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Title: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: ScarletBea on November 08, 2019, 03:44:53 PM
(we needed this thread, I think)

I'm currently reading Diary of a bookseller, by Shaun Bythell.
It's as it says, a diary of his life running a (really big) second hand bookshop in Wigtown(south Scotland), and it's very funny and interesting.
Reading it makes me want to support these type of bookshops more, and my problem is that I already don't have enough time to read 'recent' books, to buy older ones on top. Although sometimes you do get very good finds!
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: Bender on November 08, 2019, 04:32:44 PM
Sci-fi excluded too?

I finished Murderbot and will start Bobbiverse after current book. Probably Sanderson’s Skyward book 2 if it gets released by then.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: eclipse on November 08, 2019, 04:45:38 PM
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/sci-fi-books/what-sci-fi-book-are-you-currently-reading/
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: isos81 on November 08, 2019, 08:33:41 PM
I'm not currently reading any non-fantasy but planning to read Oblomov when I have some off time.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: Bender on November 08, 2019, 09:40:49 PM
About a couple of months ago, I came across Lost Horizon by James Hilton in a book store. Had good memories when I read that all those years before, so bought it.

Was as good in the reread. Loved it. Probably the first physical book I bought in many years.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: Ned Marcus on November 09, 2019, 12:55:24 AM
I just finished Dan Brown's Origin and am now rereading Da Vinci Code. Interesting to reread it now I've written my own novels. I see it from a different point of view.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: xiagan on November 10, 2019, 07:42:38 PM
I just reread some of the Modesty Blaise books (not comics). Think James Bond but as a female ex crime lord with lots of martial arts experiences. Better stories, a great duo (Willie Garvin rocks) and good humor.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: ScarletBea on November 12, 2019, 03:20:14 PM
I'm now reading How to be right... in a world gone wrong, by James O'Brien.
He's been the host of a phone-in radio show for over 10 years. Basically people call in to say whatever they want, and James asks the 'why' questions, asks them to justify their beliefs - and this is where usually things fall apart, because they're just repeating what they hear and read on certain media.

In this book he selects a few controversial issues and shares conversations, and what he believes are the main reasons for the current problems.

Very interesting, making me think of my own justifications.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: xiagan on November 13, 2019, 12:45:10 PM
I'm now reading How to be right... in a world gone wrong, by James O'Brien.
He's been the host of a phone-in radio show for over 10 years. Basically people call in to say whatever they want, and James asks the 'why' questions, asks them to justify their beliefs - and this is where usually things fall apart, because they're just repeating what they hear and read on certain media.

In this book he selects a few controversial issues and shares conversations, and what he believes are the main reasons for the current problems.

Very interesting, making me think of my own justifications.
Luckily I'm right, so I don't need any justifications. ;)
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: ScarletBea on November 13, 2019, 02:34:18 PM
 :P ;D
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: laughs on December 09, 2019, 08:09:07 AM
It's been a while since I logged in. At least I've been reading fairly regularly these past few months. I've mainly been reading non-fiction; I began David Wallace's The Broom of the System, but my sister-in-law borrowed it from me, and hasn't returned it yet.
Currently reading - Michael Whitman and Herbert Mattord's Principles of Information Security (https://www.bartleby.com/textbooks/principles-of-information-security-mindtap-course-list-6th-edition/9781337102063/solutions). Among other things, it focuses on the difference between law and ethics and the synergy between these similar yet distinct fields. Especially in the context of security. It also presents an introductory account of the ways in which private and state entities go about monitoring and ensuring info security. Really interesting so far.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on December 09, 2019, 08:11:03 AM
Reading up LAW 2001 textbook of my university, which is mostly about my country's real estate laws. I managed to give my parents a good advice regarding the plot of land they maybe receiving from my grandmother, so I guessed these knowledge turned out to be quite useful, I think.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: ScarletBea on December 16, 2019, 12:17:01 PM
I've just read Greta Thunberg's small book of her speeches, Nobody is too small to make a difference.
I thought I knew things about the climate crisis, but she opened my eyes even more.
I need to change more things...
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on December 16, 2019, 08:38:07 PM
I just reread some of the Modesty Blaise books (not comics). Think James Bond but as a female ex crime lord with lots of martial arts experiences. Better stories, a great duo (Willie Garvin rocks) and good humor.
Someone somewhere needs to make these into a film franchise and do it right. 3 attempts since the '60's and they've all managed to muck it up one way or another.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: eclipse on December 24, 2019, 10:58:43 AM
Does anyone read C J Samson here?

