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Black Adder
Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 3:21:02 PM
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I've finished reading American Gods recently and now I'm reading the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I've already seen the Dark Tower movie and I liked it, especially Matthew McConaughey's performance. I know that some book series fans are disapointed by the movie, but watching the screen adaptation made me interested in reading the books. I've already read The Gunslinger, the first novel in the Dark Tower series. I'm fascinated by the story and I can't wait to read the next novel, The Drawing of the Three.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 6:45:46 AM

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Right now I'm in the halfway of reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

I strongly recommend this book to everyone interested in where we came from, how we became like this, and where are we heading to.
Misida
Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2017 11:38:00 AM
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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. just WOW! It's amazing!
kitman
Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017 7:06:45 AM

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Classified Woman by Sibel Edmonds
Classified Woman is a book that does three difficult things at once – it makes a historically significant contribution to our understanding of the domestic political roots of our foreign policy, it identifies flaws in our systems of justice and accountability that should be addressed, and it does so in a way that makes for a good day or two at the beach for every individual reader.
Eric Newton
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I am reading blogs about essay writing help because I need quick guide how to complete my assignment.
Andrew Schultz
Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017 2:16:01 AM

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I just started the Ribblestop series by Andy Mulligan. It was listed along with some other series I enjoyed in a small quiz ("match the character with the academy") including Nigel Molesworth and Quentin Coldwater (The Magicians).
whatson
Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017 10:29:26 AM
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In Praise of Profanity
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almo 1
Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017 4:32:16 PM
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I'm reading about "Orphan", because I wached the movie

and I wanted to know more about it.



www.imdb.com/title/Orphan




Horror



Ella Deker
Posted: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 4:36:42 AM

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My main problem is that I love reading very much but I can not write anything. When asked to give a book description to me, this becomes a real problem. I constantly use various essays-service.com, I try to write something similar, but I still get it bad. How to learn to write on your own?
almo 1
Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 5:10:52 AM
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest



Nurse Ratched is like a dictator
with absolute authority in the hospital.
She does not like McMurphy because he is not meek.

Finally she lobotomizes McMurphy - makes him vegetable.
That is crueller than killing in a way.











Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018 10:42:38 AM

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almo 1 wrote:
Finally she lobotomizes McMurphy - makes him vegetable.
That is crueller than killing in a way.


It's easier to do it with drugs than lobotomy these days.

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, February 25, 2018 7:00:16 AM

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I've just started reading a book by Dean Koontz - "One Door Away From Heaven".

I don't know how it is (I've only read a couple of chapters), but judging by others I have read, it will be good.
"Ashley Bell" and "Innocence" were great stand-alone novels which kept me guessing till near the end.
Who was Ashley Bell?
What was it about the boy which made everyone tremble and automatically want him dead as soon as they saw him?

The Frankenstein series was clever, and the pace of the stories suited me.

This is one short bit from the current one - just the protagonist's first impressions of a bar he walked into in LA, in July. It's very 'dry' and makes great use of language and imagery:

Quote:
The long bar lay to the right of the door. In a row down the center of the room, each of eight plank-top tables bore a candle in an amber-glass holder.

Fewer than half the stools and chairs were occupied. Several guys and one woman wore cowboy hats, as though they had been abducted and then displaced in space or time by meddling extraterrestrials.

The concrete floor, painted ruby-red, appeared to have been mopped at least a couple of times since Christmas, and underlying the stale-beer smell was a faint scent of disinfectant. If the place had cockroaches, they would probably be small enough that Noah might just be able to wrestle them into submission.
. . .
He ordered a beer from a waitress who had evidently sewn herself into her faded peg-legged jeans and red checkered shirt. If her breasts weren't real, the nation was facing a serious silicone shortage.
"You want a glass?" she asked.
"The bottle's probably cleaner."
"Has to be" she agreed and headed for the bar.


Articulate Dreamer
Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:04:52 PM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
almo 1 wrote:
Finally she lobotomizes McMurphy - makes him vegetable.
That is crueller than killing in a way.


It's easier to do it with drugs than lobotomy these days.


As a practising and conscientious psychiatrist I feel that's rather an overstatement, DragO.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 2:18:57 PM

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Hello.

