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AVBeatMan

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Pat Barker's trilogy is superb.

Sebastian Faulks wrote a book entitled "Birdsong" which is also very good (not as good as Pat Barker's trilogy) and is also set in, and during, the First World War.

However, as an undergrad, I remember reading (and enjoying) A J P Taylor's work.

Recent years, on account of the plethora of WWI centenaries, have given rise to many publications, but some are incredibly detailed, and not all are engagingly written.
Thanks for all the suggestions. Managed to pick up a copy of A J P Taylor’s The First World War as recommended by Scepticalscribe (thanks).

Can I also take this opportunity to present my new username. Needed to change from my name to something else and AVBeatMan was the best I could come up with.

 
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Managed to pick up a copy of A J P Taylor’s The First World War as recommended by Scepticalscribe (thanks).

Can I also take this opportunity to present my new username. Needed to change from my name to something else and AVBeatMan was the best I could come up with.

Enjoy.

Must say when I saw a 'notification' that someone with (what I now realise is) your (new) user name had replied to a post of men on the books thread, I was a bit surprised, as, needless to say, I did not recognise it.
 
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ThisBougieLife

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Interesting what you write about The Secret Commonwealth; I have both La Belle Sauvage and The Secret Commonwealth on my sofa, nice, fat, inviting hard-backs, both waiting to be read.

Now, I must admit that I really loved the original His Dark Materials trilogy, an had it for ages before I actually sat down to immerse myself in this world, when I read all three together, one after the other, a few years ago.
Well, do let us know what you think of them when you read them--I would love to hear your thoughts.

Reading Commonwealth made me want to re-read HDM.
 
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I don't do a lot of recreational reading, but I finally took this one from my bookshelf the other day. I bought it a few years ago and it's been sitting there ever since.


Star Trek, Section 31: Control

"No law…no conscience…no mercy. Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, and answering to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group pledged to defend the Federation at any cost. The discovery of a two-hundred-year-old secret gives Doctor Julian Bashir his best chance yet to expose and destroy the illegal spy organization. But his foes won’t go down without a fight, and his mission to protect the Federation he loves just end up triggering its destruction. Only one thing is for certain: this time, the price of victory will be paid with Bashir’s dearest blood."

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RootBeerMan

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I don't do a lot of recreational reading, but I finally took this one from my bookshelf the other day. I bought it a few years ago and it's been sitting there ever since.


Star Trek, Section 31: Control

"No law…no conscience…no mercy. Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, and answering to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group pledged to defend the Federation at any cost. The discovery of a two-hundred-year-old secret gives Doctor Julian Bashir his best chance yet to expose and destroy the illegal spy organization. But his foes won’t go down without a fight, and his mission to protect the Federation he loves just end up triggering its destruction. Only one thing is for certain: this time, the price of victory will be paid with Bashir’s dearest blood."

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Nice! If you're watching Star Trek:Discovery, that would tie in with season 2 of it. Section 31 was a major player in the season.
 

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Just stuck my order in for the new Mantel book, 'The Mirror and the Light' - launches next Thursday. (Odd launch date, late Feb...)
No, March 5 - that is, the following Thursday - is when it launches.

And I am also placing my order for the book; may re-read both Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies first.
 
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No, March 5 - that is, the following Thursday - is when it launches.

And I am also placing my order for the book; may e-read both Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies first.
Ha yes, you're absolutely right - I'm expecting it next week - I tend to think of next Thursday as not this Thursday but the next one... ie. next week. Which is totally daft on my part really... and illogical...
 
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Ha yes, you're absolutely right - I'm expecting it next week - I tend to think of next Thursday as not this Thursday but the next one... ie. next week. Which is totally daft on my part really... and illogical...
Early reports suggest that it is considerably larger (bulkier, longer) than the two earlier books, clocking in at close to a thousand pages.

I'm looking forward to this, not least because Mantel's scholarship is meticulous - and deeply respected by academics who specialise in the study of that era, not least Diarmaid MacCulloch, who wrote an excellent biography of Thomas Cromwell a few years ago - and her mastery of the period (and people who inhabit that period) most impressive.
 

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The Narcissism Epidemic (2009) by Jean Twenge and Keith Campbell.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Published before - or around - the Facebook boom, it is interesting to see the first signals of what social media would bring later on, on a much bigger scale. It's pretty remarkable to read about more about Myspace than Facebook (no mention of twitter). Interestingly enough, this book starts from the very beginning, in the 1950's (with traces from the 1930's).
Good research, I will definitely read the author's following book, iGen.

 
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No, March 5 - that is, the following Thursday - is when it launches.

And I am also placing my order for the book; may re-read both Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies first.
Have placed my order for The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel - a nice, fat, hard back will await me next week.

Meanwhile, I am reading reviews, which suggest that this is - at the very least - every bit as good as both Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies both were.
 
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The Narcissism Epidemic (2009) by Jean Twenge and Keith Campbell.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Published before - or around - the Facebook boom, it is interesting to see the first signals of what social media would bring later on, on a much bigger scale. It's pretty remarkable to read about more about Myspace than Facebook (no mention of twitter). Interestingly enough, this book starts from the very beginning, in the 1950's (with traces from the 1930's).
Good research, I will definitely read the author's following book, iGen.

I remember listening to Twenge on NPR and finding myself nodding in approval with everything she was saying, so I'd be interested to read this and iGen.
 
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Taking a fresh look at Diarmaid McCulloch's excellent biography of Thomas Cromwell - "Thomas Cromwell - A Life", in advance of the release (publication) of The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel next week.
 

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Taking a fresh look at Diarmaid McCulloch's excellent biography of Thomas Cromwell - "Thomas Cromwell - A Life", in advance of the release (publication) of The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel next week.
I've read that too... very good. There was an extract of the Mantel at the weekend in I think the Guardian - read the first para or two and thought ' no, I'm going to wait...'
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There's also one by Tracy Borman which I enjoyed.
 
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