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MelissaMe
Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016 12:56:40 PM

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I was moved by a quote from a novel by Lucy Maude Montgomery to find and read the series begun by Anne of Green Gables. I am reading the entire series as I can get my hands on them. They make great, gentle bedtime reading! Applause
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Drag0nspeaker wrote:

Banned?

I thought that the banning of books ended in the 1960s when Lady Chatterly's Lover was allowed and Pope Paul cancelled the Index Librorum Prohibitorum!

You mean that The Land Of The Free proscribes what can be read?


http://www.ala.org/bbooks/
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Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016 2:15:11 PM

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I will never lose my amazement at the hypocrisy.

I assume some lawyer decided that books do not fit under 'press'.

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The First Amendment of the United States Constitution declares, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government . . ."


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Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016 9:17:44 PM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:

I will never lose my amazement at the hypocrisy.

I assume some lawyer decided that books do not fit under 'press'.

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The First Amendment of the United States Constitution declares, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government . . ."




If you think that is an amazing document, try reading the constitution of the U. S. S. R. It's amazing. Ours is a piker compared to it.

Of course they are both more honored in the breach than in the keeping, these days. Not talking
Blaidd-Drwg
Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 6:26:25 PM

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My fun reads have been the Doctor Who books. I'm following the 8th Doctor and am at Vanderdeken's Children.

My classic reads have been all over the place. I've been reading H.G. Wells, but just finished Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days and am reading Journey to the Center of the Earth.

My next classic series will be Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, which I haven't read since high school.
MelissaMe
Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 6:33:42 PM

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Doctor Who books? I'm in trouble! Anxious

BBC USA just ran a 24-hour a day marathon leading up to the Christmas special. Wowies! I watched several.

Ah, Stars' End! Well I remember that. The Foundation series, that is.
Blaidd-Drwg
Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 6:40:20 PM

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Just for you MelissaMe. Enough to keep you busy for decades. The Doctor Who TV series (NuWho) is great but I've always liked the books and audio much better.
http://www.timelash.com/tardis/
https://www.bigfinish.com/
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progpen wrote:
Just for you MelissaMe. Enough to keep you busy for decades. The Doctor Who TV series (NuWho) is great but I've always liked the books and audio much better.
http://www.timelash.com/tardis/
https://www.bigfinish.com/


Alex Kingston does the voice? How can I possibly resist??? Applause She's great!!!
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Alex Kingston (River Song), is one of my favorite characters. She is wonderful on the TV show and in the Audio.

Hello Sweetie.
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progpen wrote:
Alex Kingston (River Song), is one of my favorite characters. She is wonderful on the TV show and in the Audio.

Hello Sweetie.


I will have to see what my new local library can get. Pray
a.nnjka
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Currently, I am reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. The book inclines me to really think about what is going on, as H.H. is an unreliable narrator and he attempts to mislead us, the readers, lol. Also, the use of language is amazing and English wasn't even Nabokov's first...Applause I have learned quite a bit new words from it which, all of this, I like.
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a.nnjka wrote:
Currently, I am reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. The book inclines me to really think about what is going on, as H.H. is an unreliable narrator and he attempts to mislead us, the readers, lol. Also, the use of language is amazing and English wasn't even Nabokov's first...Applause I have learned quite a bit new words from it which, all of this, I like.

Yes, though it was banned for a few years as 'pornographic', it is a well-written book and makes one think.
Apparently Nabokov himself was not going to publish it. It was his wife who insisted.

almo 1
Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2017 9:32:23 PM
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I cannot concentrate on reading one book continuously these days.
Sometimes I read this book and sometimes read other books when I feel like to, and since I read mostly on Epub I occasionally visit TFD forum as well as twitter which ruins my concentration on reding a book, but that's OK.


Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind


quote: "The first wave, comprised of white men born in the mid- to late ’30s (occasionally earlier), included Peter Bogdanovich, Francis Coppola, Warren Beatty, Stanley Kubrick, Dennis Hopper, Mike Nichols, Woody Allen, Bob Fosse, Robert Benton, Arthur Penn, John Cassavetes, Alan Pakula, Paul Mazursky, Bob Rafelson, Hal Ashby, William Friedkin, Robert Altman, and Richard Lester. The second wave was made up of the early boomers, born during and (mostly) after World War II, the film school generation, the so-called movie brats. This group included Scorsese, Spielberg, George Lucas, John Milius, Paul Schrader, Brian De Palma, and Terrence Malick.

