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I've been busy as all fucking hell lately, and I'm finally circling back around into a reading mood (maybe I'll finish Atlas Shrugged now), so I decided to hit a few thrift stores today and see what they would net. Below is my thrift prize of the day:

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri


Price: $2.72 or so after tax. It's in decent shape as far as the cover goes, but the engravings are still in fantastic condition. Really, I stole this book at that price, as well as the Calculus book I picked up for $4 and change (which lists at around $140 on Amazon). If nothing else I'll haul it down to one of the college bookstores and sell it to them or something.

As of late I've squeaked my way through Skin City by Jack Sheehan, which is pretty much about nothing but Vegas and the prostitution world that encompasses it, as well as some information about the porn industry. It's merely bathroom reading material, as well as the book I'm halfway through right now.

The I Chong: Reflections From The Joint, by Tommy Chong, reads like a stoner talks. One page will be talking about his getting busted for selling waterpipes across state lines, then it will immediately switch to something totally off topic and stay there for about two pages, followed by some odd revelation (such as salsa dancing as an alternative to drug use). It's interesting, to say the least, but even when I'm stoned I can't put more than a chapter away at a time. Once again, bathroom reading material at its' finest.

So, what the hell are you all reading?
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Reply 1 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 01:43:16 PM)
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Heh, I stand to start Atlas Shrugged as soon as I finish the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

I've got some Pratchett lined up too
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Reply 2 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 01:59:50 PM)
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I started Atlas Shrugged about two years ago, it's not a very agreeable read for me, so hopefully it'll be better for you. Honestly, grab Anthem and read through that first, just to see if you can stand her writing. It's a short read of about 90~ pages, and I enjoyed it thoroughly, but her opinions float from book to book and you'll get a good sense of whether or not Atlas Shrugged is worth reading simply by reading Anthem first.

For those who've read it, I'm around 800 pages into it. Holy fucking shit, is that one long goddamn book.
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Reply 3 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 02:25:30 PM)
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I've got Atlas Shrugged on my list, it sits in a bookstore waiting for me, and it looks like the first edition, although with a damageded dust cover...

I've been reading a lot, and buying alot, recently....I made a list, and then i went for it.

Currently, i'm seeking to purchase the seven books that constitute the search for lost time by marcel proust....

lately I've read crime and punishment, candide by voltaire, Dr. Moreaus island, brave new world and of mice and men by steinbeck....right now i'm reading Cloud Atlas by david mitchell.....i switch forth between danish, english and german, although the only german stuff i have is kafka and then some for studies...

Maybe i'll write down my list later, it's a semi-big project....i'm a serial-killer :)
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Reply 4 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 02:33:38 PM)
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I heard that the Divine Comedy isn't actually very funny.
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Reply 5 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 02:55:39 PM)
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Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney.
The Vinland Sagas, translated by Magnus Magnuson and Hermann Pálson.
Lokasenna, translated by Benjamin Thorpe (not so much reading this one as trying to learn it off)
The Prose Edda* by Snorri Sturluson, translated by Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur.
Gods and Myths of Northern Europe, H.R. Ellis Davidson.

*Link to the version I'm reading - no luck in finding a dead tree edition of it.
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Reply 6 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 03:00:11 PM)
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I started Atlas Shrugged about two years ago, it's not a very agreeable read for me, so hopefully it'll be better for you. Honestly, grab Anthem and read through that first, just to see if you can stand her writing. It's a short read of about 90~ pages, and I enjoyed it thoroughly, but her opinions float from book to book and you'll get a good sense of whether or not Atlas Shrugged is worth reading simply by reading Anthem first.

For those who've read it, I'm around 800 pages into it. Holy fucking shit, is that one long goddamn book.
I've read the Fountainhead, and some of her writing guides. Besides the fact that I admire her philosophy and character greatly, I think she is a great author.
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Reply 7 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 03:12:15 PM)
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I keep meaning to read Ayn Rand but something tells me I'll hate it. Just a brief glance through the wiki article on her told me that I'll probably end up chucking any book by her out of the window in anger.

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Which books in particular?

I've read almost all of his Discworld stuff, with the exception of the very first three (because they're far too obscure and really, rather crap).
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Reply 8 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 03:18:41 PM)
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I keep meaning to read Ayn Rand but something tells me I'll hate it. Just a brief glance through the wiki article on her told me that I'll probably end up chucking any book by her out of the window in anger.
You're the kid who believes in the power of selfishness to save the world, right? you won't understand a word of it, hate it, and toss it. You're right, don't read it.
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Reply 9 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 03:20:52 PM)
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You're the kid who believes in the power of selfishness to save the world, right? you won't understand a word of it, hate it, and toss it. You're right, don't read it.


Selfishness? Surely you mean selflessness. I'm a socialist.
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Reply 10 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 03:40:18 PM)
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If nothing else I'll haul it down to one of the college bookstores and sell it to them or something.



If the college bookstores there are anything like the college bookstores here, then I doubt it. It's hard enough selling back books that you got that very year, because new editions come out and they stop using the old ones.

Last time I was at my favourite used bookstore, I bought Albert Camus's "The Stranger," and Margaret Atwood's "Life Before Man." I love used bookstores.





