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Joe Smith
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NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman
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RED HARVEST, by Dashiell Hammet.

My first adventure into his prose. Picked up a volume containing this plus his other four novels. Decided to read them in order of publication.

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The Library of America put out some very nice collections of his work a while
back that I'd recommend to anyone wanting to enjoy his material.
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Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. I'm alternating between reading it at home and listening to the audio book on my daily commute to work. Really enjoying it so far. 
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Just finished:
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I need to check that WW2 title out, James. Looks up my alley.Currently making
my way through Spinning Blues into Gold...a book about Chess Records.
Interesting to me because I'm familiar with all the regional references, but kind
of dry.
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I'm a huge fan of "The Mustache Gang."

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KEN ADAM - THE ART OF PRODUCTION DESIGN by (Sir) Christopher Frayling

Outside of various comic book artists, there is no one who has had a greater influence on my work than Ken Adam. I dive into this book, then, with delight and anticipation, looking forward to learning more of the WHY as well as the WHAT.

(Double bonus: bought the book second hand and discovered it to be autographed by both gentlemen!)

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I just started reading TRIGGER MORTIS.  It's a James Bond novel that was released in 2015.   The novel was commissioned by Fleming's estate and it's written by Anthony Horowitz.  It supposedly includes new material that had been written by Ian Fleming.  It takes place 2 weeks after the events of GOLDFINGER.  (The novel, not the movie)  And Pussy Galore is in it!
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Just finished IMPERIUM, the first of the Robert Harris trilogy about Cicero (I'd mistakenly read the second in the series, CONSPIRATA, first).  In light of recent events, this comment of the narrator (Cicero's servant, Tiro) struck me:  "One can always spot the fool in the room  He's the one who confidently predicts the outcome of an election.")  

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A friend sent me a copy of THE MASSACRE OF MANKIND, Stephen Baxter's "authorized" sequel to THE WAR OF THE WORLDS by H. G. Wells.

I got sixteen words -- WORDS! -- into it, closed the cover and put it away. I shall not return.

In the opening passages of the original novel, Wells has this to say:

"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century..."

Those sixteen words I mentioned are:

"To those of us who survived it, the First Martian War of the early twentieth century..."

The first sentence!!   How could I possibly go on?

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I finally picked up a complete volume of
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.
I'll be reading my way through this for a
while!
Up till now, I've only ever read HOUND OF
THE BASKERVILLES. I loved it, but I'm told
it's not the best place to start. This
volume hS everything in order.
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JB, prompted by your post, I ordered the Ken Adam book online.  I see an earlier book on Adam, now out of print, is going for a small fortune . . .
also, judging by the review of that book, sf illustrator Bob Eggleton is also a fan . . . 
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ONE WAY OUT: THE INSIDE HISTORY OF THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND by Alan Paul

I MUST SAY: MY LIFE AS A HUMBLE COMEDY LEGEND by Martin Short.
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Just finished The Founders at Home by Myron Magnet (sounds like a Stan Lee name).  Individual chapters profile various "founding fathers" while discussing their dwellings (often self-designed and built) and how they reflected their personalities and philosophy.  Covers William Livingston, various of the Lee family, George Washington, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.  

In the dispute between the Federalist and the Republican founding fathers, Magnet is a partisan for the Federalists.

Much will be familiar to you if you are a history buff, but there are a number of anecdotes that may be fresh.  I didn't know this, for example:

"The students [who attended the University of Virginia] turned out to be not so much an aristocracy of virtue and talent as a gang of rowdy youths with a taste for drinking, gambling, breaking windows, firing guns into the air, and thrashing professors who tried to stop them.  The horrified Jefferson came down from his mountain to Charlottesville to reprimand them.  Flanked by his dear friends and fellow trustees James Madison and James Monroe, the frail eighty-two-year-old patriarch drew himself up to his full six foot two, began to speak--and burst into tears."
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DREAM BOOGIE: THE TRIUMPH OF SAM COOKE by Peter
Guralnick and TRIGGER WARNINGS: SHORT FICTIONS AND
DISTURBANCES by Neil Gaiman.
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Beginning DODGE CITY, by Tom Clavin. Reviews gave high marks to this history of "the wickedest town in the West," praising its accuracy. My spider-sense has tingled already, tho, only about twenty pages in, at two separate mentions of "the Gunfight at the OK Corral".

We shall see!

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Now starting the 26th novel in the ongoing Amos Walker mystery series. Mr. Estleman has been writing them since 1980 and is still going strong.
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Just finished McCullough's "The Wright Brothers".  A fascinating look at the famous brothers and the other major players at the dawn of powered flight.




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THE WRIGHT BROTHERS is an extraordinary book. I picked up the audio version, read by McCullough, and was instantly entranced. I was surprised to realize how little I actually knew about the brothers and their family, and their many achievements. Astonishing to consider how much Orville witnessed in his lifetime.

Wilbur and Orville were really what America is all about. Or used to be.

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...read by McCullough...!!!

THAT is amazing.
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The Green Eagle, by Lester Dent and Plan B by Sharen Lee

I like to read short stories etc. at bed time, and the larger books at lunch or evenings.  I recently discovered the Liaden Universe novels about 2 years ago and am working through them. 
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