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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
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Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
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This is one of those where the narration is more the focus than the plot. Themes include linguistics, being a foreigner, and baldness, so of course it's up my street. Is it any good though? Yes.
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The Art of War by Sun Tzu
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I thought this would be a case of a philosophy you could apply to everyday life. It's just war.

Isn't life war though?

No, you don't understand. It's just war. You don't need this unless you plan to lead an army 7,000 years ago.
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Anecdotes of the Cynics by Various
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Further to being known as dogs, the cynics were the bitchiest school of Greek philosophy. A riotous collection.
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A Dictionary of Saints Days, Fasts, Feasts and Festivals by Colin Waters
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For a few weeks, I was really into saint's days, so I bought this on a whim, and I'm not disappointed. Some of the entries are a bit unfulfilled, for instance, today, the twelfth of May, is the day of Nereus and Achilleus, and if we look up the day o ...more
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Telling Dildrams and Talking Whiff-Whaff by William Holloway
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There's not much point in having this book, but it would do well in a waiting room or something. In a way, it makes me feel rude to look upon provincialisms and laugh or act shocked or whatever - it's like I'm looking up someone's skirt and calling t ...more
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Applied Ethics by Peter Singer
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Not until someone recommends this to me do I consider whether dying is immoral.
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The GCHQ Puzzle Book by GCHQ
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This is the sort of book you enjoy if you can do cryptic crosswords, or you're always winning pub quizzes. A fair amount of the questions are predicated on knowledge of pop culture from forty years ago, e.g. James Bond actors, which I don't do too we ...more
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