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DAY TIME (EST/EDT) Series Name Editor(s)
SUN 6:00 PM Young Reader's Pavilion The Book Bear
Sun 9:30 PM SciFi/Fantasy Book Club quarkstomper
Bi-Monthly Sun Midnight Reading Ramblings don mikulecky
MON 11:30 AM Political Book Club Susan from 29
Mon 8:00 PM Monday Murder Mystery Susan from 29, michelewln
Mon 11:00 PM My Favorite Books/Authors edrie, MichiganChet
TUES 5:00 PM Indigo Kalliope: Poems from the Left bigjacbigjacbigjac
alternate Tuesdays 8:00 AM LGBT Literature Texdude50, Dave in Northridge
alternate Tuesdays 8:00 AM All Things Bookstore Dave in Northridge
Tue 8:00 PM Contemporary Fiction Views bookgirl
WED 7:30 AM WAYR? plf515
Wed 2:00 PM e-books Susan from 29
Wed 8:00 PM Bookflurries Bookchat cfk
THU 8:00 PM Write On! SensibleShoes
Thu (first each month) 11:00 AM Monthly Bookpost AdmiralNaismith
Thu (third each month - on hiatus) 11:00 PM Audiobooks Club SoCaliana
FRI 8:00 AM Books That Changed My Life Diana in NoVa
Fri 6:00 PM Books Go Boom! Brecht
SAT (fourth each month) 11:00 AM Windy City Bookworm Chitown Kev
Sat 9:00 PM Books So Bad They're Good Ellid

Just finished
What hath God wrought? by Daniel Walker Howe. Subtitled "The transformation of America 1815-1848. I am reading this with the History group at GoodReads.  This is very well written; an excellent portrayal of the USA in these 3 decades.

Now reading
Cooler Smarter: Practical tips for low carbon living  by the scientists at Union of Concerned Scientists, a great group. These folk make sense, concentrating on the changes you can make that have the biggest impact with the least effort.

Thinking, fast and slow  by Daniel Kahneman.  Kahneman, most famous for his work with the late Amos Tversky, is one of the leading psychologists of the times. Here, he posits that our brains have two systems: A fast one and a slow one. Neither is better, but they are good at different things. This is a brilliant book: Full of insight and very well written, as well.

On politics: A history of political thought from Herodotus to the present by Alan Ryan. What the subtitle says - a history of political thought.  

He, she and it by Marge Percy. Near future dystopian SF set on Earth.

Visions of Infinity by Ian Stewart. A nontechnical look at 11 famous problems of math. So far, it's a little too nontechnical for my taste.

Woodrow Wilson by John Cooper, Jr. A fairly admiring look at Wilson.

Measurement by Paul Lockhart. About mathematics and, especially, how it should be taught and learned. Lockhart is wonderful; his first book A Mathematician's Lament was, in my view, the best book on teaching math ever written.

Just started

Sleeping Dogs by Thomas Perry. The sequel to The Butcher's Boy.  The butcher's boy (a former hit man for the mafia) has retired to England and been living a quiet life for 10 years. But now he is recognized and comes out of retirement very fast.

A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1848 US invasion of Mexico by Amy Greenberg. What the subtitle says, but very interesting. For instance, the 1848 war was the first US war to have a substantial group of anti-War Americans.

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  •  The Last King's Song by Geoff Ryman (14+ / 0-)

    Picked this one up (as I pick most of my books up) at a thrift store.  I vaguely placed the author's name, but couldn't remember why.  Halfway through the book, I remembered that he wrote a novel I read last year entitled Was, which is a riff on Oz and AIDS.  Recommended.

    Anyway, this novel travels between the late 20th century and the 12th century, in Cambodia.  A book written by the great Buddhist king Jayavarman is discovered, and then stolen.  We follow the attempt to recover the book and the story of the man who became king.  The most sympathetic character is a former Khmer Rouge soldier who killed hundreds of innocents.

