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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby tris » Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:32 pm

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I seem to remember not being able to digest it at all.. but it was a long long time ago...
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Clifford » Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:47 am

Just going through Republic by Plato. Fine mighty stuff, but I wouldn't advise reading it before going to bed.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Tigger_the_Wing » Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:30 am

Thank you, DTH, for that insight! I think that I am always reading books in my absence; within a few weeks (sometimes days) of finishing it I cannot remember a thing. Not the plot, the names of characters… even after re-reading it I am left with no more than a vague impression of the thing.

It does have the advantage that books I really enjoyed the first time through I enjoy just as much through subsequent readings!

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:16 am

:cry: I went to my library to get 'The Stand' by Stephen King and they didn't have it.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes » Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:23 am

Dragon Ball Z, the manga. Have read the original Dragon Ball series, and I'm up to the beginning of the Majin Buu saga.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:30 am

black bart wrote::cry: I went to my library to get 'The Stand' by Stephen King and they didn't have it.


:evilgrin: Stuff the library...my colleague has lent me the book...all 1421 pages of it! :shocked:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Ubi Dubius » Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:47 am

I finished Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers by Brooke Allen. I enjoyed it, and Allen supports his arguments well. He makes it clear that he is advocating his position that the 6 he discusses were not Christians, but a mix of Deists and Atheists. He is not approaching it as a neutral observer. He hasn't convinced me on Alexander Hamilton (pious as a youth and on his deathbed, but in between . . .). On Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Franklin, I've seen enough in his book and in other sources to convince me that none of them were Christians in belief. They did belong to the church and saw the teachings of Jesus as great philosophy, on a par with or above the classical philosophers.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:50 am

Alexander Hamilton has got a lot in common with me then...I was pious in my youth and now look at me! :shocked:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby TwistedSister » Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:03 am

Under The Dome-Stephen King

I couldn't wait until the weekend so I started reading it yesterday.

Picture this: Suddenly a huge invisible dome is dropped over and entire town. Dome cuts whatever is in it's path in half. Trees, power lines, animals and so forth.
People driving or flying a plane or walking run right into it.
Birds flying hit it and break their necks.

Yep, has my interest.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby bacon » Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:15 am

hmmm . . . perhaps mr. king was inspired by the simpsons movie?
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby tris » Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:19 pm

TwistedSister wrote:Under The Dome-Stephen King
...... Suddenly a huge invisible dome is dropped over and entire town. Dome cuts whatever is in it's path in half. Trees, power lines, animals and so forth. People driving or flying a plane or walking run right into it. Birds flying hit it and break their necks...

Hey, he ripped off John Wyndhams' the Midwich Cuckoos and Marlen Haushofer's "Die Wand", 1963 (English title - The Wall) .... about a woman staying at a friend's house in the mountains. after she discovers an invisible wall running through the property she gradually realizes that a mysterious apocalyptic event has happened and she's maybe the only survivor.... it's wierd and wonderful and feministic in a germanic sort of way!

PS I'm afraid I've never seen the Simpson's movie... I've never even seen an episode of the Simpsons!
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Are we a butterfly’s dream or is the butterfly our dream - and who really gives a toss? Lao Tsu
Quit hassling me, you sicko! Job
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Ubi Dubium » Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:30 pm

tris wrote:PS I'm afraid I've never seen the Simpson's movie... I've never even seen an episode of the Simpsons!


But..but..but... how did you ever manage that? The Simpsons has been around longer than my kids!

Try Google to see if there is a site where you can watch an episode or two online. For cultural literacy, if nothing else. Homer Simpson is a fount of much wisdom, such as "Suppose we've chosen the wrong god. Every time we go to church we're just making him madder and madder."

I've been doing recorded books in my car lately. My library has a large collection, otherwise I couldn't afford it. Lots of lectures from "The Learning Company", which are really great. I just finished up a set of lectures on Shakespeare, so I have to go read Measure for Measure now.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Edd » Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:49 pm

Ubi Dubium wrote:
tris wrote:PS I'm afraid I've never seen the Simpson's movie... I've never even seen an episode of the Simpsons!


But..but..but... how did you ever manage that? The Simpsons has been around longer than my kids!

Try Google to see if there is a site where you can watch an episode or two online. For cultural literacy, if nothing else. Homer Simpson is a fount of much wisdom, such as "Suppose we've chosen the wrong god. Every time we go to church we're just making him madder and madder."


I was hoping I could find an excuse to quote the Simpson's episode I saw yesterday!

Shortly after Bart's treehouse collapses:
Homer: Don't worry son, I'll build you a new treehouse. One so grand that it will be an affront to God himself.
Bart: Can it have a rope ladder that you can pull up after you?
Homer: Only if it's an affront to God...
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby TwistedSister » Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:15 pm

I've never seen the Simpson's movie either and I hardly think Mr. King would steal someone else's idea for a story.
He has no need to.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:22 am

Originality is pretty rare in literature and I'm always finding what I think is an original story has actually been around for a long time in some form or other.

'The Stand' is about a Flu epidemic killing off the human race...hardly an original idea. I've got a book of old Victorian ghost stories and quite a few of them have been re-written by modern authors with a slightly different plot.

It does sound like Stephen King has pinched his idea from the Simpsons movie though but the idea of a town being sealed off goes back to the Black Death in England when the town of Eyam sealed itself off to try to contain the Plague.
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