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    Originally posted by northernladuk View Post

    I got a sci-fi bundle and it was stuffed full of books I wanted to read. Full Arthur C Clarke, David Gemmell, Anne McCaffrey you name it. All the brain out D&D/Sci-fi stuff that are hardly literary masterpieces but all the classics that I like. Just never got started. Getting so many ended up being counter productive in the end.
    Maybe your battered conscience raised its crippled arm
    Originally posted by MaryPoppins
    I'd still not breastfeed a nazi
    Originally posted by vetran
    Urine is quite nourishing

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      Steve Lightle, Exodus 2. Autobiography, early 70s. Not very good at story telling, but gives a great picture of helping people behind the Iron Curtain during that time.
      Down with racism. Long live miscegenation!

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        Speaking of Kindle deals, I'm now reading Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (sp?) - guess you'd call it cyberpunk sci-fi (cy-fi?)
        Originally posted by MaryPoppins
        I'd still not breastfeed a nazi
        Originally posted by vetran
        Urine is quite nourishing

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          "Use of weapons" by Iain M. Banks

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            Originally posted by Jan Pawlowski View Post
            "Use of weapons" by Iain M. Banks
            Top choice! I like anything by Iain M. Banks.

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              Originally posted by d000hg View Post

              Maybe your battered conscience raised its crippled arm

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                Books I'm about to read. (Yes I know, talk is cheap. But I will get round to reading them this week! )

                "Tom Fletcher and the Angel of Death", by Sarah Matthias (enjoyed another in the same series, so thought I'd read them all although I believe they're really for teenagers)

                "The Secret World of Farm Animals", by Jeffrey Masson (some tiresome vegan special pleading, but interesting insights into animal behaviour and thoughts)

                "MI6, Life and Death in the British Secret Service", by Gordon Corera
                Work in the public sector? Read the IR35 FAQ here

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                  Currently reading “In search of Schrödinger’s cat” by John Gribbin.

                  It does require a little bit of focus and effort, but it’s straightforward, lucid and very interesting. Turns out the atomic model that most of us were taught in school (like a miniature solar system) is total tulip.

                  Next up is “Chaos” by James Gleick.

                  Life’s too short for fiction…..
                  Kneel before Bod

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                    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post

                    Next: "Nathaniel's Nutmeg: how one man's courage changed the course of history" by Giles Milton.
                    It was page 202 before Nathaniel turned up, and he hasn't got as far as the nutmeg yet, being stuck in the Red Sea in prison for yonks.

                    Next: "The Spying Game" by Michael Smith, being a 2003 post 9/11 expanded rehash of a 1996 book.

                    Ironically it starts with Afghanistan in early September 2001, a few days before 9/11.
                    When the fun stops, STOP.

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                      Originally posted by Bod View Post
                      Turns out the atomic model that most of us were taught in school (like a miniature solar system) is total tulip..
                      It's a conceptual simplification of an older model, used to give some sort of intuitive graspable visualisation to laymen, that works remarkably well for explaining how things behave at larger scales.


                      I'm now onto Bill Bryson's "The Body: A Guide for Occupants" which makes for easy low-brow reading.

                      Originally posted by MaryPoppins
                      I'd still not breastfeed a nazi
                      Originally posted by vetran
                      Urine is quite nourishing

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