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Originally posted by: Duke87
Originally posted by: your_adress_here Political Ideoligies and the Democratic Ideal

It's my text for my political ideologies class but it makes for a very good read.quote>

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It isn't really your average textbook. It's pretty small and is written in a way that you can really get into and keep reading for a while.

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Originally posted by: your_adress_here

It isn't really your average textbook. It's pretty small and is written in a way that you can really get into and keep reading for a while.quote>

Wait... now I'm confused. Were you being facetious or not?

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Originally posted by: astronelson Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. Or at least attempting to, as it's in Spanish.quote>

Shakespeare in Spanish!?  I can't even begin to imagine how that would work!  I've not read Hamlet yet.  I've casually read a few of the others.  I suppose i'll get round to Hamlet one day.

I'm now reading The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood.  It's not that great so far. 

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Right now I'm plowing through The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand). Masochist, is her other one good (Anthem)?  I'm getting Atlas Shrugged next, though, for a scholarship, but I suppose I could read it after that.  Astronelson, Shakespeare is hard enough to understand in English!  3.gif

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I am now reading Graphic Design Solutions by Robin Landa. It covers many aspects of graphic design, with lots of illustrations and examples. It is a good follow-up to another book I've read called Design Basics by David Lauer and Stephen Pentak. 

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Originally posted by: Duke87
Originally posted by: your_adress_here

It isn't really your average textbook. It's pretty small and is written in a way that you can really get into and keep reading for a while.quote>

Wait... now I'm confused. Were you being facetious or not?quote>

I was completely serious. It's the Canadian edition, so it's quite interesting to read the sections on liberalism and socialism. It gives you a good history of various prominent political ideologies (not to mention going into the definition of an ideology), as well as different conceptions of freedom and human nature.

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Downbelow Station by C.J. Cheryh

So far ill have to say its better written then the Faded Sun books.

Or at least not as  slow moving.

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I just finished Forever Free by Joe Haldeman, it is the sequel to The Forever War which wa an excellent read. If you enjoy sci-fi and drama its a a quick must read. Also i've dove back into the Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson, so...SimMars guys should maybe give it a look, it might pose some interesting ideas about life on Mars.

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Originally posted by: jon7985 I just finished Forever Free by Joe Haldeman, it is the sequel to The Forever War which wa an excellent read. If you enjoy sci-fi and drama its a a quick must read. Also i've dove back into the Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson, so...SimMars guys should maybe give it a look, it might pose some interesting ideas about life on Mars.quote>
 

Joe Haldeman is good. Read The Forever War a long time ago didnt know it had sequel ill have to go get a copy.

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Currently reading "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" by Lynne Truss, which is about the situation of punctuation in society.

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Originally posted by: Rymac91 Currently reading "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" by Lynne Truss, which is about the situation of punctuation in society.quote>
 

^^ Good book.. She has another along the same lines. Can't recall the title.

Currently reading " A Prayer For The Dying" by Stewart O'Nan. It's written in the second person... which makes for an interesting read.

BTW, Rymac91... If you enjoy language related books, check these out:

Depraved Engligh by Peter Novobatsky

Anguished English by Richard Lederer - There is a whole series of these, of which I've only read two.

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Originally posted by: BlondeTwiggy Right now I'm plowing through The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand). Masochist, is her other one good (Anthem)?quote>

Very much so!  It's a really quick read, both because of its length and because you'll hardly put it down (at least, I couldn't...).

Anyways, I just re-read (and re-fell-in-love-with) Flowers For Algernon.  What a story!

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Originally posted by: masochist[/b

Anyways, I just re-read (and re-fell-in-love-with) Flowers For Algernon.  What a story!quote>

 

Awesome Story.

Currently out of  Books.

Trying to find a copy of Alfred Besters : The Demolished Man.

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New book day ! 1/2 Price books comes through

Star Smashers of The Galaxy Rangers. by Harry Harrison.

Its just awful, which surprised me since i like a lot of his other work.

How ever a little surprise in this issue something you will not see in books today. 

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Do they even sell Kent's anymore?

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Originally posted by: Dizastrow Deception Point by Dan Brownquote>

Good book. You read any other stuff by him? I think I liked Digital Fortress better than that one, though.

Anyways, talking about the present and not stuff I read, like, four years ago now....

Last weekend I polished off the entirety of Persepolis (Marjanne Satrapi) in one sitting. Required reading for English, although it was pretty good. The interesting part is the format. Black and white "graphic novel" (read: it's a 339 page comic book).

Two days ago, an Iranian-born but American-raised journalist was on campus giving a lecture about the history of relations between the US and Iran. This journalist was Hooman Majd, author of The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran. Well, they had copies of the book for sale there, so I bought one and now I'm reading it. Interesting stuff.

