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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5235 on: October 29, 2020, 09:58:21 AM »
About to start Devolution by Max Brooks.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5236 on: October 29, 2020, 12:32:41 PM »
I just finished "How to be a Dictator" by Frank Dikötter  .  Not a bad book, but it was mostly a review of the careers of some of the major 20th century dictators.  Not a lot of analysis on the commonalities and differences between their paths to power and how they retained it.  I was hoping for more of that.  About to start Ocean's Ventured by John Lehman.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5237 on: November 06, 2020, 03:35:46 PM »
About to begin The Witchfinder omnibus of graphic novels, by Mike Mignola and a bunch of other artists, inkers, writers, etc. Good stuff. The Baltimore books are awesome.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5238 on: November 09, 2020, 02:20:45 PM »
Witchfinder was even better than I expected and a quick read. Now 50 pages in to Anno Dracula by Kim Newman.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5240 on: November 15, 2020, 11:06:23 AM »
I've started Tower of Skulls.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5241 on: November 15, 2020, 11:29:30 AM »
Nice.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5242 on: November 15, 2020, 09:54:18 PM »
I've started Tower of Skulls.

Yeah but what are you reading?

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5243 on: November 16, 2020, 08:34:56 AM »
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5244 on: November 17, 2020, 10:03:30 PM »
Finished White Noise by Don DeLillo today.  Incredibly well written and funny novel, though I found the last 1/3rd to drag just a bit before the end.  Regardless, it's absolutely a modern(-ish) masterpiece of American literature and black humor.

Next I want to get started on Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson, which is a novel set in the Vietnam War about a CIA Psychological Operations official.  Sounds quite intriguing and had pretty strong reception.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5245 on: November 23, 2020, 09:29:45 AM »
Just started Paris 1919 by Margaret Macmillan.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5246 on: November 23, 2020, 09:43:51 AM »
Just started Paris 1919 by Margaret Macmillan.

  The Deluge -- Adam Tooze on 1916 to 1931 as very weird

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5247 on: November 24, 2020, 06:27:31 AM »
Just started Paris 1919 by Margaret Macmillan.

That's a good book.  Read that a couple of years ago and remember it being an interesting read.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5248 on: November 24, 2020, 06:57:15 AM »
I'm about 50 pages in and its dense but written beautifully. The author is David Lloyd George's great-granddaughter so she had access to some incredible primary sources.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5249 on: November 24, 2020, 01:29:02 PM »
Ooh I did not know that.  (I never read the about the author section of books)

That would explain why it is so well written.  Let us know what you think when you're done. 
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