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Book Club October 2013 Book Club Nominations

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October 2013 Nominations


Help us select the book that the MobileRead Book Club will read for October, 2013.

The nominations will run through midnight EST September 30 or until 10 books have made the list. The poll will then be posted and will remain open for five days.

Book selection category for October is:

The Patricia Clark Memorial Library

This month's selection will be a public domain selection from our own MobileRead Library, AKA The Patricia Clark Memorial Library. For newer members who never had the joy of knowing her, Patricia Clark was one of the most helpful and beloved member/moderators ever to grace MobileRead, and many of the books in our Library were carefully crafted, proofread, and uploaded by her.

In order for a book to be included in the poll it needs THREE NOMINATIONS (original nomination, a second and a third).

How Does This Work?
The Mobile Read Book Club (MRBC) is an informal club that requires nothing of you. Each month a book is selected by polling. On the last week of that month a discussion thread is started for the book. If you want to participate feel free. There is no need to "join" or sign up. All are welcome.

How Does a Book Get Selected?
Each book that is nominated will be listed in a poll at the end of the nomination period. The book that polls the most votes will be the official selection.

How Many Nominations Can I Make?
Each participant has 3 nominations. You can nominate a new book for consideration or nominate (second, third) one that has already been nominated by another person.

How Do I Nominate a Book?
Please just post a message with your nomination. If you are the FIRST to nominate a book, please try to provide an abstract to the book so others may consider their level of interest.

How Do I Know What Has Been Nominated?
Just follow the thread. This message will be updated with the status of the nominations as often as I can. If one is missed, please just post a message with a multi-quote of the 3 nominations and it will be added to the list ASAP.

When is the Poll?
The poll thread will open at the end of the nomination period, or once there have been 10 books with 3 nominations each. At that time a link to the initial poll thread will be posted here and this thread will be closed.

The floor is open to nominations. Please comment if you discover a nomination is not available as an ebook in your area.


Official choices with three nominations each:

(1) Solomon Kane by Robert E. Howard
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub
Spoiler:
From Kobo:

Solomon Kane is a sixteenth century anti-hero created by renowned sword and sorcery author Robert E Howard (creator of Conan the Barbarian).

When Solomon Kane meets the Devil's Reaper, he postpones his fate by renouncing violence - a vow that is soon tested by the forces of evil. Compelled to once again strap on his weapons, he embarks on an epic journey of redemption.


(2) Dr. Izard by Anna Katharine Green
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: Kindle
Spoiler:
(from Amazon) By a mysterious contrivance, penniless and parentless Polly Earle has become an heiress with $20,000. (A respectable little fortune in 1895, when DOCTOR IZARD was published). Raised by kind neighbors in a village in Massachusetts, Polly is now eighteen and a beauty.

Her happiness seems assured. But there are ominous questions in the background. What made her father disappear so abruptly when Polly was four years old? Is there a mystery about her mother's death as well? Why does Polly's friend Doctor Izard avoid village society? And who is that sinister old tramp hanging around town, saying nothing and observing everything?


(3) The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub / Kindle
Spoiler:
Dorothy Leigh Sayers 13 June 1893 – 17 December 1957) was a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between the First and Second World Wars that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, that remain popular to this day. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divine Comedy to be her best work. She is also known for her plays, literary criticism and essays.

The nine tailors
Nine strokes from the belfry of an ancient country church toll the death of an unknown man and call the famous Lord Peter Wimsey to one of his most brilliant cases, set in the atmosphere of a quiet parish in the strange, flat, fen-country of East Anglia.


(4) Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub (Illustrated) / German ePub / Kindle / PDF / more.
Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

Shipwrecked castaway Lemuel Gulliver’s encounters with the petty, diminutive Lilliputians, the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the abstracted scientists of Laputa, the philosophical Houyhnhnms, and the brutish Yahoos give him new, bitter insights into human behavior. Swift’s fantastic and subversive book remains supremely relevant in our own age of distortion, hypocrisy, and irony.


