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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#361  Postby crazyfitter » Nov 19, 2017 7:45 pm

Having read The History of England vol1 Foundation - Peter Ackroyd in Jan '16 I was struck by just how violent our history has been. The 'Civil War' and the War of the Roses being all I could remember (or was taught) about our violent past. I was truly shocked to learn that Henry V111 was the first British monarch to gain the crown uncontested.
The slap in the face that is offered by anti-rationalist, pseudo-scientists and anti-intellectuals that infest much of public discourse is a sad coda to what has been achieved these centuries past by the scientific method - don’t get me started
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#362  Postby don't get me started » Nov 21, 2017 11:29 am

Thresholds of Peace. German prisoners and the People of Britain. 1944-1948 - Matthew Sullivan
2. Escape from Germany - Aidan Crawley
3. Applying Cognitive Linguistics to Second Language Learning and Teaching - Jeanette Littlemore
4. Food in History - Reay Tannahill
5. The Cyclist Who Went Out In the Cold - Tim Moore
6. Cognitive English Grammar - Günther Radden & René Dirven
7. The Marches: A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland - Rory Stewart
8. Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe - Gaston Dorren
9. The Blitz: The British Under Attack - Juliet Gardiner
10. Melmoth the Wanderer - Charles Maturin
11. Seeds of Earth - Michael Cobley
12. An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler - Peter Fritzsche
13. Speaking our Minds: Why Human communication is Different, and How Language Evolved to make it Special - Thom Scott-Phillips
14. In the Land of Giants: A journey through the Dark Ages - Max Adams
15. Conversational Repair and Human Understanding - Makoto Hayashi, Geoffrey Raymond & Jack Sidnell (Eds.)
16. Indirect Reports and Pragmatics: Interdisciplinary Studies (Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology) - Alessandro Capone (Ed.) (Re-read)
17. Becoming Fluent: How Cognitive Science Can help Adults Learn a Foreign Language - Richard Robers and Roger Kreuz
18. Fecal Matters in Early Modern Literature and Art: Studies in Scatology - Jeff Persels and Russell Ganim (Eds.)
19. Books that Changed the World - Robert B Downs.
20. Um el Madayan: An Islamic City through the Ages - Abderrahman Ayoub, Jamila Binous and Abderrazak Gragueb (Re-read)
21. English Grammar: Your questions answered - Michael McCarthy
22. Look to Windward - Iain M Banks (re-read)
23. War against War - Ernst Friedrich
24. The Story of the Human Body - Daniel Lieberman
25. The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu - Dan Jurafsky
26. Grammars of Space: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity
27. An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain, or...60 Years of making the same mistakes as always - John O'Farrel
28. The Kings of Albion - Julian Rathbone (re-read)
29. The Story of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
30. The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End - Robert Gerwath
31. Soldier Spy - Tom Marcus
32. Direct and Indirect Speech (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs) - Florian Coulmas (Ed.)
33. Rethinking Linguistic Relativity (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language) = John Gumperz & Steven Levinson (Eds.)
34. Is that a Fish in your Ear? The Amazing Adventure of Translation - David Bellos
35. The Voices Within: The History and Science of How we Talk to Ourselves - Charles Fernyhough
36. Dunkirk: The History Behind the Motion Picture - Joshua Levine
37. Alphabetical: How Every Letter tells a Story: Michael Rosen
38. Warsaw Boy: A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood - Andrew Borowiec
39. An Introduction to the Languages of the World - Anatole V. Lyovin, Brett Kessler, William R. Leben
40. Holy Sh*t: A brief History of Swearing - Melissa Mohr
41. Cognitive Grammar - John R Taylor
42. Number Words and Number Symbols: A Cultural History of Numbers - Karl Menninger
43. The King in the North: The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria - Max Adams
44. Use of weapons - Iain M Banks (Re-read)

No 44. Classic Banks SF. A tale of violence and horrors, of terrible acts committed and their aftermath, told with wit, intelligence and humor.
If Ms. Sma appeared and offered me a job, I'd be tempted.
Re-reading I rediscovered one of my favorite lines from Banks. 'I am in a state of grace with my enthusiasms.'
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#363  Postby NamelessFaceless » Nov 21, 2017 3:45 pm

Audiobooks in Italics

1. Kim - Rudyard Kipling
2. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume
3. Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams - Josiah Adams
4. PNIN - Vladimir Nabokov
5. Zuleika Dobson, or An Oxford Love Story - Sir Max Beerbohm
6. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
7. The Mark of Athena - Rick Riordan
8. Now It Can Be Told - Philip Gibbs
9. The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan - Laurence Leamer
10. History of the Plague in London - Daniel Defoe
11. The Worm Ouroboros - E.R. Eddison
12. The Bad Beginnings: Or, Orphans!; The Reptile Room: Or, Murder!; The Wide Window: Or, Disappearance!; The Miserable Mill - Lemony Snickets (Books 1 through 4 of A Series of Unfortunate Events)
13. The Religion of the Ancient Celts - J.A. MacColluch
14. My Double Life: The Memoirs of Sarah Bernhardt - Sarah Bernhardt
15. To Find A Mountain - Dan Ames
16. Elmer Gantry - Sinclair Lewis
17. The Neon Lawyer - Victor Methos
18. Ask Him Why - Catherine Ryan Hyde
19. Look Behind You - Sibel Hodge
20. The Austere Academy; The Ersatz Elevator; The Vile Village; The Hostile Hospital - Lemony Snickets (Books 5 through 8 of A Series of Unfortunate Events)
21. Livia Lone - Barry Eisler
22. Howards End - E.M. Forster
23. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
24. The Carnivorous Carnival; The Slippery Slope; The Grim Grotto - Lemony Snickets (Books 9 through 11 of A Series of Unfortunate Events)
25. The House of Hades - Rick Riordan
26 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
27. The Penultimate Peril; The End - Lemony Snickets (Books 12 and 13 of A Series of Unfortunate Events)
28. Main Street - Sinclair Lewis
29. The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland - Rebekah Crane
30. The Man Who Knew Too Much - G.K Chesterton
31. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
32. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
33. She - Henry Rider Haggard
34. A Cold and Broken Hallelujah - Tyler Dilts
35. Book of Mormon - Joseph Smith
36. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
37. 120 Days of Sodom - Marquis de Sade
38. Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
39. Under the Volcano - Malcolm Lowry
40. Missing - Caroline Ericksson
41. Reason to Breathe - Rebecca Donovan
42. 13 Reasons Why - Jay Asher
43. Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt
44. Emma - Jane Austen
45. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
46. Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
47. Skewed - Anne McAneny
48. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
49. The Dead Key - D.M. Pulley
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#364  Postby Blip » Nov 23, 2017 8:29 am