When all was said and done, these directors created a body of work that included, in addition to the titles mentioned above, The Last Detail; Nashville; Faces; Shampoo; A Clockwork Orange; Reds; Paper Moon; The Exorcist; The Godfather, Part II; Mean Streets; Badlands; The Conversation; Taxi Driver; Raging Bull; Apocalypse Now; Jaws; Cabaret; Klute; Carnal Knowledge; American Graffiti; Days of Heaven; Blue Collar; All That Jazz; Annie Hall; Manhattan; Carrie; All the President’s Men; Coming Home; and Star Wars." unquote
almo 1
Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 8:58:47 AM
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I was curious about this book.

100 People Who Are Screwing Up America


"I'M SITTING ON A JET PLANE at Newark Airport, minding my own business, waiting to take off for Miami. A few seats away is this lawyer right out of Central Casting—

wire-framed eyeglasses, dull gray suit, red tie, mandatory suspenders. Attached to his ear is another mandatory accessory, the cell phone, which he's using to talk to a colleague about some legal brief.

Actually, "talk" isn't exactly the right word. "Yell" is a lot more like it—which is the way a lot of people "talk" on cell phones. Anyway, just about everyone on the plane who isn't clinically deaf can hear the whole conversation, loud and clear, including the part where Mr. Lawyer actually invokes the name of a U.S. Supreme Court justice—Antonin Scalia—to give a little weight to his brief. Pretty impressive, I'm thinking. I mean, how often does a guy on an airplane drop Antonin Scalia's name into a conversation? How about never? Then this obviously well-educated, sophisticated man makes another important observation about his important legal case, another observation you could hear all over the airplane.

"It's all f * * ked up," he tells the guy at the other end of the phone.

And here's the thing: No one within earshot raised an eyebrow. The remark drew as much attention as if he had said to the flight attendant, "Got any peanuts?"

Not that I'm suggesting that I was shocked, either. Who are we kidding? In today's world, some anonymous guy dropping the F-bomb in a crowded airplane doesn't move the needle on the give-a-crap meter. In fact, if you even think about making an issue of it, some people start dropping the P-bomb. And who wants to be called a prude? So you just sit there and either make believe you didn't hear what you and everybody else just heard or you tell your-self it's no big deal.

But the truth is, it's getting harder and harder to tell myself that stuff like this is no big deal. Instead I find myself remembering that there was a time in America when not even a drunk in a bar would say the word "f * * k" out loud. Today, Chevy Chase calls the president of the United States a "dumb f * * k"—not in some dingy beer hall but in front of a packed house at a Kennedy Center gala in Washington, D.C.

Yes, we've come a long way from the old days when "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" caused such a ruckus. But that, of course, was a different time, and a different America, long before genuine crass vulgarity polluted not only our relatively private lives but our public, civic lives as well. "


Dreamy
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Testing. 123 Testing.

Password still good.

Forum still here.

Sweet as!


Reading about 100 People in the USA and all the swearing...

Good post by almo 1.

almo 1 wrote:
"But that, of course, was a different time, and a different America, long before genuine crass vulgarity polluted not only our relatively private lives but our public, civic lives as well."


I remember doing some research on the use of profanity and abusive language some years ago prior to sacking an employee for just that.

I discovered that far from being an unjustified cause of dismissal as was suggested, statistics at the time had it as the number one cause of dismissal worldwide.

Something to ponder...


kitman
Posted: Monday, February 6, 2017 4:05:35 AM

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Just reading Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

With a dramatic sweep worthy of its subject, this is a magisterial work from an elegant storyteller.
Tovarish
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The Lure of the Limerick

My mother passed away late last year and I was going through her library, this book took me back to the 70's.

The Lure was a common coffee table book at that time.

Many of the limericks are from the 1700's and ranks from nursery to naughty.

A rare old bird is the pelican;
His bill can hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week;
I'm darned if I know how the helican!

or

In the Garden of Eden lay Adam
Complacently stroking his madam,
And loud was his mirth
For he knew that on Earth
There were only two balls--and he had 'em


Well it was the 70's.





almo 1
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Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein








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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 1:15:19 AM

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almo 1 wrote:
Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein

A classic of the Golden Age of Science Fiction!

**************
I was sitting on a number 22 bus in Princes Street, Edinburgh, yesterday, reading an American spy/adventure book.
I turned to a new chapter, and it told of a girl stepping off the number 22 bus in Princes Street and being kidnapped! - Amazing coincidence.

