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Last post Author Topic: What books are you reading?  (Read 485210 times)

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1000 on: August 01, 2019, 04:49 PM »
@MilesAhead: Thanks for the post. I hadn't known of either book. They both look interesting. I shall have to read them now...(SF addiction).

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1001 on: August 02, 2019, 09:30 AM »
@MilesAhead: Thanks for the post. I hadn't known of either book. They both look interesting. I shall have to read them now...(SF addiction).

Heh heh.  I've been a steady consumer of SciFi since the early 1960s.  I can only guess that I missed out on Clifford D. Simak's works because I must have looked at one of the stories with goblins and thought all his stuff was like that.  I am still chasing after Cosmic Engineers and a few others.  The ebooks make it a bit easier to get books I missed the first time around.   :Thmbsup:

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1002 on: August 05, 2019, 05:36 AM »
I am reading "The catcher in the rye" :up:

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1003 on: August 13, 2019, 09:31 AM »
Calvin and Hobbes Comic Strip- by Bill Watterson starting with November 18, 1985
You can page-scroll sideways to go to the next one/s and follow the entire series by Bill Watterson.
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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1004 on: August 19, 2019, 03:27 PM »
Biography of the author of The Wind in the Willowsw:

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1005 on: September 03, 2019, 04:23 PM »
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Re-reading - more accurately, reading the second edition - of The Tough Guide to Fantasylandw by Diana Wynne Jonesw.  IMO the first (UK) edition has a better cover, and they lost at least one good pun in the second, but only the latter has the Dark Lord Approved! stamp.

This is the cult classic in which Diana Wynne Jones, no mean fantasist herself, ruthlessly skewers [OMT] every tired trope and cobwebbed cliche of the entire fantasy genre.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1006 on: September 11, 2019, 03:47 PM »
Ghosts of the Tsunami
Author: Lloyd Parry, Richard
ISBN: 9781784704889
Physical Description: 276 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm

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Abstract:
On 11th March 2011, a massive earthquake sent a 120-foot-high tsunami smashing into the coast of north-east Japan. By the time the sea retreated, more than 18,000 people had been crushed, burned to death, or drowned. It was Japan's greatest single loss of life since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. It set off a national crisis, and the meltdown of a nuclear power plant. And even after the immediate emergency had abated, the trauma of the disaster continued to express itself in bizarre and mysterious ways. Richard Lloyd Parry lived through the earthquake in Tokyo, and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. 'Ghosts of the Tsunami' is a classic of literary non-fiction, a heart-breaking and intimate account of an epic tragedy, told through the personal accounts of those who lived through it.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1007 on: September 11, 2019, 05:27 PM »
Dr. Bloodmoney  by Philip K. Dick


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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1009 on: February 23, 2020, 01:25 PM »
Big Sid's Vincati
Story of a gruff father who stayed alive just to build a custom motorcycle with his (professor) son. It's a quick read through the father's love of British motorcycles after WWII and throughout the 50s and 60s of customizations. The son and father never got along until they had the idea to build a custom bike together. And that was enough to get the old man off his deathbed and into the shop for one last build -- and then they still fought like cats and dogs!

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1010 on: February 28, 2020, 01:15 PM »
Mackesy: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Stålenhag: The Electric State

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1011 on: February 29, 2020, 10:34 AM »
I finally got to read Cosmic Engineers by Clifford D. Simak at  https://archive.org/details/books

Simply search on the title and either borrow the book or add yourself to the wait list.  Creating an account is free.  You can read Ebooks right in your browser.  The site is great for finding stuff that does not come up in Libby online library app.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1012 on: March 08, 2020, 01:54 AM »
"Clans of the Alphane Moon" - Philip K Dick YouTube audio book 7h 28m
Clans of the Alphane Moon - Wikipedia
War between Earth and insectoid-dominated Alpha III ended over a decade ago.
The Alphane Moon is a former mental hospital colony, isolated by the truce deep behind enemy lines.
As a former satellite-based global psychiatric institution for colonists on other Alphane system worlds unable to cope with the stresses of colonisation, the inhabitants of Alpha III M2 have lived peacefully for years unmolested by the alien worlds surrounding their Moon.
But, under the pretence of a medical mission, Earth intends to take their colony back.
The Clans
On Alpha III M2, psychiatric diagnostic groups have all vacated the hospital facilities, taken over the Moon, and differentiated themselves into caste-like pseudo-ethnicities. The inhabitants have formed seven clans:
The Pares are people suffering from paranoia. They function as the statesman class.
The Manses are suffering from mania. They are the most active class, the warrior class.
The Skitzes are the ones suffering from schizophrenia. They correspond to the poet class, with some of them being religious visionaries.
The Heebs consist of people suffering from hebephrenia (disorganized schizophrenia).
The Polys suffer from polymorphic schizophrenia.
The Ob-Coms are the ones with obsessive-compulsive disorder, their delegate is Ingred Hibbler. The name of their location is not given. They are the clerks and office holders of the society, the ritualistic functionaries, with no original ideas. Their conservatism balances the radical quality of the Polys and gives the society stability.
The Deps are suffering from clinical depression.
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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1013 on: March 08, 2020, 10:33 AM »