First 50 here.

51 All That Man Is by David Szalay
52 The Muse by Jessie Burton
53 The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
54 Stoner by John Williams
55 Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks
56 The Heather Blazing by Colm Tóibín
57 Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks
58 The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
59 Alternative War by J.J. Patrick
60 The Inheritors by William Golding
61 A Word Child by Iris Murdoch
62 First Love by Gwendoline Riley
63 An African Love Story by Daphne Sheldrick
64 The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam
65 Addlands by Tom Bullough
66 The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen translated by David Hackston
67 Autumn by Ali Smith
68 Democracy and Its Crisis by A. C. Grayling
69 Fortune's Rocks by Anita Shreve
70 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
71 Ice by Anna Kavan
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#365  Postby Blip » Nov 24, 2017 5:51 pm

First 50 here.

51 All That Man Is by David Szalay
52 The Muse by Jessie Burton
53 The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
54 Stoner by John Williams
55 Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks
56 The Heather Blazing by Colm Tóibín
57 Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks
58 The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
59 Alternative War by J.J. Patrick
60 The Inheritors by William Golding
61 A Word Child by Iris Murdoch
62 First Love by Gwendoline Riley
63 An African Love Story by Daphne Sheldrick
64 The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam
65 Addlands by Tom Bullough
66 The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen translated by David Hackston
67 Autumn by Ali Smith
68 Democracy and Its Crisis by A. C. Grayling
69 Fortune's Rocks by Anita Shreve
70 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
71 Ice by Anna Kavan
72 Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#366  Postby UncertainSloth » Nov 25, 2017 5:06 pm

1. born to run - bruce springsteen - 4/5
2. the magus - john fowles - 5/5
3. hideous creatures - s e lister - 4/5
4. the wind up bird chronicle - haruki murakami - 5/5
5. the supernatural enhancements - edgar canetro - 4/5
6. secret history of twin peaks - mark frost - 5/5
7. a ghost's story - lorna gibb - 4/5
8. longbarrow - mark morris - 3.5/5
9. wolves - simon ings - 3/5
10. the fire sermon - francesca haig - 3.5/5
11. man in the picture - susan hill - 4/5
12. wild sheep chase - haruki murakami - 4/5
13. old man and the wasteland (wasteland saga 1)- nick cole - 4.5/5
14. the savage boy (wasteland saga 2)- nick cole - 5/5
15. the road is a river (wasteland saga 3)- nick cole - 5/5
16. nyctophobia - christopher fowler - 4/5
17. pedro paramo - juan rolfo - 4/5
18. lost girl - adam nevill - 4/5
19. darkest past:haunting tales - benedict ashforth - 4/5 -
20. verona - benedict ashforth - 4/5
21. library of souls: miss peregrine 3 - ransom riggs - 4/5
22. thin air - michelle paver - 5/5
23. travelling bag and other ghostly stories - susan hill - 3/5
24. the last one - alexandra oliva - 4/5
25. hekla's children - james brogden - 4/5
26. i am providence - nick mamatas - 3.5/5
27. beneath the lake - christopher ransom - 3.5/5
28. the adventures of mr maximillian bacchus and his travelling circus - clive barker - 4/5
29. 10 extreme ghost stories - algernon blackwood - 4/5
30. essex serpent - sarah perry - 5/5
31. the noise of time - julian barnes - 4/5
32. a wrinkle in the skin - john christopher - 4/5
33. his bloody project - graeme mcrae burnet - 5/5
34. bodies of water - v.h. leslie - 4/5
35. thursbitch - alan garner - 4/5
36. down station - simon morden - 4.5/5
37. the dog stars - peter heller - 4/5
38. talking pictures: images and messages rescued from the past - ransom riggs - 5/5
39. tales of the peculiar - millard nullings esq (aka ransom riggs) - 5/5
40. sugar hall - tiffany murray - 4/5
41. six stories - matt wesolowski - 4/5
42. the fisherman - john langan - 5/5
43. after me comes the flood - sarah perry - 4.5./5
44. florence and giles - john harding - 4/5
45. the asylum - john harwood - 4/5
46. seed - ania ahlborn - 3/5
47. the palace of curiosities - rosie garland - 4/5
48. the quick - lauren owen - 4/5
49. the facts of life - graham joyce - 4/5
50. the song of achilles -madeline miller - 4/5

