Category Archives: Reading

The Hobbit

Now that all three Hobbit movies are out on DVD, I broke down and got them from Netflix. It would take a thousand words to describe the difference, so instead here’s one picture. (Okay, so it’s technically two pictures.) Python … Continue reading

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Michener’s Texas

After two attempts, I’ve just finished Texas. It took two because the Meet & Greet happened during the first try and I had to give up and take the 1,000+ page tome back to the library before they sent the … Continue reading

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Poland

Michener chronicles eight tumultuous centuries as three Polish families live out their destinies. The Counts Lubonski, the petty nobles Bukowksi, and the peasants Buk are at some times fiercely united, at others tragically divided. With an inspiring tradition of resistance … Continue reading

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Centennial

Michener details the story of a Colorado settlement, Centennial, from geology and  prehistoric animals all the way up to the modern day. There are the native Americans, the trappers and early settlers, cattle ranching vs. sheep herding, con artists, the … Continue reading

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Hawaii

James A. Michener brings Hawaii’s epic history vividly to life in a classic saga that has captivated readers, including me, since its initial publication in 1959. Compared to the movie Hawaii, the book is, well…

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Tales of the South Pacific

James A. Michener takes you to the South Pacific during 1942, when the Allies were struggling to stem the Japanese advance.  Amid endless ocean, the tiny specks of coral we call islands, the coconut palms, the waves breaking into spray against the reefs, and … Continue reading

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Brother Cadfael

I just finished reading the last of the Brother Cadfael mystery series by Edith Pargeter (Ellis Peters.)  There are 21 books in all, and I wish there were many more. This series really roused my curiosity about 13th century England. … Continue reading

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