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tphil10283

tphil10283

Joined January 2022

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It‘s a very interesting story about the White American evangelical Christian movement and the psychotic nature of the situation. I know it‘s not representative of the whole movement but it‘s very damning nevertheless.

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This is one of the best history books I have ever read in terms of being entertaining and giving me novel ideas about the foundation of the United States. I recommend it highly for anyone that‘s interested in American and British history.

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It‘s good, but I don‘t think it‘s great in comparison to works by Kuang, Kay or Jemisin. It‘s formulaic and I don‘t really like that in the fantasy books I really like. One thing I liked is that it got me thinking about why the roles of women have been so marginalized in history. I determined it‘s because children are so labor intensive and often fatal for women throughout history. It will probably change if we don‘t destroy ourselves first.

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River of Stars | Guy Gavriel Kay
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It‘s engaging historical fiction with a bit of fantasy thrown in. I recommend it because it‘s entertaining and gives food for thought.

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This is a interesting book that manages to convey new ideas about ancient civilizations in way that‘s not going to put you to sleep.

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Under Heaven | Guy Gavriel Kay
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I really enjoyed this book because although it‘s fantasy it‘s historical fantasy and doesn‘t involve too many unbelievable creatures and has certain ideas that are interesting to think about.

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The King's Peace, 1637-1641 | Cicely Veronica Wedgwood
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Excellent and very engaging history that has pertinent information about leadership issues even for today.

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The Last Nude | Ellis Avery
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It‘s an entertaining read about wealthy people in Paris mostly during the 1920s. It‘s divided by the pov of a seventeen year old American woman that ran away to Paris to avoid an arraigned marriage in Sicily and a Russian aristocratic painter that fled to Paris during the Russian revolution. It is a love story that dwells on the commodification of youth and sexuality to a large extent. I don‘t think much has changed.

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This is a very good and well researched book about some of the known key characters of the Irish troubles that began again in the 1970s in earnest. It‘s too bad all history books aren‘t this engaging, if they were, maybe more people would learn from it.

kspenmoll Fantastic book and author! 4mo
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A Greater Than Napoleon: Scipio Africanus | Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart
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An interesting book that makes a good case that scipio was the greatest military commander of all time. He is enamored of Scipio‘s integrity and felt that it did him harm politically. He is able to make a good case with an economy of words that is great for people that want to learn about something but not become an expert. I recommend it because it‘s made me think about things that are as relevant today as they were then.

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A very interesting book about the assault on the democracy of the United States that has been going on for years and is only getting worse. It‘s a very well researched book that the author is very knowledgeable about and has researched for years. I recommend it to anyone that is interested in keeping or at least trying to not lose anymore then we already have. For these people, their freedoms require the removal of the freedoms of others.

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It‘s an interesting book about a very courageous woman and to a large extent her relationship with her father. That relationship helped and hurt her in different ways and is perhaps the reason that she is able to have the courage to speak truth to power. Trump attempted to bully her but she was inoculated from most of that by her father as is explained in the book. She was nevertheless put in serious danger by it. It‘s an inspiring book.

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It‘s a very engaging book about a family that were literally the biggest drug pushers in the history of the United States. It‘s amazing that we have so many people in prison that aren‘t remotely as responsible for the opioid problem and these people are billionaires living freely. It‘s really an indictment of the deeply corrupt system that we have. There‘s really no consequences for the bad behavior of the wealthy other than a bit of criticism.

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The Sheltering Sky | Paul Bowles
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It‘s a very good book about some American travelers that run in to trouble in the Sahara in the late 1940‘s. The only thing I didn‘t like about the story is that the ending is somewhat ambiguous for my liking.

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The Imago Sequence | Laird Barron
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It has some odd stories however, I couldn‘t finish the last one because it was too incoherent to me.

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It‘s an entertaining book written in 1939 by an Englishman. Some of the points of view are interesting in retrospect.

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It‘s an interesting book about Chris Hedges experience, or one of them at least, as a volunteer teacher in a prison. This man is one of the few real heroes that we have in this country. I‘m not enamored by religious people but with people like him I am able to understand the attraction of the psychosis.

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Seraglio | Janet Wallach
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It‘s a decent novel about what was a horrific situation of being abducted by pirates and sold into slavery. It‘s supposed to be well researched but individual situations like this are obviously not truly knowable and it‘s of course very speculative. It made me think about the value of possessions like jewelry and fine clothing if you are trapped in a situation that you may not want to be. How desperate times have been for some people.

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Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
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It‘s not at all what I imagined it to be by the name of the book. It‘s amazing to think that much of the middle class in Russia at the time (1860‘s) were actually a lot more progressive thinking and rational then most of the people in our country are today.

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This relatively new translation is one of the best books that I‘ve ever read and is deserving of the timeless popularity that it‘s had.

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It‘s a really interesting book about an elusive subject because of the nature of Rom culture. Though I did learn quite a few things about that culture, I think, it‘s really interesting in the way that it critiques our own culture in an interesting way regarding laws and law. I recommend it if you really like food for thought when you read.

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In the Darkroom | Susan Faludi
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It‘s a compelling story about someone suffering from undiagnosed ptsd, imo anyway. Transsexualism is the hook for the story but it‘s really about identity more broadly. It seems to me that individual and collective identity has become increasingly more important and I don‘t see that it‘s very helpful when that happens. I live in Florida where identity politics has taken the place of competent leadership and it‘s not good. I recommend reading this.

