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Finally getting around to reading Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, again.   I read it many, many years ago, but found the "Uncut Version" in a bookshop over the weekend. I can't remember

Same problem here. We have possibly 4000 books among us. After I got out of college, I noticed some mental decay, so I resolved to read at least one "difficult" (i.e. not science fiction, mystery, e

I can't find any that are imaginative, clever, full of ideas and life enhancing. They all seem to belong to the post-apocalypse school. I am not prepared to plough though a dark, dank, polluted, oppre

Will the last book that i read was NEW MOON.....and will be starting on ECLIPSE.

...and if you just can't get enough, the first part of the unpublished fifth book is up on Stephanie Meyer's web site (because someone leaked it, and she wanted to get out ahead of it...)....

 

Just started in on Bill Bryson's "Shakespeare: The World as Stage" http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-World-Stage-Eminent-Lives/dp/0061673692/....

 

Before he came into a lot of money in 1839, Richard Plantagenet Temple Nugent Brydges Chandos Grenville, second Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, led a largely uneventful life, :thumbs_up

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The Housing Boom and Bust by Thomas Sowell.

 

American Spectator

“An economic primer on the housing bubble, but more importantly, it is an examination of the ruling class's inability to leave well enough alone.”

 

The Washington Times

“For anyone looking for a straightforward and honest discussion of the

origins of our current crisis, informed by a deep understanding of both

economics and politics, The Housing Boom and Bust is required reading.”-

 

 

This is a plain-English explanation of how we got into the current economic disaster that developed out of the economics and politics of the housing boom and bust. The “creative” financing of home mortgages and the even more “creative” marketing of financial securities based on American mortgages to countries around the world, are part of the story of how a financial house of cards was built up—and then suddenly collapsed.

 

The politics behind all this is another story full of strange twists. No punches are pulled when discussing politicians of either party, the financial dangers they created, or the distractions they created later

to escape their own responsibility for what happened when the financial house of cards in the financial markets collapsed.

 

What to do, now that we are in the midst of an economic disaster, is yet another story—one whose ending we do not yet know, but one whose outlines and implications are explored to reveal some surprising and sobering lessons.

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I haven't been reading a lot lately after being banned from the library for destroying a couple of their science magazines.

(Reading them in the bath was not my best idea).

But got Obama's book for Christmas and looking forward to reading that.

 

However i am here today because Amazon.com just sent me a list of their top ten science picks for 2009 and thought you might be interested.

They are listed here:-

Best Books of 2009: Science Top 10

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From my kid who is sick of me waking her up with random bursts of laughter at one AM...Craig Ferguson's "American On Purpose"...

 

Amazon.com: American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot (9780061719547): Craig Ferguson: Books http://www.amazon.com/American-Purpose-Improbable-Adventures-Unlikely/dp/0061719544

 

...and we gave several copies of the Zombie Survival Guide to the teen boys in the family...

 

Muirfield Primary was loathsome but at least the violence only really came from the teachers. Cumbernauld High School, which I entered at the age of twelve, was a whole new box of crabs, :ideamaybenot:

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From my kid who is sick of me waking her up with random bursts of laughter at one AM...Craig Ferguson's "American On Purpose"...

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so you're the other one watching! i knew i felt a disturbance in the force. :)

 

oh...er uhh..i'm not reading anything. erhm...i'm reading nothing? but, i'm thinking of burning fuller's synergetics is a drunken paganesque rite that i make up as i go. :shrug: :fire: :magic:

 

if you're frightened of leprechauns, the best thing to do is to get yourself a little leprechaun outfit and see how big they are. and then you'll go, 'well i see. that's like bein' frightened of a hampster. :)

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Currently I'm switching between

 

1) Butterfly Brain, a sort of autobiography by Barry Cryer:

"When Mozart was my age he had written 42 symphonies, 27 concertos and 16 operas. And had been dead for over 40 years."

 

2) 50 People Who Buggered Up Britain (paperback version "with added bankers!"), by Quentin Letts.

 

My family like to hear me chuckle :confused:

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Read a couple of old-ish SF novels back-to-back: Olaf Stapledon’s 1937 Star Maker; and H.G.Wells’s 1914 The World Set Free.

 

The form of these novels – philosophical essay-like, with only occasional character development and narration like novels of the 1950s and later – takes a little getting used to, but once gotten used to, flows in a way that feels magical. Their subject is pure-and-simple utopianism: an end to war, nations, every intelligent being living optimally, etc. The mainstream market for this seems to have been heartier in the early 20th Century.

 

The World Set Free is often sited as the first fictional depiction of atomic bombings. Wells’s speculation is far off the mark, involving bombs that burn for decades or centuries, but little effects of radiation poisoning or fallout. His geography leads me to wonder if, in 1914, there was believed to be a continent under the arctic ice, as he describes the arctic as having “great mineral wealth”.

 

Between whatever I’m actively reading, I’ve been rereading for the uncounted time William Hope Hodgeson’s supernatural romantic sci-fi fantasy The Night Land. Written in a bizarre invented sort of future-neoelizabethan dialect, in my experience this is one of those book that provokes either fanatical devotion or a lack of motivation to read more than a dozen pages. I’m nostalgic about it because I read it as a teen, and did my first FRPGing in a milieu taken in part from it.

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