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Old 2nd January 2011, 10:34 PM
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Currently dragging three books over into 2011. I read a lot, but not swiftly. Currently (aside from various motorbike and music magazines + blogs):
Demon Haunted World - Sagan. It's the closest we have to a bible/new testament so constantly reread over an over (not that many xtians do this with thee bibles).
The Dome - Stephen King. Actually quite brilliant. Reminiscent of his older works in quality.
Bully for Brontosaurus - Stephen Gould. Brilliant

Also flicking through several basic calculus text books as this year I'm no longer exclusively a science teacher and my calc is fairly advanced and geared towards physics not junior maths.

While i did enjoy The Dome- By Stephen King (finally seems to have put his demons to rest over his accident) I found the ending to be unsatisfactory and the villian got me so worked up i had to read a book inbetween for a break!!
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Old 2nd January 2011, 11:51 PM
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I was out and about over the last three months of 2010 - away from internetz and mobile phonz and took some light reading with me. Happy to say I finished seven of Dan Dennett's books over that time. (Well . . . in fact I finished the seventh one, Freedom Evolves, tonite.)

In a nutshell . . . Fark! I ain't no psychologist nor am I a philosopher - - - it was hard going! There was a hidden advantage though, no-one else stole or even borrowed my books!

I got the latest Tom Clancy as a Christmyth pressie. So some fictional fluff to ease the Dennett imposed challenges upon my self-awareness and conciousness!
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Old 3rd January 2011, 08:19 AM
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Hmm could this have anything to do with Eric???
Maybe it does, if Mrs WAS also watches

@WAS - the Weldon I have is called Chalcot Crescent and it was on a discount table at Borders.

I have loved Fay Weldon's writing for many, many years. In fact, that's where I got my name from! Praxis is a short Weldon novel I read a long time ago and the name struck me. I've used it in various forms ever since

The She Devil debacle was such a shame. It's a fantastic book - nothing like the film (the UK TV mini-series was a lot closer to the original). The original book was an excellent meditation on our society's notion of beauty and how we elevate it to the detriment of other more important attributes. It's probably even more relevant today than when she first wrote it, actually!

Weldon is a very clever and intelligent writer and I've enjoyed nearly everything I've read of her.

Chalcot Crescent promises to be interesting - it's Weldon's take on a possible future, had the miscarried pregnancy prior to her birth continued and the 'sister' she may have had and the effect of this on her life.

I'm finding Greatest Show on Earth hard going and I don't mind admitting it. I'm not of a scientific bent but I do try. I found the Embryology section quite tough in spots but I'm battling through. I might put it aside again for a while and start the Weldon.

@Pyroshel and MunkyJam - The Dome was in my 2010 reading list. I think I rated it as a return to form for King as I thoroughly enjoyed it. And I agree, he hasn't had so vile a bad guy for a long time!
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Maybe it does, if Mrs WAS also watches
She (Mrs WAS) drools.

Now, I'm not gay, not that there's anything wrong with that, and without intending to undermine my Aussie masculinity or anything: even I can see that Alexander Skarsgard is hot. He also has by far the best part in the series. Skarsgard also has a lead in Generation Kill, by the way.
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She (Mrs WAS) drools.

Now, I'm not gay, not that there's anything wrong with that, and without intending to undermine my Aussie masculinity or anything: even I can see that Alexander Skarsgard is hot........
Any guy that bursts into flames and turns into a pile of smoking ashes just because he went to a the beach or a cricket match during the day is NO threat to an Aussie bloke.
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Any guy that bursts into flames and turns into a pile of smoking ashes just because he went to a the beach or a cricket match during the day is NO threat to an Aussie bloke.
I don't think I'd like to try and compete: according to (the gay) WAS Jr, were I also gay, would be what is called a "bear". Not conventionally attractive in the hetero world.
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I was reading 'The Fry Chronicles' by Stephen Fry, but I managed to lose it while I was on holiday. So disappointing, I will have to replace it.

I've just started reading 'The God Delusion' - I've finally got around to it! Funnily enough I was given that book plus 'The Greatest Show On Earth' for Christmas My family knows me well... they got me 'God Is Not Great' and 'On The Origin Of Species' last year!
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Old 4th January 2011, 07:46 AM
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I was reading 'The Fry Chronicles' by Stephen Fry
So jealous! I asked for this (several times) but did not receive. So much for all that crap

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Lost it? It's a big book! Yes, you will definitely have to replace it and soon!

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Yay! You will love it! Read this one first. Look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. Oh, and welcome back
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I'm starting the year with Sam Harris's 'The Moral Landscape'.

And I've got a couple of Dennett books and the Dawk's TGSOE after that.
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. . . And I've got a couple of Dennett books . . .
MOS - I'd love to compare notes after you've read the Dennett's! I think I need to confer with others as I fear (with the exception of Breaking the Spell - I admit I did read that one twice ) I am largely out of Dan's league I'm afraid and I've probably missed a LOT of points he makes.
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