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07.25.2013 , 10:37 AM | #11
Richard J. Evans - The Third Reich in Power

Second part (1933-1939) of a very well-regarded trilogy by one of the better historians of Nazi Germany right now. Evans is in a class with the likes of Ian Kershaw. I will admit that I'm not incredibly interested in the Nazi period or the Second World War - my interests lie in significantly earlier things - but Evans does a good job of aggregating the recent literature in an eminently readable fashion. That said, the readability does come at a price; Evans spent an awful lot of time on anecdotal history and on social/cultural analysis at the expense of talking in-depth about, say, the economy. Considering how provocative his conclusions on that economy were, one would assume he'd spend more time defending them. Oh well. Anyway, that's a minor nitpick. Good book, have learned a lot so far.

Wang Zheng - Women in the Chinese Enlightenment: Oral and Textual Histories

While I am interested in May Fourth China (the strict periodization would probably be 1919-1925 or so, but I prefer to use it as referring to Chinese society from 1919-1937, an acceptable alternative), and gendered history outside the narrow and sterile confines of "late twentieth century white America" is fun and exciting to me, I will confess that I'm reading this book more for research purposes than for anything else. So I've kinda been skipping around. I will say that the interviews, on the whole, were generally very interesting, but what really sold them for me was the author's excellent footnoting.
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07.29.2013 , 04:31 AM | #12
Atm I'm reading Timothy Zahn's Angelmass. Around 50 pages still left. Usual Zahn quality and another reason why he's my favourite author. I actually like the main characters quite a bit, especially Jereko Kosta is a nice change from Zahn's usual military-background male main characters.

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Probably trying to finish R. A. Salvatore's Kharon's Claw after this. His new Forgotten Realms books are just...not that great. That one elf lady is competing with Ashoka Tano of the title "the fictive character I hate the most" and dropped my former favourite character from that spot. But hey, at least
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Or maybe I should just read more Zahn after Angelmass. I have the original Cobra trilogy waiting in my bookcase...
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07.29.2013 , 07:20 AM | #13
Cycles of time by Roger Penrose. Im a science nerd

And didnt even finish D day by Antony Beevor

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07.29.2013 , 12:33 PM | #14 Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread. Next  
Quote: Originally Posted by Lordmird View Post
Your thread.
Not gonna lie, this made me laugh harder than it probably should.

As for the actual question, I started reading "The Name of the Wind" on my way to San Diego. I am probably about 2/3 through it and I am loving it. Really, really good fantasy series so far!

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Kilora
07.29.2013 , 12:41 PM | #15
Excellent recommendation for anyone in this thread -- just started reading this last night.

"Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline

Its about an MMO simulation game (think Matrix) who's creator dies, and leaves his fortune to the first person to meet a single condition:

Find the easter egg I've hidden in OASIS (the MMO simulation game).

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07.29.2013 , 01:26 PM | #16
Currently I'm reading the valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey, in particular the collegium foundation series, but I've been reading the exiles honor series as well, also re-reading the herald mage series.

Also been re-reading the dragon jouster series (also by Lackey), if you like a good fantasy book I would suggest this series.
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07.29.2013 , 10:10 PM | #17
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... I started reading "the name of the wind" on my way to san diego....
-eric
While DRIVING?!?!
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07.29.2013 , 11:49 PM | #18
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While DRIVING?!?!
Everyone does it. I mean, since it is too dangerous to text.
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07.30.2013 , 01:28 AM | #19
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Everyone does it. I mean, since it is too dangerous to text.
Eric doesn't read while he drives.

Eric drives while he reads.
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07.30.2013 , 01:47 AM | #20
Quote: Originally Posted by Lordmird View Post
Eric doesn't read while he drives.

Eric drives while he reads.
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