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« Reply #850 on: September 28, 2013, 06:04:48 pm »
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After coming across a quote from it that piqued my interest, I went to the library today and got a copy of The Problem of Pain by C.S.Lewis.  Fairly straightforward so far, with me being pretty much in agreement, but not finding anything especially profound, just reasonably well-written.  I'll reserve judgement until I've finished reading it to decide whether I'd recommend it.

Still I'll share with you a quote I found interesting:
"We want, in fact, not so much a Father in Heaven as a grandfather in heaven — a senile benevolence [...] whose plan for the universe was simply that it might be said at the end of each day 'a good time was had by all.'"
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« Reply #851 on: October 05, 2013, 07:06:17 pm »

They poured fire on us from the sky
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« Reply #852 on: October 09, 2013, 05:39:45 pm »

So far, I've found "Book VII" of Paradise Lost to be the most enjoyable to read.
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« Reply #853 on: October 14, 2013, 02:16:12 pm »

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« Reply #854 on: October 14, 2013, 03:33:44 pm »

Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne Heller. A critical and detailed look into the life of a very secretive woman.
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« Reply #855 on: October 16, 2013, 01:04:05 pm »

Anyways, I'm reading Red or Dead, David Peace's latest work. It's excellent.

Finished it a couple of weeks ago and, yeah, excellent. Would recommend it strongly to anyone that likes football.
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« Reply #856 on: October 16, 2013, 01:05:14 pm »

Started reading The Luminaries the other day and like it a lot. Agreeing with the Booker judges is always a little concerning, but stopped clocks and all that.
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« Reply #857 on: October 16, 2013, 01:12:42 pm »

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.

So, the first part of Röde Orm was nice enough. Left the second volume until later.

Then I read The Secret Garden. Cute little book but a bit underwhelming.

Short story by Vonnegut called 2BR02B which was all right but far from his capacity.

My main project at the moment is The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Murakami. Which is the best by him I've read so far. However. What is UP with this man and women who can't orgasm? It's like a dominant theme of his (at least in the ones I've read). Crazy stuff.
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« Reply #858 on: October 18, 2013, 09:05:54 pm »

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My main project at the moment is The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Murakami. Which is the best by him I've read so far. However. What is UP with this man and women who can't orgasm? It's like a dominant theme of his (at least in the ones I've read). Crazy stuff.

Great book. Don't expect explanations though. It's Murakami (spoiler?).
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« Reply #859 on: October 18, 2013, 09:48:27 pm »

City of God by Augustine of Hippo.

I'm currently in the middle of the second of the twenty two essays, and so far I'm not impressed.  He's coming across as more sanctimonious than sanctified so far.  I think I see why the preface suggested a first time reader might want to skip over the first ten essays and come back to them later.
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« Reply #860 on: October 22, 2013, 04:37:37 am »

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My main project at the moment is The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Murakami. Which is the best by him I've read so far. However. What is UP with this man and women who can't orgasm? It's like a dominant theme of his (at least in the ones I've read). Crazy stuff.

Great book. Don't expect explanations though. It's Murakami (spoiler?).

Yes, I'm enjoying it. And I sort of saw that aspect coming. Tongue
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« Reply #861 on: October 23, 2013, 11:46:32 am »

Does God Exist? - Hans Kung has been taking up much of my time.  my mom is going to give me the P/V translation of Dostoevsky - The Idiot for my birthday come Sunday.
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« Reply #862 on: October 23, 2013, 08:22:16 pm »

Murakami's always felt a little same-y to me, in that he's more influenced than influential and cosmopolitan in a way that seems (for me, and this is entirely subjective) bland rather than cultured. He also can't write women to save his life. He's got really good instincts for imagery and mood, though.
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« Reply #863 on: October 23, 2013, 09:11:21 pm »

I went ahead and returned City of God to the library after finishing only the first three essays. Maybe I'll some day read the rest (or at least the eleventh and later essays), but neither his style nor his theology were all that appealing to me. More than a trace of Augustine's former Manichaean beliefs are fairly evident, which likely contributed to that assessment.  I fully believe there is such a thing as evil, but I don't need a dualistic theology to explain how there an be both evil in the world and a God who is good. To paraphrase Shakespeare, "The fault, dear Augustine, is not in our devils, but in ourselves."
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« Reply #864 on: October 25, 2013, 12:26:07 pm »

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« Reply #865 on: October 25, 2013, 12:33:10 pm »

I decided to put down A Theology for the Social Gospel for a little while and focus on books that are more academic, though I certainly got a lot out of what I read of that book.  Next is Foundations of Wesleyan-Arminian Theology by Mildred Bangs Wynkoop, along with a couple other books on Methodist belief that came to my mailbox today.
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« Reply #866 on: October 26, 2013, 05:05:26 am »

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« Reply #867 on: October 26, 2013, 05:14:56 pm »

Just got The Private Life of Chairman Mao and The Power Broker-Robert Moses and the fall of New York from the library.
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« Reply #868 on: October 27, 2013, 02:32:24 pm »

Currently  rereading A Farewell to Arms

I also got The Great Gatsby which I have read before. I actually wished I had reread it before I saw the movie. I didn't think the movie was all that good but I haven't read the book in over 5 years.
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« Reply #869 on: October 29, 2013, 07:52:55 am »

Murakami's always felt a little same-y to me, in that he's more influenced than influential and cosmopolitan in a way that seems (for me, and this is entirely subjective) bland rather than cultured. He also can't write women to save his life. He's got really good instincts for imagery and mood, though.

I mostly agree with this. What's weird though is this: why do women love him so much?

Most women I know who are into literature like Murakami. Most men don't. But to me that's odd.
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« Reply #870 on: October 30, 2013, 07:03:50 pm »

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« Reply #871 on: November 03, 2013, 07:26:22 pm »

Finished Wind-Up Bird. Good read actually!

Now I guess I will move on to that Penguin book by Anatole France if I can find it again.
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« Reply #872 on: November 04, 2013, 04:43:42 am »

Murakami's always felt a little same-y to me, in that he's more influenced than influential and cosmopolitan in a way that seems (for me, and this is entirely subjective) bland rather than cultured. He also can't write women to save his life. He's got really good instincts for imagery and mood, though.

I mostly agree with this. What's weird though is this: why do women love him so much?

Most women I know who are into literature like Murakami. Most men don't. But to me that's odd.

Now that you mention it, this is true among people who I know as well. I don't know why that might be and I don't particularly feel qualified to theorize about it. It's definitely strange. Murakami's women have always struck me as very female-as-baffling-other-as-seen-by-self-absorbed-straight-male, especially in Sputnik Sweetheart, which one might think wouldn't have this problem but which, if it was intended not to, backfired horribly.
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« Reply #873 on: November 04, 2013, 06:51:05 am »

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« Reply #874 on: November 04, 2013, 04:23:38 pm »

good selection man.

Really? It seemed rather dated to me.
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