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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby furface » Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:53 pm

On the Nook:
The Ultimate Hichhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
The God Virus Darin Ray, PhD.
Dracula Bram Stoker (classic edition)
Journey to the Center of the Earth Jules Verne (classic edition)

Dead tree editions:
The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri (translation by H.W. Longfellow)
The God Delusion Richard Dawkins
I Have Landed Stephen J. Gould
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby edu999 » Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:59 am

On the Kindle:

Just finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Currently switching back and forth between The Good Soldiers and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby Eric in Dodge City » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:28 am

I've nearly finished Sarah Blake's novel "The Postmistress" (good but not great) and am eager to begin Ian Rankin's latest cop novel, "The Complaints."
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby Guinness Fan » Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:57 pm

"Bust; Greece, The Euro, and the Sovereign Dept Crisis" by Matthew Lynn...Not a topic I'd normally read about, but quite interesting and well written...
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby Sweeet » Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:20 pm

The Tao of Pooh - Benjamin Hoff. I'll be reading this book forever.
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby madsglen » Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:56 pm

Started "Autobiography of Mark Twain - Vol 1" a couple of weeks ago.

Interesting but I swear it will take me as long to get through it as it did for him to live it.
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby Guinness Fan » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:25 pm

"Harry Truman's Ecellent Adventure" by Matthew Algeo...about former President Truman's 1953 roadtrip across the Midwest after he left office....EXCELLENT! Talk about a different time in America ~ a former president being able to drive himself with no protection, no fanfare ~ just a plain Ole Joe & his wife Bess traveling the open road...
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby Rico » Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:53 pm

Guinness Fan wrote:"Harry Truman's Ecellent Adventure" by Matthew Algeo...about former President Truman's 1953 roadtrip across the Midwest after he left office....EXCELLENT! Talk about a different time in America ~ a former president being able to drive himself with no protection, no fanfare ~ just a plain Ole Joe & his wife Bess traveling the open road...

That sounds like something I'd like to read. I'll put an order in at my local library. As far as "a different time in America" there was a time when the White House was just a regular house on a public street in Washington. No gates. The public was able to drive right up close to the front door, stop and gawk. Can you imagine?
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby nimby » Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:02 pm

Nothing Better Than Death by Kevin Williams. It's an indepth look at 62 near-death-experiences and how the people changed after experiencing them. Very interesting stuff.

Great website too...
http://www.near-death.com/index.html
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby DeckApe » Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:08 pm

I am currently between books--unless you count the manuscript I'm proofing for my partner. The previously mentioned murder mystery series is drawing closer to being ready for publication...
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby Guinness Fan » Wed May 04, 2011 9:51 pm

"To Rule The Waves" by Arthur Herman...How the British Navy (The Royal Navy) shaped the modern world...EXCELLENT so far.
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby Phoenix6570 » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:42 am

Its been so long since I've read anything but today i finished a story I stumbled upon online. Its called the Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect. I enjoyed thoroughly it was a pretty cool story that gave me a lot to think about. Heres the link if anyone wants to check it out. http://www.kuro5hin.org/prime-intellect/mopiidx.html
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby nimby » Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:12 pm

I went to one of my favourite book stores today and discovered their "Banned" table. These books are banned in the U. S. for one reason or another. So I picked one up and was shocked to say the least. I couldn't believe what I saw. This book I had in my hands is wonderful, yet one of the most consistently banned books in the states.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyPjUa908hM

Yet this stupid book below, which I have seen very accessable to small children in every bookstore I've seen it in is not? Please! I've raised two children and I know how frstrating it is, but to write such a profane book about the parents' inadequate skills, and it turn into a national best seller just for the shear profanity is insane. Most kids who find this book think it's a kid's book, I don't care who the supposed target market is. And a movie is on the way? Oh Lordy!!

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81588689/
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby olywaguy » Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:41 am

The official banned books website from the American Library Association (ALA).

Most of the books banned in the U.S. are from children's literature. Mostly due to the themes that parents think are too mature for kids to read about. For example, the Judy Blume books. My younger sister read these books. A lot of the issues dealt with growing up like talking about their periods and such. My sister found these books very helpful.

