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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #900 on: January 18, 2017, 02:06:24 PM »
currently reading star wars:rogue one

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #901 on: January 18, 2017, 06:42:47 PM »
Walking on Sunshine: 52 small steps to happiness by Rachel Kelly

Short and sweet. It is a quick easy read. Each step/chapter is only two pages long. While the ideas it contains have been around, I liked the compilation and arrangement by the author.  Bonus -  some wonderful poetry snippets (other poets) along with illustrations.

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« Reply #902 on: January 27, 2017, 04:59:47 PM »
Leviathan Wakes.  Wow, that was really good.  I connected with the two themes of mutually assured destruction and disclosing secrets that cause pandemonium.

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« Reply #903 on: January 27, 2017, 07:50:52 PM »
 “Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome” by John Scalzi.

Actually just finished this short backstory for "Lock In" by John Scalzi which I was trying to read. It was making little sense. Now, it makes sense.




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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #904 on: January 28, 2017, 08:34:24 AM »
Octavia Butler's "Kindred" just came out as a graphic novel, so I'm reading that.

Also reading "Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Cthulucene" by Donna Haraway. Pretty dense feminist writing, right at the bleeding edge, so it's making my brain hurt a little but in a good way.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #905 on: January 29, 2017, 07:38:24 AM »
"Dreams of the Rocket Man" by C Stuart Hardwick.

Genre is sci-fi, it reminds me of Asimov, where a great story is woven in with sci-fi, and the story ends up being a great story and not just a sci-fi story.

He has it for free on his web site.  Short story, very very nicely written. (I am nominating it!)

http://cstuarthardwick.com/sample/

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #906 on: January 29, 2017, 08:02:34 AM »
Currently I am reading "4 hour workweek" by Tim Ferris.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #907 on: January 30, 2017, 12:22:11 AM »
"The Year of Living Danishly" by Helen Russell.  So far, so good.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #908 on: January 30, 2017, 11:14:51 AM »
Finished The Great Gatsby and moving on to Catcher in the Rye.  Oh dear god is Holden Caulfield a complainypants.  I hope it gets better, I'm about 50 pages into it.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #909 on: January 30, 2017, 02:28:18 PM »
Catcher is amazing if you're an angsty teen.

I could see being annoyed at it as an adult, but it will always hold a special place for me.
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« Reply #910 on: January 30, 2017, 04:32:09 PM »
Catcher is amazing if you're an angsty teen.

I could see being annoyed at it as an adult, but it will always hold a special place for me.

Well, as a 44 year old man, I'm certainly no longer an angsty teen :D  I hate when people bash classics in order to make it seem like they are superior to the material.  Me, I look for things to like and/or respect in a classic work, even if it doesn't resonate with me.

I will say this though - as a modern reader, I do get a strong "in the closet gay man" vibe from Holden.  I'm sure back in the early 50's they couldn't even begin to hint at that explicitly, but for me it explains a lot of his obsession with others being 'phoney' (projection), his lack of any real interest in girls, and doing things like hanging out in the bathroom watching his "sexy bastard" guy friend get ready for a date while half clothed.  It's just a theory at the moment, we'll see if it holds up, but if it does, I think it makes him much more understandable and more sympathetic.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #911 on: January 30, 2017, 04:38:41 PM »
Wow, I've read it many times and never thought of that.

Makes the scene where he wakes up and the teacher is sitting there make sense, too--something completely innocent that he saw as creepy because of his view on the world.

I still don't think it's "correct," but it's a neat theory.  Thanks for the thought!  :)
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #912 on: January 31, 2017, 06:50:34 AM »
Just finished Babylon's Ashes, the most recent (6th) book in the Expanse series. Goddamn these books are so much fun. I can't wait to see how the later books/seasons look on the TV show. I know this is the Books thread but everyone should watch The Expanse tv series!

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #913 on: January 31, 2017, 06:58:10 AM »
Finally checked out Hillbilly Elegy after being on the waiting list for 3 months. So far a great and eye opening read.

I get the feeling I might have run across the author growing up since our school districts were in the same sports conference. 

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #914 on: January 31, 2017, 11:30:25 AM »
War and Peace, for I think the fourth time.  I've always loved it, and re-reading it is like returning to an old friend. 

