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Book central - let's talk about our reads
« on: December 14, 2012, 03:48:25 am »
Hi BetterMostians,

we've had some book-threads in the past, but most were for a specific purpose (ebooks, book-club, etc.). They never really took off or went dormant years ago. However, books have come up here and there, scattered in the most unexpected threads. That's a bit of a pity, since most people won't see those discussions.

How about a central book thread similar to our Movies thread: feel free to talk anything related to books you read or want to read in this thread. Recommodations, asking whether someone has read a specific book, moaning about a disappointing book, discuss books currently talked about in the media, etc.

Novels, biographies, non-fiction, sci-fi, historical, love-stories,
ebooks, paperbacks, coffee-table books,
critically acclaimed literature, amusing pasttimes and guiltiy pleasures
 - don't be shy, all genres are welcome!

No rules, just one little request: it would be great if everybody could put book-titles in bold. This way it's easy to skim through the thread and just look if a title catches your attention. Enjoy! :)

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Re: Book central
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2012, 03:53:58 am »
To start off, I'll copy a conversation we've had in the amazing Race thread recently:

Also, read The Bucolic Plague. It's a great read!



I've just been reading the last two pages of this thread. The show isn't shown here at all, so I don't follow the thread and thus didn't know Josh Kilmer-Purcell/maybe Beekman now (?) and his hubby are on it.

I haven't read The Bucolic Plague, but it's supposed to be good. But before you read it, read "I'm not myself these days" by Josh. Very good book. It's hilarious in places. I started out literally LOLing. I cried from laughter - and later for real. Goes from outraging hilarious to heartbreaking.
After you've read that one, you might need The Bucolic Plague for a happy ending. :)


i already have the 2 books and 1st season region 1 dvd on my amazon wish list!

Nope not on TV here.. searched Sky - our version of TIVO - and its not on any channel at all in the UK.  :(

Chrissi - since Josh isn;t known here how did you find the book?



Leslie (MaineWriter) recommended it to me. In fact, she started to read it out loud to me when we were driving home from the Alsace last year. I begged her to stop; I needed to use the restroom before she could read on, it was so funny. :laugh:


Thanks for the tip.  I've added this to my E-reader!  8)

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A new post on Josh and Brent's website.  A must-see for the "It Gets Better" movement!

http://beekman1802.com/colin-youre-amazing/#comments



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Re: Book central
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2012, 04:04:19 am »
Christmas is near. Do you give away books? Wich books do you hope to get?

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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2012, 10:12:42 am »
Christmas is near. Do you give away books? Wich books do you hope to get?

I love giving books as gifts, but I find it difficult to make a gift book a surprise because it can be difficult for me to find out whether or not the intended recipient already has the book I'm thinking of giving.  ???
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Re: Book central - let's talk about our reads
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2012, 12:25:58 pm »
Nice thread, Chrissi.  8)

I've just started on "I'm Not Myself These Days" and am enjoying it.  It'll be fun to learn more about Josh's drag days.   ;D

I'm planning to give a friend "Dropped Names" by Frank Langella.  I finished it recently and found it very entertaining.  It's full of vignettes of celebrities now passed on who came into contact with him either briefly or for longer relationships.  It's not politically correct and has some funny and poignant moments.
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Re: Book central - let's talk about our reads
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2012, 12:46:43 pm »
The book at the top of my list to read is "The Making of Brokeback Mountain" but, sigh, it hasn't been written yet! I just finished Julie and Julia by Julie Powell, and enjoyed it immensely. I'm now about one-third of the way through Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Find the Lost Children of Nepal, by Conor Grennan. It is surprisingly upbeat for a book about child trafficking. The book I'm hoping to get for Christmas is Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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Re: Book central - let's talk about our reads
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2012, 01:03:29 pm »
I just finished NW by Zadie Smith and Merry Christmas Alex Cross by James Patterson.  I'm trying to decide what to download on the Kindle to read next.  I want to read the latest offering in The #1 Ladies Detective Agency Series.  I try to read a book a week.

