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Beneath Devil's Bridge: A Novel Kindle Edition

 

A compelling, heartrending, complex tale. Beautifully written with great compassion and understanding. A terribly sad story that also shows how much we need to take bullying seriously and act if we witness it.

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Went looking for some of the books I had only to remember that I'd lent it out before Covid hit and that friend is who knows where due to things.

 

I'm trying to for the Hoka series...

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Finally, I decided to sit down quietly, remember everything I read in the last 15 years, and make a list of my favorite books. To be honest, I have not read all the books from the list several times, but from each book I got an almost indescribable pleasure in the process of reading.
10. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque (novel)
9. Erich Maria Remarque "Life on loan" (novel)
8. Somerset Maugham's Theater (novel)
7. Stendhal "Red and Black" (novel)
6. Mikhail Lermontov "A Hero of Our Time" (novel)
5. Somerset Maugham "Burden of Human Passions" (novel)
4. Somerset Maugham "The Moon and the Penny" (novel)
3. Mikhail Bulgakov "The Master and Margarita" (novel)
2. Antoine de Saint-Exupery "The Little Prince" (story)
1. Oscar Wilde "Portrait of Dorian Gray" (novel)
I would advise everyone to read these ten works, if someone hasn’t done it yet. By the way, you can find a bunch of reviews for each of these on YouTube. 

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Now that Direct TV is a thing of the past, I have rediscovered books. I have recently read or reread The Belgariad, Cider House Rules, The World According to GarpTrue Grit, Alice, Looking Glass, & now Red Queen. I have The Girl in Red waiting in the wings AND a few Charles Portis novels on the way

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Just read Fair and Just, the first book to a sequel series for the Daggers and Steele series.

 

Grump suggested Daggers and Steele, a fantasy cops series. When he read the first story to me he had Daggers sound like Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? I ate the series in about three days. Romance, character growth, and fantasy cops. ::P:

 

This takes place about eighty years after the first series, tech has moved along, magic is fading - it takes too long to learn how to use, but electric lights can be turned on by flipping a switch.

 

Daggers has been dead for twenty years, Steele, his widow now, was younger and a half elf to boot. She's still going strong at 100.

 

And their great granddaughter is joining the police department.

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On 6/9/2021 at 7:35 AM, Julio Johnson said:

1. Oscar Wilde "Portrait of Dorian Gray" (novel)

 

Only one of those I've read. One of those books best read young.

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Just re-started Industrial Society and Its Future by Theodore John Kaczynski, on audio book.   While I can appreciate the author's observations and analyses,  the choice to listen to it being read via audio book seems appropriate.

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On 5/12/2021 at 11:17 PM, SotF said:

Went looking for some of the books I had only to remember that I'd lent it out before Covid hit and that friend is who knows where due to things.

 

I'm trying to for the Hoka series...

Yeah, I've stopped lending out my personal books. That's what the library is for. I've lost a few too many over the years to friends. 

 

I'm just finishing "Where the Grass is Green and the Girls are Pretty". Totally outside of what I usually read, it's kind of funny, but solidly a 3 star book. Not an intellectual journey by any stretch of the imagination. 

 

Next up: "Bark, Skin and Cedar: Exploring the Canoe in Canadian Experience" and "The Egypt Game", a YA book I read as a kid and liked but don't remember. 

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9 hours ago, Great Khan Artist said:

Yeah, I've stopped lending out my personal books. That's what the library is for. I've lost a few too many over the years to friends. 

 

I'm just finishing "Where the Grass is Green and the Girls are Pretty". Totally outside of what I usually read, it's kind of funny, but solidly a 3 star book. Not an intellectual journey by any stretch of the imagination. 

 

Next up: "Bark, Skin and Cedar: Exploring the Canoe in Canadian Experience" and "The Egypt Game", a YA book I read as a kid and liked but don't remember. 

Most of the books I miss the most were ones that my parents had decided to just take and lend out when I was still in school...many of which I've never been able to track down who they lent them to or find a replacement that didn't cost a massive amount.

 

Some of which were ones that were handed out because "You weren't reading them" because I didn't want to risk them...I'd actually had a signed copy of Jurassic Park and the Lost World that they lent out and I never got back.

 

I'd had the entire set of several series that are gone as well...the original Hardy boys and Tom Swift ones for example, both of which were ones I'd started collecting due to my grandfather are the ones I don't think I'll ever manage the full thing of.

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Confession: I have, like, a lot of John Irving books on the shelf but somehow never get around to reading him. Kinda feel bad about it.

 

 

On 6/16/2021 at 9:46 PM, Seer of the Pitt said:

Just re-started Industrial Society and Its Future by Theodore John Kaczynski, on audio book.   While I can appreciate the author's observations and analyses,  the choice to listen to it being read via audio book seems appropriate.

 

Ah, fedposting this evening, are we? 👀

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Just 'finished' reading Raymond E. Feist's Serpentwar saga

I use the quotation marks because I get about halfway through the first book and start questioning why I bothered, but sheer pigheadedness makes me at least skim read the entire series 

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Just finished reading Glen Cooks "Port of Shadows" from 2018  I got a chapter in and thought "Haven't I read this before?" 

the the characters realize they are losing memories.  oh that explains it.  and why he gets to add more stories in the early part of his epic. 

 

Now im rereading his whole black company series (started 1984)  so good.

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