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1014 on: March 09, 2020, 08:07 AM »
Sam Quinones Dreamland Part 01 Audiobook 6h 57m
Sam Quinones Dreamland Part 02 Audiobook 6h 58m
Sam Quinones - wikipedia
quote: Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury Press, 2015) is story of the evolving opioid epidemic in Mexico and the United States. Quinones describes the "explosion in heroin use and how one small Mexican town changed how heroin was produced and sold in America."

Additional reading;
THE ORTHOMOLECULAR TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTION
A FIRST AUSTRALIAN REPORT
by Archie Kalokerinos A.M.M., M.B.B.S., Ph.D., F.A.P.M., Glen Dettman A.M.M., BA, Ph.D., F.A.P.M.

http://whale.to/v/kalokerinos2.html
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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1015 on: March 22, 2020, 09:00 AM »
Sam Quinones Dreamland Part 01 Audiobook 6h 57m
Sam Quinones Dreamland Part 02 Audiobook 6h 58m
Sam Quinones - wikipedia
quote: Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury Press, 2015) is story of the evolving opioid epidemic in Mexico and the United States. Quinones describes the "explosion in heroin use and how one small Mexican town changed how heroin was produced and sold in America."

Additional reading;
THE ORTHOMOLECULAR TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTION
A FIRST AUSTRALIAN REPORT
by Archie Kalokerinos A.M.M., M.B.B.S., Ph.D., F.A.P.M., Glen Dettman A.M.M., BA, Ph.D., F.A.P.M.

http://whale.to/v/kalokerinos2.html
I just thought to add, Lay Z Boy recliner with vibrator, or just a wooden rocking chair. My folks used to have an easy chair that was a swivel and rocker.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1016 on: March 22, 2020, 10:29 AM »
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

(I figured since we're going down the rabbit hole anyway...)

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1017 on: March 22, 2020, 11:10 AM »
since we're going down the rabbit hole anyway

Are we not at the bottom of it yet? :tellme:

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1018 on: March 24, 2020, 07:10 AM »
Cyril Of Scythopolis: The Lives of the Monks of Palestine (Cistercian Studies) Paperback – November 1, 1991
https://www.amazon.c...tudies/dp/0879079142
Translated by R.M.Price; Annotated by John Binns.
https://en.wikipedia...Cyril_of_Scythopolis

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1019 on: March 26, 2020, 12:57 AM »
Announcing a National Emergency Library to Provide Digitized Books to Students and the Public
http://blog.archive....x=ntlemrlib%7cctalnk
To address our unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials, as of today, March 24, 2020, the Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in our lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later.

During the waitlist suspension, users will be able to borrow books from the National Emergency Library without joining a waitlist, ensuring that students will have access to assigned readings and library materials that the Internet Archive has digitized for the remainder of the US academic calendar, and that people who cannot physically access their local libraries because of closure or self-quarantine can continue to read and thrive during this time of crisis, keeping themselves and others safe.

More info at the announcement's web page.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1020 on: March 30, 2020, 06:31 AM »
Simply search on the title and either borrow the book or add yourself to the wait list.

Just a PSA about this:

The Open Library, (Archive.org), has removed the wait list for all books during the current pandemic.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1021 on: March 30, 2020, 06:58 AM »
Physics for Poets by Rober March:
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https://www.amazon.c...-March/dp/0072472170

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1022 on: March 30, 2020, 06:59 AM »

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #1023 on: May 18, 2020, 12:55 PM »
The Making of Prince of Persia by Jordan Mechner
https://www.amazon.c...trated/dp/0578627310

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"Prince of Persia" was a pretty influential computer game for the Apple II and original IBM PC that game out in 1989 or so..

This book collects the journals and notes of the 19 year old kid who made the game.  Filled with little anecdotes of the time, etc.

Great stuff.

Prince of Persia video:


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