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Postby BrianIsSmilingAtYou » Sat Sep 03, 2005 7:16 pm

Books I read recently:

The Early Asimov: Book 2 - Isaac Asimov
The Nine Billion Names of God: The Best Short Stories of Arthur C Clarke - Arthur C Clarke
Selected Poems - William Carlos Williams
Battle Pieces and Aspects of the War: Civil War Poems - Herman Melville
Robespierre and the French Revolution - J. M. Thompson
Humor, Horror and the Supernatural: 22 stories by Saki - Saki (H.H. Munro)
The Lost Continent - Bill Bryson
Expanded Universe - Robert Heinlein
Literature and the Urban Experience: Essays on the City and Literature - various (Ferlinghetti, Oates, Morrison, Spender, Vendler, Marx, Kazin, Hassan, Fiedler, Eder, Baldwin, Baraka, Potok, Mangione, Soso, Ignatow, Piercy, Bettelheim, Burstyn, Weiss, Holt) ed. by Michael C Haye and Ann Chalmers Watts
The Last Unicorn - Peter S Beagle
Spoon River Anthology - Edgar Lee Masters

I was also on a re-read kick lately (especially of Asimov):

Last Chance to See - Douglas Adams
Frontiers - Isaac Asimov
Buy Jupiter! - Isaac Asimov
The Island Of the Colorblind - Oliver Sacks
The Breakthrough: The Race for the Superconducter - Robert M. Hazen
The Edge of Tomorrow - Isaac Asimov
The Exploding Suns - Isaac Asimov
The Song of God: Bhagavad Gita - Translated Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood
The Last Defender of Camelot (the original collection, not the hack job that was re-released recently) - Roger Zelazny
Fermat's Enigma - Simon Singh
Pale Blue Dot - Carl Sagan
The Demon-haunted World - Carl Sagan

Books I am currently reading:

Forward in Time - Ben Bova
Or All the Seas with Oysters - Avram Davidson
A Place Apart - Dervla Murphy

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Postby Gwenare » Sat Sep 03, 2005 7:19 pm

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I have ordered some books from Scholastic Club.


hehe used to love getting those little flyers at school, got some good stuff back then.


You still can! I have found lots of books for us and a lot cheaper than other places. :D

Thanks Rohy. I'm so looking forward to reading them. I even think Dan will read them.


Well slight problem as I dont have any cousins or sisters in that age bracket anymore. and It will be a few years till my cousins two kids and my sisters baby boy are old enough. :wink:


You can always order online from them. Just remember to order with my account number so I can get the bonus points! :wink: :D
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Postby oldtoby » Sat Sep 03, 2005 7:22 pm

True, but I'd rather go to the mall and spend a while browsing the stacks at B&N.
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Postby Gwenare » Sat Sep 03, 2005 7:26 pm

That is cool. I enjoy that, but I like Books A Million better. I have to watch myself in any bookstore because it can get quite expensive. :D :angel: I'm worse about buying books for the White Baby. She has her own bookshelf already and it is filling up fast. :D
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Postby oldtoby » Sat Sep 03, 2005 7:30 pm

Don't think we have that store here. Luckily being a broke college student means I can't go broke buying books. :wink:
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Postby celebalqua » Sat Sep 03, 2005 11:11 pm

Why hello friends
Life has been very hectic and unfortunately the only things I am reading at the moment are academic:
"Pedagogies of gender in the classroom" is a real hoot and I just can't put "Gender differences in the growth in mathematical achievement: three-level longitudinal and multilevel analyses of individaul , home and school influences" down. :lol:

Please someone save me...
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Postby Silwen » Sun Sep 04, 2005 6:28 am

:shock: Everybody's popped out of lurkdom, eh?

celebalqua wrote:"Gender differences in the growth in mathematical achievement: three-level longitudinal and multilevel analyses of individual , home and school influences"


Hm.

Should I be worried cause I understood that title? :?


Toby wrote:True, but I'd rather go to the mall and spend a while browsing the stacks at B&N.


*whimper*

*fond memories*
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Postby Guide » Sun Sep 04, 2005 7:08 am

Don't be worried, my brother did a publication whose title was Couple Channels Inverse Scattering Problem in Supersymetric Quantum Mechanics.

All I ever understood about it was that it was some physics stuff :wink:

For now I content myself with David Edding's "The Malloreon", along with Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time".
I'm in quite a med-fan period :) (Some times since I last read LOTR, though)
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Postby salean » Sun Sep 04, 2005 7:34 am

:shock: Flipertijibbets!!!!!!!!! (It is a real word...... honest :P ) This thread is moving through fast! Oh well, I go back to school on thursday so I may have more time then.

Silwen- No champagne thanks.... :P

Keve- Yeah, some of the characters weren't very well thought out... but I did love that series.....

Cel- *grabs books and puts them out of sight* Just reading those titles made my head hurt..... :P

Rohy- I've read Eragon, but I thought it slowed up a bit too much in the middle (also I was disturbed in the middle of reading it by my cousin falling over and hurting his knee...) so I ended up skipping a few pages. I always meant to go back and read it, I'm sure I'd find it fine the second time, but I've never got round to it. But I usually love books like that so it si a bit strange.

