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Old 12-01-2023, 05:18 PM
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Am about to start on "Martin the Warrior", Book 6 of "Redwall" by Brian Jacques. Anthropomorphic medieval setting for series about an abbey owned by forest creatures and the wars and quests they undertake.
My kids loved the Redwall series, and so did I. We still have a bunch of them on the shelves downstairs, and I'm often tempted to revisit.
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As is my wont, currently working on two books.

Vaclav Smil "How The World Really Works." So far it lives up to it's reputation. Excellent at explaining slippery concepts like "energy."

"The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944" by Rick Atkinson. Second in the Liberation Trilogy, about(mostly) the US Army in Europe during WWII, and following "An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943." Very good account of the campaign, mistakes as well as triumphs, and does a good job of humanizing the great and the good. I have "The Guns at Last Light: The War in Europe, 1944-1945," about Normandy invasion to the end of the war, up when I finish this one.
Started reading these when I noticed a copy of "Army at Dawn" in a bookstore (Remember those?) some years ago and bought it. Then I had to wait for him to write the sequels. Worth the wait, though. Really great read.

Having read Atkinson's "The British are coming", I am now stuck in the same position, as it's the first book in a proposed trilogy on the American Revolution.

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Starting 'The Covenant of Water" by Abraham Verghese.

So far,I prefer it to his previous novel "Cutting for Stone".

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I'm reading Look Homeward Angel by Wolfe
I see youíre in the right state for it. If you like LHA, try Of Time and the River.

Max Perkins split the books up from boxes of manuscripts.
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Iíve been reading a lot of lighter stuff recently, so felt up to a challenge. Quite how I found this, Iím not sure - but Iím now about halfway through ďThe CastleĒ by Franz Kafka. Iím still not entirely sure what itís about, but itís oddly compelling - and definitely challenging.

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Yes. You are right. Have you read The Trial?
No, I havenít. The only Kafka I was previously familiar with was Metamorphosis, which I remember reading and studying in English class an awful long time ago.

Maybe Iíll try The Trial next. Are you recommending it - or tacitly suggesting that itís even stranger than The Castle?
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Hi David,
I recommend it. It is probably his best work. Since you’re reading The Castle, you’ve already sensed how disturbing K can be. But oddly compelling.
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I recommend it. It is probably his best work. Since you’re reading The Castle, you’ve already sensed how disturbing K can be. But oddly compelling.
Thanks - I’ve added it to my Christmas list, and will buy it if I don’t receive it as a gift. I expect I will - my family seems to like buying me books.
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Just discovered Tim Dorsey who wrote a series of dark comedy crime novels novels based in Florida. Just finished "Florida Roadkill" and have started "Hammerhead Ranch Motel".

Quirky material that looks into the wild and seedy side of Florida. Good stuff to suggest to people if you want them to stay away......

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Just finished Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Really great account of Jesus's life especially when viewed in the context of the Roman occupation Palestine. This was a hot book a few years ago, and I'm glad I finally picked it up. Incredibly readable and clearly written.
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Just finished Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard. Really interesting read about the assassination of Garfield and a relatively forgotten period in American history.
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