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What are you Reading Right Now?
« on: November 22, 2007, 07:55:59 PM »
Inspired by some other thread in this board, I shouldn't think that it will update as frequently as some others, but you never know.  With any luck, it will trigger some conversations and what have you.

Title:  God is Not Great; How Religion Poisons Everything
Author:  Christopher Hitchens
« Last Edit: November 22, 2007, 08:07:12 PM by Unnatural Selection »

Offline Ariabella

Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2007, 07:58:16 PM »
Nothing so noble but:

Title: Murder Walks the Plank
Author: Carolyn Hart

I should say I'm getting ready to start it. I just finished Mistletoe & Murder by Jenna Ryan.

Offline Ignaddio

Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2007, 05:46:01 AM »
Re-reading

Title: Amercan Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman

After that I'll probably pick up Ender's Game, or start the Wheel of Time series. Hopefully by the time I'm done someone will be able to pick up where he left off. I was completely surprized to hear that Robert Jordan died. >.>

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Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2007, 08:57:51 AM »
Title : The Sacred Orgasm
author: Keith Ray Stubs



*points to her post in On topic* Wont go in detail here but my post in On Topic should help clear up what this book is about.

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Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2007, 12:15:48 PM »
Wheel of Time, Book 5: The Fires of Heaven - Robert Jordan
The Armour of Contempt - Dan Abnett
Mystrals Kiss - Laurell K Hamilton
Interesting Times - Terry Pratchett
Romance of the Three Kingdoms - Luo Gaunzhong, translated by Moss Roberts

At any one time I tend to be reading several books at once.

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Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2007, 02:51:19 PM »
The Cleric Quintet by R.A. Salvatore :)

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Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2007, 03:05:41 PM »
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop - thank you very much Elandra! :)

Offline Elandra

Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2007, 04:29:00 PM »
Title:  God is Not Great; How Religion Poisons Everything
Author:  Christopher Hitchens
I have been interested in reading this book, how is it so far? You didn't think you would get away with just stating that you were reading it, did you? *smiles*

As for me....currently I am reading a trashy mystery thriller, just needed some time to veg out, get absorbed in someone else's problems.

Title: Broken Prey
Author: John Sandford

Cherri - you are welcome, I am glad you are enjoying it. *hugs*

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Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2007, 08:07:49 AM »
Hey Elandra,

On the whole, I found the book quite enjoyable, but that's largely because on the larger issue I tend to agree with Mr. Hitchens; I'm antireligious, think that belief in God has been both dangerous and foolhardy throughout human history, etc.

I found his prose style a little convoluted at first and almost put the book down at around page fifty.  But as I got more familiar, it got more enjoyable and I finished it up last night.

His arguments are sound, even if I don't feel he went into sufficient detail on some points.  Namely, a charge I often hear is the point made by some religious believes that there have been people killed in the name of ahteism and secularism during the Third Reich and in Stalinist Russia.  Not that he doesn't address these points, but he first makes an elegant case that this charge is really nothing more than a logical fallacy employed by the religious claimant, basically a "you too" (don't remember the Latin phrase) ad hominem attack.  I also feel that he could have made a better case against the Eastern religions that he seems to hold in equal contempt to Judaism/Christianity/Islam.

All in all, two thumbs up.  I don't think it will convince anyone who isn't already a skeptic, but even so I learned some things I was in ignorance of.  I'd recomment it.

Now reading:

Title:  The Haunting of Hill House
Author:  Shirley Jackson

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Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2007, 04:18:45 PM »
Just finished Cormac McCarthy's No Country For Old Men.  It is not a happy book, but it's a fantastic book.

The idea is that I heard the Cohen brothers' movie version is excellent.  Having seen the damage done to All the Pretty Horses by Hollywood-- with the exception of Lucas Black, who was fantastic in that movie-- I wanted to read it first; glad I did.  Haven't seen it yet, but-- wow.

It echoes McCarthy's themes of the corruption of humanity, the notion of fate and reckoning... I recommend it, and it's a quick read.

Offline Kalen

Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2007, 06:15:06 AM »
The Sandman - Neil Gaiman  (reading the collected comics.. great stuff)

re-reading The Dark Tower - Stephen King

Hmm.. waiting for a bunch of stuff from the library as well.