*settles in her favourite chair and pulls a book out of her bag*

:P Sal :P
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Postby elrin » Sun Sep 04, 2005 11:55 am

:rofl:

i like that word its a nice word :rofl:

i'm almost done with the half blood prince still have questions that no one will answer i have to read it myself
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Postby Silwen » Sun Sep 04, 2005 6:17 pm

Somehow the lounge has taken on a distinctly American flavour this time. It used to be far more British in previous incarnations. *scratches head in wonder*

*goes to sit in a corner, shielded by a large book, to observe further goings-on*

Scareh or what?
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Postby Gwenare » Sun Sep 04, 2005 6:25 pm

My 7th graders will be starting Because of Winn-Dixie soon. I have been ready it, almost through, and it is totally awesome! :) I love it, I can't wait until Dan reads it.
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Postby Silwen » Sun Sep 04, 2005 6:29 pm

What's the book about? I haven't heard of it before.
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Postby Gwenare » Sun Sep 04, 2005 7:09 pm

So far, a girl has found a stray dog in the Winn-Dixie (grocery store) and takes him in. This is a special dog because he smiles at everyone. She is a preacher's kid whose mom left her and her dad while she was young. They have moved and she feels all alone. The story talks about how she fionds friends in this town with the help of Winn Dixie.

It is now a movie too, but I haven't seen it.
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Postby celebalqua » Sun Sep 04, 2005 9:29 pm

Gwenare has that book recently been made into a movie. Your description sound like a review I saw recently.
I saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Sunday. It was very entertaining. Many parent jokes. Our kids kept asking us why we were laughing. Johnny Depp was excellent. The very end was a bit smulchy though, I don't recall how the book ends, its been such a long time since I read it, I will have to borrow it and read it to my kids.

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Postby striderchick » Sun Sep 04, 2005 11:00 pm

This really is moving fast.. and since i usually can only get on in weekends.. I've missed a whole lotta stuff.
But, I am a fan of the phantom of the opera movie.

And I've strained my back or something, and it's a whole lotta pain, and I went to the doctor.. got a prescription for painkillers, and was told to go swimming (among other things).


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Postby Silwen » Mon Sep 05, 2005 3:47 am

I'll join you in the swimming, striderchick. I hope you feel better soon!

Cel, I loved Charlie and the CF. Just a little too much singing. :roll: I will certainly get the book sometimes as I've never read it. I saw it in English and all my friends at home saw it in German, so now we are comparing the two versions.:D
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Postby elrin » Mon Sep 05, 2005 4:56 am

havent seen charlie and the cf yet it sounds good :P
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Postby Gwenare » Mon Sep 05, 2005 5:00 am

Cel: Yes it has. I think it came out last year or earlier this year. I'm too sure, but I know it's on video now. I haven't seen it, but plan to after finishing the book (that will be today :D ).
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Postby K.Evenstar » Mon Sep 05, 2005 5:09 am

Eep! I was away 2 days and everyone turns up! :shock:

I enjoyed the film of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but I agree it was a little cheesy at the end. I think I prefer it to the original, though Charlie was a bit too nice for his own good :lol: When I was 9 I played Violet Beauregarde in a school play - I still remember many of the songs.

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Postby Silwen » Mon Sep 05, 2005 5:11 am

:shock: A bad nut! *tap tap*

*listens*

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Postby elrin » Mon Sep 05, 2005 5:24 am

never liked violet or that other girl in the original thought they were brats
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Postby Nilmandra » Mon Sep 05, 2005 6:47 am

Hi elrin sure, you can call me Nil.

Am I the only one who thinks Johnny Depp is creepy in this movie (still having nightmares about his teeth :lol: )
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Postby Silwen » Mon Sep 05, 2005 8:28 am

Depp is great in it. He just sounds totally like Michael Jackson and the factory keeps reminding me of some kind of Neverland. :shock:
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Postby K.Evenstar » Mon Sep 05, 2005 9:19 am

silwen wrote:Depp is great in it. He just sounds totally like Michael Jackson and the factory keeps reminding me of some kind of Neverland.


That's the thing that makes it so creepy, in my opinion.

elrin wrote:never liked violet or that other girl in the original thought they were brats


They were indeed. But it's fun playing a brat, especially if you're such a wonderful person as I am in real life, :wink: :angel: *she says modestly*

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Postby lady*of*rohan » Mon Sep 05, 2005 9:28 am

I loved CATCF! IT was so funny. It wouldn't have been as good without Depp in though.

Yeah we had to read the book in 4th grade. I enjoyed it! :)

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Postby K.Evenstar » Mon Sep 05, 2005 9:41 am

True true. As soon as I heard it was Tim Burton and Johnny Depp I knew it was going to be very good. :happydance:

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Postby Luthriel_Greenleaf » Mon Sep 05, 2005 11:49 am

I decided to come in, so what are we up too?



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Postby Silwen » Mon Sep 05, 2005 12:28 pm

Hi Luthriel!:) I just missed you, it seems. Was watching TV for a change this evening. Lost was on with new episodes!
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Postby Luthriel_Greenleaf » Mon Sep 05, 2005 1:02 pm

I've never really paid attention to Lost, my dad watches it.


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