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« Reply #560 on: May 27, 2010, 08:31:46 PM »



I've been on-and-off reading books over the years on the various intelligence agencies throughout the world, and this is one of the better ones I've come across.  This Russian KGB agent basically spied on the U.S. for 30+ years and in the process became annoyed with the corruption and hypocrisy that was rampant in late 80s Russia, and so he defected to the West and eventually wrote this book exposing everything.

A good read.
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« Reply #561 on: May 29, 2010, 02:20:33 AM »

 I've just ended the last Paul Auster "Invisible" ... and I feel strange : first time I don't like entirely a Paul Auster's book and that I feel a little bit disappointed ... there is always a first time !!!
Maybe will I need to read it another time ? The critics have been so good in the Press and talking shows that I must have missed something ... :-[
Did anybody here already read it ?


http://www.mediapart.fr/club/edition/bookclub/article/200310/paul-auster-invisible
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« Reply #562 on: June 06, 2010, 10:07:34 PM »

I've just finished reading Ralph Moody's Shaking the Nickel Bush out loud to my family when we drive to work or on long trips.  We have really enjoyed the entire series up to now.  I started in on the next book, The Dry Divide, this morning and am more than halfway through.  I'll have to read it all over again to the family in the car.  :)

Sorry I haven't worked out how to post images yet, but I'll get around to that when I've got more time.
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« Reply #563 on: June 06, 2010, 10:51:23 PM »

Hey Elizabeth,

Check out this thread for posting pics. :)

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=2338.0
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« Reply #564 on: June 06, 2010, 10:55:43 PM »

Thanks, Elizabeth! Posting images is easy, check the link SK posted. Meanwhile ...



Here's a link to the publisher's page for the entire series:

http://www.greenleafpress.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=23_141
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« Reply #565 on: June 06, 2010, 11:07:22 PM »

Thanks, Elizabeth! Posting images is easy, check the link SC posted. Meanwhile ...

Meanwhile check your spelling CK...I mean KC :D
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« Reply #566 on: June 06, 2010, 11:13:49 PM »

Edited. You Aussies are so touchy! :P
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« Reply #567 on: June 06, 2010, 11:16:03 PM »

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« Reply #568 on: June 06, 2010, 11:23:49 PM »

Well being mistaken for a Victorian is just too much to take. ;)
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« Reply #569 on: June 06, 2010, 11:30:16 PM »

Better than a New South Welshman...sounds lower class. :P
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« Reply #570 on: June 06, 2010, 11:40:04 PM »

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« Reply #571 on: June 07, 2010, 05:28:09 AM »



  When I first heard about this guy and what he did I had to find out more.  In the early 1920s a former Russian military officer took the lead of  a several thousand strong army (made up of mainly light cavalry and soldiers from all kinds of ethnic backgrounds) and, for a brief period, took over Mongolia.  The guy was super-villian evil, and less of a keen military strategist than I was expecting - he took advantage of a weakened Mongolia that was in the middle of a Russian, Chinese, and Japanese struggle for power.

  While it's an obscure time and place in history, I'm surprised this story hasn't been turned into a movie.
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« Reply #572 on: June 07, 2010, 06:30:29 AM »

^ I see it as a musical. ;)
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« Reply #573 on: June 11, 2010, 04:30:59 PM »



I've just finished The Dry Divide.  I have really enjoyed the entire series.  The story telling is simple, and I appreciate the way Ralph Moody portrays the different characters.  Also, he doesn't pass over his own faults or the consequences of his actions, good or bad.

Special thanks to SK for the instructions on how to post images and to KC for the image for my last post.  O0
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« Reply #574 on: June 19, 2010, 11:14:12 PM »



"Män som hatar kvinnor"

Good read and there`s also a good film made out of it:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1132620/

I'm reading this now. (In Swedish, not in Finnish.) It's the first long book I've read in a long time. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

So far: A good read as Hemlock says, an absorbing story, but nothing extraordinary. (And I've seen the movie, so I know how it comes out.)

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« Reply #575 on: June 23, 2010, 02:18:21 AM »



This book contains a bunch of interesting and underrated little stories from 1700s and 1800s era Americas, most of which are either skimmed over or completely ignored in school history classes.  A good, short read.
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« Reply #576 on: June 24, 2010, 09:39:36 AM »

Ethan Canin, "Vue Sur l'Hudson" in French, "For Kings and Planets" in English.

This book has been in my library for several years, offered by a friend who knew I've always liked American litterature, and I have completly forgotten it ... I read it in two days, as strange and amazing are the characters, and I liked very much the description of New York City in the 70's (the story starts in 1974) one can note that the writer loves this fascinating City ...

I've seen that the last book of Ethan Canin is called "America America", I will buy it during this Summer.
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« Reply #577 on: June 24, 2010, 10:26:11 PM »

The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark



Unfortunately, my copy doesn't look like this one, but it reads the same.  :)  It discusses some very sobering ideas that are very relevant today.  People still need to be willing to take responsibility for their actions and not think that because a whole group did something wrong together that it makes it right.
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« Reply #578 on: June 25, 2010, 12:24:08 PM »

   Adapted by Charles  Osborne.   Still a typical Christie novel.   

I have also just finished reading



I have owned it since the 1970's and have not re-read it since then.  I can't believe how life for women has altered.  There is still a way to go for equality. :(
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« Reply #579 on: June 29, 2010, 08:39:16 PM »



I just got it in the post today and only sat down to browse it for a few minutes.  Oh, well.  I finished all four stories before I'd really realized it.  I really enjoy reading short stories since I can get them in during short breaks.  They also tend to leave more for the imagination to fill in later.  As I picked up several secondhand books today, I haven't run out of reading material yet, although I may have run out of time for a while.  :)
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