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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#361  Postby NamelessFaceless » Nov 11, 2020 6:05 pm

Audiobooks in Italics

1. I, Claudius - Robert Graves
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
3. The Man in the Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas
4. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
5. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

6. How Firm a Foundation: The Story of Florida's First Methodist Church - Wesley S. Odom
7. Ulysses - James Joyce
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (15 books) - Jeff Kinney
9. Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs - John Bloom and Jim Atkinson
10. Tristram Shandy - Laurence Sterne
11. The Haunting of Hill House (and The Summer People) - Shirley Jackson
12. White Rose, Black Forest - Eoin Dempsey
13. Daisy Miller - Henry James
14. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Volume II - Edgar Allan Poe
15. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky
16. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
17. A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
18. The Sign of Four - Arthur Conan Doyle

19. Lady Susan & The Watsons - Jane Austen
20. A Lost Lady - Willa Cather
21. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner (re-read)
22. Villette - Charlotte Bronte
23. Tales of the Jazz Age - F. Scott Fitzgerald
24. Twelve Years a Slave - Solomon Northup
25. Whose Body? - Dorothy L. Sayers
26.Anthem - Ayn Rand

27. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
28. The Aspern Papers - Henry James
29. We Were Mothers - Katie Sise
30. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
31. The Island of Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells
32. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
33. Watership Down - Richard Adams
34. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
35. Alongside Night - J. Neil Schulman
36. The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
37. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
38. A Nation's Keeper - James L. Howard
39. The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene
40. The Jolly Corner - Henry James
41. Into the Water - Paula Hawkins
42. Dox Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
43. Middlemarch - George Eliot
44. The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
45. Positive Discipline for Teenagers - Jane Nelson
46. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
47. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
48. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
49. If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood - Gregg Olsen
50. The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens
51. Nine Stories - J.D. Salinger
52. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
53. At Swim-Two-Birds - Flann O'Brien
54. White Fang - Jack London
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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#362  Postby don't get me started » Nov 13, 2020 8:19 am

1. The Bilingual Mind and What it Tells us About language and Thought - Aneta Pavlenko
2. Social Interaction and L2 Classroom Discourse - Olcay Sert
3. The Grammar of Knowledge: A Cross-Linguistic Typology - Alexandra Aikhenvald and R.M.W. Dixon (Eds.)
4. Rethinking Language, Mind, and World Dialogically : Interactional and Contextual Theories of Human Sense-Making – Per Linnel
5. Salvation - Peter F Hamilton
6. The Expression of Negation - Laurence R. Horn (Ed.)
7. Catching the Light: The Entwined History of Light and Mind - Arthur Zajon
8. Bad Words and What They Say About Us - Philip Gooden
9 & 10. Tintin on the Moon - Herge
11. The East, the West and Sex: A History - Richard Bernstein
12. A Pragmatic Approach to English Language Teaching and Production - Lala U. Takeda and Megumi Okugiri (Eds.)
13. Salvation Lost - Peter F. Hamilton
14. The Written Language Bias in Linguistics: Its Nature, Origins and Transformations- Per Linnel
15. Who Cut the Cheese? A Cultural History of the Fart - Jim Dawson
16. Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue - John McWhorter
17. The Book of Humans: A Brief History of Culture, Sex, War and the Evolution of Us – Adam Rutherford
18. The Secret Lives of Colour - Kassia St CLair
19. Number - Greville G. Corbett
20. The Land of Black Gold -Herge
21. Universals of Human Language (Vol 3) - Joseph Greenberg (Ed).
22. Survivors of Stalingrad: Eyewitness Accounts from the Sixth Army, 1942-1943 - Reinhold Busch
23. How to be Human: The Ultimate Guide to Your Amazing Existence - New Scientist
24. The Odditorium: The Tricksters, Eccentrics, Deviants and Inventors Whose Obsessions Changed the World - David Bramwell & Jo Keeling
25. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War - Mary Roach
26. Possession and Ownership: A Cross-Linguistic Typology- Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald & R. M. W. Dixon (Eds)
27. Pragmatics - Yan Huang
28. Second Language Acquisition Myths: Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching - Steven Brown & Jenifer Larson-Hall
30. Possession: Cognitive Sources, Forces and Grammaticalization - Bernd Heine
31. Pravda Ha Ha – Rory Maclean
32. Corpus Linguistics for Pragmatics: A Guide for Research – Christoph Rühleman
33. Language and Perception - George A. Miller & Philip N. Johnson-Laird
35. The Crab With the Golden Claws (Adventures of Tintin). - Herge
36. A Thousand Days of Wonder: A Scientist's Chronicle of His Daughter's Developing Mind - Charles Fernyhough
37. The Death of East Prussia: War and Revenge in Germany’s Easternmost Province – Peter B. Clark.
38. Bastard Tongues: A Trailblazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World’s Lowliest Languages – Derek Bickerton
39 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions - Thomas S. Kuhn
40. Cigars of the Pharaoh - Herge
41. Cognitive Foundations of Grammar – Bernd Heine
42. Parts of the body: Cross-linguistic categorization, (Language Sciences Volume 28, Issues 2–3) Edited by Asifa Majid, N.J. Enfield & Miriam van Staden
43. Tintin in the Congo – Herge
44. The Atoms of Language: The Mind’s Hidden Rules of Grammar - Mark C. Baker
45. Man’s Search for Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust - Victor E. Frankl
46. The Story of the Human Body – Daniel Lieberman
47. Pragmatics - Stephen C. Levinson
48. Drunkard’s Tales from Old Prague – Jaroslav Hašek
49. What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves – Benjamin K. Bergen
50. Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries – Kory Stamper
51. Humankind: A Hopeful History – Rutger Bregman
52. The Hydrogen Sonata - Iain M. Banks