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Originally posted by: Duke87
Originally posted by: Dizastrow Deception Point by Dan Brownquote>

Good book. You read any other stuff by him? I think I liked Digital Fortress better than that one, though.quote>

To jump in the middle of conversation with no invite...21.gif...Digital Fortress had a good subject, but I think I like Deception Point a bit better, simply because his writing had improved by the time that book came out (I believe, according to the years of copyright in each book, DF was his first one, and DP was his third).  My favorite book by him, though, is Angels and Demons.  I'm anxiously awaiting the movie, to see if it will do a better job of translating the book than The DaVinci Code did.

Anything Dan Brown does is good in my book, though.  He's one of my absolute favorite authors (the guy can write a suspense story!).  I think everyone should read go back and read his other two lesser-known books.

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Hmm, I seemed to have lost interest in The Fountainhead; I'm about half-way through but haven't read it in a few weeks.  Right now I'm working on various things, casually I Sing the Body Electric! by Ray Bradbury (yes, I love science fiction), and assorted poetry by the Romantic poets (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey, Shelley, etc.) for school.  I found Wordsworth repetitive and just slightly obsessive - I feel blasphemous for saying so, Wordsworth being basically the instigator of the Romantic movement (with Lyrical Ballads in 1798).  Coleridge was better; The Rime of the Ancient Mariner actually held my interest, and his little notes explaining the poem helped, too.  (But in my opinion, you shouldn't have to explain your poetry...if you do, take a hint and rewrite it)

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The Bible according to Spike Milligan

"And he told Moses, "Take a stick and take it to yon rock, smite it." Moses took the stick, smote the rock and water squirteth out and the Israelites came to drink of it, and the Lord said, "Drink ye not until thou hast boiled it." But many heareth not and, woe, there were squitters in the land."

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Originally posted by: BlondeTwiggy Hmm, I seemed to have lost interest in The Fountainhead; I'm about half-way through but haven't read it in a few weeks.  Right now I'm working on various things, casually I Sing the Body Electric! by Ray Bradbury (yes, I love science fiction), and assorted poetry by the Romantic poets (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey, Shelley, etc.) for school.  I found Wordsworth repetitive and just slightly obsessive - I feel blasphemous for saying so, Wordsworth being basically the instigator of the Romantic movement (with Lyrical Ballads in 1798).  Coleridge was better; The Rime of the Ancient Mariner actually held my interest, and his little notes explaining the poem helped, too.  (But in my opinion, you shouldn't have to explain your poetry...if you do, take a hint and rewrite it)quote>
 

Not hard to lose interest  in Ann Rand 

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Well, it's difficult reading, for me at least, when you have symbolism and philosophy involved, and I don't get the whole Dominique/Roark thing. It seems that she hates him, which makes her love him, and he hates her - or does he love her, which makes him hate her? Does she love to be hated or hate to be loved? Argh, my poor blonde brain.

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A quote from a an Ann Rand book review.

Ultimately, the effect of reading Ann rand is comparable to being on the receiving end of a long, hysterical, and largely baffling lecture about a subject you're not really very interested in."quote>

Which i think sums up her books.

Wow the things you miss when you dont buy a new book for a year

http://www.transworldnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?id=47897&cat=14

Robert Asprin will be missed

Currently  reading Myth Fortunes

the latest Myth book.

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I'm now reading How Personal and Internet Secuity Work by Preston Gralla and illustrated by Eric Lundley.

It is precisely illustrated and meticulous in detail, but not overly-complex. The illustrations in it are very well done and clarify the main points. The format is freestyle, with the text and graphics staggered among each other, making for a captivating layout.

Everything involving personal security is covered including, but not limited to how hackers invade pc's, rootkits, Evil Twin hacks, RFID, and DNA profiling.

Very interesting, IMHO.

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Originally posted by: masochist  My favorite book by him, though, is Angels and Demons.  I'm anxiously awaiting the movie, to see if it will do a better job of translating the book than The DaVinci Code did.quote>

I doubt it will.

For one thing, Angels and Demons is much darker than The Da Vinci Code. There are a couple of scenes in that book which I'd be surprised if they made it into the movie without being greatly altered. Stuff you couldn't put in a Hollywood film because people would find it revolting and it would absolutely drive parents' groups up the wall (particularly Christian ones, given the nature of the story). Think Grand Theft Auto level controversy but in a movie.

That scene with the cardinal getting burned to death in the church. ←spoiler, highlight to read. That's not making it into the movie unaltered.

Besides, you're forgetting the rule here: Hollywood movie adaptations of books always suck.

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I'm now reading Ecclesiastical Megalomania: The Political And Economic Thought Of The Roman Catholic Church by John W Robbins. It's very controversial stuff.

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Forever War by Joe Haldeman as a prelude to reading the newer Forever Free and Forever Peace.

I noticed something here the  main charactors  name is Mandella which is almost an anagram of Haldeman.




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