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(Originally posted on: 09-04-08 06:04:45 PM)
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I debated putting this in that other thread but I kinda like books with long words, so I thought it may as well be in its own thread.

I'm reading God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe. It's about the role of islam in the development of a European (rather than, for instance, post-Roman) identity. I'm enjoying it a lot, though it was somewhat difficult to get into because the author tends to lay the prose on a little thick at times.

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Reply 1 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-04-08 07:11:02 PM)
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I just finished reading a book called Einstein's Heroes, which is a biography of James Clerk Maxwell as well as an introduction to the relationship between math and physics. It was written at way too low a level for me so I didn't enjoy it much.

I found a crappy murder mystery to put me to sleep until I go to the library and get something substantial.
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Reply 2 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-04-08 07:14:07 PM)
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Hey, I wanted to talk about the book i'm reading too, but didn't want to post it in that thread cause i'm not done.

The past few days, i've gotten deep into A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by David Eggers.



Also, I started this book a while ago, and still excited to read it, but since I don't read much, I haven't gotten very deep into it. Its The Hero With a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell

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Reply 3 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-04-08 07:23:15 PM)
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Textbooks.
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Reply 4 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-04-08 07:37:01 PM)
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I'm currently going back and forth between vissario's favourite book, 1984, and The Elements of Typographic Style. I swear it's not as boring as it sounds. The author is perpetually jazzed over Hermann Zapf & has a clear distaste for postmodernist font, but beyond that it's been a good overview of typography. It also has some interesting theory on the relationship between octaves, geometry and page proportions.
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Reply 5 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-04-08 07:39:56 PM)
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Basically this. The most current one being Applied Pharmaceutics in Contemporary Compounding.
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Reply 6 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-04-08 07:45:15 PM)
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Right there with ya. Also I just finished Sirens of Titan by Vonnegut, which was, like most of his books, waay out there but very insightful.
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Reply 7 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-04-08 08:14:22 PM)
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American Psycho.
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Reply 8 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-04-08 09:40:29 PM)
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Saw the movie, never read the book. How is it?
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Reply 9 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-05-08 07:54:03 AM)
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I read a lot in August. This is what I've read recently:
Love's Labour's Lost, Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors, by William Shakespeare. I had already read the first two ones a couple of years ago. Solid work by good ol' Willy.
The Hive, by Camilo JosÚ Cela. Interesting and somewhat depressive.
Emma, by Jane Austen. Entirely a soap opera, but damn, I liked it.
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories, by Oscar Wilde. Four delicious short stories.
Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens. At first I didn't want to read it because it was an old (late 19th century) translation and the translator insisted on calling the boy Oliverio Twist. But when I got over that, it was great.
Death in Venice and Mario and the Magician, by Thomas Mann. I liked the second one better, the first one is a bit too decadent, in a late 19th century, early 20th century kind of way.
Brethren, by Robyn Young. By this point I had run out of books to read so I borrowed this one from my sister, although I was wary about its being about the Templars. Still, it's got very little Templar nonsense compared to other modern fiction. It's, like, almost historically plausible.
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky. I read it for the third time. It's still the best book ever.
Viaje por las mentiras de la Historia universal (A trip across the lies of world history), by Santiago TarÝn. Mildly interesting, but kind of clichÚd. Still, he talks a bit about the true history of the Huns and the Mongols, which is always a plus.
Jack the Ripper, by Mark Whitehead and Miriam Rivett. A brief account of the crimes, the victims, the main suspects and the press. A good introduction to the topic.
Selecciˇn nueva de romances viejos (New selection of old romances), by god knows who. I loved this one, especially the older, medieval poems.
Q, by the Luther Blissett collective (now Wu Ming). Very entertaining and informative, written in a very original style which has the drawback of not really having any truly memorable moments.
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Reply 10 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-05-08 08:19:57 AM)
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right now i'm alternating between some books, but it is mostly Rilke - Malte Laurids Brigge, Turgenev - Rudin, Broch - Death of Vergil...

