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Posted 08 January 2020 - 09:20 AM

We've got a Malazan reread going in the general book topic forum but that shouldn't stop the main book club.

Suggest a book and maybe it'll get read.

From my to read list:

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L.Wang - it's a self published book, I think? that's gotten a lot of interest recently.

The Rage of Dragons by Evan winter - Another new author/book series that got a lot of attention last year

At the Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft - I need to read this eventually

My struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard - Macros mentioned this last year and I think it would be an interesting non fantasy read.

Factfulness by Hans Rosling - Nonfiction suggestion. It's a book about statistics and how the world isn't actually as bleak or terrible as we think. A book with a positive outlook on our future.

My vote is for Factfulness!
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Posted 08 January 2020 - 09:44 AM

A positive outlook for the future?

I'm curious as to how this will be written, surely has to be a Murdoch backed book telling us that oligarchy is good, embrace the dystopia!!
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Posted 08 January 2020 - 09:49 AM

Check out it's description..

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think https://www.amazon.c...i_fvAfEb0R8KCA1
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Posted 08 January 2020 - 12:06 PM

The two lead quotes on it are Bill and Melinda Gates.
Very down to earth regular everyday people
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Posted 08 January 2020 - 12:10 PM

Checking the reviews, the negative read like I expected, skewing of raw data and misrepresentation to make the world seem nice and lessen first work guilt.

I'll vote for My Struggle by Knaussgard.

I assume Morgoth will want to read this as it's by a Russian, like he is
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Posted 04 February 2020 - 04:17 PM

View PostMacros, on 08 January 2020 - 12:10 PM, said:

Checking the reviews, the negative read like I expected, skewing of raw data and misrepresentation to make the world seem nice and lessen first work guilt.

I'll vote for My Struggle by Knaussgard.

I assume Morgoth will want to read this as it's by a Russian, like he is

Having read the book, imho Rosling is not at all about lessening first world guilt.
His argument is not that Africa/Asia are doing fine: instead, he argues that abject poverty (in which the family daily food, water and heat are insecure) is on the wane, replaced by a situation that offers chances of long term economic improvement for the family - albeit with a serious risk (in case of disease, disability, old age, et cetera) of falling back if something goes wrong.
In turn, he's arguing that our western view of what third world poverty is is no longer accurate. As a result, neither are the foci and demands on the allocation of aid money by western governments.
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