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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby TwistedSister » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:52 am

Haven't started it yet but "How I found Livingstone"- Henry Morton Stanley.
Wonder how it ends? :lol:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Edd » Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:59 am

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Detective TurtleHolmes wrote:Under advice from Elvalia, I'm reading the original Pride and Prejudice before Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Will I never get to read War and Peace?

I think War and Peace is always the book you are planning to get around to, but never actually read. I've been meaning to read it sometime for many years, but never have. There's always something more interesting comes up that you want to read first.


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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Wed Aug 19, 2009 4:22 am

TwistedSister wrote:Haven't started it yet but "How I found Livingstone"- Henry Morton Stanley.
Wonder how it ends? :lol:


Stanley was born in Wales. His mother was a prostitute and his dad was a drunkard (pretty much the going thing for Wales) so he ran away to start a new life in America. I wish I'd done that...only joking.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Mad Willyum Bonney » Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:45 am

I rather enjoyed War And Peace , just as depressing as Crime And Punishment though .
I struggled for two years to reach page 95 of Uncle Tom's Cabin , which was many moons ago , I don't think I sat through the entire movie adaptation either .
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby daftbeaker » Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:28 am

black bart wrote:Stanley was born in Wales. His mother was a prostitute and his dad was a drunkard (pretty much the going thing for Wales)

Much as I like to make cheap jokes about the Welsh (and the Scots but they're no fun when Roy's not here to read them) there are some rather nice bits. Having said that, Newport matches your description exactly.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes » Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:11 pm

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Postby pieces o'nine » Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:12 pm

Revisiting Barbara Pyms' Excellent Women
I suppose I did not want him to remember me as the kind of person who was always making tea at moments of crisis.

and Christina Rossetti's poem Goblin Market. Image
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby farfalla » Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:20 am

Was telling some people about how Neil Gaiman wrote the introduction to the reissue of Thurber's The Thirteen Clocks (calling it possibly the best book ever written) and none of them knew who Neil Gaiman was or Thurber. Now Thurber I can understand, but Neil Gaiman???!! :confused:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby tris » Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:31 am

pieces o'nine wrote:Christina Rossetti's poem Goblin Market.

I just read it (liked the title) Wow! It's wierd! It seems to be about oral sex (or drug addiction)
She dropped a tear more rare than pearl,
Then sucked their fruit globes fair or red:
Sweeter than honey from the rock,
Stronger than man-rejoicing wine,
Clearer than water flowed that juice;
She never tasted such before,
How should it cloy with length of use?
She sucked and sucked and sucked the more
Fruits which that unknown orchard bore,
She sucked until her lips were sore....
and
Lizzie uttered not a word;
Would not open lip from lip
Lest they should cram a mouthful in;
But laughed in heart to feel the drip
Of juice that syruped all her face,
And lodged in dimples of her chin,
And streaked her neck which quaked like curd...

Then there's a wierd lesbian/incestuous thing at the end when Laura licks and sucks up the goblins' fruit juices from her sister's body!
I wonder if the sister refers to Lizzie Siddal (Dante Gabriel Rossetti's model and wife)?
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby tris » Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:37 am

farfalla wrote:Was telling some people about how Neil Gaiman wrote the introduction to the reissue of Thurber's The Thirteen Clocks (calling it possibly the best book ever written) and none of them knew who Neil Gaiman was or Thurber. Now Thurber I can understand, but Neil Gaiman???!! :confused:

Well I'd heard of James Thurber and his cartoons... but I'd never heard of Neil Gaiman or The Thirteen Clocks (i'LL HAVE TO get it for my niece!)
WIKIPEDIA SAYS "By the time he wrote this book, Thurber was blind, so he could not draw cartoons for the book, as he had done with The White Deer five years earlier. He enlisted his friend Marc Simont to illustrate the original edition. The Golux is said to wear an "indescribable hat". Thurber made Simont describe all his illustrations, and was satisfied when Simont was unable to describe the hat."
but his biography doesnt say anything about him going blind... on the contrary it says he became a reporter and an actor!! Who is right?
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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
What? You gonna waste all of ‘em? Even the falafel sellers? Lot
Ya mean I gotta honour them fuckers that dumped me in the Nile!? Moses
WHERE THE HELL DID I PARK MY DAMN KARMA! ShakeYerMuni Buddha
Don’t step on my blue-suede sandals! Blue blue blue-suede sandals! Ol’ J C
You what Gabe!? Not even a wee sausage after Ramadan? Moham
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Scott the Pirate » Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:19 pm

