Tulip: The Patricia Fisher Cruise Mysteries series by Steve Higgs.  Patricia discovers her husband cheating with her best friend.  In response, she cleans out the bank account and sets out on a round the world cruise. I’m not an impulsive person, so I’m enjoying the series.


Fourscore: Finished reading Friends Divided, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson by Gordon Woods

While it sounds text booky it really could have been about politicians of any era. The two friends recognized their differences to the point of not talking to each other for several years. Every couple pages there are examples of modern politics and how the party system will not and can not ever disappear. Adams’ beliefs in the aristocracy of politicians, Jefferson’s ideas of equality.

Their reconciliation and how both would play their roles, one overtly and the other more clandestinely. Strangely it is said both died on the same day, the 4th of July, without knowing the other had died. A great look at the interwoven history of two presidents, the electoral system in place at the time. Looking at today’s politics and politicians nothing really has changed and our forefathers were very acute in the predictions.

Historical non-fiction has to be remembered that we are reading through the author’s eyes and interpretations. Different authors may have different interpretations but the results and conclusions should be similar.

Next on the list is Blood and Thunder-The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West A 500 hundred page thriller…


LCDR_Fish: Just to re-recommend – particularly in light of the advice we all keep asking for (and sharing) – in my opinion these are invaluable contemporary resources: Escape the City Vol 1 and Escape the City Vol 2 – they really do go together – only split for page-count/binding purposes.

Written by libertarian Free State Project programmer/farmer/author/etc Travis “FBI Threat” Corcoran – it breaks down all sorts of tasks from raising chickens/sheep/pigs, slaughtering and preparing said animals, planting crops, plowing, harvesting firewood – and goes down in the weeds (the autism is strong with this one) – including QR code links and budget breakdowns (probably sadly already unrealistic given the unexpected circumstances).  Still, an invaluable resource with pros and cons for all sorts of different alternatives – be it stoves, power generators, tractors, etc.  Highly recommended for all Glibs – whether you want to set up an off-the-grid ranch or just start a small backyard chicken coop or mini-orchard.


DEG: Finished:

One Land, One Duke by Ru Emerson – She has some interesting world building ideas.  Her main characters are Mary Sues or Marty Stues.  I was starting to root for the bad guys.

The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes:  A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury by Bill Watterson –

Now Reading:

The Last Ringbearer by Kiril Eskov – This is an attempt to re-write the Lord of the Rings with the Elves being the bad guys, Mordor being the good guys.  There are some interesting ideas here, but a) it’s poorly written and b) come up with your own world instead of shitting on an existing world.

The Courage to Face Covid-19:  Preventing Hospitalization and Death While Battling the Bio-Pharmaceutical Complex by John Leake and Peter A. McCollough – I just started this.  Leake wondered in the early days of the Covid Insanity why no one was working on early treatment.  He discovered McCollough, and that McCollough lives in the same town.  This book documents attempts at early treatment, concentrating on McCollough’s work.  I just started the book and will have more to write on it when I finish.


Animal: Aside from a couple of works on test method validation, I’ve been enjoying a re-read of Hemingway’s Nick Adams Stories, and have been making my way back through Harry Turtledove’s Worldwar series, just for the hell of it.

I’ve also been doing a fair amount of reading on the Franco-Prussian War, for reasons that will become apparent in time.


db: I just finished reading Soul Catcher by Frank Herbert.  It was the fourth novel contained in a hardcover compilation of Herbert books I bought a few years ago.

I’m not sure “Soul Catcher” could be published today.  The story focuses on an Indian (Native American) activist, an academic, who, after his sister is raped by drunken loggers in the Pacific Northwest, believes he has been chosen by a spirit to send a message to the White world by capturing and sacrificing an “Innocent” in retribution for the innocents of his people who have been killed by whites.

The story follows him and his captive during their flight through the wilderness of the forests of Washington, and is an interesting study in the supernatural, extremism, insanity, innocence, and Stockholm Syndrome.

My next reading project is unsure.  I have a number of nonfiction books sitting around on the TBR pile, including From Dawn to DecadenceDangerous Ideas: A History of Censorship in the WestThe Madness of Crowds, and The Origins of Totalitarianism, among others.  I may choose one of them, or I may go to one or more works of fiction I have available, including The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which I’ve never read, or maybe go back to an old favorite work of fiction (Heinlein, maybe, or possibly Vinge).


OMWC: With all the things going on in my life at the moment, you’d think I’d be reading something deep and philosophical. Something meaty and yet comforting, a careful examination of the meaning of life.

Of course not. What I’m reading is Fundamentals of Inorganic Glasses by the always-entertaining Arun Varshneya. Want to know about phase behavior? Stress and strain? Band structure? Diffusion? Viscosity as a function of composition? Electrical conduction mechanisms including fast ion transport? It’s all there and I’m enough of a geek to find it fascinating. By the time I work through the entire thing, I might be able to converse intelligently with the grad students surrounding me.


Spudalicious: I am reading for fun again for the first time in a number of years. I went back to old school sci-fi from my childhood. “Way Station” by Clifford Simak fit the bill perfectly. Simak is a superb writer, and the story still triggers me as it did when I was a kid. “How about leaving the guy alone?”


Turn in your readings by July 23rd to be included in the next edition.