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« on: September 08, 2009, 07:49:46 pm »
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Easily the scariest book I have ever read.
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2009, 08:00:14 pm »
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We read that senior year.
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2009, 03:44:04 pm »
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Easily the scariest book I have ever read.

Obviously you haven't read this one yet:

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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2009, 03:52:56 pm »
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Easily the scariest book I have ever read.

Obviously you haven't read this one yet:



lol i used to read those when i was 4
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2009, 06:37:58 pm »
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Read it for AP Lit, did a movie on it too.
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2009, 11:43:49 pm »
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Since when did R.L.Stine go on the reading list for AP English? Wink
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2009, 11:55:40 am »
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Scary? In what respect? The hilarious mispredictions?

Heh. Did better than 1984 in the prediction business, anyhow.
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« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2009, 12:47:40 pm »
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Heh. Did better than 1984 in the prediction business, anyhow.

Very true.
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2009, 12:35:26 am »
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Scary? In what respect? The hilarious mispredictions?

Heh. Did better than 1984 in the prediction business, anyhow.
To be fair the book still has 500 more years to unfold.

Its a horribly nihilistic book, if one concludes that that outcome is inevitable for modernity; if it is, one's better off joining Al Qaeda or Ted Kaczynski off in the woods.  I don't know enough about Huxley to say if that's the case.
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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2009, 10:59:31 pm »
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I don't particularly like setting it up against 1984 (aside from being dystopic, they have barely a thread in common), but it wasn't a bad read. I doubt I'd read it again, though. It's feel is a little too satiric for me. Huxley's writing was always better when he focused on nonfiction.
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« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2010, 05:45:36 pm »
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I hope to one day read it.
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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2010, 03:19:40 pm »
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I hope to one day read it.

As do I.
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« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2010, 10:49:04 pm »
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I read it in HS, the same year as 1984, Utopia and the Handmaid's Tale.
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« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2010, 07:25:40 am »
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I hope to one day read it.

I must admit that my interest is now peeked.  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2010, 03:21:45 pm »
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I hope to one day read it.

I must admit that my interest is now peeked.  Smiley

In what?
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« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2010, 05:34:44 pm »
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I hope to one day read it.

I must admit that my interest is now peeked.  Smiley

In what?

In Brave New World.
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« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2010, 08:13:44 pm »
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How does my endorsement make it for you?
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« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2010, 08:32:50 pm »
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Yours does not, but many of the comments do.
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« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2010, 11:25:05 pm »
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Excellent book, sad to see it actually unfolding. Sad
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« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2011, 12:51:46 am »
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Did anyone else think, while reading the book, that it actually wasn't such a bad world?
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« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2011, 08:45:57 pm »
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Though it was written several decades before hand, Brave New World is a disturbingly concise exploration of what the world today might look like if the hippies of the sixties had gotten their way.  I cringe to think of retiring to a haze of soma, never to see my biological children who would have grown up in vats.  Thank the Lord for Nixon.

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« Reply #21 on: August 07, 2011, 09:24:14 pm »
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Though it was written several decades before hand, Brave New World is a disturbingly concise exploration of what the world today might look like if the hippies of the sixties had gotten their way.  I cringe to think of retiring to a haze of soma, never to see my biological children who would have grown up in vats.  Thank the Lord for Nixon Reagan.

My thoughts exactly (though I am too young for children or retiring). It's the ultimate culture of secular hedonism.
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« Reply #22 on: August 08, 2011, 05:02:02 pm »
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Though it was written several decades before hand, Brave New World is a disturbingly concise exploration of what the world today might look like if the hippies of the sixties had gotten their way.  I cringe to think of retiring to a haze of soma, never to see my biological children who would have grown up in vats.  Thank the Lord for Nixon Reagan.

My thoughts exactly (though I am too young for children or retiring). It's the ultimate culture of secular hedonism.
Despite Watergate, I have always and will always have deep respect for President Nixon.  My eldest son was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam.  He died in 1969, near the end of his tour.  But Nixon pulled our boys out of that hellish quagmire Johnson created; he saved thousands of lives for which I will always be thankful.

Reagan was just President at a good time.  He was a good speech maker which allowed him to capitalize on the fall of the Soviet Union, something that has certainly given him a positive legacy.  Not to say that he was a bad President, but Reagan could never match the genius of Nixon.

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« Reply #23 on: August 08, 2011, 05:24:06 pm »
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Though it was written several decades before hand, Brave New World is a disturbingly concise exploration of what the world today might look like if the hippies of the sixties had gotten their way.  I cringe to think of retiring to a haze of soma, never to see my biological children who would have grown up in vats.  Thank the Lord for Nixon Reagan.

My thoughts exactly (though I am too young for children or retiring). It's the ultimate culture of secular hedonism.
Despite Watergate, I have always and will always have deep respect for President Nixon.  My eldest son was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam.  He died in 1969, near the end of his tour.  But Nixon pulled our boys out of that hellish quagmire Johnson created; he saved thousands of lives for which I will always be thankful.

Reagan was just President at a good time.  He was a good speech maker which allowed him to capitalize on the fall of the Soviet Union, something that has certainly given him a positive legacy.  Not to say that he was a bad President, but Reagan could never match the genius of Nixon.

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IMO, Nixon and detente basically sold us out and the Soviet Union went under a period of huge expansion during the seventies.
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« Reply #24 on: August 08, 2011, 05:29:49 pm »
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Though it was written several decades before hand, Brave New World is a disturbingly concise exploration of what the world today might look like if the hippies of the sixties had gotten their way.  I cringe to think of retiring to a haze of soma, never to see my biological children who would have grown up in vats.  Thank the Lord for Nixon Reagan.

My thoughts exactly (though I am too young for children or retiring). It's the ultimate culture of secular hedonism.
Despite Watergate, I have always and will always have deep respect for President Nixon.  My eldest son was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam.  He died in 1969, near the end of his tour.  But Nixon pulled our boys out of that hellish quagmire Johnson created; he saved thousands of lives for which I will always be thankful.

Reagan was just President at a good time.  He was a good speech maker which allowed him to capitalize on the fall of the Soviet Union, something that has certainly given him a positive legacy.  Not to say that he was a bad President, but Reagan could never match the genius of Nixon.

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IMO, Nixon and detente basically sold us out and the Soviet Union went under a period of huge expansion during the seventies.
What does "IMO" mean?  And you obviously weren't alive then, no offense intended.  I worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, in the sixties.  By the time Nixon took office I had moved on but, I can tell you with certainty that his policies did this country a service.  If it wasn't for his diplomatic skill, the China issue could have blown up into a incident more serious than the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Reagan's renewed militarism seemed necessary at the time, but in hindsight it was not.  By the time he took office, the USSR had spent itself into a hole while leaving it's people in the ditch.  It was bound to fall.

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