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    Quote Originally Posted by El Kabong View Post
    I'm currently in the middle of David La Vere's 'The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers, and the fight for the Carolina colonies.

    It's really well done. It wastes no time on SJW lamentations looking at history through the prism of today. It's straightforward, it provides definite answers when able and plausible hypotheses otherwise. I'm finding that the culture clash between Indians and Settlers the most intriguing. Indians were very cagey and shrewd in their trade practices and they were very open to people of other cultures marrying their women and surprisingly some big wig colonizers were cool with this as well. Their idea being that it would be the only way to bring the Indians into a more European society, get them apprenticeships etc.

    Another interesting aspect is the naivety on display by both Indians and Settlers. The Indians belief that they could raid villages and massacre people and that the Settlers would just come to the understanding that "Oh, well the Indians are in control. We better mind our p's and q's" instead of responding in kind. And the Settlers who would too often treat Indians very poorly and then when attacked get all "Well what the hell did we do to deserve this?" ....in the hindsight of some 300 years I'm sure this is much more amusing than when things were actually going down.
    Might check it out. From my research it seems The Native Tribes were as were the Okinawan's, Plant Based, consuming less than 2% animal products. Only the Comanche are said to be as the Imported Christians, predominantly meat eaters.
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    They ate a fair bit of protein, lots of venison. I'd assume they'd eat more protein once the Settlers arrived though... Metal tipped arrows, rifles, etc easier to take a deer with those tools.
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    Being in New England are we had and have several tribes that were and are around prior to our arrival here. I’m always amazed how the lived around here. Brutal winters, occasional blizzards and then all that humidity. I’m sure they didn’t bitch about it like we do, they were a tough people. Now in my state they have two or three very nice nice casinos to keep them out of the weather

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    I'm going to start this next: Alta Vendita. And then read Animal Farm again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    Being in New England are we had and have several tribes that were and are around prior to our arrival here. I’m always amazed how the lived around here. Brutal winters, occasional blizzards and then all that humidity. I’m sure they didn’t bitch about it like we do, they were a tough people. Now in my state they have two or three very nice nice casinos to keep them out of the weather
    Despite all that has been done to roust them from our state North Carolina has the largest population of Indians east of the Mississippi.

    Too bad the Cherokee won't allow federal recognition for anyone else. I'd be willing to bet if more tribes got federal recognition it would draw more attention to the troubles faced by Indians. Alcoholism, diabetes, heart health, crippling poverty etc. In this day and age, in this political climate....you'd assume they'd be doing everything they could to draw attention to these troubles.
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    "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius"

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    I haven't posted in here for ages, I've been a bit shit on my reading over the last few months, here is what I've read this year

    Zodiac - Robert Graysmith
    In the Tall Grass - Stephen King & Joe Hill
    Exorcist Road - Jonathan Janz
    The Cabin At The End Of The World - aul Tremblay
    Misery - Stephen King
    The Demolished Man - Alfred Bester
    Reality Is Not What It Seems - carlo Rovelli
    Dream Fall - Amy Plum
    The Long Walk - Stephen King
    The Prophet - Kahlil gibran
    The Unfortunates - B.S. Johnson
    Say You Love Satan - David St. Clair
    The Bell Witch - Brent Monahan
    Disappearance At Devils Rock - Paul Tremblay
    Never Sleep Again - Thommy Hutson
    Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien
    The Road Through The Wall - Shirley Jackson
    Cannery Row - John Steinbeck
    The Death of Bunny Munro - Nick Cave
    Brief Answers to the Big Questions - Stephen Hawking
    Roadwork - Stephen King
    The Killer Across The Table - John E Douglas
    The Blooding - Joseph Wambaugh
    N0S4R2 - Joe Hill
    The Two Towers - J.R.R Tolkien
    The Dark Half - Stephen King
    The Search For The Green River Killer - Carton Smith
    Reek - Bradley Freeman
    The House Of The Brandersons - Raymon Rudorff
    Call Waiting- R.L. Stine
    The Satanic Bible - Anton Szandor LaVey
    The Haunting Of Hill House - Shirley Jackson

    I want to get another 8 books read between now and the new year so I need to get going on them

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    'Mindhunter' - John Douglas

    This is about the start of the BAU and using psychology to nab serial killers. It's a cool book, very neat to hear about the quirks of serial killers and how those came to be, it's like a book filled with super villain origin stories. And yes the Netflix show of the same name is based off it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Kabong View Post
    'Mindhunter' - John Douglas

    This is about the start of the BAU and using psychology to nab serial killers. It's a cool book, very neat to hear about the quirks of serial killers and how those came to be, it's like a book filled with super villain origin stories. And yes the Netflix show of the same name is based off it.
    John Douglas really deserves more recognition than what he gets, I mean aside from the book that he wrote in my list he also features in the one about the Zodiac, The Blooding (which was a case that happened in the UK and they still called him in) and the green river murders (which almost killed him)

    if it wasn't him then someone else would have come along and done it but you can't overlook what he did.

