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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1000 on: October 20, 2017, 08:38:30 AM »
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Was a fan of A Visit from the Goon Squad, although probably didn't deserve the Pulitzer. This is quite the follow-up. Set in WWII Brooklyn with a noirish feel to it.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1001 on: November 03, 2017, 06:04:55 AM »
Currently reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown... I would highly recommend ;)

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« Reply #1002 on: November 03, 2017, 06:38:46 AM »
Currently reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown... I would highly recommend ;)

A friend gave that to be about 16 months ago. I finally feel resilient enough to read it and it is in my bag. That is probably not the point of the book. :)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1003 on: November 03, 2017, 06:40:27 AM »
The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1004 on: November 03, 2017, 06:57:49 AM »
I'm about 5 hours away from finishing A Memory of Light, the 14th (final) book of The Wheel of Time.  After all these years, I'm going to finally finish it!

And just in time for Brandon Sanderson's Oathbringer to be released on 11/14!  For those not in the know, Oathbringer is book 3 of The Stormlight Archives, which is amazing.  Also, in case you don't know, the reason these two books relate is that Brandon Sanderson wrote the last 3 books of The Wheel of Time after Robert Jordan's death.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1005 on: November 03, 2017, 07:29:44 AM »
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Was a fan of A Visit from the Goon Squad, although probably didn't deserve the Pulitzer. This is quite the follow-up. Set in WWII Brooklyn with a noirish feel to it.

I was on a loooonggg drive yesterday and she was the interview subject on CBC Radio 1 if you are interested in hearing her speak about this novel and her writing process...

Jennifer Egan's latest novel is an 'old-fashioned adventure story'
Nov 2, 2017
Author Jennifer Egan breaks down the inspiration and research behind her latest novel, Manhattan Beach.
http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/q/segment/14635131

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« Reply #1006 on: November 03, 2017, 08:05:23 AM »
The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future
by Gretchen Bakke

How did you like this one? Seems like something I would like to read.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1007 on: November 03, 2017, 05:35:30 PM »
Finished Vanity Fair, moving on the Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco.  I tried to read this about a 15 years ago but I was too young to appreciate it.  Plus I just flat out didn't know enough facts/information about the world to even begin to penetrate it (its a very dense book).  It's still a challenge, but a lot more enjoyable this time around.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1008 on: November 03, 2017, 08:36:47 PM »
Just finished part I and II of Orson Scott Cards "Formic Wars" series. This is hte prequel for Enders game.
Not as good as the Enders game, but still quite good. My library has part III and will go get it.

Also have started "Hyperion" by Dan Simmons.  About 80 pages in, seems interesting. It is a Hugo award winner, so I expect I will enjoy this book.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1009 on: November 03, 2017, 08:38:03 PM »
I am a huge science fiction fan, what would you guys reccomend?

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1010 on: November 03, 2017, 09:38:14 PM »
I didn't know there was a Formic Wars series. I've probably read a dozen Enderverse books.

Mazer Rackham is baller. I hope they made him badass in the prequels.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1011 on: November 04, 2017, 01:46:04 AM »
I am a huge science fiction fan, what would you guys reccomend?
A lot ^^

Well, you just read about enders game (and the following books). If you are on Cyberpunk und philosophy, then Diamond Age from Stephenson. Nancy Kress' Beggars trilogy.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1012 on: November 04, 2017, 09:03:36 AM »
I didn't know there was a Formic Wars series. I've probably read a dozen Enderverse books.

Mazer Rackham is baller. I hope they made him badass in the prequels.

The correct name for the series is "The First Formic War".  Books #1(Earth Unaware) and #2(Earth Afire) are copyright 2012 and 2013. So, I guess they were not on the bestseller list if you have not hear of them.

Mazer Rackham  is a serious badass in these books. No spoilers here :-)

The other cool part of this series is the description of families of Kiuper Belt miners. These are clans of people, mostly from the same region of earth (e.g Venezuela or Italy). Their customs and how they make sure that the do not in-breed, their trading and their ships all make for fascinating reading.