53. Atonement – Ian McEwan

I normally read non-fiction and when I do turn to fiction it is often re-reads of sci-fi classics and historical novels. So, I had kind of forgotten what it is like to be immersed in a really good literary narrative. McEwan has crafted an extraordinary novel here and I was impressed and deeply moved by the story. I had seen the film version of this book a few times (and excellent it is) but the book fills out the story with real a depth of insight and feeling. Wow, just wow. It has been a while since I had a reading experience like this. Highly recommended.

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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#363  Postby Blip » Nov 18, 2020 9:26 am

First 50 here.

51. A Place in the Hills by Michelle Paver
52. A Song for the Dark Times by Ian Rankin
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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#364  Postby Blip » Nov 19, 2020 8:09 am

First 50 here.

51. A Place in the Hills by Michelle Paver
52. A Song for the Dark Times by Ian Rankin
53. When Death Takes Something From You Give It Back by Naja Marie Aidt translated by Denise Newman
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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#365  Postby UncertainSloth » Nov 20, 2020 9:12 am

1. new orleans vampires: history and legend - marita woywod crandle - 7/10
2. the darkest part of the woods - ramsey campbell - 8/10
3. paranormal encounters on Britain's roads - peter a mccue - 6/10
4. ten thousand doors of January - alix e harrow - 6/10
5. dead mountain - donnie eichar - 9/10
6. weird words - susie dent - 6/10
7. those across the river - christopher buelman - 8/10
8. odditorium - david bramwell & chum - 9/10
9. busy monsters - william giraldi - 6/10
10. parsnips, buttered - joe lycett - 7/10
11. the pursuit of william abbey - claire north 10/10
12. the horologicon - mark forsyth - 8/10
13. mr mercedes - stephen king 10/10
14. finders keepers - stephen king - 9/10
15. phantom atlas - the greatest myths, lies and blunders on maps - edward brooke-hitching - 10/10
16. end of watch - Stephen king - 9/10
17. erebus - Michael Palin - 9/10
18. tales from the black meadow - Chris lambert - 8/10
19. pop goes the weasel - albert jack - 8/10
20. purloined stories - alyne pustanio - 8/10
21. ye old dog & duck - albert jack - 8/10
22. hex - thomas olde heuvelt - 8/10
23. stranger in the woods
24. starve acre
25. dent's modern tribes
26. lovecraft country - matt ruff - 10/10
27. underground - will hunt - 9/10
28. pan's labyrinth - del toro & cornelia funke - 10/10
29. unexplained - some bloke from a podcast - 6/10...
30. bad monkeys - matt ruff - 9/10
31. gossip from the forest - sara maitland - 8/10
32. ghoster - jason arnopp - 8/10
33. the book of koli - m r carey - 8/10 - like a less demanding 'the passage' by Justin cronin...i do like a post-apoc book and this sets up a new trilogy nicely

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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#366  Postby Blip » Nov 21, 2020 8:23 am

First 50 here.

51. A Place in the Hills by Michelle Paver
52. A Song for the Dark Times by Ian Rankin
53. When Death Takes Something From You Give It Back by Naja Marie Aidt translated by Denise Newman
54. The Cockroach by Ian McEwan
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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#367  Postby don't get me started » Nov 21, 2020 9:58 am

