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What’s everyone reading?

Discussion in 'Randomination' started by Grays_1890, 14 Jun 2020.

  1. greatwhitenorf

    greatwhitenorf Mitchell Thomas

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    Halfway through this 720 pager. Amazing book. Like all his work previously. Forward thinker, solid researcher and clever, witty story teller.
     
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    Hotshot-Tottenham Chris Armstrong

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    Just started this. Fascinating topic that I don’t know much about.

    Tough getting to grips with all names and places, but really interesting.

    A bit different from my last read: Frankenstein (after some praise on here I think).
     
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  3. thfcsteff

    thfcsteff Willie Hall

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    I will investigate this, thanks.

    If you get bitten, try All The Shah's Men by Stephen Kinzer...he generally writes great stuff.
     
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  4. Hotshot-Tottenham

    Hotshot-Tottenham Chris Armstrong

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    It’s good. It’s at the top end of my intellectual ability and I have to concentrate but really enjoying it.

    Thank you, I’ll add that to my list.

    I came to this subject after someone gave me this, also very good. The Way Of The Strangers by Graeme Wood.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33511418
     
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  5. SpurMeUp

    SpurMeUp Andy Thompson

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    Baleforce Steve Archibald

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    SpurMeUp Andy Thompson

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    Yeah the one that blew away!
     
  8. Jurgen the German

    Jurgen the German Jimmy Cantrell

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    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/01/27/whole-point-kill-mockingbird-difficult/

    Removed from the curriculum of schools in Washington state, Murica. The worrying thing is, America leads and Britain tends to follow these trends. Very dangerous path to go down when you start removing books because they make some people uncomfortable. What if some are uncomfortable with the idea of gay marriage? Do you indulge those people as well?
     
  9. scaramanga

    scaramanga Mel Hopkins Staff Member

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    Every good puritan should know that books are for burning, not banning.
     
  10. Rorschach

    Rorschach Vivian Woodward

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    Gay rights are next on the Supreme court agenda after abortion rights get the chop. Then all those 'socialist' programs from the new deal.
     
  11. Hotshot-Tottenham

    Hotshot-Tottenham Chris Armstrong

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    Genuinely demented.

    And on topic -

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    An alternate history of birth-of-fascism in America. Nazi stooge Lindbergh becomes President and invites the Reich through the back door.

    Amazing stuff. Intended as a warning, not an instruction manual.
     
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  12. ringo

    ringo Tim Sherwood

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    Did CJ Sansom fans find any good historical fiction replacements once they had read the series? (Nothing later than 1700s say).

    Two books I enjoyed that, although not same period of history, I thought had a similarish feeling:

    An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
    The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
     
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    Baleforce Steve Archibald

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    The only one of his I've read is Dominion.

    Robert Harris might be worth a look, his novels on Cicero and Pompeii are very good. He also has an imminent book set in the 1600's I think.
     
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    ringo Tim Sherwood

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    Thanks for the suggestion. Have read most of Harris' novels, other than Conclave and V2, and liked the Roman books and others, (although I found Second Sleep a bit odd).
     
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    Baleforce Steve Archibald

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    Yeah, the ending of that was…
     
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    Not everyones cup of tea and maybe a bit dated but dennis Wheatleys roger brook series may interest you.
    Napoleon era secret agent stuff.
     
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    Gutter Boy Tim Sherwood

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    Q by Luther Blissett is brilliant. It's about the anabaptists (revolutionary proto-communists) around the time of the German Peasants' War. A really politically charge epic, set across decades, lots of intrigue, colourful locations across the continent. Written by an Italian anarchist collective, named after the Watford footballer (genuinely, due to his antifa credentials in Italy)

    Also
    - The Monk by Matthew Lewis
    - The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (a little bit after your period, but the setting feels older, as it's about the fall of feudalism)
     
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    ringo Tim Sherwood

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    Thanks. I'll check all of these out.
     
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    Mosquito_Coasting Sergei Rebrov

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    The Thousand Autumns of Jacob Zoet - David Mitchell. Late 18th century though. An Instance of the Fingerpost is a good book.
     
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  20. greatwhitenorf

    greatwhitenorf Mitchell Thomas

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    Great read about what created an important journalist:

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    A lot of common experiences for me in the newsrooms of my early days.
     
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