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  • TurnandCoughlin
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    "keep going until I hit land" Literally

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  • thedrake
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    Just started Mississippi Solo: A River Quest by Eddy Harris. It's about Eddy's trip from Minnesota to New Orleans on the Mississippi river in a canoe.

    Yeah the Longitude book was amazing. Hard to believe that reliable, portable timekeeping is such a recent invention given how essential it is to much of our current tech. Hard to believe that people used to just sail out in to the ocean with only a rudimentary ability to keep track of where they were. Time to go home? I guess I'll just turn around and keep going until I hit land.
    Last edited by thedrake; June 30, 2020, 10:47 AM.

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  • forcemajeure
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    The Royal Observatory in Greenwich has a cool exhibit about the competition to invent a device to measure longitude, if you're ever in London.

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  • DocDave
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    TurnandCoughlin Agreed! I picked Loingitude up to read on a five day holiday. I was so engrossed with the book, I finished it in one night. Then I was boned for the rest of the trip as I had nothing to read!

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  • TurnandCoughlin
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    Just finished Longitude by Davo Sobel. It's the story of John Harrison, who constructed a timepiece that was accurate aboard ships at sea, thus solving the longitude "problem". Really good book, IMO.

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  • DocDave
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    Yeah, I'm with thedrake . Cormac McCarthy's stuff is too dark for me. I've read a few of his novels, but recently I am starting to look for 'happier' books.

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  • thedrake
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    Originally posted by Mr. Charles View Post
    I just finished 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy. What a devastatingly beautiful book. It's definitely found a place in my top 10 (maybe top 5?) best reads.
    Oh man, The Road was way too dark for me. I love Cormac McCarthy's writing though. No Country for Old Men and the border trilogy are my favorites.

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  • Mr. Charles
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    I just finished 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy. What a devastatingly beautiful book. It's definitely found a place in my top 10 (maybe top 5?) best reads.

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  • hyleQueen
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    Originally posted by davisan View Post
    I started the witcher, after I watched the tv show
    Great, I just have started watching it

    Now I'm reading Arch of Triumph

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  • davisan
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    I started the witcher, after I watched the tv show

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  • thedrake
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    The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

    I've been really tired while reading this so far so I think that may be partly why it hasn't grabbed me yet. It is good, big cities come to life and have avatars that battle Cthulu-like monsters? Yes please.

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  • Cooper
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    10 Negroes by Agatha Christie.

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  • JBarwick
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    Finished Rocket Men by Kurson and moved back to Malcolm Gladwell and am reading Outliers. I really liked the Jack Reacher book I read from Lee Child and just bought the whole book lot on ebay so I have a long term plan to read those. Fiction is nice in between the other stuff.

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  • Mr. Charles
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    Aristotle's Politics
    American Nations by Colin Woodard

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  • thedrake
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    Network Effect by Martha Wells

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