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Offline Artobans Ghost

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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #575 on: December 24, 2018, 03:03:45 PM »
Working on my reading project as I don’t have any other projects able to go.
Only started reading Sourcerer. Got carried away with the pen

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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #576 on: December 26, 2018, 02:35:56 PM »
Interesting.

I'm over 75 pages in reading "The Island at the Center of the World" by Russell Shorto.

It is about the history of Dutch Manhattan, and a view of how it came to be.

Also, it is partially based on research being done by Charles Gehring who is director of the New Netherlands project, and has been in the process for over 30 years translating Dutch records from the era of the colony at the NY State Library in Albany.

Good stuff! :icon_cool:
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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #577 on: December 26, 2018, 03:17:17 PM »
My wife managed to introduce me to Terry Pratchett and his novels of the Guards.

We use to read aloud in the evening for each other. So far I have read Guards! Guards! and Men-at-Arms. We are more than halfway through Feet of Clay.

I love old and grumpy Captain Vimes. He is more interesting than Carrot, but Carrot is also interesting because he seems to be so simple and is most often simple. And EVERYONE likes Carrot. But he also have a very shrewd side when he feel it necessary to be so.
And Corporal Nobby Nobbs and Sergeant Fred Colon. What an intrepid duo! Or not. But I would not want to meet Nobby in a dark alley of Ankh Morpork and get a kick in the Nutts from his steel caped boot.

Spoiler alert! I almost cried when Cuddy died. I really loved how the relationship between him and Detritus evolved and then he fell in the line of duty.  :icon_cry:

And Angua really rock. A werewolf with attitude but with the heart in the right place. But do not piss her off.
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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #578 on: December 26, 2018, 03:19:55 PM »
I also bought and read Serentiy "No power in the ´Verse". Really good. I loved how the images did the characters justice and how they really felt like they should feel and acted true to how one expected them to be, and Jayne still getting the best lines. Damn, I guess you cannot beat The Hero of Canton.  :icon_mrgreen:
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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #579 on: December 26, 2018, 04:43:53 PM »
This is probably the first year I didn't get Pratchett for Christmas, but its because I'm swimming in other books. So I'm looking forward to reading a bunch of things. Currently I'm reading through a fantastic two part biography of Elvis. Its amazing what a freaking dweeb he was, and yet how he just exploded into popularity.

I've also got the new rivers of London book, a massive Jules Verne Omnibus and several books on Thousand and one Nights stories. Some are different versions of the tales (Including a Western & Arabic version) and some are more academic books based on the stories. Get hyped!

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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #580 on: January 01, 2019, 01:05:00 PM »
About Pratchett. His sense of humour leaves me with the belief he is one of the funniest writers that was. Almost every page makes me laugh at something. He has the human nature of things completely. Pompousness, pride, greed, beliefs, preconceptions and he just rips them all. Utterly brilliant.
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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #581 on: January 02, 2019, 10:58:26 AM »
I read Lud-in-the-mist on Neil Gaiman's recommendation and it was excellent
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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #582 on: January 03, 2019, 01:03:41 AM »
Crime & Punishment; a convict storey.
Its a reproduction of the only known and surviving journal kept by a convict. Ward; the fellow who kept the journal seems [or should I say 'seemed'] to suffer from the same sort of entitlement and victim blaming seen so much on modern day police shows. Whenever he does something horrible its 'society's' fault.
Ward was nothing more than a waste of skin. Yet without him this insight into convict life wouldn't exist.

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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #583 on: January 03, 2019, 02:34:31 AM »
Just finished Eric/Faust. Was a short story that seemed to just end in the middle of a story. Was very funny until I ran out of story and book. Very weird.
Now to find troll bridge.

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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #584 on: January 23, 2019, 12:12:38 PM »
Sigvald
What's the deal with Slaanesh enthusiasts and depraved snake demons?

Offline Von Kurst

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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #585 on: January 26, 2019, 07:05:46 PM »
The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston.

