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Postby Warlord of Elephants » Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:24 pm

Six Armies in Normandy:
by John Keegan
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Postby St John the Blasphemist » Fri Aug 03, 2007 3:24 am

Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco (again)

This, and Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! Trilogy are the reason why I refuse to read that Dan Brown book cos I know it'll be shite in comparison.

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Postby Dan(da haole guy) » Fri Aug 03, 2007 10:35 pm

Aloha..St_JtB, you are my hero..it took me a week to wade thru the first 100 p. of "Pendulum"..if i ever find an unwary semioticist wandering & mumbling about memes, i'm gonna smack 'em upside the head..
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Postby Zankou 2.0 » Sat Aug 04, 2007 11:08 am

Inkheart: Strnage, and wonderful story. Recommended. There is a sequel, and also a conclusion coming out soon.
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Postby Rev. Rowan Redbeard » Sat Aug 04, 2007 11:33 am

Read in the past 2 days:

Island of Dr Moreau
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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Postby Calena » Sat Aug 04, 2007 11:50 am

And how did you like the final chapter of HP? (That`s an invitation to come and post in the Spoiler-Thread for HP)

I`m reading a book about Dante`s Inferno. Wisely when I ordered Dante`s Inferno on amazon I ordered two books which will hopefully explain the whole thing to me with it.
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Postby Zankou 2.0 » Sat Aug 04, 2007 12:01 pm

Calena wrote:And how did you like the final chapter of HP? (That`s an invitation to come and post in the Spoiler-Thread for HP)

I`m reading a book about Dante`s Inferno. Wisely when I ordered Dante`s Inferno on amazon I ordered two books which will hopefully explain the whole thing to me with it.


How did you enjoy Inferno?

I read Inferno, and Purgatorio, but I just couldn't read Paradiso...too boring, I'm sad to say.
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Postby Calena » Sat Aug 04, 2007 1:04 pm

I started reading it twice, but I really have trouble getting used to the verse. But I read the Odysee (is it called something else in English?) and quite liked it, so I´m confident I will finally manage to get through Inferno (and maybe the other two, too.) But I thought maybe it will be easier if I read one of the "explanation"-books first.
Ambrose Biercedefines the verb "to pray": "to ask that the laws of the universe be anulled in behalf of a single petitioner, confessedly unworthy"

http://www.fecundity.com/pmagnus/greedo.html

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Postby Zankou 2.0 » Sat Aug 04, 2007 1:10 pm

Calena wrote:I started reading it twice, but I really have trouble getting used to the verse. But I read the Odysee (is it called something else in English?) and quite liked it, so I´m confident I will finally manage to get through Inferno (and maybe the other two, too.) But I thought maybe it will be easier if I read one of the "explanation"-books first.


Inferno is the better of the three.
It's much more violent.


The Odyssey, by the way.
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Postby Rev. Rowan Redbeard » Sat Aug 04, 2007 1:38 pm

Any time you read verse translated from another language, look for a translation that doesn't rhyme. Unless you just want to be entertained by the crappy translation.
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Postby Rev. Rowan Redbeard » Sun Aug 05, 2007 11:57 am

Read:
The Perigrine, by Poul Anderson

Starting:
The First Men in the Moon, by H.G. Wells
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Postby Rapscallion » Sun Aug 05, 2007 5:14 pm

I'm reading Alchemy and Alchemists by Sean Martin. I love a good mystery and the world of alchemy is certainly that.
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Postby Warlord of Elephants » Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:09 am

The Legacy of Gird: by Elizabeth Moon
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Postby Max_Painful » Sat Aug 11, 2007 4:36 am

Macquarie Revision Guide - HSC PDHPE - by Darryl Buchanon and Michelle Nemec
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Postby Rev. Rowan Redbeard » Sat Aug 11, 2007 10:07 am

Still reading
The First Men in the Moon, by H.G. Wells

But finished
The Clone Republic by Steven L. Kent
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
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