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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

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    Bryson is one of my favorites. In addition to the ones already mentioned, In a Sunburned Country, about his travels in Australia, and A Short History of Nearly Everything are great.
    I've read the former but I don't think I've read the latter.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

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    The Oceans and the Stars
    A Sea Story, A War Story, A Love Story
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    Excellent. Probably the best book Iíve read in the last 10 years. Gorgeous in prose, epic in scope, and I hated for it to end. I didnít think books like this got written any more. Stayed up till 2 am last night finishing it. Highly highly recommend.

    Man, I am so happy I caught this review. MWM actually told me he saw your endorsement.

    It started a bit slowly, but what a payoff. Can't say enough good things about this book.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    After being gifted Master and Commander 3 times in my life, I actually started to read it. I'm about halfway through and loving it. I'm not sure what took me so long.

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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Just read “An Astronomer In Love” by Antoine Laurain. A jewel of a book. From Amazon:

    “In 1760, Guillaume le Gentil, real-life astronomer to King Louis XV, sets out for the oceans of India to document the transit of Venus. The weather is turbulent, the seas are rough and his quest may be more complicated than initially thought.

    250 years later, estate agent Xavier Lemercier chances upon Guillaume’s telescope in a property he's sold. As he looks out across the rooftops of Paris, he discovers an intriguing woman with a zebra in her apartment.

    Then the woman walks through the doors of his office, and his life changes forever . . . ”
    She used to wake me up with coffee ever morning

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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Quote Originally Posted by NebraskaRed View Post
    After being gifted Master and Commander 3 times in my life, I actually started to read it. I'm about halfway through and loving it. I'm not sure what took me so long.
    Just wait…it just gets better and better through each volume until about #18.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Quote Originally Posted by NebraskaRed View Post
    After being gifted Master and Commander 3 times in my life, I actually started to read it. I'm about halfway through and loving it. I'm not sure what took me so long.
    I finally finished the series, when I did, I felt grief that it had ended. it's just a fantastic read. I believe one of the streamers is now going to do a series based on it; the movie was ok, but I'd love to see a series with more of the domestic side.
    Where we gonna go?

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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Quote Originally Posted by Strikes Out Looking View Post
    I finally finished the series, when I did, I felt grief that it had ended. it's just a fantastic read. I believe one of the streamers is now going to do a series based on it; the movie was ok, but I'd love to see a series with more of the domestic side.
    I'm moving through this one pretty quickly. I'm excited to read the next.

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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Currently in the middle of 100+ books, but of those 100+, one that has my attention right now is the 1996 Robin Buss translated version of Alexandre Dumas', "The Count of Monte Cristo". It's 1124 pages (18 intro, 1078 novel, 25 notes), and I'm only at page 332. This version was highly reviewed for its translation by those who speak and read French (any review by a non-french-speaking critic is, of course, completely worthless). Since I don't speak and read French it's the closest I could find to capturing the original text. I really need to expand my ability to read and comprehend original texts in non-english languages.

    For those who have seen any version of the movie, none of the movies ever made are anything close to the book. All of them are very short condensed version, shorter than a Reader's Digest condensed versioin of a book, and closer to a cliffnotes version than anything else.

    It's similar to "Les Miserables" in this regard.

    So much is missed having to read a translated version of a non-english novel from any language.
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