    There is something about Ryman's writing which I find truly special.  He is able to deliver both story and character flawlessly.  You care about the people, even as he shows how flawed they are.  There are no perfect people, and no perfectly evil people.  There is an atmosphere of sweet melancholy.  Bad things happen, sad things happen, but it all seems perfectly natural, as if nothing else than what did happen could have.  But the role of the mind in creating acceptance through magical thinking is important.

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 04:55:31 AM PDT

  •  Les Miserable (16+ / 0-)

    unabridged.... halfway through.  If you have the time and the patience - you know those Romantic era writers can get a wee bit long on their prose - it is a very interesting read with a lot of depth to the characters.

    "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

    by newfie on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:04:15 AM PDT

  •  just read... (13+ / 0-)

    ..."House of Earth" by Woody Guthrie. A short, interesting read. Now reading "Life and Fate" by Vasily Grossman, an 870 page epic dealing with WW2 Russia. It is I think, a great book made even more compelling by the history of the author(a war reporter for the Red Army) and the book itself(the manuscript was "arrested" by Soviet authorities and had copies smuggled to the west for publication) I think it's well worth a look if you like epic historical fiction.

    •  I've been looking into Russian Novels this week - (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      RiveroftheWest, plf515, postalblue

      I don't mean reading them, but reading about them. I stumbled across a perfect line of propaganda, from when Grossman was a WWII reporter, on the Germans: "their bedraggled army continued its cowardly advance".

      I'll read Life and Fate one day. It sounds like one of the greatest Russian Novels of the 20th Century.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:47:08 AM PDT

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      •  This novel... (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Brecht, RiveroftheWest, plf515 a heavy lift, no doubt about it. The narrative spans camps in the Soviet Gulag to the battle of Stalingrad and to the Nazi death camps. There are so many characters that there is a list provided to keep track of them, also made more confusing by the author's use of the full Russian name. Still I'm completey caught up in it and enjoying the journey despite the somber subject matter.

        •  Grossman struggled to find the truth, depth & art (3+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          postalblue, RiveroftheWest, plf515

          that he put into Life and Fate. I love that it's a sequel to For a Just Cause - a novel so trapped in Soviet ideology that it was second rate, and has bever been translated into English.

          One of the strangest truths about Life and Fate is that it is a sequel. If, reading it, you find yourself wondering why the strands about the Shaposhnikov sisters don't really seem to tie together, and why the strand about the manager of the Stalingrad power station doesn't go anywhere much, the answer is that they are trailing stubs of plots much more developed in the previous volume.

          Za Pravoe Delo, or "For a Just Cause", has never been translated; perhaps it will be now. Though bold enough to get Grossman into trouble when it was published in 1952, it was, nevertheless, a conventional socialist-realist novel, respectful of the main outlines of Stalinist piety. In it, by all accounts, recognisable versions of the people we know in Life and Fate in scrubbed-bare form exist deeply layered, varnished in acceptable feeling and Stalinist sentiment. Viktor Shtrum and all the others were imagined complicitly before they were imagined fearlessly. This is the resistance Grossman had to overcome; this is the position he had to feel and think his way out of. Not just Stalinism as something imposed and official, something comfortably alien, but something intimate to his patriotic, upwardly mobile Soviet generation, from which, with astonishing and lonely determination, he managed to alienate himself.

          "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

          by Brecht on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:57:23 PM PDT

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  •  I'm re-reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. (15+ / 0-)

    It's a fairly remarkable novel that ties together multiple disparate characters and timelines and deals with some timely issues regarding society, racism, ecology, etc. One of those rare books that deserves a second, more leisurely read.

  •  Almost done with... (15+ / 0-)

    the audiobook version of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright.  This book is really pissing me off.  Not because of the book itself, but the content.  The stupidity of your run of the mill scientologist makes me want to bang my head against the wall.  And the current leader of the church is a psychopath.  L. Ron Hubbard was a fraud and a nutcase, but David Miscavige needs to go to prison.

