clothy10 November 2009 at 9:58pmPosts: 2484 (0 today)Status: offline
Going to start reading Unseen Academicals by Tery Pratchett as soon as I can get it away from my wife. :-] :-] :-]
clothy10 November 2009 at 9:59pmPosts: 2484 (0 today)Status: offline
Terry Pratchett even
tree mouse10 November 2009 at 10:05pmPosts: 1801 (0 today)Status: offline
Not another TP fan!
Duddy10 November 2009 at 10:07pmPosts: 5648 (0 today)Status: offline
Tree Mouse, I know 'A Winter Book' by Tove Jannson, a collection of short stories. Just to pick one story called Flotsam and Jetsam - it has a very remote, vague feel to it. I think that is partly the translation but partly the topic of the story. The atmosphere reminds me of the Wallander tv series. I don't know if you have read any Halldor Laxness or Peter Hoeg but there is the same disconnection - maybe a nordic quality in writing. Excuse me any Lunies from that part of the world. It is only my personal understanding, which may be faulty!!
Clothy - is that T Pratchett a new paperback then? I don't know it. Sounds as if there is a nod to football there! :-]
clothy10 November 2009 at 10:09pmPosts: 2484 (0 today)Status: offline
Its his new hardback at the moment and yes TM another Pratchett fan
clothy10 November 2009 at 10:10pmPosts: 2484 (0 today)Status: offline
Definitely a nod towards football Duddy :-]
tree mouse10 November 2009 at 10:17pmPosts: 1801 (0 today)Status: offline
Yes Duddy, I've read Peter Hoegs'Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow.' I know what you mean about the feeling of disconnection.
I havn't read Haldor Laxness.
clothy10 November 2009 at 10:21pmPosts: 2484 (0 today)Status: offline
Tree Mouse try Guards Guards
If you get a chance try and see the stage show I've seen it twice now and it's really quite funny. :-]
tree mouse10 November 2009 at 10:33pmPosts: 1801 (0 today)Status: offline
I think my son has that one, Clothy.
I'll root it out from under the piles of his Wargaming manuals.
nechesh10 November 2009 at 10:44pmPosts: 1111 (0 today)Status: offline
Oh T.M., i have a feeling yoou will find quite a few Terry Pratchett fans around here.
T-DOGG10 November 2009 at 10:50pmPosts: 2360 (0 today)Status: offline
Just finished Dan Brown's 'the Lost Symbol'.
Pretty good, but I liked 'the DaVinci Code' and 'Angels and Demons' better.
Still, I'd give it an eight and a half.
tree mouse10 November 2009 at 10:51pmPosts: 1801 (0 today)Status: offline
K'Ehleyr10 November 2009 at 11:06pmPosts: 8422 (0 today)Status: offline
But tell me T-Dogg what did you learn about Noetic Sciences?
Lawrence and Aaronsohn: T. E. Lawrence, Aaron Aaronsohn, and the Seeds of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
From The New Yorker
Florence chronicles the birth of the modern Middle East by narrating the intersecting lives of two remarkable men.
The portrait of T. E. Lawrence?a deeply British romantic who, despite his talent as a tactician, was unable to deliver on his promises to the Arab fighters he had led during the First World War?is persuasive if not particularly original.
Florence is clearly much more taken with the less celebrated Aaron Aaronsohn, a brilliant agronomist instrumental to the survival of early Zionist settlements in Palestine.
He became a spy for the British, at great risk to himself and his family. (His sister was tortured by Turkish officers who suspected her, correctly, of assisting in the espionage.)
Florence skillfully blends geopolitical history and cloak-and-dagger tales but, regrettably, includes no detailed portrait of any Arab figure; the Arabs serve, instead, to inspire or frustrate the designs of others, whether British, Jewish, or Turkish.
From Publishers Weekly
In this dual biography of two key figures in Middle Eastern history, Florence (Blood Libel) grounds the clash of Arab and Jewish nationalisms in the Ottoman Empire's collapse during WWI. T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia) was a flamboyant British officer and romantic partisan of a mythologized Arab people, who cobbled together an anti-Turkish revolt out of fractious Bedouin clans.
Aaron Aaronsohn, a Palestinian Jew and an agronomist who pioneered the Zionist effort to make the desert bloom, organized a spy ring to feed intelligence on Ottoman defenses in Palestine to the British.
There's suspense and pathos in Florence's saga of the war-torn Middle East?Aaronsohn's sister, also a spy, was tortured by the Turks and committed suicide?along with eye-glazing diplomatic wrangling as Aaronsohn and Lawrence try to influence British policy toward conquered Ottoman lands.
Florence's portraits of his protagonists color his account of the competing political claims. His depiction of Aaronsohn makes Zionism the more authentic nation-building project, deeply rooted in the careful stewardship of a soil watered with Zionist blood, while Arab nationalism comes off as largely a shallow, alien conceit imported by an eccentric Englishman to Bedouin more interested in booty than independence.
T-DOGG10 November 2009 at 11:11pmPosts: 2360 (0 today)Status: offline
A soul with mass?
All are discussed in the book.
K'Ehleyr10 November 2009 at 11:15pmPosts: 8422 (0 today)Status: offline
for your further education T-doggy
The Institute of Noetic Sciences
Advancing the science of consciousness and human experience to serve individual and collective transformation.
T-DOGG10 November 2009 at 11:29pmPosts: 2360 (0 today)Status: offline
I should'a seen this coming.
K'Ehleyr10 November 2009 at 11:39pmPosts: 8422 (0 today)Status: offline
Oh T-Dogg are you psychic?
tree mouse11 November 2009 at 9:07pmPosts: 1801 (0 today)Status: offline
Does anyone else like Patrick O'Brian, the literary =of heroin?
(Far Side of the World etc.)
T-DOGG11 November 2009 at 9:12pmPosts: 2360 (0 today)Status: offline
I just got Stephen King's new book 'Under the Dome'.
1047 pages, $9.00 on pre-order, $35 retail.
That's 26 bucks off!
Now it's listed as $18 on Amazon, if you order now.
You snooze, you lose.
tree mouse11 November 2009 at 9:56pmPosts: 1801 (0 today)Status: offline
Isn't life ironic.
My son (brushing his teeth 10 minutes ago)
tells me we have to get the 'Sam Vines' books because they're so funny.