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Old Dec 11, 2006, 08:06 AM   #31
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Re: What Are You Reading Now?

I just finished Brother Odd another sequel to Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas the second being Forever Odd. This was a nice addition to the story of Odd Thomas, a man who can see the lingering dead. If you haven't already read the first books, I highy recommend them.

I just started the latest Star Trek novel for the 40th anniversary of Trek, Crucible: McCoy "Provenance of Shadows" by David George III


An interesting read so far, going into depth with two stories one, how the death of Edith Keeler affected McCoy, and two, McCoy trapped in the past after saving her life. This book will continue with two other books, one for Spock and one for Kirk.

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Old Dec 11, 2006, 09:27 AM   #32
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Zola's Germinal
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Old Dec 11, 2006, 01:39 PM   #33
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That McCoy book looks pretty interesting.

Currently reading at work : The Hogfather, by Terry Pratchett. It's a santa parody, of course. 'Tis the season, and all that ...

Will begin reading very shortly : The Prestige, by Christopher Priest. If it's half as good as the film, it'll be an entertaining read
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Old Dec 11, 2006, 01:57 PM   #34
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Picked up Saturday - should start it tonight:


A couple of reviews I read:
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Right-wing rhetoric trumps the logic of story and character in this near-future political thriller about a red-state vs. blue-state American civil war, an implausibly plotted departure from Card's bestselling science fiction (Ender's Game, etc.). When the president and vice-president are killed by domestic terrorists (of unknown political identity), a radical leftist army calling itself the Progressive Restoration takes over New York City and declares itself the rightful government of the United States. Other blue states officially recognize the legitimacy of the group, thus starting a second civil war. Card's heroic red-state protagonists, Maj. Reuben "Rube" Malek and Capt. Bartholomew "Cole" Coleman, draw on their Special Ops training to take down the extremist leftists and restore peace to the nation. The action is overshadowed by the novel's polemical message, which Card tops off with an afterword decrying his own politically-motivated exclusion from various conventions and campuses, the "national media elite" and the divisive excesses of both the right and the left.
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Some video-game developers asked Card to write a scenario for "an entertainment franchise . . . about a near-future American civil war." They came to the right man and held off on releasing the game until he completed this relentless thriller, which couldn't be timelier and is, for all its hyperactivity and flip, Hollywoodish one-liners, heartfelt and sobering. Its heroes are two special-ops army officers who keep their oaths to defend the U.S. against all enemies when far too many of their ostensible colleagues have decided to abandon theirs. A rocket hits the west wing of the White House, killing the president, vice-president, and secretary of defense. While those directly responsible are Arabs, the next day, 14-foot-tall, bulletproof, armed globes on mechanical legs, backed by shooters on individual hovercraft, seize New York City by killing anyone in uniform. None of the new attackers looks anything other than American. A "Progressive Restoration" administration is established in the city, and it encourages other cities and states to join it to restore government as it should have been but for the stolen elections of 2000 and 2004. Intriguing plot wrinkles come fore and aft of those basic developments, there are many deftly shaped supporting players, and major shocks explode in a split second (no Stephen King slo-mo for Card!). Moreover, all the action doesn't obscure the author's message about the dangers of extreme political polarization and the need to reassert moderation and mutual citizenship; indeed, it drives it home. Ray Olson
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Old Dec 11, 2006, 02:40 PM   #35
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Alan Dean Foster novelised the Thing as well? Is there no good script this man can't improve?! (By which I mean - yay, I must find this book)

I picked it up at amazon.co.uk second hand for 1.80
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Old Dec 11, 2006, 02:51 PM   #36
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Thanks Caleb, I'll check it out
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Old Jan 28, 2007, 06:50 PM   #37
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I just started The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. I really like it and he makes some good points, but I really do think that he is pretty uninformed with regard to religious beliefs. I can't really speak on that myself, because I am sort of uninformed as well, but I suspect that he will over simplify what purpose religious beliefs serve. I think that it might serve as something more than just as a way to explain the unexplained/unexplainable.



Actually, that Orson Scott Card book that Sith posted looks good, too.

[EDIT]: I take back what I said about his being uninformed. I don't know, anymore. It's a good book, though.

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Old Feb 1, 2007, 10:29 AM   #38
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I think that it might serve as something more than just as a way to explain the unexplained/unexplainable.
I don't think Dawkins has an issue per se with religion as a psychological crutch (group therapy through church-going etc) as much as with the tennets of the belief that people hold merely through their lack of rational thought... the God of the Gaps, so to speak. (e.g. I don't know what created the Universe - so let's say God did it.)

The psychological support that religion grants could most likely be achieved through non-religious means, but not as easily nor as comfortably. And for that alone it should be applauded to a degree.


Anyhoo - I'm reading "Golden Fool" by Robin Hobb.
I read the Assassin trilogy a couple of years or so ago and much enjoyed them, and now I'm half-way through this other trilogy.
I think I missed the Liveship trilogy, though, but not to worry.

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Old Feb 9, 2007, 05:25 PM   #39
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Finishing Letter to a Christian Nation:



Sam Harris on Book TV.

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Old Feb 11, 2007, 08:44 PM   #40
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I've had a problem: good books won't fit into my favourite bag. That's the most biggest reason why I haven't read Dante Alighieri's Divina Commedia completely before. Thanks for the technology, I can't avoid this classic anymore... Yes, I downloaded it as eBook into my cellphone. Oh joy!

...I've almost forgotten to leave a buss on my stop a couple of times because of this invention...
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Old Feb 12, 2007, 06:31 AM   #41
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A Man For All Seasons (1960) ~ Robert Bolt


After rewatching the film a few weeks ago I was inspired to read the book/play by Robert Bolt, and he doesn't disappoint. Although Bolt writes in a very concise style the play was certainly more involving than the screenplay, but by watching the film previously certainly helped flesh out some of the scenes and characters.

The book is truly absorbing and arresting from what I've read so far.
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 07:02 AM   #42
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The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester - not a proto-Demolition Man, luckily It's (so far) about a man trying to commit and get away with murder in a telepathically dominated society, and if J. Michael Straczynski hadn't read this before creating the Psi Corps I'll eat my hat.

And, at work, the first book of The Wheel of Time. It doesn't suffer so badly from the stilted-fantasy-dialogue-syndrome that a lot of other fantasy books are plagued by - but then, I've only just started it
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 12:56 PM   #43
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The Master & Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov

The devil comes to Soviet Moscow with a gun toting tom cat and satrical surrealist mayhem ensues (allegedly).

Keep picking it up and forgetting about it again - hasn't really grabbed me yet (I'm up to the insanse asylum ).
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Old Mar 21, 2007, 07:36 PM   #44
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I'd like to read that Richard Dawkins one, were it not for the fact that the man is a knob.
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Old Apr 28, 2007, 11:10 PM   #45
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Command Decision - by Elizabeth Moon
Im cant even finish the book which has me . It is just a testament that writers shouldnt write if they have nothing to say. I feel a sense of personal guilt because I was probably one of the crazy fans who dropped her an email in college telling her to write more. Doubtful it got past her PR personnel, but still. I understand now. Stop when your gut tells you stop. If you dont, what comes out may be far better than garbage, but somehow, it lacks that pizazz or creativity that you once had - that luster for the story; that creativity and ingenuity that consumed you. And suddenly all we are left with is a book filled with words, floating along helplessly in the shallow current of The Story - the one you turned out as cookie cutter as the last.

Because we made you write it. Please stop. We apologize - nay, repent, in sackcloth and ashes.
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