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What are you reading at the moment?

Discussion in 'Books' started by Boab, Tuesday July 5, 2011.

  1. I've Been re-introducing myself to my favourite classics the last month or so..I've just started this the last few days.
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    Superb read..;)
     
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  2. nolisco

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    Had my fill of Japanese books for the time being, switching to re-reading some old favourites of mine. Got the following on the go currently.

    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
    A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles (aborted currently)
    The Sound of The Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata

    I was planning on reading Lolita but I don't know, subject matter a bit too creepy for me
     
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  3. I am waiting to start reading 'That Near-Death Thing'.

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  4. I've just finished rereading Persian Fire by Tom Holland. If you like Ancient Greece or even the movie 300 give this a read. Highly recommended! :)
     
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  5. Gairdner

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    Not long finished The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown and am continuing with his Inferno.
     
  6. Ferry-shave

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    Just started John LeCarre's a legacy of spies - building up to be a classic. YMMV :)
     
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  7. I'm really looking forward to this one Ferry-shave. I'm a Le Carre fan boy.
     
  8. Digimonkey

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    'Worth Dying For - The Power and Politics of Flags,' - Tim Marshall. Fascinating - do you know why the French flag is red, white and blue? Inquire within. cheers - I.
     
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  9. Something to do with the three estates if I (half) remember correctly? Or am I getting my flags mixed up?
     
  10. Digimonkey

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    An excellent read - it's an astonishing thing. One of the first truly modern books to my mind. I don't go in much for gender politics - it's a mine field - but she royally ought to considered a proto-feminist. Your copy has a very lovely cover picture by Caspar David Friedrich - entirely suitable but it lacks the sub-heading of the original book - 'The Modern Prometheus,' - as I'm sure you know your classics - the man who stole the fire from the gods. The book was originally published anonymously. It reads - mostly - beautifully. I don't know about you - but - I completely identified with the monster. Frankenstein was an idiot. Ideas of hubris that are even more relevant now than then. Magnified massively these days. I found the sequence where the monster was hiding in a hut or shelter a bit thin - he gets some books and in short order learns Greek, Latin and absorbs the contents of an encyclopedia at first reading. The reconciliation of this scene is beautiful though - the blind man has no fear of him - he then is hounded out of town - yet again - by the 'sighted.' For me the pivotal event in the book is when Dr Frankenstein is high up a mountain and his creation marches relentlessly up the hill to confront him. All in all - a fantastic book. Have you read 'Dracula,' even better along similar themes. Although, decades later. genuinely terrifying in places. Again modern - in it's use of the available technology at the time. A warning from history? Hubris - as I say. Yours - I.
     
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  11. Digimonkey

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    Mostly right B. - originally the blue is from St Martin's cloak - famously torn in half to share with a beggar. The French founding martyr. Originally born in Hungary and a Roman general - about as French as St George is English. The red is from Charlemagne's standard and the white is from Joan of Arc's flag at the siege of Orleans. Re-purposed by Napoleon, and subsequently by other regimes. yours - I.
     
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  12. Mary Shelly's creation is excellent, it is beautifully written..i've always had a thing about Frankenstein, after seeing Boris karloff in the original B&W film when i was a kid,reading the book again takes me back to my first experience of Mary Shelly's creation, however she should have gave the monster a name, instead of calling him "Adam of your labours", ..as for Dracula', another one i'll be re-introducing myself to also, "Bram the Man" is also a great favourite of mine.
     
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  13. Cristobal

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    There are many theories, one of the most plausible anecdotes being that Lafayette brought from America the colours of the insurgents which are in fact from the Union Jack.
     
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  14. Cristobal

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    The original Game of Throne according to G.R.R. Martin :

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    Actually, I am already at the 2nd volume (6-7 in total)
     
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    Sort of reading, editing another manuscript :eek:
     
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  16. Intriguing Waylander. May we ask what it is?
     
  17. Blue Trout and Black Truffles, by Joseph Wechsberg. Interesting look at the of pre-WW11 Vienna and Prague food scene by a person who hated food as a child and later grows up to become a world renown foodie and epicure.
     
  18. Waylander

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    Greetings,

    It's the third part of a heroic fantasy trilogy I have had published through a small indie US publisher. The conclusion is called "Death Rises" and I have below are the covers of the first two stories. For those who like their sword and scorcery epic sagas, this may be up your street.

    Cheers,

    Brian

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  19. That's excellent Brian. Good on you! Unfortunately, I can't do sword and sorcery. Otherwise I would be pestering you for an advance copy! I hope all goes well.
     
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    The Black Pope - Ernesto Mezzabotta

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