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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #30 on: August 01, 2017, 06:13:47 PM »
I've read 3. The two Dan Browns and Battlefield Earth.

Yes, I've read Battlefield Earth. It wasn't very good, but it was better than the movie.

The second half of BE (book), starting after they retake the Earth, is solid entertaining SF. Credit where it's due.

Yes, it's about as entertaining as E. E. Doc Smith, which is to say reasonably entertaining so long as you take the social mores of the time into account.
I loved how the "less than perfect" strains of beings like humans were sometimes carried by women. The GOOD strain was straight male all the way down.  ::)
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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #31 on: August 04, 2017, 04:17:21 AM »
When I was in college I read The Art of Dreaming by Carlos Castaneda.

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« Reply #32 on: August 04, 2017, 09:57:23 AM »
I've read 3. The two Dan Browns and Battlefield Earth.

Yes, I've read Battlefield Earth. It wasn't very good, but it was better than the movie.

The second half of BE (book), starting after they retake the Earth, is solid entertaining SF. Credit where it's due.

Yes, it's about as entertaining as E. E. Doc Smith, which is to say reasonably entertaining so long as you take the social mores of the time into account.
I loved how the "less than perfect" strains of beings like humans were sometimes carried by women. The GOOD strain was straight male all the way down.  ::)
First read them when I was maybe 10, went back at read one or two as an adult.  Really noticed the sexism and racism the second time.

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« Reply #33 on: August 04, 2017, 12:03:59 PM »
When I was in college I read The Art of Dreaming by Carlos Castaneda.

Yeah, or The Tao of Physics, by Fritjof Capra  :laugh: :-[
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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #34 on: August 04, 2017, 05:39:24 PM »
Im very suspicious though of people who never seem to read a bad book. I think if you arent picking bad ones then you arent taking enough chances and steps outside your comfort zone.

I had to think about this a bit...

On one hand, you're absolutely right about not taking enough chances.

On the other hand, almost everything I read (or watch, for that matter) is related to something I already like, or recommended to me by people whose tastes I either share, or interest me... and there's already more material that I want to consume than I every practically could.
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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #35 on: August 04, 2017, 08:01:31 PM »
I've read 3. The two Dan Browns and Battlefield Earth.

Yes, I've read Battlefield Earth. It wasn't very good, but it was better than the movie.

The second half of BE (book), starting after they retake the Earth, is solid entertaining SF. Credit where it's due.

Yes, it's about as entertaining as E. E. Doc Smith, which is to say reasonably entertaining so long as you take the social mores of the time into account.
I loved how the "less than perfect" strains of beings like humans were sometimes carried by women. The GOOD strain was straight male all the way down.  ::)
First read them when I was maybe 10, went back at read one or two as an adult.  Really noticed the sexism and racism the second time.
And the utterly black-and-white nature of the struggle.

But the fun part was that Kit Kinnison had exactly four females that were fit to carry on his huge evolutionary baggage.

Did I mention he had four sisters, all with the same huge evolutionary baggage?
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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #36 on: August 04, 2017, 10:27:52 PM »
When I was in college I read The Art of Dreaming by Carlos Castaneda.

Yeah, or The Tao of Physics, by Fritjof Capra  :laugh: :-[

I read a lot of other woo books over the years, books by Erich Von Daniken, Terence McKenna, Colin Wilson, even Whitley Strieber. But I never afforded any credibility to any of them.

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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #37 on: August 05, 2017, 04:24:57 AM »
When I was in college I read The Art of Dreaming by Carlos Castaneda.

Yeah, or The Tao of Physics, by Fritjof Capra  :laugh: :-[

I read a lot of other woo books over the years, books by Erich Von Daniken, Terence McKenna, Colin Wilson, even Whitley Strieber. But I never afforded any credibility to any of them.
Ever read any of the Frank Edwards books? He invented woo.  ;D
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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #38 on: August 05, 2017, 08:11:57 AM »
Wait - I just realised that I've been misreading the title of this thread all along.

The title is actually "Books you'll never brag about having read", not "Books you'll brag about never having read".

Damn. That changes everything.
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« Reply #39 on: August 05, 2017, 10:26:08 AM »
Yeah, there are actually two anti- bragging about books threads. This one is about books you never brag about having read, and the other is about books you do brag about not having read.

Right now they're #1 and #2 on the first page of the "Books" subforum, so be careful! ;)

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« Reply #40 on: August 05, 2017, 10:30:54 AM »
Ever read any of the Frank Edwards books? He invented woo.  ;D

I have not.

But at this point I'm going through something of a midlife crisis over the magnitude of the body of literature that I will never have time to get through in my remaining lifetime. So I'm rather past the point of wasting time on stuff I explicitly don't care about.

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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #41 on: August 05, 2017, 06:33:20 PM »
Yeah, there are actually two anti- bragging about books threads. This one is about books you never brag about having read, and the other is about books you do brag about not having read.

Right now they're #1 and #2 on the first page of the "Books" subforum, so be careful! ;)
Okay, now I'm completely confused!  :D
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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #42 on: August 06, 2017, 01:00:38 AM »
Yeah, there are actually two anti- bragging about books threads. This one is about books you never brag about having read, and the other is about books you do brag about not having read.

Right now they're #1 and #2 on the first page of the "Books" subforum, so be careful! ;)
Okay, now I'm completely confused!  :D

How about we start "Reds That Bragged About Never Having Bookies", a thread about Pete Rose denying betting on baseball games?

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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #43 on: August 06, 2017, 07:30:24 AM »
I don't understand  why 'Less than Zero' by Bret Easton Ellis was on the list.



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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #44 on: August 06, 2017, 08:02:41 AM »
I don't understand  why 'Less than Zero' by Bret Easton Ellis was on the list.
Which one?

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