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Book Worms Club: Not tech.

waht ya read in the month or so.

     
12:30 am on Sep 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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For me its three books.

1. Universe in a Nutshell - Steven Hawkings -> excellant read - M-theory (the theory of everything) Rocks what ever the heck it is, but the scope if you can dig spatial non primia fascia stuff is overwhemly intellectual. Recommended Strongly

2. 11th Commandment - Jeffrey Archer -> run of the mill spy thriller - not bad - read every Fredrick Forsythe book published at the time by 15 - there's better.

3. The Making of a Philsopher - Martin McGinn -> I studied philosophy at uni - i wish i had this book while writing some of my papers, would have made my life alot easier. Recommend it, good introduction to thinking about thinking, reasoning and language - have to presume it would be heavy in area's for people not used to reading philosophy (had to re-read a couple of paragraphs) but worth it.

Next on the Agenda - Ulyssee's - James Joyce -> i think it was a directory about a sentence that is 69 pages long that made me buy it, it certainly looks like a journey.

What about yourself? Any recommedations or crticisms!

7:22 am on Sept 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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After watching the two installments of the movie Lord of The Rings, I plan to buy JRR Tolkien's original book - next month!
7:46 pm on Sept 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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http*//www.baen.com/library/

Not that I've read the whole thing, or even all of it that I intend to. But I was looking to expand my list of authors, and this looks like a good starting point.

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Got to say that I have just finished reading the Lord of the Rings and am about to start it all again!
9:08 pm on Sept 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Ulyssee's

still 2 tenths done in my bedroom, not advancing any any time soon. it's readable (moreso than, say, wake) but certainly not easy.

if we're recommending I have to recommend a classic of a different sort. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens. The full text is available online, just search google.

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Lord of the Rings

Read it when i was 16, excellant book.

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Currently re-reading (for about the fourth time) "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman. Great writer, wonderful novel.

If you've read his earlier books (Neverwhere and Stardust) and liked them, you'll love this. If you read them and weren't enamoured, don't be put off.. he's matured as a writer and American Gods is in a different league.

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I have been reading every Iain M. Banks I can get hold of. I especially enjoyed "Player of Games" and "Consider Phlebas". And I also read Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian - brr. Chilling.
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Lord of the Rings: very first time I was not disappointed by seeing the movie after having read the book. Excellent in both forms.

Current Book: "Reading Lolita in Tehran"
Just finished: "Lady of Avalon"

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Scholar Warrior- An Introduction to the Tao in Everyday Life
by Ming-Dao Deng.

Foundations for a New Civilization by Will Crichton and Carl Semmelroth.

The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time by Will Durant.

Logic Synthesis and Verification by Soha Hassoun.

Language, Proof and Logic by Jon Barwise and John Etchemendy.

Beyond Translation - Essays Toward a Modern Philology by A. L. Becker.

The Powers of Philology - Dynamics of Textual Scholarship by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht.

A Guide to Old English by Bruce Mitchell and Fred C. Robinson.

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Go, Go, Go (Dick and Jane Series)

That's all I'll own up to after digitalghost's list.

7:38 am on Sept 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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All the Harry Potter books.

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>"American Gods" by Neil Gaiman

yeah, I read that this year, great book I thought, havn't read anything else by him.

Currently reading the book the film "Gangs of New York" was based on, called "Gangs of New York" funnily enough, written in the 1920s, but a good read. Especially the stuff about the draft riots, very interesting.

Also reading a book called "Greenback: The Almighty Dollar and the Invention of America" by Jason Goodwin about the history of money in the US, so now I know why you Americans say 'bits' and 'quarters' and where the term 'pieces if eight' comes from. Fascinating book.

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Pattern Recognition ~ William Gibson

Anything by Pratchett.

Nick

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Your Marketing Sucks by Mark Stevens

Quote (as best as I can recall) in a review that caught my eye:

"If your ad agency is bragging about all their Clios, fire them."

9:48 am on Sept 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

One of the funniest books I have ever read.

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The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte - Robert Asprey
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Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps: Empires of Time
by Peter Louis Galison
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Cathedral by Raymond Carver

En La Humedad Del Secreto - Antologia Poetica de Roque Dalton

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H.P. Lovecraft Omnibus Vol 2: "Dagon" and Other Macabre Tales
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The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

Am I the only one who thought The Lord of the Rings is a great story that was poorly written? The third book is almost unreadable.

3:41 pm on Sept 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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other books worth a read.

Atomised - Micheal Hollenbeuq -> amazing book though hauntingly realistic - delve's into the workings of the self in the modern world.

Making History - Stephen Fry -> interesting alternative to the existance of Hitler.

A potrait of the English - Jeremy Paxman -> Breaks down all the bull# to get to what individuals in the UK really are in the world of multi-cultural times.

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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - absolute must if you haven't already read it.

Cryptonomicon - Tech, History, WWII Code breaking and a great story

Sirens of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut

Beyond Belief - about the secret gospel of thomas and why christianity is the way it is. maybe a little heavy, but fascinating work

6:43 pm on Sept 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Am I the only one who thought The Lord of the Rings is a great story that was poorly written? The third book is almost unreadable.

Heretic! Howeber, since my wife claims that they're *all* unreadable I am forced to concede that brilliance and taste are apparently not incompatible with that particular heresy. ;)

2:20 pm on Oct 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Cryptonomicon - Tech, History, WWII Code breaking and a great story

Got that one on reserve at the library just waiting for me to pick up.

8:58 pm on Oct 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I second Ivana - took me a month to read the five Harry Potter's ( not a lot of work done in the meantime as you might gess ;) )

Plan to start again soon - hehehe

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9:09 pm on Oct 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Just started Ulysee's < slow with a capital oooohhhhhhhww
9:48 am on Oct 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Just started Ulysee's < slow with a capital oooohhhhhhhww

Couldn't you just watch the cartoon ;)

Just finished "Forty Words for Sorrow" by Giles Blunt a bloody good detective novel and also the first book I've ever read set in Canada!

10:34 am on Oct 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>> third book is almost unreadable

I suppose you're not even referring to Silmarillion? I'd advice you to skip that one then, but do finish the third book of "the ring", it's worth the effort...oh, and "The Hobbit" is a nice little adventure too ;)

Currently, i'm finding great joy in (decoding) the utterly bad language (English, even) of "Porno" - then again, i like Lewis Carroll's stories and Anthony Burgess' "Clockwork Orange" too.

/claus

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Just read:

boo hoo - pretty interesting account of how badly they screwed up.

and

Free as in freedom - insight into the life of Richard Stallman, a good read.

Currently reading Reaper Man by Pratchett :)

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