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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby ThatNomad » 26 June 2020, 00:20

I've only ever read the first book, back in '07, when I lived in San Antonio. I might have to look into the series.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 26 June 2020, 00:36

I remember my dad lending me his copies of the His Dark Materials books when I was a lot younger but I never seemed to manage to get into them.

Might need to have another crack at 'em one of these days.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby John27 » 26 June 2020, 06:24

I occasionally read something written for the YA market.

I actually have heard that adults make up a good percentage of the readership for many YA books.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 26 June 2020, 12:33

Severelius wrote:I remember my dad lending me his copies of the His Dark Materials books when I was a lot younger but I never seemed to manage to get into them.

Might need to have another crack at 'em one of these days.

One of my dad's old school friends thought I'd like them and gave me her copies of His Dark Materials when I was around 14. They're some of my favourite books still!
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 26 June 2020, 12:35

Brenden wrote:I'm currently reading Lifespan: The Revolutionary Science of Why We Age — and Why We Don’t Have To by David Sinclair.

It's fascinating, very well-written, and gives me so much hope for the future.

It's sooooooo good! He's a really good writer.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 26 June 2020, 12:43

Brenden wrote:
Severelius wrote:I remember my dad lending me his copies of the His Dark Materials books when I was a lot younger but I never seemed to manage to get into them.

Might need to have another crack at 'em one of these days.

One of my dad's old school friends thought I'd like them and gave me her copies of His Dark Materials when I was around 14. They're some of my favourite books still!

Everybody I've ever spoken to who's read them has absolutely sung their praises.

To be honest I don't know why I never really seemed to get into them at the time. I mean it was around the same time that I first read The Lord of the Rings so it's not like they were in any way too dense or deep for me.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Ander1969 » 1 July 2020, 17:05

I've just started reading Origin by Dan Brown. So far so good. I really like the way he writes.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Valso » 20 July 2020, 12:06

Right now I'm reading this forum. :D
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 20 July 2020, 12:32

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 20 July 2020, 17:03

Comparing my reading to Brenden's always makes me feel stupid...

I'm reading Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 23 July 2020, 17:53

All of by them. I’m reading all of them.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Valso » 27 July 2020, 19:09

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Stephen68 » 31 July 2020, 21:06

Just reading the posts on here and catching up with what I've missed
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Magic J » 1 August 2020, 13:29

Just finished Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism by David Harvey. He's much more inspired by the early, more humanistic Marx, and being the same myself, I thought it very good. Last chapters on capital's possibly fatal contradictions are essential reading if you want to understand how the current capitalist system might break down, and what the alternatives might be. He rejects the teleological theory suggesting that the end of capitalism is inevitable, and so there's an injunction for political struggle to shape the process towards a more democratic, more environmentally sustainable alternative. The "red greens" are the future, people. :P

Now onto Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over The World. Interesting first part outlining the development of the idea of "expertise", and how its utilitarian foundations relate to political and social alienation.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby PopTart » 1 August 2020, 14:02

Magic J wrote:Just finished Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism by David Harvey. He's much more inspired by the early, more humanistic Marx, and being the same myself, I thought it very good. Last chapters on capital's possibly fatal contradictions are essential reading if you want to understand how the current capitalist system might break down, and what the alternatives might be. He rejects the teleological theory suggesting that the end of capitalism is inevitable, and so there's an injunction for political struggle to shape the process towards a more democratic, more environmentally sustainable alternative. The "red greens" are the future, people. :P

Now onto Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over The World. Interesting first part outlining the development of the idea of "expertise", and how its utilitarian foundations relate to political and social alienation.

I'm opposed on principle to most marxism, but, I would be interested in any recommendations of works that focus on synergising socialism with capitalism if you know of and can recommend any?

Also, be sure to come back with your thoughts on the second book, you mentioned, I'd like to give that a go too if it's worth the time.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Magic J » 1 August 2020, 14:37

PopTart wrote:I'm opposed on principle to most marxism, but, I would be interested in any recommendations of works that focus on synergising socialism with capitalism if you know of and can recommend any?

Harvey is very much a Marxist anti-capitalist, but I can think of maybe Eduard Bernstein, if you're looking for more social democratic or evolutionary socialist perspectives. He broke with orthodox Marxism to suggest that socialism could be achieved gradually, rather than through revolution, and he had a fair few criticisms of later, "scientific" Marxism. In essence, he thought that political struggle should be focused on directing the evolution of capitalism towards socialism through reform. Gets you thinking about the reform vs revolution debate within left wing political discourse.

PopTart wrote:Also, be sure to come back with your thoughts on the second book, you mentioned, I'd like to give that a go too if it's worth the time.

Will do. I'm about half way through at the moment, I'll report back once I'm done. :D
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 1 August 2020, 16:20

Just started reading Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking on the plane yesterday.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby weedan » 15 August 2020, 23:10

Started reading "American Kingpin: Catching the Billion-Dollar Baron of the Dark Web" the other day, and so far so good its keeping my interest well.
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