Now reading (The Book Thread)

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  1. Avatar smoking revolver Valued Senior Member

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    Hi, thought we should make a thread where we write down books we are reading at that moment.
    Quite a diverse crowd here, so the list should be quite interesting too.

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    Anyway, today I started reading
    Joseph Campbell "The Masks of God - Oriental Mythology"
    which is the second book in the "Masks of God" tetralogy. The first one I very enjoyed and it was "Primitive Mythology".

    This is from the Amazon.co.uk page:
     
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  3. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    "the sea hunters 2" by clive cussler
    deals with finding old shipwrecks

    "secrets and spies" by readers digest
    deals mainly with world war 2
     
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  7. Naat Scientia potestas est. Registered Senior Member

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    I.Asimov´s Foundation series, currently "Foundation and Empire".
    I have read Asimov´s popupar science books before but I picked Foundation up quite recently.
     
  8. AmishRakeFight Remember, remember. Registered Senior Member

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    I've currently got a huge list of books sitting on my desk waiting to be read. The stack contains:

    1) See No Evil- Robert Baer
    2) The Autobiography and Other Writings- Benjamin Franklin
    3) The Elegent Universe- Brian Greene
    4) A Brief History of Time- Stephen Hawking
    5) A License to Steal- Benjamin J. Stein
    6) The Design of Everyday Things- Donald A. Norman
    7) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens- Sean Covey
    8) Alexander the Great's Art of Strategy- Partha Bose
    9) The Einstein Factor- Win Wenger, PH.D, and Richard Poe
    10) Creative Visualization- Shakti Gawain
    11) The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde- Robert Louis Stevenson (school)
    12) Life is a Series of Presentations- Tony Jeary
    13) The Thinker's Way- John Chaffee
    14) The Art of Speed-Reading People- Paul D. Tieger

    I'm glad I'm an abnormally fast reader

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  9. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    i have read "the caves of steel" and "the rest of the robots" by asimov
     
  10. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    personally i'm only half fast
     
  11. Oli Heute der Enteteich... Registered Senior Member

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    The "Secret" World of Vickers Guided Weapons - John Forbat
    Statistics of Deadly Quarrels - L F Richardson
    The Far Call - Gordon Dickson
    The Confusion - Neal Stephenson
    Armament of British Aircraft 1909-1939 - H F King
    British Aircraft Armament Vol.1, RAF gun turrets 1914-95 - Wallace Clarke
    Istoria i Konstruktsi Samoletov v SSSR - V Shavrov
    Britain 1939-1945: The Economic Cost of Strategic Bombing - John Fahey
     
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  13. Avatar smoking revolver Valued Senior Member

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    "THE BOOK OF TEA" by KAKUZO OKAKURA
    A book about the history, the spirituality, the beauty and the masters of tea.

    You can read it on the Internet here .
     
  14. Tnerb Banned Banned

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    God dang a freakin site of geniuses. Geniuses, I say!

    -Existabrent is un-able to read.
     
  15. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Thanks Avatar! I'm a compulsive tea drinker, so I really appreciate this!
     
  16. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    Currently reading:

    Noll, Mark A. America's God.
    Barker, Clive. Galilee.​

    Recently read:

    Cady, Jack. The Hauntings of Hood Canal.
    James, Henry. The Turn of the Screw.​

    On deck:

    Brust, Steven. Dzur. (Awaiting Aug., 2006)​

    If you ever want to ruin your vacation by reading, Henry James is your man. The Turn of the Screw lives up to the reputation I'd learned over the years: "The finest horror story in which nothing happens." In the meantime, Cady's Hauntings, a 2003 release and the last novel he published before his passing, is one of the finest creepy tales I've encountered. Noll's America's God is exactly what it sounds like: a dry, thick, dense history of theology in the United States of America. I've neglected Barker's Galilee for too long, and it's enough to say I'm nearly salivating for Brust's Dzur.
     
  17. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    I liked the Turn of the Screw; its like two completely different stories in one, depending on who you believe, the children or the governess. Great read!!
     
  18. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    It's a wonderful read, but tasking to the point of nullifying the idea of a vacation. I look at it differently, though: I think the true horror of the story is that the children knew what was at stake; Miles was assured of his sister's condition when he spoke alone with the governess, and I believe he knew what was to come. Stylistically, though, it's a heavy, demanding read; and I'm one who actually likes semicolons and commas. You know, some stories are an education in themselves? James schools me on rhythm and punctuation; I wasn't prepared to be educated in such a manner while on vacation.
     
  19. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Well I usually don't get more than an hour to read every day, so I take much longer to get through a book nowadays; I think I read it over two weeks which is slow for me. You're right, it was heavy. But I was brought up on Somerset Maugham, A J Cronin, James Michener, Dickens and Joyce, so you could say I've plowed through too many of them now to feel the pain.
     
  20. DJ Erock Resident Skeptic Registered Senior Member

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    Right now I'm reading 'Memoirs found in a Bathtub' by Stanislaw Lem, but I just finished up 'Timeline' and 'State of Fear' by Micheal Crichton. They were both great reads.
     
  21. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Scott Adams "Build a better life by stealing office supplies"

    (not a book, a comic)
     
  22. Oli Heute der Enteteich... Registered Senior Member

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    Adams' "Way of the Weasel" is worth reading (not comic collection though). And its sequel - "exactly the same title and text, but all the words are pronounced differently". I love that guy's sense of humour.
     
  23. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Yup read it.

    Am a fervent aficionado of Scott Adams and Bill Watterson!
     

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