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    Books & reading

    Post  ProfessorAlan on July 11th 2010, 6:24 pm

    1. What are you reading now? Or recently?

    2. If anyone is a member of either LibraryThing.com or Goodreads.com, friend me. I am ProfessorAlan on those sites, as well.

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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  Paeter on July 11th 2010, 10:21 pm

    ProfessorAlan wrote:1. What are you reading now? Or recently?


    Summoner (Chronicles Of The Necromancer)- Gail Z. Martin

    Systematic Theology, Volume 2- Norman Geisler

    Favorite Comics Right Now:

    The Secret Six- Gail Simone

    Brightest Day- Geoff Johns

    Green Lantern- Geoff Johns

    The Flash- (yup)Geoff Johns



    What are you reading, Alan?



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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  UKSteve on July 12th 2010, 6:29 am

    I'm currently reading The Enclave by Karen Hancock (oh yeah, I geek out over Christian sci-fi novels too!).

    And did I mention Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos yet?

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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  ProfessorAlan on July 12th 2010, 9:02 am

    Paeter wrote:What are you reading, Alan?

    I just finished Suprised by Hope, by NT Wright.
    just about finished My Life With the Saints, by James Martin, SJ.

    About a quarter of the way through the last trade of 100 Bullets.

    just started Empire of Ivory(Temeraire #4), by Naomi Novik.

    reading with my 19yo daughter (re-read for me) Temple of the Winds, by Terry Goodkind.

    I have two long-term reading projects, ones I want to finish by the end of the year. One is a re-read of Pascal's Penses (I read a few pages a day, maximum), as well as Grudem's Systematic Theology. I got slowed down recently with his chapters on Men & Women, as I am more of an egalitarian than he is, so I am a little behind my pace, but I'll still finish it by the end of the year.

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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  Paeter on July 12th 2010, 4:42 pm

    ProfessorAlan wrote:

    About a quarter of the way through the last trade of 100 Bullets.


    100 bullets pretty good then? I've always been a little curious.


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    Post  ProfessorAlan on July 12th 2010, 6:18 pm

    Let's just say 100 Bullets puts the "graphic" back in "graphic novel." It is very noir, complete with lots of bad language, nudity & violence that comes with that genre. I usually shy away from this type of stuff.

    But the overall story is very intriguing, well-crafted characters, and I think the artist is quite good.


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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  Paeter on July 12th 2010, 9:43 pm

    ProfessorAlan wrote:Let's just say 100 Bullets puts the "graphic" back in "graphic novel." It is very noir, complete with lots of bad language, nudity & violence that comes with that genre. I usually shy away from this type of stuff.

    But the overall story is very intriguing, well-crafted characters, and I think the artist is quite good.


    Is that the one in Black and White, or am I thinking of Sin City?


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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  kevbayer on July 13th 2010, 8:19 am

    I'm on goodreads as Kevin Bayer, I think... my user profile is at http://www.goodreads.com/bookreviewer


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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  ProfessorAlan on July 13th 2010, 10:50 am

    Paeter wrote:Is that the one in Black and White, or am I thinking of Sin City?

    You are thinking of Sin City. 100 Bullets is in color.

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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  Paeter on July 13th 2010, 2:19 pm

    ProfessorAlan wrote:
    Paeter wrote:Is that the one in Black and White, or am I thinking of Sin City?

    You are thinking of Sin City. 100 Bullets is in color.

    Okey doke. Thanks for clarifying.


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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  Rohelf on July 16th 2010, 11:36 am

    I've been making my way bit by bit through Peoples of Middle-earth. I'm really enjoying it, but I can only recommend it to someone who really likes Tolkien, and would be interested in things like detailed family trees and Gondorian historical revisionism.

    I've been leavening that with the latest Mercedes Lackey novel from the Valdemar series, Foundation, but I've got to say it's been disappointing so far. But it makes for acceptable brain-candy between the chewy hard stuff. Wink

    What I'd really like is for George R.R. Martin to get off his bum and give us A Dance with Dragons already... tongue

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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  Hackmodford on July 16th 2010, 2:43 pm

    I just finished reading (listening Wink ) to Ender's Shadow and am now oging through Shadow of the Hegemon and hope to complete the shadow series to end up listening to Ender's Exile...

    But I just found out that Graphic Audio dramatized the gospel of Mark so that might take 2 hours of my time away from everything else... It's just really awesomely well done.


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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  WhiteBoy on July 19th 2010, 12:47 pm

    I'm not a reader; I'm a listener. Smile I've been listening to so many podcasts right now, I've had little time for even that, though.

    Lately I've really been enjoying the podcast novel FETIDUS (Foundation for the Ethical Treatment of the Innocently Damned, Undead, and Supernatural).


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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  Hackmodford on July 19th 2010, 12:53 pm

    WhiteBoy wrote:I'm not a reader; I'm a listener. Smile I've been listening to so many podcasts right now, I've had little time for even that, though.

    Lately I've really been enjoying the podcast novel FETIDUS (Foundation for the Ethical Treatment of the Innocently Damned, Undead, and Supernatural).

    The worst of it is I Just (and I mean just) bought a Nook from Barnes and Noble so that I can get back into actually "reading" books. And am now plowing through The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. And I just noticed that somebody wrote a 6th book for the Hitchhiker's Guide so I absolutely know what's on my reading list Wink


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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  UKSteve on July 19th 2010, 4:22 pm

    Hackmodford wrote:I just noticed that somebody wrote a 6th book for the Hitchhiker's Guide so I absolutely know what's on my reading list Wink

    Don't get too excited. It's almost, but not quite, entirely unlike Hitch-hikers.

