So . . . What Are You Reading (2013 Edition)

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  1. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
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    Manchester United FC
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    United States
  2. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    What happens when courts run government...?

    Then we get George W. Bush.
     
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  3. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

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    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
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    I actually read some about that in [​IMG] but I don't think it will be covered in Democracy By Decree...
     
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  4. Atouk

    Atouk BigSoccer Supporter

    DC United
    Apr 16, 2001
    Arlington, VA
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    Queens Park Rangers FC
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    #429 Atouk, Dec 12, 2013
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    What Torture Taught Me and Other Reflections on Justice and Theology by William F. Schulz

    Short collection of four essays by Schulz, former Executive Director of Amnesty International USA (1994-2006) and president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (1985-1993), who has since 2010 served as President/CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Good read. Just $3.85 on Kindle.

    The essays:
    What Torture Taught Me
    The Virtuous Circle: Making Justice Happen
    Force and Justice: Uneasy Bedfellows
    The Religion That We Come To Praise: A Theology of Fragility
     
  5. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    Ploughed through the latest Jo Nesbo book "Police"

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    And I do mean "ploughed" through. Just keeping track of the cast of characters is a job in itself. So many red herrings it reads like a sardine packing plant, so many side stories. Is Harry Hole alive, why do his friends and team members when they get close all die horribly. Who is beating people to literally a pulp. Is his police chief corrupt, is the police chiefs old friend killing every body............Oh yeh, is the chief bonking the councilwoman?

    I hung in and read it to the end where it still twisted and turned but fankly by that time I found I didn't give a hairy rats arse who it was.

    Big disappointment to me, I've followed his books from the start and enjoyed them. If you're tempted, you have to have read "Phantom" first or you won't have a clue of what is happening or where this is going.

    This NYT review is generous.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/10/books/review/jo-nesbos-police-and-more.html?_r=0
     
  6. Ismitje

    Ismitje Super Moderator
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    Dec 30, 2000
    The Palouse
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Folks keep asking me if I have big plans for the holiday season; yes, I say. I am going to read. Ten more days, and I can't wait.
     
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  7. NER_MCFC

    NER_MCFC Member

    May 23, 2001
    Cambridge, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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    The Vikings: A New History by Neil Oliver
    I've long wondered what life was like in eighth century Scandinavia that made it so appealing for the Vikings to travel to, raid and colonize pretty much the entire known world at the time. I bought this in hopes of filling in some of those details. So far, so good.
     
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  8. BalanceUT

    BalanceUT RSL and THFC!

    Oct 8, 2006
    Appalachia
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    Real Salt Lake
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    What a great question that I'd never considered, but is obvious, of course. Why the heck did the Vikings do their thing?
     
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  9. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    And is it true that the Vikings inter-married with slavs and brought back slavic brides? I ask because I've been told that that's the reason why there are blondes and redheads among my Croat-descended relatives, whereas the Scandinavian side has quite a few un-nordic looking folks.
     
  10. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    Southern Spain, the "Adriatic" and in the Baltic had a few visits from Vikings. They were pretty well spread out, as far as their ships would take them. From Newfoundland and Iceland to the eastern Med. In the mid 800's their capitol was York in England.
    France, that is Ille de France or Paris was so tired of them attacking up the River Seine, that they gave them Normandy to live in.
     
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  11. chaski

    chaski Moderator
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    Mar 20, 2000
    Itchycoo Park
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    Lisburn Distillery FC
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    Thailand
    Washington Square - Henry James

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    "You are good for nothing unless you are clever."
     
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  12. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    Just getting into "A Delicate Truth" John Le Carre

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    By just getting into one of Le Carre's books, means putting up the dry erase board and starting a flow chart.

    I like this guy but I haven't read him for a while. One has to pay attention...:)
     
  13. Bluto11

    Bluto11 The sky is falling!

    May 16, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Ain't that the truth!