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
I was sitting on a number 22 bus in Princes Street, Edinburgh, yesterday, reading an American spy/adventure book.
I turned to a new chapter, and it told of a girl stepping off the number 22 bus in Princes Street and being kidnapped! - Amazing coincidence.

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The street is named after King George's two eldest sons, the Prince George, Duke of Rothesay (later King George IV) and the Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany.

And you do not have Princess Street which is more common in Britain and other Commonwealth countries.
Drag0nspeaker
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Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1 wrote:
And you do not have Princess Street which is more common in Britain and other Commonwealth countries.

No - There's King's Street, Queen's Street and Princes Street (not Prince's or Princes') but no "Princess St".
almo 1
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I am very interested in UAP(unidentified aerial phenomen):

UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record

CHAPTER 2
THE UAP WAVE OVER BELGIUM by Major General Wilfried De Brouwer (Ret.)

On November 29, 1989, when I was Head of Operations of the Belgian Air Staff, a total of 143 sightings were reported in a small area around Eupen, Belgium, thirty kilometers (nineteen miles) east of the city of Liege and eleven kilometers (seven miles) west of the German border. Some reported sightings were witnessed by more than one person, which means that at least 250 people described extraordinary UAP activity, with most reports occurring after sunset.

The weather was clear with open skies and good visibility. Two federal policemen, Heinrich Nicoll and Hubert Von Montigny, made the most important report. At 5:15 p.m., while patrolling on the road between Eupen and the German border, they saw a nearby field lit with such intensity that they could read the newspaper in their car. Hovering above the field was a triangular craft with three spotlights beaming down and a red flashing light in the center. Without making a sound, it moved slowly toward the German border for about two minutes and then suddenly turned back toward the city of Eupen. The policemen followed. Other independent witnesses reported that they saw the strange object along the same road. It remained over the town of Eupen for approximately thirty minutes and was seen by numerous additional witnesses.

The object then proceeded to Lake Gileppe, where it remained immobile, hovering for approximately one hour, while Nicoll and Von Montigny sat in their car on a nearby hill and witnessed an extraordinary spectacle. The craft repeatedly emitted two red light beams with a red ball at the spearhead of both beams, in the horizontal plane. Subsequently, the beams disappeared and the red balls returned to the vehicle. A few minutes later, another cycle started, each cycle lasting several minutes. Hubert Von Montigny said it was like a diver shooting an arrow from an underwater gun that slows down at the end of its trajectory and is subsequently retrieved by the diver.

But there was more to come. Suddenly, at 6:45 p.m., the policemen saw a second craft, which appeared from behind the woods and made a forward tilting maneuver, exposing the upper side of the fuselage. They described a dome on the upper structure with rectangular windows, lit on the inside. It then departed to the north. About forty minutes later, at 7:23 p.m., the first craft stopped emitting the red light balls and departed to the southwest. The two policemen, who were in radio contact with their dispatch, learned that another UAP had been reported in the north of Eupen, and they drove to an observation point, south of the highway E 40. From that position, they saw the UAP moving to the village of HenriChapelle, where two of their police colleagues, Dieter Plummans and Peter Nicoll (no relation to Heinrich Nicoll), saw the craft approaching from the direction of Eupen.
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Elias Disney was a hard man.
Elias Disney was the father of Walt Disney.

The Disneys claimed to trace their lineage to the d’Isignys of Normandy, who had arrived in England with William the Conqueror and fought at the Battle of Hastings.

During the English Restoration in the late seventeenth century, a branch of the family, Protestants, moved to Ireland, settling in County Kilkenny, where, Elias Disney would later boast, a Disney was “classed among the intellectual and well-to-do of his time and age.”

But the Disneys were also ambitious and opportunistic, always searching for a better life. In July 1834, a full decade before the potato famine that would trigger mass migrations, Arundel Elias Disney, Elias Disney’s grandfather, sold his holdings, took his wife and two young children to Liverpool, and set out for America aboard the New Jersey with his older brother Robert and Robert’s wife and their two children.



The Triumph of the American Imagination



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I just read a Terry Fallis book entitled "One Brother Shy". It is easy but pleasant reading - I read it in a little more than day. He is a Canadian author who usually writes comedy and has won prestigious awards for his work.

"From the two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and author of "The Best Laid Plans", comes a new story about a man tormented by an event from his youth, and the journey he finds himself on to heal and to learn who he is. .."
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I just read a book which is rather different from the novels I normally read.