  •  Invisible Stars (11+ / 0-)

    A Social History of Women In American Broadcasting by Donna Halper. Goes way back to the first ham radio operators, many of whom were women. Donna is the DJ who first gave my Guys a spin in Cleveland.We're friends on FB and she sent me a personalized copy. She's every bit as good a writer as a talent scout ;)

    Thank your stars you're not that way/Turn your back and walk away/Don't even pause and ask them why/Turn around and say 'goodbye'/Just wish them well.....

    by Purple Priestess on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:21:26 AM PDT

  •  Just finished (10+ / 0-)

    The Empress of Australia, the last of Harry Leslie Smith's autobiographical works. I have never been a fan of autobiographies because most of the ones I've read were either self-congratulatory drivel, like the Jack Welch piece my spouse had to read for work, or just plain boring. These books were more like sitting down with someone of my grandparents' generation and getting a detailed cohesive narrative, along with socio-political observations and historical context. My uncle barely survived the Depression, other family members were in WWII, but their recollections were scattershot and heavily censored. Mr. Smith's books contain the kind of historical detail that bring an era to life.
    Be forewarned, he is an autodidact and makes some mistakes, like using tender hook for tenterhook, and also uses a lot of British slang terms, but that just lends it authenticity in my opinion. Only problem is, the next book I'm trying to read seems either overwritten or downright pretentious at times...and it's by one of my favourite SF authors.

    You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones

    by northsylvania on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:28:01 AM PDT

  •  Comedy Tonight (12+ / 0-)

    I've been meandering through a collection of great comedy plays.  I read "Tartuffe" this past week and "The School for Scandal" and just started "The Importance of Being Earnest."

    And I've also started re-reading the next book I'm going to do for the Sunday Night SF/F Book Club.

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:50:29 AM PDT

  •  Hans Fallada, Every Man Dies Alone (10+ / 0-)

    Great book based on a real-life story of German popular resistance to nazism.  Fallada was such a wonderful writer in terms of making his characters seem so real. On a number of occasions in What Now, Little Man? I said to myself "yes!  That's exactly how it is!"

    Recently read Maxim Gorky's My Childhood and My Apprenticeship.  I'll finish the trilogy with My Universities in the not too distant future.  I also have Mother, his expose of American society, on my "to read" shelf.


    To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

    by dizzydean on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:55:49 AM PDT

  •  Suddenly, A Knock on the Door (9+ / 0-)

    by Etgar Keret

    Recommended here by aravir a few weeks ago. I recommend it now.

    Suddenly, A Knock on the Door
    by Etgar Keret

    Cheers, y'all

    Most models are wrong, but some are useful.

    by etbnc on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:59:53 AM PDT

  •  The Etched City by K.J. Bishop (6+ / 0-)

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 06:05:10 AM PDT

  •  Oddly for Me, I'm Reading Only One Book (8+ / 0-)

    at a time, and it's The Physician by Noah Gordon, a novel in the manner and from the era of Follett's Medieval historical novels.

    This is the saga of an orphaned English boy, apprenticed to a barber-surgeon who discovers his love and innate skill for healing.  He determines to journey to Isphan in Persia to study at the world's best medical school, which requires him to disguise himself as a Jew in order to avoid excommunication and worse, since Christians cannot be allowed such educational pursuits under the Pope's dictum.

    If this is true, it's being made into a movie with Tom Payne,  Ben Kingsley, and Stellan Skarsgard that's soon (if it hasn't been already) to be released.  

    Readers & Book Lovers Pull up a chair! You're never too old to be a Meta Groupie

    by Limelite on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 06:57:34 AM PDT

  •  Aside from my current audiobook (8+ / 0-)

    (see above) I'm about 125 pages into Wool by Hugh Howey.  It's a scifi, post-apocalyptic.  A large group of people are living in a 150 story underground silo due to the fact that the atmosphere has become a toxic soup that kills in seconds within any kind of independent air supply.  Still very early in the book, but it's pretty interesting so far.

