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  • September 16th, 2014, 08:16 PM
    Theophylact
    Halfway through Authority, the second book in Jeff VanderMeer's "Southern Reach" trilogy.
  • September 15th, 2014, 06:59 AM
    Networker4321
    The Lion by Nelson DeMille. I had read The Lions Game back in 2000 when it came out and this book came out in 2010. Misplaced but it just turned up in the bathroom library after my wife did a major Time magazine cleanup. Chapter 4, already awesome.
  • September 14th, 2014, 08:26 PM
    Theophylact
    The old-fashioned way. But I've always been pretty fast: 600-800 words per minute.
  • September 14th, 2014, 04:38 PM
    paul9
    Just wondering Theo, do you use speed reading techniques, or just the old fashioned and slow way?
  • September 14th, 2014, 04:04 PM
    Theophylact
    The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell, and Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer.
  • September 7th, 2014, 01:11 PM
    Theophylact
    Excellent. It has more twists than a python with hiccups, but that's all good. (Marcia liked it too.)
  • September 6th, 2014, 11:42 PM
    Networker4321
    Thanks, good to know. I do use the PC app quite a bit.

    How is the Scott Turow book you are reading now? Haven't used my freebie download for September yet, that may be the right book.
  • September 6th, 2014, 11:37 PM
    Networker4321
    Third book of three in the trilogy Birds of Passage by Morgan Nyberg. Ever since I read the book Since Tomorrow of his, I can't get enough.

    I still have my First Edition of The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy I picked up in a used book store in 79 in El Paso....
  • September 6th, 2014, 07:42 PM
    nunyadam
    The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
  • September 1st, 2014, 10:06 AM
    Theophylact
    Identical, by Scott Turow.
  • August 31st, 2014, 11:50 AM
    Theophylact
    Finally reading Gorky Park, by Martin Cruz Smith.
  • August 21st, 2014, 02:35 PM
    Theophylact
    Empire, by Steven Saylor.
  • August 18th, 2014, 11:08 AM
    Theophylact
    Yes, I am. But it's mainly for the free shipping, which has paid for itself.

    If you're reading the Kindle books on your PC with the Kindle reader app, no, you don't need to turn on Whispersync. But you'll need it for the Kindle itself.
  • August 17th, 2014, 10:20 PM
    Networker4321
    Quote Originally Posted by Theophylact View Post
    Reading The Serpent's Tale, by Ariana Franklin, and The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly.
    Thanks Theo, down to one e-book left after our vacation and I have some of Connelly's other works. Will log into Amazon now and download. I always turn on one of the Kindle's to do the Whispersync, have always wondered if that was really necessary.

    Are you a Prime member? I have been encountering items where my Prime account gets no additional discount....
  • August 15th, 2014, 07:41 PM
    Theophylact
    Reading The Serpent's Tale, by Ariana Franklin, and The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly.
  • August 14th, 2014, 01:53 PM
    Networker4321
    Pretty happy about the 8/5 release of W.E.B. Griffins latest release TOP SECRET (A clandestine operations Novel) Got it downloaded yesterday on the way back from Nashville, the end of our mini-vacation. Halfway through it's like hooking up with old friends, very enjoyable. Griffins team is continuing his style. I think Butterworth is doing all the heavy lifting in all of the continued series but Butterworth is really the W.E.B. in HIS name but there is a I, II, III and IV? I don't get it....

    But, this, and all 38 of his books are in my possession, I will be ordering the hardcopy for my shelves as soon as I finish the Kindle version. I have discovered that with the Kindle reader on my new Samsung Tab 3, I can read, or re-read, any of my eBooks. Migrating all of my devices, including my Smartphone from iOS to Android has had some hiccups but no deal killers....
  • August 14th, 2014, 12:39 PM
    MegalosSkylaki
    Oddly, given recent events when I wondered into a bookstore looking perhaps for John Reed's book on the War in Eastern Europe [Balkans] which unbeknownst to me was $0.99 on Kindle app where for the book de jour I selected a memoir by the Austrian poet Stefen Zweig entitled the World of Yesterday.

    He recounted genteel and progressive civilization and belles lettres from the end of the Eighteenth century up to the Second World War. Well the Forward which I rarely read by the translator noted that both Zweig and his wife committed suicide together. She notes> "The suicide note that he did write was reasoned and lucid, but who knows, maybe an element of sudden desperation was involved"

    Zweig was born to an increasingly prosperous upper middle class assimilated Jewish family in the Austro-Hungarian Empire under Franz Joseph and as a published poet know the prominent writers of his times like Rainer Maria Rilke and was received in the drawing rooms of prominent families in Europe without regard for his Jewish origins. He would sometimes meet one of the renowned writers of his time by sending him a copy of his poetry and getting an invitation in return. His descriptions of encounters with writers like Romain Rolland and Theodore Herzl are amazing. He all but tricked his parents into allowing him to leave Vienna for Berlin which at the turn-of-the century was new and trying new things as it had grown rich and the artists and intellectuals were gravitating towards.Yet he must have received signs of what was to come, such as the election of Karl Lueger leader of the Christian Socialist Party as Mayor of Vienna at the turn of the century. Lueger was also the leader of political anti-semitism and there are more streets, squares and a bigger statue dedicated to him in Vienna than to Mozart.

    Zweig's work is large a homage to the technical and humane progress and literary grandeur that he saw in Europe that was interrupted by the carnage of the Great War and the demise of a thousand year old Hapsburg Dynasty. The era of National Socialism--like many members of his class--pulled the psychological rug right out from his feet. Anthea Bell proffers that regardless of who won the war--and the United States entry against Nazi Germany swung the balance of power and probability to the Allies--it was already the end of the World as Stefan Zweig as knew. There was no turning back as the Great War had left a shred of hope there would be. Perhaps the loss of an important cognitive frame of reference followed by an impulsive act--It ended for Zweig and his wife with a suicide pact in February 1942.

    MegalosSkylaki

    PB University of Nebraska Press $24.95 (ouch!)
  • August 12th, 2014, 11:36 AM
    Theophylact
    Mistress of the Art of Death, by Ariana Franklin. The writing is a little clunky, but the background is interesting.
  • August 8th, 2014, 11:49 AM
    tony_j15
    Finished Muller's book. A decent read, but the "hot topics" nature of the material covered made it feel dated even though it's only five years old.

    Back now to Picketty's Capital.
  • August 8th, 2014, 11:27 AM
    Theophylact
    Just finished The Magician's Land, by Lev Grossman.
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