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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4590 on: June 27, 2015, 02:50:55 AM »
Still making my way through "Game of Thrones" but also picked up a few new books today at the library.

*"The Triads: The Growing Global Threat from the Chinese Criminal Societies" by Martin Booth
*"Tongs, Gangs, and Triads: Chinese Crime Groups in North America" by Peter Huston
*"Play Winning Chess" by Yasser Seirawan
*"The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence" by Josh Waitzkin
*"Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution" by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith

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« Reply #4591 on: July 02, 2015, 12:12:56 PM »
Acts and the History of Earliest Christianity, by Martin Hengel

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4592 on: July 03, 2015, 09:52:54 AM »
Father Arseny (1893-1973): Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4593 on: July 03, 2015, 10:18:23 AM »
^Good book.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4594 on: July 03, 2015, 10:29:04 AM »
Stella Cameron, "Folly"

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4595 on: July 03, 2015, 10:30:48 AM »
Robert Massie's biography of Catherine the Great
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4596 on: July 03, 2015, 10:44:42 AM »
Robert Massie's biography of Catherine the Great

I like Robert Massie.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4597 on: July 03, 2015, 11:28:08 AM »
Robert Massie's biography of Catherine the Great

I like Robert Massie.

He's a bit of a jerk but he does write good books (except his second book on the Romanovs, which was written in a hurry, and it shows)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4598 on: July 03, 2015, 01:03:46 PM »
Father Arseny (1893-1973): Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father
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Just got it, highly recommended by my son who no longer even  goes to his Protestant church!
Go figure.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4599 on: July 04, 2015, 10:03:30 AM »
Father Arseny (1893-1973): Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father

@ Gamliel and Len - I'm only up to pg. 29 and it's been a very emotional and soul-searching read for me.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4600 on: July 05, 2015, 08:27:56 PM »
Just finished "The Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers." Book III dragged on for a bit, but I finished Book IV in two days (I averaged about 100 pages a day).
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4601 on: July 08, 2015, 12:49:29 AM »
"Meditations on First Philosophy" by Rene Descartes
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4602 on: July 08, 2015, 12:52:19 AM »
Robert Massie's biography of Catherine the Great

I like Robert Massie.

He's a bit of a jerk but he does write good books (except his second book on the Romanovs, which was written in a hurry, and it shows)

You read his book on Peter the Great at all? If so what did you think?

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« Reply #4603 on: July 08, 2015, 09:53:59 PM »
Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction, by Kurt Vonnegut

Statistical Analysis with Excel, by the people who publish books 'For Dummies'

The Lustre of Our Country: The American Experience of Religious Freedom, by John T. Noonan (Catholic extraordinaire, and proof that not all lawyers are evil)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4604 on: July 08, 2015, 11:43:48 PM »
"Children of Chaos," Dave Duncan
"The Christmas Cat," Melody Carlson
"Buy a Whisker," Sophie Ryan
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4605 on: July 10, 2015, 04:08:58 AM »
The Nicene Faith part 1.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4606 on: July 10, 2015, 05:14:28 AM »
"The Machine Stops" by E.M. Forster.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4607 on: July 10, 2015, 05:39:38 AM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4608 on: July 13, 2015, 02:30:58 AM »
I am currently reading "The Junji Ito Horror Comic Collection"

The entire manga is really just a series of short horror stories. Anyone looking for something out of a horror movie would not really find much scares here. Some of the stuff such as the chapters involving an odd boy called Souichi who goes around using his supernatural powers to cause trouble can be quite funny at times.

Most of the scare factors seem to stem from the weird ideas the author uses and the endings of the story. Some ideas are just outright weird and disturbing like the story of how a girl would turn into a slug in the end(more of a snail since the girl's head becomes the shell) or how balloons with the faces of people would try to latch on to their human counterparts and hang them to death. Sometimes of course, the ideas are more fascinating rather than scary such as the story "The Town with no streets" where a mysterious structure begins to slowly take over a town and residents have to leave their doors open for people to traverse, creating a loss of privacy with residents wearing masks as a way to preserve the very little sense of privacy they have left.

