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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#381  Postby UncertainSloth » Dec 14, 2017 10:06 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
83. the red house - mark haddon - 4/5
84. the immortals - se lister - 4/5
85. joyland - stephen king - 4/5 - ol' mr dependable strikes again...;)

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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#382  Postby Blip » Dec 15, 2017 3:36 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
77 The Long Valley by John Steinbeck
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#383  Postby crazyfitter » Dec 17, 2017 9:22 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
32. The Honest Spy - Andreas Kollender
33. Phantom - Joe Nesbo
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#384  Postby Blip » Dec 18, 2017 7:40 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
76 China Court by Rumer Godden
77 The Long Valley by John Steinbeck
78 The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#385  Postby don't get me started » Dec 18, 2017 3:15 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
46. Forms of Talk - Erving Goffman
47. Possession and Ownership: A Cross Linguistic Typology = Alexandra Y Aikhenvals and R.M.W. Dixon (Eds.)
48. Alien and Philosophy: I Infest, Therefore I am - Jeffrey Ewing and Kevin S. Decker (Eds.)

No. 48 contained a wide ranging treatment of issues raised in the Alien franchise. The moral status of androids, the unfettered capitalistic violence of Wyland-Yutani, Ellen Ripley as a feminist icon, taking off and nuking the site from orbit within the theory of just war and many more. All in all a pretty good read.

I have always enjoyed the alien movies and felt that there was much to think about in the characters and plots. It has always struck me that the two really successful franchises that got started within a few years of each other ( Alien in 1979 and Terminator in 1985) both had remarkably similar plot reveals. A malevolent presence makes itself felt, to the horror and confusion of the unknowing ones. Then the true nature of the threat is revealed by a knowing outsider; Ash, the android 'You still don't know what you are dealing with...it's structural perfection is matched only by its hostility... A survivor, unclouded by delusions of conscience or morality' and Reese, the future warrior 'It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity or remorse or fear...'
These are effective plot devices, but I think they also hint at something more. The speakers here are not really talking about acid blooded aliens or hunter-killer cyborgs, but humans, when our social functioning is set aside, as it can be. After all, if these are the supposed traits of the enemy, what traits can be ascribed to the species that bests them in both movies?

It is perhaps we who are the monsters. Not all of us, and not all of the time...but it is there, just waiting to be activated, is what these movies seem to hint at.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#386  Postby NamelessFaceless » Dec 18, 2017 10:31 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
51. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle - Avi
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#387  Postby UncertainSloth » Dec 21, 2017 6:21 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
84. the immortals - se lister - 4/5
85. joyland - stephen king - 4/5
86. rivers of london - been aaronovitch - 2/5 - hugely disappointing...one of the weakest books i've read this year...a damn shame, as i like the concept...won;t rush to read the others...

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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#388  Postby Blip » Dec 21, 2017 6:55 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
76 China Court by Rumer Godden
77 The Long Valley by John Steinbeck
78 The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
79 Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
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#389  Postby don't get me started » Dec 22, 2017 3:41 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
47. Possession and Ownership: A Cross Linguistic Typology = Alexandra Y Aikhenvals and R.M.W. Dixon (Eds.)
48. Alien and Philosophy: I Infest, Therefore I am - Jeffrey Ewing and Kevin S. Decker (Eds.)
49. Evidentiality and Perception Verbs in English and German - Richard J. Whitt

No. 49 was a bit more grammar oriented than I had hoped and didn't get too far into the cognitive semantics of these verbs. Interesting nevertheless. Both German and English align closely in the perception hierarchy. The schema is like this:
Sight > Hearing > Touch > { Smell/Taste
That is, the visual perception verbs have the highest levels of polysemy and also the highest number of representative items.
'See' can mean visual perception (I can see you!') and also epistemic status ( I see what you mean = I understand what you mean) and a lot else besides. Also there are a large number of words related to visual perception. See, Look, Watch, Observe, Notice, Stare, Glance, Gaze etc.
In addition, visual perception verbs occur very frequently in language corpora. The auditory verbs are a bit more limited in polysemous range, number of terms and frequency. Touch/ Feel come next and then Smell and taste bring up the rear. (Consider the subject/ object focus differentiation of ' I saw Bill. He looked sick' with 'I tasted the soup. It tasted garlicky.')

It seems that this aspect of language is something like a human universal.

I published a paper last year on visual perception verbs in English looking (!) at, among other things, the persistence of extramission cognitive schemas of visual perception verbs, even though extramission is, of course, scientific nonsense.
The verb see is schematized as external to internal, whereas look is schematized as from internal to external .
This book reminded me that in German the verb Sehen has correspondences with see, and for look, one German match is the verb Aussehen. That Aus (out) at the beginning seems to back up the internal to external schematization of this aspect of visual perception as it is encoded in the lexicon.
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#390  Postby Fallible » Dec 22, 2017 10:33 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.
38. Golden Hill - Francis Spufford.
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#391  Postby surreptitious57 » Dec 24, 2017 8:21 am

Do you think that Don Delillo is a good writer Fall
He sounds like somebody I might be interested in
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#392  Postby Fallible » Dec 24, 2017 7:02 pm

Sorry surr, only just saw. I wasn't impressed by Zero K, style over substance. However, I did like Falling Man. He has quite a clean style.
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#393  Postby Blip » Dec 25, 2017 6:22 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
76 China Court by Rumer Godden
77 The Long Valley by John Steinbeck
78 The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
79 Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
80 Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
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#394  Postby UncertainSloth » Dec 25, 2017 6:46 am

welcome to 80, blip! :cheers:

race you to 100 - we've got a week left...;)
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#395  Postby Blip » Dec 25, 2017 5:24 pm

UncertainSloth wrote:welcome to 80, blip! :cheers:

race you to 100 - we've got a week left...;)


No, the field is yours alone, UncertainSloth: we're moving house in mid-January and I'm starting a history of art course at Oxford ContEd the same week: this coincidence was not planned, but I'm determined to make a go of the study and need to start background reading.

The recommended text book is Very Large. :nod:
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#396  Postby UncertainSloth » Dec 25, 2017 5:30 pm

thank the lord my studying days are behind me, couldnt do it again...

and fat chance...lord knows i don't know how i got this far,tbh, more books than i've read in years....one or two books left in me, i think....
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#397  Postby Blip » Dec 25, 2017 5:33 pm

UncertainSloth wrote:thank the lord my studying days are behind me, couldnt do it again...
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Yes, I have always thought that too. But then I saw this prospectus...
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#398  Postby Blip » Dec 26, 2017 2:48 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
77 The Long Valley by John Steinbeck
78 The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
79 Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
80 Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
81 Heligoland by Shena Mackay (Christmas gift, short, couldn't resist :lol: )
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#399  Postby NamelessFaceless » Dec 26, 2017 5:00 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
51. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle - Avi
52. Barely Breathing - Rebecca Donovan
53. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
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#400  Postby UncertainSloth » Dec 27, 2017 10:16 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
84. the immortals - se lister - 4/5
85. joyland - stephen king - 4/5
86. rivers of london - been aaronovitch - 2/5
87. the watcher - neil spring - 5/5 - very much enjoyed this & didn't falter in the finale as many do...an excellent way to end a year in which i've read more books than probably the last 5 years, if not more, combined...been good to have my reading mojo back...probably be the last this year, though, as the next read is fairly chunky by the look of it...

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