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Peter Heather, The restoration of Rome; have read the first 100 pages. It's about Rome's imperial legacy, with sections of about 100 pages each about Theoderic the Great, Justinian and his wars, Charlemagne and the reform popes of the 11th century. I find the prose cringeworthy at times, there's too much of an attempt to appeal to a broad audience with sometimes comical results (e.g. Heather cites a section from The godfather about Sonny Corleone to make a point about Theoderic, uses terms like "alpha males", "bullshit" etc.). Still, it's an interesting read, so probably recommended with some reservations.
Post edited December 30, 2016 by morolf
Continuing my walk through the alley of great literature:
* All Quiet on Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Some polish science fiction and fantasy (very unique settings here, what a pity that it's unavailable for you!):
* Czterdzieści i cztery by Krzysztof Piskorski
* Konan Destylator by Andrzej Pilipiuk

Continuing American fantasy cycle (however I'm a bit disappointed and struggle to finish this one):
* Wings of Wrath (The Magister Trilogy #2) by C.S. Friedman

Kind of travel book about living in Arizona:
* Wyspa na prerii by Wojciech Cejrowski

Very interesting, but a bit tough lecture about human brain:
* Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
Post edited January 01, 2017 by ciemnogrodzianin
ciemnogrodzianin: * Konan Destylator by Andrzej Pilipiuk
Conan The Distiller?
Two things;
1. Stephen Kings - The Stand, fourth time through it, just got to the end of the Captain Trips segment. Amazing thing, a modified version of influenza destroys the whole world in three weeks. You cough, you sneeze, its gets worse and worse until about three days after symptoms begin your a dribbling, hallucinating mess with fluid running out of your nose, mouth and any other orifice you can think of and then you die. Anyone who has come near you after you start coughing has got it and it spread and spreads, unless by shear luck you have to be genetically immune to the thing. Also as it was made by the good people in the US military, it's near impossible to make any kind of treatment. They say in the book it would take about six or seven weeks to come up with a prototype vaccine, it destroys the world and kills 99.7% of humanity in just over three. Although in the two sections of the book after that things get worse when are certain figure from many major religions shows up in disguise and starts make problems for the people who are left.
2. Judge Dredd volume 28 - What's not to like about a police office who shots people in the back for what would be considered in North Korea a minor misdemeanour, if an offence at all.
ciemnogrodzianin: * Konan Destylator by Andrzej Pilipiuk
viperfdl: Conan The Distiller?
Yep, exactly. However the famous hero is a secondary character and retired here. The main character - Jakub Wędrowycz, who is alcoholic, distiller and, hm, secular exorcist - visits him with a job offer. In general, the whole series is a parody with a lot of references to classics and pop-culture :) Sometimes funny, some other time - stupid and embarrassing, as most of parodies.
Just started the Lies of Locke Lamora.
Daniel Kahneman; *Thinking, Fast and Slow.*
wyrenn: Just started the Lies of Locke Lamora.
Lucky you! You're in for quite a treat. :)
Uh, let's see...

The Dark Half - Stephen King

Lord Foul's Bane - Stephen R. Donaldson

The Sword of Shannara - Terry Brooks

Kind of in a nostalgic mood, I guess.
Carter Wilson's "Revelation." Wow. Great thriller.