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    Well, when I don't have other options I do. But sometimes it's too tiresome and I get headaches
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    I am reading Vanished Kingdoms, a history of European states that have disappeared from the map. Some of the states discussed are The Visigothic Kingdom at Toulouse, Burgundy, Aragon, Savoy, Prussia, The Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the USSR, and more. A fascinating history, though I have not read enough to have a real perspective on the book. So far Vanished Kingdoms is at least an interesting companion to Jared Diamond's Collapse.

    I usually read with the TV on low in the background. White noise helps me concentrate.
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    Vanished Kingdoms... sounds interesting, but is it textbook or... how is it written exactly?

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    Hyperspace by Dr. Michio Kaku. Really opened my mind about the world around me. Sound travels through a medium such as air and water. But light can travel through the vacuum of space? Perhaps it isn't the light that is waving, but it is merely a reflection of a dimension that is.
    "You see, I am a colossal pervert. No form of sexual depravity is too low for me. Animal, vegetable or mineral - I'll do anything to anything!" - Bishop of Bath and Wells (circa 1563)

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    Johnathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

    I've been reading it for months now it just.... brutal. 800 pages of dry dialogue, slow plotting, and highly descriptive writing. This style saps my willpower and resolve to keep reading with every page, much like Dickens that way, but I WILL finish this book!
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    I've finished the current Will of Time a month ago and I'm really waiting for the last book. It should be deffinetly great. I hope it will reveal tons of plot lines and finally get Rand as the hero of the universe, the true Dragon and Lord of the Morning.

    I've also started reading Glen Cook's Garrett series. I've already Sweet Silver Blues (the first book and I'm already at the middle of Bitter Gold Hearts (the second book). It seems like a good mixture of fantasy, detective, mystery and a good deal comedy.
    Is here anyone who've read these series?

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    I've finished The Nazi Officer's Wife by Edith Hahn two weeks ago and started with the first book of ASOIAF....I'm already half way through
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    Started reading and finished the Hunger Games series.

    Very good books, particularly the first book. Can't say I was a huge fan of the third and final book though, which seemed very unfocused, but it wrapped up the series well enough.
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    Only finished the first book of the hunger games, it was..exceptional.
    But I won't call it excellent, it's pretty good but that's about it.
    I did feel that there would had been more space for character development..and in the end it wasn't as intense as it was suppose to be.


    The second book might be more interesting so I look forward to starting it, but repetition turns me off. I'm thinking of starting Battle Royale at the same time I started hunger games,
    while manga and books are different things, I think I'll go ahead and read Battle Royale
    first before continuing the second book.

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    A Great Leap Forward, 2011, by Alexander Hamilton. It's not about Mao !

    A book which tell us a new story about the Great Depression in the United States. It was years where potential output grew dramatically. It provided the foundation for the military and economic success which followed for the United States. A. Hamilton yet talked about that in previous articles. Here he can also do some Real Businness Cycles bashing, which is still funny but I guess it won't be the final assault on this theory.
    "Men often act knowingly against their interest: For which reason, the view of the greatest possible good does not always influence them." (D. Hume, 1739-1740, A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the experimental Method of Reasoning into Moral Subjects.)

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    I went on a bit of steampunk novel reading spree over the last few weeks.

    Retibution Falls & The Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding

    A pair of fast paced action/adventure books. Concept-wise they were a bit like Firefly meets Pirates of the Caribbean with airships instead of space ships and pirate ships. Good characters with a lot of back-story pulled together with witty dialogue. I enjoyed both books quite a bit but I'd say The Black Lung Captain was the stronger of the two.

    Airborn, Skybreaker, and Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel

    All part of a young adult series following a character named Matt Cruise and his various airship adventures. All of them were fun reads but I thought the Airborn and Skybreaker had much better plots than Starclimber; whose story came across as a bit of a forced adventure to me.

    Next up for me is going to be The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett
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    I'm re-reading Tolkien's Children of Hurin... I started to read it again just because someone asked me some questions about TLoR and I was like "You think that Legolas was badass? Fingolfin would eat him alive!"
    I'm not with my Silmarillion here, so I'm filling my emptiness with Children of Hurin.
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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    On my list right now are:
    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    and Atonement by Ian McEwan.
    From what I've seen of them so far, they promise to be awesome reads!

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    I just re-reading The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald. It's still awesome, even though I already read it 3 times or so.
    For non-fiction I just read biography of Che Guevara

    For next fiction I'll probably read the new James Bond novel, Carte Blanche and for Non-fiction is The History of MI6

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    How is IQ84 by Haruki Murakami? I just saw it on display but I was in a hurry so I didn't get to check it out.

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