My apologies if I seemed to be insulting you - I'm sure you are conscientious and work to help people.
lauralee1
Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2018 7:43:58 PM

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"Misery" by Stephen King.
Stasy
Posted: Monday, April 2, 2018 9:33:44 AM
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I finished reading the book "To live, improving the world" I advise you to read, after reading quite differently I treat society and new priorities have appeared: 27:.
This book is for those who want to change people's lives for the better and leave a memory behind.
The book describes how rich people take part in charity and how it affects their business and society. There is a rating of national millionaires who can improve the lives of people in their country. Questions such as: What needs to be changed, what would change the world and people's lives for the better? The new idea of ​​Alexei Tolkachev "cherished Ukraine", as with the help of the sign of social responsibility can reduce poverty in the world, who becomes and remains wealthy, the history of money relations and the development of mankind.

The book is designed for those who are not indifferent to society and everything that surrounds it, who is looking for the true meaning of life, to do good!
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 2:45:29 AM

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I recently started a new novel called "Provenance" by Ann Leckie.
The story seems quite good (I've only read a quarter of it so far).

However the thing which caught my attention immediately was the invention of a whole new set of pronouns and possessives. These are the 'ungendered' or 'of unknown gender' singulars.
It was a little distracting for the first couple of chapters, but soon became quite natural and I can read without pausing to think - so it's less 'jarring' than sentences like "A student answered. They said . . ."

The list is:
he - she - e - it (I pronounce "e" long, ee)
him - her - em - it
his - her - eir - its
his - hers - eirs - its

The 'indeterminate' ones are used in places where modern English uses the singular "they,them, their, theirs", but also for all children (saves upsetting a parent by saying "What a lovely baby. How old is it?" d'oh!

Sarrriesfan
Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 9:11:15 AM

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I am reading Mythos by Stephen Fry, his retellong of the Greek myth.

He has written it in a very conversational style, almost as if he was telling you a series of anecdotes about the Greek deities and heros, rather than a academic tome.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 2:22:27 PM

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Sarrriesfan wrote:
I am reading Mythos by Stephen Fry, his retellong of the Greek myth.
He has written it in a very conversational style, almost as if he was telling you a series of anecdotes about the Greek deities and heros, rather than a academic tome.

That sounds quite good.
I'll see if my local library will order it.
Nelson Cerqueira
Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2018 7:31:32 AM

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If you’re going to write anything about literature, check it out! I’m reading Northrop Frye, Anatomy of Criticism, a wonderful guide to Literary interpretation. Enjoy it.
hACKme
Posted: Friday, August 31, 2018 10:30:28 AM

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I'm currently reading One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Tiago Kondageski
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War and Peace, by Tolstoy
Lotje1000
Posted: Monday, September 3, 2018 2:21:52 AM

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Welcome to Night Vale, by Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink
hACKme
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I'm now reading The glass bead game, Hermann Hesse ! Pray
Sophia Addison
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I am reading the novel Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J K Rowling.
This is one of the most sought-after novels of the present generation and will surely grab the interest of all. This is harry potters most captivating adventure yet where he meets his most loyal and his father's friend Severus. The novel is beautifully crafted and as enough plot and settings to grab the interest of all.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 2:52:02 AM

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Hello Sophia.

Welcome to the forum.
JK Rowling also writes crime novels (writing as Robert Galbraith).
These books (the Cormoran Strike series) are serious crime novels (with a few murders and deaths) but contain quite a bit of humour.

I've enjoyed the two I have read.
Orson Burleigh
Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 6:40:19 AM

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Currently reading Pieter Judson's 'The Habsburg Empire: A New History.' This is a somewhat deeper dive into the 'whys' and 'with what results' of a region (Middle Europe) and a period (Late Holy Roman Empire - Austria-Hungary) where I have hitherto had only a superficial sort of 'who shot John' (or rather, who shot Franz-Ferdinand) knowledge.
Johnny Smoked
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At the moment I am reading the book "Atlas shrugged" and it seems to me that this is the best book that I have only read and could read in our time. You know, she's so honest about what's going on in our time, I can't tell you what other book might impress you more. I strongly advise you to read this book.
RuthP
Posted: Friday, November 2, 2018 1:06:52 PM

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Johnny Smoked wrote:
At the moment I am reading the book "Atlas shrugged" and it seems to me that this is the best book that I have only read and could read in our time. You know, she's so honest about what's going on in our time, I can't tell you what other book might impress you more. I strongly advise you to read this book.

I am fascinated that you like this book. In college (back in the dark ages) I had a boyfriend who also thought it was the best book ever. Of course I read it.

