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What Book Are You Reading? - Part VII
PostPosted: Sat 10 Jan, 2009  Reply with quote

<mod>This is a continuation of the "What Book Are You Reading? - Part VI", which can be found here.</mod>

Bruno wrote:
Kyri wrote:
I'm reading Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman now.

Good book? Fan of Gaiman here, wondering if I should pick up that book or pass.

Well I haven't gotten very far yet to be honest. It's short stories and poems, and I finished a couple of each. I found the poems really intriguing even though I don't normally like poetry at all. One of the short stories was just okay, and the other one I thought was absolutely great.

It's not as good as American Gods, or Neverwhere, (those are the only other Gaiman books I've read before,) but it's still good. It's up to you. I'd say if you don't mind short work, and like Gaiman it's worth a read. smile


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PostPosted: Sat 10 Jan, 2009  Reply with quote

Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth by Steve Pavlina.

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PostPosted: Mon 12 Jan, 2009  Reply with quote

I went so long without reading very many books while I was at college. Now that I'm home I'm reading several at once.
The Rites of Odin - Ed Fitch
Shadow Magick Compendium - Raven Digitalis
Beginner's Guide to Practical Magick - uhh...not sure, don't have the book handy lachgroen
A couple of books by Oberon Zel-Ravenheart

When I get through some of these books I'm thinking of rereading Eragon and Eldest, since I recently got Brisingr and it's been a while tounge2 (Trilogy by Christopher Paolini of course)



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PostPosted: Mon 12 Jan, 2009  Reply with quote

I'm currently reading "Fantastic Voyage - Live Long Enough to Live Forever" by Ray Kurzweil (the same who wrote "The Singularity is Near") and Terry Grossman, M.D from 2004. It's a book about Kurzweil and Grossman's "Radical Life Extension" techniques, e.g. how to avoid common degenerative diseases (cancer, diabetes, cardiac diseases).

The idea is, if you manage to live until 2050-2100, you have (so the authors think) a pretty good chance to live very long, or indeed forever, since progress in the areas of biotechnology, medicine, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence (related to the concept of the "Technological Singularity") will eventually help us to end aging.

I'm still at the beginning, but it's an interesting read (at least for someone who isn't convinced of an afterlife or similar concepts). Despite the over-the-top title, the described approach seems to be quite scientific (with sometimes Kurzweil beeing the research subject), which is no wonder, since Kurzweil is pretty famous as a computer scientist.


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PostPosted: Fri 16 Jan, 2009  Reply with quote

I got withdrawal scared when I finished reading my last Tom Holt book...

so I paid a visit to the library and have started on
Earth, Air, Fire and Custard by the same author

and have Fishy Wishes ready to read grin

I've read the first part of this book before but it was a while ago so I will enjoy re-reading it. ^^



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PostPosted: Wed 21 Jan, 2009  Reply with quote

"mending the past and healing the future with soul retreival" by Alberto Villoldo, Phd. Very interesting stuff...
Also "awakening the Buddha within" by Lama Surya Das.
I love books....


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PostPosted: Wed 21 Jan, 2009  Reply with quote

"The Joy of Living" by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, where buddhism philosophy meets modern western science.

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PostPosted: Wed 21 Jan, 2009  Reply with quote

I'm reading the Alex Rider series... I'm on book 3... "Skeleton Key"

I finished "Point Blanc" 2 days ago and "Stormbreaker" 4 days ago!

Next book is "Eagle Strike" then "Scorpia" and "Ark Angel" Eventually "Snakehead" so far... after there is going to be "Crocodile Tears" and then the next two are untitled. Great series for anyone <16 years so.. If you can find it, give it a read!



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PostPosted: Thu 22 Jan, 2009  Reply with quote

On Hitler's Mountain by Irmgard A. Hunt.

I'm enjoying the different perspective.



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PostPosted: Mon 26 Jan, 2009  Reply with quote

Finally , yes FINALLY ! ..
I am currently reading Stephen King's
The dark Tower Series (finished the 1th book in about 3 days draait )
When i get my hands on The "Mistborn" cyclus i will read it alongside King i think ..


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PostPosted: Fri 06 Feb, 2009  Reply with quote

So yeah... I've finished Skeleton Key, Eagle Strike, Scorpia, and Ark Angel...

Now I'm reading Snakehead!

The series has gone from 12-14 to 14-17ish
More adult-ish themes...



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PostPosted: Fri 06 Feb, 2009  Reply with quote

Finished book 3 two days ago .. hungering for more wink5

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PostPosted: Tue 10 Feb, 2009  Reply with quote

Recently finished Romeo and Juliet, will be reading Jane Austen next. ^^

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PostPosted: Thu 12 Feb, 2009  Reply with quote

Sakoda wrote:
Finally , yes FINALLY ! ..
I am currently reading Stephen King's
The dark Tower Series (finished the 1th book in about 3 days draait )
When i get my hands on The "Mistborn" cyclus i will read it alongside King i think ..


After a year of on and off reading i finally finished The Dark Tower series. It's gotta be my favorite series ever. heh.

I actually started reading an author i never thought i would: Virginia Woolf. I just never was interested in the subject materal, but I picked up Orlando begrudgingly because i hadn't read any Virginia Woolf and because i heard it involved a transformation, which is always cool.

I'm enthralled. I haven't read any literature in a more romantic style in a while, and it's a nice break from the more modern styles i've been reading lately. Her style really reminds me of Mary Shelly (for whatever reason), and even though i'm not far into it i already give it a whopping reccommendation.


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PostPosted: Sat 21 Feb, 2009  Reply with quote

Orlando is one of the greatest books I've ever read. Shame it's the only one by Virginia Woolf that I would passionately recommend, all others are... I don't know. Dated, or simply too British to classify as "World Literature" or whatever you might call it. But Orlando!... it's like they x-rayed my soul (a part of it anyway) and put it in a book.

Right now I'm reading A Mathematical Theory of Communication by that guy I forgot the name, from Bell Labs, Biografía del Diablo ("Biography of the Devil") by an Argentinian who lives in Spain, called Alberto Cousté, and of course An Icelandic Primer by a certain mr Sweet.


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