Discuss and rate the last thing you read

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Basically pitching this as a counterpart to the "discuss and rate the last the movie you watched" thread. Only this time, it's stuff that you read. And by "stuff," I mean any form of media (books, comics, etc.), just as long as reading is the means of doing it. Also, unlike the other thread, I'm going to let you use your own rating system. For me, I'll give a simple guide for myself:

1/5 = Horrible
2/5 = Bad
3/5 = Average
4/5 = Good
5/5 = Excellent

So, on that note:

Ready Player One (3/5)

Hawki:
Also, unlike the other thread, I'm going to let you use your own rating system.

Uhm...

Ezekiel:
Use whichever rating scale you want, or none at all. I'm not even gonna score all the movies I talk about here.

Ezekiel:

Hawki:
Also, unlike the other thread, I'm going to let you use your own rating system.

Uhm...

Ezekiel:
Use whichever rating scale you want, or none at all. I'm not even gonna score all the movies I talk about here.

Oops, missed that. 0_0

Have had a fairly productive reading year, so I have a few to put up for consideration. (Note: since a lot of my books are non-fiction, history-based works, I'm including the copyright date.)

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond [copyright 2005/2011]
Giving this one a very high recommendation. Diamond looks at various historical societies that suffered potential ecological collapse and how they either failed to deal with the situation or they were able to adapt and make the decisions necessary to keep their society going. The question is drawn forward as to whether modern society can make the same sort of tough decisions in the face of erosion, water depletion, pollution and climate change. A fascinating read.

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan [copyright 2015]
An overview of world history specifically from the viewpoint of south and central Asia from ancient times to the modern day. By holding to its particular perspective, it creates a very different picture of history as regards to the motives, pressures and goals of various power blocs and nations. An excellent work and highly recommended.

King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild [copyright 1998]
A thoroughly depressing work, but I must recommend it. Not only does it go into detail on the processes by which Africa was divided up by the European powers, but it shows how easy it was to get away with horrific atrocities with the folks back home being none the wiser. Also, the work ends with a look at how difficult it can be for a nation and its people to come to terms with the crimes of their historical figures.

Of Dice and Men by David M. Ewalt [copyright 2013]
A bit of lighter fare, Ewalt charts the history of Dungeons & Dragons (the real OG). He tends a bit too much towards Gygax hero worship, but the books was written out a love for the game, so I can let the bias slide. A fun read and interesting for those of us that remember the divide between Basic and Advanced D&D and TSR Hobbies back in the day.

I have a few more, the bulk being historical works. If the thread takes off, I might put up a few more I've recently read for consideration.

a BBC focus magazine while drowning out some other unwarranted noise. If it must be rated, it's a solid 'why this is infinitely more interesting than my current environment' out of ten

I picked up an e-book for a dollar on sale years ago, but finally read it a week or so ago. Hopscotch by Kevin J Anderson. Not bad actually. I'm one of the few people who like his collaboration with Brian Herbert in continuing the Dune series, and he has a decent way of writing in that "classic" era of sci-fi tone... and that's what Hopscotch is. It is his attempt at writing a Arthur Clarke/Phillip K. Dick style sci fi story. And it isn't bad. An interesting idea, but it goes off into a few too many possibilities for a single stand-alone story. But that's not the worst mistake someone can make.

The basic premise... people can switch bodies. With just about anyone. That's the backdrop. With that one technological leap the story and its characters live in that universe... where anyone could (at any time) be somebody... anybody else. Our main character inhabits bodies for a living. He will experience trauma for those who don't want to. Going to get an operation and suffer through a painful recovery? He'll inhabit your body until you are well again. The plot, his latest client is killing his body. Along the way we meet his friends; a body switching artist, a body switching sex-cult member, and someone born immune to the body switching process that has the ability to see the real person who's inside whichever body they inhabit. And it goes bonkers from there with plots and factions and layers upon layers of deception. Its pretty good, 4 out of 5.

Ah fuck, what was the last thing...um...does Watchmen count? I don't read that many books.

Assuming that it does, it's pretty damn good. The movie (which I saw beforehand and was kinda "meh" on) missed out so much by choosing to be "Superhero Movie #376". It makes me wonder why they didn't choose to adapt it as a limited run TV show; a format that would've suited it much better IMO.

Watchmen (the comic) is dark political and social commentary disguised as a superhero comic. And given the current state of global affairs, a surprisingly relevant commentary.

