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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby EleniDoSorto66 » 15 December 2018, 07:01

I have currently been reading David Starkey's biography about Queen Elizabeth Tudor's younger years before ascending to the English throne. Mr. Starkey, whom is admittingly adored with the queen, makes note of her exact tenacity to continue to survive through her great will, courage, intelligence and cunning.

(It's bloody hard to imagine how anyone survived back then. It seems that just about everyone is dying or killed in rather violent and unpleasant means.)

Mr. Starkey explains to us that the experiences of her early life possibly helped transformed her into the shrewd, calculating politican and a dogmatic survivor as Queen. (Fyi i still think she's a viciously mean woman. Certainly Elizabeth R. is a fascinating character, but I definitely wouldn't want to meet her as a person.)
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Mod » 15 December 2018, 07:12

EleniDoSorto66 wrote:I have currently been reading David Starkey's biography about Queen Elizabeth Tudor's younger years before ascending to the English throne. Mr. Starkey, whom is admittingly adored with the queen, makes note of her exact tenacity to continue to survive through her great will, courage, intelligence and cunning.

(It's bloody hard to imagine how anyone survived back then. It seems that just about everyone is dying or killed in rather violent and unpleasant means.)

Mr. Starkey explains to us that the experiences of her early life possibly helped transformed her into the shrewd, calculating politican and a dogmatic survivor as Queen. (Fyi i still think she's a viciously mean woman. Certainly Elizabeth R. is a fascinating character, but I definitely wouldn't want to meet her as a person.)


Looks interesting, I think I might have bought that for my mum once haha.
Been meaning to read Wolfe Hall finally (which is all about Henry VIII’s right hand Oliver Cromwell) and i might pick that up after.

I think it’s hard to apply current day morals to anyone historical, they truly lead different lives. It wouldn’t be too uncommon to see someone killed in the street and such a thing happened to anyone involved in infidelity. You had Catholic Cardinals riding their pet elephants to their favourite brothels hahhaha.
Also there were soooooo many stabbings because everyone drank booze which was safer than water and carried a knife with them for cutting food.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 15 December 2018, 10:31

Mod wrote:Been meaning to read Wolfe Hall finally (which is all about Henry VIII’s right hand Oliver Cromwell) and i might pick that up after.

The only two Olivers Cromwell I know of were born long after Henry VIII died.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby PopTart » 15 December 2018, 10:50

Brenden wrote:
Mod wrote:Been meaning to read Wolfe Hall finally (which is all about Henry VIII’s right hand Oliver Cromwell) and i might pick that up after.

The only two Olivers Cromwell I know of were born long after Henry VIII died.

Mod, I think you mean Thomas Cromwell?
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby PopTart » 15 December 2018, 10:52

EleniDoSorto66 wrote:I have currently been reading David Starkey's biography about Queen Elizabeth Tudor's younger years before ascending to the English throne. Mr. Starkey, whom is admittingly adored with the queen, makes note of her exact tenacity to continue to survive through her great will, courage, intelligence and cunning.

(It's bloody hard to imagine how anyone survived back then. It seems that just about everyone is dying or killed in rather violent and unpleasant means.)

Mr. Starkey explains to us that the experiences of her early life possibly helped transformed her into the shrewd, calculating politican and a dogmatic survivor as Queen. (Fyi i still think she's a viciously mean woman. Certainly Elizabeth R. is a fascinating character, but I definitely wouldn't want to meet her as a person.)

David Starkey is such an under-rated gay historian. Admittedly he has some conservative values that I don't agree with, but his passion for and love of English history have always been such a joy for me.

I also liked his sober and almost reverent Monarchy series.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Mod » 15 December 2018, 13:16

I did mean Thomas Cromwell yes.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 27 December 2018, 21:28

Just started Bertrand Russell’s A History of Western Philosophy.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 15 March 2019, 22:55

Recently started 48 Laws of Power and Prisoners of Geography.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Stephen68 » 15 March 2019, 23:12

Does reading all the posts on here count
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Shaved-Nudist » 15 March 2019, 23:18

The Red Fort by James Leasor

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Ant » 23 March 2019, 19:24

Pawn of prophecy by David Eddings
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Magic J » 23 March 2019, 19:50

Ant wrote:Pawn of prophecy by David Eddings

Read them all when I was a bit younger! I loved them. I'll contain myself, though, since you're on the first book and I wouldn't want to spoil anything. :P

Brenden wrote:Just started Bertrand Russell’s A History of Western Philosophy.

