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Re: What are you reading?

Post by John Rose » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:10 am

Kyle76 wrote:
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I have started “Gravity’s Rainbow” at least a half-dozen times and gotten into it as far as 250 pages and just couldn’t keep going. Maybe one day I’ll get all the way through it. I feel like I need a college-level course to do it, though.
Yup.
This time around I'm finding it a lot more difficult to get through.
It's particularly hard to keep track of who the POV character is at any given time, and where they are.
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A bit easier than James Joyce's Ulysses though. I don't think I even got through the first chapter of that one,
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by EL Alamein » Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:04 pm

Finally finished Diamonds Are Forever and picked up a copy of the July 1964 edition of Playboy magazine.

Ahem, I'm a little behind on my periodicals reading.

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by drmoss_ca » Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:59 pm

I think I might have mentioned The Taste of War here before. A fascinating look at how different nations made choices about food rationing and what a diet ought to look like under rationing during WW2. It seems she has done it again, just as I'm learning how to cook curries without 'curry powder' (a British invention entirely unknown to cooks in the subcontinent). Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors will make you hunger for spices and delicate flavours you never even knew existed. Poor, or lucky, India, had successive waves of invaders bringing ingredients and techniques from Persia, Portugal, Britain, France, the New World and so on. Tellingly, the people there made what they wanted of them, as is illustrated by the fact that all the vegetables introduced by the Brits, usually served boiled in Britain, are never, ever, served by boiling alone in Indian cuisine. I've been at this for a few months, making a new curry each weekend with NO curry powder. I love to open the cupboard with a shelf of spices, in whole and ground forms - cumin, green cardamom, black cardamom, coriander, nutmeg, mace, black mustard, fennel, curry leaves, turmeric, cinnamon, red and green chilli powder, fenugreek, asafoetida, nigella, poppy seed, sesame seed, anise seed, star anise, black, white and red peppercorns, cloves and so on - and take a huge lungful of goodness from it. It's wonderful - and all available (including a wet and dry spice grinder) from Amazon if not locally. I think I'm ready to fall at Lizzie's feet and worship.

But if you need to know why you should join me in my fascination with the joys of curry, the BBC have just released an old series of cookery programmes on curry on YouTube and they are well worth watching. The playlist starts here.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by brothers » Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:40 pm

EL Alamein wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:04 pm
Finally finished Diamonds Are Forever and picked up a copy of the July 1964 edition of Playboy magazine.

Ahem, I'm a little behind on my periodicals reading.

Chris
Interesting articles in there, or so I've been told.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by fallingwickets » Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:52 am

Interesting articles in there, or so I've been told
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by EL Alamein » Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:24 pm

Yes, interesting articles, um.

I do enjoy vintage magazines because they provide a window into what was at that moment and even more so for how they viewed the world to come.

Playboy is interesting during this period precisely for those reasons. The advice columns are fascinating in what they promulgate. Seemingly they get it right sometimes and seemingly they get it spectacularly wrong some times. Same with articles that view the future we are living in today. It provides a grain of salt for modern times and our own view on the future.

I also love the cartoons, they are funny as hell, direct and unencumbered by the biases we see today, only their own biases of the time. Kind of weird to see how this has evolved over time.

Of course the pictures are nice too.

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Re: What are you reading?

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Backlash by Brad Thor
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by John Rose » Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:53 pm

I finally pulled the plug on Gravity's Rainbow (at around 110 pages) and went back to Caliban's War, book 2 in the The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey.
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I do enjoy vintage magazines because they provide a window into what was at that moment and even more so for how they viewed the world to come.
Perusing newspaper archives on microfilm is a real rabbit hole for me. History as it was being made, with no idea of how it would turn out.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by churchilllafemme » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:05 pm

Blue Moon, the latest Jack Reacher novel from Lee Child.

Add: ...which is turning out to be pretty much a recycling of the past plot formulas, which is disappointing. Sure, don't fix what isn't broken, but hey, writing needs to be fresh and relatively original.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by brothers » Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:11 pm

The Apostle by Brad Thor.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by brothers » Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:55 pm

When Worlds Collide and After Worlds Collide (1933 - '34) by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer

Note: I first read this science fiction novel when I was around 13 years old. It has always been one of my sentimental favorites because it was/still is quite a bit different than more well known sci-fi works. I only read it once and that was way back when dinosaurs still roamed the earth and life as we currently know it would have been a sci-fi tragedy in itself. I have some grandchildren that are about the age I was when I read it. One of them is a bit of a science fiction reader, and I have now located a NOS paperback copy which I am reading now. My plan is to send it on to her after I've re-read it. I'd be interested in her reaction. I've told her of my plan, and I think she'll enjoy it.

It is worth noting that the book was quite well-written regarding proper use of the English language and grammar, in addition to the rather intriguing window into regular everyday American life 88 years ago. Telegrams and household "help", and references to various and certain other social practices that would seem quite awkward and/or inappropriate if still practiced nowadays.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by jww » Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:33 pm

After my annual year-end read of Rosamunde Pilcher's Winter Soltice, I determined to read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings again. We have limited hard-copy versions of both and they are a joy to hold in your hands to read together with beautiful artwork and original line drawings by JRRT.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Gene » Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:02 pm

jww wrote:
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After my annual year-end read of Rosamunde Pilcher's Winter Soltice, I determined to read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings again. We have limited hard-copy versions of both and they are a joy to hold in your hands to read together with beautiful artwork and original line drawings by JRRT.
The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings are probably my most favorite reads ... followed by the Travis McGee series, and all the Dick Francis novels. Dick Francis was a champion steeplechase jockey in the UK, and he wrote a ton of novels, all loosely based around horses, riding and racing.

OH - and the Ian Fleming 007 books, of course.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by fallingwickets » Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:55 am

dark sun by richard rhodes


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Re: What are you reading?

Post by EL Alamein » Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:01 pm

In the middle of "From Russia With Love".

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by John Rose » Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:00 am

Halfway through reading the script of a play that my wife is writing, titled "Tell the Bees".
It was inspired in part by this folklore thing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telling_the_bees .
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Post by drmoss_ca » Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:30 am

I remember my brother chewing on chocolate flavour Wate-On when he was an impossibly tall and skinny teenager in the late 1960's. Essentially an excuse to eat candy for your health.

Just finished Guy Sajer's The Forgotten Soldier. Ostensibly autobiographical, it was probably a mix of fact and fiction about life as an private in the Wermacht on the Eastern Front 1942-1945. It is just like reading WW1 trench fiction: a horror of mud, blood, explosions, and terror.

Next up is Angus Wilson's The Old Men At The Zoo, and I must finish Douglas Murray's Strange Death of Europe (which was too depressing to read in one go). Beware of politicians who know better than the democratically expressed will of the people. It's a mis-en-scène for the Brexit saga.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by fallingwickets » Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:52 am

on the subject of bees, the bee keeper of aleppo was a nice read

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by fallingwickets » Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:14 am

friendly orange glow by brian dear.

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