Books Thread

Discussion in 'Books' started by Hellblazer, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. king koi

    king koi they call me prophet

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    MerriedxReldnahc The Gayest Gay Man Who Ever Gayed in CWCville

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    I've made a convenient chart to explain the Dune series for the unaware
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  3. Trefoil Knot

    Trefoil Knot < x,y | x² = y³ >

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    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.
     
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  4. Someone In A Tree

    Someone In A Tree Well-Known Member

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    You should also read Wonder Boys and The Yiddish Policemen's Union by the same author.
     
  5. Erika

    Erika RL incel hunter

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    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.
     
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  6. Trefoil Knot

    Trefoil Knot < x,y | x² = y³ >

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    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.
     
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  7. Erika

    Erika RL incel hunter

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    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.
     
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  8. Uncle Frank

    Uncle Frank A genuine English bastard.

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    I've been reading The Master Plan by Heather Pringle, which is about how the Nazi regime rewrote history to suit their agenda.
     
  9. TheVoid

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    I'm just going to leave this here.

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  10. Uncle Frank

    Uncle Frank A genuine English bastard.

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    What's the deal with Dinosaur Erotica?
     
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    QuiltGuilt My 2-cent_garbage.com

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    Do people unironically read shit like that?
     
  12. bustopher_jones

    bustopher_jones Found at all the best clubs.

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    This man does.
     
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    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.
     
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    QuiltGuilt My 2-cent_garbage.com

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    About dinosaurs forcing someone gay? I...Would like to believe you're wrong but you're probably not.
     
  15. Uncle Frank

    Uncle Frank A genuine English bastard.

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    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.
     
  16. ICanFeelTheCosmos0704

    ICanFeelTheCosmos0704 Condemned to HELL by Brad Watson

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    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.