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Post  sanderson on 2/6/2016, 1:13 pm

I finished "Tomatoland". Very interesting. It just makes me want to grow more of my own food.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 2/6/2016, 3:43 pm

sanderson wrote:I finished "Tomatoland".  Very interesting.  It just makes me want to grow more of my own food.

I just looked it up at the library website and I have three choices - book, CD, ebook. I chose the ebook so I can read it while I'm at work. Since China will be celebrating New Year for two weeks starting this coming week I'll be in need of entertainment.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/6/2016, 5:50 pm

I just today put on reserve "Teaming With Microbes", the librarian said, I know a few people that fit that bill! Lol Very Happy

CC do you work for a company based in China?
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Scorpio Rising wrote:I just today put on reserve "Teaming With Microbes", the librarian said, I know a few people that fit that bill! Lol Very Happy  

CC do you work for a company based in China?
I work with other countries, of which China is a big part. And when I'm bored I like to read anything that has to do with gardening. I tell my boss that I'm looking at flowers. He's okay with that.

And now that the library has come out with all these ebooks... I'll be lucky if I have any time left to do any work at all.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/20/2016, 8:12 pm

OK, I just skimmed a really interesting book, "Bringing Nature Home" by Douglas Tallamy. Persuasively talking about the impact each one of us has on our environment, and articulately describing why we should be planting only native species to support (yes, support) the food chain infrastructure of our yards.

Makes aphids and deer flies seem like pals......sorta. Good read with good info on invasive introduced species.

And am now opening the much touted and anticipated "Teaming With Microbes"! When I called the library to get Teaming, the girl said, "I know a few people who this describes"! Lol
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 2/23/2016, 3:45 pm

Has anyone else read The Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener's Handbook?

I picked up a copy at the library. It's written by a father-daughter team and quite interesting... I've learned a lot!

I can't post pictures but here's an Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Week-Week-Vegetable-Gardeners-Handbook/dp/1603426949


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Post  camprn on 2/26/2016, 5:50 pm

There are some good books listed in this thread.

Other Gardening Books

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I stumbled across this thread this morning over coffee its raining way too much to go out and play, so I am catching up on the forums I frequent.  If any of you who read sci fi may be looking for a tale that is not all blood and gore and conflict but a vision of how a group from the future could make their way and live and work and survive in a galactic setting check out this book:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/566680
It's about a ship that hauls supplies to different places in the galaxy this story they go to a farming planet.  The link lets you down load a free sample so you can aee if you lie it.  If you do you can down load the book and brag that you know the authors.....US rock on Razz
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Re: Winter Reading, Anyone?

Post  sanderson on 3/11/2016, 3:33 pm

Okay, I'll bite! I read the sample and will buy the book.

Update on my winter reading.
Andrew Gross "Everything to Lose" - Post Storm Sandy, What would you do if you were in dyer straights and found $500,000 at a car crash? B+

Greg Iles "Mortal Fear" - Good writing, warning, Adult theme

Ridley Pearson "The Red Room" - China, Istanbul, art, Iranian nuclear program. Only half way through.

Waiting for Teaming with Nutrients.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/11/2016, 4:02 pm

Cappy, is it available in hard back form?  My li'l pea brain doesn't really understand that website...
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Thanks for the suggestions, ladies. I'm always on the hunt for good ones.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/11/2016, 4:04 pm

I also read Mortal Fear. 

Among my favorite authors are Stephen White (not currently writing), Brad Thor, and the unfortunately deceased Vince Flynn. And then there are Preston and Child (generally pretty gory, but interesting).

Currently, I'm sorting out my collection of books, trying to decide which ones to donate and which to keep for possible re-reading.
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Post  Cajun Cappy on 3/11/2016, 5:21 pm

Our book is currently not available on paper but if you can read this you can read it.  We are working on the second edition of that story and a new one and plan to have it on paper soon.
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Post  Cajun Cappy on 3/15/2016, 2:53 pm

if our ebook publisher site is confusing to you do like we do get a grand kid to help. Very Happy
The site offers all formats so our book can be read on every thing from a computer to ya smart phone.  Peg and I have been using nook ereaders for years tehy are wonderful and you can carry hundreds of books with ya in one book sized device.  Great for us who do lots of camping in our small camper.
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Post  sanderson on 5/2/2016, 2:36 am

Quick update on my "winter" reading. Linwood Barclay - "Broken Promise" Book 1 of the Promise Falls Trilogy Pretty good

Harlan Coben - "The Stranger" One of his better ones

Jeffery Deaver - "Solitude Creek" A Kathryn Dance Novel Good

John Hart - "The Last Child" It's almost in real time and I couldn't wait to pick it back up. As my husband said, it is hard to find your next book to read after it. Well, by luck, Lee Child's newest book "Make Me" is out, and any one who reads his books can understand why it's a good transition book.

