What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

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

Post by Jason » Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:57 pm

The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

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

Post by Sean Hayden » Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:04 am

--ancient Greek plays The Oresteian Trilogy first, and then some comedy. Orestes is quite the shit eh?
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by trdsf » Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:42 pm

Asimov's The Gods Themselves via audiobook.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Joe » Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:48 pm

I'm chipping away at Anthony Downs' An Economic Theory of Democracy, a recommendation by my daughter, who is studying political science.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by JimC » Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:37 pm

Economics = the dismal science...
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Joe » Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:36 pm

I'd cut her out of my will, but the last book she recommended, Matthew Desmond's Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, was really quite good. ;)
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by JimC » Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:30 am

I'm purchasing and reading a variety of B-grade (or maybe B+) space opera SF on my Kindle, bought for absurdly low prices, but entertaining. Authors include Michael Anderle, Glynn Stewart, Craig Schaefer and Christopher Nuttall...
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by trdsf » Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:51 am

I don't get the fuss over The Gods Themselves. I listened all the way through, I know Asimov counted it as among his favorite works, but... it just doesn't pay off. I want it do, but it doesn't.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Sean Hayden » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:30 pm

The Russians by Hendrick Smith caught my eye at the library. I'm glad I picked it up as it turns out it's the book L'Emmerdeur recommended.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by JimC » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:41 pm

I've been re-reading the "Dalziel and Pascoe" crime series by Reginald Hill.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by L'Emmerdeur » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:29 am

Sean Hayden wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:30 pm
The Russians by Hendrick Smith caught my eye at the library. I'm glad I picked it up as it turns out it's the book L'Emmerdeur recommended.
Cool! It's been many years since I read it; I'll be interested to learn what you think of it.

As for me, currently into The Borders, by Alistair Moffat. I've read a few books about the history of the Borders, the best so far without doubt being The Steel Bonnets by George MacDonald Fraser (some may recognise that name).

Moffat's writing is workmanlike and readable, but I know from past experience that he occasionally allows himself to relate less than absolutely accurate information regarding minor details. Still, his use of historical sources is splendid, and the scope of this book makes it invaluable for somebody with a genuine interest in this literally pivotal region of Britain.

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

Post by JimC » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:53 am

L'Emmerdeur wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:29 am
Sean Hayden wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:30 pm
The Russians by Hendrick Smith caught my eye at the library. I'm glad I picked it up as it turns out it's the book L'Emmerdeur recommended.
Cool! It's been many years since I read it; I'll be interested to learn what you think of it.

As for me, currently into The Borders, by Alistair Moffat. I've read a few books about the history of the Borders, the best so far without doubt being The Steel Bonnets by George MacDonald Fraser (some may recognise that name).

Moffat's writing is workmanlike and readable, but I know from past experience that he occasionally allows himself to relate less than absolutely accurate information regarding minor details. Still, his use of historical sources is splendid, and the scope of this book makes it invaluable for somebody with a genuine interest in this literally pivotal region of Britain.
If you have a chance to read "Quartered safe out here" by George MacDonald Fraser, do so. It is a very interesting account of his time in Burma, in WW2, as part of the British 14th Army.
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Sean Hayden » Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:28 pm

I've just been reading a bunch of short stories for school. (L'Emmerdeur, the book is excellent so far)

From "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"
"... so she wheeled around then and faced the children's mother; a young woman in slacks, whose face was as broad and innocent as a cabbage"
:lol: --this killed me
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Re: What are you reading now? (Chapter 2)

Post by Clinton Huxley » Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:37 pm

Rome: A History in Seven Sackings by Matthew Kneale.

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

Post by Jason » Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:38 pm

Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece by Stephen Fry

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