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kleinbl00  ·  258 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Gosh darned bookthread time.

Apparently it has been 69 days since last this was asked. And since then, I've been in a car like an hour and a half a day while simultaneously clipping old titles on Audible. So in random-ass order:

Mutiny On The Bounty. Think this was a cgod recommendation. It's good. I was impressed by how readable it was considering how old it is, then I discovered it was written in like 1932. I love how Wikipedia is all "Bligh wasn't nearly the dick he's been made out to be" while also being all "he was actually mutinied against TWICE so clearly the fact that he was an utter dick to everyone is revisionist history."

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. I used to think Shackleton was a loser because I get him mixed up with Scott. Shackleton was not a loser. I was once capsized in a stormy lake in a 19' canoe. Shackleton got a 22' dingy across the goddamn Drake Passage with five dudes in it. AFTER being stuck on a goddamn ice floe for a year and a half.

Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century. This book was a Geopolitical Futures recommendation. It somehow insists that the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Margaret Thatcher's election, the Iranian revolution, the ascendancy of Pope John Paul II and something something China are all related. I'm unconvinced. However, it did make me realize that the reason everyone is taught that OH SHIT THE 60s was like the most important decade EVAR is because the goddamn 'boomers were teenagers back then.

The Bonfire of the Vanities. This book is about 80% good and then it totally shits the bed at the ending leaving a seriously sour taste in your mouth. The casual racism that permeates it is never resolved. The stereotypes remain empty stereotypes. It's one of those books where you're hanging around going "you're going somewhere with this, right?" and then it just goes "because he was a very shaggy dog" and you're all "fuck this shit."

American War: A Novel. Another Geopolitical Futures recommendation. Hot garbage. There's no geopolitics in this, it's another "people hate each other for some reason therefore we're moving the capital to Cleveland" book.

I've got 29 unread books in my Audible library (and 235 finished). We'll see how many I have left at the end of the summer.