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Now Reading... posted 08 October 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by carlsefni, Peralogue

Quote: "Cnaiür":3txiflzz
I recommend you read the entire book. Its only 200 pages.[/quote:3txiflzz]
I think its in a box in the basement, but we should be excavating those in about a month when we finally move into the new house (which I then only need to somehow keep up the mortgage payments during these trying times when international finance has been tipped into the leaf shredder! <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> )

Quote: &quot;Cnaiür&quot;:3txiflzz
The only difference between us and this lawyer-turned-monk is he has all the money he needs to live his life in utter peace and travel anywhere he wishes, meanwhile, I'm scraping for change just to get bread crumbs on the table, let alone enough change for a trip into the city. <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: -->[/quote:3txiflzz]
Heh, there's a point to be made here, if only I could put my finger on it.

Perhaps self-help books -- even good ones -- tend to be written by those who truly suffer some sort of spiritual turmoil or lack and then find a solution or way to overcome the difficulty -- and then have enough money to sit around writing a book about it! And perhaps its easy to point to concern for material things as a source of spiritual distraction if one is, well, already awash in material things! Alas then for my potential career as a self-help writer, doomed from conception by my lack of spiritual crisis or an embarrassing surfeit of material riches! Clearly I have erred by not obsessing with superficial materialism early on so that I could enjoy a later spiritual awakening in comfort .... <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->

I'm not sure what I would do with a Ferrari besides sell it actually! Where I am, the traffic is so bad that you couldn't possibly drive it fast, and even if I got out of the city the roads would be so bad and so wobbly that I would either destroy the car on rough surfaces or go zooming to my doom off some Grand-Canyon-like cliff. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> I could use the cash though. <!-- s:mrgreen: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":mrgreen:" title="Mr. Green" /><!-- s:mrgreen: -->

Still, I'll have to ensure I've read the book when I dig it out. Can't hurt! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Now Reading... posted 12 October 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cnaiür, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;carlsefni&quot;:25rp205t

Perhaps self-help books -- even good ones -- tend to be written by those who truly suffer some sort of spiritual turmoil or lack and then find a solution or way to overcome the difficulty -- and then have enough money to sit around writing a book about it!
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It doesn't sound like the author suffered any setbacks in his life, he just got into the groove. Unless he was bullied and beat up throughout high school. <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P --> The lawyer-turned-monk is just a character the author created to drive the wisdom and techniques home. It works extremely well.

Quote: &quot;carlsefni&quot;:25rp205t

Clearly I have erred by not obsessing with superficial materialism early on so that I could enjoy a later spiritual awakening in comfort .... <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->
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You're a couple of steps ahead of most people. Personally, I stand far from the fence of superficiality and materialism (but I love my book collection! <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->) I don't know if I'm suffering from spiritual turmoil, but contemplating the wisdom and trying out some techniques has uplifted my life in ways, in certain areas. I think I just had a few too many negative thoughts theories and ideas streamlining the frontal lobe of my brain which has kept me down like a beaten dog. The technique Opposition Thinking is the one I've been mainly using: whenever a negative thought enters my brain I immediately replace it with a positive thought. Then I improve that positive thought with an even better thought. Such a simple technique is working wonders for me. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> Bottom line, its not really a self-help book. Its more of a be-the-best-you-can-be type of book.


Anyhow...




I've read this one recently. I had to lift the three-year-long ban on Chuck for this one and surprisingly, it was worth it. Not the most positive of books, but it was funny and entertaining, and had me thinking for some time about a couple of its crazy ideas. If anyone reads this or has read this one I wish to direct your attention to the last 3 entries in Chapter 41. Chuck himself is sending a very clear message to you the reader. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->



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PKD is still vibing with me, so I pulled this one from my bookshelf, and will teleport into it real soon. Oh yeah! <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->



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Now Reading... posted 13 October 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cironian, Peralogue

A ways into 'Otherland' (Tad Williams). Getting more interesting as the book goes along. Some of the subplots have yet to be relevant, but I have suspicions about connections. What I love about this book now, though, is the originality of the description of the world. It's a sci-fi, but instead of hovercars, indentical jumpsuits, and chrome EVERYTHING one is used to in the standard book of this genre, it describes the world in a much more seemingly realisitc way, with lower class slums, occaisional bombings, and insane high-security suburb fence communties. Was particularly blown away by the new ideas of slums and shantytowns, and there are some brilliant opposing perspectives that contrast and spawn thought about what life is really like at a time far into the future. view post


Now Reading... posted 13 October 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by carlsefni, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Cironian&quot;:2gpjmucd
A ways into 'Otherland' (Tad Williams) .... it describes the world in a much more seemingly realisitc way, with lower class slums, occaisional bombings, and insane high-security suburb fence communties. Was particularly blown away by the new ideas of slums and shantytowns, and there are some brilliant opposing perspectives that contrast and spawn thought about what life is really like at a time far into the future.[/quote:2gpjmucd]
Sounds interesting -- and all too much like the present, where I live! <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> (OK, in fairness, bombings are way down these days. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->) Anyhow. seems like another definite title for my (ever-growing) &quot;someday&quot; list ..... view post


Now Reading... posted 26 October 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cnaiür, Peralogue

What a jaw-breaking yawn!


