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Whatcha reading?

 

Thank god for the kindle.. I have a ton of books in storage above the garage but my eyes aren't what they used to be so,,, thank god for my kindle.. I read every night as I go to bed..

 

At present?

 

Ghost Rider--Neil Peart..

 

The man endured the loss of his daughter AND wife within a year. He hopped on his BMW motorcycle and hit the road. The book is essentially a diary of those travels. I've endured the sudden loss of a daughter as well, so I completely understand his thought process and involuntary acts in the immediate aftermath. I can't imagine losing my wife that soon after..

Neil Peart was the drummer and lyricist for RUSH..  RIP😢

 

 

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Journey of the Phaorohs,    Clive Cussler book.   Just finished.    (book on disc).

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Well, no new movies, no new TV shows, no sports almost.  Reading books is about the only thing you can do.  Maybe its actually a good thing.

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2 hours ago, DieHardBrownsFan said:

Well, no new movies, no new TV shows, no sports almost.  Reading books is about the only thing you can do.  Maybe its actually a good thing.

Well, with Netflix and prime I can see all kinds of movies that I had never seen before even if they are not "new".  And those services, along with HBO have put out some new series.   See the thread on Perry Mason from HBO.  They have some others as well that I did not watch.  As for sports...well, both baseball and basketball are ongoing now, and hockey.  This time of year  usually basketball and hockey would have been over for some time. 

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watered down baseball and basketball (which no one watches).  All the series on now were made before the pandemic started, including Perry Mason.

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3 hours ago, DieHardBrownsFan said:

watered down baseball and basketball (which no one watches).  All the series on now were made before the pandemic started, including Perry Mason.

I do not think for a moment that the actual games in baseball are watered down at all. Not at all.   In fact, they are more intensified because of this short....60 game season.   Somewhat true with the basketball...in that some of these games do not count for anything for some teams who have their playoff positioning set.  But for those fighting for a spot....not at all.   Soon the playoffs will start, and that will not be watered down.  And certainly not the hockey. They always go full tilt boogie. 

And while maybe some of these new series were made before the start of the pandemic....they are still being aired for the first time....right now!!  

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Watching such an exciting season, with cardboard fake fans, and fake fan noise.  How exciting........

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Gonna start listening to Cajun Justice.....by James Patterson and Jason Axum.

 

OK...here is a question:   What is the deal with James Patterson  "co-authoring"  books with all these people and then putting out like a book every month or two?      Is it just Bullshit that he has much if any input into the writing of these?   Or, does he just slap his name on these and get a paycheck (kind of like Trump and most building bearing his name)?  

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1 minute ago, DieHardBrownsFan said:

Watching such an exciting season, with cardboard fake fans, and fake fan noise.  How exciting........

Well, maybe you should watch the play on the field and not worry so much about that other stuff.    (though I basically agree with you....the fake noise more than the fake fans.   I have seen some teams get pretty creative with what they do with their fake fans)

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13 hours ago, The Gipper said:

Gonna start listening to Cajun Justice.....by James Patterson and Jason Axum.

 

OK...here is a question:   What is the deal with James Patterson  "co-authoring"  books with all these people and then putting out like a book every month or two?      Is it just Bullshit that he has much if any input into the writing of these?   Or, does he just slap his name on these and get a paycheck (kind of like Trump and most building bearing his name)?  

Patterson is an amazingly productive writer. He has an uncanny ability to take any structure, idea, outline of a good story and flesh it out. A lot of writers might have a great idea for a story but not the talent to take that idea from a synopsis to a novel and they wind up teaming up with Patterson who can do that. Kind of like  a great arranger, producer  can take a simple song from an artist and turn it into a masterpiece. Also I can imagine that somebody like Patterson might run out of story ideas and this would be the perfect match up. I'll give you an example, Franz Liszt used to travel the countryside picking up Snippets of folk tunes which he would embellish and turn into full-blown orchestral works.

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But back to the topic at hand I'm currently about two-thirds of the way through exodus by Leon Uris. It's the story of the Jewish people through trials and tribulations leading up to the creation of the nation of Israel. The horror how the Holocaust is shocking even by today's standards and this book was written in the sixties. I do a lot of audio books because my eyesight sucks. This one is much longer than most weighing and it about 30 hours. I'm a member of audible.com. the membership includes 24 unabridged audiobooks a year and I always run short purchase talk to you more before it rolls over.

