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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #945 on: May 21, 2009, 07:17:17 PM »
Well, it sounds as if the author has good morals and integrity, which is rare these days, so maybe I'll have to give it a go...
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #946 on: May 21, 2009, 08:39:26 PM »
I went through a vampire phase in my 20's, but it was mostly vampires in 50's sci-fi pulp readers...very different from the romance genre. I also like old black and white horror films.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #947 on: May 23, 2009, 10:58:30 PM »
Charles Stross' Accelerando
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #948 on: May 25, 2009, 03:37:03 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #949 on: July 26, 2009, 09:35:26 PM »
I'm reading Wonded by Love by Elder Porphyrios

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #950 on: July 26, 2009, 09:53:01 PM »
John C. Wright's The Golden Age (I)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #951 on: July 27, 2009, 12:54:58 AM »
I'm doing another Lord of the Rings reading.  The last time I read it was before the films were released.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #952 on: July 27, 2009, 01:35:55 AM »
Gore Vidal's Lincoln.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #953 on: July 28, 2009, 02:25:08 AM »
I'm doing another Lord of the Rings reading.  The last time I read it was before the films were released.

 As we all know (ie. the LOTR geeks like myself :)),the new film will span the timeframe before LOTR;the film will start with Bilbo Baggins finding the ring, then (here's one for the girls. .) it will show the meeting of Aragorn and Arwen!  The 'Tale of Aragorn and Arwen' is one of Tolkien's best works, in my opinion. I cannot wait to see it  (Liv Tyler and Viggo Mortensen are set to reprise their roles as Aragorn and Arwen again ).

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #954 on: July 28, 2009, 09:40:06 AM »
Vladimir Nabokov's Podvig, which he and his son translated as Glory.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #955 on: August 02, 2009, 10:43:43 PM »
Funding Evil:  How Terrorism is Financed and How to Stop It by Rachel Ehrenfeld
-An interesting book about how terrorism is financed

Perennial All-Stars by Jeff Cox
-A lovely book with many beautiful photos of perennial flowers


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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #956 on: August 03, 2009, 12:25:07 AM »
I'm just about to start "A Beginner's Guide to Prayer" by Fr Michael Keiser. I recently joined the St Philip's Prayer Discipline and this book arrived along with a copy of their prayer manual/book.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #957 on: August 03, 2009, 04:13:34 AM »
Can anyone recommend a good biography of Dostoevsky, preferably with emphasis on his Orthodoxy?

Also, what would you recommend by Dostoevsky after The Brothers Karamazov? I really liked that book, and I was thinking about The Idiot or Crime and Punishment.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #958 on: August 03, 2009, 08:22:03 AM »
You might care to read a recent biography of Dostoevsky by Dr Rowan Williams the (Anglican) Archbishop of Canterbury. Haven't read it myself but will get round to it perhaps.

Nothing quite matches The Brothers Karamazovin my opinion, but the others mentioned are well worth a read.

I thought the House of the Deadwas a strange book. Although autobiographical, Dostoevsky is such a great writer that he reports Muslim more sympathetically than Christian prisoners.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #959 on: August 03, 2009, 08:23:08 AM »
Sorry about the presentation! Will try harder to get it right in future.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #960 on: August 03, 2009, 01:04:07 PM »
The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov.
Between us, by the peace of God, such truth can now be told;

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #961 on: August 03, 2009, 05:35:26 PM »
It's been a summer of mystery novels, currently Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #962 on: August 03, 2009, 07:37:30 PM »
Luck of the devil:the story of operation valkyrie

Niccolo's Smile: A biography of Niccolo Machiavelli

A Mighty Fortress: A New history of the German people

Testimony (by the French President).

Facing Athens

plus a whole list to get to

Does anyone else have a problem with picking up new books when they have quite a few they have yet to finish and are halfway through? I always do that. No amount of telling myself "wait until you've finished the other one" seems to help, and I find it harder to remember what I'm reading when i do it this way too.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #963 on: August 03, 2009, 11:32:01 PM »
I recently read "The Orthodox Church" (Ware) and just finished "The Orthodox Way" (Kallistos). The two best intro books, so I've heard.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #964 on: August 04, 2009, 04:22:39 AM »
Luck of the devil:the story of operation valkyrie

Niccolo's Smile: A biography of Niccolo Machiavelli

A Mighty Fortress: A New history of the German people

Testimony (by the French President).

Facing Athens

plus a whole list to get to

Does anyone else have a problem with picking up new books when they have quite a few they have yet to finish and are halfway through? I always do that. No amount of telling myself "wait until you've finished the other one" seems to help, and I find it harder to remember what I'm reading when i do it this way too.

I have the same problem as well. I also have two other major problems with my reading habits:

1. I avoid fiction to a fault. I feel that somehow I'm wasting time if I'm reading fiction. Even with the classics, I still feel inclined to read nonfiction. I realize this is not healthy, but I just can't break out of this mindset. This is why I'm gonna try to read another Dostoevsky novel soon.

2. I am a slow reader because I am always underlining and making notes in the margins. I could never remember all that I read, so I make copious notes in my books so I can refer back to them when I need to do so. This slows me down a lot.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #965 on: August 04, 2009, 10:40:17 AM »
Orthodox Prayer Life: The Interior Way by Matthew the Poor
published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press

after that, I hope to move on to reading:

The Spiritual Life and How to Be Attuned To It by St. Theophan the Recluse
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #966 on: August 04, 2009, 10:55:58 AM »
Celtic Myths and Legends by Peter Berresford Ellis.  It contains 6 or so stories from each of the various Celtic traditions of the British Isles as retold by Mr. Ellis, who does a superb job in both retelling the stories and naming his sources.  I only have time to read one story or so a night before bed, but it's well worth it.  This has sat on my shelf for a very long time without being read.  It's now getting the reading it deserves.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #967 on: August 04, 2009, 11:45:52 PM »
Luck of the devil:the story of operation valkyrie

Niccolo's Smile: A biography of Niccolo Machiavelli

A Mighty Fortress: A New history of the German people

Testimony (by the French President).

