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Additionally, The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole is another novel in the series that was published later on. It occurs between books 4 and 5 when Roland and the ka-tet were on a journey. They seek shelter to avoid a storm and Roland tells a "campfire tale" to the group. Very good, and absolutely best read after completing the series.

PH


Wow, thanks for the tip. Adding it to my queue.
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Under Heaven - Guy Gavriel Kay - enjoying this author a lot. Second book - generally takes a while to get going as there are a lot of characters, a lot of POVs and a lot of places


I had read a couple of his books long long ago and remember quite enjoying them...
Last night finished “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson. I really enjoyed this book. I knew the 30,000 foot overview of the sinking of the Lusitania and that it eventually led up to American joining WWI but this book provided a lot of extra details to the entire voyage I hadn’t know before. It also very much humanized the people aboard giving names and “faces” so to speak to them as opposed to simply passing them by as faceless“souls lost”. It was an easy read, well written and constructed. Recommended.
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Last night finished “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson. I really enjoyed this book. I knew the 30,000 foot overview of the sinking of the Lusitania and that it eventually led up to American joining WWI but this book provided a lot of extra details to the entire voyage I hadn’t know before. It also very much humanized the people aboard giving names and “faces” so to speak to them as opposed to simply passing them by as faceless“souls lost”. It was an easy read, well written and constructed. Recommended.


Visited the Lusitania memorial in Cobh last summer
Today I finished reading “Helmet For My Pillow” by Robert Leckie. I enjoyed this book. If you are a fan of WWII history, particularly first person and focused on the Pacific campaign this is a good book for you to read. Previously having read “The Old Breed” by E.B. Sledge these two books are an excellent companion set in my opinion. I’d start with this book then follow with “The Old Breed” although I did them in reverse. Recommended.
Today I finished reading “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance. I didn’t think I’d like this book judging it by it’s cover so to speak but I did enjoy it. Growing up white and as the middle son of divorced parents I easily identified with many of the same struggles: class warfare, sometimes poor to non-existent employment opportunities, struggling to go to college and be one of the first in the family, upward social mobility and acceptance, etc… Although I’ll freely admit I never experienced the colorfulness of some of his family exchanges I too nonetheless had my family moments growing up in Dallas,Texas in the 60s and 70s. If you’re looking for a book mixed with raw humor, stark reality, emotional roller coasters and a singular goal of obtaining the American dream then this is the book for you. Easy and quick read and recommended on that basis.
Hitler in Los Angeles..... Non fiction work by a professor of history at USC. Author's last name is Ross.
Quite an amazing story of Nazis and Hollywood in the 1930's. It's true and things about which I was totally unfamiliar. I think nominated for a Pulitzer.
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Just finished Smile by Roddy Doyle. Brilliantly written with a truly brain-warping conclusion. Those that have read it will understand.


Thanks. Added to my reading list. It's been a while since I've read any of his books. The Woman Who Walked Into Doors was/is an outstanding book.
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Just finished Smile by Roddy Doyle. Brilliantly written with a truly brain-warping conclusion. Those that have read it will understand.


Thanks. Added to my reading list. It's been a while since I've read any of his books. The Woman Who Walked Into Doors was/is an outstanding book.

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Just finished "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt. Although this was a very well written book with a good plot I found it difficult to read. There were what I would call long winded sections that seemed to drone on forever. Most of those were drug hazed,dream like sequences experienced by the main character. I found myself chewing up whole sections full of excitement and suspense to depressingly find myself in yet another droning section that did nothing more than stretch my ability to maintain focus. Disappointing having wanted to read this for some time and being just a bit let down in the end.
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The Five People You Meet In Heaven

I finished re-reading this last night. I don't remember it being quite as new age-y feel good as I found it this time. Regardless, an original concept fairly well executed.
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson. The first half was whimsical and funny. Towards the end, it got a bit darker with some scathing views on the degradation of our environment oner the years. I've walked a few miles on the AT over the years. Recommended.

PH
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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson. The first half was whimsical and funny. Towards the end, it got a bit darker with some scathing views on the degradation of our environment oner the years. I've walked a few miles on the AT over the years. Recommended.
PH

Completely agree. I read this quite a few years ago and really enjoyed it.
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Just pre-ordered A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey. Looking forward to this bigly.

PH


There are already 30 holds for this book at my library. Stated otherwise, I'll end up having to buy it if I want to read it. Let me know your thoughts please.
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Just pre-ordered A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey. Looking forward to this bigly.

PH


There are already 30 holds for this book at my library. Stated otherwise, I'll end up having to buy it if I want to read it. Let me know your thoughts please.


Will do.

PH
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Just pre-ordered A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey. Looking forward to this bigly.

PH


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Beat me to it Should be Yuge
“Rise and Kill First: The Inside Story and Secret Operations of Israel’s Assassination Program” by Ronen Bergman. Fascinating subject: Covert Operations & Targeted Assassinations. I’ve always been interested in this subject since I first heard about Mossad and IDF several years ago. This book is chocked full of details about the program and specific events going back to the formation of the Israeli state in 1948. Truly a comprehensive work on the subject my only caution is the expansive details do run on after a while and the reader becomes almost numb toward the end of the book. Well written and if you’re interested in covert operations, assassinations and the like this is a priority read for you. Recommended.
The River Why by David James Duncan. This was written in 1983 but it is pretty timeless. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed out loud so many times while reading a book. I wouldn’t recommend that you read it unless you are a fisherman. If you are a fly fisherman, you will REALLY get a lot out of this book.

It is a coming of age fiction with humor and yet a very serious undercurrent that most of us can relate to. That is, the uncertainty and pressures of becoming a man.
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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey.

...Let me know your thoughts please


Just finished up. Nothing in there regarding "he who shall not be named" that you haven't already heard or read.

I think it does a nice job giving background on Comey's life and the previous experiences that have shaped him. I came away with a few things:

1) He does come off as a sanctimonious Boy Scout.

2) I found him 100% credible.

3) There is no doubt in my mind that he was under pressure (with his job security on the "menu") to make a claim of loyalty to ________ during that unprecedented one-on-one dinner.

For $18, I'd say give it a shot.

PH
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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey.

...Let me know your thoughts please


Just finished up. Nothing in there regarding "he who shall not be named" that you haven't already heard or read.

I think it does a nice job giving background on Comey's life and the previous experiences that have shaped him. I came away with a few things:

1) He does come off as a sanctimonious Boy Scout.

2) I found him 100% credible.

3) There is no doubt in my mind that he was under pressure (with his job security on the "menu") to make a claim of loyalty to ________ during that unprecedented one-on-one dinner.

For $18, I'd say give it a shot.

PH

Maybe send it to Napacat along with a Starbucks gift card.

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