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Old Apr 29, 2007, 12:39 PM   #46
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Re: What Are You Reading Now?

I just started Tolkien's "The Children of Hurin".
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Old May 15, 2007, 04:01 PM   #47
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I started... oh, it's a non fictional book again... Mark Rowland's Everything I Know I Learned From TV. Sounds interesting, it's about philosophy.
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Old Jun 4, 2007, 02:56 PM   #48
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Re: What Are You Reading Now?

currently reading Star Trek: Vanguard #2: Summon the Thunder




then I will either reading


or



decisions, decisions.
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Old Jun 6, 2007, 06:48 AM   #49
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Caves Of Steel ~ Isaac Asimov.

Must have read his Robot/Foundation books over a dozen times over the years but I never get bored
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Old Jun 11, 2007, 01:52 PM   #50
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The Exiles Trilogy by Ben Bova.

This is actually three novels:
Exiled from Earth
Flight of the Exiles
End of Exile

I'm on about page 50 - not bad so far.

Also heard they are making the Sword of Shannara series into a film or films so I picked up a copy of the first book (with the above title). I read one or two of these in my teenage or college years. Unlike most fantasy, Terry Brooks world of sword and sorcery is set in a post-apocalpytic future. The world has basically been nuked back into the dark ages. As a result he's got these cool remnants of modern and post modern society that pop up throughout his stories. As if I didn't have enough to read!
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Old Jun 18, 2007, 05:17 PM   #51
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I'm reading Richard Dawkin's The God Delusion. It's infuriatingly logical. The only faults in his thinking I've come across so far are a) His description of the Northern Ireland conflict as a religious one, which it wasn't/ isn't and c) His really despicable assertion that athiests in the United States are treated as badly as gay people were a few years ago, and c) The fact that Richard Dawkins is an outrageous bollocks. What a knob. Urgh. His relentless unpleasantness makes a potentially mind blowing book it a very hard slog through lots of pissy defensiveness and really childish personal snipes at people who's criticized him, lightened only by his embarrassingly frequent use of Douglas Adams quotes.


It makes me insanely bloody angry. And I agree with him. I'm not surprised religious folk hate his guts. Worth reading though, if you can wade through all the bloody bitterness, because his arguments are thoroughly sound.

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Old Jun 24, 2007, 08:30 PM   #52
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c) His really despicable assertion that athiests in the United States are treated as badly as gay people were a few years ago,

I don't think that the analogy is entirely off. Being an atheist is not something you can really admit to, I think, unless you are especially charming, too useful to be criticized, or so thoroughly educated in science/facts as to make the atheist position seem morally superior to believing in a supernatural god. I don't think people will ride atheists out of town on a rail, anymore, but the general culture seems to require faith in god as a prerequisite to social acceptance. I haven't tested the theory, but I don't intend to unless I can back it up in some way.

These are interesting videos:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...99695690924108

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...17977194347234

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Old Jun 24, 2007, 10:44 PM   #53
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What I've read recently...

I'm really enjoying these 'Vanguard' books. Can't wait until the next one.

This one helped flesh out the missing years between Picard's Stargazer to Enterprise years.

I was stunned at the end.
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Old Jun 25, 2007, 04:49 PM   #54
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I love the Foundation series
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Old Jul 29, 2007, 01:50 AM   #55
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It's about bloody time but I've finally gotten round to reading I Am Legend. A truly fantastic book, well written and when you think about it, way ahead of it's time. It's quite obvious that George Romero and Stephen King have been heavily influenced byt his book. It's shameful that I haven't read it until now, but now that I have, I'd like to express a few movie-related thoughts.

When I think back to the planned Ridley Scott/Schwarzenegger movie vehicle thatw as bandied around in the 80s, I now think that Arnie wouldn't have been right for the part (despite the ingenius pairing with said Director). I'm not even sure Will Smith in the upcoming movie is altogether right. I think a character actor would work better.

Have just started



I'm only 70-odd pages in but it's already very gripping stuff.
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Old Jul 29, 2007, 10:29 PM   #56
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Im currently reading Harry Turtledove's The Great War: America Front. Pretty good so far, Turtledove is the master of alternate history.

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Old Jul 30, 2007, 09:57 AM   #57
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It's about bloody time but I've finally gotten round to reading I Am Legend. A truly fantastic book, well written and when you think about it, way ahead of it's time. It's quite obvious that George Romero and Stephen King have been heavily influenced byt his book. It's shameful that I haven't read it until now, but now that I have, I'd like to express a few movie-related thoughts.

When I think back to the planned Ridley Scott/Schwarzenegger movie vehicle thatw as bandied around in the 80s, I now think that Arnie wouldn't have been right for the part (despite the ingenius pairing with said Director). I'm not even sure Will Smith in the upcoming movie is altogether right. I think a character actor would work better.

Have just started



I'm only 70-odd pages in but it's already very gripping stuff.

Amazing read - has earned a coveted spot in my top five of all time, right up there with Dune and Ender's Game.
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Old Aug 5, 2007, 03:57 AM   #58
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It has earned a similar spot in my all time reading list. Words cannot do justice. Just go and read it.

Have just started:


But after Forever War, this book reads shockingly bad. If Forever War was Aliens, Doom: Knee-Deep in the Dead would be AvP

I'll stick with it though, despite the horrific cheesiness. Doom The Movie is a Robert Heinlein novel by comparison.
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Old Aug 6, 2007, 09:20 AM   #59
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Wow - two of my rules
> Never read a book with two authors
> Never read books based on video games (had a bad experience with one of the Starcraft novels a few years back).

On the other hand, books that were later made into video games (i.e. R.A. Salvatore's excellent Icewind Dale trilogy later made into a classic RPG for the PC) are okay.
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Old Aug 6, 2007, 05:46 PM   #60
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WEll I finally finished reading 'Insomnia' by Stephen King and um, I have mixed feelings about it.

Unfortunately I kept trying to imagine it as a film and played it in my head to see if it would work on screen. This whole new view of it killed it for me- I decided it would look and sound corny and no matter how hard I tried to get that out of my head, it kept creeping back.

It is a good read until half way through and then it seems to take a bit of a corny turn from the 'discussion' with the 2 little docs on the roof of the hospital. Anyone think the same?

It's not a bad book, but it is a long read, which I got feedup with it stealing my time and just wanted to be done with it by the end! I dig the auras though!
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