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#21 SteampunkScientist


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Posted 06 February 2022 - 07:44 AM


Atlas Shrugged has been sitting on my bookshelf for decades.
I haven't been able to bring myself to cracking it open.
A good friend of mine from days gone by read it when he was young and he said it changed his life... maybe that is why I am avoiding it.

Yes, it is exciting particularly, for youth, and influenced many; but ultimately it is superficial. You can safely skip it, you needn't take my word for it - you can read the negative reviews on Amazon, and if you need more, there is much online, for example:


Read Anthem, by Rand. Very short and you should be able to decide if you want to read Atlas Shrugged after that.
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Posted 07 February 2022 - 03:51 PM

Reading "A New Earth" by Eckart Tolle,


copyright 2005 ... 17 years ago ...


.   Page 25

...A significant portion of the earth's population will soon recognize....that humanity is now faced with a stark choice:

Evolve or die. ..."


I'm only on page 41

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Posted 14 February 2022 - 05:28 PM

"The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster

"“Tollbooth,” about a bored boy’s fantastical journey,

became a beloved touchstone of children’s literature when it was first published in 1961."


Delightful, easy reading


"Famed author Norton Juster has died at the age of 91. Originally an architect, Juster set out to write a kid's book about cities which became The Phantom Tollbooth, a staple in children's literature.

(Reading) There once was a boy named Milo who didn't know what to do with himself not just sometimes but always.
That's the opening to "The Phantom Tollbooth," the classic 1961 children's book written by Norton Juster that became a staple in children's literature. Juster died yesterday at his home in Northampton, Mass. He was 91 years old. NPR's Andrew Limbong has this appreciation.
ANDREW LIMBONG, BYLINE: That opening line about Milo might as well have been about Norton Juster. In a 2011 essay for NPR marking the book's 50th anniversary, Juster reflected on his own childhood.
NORTON JUSTER: I had been an odd child, quiet, introverted and moody. When I grew up, I still felt like that puzzled kid - disconnected, disinterested and confused. There was no rhyme or reason in that kid's life.
LIMBONG: And so when a mysterious tollbooth shows up in Milo's room, he gets in because there's nothing better to do and gets transported to this world filled with wonder and wordplay. Here's Juster reading a section for NPR in 2010. In it, Milo meets five representatives of King Azaz the Unabridged, king of Dictionopolis, monarch of letters, emperor of phrases, sentences and miscellaneous figures of speech.
JUSTER: (Reading) We offer you the hospitality of our country, nation, state, commonwealth, realm, empire, palatinate, principality. Do all those words mean the same thing, asked Milo. Of course, certainly, precisely, exactly, yes, they replied in order.
LIMBONG: Norton Juster was born in Brooklyn in 1929. He didn't set out to be a writer. He was an architect. Then he got a grant to write a kid's book about cities. He tried but ran out of steam and ended up writing "The Phantom Tollbooth" instead. Juster told NPR in 2011 that at the time, he was living above his friend Jules Feiffer and was pacing while writing the book.
JUSTER: Jules came up, wanted to know what I was doing, read some of the stuff. And he liked it, went away without my knowing it and produced a whole bunch of absolutely wonderful drawings. And to this day I cannot see that book any other way.
LIMBONG: The book sold millions of copies, but Juster also heard from critics who said the wordplay was too much for kids, the vocabulary too hard - a notion Juster dismissed in his 2011 essay.
JUSTER: My feeling was that there is no such thing as a difficult word. There are only words you don't know yet.
LIMBONG: For Norton Juster, writing was a side gig. He was an architect mainly and a professor of design. But he thought in stories as a kid and even as an adult, as he told NPR in 2011.
JUSTER: Even to this day, I don't think I can deal with issues relating to me as an adult without recasting them as stories.
LIMBONG: It was how that moody and disinterested kid found rhyme and reason in his life.
Andrew Limbong, NPR News."

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 12:46 PM

I wanted to read a fun book, so I picked up a copy of Piers Anthony's, 'On a Pale Horse'.  I read it back when it came out in '83, and have admittedly forgotten much of it, so while it seems surprisingly familiar, it's still not boring.


