Terse and to the point!

No zombies. No vampires. No angels. No self-help. No horror.



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Two-for-one on Audible this week
Latte Trouble - Rebecca Gibel, Cleo Coyle Murder Most Frothy - Cleo Coyle A Man of Some Repute: A Very English Mystery, Book 1 - Michael Page, Elizabeth Edmondson 4:50 From Paddington - Agatha Christie, Emilia Fox 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time - James Adams, Michael Brooks The Stranger - Jonathan Davis, Albert Camus

At first I thought I wouldn't find anything in the sale pile but they had a whole category of cozy mysteries and I was able to fill my basket with some cozy reads--and some not so cozy reads like The Stranger and a title from The Flat Book Club list of possible reads. Now I will have plenty to keep me occupied.

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2017 Books---- 123 and counting....
  1. The Unknown Ajax  -- re-read
  2. The Unfinished Clue -- re-read
  3. Twice Shy -- re-read
  4. Trustee From the Toolroom --re-read
  5. Trial Run -- re-read
  6. The Toll Gate --re-read
  7. To the Hilt -- re-read
  8. These Old Shades --re-read
  9. The Talisman Ring -- re-read
  10. Sylvester -- re-read
  11. Great Courses: The Mysterious Etruscans --NEW52
  12. Great Courses: A Skeptic's Gide to American History --NEW51
  13. Great Courses: Privacy, Property and Free Speech --NEW50
  14. Great Courses: History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration -- NEW49
  15. Great Courses: An Economic History of the World Since 1400 --  NEW48
  16. Persons of Interest -- NEW47
  17. The Portrait of Dorian Gray -- re-read
  18. Great Courses: Cycles of American Political Thought -- NEW46
  19. The Invention of Nature --NEW45
  20. Great Courses: Cultural Literacy for Religion NEW44
  21. Great Courses: Industrial Revolution NEW43
  22. Sprig Muslin -- re-read
  23. So Disdained -- re-read
  24. Smokescreen --re-read
  25. Shattered --re-read
  26. Second Wind --re-read
  27. Ruined City -- re-read
  28. Round the Bend -- re-read
  29. Risk -- re-read -
  30. The Reluctant Widow -- re-read
  31. Regency Buck -- re-read
  32. Reflex -- re-read
  33. Rat Race -- re-read
  34. The Rainbow and the Rose -- re-read
  35. The Quiet Gentleman -- re-read
  36. Proof -- re-read
  37. Pastoral --re-read
  38. An Old Captivity -- re-read
  39. Odds Against - re-read
  40. The Nonesuch -- re-read
  41. No Highway --re-read
  42. Nerve -- re-read
  43. The Masqueraders -- re-read
  44. Longshot -- re-read
  45. The Lonely Road --re-read
  46. The Relic Master --42NEW
  47. Louder Than Words -- 41NEW
  48. Notorious RBG -- 40NEW
  49. Landfall -- re-read
  50. Lady of Quality -- re-read
  51. Starman Jones -- 39NEW
  52. The Secrets of Wishtide -- 38NEW
  53. Hidden Figures -- 37NEW HISTORY4
  54. Nothing to Fear -- 36NEW HISTORY3
  55. Bad News -- 35NEW
  56. Mrs. Fortescue Steps Out --34NEW
  57. Great Courses: American Ideals: Founding a 'Republic of Virtue' --33NEW
  58. Anansi Boys -- 32NEW
  59. The Great Decision --31NEW HISTORY2
  60. What The F -- 30NEW
  61. The Crime at Black Dudley -- 29NEW
  62. Great Courses: The Illiad of Homer --28NEW
  63. Cairnaerie --27NEW
  64. In the Wet -- re-read
  65. In the Frame --re-read
  66. The Illiad & The Odyssey -- 26NEW  Bucket List
  67. Great Courses: The Odyssey of Homer  -- 25NEW
  68. Hot Money -- re-read
  69. High Stakes --re-read
  70. Spaceman --24NEW
  71. Tess of the d'Urbervilles -- 23NEW
  72. Luck and Judgement -- 22NEW
  73. The Jungle Book --21NEW
  74. The Grand Sophy -- re-read
  75. Words on the Move -- 20NEW
  76. Frederica -- re-read
  77. Friday's Child --re-read
  78. Double Whammy -- re-read
  79. The Foundling -- re-read
  80. Flying Finish -- re-read
  81. The Spaceship Next Door --19NEW
  82. Great Courses: From Plato to Post-Modernism -- 18NEW
  83. Great Courses: English Grammar Boot Camp -- 17NEW
  84. Faro Daughter -- re-read
  85. The Far Country -- re-read
  86. False Colours -- re-read
  87. Even Money -- re-read
  88. Enquiry -- re-read
  89. Driving Force -- re-read
  90. Bloodline -- re-read
  91. Devil's Cub --re-read 
  92. The White Cottage Mystery -- 16NEW
  93. The Eyre Affair -- 15NEW
  94. On What Grounds -- 14NEW
  95. But for the Grace -- 13NEW
  96. Great Courses: The High Middle Ages 12NEW
  97. Decider -- re-read
  98. Dead Heat --re-read
  99. Dead Cert --re-read
  100. The Danger --re-read
  101. Crossfire --re-read
  102. Cotillion --re-read
  103. The Corinthian -- re-read 
  104. The Readers of Broken-Wheel Recommend -- 11NEW
  105. Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home -- 10NEW
  106. An Accidental Death --9NEW
  107. A Convenient Marriage --re-read
  108. Come to Grief -- re-read
  109. A Civil Contract -- re-read
  110. The Chequer Board -- re-read
  111. Charity Girl -- re-read
  112. The Breaking Wave --re-read
  113. Bret Farrar -- 9NEW
  114. Great Courses: Find Your Roots -- 8NEW
  115. Break In --re-read
  116. Great Courses: The Great Debate -- 7NEW HISTORY1
  117. Great Courses: 36 Books That Changed the World -- 6NEW
  118. Speaking American --5NEW
  119. You're Saying It Wrong --4NEW
  120. We are Legion (We are Bob) --3NEW
  121. Great Courses: English in America --2NEW
  122. Midnight Riot (aka A River in London) --1NEW
  123. Bolt -- re-read (continued from 2016)
Welcome to The Flat Book Society

