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What are you all reading?

Keary

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#1
The title speaks for itself.

What I am reading currently is Cell by Stephen King and unsurprisingly it's an amazing book, I am also reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley which is also a good book.:D
 

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Mostly wikipedia.

In addition I'm reading, whenever I find the motivation, "The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism"

Yesterday I also revisited the comic book series "the preacher". Haven't read it since I was like 12 years old, so it is a rewarding reread :) Sometimes it's nice to escape the endless objectivism found in wikipedia.
 

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I am also reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley which is also a good book.:D
Coincidentally, I just finished that weeks ago. I believe Bernard Marx is an INFP and John an ENFP. The book was ok, It lacked scientific accuracy on detail but the overall idea works well though I would've preferred a more recent version..

...

I'm reading Fountainhead and a Sherlock Holmes' short story but these aren't very satisfying.
 

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Just finished If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino. Awesome book. Considering rereading it more slowly, because the sentences are long and feel fast-paced for various reasons (asyndeton among them), and so the details slip by pretty easily.
 

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I'm reading The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan. I'm quite enjoying it. It ought to be required reading.
 

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I have a couple of books on the go, as usual.

Unseen Accademicals - Terry Pratchett (science fiction)
Intuitive thinking as a spiritual path - Rudolf Steiner (philosophy)
The importance of being trivial - Mark Maso (random factual / philosphy?)
1984 - George Orwell (fiction - not touched in a month or so)

I hated A Brave New World - it highlighted everything I hate in society and suggested many of my weaknesses are the basis of humanity. Must read it again soon, only took a day last time...
 

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Decided against rereading If on a winter's night a traveler and picked up Cosmicomics by the same author. It's a collection of short stories (each about 15 or so pages) with the same narrator (who is a character as well), who is a being that has existed for a very very long time. Essentially Calvino takes a little scientific factoid, such as the proximity of the Moon to the Earth during its initial formation, and makes a story out of it. It's actually pretty cool.

If on a winter's night a traveler is, without spoiling too much, a book about you (much of the book is second person) trying to read If on a winter's night a traveler--and having lots of problems doing so. Every other chapter is the first chapter of various books you read, while the other chapters are you trying to find the various books that you've been reading. It's awesome.
 
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Currently reading "Paris is Burning". It's a historical account of what happened in 1944 when Hitler ordered his general to burn Paris...aka scorched earth tactics...

I'm only 37 pages into it XD...
 

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#13
I just got "The Color of Water" for my schools Summer Reading book.
Basically a black guys biography on his white mother and about his time growing up in New York during the Civil Rights Movement.
 
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A Conneticut yankee at king Arthur's court, by Mark Twain.

I figured, if I'm gonna study english, I might as well start reading literature. And I have to say, it's very amusing. Not at all literaturelike.
 

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Airman by Eoin Colfer

Despite my distaste of Colfer's attempt of resurrecting the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. (unrelated to the book)
Airman is actually quite good.
 
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#22
I read approximately a billion books at once. Currently:

Lolita -- Vladimir Nabokov (for the 36537245837th time)
The Bestiary -- T. H. White
The Poisonwood Bible -- Barbara Kingsolver
Memories of My Melancholy Whores -- Gabriel García Márquez (for the upteenth time)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly -- Jean-Dominique Bauby
The entire Harry Potter series

among others...
 

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I read approximately a billion books at once. Currently:

Lolita -- Vladimir Nabokov (for the 36537245837th time)
The Bestiary -- T. H. White
The Poisonwood Bible -- Barbara Kingsolver
Memories of My Melancholy Whores -- Gabriel García Márquez (for the upteenth time)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly -- Jean-Dominique Bauby
The entire Harry Potter series

among others...
:P are you reading the seven Harry Potter books simultaneously? That would be interesting, without any knowledge of the plot. I guess you're not but it'd be pretty cool if you were
 

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Mostly wikipedia.

In addition I'm reading, whenever I find the motivation, "The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism"
That's an interesting read, I'm about halfway into it. The correlation between eastern philosophy and western science was something i had been thinking much about, then one day i stumbled upon that book and thought "Whoa, somebody actually wrote a book on it!" I snagged it right away.

Also Huckelberry Finn, The Dark Tower Series, Dracula, Bound for Glory, and 1984.
 

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That's an interesting read, I'm about halfway into it. The correlation between eastern philosophy and western science was something i had been thinking much about, then one day i stumbled upon that book and thought "Whoa, somebody actually wrote a book on it!" I snagged it right away.

Also Huckelberry Finn, The Dark Tower Series, Dracula, Bound for Glory, and 1984.
Ah I love Dracula and 1984, although I haven't read 1984 in years because it's so depressing. I should read it again sometime.
 
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:P are you reading the seven Harry Potter books simultaneously? That would be interesting, without any knowledge of the plot. I guess you're not but it'd be pretty cool if you were
Haha, no, I've read the whole series many times. I'm just re-reading it... again.
 

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Haha, no, I've read the whole series many times. I'm just re-reading it... again.
My first HP book was a gift, but it was the second in the series (I guess they weren't aware that it was part of a series or something...). Needless to say, I didn't really follow until I went back and read the first book.

