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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #105 on: May 09, 2018, 10:40:55 PM »
In the end, neither of the books I mentioned upthread demanded to be read immediately. :lol:

Both are fairly weighty physically and I had a long journey pending, so one or the other would have had to really get a good grip to be brought along. Instead I took up with The Story of English in 100 Words, which is physically light and yet eminently worthwhile.

A few books later, I've just finished Britain AD: A Quest for Arthur, England and the Anglo-Saxons, which doesn't focus on King Arthur so much as the historical concept of the Anglo-Saxon invasion/settlement of Britain. The author, archaeologist Francis Pryor, presents his case supporting the idea that no such large-scale historical event occurred, and that what actually took place was a process of cultural change, in which there were indeed some elite and powerful people who came from the continent to Britain and had influence on the culture, but that they were never particularly numerous. Pryor thinks that the Romano-British people were always the vast majority and over a period of one or two centuries various driving factors (for instance perhaps elite dominance, explained in "Why did the Anglo-Saxons not become more British?") ensured that these people came to identify themselves with the "Anglo-Saxon" culture and adopt the language we know as Old English. Clearly this is not the narrative that holds sway in popular culture but as Pryor explains, variations on it have become much more predominant among specialists in this pivotal era in British history. That's not to say it's universally accepted, of course.

Now, for some lighter fare I'm reading The Long Mars, which I've enjoyed mostly by employing an easy-going suspension of disbelief, borrowed from my approach to co-author Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. If people pick this up expecting something along the lines of that superb work perhaps they'll be disappointed, but this collaborative effort has its own attractions, being closer to hard science fiction but not all that close. I'd suggest starting with the first of the series (The Long Earth) however.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #106 on: May 10, 2018, 01:55:40 AM »
I'm currently reading two books while I wait for the new power ranger issues to be released and I can download them to my kindle.

They are the last two books I need to read before I go for my Personal Trainer Certification Exam.

"Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning - Fourth Edition"

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"NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training - Second Edition"

They are the latest edition. And there is another book that is actually about the form but they have online videos that explain everything in better depth and can see how it works in motion. So I've opted for the videos instead. I might go back to the book when that is over. But for now the two books work out.

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #107 on: June 26, 2018, 02:42:12 AM »
My usual fare is technical stuff or some sort of international intrigue.

 I deviated to a fiction bit by Karl Hiaasen Skinny Dip is the title of the improbable but humorous tale of an ass hole husband who murders his wife by tossing her off a cruise ship.  Plenty of laughs and a sufficient amount of romance and satisfying come uppence for the bad guy.  Easy read, fun stuff there.

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #108 on: June 26, 2018, 05:02:53 AM »
I'm rereading the entire Stainless Steel Rat series (Harry Harrison) on my Kindle. Great fun and political incorrect, since it has a macho hero and lots of beautiful women.
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