Sunday Morning Book Thread 02-03-2013: African Adventures [OregonMuse]


African Queen Bogart Hepburn.jpg
"Hang in there, Kate, 3 scenes from now and we'll be making out like horny teenagers!"

Good morning morons and moronettes and welcome the dark, mysterious, and dangerous Sunday Morning Book Thread, now with a throbbing drumbeat!

This reminds me of my favorite Africa joke. I've forgotten the rather laborious setup, but it ends like this:

"Those drums, those drums are driving me mad, they've been pounding, pounding, pounding all night long, won't they ever stop?"

"Oh no, ma'am, that's very bad, you don't want them to stop, it's very bad when they stop, very, very bad."

"Why? What can possibly be so bad? What happens when they stop?"

"Bass solo."

(Rimshot!)


Piercing the Heart of Darkness

Mrs. Muse is reading The Hospital by the River: A Story of Hope by Catherine Hamlin and John Little as part of her book club she's part of along with some other women from our church. From Amazon:

The awe-inspiring story of the life and mission of Dr. Catherine Hamlin who, with her husband Reg, established what has been heralded as one the most incredible medical programs in the modern world. The Hamlins, both Christians, dedicated their lives to women suffering the catastrophic effects of obstructed labor. The awful injuries that such labor produces are called fistulae, and until the Hamlins began their work in Ethiopia, fistula sufferers were neglected and forgotten--a vast group of women facing a lifetime of incapacity and degradation. Catherine and Reg, with their team of dedicated fistula surgeons, have successfully operated on over 25,000 women, and the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital has become a major teaching institutions for gynaecologists from all over Ethiopia and the developing world. Set against the backdrop of Ethiopia, this is a moving and utterly compelling account of an extraordinary life.

Mrs. Muse tells me that an untreated fistula is very nasty business, women suffering from it cannot control their pee and sometimes also their poo, so it just comes out whenever, and gets all over their clothes and and smells real bad. Naturally, nobody wants to be around them so the poor women are avoided and shunned.

The Hamlins went to Ethiopia to set up a midwifery school, and I think it was originally supposed to be a short-term deal, but their work just kind of grew and grew, which only goes to show that sometimes "mission creep" is a good thing.

These two saints are really doing the Lord's work in a very impoverished part of the world, and may their reward in heaven be great.

Mrs. Muse is also reading An Affair with Africa: Expeditions And Adventures Across A Continent by Alzada Carlisle Kistner. This was another short-term deal which turned into a long-term deal:

In June 1960, a young faculty wife named Alzada Kistner and her husband David, a promising entomologist, left their 18-month old daughter in the care of relatives and began what was to be a four month scientific expedition in the Belgian Congo. Three weeks after their arrival, the country was gripped by a violent revolution trapping the Kistners in its midst. Despite having to find their way out of numerous life-threatening situations, the Kistners were not to be dissuaded. An emergency airlift by the United States Air Force brought them to safety in Kenya where they continued their field work.Thus began three decades of adventures in science. In "An Affair with Africa," Alzada Kistner describes her family's African experience -- the five expeditions they took beginning with the trip to the Belgian Congo in 1960 and ending in 1972-73 with a nine-month excursion across southern Africa.

The entomologist husband went to Africa to study a certain variety of beetle that survives by living among, and mimicking, army ants. The ants are blind, but the beetles can see, and they have to be careful, because if the ants ever touch them with their antennae and discover they're not ants, the beetles will get swarmed over and eaten, kind of like zombies overrunning the inmates of a prison.

And the humans also have to be careful, because like the beetles, if the ants ever get a whiff of them, they'll also be eaten alive.

Lastly, I've just started The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805 by Richard Zacks, which, surprisingly enough, I snapped up from one of the Kindle buck-99 daily deals. I say "surprisingly" because on most days, the daily Kindle deal blow chunks: they rarely have any books I would actually read. This time, though, someone at Amazon put a good book on the list by mistake. He'll probably get fired.

William Eaton is probably one of the most important men in American history that few have ever heard of:

In an attempt to stop the legendary Barbary Pirates of North Africa from hijacking American ships, William Eaton set out on a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. The operation was sanctioned by President Thomas Jefferson, who at the last moment grew wary of "intermeddling" in a foreign government and sent Eaton off without proper national support. Short on supplies, given very little money and only a few men, Eaton and his mission seemed doomed from the start. He triumphed against all odds, recruited a band of European mercenaries in Alexandria, and led them on a march across the Libyan Desert. Once in Tripoli, the ragtag army defeated the local troops and successfully captured Derne, laying the groundwork for the demise of the Barbary Pirates.

Outmanned, outgunned, underfunded, and making it up as he went along. Sounds like a typically American operation. This was apparently America's first overseas covert op, and Eaton pulled it off. And being a Western Christian fanboi, I must say I like reading about historical conflicts where the aggressive, bullying Islamic power get punched in the face.


Morons What Write Books

Francis W. Porretto, one of the blogging heads at the Liberty's Torch blog, occasionally comments here. He's also an author. His books are available on Barnes & Noble, also Amazon and Smashwords. He's written quite a few books. I bought For the Love of God from B&N to get a flavor of his writing. It's a collection of "religiously oriented" short stories, and by that he means that the stories show different people struggling to work out the conflicts they find themselves in according to their faith. The stories are of uneven quality; some are inferior, some are pretty good, and one of them I intend to show to a Christian lady friend of Mrs. Muse who wants to be a writer as an example of a story that is constructed very well.

As I said, this author has written a ton of books, and you can even download some of them for free.

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Moron commenter Old Sailor's Poet first novel, Amy Lynn, mentioned here before, has just been released in a Kindle edition.

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Occasional moron commenter 'Jehu' has written Armageddon Now: The End of Once and Future War, a book in which he lays out his own views concerning the battle of Armageddon and what it means, and what happens after that.

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Lastly, it's not his book, but even so, Father Victor Feltes e-mailed me to recommend The Christus Experiment by Rob Bennett, a novel that one review describes as "the Da Vinci Code in reverse." The review goes on to say that the book is

a head-spinning blend of theology, suspense, and personal drama...[it] tells the story of haunted Georgia billionaire Anson MacDonald who recruits a pricy team of time-traveling physicists and historians in an effort to reach back through time and literally kidnap Christ...

I'm not sure I want to read this book, (I am naturally suspicious of any book that deals with Christ in such a manner) but the Catholic guy who recommended it evidently likes it, and it's gotten some pretty good reviews, so there you are.

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So that's all for this week. As is usual, I have a couple more book items I didn't get to, but will next week.

Book thread tips, suggestions, rumors, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at aoshqbookthread@gmail.com.

So what have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good. because life is too short to read lousy books.

Posted by: Open Blogger at 11:00 AM



Comments

1 Finished off The Wretched of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler.. Good series and it is cheap folks check it out.


Started on an old one I had preciously read, The Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.

Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 11:06 AM (53z96)

2 When I was a kid I read adventure books by Willard Price.

One was called African Adventure.

Interesting stuff.

Posted by: eman at February 03, 2013 11:09 AM (j7rp0)

3 He triumphed against all odds, recruited a band of European mercenaries
in Alexandria, and led them on a march across the Libyan Desert.




Yes but those "mercenaries" were led by Sean Connery; Mulay Ahmed Muhamed Raisuli the Magnificent, sherif of the Riffian Berbers.

Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 11:12 AM (53z96)

4 I was reading about the history of the Verse Of Stoning which is not in the Qur'an, although it is all over the Hadith. The verse goes, "the sheik and the sheik-ette, when they sin, stone them together; God is Mighty, Supreme in Judgement". Some say it was in sura 33 once. Whatev's.

Anyway it seems that some transmitters transmitted this verse more like "the sheik and the sheik-ette, stone them together". (oops) Still, I think I like this version better.

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at February 03, 2013 11:13 AM (QTHTd)

5 Do not search for fistula images.
Do not search for fistula images.
Do not search for fistula images.
Do not search for fistula images.

Posted by: Bawney Fwank at February 03, 2013 11:15 AM (bU3jI)

6
Just finished the latest John Ringo book, Tiger by the Tail. It was fifth in the Ghost / Kildar Paladin of the Shadows series. Mehhh, definitely his poorest book to date of any books he has written. Do not bother.

He had a co-author. I think it is like what Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, and WEB Griffin have done recently. Write a treatment or outline. Put your name on the cover of the piece of crap written by a poor to middling author, and hope the idiots will buy it.

I have read better lesbian Star Trek and Xena Fan-Fic.

Posted by: rd at February 03, 2013 11:16 AM (zLp5I)

7 I'm not sure I want to read this book, (I am naturally suspicious of any
book that deals with Christ in such a manner) but the Catholic guy who
recommended it evidently likes it, and it's gotten some pretty good
reviews, so there you are.




The best series I have ever read regarding religion and Armageddon was The Last Jihad by Joel C. Rosenberg.

http://www.amazon.com/Last-Jihad-Political-Thrillers-Series/dp/0765346435

Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 11:16 AM (53z96)

8 That is the 1st book in the series.

Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 11:17 AM (53z96)

9 I have read better lesbian Star Trek and Xena Fan-Fic.
Posted by: rd at February 03, 2013 11:16 AM (zLp5I)

Oh, snap!

Posted by: eman at February 03, 2013 11:17 AM (j7rp0)

10 I have read better lesbian Star Trek and Xena Fan-Fic.

I think the stylebook requires statements like this be accompanied by links.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™, Crankypants Extraordinaire at February 03, 2013 11:18 AM (hO8IJ)

11 Are there more of the Rosenberg books? I read the first one and then, since there weren't any more, forgot about him.

That's the one with the appearance of the 12th Imam, isn't it?

Posted by: Miss Marple at February 03, 2013 11:19 AM (GoIUi)

12 I remember a Xena episode where Xena and Gabriel were bathing together in a giant wooded tub.

Too damn many soap bubbles.

Posted by: eman at February 03, 2013 11:19 AM (j7rp0)

13 Reading "The Collected Sermons of Jonathan Edwards". Once I got my mind wrapped around the usage of language I have started to enjoy them.

Also started "Three Felonies a Day" by some guy whose name escapes me (an acolyte of Alan Dershowitz). Ostensibly it is about how the extension of federal prosecutorial overreach has made average citizens criminals without any mens rea (intent to commit a crime). But as far as I can tell, it is more a thin justification for shady behavior by political cronies that this guy defended. Blame the prosecutor for my client's travails type of thing. Haven't been able to keep reading.

And for those Morons who expressed an interest last week, "The Curious Disappearance of Seamus Muldoon" is FREE on Kindle today through Tuesday. Enjoy.

Posted by: The Curious Disappearance of Seamus Muldoon is Free on Kindle through Tuesday at February 03, 2013 11:19 AM (qqZuQ)

14 Still working on Michener's Texas. It's a challenge.

Posted by: DangerGirl at February 03, 2013 11:20 AM (GrtrJ)

15 Mehhh, definitely his poorest book to date of any books he has written. Do not bother.

He
had a co-author. I think it is like what Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, and
WEB Griffin have done recently. Write a treatment or outline. Put your
name on the cover of the piece of crap written by a poor to middling
author, and hope the idiots will buy it.

I have read better lesbian Star Trek and Xena Fan-Fic.


Posted by: rd at February 03, 2013 11:16 AM (zLp5I)


Yes, that is the new trend for introducing new authors. It is how John Ringo got his start. He co-authored a series with David Webber.


And yes, co-authored means the famous one puts his name on the cover and the newbie writes it.

Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 11:20 AM (53z96)

16
Yeah, like you could actually kidnap the Son of God. Good luck on that one.

I finally finished Grisham's The Litigators. It's not a bad book for the beach, sorta meh,but there was a teaser in the back of it for his baseball book that looked promising, if you're into baseball, that is.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 03, 2013 11:22 AM (+z4pE)

17
I thought I'd make folks aware of a very useful type of browser add-in for readers. Like most, I search for books on Amazon, save them in my wantlist, then later check my local public library to see if the books are available there.

There are however userscripts using the greasemonkey add-in that put a library link on a book's Amazon page. You then click the link, the book's ISBN number is transfered over to the library's webpage and you can see if the book is available. Simplifies the process greatly.

I have the script for the Los Angeles Public Library Lookup installed in my Firefox browser and use it constantly:

Los Angeles Public Library Lookup on Amazon.com

http://tinyurl.com/bl42cpw

You can check to see if there is a script for your local library by going to userscripts.org and searching on PUBLIC LIBRARY or your library's name. I've seen scripts for the NYPL. San Francisco and others.

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at February 03, 2013 11:25 AM (kdS6q)

18 Mr Muse, you may want to pas on "Cutting for Stone" a recent best seller novel about a doctor in Ethiopia which addresses some of the 3rd world ob/gyn horrors as well as other themes. It takes place in Ethiopia and is fantastic, was a big hit with the many nurses in my family.

On the Armageddon theme, currently reading the light and freaking hilarious "Good omens" after starting and totally enjoying the audio book, now doing both at the same time. Written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Really entertaining.

Posted by: Goldilocks at February 03, 2013 11:26 AM (ac2bL)

19 I read Jeff Wheelers 2 book series Lanndmoor and Silverkin, will try the Muirwood series later. These earlier Wheeler books are set in a sort of Tolkien like world. I enjoyed them, Wheeler is a good author.

Posted by: Palerider at February 03, 2013 11:27 AM (ql12X)

20 Another one I'd read (last weekend) was Patricia Crone, "The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran". She's tracing the development of a religion that didn't ever really exist, although it could have become a religion if history had turned out different.

