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What are you reading these days?
23 April 2011
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Ok so this topic is to talk about books (it seems most of us are readers).

 

So I'm currently reading Dune by Frank Herbert. Fantastic book. I can't wait to finish it.

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
23 April 2011
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Personally, I just acquired the Letters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I haven't read it yet, but after I read this I will probably have more to say on the Lennon Letters.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
23 April 2011
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My textbooks/notebooks. Finals are coming up. The life of a college student. When I start reading more interesting books this summer I'll post back.

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24 April 2011
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I'm reading Lord of the Flies these days; second time reading it, too because I like the book very nicely!!!!! a-hard-days-night-george-10

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ONE MINUTE YOU'RE DEFENDING THE WHOLE GALAXY, AND SUDDENLY, YOU FIND YOURSELF SUCKING DOWN DARJEELING WITH MARIE ANTOINETTE AND HER LITTLE SISTER.!
24 April 2011
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I'm trying to read The Catcher In The Rye, but, I find it hard to get over the connection with John's murder paul-mccartney

24 April 2011
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I"m reading Shakespeare's sonnets right now because today is the day we celebrate his birthday. Because no one exactly knows his birthday just the day he was baptized so we use that date as his birthday. I'm enjoying them though, kind of makes me want to experiment and try and write a sonnet.

 

Ah Catcher in the Rye one of my personal favorites. Thank you mother for letting me borrow your copy to read it 2 summers ago!

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24 April 2011
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Ok so this topic is to talk about books (it seems most of us are readers).

 

So I'm currently reading Dune by Frank Herbert. Fantastic book. I can't wait to finish it.

 I read the whole Dune series! The first book is the "easiest", but the others are still fascinating, though VERY complicated at times…)

 

I've just finished "Soul music" by the fantastic Terry Pratchett!

If you haven't read any of his "Discworld"-series – make it your next book! It's not the first one, but you still get a good introduction into the series.

And, as the title suggests, it's about music, but not any music, but "Music With Rocks In"! A young bard Imp Y Celyn (the latter meaning "bush of holly"!) comes to Ankh-Morpork (the biggest city in discworld) and discovers a special guitar… Together with a dwarf and a troll (who names himself Cliff!) he forms The Band With Rocks In – and create a fever for music, guitars, leather, black and silver etc. among the people! And of course there's the hopeful but hopeless band looking for the perfect name for their band, changing it every few hours (The Whom, &U…), and lot's of song name parodys. AND there's another story-line about Death taking some time off – AGAIN! And his granddaughter (!) Susan has to fill the gap.

Believe me, it's a very funny read, especially for any musician who know's just a LITTLE bit about Rock'n Roll.

 

For those who don't know ANYTHING at all about Discworld: It's a satirical Fantasy-parody, with wizards, dwarfs, trolls, vampires, golems etc. This world is a disc, standing on the back of four elephants, standing on the back of a huge turtle! Many people say Pratchett's style is similar to Douglas Adams, but Pratchett is a LOT sharper and funnier, imo.

Regular characters are

Death (speaks only in capitals and develops more and more personality while the series continue)

Rincewind (the worst wizard ever)

Cohen the barbarian (the oldest barbarian – which means he's the BEST!)

Sam Vimes (commander of the city watch, my favourite character!!!!!)

Captain Carrot (he's an adopted dwarf, more than 6ft big, strong as a troll and so honest and nice that he makes the worst people doing their best in his presence)

Nobby Nobbs and Sergeant Colon (two other (in)famous) members of the watch, Nobby having a certificate that he's indeed human!)

Granny Weatherwax (the greatest witch)

The Patrician (Named Havelock Vetinari, trained Assasin, believer in a very democratic system: One Man, One Vote. He's The Man, so he's got The Vote…)

 

In each book the story will concentrate either on Rincewind (the most regular character in the first half of the series) or Sam Vimes (most important in the second half) or Granny Weatherwax and the witches or some other character with many of the others popping up here and there.

What I like about Pratchett is his humour and fantasy, creating fascinating stories and good laughs every two sentences.

But I LOVE him because with all the humour he still carries a strong message of humanity and how the powerful in ANY world will use others for their goals and how stupid humans sometimes are, letting themselves being used when promised something etc. etc.