51. the girl who couldn;t read - john harding - 4.5/5
52. the fireman - joe hill - 5/5
53. equations of life - simon morden - 4/5
54. theories of flight - simon morden - 4/5 - book 2 in the sequence
55. degrees of freedom - simon morden - 4/5 - book 3 in the sequence
56. curve of the earth - simon morden - 4/5 - book 4...
57. the girl with all the gifts - m r carey - 4/5 -
58. the girls - emma cline - 4.5/5
59. embers - sandor marai - 4/5
60. jago - kim newman - 4/5
*. and the sea called her name - joe hart -3.5/5
61. the goddess and the thief - essie fox - fuckingwastedhoursofmylife/5
62. this house is haunted - john boyne - 4/5
63. hot milk - deborah levy...3.5/5
64. apocalypse - tim bowler - 4/5
65. witches: salem 1962 - a history - stacy schiff - 5/5
66. the secrets of drearcliff grange school - kim newman - 3/5
67. one big damn puzzler - john harding - 4/5
68. a hundred thousand worlds - bob proehl - 3/5
69.... :naughty2: ....the postman - david brin - 4/5
70. the universe next door - a journey through 55 parallel worlds and possible futures - new scientist (ed - frank swain ) - 4/5
71. the humans - matt haig - 5/5
72. the stone gods - jeanette winterson - 3/5
73. silent land - graham joyce - 4/5
74. revival - stephen king - 4/5...
75. girl who loved tom gordon - stephen king - 4/5
76. the waiting room - f g cottam - 5/5
77. things we didnt see coming - steven amsterdam - 3.5/5
78. diary of the fall - michel laub - 3/5
79. shock of the fall - nathan filer - 4/5
80. dark echo-f g cottam -5/5
81. elizabeth is missing - emma healey - 4/5.
82. blackheath sceance parlour - alan williams - 4.5/5 - would never have picked this up just by the cover, which has a vanity publishing air to it but it's a bloody good supernatural romp with a great gothic edge..getting rather fond of victorian era spiritualist stories...

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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#367  Postby Blip » Nov 28, 2017 5:10 pm

First 50 here.

51 All That Man Is by David Szalay
52 The Muse by Jessie Burton
53 The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
54 Stoner by John Williams
55 Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks
56 The Heather Blazing by Colm Tóibín
57 Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks
58 The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
59 Alternative War by J.J. Patrick
60 The Inheritors by William Golding
61 A Word Child by Iris Murdoch
62 First Love by Gwendoline Riley
63 An African Love Story by Daphne Sheldrick
64 The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam
65 Addlands by Tom Bullough
66 The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen translated by David Hackston
67 Autumn by Ali Smith
68 Democracy and Its Crisis by A. C. Grayling
69 Fortune's Rocks by Anita Shreve
70 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
71 Ice by Anna Kavan
72 Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
73 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#368  Postby crazyfitter » Nov 28, 2017 10:14 pm

1. Whispers Underground - Ben Aaronovitch
2. How to Write a Childrens Picture Book - Andrea Shavic
3. Absolute Friends - John le Carre'
4. A Time of Torment - John Connolly
5. The Jealous Kind - James Lee Burke
6. John Dies @ the End - David Wong
7. Istanbul. A Tale of Three Cities - Bettany Hughes
8. The Cup of Ghosts - Paul Doherty
9. Perido Street Station - China Mieville
10. Ancillary Justice - Anne Leckie
11. The Dry - Jane Harper
12. The Scarecrow - Michael Connelly
13. The Crossing - Michael Connelly
14. The Neon Rain - James Lee Burke
15. House of the Rising Sun - James Lee Burke
16. The Redbreast - Joe Nesbo
17. A Rising Man - Abir Mukherjee
18. Extraordinary People - Peter May
19. The Whistler - John Grishham
20. Nemesis - Jo Nesbo
21. The Fourth Monkey - J.D.Barker
22. The Force - Don Winslow
23. Dark Matter - Blake Crouch
24. Pines - Blake Crouch
25. Cast Iron - Peter May
26. Hillbilly Elegy - J.D.Vance
27. Slow Horses - Mick Herron
28. Dead lions - Mick Herron
29. Real Tigers - Mick Herron
30. Spook Street - Mick Herron
31. Gun Baby Gun - Iain Overton
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#369  Postby UncertainSloth » Nov 29, 2017 6:50 am

1. born to run - bruce springsteen - 4/5
2. the magus - john fowles - 5/5
3. hideous creatures - s e lister - 4/5
4. the wind up bird chronicle - haruki murakami - 5/5
5. the supernatural enhancements - edgar canetro - 4/5
6. secret history of twin peaks - mark frost - 5/5
7. a ghost's story - lorna gibb - 4/5
8. longbarrow - mark morris - 3.5/5
9. wolves - simon ings - 3/5
10. the fire sermon - francesca haig - 3.5/5
11. man in the picture - susan hill - 4/5
12. wild sheep chase - haruki murakami - 4/5
13. old man and the wasteland (wasteland saga 1)- nick cole - 4.5/5
14. the savage boy (wasteland saga 2)- nick cole - 5/5
15. the road is a river (wasteland saga 3)- nick cole - 5/5
16. nyctophobia - christopher fowler - 4/5
17. pedro paramo - juan rolfo - 4/5
18. lost girl - adam nevill - 4/5
19. darkest past:haunting tales - benedict ashforth - 4/5 -
20. verona - benedict ashforth - 4/5
21. library of souls: miss peregrine 3 - ransom riggs - 4/5
22. thin air - michelle paver - 5/5
23. travelling bag and other ghostly stories - susan hill - 3/5
24. the last one - alexandra oliva - 4/5
25. hekla's children - james brogden - 4/5
26. i am providence - nick mamatas - 3.5/5
27. beneath the lake - christopher ransom - 3.5/5
28. the adventures of mr maximillian bacchus and his travelling circus - clive barker - 4/5
29. 10 extreme ghost stories - algernon blackwood - 4/5
30. essex serpent - sarah perry - 5/5
31. the noise of time - julian barnes - 4/5
32. a wrinkle in the skin - john christopher - 4/5
33. his bloody project - graeme mcrae burnet - 5/5
34. bodies of water - v.h. leslie - 4/5
35. thursbitch - alan garner - 4/5
36. down station - simon morden - 4.5/5
37. the dog stars - peter heller - 4/5
38. talking pictures: images and messages rescued from the past - ransom riggs - 5/5
39. tales of the peculiar - millard nullings esq (aka ransom riggs) - 5/5
40. sugar hall - tiffany murray - 4/5
41. six stories - matt wesolowski - 4/5
42. the fisherman - john langan - 5/5
43. after me comes the flood - sarah perry - 4.5./5
44. florence and giles - john harding - 4/5
45. the asylum - john harwood - 4/5
46. seed - ania ahlborn - 3/5
47. the palace of curiosities - rosie garland - 4/5
48. the quick - lauren owen - 4/5
49. the facts of life - graham joyce - 4/5
50. the song of achilles -madeline miller - 4/5

