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    Reading Elijah in Jerusalem by Michael Obrien with my wife.

    Currently listening to the third volume of The Gulag Archipelago. Hoping to wrap that up before the year is out.

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      I finally read 'dune' . . . still not a fan of how that author writes, but once I got into the story I liked it. I can see how this book creates such diehard fans.

      now I am reading 'The Singular Adventures of Baron Munchausen', and hoooo-llleeeeeeee cr@p it is outlandish in the extreme. I love the terry gilliam movie from the 80s . . . but I can honestly say that it is a pale, thin, very watered down rendition of the mad braggart that is Munchausen
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        I just finished the Realm of the Elderling series by Robin Hobb. I am not generally a big fan of fantasy-type books, but this was an absolutely amazing read. Highly, highly recommended.
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          "Midnight in Chernobyl" by Adam Higginbotham, not too bad so far (outside some typical hyperbole). It was recommended to me by a coworker who found out I used to work in nuclear power and wants to know if it is accurate. Funny thing is I was at the Navy Nuclear Prototype facility in Ballston Spa NY at the time and our APDs (Air Particulate Detectors) started going off while I was on watch. We ended up being debriefed on what the government (NAVSEA 08 and NRC) knew about it after running around trying to figure out how we were causing the alarms and not finding anything.
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          • Brokeass_baller
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            Wait, so the particulate in the air from Chernobyl was great enough to set off the detectors in NY? Am I reading this correctly?

          • Grendel

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            Oh yes, it ended up in the stratosphere and got spread all over the earth. By the time it got to us it was pretty dispersed but still detectable above normal background radiation level. Our APDs were very sensitive especially to alpha emitters.

            The author is doing a pretty good job with the background and technical explanation for someone who is not trained in nuclear power. So far (about 1/2 way) he is keeping me interested in the details (at the personal level) that I was not aware of our debriefings on the incident and aftermath was very technical and was devoid of a lot of the political and personal background.

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            That's fascinating. I had no idea. I might check this one out.

          Just finished Treasure Island today.
          Startng "Temps" from 1991. Basicly second string super heros, if I understood the cover synopsis.

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            I bought a lot of books in hardcopy this christmas (barns and noble gift cards) and plan on annotating:

            The conquest of bread
            Reform or revolution
            Roadside picnic
            Nestor Makhnos collection of essays

            ...and lending them out ofc
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              Finally completed The Gulag Archipelago Volume III. Exceptional.

              Also wrapped up "Elijah in Jerusalem" by Michael D. Obrien.

              Now on to "The Shadow of the Torturer" by Gene Wolfe. It is the first book in the "Book of New Sun" series, which I hear is fantastic.

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                Well, I've hit a milestone and completed the entirety of Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere novels to date. Sadly, until he releases more books, my trip through the Cosmere is over (for now). Since I got started with Elantris last February, I've devoured every story, invested myself with many interesting characters, and really dug into the lore surrounding his many interconnected worlds. I can't wait until more stories are released in this universe. Anyone who loves sci-fi would do well to take a trip through the Cosmere of their own.
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                  I have to check out The Kharkanas Trilogy. Has raving reviews everywhere. Thanks for the rec

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                  Currently working my way threw the Star Wars Thrawn series. I’m really enjoying the books. Finished the first the other day.

                  https://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Col...15435124&psc=1

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                      I can't say I have ever had much interest in reading revolutionary literature, but I might make an exception to peer into the mind of father makhno. Did you enjoy his work?

                    • mlzplayer111
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                      I did, although the essays are short I enjoyed them. The struggle against The State, Our Organization, The Paths of "Proletarian Power", and The ABC of the Revolutionary Anarchist are all some of his best. He did not write prolifically, and some of the titles are not relevant anymore, but over all I was surprised at Bat'kos writing ability and the essays overall. They are also free on the inter webs.

                    After burning through the entirety of the Cosmere, I have been working through John Scalzi's Interdependency trilogy. I'm currently on book three at this point. If you're looking for a quick sci-fi trilogy to read through, this is certainly a good pick. After this, I have book one of The Expanse series queued up.
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                      I started reading one of my favorite books from high school, “The Kon-Tiki Expedition: By Raft Across the South Seas” by Thor Heyerdahl.

                      I came back across the book because I started buying up a lot of the old books I loved growing for my daughter now that she’s graduated up to reading chapter books. The book is great, it’s the first hand account from from a Norwegian expedition that made their own raft and attempted to sail it from South America to Micronesia to prove that ancient man could have arrived to the Pacific islands for the Americas
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                        Finished "Shadow of the Torturer" by Gene Wolfe. It was superb, and I am now moving onto the next book in the series "The Claw of the Conciliator"

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                          Completed "The Book of the New Sun" tetrology, and then wrapped it up with the sequel, The Urth of the new Sun"

                          Gene Wolfe is a master of his art. I plan to re-read it this time next year.

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