I’m reading Tombland at the minute.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: Rostum on February 03, 2020, 12:32:12 AM
Read that one not that impressed there are so many better historical authors.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: ScarletBea on February 10, 2020, 09:42:28 AM
Andy Cope with The little book of emotional intelligence and Stephen Law with The philosophy files.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: Ned Marcus on February 10, 2020, 12:48:19 PM
I've just finished 'I Spy: My Life in MI5' and am now reading 'First Into Action,' a personal account of an SBS commando. Mostly this is research for the novel I'm writing now, but really interesting too.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: laughs on August 31, 2020, 10:51:22 AM
Just began James Kalat's Biological Psychology (https://www.bartleby.com/textbooks/biological-psychology-mindtap-course-list-12th-edition/9781305105409/solutions) last week. As the title suggests, it's an account of what it is to offer biological accounts of behavior. I was keen to find out how (if at all) this approach might differ from the behavioral approach. Interestingly enough, the approach draws from certain aspects of monism, which sets it apart from behavioral psych. Yet, we must remember that monism is a very broad concept--it ranges the whole spectrum from questions of origin to specific shared characteristics among given species, or even things. Interesting read so far. Looking forward to more of this during this week.

Stay safe, guys! :)
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: ScarletBea on August 31, 2020, 11:17:26 AM
I'm reading Invisible women, by Caroline Criado Perez.
It's a super interesting book, based on data (or lack thereof) about the impact that normal policies, planning and other stuff have on women, and how even the people with best intentions, if they don't have the right data and knowledge end up making things way harder for women (even when it's supposed to be gender-neutral).

It's not man bashing in any way, even I am learning new things, as even my life as a woman is biased by my own experiences.

For example, who knew that just by adding more entrances to a play area, and sub-dividing it in smaller spaces, hugely increases the proportion of girls using it?
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: ScarletBea on September 26, 2020, 11:20:36 AM
I'm reading Invisible women, by Caroline Criado Perez.
It's a super interesting book, based on data (or lack thereof) about the impact that normal policies, planning and other stuff have on women, and how even the people with best intentions, if they don't have the right data and knowledge end up making things way harder for women (even when it's supposed to be gender-neutral).

It's not man bashing in any way, even I am learning new things, as even my life as a woman is biased by my own experiences.

For example, who knew that just by adding more entrances to a play area, and sub-dividing it in smaller spaces, hugely increases the proportion of girls using it?

I've finished this one, and it made me feel better for having read it but also really angry for all the stuff that goes on.
From safety tests in cars not taking into account women drivers to the way doctors are trained (did you know that the usual heart attack symptoms are only valid for men?), to the fact that refugee houses are built without kitchens because nobody thought to ask women what was needed, and many other things fully supported by data... or not, because in some cases gender-disaggregated data doesn't exist because it's "too difficult"
People think of 'human rights' as different from 'women rights', as if 'women rights' are some sort of minority afterthought...

@J.R. Darewood, I think you'd really appreciate this book (at least a few chapters, they match what you normally talk about)
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: bdcharles on September 26, 2020, 01:28:58 PM
I'm reading Jane Eyre at the moment, and greatly enjoying it; great lush detailed description, a Victorian-era voice, spooky happenings in large houses. Couldn't ask for more! :)
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: Ned Marcus on September 27, 2020, 02:41:26 AM
Just finished 'The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious' by C.G. Jung. It's the kind of book that I need to read and re-read slowly. A lot in it, and still very relevant. He's interesting on how personal neuroses can play out on a societal level.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: ScarletBea on September 30, 2020, 10:34:00 PM
I'd decided to take a small break from fantasy and read Bernardine Evaristo Girl, woman, other.
She's a nice person, book had so many praises...

I started. I should have taken a look at the shop.
For goodness sake, what's wrong with sentences and starting with a capital letter and paragraphs and punctuation? Why are these "award-winning" books so badly written? Is everyone really so bored that unless a book breaks the rules, it's not worth it? These people wouldn't know a plot if it hit them in the face ::)

Who was surprised at me getting a non-fantasy book? I'm afraid you were 100% right and I've learnt my lesson :'(
I'll also try to exchange the book...
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: eclipse on October 01, 2020, 12:04:36 AM
Read made things by Adrian Tchaikovsky, a short lovely read.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: TypesWithHammers on October 01, 2020, 08:07:50 AM
For fiction: JA's Before they are Hanged.
Just finished Gregory Normington' s Ship of Fools (read it last 15 years ago!)

