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Postby ImaniOU » 28 Jul 2007, 23:10

I finished a number of Dorling Kindersley books for kids, a few Horrible Histories books (Wicked Words and The Handbook on Pirates), (reread) The Great Gilly Hopkins, and The Schools Our Children Deserve. Still reading The Freedom Writers and Collapse. Starting Angelou's poetry book and Will They Ever Trust Us Again?. Oh and the children's magazines for July/August which have finally come in, although my issues for April, May, and June never made it. I am thoroughly pissed off about that.
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Postby Jaboney » 02 Aug 2007, 15:19

Today I stumbled upon Kurt Vonnegut's "God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian." (Blurb)
Originally written as short pieces for public radio, Kurt plays a reporter on the afterlife: repeatedly dying, under controlled conditions, and briefly interviewing the dead.

Wish I'd found this earlier. I wish there were more.

Vonnegut: "My epitaph in any case? 'Everything was beautiful. Nothing hurt.' I will have gotten off so light, whatever the heck it is that was going on."
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Postby jdsmith » 02 Aug 2007, 15:46

Alvin Toffler's Revolutionary Wealth.
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Postby urodacus » 02 Aug 2007, 17:07

Tim Flannery's "Weather Makers"

Latest in the Robert Jordan "Wheel of Time" series.

thousands of articles on things as diverse as ischemia/reperfusion injury in the retina, modification of grape polyphenol levels in grape seed oil, application of stem cells in spinal cord injury and stroke repair, comparison of mitochondrial gene sequences in the pig and implications thereof on pig movements in prehistory and recent times, role of cell fate proteins in position location in the fly embryo, cell adhesion proteins and glomerulonephritis, etc etc.
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50% of the world's wild animals have disappeared in the last 50 years. Did you eat them, or eat their house?
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Postby Jaboney » 02 Aug 2007, 17:14

urodacus wrote:Latest in the Robert Jordan "Wheel of Time" series.

I hope it's only the latest and not the last. He's not doing so well.
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Postby urodacus » 02 Aug 2007, 17:45

Book eleven! he says it should finish in book 12... fingers crossed. he's getting along much better than expected, but he really needed a better editor to force him to cut the crap and divergent waffling in books 5-9 that made life hard for him in terms of EVER being able to finish it, sick or not.

very enjoyable though, as it's so vast.
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Postby kate.lin » 04 Aug 2007, 00:21

I am reading Dick Francis's Wild Horses, a story about horse racing and murder and film-making. Nice story and good style. I learned that his stories are all about the theme of his series is horse racing. Which of his book is about horse racing, murder and painting?
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Postby djkonstable » 04 Aug 2007, 00:52

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank: it is about a nuclear war and life after the world blows itself up. I am also reading Rainbow Six by Tom Clancey, interesting book so far.
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Postby Jaboney » 13 Aug 2007, 19:34

Alan Weisman's The World Without Us. It's based on an interesting idea (what would happen to the physical environment should we humans instantly disappear), but often sloppy in execution. Stylistically, a bit clunky, like Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel, but like that book, worthwhile.
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Postby kate.lin » 13 Aug 2007, 19:40

Jaboney wrote:Alan Weisman's The World Without Us. It's based on an interesting idea (what would happen to the physical environment should we humans instantly disappear), but often sloppy in execution. Stylistically, a bit clunky, like Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel, but like that book, worthwhile.


Scientific American had an ariticle: 'An Earth Without People' on June 17, 2007. It's an inverview of Alan Weisman, interesting to read, too.
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