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Alaric
post May 26 2004, 04:18 PM
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I'm about 30 or so pages from finishing "Angels & Demons" by Dan Brown and i really love it. I suggest, if you haven't already, to read it. A lot of neat stuff in it. Like my sig(the ambigram of "Fire")


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post May 26 2004, 05:57 PM
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post May 26 2004, 08:42 PM
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Naked by David Sedaris

Four Past Midnight by Stephen King

I haven't been reading too much lately, I know that's bad, but I never have enough time!


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post May 26 2004, 09:00 PM
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Currently working my way through ALL of Stephen Kings books for about the third time.

I'm waiting for a delivery of cool books. (thanks to Commie - you cost me money!!!)


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post May 26 2004, 09:40 PM
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I'm reading Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
and Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker.


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post May 26 2004, 09:43 PM
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Are you guys only reading Four Past Midnight because of Secret Window?


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post May 26 2004, 10:44 PM
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post May 26 2004, 11:29 PM
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I haven't been reading much lately. Can't really focus on anything because of school, but I just bought a non-fiction book about the French Revolution and I really want to start reading it soon. Probably won't get around to it till the end of school, but...

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post May 27 2004, 01:30 AM
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The latest book that I read a fair chunk of was Jean-Francois Lyotard's The Postmodern condition: A Report on Knowledge. It was surprisingly readable considering that it is a translation of French philosophy but I still wouldn't recommend it if you can avoid it!

On the bright side for me, it was a hell of a lot easier going than the previous book I had a crack at, which was Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, but then again that's two hundred year old German philosophy so it was never going to be a rip-roaring adventure of hi-jinks on the high-seas, but at least it does give a few good reasons why no-one can ever categorically prove or disprove the existence of God. That's always good for a laugh and breaks the ice at parties (The Transcendental Diakectic, Chapter III, Section IV, if anyone's interested in looking it up themself).

I can't wait to read something not related directly to my thesis, I think I might dig out an old Robert Rankin...


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post May 27 2004, 02:00 AM
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Reading Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon


A Burroughsian tale of rockets, Pavlovian psychiatry and espionage... I think... quite difficult to follow at times.


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post May 27 2004, 02:07 AM
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Just finished the anthology "Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre". Granted I skipped over the more metaphysical and boring bits, but the rest was good.

Just started "The Story of our Civilization:10,000 years of western man". Looks fun.


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post May 27 2004, 03:23 AM
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QUOTE (Alaric @ May 26 2004, 12:17 PM)
I'm about 30 or so pages from finishing "Angels & Demons" by Dan Brown and i really love it. I suggest, if you haven't already, to read it. A lot of neat stuff in it. Like my sig(the ambigram of "Fire")

Have you read The Da Vinci Code as well?


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post May 27 2004, 03:56 AM
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I'm reading the incredibly hard-to-find Dirk Gently's Holostic Detective Agency(huzzah!), and The Bull from the Sea. I'm also supposed to be reading a book called the Luminous Web about philosophical string theory, written by a vicar--mein vati (of the same said profession, plus philosophy professor) leant it to me to read. Next I must tackle Kant, auf Deutsch. Oh, viel Spass...


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post May 27 2004, 04:29 AM
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QUOTE (Patient #212 @ May 27 2004, 03:22 AM)
QUOTE (Alaric @ May 26 2004, 12:17 PM)
I'm about 30 or so pages from finishing "Angels & Demons" by Dan Brown and i really love it. I suggest, if you haven't already, to read it. A lot of neat stuff in it. Like my sig(the ambigram of "Fire")

Have you read The Da Vinci Code as well?

Haven't yet, but when i get the money i will buy it.

but my next book is "Fight Club" because i need something to read on my trip.


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post May 27 2004, 09:24 PM
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Hmm, I'm reading umm.... Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat, and for required reading at school I have to read The Giver.... tch.... 1984 was much better. I'm also trying to read A Midsummer Night's Dream.... but thats not happening. There's too much going on right now.


