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what are you reading?

Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by Froley, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. Moshe ben David

    Moshe ben David Loaded Pockets

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    Despite what I said above ^^ I DO generally have also a 'primary read' in progress.

    Current primary read is "The One Device. The Secret History of the iPhone", by Brian Merchant. 2017, Little, Brown, and Company. I've liked this kind of book ever since reading "The Soul of a New Machine" by Tracy Kidder waaaay back when :). This book isn't quite the same sort of read; not as much insider stuff as Kidder was able to do. Apple is more secretive. But still fascinating reading. Particularly a chapter on predecessors to the iPhone and predictive stories and articles.

    Turns out there were both early SF stories as well as drawings etc of wireless communication devices back into the late 1800's!. One of the earliest functioning portable phones it turns out was produced by IBM about 30 years prior to the iPhone.

    At the other extreme, one of the late chapters talks about world wide recycling of old iPhones; open markets around Shenzhen China where old phones are recycled and the author had a guy build him a clone from scratch using recycled iPhone parts...!

    Highly recommend.

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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  2. Froley

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    This was excellent...
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    Although I'm reading it for uni at the minute, I am enjoying it. I think it would be more fun if I didn't have an exam question on it however.

    I don't think I've read a single fiction book since going back to uni two years ago. I'm looking forward to the summer so I have time to read some fiction.
     
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    I had to go into the tyre shop and wait for my truck. I grabbed 'The Mummy' by Anne Rice, older book, I see I read this twice over the years. With an hour to kill, I really got back into this story. Would make a great movie sometime.
     
  5. Froley

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    Just started this----
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    Reading the Chronicles of St Mary's books by Jodi Taylor...

    Don't call it time travel, they investigate historical events in contemporary time.
     
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    Taking a break from the Sherlock Holmes stories to read "The Origins and History of Consciousness" By Erich Neumann Jung comments that this is the book he would have written if he had it all to do over again. Just getting into it, but it is quite amazing. It compares the individual consciousness' development to the development of human consciousness as a whole, drawing on the full range of world mythology.
     
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  8. echo victor

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    2 books at the moment; I was able to borrow a library e-book, James Clapper's "Facts and Fears". Also reading Dean Radin's "Real Magic".
     
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    I just finished The Mountain Between Us. It is a great story of survival and of how we deal with the losses we face in life. A doctor is on his way home from a medical conference and hires a small plane to take him and a woman he met at the airport over the Rocky Mountains ahead of a storm. Their pilot has a heart attack and crash lands 11,000 feet up on a mountain. Luckily the doctor had been sneaking some hiking trips in with his conference and had a pack full of hiking gear along with the pilot's survival gear. The doctor must rely on his medical and survival skills to heal his injuries, his friend's broken leg, and to lead them off the mountain to safety.
     
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  10. Moshe ben David

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    Either catching up on various subscriptions (Foreign Affairs, Commentary, MIT Tech Review, Asimov's SF, Fantasy & SF) or for pure escapism --some no-consequence 'thriller' genre brain candy. The escapism when I need/want to fill time at either Peet's or Starbucks!

    Planning to get my hands on John McCain's latest sometime soon...

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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  11. Froley

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    I love books on how ant societies work---found this used...
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    Re-reading the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly. Have got to book #5, Trunk Music.
     
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  13. Froley

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    excuse me..?
     
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  14. Moshe ben David

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    water off a duck's back, man. water off a duck's back. Ignore him.

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
  15. Froley

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    Thanks Moshe...
    I thought I missed something somewhere but apparently not---I appreciate your note....
     
  16. Froley

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    I thought i would read the book after watching the series.....
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  17. Journo

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    I loved the series. For a similar ship based, end of the world series I recommend John Ringo's Black Tide Rising books (which are great), and also the ARISEN series by Michael Stephen Fuchs.
     
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    Excellent thank you for the recommendations...I will for sure check them out..!!!
     
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    Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

    Last book I finished was Fallen Angels from the Horus Heresy series.

    I've also got a book on persecutory delusions on the go; a textbook which is work related.
     
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    Read the first two in the series on holiday in June, and now I'm on book three of five, "Hellbent", by Greg Hurwitz, about Orphan X, Evan Smoak, known in hushed circles as the Nowhere Man.
    Former Govt Assassin trained from childhood who now just helps people who call his encrypted phone, whilst trying to avoid other former-operatives from the same govt organization who've been tasked with cleaning up loose ends.
    The second book was excellent, where he's held captive by a bad guy who REALLY doesnt know who hes dealing with.
     
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