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Last post Author Topic: What books are you reading?  (Read 201375 times)

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #450 on: June 05, 2013, 05:31:23 PM »
Thanks for that excerpt, 40. I have the Hellraiser books (haven't read yet). Mental note: read "Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium" after the Hellraiser books.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #451 on: June 14, 2013, 02:28:23 PM »
Just finished the first book of the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.  Really slick magic system and a neatly developed world.  Onward with the second book...

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #452 on: June 14, 2013, 03:48:42 PM »
Yep, it's a great series. He has a new one out called (IIRC) The Rithmatist.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #453 on: June 14, 2013, 07:54:08 PM »
Yep, it's a great series. He has a new one out called (IIRC) The Rithmatist.

Yep, and another one due out in September called Steelheart.

http://www.amazon.co...371167437&sr=8-1

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #454 on: June 14, 2013, 10:19:18 PM »
Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin. - Hermann Hesse
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Almost finished rereading four books I originally read back in high school when I was on a Hermann Hesse kick:

Steppenwolf
Demian
Journey to the East
The Glass Bead Game


All excellent and (except for The Glass Bead Game) very fast reads. I still love this passage (especially the last two sentences) from the fictitious Treatise on the Steppenwolf found within the Steppenwolf story:

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Now what we call "bourgeois," when regarded as an element always to be found in human life, is nothing else than the search for a balance. It is the striving after a mean between the countless extremes and opposites that arise in human conduct.

If we take any one of these coupled opposites, such as piety and profligacy, the analogy is immediately comprehensible. It is open to a man to give himself up wholly to spiritual views, to seeking after God, to the ideal of saintliness. On the other hand, he can equally give himself up entirely to the life of instinct, to the lusts of the flesh, and so direct all his efforts to the attainment of momentary pleasures. The one path leads to the saint, to the martyrdom of the spirit and surrender to God. The other path leads to the profligate, to the martyrdom of the flesh, the surrender to corruption.

Now it is between the two, in the middle of the road, that the bourgeois seeks to walk. He will never surrender himself either to lust or to asceticism. He will never be a martyr or agree to his own destruction. On the contrary, his ideal is not to give up but to maintain his own identity. He strives neither for the saintly nor its opposite. The absolute is his abhorrence. He may be ready to serve God, but not by giving up the fleshpots. He is ready to be virtuous, but likes to be easy and comfortable in this world as well. In short, his aim is to make a home for himself between two extremes in a temperate zone without violent storms and tempests; and in this he succeeds though it be at the cost of that intensity of life and feeling which an extreme life affords. A man cannot live intensely except at the cost of the self.

Now the bourgeois treasures nothing more highly than the self (rudimentary as his may be). And so at the cost of intensity he achieves his own preservation and security. His harvest is a quiet mind which he prefers to being possessed by God, as he does comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to that deathly inner consuming fire. The bourgeois is consequently by nature a creature of weak impulses, anxious, fearful of giving himself away and easy to rule. Therefore, he has substituted majority for power, law for force, and the polling booth for responsibility.  


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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #455 on: June 19, 2013, 02:44:24 AM »

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #456 on: June 19, 2013, 07:43:24 AM »
Thanks for the link, panzer  :)

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #457 on: June 19, 2013, 08:00:08 AM »
I'm currently reading Kyrathaba Rising and enjoying it very much. :Thmbsup:

Check it out here8)

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #458 on: June 19, 2013, 09:17:17 AM »
 ;D

Thanks for the plug, 40hz!

Just uploaded new revision, in the OP, containing Chapter 11. The novel's about 40% done at this point. Of course, there will be a sequel. Maybe a trilogy.
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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #459 on: June 23, 2013, 04:44:39 AM »
;D

Thanks for the plug, 40hz!

Just uploaded new revision, in the OP, containing Chapter 11. The novel's about 40% done at this point. Of course, there will be a sequel. Maybe a trilogy.
Just a newbie question : how to I load it onto my Kindle.  I can transfer files using either the cable or an e-mail attachement using a special address, but I don't know which format to use, should I convert one of the included files ?  If yes, with which tool.  Thanks !!!