Apparently there were a number of weird semi-Zoroastrian local cults all over Iran, *except* in the province of Persia proper (Fars, today). The Persian shah had the official Zoroastrianism, which had become very different from Iranian worship in any given place. But the shah generally let the locals worship as they pleased.

When the shah Yazdegird III was rolled off almost to China, and with Arabs lording it over everyone, suddenly the locals all discovered that they had become infidels overnight - and not even People of the Book (what kind of "Book" could possibly apply for hillfolk at local shrines? most couldn't even read). Some converted to Nestorianism and, later, Islam. But they still resented Arabs over them.

Crone agrees that "nationalism" is a bogus term to describe what happened, but "nativism" fits pretty well: local "heresies" popped up, incidentally unimpressed with the loser Zoroastrians as well as the foreign Christians and Muslims, and these spawned all manner of banditry and rebellion. The nativisms fed into the Abbasid revolution especially. Much later, Iranian nativisms fed Ismail I's rebellion - Ismail himself was an Azeri and started as a heretic. (Later his dynasty, the Safavids, settled on a more orthodox Shi'ism and a Persian identity.)

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at February 03, 2013 11:27 AM (QTHTd)

21 Biographies can often be boring but "The Last Lion vol I" by William Manchester, about Winston Churchill is outstanding. I swear the the descriptions of dark times in early 20th century fit to a tee today's times.

Posted by: fastfreefall at February 03, 2013 11:27 AM (Tz35j)

22 Yes, that is the new trend for introducing new authors. It is how John Ringo got his start. He co-authored a series with David Webber.


And yes, co-authored means the famous one puts his name on the cover and the newbie writes it.
Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 11:20 AM (53z96)

Actually Ringo got his break with his own book, "A Hymn Before Battle."The man can write, I Just Wish He Could Edit. Or could find someone to do it for him and his co-author.

Posted by: rd at February 03, 2013 11:28 AM (zLp5I)

23 One other thing about that new Kildar book is that the Kendal version is expensive as hell. If you have not read any of John Ringo's stuff start with A Hymn Before Battle. It is cheap at the Baen site and ha no DRM.

http://www.baenebooks.com/p-217-a-hymn-before-battle.aspx

Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 11:29 AM (53z96)

24 Actually Ringo got his break with his own book, "A
Hymn Before Battle."The man can write, I Just Wish He Could Edit. Or
could find someone to do it for him and his co-author.

Posted by: rd at February 03, 2013 11:28 AM (zLp5I)


But the first series he actually wrote was March To The Sea. The Kildar stuff came after.
http://www.baenebooks.com/p-265-march-to-the-sea.aspx

Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 11:31 AM (53z96)

25 I read MP4's Theda Bara mystery this week. Stayed up too late Thursday to finish, the action got compelling. The "author's notes" at the end made me sad, though...would love to see Theda Bara in Cleopatra, but the film was destroyed in a fire. I will recommend this to my dad, who likes mysteries.

Reading Paul Zummo's "Dirty Laundry." It's cathartic, and I'm laughing a lot. I would recommend it to all Morons, but I don't know if people who don't read political blogs would get most of the funny parts.

Be sure to make your Amazon purchases through Ace's link on the home page.

I've also been slicing up Reader's Digest Condensed Books into pieces for an art project, so I've inadvertently been reading crappy abridgements of crap. Don't ask.


Posted by: HeatherRadish™, Crankypants Extraordinaire at February 03, 2013 11:33 AM (hO8IJ)

26 I'm on the third of the third of E.C. Williams' "Westerly Gales" series, as seen here on the Sunday book thread.

It's a fantastic adventure series.

Also read "To Marry an English Lord". Trying to get my Edith Wharton reading wife to borrow that one.

Posted by: fluffy at February 03, 2013 11:34 AM (91Xmm)

27 And you must be Ringo. Look, darling, Johnny Ringo. The deadliest pistoleer since Wild Bill, they say. What do you think, darling? Should I hate him?

Posted by: Doc Holliday at February 03, 2013 11:35 AM (QAYrC)

28 That's the one with the appearance of the 12th Imam, isn't it?


Posted by: Miss Marple at February 03, 2013 11:19 AM (GoIUi)

The Last Jihad is the first in a series and it was his first set of books. There are 5 in that series. It ends with Dead Heat,



Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 11:35 AM (53z96)

29 What do you think, darling? Should I hate him?
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You don't even know him.

Posted by: Kate at February 03, 2013 11:41 AM (53z96)

30 I recently read _King Leopold's Ghost_, about the foundation of the Congo Free State. The author's a little on the PC side, but he does paint a good picture of Leopold II of Belgium as a magnificent bastard mastermind, and Henry Stanley as just a bastard.

He does fall into the modern trap of blaming all the Congo's post-independence problems on those mean old colonialists. Which is kind of racist, really: Africans are helpless clay, molded by Europeans.

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 03, 2013 11:41 AM (fdHER)

31 Anything by Peter Hathaway Capstick.

His Death in the Long Grass got me hooked, and since then I've read everything he's put out--lots of great African adventures through the eyes of an old-school big game hunter.


Posted by: Uncle Mikey at February 03, 2013 11:42 AM (8qoXL)

32 One thing which I'm looking for is some good old-school triumphalist British Empire histories, especially of Africa. I figure they'll be more honest about events than the modern crap. Any suggestions?

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 03, 2013 11:44 AM (fdHER)

33 Recommendation: "American Sniper" by Chris Kyle.

Posted by: JohnJ at February 03, 2013 11:44 AM (Tt6ky)

34 The picture of Bogey. You must have watched Casablanca and Maltese Falcon last night too.


African Queen is a great flick, but pouring out that booze. What was she thinking?

Posted by: Billy Bob, Pseudo Intellectual at February 03, 2013 11:45 AM (wR+pz)

35 Xena

http://tinyurl.com/yfj9sla

Posted by: chemjeff at February 03, 2013 11:47 AM (BBWjt)

36

ot
cool, espn is already doing their race-baiting segment on black quarterbacks/players

complete with al sharpton

yea, "black Americans," enjoy your record unemployment, food stamps, and chicago deaths -- as long as you have have a black qb...

Posted by: beach at February 03, 2013 11:48 AM (LpQbZ)

37 One thing which I'm looking for is some good old-school triumphalist British Empire histories, especially of Africa. I figure they'll be more honest about events than the modern crap. Any suggestions?

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 03, 2013 11:44 AM (fdHER)


Not exactly triumphalist, but as far as old-school and in defense of the empire:

"Expansion of England," John Seeley

Posted by: AD at February 03, 2013 11:48 AM (PdpEf)

38 I'm sure this isn't an original observation, but weren't The African Queen and Rooster Cogburn actually the same movie?

Crusty old roughhewn codger and preacher's daughter (Kate H in both movies) struggle to get a boat down a river. She berates him for his drinking. Eventually they gain a grudging admiration for each other. Climactic scene involves floating their boat into the bad guys as an improvised explosive device, allowing them to triumph.