1. The Bilingual Mind and What it Tells us About language and Thought - Aneta Pavlenko
2. Social Interaction and L2 Classroom Discourse - Olcay Sert
3. The Grammar of Knowledge: A Cross-Linguistic Typology - Alexandra Aikhenvald and R.M.W. Dixon (Eds.)
4. Rethinking Language, Mind, and World Dialogically : Interactional and Contextual Theories of Human Sense-Making – Per Linnel
5. Salvation - Peter F Hamilton
6. The Expression of Negation - Laurence R. Horn (Ed.)
7. Catching the Light: The Entwined History of Light and Mind - Arthur Zajon
8. Bad Words and What They Say About Us - Philip Gooden
9 & 10. Tintin on the Moon - Herge
11. The East, the West and Sex: A History - Richard Bernstein
12. A Pragmatic Approach to English Language Teaching and Production - Lala U. Takeda and Megumi Okugiri (Eds.)
13. Salvation Lost - Peter F. Hamilton
14. The Written Language Bias in Linguistics: Its Nature, Origins and Transformations- Per Linnel
15. Who Cut the Cheese? A Cultural History of the Fart - Jim Dawson
16. Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue - John McWhorter
17. The Book of Humans: A Brief History of Culture, Sex, War and the Evolution of Us – Adam Rutherford
18. The Secret Lives of Colour - Kassia St CLair
19. Number - Greville G. Corbett
20. The Land of Black Gold -Herge
21. Universals of Human Language (Vol 3) - Joseph Greenberg (Ed).
22. Survivors of Stalingrad: Eyewitness Accounts from the Sixth Army, 1942-1943 - Reinhold Busch
23. How to be Human: The Ultimate Guide to Your Amazing Existence - New Scientist
24. The Odditorium: The Tricksters, Eccentrics, Deviants and Inventors Whose Obsessions Changed the World - David Bramwell & Jo Keeling
25. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War - Mary Roach
26. Possession and Ownership: A Cross-Linguistic Typology- Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald & R. M. W. Dixon (Eds)
27. Pragmatics - Yan Huang
28. Second Language Acquisition Myths: Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching - Steven Brown & Jenifer Larson-Hall
30. Possession: Cognitive Sources, Forces and Grammaticalization - Bernd Heine
31. Pravda Ha Ha – Rory Maclean
32. Corpus Linguistics for Pragmatics: A Guide for Research – Christoph Rühleman
33. Language and Perception - George A. Miller & Philip N. Johnson-Laird
35. The Crab With the Golden Claws (Adventures of Tintin). - Herge
36. A Thousand Days of Wonder: A Scientist's Chronicle of His Daughter's Developing Mind - Charles Fernyhough
37. The Death of East Prussia: War and Revenge in Germany’s Easternmost Province – Peter B. Clark.
38. Bastard Tongues: A Trailblazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World’s Lowliest Languages – Derek Bickerton
39 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions - Thomas S. Kuhn
40. Cigars of the Pharaoh - Herge
41. Cognitive Foundations of Grammar – Bernd Heine
42. Parts of the body: Cross-linguistic categorization, (Language Sciences Volume 28, Issues 2–3) Edited by Asifa Majid, N.J. Enfield & Miriam van Staden
43. Tintin in the Congo – Herge
44. The Atoms of Language: The Mind’s Hidden Rules of Grammar - Mark C. Baker
45. Man’s Search for Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust - Victor E. Frankl
46. The Story of the Human Body – Daniel Lieberman
47. Pragmatics - Stephen C. Levinson
48. Drunkard’s Tales from Old Prague – Jaroslav Hašek
49. What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves – Benjamin K. Bergen
50. Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries – Kory Stamper
51. Humankind: A Hopeful History – Rutger Bregman
52. The Hydrogen Sonata - Iain M. Banks
53. Atonement – Ian McEwan

54. The Saints of Salvation - Peter F. Hamilton

517. pp

This is the last book in this particular trilogy. It had been a while since I had finished part 2, so I was a bit out of the loop when I started this one. My memory of some of the characters and key plot elements had faded a bit and it took a while to get back into the narrative. Still, after the first 100 pages or so I was petty much back up to speed. I suspect that Hamilton realizes that the readers may need a but of help getting back into the story as there was quite a lot of plot orientation and recap.
The book was pretty much what you'd expect from Hamilton, huge cast, irredeemable alien foes, word and universe building on a grand scale, with space battles and terrifyingly destructive weapons and all the rest of it. A pretty swift and enjoyable read, if you are into that kind of thing.

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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#368  Postby crazyfitter » Nov 23, 2020 10:30 am

1. Knife - Jo Nesbo
2. Unnatural Causes - Dr Richard Shepherd
3. Pravda Ha Ha - Rory MacLean. Great book, I’ve written a review in What’cha Readin.
4. Triplanetary - EE “Doc” Smith
5. The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell
6. Standing in Another Mans Grave - Ian Rankin
7. Bury My Heart At Wounded knee - Dee Brown
8. A Silent Death - Peter May
9. Letters from an Astrophysicist - Neil de Grasse Tyson
10. The Story of the British Isles - Neil Oliver
11. How To Argue With A Racist - Adam Rutherford
12. Salvation - Peter F. Hamilton
13. Salvation Lost - Peter F. Hamilton
14. Days Without End - Sebastian Barry
15. A Long Long Way - Sebastian Barry
16. Lennox - Craig Russell
17. The Tenth Chamber - Glen Cooper
18. The Racketeer - John Grisham
19. The Testaments - Margaret Atwood
20. the power of the dog - Don Winslow. A reread on my kindle about the ‘war on drugs’
21. Catastrophe - Max Hastings
22. Complicity - Iain Banks
23. Satori - Don Winslow
24. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
25. The Hypnotist - Lars Kepler
26. Shibumi - Trevanian
27. Blade Runner2 The Edge of Human - K. W. Jeter
28. Walking on Glass - Iain Banks
29. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge
30. Pandora’s Star - Peter F Hamilton
31. Judas Unchained - Peter F Hamilton
32. The Puppet Show - M.W. Craven
33. Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardino Evaristo
34. Whose Body? - Dorothy L. Sayers
35. Five Red Herrings - Dorothy L. sayers
36. The Neon Rain - James Lee Burke
37. Heavens Prisoners - James Lee Burke
38. Black Cherry Blues - James Lee Burke
39. Salt Lane - William Shaw
40. Infinity In The Palm of Your Hand - Marcus Chown
41. A Morning for Flamingos - James Lee Burke
42. Bad Monkeys - Matt Ruff
43. The Jealous Kind - James Lee Burke
44. Wayfaring Stranger - James Lee Burke
45. The Shadow King - Maaza Mengiste
46. The Last Voice You Hear - Mick Heron
47. Democracy For Sale. Dark Money and Dirty Politics - Peter Geoghegan

