This is fantastic.
I've had this one on the shelf forever, but hadn't picked it up as I figured at 800 pages it'd take me a year to read it. I figured since we just passed the 75th anniversary, I'd pick it up. Two weeks later I'm half way through. Remarkable page turner for a book this size and jammed full of interesting info and I haven't even got to the action yet.
Has anyone read Le Despit au Vilain? I've heard it compared to Hillbilly Elegy, although it's quite a bit older.
Fashion, Faith and Fantasy by Roger Penrose
Fashion is string theory, faith is quantum theory, and the big bang is fantasy. He ends with a section on his own pet theory.
I am on the second section and so far it is not as negative as i expected, but the big bang section is supposed to be the most negative.
I am hoping to find a couple good quotes to use in my next book.
Bridges of Toko-Ri. Just finished Tales of the South Pacific, much better than the $#@!e musical. Almost Heller-esque.
I had heard of the Cynthia Olson in the past, and haven't read the book yet, but will be in the next few weeks (hopefully).On December 7, 1941, even as Japanese carrier-launched aircraft flew toward Pearl Harbor, a small American cargo ship chartered by the Army reported that it was under attack by a submarine halfway between Seattle and Honolulu. After that one cryptic message, the humble lumber carrier Cynthia Olson and her crew vanished without a trace, their disappearance all but forgotten as the mighty warships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet burned.
The story of the Cynthia Olson's mid-ocean encounter with the Japanese submarine I-26 is both a classic high-seas drama and one of the most enduring mysteries of World War II. Did I-26's commander, Minoru Yokota, sink the freighter before the attack on Pearl Harbor began? Did the cargo ship's 35-man crew survive in lifeboats that drifted away into the vast Pacific, or were they machine-gunned to death? Was the Cynthia Olson the first American casualty of the Pacific War, and could her SOS have changed the course of history?
I did finish this one on the Leyte Gulf, and it was great - lots of primary sources/intelligence reports from both sides, and argues that the Japanese accomplished more of their goals than people realized, even with the sacrifices they made. Also discussed the fact that while we had cracked much of their cryptography, they were still able to move around hit us with little to no warning.
This has been a great read thus far. Action packed. James puts out a new chapter every couple of days. It's free
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Finished 3rd Expanse book: Abaddon's Gate.
Just got this one delivered from Amazon:
Been awhile since I posted on this thread.
Currently reading in parallel ( it'll take me several months to get through, as it's not exactly night time reading):
Also currently reading:
Previous 5, in order:
Also, have to say, "$#@! the jungle."
I assume it's a Pynchon joke. Seems his style.
Great book FWIW. Not as funny as Inherent Vice but pretty approachable for Pynchon.
“This book is unwavering in its excoriation of U.S. policy, past and present. It supplies no easy answers to the questions it raises, which may very well be the point. Nevertheless, these questions must be posed, and Chomsky does so with contagious fervor.”
As a programmer, it's weird to read Pynchon and get so many of the references - typically my books are covered in pencil notes from googling constantly. Given how much of his knowledge dump is clearly faked ( although faked w/ intelligence ), it give a lot of insight into how to interpret his other works. I'm really enjoying Bleeding Edge and Pynchon's take on technology, Self, and the vapidity of modern online life. It's not dark, but it's not hopeful either. The danger w/ Pynchon though is always eisegesis, so for all I know I could be reading something there that isn't. Hard to separate and takes time.
I wouldn't call this an all timer, although so far there are a handful of amazing chapters and sequences. So far the trip to the dump in the Art Deco boat, and Maxine getting off the guy with her feet ( dude has a foot fetish ) who can only $#@! while wearing a bespoke condoms were amazing.
Just finished this. Interesting read that takes aim at some of the mythologies of how the gun settled America.
Just started this
and just finished this
I just finished:
Now working on:
It's interesting to see the contrast of viewpoints about the time I spent on and around the 40. Both have brought back many memories of events I hadn't thought of in 30 years or more. Life will do that.
Edit: sorry about the size of the graphics. I need to learn how to size them.
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My dad still has old copies of The Rag from the 60s and 70s. I wonder if they're worth anything.
Amazon having a gold box sale on science/tech/history books today for kindle, including "Sleepwalkers" by Christopher Clark, an excellent book on the causes of WWI, and the "Big Picture" by Sean Carroll,which is a really good book on theoretical physics applied to the basic questions of creation.
Good historical context on China. Would like more geo-political context with regards to USSR but great read on internal happenings during Mao's time.
^ That looks good. Been buying a lot of books on Chinese history recently; will have to add this one to my Amazon list.
Just started this one:
About opposition to British foreign policy. Pretty interesting so far.
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson... does a good job of using the main trial narrative to drive the overall theme while peppering in other cases/evidence. Good read
Just started Michael Lewis latest book "the undoing project". Got me hooked 50 pgs in, along with a couple podcasts he did for it
That's a great book, I've listened to it twice on audible. Really good stuff, like most of Lewis' books.
Bought it for my son who is a psych major.
I have been on a Steven King run over the last year, finally reading The Shining and 11.22.63.
I just started The Stand. I've haven't had too many opportunities to sit down and read lately. So I'm only about 75 pgs into it. Just trying to keep the characters straight at this point. I figure things will start coming together soon since I haven't come across anyone who enjoys King's writing who hasn't recommended this book.
Reading some George Saunders before his next book comes out next week.
He's a good one, I got the audible yesterday.
After laying off books for a while, I've started to get back into them. Starting back up with Ready Player One and this one:
So far it's some common sense stuff that echos a lot of David Foster Wallace's "This is Water" speech, but I'm only on Chapter 2.
includes a wide variety of anecdotes, notes, and images from that era. great read.
Football .. OC .. Basketball .. Baseball .. Other Sports .. RC Didn't Offer .. Gamboool
Varsity .. Hole in the Wall .. PCL .. Einstein's .. Nasty's .. GM Steakhouse .. NSAA .. Classics
Bada Bing .. Bernard .. Nerdz .. Can you help me with this? .. Shagslist .. Cloak Room .. Bellmont