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20th December 2013 02:07 AM
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I just finished "Bombshells" by Jim Butcher, a decent short-story that fits well into the Dresden-Universe.
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27th December 2013 05:31 PM
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I'm reading the 3rd book in the Warrior cats series, the Forset of Secrets.

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27th December 2013 05:39 PM
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I have been reading some fanfics on fim.

One called Brushed away, another called One way.

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27th December 2013 06:01 PM
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The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero. It's a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Room. It's amazing.
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28th December 2013 10:50 PM
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Just finished reading Candide, ou l'Optimisme by Voltaire, and about to read Paingod and Other Delusions by Harlan Ellison.

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29th December 2013 05:02 AM
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I'm reading The Great Shark Hunt, by Hunter S. Thompson. Really good read if you enjoy his style, it's a collection of many of his articles when he was a magazine journalist.
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29th December 2013 08:27 PM
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I have spent some time on a train, so I started reading a bunch of stuff:

*Rereading The Dresden Files in anticipation of the release of the next book.
*The Complete Robot, a collection of robot-shortstories from Asimov.
*Introduction to Sociology from wikibooks.

I don't think I will finish any of those any time soon.
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30th December 2013 07:10 AM
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I am getting started with Karl Marx: The Story of His Life by Franz Mehring.

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30th December 2013 05:15 PM
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Shaking the Tree: Readings from Nature in the History of Life edited by Henry Gee - A Collection of seminal evolutionary biology papers of the last 40 years published in the journal Nature.

Foundations of Biophilosophy by Martin Mahner and Mario Bunge - Interesting book in the foundations of evolutionary theory which, among other things, argues for a reductionist version of MLS (Multiple Levels of Selection) theory in the unit-of-selection debates (the dominant view right now is gene-as-unit-of-selection) and defends the species-as-classes rather than species-as-temporally-extended-individuals idea in the speciation debate, which was the assumption for a long time but got really unpopular in the 1970s and 1980s and has since been in perpetual war with the other view.

Nmap Network Scanning by Gordon "Fyodor" Lyon (the creator of nmap) - Really in-depth guide to nmap, trying to brush up on my skills with a very interesting tool. Right now I only can do basic stuff like OS fingerprinting off the top of my head.

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30th December 2013 09:38 PM
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The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero. It's about what happened behind-the-scenes of the film The Room from the eyes of the guy who played Mark. It's hilarious.
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19th January 2014 03:24 PM
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currently reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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19th January 2014 05:07 PM
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Nietzsche and Philosophy and Difference and Repetition by Gilles Deleuze
The Ignorant Schoolmaster by Jacques Ranciére
Sex for One by Betty Dodson

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26th January 2014 02:42 AM
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Finished up Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions just a few minutes ago. I liked it more than Slaughterhouse-Five by a pretty wide margin.

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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
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26th January 2014 01:17 PM
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(26th January 2014 02:42 AM)Irenarch Wrote:  Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Catch 22 is one of those rare books that's as funny as it's made out to be.

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31st January 2014 02:28 AM
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Well, I ended up having to return Catch-22 to the school library; House of Leaves came in and my friend wanted to read Catch-22 anyway.

This book is fascinating, to say the least.
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31st January 2014 05:48 PM
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Finished one flew over, now to either read Farenheit 451 or get back to reading One Piece

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11th February 2014 01:43 AM
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Finished off the whole Harry Potter series as of last night (3rd, 4th read through all 7?). I was in the middle of The Client when I went on this HP binge, but I think now I'm gonna read Captain Correlli's Mandolin before I finish The Client...
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25th February 2014 04:52 PM
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Just recently I finished reading The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero. If any of you know of the cult classic "so bad it's good" movie The Room, basically the book is about Greg's experience as an aspiring actor in California, meeting Tommy Wiseau, just what goes on in Tommy's head, being on the set in the movie, and it's just a real treat. As a fan of the movie I loved it. Even if you somehow hate the movie and can't enjoy it, the book is still incredibly enjoyable on its own as a story. It goes between two timelines, following the lead up to the movie and movie production to the premiere.

Now I'm reading another non-fiction called Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. It was suggested to me by a writing buddy of mine a year or so ago and I just now picked it up [oops].
But I'm liking it. It's just a really relaxing book about writing and the writer's experiences. Not exactly a how-to on writing but more like a consultation one-on-one. I'm liking it a lot already, though I'm not very far through it. Hopefully I'll finish it soon.

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12th March 2014 03:44 PM
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Recently picked up Legend, another young adult fiction series that takes place in a George Orwellian 1984-like post apocalyptic iron-fisted military dictatorship pretending to be all about freedom

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I'm not really determined of a reader, but I try to get myself to read most days. Usually fails though. But when I go somewhere where I'm not distracted by other things(computer usually), I do get reading done. AS of now I'm somewhere at the end of book 2 of 3,in the War of the Ancient Trilogy.

