Discussion in 'Books' started by Hellblazer, Mar 12, 2016.
I've made a convenient chart to explain the Dune series for the unaware
I recently started and am now mostly through The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. I'm not quite to the ending yet but I have to admit I like this a lot more than I thought I would.
This isn't the kind of thing I normally try, but it's really detailed historical fiction that "name drops" people from the era in credible ways and wanders in strange ways that I like. I don't know if it's for everyone but it's interesting to me because it's fiction about the Golden Age of Superheroes/Pulp Era without being fiction from that era. That's a horrible description, but it's better than it sounds.
The author does a very good job with creating complex characters who are relatable and highly imperfect like real people are.
You should also read Wonder Boys and The Yiddish Policemen's Union by the same author.
My girlfriend asked for some right wing, or free market books....
I gave her a copy of basic economics, she liked it a lot (didn't agree with a lot) and then my copy of Democracy the god that failed. Ya I haven't got laid in a bit.
Basic Economics isn't even controvertible; it's a generally accepted reference or textbook that doesn't even get into the finer points of economics that you can actually argue about. Sowell even makes this point in the book, that there are a certain set of core ideas that all economists generally accept which are well vetted concepts. Her reaction is like reading a copy of Barron's Accounting Handbook and saying "No I disagree."
It's a fantastic book everyone should have read in high school, twice. It would prevent so many problems if people understood these basic concepts; our political policy discourse would be much more productive if everyone understood the concepts in it. It's a dry subject for most people but Sowell's book is incredibly accessible and his website (at least used to) gives sources to back everything up and it represents the distillation of decades of scholarship into one volume. I only hope that now that he's retired, someone is able to take up the mantle and continue updating it with new editions.
It only gets considered a "conservative" book because Thomas Sowell's other work is more political and philosophical in many cases (I love his books). But the idea the book is "right wing" is wrong imho. Yes the book addresses why capitalism can deliver superior results, but he also points out the problem of external costs borne by third parties, points out there are certain exceptions to principles, debunks the "trickle down" theory as poppycock, and reiterates several times there is no "perfect" system there's only a series of trade offs to be made.
Sorry I'm just a big Thomas Sowell fan. The man is an American treasure.
I thank you for the breakdown and add on post. Yea Tom is my homie. I adore him. As someone whom has an econ background. This man helped build a school of economic thought. A dream of mine is he and I can talk trickle down I think he while smarter than I views it in a different way and in some rare cases has a ton of use. But really I'd just love to meet a literal living legand in my field of study.
As another fav and fellow starter of the chigago school said "economists agree on 80% of things period."
Mrs Erika isn't a dumb person it's so sad to me that it's not all free and magic is a shock to the point it scares and offends people is heart breaking.
I'm just going to leave this here.
Do people unironically read shit like that?
This man does.
Well, this one is a crappy 3500 word piece of unedited garbage that directly rips off FSOG and costs $4, so probably not. However, I'm sure there are people who would read a version that's longer, better and infinitely more satisfying.
About dinosaurs forcing someone gay? I...Would like to believe you're wrong but you're probably not.
For a couple of days I've been going through the novelisation of Alien (The Alan Dean Foster version) before bed. It's a strange read since the characters behave differently. Ripley's a lot more well-spoken and polite which caught me off guard. There's also other odd minor changes like the chamber full of alien eggs being underground and a scene where Dallas and Lambert haul Kane's body down a rocky crevice.
The half-way point of the book is when Kane gets brought in and Ash tries to get the facehugger off of him. I'm not far enough in yet to determine whether the book includes the deleted scenes seen in the Director's Cut.
Anyone ever read Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park? It's good and very different from the movie. My favorite parts were the big T-Rex (there's a little one too) being shy and easily sunburned, and Muldoon blowing the leg off a raptor with a rocket launcher.
It's freaking great and one of the first adult books I read as a kid. I'll always have a soft spot for it.
I was a huge nerd into dinosaurs as a kid, I remember getting to see the movie in theater as a kid and after wards throwing a near tantrum about the fact most of those dinos weren't from the Jurassic period lol.
I remember my mom was gonna kill my dad for letting me see it. And I forget how it happened but some how my dad wouldn't be murdered if I read the book. So yea, I think honestly the first chapter book I had before that was Charlie and the Chocolate factory... that might explain a lot wrong with me.
On to what I'm reading, with out power leveling too much, some big changes hit me in life and I know I did the right thing but well you know that voice saying no? So I fell back to my security blanket book, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. I highly suggest everyone read it. It's a bit of history, diary, philosophy and vent all wrapped up to one. Re reading it I am starting to more think he may have suffered depression. And I think it's very humanizing, at his time of writing he was the most powerful person in the world, he got sad, wasn't sure he was doing right, worthy of his spot, all while having a serious understanding of almost anything due to his smarts.
It just reminds me, no matter how good you do or how well you do, no matter how smart or lucky you are, we all question it.
I've recently finished off You Won't Believe Your Eyes! which is all about sci-fi monster movies from the '50s. There was so much stupid shit in those old movies.
That is so up my alley, I'm picking it up this week! Thanks for idea.
The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan is my favorite book. I've read it at least 10 times. However, there's something I've never been able to figure out
"Cow-milking hands" is obviously a hand job, "chicken love" I figure is a blow job since your head bobs like a chickens, but I'll be damned if I can figure out what "night garden tricks" is supposed to be.
Dry-humping since night gardening would be inefficient? Masturbating the guy, sort of like a preparation for actual sex? Scat play, ala night soil?
Last night I started The Empire Stops Here, which is about the borders of the Roman Empire. It's amazing how their frontiers stretched all the way to the Caucasus but they could never crack Scotland.
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