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john555Wed Jan-27-21 11:58 PM
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I've been going back thru the non-Sackett novels. Most recently "Hanging Woman Creek", "Down the Long Hills", "Conagher" and "The Empty Land".
HWC has some of what I consider some of LL's best dialogue and narrative from Pronto.
Reading DTLH, it occurred to me how few children show up in the Sackett tales. We see the children of Barnabas as no more than toddlers and then they are full grown. After that I can't think of any of the Sacketts having children. Borden Chantry has a son named Tom who is an adolescent or early teen. And, then he shows up as an adult in "North to the Rails".
"Conagher" could almost be a romantic novel except it's not.
TEL has some of those interesting real life characters showing up in little cameos. In particular the ladies of ill repute.
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Mike ShafferThu Jan-28-21 12:52 AM
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Still trying to figure out what’s next. Just did a quick intro read of something and someone new...FOREVER by Pete Hamill. Don’t know a thing about him...intro says “highly readable”. That struck me weird...for some reason. COMSTOCK LODE is sitting on the nightstand...just in case. I may have to reconsider and move one of the bookcases in here nearer the bed. If I have company I sleep in the office...sofa bed is handy, and that way Storm can stay in her room, which doubles as a guest room. Most of the time I read from my iPad, but I too often miss the feel of a book in my hands.

On a personal note Sharon is now 80 and lives with her daughter in northern Virginia, not too far from my sister. It sure will be great to be able to live on the road again...I hope I live long enough...and by all indications Storm is almost as bored as I. Returning to Jamestown next long drive with a destination of southwestern Nevada....enjoyed our time in Jamestown and look forward to exploring a little more and revisiting the library, which I missed on my last trip due to a death in the family...the cousin I visited there died at age 91. Anyway hope to take more pictures of places off the besten path. You never know what you might see.

"We don't have any law here. Just a graveyard." LL from TREASURE MOUNTAIN

  

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NoogaStrongWed Apr-20-22 02:58 AM
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OtisTom here. I love LL. Read them multiple times like all of us have. If you do want something in between them, read some Cameron Judd books. Very good historical fiction. And I still can’t believe Mike Shaffer is still here along with Les and the rest. Be safe, boys.

  

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Les Down UnderThu Jan-28-21 01:06 AM
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Read the Sacketts from start to finish, Man from Broken Hills, Milo Talon Cherokee trail and Flint. Now reading Shogun and will probably continue with Tai Pan and Noble House. Have a thesis on Moses coming from Amazon in the next couple of weeks (a follow up to the authors book on Joseph being buried in the Valley of Kings)so it will be interesting to see if I jump straight into that.

He's an interesting author, A Muslim, now living in London, as a teenager his disenchantment with the rift between Egypt and Israel sent him on a journey to check the Koran, Biblical and Historical issues that created the major breaches between the two countries. This led him to the Joseph story because all his questions led back to Joseph and Moses.
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john555Thu Jan-28-21 07:53 PM
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When you read the Sacketts, did you fold the Talons and Chantrys into the timeline?
You gave a bit of info on the Muslim author except for his name. Sounds like some interesting reading. Who is he?

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Les Down UnderThu Jan-28-21 10:47 PM
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Ahmed Osman
If you're on Facebook, check my profile because I think I have shared an interview with him on there.

Les
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Les
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john555Sun Jan-31-21 01:23 AM
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Thx for the info. I think I may take a look at his book on Joseph (Yuya) and maybe some of the others. As for social media like Facebook, I've just never gone there.

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Les Down UnderMon Feb-01-21 12:12 AM
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The book is Stranger in the Valley of the Kings.

Les
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john555Mon Feb-01-21 03:12 PM
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When you gave me his name, I did a Google on Mr. Osman which gave a list of his books. I thought that was probably the book you were talking about. Again, thx for the info. It does look interesting.

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john555Fri Apr-01-22 12:01 PM
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Finally got "Stranger in the Valley of the Kings". Took me a while. Then I thought I would have to reorder because I moved after ordering. I thought it was coming by UPS or Fedex but it was by the USPS. Good thing about the USPS is if you put in a change of address, you mail follows you. It took a while but finally showed up at my front door. I've only gotten started on the Intro and thought I would mention getting the book. So far, really goodl.

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john555Sun May-15-22 11:29 PM
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About half way thru Stranger in the Valley for the second time. It seems even better the second time around. I think it helps having already gone thru it once. The names and timeline are more familiar. I just seem more able to hold it all together.

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john555Mon Apr-18-22 12:44 AM
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Just finished the first book in Stranger in the Valley of the Kings. It's really an amazing story. I've known the story of Joseph as told in the St James version of the Bible since I was a kid. It always just seemed like a story but a book like this brings home a different reality of Joseph. At times, it is a difficult read. Sometimes history gets really complicated and Osman covers a lot of ground in a relatively short book. One thing that really surprises me is that Osman's interpretation suggests Joseph may have still been alive when Moses was born. That's a pretty significant re-write of history.

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john555Mon May-30-22 05:57 PM
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Did you get the thesis on Moses? Is it as good as Stranger in the Valley?

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Les Down UnderSun Jun-26-22 11:46 PM
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I did, it's a bit harder going and a little more difficult to believe. I'll need to read it again though.

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john555Fri Jul-01-22 11:48 PM
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I find two (might be more) books by Osman that seem to be about Moses. One is "Moses Pharaoh of Egypt" and the other is "Moses and Akhenaten". Is one of these the thesis you mention or is thesis to found elsewhere?

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epeterdTue Apr-05-22 04:04 AM
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Started on Fair Blows the Wind recently. My second time reading it, but the first time in quite a while. Not sure what will be next.

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john555Fri Dec-16-22 05:55 PM
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About half way through the "Longmire" series by Craig Johnson. Pretty good but, unlike LL, they just don't seem like something you want to revisit multiple times. But, still good.

A most interesting read of late was non-fiction. "How the Wild West Was Won" by Bruce Wexler. Fairly easy read but full of interesting history. Few people actually rode in the wagons going West but walked. Wagons were too uncomfortable and riding in the wagon added to the weight the animals had to pull. He writes a lot about the gun fighters. Turns out there really was an outlaw known as Black Bart. One of the few that never walked both side of the law was Bill Tilghman. Most of his career was as a lawman. His philosophy was that he never drew his gun unless he intended to shoot. Breaking that rule cost him his life when a fugitive he was arresting pulled a hideout gun and shot Tilghman twice in the chest.

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