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #915 on: January 31, 2017, 01:44:38 PM »
ENDER'S GAME

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #916 on: January 31, 2017, 02:11:13 PM »
ENDER'S GAME

One of my favorites.

If you like military sci-fi, I would suggest these
  • Starship Troopers : Heinlien (the movie was awful, book is awesome)
  • Old Mans War : John Scalzi
  • Startide Rising: David Brin (this one is complex, I am re-reading this about the 20th time. Each time, I find new stuff which I missed previously)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #917 on: January 31, 2017, 02:16:59 PM »
ENDER'S GAME

One of my favorites.

If you like military sci-fi, I would suggest these
  • Starship Troopers : Heinlien (the movie was awful, book is awesome)
  • Old Mans War : John Scalzi
  • Startide Rising: David Brin (this one is complex, I am re-reading this about the 20th time. Each time, I find new stuff which I missed previously)

starship troopers was great. i haven't read the other two. i'll check them out.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #918 on: January 31, 2017, 02:23:19 PM »
Just finished _Six Wakes_ by Mur Lafferty.

A murder mystery set on a space ship crewed by 6 clones who just woke up and discovered they had all just been murdered. 

SF mysteries are often tough because of the competing genre expectations, but I think Lafferty does a really good job here.  And the ramifications of there being clones and clone technology in the world was well thought out and added to characterization. 

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #919 on: January 31, 2017, 02:53:58 PM »
i also just finished 'the physician' by noah gordon. i think it's the first in a series.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #920 on: February 03, 2017, 03:58:36 PM »
Redshirts by John Scalzi. Hilarious book. Set on a starship it echoes Star Trek and is a spoof of the show and others like it.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #921 on: February 03, 2017, 08:29:42 PM »
The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes. At nearly 800 pages, this one should take me a bit to get through. Very interesting though, so far, although I'm only 50 pages on.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #922 on: February 04, 2017, 12:50:55 PM »
Moominvalley in November. Read the other Moomin books first, and maybe read To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf before reading this one.  One of my favorite books for children, and it holds up for adult reading.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #923 on: March 23, 2017, 10:21:58 AM »
I'm in the middle of reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

It's a cross-disciplinary examination of who we (that is, the planet's single remaining human species) are and how we came to be.  It's filled with fascinating insights and has a strong mustachian undercurrent.  One recurring theme is that humankind's perpetual search for an easier (and better) life paradoxically often unwittingly resulted in a more difficult (and worse) life.  The author argues that the same "luxury trap" that causes most members of our current generation to succumb to false promises of a better life by jumping on (and staying on) the consumerist treadmill also operated as a force of change that shaped the history of our species in dramatic ways (such as humankind's shift from foraging to agriculture, a Faustian bargain in which members of our species sacrificed health, leisure and security for perceived benefits that in fact never arrived).

Many of these ideas are not new, but the author, using a fresh perspective, ties them together in novel (and often provocative) ways.

Just finished reading the sequel to this book, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.  The author uses the same big picture, cross-disciplinary approach with which he examined our species' history in the first book to now predict where we might be heading in the future.  Once again, I detected a strong mustachian undercurrent.  In fact, the entire enterprise can be thought of as a broadening of the scope of mustachianism (which, at its heart, is about improvement through conscious, deliberate choice) from the individual level to the species level -- as the author says in the book's final pages:

Quote from: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
This book traces the origins of our present-day conditioning in order to loosen its grip and enable us to think in far more imaginative ways about our future.  Instead of narrowing our horizons by forecasting a single definitive scenario, the book aims to broaden our horizons and make us aware of a much wider spectrum of options.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #924 on: March 26, 2017, 07:40:22 PM »
Citizens:  A Chronicle of the French Revolution

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #925 on: March 26, 2017, 07:54:49 PM »
Found this today

http://compellingsciencefiction.com/

There are five editions with five stories each (all free)

Just finished the last one, very very good. If you like sci-fi, cannot beat this price!!!

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #926 on: March 28, 2017, 05:07:10 PM »
One American Robin by e.a. mann

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #927 on: March 28, 2017, 08:06:34 PM »
One American Robin by e.a. mann

Great book. I read it here when he posted about the free download.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #928 on: March 28, 2017, 09:49:32 PM »
Forever Odd by Dean Koontz

If you like suspense with a twist of quirkiness, I would recommend the Odd Thomas series.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #929 on: March 30, 2017, 02:57:45 PM »
I recently finished reading The Overtaxed Investor by Phil Demuth. I thought it was really good. His idea about ideally having a no dividend index fund really struck a note with me since it's one of the tax drags of my portfolio that it currently spits out dividends during my high income earning years (when I have no such need for the dividends) and I have to pay taxes on those dividends (which I might not have to pay if I retire early).