The only other Leon Uris book I've read was Trinity about Ireland to. Like Ken Follett Uris writes in-depth historical novels based around fictitious characters. Even though those characters didn't exist the stories and situations that frame them are amazingly accurate.

Gipper and I are both big fans of the Saxon Stories painstakingly detailed historically but based on characters who may or may not have actually existed, as well but that will be for another thread. (a bit like my songs the Battle of Lake Erie and Sandy and beaver canal the history of the songs is valid but they're told from the perspective hope one of my ancestors Levi Simmons who may or may not have had anything to do with those stories)

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I read Trinity back about the same time that  Shogun had come out.   In my mind I always equated the two as being epic novels (I also read the Shogun novel)  about the history and culture of  particular lands...(Ireland and Japan).     I thought it would have been a good move by the producers of Shogun to do a mini-series of Trinity......but, of course, that has never happened.     In my opinion the TV people were very shortsighted,  believing that the appeal of Shogun was merely that it was about Japan, and they started promoting all thing Japan.   But I felt the real appeal of Shogun, and Trinity was, as I said, the novels study of history/culture....which could have been translated to another nation's history/culture. 

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Yes I read Trinity and Shogun decades ago when my eyes were better.

Edge of Eternity fall of Giants at Winter of the world was it great and huge Trilogy by Ken Follett. Same kind of attention to Historic detail. Like the Saxon stories but recent world history.

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2 hours ago, Westside Steve said:

Yes I read Trinity and Shogun decades ago when my eyes were better.

Edge of Eternity fall of Giants at Winter of the world was it great and huge Trilogy by Ken Follett. Same kind of attention to Historic detail. Like the Saxon stories but recent world history.

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Do not think I have read those.....may have to pick them up.

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2 hours ago, Westside Steve said:

PS if anybody wants to do the audio book of Exodus the narrator is absolutely great. Some are not.

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Yep.  Most narrators of books I have had on disc have been good.   But, yes,  for a very few it has been:  I cannot listen to this it was so poorly done. 

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22 minutes ago, The Gipper said:

Do not think I have read those.....may have to pick them up.

It's a Trilogy each book around 30 hours long. Historical thing is that if his character goes to a particular place and listens to a speech by a particular historical figure it's an event that actually happened in the transcript as reported in his book is factual.

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For anyone that loves travel.. I highly recommend "Ghost Rider"

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New Season of The Boys  started today.   Right now, they only had 3 episodes available. Not sure what the plan is beyond that. 

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Now listening to A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean. There is a reason this is my favorite all time scene in a movie. Like Norman as an old man I love 

being alone in the wilderness, though just like in this scene many who love me are concerned that I still do so at my age. But to me it's still a spiritual journey every

time I go. And as I have told my wife each time she worriers as I go, I will be fine whether I ever come back or not because..............................a river runs through it.

 

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 just a couple days ago I finished up Harlan coben's latest the boy from the woods. I'm a huge Harlan Coben fan and I didn't love this one UNTIL I did. Cool thing about this guy is you have to back up and listen to the ending a couple times meeting at least the last hour or so. I hate Mysteries that just pull some ridiculous ending out of their ass that he never does.

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Also began and finished the Hunter by Richard Stark. Interesting piece of early 60s hard boiled crime fiction. the the audio version only ran 5 hours unabridged. Looks like it's an ongoing series featuring a mug named Parker who gets double-crossed and sets out to get vengeance. The book was made into a film starring Mel Gibson called Payback. I looked back over there movie notes and don't exactly remember it but I was struck that they changed some names for what seems to be absolutely no reason. Don't remember the movie plot.

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Well I'm reading some sources within the Bible recommended to my by a friend of over 50 years who is a Bible scholar. He's going to have to have

open heart surgery and for the first time facing head-on his own mortality. I've been sharing with him about that as a true friend who spent nearly 

a year facing that same thing very early in life and in return he's been sharing with me his expertise on the Bible. It started with my question to him

based on prior discussions here about whether a person could lose their soul if they did not guard it from evil even though they had been saved. Since

he is an ordained minister with a degree from the Dallas Theological Seminary I'm finding it very enlightening/instructive and since I have an advanced 

degree in facing personal mortality (😁), he's finding that very enlightening/instructive. Nothing like a lifelong friendship for sure. No holds barred straightforward

talk with love and understanding the basis for all discussions on many levels going two ways.

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