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Old 07.03.2013, 22:44
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Re: What are you currently reading?

My Russian Grandmother and her American Vacuum Cleaner by Meir Shalev.
Wonderful, absolutely fabulous.
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Old 08.03.2013, 07:12
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Re: What are you currently reading?

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
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Old 08.03.2013, 07:13
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Re: What are you currently reading?

The Theoretical Minimum; What you need to know to start doing physics. Susskind.
Lost Dorsai, Gordon Dickson.
The Philosophy of Religion, Brian Davies.
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Old 08.03.2013, 07:53
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How To Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell
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Old 08.03.2013, 07:58
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Re: What are you currently reading?

'Dracula' - Bram Stoker.

Classic. I'm amazed I haven't read it before. Am thinking of reading some Clive Barker next, need my weird horror fix..
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Old 08.03.2013, 09:17
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Re: What are you currently reading?

"The Island of the Day Before" - Umberto Eco.
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Old 08.03.2013, 09:43
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Got to talking with the kids about good books, and ended up re-reading the Wizard of Earthsea series by Ursula K. Le Guinn.
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Old 09.03.2013, 17:41
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Re: What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading "Jerusalem" from Simon Sebag Montefiore. A Fantastic Book about the History of Jerusalem, from the very beginning (Antiquity) to nowadays.
We cross all the History of this town : Invasion by the Babylonians, the Romans, Titus and the destruction of the Temple, the Arabs invasion, the Holy Knights and the crusades, the Ottoman Empire, the english administration until the creation of the Israeli state in 1948 and now.

Fabulous book.
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Old 09.03.2013, 17:54
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Re: What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading "Anna Karenina", in the second part now but I like it so far. Have to read up on the classics, with the occasional non-classic.

Also read "Fahrenheit 451" recently.
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Old 12.03.2013, 10:35
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I finally battled, finished and reviewed Tannen and her fem linguistics, I tried so hard to be cool and like it, and I failed. It's meh, manipulative way to seemingly dispute feminist views of masc and fem ways to communicate, just to use examples to prove the old stereotypes.

Rreading Bollinger now, so much betters. US linguistics is very readable. Chomsky, Bollinger, very good.
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Old 12.03.2013, 10:41
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Just picked up "prison of belief".
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Re: What are you currently reading?

I have started to read V. Nabokov "Lolita".
Meanwhile I like it a lot.
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Old 12.03.2013, 12:08
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Cloud atlas, it was a present, knew nothing about the book but it's fairly good
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Old 12.03.2013, 12:26
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'The Casual Vacancy' J K Rowling. It's ok.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

About to start the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein. Old and fascinating scifi from the 60s. Having just moved to Switzerland, i feel like the title.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

'Winnetou' by Karl May.

It is not actually very good, surprisingly homoerotic in places, and obviously taps into a vein of wish fulfilment in German culture. Also I am extremely proud to be reading it in German and am improving my vocabulary with useful words like 'schleichen' and 'Marterpfahl'.
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Old 24.03.2013, 11:53
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Re: What are you currently reading?

I picked up "Easy Money" by Jens Lapidus when my flight back from Copenhagen got cancelled... I love it.

It's Scandanavian crime fiction, which I like a lot of, but if you are expecting Henning Mankell, you're going to get a shock. This is (very) tough, cool and totally ammoral. Short sentences. Lots of slang. No fluff. Brilliantly translated.

It's the intertwining stories of three ambitious men in the drug's trade. The atmosphere reminds of "Less than Zero" and the film "Casino". The author was Stockholm's top defense lawyer of organized crime for some years, so he should know what he's talking about. Also Sweden's best-dressed man in 2008. So expect long lists of brand names from the naive wannabe rich boy.

It struck me that you could rewrite this in a Geneva setting and it would be even better. Spoilt rich kids. Albanian mob. UN employees from all over the world. All kinds of sh*t coming in with the diplomatic bag.... It's a shame I can't write .

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Being a bit of a techie and having an interest in technology history, I found "Hello, World!" The History of Programming on the Amazon.de website and had it delivered a couple of weeks ago.

Interesting book on the way Programming has developed and also compares different languages. I never knew where the Ada language got its name from, but do now.
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Being a bit of a techie and having an interest in technology history, I found "Hello, World!" The History of Programming on the Amazon.de website and had it delivered a couple of weeks ago.

Interesting book on the way Programming has developed and also compares different languages. I never knew where the Ada language got its name from, but do now.
I'll have to buy that for my husband; he'd love that.

I'm just at the end of Mr Pip by NZ author Lloyd Jones. It wasn't what I was expecting, told from the perspective of a young girl in Bouganville during the copper mine rebellion of the late 80s/early 90s. It is a great story, though, about being a civilian in wartime, about connections to people and place and how a story (Great Expectations in this case) can transport you completely.
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