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Hey there poindexter. Read any good books lately?

Happosai

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Believe it or not these are not manga...The Slayers were originally written as novels. I used to read these between classes during college. Hajime Kanzaka once said that he wrote these based on his enjoyment playing Dungeons and dragons. They read well and I'm thinking of reading through them again.

 
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I just finished a short poetry book called Inquire Within. I've never, at least as an adult, read a poetry book but I heard an interview with this guy and really loved his work. I recommend listening to the book on Audible as he narrates his work exactly as it was meant to be.
 
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I am around halfway done with 11/22/63. It is taking me a bit longer to read than I would like but whatever. Next I will read Mythology by Edith Hamilton because I think it is interesting.
 
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Slightly shocking that this thread only has five pages at the time of writing. You should all be reading more, people! At least a book a week.

To be honest, I forget about this thread and admit I should be posting here more often. At least once a week 😉

Anyway, I've just finished this book. An extremely interesting read. Not just because it discusses ways to scientifically prevent the ageing process, but also because of the philosophical and moral questions that arise from this. Highly recommended.

 
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I'm slowly making my way through "Crime and Punishment". After going on a Dan Brown binge and reading all the Robert Langdon novels, loved all of them." Origins" was the weakest but it was still enjoyable. I'm finding Dostoevsky to be a bit of a tough read. The crazy Russian names are just confusing me to no end and his style of writing is unique to say the least. But I shall persevere.
 

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Slightly shocking that this thread only has five pages at the time of writing. You should all be reading more, people! At least a book a week.

To be honest, I forget about this thread and admit I should be posting here more often. At least once a week 😉

Anyway, I've just finished this book. An extremely interesting read. Not just because it discusses ways to scientifically prevent the ageing process, but also because of the philosophical and moral questions that arise from this. Highly recommended.

I've been negligent myself, only reading a couple of comics, and still a little of The Illustrated Man. Btw, I don't understand comics. I read some Peanuts or newspaper strip comics and like ok, but for deeper graphic novel type books, I'm left wishing it were just a regular book instead.

I've picked up a new ESV Bible too.
 

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I know plenty watch James Bond...
But anybody here read them? Casino Royale by Ian Fleming is a FANTASTIC read. Brutal, and a lot of fun, even if you have seen the movie.
 

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I am going to finish 11/22/63 either tonight or tomorrow. Next I will read the 1818 version of Frankenstein. I was going to read Mythology but I found a website that has all of the stories and whatever translated so I will just look at that.
 

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Slightly shocking that this thread only has five pages at the time of writing. You should all be reading more, people! At least a book a week.

To be honest, I forget about this thread and admit I should be posting here more often. At least once a week 😉

Anyway, I've just finished this book. An extremely interesting read. Not just because it discusses ways to scientifically prevent the ageing process, but also because of the philosophical and moral questions that arise from this. Highly recommended.

I promised to post here at least once a week and here I am. I finished the above book, although it left me with lot of questions around the morality of becoming biologically immortal. Definitely recommend read for anybody interested in ageing.

Anyway, on to this week's book.

I normally alternate between fiction and nonfiction, but this week I couldn't resist diving into this fascinating book. You're probably wondering how a book about fungi could be even slightly interesting. I also wondered the same, yet it's probably one of the best nonfiction books I've read this year.

I knew fungi were more than just mushrooms, but this book is blowing my mind and making me look at fungi in a completely new way. I'll let you know how I feel about it when I return to the thread next week.

 

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About as funny as I expected it to be, this is worth a read. Adam makes some great points here. Admittedly I'm a sucker for angry middle aged man rants, and a regular listener of Adam's podcast.

Still, this book had me laughing out loud more often than most. Occasionally some jokes will fall flat, and you'll kind of feel like Adam thinks he's more clever than he is or hes rambling like a disconnected celebrity, but these moments are few and far between as theres usually rescued by a much more biting section a few paragraphs down which will have you howling again.

