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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5950 on: April 29, 2020, 12:41:42 pm »
I'm rather surprised this thread hasn't been overflowing with entries of late.

Maybe we're all embarrassed to admit what we are reading to keep us sane (although I've just finished The Prime Ministers by Steve Richards, which I heartily recommend. It dissects the leadership qualities of all the PMs from Wilson to May and, to my mind, is scrupulously fair to them all.  I'm hoping that by the time it comes out in paperback he will have added one more chapter.)
Or even two, with a bit of luck.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5951 on: April 29, 2020, 01:27:45 pm »
A book about how to read water by the guy who did a book about natural signs. Can't remember his name


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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5952 on: April 29, 2020, 02:17:48 pm »
London Falling, by Peter (or Paul?) Cornell.  Thought it was hard-bitten peeler procedural until
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. Anyway, I'm enjoying it.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5953 on: April 29, 2020, 04:48:01 pm »
MrsT, reading Helen Mantel's latest, suddenly burst out laughing after lunch and spluttered until she turned puce.  The passage that got her began:

On Shrove Tuesday, the priest abased himself on the flags of St. Pauls...
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5954 on: April 29, 2020, 04:59:20 pm »
What with Mr Stephenson having written a couple more sturdy boks since the last time I looked I am now a third of the way through Fall: or Dodge In Hell, wot is a sort of sequel to Reamde, unites the universes of that book with that of Cryptonomicon and has some pertinent observations on the malignant power of social media, which I think the author would like to uninvent.  Also it's got Enoch Root in it.

He looks like a weird bugger!
I'd never heard of him until now, and he's got quite a back catalogue; which book do you recommend for starters?

Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5955 on: April 29, 2020, 05:06:03 pm »
I've just finished Beloved Poison by E S Thomson.
It's either a gothick crime thriller or a horror detective novel, set in a London hospital in the 1840s.
Well written, with characters that I cared about and lots of historical, technical and anatomical detail.

Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5956 on: April 30, 2020, 11:26:31 am »
False Values by Ben Aaronovitch - complete with glow in the dark front cover
We are making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5957 on: April 30, 2020, 11:27:49 am »
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein which feels pretty apt.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5958 on: April 30, 2020, 11:41:26 am »
What with Mr Stephenson having written a couple more sturdy boks since the last time I looked I am now a third of the way through Fall: or Dodge In Hell, wot is a sort of sequel to Reamde, unites the universes of that book with that of Cryptonomicon and has some pertinent observations on the malignant power of social media, which I think the author would like to uninvent.  Also it's got Enoch Root in it.

He looks like a weird bugger!
I'd never heard of him until now, and he's got quite a back catalogue; which book do you recommend for starters?

I started off with Snow Crash and worked forward. Liked them all except Seveneves, which is entertaining enough but left me with a sprained credulity.  Anathem was so good I re-read it immediately on finishing it.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5959 on: April 30, 2020, 12:07:37 pm »
What with Mr Stephenson having written a couple more sturdy boks since the last time I looked I am now a third of the way through Fall: or Dodge In Hell, wot is a sort of sequel to Reamde, unites the universes of that book with that of Cryptonomicon and has some pertinent observations on the malignant power of social media, which I think the author would like to uninvent.  Also it's got Enoch Root in it.

He looks like a weird bugger!
I'd never heard of him until now, and he's got quite a back catalogue; which book do you recommend for starters?

I started off with Snow Crash and worked forward. Liked them all except Seveneves, which is entertaining enough but left me with a sprained credulity.  Anathem was so good I re-read it immediately on finishing it.

The first one I read was Cryptonomicon which, in spite of being firmly rooted in 90s technology hasn't dated at all badly, which is always a danger when tech is involved.  Seveneves was better second time around but still not that wonderful while The Diamond Age, er, wasn't.  +1 for Snow Crash as an introduction and don't start The Baroque Cycle unless you're sure you'll have Copious Free Time.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5960 on: April 30, 2020, 01:13:28 pm »
Starting at the beginning of A Song Of Ice And Fire again.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5961 on: April 30, 2020, 01:43:43 pm »
Starting at the beginning of A Song Of Ice And Fire again.

And by the time you've finished A Dance With Dragons, The Winds Of Winter still won't be out...  :demon:

(Joking apart, I do get an impression from the last time I read his blog that GRRM being holed up in self-isolation (his age and BMI put him well into being at risk from coronalurgi) might actually be helping his work-rate.)
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5962 on: April 30, 2020, 03:34:25 pm »
Thank you, T42 and Mr Larrington. Snow Crash it is.

Currently, I'm reading Mr Finchley Discovers His England by Victor Canning. I enjoyed the BBC radio dramatisations. It offers a spell of light relief between beloved Poison and Snow Crash.

