Wednesday, March 30, 2011

These Weeks at the Library (15 March - 30 March)

I picked up a couple of novels from the the library's bookstore (which sells discarded and donated books) during my visit to the library today; Michael Connelly's Echo Park,  one of his Harry Bosch mysteries; and Crossover, a Michael Jan Friedman story in which Scotty steals a museum ship (the Constitution-class Yorktown) and races off into Romulan territory to rescue Spock.  I'll probably read Echo Park soon, given that I've given up on trying to read the Bosch novels in order.

Selected Quotations:
I forgot to write down quotations before I returned the books, but I did post a few to my facebook news feed as I read them.

"One of my men saw something moving and challenged it. When it did not say anything, he fired his machine gun.""Oh, so there's nobody out there," Musulin said, lowering his weapon. "Only cow. Now dead cow."

- p. 215, The Forgotten 500: the Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of WWII

"We've just had the President of the United States blown to hell and gone by a lunatic. We're not going to paralyze ourself with a political fight. And as far as the courts are concerned, let's be serious: there's no way on earth the public would ever stand for a court deciding who is going to be the President."

p. 19, Then Everything Changed, the first of several references to Bush vs. Gore in 2000.

"You didn't dare have more than two shooters at a time. The little birds rocketed upward in every direction, scattering in order to confound their predators. In the excitement, hunters swung their guns about so wildly that three or more shooters would post more of a threat to each other than to the quail."

p. 11, A Man in Full. Obviously not a book Dick Cheney ever read. 

Potentials for Next Week:

  • The Heart and the Fist: the Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL. Eric Greitens
  • Roman Games: A Plinius Secundus Mystery, Bruce Macbain. Pliny the Younger must settle a mystery before the games are done in Rome, or a household of slaves will be put to death.
  • Gallows Thief, Bernard Cornwell, set during a soldier's post-Napoleonic Wars homecoming.
  • Let Nobody Turn Us Around: Voices of Resistance, Reform, and Renewal -- An African-American Anthology. Edited by Manning Marable and Leith Mullings
I had intended to check out a science-fiction author, but I forgot his name "DeHandler? Handel?" and the library's computers were down so I couldn't check on the recommendation. (Joe Haldeman, for future reference...)

1 comment:

  1. Love the reference to Dick Cheney. A man you definitely don't want to go a-huntin' with.

    Crossover sounds interesting. I love Scotty. After Spock, I think he's my favorite of all the Trek characters.


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