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What Are You Currently Reading?

Discussion in 'Books' started by njlefty, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. Retired_h_0013

    Retired_h_0013 Senior Member

    The Collectors by David Baldacci (finished ten other of his other books in the last 35 days...)
  2. njlefty

    njlefty Senior Member +My Reviews

    Not familiar? Novels?
  3. Earl_the_Pearl

    Earl_the_Pearl Senior Member

    This forum DUH.
  4. BuggsBunny

    BuggsBunny Senior Member

    Yes Novels. I'm pretty sure I read them all, bur whenever a see a title and read a summary, I can't tell if I read it or not.
  5. Retired_h_0013

    Retired_h_0013 Senior Member

    Yes....most #1 Best sellers.....
  6. njlefty

    njlefty Senior Member +My Reviews

    Rarely read much fiction any more, though I am currently attempting to read a couple of Charles Dickens' novels. We'll see how it goes.
  7. lordb

    lordb Member

    'the gambler' by dostoevski...since D was a roulette addict IRL...it's set in 'roulettenberg' germany and nails the casino and gambling environment and it's denizens well...unfortunately ninety per cent of the novella is chatter and psycho drama unrelated to the title's subject...
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  8. njlefty

    njlefty Senior Member +My Reviews

    Rereading Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff. Original Mercury astronauts. Entertaining reading, lively, can recommend.

    Long live John Glenn @sirdosser
  9. njlefty

    njlefty Senior Member +My Reviews

    Just started this. The Cool Ships guys here might be interested. New book, just out about the ironclads.

  10. TinCanSailor

    TinCanSailor Senior Member

    Thanks. I'll have to look for it. Let me know how you like it.
  11. njlefty

    njlefty Senior Member +My Reviews

    Will do. I have another one on similar topic called Reign of Iron. Older book. I'm going to see how the new one compares. The reviews were pretty good on line.
  12. njlefty

    njlefty Senior Member +My Reviews

    I'm about 1/4 way through. The book is excellent and I can recommend. He lays the groundwork from a technological and political perspective on how the ironclad was conceived, designed, and used by both sides. Below is a review on it, which I am in agreement with, not yet having completed the book. $15, available on e readers like the Nook.

    "Snow's energetic account encompasses issues large and small, including discussions of arms and armament; the origin of the word 'splinter'; the battle's inconclusive end; a Southern joke of the day ('Iron-plated?' 'Sir, our navy is barely contem-plated'); Lincoln's special interest in the Union's ironclad; the difference between shells and solid shot, the 'mystery' of the Merrimack's name; and the enthusiastic Monitor fever that swept the relieved, almost giddy North. A few notable naval battles changed the course of wars, even history, but the clash at Hampton Roads transformed the nature of warfare itself and offered a glimpse of the 'grim modernity' Snow vividly captures."
  13. njlefty

    njlefty Senior Member +My Reviews

    Hidden Figures
    by Margot Lee Shetterly

    From a review:

    Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

    Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

    Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

    Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.
  14. teaselover

    teaselover Senior Member

    The girl in the Spiders Web
    A continuation of Stig Larson's Millennium trilogy,that started with The girl with the dragon tatoo
  15. tryan125a

    tryan125a Retired

    A life well played - Arnold Palmer
  16. gdaddy100

    gdaddy100 Member

    Chaos Monkeys by Antonio Garcia Martinez .
    The San Francisco/ Silicon Valley Startup Orbit.
    Interesting Reading !
  17. TinCanSailor

    TinCanSailor Senior Member

    Read that a couple of weeks ago. Good, but in my opinion not up to the level of the original trilogy.
  18. teaselover

    teaselover Senior Member

    Still have about 160 pages
    Been too busy binging on the man in the high castle on amazon
  19. teaselover

    teaselover Senior Member

    Just started Cross the Line by James Patterson
  20. BuggsBunny

    BuggsBunny Senior Member

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