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« Reply #825 on: August 27, 2013, 11:52:56 am »

I've read The Red Pony. Pretty good. The second story was probably my favorite; I have a weakness for characters in situations like Gitano's for some reason.

Catchon, A Canticle for Leibowitz is one of my favorite novels ever.

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« Reply #826 on: August 27, 2013, 01:17:31 pm »

What dost thou make of it?
Well the part after I posted this was pretty wtf... as in, "wait, this is the end? So what ended up happening?"
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« Reply #827 on: August 27, 2013, 06:40:58 pm »

What dost thou make of it?
Well the part after I posted this was pretty wtf... as in, "wait, this is the end? So what ended up happening?"

The first chapter of the book is the ending. Of course, this is difficult to remember after slogging through the whole thing.


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Also, Robinson Crusoe for summer reading for a class dedicated to "modern man/the modern world". I am a liberal arts stereotype.
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« Reply #828 on: August 27, 2013, 06:58:46 pm »

Currently reading "Age of Revolution & Reaction; 1789-1848" Good stuff.
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« Reply #829 on: August 27, 2013, 10:50:46 pm »

This is a little late, but thanks to everyone who gave me advice and offered some literature for me to look into.  I suppose getting the complete picture of Jesus' life is rather futile, and all we have are opinions and speculations.  Pretty much anything about Jesus outside of the New Testament is biased in some fashion, and with that we question the integrity of the NT itself simply because we don't know which aspects of Jesus' life are factually true and which things were ascribed to His life afterwards.  However, I ended up purchasing the books for their scholarly opinions.  At the end of the day, of course, I suppose Jesus is meant to remain an object of faith.
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« Reply #830 on: August 28, 2013, 12:04:37 am »

1491 by Charles Mann

So good. Can't recommend it enough, even if you don't really care about pre-Columbian American history.
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« Reply #831 on: August 28, 2013, 12:03:59 pm »

1491 by Charles Mann

So good. Can't recommend it enough, even if you don't really care about pre-Columbian American history.

Bought that book on a whim last year. I echo your endorsement; very eye-opening.
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« Reply #832 on: August 28, 2013, 12:31:26 pm »

What dost thou make of it?
Well the part after I posted this was pretty wtf... as in, "wait, this is the end? So what ended up happening?"

The first chapter of the book is the ending. Of course, this is difficult to remember after slogging through the whole thing.
Not exactly. That's more than a year after, and all additional info I deduced from rereading it after was an unexplained absence of John Wayne at that year's Whataburger and an oblique reference to him "in a Donald Gately mask". Obviously... the crisis Hal's slithering into at the end of the book lead to Hal as we see him at the beginning, but there's rather a lot more loose ends lying around at the end.
Unless I'm missing something way, way obvious here. Smiley
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« Reply #833 on: August 28, 2013, 02:51:41 pm »

Regrettably, it's pretty clear that Orin doesn't die.
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« Reply #834 on: August 28, 2013, 03:00:23 pm »

1491 by Charles Mann

So good. Can't recommend it enough, even if you don't really care about pre-Columbian American history.

Bought that book on a whim last year. I echo your endorsement; very eye-opening.

I concur. Read 1493 next.
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« Reply #835 on: August 28, 2013, 03:42:29 pm »

it's pretty clear that Orin doesn't die.
Yep, forgot that but it's also in the intro.

However he got out of that tumbler.
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« Reply #836 on: August 28, 2013, 05:12:02 pm »

1491 by Charles Mann

So good. Can't recommend it enough, even if you don't really care about pre-Columbian American history.

It's a bit too sensationalist at times... but hey, pop history.
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« Reply #837 on: August 31, 2013, 05:04:45 pm »

Nabokov - Lolita; Whittaker Chambers' autobiography Witness; Trotsky - The Revolution Betrayed.
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« Reply #838 on: September 05, 2013, 03:23:19 pm »
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Rereading Dubliners in its entirety for the first time in five or six years for a class. There's some...stuff going on in this book that I am honestly thankful I didn't notice when I was in high school and am glad is more obvious to me now.
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« Reply #839 on: September 09, 2013, 01:40:07 pm »

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« Reply #840 on: September 15, 2013, 11:37:43 am »

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« Reply #841 on: September 16, 2013, 05:02:15 am »

I finished Blonde, which was great although a bit depressing. And a bit long.

Then I read Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Totally amazing and had me in tears.

Tortilla Flat by Steinbeck, excellent read and lots of fun.

Torrents of Spring by Hemingway. I enjoyed it a lot, really funny. Doesn't seem to be generally liked though, but I'm a sucker for parodies.

The Moon and Sixpence by Maugham. Supposed to be great, but while well-written didn't really get to me.

Dracula Ugh. I'm not a fan of that genre. Too much fainting.

Currently I'm reading Röde Orm a classic Swedish viking tale.
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« Reply #842 on: September 18, 2013, 02:52:13 pm »

I've been meaning to pick up Idylls of the King. Is it worthwhile?
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« Reply #843 on: September 18, 2013, 04:21:20 pm »

I just finished the Aquariums of Pyongyang. A very detailed insight into the dark world of the North Korean concentration camps.
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« Reply #844 on: September 18, 2013, 06:56:52 pm »

I've been meaning to pick up Idylls of the King. Is it worthwhile?

Only if you have a thing for turgidity.
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« Reply #845 on: September 18, 2013, 07:01:56 pm »

Dracula Ugh. I'm not a fan of that genre. Too much fainting.

It's absolutely atrocious, isn't it? You have the obvious issues with that genre, you have the almost Bulwer-Lyttonesque prose, and random displays of grotesque racism.
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« Reply #846 on: September 18, 2013, 07:09:43 pm »

Anyways, I'm reading Red or Dead, David Peace's latest work. It's excellent.
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« Reply #847 on: September 18, 2013, 07:24:00 pm »
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I've been meaning to pick up Idylls of the King. Is it worthwhile?

Only if you have a thing for turgidity.

It's funny. Tennyson's the kind of poet who should by most sober measures be completely irrelevant to my interests and if asked to argue that his verse is overwrought, ponderous, and in general dubious both aesthetically and politically I would be more than able to, but for some reason that I really don't understand I on some visceral level like some of his works (not all!) a lot. The development of Arthuriana is also something I've been interested in for a very long time.

Anyway, on further consideration I'm not sure he's the sort of turgidity I'm looking for right now, but I'll probably read it at some point. Down the list Idylls of the King goes for the time being. In that case I'm not sure what's up next.
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« Reply #848 on: September 22, 2013, 03:29:03 am »

Dracula Ugh. I'm not a fan of that genre. Too much fainting.

It's absolutely atrocious, isn't it? You have the obvious issues with that genre, you have the almost Bulwer-Lyttonesque prose, and random displays of grotesque racism.

Yes, yes, yes and yes.

"That good, good, sweet, sweet woman"

What sort of sentence is that? Tongue
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« Reply #849 on: September 28, 2013, 12:01:30 pm »

I just finished reading "MEDUSA: A Kurt Austin Adventure" by Clive Cussler w/ Paul Kemprecos.

I had borrowed "The Serpent" from one of my teachers and read it back in 2009, so when I saw this real cheap, I snagged it.

It haven't any books since June really, when I started and didn't finish a book on Laura Bush. Just had other things to be doing over that period.

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