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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein.  OK, his social theories are wacky, but it’s a hell of a good story

the boy would live forever by Fred Pohl.  In the Gateway series.  Fun.

Statistical models: Theory and practice by David Freedman.  Delves into the details of models, without getting overly mathematical.  

The politics of congressional elections” by Gary Jacobson ….nicely geeky

Alexander Hamilton  by Ron Chernow.  Barely started, but it is already impressive (as is the subject)

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet.  Interesting novel about 12th century England

The Art of Mathematics by Bela Belobas.  Interesting, easily stated math problems. For slow solving.

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  1. The “n” in Bolano needs a tilde. Anyway, after being conflicted about where to buy this book (on line?) and the price (amazon’s price was far below retail) and the consequences of buying it, I received a copy for Xmas.  What a great read!  I’m about 200 pages into it, and to be frank, I’m not sure why I’m enjoying it so much, but I am.

    It’s set in 1970’s Mexico City and so far the main characters are young poets who call themselves “visceral realists.”  The book takes a few shots at Latin American lit all stars, Octavio Paz, e.g., but so far it’s more like “On the Road” than anything else.  It’s really a great, fun read so far.

    Highly recommended.  I wish it had another 900 pages.

    • RiaD on January 25, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    I just haven’t been in a reading mood. Every now and again I just stop reading for a week or three… when I start back it’s like water after crossing a dessert~ can’t get enough.

    • Temmoku on January 25, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    mostly to see why it was on the Banned Books list….(the graphic rape scenes, the wanton illicit sex, and the crooked religious leaders). It was worthwhile and gave a very good feel for life in the 1100s.

    I’m almost finished with The Shock Doctrine….and it should be a must read for EVERYONE, especially all my neocon “friends”…they might change their mind cell…It is amazing how far Cheney, Rumsfeld, Addington, Ashcroft, Wolfowitz, Rice, and so many others go…way back! Even before Bush. I’m beginning to think that he is just a means to their end, more of a vehicle than a cog, someone who is not really necessary but will do. That is why it is so important to get a Democrat in by any means and even then I’d beware….they could easily infiltrate…no bipartisanship allowed PLEASE!

    I’m also reading a couple of teen novels for a presentation I’ve got to do in March.

  2. by pierre bremaud

  3. A Feast for Crows.  Perfect for the bus ride home.

  4. The Battle of Borodino has happened, Napoleon is in Moscow, and Moscow is burning–but Natasha and Prince Andrei have found each other at last!  The balance Tolstoy maintains between the macrocosm and the microcosm is wonderful.

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