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A young Chinese male goes &quot;moon fishing&quot; somewhere in China, gets bit by something, goes back to his village, and ever since, all out global depopulation via zombie infestation and invasion. In the end, less than 10% of Earth's population remain and most of the zombies are destroyed. Yay. I feel ashamed and embarrassed to admit I read this book from beginning to end. <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: --> view post


Now Reading... posted 31 October 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cnaiür, Peralogue

Now reading this one, by the author that wrote The Prestige which was made into an extraordinary movie starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Michael Caine. This one though is a plain and simple read, but the world its set in is a bizarre, logic-defying one. Only halfway through it.



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Now Reading... posted 05 November 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cnaiür, Peralogue

Now reading Isle of the Dead. Humourous and witty sci-fi that knows no bounds. Reminiscent of a psychedelic vision quest. I joyfully laugh and trip out. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->






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Now Reading... posted 07 November 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Mats, Candidate

Finished Neuropath a while ago (thanks for depressing me the fuck out! <!-- s:x --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mad.gif" alt=":x" title="Mad" /><!-- s:x --> ), which was quickly followed by Cormac McCarthy's The Road (which certainly didn't help).

Two excellent books in their own right. I especially appreciated how McCarthy utilized this broken, stale prose as a metaphor for a broken, burnt world. A master at his craft, indeed. view post


Now Reading... posted 29 November 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cnaiür, Peralogue

I picked up these two from a used bookstore for a few bucks, and they were both a laughing pleasure to read. I highly recommend both of them.




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Lord of Light was a comical satire starring the Hindu pantheon where one of them decides to rebel against the other gods and creates the Buddhism religion/philosophy to oppose their Hindu religion. Zelazny does a great job, and its no wonder the novel won an award.











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The Big U was a hilarious and outlandish university campus satire, and in true Neal Stephenson style, the story reaches the point of all out war. The scene of S.S. Krupp's speech on autonomy and the following question/answer period had me laughing to the point of tears. Neal Stephenson is a one of a kind. He's brilliant. One of my top favourite authors. view post


Now Reading... posted 29 November 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cnaiür, Peralogue

Can it be?... no... really?.... i don't believe it... are you serious?... you're pulling my leg... really?... you're joking.... no way.... really?? well, its about time!!!









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Yes, it's that time. view post


Now Reading... posted 16 January 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Isûphiryas, Candidate

hmmmm Cnaiür....looks rather familiar to something protruding from my minute cubical bookshelf on my living room wall... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

....though that is not what I am reading at the moment.... <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

presently reading a multitude of books at various different stages in each...

The Hobbit, The Darkness That Comes Before, Lonely Planet - Finland, Lonely Planet - Romania, Lonely Planet - Germany and Dragonlance Legends - Test of the Twins... view post


Now Reading... posted 16 January 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by carlsefni, Peralogue

I'm still waiting to have enough spare cash to order The Thousandfold Thought -- and various other things. Alas, I never seem more than one stumbling step ahead the onrushing economic crisis (and the voracious demands of a new house!). So, for the moment, I'm re-reading Tom Shippey's JRR Tolkien: Author of the Century. Good stuff, tackling generally different themes than Shippey's (also excellent, if now somewhat ancient) The Road to Middle-earth.

I had also been re-reading Peter Hopkirk's excellent history of Anglo-Russian skullduggery and adventure in 19th-century Central Asia, The Great Game -- but it was so excellent that I had to lend it to a friend who likewise enjoys such corners of history. (Though it left me with a strange desire to write Swords &amp; Sorcery stories set in a hybrid Central Asian/South American style setting1 <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: -->) view post


Now Reading... posted 18 January 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Curethan, Didact

The Judging Eye, I think I may well read it again straight after. view post


Now Reading... posted 18 January 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cnaiür, Peralogue

Isûphiryas... you almost sound like me, splayed out in the middle of several books, and series. Like attending a buffet and filling up a large dinner plate with everything and only eating bits of each, not quite finishing it all. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