51. the girl who couldn;t read - john harding - 4.5/5
52. the fireman - joe hill - 5/5
53. equations of life - simon morden - 4/5
54. theories of flight - simon morden - 4/5 - book 2 in the sequence
55. degrees of freedom - simon morden - 4/5 - book 3 in the sequence
56. curve of the earth - simon morden - 4/5 - book 4...
57. the girl with all the gifts - m r carey - 4/5 -
58. the girls - emma cline - 4.5/5
59. embers - sandor marai - 4/5
60. jago - kim newman - 4/5
*. and the sea called her name - joe hart -3.5/5
61. the goddess and the thief - essie fox - fuckingwastedhoursofmylife/5
62. this house is haunted - john boyne - 4/5
63. hot milk - deborah levy...3.5/5
64. apocalypse - tim bowler - 4/5
65. witches: salem 1962 - a history - stacy schiff - 5/5
66. the secrets of drearcliff grange school - kim newman - 3/5
67. one big damn puzzler - john harding - 4/5
68. a hundred thousand worlds - bob proehl - 3/5
69.... :naughty2: ....the postman - david brin - 4/5
70. the universe next door - a journey through 55 parallel worlds and possible futures - new scientist (ed - frank swain ) - 4/5
71. the humans - matt haig - 5/5
72. the stone gods - jeanette winterson - 3/5
73. silent land - graham joyce - 4/5
74. revival - stephen king - 4/5...
75. girl who loved tom gordon - stephen king - 4/5
76. the waiting room - f g cottam - 5/5
77. things we didnt see coming - steven amsterdam - 3.5/5
78. diary of the fall - michel laub - 3/5
79. shock of the fall - nathan filer - 4/5
80. dark echo-f g cottam -5/5
81. elizabeth is missing - emma healey - 4/5.
82. blackheath sceance parlour - alan williams - 4.5/5
83. the red house - mark haddon - 4/5 - dog in the night time chap -decent deconstruction of a dysfunctional extended family during a shared week away

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#370  Postby don't get me started » Nov 29, 2017 12:14 pm

1. Thresholds of Peace. German prisoners and the People of Britain. 1944-1948 - Matthew Sullivan
2. Escape from Germany - Aidan Crawley
3. Applying Cognitive Linguistics to Second Language Learning and Teaching - Jeanette Littlemore
4. Food in History - Reay Tannahill
5. The Cyclist Who Went Out In the Cold - Tim Moore
6. Cognitive English Grammar - Günther Radden & René Dirven
7. The Marches: A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland - Rory Stewart
8. Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe - Gaston Dorren
9. The Blitz: The British Under Attack - Juliet Gardiner
10. Melmoth the Wanderer - Charles Maturin
11. Seeds of Earth - Michael Cobley
12. An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler - Peter Fritzsche
13. Speaking our Minds: Why Human communication is Different, and How Language Evolved to make it Special - Thom Scott-Phillips
14. In the Land of Giants: A journey through the Dark Ages - Max Adams
15. Conversational Repair and Human Understanding - Makoto Hayashi, Geoffrey Raymond & Jack Sidnell (Eds.)
16. Indirect Reports and Pragmatics: Interdisciplinary Studies (Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology) - Alessandro Capone (Ed.) (Re-read)
17. Becoming Fluent: How Cognitive Science Can help Adults Learn a Foreign Language - Richard Robers and Roger Kreuz
18. Fecal Matters in Early Modern Literature and Art: Studies in Scatology - Jeff Persels and Russell Ganim (Eds.)
19. Books that Changed the World - Robert B Downs.
20. Um el Madayan: An Islamic City through the Ages - Abderrahman Ayoub, Jamila Binous and Abderrazak Gragueb (Re-read)
21. English Grammar: Your questions answered - Michael McCarthy
22. Look to Windward - Iain M Banks (re-read)
23. War against War - Ernst Friedrich
24. The Story of the Human Body - Daniel Lieberman
25. The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu - Dan Jurafsky
26. Grammars of Space: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity
27. An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain, or...60 Years of making the same mistakes as always - John O'Farrel
28. The Kings of Albion - Julian Rathbone (re-read)
29. The Story of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
30. The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End - Robert Gerwath
31. Soldier Spy - Tom Marcus
32. Direct and Indirect Speech (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs) - Florian Coulmas (Ed.)
33. Rethinking Linguistic Relativity (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language) = John Gumperz & Steven Levinson (Eds.)
34. Is that a Fish in your Ear? The Amazing Adventure of Translation - David Bellos
35. The Voices Within: The History and Science of How we Talk to Ourselves - Charles Fernyhough
36. Dunkirk: The History Behind the Motion Picture - Joshua Levine
37. Alphabetical: How Every Letter tells a Story: Michael Rosen
38. Warsaw Boy: A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood - Andrew Borowiec
39. An Introduction to the Languages of the World - Anatole V. Lyovin, Brett Kessler, William R. Leben
40. Holy Sh*t: A brief History of Swearing - Melissa Mohr
41. Cognitive Grammar - John R Taylor
42. Number Words and Number Symbols: A Cultural History of Numbers - Karl Menninger
43. The King in the North: The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria - Max Adams
44. Use of weapons - Iain M Banks (Re-read)
45. The Culture Map: Decoding How People Think, Lead, and Get Things Done Across Cultures - Erin Meyer