Posted by: The Curious Disappearance of Seamus Muldoon is Free on Kindle through Tuesday at February 03, 2013 11:49 AM (qqZuQ)

39 ok, i'm going to say it....i was 70 pages from the end of "the killing floor" i put it down and probably won't pick it back up....i have struggled reading this book for 3 wks...i have tried to like it...but i don't and i'm going to stop wasting my time on it...

instead i picked up my tattered copy of Scarlet Letter and read the last two chapters and cried as i always do when reading it.

Posted by: phoenixgirl waiting for spring training at February 03, 2013 11:50 AM (GVxQo)

40 Vic,

131 on the last thread is for you.

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at February 03, 2013 11:50 AM (KAWvv)

41 32 One thing which I'm looking for is some good old-school triumphalist British Empire histories, especially of Africa. I figure they'll be more honest about events than the modern crap. Any suggestions?

=*=*=*=

Churchill, maybe?

Just finished reading about the British Empire curb stomping the Italian army in the Libyan desert.

Posted by: fluffy at February 03, 2013 11:51 AM (91Xmm)

42 You know, the original Tarzan series by Edgar Rice Burroughs is pretty good for giving a flavor of Africa, although probably historically completely inaccurate. Plus talking animals.

I think I might see if I can find those for free on Kindle.

Posted by: Miss Marple at February 03, 2013 11:54 AM (GoIUi)

43 I saw it. I think we were talking about two different things.

Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 11:54 AM (53z96)

44 I think I might see if I can find those for free on Kindle.


Posted by: Miss Marple at February 03, 2013 11:54 AM (GoIUi)


Yes, they are free from Gutenberg. I have book 1 and 2.

Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 11:55 AM (53z96)

45 Just had to post that I'm in the middle of reading Chris Kyle's "American Sniper" and was stunned and heartbroken this morning to learn of his death.

His book is a page-turner, and he was a true American heroe. He love his God, country, and family in that order.

RIP, brave warrior.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 03, 2013 11:56 AM (UOM48)

46 heroe = hero

fingers in a hurry...off to make gumbo

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 03, 2013 11:56 AM (UOM48)

47 I was going to read Gwen Ifel's book about Obama today, but unfortunately i was out of toilet paper....turns out I put the book to better use anyway.


Posted by: jeremiah Gosh Darn Amerikkka wright's Sock Puppet at February 03, 2013 11:57 AM (+OTLF)

48 heroe = hero
fingers in a hurry...off to make gumbo
Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 03, 2013 11:56 AM (UOM4



Shouldn't that be 'gumboe' ?

Posted by: The Curious Disappearance of Seamus Muldoon is Free on Kindle through Tuesday at February 03, 2013 11:58 AM (qqZuQ)

49 ok, i'm going to say it....i was 70 pages from the end of "the killing floor" i put it down and probably won't pick it back up....i have struggled reading this book for 3 wks...i have tried to like it...but i don't and i'm going to stop wasting my time on it...
Posted by: phoenixgirl waiting for spring training at February 03, 2013 11:50 AM (GVxQo)


Ditto.

Posted by: rd at February 03, 2013 11:58 AM (zLp5I)

50 Hi Rons, still doing research for Amy Lynns next adventure. Read the craft of intelligence by John W Dulles. If you want to learn abouy the history of American covert operations, good bad or indifferent, this is the one. The good the bad and the ugly. It is a history book of sorts and attitudes are there, but none that poison the work.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 03, 2013 11:59 AM (l86i3)

51 Child, is a former writer for Panorama, the BBC's more lefty competitor, so you were probably right to stop,

Posted by: archie goodwin at February 03, 2013 12:00 PM (Jsiw/)

52
This reminds me of my favorite Africa joke. I've forgotten the rather laborious setup, but it ends like this:







I'm partial to the Moron favorite Africa joke "death by bunga-bunga". Especially since Christopher Nolan used it hilariously in The Dark Knight Rises. "Death.......by Exile"

And speaking of Moron favorites, I'm still reading Flashman's Lady (work is intruding into real life which is why it's taking so long), and Flashy is a slave in Madagascar. He mentions our old ONT primate friend the Aye-Aye, although Flashy doesn't say anything about the Middle Finger Of Death.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at February 03, 2013 12:01 PM (MBqvE)

53 oldsailors poet

wonderful!!!!! i loved the first book! look forward to the series!!!!

Posted by: phoenixgirl waiting for spring training at February 03, 2013 12:01 PM (GVxQo)

54 He does fall into the modern trap of blaming all the Congo's post-independence problems on those mean old colonialists.

Mencius Moldbug is always an antidote to anti-colonial cant - "We'll start with the worst. Or after it, anyway. Our case study in
colonialism: the Belgian Congo, aka Zaire. There is no defending the
Congo Free State - but 1960 minus 1908 is quite some time."

http://unqualified-reservations.blogspot.com/2009/08/ from-cromer-to-romer-and-back-again.html [delete space]

There's lots more at that link about, say, Cromer's maintenance of Egypt.

Also to be consulted is James Wilson, "Explorations and adventures in the wilds of Africa" (1909); and I understand that Richard Francis Burton went just about everywhere on the planet.

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at February 03, 2013 12:01 PM (QTHTd)

55 I'm in the middle of reading Chris Kyle's "American Sniper" and was stunned and heartbroken this morning to learn of his death.

His book is a page-turner, and he was a true American heroe. He love his God, country, and family in that order.

RIP, brave warrior.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 03, 2013 11:56 AM (UOM4__ ____ ____ __ ___ Agree, that news was a horrible blow.

Posted by: Meremortal, watching it burn at February 03, 2013 12:01 PM (jTKU5)

56 I'm sure this isn't an original observation, but weren't The African Queen and Rooster Cogburn actually the same movie?



Well one had John Wayne and the other had Bogey. Ironic that they both died shortly after making a movie with that stuck up MA prig.

Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 12:01 PM (53z96)

57 On the Britsh Empire topic, I just finished retreading "Shadow of the Moon" by MM Kaye, set in British India n 1857 during the Sepoy Mutiny, a terrific read. It is a damn shame it is out of print, I always thought it would have made a great movie but it would be a PC and antiwest screed if It was made now.

Kaye also wrote "Far Pavilions" also set during the same time, which also covers the east/ west, muslim/Hindu/Christian, and colonial/colonized issues.

Strong recommendations for each if you like historical fiction.

Posted by: Goldilocks at February 03, 2013 12:02 PM (ac2bL)

58 Be cool or be cast out

Any escape might help disprove the unattractive truth

Posted by: Baron Münchhausen at February 03, 2013 12:04 PM (e8kgV)

59 Be cool or be cast out


SUBDIVISIONS!!!

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 03, 2013 12:04 PM (l86i3)

60 Be cool or be cast out

Why the false choice?

