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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1825 on: December 23, 2018, 02:10:24 PM »
Just finished listening to blood meridian, God damn Cormac Mccarthy is just absolutely masterful
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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1826 on: December 23, 2018, 03:26:09 PM »
Just finished listening to blood meridian, God damn Cormac Mccarthy is just absolutely masterful

Yes. One of my very favorite authors.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1827 on: January 04, 2019, 07:42:25 PM »
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I am halfway through the second book, and have really enjoyed these .  However, this apparent apprehension to genociding the eff out of the aliens is annoying.  I would have had zero problem removing those fuckers after the Lost 23.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1828 on: January 04, 2019, 07:47:13 PM »
Just finished listening to blood meridian, God damn Cormac Mccarthy is just absolutely masterful

Yes. One of my very favorite authors.

I listened to child of God and the road also. Have read no country previously. They are all very engaging.
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« Reply #1829 on: January 04, 2019, 07:59:42 PM »
Just finished listening to blood meridian, God damn Cormac Mccarthy is just absolutely masterful

Yes. One of my very favorite authors.

I listened to child of God and the road also. Have read no country previously. They are all very engaging.


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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1830 on: January 04, 2019, 08:42:24 PM »
The Orchid Thief: fun non-fiction even if the prose is a bit flowery. Ha!

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1831 on: January 09, 2019, 12:09:54 PM »


I enjoyed reading this book. First part details cattle drives into KS but most of the book is about large ranches in WY/MT/ND in the 1880's, WERE ALL GONNA GET RICH (They didn't).

Tons of interesting characters including Teddy Roosevelt.
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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1832 on: January 09, 2019, 12:13:30 PM »


I enjoyed reading this book. First part details cattle drives into KS but most of the book is about large ranches in WY/MT/ND in the 1880's, WERE ALL GONNA GET RICH (They didn't).

Tons of interesting characters including Teddy Roosevelt.


Interesting. Will read. Thanks!

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1833 on: January 09, 2019, 12:21:54 PM »
I tried to read "Heartland" by Sara Smarsh and rough ridin' hated it. Got like two chapters in and quit.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07CLFY5JH/ref=mas_dl

It's supposed to be like a "hillbilly elegy" but for Kansas. I kinda hated hillbilly elegy too so not sure what I was thinking

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1834 on: January 09, 2019, 12:22:15 PM »
So I recommend you do not read heartland by Sara Smarsh

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« Reply #1835 on: January 09, 2019, 12:49:41 PM »
I'm not reading anything by anyone named Sara Smarsh to rough ridin' begin with.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1836 on: January 09, 2019, 12:58:13 PM »
Heartland sounds interesting based on the subtitle. A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth. And because it's finalist for the 2018 National Book Award.

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« Reply #1837 on: January 09, 2019, 01:32:17 PM »
I mean she does talk a lot about Wichita and farming but she's pretty awful

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« Reply #1838 on: January 09, 2019, 06:32:40 PM »
I mean she does talk a lot about Wichita and farming but she's pretty awful

why?
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« Reply #1839 on: January 09, 2019, 06:39:41 PM »
I mean she does talk a lot about Wichita and farming but she's pretty awful

why?

I mean here's the last section I read before I quit



I feel like hate reading it now

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1840 on: January 09, 2019, 06:42:35 PM »


pretty sure SD said something about farmers loving the crap out of feeding cows on holidays recently

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« Reply #1841 on: January 09, 2019, 06:50:57 PM »




all of this was before I quit on page 19

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« Reply #1842 on: January 09, 2019, 06:54:58 PM »
fuuuuuck I don't know how I made it past page 2


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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1843 on: January 09, 2019, 07:12:57 PM »
Oh, wow. She's not a good writer.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1844 on: January 09, 2019, 07:24:46 PM »
fuuuuuck I don't know how I made it past page 2


Lawl

That's pretty rough ridin' bad.

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Re: book recommendations
« Reply #1845 on: January 09, 2019, 09:33:52 PM »
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« Reply #1846 on: January 09, 2019, 10:54:32 PM »
I listened to the audiobook of Heartland and overall thought it was pretty good. I definitely think it's A) better than cRusty is saying and B) better in the audiobook format. I also think it's assumed that this book is for all people from Kansas, but it's a pretty safe assumption that the people LOLing at these excerpts aren't who the book is about.

I mean, it was a finalist for a National Book Award. It can't be THAT bad.

The parts of the book I enjoyed the most:
-Smarsh referring to Food 4 Less as "Food 4 Losers." Did not know that was a Kansas-wide thing.
-Smarsh calling Junction City "Junk Town." Also did not know that was a non-NE KS thing.
-Her comments on the strength of poor women and how society views them (way past page 19) were the best part of the book.


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« Reply #1847 on: January 09, 2019, 11:08:41 PM »
I listened to the audiobook of Heartland and overall thought it was pretty good. I definitely think it's A) better than cRusty is saying and B) better in the audiobook format. I also think it's assumed that this book is for all people from Kansas, but it's a pretty safe assumption that the people LOLing at these excerpts aren't who the book is about.

I grew up one town over from her at the exact same time and my parents/grandparents/great-grandparents are all farmers. so, it's like pretty close to being about me or at least about the community I grew up in. No one I knew rough ridin' talks like that or thought "flyover country" meant it was dangerous or was unaware of class. They did get a kick out of feeding cows on christmas though. Also LOL at thinking she stood out at rough ridin' KU because she grew up on a farm :lol:

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« Reply #1848 on: January 09, 2019, 11:09:43 PM »
also, I would possibly  read it to hate read but would not read it to get to "food 4 losers" (something I never heard because I never went to a food 4 less before I moved to Manhattan)

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« Reply #1849 on: January 09, 2019, 11:10:18 PM »
I listened to the audiobook of Heartland and overall thought it was pretty good. I definitely think it's A) better than cRusty is saying and B) better in the audiobook format. I also think it's assumed that this book is for all people from Kansas, but it's a pretty safe assumption that the people LOLing at these excerpts aren't who the book is about.

I grew up one town over from her at the exact same time and my parents/grandparents/great-grandparents are all farmers. so, it's like pretty close to being about me or at least about the community I grew up in. No one I knew rough ridin' talks like that or thought "flyover country" meant it was dangerous or was unaware of class. They did get a kick out of feeding cows on christmas though. Also LOL at thinking she stood out at rough ridin' KU because she grew up on a farm :lol:

I didn't know anyone at KU who grew up on a farm, and I would have openly mocked them if I did.