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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 6:20 pm    Post subject: What are you reading right now? Reply with quote

A place to post what books and other reading materials you are currently reading.



The Philosophy of Spinoza assembled by Joseph Ratner

The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

His Dark Materials Trilogy. Currently on the Third "The Amber Spyglass"
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Story of O

Oh, and look, my signature is relevant. ; )
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Mutants and Masterminds role playing game core book, second edition.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Contemporary Moral Problems....it's a textbook.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charcoal_tIMC wrote:
His Dark Materials Trilogy. Currently on the Third "The Amber Spyglass"


That was excellent.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ashlad wrote:
Charcoal_tIMC wrote:
His Dark Materials Trilogy. Currently on the Third "The Amber Spyglass"


That was excellent.


Hellz freaking yes it was.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm working my way through the reading list Ron Paul gave to Rudy.

If you didn't know, Ron Paul gave Rudy Giuliani a reading list after the last republican debate because of Rudy's crappy, uneducated answers regarding 9/11 and "terrorism" in general.

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I'm working on Imperial Hubris right now.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a dozen or so books as a detour, I'm back on Thomas Pynchon's Against The Day. It's every bit as incredible and beautiful as every other Pynchon novel, and every bit as goddamned difficult to read.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ron Paul gave Rudy Giuliani a reading list


Too funny. That's worth a couple of points, at least.

Looks like an interesting list. I'm already in the middle of too many books...
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm currently reading Stephen R. Donaldson's third and final trilogy in his Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever, of which he's still writing the second book. My favorite author of all time. Very big into anti-heroes. I highly recommend his sci-fi series the Gap Sequence(also the Gap Cycle, though both are unofficial\official titles for the series). Not one good guy to be found. Well, maybe one, but you end up hating that person more than any other. And the worst person in the series is the one guy you want to be victorious. He also has some decent detective novels. All of them start with The Man Who, and the last one is really funny(think '70s martial arts made for TV film funny). Maybe it wasn't intended that way, I'm not sure, but that's what I got from it.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So here's some thing I just learned from Imperial Hubris by Anonymous.

Professor Michael Doran wrote:
bin Laden engineered the decapitation of the Norther Alliance in order to throw it into such disarray that it would be useless to the United States as an instrument of retribution


Osama bin Laden had the leader of the Northern Alliance, a resistance force fighting the Taliban and the same group the United States used at the start of the war in Afghanistan, killed on September 9th, 2001. It was originally supposed to happen three weeks before that to allow enough time for the Taliban to completely crush the Northern Alliance, which they had already pushed back to just 10% of Afghanistan. As it was, killing Masood, the Norther Alliance's founder and leader, damaged it beyond repair.

Anonymous also talks about how the Northern Alliance and the current puppet government being propped up in Afghanistan by the United States will never last without permanent U.S. military support.

Here's some info on Abdul Rashid Dostum, one of the current United States supported leaders in Afganistan
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I think we've all read enough history books to know how this is going to end.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got that list bookmarked. Honestly my current "reading" has me sidetracked right now.

A Brief Survey of Modern Algebra by Garrett Birkhoff and Saunders Maclane

College Algebra by Edwin F. Beckenbach, Irving Drooyan, and William Wooton

The former is entirely a number theory approach, using relatively archaic concepts such as commutative rings and integral domains and the latter is no stranger to number theory, either. They're both excellent. Unfortunately, since they're both out of print, there's no teacher's edition for either, which is particularly frustrating in the case of the former.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield.

also known as '300 the book'.

its pretty good. i have another by the same guy about the pelopanisian war. i'm sure i spelled that wrong, but as i've forsaken the shift key, i'm sure it will be missed in the scathing reply i'll get from ash anyway.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perdido Street Station - China Mieville.
It is blowing my mind. smoking
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Immyls wrote:
Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield.

also known as '300 the book'.


It was excellent. It was also the reason I didn't like the movie as much as I could've.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've not seen the movie yet. i will next cruise, i'm sure.

Perdido Street Station is excellent. Let me know when you finish it, so i can ask what you though of stuff.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fall of the Roman Empire


Not the normal fiction, just a history book...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just finished reading "I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell" again....god I love Tucker Max, he's fucking hilarious.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fall of the roman empire, or decline and fall of the roman empire?

i read the latter, (the one by gibbon, i think).
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