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Jim's comments from the Lexington Reads group.

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Mar 20, 2013 04:22AM

51803 Not currently reading, but just pre-ordered: Mary Roach has not one but 2 new books coming out the beginning of April this year! The author of such classics as Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex & Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers is coming out with Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal & My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places. Anyone who remembers her columns for Reader's Digest or has read any of her books knows they'll be wonderful. If anyone is interested in a buddy read of either of these, I'm there.
Jan 01, 2013 10:55AM

51803 I'm listening to The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. We have a wonderful library system here in KY. I have several library cards & can easily download audio books from them all. It makes my commute & shop time (while using hand tools) very enjoyable.
Nov 30, 2012 10:07AM

51803 I'm reading Hotspur by Rita Mae Brown. It's interesting because the heroine is a 71 year old Master of a fox hunt in VA. It's a murder mystery & seems to be getting the fox hunting crowd down very well. I wish it didn't have so much anthropomorphizing in the animals, though. Cats & dogs having conversations really harms an otherwise good story.
Oct 10, 2012 03:38PM

51803 I just finished reading Raylan: A Novel by Elmore Leonard. The TV show "Justified" is on this character & these 3 stories are tied together in a novel that is quite different from what was on TV. It's based in KY, mostly Harlan county & Lexington.

My review is here:
Jul 27, 2012 06:17AM

51803 Kit wrote: "I just found an interesting book, Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky. I have read in the past about the "pack horse nurses of KY; this sounds equally interesting. Its J-but ..."

That does look interesting. Thanks.
Jun 23, 2012 04:18AM

51803 We're on a fantasy kick right now. I just finished Warhost of Vastmark by Janny Wurts & am now reading Lady-Protector by L.E. Modesitt Jr.. Marg is reading Keeper of the Keys, the second in Janny Wurts' Cycle of Fire trilogy.
Jun 12, 2012 10:42AM

51803 We need to get these for the area.

From Joy, here on GR:

This is great news for self-publishers. There's a machine that makes books in a few minutes.
It uses PDF files.

"The Espresso Book Machine (EBM) is a print on demand (POD) machine that prints, collates, covers, and binds a single book in a few minutes."

"The EBM is small enough to fit in a retail book store or small library room, and as such it is targeted at retail and library markets. The EBM can potentially allow readers to obtain any book title, even books that are out of print."

"The machine takes as input a PDF file and prints, binds, and trims the reader’s selection as a paperback book."
"The direct-to-consumer model supported by Espresso Book Machine eliminates the need for shipping, warehousing, returns and pulping of unsold books; it allows simultaneous global availability of millions of new and backlist titles."

ABOVE WAS FROM: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/12/tec...

“It turns independent bookstores into places to get books published. It’s a new thing for the bookstore to do: not just sell books, but actually create books.”

"Politics and Prose [a bookstore] has produced almost 5,000 paperback books — some in as little as five minutes — since receiving the book machine nicknamed “Opus” last November. Mr. Leggett said about 90 percent of the books printed on the machine were self-published works by local authors."

"The Espresso Book Machine uses two PDFs, one for the cover and another for the text. The cover and text, both generated from digital files, are printed simultaneously on opposite sides of the machine. They meet in the middle section of the machine, where they are bound, before dropping to a trimming station on the bottom. The book is dispensed through a chute."

ABOVE WAS FROM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espresso...
Jun 05, 2012 10:43AM

51803 I tend to read mostly fantasy & SF with a heavy does of murder mysteries, but I listen to the last more as audio books on my commute.
Jan 30, 2012 08:10AM

51803 Wow! We have a lot of books in common, Teresa. You & my wife would get along on your kid comment, but she just bought me a pony yesterday, so I forgive her.
Jan 11, 2012 09:30AM

51803 LOL, Cathy! Some days I'm tempted.
Jan 11, 2012 05:56AM

51803 We're always an hour from anything, it seems like. Well Frankfort & Shelbyville are only 20 minutes away or so, but I have to drive more than twice that distance to work. That is a downside. During the growing season, all I seem to do is weedeat & mow. It takes me 4 - 5 hours on the lawn mower every week & I have no idea how much time I spend weeding.
Jan 11, 2012 05:44AM

51803 Our place is our dream. It probably wouldn't knock your socks off, just a 1500 sf manufactured home that's nice enough (too small when the kids come visiting) but it's on 15 acres with a 4 or 5 acre patch of woods & the rest is field for our horses & goats. Big enough to have some elbow room, but not so big as to kill me trying to keep it up. When we got here almost 5 years ago, we built Marg a horse barn to her specifications & I got my dream shop, an insulated & heated 25'x30' building all my own.
Jan 10, 2012 12:28PM

51803 Another cheesecake lover, yay! Love the living conditions, Cathy. Just tolerable?
Jan 03, 2012 10:04AM

51803 I have kids, but they're all in their 20's. It's fine with me if kids show up.

Not all kids like to read, but I kept handing my kids different books & talking them up until they did. They're all hooked, even the youngest who has dyslexia & a learning recall disorder. Harry Potter took her from special ed reading classes in 2d grade to reading above her grade level by 4th.
Dec 29, 2011 09:33AM

51803 We have a lot of PNR books in common, Melanie. My daughter really likes them, too. We're reading the Vampire Academy series now. I just got the 5th book for Xmas.
Dec 22, 2011 07:25AM

51803 They hold a KY Writers convention in Frankfort every year. What about meeting up at that or some other public event?
Dec 22, 2011 07:13AM

51803 I rarely get down there since I work in eastern Louisville. I tend to stick with Middletown & Shelbyville, but occasionally make it down there. The Woolery is the only place I know to get fleece to spin & I used to sell the wooden bowls I turn through Completely Kentucky, but they're too flaky, so I get down there even less now.
Dec 20, 2011 03:12AM

51803 That's an interesting nickname you have there, Mary. How does that work?
Dec 18, 2011 02:33PM

51803 I read it a few years ago & liked it quite a lot, too. It doesn't involve KY at all, though.
Dec 18, 2011 02:31PM

51803 A - Age: 52
B - Book you are reading: A Storm of Swords & The Design of Everyday Things
C - Chore you hate: Weeding the gardens
D - Dessert you love: Cheese cake
E - Essential start your day item: Coffee, cigarette, & computer.
F - Favorite author/ book: This Immortal by Roger Zelazny, my favorite author
G - Gold or silver: No preference
H - Height: 5' 11"
I - Instruments you play: None, just tools
J - Job title: Systems Administrator
K - Kid(s): 3, 2 boys & a girl, all in their 20's & out of the house.
L - Living arrangements: Farm
M - Most overused word/phrase in your vocabulary: "You're kidding, right?"
N - Nicknames: Jim
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Quite a few: Hernia operation, parachuting accident, & nerve grafts
P - Pet Peeve: Intentional ignorance, especially when they take pride in it.
Q- Quotes you like: “Selfish, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of other.”
― Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
R - Right or left handed: Right
S - Siblings: none
T - Time you woke up today: 5:30 AM
U - Unique thing about you: I fiddle a lot making & fixing things. I've made many of the gifts I'm giving this year from crocheted & knitted scarves & hats to wood bowls turned out of wood salvaged from our woods.
V - Vegetable you love: Fresh tomatoes
W - Worst habit: not listening well to others
X - X-rays you've had: entire body several times.
Y - Yummy food you make: cheese cake cupcakes
Z - Zodiac Sign: Pieces

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