Malazan Empire: Non-Fiction Reads - Malazan Empire

Jump to content

Page 1 of 1
  • You cannot start a new topic
  • You cannot reply to this topic

Non-Fiction Reads Because sometimes we want to learn things

#1 User is offline   Lady Bliss 

  • Shameless Minister of Silly Catwalks of the Abyssmal Army
  • Group: The Abyssmal Army
  • Posts: 474
  • Joined: 08-December 11
  • Location:New York

Posted 16 January 2024 - 10:50 PM

Hi folks! Itís been a good while since I last picked up a good non-fiction book, but I do enjoy them. I usually gravitate towards the sciences and histories. Does anyone have anything they would like to recommend or discuss? Iíd also be open to a group read.
"If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?" - Shylock
0

#2 User is offline   Gorefest 

  • Witness
  • Group: Malaz Regular
  • Posts: 2,963
  • Joined: 29-May 14
  • Location:Sheffield

Posted 16 January 2024 - 10:55 PM

It would be a toss-up between the God Delusion and the Very hungry Caterpillar.
Yesterday, upon the stair, I saw a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today. Oh, how I wish he'd go away.
0

#3 User is offline   Lady Bliss 

  • Shameless Minister of Silly Catwalks of the Abyssmal Army
  • Group: The Abyssmal Army
  • Posts: 474
  • Joined: 08-December 11
  • Location:New York

Posted 16 January 2024 - 11:03 PM

I found The Very Hungry Caterpillar highly compelling.
"If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?" - Shylock
0

#4 User is offline   the broken 

  • Fist
  • Group: Malaz Regular
  • Posts: 240
  • Joined: 19-January 12

Posted 16 January 2024 - 11:11 PM

Paris 1919 by Margaret Macmillan. It's a long one, but she's a historian that also knows how to write.
0

#5 User is offline   Tsundoku 

  • A what?
  • Group: Malaz Regular
  • Posts: 4,611
  • Joined: 06-January 03
  • Location:Maison de merde

Posted 17 January 2024 - 01:06 PM

Tom Holland (no, not that one) - In The Shadow Of The Sword.
A look at what led to the creation of Islam and a critical examination of much of the origin of the sacred texts etc. Don't read if you still think the fatwa on Salman Rushdie was justified. :p

Agree or disagree as you want on the scholarship and conclusions, but it's a fascinating read.

https://en.wikipedia...the_Sword_(book)

Also, not quite non-fiction but more an imagined "fleshing out" of the actual people and events in Rome from Marius to Augustus - Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series is utterly brilliant.

This post has been edited by Tsundoku: 17 January 2024 - 01:11 PM

"Fortune favors the bold, though statistics favor the cautious." - Indomitable Courteous (Icy) Fist, The Palace Job - Patrick Weekes

"Well well well ... if it ain't The Invisible C**t." - Billy Butcher, The Boys

"I have strong views about not tempting providence and, as a wise man once said, the difference between luck and a wheelbarrow is, luck doesnít work if you push it." - Colonel Orhan, Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City - KJ Parker
0

#6 User is offline   Lady Bliss 

  • Shameless Minister of Silly Catwalks of the Abyssmal Army
  • Group: The Abyssmal Army
  • Posts: 474
  • Joined: 08-December 11
  • Location:New York

Posted 17 January 2024 - 03:45 PM

I placed an order for Sapiens last night. Looking forward to getting into it.
"If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?" - Shylock
0

#7 User is offline   polishgenius 

  • Heart of Courage
  • Group: LHTEC
  • Posts: 5,205
  • Joined: 16-June 05

Posted 17 January 2024 - 04:41 PM

View PostGorefest, on 16 January 2024 - 10:55 PM, said:

It would be a toss-up between the God Delusion and the Very hungry Caterpillar.




One of those is a childish, shallow and predictable book, and the other is about a caterpillar.
I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you.
0

#8 User is offline   Tiste Simeon 

  • Faith, Heavy Metal & Bacon
  • Group: Malaz Regular
  • Posts: 11,927
  • Joined: 08-October 04
  • Location:T'North

Posted 17 January 2024 - 06:46 PM

My recommendation for a non fiction book would be "How Fascism Works" by Jason Stanley. It is a terrifying and yet completely fascinating break down of the components that allow fascism to take place with parallels with certain modern politicians...

In a somewhat related vein I also enjoyed "Why do We get the Wrong Politicians" by Isabel Harman. It's a British book and focuses on the British parliamentary and local political scenes. Very interesting.

Finally, one that is possibly more of interest just to me rather than most of you is one called "Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World's Largest Religion" by Rebecca McLaughlin. She is a Christian herself and, like me, is quite concerned by a lot of what is considered fine in much of Christian culture. As I said she is a Christian so she attempts to answer these questions - no doubt one's own views on life may mean you disagree or get annoyed by some of the things I'm there but it is a really interesting look at some of the issues that, let's face it, the church has not dealt with too well in the past (or present).
A Haunting Poem
I Scream
You Scream
We all Scream
For I Scream.
0

Share this topic:


Page 1 of 1
  • You cannot start a new topic
  • You cannot reply to this topic

1 User(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users