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Old 06-12-2019, 08:06 AM
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"There were crimson roses on the bench; they looked like splashes of blood."

Strong Poison, Dorothy L. Sayers
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:36 AM
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Drugs from A to Z: A Dictionary by Richard R. Lingeman, copyright 1969.

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Old 06-12-2019, 03:33 PM
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Storm Front by Jim Butcher, the first of the 'Dresden Files' novels.
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Martians, Go Home! by Fredric Brown.
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I'm reading several books right now; a couple of eBooks from the library, and one paperback. As it happens, the paperback is Storm Front by Jim Butcher, so post #704 has that one covered. I'm starting a 3rd (or 4th?) read through of the whole series in order (including the comics and short stories) in anticipation of the new book coming out sometime around Christmas (fingers crossed).

Overdrive: "The Consort was coming to dinner." Cast in Oblivion by Michelle Sagara

Cloud Library: "The genius of apartheid was convincing people who were the overwhelming majority to turn on each other." Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. It's a pretty interesting read, and I might even check out the children's version of the book to see how he made it a story for both adults and kids.

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The Miracle of Dunkirk: The True Story of Operation Dynamo -- Walter Lord

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The World at the End of Time by Frederik Pohl.

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Applied Minds: How Engineers Think, by Guru Madhavan.
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Oh, Sam, I love that book! I hope you will too.
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"They say -- and God knows better and is more glorious and nobler -- that amongst the stories of ancient times and past peoples is one that is suited to the intelligence of men of understanding who both ask and give."

"Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange", a medieval collection of Arabian fantasies, contemporary with the 1001 Nights, but much less well known, and only recently translated into English by Malcolm C. Lyons.

Actually, no one knows what the title is, or the real first line -- the initial pages are missing. But this is where it starts, and the current title is taken from a line in the book.
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Pleasures of Nature: A Literary Anthology, edited by Christina Hardyment
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The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell
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Empires Apart: A History of American and Russian Imperialism by Brian Landers
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The Surgeon's Mate by Patrick O'Brian (1980)
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Old 07-08-2019, 01:42 PM
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Deadlands: Boneyard, by Seanan McGuire
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Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham (2004)
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The Surgeon's Mate by Patrick O'Brian (1980)
I love this series. Once I start, I need to keep reading all the novels. Been through them all at least three times...
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I'm sure this one has been listed already here, but I'm not reading the whole thread to find out.

"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water."

The War Of The Worlds by H. G. Wells. This sentence is even more awesome if someone like Cedric Hardwicke or Morgan Freeman says it.
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I love this series. Once I start, I need to keep reading all the novels. Been through them all at least three times...
This is my first time through the series. I enjoyed the movie Master and Commander, and off and on have been listening to audiobooks of all the books in order.
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A Grand Success! The Aardman Journey, One Frame at a Time, by Peter Lord and David Sproxton
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
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"Three hundred miles up the Mississippi River from its mouth--many parishes above New Orleans and well north of Baton Rouge--a navigation lock in the Mississippi's right bank allows ships to drop out of the river."

The Control of Nature, by John McPhee
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Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi (2005)
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Good Enough to Eat, by Stacey Ballis
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Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland, by Dave Barry
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"'She's a goddamned whore,' Harry Kyle said. 'And I don't want her in this house again.'"

Ceremony by Robert B. Parker (1982)
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License Renewed by John Gardner.
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Friend of the Devil by James Kirkland. First of the Bill Walton Mysteries.

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