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Gen. Chat “What are you reading right now?” by Ryan the Lion

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Kerridwynne 10 years ago on 01/10/10
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The last new book I read was The Arcanum by Thomas Wheeler. Popular figures from the 1920s get together to solve a fabulous mystery in old New York. Great read if you enjoy seeing real people turned into book characters.

Currently going through the Harry Potter books again. I'm on Goblet of Fire at present. Kinda slugging my way through since it's not among my favorite of the series.
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motherhoodlum 10 years ago on 01/10/10
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Well, I'm surrounded by a stack of "self-help" books geared towards helping parents with dev disabled children who have diagnosis issues. Fiction-wise I managed to sqweeze in a few page turns of Good Omens b Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Awesome read!
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Orin Sempton 10 years ago on 01/10/10
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Just finished Under the Dome by Stephen King. Felt like I was reading some of his older stuff.

I just opened Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden. Borrowed it from a friend who said it was pretty good.
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PrinceLaharl 10 years ago on 01/11/10
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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov; it's actually a really good read for a "banned" book and I've been wondering why people have a hissy fit about it. Definitely read it, if you get the time.
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Kerridwynne 10 years ago on 01/11/10
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PrinceLaharl said:
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov; it's actually a really good read for a "banned" book and I've been wondering why people have a hissy fit about it. Definitely read it, if you get the time.


I started reading it and was enjoying it, but then I guess I either got distracted or the book disappeared. House has a habit of eating things. I've been meaning to pick it up again.
 
 
svaj 10 years ago on 01/12/10
I'm in between Shulgin's PiHKAL and Friedman's The World Is Flat. Enjoying the former more so than the latter.
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Nurse Chapel 10 years ago on 01/13/10
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just picked up a discounted copy of The Sheriff of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens. Stephen Colbert says it's "a science fiction book your grandmother will love-if she's a lustful, violent lady." couldn't say no!
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ShirtNinja 10 years ago on 01/14/10
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Found the copy of The Road I misplaced so I'm gonna get back into that

Also picked up a collected edition of The Divine Comedy to read after that.
 
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theZproject 10 years ago on 01/14/10
World War Z by Max Brooks

What's Your Dangerous Idea edited by John Brockman
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Senator Hideki 10 years ago on 01/14/10
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PrinceLaharl said:
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov; it's actually a really good read for a "banned" book and I've been wondering why people have a hissy fit about it. Definitely read it, if you get the time.


You mean, aside from the obvious fact that if you're not paying attention/reading your brain and/or don't finish the whole book, it seems like an unapologetic endorsement of pedophilia? And not just technical/legal pedophilia, but pedophilia with girls who've barely even started to develop secondary sexual characteristics as part of the explicit fetish?

Now, having read the whole book and having a marginally functional brain that's inclined towards analysis, it becomes pretty clear by the end (to me at least), that the fight between Humbert Humbert and the other man at the end is a symbolic fight between the two sides of the same man, the sane man wins, and gives up his insane ways.

Anyways, whether you agree with that interpretation of the ending or not, the whole book seems like one long description of a person with a sickness, with a problem, not a person to be viewed as an example to be followed or a salient, intelligent argument for anything.

Also, Nabokov's word play is incredible. It's a great book.
PS: Also, can we get a "EuroPlayful" tag on PrinceLahaharl's post?

'cuz it's obvious what he's endorsing.
PS: Ha. "reading your brain" should have said "reading closely with your brain turned on"

How ironic.
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Laurette 10 years ago on 01/14/10
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Orin Sempton said:
Just finished Under the Dome by Stephen King. Felt like I was reading some of his older stuff.


I'm currently reading that, and have to agree.
I'm also reading FLOW: The cultural story of menstruation, Codebreakers: the history of codes and ciphers from the ancient pharaohs to quantum crypography, and Breathless by Dean Koontz.
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Ryan the Lion 10 years ago on 01/15/10
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How am I only just now finding out about Google Books?

http://books.google.com/books?rview=1
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Momoko 10 years ago on 01/15/10
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I started reading "ghosts among us" by James Van Praagh a week ago. It's OK. I found it in my dad's house and just decided to start reading it
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Ryan the Lion 10 years ago on 01/18/10
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I just picked up The Blue Devils in Italy from my local library - a book written about my grandfather's regiment in WWII.
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Freiju 10 years ago on 01/19/10
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New Spring - Robert Jordan
I am America, and so can you! - Stephen Colbert
Advanced Psychology - FSC
Parapsychology and the Obscure - Brian L. Weiss.

Multiple Manga @_@
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Vanishing Point 10 years ago on 01/19/10
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The portable Machiavelli
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Fushichou 10 years ago on 01/19/10
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The Jan/Feb issue of Foreign Policy magazine. One of the more interesting articles was a piece by Barbara Crossette ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Crossette ) about what a royal pain in the International Community's ass India is.
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RogueSamus 10 years ago on 01/19/10
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http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Wallet_Moth
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Charmedseed 10 years ago on 01/19/10
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Shevek said:
I'm going to get to see Ursula Le Guin speak on Anarchism & Fiction


Jesus, how the hell was that? She's like, my literary idol.

I'm finishing the Naked God, the last of the Night's Dawn trilogy. Hamilton gets kind of needlessly lengthy about a lot of things, but I'm entertained at least.
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Sans Sheriff 10 years ago on 01/19/10
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American Psycho

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