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This should have been a great time for catching up on reading (what with quarantine and all), but somehow a lot of my reading time went into trying like hell to comprehend our political drama. I've been longing for months to relax enough to immerse myself in a good book. Have any of you read the old Newbery Award winner, "The Twenty-one Balloons"? It was a favorite book of mine at about 12, and I've always wanted to reread it....Balloon explorer sets off in a giant balloon from San Francisco, meets disaster just off the coast of Krakatoa, which is supposedly uninhabited but turns out to have a secretive population who have a wonderful life due to the massive diamond mines there. Pure escapist fantasy, and so well and cleverly written!

Of course Krakatoa had its problems. :omg

What are you all reading? Once I'm finished with this, I have some terrific books the kids got me at Christmas. Boy am I sick of political analysis. I need something a heck of a lot wittier.

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On 1/14/2021 at 8:20 PM, kidsmoke said:

My Want-to-Read list is swelling again! :)

 

There's a signifiant chance that someone will discover me dead beneath a ginormous pile of books some day. Death by books doesn't seem like a bad way to go.  

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5 hours ago, Boss_Tweedy said:

 

There's a signifiant chance that someone will discover me dead beneath a ginormous pile of books some day. Death by books doesn't seem like a bad way to go.  

 

There are worse ways to go! :spider3

Has anybody here read "Beautiful Ruins"? I'm just starting it, and already I can tell I'm going to love it.

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6 hours ago, Chez said:

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I need to read this, then pass it on to my sister in SF who idolizes him! He's a fascinating guy.

 

3 hours ago, Oil Can Boyd said:

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How is this?  I'd love to read it.

 

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14 hours ago, kidsmoke said:

 

I need to read this, then pass it on to my sister in SF who idolizes him! He's a fascinating guy.

 

 

How is this?  I'd love to read it.

 

 

Empire of Pain is very well done.  It's got a lot of great reporting and I think Keefe is a really good writer.  But it's an infuriating story because the Sacklers' goal was to game the system and make huge amounts of money - which they did.  

 

(As an aside, Keefe's podcast - Wind of Change - is great too.  It's an investigation into whether the CIA wrote the Scorpions' song Wind of Change.)

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I’m looking forward to reading this for some more background on Cliff Booth, but I’d really prefer the rumored 4 hour extended cut which might hit a streaming service at some point. It’s extremely cool that Tarantino wrote this. 
 

 I’m just old enough to remember these novelizations. I had a few of them for some 80s films. 

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On 6/29/2021 at 2:22 PM, Analogman said:

I have some for a show called Earth 2 (1994-1995).

That’s cool! I’ve heard of that show, but never watched it. I believe it was on around the same time as Sea Quest DSV, right?

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