So the votes are in and tabulated and we're now officially 

The Flat Book Society!  Anyone interested in low-stress science (no dry, academic tomes here!) is welcome to join us.


A few points:


There will be a new group read once every other month, starting September 1st.


Books will be voted on by the group.


I have created a voting list to get us started, culled from the list Themis-Athena so very generously put together from the groups suggestions.  These are the top 10 books people indicated interest in reading.


Any member of the group can add books to this list.  Books must be non-fiction and the main subject must be Science.  Please do not add self-help or psychology books.  Please note that the BookLikes system assumes if you're adding a book, you're voting for it, so your vote will automatically be recorded for any book you add.


Any member can vote for any number of books, so don't think of this as a one-time vote for your favourite.  Vote for all the books you think you'd be interested in reading as part of the group.


I'll use the two books that receive the most votes by August 15th to create the first two club reads.  These will be our group reads for September and November.


The voting list will remain in place indefinitely, so as you find books that look like they might be of interest to the group, please add them.  (Chosen books will be rolled off the list.)


Please let me know if you have any questions I didn't cover here.  I've tried to make sure every book on the voting list has a summary in place, so please look over them and choose your poison!  

Reblogged from Murder by Death
The Skeptic's Guide to American History - Mark A. Stoler

The Iconoclast's Guide to American History. Well done but there was one thing that drove me nuts listening to this series of lectures. This guy sounds exactly like the campaign director character played by the late Ron Silver on The West Wing--same accent, same pacing, same stridency.


It is a good series of lectures that points out everything that we don't learn in school and all that we tend to forget about the events of American History as we move further away from them and start to paint these events with the brush of modernity.

