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|05-26-2017 08:15 PM|
Let us know if you are able to "keep your distance" with this one.
Not going to spoil any of it for you. Enjoy
|05-26-2017 07:06 PM|
Originally Posted by Oldman View Post
Uhm... K... I did weep when Artrax drowned. And when they shot Cisco. Or when the truck hit Pilgrim. Oh, and when they sold Clover to the glue factory, that was the worst! Yes, there's a pattern...
Usually, if it comes to ppl, I can keep enough distance. But with the Book Thief it was very different. Probably because of its protagonists innocence . Ah well, I'll fetch a box of Kleenex...
|05-26-2017 04:50 PM|
I'm a Sci-Fi fan; favourite book has to be Ilium by Dan Simmons.
wikipedia: the first part of the Ilium/Olympos cycle, concerning the re-creation of the events in the Iliad on an alternate Earth and Mars. These events are set in motion by beings who have taken on the roles of the Greek gods. The novel is a form of "literary science fiction" which relies heavily on intertextuality, in this case with Homer and Shakespeare, as well as periodic references to Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu
It's actually quite funny as well as a bit mind blowing!
|05-26-2017 12:07 PM|
Note to Neni:
Bring a BIG box of Kleenex for the Pyjama story.
Have a great weekend.
|05-24-2017 11:18 AM|
Geared up for the public holiday
Happy long Ascension day weekend everybody
|01-18-2017 11:59 AM|
Originally Posted by Winter_Lion View Post
Also Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy has to be up there with my faves.
The Hunger Games series was another great read believe it or not.
|01-18-2017 07:50 AM|
Originally Posted by neni View Post
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|01-17-2017 11:29 PM|
Originally Posted by Trabi75 View Post
Many of the titles I've mentioned are originally in German so get them in the original language . Right now I'm reading The Crystal Mountain by Reinhold Messner in English and it feels so stupid cos I hear his voice and dialect in my head. Should have gotten it in German.
Also get Buntschatten und Fledermäuse by Axel Brauns. Amazing book written by an autistic, about his perception of things. Very funny as well.
And get Die Ameise als Tramp by Bernhard Kegel. Such a good writer, it's such a pity this book doesn't get more attention. Very good non-fiction introduction into how we humen have affected entire ecosystems by introducing new species intentionally and unintentionally. Both are not translated into English that's why I hadn't listed them in my first post, but they would belong there.
If you enjoy mountaineering stories, try Joe Simpson (e.g. Touching the Void or The Beckoning Silence); way funnier/more entertaining to read than Krakauer or Harrer.(I loved the stories of both, but their writing style is bit stiff).
|01-17-2017 08:41 PM|
oh boy this might be interesting. I've got a rack of boring academically-minded stuff (most of which I've read or at least surveyed) but wouldn't make much of a "favorites" list haha. I don't read a lot of non-fiction, or rather, haven't in quite some time.
Gulag Archipelago, Solzhenitsyn -- want a grim and complete survey of the Soviet Gulag system? Not really light reading, a macabre page-turner IMO
Execution by Hunger, Dolot -- yay more anti-Soviet stuff, only this time it's about how they force-starved around 7 million Ukrainians
The Master Switch, Wu -- This one is admittedly dry and academic even by my own standards but really is a fascinating synopsis of the information age, its major players, and landscape
Life, Inc., Rushkoff -- takes a look at modern consumer culture, its roots, etc.
Propaganda, Bernays -- interesting overview of the methods by which propaganda/marketing shape our opinions/wants.
The Divide, Taibbi -- case studies in American inequality. I've read a few of his other works as well, but don't want to clutter it.
Dynamite: The Story of Class Violence In America, Adamic -- historical review of major labor struggles in America
Anti-Trust & Monopoly, Armentano -- re-examination of some landmark antitrust rulings, contrary conclusions
Downhill Slide: Why the Corporate Ski Industry is Bad for Skiing, Ski Towns, and the Environment -- interesting look at the development of the corporate ski industry
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Heinlein -- this was actually my first foray in to "sci-fi" and I bought it purely on a whim/unsolicited recommendation from someone I follow on Facebook. I couldn't put it down. Have not had as much luck with other samples of that genre or author (Stranger in a Strange land was just okay, whereas Time Enough For Love I really struggled to keep interested, and don't think I ever finished it).
Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck -- I mean this kinda has to make the list though it's been ~20 years since I read it in high school. There's comparatively few of the "classics" that I had to read in high school/college that would make this list. This might be the only one, if only I could remember a few of the others...
Oh hell, these are the sorts of lists where tomorrow I'll remember another 5 or 6 books, but I'm drawing a blank here especially in the fiction department.
|01-17-2017 08:03 PM|
Originally Posted by mojo maestro View Post
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