What Are You Reading?

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

  1. GMascelli

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    Just finished reading Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines (HGTV's Fixer Upper)

    Just starting .....
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    Here’s a book most action oriented readers may enjoy. The only connection to flying is that the book was written by a pilot (me). I’ve been active on Pilots of America since about 2012. Like a lot of pilots, I got started flying after I retired. In the last 15 years I’ve enjoyed 1,500 hours in the air in a C-150, Ercoupe, and Fly Baby. Before that, and continuing still, I’ve written books. I have about 100 published books. This is high on my favorites. It's the type of book I like to read. For the next few days, The Big Haul will be free on Amazon as an ebook. The Big Haul is a thriller about a money heist. The tag line is 'Follow the Money -- and Take It.' It combines a caper story with a mystery. Click here to download: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006SMF7HA
    To see my other books, search on John Hudson Tiner.
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    Reading my original printing of "Dustoff!" Autographed by the author, Michael J. Novosel, Sr.- The man who pinned my Army Aviator wings on me.

    R.I.P. Mikey.
     
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    My 99th book, Shouldn't I Be Missed will be free on Kindle from June 21 through June 25. Shouldn’t I Be Missed has action, adventure, three beautiful women, and a shoot-out or two. Rather than telling more about the book, I've put in some quotes from the characters in it below.
    Shouldn’t I Be Missed is a thriller/suspense/mystery. Get the $4.95 book free here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L1Y17R3
    Quotes from the book:
    We don’t have to dispose of the body, we can dispose of the mind.
    All guns look big when they are pointed at you.
    If you’re talking, you’re not dying.
    You can’t walk thirty minutes on a city street without breaking one law or another.
    You can’t think straight when the body’s not in shape.
    Focus on your future, not on your forgotten past.
    Do not submerge your true personality in a phony persona.
    Bankers don’t go to jail.
    War is where the money is.
    A peanut butter sandwich is a meal for one person, a death sentence for another.
    Crazy can’t be cured.
    This is America, mental illness is not a disqualify condition for legally owning a gun.

    I think it is interesting that a mentally ill person can get a gun permit. The only requirement is that they are not a danger to themselves or others. Often, the danger is to themselves because they are suicidal.
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    ;) Sorry, couldn't resist. Thanks for the heads up!
     
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    John, I have read a couple of your books (Shouldn't I be dead and Shouldn't I be missed). I really like them and I like your writing style, but the typos really detract from the reading experience.

    Looser? really?

    But if you can get past the typos and the grammatical errors and the improper tenses etc, your books would be among my favorites.
     
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    That looks very interesting. I will check it out.
     
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    Heh... I will shamelessly plug my own most recent action adventure novel. It's an action adventure, mystery, whodunnit wrapped in to one package!

    Available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RWLK7CP

    ... and Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and a few others.
     
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    I must have been living under a rock, but just read "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak. Very very good.
     
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    I’m reading two, currently. Bathroom reader is “The Complete Collection of Ernest Hemingway’s Short Stories”. I picked it up from a local Free Little Lending Library. It has stories about hunting, fishing, war, bullfighting, etc. I think he’s trying to describe snippets of life from a observers POV.

    The other one’s rather technical. I’ve been trying to get a job in a Linux shop for a long time. I finally got into Cisco, but while our OS is Linux, I’m fixing application bugs, so not much system nor kernel level experience. I’m working my way through “Hands on System Programming with Linux”. System Level means writing programs that use kernel resources.

    Next will be Networking in Linux, to get started in the Linux kernel.

    I’ve had a class in Linux kernel programming but books can go into greater detail and I can study at my own pace.
     
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    I just finished David McCullough's book The Wright Brothers. Very good, seemed well researched. I have a copy of Jimmy Stewart - Bomber Pilot sitting on the shelf, and that might be next.

    On a non-aviation note, I've been reading Rex Stout's "Nero Wolfe" books lately. I'm doing a lot of business travel, and the Wolfe stories are just the right length for a plane ride and I can download them to my tablet. Light reading, very enjoyable stories, quite entertaining.
     
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    I have just about every book Tom Crouch wrote. When my wife was hard up for a gift for me, she'd grab a copy at the gift shop and run it down to Tom to sign for me.
     
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    The Ambler Warning, Robert Ludlum.

    Typical Ludlum, meaning excellent spy thriller, with a fair amount of fifty and seventy-five cent words.
     
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    Going out on a limb here/ I DO NOT want to sound pedantic or condescending BUT....HAVING SAID THAT.......
    i think every pilot will greatly benefit by reading:

    1. Fate is the Hunter
    2. Chickenhawk
    3. The Right Stuff

    and last but not least........

    4. The Predatory Female

    HA!!

    (just try to beat #4)

    ......and for those who love life and don't need a bunch of 4 letter words and/or explicit sex I STRONGLY RECCOMEND:
    #5 Patrick O’Brian’s entire Aubrey-Maturin novels, all 17 of them.
     