I rarely give books as gifts, but I receive tons of them.  You should see my library!

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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2012, 02:07:19 pm »
Right now I'm finally reading A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains, by Isabella Bird. It's her account of her sojourn in Colorado in 1873.

Isabella was quite a character. You can look her up on Wikipedia.
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Re: Book central - let's talk about our reads
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2012, 02:44:39 pm »
Great idea for a thread, Chrissi!

I have nothing to add at the moment, I don't read much these days.

Since Brokeback I spend way more time at the computer than reading!   ;D

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Re: Book central - let's talk about our reads
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2012, 11:43:58 am »
I'm with Sason.  Last few years, books have interested me less and less, and I'm sad about that.  Used to be voracious since very young, now it takes me a month to get thru just one.  Maybe it's just been too long since I've found a good page-turner.
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« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2013, 01:55:40 pm »
If you like murder mysteries and are pining for the Big Horn Mountains and that region of Wyoming, I highly recommend any of the Walt Longmire novels by Craig Johnson.

They really should be read in order, starting with the first one, The Cold Dish.

The novels have been the inspiration for a successful TV series, called Longmire, now in its second season. I'm a faithful watcher of the TV show, but the novels are exponentially better than the show. Johnson is a wonderful writer; even minor supporting characters are vividly portrayed.

Walt Longmire is sheriff of the fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming. While the county is fictional, Johnson has kept the geography real, with references to the Big Horns, Clear Creek, the Powder River, and even West Ten Sleep Creek. Anyone who was on Roundup back in '08 (was it really that long ago?) will immediately recognize that Durant, the county seat of fictional Absaroka County, is very much based on Buffalo, the very real seat of Johnson County (and home to the Occidental Hotel, where we Roundupers had a very late supper the day we went to Devil's Tower). The Busy Bee Cafe, a place in Durant where Walt often eats, is actually a real cafe in Buffalo.

I've now read the first four of the Longmire books, and after work today I'm going to see about acquiring copies of the next four. Good stories with great writing and vivid characters--and like a visit to North Central Wyoming to boot!

Here's a link to Craig Johnson's web site.

http://www.craigallenjohnson.com/
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Re: Book central - let's talk about our reads
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2013, 03:32:07 pm »
Thanks, Jeff!  I'll download the first novel of the series on my Kindle.  I'm excited!  :)

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« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2013, 06:51:05 pm »
Barnes and Noble must have stocked up on the books because the second season of the TV series debuted on Memorial Day. I stopped in on my way home from work to buy or order the four books that I haven't yet read, and to my surprise the store had a good supply of all eight novels on the shelf.  :)
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« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2013, 01:09:12 am »
If you like murder mysteries and are pining for the Big Horn Mountains and that region of Wyoming, I highly recommend any of the Walt Longmire novels by Craig Johnson.

They really should be read in order, starting with the first one, The Cold Dish.

The novels have been the inspiration for a successful TV series, called Longmire, now in its second season. I'm a faithful watcher of the TV show, but the novels are exponentially better than the show. Johnson is a wonderful writer; even minor supporting characters are vividly portrayed.

Walt Longmire is sheriff of the fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming. While the county is fictional, Johnson has kept the geography real, with references to the Big Horns, Clear Creek, the Powder River, and even West Ten Sleep Creek. Anyone who was on Roundup back in '08 (was it really that long ago?) will immediately recognize that Durant, the county seat of fictional Absaroka County, is very much based on Buffalo, the very real seat of Johnson County (and home to the Occidental Hotel, where we Roundupers had a very late supper the day we went to Devil's Tower). The Busy Bee Cafe, a place in Durant where Walt often eats, is actually a real cafe in Buffalo.

I've now read the first four of the Longmire books, and after work today I'm going to see about acquiring copies of the next four. Good stories with great writing and vivid characters--and like a visit to North Central Wyoming to boot!