Posted by: Bane at February 03, 2013 12:06 PM (QTHTd)

61

The SCOAMF is a political fistula.

Posted by: Meremortal, watching it burn at February 03, 2013 12:07 PM (jTKU5)

62 Be cool or be cast out?

Does this mean I'm banned again?

Posted by: The Curious Disappearance of Seamus Muldoon is Free on Kindle through Tuesday at February 03, 2013 12:09 PM (qqZuQ)

63 There are several books by Byron Farwell about the history of the British army in the 19th century;

"Queen Victoria's Little Wars"

"Mr. Kipling's Army"

and

"Armies of the Raj"

are all pretty good.

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at February 03, 2013 12:10 PM (KAWvv)

64 Does this mean I'm banned again?
Posted by: The Curious Disappearance of Seamus Muldoon is Free on Kindle through Tuesday at February 03, 2013 12:09 PM (qqZuQ)

Never.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 03, 2013 12:10 PM (l86i3)

65 So, OSP, are you going for a contemporary or a historical take for your next novel, for the latter you'' have noticed the longtime FBI/OSS feud going back to Hoover, going back to when he blocked OSS from operationg in South America,

Posted by: archie goodwin at February 03, 2013 12:13 PM (Jsiw/)

66 ACE AND COBLOGGERS, have I got a story for you, In freaking credible, concearns the ATF and a Random act of Journalism by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.


http://tinyurl.com/amwxat4

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 03, 2013 12:14 PM (l86i3)

67 So, OSP, are you going for a contemporary or a historical take for your next novel, for the latter you'' have noticed the longtime FBI/OSS feud going back to Hoover, going back to when he blocked OSS from operationg in South America,
Posted by: archie goodwin at February 03, 2013 12:13 PM (Jsiw/)


Neither, the protagonist in my novel is being recruited by the CIA. I didn't want to sound ignorant when writing about her adventures.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 03, 2013 12:16 PM (l86i3)

68
may I suggest reading about what happened an pentacost. Acts chapter 20
start at about verse11. God still can, and does preform miracles every day.
He has been turning beer into food, furniture and love in my house for 12 years . dropping mike now.

Posted by: A. Miller at February 03, 2013 12:16 PM (mjiJv)

69 Getting rid of beer doesn't seem like a miracle

Posted by: Truman North at February 03, 2013 12:18 PM (I2LwF)

70 Mmmm....beer!

Posted by: Homer Simpson at February 03, 2013 12:20 PM (0RJ16)

71
Getting rid of beer doesn't seem like a miracle

Posted by: Truman North at February 03, 2013 12:18 PM



Barbaric!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIBFWxjDj9I

Posted by: zombie Robert Byrd at February 03, 2013 12:24 PM (bAGA/)

72 beer?


Best Superbowl ad EVER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px5YcOeQB4I

Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 12:25 PM (53z96)

73 thanks vic, now i'm crying

Posted by: phoenixgirl waiting for spring training at February 03, 2013 12:26 PM (GVxQo)

74 Posted by: phoenixgirl waiting for spring training at February 03, 2013 12:26 PM (GVxQo)


Hits me that way too.

Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 12:28 PM (53z96)

75 Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 12:25 PM (53z96)

Damn you Vic, you got something in my eye.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 03, 2013 12:28 PM (l86i3)

76 And it didn't have Kate Upton in it either.

Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 12:29 PM (53z96)

77 http://baen.com/planetbaen-022013.asp

If you want to get free e-books from Baen, you have until the end of the month. Baen is shutting down PlaneBbaen for good as of the 28th, and the "certificates" are good until the end of the year. I got 11 free books playing since last August, so it was certainly worth the time and effort.

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at February 03, 2013 12:29 PM (rqlRk)

78 This one tears me up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTxT7feUlPg

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 03, 2013 12:30 PM (l86i3)

79 Going back in time? Don't get me started on that whole "going back in time" bullshit.


Posted by: Al at February 03, 2013 12:30 PM (V70Uh)

80
I don't have a kindle, only Calibre. Are any of the books written by morons available in a format Calibre can read?

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 03, 2013 12:32 PM (tOkJB)

81 Going back in time? Don't get me started on that whole "going back in time" bullshit.
I knew you were going to say that!

Posted by: andycanuck at February 03, 2013 12:32 PM (ORGYc)

82 great...bawling now.....

just read that asshole pannetta's comments regarding benghazi this is not 9-1-1 what a piece of shit he is.....

Posted by: phoenixgirl waiting for spring training at February 03, 2013 12:33 PM (GVxQo)

83 @Ed Anger - Calibre can read all of them and convert to any format as well.

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at February 03, 2013 12:33 PM (rqlRk)

84 Sadly Baen has decided to let Amazon sell their books so they have to remove the "free" ones from their Website and also redo their pricing. I am waiting to see if they are going to0 really shit on us and add DRM.



They were the best publisher around for E-books. I guess it had to end.

Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 12:33 PM (53z96)

85 @72

yeah, good stuff. You think their Belgium owners give a shit now?

NOT

Posted by: Billy Bob, Pseudo Intellectual at February 03, 2013 12:36 PM (wR+pz)

86 Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 03, 2013 12:30 PM (l86i3)


Amazing, not anything I saw getting off the plane in SF in uniform in the early 70s.

Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 12:36 PM (53z96)

87 enjoy the day! time to get ready for Mass, today is the feast of St. Blaze then off to watch the end of the Phoenix Open and then the Super Bowl....Go Niners

Posted by: phoenixgirl waiting for spring training at February 03, 2013 12:38 PM (GVxQo)

88 Amazing, not anything I saw getting off the plane in SF in uniform in the early 70s.
Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 12:36 PM (53z96)

I saw something like that in person at Atlanta's airport. I'd like to say I started it but it was some old gal.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 03, 2013 12:39 PM (l86i3)

89 Amazing, not anything I saw getting off the plane in SF in uniform in the early 70s.


Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 12:36 PM (53z96)

Well, you were a baby killer, obviously.

Posted by: Sec of State Kerry at February 03, 2013 12:39 PM (wR+pz)

90 Well, you were a baby killer, obviously.

He was no doubt sailing the seas in a fashion reminiscent of Jehngis Kahn.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at February 03, 2013 12:43 PM (Iy1QM)

91 "Going back in time? Don't get me started on that whole "going back in time" bullshit.
I knew you were going to say that!


Posted by: andycanuck at February 03, 2013 12:32 PM (ORGYc)"

Pull the string, hear the toy speak.

Posted by: Al at February 03, 2013 12:44 PM (V70Uh)

92 Heres some really funny ones.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Fk2NYjyszQ

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 03, 2013 12:44 PM (l86i3)

93 'Class Eleven' is good for understanding the training process, at least at the turn of the decade.

Posted by: archie goodwin at February 03, 2013 12:47 PM (Jsiw/)

94 Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 12:33 PM (53z96)

I guess I should have really flogged the free library for everything I could. Oh well, that's why I'm a Moron.

