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 Post subject: Re: Book review thread
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:53 am 
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Chris I think you might enjoy this one quite a bit.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing ... d&qid=&sr=

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 Post subject: Re: Book review thread
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:26 pm 
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Bosc wrote:
Chris I think you might enjoy this one quite a bit.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing ... d&qid=&sr=


Thanks. I'll check it out.

If I haven't mentioned this one, it's well worth a read. It may be a foreign area to you guys, but it's a rather amusing/disturbing tale of one of the most polluted areas of America (which I get to work in regularly!).
https://www.amazon.com/Meadowlands-Wild ... eadowlands

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 Post subject: Re: Book review thread
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I'm not the deepest fella around but I do like to think my knowledge is pretty broad and fairly well informed. Then once in awhile something comes along that absolutely amazes me about how wrong and absolutely ignorant I am about my assumptions of the world or in this case the US of A.

I know the US tolerates a higher level of poverty than anywhere else in the developed world but that 4% of the population gets by on less than $2 dollars a day is as profoundly disturbing as it is astonishing.

https://www.amazon.com/2-00-Day-Living-Nothing-America/dp/054481195X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489518419&sr=8-1&keywords=%242+a+day

The book will definitely evoke a lot of thought as well as anger, astonishment and saddness. Stories of 16 year olds selling sex for food for their brothers and sisters should not be a common reality for the 3 million American children living so far below the poverty line that the poverty line is actually their idea of the "American dream."

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 Post subject: Re: Book review thread
PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:15 am 
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Bosc- what did you think of Colour of Magic? I'm not a huge fan of the early Discworld books. Not enough humor in them for me. The later books are great.


I liked it. Kind of took me a while to finish it, though, so I will likely re-read it. I think I can get the Kobo version from the library of the second book in the series so I'll give that a read for sure.


Cool. When your kid gets older, the Tiffany Aching series is great! Started them with our 7 year old this year. She loves the Feegles. And who wouldn't?


Finally got the library card and started making my way through the rest of the Discworld series. I just love Pratchett's writing style.

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 Post subject: Re: Book review thread
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Bosc wrote:
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Bosc- what did you think of Colour of Magic? I'm not a huge fan of the early Discworld books. Not enough humor in them for me. The later books are great.


I liked it. Kind of took me a while to finish it, though, so I will likely re-read it. I think I can get the Kobo version from the library of the second book in the series so I'll give that a read for sure.


Cool. When your kid gets older, the Tiffany Aching series is great! Started them with our 7 year old this year. She loves the Feegles. And who wouldn't?


Finally got the library card and started making my way through the rest of the Discworld series. I just love Pratchett's writing style.


Somehow I missed your reply. I love the Discworld books. If you're at all into audiobooks, the Discworld ones narrated by Steven Briggs (British actor) are amazing. The ones narrated by Nigel Planer (British comedian, of The Young Ones fame) are meh. I love Planer's comedy, but his nasal voice comes through in all the characters, where Briggs does like 50 different voices/accents.

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 Post subject: Re: Book review thread
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I haven't read a lot of books lately. But its seems the last 4 books I have read have all been very short.

The Stranger - Camus
Candide - Voltaire
The Prophet - Gibran
The Old Man And The Sea - Hemingway.

Most all of these books have proven to be rather insightful and I have enjoyed reading them all.

I believe Camus described this book as when faced with the nakedness of man he realizes the total absurdity of it all. It is about a withdrawn man who kills a stranger. He can't quite explain the situation properly to a society that has already condemned him. He then reflects on his final days according to his own values.

I can relate to someone that no desire to be involved in the affairs of the world and returns societies indifference with his own. I was/am still intrigued by the whole idea of absurdity. Maybe I will read The Myth of Sisyphus or find another book that's a little lighter.

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 Post subject: Re: Book review thread
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:00 pm 
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This should be required reading around here for discussion

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/0062698214/ ... 4NM91QYW0G


This Idea Is Brilliant: Lost, Overlooked, and Underappreciated Scientific Concepts Everyone Should Know
by John Brockman (Author)

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I'm using long drives to away games to listen to The Hobbit with my younger daughter. She likes it so far (about 2/3 through), other than the singing of songs (which I agree with). I started the LOTR trilogy on my commute to work. I'm now wondering- if Sauron "...poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life" into the one ring, and the ring was cut from his finger, shouldn't he be the most chill motherfucker in Middle Earth? All his cruelty, malice and will to dominate all life was removed. He should be kicking back with a Coors Light equivalent, and opening the Sauron Sanctuary for Stray Dragon Puppies or some shit.

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