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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#41  Postby VazScep » Feb 19, 2017 9:27 pm

1) Death's End -- Cixin Lui
2) Austerity: the History of a Dangerous Idea -- Mark Blythe
3) The Nazi Seizure of Power: The Experience of a Single German Town 1922-1945 -- William Sheridan Allen
4) The AWK Programming Language -- Aho et al
5) The Sufis -- Idries Shah
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#42  Postby I'm With Stupid » Feb 19, 2017 11:01 pm

1. The Descent of Man - Grayson Perry
2. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
3. Call of the Wild - Jack London
4. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
5. Looking for Alaska - John Green
6. The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan (epic)
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#43  Postby NamelessFaceless » Feb 21, 2017 3:36 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
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#44  Postby VazScep » Feb 21, 2017 4:44 pm

1)) Death's End -- Cixin Lui
2) Austerity: the History of a Dangerous Idea -- Mark Blythe
3) The Nazi Seizure of Power: The Experience of a Single German Town 1922-1945 -- William Sheridan Allen
4) The AWK Programming Language -- Aho et al
5) The Sufis -- Idries Shah
6) Melmouth the Wanderer -- Charles Robert Maturin

Have you read it, Fallible? I highly recommend.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#45  Postby Fallible » Feb 22, 2017 1:53 pm

I have indeed. I think I read it around the same time as Uncle Silas by Sheridan le Fanu, which is rather good too. :)
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#46  Postby VazScep » Feb 22, 2017 8:34 pm

Sounds cool. I'll get to it soon.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#47  Postby I'm With Stupid » Feb 23, 2017 3:39 pm

1. The Descent of Man - Grayson Perry
2. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
3. Call of the Wild - Jack London
4. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
5. Looking for Alaska - John Green
6. The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan
7. The Lover - Marguerite Duras (did not care for it)

Next book has over 800 pages, so it might be a while.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#48  Postby don't get me started » Feb 24, 2017 12:57 am

VazScep wrote:1))

6) Melmouth the Wanderer -- Charles Robert Maturin

Have you read it, Fallible? I highly recommend.


Wow, I can't someone else is reading Melmoth the Wanderer. I read it many years ago and have, despite having a lot of friends who are literary types, never met anyone else who has read it.
The nested narratives and the transitions from one narrative to the next (and the reverse transitions back to the preceding layer) are amazing and push the boundary of nesting to some kind of psychological limit. I think at the deepest point we are about seven or eight layers deep.
If you remember the layering in the movie 'Inception', it got to a roughly similar number of layers...it might be some kind of cognitive limit for humans and the same way that storing seven or eight numbers in the short term memory is when trying to remember a phone number, or embedding relative clauses in a sentence. The existence of these limits at very different scales in intriguing to me.
Certainly a challenging book, but a really good read.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#49  Postby NamelessFaceless » Feb 24, 2017 3:10 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
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#50  Postby UncertainSloth » Feb 27, 2017 7:04 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

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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#51  Postby thirsting » Feb 27, 2017 9:13 am

1. Empire State - Adam Christopher ***
2. Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuvel ****
3. Mustaa Lihaa (Black Meat, cyberpunk anthology) */**
4. Invisible Planets: Collected Fiction - Hannu Rajaniemi ****

Now THIS is more like it! Another cyperpunk (or rather, quantumpunk?) collection, from the same guy who wrote the Quantum Thief trilogy.
Well that was awkward.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#52  Postby Keep It Real » Feb 27, 2017 1:55 pm

1. Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell

My god, the poor in these places used to have it rough in the 1930s. We've come so far.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#53  Postby VazScep » Feb 27, 2017 2:11 pm

don't get me started wrote:The nested narratives and the transitions from one narrative to the next (and the reverse transitions back to the preceding layer) are amazing and push the boundary of nesting to some kind of psychological limit. I think at the deepest point we are about seven or eight layers deep.
I was going to comment on that. It really is trippy. The entire book is just quotations within quotations within quotations. My favourite little trick he does is this bit:

"Don Francisco, as a merchant, avouched his knowledge of their being fair dealers, and wealthy liberal speculators in trade; but (crossing himself frequently) he pronounced his utter detestation of them as enemies to the holy church, and implored the stranger to believe that he would rather renounce the most advantageous contract he had ever made with them in the mercantile line, than be suspected of - `I suspect nothing,' said the stranger, interrupting him,...."

Melmouth isn't interrupting him, he's somehow stepped out of the narrative to interrupt the account of his own interruption! And at this point, we're about four or five levels deep, I think.

If you remember the layering in the movie 'Inception', it got to a roughly similar number of layers...it might be some kind of cognitive limit for humans and the same way that storing seven or eight numbers in the short term memory is when trying to remember a phone number, or embedding relative clauses in a sentence. The existence of these limits at very different scales in intriguing to me.
Interesting you mention this. I think Steven Pinker talked about it in regards to embeddings: the cheese the mouse the cat the dog liked chased ate smelled. I think it also came up in the context of recursively modelling people's beliefs: I believe that you believe that I believe that.... And I think there was a magic number of 4 or something about how many levels you can go.

Certainly a challenging book, but a really good read.
Definitely. Loved it. I read Frankenstein a few years ago, but I much preferred this.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#54  Postby NamelessFaceless » Feb 27, 2017 8:26 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
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#55  Postby Fallible » Feb 27, 2017 9:23 pm

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.
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#56  Postby Keep It Real » Feb 28, 2017 10:58 am

1. Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell
2. Living Sober - Various A.A. authors.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#57  Postby don't get me started » Mar 01, 2017 6:08 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
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#58  Postby don't get me started » Mar 05, 2017 12:48 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
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#59  Postby Fallible » Mar 05, 2017 11:19 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 Mamatas.
John Grant wrote:They say 'let go, let go, let go, you must learn to let go'.
If I hear that fucking phrase again, this baby's gonna blow
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Just like my favourite scene in Scanners .
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#60  Postby I'm With Stupid » Mar 06, 2017 4:59 pm

1. The Descent of Man - Grayson Perry
2. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
3. Call of the Wild - Jack London
4. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
5. Looking for Alaska - John Green
6. The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan
7. The Lover - Marguerite Duras
8. Classroom Observation Tasks by Ruth Wajnryb (a thrill a minute)
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