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Title: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 17, 2008, 02:19:12 PM
Emptied the camera, and thought I'd share my post-run-recovery-beer reading from earlier this week:
(http://lh5.google.com/mappchik/R4-nksl77ZI/AAAAAAAAAZs/WXi_Gb8A1yw/lford_1.jpg?imgmax=720)

Is Live Free or Die, complete with fuzzy kid-made bookmark.
I'm only part way through the book, just read the essays on price gouging and Baby Boon, but am really enjoying it.
Favorite at this point is Approving the Message.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: mikehz on January 17, 2008, 03:15:03 PM
I'm just starting Ken Follett's World Without End, the sequel to his popular historical novel, Pillars of the Earth. And, of course, I'm listening to Ian's new audio book. I just wish I could find more time to read. Or listen.

Wait a minute--I'm retired. I ought to be able to find the time!

BTW, you take a nice picture.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Osborne on January 17, 2008, 03:19:35 PM
Finally made it to the last Terry Goodkind book. Not sure where I'm going next.

I vote for more Joy pictures.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 17, 2008, 03:21:38 PM
So, would you recommend Follet's books? I'm done with the re-read of the Sword of Truth series, and the Dresden books by Jim Butcher, and am in need of new stack of fiction. I'm okay for non-fiction on my reading list for now.

My daughter takes a nice picture, but thanks. I'm just smiling while escaping for the 2nd half of mom's day out. 1st half was a 7 mile run.

----
Hey, Menger! Thanks for hosting the reception on Thursday night at the Liberty Forum.
That's where Mr. Joy picked up Live Free or Die for me.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: freeAgent on January 17, 2008, 03:27:23 PM
I just finished with J. S. Mill's On Liberty.  The guy had some good ideas, but he's a bit too statist for me (defending the market only based on the needs of buyers and believing that sellers have no rights except when it comes to serving the buyers...lots of room for regulation/statism in there).
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Osborne on January 17, 2008, 03:53:21 PM
Hey, Menger! Thanks for hosting the reception on Thursday night at the Liberty Forum.
That's where Mr. Joy picked up Live Free or Die for me.

Good for him. I wish he would have been the one to win the iPod instead of the ninety-year-old guy who is going to have a heart attack if he ever figures out how to use it and gets an earfull of punk rock and Doug Stanhope. I offered to buy it back from him, but he thought I was trying to rip him off.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: mikehz on January 17, 2008, 04:04:05 PM
So, would you recommend Follet's books?

I would certainly recommend Pillars, which is outside his usual genre of action/suspense. It's a fascinating novel about the building of a Medieval cathedral. He's not a great writer, but he does know how to create a scene. Most of his other books are well done formula fiction, mainly interesting in that he writes of strong and intelligent female characters, who are almost always the protagonists.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: kawaiimiyo on January 17, 2008, 07:02:46 PM
lol Just finished reading the book "I don't have enough faith to be an athiest" and an audiobook "The philosophy of faith and religion"
 and last but not least, Got a pile of real estate investing books Im trying to dig into.....
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Rillion on January 17, 2008, 07:22:31 PM
lol Just finished reading the book "I don't have enough faith to be an athiest" and an audiobook "The philosophy of faith and religion"

Authors?  And were they any good?
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: bakerbaker on January 17, 2008, 08:52:22 PM
I read a book by Hunter S. Thompson that i borrowed from the library over winterbreak.  "Songs of the Doomed" it was called.  It was an interesting collection of memoirs.  It was my first experience with his writtings.  I enjoyed his style.  Flows well.  Very animated, albeit violent and cynical.  I'm going to try and read some more of his works--He wrote a book on the Hell's Angels that I'm sure would make an interesting read.  I'd also like to look into his short stories/fiction.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 17, 2008, 08:58:07 PM
I should read more Hunter Thompson. It's dropped off my radar lately, and that should be corrected.
I read The Rum Diary a few years ago. It was so.... I don't know what how to class it. Engaging and totally off-putting at the same time. In reading some of his short stories, too, I've noticed I'm almost tired when I finish.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Sycamore25 on January 17, 2008, 08:59:05 PM
I'm currently reading an economics manefesto entitled...Deep Economy...it's for a Economics course I'm taking at Indiana St.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on January 17, 2008, 09:57:24 PM
I should read more Hunter Thompson. It's dropped off my radar lately, and that should be corrected.
I read The Rum Diary a few years ago. It was so.... I don't know what how to class it. Engaging and totally off-putting at the same time. In reading some of his short stories, too, I've noticed I'm almost tired when I finish.
Hunter S. Thompson the famous motorcycle rider?  I have a collection of quotes from him but I didn't know he wrote any books!

I'm reading Moonrise by Ben Bova right now, next in line is Moonwar the sequel about liberation of the moon colony from earth government.  After that is Crisscross, a Repairman Jack novel by F. Paul Wilson.  I plan on finishing up the LaNague Federation series after that.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Lindsey on January 17, 2008, 10:22:04 PM
I'm actually reading a few different books all at once.  I got that from taking college English...don't ask.  Anyway, I'm reading a humor book called Not Tonight Honey, Wait 'Till I'm a Size 6. and Lies My Teacher Told Me.  I'm on a history kick again, so I've cracked Don't Know Much About History to brush up a little bit. 

Any recommendations on history, especially American history are welcome.   :)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 17, 2008, 10:50:17 PM
I'm actually reading a few different books all at once.  I got that from taking college English...don't ask.  Anyway, I'm reading a humor book called Not Tonight Honey, Wait 'Till I'm a Size 6. and Lies My Teacher Told Me.  I'm on a history kick again, so I've cracked Don't Know Much About History to brush up a little bit. 

Any recommendations on history, especially American history are welcome.   :)

I like to have a fiction and non-fiction book going at the same time. Sci-Fi and Fantasy are the main things I read in fiction, though there are some historical and the occasional mystery. Right now, it's Live Free or Die, Making Economic Sense, and Slow Fat Triathlete. The last of the fiction was White Knight (Dresden Files) and Dexter in the Dark (audiobook). I may drop back in on the Bartimaeus Trilogy (audio) - Simon Jones is an awesome narrator.

1776 is great, as is Founding Brothers. Founding Brothers starts off with the character/slander war between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, and goes on to the shifting alliances between the various authors and signers of The Constitution. I have John Adams on my upcoming Audible.com picks. My mom is trying to get me to read some book about Abigail Adams too, but I'm waiting for her desire to talk for hours about the book dies down a bit.

Oh! It's officially historical fiction, but Imperium by Robert Harris is pretty good. I listened to the audiobook, ready by Simon Jones. Is about the rise of Cicero in the senate... Which reminds me, Pompeii is on my short list for fiction, too.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Chronicles on January 17, 2008, 11:32:28 PM
I don't "read" so much lately as I listen to audiobooks, since it tends to work better with my lifestyle. I'm currently listening to Temple of the Winds by Terry Goodkind, and the storyline is lulling a bit for me. (They also changed readers, and he is pronouncing main characters names differently. Very distracting!) I intend on sticking it out, though, because I adore the characters.

I'm reading two paper books right now, and those are The Prophet by Kahlil Gabrin and Parenting with Love and Logic by Charles Fay. The former I got for Christmas and never would have found it on my own. It's a very slow read, but satisfying. I liken it to reading C.S. Lewis...you have to let it simmer and maybe even take notes. The latter I have read multiple times and continue to read. It's an excellent tool for parenting.


I received a late Christmas gift of an amazon gift certificate, and I used it to buy Live Free or Die (along with a non-library copy of How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World). I'm really excited to read it, and would love to get it autographed by Gardner. (Joy, you mentioned in another post that Gardner had streaming in the afternoon to his show. Where do you access it?)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Lindsey on January 17, 2008, 11:34:24 PM
I keep seeing Live Free or Die being mentioned.  Is this a new release?  Did I miss some buzz or something?  Should I be checking this out? 
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: xmonkeydr on January 17, 2008, 11:45:02 PM
I'm about 3/5 through Alan Greenspan's "Age of Turbulence" door stopper. The first half is a normal biography replete with namedropping and notable events that involved him.  The second half, so far, is his evidence based interpretation take on how the future may play out.  I find it a very easy read and he's a much more plain spoken writer than his statements as Fed Chair would suggest.  Part of what I enjoy is that his public life started (he was a management consultant for the first half of his career) about the same time that I have a memory of public events (the 70s) and it reminds me of things that I only vaguely recall.  Another is that, so far, I find little to disagree with in terms of his take on free markets and their role in furthering human progress vs. causing turmoil.

It took me forever to get through the last economist's book that I read - Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom".  While Hayek's book was courageously predictive of the future, I already knew how the collectivism vs. free markets conflict ended.  More importantly, I find logical argument based on assumptions and history (Hayek) less compelling than logical argument based on empirical evidence.  Obviously, Greenspan has had the benefit of time but I also think that his background in business also tilted him toward an empiricist bias. 
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Andy on January 18, 2008, 12:18:31 AM
I keep seeing Live Free or Die being mentioned.  Is this a new release?  Did I miss some buzz or something?  Should I be checking this out? 

It's Gardner Goldsmith's book. Yes it's new.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: mikehz on January 18, 2008, 12:24:02 AM
I have John Adams on my upcoming Audible.com picks.

If it's the David McCullough book, I read it last year, and it was pretty good. While McCullough thinks the world of the guy, I still have mixed feelings about Adams.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: kawaiimiyo on January 18, 2008, 12:30:38 AM
lol Just finished reading the book "I don't have enough faith to be an athiest" and an audiobook "The philosophy of faith and religion"

Authors?  And were they any good?

"I don't have enough faith to be an athiest,"  was authored by both Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek.... I found it to be a pretty decent book, well-written, and brought out some nice points,

 I'm Christian and my husband is an athiest, when discussing religion I find in order to talk about a certain subject you have to keep going further and further into the basics, straight down to "What is truth" and "Can truth be known"...  this book was written to first start out with those basics, and then moved further step-by-step, to cover all grounds...in addition, they did not leave out opposing arguments... there were plenty of them to be discussed....  They had plenty of resources to back up their claims/ideas,  and i really enjoyed it... this book triggered my interest in philosophy and critical thinking, which i've always been pretty much clueless about...
^_^      My husband did not really enjoy the book as much as i did, (the book after all is said and done, is pointing to christianity) but we had a good time discussing the subjects in the book together..

The latter book, I had the title wrong it was "Faith and Reason: The Philosophy of Religion" it was an audiobook in the Modern Scholar series, by Peter Kreeft  , it was a much much much*** better book than the first, and covered alot of the things the first book left out,

excellent book!!! It came from a completely neutral prospective, it wasnt trying to push any point more than the other, instead it discussed the aspects of many different religions, as well as the non-religion viewpoints.... so that people could have a better understanding of each viewpoint and decide for themselves  He brought up all the arguments for and against all of these beliefs, and then talked about why each would or wouldnt work from a philosophical perspective... 
He discussed "The problem of evil" which he claimed was athiesms strongest argument against religion,  he discussed life after death, how each religion viewed it, then took a look at it philosophically....  and brought ideas I had never even thought of before! I checked it out at the library, but I am planning on buying it soon , its one of my favorites recently, and i hate that i had to turn it in when i was on the last chapter ~.~     
    My husband also really enjoyed the book, he usually gets bored with audiobooks especially courses, and most the time he gets bored with religious discussion, but he found the book/course informative and interesting and he really enjoyed it... 


Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on September 21, 2008, 07:35:56 PM
The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Lindsey on September 21, 2008, 07:36:44 PM
Lies My Teacher Told Me.  The American history version. 
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: mikehz on September 21, 2008, 08:11:39 PM
I'm actually reading the galley proof of my soon to be published novel.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Lindsey on September 21, 2008, 10:49:10 PM
This makes me sad.  Humanity is screwed.


HARDCOVER NONFICTION  (NY Times)

Top 5 at a Glance
1. HOT, FLAT, AND CROWDED, by Thomas L. Friedman
2. THE WAR WITHIN, by Bob Woodward
3. STORI TELLING, by Tori Spelling with Hilary Liftin     <<<<<<<<<
4. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? ITíS ME, CHELSEA, by Chelsea Handler
5. THE FIRST BILLION IS THE HARDEST, by T. Boone Pickens

Chelsea Handler's book was fucking funny.  Tori Spelling should STFU though. 
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Russell Griswold on September 21, 2008, 10:54:46 PM
Rebuilding Nazi UFO Aircraft for Dummies
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: MacFall on September 22, 2008, 12:04:35 AM
Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

Confessor by Terry Goodkind
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: John Shaw on September 22, 2008, 12:11:02 AM
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes two volume four hundred pound edition.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: mark_mnc1 on September 22, 2008, 12:17:59 AM
Im not taking it as a course but just for knowledge-"Macroeconomics and the Global BUsiness Environment" by David Miles and Andrew Scott. 

Mark
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Andy on September 23, 2008, 11:09:04 AM
My best friends child.

Sappy chick lit. Also happens to be the extent of the English collection where I'm staying.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Elitist Bitch on September 23, 2008, 12:47:12 PM
I'm rereading the Princess Diaries series. Also, I'm reading The Nazi Officer's Wife.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Porcupine_in_MA on September 23, 2008, 12:53:53 PM
I've started "The Repairman Jack" series. 8)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: bad_cab on September 23, 2008, 12:56:15 PM
Finally made it to the last Terry Goodkind book. Not sure where I'm going next.

I vote for more Joy pictures.

Confessor was such a great book I lost sleep over it, I read the whole think in 3 days. If you like the sword and sorcery thing I would go with either wheel of time or song of ice and fire. As far as good stories with liberty in the background I don't know of any.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Elitist Bitch on September 23, 2008, 01:12:27 PM
Finally made it to the last Terry Goodkind book. Not sure where I'm going next.

I vote for more Joy pictures.

Confessor was such a great book I lost sleep over it, I read the whole think in 3 days. If you like the sword and sorcery thing I would go with either wheel of time or song of ice and fire. As far as good stories with liberty in the background I don't know of any.

I loved Confessor. It was a satisfying end to the series. Rare these days.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Porcupine_in_MA on September 23, 2008, 01:59:40 PM
Wow, no fans of Repairman Jack hunh? You all should read these books.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Elitist Bitch on September 23, 2008, 02:58:32 PM
Wow, no fans of Repairman Jack hunh? You all should read these books.

I'd never heard of them.  I'll have to check them out.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Porcupine_in_MA on September 23, 2008, 03:02:30 PM
By F. Paul Wilson one of the premier libertarian fiction writers of our time.  There are strong libertarian themes in the series.

http://www.repairmanjack.com/
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Lindsey on September 26, 2008, 11:28:10 PM
Freakonomics. 
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: freeAgent on September 28, 2008, 09:26:15 AM
I just ordered an Amazon Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FI73MA/ref=amb_link_6369712_1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=0GDDV0H19MVMSNZEV5R5&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=441946601&pf_rd_i=507846).  I can't wait :D  They recently added Reason Magazine to their magazine options.  That pretty much pushed me over the edge.  I've pretty much stopped buying books because I can't stand having all these piles of old paper lying around anymore.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Lindsey on September 28, 2008, 10:32:54 AM
I just ordered an Amazon Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FI73MA/ref=amb_link_6369712_1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=0GDDV0H19MVMSNZEV5R5&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=441946601&pf_rd_i=507846).  I can't wait :D  They recently added Reason Magazine to their magazine options.  That pretty much pushed me over the edge.  I've pretty much stopped buying books because I can't stand having all these piles of old paper lying around anymore.

Oh I wish I could get one.  It looks so cool.  Congrats.   :D
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Rillion on September 28, 2008, 11:20:47 AM
I just ordered an Amazon Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FI73MA/ref=amb_link_6369712_1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=0GDDV0H19MVMSNZEV5R5&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=441946601&pf_rd_i=507846).  I can't wait :D  They recently added Reason Magazine to their magazine options.  That pretty much pushed me over the edge.  I've pretty much stopped buying books because I can't stand having all these piles of old paper lying around anymore.

Will you give us a review, when you get it?  I'd be really interested in hearing what you think. 
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Andy on September 28, 2008, 11:26:48 AM
Plato's Republic. It reading like a rambling drunken Greek.

Funny that.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: MacFall on September 28, 2008, 07:32:56 PM
Currently reading Agorist Class Theory (http://agorism.info/docs/AgoristClassTheory.pdf).

(The link is to a .pdf if anyone is interested)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: freeAgent on September 28, 2008, 08:31:43 PM
I just ordered an Amazon Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FI73MA/ref=amb_link_6369712_1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=0GDDV0H19MVMSNZEV5R5&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=441946601&pf_rd_i=507846).  I can't wait :D  They recently added Reason Magazine to their magazine options.  That pretty much pushed me over the edge.  I've pretty much stopped buying books because I can't stand having all these piles of old paper lying around anymore.

Will you give us a review, when you get it?  I'd be really interested in hearing what you think. 

