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Offline Sir Slash

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #2865 on: February 17, 2016, 09:14:20 PM »
Just started, " The Most Dangerous Moment of the War-- Japan's Attack on the Indian Ocean in 1942". By John Clancy-- no kin to Tom. I must be getting old but I swear when I ordered this book I thought it had more than 186 pages. So I'll be finished about this time tomorrow.  :'(
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #2866 on: February 18, 2016, 04:31:51 AM »
Granted, there's some real crap out there that makes Larry Bond and Harry Turtledove look like first-rate writers.

This is the truth. I may not be a fan of Larry Bond, but he's well above average for the genre.  If find most stuff in the techno-thriller genre completely unreadable. Bond is somewhat readable.

Yeah, he's really not all that bad, though I read more of Coyle's books (The Ten Thousand, Bright Star, Sword Point, and Trial by Fire come immediately to mind). Coyle wasn't bad at all.

Goodness knows that Clancy could be downright dull at times, too. Several of his books I just couldn't get into, the most egregious of which was The Hunt for Red October. I know, I know...thing is, the first of his books I read was Red Storm Rising, so Hunt was something of a downer after reading the constant action in RSR. Hunt actually bored the hell out of me. Might be a different story today if I try it, who knows.

And Harry Turtledove can suck it. How a guy can be so prolific and have decent ideas just write some of the most boring characters and worlds imaginable mystifies me.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #2867 on: February 18, 2016, 07:21:26 AM »
I read Hunt for Red October when I was in high school and absolutely loved it. I'm kind of a sucker for the technical stuff and Clancy did it as well as anyone. He definitely wasn't perfect as an author and some of his later books are a real slog. However, nothing in the genre can compete with RSR. I've probably read that book 20-plus times. I can recall entire passages word-for-word.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #2868 on: February 18, 2016, 12:28:33 PM »
I read Hunt for Red October when I was in high school and absolutely loved it. I'm kind of a sucker for the technical stuff and Clancy did it as well as anyone. He definitely wasn't perfect as an author and some of his later books are a real slog. However, nothing in the genre can compete with RSR. I've probably read that book 20-plus times. I can recall entire passages word-for-word.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #2869 on: February 19, 2016, 12:32:23 AM »
Finished up The Innovators and quickly read Jim Butcher's first Dresden Files book Storm Front. Currently reading his 2nd book Fool Moon, and Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice. Waiting to be read is The 3-Body Problem by Cixin Liu.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #2870 on: February 19, 2016, 01:33:44 AM »
I'm currently reading Red Storm Rising for the second time
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #2871 on: February 19, 2016, 02:22:55 AM »
I'm currently reading Red Storm Rising for the second time

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #2872 on: February 21, 2016, 04:22:50 AM »
The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America's Newfound Sovereignty by William Hogeland
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #2873 on: February 21, 2016, 09:33:54 AM »
^Ooh is that new?
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #2874 on: February 21, 2016, 03:12:38 PM »
About to start Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #2875 on: February 21, 2016, 03:24:42 PM »
^Ooh is that new?

2005 I think. I found it at the library. I've never really read much about the Whiskey Rebellion even though I find it fascinating. Such a use of Federal force coming right on the heels of the Revolution. Very curious and interesting.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #2876 on: February 21, 2016, 03:56:56 PM »
And George Washington putting the Presidency aside to deploy himself!
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #2877 on: February 21, 2016, 04:10:11 PM »
He wasn't exactly thrilled about that.

Did you know that 'Light Horse' Lee was there too? Virginians invading Pennsylvania, who'd thunk it?!
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #2878 on: February 21, 2016, 05:56:37 PM »
Reading Command and Control: Nuclear weapons, the Damascus accident, and the illusion of safety by Eric Schlosser. All about the close calls, mismanagement, and disasters that have occurred in the US nuclear weapons program. Scary stuff!

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #2879 on: February 22, 2016, 07:25:01 AM »
Anything on EMPs in there? I'm going to read Ted Koeppel's book on the subject soon...it's all the rage here at work.

So mirth - Washington was all pissed that he had to go out into the saddle again and kick ass?

Or was it more of a moral dilemma...putting down a rebellion of fellow 'Muricans?
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