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[#] Thu May 19 2005 23:00:36 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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PK - I think I did lend that to you.. As it is, I spent more time looking around on Amazon, made a list and then went to the bookstore and picked up a few things.. Something from the Nightside by Simon Green was a very good read. Yes. I read it tonight. Will need to get the next couple in the series.

LS - I haven't read either of those yet. Who are they by?

[#] Fri May 20 2005 01:30:52 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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It. It's one book. Murakami, popular Japanese novelist.

[#] Fri May 20 2005 10:32:47 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Ah.. Noted.. Okay.. I'll take that as a recommendation and put it on my next book buying trip. Thanks.

[#] Thu May 26 2005 16:39:12 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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For those looking for some new reading material, I think Elantris by Brandon Sanderson measures up pretty well. Good fantasy writing. Not a retread or something that goes on forever.

[#] Fri May 27 2005 20:23:19 EDT from 2Dog @ Uncensored

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I read somewhere that the Narnia Chronicles are making a comeback. Something about a movie series recreating the books or something like that.
Heh, could very well be I read that here... "pardons if it was already posted". I kinda look forward to that if it is done well and without a lot of product placement.
I can just see the Lion carrying a can of Pepsi, the Witch wearing Tiffany crystals, and the Wardrobe by Calvin Klein. :)

[#] Thu Jun 16 2005 22:25:01 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
by Sam Harris

From Publishers Weekly
In this sometimes simplistic and misguided book, Harris calls for the end of religious faith in the modern world. Not only does such faith lack a rational base, he argues, but even the urge for religious toleration allows a too-easy acceptance of the
motives of religious fundamentalists. Religious faith, according to Harris, requires its adherents to cling irrationally to mythic stories of ideal paradisiacal worlds (heaven and hell) that provide alternatives to their own everyday worlds.
Moreover, innumerable acts of violence, he argues, can be attributed to a religious faith that clings uncritically to one set of dogmas or another. Very simply, religion is a form of terrorism for Harris. Predictably, he argues that a rational and
scientific viewbone that relies on the power of empirical evidence to support knowledge and understandingbshould replace religious faith. We no longer need gods to make laws for us when we can sensibly make them for ourselves. But Harris overstates
his case by misunderstanding r

<curly> I think Sam Harris should hvveave highlighted the ointpoint more thatat a major causation
is that religion is a socially acceptable frorm of insanity. rrationality. Without
a counterargueement and with encouragement irratiionality runs amamok. Naysayers are under attack by the irrational while irrational arguements and attacks are encouraged. This leads to a downward spiral.

[#] Tue Jul 19 2005 18:21:57 EDT from jock @ Uncensored

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The whisky tasting 2 months back was great. Got to hear a good lecture. Got to try 6 different types. I think I'd be willing to buy a case of "Oban", but at $65 a fifth, I think that'll be a dream purchase. The brands were: Talisker, Oban, Lagavulin, Dalwhinnie, Gragganmore, and Glenkinchie. I think I was the only person in the room who had ever made whisky. On other alky stuff, if you're ever in Gatlinburg, stop in at Smoky Mountain Brewery. Good food, great doppelbock.


[#] Thu Jul 21 2005 09:03:13 EDT from doublethink @ Uncensored

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saw Neil Gaiman give a brief talk in Sydney the other night - he read a bit from 'anansi boys' and answered heaps of questions.

nice guy, slightly geeky but overall friendly and good natured, despite looking very tired. I was more scared of the crowd than him though, serious nerd alert! :)

[#] Wed Jul 27 2005 17:26:53 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I want cook book.

[#] Wed Jul 27 2005 17:29:06 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Ah.. Gotcha.. have you read most of the other ones? Do you follow a specific series of his?

[#] Wed Aug 17 2005 12:03:50 EDT from vermilion @ Uncensored

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Just finished reading Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis," a graphic autobiography about growing up in Tehran at the time of the Islamic Revolution. Wow. Just wow. The illustrations are powerful, it's intensely political but also humorous, and it's by far the most human book I've read in a very long time.

[#] Mon Oct 17 2005 19:20:21 EDT from jock @ Uncensored

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Just finished reading Steve Alten's The Loch for the third time. Pretty good. It has 2 monsters in it, see if you can guess who the 2nd monster is. Of course, the setting is one of the top 5 most famous lakes in the world, Scotland's Loch Ness. And the beastie sure ain't wee at 50 feet in length.

[#] Thu Nov 03 2005 21:38:30 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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wow, how is it that i've gone this long without reading any Bruce Sterling to speak of?

reading Distraction. It's pretty damn cool... almost as good as early Stephenson.

[#] Mon Nov 21 2005 21:21:07 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Ooooh!  Smirnoff Twisted V - Grape!

[#] Sat Dec 31 2005 14:22:06 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Ooooh!  A free online library!

[#] Sat Dec 31 2005 19:50:04 EST from harry @ Uncensored

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[#] Mon Jan 30 2006 03:44:02 EST from (CA)Potter @ Uncensored

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 Literature about beer!

 The following poem is as best as I can remember it. I discovered Poe at about the same time I discovered beer. For years I read all the Poe I could find, and this poem still pops into my head whenever I've had a few.



Lines on Ale

EA Poe


Lines of cream and amber mingle, 

I will  drain the glass again.

Such hillarious visions clamber,

'round the chamber of my brain.

Quaintest thoughts and queerest fancies,

Come to life and fade away.

What care I how time advances?

I am drinking ale today.


[#] Tue Jan 31 2006 07:28:23 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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That may be the best fusion of literature *and* beer this room has ever seen.

[#] Wed Mar 15 2006 12:58:46 EST from vermilion @ Uncensored

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Blog of Odysseus
I swear, these fake blogs by famous characters NEVER get old.

[#] Wed Mar 15 2006 13:06:51 EST from vermilion @ Uncensored

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Also: Six Point's Righteous Ale is seriously, righteously tasty. Red, coppery, a bit peppery, and hoppy rye that doesn't get too brash on the finish. Yum.

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