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Aught3ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 4290Joined: Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:36 amLocation: New Zealand Gender: Male

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I just finished the Mistborn trilogy. It was a fun read, if you generally like fantasy books you will like these.

Next up is Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums which was recommended to me.
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he_who_is_nobody wrote:The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution - Richard Dawkins.


There are only two or three new examples in the book, the rest is the same stuff Dawkins uses in all his other books. Boring.


Well, seeing as the only science book I have read from Dawkins was the “Blind Watchmaker”, I guess I am still in for a treat. So far, progress has been very slow on this book though. I have been very busy.
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Aught3ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 4290Joined: Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:36 amLocation: New Zealand Gender: Male

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Started reading Pillars of the Earth instead. It is ok so far but a little boring tbh.
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Dragan GlasContributorUser avatarPosts: 2959Joined: Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:55 amLocation: Ireland Gender: Male

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Greetings,

he_who_is_nobody wrote:
Inferno wrote:Well, seeing as the only science book I have read from Dawkins was the “Blind Watchmaker”, I guess I am still in for a treat. So far, progress has been very slow on this book though. I have been very busy.

Ideally read his first - The Selfish Gene - followed by The Extended Phenotype, which he considers his best.

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he_who_is_nobodyBloggerUser avatarPosts: 3346Joined: Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:36 amLocation: Albuquerque, New Mexico Gender: Male

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Dragan Glas wrote:Ideally read his first - The Selfish Gene - followed by The Extended Phenotype, which he considers his best.


I am going to give Dawkins a rest after this book. To be honest, the only reason I am reading it is because it was on sale.
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he_who_is_nobodyBloggerUser avatarPosts: 3346Joined: Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:36 amLocation: Albuquerque, New Mexico Gender: Male

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I am putting Dawkins on the back burner for now.

Abominable Science: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and other Famous Cryptids - Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero.
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Catastrophe 1914 Europe Goes To War by Max Hastings
Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:20 pm
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Flock of Dodos: Behind Modern Creationism, Intelligent Design and the Easter Bunny - Barrett Brown and Jon P. Alston, Ph.D.
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The Monkey's Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of LIfe - Alan de Queiroz
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Kiev 1941: Hitler's Battle for Supremacy in the East
Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:18 pm
tuxboxLeague LegendUser avatarPosts: 1172Joined: Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:05 amLocation: Vero Beach Gender: Tree

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he_who_is_nobody wrote:Writings of Thomas Paine — Volume 4 (1794-1796): the Age of Reason - Thomas Paine


I freakin love Paine. I have all his writings.
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A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
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WarKChat ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 1186Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:59 am Gender: Tree

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tuxbox wrote:A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin


I listened to audiobooks and after talking to Dean realised that I'd missed a lot of the story by falling asleep, so I bought A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons
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he_who_is_nobodyBloggerUser avatarPosts: 3346Joined: Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:36 amLocation: Albuquerque, New Mexico Gender: Male

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tuxbox wrote:A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin


I listened to audiobooks and after talking to Dean realised that I'd missed a lot of the story by falling asleep, so I bought A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons


The TV show is better than the book.
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tuxboxLeague LegendUser avatarPosts: 1172Joined: Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:05 amLocation: Vero Beach Gender: Tree

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he_who_is_nobody wrote:
WarK wrote:
I listened to audiobooks and after talking to Dean realised that I'd missed a lot of the story by falling asleep, so I bought A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons


The TV show is better than the book.


Agreed, but the books are a good thing to read between seasons. They are pretty long winded for my taste, but I still dig them.
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tuxboxLeague LegendUser avatarPosts: 1172Joined: Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:05 amLocation: Vero Beach Gender: Tree

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WarK wrote:
tuxbox wrote:A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin


I listened to audiobooks and after talking to Dean realised that I'd missed a lot of the story by falling asleep, so I bought A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons


Yeah, I can't wait to finish the first and move on to the next. Long winded but fun to read.
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DeanBlog EditorUser avatarPosts: 593Joined: Sun May 22, 2011 1:49 pmLocation: United Kingdom Gender: Pinecone

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he_who_is_nobody wrote:The TV show is better than the book.

Agreed, but the books are a good thing to read between seasons. They are pretty long winded for my taste, but I still dig them.

Not sure I agree that the television series is superior, though I might have an unshakable bias; I read the book series years before I became aware of the show (I suppose I can thank WarK and Gnug215 for bringing it to my attention). I find it hard to compare and contrast the two in my head, even though one is an adaptation of the other. It's nowhere near a perfect copy; the show has made some quite large alterations and cutbacks from the storyline of the books, and I've heard it said that series five is going to be even more of a departure from the novel on which it is based (presumably A Dance with Dragons or A Feast for Crows).

Regarding long-windedness, I don't know if you just mean "long". In which case, well . . . it's not like they're long just for the sake of being long. A fictional universe with over one thousand named characters obviously requires quite a lot of detailed exposition, and it can be tedious in some places. For me the issue is not so much with length but with pacing (length and pacing are distinct attributes), and I thought they were all nicely paced, with one exception. A Clash of Kings took me months to read; the others took me a week or two each.
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WarKChat ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 1186Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:59 am Gender: Tree

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Dean wrote:Not sure I agree that the television series is superior, though I might have an unshakable bias; I read the book series years before I became aware of the show (I suppose I can thank WarK and Gnug215 for bringing it to my attention). I find it hard to compare and contrast the two in my head, even though one is an adaptation of the other. It's nowhere near a perfect copy; the show has made some quite large alterations and cutbacks from the storyline of the books, and I've heard it said that series five is going to be even more of a departure from the novel on which it is based (presumably A Dance with Dragons or A Feast for Crows).


Films/television and books are just different mediums. I think it's hard to translate a book to a film or a tv show. The creators of the show are making a good job given the constraints of a tv production.
I listened to audio books of "A Song of Ice and Fire" after the second season of the show ended. I just couldn't wait for another season, I wanted to know what happens next :)

Dean wrote:Regarding long-windedness, I don't know if you just mean "long". In which case, well . . . it's not like they're long just for the sake of being long. A fictional universe with over one thousand named characters obviously requires quite a lot of detailed exposition, and it can be tedious in some places. For me the issue is not so much with length but with pacing (length and pacing are distinct attributes), and I thought they were all nicely paced, with one exception. A Clash of Kings took me months to read; the others took me a week or two each.


I started reading "A Feast for Crows" and I'm liking it. I've only read less than 100 pages so far (I'm a very slow reader). It doesn't feel long-winded to me. In fact, I think it was harder for me to stay focused while listening to an audiobook.
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The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby
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Just finished the first "Hunger Games". I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.
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