What Book Have You Read Recently?

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  1. Snoopy

    Snoopy Active Member

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    Hi,

    Thought I'd start a sister thread to the movies one; seemed appropriate in view of the nature of the site I thought!

    What have you read and what did you think of it?.........

    (I'm just half way through one...)

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  2. cavalier

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    The Big Bumper Book of...

    um, actually halfway through Bleak House. I do love reading Dickens and really enjoy his style, but can't help feel that this one is a bit too much.

    The last book I read was Junk(y), excellent
     
  3. Snoopy

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    Hi,

    Haven't read Dickens since my school days so quite a while ago! But the BBC dramatisation of Bleak House was simply fabulous - if you haven't seen it I strongly recommend getting it on DVD; - and then my partner got me the book for Christmas. It's very heavy going isn't it, with not much dialogue...

    BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Bleak House's 'terrific' cast hailed

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  4. cavalier

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    Thanks for tip, I'll see if I can find it, but not till after I've finished reading the book. It is a little heavy but I'm well into it now and cant wait to find out what's going to happen.
     
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    The very one! Strangely enough she was in a period drama last night called House of Mirth that I've taped...

    Bleak House was adapted for the screen by Andrew Davies (all hail) which basically means you know it's going to be top drawer.

    Andrew Davies (writer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Enjoy the rest of the book in the meantime...

    s.
     
  7. Francis king

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    last non fiction book I read was.... the bedroom secrets of the master chefs, by Irvine Welsh... I like fiction which doesn't make me work too hard, I want entertainment, not social commentary and politics disguised as fiction, and welshie fits the bill... don't know how u do Dickens... wading through the pages of descriptives... eew...
     
  8. cavalier

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    Just my opinion, but Dickens entertains better than most of the writers who simply write for entertainment. I get your point about descriptives, that's what I was referring to as being "too much" in the early part of Bleak House. Still, he's the finest writer, the English language has ever known.
    I've read a couple of Welsh books, Trainspotting which I thought was a genuinely fantastic book, and Porno which was horrendous.
     
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    each to their own, cav
     
  10. YO-ELEVEN-11

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    Right now im reading A LONG WAY GONE , MEMOIRS OF A BOY SOLDIER" by Ishmael Beah

    So far it is a good book.
     
  11. cavalier

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    Just so Francis, just so
     
  12. Snoopy

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    Happiness.

    By Matthieu Ricard.


    An authority on the subject, being the happiest (tested) person in the world this is an informative and stimulating look at the subject most (if not all people) are interested in. It is described as a guide to developing life’s most important skill, as Ricard argues that happiness is state of mind and yet it is often confused with pleasure and the seeking of pleasure, which can only ever offer transitory experiences. In considering the subject the book intertwines science and Buddhism, considering all the topics he sees fit such as brain activity, meditation, the ego, compassion, time, ethics, altruism and death.

    Highly recommended.

    s.

    http://www.comparative-religion.com/forum/happiest-person-in-the-world-6656.html

     
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    The Experience of Meditation: Experts Introduce the Major Traditions. Ed. by Jonathan Shear.

    The title says it all really, an inter-faith look at the topic of meditation, from the perspectives of Buddhism, Christianity, Sufism, Taoism, TM and Yoga. Each section has broadly the same headings for ease of comparison, i.e. Historical Background, Method, Experiences, Further Results and Interpretations.

    s.

    PS Anyone else read anything lately??!!:)

     
  14. cavalier

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    Misreadings, Umberto Eco

    It opens with a story called "Granita" a Lolita story in reverse.
     
  15. flowperson

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    Hi All

    I'm re-reading Stephen Mitchell's translation of the Tao Te Ching. It is simply stupendous in its simplicity and insights. How anyone was able to write so knowingly about the intersections of religion and science 2,600 years ago is beyond my ability to understand. A gigantic work of influence in the east and comparable to Pythagorean theories and works in the west IMHO.

    flow....:)
     
  16. Quahom1

    Quahom1 What was the question?

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    Just finished reading the Seventh Son series (Alvin Maker), by Orson Scott Card. An alternate reality where America is laced with magic and people with "knacks".

    Very entertaining.
     
  17. Muslimwoman

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    I am re-reading the Terry Pratchett discword series, for about the 7th time and I still can't help but laugh out loud.
     
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    I just finished reading conscious community, a translation of machshava tova by reb kalonymus kalman shapira into english by Andrea Cohen-Kiener. I'm organizing a Jewish intentional community inside the virtual world of second life, and that will be the first text we examine as a community. I just started re-reading the Tao of Pooh and I think I'm going to order some new books from the ic.org bookstore on group faciliation, conflict resolution, mediation, and listening skills. Also I'll probably order Vegan with a Vengeance, which is an awesome cookbook by one of the women from post-punk kitchen. She also wrote a book of I think 100 recipes for vegan cupcakes.

    Dauer
     
  19. Pathless

    Pathless Fiercely Interdependent

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    Cool. I just heard about ic.org about 10 days ago. I've yet to check it out, but plan to someday.

    Your Second Life intentional community sounds like a good virtual reality group. Better than any EQ or WOW guild, for sure. ;)

    I just read a very small but great book called Planetary Intelligence. Recommended for anyone. Period.

    Dauer, you shaved your beard!! What does that mean? :eek:
    It's okay though. I shaved mine, too. :cool:
     
  20. dauer

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    Hey path.

    I didn't shave my beard. I trimmed it. And I'm starting to grow a stache. Sorta. Still working on that one. :D I never keep my beard grown out. I let it grow for a while and then trim it, and then grow it again, and then trim it. I'm not big on spending a lot of time grooming my beard every day, and this way I can go a long time without worrying much about it. lol. That other picture was actually 2 years old, and it seemed I was due for a new one.

    Dauer
     

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