Overall, if you ever read the Enders game series and wondered how and when this conflict started, these would be good books to read.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1013 on: November 04, 2017, 09:07:52 AM »
I am a huge science fiction fan, what would you guys reccomend?
A lot ^^

Well, you just read about enders game (and the following books). If you are on Cyberpunk und philosophy, then Diamond Age from Stephenson. Nancy Kress' Beggars trilogy.

Thanks. I did try on Stephenson (Cryptonomicom sp??). Not sure where the sci-fi was. I rarely do not finish a book and this one was returned partially unread.  I will try Diamond Age and Beggars.

Cyberpunk: Did not really like it the first time I read it in the late 80's, Gibson's Neuromancer. But I think at this time, I might enjoy cyberpunk more.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1014 on: November 04, 2017, 01:05:17 PM »
Card just released another Ender-verse novel Children of the Fleet.  I read it a couple of weeks ago (library!). 

Neal Stephenson's Seveneves is great.  I also am just about to finish a Stephenson collection of essays and interviews called "some remarks".  There's a lengthy story in it about laying some of the transoceanic cables in the late 90s that is pretty fascinating for an EE nerd such as myself.

Another scifi series that I recommend is David Feintuch's Seafort Saga novels (4). 

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy is also great.  Though I am kind of stuck about halfway through his Aurora novel.

I'm also about 100 pages from finishing Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. 

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1015 on: November 04, 2017, 02:52:24 PM »
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Was a fan of A Visit from the Goon Squad, although probably didn't deserve the Pulitzer. This is quite the follow-up. Set in WWII Brooklyn with a noirish feel to it.

I am reading this right now, barreling toward the finish line. Very different from Goon Squad and absolutely interesting. The amount of research that's gone into this book is incredible. Jennifer Egan can write.

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« Reply #1016 on: November 04, 2017, 07:26:37 PM »
I am a huge science fiction fan, what would you guys reccomend?

Have you read Leckie's _Ancillary_ series?

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1017 on: November 05, 2017, 04:36:00 AM »
The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future
by Gretchen Bakke

How did you like this one? Seems like something I would like to read.
It is interesting and scary!  A very detailed history of how our grid was developed and the challenges we face trying to integrate more renewables into the system. 

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1018 on: November 05, 2017, 04:37:33 AM »
I'm about 5 hours away from finishing A Memory of Light, the 14th (final) book of The Wheel of Time.  After all these years, I'm going to finally finish it!

And just in time for Brandon Sanderson's Oathbringer to be released on 11/14!  For those not in the know, Oathbringer is book 3 of The Stormlight Archives, which is amazing.  Also, in case you don't know, the reason these two books relate is that Brandon Sanderson wrote the last 3 books of The Wheel of Time after Robert Jordan's death.
I just finished rereading the entire series.  I really enjoyed the journey.  I had forgotten a great deal, but also enjoyed a lot of the foreshadowing in the early books that only made sense with the entire series in context.  Really a well done effort.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1019 on: November 06, 2017, 08:24:09 AM »
Also have started "Hyperion" by Dan Simmons.  About 80 pages in, seems interesting. It is a Hugo award winner, so I expect I will enjoy this book.
The Hyperion series is amazing.  It's one of those things that make me envy the person who is just getting into it, knowing what they have to look forward to. 

Have you read "The Forever War" by Joe Haldeman?  Or the Foundation series by Asimov? 

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« Reply #1020 on: November 06, 2017, 08:49:01 AM »
I am a huge science fiction fan, what would you guys reccomend?

Have you read Leckie's _Ancillary_ series?

Seconding the recommendation. Ann Leckie is pretty great.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1021 on: November 06, 2017, 09:15:57 AM »
Re-reading The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan.  Haven't read from the beginning for several years.  It's like chatting with an old friend.
I started doing the same last month.  On The Great Hunt now, but diverting to read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson as my library hold came in.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1022 on: November 06, 2017, 09:42:26 AM »
Thank you for the suggestions. I'm going to work thru the following list. Any more book suggestions are welcome

  • Nancy Kress: Beggars trilogy
  • Stephenson: Diamond Age
  • David Feintuch: Seafort Saga
  • Neal Stephenson: Seveneves
  • Orson Scott Card :Children of the Fleet
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  • Robert Jordan: The Wheel of Time

Have you read "The Forever War" by Joe Haldeman?  Or the Foundation series by Asimov? 

