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« Reply #1375 on: October 09, 2017, 01:43:23 PM »

I'm reading about Jeremy Iron's 400 year-old Irish castle Kilco.

The piece in Vanity Fair?  A great read, despite its engendering a wee bit of 'Castle-envy'   Wink

Thanks Prime, I'd never have come across that article otherwise.
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« Reply #1376 on: October 12, 2017, 01:01:34 PM »

Rereading The End Of History And The Last Man. Can't really be bothered. Thrown in some Percy Shelley for a bit of bedtime serenity.
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« Reply #1377 on: October 12, 2017, 01:06:41 PM »

Picking up the pieces
By Paul Britton

Was the 1st forensic psychology profiler in the UK
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« Reply #1378 on: October 12, 2017, 02:17:35 PM »

James Ellroy's 'Blood's a Rover.' Bought it years ago - same cocaine narrative as his earlier  'The Cold Six Thousand.' Not bad. Great conspiracy stuff/novel stuff but people looking for a best-of read will be farked; the smart will be entertained. 
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« Reply #1379 on: October 12, 2017, 07:20:07 PM »

Anyone read Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation? Sci-fi, 195 pages. Alex Garland's (Ex Machina) already adapted it, in theaters February next year. Trailer looks promising, figured I'd read it first.
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« Reply #1380 on: October 13, 2017, 01:43:18 AM »

Anyone read Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation? Sci-fi, 195 pages. Alex Garland's (Ex Machina) already adapted it, in theaters February next year. Trailer looks promising, figured I'd read it first.
Met him last year. Got a few books signed. His wife was standing by and I brain-farted and didn't ask her for some signatures.  Roll Eyes

/have not read anything he's written.  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1381 on: October 13, 2017, 07:12:32 AM »

Finally after years I re-did my bookshelves.


....giving over 100 old books to the public library tomorrow Smiley
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« Reply #1382 on: October 13, 2017, 05:51:45 PM »

Slightly off topic: any of you studs ever try to get a book published? I'm writing one now (trust me, I have no delusions of grandure) but think it'd be cool to see it in my shelf. Of course, I've googled the options - agent, get boned by 'self publishing' blah blah blah. Just wondering if there are any personal stories here.
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« Reply #1383 on: October 13, 2017, 10:11:27 PM »

Slightly off topic: any of you studs ever try to get a book published? I'm writing one now (trust me, I have no delusions of grandure) but think it'd be cool to see it in my shelf. Of course, I've googled the options - agent, get boned by 'self publishing' blah blah blah. Just wondering if there are any personal stories here.

Might wanna spring for a proofreader before trying to publish.
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« Reply #1384 on: October 14, 2017, 06:45:08 AM »

Might wanna spring for a proofreader before trying to publish.
I'm learning already. Thanks GB
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« Reply #1385 on: October 17, 2017, 03:04:00 AM »

Slightly off topic: any of you studs ever try to get a book published? I'm writing one now (trust me, I have no delusions of grandure) but think it'd be cool to see it in my shelf. Of course, I've googled the options - agent, get boned by 'self publishing' blah blah blah. Just wondering if there are any personal stories here.
I had a friend who managed to get a science fiction novel published. It wasn't something I'd have read or recommended if I didn't know him, but he was rightfully proud of his achievement. He hardly made a penny from it, though.

My aunt also wrote a masterpiece of unintentional comedy with a self-published (naturally) murder mystery under a porn star-esque pseudonym. she named all the characters after various members of my family and sent copies of it out to everyone as Christmas presents. The entire story was a tedious piece of unadulterated dog shit, but the most amusing part was that she decided to omit any mention of my mother, choosing instead to name a character after my father - her sister's ex-husband whom she hadn't seen in about 20 years. I suspect he may have given her a damn good seeing to in his prime.
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« Reply #1386 on: October 17, 2017, 10:04:38 AM »

I had a friend who managed to get a science fiction novel published. It wasn't something I'd have read or recommended if I didn't know him, but he was rightfully proud of his achievement. He hardly made a penny from it, though.

My aunt also wrote a masterpiece of unintentional comedy with a self-published (naturally) murder mystery under a porn star-esque pseudonym. she named all the characters after various members of my family and sent copies of it out to everyone as Christmas presents. The entire story was a tedious piece of unadulterated dog shit, but the most amusing part was that she decided to omit any mention of my mother, choosing instead to name a character after my father - her sister's ex-husband whom she hadn't seen in about 20 years. I suspect he may have given her a damn good seeing to in his prime.
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« Reply #1387 on: October 21, 2017, 11:05:44 AM »

Slightly off topic: any of you studs ever try to get a book published? I'm writing one now (trust me, I have no delusions of grandure) but think it'd be cool to see it in my shelf. Of course, I've googled the options - agent, get boned by 'self publishing' blah blah blah. Just wondering if there are any personal stories here.
Ok. Here's your best deal. If you really have something written, something you want to throw out there, get near to to your nearest uni's English dep't  - take a course, get to know a prof., etc. They often have their own problems, but they also know real publishing people. The slush-pile return is not great. Good luck.
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« Reply #1388 on: November 01, 2017, 11:57:17 PM »

Anyone read Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation? Sci-fi, 195 pages. Alex Garland's (Ex Machina) already adapted it, in theaters February next year. Trailer looks promising, figured I'd read it first.

