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Posted by: FTG ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 11:08AM

I am reading "Spymaster" by Oleg Kalugin

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Posted by: ificouldhietokolob ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 11:11AM

I'm learning TensorFlow, so all my reading lately is tech manuals :(

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Posted by: whoknows ( )
Date: April 12, 2018 10:37PM

Oh man, I hear ya. Last night I literally dreamt in code. Python and R, to be exact. When I'm not reading documentation on those, I've been reading The Demon Haunted World, but Carl Sagan. I'm kind of surprised that it's centered around alien abduction stories. Didn't expect that.

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Posted by: summer ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 11:11AM

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan. I'm interested in learning about the historicity of Jesus. The first chapter on the Jewish temple was riveting. The Mormon temple is like the Jewish temple in Jerusalem used to be? -- not so much.

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Posted by: elderolddog ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 11:22AM

hahahahaha! You mean the Jews got it all wrong?

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Posted by: ificouldhietokolob ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 11:44AM


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Posted by: summer ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 03:05PM

I will, and I'll read other books as well.

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Posted by: elderolddog ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 11:22AM

I'm rereading a now 14 book series, sci/fi, that is sweet and pure and makes me feel good.

It's the Union Station series, by E. M. Foner. If you've got 12-17 year kids or grandkids, I bet they'd really enjoy these books. (12/17 is my emotional maturity level, so it's okay that I enjoy them so much.)

They should be read in order, because the books follow the growth and progress of one character and her friends and growing family. It's a very intelligent book ...

Quite frankly, I'm wondering if the alien "overlords" featured in this series aren't behind them, using them to prep humanity for them (the "overlords") doing for us what is done for humanity in the books.

Lots of AI!

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Posted by: Lethbridge Reprobate ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 11:45AM

I have some sci-fi in my library that I should reread....been a while.

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Posted by: jstone ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 11:45AM

Finally got round to it. The Satanic Verses. Almost finished it now. Its like Franz Kafka'S Metamorphosis meets Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five. A sometimes challenging but amazing read.

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Posted by: saucie ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 11:51AM

"The Dogs of God" by James Reston, Jr.

and

" The House of Broken Angels", by Luis Alberto Urrea.

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Posted by: Badassadam1 ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 11:51AM

1984 still.

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Posted by: archimedes ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 12:37PM

"Ka" by John Crowley

If you like crows this is a good one.

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Posted by: Cheryl ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 12:59PM

It will be out in book form in a week or two. I'm doing final edits.

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Posted by: elderolddog ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 01:09PM

Who do you want to play the writer-you in the movie?

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Posted by: Cheryl ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 01:40PM


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Posted by: Badassadam1 ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 02:05PM

I would much rather read an actual hard copy book. The badass is a little old school. This and youtube is the only internet usage i do really.

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Posted by: BYU Boner ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 01:24PM

The Boner has been reading the classics this month—

Wurthering Heights, was a wrong about this! I was expecting a Victorian love story...wrong. Love may be the catalyst, but hate and vengence are the real protaganists. This is a horribly brutal book.

Carmilla, look out for vampires! Riviting novella about a young woman, Laura, and her buddy, Carmilla. Read this! Atmospheric, poetic, and erotic. Much better than Stoker, IMO.

Fight Club, i AM Tyler D*rden!

Frankenstein, holy shite! No movie has ever approached this. The Hollywood horror is about one line, ... I discovered how to reanimate dead flesh... riveting, thoughtful, and very applicable to today’s violence with between outcasts and society.

Brave New World, family planning at it finest. Even the today’s music is forcasted.

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Posted by: BYU Boner ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 01:25PM

D*rden is a banned word, WTF?

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Posted by: Badassadam1 ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 02:03PM

Yes it is but brad pitt isn't i don't think. My card playing friends want to start a fight club but it would have card playing involved and maybe a fight to initiate.

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Posted by: enigma ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 01:32PM

Lord of the Flies finally - borrowed it from my 16-year-old daughter. What's fascinating is she's put notes in the margins and a couple of those notes are DEFINITELY not in lockstep with LDS teachings (my kids still believe but they're not @ssholes about it).

One that struck me: "Humans are little more than bipedal animals and many other species in the animal kingdom have more common sense than humans."

What ever happened to humans being the offspring of gawd and his divine creation?

I just smiled and realized that my kiddos are gonna be just fine.

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Posted by: schweizerkind ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 01:41PM

by Roy Appleton. This is a harrowing read. If you want to know why political and military leaders would do almost anything, including dropping the A-bomb, to avoid invading the Japanese home islands, I'd recommend this book.

I had an uncle who came home from Okinawa with a serious case of PTSD which pretty much ruined the rest of his life.

