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ये दुनिया है या आलम-ए-बदहवासी? ہم دیکھیں گ
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seeking @bookstodon help - looking for on slow train travel in all suggestion gratefully received!

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The end of Daylight Saving Time last night emphasised that it's definitely Autumn here, but happily it's ALWAYS Springtime at Blandings and Uncle Fred in Springtime is the perfect mood lifter for the newly dark autumn nights.
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Dennis Romano's "VENICE - The Remarkable History of the Lagoon City" was a remarkable read: 600 pages to cover 1200 years of political cupidity. Very glad I read it, but in need of a palate cleanser. And of course, "palate cleanser" is spelled with THREE letters

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So even though it's Autumn not Spring up here near the top of the world, this is my current read

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It took me 23 days to read the book on the left, just a few hours to read the book on the right. Both were thoughtful and informative, especially as the 1200 year old city on the left may one day end up in an edition of the book on the right, which features many drowned sites.
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Image shows the cover of the book "ATLAS of ABANDONED PLACES A journey through the world's forgotten wonders" by Oliver Smith

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At the risk of reigniting a debate that has been had in my timeline in the past... here's a report of a University of Valencia that looked at over 20 paper examine the differential effects of reading digitally & on paper.

The research confirms my experience (my own & in the reading of my erstwhile students) that reading digitally is less likely to lead to long-term educational (knowledge) benefits...

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https://www.upmpaper.com/knowledge-inspiration/blog-stories/articles/2024/makes-you-learn/?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=paid_social&utm_campaign=PaperBecauseItsReal2024&utm_term=&utm_content=Image

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@adritheonly @ChrisMayLA6 @bookstodon The professor enjoys reigniting this debate, and proselytising for print, if the number of times he has done so in the past is any guide.

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4.75/5 @thestorygraph for "The Book Forger" by Joseph Hone. Dr Hone has delivered a near-flawless template of how to write academic history brought to life for laypeople. A truly gripping story, one that was hard to put down.
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https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/5a903c51-853b-42f6-8a66-ab5b403d74ce

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4.5/5
@thestorygraph for The Seven by
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@skua @thestorygraph @bookstodon Your'e absolutely right, of course

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2/5 @thestorygraph for A Finer End, book 7 in the Kincaid & James series by Deborah Crombie. My 61st book of 2024, it dragged my average down to under 4.1/5 , thanks to my zero tolerance for mysticism & mumbo-jumbo in mysteries. I skmmed through it 90 minutes, only reading to keep up with developments in Gemma & Duncan's lives. I hope the series leaves the woo-woo behind now. @bookstodon

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@tashasounart @bookstodon
I have enjoyed the development of the lead characters. Not just romantically, but as individuals with their own issues. Books 3-5 were the strongest for me so far,
I'm hoping the character growth continues, as it's something that I enjoy when done well, detective characters who age in more or less real time. It's a big part of the reason why Allingham's Campion is my favourite of the Golden Age sleuths, the way hs grew as a person and changed as he aged.

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A Finer End, book 7 in the Kincaid & James series by Deborah Crombieset in Glastonbury & apart from all the tedious mystic mumbo-jumbo, the eons-old fixation on a tiny hill reminded me a Kiwi acquaintance in the UK who, when a colleague said he was going mountain climbing on the weekend, asked "Have you imported some?" 😆 @bookstodon

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Five stars: What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World's Most Enigmatic Birds by Jennifer Ackerman (2023) is a survey of our current understanding of owls. The audiobook is read by the author.

https://pussreboots.com/blog/2024/comments_03/what_an_owl_knows.html

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@pussreboots @bookstodon This could be interesting, thanks. I've long been fascinated by the fact that the owl is revered as a symbol of wisdom in the West and contemned as an icon of stupidity in Indic languages

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Finishing Walter Isaacson's Einstein biography was a nice way to round out February, just hours before my Early Bird renewal @thestorygraph - not too unhappy with my progess on this year's Reading Challenges there. @bookstodon

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REALLY enjoying Walter Isaacson's "Einstein: His Life and Universe" but the I'm reading must be the US edition - I simply HATE it when books about science t use Imperial measurements.

SI or die!

