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Old 01-17-2017, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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"The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests" by Chris Smith (2016).
It's 400+ pgs. but am making good headway through it, and since I like the show I find the backstories of interest.
I'm just starting The Daily Show book. Trevor Noah's book not available yet from library. I like Trevor but miss Stewart.
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Old 01-17-2017, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I'm about two-thirds of the way through Hidden Figures and it has gotten much better. It meandered at first but the writing has settled down and the story of the women computers during WWII and the early days of the space program is fascinating. I also saw the movie with my book club this weekend. On the one hand, seeing it helped me keep the characters straight in my head. On the other hand, the movie is not very true to the book and engages in a lot of Disneyesque tense plot twists followed by feel good resolutions that simply didn't happen. I understand that a movie needs a plot and tension, but I think it does a disservice to the people whose real lives it attempts to portray.

But I heartily recommend the book and if you're not feeling it after 50 pages, it pays to keep going.
I have Hidden Figures on hold.
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Old 01-17-2017, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm reading Mary and O'Neil: A Novel in Stories by Justin Cronin.

I found a mistake around page 50 (yes! I'm reading the PAPER version!): One of the characters plays the trombone and had to be back at the college because the band was starting at 9:30. A page or so later, the band was taking its first break, after its first set, and it was... 9:30. Editor, where art thou? (I'm amused now. O'Neil's father is Arthur, sometimes called Art.)

Anyway.

That mistake aside, I'm enjoying it. It's a "quiet" book, a softly told story. I'm liking the characters -- especially O'Neil, even though we don't really know him yet. I'm hoping to like him more and more as the story (well, storIES, since it's a "novel in stories -- a la Olive Kitteridge) unfolds.
I finished it. I loved it. Tears were shed.
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Old 01-18-2017, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I'm about two-thirds of the way through Hidden Figures and it has gotten much better. It meandered at first but the writing has settled down and the story of the women computers during WWII and the early days of the space program is fascinating. I also saw the movie with my book club this weekend. On the one hand, seeing it helped me keep the characters straight in my head. On the other hand, the movie is not very true to the book and engages in a lot of Disneyesque tense plot twists followed by feel good resolutions that simply didn't happen. I understand that a movie needs a plot and tension, but I think it does a disservice to the people whose real lives it attempts to portray.

But I heartily recommend the book and if you're not feeling it after 50 pages, it pays to keep going.

I started it last week then life happened, lol. I hope to get back to it tomorrow.
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Old 01-18-2017, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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"Swell Foop" by Piers Anthony.
Yeah, I'm reading the Xanth series (again).
The puns are fun.
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Old 01-20-2017, 06:35 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I received an arc yesterday and I will have to review it after I read it . it is called echos of family . so far I'm only on chapter 2 but it looks like it will be an awesome book . I'm going to put hidden figures on my tbr list . I would love to see the movie but I know I wont be able too . I will wait til it comes out on dvd .I wonder how Kathryn must feel that knowing half of those astronaunts that she knew personally are now gone . But she has her memories I'm sure and she can look back on them fondly.
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Old 01-20-2017, 08:19 AM
 
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My book slump has finally ended thanks to Dawn. I loved The President's Hat. It was a thoroughly charming book.

I followed with a book called The Buried Book by D.M. Pulley. This was such a well told story. It was sad but not cry your eyes out sad. The character development was wonderful and I was heartened to see that the author didn't go the predictable route in regards to the main character's relatives. I was fully prepared for them to be ogres but I loved the whole "salt of the earth" crew.

Not sure what's up next. The Red Notebook or D.M. Pulley's first book but I am so very glad that I'm back in the groove.
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Old 01-20-2017, 01:20 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default The stars my destination

War dogs, c2014, Orbit

Authors
  • Bear, Greg.
Subjects
  • Imaginary wars and battles -- Fiction.
Summary
  • "They came in peace, bearing gifts. The Gurus were a highly advanced species who brought amazingly useful and sophisticated technology to the human race. There was, of course, a catch. They warned of a far more malevolent life form, beings who have hounded the Gurus across the cosmos. The media have taken to calling them the Antagonists -- or Antags -- and they have already established a beachhead on Mars. For all they've done for us, the Gurus now need our help. Enter Master Sergeant Michael Venn, a veteran Skyrine who is dropped onto the Red Planet with his band of brothers on a mission to turn back the Antag tide. But the Skyrines will face impossible odds just to survive -- let alone make it home alive. "-- Provided by publisher.
Length
  • 322 pages :
Science Fiction, the first of a trilogy. Bear is excellent - Eon, other books. I read Killing Titan, the 2nd of the three, not realizing it was a series. Very odd, by itself. Much better to read them in sequence.
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Old 01-21-2017, 01:48 AM
 
Location: Berwick, Penna.
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Darktown, by Thomas Mullen -- a police procedural set in Atlanta in the late Forties, and depicting the daily lives of the city's first Afro-American police officers; the unequal standards they faced in the days before Jim Crow had been deposed.

Author Mullen has not limited himself to crime fiction, but appears to have done his research for this first foray into the genre very carefully; a captivating cross between Walter Mosley, James Lee Burke and James Ellroy.
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Old 01-21-2017, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Island of Misfit Toys
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The Book of Kells by RA MacAvoy Just over half-way through. A bit slow to start but picking up steam. Good.
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