I have read and liked Forever war. As far as Asimov goes, he is primarily responsible for my Sci-Fi Addiction :-) I have read all of his books multiple times.

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy is also great. 
Loved the first book (Red Mars?), ok middle book and disliked the third book. I could not believe the science that the terraforming of Mars would be done in one persons lifetime. Also, I vaguely remember some political agenda which rubbed me the wrong way. Long time since I read the series, maybe 15 years ago, so may have to revisit to see if my opinion is still the same.

Here are some of my favorites (each of them was read at least 5 times)
  • Heinlien: Starship Troopers
  • Scalzi: Old Mans War
  • Card: Enders Game
  • David Brin: Startide Rising
  • Asimov: Every book he wrote
  • Niven: Integral Tree
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1023 on: November 06, 2017, 09:50:56 AM »
I'm reading "The Agony and the Ecstasy".  Just came back from a trip to Italy and became interested in the Michelangelo story. 

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1024 on: November 20, 2017, 02:16:08 PM »
Finally getting around to reading The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life by JL Collins. I figure now that I'm in my 2nd-ish year of seriously saving for FI, I need to read through all the background material that many suggest.

So far this book has been great, although I'm only ~1/4th of the way through.


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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1025 on: November 21, 2017, 01:09:54 AM »
The E Myth Revisited (1995) by Micheal E. Gerber.

It has some good points, but goes on and on about the same point, beating it to death. Add the fake business owner dialogue and it has me skimming at times. Still, it gave me a clear way to think about roles in a business. Glad I borrowed it for free from the library. ;)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1026 on: November 21, 2017, 10:14:28 AM »
Make Up Your Mind!: The Seven Building Blocks to Better Decisions by John D Arnold

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1027 on: November 27, 2017, 07:11:56 PM »
Great (free) short story by C. Stuart Hardwick. A strong female protagonist and a secret mission by the Soviet Union and the US during the peak of the cold war.

https://cstuarthardwick.com/sample/

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1028 on: November 27, 2017, 08:36:59 PM »
Thank you for the suggestions. I'm going to work thru the following list. Any more book suggestions are welcome

  • Nancy Kress: Beggars trilogy
  • Stephenson: Diamond Age
  • David Feintuch: Seafort Saga
  • Neal Stephenson: Seveneves
  • Orson Scott Card :Children of the Fleet
  • Ann Leckie : _Ancillary_ series
  • Robert Jordan: The Wheel of Time

Have you read "The Forever War" by Joe Haldeman?  Or the Foundation series by Asimov? 

I have read and liked Forever war. As far as Asimov goes, he is primarily responsible for my Sci-Fi Addiction :-) I have read all of his books multiple times.

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy is also great. 
Loved the first book (Red Mars?), ok middle book and disliked the third book. I could not believe the science that the terraforming of Mars would be done in one persons lifetime. Also, I vaguely remember some political agenda which rubbed me the wrong way. Long time since I read the series, maybe 15 years ago, so may have to revisit to see if my opinion is still the same.

Here are some of my favorites (each of them was read at least 5 times)
  • Heinlien: Starship Troopers
  • Scalzi: Old Mans War
  • Card: Enders Game
  • David Brin: Startide Rising
  • Asimov: Every book he wrote
  • Niven: Integral Tree

A year or so back I really liked Katherine Addison's "Goblin Emperor." The title is a bit misleading--it's really about the political intrigue in a court peopled mostly by a race called "elves" with some representation of a minority group called "goblins." The setting is steampunk if anything...I don't recall that there's much if any magic involved, and the feel is more Victorian than high medieval. I also read an excerpt of John Scalzi's new Collapsing Empire (it's the start of a new series, I think) and liked it a lot, although I haven't followed up by reading the whole thing.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1029 on: November 28, 2017, 05:10:24 AM »
Great (free) short story by C. Stuart Hardwick. A strong female protagonist and a secret mission by the Soviet Union and the US during the peak of the cold war.

https://cstuarthardwick.com/sample/

Sounds interesting!

My adblock didn't like their embedded viewer, so I dug for the PDF. (Plus being able to read it separately instead of in their viewer, having to keep the website open, is much better.)