As someone who doesn't usually venture into the realm of comic books, consider me surprised and impressed. The characters are well-written (even if a lot of them are unlikable sods), the story has plenty of interesting twists and turns and the art is very well done. Definitely recommended.

The Truth by Terry Pratchett

I mean, it's a Discworld novel and Pratchett is one of my favorite authors. The Truth is not one of my favorite, that would be some of the novels centering around the City Watch and Moist Von Lipwig, but I had a good time with it nonetheless. Spreaking of Lipwig, I'm planning on reading Raising Steam next.

I'd rate it 6 C.M.O.T. Dibbler sausages-inna-bun out of 8 thaumaturgical mishaps.

Kyrian007:
by Kevin J Anderson.

Oh you poor, poor bastard.

Kyrian007:
Not bad actually.

...what? What madness is this?

Yeah, not the biggest Anderson fan myself. I keep trying his Saga of Seven Suns novels because while there's an interesting setting there, the writing never manages to do it justice. And the less said about 'Shadow of the Xel'naga' the better. :(

Hawki:

Kyrian007:
by Kevin J Anderson.

Oh you poor, poor bastard.

Kyrian007:
Not bad actually.

...what? What madness is this?

Yeah, not the biggest Anderson fan myself. I keep trying his Saga of Seven Suns novels because while there's an interesting setting there, the writing never manages to do it justice. And the less said about 'Shadow of the Xel'naga' the better. :(

Oh, he can be terrible. His Star Wars books are some of the worst of the EU, and although I liked the Dune collaboration... everything since the Prelude and Legends series has been fairly bad. But for those 2 series he had the solid framework built for him. He seems to be a better idea guy than specific writing guy. It seems to me like the more he hashes something out the worse it gets. Hopscotch would be awful as a series, but as a cool backdrop to a single story it works. Its like reading a novel length episode of Black Mirror, with a prologue that's too long.

Ok, let's see... last few I've read were

The Dreams in the Witch House, H. P. Lovecraft - 9/10

I'd read this one before long ago; it was, along with The Music of Erich Zann (another one of my favorites), one of my first experiences with Mr. Howard Phillips' work, and I absolutely loved it. I was surprised to find that it's generally considered one of his lesser stories , and now that I'm working my way through his entire oeuvre, I was looking forward to seeing if I'd change my mind.

I didn't. If anything, I think even more highly of it than I did before; as far as I'm concerned, it's one of Lovecraft's absolute best stories. Nowhere else does he so seamlessly blend traditional horror story and folklore elements with what I think are some of his most intriguing concepts (reality-warping mathematics, non-euclidean alien geometries, etc).

The Thing on the Doorstep, H. P. Lovecraft - 6.5/10

By contrast, I agree with general opinion that this isn't one of his best. I did enjoy the way Lovecraft established connections between it and some of his other stories (such as Ephraim and Asenath Waite coming from Innsmouth, with all the usual implications of that particular ancestry), but all in all, I simply didn't find very much interesting. It's not a bad story - I think Lovecraft at his worst was still a competent storyteller - but it's hardly as memorable as some of his better ones.

Ancillary Mercy Ann Leckie - 3/4.

This is the third in the Ancillary sci-fi trilogy. It is a decent conclusion, though the nature of the story telling is fairly sedate and you shouldn't expect it to get too exciting or dramatic by the finale.

If you're new to it, the Ancillary series is about a woman with the brain of a battleship. She is an AI hive mind that used to run a giant space carrier as well as the army of "ancillaries" inside of it, but something happened and now she's the last remaining bit of the ship. The first book is about the lead up to that something happening, and also what she is trying to do about it, 19 years on. The series throws lots of odd concepts at you right off the bat; as well as the protagonist being a bunch of people simultaneously, you also have to get used to her genderless, raceless culture (everyone is referred to as "she", regardless of sex), run by an emperor who also has a hive mind and lots of bodies. That's before getting into the actual aliens. It's a cool set up. Also, although inspired by the Roman and British Empires, the culture is very South Indian in appearance, which is neat. The first book feels a bit like a western, but the sequels have more of a Hornblower/Edwardian drama feel to them, in that its about people very politely arguing whilst drinking vast quantities of tea.

The last thing I read was the post above me by maninahat. I would give this post a 6/10, it was pretty short and too the point with lots of words describing the last book that they read. It was quite descriptive of the book series that I have not previously heard of and to be fair, it has got my interest. However, the review was quite dry to read, a little humour wouldn't have gone amiss, if this is included in this persons next review, then I would read it.

