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  • #16
    Originally posted by Ms Diddles View Post

    Nah! You're ok, thanks!

    If I want to see grey skies and pouring rain, I can just look out my window here in Scotland most days!
    Hello Ms. Diddles,

    For some reason I always thought you lived in England. If you are looking for some good fiction I definitely recommend this book. Set in modern day Scotland. Over 42,000 reviews on amazon.

    https://www.amazon.com/Eleanor-Oliph...s%2C216&sr=8-1

    c.d.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by c.d. View Post

      You bet!. I am also looking into Charleston, South Carolina which I think I might like even more than Savannah. Check it out on Google.

      c.d.
      I just had a google!

      Charleston looks absolutely lovely.

      It looks like it has great bars and restaurants and a thriving arts scene.

      You would need to do one of those horse and carriage tours too!!

      It's not too far from Savannah as well, so you could kill two birds with one stone!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by barnflatwyngarde View Post

        Absolutely Ms D, today in my area today we had snow!

        Re, recommendations of books.......I am reading "Beyond" by Stephen Walker.
        It's about the race between the Americans and Russians to put the first man into space.

        It is very well written, and in places it is genuinely jaw dropping.
        I attach a link to Amazon where you can check out the reviews.

        https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beyond-Step...s%2C412&sr=1-1
        Yeah, I think we are in the same stomping ground, Barn!

        I saw the snow today too when I was out driving around.

        Summer in Scotland, eh?!

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Wickerman View Post
          I have a couple of books:
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Su..._of_Mr_Whicher
          and
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_Murders the book by Edward Keyes.

          One I'm reading now is, The Gunpowder Plot:
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gu..._Faith_in_1605

          Possibly not everyone's cup of tea, but I found this quite fascinating, the author is a metalurgist, so he knows what he is talking about with regards the copper scroll.
          https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=...AJ&redir_esc=y
          Antonia Fraser’s book on the Gunpowder Plot is really good. I’d also recommend Our Chief Of Men which is her brilliant book on Oliver Cromwell.

          Regards

          Herlock



          “All conspiracy theories are the product of the subconscious attempt of an ignorant yet creative mind to counteract the fear of the unknown with the tales of fantasy.” Abhijit Naskar.

          “Conspiracy theorists, she knew, were paranoid by definition, and usually with good reason - they were indeed being watched, largely because they were standing on an upturned bucket, haranguing the sheeple with their wingnut delusions.” Mick Herron.

          ”The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie.” Shannon L. Alder.

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          • #20
            HH Holmes by Adam Selzer was recommended to me by Wolf Vanderlinden. It arrived today but I’m 250 pages in to a book of 960 pages so it might be a while before I get to it.
            Regards

            Herlock



            “All conspiracy theories are the product of the subconscious attempt of an ignorant yet creative mind to counteract the fear of the unknown with the tales of fantasy.” Abhijit Naskar.

            “Conspiracy theorists, she knew, were paranoid by definition, and usually with good reason - they were indeed being watched, largely because they were standing on an upturned bucket, haranguing the sheeple with their wingnut delusions.” Mick Herron.

            ”The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie.” Shannon L. Alder.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post
              HH Holmes by Adam Selzer was recommended to me by Wolf Vanderlinden. It arrived today but I’m 250 pages in to a book of 960 pages so it might be a while before I get to it.
              Have you read "The Devil in the White City?"

              c.d.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post
                HH Holmes by Adam Selzer was recommended to me by Wolf Vanderlinden. It arrived today but I’m 250 pages in to a book of 960 pages so it might be a while before I get to it.
                I read the book by Harold Schechter about H H Holmes.
                it takes a special talent to turn one of the most fascinating cases in criminal history into a turgid boring read.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by c.d. View Post

                  Have you read "The Devil in the White City?"

                  c.d.
                  A long time ago c.d. Wolf said that the Selzer book is the one to read. Apparently he shows that a lot that was previously assumed to have been true wasnt. Jon Rees gave it a good review on Amazon too. I still have 700 pages of heavy going (but enjoyable) political biography to get through before I get to it though.
                  Regards

                  Herlock



                  “All conspiracy theories are the product of the subconscious attempt of an ignorant yet creative mind to counteract the fear of the unknown with the tales of fantasy.” Abhijit Naskar.

                  “Conspiracy theorists, she knew, were paranoid by definition, and usually with good reason - they were indeed being watched, largely because they were standing on an upturned bucket, haranguing the sheeple with their wingnut delusions.” Mick Herron.

