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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:39 pm 
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Just started my read for winter:
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I’ve just finished reading “Riding Rockets” by Mike Mullane – a USAF nav-turned-astronaut who had 3 Space Shuttle rides and has written a “very few holds barred” book about it. After all the anodyne stuff that has emerged from the NASA community over the years, this one tells it like it was – in aircrew-ese..
I can’t recommend this highly enough.. He was at the top of his career field in the USAF and had qualified as a Flight Test Engineer and he talks about the political push to put non-specialists – and particularly women - on board. Some of these were hard-line feminists and the culture clash between them and the aircrew community makes for compulsive reading.. Then there’s his analysis of NASA management..
I enjoyed the book so much I emailed him to tell him – without expecting a reply – but I found a really nice chatty email from him in my inbox this morning. Quel gent!

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Non-fiction: 'I am the Secret Footballer' by ? (A Christmas gift). Good stuff but hampered slightly by the author's need to remain anonymous. One of my favourite quotes from the book comes from the media section: "Everyone I meet [when I go out] seems to be a reporter. If you meet a footballer and he comes across as a rude, arrogant prick, the chances are that he's simply mimicking a Geoffrey Boycott innings - unspectacular without giving anything away too easily. Either that or you have bumped into Ashley Cole."

Fiction: 'When the Thrill is Gone' by Walter M Mosley. Does for modern New York what Raymond Chandler did for L. A. Plus he's at least as good a writer as Chandler.

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I finished reading The City of Shadows by Michael Russell a while ago and can thoroughly recommend it. Based in pre-WW2 Dublin and Germany, it's a novel revovling around Nazism, stifling Catholicism and politics. It was a bit of a shock to find that Nazism and antisemitiism had such a strong base in pre-war Ireland.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:37 pm 
Insider Trader - Trader Faulkner. I am half way so far.


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"Ronald Faulkner was born and raised for the first quarter of his life in Australia. He was a troubled and rebellious surfer and tearaway, giving his mother a rough time after his father died when he was just seven years old. Although dreaming of a career in the Australian Royal Navy, fate had other ideas and, through a series of chance encounters, he found himself embarking on a career in the theatre - not unlike his father, the silent film actor John Faulkner, and his mother, Sheila Whytock, a ballerina who danced with Diaghilev's Ballet Russes and the great Anna Pavlova. Under the guidance of his friend and mentor Peter Finch, the young Faulkner - who'd by that time garnered the nickname 'Trader' - set sail for England, arriving in spring 1950. His career in the theatre soon took off, bringing him into contact with some of the finest actors, directors and playwrights of his time. He also discovered Flamenco, a dance he was to master, earning the friendship and respect of Antonio Gades and Antonio el Bailarin along the way. This is his story, a fascinating tale of comedy, elation, sadness, and tremendous challenge. It is also an inspiring documentary tribute to an age now fast slipping away."

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Just finished "Stoner - a novel" by John L Williams. Every bit as good as its reviews would suggest. :-bd
My only criticism would concern its linear structure - it read almost as a journal. Think it could have been improved by intertwining some perspective from others.

Madame has just passed on to me "Melisande! What Are Dreams?" by Hillel Halkin. Anyone else read this?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:23 am 
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MAD87 wrote:
I finished reading The City of Shadows by Michael Russell a while ago and can thoroughly recommend it. Based in pre-WW2 Dublin and Germany, it's a novel revovling around Nazism, stifling Catholicism and politics. It was a bit of a shock to find that Nazism and antisemitiism had such a strong base in pre-war Ireland.

Added this to my list of future reads..

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Piperade wrote:
I’ve just finished reading “Riding Rockets” by Mike Mullane


Have you read "The right stuff" by Tom Wolfe?

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Yes, but quite a while ago..
If you enjoy books like these, "Riding Rockets" pulls no punches. He tells it as it was..

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Thanks Pip. I just googled it and the very first link was a free kindle download. Not sure if it is legal but I have it now.

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Nothing on this topic for a while ... !

I'm absolutely hooked on the Sheriff Longmire books by Craig Johnson. I believe some of the TV series was shown in France but somehow I managed to miss them :(( I've always loved westerns and whilst these books are definitely 'today', there's something reminiscent of the Old West ....

When I started the first one, "A Cold Dish", I wondered whether I had made a mistake. But as I read on and got more and more involved in the book, I just couldn't put it down. The descriptions of the Wyoming scenery, the personalities of the characters and the sense of humour of the narrator, Walt Longmire, have really captured my imagination. I've read 8 in the series (on my Kindle) and so far have not been disappointed. The stories are all good and it's nice to get to know the characters and see how they develop over time.


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Having a lot of elderly parent worries on both sides of the Channel I needed a light read, and Bill Bryson's "The Road to Little Dribbling" has filled the bill admirably. A good updtae of his "Notes from a Small Island".
I'm now on "Tennis & the Masai" by Nicholas Best which should keep me smiling in the herding pen at Bergerac airport tomorrow. Off for the weekend WHEEEEE!

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Just finished "Terrorist" by John Updike. Excellent and it brings home how the indoctrination of these misguided young men can occur. As usual written in Updike's cynical way about "normal" American life which weaves it's way through the novel.


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I'm reading Slash's autobiography (from Guns 'n' Roses)

It's full of sex drugs and rock 'n' roll.

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