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  1. Subscriber FMF
    Main Poster
    28 Aug '10 07:09
    Non-Fiction, just read, being read, going to get read...


    The Politically Incorrect Guide to The Founding Fathers - Brion McClanahan

    Stalingrad - Antony Beevor (second time around)

    The Culture Of Fear - Barry Glassner (ten years down the road and it now seems to have been prescient)

    John Zogby - The Way We'll Be - The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream

    The Most Powerful Idea in the World; A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention - Willian Rosen

    Forgotten Voices of the Holocaust - Lyn Smith
  2. 28 Aug '10 11:43 / 1 edit
    Partial Differential Equations: Modeling, Analysis, Computation - Mattheij a.o.
  3. 29 Aug '10 03:29
    The Enchanted Castle by Edith Nisbet.

    Started reading this to my grandchildren on one of their stop overs.
    They fell asleep and I could not put the bloody thing down.

    An incredible children's book written in the early 1900's.
    It's good to keep the boy inside of you alive.
  4. Standard member DrKF
    incipit parodia
    30 Aug '10 00:16
    JG Ballard The Kindness of Women.
  5. 30 Aug '10 00:53
    The divisive symmetry of the far right on RHP. Oh wait, that's the book I'm writing.
  6. 01 Sep '10 23:03
    Full of Money by Bill James
  7. Standard member DrKF
    incipit parodia
    04 Sep '10 12:44
    Originally posted by DrKF
    JG Ballard The Kindness of Women.
    Wow! If you're a Ballard fan, this is an absolute must read. Now annoyed with myself that I didn't read it long before now.
  8. Donation rwingett
    Ming the Merciless
    04 Sep '10 13:01
    Recently read:

    The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church's Conservative Icon
    by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan

    A Discourse on Inequality
    by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    Marx's Das Kapital: A Biography
    by Francis Whelan

    Home Cheese Making: Recipes For 75 Homemade Cheeses
    by Ricki Carroll

    Currently reading:
    The Dispossessed
    by Ursula K. LeGuin
  9. 04 Sep '10 13:01
    The Millennium trilogy by the Swedish writer Stieg Larsson

    Avenger (2003) by Frederick Forsyth

    My Sister, My Love (2008) by Joyce Carol Oates
  10. Subscriber templar73
    Ever stumbling
    24 Sep '10 00:25
    Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami

    East Of Eden by John Steinbeck

    The Gathering Storm by Winston Churchill
  11. 24 Sep '10 00:53
    Originally posted by lolof
    The Millennium trilogy by the Swedish writer Stieg Larsson

    Avenger (2003) by Frederick Forsyth

    My Sister, My Love (2008) by Joyce Carol Oates
    I read that trilogy as well. I usually avoid the "must read" books of the season but these were good fun. Lisbeth Salandar, a one of a kind character.
  12. Standard member Bosse de Nage
    Zellulärer Automat
    24 Sep '10 05:56
    Originally posted by DrKF
    Wow! If you're a Ballard fan, this is an absolute must read. Now annoyed with myself that I didn't read it long before now.
    What put you off?
  13. 24 Sep '10 06:44
    Originally posted by badmoon
    I read that trilogy as well. I usually avoid the "must read" books of the season but these were good fun. Lisbeth Salandar, a one of a kind character.
    Yes, I agree - I tried to avoid these books too, for a long time. After reading the first one I wasn't all that impressed but the other two... and the films! What a pity the writer never even experienced the edition of the novels, he died before that.
  14. Standard member DrKF
    incipit parodia
    24 Sep '10 15:16
    Originally posted by Bosse de Nage
    What put you off?
    Nothing except other books - it got put to the bottom of a pile, then recycled in to my bookcase and was forgotten about. (I think I was reading an interview with Will Self on Ballard when he mentioned it, and I thought 'don't I have that?'. Devoured it in two days.)

    I loved the oblique glimpse (maybe) at Ballard's life and the events that fed in to his fiction, but - more than that - I liked the subversion of autobiography (like the details that differed so much from Empire and the bits, like how his wife died, that I knew to be 'untrue'😉.
  15. Standard member DrKF
    incipit parodia
    24 Sep '10 15:19
    In the pile just now:

    John Gray Black Mass (reread)

    Iain Sinclair London Orbital

    Malthus An essay on the principle of population (must be a reread, I'd have thought, but have no real memory of it.)