Here's a link to Craig Johnson's web site.

http://www.craigallenjohnson.com/


I'm totally sold! I love mysteries, and as you know, I'm going on a WY roadtrip soon.

I wondered why the name Longmire sounded familiar to me...
I opted in on Wyoming's Tourist Information site on FB, and they post tips for trips, news and miscellaneous from the state. I had already heard about the series there, that's why the name was familiar to me.

Definitively gonna buy the first book! Thanks for the rec! :-*

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« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2013, 09:13:11 am »
I'm totally sold! I love mysteries, and as you know, I'm going on a WY roadtrip soon.

I wondered why the name Longmire sounded familiar to me...
I opted in on Wyoming's Tourist Information site on FB, and they post tips for trips, news and miscellaneous from the state. I had already heard about the series there, that's why the name was familiar to me.

Definitively gonna buy the first book! Thanks for the rec! :-*

My pleasure! In case no one has noticed, I love these books and these characters!  ;D

And I was just thinking this morning, It's possible Craig Johnson has another career in him as a comedy writer, as the Longmire stories include way more humor than I ever expect to find in a whodunnit.
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Re: Book central - let's talk about our reads
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2013, 10:28:50 pm »
I am always looking to expand my "gay library" so I always head to the gay/lesbian section in any store. 




Born This Way - Real Stories of Growing Up Gay by Paul Vitagliano


Based on the hugely popular blog of the same name, Born This Way shares 100 different memories of growing up LGBTQ.  Childhood photographs are accompanied by sweet, funny, and at times heartbreaking personal stories.  Colleccted from around the world and dating back to the  1940s to today, these memories speak to the hardships of an unaccepting world and the triumph of pride, self-love and self-acceptance.  This intimate little bookis a wonderful gift for all members of the LGBTQ community as well as their friends and families.  Like Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" project, Born This Way gives young people everywhere the courage to say, "Yes, I'm gay.  And I was born this way.  I've know it since I was very young, and this is my story."


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Since My Last Confession - Scott Pomfret


Scott Pomfret serves as a lector at Saint Anthony Shrine.  He also writes gay porn.  His boyfriend is a flaming atheist, and his boyfriend's Protestant grandmother counts Catholicism a sin worse than sodomy.  Convinced they're going straight to Hell for their wayward beliefs, she still thinks their lives on earth should be as pleasant as possible, so there's always a whoopee pie on the table for them.

From same-sex marriage rallies to pedophile priest scandals, Since My Last Confession maps with matchless humor the full spectrum of the gay Catholic experience, from one end of the rainbow to the other.  Listen in as Scott learns a thing or two abot love and compassion from Father McSlutty, a promiscuous gay priest;  Jezebel, Scott's uber-Catholic sister-in-law;  Father Bear-Daddy, the Shrine's hirsute holy terror; and the Three Hale Marys. Then join Scott on his brave crusade to convince his arch-nemesis, Cardinal O'Malley, to invite him to serve at weekly mass.

Along the way, you'll learn how to detect a gay Catholic, hot to get excommunicated from the comfort of your own living room in three easy steps, why the Sabbath should be on Friday (Sundays are for brunch!), and what a nice erotica writer is doing in a mean church like this.


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« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2013, 08:07:08 pm »
Walt Longmire is sheriff of the fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming. While the county is fictional, Johnson has kept the geography real, with references to the Big Horns, Clear Creek, the Powder River, and even West Ten Sleep Creek. Anyone who was on Roundup back in '08 (was it really that long ago?) will immediately recognize that Durant, the county seat of fictional Absaroka County, is very much based on Buffalo, the very real seat of Johnson County (and home to the Occidental Hotel, where we Roundupers had a very late supper the day we went to Devil's Tower). The Busy Bee Cafe, a place in Durant where Walt often eats, is actually a real cafe in Buffalo.

