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Postby Vana Tuivana » Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:24 pm

So this is pretty much a requisite thread on any board I visit. What are you currently reading?

Besides all the stuff I'm reading for my classes (of which the most noteworthy is Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, yayyy), and Les Misérables, which I'm reading for my LJ discussion group, I just picked up a book called The French Revolution (Its Causes, Its History, and Its Legacy After 200 Years) at my local used bookstore. I'm reading it because it looked really interesting and it will help me put a little more context to my NaNo novel, which is set in 1795 in Paris.

Such is the plan, anyway. :)

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Postby Mademoiselle Lanoire » Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:36 pm

Besides my BricK? Charles Dickens - The Pickwick Papers. After which I might make yet another attempt to get through the Lord of the Rings books.
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Postby JeanneProuvaire » Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:34 pm

You people get to read cool books. I'm reading Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers and W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz for class. Of course, sometimes I sneak in a few pages of Les Misérables.
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Postby MmeJavert » Sat Oct 21, 2006 5:14 am

Oooh, books. Okay, here's my (fairly short) list of currently-open books:

* The Yellow Admiral, Patrick O'Brian. (Aubrey-Maturin for the win. :D)
* Barricades: The War of the Streets in Revolutionary Paris 1830-1848, Jill Harsin (man, does this book even need a summary? Highly recommended.)
* Strangers: Homosexual Love in the 19th Century, Will Robb
* Roma Eterna, Robert Silverberg

Woohoo, even mix of fiction and non-fiction. :D
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Postby Vana Tuivana » Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:00 am

Oo, MmeJavert, I'm so utterly interested in this Strangers book. Ever since I started studying Byron last year and did some research into sodomy laws in England at the turn of the 19th century, I've been really intrigued by the subject of sexuality throughout history, and especially homosexuality. Is that a good book -- would you recommend it?

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Postby MmeJavert » Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:58 am

I'm, er, only on page 22, so I can't really give a good recommendation yet. But I like what I've read so far. I'll probably put some sort of post about it in my lj when I'm further along/done.
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Postby Frédéric Dumont » Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:19 pm

The Idiot by Dostoyevsky. Well written, but the characters are mostly neurotic and generally crazy. :)
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Postby artificial-sprite » Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:49 am

Rereading Nick Hornby's A Long Way Down, because it's the funniest book I've read on suicide (or anything, really). Just borrowed The Dante Club and it's turning out to be really interesting. I still have to read Sandor Marai's Conversations in Bolzano and a biography of Lucrezia Borgia before I allow myself to go book shopping again.

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Postby Aurelia Combeferre » Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:36 am

Right now, I have The End of Poverty on my lap. Next up on my reading list is 1968.
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Postby Mademoiselle Lanoire » Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:03 pm

"By Order of the King", Victor Hugo.

Sometime soon I'm going to make another attempt at reading the Silmarillion.

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Postby Marianne » Thu Jan 11, 2007 7:21 pm

Currently lying around in various stages of completion?

Paris Between Empires: Monarchy and Revolution, 1814-1852 by Philip Mansel (which, like Barricades, hardly needs a summary)
Book of Enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede (collection of tongue-in-cheek fantasy stories which makes excellent dinner table reading)
The collected works of Byron

And sometime soon I'm going to break into my shiny, new copies of The Thirteenth Tale and Strangers.

(And Lanoire reminded me, I need to get myself a copy of the Silmarillion. Mmm, Barnes & Noble gift cards.)
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Postby Frédéric Dumont » Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:19 pm

Lost Illusions by Balzac.
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Postby brittlesmile » Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:30 am

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn and I'm probably going to Borders tonight. Thanks to Mme Javert, I really want to read Six Frigates, so I hope I can find it.
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Postby MmeJavert » Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:42 am

:D Six Frigates is damn shiny.

Here are the books I'm reading now:

Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the US Navy
Barricades: The War of the Streets in Revolutionary Paris 1830-1848
The Yellow Admiral
Roma Eterna
PHP & MySQL for Dummies

How varied. If I were less lazy I'd provide Amazon links. And, brittlesmile, I found my Six Frigates on the 3-2 rack at Borders. :D


edit and I just noticed that a couple of these are on the same list as my last post in this thread. It's obvious just how much time I devote to reading.
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Postby Aurelia Combeferre » Tue Jan 23, 2007 10:58 am

I'm reading something which I'm pretty darn sure would have been in the possession of any one of the Amis if it had been printed during that time:

"Revolution and World Politics" by Fred Halliday.
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