Also West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776 by Claudio Saunt

Fiction about the French and Indian war:
The Constable's Tale by Donald Smith

World War II:
 The Thirty-One Kings. A Richard Hannay Thriller  by Robert J. Harris
An interesting thing about this one is that the author is credited as the author of the game Talisman....not sure which version.
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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #586 on: January 28, 2019, 05:49:22 PM »
Oh, he's the original creator of Talisman back in the old old days.  He was some sort of contractor or something and wrote the rules.  Eventually GW bought him out  All the unique concepts are his.  The collaboration of artwork and theme that into Talisman went a long way to fixing GW's style that is still around today. 
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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #587 on: February 02, 2019, 06:42:50 PM »
Thanks.  I foolishly sold my copy of the game a couple of moves ago...

Also read The Judge Hunter by Christopher Buckley.  Excellent historical novel in which the hero searches New England for the last surviving 'judges' of Charles I.
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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #588 on: February 02, 2019, 07:36:07 PM »
Did a last surviving "judge" of Charles I actually live in New England?
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Offline Mathi Alfblut

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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #589 on: February 03, 2019, 11:41:35 AM »
Reading more Pratchett. This time the second novel about Tiffany Aching - A hat full of sky
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Offline Artobans Ghost

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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #590 on: February 03, 2019, 12:54:06 PM »
More Pratchett as well.
The Last Continent
The Last Hero
Unseen Achademicals

And also the new gaunts ghosts - The Anarch

The last hero turned out to be a audible book. The first time I’ve had that experience. Would but it on going to sleep and at least half a dozen times fell asleep maybe 10 mins in. Would have to find the spot again and try again.

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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #591 on: February 03, 2019, 04:47:12 PM »
What did you think of ones like Last Continent or Last Hero? Last Hero is a bit different considering its a picture book usually.

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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #592 on: February 03, 2019, 05:07:21 PM »
The Last Hero is glorious! Illustrations are ever welcome, and it's Pratchett narrative through and through. Most inspiring book. :)

I've just finished reading Ammianus Marcellinus' Res Gestae in English and am following up on it by reading this densely detailed exposition of Sassanid Persia versus Rome.

Got Ernst Jünger's Storm of Steel and Guy Haley's Dark Imperium awaiting a resuming of reading on the bedside table.

Offline Von Kurst

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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #593 on: February 03, 2019, 07:06:56 PM »
Did a last surviving "judge" of Charles I actually live in New England?

 John Dixwell, Edward Whalley and William Goffe, did in fact flee to New England and evaded capture.  The book includes some place names that are associated with legends of the hiding places used by the fugitives.  The Judge Hunter only deals with Whalley and Goffe.
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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #594 on: February 03, 2019, 09:22:44 PM »
What did you think of ones like Last Continent or Last Hero? Last Hero is a bit different considering its a picture book usually.

Loved last continent
Last hero is an audio book. I wasn’t paying too much attention when I bought it but have enjoyed it. I think feanar listens to them in the car sometimes so I think I will try that. Fell asleep a lot listening and finding the spot were I left off was hard
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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #595 on: February 07, 2019, 03:53:03 PM »
Eric Idle's book Bright Side of Life

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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #596 on: February 09, 2019, 12:38:01 PM »
I just picked up 'Choose your enemies'. Looking forward to it :smile2:

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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #597 on: March 16, 2019, 06:26:15 PM »
Books with the word 'red' in the title, read in the last few months

The Red Ribbon by H. B. Lyle--Sherlock Holmes and the birth of the British Secret Service
Red Sky at Noon by Simon Sebag Montefiore--WWII Russian cavalry
Red Winter by Dan Smith--1920 Russian revolution
Something Red by Douglas Nicholas--werefoxes!

I googled books with the word 'red' in the title and none of these books appeared in the search...

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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #598 on: March 19, 2019, 11:54:54 AM »
Nearly finished Choose your enemies
Ciaphus and Amberly have been arguing over uniform colours [white and black or blue and gold] I guess even by the 41st millennium the internet hasn't forgotten anything

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Re: What literature are you reading?
« Reply #599 on: March 22, 2019, 02:47:32 AM »
Speaking of those two, I just finished "For the Emperor" and it was quite the treat!  :::cheers:::
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