What book are you currently reading?

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  1. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

    Why are you reading your own books?

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    Stavast - Knife Fighting in the Netherlands - The Forbidden Art of Bekkensnijden
    Book by Jerome Blanes"
     
  2. Smitfire

    Smitfire Cactus Schlong

    Currently reading "open the ports". A book from the 50's about the formation of the navy clearance/bomb disposal diver "P" parties that were tasked with clearing the North European ports and docks of the bombs, booby-traps and unexploded ordnance left behind by the retreating Germans after the d-day invasion. It just so happens my maternal Grandfather was one of those divers so it's a very poignant book for me. Absolutely horrifying stuff where they had to crawl along the bottom of the sea bed in zero visibility finding explosives by touch alone, but also coming across corpses too. A level of bravery and nerve I can barely comprehend.
     
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  3. Monkey_Magic

    Monkey_Magic Well-Known Member

    He’s forgotten the ending :D
     
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  4. Ben Gash CLF

    Ben Gash CLF Valued Member

    Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman. It's interesting and the historical perspectives are fascinating, but it's a little lightweight if you've already read Post-Capitalism by Paul Mason
     
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  5. Van Zandt

    Van Zandt Mr. High Kick

    "Children of Time" by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Bit of a slow burner so far but I'm enjoying it. Hope the pace picks up in the next hundred pages or else I may not finish it.
     
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  6. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

    Jasper fforde the last dragon slayer series, I think their meant for "young adults", but their great, classic fforde inventiveness, if you enjoy word play, meta fiction, with a nice sideline in social commentary check it out!
     
  7. Ben Gash CLF

    Ben Gash CLF Valued Member

    Reading Gardens of the Moon by Eriksson. Way less confusing than I remembered.
     
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  8. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

    Taiji Qi by Stuart Alve Olson
     
  9. 23rdwave

    23rdwave Valued Member

    Living My Life by Emma Goldman
     
  10. Van Zandt

    Van Zandt Mr. High Kick

    "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft" by Stephen King.
     
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  11. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

    Cheng Tzu's Thirteen Treatises on T'ai Chi Ch'uan by Cheng Manching
     
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  12. 23rdwave

    23rdwave Valued Member

    Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
    History Is Our Mother: Three Libretti by Alice Goodman
    The America Play and Other Works by Suzan-Lori Parks
     
  13. Ben Gash CLF

    Ben Gash CLF Valued Member

    I'm reading the Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A.Salvatore. I read the Icewind Dale saga ages ago and didn't really get what the fuss was about, but 80 pages in and it's far superior.
     
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  14. Botta Dritta

    Botta Dritta Valued Member

    Cool. My mate at Uni had the omnibus and swore by it. Never really liked DnD fantasy novels but gave the trilogy a go on a whim a couple of years later and was pleasantly surprised . The Dark Elf Trilogy is an excellent character study on what it means to be a moral individual in an amoral society. The third novel Sojourn sits as a limited edition hardback copy on my shelf it touched me that deeply. 5 stars.
     
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  15. Van Zandt

    Van Zandt Mr. High Kick

    Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. Started it on Sunday night and finished it this morning. Much darker tones than the movie and it was weird reading parts that were later adapted for the sequel. Plus, having been a die hard fan of the movies for most of my life, I can't help but picture the actors in their respective roles as I read the book. Still, it was a great read. And because I'm studying a PhD in biological physics (which has a solid maths component) I actually understood most of the crap Ian Malcolm talked about. :D
     
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  16. Simon

    Simon Moved on Admin Supporter MAP 2017 Koyo Award

    If I recall the book correctly the movie would have been 18 rated had it been a true representation.
     
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  17. Van Zandt

    Van Zandt Mr. High Kick

    Definitely.
     
  18. aikiMac

    aikiMac aikido + boxing = very good Moderator Supporter

    Speaking of him - this month I read "Andromeda Strain." It's about a mysterious virus that appears in Arizona out of nowhere and kills everyone in the whole town. Very highly contagious. The scientist/government people race to find a cure and a prevention.

    ... Wait, what? :eek:

    It reads like an historical documentary, which is pretty cool.
     
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  19. Van Zandt

    Van Zandt Mr. High Kick

    I really like that book, too. Crichton wrote some great stories. Congo and Sphere were two I enjoyed that were later adapted into fun movies.
     
  20. Jaydub

    Jaydub Valued Member

    I’m reading A Book of Voyages, edited by Patrick O’Brian.

    It’s basically a collection of personal journals and logs of people’s travels, both by land and sea.
     

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