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Old 07-23-2019, 12:22 AM
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"Thundershowers hit just before midnight, drowning out the horn honks and noisemaker blare that usually signalled New Year's on the Strip, bringing 1950 to the West Hollywood Substation in a wave of hot squeals with meat wagon backup."

-- The Big Nowhere, by James Ellroy
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"History has taught us that artists are often decades ahead of engineers and scientists in imagining the future, and so it was with the idea of voyaging to the moon."

American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race by Douglas Brinkley (2019)
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The Keeper of Lime Rock: The Remarkable True Story of Ida Lewis, America's Most Celebrated Lighthouse Keeper, by Lenore Skomal
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Old 07-28-2019, 01:16 PM
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Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson
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109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos by Jennet Conant

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Old 07-29-2019, 09:54 AM
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Old 07-29-2019, 09:57 AM
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The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, Heinlein.
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Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut.
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Old 07-30-2019, 05:28 AM
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From new thriller -- publ. 2018 -- The Fox, by Frederick Forsyth. For me, Forsyth always manages to deliver a gripping read; even if the premise is ridiculous, or the content is recycled from earlier stuff of his.
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How Few Remain, by Harry Turtledove
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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

But he's Canadian so everything eventually gets around to hockey. He just got to it more soonly.
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None of My Business: P. J. Explains Money, Banking, Debt, Equity, Assets, Liabilities, and Why He's Not Rich and Neither Are You, by P. J. O'Rourke.
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Serenity: No Power in the 'Verse by Chris Roberson and Georges Jeanty (2017)
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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, by Mary Roach
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Old 08-10-2019, 10:36 AM
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"It was a nice day."

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
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HMS Surprise by Patrick O'Brian (1973)
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Old 08-14-2019, 02:51 PM
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You're Not Lost if You Can Still See the Truck: The Further Adventures of America's Everyman Outdoorsman, by Bill Heavey.
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Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse Book 8). Spoilered because it concerns a major character from the series.
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:26 AM
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Conned Again, Watson: Cautionary Tales of Logic, Math, and Probability, by Colin Bruce
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Old 08-23-2019, 08:25 AM
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Bunch of Amateurs: Inside America's Hidden World of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Job Creators, by Jack Hitt.
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Old 08-23-2019, 10:15 AM
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Can't do the first sentence only. Gotta quote the whole haiku.

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A bamboo grove, all chopped down
From it, warring songs."

Not great, but what do you expect from Bobby Shaftoe?

It's August, a good month to re-read Cryptonomicon.
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The Pioneers by David McCullough (2019)
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Old 08-27-2019, 06:11 PM
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William Donovan understood as a boy what a secure hiding place could mean to a hunted man. — Donovan, by Richard Dunlop

(William Donovan was one of the most decorated soldiers in WWI, and went on to create and run first the OSS in WWII and then the CIA.)
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William Donovan understood as a boy what a secure hiding place could mean to a hunted man. — Donovan, by Richard Dunlop

(William Donovan was one of the most decorated soldiers in WWI, and went on to create and run first the OSS in WWII and then the CIA.)
Correction: he helped create the CIA, mostly behind the scenes, but he never ran it.
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Old 08-29-2019, 03:38 PM
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The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off, by Carolyn Brown.
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The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off, by Carolyn Brown.
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"We should start back", Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them.

Game of thrones
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"The man in the powder-blue suit- which wasn't powder-blue under the lights of the Club Bolivar- was tall, with wide-set gray eyes, a thin nose, a jaw of stone."

Blackmailers Don't Shoot, opening story in the Criterion Collection of every Raymond Chandler short story.

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Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert A. Heinlein (1947)
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THIS COULD HAVE OCCURRED [sic] nowhere but in England, where men and sea interpenetrate, so to speak - the sea entering into the life of most men, and the men knowing something or everything about the sea, in the way of amusement, of travel, or of bread-winning.

YOUTH A NARRATIVE Heart of Darkness & Other Stories. Joseph Conrad
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"A small ship--a freighter--on a very large sea."

And It Was Good: Reflections on Beginnings, by Madeleine L'Engle.
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"London. Michaelmas Term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln's Inn Hall."

Bleak House, by Charles Dickens
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- The Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology by Ali and Cibas (editors).

The plot gets a bit hard to follow during Atypia of Unknown Significance but ultimately has a rewarding resolution.
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"High above the tossing trees that were the roof of the world, the fierce white sun burned in a wind-swept sky."

Unearthly Neighbors, by Chad Oliver.
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- The Best of Richard Matheson




Yeah, it was more than one sentence. I couldn't bring myself to cut it short.
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What short story is that from, DB?
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Born of Man and Woman, a most bodacious short story. You can read it here: https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/vi...-x-a-this-day-
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The Stories of Anton Tchekov

Should introductions be considered, like with posthumous short story collections, or is the aim for relevant text by the writer(s)?
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Richard Dawkins--The Ancestor's Tale
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...Should introductions be considered, like with posthumous short story collections, or is the aim for relevant text by the writer(s)?
The latter, I'd say.
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