I find that I reread books less these days. A nice example is the fact that I've read the first four HP books five times, the fifth twice, and the sixth and seventh just once. My favourite's still the third.


> Nearing the end of The Colour of Magic. Twoflower, Rincewind and Hrun are such fun characters!
 

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I have a couple of books on the go, as usual.

Unseen Accademicals - Terry Pratchett (science fiction)
Intuitive thinking as a spiritual path - Rudolf Steiner (philosophy)
The importance of being trivial - Mark Maso (random factual / philosphy?)
1984 - George Orwell (fiction - not touched in a month or so)

I hated A Brave New World - it highlighted everything I hate in society and suggested many of my weaknesses are the basis of humanity. Must read it again soon, only took a day last time...
Funny, I'd be pretty okay with the world in that novel. Honestly, being forcibly doped up on drugs all the time doesn't sound half bad. Although the parodic religions don't sound too fun, but I don't think I'd care.
 

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I've been meaning to read Brave New World for quite some time, but always another book steals my interest before I begin.
 

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Ray Kurzweil - The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

You know, for all my 8+ years of earnest transhumanism, I had never ever read a book about the subject... who would have thought? :p
 

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Friedrich Hölderlin - Hyperion.
Quite INFP.
 

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Finished Cosmicomics, picked up Invisible Cities. The premise: Marco Polo tells Kublai Khan about all the places he has been to in his travels as the Khan's empire collapses. (No, really...that's it.) Calvino is amazing.
 

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Ray Kurzweil - The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

You know, for all my 8+ years of earnest transhumanism, I had never ever read a book about the subject... who would have thought? :p
..... Okay, so I went through all the bookshelves in my room, piled up all the books I've not read/finished and this was one of them *backs slowly away from Kuu*

(There's around 30 in all, so I'm not going to bother typing all the titles out though)
 

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Books? What importance do they provide? (Damn this current mindset)

I am reading Dune---Boring.
 
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A lot. *laugh*

My Utmost for His Highest :: Oswald Chambers
A Swiftly Tilting Planet :: Madeleine L'Engle
Numbers :: Bible
Out of the Silent Planet :: C. S. Lewis
To Kill A Mockingbird :: Harper Lee
The Bravehearted Gosel :: Eric Ludy
The Small Rain :: Madeleine L'Engle
A Severed Wasp :: Madeleine L'Engle
... And my Statistics textbook.
 

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Right now I'm reading:

Sum: 40 Tales from the afterlife.

"This delightful, thought-provoking little collection belongs to that category of strange, unclassifiable books that will haunt the reader long after the last page has been turned. It is full of tangential insights into the human condition and poetic thought experiments.... It is also full of touching moments and glorious wit of the sort one only hopes will be in copious supply on the other side." - Alexander McCall Smith, New York Times Book Review

and

Social Intelligence: The New Science of Success
 
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#37
Walden by Henry Thoreau
the Way of the World by Nicolas Bouvier (sort of a European On the Road)
God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (not quite as self-righteous as it sounds)
Future Shock by Alvin Toffler (sociology book, on how rapid cultural change and technological advancement can affect human psychology).

Just finished a Chomsky book (which left me skeptical, unsurprisingly) and plan on beginning Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by the James Joyce as soon as I finish a few of the above novels.
 

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The new Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction just came in the mail, so that.
 

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Reading Iron Coffins by Herbert A. Werner (book detailing U-Boat experiences in WW2); Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody (post-apocalyptic fantasy; reread); and bits and pieces of other books.
 

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Stephen Prata- C++ Primer Plus 5th Edition
 

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As is normal for me, I'm reading several books at once;

Science Goes to War by Ernest Volkman
The World is FLat by Thomas L. Friedman
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
The Enemy by Lee Child
 

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The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand.
 
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I'm reading a ton of e-books at the moment (non-fiction mostly), ranging from control theory and quantum mechanics to Astrobiology and Philosophy of Perception. But right now I'm reading "Elements of Electrical Engineering, 1st Edition" by "U. A. Bakshi".
 

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Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter

Very enjoyable book.
 
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I'm working my way down the Hugo award winners list and I've just finished Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin. A very interesting look at sexuality and gender via a frozen waste land.
 
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I've seen Thomas Covenant being mentioned a few times, so I figured I'd read those books.

For those of you who don't know Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever: It's about a man with leprosy thrown into a alternative universe which he refuses to believe is real.

The genre is fantasy.

I've soon finished the first book.
 

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I'm reading The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon. The style takes some getting used to, and there are some subtle details that I think I missed, but its pretty good.

Also reading The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. Her style is a little dry, but her world building is very good and keeps me interested.
 
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The Everlasting Story of Nory - Nicholson Baker

- Think this is meant to be one of those books in which profound truths (or criticisms of things as they tend to be) are conveyed through the mind and sentiments of a small child. Felt like I was being teased. It's very simply written (a conscious choice by the author) - almost to the point of being frumentaceous, or even xylophonic.

Long/Short Market Dynamics - Clive M. Corcoran

- Dense with information/Composed mainly of fairly stiff and laborious expository prose which is very little fun to read (not that the primary concern in writing something like this should be the reader's pleasure). *ambivalence*
 

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams (book two of the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series by the same author)

Plan on working through Dantes Inferno next, should be interesting.
 
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