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It‘s old fashioned storytelling in the sense that it presumes that people are basically good.

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The Wrong Stars | Tim Pratt
Mehso-so

It has an interesting premise but gets to corny for my taste.

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It‘s a good story about people that are more complicated than what I imagine most people are. Although, I‘m not sure I‘m imagining correctly. It‘s informative and gave me some different perspectives on things and I always enjoy any book that does that.

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It‘s an interesting examination of how Christianity developed some of its most abhorrent ideas about the afterlife. It‘s difficult to say that people that believe these things are actually good people because they are worshiping a monstrously cruel deity for personal benefits.

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This is the type of thing that gets me thinking about how little we humans have really advanced socially. An idea from the book: Ancient Greek myths suggest that we should have no illusions about what it takes to preserve a successful society. Moderation, tolerance and equality have always been and will, I think, always be attacked by the forces of extremism, intolerance and inequality. Unfortunately, it‘s all too relevant now.

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Another excellent book by a genius author. It‘s a fantasy with religion as the guiding story line. It seems to use Hinduism as a source of inspiration. It‘s much easier to understand than some of her later work. It‘s also made for adults and being an adult I like that.

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This is basically a short sad story about how the lives of some famous people in the sixties were just empty and not really that happy. In that way the book is timeless because I doubt it‘s much different or even better today.

Smrloomis Hmm was it a good read nonetheless? I have it on my TBR but that doesn‘t sound that great to be honest! 6mo
tphil10283 It‘s an interesting story and worth the few hours it takes to read. 6mo
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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This is a moving book that is classified as a horror story of ghosts. The real horror though, is how it compels you to gain a little more understanding of the horror of the South during slavery. To me, what has happened to Black people in the United States is worse than the Holocaust in terms of the suffering that has been endured.

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Kafka on the Shore | Haruki Murakami
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This is easily a five star book. It‘s not exactly fantasy or science fiction but has elements of both. It‘s basically about being a human being. There‘s a certain amount of cat in the story as well. So if you‘re a cat you will enjoy it also.

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The History of White People | Nell Irvin Painter
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This is a very interesting analysis of bigotry focusing on the various ways white people have been bigoted towards white peoples.

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I liked the final book the best and it‘s a work of genius in my opinion. Nobody can accuse this author of any kind of plagiarism that‘s for sure. It‘s a book of such depth that I think it‘s going to be studied for some time.

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This is one of the best history books I have ever read and one that gives me a somewhat different perspective on how things are.

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It‘s about 3.5 stars in my opinion. It‘s an interesting story about a sociopath and unfortunately it is all too familiar.

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Will | Will Smith
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I don‘t usually go for books about entertainers but recent events brought this to my attention. It‘s a very thought provoking and honest look at life at the top.

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The Dragon Republic | R. F. Kuang
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I recommend reading this series by a young woman that obviously thinks about things in a way that I would not expect from a young woman. I guess that probably says more about me than young women. It‘s just so violently imaginative that I just wouldn‘t expect it.

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The Burning God | R. F. Kuang
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A great finish to an interesting series by a young and extremely talented woman.

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I really enjoyed this book about what has got to be the most significant love story of all time. I‘m not usually very sympathetic towards autocrats but I think people that can love each other as these two did can‘t be all that bad. It‘s a very well told story and I highly recommend it.

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It‘s an entertaining book that is a unique take on artificial intelligence and robotics. It‘s also a book about ethics, class, love, power and duty. I enjoyed it and recommend it for people that enjoy fantasy.

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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This book made me think about the way people are often depersonalized in particular situations. I suppose that‘s one of the objectives in team sports though, so is it a bad thing to do or is it appropriate in these situations? In the book you always know the truth but that‘s not always the case in reality. Anyway, it‘s interesting and I recommend it.

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It‘s a very engaging biography about a very ambitious, intelligent and somewhat ruthless person. The biography uses many direct quotes from the historical sources and those quotes are somewhat difficult to understand sometimes. The author seems somewhat religious but it doesn‘t seem to affect the book too negatively and may explain the frequent use of exact quotations.

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This is grievance literature that can earn the author some money by appealing to those aggrieved. I have read interesting books on white peoples that are very critical but added important information that isn‘t common knowledge. This isn‘t one of them. Is it ethical to cash in on grievance like this? Carlson, hannity and numerous others do that on a regular basis and in my opinion it‘s unethical.

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A Corruption of Blood | Ambrose Parry
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The series gets better and better and this story about Edinbruh finished with the best book best in the series in my opinion.

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The Consuming Fire | John Scalzi
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Good, smart and succinct science fiction.

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The Art of Dying | Ambrose Parry
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It‘s a bit formulaic and young adulty however I finished it.

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It‘s a little book about a fascinating woman that, I think, spent too much time on Lenin‘s politics and should have been more focused on her. She wrote a lot of her own material and that should have been the focus. It‘s worth reading though.

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The Way of All Flesh | Ambrose Parry
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It‘s an entertaining novel. It‘s not particularly groundbreaking or deep with it‘s narrative but it reminds you how fortunate we are to live in this age instead of in past eras.

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Lenin. It highlights events that seem trivial at the time but actually are momentous events of incalculable importance. One of those is the execution of Lenin‘s older brother by the Tsarist government when he was a teenager. Had that not happened, he may not have been radicalized and history would have unfolded very differently. The author is obviously not a communist sympathizer but I think he gives a shot at trying to be somewhat objective.

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Some of the funny and interesting things you learn as a reader.