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    Checked out How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson this weekend. So far very interesting and has little facts/stories about famous inventions.
    "We do not need any other Tutankhamun's tomb with all its treasures. We need context. We need understanding. We need knowledge of historical events to tie them together. We don't know much. Of course we know a lot, but it is context that's missing, not treasures." - Werner Herzog, in Archaeology, March/April 2011

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    For something different, I'm reading Starship Troopers. Remember the bad movie about marines killing bugs. Forget that. The book is mostly about the importance of doing your civic duty and why a hard volunteer military service (or other service) should be a basis for citizenship and voting. There just happens to be a bug war going on at the same time.
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    I am getting the impression some of you think I read junk; well, I do but I read a lot of good stuff, too. Being unemployed, which I'd rather not be, and having only so many opportunities to clean the white tile floors, I have to do something...

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess View post
    I am getting the impression some of you think I read junk; well, I do but I read a lot of good stuff, too. Being unemployed, which I'd rather not be, and having only so many opportunities to clean the white tile floors, I have to do something...
    Read the junk, hell I'm reading about space marines killing space roaches. If that's not junk I don't know what is.
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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess View post
    I am getting the impression some of you think I read junk; well, I do but I read a lot of good stuff, too. Being unemployed, which I'd rather not be, and having only so many opportunities to clean the white tile floors, I have to do something...
    Quote Originally posted by dvdneal View post
    Read the junk, hell I'm reading about space marines killing space roaches. If that's not junk I don't know what is.
    I am reading Star Trek and Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant . So, a combination of junk and "good stuff". A win-win.
    "I am very good at reading women, but I get into trouble for using the Braille method."

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    Quote Originally posted by dvdneal View post
    Read the junk, hell I'm reading about space marines killing space roaches. If that's not junk I don't know what is.
    Yeah, that's kinda hard to beat.

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    Quote Originally posted by ursus View post
    You have a fantastic life. I'm trying to read more this year and watch TV less. Accordingly, my kids gave me a copy of "As I Lay Dying" for Christmas. Started it the other night. Typical Faulkner, and I love it so far.
    Good for you. I have some kind of phobia about reading "classic literature". I would rather die. Must have to do with required classes way back when.

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    Okay, done with the Starship Troopers book, it's more about the philosophy of civic duty than killing bugs, but not bad. I've picked up A Brave New World, mostly because it was on the list of books to read, but also because Ursus mentioned reading it sometime.
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    Anne Rivers Siddons "The Girls of August"; chick lit, but I love chick lit, and she's a favorite author.

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    Just finished "Trust No One" by Jayne Ann Krentz. Pretty good, just not one of her best.

    About to start "Murder In Thrall" by Anne Cleeland.
    "We do not need any other Tutankhamun's tomb with all its treasures. We need context. We need understanding. We need knowledge of historical events to tie them together. We don't know much. Of course we know a lot, but it is context that's missing, not treasures." - Werner Herzog, in Archaeology, March/April 2011

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    Quote Originally posted by otterpop View post
    I am reading Star Trek and Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant . So, a combination of junk and "good stuff". A win-win.
    Interesting, I'm doing something quite similar as I'm currently reading The Psychology of Joss Whedon: An Unauthorized Exploration of Buffy, Angel, and Firefly.

    This morning I started the chapter about determinism and the illusion of free will.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    I was reading this classic Star Wars tale as told by Shakespeare from the online library, but something happened and I can't bring it up on the ipad anymore. I'll have to try checking it out again after I read my Assassin's Apprentice book (more trash).
    http://media.firebox.com/pdfs/Star-Wars_excerpt.pdf
    Enjoy the excerpt though.
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