So, what are you reading at the moment? Volume 6

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Quote from: Nïckslïkk2112 on April 12, 2020, 22:42:49 pmAbout to read again Plague's Progress - a Social History of Man and Disease by Arno Karlen
Now I know we're all doomed, I've switched to something a bit more lighthearted.

Bill Bryson - The Road to Little Dribbling, more notes from a small island

It's OK not as good as the original and he gets a bit too political.

After reading about his becoming a UK citizen, I would suggest that the UK citizenship test should be reading his Notes from a Small Island and if you don't laugh you can feck right off.
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Not enough famine
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I'm reading, but mostly listening in audiobook form, to the second Jack Reacher novel Die Trying. Quite a page turner, except that I don't have to turn the pages and that would be dangerous anyway on a bicycle.

Some of the depictions of violence are a little grimmer than they need to be. I don't mind it myself but I know from reading reviews on Amazon that it does put off some readers.

The first one was written in the first person from Jack's perspective, this one is third person which I prefer. It's gone a little bit Bond-film-ish in the colourfully unrealistic nature of the villain, in the second half.
Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.


Malcolm Gladwell's  Talking to Strangers where he takes a long look at miscommunication both deliberate and inadvertent.  He stipulates that we tend to default to truth.  As a rule its easier to believe what we're being told is the truth and this of course allows lies to prosper.

A great historical perspective on the issue.  A good read, so far anyway
When the truth offends we lie and lie until we can longer remember it is even there. But it is still there. Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later, that debt is repaid


I'm still banging my way through the Game of Thrones books. They don't seem as good now the TV show has finished - and the poor way it ended. Still, there is a lot more detail that was missing from the TV show, whereas the earlier TV episodes stuck to books, even as far as the dialogue. I'm on book: (5.1) A Dance with Dragons 1: Dreams and Dust, with only 5.2 to go before I'm up to date. Maybe GRRM will get the next one out sometime this decade.


Just started producer Ted Templeman's biog. I'll be interested to know just how he managed to get all those albums to sound so bloody good!
Sadly, parts will now be imbued with a certain poignancy given today's news of EVH's passing 😢


Marin Montgomery, What We Forgot To Bury. A schoolgirl stalks her jail bird father's ex-girlfriend, with a few plot twists. An easy page-turner read and surprisingly long for a Kindle First monthly free download.
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I've finished the Game of Thrones books at last - well at least as far as George R. R. Martin has published so far. It's a relief tbh as they are really dragging now and there is a lot more detail in the later books than in the TV show. So I started a shorter, older book last night - Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Often mentioned along with Orwell's 1984 addressing dystopian futures. Written in the 30s it's a good, thought-provoking story, but some of his predictions are miles off the mark which makes it a bit cringe-worthy in places. Interesting nevertheless - so much so they a TV series from it this year (which is better than the book imo and minus the prediction mistakes).