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I just finished “Stalking the Green Fairy by James Villas. The guy was food writer of the year 20 years ago but I’ve never heard of him. Found the book in a thrift store and gave it a shot.

Good stuff! Food science, food history and strong opinions on common foods like canned tuna and peanut butter. There’s a rant on modern restaurants toward the end - epic!

I saved a few recipes. ThumbsUp


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Just finished this:




Rather disappointing on account of being so vague. Like critical legal theory texts I’ve read, it tends to be long on complaints about liberal/enlightenment values and short on remedy or policy.


I’m now about halfway through Derrick Bell’s book:



It’s well written, and even though it is a collection of fictive short stories or parables it’s far more substantive than Delgado and Stefancic’s introduction.

It does come across as a bit dated, as he’s describing institutional environments that were mostly gone by the time I started my career. Still a very worthy read.


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I just finished The Roundhouse by Louise Erdrich; my book group is discussing it next month. Loved the writing.

Before that I read Neverwhere by Neil Gaman. Entertaining.


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I recently finished The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi and if you like fun, light Sci Fi (and Godzilla) you are in for a treat!

I also recently finished The Broken Room by Peter Clines and it was action packed and had fantastic characters.

I need all the light, fun reading I can get right now and both of these delivered!

I’m currently listening to Mary Roach’s newest book, Fuzz. The book is great, but she is reading it and I’m not loving her as narrator. While sometimes authors can read their own work, I’ve found it’s often not a good idea and I would say this is one of those cases. But the book itself is as interesting as all of her others.


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We are in a decluttering phase and getting rid of books that one or the other of us has not read. Stay tuned; I may solicit advice on what to keep and read.


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Originally posted by dolmansaxlil:
I recently finished The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi and if you like fun, light Sci Fi (and Godzilla) you are in for a treat!

I also recently finished The Broken Room by Peter Clines and it was action packed and had fantastic characters.

I need all the light, fun reading I can get right now and both of these delivered!

I’m currently listening to Mary Roach’s newest book, Fuzz. The book is great, but she is reading it and I’m not loving her as narrator. While sometimes authors can read their own work, I’ve found it’s often not a good idea and I would say this is one of those cases. But the book itself is as interesting as all of her others.
Thanks Dol I'll add these to my reading list.

I'm currently just starting Elizabeth Moon's series "Vatta's War". I about 20% into the first book, and it looks like it will be a good series. Won the Nebula Award too.

I'm also about 3/4 done with One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow by Olivia Hawker. It's very good so far, set in late 1800's in Wyoming.

I don't recall if I've mentioned them before, but Richard Osman's books The Thursday Murder Club and The Man Who Died Twice are both excellent murder mysteries that keep things light and fun.

And another murder mystery I finished recently is "Death In the Sunshine" by Steph Broadribb. Not as light as Osman's books, but still very good.

Also, Gemma Liviero's The Road Beyond Ruin is excellent. Germany at the end of WWII.
 
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Christopher Rosow

Good spy novels

Jf


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Originally posted by dolmansaxlil:
I recently finished The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi and if you like fun, light Sci Fi (and Godzilla) you are in for a treat!

I also recently finished The Broken Room by Peter Clines and it was action packed and had fantastic characters.

I need all the light, fun reading I can get right now and both of these delivered!

I’m currently listening to Mary Roach’s newest book, Fuzz. The book is great, but she is reading it and I’m not loving her as narrator. While sometimes authors can read their own work, I’ve found it’s often not a good idea and I would say this is one of those cases. But the book itself is as interesting as all of her others.
Thanks Dol I'll add these to my reading list.

I'm currently just starting Elizabeth Moon's series "Vatta's War". I about 20% into the first book, and it looks like it will be a good series. Won the Nebula Award too.

I'm also about 3/4 done with One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow by Olivia Hawker. It's very good so far, set in late 1800's in Wyoming.

I don't recall if I've mentioned them before, but Richard Osman's books The Thursday Murder Club and The Man Who Died Twice are both excellent murder mysteries that keep things light and fun.

And another murder mystery I finished recently is "Death In the Sunshine" by Steph Broadribb. Not as light as Osman's books, but still very good.

Also, Gemma Liviero's The Road Beyond Ruin is excellent. Germany at the end of WWII.


I loved “One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow.” I also read Hawker’s “The Ragged Edge of Night” which was good, but I liked Blackbird better.


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Mom has been in an out of hospital the last month or so...So I bring a book while sitting during her naps. The first chapter turned my head around about the multiple meanings of 'the sentence'. Yes


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The Vanished Series by B.B. Griffith.

Supernatural thrillers with Native American hero and backdrop. Finished first and looking forward to second. Bonus if, like me, you are interested in crows






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I just finished Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr. Loved it.

There’s a climate change theme here, too. I loved the Overstory by Richard Powers. Climate change is big in fiction now?

BTW Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See is one of my favorite books, ever.


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A Sacred Oath by Mark Esper.

Interview with Esper. Says there's free access to the article so you shouldn't hit a paywall:

https://www.washingtonpost.com...se-secretary-author/


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Christopher Rosow

Good spy novels

Jf


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Originally posted by dolmansaxlil:
I recently finished The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi and if you like fun, light Sci Fi (and Godzilla) you are in for a treat!

I also recently finished The Broken Room by Peter Clines and it was action packed and had fantastic characters.

I need all the light, fun reading I can get right now and both of these delivered!

I’m currently listening to Mary Roach’s newest book, Fuzz. The book is great, but she is reading it and I’m not loving her as narrator. While sometimes authors can read their own work, I’ve found it’s often not a good idea and I would say this is one of those cases. But the book itself is as interesting as all of her others.
Thanks Dol I'll add these to my reading list.

I'm currently just starting Elizabeth Moon's series "Vatta's War". I about 20% into the first book, and it looks like it will be a good series. Won the Nebula Award too.

I'm also about 3/4 done with One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow by Olivia Hawker. It's very good so far, set in late 1800's in Wyoming.

I don't recall if I've mentioned them before, but Richard Osman's books The Thursday Murder Club and The Man Who Died Twice are both excellent murder mysteries that keep things light and fun.

And another murder mystery I finished recently is "Death In the Sunshine" by Steph Broadribb. Not as light as Osman's books, but still very good.

Also, Gemma Liviero's The Road Beyond Ruin is excellent. Germany at the end of WWII.


Thanks


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