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73. A History Of Western Philosophy, by Beltran Russell

I’ve been working through this one since early May. This a vast overview of Western thought, from the Ancient Greeks to the early 1940s.
 

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73. A History Of Western Philosophy, by Beltran Russell

I’ve been working through this one since early May. This a vast overview of Western thought, from the Ancient Greeks to the early 1940s.
A dry beast of a work to plough through, read it forty years ago. A.C.Grayling has a similar tome out.
 

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74. Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk

This one has been on my to-read list for ages, aNd I finally got around to it. This one sucked me in, though I suspect I would’ve liked it even more had I read it 20+ years ago.
 

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I enjoyed it when I read it, but it’s hard to tell how much I would’ve liked it without hearing it in Edward Norton’s delivery.
 

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75. The Road To Sparta, by Dean Karnazes

Essentially, this is a history of the marathon and the legendary bit of Greek history which launched it. Mixed in are tales of Karnazes’ own Greek heritage and his runs.
 

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76. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Somehow, I’d never read this one.
I was given HG Wells The First Men in the Moon a 1958 edition of the Illustrated Classic comic. I can say that I read Treasure Island, The Time Machine, The War of The Worlds and The Iliad as an eight year old....all in the Illustrated Classics.;)
 

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76. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Somehow, I’d never read this one.
It's fantastic. I love the language. When I was young, it seemed so evocative of pirates, of the sea, and of adventure.
 

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73. A History Of Western Philosophy, by Beltran Russell

I’ve been working through this one since early May. This a vast overview of Western thought, from the Ancient Greeks to the early 1940s.
You should check out the multi volume set, A History of Philosophy, by Frederick Copleston. He actually covers Russell's body of thought too.
 

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@Fueco The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View by Richard Tarnas I found this to be a lot more mentally stimulating than Russell
 

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77. Small Wonder, by Barbara Kingsolver

A collection of essays on current (well, current in 2002) events and everyday life from the well-known novelist. It’s shocking how much of these stories reads as relevant in the world today.
 

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1. The Broken Kingdoms
2. The Kingdom of Gods
3. Semiosis
4. Bridge of Clay
5. Blackwater City
6. Bullshit Jobs: a Theory
7. Harry Potter: Goblet of Fire
8. The People vs Tech

9. The Outrun
10 Ancillary Justice
11. Words without Music
12. Digital Minimalism
13. When Rivers Run Dry
14. The Uninhabitable Earth
15. Do we need inequality?
16. Carbon Ideologies: No Immediate Danger
17. The Secret Life of Trees
18. Educated
19. River of Doubt
20. Holy Sister
21. A War in Crimson Embers
22. Ancillary Sword
23. Ancillary Mercy
24. One Way
25. The Raven's Tower
26. Dark Emu
27. A Memory Called Empire
28. A Forest of Wood and Steel
29. Makers
30. Pink Mountain on Locust Island
31. The Summon Stone
32. Fallen Gate
33. Senlin Ascends
34. Howling Dark

33. Senlin Ascends

Awesome story, super random and Victorian throw back. A lot like Johnathon Strange & Mr. Norell. Took a bit to get going then it just went went went.

34. Howling Dark

2nd in a SF trio off to a shaky start, then went HARDCORE
 

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I was given HG Wells The First Men in the Moon a 1958 edition of the Illustrated Classic comic. I can say that I read Treasure Island, The Time Machine, The War of The Worlds and The Iliad as an eight year old....all in the Illustrated Classics.;)
Loved Classics Illustrated. I read as many as I could get my hands on as a kid. Like a moron, I used to take them back to the book exchange and swap them for more. I don't even want to think about what some of them could be worth today.
 

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1. The Broken Kingdoms
2. The Kingdom of Gods
3. Semiosis
4. Bridge of Clay
5. Blackwater City
6. Bullshit Jobs: a Theory
7. Harry Potter: Goblet of Fire
8. The People vs Tech

9. The Outrun
10 Ancillary Justice
11. Words without Music
12. Digital Minimalism
13. When Rivers Run Dry
14. The Uninhabitable Earth
15. Do we need inequality?
16. Carbon Ideologies: No Immediate Danger
17. The Secret Life of Trees
18. Educated
19. River of Doubt
20. Holy Sister
21. A War in Crimson Embers
22. Ancillary Sword
23. Ancillary Mercy
24. One Way
25. The Raven's Tower
26. Dark Emu
27. A Memory Called Empire
28. A Forest of Wood and Steel
29. Makers
30. Pink Mountain on Locust Island
31. The Summon Stone
32. Fallen Gate
33. Senlin Ascends
34. Howling Dark

33. Senlin Ascends

Awesome story, super random and Victorian throw back. A lot like Johnathon Strange & Mr. Norell. Took a bit to get going then it just went went went.
I really enjoyed Jonathon Strange; I should seek this out.
 

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1. Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally, by Bob Zmuda and Lynne Margulies
2. Illustrado, by Miguel Syjuco
3. Kill 'Em All, by John Niven[
4. The Black Monday Murders, volume 1: All Hail God Mammon, by Jonathon Hickman
5. Bad News, by Edward St. Aubyn
6. Education, by Tara Westover
7. Europe: A Natural History, by Tim Flannery
8. No Tomorrow, by Luke Jennings
9. Scrublands, by Chris Hammer
10. The Kingdom, by Fuminori Nakamura
11. The White Darkness, by David Grann
12. Sacred Cesium Ground and Isa's Deluge, by Yusuke Kimura
13. The Black Monday Murders, Volume 2: The Scales, by Jonathon Hickman
14. Dark Echoes of the Past, by Roman Diaz Eterovic
15. Acute Misfortune, by Erik Jensen
16. The Low Road, by Chris Womersley
17. Steve Smith's Men: Behind Australian Cricket's Fall, by Geoff Lemon
18. River of Salt, by Dave Warner
19. City of a Million Dreams, by Jason Berry
20. Nagaland, by Ben Doherty
21. Queen of Kenosha, by Howard Shapiro
22. Daisy Jones and the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
23. Saga, Volume One (Eps 1-3), by Brian
24. The Forest of Wool and Steel, by Natsu Miyashita
25. The Waiter, by Matias Faldbakken
26. Manchester Happened, by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
27. This body's Not Big Enough For Both of Us, by Edgar Cantero
28. The Erratics, by Vicki Laveau-Harvie
29. Saga Book 2, by Brian Vaughan
30. Murder in the Crooked House, by Soji Shimada
31. The Brewer of Preston, by Andrea Camilleri
32. Eight Lives, by Susan Hurley
33. Fu Ping, by Wang Anyi
34. N, by John A. Scott
35. Adele, by Leila Slimani
36. Gretchen, by Shannon Kirk
37. An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones
38. The White Girl, by Tony Birch

39. The Trauma Cleaner, by Sarah Krasnostein

Sandra Pankhurst runs a trauma cleaning business. She excels in cleaning up horrific messes left by crime scenes, suicides, hoarders, the disabled and others who simply cannot cope with the routines of an orderly life.

While this work is interesting, Krasnostein profiles Sandra much more than her business, and reveals a life story of an incredibly damaged and neglected child who has found a way to cope with the horrific messes life has thrown at her, long before she started doing it for others. One could list a litany of the challenges that Sandra has had to deal with in her life but, really, it is better for people to read this hair-raising story for themselves and not have it spoiled for them. I found it moving and bittersweet. My only demurral was a minor one, in that I felt Krasnostein got a bit too close to her subject and got a bit gushy on occasions, but this is still a terrific book.
 

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