Yeah, definitely.  I should have get it on Wed.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: freeAgent on October 09, 2008, 06:49:28 AM
I've had the Kindle for a week now and overall I'm very happy with it.  It makes it incredibly easy to read.  The printing on the screen reads somewhat like a newspaper (dark gray/blackish text on a light gray background), but the quality is much better.  Amazon's "Whispernet" that uses Sprint's CDMA wireless network is awesome here in Chicago.  I haven't really tried it anywhere else though, so it may not be that great outside major cities where cell reception isn't always good (or even there).  The fact that I don't have to pay for the wireless is very nice, considering that you can browse the web on the device.  However, Amazon said in the user agreement-y stuff that they can change that in the future.  Right now the web access is considered "experimental", so I wouldn't be too surprised if they start charging down the road.  Anyway, that's not really it's main draw for me.  While the screen is great for reading books, it cannot to animation and the refresh rate is abysmal.  You can't watch video or anything of that sort of the internet.  It's also grayscale, so you have to deal with that.

The main reason the wireless access is great is that it allows you to buy books directly on the Kindle without needing a PC to be involved at all.  Amazon's Kindle store is very well done.  You can access all of the reviews, etc. that you can at amazon.com.  The only drawback I've found is that there are sometimes a lot of different versions of the same book on the Kindle store (primarily old, public domain books).  You have to do a bit of digging to decide which one is the best version.  You can get samples, but I found that easier to do on my computer because of the faster connection and bigger, color screen.  Buying from the computer is just as easy as it is on the Kindle.  You basically find what you want and click a button to buy it which automatically sends it to the Kindle.  It only takes a few seconds for the book to arrive (even very large ones).  It's fast.  The wireless also allows you to get blogs, magazines, and newspapers on the Kindle, which is cool.  I tried out Reason magazine and Amazon's free daily blog.  I would have kept Reason if I didn't already have a print subscription and I'll probably get a Kindle subscription instead of renewing my print one.  Amazon's daily blog was an interesting test of that feature, but I didn't find it very interesting.  I use an RSS reader for all my blog reading and the Kindle can't beat that.  I think I'm going to stick with books and magazines.  The selection of books is good, not great, so check to see if what you want to read is on the Kindle before buying.  The magazine selection is similar, as is the newspaper selection.  If you stick to mainstream stuff, it's probably fine.  The Kindle has all of the biggest magazines and newspapers and I would say it has most of the "top" books out at any given time as well as almost anything in the public domain.  Of course, you could find content from anywhere and send it to your Kindle if you're inclined.

Onto the hardware/accessories!  The Kindle comes with only a cover/case, charger, and USB cable.  That's all you need.  I think it can charge over USB but I haven't tried.  The USB would only be useful if the wireless access didn't work for you or you wanted to add your own files to the Kindle (which you can do and can also send to the Kindle using an @kindle.com email address for $.10).  The Kindle charges pretty quickly and lets you know when it's done, which is nice.  I've heard that you have to use the Kindle charger though and generics don't work well.  The screen, as I said before, is amazing.  It seems to me like it fits a bit less text than an average paperback per "page", but that also depends on the font size you use.  I like to use the second or third-smallest myself.  It doesn't require a backlight, but you can't read in the dark either.  It's fine for outdoors, though there can be a bit of glare off the screen because it's got a plastic-like finish to it.  A lot of people complain about the buttons.  I found them a bit annoying at first because you will hit them when moving the device around.  However, this can easily be avoided by using the "screensaver" feature which you can toggle on and off very easily.  I haven't had a problem with it.  The keyboard on the bottom is impressively easy to use if you know the QWERTY layout of standard keyboards (though it's thumb-typing on the Kindle).  The cover is nice for transporting the device and ok for reading, but I prefer to take the Kindle out of it when I'm at home.  It also interferes oh-so-slightly with the lower-left side of the keyboard.

EDIT/ADDITION: I forgot to add that if you need to make space you can add an SD card or just delete books and re-download them from Amazon later for free.  They track what you've purchased so you can download anything you previously bought again.

Anyway, feel free to ask if there's something I haven't answered.  Here are some pictures.  Sorry, some aren't focused well:


FTL's mobile site works.  Sorry, no audio streaming/downloading.  You can play MP3s and audiobooks on it, but I haven't tried:
(http://home.comcast.net/~freeagent85/kindle/ftl.JPG)

The userguide with smaller text size:
(http://home.comcast.net/~freeagent85/kindle/userguide_small.JPG)

The userguide with huge text size:
(http://home.comcast.net/~freeagent85/kindle/userguide_large.JPG)

It's pretty small:
(http://home.comcast.net/~freeagent85/kindle/size.JPG)

Kindle+accessories:
(http://home.comcast.net/~freeagent85/kindle/accessories.JPG)

About to purchase 1984 from the book store:
(http://home.comcast.net/~freeagent85/kindle/1984.JPG)

Me holding the Kindle while in its case and ready to travel:
(http://home.comcast.net/~freeagent85/kindle/in_cover.JPG)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: freeAgent on October 09, 2008, 06:57:39 AM
Oh yeah, and I'm reading Terry Brooks' Armageddon's Children right now (on the Kindle :)).
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: MacFall on October 09, 2008, 09:19:30 AM
I'm starting King's Dark Tower septilogy.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: YixilTesiphon on October 09, 2008, 11:16:36 AM
"Weathering Reactions", a summary of acidity's effects on primary minerals by my biogeochem professor.

It's pretty sweet, actually, which is probably why I'm in that class.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Porcupine_in_MA on October 09, 2008, 11:24:27 AM
I'm starting King's Dark Tower septilogy.

You're in for a ride of your life. The Dark Tower series are my all-time favorite books.

What I'm reading now are turning into my second favorite series of books The Repairman Jack series. I just started book four "All The Rage"...real page turners, intense, well written, a lot of horror themes which I'm a fan of. Great stuff.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Jackson on October 09, 2008, 07:50:16 PM
'State of Fear' by Michael Crichton. Good story, and interesting perspective on the global warming bullshit. He also provides some excellent references for those interested in the subject.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: JosiahWarren on October 09, 2008, 07:57:58 PM
Currently reading Agorist Class Theory (http://agorism.info/docs/AgoristClassTheory.pdf).

(The link is to a .pdf if anyone is interested)

Interesting forward by Brad Spangler.

"Libertarians recognize that there is nothing inherently "exploitative" in
any genuinely voluntary agreement, such as agreeing to work for a
wage. Likewise, there isn't anything virtuous in subtly coercing
compliance with demands for labor to be performed on dictated terms,
including wage rates. Where Marx was right in his analysis is that under
State Capitalism (as opposed to a truly free market) there is an
exploitative relationship between the moneyed interests and the common
people. He misidentified the oppressor class, though.
What is this actual oppressor class, you ask? The actual oppressor class
is the "political class" as originally identified by the Frenchmen Charles
Comte and Dunoyer over 150 years ago. By the "political class" it is
meant those who draw their livelihood not from the Market, but from the
State. The political class is the parasitic class that acquires its livelihood
via the "political means" ó through "confiscation, taxation, and other
forms of coercion." Their victims are the rest of us ó the productive
class ó those who make their living through peaceful and honest means
of any sort, such as a worker or an entrepreneur.
State Capitalism, which most confuse with a free market, is most prop-
erly understood as a form of Socialism in a Hayekian sense of statist
control. That is to say, it is banditry under guise of law. It would also be
economically accurate to label it Fascism, Mercantilism, or Corporate
Statism. Conversely, a truly free market (or Capitalism in the Randian
sense of non-aggression minus Rand's own personal fetish for Big
Business) would, I maintain, bear a striking similarity to the vision of
anti-state socialists and distributists.
Wally Conger has distilled in the accompanying text the essence of
Samuel Edward Konkin III's unfinished exposition of this class theory,
Agorism Contra Marxism. I'm deeply honored to present Agorist Class
Theory.
ó Brad Spangler"
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on October 09, 2008, 09:46:13 PM
'State of Fear' by Michael Crichton. Good story, and interesting perspective on the global warming bullshit. He also provides some excellent references for those interested in the subject.


I have this. Read the first few chapters, but never really got into it. Might give it another try. I'd hate to add this to the very short list of books I've abandoned. Pride myself on being able to get through any book...

On the list of books I started, and dropped for sheer suckiness and/or boredom:
The Tommyknockers

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I guess my last post on the "what are you listening to?" thread should have been on this thread.
I'm listening to the Audiobook version of Ringworld, by Larry Niven.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: sillyperson on October 10, 2008, 09:14:11 AM
I'm listening to the Audiobook version of Ringworld, by Larry Niven.
Who'se voicing the Teela Brown character?
Ideally it should be one of those vapid, not-too-bright, insanely rich and mouthwateringly hot Hollywood starlet-types.
Yeah.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: fatcat on October 10, 2008, 09:23:49 AM
Basic Mathematics for Economists - Mike Rosser

Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology - Ayn Rand

Capital Taxes and Estate Planning - Allied Dunbar


and yes my books are as dessicated as my conversations
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Porcupine_in_MA on October 10, 2008, 09:33:03 AM
.
I'm listening to the Audiobook version of Ringworld, by Larry Niven.

Speaking of boredom and suckiness, that's how I felt when reading Ringworld.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: sillyperson on October 10, 2008, 11:33:10 AM
.
I'm listening to the Audiobook version of Ringworld, by Larry Niven.

Speaking of boredom and suckiness, that's how I felt when reading Ringworld.
Damn some people just don't like good SF
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Porcupine_in_MA on October 10, 2008, 12:40:08 PM

Damn some people just don't like good SF

Oh I do. Ringworld doesn't come under the heading of Good Scifi though.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: alkanen on October 10, 2008, 04:45:47 PM
Wha?  Ringworld was great.  I haven't read any other Known Universe novels though, so the Ringworld series might suck in comparison I guess...


Right now I'm reading Hans Herman Hoppe's Democracy - The God that Failed and Gillian McKieth's You are what you eat.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: sillyperson on October 10, 2008, 05:00:11 PM
Wha?  Ringworld was great.
I didn't say it was "great" -- it's not Diamond Age. It's not anything by Stanislaw Lem. It's not Shikasta.
But it is really quite good.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: alkanen on October 10, 2008, 05:19:17 PM
Wha?  Ringworld was great.
I didn't say it was "great" -- it's not Diamond Age. It's not anything by Stanislaw Lem. It's not Shikasta.
But it is really quite good.

Never heard of the last two =)  My audio book copy of Diamond Age was seriously crappy quality =/  I enjoyed the book though, perhaps because it was so obvious that it was an inspiration for Deus Ex.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Porcupine_in_MA on October 10, 2008, 06:59:23 PM
Wha?  Ringworld was great. 

Well we don't share that opinion now do we?
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: MacFall on October 10, 2008, 07:56:32 PM
I'm trying to read Speaker for the Dead... but it's like snail racing fun in principle and fine when there's nothing else, but otherwise it's just not gonna happen.

I loved that book. But I've always been a fan of heady sci-fi.

I hope you read Ender's Game first.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: MacFall on October 10, 2008, 08:16:04 PM
I'm trying to read Speaker for the Dead... but it's like snail racing fun in principle and fine when there's nothing else, but otherwise it's just not gonna happen.

I loved that book. But I've always been a fan of heady sci-fi.

I hope you read Ender's Game first.

Yeah, I really liked Ender's Game, which is why I picked speaker of the dead up. It just feels tedious to read in parts.

I read Xenocide first, so maybe that's why I liked Speaker so much - it explained things. Xenocide is a damn good story, even though it's not as action-packed as Ender's Game.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: hellbilly on October 10, 2008, 11:50:01 PM
Recently finished reading Wind in the Willows with my son. Didn't know that story was 100 years old.. we loved it.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: alkanen on October 11, 2008, 05:13:41 AM
Well we don't share that opinion now do we?

Then we shall meet on the Field of Honour!  Bring a strong second, we fight to the death.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Porcupine_in_MA on October 11, 2008, 07:23:23 PM
Well we don't share that opinion now do we?

Then we shall meet on the Field of Honour!  Bring a strong second, we fight to the death.

We'll have a holmgang.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on October 11, 2008, 07:23:54 PM
I'm reading the Cryptonomicon

Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Kevin Freeheart on October 11, 2008, 08:40:30 PM
Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series at the moment.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Elitist Bitch on October 12, 2008, 12:48:16 AM
Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series at the moment.

I'm a raving fan of Sanderson's work.  Have you read Elantris?

I just finished Brisingr this morning on my "lunch" break (I've been on overnights again).
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on October 12, 2008, 04:31:04 PM
Damn, no one uses Goodreads?

This is what I'm currently reading: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1377645

If you're on there, add me as a friend.

Here are Mark and Val's profiles:

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1092029
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1376447

Something libertarians should like: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/217.Banned_Books
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on October 12, 2008, 05:04:20 PM
Damn, no one uses Goodreads?

This is what I'm currently reading: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1377645

If you're on there, add me as a friend.

That is really neat. I've not seen that site before. Thanks!

BTW, you'll like Storm Front. Since it was Butcher's first book, it's pretty neat to following his development as a writer while reading the next books in the series. I handed Storm Front to Mr. Joy about five weeks ago, and he's followed it up with Fool Moon, Grave Peril, and just started Summer Knight. Normally doesn't read so fast, or as much fiction, but he had a couple weeks of little sleep right around the accident and installation of metal plates in arm.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Russell Griswold on October 12, 2008, 06:36:23 PM
Damn, no one uses Goodreads?

It looks like an awesome website. I haven't heard of it before. Thanks for the link.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on October 13, 2008, 05:49:40 AM
Just finished Boy's Life...fucking amazing story.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: MacFall on October 13, 2008, 09:36:13 AM
Just finished Boy's Life...fucking amazing story.

I have that, but I didn't read it yet.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Porcupine_in_MA on October 13, 2008, 09:42:03 AM
Has anyone on here read "Naked Lunch"? I've seen the movie and it was amazing. Disturbing, powerful and fucked with my head in ways few movies have been able.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on October 15, 2008, 01:07:53 PM
Just finished Boy's Life...fucking amazing story.

I have that, but I didn't read it yet.

I loved this passage from the book so much I had to quote it and put it on my Myspace profile:

Quote
"I was never afraid of my monsters. I controlled them. I slept with them in the dark, and they never stepped beyond their boundaries. My monsters had never asked to be born with bolts in their necks, scaly wings, blood hunger in their veins, or deformed faces from which beautiful girls shrank back in horror. My monsters were not evil; they were simply trying to survive in a tough old world. They reminded me of myself and my friends: ungainly, unlovely, beaten but not conquered. They were the outsiders searching for a place to belong in a cataclysm of villagers' torches, amulets, crucifixes, silver bullets, radiation bombs, air force jets, and flamethrowers. They were imperfect, and heroic in their suffering." - Cory Mackenson, Boy's Life

The ending is really great too, and the way everything comes together at the end is mindblowing.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Elitist Bitch on October 15, 2008, 01:14:27 PM
I just read "Scorpion Down". It's a book about a US submarine that was sunk by the Soviets and covered up by the US government. My dad was a submariner and recommended it to me, and it actually read a bit more like a novel and less like a military history book.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Travis on October 15, 2008, 02:53:32 PM

Currently reading The Man in the High Castle. It's my first PKD novel; I'm halfway through and so far I'm a bit disappointed.



Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on October 15, 2008, 03:14:21 PM
In addition to Ringworld, which is technically a listen, not a read, I'm re-reading Parliament of Whores. It's something I do every couple of years, usually late October or early November.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Level 20 Anklebiter on October 15, 2008, 03:20:25 PM
Introduction to the theory of computation by Michael Sipser.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: hellbilly on October 15, 2008, 10:46:04 PM
Has anyone on here read "Naked Lunch"? I've seen the movie and it was amazing. Disturbing, powerful and fucked with my head in ways few movies have been able.

I read that but haven't seen the movie. I liked it.. but better than that, and by the same author (William Burroughs, my hero) is Junkie (or Junky). Matter o' fact, now I'm gonna read that one again.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junkie_(novel)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: freeAgent on October 15, 2008, 11:03:04 PM
I'm onto The Elves of Cintra by Terry Brooks (second book in the trilogy I'm reading).
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: John Shaw on October 15, 2008, 11:31:51 PM
The Zork Chronicles - George Alec Effinger
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 16, 2008, 12:06:14 AM
Currently Reading:

1. Bonk (The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex)
Brief history of the Scientific study of Sex. BTW, turns out females don't really cum. They piss themselves or do nothing at all besides the regular secretions.

2. Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots who Idolize him

3. The World was going Our Way (about KGB battle for 3rd world countries)

Recommened:

INFIDEL - AWESOME book! Exposes Islam for what it truly is - not about an isolated case but about an entire culture encompassing a billion people living 900 years in the past. Truly an amazing woman, and hot as hell too!
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Andy on October 16, 2008, 07:56:42 PM
Just finished "Man of two worlds" by Frank Herbert

Now reading "The Number of the Beast" Heinlein

Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on October 17, 2008, 03:58:19 AM
I'm gonna finish up Creative Visualization and The Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy, then I think I'm going to read The Mystery of the Cathedrals.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Rillion on October 18, 2008, 12:52:24 PM
Currently Reading:

1. Bonk (The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex)
Brief history of the Scientific study of Sex. BTW, turns out females don't really cum. They piss themselves or do nothing at all besides the regular secretions.