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14th March 2014 04:41 PM
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Herbert Marcuse and the Crisis of Marxism by Douglas Kellner - Probably the best book on Marcuse by the foremost expert on his philosophy, the amount of detail here is staggering. It's a very fair book as well, with lots of perceptive criticisms and extensions of Marcuse's ideas rather than just exposition.

Reclaiming the Enlightenment by Stephen Eric Bronner - A good book arguing that criticisms of the Enlightenment by some left-wing critical theorists were too one-sided given the fact that historically Enlightenment ideals were the province of the left. It's particularly critical of the shortcomings of Adorno and Horkheimer's Dialectic of Enlightenment. My main criticisms of the book are first, that it is a bit too breezy of a read, it would benefit from being a little longer. It pretty much just makes outlines of arguments and then points the reader to supporting literature. I can understand this approach in a textbook, but in an original contribution it's a little weak. Second, it "overcorrects."

While Bronner is correct that some ostensibly progressive 20th century work veers dangerously close to counter-enlightenment and fascist ideas, I really don't think it's the case that ideas of Reason and Progress (with capital letters) are as unproblematically "progressive" as Bronner seems to. I think it would be very implausible to argue that such ideas have not and are not parts of some very reactionary ideologies, and that ideas like Experience and Authenticity have not and are not progressive. Would Bronner really want to argue that August Comte, Herbert Spencer, or John von Neumann are not massive reactionary authoritarians and that, say, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Heinrich Heine, or Percy Bysshe Shelley are? To use a bit of a Marxist cliche, I have to say that Bronner is remarkably "undialectical" here while accusing critical theorists of the Enlightenment like Adorno of being undialectical.

This is related to the third problem, which is that Bronner is a bit too focused on the Frankfurt School tradition of critical theory, Adorno and Horkheimer in particular. While a bit of extra focus here is expected as it is the tradition Bronner locates himself in, it leads him to overstate just how "anti-enlightenment" left-wing theory in the 20th century has been. Sure, there are Adorno and Horkheimer, and to a lesser extent people like Benjamin, Bloch, and Marcuse. But there are many other influential lines of thought in the 20th century left which are arguably not so "anti-enlightenment" whatever their other problems. Althusser's structural Marxism? Marxist-Humanism (Mészáros, Dunayevskaya)? Jacques Rancière? Alain Badiou? Even logical positivism was in the main a leftist movement before it was neutered by the McCarthy era (Carnap, Hahn, and Neurath in particular). And today people like Noam Chomsky, Jean Bricmont, and Mark Lance carry the scientistic flag for the left.

Genes, Cells and Brains by Hilary Rose and Steven Rose - An interdisciplinary book by a sociologist of science and a neuroscientist on the "new biology." That is, the phenomenon of the blurring of the line between the biomedical industry and biology as such, with a particular focus on certain ideas and trends which emerge from this blurring. The exposé of the business interests behind so much of this hyped-up research (which is not really so deserving of the hype) is very revealing, but the part of the book I've enjoyed the most so far is a chapter on how such socio-political interests and ideologies actually influence the interpretation and direction of evolutionary theorizing, my favorite part of biology.

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3rd April 2014 01:51 PM
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Got distracted in my reading and picked up Wee Free Men by Terry Pratcher. I'm really enjoying it.
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I am getting started with Isaac Asimov's Foundation.

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17th April 2014 09:28 PM
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Just started Hell House by Richard Matheson, seems rad thus far.

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21st April 2014 12:52 PM
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(11th April 2014 08:24 PM)M14Brony Wrote:  I am getting started with Isaac Asimov's Foundation.

I read Asimov's Valis recently. I could've improved my sanity by taking acid through my eyes instead of reading it, but a really great book, heh.


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I finished "War of the Ancients" during Easter. Was a Fantastic read, though I think I enjoyed the war bits the most at the end, nicely detailed.
I'm actually rather excited to continue reading The Warcraft books and am I planning to get the newest one, "War Crimes", when it comes out next month, get some solid footing ready for WoD. mlp-tclap

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I finished Asimov's Foundation early this morning and I am now getting started with Foundation and Empire.

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22nd April 2014 02:00 PM
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Reading Ender's Game for the first time. I probably would've enjoyed it more if I were younger, but whatever.
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(22nd April 2014 02:00 PM)Guy in a Box Wrote:  Reading Ender's Game for the first time. I probably would've enjoyed it more if I were younger, but whatever.

I never finished it, I was supposed to read it for school but I found the atmosphere of the book so bloody dull. I know I was supposed like it, but because of the atmosphere, I never really got that into it.

