Thread: What are you currently reading?

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    R.A. Lafferty, Past Master - a planet in crisis sends back through time to get Thomas More to lead them to >ahem< Utopia.
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    Steve Mosby - Cry for help (Dutch translation)

    Someone from a book-forum send me a box with 11 books, so I'm happy, because the libraries are closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by interbellum View Post
    Ed Chang: Devil Take The Hindmost - The Otherworldly Music Of Allan Holdsworth (Jazz In Britain, 2020). It's not a biography in the true sense of the word, more a description of almost all recordings Holdsworth was involved with.
    I just started this one as well. Having been follow Ed’s “Thread of Lunacy” on Facebook, I’m familiar with his style & organization.




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    I just started "Every Day Of My Life" an autobiography from Beeb Birtles of The Little River Band. Pretty interesting stuff so far if you are a fan of LRB.

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    "The Demon-Haunted World" by Carl Sagan. This should be enjoyable.
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    Peter Frankopan- The Silk Roads (note the plural).

    As the subtitle states, this is a new History of the World, one that utilizes a Central Asia-centric View as to how ‘it’ has all unfolded. An excellent counterpoint to the usual ‘West as the fount and frontispiece of civilization’ approaches to the subject.

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    Just finished Pete Townshend's The Age of Anxiety. It deserves more than a brief comment.

    This is a good book, a far better novel than I had expected (frankly, I was not terribly impressed by his collection of short stories, Horse's Neck). But it's deucedly hard to describe briefly.

    Our narrator is Louis Doxtader, a dealer in "outsider art". But he isn't, exactly, the main character; this is more of an "ensemble" novel.

    It begins in the late '70s, when Paul Jackson - leader of the progressive rock band Hero Ground Zero - finished starring in a film. In the last filmed scene, Jackson is seen hanggliding into the distance, his curly golden hair backlit by the sun. When the scene is shot, Jackson actually sails into the distance and vanishes, only to be found some time later hermiting in a mountain cave and having taken on the identity of his character from the movie, Nikolai Andréevich (or Old Nik). Nik begins drawing the hallucinations (?) he sees of angels escorting the recently deceased to, well, he doesn't know that.

    But that's more or less background.

    In the 90's, Louis's stepson Walter is the singer and harmonica player in a fairly successful pub rock, Big Walter and His Stand. He starts having auditory hallucinations of apocalyptic music, which he describes in a lush and poetic language, but can't play. Soon afterwards, Old Nik's wife brings some of his work to Louis, who happily agrees to be his dealer. Louis also has the bright idea of putting Walter in touch with Nik, who (Louis hopes) can help Walter to deal with the hallucinations he's seeing. The resulting encounter leads to the breakups of both the band, and Walter's marriage.

    Walter remarries, happily, and spends the next fifteen years gardening, growing a hedge labyrinth. Then he starts trying to make some of the music he's been hearing all this time.

    But this is a bare sketch of a plot involving many more characters: Louis's ex-wife Pamela; their daughter, Rain, who is in love with Walter; Walter's parents; Walter's first wife, Sinead, who sort of accidentally leaves him; Selena,Sinead's younger sister, who killed their father to stop him raping Sinead; Floss, Walter's second wife, who is also Selena's best friend... and more. They intertwine in unexpected and amazing ways, occasionally involving the kind of amazing coincidence you'd expect in a Dickens novel, but it's all very satisfying and even, in a depressing sort of way, uplifting.

    I quite liked it. It's a fine first novel and I imagine we can expect good things of young Mister Townshend in the coming years...
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    I recently finished Townshend's novel, as well. It was better than I expected. Should a talented musician/songwriter also be a good novelist? Good job describing the plot. I recommend it.
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    Reading this marketing book titled the The Purple Cow by Seth Godin.

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    William Faulkner: Light in August
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    Beneath The Underdog-Mingus

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    Started reading a fresh Dutch translation of Tesla: Inventor Of The Modern by Richard Munson.


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