What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

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

Post by Tero » Tue Nov 16, 2021 2:43 pm

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I've now become a book reviewer. My wife finished that book so I started it. I'm reviewing it in Finnish for the remaining Finnish paper in the US. For 2 years it has come out every 2 weeks. Now with reduced pages, less advertisers in the pandemic. The publisher is my age and his son writes most of the content. I believe it is his kid that went back to Finland as an adult. They have one kid here, at least.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by JimC » Tue Nov 16, 2021 8:04 pm

I'm re-reading a fantasy series (the Garrett P.I. series by Glen Cook. They are an amusing pastiche of classic fantasy (vampires, elves etc.) with the hard-boiled private eye genre. They can have a dark and cynical edge as well, which I enjoy...
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Tero » Tue Dec 07, 2021 2:41 am

I started reading a Goodwill store copy of Slapstick by Vonnegut. But it's falling apart, so I ordered a 5 novel hardbound, not as old as the paperback that is falling apart.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by macdoc » Tue Dec 07, 2021 3:31 am

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This guy can really write. Not a book of his I have not thoroughly enjoyed tho Truman perhaps best of all.

My media are criss crossing with accounts of overlapping time periods from different perspectives

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This last one was a complete surprise as I have no recollection of buying it on Chirp but really enjoyed both the narrator and the content.
Turns out was October 2020 and never got around to reading it. $2.99 ....well worth it and learned a lot I had not known told in a very engaging manner....life of indigenes in North America was complex and sophisticated in ways that are still being understood......and of course the toll European diseases and genocide attempts by the imperial Americans wiped out much we will never know of.

and reallllllly who the hell were the Mound Builders.....even the indigenous in the area did not know.
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2600 BC!!!! :o :shock:

My audio book consumption will tail down a bit as it's getting too hot for long rides but then again the latest book of The Expanse series ....Book 9 Leviathan Falls just landed in the Audible box. :biggrin:

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

Post by Brian Peacock » Wed Dec 08, 2021 8:32 am

You know that by listening to audio books you're appropriating blind culture don't you?

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

Post by Tero » Fri Dec 10, 2021 1:58 pm

who knew? there are a bunch of radical books about kids in the 70s with peace love and understanding?
If I had some grand kids of that age, I would get the book, read it and give it to them

https://www.amazon.com/If-Ever-Get-Out- ... 952&sr=8-1

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

Post by Tero » Wed Dec 29, 2021 3:12 am

National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy
https://www.amazon.com/National-Populis ... 2000&psc=1

Summary: From Greek roots to Trump to Brexit
The book covers much the material that other books do. There are no interviews of actual voters that voted for populists, so we are stuck with numbers and surveys.

Yes, the politicians are no longer the same as the great mass of working class voters. They are rich or educated or both. Even in the UK, the labor party has no people that used to labor.

The various points are brought about in historical context. Yes, the rule of the masses has been a concern since Greek times.

One item I distilled out of this in my mind is that the average voter has to make some connection to the candidate in some manner. Trump managed this, Hillary did not (although she certainly got all the liberals, minorities etc. She was not feared by the voters that voted her. ) Conspiracies are not covered in this book, so all that surrounding Trump and distrust of Hillary is not covered. So we are left with this bond that the voter has to a like-minded candidate. The average voter does not seem overly concerned with the campaign promises ("they sounded good") but rather a distrust of politicians in general. Distrust of the elite is covered well. Distrust of "big government" not so much.

A bit on the academic side as far as the writing ( I would condense it a bit), I managed to get what I needed by grasping the main topic of each chapter: Distrust, Destruction, Towards Post-Populism.

There is an index if you need to keep it for reference. It is slightly on the academic/global side, so the coverage of the Trump era and the things leading to it (McCarthyism etc.) that might be labeled populist is rather a minor topic. This has the big picture.

The analysis of the voter from a journalistic or social psychology perspective is minimal.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by macdoc » Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:39 am

Very informative - rocks along while educating me.
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ditto on this tho not finished. On genetics and inheritance sort of historical over view of changing technology...came into play in the previous book.
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Finished the last Expanse novel on Audible ..partner is reading the book book.
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and unlike many other series...this ended a 9 book run in an very satisfying manner.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Tero » Sun Jan 16, 2022 11:32 am

I've now stumbled onto Finnish e-books. I had a few from GooglePlay before. I have now bought the first ever audiobook. It deals with history of Greece about 400 BC. I found I can listen to Finnish audiobooks but get bored with free ones soon. I have the same subject matter as a PDF in English.

The only problem is that I put it on my phone (to use headphones, and walk around), and the phone battery runs down. I wonder if I can get the purchased book in multiple devices? If I had wireless headphones I could put it on the laptop.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by macdoc » Fri Jan 28, 2022 8:40 am

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Dense, fast paced - hard to follow at times - crazy innovative

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

Post by JimC » Fri Jan 28, 2022 8:13 pm

Yep, loved Neuromancer...
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Svartalf » Sat Jan 29, 2022 1:17 am

So did I, though I must admit I had to stop following him as my book budged dwindled...
So, it does have your stamp of approval?
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by macdoc » Sat Jan 29, 2022 1:21 am

With Peripheral ?? if limited budget there are other things
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by JimC » Sat Jan 29, 2022 2:14 am

Kindle has multiplied my book budget several times over...
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