I read 2 warhammer 40k novels over the holiday, and they both sucked. Fabius Bile: Clone Lord and Sons of the Hydra. Both felt completely disjointed, divided up into 3 parts, each barely related to the other. I mean each part followed up on what the previous part established, but it felt less like a novel and more like 3 short stories put together. Like the writers didn't have a central idea, just a bunch of scenes they wanted to see happen, and after awhile that had 20 chapters of scenes happening.

But the reason I hated them was both reintroduced Primarchs, and both literally deus ex machina'd them to go back to the status quo.

Fabius finds an uncorrupted Fulgrim clone, and just when Fulgrim is on his feet, ready to lead the Legion again, boom! Fabius gives him to the Necrons.
In Sons of the Hydra, the Alpha Legion think they're working for Omegon and when they eventually meet Omegon, boom! Necrons show up and prove its actually a Ctan shard dressed as a Primarch.

Both times Necrons, the robot race, show up and completely reverse the situation when it became endangered of actually going somewhere

Fabius Bile I'd give 1/5
Sons of the Hydra I'd give 2.5/5 for at least having some decent action. But it gets a big fat sarcastic eyeroll for naming the main character Occam and having him fiddle with a razor.

Catfood220:
The last thing I read was the post above me by maninahat. I would give this post a 6/10, it was pretty short and too the point with lots of words describing the last book that they read. It was quite descriptive of the book series that I have not previously heard of and to be fair, it has got my interest. However, the review was quite dry to read, a little humour wouldn't have gone amiss, if this is included in this persons next review, then I would read it.

This was the last thing I read (sorry guy below him, this killed the thread for me). It was the joke I was going to do, and now it's ruined. 1/5 for you, joke thief.

Kyrian007:
He seems to be a better idea guy than specific writing guy. It seems to me like the more he hashes something out the worse it gets.

That...kinda makes sense. Looking at Saga of Seven Suns for instance, I certainly like the framework/setting he's created. It's space opera, but while not exactly fresh, it's not stale either. However, when we get to the writing style and characters, they come up short - bland, in both cases.

maninahat:
whilst drinking vast quantities of tea.

Having read the first book...thank God I'm not the only one who noticed how Breq always seems to be drinking tea. 0_0

It was Raising Stream, which was Terry Pratchett's last adult Discworld Novel. I felt like it was a bit all over the place compared to most of his other work tbh. I was bored in places, and there's only two other Discworld books I felt that way about (out of the 41 he wrote). Could have been his illness, maybe. It was alright though, regardless - always fun to spend time on the Discworld. 6/10.

The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel. It's the fifth part of her Earth's Children series. I'd rate it 9/10, I just couldn't put the book down, I had to finish it!

The main character is Ayla, a cro-magnon girl who was raised by neanderthals (or Clan people), living during the Stone age. The series feels more like a slice of life kind of story, having no great villains (mostly) or major story arcs (except Ayla trying to find her place in the world).

The books heavily focus on cultures Ayla discovers, how they treat sex and pregnancy as separate things, the relationship between cro-magnons and neanderthals, the role (or lack) of fatherhood in societies, the religions they meet, the languages, the way the Clan people can't learn new things but rather they share the memories of their ancestors etc.

Some problems in the book are that Auel really likes to describe in great detail the tools people use in the series. I know that mastering tools was a matter of life and death during the Stone age, but sometimes she talks about one tool for two pages, which I usually try to skip.

One other big problem is just how perfect Ayla is.
She has incredible memory,
most people find her irresistible,
she's one the best healers in the series, if not the best,
she is always in the mood for sex whenever her partner wants it,
she can usually sense when people lie because of her upbringing,
she's first to discover that you can tame animals,
she can throw two stones with her slingshot and
she learns languages very quickly.

Also, a small annoying thing is how Ayla calls herself old, because she compares herself to the Clan people, who have a rather short life span. No, she isn't old. She's not even 20 by the end of the fifth book, everyone tells her that's she's still young, but she still calls herself an old woman!

I read All-Star Superman, and eventhough I'm not that into western comics or Superman, it was pretty damn good. The artstyle and the storytelling go together to create something quite lovely. Love those Moon panels.

Baffle2:

Catfood220:
The last thing I read was the post above me by maninahat. I would give this post a 6/10, it was pretty short and too the point with lots of words describing the last book that they read. It was quite descriptive of the book series that I have not previously heard of and to be fair, it has got my interest. However, the review was quite dry to read, a little humour wouldn't have gone amiss, if this is included in this persons next review, then I would read it.

