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« Reply #1600 on: November 22, 2017, 12:52:14 am »

The Big Butt Book by Dian Hanson.
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« Reply #1601 on: November 26, 2017, 07:56:39 am »

Die Welt von Gestern.

I've read very mixed reviews about it, saying it's mediocre compared to Ein Mann ohne Eigenschaften, but who has the lifetime to try to read that thing?

Me! Tongue The Man Without Qualities is utterly fantastic and one of my favourite novels.

As for what I'm currently reading, I've been on a bit of a Chaucer binge: Re-reading the Parliament of Fowls (which is so lovely) and right now The Knight's Tale. He's probably underrated today due to the distance of his language (which I admittedly have some trouble scanning, particularly whether to pronounce the Es on the ends of words), which is a shame considering how fluent and musical it can be, and how witty, expansive and humane Chaucer is.
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« Reply #1602 on: December 02, 2017, 07:59:11 pm »

Dreadnought (April Daniels, 2017). Danny really hits close to home.
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« Reply #1603 on: December 03, 2017, 11:13:32 pm »

The ownerless ruin had, before World War Terminus, been tended and maintained. Here had been the suburbs of San Francisco, a short ride by monorail rapid transit; the entire peninsula had been chattered like a bird tree with life and opinions and complaints, and now the watchful owners had either died or migrated to a colony world. Mostly the former; it had been a costly war despite the valiant predictions of the Pentagon and its smug scientific vassal, the Rand Corporation--which had, in fact, existed not far from this spot. Like the apartment owners, the corporation had departed, evidently for good. No one missed it.
In addition, no one today remembered why the war had come about or who, if anyone, had won. The dust which had contaminated most of the planet's surface had originated in no country, and no one, even the wartime enemy, had planned on it. First, the owls had died. At the time it had seemed almost funny, the fat, fluffy white birds lying here and there, in yards and on streets; coming out no earlier than twilight, as they had while alive, the owls escaped notice. Medieval plagues had manifested themselves in a similar way, in the form of many dead rats. This plague, however, had descended from above.
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« Reply #1604 on: December 04, 2017, 05:33:10 pm »

The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy.

I loved Family Happiness and The Death of Ivan Ilyich, so I'm reading this one now.

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« Reply #1605 on: December 25, 2017, 11:19:05 pm »

William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return

Aka, Return of the Jedi converted to Shakespearean pentameter.  I wanted to get the entire OT, but alas I was allowed one, so I went with my favorite.
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« Reply #1606 on: December 30, 2017, 02:03:12 am »

Our Kind of Traitor by John LeCarre
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« Reply #1607 on: January 05, 2018, 06:09:21 pm »


I read Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in December and have been meaning to pick up the other two books of the "Smiley" trilogy. How you like?

I just used my Amazon Christmas money to order the following:
Democracy, Charles Tilly;
Social Origins of Dictatorship & Democracy, Barrington Moore, Jr.;
The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century, Vladimir Tismaneanu;
The Soviet Century, Moshe Lewin;
Fascism: Comparison and Definition, Stanley G. Payne

I've already read the Moore book, but the copy that my school's library has I most recently saw split in two halves, so I figured I'd better get my own copy. All of the books can, in some sense, be rationalized as feeding into my thesis work. The Tismaneanu book is the one exception; a political theory professor of mine introduced me to his work--or rather, his Amazon author's page--so I'd been meaning to read something by him for a while. As I'm not in the business at this point of comparing Nazism and Communism, I guess that would be my only specifically "pleasure" order. The rest are to be used, to some extent or another, as "background material".

