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    The Pine Barrens by John McPhee.

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    For when I donít want to read about Afghan history

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    Just finished this one:



    Really interesting read covering the entire history of caliphate, as well as the theological and philosophical basis for it.

    Also reading The Caliphate by Sir Thomas W. Arnold and should be finished with that one shortly.
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    One of the better books I have read about Texas' history.



    Another pretty good book. Well written about a man who is often forgotten in American history.

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    Just about done with "Texaco and the $10 Bilion Jury". Very interesting to revisit this topic after 30 years. Oilfield corporate types would enjoy. Lawyers, too, as most of the characters are of this tribe.

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    I've loved the movie forever and finally read the book. The writing style is a touch annoying but still a good story and captures the mood better than the movie.



    A journalist with his facts in order and personal moral outrage. Mildly interesting.

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    Just started this. Very excited.


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    Also, I just finished another re-read of the Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough (author of The Thorn Birds, among others). If you like historical fiction at all, you should love these. I've never read anything that compares to them, with respect to not only the narrative but the insane amount of detail that culminated from 13 years of research by the author, worthy of several PhD's. She was not only an expert on ancient Rome, but the entire Mediterranean world as well as the near east.

    The series chronicles the transition from the functioning republic which had endured for centuries, through the civil wars and burgeoning provinces that proved ungovernable by a system of magistrates intended to oversee what was once a small city-state, to the rise of Augustus as the last man standing of the second triumvirate. Basically the rise of Gaius Marius, followed by Sulla, Crassus and Pompey, then Caesar and finally, Octavian.

    She stays true to historical events and builds the stories around them, offering motivations and plausible explanations for why characters behaved and events unfolded as they did. They're brilliant. I don't know anybody whose read them only once.

    Books:

    The First Man in Rome
    The Grass Crown
    Fortune's Favorites
    Caesar's Women
    Caesar (Let the Dice Fly High)
    The October Horse
    Antony and Cleopatra

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    Stopped with this one about 40% done earlier in the year and picking it back up now. I actually really like it when feeling like some popcorn fiction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaylorHistory View Post


    Stopped with this one about 40% done earlier in the year and picking it back up now. I actually really like it when feeling like some popcorn fiction.
    I read the whole series earlier this year, about 20 books in total. Fairly entertaining.

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    You read any of conn iggulden's series? He's got ones for Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar, and the war of the roses. Good stuff, although the Caesar one he embellishes too much imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsoda3 View Post
    You read any of conn iggulden's series? He's got ones for Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar, and the war of the roses. Good stuff, although the Caesar one he embellishes too much imo.
    Not familiar with those but will research. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Augustus View Post
    Just started this. Very excited.

    about 150 pages into Pillars of the Earth. my first follett book

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    Quote Originally Posted by Post Oak View Post
    about 150 pages into Pillars of the Earth. my first follett book
    Wish I could read that again for the first time. I've read it thrice.

    Follet's a master. Wrote a bunch of spy/thriller stuff before he got into historical fiction.

    Eye of the Needle was his first big hit, I believe. Made it into a great film back in the 80's with Donald Sutherland.

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    Sue Grafton, the "A is for Alibi" mystery writer, died. She just published Y is for Yesterday. Trying to come up with a Z killed her:

    Humphrey said Grafton had been struggling to find an idea for "Z'' while undergoing treatment for rare and usually fatal cancer of the appendix, which was discovered in a routine colonoscopy.

    "Nothing's been written," he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "There is no Z."

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    Started reading Saga comic and damn it's good

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    Great read but very long. The beginning is dense as it deals with genetics and neurology but very accessible. Only half way through it but highly suggest.



    also recently finished.
    Olive Kitteridge: Elizabeth Strout - classic but thought it was over written.

    Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard - Buddhist writer and thinker. Interesting, and I hate "self-help" books.

    Game Over: The Inside Story of the Greek Crisis by George Papaconstantinou - Glad I read but would not suggest. Interesting to hear about the inner workings of the crisis but came across as revisionist.

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    Started the new year off with this one:



    And continuing last year's theme.

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    https://www.goodreads.com/series/107...-of-lady-trent

    On the second book of that series. It's not great literature but fun, easy read with a strong female protagonist. Picked them up for my 12yo daughter initially, but I think I like them more than she does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Post Oak View Post
    about 150 pages into Pillars of the Earth. my first follett book
    Quote Originally Posted by Augustus View Post
    Wish I could read that again for the first time. I've read it thrice.
    read pillars on your guys' recommendations. great read. whoever said it was sad they can't read it again for the first time ever was right. how are the sequels, are they as good? has anyone watched the tv adaptation they did of pillars in 2010?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Post Oak View Post
    about 150 pages into Pillars of the Earth. my first follett book
    That book is fantastic. One of my favorites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsoda3 View Post
    read pillars on your guys' recommendations. great read. whoever said it was sad they can't read it again for the first time ever was right. how are the sequels, are they as good? has anyone watched the tv adaptation they did of pillars in 2010?
    TV adaptation was turrible. World Without End was good, but not as good as Pillars. Haven't read Columns yet.

