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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #125 on: November 28, 2006, 02:04:40 AM »
I'd rather spend my time re-reading Feist's Midkemia novels or diving into Ian Fleming's Bond novels.

Yes, reading can be fun, eh?  Especially when you DIVE! into it.  Kids, DIVE! into reading with rhombaad.  Has a nice ring to it, you could be one of those motivational speakers at elementary schools.  Tell kids about the importance of reading.  Unless of course rhombaad isn't your real name...  In that case the whole idea would be kind of silly.   :o

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #126 on: November 28, 2006, 03:53:37 AM »
See, its that whole diving thing that gets me.  Once I actually start reading, I can easily read for hours.  Its just picking up the damn book thats the challange.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #127 on: December 02, 2006, 09:08:13 PM »
Right now im reading Frankenstien by Mary Shelley.  I now hate how the movie industry for how it has portrayed this story.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #128 on: February 26, 2007, 04:06:37 AM »
Wow, I'm surprised to see that only Oberi is a Dostoyevsky fan (though I may have missed others).

Oberi: if you haven't yet, read The Brothers Karamazov.

Currently, I'm in the middle of The Tale of Genji and The Third Policeman (b/c I'm a Lost fan).

Some favorites:

Romance of the Three Kingdoms (though it can be confusing at times w/ so many characters)
Journey to the West
The Ramayana (Ramesh Menon version)
Strange Tales from Make-Do Studio
A Farewell to Arms (this book is probably my 3rd favorite, after The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment)
1984 (how can you not like this book?)
Snow Country
Temple of the Golden Pavilion

I have many others I intend to read. I have to read Kokoro soon b/c they're always talking about it in anime.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #129 on: February 26, 2007, 01:34:12 PM »

Finished this just last week, and it was my second fastest reading ever. Just below Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which I read in a single day.

After Slaughterhouse, I thought the most natural follow up would be:
We often went to the cinema, the screen would light up and we would tremble, but also, increasingly often, Madeleine and I were disappointed. The images had dated, they jittered, and Marilyn Monroe had gotten terribly old. We were sad, this wasn't the film we had dreamed of, this wasn't the total film that we all carried around inside us, this film that we would have wanted to make, or, more secretly, no doubt, that we would have wanted to live.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #130 on: February 26, 2007, 04:39:53 PM »
See, its that whole diving thing that gets me.  Once I actually start reading, I can easily read for hours.  Its just picking up the damn book thats the challange.

Know what that's like. When I get into a book I can't put it down, but it takes a gun to my head to pick most of them up. I often take out a book from the library and don't even touch it.

I generally stick with classic literature from the 1800s, especially from the Industrial Revolution and on. The last book I read was Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, but more significantly before that I read The Count of Monte Cristo, all 1,400 pages. Took me a couple months, I'm a slow reader.

I was also really into Anne Rice's  Vampire Chronicles. I read all 10 in a row within a year. I havn't read anything at all for many months now though.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #131 on: February 26, 2007, 06:14:07 PM »
An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations by Adam Smith.  After that I have The Politics by Aristotle lined up anyone else read this?

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #132 on: February 26, 2007, 08:11:24 PM »
An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations by Adam Smith.  After that I have The Politics by Aristotle lined up anyone else read this?

Sir, you are a hero.  I am a philosophy major (as well as history), are you as well? 
But anyway, if you find the empiricist movement to be of interst, I would recommend reading Francis Hutcheson and David Hume, they being the core of the Scottish Enlightenment along with Adam Smith.  Hume's Treatise and Enquiry are his foundational works, but any of his essays, such as Of Commerce, are quite intersting as well.  With Hutcheson, I would recommend An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections as well as An Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue.    Also, Smith's Lectures on Jurisprudence are of interest.

If you want to get them on the cheap, as well as some very well done editions, go to www.libertyfund.org  They specialize in selling Natural Law and Enlightenment texts for non-profit, so most books are insanely cheap.
Sadly, Hume's Treatise and Enquiry are best done in the Oxford editions, which are rather expensive.  Very well done, however.

Also, links: http://www.libertyfund.org/details.asp?displayID=1863

http://www.libertyfund.org/details.asp?displayID=1821

http://www.libertyfund.org/details.asp?displayID=1631

http://www.libertyfund.org/details.asp?displayID=1683


Anyway, always good to meet a fellow philosopher.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #133 on: February 26, 2007, 08:40:21 PM »
Anyway, always good to meet a fellow philosopher.

Says the guy with the Samurai Pizza Cats avatar. XD

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #134 on: February 26, 2007, 09:59:57 PM »
Didn't you know Aazealh? Pizza is the food of the Gods.  :troll:

Edit: Sorry, didn't respond to your question Bph, no I am not doing a course in philosophy or history, I am actually doing in a degree in economics.  It is just an interest of mine and I consider myself more of a political scientist than a philosopher, but good to meet you all the same.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #135 on: February 27, 2007, 12:27:00 AM »
Ah.  Well, it is still important to remember that political philosophy, as with Hume and Adam Smith, were Econ and Poli Sci in their own time, so you shouldn't discount them entirely in relation to your major. The Wealth of Nations is pretty much the beginning of modern economic theory after all.  But anyway, it's still good to see that people are interested in philosophy; it has certainly fallen out of favor in modern academia, but at least there are nerds, such as ourselves, still reading it.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #136 on: March 02, 2007, 07:01:40 AM »
Taking a philosophy course right now and loving it. The stuff I'm reading is probably old hat to you guys (Plato, Descartes, etc.) but compelling stuff none the less.

