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OT: What Are You Reading?

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  • @walrus1985 Heresey! Cease and desist without delay and read the books by publication order. C.S. Lewis must be rolling in his grave with all this revisionist history.
  • "The Stand" is my favorite King, and possibly, my favorite favorite. i recently recieved a fresh, free copy, due to "National Book Night", whatever that may be. Finished 11/22/63 a few days ago, and i liked it. the ending was better that most of King's books. I feel that many of his works are so immerising, any ending is a terrible one(i still say he dropped the Tower ending though). Now on to "Wind Through the Keyhole".
  • AbraxasAbraxas Member
    edited June 2012 PM
    I joined the Tolkien Society when I was 11 and didn't have a clue what any of them were on about. I think they have a nice website now but in those days it was Xeroxed fanzines. The membership secretary sent me a letter partly in Sindarin. I remember a report of one of the 'Oxenmoots' where they formed a ring over Tolkien's grave; a much deeper type of fanatic than I was. Strangely enough I can't read him anymore, the only author that means a lot to me whose works I am kind of burned out on.
  • "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" by David Mitchell. Late 18th century Japan, Dutch traders, evil religious cult, spectacular writing! Also read his "Cloud Atlas." The movie should be out late 2012. Pairs well with any traditional snuff.
  • bobbob Member
    "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" by David Mitchell. Late 18th century Japan, Dutch traders, evil religious cult, spectacular writing! Also read his "Cloud Atlas." The movie should be out late 2012. Pairs well with any traditional snuff.




     Sounds really interesting never heard of it but it is going on the list of things to read at some later date. Better do so before seeing the movie.

     

  • bobbob Member
    I joined the Tolkien Society .....Strangely enough I can't read him anymore, the only author that means a lot to me whose works I am kind of burned out on.

    That sounds precisily like how I feel about LEd Zepplin.
  • Parasite Rex - Carl Zimmer

    (View on) Life changing.
  • howdydavehowdydave Member
    edited June 2012 PM

    The Northern Thebaid... Monastic Saints of the Russian North
    Compiled and translated by: Fr. Seraphim (Rose) and Fr. Herman (Podmoshensky)

    ISBN: 0-938635-37-9

    We're talking about guys who went away out into the wilderness and wetland country in the far north of Russia between the 14th and 18th century.

    (The Thebaid was a desert in Egypt where Christian Monasticism first sprouted in the fourth century.)

  • @howdydave those monks must've been intrepid to say the least, and bloody cold lol. Closest I've been to that is at Throssel Hole Buddhist monastery in the snow in December, bloody cold but v v peaceful.

    Stefan

  • Polystom by Adam Roberts. SF. Very good. I haven't read much of this thread, reading is so personal. I keep promising myself, tomorrow I will start Ulysses. LOL.
  • howdydavehowdydave Member
    edited June 2012 PM

    I'm reading "Webster's Under the Bridge"  ;->

    Lots of neat words in it but the plot line is hard to follow...

  • I have dropped everything else becuase I started "A Game of Thrones" finally.
  • My System by Aaron Nimzovich

    CHESS!!!!
  • howdydavehowdydave Member
    edited June 2012 PM

    Monastic Wisdom -- The Letters of Elder Joseph the Hesychast

    ISBN: 0-9667000-1-5

  • Pride, Prejudice and Zombies.  Fun and easy read.
  • Nearly finished reading Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, an extremely long winded book I must say
  • willcwillc Member
    The 14th Book of Pan Horror Stories.
  • The Bhagavad Gita
    God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die.
    Bill Watterson
  • I'm about to start "A Lion Among Men," the third book in the "Wicked Years" series by Gregory Maguire. 
  • The Northern Thebaid... Monastic Saints of the Russian North
    Compiled and translated by: Fr. Seraphim (Rose) and Fr. Herman (Podmoshensky)

    ISBN: 0-938635-37-9

    We're talking about guys who went away out into the wilderness and wetland country in the far north of Russia between the 14th and 18th century.

    (The Thebaid was a desert in Egypt where Christian Monasticism first sprouted in the fourth century.)




    Haven't heard those names in a long while. I bought Fr Seraphim's book on the Orthodox teachings on death and dying (ascension through the watchtowers and all) when I visited St Herman's Monastery in Platina, where he is buried.

    On the end table now: Patrick O'Brian's "Ionian Mission" (the one in which the Doctor Maturin's sloth is debauched by Capt Aubrey), Marcus Borg's "Speaking Christian," and the "Oxford Book of Card Games" (wicked fun).

  • The Tin Drum by Günter Grass.
  • Usually jump around a lot, lately have been stuck on Martin and started book four in the Song of Ice and Fire series which is A Feast for Crows.

    I'm also in the middle of DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Dr. Rick Strassman and Postmodernism, Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism by Frederic Jameson.
  • willcwillc Member
    Pharmako/poeia by Dale Pendell
  • howdydavehowdydave Member
    edited July 2012 PM

    For daily readings...

    A Psalter for Prayer

    (An Eastern Orthodox Psalter published by Holy Trinity Monastery {Russian Orthodox} in Jordanville, NY)

    ISBN: 978-0-88465-188-8

  • howdydavehowdydave Member
    edited July 2012 PM

    Remember Thy First Love

    The Three Stages of the Spiritual Life in the Theology of Elder Sophrony

    By: Archimandrite Zacharias

    ISBN: 978-0-9800207-2-4

  • I've been reading Stephen King's Dark Tower series. Really love the books and the characters, but I'm stuck on Wolves of the Calla and can't seem to make it past the prologue. 
  • howdydavehowdydave Member
    edited July 2012 PM

    If anybody out there is looking for some good detective stories, I highly recommend:

    The Joe Gunther Series by Archer Mayor.

    All about a detective who lives in Vermont.  Read them in sequence since there is an ongoing development of characters and interpersonal relationships between characters.

    Archer Mayor is a real artist when it comes to painting pictures with words!

  • JustinJustin Moderator
    Currently reading 'The Impossible Dead' by Ian Rankin. It's the second of his post-Rebus novels featuring DI Malcolm Fox.
    "Reality," sa molesworth 2, "is so unspeakably sordid it make me shudder."
  • howdydavehowdydave Member
    edited July 2012 PM

    "Doctor Dogbody's Leg"  by: James Norman Hall (co-author of: "Mutiny on the Bounty")

    All about a salty old British sea surgeon (retired) who was in the British Navy during the American Revolution and Napoleonic wars. He would tell his cohorts in the taproom of Will Tunn's Cheerful Tortoise (a seafarer's pub in Portsmith) about how he lost his leg in action. The thing is... the story was different every time he told it!

    A great collection of short stories!

    @Walrus1985 & stogie:  The only pub I've been in with a name that comes anywhere close is "The Stone Toad." It had a 4' sculpture of a toad sitting beside the front door.

  • Cold Vengeance by Lincoln and Child.
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