What Are You Reading?

Discussion in 'The Book Club' started by JasonCT, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. JasonCT

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    So I'm a huge nerd :yes: and love to read. One of the things I find book lovers like is to share with others what they're reading.

    So tell me, what are you currently reading?
     
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    "In Patagonia" by Bruce Chatwin.

    What are you reading, Jay?
     
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    Perfect, brilliant stillness by David Carse
     
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    I'm actually reading SWANS WAY by Marcel Proust

    One of my reading goals is to complete the entire IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME this year.
     
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    Maybe I Should Just Shut Up ad Go Away, Neal Boortz

    and

    IFR Survival Manual, Rod Machado
     
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    1. Rod Machado's Plane Talk.

    2. Smithsonian-National Air and Space Museum, An Autobiography.
    (given to me as a birthday gift).

    By the way, if it's not aviation, computers/electronics-electrical....I ain't reading it:nono::D. Book, that is:rolleyes:
     
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    Right now I'm reading POA.
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    "Ender's Game" by Orson Card
    "The Ghost Brigade", second book in the Old Man's War series byJohn Scalzi (Old Man's War is a great book)

    Just finished Redshirts, also by Scalzi, a hilarious but well written SciFi book. Written from the perspective of junior officers on the Star Trek crew, where every time someone goes on an away mission they get killed. All the junior officers come up with hilarious schemes to avoid getting noticed by the senior officers, so they can't get pulled into an away mission, while at the same time trying to figure out why it keeps happening.
    Darn funny, but good science in it.
     
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    I am reading The Joy of Hate and Fate is the Hunter. Two verrry different books!
     
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    Machado's book is great, and a fun read, too!
     
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    I just finished "The Cockpit" by Paul Gahlinger. Given to me by Alon this past summer,a good read but an unexpected ending. Next up is "Hauling Checks"
     
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    I've actually heard that HAULING CHECKS was a good read.
    I'd be interested in borrowing it after you if you're willing.
     
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    Read "No Easy Day" by Mark Owens last weekend. Well written, solid story line. Mixed emotions on it with hearing the "official political spin story" and the "I was there" contrast, and the "operators don't talk" on the other hand.
     
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    I recently finished reading Rupert Red Two by Jack Broughton. The book concentrates on his life from a West Point Cadet in 1945 through his distinguished flying career. Jack Broughton flew P-47’s following WWII and F-80’s and F-84’s in Korea. He led the famed Thunderbirds from 1954 to 1957 and the book touched on his service in Vietnam. He also wrote Thud Ridge and Going Downtown.

    I just started reading Rouge Aviator by Ace Abbott.
     
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    Primarily, technical articles and reference books for a reference book I am writing.

    As a diversion, I am alternating between Dracula and the various Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
     
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    I just finished "Low Level Hell" by Hugh Mills. It is about OH-6 scouts in Vietnam. I learned stuff about the Vietnam War I didn't know and never really thought about. Also just finished "Hunger Games" by Susanne Collins. It's about a future postwar society and now a movie.
    New is "Fatal Traps for Helicopter Pilots" by Greg Whyte. It is a look at all the ways a helo pilot can screw up. Of course the intent is to arm you with enough knowledge so you don't.
     
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    Just finished reading Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, about to finish Dawkin's The G-d Delusion and then next up will be either The Host by Stephanie Meyers or John McPhee Basin and Range. Then of course their are the many technical papers I have to read each day.
     
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    I just finished Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (about 1000 pages) and just started the second in the trilogy Winter of the World (another 1000 pages). I find that his books tend to suck you in and hold you hostage till you finish them.
     
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    First of his I read was "Night Over Water" which was mostly staged on a B314. I only wish I could travel on a B314. It seemed so elegant and not the cattle car movers we have today.
     
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    Former President Bush's book
     
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    Recently finished Canibal Queen by Stephen Coonts and am about to finish up Dayton Aviation: The Wright Brothers to McCook Field by Kenneth M. Keisel, that is really neat, mainly pictures but each has a solid paragraph under it and can be read as a book. I really enjoyed it and am going to look at more from Arcadia publishing. Up next is No Easy Day. Story of Osama Bin Laden raid.
     
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    Got a few under the tree this year:

    Altered Carbon - Richard K. Morgan - Good sci-fi about life in the 25th. century. Sort of a cop thriller, the interesting twist is that a persons memory and personality can be stored on an implant and transferred from one body to another. Pure fun to read!

