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The Illuminated
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PostPosted: 07-06-2015 01:18 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Currently reading Christopher McDougall's Natural Born Heroes. It's a fast read book, similar to his first, Born To Run, which is life-changing and EXCELLENT.

This, however, despite the extensively high reviews, is a cash-in job that reads like a parody of itself.

I'm only 100 or so pages in, but I've already come across a couple of claims that are patently false, or just poorly researched.

Shame, really, he should've stopped at Born To Run, which was a truly revolutionary book




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PostPosted: 07-09-2015 07:27 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


phil ramone the producer

its pretty good



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Shambolic
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PostPosted: 07-09-2015 08:20 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook.
A twist on the usual fantasy fare in that it's told from the perspective of the bad guys.
Started out incredibly rough; so much so that I put it down for a month to read other, better stuff.
But after seeing other positive mentions online, I decided to give it another chance, and it has actually got quite good.

Next up is Charles Stross' latest Laundry novel, The Annihilation Score. The Laundry series is always a reliable read, with some interesting ideas and novel approaches to the occult, so I'm quite looking forward to it.

Also, since I last replied to this thread, I think my favourite books have been Ann Leckie's Radchai books, Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword. I won't spoil them, but the first book in particular had my mind in knots for ages before I figured out what was going on. Highly recommended!




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Etile
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PostPosted: 07-09-2015 08:38 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste - Philip Mirowski - if you want to understand how neo-liberalism survived the financial crisis, read this

On Revolution - Hannah Arendt - if you want to understand why the French Revolution lead to the Terror, but the American Revolution didn't, read this




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PostPosted: 02-19-2017 12:44 PM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


So I am currently reading A Perfect Union of Contrary Things - it's the biography of Maynard James Keenan and what he got up to while being in life...it's really interesting and the dude is odd but brilliant. Much love for him :)




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Etile
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PostPosted: 02-19-2017 03:06 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


oh, this thread

Underworld - Don DeLillo

also binged recently on Hemingway short stories

both :up: :up: :up:




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Shambolic
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PostPosted: 02-20-2017 12:57 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


I is currently readin' "Homo Deus - A Brief History of Tomorrow", by Yuval Noah Harari, the follow up to his "Sapiens - A Brief History of Humankind".

It's not quite as snappy as the first book, and he goes over a lot of the same ground gain before getting anywhere near the point, but he's still a good writer.
Christ, does he push his vegan agenda though.

Edit:
It did make me aware of this video though, which is genuinely :olo:-worthy:




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Just another Earthling
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PostPosted: 07-09-2018 03:39 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Re: currently reading....

It's been a while since I picked up a book and started to read but recently and having the opportunity while on that little country escape, I took one from my stash old books I have grabbed over the years. You know, the ones you see and think I have to read that one. I forget where I picked this one up but I have always been fascinated in the submarine corps of any navy. I like the submarine moves too but they are few and far between these days.

U-Boat Far From Home: The Epic Voyage of the U-862 to Australia and New Zealand Paperback – 1 Oct 2008

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In late 1944, with its U-boats defeated in the Atlantic, the German navy sought new areas in which to deploy - distant waters where defences might be weaker and successes easier to achieve. Australia was one such location. U-Boat Far From Home reveals for the first time the full extent of the German plan for an underwater offensive against the southern continent. In an account that is both entertaining and enlightening, David Stevens describes the operation's strategic rationale, its practical implementation and how the Australians and their allies responded. Of all the U-boats allocated to the mission, U 862 was the only one that managed to survive.
But this story is more than pure operational history. U-Boat Far From Home takes the reader into the confined and dangerous world of a submarine at war. David Stevens examines the stresses and motivations of a young crew who for months at a time maintained a twilight existence, and whose fate ultimately depended on the ability of just one man, their captain, Heinrich Timm.
Painstakingly researched in archives around the world and illuminated with many personal accounts form both sides, U-Boat Far From Home is perhaps the most comprehensive accoutn of a U-boat's life ever published in English.


www.amazon.co.uk



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PostPosted: 07-10-2018 12:13 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


I'm currently reading The Stone Sky, book 3 of The Broken Earth Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin.
The trilogy is pretty good stuff, with some interesting things to say about race, persecution and the environment.

I've got a couple of things lined up after I finish this:
The Freeze Frame Revolution by Peter Watts, which I picked up on the recommendation of Cory Doctorow over on BoingBoing. Doctorow annoys the piss out of me as a person, but he's written a few solid sci-fi novels, and his recommendations are generally pretty good.

And Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk, because, well, it's a novel by Chuck Palahniuk. Everything I've read that he's written has been thought-provoking, funny and challenging.




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PostPosted: 07-10-2018 12:15 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Mat Linnett wrote:
And Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk, because, well, it's a novel by Chuck Palahniuk. Everything I've read that he's written has been thought-provoking, funny and challenging.


Especially the one about the boy getting his intestines sucked out in a pool and the kid that got a piece of candle wax stuck in his dick.




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Shambolic
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PostPosted: 07-10-2018 12:29 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Exactly!
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PostPosted: 07-12-2018 04:11 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Mat Linnett wrote:
Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook.
A twist on the usual fantasy fare in that it's told from the perspective of the bad guys.
Started out incredibly rough; so much so that I put it down for a month to read other, better stuff.
But after seeing other positive mentions online, I decided to give it another chance, and it has actually got quite good.



I've been reading this series since the mid 80s. One of my favorites. Waiting patiently on the new one due out soon.




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Just another Earthling
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PostPosted: 09-05-2018 08:44 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


I am currently reading a William Shatner biography of his long time friend Leonard Nimoy. I am really liking the stories of the era having grown up with them and the TV series.

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A great read and if to your taste, a must read.



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PostPosted: 09-08-2018 06:51 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Re-reading "Talk Talk" by T.C. Boyle.
Story centers on the identity-theft of a 30ish deaf woman and her struggles to privately find the intruder.

I love Boyle's work. Noone is painted naively nice from the ground. Everyone has dark secrets and skeletons in the closet. I read almost all of his books.
On the other hand, I need me some John Irwing to counter the full frontel-ness of Boyle from time to time. Haven't read his last two books. Haven't really had time and peace to read in the last 5 years if I think about it.




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PostPosted: 09-08-2018 07:03 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Dark Star by Alan Furst. Check him out.




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PostPosted: 09-13-2018 03:15 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


12 Rules for Life, an antidote to chaos.




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PostPosted: 09-13-2018 07:05 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


:olo: :olo: :olo:




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PostPosted: 09-14-2018 03:49 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


At least I'm reading something!




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Just another Earthling
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PostPosted: 09-14-2018 08:30 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Κracus wrote:
At least I'm reading something!


Me too :smirk:

I rarely read TBH but enjoyed and just finished my book. Just saying, if you're into Star Trek a must read for this William Shatner biography of his long time friend Leonard Nimoy :tear:

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PostPosted: 09-15-2018 02:54 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


That's funny I watched an episode of tng with spock in it last night. I used to have a shirt signed by him and gene roddenberry.




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