The more the series continues, Pratchett's tone get's darker and even more thoughtful – but without giving up the good laughs!

 

My favourite books:

Nightwatch

Soul music

Interesting times

The fifth elephant

Carpe Jugulum

 

but most of the others are totally brilliant as well (The last continent being the only one I don't like that much).

 

I hope I was able to get some of you hooked – you won't regret it!! The only problem could be, that you'll need another bookshelf just for Pratchett pretty soon…

Enjoy!

24 April 2011
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I though Terry Pratchett was a woman. Ohh, well.

 

I'm reading "Ways of reading" from Martin Montgomery etc ( for exams). It's quite interesting actually, but practices are super boring.

 

I'd like to read Potter books in English, but they are always borrowed.

24 April 2011
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minime said:

I though Terry Pratchett was a woman. Ohh, well.

 

No, that's Terry Hatcher!  brian-epstein

24 April 2011
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That book you recommend sounds quite interesting. Alas, I have a huge pile of books to read and I've told myself not to buy a new book until I finish them all. But I'm going to break that vow (anyway I never keep it) because I'm traveling to Mexico City in 3 weeks and a dear friend is taking me to a bookstore. (yay!) and everytime I enter into one I listen to this a-hard-days-night-john-2

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
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Oh yes, the U2 concert! Have fun!

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
24 April 2011
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Yes. I have my plane tickets and my hotel reservation.. yay!! heart

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
24 April 2011
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I'm reading The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud. It's pretty unbelievable how he was able to get so much insight out of seemingly insignificant aspects of his own and his patients dreams.

At work I'm reading On the Road by Jack Kerouac for the fifth or so time.

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24 April 2011
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Have fun with Dr. Freud. I like the "dream interpretation" stuff, but I think the whole "penis envy" thing was a load of crap. 

I'm reading All Quiet on the Western Front for English.

For fun I'm reading Les Misérables and re-reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. 

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

24 April 2011
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GniknuS said:

I'm reading The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud. It's pretty unbelievable how he was able to get so much insight out of seemingly insignificant aspects of his own and his patients dreams.

At work I'm reading On the Road by Jack Kerouac for the fifth or so time.

For Humanities/English class, we had to read his Introduction to Psychoanalysis. I can't tell you how many times I really wanted to chuck the book out the window with some of his theories and observations. I just found it quite strange how anything you dream of was some how related to one's sexual desires and deprivation. I understood the whole subconscious thing, but I felt some of his theories were quite there even for his time period.

I also plan on reading On the Road this summer as well as Perks of Being a Wallflower. But finals first paul-mccartney

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24 April 2011
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I see what you guys are saying, but you also have to consider what was accepted before Freud. Dreams were thought to be sent from the gods as prior warnings or dreams were thought to be completely brought about from outside sources, an example would be your foot not being covered by a blanket so you have a dream about being cold. So I think Freud progressed things quite a bit, although dreams are still largely unexplainable but they can, as Freud observed, unlock certain elements of your life if they are manipulated correctly.

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25 April 2011
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MeanMrsMustard said:

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Have fun with Dr. Freud. I like the "dream interpretation" stuff, but I think the whole "penis envy" thing was a load of crap. 

I'm reading All Quiet on the Western Front for English.

For fun I'm reading Les Misérables and re-reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. 

 

 

I've been trying to read that one for a while because I love the musical so much but I'm still only on where he's talking about the bishop. But thankfully I think Jean Valjean should enter soon. Which should make the book much more interesting.

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25 April 2011
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I read Les Miserables when I was 10… I don't remember much. I loved Notre-Dame de Paris. Les Miserables is on my read-again books list.

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
25 April 2011
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Here, There, and Everywhere by Geoff Emerick and Bossypants by Tina Fey (it's incredibly funny and almost impossible to put down!).

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25 April 2011
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Ph.D. said:

I'm trying to read The Catcher In The Rye, but, I find it hard to get over the connection with John's murder paul-mccartney

There's a boy in my class that was born on December eighth :^/ But I think the only reason why it's connected was because it was found in both Chapman and the man who "killed" JFK's rooms.

I'm reading A Tale of Two Cities at the moment.

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