What are you currently reading?

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Post by Mollbarre » Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:34 pm

"The Summer Dragon" Todd Lockwood
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Post by decacorde » Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:09 pm

"The Blue Guitar" by Ann Ireland. A novel about guitarists and winning a guitar competition.

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Post by manythumbed » Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:48 pm

Look who’s back by Timur Vermes.

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Post by SleepyheadRooster » Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:52 pm

Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon by Peter Ames Carlin. I am also rereading The HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, which I read maybe 35 years ago as a kid.
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Post by Jorge Oliveira » Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:01 pm

The Digital Mind: How Science is Redefining Humanity by Arlindo Oliveira, 2017 Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT Press.
Professor Arlindo Oliveira is currently the President of Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal's leading technical University, in Lisbon, and I'm reading the Portuguese translation, 3rd edition, published by IST Press.
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Post by LarryShone » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:29 pm

A History of the Indians of the United States, Angie Debo
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Post by Peter Lovett » Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:10 am

Chasing The Scream by Johann Hari.

It is sub-titled, "The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs" and it is fair to say that reading it will change every preconception that you had about drug addiction and addicts. It traces the reason drug laws came into existence, why those laws spread around the world, what happened to people or countries that tried to introduce some reason into the argument about drugs, why the 'war on drugs' is a total failure and what happens when you stop treating drug addicts as criminals. The book makes clear that the answer to the drug problem is blindingly clear but that too many people have too much invested in the current method of treating the problem to take that route. Essential reading.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Marko1976 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:05 pm

Dostoevsky - Crime and Punishment. Third time.

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Post by Bododio » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:17 pm

Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow. About halfway through this amazing biography.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by andreas777 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:04 pm

I've started to read Mark Twain but don't like it.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by isleepinabed » Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:46 am

^What don't you like about it?

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Post by andreas777 » Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:17 pm

isleepinabed wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:46 am
^What don't you like about it?
I decided to read the (German translation of the) novel "A Journey Around the World". I guess it was written at a time when traveling around the world was not so common and such a travel already very exotic and fascinating for most people/readers. For me the book is a plain travel report with weak and superficial figures and short stories that are quite boring to me. It gives a view on other nations and people typical in the colonial era. There are also thoughts / intellectual games / excursus that should be funny but aren't funny anymore in our times. The language is boring too (I know it's a translation) and there are no interesting figures or no magic in any scenes or conversations. Books that are completely different and on a much higher level in all aspects are "The Quiet American" by Graham Greene or "King Rat" by James Clavell, just to mention two.
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Post by Sandaun » Wed May 01, 2019 9:28 am

Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
Caravans by James A. Michener.

Frank Herbert's besetting sin as a writer is his reliance on the universal viewpoint; it does irritate. Michener's is an unfortunate habit of falling into purple prose, which so far in this novel about Afghanistan in 1946, he's avoided (But if purple prose was avgas, none of the aircraft in The Bridges of Toko-ri would ever fail to make it back to their carrier.)
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