I'm pretty sure the book doesn't say that. 
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Elitist Bitch on October 18, 2008, 12:56:59 PM
I'm rereading one of my favorite books, The Ultimate History of Video Games, by Stephen L. Kent. It's a truly colorful history book, at least in the beginning when it's covering the early days of the industry. The later chapters are not quite as exciting but well worth a read.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: MacFall on October 18, 2008, 01:28:18 PM

Now reading "The Number of the Beast" Heinlein


That's not one of Heinlein's best. It's sort of slurry of escapism, and it gets weirder as it goes on. Worth reading once, though.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: MacFall on October 18, 2008, 01:34:21 PM
I'm currently reading Rothbard's Conceived in Liberty, Volume 1: The American Colonies in the Seventeenth Century

Rothbard was a damn fine historian as well as an economist. This stuff reads like a novel, but it contains historical gems of which academia at large seems completely unaware.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: MacFall on October 18, 2008, 01:35:50 PM
BTW, turns out females don't really cum. They piss themselves

Hawt.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: inane on October 18, 2008, 01:43:41 PM
I'm almost finished with The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy. Fucking brilliant
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 18, 2008, 09:25:56 PM
BTW, turns out females don't really cum. They piss themselves

Hawt.

...and pathetic it's very strange isn't it? (gold star)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 19, 2008, 02:33:11 AM
Currently Reading:

1. Bonk (The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex)
Brief history of the Scientific study of Sex. BTW, turns out females don't really cum. They piss themselves or do nothing at all besides the regular secretions.

I'm pretty sure the book doesn't say that. 

Well no, I'm simplifying a bit. The author (a female) says that female cum isn't even a single thing. Its not even, whats the word, homogenous. Its not the same thing from woman to woman. Some females they studied, had vestigial glands that secreted some kind of liquid along with the regular stuff. Some females actually piss themselves. Others have and do both. Now, honestly, stepping back and weighing the costs and benefits, I'm GLAD women don't "cum" in the same sense that men do. Once again, when it comes to the receiving end of things, men are in a far better position. Consider: would you rather get hit with a little urine mixed with vaginal secretions, even though its totally pathetic that females can't control their bladders when they have an orgasm (snicker!) or would you rather get blasted with some foul smelling sticky goo that you're expected, as a woman, to swallow to show your "love?" Yeah, I'll take door #1 thank you. Semen smells disgusting, I can only imagine what it tastes like. I do NOT envy females one bit. To actually LOVE that kind of thing would truly require a slave mentality. Come to think of it, how are all women not lesbians? Again, pathetic, but there you have it.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Rillion on October 19, 2008, 01:52:40 PM
Well no, I'm simplifying a bit. The author (a female) says that female cum isn't even a single thing. Its not even, whats the word, homogenous. Its not the same thing from woman to woman. Some females they studied, had vestigial glands that secreted some kind of liquid along with the regular stuff. Some females actually piss themselves. Others have and do both. Now, honestly, stepping back and weighing the costs and benefits, I'm GLAD women don't "cum" in the same sense that men do. Once again, when it comes to the receiving end of things, men are in a far better position. Consider: would you rather get hit with a little urine mixed with vaginal secretions, even though its totally pathetic that females can't control their bladders when they have an orgasm (snicker!) or would you rather get blasted with some foul smelling sticky goo that you're expected, as a woman, to swallow to show your "love?" Yeah, I'll take door #1 thank you. Semen smells disgusting, I can only imagine what it tastes like. I do NOT envy females one bit. To actually LOVE that kind of thing would truly require a slave mentality. Come to think of it, how are all women not lesbians? Again, pathetic, but there you have it.

First of all, being able to have an orgasm and having "cum" similar to what men have are entirely different issues.  The fact that women can have orgasms is beyond question, as is the fact that they don't ejaculate semen like men do (thank goodness).  When women do  ejaculate, it is generally water mixed with a small amount of urine.  Not all women can do this, and for women who can do it, it is generally a joyous (if damp) occasion.  If you can make a woman ejaculate, be happy. 

Second, if your semen is a "foul smelling goo," then I think you should probably visit a doctor, rather than pronouncing every heterosexual female "pathetic."  Sounds like the problem is not on their end. 

Third, I think we've uncovered the root of your antipathy toward women.  You think you're disgusting, and therefore a person who would choose to be intimate with you must be disgusting as well.  Sort of a Groucho Marx "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member" kind of thing.   I'm not going to laugh at that, because it's just too sad.  But honestly-- no kidding-- I would encourage you to get a good therapist. 
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 19, 2008, 08:25:01 PM
Well no, I'm simplifying a bit. The author (a female) says that female cum isn't even a single thing. Its not even, whats the word, homogenous. Its not the same thing from woman to woman. Some females they studied, had vestigial glands that secreted some kind of liquid along with the regular stuff. Some females actually piss themselves. Others have and do both. Now, honestly, stepping back and weighing the costs and benefits, I'm GLAD women don't "cum" in the same sense that men do. Once again, when it comes to the receiving end of things, men are in a far better position. Consider: would you rather get hit with a little urine mixed with vaginal secretions, even though its totally pathetic that females can't control their bladders when they have an orgasm (snicker!) or would you rather get blasted with some foul smelling sticky goo that you're expected, as a woman, to swallow to show your "love?" Yeah, I'll take door #1 thank you. Semen smells disgusting, I can only imagine what it tastes like. I do NOT envy females one bit. To actually LOVE that kind of thing would truly require a slave mentality. Come to think of it, how are all women not lesbians? Again, pathetic, but there you have it.

First of all, being able to have an orgasm and having "cum" similar to what men have are entirely different issues.  The fact that women can have orgasms is beyond question, as is the fact that they don't ejaculate semen like men do (thank goodness).  When women do  ejaculate, it is generally water mixed with a small amount of urine.  Not all women can do this, and for women who can do it, it is generally a joyous (if damp) occasion.  If you can make a woman ejaculate, be happy. 

Second, if your semen is a "foul smelling goo," then I think you should probably visit a doctor, rather than pronouncing every heterosexual female "pathetic."  Sounds like the problem is not on their end. 

Third, I think we've uncovered the root of your antipathy toward women.  You think you're disgusting, and therefore a person who would choose to be intimate with you must be disgusting as well.  Sort of a Groucho Marx "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member" kind of thing.   I'm not going to laugh at that, because it's just too sad.  But honestly-- no kidding-- I would encourage you to get a good therapist. 

Actually, I'd prefer that she didn't ejaculate - that's my whole point. (Your point about cuming and ejaculating is right- they aren't the same thing- atleast not functionally speaking for females.)

(Confirmation bias anyone?) Rillion, i know you're still a virgin, but someday, when the pope gives the ok, you might get to experience the joys of being with a man. Maybe. When that day comes, you will realize at least one thing - semen smells awful. It just does. I'm not going to sit here and "ra-ra team" everything about being a man, because, in this case, it really does smell foul. Stating the plain truth as I smell it, doesn't mean that I hate myself. Think of all the other times where I've stated that men are superior to women. And listed those ways. In detail. Ad nauseum. And now, from this one tiny thing I've said, you decide to take my words out of context and use them to try and say something about my character. This is precisely why I think there is something wrong with female brains. How could you have written this nonsense?! Seriously, didn't it occur to you at the time you wrote this, that you were committing a logical fallacy, par exellence? And we let you vote?!

Believe me Rillion, I've spent many a night at the "club." You need to worry about yourself. The carrots the nuns cultivate at the monastery are no substitute for the real thing.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 20, 2008, 12:29:13 AM
Well no, I'm simplifying a bit. The author (a female) says that female cum isn't even a single thing. Its not even, whats the word, homogenous. Its not the same thing from woman to woman. Some females they studied, had vestigial glands that secreted some kind of liquid along with the regular stuff. Some females actually piss themselves. Others have and do both. Now, honestly, stepping back and weighing the costs and benefits, I'm GLAD women don't "cum" in the same sense that men do. Once again, when it comes to the receiving end of things, men are in a far better position. Consider: would you rather get hit with a little urine mixed with vaginal secretions, even though its totally pathetic that females can't control their bladders when they have an orgasm (snicker!) or would you rather get blasted with some foul smelling sticky goo that you're expected, as a woman, to swallow to show your "love?" Yeah, I'll take door #1 thank you. Semen smells disgusting, I can only imagine what it tastes like. I do NOT envy females one bit. To actually LOVE that kind of thing would truly require a slave mentality. Come to think of it, how are all women not lesbians? Again, pathetic, but there you have it.

First of all, being able to have an orgasm and having "cum" similar to what men have are entirely different issues.  The fact that women can have orgasms is beyond question, as is the fact that they don't ejaculate semen like men do (thank goodness).  When women do  ejaculate, it is generally water mixed with a small amount of urine.  Not all women can do this, and for women who can do it, it is generally a joyous (if damp) occasion.  If you can make a woman ejaculate, be happy. 

Second, if your semen is a "foul smelling goo," then I think you should probably visit a doctor, rather than pronouncing every heterosexual female "pathetic."  Sounds like the problem is not on their end. 

Third, I think we've uncovered the root of your antipathy toward women.  You think you're disgusting, and therefore a person who would choose to be intimate with you must be disgusting as well.  Sort of a Groucho Marx "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member" kind of thing.   I'm not going to laugh at that, because it's just too sad.  But honestly-- no kidding-- I would encourage you to get a good therapist. 

Actually, I'd prefer that she didn't ejaculate - that's my whole point. (Your point about cuming and ejaculating is right- they aren't the same thing- atleast not functionally speaking for females.)

(Confirmation bias anyone?) Rillion, i know you're still a virgin, but someday, when the pope gives the ok, you might get to experience the joys of being with a man. Maybe. When that day comes, you will realize at least one thing - semen smells awful. It just does. I'm not going to sit here and "ra-ra team" everything about being a man, because, in this case, it really does smell foul. Stating the plain truth as I smell it, doesn't mean that I hate myself. Think of all the other times where I've stated that men are superior to women. And listed those ways. In detail. Ad nauseum. And now, from this one tiny thing I've said, you decide to take my words out of context and use them to try and say something about my character. This is precisely why I think there is something wrong with female brains. How could you have written this nonsense?! Seriously, didn't it occur to you at the time you wrote this, that you were committing a logical fallacy, par exellence? And we let you vote?!

Believe me Rillion, I've spent many a night at the "club." You need to worry about yourself. The carrots the nuns cultivate at the monastery are no substitute for the real thing.

Stop being an ass.

Was that...was that a little child's voice I heard just now? It sounded like he was saying "Waaahhhh" but I couldn't quite make it out! Poor little guy, whining like that, he mommy should really take better care of him.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: YixilTesiphon on October 20, 2008, 12:32:46 AM
I don't know what the fuck is wrong with your semen, dude. It doesn't smell like anything.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 20, 2008, 12:40:29 AM
I don't know what the fuck is wrong with your semen, dude. It doesn't smell like anything.

Are you SERIOUS?! Then you need to get with a man, have lots of beautiful children and repopulate the earth with daughters who....ugh. Sorry. Meant that as a joke, but it just sounds .... creepy. Ok, seriously you don't smell ANYTHING when a guy cums? Hmm, maybe its a female thing. Can't smell the nauseating smell of cum. Just so you know, it has a smell and its not pleasant AT ALL. Far more noticable than the regular salty smell of a clean, disease free, and well groomed vagina. And you have to have your head practically buried in a kooch to even notice THAT. (Unless its that time of the month).

Oh and I just started:

"Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots who Idolize him."
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: YixilTesiphon on October 20, 2008, 12:41:15 AM
I don't know what the fuck is wrong with your semen, dude. It doesn't smell like anything.

Are you SERIOUS?! Then you need to get with a man, have lots of beautiful children and repopulate the earth with daughters who....ugh. Sorry. Meant that as a joke, but it just sounds .... creepy. Ok, seriously you don't smell ANYTHING when a guy cums? Hmm, maybe its a female thing. Can't smell the nauseating smell of cum. Just so you know, it has a smell and its not pleasant AT ALL. Far more noticable than the regular salty smell of a clean, disease free, and well groomed vagina. And you have to have your head practically buried in a kooch to even notice THAT. (Unless its that time of the month).

Oh and I just started:

"Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots who Idolize him."

I'm a guy. My semen does not smell like much of anything. Not that I'm working real hard to find out, but you get the idea.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 20, 2008, 12:45:06 AM
I don't know what the fuck is wrong with your semen, dude. It doesn't smell like anything.

Are you SERIOUS?! Then you need to get with a man, have lots of beautiful children and repopulate the earth with daughters who....ugh. Sorry. Meant that as a joke, but it just sounds .... creepy. Ok, seriously you don't smell ANYTHING when a guy cums? Hmm, maybe its a female thing. Can't smell the nauseating smell of cum. Just so you know, it has a smell and its not pleasant AT ALL. Far more noticable than the regular salty smell of a clean, disease free, and well groomed vagina. And you have to have your head practically buried in a kooch to even notice THAT. (Unless its that time of the month).

Oh and I just started:

"Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots who Idolize him."

I'm a guy. My semen does not smell like much of anything. Not that I'm working real hard to find out, but you get the idea.

..............WHAT?! You're a GUY? No, no no no no, you were....I swear to GOD you were a female when I left. I'm pretty sure you were posting here when I stopped posting for the academy and you were a Chick. Is this some kind of joke or something?
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 20, 2008, 12:54:00 AM
I don't know what the fuck is wrong with your semen, dude. It doesn't smell like anything.

Are you SERIOUS?! Then you need to get with a man, have lots of beautiful children and repopulate the earth with daughters who....ugh. Sorry. Meant that as a joke, but it just sounds .... creepy. Ok, seriously you don't smell ANYTHING when a guy cums? Hmm, maybe its a female thing. Can't smell the nauseating smell of cum. Just so you know, it has a smell and its not pleasant AT ALL. Far more noticable than the regular salty smell of a clean, disease free, and well groomed vagina. And you have to have your head practically buried in a kooch to even notice THAT. (Unless its that time of the month).

Oh and I just started:

"Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots who Idolize him."

I'm a guy. My semen does not smell like much of anything. Not that I'm working real hard to find out, but you get the idea.

Ok, next time you masturbate, let it sit. Don't take a shower or wipe it off or blow your load in the toilet - obviously, wash your hands but don't wipe your crotch. Wait an hour. Now pull down your pants and breath in that nauseating odor. Now imagine you're a female who feels obligated to swallow the stuff, or have it coagulating in her vagina. If she doesn't clean herself up, it REEKS. You've never smelled it on your hand when you masturbate even after you've washed? Its not as bad, but there's still a trace odor, especially when you wash only briefly and/or with cold water. Its more noticable then. And I KNOW females can smell it, because I almost got caught jacking off in college when I was a junior by my roomate and his girlfriend. His girlfriend walks in the door after I had practically DIVED under my sheets and pretended (poorly) to be sleeping, and the first thing she does is crinkle her little female nose and say "It smells like ....cum in here!" That means to me that she not only could smell me, but knew what the smell was from smelling it BEFORE. She never said it was a good or bad smell, but I assume from her tone that she found it just as unpleasant as I do. The funniest thing was that both of them were supposedly christian do-gooders. She totally let the cat out of the bag when she said that. After all, a chaste virgin christian girl isn't supposed to know what semen smells like, right Rillion?
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 20, 2008, 12:54:45 AM
I don't know what the fuck is wrong with your semen, dude. It doesn't smell like anything.

Are you SERIOUS?! Then you need to get with a man, have lots of beautiful children and repopulate the earth with daughters who....ugh. Sorry. Meant that as a joke, but it just sounds .... creepy. Ok, seriously you don't smell ANYTHING when a guy cums? Hmm, maybe its a female thing. Can't smell the nauseating smell of cum. Just so you know, it has a smell and its not pleasant AT ALL. Far more noticable than the regular salty smell of a clean, disease free, and well groomed vagina. And you have to have your head practically buried in a kooch to even notice THAT. (Unless its that time of the month).

Oh and I just started:

"Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots who Idolize him."

I'm a guy. My semen does not smell like much of anything. Not that I'm working real hard to find out, but you get the idea.