And the 50 hurdle has been well leapt I see. Well done everyone

48. Word by Word - Kory Stamper
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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#369  Postby don't get me started » Nov 28, 2020 12:10 am

1. The Bilingual Mind and What it Tells us About language and Thought - Aneta Pavlenko
2. Social Interaction and L2 Classroom Discourse - Olcay Sert
3. The Grammar of Knowledge: A Cross-Linguistic Typology - Alexandra Aikhenvald and R.M.W. Dixon (Eds.)
4. Rethinking Language, Mind, and World Dialogically : Interactional and Contextual Theories of Human Sense-Making – Per Linnel
5. Salvation - Peter F Hamilton
6. The Expression of Negation - Laurence R. Horn (Ed.)
7. Catching the Light: The Entwined History of Light and Mind - Arthur Zajon
8. Bad Words and What They Say About Us - Philip Gooden
9 & 10. Tintin on the Moon - Herge
11. The East, the West and Sex: A History - Richard Bernstein
12. A Pragmatic Approach to English Language Teaching and Production - Lala U. Takeda and Megumi Okugiri (Eds.)
13. Salvation Lost - Peter F. Hamilton
14. The Written Language Bias in Linguistics: Its Nature, Origins and Transformations- Per Linnel
15. Who Cut the Cheese? A Cultural History of the Fart - Jim Dawson
16. Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue - John McWhorter
17. The Book of Humans: A Brief History of Culture, Sex, War and the Evolution of Us – Adam Rutherford
18. The Secret Lives of Colour - Kassia St CLair
19. Number - Greville G. Corbett
20. The Land of Black Gold -Herge
21. Universals of Human Language (Vol 3) - Joseph Greenberg (Ed).
22. Survivors of Stalingrad: Eyewitness Accounts from the Sixth Army, 1942-1943 - Reinhold Busch
23. How to be Human: The Ultimate Guide to Your Amazing Existence - New Scientist
24. The Odditorium: The Tricksters, Eccentrics, Deviants and Inventors Whose Obsessions Changed the World - David Bramwell & Jo Keeling
25. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War - Mary Roach
26. Possession and Ownership: A Cross-Linguistic Typology- Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald & R. M. W. Dixon (Eds)
27. Pragmatics - Yan Huang
28. Second Language Acquisition Myths: Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching - Steven Brown & Jenifer Larson-Hall
30. Possession: Cognitive Sources, Forces and Grammaticalization - Bernd Heine
31. Pravda Ha Ha – Rory Maclean
32. Corpus Linguistics for Pragmatics: A Guide for Research – Christoph Rühleman
33. Language and Perception - George A. Miller & Philip N. Johnson-Laird
35. The Crab With the Golden Claws (Adventures of Tintin). - Herge
36. A Thousand Days of Wonder: A Scientist's Chronicle of His Daughter's Developing Mind - Charles Fernyhough
37. The Death of East Prussia: War and Revenge in Germany’s Easternmost Province – Peter B. Clark.
38. Bastard Tongues: A Trailblazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World’s Lowliest Languages – Derek Bickerton
39 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions - Thomas S. Kuhn
40. Cigars of the Pharaoh - Herge
41. Cognitive Foundations of Grammar – Bernd Heine
42. Parts of the body: Cross-linguistic categorization, (Language Sciences Volume 28, Issues 2–3) Edited by Asifa Majid, N.J. Enfield & Miriam van Staden
43. Tintin in the Congo – Herge
44. The Atoms of Language: The Mind’s Hidden Rules of Grammar - Mark C. Baker
45. Man’s Search for Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust - Victor E. Frankl
46. The Story of the Human Body – Daniel Lieberman
47. Pragmatics - Stephen C. Levinson
48. Drunkard’s Tales from Old Prague – Jaroslav Hašek
49. What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves – Benjamin K. Bergen
50. Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries – Kory Stamper
51. Humankind: A Hopeful History – Rutger Bregman
52. The Hydrogen Sonata - Iain M. Banks
53. Atonement – Ian McEwan
54. The Saints of Salvation - Peter F. Hamilton

55. Ethel and Ernest - Raymond Briggs

Many may know Briggs for his children's classics 'The Snowman' and 'Fungus the Bogeyman'. I loved these books as a kid and now my kids love them too. (My daughter is convinced, with a little help from her dad, that a culvert near our house is actually the entrance to the Bogey tunnels!)

This is a moving a loving tribute to Briggs' parents, charting their lives from their chance meeting in the 1920's, through the depression, the terrors of the second world war, the emergence of post-war society and into the 1960's. His father was a milkman and his mother a housewife and their lives are, on one level, just so ordinary, mundane and typical of millions of people who lived during those years.

There is comedy and pathos, joy and sadness and a good view of how the politics of each decade translated into the daily experience of ordinary people. But beyond the tacit social commentary and people's history this is the moving story of the lives of two regular people, and Briggs captures nicely the innate human nobility and dignity that is to be found in the mundane.

