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I've purchased a lot of old and out-of-print books on Amazon through their used-book dealer network. Finished up "Trinity" by Leon Uris a few weeks ago -- it's a historical novel about Ireland from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, covering a lot of older history along the way. Amazing what the native, mostly Catholic, Irish have dealt with over the centuries. Kinda puts some perspective on where they're coming from.

Whizzed through "Pheasants of the Mind" by Datus Proper after that. Pretty good read, but a little too deep and difficult at spots.

Just started "The Virginian" by Owen Wister. It's considered the grandaddy of Western and cowboy literature, and the TV series and movie were loosly based on it. Wister was a friend of Teddy Roosevelt and dedicated the book to him. It was written in 1902, so the language is a bit different. Also, he uses a lot of very long sentences, and the writing isn't very fluid at times. But, I think I'm gonna like it, just won't fly through it.

So, that's what ness is reading this winter. How about you?

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The Old Patagonia Express by Paul Theroux

I like Theroux's travel books. This on he takes trains from Boston to Ole Patagonia. He is definately from Boston, and his overtly snobby statements come off odd. Great book overall. I am a train fan.

Production Fly Tying by AK Best

For obvious reasons. This is a great book for brushing up and taking time out of tying your favorite flies.

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

I grabbed this book when it was new. Now there is a tv show and such out of it. Very interesting look on how what we have built, would return to nature.

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I picked up "Devil at the Confluence," last night, a history of St. Louis blues and jazz. So far it's pretty cool, light reading, more of a coffee-table type book. But I've learned a lot.

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Victory at high tide-an in depth look at the Marine Corps amphibious assault on Inchon Harbor during the Korean War.

Interesting note: At the end of WWII, Gen Omar Bradley stated that there will never be a need for another beach assault, therefor we no longer need the Marine Corps. There was a huge push by the army to do away with the Marines entirely and incorporate the Navy into the army and the newly formed air force. The only thing they wanted the Marines for was ceremonies and guarding ships. The only high ranking army official on the Marine Corps side was Douglas MacArthur.

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I picked up "Devil at the Confluence," last night, a history of St. Louis blues and jazz. So far it's pretty cool, light reading, more of a coffee-table type book. But I've learned a lot.

Well, see there, we do have something in common.

When I lived in KC in the late 90' there was an all Jazz station that loved! Can't get that here.

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I'm alternating between four right now, one for each reading spot (in bed, on the John, etc):

Sea of Swords by RA Salvatore

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

Book of Five Rings by Myamotu Musashi

The Calling of Dan Matthew by Harold Bell Wright

And of course my old standby (if I read it again it'd be the hundredth time) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Mr Dale Carnegie

But if you want a full list of my favorites it's gonna be a long one.. Actually my list above is a great representation of my interests.. A little self help, a lil Sci-Fi, a chunk 'o fantasy and a "based on a true story"...

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Right now I'm reading Royal Coachman by Paul Schullery, an easy read with playful and nostalgic passages. Good book.

I recently gave Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler a try for a while, but it was a little too, uh, "Old World" for me with all the religious propensity.

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Back in the mid 90's I joined a book club through, if I can remember right, was through Outdoor Life. They were offering books no longer in print through the Adventure Library. All are true stories... Himalayas, Antarctica, Amazon, lost at sea, etc. My favorite was about Earnest Shackleton's attempt to be the first to cross the Antarctic continent. Unfortunately, I don't know where it is now.

If anybody's interested I'd be glad to ship any of the books to be read. Just need to ship them back please! :) PM me for titles and authors if you'd like.

As far as this winter goes, I did manage to speed read the december issue of Playboy... :blur:

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