    and for the record Mindhunter is fucking brilliant, the way they portray the killers is 9 times out of 10 absolutely spot on

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Kabong View Post
    'Mindhunter' - John Douglas

    This is about the start of the BAU and using psychology to nab serial killers. It's a cool book, very neat to hear about the quirks of serial killers and how those came to be, it's like a book filled with super villain origin stories. And yes the Netflix show of the same name is based off it.
    John Douglas really deserves more recognition than what he gets, I mean aside from the book that he wrote in my list he also features in the one about the Zodiac, The Blooding (which was a case that happened in the UK and they still called him in) and the green river murders (which almost killed him)

    if it wasn't him then someone else would have come along and done it but you can't overlook what he did.

    and for the record Mindhunter is fucking brilliant, the way they portray the killers is 9 times out of 10 absolutely spot on

    Tell us how they got the other 1 wrong?

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    "The Library of Babel"

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    @Batman I was wondering what all you had read recently and you didn't disappoint. I guess I must have scrolled past on the phone and not seen that impressive list of books.


    Right now I'm working on 'The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal' by Nick Bryant. This of course is at the heart of the 1980's "Satanic panic" and is often called a "conspiracy" but it was a HUGE case and captured headlines around the country. I had heard tell of it, but wanted a deep dive into what actually went on, what the facts of the case are/were if any. It's kind of difficult to keep up with all the names and how they are related to each other, but it's pretty fucking surprising the lack of information available on someone like Lawrence E. King Jr. considering just how big he was in Nebraska. I don't even know if Larry E. King is still alive, I know he got sent off to a mental institution then he got sent to prison for dirty deeds with the Credit Union he ran, but other than that he's a very difficult person to get information on and then when you couple that with the lead guy doing the digging on this case, Gary Cardoni, got into a plane crash and died....odd how that seems to happen so frequently to people who know certain things or people who are annoying certain people.


    Anywho, I have found the book interesting so far, but again it's difficult to keep up with all the names involved. It would be better presented in a documentary format, but best of luck getting THAT done.


    After that I'm thinking maybe Marcus Aurelius or Company Aytch, or something historical like that. I need to find an area I really want to dig into....perhaps I'll try 1776 by David McCullough
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    @El Kabong gotta be honest I'm pretty disappointed by my reading list, I've churned out enough books but I have struggled this year, I enjoy reading the classics and I feel like I've neglected them, I've found myself going for easy reads rather than the more challenging ones.

    It isn't necessarily a bad thing because I'm a full on freak when it comes to horror whether it be film or book, I think I annoy people because if they ask me about a film I've recently seen I can't just say "its good" I go into the cinematography, the soundtrack, the tropes, I go full on Kermode, they have told me I should start a YouTube channel just reviewing shit about horror, I have to explain to them that in order to gather a following you would need a certain amount of charisma, that is something I severely lack, I don't like people at the best of times so the thought of talking to a camera to a load of faceless viewers makes me shudder.

    but I digress.

    I've just finished a book about Anneliese Michell, its a true account of the exorcism that eventually killed her (the film Exorcism of Emily Rose is based on it) and whilst it was an interesting read towards the final 1/2 of the book it got overwhelmingly biased and basically forced the opinion that she was actually possessed upon you, I would have preferred it if it kept a neutral point of view and allowed the reader to make their own minds up based on the facts that were available, I also know that it skirted over some issues that support the mental illness perspective in order to bolster its own agenda, all in all a good read and even though I already knew a lot about the case I've learned a lot more.

    I'm currently reading Rage by Stephen King, the book has been out of print for the last 20 years or so, there are about 6 school shootings that have been linked back to that book so King himself asked them to let it run out of print, on Amazon the cheapest I've seen it is £400, anyways I found a dodgy kindle version of it for £3.80 so I was on it like a tramp on chips, the formatting goes a wee bit wrong every now and again but it is nothing noticeable at all, the book itself is a strange read, whilst Charlie Decker (off the top of my head I think that is his name, I've had a few Stellas so I could be wrong) comes across as a bit of an antihero but the other characters are just extremely blase, I think I'm about 20% through at the moment so I don't know how it will pan out but it certainly hasn't made me want to go and shoot up my workplace just yet.

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    also @El Kabong one of the books I read this year was based around the "Satanic Panic"

    Say You Love Satan - David St. Clair

    I've read a few books by the Author and I quite like what he does, he takes historical cases (usually about demonic possession) and writes it almost as if it is a story, whilst this one was an interesting case the execution was extremely poor, I was looking forward to the court/trial aspect of the book but it was extremely repetitive and all in all just a bit boring, the main thing that dragged the book down though was the dialogue, it was so fucking cringe inducing it was unreal

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