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    What book are you reading?

    What book(s) are you currently reading?

    I've got two on my nightstand:

    Colonial Conscripts: The Tirailleurs Senegalais in French West Africa, 1857-1960 by Myron Echenberg
    Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defenseby Massad Ayoob

    Next up will be:
    Portuguese Dragoons, 1966-1974: The Return to Horseback by John Cann
    Operation Lighthouse Intaf in the Rhodesian Bush War 1972-1980 by Gerry van Tonder and Dudley Wall






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    Just finished up Supreme Conflict, which is about the what happened on the SCOTUS after Scalia died.
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      #3
      Buddy of mine wrote a "Martial Arts Handbook" that I am reading when I have time. I am also listening to the audible version of A Feast for Crows when going too and from work.
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        #4
        "The Heir Apparent" by Joel Rosenberg book four of the Guardians of the Flame Series. "It was supposed to be just a role-playing game... James Michael tumbled out of his wheelchair and fell to his knees in a coughing spasm, his tearing eyes clenched shut. He bounced to his feet on the damp grass, reflexively reaching for the axe strapped to his chest, loosening the straps with two quick jerks and taking the axe in his gnarled, well-muscled hands. Well-muscled hands? He opened his eyes. He was a dwarf standing on the side of a grassy hill, with an axe in his hands. And that was only the beginning..."
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          #5
          Originally posted by Grendel View Post
          "The Heir Apparent" by Joel Rosenberg book four of the Guardians of the Flame Series. "It was supposed to be just a role-playing game... James Michael tumbled out of his wheelchair and fell to his knees in a coughing spasm, his tearing eyes clenched shut. He bounced to his feet on the damp grass, reflexively reaching for the axe strapped to his chest, loosening the straps with two quick jerks and taking the axe in his gnarled, well-muscled hands. Well-muscled hands? He opened his eyes. He was a dwarf standing on the side of a grassy hill, with an axe in his hands. And that was only the beginning..."
          OMG... that series is easily in my top five; it was so good it made me read everything by rosenberg...

          i just finished "With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa" by Eugene Sledge
          my wife's grandfather was a marine corps flame-thrower that died on okinawa...

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            #6
            Originally posted by freedom View Post
            i just finished "With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa" by Eugene Sledge
            my wife's grandfather was a marine corps flame-thrower that died on okinawa...
            As much as I enjoyed 'Band of Brothers', I liked 'The Pacific' a bit more. It was followed more intimately a couple of characters, and that theater had the brutality aspect covered. My great uncle died on Bougainville, so I'm starting to read into that campaign.

            “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” -Krishnamurti

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              #7
              Originally posted by lew View Post
              My great uncle died on Bougainville, so I'm starting to read into that campaign.
              my father served from 43'-46' in the pacific on a carrier
              i think "the pacific" is based off sledge's book...

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                #8
                Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

                https://en.m.wikisource.org/wiki/20,...e_Seas_(Walter)

                There's all kinds of classic works for free on WikiSource

                They Thought They Were Free by Milton Mayer, an ethnically Jewish writer and professor who lived in a small German town for a year after WWII, befriended ten former rank and file Nazis, and wrote a series of essays on their experiences and motivations, and Nazism in general. It makes for a fascinating set of case studies
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                • Grendel

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                  I have "Journey to the Center of the Earth" on my night stand for a read after I finish re-reading the Guardians of the Flame series. I am a huge fan of Jules Verne . I am an ex-Nuke Submariner and Jules Verne got more right then wrong about submarines in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

                #9
                yall ever get in those moods where you just don't want to read? well, i was in that funk for about a year and a half. BUT i've recently broken out of it, and rattled off a couple of books in quick succession. "golf is not a game of perfect" and "recursion". two quick reads in two weeks to ease me back into it. now i'm tackling "earth unaware", one of the ender's game series books, and then i got a few stephen king novels that i'm eyeballing.

                also, i'm about a third of the way through infinite jest. and i've been at a third for about 3 years now. that book is just such heavy lifting, and now i've forgotten about 75% of what i've read, so i need like cliff's notes to help me get back up to speed. it is my everest.

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                  Yup, every once and a while I lose interest in reading novels and such and tend to just stick with magazine articles.

                #10
                Originally posted by Lazarus78 View Post
                yall ever get in those moods where you just don't want to read?
                No. If I'm not reading a book or three, I'm reading articles, message boards, and books online.
                “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” -Krishnamurti

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                  yeah, i'm no doubt reading online, but in my brain, it's very different than reading a physical book.

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                  Gotcha, and I can kinda see what yer gittin' at.

                #11
                just finished earth unaware in the ender's game series. about to dive into some stephen king. not sure which one. i'm thinking full dark no stars, maybe?

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                  #12
                  A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie. Before that I took a break from that series to read Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham.

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                    #13
                    Originally posted by Lazarus78 View Post
                    yall ever get in those moods where you just don't want to read?
                    With books? All the time. I read a lot, but it's all paintball stuff, random articles & news. I rarely read books. I haven't finished a book in probably 4 or 5 years. That said, I'm slowly working through 1984. After that I'd like to pick up Dune. Occasionally I'll open up my illustrated copy of The Art of War and read a few pages. Very interesting, but only in small bites (for me, anyway).

                    I started Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, but I'm not really feeling the... I dunno, "historical" feel? Feels like I'm reading the Holy Bible, where I'm not at all surprised at what happens. It's like reading an account of something, with no real suspense or anything super surprising. It's fun reading up on mythology, but I have problems getting through something book-length on the topic. I'll say this about the book though- it's pretty informative & Gaiman words it in a way that's more palatable than other works on mythology I've glanced through.
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                      1984 is a great read, especially in these times. eerily accurate.

                      and dune. i think i've started that book like 3-4 times. i can't get past the first 50 pages. one day.

                    #14
                    The Lady of the Lake- Book 8 in The Witcher series. They are a fantastic read, and the games are pretty awesome too.
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                      #15
                      Currently working my way through Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin, and The Dark Forest (book 2 in the "Three Body Problem" trilogy - that's not the real name of the trilogy but that's what everyone calls it) by Liu Cixin. Plus some non-fiction - The British Are Coming by Rick Atkinson and The United States of Paranoia Jesse Walker.

                      Just finished some good stuff not too long ago - Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin immediately became one of my favorite science books.

                      And if you want 700+ pages on the battle of Midway, you cannot do better than Shattered Sword by Anthony P. Tully and Jonathan Parshall. Fan-freaking-tastic read.

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                        how are you liking the three body problem trilogy? i was thinking about picking it up.
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