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    poco, Susan from 29, mikidee, Brecht, Portlaw

    When I'm out in the field, far from the internet or other distractions, the one day off a week is a day for quiet reading accompanied by several pots of stroooooong coffee. Whatever space is left in my pack goes to paperbacks, which I then leave in our "library" that has been accumulating since the late '60s (how else to account for sooooo many books by Ed McBain?). It's the only way I've found the time to work through some of the "neglected" (by me) classics like War and Peace, Oblomov, The Magic Mountain, the collected works of Marlowe and many others.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 11:29:34 AM PST

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    •  That sounds like a congenial way to relax while (1+ / 0-)
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      travelling. I'm a big fan of reading in a peaceful, comfortable well lit place - and of stroooooong coffee.

      I like all your choices, though I haven't read much Marlowe (and he went to my boarding school, I'm pretty sure). I need to. I know there's some real power in his, didn't someone say "mighty line"?

      But I never read Ed McBain. Why should I read him, and where should I start, please?

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 01:45:25 PM PST

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      •  Hah! (0+ / 0-)
        But I never read Ed McBain. Why should I read him, and where should I start, please?
        Entertaining police-procedurals from the '60s on, notably the "87th Precinct' series. Our dig-library is an extensive reflection of the escapist reading of the last 50 years or so :~)

        Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

        by angry marmot on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:28:43 AM PST

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