What have you been reading lately

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Finished The Wiseman's Fear and realized that I have never read any of the Discworld books. So I have started The Colour of Magic as a palate cleanser. Since its such a short book, I also have The Light Fantastic lined up right behind it.

As my new avatar suggests, The Luggage is my favorite character so far.
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Well, if you never read the Discworld books before you have to read Small Gods.

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I have also been informed that Reaper Man is a must read
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Rincewind is probably my favourite Discworld character, closely followed by the Lancre Witches. If I lived on the Discworld, Rincewind's life would be my destiny. Small Gods is Pratchett at his best and I think you'd like the City Watch books.
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Waiting for book 2 of Walter Jon Williams second Praxis trilogy. Fun space opera (after the tyrannical Shaa die off, the 6 subject species [including humanity] jostle to find a place in the 10,000 year old empire.
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George Orwell's collected letters and journalism, not for the first time.

One item I read last night is a review of Mein Kampf dated 21 March 1940 in The New English Weekly, a publication now mostly known for having published Orwell's book reviews.

The UK is fighting all alone. The Nazis just bombed the shit out of the Royal Navy at Scapa Flow.

You can openly buy a copy of Hitler's war manifesto, even though wartime shortages are pinching the book publishing industry.
And it gets a serious (though denunciatory) review in a left wing intellectual publication.

Let that sink in.

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C. J Cherry's Downbelow Station, again. Classic SciFi with tree-hugging, hippy aliens who are bemused by humanity's antics, shrug and just get on with enjoying their damp, odoriferous existence.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:51 pm The Emperor's Tomb by Joseph Roth.

Lead up to the First World War, the war itself, and the aftermath.

From the point of view of a sympathetic Austrian who loves the empire.

Spoiler alert: Does not have a happy ending.
I really recommend this one.

About a man who outlives his country.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:20 pm
Abdul Alhazred wrote: Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:51 pm The Emperor's Tomb by Joseph Roth.

Lead up to the First World War, the war itself, and the aftermath.

From the point of view of a sympathetic Austrian who loves the empire.

Spoiler alert: Does not have a happy ending.
I really recommend this one.

About a man who outlives his country.
Seems relevant
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A good compare and contrast would be that the wartime part of that book, and The Good Soldier Svejk.

Same army same era, opposite opinions about multiculturalism Austrian style.

The post-war Vienna bit is very much Cabaret territory, but the ending is distinctively Austrian.
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