For non-fiction:  Spinoza's Ethics
I need to better understand his philosophy and world view for a thread of my own novel.

Always have one of each type on the go!
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: CameronJohnston on October 01, 2020, 09:49:48 AM
I'm currently reading Infantry Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century: Discipline, Tactics, and Technology
by Kelly DeVries - some fascinating stuff, and it really emphasises the role psychology and morale play in battles.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: Cherie on October 01, 2020, 04:35:12 PM
I'm currently reading Bitter Falls a thriller type from Rachel Caine.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: Ned Marcus on October 02, 2020, 05:12:44 AM
Spinoza's Ethics
I need to better understand his philosophy and world view for a thread of my own novel.

I'm just curious, but what sort of thread are you using Spinoza's Ethic for?

I read and enjoyed it years ago, although I hardly understood anything for the first 7 or 8 pages, and then I started to understand some sentences and paragraphs. After about 20 pages it became clear.
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: Christopher C. Fuchs on October 22, 2020, 04:09:35 PM
Just finished...Philosophy: 100 Essential Thinkers, by Philip Stokes

A great introduction to a broad range of Western philosophers and their philosophies, from Thales of Miletus to W.V.O. Quine, helpfully organized in a table of contents by time frame (Presocratics, Age of Science, etc.) and schools (Rationalists, Empiricists, Evolutionists, etc.). Though lacking real depth on any one philosophy, the one-page profiles hint at that depth and convey a basic understanding of the evolution of philosophical thought on basically everything. Each profile also provides a quick view of what they were like as people, such as Schopenhauer’s “vain dislike” of fellow Berlin professor Hegel, or Kant’s personality as “a very unadventurous fellow.” The profiles are also pretty balanced in their assessment of each philosopher. For example, the positive principals behind Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations is followed by revealing the negative unintended consequences of Smith’s principals, such as exploitative labor practices and poverty. On the downside, there seem to be an unusual number of glaring typos in the book.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3575619723 (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3575619723)
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: ScarletBea on November 16, 2020, 06:05:25 PM
I like to read a non-fiction book in the background of my 'main' book.

I've finished Talking to stranger by Malcolm Gladwell: very intersting, about how we approach strangers, how we "default to truth" and other automatic techniques, and how that can cause many problems. Lots of examples, from Chamberlain meeting Hitler to Amanda Knox, ending with an analysis of american police that's all about this "handling strangers" position.

Now I started re-reading Richard Dawkins' The ancestor's tale - the only book on biology I ever liked, hehe
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: TypesWithHammers on November 19, 2020, 12:18:11 PM
Spinoza's Ethics
I need to better understand his philosophy and world view for a thread of my own novel.

I'm just curious, but what sort of thread are you using Spinoza's Ethic for?

I read and enjoyed it years ago, although I hardly understood anything for the first 7 or 8 pages, and then I started to understand some sentences and paragraphs. After about 20 pages it became clear.

My protagonist is a Christian, the antagonist is a demon. Spinoza's Ethics proposes an alternative view to orthodoxy of how we perceive God. This tests the protagonist's belief system. Not sure whether I will retain this device, but I need to write it through to see. 85% done on first draft, but it might go in the edits if I don't like it!  :)
Title: Re: What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
Post by: Neveesandeh on November 19, 2020, 02:39:44 PM
Spinoza's Ethics
I need to better understand his philosophy and world view for a thread of my own novel.

I'm just curious, but what sort of thread are you using Spinoza's Ethic for?

I read and enjoyed it years ago, although I hardly understood anything for the first 7 or 8 pages, and then I started to understand some sentences and paragraphs. After about 20 pages it became clear.

My protagonist is a Christian, the antagonist is a demon. Spinoza's Ethics proposes an alternative view to orthodoxy of how we perceive God. This tests the protagonist's belief system. Not sure whether I will retain this device, but I need to write it through to see. 85% done on first draft, but it might go in the edits if I don't like it!  :)

The antagonist of one book I have planned is an Objectivist so I have resigned myself to the fact that I will have to at some point read 'Atlas Shrugged'. I've heard it can be a struggle to get through.