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    Arrived today


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    Quote Originally Posted by midtown View Post
    Arrived today

    Great book.

    I think you would like the author Adam Johnson.

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    Been on a Denis Johnson kick as I'm re-reading Jesus' Son. Pre-ordered his last book (he died last year):


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    Finally punching my way through the Aubrey/Maturin series by O'Brian, currently on book 7:



    It's aight.

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    I am trying to get done with The Influence of Sea Power Upon History. It is not a page turner.

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    I just finished reading the Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp, John Wells, and Scot Horvath series in chronological order for each one. 67 books of nothing but mayhem, torture, killing and the occasional screwing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeverMarryAStripper View Post
    I just finished reading the Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp, John Wells, and Scot Horvath series in chronological order for each one. 67 books of nothing but mayhem, torture, killing and the occasional screwing.
    I've read three or four of the Rapp books. How many are there?


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    There are 16, but the last couple have been farmed out to another writer by Vince Flynn's estate

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    This is a quick and entertaining tale that hits very close to home. Most of the persons in the book are known and its confounding how presumed power can corrupt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Augustus View Post
    Also, I just finished another re-read of the Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough (author of The Thorn Birds, among others). If you like historical fiction at all, you should love these. I've never read anything that compares to them, with respect to not only the narrative but the insane amount of detail that culminated from 13 years of research by the author, worthy of several PhD's. She was not only an expert on ancient Rome, but the entire Mediterranean world as well as the near east.

    The series chronicles the transition from the functioning republic which had endured for centuries, through the civil wars and burgeoning provinces that proved ungovernable by a system of magistrates intended to oversee what was once a small city-state, to the rise of Augustus as the last man standing of the second triumvirate. Basically the rise of Gaius Marius, followed by Sulla, Crassus and Pompey, then Caesar and finally, Octavian.

    She stays true to historical events and builds the stories around them, offering motivations and plausible explanations for why characters behaved and events unfolded as they did. They're brilliant. I don't know anybody whose read them only once.

    Books:

    The First Man in Rome
    The Grass Crown
    Fortune's Favorites
    Caesar's Women
    Caesar (Let the Dice Fly High)
    The October Horse
    Antony and Cleopatra
    Thanks, I'll check these out. I've plugged it before, but Eagle in the Snow is maybe the best work of historical fiction I've read (certainly top 10, anyways). Might be up your alley - it's about the (fictional, or at best unsubstantiated) defense of the Rhine against the Vandals & friends by the XX legion

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    Interesting peice of history from the 1930s


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    Another vote for Conn Iggulden's Caesar series and Eagle in the Snow if you like historical fiction about ancient Rome. Iggulden's Genghis Khan series also is great.

    I want to read Iggulden's Wars of the Roses series but am nervous Richard III will be a bad guy in them. After reading the Sunne in Splendour, I'm team Richard III.

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    Richard is a sympathetic figure up until Edward died. Then he made some very poor decisions and had his nephews killed. The Woodville's were a giant pain in the ass and not getting along with them was understandable, but by the end Richard had pissed off just about everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevwun View Post
    Richard is a sympathetic figure up until Edward died. Then he made some very poor decisions and had his nephews killed. The Woodville's were a giant pain in the ass and not getting along with them was understandable, but by the end Richard had pissed off just about everyone.
    Yep, can't read Iggulden's Wars of the Roses series if that's how $#@!on is portrayed. And Iggulden went down a notch or two in my book.

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    Finished The Great Game (Hopkirk is a good writer). Now onto this one:


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    Just read The Collector for the first time. Really dug the split perspectives aspect.

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    GRANT Ron Chernow. Well written, interesting account of the life of US Grant. Delves into his upbringing, years in the Mexican war, lonely west coast posts and alcoholism, a basic failure at business with an $#@! of a father.

    He's just begin his final year long campaign against Lee, marching eastward thru central Va. as he tries to flank Lee and take Richmond.

    Pretty enjoyable so far. New respect and insight into Grant, a man I already thought very highly of.

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    He wasn't as bad of a businessman/farmer as I thought before reading it. He mainly just had a lot of bad luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDAK View Post
    Yep, can't read Iggulden's Wars of the Roses series if that's how $#@!on is portrayed. And Iggulden went down a notch or two in my book.
    well now i want to read the sunne in splendour. iggulden's portrayal of richard is pretty mild compared to a lot of other stuff.

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    good book, esp. if into Manson & the family. Also a good look at California back in the free love hippie days. Really hard to believe how her parents lived and treated her.

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