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Great book! It started me off on Mieville, but to be honest, the rest of books weren't all that appealing to me. I read The Scar, The Iron Council and Embassytown. Might pikc up Railsea and see what it's like.

My reaction precisely. He doesn't show much range overall.
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^I keep meaning to read The Wilderness Warrior.
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National Minorities, An International Problem - Inis Claude
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Cool. That sounds like the incredibly dull stuff I had to read as a grad student.
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No. 44: The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain. His last work, actually left unfinished, but finished enough to be patched up a little and published. Intriguing so far. There's an interesting history behind the creation and publication of the book, if anyone's curious. (I'm not offering to repeat it, just that you should google it if you're interested.)
Really? I read Great Expectations in 9th grade and didn't think it was so bad.

Well, that depends upon the composition of your class, eh? I attended a parochial school, so if I found it numbingly, skull-crushingly boring, imagine the poor bastards in my class who were a year or two away from the shop floor?

Where did you go to school? Was it an AP class or something?
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Well, that depends upon the composition of your class, eh? I attended a parochial school, so if I found it numbingly, skull-crushingly boring, imagine the poor bastards in my class who were a year or two away from the shop floor?
Where did you go to school? Was it an AP class or something?

Yeah, it was an AP class, right here in ND. Ever read Giants in the Earth? We read that in the same class...now THAT was boring and, possibly, the most depressing book I've ever read. Definitely not 9th grade material.
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Yeah, it was an AP class, right here in ND. Ever read Giants in the Earth? We read that in the same class...now THAT was boring and, possibly, the most depressing book I've ever read. Definitely not 9th grade material.

Figured as much -- AP is still pretty exotic up here, though now we have it if you are willing to go out of your catchment area to certain schools.

No, I had never even heard of Giants in the Earth, though it sounds suspiciously like Barometer Rising and Who Has Seen the Wind, two books my brother loathed with a deep and abiding scorn. I got lucky, never having been assigned either.
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Such an amazing writer.
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I finally got around to 1Q84 this week. It's not the best Murakami has to offer, but it had its moments. The first hundred or so pages were very fine. I thought it was going to be Murakami's masterpiece at that point, but then the story just kind of stalled and got weird (in a child-rape is no big deal kind of way.) Still I couldnt put the book down. If it weren't written by an author I expect so much of, I would probably be raving about the book.
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What Every Body Is Saying by Joe Navarro. An ex-FBI agents guide to reading peoples body language. This is a fun and easy read. Brings up a lot of interesting clues besides the usual facial expressions. Such as "the feet don't lie", how changes in movements or expressions are more important than the expression. How people of high confidence express themselves and influence others with these expressions and movements.

He peppers the book with interesting and entertaining sidebar stories of tricks used in interrogating criminals and coaching witnesses for trials.

This would be ideal for anyone involved in hiring or negotiations.
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Great idea, PSG. I may have to put that on my list. Thanks!
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What Every Body Is Saying by Joe Navarro. An ex-FBI agents guide to reading peoples body language. This is a fun and easy read. Brings up a lot of interesting clues besides the usual facial expressions. Such as "the feet don't lie", how changes in movements or expressions are more important than the expression. How people of high confidence express themselves and influence others with these expressions and movements.
He peppers the book with interesting and entertaining sidebar stories of tricks used in interrogating criminals and coaching witnesses for trials.
This would be ideal for anyone involved in hiring or negotiations.

Bought this one a few weeks ago but have not been tempted to read it. Might give it a try, thanks.


After finishing most of Mikhail Bulgakov's short stories last week, I began with Turgenjev: Fathers and Sons. Plan to start with Master and Margarita in the next days. Reading Dubliners on the side.
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Bought this one a few weeks ago but have not been tempted to read it. Might give it a try, thanks.
After finishing most of Mikhail Bulgakov's short stories last week, I began with Turgenjev: Fathers and Sons. Plan to start with Master and Margarita in the next days. Reading Dubliners on the side.

I read that. It gave me six kinds of a headache. Hope you enjoy it more than I did! smile.gif

Just started Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

http://www.amazon.com/The-Righteous-Mind-Politics-Religion/dp/tags-on-product/0307377903
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