Ok, next time you masturbate, let it sit. Don't take a shower or wipe it off or blow your load in the toilet - obviously, wash your hands but don't wipe your crotch. Wait an hour. Now pull down your pants and breath in that nauseating odor. Now imagine you're a female who feels obligated to swallow the stuff, or have it coagulating in her vagina. If she doesn't clean herself up, it REEKS. You've never smelled it on your hand when you masturbate even after you've washed? Its not as bad, but there's still a trace odor, especially when you wash only briefly and/or with cold water. Its more noticable then. And I KNOW females can smell it, because I almost got caught jacking off in college when I was a junior by my roomate and his girlfriend. His girlfriend walks in the door after I had practically DIVED under my sheets and pretended (poorly) to be sleeping, and the first thing she does is crinkle her little female nose and say "It smells like ....cum in here!" That means to me that she not only could smell me, but knew what the smell was from smelling it BEFORE. She never said it was a good or bad smell, but I assume from her tone that she found it just as unpleasant as I do. The funniest thing was that both of them were supposedly christian do-gooders. She totally let the cat out of the bag when she said that. After all, a chaste virgin christian girl isn't supposed to know what semen smells like, right Rillion?

Ok, I'm making a new thread for this topic. I want to talk about books here.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: YixilTesiphon on October 20, 2008, 12:55:27 AM
I don't know what the fuck is wrong with your semen, dude. It doesn't smell like anything.

Are you SERIOUS?! Then you need to get with a man, have lots of beautiful children and repopulate the earth with daughters who....ugh. Sorry. Meant that as a joke, but it just sounds .... creepy. Ok, seriously you don't smell ANYTHING when a guy cums? Hmm, maybe its a female thing. Can't smell the nauseating smell of cum. Just so you know, it has a smell and its not pleasant AT ALL. Far more noticable than the regular salty smell of a clean, disease free, and well groomed vagina. And you have to have your head practically buried in a kooch to even notice THAT. (Unless its that time of the month).

Oh and I just started:

"Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots who Idolize him."

I'm a guy. My semen does not smell like much of anything. Not that I'm working real hard to find out, but you get the idea.

..............WHAT?! You're a GUY? No, no no no no, you were....I swear to GOD you were a female when I left. I'm pretty sure you were posting here when I stopped posting for the academy and you were a Chick. Is this some kind of joke or something?

I've always been a guy.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 20, 2008, 01:02:17 AM
It smells...but not THAT bad. Just get over it LCPLIC and swallow yer boyfriend's gift, like a man.

God I hate you, you fucking flamming nancy boy. You're a fucking idiot. Posting disgusting naked pictures of your pathetic pasty body all over the place and to what end? Have you ever gotten a single female dude to show the slightest interest in you? Even Gene thinks you look like a gay Skeletor. Please, of all the people who could possibly throw around insults without getting taken out back and tied to the proverbial fence post and left to die, YOU are the least of them. You are, as John Shaw said in another context, complete fucking clown shoes. Please do me a favor and either 1) Move to San Francisco, where I would be able to understand you in your own native habitat (who the hell ever heard of a gay canadian?! Seriously?!) or 2) Shut the fuck and sit on your hands.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 20, 2008, 01:03:30 AM
I don't know what the fuck is wrong with your semen, dude. It doesn't smell like anything.

Are you SERIOUS?! Then you need to get with a man, have lots of beautiful children and repopulate the earth with daughters who....ugh. Sorry. Meant that as a joke, but it just sounds .... creepy. Ok, seriously you don't smell ANYTHING when a guy cums? Hmm, maybe its a female thing. Can't smell the nauseating smell of cum. Just so you know, it has a smell and its not pleasant AT ALL. Far more noticable than the regular salty smell of a clean, disease free, and well groomed vagina. And you have to have your head practically buried in a kooch to even notice THAT. (Unless its that time of the month).

Oh and I just started:

"Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots who Idolize him."

I'm a guy. My semen does not smell like much of anything. Not that I'm working real hard to find out, but you get the idea.

..............WHAT?! You're a GUY? No, no no no no, you were....I swear to GOD you were a female when I left. I'm pretty sure you were posting here when I stopped posting for the academy and you were a Chick. Is this some kind of joke or something?

I've always been a guy.

Jesus, I'm sorry bro. I thought you were a female for some reason. That was fucking stupid of me, sorry about that.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on October 20, 2008, 03:01:45 AM
I don't know what the fuck is wrong with your semen, dude. It doesn't smell like anything.

Are you SERIOUS?! Then you need to get with a man, have lots of beautiful children and repopulate the earth with daughters who....ugh. Sorry. Meant that as a joke, but it just sounds .... creepy. Ok, seriously you don't smell ANYTHING when a guy cums? Hmm, maybe its a female thing. Can't smell the nauseating smell of cum. Just so you know, it has a smell and its not pleasant AT ALL. Far more noticable than the regular salty smell of a clean, disease free, and well groomed vagina. And you have to have your head practically buried in a kooch to even notice THAT. (Unless its that time of the month).

Oh and I just started:

"Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots who Idolize him."

I'm a guy. My semen does not smell like much of anything. Not that I'm working real hard to find out, but you get the idea.

..............WHAT?! You're a GUY? No, no no no no, you were....I swear to GOD you were a female when I left. I'm pretty sure you were posting here when I stopped posting for the academy and you were a Chick. Is this some kind of joke or something?

I've always been a guy.

Jesus, I'm sorry bro. I thought you were a female for some reason. That was fucking stupid of me, sorry about that.

I thought you were female too...aren't you? What's up with the signature?

...Are you GAY?
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 20, 2008, 03:28:36 AM
I don't know what the fuck is wrong with your semen, dude. It doesn't smell like anything.

Are you SERIOUS?! Then you need to get with a man, have lots of beautiful children and repopulate the earth with daughters who....ugh. Sorry. Meant that as a joke, but it just sounds .... creepy. Ok, seriously you don't smell ANYTHING when a guy cums? Hmm, maybe its a female thing. Can't smell the nauseating smell of cum. Just so you know, it has a smell and its not pleasant AT ALL. Far more noticable than the regular salty smell of a clean, disease free, and well groomed vagina. And you have to have your head practically buried in a kooch to even notice THAT. (Unless its that time of the month).

Oh and I just started:

"Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots who Idolize him."

I'm a guy. My semen does not smell like much of anything. Not that I'm working real hard to find out, but you get the idea.

..............WHAT?! You're a GUY? No, no no no no, you were....I swear to GOD you were a female when I left. I'm pretty sure you were posting here when I stopped posting for the academy and you were a Chick. Is this some kind of joke or something?

I've always been a guy.

Jesus, I'm sorry bro. I thought you were a female for some reason. That was fucking stupid of me, sorry about that.

I thought you were female too...aren't you? What's up with the signature?

...Are you GAY?

No, but you're a racist. *IGNORE*
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: freeAgent on October 20, 2008, 08:34:07 AM
I've produced a lot of semen in my time and never noticed any sort of awful...or even bad...smell.  Maybe you have some sort of infection or need to wash.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Russell Griswold on October 20, 2008, 10:39:02 AM
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Andy on October 20, 2008, 11:18:29 AM

Now reading "The Number of the Beast" Heinlein


That's not one of Heinlein's best. It's sort of slurry of escapism, and it gets weirder as it goes on. Worth reading once, though.

So I discovered.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Porcupine_in_MA on October 20, 2008, 11:20:22 AM
I had a hard time getting into "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" it just was catching and keeping my interest.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: sandm000 on October 20, 2008, 11:46:45 AM
Their Majesties Bucketeers - L. Neil Smith
(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/09/e2/bf5e4310fca0b4695001a010._AA240_.L.jpg)

/image is on amazon, so the link is hot!
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 22, 2008, 03:35:03 AM
I've produced a lot of semen in my time and never noticed any sort of awful...or even bad...smell.  Maybe you have some sort of infection or need to wash.

(sigh) I don't have an infection and semen does have an odor which many people (men and women) find unpleasant.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Rillion on October 22, 2008, 07:39:06 AM
(http://www.skeptic.com/Merchant2/graphics/books/b126HB_lg.jpg)

Have just started it, but I'm very interested to see what he has to say.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on October 22, 2008, 01:36:22 PM
I've produced a lot of semen in my time and never noticed any sort of awful...or even bad...smell.  Maybe you have some sort of infection or need to wash.

(sigh) I don't have an infection

Yes you do.

It's you.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 23, 2008, 03:56:08 AM
I've produced a lot of semen in my time and never noticed any sort of awful...or even bad...smell.  Maybe you have some sort of infection or need to wash.

(sigh) I don't have an infection

Yes you do.

It's you.

Thanks for the friendly pat on the back. Rest assured I don't have an "infection." The whole idea of an infection making your semen smell bad is ridiculous. You're just being fucking obtuse because you can't face reality.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on October 23, 2008, 08:53:01 AM
I've produced a lot of semen in my time and never noticed any sort of awful...or even bad...smell.  Maybe you have some sort of infection or need to wash.

(sigh) I don't have an infection

Yes you do.

It's you.

Thanks for the friendly pat on the back. Rest assured I don't have an "infection." The whole idea of an infection making your semen smell bad is ridiculous. You're just being fucking obtuse because you can't face reality.

How many people here told you that their cum didn't stink?

Argumentum ad populum wins again. Fool.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on October 23, 2008, 09:44:32 AM
I've produced a lot of semen in my time and never noticed any sort of awful...or even bad...smell.  Maybe you have some sort of infection or need to wash.
He's probably not circumcised.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Porcupine_in_MA on October 23, 2008, 01:08:13 PM
Mine just as a light, crisp, tangy smell.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 23, 2008, 09:36:18 PM
I've produced a lot of semen in my time and never noticed any sort of awful...or even bad...smell.  Maybe you have some sort of infection or need to wash.

(sigh) I don't have an infection

Yes you do.

It's you.

Thanks for the friendly pat on the back. Rest assured I don't have an "infection." The whole idea of an infection making your semen smell bad is ridiculous. You're just being fucking obtuse because you can't face reality.

How many people here told you that their cum didn't stink?

Argumentum ad populum wins again. Fool.

what the hell are you talking about? Nutcase?
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on October 23, 2008, 11:36:23 PM
I've produced a lot of semen in my time and never noticed any sort of awful...or even bad...smell.  Maybe you have some sort of infection or need to wash.

(sigh) I don't have an infection

Yes you do.

It's you.

Thanks for the friendly pat on the back. Rest assured I don't have an "infection." The whole idea of an infection making your semen smell bad is ridiculous. You're just being fucking obtuse because you can't face reality.

How many people here told you that their cum didn't stink?

Argumentum ad populum wins again. Fool.

what the hell are you talking about? Nutcase?

What? Are those words too big for your widdle biddy bwain?
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: freeAgent on October 24, 2008, 06:35:12 PM
I'm onto The Gypsy Morph by Terry Brooks...the last in this trilogy.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 24, 2008, 11:33:53 PM
I've produced a lot of semen in my time and never noticed any sort of awful...or even bad...smell.  Maybe you have some sort of infection or need to wash.

(sigh) I don't have an infection

Yes you do.

It's you.

Thanks for the friendly pat on the back. Rest assured I don't have an "infection." The whole idea of an infection making your semen smell bad is ridiculous. You're just being fucking obtuse because you can't face reality.

How many people here told you that their cum didn't stink?

Argumentum ad populum wins again. Fool.

what the hell are you talking about? Nutcase?

What? Are those words too big for your widdle biddy bwain?

What does argumentum ad populum have anything to do with what I've said?!!
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on October 25, 2008, 01:37:36 AM
I've produced a lot of semen in my time and never noticed any sort of awful...or even bad...smell.  Maybe you have some sort of infection or need to wash.

(sigh) I don't have an infection

Yes you do.

It's you.

Thanks for the friendly pat on the back. Rest assured I don't have an "infection." The whole idea of an infection making your semen smell bad is ridiculous. You're just being fucking obtuse because you can't face reality.

How many people here told you that their cum didn't stink?

Argumentum ad populum wins again. Fool.

what the hell are you talking about? Nutcase?

What? Are those words too big for your widdle biddy bwain?

What does argumentum ad populum have anything to do with what I've said?!!

Nearly every single guy on this BBS has told you that their cum doesn't stink. You keep insisting that all cum does. You are wrong.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Rillion on October 25, 2008, 04:03:26 AM
I've produced a lot of semen in my time and never noticed any sort of awful...or even bad...smell.  Maybe you have some sort of infection or need to wash.

(sigh) I don't have an infection

Yes you do.

It's you.

Thanks for the friendly pat on the back. Rest assured I don't have an "infection." The whole idea of an infection making your semen smell bad is ridiculous. You're just being fucking obtuse because you can't face reality.

How many people here told you that their cum didn't stink?

Argumentum ad populum wins again. Fool.

what the hell are you talking about? Nutcase?

What? Are those words too big for your widdle biddy bwain?

What does argumentum ad populum have anything to do with what I've said?!!

Nearly every single guy on this BBS has told you that their cum doesn't stink. You keep insisting that all cum does. You are wrong.

Argumentum ad populum is a fallacy, dear-- it is the claim that a large number of people believing in something makes it true, or that a large number of people doing something makes it right, which is false.  But it doesn't apply here.  LCP's cum may smell, but that doesn't justify his claim that cum in general smells.   The fact that so many people don't have smelly cum is proof of that, but it's not an example of argumentum ad populum

Of course, it's also possible that LCP simply has a really sensitive nose, or his perception of what it means to be smelly is different from most people's.  If either of those are the case, then it's possible for him to be right and everybody else to be right at the same time. 

This has been your "Fun With Logical Fallacies" moment of the week. 
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Rillion on October 25, 2008, 05:22:55 AM
He knows this. Josh is just fuckin' with him.

I never assume that Josh knows anything.  That way I don't get proven wrong too often. 
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 26, 2008, 01:32:18 AM
He knows this. Josh is just fuckin' with him.

Being retarded and ignorant is a funny way to "mess" with people. Its probably more likely he didn't know what the hell he was talking about.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on October 26, 2008, 11:16:34 AM
He knows this. Josh is just fuckin' with him.

Yep. I don't expect the ugly pale bitch to understand my sense of humor. It's okay though...she has me on ignore, and I have her on ignore.

If only she'd use the feature instead of just having it as a symbolic gesture? Hmmm...
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Mort on October 26, 2008, 02:24:34 PM
He knows this. Josh is just fuckin' with him.

Yep. I don't expect the ugly pale bitch to understand my sense of humor. It's okay though...she has me on ignore, and I have her on ignore.

If only she'd use the feature instead of just having it as a symbolic gesture? Hmmm...

Dude, come on, don't make fun of nuns, thats not cool.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: freeAgent on October 26, 2008, 02:30:37 PM
I finished The Gypsy Morph and have to figure out what I want to read next.  I'm thinking maybe The God Delusion or some science fiction.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: MacFall on October 27, 2008, 09:36:34 AM
I'm starting King's Dark Tower septilogy.

You're in for a ride of your life. The Dark Tower series are my all-time favorite books.

So I just finished The Wastelands, and from a few clues I suspect that Walter o'Dim is actually Randall Flagg from The Stand. Am I right?
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on October 27, 2008, 02:40:01 PM
I'm starting King's Dark Tower septilogy.

You're in for a ride of your life. The Dark Tower series are my all-time favorite books.

So I just finished The Wastelands, and from a few clues I suspect that Walter o'Dim is actually Randall Flagg from The Stand. Am I right?

Yup.

They're all the same person, dude.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Porcupine_in_MA on October 27, 2008, 04:11:54 PM
I'm starting King's Dark Tower septilogy.

You're in for a ride of your life. The Dark Tower series are my all-time favorite books.

So I just finished The Wastelands, and from a few clues I suspect that Walter o'Dim is actually Randall Flagg from The Stand. Am I right?

Right.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Russell Griswold on November 04, 2008, 12:26:35 PM
Lusty Traveler: The Complete Sex Tourism Guide of Erotic Vacations for Men, Rio De Janeiro
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on November 05, 2008, 08:43:48 AM
Predictably Irrational, by Dan Ariely
http://www.amazon.com/Predictably-Irrational-Hidden-Forces-Decisions/dp/006135323X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1225892596&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Predictably-Irrational-Hidden-Forces-Decisions/dp/006135323X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1225892596&sr=8-1)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Andy on November 10, 2008, 08:56:26 PM
Earth Abides

George. R Stewart

(Call it a pre fallout post apocalypse fix)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Andy on November 10, 2008, 09:02:46 PM
I'm starting King's Dark Tower septilogy.

You're in for a ride of your life. The Dark Tower series are my all-time favorite books.

So I just finished The Wastelands, and from a few clues I suspect that Walter o'Dim is actually Randall Flagg from The Stand. Am I right?

Huh, according to wiki The Stand is actually partially inspired by Earth Abides
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on November 10, 2008, 09:28:52 PM
Two going right now:
Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?: Bodies, Behavior, and Brains--The Science Behind Sex, Love, and Attraction
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ozHZ1BdnL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

Small Favor (Harry Dresden, book 10)
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41l%2B%2Beje8SL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

Oh - wait! almost forgot this one, which I'm reading out loud to kids each night:
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3)
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51JNWnz1zyL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Rillion on November 20, 2008, 09:39:10 AM
Two going right now:
Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?: Bodies, Behavior, and Brains--The Science Behind Sex, Love, and Attraction
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ozHZ1BdnL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

Review requested when you finish!