  •  Just finished reading Candice Millard's (4+ / 0-)

    Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President. It was an easy read covering multiple aspects of President Garfield's assassination and his death. Bad medicine, insane assassin, squibs about Alexander G. Bell and Dr. Lister add to the enjoyable read.

    While I am of the view the author overreached in some of her conclusions I recommend the book.  

    Roman Catholic by birth---thoroughly confused by life.

    by alasmoses on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 07:05:22 AM PDT

  •  Currently. . . (10+ / 0-)

    Just finished: "The Hunger Games Trilogy," by Suzanne Collins. A very easy read. All three books taking only two days to read.

    1. "The Works of Aristotle"

    I'd dreaded this one (and I'm struggling a bit to stay with it), especially after "The Republic," but many reviews of "Summa Theologica," by Thomas Aquinas, said I needed to finish the Aristotle, first.

    2. "Toll the Hounds," by Steven Erikson
    3. "Kushiel's Chosen," by Jacqueline Carey

    The Erikson is the eighth in a fantasy series, the Carey is a sequel. Both were listed in NPR's list of the best Fantasy/Science Fiction novels of all time.

    The victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.

    by Pacifist on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 07:13:27 AM PDT

  •  Currently: Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition (6+ / 0-)

    By David Nirenberg. Nirenberg shows how opposition to Judaism--as a concept--has shaped the way Western culture has defined itself, starting even before the advent of Christianity. Nirenberg seems to be fluent in every conceivable language.

  •  The top three are finished. (5+ / 0-)

    List 20130424

    Dare Call It Treason, 1963, is a defense of the actions of French soldiers in 1917 and it is very interesting. It starts as a history of the Great War from the point of view of the French infantryman. Trench warfare is described in detail. The practice of politics in France gets a lot of attention. It was not thought unlikely then that the Communists might win in every industrialized nation.

    In 1917, French soldiers mutinied in large numbers with encouragement from agitators including a few Russian battalions. The mutinies were suppressed as was the history of the mutinies and Richard M. Watt's thesis is that the thrust of the mutineers was not a refusal to defend France, which would have been treason, but that they refused to attack. He suggests that no unit of any size faced wholesale execution though some had a few selected at random to pay the price and claims that the men allowed it as conforming to Roman tradition. An exception was the Russians.

    He reserved 'treason' to a few politicians particularly Joseph Caillaux and Migual Almereyda whom he accuses of being paid German agents.

    Spycatcher, by Peter Wright in 1987, is a re-read. Spy pr0n at it's finest. "For five years we bugged and burgled our way across London at the state's request, while pompous bowler-hatted civil servants in Whitehall pretended to look the other way." Recruited to MI5 in 1949 and in the Service until 1976.

    There were spies to catch and he caught them.

    In 1963, Philby was revealed to be a member of the spy ring now known as the Cambridge Five, the other members of which were Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, and another uncertain individual. Of the five, Philby is believed to have been most successful in providing secret information to the Soviet Union. His activities were moderated only by Joseph Stalin's fears that he was secretly on Britain's side. Philby was an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from 1946 to 1965. wiki
    Wright alleges that Roger Hollis, Director of MI5, was the fifth man. Along the way he gives profiles of the community including Hoover and James Jesus Angleton that are not exactly flattering. He wrote the book to make up for getting screwed out of nearly half of his pension.

    Pearl Harbor: The Verdict of History by Gordon Prange et al is awesome. One of four detailing the history of the early history of the war against the Japanese Empire. I read the others earlier.

    Gordon William Prange (July 16, 1910 – May 15, 1980) was the author of several World War II-historical manuscripts which were published by his co-workers after his death in 1980. Dr. Prange was a Professor of History at the University of Maryland from 1937 to 1980 with a break of nine years (1942–1951) of military service overseas, and in the postwar era of military occupation of Japan, when he was the Chief Historian in General Douglas MacArthur's staff. It was during this time that Prange collected material from and interviewed many Japanese military officers, enlisted men, and civilians, with the information later being used in the writing of his books. Several became New York Times bestsellers, including At Dawn We Slept and Miracle at Midway.
    He died prior to completing a manuscript and had four major works in progress. His editors mangled them together in, At Dawn We slept, and then had to sort three other credible books out of the rubble. They succeeded and they suffered less than I had expected.