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at February 03, 2013 12:47 PM (rqlRk)

95 The street is a sideshow from the peddler to the corner girl
Life is a carnival--it's in the book
Life is a carnival--take another look

Posted by: Baron Münchhausen at February 03, 2013 12:47 PM (e8kgV)

96 'Class Eleven' is good for understanding the training process, at least at the turn of the decade.
Posted by: archie goodwin at February 03, 2013 12:47 PM (Jsiw/)

Thanks, I'll check it out.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 03, 2013 12:49 PM (l86i3)

97 #96 Ordered your book from Kindle last night, along with the Theda Bera one from Mary Poppins.

I probably won't get started on it until next week, but wanted to let you know. I will write a review when I am done.

Posted by: Miss Marple at February 03, 2013 12:55 PM (GoIUi)

98 I probably won't get started on it until next week, but wanted to let you know. I will write a review when I am done.
Posted by: Miss Marple at February 03, 2013 12:55 PM (GoIUi)

Thank you Miss Marple. I hope you enjoy it.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 03, 2013 12:55 PM (l86i3)

99 Having recently re-watched "The Fellowship of the Ring", I thought that it would be fun to re-read the novel. I vaguely remember reading it during my "gap" year, when I failed to get into Stanford and did not have a backup plan. I was sick of school anyway and I needed to work a minimum wage job for a year to restore my motivation for study.

Notes: Peregrin Took is not the total fucktard that Peter Jackson likes to portray him.
Boromir NEVER said to Aragorn "You are not my king."

So so so very very very much stuff was left out.

I am sparing myself the ordeal of re-reading "The two towers" and "The Return of the King", for now.

Wifey is disabled. Listened to a couple of book on CD recently. "T is for Trespass" by Sue Grafton. Very entertaining. But, if you show up at the DMV with a Birth Cert. of someone else doesn't someone (or some computer) at the DMV realized that the birthdate and name matches someone else, but not the photo?

Also listened to "The Reversal" by Micheal Connelly. Fuck, why do all of stories have to do with pedophile murders? I am really starting to worry about the author. He seems to have a fixation here.



Posted by: Al at February 03, 2013 12:58 PM (V70Uh)

100 Though to be totally honest, Vic; they're smart to go ahead and sell them on Amazon. Too many people don't know to go elsewhere.

I hope they don't DRM, that was one of their "things" that set them apart.

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at February 03, 2013 12:58 PM (rqlRk)

101 I miss Tony Hillerman. We need zombie Tony Hillerman mysteries.

Moorcock wrote that "time-travel to see Jesus" story, right? That sucked so bad I never read anything by him again.

Posted by: Mindfulguy still banned on the desktop at February 03, 2013 12:58 PM (Ynbgq)

102 [17] I have the script for the Los Angeles Public Library Lookup installed in my Firefox browser and use it constantly:

Los Angeles Public Library Lookup on Amazon.com

http://tinyurl.com/bl42cpw

How do you install this? I'm unfamiliar with scripts and I use the LAPL all the time. Thanks!

Posted by: microcosme at February 03, 2013 01:00 PM (0dTjV)

103 Oh,

Let us never forget, Jaimie (Mistress of Disaster) Gorelick's role in advising Bill Clinton to ignore the brewing geocide in Uganda.

>>Medical complications for women with fistula can include being permanently incontinent, infertility, miscarriages, and other health problems. On top of this, women with fistula often face stigma because of their status as a rape victim, as well as their chronic incontinence.

So...

Rahm Emmanuel grows rich off of Fannie Mae, winds up being Mayor of Chicago and who knows what other atrocities Jaimie is ushering in.

Posted by: Deetyfrom Parl,MD at February 03, 2013 01:02 PM (z2gwh)

104 I'm reading "Jesus Freaks: Martyrs Who Stood for Jesus" by DC Talk and Voice of the Martyrs. The numerous stories of both past and present followers of Christ who paid the ultimate price for standing for their faith are chilling and inspiring. Lots of contemporary martyrs' tales, particularly in communist countries, and their stories seem almost prophetic for Christians in America today. I don't think it will be long till we are forced to make some of these same choices. I'm reading this book as kind of a blueprint for action.

Posted by: mama winger at February 03, 2013 01:05 PM (P6QsQ)

105 I'm about halfway though Bias Incident by Ari Mendelson. I picked it up after a blurb about it on the NTR blog Phi Beta Cons. The writing is a tad klunky at the start, and the novel is really a pretext for Mendelson to rant about political correctness gone wild on campus, but it's pretty good. It's a satire, but as Mendelson says in the introduction, he didn't really have to exaggerate the truth. So reading about some of the shenanigans is quite infuriating.

The university he created is some kind of horrifying combination of all the most left-wing traits of every other college. Again, it might be satire but it isn't that far from reality.

Posted by: Paul Zummo at February 03, 2013 01:06 PM (81ahw)

106 Time travel to kidnap Christ. Okay.

Prefer to re-read Tim Powers 'The Anubis Gates.' Only a millionaire assembles a team including an academic to travel back in time to 17th Century England. It seems there is a real werewolf on the loose back then. Won the Philip K. Dick Award.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 03, 2013 01:06 PM (PQmb9)

107 #84

Not sadly. The authors were being screwed by not being on the #1 e-book venue on the planet and also by Baen's really bad conversion jobs on anything that wasn't a new release. Several e-book jobs I've done were for titles that already existed on Baen's site but were doing lousy sales because for the average Kindle user they simply didn't exist if they didn't show up on Amazon and magically appear on their reader or other device when purchased.

A lot of stuff Baen has a weird attitude about would never have happened if Jim Baen were still around but instead the company has fallen under the sway of a self-described Trotskyite. It might make a bit more sense if Baen didn't move paper books through Amazon but they do. It makes no more sense than a game publisher putting DVDs on the shelf at Target but reserving download sales for themselves instead of using Steam.

Posted by: epobirs at February 03, 2013 01:16 PM (kcfmt)

108 Prefer to re-read Tim Powers 'The Anubis Gates.' Only a millionaire assembles a team including an academic to travel back in time to 17th Century England. It seems there is a real werewolf on the loose back then. Won the Philip K. Dick Award.

Please, we prefer the term werepeople. Humaness is an artifical social construct designed to keep the liminal beings (see merpeople, centaurs, etc) marginalized and oppressed.

Posted by: Werepeople of London at February 03, 2013 01:18 PM (BAS5M)

109 I hope they don't DRM, that was one of their "things" that set them apart.


Posted by: Jeff Weimer at February 03, 2013 12:58 PM (rqlRk)


Yep, that was one of the good things about Baen. I hate DRM.

Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 01:18 PM (53z96)

110 I like your name, Paul Zummo.

Posted by: Truman North at February 03, 2013 01:18 PM (I2LwF)

111 epobirs, a self described Trotskyite? How did that happen?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 03, 2013 01:20 PM (PQmb9)

112 #106

Not to mention Michael Moorcock already had a time traveler looking for Christ long ago (1969) in 'Behold the Man.' The plot was largely shoplifted by Richard Matheson for a Twilight Zone in which a time traveling Lane Smith interferes with the JFK assassination.

Posted by: epobirs at February 03, 2013 01:23 PM (kcfmt)

113 "Prefer to re-read Tim Powers 'The Anubis Gates.' Only a millionaire
assembles a team including an academic to travel back in time to 17th
Century England. It seems there is a real werewolf on the loose back
then. Won the Philip K. Dick Award."


Which came first? "The Anubis Gates" or "Timeline" by Michael Critchton?

Posted by: Al at February 03, 2013 01:24 PM (V70Uh)

114 "We prefer the term werepeople."

Yeah. And pedophiles prefer the term "Lovers of the young".


Posted by: Al at February 03, 2013 01:25 PM (V70Uh)

115 Re: Africa. Alan Moorehead's "The White Nile" and "The Blue Nile" offer some great African history. Certainly worth your nickel.

Posted by: Libra at February 03, 2013 01:28 PM (cMWZ+)

116 "The Anubis Gates" won the Philip K. Dick in 1984.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 03, 2013 01:29 PM (PQmb9)

117 Yep, that was one of the good things about Baen. I hate DRM.


Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 01:18 PM (53z96)
That's what made me go there. I like that kind of anti-establishmentarianism.

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at February 03, 2013 01:31 PM (rqlRk)

118 The Dahomean (1971) by Frank Yerby remains my favorite novel ever.

Posted by: baldilocks on iPad at February 03, 2013 01:42 PM (WLpAT)

119 I don't recommend googling "fistula". I'm serious here.

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at February 03, 2013 01:52 PM (QTHTd)

120 Finished MP4's Theda Bara book this week. It was very good, which is no surprise. I was thinking it would make a great movie, which is no surprise either. I appreciated the historical notes at the end and was saddened to learn Bara died of cancer at a realatively young age.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at February 03, 2013 01:54 PM (wbeNt)

121 A few years back I read some great fiction about South Africa by Wilbur A. Smith. I think picked up "Monsoon" off of the best seller rack in some airport somewhere and just fell in love with this series about the development of colonial South Africa. I went on to read "Birds of Prey" and "When the Lion Feeds". There are more in the series but I just can't remember them all just now. The books have plenty of historical references and follow history nicely but I really would not classify them as "Historical Fiction." There is an order to the books but they all stand alone very nicely also.

He also wrote a few fictions about ancient Egypt starting with "River God" then "The Seventh Scroll" and then "Warlock." All of them great fun reads.

Enjoy.

Posted by: TheOtherJay at February 03, 2013 01:54 PM (nojhZ)

122 I saw a documentary a few years ago called "Journey to Beautiful" that was about several women who were treated at an African fistula clinic (probably the one written about in the book mentioned). It followed the women as they traveled, often on foot, long distances to the hospital, went through in-take and the surgery/treatment course and then returned (or in the case of one young woman, didn't go back to here elderly husband but got job training) to their lives. Much like the cleft-palete surgeries change lives it was amazing how something we never even think of ruins so many lives but is failry simple to fix if you find people who care to do so.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at February 03, 2013 02:00 PM (wbeNt)

123 #111

Look up Eric Flint's bio. He is at heart a commie of the sort who tries to convince himself that the USSR would have been swell if only Trotsky wasn't ousted. As if Trotsky wasn't a genocidal lunatic in his own right.

Flint is so in love with Marx despite knowing Marxism is utterly inhuman that in one of his novels he had Earth conquered by an alien race that was Marxist on a genetic level. The ruling class was simply born that way and nobody questioned it because they all innately understood their congenital role. Which was really just a rehash of Frank Herbert's Hellstrom's Hive, about a bunch who thinks the destiny of man is to adopt insect-like features for a perfectly organized society. Everything works so much better if you eliminate that pesky cognition from the bulk of the populace.

Posted by: epobirs at February 03, 2013 02:05 PM (kcfmt)

124 #113

The Anubis Gates by a considerable margin. Timeline was published fifteen years later.

Crichton didn't really have original ideas. He was mainly good at packaging them for a mainstream audience after they'd been thoroughly played out in the SF ghetto. He'd get really pissed if you called him an SF author.

Posted by: epobirs at February 03, 2013 02:09 PM (kcfmt)

125
How do you install this? I'm unfamiliar with scripts and I use the LAPL all the time. Thanks!
Posted by: microcosme



Assuming you have the Firefox browser installed:

Install the greasemonkey add-on from:
http://tinyurl.com/4hx95zb

Then install the Los Angeles Public Library Lookup script from:
http://tinyurl.com/bl42cpw

If you don't have firefox installed, install that first.



BTW -- if you're a chrome user, they may have the something similar in their add-ons. Worth looking.

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at February 03, 2013 02:09 PM (kdS6q)

126
Please, we prefer the term werepeople.
Posted by: Werepeople of London




Whoa -- check your cis-species privilage there buddly. By using their term for us, you empower them.

Posted by: Lycanthrope MT*growl*


Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at February 03, 2013 02:16 PM (kdS6q)

127 Posted by: epobirs at February 03, 2013 02:05 PM (kcfmt)

I know he likes the union guys, you ca see that in the 16XX series. I didn't think he was a Trotskyite, though.

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at February 03, 2013 02:17 PM (rqlRk)

128 Eric Flint's 1632 series is not Marxist. He does however favor unions and since he really was a union man and a member of the Socialist Workers Party.



Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 02:17 PM (53z96)

129 Posted by: Lycanthrope MT

Splitter!

Posted by: Werepeople of London at February 03, 2013 02:27 PM (BAS5M)

130 Read Christopher DiGrazia's (Mary Poppins) Director's Cut, A Theda Bars Mystery. Things go wrong on the set of a silent film in 1914 and star vamp Theo and sidekick Toby set about to solve the mystery. Snappy dialogue, sharply drawn characters and an interesting story. Really enjoyed it, look forward to a sequel. Interestingly Theda really was a silent star, never made a talkie, and nearly all her movies were destroyed in a fire.

Posted by: waelse1 at February 03, 2013 02:36 PM (CkeQ+)

131 I read The Annubis Harry's

Posted by: Gem at February 03, 2013 02:41 PM (zw+pb)

132 #127

Look at the book jacket bios he writes for himself. He calls himself a Trotskyite. Plain as day in black and white. This is his own choice of words.

Posted by: epobirs at February 03, 2013 02:42 PM (kcfmt)

133 Kindle fail. Read Annubis Gates as a teen ... did not know I was reading steam punk.

Posted by: Gem at February 03, 2013 02:43 PM (zw+pb)

134 Those interested in Africa MUST read Thomas Pakenham's "The Scramble for Africa," which masterfully details how the Great Powers divided the Dark Continent in the last part of the 19th Century. It's one of the best general histories on any topic that I've ever read. It's hard to believe the colonial period lasted only 80-some years.

