What books are you reading right now? Post about what you're reading, your favorite books of all time etc.
What I'm reading right now
Infomocracy by Malka Older
It's been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything's on the line.
With power comes corruption. For Ken, this is his chance to do right by the idealistic Policy1st party and get a steady job in the big leagues. For Domaine, the election represents another staging ground in his ongoing struggle against the pax democratica. For Mishima, a dangerous Information operative, the whole situation is a puzzle: how do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time, when so many have so much to gain?
The Glorious Cause by Robert Middlekauff
Beginning with the French and Indian War and continuing to the election of George Washington as first president, Robert Middlekauff offers a panoramic history of the conflict between England and America, highlighting the drama and anguish of the colonial struggle for independence. Combining the political and the personal, he provides a compelling account of the key events that precipitated the war, from the Stamp Act to the Tea Act, tracing the gradual gathering of American resistance that culminated in the Boston Tea Party and "the shot heard 'round the world." The heart of the book features a vivid description of the eight-year-long war, with gripping accounts of battles and campaigns, ranging from Bunker Hill and Washington's crossing of the Delaware to the brilliant victory at Hannah's Cowpens and the final triumph at Yorktown, paying particular attention to what made men fight in these bloody encounters. The book concludes with an insightful look at the making of the Constitution in the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 and the struggle over ratification. Through it all, Middlekauff gives the reader a vivid sense of how the colonists saw these events and the importance they gave to them. Common soldiers and great generals, Sons of Liberty and African slaves, town committee-men and representatives in congress--all receive their due. And there are particularly insightful portraits of such figures as Sam and John Adams, James Otis, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and many others.
I typically read one non-fiction and one fiction book at a time
Currently reading Screenplay! Teaches the basics of writing a screenplay for film or television using examples and some creative storytelling. I'm a little more than halfway through it and I've learned a lot.
Here's the summary:
A generation of screenwriters has used Syd Field’s bestselling books to ignite successful careers in film. Now the celebrated producer, lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author has updated his classic guide for a new generation of filmmakers, offering a fresh insider’s perspective on the film industry today. From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script, here are easily understood guidelines to help aspiring screenwriters—from novices to practiced writers—hone their craft. Filled with updated material—including all-new personal anecdotes and insights, guidelines on marketing and collaboration, plus analyses of recent films, from American Beauty to Lord of the Rings—Screenplay presents a step-by-step, comprehensive technique for writing the screenplay that will succeed in Hollywood.
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One of my favorite books of all times is The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim. It's Korean Historical fiction taking place in Korea from the early 1900s to the 1950s. The author is publishing a sequel in November this year, and I want to preorder it but I don't know what my address will be in November so I can't put in a delivery address yet
I'm currently reading 'If This Is A Man' by Primo Levi for a class. It's a memoir of Levi's time in Auschwitz.
I also just finished reading 'No Longer Human' by Osamu Dazai.
In the hopes of getting more control in my life, I've been reading up on how my favorite vices are slowly killing me:
I've only just cracked it, but it seems pretty relevant right now.
On top of that, I've been reading about neural plasticity. A good read if you're insecure about your intelligence:
Currently reading Authority, by Jeff VanderMeer.
I'm not much of a book person but I like this guy's stuff.
Finished this the other night
It was alright, a bit polemic so I wouldn't set a newcomer to WWI off with this book. Corrigan clearly has an axe to grind (and he states as much in the introduction) which makes it extremely entertaining to read, but without the right background this can be dangerous. I'd recommend something like Gary Sheffield's "Forgotten Victory" for a better introductory text on WWI that does essentially the same thing.
I am currently reading this
Very good look at French strategy and operations so far. The French tend to get overlooked in the English literature on the war, so I was happy to find this. You can't understand the British choices in the war without understanding the French's choices in the war. It was a coalition war after all.
I've been meaning to read Generation Kill for a while now after seeing the miniseries so I'm finally giving it a go.
Currently reading for my thesis the Ventotene Manifesto.
But I am almost tempted to re-read Die Werewolf by Christoph hardebusch.
For the second time I am reading Ready Player One, Im hyped for the movie!!
Just finished up reading Poseidon's Wake by Alastair Reynolds. I have an in at a bookstore nearby so about once every week or so I go grab a novel of his and chew through it just about as fast as I can.
If anybody else is into Sci-Fi novels like that, anything I should look for next? I'm thinking about just grabbing another Reynolds novel but I'm open to anything similar.
Read (listened to) the first book in the Dark Tower series and it was pretty nice. I think I might enjoy this series
You’re in for a tripod you keep up with it. The Dark Tower books are great.
A superb book that details the lives of 32 Muslims that who have had led liberal lives and went on to make an impact somehow in the ummah. Extremely interesting book for those favoring that type of literature.
Re-reading this after Hawking's passing. Really made me realize that I took the man for granted, and how much of a brilliant person he was, both in terms of educating the layman and as a scientist.
Got Stephen King's IT (it was very cheap and been a good 7-9 years since I read it last) and the new book, Sleeping Beauties. I also have the second book from the Silo trilogy that's awaiting reading.
Ready Player One
The Philospher's Flight
World War Z (again)
Finished William Gibson's Neuromancer last week so I've gone back to finishing the book I was reading prior:
Bit of a heavy read due to Pynchon's literary style but I've been enjoying a lot so far.
I finished Sleeping Beauties just last week actually. It’s pretty solid, not King’s best but far from bad. For being a 700 page epic it’s a breeze to read.
I read one review of it (after getting the book) that said it was bit of a letdown, but I'm hopeful that it'll end up being worth it.
I'm currently nearly finished with The List Of My Desires by Gregoire Delacourt for the 3rd time.
i would suggest reynolds early books if you havnt read them already i thought they were way better than his Poseidon's Wake books like blue remembered earth, when i first read them i found them a bit hard to follow because the timeline is all over the place.
alternatively almost all peter f hamilton books are fantastic but they arnt books you should pick at random because they are almost all part of a universe
Read both of these over the Christmas holiday. Great reads for Atomic apocalypse enthusiasts.
oh no seano12 is back
the gap cycle is a must read as well if you like dark scifi
I'm going to start reading this soon. I like Alexandre Dumas, and the Count of Monte Cristo is tied for my favorite book. I've heard Castle Eppstein is a bit of a hidden gem and isn't for everyone, but I'm definitely going to give it a shot.
I can't read
If you do like that guy's stuff, you should try getting through his reading list.
I'm reading Dialogues and Essays by Seneca (and John Davie).
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