I detested the book. It seemed to me the author just assumed that of course Right and Truth (whatever that means) would triumph, and if you are poor it is because you are lazy and unworthy and if you are rich you deserve it. That is a circular definition: it is true because you define it as true. The rich person is worthy, the poor person is unworthy. How do you know this? Why, because the rich person is rich, therefore he must be worthy. This rather ignores how the world works.

I read the book in, I think, 1971. At that time, Glass-Steagall had not yet been repealed and, though weakened by the early `70s, the effects of banking risks had not yet been felt. Union membership was still high, though the decline was probably starting. High union membership meant workers had some effective say in pay, and wages were generally high enough (if you were white and male, at least) to support a family. I knew something about the Gilded Age, Progressives and trust busting, 1920s market, and the Depression, just because that time period interested me, so I was aware that Right and Truth are slipperier than Ms. Rand thinks. (Ms. Rand has neither training nor experience in economics, nor in government. She is a novelist.)

I did not, at that time, know about the earlier development of corporations, or really the earlier dislocations of technological change in employment and markets. Of course, at that point, I had had no experience with the recurring problem of invention of new kinds of (risky) financial instruments or the confounding of savings banks and investment banks, or the rewriting of market regulation to funnel profits to CEOs and investment bankers, or the effects of technology on trading. In 1971, that was all still in the future.

The thing that really irritated me then was that she had no respect for her reader. The entire book was "Here is my thesis!" "Here is my thesis!" "Here is my thesis!" "HERE is MY THESIS!" "HERE IS MY THESIS!" AND just in case you didn't get it (stupid reader), let my hero sum up MY THESIS in a fifty page monologue at the end of the book.

Yeah. I didn't like the book.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, November 2, 2018 1:56:32 PM

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Yes, Ruth - there's the thesis . .

But . . . were there any good bits in it - exciting chases, that sort of thing?
RuthP
Posted: Friday, November 2, 2018 2:23:03 PM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
Yes, Ruth - there's the thesis . .

But . . . were there any good bits in it - exciting chases, that sort of thing?

Only (sort of, kind of, but not very) sexy stuff. But not enough to make up for the thesis. (With which I disagreed anyway.) I didn't really care about any of the characters and I found John Galt (the protagonist), unpleasant.

Ayn Rand is very well liked by a lot of people. I'm not one.
Jim01s
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Currently reading George Orwell's "1984". The book was written in the first half of the 20th century, but how could the author predict the reality the humanity is approaching to. It is an amazing piece of art! The "Animal Farm" satire will be next.
Drag0nspeaker
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Hi Ruth - a belated reply.
I think that I would have the same opinion.
"Rich and influential people are worthy and the poor don't deserve anything" is all very good if everyone starts of equal and gets an EXACTLY equal education - and 'who you know' has absolutely no effect on job-placement. Then I could see that "anyone who works hard is rewarded more than the lazy ones who don't".

However, it doesn't work that way - the children of the rich start off with nine tenths of the track already run.

Also, I don't mind a novel's story making me see a moral, but the novel shouldn't spell out the moral throughout the story (in my opinion).

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Hello Jim01s.
Welcome to the forum!

I remember reading those two books for the first time (probably in about 1965, just before I finished school). Even then, one could see some of the predictions coming true.
Now it's quite scary.
You should read "Fahrenheit 451" to complete the dystopian trio.
There's a description in that book (written in the 1950s, I think) of an interactive 'reality TV' program. Quite amazing.
StacieMcnamara
Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 10:29:27 AM
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I read the Shogun by James Clavell. Awesome book, awesome culture. I recommend to all fans of the genre of the historical saga and culture of Japan.
L.Rai
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If you like Shogun, then try reading a lessor known book "Cloud of Sparrows" and it's sequel "Autumn Bridge" by Takashi Matsuoka, it's a little different in how it's written jumping from present, to past, to future but it's still interesting and very much a book in the same vein as Shogun.

I have a very long list of books I have enjoyed while here in China...

1. Team of Rivals (about Lincoln and his cabinet) good history and written well by Doris Goodwin
2. The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
3. The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitan (I loved this book)

These are the last books I read in the past few months...

I will read just about anything I can get my hands on here because it's hard to find books in English, but if it deals with history I am really interested.

Two authors I like very much are Amy Tan and Lisa See, both are great storytellers about China.

Also some books just should be ready in their original language as some translations don't really capture the story well. I tried reading an English translation of a Chinese classic "Dream of Red Mansions" and it sucked.

I think that may have also been why I did not really like Anna Karenina, just never got into her character and actually by the time she jumps in front of the train, I was ready to push her.

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