At other times, the author uses Lovecraftian style horror with protagonists or characters going insane after seeing something they just can't comprehend. The endings of the story is sometimes the main scare factor used as the protagonists are left hanging moments before their demise.

Haven't gone through the whole thing yet but it's a good read so far.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4609 on: July 13, 2015, 04:28:23 AM »
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway.

Revisiting this one after many years. I still love it. But I think Hemingway must have been the reason for the term "name dropping."

I drank wine with so and so. I ate oysters with so and so.. The wine was cold. The oysters were metallic but satisfying. So and so was almost drunk but he was entertaining. The trip was good, but not too good. etc. etc.

And yet Hemingway's genius is that you want to keep reading, and as you keep reading you find some real gems sprinkled throughout.


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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4610 on: July 13, 2015, 07:42:13 AM »
Returning to Christopher Edge's Penelope Tredwell Mysteries. #1 was brilliant. Here's hoping #2 and #3 don't fall short.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4611 on: July 17, 2015, 11:59:39 PM »
*"A Song of Ice and Fire: A Clash of Kings" by George R.R. Martin
*"Dream of the Red Chamber (红楼梦)" by Cao XueQin (of the 4 major literary classics of China, this is considered the most brilliant by Chinese scholars).  Reading an English translation, wasn't bold enough to give the classical Chinese a shot.  Plan to read all 4 classics by the end of next year (have already finished "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" (三国演义)).
*Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes: The Tangshan Earthquake and the Death of Mao's China" by James Palmer
*Comrade Chiang Ch'ing" by Roxane Witke
*Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel" by Michio Kaku

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4612 on: July 18, 2015, 12:05:55 AM »
"The White Horse King," Benjamin Merkle
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4613 on: July 18, 2015, 02:45:09 PM »
Just noticed a book by Bl. Theophylact and "On the Incarnation" by St. Athanasius are available at audiobook site Audible. For those who like that sort of thing. :)
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« Reply #4614 on: July 20, 2015, 06:06:32 PM »
The Death & Return of the Author: Criticism and Subjectivity in Barthes, Foucault, and Derrida, by Sean Burke

Cappadocia: Cradle of History, by Omer Demir

Man and the Cosmos: The Vision of St Maximus the Confessor, by Lars Thunberg

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« Reply #4615 on: July 20, 2015, 06:15:59 PM »
"For, by its immensity, the divine substance surpasses every form that our intellect reaches. Thus we are unable to apprehend it by knowing what it is. Yet we are able to have some knowledge of it by knowing what it is not." - St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra gentiles, I, 14.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4616 on: July 20, 2015, 11:57:18 PM »
The Way of a Pilgrim

The Common Mind: Politics, Society and Christian Humanism from Thomas More to Russell Kirk by Andre Gushurst-Moore

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4617 on: July 28, 2015, 10:38:39 PM »
The Iliad of Homer / translated by Richmond Lattimore ; introduction and notes by Richard Martin.
I started reading this over a year ago, set it down a couple times to read other things, and finally finished it last week.  Just to remember what is going on, I reread the introduction and am scanning over the first few books.   It looks like there has been no movie version that stays close to the The Iliad .  I did watch Troy, which was not bad, but I though it was a fairly loose depiction.  Does anyone know if there is a play that comes close?

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4618 on: July 29, 2015, 03:40:44 PM »
Isaac Newton and the Transmutation of Alchemy
http://www.amazon.com/Isaac-Newton-Transmutation-Alchemy-Alternative/dp/1556437722

very important read to understand the spiritual basis of our times.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4619 on: July 29, 2015, 07:30:54 PM »
The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley


The Other Side of The Mountain (Volume 7 of the Journals of Thomas Merton)



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« Reply #4620 on: July 30, 2015, 03:23:34 AM »
For the last week or two I've been downloading more and more papers/essays from academia.edu, such as:

The Orthodox Rejection of Doctrinal Development, by Daniel J. Lattier (argues that "Newman’s understanding of doctrinal development is in fundamental harmony with the Orthodox understanding of Tradition.")

