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    Favourite Book- that taught you something & what did you learn

    I'd like to discuss this topic with anyone who has ever read a book at any time and thought that they had picked up something important or interesting. Any type of book is fine- Biography/ poetry/ history/ fiction & non-fiction....

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    Quote Originally Posted by World Wide Waco
    I'd like to discuss this topic with anyone who has ever read a book at any time and thought that they had picked up something important or interesting. Any type of book is fine- Biography/ poetry/ history/ fiction & non-fiction....
    Little T learns to share.

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    All Quiet Along the Western Front

    Helped teach me about the horrors of war.
    The solitude that it creates, and the damage it causes, both physically and mentally.
    "The Gagne T-shirt jersey comes with a complimentary can of gasoline and a set of matches."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawgFanatic
    Little T learns to share.

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    Colstrip montaner!
    "have you ever read a big that changed your life?... Me neither" -Jim Gaffigan
    the space that is mine
    We miss 'ya brother dime. We know your up there jamming with Cliff and Chuck. Stay metal

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    Under a Magnifying Glass
    big or book????

    well anyway, I dont read books... Im in 10th grade and its just not a big thing for me.... but i get straight A's!!!! semester ends tommorow. Yay... woo. I got a 125 percent on my alg 2 finals... BRILLIANT!..... YA.... woo.. yay.

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    The Hobbit

    Read it for the first time last year as an adult after learning to love LOTR. I am rereading it. Life is an adventure and it sure is good to have people to go through it with.

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    Well, the theory of poker by David Skalanski was pretty good and informative.

    The most life changing book I read was back in my high school days: "The Long Hard Road out of Hell" by Marilyn Manson... A real eye opener for a 16 year old. Love him or hate him, you ought to read his book.

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    Reply for NJBRONCOSFAN

    NJBRONCOSFAN- I remember reading that book as well. If you would like a really great book on the history surrounding that war- William L. Shirer wrote what is considered to be the definitive history of National Socialist Germany. His book is called 'The rise and fall of the third reich'. He was an american radio reporter in Germany during both hitler's rise to power, and his increasing meglomaniacal driven decline. The source material he had access to was singular and unique. A really important work as well considering the destructive elements quite similair to 1920's Germany that are being inculculated in our society. Any book that demystifies the falsehood surrounding societies inclination to re-inforce war and killing as 'tough/ macho' is a great service to humanity and our sometime goodly republic. Tough is a committment to diplomacy and walking in christs way...the way of the weak, feeble, and corrupt is to believe that through destruction- something good arises. One of the reasons we have a DOD- is an acknowledgement of that truth. Our strength arises from our ability to execute contract not people, and to do so in the american way: rather than the british way- where some party is being exploited. We are a people of great strength, intellect, and ability- we can execute contract so that all parties win and gain to attend to their own purposes. A good posting...war is indeed hell and it is bettter to read of the real experiences of those who have been through that madness than to learn through experience. Thanks

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    I have 4 favorite books. I love to read but I these are the books that I have enjoyed the most and taken the most from.

    1. The Grapes of Wrath -- John Steinbeck
    I read this book when I was in 7th grade...for fun. At that time I really wasn't able to understand most of the underlying symbolism and meanings but I have read it many times since then and its just fantastic. Steinbeck's writing style has me hooked.

    2. 1984--George Orwell
    I love Orwell. His style is great and reading satire has always been something I enjoy. This novel if great and political which is my favorite thing about it.

    3. The Great Gatsby -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
    I dont even know where to start. This book is so fantastic, especially when paired with The Grapes of Wrath...they both depict America in such interesting ways. It is interesting to see how the depression really affected people and it is even more amazing to read about how rockin' life was before it began.

    4.She's Come Undone -- Wally Lamb
    Dont read this if you are a man. The first time I read this, I didnt understand it at all. But I have read it again and it really is a wonderful book.

    yey for reading!!!
    ...capture it...remember it...

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    Crime and Punishment: Showed me that I don't like crazy, murdering people with long names such as Rodya Romanovitch Raskolnikov.

    East Of Eden: Life goes on.

    Harry Potter: Nerds with anger issues CAN make a difference outside of the electronics world.

    Hamlet: Taught me that Shakespeare was really brilliant, but had too much time on his hands.

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    Reply to: Snapping Turtle

    Snapping Turtle:
    I haven't heard of the last book but the first three are all books I have read. I think that Aldous Huxley's Brave New World which they usually assign as a companion to Orwell's 1984 is far more frightening than 1984 and if you haven't read this book- you definitely will find it as important a read as Orwell's classic. It's interesting that you should mention the great depression- I just finished watching the four-part PBS series about the 1920's and 30's leading into world war II. I borrowed the VHS tapes from the library- a good overview, but really just a jumping off point for more in-depth research. Steinbeck's novel definitely is a great american contribution to literature. I think all three of those picks are also very relevent to our society today as I was posting earlier in regard to the Germany of 1920. The movement towards shallowness and surface over substance is not confined to culture and the arts today- it seemd controlling in all feilds. The Great Gatsby really took shallowness and hypocricy to task. The strength of our society and nation is embedded in our committment to individuality- Individual Human Rights are the only rights that exist. It is also our weakness for when individuals surrender what cannot be taken by force then that failure permeates the whole society and threatens it with dissoloution. It would probably be really helpful if everyone felt the same way as you do about those three books.

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    State of Fear by Michael Crichton.

    and Next by Michael Crichton.

    Okay, so they're both far as the novels go.

