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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby daftbeaker » Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:19 pm

tris wrote:2 Time travel might work by turning people into digital datastreams and sending them thru subatomic quantum dimension wormholes in the spacetime continuum (Timeline) -

Thanks Tris, I read that book years ago (at least 6) and you've just reminded me about it. Always wondered who wrote it :blush:

Well, that's my useless bit of trivia learnt for today, I think it's just pushed ligand substitution rates out of my head :bummer:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Ubi Dubium » Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:46 pm

I'd agree about Crichton. I haven't read Prey, but I've read Jurassic Park, Congo, Timeline, and several others. The first one I read, many years ago, was The Andromeda Strain, and that's the one I enjoyed the most. Maybe his writing went downhill after that, or maybe my expectations went up, but it's seemed to be downhill ever since then.

I'm currenty reading (actually listening to, on CD) Misquoting Jesus by Bart Ehrman. I'm enjoying it quite a lot. Back in my sunday school days, I was sent to classes for "bible study" and all we did was read a verse or two and were then asked to analyze "what it meant to our lives" or some such nonsense. When I heard "bible study" I expected that we would actually study the book, how it got to us, opinions about translations, historical manuscripts. whether there had been later additions, etc. Of course, no such interesting information ever found its way into the rubbish taught to kids. I've finally found a source for actual analysis of the book, and its fascinating. Of course, the fundies will stay away from this stuff as much as they can, because it shows that their "perfect book" is anything but, and that no experts can agree on what the correct version actually is. (And I've learned the word "parablepsis", which is a really fun-sounding word to know.)
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes » Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:51 pm

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Detective TurtleHolmes wrote:I can not finish Pride and Prejudice. I just hate the characters so much

Yay, someone agrees with me. Your hatred of the damn thing won't be fully complete until you meet someone arguing it was a revolutionary feminist discourse of similar importance to The Communist Manifesto.

Then you will truly embrace the Dark Side :evilgrin:
Oh yes, I can see your point. It was, perhaps, more oppressive against women than anything. The only upside it had was that it was written by a woman. Did she use her official gender then, or go by a man's name to get it published?
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Zankou 2.0 » Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:52 pm

Detective TurtleHolmes wrote:
daftbeaker wrote:
Detective TurtleHolmes wrote:I can not finish Pride and Prejudice. I just hate the characters so much

Yay, someone agrees with me. Your hatred of the damn thing won't be fully complete until you meet someone arguing it was a revolutionary feminist discourse of similar importance to The Communist Manifesto.

Then you will truly embrace the Dark Side :evilgrin:
Oh yes, I can see your point. It was, perhaps, more oppressive against women than anything. The only upside it had was that it was written by a woman. Did she use her official gender then, or go by a man's name to get it published?


I couldn't even start that one.l
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Julius Aurora » Mon Sep 07, 2009 1:56 am

Am I the only guy on the planet who didn't mind Pride and prejudice. Not that it was great, just alright. Anyway, currently reading Alastair Reynolds Chasm City.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby fueledbycoffee » Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:12 am

I'm just finished Cyrano De Bergerac. Am in love with it and must see the play. Anyway, now I'm alternating between The Dialogues of Plato and The Origins of the Second World War by A.J.P. Taylor.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Phlebas » Mon Sep 07, 2009 2:37 pm

Long Dark Tea Time Of The Soul - Douglas Adams
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Postby pieces o'nine » Mon Sep 07, 2009 2:50 pm

^ I really liked that one. :smile:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:51 am

Arrgh I be mostly readin this:

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Julius Aurora » Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:54 am

fueledbycoffee wrote:I'm just finished Cyrano De Bergerac. Am in love with it and must see the play. Anyway, now I'm alternating between The Dialogues of Plato and The Origins of the Second World War by A.J.P. Taylor.


One of the greatest plays ever. And even the movie is extraordinary. Just began reading Hannibal.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby bacon » Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:36 am

i've started reading The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Zankou 2.0 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:04 pm

I'VE GOT XENOCIDE WOOHOO
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Ubi Dubius » Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:09 pm

I'm starting Mein Kampf. I can't say it's something I'm looking forward to, but I really should read the evil man's own words. Well, translations of them anyway.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes » Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:18 pm

Zankou 2.0 wrote:I'VE GOT XENOCIDE WOOHOO

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/nighttime_stories.jpg
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Zankou 2.0 » Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:54 pm

Detective TurtleHolmes wrote:
Zankou 2.0 wrote:I'VE GOT XENOCIDE WOOHOO

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/nighttime_stories.jpg

Oh dear. That woman is retarded.
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The thin line between genius and insanity is less of a border than a union.

"Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish."
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