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Valanice's book club!
« on: March 19, 2004, 11:24:05 AM »
In light of all the discussion of libraries, books, and reading I have decided to give the whole group a membership to Valanice’s book club! (You know Valanice the famous talk show host from Daventry, she hangs out with Dr. Otar) This month she’s taking suggestions, so what are folks reading? What should we all be reading? Valanice wants to know!
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Re: Valanice's book club!
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2004, 11:44:01 AM »
All time best author: C.S. Lewis (Great Divorce, Narnia, Space Trilogy, Screwtape Letters, etc)

All time best fantasy story: Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien)

Other worthy Fantasy authors:
Roger Zelazny (Amber Series)
Patricia Mckillip (Riddlemaster of Hed)
Terry Brooks (Shannara and Magic Kingdom for Sale)
Terry Pratchet (Discworld books)

Other worthy Science Fiction authors:
Stephen Lawhead (Dream Thief)
Larry Niven (Ringworld and other short stories)

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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2004, 01:10:13 PM »
I recently just got done reading Bruce Campbell's autobiography of sorts, "If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor". It's a great read... no cheesy rags-to-fame stories, no brushes with death and/or drugs, no horrible scandals... just numerous tales of young friends from the random Midwest who had dreams to make movies armed with nothing but shoestring budgets and large amounts of bizarre creativity... and managed to do it quite well.

As for other books and authors, I'll wait until I'm home and can spend more brain cells on the matter. :)

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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2004, 01:21:09 PM »
I just started One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.  Can't tell you too much about it, because I'm only 6 pages into it. ;)

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Re: Valanice's book club!
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2004, 02:52:49 PM »
Roger Zelazny is an amazing author. The Chronicles of Amber, A Night in the Lonesome October, and Lord of Light are all must reads for any fantasy fan.
Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time is very good as well.
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Re: Valanice's book club!
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2004, 06:24:25 PM »
The Time Traveler's Wife! ;D Very good book.
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Re: Valanice's book club!
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2004, 04:44:58 AM »
ok well im reading Harry Potter 4 and Deadly Unna

Although im only reading deadly unna cos my english teacher is making me :-\
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Re: Valanice's book club!
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2004, 06:12:46 AM »
hmmm.... I'm reading the bible (again) ...but I'm not really far yet (just finished genesis) ...but I really enjoyed it the previous time, it was very helpfull ; ) ...excellent!!


Other favorite books are fantasy books from tolkien, brooks, etc. most of my favorite writers are already posted here...
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Re: Valanice's book club!
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2004, 06:17:35 AM »
you are reading the bible? talk about interesting...
I was in a catholic school all my life, I think I've read enough about it to read it again...


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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2004, 07:39:21 AM »
welll at least you read it ; ) a lot of people don't ; (
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« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2004, 08:25:06 AM »
well... reading it doesnt neccesarily means I know it by heart or that I fully got to understand it, as a matter of fact the old testament IMHO is the most amazing part of it, as well as the apocalypse :P


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« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2004, 08:47:20 AM »
that is so true! a lot of people read it but don't understand a thing! ...that's sad imho, cuz the true value is hidden from them ; (
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« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2004, 09:40:39 AM »
Indeed, thats exactly why I said it lol, because I remember my loooong hour classes on it myself lol, it was like, minutes reading hours explaining, oh well ;)

Oohh btw, I forgot to comment on the book Im reading RIGHT NOW which is:

Porter, M., Kotler, P., and others. (1997). Rethinking the future. Nicholas Brealy.

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Re: Valanice's book club!
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2004, 10:36:50 AM »
I'm in the middle of the third Harry Potter book...I've got to read it for a class.  I must say I have NEVER enjoyed an English class as much as I'm enjoying my Fantasy Lit class.  The best thing is that my professor is a conservative and a Christian...which puts a new spin on things.  Most of the professors, at least in my school, are liberal.  Not to say there's anything wrong with liberals, but I am a Conservative so it's nice to see the viewpoint of an educator who has the same views I do!

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« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2004, 01:46:29 PM »
The best thing is that my professor is a conservative and a Christian...which puts a new spin on things. Most of the professors, at least in my school, are liberal. Not to say there's anything wrong with liberals, but I am a Conservative so it's nice to see the viewpoint of an educator who has the same views I do!

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Aren't Christians usually conservative? Anyway, how does being a conservative or a liberal affect the way someone teaches? I'm neither conservative nor liberal.
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« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2004, 02:02:16 PM »
I would think the only subjects where conservatism vs. liberalism would possibly have a major effect would be in science , health/sex ed, and social studies/politics, myself. (Although it might have a minor effect in English classes due to teacher book choice, and a teacher possibly having an (IMHO) unprofessional bias about assignments that involve student choices in books or topic.)

At any rate, I've had teachers all over the spectrum, from Christians to Jews to secular folk, to even a Wiccan who taught my 9th grade Geometry class.

And here in MA it's actually not really uncommon to find people who are devout Christians but have liberal/democratic leanings. (And I know a Jewish lady who's a Libertarian politician.)

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« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2004, 02:26:41 PM »
At any rate, I've had teachers all over the spectrum, from Christians to Jews to secular folk, to even a Wiccan who taught my 9th grade Geometry class.
I wouldn't know what position on the spectrum the teachers I had were on. For one I wasn't interested in politics at the time and for another there never was any talk about politics. What I do is that they were Catholic, because I was in a Catholic school in both elementary and high school (college was a-religious and a-political). Not fundamentally Catholic, but Catholic enough to have classes in (Catholic-)religion.
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« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2004, 02:32:24 PM »
I don't know whether it just has something to do with the area I'm in (which is supposedly the Bible Belt), but most of my professors, who express views on anything, are the far left-wing liberals...and, as I said before, I'm a conservative, so I don't like them pressing their views to us...just like I wouldn't push my views on anyone else.  But anyway, I'll let ya'll get back to any debating ya'll want to do  ;D

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« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2004, 03:07:22 PM »
Koko: It depends on the setting, for me personally. If there's some "dead time" in class and the teacher wants to fill it by having some class discussion about some potentially "biased" matter, it doesn't usually bug me. And whenever there's an actual class topic that's at least somewhat subjective, even a careful teacher is going to have a hard time keeping their own beliefs (or lack thereof) out of the matter. But I find any teacher who colors the bulk of their teaching with obvious biased political/religious views to be unprofessional, whether conservative or liberal. (I.E., even if I agreed with the teacher's views, I would find the behavior inappropriate.)

And truth be told, I'm not entirely surprised your professorial base tends to be liberal... unless you go to a specifically religious-based college, colleges/universities traditionally/stereotypically have something of a liberal bent to them. Just be thankful you're not in CA or MA. ;)

I'm not entirely conservative or liberal myself... I feel I'm fairly conservative in how I conduct my own behavior, but I'm fairly liberal in how I feel about what others choose to do.

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Re: Valanice's book club!
« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2004, 07:52:19 PM »
Hum, it would seem the Bible is the book of choice. I consider myself Christian (Lutheran) but at times have also found the bible interesting (and it’s many translations and permutations) for historical reasons.

Somebody commented on “not” reading the bible, I know from folks I've met that can be dangerous… agree with it or not people should know what it says… so many seem to assume what’s the says Bible and form their ideas from there.  Donno my two cents…

Anyway as they say (someplace I’m sure) shall we beginning at the beginning….

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