    The Price of Inequality - Joseph E. Stigliz - Only about 1/3 way through it. Definitely a left-of-center view although the author does a good job of documentation and providing facts to make his point that our society is becoming more and more polarized into the haves and havenots and why that is happening. A bit dry and hard to follow, you really have to pay attention.

    The Price of Politics - Bob Woodward - Chock full of interviews and information in the time frame of early 2009 to the summer of 2012. Only about 1/2 way through, but very readable and a lot of fun to see how Washington operates on a personal level. If Mr. Woodward's account is taken to be true, the perception of politicians from their public statements and media coverage is quite a bit different from the actual occurrences. Highly recommend!

    Gary
     
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    I'm re-reading W.E.B. Griffin's "The Corps" series, generally one book a day for a week or so.

    Just finished John Ringo's "Queen of Wands" which was interesting fantasy with a religious/Christian tone.

    On the non-fiction side I've been reading Oracle Solaris 11 administration and Oracle VM server for SPARC. I'm in the middle of converting about 16 T2000 servers running Solaris 10 to VMs on T4-4 servers. It's interesting what one can do with a terabyte of RAM and 256 threads at 3+ GHz. Mainframe in 5 rack units.
     
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    My SO wrote a chapter for a book on adult male fiction and had those exact books in mind when she was writing it. Called them men's romance novels!

    I love all the WEB Griffin stuff, or at least I did until his son started writing them.
     
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    Romance Novels for Men... I like it. The son taking over is a mixed blessing... some have been ok.

    Dick Francis was a favorite too, and it's the same thing - son is continuing the legacy.

    And Robert B Parker died, but some of the authors writing his characters now are alright.
     
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    "Those 67 Blues." A-6 Vietnam story. One of the few fiction books that I read. Usually it's autobiographies for me.
     
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    I would Highly recommend "Day of the Cheetah" by Dale Brown. Awesome book!
     
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    Perigee by Patrick Chiles. I just started it, good so far!
     
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    Petals of Canna by John L. Evans, Brazil rain forest flying and adventure story (fiction) Read today
    So You Want to be a Ferry Pilot by Spike Nasmyth (non-fiction) Read Yesterday
    The Other Pilot (fiction) Read day before yesterday

    All are relatively inexpensive Kindle books.
     
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    Unbroken, by the same author that did Seabiscuit. Its pretty good so far.
     
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    The Litigators Grisham. His usual lawyer yarn. Pretty entertaining.

    The 900 Days - Siege of Stalingrad Salisbury. A truly gruesome account of the events surrounding Stalingrad during WWII. The Soviets were horrible people.
     
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    PoA. ;)

    But seriously, best aviation book I've ever read, by far: Serenade to the Big Bird by Bert Stiles. If you haven't read it, make it your next read!
     
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    One of my favorite books. It starts off a little slow but it gets better as the book goes on. Incredible journey that guy went through. Worthy of a movie if they ever get around to making it.
     
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    I just finished American Patriot: The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day by Robert Coram. Day was a Medal of Honor recipient along with just about every other medal. POW for 5+ years at the infamous hanoi hilton. I'm looking forward to Days' two books Return With Honor and Duty, Honor, Country.

    http://gmflightlog.blogspot.com/2013/01/book-review-american-patriot-life-and.html


    I just picked up Masters of the Air by Donald L Miller. This is the book they are going to base the new FBO mini-series with Tom Hanks on the Eight Air Force.
     
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    It's been about 20yrs, time to crack open The Once and Future King again.
     
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    Just got a copy, in very good condition to add to my collection. This one covers aircraft of the mid/late Thirties, such as various Beech 17's and cabin Wacos I'm particularly fond of. I use it as reference material, but I'm lovin' the photos, too.

    U.S. Civil Aircraft Series, Volume7

    by Joseph P. Juptner
     
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    -Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook

    -Cessna Export Tales, Eyvinn Hansen Schoenberg


    I've got Hauling Checks and I'm done with it. Anyone who needs a copy, send me a PM!
     
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    Digital: Re-reading the seven Dark Tower books by Stephen King. Also re-reading Frank Herberts Dune series, including all the ones his son did.

    On the analog book side: Guzziology, by Dave Richardson. If you don't own any Moto Guzzi's, you won't be interested.
     
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    I really enjoyed Rumours of War by Michael Snow. It was definitely different, kind of edge-of-the-seat reading.