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    Quote Originally Posted by captain swoop View Post
    I do, and I still call people Stirling Moss if they drive quickly and drummers are 'Cozy'
    I understand one of those references!

    *looks up "Cozy drummer"*

    Okay, now make that two. (I don't really know much about the history of popular music...)

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    I have just finished the 19th book in the "Foreigner" series by C J Cherry. ( Another purchase from "Book Depository") Enjoyable as always, but it must be admitted that the plot-line does not "race ahead" with battles and adventures on every page. Also, the world building is so detailed that I doubt any new reader could pick up the latter novels and really enjoy them.

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    Michael Shermer's Why People Believe Weird Things. A little old, but still relevant. (~20 years after publication seems to be the window for when popular nonfiction books end up on the dollar cart at used bookstores and can be bought cheaply.)

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    Really? Twenty years? Already?

    You've made a happy man very old.

    Grant Hutchison

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Really? Twenty years? Already?

    You've made a happy man very old.

    Grant Hutchison
    Well, this is the 1997 edition, I don't know if there were later editions that added more material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Well, this is the 1997 edition, I don't know if there were later editions that added more material.
    That may well be, but it is the 1997 edition I own.

    Grant Hutchison

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    The Lost Traveller: A Motorcycle Grail Quest Epic and Science Fiction Western (1976) by Steve Wilson. Hell's Angels drive across a post-apocalyptic USA to rescue a scientist who has the secret of farming the radioactive badlands. As well as the usual sex-and-violence and strange honour code that characterized the short-lived "Hell's Angel" narrative genre of the 70s, this one has science fiction, Celtic and Native American mythology, and a Vision Quest, too.

    Oh. And it has a hero who does not know his father and believes him dead, who fights his father in a vision and then discovers his own face where his father's should be, and who unknowingly kills his father during a fight in which his hand is injured, only coming to understand what he has done from his father's dying words. Remind you of anything? (If so, note the publication date.)

    Grant Hutchison

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    Does he find his long lost sister in the sequel?

    "Parachutes and petticoats" by Brigitte Friang, the English translation of her memoir "Les Fleurs du Ciel". She was in the Maquis, shot, captured, tortured, sent to Ravensbrück, freed by the Red Army, became a journalist, went to Indo-China, bullied the army into putting her through para training, had several combat drops including into Dien Bien Phu. Died peacefully in her bed aged 87.

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    The Torture Report: A Graphic Representation, by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon. An interesting way of getting the information. A bit hampered by the difficulty of illustrating the contents without being too graphic yet accurately portraying the information contained.
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    Gillian

    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, the autobiography of former astronaut Scott Kelly about his 340-day stay on the ISS. I've read about one-third of the book and it's interesting on several levels; as a biography of someone who chose to be an astronaut after reading The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe, as a memoir about the challenge of living in space for almost a contiguous year, and a critical view of the NASA way of getting things done.

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