(5) Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: Kindle
Spoiler:
Here's a little review from an Amazon reader:

"This is a gentle coming-of-age story set in late-Victorian Canada. Anne is an orphan adopted by a middle aged brother and sister, who originally intend to offer a home to a boy who can work on the farm. Anne is a fiercely imaginative and impulsive child and the story follows her life from age ten to sixteen, as she involves her friends in all manner of exploits. The countryside is an integral part of the narrative and is affectionately described. The story is warm-hearted, but pulls back from being sweetly sentimental."


(6) The Case of the Golden Coprolite by Ralph Sir Edward
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: Kindle
Spoiler:
Patricia Clark:
Quote:
A mystery by our own Sir Sir Ralph Sir Edward, issued first in serial form in the Lounge, and now in a single volume for your delectation.

The cover image is by sa majesté, Zelda, reine de Pinwheel herself.


(7) Le Morte Darthur by Thomas Malory
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub / Kindle
Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

An immortal story of love, adventure, chivalry, treachery and death. Edited and first published by William Caxton in 1485, Le Morte D'Arthur is Sir Thomas Malory's unique and splendid version of the Arthurian legend. Mordred's treason, the knightly exploits of Tristan, Lancelot's fatally divided loyalties and his love for Guenever, the quest for the Holy Grail; all the elements are there woven into a wonderful completeness by the magic of his prose style.

The result is not only one of the most readable accounts of the knights of the Round Table but also one of the most moving. As the story advances towards the inevitable tragedy of Arthur's death the effect is cumulative, rising with an impending sense of doom and tragedy towards its shattering finale.


(8) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: Kindle
Spoiler:
From Wiki:

... The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective ...


(9) The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub
Spoiler:
This quote is from Branson.com, a tourism site for Branson, Missouri:
Quote:
Harold Bell Wright, an ailing minister-author who traveled to the Ozarks for his health discovered much more than he sought in the hill country. As he regained his strength in the healthful, peaceful atmosphere, he began writing a manuscript which would become the fourth most widely-read book in publishing history. It would also spark a nationwide interest and bring the first wave of tourism into the Missouri Ozarks.

Wright was born in 1872 in Rome, NY. He traveled extensively in his early career as a minister and a writer. At one point, he pastored a church in Pittsburg, KS. He lived there when he discovered that he had tuberculosis.

Concern for his health was complicated by despondency over a flagging career as a minister and writer. A cure for both problems seemed to be offered in the milder climate of the Ozark Mountains.

In the spring of 1896, he traveled as far into the Ozark hills as the rails took him. The end of the line was Marionville, MO where he set off on horseback into the rugged hills. Turning back from a flood swollen White River, he sheltered at the homestead of John and Anna Ross on a ridge near Mutton Hollow.

He intended only to spend the night, but Wright stayed for the summer. He returned to the Ross homestead each summer for eight years as he slowly regained his health.

He was a witness of a drought in 1902, as the homesteaders were pushed to the edge of starvation when their crops were scorched, the streams dried and the game disappeared. The settlers' desperation led to a series of events which would form the nucleus of Wright's most famous book, The Shepherd of the Hills.

In 1904, Wright began recording his impressions of the settlers and the events which shaped their lives at his campsite in a corn field on the Ross homestead. The completed novel lay unpublished until 1907, when one of Wright's friends insisted on backing its publication in 1907.

The Shepherd of the Hills marked a spectacular turning point in Wright's literary career. The book's success was almost immediate. Millions of copies were sold in several languages, and four movies versions were filmed. Wright's 40-year career as a writer resulted in 19 books, many scripts for stage plays, and a number of magazine articles before his death in 1944.

The legend Harold Bell Wright began in a novel continues to live in a nationally popular attraction, the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and Outdoor Theatre.


(10) The Martyrs of Science by David Brewster
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: Kindle
Spoiler:
Biographies of Galileo, Brahe and Kepler.


The nominations are now closed.