I had to dump some books on Central Asia and the Transcaucasus into my "save for later" bin; I'll grab them eventually in my search for sources for my master's thesis.
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« Reply #1609 on: January 16, 2018, 07:24:46 am »

Brandon Sanderson's Oathbringer (Book 3 of The Stormlight Archive)
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« Reply #1610 on: January 16, 2018, 08:31:01 am »

I’ve been reading Peter Hopkirk’s The Great Game at a pace of 30 pages per day for about two weeks now. At that pace I should be done around Friday.
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« Reply #1611 on: January 18, 2018, 05:50:09 pm »



John Adams by David McCullough.
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« Reply #1612 on: January 21, 2018, 02:07:21 pm »

Use of Weapons by Ian M. Banks. Read the previous two culture novels. Also continuing on Dune Messiah.
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« Reply #1613 on: February 10, 2018, 09:26:49 pm »

Finished American Gods recently. Mostly done with the Syndic, which can be read for free online. Will move on to book 1 of CS Lewis's space trilogy.
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« Reply #1614 on: February 10, 2018, 10:00:50 pm »


I read Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in December and have been meaning to pick up the other two books of the "Smiley" trilogy. How you like?

I just used my Amazon Christmas money to order the following:
Democracy, Charles Tilly;
Social Origins of Dictatorship & Democracy, Barrington Moore, Jr.;
The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century, Vladimir Tismaneanu;
The Soviet Century, Moshe Lewin;
Fascism: Comparison and Definition, Stanley G. Payne

I've already read the Moore book, but the copy that my school's library has I most recently saw split in two halves, so I figured I'd better get my own copy. All of the books can, in some sense, be rationalized as feeding into my thesis work. The Tismaneanu book is the one exception; a political theory professor of mine introduced me to his work--or rather, his Amazon author's page--so I'd been meaning to read something by him for a while. As I'm not in the business at this point of comparing Nazism and Communism, I guess that would be my only specifically "pleasure" order. The rest are to be used, to some extent or another, as "background material".

I had to dump some books on Central Asia and the Transcaucasus into my "save for later" bin; I'll grab them eventually in my search for sources for my master's thesis.

I enjoyed the beginning, but then I lost it.

I'm actually working on Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy now.

It's not the same exactly, but BBC's adaptations with Alec Guinness are pretty enjoyable [and a very very young Patrick Stewart as a silent cameo as Karla]. Well, at least the final part is covered 
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« Reply #1615 on: February 12, 2018, 04:45:39 pm »

Theresa May: The Enigmatic Prime Minister by Rosa Prince. It's a bit of a May-love-fest but pretty interesting to see her rise through the Torie ranks over the decades through the eyes, and words, of the people near her.
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« Reply #1616 on: February 26, 2018, 09:21:14 am »

The Disappearing Spoon (Sam Kean, 2010), for school.
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« Reply #1617 on: February 26, 2018, 09:59:44 am »

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« Reply #1618 on: March 03, 2018, 03:04:11 pm »

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Nice! Been meaning to borrow a Le Carre book from my library for a while. Drowning myself in non-fiction.
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« Reply #1619 on: March 09, 2018, 04:44:14 pm »

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« Reply #1620 on: March 12, 2018, 07:14:08 pm »

Power vs. Force by David R Hawkins
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« Reply #1621 on: April 07, 2018, 10:08:20 pm »

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Nice! Been meaning to borrow a Le Carre book from my library for a while. Drowning myself in non-fiction.

Picked up “The Honourable Schoolboy”. 140 pages in since Wednesday.
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« Reply #1622 on: April 07, 2018, 10:12:56 pm »

The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder by Vincent T. Bugliosi among others.
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« Reply #1623 on: April 25, 2018, 09:33:27 pm »



Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. I've already read another one of her books, A Place of Greater Safety, and since it was so amazing I decided to pick up this one.
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« Reply #1624 on: April 26, 2018, 06:05:46 am »



The title in English would be "High-rise America" - it's a Polish then-journalist' (the author became later a politician) diary from a brief visit to US in 1960s. Good read to me, lots of facts and things I haven't known, such as when the author visited San Francisco, and talked to some peoples who had liberal/left-wing views, but haven't voted for Kennedy in 1960, because they thought JFK would start a war with USSR or something, and due to his confidence and large support from intellectuals, academics, trade unions or middle-class, large parts of Americans trusted him. These SF peoples voted for Nixon, but he hadn't been supported as much from these groups as Kennedy was, so they thought if Nixon will be elected, he will be more cautious about US politics abroad.

In the meantime I read also this, but not English edition:
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