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Old 09-16-2013, 10:36 PM
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The Giant Chess Puzzle Book review

This is one of the best books on the tactics of chess I have seen. It seems to be aimed at mid-level players; however, the information is there for beginners if they learn from the "just the facts please" approach.

The first chapter goes over the various tactics used in a chess game and the puzzles reinforce the tactics. Many puzzles are fairly easy being only two or three movers. Others are extremely hard due to my blindness or unfamiliarity with one or more of the tactics. That was humbling as in one 4 move puzzle I simply could not see the weaknesses therefore had no idea of the appropriate tactic to use.

The strategic aspects aren't covered such as beginning the game with the endgame in mind, or choosing an opening that is open or closed due to my preference or to frustrate the opponent's style of play.

Identifying weaknesses isn't spelled out explicitly although several are mentioned in the hints to the puzzles - lack of space/mobility, overloaded pieces, undefended pieces, etc... There is sufficient information that working backwards from the solutions can identify a number of weaknesses that have occurred in tournament games, and the puzzles show how the weaknesses found in a particular game were exploited. A wise player catalogs weaknesses and looks for them as a game goes on. Knowing what to do when a weakness is found is the aim of this book.

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Old 09-18-2013, 12:17 PM
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Hiking Through: One Man's Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail

http://www.amazon.com/Hiking-Through...an+trail+books
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:15 PM
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So what are your thoughts on the book, MoF?

No big formal review type thing needed, but taking enough time this time to go back and re-read some folks' posts about the book they were reading has convinced me that they have a better clue of how to share their books such that it entices me to read them.

Gotta check the interlibrary loan for 299 Days and Downwind From Nobody... and get better at not being pontifical...

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Old 09-20-2013, 12:30 PM
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Just finished the third book of four in a series by author Jack Whyte. It is in the historical fiction genre and is based around the time of the fall of the Roman Empire. He basically tells the story of King Arthur starting with his grandfathers who, in this story at least, were Roman soldiers. It is a very well written series. What I like about it is that even though it is fictional, he uses just enough historical fact that it has a very realistic feel to the story.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:31 PM
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Have read several books since last post.
Two by Rawles.

Picked up " A Dance with Dragons" by George R R Martin.

Should keep me busy for awhile.

Would like to get the HBO "Game of Thrones" dvd sets to watch too.
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Old 12-17-2013, 11:58 PM
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Great book. Crusoe of Lonesome Lake written in 1957 is a book that will make you really appreciate how easy we all have it. One on the most awesome homesteading books. Ralph Edwards and his family are legions in BC.
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Old 12-19-2013, 05:17 PM
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I'm reading "the longest Ride" by Nicholas Sparks.

I love the author, he's penned many books turned into movies: a walk to remember, nights in Rodanthe, the notebook, message in a bottle, dear john, the last song....

I like his books and I got this one as a Christmas gift from my mother...who always reads the books before she gives them to us.
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:33 PM
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Clair Wolfs' 179 Things To Do Until the Revolution.

Still have the first 101 Things.

She cracks me up with her wording and take on this time in our lives.
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Old 04-14-2014, 02:21 PM
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Just read a novel with a great deal of fact build in that is really good and very scary .
It is the The Shell Game by Steve Alten. it is from 2008. I commend it to all. especially great are the real life quotes between chapters.

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The events of September 11th, 2001,the invasion of Iraq,the threat of radical Islam,an impending showdown with Iran. What do these situations have in common? Oil. And the world is running out. The SHELL GAME is far more than a thriller, it is a MUST-READ cautionary tale that exposes the next 9/11 event a deception that will lead to a retaliatory chemical weapons strike on Iran and the terrorist elements the regime supports. Though the novel is written as fiction, it is filled with all-too-real details provided by insiders in the oil industry, military, and Middle Eastern affairs that extrapolates real events from the past and present that will lead us down a path of self-destruction.Unless we stop the insanity now!
http://www.amazon.com/The-Shell-Game.../dp/1599550946


I think it is one of those must rad books Like Unintended Consequences by John Ross
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:54 PM
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American Exit Strategy (The Economic Collapse Chronicles) by Mark Goodwin

The Lord's Day by Joseph A. Pipa, Jr

A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger

The Illuminati Facts & Fiction by Mark Dice
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American Exit Strategy (The Economic Collapse Chronicles) by Mark Goodwin
Oh - that looks like a good one - just bought the Kindle version.
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Old 04-25-2014, 08:59 PM
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I just started Atlas Shrugged. It looks like it will take a while....
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"Dance on the wind" It's part of a trilogy about the life of Titis Bass the mountain man by Terry C. Johnston
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My copy of The Butcher Boy is on its way.
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Waiting for the delivery of "Impossible Beyond This Point", should arrive May 8.
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Just finished reading American Exit Strategy

I liked it enough to immediately download the second book in the series American Meltdown
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Old 05-04-2014, 02:57 PM
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I just finished TxAnne's book ! Love you Anne and loved the book.

Going back to finish The 5000 Year Leap.
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I've been reading nothing but crap! ( excuse the french folks just fed up). Since when did "authors" decide to slice their works into sections and sell them separately? I'm talking about fiction and trying to find something on amazon for my kindle. I tell ya, I am so tired of it that I have given up and am now starting the PERN series by Anne McCaffery that I have in hardback books. At least with her, the books can stand alone. Yes, they are about the same place and some of the same events but seen by other characters but they are finished works.
All I keep finding are stories where it seems like the writers just cut a story off after so many chapters and then make you have to pay more money to get the rest of it.

*sigh* so fed up lol
thanx for letting me rant. Like I said, I'm reading PERN now and will probably go on to more of McCaffery's other series.
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I've been reading nothing but crap! ( excuse the french folks just fed up). Since when did "authors" decide to slice their works into sections and sell them separately? I'm talking about fiction and trying to find something on amazon for my kindle. I tell ya, I am so tired of it that I have given up and am now starting the PERN series by Anne McCaffery that I have in hardback books. At least with her, the books can stand alone. Yes, they are about the same place and some of the same events but seen by other characters but they are finished works.
All I keep finding are stories where it seems like the writers just cut a story off after so many chapters and then make you have to pay more money to get the rest of it.

*sigh* so fed up lol
thanx for letting me rant. Like I said, I'm reading PERN now and will probably go on to more of McCaffery's other series.
Hint hint---nug--huhhh errrr there's a new one you can read on Kindle----:
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I just finished TxAnne's book ! Love you Anne and loved the book.

Going back to finish The 5000 Year Leap.
Thank you--amazing how many folks are reading the (Journal) of my walk.
Totally Amazing!!!!!
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