I'm curious if anyone else here is a Piers Anthony fan?

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Posted 14 April 2022 - 09:26 PM

"The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster
"“Tollbooth,” about a bored boy’s fantastical journey,
became a beloved touchstone of children’s literature when it was first published in 1961."

I’ve been reading books to my kids every night before they go to sleep, probably for about eight years now, maybe a bit longer. I was trying to find something new to read to them when I saw this post, so I decided to give it a try. We’re about halfway through it now. My older son really likes this one a lot.
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Posted 15 April 2022 - 12:01 AM

I remember that one!
I miss reading to my kids.

I've been working on an anthology of the evolution of hard science fiction. Some good short stories.
Guess I just read to escape at the end of the day.
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Posted 05 May 2022 - 11:11 PM

Why Nothing Works: The Anthropology of Daily Life (Touchstone Books (Paperback)) Updated ed. 1987
by Marvin Harris  (Author) 
first edition 1981, 2nd 1987
So 1st edition from about 40 years ago,
.   As a boomer, I remember, a shopping world that was different, before the big box stores, malls, & internet shopping;
when, small in town stores, were owned by local families, that knew everything in their stores.
.   Harris contrasts this world, with many of todays problems, which were already becoming visible,
as we went from the 1950s into the '70s & '80s. He links what seem to be unconnected social changes,
to underlying economic forces.
The emphasis is on changes in the USA.
I'm on page 49.
Previously I skipped ahead and read chapter 6, in which the attitude in the US toward abortion,
homosexuality, explained, as related to changing economic forces;
this hooked me into, going back to the beginning, and reading carefully.
"About the Author
Marvin Harris is the author of sixteen books, among them Cows, Pigs, Wars and Witches; Cannibals and Kings; and The Sacred Cow and the Abominable Pig. He was previously chairman of the Anthropology Department at Colombia University and Graduate Research Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida. Harris passed away in October of 2001, shortly after retiring."

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Posted 11 June 2022 - 04:01 PM

I saw a book recommended on an esoteric oriented youtube channel, and the book is called Etidorpha, the end of the Earth, by John Uri Lloyd. The tale of a strange history and a journey with an incredible being. It was a tad slow taking off and is written in an old style, but once it gets going it gets incredibly interesting. It has quite an amazing take on a lot of things we take for granted. It's about an incredible journey into the deep caverns and spaces in the Earth with a very interesting being that shatters his perceptions in a way that is very based in fact and common sense. Almost done, and it has been a fascinating read once you get past a few things in the beginning. Even they are worth considering and reading. 


EDIT: I see the above conversation about Atlas Shrugged and I can indeed understand why someone would make that comment that it can be safely skipped. I have a differing opinion though after revisiting it last year after reading it when I was just a young kid and not getting a lot out of it. The threads connecting that book to the downfall and dumbing down going on now everywhere is well worth the time, although it did take a considerable amount of that to read. Also reread 1984 about the same time. Very startling to see today foretold so accurately way back when those were written on both counts. Like they were a playbook of the long term game plan of the elites. 


NOT here to debate, just my own opinion on that particular book. 

Edited by Coopdog, 11 June 2022 - 04:07 PM.

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Posted 13 June 2022 - 01:52 AM

OOPS !i acidently posted this in a Pan thread or exsotic thread . ...hummm...


Posted 11 June 2022 - 05:19 PM

I Been sick with the covid  not much  reading the last cpl weeks .

The last book i read was Graham Hancock's book  MARS Mystery ,

  If you have the slightest concern about the possibility of Earth having a catastrophic impact collision with a  meteor or comet fragment  ! !


This book will Freak You The Fuck OUT !


it has a lot of very interesting info !


very interesting read




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Posted 20 October 2022 - 09:39 AM

Well i read bunch books the last few months but failed to report on them ...i'll get caught up . soon !


this week I'm reading it's very good info packed it's more like text book . not entertaining ...but very informative .


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