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Old 07-14-2010, 06:17 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Shit. with all the stuff he's done. I think he's permanently high.
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I need to get back into reading books, I think the last one I read was Ender's game.
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:23 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Shit. with all the stuff he's done. I think he's permanently high.
That is seriously what I thought at one time, but if you see the George Lopez interview you may think different.

It is obvious he has lost plenty of brain cells, but I dare say he was even a bit enthusiastic and much easier to understand.
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:27 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I heard a interview for his last cd, he was pretty easy to understand most of the time.
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I'm currently reading:
End the Fed by Ron Paul
Conceived in Liberty Vol. 1 by Murray N. Rothbard
The Black Hole War by Leonard Susskind.

I love reading non-fiction like political theory (especially Libertarian theory), Austrian economics, biographies, history and horror fiction as well as the politically charged science fiction and as well as the Beats.

My favorite books:
1984 by George Orwell
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Creature from Jekyll Island by Edward Griffin
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
House of Leaves by Mrk Z. Danielewski
Notes From Underground Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Real Lincoln by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek
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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
Stairway to Heaven by Richard Cole
What Has Government Done to Our Money by Murray N. Rothbard
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:35 PM   #36 (permalink)
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A lot of people actually dislike the book. And I'm not talking about idiots who tried to get it banned for its adult themes either.
I haven't read it myself but my brother had to read it for school and he's summary was, "The main character just bitched about how much his life sucked when it really wasn't all that bad." I have no idea of that's true or not.

And Lord of the Flies was one of the best books that I read for school. But when you are forced to read a book it really takes something out of it. It was a great book but I can't say that there are any books that I would want to spend hours upon hours discussing and doing idiotic assignments for. Plus everything is hand fed to you when you read a book in school. I mean I understand all the main themes of the book and the message that the author tried to give us but I don't remember if I figured that out on my own or if I was told that.

I just finished "The Stand" by Stephen King. A lot of his stuff his hit or miss with me. There are times when I can really get engrossed in the book right away but there are some other stories where I'm halfway through the book and I'm just thinking, "What the fuck is going on?" "The Stand" was fantastic though. It managed to have some really big supernatural conflicts and stuff going on but I always felt the human aspect was so believable. If there was a huge plague I can't say I would be shocked if it was handled like it was in the book. I found myself so angry at what was happening, not because things were being handled wrong but because I felt that our government would do the same thing.

Now I'm doing some lighter reading with some Star Wars books I checked out of the library. I've been keeping up to date on the newer Star Wars books but there are just so many older ones that I haven't read or read at an age where I didn't retain all that much. I get really annoyed when one of the newer books brings back an old character and I don't know anything about that person so right now I'm trying to keep up.

I would also like to recommend Harry Turtledove (awful name I know). He has a fantastic Alternate History series where the South wins the Civil War and he takes the story all the way through the end of World War II. Very entertaining and you really get to know a lot of the characters pretty well. It's a little tough at first because there are just so many people in his books but I know that by the end of the series I had some feeling towards everyone. They aren't for everyone I know but I ended up loving the series. He also has some novels and 2 or 3 book series for anyone that doesn't want to get too involved in a very large series.
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:38 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I loved Guns of the South, but that's only Turtledove book I've ever read.
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:03 PM   #38 (permalink)
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I loved Guns of the South, but that's only Turtledove book I've ever read.
That was my first book of his his that I read. From there I read "How Few Remain" thinking it was a sequel. It wasn't but I ended up loving it anyway and I got hooked on the series from there.

Has anyone from the South read his books? I'm just wondering because I don't think I would have been too thrilled if the place that I lived in was portrayed as it was in some of the later books in the series.
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:23 PM   #39 (permalink)
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What are you currently reading? Tess of the D'Urbervilles and The Neverending Story
Who are your favourite authors? George RR Martin, Glen Duncan, Tolkien, CS Lewis, Dickens, Thomas Hardy, the Bronte sisters and Homer.
Any books your looking forward to? A Dance with Dragons - number 5 in A Song of Fire and Ice series (really really good read, can't recommended it enough!)
Favourite ever books? A Game of Thrones, I Lucifer (friggin' awesome!) Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Rings, The Illiad, North and South, Wuthering Heights...the list could go on and on.
How often do you read? Every day
How many books do you read? at the moment I'm reading two, which I generally try to do. Normally get through a couple a week. I used to read a lot more but uni and work cut into a lot of my time now.
Do you believe the merits of books outweight the merits of movies? Yes, while I love films, there's something about reading a good book that really appeals to me (they stimulate my over-active imaginiation maybe) and in general I find films based on books to be inferior in most aspects. Even if I've read the book after seeing the film.

OP if you're looking for something to read, try I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan. It had me in stitches for the most part and gets you thinking too. Very interesting idea for a book. Also, as Lostfap and Mr Mister said, A Song of Fire and Ice series by George RR Martin is incredible. It starts with A Game of Thrones. I went into it with high expectations and it surpassed them effortlessly.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:23 AM   #40 (permalink)
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I agree with people saying how if you're forced to read a book it becomes intolerable, particuarly in High School when you have so much other stuff on your mind. If I had any form of enthusiasm for reading back then, I'd have loved my school to use that book as a topic. We suffered things such as The Pinballs in Primary School, & despite Shakespeare & adverse poetry, we rarely got any of the classics.

Of Mice & Men was probably the only one.
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