914Driver
914Driver MegaDork
9/15/23 11:45 a.m.

Thanks, should have been fun because radar etc. hasn't been invented.

Reading Ship of Ghosts by James Hornfisscher.   It's the story of the USS Houston, a heavy cruiser in the South Pacific.  In the 1930s it was FDR's favorite ship.  He used it for trips from DC to California via the Panama Canal, cajoled with the troops, e was very good about learning their names and habits and they enjoyed his company.  The Houston was sunk in 1942, the survivors, barely 1/3 of the crew was used to make one of the infamous projects ever; documented in the movie Bridge on the River Kwai.

The movie vs real life ....

Gary
Gary UberDork
9/23/23 4:07 p.m.

stroker
stroker PowerDork
9/23/23 5:47 p.m.

I'm working on "A Billion Wicked Thoughts".  Fascinating read.

Wally (Forum Supporter)
Wally (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/26/23 8:13 p.m.
Gary said:

That's one of the few conspiracy theories I buy.  I have heard too many accounts from people that all saw pretty much the same thing. 

 

Unrelated TWA story this post brought back.  My Dad helped run a Royal Ranger troop, like Christian boy scouts, and was always looking for cheap supplies for camping trips.  We were at a flea market and someone had a ton of TWA flatware cheap.  We picked up pretty much a lifetime supply of silverware stamped with the TWA logo.  A little while after Flight 800 crashed, probably 5 miles from where they're camping, I'm helping him set up a campsite and one of the dads asks him where he got all the forks.  Without missing a beat my dad says "It's been washing up on the beach for months"

Duke
Duke MegaDork
9/27/23 9:07 a.m.

Currently reading Bowl Of Heaven by Greg Benford and Larry Niven.

Kind of a retake on Niven's retake on Dyson's idea of a Ringworld.

Not bad so far (about 50% in) but it is more Benford than Niven. I'm struggling to really care about any of the characters.

 

Purple Frog (Forum Supporter)
Purple Frog (Forum Supporter) Dork
9/27/23 10:53 a.m.

Currently half way through "An Immense World" by Ed Young.  Amazing book about how animals experience the world.  Every page is fascinating.  Young makes complex biological science understandable to laymen.

 

 

Jesse Ransom
Jesse Ransom UltimaDork
10/10/23 5:28 p.m.

Unix: A History and a Memoir by Brian Kernighan.

I'm finding the Bell Labs history very interesting. An institution with a long view on research.

stroker
stroker PowerDork
10/10/23 5:48 p.m.

I saw bits of a trailer for a movie coming out called "Operation Napoleon", so I borrowed it from the library and read it. 

That's a few hours I'll never get back...

But I did re-read "Operation Hail Mary" again.  That was good.

<jazz hands>

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/11/23 9:41 a.m.

I’m still reading my Arthur C. Clarke collection of short stories. Last night I read Hate, which is rather timely. 

Gary
Gary UberDork
10/11/23 8:29 p.m.

It's an old book, but the topic and the writer are phenomenal. Great nostalgia. This is easily one of the best novels I've read. I'll read it again some day. And I'll read more by this author. (In fact, I've already bought "Once an Eagle" ... all 1200 pages).

Gary
Gary UberDork
10/15/23 9:16 a.m.

chandler
chandler MegaDork
10/15/23 12:08 p.m.

Read these two recently, the Mickey Thompson book is really good but I can't tell if it's full of over sensationalism or if he really was larger than life.

And this one I found at a library book sale in Iowa twenty years ago

 

Duke
Duke MegaDork
10/16/23 1:30 p.m.

Currently reading JSA Corey's Nemesis Games, book 5 (?) in the Expanse series.

Comfortable, quality filler.  Straightforward enough for light reading; nuanced enough to stay interesting.

 

stroker
stroker PowerDork
10/16/23 5:24 p.m.

Just started the last of the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels after having started with the first one and worked my way through the series...  I don't know what I'm going to do when I finish it.  :(

 

chandler
chandler MegaDork
10/16/23 7:41 p.m.
stroker said:

Just started the last of the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels after having started with the first one and worked my way through the series...  I don't know what I'm going to do when I finish it.  :(

 

Start over from the top? I've done it a few times lol

stroker
stroker PowerDork
10/18/23 1:33 p.m.
chandler said:
stroker said:

Just started the last of the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels after having started with the first one and worked my way through the series...  I don't know what I'm going to do when I finish it.  :(

 

Start over from the top? I've done it a few times lol

I'd like to find something comparable and do that instead.  Perhaps the "Reacher" novels...  I'm open to suggestions.

 

Duke
Duke MegaDork
10/18/23 1:42 p.m.

In reply to stroker :

I've read half a dozen of the Reacher novels, mostly early ones.  They're solidly entertaining if you don't pay too much attention to the technical details that Childs doesn't quite get right but can't resist putting in.  But generally decent reads - no real complaints.

On an only tangentially-related note, Tom Cruise did a surprisingly decent job with the character, given how different physically he is from the book character.

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/31/23 3:22 p.m.

I finished my thousand-page tome of Arthur C. Clarke short stories. I enjoyed it, especially since they’re presented in chronological order. A few stories kept me up, so I should go back and reread them. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/31/23 3:33 p.m.

And I think Alex Skolnick’s autobiography will be next as it’s been on the shelf for a few. 

I guess I did this when I got the book–left myself the perfect bookmark for this one. 

vwcorvette (Forum Supporter)
vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) UberDork
10/31/23 3:37 p.m.

I'm currently reading Buddhism Without Beliefs after having recently finished 10% Happier. Meditation is tough but so worth it.

The_Jed
The_Jed PowerDork
11/3/23 10:18 a.m.

I'm currently absorbing and applying Musashi's Book of Five Rings.

chandler
chandler MegaDork
11/3/23 12:09 p.m.

Night Angel Nemesis, Brent Weeks. Can't start with this without reading the previous books. Pretty good so far.

RossD
RossD MegaDork
11/3/23 12:20 p.m.

The Percy Jackson books with my 8 yo son. Harry Potter-esque series of books for kids.

And "JFK and The Unspeakable"...RFK Jr mentioned it was the most accurate account of his uncle's assassination. I am giving the accounts a bit of healthy skepticism but if half of it is accurate, its makes the CIA look really bad in terms of acting independently with no checks or balances whatsoever. Also a bit of a history lesson.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
11/3/23 12:25 p.m.
chandler said:

Can't start with this without reading the previous books.

And that, in a nutshell, is a lot of the problem with modern fiction - particularly in the sf / fantasy arena.

I understand that series are moneymakers, but they can also stifle creativity in authors and limit accessibility for readers.

I want to be able to walk into my library and pick a random interesting book to read out of the genre section.  If I do that nowadays, I find out it is #5 in whatever series.  I'm not really interested in starting another series every time I pick up a book to try.

 

chandler
chandler MegaDork
11/3/23 12:58 p.m.
Duke said:
chandler said:

Can't start with this without reading the previous books.

And that, in a nutshell, is a lot of the problem with modern fiction - particularly in the sf / fantasy arena.

I understand that series are moneymakers, but they can also stifle creativity in authors and limit accessibility for readers.

I want to be able to walk into my library and pick a random interesting book to read out of the genre section.  If I do that nowadays, I find out it is #5 in whatever series.  I'm not really interested in starting another series every time I pick up a book to try.

 

It's been years since I read the others and I've been lost quite a bit. So, truth.

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