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Australian
Angus Robertson
Booktopia
Borders
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Fishpond
Google

Canada
Amazon. Make sure you are logged out. Then go to the Kindle Store. Search for a book. After the search results come up, in the upper right corner of the screen, change the country to Canada and search away.
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Sony eBookstore (Upper right corner switch to/from US/CA)

UK
BooksOnBoard (In the upper right corner is a way to switch to the UK store)
Amazon
Foyle's
Google
Penguin
Random House
Waterstones
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*** Solomon Kane by Robert E. Howard [John F, Moe The Cat, fantasyfan]
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub
Spoiler:
From Kobo:

Solomon Kane is a sixteenth century anti-hero created by renowned sword and sorcery author Robert E Howard (creator of Conan the Barbarian).

When Solomon Kane meets the Devil's Reaper, he postpones his fate by renouncing violence - a vow that is soon tested by the forces of evil. Compelled to once again strap on his weapons, he embarks on an epic journey of redemption.


*** Dr. Izard by Anna Katharine Green [crich70, desertblues, BelleZora]
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: Kindle
Spoiler:
(from Amazon) By a mysterious contrivance, penniless and parentless Polly Earle has become an heiress with $20,000. (A respectable little fortune in 1895, when DOCTOR IZARD was published). Raised by kind neighbors in a village in Massachusetts, Polly is now eighteen and a beauty.

Her happiness seems assured. But there are ominous questions in the background. What made her father disappear so abruptly when Polly was four years old? Is there a mystery about her mother's death as well? Why does Polly's friend Doctor Izard avoid village society? And who is that sinister old tramp hanging around town, saying nothing and observing everything?


*** The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright [BelleZora, Seraphine, issybird]
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub
Spoiler:
This quote is from Branson.com, a tourism site for Branson, Missouri:
Quote:
Harold Bell Wright, an ailing minister-author who traveled to the Ozarks for his health discovered much more than he sought in the hill country. As he regained his strength in the healthful, peaceful atmosphere, he began writing a manuscript which would become the fourth most widely-read book in publishing history. It would also spark a nationwide interest and bring the first wave of tourism into the Missouri Ozarks.

Wright was born in 1872 in Rome, NY. He traveled extensively in his early career as a minister and a writer. At one point, he pastored a church in Pittsburg, KS. He lived there when he discovered that he had tuberculosis.

Concern for his health was complicated by despondency over a flagging career as a minister and writer. A cure for both problems seemed to be offered in the milder climate of the Ozark Mountains.

In the spring of 1896, he traveled as far into the Ozark hills as the rails took him. The end of the line was Marionville, MO where he set off on horseback into the rugged hills. Turning back from a flood swollen White River, he sheltered at the homestead of John and Anna Ross on a ridge near Mutton Hollow.

He intended only to spend the night, but Wright stayed for the summer. He returned to the Ross homestead each summer for eight years as he slowly regained his health.

He was a witness of a drought in 1902, as the homesteaders were pushed to the edge of starvation when their crops were scorched, the streams dried and the game disappeared. The settlers' desperation led to a series of events which would form the nucleus of Wright's most famous book, The Shepherd of the Hills.

In 1904, Wright began recording his impressions of the settlers and the events which shaped their lives at his campsite in a corn field on the Ross homestead. The completed novel lay unpublished until 1907, when one of Wright's friends insisted on backing its publication in 1907.

The Shepherd of the Hills marked a spectacular turning point in Wright's literary career. The book's success was almost immediate. Millions of copies were sold in several languages, and four movies versions were filmed. Wright's 40-year career as a writer resulted in 19 books, many scripts for stage plays, and a number of magazine articles before his death in 1944.

The legend Harold Bell Wright began in a novel continues to live in a nationally popular attraction, the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and Outdoor Theatre.


*** The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers [desertblues, WT Sharpe, sun surfer]
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub / Kindle
Spoiler:
Dorothy Leigh Sayers 13 June 1893 – 17 December 1957) was a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between the First and Second World Wars that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, that remain popular to this day. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divine Comedy to be her best work. She is also known for her plays, literary criticism and essays.