    At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor (1981)

    Elements of the whole, widely available used, and an excellent read. Mostly told from an American POV.

    Miracle at Midway (1982)

    Available at my library. The counter attack.

    Pearl Harbor: The Verdict of History (1986)

    Four verdicts are offered.

    Roosevelt did not have any foreknowledge of the attack. War was coming and everyone knew it but the attack was expected to be either against the USSR, English possessions in Asia, and the Dutch East Indies first.

    It was a strategic blunder by Japan. If America was to be the next target Japan should have gone all in. Half of the fleet went South.

    It was a tactical blunder by Japan. The attack focused on the ships at their moorings and aircraft rather than concentrating on the fueling infrastructure and the repair depots. Not attacking the tank farms was particularly egregious.

    The primary fault on the American side lies with the commanders in Hawaii, particularly Admiral Kimmel and General Short though there is plenty of blame to spread elsewhere.

    December 7, 1941: The Day the Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor (1988)

    This is the nuts and bolts from conception, getting approval up the chain of command, planning, training and execution as told from the Japanese side

    The Obamians: The struggle Inside the Whitehouse to Redefine American Power.

    I'm almost finished with this one. No report yet.

    The Great Unraveling.

    Just started. Mostly a collection of NYT columns rather than a book. No report yet.

    Rumsfeld's War: The Untold Story of America's Anti-Terrorist Commander.

    2004, Regnery, and written by the Pentagon correspondent for the Washington Times says it all.

    Glory without victory. It is exceedingly unlikely that I'll be able to finish this tripe.

  •  It's been a long month (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Brecht, RiveroftheWest, ferg, plf515

    With a lot of periods of brain fog and/or illness. So I've re-read a lot of books this month.

    Already finished:

    Once Burned by Jeanine Frost
    Twice Tempted by Jeanine Frost
    Awakened by Brenda K. Davies
    Reign of Blood by Alexia Purdy
    Destined for an Early Grave by Jeanine Frost
    This Side of the Grave by Jeanine Frost
    One Grave at a Time by Jeanine Frost
    Death's Mistress by Karen Chance

    Daggerspell by Katherine Kerr- a bit confusing and jumps around a lot. I'll probably pick up the next one in the series however when I get back to the library with my current books. It's a fantasy series with a strong reincarnation story line; interesting, but the jumping through time periods and lives can get confusing.

    Currently reading:
    Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (started it last night and I'm more than half way through LOL)

    Dragon's Blood by Robin Hobb
    The third Game of Thrones book

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:14:58 AM PDT

  •  Just finishing "Curse of the Narrows" about an (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RiveroftheWest, plf515

    explosion in Dec. of 1917 that destroyed Halifax. I mention it because a great deal of medical help and support was sent from Boston to that area to treat the victims and organize the recovery.  

    Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. - Einstein

    by moose67 on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:35:13 AM PDT

  •  Nabokov's 'Lectures on Russian Literature'. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RiveroftheWest, Mark Tapley, plf515

    He hates Dostoevsky, and rips into him with some sharp critiques (but little admission of his strengths). He loves Tolstoy - a third of the book is on Anna Karenina.

    Also, the weird, funny, and often delightful Tenth of December.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:41:09 AM PDT

  •  Just finished 'Defending Jacob' (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RiveroftheWest, plf515

    I'm looking for good (meaning an interesting/not tech laden read) nonfiction on Cold War espionage if anyone has a recommendation or two.  

  •  Just started 'When We Were (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RiveroftheWest, plf515

    the Kennedys' by Monica Wood. About her childhood in a small milltown in Maine. And am about to dig out my OLD copy of Tom Jones for a little satire and comedy.