Meanwhile, I'm splitting my time between Bernard Bailyn's awesome "The Barbarous Years," an examination of the hardships and horrors faced by the earliest settlers of America, and Stephen Hunter's "The Third Bullet," a fairly disappointing read thus far.

Posted by: Wolfram & Hart at February 03, 2013 02:44 PM (TsIdQ)

135 Posted by: epobirs at February 03, 2013 02:42 PM (kcfmt)

That's interesting since SF/fantasy author Steven Brust was (is?) a Trotskyite and former labor organizer as well.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at February 03, 2013 02:45 PM (wbeNt)

136
Seamus Muldoon:
Read your book and it was fabulous! I actually paid money for it, something I don't usually do (money being hard to come by these days), but I would recommend it to all.
Thanks for the great read.

Posted by: megthered at February 03, 2013 02:45 PM (iR4Dg)

137 Posted by: epobirs at February 03, 2013 02:42 PM (kcfmt)

And I actually like his 16XX series. Eh, maybe we can turn him with our filthy lucre.

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at February 03, 2013 02:45 PM (rqlRk)

138 And auto-correct sucks. How do I stop it?

Also, am about to buy OSP and Mppp' s books. OSP, you have an awesome author name!

Posted by: Gem at February 03, 2013 02:48 PM (zw+pb)

139 88
Amazing, not anything I saw getting off the plane in SF in uniform in the early 70s.

Posted by: Vic at February 03, 2013 12:36 PM (53z96)



I saw something like that in person at Atlanta's airport. I'd like to say I started it but it was some old gal.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 03, 2013 12:39 PM (l86i3)

Old gals like me thank any soldier or Marine who will look our way. I fly a lot. After Thanksgiving there was about 30 military men and women sitting in Atlanta where I stopped to eat. I quietly went from group to group, simply saying "thank you for your service." I did not want to intrude nor take up more than a second of their time. In the first group I asked if they were coming home or going somewhere and they were coming home, so I added that I was glad they were home for the holidays. I am sure some of them thought I was a nutcase, but I cannot help it, being the proud daughter of a WWII Marine. It simply breaks my heart to see what is happening to our military under this administration.
I will never forget this: shortly after 9/11, when a lot of our military were on every flight I took (either Southwestern or Delta...and there is still applause for these brave heroes on planes and announcements by either the pilot or flight attendant, and I only fly Delta now), I was getting off a plane. A soldier had stopped, being a polite Southern man, and let me ahead of him in the aisle. He was young enough to be my son. I thanked him for his service and he said, "No, ma'am, thank YOU." This put tears in my eyes and I will never forget him. As Americans, we have to support them, as our government has failed since 2008. Pray for our military and this country.

Posted by: ChristyBlinky poised in fluid situation at February 03, 2013 02:50 PM (baL2B)

140
The documentary polliwog mentions in 122 is "A Walk to Beautiful". It is online in PBS 'Nova'. I cannot recommend it strongly enough but - it is a happy-making tearfullness - have tissues at hand for te last 10-15 minutes.

Many thanks to the person{s} who recommended "The Forsaken" by Tzouliadis several weeks ago. Finished it a couple days ago. Amongst other lessons reinforced - the ideological corruption of Department of State, N. Y. Slimes, and 'news' media in general is nothing new.

Posted by: Old Bob at February 03, 2013 03:09 PM (i9GsZ)

141 I would like to thank whoever recommended "Katherine" by Anya Seton. I am enjoying it.

Posted by: ChristyBlinky poised in fluid situation at February 03, 2013 03:30 PM (baL2B)

142 Posted by: Old Bob at February 03, 2013 03:09 PM (i9GsZ)

Ah, thanks for the title correction. It is indeed a must-see.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at February 03, 2013 03:40 PM (wbeNt)

143 epobirs, I knew of Eric Flint's leanings. Did not know he had managed to conquer Baen. Yeah the Posleen god-kings... well I was born to such... blah blah and then there is that Panamanian god-king who is busy making sure nothing but god-kings with human imprinting get born.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 03, 2013 03:48 PM (PQmb9)

144 Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 03, 2013 03:48 PM (PQmb9)

That's not Eric Flint, it's John Ringo. Who's probably a man after our own hearts - the bad guys in that series are very thinly veiled liberal government shitheads.

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at February 03, 2013 04:54 PM (rqlRk)

145 136 Seamus Muldoon: Read your book and it was fabulous! I actually paid money for it, something I don't usually do (money being hard to come by these days), but I would recommend it to all.Thanks for the great read.
Posted by: megthered at February 03, 2013 02:45 PM (iR4Dg)

*******

Thanks for the kind words. I truly appreciate it.

Posted by: The Curious Disappearance of Seamus Muldoon is Free on Kindle through Tuesday at February 03, 2013 05:11 PM (qqZuQ)

146 144 Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 03, 2013 03:48 PM (PQmb9)

That's not Eric Flint, it's John Ringo. Who's probably a man after our own hearts - the bad guys in that series are very thinly veiled liberal government shitheads.
Posted by: Jeff Weimer at February 03, 2013 04:54 PM (rqlRk)

Having read Live Free or Die and the associated novels I would say definitely. Jacksonian Libertarian, if that makes any sense.

Posted by: BornLib at February 03, 2013 07:43 PM (zpNwC)

147 80

I don't have a kindle, only Calibre. Are any of the books written by morons available in a format Calibre can read?

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Sabrina Chase is selling her stuff in the epub format as well as in Amazon's mobi format.

http://chaseadventures.com/zencart/

Posted by: Citizen Anachronda at February 03, 2013 11:19 PM (1c58W)

148 The African Queen by C. S. Forester is a very good book made into a very good film. Although the film improves on the ending of the book, if memory serves.

Also, the C. S. Forester Hornblower books are superior to the slightly twee/mannered Aubrey–Maturin series, imho.

Posted by: shoeless hunter at February 03, 2013 11:21 PM (dY+4R)

149 [125] Assuming you have the Firefox browser installed:

Install the greasemonkey add-on from:
http://tinyurl.com/4hx95zb

Then install the Los Angeles Public Library Lookup script from:
http://tinyurl.com/bl42cpw

If you don't have firefox installed, install that first.

Thanks! It worked.

Posted by: microcosme at February 03, 2013 11:29 PM (0dTjV)

150 148
Also, the C. S. Forester Hornblower books are superior to the slightly twee/mannered Aubrey–Maturin series, imho.

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The Hornblower TV series, from back when the A ampersand E was artistic and entertaining, is quite well done, although it differs from the books in some interesting ways.

Posted by: Citizen Anachronda at February 04, 2013 12:08 AM (1c58W)

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