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RE: Great Reads - Scythe Matters - 07-16-2012 02:25 AM
I found a book Bubba mentioned (one of the books or updates, IDRC) called A Roadside History Of California at the thrift shop yesterday. It's even signed by the author! Picked up several more - as I am wont to do - including one called Caravan To Xanadu. You know that one caught my eye! It's a novel about Marco Polo and has a 1953 publishing date. Also got a book of ghost stories from the southeast coast and a collection of poems by Dorothy Parker.
With Jamaica Inn sitting here in my "next to read" pile, it looks like I'll be busy! You know, reading the synopsis of it, I can't think how Bubba ended up reading it unless it came highly recommended because it sounds like a Harlequin romance! LOL
RE: Great Reads - Rey - 07-16-2012 06:39 AM
Yes Scythe, aren't thrift stores great for books? Just recently I found a book at one called "The Farm on Nippersink Creek, Stories from a Midwestern Childhood" and I thought this might be interesting, maybe like a Little House book or something. And it sounded very familiar, then I realized that Nippersink Creek flows right through my own county, I ride right over it across a bridge on the bicycle path I always ride on! Its always nice to find something with a local connection like that, I'm looking forward to reading it.
RE: Great Reads - ladijules - 07-16-2012 11:00 PM
(06-07-2012 07:46 PM)osage59 Wrote: I'm currently reading "Animal Farm" by George Orwell.
I just found, at a hidden little store at our mall, a Farenheit 451 t-shirt. I love the reactions I get when I wear it! The sci-fi people smile and ask me where I got it, and the teenagers who were forced to read it give me looks of horror!
RE: Great Reads - RN-PRN - 07-16-2012 11:11 PM
(07-16-2012 11:00 PM)ladijules Wrote:(06-07-2012 07:46 PM)osage59 Wrote: I'm currently reading "Animal Farm" by George Orwell.
I fell in love with sci-fi in my early teen years....because of Bradbury. My first term paper I ever did in 8th grade was on him...yes I am a geek
RE: Great Reads - BrianW - 07-17-2012 05:31 AM
Sweet score on the t-shirt! Keep a couple books of matches handy to give out to those in the know.
RE: Great Reads - Counselor - 07-17-2012 03:51 PM
Currently, I am into Uncle Tungsten. Quite a fun read by an author that generally does not capture me. Also just finished the latest (The First Confessor) by Terry Goodkind and another in a long line of "Reacher" novels. Reacher, as always was pure fluff but fun. Goodkind's book is an eBook only but quite a good read as well as filling in a couple of story holes in his Sword of Truth series.
RE: Great Reads - ladijules - 07-20-2012 07:54 PM
(07-12-2012 01:42 AM)Scythe Matters Wrote:(07-11-2012 04:48 PM)NWoBHM Wrote: I mentioned on another thread about a book (or trilogy) called 50 shades of grey. Apparently lots of UK women are getting their knickers in a twist over. So is anyone reading this, or prepared to admit to it??
I know what you mean!! LOL.... my fan fiction won several awards for the writing... and one of them was smutty enough to get kicked off a site!
RE: Great Reads - BrianW - 07-24-2012 12:00 PM
Syndrome E by Franck Thilliez. A great international thriller, already a bestseller in Europe, coming to the USA in August. You know a book's good when you can't wait to get home at night to get back into it, or squeeze in a chapter before going to work.
RE: Great Reads - Mufasa - 07-24-2012 03:32 PM
20) "Ask yourself why totalitarian dictatorships find it necessary to pour money and effort into propaganda for their own helpless, chained, gagged slaves, who have no means of protest or defense. The answer is that even the humblest peasant or the lowest savage would rise in blind rebellion, were he to realize that he is being immolated, not to some incomprehensible noble purpose, but to plain, naked human evil."
19) "The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."
18) "Pity for the guilty is treason to the innocent."
17) "Man’s unique reward, however, is that while animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself. If a drought strikes them, animals perish — man builds irrigation canals; if a flood strikes them, animals perish — man builds dams; if a carnivorous pack attacks them animals perish — man writes the Constitution of the United States. But one does not obtain food, safety or freedom — by instinct.”
16) "And what is the state but a servant and a convenience for a large number of people, just like the electric light and the plumbing system? And wouldn't it be preposterous to claim that men must exist for their plumbing, not the plumbing for the men."
15) "Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen."
14) "I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."
13) "Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production."
12) "Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion — when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing — when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors — when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you — when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice — you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot."
11) "We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality."
10) "Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off."
9) "The right to life is the source of all rights -- and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave."
8) "An attempt to achieve the good by force is like an attempt to provide a man with a picture gallery at the price of cutting out his eyes."
7) "Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)."
6) "The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles."
5) "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."
4) "The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see."
3) "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws."
2) "America’s abundance was created not by public sacrifices to 'the common good,' but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. They did not starve the people to pay for America’s industrialization. They gave the people better jobs, higher wages and cheaper goods with every new machine they invented, with every scientific discovery or technological advance—and thus the whole country was moving forward and profiting, not suffering, every step of the way."
1) "We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."
RE: Great Reads - Mufasa - 07-24-2012 03:33 PM
Anyone ('cept for Brian) care to guess the author?