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What books are you reading right now?

Discussion in 'Tilted Art, Photography, Music & Literature' started by sapiens, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. rogue49

    rogue49 Tech Kung Fu Artist Staff Member Donor

    Location:
    Baltimore/DC
    While I'm waiting for my re-new Magician books to come in from Amazon (the old ones were a bit worn and ragged...yes, I've read them that much, especially book 3, Darkness At Sethanon.. Damn that thing was done)...

    I'm doing some international political non-fiction
    The Empire And The Five Kings - America's abdication and the fate of the world

    (* a bit of an exaggeration in the title, but I get the point of his premise...the US has dropped the ball and backed away into a more isolationist tone...It's like we're getting back to a pre-WWI mindset...and I'm not happy about the push, we need to be out there and engaged to improve which improves us in return - not in an arrogant way though)

    Geez, this guy write smooth but the amount of knowledge and experience he has is profound and impressive.
    I'm having to re-read passages to absorb and look up lots of info to get a background.

    He presumes everyone is a world-traveler and experienced in global locale...in a good way. (the background for the names, doesn't break the momentum of the story and add tedium)
    You just gotta be quick and willing to search. (and I'm not spring chicken without world awareness)
    It's a short book but it's going to take me awhile in stops & starts when I can to get through.

    I'm looking forward to gaining his perspective and learning a lot more.
    I may look up other books of his and the type.
    Expand my world-view more before I start traveling more extensively.
     
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  2. Frankie

    Frankie Slightly Tilted

    Location:
    New England
    HMS UNSEEN by Patrick Robinson. So far it’s kinda slow reading but promise’s to get better.
     
  3. redravin

    redravin Cynical Optimist Donor

    Location:
    North
    I picked up the final compendium of the Invincible series of graphic novels.
    Robert Kirkman (the guy who writes The Living Dead) does a really good take on the super hero genre and he wrote a series with a full character arc.
    It's been interesting to follow the story of a kid who has to deal with his dad who is basically Superman, if Superman was the forward scout for an enemy takeover of our planet who killed all the major superheroes, dealing with his own powers and fighting off his father in the process.
    His growing up, getting married and becoming a father himself has been really interesting to watch.
     
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  4. MrMD069

    MrMD069 Slightly Tilted

    Finished The Stranger Beside Me, now working on two books. Grimm's Fairy Tales, so I can cleanse my palate of any sugary, sweet, Disney bullshit, and, Nights Of The Living Dead, An Anthology, by Jonathan Maberry and George A. Romero. Yep, back to the living dead for me. :eek:
     
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  5. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize. Donor

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    Only posting for the cover art.

    This thread is a bit....slow.

    The Golden Age of the Illustrated Book Dust Jacket.jpg
     
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  6. cynthetiq

    cynthetiq Administrator Staff Member Donor

    Location:
    New York City
  7. rogue49

    rogue49 Tech Kung Fu Artist Staff Member Donor

    Location:
    Baltimore/DC
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  8. cynthetiq

    cynthetiq Administrator Staff Member Donor

    Location:
    New York City
    It's great reading. I had already done many of the items here but it helped me understand that I wasn't crazy thinking the way that I was just so that I could survive going forward. See my blog entry and we can have a similar experience if you like.
     
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  9. redux

    redux Very Tilted Donor

    Location:
    Foggy Bottom
    Just downloaded earlier this evening

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    West Like Lightning
    The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express


    2019 Spur Awards Finalist, Best Western Historical Nonfiction

    "On the eve of the Civil War, three American businessmen launched an audacious plan to create a financial empire by transforming communications across the hostile territory between the nation’s two coasts. In the process, they created one of the most enduring icons of the American West: the Pony Express. Daring young men with colorful names like “Bronco Charlie” and “Sawed-Off Jim” galloped at speed over a vast and unforgiving landscape, etching an irresistible tale that passed into myth almost instantly. Equally an improbable success and a business disaster, the Pony Express came and went in just eighteen months, but not before uniting and captivating a nation on the brink of being torn apart. Jim DeFelice’s brilliantly entertaining West Like Lightning is the first major history of the Pony Express to put its birth, life, and legacy into the full context of the American story..."
     
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  10. henkfeenstra New Member

    Location:
    NL
    I'm reading: "The Republic" from Plato. The dutch version. I also have: What we owe to each other". That one is next in line ;)[​IMG]

    Sent from my BBF100-6 using Tapatalk
     
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  11. redravin

    redravin Cynical Optimist Donor

    Location:
    North
    Hungry Ghosts by Anthony Bourdain.
    The main plot line revolves around a Russian oligarch who is hosting a party at his beach house on Long Island.
    As the night grows darker and stormier, he and his rich cronies get bored, so he invites the chefs working in his kitchen to play a version of 100 candles, an old game in which brave samurai would try to one-up each other with terrifying tales of ghosts, demons, and unspeakable beings.
    Each story uses a different artist to tell a food story based on Japanese myths and demons.
    There are also some very good recipes.

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  12. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize. Donor

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    This struck me as funny (it helps to be something of a PoliSci nerd).

    The genius of Cris Shapan _ Inappropriate Book Titles ___.jpg
     
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  13. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize. Donor

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    Heavy reading.

    Klencke Atlas - The Largest Book in the World - Neatorama.jpg
     
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  14. Toaster126

    Toaster126 New Member

    Wow, Feist was my favorite author when I was in middle/high school, but I haven't read anything from him since I don't think. Do you think the books hold up as an adult, or is it more of a trip down Nostalgia lane for you?
     
  15. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize. Donor

    Location:
    Large City, TX
  16. skitto

    skitto Harmonic chaos redundancy limiter

    Location:
    Deschutes, Oregon
    AS the list stands now:
    =
    (for the first time in my life, and One of the eldest books in the world) Biblos, starting with specific studies in Leviticus, Isaiah, Hebrews, Philemon
    A Perfumed Scorpion (Sufi Mysticism)
    Sybil Leek - Diary of a Witch (Witchcraft)
    Conrad Z. Lorenz - King Solomon's Ring "The classic account of animal behavior hat sheds new light on man."
    Robert A. Heinlein - Time Enough for Love (reread)
    L. Ron Hubbard - Dianetics
    Jordan B. Peterson - 12 Rules for Life, an Antidote to Chaos
    Piers Anthony - Shame of Man
    Anne McCaffrey - THE Chrome Borne


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  17. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize. Donor

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    That's ^ quite a list!
     
  18. graham451 New Member

    Location:
    AU
    Just finished "time is the simplest thing" by C Simak.

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  19. Leto

    Leto Slightly Tilted

    Location:
    Toronto
    I feel that C Simak is the Cliff Notes version of Clifford D. Simak.

    ba da dum!
     
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  20. redux

    redux Very Tilted Donor

    Location:
    Foggy Bottom
    Picked this up last night for $1.99 (K indle)

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    Modern humans have come a long way in the seventy thousand years they’ve walked the earth. Art, science, culture, trade—on the evolutionary food chain, we’re true winners. But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, and sometimes—just occasionally—we’ve managed to truly f*ck things up.

    Weaving together history, science, politics and pop culture, Humans offers a panoramic exploration of humankind in all its glory, or lack thereof. From Lucy, our first ancestor, who fell out of a tree and died, to General Zhou Shou of China, who stored gunpowder in his palace before a lantern festival, to the Austrian army attacking itself one drunken night, to the most spectacular fails of the present day, Humans reveals how even the most mundane mistakes can shift the course of civilization as we know it. Lively, wry and brimming with brilliant insight, this unique compendium offers a fresh take on world history and is one of the most entertaining reads of the year.
     
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