"The Voyage of The Narwhal" by Andrea Barrett(again) A pretty good read about arctic exploration in the 1850s.
Thread: What'cha Reading?
12-16-2008, 11:14 PM #431"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay one invincible summer."
A Christian's life may be the only Bible some people ever read.
"The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them" Maya Angelou.
I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ" Gandhi
12-16-2008, 11:50 PM #432
The Private Patient, by PD James.
It's a murder mystery.
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12-16-2008, 11:56 PM #433
12-22-2008, 02:42 PM #434SnifflesGuest
Secession: How Vermont and All the Other States Can Save Themselves from the Empire by Thomas H. Naylor
For those interested in an alternative look at American politics and America's future, this certainly should interest you.
12-23-2008, 11:01 AM #435
I've got a whole bunch of books on the burner right now -
Just finished -
( 1. ) "Food of the Gods-The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge" by Terence McKenna
( 2. ) "The Ruffian on the Stair" by Gary Newman
( 3. ) Re-read "The Invisible Landscape" by Terence and Dennis McKenna
( 4. ) "The Quantum Brain" by Jeffrey Satinover - packed with info I hadn't known about.
( 5. ) "Kaleidoscope" by Darryl Wimberley - Here is a description of this book from the flyleaf - maybe something for Anja to read...
"Jack Romaine's addiction to speakeasies and cards has landed him in a tight spot - one which he can't use his good looks to get out of. With debts to dangerous men piling up, he becomes an unwilling recruit for a Cincinnati gangster needing an expendable tool to recover his stolen cash and railroad bonds. Unfortunately Jack is not the only man on the trail of the stolen money-he is in competition with a sadistic killer who relishes the carnage he leaves in his wake.
The trail leads South to Kaleidoscope, a 'beddy' for freaks during the months when carnival is out-of-season. In this malformed community peopled by dwarfs and giants, legless women and women with three breasts, Siamese twins and sword swallowers, Jack is very much the odd man out. Convincing these folks of his sincerity and amiability while surreptitiously trying to find out what happened to the stolen cash is going to take all of his ingenuity-and will have results he could never have anticipated."
Yeah, it was a pretty fun read. I was a bit disappointed with the latter part of the book and the ending, although it was clear from early on that the book was not purely gritty realism.
Re: #2 - I will have to look for other stuff that Newman wrote - about one of my favorite subjects - Gilded Era ( turn of the century Victorian ) crime. This one was about a man tracking down info about a scandal his grandfather had been involved in, that amounted to a detective story about another era. It got a bit too bogged down with details about the search, but the author shows some promise. Reportedly he focuses on "period writing".
Mckenna is always interesting.
Partway through -
"Me and Kaminsky" by Daniel Kehlmann
"Proust and the Squid" by Maryanne Wolf
"The Afghan Campaign" by Steven Pressfield
"The Necronomicon" edited by Robert Price
( 1. ) "Me and Kaminsky" is a funny story told from the POV of a naive narrator, about him interviewing a reclusive old artist, in a bid for "breaking out" onto the national journalistic/arts scene.
( 2. ) "Proust and the Squid" is about the history of reading, and gets into all sorts of subjects, including dyslexia and ancient languages etc.
( 3. ) "The Afghan Campaign" is told from the POV of a soldier in Alexander the Great's army as they take on Afghanistan's clans, which they actually did do IRL. This guy has the rep of being the best writer on war out there, and so we will see.
( 4. ) "The Necronomicon" is commentary on H.P. Lovecraft's most famous creation - an imaginary book of marvels re: necromancing and the Cthulhu "mythos".
I'm nearly finished with #4, two thirds done with #1, and have a lot of work still to do on #'s 2 and 3."The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them that they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
Reichsfuhrer Herman Goering at the Nuremburg trials.
12-23-2008, 11:50 AM #436SnifflesGuest
12-23-2008, 12:41 PM #437
i just finished "the tipping point" last night.
pleasant reading, with neat insights into social epidemics..
01-01-2009, 02:02 PM #438SnifflesGuest
Last night I was glancing through my copy of Arnold J. Toynbee's Volume 12 of metahistorical classic A Study of History.
Every now and then metahistorical issues preoccupy my mind. I tend to prefer Toynbee over Spengler, although Christopher Dawson has been grabbing my attention lately.
Only problem is these writers make for some heavy reading. You need your full wits to comprehend much of their arguments.
01-01-2009, 02:11 PM #439
Alan Bennetts 'Untold Stories' - funny, sad and touching especially the stuff about his family including his Mum's extreeme social phobia and slide into mental illness and alot about how he feels about being an introvert especially in relation to the extravert comics (Dudley Moore, Peter Cook etc) that he worked with.I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
01-02-2009, 01:15 PM #440
"Possession" by A.S. Byatt
"Aurora Leigh" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
and "Eclipse of God" by Martin Buber."There ain't no doubt in no one's mind that love's the finest thing around. Whisper something soft and kind." --James Taylor
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