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Old 26.10.2013, 04:26
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I don't know if there's another thread like this, I tried to find one but no luck. Seems simple enough.

So what are you currently reading?

I'm reading through World War Z by Max Brooks for a second time. Absolutely brilliant. Just ordered two more copies for my brother and my dad. Once I'm done I'm probably going to continue Carol Berg's Rai-kirah trilogy. I'm stopped on part 2 a week ago.
Right now I'm reading Snowbird by Conn Iggulden, it's the first book in a series about the War of the Roses, before that I read the Emperor series, same author, it's about Julius Ceasar, he's also written a series on Genghis Khan, which I've read too.
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Old 26.10.2013, 04:31
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I have had "World without End" by Ken Follett sitting by my bed for months , It is a follow on from the wonderful "The Pillars of the Earth" and I have just started it so hopefully will finish it in the next few weeks - it is sooooooooo long.....
But it's worth every page, marvelous book.
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Old 27.10.2013, 21:14
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Brilliant thread; great for ideas as I often find myself searching for something to read and many of my friends here in Switzerland just do read. Crazy right?

I'm currently battling my way thought the first Harry Potter book (in french) which is quite fun, and I just started "the painted veil" by Sommerset Maugham. I discovered him recently and I'm quite hooked!
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Old 28.10.2013, 14:29
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I love E.O. Wilson too. I must have at least four of his books. He writes beautifully. His real science is hard for me, e.g. "Sociobiology". The popular science is great: "Journey to the ants": Wilson made his name studying ants. His autobiography, "Naturalist", is a lovely read - a heroic tale of triumph against adversity and lots of nature stories too. However, I am not keen on his many "big picture" books - Conscilience, for example. Which one are you enjoying, Musicchick?
He is great. I only got hold of a digest of his ideas, with interviews, etc. that got translated into my mother tongue, I am planning to scout GE uni lib for some original stuff. But we have covered this exact theme in a number of disciplines, developmnt psy, theory of info, theories of comm, sociolinguistics, neurolinguistics,...etc. Those traveling themes in interdiscisciplinary subjects are my favorites, it feels the concepts finally get the multi angle attention they deserve. I wasn't fair, he was big and new with his chemical stuff ants use, I know. It's cool to acknowledge since humans are not that different. I wish I could say I wish we were more like ants, ultra efficient, but I don't think so. Human emotional mess, intuition, competition, etc. is still a lot more interesting than a few molecules. But I felt his ideas of group development, etc. weren't so unique, we covered bees, birds, too.

ZH lib was loaded with Wilson's books, I didn't feel like trucking it over so I hope to be able to get something decent here in GE.
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Old 28.10.2013, 14:40
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Old 29.10.2013, 17:56
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George Orwell - Burmese Days. Just started.
Not my favourite Orwell (obviously, given my username). I found it a bit miserable, bitter and cynical. I know it's Orwell - but even by his standards.
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Old 29.10.2013, 20:29
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Orwell is bleak for me, maybe because we lived it and often had to laugh, there wasn't much else to do. same for Kafka. I need to regear up for those, me thinks.

Since the fall calls for cocooning and cooking, I have been digging in some cookbooks, so nice to read something not cerebral. Yay. Food. And pattern books.
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The White Rabbit - Bruce Marshall.
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One of the saddest books ever written - classic example of man's inhumanity to man. It should be essential reading for every sixth form student IMHO



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Tales from the Delhi lower and upper classes - hidden lives being led in the megacity.
One short story was made into a Bollywood movie, worth a watch too.
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Old 24.11.2013, 17:18
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Cool romantic novel by expat writer in ZH:
http://www.amazon.com/Before-You-ebo...ura+Anne+Ayres

And the woman can really sing as well!!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/be...ep/id757243327
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Old 24.11.2013, 20:03
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A radical change for me. "How to Live" - a biography (sort of) of Montaigne, who was a 16th century french writer. It's a lovely book. Montaigne was a philosopher of the everyday, far ahead of his times. He mainly wrote about his own feelings, those of that precise moment. He was not afraid to admit his faults or his contradictions. Always ready to listen to other points of view. Full of empathy, even for his cat. In short - a great bloke.

He is just as relevant now as he was then. The book also tells how each age has reinterpreted his writing to get what they wanted from it. Fascinating.

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I was thinking of giving Atlas Shrugged a go, has anybody read it?
Regardless of whether you believe in the philosophy or not, I was told it might be worth a read. It is a long book, has anybody got through it?
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The Gamblers -John Pearson.
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Need some inspiration before my next job interview, so will reading 'The Pursuit of Happiness' again.
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Old 12.12.2013, 09:42
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I just read "There Are No Children Here" about two brothers growing up in the Chicago projects in the 1980s. It's a great book, but also completely depressing, as it highlights the issues regarding race and poverty in the US, and, though it was written over 20 years ago, it could have been written today.
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Old 12.12.2013, 10:40
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Liebherr Aerospace - Component Maintenance Manual 21-59-93, helicopter air conditioning repair.
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I'm reading "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" it's great! I'm addicted after then what ever catches my fancy!
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Now i read Kant and Spinoza.
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The Catcher in the Rye. I had to read it in high school when I totally didn't understand what was going on; I think I was a bit behind in the teenage angst department at the time..
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