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    Finally finished the complete collection of Ayn Rand;

    We the Living
    The Fountainhead
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    Thoroughly loved every one of them for their own reasons. Feels almost like superhero books from a century ago with philosophy sprinkled in (The Fountainhead's Roarke and Atlas Shrugged's Rearden / John Galt feel like modern day Batman or something to me). This mammoth of a book, nearly 5000 pages long, took me quite a while, but it's been great.

    I also finished War of the Worlds. What a genius book, especially if you consider the time when it was written. Devoured it in two days on holiday and I can only recommend it. Loved it!

    Now I'm nearly finished with East of Eden. Not my cup of tea, have to be honest, I'm not really interested in personal relationships. But I can easily see why people love it. It's the closest thing to a song that is not a song. The writer is a master of words!

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    The Guest List by Lucy Foley, a British thriller writer, I could not recommend it highly enough, so atmospheric and beautifully written. Love the sub title, The Guest List, you would kill to be on it!

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    The World Gives Way by Marissa Levien. A post-apocalyptic novel set in a massive starship launched from the dying earth, that starts to crack and fail enroute. The focus is on a few characters, with narrow escapes and heaps of suspense. The ending is not happy, but is beautifully done.


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    Coincidentally, I just finished reading This is the way the world ends by James Morrow. Going to add your book to my list as it looks very interesting.

    Now starting on Killing Commendatore by Haruki Marakami - I've read almost everything else by him!

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    I'm wrapping up with Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. The only reason I picked up this mammoth collection of 5 volumes containing dozens of books was because, amongst the reviewers, praising it were Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. My love for Tolstoy is great, and when he says a book is masterful, I had to read it.

    The book is miserable, but also one of the best things I have ever read, and probably ever will read. It's written for the common person, but the genius of Victor Hugo is too much to be masked. Unbelievable read and I highly recommend it to anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adhoc View Post
    I'm wrapping up with Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. The only reason I picked up this mammoth collection of 5 volumes containing dozens of books was because, amongst the reviewers, praising it were Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. My love for Tolstoy is great, and when he says a book is masterful, I had to read it.

    The book is miserable, but also one of the best things I have ever read, and probably ever will read. It's written for the common person, but the genius of Victor Hugo is too much to be masked. Unbelievable read and I highly recommend it to anyone.
    I enjoyed reading this, but I agree about how it was written.

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    Just finished “what does this button do” an autobiography by Bruce Dickinson.

    Known for being lead singer and front man of heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

    Not so known for being a composer next to performer, an author of two novels, a UK national level fencer, a fully licensed commercial airline pilot with qualifications from 757 to 747, and, perhaps most important, a fighter and triumphant of two types of cancer.

    Very interesting homo universalis of sorts. A person with a variety of natural gifts who shows that having those gifts alone doesn’t cut it - discipline, perseverance and not giving up does.

    Well, all that and being part of a band that was pivotal in my musical formative years of early adolescence - i still listen to them very frequently some four decades later.

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    Just finished Killing Commendatore. Typical Murakami fare, which is fine by me!

    Next up on the bedside table is A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge. I am at heart a massive sci-fi fan, especially if it is character centric.

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    The last book I read is called: "le plancher de Joachim" and is a french history book (which means: Joachim's planks)



    The book is about a sensational find in the French department "Hautes-Alpes". During restoration works in a castle (Chateau de Picomtal), writings were discovered on the underside of floor planks. After closer examination, it turned out that the writings were a kind of diary of the carpenter who built the floor about 150 years ago.

    The writer, a carpenter named Joachim Martin was aware that his writings would not be discovered in his lifetime. He did not mince words about politics, religion and life in the village. But also very personal and intimate things he brought to paper, ....ahem wood!

    Unfortunately, the book has not yet been translated into other languages, and is a challenging read. So reading this book took me a bit of time. Still, it was worth every minute.

    PS: The writings on the bottom of the wooden planks were written in pencil...
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    Thanks for the write-up Christof. 150 years ago means around the time of the Franco-Prussian war and the Paris Commune, an interesting time. I will have to hunt down a copy on this side of the ocean.

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    I could send you my copy if you want. Just let me know.

