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PostSubject: Books   Fri Sep 25, 2009 5:02 am

I've been meaning to read more books lately, and I've went up and checked some books; though I'd consolt here before buying them. Now, I've heard that Dante's Inferno is good, shall I go and buy it ? Also, The Death Of Ivan LLyich , is it a good gateway to Leo Tolstoy ?
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:24 am

The Inferno is definitely worth it. Although you should just get all of the Divine Comedy. I actually found Purgatorio to be my favorite.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:42 am

Recently read: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Currently reading: Strangers by Dean Koontz
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:45 am

Books I read this summer (I went on a bit of a political philosophy binge, as you can see):
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Republic by Plato
Politics by Aristotle
On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
Rights of Man and Common Sense by Thomas Paine

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Are you kidding? I have so much shit to read for the uni, I don't have any time for leisure reading tongue
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:06 am

I barley ever read. But I have read all of the books written by Chuck Klostermen. Great writer that has a lot of pop culture references while giving plenty to think about in the process.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Fri Sep 25, 2009 12:45 pm

Just read Hannibal by Thomas Harris. Totally blew my mind. I read the whole thing in one day.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:09 pm

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but really, I'm reading At the Mountains of Madness
anyone else imagine T-Bizzle narrating this?

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PostSubject: Re: Books   Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:11 pm

I wish I had time to read a book that wasn't 1. about my thesis (fascism, nazis, swastikas, war and gender) or 2. about some other class i'm taking (middle eastern politics, archaeology, gender, nazis...)

I'ts interesting, it just becomes overdone at a certain point.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:24 pm

Over the summer I read Clarke's 2001 and 2010. Need to pick up Childhood's End, Rendezvous with Rama, and other books by him.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Fri Sep 25, 2009 2:54 pm

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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

How did you like that book? I really liked it. I got it as a book on tape and listened to it while I was working on school work.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:20 pm

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Ziegenbartami wrote:

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

How did you like that book? I really liked it. I got it as a book on tape and listened to it while I was working on school work.
I really liked it too, but one of my good friends said he hated it. I've heard that that's how it goes with Rand in general--either you love her works, or you hate them. I think next summer or perhaps even over the winter I'll try to read Anthem, We the Living, and/or The Fountainhead.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:14 am

I hate Rand but start with The Fountainhead.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Sat Sep 26, 2009 6:07 pm

I read "Ham On Rye" by Charles Bukowski, I need more of his stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:08 pm

This summer I read Reaper's Gale and Toll the Hounds by Steven Erikson, The Serenity Falls trilogy by James A. Moore, and A collection of Elric stories by Michael Moorcock (I think that is his name). I also dl'ed a collection of Philosphy books, and a metric shit load of occult lectures.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:35 pm

Michael Moorcock? More like Michael More-Cock! Laughing
Sorry guys, had to do it.

Anyway I'm reading Atlas Shrugged right now. I'm enjoying it, overall but Rand's hyperbole is pretty repetitive, and Dagny Taggart is a really annoying character. Also, the sex scenes SUCK, mostly because they combine the two. Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:37 pm

My best friend goes on an angry rant every time someone brings up Rand. It's quite entertaining though.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:43 pm

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Michael Moorcock? More like Michael More-Cock! Laughing
Sorry guys, had to do it.

Anyway I'm reading Atlas Shrugged right now. I'm enjoying it, overall but Rand's hyperbole is pretty repetitive, and Dagny Taggart is a really annoying character. Also, the sex scenes SUCK, mostly because they combine the two. Mad
About the only negative thing I found about the book is the whole Mary-Sue aspect of Dagny's character.
Protip: if you want just the objectivist philosophical aspect of the book, read the chapter "This Is John Galt Speaking".
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Sun Sep 27, 2009 5:58 am

Atlas Shrugged reminds me of bad fanfiction.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:06 am

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Michael Moorcock? More like Michael More-Cock! Laughing
Sorry guys, had to do it.

Anyway I'm reading Atlas Shrugged right now. I'm enjoying it, overall but Rand's hyperbole is pretty repetitive, and Dagny Taggart is a really annoying character. Also, the sex scenes SUCK, mostly because they combine the two. Mad

That's pretty much what I felt about Atlas Shrugged. Though I always thought the sex scenes were really funny since it was so obvious that she had a fetish for tall, lean guys.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:03 am

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Michael Moorcock? More like Michael More-Cock! Laughing
Sorry guys, had to do it.

Anyway I'm reading Atlas Shrugged right now. I'm enjoying it, overall but Rand's hyperbole is pretty repetitive, and Dagny Taggart is a really annoying character. Also, the sex scenes SUCK, mostly because they combine the two. Mad

That's pretty much what I felt about Atlas Shrugged. Though I always thought the sex scenes were really funny since it was so obvious that she had a fetish for tall, lean guys.

I thought they were funny at first, but by the third one the novelty had worn off.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:06 am

I love fantasy books and cant wait for the next Eragon series book. Till then Im reading Harry Potter
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:54 am

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I love fantasy books and cant wait for the next Eragon series book. Till then Im reading Harry Potter

Warning: The last Harry Potter book sucked monkey nuts.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Thu Oct 22, 2009 7:28 am

I'm presently reading The Mind and The Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force and it may be the most interesting book I've ever read. It combines cognitive neuroscience with quantum mechanics and Buddhist Mindfulness. I also find it really interesting that the author, Jeffrey Schwartz, is a cognitive psychiatrist yet believes in mind/body dualism.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:42 am

I'm reading Sacred Language, Ordinary People by Niloofar Haeri, a book I'm sure no one but Mostafa would be interested in Razz. It's about Egyptian Arabic and how the language is important to the diffusion of Egyptian culture and Islam.
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PostSubject: Re: Books   Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:46 pm

Rosalind wrote:
Mantooth901 wrote:
I love fantasy books and cant wait for the next Eragon series book. Till then Im reading Harry Potter
Warning: The last Harry Potter book sucked monkey nuts.

because at that point nobody cares if it's actually good or not, they just want to know how the whole thing ends
Rowling didn't have to write a good book for it to sell

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