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What Book Are You Reading? - Part VI

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Win Laik Pya
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PostPosted: Sun 17 Aug, 2008  Reply with quote

Sakoda wrote:
I think i will do it ..(darn reverse psychology .. tounge2 )


seriously, don't. it's rubbish.

but if you enjoy a nice boring story with nice borng twists and turns and OH WHAT DO YOU KNOW?! A racial issue that is totally super important and meaningful (we promise!), then by all means, have at it.

But if you want something engaging, by all means skip it.

not that it's all bad.

But it leaves you with a sense that you knew it all before, and it's a story you've heard so much you're downright sick of it. At least that's how i felt.


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PostPosted: Mon 18 Aug, 2008  Reply with quote

Sakoda wrote:
Now ... Bruno: The Prince is a really ... good ? , evil ? revolutionary ? ......anyways a very interresting book from what i hear .. I think I'm going to get it as soon as i have the chance .

actually, i'm reading it for school. it's supposed to be important because "it's a milestone in the philosophy of power" and "the foundational book of political science" and what have you. quite honestly, i don't see it as groundbreaking, not really.

it's just yet another treatise on power --- how to grasp it, how to maintain it. it suits representative diets --- modern-day democracies and dictatorships, as well as the anarcho-syndicalist and communist paradigms, being what i call "representative diets" --- but that's about it. it doesn't teach you the ways of power in a manorial system (for that you'd have to read Sun Tzu's art of war), and nor does it teach you how to be powerful in a pure democracy or into a straight anarchy --- for that you'd have to consult Aristotle's rhetoric.

but yeah, sure. read the prince, it's no bad --- in the same sense as going to a renaissance museum ain't a bad thing. but quite frankly, in terms of political science and the philosophy of power, i'd keep to the german trio: Stirner, Nietzsche, Sloterdijk. now, these guys knew what power means.


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PostPosted: Tue 19 Aug, 2008  Reply with quote

Night Watch, T. Pratchett!
It's nice to read Pratchett again now that I've got some more of his books :D


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PostPosted: Wed 20 Aug, 2008  Reply with quote

At the moment Im reading ingo swann's book, the "father of remote viewing" - he is an incredibly good writer, everything just more and more fascinating as you go along. Its just like a big jigsaw.

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White Squirrel
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PostPosted: Wed 20 Aug, 2008  Reply with quote

Just finished "komt een vrouw bij de dokter" and the second book "de weduwnaar". Books that make you laugh and cry at the same time. Written by Kluun, a Dutch writer. As far as I know they are translated in English for the ones that might be interested.

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PostPosted: Wed 20 Aug, 2008  Reply with quote

I've been dabbling at the start of Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. My father recommended it to me. I may wait a while to read that, as I'm definitely going to start The Brothers Karamazov again. And as always I'm reading The Gay Science when I feel like it.

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PostPosted: Wed 20 Aug, 2008  Reply with quote

i'm almost done with il principe and i've picked up Machiavelli's mandragola which is such a lovely play. yesterday i also read book 10 of Plato's republic (one of my favourite pieces of Plato, together with Phædro and Gorgias) because it had so much to do with what we were learning in Philosophy classes.

i'm also about to pick up grande sertão: veredas again. if anyone wants to join me in reading that, it's one of the most incredible pieces of literature ever. there's a translation to english called "the devil to pay in the backlands". i've no idea whether its good.


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PostPosted: Thu 21 Aug, 2008  Reply with quote

I'm re-reading Wizard's First Law by Terry Goodkind. It's awesome with every word, and I heard it has a few sequels too :D

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PostPosted: Fri 22 Aug, 2008  Reply with quote

about ¼ into grande sertão. i'm completely taken aback, i've no words to describe it. it might as well be one of the finest pieces of literature i've ever been in touch with. everyone should read it. (apparently the translations to italian and german --- both called Grande Sertão --- are really good; the english one not as much).

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PostPosted: Sat 23 Aug, 2008  Reply with quote

Done with Night Watch now, I'm starting Monstrous Regiment tomorrow smile

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PostPosted: Sat 23 Aug, 2008  Reply with quote

I just finished with Breaking Dawn, a truly thrilling read.

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PostPosted: Sat 23 Aug, 2008  Reply with quote

Ive been reading the cirque du freak books. Im on book 4 now. They are great books.

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PostPosted: Sat 23 Aug, 2008  Reply with quote

I finally picked up Foundation by Isaac Asimov and started reading it. I also picked up Dune, but I'm already reading 6 books simultaneously, so I'm setting it aside for now. One of the six is Heart of Darkness, which I'm reading for school. I really like it so far. grin


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PostPosted: Wed 27 Aug, 2008  Reply with quote

"The Cult of the Amateur" by Andrew Keen. It's a really interesting read and I agree with most of his views.

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Aug, 2008  Reply with quote

How many people here have read the Marked series? Now, that is a good read!

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