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Re: The Book Thread 2020

#370  Postby Blip » Nov 29, 2020 2:41 pm

First 50 here.

51. A Place in the Hills by Michelle Paver
52. A Song for the Dark Times by Ian Rankin
53. When Death Takes Something From You Give It Back by Naja Marie Aidt translated by Denise Newman
54. The Cockroach by Ian McEwan
55. Ghost Stories of Henry James by Henry James
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#371  Postby UncertainSloth » Nov 30, 2020 10:10 am

1. new orleans vampires: history and legend - marita woywod crandle - 7/10
2. the darkest part of the woods - ramsey campbell - 8/10
3. paranormal encounters on Britain's roads - peter a mccue - 6/10
4. ten thousand doors of January - alix e harrow - 6/10
5. dead mountain - donnie eichar - 9/10
6. weird words - susie dent - 6/10
7. those across the river - christopher buelman - 8/10
8. odditorium - david bramwell & chum - 9/10
9. busy monsters - william giraldi - 6/10
10. parsnips, buttered - joe lycett - 7/10
11. the pursuit of william abbey - claire north 10/10
12. the horologicon - mark forsyth - 8/10
13. mr mercedes - stephen king 10/10
14. finders keepers - stephen king - 9/10
15. phantom atlas - the greatest myths, lies and blunders on maps - edward brooke-hitching - 10/10
16. end of watch - Stephen king - 9/10
17. erebus - Michael Palin - 9/10
18. tales from the black meadow - Chris lambert - 8/10
19. pop goes the weasel - albert jack - 8/10
20. purloined stories - alyne pustanio - 8/10
21. ye old dog & duck - albert jack - 8/10
22. hex - thomas olde heuvelt - 8/10
23. stranger in the woods
24. starve acre
25. dent's modern tribes
26. lovecraft country - matt ruff - 10/10
27. underground - will hunt - 9/10
28. pan's labyrinth - del toro & cornelia funke - 10/10
29. unexplained - some bloke from a podcast - 6/10...
30. bad monkeys - matt ruff - 9/10
31. gossip from the forest - sara maitland - 8/10
32. ghoster - jason arnopp - 8/10
33. the book of koli - m r carey - 8/10
34. platform 7 - louise doughty - 7/10 - some of it works, some not so much - i was a tad disappointed in this one

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#372  Postby don't get me started » Dec 02, 2020 4:21 am

1. The Bilingual Mind and What it Tells us About language and Thought - Aneta Pavlenko
2. Social Interaction and L2 Classroom Discourse - Olcay Sert
3. The Grammar of Knowledge: A Cross-Linguistic Typology - Alexandra Aikhenvald and R.M.W. Dixon (Eds.)
4. Rethinking Language, Mind, and World Dialogically : Interactional and Contextual Theories of Human Sense-Making – Per Linnel
5. Salvation - Peter F Hamilton
6. The Expression of Negation - Laurence R. Horn (Ed.)
7. Catching the Light: The Entwined History of Light and Mind - Arthur Zajon
8. Bad Words and What They Say About Us - Philip Gooden
9 & 10. Tintin on the Moon - Herge
11. The East, the West and Sex: A History - Richard Bernstein
12. A Pragmatic Approach to English Language Teaching and Production - Lala U. Takeda and Megumi Okugiri (Eds.)
13. Salvation Lost - Peter F. Hamilton
14. The Written Language Bias in Linguistics: Its Nature, Origins and Transformations- Per Linnel
15. Who Cut the Cheese? A Cultural History of the Fart - Jim Dawson
16. Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue - John McWhorter
17. The Book of Humans: A Brief History of Culture, Sex, War and the Evolution of Us – Adam Rutherford
18. The Secret Lives of Colour - Kassia St CLair
19. Number - Greville G. Corbett
20. The Land of Black Gold -Herge
21. Universals of Human Language (Vol 3) - Joseph Greenberg (Ed).
22. Survivors of Stalingrad: Eyewitness Accounts from the Sixth Army, 1942-1943 - Reinhold Busch
23. How to be Human: The Ultimate Guide to Your Amazing Existence - New Scientist
24. The Odditorium: The Tricksters, Eccentrics, Deviants and Inventors Whose Obsessions Changed the World - David Bramwell & Jo Keeling
25. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War - Mary Roach
26. Possession and Ownership: A Cross-Linguistic Typology- Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald & R. M. W. Dixon (Eds)
27. Pragmatics - Yan Huang
28. Second Language Acquisition Myths: Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching - Steven Brown & Jenifer Larson-Hall
30. Possession: Cognitive Sources, Forces and Grammaticalization - Bernd Heine
31. Pravda Ha Ha – Rory Maclean
32. Corpus Linguistics for Pragmatics: A Guide for Research – Christoph Rühleman
33. Language and Perception - George A. Miller & Philip N. Johnson-Laird
35. The Crab With the Golden Claws (Adventures of Tintin). - Herge
36. A Thousand Days of Wonder: A Scientist's Chronicle of His Daughter's Developing Mind - Charles Fernyhough
37. The Death of East Prussia: War and Revenge in Germany’s Easternmost Province – Peter B. Clark.
38. Bastard Tongues: A Trailblazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World’s Lowliest Languages – Derek Bickerton
39 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions - Thomas S. Kuhn
40. Cigars of the Pharaoh - Herge
41. Cognitive Foundations of Grammar – Bernd Heine
42. Parts of the body: Cross-linguistic categorization, (Language Sciences Volume 28, Issues 2–3) Edited by Asifa Majid, N.J. Enfield & Miriam van Staden
43. Tintin in the Congo – Herge
44. The Atoms of Language: The Mind’s Hidden Rules of Grammar - Mark C. Baker
45. Man’s Search for Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust - Victor E. Frankl
46. The Story of the Human Body – Daniel Lieberman
47. Pragmatics - Stephen C. Levinson
48. Drunkard’s Tales from Old Prague – Jaroslav Hašek
49. What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves – Benjamin K. Bergen
50. Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries – Kory Stamper
51. Humankind: A Hopeful History – Rutger Bregman
52. The Hydrogen Sonata - Iain M. Banks
53. Atonement – Ian McEwan
54. The Saints of Salvation - Peter F. Hamilton
55. Ethel and Ernest - Raymond Briggs

