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#4921 Old 02-21-2014, 09:26 AM
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I spent the last month staying at my Mom's place, so I had plenty of time for reading ... I've been working my way through L. Frank Baum's Oz books and other stuff I had on my hard drive (White Women's Rights: The Racial Origins of Feminism in the US, Vegetarianism in Australia, and other light reading)

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I spent the last month staying at my Mom's place, so I had plenty of time for reading ... I've been working my way through L. Frank Baum's Oz books and other stuff I had on my hard drive (White Women's Rights: The Racial Origins of Feminism in the US, Vegetarianism in Australia, and other light reading)

I have wonderful old illustrated copies of all the Oz books from when my dad was a kid (he was born in 1926.) smiley.gif
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Re-reading "Logical Chess: Move by Move" by Irving Chernev. I read it when I first started playing around 15 years ago, and felt like it might be good to read it again to help improve my game.

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Have you read Reassess Your Chess? I have it but haven't tackled it yet. It got great reviews though. My game needs it. Can't stop reading nutrition books right now though.

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No, but I've heard good things about it. But be sure you've got a good grasp on tactics before you start worrying about strategy. Getting a small positional advantage will do you no good if you just blunder and give pieces away.

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#4924 Old 02-21-2014, 11:52 AM
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Getting a small positional advantage will do you no good if you just blunder and give pieces away.

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We should probably move this to a separate thread if we're going to talk chess. I think VB has had a couple of chess threads over the years, but I don't know if there's a recent one.

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#4926 Old 02-21-2014, 01:23 PM
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I just read a book called the Faults in Our Stars, I really haven't hated a book that much in a long time. The main character is a vegetarian though :P

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I just read a book called the Faults in Our Stars, I really haven't hated a book that much in a long time. The main character is a vegetarian though :P

 

I read that book a while ago. I didn't hate it, but it definitely does not deserve the hype it got.

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Yeah I agree, all my friends said it was amazing and I would cry at the end. But I found it just really sappy and corny.  

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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The Order of the Stick, Volume -1: Start of Darkness

No, that's not a typo. The actual volume # of the book is -1. It's the prequel to volume #0, which was the first prequel to the series.

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The Order of the Stick, Volume -1: Start of Darkness
That was a pretty short read.

I'm still reading "Logical Chess" on and off, as mentioned earlier in the thread, but also reading other stuff when I'm not in front of the chess board at home.

Now I've started reading "A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking. Very interesting book so far. I'm only 25 pages into it, and I've already learned a ton. Despite covering some pretty heavy concepts and deep science, I'm understanding most of it, despite not having looked at any serious science in 20 years. Very well written.

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Today I just started reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

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Today I just started reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

I love that one! I need to read it again.

I'm currently reading the Hyperbole and a Half book and it's really funny, I've just been lazy about reading for some reason and I need to make more time for it.

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I just finished reading the China Study. :book: 


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I just finished reading the China Study. book2.gif  

What did you think of it?

I really liked it. I've tried three times to get through his next book, "Whole" Just can't do it. I want more "eat this because...." rather than 'these people all ganged up against me' stuff. There's a lot if anger and resentment there. I get it. If it had been me, I'd want to tell that story too, but it's not an uplifting or even helpful read. At least the parts I've gotten through.

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I like it. It was a very interesting read, to say the least. I didn't know he had another book out...I'm going to have to look for it.


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I like it. It was a very interesting read, to say the least. I didn't know he had another book out...I'm going to have to look for it.

Whole was next. Then he wrote The Low Carb Fraud

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Which, to me, was easier than Whole. I just never could settle in to Whole, I'm sorry to say.

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Been reading Food Inc.

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Just started The Dark Threads, by Jean Davison.


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Just started The Dark Threads, by Jean Davison.

She's my favourite writer and she's giving a talk about the book in Leeds in less than two weeks time.

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She's my favourite writer and she's giving a talk about the book in Leeds in less than two weeks time.

 

I'm only into chapter 2, but so far, I'm finding her writing skills most impressive, and her true story to be chilling. I had a similar experience to her own, so her book is jogging some grim memories for me, which is probably a good thing, as they can bear some more scrutiny. I wish I could attend her event. Will you be there? Will she lecture abroad, I wonder?


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I'm only into chapter 2, but so far, I'm finding her writing skills most impressive, and her true story to be chilling. I had a similar experience to her own, so her book is jogging some grim memories for me, which is probably a good thing, as they can bear some more scrutiny. I wish I could attend her event. Will you be there? Will she lecture abroad, I wonder?

I'll be there giving full support, selling books and hopefully taking a few pictures. 

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I'll be there giving full support, selling books and hopefully taking a few pictures

 

You must post them!

 

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I love historical fiction. I've really been into novels by Kate Emerson. I'm currently reading Pleasure Palace. All of her novels are set during the time of King Henry the VII and VIII. Great novels.

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I love that one! I need to read it again.

 

 

I just finished it. what a Great book! I would put it up there with the likes of Animal farm, nineteen eighty-four and brave new word. I will start the wind in the willows next.


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Just started The Dark Threads, by Jean Davison.

 

I've read the extracts on the author's blog and have promptly ordered the book from Amazon; really looking forward to reading this.

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I'm currently reading s series called Secrets of the Tudor Court. I love historical fiction and I'm absolutely in love with British Royalty especially the Tudors.

I'm currently reading Pleasure Palace. The author is named Kate Emmerson. She is a great writer and I've not been disappointed in any of the books I've read so far.

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt ova here!! Such a great read and so well written grin.gif
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I suddenly felt like going back and reading some of my old comics, so I started reading Promethea last night. I actually read the first dozen or so issues when it was new, but I stopped reading/collecting comics around that time. A couple of years later, I went back and caught up on buying back issues for a few of my favorite series, so I have all 32 issues of Promethea, but I don't think I ever read more than the first half of the series.

When I'm done with that, there's a few others I'm thinking of going back and re-reading (or in some cases, reading for the first time, since I didn't finish reading them all when I bought them). For a couple, that will mean tracking down some more back issues.

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Hard to put down, I would have liked more character development. Good overall.
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