Here's a link to save anyone else the trouble:
https://cstuarthardwick.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/FAM-web.pdf
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1030 on: November 28, 2017, 06:52:31 AM »
Re-reading The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan.  Haven't read from the beginning for several years.  It's like chatting with an old friend.

I love this series. One of my brothers gave me the first book for my 14th birthday and I was hooked after that. Glad I took a break after the 11th book, however, and didn't read them all and finish up the series until it was actually all written. Until that point I'd been re-reading the whole series every time a new book came out.


I absolutely re-read Wheel of Time every time a new book came out starting after book six or something.  Time consuming, but worth it, especially since I found Brandon Sanderson because of the last three books.

I just finished re-reading the first two books of Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series because book three just came out (I'm waiting to get it either for Christmas or from the library, where I'm hold, like, 35 or something stupid ).  They are SO GOOD.  I like the rest of his books pretty well, but this series is just ridiculously well thought out.  And as much as I enjoyed Wheel of Time, I find Sanderson's characters far more fleshed out as actual people than Jordan's, much more distinct in their motivations, and more believable overall.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1031 on: November 28, 2017, 09:27:44 AM »
Great (free) short story by C. Stuart Hardwick. A strong female protagonist and a secret mission by the Soviet Union and the US during the peak of the cold war.

https://cstuarthardwick.com/sample/

Sounds interesting!

My adblock didn't like their embedded viewer, so I dug for the PDF. (Plus being able to read it separately instead of in their viewer, having to keep the website open, is much better.)

Here's a link to save anyone else the trouble:
https://cstuarthardwick.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/FAM-web.pdf

Thanks ARS! I was having difficulty reading it on my tablet. This makes it much easier :D

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1032 on: November 28, 2017, 10:16:02 AM »
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein.

It took a fellow member here to bring this up when they thought I got my logon name from the book. I had never heard of it. The book so far is really good.

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« Reply #1033 on: November 28, 2017, 01:17:03 PM »
'The Forgotten Beasts of Eld.' by Patricia A. McKillip. It was such a pretty book. :)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1034 on: November 28, 2017, 04:14:18 PM »
I also read an excerpt of John Scalzi's new Collapsing Empire (it's the start of a new series, I think) and liked it a lot, although I haven't followed up by reading the whole thing.

I read the first book (not sure if there are more yet).  It was pretty good.  I generally like all Scalzi' stuff.

I also generally like K.S. Robinson but I disliked the Mars series.  Poorly written characters (to many stereotypes).

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« Reply #1035 on: November 29, 2017, 11:43:51 AM »
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein.
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I find some of the writing style to be... tacky, but I also really enjoyed this book.

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« Reply #1036 on: November 29, 2017, 12:00:15 PM »
I just finished Evicted by Matthew Desmond.  It follows several families and landlords in Milwaukee.  Really depressing read, but also really interesting. 

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« Reply #1037 on: November 29, 2017, 02:48:23 PM »
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein.
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I find some of the writing style to be... tacky, but I also really enjoyed this book.

You might like a book I just read called Luna: New Moon  / Ian McDonald.

About a human civilization on the moon in the near future.  Sorta hard sci-fi.    He steal a few subplots from Heinlens Harsh Mistress.

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« Reply #1038 on: November 29, 2017, 03:19:38 PM »
Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific by Robert Kaplan.

Good rundown on the countries bordering the SCS, quick history of each and their claims.  Very interesting.

Now reading Artemis by Andy Weir (of Martian fame).  Very different story.

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« Reply #1039 on: November 30, 2017, 12:00:33 PM »
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein.
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I find some of the writing style to be... tacky, but I also really enjoyed this book.

I likened it to the author mashing up southern US English and New Zealand English or something. It was difficult to get a feel for, but the story is good.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1040 on: December 05, 2017, 10:32:24 AM »
I'm limping along with the Inspector Gamache series of Quebec-set mysteries by Louise Penney. I'm on the fifth one now--it's probably just me, but I'm not loving them as much as I'm supposed to. These are extremely well-written and set in an interesting place, with an admirable sleuth. They are award winners, and rightly so. Start with the first one, "Still Life". Just because my brain doesn't seem to be on Louise Penney's wavelength doesn't mean you might not enjoy her books more than I do. I think P.D. James and Adam Dalgleish just spoiled me for everybody else.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1041 on: December 05, 2017, 01:11:02 PM »
Thank you for the suggestions. I'm going to work thru the following list. Any more book suggestions are welcome

