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« Reply #750 on: April 26, 2013, 10:52:59 pm »

Most of you read too much nonfiction.
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« Reply #751 on: April 27, 2013, 08:19:20 am »

... and terrible non-fiction at that.

Anyway,

Richard Eaton, The Social History of the Deccan 1300-1761: Eight Indian Lives (2008)
John Eliot, A Further Accompt of the progresse of the Gospel amongst the Indians in New England (1659)
John Eliot, A Further Account of the progress of the Gospel amongst the Indians in New England (1660)
Daniel Gookin, Historical Collections of the Indians in New England (1674)
Colin Calloway and Neil Salisbury (ed), Reinterpreting New England Indians and the colonial experience (2003)
Sidney Rooy, The Theology of Missions in the Puritan Tradition (1965)

All but the first are thesis stuff of course. I currently have 36 books out of my Uni library. I haven't finished any of them - and haven't started the majority of them.
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« Reply #752 on: May 09, 2013, 07:01:38 pm »

About fifteen days ago, I finished reading the Harvard Classics Edition of a Collection of works by Edmund Burke that included his following works:

"On Taste"
"On the Sublime and Beautiful"
"Reflections on the French Revolution"
"A Letter to a Noble Lord"

Since then I have been reading the signet classics edition of "The Federalist Papers", which includes the Articles of Confederation, Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
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« Reply #753 on: May 09, 2013, 07:52:29 pm »

Vance Packard, The Status Seekers (1959)
Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970)
R.W. Southern, Western Society & the Church in the Middle Ages (1970)
Robert Kaplan, The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate (2012)
Gabriel Garcia Marques, Love in the Time of Cholera (1988)
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« Reply #754 on: May 09, 2013, 08:32:52 pm »

Taking a break from The Road to Serfdom (very repetitive book) to read the 48 Laws of Power.
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« Reply #755 on: May 10, 2013, 01:42:46 pm »

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« Reply #756 on: May 12, 2013, 09:45:12 pm »

I'm trying to balance Stanley Hauerwas, Henry James, and Diane Duane, and have been for some time. I'm also thinking of rereading the Quixote.
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« Reply #757 on: May 14, 2013, 03:13:38 pm »

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« Reply #758 on: May 24, 2013, 02:48:49 am »

So, after Dead Souls I read Dead-Eye Dick by Vonnegut. It was a funny little book. Then I read The Road which I absolutely loved. It really shook me and moved me to tears at times. I think I read something else but cannot for the life of me recall what right now. Tongue

Then there has been a stretch of limited time for reading for me, but I've been trying to get through Midnight's Children. Hope to finish it on my flight today. So far it's weaker than the other two Rushdies I've read. 

I think this was my last post.

Finished Midnight's Children. It was nice but I liked it less than the other Rushdies I've read.

Since then:

White Nights early Dostoevsky, nice but a bit too romantic for my tastes.

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Vargas Llosa, awesome entertainment, lots of fun.

The Pearl fantastically moving. I love Steinbeck.

The Great Gatsby slightly underwhelming to be honest, but still a good read.

The Western Lit Survival Kit very funny take on Western literary history. Highly recommended.

Cat's Cradle fun yet depressing. Typical Vonnegut. Very enjoyable.

The Red Pony less interesting Steinbeck, but my copy contained a gem of an even shorter story called Julius M...something. And that was fantastic.

England Made Me not Greene's best work, but set in Sweden so points for that. And, well, I love Graham Greene so I liked it a lot.
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« Reply #759 on: May 24, 2013, 02:49:33 am »

Oh, and currently I'm supposed to be reading Orlando. But I've been slacking off the reading a bit. :/
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« Reply #760 on: May 24, 2013, 04:44:35 pm »

Mocking Jay/Huck Finn
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« Reply #761 on: May 27, 2013, 03:26:45 pm »

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« Reply #762 on: May 28, 2013, 08:11:42 pm »

Signet Classics, "The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates: the Clashes and Compromises that Gave Birth to Our Government", edited by Ralph Ketcham.