I've now read the first four of the Longmire books, and after work today I'm going to see about acquiring copies of the next four. Good stories with great writing and vivid characters--and like a visit to North Central Wyoming to boot!

Talk about deja vu. I've now started Hell is Empty, the seventh Longmire novel (and apparently the inspiration for the first episode of the second season of the TV series). Early scenes are taking place at the Meadowlark Lodge!  :o  Roadtrippers, remember?  ;D
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« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2013, 09:33:11 pm »
Talk about deja vu. I've now started Hell is Empty, the seventh Longmire novel (and apparently the inspiration for the first episode of the second season of the TV series). Early scenes are taking place at the Meadowlark Lodge!  :o  Roadtrippers, remember?  ;D

How could we forget? Does it mention the cougar in the rafters? The terrible coffee?
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« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2013, 11:08:02 pm »
How could we forget? Does it mention the cougar in the rafters? The terrible coffee?

 ;D

No, but, interestingly enough, Hell is Empty seems to really mirror reality. Johnson copyrighted the book in 2011, so I'm guessing that was after Deer Haven, Meadowlark, and South Fork (I need to double check the "real" name of that place; I don't have that information here at home) all came under the same management as Lodges of the Big Horns--and in the novel they are all operated by the same people.  :)

BTW, what with the references to West Ten Sleep Creek, there are scenes in The Cold Dish in which I can visualize the parking lot at Deer Haven. The way Craig Johnson knows his Big Horns, I wouldn't be at all surprised if he's been up to Broke'back Summit at least once.

ETA:

In the last chapter I read before sleep last night, Sheriff Longmire is chasing an escaped psychopathic serial killer around Deer Haven Lodge, which is closed for renovations--ya think maybe because snow caused the roof to collapse?  ;D
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« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2013, 10:11:14 am »
Tell you what, I was really not looking forward to this seventh Longmire novel because it was used as the basis for the first episode of the second season of the TV series, and I didn't particularly like the episode (too much story to be told in too few minutes). But instead I am utterly amazed to be reading a novel that's taking place over ground I have actually trod. In the last section that I read before sleep last night, the escaped convicts took off from Deer Haven in a snowcat vehicle, crossed the bridge over West Ten Sleep Creek, and actually headed up the road we take to head up to Broke'back Summit.  :o

As I read these chapters, I'm keeping by me the topographical map that FRiend EDelmar gave us Roadtrippers back in '07. It's like I'm following Walt's footsteps on the map. The novel even mentions the Tyrell (sp?) Ranger Station that is shown on the map.  :D

There is no mention of the stuffed cougar in the rafters at Meadowlark Lodge, which FRiend Lee asked about, but perhaps that stuffed one inspired Craig Johnson to write a very live one into the plot of Hell is Empty. Funny, but it never really registered with me that there are cougars in the Big Horns. FRiend EDelmar has said the Big Horns are not in the range for the Grizzly Bear, but I never really registered that there are cougars in those mountains.
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« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2013, 02:41:32 pm »
Talk about deja vu. I've now started Hell is Empty, the seventh Longmire novel (and apparently the inspiration for the first episode of the second season of the TV series). Early scenes are taking place at the Meadowlark Lodge!  :o  Roadtrippers, remember?  ;D


You bet! :D


;D

No, but, interestingly enough, Hell is Empty seems to really mirror reality. Johnson copyrighted the book in 2011, so I'm guessing that was after Deer Haven, Meadowlark, and South Fork (I need to double check the "real" name of that place; I don't have that information here at home) all came under the same management as Lodges of the Big Horns--and in the novel they are all operated by the same people.  :)

BTW, what with the references to West Ten Sleep Creek, there are scenes in The Cold Dish in which I can visualize the parking lot at Deer Haven. The way Craig Johnson knows his Big Horns, I wouldn't be at all surprised if he's been up to Broke'back Summit at least once.