Edited : issue solved, I sent the .mobi file as an e-mail attachment to my kindle address and it worked perfectly.  I am really looking forward discovering this book...
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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #460 on: June 23, 2013, 07:12:24 AM »
MerleOne, hope you enjoy! I've written up through chapter 15: that's approximately half the book.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #461 on: June 23, 2013, 07:21:36 AM »
MerleOne, hope you enjoy! I've written up through chapter 15: that's approximately half the book.
Thanks for giving us the opportunity to discover your work !
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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #462 on: June 24, 2013, 02:39:40 AM »
If you love History try Edward Rutherfurd's books!

I've read New York, London and am now reading The New Forest.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #463 on: June 24, 2013, 04:12:09 AM »
Edward Griffin: The Creature from Jekyll Island

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #464 on: June 27, 2013, 09:18:50 AM »
Just about done with Artificial Absolutes. It's an easy read, often quite predictable, but a fun little cyberpunk adventure.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #465 on: July 19, 2013, 06:19:56 AM »
The monk who sold his Ferrari
Wings
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Love Story
The Lost Horizon


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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #466 on: July 19, 2013, 06:27:41 AM »
Re-reading "Shards of Honor" by Lois McMaster Bujold, the first volume of the Vorkosigan saga.
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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #467 on: July 19, 2013, 06:49:13 AM »
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift : It might be almost 300 years old but Swift's satire of the human condition and ridiculing of the body politic still feel fresh as a daisy. Although a little uneven in pacing it is frequently laugh out loud funny and even thought provoking.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #468 on: July 19, 2013, 06:51:14 AM »
Ampla: It's great to see you post -- it's been a few months hasn't it?

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #469 on: July 19, 2013, 07:23:06 AM »
I just finished reading "Industrial Society and Its Future" again. :P

Has anyone else read it?
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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #470 on: August 02, 2013, 05:41:31 AM »
Just finished The Last Sherlock Holmes Story:

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Good twist on some of the events of the time and other Holmes stories.

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #471 on: August 05, 2013, 10:42:13 AM »
I've finally started reading "Tragedy and Hope" by Carroll Quigley:



https://en.wikipedia...iki/Tragedy_And_Hope

You can download it for free here:

http://archive.org/d...s/TragedyAndHope_501

I've heard and read a lot about it, and it sounds fascinating.

It will take me a while as it's around 1,300 pages. So far, it's really good. Extremely well written and simply packed with information.
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« Reply #472 on: August 05, 2013, 07:39:14 PM »
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Just a newbie question : how to I load it onto my Kindle.  I can transfer files using either the cable or an e-mail attachement using a special address, but I don't know which format to use, should I convert one of the included files ?  If yes, with which tool.  Thanks !!!

Edited : issue solved, I sent the .mobi file as an e-mail attachment to my kindle address and it worked perfectly.  I am really looking forward discovering this book...

Also, if you plug your Kindle into your PC, then click on the Kindle drive icon that appears, you can copy a mobi file into the /documents/ directory and it'll show up on your Kindle.





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I just finished Knightfall by Robert Jackson-Lawrence. Excellent read, especially for a debut novel. I think the guy has real talent. I sent him 46 typographical errors that his U.K. proofreading company (which probably charged him an arm and a leg) overlooked. Now he plans to hire me to proofread books 2 and 3 of the trilogy :)

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Re: What books are you reading?
« Reply #473 on: August 05, 2013, 10:19:11 PM »
I've finally started reading "Tragedy and Hope" by Carroll Quigley:



https://en.wikipedia...iki/Tragedy_And_Hope

You can download it for free here:

http://archive.org/d...s/TragedyAndHope_501

I've heard and read a lot about it, and it sounds fascinating.

It will take me a while as it's around 1,300 pages. So far, it's really good. Extremely well written and simply packed with information.
good luck with that one!  i've skimmed through it a couple of times, really interesting.  i wish i could find more online academic debates for the book instead of the conspiracy-focused thoughts people usually write about it.

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« Reply #474 on: August 06, 2013, 12:52:07 AM »
good luck with that one!  i've skimmed through it a couple of times, really interesting.  i wish i could find more online academic debates for the book instead of the conspiracy-focused thoughts people usually write about it.

"Academics" do not participate in anything that has not been accepted by the establishment and avoid the appearance of controversy. Well, unless... I'll skip that part... :P

If you'd like some really deep, bleeding-edge, uber-controversial, socially unacceptable "conspiracy" stuff that's so wild that it can quite literally get you thrown in prison, read the front page of the January 2nd, 1945 New York Times. :P (I'm not kidding.)

If you dig enough into history, you're going to find some very uncomfortable and inconvenient facts.
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