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Posted: 14-Nov-2006, 07:29 AM
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Just received The Steel Bonnets by Geo MacDonald Fraser in the mail yesterday and had to check it out. It is a nonfiction book about the border clans of Scotland/England. I belong to the Armstrong Clan and this book tells much of their ways. The front flap states: "Four hundred years ago, when Queen Elizabeth ruled over a comparatively peaceful Merry England, the people of the English-Scottish frontier country were living in the grip of feud and organized gangsterism. This is the story of that bloody land and of the men in steel bonnets-clan leaders, outlaws, and peasants-who "shook loose the Border" in murderous raids in spite of all that two governments could do to stop them. Although very enlightening, I think I will need to read this book in stages.

CR...after reading some of the above book yesterday, I needed to return to a more romantic setting so I finished Highlanders Touch last night before I went to bed! Your right, each book keeps me reaching for the next in the series.
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Guess I'll have to check out the Kathleen Givens' books too!

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Posted: 16-Nov-2006, 01:40 AM
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oh yes, BGL, I love Kathleen Givens' books as well. I don't think there is anything compared to Moning's Highlander series, but I do love the Kathleen Givens' books as well. Let us know what you think.


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Posted: 20-Nov-2006, 04:30 PM
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I just finished reading Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning and have now moved onto Knights of Darkness by Kinley MacGregor. It is the first book in the Lordsof Avalon series
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Right now I am working on Forever Odd by Dean Knootz. (I really loved Odd Thomas) Although I am going to put that on hold and start Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Hopefully I can finish it before we go see the movie.
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I am trying to read Eragon by Christopher Paolini. I am having a hard time getting one thing done this week...
I saw the teaser of the movie and I thought that it looked good.

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Currently at my bedside: The Archdiocese of Chicago: A Journey of Faith. It has the history of the Archdiocese and pictures of all the churches in Cook & Lake County, Illinois (the two counties in the Chciago area served by the archdiocese).


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Posted: 22-Jan-2007, 08:25 PM
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Working on the novel Ireland by Frank Delaney. Also working on two of the Civil War series by Newt Gingrich.


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Greetings one and all! biggrin.gif

Hey Mike - does your book include anything about Andrew M Greeley? I found Father Greeley's books to be an easy introduction to the Catholic Church, his Blackie Ryan series is very good and, of course, I really enjoy his "Irish..." series.

angel_not.gif I understand that the Church has gotten pretty ticked at him from time to time because of what's in his books, but I haven't seen any problems. In fact, he probably explains Catholic life so well through his stories that he has brought people to the Church.

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  Posted: 23-Jan-2007, 04:44 PM
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QUOTE (gcw57 @ 22-Jan-2007, 10:28 PM)
Greetings one and all! biggrin.gif

Hey Mike - does your book include anything about Andrew M Greeley? I found Father Greeley's books to be an easy introduction to the Catholic Church, his Blackie Ryan series is very good and, of course, I really enjoy his "Irish..." series.

angel_not.gif I understand that the Church has gotten pretty ticked at him from time to time because of what's in his books, but I haven't seen any problems. In fact, he probably explains Catholic life so well through his stories that he has brought people to the Church.

I hope everyone is healthy and happy?

It mentions him briefly, but only in the description of my old parish. Father Greeley used to be the pastor there before we moved there and he used Christ the King as a model parish for several of his books.
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  Posted: 23-Jan-2007, 05:00 PM
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Here's the URL for the Chicago Archdiocese's website on the book I mentioned:

http://www.archdiocese-chgo.org/pdf/book_0.../book_0506.shtm
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Posted: 23-Jan-2007, 07:17 PM
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Warning! Boring books ahead!

Ok, maybe only a little bit boring since they are my assigned readings for class but still interesting. I'm reading Christian Religious Education by Thomas H. Groome and A Post Modern Perspective on Curriculum by William E. Doll Jr. The latter is very interesting in its suggestion that the scientific revolution itself is what ruin our educational system today. Both book are very heady but if you can get past them you do start to see things from a different perspective.

I read Frank Delany's Ireland and thought it was wonderful. I've thought about memorizing some of his tales combined with other sources and using them for a storyteller role for our ren faire here in town. I do hope he writes another. Same with Morgan Llywelyn.

It will be Angela's Ashes next. I finished his brother book and I never did get to see the movie version for Angela. After that I may reread the free Bud Mcfarlane books I got from catholiccity. They are still my favorites.


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Posted: 26-Jan-2007, 09:32 AM
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I am actually shifting gears here and going to read:

Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science by Jeff Meldrum

I waited for awhile to pck up this book, but finally got it. I am usually a historical romance/spirituality reader, but paranormal, cryptozoology and things like that I read too, although there aren't a lot of real good books on the subject and least not ones I can brag about wink.gif
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I'm reading Africa Trek by Sonia and Alexandre Poussin. This couple was walking trough the African continent from The Cape (South Africa) to Israel. 14000 kms of long journey (3 years !) in the steps of the first human beings. They never use any transports and their vision of Africa is very interesting because they really live with the people, asking every night for hospitality. A real human adventure !


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I'm reading Barack Obama's book "The Audacity of Hope". I checked it out from the library the other day and I will present a book report to the class when I'm done biggrin.gif .
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Mike! That oughta be interesting. Let us know what you think!
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