The nine tailors
Nine strokes from the belfry of an ancient country church toll the death of an unknown man and call the famous Lord Peter Wimsey to one of his most brilliant cases, set in the atmosphere of a quiet parish in the strange, flat, fen-country of East Anglia.


*** The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [John F, VioletVal, fantasyfan]
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: Kindle
Spoiler:
From Wiki:

... The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective ...


* Kepler by Walter Bryant [Billi]
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: Kindle
Spoiler:
A 1920 biography of the astronomer Johannes Kepler.


*** The Martyrs of Science by David Brewster [Billi, Seraphine, Hamlet53]
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: Kindle
Spoiler:
Biographies of Galileo, Brahe and Kepler.


*** The Case of the Golden Coprolite by Ralph Sir Edward [Billi, desertblues, Dazrin]
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: Kindle
Spoiler:
Patricia Clark:
Quote:
A mystery by our own Sir Sir Ralph Sir Edward, issued first in serial form in the Lounge, and now in a single volume for your delectation.

The cover image is by sa majesté, Zelda, reine de Pinwheel herself.


*** Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift [sun surfer, BelleZora, Stephjk]
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub (Illustrated) / German ePub / Kindle / PDF / more.
Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

Shipwrecked castaway Lemuel Gulliver’s encounters with the petty, diminutive Lilliputians, the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the abstracted scientists of Laputa, the philosophical Houyhnhnms, and the brutish Yahoos give him new, bitter insights into human behavior. Swift’s fantastic and subversive book remains supremely relevant in our own age of distortion, hypocrisy, and irony.


*** Le Morte Darthur by Thomas Malory [sun surfer, issybird, VioletVal]
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub / Kindle
Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

An immortal story of love, adventure, chivalry, treachery and death. Edited and first published by William Caxton in 1485, Le Morte D'Arthur is Sir Thomas Malory's unique and splendid version of the Arthurian legend. Mordred's treason, the knightly exploits of Tristan, Lancelot's fatally divided loyalties and his love for Guenever, the quest for the Holy Grail; all the elements are there woven into a wonderful completeness by the magic of his prose style.

The result is not only one of the most readable accounts of the knights of the Round Table but also one of the most moving. As the story advances towards the inevitable tragedy of Arthur's death the effect is cumulative, rising with an impending sense of doom and tragedy towards its shattering finale.


*** Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery [fantasyfan, Stephjk, Dazrin]
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: Kindle
Spoiler:
Here's a little review from an Amazon reader:

"This is a gentle coming-of-age story set in late-Victorian Canada. Anne is an orphan adopted by a middle aged brother and sister, who originally intend to offer a home to a boy who can work on the farm. Anne is a fiercely imaginative and impulsive child and the story follows her life from age ten to sixteen, as she involves her friends in all manner of exploits. The countryside is an integral part of the narrative and is affectionately described. The story is warm-hearted, but pulls back from being sweetly sentimental."


The nominations are now closed.

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Tom, did John F nominate Solomon Kane? Where is his post for this nomination? If he did nominate it, I'll give it a second. Robert E. Howard is always good!
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I'll third Solomon Kane.
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There was a little hiccup, so here is my (official) nomination,

I'll nominate Solomon Kane by Robert E. Howard.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=183654

From Kobo:

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Solomon Kane is a sixteenth century anti-hero created by renowned sword and sorcery author Robert E Howard (creator of Conan the Barbarian).

When Solomon Kane meets the Devil's Reaper, he postpones his fate by renouncing violence - a vow that is soon tested by the forces of evil. Compelled to once again strap on his weapons, he embarks on an epic journey of redemption.
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I'll nominate Dr. Izard by Anna Katharine Green.

Dr Izard
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(from Amazon) By a mysterious contrivance, penniless and parentless Polly Earle has become an heiress with $20,000. (A respectable little fortune in 1895, when DOCTOR IZARD was published). Raised by kind neighbors in a village in Massachusetts, Polly is now eighteen and a beauty.