This was the last thing I read (sorry guy below him, this killed the thread for me). It was the joke I was going to do, and now it's ruined. 1/5 for you, joke thief.

Sorry...it won't happen again. *hides notebook full of stolen Baffle2 jokes*

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by Kawakami Minoru.

If i were to rate it id say this is the second time that im reading through 15 (at this time of writing) unofficially translated books all of which are over 800 pages in their original language and would probably be even longer if Yen Press had the testicular fortitude to approach a book thats more than 300 pages in Japanese.

I feel self-conscious for not reading enough. I can't remember which I read last (if that tells you anything), so I'll do both.

Vom Kriege (On War) by Carl von Clausewitz. 5/5

This is a 19th century treatise on warfare from Carl von Clausewitz, one of the most well-known Germans (technically Prussian) of the 19th century. After having fought in the Napoleonic Wars, Clausewitz wrote this treatise about the hows and whys of war. It's not literally "how to war," but rather an discussion of the nature of war; why it's useful, when it is useful, and what the consequences are.

As far as translations go, it's good. I read the J.J. Graham translation and I don't believe anything was lost. It's a must read for all aspiring history buffs, soldiers, business executives, and politicians.

Metro 2035 by Dimitri Gluhovski. 3/5

Another translated text, this is Gluhovski's third entry into the Metro series (that spawned the game series). The translation is much better than the last two books, but it's still a translation. The book follows Artyom as he battles his own mind and the irradiated ruins of Moscow to locate a radio signal that he thinks he heard that time he was calling in a rocket strike on the Dark Ones.

Honestly, Metro 2033 was the best in the series, by far. While 2035 gets us back to Artyom, it feels like more of the same. Artyom has grown up a bit, but the stress and radiation have levied a heavy toll on him, physically and psychologically. And then the book gets weird and conspiratorial. It's worth reading if you liked the last two, but it's no 2033. While 2035 retains much of the first book, it's missing the oppressive atmosphere and mystery. We learn just a little too much about the metro and the knowledge, rather than being revelatory, is just disappointing. The pacing is also kind of a mess and there is an awful Deus ex Machina device that's employed towards the end.

I'd say give it a read because Gluhovski is building to something in the next book, but Metro 2035 can be a slog at times.

Lock In by John Scalzi. 4.5/5

Newly minted FBI agent Chris Shane investigates a bizarre murder, spirals into "not just a murder" pretty quickly, because of course it does.

USP? The world is a near future one where a type of flu-like meningitis puts a small percentage of the people that suffer it into a permanent "locked in" state, where they're fully conscious but lack all control over their bodies. Technology is refined to the point where mental control of robot suits is possible, allowing these people, who for plot reasons are called Hayden's, to have somewhat normal lives. A small subsection of people who get the advanced form of the disease don't get locked in, but due to changes in their neurology and some tech upgrades, they can host people who are locked in, because robot suits can't do everything humans can. Like eat, feel the sun, etc.

And the murder suspect is one of those people. Legal shenanigans ensue. It's a great sci-fi police procedural.

My most recent read was The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski, the first entry in the book series that the Witcher games are based on.

I was surprised that the translation from Polish was actually really well-done. Most of the time, I find that translated novels end up feeling somewhat stiff or unnatural, but this was a very easy read that felt less like a translation and more like natural, written-from-scratch-in-English prose (which is really the best thing one can say about a translation).

As for the plot, the book's really a collection of short stories rather than a novel:
The framing story, "The Voice of Reason," sees an injured Geralt recovering at a temple and coming into conflict with a group of knights who want to drive him out. This story is intercut with various tales of some of Geralt's previous adventures (i.e., the other stories).
"The Witcher" is chronologically set just before "The Voice of Reason." Geralt is hired to break a curse that transformed a princess into a monster. It's in this story that he receives the injury he's recovering from in "The Voice of Reason."
"A Grain of Truth" is a brief deconstruction of the fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast, most of it consisting of Geralt conversing with the character representing the Beast, who tells him his story.
"The Lesser Evil" is a similar deconstruction of a fairy tale, this time Snow White. Instead of envying the young princess's beauty, in this version, the queen tries to have her killed because of a prophecy that she'll grow up to spread great destruction.
"A Question of Price" has Geralt hired by a queen to ensure that her daughter marries a fitting man. The issue is that the princess's destiny is to marry the stranger who saved the late king's life once, and he shows up that night to claim her.
"The Edge of the World" has Geralt hired by a village to chase out a monster that's taken residence in their fields and is wreaking havoc. Conflict between humans and elves bubbles to the surface in this one.
"The Last Wish" is the final story, and depicts Geralt's first meeting with Yennefer. Geralt's friend Dandelion accidentally frees a vengeful genie who starts destroying a nearby town. Meanwhile, Yennefer wants to subdue the genie to her will.

