1. Post #441
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    lil timmy's Avatar
    February 2006
    2,291 Posts
    What are you doubting?
    Mac, I've read 200/2000 pages and I don't have the same impression on Hitler as I had before starting to read it.It's thrilling to find out how he became from a poor proletarian to the ruler of an empire.
    and he did all that whilst being a lousy and self-indulgent writer
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  2. Post #442
    jakeabbott96's Avatar
    June 2011
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    Apart from Animal Farm and 1984, does anyone know a good ( and possibly similar? ) George Orwell book that I could start reading?
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  3. Post #443
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    July 2007
    6,168 Posts
    Reading The Princeton Companion to Mathematics by Tim Gowers - a "where has this been my entire life?" moment. A nice overview of the modern field itself for the relatively intelligent reader - it starts with the "nature" of mathematical research, goes on to describe the main abstractions (so far!) and our means of operating of them, detours into how the body of knowledge developed itself, and that's all I've read so far...

    Treats the reader as an educated layman; more importantly, it treats the "body" of math not as the closed-minded exercise in Solving Problems school makes it to be, but as a colossal artifice to endlessly tinker within and something to be passionate about. Makes me suspect someone can be "recreational" about maths (and not just problem solving!) as much as someone can be "recreational" about foreign affairs (witness ITN) or about computers (witness PCHS) or what-have-you - the difference is in the depth required. Rigor might be a shibboleth, but the game remains just as creative.

    I did, however, have to follow along with some of his arguments on paper. I'm not blessed with an extraordinarily large working set. That shit's for real mathematicians.
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  4. Post #444
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    and he did all that whilst being a lousy and self-indulgent writer
    Didn't you read the same stuff as I did? At least he had the guts to admit some of the truths of those days and that of wich the workers had so little of a wage that in some days they & their families starved. Hitler himself felt hunger too; mostly in the winter because he couldnt find work. His hobbies while in vienna were strolling in search of intriguing architecture and reading lotta books.
    He even states that up untill the age of 20 he had little contact with jews and disliked the press that at those times were against jews.He had a jew colleague at school that people bullied because of his religion but he stood against that. I am yet to find why he turned anti-semitist in the end...
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  5. Post #445
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    February 2010
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    Apart from Animal Farm and 1984, does anyone know a good ( and possibly similar? ) George Orwell book that I could start reading?
    From what I've heard none of other books are remotely similar to 1984 or Animal Farm...
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  6. Post #446
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    June 2011
    529 Posts
    From what I've heard none of other books are remotely similar to 1984 or Animal Farm...
    Damn.
    Thanks anyway.
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  7. Post #447
    Brave New World
    Fahrenheit 451
    We
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  8. Post #448
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    May 2011
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    I like to sniff books occasionally when reading them.

    The different paper they're printed on, or they're age, give off a smell that really enhances the experience, especially if they're good books.

    Am I the only one that does this.
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  9. Post #449
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    February 2009
    1,836 Posts
    I like to sniff books occasionally when reading them.

    The different paper they're printed on, or they're age, give off a smell that really enhances the experience, especially if they're good books.

    Am I the only one that does this.
    I don't sniff them, but I do like the smell of old books. And the feel. Used books have a character to them that new books just can't compete with.

    Edited:

    I also like used book stores because they're generally cozier and friendlier than buying books from a big chain store. There's a used bookstore in my town that I've been going to for years.
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  10. Post #450
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    June 2009
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    I miss the smell of books, I was forced to switch to a kindle recently
    Fortunately that's the only downside of it
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  11. Post #451
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    May 2008
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    I miss the smell of books, I was forced to switch to a kindle recently
    Fortunately that's the only downside of it
    don't worry

    http://smellofbooks.com/
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  12. Post #452
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    June 2011
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    Didn't you read the same stuff as I did? At least he had the guts to admit some of the truths of those days and that of wich the workers had so little of a wage that in some days they & their families starved. Hitler himself felt hunger too; mostly in the winter because he couldnt find work. His hobbies while in vienna were strolling in search of intriguing architecture and reading lotta books.
    He even states that up untill the age of 20 he had little contact with jews and disliked the press that at those times were against jews.He had a jew colleague at school that people bullied because of his religion but he stood against that. I am yet to find why he turned anti-semitist in the end...
    Because he needed someone to unite his nation against.
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  13. Post #453
    jakeabbott96's Avatar
    June 2011
    529 Posts
    Terry Pratchett's Snuff was a letdown.
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  14. Post #454
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    Oh boy I just bought Hitchiker's guide to the galaxy what do I do. 5 books to keep track of now! Is it good at least? I mean, I bought them for 15 bucks, so I guess it was worth it.

    Edited:

    Also i'm currently reading this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Assassins-Cree.../dp/0441019293
    Was passing through a library and thought "hey why the fuck not?", it's a shame that it rolls out ExACTLY as assassin's creed II, it pratically is AC 2 turned into a book (maybe it really is I don't know), it's a lot more emotional though, the part where Ezios' brother, father etc are killed, it made me feel really sad for him, actually, as opposed to the game. It's a lot more grittier too. It's being a good read.
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  15. Post #455
    jakeabbott96's Avatar
    June 2011
    529 Posts
    The Hitchhiker's series is amazing. Fifteen bucks is the best bargain I've ever heard of.
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  16. Post #456
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    January 2006
    791 Posts
    Would you guys be willing to suggest some mystery books for me to read?
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  17. Post #457
    Finally read the entire asoiaf series so far.

