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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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@Muso: lol, I thought it meant "reason" (seems like an odd name for music tools).


Well, the name makes total sense when you use it. ;)
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read the play 'Lady Windermere's Fan' in a pub two days ago, it was lying around there. Then I had to think about this movie 'a good woman' and it is actual based on it...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saga of Recluce - The Order War

Not bad. So far holding up to my previous opinion that each one isn't quite as good as the first. A little too much detail about smith work. Made a little more sense in the last book, but is kind of tiring.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I really liked The Magic of Recluce, but so far Towers is so-so. The first pages / short "chapters" made almost no sense to me. In addition, a couple of scenes scenes that seemed significant, but made no sense to me. I don't recall having significant issues in the first book with his use of first-person, but this time is much more awkward.

Yeah, Towers was a bit weird at first. Eventually it picked up, but it wasn't the best overall. Personally, I preferred The Magic Engineer and The Order War more, but each book sets the stage for the following one.
I didn't remember the name Justen until some point when they mentioned the term Grey Wizard. That was somewhat interesting, but I was hugely disappointed in how Fairhaven was destroyed after the build up in Magic of Recluce. It was still a good story (excessive details of smith work notwithstanding).


Next up, Brotherhood of the Wolf, #2 in Farland's Runelords series.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Signal and the Noise, currently. Was loaned to me. Am a bit disappointing so far. It is too general - I wish he would delve into the specifics more.

I was reading the Windup Girl, which was excellent. Will go back to it.
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The Signal and the Noise, currently. Was loaned to me. Am a bit disappointing so far. It is too general - I wish he would delve into the specifics more.
Sounds interesting, but just from the title, I wouldn't have expected a lot of specifics. I'd be curious to hear an update when you're done.
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The Signal and the Noise, currently. Was loaned to me. Am a bit disappointing so far. It is too general - I wish he would delve into the specifics more.

I was reading the Windup Girl, which was excellent. Will go back to it.


Funny, I thought, "does he mean The Sound and the Fury?"
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The Signal and the Noise, currently. Was loaned to me. Am a bit disappointing so far. It is too general - I wish he would delve into the specifics more.

I was reading the Windup Girl, which was excellent. Will go back to it.


Funny, I thought, "does he mean The Sound and the Fury?"

Oddly appropriate. Signifying nothing.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm, once again, reading through the magnum opus of 'hate speech', the Qua'ran. Each read disgusts me more and more. Behead those, kill them, stone her... its really sick and disgusting.


masochist much?

may I suggest a recipe for a happier life? read books you like instead of hate! :lol:
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I'm, once again, reading through the magnum opus of 'hate speech', the Qua'ran. Each read disgusts me more and more. Behead those, kill them, stone her... its really sick and disgusting.


masochist much?

may I suggest a recipe for a happier life? read books you like instead of hate! :lol:


:lol:

"Know thy enemy" Unlike many religious folk, I will read the "holy books" of any faith. I quite like many, the Upanishads, the Vedas, various Buddhist Tantras and Sutras, the Talmud, the Tao Te Ching, and even the few Jain works I have read.

Right now, I'm reading Welsh's Synthesizer Cookbook. It is a more pleasant read than the Qua'ran ;)
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm, once again, reading through the magnum opus of 'hate speech', the Qua'ran. Each read disgusts me more and more. Behead those, kill them, stone her... its really sick and disgusting.


masochist much?

may I suggest a recipe for a happier life? read books you like instead of hate! :lol:


:lol:

"Know thy enemy" Unlike many religious folk, I will read the "holy books" of any faith. I quite like many, the Upanishads, the Vedas, various Buddhist Tantras and Sutras, the Talmud, the Tao Te Ching, and even the few Jain works I have read.

Right now, I'm reading Welsh's Synthesizer Cookbook. It is a more pleasant read than the Qua'ran ;)


i've read parts of the bible and snippets of the quran. Neither book has made me want to go read other tribal texts.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did I say Coolidge by Amite Shaeles yet? I started it, then started a new job and have finally settled down enough to play at reading again.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

did i mention Poor Economics? That was really good. Written by two economists. Tries to explain why people in developing countries have trouble escaping a "poverty trap". it is neither left nor right in the classical sense. it blames a lot of problems on governments but also explains why gaps in the market exist (for example, it's really hard to get insurance in poor countries).
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dr Zhivago

Muso reads religious texts and I read books about how socialism sucks. Confirmation bias much? :P
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Muso reads religious texts and I read books about how socialism sucks. Confirmation bias much? :P


:lol:

I actually find a lot of truth in religious texts. I cannot say the same about Marxism.

