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This just came in the mail the other day. Will be starting it within a day or two. Vern wrote a story (In 1863) of what Paris might be like in 1960. His publisher felt that the book would be a flop so it was forgotten and shelved for 125 years. Turns out he got many things right.


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Paris in The Twentieth Century depicts a society that has been taken over by business and technology. The streets are filled with noisy automobiles and lit by electric lights; there is an elaborate subway system, and stores stay open all night. People communicate via fax machines and rely on computers and calculators; they're subjected to cacophonous concerts played by electrified instruments. Executions are carried out by electric chair. None of these inventions so clearly depicted in Verne's novel has been invented when he wrote it.

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Good one! I loved that book!

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Ancient Aliens on the Moon

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Besides the ridiculous cover very good scientific look at the many manufactured structures that remain on the moon from some earlier civilization.

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Okay, nobody knows. But it's funny ...

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Christmas present from Erwin.

Can't be Steve, his wife maybe? Does Sabbs know? :shock: :mrgreen:

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Stephen Fry - Making History.

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Stephen Fry - Making History.


Not his best, I thought. "The Liar" or even "The Star's Tennis Balls" was better IMHO.

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Read Star's Tennis Balls, yeah. Started off a bit all over the place but got much better as the book progressed.

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I have to say, I liked this much more than Keef's autobiography.

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On my way to Leiden, a 2 hour train trip, I finished Making History. No bad book by all means, but there could've been more in it and it does get annoyingly fragmentary at points.

So I bought something to get me through on the way back, and based on a positive review of one of his other books I picked the latest Haruki Murakami: The Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years Of Pilgrimage. I bought it three hours ago and am half-way already, itching to read the rest (would be doing that now but I'm busy indulging my Vinushka addiction).

Funny, in Dutch, if a book is a good read, you say it "reads like a train".

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Just finished this one...

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Finished Tsukuru Tazaki last night (I never finished a book that shortly after buying it), lost vast amounts of sleep and woke up exhausted.

Started on Triomf van de Verschroeide Aarde, by Thea Beckman, one of my favourite Dutch authors. She wrote young adult novels, particularly her historical novels (like this one about the 100 year war) are beloved by all ages.

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Are you sure you were still in Holland after this 2 hour train trip ? This train must have been very slow :) .... Just kidding :)

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I'm actually writing my Memoirs, my working title is a little bit of a plagerism...

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