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SultanPeppershaker

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Message Posted On Saturday, May 10th 2008 at 9:55 pm
On Saturday, May 10th 2008 8:46 pm, calicow wrote:
Have you ever read Night by Elie Wiesel guy?

One of my favorite books.

I'm gonna start The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks sometime this week.
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Message Posted On Saturday, May 10th 2008 at 11:27 pm
On Saturday, May 10th 2008 8:46 pm, calicow wrote:
I know that, but I still haven't read that many. Have you ever read Night by Elie Wiesel guy? That's one that I read fairly recently. It was about the author's time in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps during World War 2.


I read that for English way back when I was in 8th grade. Great book.

Right now, I'm reading Cat & Mouse by James Patterson.
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Message Posted On Sunday, May 11th 2008 at 8:00 am
On Saturday, May 10th 2008 8:46 pm, calicow wrote:
I know that, but I still haven't read that many. Have you ever read Night by Elie Wiesel guy? That's one that I read fairly recently. It was about the author's time in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps during World War 2.


No, but I did read a similar book in the 1960's. I don't recall the name but it did have "Auschwitz" in the title. I also read several other books about WWII back then, one was about General George Patton called "Blood and Guts Patton." ( I think ) Anyway, he believed in reincarnation and thought that he had been a Roman general in a past life.
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Message Posted On Sunday, May 11th 2008 at 8:04 am
On Saturday, May 10th 2008 9:55 pm, SultanPeppershaker wrote:
... I'm gonna start The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks sometime this week.


I almost started this same book but didn't for some reason. Let me know how you like it.

Wish I could read faster and remember more.
guytwo

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Message Posted On Monday, May 12th 2008 at 11:02 am
Last year I read this book Freakonomics Very interesting, worthwhile and an easy read.

Chapter 3 was about gangs/drug dealers; and now chapter 3 has it's own book called Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets The drug problem will never be solved because there is to much money being made. Not by gangs but by others, anyway the book is a long (years) study of a gang in Chicago and their illegal activities. Up close and very personal look.


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Message Posted On Monday, May 12th 2008 at 8:54 pm
I read that, it was fascinating.

I was particularly interested in the chapter that suggested legalized abortion contributed to lower crime rates.
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Message Posted On Tuesday, May 13th 2008 at 10:57 am
Finally started reading Scarlet; Book Two of Stephen Lawhead's "King Raven Trilogy," a re-telling of Robin Hood
guytwo

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Message Posted On Tuesday, May 13th 2008 at 6:41 pm
On Monday, May 12th 2008 8:54 pm, cindy wrote:
I read that, it was fascinating.

I was particularly interested in the chapter that suggested legalized abortion contributed to lower crime rates.


Yeah, chapter 4. (of Freakonomics)

I read an article about 10 years ago that the state of California did a study and found that the majority (60%?) of prisoners were neglected and/or abused children.

By the way the USA has more prisoners than ANYONE ELSE in the world. prison population

I think, at least in part, to the draconian anti-pleasure laws.
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Message Posted On Tuesday, May 13th 2008 at 7:20 pm
Well, if we actually start killing all the people on death row then those numbers would go down right?

I'll have to check out Freakonomics one of these days. I've glanced through a few times at the bookstore and it sounds really interesting.
guytwo

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Message Posted On Tuesday, May 13th 2008 at 8:14 pm
On Tuesday, May 13th 2008 7:20 pm, calicow wrote:
Well, if we actually start killing all the people on death row then those numbers would go down right?

I'll have to check out Freakonomics one of these days. I've glanced through a few times at the bookstore and it sounds really interesting.


3,263 people on Death Row as of early this year.

Since 2001 the state of Texas has released 18 innocent people from Death Row from Dallas County alone!!!!

I have nothing against the death penalty but I do want them to be guilty.

It is interesting. Be sure and get the revised and updated version of "Freakonomics."
guytwo

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Message Posted On Wednesday, May 14th 2008 at 8:37 pm
Anybody got any good ideas on SciFi books?

My niece is getting me re-interested in SciFi. Which is about the only fiction I read.
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Message Posted On Wednesday, May 14th 2008 at 10:30 pm
Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card is great, even if geared more towards youth. I read it as an adult and loved it.

Imagica by Clive Barker was really good... it's kind of fantasy/sci-fi.
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Message Posted On Wednesday, May 14th 2008 at 11:45 pm
It's been a while since I read Science Fiction (on a fantasy kick now-a-days), but I love Sean William's Evergence Trilogy and ...of the Earth trilogy. And of course, there's my favorite book ever, The Hitchhiker's Trilogy.

If you ever get a hankering for fantasy, I highly recommend Butcher's Dresden and Codex Alera series.

Oh, and of course, anything by Michael Crichton.
guytwo

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Message Posted On Thursday, May 15th 2008 at 10:18 am
All look like good stuff, thanks for the suggestions.

Somewhere I've got an old copy of "1984" I'll have to give her. I gave her "Hitchhikers Guide..." for Christmas.
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Message Posted On Thursday, May 15th 2008 at 2:26 pm
skimming through Leviathan

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