My reading right now:

(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/26340000/26345503.JPG)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: mike the godless heathen on November 20, 2008, 11:54:52 PM
currently reading anathem by neal stephenson.  i loves the neal

also sun tzu the art of war.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: WallyC33 on November 21, 2008, 12:24:07 AM
I should read more Hunter Thompson. It's dropped off my radar lately, and that should be corrected.
I read The Rum Diary a few years ago. It was so.... I don't know what how to class it. Engaging and totally off-putting at the same time. In reading some of his short stories, too, I've noticed I'm almost tired when I finish.
Hunter S. Thompson the famous motorcycle rider?  I have a collection of quotes from him but I didn't know he wrote any books!

I'm reading Moonrise by Ben Bova right now, next in line is Moonwar the sequel about liberation of the moon colony from earth government.  After that is Crisscross, a Repairman Jack novel by F. Paul Wilson.  I plan on finishing up the LaNague Federation series after that.
This is sarcasm, right? "famous motorcycle rider?" You didn't know he wrote anything?
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: mike the godless heathen on November 21, 2008, 12:25:32 AM
no, he was that fictional guy johhny depp played in that movie with benicio del toro
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: mike the godless heathen on November 21, 2008, 12:25:47 AM
that was sarcasm
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on November 21, 2008, 09:43:55 AM
I should read more Hunter Thompson. It's dropped off my radar lately, and that should be corrected.
I read The Rum Diary a few years ago. It was so.... I don't know what how to class it. Engaging and totally off-putting at the same time. In reading some of his short stories, too, I've noticed I'm almost tired when I finish.
Hunter S. Thompson the famous motorcycle rider?  I have a collection of quotes from him but I didn't know he wrote any books!

I'm reading Moonrise by Ben Bova right now, next in line is Moonwar the sequel about liberation of the moon colony from earth government.  After that is Crisscross, a Repairman Jack novel by F. Paul Wilson.  I plan on finishing up the LaNague Federation series after that.
This is sarcasm, right? "famous motorcycle rider?" You didn't know he wrote anything?

Lawl.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: sandm000 on November 21, 2008, 09:55:09 AM
I'm reading the Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert,
I just can't get into it, it's not that good.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on November 21, 2008, 10:11:47 AM
(http://img126.imageshack.us/img126/6540/oldschoolbooks1ge3.jpg)

This collection of classics was originally my grandmother's (RIP). This has been in my family for years, but I never bothered to read any of them until now:

(http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/5799/oldschoolbooks2qt0.jpg)

I started with this one.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: sandm000 on November 24, 2008, 11:39:31 AM
(http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk163/MayhemOfTheBlackUnderclass/oldschoolbooks2qt0.jpg)

I can't quite make out what this is, do you think you could post a higher resolution pic of your clutter?

/sarcasm off

Now reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neal Gaiman
(http://louisvillereaders.org/images/Book_GoodOmens.jpg)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: mike the godless heathen on November 24, 2008, 11:46:07 AM
good omens is an awesome book.  i especially love the jokes in the notes, like the bugger all this edition and the thing about the dinosaurs.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: blackonred on November 24, 2008, 01:11:41 PM
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Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on November 24, 2008, 04:05:37 PM
(http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk163/MayhemOfTheBlackUnderclass/oldschoolbooks2qt0.jpg)

I can't quite make out what this is, do you think you could post a higher resolution pic of your clutter?

/sarcasm off

Now reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neal Gaiman
(http://louisvillereaders.org/images/Book_GoodOmens.jpg)


I'm sorry, did I defile the beautiful FSP bookmark?

Don't worry, I use them for every book I read. I have a lot.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on November 24, 2008, 05:27:51 PM
Good Omens is a nice book, read it last year.

I decide to try reading a star wars novel, one of the biggest literary mistakes of my life. I think I'll burn the thing in effigy.

Aren't some of them pretty good though?
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on November 24, 2008, 05:43:36 PM
I should read more Hunter Thompson. It's dropped off my radar lately, and that should be corrected.
I read The Rum Diary a few years ago. It was so.... I don't know what how to class it. Engaging and totally off-putting at the same time. In reading some of his short stories, too, I've noticed I'm almost tired when I finish.
Hunter S. Thompson the famous motorcycle rider?  I have a collection of quotes from him but I didn't know he wrote any books!

I'm reading Moonrise by Ben Bova right now, next in line is Moonwar the sequel about liberation of the moon colony from earth government.  After that is Crisscross, a Repairman Jack novel by F. Paul Wilson.  I plan on finishing up the LaNague Federation series after that.
This is sarcasm, right? "famous motorcycle rider?" You didn't know he wrote anything?

Lawl.
Yes, hard to read sarcasm.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Cowcidile on November 24, 2008, 07:02:45 PM
My favorite book is Moby Dick. I like to think of the government as my white whale.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: sandm000 on November 25, 2008, 09:28:14 AM
Good Omens is a nice book, read it last year.

I decide to try reading a star wars novel, one of the biggest literary mistakes of my life. I think I'll burn the thing in effigy.

Aren't some of them pretty good though?

Well the one I got is terrible.

Try the L. Neil Smith Lando Calrissian adventures.  There are 3 books and they need to be read in order, so that one understands the whole Vuffi Raa situation. This character and his background develop over all three books. 
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on December 09, 2008, 08:19:10 AM
Two going right now:
Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?: Bodies, Behavior, and Brains--The Science Behind Sex, Love, and Attraction

Review requested when you finish!
It is quite good. It doesn't get too deep into any one subject, but the author does a very good job covering a wide range of questions, with enough depth to send you in the right direction to find out more. Some were expected, such as the hormone cocktail which causes the "high" of a new romance. The study which concluded that the only men who consistently have a strong preference for blue-eyed women are blue-eyed men, along with the science behind it, was just one of the little gems which took it from okay to good. I probably knew a little more than the average woman about the changes which take place throughout the middle of the cycle, in terms of attraction and signals. This book talked about more than just posturing and odors - went into all the little changes estrogen triggers, down to making the face slightly more symmetrical.

I started the book half expecting it to be not much more than a book length version of Cosmo's "science". I'd read good reviews, but didn't quite take it seriously. Very glad to say I was wrong. I picked up the book through audible, and listened to it. Am considering purchasing the book, as there were several areas I'd like to flip back through and reread, with the ability to easily reference study info.

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My reading right now:

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Your thoughts on this book? I'll be finished with The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World today, and a little dose of Church vs. Science might be just the thing to fire me up over a week of dreary winter weather.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Rillion on December 09, 2008, 03:56:43 PM
My reading right now:

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Your thoughts on this book? I'll be finished with The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World today, and a little dose of Church vs. Science might be just the thing to fire me up over a week of dreary winter weather.

It was very good!  It was quite different from "The Devil in Dover" by Lauri Lebo, which I'd read before.  The Gordy Slack book is more pithy, more philosophical, and often more caustic-- and I don't really like how Slack buys into the portrayal of the Dover trial being about science vs. faith which the ID people are pushing, only from the opposite side.  Lebo handles that discussion better.  Both she and Slack are journalists, but Lebo also takes up the discussion of what it means for journalists to be objective, and how that does not  mean that they are required to portray two different sides of an issue in an equally favorable light.  Lebo also spends a lot more time talking personally about the people involved in the trial (she spent a lot of time interviewing both the defendents and the prosecutors, witnesses as well as lawyers), whereas Slack seems to have spent more of his time talking to other journalists and discussing different angles on the trial.  Both of them tackle the over-arching themes of what exactly constitutes science and what does not, and both Lebo and Slack have (in Lebo's case, had) intelligent, caring fathers who deny evolution and consider such denial a requirement for any good Christian....and both struggled on this topic with their fathers.  Slack's book is funnier; Lebo's is more touching.  Slack was writing about the trial for Salon.com; Lebo is a local and can offer that close perspective. 

So how am I going to resolve this?  I guess I'm going to have to recommend both!  Both are compelling reads, and I read each within a couple of days.  There was an uncharitable review of Lebo's book by Amazon by someone who disparaged her relationship with her father-- I jumped on and criticized that review, and the next day got a very nice email from Lebo thanking me for what I'd said.  A few months ago the prosecution witnesses, lawyers, and others involved in the trial got together at Lebo's house for a reunion party, which should tell you how personal this whole thing became for everyone involved.  Judge John Jones spoke at a conference I attended for the Human Behavior and Evolution Society in 2006 and it was really nice to see how seriously he took-- and continues to take-- this issue, in spite of the fact that he has aroused the hatred of evangelical across the U.S. and has even gotten death threats for his ruling on the case.   
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: sillyperson on December 09, 2008, 04:08:14 PM
currently reading anathem by neal stephenson.  i loves the neal
Hear, hear.
I got kinda bogged down in The Confusion, though I loved Quicksilver. I'll get around to Anathem on my next plane ride.

I'm reading the Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert,
I just can't get into it, it's not that good.
Curse you. It's fucking great.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: freeAgent on December 09, 2008, 07:21:29 PM
I finished Cat's Cradle (Vonnegut) and moved on to Milton Friedman: A Biography (http://www.amazon.com/Milton-Friedman-Biography-Lanny-Ebenstein/dp/0230604099/ref=pd_bbs_12?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228868334&sr=8-12).  I'm only one chapter in, but it's great so far.  It's well written and easy to read (an accomplishment for a biography).
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on December 09, 2008, 08:13:17 PM
I'm not too excited about it, but I think I'll plow through Freakonomics just to say I've read it. I finished The Holographic Universe yesterday.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on December 15, 2008, 10:28:57 PM
(http://bedazzled.blogs.com/bedazzled/images/2007/08/08/watchmen.jpg)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Andy on December 16, 2008, 04:37:10 PM
Nation, Terry Pratchett

Interested to see what he does away from the old turtle.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: mike the godless heathen on December 16, 2008, 05:25:41 PM
(http://bedazzled.blogs.com/bedazzled/images/2007/08/08/watchmen.jpg)

excellent choice.

i am so jacked for the movie.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: MacFall on December 16, 2008, 07:28:44 PM
Nation, Terry Pratchett

Interested to see what he does away from the old turtle.

I'll have to check that out too.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: MacFall on December 16, 2008, 08:27:09 PM
o rly?
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on December 16, 2008, 09:45:18 PM
o rly?

That's the demographic it's aimed at. Of course no one seemed to care for Harry Potter, so why would it stop anyone now?

Usually, in children's stories, half of the main characters don't die gruesome deaths. I'd loosely call the first two books children's stories. From there, it starts getting pretty dark and adult-oriented.

Now reading:

Watchmen by Alan Moore (half-way through)
The Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna (just started)
A Garden of Pomegranates: Skrying On The Tree of Life by Israel Regardie (just started)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: MacFall on December 16, 2008, 09:46:58 PM
I just started the second volume of Rothbard's Conceived in Liberty. He doesn't seem to care for Benjamin Franklin very much.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on December 25, 2008, 02:44:39 PM
(http://bedazzled.blogs.com/bedazzled/images/2007/08/08/watchmen.jpg)

What the fuck, man?

I mean, I enjoyed it, don't get me wrong...but Rorschach...WHAT THE FUCK, MAN?! WHAT THE FUCK!
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Rillion on December 26, 2008, 01:26:43 AM
For Christmas, I got (among other things) Rothbard's The Ethics of Liberty.  Looking forward to reading it.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: mike the godless heathen on December 26, 2008, 02:15:58 PM
(http://bedazzled.blogs.com/bedazzled/images/2007/08/08/watchmen.jpg)

What the fuck, man?

I mean, I enjoyed it, don't get me wrong...but Rorschach...WHAT THE FUCK, MAN?! WHAT THE FUCK!

he refused to compromise.

i would say more, but some people may want to see the movie who haven't read the book and i don't want any spoilers.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on December 26, 2008, 04:27:03 PM
After I finish reading The Titan's Curse to the kids (one more chapter to go!), we'll be starting on Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. I love his children's books. Gaiman writes for children like they're small people, and not babies in need of spoon feeding. Even with the books for younger children. (Not that this book is appropriate for toddlers. For that, you need something like Crazy Hair, Wolves in the Walls, or The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish.)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51pDQMcDGcL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

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Product Description

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy.

He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy-an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer.

But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family. . . .
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Zat on December 26, 2008, 07:48:59 PM
John Locke's Second Treatise of Government, Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra (again), and Stephen King's Just After Sunset (always liked his short stories).
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: hellbilly on December 26, 2008, 07:56:27 PM
The destruction manual for my sons spankin new MP3 playa.

Philips GoGear 4MB bichis. Blang-Blang.

It play de music, it play de video, it show de pichus, it tune de radio, it read de tex flies, it eben recowud de raps.

(on sale @ Target fo' fiddy bux)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Jetfire on December 26, 2008, 09:58:34 PM
The destruction manual for my sons spankin new MP3 playa.

Philips GoGear 4MB bichis. Blang-Blang.

It play de music, it play de video, it show de pichus, it tune de radio, it read de tex flies, it eben recowud de raps.

(on sale @ Target fo' fiddy bux)

I think ur keyboard is broken
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: hellbilly on December 27, 2008, 12:39:58 AM
It play de music.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on December 28, 2008, 01:22:23 PM
(http://bedazzled.blogs.com/bedazzled/images/2007/08/08/watchmen.jpg)

What the fuck, man?

I mean, I enjoyed it, don't get me wrong...but Rorschach...WHAT THE FUCK, MAN?! WHAT THE FUCK!

he refused to compromise.

i would say more, but some people may want to see the movie who haven't read the book and i don't want any spoilers.

Uh, yeah, no shit.



**SPOILERS FOR WATCHMEN, READ AT YOUR OWN FUCKING RISK**



But why did Jon kill him? Couldn't he have just erased that memory from his brain, or transported him to a different planet? I just think it was a shitty thing to do. JON FUCKING MURDERED RORSCHACH. There's no way around it...he murdered him, and they were supposed to be on the same team. The book left me pissed off more than anything. It was still a great story though.

Fuck Doctor Manhattan.

Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on December 28, 2008, 10:55:13 PM
(http://bedazzled.blogs.com/bedazzled/images/2007/08/08/watchmen.jpg)

What the fuck, man?

I mean, I enjoyed it, don't get me wrong...but Rorschach...WHAT THE FUCK, MAN?! WHAT THE FUCK!

he refused to compromise.

i would say more, but some people may want to see the movie who haven't read the book and i don't want any spoilers.

Uh, yeah, no shit.



**SPOILERS FOR WATCHMEN, READ AT YOUR OWN FUCKING RISK**



But why did Jon kill him? Couldn't he have just erased that memory from his brain, or transported him to a different planet? I just think it was a shitty thing to do. JON FUCKING MURDERED RORSCHACH. There's no way around it...he murdered him, and they were supposed to be on the same team. The book left me pissed off more than anything. It was still a great story though.

Fuck Doctor Manhattan.

-***More Spoilers***-

Murdered? Rorschach basically asked him to kill him.

Yeah, because he knew that he was going to do it anyway.

I'd scream "DO IT!" too if I knew that I was about to get my ass blown apart by a fucking God. You can't escape that kind of thing.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on January 01, 2009, 02:51:38 PM
(http://cdn.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/9/9780062506139.jpg)

Just finished. Now I can focus on 'Salem's Lot.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: fatcat on January 01, 2009, 02:58:20 PM
(http://z.about.com/d/grammar/1/G/j/2/-/-/Homicide_David_Simon.jpg)

a non fiction account of David Simons time spent with the Baltimore Police homicide squad. thoroughly interesting stuff.

The same David Simon who went on to make the fantastically brilliant 'The Wire'
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: freeAgent on January 03, 2009, 02:49:51 PM
I just started Dune.  I'm really liking it so far.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: mike the godless heathen on January 03, 2009, 04:53:20 PM
I just started Dune.  I'm really liking it so far.

just make sure you stop reading the series at children of dune.  god emperor of dune, wow, umm, frank herbert lost it for sure.

just added another book to what i am currently reading, so now it is:

anathem by neal stephenson
the selfish gene by richard dawkins
the art of war by sun tzu
1421:  the year china discovered america by gavin menzies
this months issue of wired
the new issue of the magazine of fantasy and science fiction

and i think that i did not finish the road by cormac mccarthy.  i need to find it (still in boxes from move) and see if i finished it.  about 95% sure i did not.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: mike the godless heathen on January 03, 2009, 05:31:12 PM
The Dragon Reborn.

DAMN YOU ROBERT FUCKING JORDAN!!  WHY IN THE FUCK DID YOU HAVE TO DIE!!

WHY!! WHY!! WHY!!
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Andy on January 03, 2009, 06:24:04 PM
The Dragon Reborn.

DAMN YOU ROBERT FUCKING JORDAN!!  WHY IN THE FUCK DID YOU HAVE TO DIE!!

WHY!! WHY!! WHY!!

He was telling us the whole time.

