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Postby Gaucho » Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:27 pm

My Brother in Aerospace is a good name for a band. But maybe not for a good band.

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Postby shafnutz05 » Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:42 pm

I am starting this today...looking forward to it.

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This might be the finest biography I've ever read. I'm only about 25 percent (maybe, it's huge) into it but the level of research and insight into Oppenheimer's life is fascinating.

I'm reading now about his flirting with the Popular Front back in the 1930s, which didn't help him during the Red Scare of the 50s. You would think a book this thick about one person would get repetitive or boring, but I can't put it down.

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Postby Shyster » Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:34 pm

Ignition!: An informal History of  Liquid Rocket Propellants

Oops, that's not sci-fi. Still a good book that my brother in aerospace recommended.


It's a great book. Yeah, there's chemistry in there, but it's actually a really entertaining book.

I'd add in The Mote in God's Eye and its sequel The Gripping Hand by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. Good books.

The Expanse books are also good. I've never seen the TV show, but I have read the books.

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Postby dodint » Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:38 pm

Everywhere I posted this question The Expanse was the most common answer. Someone even offered to sell me theirs. Which is why I passed on it, surely if he wanted to read it by now he would have.

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Postby Gaucho » Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:34 am

peak dodint

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:22 am

:lol:

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Postby dodint » Wed Dec 16, 2020 8:38 am

Okay.

I did end up buying him a copy of Ignition! to go along with the fiction books.

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Postby Gaucho » Wed Dec 16, 2020 8:44 am

Of course you ended up buying the non sci-fi book. :lol:

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Postby eddy » Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:33 am

Okay.

I did end up buying him a copy of Ignition! to go along with the fiction books.
What all did you end up with?

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Postby dodint » Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:34 am

I bought the first three in a sci-fi series and threw in Ignition! because I've heard here and elsewhere (friends, also Scott Manly) that it's a good book.

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Postby dodint » Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:37 am

eddy, I went with the Drake books I had already picked out. Was looking for something good but obscure enough that he might not have read it. The only thing I had to go off was literally a note saying he wanted a "Space SciFi Book - title of your choice."

In hindsight instead of the first three in a series I might've gotten him the first in three series and let him decide what he wanted to continue with. Oh well.

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Postby LeopardLetang » Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:04 am

Cant remember if someone mentioned the Ancillary Justice series. It keeps getting recommended to me and it looks good. If I'm reading sci-fi it's Gene Wolfe all the time though

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Postby Gaucho » Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:36 am

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Postby Gaucho » Sun Dec 27, 2020 6:09 am

I didn't read the novel, but this seems to touch on what I felt the series lacked.


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Postby eddy » Mon Dec 28, 2020 10:32 am

Trying to find a decent collection of John Carter books.

Anyone ever get the barnes and noble collections? Any good?

https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/john-car ... 1126911593

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Postby dodint » Mon Dec 28, 2020 10:35 am

My sister ended up getting my brother The Expanse books, so I'm glad I didn't go with the overwhelming recommendation. Though he hadn't read The Martian either which is what I would have liked to have gotten him. He seemed happy with the Drake books, though Amazon **** up and sent me a cruddy mass market paperback of the first book when I specifically ordered a hardback copy. Was not happy with that.

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Mon Dec 28, 2020 10:54 pm

Lots of that sort of thing for the DG66 family from Amazon this year. Ended up ordering from Books a million, and when they **** up an order, Barnes and Nobles to the rescue. Weird year.

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Postby eddy » Sun Jan 10, 2021 9:33 am

Good book deal $2.99

French Exit by Patrick Dewitt

https://www.harpercollins.com/products/ ... ick-dewitt

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Sun Jan 10, 2021 9:43 am

Thanks for bumping this thread lol. I’ve been too lazy to find it and do it myself.

I read Nomadland over the holiday, after seeing the trailer for the film. Fascinating look at how a large group of Americans began living out of vans and RVs after the housing crisis back in 2007-8. Mostly in their 60s, they travel around the country for seasonal work like Amazon warehouses and sugar beet harvesting (!) Made me feel guilty for ordering so much from Amazon, who has a program for older itinerant workers in select warehouses.

The author - a journalist - also mentions Empire, NV which was a company town for USG - manufacturing sheet rock/gypsum. It was an old school factory town, and once the factory closed, the city closed down and everyone was evicted. If you go on Google Maps, you can still drive through the streets and see green lawns and people walking dogs etc., but it is now closed off and a ghost town. Fascinating stuff.

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Postby dodint » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:09 am

Nomad and was a book I got for free somehow but stuck with me very well. Maybe because my parents are right at that age, I don't know.

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:48 am

My parents are a little older, but I couldn’t imagine them doing what these workkampers are doing. It’s scary.

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Postby eddy » Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:24 pm

Didn't realize nomadland was based off a book. Will read now. Thanks

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:30 pm

The film is going to have a mixture of real people from the book with actors like Frances Mcdormand and David Straithairn. Mcdormand actually lived in her character's van for several months while filming.

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Postby eddy » Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:20 pm

Thanks for bumping this thread lol. I’ve been too lazy to find it and do it myself.

I read Nomadland over the holiday, after seeing the trailer for the film. Fascinating look at how a large group of Americans began living out of vans and RVs after the housing crisis back in 2007-8. Mostly in their 60s, they travel around the country for seasonal work like Amazon warehouses and sugar beet harvesting (!) Made me feel guilty for ordering so much from Amazon, who has a program for older itinerant workers in select warehouses.

The author - a journalist - also mentions Empire, NV which was a company town for USG - manufacturing sheet rock/gypsum. It was an old school factory town, and once the factory closed, the city closed down and everyone was evicted. If you go on Google Maps, you can still drive through the streets and see green lawns and people walking dogs etc., but it is now closed off and a ghost town. Fascinating stuff.
This is a very interesting book. Thanks for the heads up

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:21 pm

Yeah, I finished it a couple of weeks ago and still thinking about it a lot. Every RV I see, every white van...it's something.

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