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March 24, 2013

Sunday Morning Book Thread 03-24-2013: First Anniversary Edition [OregonMuse]


Good morning morons and moronettes and welcome to the Sunday Morning Book Thread here at the award-winning AoSHQ.

This is anniversary number one of this book thread, would you believe it? On March 25th of last year, I put up a simple "this is a book thread" post. I was surprised by how many of you spoke up publicly that you liked the book thread and wanted it to continue. So here we are.

More Retro Ace

OK, so Maetenloch's "retro ace" ONT of a few nights ago got me thinking about when it was that I first showed up here making a nuisance of myself. Using Google's advanced search, I found this comment from June 2005 and this even earlier one from April of that year. Wow. I mean, think about it. That was nearly EIGHT years ago. And the funny thing is, I don't even remember where or how I came upon this site. I don't remember ever hearing anyone say, "hey, you should check out ace and his smart military blog" or anything like that. I probably just clicked on a link on another conservative site. It very well could have been in a post over on Allahpundit, as that was back in the day when he had his own blog worth reading, which I checked frequently.

What Am I Doing Here?

What I'm Reading

I've gotten about two hundred pages into The Gulag Archipelago and I'm going to back up to the beginning. My reading time is in bed, after everything else is done and the book is packed to the gills with such awesome writing so that I constantly have to resist elbowing Mrs. Muse awake with "hey honey, I've got to read you this great part." It's not that she doesn't want to hear it, she's read other Solzhenitsyn books such as Cancer Ward and The First Circle, which she liked very much. But she does need her sleep.

So I'm going to read the whole thing to her, starting with page 1.

This fits in nicely with our resolution to cut back on our movie watching. For the past 5-6 years, ever since I signed up with Netflix, we've watch a crap ton of movies and TV series, so much so that the TV was pretty much the only thing we were doing together. So when decided we were going to reduce, we needed something to take its place. Mrs. Muse reads quit a lot, but these days her book diet has consisted of mostly audiobooks. She prefers them because she can do other things around the house, or drive around in our car, while she's listening to a book. She's ripped through quite a few by Louis L'Amour and Agatha Christie and right now she's about half-way through Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian

So I'll be reading to her while she's doing her sewing, or planning the weed's menus, or working on her other projects. We're going to take it real slow, with lots of pauses to discuss what we've just read, and I'll probably have to explain a number of the references that she doesn't know, or Google up the references that we both don't know. All in all, I'm looking forward to it.

Books By Morons

Yes, we actually have some moron authors to talk about this week. First up, our dearly beloved 'ette Sabrina Chase, author of many fine books (such as The Long Way Home, which is the first volume of her Sequoyah Trilogy) has a new one out, yes indeed she does, called The Scent of Metal, which Sabrina describes as

science fiction (different series than Sequoyah)...[featuring] the true nature of Pluto, computer geeks in space, factory refurbished Special Forces, and mysterious aliens. Plus scrupulous proofreading by our own Anachronda.

Available on Amazon and also Barnes and Noble.

Author J.J. DiBenedetto found out about the book thread from a commenter on the JustOneMinute blog who steered him in our direction. Most authors write their books and release them one at a time. But James is different. He wrote FOUR books and released them all at once. So here they are:

1. Dream Student (Amazon only)

2. Dream Doctor (Amazon - Smashwords)

3. Dream Child (Amazon - Smashwords)

4. Dream Family (Amazon - Smashwords)

Books For Morons

Dave Harrington recommends the newly-released novel, A Deniable Death by veteran thriller-writer Gerald Seymour, about an attempt by an elite British team sent to the Mideast to assassinate a major jihadi IED designer and builder. Harrington calls it "a great read of different perspectives of a covert operation."


So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, rumors, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at

So what have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as we all know, life is too short to read lousy books.

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