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Mesg #153 "icon's reading - 2012"
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Date Thu Mar-15-12 04:27 AM
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Mesg #154 "A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin"
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Book two in the A Song of Fire and Ice series. Things get more interesting and complex as the novel progresses, setting things up for the next phase of the story.

  

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Mesg #155 "Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen"
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Another fun read by Carl Hiaasen which made me laugh out loud at moments. His apt description of modern life along with his eccentric characters make for humorous and also a bit insightful novel.

  

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Mesg #156 "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an America..."
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A very detailed description of life as a slave by one of the most famous voices on that topic. It is very interesting, especially given the distance from Slavery that exists today given the time that has passed since it was abolished.

  

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Mesg #157 "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie..."
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Having seen the movie years ago (and remembering it fondly) I decided to pick this book up and was not dissapointed. Books are generaly better than the film and this was no exception. The cast of characters is fairly large and the story is told in bits and pieces with the largest insight provided by the main character. Overall a very satisfying read.

  

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Mesg #158 "Rafa by Rafael Nadal and John Carlin"
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The story thus far of Rafael Nadal's life told as framed by his 2008 Wimbledon Final against Federer. It includes observations made and about other important figures in his life along with the first person narrative from his point of view. An interesting read for those who like tennis and especially Rafael Nadal

  

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Mesg #173 "Saint-Exupery: A Biography by Stacy Schiff"
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The interesting life of Saint Exupery who to certain extent was less of a writer than simply someone who lived his life and wrote well. Although well written, this biography unfortunately does all of its quotations in English rather than being in French with subsequent translations.

  

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Mesg #174 "A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin"
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Book Three in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. The plot is complex and to a certain extent realistic in the sense that the good people don't always win and the bad don't always lose. As with the other novels in the series there is no main antagonist or protagonist just many important characters that have different ideas and viewpoints.

  

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Mesg #176 "La neige en deuil par Henri Troyat"
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Plutôt une nouvelle qu'un roman, ce livre est simple mais bien exécuté.

  

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Mesg #184 "The Peter Principle by Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hu..."
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A very interesting book about hierarchies throughout organizations and life. Told with humor it has many valid and interesting points about current society and the place we all have in it.

  

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Mesg #203 "The Mathematics of Life by Ian Stewart"
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A very accessible overview of biology, along with the various revolutions in human understanding of how it works. In particular it examines the recent understanding on how math can be used to understand how life works in much the same way it was previously used for physics. The content is simplified so that the principles can be easily understood using familiar illustrations to help explain the various theories, models and their application.

  

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Mesg #210 "Split Infinity by Piers Anthony"
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The first in the Apprentice Adept series it is a good blend of Science Fiction and fantasy providing a quick paced story in an intriguing environment and society. Although it does not have a cliff hanger of an ending, there are many questions yet to be answered by the end of the book.

  

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Mesg #219 " The Climate Fix by Roger Pielke Jr."
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A very interesting, and eye-opening book about the uncertainties involved in climate research focusing on what science really says and what politicians on different sides take it to mean. As with everything in life, things are not as simple as people would like us to believe though the price for inaction is of course high.

  

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Mesg #221 "A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin"
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Book four in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, it moves along at a decent pace with a lot of intrigue and developing plot lines that are left hanging for the next book. Good and Bad characters have their struggles and triumphs, much like real life, and there is no overwhelming foe that threatens everyone, or at least nothing tangible as of yet. Just rumors here and there of deeper things, but never explicitly expressed.

  

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Mesg #231 "Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James"
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A murder mystery set after Pride and Prejudice which probably more enjoyable if I had read the Jane Austin novel. It runs at a reasonable pace and is fairly engaging.

  

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Mesg #241 "Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King by Brad Matsen"
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A broad strokes kind of biography of Jacques Cousteau, which is to be expected to some extent. Interesting and factual, if you are interested in what Jacques Cousteau did more than who he was, then it will keep you reading.

  

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Mesg #249 "Blue Adept by Piers Anthony"
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The second in the Aprentice Adept series, it moves along at a brisk pace though it spends a little too much time rehashing the events of the previous book. The ending is a bit abrupt leading the reader to the next novel in the series.

  

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Mesg #270 "A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin"
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Alas, it will be some time before the next book in this series will come out. The story is engaging and several characters are brought a lot further in this book and left to fates that are unresolved. As with some of the previous books in this series there is a mix of triumphs and disappointments which can make it seem vaguely unsatisfying.

  

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Mesg #284 "Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg"
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If you ever wondered, as a nerd, what it would be like to meet those people you have seen on the big screen, then this biography would be a good way to find out, or at least experience it as Simon Pegg did. A rather lighthearted but sincere look at his life with a fancied super heroic version of himself as part of a fictional adventure for part of it, it is an engaging read that manages to inject humor and insight about the big screen and relate the tale of someone who has experienced it.

  

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Mesg #285 "Juxtaposition by Piers Anthony"
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The third book in the Apprentice Adept series it is replete with action. The primary threat to the main character having been abated in the prior two books, he can get on with his life, or can he? A deeper mystery that had been looming since the first book is fully explored and explained and brought to a satisfying conclusion.

  

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Mesg #288 "The Time Machine by H.G. Wells"
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A short novel with its share of excitement and introspection. It present an interesting viewpoint on humanity and the appearance of time.

  

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