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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1525 on: August 08, 2019, 12:04:07 »

I'm a longtime fan of the Longmire series about a sheriff in the smallest county in Wyoming. It's been made into an excellent TV series which is available on Netflix.


I really liked the show Longmire, and not just because Katee Sackhoff  is in it  ;D. I forgot that it was based on books, I shall have to check them out.
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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1526 on: September 30, 2019, 18:34:04 »
CompTIA A+ Certification. Reading saved me money. My computer got broken. Instead of buying a new one I had it fixed and had the motherboard replaced. "Motherboards are cheap nowadays"...The heart of the computer. Saved me $900 dollars.

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1527 on: September 30, 2019, 19:04:04 »
Pillars Of The Earth, after having just finished The Century Trilogy.  One night into Pillars and I had a hard time putting it down.
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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1528 on: September 30, 2019, 20:06:42 »
Muscling my way through Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale. I figured with the new book out and with the TV series (which I haven't watched) and what with everything down south I thought I'd give it a try.

So far I can see why I've waited 35 years to read it.

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1529 on: September 30, 2019, 22:47:18 »
In the minutes I have between study and sleep, I'm reading Reaper Force (about the RAF MQ-9 crews) by Dr. Peter Lee. 

Pretty good so far, although it strikes me a bit like the Rolling Stone "Generation Kill" article. 
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Re: What book are you reading now?
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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1531 on: October 04, 2019, 14:52:44 »
Okay. Finished Handmaid's Tale now.

Interesting plot line and actually some decent writing (I guess that's why it got awards)

My criteria for a good novel is: Do I care if any of the characters live or die or do I want to see what happens next in their lives.

Simple answer is: No I don't. For me this was a one of and I think I'll skip the sequel.

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1532 on: October 04, 2019, 15:06:07 »
Okay. Finished Handmaid's Tale now.

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This was one of the books that was manditory reading  when i was in High School. For the most part I liked most of the books we were made to read but I didn't like this one. Like you I am skipping the sequel.
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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1533 on: October 04, 2019, 15:22:50 »
Recently finished Killing Floor by Lee Child. The first in the Jack Reacher series.

Now reading Turn the Ship Around by  L. David Marquet
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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1534 on: October 04, 2019, 21:24:33 »
I've found a new series that's fun to read.

I've long been a fan of mysteries and along the way became a fan of the Brother Cadfael series which are about a one time Welsh crusader turned Benedictine monk in 12th Century England who solves crimes and strange deaths.

When I saw that there was another series about Brother Hermitage, a monk in 11th Century England around the time of the Norman invasion, I just had to try it out. There are some twenty books, some of which are standalone separate from Brother Hermitage, written by someone who calls himself Howard of Warwick. With titles like "The Doomsday Book (No Not that one)", "The Case of the Cantankerous Carcass", "Hermitage, Wat and Some Murder or Other" you can get the sense that the books don't take themselves too seriously. The author has a lovely drole sense of English humour and invents some very funny characters along the way (Unlike Atwood's, these ones you actually care about). To make things even better, the Kindle versions come at very reasonable prices.

https://howardofwarwick.com/

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1535 on: October 06, 2019, 11:55:11 »
For anyone with a Kobo Ebook reader and is interested in Operation Market Garden there is a sale on the book "Arnhem" by Major-General Urquhart on the Kobo store. I have not read the book yet but for $0.99 it is a good blind buy.
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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1536 on: October 06, 2019, 15:15:05 »
I have been reading about the Roman Army Marius Mules series book 8 by SJA Turney. Warfare through the ages are similar such as the need for supplies and the need of denying an enemy food hence scorched earth policies. In more modern times we see the destruction of an enemies industry as a means to weaken the enemy and hindering their ability to wage war as in WW2.


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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1537 on: October 06, 2019, 17:07:43 »
I have been reading about the Roman Army Marius Mules series book 8 by SJA Turney. Warfare through the ages are similar such as the need for supplies and the need of denying an enemy food hence scorched earth policies. In more modern times we see the destruction of an enemies industry as a means to weaken the enemy and hindering their ability to wage war as in WW2.

That looks like a good suggestion. I've always liked the Caesar books by Colleen McCullough so the subject matter interests me. Again the Marius Books have a very reasonable Kindle price and considering the difference between Kindle and Paperback it would seem that these are self published by Turney. I'll give one a go. Always like to find a new series.

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1538 on: October 06, 2019, 19:23:21 »
>Pillars Of The Earth

A great yarn.  5 upvotes from me, and for its sequel World Without End.  Didn't know there was a third, but there is: A Column of Fire.

