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    Posted: July 10 2014 at 04:19
I haven't read sh*t since the World Cup began. Can't wait for Monday.
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Recently finished The Medusa and the Snail by Lewis Thomas, probably my favorite author.
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I recently started reading Les Miserables, it's amazing so far. Also not long ago, I read Animal Farm and 1984. I love classics. o_O
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Originally posted by GhostPony750

I love classics. o_O
 
Me too. I read The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson last week  and it's really good.
A thin book, but quite interesting. Not boring in any way.


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Currently reading Cold Days...The Dresden Files.
 
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Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust
by Ken Scott 2012

Any autobiography by a record producer/engineer is bound to target two main audiences: the mic spotting pocket protector crowd and the 'Classic Albums' collecting Rawk fan. Scott therefore straddles this divide admirably and I think suceeds in giving both camps what they want.  The technical data is there for those who seek it while the anecdotal pace is well judged and all the stories are corroborated by third parties. This latter fact is important, as it illustrates an overriding perception about Scott's character imbued in his work that one man's 'exemplary attention to detail' is another's 'fastidious pedantic obsessive'
No rock related autobiography would be complete without a large dollop of irreverence and Scott doesn't disappoint. He is however, never in thrall to the artists he is working for and such sober pragmatism is very refreshing in a milieu where gushing disciples would have us believe their messiah's indefensible behavior is proof of their genius etc
There are many fascinating accounts of working on albums with Lou Reed, the Beatles, Elton John, Bowie, Jeff Beck, Devo, the Tubes, Level 42 (the list goes on)
For Prog fans there is a very interesting and detailed chapter on Supertramp's Crime of the Century album plus shorter sections on Happy the Man, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Procol Harum, Pink Floyd, Dixie Dregs, Billy Cobham, Stanley Clarke and Kansas.
I really enjoyed this and I believe it's an important book simply because Ken Scott makes no bones about being an old school producer/engineer so his recollections of a rapidly disappearing time when music was a genuinely collaborative process has to be a valuable testimony.


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Now that Dr. Wu mentioned Colin Wilson previously in this very thread, I picked this up at the library earlier this week. For some reason the Britons write better books on the paranormal and occult than Americans, the UK writers on the subject often being more oriented towards the social sciences in their angle. For example, this volume on bizarre and violent religious movements being surprisingly well-researched and sociologically insightful considering its sensationalistic tone.

Apparently Wilson started out as a novelist writing gritty social-realistic "angry young man" literature, so I guess that angle comes more naturally for him.
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^ an incredibly eclectic author who introduced me to (amongst other things) existentialism, the credible occult, Wilhelm Reich and Aleister Crowley etc, and yes, Wilson writes like the imaginary illegitimate offspring of Raskolnikov. Wink
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Originally posted by ExittheLemming

^ an incredibly eclectic author who introduced me to (amongst other things) existentialism, the credible occult, Wilhelm Reich and Aleister Crowley etc, and yes, Wilson writes like the imaginary illegitimate offspring of Raskolnikov. Wink
 
Absolutely a joy to read his books on philosophy, and the occult and paranormal in general. I have also read 2 of his fiction novels...not bad.
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Haven't read anything new since "The Odessa File" and its been ages...
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A series of books from a former Doctor Who writer,the Rivers of London series can best be described as urban fantasy police procedurals.Really good series of books so far.Clap

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A series of books from a former Doctor Who writer,the Rivers of London series can best be described as urban fantasy police procedurals.Really good series of books so far.Clap
 
I'll definitely ck those out since you and I seem to like similar types of urban fantasy.
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Now I am reading...


I'm coming to a point where I derive more genuine escapism from fiction written in completely different times and places than contemporary Western authors deliberately trying to evoke them. A good example is how I really like the air of Victorian British faith in modern rationalism but with that layer of varnish still wet on top of pre-modern tradition you find in many of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writings. Amusing how it's the same basic plot twists crime fiction writers are using today as he invented back then....
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I'm about to finish "Library of the Dead".
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I am into serial killers books since i have read the fascinating book of Charles Whitman. Now it's Helen Morrsion :


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A series of books from a former Doctor Who writer,the Rivers of London series can best be described as urban fantasy police procedurals.Really good series of books so far.Clap
 
I'll definitely ck those out since you and I seem to like similar types of urban fantasy.

I recommend them pretty highly.Just letting you know,the first book was originally published as Midnight Riot in the UK but here it is published under the name Rivers of London,which is also the name of the series.

Sadly,I just started the last one Ben has published so far.....Unhappy



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Re-reading one of my all time favorite non-fiction books? (Is it non-fiction or fiction?!)

A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960

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