I don't think i can finish God's Politics. This guy's a hack. I think i'll re-read The God Delusion just to feel clean again...
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Charlie » Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:39 am

tris wrote:but I'd never heard of Neil Gaiman or The Thirteen Clocks


You've never heard of Neil Gaiman?! Calm down, left hand put down that knife. You should get American Gods by Neil Gaiman for your niece. totally age-appropriate if she's a young girl. *cough* gay sex scene between taxi driver and a flaming ifrit *cough*. There's not really any overly rude stuff or anything . . . *cough* film producer swallowed by vagina scene *cough* Actually, I really like American Gods, and it is my favourite book by my favourite author. Under that would be Fate/Zero #1, which is also very good, but probably none of you have read it and it is impossible to explain without making it sound dumb.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Scott the Pirate » Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:22 pm

I put God's Politics down. Single shot to the back cover.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Tigger_the_Wing » Sun Aug 23, 2009 12:38 am

Edd wrote:
Ubi Dubius wrote:I finished A Brief History of Time. I realized that it's 25 years old and I want to read an update.

Let's see...I know I've got the newest edition around here somewhere. Ah, yes, here it is!

Hmmm, yes. SH has revised it to reflect the addition of 25 years to the universe.





It now ends with a semi-colon instead of a period.


:lol:

I've just re-read my 1996 edition. As a Pastafarian, I believe that religion should be kept out of the science classroom. That means I believe equally that God should be kept out of science. Bad Mr. Hawking!

Fancy a scientist ending a science book with
Stephen Hawking wrote:Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we would know the mind of God.*
:shrug:

No. Mr. Hawking, we wouldn't. If there is only one God and if that God is truly the creator of all (and is therefore outside the constraints of spacetime) we would only know what that God allows us to think (by the way our brains are constructed) about the universe and our place in it. We would still know absolutely nothing about what such a being thinks.

We can never know 'why' even if we think we know 'how'. We could guess, but we'd have as much chance of being correct as an ant who guesses 'why' half her sisters got squashed underfoot by a human, or run over by a car. How can an ant possibly guess what is going through the mind of a human? And yet, ants are no different to humans compared to the difference between humans and a putative 'creator'. Lets face it, humans are usually wrong about 'why' an artist (another human, no less) created a particular work.

Actually, the book irritated me with the constant assumption that the human way of experiencing the universe and human intelligence -specifically, those influenced by western, Protestant Christian upbringings - are the only kinds in the universe and our interpretation isn't influenced by our being short-lived carbon-based lifeforms.

I do hope that recent editions are less culturally biased.

*My edition ends with a full stop. :grin:

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby tris » Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:12 am

Charlie wrote: You should get American Gods by Neil Gaiman for your niece. totally age-appropriate if she's a young girl. *cough* gay sex scene between taxi driver and a flaming ifrit *cough*. There's not really any overly rude stuff or anything . . . *cough* film producer swallowed by vagina scene *cough* .

SHE'S ONLY 6 years old "COUGH"... Maybe a little too young for gay sex scenes and phagocitising vaginas!
I suppose an ifrit is a sort of Balrog?
Thanks for the advice anyway, I might take it in 10 years or so!
What’s this shitty place? I’m off to another Kali Yuga! Brahma
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
What? You gonna waste all of ‘em? Even the falafel sellers? Lot
Ya mean I gotta honour them fuckers that dumped me in the Nile!? Moses
WHERE THE HELL DID I PARK MY DAMN KARMA! ShakeYerMuni Buddha
Don’t step on my blue-suede sandals! Blue blue blue-suede sandals! Ol’ J C
You what Gabe!? Not even a wee sausage after Ramadan? Moham
Oh shit! It’s gonna be one of them bad-vibe incarnations! Dalai L


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