Whatcha reading redux.

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Weetabix
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Just binge read Monster Hunter Grunge and Sinners. I'm in Saints now. They're just setting up the drill rig to go after the mava.
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Started Confederacy of Dunces
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I read Ibsen's An Enemy Of The People last night. I'm not sure how I view Dr. Stockman. But that may be as Ibsen intended.
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Just finished E.E. "Doc" Smith's The Skylark of Space. My daughter didn't like it, saying it didn't hold up well against Heinlein.

But after reading the introduction (Easton Press edition), I went in with the right mindset. He initially wrote it in 1917, IIRC, but it didn't get published until the mid 30's. The characters were all pretty black and white. Some were a bit too perfect. But it was a very early work of the genre and quite imaginative. I enjoyed it.

I'm now reading H. Rider Haggard's She. Sort of an old African adventure tale. They're looking for some mythical ageless white queen in the interior. Apparently, it's the origin of the phrase "She who must be obeyed." The natives refer to her that way all the time. Who knew?

I have to admit that reading books in the Easton Press, gilt, leather bound editions with the ribbon book marks may make the reading more enjoyable. 8-)
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Fiction: Fortress Doctrine (Maelstrom Rising 5) by Peter Nealen

Non-Fiction: A History of the American People by Paul Johnson. I'm only about 60 pages in, but I already learned something: 1619 marked not only the first introduction of African <s>slaves</s> indentured servants (20 brought to Jamestown by Dutch traders), but it also marked the first meeting of a representative assembly in the Americas - also in Jamestown.

Oh, and I'm reading MHI to my younger boys as a bedtime story. :mrgreen:
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Did it mention that socialism was tried there in 1607 and abandoned in 1611 because too many people died under it?

So, socialism failed in North America before slavery was even introduced here. But now, for some reason, a great many youngsters want socialism back. Such odd times.
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Weetabix wrote: Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:20 pm Did it mention that socialism was tried there in 1607 and abandoned in 1611 because too many people died under it?

So, socialism failed in North America before slavery was even introduced here. But now, for some reason, a great many youngsters want socialism back. Such odd times.
You know I've lived in Plymouth, right? :geek:

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Just finished Under the Frog by Tibor Fischer. It's set in Hungary from the end of the war up through the '56 uprising. Really good, and chock full of the usual Eastern European sardonic gallows humor. There's no one like us bohunks for kicking our own silly little countries (in my case Hungary and Slovakia, along with Bavaria, Wales, and Ireland).

Also just finished Trotsky's Lenin: Notes for a Biographer (know thy enemy), and currently reading Sowell's Basic Economics and Eric Beinhocker's The Origin of Wealth.
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Reading as much Seaman McGuire as I can find, plus Jane Yellowrock series.. and Donald Westlake books for that vintage 70s heist vibe.
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E. E. Smith has been one of my favorite and 'must re-read periodically' authors all of my life. Both the Skylark and Lensman series; I could not get into the Family D'Alembert series as much. I still have all my Dad's paperbacks from the '60s and the ones I bought in the '70s.

Reading Timothy Gawnes Cybertank series, "At the end of the World" from Black Tide Rising series, and C.J. Carella's Warp Marine series

Also picked up a Kindle "Keith Laumer" collection so I can re-read the Bolo and Retief series.
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