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I just finished rereading Lawrence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy. It’s the book that sparked my interest in the 18th-C British novel 40 years ago. I hadn’t read it in a while—but found it delightful.
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I just finished rereading Lawrence Sterneís Tristram Shandy. Itís the book that sparked my interest in the 18th-C British novel 40 years ago. I hadnít read it in a whileóbut found it delightful.
Amazing book, a century or so ahead of its time.

Theoretically, impossible to make a movie of, but there's a very funny (IMO) movie about trying to . . .

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Iím currently reading Thunderstruck, by Erik Larson. Itís not a new book, but Iím finally getting around to it, and itís excellent. Itís nonfiction, but it reads like a mystery novel. Itís actually a tale of 2 separate stories and the strange way in which they became involved with each other: one story is about a famous murder and the other is about Marconiís development of wireless radio transmissions.
Iím a big fan of Larsonís work. If you havenít read ďIsaacís StormĒ or ďIn the Garden of BeastsĒ, just to name two, Iíd highly recommend them.
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Iím reading one about exploration of the deep sea.
I would enjoy the one about Japanese gardening.
I had a little Japanese maple that I wanted to bonsai. My wife cut it down with the weed eater.
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I'm reading Herman Wouk's "Inside, Outside." The guy is a master of the English language.

His "Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance" are masterpieces. I just reread them recently and was blown away once again. Always sad when that last page comes around.
Started Winds of War based on your hearty recommendation. 100 pages in and love it, even ordered the mini series to watch after I'm done.

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Started Winds of War based on your hearty recommendation. 100 pages in and love it, even ordered the mini series to watch after I'm done.

Thanks for the recommendation, Ken!

Hey, Paul, that's great! That will keep you out of trouble for a long while!

The mini series is quite good too, as I recall. Haven't seen it in years. The girl that plays Pamela is especially good.
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After his passing, I've been rereading Cormac McCarthy's "The Crossing." I've read most of his novels at least once, and this is my favorite. The first section, in particular, packs the gut punch he's famous for.
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I had started a number of Michael Connelly's mystery novels because I liked the Harry Bosch series on streaming video (Amazon?). And also Jonathan Kellerman's series of Alex Delaware mysteries.

But so many of these involve sexual atrocities and murders of women that I'm off them.

I'm still looking for some decent, intelligent and well-written mysteries that don't sensationalize this brutality.

Any suggestions?
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I had started a number of Michael Connelly's mystery novels because I liked the Harry Bosch series on streaming video (Amazon?). And also Jonathan Kellerman's series of Alex Delaware mysteries.

But so many of these involve sexual atrocities and murders of women that I'm off them.

I'm still looking for some decent, intelligent and well-written mysteries that don't sensationalize this brutality.

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Give Donna Leon's commissario Brunetti novels a try, they embody what you're seeking.
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Amazing book, a century or so ahead of its time.

Theoretically, impossible to make a movie of, but there's a very funny (IMO) movie about trying to . . .

I enjoyed this film. Certainly in the spirit of Sterne.
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After his passing, I've been rereading Cormac McCarthy's "The Crossing." I've read most of his novels at least once, and this is my favorite. The first section, in particular, packs the gut punch he's famous for.
I loved the whole trilogy but the extensive spanish made it difficult. I found a translation version online to help.
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