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#91    Mr. Mummy's Merry Maiden!

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:47 PM

I've just finished reading Reliquary by Preston & Child, and waiting for Cabinet of Curioisities to come through the post...Hurry up, Amazon!!

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:02 PM

Right now I'm reading

The Country Kitchen 1850- by Americana Review
The Book of Garden Wisdom- which is a collection of wisdom from Farmers Almanac
Bringers of Death- which is a collection of Warhammer 40k stories.
and the Vampire Diaries series again since the last one came out recently.


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Posted 01 June 2011 - 12:46 AM

View PostMr. Mummy, on 31 May 2011 - 01:47 PM, said:

I've just finished reading Reliquary by Preston & Child, and waiting for Cabinet of Curioisities to come through the post...Hurry up, Amazon!!
Cabinet of Curiosities is very good. Reliquary held me spellbound. Couldn't put it down. That book gave me as much of the creeps as anything Stephen King ever wrote. It's one of my all time favorites.
The homeless packs do exist from everything I've been able to find about it. A city under the city. Nothing about anything else being real.
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Edited by susieice, 01 June 2011 - 12:49 AM.

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 08:13 PM

I just bought and read (in one day!) The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. Its a damn good read as it's all true!!!!

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 02:46 AM

:wub: this book named The Romantic Germans where there are some stories by Hoffmann and Novalis


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Posted 05 June 2011 - 09:44 AM

i have currently dropped everything on my reading list and have started reading a very iteresting book, which is in simple language for a layman like me.

The Pyramid Builders of Ancient Egypt: Modern Investigation of Pharaoh's Workforce -by Dr. A. Rosalie David

The best portion of the book, so far i have read in it, is the historicaL background of Egypt and the Pyramids. its rxplained in such simple language.

i recommend it for all.

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 12:08 AM

I've read that book and also enjoyed it, Spiff. It was very interesting, especially reading about the excavations at Kahun, the first state-planned village discovered from pharaonic Egypt.

Yesterday I picked up a couple more of Lincoln Child's Jack Reacher novels, Nothing to Lose and The Hard Way. I started reading Nothing to Lose last night and, true to form, found it extremely difficult to put down. Kept me up quite late. By this point I have to think I've read nearly all of the Jack Reacher stories, but I'm not positive. I'm not even sure in which order they were written, not that it matters: each is more or less a stand-alone story.

On the historical side I'm also reading Jean-Jacques Glassner's The Invention of Cuneiform: Writing in Sumer. It's not exactly the most lively work of history I've read but lots of information, and quite a bit of detail on find-sites and analyses of the emergence of cuneiform in Mesopotamia.

Editing to add a link to Glassner's book on cuneiform, which I forgot to do, so here it is: LINK. I won't bother with links to the Jack Reacher novels because they're available at practically every standard book store.

Edited by kmt_sesh, 12 June 2011 - 12:10 AM.

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 12:12 AM

View Postkmt_sesh, on 12 June 2011 - 12:08 AM, said:

I've read that book and also enjoyed it, Spiff. It was very interesting, especially reading about the excavations at Kahun, the first state-planned village discovered from pharaonic Egypt.

Yesterday I picked up a couple more of Lincoln Child's Jack Reacher novels, Nothing to Lose and The Hard Way. I started reading Nothing to Lose last night and, true to form, found it extremely difficult to put down. Kept me up quite late. By this point I have to think I've read nearly all of the Jack Reacher stories, but I'm not positive. I'm not even sure in which order they were written, not that it matters: each is more or less a stand-alone story.

On the historical side I'm also reading Jean-Jacques Glassner's The Invention of Cuneiform: Writing in Sumer. It's not exactly the most lively work of history I've read but lots of information, and quite a bit of detail on find-sites and analyses of the emergence of cuneiform in Mesopotamia.

Glassners's book is important if you ever want to understand cuneiform because just as important to understand the writing it is to understand its history. Generally can help you out of a bind with ill formed words.

BTW, did you shell out the $200 or did you get it from a library?

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 11:24 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 12 June 2011 - 12:12 AM, said:

Glassners's book is important if you ever want to understand cuneiform because just as important to understand the writing it is to understand its history. Generally can help you out of a bind with ill formed words.

BTW, did you shell out the $200 or did you get it from a library?

Edit, did not know they had it as paperback... and last time I saw the price it was like $198 or something like that. Guess I'll order my copy now too.

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 11:58 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 12 June 2011 - 11:24 PM, said:

Edit, did not know they had it as paperback... and last time I saw the price it was like $198 or something like that. Guess I'll order my copy now too.

I don't see myself ever seriously undertaking cuneiform, questionmark. I dabbled in it once (Akkadian) but didn't last long. Damn difficult stuff. I'll stick with Egyptian hieroglyphs, but I'm also just starting to look at Attic Greek. LOL I've been saying that for a while now, actually. I need more time for these pursuits, dammit!

But even if I don't try to learn cuneiform, I always remain interested in how the script functioned and how it was adapted by the various cultures that employed it. I bought Glassner's book because I thought it might be interesting to go into more detail about the very origins of the script.

LOL No, I would not pay $200 for this book. I didn't know the hard-cover version even cost that much. I bought the paperback version at the Oriental Institute book shop some time ago, and only recently got around to start reading it.

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 12:04 AM

View Postkmt_sesh, on 12 June 2011 - 11:58 PM, said:

I don't see myself ever seriously undertaking cuneiform, questionmark. I dabbled in it once (Akkadian) but didn't last long. Damn difficult stuff. I'll stick with Egyptian hieroglyphs, but I'm also just starting to look at Attic Greek. LOL I've been saying that for a while now, actually. I need more time for these pursuits, dammit!


Once you understand the transition from the primitive figurative symbol (we could call it a glyph) to the abstract form it is not so difficult anymore. After a while you start to see symbols in every line combination :w00t:

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 02:10 PM

check out - What If?: The World's Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been -edited by Robert Crowley

dying to read the second volume...

What If? 2: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been -Edited by Robert Crowley

Serious thinking!!

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:47 PM

I order a few of Martin Gardner's puzzle books from Amazon, currently working my way through two of them.

A lot of fun, sometime syou need a brain teaser at work.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 07:59 AM

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 05:07 PM

I am currently studying The Stoic and Epicurean Philosophers, The Complete Extant Writings of Epicurus, Epictetus, Lucretius, and Marcus Aurelius.  Beautiful book.  It gives the writings of both sides of the philosophical perspective and at the end, gives the personal; diary of Marcus Aurelius.  Marcus was a man of character and his diary was not meant for public eyes, so it is very personal.  His character allows him to be at a balance and harmony between the points of Stoicism and Epicureanism.

I recommend the book for anyone who has the inquisitive mind to study the history and origins of the human nature and how it relates to the divine.

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