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    Me too. Second time through now that the last HH novel has been published. Alternating with mostly Apollo related books.
     
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    Just finished The CIA WAR In Kurdistan, by Sam Faddis. I really had to grit my teeth to get through it. It reminded me a whole bunch of A Bright Shinning Lie.
     
  21. Chip Sylverne

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    The Plague Tales.

    A little " on the nose" given our situation in 2020, but it was written in 2008, so I decided to pick it up anyway. The novel is written from the point of view of two protagonists, one a physician in the 14th century when the original "Black Death" occurred, and another from the point of view of a post deadly pandemic 21st century physician who is present and partially responsible for the accidental reintroduction of the same deadly pathogen.
     
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    Just finished "Zero 3 Bravo" by Mariana Gosnell. It's a good aviation travelogue in the manner of "Flight of Passage", except in a Luscombe instead of a Cub.
     
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    Just got this in the mail today...excited to start digging in.

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    Used to love Stephen King and Clive Barker. Steve went off the deep end politically and started preaching his beliefs in his books, so I gave up on him. Too bad... an average writer, but a GREAT story-teller. Clive Barker is a wonderful writer, but, well,... he's Clive Barker. I worry about him, and liking his work worried me about me, so I stopped reading him. Still, Imajica, The Great and Secret Show, and Weaveworld are true works of a master writer.

    These days, I've been reading a lot of Harold Coben and Linwood Barclay. Both easy reads, and great fun page turners. Linwood bummed me out with the most recent one I read... again, political pandering and preaching which I have no use for while looking for simple entertainment. Then I reread one of his older books and remembered why I appreciate his talent so much. Dennis LeHane's "A Drink Before the War" and the subsequent books in that series are just absolutely wonderful thrilling heart-felt books... one of my favorite series.

    Two of the best books I've ever read? "Boat of a Million Years" by Poul Andersen, and "Koko" by Peter Straub. Not exactly the kind of books that you can enjoy reading a few pages a night while you're falling asleep, but true works of art.

    Right now? "Since We Fell" by LeHane. So far... meh....but I'm going to give it a chance because I liked his earlier work so much.
     
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    Camaro and Firebird. Performance Projects. I got it because my Trans Am only has a 4.9L engine and I miss the power of the 6.6L I had in my Formula. It’s got a lot of information about turning your 2nd generation F-Body car into a Pro Touring car:Engine performance and handling.

    There are several illustrated sections on how to upgrade components on the car, but I don’t have the time, space, tools, nor experience to do those upgrades. Still, it’s a good way to learn what’s involved so you can make a better informed decision and have an intelligent conversation with someone who might be doing the upgrade.

    I was mostly interested in the performance but at the end of the book I found out why I can’t find much for my engine. It was only available for 1980 and 81, and isn’t dimensionally the same as the Pontiac 326 - 455.

    On the other hand, the more I learn about my TA, the rarer I realize it is. I’ve already updated the AC to Vintage Air, replaced the stock fan with a flex fan (wish I’d kept the old fan), and replaced the radiator with a Cold Case radiator. I kept the old one this time. Anytime I upgrade something, I’ll keep the original, as my TA is numbers matching and a survivor car.
     
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    Funny thing. It seems St. Fauci funded “gain of function “ research in China that led to the Wuhan Flu scamdemic!
     
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    The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell. Listening to the audiobook. Heard the podcast and enjoyed it, so started the audiobook. You can get it in print or ebook form, but it was produced as an audiobook first, and the production qualities are great. Not just someone reading the book.
     
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    Nope. Without evidence, Rand Paul claimed that he did. Fauci denied it multiple times.
     
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    Currently reading Black Leopard, Red Wolf.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50608676-black-leopard-red-wolf

    I picked it up from some reddit thread, I suspect something like "what's the oddest book you ever read..." and yeah, it delivers.

    If you are in search of a mishmash of African tribal mysticism, witches, necromancers, vampires, shape-shifters, feudal lineages, and war/mercenary stuff... but you thought "you know what, I'd prefer it was about 1000x more homo-erotic than baseline" .. well, here ya go! :D It's also written in one of the oddest styles I've ever experienced before.

    At this point I can't say I'm *enjoying* it, but I'm dead-set on completing it, more out of stubbornness than anything else. I don't leave movie theaters before the film is over either, however dreadful the flick.
     
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    I just finished Lost Moon by Commander Jim Lovell. Brilliant.

    Neat point: according to the manufacturer, if you put standard household ice in the O2 tanks on the Apollo spacecraft and put those tanks in a 70 degree room, it'd take 4.5 years for the ice to melt, and another 3 years for the resulting water to reach room temperature.
     
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    Thanks for the warning. I actually have walked out of a movie or two (or three) -- I'm not that much of a masochist.
    I need to get one of those, then. That's even better than my Yeti travel mug does.
     
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    A Gift of Wings by Richard Bach : )