Also, a lot of the books have gay themes...one where a Prince lives happily ever after with a guy or why so and so has two mommies or two daddies.

However, perennial banned books favorites include;

1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (one of my favorite books of all time and the greatest American novel)

2. Catcher in the Rye

3. Brave New World

4. The Twilight books

5. The Harry Potter books

6. To Kill a Mockingbird

7. The Color Purple

8. And Tango Makes Three (don't know this one but it has been on the banned list for the past few years).

9. Uncle Bobby's Wedding.

10. Gossip Girl books

11. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

12. Beloved

13. The Chocolate War

14. Of Mice and Men


As a matter of fact, I am wearing a button on my favorite sweatshirt that says "I read banned books."

Just the other night, the button caused a comment from someone who noticed it.
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby nimby » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:01 am

Click on the two links above. The first one is a reading of, "And Tango Makes Three" and the second one is a reading of, "Go the Fu*k To Sleep."
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby DeckApe » Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:08 pm

On vacation, read The Poseidon Adventure, Writers Gone Wild and WLT: A Radio Romance.
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby sean304 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:53 pm

Since coming out to myself (and my therapist) a year or so ago, I have been reading a lot of books about, well, being gay. As if I could just read about it and everything would be ok. But living an authentic life (therapy speak) means, actually, living it. But still some of these books have been a big help.
The Best Little Boy in the World
Healing the Shame that Binds You

To get out of my own head I read the entire Dark Tower Series.

And I just started re-reading an all time favorite, A Confederacy of Dunces.
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby DeckApe » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:45 am

Got knocked sideways on my proofreading during the holiday season, but am back to it. Book #5 in my partner's series. Gay-oriented murder mysteries that are not thinly disguised porn... yes, really, I'll be loud about when they get accepted for publication. He's planning on submitting to publishers starting this month.
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby nimby » Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:43 pm

sean304 wrote:Since coming out to myself (and my therapist) a year or so ago, I have been reading a lot of books about, well, being gay. As if I could just read about it and everything would be ok. But living an authentic life (therapy speak) means, actually, living it. But still some of these books have been a big help.
The Best Little Boy in the World
Healing the Shame that Binds You

To get out of my own head I read the entire Dark Tower Series.

And I just started re-reading an all time favorite, A Confederacy of Dunces.


May I suggest a book for you? Absent Fathers, Lost Sons: The Search For Masculine Identity by Guy Corneau. This is a wonderful book that helped me answer many questions.
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby nimby » Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:44 pm

DeckApe wrote:Got knocked sideways on my proofreading during the holiday season, but am back to it. Book #5 in my partner's series. Gay-oriented murder mysteries that are not thinly disguised porn... yes, really, I'll be loud about when they get accepted for publication. He's planning on submitting to publishers starting this month.

How can I get advanced copies? They sound right up my alley. :D
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby DeckApe » Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:12 pm

nimby wrote:
DeckApe wrote:Got knocked sideways on my proofreading during the holiday season, but am back to it. Book #5 in my partner's series. Gay-oriented murder mysteries that are not thinly disguised porn... yes, really, I'll be loud about when they get accepted for publication. He's planning on submitting to publishers starting this month.

How can I get advanced copies? They sound right up my alley. :D


Watch this space. I promise, I will be loud. :D

On that note, does anyone have any connections with the "Pink Press"?
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby sean304 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:54 pm

Thanks for the recommendation, Nimby. It's on my list.
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby Rico » Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:51 pm

"Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins -- A Memoir with Recipes" by Ellen Sweets. University of Texas Press, Austin, 2011. I sure miss Molly.
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby nimby » Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:46 pm

"The Origin Of Satan" by Elaine Pagels.

http://www.amazon.ca/Origin-Satan-Chris ... 0679731180
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Re: So what books are you reading?

Postby madsglen » Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:01 pm

"The Watchers" by Jon Steele

Finished it a couple of days ago and am still thinking about it. Think I maybe even had a dream about it last night. And if you don't come to love Marc Rochat (maybe it's my protective, paternal side coming out), then I'm not sure I want to know you...

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