Good easy reading here. Perfect for today's climate
 
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I've been really slowing down on the Dark Tower series again. I'm about to finish the 5th book (and I read the 8th before it since it fits chronologically).

It could just be a result of reading them all back-to-back and not having years between them like those who read them while they were being released, but I'm feeling the fatigue. I mean, it's a 4,300 page story, so that's to be expected but I just am starting to feel like things are being stretched unnecessarily in parts. There's kinda no reason for some of these 700-800+ page entries, though I'm still enjoying it enough to want to see where it all goes.
 

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I've recently read a collection of short stories by Kafka and just finished "A Connecticut Yankee in King Authur's Court" by Twain.

I find Kafka's work to be quite strange. Many would describe him as "alienating" or "disorienting" and I can certainly see that perspective. I would describe it as a tad surreal. Much of the stories don't make sense from a literal stand point, and the behavior of the characters are off bizarre. Some of the weirdest tales I read were "Josephine the singer, or the mouse folk" and "A country doctor". Josephine the singer takes place in a world of mouse people. The narrator explains that his people both adore her and hate her. She is the only one of their kind who sings, though in actuality it may be some sort of tooting that all mice do. There are a ton of contradicting opinions of Josephine here, both of reverence and disgust. Her singing is both special and regular, she motivates people but also hinders them. Her disappearance at the end and the seeming indifference of the narrator suggests her role in the lives of these people ultimately does not matter. These mice folk exist only for work and experience hardship nearly all their lives, a singer is a bit of a reprieve, but ultimately unnecessary when survival is all that is on mind.

A country doctor is about a doctor who is about to leave on his carriage to see a patient. The carriage has no horse as his died the previous night. The doctor meets a groomsman in a sty who offers his horses to the doctor for the trip, but he assaults the Doctor's maid and attempts to break into her home. The doctor tries to intervene but he is immediately whisked away to the patient's home. 10 miles is traveled in under a second. He is concerned about going back and helping his maid while the patient's family try to get him to help their son. He dismisses the son as healthy as first but it turns out he is actually gravely ill. As he tries to console the patient and tell him he is fine so he can leave and save the maid, his family undresses the Doctor and puts him into the bed with the son while people sing some strange song about the Doctor. Eventually he gets to the carriage without his clothes but he realizes all is for naught.
 
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With a Connecticut Yankee, I ak constantly reminded of Twain's disdain for anything romantic. He abhors the ideals of chivalry and uses the guise of Hank to express this disdain. The old ways are archaic and evil, modern pragmatism is the way to go. Twain writes on slavery, silly superstition, oppressive hierachies, etc. However, while Hank rejects feudal Europe and tries to invent a modern american republic, it is undeniable that he is changed a little. As twain wrote, people are shaped by their "training" that is, by what is instilled upon them by the people around them. The 6th century people learn a bit from Hank but ultimately retain their ways as they were always taught and conditioned one way, even slaves respect their own role. Hank likewise is a victim of his own training. He believes in technology and democracy, and finds it difficult to think outside those lens. Despite championing such causes, It is interesting to see the utter hypocrisy of Hank. He sees the people of the 6th century as inferiors despite wanting equality. He has changed a bit though, living in a different world and adapting to the system he desires to abolish.

Also, as a catholic I feel a tad weird with all the anti-catholic sentiment in the novel, but I give it a pass. Anyway I find it both amusing and depressing at times. Twain being a humorist wrote several funny jokes and scenarios in the story, but it can also be rather heavy in tone at times. People die in horrible ways, and their families suffer awful fates.

Overall it was a pretty good story.
 

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I've been really slowing down on the Dark Tower series again. I'm about to finish the 5th book (and I read the 8th before it since it fits chronologically).

It could just be a result of reading them all back-to-back and not having years between them like those who read them while they were being released, but I'm feeling the fatigue. I mean, it's a 4,300 page story, so that's to be expected but I just am starting to feel like things are being stretched unnecessarily in parts. There's kinda no reason for some of these 700-800+ page entries, though I'm still enjoying it enough to want to see where it all goes.
Book 4 was my fav. So good.
 
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