I like it a lot. Definitely feels like a Lovecraft "cosmic horror".
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« Reply #1389 on: November 09, 2017, 08:31:50 AM »

Propaganda - Edward Bernaise

The Alchemy of Finance - George Sorros
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« Reply #1390 on: November 17, 2017, 01:02:11 PM »

Iain Pears 'The Raphael Affair.' Boooring, and formulaic. An art-mystery kinda-novel. It was his first book; and the guy was a journo, and an arty-type guy. But, jeez. Not great. I'd recommend his other books, but I've read a few of those, too.  (Ric Flair) WHOOOOOOO!
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« Reply #1391 on: December 01, 2017, 04:53:19 AM »

Haven't read anything new in weeks just been re reading some of my favorite Westerns.
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« Reply #1392 on: December 03, 2017, 01:10:07 PM »

Rereading The End Of History And The Last Man. Can't really be bothered. Thrown in some Percy Shelley for a bit of bedtime serenity.

I wouldn't read something that turned out to be utter bullshit. He loves to keep revising himself though to stay relevant.
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« Reply #1393 on: December 03, 2017, 06:31:07 PM »

I wouldn't read something that turned out to be utter bullshit. He loves to keep revising himself though to stay relevant.
I argued quite strongly against it when I had to write about it. There's one or two points he makes that I'd agree with him on, but I disagreed with his view of 'the end of History' in the Hegelian sense he frames it in, his interpretation of the Cold War, his misguided thoughts regarding the days of Islamic cultural conquest being over and no longer having any 'resonance for young people in Berlin or Moscow', and the way in which he subsumes US-led, 'free-market' economics into a standardised ideal of liberal democracy.

Not had much time to do a lot of independent reading, although I've recently read an essay by Edward Herman and David Peterson which reviews Steven Pinker's book The Better Angels Of Our Nature. Titled 'Reality Denial: Apologetics for Western-Imperial Violence', it gives a particularly cutting assessment of Pinker's view of a post-World War Two 'Long Peace'. I read Pinker's book last year and found it both fascinating and disturbing at times (parts about historical animal cruelty actually gave me nightmares), but the 'neo-Fukuyaman' perspective that Herman and Peterson argue he writes from is something I didn't initially consider. They certainly provide some compelling evidence for that to be the case, though.
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« Reply #1394 on: December 12, 2017, 01:47:16 AM »

Laura Lippman's 'and when she was good.' Overly-stylized, kinda like a Stephen King lesser-book. Maybe in his coke days. It's ok, but hitting all the wrong notes.   
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« Reply #1395 on: December 12, 2017, 01:50:46 AM »

I want to read an earth shattering book that's pretty messed up and will change my whole outlook on life. In a good way though but it can be twisted. I don't know what though.
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« Reply #1396 on: December 12, 2017, 02:22:10 AM »

I want to read an earth shattering book that's pretty messed up and will change my whole outlook on life. In a good way though but it can be twisted. I don't know what though.
Funny guy. Try Philip Dick's 'Time out of Joint.' If you can handle that go to his, later, UBIK.
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« Reply #1397 on: December 12, 2017, 03:52:06 AM »

I'm reading 'Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner' by Paul M Sammon.

As a fan of the Blade Runner films, so far I'm really enjoying it.
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« Reply #1398 on: December 12, 2017, 03:58:59 PM »

I argued quite strongly against it when I had to write about it. There's one or two points he makes that I'd agree with him on, but I disagreed with his view of 'the end of History' in the Hegelian sense he frames it in, his interpretation of the Cold War, his misguided thoughts regarding the days of Islamic cultural conquest being over and no longer having any 'resonance for young people in Berlin or Moscow', and the way in which he subsumes US-led, 'free-market' economics into a standardised ideal of liberal democracy.

Not had much time to do a lot of independent reading, although I've recently read an essay by Edward Herman and David Peterson which reviews Steven Pinker's book The Better Angels Of Our Nature. Titled 'Reality Denial: Apologetics for Western-Imperial Violence', it gives a particularly cutting assessment of Pinker's view of a post-World War Two 'Long Peace'. I read Pinker's book last year and found it both fascinating and disturbing at times (parts about historical animal cruelty actually gave me nightmares), but the 'neo-Fukuyaman' perspective that Herman and Peterson argue he writes from is something I didn't initially consider. They certainly provide some compelling evidence for that to be the case, though.

Thanks for your comment. Will have to check some of these out.

I swear I hate passing by a bookshop. End up spending $100 a go on history/economics books.
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