No. 45 deals with cultural differences from a business perspective. It's a little bit different to the stuff I deal with when I prepare students to study abroad, but a lot of the insights are relevant. The Japanese orientation towards power distance and uncertainty avoidance colors a lot of interactions that my students face when studying in the UK, US, Canada and Australia. Similarly, the American orientation towards relatively high levels of self-disclosure on scant acquaintance and the British orientation towards applications first reasoning can certainly baffle and unsettle Japanese learners in Anglo-cultures, used as they are to low levels of self-disclosure, especially with 'out group' persons and a more consensual and implicit kind of reasoning in problem solving. Interesting read.
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#371  Postby Blip » Dec 01, 2017 9:25 am

First 50 here.

51 All That Man Is by David Szalay
52 The Muse by Jessie Burton
53 The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
54 Stoner by John Williams
55 Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks
56 The Heather Blazing by Colm Tóibín
57 Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks
58 The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
59 Alternative War by J.J. Patrick
60 The Inheritors by William Golding
61 A Word Child by Iris Murdoch
62 First Love by Gwendoline Riley
63 An African Love Story by Daphne Sheldrick
64 The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam
65 Addlands by Tom Bullough
66 The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen translated by David Hackston
67 Autumn by Ali Smith
68 Democracy and Its Crisis by A. C. Grayling
69 Fortune's Rocks by Anita Shreve
70 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
71 Ice by Anna Kavan
72 Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
73 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
74 Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
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#372  Postby NamelessFaceless » Dec 02, 2017 7:23 pm

Audiobooks in Italics

1. Kim - Rudyard Kipling
2. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume
3. Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams - Josiah Adams
4. PNIN - Vladimir Nabokov
5. Zuleika Dobson, or An Oxford Love Story - Sir Max Beerbohm
6. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
7. The Mark of Athena - Rick Riordan
8. Now It Can Be Told - Philip Gibbs
9. The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan - Laurence Leamer
10. History of the Plague in London - Daniel Defoe
11. The Worm Ouroboros - E.R. Eddison
12. The Bad Beginnings: Or, Orphans!; The Reptile Room: Or, Murder!; The Wide Window: Or, Disappearance!; The Miserable Mill - Lemony Snickets (Books 1 through 4 of A Series of Unfortunate Events)
13. The Religion of the Ancient Celts - J.A. MacColluch
14. My Double Life: The Memoirs of Sarah Bernhardt - Sarah Bernhardt
15. To Find A Mountain - Dan Ames
16. Elmer Gantry - Sinclair Lewis
17. The Neon Lawyer - Victor Methos
18. Ask Him Why - Catherine Ryan Hyde
19. Look Behind You - Sibel Hodge
20. The Austere Academy; The Ersatz Elevator; The Vile Village; The Hostile Hospital - Lemony Snickets (Books 5 through 8 of A Series of Unfortunate Events)
21. Livia Lone - Barry Eisler
22. Howards End - E.M. Forster
23. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
24. The Carnivorous Carnival; The Slippery Slope; The Grim Grotto - Lemony Snickets (Books 9 through 11 of A Series of Unfortunate Events)
25. The House of Hades - Rick Riordan
26 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
27. The Penultimate Peril; The End - Lemony Snickets (Books 12 and 13 of A Series of Unfortunate Events)
28. Main Street - Sinclair Lewis
29. The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland - Rebekah Crane
30. The Man Who Knew Too Much - G.K Chesterton
31. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
32. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
33. She - Henry Rider Haggard
34. A Cold and Broken Hallelujah - Tyler Dilts
35. Book of Mormon - Joseph Smith
36. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
37. 120 Days of Sodom - Marquis de Sade
38. Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
39. Under the Volcano - Malcolm Lowry
40. Missing - Caroline Ericksson
41. Reason to Breathe - Rebecca Donovan
42. 13 Reasons Why - Jay Asher
43. Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt
44. Emma - Jane Austen
45. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
46. Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
47. Skewed - Anne McAneny
48. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
49. The Dead Key - D.M. Pulley
50. In the Waning Light - Loreth Ann White

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#373  Postby UncertainSloth » Dec 02, 2017 8:11 pm

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#374  Postby Fallible » Dec 03, 2017 9:32 am

1. The Heresy of Doctor Dee - Phil Rickman.
2. I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan - Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci.
3. Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse: And Other Lessons From Modern Life - David Mitchell.
4. A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson.
5. I am No One - Patrick Flanery.
6. A Head Full of Ghosts - Paul Tremblay.
7. Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov.
8. Fellside - M.R. Carey.
9. I Am Providence - Nick Mamas.
10. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories - H.P. Lovecraft.
11. The Essex Serpent - Sarah Perry.
12. A Ghost's Story - Lorna Gibb.
13. The Noise of Time - Julian Barnes.
14. Black Water Lilies - Michel Bussi.
15. Hekla's Children - James Brogden.
16. Just an Ordinary Day - Shirley Jackson.
17. The Gustav Sonata - Rose Tremain.
18. Thin Air - Michelle Paver.
19. Nocturnal Animals - Austin Wright.
20. Moonglow - Michael Chabon.
21. American Gods - Neil Gaiman. Re-read.
22. Thursbitch - Alan Garner.
23. The Wind Through the Keyhole: a Dark Tower Novel - Stephen King.
24. Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty.
25. American Pastoral - Philip Roth.
26. End of Watch - Stephen King.
27. The Somnambulist - Essie Fox. :roll:
28. Hot Milk - Deborah Levy.
29. A Hundred Thousand Worlds - Bob Proehl.
30. The Girls - Emma Cline.
31. The Girll With All the Gifts - M.R. Carey.
32. Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult.
33. The Fisherman - John Langan.
34. Seveneves - Neal Stephenson.
35. The Postman - David Brin.
36. Zero K - Don Delillo.
37. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari.
She battled through in every kind of tribulation,
She revelled in adventure and imagination.
She never listened to no hater, liar,
Breaking boundaries and chasing fire.
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#375  Postby don't get me started » Dec 04, 2017 1:13 am

