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Old Apr 12, 2017   #11
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Originally Posted by Ele View Post
Did you actually read that entire Galt speech? I read up to that point, then went 'fuck it' and put it down - This was about 7 years ago and I haven't picked it up since.

Definitely a good book for arrogant teens trying to be intellectual.
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Last book I've purchased was Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari, very interesting read.

I read the who speech in one go I think, dunno. I have to admit I liked it. Though I am one for needlessly long speeches as you may know.
Yeah, it's a great book if you want to sound smart without effort.

Originally Posted by Lazors View Post
I'm not here to argue politics, I thought it was a well written and researched book. If you really recommend that book and it's not a snarky retort I'll consider reading it in the future.

It is a good book and I would recommend it if you are willing to challenge your own belief system.
I personally see no point in reading books by people I know I agree with already so perhaps we can make a fair exchange.

Also, if you are a socialist, I don't mind that at all. I don't think I am qualified to actually debate such issues in debt nor do I think that all social ideas are bad.
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Old Apr 12, 2017   #12
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It looks interesting. Might look into it, but it might have to wait a while. Thanks for the suggestion.

Does it require a lot of knowledge on philosophy? I'm not very read up on it, Pirsig made me interested and i have a heavy book lying around.
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Old Apr 12, 2017   #13
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It requires endurance and the ability to cope with analytically written books in which your entertainment and emotions were no concern for the author.
The philosophical points made are being slapped into your face repeatedly until they are branded on the backside of your skull, don't worry.
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Old Apr 13, 2017   #14
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I've always disliked reading but I want to actually like to read. Can anyone recommend me a good starting book? Any category really.
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Old Apr 13, 2017   #15
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Maybe go with a book about something you're interested in. If you like science, go with richard Dawkins books on science, they're approachable. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse is a tease on buddhism if you're more of a spiritual type. Avoid overly academic books.
If you're looking for story books, Tolkien's Bilbo and Terry Pratchett are probably good to start with. I read most of Dan Brown's books when i was younger. Cheesy adventure books with a lot of baked in mysticism. Maybe something for you.
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Just got done reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad for my 3 unit English class. Very interesting read, packed full of metaphors upon metaphors which i always love.
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Old Apr 14, 2017   #17
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I've been wanting to read Don Quixote, but don't know what version/translation to read/buy..
if anyone has some recommendations along with that ISBN#, that'd be great~

anyway, the Harry Potter book series is fantastic.. you can tell it started off as a
children's book series, but it evolves and develops to become much more than that. It's
also darker and very suspenseful later in the series. 1000000x better than the movies.
My favorite book of the series is The Order of the Pheonix, while my favorite movie
of the series was The Prisoner of Azkaban, but i think that was mainly because of
Alfonso Cuarón's directing and imagination of the series..
I didn't grow up with the books, I grew up with the movies and just read the
books last year, so it's no bias that the books are better
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Originally Posted by Redundant View Post
The obvious choice of book after those two is "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. Most people who know those books will recommend it for a reason.

Yep, definitely Animal Farm.

I love the 'Warriors' book series by Erin Hunter. I also re-read the Scott Pilgrim books a lot.

Philosophical reads mainly consist of Schopenhauer and Kierkegaard.
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I don't read many books to be honest, I don't like to read, but there have been some books I read in school I enjoyed.

Tuesday's With Maury - not sure name of author and when it was wrote, but I read it in 10the grade 2 years ago
Night by Eli Wissel - About a concentration camp he was in his father with, not sure when it was wrote, but I read it my freshman year 3 years ago.
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Originally Posted by Redundant View Post
The obvious choice of book after those two is "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. Most people who know those books will recommend it for a reason.

That or Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, aka Blade Runner by Philip K. Dick, and then perhaps his other classic The Man in the High Castle.

Then you have the other classics such as

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
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