St Gregory the Theologian’s Existential Metanarrative of History, by Mario Baghos ("St Gregory articulated a view of history which is both richly nuanced and existentially significant.")

Primacy and Ecclesiology: The State of the Question, John Panteleimon Manoussakis ("The fact, in other words, that the Orthodox Churches today refuse to recognize a Rome-like primacy among themselves is the major problem in their dialogue with Rome.")

Reception of St Justin Popović in the Recent German Scholarship, by Vladimir Cvetkovic ("The scholarly interest manifested in Justin Popović in Germany is somеhow peculiar...")

The Literature of Plague and the Anxieties of Piety in Sixth-Century Byzantium, by Anthony Kaldellis ("Nature was especially unkind to the Byzantines in the sixth century... Worst of all, 541 witnessed the outbreak of the deadliest plague in European history before the Black Death... This essay will focus on its impact on popular piety and on the theological conjectures that it elicited.")

There's a ton on there (Though sadly there wasn't much by/about a number of the modern Orthodox authors I enjoy).

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4621 on: July 30, 2015, 06:20:52 AM »
The Literature of Plague and the Anxieties of Piety in Sixth-Century Byzantium, by Anthony Kaldellis ("Nature was especially unkind to the Byzantines in the sixth century... Worst of all, 541 witnessed the outbreak of the deadliest plague in European history before the Black Death... This essay will focus on its impact on popular piety and on the theological conjectures that it elicited.")

I have to get this one!
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4622 on: July 30, 2015, 09:24:25 AM »
Ghosts Stories of an Antiquary, Parts I and II by MR James. I wish I had dived into these stories earlier- they are excellent! Anyone who's a fan of Machen, Blackwood, or Lovecraft owes it to himself to check out MR James.

Also reading Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4623 on: August 01, 2015, 07:53:45 PM »
I decided to take a break from Middle-Earth for a while and have put off reading The Hobbit indefinitely. Should I read A Game of Thrones or The Chronicles of Narnia first?
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« Reply #4624 on: August 01, 2015, 08:12:33 PM »

The Atheist Delusions, by David Bently. In this book, he opened my eyes to the big lies today's New Atheist writers claim to be facts.


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« Reply #4625 on: August 01, 2015, 08:12:53 PM »
Narnia. Martin is heavy going, much longer than Lewis, and there's much frustration in reaching the edge of an unfinished story.
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« Reply #4626 on: August 01, 2015, 08:20:43 PM »
Narnia. Martin is heavy going, much longer than Lewis, and there's much frustration in reaching the edge of an unfinished story.
Will do then. Thanks.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4627 on: August 02, 2015, 01:45:48 PM »
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With the young one:

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« Reply #4628 on: August 02, 2015, 01:59:19 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4629 on: August 02, 2015, 03:56:54 PM »
Narnia. Martin is heavy going, much longer than Lewis, and there's much frustration in reaching the edge of an unfinished story.

I agree. An unfinished story ... neverending ... yikes.

Whenever the weather is too hot or too cold to work outside, I like to reread The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis. I always pick up interesting passages which I overlooked before.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4630 on: August 03, 2015, 01:16:49 PM »
Currently:



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An interesting juxtaposition, eh? ;D
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4631 on: August 03, 2015, 02:21:37 PM »
I'm currently finishing up "The Frozen Dead" by Bernard Minier. Very scary thriller, similar to "The Silence of the Lambs" by Thomas Harris. Really creepy. I stayed up late last night trying to finish it. I'll probably get done with that later this afternoon.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4632 on: August 07, 2015, 02:03:43 AM »
The Odyssey of Homer / Translated with an Introduction by Richmond Lattimore.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4633 on: August 07, 2015, 02:36:10 AM »
Finished "The Frozen Dead" and now on to "The Outcast Dead" by Elly Griffiths. Guess I like books about dead people.  8)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4634 on: August 07, 2015, 10:25:23 AM »
^You might like Alice Cooper's song, I Love the Deadhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW9YPPye7yQ