I am currently reading The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials Book 1) by Philip Pullman.
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Reply 11 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 03:58:10 PM)
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I keep meaning to read Ayn Rand but something tells me I'll hate it. Just a brief glance through the wiki article on her told me that I'll probably end up chucking any book by her out of the window in anger.
You're the kid who believes in the power of selfishness to save the world, right? you won't understand a word of it, hate it, and toss it. You're right, don't read it.
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I love the first discworld novels.



I don't think saving the world is feasible. I dislike Ayn Rand, but mostly for her writing style and the length of her books. I've got a short attention span, so that sort of stuff ain't gonna fly. I dunno about her politics.
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Reply 12 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 04:11:51 PM)
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My reading will have to commence after college is over. I've had my fill of reading for right now.
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Reply 13 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 04:21:37 PM)
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i just finished reading "worlds in collision" by "dr immanuel velikovsky"

venus was a comet man... i knew it!
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Reply 14 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 05:45:38 PM)
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currently reading guns,germs and steel by diamond
also reading Yukon - By Pierre Burton (cdn history)

on tap next is actually The Inferno by Dante
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Reply 15 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 05:47:12 PM)
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I've read all of Ayn Rand's stuff except for Atlas Shrugged. I read about half of that one and stopped. I couldn't stand it. Maybe I'll try again in the future. I'm reading The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood right now though.

Next weekend there is a twice annual huge used book sale here in Gainesville that I usually go to. It's unbelievable the number of books they have. Literally millions and millions in a huge warehouse. All are really cheap. I can't wait.

Also, I've been dissatisfied with every translation of the Divine Comedy that I've encountered.
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Reply 16 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 05:49:39 PM)
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There is appearntly a new version is out done in the style of graphic novel. The whole deal costs around 60 some dollars I believe.
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Reply 17 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 05:56:08 PM)
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I read a nice version of the divina comedia, it was with the many pics, and not in verse form......translated some years ago by Ebbe Kløvedal
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Reply 18 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 06:00:49 PM)
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Whenever I read a book, I can't read it in parts; I have to start it and finish it all at once. This has made it impossible for me to do any leisurely reading since last July. I am looking forward to the summer -- I have A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking and The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins on my To Read list. Though this thread is making me want to hit up the thrift/used book stores in preparation for summer reading.
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I'm reading The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood right now though.
How are you liking it thus far?
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Reply 19 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 07:48:45 PM)
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This thread reminded my that the book I took out from the library, Woody Guthrie's Bound For Glory, is late and must be returned. Thank You.
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Reply 20 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 09:30:54 PM)
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I'm reading The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood right now though.
How are you liking it thus far?


I like it. I'm less than a fourth of the way through it, though, so I can't form any very intelligent opinions yet.
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Reply 21 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 10:40:21 PM)
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I loved Atlas Shrugged! The last couple books I've read were:
The Tipping Point. It had some very interesting ideas and concepts but I was pretty disappointed with it because it wasn't very well researched and didn't delve deep enough into the interesting concepts it did talk about. Good thing is that it is an easy and quick read.
The Mystery of Numbers. An interesting book about the importance of numbers in the ancient roots of religion. It is also an easy and quick read, but it could have been much more than just a book with descriptions of what different numbers meant to different religions and cultures and how they compared.
Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes: This one I really enjoyed. It is a good read if you are interested in comparative religion, the early history of the church and the other early sects of Christianity, or an in depth analysis of the old testament.
Before those I was in a Joseph Campbell phase reading 2 of the 4 Mask of God books, the power of myth, myths to live by and the hero with a thousand faces. I loved them all. For beginners I would recommend the hero and the power of myth.
Journey to the End of the Night. Tough to say how I feel about this one. I liked it definitely, but it was so depressing that I would have to read it in little bits and take long brakes in between cause it would really bum me out.
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Reply 22 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 10:51:01 PM)
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I keep meaning to read Ayn Rand but something tells me I'll hate it. Just a brief glance through the wiki article on her told me that I'll probably end up chucking any book by her out of the window in anger.


Knowing what you like and don't like before you even experience it must be convenient. I've never tasted macaroni and cheese, but I saw it in a coupon book and I'm sure I'll hate it.

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Reply 23 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-13-07 11:13:58 PM)
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I have been trying for a long time to give Ayn Rand another chance--I really enjoyed Anthem, but I had such a hard time with The Fountainhead that I kind of stopped putting any effort toward her.
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Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney.

Beautiful translation.
I've been so up to my eyeballs in things like New Latin Grammar and Harrius Potter that I haven't had a lot of time to read for fun MAGUSMAGUSMAGUSMAGUS I started reading Welcome to the Monkey House (Vonnegut) a while back, but I'm still not through 20 pages of it. I have plans to finish Catch-22 this summer.
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Reply 24 of 102 (Originally posted on: 04-14-07 12:23:37 AM)
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I'm reading Bernard Cornwell's Stonehenge. I'm 250 or so pages in, and so far my advice is that if you were ever thinking about doing the same, don't bother, it's shit.

Upcoming I've got The Chocolate War and I Am The Cheese by Robert Cormier, Anthony Swafford's Jarhead, Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness Of Being, and a couple of short story collections by Michael Collins. I'm sure half of these will be pushed aside when I find something else that I want to read, but I'll get around to them eventually. I also plan to re-read William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch soon.
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