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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    "God won't save America: Psychosis of a nation" George Walden 2006.

    The whys & wherefores of the demented colonials across the pond.
    Not very inneresting by any stretch of the imagination, it was a bit like pulling teeth towards the end.

    Next:

    "The Time Traveller's guide to Restoration Britain 1660 - 1700" by Ian Mortimer.

    A lot easier to read and more inneresting with it.

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post

    The answer being: "The Fever Trail: in search of the cure for Malaria" by Mark Honigsbaum.
    Took a while, but quite a good read. What those chaps went through to source the cinchona trees was remarkably remarkable.

    Next: (possibly) "The Old Straight Track" by Alfred Watkins, all about ley lines apparently, but probably missing out on the obvious Ancient Aliens explanation for it all.
    Last edited by DoctorStrangelove; 12 December 2021, 23:27.

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    "Charles: The story of a Friendship": Michael Joseph, 1943.

    A tale of a chap & his cat.
    Charles: 1930 - 1943.

    Next:

    "God won't save America: Psychosis of a nation" George Walden 2006.

    The whys & wherefores of the demented colonials across the pond.

    And, just think, in 2006 he hadn't seen 4 years of the demented orange one.
    Last edited by DoctorStrangelove; 9 November 2021, 15:39.

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  • OwlHoot
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    The Gangbuster, by Peter Bleksley, 2002

    Good bathtub reading. Half way through it so far


    The Last Viking - The true story of King Harald Hardrada, by Don Hollway, 2021

    A bit expensive to risk getting wet in the bath, but good so far. The author is obviously a big fan of the grim old tyrant (who was killed at the Battle of Stamford Bridge while trying to conquer England in 1066, which is generally considered the end of the Viking age)


    Conversations on Quantum Gravity, Jay Armas (ed), 2021

    Good to dip into, but again not to risk dipping into the bath! Heavy going in places, by the nature of the topics, but mostly quite readable.

    edit: Did a quick web search, and it seems that, sadly, Vikings Series 6 is the last. But the good news is that it will continue, after a gap of around 100 years, with a spin-off series called "Vikings: Valhalla". This will feature among others (talk of the Devil) Harald Hardrada!
    Last edited by OwlHoot; 9 November 2021, 10:58.

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post

    Fairly inneresting, now what to read next, that is the question.
    The answer being: "The Fever Trail: in search of the cure for Malaria" by Mark Honigsbaum.

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    Next: The Birth of Modern Britain: A Journey Into Britain’s Archaeological Past: 1550 to the Present by Francis Pryor.
    Fairly inneresting, now what to read next, that is the question.

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  • NotAllThere
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    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    "Charles: The story of a Friendship": Michael Joseph, 1943.

    A tale of a chap & his cat.
    Ordered a copy. Thanks. (71p + £7 p&p!)

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  • NotAllThere
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    Re-reading qntm's books. They make my head hurt.

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    "Charles: The story of a Friendship": Michael Joseph, 1943.

    A tale of a chap & his cat.

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  • cojak
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    Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.

    I have a penchant for these disaster books, I’ve read Fatal Storm on the 1998 Sydney-Hobart race amongst others.

    A combination of horror as the events unfold and pondering what I would do in those situations (not go in the first place I suppose…)

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  • d000hg
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    On a bit of a Terry Pratchett re-kick at the moment. I buy them on Kindle every time one is on offer and have been slowing growing my collection that way... a friend has the entire set in the classic paperback designs which I really love.

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    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.
    Finally ground my way to the end of this epic.

    Next: The Birth of Modern Britain: A Journey Into Britain’s Archaeological Past: 1550 to the Present by Francis Pryor.

    There's 17 pages of preface.

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  • NotAllThere
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    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Heinlein. Read it yonks ago, but can't even really remember what it is about. No spoilers please!

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  • Gibbon
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    The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by Roberto Calasso. The best book I've ever read on the Greek myths (and I've read loads). Would have changed some of the essays I wrote for OU.

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    The only book by Greg Bear that I've read is "Foundation & Chaos" being the 2nd part of the 2nd Foundation Trilogy.

    IIRC, I rather enjoyed it.
    Last edited by DoctorStrangelove; 19 September 2021, 07:23.

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