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Post by foolsfolly » Wed Apr 06, 2005 12:55 am

Cruising through the last 20 years of the Legion of Superheroes and a stack of graphic noels from the library, incl Orbiter by Warren Ellis and Colleen Doran
"If a fool would persist in his folly he would become wise." William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

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Post by theCryptofishist » Wed Apr 06, 2005 9:35 am

Barbara Vine: The Blood Doctor.
Robert Hughes: THe Fatal Shore.
Skull Wars
The Borderlands of Science.
Just got word from the library at work--someone's donated a copy of Collapse and I'm first on the list--it's waiting for me.

YEah!
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Post by d6 » Wed Apr 06, 2005 2:36 pm

salmon of doubt - just finished
longest winter - halfway
eating people is wrong - finished

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your witty rejoinder just flew over my head.....

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Post by theCryptofishist » Fri Apr 08, 2005 10:14 am

4 chapters into Collapse. According to the index, all the cannibalism references are over.

What gets me is that the sociaties that collapse tend to do so at the peak of thier power and influence. It's that "we're using all our resources so fully that a little environmental shift changes everything." Scary. At least i don't have children so if a collapse does happen in my lifetime I can take a cowards' way out. . .

(NTS--do NOT give a copy of this to my father.)
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Post by Donita » Sat Apr 09, 2005 10:57 am

The Dalai Lama's Book Of Wisdom

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Post by Grizelda » Sun Apr 10, 2005 9:37 pm

Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins: A very energetic story with many fun and spicy metaphors, which opens with a tale of the bawdy adventures of an Asian pseudo-badger.

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Post by Elemental666 » Sun Apr 10, 2005 11:31 pm

Ok, I'm 52 pages into Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. This is my first experience with Tom Robbins and I'm begin to get the earry feeling that I know this guy....

Can someone point me to some more info about this author? Who he is, where he came from, etc. etc.

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Post by theCryptofishist » Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:07 am

Another Roadside Attraction. Tom Robbins' first book. A horrible slick hippie paen (heck I can't spell it and I'm a litte shakey on definition, but I'm gonna use the word anyway!) to free love, jesus and earthmothers everywhere. A low point of hippie culture--and we're talking about a nadirious culture to begin with.

Or maybe you saw the Even Cowgirls Get the Blues movie. Tear your eyes out before you read another page.

YMMV
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Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri

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Post by theCryptofishist » Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:09 am

What I am learning from Collapse.

Never, ever, ever, ever, ever let anyone cut down your last trees.

If you have to carry your cows out of the barn at the end of winter because they are so weak, you're in trouble.

What out for resource splurging social elites.
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Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri

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Post by spectabillis » Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:39 pm

The only thing I read from Tom Robbins was Still Life With Woodpecker, and that was because I was an angsty teen in love with the idea of blowing things up under a self-justification of social activism.

Perhaps thats also the reason why I used to have a thing for sexy redheads?

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Post by blueniteowl » Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:46 pm

I'm currently re-reading the "Dharma Bums" by Jack Kerouac. Ohh, how I love this book. Actually I liked it more than "On the Road", and it's currently my favorite Kerouac book. Though I haven't read all of his books yet.

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Post by theCryptofishist » Wed Apr 20, 2005 4:17 pm

Guy Gavriel Kay's The Last Light of the Sun
Only 100 pages in. Not seduced yet, but there's the promise.
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Post by robbidobbs » Thu Apr 21, 2005 9:19 pm

I'm on the 20th Discworld book by Terry Pratchett: Jingo. Certainly timely since it deals with the stupidity of jumping to war. It's the british equivalent vs the middle eastern equivalent on this "planet".
I'll be in my blanket fort until further notice.

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Post by theCryptofishist » Fri Apr 22, 2005 8:48 am

Yeah, Captain Vimes! Hogfather and the one about the newspaper are other favorites.
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Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri

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Post by chineseobelisk » Wed Apr 27, 2005 3:21 am

Thanks for all the good reading ideas, here are a couple of mine:

Just finished "Oryx and Crake" by Margret Atwood. Pretty hip for an old Canadian gal. She's an amazing writer and this is her first foray into the science fictiony realm. You'll never eat chicken again.