I found the two miniseries based on the first two books compelling.  Like Game of Thrones, I found myself chafing for certain characters to get their comeuppances.
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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1539 on: October 06, 2019, 19:29:32 »
That looks like a good suggestion. I've always liked the Caesar books by Colleen McCullough so the subject matter interests me. Again the Marius Books have a very reasonable Kindle price and considering the difference between Kindle and Paperback it would seem that these are self published by Turney. I'll give one a go. Always like to find a new series.

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Book 7 was heavy on combat and book 8 takes the former legate of the 10th into nretirement. Alas the tribes have not been pacified and Froto's retirement may be short lived. Altogether very interesting reading.

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1540 on: October 06, 2019, 19:44:56 »
I've just downloaded Vol 1 of MM. Looking forward to it.

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1541 on: October 07, 2019, 01:00:36 »
I think its good value at the kindle price. 8)

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1542 on: October 07, 2019, 01:13:58 »
I think its good value at the kindle price. 8)

I publish through Kindle as well and charge USD3.99 for an ebook. Amazon takes a share of that. For a paperback volume of about USD15.00 plus shipping I make about the same royalty because Amazon takes the bulk of the price for printing costs and it's own profits. That's still a lot fairer for the reader than conventional publishers who charge about the same for a print and e edition giving them a massive profit on the download.

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1543 on: October 07, 2019, 01:43:00 »
An interesting account and a reminder that Scientist are humans with good ones and not so good.  https://www.amazon.com/Most-Secret-Wordsworth-Military-Library/dp/185326699X

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1544 on: October 07, 2019, 18:49:57 »
For anyone with a Kobo Ebook reader and is interested in Operation Market Garden there is a sale on the book "Arnhem" by Major-General Urquhart on the Kobo store. I have not read the book yet but for $0.99 it is a good blind buy.

Thanks for this;  downloading onto my Clara as I type this...although, unfortunately my reading tonight is CFITES Vol 6.   :boring:
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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1545 on: October 08, 2019, 15:37:26 »
Okay. Got a copy of C.P. Champion's Relentless Struggle: Saving the Army Reserve 1995-2019.

It's been a long time since I pulled an all-nighter but I did for this one. It's a good read and should be mandatory reading for all officers who want to see how sausages are made (or unmade) inside NDHQ/CFHQ.

Essentially the story starts with MGen Brian Vernon's ill-fated attempts to reform/transform his reservists/reserve units in Central Militia Area in 1993. The push back (particularly from the Honararies) was severe and mostly ignored leading to the formation of what would be the organization called Reserves 2000.

The book is a detailed recounting of the years that followed and the struggle between R2K and the varies level of command within the Army, the CF and government. Champion does an excellent job in reciting the events and naming names (mostly - some wished to remain anonymous) to show the battle lines that were drawn over the years and the gulf that separated the two camps (in general the supporters of Class A reservists on the one hand and the regular force and, to a large extent, Class B reservists on the other).  There are very clear examples of how often promises were broken, plans went of the rails and mistrust developed. In the midst of all that, taking cover on the armories floor anytime there were sufficient funds to pay them, were the hapless ResF Army units who were struggling to survive. While R2K and South Ontario centric (based on the fact that they commissioned the book and provided the bulk of the reference material) it is, notwithstanding this, as even handed as it can be. Let's face it there's a lot of blame to go around and Champion covers most of it.

The book does end on an optimistic note starting with Harper's last year in office under MND Kenney, Gens Vance and Wynnyk when a degree of stability and potential growth emerge.

Again. Well worth the read.

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1546 on: October 10, 2019, 13:52:50 »
Loving Marius Mules , now on book 10. Its Caesars civil war against Pompey.

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1547 on: October 12, 2019, 21:51:53 »
Loving Marius Mules , now on book 10. Its Caesars civil war against Pompey.

Got and finished Vol 1 which was good. I'll get a few more.

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1548 on: Yesterday at 00:42:29 »
Caesar has the luck to turn disaster into Victory. The series also shows the importance of engineers, cavaly and artillery not to mention supply lines being critical.Caesar's legions are required to move quickly to either close with the enemy or to gain an advantage in position.

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Re: What book are you reading now?
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Barry Mark Eisler (born 1964) is a best-selling American novelist. He is the author of two thriller series, the first featuring anti-hero John Rain, a half-Japanese, half-American former soldier turned freelance assassin, and a second featuring black ops soldier Ben Treven. Eisler also writes about politics and language on his blog Heart of the Matter, and at the blogs CHUD, Firedoglake, The Huffington Post, MichaelMoore.com, The Smirking Chimp, and Truthout.

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