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Reading — Prints 2.6

Recent nonfiction reads

  • A New Foreign Policy, by Jeffrey D. Sachs. A bit dry at times, but I learned a decent amount and agreed with the majority of what he says. I’m all for global cooperation as opposed to insidious American exceptionalism. Also, I hadn’t realized how much regime change we’ve forced on the world, how many wars we’ve started for no good reason. America is a troubled country in a lot of ways. (This is something I’ve been gradually realizing over the past few years as I’ve begun reading more history.)
  • The Wizard of Lies, by Diana B. Henriques. I came into this not knowing really anything about Bernie Madoff or even about the 2008 financial crisis (I wasn’t paying any attention to either when they happened). Initially the financial stuff was near incomprehensible and I came quite close to shelving the book, but I stuck with it and it ended up being fine in the end. A sad story, though.

Recent fiction reads

  • Prosper’s Demon, by K. J. Parker. Novella. Good. Didn’t see the end coming. Someday I’ll try Parker’s Tom Holt novels and see if they’re my style, because his Parker work really does suit me. Looking forward to reading A Practical Guide to Conquering the World to finish off the Siege trilogy.
  • The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, by Garth Nix. Enjoyed it a lot. I still haven’t read his Old Kingdom series yet, need to add it to my ever-long TBR list.

Books purchased since last post

  • To Ride Hell’s Chasm — Janny Wurts
  • Good Omens — Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
  • Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service — Carol Leonnig
  • Holding the Line: Inside Trump’s Pentagon with Secretary Mattis — Guy Snodgrass
  • Iron Truth — S. A. Tholin
  • The Metaverse: And How it Will Revolutionize Everything — Matthew Ball
  • Risen — Benedict Jacka
  • Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy — Nathaniel Philbrick
  • The Last Viking: The True Story of King Harald Hardrada — Don Hollway
  • Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race — Tim Fernholz
  • The Return of Fitzroy Angursell — Victoria Goddard
  • The Redoubtable Pali Avramapul — Victoria Goddard
  • Petty Treasons — Victoria Goddard
  • Portrait of a Wide Seas Islander — Victoria Goddard
  • Terec and the Wild — Victoria Goddard
  • The Tower at the Edge of the World — Victoria Goddard
  • Aurelius (to be called) Magnus — Victoria Goddard
  • Anno Dracula — Kim Newman
  • 1812: The Navy’s War — George C Daughan
  • If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy—from the Revolution to the War of 1812 — George C Daughan
  • The Dawn’s Early Light: The War of 1812 — Walter Lord
  • Belladonna Nights and Other Stories — Alastair Reynolds
  • The Wizard’s Butler — Nathan Lowell
  • The Bride of the Blue Wind — Victoria Goddard
  • The Warrior of the Third Veil — Victoria Goddard
  • Stargazy Pie — Victoria Goddard
  • Bee Sting Cake — Victoria Goddard
  • Whiskeyjack — Victoria Goddard
  • Blackcurrant Fool — Victoria Goddard
  • Love-in-a-Mist — Victoria Goddard
  • Plum Duff — Victoria Goddard
  • Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia — Anne Garrels
  • The Aeneid — Vergil, translated by Shadi Bartsch
  • Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages — Gaston Dorren
  • A City So Grand: The Rise of an American Metropolis: Boston 1850–1900 — Stephen Puleo
  • Dune Omnibus: Books 1–3 — Frank Herbert
  • Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions — Michael Moss
  • Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, & Sustainable — Jeffrey D. Sachs
  • Karachi Vice: Life and Death in a Divided City — Samira Shackle
  • Attention Factory: The Story of TikTok and China’s ByteDance — Matthew Brennan
  • 14 — Peter Clines
  • Till Human Voices Wake Us — Victoria Goddard
  • In the Company of Gentlemen — Victoria Goddard
  • Stone Speaks to Stone — Victoria Goddard
  • In the Realms of Gold — Victoria Goddard
  • The Seven Brides-to-Be of Generalissimo Vlad — Victoria Goddard

Guess whose book I’ve been reading and loving.