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zmama 14-03-2014 15:44:34

Now I want to read it too!

Funko 14-03-2014 18:22:56


jsorense 12-04-2014 00:42:07

Fordor's Spain 2014.
Guess where we are going this year! :bounce:
Que bueno!

zmama 14-04-2014 17:16:13

The land of economical wines!

jsorense 17-04-2014 01:03:17

The land of retired Brits. :nervous:

jsorense 27-07-2014 13:24:26

"The Ocean At the End of the Lane." by Neil Gaiman. To me this book was an extended essay on the convergence of mind, memory, dreams and hallucination. It is an ambitious and complicated work that I found overall disappointing. Perhaps it was just too personal of a work to engage me. However, I will still recommend it. It is haunting.
Your humble narrator, jsorense

zmama 27-07-2014 22:24:18

Thanks, I like haunting :D

Funko 28-07-2014 11:52:02

More Heinlein and China Mieville, The number of the beast by Heinlein, which is excellent and just started Railsea by China Mieville, which is a kind of steampunk moby dick* for young adults.

*"affectionate parody" of

jsorense 13-08-2014 04:58:31

I have just finished the history "Washington's Crossing" David Hackett Fischer (2006). It is a detailed exposition of the military movements of the British and American forces in New York and New Jersey during 1776 and the beginning of 1777. This happens to have been the most critical part of the American War of Independence. The book follows the tactical movements of all participating units and gives profiles on their leaders. Washington gets the most coverage and most of the praise.
While I learned a great deal from this book I cannot recommend it to the casual history hound. There is much too much detail and the style is decidedly academic. Most of this same ground is covered in excellent fashion by McCullough's "1776" (2006). His work is almost as informative but much more readable. I would highly recommend it.
I don't think I will give the ending away if I mention that the Americans win. :bounce::bounce::bounce:

Funko 13-08-2014 10:34:24

I read Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan. Cyberpunk Detective Noir kind of thing. I loved it.

There's violence and sex, so should appeal to you lot.

jsorense 14-08-2014 04:03:19

Definitely a good read. :)

jsorense 01-09-2014 01:13:22

"A Spy Among Friends" by Ben Macintyre (2014) This book is a detailed, as much as is possible about spies, account of Kim Philby's betrayal. I found the information in this book astounding. The British, or maybe I should say English, way to run a spy agency is appalling. It makes the CIA look good, well, maybe not. If you like spy books you will like this. I still cannot but shake my head on the alcohol infused heros.

Finn Willi (5) 01-09-2014 16:48:19

Sounds good! :beer:

Funko 02-09-2014 08:20:06


Originally Posted by jsorense (Post 1057723)
I still cannot but shake my head on the alcohol infused heros.

That's what you said after you met us all in London?

jsorense 28-09-2014 02:06:46

"Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (2011). Well, according to this book all you know about the beginning and end of the universe is wrong so you might as well give up and laugh it off. :p

Funko 29-09-2014 08:04:47

"2011" ?

I remember including that in a paper I wrote at school in ~ 1992

Funko 29-09-2014 08:05:42

Amazing book though, I loved it and had already read it a couple of times by then. Maybe I should read it again.

Funko 29-09-2014 08:07:12

Especially as:


On December 11, 2013, both Gaiman and Pratchett posted the same picture of them together. Gaiman commented "No we are not plotting anything. Why do you think we are plotting something?" Pratchett stated "Not discussing Good Omens TV."

jsorense 29-09-2014 09:55:49

[QUOTE=Funko;1058204]"2011" ?

I remember including that in a paper I wrote at school in ~ 1992.

Would you believe 2006?

jsorense 29-09-2014 10:13:33


Originally Posted by Funko (Post 1058204)
"2011" ?

I remember including that in a paper I wrote at school in ~ 1992.

Would you believe 2006?

Originally published in 1990. :o

zmama 29-09-2014 16:45:56

Now you make me want to read it again. I might have to buy a new copy, the old one has disappeared...probably the words wore out from all the reading!

Funko 01-10-2014 08:12:12


Originally Posted by jsorense (Post 1058215)
Originally published in 1990. :o


C.G.B. Spender 06-11-2014 20:40:58

Reading, not Reading!

