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On 8/16/2021 at 11:31 AM, Mr. Camper said:

I just finished "The President's Daughter" by James Patterson.  Just started reading "The Noise" by James Patterson.

If you haven't bought this yet, save your money.  It was advertised as a suspense/horror story.  Not usually my cup of tea but Patterson normally has good reads.  This should have been labeled as pure science-fiction.  If you like sci-fi then be aware that this is about 422 pages and you'll be halfway through before there is any semblance of a plot and not a credible one at that.  Just a warning.

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I just finished The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home, by Joseph Fink.  An interesting read for those that enjoy the combination of a ghost story & history.  " A funny, terrifying, and unpredictable slice of Night Vale's macabre history." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

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I just finished the Templars in America Series (12 book series) Kindle Edition

 
Loved every volume. Historically adds fiction to surprising facts and artifacts. Filled with pictures of artifacts throughout North America, and I did learn about the Melungians, who include Abraham Lincoln, Elvis, and Tom Hanks. Modern DNA studies confirm a lot of new discoveries that already have changed history. I had no idea about America's Stinehenge or the DC obelisk not in plain sight. It is fiction wrapped around surprising facts. It was a fun trip. I hope he comes back and adds to it.
 
It is proving as good as the Templar series as a mystery thriller set in the 1990s and based on true events. Loving volume 1.
 
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Finished reading "Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century" by Jessica Bruder (haven't seen the movie yet).

The author does correctly capture what it is like working at Amazon, picking sugarbeets, or being a workamper in national forest.

However, if you knew nothing about fulltime RVers and read the book, you would think that EVERYONE who travels fulltime does so because they are destitute and needs a cheap way of living. I  would have liked a little bit more statistics on the working population she was writing about.

 

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Just about to finish " The Ruin of the Roman Empire", by Classical Historian James O'Connell, about the slow dissolution of the Roman Empire in the 6th Century, and the emergence & rise of ISLAM.    Kind of a slow read... gotta stop & think every couple pages.   Not sure what comes next, but I got a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble...

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8 hours ago, Jim & Alice said:

Just about to finish " The Ruin of the Roman Empire", by Classical Historian James O'Connell, about the slow dissolution of the Roman Empire in the 6th Century

Hey Jim and Alice.  How about saving me having to read this book and answer a quick question.

I've heard all my life that the fall of the Roman Empire was due to the Romans voting to give themselves more benefits than they were willing/able to pay for.  Any truth to that?  Thanks.

 

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2 hours ago, durangodon said:

Hey Jim and Alice.  How about saving me having to read this book and answer a quick question.

I've heard all my life that the fall of the Roman Empire was due to the Romans voting to give themselves more benefits than they were willing/able to pay for.  Any truth to that?  Thanks.

 

No, if anything, one can see the drift into Feudalism... the powerful consolidated their regional power by force of arms, and the poorer became even more poor and bound to the local Lord.

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2 hours ago, Kirk W said:

That is an interesting theory, but if you really wish to get an idea of the book's controversial thesis. there is a pretty good review of it by Publisher's Weekly on the internet. 

Thanks, Kirk!   I didn't even know that site existed.   Like I mentioned, it is a slow read... every few pages, gotta stop and absorb... and think... What the review doesn't get into is how impoverished the average 'Roman citizen' was.   The level of daily living detail is not the focus, but it does come out quite starkly.

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8 hours ago, Jim & Alice said:

Thanks, Kirk!   I didn't even know that site existed.   Like I mentioned, it is a slow read... every few pages, gotta stop and absorb... and think... What the review doesn't get into is how impoverished the average 'Roman citizen' was.   The level of daily living detail is not the focus, but it does come out quite starkly.

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Sir Winston Churchill

Today I read an eye chart without glasses, down the the center line_.

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