Anybody read books? I do.

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  1. Apr 4, 2016 #361 of 573
    Rich

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    What do you think of the Sharpe series? I've got the first two in that series at home just waiting for me. Yeah, prolific he surely is!

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    To be honest, it has been several years since I read one of them and I don't remember which books I read. I wasn't reading them in order and the lack of continuity had me a bit confused at times. It was good reading, however.
     
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    Gotcha. Yeah, I found that out rather quickly. 1356 surprised me, but I'll be more careful from now on. I just started The Fort and its another good book.

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    I just finished Off The Grid by C. J. Box. This is one of his best books and he's written many good ones.

    I finally read the first Richard Sharpe book, Sharpe's Tiger by Cornwell. When I got thru with it, my first thought was this guy can't write a bad book. Then I started his Stonehenge and he can write a very uninteresting, hard to read book. I gave up after about 150 pages. It started out slow and just got worse and worse. I can only hope that's the only bad book.

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    I had borrowed The Last Kingdom as a Kindle eBook download from the local library system. I only made it half-way through when I reached the 3-week loan limit. I checked and it was available for renewal so I clicked on that and everything looked OK, but my Kindle and iPhone both said it had expired and wouldn't let me read any further. :soapbox:

    I deleted the book completely from the devices and my Amazon account and then I was able to get it back and access it. The system could handle renewals a bit better, however.
     
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    The first book of the Saxon Tales is The Last Kingdom. I realize you know that, Bob. I'm writing this for those that haven't read it yet. In that book, Cornwell sets the characters and the story line for the whole series and it is the slowest read of all the books in the Saxon Tales, I think. Once I got past that book I literally blew thru the rest of the books, each in a couple days.

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    After giving up on Stonehenge, I read Wildtrack (just finished it last night) and Cornwell was right back on track. Wildtrack is about sailing and sailboats, a subject I didn't think I'd like but I found the book fascinating. It's also a contemporary murder story. Very good book, the first in a 4 part series on sailing.

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    After I finished The Last Kindom I decided to put Cornwell aside for a while and am now reading The Escape by David Baldacci. I find the quality of his writing improving with each book and this is a good mystery with murder (of course), treason and espionage in the mix. I am nearly finished and plan to next read The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, about the U.S. rowing team in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
     
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    I've tried several of Baldacci's books and he's one of those writers I just can't read. I've had this problem with some writers all my life and I have no explanation for it. It happens with authors of books (Leonard Elmore is one of the very prolific writers that I have that problem with), columnists and anyone who writes in general. I just get stuck on one page and can't get past it. I don't know if there is a name for this or a cure (I'm sure I miss out on many good books).

    Reader's Block perhaps?

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    Last night we had a house guest that was reading a book called House of Leaves. She showed it to me, and I just bought a copy for myself. Wondering if anyone here has read it.

    I flipped through it, it is...unusual to say the least from a typography standpoint. A book that really will never translate to ebook format or audio.
     
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    After reading the books wiki page, I am not should I be willing to make the commitment require to read this book. I will await your comments on it and see.
     
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    bobnielsen

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    I have found most of his books easy to read but I started Last Man Standing a week ago and haven't been able to get very far into it. Maybe it is the sort of thing you encountered.
     
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    Not if you could read his other books. I've tried several and I end up just staring at the pages. There used to be sports columnist, Jerry Izenberg I think his name was, who wrote for the Newark Star Ledger. I could not read his columns even if they were about the Yankees. Same thing happens now with Bob Raissman (not sure how you spell it) of the Daily News. Just cannot read past a paragraph or so. I have no idea what this is called.

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    I just read the Wikipedia article and I gotta say I really don't like books with odd formats. I'll wait until someone on this thread raves about it before giving it a try. I can't even read books that use the Chicago font.

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    It's call different strokes for different folks.
     
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    Seems more complicated than that. I cannot read Elmore Leonard. Look at how many books he wrote and people just gobbled them up. I have never gotten very far in any of his books. It's surely not about the content. IIRC, Baldacci's books are about lawyers and so are Grippando's and, usually, Grisham's. I look forward to both Grippando's and Grisham's books and I think I've read most of them. Puzzling, it is.

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    While many of Baldacci's books have some lawyers in the story, they are not all about Lawyers. The Camel Club series is about four aging guys in DC; one was a CIA special/wet ops before he was 'killed'. John Puller (Puller Series), is an Army CID agent who gets called in on all the big cases. The King and Maxwell series is about two former Secret Service agents (although he is a lawyer now). And the Will Robie series is about a CIA hit man.
     
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    I've come to love most of the Baldacci books! The Escape was an awesome book! I just finished his newest one, and had a little bit more trouble getting through it. I guess I just didn't relate to the hero as much as I do in the other books. But the mystery itself was still amazing.
     
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    I've been binging on (and enjoying) the Sandford books. Just finished Davenport #23 (Silken Prey) and I'm now halfway through Flowers #6 (Mad River).
     
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    Rich

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    Sandford has two more books just out. One is a Davenport (Extreme Prey) and the other is a Flowers (Escape Clause).

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