I'm in the middle of The Lies of Locke Lamara (a great read, much better than I expected), Just After Sunset (latest Stephen King. I only ever read his short stories now, because those are the only ones that end well), Picoverse (Hard science fiction. Metzger's award-winning first novel. His second novel, Cusp, was mind-blowing. Once he improves his characterization he will be a juggernaut force to reckon with), Myths From Mesopatamia (truly, there's nothing better than the real stories of humanity's past), and... <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: --> The Warrior Prophet -- still going. There's just something about Bakker's writing and story-telling that moves me to savour and contemplate upon everything. Like rowing a boat. Like the female body. I don't ever want it to end. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->

I'm so excited about getting The Judging Eye yet I haven't even finished reading The Warrior Prophet. But, lemme tell you, there's already a nice cozy spot on my special (elite!) bookshelf awaiting its arrival. <!-- s8) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8)" title="Cool" /><!-- s8) -->

Don't feel so bad carlsefni, there's someone lagging even more than you. <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: -->

And, Curethan, reading The Judging Eye again! <!-- s:o --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_surprised.gif" alt=":o" title="Surprised" /><!-- s:o --> Must you rub it in! <!-- s:cry: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cry.gif" alt=":cry:" title="Crying or Very sad" /><!-- s:cry: --> view post


Now Reading... posted 18 January 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Isûphiryas, Candidate

Quote: &quot;Cnaiür&quot;
Isûphiryas... you almost sound like me, splayed out in the middle of several books, and series. Like attending a buffet and filling up a large dinner plate with everything and only eating bits of each, not quite finishing it all. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

yeah <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( --> <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: --> .... view post


Now Reading... posted 19 January 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by carlsefni, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Cnaiür&quot;:3jq97w6l
I'm in the middle of The Lies of Locke Lamara (a great read, much better than I expected)[/quote:3jq97w6l]
I would echo that sentiment -- I really enjoyed that read. I have been told that the follow up (whose title I forget) is pretty much just more of the same, and so not quite as much shiny new exciting fun -- but I'll probably try to check it out some day.

Quote: &quot;Cnaiür&quot;:3jq97w6l
Don't feel so bad carlsefni, there's someone lagging even more than you. <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: --> [/quote:3jq97w6l]
For now .... <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


Now Reading... posted 20 January 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Curethan, Didact

Quote: &quot;carlsefni&quot;:m8dww55h
Quote: &quot;Cnaiür&quot;:m8dww55h
I'm in the middle of The Lies of Locke Lamara (a great read, much better than I expected)[/quote:m8dww55h]
I would echo that sentiment -- I really enjoyed that read. I have been told that the follow up (whose title I forget) is pretty much just more of the same, and so not quite as much shiny new exciting fun -- but I'll probably try to check it out some day.[/quote:m8dww55h]

Yes, and I think that Red Sails would have benifited from something different. It loses a fraction of the fun of the first in favour of more pathos. However his writing has improved in the 2nd book which is no mean feat.

I really tried to string out reading 'the judging eye' but its like a zombie's need for brains when I get my hands on prose that I enjoy... view post


Now Reading... posted 03 February 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Isûphiryas, Candidate

Finished Dragonlance Legends finally.....now onto finishing some other novels that I am currently reading plus another addition......Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje view post


Now Reading... posted 23 February 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by AJD, Candidate

Currently going through Cook's Garret Files. I love me some Cook. He sort of cleanses the palette in the world of fantasy for me. Whenever I get bored of what is out there I pick one of his many works that I have not yet read and I am never disappointed. Hopefully the manuscript for Wrath of Kings shows up and the last omnibus of the Dread Empire books can be published. After Garret I am plumb out. view post


Now Reading... posted 01 March 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Isûphiryas, Candidate

In the middle of reading the other early mentioned novels.....I just bought Dragons of the Dwarven Depths - Lost Chronicles I by Weis &amp; Hickman....polished the nearly 600 pages off in less than two weeks which I have not done since I was a teenager... <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: -->

....will have to get Lost Chronicles II soon.... view post


Now Reading... posted 10 April 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by carlsefni, Peralogue

I've just finished reading Charles Mann's 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Colombus, which is an engaging and readably journalistic summary of a lot of recent work on archaeology/anthropology in the Americas (though I think a lot of the revalations are &quot;new&quot; in the sense of &quot;probably new to the reader&quot;, as many seem to have been banging around in their respective corners of academic for a few decades, at least). Good stuff, with lots of things that I more or less had heard about (I have a friend here in Colombia who's an arch/anthro prof) but other things I hadn't encountered.

