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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #1905 on: June 22, 2011, 02:05:58 pm »
I've been burning through the free book collection for kindle, but I'd particularly recommend The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare.

It helps if you try to throw yourself fully into the story, and suspend your disbelief and genre savvy-ness.  Also, it helps to skim the last chapter or so.

Apropos of OP, finished Game of Thrones, moving on to Clash of Kings.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #1906 on: June 22, 2011, 02:11:57 pm »
All I'm going to say is Tyrion absolutely shines in this book. 
"The thoughts of all men arise from the darkness. If you are the movement of your soul, and the cause of that movement precedes you, then how could you ever call your thoughts your own? How could you be anything other than a slave to the darkness that comes before? Only the Logos allows one to mitigate that slavery. Only knowing the sources of thought and action allows us to own our thoughts and our actions, to throw off the yoke of circumstance."
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #1907 on: June 22, 2011, 08:03:15 pm »
I'm getting ready to read Eastern Standard Tribe by Doctorow.  I read the first page in the bookstore and I was sold.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #1908 on: June 23, 2011, 04:27:31 am »
Probably the Neuromancer novels.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #1909 on: June 25, 2011, 12:22:18 pm »
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It reads as smoothly as Guns, Germs and Steel, and is almost as interesting. It is pretty interesting to draw parallels between past societies and current times.

I'm also halfway through Natural-Born Cyborgs by Andy Clark, I really like Andy's stuff, and this book is just as well worded, and interesting as his journal articles, but it is a bit repetitive (though I just may find that because I've read several of his articles). It is pretty cool if you are into modern philosophy of mind or transhumanism, also he mentions Transmetropolitan.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #1910 on: June 25, 2011, 04:40:55 pm »
Jared Diamond made a point in interview shortly after the Lehman Brothers collapse that is worth keeping in mind:

"Any society where the elite are entirely seperated from the concerns and pressures of the majority of that society will eventually collapse".  He didn't qualify "under it's own stupidity", but I believe it was implied.
"The thoughts of all men arise from the darkness. If you are the movement of your soul, and the cause of that movement precedes you, then how could you ever call your thoughts your own? How could you be anything other than a slave to the darkness that comes before? Only the Logos allows one to mitigate that slavery. Only knowing the sources of thought and action allows us to own our thoughts and our actions, to throw off the yoke of circumstance."
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #1911 on: June 29, 2011, 08:41:57 am »
Andrew Roberts - The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War.

Not seen anything to justify the tagline yet, but it's a relatively decent read.  This is not surprising, since Robert seems to believe he is still living in the Second World War.
"The thoughts of all men arise from the darkness. If you are the movement of your soul, and the cause of that movement precedes you, then how could you ever call your thoughts your own? How could you be anything other than a slave to the darkness that comes before? Only the Logos allows one to mitigate that slavery. Only knowing the sources of thought and action allows us to own our thoughts and our actions, to throw off the yoke of circumstance."
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #1912 on: July 02, 2011, 09:46:09 am »
Still making my way through The Storm of War, but I've also started on Maury Terry's The Ultimate Evil.

Terry's thesis is that David Berkowitz alone was not responsible for the "Son of Sam" killings, as is popularly believed.  Instead, there was at least three killers involved in the crimes, and while Berkowitz is certainly guilty of some of the killings, he was performing them under coercion (Berkowitz's bizarre behaviour during the killings, including numerous arson attacks designed to draw attention to himself and land him in prison on a lesser charge, are indicative of this).  Furthermore, the group killings have a cult undertone to them, and are related to the Process Church of the Final Judgement (or their Four P splinter group...or both) and a number of murders on the West Coast, including possibly those of the Zodiac Killer.

I have it on good authority from someone who has read the book, and is well connected in the New York occult scene (indeed, he was in New York during the murders and went to the same school as Berkowitz, albeit at a different time) that while Terry's analysis is poor, due to his lack of knowledge of the occult and the complications that arise from Berkowitz's testimony, Berkowitz having converted to a fundamentalist form of Christianity while in prison, his raw data is unassailable and, if taken on that evidence alone, makes for compelling reading.

I'm also inclined to believe some elements of this, if only for the reason that, as serial killing, the Son of Sam murders are so damn odd.  Serial killers almost never use guns, especially not in their more mature "cycling" phases of violence.  The literature on this is quite clear...speaking of which, Berkowitz was remarkably well read on the psychology of serial killers, including a book written by the psychologist who examined him after his arrest.  And the murder of several people involved in the case after Berkowitz was already in prison is pretty much concrete proof that, if nothing else, he had accomplices.
"The thoughts of all men arise from the darkness. If you are the movement of your soul, and the cause of that movement precedes you, then how could you ever call your thoughts your own? How could you be anything other than a slave to the darkness that comes before? Only the Logos allows one to mitigate that slavery. Only knowing the sources of thought and action allows us to own our thoughts and our actions, to throw off the yoke of circumstance."
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #1913 on: July 02, 2011, 03:29:52 pm »
Wait till you get to the point that Maury claims the cult try to recruit the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #1914 on: July 02, 2011, 04:44:09 pm »
Wait till you get to the point that Maury claims the cult try to recruit the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.

Heh, the killer cult?  I somehow doubt it.  The Stones did, as far as I'm aware, hang with people very close to the Process Church, and I believe some of their more regular groupies belonged to the group.  But then I'm not convinced that the Process Church itself are the culprits.  "Four P" is a creepy as fuck offshoot, but there is so little real evidence I find any talk about them suspect.  Plus there is the whole "dead dog" thing.  Lots of dead dogs...but the Process, as far as I can tell, loved dogs.

I know the Process were also involved with Manson, so along with their frankly bizarre theology they're good fodder for conspiracy theories and talk about satanism.  But this is exactly the kind of thing my friend warned me about with the book, so I'm kinda expecting it.  Hell, even only a couple of hundred pages in it seems quite obvious he has a stick up his arse about "satanism".  But so far, concentrating as he is on the description of the killer(s) at each scene and the ballistics, he's on fairly solid ground.
"The thoughts of all men arise from the darkness. If you are the movement of your soul, and the cause of that movement precedes you, then how could you ever call your thoughts your own? How could you be anything other than a slave to the darkness that comes before? Only the Logos allows one to mitigate that slavery. Only knowing the sources of thought and action allows us to own our thoughts and our actions, to throw off the yoke of circumstance."
- R. Scott Bakker, The Darkness That Comes Before

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #1915 on: July 02, 2011, 06:20:37 pm »
Rereading Northrop Frye's Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake, and if I can get my Kindle working again I'll be able to finish Artaud's The Theatre and Its Double

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #1916 on: July 03, 2011, 08:44:53 am »
"Shot in the Heart" by Mikal Gilmore. I haven't read a good biography for ages. And this is pretty good. It's written by the brother of a notorious killer, and it's about where those murders began.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #1917 on: July 25, 2011, 01:01:21 am »
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #1918 on: July 25, 2011, 02:13:20 am »
Finished some GREAT stuff recently. Voltaire's Candide is now a favorite, and the Chekov short story Ward 6 is right up there with it.

On top of my usual mass reading list, I'm on Chrome Yellow by Huxley and a piece called This is Mohummad.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #1919 on: July 26, 2011, 01:13:21 am »
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