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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:29 am 
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Just got Hermann Hesse - Gertrud. Very excited!


Finished it, and wow! I bought a stack of new books, among them Eats, Shoots & Leaves, but I want to savour this one a little longer.

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"Decline and Fall" by Evelyn Waugh. It contains one of my favourite lines:
"Mr Prendergast ate a grape-fruit with some difficulty. 'What a very big orange!' he said when he had finished it."

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About a century before the space race. Many of his predictions of this came true 8)

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Making my way through James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. Currently about 430 pages in.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:42 am 
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About a century before the space race. Many of his predictions of this came true 8)


Is that the one I own of which the Dutch title translates as "A journey to the moon in 28 days and 12 hours"?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:28 am 
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About a century before the space race. Many of his predictions of this came true 8)


Is that the one I own of which the Dutch title translates as "A journey to the moon in 28 days and 12 hours"?


In From Earth to The Moon, the projected time of travel to reach the moon is 4 hrs.
In the sequel (All) Around the Moon -which I just started- they might do a number of orbits. It could be that you have two books in one. Verne was an author who was truly ahead of his time.

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I've started getting into Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces by Radley Balko. I'm not typically a big nonfiction guy, but this was recommended on another online forum, and it seemed like a timely and compelling topic.


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Insane City by Dave Barry. Funniest book I've read in years. A high class wedding gone horribly wrong. Set in Miami, which is insane in the best of times. It's like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on pot brownies, with Cubans, Russians, Haitians, thugs, strippers, rich bitches, old Jews and a horny orangutan. If you can get through Chapter 9 without wetting your pants laughing, you must be some humorless fuck like Spacebrother.


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Insane City by Dave Barry. Funniest book I've read in years. A high class wedding gone horribly wrong. Set in Miami, which is insane in the best of times. It's like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on pot brownies, with Cubans, Russians, Haitians, thugs, strippers, rich bitches, old Jews and a horny orangutan. If you can get through Chapter 9 without wetting your pants laughing, you must be some humorless fuck like Spacebrother.


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'Antrobus Complete' - Lawrence Durrell

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Eberhard Jäckel: "Frankreich in Hitlers Europa. Die deutsche Frankreichpolitik im 2. Weltkrieg." (France in Hitler's Europe. German policy in France during WWII".
Although fairly old (1965), this is interesting in that it highlighted the level of organizational chaos in the Third Reich, before most other historians had got that far. The impression created is that of a regime that was falling apart from within long before the military setbacks started.

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Marcel Proust: Combray.

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Just finished this, it's been a bathroom reader. I snagged it at a thrift store ran by one of those rehab/outreach centers run by local crook...ehrm...churches. I'd like to read the 2007 revised version.

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I'll bet a few of us will be reading this on October 22:

http://www.amazon.com/Eminent-Hipsters-Donald-Fagen/dp/0670025518

Should be quite interesting.

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The collected absurdism of Kamiel Kafka is something I've been reading over and over lately.
"Omelettes are eggs that dream they're falling."

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