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CB Saint posted this 23 February 2018

Halfway through The Bottom Corner: A Season with the Dreamers of Non-League Football by Nige Tassell

A really good insight into non-league football and some of the characters that inhabit the nether regions of the football pyramid

   

 

Sadoldgit posted this 23 February 2018

Crash by JG Ballard. I saw the film many years ago and wondered how true it was to the book. If anything the book is even more pervy. If you like your sex off the scale kinky, this is for you!

pap posted this 29 March 2018 - Last edited 29 March 2018

Just finished Antony Beevor's Stalingrad.   It's a deeply affecting read, or listen as it was in my case.    It's a brilliant study of arguably the most important battle in world history, a titanic struggle between two totalitarian states.   As a reader, the only side I could pick was that of the common soldier, sent into this crucible by armchair megalomaniacs that never knew the hardships they were creating or perpetuating, Hitler being especially prone to his own press.    Stalin doesn't come out of this much better as a human being, even though the Soviet Union was the nation that managed to achieve the imperial expansion it sought pre-war, including a large part of Germany.

Along with Verdun, Stalingrad is up there for one of the least-wanted representations of hell on Earth.   Human beings so malnourished that when many eventually got food, it killed them, because the body's ability to process fats had atrophied.   A Wehrmacht sent into territory they were told was full of sub-humans, with an order to kill all partisans, and a very loose definition of what a partisan actually was.

The SS, operating behind the front lines, applying Nazi "policy" to any "untermencshen" unfortunate to come their way.   POW camps that were just barbed wire enclosures, with no shelter, where soldiers were simply left to die.    Summary executions and collective punishment meted out by the Nazis, returned in spades by the Soviets.

Insane decisions from the totalitarian leaders.   Stalin disappeared from view in the first three weeks of Barbarossa, simply because he couldn't believe he was wrong (he'd been warned for months beforehand and attributed it all to a Churchillian plot to bring the Russians into the war), and probably had cause to dwell on the 30K experienced Red Army officers he'd purged in the preceding decade.   The last comment I'll make on the contest between the two leaders, and it's not one made by the book, but Stalin, whatever else he was, was a man learning harsh lessons from huge mistakes.  Hitler was someone convinced that previous success made future success inevitable.

The human cost was incredible.   Barbarossa took at least 26m lives.   Stalingrad was the furthest the Nazis ever got, and from  Beevor's account, seems to be an illustration of just how depraved and immoral we humans can be when motivated, properly or otherwise.

Arguably humanity's darkest moment.

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Goatboy posted this 29 March 2018

Originally posted by pap

Just finished Antony Beevor's Stalingrad.   It's a deeply affecting read, or listen as it was in my case.    It's a brilliant study of arguably the most important battle in world history, a titanic struggle between two totalitarian states.   As a reader, the only side I could pick was that of the common soldier, sent into this crucible by armchair megalomaniacs that never knew the hardships they were creating or perpetuating, Hitler being especially prone to his own press.    Stalin doesn't come out of this much better as a human being, even though the Soviet Union was the nation that managed to achieve the imperial expansion it sought pre-war, including a large part of Germany.

Along with Verdun, Stalingrad is up there for one of the least-wanted representations of hell on Earth.   Human beings so malnourished that when many eventually got food, it killed them, because the body's ability to process fats had atrophied.   A Wehrmacht sent into territory they were told was full of sub-humans, with an order to kill all partisans, and a very loose definition of what a partisan actually was.

The SS, operating behind the front lines, applying Nazi "policy" to any "untermencshen" unfortunate to come their way.   POW camps that were just barbed wire enclosures, with no shelter, where soldiers were simply left to die.    Summary executions and collective punishment meted out by the Nazis, returned in spades by the Soviets.

Insane decisions from the totalitarian leaders.   Stalin disappeared from view in the first three weeks of Barbarossa, simply because he couldn't believe he was wrong (he'd been warned for months beforehand and attributed it all to a Churchillian plot to bring the Russians into the war), and probably had cause to dwell on the 30K experienced Red Army officers he'd purged in the preceding decade.   The last comment I'll make on the contest between the two leaders, and it's not one made by the book, but Stalin, whatever else he was, was a man learning harsh lessons from huge mistakes.  Hitler was someone convinced that previous success made future success inevitable.

The human cost was incredible.   Barbarossa took at least 26m lives.   Stalingrad was the furthest the Nazis ever got, and from  Beevor's account, seems to be an illustration of just how depraved and immoral we humans can be when motivated, properly or otherwise.

Arguably humanity's darkest moment.

 I 'enjoyed' this too.

If this sort of thing had been on the syllabus I may have enjoyed History at school.

Still, it's no Spinning Jenny.

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BTripz posted this 13 April 2018 - Last edited 13 April 2018

Just finished reading the Helliconia trilogy (Brian Aldiss), the first 2 were very good I feel he ran out of ideas for the 3rd part.

Still interesting scientific ideas and good social commentary.

Especially liked the idea of necrogenes!

I also learnt some new big words which I am unlikely to remember or use in RL

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PhilippineSaint posted this 13 April 2018

The cricket scores and cant find any 

Dubai_Phil posted this 13 April 2018

Ah been a way from here.

Artemis was OK not as good as The Martian and almost as if it was written as a new movie script.