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« Reply #930 on: April 01, 2017, 06:35:41 AM »
One American Robin by e.a. mann

Great book. I read it here when he posted about the free download.

Good so far - I'm about​ quarter through.  And yes, I also got it from here when posted.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #931 on: April 01, 2017, 06:46:32 AM »
One American Robin by e.a. mann

Great book. I read it here when he posted about the free download.

Good so far - I'm about​ quarter through.  And yes, I also got it from here when posted.

What I found interesting was that the author is male but he very successfully had a female protagonist.

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« Reply #932 on: April 01, 2017, 07:23:28 AM »
"The Moonlight Palace" by Liz Rosenberg. 1920s Singapore, poverty, last sultan, and bravery. I am much enjoying it.

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« Reply #933 on: April 02, 2017, 09:59:41 AM »
One American Robin by e.a. mann

Great book. I read it here when he posted about the free download.

Good so far - I'm about​ quarter through.  And yes, I also got it from here when posted.

What I found interesting was that the author is male but he very successfully had a female protagonist.

No shit... I didn't know that. Now I feel like such an ass lol.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #934 on: April 03, 2017, 09:21:33 AM »
I just finished reading One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey, a short story compiled by Sam Keith from the journals/photographs of Richard Proenneke. Even if you aren't into the outdoors (and if you aren't you should work on it), you have to admit that Dick Proenneke understood the pillars of Mustachianism years before the internet, MMM, or the like (his cabin was built in ~1968):

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Funny thing about comfort- one man's comfort is another man's misery. Most people don't work hard enough physically anymore, and comfort is not easy to find. It is surprising how comfortable a hard bunk can be after you come down off a mountain."

Additionally, the man was a virtuoso with woodworking, and to this day his hand-crafted wood cabin, furniture, and tools remain preserved as a testament to fine craftsmanship. Virtually tour his cabin at https://www.nps.gov/lacl/learn/historyculture/proenneke-cabin-virtual-tour.htm

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #935 on: April 03, 2017, 09:57:42 AM »
I just finished reading One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey, a short story compiled by Sam Keith from the journals/photographs of Richard Proenneke. Even if you aren't into the outdoors (and if you aren't you should work on it), you have to admit that Dick Proenneke understood the pillars of Mustachianism years before the internet, MMM, or the like (his cabin was built in ~1968):

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"Needs? I guess that is what bothers so many folks. They keep expanding their needs until they are dependent on too many things and too many other people. I don't understand economics, and I suppose the country would be in a real mess if people suddenly cut out a lot of things they don't need. I wonder how many things in the average American home could be eliminated if the question were asked, ""Must I really have this?"" I guess most of the extras are chalked up to comfort or saving time.

Funny thing about comfort- one man's comfort is another man's misery. Most people don't work hard enough physically anymore, and comfort is not easy to find. It is surprising how comfortable a hard bunk can be after you come down off a mountain."

Additionally, the man was a virtuoso with woodworking, and to this day his hand-crafted wood cabin, furniture, and tools remain preserved as a testament to fine craftsmanship. Virtually tour his cabin at https://www.nps.gov/lacl/learn/historyculture/proenneke-cabin-virtual-tour.htm

I'll have to see if the library has the book, I've only seen the PBS series on it. I always watch it whenever it comes on, so amazing what he built by himself. I agree, he's like the original MMM. :-)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #936 on: April 03, 2017, 02:11:35 PM »
^^^ Regarding previous posts.

There's a Spanish saying that goes, "Para dormir lo que hace falta es cansancio." Which loosely translated to English reads, "To sleep, all you need is to be tired."

My father always used this saying, remembering how as a young teen, he would work on the sugar cane fields and after 10hrs. of cutting down sugar canes, all he needed was a hot plate of food and a floor. No need for a comfortable bed or anything like that to go to sleep.  He told me many times that if I ever had trouble going to sleep, it was a sign I hadn't worked enough that day.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #937 on: April 03, 2017, 02:14:00 PM »
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.

