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I prefer non-fiction, but read classics, Jane Austin and the like.

I am just beginning 'Rescuing the Spectacled Bear ' by Stephen Fry.

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' There are those who have accused Stephen Fry of spreading his many talents too thinly. Rescuing the Spectacled Bear reminds us that it's possible to argue that he's at his best as a writer. It's a funny and moving diary of his bid to rescue Peru's endangered Spectacled Bears and altogether a delight. Earlier in 2002, BBC 1 broadcast a programme about Fry's visit to Peru to track Paddington Bear's roots and (more seriously) to rescue a Spectacled Bear, one of the world's endangered species. Later, Fry and his team went back and helped rescue a mate for the bear they had found on their first trip. Fry is clearly keen to draw the world's attention to these bears and this engaging diary of his time in Peru is both funny and committed. Will Fry become the Diane Fossey of the bear world?
The full colour, full-page illustrations are a particular delight and perfectly complement the author's whimsical word pictures of the Spectacled Bears. And there's even a bonus in the shape of some very funny jacket notes, comparing (item by item) the Spectacled Bear and Stephen Fry in terms of size, appearance and habitat, not to mention sexual habits. Of the bears: "Mating occurs in April, May and June and couples stay together for a week or two, with copulation occurring numerous times." Of Stephen Fry: "Subject of much speculation among scholars and gossip mongers. The mating ritual, which is remarkably noisy, lasts fourteen and a half years and makes a great deal of mess." --Barry Forshaw

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On New Years Day BBC 1 broadcast a programme about Stephen Fry going to Peru to track Paddington Bear’s roots and more seriously to rescue a Spectacled bear, one of the world’s endangered species. At Easter a follow up programme was shown on BBC 2, they went back, and helped rescue a mate for the young bear they had found on their first trip. Stephen is now gripped by drawing the world’s attention to these bears and has written a diary of his time in Peru. It is packed with lovely colour pictures of Stephen, bears and Peru, and it is, of course, wildly funny. Stephen Fry is set to become the Diane Fossey of the bear world. '

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ISBN 0-09-179523-0


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Science fiction, military history, and alternate history are my favorites. Last night I just finished "MacArthur's War" an alternate on the invasion of the Japanese home islands in WWII, which was preceded by "1862" an alternate on the British joining the South in the Civil War, "1901" an alternate on a conflict between the US and Germany over the foreign US territories, "Fearless" and "Dauntless" two books in a series on futuristic space combat.


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Just finished 3 of John Steinbecks: Grapes of Wrath, Winter of our Discontent and Cannery Row. Loved all 3.

Right now I've got about 19 books to read. Just rec'd a shipment from my best friend, the bookaholic. She has on hand around 75 new books at any given time to read and periodically ships me 20 or so books.

I'm reading Celestial Navigation by Ann Tyler right now. 2 thumbs up.


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Wayne Stollings wrote:
Science fiction, military history, and alternate history are my favorites. Last night I just finished "MacArthur's War" an alternate on the invasion of the Japanese home islands in WWII, which was preceded by "1862" an alternate on the British joining the South in the Civil War, "1901" an alternate on a conflict between the US and Germany over the foreign US territories, "Fearless" and "Dauntless" two books in a series on futuristic space combat.


YAWN zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz :lol: :wink:

Have you read Paris 1919?


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Wasn't there a film made of 'Grapes of wrath' in b/w with Gary Cooper ?

...Loved Gary Cooper, Gregory Peck, John Wayne and that ilk.

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Actually it was Henry Fonda and was some of his finest work.

Once asked by one of us kids if the movie was anything like the real depression, my father answered. "Naw. The movie was a lot happier."


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Oh, forgot the subject!

As you may have guessed, I read pretty much from sunrise to sundown then turn on the lights and keep going.

Right now, "Islandia" by Wright. Good plotting and well drawn characters. I can't wait to see how it turns out.


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I only read really good books. My husband is an avid reader, he always has a book he's in the process. So, when he finds a really GOOD one, he passes it on to me. He's always right. ;D

The thing is, when I read a book it stays with me forever so I hate to read disturbed things, like Stephen Kind (SORRY!) it's disturbed.

Currently, "The Memory Keeper's Daughter". Wow. White Oleanders was the last book that affected me so much, and then before that, Gap Creek. All memorable, and profound.

Oh, and anything at all that John Irving writes. ;D

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I only read really good books. My husband is an avid reader, he always has a book he's in the process. So, when he finds a really GOOD one, he passes it on to me. He's always right. ;D

The thing is, when I read a book it stays with me forever so I hate to read disturbed things, like Stephen Kind (SORRY!) it's disturbed.

Currently, "The Memory Keeper's Daughter". Wow. White Oleanders was the last book that affected me so much, and then before that, Gap Creek. All memorable, and profound.

Oh, and anything at all that John Irving writes. ;D


I couldn't get past 30 pages in Memory Keeper's Daughter. In fact it's going in the garage sale tomorrow if it doesn't rain. I tend to hold on to books I really love, and Gap Creek is on my do not lend shelf. :wink:
There are 2 books Plainsong & Eventide (the sequel) both by Kent Haruf and beautifully written. I highly recommend them.

Here's Plainsong on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Plainsong-Kent-Ha ... 400&sr=1-3


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Herrnstein and Murray's The Bell Curve.

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I got thru Islandia, finally. Wright is a good author but I thought the ending wandered around a bit.

Followed up with 'A Hunter's Year', by Dan Prusi. Nice, quick read. He's based in Minnesota so I can relate to many of his experiences.

Currently, I've just started on 'Hurin's Children'. It's hard to top J.R.R Tolkien, me thinks, and I didn't think his son did all that well with 'The Silmarillion', but he's done alright in the early going in this one. Middle earth is definately a unique indulgence but I've always enjoyed stopping by for a visit. Say, I hear the deer hunting outside Bree is pretty good come fall. Wonder if I can get out-of-state tags....


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Just finished 3 of John Steinbecks: Grapes of Wrath, Winter of our Discontent and Cannery Row. Loved all 3.


Good stuff. Ever read Of Mice and Men?

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