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I’m so bad at reading, curse my crap attention span

I did read a short story of Philip K. Dick’s recently though, he’s an author I’m real fond of

I’ve had these couple short story collections of his for a while now, and I figure it’s time I start going through em

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Reading Machiavelli’s The Prince, it’s a pretty fascinating text from the historical standpoint, but so far it hasn’t blown my mind content wise. Of course, that could be because its teachings have become so universal that we take them for granted in modern politics?

Anyways, I’ve been getting back into history recently and want to read more history books, so if anyone has any recommendations for reasonably short (200-400 pages is good for me) books on just about any bit of history, I’d love to hear them! 

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@QuarryMan said
Reading Machiavelli’s The Prince, it’s a pretty fascinating text from the historical standpoint, but so far it hasn’t blown my mind content wise. Of course, that could be because its teachings have become so universal that we take them for granted in modern politics?  

Dude!! I kid you not, I have that very book on my nightstand right now. It’s a double-edition containing a small biography of Machiavelli followed by The Prince. I haven’t opened it in a week, and I haven’t gotten to The Prince, but it’s a small book so in no time I will. It’s been in my house for probably my entire lifetime and I decided I wanted to read it to see if it was as powerful. It’s amazing to me that you just said this because now I’ll look like I’m lying but I’m reading the same fecking booka-hard-days-night-ringo-11a-hard-days-night-ringo-11a-hard-days-night-ringo-11

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Jules said

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Reading Machiavelli’s The Prince, it’s a pretty fascinating text from the historical standpoint, but so far it hasn’t blown my mind content wise. Of course, that could be because its teachings have become so universal that we take them for granted in modern politics?  

Dude!! I kid you not, I have that very book on my nightstand right now. It’s a double-edition containing a small biography of Machiavelli followed by The Prince. I haven’t opened it in a week, and I haven’t gotten to The Prince, but it’s a small book so in no time I will. It’s been in my house for probably my entire lifetime and I decided I wanted to read it to see if it was as powerful. It’s amazing to me that you just said this because now I’ll look like I’m lying but I’m reading the same fecking booka-hard-days-night-ringo-11a-hard-days-night-ringo-11a-hard-days-night-ringo-11

Great minds think alike!

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Just bought Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, books John loved. Will start soon.

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Timothy said
Just bought Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, books John loved. Will start soon.

  

Psst, hey, hey. After that, you should watch the Disney Live Adaptations of them. They are definitely faithful and brillaint adaptations of the source material. 

As for me, I’m reading Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. 

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CakeMaestor said

Timothy said

Just bought Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, books John loved. Will start soon.

  

Psst, hey, hey. After that, you should watch the Disney Live Adaptations of them. They are definitely faithful and brillaint adaptations of the source material. 

As for me, I’m reading Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. 

  

A McCartney style thumbs up for both Carroll and Stoker. I have the Penguin Classics Editions of all three novels, and I also bought the Alice novels because of John.

I’m currently reading Adam Buxton’s Ramble Book. It’s not a Penguin Classic.

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Tony Japanese said

CakeMaestor said

Timothy said

Just bought Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, books John loved. Will start soon.

  

Psst, hey, hey. After that, you should watch the Disney Live Adaptations of them. They are definitely faithful and brillaint adaptations of the source material. 

As for me, I’m reading Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. 

  

A McCartney style thumbs up for both Carroll and Stoker. I have the Penguin Classics Editions of all three novels, and I also bought the Alice novels because of John.

I like the spirit of the book, which is entering a weird world with different characters and scenarios. When you read the books and then listen to songs like I Am The Walrus , Strawberry Fields Forever , Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds and Penny Lane , they seem to come alive even more than before. 

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I’ve been giving the “Tales from the Arabian Nights” for a go, and it’s pretty good. One particular quote struck me as quite interesting, where in one of the stories a vizier remarked to his king: “…it is better to sacrifice the innocent than to save the guilty.” Thought it was pretty interesting for an otherwise children-friendly book.

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@Timothy said

I like the spirit of the book, which is entering a weird world with different characters and scenarios. When you read the books and then listen to songs like I Am The Walrus , Strawberry Fields Forever , Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds and Penny Lane , they seem to come alive even more than before.   

Me too! I was gifted the books by my grandparents years ago and I loved them immediately. They resonated with me on a level that I was surprised to find. It’s like someone reached inside my head and pulled out the weirdest bits and put them in a book – which is probably how John felt reading them too.

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I’ve been giving the “Tales from the Arabian Nights” for a go, and it’s pretty good. One particular quote struck me as quite interesting, where in one of the stories a vizier remarked to his king: “…it is better to sacrifice the innocent than to save the guilty.” Thought it was pretty interesting for an otherwise children-friendly book.  

That’s the opposite of what I believe is called Blackstone’s Formulation (“It is better that ten guilty persons go free than one innocent person wrongly persecuted” or something like that), which is the basis of the innocent-until-proven-guilty legal system.

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Re-reading Nick Tosches’ excellent Country: Living Legends and Dying Metaphors in America’s Biggest Music

GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions, Marvin Gaye. PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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I am currently reading ‘The Midnight Library’ by Matt Haig. It’s about a character called Nora whose life has gone from bad to worse. On her last day on earth, the clock strikes 12 and she finds herself in a library. In there, she is given the chance to undo her regrets and try out different lives she might have lived. It’s like a modern version of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’. It’s a brilliant book.

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QuarryMan said
Question – do you guys prefer to read from in ebook form (on a Kindle, computer, or phone etc) or in paper form? Personally, whilst I do own a Kindle and find it very convenient when travelling, nothing beats a paper copy of a book. It’s a bit like how listening to a physical copy of an album is always a bit more satisfying than streaming it. 

  

I prefer to physically own and read a book in paper form. A few years ago, My Mum asked me if I wanted a Kindle for my Birthday or Christmas, but I politely declined saying I preferred physical books.  

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Finished Neuromancer two days ago. Good book, even if hard to follow at times. I’ve finished all the books I had on my list, and bought 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Crime and Punishment, The Collector, The Picture of Dorian Gray and The War of the Worlds. They will keep me busy.

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Late reply, but “20000 Leagues Under the Sea” would be a bit hard to read, especially if you’re not very in-the-know when it comes to the sciences and engineering (even if, yes, the science in the book can be wrong). I would recommend reading it alongside an atlas and a dictionary, to get a full understanding on some of the terminologies and structuring. I would also recommend reading on a brief history of the era and it’s mindset the book was written in, though several publications (including my hardcover Scholastic Classics copy) have excellent prefaces that might be enough on that aspect. The book gets better with rereading it, so don’t feel too bad if you didn’t really enjoy it upon first reading. Also, it also helps to bear in mind that the book is not meant to be read as an accurate portrayal of the future, but as a glimpse of what the future looked like in the past.

I’m giving you this advice because someone told me “20000 Leagues Under the Sea” was boring, and it was one of my favorite books, and that made my heart go ouchy-ouch. 

As for me, rereading Thomas Pynchon’s “The Crying of Lot 49”.

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@Timothy first time reading Crime And Punishment? great book

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@Timothy first time reading Crime And Punishment? great book

  

It will be my first time, and I know it’s going to be good. Haven’t started it yet. 

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