56. Explanations for Language Universals = Brian Butterworth, Bernard Comrie & Östen Dahl

292 pp.

This is a collection of articles by various scholars looking at some of the universals that exist in human language. The debate around language universals is divided into two broad categories. On the one hand, we have those who propose an ‘internal’ view. This is the idea that languages have an intrinsic, language-specific structure which is not necessarily related to any other aspect of human cognition. The view was popularized by Pinker in ‘The Language Instinct’ and finds its expression in the various theories of Universal Grammar. (Book 44 on the list above was pretty much based on this view.)

The alternative view is that language is just a typical part of other human cognitive systems and is structured around more general, non-language specific aspects of human experience, such as pattern formation and recognition, processing demands, communicative needs, working memory and the like. This book mostly aligns with the 'external' view and places language as a manifestation of general human cognition and experiential coding. There were several interesting chapters covering variety of topics such as grammar, semantics and phonology and some of them were a bit technical and at the edge of my capacity to understand. I really got into the chapter on verbs of perception by Åke Viberg. There was a wealth of data on how verbs or perception work in different languages. The distinction between an activity (e.g. look) and an experience (e.g. see) is coded lexically in English and signaled morphologically in Japanese – the same verb miru can represent both, the surrounding grammar does the heavy lifting.

Other languages (e.g. Vietnamese) opt for serial verbs, differentiating look and see by having a word for ‘look’ and then a pair of words, ‘look perceive’ for ‘see.

I also found the chapter on conceptual and semantic change interesting. In some ways it was like book 39 above in that it described how concepts emerge from paradigm shifts in children’s’ language acquisition. Gopnik states on page 169, ‘Whatever the relationship between old theories, experience and new theories turns out to be, it is unlikely to be a simple matter of rearranging cognitive primitives.’ This seems to suggest that the ‘deep structure’ so beloved of the generativist school of grammar is not an adequate view of how language self-organizes. Instead, language is seen as emergent and tied in with general cognitive and experiential processes rather than language specific-modules in the physical structure of the brain. The following chapter on self-organizing processes and the explanation of phonological processes seemed to be arguing on similar lines…although this chapter got a bit technical in places so I’m not sure I am representing it accurately.
Altogether an interesting book and a lot of good data to chew on.

(I read a good chunk of this book, but not every chapter...)

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#373  Postby crazyfitter » Dec 03, 2020 11:29 am

1. Knife - Jo Nesbo
2. Unnatural Causes - Dr Richard Shepherd
3. Pravda Ha Ha - Rory MacLean. Great book, I’ve written a review in What’cha Readin.
4. Triplanetary - EE “Doc” Smith
5. The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell
6. Standing in Another Mans Grave - Ian Rankin
7. Bury My Heart At Wounded knee - Dee Brown
8. A Silent Death - Peter May
9. Letters from an Astrophysicist - Neil de Grasse Tyson
10. The Story of the British Isles - Neil Oliver
11. How To Argue With A Racist - Adam Rutherford
12. Salvation - Peter F. Hamilton
13. Salvation Lost - Peter F. Hamilton
14. Days Without End - Sebastian Barry
15. A Long Long Way - Sebastian Barry
16. Lennox - Craig Russell
17. The Tenth Chamber - Glen Cooper
18. The Racketeer - John Grisham
19. The Testaments - Margaret Atwood
20. the power of the dog - Don Winslow. A reread on my kindle about the ‘war on drugs’
21. Catastrophe - Max Hastings
22. Complicity - Iain Banks
23. Satori - Don Winslow
24. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
25. The Hypnotist - Lars Kepler
26. Shibumi - Trevanian
27. Blade Runner2 The Edge of Human - K. W. Jeter
28. Walking on Glass - Iain Banks
29. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge
30. Pandora’s Star - Peter F Hamilton
31. Judas Unchained - Peter F Hamilton
32. The Puppet Show - M.W. Craven
33. Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardino Evaristo
34. Whose Body? - Dorothy L. Sayers
35. Five Red Herrings - Dorothy L. sayers
36. The Neon Rain - James Lee Burke
37. Heavens Prisoners - James Lee Burke
38. Black Cherry Blues - James Lee Burke
39. Salt Lane - William Shaw
40. Infinity In The Palm of Your Hand - Marcus Chown
41. A Morning for Flamingos - James Lee Burke
42. Bad Monkeys - Matt Ruff
43. The Jealous Kind - James Lee Burke
44. Wayfaring Stranger - James Lee Burke
45. The Shadow King - Maaza Mengiste
46. The Last Voice You Hear - Mick Heron
47. Democracy For Sale. Dark Money and Dirty Politics - Peter Geoghegan
48. Word by Word - Kory Stamper
49. The Saints of Salvation - Peter F Hamilton. The last of the trilogy, thanks to dgms or I might have forgotten it. I hate the pricing of trilogies, £4, £5 and £10 on kindle. One of the Douglass Adams books featured a planet where they got rid of all the useless people and which included marketing managers.
This book is a bit open ended and I can see a forth book adding to the trilogy.
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#374  Postby NamelessFaceless » Dec 04, 2020 8:36 pm

