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Ron Paul "Foreign Policy of Freedom"

Ayn Rand "Atlas Shrugged"


"The Tipping Point"

Stephen King Dark Tower series

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Fuuuuuuuuck, need to buy some Ayn Rand.

I have a couple of the Dark Tower series, but i have not started them because they are out of order and i want to start at the first.

Cant recall which ones i have, Wolves of the Calla(sp?) The Dark Tower and another one.
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The Cosmic Serpent DNA and the Origins of Knowledge by Jeremy Narby
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That's a wiked book. So is Intelligence In Nature by the same author.

I'm just finishing No Logo, and moving on to The Shock Doctrine, both by Naomi Klein.
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I didn't finish "Emma" by Jane Austen, though I liked her other books. I found the character of the title to be insufferably stupid.

It was really a stretch to make it to the end of "A Passage to India" by E.M. Forster. That was one of the worst books I have read, I hated the characters and their timid, insipid ways.

I read "Wuthering Heights" by Charlotte Bronte and while I realize this is a lot of people's favorite book, and that I am supposed to like it, I kept asking myself "am I obligated to finish this?" I did make it through but it really pissed me off.

Of course those are all well written books, that goes without saying, I just couldn't engage with the characters, I didn't give a shit what happened to them, I didn't like them as people. I didn't respect them.
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Im going to force myself to read those soon, just to see what all the fuss is about.
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Don't laugh...

I decided to reread my daughter's "Little House on the
Praire" books...I'm reading "Farmer Boy" now.

Felt like reading again about the simplier life, although
some things weren't easy.
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The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein.

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Anygood?

I still have NO LOGO sat on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up.
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I just got it a few days ago so I'm barely past the intro(slow reader lol), but so far so good. I was worried her writing style might be a little dry, but I like it. I bought my brother in law No Logo for Christmas, still keep meaning to read that myself.

SDM
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The Bible
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The Immoralist by Andre Gide
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but I love a lot of science fiction and William Gibson is one of my favorite authors, so it's pretty hard to pigeonhole what I like.


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flowas You're sweet.

I see William Gibson on the street sometimes in Vancouver, jealous?

Sorry to say I go up there to visit my boyfriend.
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"Emma" by Jane Austen

"Wuthering Heights" by Charlotte Bronte

Im going to force myself to read those soon, just to see what all the fuss is about.
 Quoting: HannibalTheCannibal

If you've never read any Jane Austen before, please don't start with "Emma" ugh. Read "Pride and Prejudice" or "Sense and Sensibility" instead.

Go ahead and read Wuthering Heights, i dare you to finish it LOL.
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Don't laugh...

I decided to reread my daughter's "Little House on the
Praire" books...I'm reading "Farmer Boy" now.

Felt like reading again about the simplier life, although
some things weren't easy.
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Hey, who's laughing, those are great books, I read a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder in the last year or two, it was really interesting. Of course I read all those books when I was a kid, I'm sure they had a big influence on most of us. It's cool the action took place in Minnesota which is where I'm from, and Wisconsin which is right next door, among other places.
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the twelfth planet - zecharia sitchin

the infinite concenpt of cosmic creation - ernest l. norman
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Ron Paul "Foreign Policy of Freedom"

Ayn Rand "Atlas Shrugged"


"The Tipping Point"

Stephen King Dark Tower series



Fuuuuuuuuck, need to buy some Ayn Rand.

I have a couple of the Dark Tower series, but i have not started them because they are out of order and i want to start at the first.

Cant recall which ones i have, Wolves of the Calla(sp?) The Dark Tower and another one.
 Quoting: HannibalTheCannibal


Just started reading Ayn Rand, asked for it for Christmas LOL.

Dark Tower is great; the first one is really weird but you have to read it to get the context... just remember that it gets better :-)
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My favorite Dickens is "Our Mutual Friend". Did anyone else read that and do you remember how the junk man who couldn't read hired that sheet music seller/shyster guy to read to him, and they chose Gibbons' "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"?


 Quoting: mercury2
I love that book! Simon Wegg, that one-legged old rascal! He also read about the wicked exploits of one Commodious, a desperate villain that left Mr. Boffin quite scandalized. Wegg's haphazard declining and falling prompted me to buy a copy of Gibbon's work, whereupon I discovered that it was Marcus Aurelis' son Commodus that old Wegg was mangling.I also find Bella Wilfer to be Dickens' most convincing Redemption since he actually made her genuinely unpleasant beforehand. Dickens had a soft spot for heroines so upright and virtuous they'd feel at home in an after-school Special funded by Hallmark Inc.

Have you read Nicholas Nickleby? That's my favorite, mostly because it's hysterically funny a lot more than it's melodramatic. Give it a shot if you haven't, and prepare to savour the courtship of Miss Fanny Squeers and the rapid-fire cracking of Newman Noggs' knuckles.
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I didn't finish "Emma" by Jane Austen, though I liked her other books. I found the character of the title to be insufferably stupid.

It was really a stretch to make it to the end of "A Passage to India" by E.M. Forster. That was one of the worst books I have read, I hated the characters and their timid, insipid ways.

I read "Wuthering Heights" by Charlotte Bronte and while I realize this is a lot of people's favorite book, and that I am supposed to like it, I kept asking myself "am I obligated to finish this?" I did make it through but it really pissed me off.

Of course those are all well written books, that goes without saying, I just couldn't engage with the characters, I didn't give a shit what happened to them, I didn't like them as people. I didn't respect them.


Im going to force myself to read those soon, just to see what all the fuss is about.
 Quoting: HannibalTheCannibal


Wuthering Heights is awful. Enough brooding to meet the requirments of a batallion of Russian novelists.