Overall, a really enjoyable book, and I've already started on the second one, Sword of Destiny. Definitely going to blaze through this series. That they've finally been translated into English is a great side-benefit of the games' popularity.

The Last Wish gets two-and-a-half out of three wishes.

An h-doujinshi, first one in a while. Wasn't very good. Almost all of the new hentai are ugly and just suck.

The Samurai, Shusaku Endo - 7/10

This was my second Endo novel, the first being Silence, which I read, despite my having little (as in, none whatsoever) interest in the topic of Christianity, because an acquaintance said he thought its depiction of the mindset of XVII century Spanish priests was off. I had no problem with it on that score; in fact, Endo's writing held my interest despite my disinterest in his subject, which is probably why I decided to give this one a go.

The eponymous samurai is based on the historical figure of Hasekura Rokuemon, a low-ranking rural samurai who was ordered in 1613 to travel to Mexico (then New Spain) and Europe with a Franciscan priest, ostensibly seeking a commercial agreement between Japan and Catholic nations.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, I found that the novel is at its best when it deals with the inevitable culture clashes between East and West, the characters' sense of estrangement, and the political machinations of both secular and religious organizations; by the end, Endo inevitably goes back to what seems to be his main recurring theme of faith and Christianity, and just lays it on a bit too thick for my taste. Still, all in all I found it to be a beautifully tragic tale, deftly told by a talented storyteller.

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash 6.5/10

The first light novel, of which the anime is based. I quite liked the show, although it did have a few issues (overuse of montages, and lines or even whole conversations which served no purpose). What I liked about it was that it managed to do what Sword Art Online tried and failed at, which was to create a fantasy world in which real people could die at any moment. It made me care about the characters and their struggle, and had me concerned when they were in danger.

Whilst the light novels obviously don't share the montage problem (given that they are novels), in contrast to that the anime has some really gorgeous music and lovely animation, which is what made me enjoy the anime a bit more. The light novels unfortunately feature more of those strange/pointless lines and conversations which have no purpose. Let me be clear; conversations in which characters are just bantering back and forth have purpose in that they strengthen the relationship of those characters. If they're just shooting the breeze, that can also be useful for bonding but also for giving a deeper insight into the minds of those characters. I'm serious when I say that some of the conversations and lines from these characters, are completely irrelevant and pointless. They offer no insight, characters don't grow closer, nothing.

Having said all that, I am invested in the characters and the story at this point. The first novel got through the first 8 episodes of the show, so the next should allow me to find out what happens next after the show ends. If you like fantasy world anime, I'd recommend checking this one out. Maybe hold off on the light novels until you've given the show a try? But whatever you do, forget about the OVA.

Master Of Mankind by Aaron Dembski-Bowden 2.5/5

I'm not too much into the Horus Heresy but something in the book just felt wrong, the Emperor was displayed to be outright hateful of his sons which seems incredibly at odds with his relationship with Horus, for example. Besides that the ending feels very rushed and the writer's affinity towards chaos just feels annoying with it pretty much screaming "chaos won, you are wasting your time" (which considering how Warhammer Fantasy ended seems very repetitive). There are some really nice parts though.

Off topic, but the above spam post has got me thinking. Who are these people? Someone somewhere typed that nonsense, right? Maybe not for that post (likely copied and pasted) but at one point it was typed out. Someone who probably isn't a native English speaker given the high number of spelling & grammar errors. Did they start learning English, for the sole purpose of trying to scam people? That's sad, but not as sad as actually believing that anyone would ever read that and think it's legit.

The Disaster Artist - 4/5

Very, very readable. It flows very well and blew through it in a couple of nights. My only complaint is that I stopped kind of caring about Tommy Wiseau as a man and the last few chapters regarding the background of him and Greg meeting up... I skipped. Once I read what exact flavor of lunatic he is (his opinions on women, throwing slurs people's way during a temper tantrum when things go his way, denying water and air conditioning at the same time...) I just focused on the chapters regarding the production of The Room itself.

