Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Positive Passion » 08 Nov 2019, 23:04

Rorschach wrote:
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Rorschach wrote:Apparently, I'm a complete and utter moron.


But we have known that for nearly 20 years.


Rude!

I only just found out...


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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby John aka Josh » 09 Nov 2019, 23:57

Snarfyguy wrote:
John aka Josh wrote:Barry Cunliffe: By Steppe, Desert and Ocean – the Birth of Eurasia
Andrea Wulf: The Invention of Nature – The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt
Steve Brusatte: The Rise and fall of the Dinosaurs
Will Storr: The Heretics Adventures with the enemies of Science
Brian Clegg: The Quantum Age

How dumb is someone who's never heard of any of these books - or even any of their authors?

Uh, asking for a friend!





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Partly I thought I'd post some non - fiction, partly it's the knowledge they contain as much as the fact they are all cracking books. There are many excellent books about quantum physics, Clegg's is very accessible explaining most of its basics and quantum effects allow for the world we live in.

I was very tempted to have Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, probably instead of Brusatte's Rise & Fall of Dinosaurs.

I don't know of a book other than Cunliffe's that has such an easy guide to the rise of Homo Sapiens, though I'd prefer one that extended to the rest of the world.
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Flower » 11 Nov 2019, 12:23

One more ....

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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby John aka Josh » 11 Nov 2019, 22:57

Flower wrote:One more ....

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Interesting call. The original stories or the reworked versions?



If I had the inclination to cultivate an alias, among his or her five would be these two, or excellent versions of these tales if not these exact editions.



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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Jimbo » 11 Nov 2019, 23:02

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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Flower » 12 Nov 2019, 00:13

The original 1812 tales are scarier, sort of crude and sometimes had anti-semitic references. I was raised on the mid 20th century versions.

Both can be read.
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Samoan » 12 Nov 2019, 08:16

The Rainbow - D. H. Lawrence

The Razor's Edge - W. Somerset Maugham

Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

The Heather Blazing - Colm Tóibín

The Good Terrorist - Doris Lessing
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby St Jeemo the Humourless » 12 Nov 2019, 18:54

I've read all my adult life and most of my teenage years. I really couldn't give two fucks as to any list that demands you must have read these particular books or you automatically are a moron.
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Flower » 12 Nov 2019, 20:29

St Jeemo the Humourless wrote:I've read all my adult life and most of my teenage years. I really couldn't give two fucks as to any list that demands you must have read these particular books or you automatically are a moron.


Jeemo, I don't see you as either Humourless or as a Saint. I believe that this thread was started with humor in mind, to grab the attention of posting members and to share some books that might not come up in other threads. I could be wrong and a moron to boot but I doubt it in this case.
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby St Jeemo the Humourless » 12 Nov 2019, 21:32

Flower wrote:
St Jeemo the Humourless wrote:I've read all my adult life and most of my teenage years. I really couldn't give two fucks as to any list that demands you must have read these particular books or you automatically are a moron.


Jeemo, I don't see you as either Humourless or as a Saint. I believe that this thread was started with humor in mind, to grab the attention of posting members and to share some books that might not come up in other threads. I could be wrong and a moron to boot but I doubt it in this case.



I was kidding........
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Flower » 12 Nov 2019, 21:40

EeK! Sorry .. so what are your five books? :)
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby St Jeemo the Humourless » 12 Nov 2019, 22:08

A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
The Given Day - Denis Lehane
Two Trains Running - Andrew Vacchs
The Falcon and The Snowman - Robert Lindsey
The Talented Mister Ripley - Patrica Highsmith
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Rorschach » 13 Nov 2019, 07:53

Positive Passion wrote:
Rorschach wrote:
Positive Passion wrote:
But we have known that for nearly 20 years.


Rude!

I only just found out...


Affectionate. Our well-crafted relationship goes back a lomg way.


So I imagined, though I don't know who you are.
Hmmm. Who do I know who would use a phrase like, "well-crafted relationship" but also leave a typo uncorrected?

Interesting...
Bugger off.