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Of Mice and Men - (1937 book), by John Steinbeck cover

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(on Wikipedia)

A too-forgiving man and his stupid brute of a friend travel as farm hands to scrape together money for the dream of owning their own land.

A thriller, a gripping tale ... that you will not set down until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick.

-- The New York Times, who are about as smart as Lenny.

An unforgivably-terrible book. Awful almost beyond reason. Plodding and boring, it's only a "page turner" because it's tauntingly short enough to tear through like ripping off a bandage. But on the plus side, although it's littered with written-accents, it's not difficult to read.. plus the ending is great!

2019-08-07 - Wow, this was so forgettable that I couldn't actually remember reading it until I read the first few paragraphs..

Much Ado About Nothing - (1623 play), by Shakespeare - Signet Classic image

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(on Wikipedia)

An man works to undermine his brother's happiness by meddling with his son's marriage. Also two smart people dual with words.

A pretty good book, though my reading of the Signet Classic was seriously interrupted by footnotes. Not because of the shifting up/down to read them, but because the footnotes are crammed all together. Given that this book is 1/4 commentary, axing one for clearer footnotes would have been amazing. Maybe another edition will be better. I intend to collect many of this particular play.



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Collections of science fiction short stories, curated by.. people I don't know and who have no authority in my mind. They came into being pre-internet and still cling to relevancy.

I was excited to find these, but their stories are hit-and-miss.

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TODO - re-read and especially the other essays.

Not the cover of my edition.
Not the cover of my edition.

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I'm either stupid or arrogant to say that this isn't particularly good. I'll have to re-read it yet again before I can either give a description or a proper opinion.

  1. 1942 - The Myth of Sisyphus

    • First translated into English in 1955.
  2. (other essays noted below) TODO

This may take me quite some time to read through.

Not the cover of my edition
Not the cover of my edition

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A classic work combining classic works.

I bought this because it's considered one of the great works of literature and has survived into common culture. Though I can see why this would have been popular at the time, especially thanks to the forward saying that the brief writing style was rare, I don't yet see why this would appeal to today's person. Perhaps it's just me, but so far I find the writing style rather insulting.

Unabridged:

  1. 1887 - A Study in Scarlet
  2. 1890 - The Sign of the Four
  3. 1892 - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  4. 1893 - The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
  5. 1902 - The Hound of the Baskervilles
  6. 1904 - The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  7. 1908 - The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge
  8. 1908 - The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans



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TODO - import more of its archived text

This is on my list of books to re-read.

freax-volume-1-2005-by-tamas-polgar-cover

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http://www.maz-sound.com/FREAX/en/Intro/

A book on the history of the demoscene.

This is on history and itself has become a collectable piece of it. I bought and read this years ago.. probably in 2007 or thereabouts.

  • aka Freax volume 1. - A brief history of the computer demoscene
  • by by Tamas Polgar, aka Tomkatz / Madwizards
  • Copyright and published by CWS Verlag
  • ISBN (blank)
  • Available as an e-book.



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Philosophy in the Flesh - (1999 book), by Lakoff, Johnson image

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https://www.alibris.com/Philosophy-in-the-Flesh-George-Lakoff/book/10659440

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This book is mind blowing. I think the best description I can give of what it's topic and goals are is to present the first chapter, in full. From here I think anyone interested in the subject will understand fully where this book is going and the intentions of the authors.

  • Properly titled Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and its Challenge to Western Thought
  • By George Lakoff and Mark Johnson.

  • ISBN-10 0-465-05674-1

  • TODO - The various Wikipedia topics would need references to cognitive philosophy as a contraindication to the various topics, and in those topics to specifically cite passages in the introduction in this book.
  • TODO - Finish the linking.



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The House of the Seven Gable, by John O'Rourke, etc image

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(Classics Illustrated, on Wikipedia)

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Crime and Punishment (Classics Illustrated), by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, etc image

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(Classics Illustrated, on Wikipedia)

A comic version of Crime and Punishment - (1914 book), by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

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  • ISBN-10 1-57840-009-0

  • Properly titled Classics Illustrated - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Crime & Punishment & Notes