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Haven’t seen this thread in a while, and I’m looking for book recommendations :)

Currently finishing A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History by Manuel DeLanda. Fascinating re-thinking of history using nonlinear metaphors, but sometimes I wonder if he pushes the metaphors too far; I don’t have enough background knowledge to say either way. I’ve got They Thought They Were Free (via pushcx) from the library which I’ll start this weekend. I’ve been very into history lately.

For fiction, Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth. Just started it a few days ago. It’s entertaining, but I don’t know how historically accurate it is. Follett was previously a thriller writer, and you can tell from some parts of the story. Much faster moving than Great Expectations and Dharma Bums, both of which I allowed to go half-finished from last month…

If you’ll allow a blog to be on-topic in this thread: Marginal Revolution has been my favorite blog lately.


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    I too have been ripping through Ken Follett’s work. The Pillars sequal, World Without End, is pretty good and it’s nice to stay in the Pillars universe.

    Once you’re done with those, I recommend his Century Trilogy, of which I am currently on book three.


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      I’m currently reading three books:

      • Clark, Kenneth Leonardo da Vinci
      • Castiglione, Baldassare Book of the Courtier
      • Julie Moronuki and Chris Allen Haskell Programming from First Principles

      The first one is a study of the artist’s artwork and life by one of the most famous art historians of all time. Clark’s style of writing is accessible yet didactic and a pleasure to read.

      The second book is a Renaissance guide of how to be a perfect courtier and well-mannered gentleman in general. It’s written in the style of a dialogue and touches on behavior, love, jokes, dress, and dealing with people in general. It’s surprisingly relatable to a 21st century reader.

      The last book is a great way to learn Haskell. It’s full of exercises and thorough explanation. I’m having some trouble with the current chapter (Reader monad), but it’s the good kind of challenge!

      After I finish one of the above, I’ll read Anthony Trollope’s The Way We Live Now.