C.G.B. Spender 06-11-2014 20:42:35

I read van de Weterings "Outsider in Amsterdam" again. It's nice ..

zmama 07-11-2014 00:28:46

Ah, I'll have to reread some of his. I love his atmospheres :)

jsorense 09-12-2014 10:25:02

I haven't read anything in months. What's wrong with me?

Finn Willi (5) 09-12-2014 20:06:09

Well, you read this thread, that's a start!

Funko 09-01-2015 16:25:49

Turns out Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter have written a trilogy, The Long Earth, The Long War, The Long Mars.

Only discovered them recently, half way through the second book. They are very good. Very nice Sci-Fi concept and story littered with Pratchett imagination, human observation and whimsy.

jsorense 09-01-2015 16:53:35

I have read "The Long Earth.". Some interesting concepts. But not interesting enough for me to continue. I guess I am too jaded. :violin:

zmama 09-01-2015 17:45:43

The Long Earth left me lukewarm too. I will pick up the other two... someday.

Finn Willi (5) 09-01-2015 19:16:21

...over the rainbow!

Venom 10-01-2015 04:15:52

Tried to start reading The Wheel of Time series, but I picked up the first book over the holidays when I was moving in to my new house. With everything going on, I ended up only making it about 18 pages in before I had to take it back to the library. It didn't exactly grab my attention in that time.

jsorense 11-01-2015 05:35:17

Greg is a big fan of the Wheel of Time series. I never got past book II myself. It just seem the author tried too hard not to be derivative of The Lord of the Rings and turned out a mess instead. IMHO of course. :cute:

MOBIUS 15-01-2015 13:07:50

33 pages into A Dance with Dragons

jsorense 24-01-2015 14:31:12

"It Never Snows in September." (1990) by Robert Kershaw. It is about the German army and SS view of Operation Market-Garden. It will be of interest to students of WWII. It is a detailed tactical description of German responses to the massive landings of British, American and Polish airborn troops into Holland in September, 1944. It is just OK. The writing style is academic and I knew how it was going to end. :shoot:

MOBIUS 29-01-2015 15:43:55

Hundred and something pages into A Dance with Dragons...

I am a sloooooooooooooow reader... :clueless:

jsorense 02-02-2015 00:34:16

Suggesting it is the fault of the book, not the reader, IMHO.

MOBIUS 04-02-2015 14:58:40


I do understand that, but I decided I'd better get cracking before the new GoT series comes out as I think they've about caught up...

Anyway, I do enjoy his books - up to page ~350 now

Funko 04-02-2015 16:47:49

That is the hardest going of the books due to splitting the last two into all the exciting stories in the previous book and all the boring stories in that one. TV has mixed it up rightly thinking that if half the cool characters go missing everyone would be really angry.

Fistandantilus 04-02-2015 18:19:28

Odd, I thought A Feast for Crows was the boring one of the two :lol:

Funko 05-02-2015 10:24:37

It might depend which characters you like.

Fistandantilus 05-02-2015 11:36:22

Cersei to me is the most boring one :D

jsorense 10-02-2015 07:46:28

The Last Battle: The Classic History of the Battle for Berlin. Cornelius Ryan (1966)
This is a fairly interesting book given the author had a chance to interview most of the surviving principles. I suspect that the narrative of the Soviet actions is dated since the book was written during the Cold War (are we in the second Cold War now). Still, it is a good read for a casual student of WW II.

C.G.B. Spender 10-02-2015 16:15:57

Fucking war is elsewhere now and still alive and well ... And same protagonists.

MOBIUS 16-02-2015 14:43:16

Finished part one and now 81 pages into part two. Sort of on a semi roll ATM.

zmama 16-02-2015 16:38:13

I have Ocean at the End of the Lane waiting for tonight...I read at bed time.

jsorense 17-02-2015 00:39:57

I bet you like it. I hope it doesn't give you nightmares though. :nervous:

zmama 17-02-2015 20:20:15

I do like it :D

jsorense 24-02-2015 10:51:02

Well? You must have finished by now. Gives us a review, please.

zmama 24-02-2015 17:25:22

I liked it. It's not a children's book but it captured the feelings of childhood, especially the terrors. It is on my, will read it again, list.

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