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OT: What Are You Reading?



  • Ken Follett The Pillars of The Earth. A great read and Gives some very interesting insight into medieval europe.
  • For pleasure: "Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West" by Cormac McCarthy. 25% complete.
    Great description and atmosphere of times and places in South America, XIX century. The story of characters may be related or compared with problems of contemporary person lifes.

    Audiobook: "The Sound of Waves" by Yukio Mishima.
    Nuff said, just for "v" as I like Mishima and japanese authors of XX century.
  • This forum
  • House of leaves. By Mark Z Danielewski
  • I am currently reading "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" by Tom Robbins. I laugh myself stupid with nearly every page. "Jitterbug Perfume," also by T. Robbins is excellent as well.

    I am also reading an erotic novel called "Batch 17 - The Ciego Diaries," which is in truth a send-up/mockery of the hard-boiled detective genre. Love erotica with snuff taking.

    Favorite reading beverage: Strong black coffee.
  • the second game of thrones one, plus one about zombies and one by the donnie brasco cop. clearly, high literature is important to me
    I am just finishing re-reading A Game of Thrones...bought the rest of the series on Kindle finally and needed to refresh my memory since it had been awhile since I read the first book. I have to say this book is brilliant. I had forgotten how good it actually was. Should be starting the second book by the end of the weekend.

  • Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow (Peter Høeg)
  • Gavin Menzies - 1421 the Year the Chinese Discovered America. A very interesting and informative read.
  • @BigSnoot McSnuff - 'thrones' is awesome. What a series, I mean each one is about the size of the LOTR, for heavens sake!

    Anyone writing anything? I'm 30,000 words in to a project I've been kicking around for a while. Writing certainly increases your respect of published authors.
  • A Year in the Maine Woods by Bernd Heinrich
  • Starting to read Gunfighters, Highwaymen and Vigilantes: Violence on the Frontier by Roger D. McGrath

    and a bunch of Chinese academic papers on various historical topics of Chinese history (those written in Simplified Chinese are killing my eyes...)
  • @itsuke, I've heard a lot of good things about McGrath though I've only read short articles by him in Chronicles magazine. What do you think of him?

    I'm studying good old-fashioned liberalism. I just finished Locke's "Second Treatise of Government", J.S. Mill's "On Liberty", and am now reading "German Liberalism in the Nineteenth Century".
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe
  • Still on my Stephen King kick. Christine currently.
  • Just finished reading:
    Singing to the Plants, A guide to Shamanism in the upper amazon.
    Stephen V. Beyer
    I have to say this is THE best book I have ever read on the subject of Shamanism. It was interesting to learn that the Shaman isn't always a loved and cherished member of the tribe. It is scholarly yet very accessible to read. Very entertaining and educational.

    Current read:
    Liber Null & Psychonaut, an intro to Chaos Magic.
    Peter J. Carroll
    I have studied the Occult for many years and Peter Carroll is always a good read.

    Next up:
    DMT: The Spirit Molecule
  • @Dunnyveg

    McGrath's writing is highly readable, and the book is packed with quite a few vivid descriptions of gunfights, Indian fights, brutal beatings (with or without the aid of alcohol) and lynchings...exactly the kind of violent stuff one expected to find in the Old West.
    Since McGrath's book is an academic study, it offers to explain how this image of frontier life as violent and brutal might not be always the case. In fact, he said life in 1980s Amercia (that was the time when he wrote the book) was more lawless and violent.
  • @itsuke, thanks. Since I live in what was the old west (Texas), I can attest that some areas were very violent, and then became safe and remain that way to this day. Before the Civil War, my county was a no man's land for outlaws and desperados, and so dangerous it took the Texas Rangers several years to clean the criminals out once this area was opened for settlement. Today it's mostly ranches, and so safe most people don't even lock their doors (there aren't many places left like this).

    I will have to get the book.
  • Dorotheos of Gaza: Discourses and Sayings

    Dorotheos was a people person monk. He was, for a time, in charge of the guest house. He mixed it up there with ordinary folk so much so that evidently when his feet hurt--which he speaks of in a meditation on the fruits of the fear of punishment and having to revisit your sins after death--he seems to attribute this physical pain to excessive guest house partying over shared meals.

    Other Dorotheos themes: friendship skills, diet and portion size and dealing with the passions, humility, learning to take advice, care of the soul, guarding your tongue while rating out your brother (for his salvation of course), dealing with your own falsehood, the bad taste of bad religion ("a bad man does evil when he mixes it with righteousness"), sobriety and vigilance, the price of living near vs. distant from God, dealing with your own bitterness and disappointments.

    Amazingly contemporary for a monastic who lived in the 6th Century!

  • bobbob Member
    sounds reall interesting Howdy. Though like they say the more things change the more they stay the same, especialy the monks. (I just made that last part up.)
  • Just started. The Dead do not improve.
    Loving it
  • Currently reading Sex, Drugs, and Coco Puffs by Chuck Klostermann
  • Empire of the summer moon. I moved to Texas from California and it seemed the only Texan history anyone knew was the Alamo, I was recommended this book from a customer at my work and it covers the Comanche Indians, and all the land they covered and they're relationship with whites, spaniards, and Mexicans. It is a very good read, however I am constantly side tracked by reading my son Dr. Suess books & fairy tales..... I learned 2 things 1) I'm OVER Dr. Suess 2) Fairy tales would have a R rating.
  • The Lion of Bagdad
  • @Stogie Is it the Pride of Baghdad by Brian Vaughan? If so I loved that book. If not I havent heard of the Lion of Baghdad.
  • Besides comics books I've never read a book in my life with a "story", be it fiction or otherwise, except when it was required reading in school. And yet, my wife won't let me near a bookstore because I'm a how to/technical book junkie. Car repair, woodworking, chess, unicyling, rock climbing, outdoor survival, magic, etc. I even learned to tune piano's from a book! I blame my dad because when I was a kid I'd ask for something like a kite and he'd say "go to the library and get a book and make your own"...and then I did. I have shelves full of books and not one of them has a story in it.
  • The book of Thoth- Crowley
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra
  • @TexiCaliSlim

    I like how good old fashion fairy tales contain some very brutal, gruesome stuff, unlike those Disney versions that were all whitewashed.
  • the book of Thoth definatily helped me learn how to be a really good tarot reader. Interestingily you could say Tarot is what I was reading
  • I've just been reading Seeing Stars by Simon Armitage, while jamming unconscionable amounts of Yorkshire snuff up my snoot. He's a terrific poet, I think.
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