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OT: What Are You Reading?



  • Stephen Ambrose....Comrades.
  • howdydavehowdydave Member
    edited July 2012 PM
    @LadySnuff -- The best version of The Bhagavad Gita that I've ever read was a small pocket edition that I found for sale at the local Hindu Temple.

    It only contains the straight story line without any commentary or interpretation to divert your attention.
  • howdydavehowdydave Member
    edited July 2012 PM
    Right now I'm proof-reading a story called: "The Town of Tamarack."

    I haven't quite figured out whether it is a fantasy, science fiction or an allegory. 125 pages (single spaced) with atrocious punctuation, which I am in the process of cleaning up.

    I've been told that the target audience is 10 year olds, but it seems like an awefully long book for a kid of 10 (especially after the white space had been added.)

    Well... maybe not given the length of some of the Harry Potter books.

    I'm currently up to page 23.
  • The Sign of Four
  • bobbob Member
    it's definatily allegory this is of course based off the fact that you're on page 23. I know it might not make sense but trust me on this one.
  • howdydavehowdydave Member
    edited July 2012 PM
    I'm on page 23 because of all of the capitalization: sometimes entier phrases, sometimes the first letter of every word in a phrase, sometimes the nouns in a phrase (looks like the author was attempting to inconsistantly indicate bold type and italics;) innumerable commas and insidiuos punctuation marks placed outside of parenthesis.

    e.g.; I came accross 357 incidents of ");" not to mention the commas and periods!

  • bobbob Member
    sounds like a mess. When I hear of people editing jobs like that I wonder if it's all nonesense designed with the hopes that the editor will accidentily become creative and write a good story (the one he thinks he's editing.).
  • @n9inchnails... I love The Sign of Four... Good Choice!
  • I just started "Love In The Ruins" by Percy Walker
  • Chuck palahniuk. Invisible monsters
  • Dreamtime & Inner space
    My knowledge is worthless if not shared and applied . "Joseph McKenna"  
  • Finally got hold of a proper Asterix collection, so Asterix the Gaul
  • Perdurabo by Richard Kaczynski, by far the most comprehensive biography of Aleister Crowley.
  • bobbob Member
    willc I've never read it but best chance it's not accurate. Just based on statistics. Like I said never read it, 90% chance more myth then anything.
  • Nah bob this is the real deal.
    If you don't know anything about AC this will bore you to tears.
    No sensationalism, just the facts, like good old Jack Webb would say.
  • bobbob Member
    Good to hear. The myth is great and all but it gets tiresome especialy when you consider he was an interesting fellow on many fronts.
  • Yeah bob some things written about Crowley are absolutely crazy but people take it for fact.
    Even with all the myth taken away he led an interesting life and rubbed elbows lots of neat folks and traveled to some cool spots.
  • Sri Isopanisad
    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
  • Maha Yoga by "Who", a disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi.
  • The Brewers Handbook.... Honing up my brewing skills. With practice of course!!!!
  • bobbob Member
    Willc including his oss service too. Lots of people have trouble believing his conection with the guy who wrote James Bond.
  • @bob I am not too sure if he served with official capacity in the OSS but I do believe he was a staunch patriot and his time spent in the US during WW1, writing for that German Nationalist paper, were all done with Queen and country in mind.
    A friend lent me Secret Agent 666 and I will be reading that next.
    As for knowing Ian Fleming I have no idea about that but it is certainly possible that they met or knew each other and most certainly knew of each other.
  • cstokes4cstokes4 Member, Moderator
    Shah of Shah's, All the Shah's Men, and an Evidence Case Law book.
  • bobbob Member
    yeah he did and it was flemings idea.
  • I just started reading "A Short History of the Middle East" by George E. Kirk

    When i'm bored a grab what ever volume of STE that i'm on and read some of that.
  • the second game of thrones one, plus one about zombies and one by the donnie brasco cop. clearly, high literature is important to me
  • cstokes4cstokes4 Member, Moderator

    What zed book are you reading?
  • @cstokes4 - just finished Zone One by Colson Whitehead. Slightly hard going because of large amounts of purple prose, but a great story idea. The couple I read before that by JL Bourne - Day by Day Armageddon and Beyond Exile were far better in my view. He's a serving US military man and the writing has a lot more snap. I just don't read that type of stuff for the writing, if I want writing I pick up a Dostoevski or sumtin. I'm constantly on the look out for Zed lit btw.
  • Does audio book count? I just finished listening to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This is a cliché, but the book is so much better than the movie~
  • XanderXander Member
    edited August 2012 PM
    I'm going to pick up that book. I have not seen the movie, but the themes it conveys I've gathered from the trailers seem like sound sci-fi material, which is essentially an allegory of the here and now. Clearly the author "gets it" and is hoping to teach a younger audience.
    I did borrow the soundtrack from the library. Great stuff there: The Decembrists, Arcade Fire, etc: bands who also "get it."
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