Did you manage to finish it? I have it on my shelf for reference. Specifically, bought it for a plain English chapter on Hegel, which I thought would enable me to understand a bit more around dialectic. I still don't understand Hegel, but I don't think that's Russell's fault. I'll take 90% of the blame, Hegel takes the rest for being so bloody obtuse. :P

I remember he absolutely loathed Nietzsche. Loved the bit in that chapter where Russell imagines a dialogue between Nietzsche and the Buddha, set in heaven, addressing God (!).

OT: I just finished Capitalism vs. Freedom by Rob Larson; a critique (in no uncertain terms) of libertarianism and faith in "self-rectifying" free markets. Not really sure if it went over any new ground for me, but it was fine. Another for the sizable "it's capitalism, stupid!" pile I have going :lol:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Ant » 23 March 2019, 20:04

I'm mainly reading them for nostalgia reasons. Started reading all the books in the series in the 90's.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Magic J » 23 March 2019, 20:24

Ant wrote:I'm mainly reading them for nostalgia reasons. Started reading all the books in the series in the 90's.

Yeah, I was pretty young when I first read them, too. Might do the same, if I can find them. Btw, did you know there's a second series called The Malloreon?

[Reveal] Spoiler: In case you've not read The Malloreon
Not as good, as far as I remember, but I did read them all. I think I remember it being really similar to the plot of The Belgariad, and that this was an actual plot point which the characters become aware of and comment on. Might have been an attempt at some kind of meta-story, but I'm suspicious that it was just an excuse for lazy writing. :lol:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Ant » 23 March 2019, 20:39

Yeah have read the Malloreon several times. Very enjoyable. Just finished reading The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen Donaldson, which I would highly recommend.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 26 March 2019, 09:39

Magic J wrote:
Brenden wrote:Just started Bertrand Russell’s A History of Western Philosophy.

Did you manage to finish it? I have it on my shelf for reference. Specifically, bought it for a plain English chapter on Hegel, which I thought would enable me to understand a bit more around dialectic. I still don't understand Hegel, but I don't think that's Russell's fault. I'll take 90% of the blame, Hegel takes the rest for being so bloody obtuse. :P

I remember he absolutely loathed Nietzsche. Loved the bit in that chapter where Russell imagines a dialogue between Nietzsche and the Buddha, set in heaven, addressing God (!).

Yes, I finished it! But I listened to the audiobook, so it was easier than reading it. There were so many bits I wish I'd 'bookmarked' (something Audible allows you to do but which I always forget about until it's too late), but what I plan to do is get the ebook and search for phrases I remember to re-read those sections.

I loved Russel's sass throughout and indeed the Nietzsche/Buddha section was probably the best bit.

Magic J wrote:OT: I just finished Capitalism vs. Freedom by Rob Larson; a critique (in no uncertain terms) of libertarianism and faith in "self-rectifying" free markets. Not really sure if it went over any new ground for me, but it was fine. Another for the sizable "it's capitalism, stupid!" pile I have going :lol:

I'll have to add this to my list. Have you read Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century? It was rather dry and technical, but I really enjoyed the references to literature / using literature as a source of proxy data for economics.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Shaved-Nudist » 26 March 2019, 17:06

Wellington in India

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Stephen68 » 26 March 2019, 18:22

The Lord of the rings its amazing how much the films miss out
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 26 March 2019, 20:04

Stephen68 wrote:The Lord of the rings its amazing how much the films miss out

They are really good adaptations though, considering the limits of film. Especially the extended editions.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Ant » 30 March 2019, 15:56

Just started reading 'The Ember Blade' by Chris Wood. A good read so far.
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