What are you reading?/Book Recomendations

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    tomteapack New Member Past Donor

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    Started GAME OF THRONES today, by George R R Martin--it is the book that the Cable series is based on.
     
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    Farhenheit 451. I read it a long time ago but my daughter has been assigned it in her AP American Lit class so... what she reads I read. It's actually a great book.

    Prior to that I read "The Story of Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend" which made me laugh out loud a LOT!
     
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    I'm planning to pick up a copy of "The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature" by Steven Pinker. I'm curious to see what features he believes are innate in humans.
     
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    A Search For There.

    A small novelette sized, philosophical, mystical, life story of a friend of mine, who left the priesthood, and all organized religion. Travelled the world in pursuit of There, delving into the different spiritual aspects of different countries and cultures.

    Was an enjoyable light read, and it may even find it's way to a shelf on a bookstore at some point.

    Just prior to that, The Original Arguement, a gentler read of the Federalist Papers. Glenn Beck.
     
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    1476. Jenkins, Philip. Jesus Wars, How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years. New York: HarperOne, 2010. (P)

    Interesting. It dovetails with other sources I've read and what I understand of the history of christianity.
     
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    I just finished the first book in the George RRRRRR Martin Series Fire and ice. The HOB series GAME OF THRONES is named for this first book and I am Amazed and the job HBO did. They must have used the book as the screenplay for the series. The Tv show is IDENTICAL, almost word for word, with the book. Far closer than any other book/screen unit I have seen, except maybe for 2001 A Space Odyssey. But, the book in the case of 2001 was written after the movie.

    The book is great, and I have already started the next in the series, and am looking forward to it.
     
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    I'm reading Jose Saramago's Baltasar and Blimunda (Memorial do Convento, in Portuguese). Great read. :)
     
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    Just finished "Half-Broke Horses," by Jeannette Walls. Excellent and very enjoyable read. Am now reading "The Good Daughter" by Jasmin Darznik--also very good.
     
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    Anything Jonathan Kellerman.

    I'll look for
    The Final Act of Living by Barbara Karnes from the library next. Has anyone read it?

    Any recommendations for similar reading?
     
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    'Stop Me' by Brenda Novak. One in a series of three, this is the last one I need to read!
     
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    Liberalism is a mental disorder by michael savage.
     
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    I'm reading THE WHITE GODDESS, A Historical Grammer of Poetic Myth, by Robert Graves.

    It's a very interesting book.

    It covers many Gods and Goddesses, where the myths come from - and how they spread and changed around the world, including hebrew and Christian Myth, Sacred Tree and hand Alphabets, ritual, etc.

    Many "Ah-Ha" moments in there.
     
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    Just finished reading Foucault's Pendulum (again) by Umberto Eco.

    I thoroughly recommend it, but don't be surprised if you don't get through it, it is NOT an easy read.

    I am currently reading The Name of the Rose, also by Umberto Eco and then will be reading his other work The Island of the Day Before.
     
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    It's good. There are a lot of good books out on mythology, and some good dvd courses too.
     
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    It is very interesting.

    Another interesting book in this genre is THE GOLDEN BOUGH, The Roots of Religion and Folklore, by James G. Frazer.

    I'll warn everybody ahead though, that this one is written in a very old fashion, dry, repetitive style. It was published in 1890.

    But it is worth reading for the information. :)
     
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    'Plague' by Michael Grant. Forth in a series. Books for young adults mainly, science fiction and horror and thriller all rolled into one. Addictive from the first page.
     
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    is another good one. An "old fashion" style is not always a bad thing. Pantheon Books has a lot of good titles on mythology and folk tales from various parts of the world.
     
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    Steppenwolf - Herman Hesse.

    It's a re-read and I actually can't remember why I liked it the first time. It's probably worth a read in that it makes you think, but whatever good seeds of philosophy I got the first time, I've already explored for the most part and now it seems less relevant to my own world view.
     
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    I've now moved on to Mark Twain's Innocents Abroad. Looks promising, if hefty. :-D
     
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    I had no idea citrus fruit could be so interesting!

    :)
     
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    is one of the funniest books I've ever read. For those of you who have read it, I was in Athens on business about ten years ago. Since I had some time off, I went to the museum. The place was overrun with guides & to get rid of them, I said I would only hire a guide named Fergusson. I got a lot of blank looks, but one of them started laughing, so I asked. He had read the book & I hired him to show me around. He made some money & we both had fun.

    Roughing It by Twain is also good.:mrgreen:
     
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    Anyone read a decent book lately?

    I've been sticking to sci-fi as of late:

    The Deathlands Series by James Axler.


    A decent series about survivors of a nuclear Apocalypse. Its about 100 years after Armageddon and the earth is a savage place to live.


    Yours,

    RomanTimes
     
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    I was reading The Mammoth Book of Bikers but gave it to a buddy in romanio who wanted to read it, now I cant find it lol

    Read a few motorcycle books and have been wanting to read the one about "The Boozefighters"

    Some real good intresting ones out there.
     
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    Robert Heinlein. I was mainly an Asimov and Clarke fan as a kid so I didn't read much Heinlein so I'm playing catch-up.
     
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    Pushing through The Dark Tower series by Stephen King...

    Currently finishing up The Waste Lands...

    Really enjoying it so far...

    Hoping the movie deal w/ it gets picked back up...
     
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