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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #300 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.
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« Reply #301 on: December 16, 2011, 07:34:05 AM »

Breakfast at Sallys
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« Reply #302 on: January 12, 2012, 05:08:05 PM »

Atlas Shrugged.

Too long.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #303 on: January 13, 2012, 09:40:18 AM »

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.
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« Reply #304 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.
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« Reply #305 on: January 15, 2012, 02:17:10 PM »

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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #306 on: January 15, 2012, 02:17:42 PM »

This thread.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #307 on: January 24, 2012, 01:58:12 PM »

Alice In Deadland.


Finished Zombiestan last night.

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« Reply #308 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.
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« Reply #309 on: January 26, 2012, 02:44:37 PM »

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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #311 on: March 04, 2012, 06:16:12 AM »

http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/genre/Non-fiction

Sun Tzu, Art of War

Isn't it fucking brilliant, even though it's totally obvious?
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #312 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.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #313 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.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #314 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".
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