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text 2017-09-28 02:40
Buddy Read Book Acquired!
Life: An Unauthorised Biography: A Natural History of the First Four Thousand Million Years of Life on Earth - Richard Fortey

The temperature's finally dropped to a more reasonable level after the rain, so I walked over to the library to pick up my copy of the book for my rogue Flat Book Society buddy read with Elentarri. I don't think we have a tag, unless we want to use "rogue buddy read" or "rogue flat book" or something like that, but you're welcome to follow along. I've been requested to provide updates. To be honest, my spirits fell a little bit when I first laid eyes on it at the library because it looks like a brick.

 

I'm planning to start this weekend, but I may start a bit early if I finish my current Bingo read (The Lamp of the Wicked) before Friday. Otherwise I might have to actually choose what to read next, and I'm terrible at decisions. I'd probably end up watching TV instead. I have the fourth season of Orphan Black to get through.

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text 2017-09-01 15:24
Audible Sale Pile
American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant - Ronald C. White Jr.,Arthur Morey
Secretariat - William Nack,Grover Gardner
The Odessa File - Frederick Forsyth,Frederick Davidson

I love shopping the sale pile. I found a bunch there that I already owned and three more to add to my library. This will keep me going for a while, don't you think. 

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text 2017-05-23 04:24
Audible 2 for 1 Credit Sale
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Shana Knizhnik,Irin Carmon,Andi Arndt
The Relic Master: A Novel - Christopher Buckley,James Langton

Well, it took a bit of patience but I managed to find two titles that might be fun to read.

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text 2017-01-26 01:33
Timely Topic: The Great Debate
The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution - Professor Thomas L. Pangle,The Great Courses,The Great Courses

Interesting information and quite timely considering that the new presidency is less than a week old but the lecturer's voice drove me up a wall; he broke up his phrases in some of the strangest....places. I am going to have to put this one in the re-read pile because I didn't get everything he had to say (mind wandered) and I do want to know more.

 

If it weren't for the lecturer, I would mark this one "highly recommended."

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text 2016-08-24 14:29
Today's daily deal...
Mao's Last Dancer - Li Cunxin,Paul English

You have got to read this book!!! All of you! And you have to see the movie, too.

 

I broke my own rule with this book. Either I will see the movie or I will read the book but not both. But, after seeing the movie--with my mother, who said, "You have got to see this movie,"--I grabbed the book off her shelf because the audio was not available at that time. In fact, the audio has come and gone from the Audible shelves over the past few years because of "rights." So, when it showed up as today's Daily Deal, you know that it took me less than half a second to decide to buy it. The movie shows what the book tells but until you read the book, you don't really understand what the movie is trying to tell you, you don't understand the significance of all the details that are flashing across the screen.

 

This is not just the story of some ballet dancer whose name you might not recognize unless you are from Houston or maybe even Australia, where I believe he lives now. This is also the story of China under Mao as illustrated by the description of one man's childhood.

 

For the record, Li is his surname and Cunxin (pronounced Shwin-Sin) is his given name.

 

 

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