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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  Hackmodford on July 19th 2010, 4:24 pm

    UKSteve wrote:
    Hackmodford wrote:I just noticed that somebody wrote a 6th book for the Hitchhiker's Guide so I absolutely know what's on my reading list Wink

    Don't get too excited. It's almost, but not quite, entirely unlike Hitch-hikers.

    Well I've only listened to the drama and never read the books but have watched the movie... will it be that different too me?


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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  UKSteve on July 20th 2010, 1:28 pm

    Hackmodford wrote:Well I've only listened to the drama and never read the books but have watched the movie... will it be that different too me?

    Well let's see, the original radio drama (Primary Phase) and the TV series and the first two books were broadly similar; the Secondary Phase was different cos a bunch of it was co-written so Adams couldn't use it in later books; the recent radio shows (Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases) were broadly based on the later books (with a little retcon added to allow the existence of the Secondary Phase); the movie went off at a completely different tangent (and isn't as good as the books or radio shows); and the Eoin Colfer book... well, what are you thinking about reading that for when there are five proper HHG novels to read? Smile

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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  Hackmodford on July 20th 2010, 1:29 pm

    Because I need more HHG Shocked

    When you say a little retcon

    A) I'm not familiar with that word
    B) Does that explain why there seems to be some sort of continuity conflict between the secondary and tertiary phase?

    I've only heard the radio dramas. And I liked the movie after watching it a couple times and finding all the little references hidden throughout.


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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  UKSteve on July 20th 2010, 2:05 pm

    Hackmodford wrote:When you say a little retcon

    A) I'm not familiar with that word
    B) Does that explain why there seems to be some sort of continuity conflict between the secondary and tertiary phase?
    Retrospective continuity, I believe is the full term. And yes, it means they had to fudge the continuity after the event.

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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  Hackmodford on July 20th 2010, 2:08 pm

    UKSteve wrote:
    Hackmodford wrote:When you say a little retcon

    A) I'm not familiar with that word
    B) Does that explain why there seems to be some sort of continuity conflict between the secondary and tertiary phase?
    Retrospective continuity, I believe is the full term. And yes, it means they had to fudge the continuity after the event.

    Okay so how would you explain what happened between those two stories? If you were purely listening to the audio dramas?


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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  UKSteve on July 20th 2010, 6:08 pm

    [quote="Hackmodford"][quote="UKSteve"]
    Hackmodford wrote:
    Okay so how would you explain what happened between those two stories? If you were purely listening to the audio dramas?
    You know, if I'd been writing it, I would probably have done something suitably surreal like ignore it but for the occasional oblique reference to it. Which I suppose is kind of what they did by 'explaining' the Secondary Phase away as the imaginings of Zaphod's ego, or something.

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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  Enna on July 28th 2010, 4:29 pm

    CUT IN. I love Basil sands work he is an awesome write,and I also love the Archangle pod cast. study

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    Post  Guest on August 11th 2010, 1:22 am

    Currently reading, off and on, right now:

    Fiction:

    I waited anxiously for the newest book set in Terry Brook's other fictional world to come out in paperback. Landover, where a deeply depressed lawyer purchased the right to the throne of a magic kingdom, and the problems and responsibilities of the kingship. Lo and behold, a couple of weeks ago it arrived, so I'm making my way through A Princess of Landover.

    In between other reading material, I dart back and forth through a stack of Robert E. Howard anthologies that Del Rey has been putting out, those are a lot of fun.

    Non-Fiction:

    Slow going through Joseph Campbell's Primitive Mythology. Also, some small doses of A Short History of the World.

    Comics:

    Well, I never thought I would be as into comics as I have become, however, circumstances have made comics a better target for my attention. Having found my ability to read has become slower, comics provide for faster reading. There is also the convenience of all the compilations and collections of old series, making better access a reality. Currently reading through:

    Marvel Star Wars. Yes, the ancient series that Marvel did in the late '70's and early to mid-'80's, which Dark Horse have been kind enough to make available.

    Star Wars X-Wing. Again, Dark Horse has made the series desirable by compressing them into three omnibuses.

    Star Wars Legacy. Over 100 years after Return of the Jedi, the well known elements of Star Wars have evolved into interesting new patterns.

    Classic G.I. Joe. Not the movie, not the new comic book, and not even really much like that animated series from the '80's, except in terms of visual similarity; this G.I. Joe from it's heyday, as created by Larry Hama, a continuity all it's own.

    DC Comics Star Trek Volume One. Set between The Wrath of Khan, The Search For Spock, and after The Voyage Home, and ending before the fifth Star Trek movie showed up. Available to me by way of a CD Rom disk that has 30 years worth of Star Trek comics, from the 1960's to a stopping point only a few years ago, including all the comics that DC, Marvel, Image, and others produced; all on one disk. It's just insane!

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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  Hackmodford on August 11th 2010, 9:38 am

    I just came across this website.
    https://www.lethalpublishing.com/christianscififantasy/index.php?cPath=21
    The nephillum series interest me...

    sadly I'm trying to find ebooks for my new nook.

    does anybody have a recommendation on a christian sci-fi ebook? Preferably from Barnes and Noble but epub works fine.


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    Re: Books & reading

    Post  ProfessorAlan on August 11th 2010, 10:40 am

    Hackmodford wrote:The nephillum series interest me...

    I though it was a pretty bad series, but it hit some particular points that I always hate, so there was no chance I'd like it. Your mileage may vary.

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