1. Thresholds of Peace. German prisoners and the People of Britain. 1944-1948 - Matthew Sullivan
2. Escape from Germany - Aidan Crawley
3. Applying Cognitive Linguistics to Second Language Learning and Teaching - Jeanette Littlemore
4. Food in History - Reay Tannahill
5. The Cyclist Who Went Out In the Cold - Tim Moore
6. Cognitive English Grammar - Günther Radden & René Dirven
7. The Marches: A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland - Rory Stewart
8. Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe - Gaston Dorren
9. The Blitz: The British Under Attack - Juliet Gardiner
10. Melmoth the Wanderer - Charles Maturin
11. Seeds of Earth - Michael Cobley
12. An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler - Peter Fritzsche
13. Speaking our Minds: Why Human communication is Different, and How Language Evolved to make it Special - Thom Scott-Phillips
14. In the Land of Giants: A journey through the Dark Ages - Max Adams
15. Conversational Repair and Human Understanding - Makoto Hayashi, Geoffrey Raymond & Jack Sidnell (Eds.)
16. Indirect Reports and Pragmatics: Interdisciplinary Studies (Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology) - Alessandro Capone (Ed.) (Re-read)
17. Becoming Fluent: How Cognitive Science Can help Adults Learn a Foreign Language - Richard Robers and Roger Kreuz
18. Fecal Matters in Early Modern Literature and Art: Studies in Scatology - Jeff Persels and Russell Ganim (Eds.)
19. Books that Changed the World - Robert B Downs.
20. Um el Madayan: An Islamic City through the Ages - Abderrahman Ayoub, Jamila Binous and Abderrazak Gragueb (Re-read)
21. English Grammar: Your questions answered - Michael McCarthy
22. Look to Windward - Iain M Banks (re-read)
23. War against War - Ernst Friedrich
24. The Story of the Human Body - Daniel Lieberman
25. The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu - Dan Jurafsky
26. Grammars of Space: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity
27. An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain, or...60 Years of making the same mistakes as always - John O'Farrel
28. The Kings of Albion - Julian Rathbone (re-read)
29. The Story of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
30. The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End - Robert Gerwath
31. Soldier Spy - Tom Marcus
32. Direct and Indirect Speech (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs) - Florian Coulmas (Ed.)
33. Rethinking Linguistic Relativity (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language) = John Gumperz & Steven Levinson (Eds.)
34. Is that a Fish in your Ear? The Amazing Adventure of Translation - David Bellos
35. The Voices Within: The History and Science of How we Talk to Ourselves - Charles Fernyhough
36. Dunkirk: The History Behind the Motion Picture - Joshua Levine
37. Alphabetical: How Every Letter tells a Story: Michael Rosen
38. Warsaw Boy: A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood - Andrew Borowiec
39. An Introduction to the Languages of the World - Anatole V. Lyovin, Brett Kessler, William R. Leben
40. Holy Sh*t: A brief History of Swearing - Melissa Mohr
41. Cognitive Grammar - John R Taylor
42. Number Words and Number Symbols: A Cultural History of Numbers - Karl Menninger
43. The King in the North: The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria - Max Adams
44. Use of weapons - Iain M Banks (Re-read)
45. The Culture Map: Decoding How People Think, Lead, and Get Things Done Across Cultures - Erin Meyer
46. Forms of Talk - Erving Goffman

No. 46 is a classic text in interactional studies (dating from 1981) and it is to my shame that I have not read it until now. (Although the reading list above features a lot of cognitive lingiistics stuff, my main research area is in Conversation Analysis and interaction studies). Goffman takes a pretty dim view of the tail chasing efforts of the generative linguists in the Chomskian tradition, arguing that meaning is not to be found in the fractal edges of 'structures' or 'operations' or the like. Rather, meaning is co-constructed in real time between ratified participants in an ongoing interaction. He further explores the implications of this by investigating such phenomena as semi-public 'self talk' such as when you trip while walking down the street and mutter a semi audible something which is in a strange place between public and private talk, designed to be heard, but not commented on by physically co-present persons who are not ratified interactants in the way that normal conversationalists are. He gives similar treatment to the genre of talk known as a 'lecture', detailing the shifts in footing that have to take place for a speaker engaging in a lecture as he or she deals with physically co-present but minimally interactive person...the audience... which interactional architecture places strains on the co-constructed schema that pertains in normal multi-person face to face spoken interaction.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#376  Postby Blip » Dec 04, 2017 6:57 am

First 50 here.

