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reading Stan Hansen's Book

before that Read Angelo Mosca's book

before that it was Thom Hartman's Rebooting the American Dream



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srossi wrote: dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: srossi wrote: khawk wrote: stingmark wrote:
 bullshit bullshit bullshit.  Napoleon parking meter lady shit asshole bullshit shorty slobber  rent controlled apartment bullshit? heavily medicated

 

I edited it down to the good parts for everyone.

You're welcome. :)



lol  You forgot the blargle fargle.

Anyway, glad this was bumped because one of my Christmas presents was "Splading's World Tour" by Mark Lamster and I just started reading it yesterday.  If anyone has any interest at all in 1800s baseball, even if you think you know a lot about it already, this is a must read.  It's all about Albert Spalding setting up a world tour in 1888-1889 to introduce the game to places as far-flung as Cairo and Sydney.  It also doubles as a pretty good biography on Spalding himself, who was kinda the P.T. Barnum of baseball both in terms of success and bluster.  There are some amazing pictures too of the ballplayers at the pyramids of Egypt and other places along the tour.  I'm really enjoying this book so far. 

(Patiently waiting for the accusations that I am bragging about my ability to read and that a parking meter lady must've taught me how in my rent-controlled apartment.)

I'm reading this now too based on your recommendation.  I'm about halfway through so far.  It's pretty good, although I was hoping for more Cap Anson "penis helicopter" stories on the slow boat to Australia.

I should get a kick-back from these publishing companies.  I'm between books right now but I have a few I can start this week.  Hopefully I can recommend another one soon.


I get all mine from the library/public domain, so there's nary a royalty to be found from me.

Still good recommendations tho...keep 'em coming.



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Just finished The Great Mortality (John Kelly) about the Black Death. Fifty percent of Europe dead in two years. About the only folks who didn't suffer quite as badly - all three forms of it - were some native Irish and northern Scandinavians. Everybody else? Bam. And like a good bit of history, it turns into Jewish persecution because they have to pin blame on somebody, even if the Jews are dying just as much as everyone else.



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Started reading last night a really good book by Bernard Bornwell titled 'The Fort.'
It is a historical fiction book concerning the Revolutionary War." in 1779'. It takes place in Maine when all the major fighting in the war is concerted in the South at this time.
Good read.



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Been stuck at home lately with no internet or TV (it gets installed Friday) so i have had plenty of reading time.

I have read all 4 Odd Thomas books this last 2 weeks,and am now having a go of Joseph Wambaughs "Hollywood Crows" series. Wambaugh is the best cop autohor out there,bar none.



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carpetbeggar wrote: Started reading last night a really good book by Bernard Bornwell titled 'The Fort.'
It is a historical fiction book concerning the Revolutionary War." in 1779'. It takes place in Maine when all the major fighting in the war is concerted in the South at this time.
Good read.


Sounds like exactly the type of book I like to read.  I'll check it.



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katook wrote: Been stuck at home lately with no internet or TV (it gets installed Friday) so i have had plenty of reading time.

I have read all 4 Odd Thomas books this last 2 weeks,and am now having a go of Joseph Wambaughs "Hollywood Crows" series. Wambaugh is the best cop autohor out there,bar none.

Never been much of a Dean Koontz fan, but I have had a few people say they like the Odd Thomas books, so I may have to check them out, but usually I am not a fan of supernatural novels.

I read the Choirboys by Wambaugh a long time ago... liked it ok, but only read one more of his books... may need to check some others out.



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Just finished Masked Decisions by Dick "Destoyer" Beyer. Not sure what is next on the list...



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I'm reading "Sleepwalk With Me" by comedian Mike Birbiglia.



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The Ultimate Sin wrote: I'm reading "Sleepwalk With Me" by comedian Mike Birbiglia.

I like his standup, so I might check that out.

 

I've just finished vol. 1 of the "Martin Beck" series, a 1960s 10-niovel Swedish detective series. Every grumpy detective owes him a debt, and they're brilliantly written books (by a husband-and-wife team, apparently).

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I hear Newt Gingrich is reading the writing on the wall



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Just finished The Destroyer's book. I have to admit I was a little disappointed. Too much of life outside of the ring and not enough about his wrestling career and inside the ring for me. I think the author having little knowledge of pro wrestling didn't help.



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Famous Mortimer wrote: The Ultimate Sin wrote: I'm reading "Sleepwalk With Me" by comedian Mike Birbiglia.

I like his standup, so I might check that out.


Saw him open twice, the first time for Stephen Lynch in Central Park in a really cool show.  Very underrated comic.  I didn't know he had a book out, maybe I'll check it out.



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srossi wrote:
Famous Mortimer wrote: The Ultimate Sin wrote: I'm reading "Sleepwalk With Me" by comedian Mike Birbiglia.

I like his standup, so I might check that out.


Saw him open twice, the first time for Stephen Lynch in Central Park in a really cool show.  Very underrated comic.  I didn't know he had a book out, maybe I'll check it out.


I got it for Christmas last year, but just got around to reading it. It's just a bunch of anecdotes, and is a very light read. I've enjoyed it so far.



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srossi wrote: carpetbeggar wrote: Started reading last night a really good book by Bernard Cornwell titled 'The Fort.'
It is a historical fiction book concerning the Revolutionary War." in 1779'. It takes place in Maine when all the major fighting in the war is concentrated in the South at this time.
Good read.


Sounds like exactly the type of book I like to read.  I'll check it.

I didn't do a thorough spell check there srossi. It should read 'The Fort' by Bernard Cornwell. It's published by Harper Collins.

Here's his website:
http://www.bernardcornwell.net/

He has written a ton of historical fiction. He's most remembered for the "Richard Sharpe" series of books he's written which were made into a series of TV Movies for The BBC.

Really enjoying 'The Fort' so far as the majority of characters are based on real people of the time period and has a bit of a Halifax, Nova Scotia connection too, with the story taking place in the modern day State Of Maine. Plus Halifax played a large roll as a British command center throughout the U.S. War Of Independence anyway. The author even has a sort of "code" to tell the reader which of the characters are fictitious (basically what letter their last name begins with). He explains this in the notes in the beginning of the book. It's a fairly lengthy read too, at 682 pages, but that is in large print format.

I highly recommend the book srossi if this part of history interests you.



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