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Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
1:42 pm
I don't know if anyone else knows about this already, but I just found it and I think it's a pretty sweet site. http://www.goodreads.com/

Basically it's another community site, but with a focus on books you're reading. You can find me here if you're interested: http://www.goodreads.com/profile/quix


Current Mood: anti-productive
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
12:58 am
Wuthering Heights
Seriously, I just finished reading it. Mighty good book.
Thursday, July 17th, 2008
4:44 pm
Required Reading
Feel free to make this into a meme... But I was just thinking that there are a few books I've read in the last year that I wish everyone--okay, let me rephrase: everyone at least in USA, as these books might not apply to people who live elsewhere--would read. Here's the list:

  • "Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women", by Virginia Valian

  • "Lifting the White Veil: An Exploration of White American Culture in a Multiracial Context", by Jeff Hitchcock

  • "The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics", by Riane Tennenhaus Eisler

  • "Bridging the Class Divide: And Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing", by Linda Stout

I'd like to include a book about ableism and homophobia, but I haven't found ones I've liked so far... What would be on your list? (Oh, and if the books on your list can be found via inter-library loan, I'll promise to read them at some point, too.)

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, January 27th, 2008
10:13 am
Ring of fire
According to Bill Bailey, the autobiography of Johnny Cash is one to write home about it.  I haven't it myself.  But I intend to.  And on the subject of autobiographies you could also try Malcolm X and Leonard Nimoy's second, I am Spock.
Monday, November 26th, 2007
1:50 pm
The Real Wealth of Nations
I am reading a book right now that really has me excited. It's called "The Real Wealth of Nations" by Riane Eisler. It is really hard to sum up this book so far, but I'll try. First, she argues that sexism is embedded in our culture, including the way we view economics, and that because of this, traditionally "feminine" values such as childcare are undervalued or, indeed, not given a financial value at all. She also argues that both capitalism and socialism rely on a dominator model (at this point, I feel the need to point out that Marx's original communism would not have relied on a dominator model, but the practical way it panned out, such as in the USSR, did) to operate: that there are only two choices, to dominate or to be dominated. This results in a system where those at the top do all they can to maintain their position and those at the bottom are essentially powerless. She suggests a new system called partnerism, where people of all sexes are valued and treated with respect, and where traditionally "feminine" values are given real economic value. She argues that the cost of providing high-quality preschool/childcare to young children is actually less than the cost of not doing so in the long-term, in terms of lost productivity, jail-time, etc. She backs up everything she says with numerous studies, statistics, and examples of current nations that lean more towards partnerism than the US.

The one annoyance is that she refers to nature/the eco-system as "Mother Earth". I feel that this is a distraction from the academic and rational tone of her work.

But to me, this feels like the next logical step after reading Smith and Marx. I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone at all interested in economics, politics, feminism, current events... basically, I highly recommend this book to everyone.

Current Mood: hopeful
Saturday, November 24th, 2007
9:52 am
Anyone else still check this group?
Any of the books by K J Parker.  I read Shadow earlier this year, but didn't remember until I was in Waterstones (largest UK bookstore for those who don't know) yesterday and finally saw the second novel in the series.  He's done at least three trilogies that I know about.  All seem to be in the same setting, just focusing around different characters and factions and whatnot.
Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
4:10 pm
Babylon by Bus
This book is the best one I've read in a long time. It's the tale of two college dropouts who give up selling Yankees Suck t-shirts at Fenway to go to Iraq in January 2004 to see what it's like there for themselves. It's candid and brutally honest. I highly, highly recommend it to anyone who's at all interested in what's going on in Iraq.
Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
7:18 pm
I'm a teenager, so.. obviously, some of the following may of been more intended for uhm, yeah, teen audiences. But they're great books anyhow.

The Belgariad or Mallorean series by David Eddings - This man is god. Mmkay?
Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer - Great to reread and reread and reread.
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan - You probably know how lengthy they are… I think I’ve only ever gotten as far as the fourth book, I’ve started rereading them and I’m currently on the third.. they’re good books, though. :)
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer - I really enjoyed this.
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke - I’ve reread it so many times it’s unbelievable…
Memoirs of a Geisha by Andrew Golden - I adored this. It’s really, really beautifully written.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman - I’ve only recently ventured into Gaiman’s works, but I can tell he’s a keeper. ;)
Oh. And the Dark Half by Stephen King. I’m not a huge fan of him, I find his books repetitive, but that’s just me… I really enjoyed this book though. I think that it was the first book I’d ever read by him. ‘Cept maybe the Shining.. BTW? Don’t read the Shining if you’re expecting the movie. I found it a lot different…
Monday, August 6th, 2007
3:55 pm
More Sci-Fi/Fantasy
The other thread has the potential to get insanely long - maybe suggestions should be made w/ the genre in the subject? *shrug*

Anyway, my list of favorites.Collapse )

So, yeah, if you're familiar with any of those, that's what I like to read, and if you have recommendations along those lines, I'd love to hear them!
Friday, August 3rd, 2007
9:51 pm
My two pence worth
I stumbled across, what I thought, was a good trilogy in the library a few months ago. Written by a chap called Steve Cockayne. The Legends of the Land trilogy. Rather odd series, but well written and an interesting read. Might well be your kind of thing quix
4:03 pm
Need a new Sci-Fi/Fantasy book!
Hi guys! So this is the recommendabook community! So, seeing as I created it I suppose I should be the first one to abuse get assistance from it!

My favorite books have been books by Terry Goodkind, George R.R. Martin, & Tad Williams. Epic fantasies like them. Wheel of Time was good too, but not my favorite. I also really enjoyed all of the books by C.S. Friedman (mostly sci-fi). Who else? Neil Gaiman, Poppy Z. Brite, Stephen King (horror obviously). That's all I can think off the top of my head. Any recommendations?


Current Mood: hopeful
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