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I unfortunately can't read Enders Game because of what I know about the author being a gigantic dicklord and all but also the genre and story never interested me either. My friend really wants me to read the books but I just can't do it.
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I do intend to watch the film at some point though, makes up for needing to read through the book/s.

I usually don't give a rats ass about the authors if the book and or whatever it is, is something I'm just gonna read/watch once.

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(22nd April 2014 04:33 PM)Annoyance Wrote:  I unfortunately can't read Enders Game because of what I know about the author being a gigantic dicklord and all but also the genre and story never interested me either. My friend really wants me to read the books but I just can't do it.

Not worth the trouble imo, having read it myself. I think it's pretty massively overrated and gets a lot of exposure because of its popularity among casual sci-fi fans.

Good sci-fi authors who are also not horrible people include:
  • Iain M. Banks
  • Emma Bull
  • Octavia Butler
  • Samuel Delany
  • Thomas Disch
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Ken MacLeod
  • China Mieville
  • Marge Piercy
  • Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Ian Watson

In addition to obvious choices like Philip K. Dick etc.
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I read it when I was younger. I liked it a lot. I didn't know anything about his views at the time.

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(22nd April 2014 07:44 PM)Travis Wrote:  I read it when I was younger. I liked it a lot. I didn't know anything about his views at the time.
Well it was also pre internet anyways and it wasn't something that came up usually.
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I read Ender's Game freshman year for Pre-AP English....and I loved it. I read Ender's Shadow for the second semester that school year, then went on to read Shadow of the Hedgemon..which I unfortunately, lost (my brother is going to kill me; it's his book).

Right now though, I am reading The Great Gatsby for AP Lang....I didn't like it at first, but it's really starting to grow on me; the symbolism in particular is strong (i.e. the color of gold representing wealth as well as death, therefore supporting the theme "Money is not always the key to happiness."

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(22nd April 2014 02:00 PM)Guy in a Box Wrote:  Reading Ender's Game for the first time. I probably would've enjoyed it more if I were younger, but whatever.

Admittedly, I liked reading Ender's Game, but it was far from being one of the better works I have read.

I am now getting started with Isaac Asimov's Second Foundation.

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Been getting into Discworld again. Currently in the middle of Going Postal.

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In the mood for a spout of reading again, planning on first reading this short list:
  • Justine, or Good Conduct Well Chastised by Marquis de Sade (reading now)
  • Juliette, or Vice Amply Rewarded by Marquis de Sade (if I enjoy Justine)
  • Autopsy Room Four by Stephen King
  • Some stories from my collections of Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe

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Xinder Offline I WAS A DOG FOR A CENTURY

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just finished mogworld and it was amazing.

now i'm reading a couple books about aztec culture and mythology because i think they're fascinating people.

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I checked out several books from my school library now that I don't have much to do. I just finished Animal Farm, which was absolutely infuriating, and I'm moving on to The Sun Also Rises today.
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Finished Wee Free Men and I have to say I REALLY enjoyed it. I'm glad my friend suggested it to me.

Right now I'm reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog. I'm probably going to start the collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories my friend lent me soon after. Hedgehog isn't TOO long and it goes by pretty fast when the chapters are usually less than 3 pages long.
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I am currently working on Victor Hugo's Les Misérables.

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Currently reading "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell", because a friend of mine recommended it to me.

It's a fantastic book. I recommend it for everyone who likes alternative history, fantasy, and/or occasionally Pratchett-like storytelling.

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4th July 2014 07:32 PM
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(4th July 2014 07:28 PM)Paracelsus Wrote:  Currently reading "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell", because a friend of mine recommended it to me.

It's a fantastic book. I recommend it for everyone who likes alternative history, fantasy, and/or occasionally Pratchett-like storytelling.

oh man i loved that book

i did feel like the ending didn't need to be an ending and i wanted more. alas, there was no more to read.

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4th July 2014 07:36 PM
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(4th July 2014 07:32 PM)Xinder Wrote:  oh man i loved that book

i did feel like the ending didn't need to be an ending and i wanted more. alas, there was no more to read.

I'm not even halfway through the book just yet, and I'm already sad that the book will end at some point.

If that's not a sign of a good book, I don't know what is.

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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
Lust by Simon Blackburn
Plato's Camera: How the Physical Brain Captures a Landscape of Abstract Universals by Paul Churchland
Darwinian Reductionism: Or, How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology by Alex Rosenberg

Plus a bunch of interesting papers. As for my "to-read" list:

Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and its Role in Philosophical Inquiry ed. by Michael DiPaul and William Ramsey
Quine by Peter Hylton
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories by Bruno Schulz

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