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Which book are you reading now? Volume XI

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  1. SS-18 ICBM

    SS-18 ICBM Oscillator

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    Finished Ulysses. I think I can understand why it can be said to have been the greatest English-language novel of the 20th century. A fun, but grueling ride. I suppose the next step up would be Finnegan's Wake, possibly the final boss of English literature.

    Anyway, I need some lighter reading material. Geoengineering of the Climate System, vol. 38 of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Issues in Environmental Science and Technology, edited by R.E. Hester and R.M. Harrison. Time to read on the real-life considerations behind carbon capture and sequestration, stratospheric sulfur aerosols, artificial trees, biochar, and other techniques.
     
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    I think there's a line at which the ingredients that steep into great literature stew into pretentious rubbish - and that the line is somewhere between Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake. The former, as you rightly say, is essentially enjoyable: the parts which are difficult to understand actually add to the enjoyment. If you wrote the plot in simple language and using normal literary conventions, it would be absolutely boring. Having found Wake absolutely impenetrable, I suspect that it's only 'fun' to the sort of literature student/enthusiast who enjoys analysing difficult language as a pleasure in itself.
     
  3. JollyRoger

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    I read Ulysses back around 2003 or so without annotations. I kind of got it, but obviously missed a lot. Right now, I am taking the long slog through it with the two recommended guides. I slog through a chapter going back and forth between the text and annotations and then read the chapter without annotations. When I make it to the end, I plan on reading the whole thing without annotations. Somehow I think I am still missing about half of what Joyce is getting at, but is has been a kind of fun exercise.
     
  4. Agent327

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    Asterix and the papyrus of Caesar. By Goscinny & Uderzo (not).:mischief:
     
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    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    Didn't know there was a new one. Is it any good?
     
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    Anti's recent reads:

    The Martian by Andy Weir after seeing the movie. Loved both, got me in a KSP mood.

    Sugar Salt Fat by Michael Moss, which is a great read. It's about the food scientists, marketing, and corporate decisions that resulted in incredibly unhealthy processed food dominating the shelves of American supermarkets, arranged in three parts around the three elements in the title.
     
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    More by CLR James https://www.marxists.org/archive/james-clr/ He's a Marxist and saw the world through Marxist's eyes. Have not read the 'Black Jacobin' but from the articles on this site am guessing it's Marxist propaganda, no problem as long as readers know where he's coming from.

    My recommendation would be:
    Read this long ago, not long after it came out.
     
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    The drawing style is indiscernible from the original and the story is close enough. It's better than the 'solo' work after the demise of the text writer.
     
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    Emerald Storm the latest Ethan Gage adventure by William Dietrich.

    Wonderful beginning :popcorn:

     
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    That's an impressive start, I quite agree!
     
  11. Lillefix

    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    I think I dislike the protagonist already...
     
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    I got to say, he didn't make a good impression on me either.
     
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    I was not expecting that reaction. :wow:
     
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    Air Mobility by Robert Owen is the history of American military airlift, one of the USA's foremost tools for global power projection, possibly even more important than its carrier strike groups. It demonstrates the relationships between politics (like how Democrats were major figures in American military airlift, more than the Republicans), doctrine, and technology.
     
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    Vietnam has been mentioned a couple of times recently, am browsing what I read earlier.
     
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    I felt that it had a bit too much first person exposition, name-dropping a famous inventor is not how I introduce myself, it's also weird to introduce yourself as "me, the hero of the story, MY NAME!", and the lover not a fighter line is an old retread.

    I've been looking for some works on Cold War power projection. Although Robert Owen is a hard historian to search for.



    Anti-Chicken Boo has finished another two books:

    The Little Book That Still Beats the Market by Joel Greenblatt on a recommendation for my brother. I felt the writing was geared a bit too much towards a generalized audience so that it felt juvenile and a bit scammy, but the underlying ideas are the core of good value investing.

    Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey because I found it at my parents' house. Good stuff although it's missing the voiceover and scrolling text over peaceful background pictures, but it's a book, you know, so it can't have those.
     
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    Borachio Way past lunacy

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    Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.

    It's also 900 pages long. And seems to be a somewhat (no one knows how much) fictionalized autobiography.
     
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    Sword of the South by David Weber. I really enjoyed the first couple books in this series. But the last could have just been bad. No other way to put it, really. Just bad.
     
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    A history of India I (Thapar) & II (Spear). Seems I need an updated version of this.

    Multatuli, Max Havelaar. Second read. Book seems about as disjointed as his Ideas. where the writing style seems to fit better.
     
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    Just finished Convoy by Martin Middlebrook, about the "greatest U-boat battle of the war", and following it with The Horse in the City.
     
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