Just finished The Last Templar - Raymond Khoury

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Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2007, 03:03:54 PM »
Baja Bugs & Buggies by Jeff Hibbard

It's just pure unadulterated filth :)......all sand and mud.

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Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2007, 05:48:44 AM »

I am currently reading David Eddings and his Belgariod series. I have read them before when I was much younger but thoroughly enjoyed the cheesiness of it.

So i ebayed it and brought his entire collection and am slowly plodding my way through.

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Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2007, 07:42:12 AM »
Title: Thomas Jefferson and His Time, His First Term 1801-1805
Author: Dumas Malone

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Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2007, 07:11:36 PM »
I am currently reading David Eddings and his Belgariod series. I have read them before when I was much younger but thoroughly enjoyed the cheesiness of it.

So i ebayed it and brought his entire collection and am slowly plodding my way through.

Quite fun, though I have to say I prefer the Elenium and Tamuli trilogies.

I still have a soft spot for Sir Mandorallen in the Belgeriard. I played a character based off him in a game of Riddle of Steel. It's fun challenging an entire caste to surrender on your own  ;D

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Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2007, 07:45:07 PM »
Quite fun, though I have to say I prefer the Elenium and Tamuli trilogies.

I still have a soft spot for Sir Mandorallen in the Belgeriard. I played a character based off him in a game of Riddle of Steel. It's fun challenging an entire caste to surrender on your own  ;D

While I liked the Elenium Trilogy, the Belgariad will always hold a fond spot in my heart. Read about Belgarion, Polgara, and Belgarath when I was but 9 years old (my mom had the series) and it made me fall in love with the fantasy settings.

omg I forgotten about sir Mandorallen! He was so sweet and funny..

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Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2007, 01:00:14 PM »
I know the feeling. When I was about 6 or 8 my uncle gave me The Hobbit and The Sword of Shanarra, and that was me off and running.

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Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2007, 12:32:13 AM »
It was my dad reading The Hobbit to me as my bedtime story that dragged me into roleplaying to begin with.

Title "The Dresden Files: Death Masks"
Author ... I don't know, but google does. (Ah, Jim Butcher).

I just finished this book and haven't started a new one yet.

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Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2007, 02:27:30 PM »
Just finished up the Shirley Jackson book.  Had mixed feelings going in; I remember reading "The Lottery" in high school and not liking it; I didn't feel that I understood it, it made me uncomfortable, and I didn't get what the lottery was about, how it was started, etc. etc. etc.  But when I pulled "Haunting of Hill House" from the library shelf, I realized that, of all the stories I read in high school, I could only really remember "The Lottery," whether or not I liked it.  It was that powerful that it could stick with me all these years and I could still remember the plot.

So I tried Hill House.  And I must say that my tastes must have improved, because I thought it was a splendid book, absolutely wonderful!  Barely a wasted word, such evocative description.  Truly a good read!

Next up:

Title:  Why Darwin Matters; The Case Against Intelligent Design
Author:Michael Shermer

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Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2007, 04:05:58 AM »
God is not great sounds completely intriguing.  I think I would like that very much, I'll have to look into it.

As for me, I just finished Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.  A Fine and Private Place keeps staring at me, but I'm distracted with holiday shopping, arting and just being easily distracted.  But I love Peter S. Beagle...I WILL READ YOU!

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« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2008, 12:42:49 PM »
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass
Longhand unabridged
Lewis Carrol

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« Reply #21 on: February 14, 2008, 12:42:26 PM »
Duma Key - Stephen King

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« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2008, 12:15:15 AM »
Witch Finder - C.L. Werner (Warhammer novel)

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Re: What are you Reading Right Now?
« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2008, 12:35:19 AM »
Children of Chaos - Dave Duncan

Tempted to pick up Kushiel's Dart again, just for fun.

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« Reply #24 on: February 15, 2008, 06:46:25 AM »
Full Metal Panic: Fighting Boy Meets Girl (Vol. 1) - Shouji Gatou (leisure reading)
I love reading fun books. Yay. ;D

Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Vol. 1 / 4) - translated by Moss Roberts
Intriguing. Wonderful. Fantastic... But then, that's the bias in me coming out. xD

Arrows of the Queen / other assorted Valdemar novels - Mercedes Lackey
Love for fantasy.

Assorted books for class.
Which are actually quite interesting, all things considered, except I dislike being forced to read books.