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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 21:03 
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To Kill a Mockingbird: Why was it an Important Thing to Scout, warranting several pages, that Atticus shoots the rabid dog? It is learnt from this that Atticus has a reputation from the war of being a good marksman, but it isn't referenced again in the book.

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 21:12 
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The whole book is about Scout growing up and seeing the world through more mature eyes. From memory the author uses the dog as a turning point for Scout's view of her father's determination to do the right thing. Atticus is not a civil rights activist, or even a particularly nice man in attitude to the Black community, but he damn sure won't see an innocent man hanged in his town.


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Or something like that.


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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I really should read this at some point.


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Just finished How to Rig an Election by Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas.

Each chapter looks at a different way to get to the result you want, from gerrymandering the boundaries to stuffing ballots to being helpful to major powers in other ways, and is filled with modern examples from across the world. The most interesting point of the book, and the question it tries to explain, is why autocrats go to such lengths to do this, and why they tend to last longer than those who don't.

Unlike most other comparative studies, it doesn't bombard you with statistics preferring to use qualitative data derived from the authors' own field work, and is not a dry read. I'm just slightly scared that these techniques are on the increase across the world.


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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You know something, I've never read Frankenstein.

I bought it the other day and aim to rectify this as soon as I can.


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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You know something, I've never read Frankenstein.


Spooky! I pulled a copy off the shelf in the library today for the same reasons, thought about it, then went for a Walter Scott novel instead.

I did see a play of it this year though.


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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You know something, I've never read Frankenstein.

I bought it the other day and aim to rectify this as soon as I can.

DUH!!! It's not Frankenstein! It's Frankenstein's book.

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currently reading frans de waal's chimpanzee books,chimpanzee politics . and the great áre we smart enough to know how smart animals are', as well as darwin in the city by Menno.... about how animals adapt to city life..

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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I seem to be reading 'Be Here Now' by Ram Dass again. And the Dalai Lama's Guide to Happiness, intermittently.

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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I'm reading the last book in the Demon Cycle series. It's a long'un, but it's really good.

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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I'm currently reading 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race' and it's eye-opening.

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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I'm reading Brandon Sanderson - Oathbringer. Book 3 of his Stormlight series. It's good.


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Jem wrote:
I'm currently reading 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race' and it's eye-opening.

I’ve not read it, but I’ve heard it’s very good.

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Lonewolves wrote:
Jem wrote:
I'm currently reading 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race' and it's eye-opening.

I’ve not read it, but I’ve heard it’s very good.

Would definitely recommend. You can borrow it when I'm done if you like.

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Jem wrote:
Lonewolves wrote:
Jem wrote:
I'm currently reading 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race' and it's eye-opening.

I’ve not read it, but I’ve heard it’s very good.

Would definitely recommend. You can borrow it when I'm done if you like.

Thank you. :)

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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I might get that.

I am reading about King Charles 2nd and his time on the lam and it is fucking great. He is brilliantly twattish about it all.

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currently reading this fascinating book on how evolution is driven by urbanization
https://www.amazon.com/Darwin-Comes-Tow ... 1250127823
(by a dutchman who has lived in england for major parts of his life)

since it is called Darwin comets town, at least mimi should read it.. full with lovely animal stories too

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Lonewolves wrote:
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I'm currently reading 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race' and it's eye-opening.

I’ve not read it, but I’ve heard it’s very good.

Would definitely recommend. You can borrow it when I'm done if you like.

Thank you. :)

You could just yarr it if you have a Kindle (other e-readers are available).

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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I'm currently reading 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race' and it's eye-opening.

I’ve not read it, but I’ve heard it’s very good.

Would definitely recommend. You can borrow it when I'm done if you like.

Thank you. :)

You could just yarr it if you have a Kindle (other e-readers are available).

I tend not to yarr stuff although borrowing ends up with the same revenue, I admit.

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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All not yarring it does in this case is inconvenience both you and Jem ;)

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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All not yarring it does in this case is inconvenience both you and Jem ;)

I don’t know. It was a lovely gesture and I’ll probably see Jem soon anyway so she won’t have to go out of her way to deliver it. The only inconvenience is that I have to wait.

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Wouldn't it be great if there was some kind of local institution where you could obtain books for free, on the provisio you brought them back?


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Wouldn't it be great if there was some kind of local institution where you could obtain books for free, on the provisio you brought them back?


You cannot get earl gray in those institutions there though

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Kern wrote:
Wouldn't it be great if there was some kind of local institution where you could obtain books for free, on the provisio you brought them back?

Waterstones?


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Yarr it and then send the author a dollar on paypal. Everyone is better off!


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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Wouldn't it be great if there was some kind of local institution where you could obtain books for free, on the provisio you brought them back?

The bookshelf in the office? I can look, but I don't think it'll be on there.

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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I don't even know what yarr is.

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Pirate. Yarr!

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Oh I seeeeeeeee. (Doh)

I don't do that :S

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Well no. You have the book.

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I meant in general, obviously :P

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I assume that's because GazChap does it?

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 Post subject: Re: New generic book thread
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Well, no. It's because I decided many years ago that as a creator of "stuff" that I expect people to pay for, it would be hypocritical for me to deprive other creators by not paying for it. So yeah, I choose not to pirate stuff.

However, it would be a lie to say I don't occasionally indirectly benefit from other people's pirating, so I don't judge. You do you etc etc

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