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Re: What are you currently reading?

Fooled by randomness.
It was an interesting read especially for 2011-so many events have happened. It really got me think and laugh!
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Umberto Eco: How to write a thesis (rough translation from German)

Recommend:
1) Not boring to read
2) Useful, no bla, bla
3) It's funny to read. I only got the very first edition from the 80's in the library (others were already gone).

So there appear advices how to operate with a card index, file cards and all that stuff which is meanwhile digitalised. The complete research process is described without the use of the internet. Huge entertainment and nostalgy extra points!

Doesn't devalue the book though - this guy knows how to work and the main ideas/the systematics don't change that much.

OK, I wouldn't read it in my free time but it serves it's purpose and you feel as if you'd have a great mentor next to you while working.
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Old 14.01.2012, 13:35
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This life of PI - Yuan Martel
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Old 14.01.2012, 15:41
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Hi mcbuddah,

I'm an IT guy so I was quite curious to read this book. I find it very well written and easy to read.
The author, Walter Isaacson, has written also biographies of Einstein and Benjamin Franklin.

Steve Jobs allowed Walter to write his biography without any veto. It comes out something which I knew only partially about Steve Jobs personality.

The book is quite big, about 600 pages, but I find really interesting so far (already half of it).

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I have the same experiences, I get hooked on it and then can't put it away. It's quite interesting to see how Steve Jobs was in his earlier years. I haven't gotten to the more recent years yet
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Old 14.01.2012, 15:58
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My literary paper. This exact one, actually.



it has the freshest poems and peculiar literary analysis.
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I recently finished a children's mystery book that I first looked at many years ago when I was in elementary school. Unfortunately, I gave into temptation and looked at the ending, whereupon I felt no need to read the whole book. My loss. There's a good puzzle in this book, but there's more to the book than the puzzle, and I highly recommend it.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Unfortunately, there are no translations of this book. I believe that's because many of the puzzles rely on wordplay in English that is difficult to translate. If you are comfortable with English, I still recommend the book.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

The book I'm currently reading is 1632 by Eric Flint. In the book, a small West Virginia town is mysteriously transported back in time to 17th Century central Germany and the Protestant-Catholic conflict known as the Thirty Year War. The Americans not only bring modern technology but also modern ideas and start a new American (or should I say European) Revolution 143 years early.

I can't find this book on Ex Libris, and there are no translations in the Swiss languages, but you can download the book for free here:

1632 by Eric Flint

Don't worry---the link is legal! Baen Books is confident that if you like the book, you'll want to read (and buy) the sequels. You can make a voluntary contribution via PayPal if you feel guilty, though.
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Old 25.01.2012, 06:41
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Re: What are you currently reading?

The Nahmad Collection Catalogue (i.e. Kunstaus Zurich exhibition that just finished). It was an very interesting exhibition for a number of reasons. The catalogue helps to put the collection in context and gives a different perspective to what you have already seen.
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Im just finishing "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick.

"a Journey through the deepest, darkest aspects of the human soul with a funny, fast-paced plot set on post-apocolyptic Earth. This is one to certainly make you question what it is to be human."

The book that inspired one of the best sci-fi movies, Blade Runner, with Harrison Ford.

Really good, couldn't stop reading

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I'm reading a book by Brett Easton Ellis called the Informers. It is quite interesting but at the same time a little disturbing. It talks about the life of different characters in LA and how the culture is there (everyone is on drugs in the book), don't know how accurate depiction of Southern California as I have never been there. I'm sure there are lots of people that are like the characters in the book, but of course the book is meant to be shocking.
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I've just finished One Day by David Nicchols....maybe your typical 'chick-lit' read, but loved it nonetheless.

Can't say I'll ever be tempted see Anne Hathaway butcher an English accent in the movie adaptation, but the book made me laugh/cry/recognize aspects of myself in both main characters!

Would definitely recommend it -- at least to the female readers out there.
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I'm reading an old classic: great read, exiting and a nice fit for Swiss winters.

Henry Charriere - Papillon
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Old 25.01.2012, 11:47
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The Road to Wigan Pier by Orwell.
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I finished the book.It did get a bit easier. If you find the book hard going don't go and see the film. I found it really depressing.
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I am reading Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie.

...and so should all of you, so you can come to the first meeting of the Zurich Book Club next month!

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Old 25.01.2012, 23:54
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I am reading Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie.

...and so should all of you, so you can come to the first meeting of the Zurich Book Club next month!

What a coincidence, me too!! *nudge, nudge, wink, wink*
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This thread should be merged with this one.

Current read: almost finished "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"
One of my all time favorites--read it about 4 times and still enjoy leaving through certain sections of it. Ironically, now I actually teach rhetoric and use sections of the book as assigned reading...the section on abolishing all grades is always good for conversation
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Just finished 'The Stars my Destination' by Alfred Bester, brilliant sci-fi.
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Just finished reading 'A Thousand Splendid Suns', great book. And just started reading 'In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin'.
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I've just finished 'Cutting for Stone' by Abraham Verghese.

Great book about Ethiopia and the world of medicine!
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