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post May 27 2004, 10:47 PM
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I'm reading Interview with the Vampire....Oh Lestat...is there nothing you can't do?


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post May 27 2004, 10:52 PM
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Jennifer Government by Max Barry...I think im repeating myself, there are too many book related threads now...havent really got a chance to read it (brought this morning, exam on tomorrow so revising) but read a few pages...it seems good.


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post May 27 2004, 10:54 PM
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Oh Lestat...is there nothing you can't do?


Walk into a church, have a picnic on a sunny day... biggrin.gif

(couldn't resist)


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post May 28 2004, 01:52 AM
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QUOTE (moop @ May 27 2004, 06:51 PM)
Jennifer Government by Max Barry...I think im repeating myself, there are too many book related threads now...havent really got a chance to read it (brought this morning, exam on tomorrow so revising) but read a few pages...it seems good.

The book that inspired the game. biggrin.gif

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post May 28 2004, 09:37 AM
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Yeah, scary thing is the author made the game as a marketing excercise...it seems to have worked. Well, obviously I didnt just go out and buy it, just saw it in the bookstore and from the blurb and first few pages it seemed worth reading.


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post May 28 2004, 01:58 PM
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I'm currently slogging my way through "Elmer Gantry" by Sinclair Lewis

It's a fictional account of a turn of the century revivalist Baptist preacher who is probably the most corrupt, self serving, hypocritical character I've read in a long time. Or caricature... Before writing the book, Lewis met with groups of ministers and priests and preachers and took his ideas from them. Supposedly all of the things that the title character does this group of spiritual leaders have done. It created a scandal when it was released in the 1920's or 30's, because no one would accept that a real minister would do the things that Elmer did, but now with my cynical post modern brain I'm not finding these things that he does all that shocking.

My God! He smokes and drinks?! He covets women?! Will it ever stop?

Okay, actually some of the things he does are pretty shameful, denies being a minister, knocks up a local farm girl and then sets her up to fall for her cousin so he doesn't have to marry her and shaming her in the process, has no real spiritual leanings, starts being a minister because he finds he has a knack for manipulating people, gets into the revivalist business for the sex, money and power, etc. etc. etc.

He actually reminds me of alot of TV evangelists...

It's quite interesting, I'd recommend it if you don't mind it being a bit slow. There's no high-jinx on the high-seas... just a lot of social commentary with a dull witted, sex driven, charismatic caricature of a Baptist minister as the title character.


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post May 28 2004, 06:53 PM
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Currently reading _The Town_ by Bently Little, I read it before but right now I have nothing new to read and have to re-read things over and over until a bookstore opens or my Amazon.com order arrives. smile.gif

I love Anne Rice, are you guys just starting the Vampire series or are you re-reading the books? A bit of advice for you if you're just getting started. After reading Memnoch the Devil, stop for a moment and read the Mayfair Witches chronicles, it'll be important later on that you have that read for future Vampire tales. The later Vampire novels are about 50% or more related to the Mayfairs. So having that information will enhance your reading pleasure.


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post May 30 2004, 09:32 PM
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In Defense of Secular Humanism, by Paul Kurtz. It's a collection of essays, so it sometimes gets redundant, but it's still good and insightful.

I have this odd habit of stopping books in the middle in favor of reading another book. I don't know why I do it, but as I usually finish all the books I start, it doesn't seem to matter. So, after this one, I'll be on both Dragons of Eden, by Carl Sagan, and Unending Quest, by Karl Popper (translated by him from original German, I believe).

After that...probably read some Asimov and The Logic of Scientific Discovery, again by Popper. Had to stop that last one b/c I couldn't understand some of the philosophical terminology and problems Popper was referring to *_*

And on top of that, I'm going over a particularly good archaeology text book, in prep. for my archaeology class next semester.

I'm so glad I didn't opt for summer semester classes...

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I'm cheating with books at the moment. Currently I'm going through Robert Jordans Wheel Of Time series as audio books. In my defence I have read them properly before, I just can't be doing with the terminal eye strain I would get from reading through the 10,000 or so pages again.


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