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5963 on: April 30, 2020, 04:58:25 pm »
What with Mr Stephenson having written a couple more sturdy boks since the last time I looked I am now a third of the way through Fall: or Dodge In Hell, wot is a sort of sequel to Reamde, unites the universes of that book with that of Cryptonomicon and has some pertinent observations on the malignant power of social media, which I think the author would like to uninvent.  Also it's got Enoch Root in it.

He looks like a weird bugger!
I'd never heard of him until now, and he's got quite a back catalogue; which book do you recommend for starters?

I started off with Snow Crash and worked forward. Liked them all except Seveneves, which is entertaining enough but left me with a sprained credulity.  Anathem was so good I re-read it immediately on finishing it.

The first one I read was Cryptonomicon which, in spite of being firmly rooted in 90s technology hasn't dated at all badly, which is always a danger when tech is involved.  Seveneves was better second time around but still not that wonderful while The Diamond Age, er, wasn't.  +1 for Snow Crash as an introduction and don't start The Baroque Cycle unless you're sure you'll have Copious Free Time.

I rather liked The Diamond Age.  We have The Baroque Cycle in hardback. It came with a wrist brace and a tube of ibuprofen ointment.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5964 on: April 30, 2020, 07:03:43 pm »
Cycle rides around London  by Charles g
 Harper
Written in 1902
Might try some of the routes to see what changed when the lockdown ends   :)
Hopefully next week I can get with cyclists around the world by adi b hakim,lal p bapasola
And rustom b bhumgara
On the 15 October 1923 a group of Indian cyclists left Bombay to ride around the world  and this is a record of their trip.
When I have read it I will review it on hear  :)
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5965 on: May 03, 2020, 08:14:11 pm »
So I have read it and and recommend it to the house  :thumbsup:
There are a few black and white pictures at the end of the book but the places and sights are described very well  . The  bikes were single speed and heavily overloaded. In all a very interesting view of the world in the 20 s  :)
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5966 on: May 12, 2020, 05:03:40 pm »
Currently reading, amongst other things, Moby Dick. Can't say I'm enthralled so far.
Bloody finally. More like Moby What A Dick! Took ages because I could only bear a few pages at a time.

Still that's the 27th book of the year done and dusted.

And I started the first Expanse book a couple days ago and enjoying it much more.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5967 on: May 23, 2020, 01:23:43 am »
Keyes' Flowers for Algernon - Good read, well written, reasonably predictable though.
Delaney's Nova - Not Babel-17.  Some good ideas but the core of the story is lacking.
Tevis' Mockingbird - very much Farenheit 451.  Enjoying it so far (but early days).
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5968 on: May 23, 2020, 08:33:45 am »
Pietr le Letton, the first Maigret novel.  When we first came to France we bought one a week from the local supermarket, and by the time a university friend visited us we had quite a shelf-full. He dived on them and then said "shit, they're in French". ;D

Anyway, although we still have around 50 of them they're all crack-spined, so I picked up an eBook containing the first 8 or 9 and I'm revising my 30's French. Social history, too; e.g. did you know they used to have floating laundries on the Seine?  Oh, and Maigret's favourite gris tobacco was one of the reasons I quit pipe-smoking: the wretched stuff nearly burnt through my tongue.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5969 on: May 23, 2020, 10:23:37 am »
Maigret is a totally different experience in the French speaking world that in English.  If you grew up with the English series I would recommend the Bruno Cremer series as being a billionty times better and a truer representation of the books.
Nice tip, I haven't read in French in so long, I might give it a try.
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T42

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5970 on: May 23, 2020, 02:10:33 pm »
Maigret is a totally different experience in the French speaking world that in English.  If you grew up with the English series I would recommend the Bruno Cremer series as being a billionty times better and a truer representation of the books.
Nice tip, I haven't read in French in so long, I might give it a try.

I'm spending more time following stuff up in the dictionary and on the Internet than I am reading.  When all your French-speaking chums use Alsacien for preference your vocab doesn't get a lot of exercise.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5971 on: May 23, 2020, 09:43:26 pm »
My gast was flabbered when I met Alsacians who barely spoke French.  I thought it was dying out now though.
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T42

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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5972 on: May 24, 2020, 09:31:33 am »
Between Strasbourg & the northern frontier with Germany it still persists, getting stronger as you move north. South of Strasbourg it pretty well fades out.  The kids up here speak it less and less, too.

Latest Maigret gem is fil-en-six: Before WW2 the strength of spirits used to be indicated by loops of string knotted round the neck of the bottle, presumably for people who couldn't read the labels. The more loops, the stronger the drink.  Fil-en-six was eau-de-vie, around 40% alcohol.
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5973 on: May 24, 2020, 10:22:58 am »
 Blazing bicycle saddles  by James Clarke.
Enjoyable funny cycle touring in Europe   :)
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Re: What books are we reading at the moment ?
« Reply #5974 on: May 25, 2020, 01:47:11 am »
From Bicycle to Superbike - didn't realise it was part biography/interviews/outtakes and part about the bikes.  I would have enjoyed more of mike's musings about the bikes he made.
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