Nothing-at-all-romantic-here-ly yrs,

S

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Posted by: elderolddog ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 01:58PM

When everyone was being so certain of what was right in re the use of the A-bomb on two Japanese cities, the Battle of Okinawa loomed large in my mind in terms of an argument in support of that proposition. Saucie's dad was in the Army part of the Okinawa assault. She says his PTSD became more evident has he aged.

One thing, for certain, is that the A-bombs made Okinawa WWII's last major battle. Three months long, with 72,000 American casualties, on 466 sq. miles of land... Utah County has 2,144 sq. miles. Rhode Island has 1,034 sq miles. It was all very, very fresh in some people's minds...

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Posted by: jacob ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 02:05PM

Uh, White Collar?

Wait, is this where I get to be pretentious and condescending? (sarcasm)

Actually, I'm reading well used phonics books to my three year old.

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Posted by: zenjamin ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 02:07PM

Either: The Unbearable Lightness of Being or: the Book of Mormon.

Dunno - tough one - (sarc.)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/11/2018 02:30PM by zenjamin.

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Posted by: elderolddog ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 02:08PM

CTL

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Posted by: Done & Done ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 02:49PM

"No Time to Spare." Ursula K. Le Guin's last book before she died, ironically.

An on top quote from last night's excerpt:

"They defend their discomfort by dismissing people before their time as simple, quaint, naive, etc."

I don't know if that will mean anything to anyone else, but it speaks volumes to me. It's like the whole Joseph "marrying" young girls and then hearing Mormons say, "Oh that was common back then," as a way not to face facts.

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Posted by: sbg ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 03:01PM

The Woman on the Orient Express, a fictionalized version of Agatha Christie's life and how she met her second husband.

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Posted by: donbagley ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 07:45PM

I just finished "The Plague" by Albert Camus. Ennui and death stalk all of us.

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Posted by: Kentish ( )
Date: April 11, 2018 08:32PM

Just about to start Robicheaux by, IMV, the best writer in American fiction today James Lee Burke.

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Posted by: Whiskeytango ( )
Date: April 12, 2018 06:54AM

“The Accountant” a fairly interesting biography of Pablo Escobar founder of the Medellin drug cartel. Written by his brother Roberto, an unbiased source. A good book but definitely take with a huge grain of salt.

And the “Darkest Night” by Ron Franscell an absolutely horrific true story of two young girls kidnapped, raped and thrown off a 120 foot bridge to their deaths(one survived)in Casper, Wyoming.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/12/2018 06:55AM by Whiskeytango.

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Posted by: FNQ sparky ( )
Date: April 12, 2018 09:41AM

I read exmormon.org a chapter most nights
It's got drama and intrigue, heros and villains
Best of all it demonstrates that good triumphs over evil

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Posted by: kativicky ( )
Date: April 12, 2018 09:45AM

Textbooks about medical office procedures and coding.

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Posted by: bona dea ( )
Date: April 12, 2018 03:56PM

A new biography of Eunice Kennedy Shriver

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Posted by: carrietchr1 ( )
Date: April 12, 2018 10:53PM

Last week was spring break so I read 3 books! The first two were extremely suspenseful and I would recommend them!

Behind Closed Doors

The Safest Lies

I probably won't have much time to read until summer - I can't wait!

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Posted by: Sacrament Meeting ( )
Date: April 13, 2018 11:52AM


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Posted by: Human ( )
Date: April 13, 2018 12:52PM

Somerset Maugham - Of Human Bondage

Erich Auerbach - Memesis

Harold Bloom - Figures Of Capable Imagination

John Ashbery - Collected Poems, 1956 - 1987

Jacob Bronowski - The Ascent Of Man

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Posted by: perdition ( )
Date: April 13, 2018 01:30PM

'In the Days of Rain: A Daughter, a Father, a Cult' by Rebecca Stott. Highly recommended.

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Posted by: ookami ( )
Date: April 13, 2018 03:51PM

For a literature course: "Where we once belonged" by Sia Figiel.
On my own: re-reading "Harmony" by Project Itoh
I have an English translation of "Nausea" by Jean-Paul Sartre that I plan to read next.

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Posted by: Visitors Welcome ( )
Date: April 13, 2018 04:07PM

Although she spells her surname as "Shafak" in English, the wikipedia page insists on using the Turkish spelling "Şafak".

Anyway, I discovered her works in a small bookstore in downtown Istanbul, a city I visit frequently because my partner is Turkish.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elif_%C5%9Eafak
http://www.elifsafak.com.tr/home

Here's more info on the book itself:
http://www.elifsafak.com.tr/books/22

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Posted by: lazylizard ( )
Date: April 13, 2018 04:38PM

"Wicca for the individual practitioner." I don't remember who the writer is but it is a great read.

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