I guess it's a "psychological thriller" - all sorts of ghosts and mysterious happenings, making it appear that at least two of the characters (and maybe a third) are psychotic and hallucinating - and suggesting that the third may be a criminal psychopath.

The truth only comes out in the last chapters.

It's interesting, in that it is based in, and has a lot of historical data about, the old tin-mines of Cornwall.

I'd be interested to read more from S.K. Tremayne.

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I saw the movie some years ago and found it on my library's eBook web site 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak.

It is fascinating to get my head around the first person being Death, such a massive undertaking for an author, I can see why it was made into a
movie.

I have an iPad and the page is a manageable size even in bed, plugged into 240v.

Its a great service from the Public Library to have eBooks when so many of us are isolated, they also have a semi trailer mobile library to get to

outlying towns.

Positions Vacant. Librarian, must have a heavy combination truck license. It could only happen in the bush.
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Tovarish wrote:
I saw the movie some years ago and found it on my library's eBook web site 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak.

It is fascinating to get my head around the first person being Death, such a massive undertaking for an author, I can see why it was made into a
movie.

I have an iPad and the page is a manageable size even in bed, plugged into 240v.

Its a great service from the Public Library to have eBooks when so many of us are isolated, they also have a semi trailer mobile library to get to

outlying towns.

Positions Vacant. Librarian, must have a heavy combination truck license. It could only happen in the bush.


I do so love your posts, Tov!
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Tovarish wrote:
Positions Vacant. Librarian, must have a heavy combination truck license. It could only happen in the bush.

Or - Librarian - must have a drone license . . .



I believe this is an Australian idea too.
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Tovarish wrote:
Its a great service from the Public Library to have eBooks when so many of us are isolated, they also have a semi trailer mobile library to get to outlying towns.

Positions Vacant. Librarian, must have a heavy combination truck license. It could only happen in the bush.

Now that the Winnipeg Public Library has revoked my membership I graze here:

https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/

Actually I dreamed of visiting Australia but unfortunately they refused to give me PR. So I went to Canada. Nothing like the bush though boreal forests are also good.
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I'm reading two completely different type of novels right now; the first one is Narcissus by Jonathan Shaw. He is one of the greatest beat movement icons. The other one is The Iron King, the first book of a well known serie of historical novels named The Cursed Kings written by the freanch author Maurice Druon.
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JohnJay- wrote:
I'm reading two completely different type of novels right now; the first one is Narcissus by Jonathan Shaw. He is one of the greatest beat movement icons. The other one is The Iron King, the first book of a well known serie of historical novels named The Cursed Kings written by the French author Maurice Druon.

That last sounds good - I know the history of the period well (from the British viewpoint) but reading the French view of it would be interesting - particularly as GRR Martin says he used this series of books as the inspiration for "Game of Thrones".
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I'm reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I also want to watch the eponymous series after finishing the book. I'm interested in mythology and I like this novel. My favorite characters are Mr. Ibis and Mr. Jacquel, maybe because I like Egyptian myths more than others. I also love Mad Sweeney!
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Black Adder wrote:
I'm reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I also want to watch the eponymous series after finishing the book. I'm interested in mythology and I like this novel. My favorite characters are Mr. Ibis and Mr. Jacquel, maybe because I like Egyptian myths more than others. I also love Mad Sweeney!

A very unusual book (as are most of Gaiman's!).
I enjoyed particularly the characterisations of 'degenerate' historical gods and spotting who was who (Mr Wednesday = Odin; Low-Key Lyesmith = Loki and so on)
The portrayal of Mr. Ibis and Mr. Jacquel as modern-day funeral directors is great.

For full appreciation of the book, a 'working knowledge' of mythology (from Egyptian to Germanic and African to Icelandic) plus American culture helps!

Try "Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett - great fun!
It might help if you read the Book of Revelation (The Apocalypse) first.
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Drag0nspeaker wrote:


Try "Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett - great fun!
It might help if you read the Book of Revelation (The Apocalypse) first.


I've already read "Good Omens"! It's hilarious book! I'm in love with Crowley and Aziraphale and I think it's great idea to portray angel and demon as friends. I like the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse and the Four Other Riders of the Apocalypse, despite the fact that I've never read the Book of Revelation. They remind me of the Four Horsemen of Apocralypse from the Discworld. I also like that "Good Omens" Death resembles Discworld Death which is my favorite Pratchett character.

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