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What are you reading?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by NeoPhile, Mar 21, 2017.

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    Sabrina Gentle & brave earthling

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    Crime and punishment
     
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    Just finished the nonfiction 2018 book “Gigged,” by Sarah Kessler. It’s about the gig employment of the 21st Century and how companies like Uber changed it. People in USA are making way below minimum wage and legally cannot do anything about it. Try working 50 hours a week for $1.75 an hour, and having no governmental protections, or benefits. And that is the only job available to you. Crazy insane. It’s only going to get worse as time goes on.
     
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    Timber 2017 Industry Yearbook by TRADA
     
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    Ezra Relax, it's just chaos.

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    A short story called Cookie Jar by Stephen King.
     
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    Great books! I’ve read Watership Down a few times. The next time I adopt an animal, a cat or a rabbit perhaps, I will name him Fiver in honor of the shivering little bunny from the novel.

    I read the His Dark Materials series a few years ago. I love The Golden Compass the best. Don’t you want a daemon? Mine would be a frog or grasshopper.
     
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    The American Yearbook: A Record of Events and Progress 1913
     
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    Two: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    Becoming by Michelle Obama

    Both books are well-written, Goldfinch is a trifle more affected than Becoming in it's writing style, but not so much to annoy me. "Goldfinch" is fiction, "Becoming" is autobiographical.

    "The Goldfinch" so far is the story of Theo Decker, who survives an accident that kills his Mother. For anyone who will read this book at some point, I'll not spoil it for them.

    "Becoming" is honestly written, conveying a sense of time and place that draws you into a life. It's an interesting glance into an individual's life and upbringing.
     
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    "A Warning" by Anonymous

    A surprisingly well-written account of an insider within the Trump administration. Whomever this person is, either they or their ghost writer have a keen sense of American history and political administration.
     
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    I’ve always found it shocking that Wuthering Heights is considered romance. It’s one of the most brutal, disturbing revenge novels I’ve ever read. Cathy and Heathcliff are both crazy as loons, and their relationship is one of obsession, not love.

    The Bronte sisters are fantastic. You should read Jane Eyre someday. It’s the quintessential gothic novel and a mighty fine story.
     
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    If it's any kind of romance, it was certainly a shocking one for me at the time that I read it in my teens. I was horrified with their interactions, lost love, marriages and pregnancies. There was so much pain and jealousy and sadness in the novel on the parts of Heathcliffe and Cathy. And so many births and deaths. A moody and dark landscape, the moors were, as was the estate and the people in it. Endless suffering it seems. It was the only novel that Emily Bronte finished. It certainly qualifies for the genre of gothic horror.
     
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    The French Revolution Steven Clarke.

    Laughed at the peruke lever.

    Louis XIV's 'getting up wig'

    Quite interesting, a quick read, going through all the excesses of the French Kings.

    The Sun King had 15,000 people at Versailles at one point.
    Either servants or sycophants.
     
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    Origins: How the Earth made us by Lewis Dartnell
    The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the future of money by Brett Scott
     
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    The power of X, the Crummy Mummy Diaries and Threads.
     
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    Bedlam: London’s Hospital for the Mad by Paul Chambers

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    The turn of the Screw by Henry James, in Spanish. I found it casually when looking for another book for a Christmas gift.


    The edition could be better, but it was very cheap.

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    Nice! I just bought a copy of that very book myself (except in English). I can’t believe I’ve never read it before, because I’m addicted to gothic stories from the 1800s. Let us know what you think of it!
     
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    The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
     
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