                  ”The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie.” Shannon L. Alder.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by barnflatwyngarde View Post

                    I read the book by Harold Schechter about H H Holmes.
                    it takes a special talent to turn one of the most fascinating cases in criminal history into a turgid boring read.
                    I’ve read a couple of Schechter’s books years ago Barn and remember liking them. The Holmes one wasn’t one of them though. Sounds like one to avoid.


                    Actually I’ve just checked his bibliography and I think I’ve read 4 or 5 of his. Deranged (Albert Fish) Deviant (Ed Gein) Fiend (Jesse Pomeroy) and Bestial (Earle Nelson) I think that I might even have read Panzram too.

                    He’s written a lot of books.
                    Last edited by Herlock Sholmes; 05-05-2021, 11:02 PM.
                    Regards

                    Herlock



                    “All conspiracy theories are the product of the subconscious attempt of an ignorant yet creative mind to counteract the fear of the unknown with the tales of fantasy.” Abhijit Naskar.

                    “Conspiracy theorists, she knew, were paranoid by definition, and usually with good reason - they were indeed being watched, largely because they were standing on an upturned bucket, haranguing the sheeple with their wingnut delusions.” Mick Herron.

                    ”The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie.” Shannon L. Alder.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post

                      Antonia Fraser’s book on the Gunpowder Plot is really good. I’d also recommend Our Chief Of Men which is her brilliant book on Oliver Cromwell.
                      Yes, I forgot that one - Our Chief of Men, read that too.

                      To add a bit of variety, I also recommend a series of books by John Gribbin.
                      The first one: In Search of Schrodinger's Cat.
                      https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca...aef3447280b7f9
                      If physics & the workings of Everything are a bit over-yer-head (so to speak, as with me) this is a brilliant book. Easy to read considering the subject matter.

                      Regards, Jon S.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Wickerman View Post

                        Yes, I forgot that one - Our Chief of Men, read that too.

                        To add a bit of variety, I also recommend a series of books by John Gribbin.
                        The first one: In Search of Schrodinger's Cat.
                        https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca...aef3447280b7f9
                        If physics & the workings of Everything are a bit over-yer-head (so to speak, as with me) this is a brilliant book. Easy to read considering the subject matter.
                        hi wick i have literally hundreds of these type physics/ science books and gribbins book was one of the first. excellent book and ive read it over about a dozen times. quantum physics is some fascinating stuff.
                        "Is all that we see or seem
                        but a dream within a dream?"

                        -Edgar Allan Poe


                        "...the man and the peaked cap he is said to have worn
                        quite tallies with the descriptions I got of him."

                        -Frederick G. Abberline

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Abby Normal View Post

                          hi wick i have literally hundreds of these type physics/ science books and gribbins book was one of the first. excellent book and ive read it over about a dozen times. quantum physics is some fascinating stuff.
                          Agreed Abby!

                          I am fascinated by the whole Quantum mechanics thing.

                          I've got several books on the topic, and it still fries my brain trying to understand it all.

                          As one eminent scientist said, " if you think that you understand quantum mechanics, it's clear that you don't understand quantum mechanics."

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Abby Normal View Post

                            hi wick i have literally hundreds of these type physics/ science books and gribbins book was one of the first. excellent book and ive read it over about a dozen times. quantum physics is some fascinating stuff.
                            Hi Abby.
                            Not quite as many as you, I had about 4 or 5 of those 'In Search of' physics books, very fascinating. Haven't we all sometimes wished we could've been in two places at the same time
                            Regards, Jon S.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Ms Diddles View Post
                              I'll third the Suspicions of Mr Whicher.

                              If you've not already read it, I'd recommend Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil too.

                              I love that book and it really makes me want to visit Savannah, Georgia!
                              It is brilliantly written. Not one word wasted. I totally agree with you, ever since reading it I have wanted to go there!
                              Best Regards,

                              Tristan

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by c.d. View Post

                                Hello Ms. Diddles,

                                For some reason I always thought you lived in England. If you are looking for some good fiction I definitely recommend this book. Set in modern day Scotland. Over 42,000 reviews on amazon.

                                https://www.amazon.com/Eleanor-Oliph...s%2C216&sr=8-1

                                c.d.
                                Oh! I had missed this post.

                                The book looks interesting.

                                It's 6.99 on Amazon so I'll give it a shot.

                                I finished Kingdom of Ice last night.

                                It was fantastic.

                                Quite heart wrenching in places.

                                James Gordon Bennett sounds quite the character too!

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