Audiobooks in Italics

1. I, Claudius - Robert Graves
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
3. The Man in the Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas
4. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
5. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

6. How Firm a Foundation: The Story of Florida's First Methodist Church - Wesley S. Odom
7. Ulysses - James Joyce
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (15 books) - Jeff Kinney
9. Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs - John Bloom and Jim Atkinson
10. Tristram Shandy - Laurence Sterne
11. The Haunting of Hill House (and The Summer People) - Shirley Jackson
12. White Rose, Black Forest - Eoin Dempsey
13. Daisy Miller - Henry James
14. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Volume II - Edgar Allan Poe
15. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky
16. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
17. A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
18. The Sign of Four - Arthur Conan Doyle

19. Lady Susan & The Watsons - Jane Austen
20. A Lost Lady - Willa Cather
21. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner (re-read)
22. Villette - Charlotte Bronte
23. Tales of the Jazz Age - F. Scott Fitzgerald
24. Twelve Years a Slave - Solomon Northup
25. Whose Body? - Dorothy L. Sayers
26.Anthem - Ayn Rand

27. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
28. The Aspern Papers - Henry James
29. We Were Mothers - Katie Sise
30. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
31. The Island of Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells
32. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
33. Watership Down - Richard Adams
34. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
35. Alongside Night - J. Neil Schulman
36. The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
37. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
38. A Nation's Keeper - James L. Howard
39. The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene
40. The Jolly Corner - Henry James
41. Into the Water - Paula Hawkins
42. Dox Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
43. Middlemarch - George Eliot
44. The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
45. Positive Discipline for Teenagers - Jane Nelson
46. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
47. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
48. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
49. If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood - Gregg Olsen
50. The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens
51. Nine Stories - J.D. Salinger
52. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
53. At Swim-Two-Birds - Flann O'Brien
54. White Fang - Jack London
55. Hard Times - Charles Dickens
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#375  Postby Blip » Dec 05, 2020 4:15 pm

First 50 here.

51. A Place in the Hills by Michelle Paver
52. A Song for the Dark Times by Ian Rankin
53. When Death Takes Something From You Give It Back by Naja Marie Aidt translated by Denise Newman
54. The Cockroach by Ian McEwan
55. Ghost Stories of Henry James by Henry James
56. Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
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#376  Postby UncertainSloth » Dec 07, 2020 2:19 am

1. new orleans vampires: history and legend - marita woywod crandle - 7/10
2. the darkest part of the woods - ramsey campbell - 8/10
3. paranormal encounters on Britain's roads - peter a mccue - 6/10
4. ten thousand doors of January - alix e harrow - 6/10
5. dead mountain - donnie eichar - 9/10
6. weird words - susie dent - 6/10
7. those across the river - christopher buelman - 8/10
8. odditorium - david bramwell & chum - 9/10
9. busy monsters - william giraldi - 6/10
10. parsnips, buttered - joe lycett - 7/10
11. the pursuit of william abbey - claire north 10/10
12. the horologicon - mark forsyth - 8/10
13. mr mercedes - stephen king 10/10
14. finders keepers - stephen king - 9/10
15. phantom atlas - the greatest myths, lies and blunders on maps - edward brooke-hitching - 10/10
16. end of watch - Stephen king - 9/10
17. erebus - Michael Palin - 9/10
18. tales from the black meadow - Chris lambert - 8/10
19. pop goes the weasel - albert jack - 8/10
20. purloined stories - alyne pustanio - 8/10
21. ye old dog & duck - albert jack - 8/10
22. hex - thomas olde heuvelt - 8/10
23. stranger in the woods
24. starve acre
25. dent's modern tribes
26. lovecraft country - matt ruff - 10/10
27. underground - will hunt - 9/10
28. pan's labyrinth - del toro & cornelia funke - 10/10
29. unexplained - some bloke from a podcast - 6/10...
30. bad monkeys - matt ruff - 9/10
31. gossip from the forest - sara maitland - 8/10
32. ghoster - jason arnopp - 8/10
33. the book of koli - m r carey - 8/10
34. platform 7 - louise doughty - 7/10
35. pine - francine toon - 6/10 - fairly disappointing - started ok then lost its way

