Now reading (The Book Thread)

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  1. madanthonywayne Morning in America Registered Senior Member

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    The problem with this thread is that everyone is so pretentious. Come on! Everyone is reading Marx, Camus, Samund Rushdie, Descartes, Bertrand Russel....give me a break!

    Let's be honest. The last book I read was Von Neuman's War by John Ringo. It was about an invasion by self replicating machines. A nice bit of sci-fi escapism. I've also recently read Kildar by the same author. Both books were entertaining, but not too deep or philosophical.
     
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  3. ancient satori Registered Member

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    Fritjov Capra's "The Web of Life'
    Carl Sagan's 'Broca's Brain'
    Kant's 'Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals'
    n Bill Bryson's 'A Short History of Nearly Everything'...

    And if everyone was being so pretentious they'd say they had already read Marx, Camus, Samund....as it is, they are actually being quite the opposite.
     
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  5. lowi Registered Senior Member

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    one of mark twains books
     
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  7. Prince_James Plutarch (Mickey's Dog) Registered Senior Member

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    "Ender's Game" Orson Scott Card.
    "Godel, Escher, and Bach" Hoftstadder.
    "Nickle & Dimed".
     
  8. §outh§tar is feeling caustic Registered Senior Member

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    I really am reading Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard. But that book is just so full of bullshit. It gives me a headache.

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  9. Prince_James Plutarch (Mickey's Dog) Registered Senior Member

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    Kierkegaard is worse than Schopenhauer, and that is saying a lot, considering I refuted the latter by refusing to let him suck on my titties.
     
  10. Oniw17 ascetic, sage, diogenes, bum? Valued Senior Member

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    The Tale of Genji
    The Republic
     
  11. spidergoat Venued Serial Membership Valued Senior Member

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    Still working on "The Second World War", by John Keegan. It's history. My cat ate a hole in the middle of Barbarossa.
     
  12. Prince_James Plutarch (Mickey's Dog) Registered Senior Member

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    Oniw17:

    Great choices.
     
  13. Oniw17 ascetic, sage, diogenes, bum? Valued Senior Member

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    Thank you, I'm starting to think that the Republic is the best book ever.
     
  14. Prince_James Plutarch (Mickey's Dog) Registered Senior Member

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    The Republic is truly a brilliant philosophical work. It was the first Platonic dialogue I read and one of my favourites of his.
     
  15. Avatar smoking revolver Valued Senior Member

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  16. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

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    Suskind "Perfume" (again)
    Gogol "Viy" (short story)
    and L.H. Morgan "Ancient Society" (again)
     
  17. fadeaway humper that way lies madness Registered Senior Member

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    Enid Blyton's "Five Get Into Trouble".

    I'm struggling with it, though. Can't really wrap my mind around it.

    Once I'm through with it, I intend to move on to Harlequin novels, starting with "The Italian Millionaire's Virgin Wife".

    Wish me luck.
     
  18. StaringIntoTheAbyss Registered Member

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    I'm finishing up the Dune series, currently reading God Emperor of Dune. I took a brief break to read the graphic novel Watchmen. It lived up to all the hype, best Graphic Novel I've ever read.
     
  19. Prince_James Plutarch (Mickey's Dog) Registered Senior Member

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    StaringIntoTheAbyss:

    "Dune"? "Watchmen"? I LOVE YOU.
     
  20. purple_hairstreak My true colours clash Registered Senior Member

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    What a coincidence. I'm just starting on Dune. Heard the later books suck though?
     
  21. Prince_James Plutarch (Mickey's Dog) Registered Senior Member

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    Purple Hairstreak:

    There is no such thing as a bad Frank Herbert "Dune" book.

    Dune, Dune: Messiah, Children of Dune, God-Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune, are fantastic books.

    His son and Kevin J. Anderson's books? Not as much, but decent SciFi.

    But seriously, the most brilliant science fiction ever written is Frank Herbert's "Dune".
     
  22. madanthonywayne Morning in America Registered Senior Member

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    Dune was great. Has anyone read Pandora's Star and it's sequel Judas Unchained by Peter Hamilton? Excellent books.
     
  23. Prince_James Plutarch (Mickey's Dog) Registered Senior Member

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    I haven't, but I might check them out.
     

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