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Edited: Jul 5, 2018, 12:43pm

2016/17 -

-L Library
-K Kindle
-R Repeat


1. Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe - Laurence Bergreen

Read primarily over Christmas; this was an excellent, detailed and v.readable account of a voyage that was groundbreaking in many ways, with life threatening situations never seemingly far off. Lots of stuff I didn't previously know about i.e the Treasure Ships of China and their Maritime history. Recommended.

2.Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb -L - Good if challenging at times read with it's main pretext relevant in all forms of life - especially when reading exagerrated Media headlines regarding statistics - e.g. 2 sausages a day is the same as 20 cigarettes sort of nonsense. Your man Taleb does love himself somewhat. A lot of the book does also cover the same theme from various angles, but ultimately made me think and analyse things from a far more objective perspective in future. For that alone it's worth reading.

3. Hasty for the Dark: Selected Horrors by Adam Nevill -k A big Adam Nevill fan; but this, his second collection of short stories didn't always rock my boat. I'd read a few in other places and due to the age of these, some themes had been explored in his novels. Opener was good with shades of 'No-one gets out alive' but the others were fairly average. His language has always managed to conjure up great feelings of dread putting you in the role of the protagonist, but didn't feel that happening here. Some Will Not Sleep: Selected Horrors was far superior in my view.

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4. Lynchpin (The Machine Trilogy Book 2) by D G Jones -k
5. The Event Book 1: The World Insane (The Event Trilogy) by D G Jones -k
6. The Event Book 2: The World Afire (The Event Trilogy) by D G Jones -k
7. The Event Book 3: The World Anew (The Event Trilogy) by D G Jones -k
8. Curse of the High IQ by Aaron Clarey -k
9. Echoes: One Climber's Hard Road to Freedom by Nick Bullock -k
10. The Long Haul: The Longest Fully Unsupported Polar Journey by Alex Hibbert -k

Gave up on

Alumni Grill -- Volume II: Anthology of Southern Writers by Tom Franklin

Jan 21, 2018, 10:12am

Welcome aboard!

Edited: Jul 7, 2018, 2:34pm

#3 Thankyou.


11. Low Life: One Middle-Aged Man in Search of the Point by Jeremy Clarke
12. Recollections of a Racketeer: Smuggling Hash and Cash Around the World by Patrick Lane -k

13. Maybe by Alex Hibbert -k

14. The Climb: The Autobiography by Chris Froome
15. Wheat Belly by William Davis MD -l -r

16. Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid -l
17. Essential: Essays by The Minimalists by Joshua Fields Millburn -k
18. The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence by JL Collins -k
19. Russell: Pt. 1: The Saga of a Peaceful Man by Pete Loveday -r

Gave up on Farewall to Arms - Hemingway 50% in; bored, story going no-where.

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20. Thirty Seven: Essays On Life, Wisdom, And Masculinity by Quintus Curtius -k
21.Stump by Niall Griffiths -r
22. Sheepshagger by Niall Griffiths -r
23. Young Adam ("Rebel Inc." Classics) by Alexander Trocchi
24. The Good Times by James Kelman

Gave up on Serena by Ron Rash half way through ... should have kept it to a short story.

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32. Daring and Suffering: A History of the Great Railroad Adventure by William Pittenger -k
33. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by HP Lovecraft -k
34. Among the Russians by Colin Thubron -k
35. My War Gone By, I Miss It So by Anthony Loyd -l
36. Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos -k

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37. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance -l

Readable; in fact read it pretty much solidly within 24h, but not what I was expecting. Thought it would be more from a sociological perspective rather than an autobiographical one. Strange the plaudits it received.

38. Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip by Jim Rogers
39. City of Bohane by Kevin Barry -l
40. The Grin of the Dark by Ramsey Campbell -l
41. Zombie Pulp by Tim Curran -k

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42. Shadows Over Main Street, Volume 2 by Various -k
43. Return of the Old Ones: Apocalyptic Lovecraftian Horror by Various -k
44. Deadlock by Tim Curran -k
45. Monstrosity by Tim Curran -k


46. Ghost Riders: Travels with American Nomads by Richard Grant -l
47. Dangerous Waters, Modern Piracy and Terror on the High Seas by John Burnett -k
48. A Pleasure and a Calling: A Novel by Phil Hogan -l
49. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt -l
50. The Martian by Andy Weir

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51. Pathways: Best Short Essays Of 2015 by Quintus Curtius -k
52. Or the Bull Kills You by Jason Webster -l