"I intend to continue writing until they nail shut my coffin" (or something like that)

What more of hint do you want?
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: mike the godless heathen on January 03, 2009, 07:21:00 PM
just so long as george r.r. martin doesn't mysteriously kick the bucket before finishing the "a song of ice and fire" series i will be at least half-way happy.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 03, 2009, 07:25:00 PM
Les Miserable
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: mikehz on January 03, 2009, 07:28:38 PM
Les Miserable

Great novel. I mean, great novel. Probably the best ever written. I've read it at least three times, and am in more awe of the writing each time.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: freeAgent on January 03, 2009, 11:32:40 PM
Les Miserable

Great novel. I mean, great novel. Probably the best ever written. I've read it at least three times, and am in more awe of the writing each time.

I agree.  It's one of my favorite books of all time.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 03, 2009, 11:40:08 PM
On Tuesday, when the kids are back in school and I have my brain back, I'll be starting Human Action.
My recreational reading is currently Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and Nation of Sheep, by Napolitano
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: hellbilly on January 04, 2009, 01:11:18 AM
(http://cdn.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/9/9780062506139.jpg)

Just finished. Now I can focus on 'Salem's Lot.

Taors..

http://bbs.freetalklive.com/index.php?topic=26471.0
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on January 04, 2009, 01:42:33 AM
(http://cdn.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/9/9780062506139.jpg)

Just finished. Now I can focus on 'Salem's Lot.

Taors..

http://bbs.freetalklive.com/index.php?topic=26471.0

You got your reply.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: sandm000 on January 05, 2009, 03:48:46 PM
(http://www.sfsite.com/~silverag/downtoearth.jpg)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on January 05, 2009, 03:51:04 PM
'Salem's Lot is really fucking good so far.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 05, 2009, 04:54:08 PM
'Salem's Lot is really fucking good so far.

There aren't many books which spooked me to point of scary dreams. This was one of them.
I tried reading it as a teen, and couldn't sleep. Finally read it a few years ago, but still wouldn't read it at bedtime. (That was my own silliness, though)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: AntonLee on January 05, 2009, 05:02:36 PM
5 Acres and Independence
and
America's Cheapest Family

Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Taors on January 05, 2009, 08:22:48 PM
'Salem's Lot is really fucking good so far.

There aren't many books which spooked me to point of scary dreams. This was one of them.
I tried reading it as a teen, and couldn't sleep. Finally read it a few years ago, but still wouldn't read it at bedtime. (That was my own silliness, though)

I'm at the part where Mike Ryerson is spending the night at Matt Burke's house and Matt hears him invite someone in, and then Matt hears a child's maniacal laughter and sucking sounds coming from the room where Mike's sleeping.

I rarely get scared reading books, any book...but this one is just creeping me the fuck out.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Andy on January 24, 2009, 04:03:35 PM
Imperium, Robert Harris

Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on January 24, 2009, 04:04:58 PM
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Hemingway
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 24, 2009, 11:09:56 PM
Imperium, Robert Harris



I bought the audiobook of this last summer, narrated by Simon Jones. 
Listened to it on long rides for a couple of weeks. It was great.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on March 03, 2009, 11:59:37 PM
For people in or seeking long term relationships:

Getting the love you want by Harville Hendrix

I highly recommend it. The wife and I read it together and it has improved what was already a really good relationship.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Ecolitan on March 04, 2009, 12:00:42 AM
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Harry Tuttle on March 04, 2009, 01:50:50 AM
I Am American and So Can You - by Stephen Colbert (on Audio)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: conrad from spain on March 04, 2009, 06:34:57 AM
I'm reading "Atlas Shrugged" and I already bought "The Fountainhead" to read next.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: freeAgent on March 04, 2009, 07:30:55 AM
I'm reading Radicals for Capitalism (http://www.amazon.com/Radicals-Capitalism-Freewheeling-American-Libertarian/dp/1586485725/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1236169769&sr=8-1).  It finally came out on the Kindle and it's an excellent book (so far, about 1/3 through).  I highly recommend it.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on March 04, 2009, 07:43:51 AM
I'm reading "Atlas Shrugged" and I already bought "The Fountainhead" to read next.

I'll be trying Atlas Shrugged again. I haven't gotten through it on previous attempts. Where I find Rand's essays quite readable, Atlas Shrugged has been like trying to crawl a mile or two across the desert to get to the oasis. I know the water's there, but it's a painful trip.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: RedneckGuru765 on March 04, 2009, 08:03:04 AM
Order Out of Chaos: Elite Sponsored Terrorism and the New World Order by Paul Joseph Watson
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: CaL DaVe on March 04, 2009, 11:11:08 AM
I'm reading "Atlas Shrugged" and I already bought "The Fountainhead" to read next.

I'll be trying Atlas Shrugged again. I haven't gotten through it on previous attempts. Where I find Rand's essays quite readable, Atlas Shrugged has been like trying to crawl a mile or two across the desert to get to the oasis. I know the water's there, but it's a painful trip.

I made one attempt a year ago and I'm thinking of picking up where I last left off.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: conrad from spain on March 04, 2009, 01:24:53 PM
I'm reading "Atlas Shrugged" and I already bought "The Fountainhead" to read next.

I'll be trying Atlas Shrugged again. I haven't gotten through it on previous attempts. Where I find Rand's essays quite readable, Atlas Shrugged has been like trying to crawl a mile or two across the desert to get to the oasis. I know the water's there, but it's a painful trip.

I made one attempt a year ago and I'm thinking of picking up where I last left off.

I hear you guys, I'm a little over halfway (about 700 pages in) and I'm hitting a little slump.. I do like the characters, the plot, the political and economic situations that she creates and the language is also very interesting, but she is LOOOOOOOONG WINDED!!
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: NHArticleTen on March 04, 2009, 04:18:09 PM

Unintended Consequences, John Ross

http://www.john-ross.net/

Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Kevin Freeheart on March 04, 2009, 04:45:10 PM
"You Will Die: The Burden of Modern Taboos" by Robert R. Arthur.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Andy on March 04, 2009, 06:06:17 PM
The Hound of the Baskervilles, Conan-Doyle
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Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on March 04, 2009, 08:43:09 PM
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.
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Post by: hellbilly on January 15, 2010, 10:04:28 PM
Been doing some reading lately..

Currently, Bastard out of Carolina (http://www.amazon.com/Bastard-Out-Carolina-Dorothy-Allison/dp/0452269571)

Before that:
Blood Meridian (http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Meridian-Evening-Redness-Paperback/dp/B002YIKXE4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263610704&sr=1-4)
The Road (http://www.amazon.com/Road-Movie-Tie-Vintage-International/dp/0307476308/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1)
The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake (http://www.amazon.com/Stories-Breece-DJ-Pancake/dp/0316715972/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263610843&sr=1-1)
The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor (http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Stories-Flannery-OConnor/dp/B002L4A256/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263610890&sr=1-3)
Crash (http://www.amazon.com/Crash-Novel-J-G-Ballard/dp/0312420331/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263610937&sr=1-3)

Crash is the only one I didn't bother to finish-no idea why it has had such consistent good reviews.
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Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on January 16, 2010, 12:04:07 AM
Dydeetown World, by F. Paul Wilson
Armor, by John Steakley
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Post by: Laetitia on January 16, 2010, 08:48:16 AM
Working my way through Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Read Going Postal a couple months ago, followed by Thud! and Making Money, then started at the beginning two weeks ago with Color of Magic, Light Fantastic, Equal Rites. Currently reading Thief of Time.
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Post by: mikehz on January 16, 2010, 10:57:27 AM
I'm reading "Atlas Shrugged" and I already bought "The Fountainhead" to read next.

I'll be trying Atlas Shrugged again. I haven't gotten through it on previous attempts. Where I find Rand's essays quite readable, Atlas Shrugged has been like trying to crawl a mile or two across the desert to get to the oasis. I know the water's there, but it's a painful trip.

The last third goes much faster than the rest.

I just finished with "Paul McCartney: A Life," by Peter Carlin. http://www.amazon.com/Paul-McCartney-Life-Peter-Carlin/dp/1416562095#noop (http://www.amazon.com/Paul-McCartney-Life-Peter-Carlin/dp/1416562095#noop)

Today, just starting Orson Scott Card's "Speaker for the Dead."
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Post by: freeAgent on January 16, 2010, 11:37:23 AM
I just finished up The Orc King (http://www.amazon.com/Orc-King-Transitions-Book/dp/0786950463/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263659652&sr=8-1) this morning.  It was a very quick read.  R. A. Salvatore is by far my favorite fantasy genre writer, and his battle scenes are amazing.  One criticism I do have is that the book can get a little preachy at times.
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Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on January 16, 2010, 11:52:06 AM
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintaince.
I've heard great things about this book, but haven't read it yet.
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Post by: Robin on January 16, 2010, 02:33:20 PM
I am moseying my way thru Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, taking random breaks to read my Vlad The Impaler graphic novel and some Old Man Logan comics.

I have been browsing Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson but not really READING it. Was also reading some of The Rage Plague but I think my husband may have packed it when he left for his business trip.
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Post by: Laetitia on January 16, 2010, 04:41:07 PM
I am moseying my way thru Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,

How do you like it? I have the audiobook, and find it a bit hard to follow. Figure I might need to get the actual book to enjoy it.
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Post by: cavalier973 on January 16, 2010, 05:01:42 PM
I just finished up The Orc King (http://www.amazon.com/Orc-King-Transitions-Book/dp/0786950463/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263659652&sr=8-1) this morning.  It was a very quick read.  R. A. Salvatore is by far my favorite fantasy genre writer, and his battle scenes are amazing.  One criticism I do have is that the book can get a little preachy at times.

Is "The Cleric Quintet" any good?
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Post by: cavalier973 on January 16, 2010, 05:04:25 PM
"The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell.  I've previously read "Blink" and "Outliers", both of which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Here is Gladwell giving a fascinating talk about spaghetti sauce, and why it's like it is today (extra chunky):
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6449479356304659254#


He has one of the craziest hairstyles I've seen.
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Post by: freeAgent on January 16, 2010, 09:21:39 PM
I just finished up The Orc King (http://www.amazon.com/Orc-King-Transitions-Book/dp/0786950463/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263659652&sr=8-1) this morning.  It was a very quick read.  R. A. Salvatore is by far my favorite fantasy genre writer, and his battle scenes are amazing.  One criticism I do have is that the book can get a little preachy at times.

Is "The Cleric Quintet" any good?

It's been a while since I read it, but I think it was decent.  I prefer the stuff with Drizzt in it.  If you haven't read any Salvatore yet, I'd suggest starting with The Dark Elf Trilogy.  Those three books cover the origins of Drizzt and lead right into the Icewind Dale Trilogy (which was actually written first).  All of these books are high fantasy (being based on the Forgotten Realms campaign setting for Dungeons & Dragons...) and they're definitely not high brow literature, but that doesn't make me love them any less :)
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Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on January 16, 2010, 09:33:29 PM
I just finished up The Orc King (http://www.amazon.com/Orc-King-Transitions-Book/dp/0786950463/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263659652&sr=8-1) this morning.  It was a very quick read.  R. A. Salvatore is by far my favorite fantasy genre writer, and his battle scenes are amazing.  One criticism I do have is that the book can get a little preachy at times.

Is "The Cleric Quintet" any good?

It's been a while since I read it, but I think it was decent.  I prefer the stuff with Drizzt in it.  If you haven't read any Salvatore yet, I'd suggest starting with The Dark Elf Trilogy.  Those three books cover the origins of Drizzt and lead right into the Icewind Dale Trilogy (which was actually written first).  All of these books are high fantasy (being based on the Forgotten Realms campaign setting for Dungeons & Dragons...) and they're definitely not high brow literature, but that doesn't make me love them any less :)
My brother reads that stuff, but I can't stand it.  Never could get into fantasy, I've always been a Hard SF guy myself.  Of course I can't get him too deeply interested in my stuff either.  Although he did love Stranger in a Strange Land, but that's kind of a more fantastic novel than Hard SF.

I've got a couple RAS books right here I never could get more than 50 pages into...
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Post by: cavalier973 on January 16, 2010, 10:57:29 PM
You know who does a decent job at historical fiction?  Bernard Cornwell.  "The Harlequin Tale" trilogy is my favorite, follow it up with "Agincourt"; The Winter King trilogy is okay, too (about King Arthur--with some differences, Mordred is his brother instead of son in this version, Lancelot is all talk and no action).  The series on Alfred the Great is pretty good, too (The Last Swordsman, etc.), especially if you like stories about Vikings.  I have not read any of the Sharpe series, though, because I'm never in the mood to read about Napoleonic times.  He also has started a series set in the American "Civil War" (actually, the First War of the Southron Secession), but I haven't read those, either.
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Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on January 17, 2010, 11:27:23 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Pride-Prejudice-Zombies-Classic-Ultraviolent/dp/1594743347/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263745371&sr=8-1

I kinda wanna get this book
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Post by: Robin on January 17, 2010, 12:21:26 PM
I am moseying my way thru Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,

How do you like it? I have the audiobook, and find it a bit hard to follow. Figure I might need to get the actual book to enjoy it.

it is not bad, but it just isn't making me go "omg i must read this RIGHT NOT and not move until it is done". i do enjoy the utter sillyness
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Post by: Rillion on January 17, 2010, 12:42:30 PM
"The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell.  I've previously read "Blink" and "Outliers", both of which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Here is Gladwell giving a fascinating talk about spaghetti sauce, and why it's like it is today (extra chunky):
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6449479356304659254#


He has one of the craziest hairstyles I've seen.

I've always been partial to Steven Pinker's (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Steven+Pinker&x=0&y=0) hair:

(http://pinker.wjh.harvard.edu/about/photographs/steven_pinker_4x4_150dpi_239.jpg)

Such an intelligent, handsome hobbit he is. 
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Post by: ForumTroll on January 17, 2010, 06:07:49 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Matt-Hoovers-Guide-Losing-Weight/dp/1602392900
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Post by: CaL DaVe on January 19, 2010, 12:41:31 AM
Just finished "To Kill a Mocking Bird", again. What a great read. Scout's personality is what I imagine Rillion's would have been like when she was a kid.

Started "This Boy's Life", by Tobias Wolff, I like it so far.
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Post by: Laetitia on January 19, 2010, 08:41:49 AM
Finishing up the last chapter of Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend while sewing this morning. Written by Christopher Moore. Have the audiobook, read by Fisher Stevens.

I've really enjoyed it. It's not quite as well done as A Dirty Job, the story of a thrift shop owning, single dad who stumbles into being a finder of the missing pieces of souls, but a good listen.

Then I'll be perusing Audible for the next book(s).
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Post by: timmysoboy on July 02, 2010, 03:59:19 PM
I shall resurrect thee, oh great book thread!

Currently working on Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, and It's blowing my mind.  Kind of a difficult read because I don't know anything about that election, but that is part of what keeps me reading.  Parts of it remind me of my very limited involvement in the Ron Paul movement.
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Post by: YixilTesiphon on July 02, 2010, 04:04:26 PM
"The Motion of Bubbles and Drops in Reduced Gravity."

Oh yeah.
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Post by: freeAgent on July 03, 2010, 08:28:22 PM
I'm finally getting around to reading some Rand: Atlas Shrugged.
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Post by: yamnuska on July 03, 2010, 09:51:47 PM
Gunsmithing - rifles by Patrick Sweeney

U-Turn by Bruce Grierson

Dry Ice by Stephen White and Dick Hill
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Post by: hellbilly on July 03, 2010, 09:52:34 PM
I'm finally getting around to reading some Rand: Atlas Shrugged.

Do you think it lives up to the hype?


Me: "Go Down Together" - 2009 book on Bonnie & Clyde, it's good.
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Post by: freeAgent on July 04, 2010, 07:30:45 AM
I'm finally getting around to reading some Rand: Atlas Shrugged.

Do you think it lives up to the hype?

So far it's pretty good (I'm about 1/4-1/3 through it).  I put off reading any Rand for a long time because I'm not a huge fan of Rand as a person.
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Post by: Laetitia on July 04, 2010, 02:53:28 PM
Road trip reading:

The Upside of Irrationality, by Dan Areily (not sure of spelling) - listening to audiobook. It's followup to Predictably Irrational. Liking it so far.

Sourcery, by Terry Pratchett. Like it, though not quite as much as a few of the other discworld books I've read. Will move on to Wyrd Sisters next, probably before we hit Chicago.

Half Moon Investigations, by Eoin Colfer - finished it day 2 of driving. 12 year old boy with a detective's license. Whole family enjoyed the heck out of it.

The Fairy Tale Detectives - 1st book of Sisters Grimm series. So far, so good.

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Post by: NightFlight on July 04, 2010, 04:31:41 PM
Just finished "Hellhound On His Trail" by Hampton Sides, its about James Earl Ray and MLK. Damn good read. I'm half way through "The Sirius Mystery" by Robert Temple, its the second, updated edition. Very interesting. Waiting next is "Wired For War" by P. W. Singer and its about the evolution of robotics used in 21st century war. Too damn hot to do anything else but sit in the AC, drink a little and read.
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Post by: yamnuska on July 04, 2010, 09:55:14 PM
I just finished up The Orc King (http://www.amazon.com/Orc-King-Transitions-Book/dp/0786950463/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263659652&sr=8-1) this morning.  It was a very quick read.  R. A. Salvatore is by far my favorite fantasy genre writer, and his battle scenes are amazing.  One criticism I do have is that the book can get a little preachy at times.