All the odd chapters are dedicated to Greg's first few months knowing Tommy and all the even chapters are based on the production of the Room. After getting through most of it, the last couple of odd chapters I just skipped because I couldn't be assed.
Good book, though.

Zydrate:
The Disaster Artist - 4/5

Very, very readable. It flows very well and blew through it in a couple of nights. My only complaint is that I stopped kind of caring about Tommy Wiseau as a man and the last few chapters regarding the background of him and Greg meeting up... I skipped. Once I read what exact flavor of lunatic he is (his opinions on women, throwing slurs people's way during a temper tantrum when things go his way, denying water and air conditioning at the same time...) I just focused on the chapters regarding the production of The Room itself.

All the odd chapters are dedicated to Greg's first few months knowing Tommy and all the even chapters are based on the production of the Room. After getting through most of it, the last couple of odd chapters I just skipped because I couldn't be assed.
Good book, though.

Have you seen the film yet? I thought they did a pretty good job.

I am not done with it but what the heck, I want to participate.

I'm in the middle of the Green Lantern: Blackest Night event from a number of years back. I'm really enjoying it so far, though I think that Geoff Johns is dragging the whole thing out a little. Compared to Sinestro Corps War which was so tight and well paced the events in each issue of Blackest Night sometimes feel a little light. The artwork is amazing. Ivan Reis' style meshes well with the violent stories Johns like to tell and each member of Black Lantern Corps and their heart extracting methods are gruesomely detailed. I am also enjoying the death theme throughout which is so wonderfully brought to the front when Hal is forced to inform Barry of all the heroes and friends that have passed since he has been away and his subsequent return in Final Crisis. Poor Ray Palmer has been put through the emotional ringer and even for someone who isn't a hardcore comic reader the DC events that are being brought up are easy to follow and catch up on.

Solid 4/5 so far but if the story continues to ramp up that could go up to a 4.5 or 5.

Edit: I should clarify- I am reading the Blackest Night, Green Lantern: Blackest Night, and Green Lantern Corps: Blackest Night paperbacks all together in the order the individual issues were released. So that may be impacting my impression of the pacing.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.

Everyone on Earth is dead, except for Jimmy, and the various genetically engineered animals roaming the wasteland left in humanity's wake. The book is split into flashbacks that tell the story of Oryx, Crake, and Jimmy, and sections set in the present that follow Jimmy's life after the apocalypse. I really, really liked it. All the characters are pretty fucked up in one way or another (Especially Oryx, Crake, and Jimmy), but the real villain is humanity, and the ways we use our ingenuity to avoid actually solving the problems that confront us. A single cataclysmic event is what lays waste to the human race, but the impression I got is that they were doomed long before that point. I hope this gets faithfully adapted to TV, if for no other reason than it'll really fuck with all the people who really liked the TV version of The Handmaid's Tale. 4.5/5

I just read Prison School chapter 277.

Sufficient to say I am not in a good mood.

Wages of Destruction: The making and breaking of the Nazi economy by Adam Tooze. 4/5

Technically a re-read, since I've read the book before. Wages of Destruction is without a doubt the most thorough exploration of the NSDAPs economic policies prior to and during WW2 and Tooze does one hell of a job connecting these often disparate and seemingly contradictory solutions to an ever looming fiscal crisis to the political happenings at the same time. It also crushes a lot of myths about the "Nazi Economic Miracle" and Speer's supposed wizardry in pushing the Nazi economy to the limit. It is a highly informative book and if you're interested in WW 2 or Nazi Germany it is a must read. However, it is also thick as a brick and the subject matter doesn't lend itself to much other then dry, factual prose which makes the entire thing rather hard to read. Tooze does an admirable effort to make even layman readers like me understand the nuance of economics and the manipulation of economics that the Nazis engaged in, but this is not a book you'll be reading cover to cover in one sitting.

Auron225:
Off topic, but the above spam post has got me thinking. Who are these people? Someone somewhere typed that nonsense, right? Maybe not for that post (likely copied and pasted) but at one point it was typed out. Someone who probably isn't a native English speaker given the high number of spelling & grammar errors. Did they start learning English, for the sole purpose of trying to scam people? That's sad, but not as sad as actually believing that anyone would ever read that and think it's legit.

Many of those posts originate from African countries (Nigeria being the most famous), where that kind of English isn't particularly noteworthy, if more casual then formal. They are, in a way, a cool example of how different a language can be in different parts of the world. In the former English colonies in Africa that's fairly normal casual writing, but to people who've been raised on UK English or American English it seems almost like the writer was drunk or just typing gibberish.

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