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Old 03-01-2014, 10:10 AM   #381
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Less Than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis. It's a pretty disturbing and eerie novel about a freshman in College returning home for christmas break in 1980's LA. The cocaine, sex, partying, money and vast emptiness of everyone's lives.


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Just picked up a few new reads for the Kindle:

Floating Gold - a book about ambergris - it's bloody fascinating so far!
The Strangest Man - a biography of Paul Dirac - I've had my eye on this one for a while.
Barbarians at the Gate - the fall of RJR Nabisco - more US corporate downfalls.
Floating Gold was interesting, but not mind blowing. Who knew that sperm whale vomit was so important to the perfume industry!
The Strangest man started out great, but TBH I'm struggling a bit with some of the physics now the book is moving into Dirac's productive phase. Have put it down for a bit and may struggle to pick things up when I dip back in.
Not started on Barbarians at the Gate yet, because I'm reading Christopher Hitchen's autobiography, Hitch-22 (and loving it! )

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Less Than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis. It's a pretty disturbing and eerie novel about a freshman in College returning home for christmas break in 1980's LA. The cocaine, sex, partying, money and vast emptiness of everyone's lives.
I have a hard on for the writing of BEE. None of my friends like his work, but (ominously for me perhaps) understand why I like it!
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Pushed the button on a few more Kindle books today including biographies of both Sir Edward Grey and Saladin, a biography of the city of Jerusalem (from antiquity to today), a history of Mossad, a history of the British campaign in the Sudan and a travel guide for Oman. Got a long ass holiday coming up and wanted to ensure I had enough interesting reads.
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I recently found this book...it's pretty unique.


Codex Seraphinianus


A man spent three years writing the book and illustrating it. The pics are surreal and it would make a good sci fi / fantasy movie.

This explains it better than I can........
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Published in 1981, the book is essentially an encyclopedia of a mysterious world, complete with a plethora of flora and fauna which are depicted by very detailed, incredibly strange and abstract images. Perhaps even more bizarre is the language in which the book is written. It is a completely made-up language and has yet to be deciphered, although it does appear to have some sort of organizational syntax because characters are reused together in different combinations and there seems to be some degree of grammatical structure. But before you start thinking there might be some secret to crack, author Luigi Serafini has said (at least according to the book's Wikipedia page) that there is no such secret:

"In a talk at the Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles held on 11 May 2009, Serafini stated that there is no meaning hidden behind the script of the Codex, which is asemic; that his own experience in writing it was closely similar to automatic writing; and that what he wanted his alphabet to convey to the reader is the sensation that children feel in front of books they cannot yet understand, although they see that their writing does make sense for grown-ups.[12]"


It's worth a look...........the author has an amazing imagination.........

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Pushed the button on a few more Kindle books today including biographies of both Sir Edward Grey and Saladin, a biography of the city of Jerusalem (from antiquity to today), a history of Mossad, a history of the British campaign in the Sudan and a travel guide for Oman. Got a long ass holiday coming up and wanted to ensure I had enough interesting reads.
Hitch-22 is great - that man knew some people! The Edward Grey book is great, too - fascinating how a garbled telephone conversation could have made the difference in the build up to WW1...

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About to start this one.

I like Taleb's style - let me know how this one is.
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I like Taleb's style - let me know how this one is.
For me, it started off great, but as it got closer to the end, it kept running into it's own arguments and became more and more self-congratulatory to the point where he lost credibility.

Sure, living in a big city increases your options and yeah, yeah, he makes tons of money while having lots of free time to lift like a gorilla and sip coffee in fancy places all day, but what was the actual lesson? I forgot amidst all the peacocking.
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