Is "The Cleric Quintet" any good?

I had these books as an old teenager, had 100 plus, loved them, the clerical quintet was one of the few I kept, I remember it being good, I liked it better than the icewind dale trilogy because I liked the characters more. I really liked the prequels to icewind dale about drizzit living in Menzobaronwhatever, sort of femdom/bdsm like. Another good fantasy writer is Elizabeth Moon, I still have her Legend of Paksenarrion books, loved them. The fantasy I liked second best of all time was Tad Williams, Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series (first one is the dragonbone chair). I have liked reading the wheel of time by Robert Jordan but now it's going on and on and on, it's not so much enjoyable as it is a chore. Roger Taylor and the Farnor books, David Eddings and his Belgariad and Malloreon series tie my number one spot along with Raymond E Feist and his Empire Trilogy that starts with daughter of the empire.

For SF I really liked the Childe cycle by Gordon R Dickson about the warrior Dorsai race. I also like Larry Niven, his ringworld books and the integral trees/smoke ring, just stay away from the man/kinzin wars books, they suck ass. The best SF I have ever read is by Ursula K Le Guin, awesome books, Left Hand of Darkness was great.
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Post by: hellbilly on July 05, 2010, 12:00:47 AM
I'm finally getting around to reading some Rand: Atlas Shrugged.

Do you think it lives up to the hype?

So far it's pretty good (I'm about 1/4-1/3 through it).  I put off reading any Rand for a long time because I'm not a huge fan of Rand as a person.

I thought it was good. Leaned too much toward pr0n for intellectual women for me, the romanticist view on capitalist men was way over the top- but I liked it.
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Post by: freeAgent on July 05, 2010, 08:43:33 AM
The pre
I just finished up The Orc King (http://www.amazon.com/Orc-King-Transitions-Book/dp/0786950463/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263659652&sr=8-1) this morning.  It was a very quick read.  R. A. Salvatore is by far my favorite fantasy genre writer, and his battle scenes are amazing.  One criticism I do have is that the book can get a little preachy at times.

Is "The Cleric Quintet" any good?

I had these books as an old teenager, had 100 plus, loved them, the clerical quintet was one of the few I kept, I remember it being good, I liked it better than the icewind dale trilogy because I liked the characters more. I really liked the prequels to icewind dale about drizzit living in Menzobaronwhatever, sort of femdom/bdsm like. Another good fantasy writer is Elizabeth Moon, I still have her Legend of Paksenarrion books, loved them. The fantasy I liked second best of all time was Tad Williams, Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series (first one is the dragonbone chair). I have liked reading the wheel of time by Robert Jordan but now it's going on and on and on, it's not so much enjoyable as it is a chore. Roger Taylor and the Farnor books, David Eddings and his Belgariad and Malloreon series tie my number one spot along with Raymond E Feist and his Empire Trilogy that starts with daughter of the empire.

For SF I really liked the Childe cycle by Gordon R Dickson about the warrior Dorsai race. I also like Larry Niven, his ringworld books and the integral trees/smoke ring, just stay away from the man/kinzin wars books, they suck ass. The best SF I have ever read is by Ursula K Le Guin, awesome books, Left Hand of Darkness was great.

It's Drizzt!

And yeah, I think I enjoyed the Dark Elf Trilogy (the prequel) more than the Icewind Dale Trilogy.  There are a ton of other books that come after the Icewind Dale Trilogy chronologically.
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Post by: freeAgent on July 05, 2010, 08:54:44 AM
I'm finally getting around to reading some Rand: Atlas Shrugged.

Do you think it lives up to the hype?

So far it's pretty good (I'm about 1/4-1/3 through it).  I put off reading any Rand for a long time because I'm not a huge fan of Rand as a person.

I thought it was good. Leaned too much toward pr0n for intellectual women for me, the romanticist view on capitalist men was way over the top- but I liked it.

Yeah, all the characters are very clearly either good, bad, or incompetent/hero worshipers.  Everyone is very one-dimensional.  However, I think the way Rand turns the usual conceptions of Good on their head makes up for it to a large degree.  I've never read a book where someone unabashedly praises selfishness.  That said, I would disagree with Rand (I think) that selfishness leads to this fiercely independent lifestyle.  I believe that the most selfish people frequently go into government work ;)  I'm going to go all Randroid from reading the book, but it is interesting and I'm glad that I've finally gotten around to it.  I'm also glad that I already found libertarian beliefs through economics long ago.  I would not want Rand to be my introduction to libertarian beliefs ;)
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Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on July 06, 2010, 01:26:37 AM
Dydeetown World, by F. Paul Wilson

Takes place in the same universe as Healer and An Enemy of the State and Wheels Within Wheels but is more light hearted and fun like the Repairman Jack series.  I'm enjoying it.  I like this universe a lot better than the Repairman Jack universe, but Repairman Jack is a cool character.
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Post by: Harry Tuttle on July 07, 2010, 01:08:40 AM
Don Quixote.

Next up: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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Post by: Trillian on July 07, 2010, 08:56:07 PM
I'm reading 75 books over the next 3 weeks, all kids books... I know exciting huh?  that's what I get for taking summer courses both reading related ..  I enjoy them more than I should probably.  Hatchet was a good read, and How to Eat Fried Worms made me giggle.  I've just started The Giver by Lois Lowery which is supposed to a good read for anti authority ideas for children, I'm excited about that.

For any parents of elementary- middle school aged kids, I've got tons of good book suggestions.. just fyi
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Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on July 07, 2010, 09:03:54 PM
I'm reading The Gospel of Wealth by Carnegie, The Federalist by Adams, Jay, and Madison, a book on Voltaire and The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietsche.
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Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on November 26, 2010, 01:07:43 AM
Just finished King Leopolds Ghost. A bit heavy handed, because the author wanted to make a moral judgment about everyone, but still good.
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Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on November 26, 2010, 12:01:02 PM
Recently reread revolt in 2100 by heinlein and am now reading the epic space opera night's dawn trilogy by peter f.hamilton. It is pretty badass so far
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Post by: sandm000 on November 29, 2010, 08:05:13 AM
House of Leaves

It's gotten to the point in the book where it's pissing me off. Literally. Non linear story, and I don't mean the time in the story jumps around, I mean the words on the page jump around.
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Post by: davann on November 29, 2010, 07:02:46 PM
Rereading The Prince. As time allows. Once done I will follow it up with The Discourses.

It is always good to know how ones enemy thinks.
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Post by: hellbilly on November 29, 2010, 10:59:02 PM
Autumn
David Moody

Zombies!

Pretty good.
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Post by: Ecolitan on November 30, 2010, 09:08:30 AM
Don Quixote.

Next up: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Both of those are soon on my list.

Right now it's The Winter of our Discontent
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Post by: freeAgent on November 30, 2010, 09:29:45 AM
I'm almost done with Neuromancer.  I know it's a Sci-Fi classic, and I can see that it was way ahead of its time and blah blah blah, but I haven't found it to be a very engaging story.  I'm looking forward to finishing it.
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Post by: Brooklyn Red Leg on November 30, 2010, 10:38:40 AM
Just started re-reading Another Fine Myth by the late Robert Asprin.
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Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on November 30, 2010, 06:08:53 PM
I'm almost done with Neuromancer.  I know it's a Sci-Fi classic, and I can see that it was way ahead of its time and blah blah blah, but I haven't found it to be a very engaging story.  I'm looking forward to finishing it.
I felt that It was pointless and frustrating. I didn't really get the hype around it either.
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Post by: hellbilly on November 30, 2010, 06:54:00 PM
I'm almost done with Neuromancer.  I know it's a Sci-Fi classic, and I can see that it was way ahead of its time and blah blah blah, but I haven't found it to be a very engaging story.  I'm looking forward to finishing it.
I felt that It was pointless and frustrating. I didn't really get the hype around it either.

Didn't get far into it before picking up something else.

I kept picturing in my head Bladerunner type scenes but with a groovy 60's Barbarella streak (which I can't get into). I also don't like Phillip K. Dick type writing.
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Post by: Ecolitan on November 30, 2010, 09:55:14 PM
I'm almost done with Neuromancer.  I know it's a Sci-Fi classic, and I can see that it was way ahead of its time and blah blah blah, but I haven't found it to be a very engaging story.  I'm looking forward to finishing it.

2nd
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Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on December 01, 2010, 12:07:46 AM
I finished Superfreakonomics yesterday, and it was every bit as pure awesome as the original. A total recommendation.
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Post by: freeAgent on December 01, 2010, 11:08:56 PM
Well, I finished Neuromancer and believe I got almost nothing out of it.  Oh well.

Now I'm onto Weed Man: The Remarkable Story of Jimmy Divine (http://www.amazon.com/Weed-Man-Remarkable-Journey-Divine/dp/1595551530/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1291262831&sr=8-1).  I'm already about 25% through, and it's excellent.  I highly recommend it, and that's coming from someone whose only interest in marijuana is in seeing it legalized to increase freedom and decrease crime.
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Post by: yamnuska on December 02, 2010, 05:31:15 AM
Watch Yourself: Why safer Isn't Always Better by Matt Hern

He's a Canadian who started writing about de-schooling, the work I've read of his so far has been great. At first I was worried because of the fancy ass covers, they reminded me of the books you get from the Mises Institute, all nice on the outside but full of shitty 1970's printing press made pages.

http://www.mightymatthern.com/?page_id=37 (http://www.mightymatthern.com/?page_id=37)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2617/3762934457_287a2d2ba2.jpg)
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Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on December 07, 2010, 10:13:52 PM
Read Eat The Rich by P.J. O'Rourke recently. He's a funny writer, but the book was written 13 years ago, and jokes about Paula Jones, and Clinton's penis do not age well. It was a fun, light read, and the end actually made me angry. Most books don't do that, but this did. It ended on a note about economic improvement that was so simple, spot-on, and logical that the people who oppose this type of thinking just seemed evil.
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Post by: Laetitia on December 08, 2010, 04:49:04 PM
Read Eat The Rich by P.J. O'Rourke recently. He's a funny writer, but the book was written 13 years ago, and jokes about Paula Jones, and Clinton's penis do not age well. It was a fun, light read, and the end actually made me angry. Most books don't do that, but this did. It ended on a note about economic improvement that was so simple, spot-on, and logical that the people who oppose this type of thinking just seemed evil.

It's not the 13 years. The Paula Jones / Clinton's penis jokes were past their expiration date when I read it a decade ago. It's still a very good book...

...and the people who oppose this type of thinking are evil. It's well-intentioned evil - but still terribly destructive.
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Post by: Laetitia on December 08, 2010, 05:02:59 PM
I'm downloading Superfreakonomics as one of my monthly Audible picks. Looking forward to starting.

Reading Leviathan with my daughter. I'm really enjoying the genetic vs. mechanical engineering and alternate history.

Just finished Side Jobs, the short story collection from Jim Butcher and Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud. If you've read the Bartimaeus Trilogy, it's so much fun to get the inside scoop on some of the demon's tall tales. If you haven't read the Trilogy - get started!

I'm about halfway through Faceless Killers, first of the Wallander books by Henning Mankell (I think that's the spelling.) Saw one of the movies on Masterpiece Theater, and picked up a couple of the books at Goodwill. I like it so far. It's bleak, but hopeful.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on December 08, 2010, 10:14:23 PM
I'm downloading Superfreakonomics as one of my monthly Audible picks. Looking forward to starting.

Reading Leviathan with my daughter. I'm really enjoying the genetic vs. mechanical engineering and alternate history.

Just finished Side Jobs, the short story collection from Jim Butcher and Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud. If you've read the Bartimaeus Trilogy, it's so much fun to get the inside scoop on some of the demon's tall tales. If you haven't read the Trilogy - get started!

I'm about halfway through Faceless Killers, first of the Wallander books by Henning Mankell (I think that's the spelling.) Saw one of the movies on Masterpiece Theater, and picked up a couple of the books at Goodwill. I like it so far. It's bleak, but hopeful.

Can you speed-read while running?

 I mean, if anyone could do it, I figure you would be the one to figure it out.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: anarchir on December 08, 2010, 10:36:24 PM
I'm downloading Superfreakonomics as one of my monthly Audible picks. Looking forward to starting.

Reading Leviathan with my daughter. I'm really enjoying the genetic vs. mechanical engineering and alternate history.

Just finished Side Jobs, the short story collection from Jim Butcher and Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud. If you've read the Bartimaeus Trilogy, it's so much fun to get the inside scoop on some of the demon's tall tales. If you haven't read the Trilogy - get started!

I'm about halfway through Faceless Killers, first of the Wallander books by Henning Mankell (I think that's the spelling.) Saw one of the movies on Masterpiece Theater, and picked up a couple of the books at Goodwill. I like it so far. It's bleak, but hopeful.

Can you speed-read while running?

 I mean, if anyone could do it, I figure you would be the one to figure it out.

Anyone here know how to speed read? I am an above average reader in terms of speed and am thinking about learning the actual practice if it isn't too incredibly difficult.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on December 08, 2010, 10:48:22 PM
Can you speed-read while running?

Wish I could.  :lol:

I listen to 1-2 audiobooks each week, plus read the dead tree variety of books about 30 mins a day, plus 30 mins with my daughter.

I read pretty quickly, but have thought about trying to learn to speed read.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: anarchir on December 08, 2010, 11:23:16 PM
Method one sucks, I'm gonna try method two.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: alaric89 on December 09, 2010, 02:18:48 AM
Read Eat The Rich by P.J. O'Rourke recently. He's a funny writer, but the book was written 13 years ago, and jokes about Paula Jones, and Clinton's penis do not age well. It was a fun, light read, and the end actually made me angry. Most books don't do that, but this did. It ended on a note about economic improvement that was so simple, spot-on, and logical that the people who oppose this type of thinking just seemed evil.
Be sure to read Parliament Of Whores as well. He was still a staunch Republican when he wrote it, but except on military matters he had a tendency to be correct.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Rillion on December 11, 2010, 04:14:08 PM
I got the audiobook of In Defense of Food to listen to on a car trip, and it was excellent.  Not just the book itself, but the reader does it perfectly.  So I got the audiobook of The Omnivore's Dilemma because it has the same reader.  It's great as well so far, though I wish I'd listened to them in reverse. 
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: freeAgent on December 11, 2010, 07:23:14 PM
I finished Weed Man pretty quickly (excellent read, I highly recommend it) and am now reading Blindness by Jose Saramago.  I'm about a quarter through it, and it's also very good.  You have to be able to make it past the non-English sentence structure, but once you do that it's enjoyable and a quick read.  It reminds me so far of Lord of the Flies combined with a story about a kind of "real-life" (it's fiction) prisoner's dilemma.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Branlin on December 11, 2010, 07:44:49 PM
I'm part way into Peter Schiff's "The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets." (http://www.amazon.com/Little-Book-Moves-Updated-Expanded/dp/0470643994/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1292114571&sr=8-2)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on December 11, 2010, 09:19:15 PM
I got the audiobook of In Defense of Food to listen to on a car trip, and it was excellent.  Not just the book itself, but the reader does it perfectly.  So I got the audiobook of The Omnivore's Dilemma because it has the same reader.  It's great as well so far, though I wish I'd listened to them in reverse. 

Cool! Thanks for the recommendation - The Omnivore's Dilemma has been on my Audible wishlist for a few months. I'll add In Defense of Food and move it down the list below TOD - which will be my Jan nonfiction pick.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on December 14, 2010, 03:21:56 PM
Pythias by Frederick Pohl.  http://www.feedbooks.com/book/4372.pdf

A real short story, should take no more than 20 minutes to read.  I think the punchline really encapsulates the anarchist perspective against government and the problem of democracy.  Wow, I love Fred Pohl.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: mikehz on December 14, 2010, 04:00:25 PM
I've got three going at the moment. I've got to stop doing that! The first is "On the Oceans of Eternity," by S. M. Sterling, which is slow going in comparison to the first two books of the series. When I get bored with that, which is often, I turn to Bill Bryson's hilarious "A Walk in the Woods," about his hiking of the Appalachian trail. Then, in the car I've got David Sedaris' "When You Are in Flames."
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on December 14, 2010, 07:31:35 PM
Just finished Dirty Little Secrets and Red Star in Orbit today. Lost of time on my hands without a home internet connection.

Dirty Little Secrets was a horrible horrible book that I don't recommend to anyone. I only finished it out of a sense of follow-through that I have, and an obsessive personality. It was a stupid series of articles about military secrets that are available openly, and only relevant to pimple-faced circle-jerking military enthusiasts.

Red Star in Orbit was a fairly good, if overtly jingoistic book about the Soviet side of the space race. The friend who lent it to me worked for NASA around the time of the Challenger Disaster, and we got into a few discussions as to who really won the space race. Up to now, I never really appreciated how well propaganda worked because I really did think the Soviets did everything first, and there never really intended to go to the moon.