A meh ok for beach/plane 6/10.

Jack Reachers' last book was imho one of the best yet. A dramatically small cut down scale and a very informative read on the massive Opiate crisis in US society and it's impact on relatively normal people. Tom Cruise will ruin it but best read on a long time.

For my upcoming 6 hour no frills B737 flight I had no choice went straight to Dan Brown & Origins. 6 hours in 29" seat pitch and driving at other end I need brain numbing. Made sure it was bearable. So far not as bad as his sequels. Still hate how I get Tom Hanks voice in my head with it though.

Oh and have you never tried cricinfo @Portdrinker?

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BTripz posted this 13 April 2018

I purchased Ready Player One a couple of years ago, kept meaning to read it. It's is now queued up on my Kindle app...

Bathsaint posted this 13 April 2018

Originally posted by BTripz

I purchased Ready Player One a couple of years ago, kept meaning to read it. It's is now queued up on my Kindle app...

 My son appeared one day with this book in his hands. It had been given to him by a friend on his bus to school. They'd passed it around between themselves like a piece of illicit contraband. Yes, just like his father, my son is a bit of a geek. 

Anyway, I decided to read it and actually enjoyed it quite a bit although I wondered to what extent the kids who'd read it understood any of the references. It's a piece of nostalgic, espcapist nonsense, but fun nonetheless. 

My son is now badgering me to take him to see the film. 

BTripz posted this 13 April 2018

Originally posted by Bathsaint

Originally posted by BTripz

I purchased Ready Player One a couple of years ago, kept meaning to read it. It's is now queued up on my Kindle app...

 My son appeared one day with this book in his hands. It had been given to him by a friend on his bus to school. They'd passed it around between themselves like a piece of illicit contraband. Yes, just like his father, my son is a bit of a geek. 

Anyway, I decided to read it and actually enjoyed it quite a bit although I wondered to what extent the kids who'd read it understood any of the references. It's a piece of nostalgic, espcapist nonsense, but fun nonetheless. 

My son is now badgering me to take him to see the film. 

My son wants to see the film as well but I know if I see the film I won't read the book.

Talking of nostalgia and kids not getting the reference (a bit OT I know) but have you seen Wreck It Ralph?

Bathsaint posted this 13 April 2018

Originally posted by BTripz

Originally posted by Bathsaint

Originally posted by BTripz

I purchased Ready Player One a couple of years ago, kept meaning to read it. It's is now queued up on my Kindle app...

 My son appeared one day with this book in his hands. It had been given to him by a friend on his bus to school. They'd passed it around between themselves like a piece of illicit contraband. Yes, just like his father, my son is a bit of a geek. 

Anyway, I decided to read it and actually enjoyed it quite a bit although I wondered to what extent the kids who'd read it understood any of the references. It's a piece of nostalgic, espcapist nonsense, but fun nonetheless. 

My son is now badgering me to take him to see the film. 

My son wants to see the film as well but I know if I see the film I won't read the book.

Talking of nostalgia and kids not getting the reference (a bit OT I know) but have you seen Wreck It Ralph?

 Make him read the book. It really is an easy read. 

Yes, I saw Wreck it Ralph, but that was a colourful film which the kids could engage with. 

Dubai_Phil posted this 13 April 2018

Originally posted by Bathsaint

Originally posted by BTripz

I purchased Ready Player One a couple of years ago, kept meaning to read it. It's is now queued up on my Kindle app...

 My son appeared one day with this book in his hands. It had been given to him by a friend on his bus to school. They'd passed it around between themselves like a piece of illicit contraband. Yes, just like his father, my son is a bit of a geek. 

Anyway, I decided to read it and actually enjoyed it quite a bit although I wondered to what extent the kids who'd read it understood any of the references. It's a piece of nostalgic, espcapist nonsense, but fun nonetheless. 

My son is now badgering me to take him to see the film. 

 See the film at Imax and in 3D while you can. Visually astonishing.

Bathsaint posted this 13 April 2018

Today, I bought The City and the City by China Miéville. I saw that it’s been adapted for the Beeb but wanted to read it first. 

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Goatboy posted this 2 days ago

Currently reading Mark Curtis' book: Secret Affairs-Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam.

But definitely going to be reading this next:

Dubai_Phil posted this 2 days ago

Another 6 hours on low cost airlines Tuesday.to Katowice this time (70km from Krakow)

So bought Ready Player One to pass the time.

I will let you know if you can read it AFTER seeing the movie

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BTripz posted this 2 days ago

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Originally posted by Bathsaint

Originally posted by BTripz

I purchased Ready Player One a couple of years ago, kept meaning to read it. It's is now queued up on my Kindle app...

 My son appeared one day with this book in his hands. It had been given to him by a friend on his bus to school. They'd passed it around between themselves like a piece of illicit contraband. Yes, just like his father, my son is a bit of a geek. 

Anyway, I decided to read it and actually enjoyed it quite a bit although I wondered to what extent the kids who'd read it understood any of the references. It's a piece of nostalgic, espcapist nonsense, but fun nonetheless. 

My son is now badgering me to take him to see the film. 

 See the film at Imax and in 3D while you can. Visually astonishing.

To be honest, I wish I hadn't seen the film, not a patch on the book and almost totally different too.

Amazing how Simon Pegg manages to get in a lot of films these days...