, bonus! (You will lose weight if you need to do so). Also, find a workout you like, that you are going to be accountable to (group class is great for this part) and do it, goal 3x a week and celebrate 5x a week.

You got this, you are stronger than you think!

Posted by: Piper at January 01, 2023 12:13 PM (ZdaMQ)

276 There's a book in that!" And there was. One can argue that by the late 1950s, he had used up most of his material, so the cruise gave him a fresh angle.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd

So.

I should take that cruise then.
Posted by: Miklos, who reads books by Ace-endorsed authors at January 01, 2023 11:25 AM (pTpuS)

Might as well. It's only three hours long. But the Skipper knows what he's doing.

Posted by: Pork Chops & Bacons at January 01, 2023 12:34 PM (BdMk6)

277 That first mate, however ... keep an eye on him.

Posted by: Jonas Grumby at January 01, 2023 02:24 PM (Om/di)

278 Currently reading The Murderbot Diaries, a series that vary in length from novella at the start to novel by book 5.

The protagonist is a man-made humanoid cyborg designed to provide security for humans in hostile environments. In addition to cool built-in killing weapons, Murderbot is also a walking networked IT security expert and super hacker, generally able to hack into and control the full-time wireless environment everyone in the books' universe is swimming in. His humans don't know that he's hacked his own governance module and so doesn't have to follow their orders. He's deadly dangerous and gone rogue. Oh, dear!

But he's also intensely lazy and viciously sarcastic. Written in the 1st person, Murderbot (the name he gives himself) reflects on what to do with his newfound freedoms and, alas, the responsibilities that come with them.

Entertaining.

Posted by: MarkW at January 01, 2023 02:44 PM (hKfJb)

279 The various mentions upthread of Baron von Richthofen prompt me to mention one of my favorite "Berserker" stories by Fred Saberhagen "Wings Out of Shadow". The Red Baron is a key character in that. I will not explain how because it would spoil the story but I strongly recommend it.

A Happy New Year to all the book lovers here!

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