ETA:

In the last chapter I read before sleep last night, Sheriff Longmire is chasing an escaped psychopathic serial killer around Deer Haven Lodge, which is closed for renovations--ya think maybe because snow caused the roof to collapse?  ;D


 :o Wow, I'll love to read this (whenever I'll get to it).

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In the last section that I read before sleep last night, the escaped convicts took off from Deer Haven in a snowcat vehicle, crossed the bridge over West Ten Sleep Creek, and actually headed up the road we take to head up to Broke'back Summit.  


Brokenback summit is mentioned? Or the road up to it described?
One way or the other, it's stunning for us Brokies, especially the ones who have been there.


I've started the first Longmire novel more than two weeks ago. Liked it well enough, but wasn't enthusiastic yet. The pace is pretty slow in the beginning (I read maybe the first 20%), and I hope it'll pick up a bit. In one review I read, they said it would.

Now here comes the unusal - for me - thing: I haven't read a single page of any book in over two weeks. Can't remember the last time that happened. Oh yeah, I can: in the early days of Brokeback Fever, when I did practically nothing else but be on the forum(s).
Anyway, since our exchange student arrived, I simply didn't get around to read. Who would have thought...
But next week I'll be in Turkey and have plenty of time to read. :) Catching up with Longmire then.

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« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2013, 04:18:47 pm »
Brokenback summit is mentioned? Or the road up to it described?
One way or the other, it's stunning for us Brokies, especially the ones who have been there.

Not so far as I've read. He just describes the escaped convicts as turning left out of the Deer Haven parking lot, crossing the bridge over the creek, and heading up the road. That's the way to Brokenback Summit.  :)

Yes, it really is stunning to me since I've actually been there.

I also double checked this afternoon, and Meadowlark, Deer Haven, and South Fork Lodge are indeed all operated by the same outfit, and it's the same way in the novel.
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« Reply #23 on: July 10, 2013, 06:58:25 pm »
Here's a quotation from Hell is Empty that will ring a bell with some folks:  8)

"It was about a mile up to the Battle Park cutoff, where I assumed they'd turn west and try for the Hyattville Road that led toward the tiny town. ..."
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« Reply #24 on: July 10, 2013, 07:35:34 pm »
Here's a quotation from Hell is Empty that will ring a bell with some folks:  8)

"It was about a mile up to the Battle Park cutoff, where I assumed they'd turn west and try for the Hyattville Road that led toward the tiny town. ..."

Oh yes, I've been to Battle Park, where they say there was a battle during Indian times, and I know of the junction with the road that leads to Hyattville.
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« Reply #25 on: July 10, 2013, 09:24:39 pm »
Oh yes, I've been to Battle Park, where they say there was a battle during Indian times, and I know of the junction with the road that leads to Hyattville.

Well, I'm pretty sure that all of us who have been up to Brokenback Summit have been through that cutoff and made the turn. The escaped convicts in the novel didn't, however. They continued ahead on the road that heads toward the Tyrell Ranger Station.
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« Reply #26 on: July 11, 2013, 12:03:01 pm »
Interesting to hear that our friend Dana, (remember his dog Shadow?) has a brother who's a real-life Longmire, the sheriff of Sublette County. He was recently thanked by Colorado Senator Mark Udall for helping to rescue the body of his brother, Randy, who was hiking in that area when he died.
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« Reply #27 on: July 11, 2013, 05:06:35 pm »
Interesting to hear that our friend Dana, (remember his dog Shadow?) has a brother who's a real-life Longmire, the sheriff of Sublette County. He was recently thanked by Colorado Senator Mark Udall for helping to rescue the body of his brother, Randy, who was hiking in that area when he died.

Wow!

I read that Udall still had his hiking poles in his hands when they found him. Talk about dying while you're doing something you love.
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Re: Book central - let's talk about our reads
« Reply #28 on: July 11, 2013, 05:42:46 pm »
I think this is the area that Annie Proulx wrote about in her book Red Desert.
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Re: Book central - let's talk about our reads
« Reply #29 on: July 11, 2013, 08:36:11 pm »
I think this is the area that Annie Proulx wrote about in her book Red Desert.

