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Old 11-29-2012, 02:23   #1
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What Are You Reading Now...? II

I love the idea of the original thread. However, after six years and over 50 pages perhaps we should start anew? Mods, if this idea sucks please place this thread in the hall along with my ruck.

What I'm reading now:
The Fall of the Roman Empire, A New History of Rome and the Barbarians by Peter Heather. Excellent, but not a bedtime read. Pinheads like me gotta focus on weighty material like this while wide awake. Working my way through this as I have time. It seems the thesis concerns Rome not falling under its own exesss but that the "barbarians" might have been better than history has given credit. Also, it seems "too big to fail" might have been tested a long time ago.

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell- still reading this (bedtime read) and having some issues with mindset. Not picking a fight with my amphibious bretheren, but I see a definite difference in how we think. During SFQC we were never told we were invincible. I have yet to reach the final tragic battle but I have nothing but respect for those who paid the ulitmate price for us. Also, I understand Marcus is doing great work with his foundation. I applaud that and we have made a contribution.

What are you reading?
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:15   #2
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Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness read by Michael M. Thompson (1902).

I'm having a difficult time getting through this. It is such a buffet of descriptive adjectives, adverbs, and nouns that I find myself constantly re-listening to the various chapters. The first chapter alone is a Thanksgiving harvest. I now have a greater understanding of what the movie Apocalypse Now was all about.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:26   #3
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Steppen wolf. by Herman Hess. I highly recommend this book, as well as any other Hess literature.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:18   #4
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The Jack Aubrey series, by Patrick O'Brien.

The most powerful fiction I've ever read - O'Brien's characterizations are the best I've ever seen, and I think his understated prose is absolutely delightful.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:21   #5
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I now have a greater understanding of what the movie Apocalypse Now was all about.
If you've not already seen it, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmaker's Apocalypse (1991) may be of interest to you. (Maybe just do not watch it with anything nearby that you might throw at your television; FFC offers some, ah, controversial opinions.)
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:59   #6
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Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness read by Michael M. Thompson (1902). I'm having a difficult time getting through this.
I kept hearing the "Clutch Cargo" theme in my head when I had to read that book in high school and again in college.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9ExD2DQMes

Currently enjoying Leon Hale's wry humor in his commentaries on Texas social customs, events, and residents in his 1989 "Texas Chronicles."

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Old 11-30-2012, 11:34   #7
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I kept hearing the "Clutch Cargo" theme in my head when I had to read that book in high school and again in college.
Was that Conrad's draft manuscript, or the first edition?
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:55   #8
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Lord of the Rings... again...

I just love how he describes the environments. Makes my brain think I'm out patrolling in various locales around the world
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:56   #9
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Captain Alatriste

Just finished up the 3rd Captain Alatriste book by Arturo Perez-Reverte. Anyone into historical or period fiction might like these books. The first (Captain Alatriste) is a swashbuckling tale set in Madrid in the 1600s. Excellent series.
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Old 12-07-2012, 13:46   #10
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I kept hearing the "Clutch Cargo" theme in my head when I had to read that book in high school and again in college.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9ExD2DQMes

Currently enjoying Leon Hale's wry humor in his commentaries on Texas social customs, events, and residents in his 1989 "Texas Chronicles."

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Leon Hale has had a Chronicle column for years. Love them. My father never talked about his childhood, filled with even more poverty than most at the time. Leon Hale gives me an idea what it was like.
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Old 12-26-2012, 20:47   #11
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Holiday favorites, The Life Giving Sword by Yagyu Munenori and The Way of Self-Reliance (The Way of Walking Alone) by Myamoto Musashi, William Scott Wilson translations. Best to you all and many blessings. Musashi's good suggestion for the week (or better yet for life) - Do not complain or feel bitterly about yourself or others.
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Old 12-28-2012, 18:25   #12
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Get Selected, The Autobiography of Benjamin Frankiln, Tactical Bible stories, The Annals of Tacitus, Joshua, Matthew, and 1 Samual. I just finished Enemies Foreign and Domestic.
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"Moment Of Battle"
The twenty clashes that changed the world.

Just started it and is so far, a good read....
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:39   #15
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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas

A brief and powerful book. It opened my eyes to what oppression looks like from a first hand account. Shows the value of education in liberating someone's mind.

Now on to Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Another great book.
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