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lazarius
Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 1:58:48 AM

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L.Rai wrote:
I will read just about anything I can get my hands on here because it's hard to find books in English, but if it deals with history I am really interested.

It's quite a long time that I haven't read a paper book. I download e-books from Amazon. And though I have the Kindle reader I prefer reading from my computer screen using the Kindle application that is provided for free by Amazon.

Here's the book you loved:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00M8PUC8K
L.Rai
Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:22:33 PM

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Lazarius:

I still like to "feel" a book...I had an OLD ipod but when I came to China and lost ALL my books one time because I got so interested I forgot to charge when it told me to charge I decided the "real" thing was much better. I can't lose the book unless I forget where I put it. Tech can be good but sometimes it's not practical.
RuthP
Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2019 5:52:52 PM

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L.Rai wrote:
If you like Shogun, then try reading a lessor known book "Cloud of Sparrows" and it's sequel "Autumn Bridge" by Takashi Matsuoka, it's a little different in how it's written jumping from present, to past, to future but it's still interesting and very much a book in the same vein as Shogun.

I have a very long list of books I have enjoyed while here in China...

1. Team of Rivals (about Lincoln and his cabinet) good history and written well by Doris Goodwin
2. The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
3. The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitan (I loved this book)

These are the last books I read in the past few months...

I will read just about anything I can get my hands on here because it's hard to find books in English, but if it deals with history I am really interested.

Two authors I like very much are Amy Tan and Lisa See, both are great storytellers about China.

Also some books just should be ready in their original language as some translations don't really capture the story well. I tried reading an English translation of a Chinese classic "Dream of Red Mansions" and it sucked.

I think that may have also been why I did not really like Anna Karenina, just never got into her character and actually by the time she jumps in front of the train, I was ready to push her.


If you liked A team of Rivals, I highly recommend The Bully Pulpit, which is about the presidencies of Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. Also, her newest book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, which compares and contrasts the genesis and styles of leadership in Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson. You may notice these are all presidents whom she studied and wrote about. Great books and, as I assume you aren't a native `Murican (so to speak), the latter book is a good look at issues which have troubled the U.S. throughout history and are still very much in evidence today.
Mr_Ghost
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 4:25:08 AM
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Currently reading The Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
I haven't finished yet, but I see, this is a masterpiece novel.
Blodybeef
Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 1:20:52 AM

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I've just finished reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

Loved it.

Crosses between London Above and London Below, and how the denizens just ignored each other, made me think of my own city and how we choose to ignore each other every single day.
kevlevrone
Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 3:29:10 AM
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Hi everyone. I am new to this forum. I am reading Forest Gump right now. I like the movie that is why I decided to read the book.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2019 8:54:45 AM

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Hi Blodybeef.
One of my favourite books - also unusual in that I enjoyed the TV series version too.
I liked the Angel, Islington.
If you have ever played an English version of Monopoly, you will understand the joke.
It used to be just a pub - but The Angel is now a whole area.



Try "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Sir Terry Pratchett.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2019 11:15:50 AM

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kevlevrone wrote:
Hi everyone. I am new to this forum. I am reading Forest Gump right now. I like the movie that is why I decided to read the book.

Hello kevlevrone.
Welcome to the forum.
I saw the film, but have not read the book.
I'd be interested to know how they compare.
kevlevrone
Posted: Monday, April 22, 2019 7:12:40 AM
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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
kevlevrone wrote:
Hi everyone. I am new to this forum. I am reading Forest Gump right now. I like the movie that is why I decided to read the book.

Hello kevlevrone.
Welcome to the forum.
I saw the film, but have not read the book.
I'd be interested to know how they compare.

Hi. You know it is better to read because you understand that it is an original plot. Of course, the plot is mostly the same but in the movie, you can see some differences. Don't miss your chance to read it.
sophiasaymour
Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 6:08:00 AM
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Most of time, I like to marketing related books and nowsaday I am reading 80/20 marketing rules book.
lazarius
Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:18:32 AM

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Matilda, by Roald Dahl

Here's what a Pittsburgh lady has to say about this book:



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I'm enjoying it so far. :)

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Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 7:44:34 AM

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sophiasaymour wrote:
Most of time, I like to marketing related books and nowsaday I am reading 80/20 marketing rules book.


What does 80/20 stand for?
Y111
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 12:33:46 PM
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Wikipedia wrote:
The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
Adam Simon
Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2019 2:59:41 PM
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Mr_Ghost wrote:
Currently reading The Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
I haven't finished yet, but I see, this is a masterpiece novel.


I love this book, it is so immersive! What are your thoughts about it?

I'm currently re-reading the "1984", by George Orwell. Such a great book. I think it keeps finding new relevance.
Bruno Araujo 1
Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2020 8:21:32 AM

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The Lord of the rings! Truly great saga!
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 7:07:01 AM

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Bruno Araujo 1 wrote:
The Lord of the rings! Truly great saga!

Hello Bruno.
Welcome to the forum.

Yes - and consider it was written in the early part of the 20th century, well before the other great modern fantasies.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 7:08:59 AM

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lazarius wrote:
Matilda, by Roald Dahl

Here's what a Pittsburgh lady has to say about this book:

. . .

I'm enjoying it so far. :) -

Hi.
How was it in the end? - I haven't read it, though I DO like his fairy-tales.
lazarius
Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 8:28:02 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
How was it in the end?

Matilda scared the Trunchbull into doing a bunk. Miss Honey got her house back and Matilda went to live with her.

Actually the best thing about this book is the language. I think I will read one more book by Roald Dahl - The Witches. And I'm considering subscribing to Amazon Audible to be able to listen to Kate Winslet narrating Matilda:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MOJK00K/

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zachary5VR
Posted: Sunday, May 3, 2020 11:50:09 PM

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I love fiction and fantasy genres, cause they make your brain starting improvise.
Ryan Liu 1
Posted: Monday, May 4, 2020 6:03:33 PM

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Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone.
soybeans
Posted: Saturday, July 4, 2020 8:51:58 AM

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Started the Harry Potter series a while ago. Now on the 4th book-Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and also reading Why They Can't Write.
Norma Campos
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I have been reading The Chronicles of Narnia and for the third time a lovely little book called The Citadel from A.J. Cronin.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, August 2, 2020 5:17:35 PM

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I may start a topic in Politics or Philosophy about this one.
It's a Young Adult book called "Divergent" by Veronica Roth.
Like most of this genre, it involves a teenage heroine who is not content to be "normal". She, of course meets bullies, people she wouldn't expect to be friends but are - and a 'romance partner' she totally misunderstands and vice-versa.
The interesting thing with this book is the society used as a background.
It's set in "the city" - which (by the descriptions) is a future Chicago after some sort of disaster centuries before.
After the disaster, the survivors had created a new civilisation - based on 'factions'.

Some people felt the disaster was caused by lack of friendliness - these were the faction of "Amity", who train themselves to be always friendly and cheerful.
Others felt it was lack of bravery - they train themselves to embrace danger - the "Dauntless" faction.
Others blamed selfishness and self-importance, and trained themselves to always act to please others - no matter the cost - the faction of "Abnegation".
Others blamed lies and deceit - so trained themselves to always tell the truth as they see it, even if it's hurtful - the "Candour" faction.
The last group blamed lack of knowledge - and worked to learn as much as possible about everything, every waking hour spent learning something - the "Erudite" faction.

The book is many generations later.
Kids at sixteen are put through a battery of tests which point up 'aptitude' towards a faction - then they are to choose - if it's different from the parents' faction, they leave home and live with others of their chosen faction.

An interesting book.
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