The problem is that no I've read on science ever states whether it uses SI or not, and samples don't go far enough to show it either. @bookstodon

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4/5 @thestorygraph for "The Monk", book 5 in the DS Cross series by Tim Sullivan. My 50th read of 2024, and the least enojyable of the Cross series for me so far. On the plus side, I'm now 22 books and 10875 pages ahead of schedule for my reading goals for the year @bookstodon
https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/5e73044e-8593-423c-911e-edeed4315937

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TFW you're reading a mystery set in the UK written by a UK resident author and your keen detective abilities make you think "hmmmm, US edition?"🤔
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@benetnasch @Rob_l @bookstodon I did wonder about that possibility actually, whether it was being used as a term of art. Te subsequent use elsewhere of "club class" reinforced my view, though. That to my (non-UK) ears also sounded very North American - here in Aotearoa, we'd say "business class"

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When I first heard Romagnol, I thought it sounded a bit French. Reading "San Marino la storia in miniatura", with its snippets of Romagnol songs & poems led me to a YT recording of someone speaking Romagnol. Many commenters who spoke Catalan said they could understand it easily, so I tested Google Translate out with "detect language" on the following. It said "Corsican" and offered a translation for almost every word. Interesting! @bookstodon

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    "Gen Z is bringing back reading," says The Week, which leads us to wonder what the heck it is we've been doing all these years. But, the publication explains, it's not just reading — it's real books, made of paper. Per research published in @TheConversationUS: "Gen Zers and millennials prefer books in print over e-books and audiobooks" which has manifested in an "unlikely love affair with their local libraries." Here's a breakdown of what might be happening. We want to know: How do you like to read these days?

    https://flip.it/zJEJAK

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    @CultureDesk @TheConversationUS @bookstodon 😡 ebooks and audiobooks ARE REAL BOOKS, just as paper books are real books. The medium doesn't matter.

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    @mhanson101 @CultureDesk @TheConversationUS @bookstodon Sure, the choice of medium is personal and subjective, that's absolutely fine. but that phrase "real books" is intrinsically pejorative to those who choose different reading media. It also means that someone (for example) born blind has NEVER read a 'real book'. That's just wrong.

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    @azzageddi @CultureDesk @TheConversationUS @bookstodon An unpaid plug for here - the Libra and Sage are bath proof 😁

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    @mutkitta @CultureDesk @TheConversationUS @bookstodon I too read only ebooks, although I do use audio in conjunction for immersive language learning. The attached photo represents more than 95% of my paper book purchases over the last 25 years. Some might see a pattern 😊

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    leapingwoman , to bookstodon group
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    @bookstodon Please recommend a good basic privacy-respecting non-social reading list tracker for iOS/macOS. My reading list is a mix of print, audio, and library books. Once read, I like to note how well I liked it, if I didn't finish (and why), and make a few optional comments. What works for you and why? Thanks for your boosts and help!

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    @leapingwoman @bookstodon you may want to check out @thestorygraph
    ALL its social features are strictly opt-in it can be used entirely privately, and the 3.5 years I've been using it, it has suited my reclusive reading habits well.

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    Reading "San Marino la storia in miniatura" and the passage about people acquiring RSM passports in the mid C19 reminded me of the Customs officer who was stumped by the RSM stamp on my passport as we left Rome (a gimmicky tourist souvenir that cost €5 then) - he looked at at it and asked "did you enter San Marino directly?" D'Oh! 🤦‍♂️ (if it WERE possible, RSM is not a Schengen state, so maybe the 90 days wouldn't start until we left 😀 ) @bookstodon

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    Reading " San Marino la storia in miniatura" for a reading challenge @thestorygraph and the vocabulary, with lots of 19th century officialese, is a challenge, but so is the absence of commas in lists. Not just the "oxford comma"; the author will pile adjectives together or lists of objects, with not a comma in sight. Is this standard practice in ? @bookstodon

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    Rigorous attention to factual accuracy even in minor details is always a good sign in crime novels😀☕ @bookstodon

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    4.25/5
    @thestorygraph for The Bangalore Detectives Club - sweet, good-natured and devoid of info dumps. A promising start to the series. @bookstodon
    https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/1947b664-bb32-4e3e-8c63-9e67382e6571

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    Reading The Bangalore Detectives Club book 1, and really enjoying it. I hadn't realised was set in the 1920s, when my great-grandmother was living there, so learning more of the place is fun. As is the reference to Lady Molly, I might have to dust off my Orzcy and check her out
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    I'm no expert at maths in much the same way ostriches are not experts in flying , but something still seems a bit suss about this, from "Word Perfect: Etymological Entertainment For Every Day of the Year" by Susie Dent. Unless, of course, my copy "had the good fortune to fall through a time warp from a hundred years in the future" 😀
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    Trying my (and the) second Jack Haldean mystery "Mad About the Boy?" - 1/4 in and I'm (a) glad I have never had any so-called "friend" as utterly unsympathetic, uncaring and obtuse about others as Jack Haldean and (2) wondering why someone hasn't killed HIM yet. @bookstodon

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    I wish ebook retailers let you choose your cover eg if I wanted to buy a copy of Boy Swallows Universe today, I’d be stuck with the Netflix cover. It doesn’t have to be like that.