51 All That Man Is by David Szalay
52 The Muse by Jessie Burton
53 The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
54 Stoner by John Williams
55 Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks
56 The Heather Blazing by Colm Tóibín
57 Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks
58 The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
59 Alternative War by J.J. Patrick
60 The Inheritors by William Golding
61 A Word Child by Iris Murdoch
62 First Love by Gwendoline Riley
63 An African Love Story by Daphne Sheldrick
64 The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam
65 Addlands by Tom Bullough
66 The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen translated by David Hackston
67 Autumn by Ali Smith
68 Democracy and Its Crisis by A. C. Grayling
69 Fortune's Rocks by Anita Shreve
70 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
71 Ice by Anna Kavan
72 Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
73 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
74 Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
75 Stamboul Train by Graham Greene
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#377  Postby Blip » Dec 04, 2017 6:58 am

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Yeh! And four weeks still to go!
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#378  Postby UncertainSloth » Dec 05, 2017 10:27 pm

1. born to run - bruce springsteen - 4/5
2. the magus - john fowles - 5/5
3. hideous creatures - s e lister - 4/5
4. the wind up bird chronicle - haruki murakami - 5/5
5. the supernatural enhancements - edgar canetro - 4/5
6. secret history of twin peaks - mark frost - 5/5
7. a ghost's story - lorna gibb - 4/5
8. longbarrow - mark morris - 3.5/5
9. wolves - simon ings - 3/5
10. the fire sermon - francesca haig - 3.5/5
11. man in the picture - susan hill - 4/5
12. wild sheep chase - haruki murakami - 4/5
13. old man and the wasteland (wasteland saga 1)- nick cole - 4.5/5
14. the savage boy (wasteland saga 2)- nick cole - 5/5
15. the road is a river (wasteland saga 3)- nick cole - 5/5
16. nyctophobia - christopher fowler - 4/5
17. pedro paramo - juan rolfo - 4/5
18. lost girl - adam nevill - 4/5
19. darkest past:haunting tales - benedict ashforth - 4/5 -
20. verona - benedict ashforth - 4/5
21. library of souls: miss peregrine 3 - ransom riggs - 4/5
22. thin air - michelle paver - 5/5
23. travelling bag and other ghostly stories - susan hill - 3/5
24. the last one - alexandra oliva - 4/5
25. hekla's children - james brogden - 4/5
26. i am providence - nick mamatas - 3.5/5
27. beneath the lake - christopher ransom - 3.5/5
28. the adventures of mr maximillian bacchus and his travelling circus - clive barker - 4/5
29. 10 extreme ghost stories - algernon blackwood - 4/5
30. essex serpent - sarah perry - 5/5
31. the noise of time - julian barnes - 4/5
32. a wrinkle in the skin - john christopher - 4/5
33. his bloody project - graeme mcrae burnet - 5/5
34. bodies of water - v.h. leslie - 4/5
35. thursbitch - alan garner - 4/5
36. down station - simon morden - 4.5/5
37. the dog stars - peter heller - 4/5
38. talking pictures: images and messages rescued from the past - ransom riggs - 5/5
39. tales of the peculiar - millard nullings esq (aka ransom riggs) - 5/5
40. sugar hall - tiffany murray - 4/5
41. six stories - matt wesolowski - 4/5
42. the fisherman - john langan - 5/5
43. after me comes the flood - sarah perry - 4.5./5
44. florence and giles - john harding - 4/5
45. the asylum - john harwood - 4/5
46. seed - ania ahlborn - 3/5
47. the palace of curiosities - rosie garland - 4/5
48. the quick - lauren owen - 4/5
49. the facts of life - graham joyce - 4/5
50. the song of achilles -madeline miller - 4/5

51. the girl who couldn;t read - john harding - 4.5/5
52. the fireman - joe hill - 5/5
53. equations of life - simon morden - 4/5
54. theories of flight - simon morden - 4/5 - book 2 in the sequence
55. degrees of freedom - simon morden - 4/5 - book 3 in the sequence
56. curve of the earth - simon morden - 4/5 - book 4...
57. the girl with all the gifts - m r carey - 4/5 -
58. the girls - emma cline - 4.5/5
59. embers - sandor marai - 4/5
60. jago - kim newman - 4/5
*. and the sea called her name - joe hart -3.5/5
61. the goddess and the thief - essie fox - fuckingwastedhoursofmylife/5
62. this house is haunted - john boyne - 4/5
63. hot milk - deborah levy...3.5/5
64. apocalypse - tim bowler - 4/5
65. witches: salem 1962 - a history - stacy schiff - 5/5
66. the secrets of drearcliff grange school - kim newman - 3/5
67. one big damn puzzler - john harding - 4/5
68. a hundred thousand worlds - bob proehl - 3/5
69.... :naughty2: ....the postman - david brin - 4/5
70. the universe next door - a journey through 55 parallel worlds and possible futures - new scientist (ed - frank swain ) - 4/5
71. the humans - matt haig - 5/5
72. the stone gods - jeanette winterson - 3/5
73. silent land - graham joyce - 4/5
74. revival - stephen king - 4/5...
75. girl who loved tom gordon - stephen king - 4/5
76. the waiting room - f g cottam - 5/5
77. things we didnt see coming - steven amsterdam - 3.5/5
78. diary of the fall - michel laub - 3/5
79. shock of the fall - nathan filer - 4/5
80. dark echo-f g cottam -5/5
81. elizabeth is missing - emma healey - 4/5.
82. blackheath sceance parlour - alan williams - 4.5/5
83. the red house - mark haddon - 4/5
84. the immortals - se lister - 4/5 - enjoyed hideous creatures earlier in the year and this is just as good...one for me to keep an eye on...

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#379  Postby Blip » Dec 11, 2017 12:31 pm

First 50 here.