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Post  Cajun Cappy on 5/2/2016, 2:42 pm

I have been reading a bunch of Sci fi lately but sadly nothing really good thinking about moving over to fantasy and revisit some old favorites like Anne mcCafferty  My favorite dragon lady.
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Post  sanderson on 11/21/2016, 3:12 am

I thought I would bump this thread for winter reading. Last winter, "The Martian" and "Teaming with Microbes" were high on the list.

I just finished "The Kraken Project" by Douglas Preston (AI running amok), "House of the Rising Sun" by James Lee Burke (heavy reading, turn of the 1900's) and currently half way through "The Chalk Girl" by Carol O'Connell (medium reading who-done-it). I could read more by her. I have "Natchez Burning" by Greg Iles sitting on the shelf, daring me to start on its 850+ pages.


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Post  AtlantaMarie on 11/21/2016, 7:18 am

Picked up a copy of Brett Markham's book on fermenting. If you don't know his name, he does the Mini Farming - Self-Sufficiency on a 1/4 Acre series.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 11/21/2016, 11:36 am

Sanderson,

I recently finished Preston & Child's The Obsidian Chamber, and I highly recommend it.

It seems we have somewhat similar literary tastes.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/21/2016, 9:45 pm

Mediterranean Table cookbook at present!
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Post  Kelejan on 11/22/2016, 12:25 am

Cajun Cappy wrote:I have been reading a bunch of Sci fi lately but sadly nothing really good thinking about moving over to fantasy and revisit some old favorites like Anne mcCafferty  My favorite dragon lady.


I love the Dragons as well.  A pity Anne has passed on but I think her son has a similar writing style so I enjoy his books as well.

I did not like the collaboration with Elizabeth ?  The Acorn series.  IMO the characters did not come to life and I did not like her writing style.

I started re-reading the originals by Anne but so many are missing from the library now as they turf many out each year. 

I also started re-reading R.F. Delderfield but I could not get the first book published in 1972, "The Dreaming Suburb"; there is not one copy available in British Columbia or Alberta libraries. 

Me starting with "i"s in four paragraphs. Very Happy  Must do better.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 11/22/2016, 3:35 pm

Cajun Cappy wrote:I have been reading a bunch of Sci fi lately but sadly nothing really good thinking about moving over to fantasy and revisit some old favorites like Anne mcCafferty  My favorite dragon lady.

Love love love the Pern series.  I love you  I read every one in proper order around the turn of the century.  Something like 30 books, right?  Wonder if there are any new additions since then....?
 
I'm currently rereading the Foundation series in the order suggested by Asimov...it's been decades!


For light and unique sci-fi try Robert J Sawyer. He has a few great trilogies.

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Post  Mellen on 11/22/2016, 10:31 pm

John Sandford - all books.  Some can be pretty gory but the writing is sitting on the edge of your seat terrific.  Cop who-done-its
Anne McCaffrey ROCKS.  I re-read the Pern series at least once a year.  Tried some of her other books, but never cared for them.
Catherine Coulter FBI series.  Another who done it (anyone see a pattern here).  


Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition

Hemenway, Toby

Gardening Without Irrigation: or without much, anyway
Solomon, Steve

]Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series)  (another pattern?   Very Happy

The Rodale Book of Composting: Easy Methods for Every Gardener
Gershuny, Grace

I'm also a Nora Roberts / JD Robb fan (I have ALL the JD Robb)

....and folks...this is why my yard is a mess.  I seems to be a fair weather gardener.  If it's really cold I'm wrapped up in a blanket with a book.  If it's really hot I'm inside with a fan blowing on me with a book.

Sighhhhhh......
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/10/2016, 8:49 pm

Well, the BC catalog! And waiting for Pinetree...

Also picked up the new Tom Clancy/Mark Greany book the other day.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 12/10/2016, 9:02 pm

BC & Pinetree catalogs.

Bringing Nature Home by Douglas Tallamy, regarding importance of native plants to the ecosystem.  

Just cracked Lee Child's Make Me.
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Post  jimmy cee on 12/11/2016, 11:41 am

Mellen wrote:  If it's really cold I'm wrapped up in a blanket with a book.  If it's really hot I'm inside with a fan blowing on me with a book.

Sighhhhhh......

Just want to let you know Mellen....you're not alone in this regard.
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