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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:00 am

Thank you, thank you Canada for Margaret Atwood...just finished reading 'The Handmaid's Tale'...I feel lifted by the experience because of the wonderful writing even though the story was about as Grim as you can get...I might even pluck up the courage to read 1984.

If you really want to be depressed though read 'Gulag' by Anne Applebaum.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Scott the Pirate » Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:14 pm

Two books. World War Z by Max Brooks and A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Solzhenitsyn.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby PantyGnawer » Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:47 pm

A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson. Two chapters into it and I'm pretty much ready to concede that this will be the greatest book I've ever read!

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Ubi Dubius » Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:10 pm

Has anybody read this one: Your Religion is False.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Ubi Dubium » Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:15 pm

Ubi Dubius wrote:Has anybody read this one: Your Religion is False.


I watched his talk. I think his writing is better than his delivery. He should get Stephen Fry or somebody with more stage presence to do his talking for him.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:21 pm

PantyGnawer wrote:A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson. Two chapters into it and I'm pretty much ready to concede that this will be the greatest book I've ever read!
Just wait 'til you read his other stuff!
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Scott the Pirate » Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:05 pm

I keep going back to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance because it's so good that it's best to digest it in small chunks.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby tris » Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:32 pm

Scott the Pirate wrote:I keep going back to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance because it's so good that it's best to digest it in small chunks.

I seem to remember not being able to digest it at all.. but it was a long long time ago...
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Clifford » Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:47 am

Just going through Republic by Plato. Fine mighty stuff, but I wouldn't advise reading it before going to bed.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Tigger_the_Wing » Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:30 am

Thank you, DTH, for that insight! I think that I am always reading books in my absence; within a few weeks (sometimes days) of finishing it I cannot remember a thing. Not the plot, the names of characters… even after re-reading it I am left with no more than a vague impression of the thing.

It does have the advantage that books I really enjoyed the first time through I enjoy just as much through subsequent readings!

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:16 am

:cry: I went to my library to get 'The Stand' by Stephen King and they didn't have it.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes » Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:23 am

Dragon Ball Z, the manga. Have read the original Dragon Ball series, and I'm up to the beginning of the Majin Buu saga.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:30 am

black bart wrote::cry: I went to my library to get 'The Stand' by Stephen King and they didn't have it.


:evilgrin: Stuff the library...my colleague has lent me the book...all 1421 pages of it! :shocked:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Ubi Dubius » Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:47 am

I finished Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers by Brooke Allen. I enjoyed it, and Allen supports his arguments well. He makes it clear that he is advocating his position that the 6 he discusses were not Christians, but a mix of Deists and Atheists. He is not approaching it as a neutral observer. He hasn't convinced me on Alexander Hamilton (pious as a youth and on his deathbed, but in between . . .). On Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Franklin, I've seen enough in his book and in other sources to convince me that none of them were Christians in belief. They did belong to the church and saw the teachings of Jesus as great philosophy, on a par with or above the classical philosophers.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:50 am

Alexander Hamilton has got a lot in common with me then...I was pious in my youth and now look at me! :shocked:
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