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Thread: What'cha Reading?
09-28-2016, 03:45 PM #2081The mind is its own place and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven - John Milton
09-28-2016, 10:20 PM #2082
"I Am" by Michael Drakich.
Just good old-fashioned Golden Era-ish science-fiction."There seems to be a deep instinct in human beings to make compulsory that which isn't forbidden."
09-30-2016, 11:31 PM #2083
Around the World in Eighty Days from;
09-30-2016, 11:39 PM #2084
The Taste of Conquest: The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice.I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.
10-01-2016, 12:13 AM #2085
Phileas Fogg needed to be in Japan, he needed to catch the General Grant steamer to San Francisco and was in Hong Kong and missed his connection to it, luckily the calm and collect gentleman of means just charted a ship to Shanghai much to the disappointment of Fix, it was charted on the understanding that they could catch the General Grant from Shanghai before it went Yokohama before going to San Francisco, and so offered Fix passage on his chartered boat to Shanghai from Hong Kong while Passepartout came to his senses on the correct boat going from Hong Kong to Yokohama thinking he'd blown it all. Passepartout, a Frenchman/Parsian who wanted the quiet life to serve a London gentleman in the unrest of France he abandoned, now found himself penniless and hungry in Japan. Proud however, he soon found work in a circus. As soon as Phileas Fogg and the Princess Aouda arrived in Yokohama, they went to consulates and embassies trying to look for Passepartout to no luck, it was by chance the team were reunited again and able all able to board the General Grant to San Francisco where Passepartout surprised to see Detective Fix who thought was back in Hong Kong but Fix, who saw Passepartout board in Japan in his circus costume, kept a low profile throughout most of the 22 day voyage - Passepartout struck the detective for getting him drunk and spiking his drink with opium in Hong Kong to try and delay Phileas Fogg who was suspected of robbing the Bank of England no less.
10-01-2016, 09:53 AM #2086
10-02-2016, 06:36 AM #2087
I read The Elephant Vanishes by Murakami and wow it's great! I haven't read that good short stories since January. I heard very good and very bad opinions about Murakami before, so I didn't have much of enthusiasm about reading his books. That's the first of his books I read, so I don't know, perhaps there are very good and very bad ones. But this one- definitely very good. I recommend!
10-02-2016, 06:36 AM #2088To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
~ Elbert Hubbard
Music provides one of the clearest examples of a much deeper relation between mathematics and human experience.
10-03-2016, 10:16 PM #2089
Now that I've finished reading "I Am," I am rather amazed at how the author (Michael Drakich) led me to believe one thing at the beginning and quite another at the end. The main character actually develops, unlike the heroes in old fashioned sci-fi. It starts out as a rather "mundane" sci-fi story but then it evolves into something else as the hero evolves. And so at the beginning you have one "I am," who the hero was at that time (not much of a hero), to another, more heroic "I am" later on in the novel. And then the ending - it was superb.
This is not garden variety science fiction as I first assumed.
Last edited by Mal12345; 10-04-2016 at 10:05 PM."There seems to be a deep instinct in human beings to make compulsory that which isn't forbidden."
10-09-2016, 07:50 PM #2090
One Nation Under Taught: Solving America's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Crisis
If you take an 8-year old student performing at the 50th percentile and give him a low performing teacher, he will regress to the 37th percentile in 3 years. Give him a high-performing teacher, and he will succeed to the 90th percentile in the same amount of time- a swing of 53 percentage points.All together now, sing it! "All we are saying is give walls a chance."
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