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Not so much a blog; just lots of books

Currently reading

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
Barbara W. Tuchman, Nadia May
Progress: 47/1718minutes
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

Reading progress update: I've read 47 out of 781 pages.

The First Man in Rome  - Colleen McCullough

Yeah, I know, I've been slacking on this read. Pretty soon I'll have to do the math on how many pages I need to read each day in order to finish the book by the library due date (hint: it's definitely more than 20).


But I have a quote to share:

Ten tribunes of the plebs were elected to look after the interests of the plebs. New ones every year. That was the worst feature of Roman government: its magistrates served for only a year, which meant you could never buy yourself one man who was going to last long enough to be of real service. Every year, you had to buy yourself another man. And usually you had to buy yourself several.

Yeah, Jugurtha, that's a real drawback to government.


Admittedly, a year is a short time to undertake projects and so on.