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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2955 on: August 23, 2018, 11:53:06 pm »
Light reading:

Just finished Alice and then The Red Queen by Alice Liddel. 

Good reading if you want your Wonderland with 50% extra murder and crimes against humanity.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2956 on: August 31, 2018, 07:21:11 pm »
Started Steve Coll's "Directorate S", which I would call "yet another book on the War on Terror and Afghanistan" if it were not from Steve Coll, who actually knows his stuff.

I'm more convinced than ever that our biggest mistake in the War on Terror was not razing the ISI headquarters to the ground and shipping everyone in the so-called Directorate S (the US intel community nickname for the Pakistani infrastructure that supports terrorism and the Taliban) off to Guantanamo for enhanced interrogation.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2957 on: August 31, 2018, 07:38:09 pm »
Splitting my time between:

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (about a plausible apocalypse)

Statistics Done Wrong by Alex Reinhart (about how scientists don't understand p values)

Making Money by Terry Pratchett (re-reading)

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (a white woman talking about structural white supremacy)

Bioshock: Rapture by John Shirley (suggested by Dok Howl)

Mercy On Me by Reinhard Kleist (graphic novel about Nick Cave)

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2958 on: August 31, 2018, 07:40:43 pm »
Splitting my time between Farewell My Lovely by Chandler (more racist than I remember most of his novels to be), and Illuminations by Rimbaud. All in all, I prefer Cummings.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2959 on: September 01, 2018, 10:12:05 am »
Farewell My Lovely is probably his weakest novel IMO, and the racial characterisations in it definitely don't help.  I believe it was originally a mix of a number of earlier unpublished short stories which were subsequently re-edited together, which might explain why the prose felt stilted to me, in comparison with his other novels.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2960 on: September 05, 2018, 01:03:28 am »
Currently reading
Red Country by Abercrombie, and How to Read a Book by Adler and Van Doren (reread)

Abercrombie's book is good, but so far, Heroes is the best of the standalone First Law novels.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2961 on: September 05, 2018, 06:25:45 pm »
I preferred Best Served Cold, but all 3 are pretty good...arguably better than the original trilogy (which is also still pretty good).

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2962 on: September 14, 2018, 09:47:03 pm »
Best served cikd was great too.


I also liked the first book from Luke Scull, Grim Company. Haven’t gotten around to read the rest yet.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2963 on: Yesterday at 09:17:04 am »
Just started "Endurance- Shackleton's Incredible Voyage" by Alfred Lansing

Seems like a fun book.
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