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By TheophileEscargot (Sat Jun 04, 2016 at 01:28:39 AM EST) Reading, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "The Thicket". Links.


What I'm Reading
The Thicket by Joe Lansdale. In early twentieth century Texas, a teenage teams up with bounty hunters to catch the bandits who have abducted his sister.

Really loved this book. I first came across Joe Lansdale as an author of classic Westerns, was never quite as grabbed by his contemporary thrillers. This one felt like a triumphant return to his old style: violent, gritty fantastical. The characters are larger than life but definitely not unrealistically competent: they regularly fuck up but sometimes get lucky. Dialogue is crackling, the villains suitably villainous, and the heroes slightly less villainous.

Definitely not suitable for the triggerable though: lots of sex, violence and sexual violence.

Overall, massively entertaining: I liked it a lot.

Links
Socioeconomics. Iceland pulled off a miracle economic escape. IMF: Neoliberalism: Oversold?, more. Which jobs marry, via. Why garbage men should earn more than bankers. Schroedinger's assets.

Sci/Tech. The Dungeon Master anti-pattern. Bruges beer pipeline. 10 worst US aircraft.

Random. Poseable Vitruvian Man action figure.

Articles. Dated AD 65/70-80, it reads "Londinio Mogontio" which translates to "'In London, to Mogontius". Lost Marx Brothers musical revived.

Video. Antarctic storm. Lighting storm at 7000 frames per second.

Pics. Soviet Future Vehicles. Anatomical Venus (mildly NSFW).

Politics. Racists use brackets around Jewish names, have Chrome Plugin for it. Update [2016-6-4 15:54:46 by TheophileEscargot]: Google removes Chrome extension used by neo-Nazis to target Jewish people. UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records.

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interesting bit about the Irish banker strike by clover kicker (4.00 / 2) #1 Sun Jun 05, 2016 at 02:49:31 PM EST
Never heard of that before.

Suspect it's a bit dated by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Jun 05, 2016 at 03:15:21 PM EST
I think Greece had a lot of problems when the banks were shuttered, though part of that might have been the general state of the economy.
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