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    @wendypalmer @bookstodon Another nice thing about Calibre - I often do a Google Search for covers I like and replace the one that I bought

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    "He asked me to play a guest spot in his outrageously good series The Games."

    Sam Neill's mentions of John Clarke are a bittersweet highlight of his memoir "Did I Ever Tell You This?" and the quote above made me want to watch that marvellous show all over again. The 100-metre track episode timeless comedy genius, imo

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    Another snippet of Romagnolo in "San Marino la storia in miniatura" once again stumping all the online translators I know of
    "S’t’vù che ai tu penn al tignol a n’ dega dan fai ciapé la guaza ad San Zvan"

    One more highlighted passage to send to my sammarinese friends with a plea for help. 😂
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    Sam Neill's "Did I Ever Tell You This?" enteraining descriptioon of Ngaio Marsh proving that in going as high as SIX degrees of separation ain't nevah gonna happen 😀

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    Reading "San Marino la storia in miniatura" for a reading challenge @thestorygraph - very interesting and VERY personal history of the author's home country. I'm grokking more unaaided than I thought I would but the Romagnola brings me (and translators) to a screaming halt😂
    "A j'ho la moj so l'uròla"" non capisco!
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    "Writely or Wrongly" by Joanne Anderson is my third 5/5 read for 2024 @thestorygraph but the first to tagged as a personal "top read". Its closing paragraph nicely sums up why I enjoyed it so much. @bookstodon

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    After a lengthy chapter on usage issue (e.g. discreet/discrete, who/whom, less/fewer etc) that was informative, reasoned and balanced, "Writely or Wrongly" pretty much guaranteed a 5/5 rating with the next chapter's title 🤣 @bookstodon

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    Another gem from "Writely or Wrongly": A dangling modifier that made me literally laugh out loud. @bookstodon

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    "Witely or Wrongly" by Joanne Anderson is a real delight, and making me think I need to read more G.B. Shaw (articles, letters etc). LOVED this re apostrophes:

    "There is not the faintest reason for persisting in the ugly and silly trick of peppering pages with these uncouth bacilli."

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    Who knew that in addition to being 100% on point about the "pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy" that is nationalism, GBS also had a thoroughly correct laothing of petty prescriptivist pedantry? Thanks to Joanne Anderson's "Writely or Wrongly", I do now. @bookstodon

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    There's a bundle for sale at https://www.humblebundle.com/books/terry-pratchetts-discworld-harpercollins-books
    $18 minimum for 38 books

    I think this would be a great buy for someone looking to get into Discworld, with a few caveats:

    • They are Kobo DRM'd eBooks so you can't read them on a non-Kobo eReader without stripping off the DRM
    • It's not a complete set (but it's close, I think they are only missing 3 of the main novels)

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    @Eliot_L @bookstodon THanks for this! For stripping DRM from Kobo ebooks (I read on Kobo devices only), there is an excellent plugin for Calibre, the nonpareil of ebook library management software.

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    @Eliot_L @bookstodon

    Sadly, it's not a global promotion. It may be helpful to include information on where the promtion is available, to spare others the disappointment I just experienced.

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    @Eliot_L @bookstodon Thanks I should have remembered the old adage "it it seems too good to be true ..." 😢

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    4/5
    @thestorygraph for " A Line in the River - Khartoum, City of Memory" by Jamal Mahjoub. Unflinching and dispassionate, a difficult read. But I so LOVED reading MY thoughts expressed basically verbatim in this passage. @bookstodon

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    WWW Wednesday asks:

    What are you currently reading?
    What have you recently finished reading?
    What are you reading next?

    The screenshots show the 8 books I've finished this year, the 3 I'm currently reading (Crawdads) and the 3 I'll be starting next (Poland)



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    Image shows 3 books, as follows Where the Crawdads Sing A History of Modern Lebanon Germany A Nation it its Time
    Image shows 2 books, as follows A Line in the River: Khartoum City of Memory Poland: A History San Marino la storia in miniatura

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    @EllenInEdmonton @bookstodon

    Most of my home continent is underwater
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zealandia 😂

    But I do enjoy reading about my ancestry. On myTBR this year is a bioy of Gulzar, a famous Hindi/Urdu writer. I read a collection of his poems and essays about Partition (left image) in 2021 (most in English), as Partition is the reason I exist. It was a challenging, draining read. This year, I'm reading ABOUT him, in Hindi. (Right) The bio's title is "Zero Line ON Gulzar"

    Image shows cover of a Hindi book "Zero Line Par Gulzar", a biography of the writer Gulzar, whose image appears on the cover.

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