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Postby Nero S. on Fri Nov 04, 2005 3:41 pm

Capellini wrote: Guns, Germs and Steel?


I read it a while ago. I liked it, his overall hypothesis is remarkably coherent. And he does get around to dealing with just about every disciplin of science.
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Postby Duke on Mon Nov 07, 2005 1:20 am

I am reading "Hearts in Atlantis", by Stephen King.


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Postby fusiontortellini on Mon Nov 07, 2005 2:32 am

Diamond has another book out (2004) called Collapse: How societies choose to fail or succeed Sounds like it's more on the same lines but from the other direction. . . .
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Postby johngalt on Sun Nov 13, 2005 11:04 pm

I tend to read several things at once, getting involved in a book for a while, reading it halfway through, then putting it down for the next one, which I get back to in about a year... So many books, so little time. But at the moment I am reading

The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi by William Scott Wilson (Anything about the greatest samurai ever has to be good)

Interview with A Vampire by Anne Rice (just starting on this one, but I like vampire stories)

and Troika: The Fifth Book of Indigo by Louise Cooper (I think that's the author, it's one of those that I haven't read any of for a few months, but somehow manage to remember where I am)
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Postby fusiontortellini on Mon Nov 14, 2005 3:14 am

Yeah, Louise Cooper wrote Indigo I haven't read all of them yet. I think it's up to eight books now. I read her Time Master Trilogy; it was good, if not spectacular.
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Postby TheArchitect on Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:58 pm

I am currently reading Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. I am only on the first book and need to get the second one (damn this college pocketbook). So far I like it. God I wish I had a Daemon, they would be so fun.
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Postby Duke on Mon Nov 14, 2005 6:40 pm

TheArchitect wrote:I am currently reading Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. I am only on the first book and need to get the second one (damn this college pocketbook). So far I like it. God I wish I had a Daemon, they would be so fun.


I read those, back in the day, they are pretty good. Probably the best required reading I ever had, but that is not saying much, that book had next to zero competition.


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--Mark Twain


He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

--Friedrich Nietzsche


"If it turns out that there is a God, I don't think that he's evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever."

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Postby Cannon_Fodder on Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:36 pm

That was required reading? DUUUUDE! All we have is "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Lord of the Flies"! I love His Dark Materials, third one I think most people will agree is the best of 'em (it also makes a nice light snack!).

Right now I am reading "Picadilly Jim" by P.G. Wodehouse. So good, as are the rest of his... Well, I actually just really like English comedy. Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, P.G. Wodehouse, Monty Python... The list goes on and on!

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Postby Duke on Tue Nov 15, 2005 12:19 am

Cannon_Fodder wrote:That was required reading? DUUUUDE! All we have is "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Lord of the Flies"! I love His Dark Materials, third one I think most people will agree is the best of 'em (it also makes a nice light snack!).

Right now I am reading "Picadilly Jim" by P.G. Wodehouse. So good, as are the rest of his... Well, I actually just really like English comedy. Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, P.G. Wodehouse, Monty Python... The list goes on and on!

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I love P.G. Wodehouse. And the rest of that stuff on your list.

I went to a cool school, you see, and we read The Chocolate War, Slaughterhouse 5 (<-----Excellent book), Dark Materials, and, of course, To Kill a Mockingbird.


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--Mark Twain


He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

--Friedrich Nietzsche


"If it turns out that there is a God, I don't think that he's evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever."

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Postby fusiontortellini on Tue Nov 15, 2005 8:30 am

I don't remember what I was required to read -- for me "required reading" is something of an oxymoron. :wink: The only one I had trouble with was Steppenwolf, by Herman Hesse. Too intense. He uses a lot of very vivid imagery, so it gave me nightmares. . . .

I really envy people who actually get educated at school, since I largely educcated myself. Idaho is not exactly a Mecca of teacher competence, especially in parochial schools. :roll:
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Postby Jimayo on Tue Nov 15, 2005 10:35 am

I'm reading Northern Frontier: The policies and strategies of the Later Han Empire by Rafe de Crespigny and various SGZ bios as well.
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Postby Guy Grand on Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:57 pm

Joseph Heller's Something Happened. Thus far, the damn thing is better than Catch-22.
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Postby Duke on Tue Nov 15, 2005 8:23 pm

Guy Grand wrote:Joseph Heller's Something Happened. Thus far, the damn thing is better than Catch-22.


That good? I am going to have to check that out.......................


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--Mark Twain


He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

--Friedrich Nietzsche


"If it turns out that there is a God, I don't think that he's evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever."

--Woody Allen
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Postby Shoeman on Tue Nov 15, 2005 9:42 pm

Gabriel's Stand by Raven Night
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.
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Postby vallerand on Fri Nov 18, 2005 11:31 pm

I'm in a quandary, can't decide whether to read Torpedo Juice(Tim Dorsey) or Anansi Boys(Neil Gaiman) next.
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