    Wow. Martin had to add that one cliff-hanger, didn't he?
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  18. Post #458
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    August 2009
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    Oh boy I just bought Hitchiker's guide to the galaxy what do I do. 5 books to keep track of now! Is it good at least? I mean, I bought them for 15 bucks, so I guess it was worth it.

    Edited:

    Also i'm currently reading this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Assassins-Cree.../dp/0441019293
    Was passing through a library and thought "hey why the fuck not?", it's a shame that it rolls out ExACTLY as assassin's creed II, it pratically is AC 2 turned into a book (maybe it really is I don't know), it's a lot more emotional though, the part where Ezios' brother, father etc are killed, it made me feel really sad for him, actually, as opposed to the game. It's a lot more grittier too. It's being a good read.
    I got the hitchhikers trilogy in one paperback book, trust me, you won't regret it.

    Also I bought the enders game today, so far I'm loving it.
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  19. Post #459
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    March 2010
    1,018 Posts
    Started reading Jules Verne's "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea".
    It is almost scary how he predicted the creation of submarine and mass usage of electricity.
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  20. Post #460
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    February 2011
    277 Posts


    I figured I would start with the prequel before I start the trilogy.
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  21. Post #461
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    November 2007
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    I figured I would start with the prequel before I start the trilogy.
    i liked the hobbit a lot more than lotr (although I've only read fellowship)
    it bugs me that they're making 2 ~3 hour movies out of it
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  22. Post #462
    GoDL1Kelol's Avatar
    January 2010
    833 Posts
    Would you guys be willing to suggest some mystery books for me to read?
    And Then There Were None is amazing
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  23. Post #463
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    Dennab
    June 2008
    2,932 Posts
    I'm reading The Road. Can anyone tell me about what I should expect without spoiling anything for me?
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  24. Post #464
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    July 2008
    7,603 Posts
    I'm reading The Road. Can anything tell me about what I should expect without spoiling anything for me?
    don't expect to smile at any point
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  25. Post #465
    Don't expect to ever want to smile again.
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  26. Post #466
    lord0war's Avatar
    June 2010
    1,778 Posts
    What's a book I can read to look like a pretentious and massive douchebag.

    Edited:

    Also it would be nice if it was a good book but it is not a requirement
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  27. Post #467
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    August 2010
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    What's a book I can read to look like a pretentious and massive douchebag.

    Edited:

    Also it would be nice if it was a good book but it is not a requirement
    Try The Hunger Games.
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  28. Post #468
    What's a book I can read to look like a pretentious and massive douchebag.
    ulysses
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  29. Post #469
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    August 2010
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    But now seriously thinking about it if I saw someone reading something like The Divine Comedy or anything Shakespeare I'm going to assume they are reading it to look cool.
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  30. Post #470
    Quite so, ol' chap.
    Dominicus's Avatar
    December 2011
    4,040 Posts
    What's a book I can read to look like a pretentious and massive douchebag.

    Edited:

    Also it would be nice if it was a good book but it is not a requirement
    "The life of Steve Jobs"
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  31. Post #471
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    March 2010
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    But now seriously thinking about it if I saw someone reading something like The Divine Comedy or anything Shakespeare I'm going to assume they are reading it to look cool.
    Shakespeare is really nice. His "Twelfth Night, or What You Will" really made me laugh. I think I should read more of his works.
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  32. Post #472
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    May 2006
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    Apart from Animal Farm and 1984, does anyone know a good ( and possibly similar? ) George Orwell book that I could start reading?
    There are so many similar books by other authors that I think are much better; Brave New World and Clockwork Orange for example.
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  33. Post #473
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    May 2011
    4,558 Posts
    I just started reading The Catcher in the Rye, I didn't get to read it in school so I thought I'd pick it up myself. I really like it, and I can kinda relate to the character in a couple of ways, which makes it easy and interesting to read and understand. I like it a lot so far, I'm about halfway in.
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  34. Post #474
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    June 2009
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    Finished reading Hitchikers guide
    Loved it
    Now should I read The Mist or Neuromancer?
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  35. Post #475
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    June 2011
    529 Posts
    I just started reading The Catcher in the Rye, I didn't get to read it in school so I thought I'd pick it up myself. I really like it, and I can kinda relate to the character in a couple of ways, which makes it easy and interesting to read and understand. I like it a lot so far, I'm about halfway in.
    I was thinking of picking that book up myself, actually.
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  36. Post #476
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    November 2007
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    I was thinking of picking that book up myself, actually.
    You should it's a good book.
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  37. Post #477
    gvirus's Avatar
    November 2008
    445 Posts
    Speaking of The Catcher in the Rye, I finished it a few hours ago and now I'm probably going to read Casino Royale by Ian Fleming.
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  38. Post #478
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    January 2008
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    I just started reading The Catcher in the Rye, I didn't get to read it in school so I thought I'd pick it up myself. I really like it, and I can kinda relate to the character in a couple of ways, which makes it easy and interesting to read and understand. I like it a lot so far, I'm about halfway in.
    I like it when he calls people phones. I don't really know why he does it. Holden pretty messed up but he's a cool guy.
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  39. Post #479
    Quite so, ol' chap.
    Dominicus's Avatar
    December 2011
    4,040 Posts
    Guys and gals, I'm looking for a book(series) in which magic plays a huge role.

    Anyone got a tips on this matter?
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  40. Post #480
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    May 2011
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    I was thinking of picking that book up myself, actually.
    It's really good if you haven't read it before, but some people think differently about it. I feel like the book is all about perceiving the character; if you don't like the character than you wont like the book, I suppose.
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