What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Postby JimC » Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:59 pm

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Good clean fun - magic meets policing in London
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Postby Śiva » Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:19 pm

Just finished Empires of the Sea by Roger Crowley, now reading The Enemy at the Gate by Andrew Wheatcroft
The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Postby Crumple » Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:41 pm

Flora's Gems : The Little Book Of Tulips.... :coffee:
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Postby Sean Hayden » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:21 am

Between East and West, The origins of modern Russia: 862-1953

I want the transition to be as smooth as possible...
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Postby JimC » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:25 am

Sean Hayden wrote:Between East and West, The origins of modern Russia: 862-1953

I want the transition to be as smooth as possible...


Was that meant to be 1862, or are they going back a fuck of a long way?
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Postby Sean Hayden » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:29 am

A fuck long way. But it's concise. It's a short history. You're hit with a lot of facts and then some consolidating analysis.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Postby Svartalf » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:34 am

Lot of Lovecraftian stuff... namely the Necronomicon (a collection of stories centering around the infamous text) and the Tindalos Cycle (a collection centering around Frank Belknap Long's most famous contribution to the mythos, what inspired it, and what other authors have made of it)
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Postby Sean Hayden » Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:57 pm

Still reading Russian history, but yesterday I had to pick up another book that caught my eye: Code Version 2.0. I'm excited about it and can't believe I've never seen another book on the same subject.

"Code counters the common belief that cyberspace cannot be controlled or censored. To the contrary, under the influence of commerce, cyberspace is becoming highly regulable world where behavior will be much more tightly controlled than in real space. We can--we must--choose what kind of cyber-space we want and what freedoms it will guarantee. These choices are all about architecture: what kind of code will govern cyberspace, and who will control it. In this realm, code is the most significant form of law and it is up to lawyers, policymakers, and especially average citizens to decide what values that code embodies."

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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Postby Śiva » Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:27 am

Just started The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon Vol. 1 of 6
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Postby Sean Hayden » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:51 am

-meh, you've read one peoples history, you've read'em all...
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Postby Svartalf » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:13 pm

it's not the history, it's the telling.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Postby Hermit » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:25 pm

Svartalf wrote:it's not the history, it's the telling.
Certainly so in Gibbon's case. He was not so much a historian, certainly not on in today's mould, as he was a story teller – a weaver of words. For example:
The provinces, long oppressed by the ministers of the republic, sighed for the government of a single person, who would be the master, not the accomplice, of those petty tyrants. The people of Rome, viewing, with a secret pleasure, the humiliation of the aristocracy, demanded only bread and public shows; and were supplied with both by the liberal hand of Augustus.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Postby laklak » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:42 pm

Got a book recommended by Amazon because I wanted something along the lines of The Man In The High Castle, called "The Fuhrer's Daughter". Don't bother, it sucks balls. Poorly written young adult fiction, I managed about 3 chapters and gave up. Lots of angsty looks and exclamation points.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Postby Sean Hayden » Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:01 am

Got a bookstore gift card for ma birthday --Agents of Dreamland https://geekundspiel.com/home/2017/3/9/ ... -dreamland and The Design of Everyday Things https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Desig ... day_Things so far.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Postby Tero » Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:53 pm

Finishing up the Elvis Cosello book I've had since january. In the last 50 pages this event comes up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EYzQG9ICJE
Diana (who was soon to be Mrs Elvis after that) sings in well enough, but it is worth watching for Willie's phrasing. Elvis does an acceptable vocal.
http://karireport.blogspot.com/ (:_funny_:)
This is how politics goes
1 Republicans cut tax, let everything run down to barely working...8 years
2 Democrats fix public spending to normal...8 years
Rinse, repeat.

:: sigh :: Lemme see that fucking map again.
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