Her happiness seems assured. But there are ominous questions in the background. What made her father disappear so abruptly when Polly was four years old? Is there a mystery about her mother's death as well? Why does Polly's friend Doctor Izard avoid village society? And who is that sinister old tramp hanging around town, saying nothing and observing everything?

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I nominate The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright.

This epub version is available in the Patricia Clark Memorial Library.

Spoiler:
This quote is from Branson.com, a tourism site for Branson, Missouri:
Quote:
Harold Bell Wright, an ailing minister-author who traveled to the Ozarks for his health discovered much more than he sought in the hill country. As he regained his strength in the healthful, peaceful atmosphere, he began writing a manuscript which would become the fourth most widely-read book in publishing history. It would also spark a nationwide interest and bring the first wave of tourism into the Missouri Ozarks.

Wright was born in 1872 in Rome, NY. He traveled extensively in his early career as a minister and a writer. At one point, he pastored a church in Pittsburg, KS. He lived there when he discovered that he had tuberculosis.

Concern for his health was complicated by despondency over a flagging career as a minister and writer. A cure for both problems seemed to be offered in the milder climate of the Ozark Mountains.

In the spring of 1896, he traveled as far into the Ozark hills as the rails took him. The end of the line was Marionville, MO where he set off on horseback into the rugged hills. Turning back from a flood swollen White River, he sheltered at the homestead of John and Anna Ross on a ridge near Mutton Hollow.

He intended only to spend the night, but Wright stayed for the summer. He returned to the Ross homestead each summer for eight years as he slowly regained his health.

He was a witness of a drought in 1902, as the homesteaders were pushed to the edge of starvation when their crops were scorched, the streams dried and the game disappeared. The settlers' desperation led to a series of events which would form the nucleus of Wright's most famous book, The Shepherd of the Hills.

In 1904, Wright began recording his impressions of the settlers and the events which shaped their lives at his campsite in a corn field on the Ross homestead. The completed novel lay unpublished until 1907, when one of Wright's friends insisted on backing its publication in 1907.

The Shepherd of the Hills marked a spectacular turning point in Wright's literary career. The book's success was almost immediate. Millions of copies were sold in several languages, and four movies versions were filmed. Wright's 40-year career as a writer resulted in 19 books, many scripts for stage plays, and a number of magazine articles before his death in 1944.

The legend Harold Bell Wright began in a novel continues to live in a nationally popular attraction, the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and Outdoor Theatre.
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I nominate The nine taylors, by Dorothy Sayers. For me, she is one of the best English mystery writers.
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an epub of the book is on the MR library http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81192
Dorothy Leigh Sayers 13 June 1893 – 17 December 1957) was a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between the First and Second World Wars that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, that remain popular to this day. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divine Comedy to be her best work. She is also known for her plays, literary criticism and essays.

The nine tailors
Nine tellers trokes from the belfry of an ancient country church toll the death of an unknown man and call the famous Lord Peter Wimsey to one of his most brilliant cases, set in the atmosphere of a quiet parish in the strange, flat, fen-country of East Anglia.

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I'll second Dr Izard.
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:18 AM   #10
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I'll nominate The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=109206

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... The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective ...
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:44 AM   #11
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Oops. I forgot to check old noms.

I will nominate King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard.

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Old 09-20-2013, 11:58 AM   #12
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I will nominate King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard.
FYI, this was a previous monthly selection...
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=49378
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:16 PM   #13
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Tom, did John F nominate Solomon Kane? Where is his post for this nomination? If he did nominate it, I'll give it a second. Robert E. Howard is always good!
No, he didn't. I decided to try something different this month and just make stuff up.


Seriously, I screwed up and forgot to make the second post (the one that contains the nominations), so I deleted John's post and asked him to repost, which he was kind enough to do.

And now that Solomon Kane's had a second, a third, and finally a nomination; on with the show!
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:18 PM   #14
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We have a bookclub first!
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:27 PM   #15
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Ah WT Sharp I did provide a link to the book. It's in bold text and leads to the books location here at MR.
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