What are you reading right now?

So much for art imitating life.
Life in the Moderator Bat Cave is probably different to what the rest of us know. The Monglet Zone, where muchos 'sausage can be received with no recrimination.

Where Tropper is kept in a cage as a pet and leather bound books abound in mahogany scented opulence.
 
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Fellas, looking for some help. Years ago I read a book about an indian prince coming to england during the wars of the Rose's. He is escorted by an egyptian merchant who is also a correspondent to the imperial Chinese court. It sounds odd, but i recall it was a great read.
I think it was written by an MP.

Net is, I cant remember the title.. anyone recognise it from my description?
Try Kings of Albion by Julian Rathbone
 
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Invoking the J cry, 'Ow mooch???'.
 
Just finished reading Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists by Julia Ebner.

Ebner is a research fellow and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue in London where she looks at online extremism, disinformation and hate speech. She decided to go beyond the bounds of her job and created a number of online avatars under which she joined the social media groups of some of the extremists in our society. It makes for very scary reading.

Most of us tend to think of extremism as being of the Al Qada or ISIS variety, however, there is a growing band of right-wing extremists that cover an enormous range of beliefs from the Trad Wives to White Supremacists. What makes it scary is the extent to which they can use social media to propel their views and stifle any opposition. When you read of how a person's views can be slowly manipulated until they fall into line with the organisations views you can understand how suicide bombers can be recruited.

Some of the groups she infiltrated are well known, however, a new one to me was the Trad Wives or Red Pill Women (the red pill reference is from the film, The Matrix and is almost a touchstone to all right-wing extremist groups). These groups believe that feminism has destroyed the relationship between men and women and the only way to restore that is unconditional self-deprivation, total subservience to your husband. If he strays then it is your fault.

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I succumbed to the hype from various people over the years and tried reading 'World War Z' by Max Brooks.

Utterly tedious and overrated. I just couldn't bring myself to finish it so I'm reading Rescue 194 by Jay O'Donnell.

Much better
 
I finished John Lawton's A Little White Death last night and very good it was too. I can't comment much because it would give too much away to anyone who has yet to read it. It appears to be the end of the Troy saga, but is it . . . ? One point, though,for an author who is otherwise meticulously accurate, during the trial chapters he several times has the judge banging his gavel. My understanding is that in the UK judges do not wield gavels. My first-hand experience does not extend beyond courts martial though.

Anyway, next up is Christopher G. Moore's penultimate book in the Vincent Calvino series,Jumpers:

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Synopsis:
Calvino investigates the death of a friend, a Canadian painter. The medical examiner finds the young man has ingested an exit drug, and the police verdict of suicide seems justified. But in Bangkok appearances have a habit of deceiving. Sometimes jumpers are given a leg up in their leap to the next life. Fingering the helper can be a risky business, and for Calvino this promises to be one of those times.
 
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This book serves as a fascinating guide to 100 war films from 1930 to the present. Readers interested in war movies will learn surprising anecdotes about these films and will have all their questions about the films' historical accuracy answered.

• Applies an internationalist perspective to the war film through entries from countries including Britain, France, Germany, Russia, Australia, Japan, Poland, Finland, and Latvia

• Defines great war films as the most artistically accomplished, politically subversive, and thought-provoking, not merely as the most popular or commercially successful, and is therefore a relevant reference for students and film and history buffs

• Provides clearly written and informative histories of the films themselves as well as of the cultural context surrounding the making and reception of them

• Recounts critical controversies and analyzes the ideological biases implicit in these films in its examination of how the films shaped their source material and what they included, distorted, and added or left out

Not worth the effort and no one will be surprised to hear that Braveheart was the furthest from historical truth.
 

Sexton Blake

Old-Salt
Gents (and Ladies)?

Rather late to this thread (and arguably this site) but as a self confessed bibliophile of the highest order I will attempt to work backwards through all 519 pages on this tread so as not to 'double tap' previous contributions.

This book, albeit correctly titled for some folk that pop up on on TV and the pub etc, gives a 700 word synopsis for each 365 days of the calendar year that the British Army were fighting (between 793 and up to Musa Qala in 2017).

More of a coffee table/book in the toilet read but an interesting concept I think.

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Sexton Blake

Old-Salt
P.S.

I am also a bit of a luddite when it comes to sizing jpegs/photos to upload here.

Is the pic I have uploaded too big and if so how do I reduce it please (from a Mac)?

Regards

SB
 
I succumbed to the hype from various people over the years and tried reading 'World War Z' by Max Brooks.

Utterly tedious and overrated. I just couldn't bring myself to finish it so I'm reading Rescue 194 by Jay O'Donnell.

Much better
You might also wish to try Rescue Pilot. Cheating the Sea by Jerry Grayson AFC; Amazon link here:

 
I finished John Lawton's A Little White Death last night and very good it was too. I can't comment much because it would give too much away to anyone who has yet to read it. It appears to be the end of the Troy saga, but is it . . . ? One point, though,for an author who is otherwise meticulously accurate, during the trial chapters he several times has the judge banging his gavel. My understanding is that in the UK judges do not wield gavels. My first-hand experience does not extend beyond courts martial though.

Anyway, next up is Christopher G. Moore's penultimate book in the Vincent Calvino series,Jumpers:

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Synopsis:
Calvino investigates the death of a friend, a Canadian painter. The medical examiner finds the young man has ingested an exit drug, and the police verdict of suicide seems justified. But in Bangkok appearances have a habit of deceiving. Sometimes jumpers are given a leg up in their leap to the next life. Fingering the helper can be a risky business, and for Calvino this promises to be one of those times.
The problem with Lawton is reading all the Troy series, then waiting for a new book to come out. Intertwining with the wilderness books works well. I can believe Britain sold the wire that started the berlin wall.
 
P.S.

I am also a bit of a luddite when it comes to sizing jpegs/photos to upload here.

Is the pic I have uploaded too big and if so how do I reduce it please (from a Mac)?

Regards

SB
Looks fine to me. Luddite away. The site software will tell you if a file is too big, as it won't upload it.
 

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