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    Victoria: A Life by A.N. Wilson

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    Finally got to some Stainless Steel Rat books by Harry Harrison. No high marks on the SF scale, but they sure are fun light reading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slang View Post
    Finally got to some Stainless Steel Rat books by Harry Harrison. No high marks on the SF scale, but they sure are fun light reading.
    I used to like that series a lot. What struck me as odd was the Stainless Steel Rat seems like a Budget Han Solo, without the gun. Then there was a trilogy of Han Solo books that made Han out to be Budget Stainless Steel Rat copy, with a gun. That was confusing.

    The second Han Solo trilogy was much better. However, I can't help but note that what Han was doing in the Force Awakens seems more like what he would have been doing in that first series of books.
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    Sylvia Earle's memoir Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans. It's taking me a while because of school.

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    Reading a hardcover of N-Space--that was never checked out--a discard.

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    Still working on Sherlock Holmes. He was dead, then he wasn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Sylvia Earle's memoir Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans. It's taking me a while because of school.
    I finished! Dr. Earle writes very well, and I actually ended up sharing her description of the ecosystems of the Persian Gulf in my Near Eastern Archaeology class.

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    I finished several books last week. Not all were started this week.

    1066 - The Battles of York, Stamford Bridge and Hastings. Informative, but not well done.
    Buying into the Regime. Modern Chilean history. Not a bad read. Lots of economics, politics and crosses over into United States history.
    Hadji Murat. Classic Tolstoy. A quick read... thank god because I had a test on it today.
    The Making of the King: 1066. Again another quick read. Older but well worth it.
    What is to be Done? By Chernyshevsky. Slow and draggy. I didn't like it.

    I have started SPQR by Mary Beard. Enjoyable so far but I have only made to the first chapter.

    I also started The Legacy of Conquest by Limerick. She has a depreciating style that shows through in the Preface. I also like this one.
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    I am currently reading The Maze Runner series, and Have just finished the Uglies trilogy. I have also started The Martian.

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    Inspired by the (excellent) TV adaptations I'm re-reading teh American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

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    "The Bells of Nagasaki" by Takashi Nagai:

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    The Rocket Boys, by Homer Hickham Jr. Now I'm going to have to get the film version, October Sky.
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    Revenger. Unlikely as it sounds, Alistair Reynolds does space pirates (in a way that makes total sense for his trademark extrapolative world building).

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    Explorations, Robert Ballard's memoir from 1995. Obviously he's done a lot sincd, but I'd never read the stories of his early struggles in grad school and the Navy before, and it's really inspiring at this point in my life to realize that he didn't have everything figured out at 24, either.

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    Presently reading " Apprentice " by Jacques Pepin .Nicely written . A very good read for anyone.

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    I've been plowing through Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I've gotten as far as the Emancipation Proclamation, which was . . . not completely well received in the North.

    "In the Senate, Willard Saulsbury of Delaware [admittedly a slave state that stayed in the Union] took to the floor to prevent a vote sustaining the administration on the suspension of habeas corpus. He could hardly keep his footing during a liquor-filled harangue, while he inveighed against the president 'in language fit only for a drunken fishwife,' calling him 'an imbecile' and claiming that he was 'the weakest man ever placed in a high office.' Called to order by Vice President Hamlin, he refused to take his seat. When the sergeant at arms approached to take Saulsbury into custody, he pulled out his revolver. '[Curse] you,' he said, pointing the pistol at the sergeant's head, 'if you touch me I'll shoot you dead.' The wild scene continued for some time before Saulsbury was removed from the Senate floor."
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    It's summertime and I like John Ringo so the Kindle is loaded with his "Looking Glass" series. Cool drinks, umbrella set up, and me laid back.
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