Terse and to the point!

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



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.

4 Stars
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. 

2017 Books---- 144 and counting....
  1. Einstein -- re-read
  2. Drama -- re-read
  3. Packing for Mars -- NEW63 SCIENCE6
  4. Evans Above -- NEW62
  5. Death on the Nile -- re-read
  6. Alexander Hamilton --re-read
  7. And Then There Where None -- re-read
  8. The Sirens of Titan -- NEW61
  9. Secretariat -- NEW60 HISTORY13
  10. My Favorite Universe --NEW59  SCIENCE5
  11. American Ulysses -- NEW58  HISTORY12
  12. Gulp -- re-read [book club read]  SCIENCE4
  13. After the Funeral -- re-read
  14. Rocket Men -- re-read  HISTORY SCIENCE
  15. The Day of the Jackel --re-read
  16. 13 Things that Don't Make Sense -- NEW57 SCIENCE3
  17. The Stranger -- re-read 
  18. Murder Most Frothy -- NEW56
  19. 4:50 from Paddington --NEW55
  20. A Man of Some Repute -- NEW54
  21. Latte Trouble -- NEW53
  22. 10 Lb. Penalty --re-read
  23. Whip Hand -- re-read
  24. Venetia -- re-read
  25. The Unknown Ajax  -- re-read
  26. The Unfinished Clue -- re-read
  27. Twice Shy -- re-read
  28. Trustee From the Toolroom --re-read
  29. Trial Run -- re-read
  30. The Toll Gate --re-read
  31. To the Hilt -- re-read
  32. These Old Shades --re-read
  33. The Talisman Ring -- re-read
  34. Sylvester -- re-read
  35. Great Courses: The Mysterious Etruscans --NEW52 HISTORY11
  36. Great Courses: A Skeptic's Gide to American History --NEW51 HISTORY10
  37. Great Courses: Privacy, Property and Free Speech --NEW50
  38. Great Courses: History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration -- NEW49 HISTORY9
  39. Great Courses: An Economic History of the World Since 1400 --  NEW48 HISTORY8
  40. Persons of Interest -- NEW47
  41. The Portrait of Dorian Gray -- re-read
  42. Great Courses: Cycles of American Political Thought -- NEW46 HISTORY7
  43. The Invention of Nature --NEW45 SCIENCE 2
  44. Great Courses: Cultural Literacy for Religion NEW44
  45. Great Courses: Industrial Revolution NEW43 HISTORY6
  46. Sprig Muslin -- re-read
  47. So Disdained -- re-read
  48. Smokescreen --re-read
  49. Shattered --re-read
  50. Second Wind --re-read
  51. Ruined City -- re-read
  52. Round the Bend -- re-read
  53. Risk -- re-read -
  54. The Reluctant Widow -- re-read
  55. Regency Buck -- re-read
  56. Reflex -- re-read
  57. Rat Race -- re-read
  58. The Rainbow and the Rose -- re-read
  59. The Quiet Gentleman -- re-read
  60. Proof -- re-read
  61. Pastoral --re-read
  62. An Old Captivity -- re-read
  63. Odds Against - re-read
  64. The Nonesuch -- re-read
  65. No Highway --re-read
  66. Nerve -- re-read
  67. The Masqueraders -- re-read
  68. Longshot -- re-read
  69. The Lonely Road --re-read
  70. The Relic Master --42NEW
  71. Louder Than Words -- 41NEW
  72. Notorious RBG -- 40NEW HISTORY5
  73. Landfall -- re-read
  74. Lady of Quality -- re-read
  75. Starman Jones -- 39NEW
  76. The Secrets of Wishtide -- 38NEW
  77. Hidden Figures -- 37NEW HISTORY4
  78. Nothing to Fear -- 36NEW HISTORY3
  79. Bad News -- 35NEW
  80. Mrs. Fortescue Steps Out --34NEW
  81. Great Courses: American Ideals: Founding a 'Republic of Virtue' --33NEW HISTORY
  82. Anansi Boys -- 32NEW
  83. The Great Decision --31NEW HISTORY2
  84. What The F -- 30NEW
  85. The Crime at Black Dudley -- 29NEW
  86. Great Courses: The Illiad of Homer --28NEW
  87. Cairnaerie --27NEW
  88. In the Wet -- re-read
  89. In the Frame --re-read
  90. The Illiad & The Odyssey -- 26NEW  Bucket List
  91. Great Courses: The Odyssey of Homer  -- 25NEW
  92. Hot Money -- re-read
  93. High Stakes --re-read
  94. Spaceman --24NEW SCIENCE1 HISTORY
  95. Tess of the d'Urbervilles -- 23NEW
  96. Luck and Judgement -- 22NEW
  97. The Jungle Book --21NEW
  98. The Grand Sophy -- re-read
  99. Words on the Move -- 20NEW
  100. Frederica -- re-read
  101. Friday's Child --re-read
  102. Double Whammy -- re-read
  103. The Foundling -- re-read
  104. Flying Finish -- re-read
  105. The Spaceship Next Door --19NEW
  106. Great Courses: From Plato to Post-Modernism -- 18NEW
  107. Great Courses: English Grammar Boot Camp -- 17NEW
  108. Faro Daughter -- re-read
  109. The Far Country -- re-read
  110. False Colours -- re-read
  111. Even Money -- re-read
  112. Enquiry -- re-read
  113. Driving Force -- re-read
  114. Bloodline -- re-read
  115. Devil's Cub --re-read 
  116. The White Cottage Mystery -- 16NEW
  117. The Eyre Affair -- 15NEW
  118. On What Grounds -- 14NEW
  119. But for the Grace -- 13NEW
  120. Great Courses: The High Middle Ages 12NEW HISTORY
  121. Decider -- re-read
  122. Dead Heat --re-read
  123. Dead Cert --re-read
  124. The Danger --re-read
  125. Crossfire --re-read
  126. Cotillion --re-read
  127. The Corinthian -- re-read 
  128. The Readers of Broken-Wheel Recommend -- 11NEW
  129. Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home -- 10NEW
  130. An Accidental Death --9NEW
  131. A Convenient Marriage --re-read
  132. Come to Grief -- re-read
  133. A Civil Contract -- re-read
  134. The Chequer Board -- re-read
  135. Charity Girl -- re-read
  136. The Breaking Wave --re-read
  137. Bret Farrar -- 9NEW
  138. Great Courses: Find Your Roots -- 8NEW
  139. Break In --re-read
  140. Great Courses: The Great Debate -- 7NEW HISTORY1
  141. Great Courses: 36 Books That Changed the World -- 6NEW
  142. Speaking American --5NEW
  143. You're Saying It Wrong --4NEW
  144. We are Legion (We are Bob) --3NEW
  145. Great Courses: English in America --2NEW
  146. Midnight Riot (aka A River in London) --1NEW
  147. Bolt -- re-read (continued from 2016)
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

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.