Right now I'm reading Doctor Sleep, by S. King. And if you have read The Shining, you should read this.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doctor's of Death by Phillipe Aziz. English Translation. First Edition. Its a very nice 4 volume book, and a good read.
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Just finished 'The Hunger Games' Trilogy.

I can't say I was disappointed, because I didn't expect much to begin with. The first book is kinda interesting, but it quickly becomes a mixture of teenage-girl fantasies and "pointless things sadistic villians would do" from the second book onward.
There was one thing I found amusing about the later books though: The author keeps trying to stress the point that the protagonist (Katniss) is somehow meaningful for the story, while in fact, she isn't. That's a bit like watching bad movies and laughing about the awkward performances of the actors :P
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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:lol:

I actually find a lot of truth in religious texts. I cannot say the same about Marxism.


I disagree on Marxism. It is a sociopath's dream. ...Maybe it isn't confirmation bias, maybe I am trying to convince myself not to be an asshole. :twisted: In Stalinist Russia, I'd make a helluva Commissar.

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Right now I'm reading Doctor Sleep, by S. King. And if you have read The Shining, you should read this.


I read the Shining and enjoyed it, but I liked the Stand and what I've read of the Gunslinger series more. Post-Apocalyptic appeals to me more than supernatural evil, IMO. Somewhere around the house, I've got a Steven King compilation that has Shining, Carrie, and a few others, maybe Cujo or From a Buick 8 or something, I don't remember. I'll have to look for it.

Interesting story about reading the Stand. I read it when I was working on a rescue ambulance, so we would post up at various shopping centers. I'd be reading for maybe an hour straight without interruption and then get a call and when I looked up from my book, I was surprised to see normal signs of life rather than desolation.
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I read the Shining and enjoyed it, but I liked the Stand and what I've read of the Gunslinger series more.


You are so lucky to have not finished The Dark Tower series. Had King died in that car crash, it would have been one of the greatest unfinished serial works of all time. However... well, if you do ever get around to finishing it you'll know what I mean.

The Stand is my favorite King novel, by far. I consider it to be his greatest masterpiece.


Doctor Sleep... I'll say this, his craft has only gotten better.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robert Greene - Mastery
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I recently finished The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. It was OK. Worth the read, but can't say as I'll be looking for any of his other works.

Next up is Flatland.


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You are so lucky to have not finished The Dark Tower series. Had King died in that car crash, it would have been one of the greatest unfinished serial works of all time. However... well, if you do ever get around to finishing it you'll know what I mean.

The Stand is my favorite King novel, by far. I consider it to be his greatest masterpiece.


Doctor Sleep... I'll say this, his craft has only gotten better.
I liked The Gunslinger, but by the 3rd book in The Dark Tower, I kind of lost interest. Part of that was due to waiting for the next books, normal delays, and of course the accident. At some point, he made the comment about not knowing if he'd ever finish it, so I didn't return to it. I have a few books after III, but haven't read them yet.

I liked The Stand quite a bit, but wouldn't say it was my favorite of his works. That's a tough one. I'm a big fan of his short stories. I'm amazed a short story can be as compelling as his are. I'd have to give honorable mention to Thinner, as it was the fastest I've ever read a book. I finished it in a single day. As I'm looking through his bibliography, I find myself saying "I liked that one, oh, and that one" a lot. And for someone who supposedly went into semi-retirement, he's put out a lot of newer stuff I haven't caught up to.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a great Sci fi story from 1959 (the whole thing is at the link) :

Cat and Mouse (by Ralph Williams
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I'm, once again, reading through the magnum opus of 'hate speech', the Qua'ran. Each read disgusts me more and more. Behead those, kill them, stone her... its really sick and disgusting.


masochist much?

may I suggest a recipe for a happier life? read books you like instead of hate! :lol:


:lol:

"Know thy enemy" Unlike many religious folk, I will read the "holy books" of any faith. I quite like many, the Upanishads, the Vedas, various Buddhist Tantras and Sutras, the Talmud, the Tao Te Ching, and even the few Jain works I have read.

Right now, I'm reading Welsh's Synthesizer Cookbook. It is a more pleasant read than the Qua'ran ;)


i've read parts of the bible and snippets of the quran. Neither book has made me want to go read other tribal texts.


why?

X begat Y begat Z begat A begat B begat C begat X begat D begat A and Z who founded the cities of 123 and 345 and A begat R....

after the second of those listings you never ever need sleeping pills again.
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I've got Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and The Martian by Andy Weir on hold. Whichever comes in first is the one I'm reading.
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