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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #390 on: July 03, 2018, 03:09:21 AM »
Only the Gaskell chapter tbh. Aka "The Manchester Marriage"

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #391 on: July 03, 2018, 10:22:19 PM »
There's another one called A Haunted House, with the same authors plus Hesba Stretton and George Augustus Sala. I wrote an essay on it in uni, the conclusion of which was essentially that it was a noble attempt from Dickens to create a cohesive little collection, but that it was one that didn't really work because the writers had all turned in such tonally and thematically random stories.

Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #392 on: July 11, 2018, 05:04:49 PM »
Reading Command and Control by Eric Schlosser. Really good so far. It's a riveting voyage into nuclear weapons systems in the US. The main part of the book is Schlosser's fascinating account of the 1980 Damascus Titan missile explosion, but he stops off at various other topics on the history of American strategic thinking, the development of war-fighting systems, and other accidents involving nuclear weapons and missiles around the world. He's a gifted storyteller, and he pieces everything together in exhaustive detail.

I'm thinking of watching the film and then buying Richard Rhodes' The Making of the Atomic Bomb after I've finished. I might read General Sir John Hackett's The Third World War: August 1985 for a laugh.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #393 on: July 12, 2018, 12:43:14 PM »
Lately I've been reading The Bible because I realised that although I've read little bits of it over the years and picked up little bits by osmosis there's vast parts of it of which I have know knowledge, and that I really should read this book that so many people give huge importance to.

It's a very strange book.

It's all wars and people killing each other for no good reason and kings killing people for no good reason etc...  I was wondering where all the nice stuff was.

Then I realised that if we didn't have modern technology now and therefore if the only history we had of the previous few centuries was one passed down by word of mouth that's exactly what we'd have.  A word of mouth version of the first world war would be baffling to people a few hundred years after the event.

The weirdest part for me though is the sacrifices.  People will happily sacrifice members of their own family, and those family members seem happy to let that happen.  In the ten commandments there's no subclause to 'Thou shalt not kill' saying '* unless it's a sacrifice to the Lord'.  (The animal sacrifices though is probably a scam so that the holy men and/or those in power can get some free food.)

I noticed that "forty nights" is used quite often and I've come to the conclusion that in those days it was just used as a measurement to mean "a long time".

I'm still on the Old Testament,  I've got all the Jesus stuff yet to come.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #394 on: July 12, 2018, 01:24:28 PM »

Currently midway through "H is for Homicide" by Sue Grafton. I first had my attention directed towards her Alphabet Mysteries by Lawrence Block's Burglar series, where Bernie, the titular thief/sleuth/second hand bookshop owner keeps dropping references to non-existent titles in the series {"A is for Train", etc.}. I am, however, a cheap bastard, and you can't rely on charity shops to offer up thrillers in order. And it seemed a waste, when a series proclaims itself so...serially, to read them haphazardly. So I kept buying them whenever I saw them (with the odd call home to my flatmate ("I'm in Barnardo's....Could you look in my room at the books by the door...in the Sue Graftons, do I have one that starts with a  J?", ETC.) and putting them aside until I had 'em all.

Course, Grafton went and died without having given us "Z", so I reckoned Sod It, filled the gaps with kindle purchases, and started on the never-to-be-completed series last month.

Eminently readable crime thrillers, with a suitably cynic-getting-by central protagonist. I'm glad Grafton's family have made clear they'll never let anyone have access to her notes for the last one. What she wrote, she wrote. Herbert estate take note.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #395 on: July 12, 2018, 04:42:22 PM »
I finished Paul Tremblay's Head Full Of Ghosts which I positively whizzed through. I loved it. Creepy, atmospheric, and overall pretty damned sad. The Exorcist for the internet generation, I guess. Kinda? Told mostly from an 8 year old girl's perspective. Well done, Paul !

Next up is Backseat Bedroom by Nick Andrew, which was kindly donated to me. Thanks, Ray ! It's starting off nicely.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #396 on: July 13, 2018, 11:21:50 PM »
I'm still on the Old Testament,  I've got all the Jesus stuff yet to come.

It gets a lot less interesting when that wet end turns up. That brilliant arsehole God villain they had in the first one basically fades in the background and it becomes this boo hoo story about some David Copperfield twat. 

Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #397 on: July 14, 2018, 02:20:47 AM »
The question is how to get message across to the youngsters of today.

Jonah does a bumdozy in a big fish?
Jesus but he loves yer mum jokes?
God concedes seizing your infants and dashing them against rocks was "a bit much in hindsight"?
Peter comedy raps the Lord's Prayer without peer pressure?
Moses puzzled as to the meaning of a burning bush with an erection?
Judas sticks on Limp Bizkit?

Kids really are an unknown quantity.

Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #398 on: July 15, 2018, 11:15:37 PM »
The question is how to get message across to the youngsters of today.

Jonah does a bumdozy in a big fish?
Jesus but he loves yer mum jokes?
God concedes seizing your infants and dashing them against rocks was "a bit much in hindsight"?
Peter comedy raps the Lord's Prayer without peer pressure?
Moses puzzled as to the meaning of a burning bush with an erection?
Judas sticks on Limp Bizkit?

Kids really are an unknown quantity.

Limp Bizkit? Fucking hell mate.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #399 on: July 17, 2018, 04:31:40 PM »
I'm still on the Old Testament,  I've got all the Jesus stuff yet to come.

and your bush?

That's the best review of the Bible I've ever read :D

Osho calls it 'pornography'- all the slaughter and mayhem. I've given it a go once or twice, mainly cos Nick Cave said he liked reading it, but, let's just say it's not for me. 

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #400 on: Yesterday at 08:20:44 PM »
I've just finished The World Turned Upside Down by Christopher Hill which yeah, is as good as you'd expect. Any other recommendations for similar studies of the period, or the groups within, gratefully received.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #401 on: Yesterday at 09:36:03 PM »
Just read New Dark Age by James Bridle, a fascinating - if very pessimistic - book about modern technology and the fact that our attempts to provide solutions through technology are only worsening the problems they are aiming to solve. The sheer naivety of the belief that technology and data can provide a a sort of salvation comes across here, particularly in the last chapter, which features some ridiculous hubris from one of the Google blokes that is then comprehensively debunked by Bridle.

On similar lines, I'd also recommend To Be a Machine by Mark O'Connell, which is a really interesting (and often hilarious) investigation into transhumanism. The author meets some absolute batshit people along the way, and has a witty Louis Theroux-like way of dealing with them.