    "On a normal dog day, I can sit still for hours on end with no effort." enzo, The Art of Racing in the Rain

    by rebereads on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 09:14:15 AM PDT

  •  Meeting Life... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mark Tapley, RiveroftheWest, plf515 J. Krishnamurti, and Winter of the World by Ken Follett (usually, it's my habit to have two or more books going at the same time...enabling me to pick and choose lighter or deeper material, depending on my state of being at the time).

  •  Finally finished Rushdie's "Midnight's (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RiveroftheWest, plf515

    Children,". Just in time for the movie. Rushdie wrote the script. Meanwhile I've read NYT and other reviews of the book to find out what it is really about

    Listening Barbara Kingsolver read her novel "Flight Behavior."  

    Reading Mary Oliver's "American Primitive," a book of poems, for book club.

  •  hi (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RiveroftheWest, plf515

    I have finished reading:

    Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline (I was disappointed)

    Protector by C. J. Cherryh  (fantasy series)

    Free Fire by C. J. Box

    Blood Trail by Box

    Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie Dobbs)

    Leaving Everything Most Loved by Winspear

    Ran Away by Barbara Hambly

    Safe House by Chris Ewan  (too violent)

    I am reading:

    The Cyberskunk Files #2:  The Hyperlink by Joel Naftali (sequel to The Rendering) (pg. 16 of 296)

    Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb (pg. 12 of 425)

    Challenge books:

    A History of London by Stephen Inwood (pg. 401 of 937)

    The Hornet’s Nest by Jimmy Carter: A Novel of the Revolutionary War (pg. 178 of 465)

    Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams  by Lyle Leverich (pg.79 of 593)

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 02:03:24 PM PDT

  •  I am reading a bunch of amazing papers on... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    ...the remarkable material Ti3SiC2.

    I can't believe that for so many years, while reading on refractory compounds - high temperature materials that would be useful in ameliorating the now inevitable climate disaster - that this compound never crossed paths with me.

    The paper I'm reading right now - which thrills me to my core - is Nature Materials, 2, 107-111 (2003)

    A remarkable passage:

    Slip by dislocation motion is the prevalent micro mechanism of plastic deformation in almost all crystalline materials. It is widely recognized that crystalline materials that exhibit a large multiplicity of easy glide slip systems (for example, face-cent red and body-cent red cubic metals) demonstrate significant ductility, and that dislocation activity in these materials is irreversible, that is, it is not possible, in general, to return the material to its initial microstructural state. It is also well known that materials that exhibit limited amounts of slip are generally brittle (for example, ceramics),which hinders their use in a number of engineering applications. Most known crystalline materials fall into one of the two categories described above. We have encountered a class of materials that exhibit extensive slip, but on a limited number of easy glide slip systems. This new class of layered ternary compounds, with a general formula ofMn+1AXn (where = 1 to 3,M is an early transition metal, A is an A-group element, and X is C and/or N) is now referred to as MAX phases in the literature1–4.There are roughly 50 M2AX phases2; three M3AX2 (Ti3SiC2, Ti3GeC2 andTi3AlC2 (ref. 3)) and one M4AX3,Ti4AlN3 (ref. 4). In previous work 1,5–16,we have reported on the exceptional thermal shock resistance and damage tolerance shown by these materials. In this paper, we report unique characteristics of the mechanical response of Ti3SiC2—perhaps the most significant ones observed to date in this interesting class of materials—in simple compression cyclic tests conducted at room and at higher temperatures.
    OK, so I'm a dork.

    Someone has to do it.

    This material is unbelievably cool, or hot, or something, though, but I guess you had to be there.

  •  The Shipping News (0+ / 0-)

    Proulx marinated in this stuff before she wrote it--you can tell.  She also wrote the flip, cardboard novel Ace In the Hole, which shows that nobody's perfect.  Her short story "Pair a Spurs" is, as a friend of mine once liked to say, profound as hell. I am a fan.

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