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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished a book called "Webster's Pocket Dictionary version: II"

I must say, it was really long but very short. I even saw the word "Rape". You don't see that in a book that they say kids can read very often.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Walking on Water, by Derrick Jensen. Basically, it's a treaty on anarchistic teaching and it's quite good. It makes me want to go and surprise/freak/outrage my students into thinking outside the box...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Franz Kafka's short stories.
that's because Frank Zappa (oh yes, a fanboy am i) wrote in the liner notes to one of his albums (We're Only In It For The Money) something like "you won't understand what these songs are about if you don't know In The Penal Colony by Franz Kafka"
so i grabbed the book (actually i had to borrow it from my future mother-in-law, she has all the books in the world) and read In The Penal Colony, and now am reading the other stories in the collection.
thru music to literature, maybe that's a strategy for me.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, but do you now understand those songs better?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure "Dinah-Moe-Hum" is a competely different song *L* J/K
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Munan wrote:
Yes, but do you now understand those songs better?

no.
maybe i should find a movie adaptation, it might help.
or a comic book.
wasn't there a Cartoon Network produced tv series?

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I'm sure "Dinah-Moe-Hum" is a competely different song *L* J/K

well, if that one was based on a Kafka story, i'd so love to read it Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love Frank Zappa! I'm reading boring shit you probably wouldn't want to hear about. But soon, once I've got my left leg (and probably the right due to a botched surgery which ate one summer from my young and fleeting life) in a liquid cooled cast this summer, I'll theoretically have all the time I need to read... If I'm not high on Vicodin and too much Guitar Hero 2 for X360.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty psyched for GH II for the 360. I preordered it and everything. Of course, I've been playing Viva Pinata, COD2 and Marvel Ultimate, which means I've been reading threads from the xbox forums *L* I wonder if I can get a little icon (like the xbox forums) for "staying on-topic"... *L*
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will be shredding ... THE SHIT ... out of The Trooper by Iron Maiden. The addition of that song is genius.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Trooper... boy, that brings back memories. I remember when that album came out. Run to the Hills was a more popular song, although Still Life was my favorite. Personally, I think it was the last "good" Iron Maiden album. Powerslave? eh...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read my favorite version of the Odyssey again, just because 300 is coming out soon. Oddly enough, 300 reminds me of the Trojan War and what not.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup - Pillars of the Earth rocked... Now I'm starting on Richard Morgan's 'Altered Carbon', one of those one's that I really shoulda got round to years ago given that I'm a big fan of the cyberpunk genre in general...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really? It's that good?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Really? It's that good?


Apparently... I've only just started it. To date, I'd say my favorite cyberpunk novel (apart from of course Neuromancer, which was quite frankly, awesome), is Neal Stephenson's Snowcrash. It just oozes cool, and he's a damn good writer too..
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm... my english teacher told me to read at least one book he has read that I can write an essay on.

Should I, or not?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you haven't read Neuromancer I'd go for it. Assuming he's read it, of course. Written by William Gibson, published in 1984, winner of all the major science-fiction awards and on Time's list of 100 best novels written since 1923. Gibson coined the concept of cyberspace in his novel Burning Chrome, and introduced the idea of the matrix into popular culture long before most people had even considered such things. And it's a fantastic read.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm reading Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions for the second time for class. It's OK, it's cool though because he's an American.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Koko: I'm very impressed that you'd be reading that book for a class. Thomas Kuhn is one of the greatest philosophers of science I have ever come across. His ideas about paradigmatic research still hold true today even though he wrote that book... in the 60s? I think I'm going to read Stephen King's "The Stand" next. Every time the wife and I drive to LV she talks about this book.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good choice. I'm not really a fan of his, 'cos I find his prose style a bit shit, but "The Stand" is a cracking end of the world type story.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only read "The Shining", although I think I would appreciate the storyline in the Stand. I've caught bits and pieces of his made-for-tv movie of the same title, but I still have one of those left-over gift cards from the holidays.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now reading: Rebel Fay, part 5 in the Noble Blood saga.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I think he's read it.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, Altered Carbon was the best damn scifi I've read in ages! Stayed up until silly o' clock the other night to finish it.... On to the sequel... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reading "Blood and Chocolate" and trying not to think about what vital portions were left out of the movie.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read Ultimate Spiderman: Legacy. What happened to that art style? The only recent time it's been used is in the video-game...
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