Peregrinations

Peregrinations

 

Terse and to the point!

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

 

 

Reblogged Quote
“If sacred places are spared the ravages of war... then make all places sacred. And if the holy people are to be kept harmless from war... then make all people holy.”

― J. Michael Straczynski, Silver Surfer: Requiem
Reblogged from Lora's Rants and Reviews
Today's Daily Deal
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Jeff Woodman, Mark Haddon

I might have passed this one by if it weren't for the $10 credit I earned last month that expires in a couple of days--use it or lose it! So, I suppose that this one should really be put on the "expanding my horizons" shelf because it really not within my (ab)normal range of reading.  :-)

Audible 2 for 1 Sale Pile
Evanly Choirs - Roger Clark, Rhys Bowen Evan Help Us - Roger Clark, Rhys Bowen

Tiresome bunch of choices this go round but I did manage to find two that I wouldn't mind having in my permanent library. 

Another re-read
Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio - Michael Prichard, Jeffrey Kluger

I grabbed this one out of the re-read pile to fill in time while I try to figure out what new book I want to read. I have read this one a couple of times already but not in the past five years, so it was time to trot it out again and give it a listen. Author Jeffrey Kluger is in the business of making science and recent events in the science world accessible to non-scientist (like me). He wrote this book in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the development of the polio vaccine in 2005. It is a well-crafted story that combines biography, history and even a little science. If you haven't read it yet, I do recommend it.

Review
3.5 Stars
A geopolitical view of the world
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World - Tim Marshall, Scott Brick

All throughout this book I kept asking what he now had to say about this and that because it is three years since he wrote the book and Korea has a nuclear weapons capabilities now and the US has a new president and a number of other significant changes. Fascinating book. It will give you a whole new understanding of the world we live in.

I am abandoning this one
Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century - Jeffrey Rosen

Calling it quits on this one. I can't make myself go back to it. I got his point in lecture one and I don't need to hear it over and over again.

Review
4 Stars
Re-read!!!
Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow

It has been a couple of years since I read this and it is time to read it again.

 

How long has it been? Since before I joined BookLikes!

Free on Audible
The Home Front: Life in America During World War II - Martin Sheen, Audible Original

I'm not sure of the details of this offer--how long, who can cash in on the deal, etc., -- but currently Audible is offering this title for free. I haven't listened to it and have no idea if it is any good, but it's free.

Audible Sale Pile
American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant - Ronald C. White Jr., Arthur Morey Secretariat - William Nack, Grover Gardner The Odessa File - Frederick Forsyth, Frederick Davidson

I love shopping the sale pile. I found a bunch there that I already owned and three more to add to my library. This will keep me going for a while, don't you think. 

Not recommended at all
Murder Most Frothy - Cleo Coyle, Rebecca Gibel

The sheer stupidity of the main character is driving me crazy. I only continue to read it because I paid for it! Who walks into the ocean in the dead of night following the bad guy who is swimming back to his boat? Can believe she wasn't heard. Can't believe that she was able to swim the distance described. He was wearing flippers and a wetsuit; can't believe she got as close to his boat as she did. This is definitely the last of this series for me.

Filched From Facebook --Again!

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

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.

Filched From Facebook

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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