Read Jane Eyre instead. That's one I periodically read again.
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Attachment, trauma and resilience (Kate Cairns)
.... And thats coming from an old Cynic

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i'm reading about tribes
and social networking as it relates to venture philanthropy
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Dark Tower is great; the first one is really weird but you have to read it to get the context... just remember that it gets better :-)
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My experience was opposite, I loved the spare writing of the first book! The thing began declining after the Wastelands (I knew we were headed for choppy water when the Emerald City made its appearance), and the final book left me feeling like Stephen King had mugged me and then defecated on my pillow afterwards. Betrayed and ill-used, if you see what I mean.
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I didn't finish "Emma" by Jane Austen, though I liked her other books. I found the character of the title to be insufferably stupid.

It was really a stretch to make it to the end of "A Passage to India" by E.M. Forster. That was one of the worst books I have read, I hated the characters and their timid, insipid ways.

I read "Wuthering Heights" by Charlotte Bronte and while I realize this is a lot of people's favorite book, and that I am supposed to like it, I kept asking myself "am I obligated to finish this?" I did make it through but it really pissed me off.

Of course those are all well written books, that goes without saying, I just couldn't engage with the characters, I didn't give a shit what happened to them, I didn't like them as people. I didn't respect them.


Im going to force myself to read those soon, just to see what all the fuss is about.


Wuthering Heights is awful. Enough brooding to meet the requirments of a batallion of Russian novelists.

Read Jane Eyre instead. That's one I periodically read again.
 Quoting: Liquid Reality


Wuthering Heights was great!!! Although Jane Eyre is better. I love Jane Austen, Dickens, Mark Twain.

Nicholas Nicklby (sp) is great too. I loved that book.

Just finished Aldous Huxleys' Brave New World. That was trippy.
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Dark Tower is great; the first one is really weird but you have to read it to get the context... just remember that it gets better :-)


My experience was opposite, I loved the spare writing of the first book! The thing began declining after the Wastelands (I knew we were headed for choppy water when the Emerald City made its appearance), and the final book left me feeling like Stephen King had mugged me and then defecated on my pillow afterwards. Betrayed and ill-used, if you see what I mean.
 Quoting: Liquid Reality


Ugh, why does he ALWAYS do that!? It's like he gets bored with the story and just farts on the last 75 - 100 pages, or in this case, the last book.
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i'm reading about tribes
and social networking as it relates to venture philanthropy
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That sounds cool... which books?

I'm about to start a class on the Archaeology of Eastern North America... hoping we cover the moundbuilders in detail!!!
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Just finished Aldous Huxleys' Brave New World. That was trippy.
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Thing I liked best about that book was his description of slaves that love their chains.

I tried to tell my buddies, but they were playing video games.
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Ugh, why does he ALWAYS do that!? It's like he gets bored with the story and just farts on the last 75 - 100 pages, or in this case, the last book.
 Quoting: riker

Yeah, it's like he can't come up with an ending so he just rips off an old Twilight Zone episode. He gussies it up a bit with pop culture references and voila! another fine novel cut down by a shoddy ending.
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My experience was opposite, I loved the spare writing of the first book! The thing began declining after the Wastelands (I knew we were headed for choppy water when the Emerald City made its appearance), and the final book left me feeling like Stephen King had mugged me and then defecated on my pillow afterwards. Betrayed and ill-used, if you see what I mean.
 Quoting: Liquid Reality


Is the experience like 'The Stand' then? LOL

First 1100 pages are amazing and then its like king got bored and thought fuck it ill have god save the day at the end.

I love the first 3/4 of the stand but the ending is awful.
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I know its obvious, but you guys have such great taste in literature if any of you have never picked up anything by Philip K Dick you MUST.

Especially.

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I also cant recomend 'Flowers For Algernon By Daniel Keyes' Enough, be sure to pick up the novel and not the original short story.

Absolutely heartbreaking book.
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I know its obvious, but you guys have such great taste in literature if any of you have never picked up anything by Philip K Dick you MUST.

Especially.

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 Quoting: HannibalTheCannibal

Yeah baby! Gimme Phil over King any day.

Just finished "Nature Girl" by Carl Hiassen. I've read everything he ever published & cant wait for more. I've even turned my kids on to him.

Oh, yeah "joke's over" By Ralph Steadman. great bio on Hunter S. Thompson.
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I see William Gibson on the street sometimes in Vancouver, jealous?

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Damn.
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Oh, yeah "joke's over" By Ralph Steadman. great bio on Hunter S. Thompson.
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I have not got into Thompson yet, but i have Hells Angels waiting on my shelf.

I have 100s of books, im lacking certain literary classics and cult classics though, No Twain, Some HG Wells is missing, No Ayn rand.

Im working on it though, id hate to draw up a list but i have gotta have at least 300 books, and most of them are pretty well known to fans of literature.
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Oh, yeah "joke's over" By Ralph Steadman. great bio on Hunter S. Thompson.


I have not got into Thompson yet, but i have Hells Angels waiting on my shelf.

I have 100s of books, im lacking certain literary classics and cult classics though, No Twain, Some HG Wells is missing, No Ayn rand.

Im working on it though, id hate to draw up a list but i have gotta have at least 300 books, and most of them are pretty well known to fans of literature.
 Quoting: HannibalTheCannibal

Are you kidding? H.S.T. is the literary equivalent to napalm.

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just finished HALO - The Cole Protocol

and Divine Justice by David Baldacci

Starting Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent

then up is The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America and then Kill Bin Laden

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