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It was my favourite Tolkien by far, when I was a teenager; the only one that seemed to capture the genuinely mythic that he was aiming or. Haven't read it for years.
Yeah it's incredibly evocative and more of the high fantasy than LOTR (and The Hobbit, duh). Just getting to when the Silmarils were hidden away. It's some dense shit, though.
 

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Just finished Roman Honor by Carlin Barton


One of the best nonfiction books I've read. Very insightful, her theories might not all be correct but it's always interesting. Gives a history of Roman culture as well as relates concepts to our modern society.
 

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I picked this up in 2016 and couldn't get into it. For whatever reason now it is fantastic.
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On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong

A first person account written from the perspective of a young man who was born in Vietnam, but lives in America. It tells his story as a letter to his illiterate mother while also recounting her story of life during and after the Vietnam War, as well as the story of his grandmother.

I’m more than half done already, after starting it late last night.

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Oh.. I was asked to write essay by this book. Really worth it
My version is the sixth edition of the initial British run so the translation is a little bit dated--and I have no idea if there are other translations floating around. However, I think the datedness really captures the dry semi-ireverant Scandinavian humor. It's also good because Heyerdahl is also very direct like a lot of those people from shithole Northern Euroweenie countries so it works very well.
 

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My version is the sixth edition of the initial British run so the translation is a little bit dated--and I have no idea if there are other translations floating around. However, I think the datedness really captures the dry semi-ireverant Scandinavian humor. It's also good because Heyerdahl is also very direct like a lot of those people from shithole Northern Euroweenie countries so it works very well.
Fully agree with you. What about other books of Thor Heyerdahl? Especially I liked The Maldive Mystery. It's nor as old as kon tiki or aku-aku (good book too) but also quite ineresting for me..
 

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Plane/travel reading
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If you read and enjoyed the lost city of z you will enjoy this book. However if you have not read the lost city of z and enjoy adventurous thrilling writing grounded in history and archaeology you should read that first. You should also read it if you just enjoy a good entertaining and informative book.
 

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Amongst many other things, I read Edward Snowden's autobiography, Permanent Record, on my journey through Russia. It's really quite interesting.
 

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About a third through East of Eden by Steinbeck. One of the characters is the most contemptible I've ever read, hopefully she gets what she deserves (no spoilers)
 

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