And, quite a bit to my surprise, my wife returned from a business trip in the States with (among other things) The Judging Eye (Aspect-Empreror, Book 1)! Admittedly, I still haven't read The Thousandfold Thought -- but I have a friend visiting from the UK in a few weeks and so fired off an Amazon UK order to send him a copy to bring to me. So, after a very long hiatus, I will finally be able to pick up my The Prince of Nothing progress with two books to read in a row. Ah! such sudden luxury! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

But that little feast is still a few ways off. Until then, I have a Anthony Everitt's biography Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor (another random windfall from the missus's Stateside trip) to keep me going. view post


Now Reading... posted 20 April 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cnaiür, Peralogue

I've been so busy these last 3 months that I've barely had the time to read much of anything; 20 pages here, 10 there... not really my kind of style. I prefer a good sitting of 50+ pages.

I did manage to complete reading these in the last three months:


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Excellent first book! The first 20 pages were sketchy, but the next 500 were absorbing and very entertaining. Scott shows no remorse toward his characters. I look forward to the next installment.





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Downright morbid! It taught me the lesson to never take orders from the Roman Church, even if you're a Priest or Jesuit. If you do... <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> <!-- s:cry: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cry.gif" alt=":cry:" title="Crying or Very sad" /><!-- s:cry: --> God bless you on your journey through the hells and perils of Earth.



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By far, King's best short story collection. This was my second read through it, the first 15 years ago. &quot;Gray Matter&quot; = <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->



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Not as clever, intriguing, or entertaining as Night Shift. Although, &quot;The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet&quot; was one of the best short stories I've ever read by any author.




I'm still 200 pages into The Warrior Prophet. <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: --> The same thing appears to be happening to me that TDTCB did to me... I became overwhelmed at a certain point in the book that I just had to put it down and contemplate on all I read... I completed it 5 years later. <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> With TWP, it was the beginning stages of Kellhus becoming a Jesus/Sejenus-like prophet, spreading his wisdom to all those that care to listen. If all Dunyain monks went into the world there would be hundreds of The Second Coming of Christ sightings. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> Truly, Bakker's books has incredible depth.

Anyhow... I'm not reading anything right now. I look at my bookshelf and my eyes look upon TWP and I keep thinking... I just have to read that one. I just have to. Do it. Do it! But then my guard falls and my eyeballs stray several inches to the right where my PKD collection begins...

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Now Reading... posted 30 April 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by carlsefni, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;carlsefni&quot;:3isbaehv
my wife returned from a business trip in the States with (among other things) The Judging Eye (Aspect-Empreror, Book 1)! Admittedly, I still haven't read The Thousandfold Thought -- but I have a friend visiting from the UK in a few weeks and so fired off an Amazon UK order to send him a copy to bring to me.[/quote:3isbaehv]

And this has now happened! <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> Though since I'm simultaneously playing host and holding down the day job, it's taken me several days to find a few minutes just to fight my way a few pages into the summary/recap on the previous books (which, as it has been a few years since I read Warrior-Prophet, is a necessary prerequisite!). Still, I'm off to the coast for the weekend later today and, at worst, the flight oughta provide an hour or two in which to get a bit farther! And, then, someday thereafter, there'll be the first Aspect-Emperor book to get stuck into. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Now Reading... posted 07 May 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Isûphiryas, Candidate

Sergey Lukjanenko - Labyrinth of reflections

Perusing and old file that was sent to me from a friend..... English Translation of the above book....

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Now Reading... posted 08 July 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by carlsefni, Peralogue

I made a lightening raid on the States last week and picked up The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World by David W. Anthony. I had skimmed around in the Google Books limited preview version a while back and had long wanted a copy.

Good stuff! It's quite an ambitious book and offers some bold suggestions -- and doubtless there will be archaeologists and linguists alike who look askance at some of the conclusions (there always are) -- but even so it is quite carefully argued and very thought-provoking. Anthony is principally an archaeologist, and some readers may feel overwhelmed by occasionally rather dense presentations of archaeological data, but much of it may prove attractive to the keen general reader. (Or, at least, such keen general readers who are intrigued by the doings of nomadic-stype forager &gt; pastoralist cultures on the Pontic-Caspian steppe in the late Neolithic and Bronze Age, and what such people might have been talking about, and how.)

You can easily check out the Google Books limited preview version by searching, and the publisher offers a PDF of the first chapter online: [url:3fz81qf8]http&#58;//press&#46;princeton&#46;edu/titles/8488&#46;html[/url:3fz81qf8].

The Judging Eye still waits on my shelf! view post


Now Reading... posted 21 July 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Mats, Candidate

Recently started reading Simmons' Ilium, which, halfway through, is promising to be an ultimately satisfying read, as Simmons always is. view post


Now Reading... posted 23 September 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by carlsefni, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;carlsefni&quot;:3ilgl4an
The Judging Eye still waits on my shelf![/quote:3ilgl4an]
I'm pleased to say that I'm now more than half-way through The Judging Eye. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


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