Sublette County? I don't know. I haven't read her book, but my AAA road map of Wyoming places the Red Desert in Sweetwater County, between Rawlins and Rock Springs. Sublette County is northwest of Sweetwater County and southwest of Riverton and Lander.
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Re: Book central - let's talk about our reads
« Reply #30 on: August 03, 2013, 11:20:41 am »
Apparently, features of the Northern Red Desert are located in Sublette County, such as Farson, Eden and the Jack Morrow Hills. Red Desert is divided into three sub-areas: the Northern Red Desert, which people are trying to designate as a National Conservation Area, Adobe Town to the south and the Big Sandy area to the west. Conservation groups want all three areas protected from future oil and gas development, and that would leave the majority of the six million acres of the Desert free to developers. The northern Red Desert contains features such as the Pony Express, Oregon, California, Mormon, Outlaw, and Indian Gap Trails, artifacts, petroglyphs, badlands, rock formations, sand dunes, historical sites, 350 different species of wildlife, and hunting grounds.
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Re: Book central - let's talk about our reads
« Reply #31 on: August 03, 2013, 11:23:29 am »
I just returned from Estes Park, site of our 2007 Brokeback BBQ, where the local library is screening the Longmire series during the summer, and Craig Johnson is scheduled to make an appearance on September 29.
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Re: Book central - let's talk about our reads
« Reply #32 on: August 03, 2013, 12:24:50 pm »
Apparently, features of the Northern Red Desert are located in Sublette County, such as Farson, Eden and the Jack Morrow Hills. Red Desert is divided into three sub-areas: the Northern Red Desert, which people are trying to designate as a National Conservation Area, Adobe Town to the south and the Big Sandy area to the west. Conservation groups want all three areas protected from future oil and gas development, and that would leave the majority of the six million acres of the Desert free to developers. The northern Red Desert contains features such as the Pony Express, Oregon, California, Mormon, Outlaw, and Indian Gap Trails, artifacts, petroglyphs, badlands, rock formations, sand dunes, historical sites, 350 different species of wildlife, and hunting grounds.

That's interesting to know. Thanks, FRiend!  :)
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« Reply #33 on: August 03, 2013, 12:31:33 pm »
I just returned from Estes Park, site of our 2007 Brokeback BBQ, where the local library is screening the Longmire series during the summer.

First season or the current one?

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Craig Johnson is scheduled to make an appearance on September 29.

Hmm. Michaelmas, not that that has anything to do with his writing or appearance.

If he does any speaking, he may well be very funny. I've never seen so much humor in a murder mystery as I've seen in some of his Longmire books. I had to put down the first chapter of Junkyard Dogs because I was laughing so hard. Some of the blog entries on his web site ("Post-its") are very funny, too.

Back in June, he was at a bookstore out in West Chester, but since I had no way to get there, it might as well have been the moon.  :( He was at the Tattered Cover in LoDo the last week in June; I threatened OCD that I was coming out to see him, but of course I was just kidding.

A week ago I actually wrote Johnson a fan letter. I am now also the proud possessor of an official Absorka County sheriff's department baseball cap, and also a souvenir cap from the Red Pony Bar and Grill (and "continual soiree").
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Re: Book central - let's talk about our reads
« Reply #34 on: February 17, 2015, 12:14:43 pm »
Interesting article: a schoolgirl wrote to 150 authors to ask them if they put symbolism in their work. Read their replies. Unfortunately, Annie was not included.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/30937/famous-novelists-symbolism-their-work-and-whether-it-was-intentional
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Re: Book central - let's talk about our reads
« Reply #35 on: February 10, 2023, 02:25:11 pm »
Has anyone read this new book that has a same-sex storyline? It looks good.

The World and All That it Holds:
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