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Re: What's the last book you read?

Post by Jjm3233 » August 22nd, 2018, 8:33 pm

Broken Homes the PC Peter Grant series.

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Re: What's the last book you read?

Post by Lord Tesla » March 1st, 2019, 4:16 am

Sopwith Camel, Air Vanguard #3, by Jon Guttman.
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Re: What's the last book you read?

Post by Lord Tesla » March 20th, 2019, 7:30 pm

Heredity: A Very Short Introduction.

What a useless, steaming pile of ideological nitwittery.

What I was after was a refresher on the mechanics of hereditary in organisms; what I got was a lot of bilge about race, class and gender.

Ugh.
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Re: What's the last book you read?

Post by Lord Tesla » July 24th, 2019, 3:42 pm

The History in English Words by Owen Barfield.

Expect to wrap up on the Sailor on the Seas of Fate this afternoon.
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Re: What's the last book you read?

Post by Master Magnus » July 25th, 2019, 6:00 am

Lord Tesla wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 3:42 pm
The History in English Words by Owen Barfield.
I've heard about that one! Would you recommend it?

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Re: What's the last book you read?

Post by Lord Tesla » July 28th, 2019, 4:05 pm

Master Magnus wrote:
July 25th, 2019, 6:00 am
Lord Tesla wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 3:42 pm
The History in English Words by Owen Barfield.
I've heard about that one! Would you recommend it?
Yes, I think I would. It was not an enjoyable read. The style is a tad archaic, if I may engage in a little hyperbole. For instance, the paragraphs that span pages strike one as just a little too long. And it definitely takes its time. But it's an interesting subject, and looks at the meanings and changes in meanings in words, with an interesting perspective, particularly with attention to the inferences that can be drawn about the beliefs and thought processes of people at various points along the history of a word as it came or went from usage, or changed, swiftly or slowly, in meaning.

And it is a little dated. For instance, it uses Aryan where we would use Indo-European with an innocent and wild abandon that might get an author the gallows these days. But the book dates back t0 1926. It was common usage then and had been for some time. There wasn't anything the least racist in the book that I can recall. I think he even makes a point of the designation of the Indo-European language and its descendants as Aryan as deriving from misunderstanding about the relationships between Sanskrit (spoken by the Aryas) and the other Indo-European languages in the beginnings of philology.

It might be hard to find, though. My copy is thirty-odd years old, and is the 4th reprint of a paperback edition.

And, I finished The Sailor on the Seas of Fate since last time--and started Weird of the White Wolf. I've made it farther into the Elric stories this time than in any of my previous attempts. But I'm still of the opinion that Michael Moorcock can't write his way out of paper bag; or, at least at that stage in his career, he couldn't.
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