    Next was good, but it could've been better story wise, however the issues that Crichton has been bringing to the table in the last few novels he's written are frightening.

    State of Fear pretty much won me over to the fact that: There really isn't a threat from Global Warming. Weather is all about trends, warming trends, cooling trends and back and forth. This novel brings so many facts to the table that maybe this should have been the topic of debate rather than The Da Vinci Code which was obviously pure fiction.

    Anyhow, Crichton does not leave you hanging because he backs up what he writes, though his work is almost always fiction, he creates those ficticious stories from true, real life facts that he spends years of research to accumulate.

    With 30 pages of references and graphs and proof from scientists and NASA that he provides at the end of the book, it's kind of hard to say that we're going to have to worry about the world flooding out due to the polar ice caps melting. Especially since he points out that Antarctica is getting bigger.

    Maybe it's an Ice Age we should be worried about, not a Heat Wave.

    And then:

    Next brings to the table some really sobering information. The idea that universities and medical institutions/labs can actually patent and own human genes. One big idea through out the book is that one patient is repeatedly told to come in for testing and naturally assumes he is not getting better as a result of his khemo treatment. The disturbing fact is that he loses his case in court and the courts rule that he has NO RIGHT to his own tissue and genes once they've left his body. How rediculous!!!

    Fiction or not, this could actually be a reality! What if you could be walking along and get kidnapped by bounty hunters because the company that "owns" your genes needs more samples and can have you arrested for burglary of said genes.


    Anyway... Crichton never fails me. His stuff is all so realistic in the sense that the way he researches and writes....the topics of his novels become entirely plausible.


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    reply to: cinnamunmun

    Funny, I read Dostoevsky and I didn't get that. His best book, I argue is not the aforementioned 'crime and punishment' but 'the possessed' also entitled 'the devils'. I believe it is the most revealing of the author and his 'view' ,(chagrin), of this world and his unquenching thirst for the life in the world to come. Perhaps in that world all will be sane, murdering people with short and proper names.

    I haven't read 'east of eden' but since you listed it, I will read it and post some comments which you can make fun of- I promise I won't cheat and rent the movie.

    I don't think harry potter books ARE actually books- I don't think they should be written, read, published or have some individuals valuable time wasted in reading...but that's just me.

    Hamlet- now you make fun of the divine. Did you know that Shakepeare was a reformer but was not a protestant! He believed in reforming the one and only church not in creating new ones. Hamlet is in fact a reformer book. Notice that when Shakespeare wrote it ~1600 Martin Luther's reform movement had not yet been entirely aborted by the church nor given a death penalty by the british crown with the creation of 'other churches'. Shakespeare was born in 1564 18 years after Martin Luther died in 1546. You will note that Horatio and Hamlet attend 'Wittenberg'- Hamlet is away from his studies due to the death of his father and Horaio will visit him having also left that university. This is key because outside of Martin Luther nailing his 95 thesis' to the door of a church in Wittenberg where he was a professor of theology- this town and university has no distinction! Hamlet's father is murdered by his uncle who then usurps his throne and takes his wife for his own. If you see the analogy it is definitive. The true catholic monk, priest, and professor of theology Martin Luther, believed that the popes had usurped GOD's position and since the church is representative of our mother as GOD is of our father- that therefore he also usuped that wife. In Hamlet the uncle pours poison into Hamlet's father's ear- just as Martin Luther felt that the word of GOD, (JESUS) and scripture was being poisoned and replaced with doctrine and the popes orthodox catchecism- rather than relying upon the word. So, just as the holy spirit enters the church and through baptism- new children are 'born' from the churches- the mother's womb so the analogy in Hamlet revolving around his father, mother and the usurping uncle are true to Shakespeare's reformer mind. It is salient to keep in mind that Hamlet represents everyman and the struggle of each individual to reach an understanding of this movement. In Hamlet we really see a play not about a character with the human flaw of hesitation- but the true disciple who does not want to err in uncertainty as to the guilt/ innocence of his uncle. It is a play with a myriad of unresolved elements key to the actions and outcome- which in the tragic end though extolling the ultimate seveare toll still eludes any satisfactory resoloution. Clearly, scripture teaches us that peter binds and is not about right and wrong but for all to see and realize that love is the fullfillment of the law. God it seems is not a socialist...and as there is one GOD, one word of GOD, one Holy Spirit which is the one breath of GOD, so too there is but one church and one man who heads is for him to bind and unbind...nothing more and certainly not any less. Agree or disagree, one thing is certain: the time Shakespeare had on his hands was time well spent in his writing these great works.

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    Reply to: RealBronco

    I read the 'Andromeda Strain' by Creighton when I was really young and it was one of my favourites for years. That was a classic and really far ahead of it's time. Another writer who uses a great deal of fact and science as material over which he builds his tapestry of fiction is Frank Herbert. A brilliant scientist in his own right- he was dedicated to enviornmental sciences before it could get you rich, popular, and laid. In his popular novels 'Dune' as in all his other books he creates sophisticated enviornments and then uses that to shape the society and economies of the worlds his charachter's inhabit. I really love that kind of work, it informs you and also demonstrates many underlying causes of conflict and the exploitation of purposely generated instability for economic and political gain. These are universal lessons we all should heed...and a good read as well. I like Herbert so much, I can even enjoy the movie even though it sucked so terribly...I never tire of exploring the worlds he creates and the impact of those enviornments on his characters and the society they 'live' in. You may enjoy his work as well, I think Michael Creighton has a similair approach. I will read 'next'- it sounds really interesting. Thanks for the post.

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