And i'm looking forward to massive ammounts of Baudelaire for this semester
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Reply 11 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-05-08 11:18:25 AM)
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Transformations of Language in Modern Dystopias

This book will give you a nice run-down of 1984 if you finish it, Amph. I myself just finished reading it last month and do not intend to start this book until the winter break.
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On The Road by Jack Kerouac, although I am taking my time on it because there are other things I'd rather be doing.
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Reply 13 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-05-08 12:03:37 PM)
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Saw the movie, never read the book. How is it?
It is one of the most vile, pornographic books I have ever read. I felt so dirty reading some of the chapters in that book. Awesome book though. I was incredibly impressed by it. Love the movie as well.
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Textbooks.
Pretty much the same. And some supplementary programming books I bought.

Though I did buy Carl Sagan's Cosmos yesterday at B&N for real cheap, like $5, figure I'll read that sporadically through this semester. Read it in high school and really liked it, figured I'd give it another go.
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Reply 14 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-05-08 02:54:05 PM)
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Quoted from British Agent:
Saw the movie, never read the book. How is it?
It is one of the most vile, pornographic books I have ever read. I felt so dirty reading some of the chapters in that book. Awesome book though. I was incredibly impressed by it. Love the movie as well.
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Textbooks.
Pretty much the same. And some supplementary programming books I bought.

Though I did buy Carl Sagan's Cosmos yesterday at B&N for real cheap, like $5, figure I'll read that sporadically through this semester. Read it in high school and really liked it, figured I'd give it another go.


I haven't gotten to those parts yet. I'm only halfway through, and the book so far has been humorous. American Psycho is my favorite movie, and I find it to be one of the most humorous I've seen as well.

My sense of humor is probably a little skewed.
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Reply 15 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-05-08 03:00:39 PM)
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Cool beans, well I just picked up First to Fight which is an overview of the US Marines or something (my dad recommended it), but after that I guess I'll go find myself a copy of American Psycho.
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Reply 16 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-07-08 11:02:08 AM)
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I would also like to heavily recomend House of Leaves from Danielewski
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Reply 17 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-07-08 01:21:17 PM)
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I feel silly for being the only one reading sci-fi.

Right now I'm reading the fantastic space opera The Saga of Seven Suns by Kevin J. Anderson. I'm on book 4 and loving every minute of it.
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Reply 18 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-07-08 01:46:28 PM)
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I am slowly reading my way through the works of John Berger.

Pig Earth
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And our faces, my heart, breif as photos (currently reading)


I recommend them to anyone who wants to read something with real intellectual depth. Berger conveys images more vividly than any other author I have read. G. won the booker prize in 1970, but my personal favourite is 'Here is where we meet', where Berger describes meeting the important people in his life, some of whom are now dead.
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Reply 19 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-07-08 02:41:57 PM)
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Just started on Richard Feynman's pseudoautobiography. He remidns me of me.
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Reply 20 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-07-08 11:36:10 PM)
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I just read Zen Physics by David Darling and it changed my life.
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Reply 21 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-08-08 01:07:16 AM)
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Reply 22 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-08-08 09:16:38 AM)
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Just started House of Leaves. Should be fun.
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Reply 23 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-08-08 11:21:17 AM)
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Quoted from Aquilo:
I feel silly for being the only one reading sci-fi.

Right now I'm reading the fantastic space opera The Saga of Seven Suns by Kevin J. Anderson. I'm on book 4 and loving every minute of it.

Don't. I recently (two-ish months ago) finished reading all of Card's Ender books up to Ender's Shadow, but stopped because I couldn't find the follow-up. And I finally got a dual copy of the second and third books in the Dune Trilogy, but I've left it somewhere. So, I'd probably be reading sci-fi if that weren't the case.

Reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time now. Amphy would be proud.
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Reply 24 of 64 (Originally posted on: 09-08-08 12:23:11 PM)
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Just started House of Leaves. Should be fun.


it sure is, seriusly, this book kicks ass
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