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Half way through Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field by John Lewis-Stempel. A reminder of the wonder and almost infinite variety of nature. Makes human civilisation seem decidedly messy and chaotic.

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Now on to Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee.

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Wonderful Edward Lear bio that captures the wanderlust of the man. Marvelous artist and writer. A great read for Syd fans :wink:

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Just finishing "Traveling Music" by Neil Peart (Rush drummer & lyricist).

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Just finished Sympathy for the Devil: Four Decades of Friendship with Gore Vidal by Michael Mewshaw. Superb writing. By turns hilarious and sad, and a very different, much more sympathetic portrait of Vidal than we've had before, even counting Vidal's own autobiographies. One of those rare books that's great company and you want to re-read straight away.

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Beloved by Toni Morrison. Much praised, worthy, a bit dull in the middle.

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wadcorp wrote:
"If there is such a phenomenon as absolute evil, it consists in treating another human being as a thing."
    –– John Brunner, science fiction writer (1934-1995)

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Phil posted this great Brunner quote on the Cool Quotes thread.

I've really enjoyed the books of Brunner that I've read so far. Timescoop is fun, and The Shockwave Rider is a classic. I haven't been able to finish Stand on Zanzibar yet. I like his unique approach to that particular book, but at 500 pages it needs the kind of time and attention I don't have right now. So I purchased a copy for when I do. I also need to read The Sheep Look Up.

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I have a handful of Brunner novels. It's been forever since I've read any, but need to revisit them.

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wadcorp wrote:
"If there is such a phenomenon as absolute evil, it consists in treating another human being as a thing."
    –– John Brunner, science fiction writer (1934-1995)

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Phil posted this great Brunner quote on the Cool Quotes thread.

I've really enjoyed the books of Brunner that I've read so far. Timescoop is fun, and The Shockwave Rider is a classic. I haven't been able to finish Stand on Zanzibar yet. I like his unique approach to that particular book, but at 500 pages it needs the kind of time and attention I don't have right now. So I purchased a copy for when I do. I also need to read The Sheep Look Up.

John


I remember trying to read Stand On Zanzibar way back in the early 70's. Did not get far into the book, and I'm sure that was my fault.
Currently have a few on the shelf waiting to start:
Star Wars - The Last Command by Timothy Zahn
Le Carre's - The Honorable Schoolboy
A couple of Dennis Lehane thrillers and I'm on:
Dan Simmons' Hyperion at the moment. Have not got far into it and may have to restart as it's been a while since I started.


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Sedan Love wrote:
Currently have a few on the shelf waiting to start:
Star Wars - The Last Command by Timothy Zahn
Le Carre's - The Honorable Schoolboy
A couple of Dennis Lehane thrillers and I'm on:
Dan Simmons' Hyperion at the moment. Have not got far into it and may have to restart as it's been a while since I started.

My wife gave me a copy of Le Carre's autobiography, The Pigeon Tunnel. It's a fascinating read. He has a very enjoyable 'voice'. I don't remember his fiction having the same voice. Sorry if I'm using the wrong term here.

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