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Reply #60 - Sep 19th, 2021 at 9:28am
 
Last week I brought and started reading a translation of the Nihon Shoki in modern Japanese. The original is published in 720 and is nearly incomprehensible to modern Japanese speakers. Iím currently still stuck on the first chapter, on the creation myth of Japan.
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Reply #61 - Sep 19th, 2021 at 2:29pm
 
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the Gentleman Bastards series

with a name like that - I need to see if i can track them down Thumbs Up

Currently on the last book I have in my big mobi collection of the Anja creed books.

These are quite weird, in that they were all written by a wide variety of ghost authors.
So some are really good, some are utter crap and there is zero charadter evolution as each author seems to have been given carte blanche to ignore everything that's gone before.

Anja is basically an american lara croft with a 'magic' sword.

Most of them are quite good. I have about 18 or so out of 60 odd that were published.

They are light reading and don't require any thought on my part.

After 18 in a row I'm ready for a solid evolving series Smiley

Speaking of which I think there is a harry dresden novel i haven't read yet.
And I've only read book 1 of the aeronaut series by the same author
Hmm. at least i think I've read it - looks like he hasn't written any others yet.
Hmm that came out 6 years ago.
Me thinks his publishers are not happy bunnies.

Anyway I;m off to try and acquire 16&17 in the dresden series Smiley

Ooh, lookjs like there's two dresden books !
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Reply #62 - Sep 23rd, 2021 at 12:57pm
 
If you're looking for a solid developing series I'll plug Joe Abercrombie's "The first law" trilogy. If "the thinking man's barbarian" appeals to you you might enjoy it.
The original trilogy is great but the other ones he's written in the series have been lackluster.
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Reply #63 - Oct 3rd, 2021 at 9:34am
 
Sounds familiar.

The last two Dresden books were okay, but the author has a thing about punishing Dresden a bit more in each book.
And to be honest, it's not needed and has just got way out of hand.

Plus for the last few books Dresden's magical skill progression has been going backwards.

Given that the author seems to have ground to a halt on book production, gotta wonder if he's got to the point of having made enough money to live off for life and just can't be arsed to write any more.

Would be a shame, but honestly not sure I can take any more brutal treatment of Dresden.

I'll look up the Joe Abercrombie books. But the name is definitely familiar, pretty sure I've read the first law books.
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Reply #64 - Oct 6th, 2021 at 10:02pm
 
Iím reading three. Killing Patton by Bill OíReilly, The Art of Invisibility by Kevin Mitnick, and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
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Reply #65 - Oct 7th, 2021 at 9:28am
 
I want to contribute something of worth to this thread but am not reading anything substantial right now.

So I will give you a quote about reading that I learned from a inner city black dude who taught me a surprising amount about life. He said Josh, (which is weird because my name is Morphy) but he said "Josh, books are for suckas."

Now looking back on this post my intentions were initially good. I wanted to contribute something of value. I may have failed but the intention was there. Sorry for using the last 30 seconds of your life so badly.
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Reply #66 - Oct 7th, 2021 at 2:57pm
 
Finished it years ago but Salammbo by Flaubert (besides being a very good book) features entire regiments Balearic slingers. Their mannerisms are described several times although they aren't the main focus of the book.

At some point Flaubert inadvertently  makes an (unfortunately) ingenious comparison between funditors and archers. A greek slave, who hasn't touched a bow in his life, practices with one for a few days. Then goes with a slinger to the city wall of Carthage and shoots a guard on the wall. Meanwhile he tells the slinger to stay put because "the whiz of the bullet" would alert the guard.


Read it here for free: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1290/1290-h/1290-h.htm#link2HCH0013
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Reply #67 - Oct 8th, 2021 at 8:59am
 
The Joy of Flint.
Clive Waddington.






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Reply #68 - Oct 8th, 2021 at 3:58pm
 
Does it contain instructions of how to make stone tools?
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Reply #69 - Oct 8th, 2021 at 4:11pm
 
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Reply #70 - Oct 8th, 2021 at 8:24pm
 
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Reply #71 - Oct 8th, 2021 at 8:29pm
 
Morphy wrote on Oct 7th, 2021 at 9:28am:
I want to contribute something of worth to this thread but am not reading anything substantial right now.

So I will give you a quote about reading that I learned from a inner city black dude who taught me a surprising amount about life. He said Josh, (which is weird because my name is Morphy) but he said "Josh, books are for suckas."

Now looking back on this post my intentions were initially good. I wanted to contribute something of value. I may have failed but the intention was there. Sorry for using the last 30 seconds of your life so badly.


Morphy,
I don't want to disturb you ( I am certain you are disturbed enough) but I think its time to put the kettle on.

Convince anyone you need cuppatea.

Take the Tea to a darkened room, sip it contemplatively, lay down,repeat untill you feel ready to join the real world.

Love and joy

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Reply #72 - Oct 11th, 2021 at 8:41pm
 
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Reply #73 - Oct 11th, 2021 at 8:43pm
 
And I'm so sorry, I know how to resize a picture so it's megapixies are small enough to fit



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Reply #74 - Oct 19th, 2021 at 8:30am
 
Currently reading the first law series by joe abercrombie.
I have definitely read them before - but long enough ago that I can't remember any important plot points. So it's all good Smiley

Excellent books. Thumbs Up
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