51 All That Man Is by David Szalay
52 The Muse by Jessie Burton
53 The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
54 Stoner by John Williams
55 Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks
56 The Heather Blazing by Colm Tóibín
57 Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks
58 The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
59 Alternative War by J.J. Patrick
60 The Inheritors by William Golding
61 A Word Child by Iris Murdoch
62 First Love by Gwendoline Riley
63 An African Love Story by Daphne Sheldrick
64 The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam
65 Addlands by Tom Bullough
66 The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen translated by David Hackston
67 Autumn by Ali Smith
68 Democracy and Its Crisis by A. C. Grayling
69 Fortune's Rocks by Anita Shreve
70 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
71 Ice by Anna Kavan
72 Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
73 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
74 Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
75 Stamboul Train by Graham Greene
76 China Court by Rumer Godden
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1. Thresholds of Peace. German prisoners and the People of Britain. 1944-1948 - Matthew Sullivan
2. Escape from Germany - Aidan Crawley
3. Applying Cognitive Linguistics to Second Language Learning and Teaching - Jeanette Littlemore
4. Food in History - Reay Tannahill
5. The Cyclist Who Went Out In the Cold - Tim Moore
6. Cognitive English Grammar - Günther Radden & René Dirven
7. The Marches: A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland - Rory Stewart
8. Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe - Gaston Dorren
9. The Blitz: The British Under Attack - Juliet Gardiner
10. Melmoth the Wanderer - Charles Maturin
11. Seeds of Earth - Michael Cobley
12. An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler - Peter Fritzsche
13. Speaking our Minds: Why Human communication is Different, and How Language Evolved to make it Special - Thom Scott-Phillips
14. In the Land of Giants: A journey through the Dark Ages - Max Adams
15. Conversational Repair and Human Understanding - Makoto Hayashi, Geoffrey Raymond & Jack Sidnell (Eds.)
16. Indirect Reports and Pragmatics: Interdisciplinary Studies (Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology) - Alessandro Capone (Ed.) (Re-read)
17. Becoming Fluent: How Cognitive Science Can help Adults Learn a Foreign Language - Richard Robers and Roger Kreuz
18. Fecal Matters in Early Modern Literature and Art: Studies in Scatology - Jeff Persels and Russell Ganim (Eds.)
19. Books that Changed the World - Robert B Downs.
20. Um el Madayan: An Islamic City through the Ages - Abderrahman Ayoub, Jamila Binous and Abderrazak Gragueb (Re-read)
21. English Grammar: Your questions answered - Michael McCarthy
22. Look to Windward - Iain M Banks (re-read)
23. War against War - Ernst Friedrich
24. The Story of the Human Body - Daniel Lieberman
25. The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu - Dan Jurafsky
26. Grammars of Space: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity
27. An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain, or...60 Years of making the same mistakes as always - John O'Farrel
28. The Kings of Albion - Julian Rathbone (re-read)
29. The Story of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
30. The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End - Robert Gerwath
31. Soldier Spy - Tom Marcus
32. Direct and Indirect Speech (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs) - Florian Coulmas (Ed.)
33. Rethinking Linguistic Relativity (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language) = John Gumperz & Steven Levinson (Eds.)
34. Is that a Fish in your Ear? The Amazing Adventure of Translation - David Bellos
35. The Voices Within: The History and Science of How we Talk to Ourselves - Charles Fernyhough
36. Dunkirk: The History Behind the Motion Picture - Joshua Levine
37. Alphabetical: How Every Letter tells a Story: Michael Rosen
38. Warsaw Boy: A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood - Andrew Borowiec
39. An Introduction to the Languages of the World - Anatole V. Lyovin, Brett Kessler, William R. Leben
40. Holy Sh*t: A brief History of Swearing - Melissa Mohr
41. Cognitive Grammar - John R Taylor
42. Number Words and Number Symbols: A Cultural History of Numbers - Karl Menninger
43. The King in the North: The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria - Max Adams
44. Use of weapons - Iain M Banks (Re-read)
45. The Culture Map: Decoding How People Think, Lead, and Get Things Done Across Cultures - Erin Meyer
46. Forms of Talk - Erving Goffman
47. Possession and Ownership: A Cross Linguistic Typology = Alexandra Y Aikhenvals and R.M.W. Dixon (Eds.)

Wow, no. 47 was a VERY challenging read. Heavy academic language throughout and there were many sections I just couldn't understand fully. Still, I learned a lot. The only mainstream language that was covered was Mandarin Chinese. All of the other chapters were on languages that I mostly hadn't heard of ( Manambu in PNG, Martuthunira in Western Australia, Nelemwa in New Caledonia...nah, me neither!)
It turns out that English, like many Indo-European languages deals with several categories under the umbrella term 'ownership'.

Posession/ ownership
Jim's BMW, Jim has a BMW

Body Parts
Jim's nose/ Jim has a big nose

Kinship
Jim's wife/ Jim has a wife

Turns out that other languages have much more complex views on these aspects of human cognition, marking possession differently from kinship, dividing possession into alienable and inalienable possession and the like. The mind boggles when you look at this through the eyes of other language speakers.

Some languages have cultural views that preclude certain things from ownership, such as land or natural resources. In English you can say 'This is my car' meaning 'this belongs to me', but you come into difficulties when you do it with kinship. 'This is my wife'...OK, 'She belongs to me'...erm, not so much. Other languages, especially tribal subsistence societies, find similar difficulties talking about land or other things in these terms. (They would be baffled by the Arab-Israeli unpleasantness)

From thinking about some of the points in this book I realized that English has a subtle nuance of non-possesion.
Simply negating the possessing verb 'have' gives 'I don't have a BMW', but deploying the verb 'lack' suggests that something is not there which properly ought to be there. 'He lacks taste and discernment' is a criticism. 'He doesn't have any brothers or sisters' is a statement of fact. 'He lacks brothers and sisters' is a statement that tacitly reveals the speaker's views on the proper constitution of a family.

One of the chapters suggested that the human universal is not possession, but is based on kinship and means 'be associated with' and thence extended to body parts and only finally to alienable ownership/possession.

Lots to think about here.
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