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    Just about to pick up "Symphony for the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad", by M.T. Anderson, the same author who wrote "Feed", which I read a while back.
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    "Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography" by Tamas Krausz. It traces the development of Lenin's political thought over the course of his life. I'm finding it very instructive!
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    conquest of bread by peter kropotkin and selected works by marx
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    I am currently reading "Population Wars: A New Perspective on Competition and Coexistence" by Greg Graffin.
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    Not terribly leftist but I'm currently reading The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob. I really should read more theory.
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    trying to get through Das Kapital. Also reading a wealth of nations.
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    Getting through Goethe's Faust and The Century by Alain Badiou.
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    First As Tragedy, Then As Farce
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    Just finished The Canadian Labour Movement: A Short History.
    It was just the sort of inspirational read I needed, not to mention very insightful about the strategies capital and various levels of government have used to placate or dissuade struggling workers.
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    Slavoj Zizek - Living in the end times http://cnqzu.com/library/Economics/z...of%20Times.pdf
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    The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost. It's written in a mesmerizing "dossier" style and so convincingly blurs the line between fact and fiction that it's genuinely creepy. I'm crawling my way through it as I try to read in quiet moments, but I'm enjoying it anyway.

    I'm pumped for season 3.
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    Dune Messiah.
    At least as good as the original, in my opinion.

    As an added bonus, I'm drinking Bengal spice tea.
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    For political literature, I am preparing a leadoff at a study circle of the second half of Trotskys The Permanent Revolution.

    Recreationally I am reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (the first of the Game of Thrones books).
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    Huge fan of the ASOIAF series, Sentinel, so you'll have to let me know what you think. It really appeals to my sense of detail.

    As for myself, I'm reading Rail Sea by China Mieville. Honestly, I kinda regret buying it as I'm just finding it a little dull and hard to get into. It makes a lot of allusions to Moby Dick which are quite clever but I'm honestly just kind of finding it a slog to get through.
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    Huge fan of the ASOIAF series, Sentinel, so you'll have to let me know what you think. It really appeals to my sense of detail.
    I love it so far, about halfway through the book. I've seen the series (until season 6) first so it is spoilt in that way, but I don't care. I used to have a hard time with any fantasy that isn't Tolkien, as it tends to feel as cheap copies.. But this is totally different. More like a medieval novel, very mature and realistic. Awesome characters, especially the women.

    What I also enjoy a lot is that there aren't any clear cut lines between 'good and evil'. This is what I mean with it being realistic.

    As for myself, I'm reading Rail Sea by China Mieville. Honestly, I kinda regret buying it as I'm just finding it a little dull and hard to get into.
    Dull? Well, the guy used to be a member of the SWP (UK). My mom has some of his books and likes them though.
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    I love it so far, about halfway through the book. I've seen the series (until season 6) first so it is spoilt in that way, but I don't care. I used to have a hard time with any fantasy that isn't Tolkien, as it tends to feel as cheap copies.. But this is totally different. More like a medieval novel, very mature and realistic. Awesome characters, especially the women.

    What I also enjoy a lot is that there aren't any clear cut lines between 'good and evil'. This is what I mean with it being realistic.
    Yes, one of my favourite characters is Asha Greyjoy in the second and fourth books. She's hilarious at times. TV show Asha (who they renamed Yara for some inane reason) is just boring.

    Dull? Well, the guy used to be a member of the SWP (UK). My mom has some of his books and likes them though.
    I read his Embassytown and really enjoyed it. It deals with language and aliens and communication - it's really clever at times. Railsea, I just haven't been able to get into.
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    Yes, one of my favourite characters is Asha Greyjoy in the second and fourth books. She's hilarious at times. TV show Asha (who they renamed Yara for some inane reason) is just boring.
    Yeah, I don't understand some of the changes they make when they filmatise stuff. As I already mentioned Tolkien, the Lord of the Rings movies were really horrible in that regard imo (otherwise I did enjoy them), but random unnecessary changes..

    Especially those books are almost religion for me so it pissed me off. Now with Game of Thrones, as I saw the series first, I'm kind of hoping there will be surprises in the books though.
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    I read that the tv producers thought that audiences would be confused by the name Asha because it sounded too similar to Osha.

    My favorite tv adaption pet peeve is the treatment of the sparrows. They easily could have incorporated them into the series as a way to show the effects of the wars on the countryside - as in the books which dwelled on this a lot in the "boring" middle novels. But the thing I like about the books is the way the whole society is shown even though most characters are still related somehow to the high drama of the lords. But it adds another level of the absurdity of their warring and fights for position... which adds realism.

    China mieville is great, but railsea (his attempt at a YA novel, I think) isn't that good. Embassytown, perdido street station, city and the city (which is going to be a BBC series) and iron council are all really enjoyable. Outside of game of thrones books, some really great (but weirder) world-building.

    I read Iron Council right after the occupy movement in the US which was a strange experience because I found a lot of reflections of occupy in that book.

    I just got a copy of his fictionalization about the Russian Revolution - but I haven't started yet.

    I'm reading a book about the history of Robin Hood tales right now - it's interesting and accessible for the most part but occasionally dwells on academic debates about history that the author assumes people are familiar with. Some of the debates are interesting because they deal with theories of yeomanry in England and capitalist development--but mostly interesting in passing because it's still pretty mainstream academic debates.


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    capital, v.2.

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