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    Shock Wave by Walt & Leigh Richmond.

    Thanks to a helpful Facebook forum member I was able to find out the name of the book and download it. I read it in one day, thanks to this being a sick day for me.

    Shock Wave is one half of an Ace Double that I read when I was maybe 12 years old. The other Ace Double stories I read at the time were kind of crappy. But this one stood out in my mind as being well beyond the par.

    I found the book here Publication Series: Ace Double

    The first time I read this book I really didn't understand it. I would call it a college level read. Some of the terminology (such as "dry circuit") requires knowledge of electronics. Since I don't know any electronics jargon I had to Google "dry circuit." But when I was 12 I would have had to visit a resource library. But that was too much trouble, and there was a lot that I didn't understand in the book.

    But it's not just a technical read, there's an interesting story and even a moral. So it has a little bit of everything. And it's really very complicated for an Ace Double. The other half of the book, called "Voyage to the Dog Star," was kind of dumb and forgettable.

    With many decades of experience and learning under my belt, I finally understand the book.
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    This Barnes & Noble release;

    Seven Novels by Jules Verne

    I've first read Around the World in Eighty Days, then I read Journey to the Center of the Earth; and I've just started Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea;

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    Frankenstein
    "Avoid getting too preoccupied thinking about what you’re going to do, to actually do it."
    — Rachel Wolchin

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    Fahrenheit 451 is one of the best books ever written.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magpie View Post
    Fahrenheit 451 is one of the best books ever written.
    I have also read that book and it perfectly reflects how easily anti-intellectualism can come into place. A world where books are banned and burnt is my nightmare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brain in a Jar View Post
    I have also read that book and it perfectly reflects how easily anti-intellectualism can come into place. A world where books are banned and burnt is my nightmare.
    That's the surface interpretation. It's about loss of humanity and going against everything to gain your soul back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magpie View Post
    That's the surface interpretation. It's about loss of humanity and going against everything to gain your soul back.
    I could also see it as the general degradation of humanity from enlightened creatures to degenerates. There seems to be no soul in that society just "existence" of meanless activity which is what seperates humans from animals. Humans have a higher purpose to advance while animals just "exist". I like your interpretation and it seems we agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brain in a Jar View Post
    I could also see it as the general degradation of humanity from enlightened creatures to degenerates. There seems to be no soul in that society just "existence" of meanless activity which is what seperates humans from animals. Humans have a higher purpose to advance while animals just "exist". I like your interpretation and it seems we agree.
    I think the danger though is using the book to support a specific kind of intellectual elitism. Not that I'm saying that's what you're doing though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smilephantomhive View Post
    Frankenstein
    Its all about capitalism

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    The Lost Estate by Alain Fournier, translated to English.

    Reminds me a bit of A Separate Peace.

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