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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #60 on: February 12, 2020, 09:51:30 am »
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #61 on: February 12, 2020, 10:53:29 am »
Just finished the original six books of the Duna saga by Frank Herbert.

Just got the final two of that saga written by his son Brian and Kevin J Anderson.

Hopefully they are written as well as the first six were.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #62 on: February 12, 2020, 11:32:58 am »
Daybreak:  2050 AD by Andrea Norton

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000K1WWAA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It's a pulp fiction, post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel.  Very fun.  I'm pretty surprised that a female author can write a male-buddy-warriors tale so wonderfully.  She's getting the "hero's journey" trope down pretty solidly.

It's a really old book.  Funny-ish story about why I am reading this book:

I've wanted to read this since I was 11, but couldn't find it.  And then forgot about it for a VERY long time. And then I somehow remembered it a few weeks ago.  Thank you, Amazon.  My very favorite elementary school teacher would read to us (in 6th grade).  Even then, I LOVED sci-fi.  And we got to vote on the books he'd read to us.  I wanted him to read this to us, but everyone else in my farm-boy, small town class, just had to vote for some "stupid" book called "Rifles for Waite."  And then we never came back to this book, because it was the end of the year.

As it turns out, "Rifles for Waite" was kind of a fun civil war tale that I actually liked, once I got over being mad about it.  LOL

As soon as I finish this book, I'll probably try to find "Rifles for Waite."  Or maybe I'll read "Saints" volume 2.  Although I kind of am thinking about re-reading volume 1 of saints to be better prepared for the April conference commemorating the restoration.
 
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #63 on: February 12, 2020, 12:21:38 pm »
Andrew, FYI, the last two sequel books by Brian Herbert will make no sense unless you read the Butlierisn Jihad prequel series first.  It also helps to read the three "House" prequel books as well. 
 
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #64 on: February 12, 2020, 12:59:06 pm »
Andrew, FYI, the last two sequel books by Brian Herbert will make no sense unless you read the Butlierisn Jihad prequel series first.  It also helps to read the three "House" prequel books as well.

Thanks - I better get reading them first then. I did wonder. But I was left hanging at the end of Chapterhouse...
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #65 on: February 12, 2020, 01:02:24 pm »
I'm actually also in the middle of a re-read (via Audible) of the first Dune novel. Been a couple decades since I last visited it. I'm very much enjoying it. Probably going to be reading through the rest of the Herbert volumes as well (I've been warned against the BH/KJA additions, but I'm still curious). Getting quite excited for the new film coming out this year, either way.
 
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #66 on: February 12, 2020, 04:15:09 pm »
I'm reading The Mirage Factory by Gary Krist, subtitled Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles.

It tells how Los Angeles was invented, which it indeed was. Los Angeles is not a “real” city. One mid-century historian called it "a collection of suburbs in search of a city." Much of its growth was not organic, tied to events in the world around it, like most typical cities.

The book focuses on three early trends (not really events, more like processes) that made a dusty patch of ground into one of America's metropolitan giants. Those were the vision of early city fathers for water grabs from rural areas with no political clout to fight back, the growth of the movie industry, aided by lots of land & mostly good weather, & the spiritual seeking of early 20th century Americans that led so many religious denominations & (OK to use the c-word) cults to either form or be attracted to settle there.

If you read a lot of Los Angeles or California history, you see that San Francisco owed much of its early development to its natural harbor, the Gold Rush, & the completion of the transcontinental railroad to Sacramento, a river port connected to S.F. Bay. OTOH, early Los Angeles was synthesized from a bunch of contrived "events."

Once the water came, land developers & speculators lured patsies from the East and Midwest who were sick of 5-month winters. They wove tales of grand cities – many would never exist, with wide boulevards where you could live in a mansion but still pick oranges from your own trees. While the movie makers didn’t always make pictures about Los Angeles, the industry drew tons of aspiring stars. L.A. as an illusion in the American mind grabbed such people’s imaginations as a place where anyone could escape the past & start a fresh new life. This fed an environment filled with newcomers who have cut their old roots & are adrift with none of the people, institutions, & traditions that defined who they used to be.

