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Old 08-05-2014, 06:08 AM   #9601
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Cell by Stephen King. I thought it was decent but not his best work. I purchased everything he did last year that is still in print and am reading the books one by one. So far my favorites are Salem's lot, Shining, and Pet Semetary. Cliche choices but it is so hard to play hipster and not like them.
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:32 AM   #9602
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The Tao of Wu by RZA. Good book, I really like it
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:00 PM   #9603
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Trying to read Walden by Thoreau but these are the last few books I really enjoyed and got a lot out of

Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran
Slaughterhouse five By Kurt Vonnegut
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:56 AM   #9604
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walden is pretty dull

practice of the wild by gary snyder is so much better
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:10 PM   #9605
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understanding media by marshall mcluhan

and walden is far from dull my friend
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:03 PM   #9606
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'Having it All' by John Assaraf. Didn't actually read but bought the audiobook version on iTunes.
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Old 08-06-2014, 06:44 PM   #9607
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walden is pretty dull

practice of the wild by gary snyder is so much better
I agree. I didn't get very far in that book before taking it back to the library. I think in one section, he actually provides a list of grocery items he got at the store. Boring!
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:23 AM   #9608
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well that is not so bad. the accounts bit was okay. i mean robinson crusoe is kinda like that with the diary of living. but walden just wasn't as profound in its wildness as gary snyder's work. some passages were quite beautiful but in general it was more a slog than an enjoyable reading experience.
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:55 PM   #9609
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so basically, you're saying i'm a moron because of my third grade-level critique.
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Old 08-13-2014, 04:42 AM   #9610
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Flying Tiger by Yael Tevet

It's an Israeli book and probably something you can't find in English .
One of the best I have ever read .
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:02 PM   #9611
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and walden is far from dull my friend
Thank you. Have you seen Upstream Color yet?


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I agree. I didn't get very far in that book before taking it back to the library. I think in one section, he actually provides a list of grocery items he got at the store. Boring!
Try watching Upstream Color if you dig weird cerebral type films, maybe you'll reconsider your opinion on Walden...


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It's an Israeli book and probably something you can't find in English .
One of the best I have ever read .
intriguing. is it in any other languages maybe?


if you guys are looking something more interesting than say a video game then maybe read House of Leaves.
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Old 08-16-2014, 12:44 AM   #9612
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:40 PM   #9613
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7/10 - I was raving about his last book, The Gift of Rain, a month or so ago so I figured I should read this. It was really good. Great characters again, but the story didn't interested me as much. Read it if you dig historical fiction, Malaysian history (post-WWII), or Japanese gardening.
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:53 AM   #9614
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Not that I'm aware off . It's a new book

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Thank you. Have you seen Upstream Color yet?




Try watching Upstream Color if you dig weird cerebral type films, maybe you'll reconsider your opinion on Walden...




intriguing. is it in any other languages maybe?


if you guys are looking something more interesting than say a video game then maybe read House of Leaves.
It's a new book. I couldn't find it in other languages
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:55 AM   #9615
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Dead man's grip by Peter James

Just started .

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Old 08-22-2014, 10:57 AM   #9616
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Malevil, by Robert Merle. It's set in a post-apocalyptic rural France, after most of the world has been destroyed by a nuclear war. But what's interesting about the novel is that it doesn't focus on the events of the war at all, actually we know pretty much nothing about it. The focus is on how the characters evolve in this rural setting where they have to seed everything again, slowly rebuild a society and get past their ideological differences. Very good book, slow-paced, but once you get past the first 50 pages or so, it's very interesting and captivating. Don't know if you could find it in English though
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:35 AM   #9617
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Reading 'notes from a small island' by Bill bryson and it's so true and funny it hurts.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:00 AM   #9618
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What a cool book! Totally weird and awesome - Master and Margarita by Bulgakov
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Old 09-07-2014, 07:05 AM   #9619
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^still need to get around to that.



8/10 - More historical fiction. This is about family and China under Mao after his One Hundred Flowers campaign. The story is told through the perspectives of the five main characters, which I liked. A quick read that kept me pretty hooked the whole way through.


Just started The Wind-up Bird Chronicles; it's my first time reading any Murakami.
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Old 09-07-2014, 11:07 PM   #9620
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Does anybody have any good recommendations for a total book noob? I've never been able to get into any books that I've started reading. I always get bored whenever I read. I don't know, maybe I'm doing something wrong?
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Old 09-08-2014, 12:35 AM   #9621
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Pascal had an interesting life.
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:55 AM   #9622
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if you enjoyed that, you should check this out:

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Old 09-08-2014, 03:00 PM   #9623
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pascal's wager is the dumbest thing i ever heard

he better have been pretending to believe that shit in order to avoid execution
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:20 PM   #9624
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The 5 Love Lanquages. It's my girlfriends favorite book. Needless to say I scored major points and learned a little.
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:44 PM   #9625
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pascal's wager is the dumbest thing i ever heard

he better have been pretending to believe that shit in order to avoid execution
I don't believe that under the reign of Louis XIV the French were doing executions. But certainly I don't think Pascal was under threat of it, although he was a religious dissident, a Jansenist, who irritated Richelieu. But they never were cutting off the heads of Jansenists though they were a lot worse to the Huguenots. Pascal rather followed his conscience through his life and never departed from it.

Now one can notice several odd things about Pascal and why he might have suggested such a curious bet. He was the founder of probability, number one. It does seem like something a devout statistician would be wooed by. He was plagued by poor health throughout his life and he commiserated often with the wealthy elites, whose major pastime were the gambling halls, where his wager originated from.

If you look at his life experience, it seems very natural.

Although the Pensees offer some fascinating observations on life, and I am religiously devout, I think Voltaire's way of thinking is far more attractive to me than Pascal's. There was nothing humanistic in Pascal's view although there was in Voltaire's.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:07 AM   #9626
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he better have been pretending to believe that shit in order to avoid execution
agreed for once
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:08 AM   #9627
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i dont really read jack shit anymore
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:15 AM   #9628
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Old 09-13-2014, 08:38 AM   #9629
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definitely gonna get into some non-fiction reading and documentaries.
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Old 09-16-2014, 07:34 AM   #9630
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