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#5661 Nova Carmina

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 03:55 PM

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That could be an interesting topic: "the most depressing book you've read."

The Good Soldier, by Ford Madox Ford, begins this way "This is the saddest story I have ever heard . . ." and he wasn't wrong.

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 05:24 PM

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That could be an interesting topic: "the most depressing book you've read."

The Good Soldier, by Ford Madox Ford, begins this way "This is the saddest story I have ever heard . . ." and he wasn't wrong.

Two candidates I can think of for that- one fiction and one non-fiction- respectively:

The Mountain Lion, by Jean Stafford

and

Shot in the Heart, by Mikal Gilmore


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Posted 23 September 2019 - 03:55 PM

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View PostNova Carmina, on 17 September 2019 - 03:55 PM, said:

View Postvaportrailer, on 17 September 2019 - 03:37 PM, said:

That could be an interesting topic: "the most depressing book you've read."

The Good Soldier, by Ford Madox Ford, begins this way "This is the saddest story I have ever heard . . ." and he wasn't wrong.

Two candidates I can think of for that- one fiction and one non-fiction- respectively:

The Mountain Lion, by Jean Stafford

and

Shot in the Heart, by Mikal Gilmore

Non-fiction: 4 Hours in My Lai, or anything about the Khmer Rouge.
Fiction: Clockwork Angels :P

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 04:05 PM

Got two on the go:

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Good old-fashioned detective novel.


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Good new-fashioned book on jinn. :P

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 10:05 PM

The Testaments by Margaret Attwood

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Posted 29 September 2019 - 09:05 AM

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Good new-fashioned book on jinn. :P
Seems a fun read.  :)

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Posted 29 September 2019 - 01:50 PM

I really don't have time to read for fun anymore, but I am reading a very heavily annotated Bible (my first experience reading the Bible) for my philosophy/theology class.

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Posted 29 September 2019 - 02:53 PM

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I really don't have time to read for fun anymore, but I am reading a very heavily annotated Bible (my first experience reading the Bible) for my philosophy/theology class.

Oxford Annotated NRSV? Or the Norton NKJV?

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Posted 30 September 2019 - 07:47 PM

I've been catching up on all the fantasy classics I never had time to read, so now that's I've finished Gormenghast it's time for LeGuin's Earthsea trilogy.

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Posted 30 September 2019 - 08:13 PM

I loved the Earthsea books! And the lead character in the first one is named Ged! Enjoy.

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Posted 30 September 2019 - 09:02 PM

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Very much enjoying this. No surprise, I very much enjoyed his efforts on television

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Posted 05 October 2019 - 08:41 PM

The Institute by Stephen King

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 05:43 PM

The Titantic Secret, by Clive Cussler and Jack DeBrul.

This one's a bit intersting. It's the latest in the Isaac Bell series, but ties into a previously written adventure involving Cussler's original adventurer, Dirk Pitt.

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 10:16 AM

Charles Dickens - Hard Times

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 03:34 PM

Cool, Calm, and Contentious by Merrill Markoe (long time writer for the David Letterman Show).

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 04:56 PM

The Targeter; My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House, by Nada Bakos. (CIA analyst and chief targeting officer of Abu Musab al-Zarqwai).

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 10:53 PM

Lethal Agent, by Kyle Mays (Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series).

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Posted 18 October 2019 - 05:13 PM

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Good new-fashioned book on jinn. :P
Seems a fun read.  :)

That's what I was hoping for!
The introduction was unfortunately choked with tedious academic puffery, but things seem to have settled down.
Nowhere near as colourful as Al-Ashqar's "The World of the Jinn and Devils", where we're told that Satan likes hanging out in bathrooms and hashish dens. :o  :smoke:

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 12:55 PM

Almost done with Lethal Agent; Mitch Rapp, again saving the USA from terrorists, drug cartels, and dumb ass pols.

Next (in no particular order):
Dottir:  My Journey to Become a Two-Time Crossfit Games Champion, by Katrin Davisdottir.
Are We There Yet?  The American Automobile, Past, Present, and Driverless, by Dan Gilbert
The Only Plane in the Sky:  An Oral History of 9/11, by Garrett M. Graff.




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