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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Continuing with the Americana theme, I picked up and am reading as a supplement to the Conrad Richter series, "The Awakening Land", Eric Sloane's 1954 work, "American Barns and Covered Bridges", which covers the tools and techniques used, the understanding of woods and their hewing and cutting, and the Barns and Bridges themselves.

    It's one of 38 books of Pioneer America by Sloane. You can see in his writing a reference to Richter's writing. Sloane tries to capture in the tools, types of trees and types of woods, along with his own illustrations, a feeling for the character of the people who used them and built with them the necessities for 17th and 18th Century living. He called his current 1954, "the age of plastic" in his first paragraph.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

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    Good stuff for High Schoolers.
    I think 1984 is probably a good read for any and every one these days. Hopefully as a warning and not as an instruction manual!

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    Finishing up Walter Isaacson's biography of Benjamin Franklin. It's a fascinating, sometimes funny, holistic look at Franklin's life, writing, and research. Weirdly, Isaacson seems to have a passive-aggressive disdain for Franklin. He's really critical of his relation with his family and portrays him as aloof and hard to get along with. Really well written, regardless.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

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    Finishing up Walter Isaacson's biography of Benjamin Franklin. It's a fascinating, sometimes funny, holistic look at Franklin's life, writing, and research. Weirdly, Isaacson seems to have a passive-aggressive disdain for Franklin. He's really critical of his relation with his family and portrays him as aloof and hard to get along with. Really well written, regardless.
    I read that at the beach several years ago.

    Having just finished the new Frederick Douglass bio, I'm going back to fiction for my audiobook, as well as going back in time, with Brian Lumley's Necroscope. Seems like I should have read this by now, but I was always put off by the covers. I read a novella by Lumley a while back that I liked very much, though, and have been meaning to get to this since.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Currently reading a very good book called The Giants of the Polo Grounds by Noel Hynd. It's a comprehensive history of the New York baseball Giants. It just not a retelling of games but Hynd has very good stories of all of the characters of the time from the late 19th century until the end of the NY Giants. If you like baseball history this is something you want to check out.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Quote Originally Posted by WildcatFan View Post
    Finishing up Walter Isaacson's biography of Benjamin Franklin. It's a fascinating, sometimes funny, holistic look at Franklin's life, writing, and research. Weirdly, Isaacson seems to have a passive-aggressive disdain for Franklin. He's really critical of his relation with his family and portrays him as aloof and hard to get along with. Really well written, regardless.
    Speaking of aloof, Franklin's autobiography is pretty empty.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    As an IU fan, going through a miserable season, as well as some tough winter weather. I dabbled into my collection. I chose "Knight:My story". Hadn't read it in quite a few years. To be honest, I don't know how I got through it again. It has to be the worst written book I have ever read. I put it back on the shelf, right next to "A Season on the Brink". I chuckled. So I grabbed "Last of the Mohicans".
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    Almost finished with Necroscope, and I'm pretty disappointed with it. The writing's not nearly as good as the novella I'd read by Lumley. It seems clunky and overwritten, taking a whole book to get what should be the beginning. I understand it's the first in the series, and I may pick up the next one just to see.

    Not sure where I'm going next. I might go high fantasy with R.A. Salvatore's Homeland, or I might just start something I've never heard of.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Just finished King’s Ransom by Sharon Kay Penman. It’s about Richard I and his return from the Holy Land, subsequent captivity, and up to his death. It’s full of Penman’s usual crazy historical detail and ability to bring historical folk to life and make you give a darn about them. Not reading anything else at the moment, since I’m close to finishing another novel. When I finish that, I’ll probably pick up something else to read before I start writing another one.
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    I'm about halfway through my first Salman Rushdie novel, The Satanic Verses. It's the one that caused the Ayatollah to issue a bounty on Rushdie's head. The Indian slang and wild dream sequences make for a bit of a tough read, but it's outstanding so far.
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    Log Horizon, Volume 11. Just released yesterday

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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

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    Just finished King’s Ransom by Sharon Kay Penman. It’s about Richard I and his return from the Holy Land, subsequent captivity, and up to his death. It’s full of Penman’s usual crazy historical detail and ability to bring historical folk to life and make you give a darn about them. Not reading anything else at the moment, since I’m close to finishing another novel. When I finish that, I’ll probably pick up something else to read before I start writing another one.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    I've been trying to knock out some of the great American books that I've never read—here are a few of my favorites from the year:

    Dune
    The Right Stuff
    In Cold Blood
    All the King's Men
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    The Corrections

    I'd be curious to hear some other folks' favorite American novels (or novel/history hybrids) to find some more gaps in my reading.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Has anybody read "The Overstory" by Richard Powers? Just finished it, I was blown away.


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