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« Reply #763 on: May 28, 2013, 08:38:04 pm »

Just finished Joshua Freeman's American Empire, about to the third chapter of Richard Lingeman's The Noir Forties.
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« Reply #764 on: May 29, 2013, 09:55:33 am »

Currently reading The Walking Dead graphic novels. Excellent read.
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« Reply #765 on: May 31, 2013, 04:22:34 pm »

Just started reading The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources by Michael T. Klare.  It's the kind of book that gives me the not-so-indistinct urge to commit suicide.
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« Reply #766 on: June 02, 2013, 06:23:03 pm »

The Triumph of Christianity by Rodney Stark. Let's see... there's a bizarre chapter in the middle of the book where he goes off on an extended polemic against Islam and insisting the the Crusades were "justified", and that "no apologies are necessary" even though he acknowledges that the population of Jerusalem was massacred after its fall. The chapter is literally subtitled "the case for the Crusades."

Then there's the fact that by use of scare quotes, he implies that he thinks the Spanish Inquisitors were more enlightened than Enlightenment writers such as Voltaire.

There's the part where Stark states that, if you take all of the world's Christians and except that you assume there are no Christians in China, then Christians are about 33 percent of the world's population. Later, he calculates the number of Christians in China at about 65 million. However, in the next section, he asserts that Christians are 40 percent of the world's population. By his own account, this cannot be correct. The flap of the book also asserts that Christians are "40 percent" of the world's population, without mentioning that this figure can only be arrived at by excluding China's 1.3 billion people from the world population.

Much of the book is spent on angrily denouncing and seemingly settling old scores with academic opponents, some of whom died over 100 years ago.

One person is accused of having said something wrong during the French Revolution, even though the parentheses that appear next to his name in the same paragraph indicated that he died in 1784.

Social scientists' propensity to occasionally jump to conclusions in the face of poor historical evidence is singled out for denunciation repeatedly; Stark then proceeds to jump to conclusions in the face of poor historical evidence repeatedly.

Nonetheless, the book is highly recommended. Hidden behind the offensive parts, the obvious political agenda, poor reasoning and juvenile language is the bringing together of a number of actually quite well researched arguments, presenting convincingly. Stark, of course, is a distinguished professor who at least is familiar with an impressive array of experts and studies which he cites copiously. The book tackles central topics in the history of Christianity and through its citations and tables produces convincing and non-obvious arguments about each one. Stark thoroughly attacks the secularization theory, which asserts that the trend towards greater secularization is inevitable.
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« Reply #767 on: June 02, 2013, 08:11:53 pm »

Gustaf wins this thread. Excellent taste.
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« Reply #768 on: June 10, 2013, 03:01:30 pm »

Just finished this:
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A good read and it has firmed up the more positive perception of Ed I've developed over the last few months. Definitely one of the cleverest politicians, who've had a chance at Number 10, in a long time and much more deserving of the top spot than his brother.
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« Reply #769 on: June 12, 2013, 09:51:41 am »

Gustaf wins this thread. Excellent taste.

Thank you! Smiley

I finished Orlando on the plane to Lisbon. A bit out there, as Woolf herself admitted. And I don't mean the transexuality or whatever you'd call it, but the lack of proper character development and weird digresses at times. Still, surprisingly funny and makes important points about gender roles. I'd say those points are a bit too obvious to a modern reader, but then I think of Atlas and I drop that comment. Tongue

Also had time to read Timequake on the way. Fantastic read. Then again, I'm a Vonnegut fan.

Now I'm reading The Plague by Camus. Liking it more than the Stranger so far.
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« Reply #770 on: June 15, 2013, 02:53:31 pm »

Seriously overrated, like all Melville.
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« Reply #771 on: June 17, 2013, 10:33:10 pm »

Sonnets from the Portuguese. I'm exactly halfway through.

Seriously overrated, like all Melville.

I'd like to register my disagreement here.
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« Reply #772 on: June 18, 2013, 08:10:39 am »

I liked Moby Dick but it's not the greatest American novel I've read, for sure.

Really liked The Plague. Didn't know Camus could feel like some kind of atheist Victor Hugo. Tongue

Followed up with To Kill A Mockingbird. I sense that one ought to disapprove of it but I'm a sappy romantic so I just loved it.

Now I'm returning to Graham Greene!
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« Reply #773 on: June 18, 2013, 10:44:23 am »



Followed up with To Kill A Mockingbird. I sense that one ought to disapprove of it but I'm a sappy romantic so I just loved it.


Would you be surprised if I told you that I don't like To Kill A Mockingbird?

It's a very long time now since I read fiction.
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« Reply #774 on: June 18, 2013, 10:57:18 am »

Socialism: Past and Future by Michael Harrington.
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