It was written in a time period before the Mir, the shuttle disaster, and the fall of Communism,after all the major space feats, but before space became irrelevant to most Americans. It was interesting, but not engrossing.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on May 25, 2011, 09:13:52 PM
Just finished reading G-d is not Great by Christopher Hitchens.

Overall it was ok. He made a few very good points, and many bad ones. If you're already an atheist, it'll be a circle jerk of a read, and if you're religious, but don't like challenges, it can be a tough read.

I guess he thinks its cute or something to call people mammals.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: John Shaw on May 25, 2011, 09:55:35 PM
I guess he thinks its cute or something to call people mammals.

It irritates religious people. He's in the business of doing that.

Personally I'm just glad that he's out there heading off bullshit about deathbed conversions.


April 22, 2011-
Quote
"The letter also dismissed the notion of a possible deathbed conversion, in which he claimed that "redemption and supernatural deliverance appears even more hollow and artificial to me than it did before."

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/04/hitchens_address_to_american_a.php

Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: yamnuska on May 31, 2011, 07:51:29 PM
Screw the roses, send me the thorns, I'm getting into the funky stuff as I like to call it, trying to spice things up, slowly.

(http://img.amazon.ca/images/I/51XK7KHV5RL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: hellbilly on May 31, 2011, 09:42:48 PM
The Beach - Alex Garland (http://www.amazon.com/Beach-Alex-Garland/dp/1573226521)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on September 08, 2011, 03:31:50 AM
American Gods, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. 

Probly won't read 'em both at the same time.  But theres no reason why I couldn't.

Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Smart Pirate on September 12, 2011, 02:31:48 AM
Iím reading Middlemarch by George Eliot, I read the book once and this is the second time Iím reading it, reading books is one of my favorite hobbies.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on September 12, 2011, 01:09:49 PM
TANSTAAFL by some economist. I picked it up because of the title, and it was an interesting read. The book revolves around the costs of environmental pollution,and how to pay for the impact. Since the author is an economist, and not an environmentalist, he takes a dim view of legal methods, altruism, and conservation to change human behavior. He instead would monetize damage.

Makes sense.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on September 12, 2011, 05:11:28 PM
American Gods 


And...? It's been on my wishlist forever. Last time I went online to get it, I bought Ananzi Boys instead. Don't know why I haven't read this yet. Should I move it over from wishlist to shopping cart?
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: alaric89 on September 14, 2011, 08:01:14 AM
Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Suess and Mickie's Jokebook, out loud, over and over again.
They are very riveting. :(
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on September 14, 2011, 10:59:01 AM
Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Suess and Mickie's Jokebook, out loud, over and over again.
They are very riveting. :(

For yourself?
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: VoluntaryistRJ on September 14, 2011, 04:32:57 PM
The Essential Rothbard - by David Gordon currently

Just finished War is a Lie - by David Swanson - recommended.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on September 15, 2011, 03:36:02 AM
American Gods  


And...? It's been on my wishlist forever. Last time I went online to get it, I bought Ananzi Boys instead. Don't know why I haven't read this yet. Should I move it over from wishlist to shopping cart?

It's good.  The man did his homework.  

Its a tinnny tiny bit into bubblegum fiction...  its not like a full-blown classic. 


Its like among Your Favorite Grisham, or that Hemingway looking cat who wrote the Gold Coast.  

But with Gods.  
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: sandm000 on October 03, 2011, 11:45:29 AM
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on October 20, 2011, 10:26:46 PM
"Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline

DL'd the audiobook, narrated by Wil Wheaton.
Enjoying the heck out of all the 80's references, including D&D modules. Story is pretty interesting so far, too.
Likely to smack my teen upside the head if he keeps wandering through the room while I'm listening to say "Shut up, Wesley!" and smirk.  :roll:
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: John Shaw on October 20, 2011, 10:28:06 PM
New Repairman Jack. Almost done. Then new Goodkind and then new Pratchett.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: latebloomer on October 20, 2011, 10:33:21 PM
Paused in the re-read of the Sword of Truth series to inhale Snuff* (Pratchett), then back to Faith of the Fallen. I don't know if I can wait until I finish the series to read the latest book. (That's the plan, but I'm not married to it.)

I'm actually considering getting a library card (cringe) because they have ebooks now, even our small-town one does.

*Loved it.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on October 23, 2011, 09:47:20 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RWTDGJbYsfU/TjwVQq34WgI/AAAAAAAABB8/MHlWyeYAWVg/s1600/Physics%2Bof%2Bthe%2BFuture.jpg)

Signed copy.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: assawyer on October 23, 2011, 10:00:34 PM
(http://cdn.hometheaterforum.com/3/3b/3bf15917_Carte_Blanche_SS_large.jpg)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on October 23, 2011, 10:11:58 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RWTDGJbYsfU/TjwVQq34WgI/AAAAAAAABB8/MHlWyeYAWVg/s1600/Physics%2Bof%2Bthe%2BFuture.jpg)

Signed copy.

A little jealous. If he signed it while you stood across the table from him, I'm a lotta jealous.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on October 24, 2011, 12:28:00 AM
Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley. Its a novel set in the Victorian era about a guy in the upper crest of society, and his flings with women, mingling with the wealthy, and the general restlessness of his life. I really liked it.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: MichaelWDean on October 24, 2011, 01:48:28 AM
I've been reading "UNDERSTANDING THE FCC REGULATIONS FOR LOW-POWER, NON-LICENSED TRANSMITTERS" by The Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal Communications Commission.

I think I'd rather be reading the phone book or a cereal box. The phone book is far less dry and a cereal box doesn't threaten to put a gun to my head.

MWD
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on October 24, 2011, 07:53:20 AM

A little jealous. If he signed it while you stood across the table from him, I'm a lotta jealous.

It wasn't a public book signing..  somehow, my ex-wife attended some event.  I'm a little hazy on the details.  They took a picture together, and he later sent her a signed copy, in the mail I think. 

I honestly don't know how she does it.  Or why. 

I was there to pick up the kids or something, and she starts blathering on about this "famous guy".  Normally at this point, I put my fingers in my ears and say "I don't care if you're fucking Brett Michaels!"

This however, was different.  I was like "Do you have ANY idea who this guy is?"  and she's like yeah, he's some famous scientist guy.. 

So I'm like Gimme That, goddammit..  Before she used it for a fuckin' wheel chock.  Trust me, I'm as perplexed as you probably are. 

(http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/9739/20111024072141.jpg)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on October 24, 2011, 08:13:54 AM
Reading with kid for book club:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GHrDmLqEL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
It's good.

Reading 'Brave New World' for my book club. Was floored when I got the email and found out it wasn't the normal women's book club type book. Decided to participate this time, and attempt to bribe them with really good cupcakes, in hopes there will be more of this.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on October 24, 2011, 09:12:17 AM
Reading with kid for book club:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GHrDmLqEL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
It's good.

Reading 'Brave New World' for my book club. Was floored when I got the email and found out it wasn't the normal women's book club type book. Decided to participate this time, and attempt to bribe them with really good cupcakes, in hopes there will be more of this.
check out "the unincorporated man" for a new anarchocapitalist version of that story.awesome read.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Level 20 Anklebiter on October 24, 2011, 12:20:32 PM
I'm tempted On the Sensory Order by FA Hayek. :3
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on November 28, 2011, 08:05:16 AM
Boneshaker (civil war steampunk apocalypse + zombies) = liked
One Second After (US after EMP) still reading = like, even if it's spooking me a bit.
Bud, Not Buddy = 5th grade book club book.
The Ascent of Money, starting this one today.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: LoveFreedomAndLiberty on December 16, 2011, 07:34:05 AM
Breakfast at Sallys
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on January 12, 2012, 05:08:05 PM
Atlas Shrugged.

Too long.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: sandm000 on January 13, 2012, 09:40:18 AM
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.
I...
Can't...
Read...
More...
Than...
A...
Page...
At...
A...
Time.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 13, 2012, 11:43:01 PM
Goliath, by Scott Westerfeld (3rd in alt WWI history series) -- really good. My kidlets are reading, too.

The Origins of Political Order from Pre-human Times to the French Revolution -- Not bad, but my hopes were set pretty high by Ascent of Money

The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World -- So. Very. Good. Tons of information, but put together in a very easy to follow and entertaining style.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on January 15, 2012, 02:17:10 PM
The Weapon Shops of Isher
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: SonicThePorcupine on January 15, 2012, 02:17:42 PM
This thread.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on January 24, 2012, 01:58:12 PM
Alice In Deadland.
(http://www.kindlefu.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/aliceindeadland.jpg)

Finished Zombiestan last night.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51-aKAElg1L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-43,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: freeAgent on January 24, 2012, 11:10:41 PM
I just started reading Under the Amoral Bridge today and am maybe 2/3 done (it's pretty short).  So far it's excellent.  If you like the cyberpunk genre, check it out.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: anarchir on January 26, 2012, 02:44:37 PM
http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/genre/Non-fiction (http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/genre/Non-fiction)

Sun Tzu, Art of War
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Sam Gunn (since nobody got Admiral Naismith) on January 26, 2012, 03:50:16 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Protein-Coupled-Receptors-Structure-Signaling-Physiology/dp/0521112087/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1327610961&sr=8-6 (http://www.amazon.com/Protein-Coupled-Receptors-Structure-Signaling-Physiology/dp/0521112087/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1327610961&sr=8-6)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on March 04, 2012, 06:16:12 AM
http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/genre/Non-fiction (http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/genre/Non-fiction)

Sun Tzu, Art of War

Isn't it fucking brilliant, even though it's totally obvious?
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on March 04, 2012, 06:47:00 AM
Went on a reading kick recently:

1984
- I should have read this long long ago. It really should be classified as a horror novel.

The Monkey Wrench Gang
- Not impressed. I don't really like books that advocate destruction of private property in general.

Steal This Book- It's ironic how this counterculture book went up into the top-sellers list. Not a well written book, and its outdated today.

The Anarchists Cookbook
- Nothing will make you lose a hand faster. Its a silly silly book.

An Introduction to the Theory of Games: Topics in Mathematics- Its a book on game theory that was written off of a series of lectures given in the University of Moscow in the 70's. Its well written, well thought out, and short enough to read in a single sitting. I would recommend it, but there don't seem to be many copies floating around.

Philosophy of Mathematics- Its frightening. If you want to preserve your ideas of Euclidean geometry, do not pick this up. If you want to see how space can have shapes, or how a triangle can have less than 180 degrees, then pick it up.

Rock, Paper, Scissors
- Great pop book on the everyday workings of game theory. It reminds me of Freakonomics in how it reads.

Police for the Future- I would recommend this for any party-line bootlicking state worshiper. It reads well, and will explain why police can't do their job well. The author is a college professor, and has a bit of a condescending attitude, but backs up his shit with a good amount of info, including the Presidents Commission on Law Enforcement.

Breaking and Entering: Policewomen on Patrol
- I betcha didn't know that the original policewomen in NYC carried their pistols in purses. It was written as some feminists PhD thesis. I think most PhD theses to be terrible, but this one is especially bad. She can't write, assumes too many silly things, and can't overcome her own bias well enough to not irritate the cops she goes out on patrol with enough to get them to relax their guard around her. Nothing notable in the entire thing. I'm embarrassed they published it.

Traumatic Stress in Police Officers- Gives a good introduction into the goings on of a cops head. Reader can figure out why they're so douchy after reading this.

The Art of War- Reread it, and its still one of my all time favorite books. Something died in the modern era, because nobody writes about an entire subject, like rhetoric, geometry, war, or feelings like they used to. Cicero, Euclid, Sun Tsu, and Marcus Aurelius are very dead, inasmuch as nobody reads them anymore. Its sad, because I like short books that compartmentalize entire subjects, and teach them from the esoteric, down to the brass tacks. That art form is gone.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on March 12, 2012, 06:13:16 PM
Anthem by Ayn Rand.


Its a good book about a dystopian future. It reads a lot like Brave New World, but was published only 6 years after it. Doesn't have the heaviness of Atlas Shrugged in it.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: dalebert on March 29, 2012, 10:43:44 AM
Anthem is a free download on the Kindle, btw. I already grabbed it.

Reading "What is Man?" by Mark Twain. Good stuph. Also a free Kindle DL.

Mark Twain also spells it "stuph".
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: sillyperson on March 29, 2012, 12:25:58 PM
Art of Ware. Totally awesome. Kill them all!

http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Ware-Classic-Reinterpreted/dp/1558513965/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333038257&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Ware-Classic-Reinterpreted/dp/1558513965/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333038257&sr=8-1)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: freeAgent on March 31, 2012, 05:20:20 PM
I'm reading Alongside Night...so far I'm enjoying it and finding it a very fast read.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: dalebert on March 31, 2012, 05:23:44 PM
Got the complete works of Lovecraft on Kindle for a buck and read The Nameless City. Now I'm reading Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: dalebert on March 31, 2012, 09:11:51 PM
Dagon

The story is not as good as the movie.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Bill Brasky on April 01, 2012, 03:52:04 AM
Non-fiction. 

 
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on April 01, 2012, 04:54:38 AM
Art of Ware. Totally awesome. Kill them all!

http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Ware-Classic-Reinterpreted/dp/1558513965/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333038257&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Ware-Classic-Reinterpreted/dp/1558513965/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333038257&sr=8-1)


Art of what?
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Laetitia on April 01, 2012, 07:15:59 AM
How We Decide, by Jonah Lehrer

Spellbound, by Larry Correia. Book 2 of Grimnoir Chronicles - Audiobook read by Bronson Pinchot.

A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck is the current 5th grade book club choice. I cannot say enough good things about it. If you have kids, read it with them. If you don't have kids, read it and recommend it to your friends who have kids. Each chapter is a summer trip of two city children to spend time with their grandmother in a small town during the depression. She's independent and guided by her own (very strong) moral compass, to the point of being criminal, but only because the laws are stupid. It's hilarious, and I'm having a blast reading it with DD.

4/5 of the way through a re-read of the Game of Thrones series.

Just finished A Few Degrees From Hell: The 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon (Stories from finishers and a few who didn't make it - holy crap! those people are amazingly tough.)
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: mikehz on April 01, 2012, 11:54:44 AM
"Lucifer's Hammer," by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. Good end of the world yarn.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on July 17, 2012, 01:47:32 PM
Just finished reading The History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russel. Its a thick, comprehensive book. Totally not a weekend reader. Its harder to digest than a Russian novel.

That said, it had its moments. The book was dripping with Russel's condescension.  It was very informative, and moderately thorough. Russel shows his biases pretty openly, and despite being a logician, some of his "insights" were kinda weak. It doesn't always stay on target either, and was largely written during WWII, which makes his views on capitalism, socialism, and fascism more interesting.

I don't know if I would recommend it. I guess its pretty good for an introduction to philosophy, but be forewarned, its not an easy read.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: dalebert on July 17, 2012, 02:08:56 PM
Just finished the Hunger Games trilogy. Now I can borrow another book using Prime.

I get the feeling that the author was really disillusioned with Obama on a number of issues, but particularly with his failure to deliver on expectations of being anti-war.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Lindsey on July 17, 2012, 04:05:08 PM
Jeneration X by Jen Lancaster.  Definitely not cerebral.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: John Shaw on July 17, 2012, 05:14:07 PM
Dagon

The story is not as good as the movie.


WILLCUM TO IMMMBOWCAH

*SLICES OFF YOUR SKIN AND SEDUCES YOU WITH 12 YEAR OLD LOOKING TENTACLE MERMAID*

Gargle.

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Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: alaric89 on July 17, 2012, 06:13:57 PM
Just finished the Hunger Games trilogy. Now I can borrow another book using Prime.

I get the feeling that the author was really disillusioned with Obama on a number of issues, but particularly with his failure to deliver on expectations of being anti-war.
Did she write the whole series that quick? Since the Obama administration started I mean.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: floner on July 17, 2012, 07:58:15 PM
I am currently reading a series from Orson Scott Card, the "Alvin Maker" series, I'm a huge fan of his work and have read most of his books. One of his most recent ones, Pathfinder, was one of my favorites.
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: hen567mcb on July 21, 2012, 12:45:20 AM
Ya amusing collection!!
Title: Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
Post by: Diogenes The Cynic on October 23, 2012, 01:58:08 AM
The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. It was incredible.


 The scope of his brilliance, I mean its fucking profound the things he said. Its also pretty amusing he wrote about it during the American Revolution while working under Townshend (of the Townshend Acts fame) for the British government, so his insights on "the troubles in our American Colonies" have historic significance. The book was published in 1776, the same year as The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and I don't know what it is about books like this, but they're timeless. People will be reading both books hundreds of years from now. I don't even think thats what Smith wanted, because he very casually references his contemporary philosophers, without knowing for certain that history would remember "Mr. Hume."

I totally recommend it. Its long, but not a difficult read. The language is straightforward.