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What book are you reading?

Post by JM1776 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:06 pm

Since this seems to have disappeared, I'll resurrect it.

I'm reading Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of History, by the late and very much lamented John Julius, Viscount of Norwich. He died in June, and his love of my ancestors' home was apparent: His first two works, and one of his last, decades later, are about Sicily. They nicely bookend his legacy, if we ignore the final two or three publications.

I hope he's in Heaven talking to Roger II, John II Komnenos and anyone else about whom he wrote so well, laughing with delight at what he got right ... and even harder at what he got wrong.

Rest in peace, My Lord Viscount. You're missed.

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Michael » Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:27 am

I just finished Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.
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Post by Michael » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:45 pm

I am now reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Michael » Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:10 pm

I just started The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.

It's been an excellent so far. At the moment, Murakami is probably my favorite novelist. His book, Kafka on the Shore is outstanding. If you get a chance, give it a read.

Anyone have books to recommend?
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by JM1776 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:32 am

Jon M. Sweeney, The Pope Who Quit

It is not, surprisingly, about Benedict XVI, but Celestine V.

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by RAG1986 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:10 pm

I'm working on Diane Duane's "Doctor's Orders" again. I really loved it the first time. It's been a while since I read it.

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Transom » Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:20 am

One of my favorite Trek books. :)

I'm about to finish "The Eye of the World," the first book of Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series. It's my third read, and third time trying to get through the series. I know it bogs down in the middle (I've only gotten as far as a couple hundred pages into the 4th book), but man, was he adept at world-building.

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by JM1776 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:00 pm

There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind, by Anthony Flew with Roy Abraham Varghese

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by JM1776 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:01 pm

Transom wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:20 am
I'm about to finish "The Eye of the World," the first book of Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series. It's my third read, and third time trying to get through the series. I know it bogs down in the middle (I've only gotten as far as a couple hundred pages into the 4th book), but man, was he adept at world-building.
I read the first two, realized the entire series was his cash-cow scam, and lost interest.

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by JM1776 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:55 pm

God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe 570–1215, by David Levering Lewis

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Michael » Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:24 am

I finished the The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. It's a good read, though not as focused as Murakami's other novels, especially Kafka on the Shore which I consider excellent.

Decided to give The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace a go. I've read some of his short stories which in my opinion are hit or miss. His essays are excellent, so I'll see how this novel sits with me.
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