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  • burd
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    Nemesis, by Philip Roth. Short novel set in a Jewish community near Newark in the midst of the polio epidemic (and WW2) in 1944. Haven’t read Roth in a while and just randomly pulled this down from my shelf for a quick read. I have some personal experience with the epidemic’s effect on a stoic midwestern Scandinavian community, quite different from the Jewish guilt-driven sense of personal ownership his main character takes of the personal suffering caused by the virus. For obvious reasons, I have an outsiders view of all Roth’s work, but I’m glad I picked it.

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  • Kepler
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    So I just started reading the unexpurgated Thousand and One Nights for the first time.

    Holy f-ck. If you thought Thumpers were misogynistic (Narrator: they are), wait til you get a load of the Muzzies.

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  • MissThundercat
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    I bought Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children am loving it so far.

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  • leswp1
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    I was wondering the same thing!

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  • Drew S.
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    Anyone know what happened to Probert? Is always enjoyed reading his book reviews and see he hasn’t posted in a couple years.

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  • mookie1995
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    Mookie was introduced to Vincent Galvino series.
    first 3 are finished and ordered the next 4 to pick up while in the US for Christmas.

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  • Drew S.
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    Originally posted by solovsfett View Post
    Heat 2 (origin story) by Michael Mann. No, I haven’t read it yet but goddamn if it’s anywhere close to as good as the movie Heat I’m going to love it!
    Just finished it and it was good. I assume they will do a mini-series instead of movie.

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  • Kepler
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    I have given up on Riddley Walker, by Russell Hoban, although I consider it a brilliant book. I just could not struggle with the language anymore.

    But it is easily the most original and interesting post-apocalyptic novels I've ever, er, tried. Previously I would have said A Canticle for Leibowitz was the best, but no, this was far more sophisticated and profound.

    It was simply unreadable.

    I encourage others to try. If you can do it I promise you a great journey.

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  • solovsfett
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    Heat 2 (origin story) by Michael Mann. No, I haven’t read it yet but goddamn if it’s anywhere close to as good as the movie Heat I’m going to love it!

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  • solovsfett
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    Just finished the Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley. Incredible book! Malcolm was a genius. Spoilers alert for those who haven’t read it:










    towards the end Malcolm realizes certain events or occurrences happening to him are beyond the capabilities of the NOI. Little did he know that the year prior to his death his file at CIA was delivered to Richard Helms the Director of Plans ( the directorate of plans from 1947 through at least the early 80’s, was the offense at CIA, the coup plotting, election rigging, Assassinations teams were directed out of this department). Make of that what you will. I know what I believe happened at the Audobon ballroom. Also great supplemental reading: “The Murder and Martyrdom of Malcolm X” by James Douglass


    also just finished “The Betrayal of Anne Frank”. Man…it’s absolutely riveting and gutting to read this. I believe the team found the person who gave up the location but it’s just…Gutting. That’s the only way for me to describe it.

    And if I haven’t mentioned it here before, Killers Of The Flower Moon by David Grann is a great and quick read. Scorsese has a movie based on the real life events described in this book that is coming out this fall. Osage is ndian tribe pushed to to the brink, into no-man’s land in Oklahoma and then…they discover oil. And one by one they begin to disappear or are found murdered. This really is a rough equivalent to another story that needs to be told on the big screen which is the Tulsa massacre (black Wall Street).

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  • Kepler
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    "But maybe you like that."

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  • solovsfett
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    Originally posted by joecct View Post

    Try "The Rising Sun" by John Toland.
    Thanks!

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by jjuliajul11 View Post
    Oh yes, everyone praised this book (Fifty Shades) so much but when I read it I was very disappointed
    I'm going to drip hot wax on your mother board

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  • joecct
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    Originally posted by solovsfett View Post
    Hey all, any recommendations on good books about Napoleon, Alexander The Great, and Operation Barbarossa? Also, books on WWII from the perspective of Japan?

    thanks in advance!
    Try "The Rising Sun" by John Toland.

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