'Nymphomation" by Jeff Noon is what I'm on now. Read anything by him. "Pollen", "Vurt", "Automated Alice"....etc...
..pretty feather drugs that tickle your throat..dogboys...dj's and good curries. -Sounds kinda like...
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Post by theCryptofishist » Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:54 am

The Great Mortality about the plague in Europe in the 1300s.
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"The powerful are exploiting people, art and ideas, and this leads to us plebes debating how to best ration ice.
Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri

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Post by foolsfolly » Tue May 03, 2005 10:12 pm

Byron Sherwin-Workers of Wonders: A Model of Effective Religious Leadership from Scriptire to Today
The Collected Writings of St. Teresa of Avila
Henry Rollins-Bang and Solopsist
My latest stack of comic books
"If a fool would persist in his folly he would become wise." William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

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Post by Apollonaris Zeus » Fri May 27, 2005 11:33 am

Jon Krakauer- Under the Banner of Heaven!

Everyone Read This Book!

Its shocking, repulsing and a threat to your religion and national security!

Who else has read it?

AIIZ

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Post by Apollonaris Zeus » Fri May 27, 2005 11:34 am

Don't forget personal freedom!

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Post by bigsmokinjoe » Wed Jun 08, 2005 6:55 pm

I'm reading the Permaculture Design Manual, THe Humanure Handbook, and God Emperor:Dune.Not to mention re reading the prep notes on this site!83 days...what to ride...

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Post by bigsmokinjoe » Wed Jun 08, 2005 6:56 pm

Isotopia wrote:Life of Pi, Yann Martel


good book


http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/de ... 0?v=glance

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Post by cowboyangel » Wed Jun 08, 2005 9:13 pm

"Russian Mystics"
"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believe is false."- William Casey, CIA Director 1981

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Post by theCryptofishist » Thu Jun 09, 2005 9:03 am

How is the Permaculture Design Manual?

SElf--How Buildings Learn, but I won't finish before it's due. Proffessor and Madman. And Going Postal.

Happy Camper.
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Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri

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Post by robotland » Thu Jun 09, 2005 9:44 am

Just re-read Last Chance To See by Douglas Adams.....laugh-out-loud funny, but sad to consider that he was SUPPOSED to continue providing us with good books instead of dying prematurely.
Unrelatedly, before that I read Stiff by Mary Roach....another very funny book, and fascinating.
On my bedside table is the last installment of the Freak Brothers "Idiots Abroad" series and the second issue of MAKE magazine.
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Post by Cabanasprings » Thu Jun 09, 2005 9:46 am

bigsmokinjoe wrote:I'm reading the Permaculture Design Manual, THe Humanure Handbook, and God Emperor:Dune.Not to mention re reading the prep notes on this site!83 days...what to ride...
Hey Hey - I built the Sawdust toilet (Chp 8) this weekend. Haven't had the chance to test it out yet but The Humanure Handbook is the Shit. (sorry)

Another good book is, Living Outside the Box.

CS

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Post by nipples » Mon Jun 20, 2005 9:12 pm

Last week was "Gullivers' Travels", this week, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea".

Right now though, I am reading "Google"..... trying to remember where I'd read that in the dark ages, people wore length of chain dangling from their shoe/boot, so that they were always in contact with the ground.

Thought it was in a Sherlock Holmes story... there was a lead though not the one to "Hounds of the Baskervilles", then also a hit to "el cadejo", the demons dog which drags chains... , also to Helius, of Neros' time, a chain dragger (but not the one!). The idea in all is similar but different.... I seem to recall the intent to drag a chain from ones feet was to inhibit the ability of outside forces to gain entry to ones "ground". Sigh. (Lightning!?)

Perhaps a Crypto-fishing expert may extract some sense of this.

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Post by nipples » Mon Jun 20, 2005 9:17 pm

From "tale of Two Cities", there was this possible clue?!

`Pardon, Monseigneur; he swung by the chain of the shoe the drag.'

arrgh. going to bed. must.. set.. down... keyboard.....

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Post by robbidobbs » Mon Jun 20, 2005 10:05 pm

Just finishe Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchet.

Now I've GOT to get Hat Full of Sky.

Damn, I've run out of Discworld. The withdrawals are setting in.

Ok, I'll just keep reading Cerebus: Latter Days.

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Post by theCryptofishist » Wed Jun 22, 2005 9:44 am

nipples wrote: Right now though, I am reading "Google"..... trying to remember where I'd read that in the dark ages, people wore length of chain dangling from their shoe/boot, so that they were always in contact with the ground.
It shows up in Tim Powers' Anibus Gates but I don't know the origen of the custom.
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Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri

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