For fun I enjoy just about anything by Stephen King (have actually read every one of his including the bachmen books) and Dean Koontz. (still have like twenty to go on him.)

I enjoy good fantasy, but it's hard work sifting through most of the tripe and crap out there to find something decent.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #137 on: April 03, 2007, 04:49:39 PM »
So, I never actually finished Catch-22, it was too similar (for me) to Slaughterhouse, which I had just finished, and I needed a change.
Don't get me wrong, what I'd read was enjoyable.

I will pick it up again, sooner or later.

So, in the interest of change I went with Cannery Row, by dear Steinbeck. It was absolutely wonderful.

To follow such wonderous words I chose Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. It was humorous at the beginning, but got old and became a chore to get through a chapter. I lost interest very quickly.
And I don't think I'll be picking it up again.

To wash that out of my system I got one of the greatest books I have ever laid my eyes on:


The man is my hero!
It's a series of interviews, but it is an absolute required text for ANYONE interested in making films.

WONDERFUL! :guts:
We often went to the cinema, the screen would light up and we would tremble, but also, increasingly often, Madeleine and I were disappointed. The images had dated, they jittered, and Marilyn Monroe had gotten terribly old. We were sad, this wasn't the film we had dreamed of, this wasn't the total film that we all carried around inside us, this film that we would have wanted to make, or, more secretly, no doubt, that we would have wanted to live.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #138 on: April 11, 2007, 12:58:02 PM »
We often went to the cinema, the screen would light up and we would tremble, but also, increasingly often, Madeleine and I were disappointed. The images had dated, they jittered, and Marilyn Monroe had gotten terribly old. We were sad, this wasn't the film we had dreamed of, this wasn't the total film that we all carried around inside us, this film that we would have wanted to make, or, more secretly, no doubt, that we would have wanted to live.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #139 on: April 11, 2007, 02:23:50 PM »



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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #140 on: April 11, 2007, 02:41:38 PM »


Slowly but surely.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #141 on: April 12, 2007, 04:58:58 PM »
http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/12580000/12582981.jpg
Finished this just last week, and it was my second fastest reading ever. Just below Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which I read in a single day.

After Slaughterhouse, I thought the most natural follow up would be:
http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/2/2c/Catch22_cover.jpg
Kurt Vonnegut died today.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/books/04/12/obit.vonnegut/index.html
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #142 on: April 12, 2007, 07:27:30 PM »
I'm going to picking this up fairly soon:

   


The man is my hero!
It's a series of interviews, but it is an absolute required text for ANYONE interested in making films.

Yes! I recently used Netflix's uber variety to finally watch Fitzcarraldo. I can fully see why you worship this chap, in terms of film making. The ending pissed me off to no end, but I appreciated why it had to happen. As for the actual task of pulling a River ship up a large (and bloody steep) hill, without special effects or computer generated images simply blew me away... glad to see someone else on the boards who at least knows of this guy.

Kurt Vonnegut died today.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #143 on: April 13, 2007, 11:31:20 AM »
Yes! I recently used Netflix's uber variety to finally watch Fitzcarraldo. I can fully see why you worship this chap, in terms of film making. The ending pissed me off to no end, but I appreciated why it had to happen. As for the actual task of pulling a River ship up a large (and bloody steep) hill, without special effects or computer generated images simply blew me away... glad to see someone else on the boards who at least knows of this guy.
:guts:

May I recommend:
We often went to the cinema, the screen would light up and we would tremble, but also, increasingly often, Madeleine and I were disappointed. The images had dated, they jittered, and Marilyn Monroe had gotten terribly old. We were sad, this wasn't the film we had dreamed of, this wasn't the total film that we all carried around inside us, this film that we would have wanted to make, or, more secretly, no doubt, that we would have wanted to live.

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Re: What are you reading?
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #145 on: April 16, 2007, 05:19:46 PM »
I've started "Beyond Good and Evil" by Nietzsche, but I think he's too smart for me. Maybe.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #146 on: May 13, 2007, 08:42:06 PM »
It may have been mentioned previously in this thread (me<--way too lazy), but anyway:



Faust.  Kind of a hard read, and now I'm writing a report on it (due Tuesday  :judo:).



Crime & Punishment.  Very interesting and compelling story, had me riveted till the end.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #147 on: May 13, 2007, 09:53:38 PM »
Attempting to read House of Leaves, again... this time it's personal!

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #148 on: December 30, 2007, 12:57:40 AM »
FINALLY finished reading Catch-22.  Amazing book, it does a great job juggling serious emotions while maintaining a hilarious irony throughout.  My only real gripes are that the back and forth dialogues do start to get a little predictable by the end, and that when reading the book off and on like I did, the fact that the chapters aren't in chronological order and jump around quite a bit can be a little confusing.  Overall though, amazing book that pretty much nailed my cynical side's sense of humor.

Not sure what to start next, I was either thinking of The Complete Sherlock Holmes, 1984, or perhaps Rise of a Merchant Prince by Raymond E Feist. Since this next little project will probably last me a year at least, it's a tough decision.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #149 on: December 31, 2007, 12:07:11 AM »
ReReading through Songs of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.  Hoping he wont croak like Jordan did and finish his series!