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Just started "Cycles of Time" by Sir Roger Penrose

Quite a challenging read, even though Penrose relegates most of the mathematics to the appendix just being able to comprehend the scale of what he is talking about is a task in itself. Concepts such as mass being temporarily absent with time having no influence are bewildering but fascinating.

His idea that supermassive black holes collide bringing to the end one universe aeon which becomes the low entropy start of the next aeon in a constant cycle carried out over 1 x 10 to the power 100 years or more.

He cites concentric structures in the Cosmic Microwave Background as evidence of a previous aeon as predicted black hole collisions would create these.

Mind boggling stuff and something I am going to have to read very slowly!

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I'm in the middle of an Ian Rankin book on John Rebus.

Bought it in a village tea room last week.

It's a reissue of a book from 1990, without mobiles or internet and he's been writing letters to his ex wife.

Letters !!!

I've read a few of the books on Rebus and always imagine him looking like Ken Stott.

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Just read 'Inferno' by Dan Brown, but as usual with his books, there is far too much uneccessary waffle and description of all that's going on around the plot (which in this case is the race against time to find the source of a manufactured virus that causes sterility, thus culling the world's population). It seems that Brown would rather have us marvel at his knowledge of Italy and Turkey, rather than getting on and telling the story...which he could have done in 20 chapters instead of 104. I've found this with a lot of his books...especially the Robert Langdon ones, of which this is one.

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I'm reading page 31 of Books - What Are You Reading - Favourites - Recommendations.

And very engaging it is too. An excellent sparring match about post counts, and in depth articles on classic "pornography". I can thoroughly recommend it, I can't wait for page 32, riveting.

Oh, and I'm reading this,

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1 minute ago, Roger the Dodger said:

Does it have a good plot?

The best.  :biggrin:

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9 minutes ago, Roger the Dodger said:

Does it have a good plot?

Would be better if it was "Fifty Shades of Sir David".  :naughty:

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Dick Francis 'Shattered' at the moment. Just waiting for Amazon to drop the price of Felix Francis' latest book, 'Not Guilty', and I will be downloading that to the Kindle.

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Books I hope to read in the next year or so:

  • The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones (Thomas Asbridge)
  • An American Life (Ronald Reagan)
  • The Complete Richard Hannay Stories (John Buchan)
  • The Long Goodbye (Raymond Chandler)
  • The River War (Winston Churchill)
  • Tomlinson's North Eastern Railway: Its Rise and Development (William W Tomlinson)
  • A History of Coal Mining in Great Britain (Robert Galloway)
  •  A Global History of Gold Rushes (Benjamin Mountford)

 

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Duncan Macdonald - Half Scot and half Nez Perce, Duncan was descended from the MacDonald's of Glencoe, and has an uncanny resemblance to a good friend who is also a direct descendent of the Glencoe Macdonalds.

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My friend gave me his old Kindle recently (complete with all his books). I have to thank him as I probably wouldn't be reading "Rain Gods" by James Lee Burke otherwise. 

It's a superb book. The main protagonist, called Hackberry Holland, is the ageing sheriff in a small border Texan town who's investigating the murder of nine Thai prostitutes. It's grim but brilliantly written with a fantastic cast of characters (both good & bad). 

We're off to London on the train this weekend (going to see Harry Potter & the Cursed Child parts 1 & 2) & I'm looking forward to reading more of the book during the journey(s) :)    

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As said previously we have a local library bus which we make good use of. I usually order books but the driver occasionally picks a couple or three he thinks we might like. 

This was one of his lucky dips from last week 

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Read it in one sitting today. 

 

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