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« Reply #1500 on: September 24, 2016, 01:50:02 pm »

Just finished reading Revan
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« Reply #1501 on: October 05, 2016, 12:07:24 am »
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So, after a long stretch of work that didn't allow any reading for pleasure, I got to pick up something off of my neverending stack of unread books. 

Set in the German city of Breslau before either World War, it gave a great feel for the time and place and I think I may have gotten gout from the food descriptions.  The characters are all flawed and the mystery is solid.  It was translated from the original Polish.  If your wondering why a Polish writer is writing a German mystery, well, Google Breslau like I did, because I didn't know where Breslau was.
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« Reply #1502 on: October 05, 2016, 11:43:24 am »


It is non-fiction.  Analysis, op/ed sort of stuff.  Basically, the rantings of a middle eastern writer living in Paris for 20 years.  I think it was originally written French because there's a long English translator's preface in the front.  Finished it last week and returned it.  It's not particularly challenging, but a decent read because of the fresh perspective. 
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« Reply #1503 on: October 05, 2016, 12:32:25 pm »

If your wondering why a Polish writer is writing a German mystery, well, Google Breslau like I did, because I didn't know where Breslau was.

Fun fact: some residents of Wrocław still reefers it to Breslau, mostly as a joke.

Many of Wrocław residents are actually descendants of those expelled from the Kresy (mostly Lwów, now Lviv) after Uncle Joe changed the border. Due to this, some reefer to Wrocław as relocated Lwów.
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« Reply #1504 on: October 05, 2016, 03:02:41 pm »

some residents of Wrocław still reefers it to Breslau
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some reefer to Wrocław

reefer madness, Polish-style.
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« Reply #1505 on: October 06, 2016, 05:08:11 am »

I just finished rereading The Tao of Pooh. It's an enjoyable little primer on Daoism; and I'm thinking of giving a little talk on Daoism based on it at my UU church. I recommend it, but don't recommend the author's sequel, The Te of Piglet. In fact, rereading Pooh I see hints of what I didn't care for in Piglet. (The author comes across as an environmentalist Eeyore in Piglet.)
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« Reply #1506 on: October 07, 2016, 06:55:28 pm »

This is my third time borrowing "Russian Economic Development from Peter the Great to Stalin" from my school's library. The first time was to try to get some knowledge on Russia; the second time was an abortive attempt to use it as a source; now I'm actually taking notes on it. It's a collection of articles, arranged semi-chronologically. The book was printed in 1974. Yesterday I took out "States & Social Revolutions" by Theda Skocpol. Similar story with this; second time taking it out. I've got an array of other books on loan from the library that are due back around October 28th. Better churn through these effers.
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« Reply #1507 on: October 14, 2016, 01:51:20 am »

Taking a break from the Temeraire series with The Godfather.

Yeah Francis Ford Coppola's movie is far better, but the book is still pretty good when it comes to background characters and the initial establishing bits.
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« Reply #1508 on: October 14, 2016, 07:51:15 pm »

Continuing my series on reading the high school literature that I should have read but never did, I've just finished Mansfield Park. I honestly don't know what to think about this book -- I have words to say about it, unlike Pride and Prejudice, which was mostly just a colossal bore.
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« Reply #1509 on: October 21, 2016, 05:01:44 am »

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« Reply #1510 on: October 21, 2016, 06:23:17 am »

Reading this absolutely superb biography, though I hear the accompanying TV series on the BBC was dreadful.

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« Reply #1511 on: October 21, 2016, 03:36:59 pm »

I'm usually reading two books simultaneously

Finished:



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« Reply #1512 on: October 21, 2016, 09:06:14 pm »

Put a hold on my reading of Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger to go through the Harry Potter series for the first time in six years. I have odd taste in books.
Once, in a row, I read one of the Hardy Boys, then The Prince, then Armageddon 2419 A. D., then a Hercule Poirot story, and then an Oliver North book.
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« Reply #1513 on: October 22, 2016, 05:19:15 pm »

Started Dreams from My Father.

I hope it won't be boring like The Audacity of Hope.
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« Reply #1514 on: October 26, 2016, 02:02:55 pm »

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« Reply #1516 on: November 14, 2016, 02:45:18 pm »

Villette. I really need to start reading books with a male protagonist.
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« Reply #1517 on: November 15, 2016, 03:20:13 pm »

I really need to start reading books with a male protagonist.

Why?
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« Reply #1518 on: November 15, 2016, 04:15:05 pm »


I've been reading Austen and Bronte books for weeks now and I need a change of perspective. In retrospect what I wrote was sexist but that wasn't its intention.
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« Reply #1519 on: November 15, 2016, 05:02:20 pm »

I'm about to finish Barbara Branden's "The Passion of Ayn Rand" and am about to start reading "Judgement Day: My Years with Ayn Rand" by her ex-husband. I also read "Goddess of the Market" a few years back in High School.

This is going to sound lame, but I've been doing a lot of writing and am working on a project right now (and no, it isn't a Atlas Shrugged ripoff philosophical tract, it's just a story. I'm not that pretentious) and have a side concept for a possible play about Rand's life that shows the good, the bad, and the ugly. I'm not going to publish it or anything, I just want to see if I'm capable of it.
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« Reply #1520 on: November 23, 2016, 04:23:39 am »



Almost finished this fantastic book tracing European military history from 1453. Simms' argument is that a battle for supremacy in Europe has always centred on the control of the Holy Roman Empire/Germany.
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« Reply #1521 on: November 23, 2016, 06:10:43 am »

Leonid Grossman, Death of a Poet (about Pushkin's duel)
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« Reply #1522 on: November 24, 2016, 05:20:53 pm »



Interesting piece of sexuality in the Arab world.
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« Reply #1523 on: November 24, 2016, 05:57:38 pm »



Interesting piece of sexuality in the Arab world.

Useless without hands-on experience.
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« Reply #1524 on: November 24, 2016, 06:22:04 pm »

A commentary on the Shōbōgenzō by Francis H. Cook. Cook tries to cram Dōgen into this Rudolf Bultmann-y 'demythologization' framework, which runs counter to my understanding of the history of Japanese Buddhism and of Dōgen's liberal use of the techniques of anecdote and parable, but read with that in mind it's useful for other purposes and has clarified my understanding of various concepts.
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