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« Reply #3601 on: November 19, 2013, 03:03:26 PM »



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« Reply #3602 on: November 22, 2013, 09:07:27 PM »

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« Reply #3603 on: November 23, 2013, 08:18:36 PM »

This today:


And then this in the next week:
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« Reply #3604 on: November 23, 2013, 08:25:45 PM »



I was sad when I googled it and said that it wasn't related somehow to Camus.  Tongue   Can you give a blurb of your thoughts when you're done though? The reviews at Amazon had my attention, but...
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« Reply #3605 on: November 23, 2013, 10:43:59 PM »

Just Don't Fall by Josh Sundquist. Its a biography/memoir? about how he got cancer at nine years old and had to have his leg cut off. It's a pretty interesting and non-boring book in my opinion, though I have to admit that I haven't finished reading it myself. It even has some humour in it.
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« Reply #3606 on: November 25, 2013, 12:02:26 PM »

Found this on the hospital's secondhand shelf, of all places:



Totally not what I'd normally pick up, and still it sucked me right in. I predict a couple of late nights, until I finish it.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Morville-Hours-Story-Garden/dp/B00CC6NETO/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_har?ie=UTF8&qid=1385395909&sr=8-1&keywords=the+morville+hours
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« Reply #3607 on: November 25, 2013, 12:02:57 PM »

I'd like to read through The Hobbit again before the next movie comes out.
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« Reply #3608 on: November 25, 2013, 02:00:12 PM »

Found this on the hospital's secondhand shelf, of all places:



Totally not what I'd normally pick up, and still it sucked me right in. I predict a couple of late nights, until I finish it.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Morville-Hours-Story-Garden/dp/B00CC6NETO/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_har?ie=UTF8&qid=1385395909&sr=8-1&keywords=the+morville+hours

That looks good! There's a show I like to catch, I forget the name but it has flyover footage of English garden parks. It's beautiful!
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« Reply #3610 on: November 26, 2013, 11:59:45 PM »

The War that Ended Peace : the Road to 1914 / Margaret McMillan
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« Reply #3611 on: November 27, 2013, 02:14:11 AM »



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« Reply #3612 on: November 27, 2013, 02:15:28 PM »

The screwtape letters and Shadow of the giant, both good books but Orson scott card's weird obsession with making his female characters desperately wanting their man's baby is a bit uncomfortable. That and the constant repetitious speeches and lines of dialogue to the point where I have to say "I get it can we move on."

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« Reply #3613 on: November 27, 2013, 07:06:09 PM »

Other than the stuff for school, for pleasure last night I began reading the Harry Potter series again. I always liked the books myself and they are very well written in every way. Just the way in which they are written shows the work of a genius novelist and the imagination of Rowling is amazing. I think all this has been said by the critics but reading the first five chapter of the books for the first time since high school they I was just taken aback by her genius as a writer. She really is in line with Dahl and even Dickens if that does not sound ridiculous. I am not saying her books are anything to the novels of Charles Dickens, but her wit and genius in general is. It made me want to read some Dahl again. Really, whatever some Christians may think of the ethics of the whole Harry Potter thing I was really glad to start reading this for pleasure. The genius with which she created the characters and places, giving them names the fit their character like Dickens often did in his novels. Yeah, so Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

 
Orson scott card's weird obsession with making his female characters desperately wanting their man's baby is a bit uncomfortable. That and the constant repetitious speeches and lines of dialogue to the point where I have to say "I get it can we move on."



Yeah, Orson Scott Card...I need to finish reading Ender's Game since it's out in theatres now I believe. I only read part of it a couple years ago. I don't know about Card's pathological obsessions, but maybe it's because he's a Mormon.... Wink
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« Reply #3615 on: November 27, 2013, 09:31:19 PM »

Anthony Horowitz's Snakehead from the Alex Rider series. I have a thing for spy books, so...
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« Reply #3616 on: November 27, 2013, 10:26:55 PM »

In a similar vein to Asteriktos' recent read:



The Archaeology of Weapons: Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry by R. Ewart Oakeshott (I've been on an Oakeshott kick recently for my pleasure reading.
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« Reply #3617 on: November 27, 2013, 10:40:13 PM »

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« Reply #3618 on: November 28, 2013, 02:00:11 AM »

Other than the stuff for school, for pleasure last night I began reading the Harry Potter series again. I always liked the books myself and they are very well written in every way. Just the way in which they are written shows the work of a genius novelist and the imagination of Rowling is amazing. I think all this has been said by the critics but reading the first five chapter of the books for the first time since high school they I was just taken aback by her genius as a writer. She really is in line with Dahl and even Dickens if that does not sound ridiculous. I am not saying her books are anything to the novels of Charles Dickens, but her wit and genius in general is. It made me want to read some Dahl again. Really, whatever some Christians may think of the ethics of the whole Harry Potter thing I was really glad to start reading this for pleasure. The genius with which she created the characters and places, giving them names the fit their character like Dickens often did in his novels. Yeah, so Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

 
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Ender's game and speaker for the dead are his best books that I've read so far. Theres not a moment in Ender's game that I found boring.
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« Reply #3619 on: December 01, 2013, 02:10:55 AM »

The Ministry of Women in the Church, by Elisabeth Behr-Sigel
Women and the Priesthood, by Fr. Thomas Hopko (ed.)

