What are you reading Wednesday

Posted November 9, 2016 by Nicky in General / 2 Comments

So, uh, that was a politics, am I right. Let’s talk about books instead.

What have you recently finished reading?
The last thing I finished reading was The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu (trans. Ken Liu). I’m still processing what I thought of it. The hard science passed me by, but other aspects intrigued me. I wasn’t that much of a fan of the translation, and yet I feel that it probably did catch something of the original prose. It’s just that the aesthetics are different between Chinese culture and mine. I think I’ll pick up the next book, soon.

What are you currently reading?
I picked up my ARC of The Lost City of the Monkey God, after noticing it on Bob @ Beauty in Ruins‘ blog. I’m fascinated; it is a bit populist and treasure-hunty, but that’s part of the fun of it, too. I’m also reading Nick Clegg’s Politics: Between the Extremes. I was a Lib Dem voter at one point, so I was interested to see what account he made of himself. So far, so self-pitying. He has a point about the way politics needs to be shaped as a story, though. Why he seems to have been surprised that the heart rules the head when the average person makes political decisions, I don’t know. It feels particularly topical today, given the US elections.

But that’s politics again.

What are you planning to read next?
I’ve actually assembled a shortlist of books to read by the end of 2016, so ideally I should just pick from the list. I’m thinking I should get stuck back into Cleopatra’s Heir, by Gillian Bradshaw — I’m partway through it, and it’s a very interesting exploration of Caesarion and what could have happened to him.

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2 responses to “What are you reading Wednesday

  1. I like reading political non fiction both UK and US. It gave me more perspective on the War on Terror by reading what each main player thought and how decisions were taken. I particularly enjoyed Alastair Campbell’s diary highlights with all the petty Labour in-fighting and I’m now looking forward to reading the complete diaries. I’ve also got books behind the scenes on the Scottish(Profect Fear) and EU referendums and the hatchet job on David Cameron by one of his former friends (Call me Dave). Lovely! I was a lifelong Labour voter until Gordon Brown broke a lot of promises that annoyed me and I’ll never vote for them with the new ‘leadership’! I voted LibDem the year the coalition was formed but got mad when they allowed the Bedroom Tax in and broke the promises to students. I don’t know WTF to vote next time!
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