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  • August 21st, 2014, 02:35 PM
    Empire, by Steven Saylor.
  • August 18th, 2014, 11:08 AM
    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
    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
    Reading The Serpent's Tale, by Ariana Franklin, and The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly.
  • August 14th, 2014, 01:53 PM
    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
    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.


    PB University of Nebraska Press $24.95 (ouch!)
  • August 12th, 2014, 11:36 AM
    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
    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
    Just finished The Magician's Land, by Lev Grossman.
  • August 4th, 2014, 07:18 PM
    More Martin Cruz Smith. I just came back from visiting my cousin, and he had a big stash of them, so I read Polar Star, and now I'm on Red Square.
  • July 29th, 2014, 05:43 PM
    I somehow acquired a bunch of books without buying them. Wolves Eat Dogs was one. Now I'm simultaneously reading The Ides of March by Valerio Massimo Manfredi, and The Damned Season by Carlo Lucarelli, from the same batch of books.
  • July 29th, 2014, 09:42 AM
    My wife was required to purchase Physics for Future Presidents by Richard Muller for her physical science class.

    She hasn't touched it yet, but I'm halfway through.
  • July 29th, 2014, 12:59 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Theophylact View Post
    Just read Wolves Eat Dogs, by Martin Cruz Smith. Oddly enough, I've never read any of the earlier Arkady Renko novels, though I once started Gorky Park.
    I enjoyed all of the Arkady Renko novels, enjoyed them.

    My main "Bathroom library novel" is Birds of Passage the sequel to Since Tomorrow
    by Morgan Nyberg. I was reading everything he wrote so early we developed a nice mail, then phone camaraderie. He is spoon feeding me a chapter at a time of the last book which will complete the "Raincoast Trilogy". Sad to see it end...
  • July 29th, 2014, 12:46 AM
    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times".....Awesome book...Maybe his best. Nice Investment caddmannq!
  • July 28th, 2014, 06:00 PM
    Just read Wolves Eat Dogs, by Martin Cruz Smith. Oddly enough, I've never read any of the earlier Arkady Renko novels, though I once started Gorky Park.
  • July 6th, 2014, 04:34 PM
    The Orphanmaster, by Jean Zimmerman.

    Yeah, I read a lot, and I buy a lot of books that I never get around to reading. Time to clear house a bit.
  • July 4th, 2014, 08:45 PM
    Sorry for the delay(s).... And, slightly ashamed of my current choice. Though not a HUGE Dean Koontz fan I have always been an aficionado of His Odd Thomas series. Reading House of Odd, and out of order, I am fairly sure. I have been buying books at B&N, Wal-Mart, wherever even though I shouldn't. I still download a lot of ebooks on the Kindles but gotta' have at least one actual book in my hands, preferably several going at the same time. As an Amazon Prime member....

    Looking back, you have covered some awesome ground. Hope this finds you well! I retired in May and have never been busier. Current project, new mini-blinds in all 2cd floor windows. Just tall enough I have to tiptoe even with the Ryobi....
  • July 4th, 2014, 09:50 AM
    Reading The Silkworm, the sequel to The Cuckoo's Calling.
  • July 3rd, 2014, 04:41 PM
    I took a break in the middle of A Sale of Two Titties to read Inferno. Better than The Lost Symbol, but not Brown's best.

    Back to Dickens...
  • June 30th, 2014, 04:15 PM
    Just read Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie. Now reading The Cuckoo's Calling, by "Robert Galbraith".
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