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    I'm wrapping up with Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. The only reason I picked up this mammoth collection of 5 volumes containing dozens of books was because, amongst the reviewers, praising it were Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. My love for Tolstoy is great, and when he says a book is masterful, I had to read it.

    The book is miserable, but also one of the best things I have ever read, and probably ever will read. It's written for the common person, but the genius of Victor Hugo is too much to be masked. Unbelievable read and I highly recommend it to anyone.
    I enjoyed reading this, but I agree about how it was written.
    I finished Les Misérables today. It's the best book I've ever read. I've gone through the best educational institutions my country has to offer without ever hearing about it and that's a tragedy. We were forced to read boring garbage like Madame Bovary, but not this?

    Better than even The Death of Ivan Ilyich.

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    Last read was Harbour Street by Ann Cleeves. Now reading Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line.
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    My Brother’s Destroyer by Clayton Lindemuth. Moonshiners, magical realism, creative revenge. Not for the faint of heart.
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    This book was a delightful find for the year and, being a nominee for 2021’s Bram Stoker Award, an unforgettable “Halloween” read:

    Wintersett Hollow by Jonathan Durham

    Fans of a charming cult novel get a chance to visit the deceased author’s ancestral home. They’re met at the door by one of the book’s characters, a genteel talking rabbit with a wooden leg. It seems they’ve arrived in time to celebrate the central holiday in the novel. It’s Barley Day. It’s time to run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adhoc View Post
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    I'm wrapping up with Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. The only reason I picked up this mammoth collection of 5 volumes containing dozens of books was because, amongst the reviewers, praising it were Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. My love for Tolstoy is great, and when he says a book is masterful, I had to read it.

    The book is miserable, but also one of the best things I have ever read, and probably ever will read. It's written for the common person, but the genius of Victor Hugo is too much to be masked. Unbelievable read and I highly recommend it to anyone.
    I enjoyed reading this, but I agree about how it was written.
    I finished Les Misérables today. It's the best book I've ever read. I've gone through the best educational institutions my country has to offer without ever hearing about it and that's a tragedy. We were forced to read boring garbage like Madame Bovary, but not this?

    Better than even The Death of Ivan Ilyich.
    If you mean that high school teachers should have taught you it, let me say that I would not have assigned it either. It's just too long. I take 5 weeks to cover The Odyssey (best tale ever composed in the West), 5 weeks for Jane Eyre, and sometimes 6 weeks when I assign the Grapes of Wrath. But Les Miserables? I can't imagine how many weeks...15? ...and that would be just too long. I've taught Moby Dick and Crime and Punishment and Tess...but that Hugo Magnus opus? I would take a pass.

    But glad you loved it!

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    I'm wrapping up with Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. The only reason I picked up this mammoth collection of 5 volumes containing dozens of books was because, amongst the reviewers, praising it were Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. My love for Tolstoy is great, and when he says a book is masterful, I had to read it.

    The book is miserable, but also one of the best things I have ever read, and probably ever will read. It's written for the common person, but the genius of Victor Hugo is too much to be masked. Unbelievable read and I highly recommend it to anyone.
    I enjoyed reading this, but I agree about how it was written.
    I finished Les Misérables today. It's the best book I've ever read. I've gone through the best educational institutions my country has to offer without ever hearing about it and that's a tragedy. We were forced to read boring garbage like Madame Bovary, but not this?

    Better than even The Death of Ivan Ilyich.
    Madame Bovary isn’t boring! The plot is conventional, but there’s plenty of satire if you’re paying attention. Charles is such a dope! Much of the humor is on the subtle/deadpan side maybe, and it’s perhaps easy to miss if you’re not up on 19th c France. I would never take anything Flaubert wrote or said at face value, especially “Madame Bovary c’est moi.”

    Besides, compared to À la recherche du temps perdu of which the first 50 or so pages are about (at one level) the narrator going to bed, Madame Bovary is a real thriller.

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    I just finished On All Fronts by Clarissa Ward (excellent, BTW) and now reading Nomadland by Jessica Bruder (also excellent)

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    I'm currently reading Crisis in the Red Zone by Richard Preston. Pretty horrifying
    https://richard-preston.net/book/cri...-the-red-zone/

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