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#377  Postby NamelessFaceless » Dec 08, 2020 2:17 pm

Audiobooks in Italics

1. I, Claudius - Robert Graves
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
3. The Man in the Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas
4. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
5. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

6. How Firm a Foundation: The Story of Florida's First Methodist Church - Wesley S. Odom
7. Ulysses - James Joyce
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (15 books) - Jeff Kinney
9. Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs - John Bloom and Jim Atkinson
10. Tristram Shandy - Laurence Sterne
11. The Haunting of Hill House (and The Summer People) - Shirley Jackson
12. White Rose, Black Forest - Eoin Dempsey
13. Daisy Miller - Henry James
14. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Volume II - Edgar Allan Poe
15. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky
16. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
17. A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
18. The Sign of Four - Arthur Conan Doyle

19. Lady Susan & The Watsons - Jane Austen
20. A Lost Lady - Willa Cather
21. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner (re-read)
22. Villette - Charlotte Bronte
23. Tales of the Jazz Age - F. Scott Fitzgerald
24. Twelve Years a Slave - Solomon Northup
25. Whose Body? - Dorothy L. Sayers
26.Anthem - Ayn Rand

27. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
28. The Aspern Papers - Henry James
29. We Were Mothers - Katie Sise
30. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
31. The Island of Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells
32. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
33. Watership Down - Richard Adams
34. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
35. Alongside Night - J. Neil Schulman
36. The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
37. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
38. A Nation's Keeper - James L. Howard
39. The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene
40. The Jolly Corner - Henry James
41. Into the Water - Paula Hawkins
42. Dox Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
43. Middlemarch - George Eliot
44. The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
45. Positive Discipline for Teenagers - Jane Nelson
46. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
47. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
48. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
49. If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood - Gregg Olsen
50. The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens
51. Nine Stories - J.D. Salinger
52. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
53. At Swim-Two-Birds - Flann O'Brien
54. White Fang - Jack London
55. Hard Times - Charles Dickens
56. The Moviegoer - Walker Percy
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#378  Postby Blip » Dec 10, 2020 3:40 pm

First 50 here.

51. A Place in the Hills by Michelle Paver
52. A Song for the Dark Times by Ian Rankin
53. When Death Takes Something From You Give It Back by Naja Marie Aidt translated by Denise Newman
54. The Cockroach by Ian McEwan
55. Ghost Stories of Henry James by Henry James
56. Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
57. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
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#379  Postby crazyfitter » Dec 12, 2020 1:39 pm

1. Knife - Jo Nesbo
2. Unnatural Causes - Dr Richard Shepherd
3. Pravda Ha Ha - Rory MacLean. Great book, I’ve written a review in What’cha Readin.
4. Triplanetary - EE “Doc” Smith
5. The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell
6. Standing in Another Mans Grave - Ian Rankin
7. Bury My Heart At Wounded knee - Dee Brown
8. A Silent Death - Peter May
9. Letters from an Astrophysicist - Neil de Grasse Tyson
10. The Story of the British Isles - Neil Oliver
11. How To Argue With A Racist - Adam Rutherford
12. Salvation - Peter F. Hamilton
13. Salvation Lost - Peter F. Hamilton
14. Days Without End - Sebastian Barry
15. A Long Long Way - Sebastian Barry
16. Lennox - Craig Russell
17. The Tenth Chamber - Glen Cooper
18. The Racketeer - John Grisham
19. The Testaments - Margaret Atwood
20. the power of the dog - Don Winslow. A reread on my kindle about the ‘war on drugs’
21. Catastrophe - Max Hastings
22. Complicity - Iain Banks
23. Satori - Don Winslow
24. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
25. The Hypnotist - Lars Kepler
26. Shibumi - Trevanian
27. Blade Runner2 The Edge of Human - K. W. Jeter
28. Walking on Glass - Iain Banks
29. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge
30. Pandora’s Star - Peter F Hamilton
31. Judas Unchained - Peter F Hamilton
32. The Puppet Show - M.W. Craven
33. Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardino Evaristo
34. Whose Body? - Dorothy L. Sayers
35. Five Red Herrings - Dorothy L. sayers
36. The Neon Rain - James Lee Burke
37. Heavens Prisoners - James Lee Burke
38. Black Cherry Blues - James Lee Burke
39. Salt Lane - William Shaw
40. Infinity In The Palm of Your Hand - Marcus Chown
41. A Morning for Flamingos - James Lee Burke
42. Bad Monkeys - Matt Ruff
43. The Jealous Kind - James Lee Burke
44. Wayfaring Stranger - James Lee Burke
45. The Shadow King - Maaza Mengiste
46. The Last Voice You Hear - Mick Heron
47. Democracy For Sale. Dark Money and Dirty Politics - Peter Geoghegan
48. Word by Word - Kory Stamper
49. The Saints of Salvation - Peter F Hamilton.
50. Embers of War - Gareth L. Powell
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#380  Postby don't get me started » Dec 13, 2020 3:29 am

Aaaand congrats to crazyfitter on reaching the 50 book goal. :cheers:
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