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Old 22 October 2018, 22:36
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I started Why Nations Fail written by Daron Acemoglu. Only about an hour in so far. I picked it after seeing it was on a must read list by Ben Shapiro.

I don't read much and when I do its usually fiction. But I'd like to be able to support some of my political beliefs with actual fact rather than just common sense. So here we go...

Has anyone read this book?
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Old 13 November 2018, 17:54
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The Rosetta Stone of Dreams by Magician.
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Old 13 November 2018, 19:01
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Excellent news! Just went over the MK Dispatch and read about the release.

Congrats to Magician.
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Old 13 November 2018, 19:46
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The Story of the Plott Hound by Bob Plott.
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Old 14 November 2018, 10:45
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A Matter of Character: Inside the George W. Bush White House by Ronald Kessler.

Pretty good read so far. I'm a little pissed at some of the stuff about education and the government getting involved. But that's just my own bias coming out as I read.
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Old 15 November 2018, 03:44
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The Rosetta Stone of Dreams by Magician.
Awesome. I just ordered the hard copy version. Thanks for letting us know it's out there; I've been waiting...
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Awesome. I just ordered the hard copy version. Thanks for letting us know it's out there; I've been waiting...
Great book, one that can't be read in one sitting.
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Pretty schizophrenic reading here lately, but some things I enjoyed:

The Nautical Chart, by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Nothing special about the storyline but beautiful writing (translation by Margaret Peden) I found similar to U. Eco but w/o some of his weirdness, and the seafaring background was well-done.

"For thousands of years, even before Homer's concave ships set sail for Troy, there were men with wrinkles around their mouths and rainy November hearts, men whose nature leads them sooner or later to look with interest into the black hole of a pistol barrel, men for whom the sea was a solution and who always sensed when it was time to make an exit."

The Mirrored Heavens trilogy, including Burning Skies and The Machinery of Light.
Military sci-fi, massively jocked-up exoskeleton armor and neural jacking. Like reading speed-metal while hypercaffinated.

Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
Interesting take on imperialism, underestimating the enemy and conflict theater.

Based on multiple mentions in this thread, I've got Matterhorn on deck.
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"For thousands of years, even before Homer's concave ships set sail for Troy, there were men with wrinkles around their mouths and rainy November hearts, men whose nature leads them sooner or later to look with interest into the black hole of a pistol barrel, men for whom the sea was a solution and who always sensed when it was time to make an exit."


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For thousands of years, even before Homer........look with interest into the black hole of a pistol barrel... That's quite the anachronism!
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Ha! Put that way, it does sound odd.
Given how well (at least to me) the translation reads, I'm inclined to assume artistic license.

Or Nostradamal prediction.
Your choice!

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