Sidebar: if anyone remembers the Dionne Warwick song, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” it is about just this kind of situation (except that today’s San Jose is not the San Jose that the protagonist of the song was pining for).

http://www.songlyrics.com/dionne-warwick/do-you-know-the-way-to-san-jose-lyrics/

In turn, that rootlessness fed religious crusaders who might be legit or not. Some of them wanted to save souls, while some are better described as religious entrepreneurs. The book focuses on Canadian-born Aimee Semple McPherson, who was raised in the Salvation Army tradition but became an evangelist in the mold of Pentecostalism, which started to take off in America around 1900. For years she traveled & preached in the U.S. & Canada, & for a short time in China with her first husband, who died there at a young age. She eventually landed in L.A. & formed the Foursquare Gospel Church. She was often linked to controversy & scandal, but the church she founded still exists & has a couple million members. I truly don’t know whether she was a crusader or an entrepreneur. My father in his younger days attended one of her churches, & it was for the same reasons as so many others: new in Los Angeles, didn't know anyone, a short-timer due to work & thus unlikely to grow any roots, & thought he’d drop into a church. It didn’t “take,” but if it had, I might not be here at Nauvoo today!

Anyway, lots of little tangents in this post. I’m a California kid & regional history fascinates me. It isn’t the kind of book that will change anyone’s life, but if you enjoy reading about social trends & what makes people & communities (or non-communities) tick, it’s an easy book to read & has a lot of interesting tidbits.

Other books I’ve recently read include Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance & Nomadland by Jessica Bruder. These are about populations of “forgotten” or “left-behind” Americans, who haven't benefited much from educational opportunities & economic growth. for whom the “American dream” isn’t so shiny anymore. I may come back & talk about these books later.


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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #67 on: February 13, 2020, 01:13:10 am »
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I'm actually also in the middle of a re-read (via Audible) of the first Dune novel.

I just handed a paperback copy to CrowBaby, saying she should read it, and it will be unlike anything she’s read before.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #68 on: February 14, 2020, 03:09:28 am »
I'm reading lots of PoW memoirs from WWII, but that's for work
 

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #69 on: February 15, 2020, 10:28:13 pm »
So just finished "Mentats of Dune " I'm going to give the "Wheel of Time" series a try next.
 
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« Reply #70 on: February 16, 2020, 02:49:11 pm »
I'm going to give the "Wheel of Time" series a try next.

Great series.  There are some weaknesses in the writing style, but you will see them and easily bypass them if you choose.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #71 on: February 16, 2020, 02:49:47 pm »
Finished The Empire Of Man series last night.  Starting The Last Jihad by Joel C. Rosenberg.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #72 on: February 17, 2020, 03:06:06 am »
I read that one a while ago—enjoyed it.  Hope you do, too.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #73 on: March 17, 2020, 11:47:52 pm »
Finished "Eye of the World." Really enjoyed it.  Not too derivative of LOTR (except for the fact that it's a story about a group of young, simple folk, one of whom possesses "The One" power, embarking on an adventure to a forsaken land with an exiled warrior king and a magic wielder, and are pursued by monsters and riders on black, are forced to take some dangerous shortcuts, visit majestic cities and are skulked by a wretch who is compelled to seek "the one") but other than that, completely different from LOTR. 

Pacing was good.  Lots of room for further character development with multiple characters.  Well written action scenes.  Detailed but not overdone location descriptions. 

Biggest weakness was an over reliance on deus ex machina resolutions, disguised as "the turning of the wheel."  But, it's the first book in the series, so I'll assume the storytelling matures as the books progress.

On to book 2, "The Great Hunt."
 

 


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