  • Nancy Kress: Beggars trilogy
  • Stephenson: Diamond Age
  • David Feintuch: Seafort Saga
  • Neal Stephenson: Seveneves
  • Orson Scott Card :Children of the Fleet
  • Ann Leckie : _Ancillary_ series
  • Robert Jordan: The Wheel of Time

Read "Beggars in Spain", part 1 of the Beggars triology. Great book. Loved Nancy Kress.  Have put on hold parts 2 and 3 . Also checked out 2 other Nancy Kress books from the library.

Hated David Feintuch!  I managed to read all three books, hoping that it would get better, but no luck.

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« Reply #1042 on: December 05, 2017, 01:28:01 PM »
Iím trying to go back and read some of the books from middle school and high school that weíre supposed to be great but I didnít particularly enjoy at the time. Iím curious if my view of them is changed by the last 15-20 years of personality changes and general maturing.

Right now Iím finishing up Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. I read it in 8th grade and just flat out didnít get it. I wasnít interested in big philosophical questions, I didnít have much knowledge of the history or even the basics tenets of Buddhism, and I didnít like writing essays about books. English class was drudgery.  Now I get it. Itís a quick and highly enjoyable read. Not only do I see the parallels with the Buddhaís life, but I see the big concepts of Buddhist thought throughout the book in ways big and small.

I might try Catcher in the Rye next. That book annoyed me more than any other in school. Maybe I should give it another chance.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1043 on: December 05, 2017, 01:48:31 PM »
Iím trying to go back and read some of the books from middle school and high school that weíre supposed to be great but I didnít particularly enjoy at the time. Iím curious if my view of them is changed by the last 15-20 years of personality changes and general maturing.

Right now Iím finishing up Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. I read it in 8th grade and just flat out didnít get it. I wasnít interested in big philosophical questions, I didnít have much knowledge of the history or even the basics tenets of Buddhism, and I didnít like writing essays about books. English class was drudgery.  Now I get it. Itís a quick and highly enjoyable read. Not only do I see the parallels with the Buddhaís life, but I see the big concepts of Buddhist thought throughout the book in ways big and small.

I might try Catcher in the Rye next. That book annoyed me more than any other in school. Maybe I should give it another chance.

Huckleberry Finn was a revelation when I reread it as an adult. There was a lot more going on there than I realized at age 13.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1044 on: December 05, 2017, 01:59:53 PM »
Finally getting around to reading The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life by JL Collins. I figure now that I'm in my 2nd-ish year of seriously saving for FI, I need to read through all the background material that many suggest.

So far this book has been great, although I'm only ~1/4th of the way through.

I just finished this. I love the final words in the main portion of the book: "As individuals we only have one obligation to society: To ensure we, and our children, are not a burden to others. The rest is our personal choice. Make your own and make the world a far more interesting place."

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1045 on: December 05, 2017, 04:57:40 PM »
Just finished Sapphire Pavilion by David Grogan.  Written by a buddy of mine.  His first book was the Siegel Dispositions.  Both are about a retired Navy JAG who ends up in some interesting situations.

Fun reads.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1046 on: December 08, 2017, 03:33:24 PM »
Free Sci-Fi Short story collection. An Anthology by some great authors about space exploration by Arizona State Univ.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/6/16742530/visions-ventures-escape-velocities-anthology-ebook-arizona-state-university-science-fiction

THe first story is very good. Am in the process for reading.

@arebelspy , you can find the PDF and let everyone know ;-)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1047 on: December 08, 2017, 04:18:23 PM »
@arebelspy , you can find the PDF and let everyone know ;-)

lol. :D

Looks like the final paragraph of the linked article has it in PDF, ePub, Mobi, and iBook formats. :)
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1048 on: December 11, 2017, 08:09:58 AM »
I'm reading about the Terra Cotta Army and China's first emperor.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #1049 on: December 11, 2017, 04:33:05 PM »
War and Peace.  A translation of course as I can't read Russian.  Started off terrible, 1 star out of 5, but now I'm about halfway through and I've improved my current rating to 4 out of 5 stars.