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5th September 2014 04:28 PM
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Currently reading:

Homosexual Desire by Guy Hocquenghem
The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
Leaves of Grass (1891 aka "deathbed" edition) by Walt Whitman

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26th November 2014 05:04 PM
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Been reading some Haruki Murakami lately. His books create an excellent atmosphere of everyday surreality. Like, he describes really surreal and fantastical things happening, but manages to do so in a way that makes it sound like he's describing something perfectly ordinary.

"Kafka on the Shore" in particular is a masterpiece.
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4th January 2015 10:02 PM
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Books:

The Bankers' New Clothes: What's Wrong with Banking and What to Do About It by Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig
Scientific Realism: Selected Essays of Mario Bunge by Mario Bunge, ed. Martin Mahner
Realism and Truth by Michael Devitt
Ethics, Persuasion, and Truth by J.J.C. Smart
How Asia Works by Joe Studwell

Research articles:

"The Mismeasure of Machine: Synthetic biology and the trouble with engineering metaphors" by Maarten Boudry and Massimo Pigliucci
"Nonsense and Illusions of Thought" by Herman Cappelen
"Dewey and the Subject Matter of Science" by Peter Godfrey-Smith
"Freedom in the Market" by Philip Pettit
"Truth by Convetion" by W.V.O. Quine

To-read (books):

Philosophy Without Intuitions by Herman Cappelen
Coming to Our Senses: A Naturalistic Program for Semantic Localism by Michael Devitt
Environmental Debt by Amy Larkin
The Metaphysics Within Physics by Tim Maudlin
Just Freedom by Philip Pettit

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Jarvellis Offline Everything about this is great

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28th January 2015 01:05 AM
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Been reading a lot more lately. Recently read:
  • Brass Man and Polity Agent by Neal Asher
  • The History and Origins of Druidism by Lewis Spence
  • Small Gods and Mort by Terry Pratchett
  • Tsotsi by Athol Fugard (though I heavily disliked it)
  • Kaz The Minotaur by Richard A. Knaak
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (thoroughly enjoyed this and I don't tend to do thriller novels)
  • A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
  • Various Lovecraft stories (currently reading)
  • Celtic Myths by Jake Jackson (currently reading)

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14th March 2015 09:09 PM
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As I started reading Murakami's "Norwegian Wood" a couple of days ago, I was unsure whether I'd like it, because I knew it had none of the surrealistic or supernatural elements his other works have.

Just finished reading the book, and my worries were in vain. An excellent story about isolation and alienation. Competes with "Kafka" on my list of favorite Murakami novels.
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15th March 2015 12:30 AM
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(14th March 2015 09:09 PM)Paracelsus Wrote:  As I started reading Murakami's "Norwegian Wood" a couple of days ago, I was unsure whether I'd like it, because I knew it had none of the surrealistic or supernatural elements his other works have.

Just finished reading the book, and my worries were in vain. An excellent story about isolation and alienation. Competes with "Kafka" on my list of favorite Murakami novels.
Glad you like it! I'm still a bit more than halfway.
It's an excellent representation of mental illness for its time.
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15th March 2015 12:34 AM
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(15th March 2015 12:30 AM)Annoyance Wrote:  Glad you like it! I'm still a bit more than halfway.
It's an excellent representation of mental illness for its time.

That, too.

Really refreshing to read a novel that doesn't really focus on mental illnesses per se, yet still doesn't fall victim to the usual clichés.
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Yin Offline Serial Experiments

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3rd July 2015 11:25 PM
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Starting on Lord of the Flies now.

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7th July 2015 11:09 AM
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Currently wrapping up The Brothers Karamazov (on the Epilogue now). Overall, I found Crime and Punishment to be superior to this, even if that's seemingly opposite of the view that most hold. mlp-tshrug

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7th July 2015 11:45 AM
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I'm currently two thirds of the way through The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero and I have to say, this is easily one of the funniest books I've ever read! I can't remember the last time I cried this much due to uncontrollable laughter.

If you've ever seen The Room, I'd wholly recommend it.
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7th July 2015 03:34 PM
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Been reading a bunch of research articles. Current books:

For Work
Clark, James. Models for Ecological Data.
Foster, Mercedes S. and Bills, Gerald F. Biodiversity of Fungi.

For Fun
Harman, Gilbert and Kulkarni, Sanjeev. Reliable Reasoning
Jackendoff, Ray. A User's Guide to Thought and Meaning
White, Edmund. Caracole

Some good papers I read recently

Ellis et al. "Character displacement and the evolution of niche complementarity in a model biofilm community"
Gigerenzer, Gerd and Gaissmaier, Wolfgang. "Heuristic Decision Making."
Sun, Ron. "Theoretical status of computational cognitive modeling."

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7th July 2015 07:10 PM
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(3rd July 2015 11:25 PM)Chaos Wrote:  Starting on Lord of the Flies now.

I finished this Saturday. Now I'm reading The Catcher in the Rye.

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7th July 2015 09:47 PM
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Been reading some Camus lately. "L'Etranger" is pretty magnificent, though "La Peste" doesn't seem to bad so far either.
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10th August 2015 08:54 PM
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I'm (regrettably slowly due to other hobbies) making my way through four different fantasy series.

Discworld: Currently at book #5. I am in love with Pratchett's writing style, which I might have mentioned before, but it will never not be relevant.

Wheel of Time: A friend got me into this. Beforehand, I'd written it off as generic, but after reading three books, the characters and the world has really grown on me.

A Song of Ice and Fire: I had to keep up with this in some way, after all. Sa-v I think I just finished book six or something, but the nearby bookstore and library has this really weird thing with dividing each book into several smaller books, so I'm honestly not quite sure how far I am.

The Bartimaeus Trilogy: I read the first one waaay back when and I really liked it. I have now gotten the rest and I'm somewhere early on in the second book.

I also recently finished what books there are in The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss. They're amazing, I'd recommend them to anyone.
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10th August 2015 10:00 PM
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Been gettin' into "The Dresden Files" lately.

I don't want to say anything hasty since I'm only just finishing up the fourth book, but this might be among by top three most favorite fantasy series.
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Sith_Dreamer Offline I made room for the cupcakes!

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11th August 2015 08:14 AM
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I just finished "The Scarlet Gospels" by Clive Barker, aka his farewell to the Pinhead character from the Hellbound Heart/ Hellraiser films. It wasn't bad, but it was much more anticlimactic than I thought it would be. Still, it had an extremely epic battle I was not expecting, and that alone made the climax of the book awesome.
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11th August 2015 08:32 AM
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(7th July 2015 11:45 AM)Kadae Wrote:  I'm currently two thirds of the way through The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero and I have to say, this is easily one of the funniest books I've ever read! I can't remember the last time I cried this much due to uncontrollable laughter.

Finished this a little while ago. My overall thoughts on it remain unchanged.

I'm going to start re-reading Douglas Adam's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy very soon, so that'll be a bunch of fun! After that, I might read Lolita again.

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