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abandonedonearth

abandonedonearth

Joined March 2019

New Zealand | Full-time student of te reo Māori and tikanga Māori | Preference for non-fiction and older fiction
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Untitled | Unknown
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This book doesn‘t exist on Litsy, hence Untitled|Unknown, but it is a gem. It contains a range of World War I poetry, from the patriotic and idealistic, to the real and disturbing. My favourite is Siegfried Sassoon‘s “Suicide in the Trenches”, which I read every Anzac Day.

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Untitled | Unknown
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I really do need to sort my shelves out, but I just cannot seem to find the time.

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Ice Station Zebra | Alistair MacLean
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This is a superb thriller that maintains tension from beginning to end. Mystery, murder, espionage, and treason set against the backdrop of some of the most hostile natural conditions on the planet make this novel one that is hard to put down. MacLean was not only a master storyteller, but an able researcher who provided enough factual context to add to the richness and authenticity of his tales. A gripping read from cover to cover.

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I reread this book recently for the first time since I studied it at university in the 1980s, and enjoyed it much more this time. Rather than the translations more commonly encountered these days, this is in the original Middle English, thus retaining all of Chaucer‘s rhymes, metre, and nuances. While the Canterbury Tales make up a large chunk, all of Chaucer‘s known works are here in all their glory.

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Ice Station Zebra | Alistair MacLean
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Two different ways of relaxing on a Monday evening.

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Although Hardy labelled this a “pastoral tale”, it is far more. It is also considerably more than a romance, exploring as it does relations between the sexes, social class relations, and the human psyche, against the backdrop of Victorian Wessex. A remarkably insightful novel, and one of my firm favourites.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 3mo
abandonedonearth @Eggs Thank you! 3mo
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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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My favourite novel, which I have read many times. It has a bit of everything: coming of age, mystery, intrigue, deception, humour, tragedy, unrequited love, romance, crime... A true masterpiece of 19th-century writing.

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Satan Bug (UK) | Alistair MacLean
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This is a great 1960s action thriller, with a tough-guy hero typical of the fiction of the period. Germ warfare agents, the threat of mass destruction, deceit, and intrigue, combined with a larger-than-life hero, make this a real page turner.

rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 🎉 4mo
abandonedonearth @rretzler Thank you! Nice to be here. 4mo
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Satan Bug (UK) | Alistair MacLean
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I‘ve been so engrossed in my studies, I haven‘t had much time to read for pleasure. Tonight I am making an exception. I declare a Wednesday reading night.

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I am using this book to supplement my formal studies. It is by far the best language-teaching book I have come across. The contents are well presented, and, although learning a language is never easy, this book certainly makes learning te reo Māori much easier. It has sped up my learning immensely.

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 4mo
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They‘re all here, the familiar stories we grew up with, and unfamiliar tales, too. Yet, even the tales we know are somewhat unfamiliar, because the versions we read as children were sanitised. These are the originals, in all their (sometimes violent or gory, sometimes bemusing) unsanitised form. Well worth a read, even just to see how different they are from their “reboots”.

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abandonedonearth @Chelleo Thank you! I will have a look. 4mo
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abandonedonearth @Eggs Thank you! I found out about it from the LibraryThing newsletter and thought it would be interesting. It is! 4mo
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Vlach clearly and expertly critiques covenant theology and the various forms of supersessionism (aka replacement theology/fulfilment theology). Through his historical overview, examination of covenant theology hermeneutics, and critique of common “proof texts”, he shows not only that supersessionists have a weak case, but also that the theory is dangerous because it impugns the character of God. #theology #CovenantTheology #doctrine #Christianity

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This is a top-notch reference for lovers of the golden age of American radio, containing entries for hundreds of old-time radio shows. Some entries consist of basic information, such broadcast dates and networks, while others are more encyclopaedic. A must-have for any serious OTR fan or collector. #OTR #OldTimeRadio #Encyclopaedia #Encyclopedia

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Mehso-so

While this Māori-English/English Māori dictionary is impressive in terms of the number of words, it suffers in terms of ease of use. For example, if I want to look up the Māori word for “sound” (healthy/uninjured), I am presented with a simple list of eight words without explanation or context. I then have to go to the Māori section to look up each word, most of which deal with audible sounds. It can take some minutes to find the appropriate word.