Facing Athens

plus a whole list to get to

Does anyone else have a problem with picking up new books when they have quite a few they have yet to finish and are halfway through? I always do that. No amount of telling myself "wait until you've finished the other one" seems to help, and I find it harder to remember what I'm reading when i do it this way too.

I have the same problem as well. I also have two other major problems with my reading habits:

1. I avoid fiction to a fault. I feel that somehow I'm wasting time if I'm reading fiction. Even with the classics, I still feel inclined to read nonfiction. I realize this is not healthy, but I just can't break out of this mindset. This is why I'm gonna try to read another Dostoevsky novel soon.

2. I am a slow reader because I am always underlining and making notes in the margins. I could never remember all that I read, so I make copious notes in my books so I can refer back to them when I need to do so. This slows me down a lot.

Selam

That happens to me as well. I always find it hard to retain what i read (which explains my biology grades :P). and I
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #968 on: August 05, 2009, 05:52:04 AM »
Presently finishing, "Shepherd of Souls" about Elder Cleopa of Sihastria.


After that, probably "Notes from Underground" by Dostoyevsky.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #969 on: August 05, 2009, 04:29:13 PM »
I'm very slowly working on Life of Pi by Yann Martel.  It's a fantastic, engaging read but it's hard to get through even a page or two with a toddler running around.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #970 on: August 06, 2009, 03:32:58 PM »
Orthodox Dogmatic Theology by Protopresbetyr Michael Pomazansky

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #971 on: August 06, 2009, 04:24:47 PM »
Partakers of Divine Nature, by Archimandrite Fr. Christoforos Stavropoulos (transl. by Fr. Stanley Harakas).
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #972 on: August 06, 2009, 07:07:44 PM »
I'm very slowly working on Life of Pi by Yann Martel.  It's a fantastic, engaging read but it's hard to get through even a page or two with a toddler running around.
Have you reached the part with the rabbi, priest, and imam? ;D
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #973 on: August 07, 2009, 02:40:07 AM »
Just read "The Way" by Carlton, and am now reading "The Faith" by the same author.

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« Reply #974 on: August 07, 2009, 06:37:48 AM »
The Way of a pilgram

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« Reply #975 on: August 07, 2009, 11:07:02 AM »
I'm very slowly working on Life of Pi by Yann Martel.  It's a fantastic, engaging read but it's hard to get through even a page or two with a toddler running around.
Have you reached the part with the rabbi, priest, and imam? ;D

I'm just now getting to that chapter!  Sounds like the set up to a joke. :)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #976 on: August 20, 2009, 10:11:10 PM »
I'm reading "Beyond the Grave: An Orthodox Theology of Eschatology" by Constantine Callinicos. So far it seems to be a very interesting read.

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« Reply #977 on: August 21, 2009, 07:45:37 AM »
Finished Life of Pi and am currently working on Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.  Somehow I missed reading this in elementary school.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #978 on: August 21, 2009, 10:10:32 AM »
I'm now reading: Man of God; the story of St John of Shanghai and San Francisco.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #979 on: August 22, 2009, 01:57:59 AM »
Equity Happens by Robert Helms and Russell Gray

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Rich Dad, Poor Dad Robert Kiyosaki

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« Reply #980 on: August 22, 2009, 01:59:02 AM »
The Way of a pilgram

Wonderful, wonderful book.  Very inspiring...  :)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #981 on: August 25, 2009, 06:27:38 PM »
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century

Alex Ross's book about the development of classical music:

http://www.therestisnoise.com/2004/05/what_is_this.html

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #982 on: August 25, 2009, 06:35:06 PM »
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Absolutely fantastic! And I normally don't read best sellers as a rule.
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« Reply #983 on: August 25, 2009, 06:48:25 PM »
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century

Alex Ross's book about the development of classical music:

http://www.therestisnoise.com/2004/05/what_is_this.html

How is it so far?  I was watching a documentary on Stravinsky and Copland earlier, and it was so interesting to see where their influences came from what how they influenced later music (especially Copland with the founding of an "American" sound).  :)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #984 on: August 25, 2009, 10:49:39 PM »
I just ordered:

Old Believers in Modern Russia
by Roy Robson
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #985 on: August 25, 2009, 11:08:10 PM »
Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell. 

Some may find him trite and formulaic, but I love his work. 
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« Reply #986 on: August 30, 2009, 01:40:27 AM »
I'm reading "Child 44" by Tom Rob Smith. I read alot of books, but this murder mystery set in the USSR has to be one of the best I have read...
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #987 on: August 30, 2009, 02:21:50 AM »
I just picked up my four volumes of the Philokalia yesterday! I began by reading St. Mark the Ascetic's treatise on "No righteousness by Works." (From the 1st volume) Great stuff! Very readable, and yet each single text could be meditated on for a lifetime. I only hope that I will be able to make these rich spiritual teachings applicable to my daily life.

As St. Mark the Ascetic writes:

        "Philosophize through your works about man's will and God's retribution. For your words are only as wise and as profitable as your works." 

Pray for me.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #988 on: August 30, 2009, 02:30:34 AM »
The Russian Dagger - Cold War in the Days of the Czars - Virginia Cowles (Harper & Row, 1969)

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #989 on: September 04, 2009, 06:40:50 PM »
"The Spiritual Life and How to be Attuned to it" by St. Theophan the Recluse