    I'm burning through the Aubrey/Maturin series. Finished Far Side of the World and picked up the next three when I made a big Amazon order for Christmas gifts. Last night I finished The Reverse of the Medal, which I enjoyed a lot. Didn't think I would because most of it takes place on land, but it was a great read. Started The Letter of Marque, hopefully it is just as good!
     
  14. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    I read all of O'Brian's book a while back. Don't remember a bad one.
     
  15. chaski

    chaski Moderator
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    Mar 20, 2000
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    The Professor’s House - Willa Cather

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    “I don't myself think much of science as a phase of human development. It has given us a lot of ingenious toys; they take our attention away from the real problems, of course, and since the problems are insoluble, I suppose we ought to be grateful for distraction. But the fact is, the human mind, the individual mind, has always been made more interesting by dwelling on the old riddles, even if it makes nothing of them.”
     
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  16. Bluto11

    Bluto11 The sky is falling!

    May 16, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Good to know. I need to read some more Le Carre. Read the Smiley trilogy, Call for Dead, and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.
     
  17. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    I've just realized that I read his first book back in '61. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Was his 3rd book and first of the Smiley series.
    This latest one is still sharp and on the ball.
     
  18. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    Got to amend that comment...! Sharp in the beginning, once I'd got the cast of characters sorted. Gathered momentum..... then went out with a whimper. Disappointing ending (for me) even when I know he doesn't do Hollywood endings.
     
  19. caliban

    caliban Member

    Jan 22, 2004
    bogs, fens, flats
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    DC United
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    United States
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    "We still face the classic question or challenge of American poetry, posed most sharply by Walt Whitman, and among the modernists by William Carlos Williams. What is, or what would be, a democratic poetry? What is the relation of an art reborn in European courts to vernacular culture?--or of American life to terms like "vernacular," which comes from verna, native or indigenous, denoting in Rome a slave born in his master's household?" from Freneau, Whitman, Williams
     
  20. Val1

    Val1 Member+

    Arsenal
    Mar 12, 2004
    MD's Eastern Shore
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    Arsenal FC
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    Pride and a Daily Marathon -- Jonathon Cole

    Interesting book about a man named Ian Waterman, who at age 19 lost all proprioception in his body. Proprioception being the brain's ability to feel what the extremities of the body are feeling. In other words, the brain gets no feedback from the body. Ian was left unable to walk, or even sit up. It was an interesting interview on Radio Lab on NPR a while back, but this book, written by Waterman's doctor, is proof of why non-authors shouldn't write books. This is one glorious case study, in greater depth than most, but written only slightly less dry than a medical case study.

    P.S. Waterman did in fact learn to walk, and he even drives, but he can only do things that he can see. So if he's in the house, and the lights go out, he's as likely to fall down as to remain standing....
     
  21. Val1

    Val1 Member+

    Arsenal
    Mar 12, 2004
    MD's Eastern Shore
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    Arsenal FC
    Well, I hope you're going to read alot. Because this thread is 225 posts behind last year's reading thread.

    I know we seem to have lost CrewArsenal and Black.White&Red from these digital shores, but still. Pookspur didn't live up to his end of the bargain.....
     
  22. YankBastard

    YankBastard Na Na Na Na NANANANAAA!

    Jun 18, 2005
    Estados Unidos
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  23. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Rereading one of my favorite books that I own...

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    Dreaming with Open Eyes: The Shamanic Spirit in 20th Century Art and Culture by Michael Tucker. Covers poetry, art, music: if the guy had managed to work in sports as well, it would've been my personal bible.
     
  24. Ismitje

    Ismitje Super Moderator
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    Dec 30, 2000
    The Palouse
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Grades are in, and I am off to the library. Been a weak reading year all the way around and not just these past several months.
     
  25. Ismitje

    Ismitje Super Moderator
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    Dec 30, 2000
    The Palouse
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    ** grumble, grumble **

    I am happy for the workers at the library to get the 23rd through the 27th off. Happy Holidays to them!

    ** grumble, grumble **
     
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