I'm sure you will all agree



Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century - Jeffrey Rosen

I'm just a couple of lectures in and I can tell that this discussion of privacy and property in the 21st century is going to leave me feeling angry and violated. I can't decide whether to do it all in one gulp and get it over with or to listen to one lecture at a time spread over many, many days.

4 Stars
From the Ancient Greeks to the Moon
History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration - Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius

I remember "the explorers" as being a big thing that was taught in my school system in elementary school and we dutifully learned all the names of the European explorers and where they went, etc. My goodness, we were parochial in our approach to history. So, what was fascinating for me was the scope of these lectures. They went back further into history, covering the ancient Greeks, and they were more global, not limited to European white males. Each lecture covered one explorer or exploration telling the story of the exploration and then commenting on its significance, why it was a pivotal moment human history.

4 Stars
Long but pertinent
An Economic History of the World since 1400 - Donald J. Harreld

It was a long haul but really not that difficult to follow and since he spends a lot of time talking about the world economy in the 20th and 21st centuries actually quite helpful in helping me understand the world I live in--just don't ask me to recap anything that I have just listened to!


The lecturer is well-spoken and knowledgeable, so it isn't at all hard to sit through all 48 lectures. Some of the lecturers like to dazzle you with their brilliance and flaunt their immense working vocabularies; Herreid has parked his ego at the door and in doing so, is able to present a huge among of information in a relatively short amount of time, clearly and concisely--and without boring you to death.

Out of My Comfort Zone
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf, David Drummond

I've never done a buddy read or joined a book club before, so this is new territory for me. I started listening about an hour ago and so, far, I'm enjoying the book and the experience. Still, I'm not quite sure how all of this works, but I'm sure I'll figure it out.


I will say that this is a very interesting read considering that I just finished listening to a Great Courses lecture series on the Industrial Revolution. There is a certain amount of overlap in the two discussions.

How many of us reread?

That was a question asked on my FB Georgette Heyer group and here was my reply. I want to save it and it will be easier to find here than on FB.


Re-read? It is my middle name!! Over half my reading is re-reads. I re-read all the GH, Dick Francis and Nevil Shute in my library in alphabetical order at least once a year. Between new books and my favorite three, I troll my Audible library for titles that I feel like reading again. I so prefer my old friends to most of the current writings. I have such a lousy memory that it is almost like reading a new book except that I know in advance that I already like it.

I am taking a bow!!!


Today is July 7, 2017, the 188th day of the year, just a smidgen more than half of the year is over and I am CELEBRATING.


As of yesterday, I have met my BL reading goal of 100 books. Last year it took me until September to reach this point. I am now 30 books short of what I consider the minimum books I wish to read and 86 shy of what I read last year. Will I make it? Stay tuned!!


My first hundred books includes 42 new titles, 9 Great Courses, 4 History titles and a couple of bucket list items (like the Illiad and the Odyssey). The last month or so, I have been on a re-read jag and I am just ripping a hole in my annual re-read cycle of Georgette Heyer, Dick Francis and Nevil Shute. I have 8 Great Courses and a couple of new titles waiting to download to my iPod but I have been super lazy and clinging to old friends for easy entertainment. There is a lot to look forward to in the second half of the year.

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Two for One and I Went Crazy
The Industrial Revolution - Patrick N. Allitt Cycles of American Political Thought - Joseph F. Kobylka History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration - Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius The Mysterious Etruscans - Steven L. Tuck Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century - Jeffrey Rosen An Economic History of the World since 1400 - Donald J. Harreld Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know - Mark Berkson

The latest Audible sale is offering  2 for one credit on 250 of the Great Courses lectures and I went crazy. I spent every credit in my coffers. It will take me weeks to get through all that I bought because I will have to sprinkle some light-hearted romps in among the didactic discourse just to keep me going.


The banner should look a lot better once the cover art gets updated. (Thank you, Librarians).


Today's daily deal on Audible...
Words on the Move: Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally) - John H. McWhorter

On sale today for $2.95. For all my language loving fellow BLers, if you haven't found John McWhorter, here is your chance. He is best heard -- in Great Courses or on audiobooks--not read, because it is the only way to understand the nuances of pronunciation that come up all too often in his work.