In many ways this is like reading a poetry version of Walden.  Clearly both authors read and were influenced by the Stoics. 

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« Reply #938 on: April 03, 2017, 09:03:13 PM »
^^^ Regarding previous posts.

There's a Spanish saying that goes, "Para dormir lo que hace falta es cansancio." Which loosely translated to English reads, "To sleep, all you need is to be tired."

My father always used this saying, remembering how as a young teen, he would work on the sugar cane fields and after 10hrs. of cutting down sugar canes, all he needed was a hot plate of food and a floor. No need for a comfortable bed or anything like that to go to sleep.  He told me many times that if I ever had trouble going to sleep, it was a sign I hadn't worked enough that day.

Awesome story and I believe the sentiment behind it.

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« Reply #939 on: April 06, 2017, 03:19:47 PM »
I just finished reading 'Silence' by Shusaku Endo. It's about the Japanese persecution of Christians during the sixteen hundreds. Thought provoking book.

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« Reply #940 on: April 06, 2017, 09:22:44 PM »
I'm on a roll, and just finished reading another book.

The Emporer's Soul by Brandon Sanderson.
I typically like to switch between fiction and non-fiction books when reading, and this was a quick fantasy novella that I very much enjoyed. I also liked that it was not part of a series, as I feel there are 100s of fantasy/Sci-fi book series out there and I just wanted one read.

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« Reply #941 on: April 06, 2017, 10:53:08 PM »
My reading list is a bit different because I read online books on a mobile app called as "Wattpad". So my books will be new to you, but they are awesome. Currently I am reading Dark and the other book is The Boy I Admire From Afar.

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« Reply #942 on: April 21, 2017, 01:29:03 PM »
Food is Your Best Medicine, by Dr. Henry Bieler. Wow. Book is pretty old, but still, wow. He's famous for his Bieler Broth of zucchini, string beans, and celery.

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« Reply #943 on: April 21, 2017, 01:42:14 PM »
Found this today

http://compellingsciencefiction.com/

There are five editions with five stories each (all free)

Just finished the last one, very very good. If you like sci-fi, cannot beat this price!!!

The sixth edition is out. Very good. Hard core sci-fi.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #944 on: April 21, 2017, 02:14:49 PM »
I'm on a roll, and just finished reading another book.

The Emporer's Soul by Brandon Sanderson.
I typically like to switch between fiction and non-fiction books when reading, and this was a quick fantasy novella that I very much enjoyed. I also liked that it was not part of a series, as I feel there are 100s of fantasy/Sci-fi book series out there and I just wanted one read.

"The Emporer's Soul" is part of the "Cosmere", which is the universe in which many of his other books takes place.  It's also located on the same planet as the book "Elantris", which is my personal favorite of his. 

I recommend reading every Sanderson book you can get your hands on! I believe I've now read everything he's published, except for his young fiction series "Alcatraz".

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I just recently finished "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi.  It's an autobiography written by an amazing man, in his final year of life, after being diagnosed with cancer.  He had an MS in English Lit, and a Doctor of Neurosurgery.  Definitely a unique perspective on the meaning of life.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #945 on: May 15, 2017, 03:41:15 PM »
Now I'm reading It usually begins with Ayn Rand, by Jerome Tuccille. So far it has been an enjoyable background and history into the Libertarian party.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #946 on: May 17, 2017, 06:41:19 PM »
The Tower of Basel, it is about the Bank of International Settlements. So far an excellent read.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #947 on: May 18, 2017, 10:21:30 AM »
"Genghis: Lord of the Bow" It's about the Khan of Khans. From the library.

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« Reply #948 on: May 18, 2017, 07:17:03 PM »
"Genghis: Lord of the Bow" It's about the Khan of Khans. From the library.

Let me know how this one is- I'd love to read a good book on Genghis Khan

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« Reply #949 on: May 19, 2017, 08:50:07 AM »
"Genghis: Lord of the Bow" It's about the Khan of Khans. From the library.

Let me know how this one is- I'd love to read a good book on Genghis Khan

It's the second in a series. The first one was also at the library, although I was foolish and supported my local bookstore. Whomp whomp. My financial misadventures aside, it's a good series! There are some parts of  the first book that made me roll my eyes, but it was pretty good overall, and I'm enjoying the second even more. Definitely worth checking out.