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« Reply #3620 on: December 01, 2013, 07:51:16 PM »

Just finished the second Harry Potter book last night about 3 A.M. Started it early Black Friday morning when I could not sleep and finished it in two days. The books really are addicting. I read the first three in high school years, but never finished the series.
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« Reply #3621 on: December 01, 2013, 08:31:15 PM »

Just finished the second Harry Potter book last night about 3 A.M. Started it early Black Friday morning when I could not sleep and finished it in two days. The books really are addicting. I read the first three in high school years, but never finished the series.

The only book I ever fell asleep reading in defiance of all physiological explanation. On page 7 at that.
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« Reply #3622 on: December 01, 2013, 09:41:53 PM »

Just finished the second Harry Potter book last night about 3 A.M. Started it early Black Friday morning when I could not sleep and finished it in two days. The books really are addicting. I read the first three in high school years, but never finished the series.

The only book I ever fell asleep reading in defiance of all physiological explanation. On page 7 at that.

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because this fool dared to question Rowling's might!
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« Reply #3623 on: December 04, 2013, 12:20:15 PM »

My woman likes him and so I wanted to know what he was all about.

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« Reply #3624 on: December 04, 2013, 12:26:11 PM »

The Soul of the American University: From Protestant Establishment to Established Nonbelief

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« Reply #3625 on: December 04, 2013, 05:54:49 PM »



Deadliest Warrior: Spartan hoplite vs. Qin Cavalry

Would have been a better match-up than the actual Spartan vs Ninja.

Ugh, that show, though Viet Cong vs Waffen-SS gave us some interesting Flames of War ideas.

Personally, if I would have made an episode it would have been Sumerian Charioteer vs German Panzergrenadier.  Certainly would not have been the wackiest...


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« Reply #3626 on: December 05, 2013, 04:55:08 AM »

I love the work of Fr. John McGuckin, and this looks interesting, but it's a tiny bit more than I'd like to pay...





Anyone want to buy it for me? Shiny? Or even if you wanted to buy it for yourself and you just lent it to me for a year, that'd work as well!  Tongue
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« Reply #3627 on: December 05, 2013, 05:35:02 AM »

Deadliest Warrior: Spartan hoplite vs. Qin Cavalry

The Spartans weren't as good as they have been portrayed for the last 350 years.
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« Reply #3628 on: December 09, 2013, 07:55:54 PM »

The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy.

A quick review when you are finished? Yeah, neah, that type of thing.

As an introduction to the field it was pretty good. Some of the chapters were totally uber. Others managed to nearly drown me in a sea of inane historical details without actually discussing philosophy. I am OK though, as always.
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« Reply #3629 on: December 09, 2013, 08:14:38 PM »

The Knight in the Panther's Skin by Shota Rustaveli
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« Reply #3631 on: December 10, 2013, 10:36:59 AM »

Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: Exploring Belief Systems through the Lens of the Ancient Christian Faith, by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick

I was a bit leery about this title, but it is well-written, informative, and interesting to me right now. No offense to Catholics, but reading this book has confirmed that it is Orthodoxy or bust for me!
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« Reply #3632 on: December 10, 2013, 02:20:25 PM »


I didn't have a chance to go through all the articles, but weren't most of those Peloponnesian War or that one vs Epimasomething and the Thebans?  I think most of their reputation comes from the earlier period.  (And my professor always told us that most of the Spartans advantage was their reputation.) 
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« Reply #3633 on: December 10, 2013, 03:44:47 PM »

Well, Sparta did end up winning the Peloponnesian War.
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« Reply #3634 on: December 10, 2013, 05:51:35 PM »

Well, Sparta did end up winning the Peloponnesian War.
Militarily they won, but their culture was destroyed during the occupation.  (Note, it was them doing the occupying...)
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« Reply #3635 on: December 11, 2013, 01:45:09 PM »

The Harvard Classics, Vol. 2

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- The Golden Sayings of Epictetus
- The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
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« Reply #3636 on: December 11, 2013, 02:38:44 PM »

The Harvard Classics, Vol. 2

- The Apology, Phaedo and Crito of Plato
- The Golden Sayings of Epictetus
- The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius


Save yourself the trouble.
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« Reply #3637 on: December 11, 2013, 05:23:24 PM »

The Harvard Classics, Vol. 2

- The Apology, Phaedo and Crito of Plato
- The Golden Sayings of Epictetus
- The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius


Save yourself the trouble.

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« Reply #3638 on: December 12, 2013, 01:18:58 PM »

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« Reply #3639 on: December 12, 2013, 02:20:23 PM »

'Thanasis Vagias', by Aristotelis Valaoritis. I had forgotten why it's one of my favourite poems - almost too powerful for its own good.
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« Reply #3641 on: December 13, 2013, 03:08:35 PM »

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2013/dec/19/rome-sex-freedom/
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« Reply #3642 on: December 13, 2013, 03:10:44 PM »



I'm kind of tired of seeing Lao-Tzu trotted out as some beacon of Chinese philosophy when Chuang Tzu is so much better and more interesting.
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« Reply #3643 on: December 13, 2013, 03:33:20 PM »

I'm kind of tired of seeing Lao-Tzu trotted out as some beacon of Chinese philosophy when Chuang Tzu is so much better and more interesting.

If it makes you feel any better (I'm not sure why it would, but...) I doubt anyone is finding a ton of insights in this book, so it wouldn't really matter anyway. It sort of reads like a wiki article in a more conversational style. I enjoyed the last book of this type that I read (Interpretations of Life by Will Durant), but I doubt I'll get very far in this one.
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« Reply #3644 on: December 15, 2013, 07:11:38 PM »

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