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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby daftbeaker on Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:48 am

Rainswept wrote:Cause 6 novels is barely noticeable, right? =D

In a 6 book series, no. In a 39 book series where the 6 are basically setting the scene, yeah, kind of.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept on Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:01 pm

I found one that sounds good to me, "The Lies of Locke Lamora"
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Nef Yoo BlackBeard on Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:02 pm

hi tyre two reed me famly n uvver anmils by Durald Gerrel

Es difficul, tho. Thairs a tyger call Richard in me lyfeboit.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial on Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:26 am

Ugh. The Xanth books drove me crazy, I gave up after four or five of them. My ex-wife couldn't get enough of them though.
Finished Anansi Boys. I liked it to the end, even though I knew how it was going to end from about 1/3 of the way in. Very entertaining. Started in on Memory of Light this morning.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept on Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:01 am

ET, the Extra Terrestrial wrote: Started in on Memory of Light this morning.


The 1st 1/3 or so is really fun. That's where a lot of the story-lines FINALLY get wrapped up, the characters start seeing the big picture that the reader sees.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Griffin on Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:28 pm

Biopsychosocial Medicine ~ Peter White

Which is a conspiracy to condemn everyone with unexplained illnesses as mentally ill. Engels has a lot to answer for.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Roy Hunter on Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:48 pm

Griffin wrote:Biopsychosocial Medicine ~ Peter White

Which is a conspiracy to condemn everyone with unexplained illnesses as mentally ill. Engels has a lot to answer for.
You should look at the revisions planned for DSM V: they plan on making ordinary grief a mental disorder, and they are introducing a category for 'behavioural addictions' like gambling and using Facebook (addictions to my mind need to have a physiological aspect, like alcohol or opiates). They are also lowering the threshold for the incidence of illnesses like depression.

It looks like we will have a whole load more medicalisation of normal human ups and downs.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept on Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:27 pm

ET, the Extra Terrestrial wrote:Finished Anansi Boys. I liked it to the end, even though I knew how it was going to end from about 1/3 of the way in. Very entertaining.


ET, I was looking at the sequel to that anthology book Legends II, and I found I own a 50 page novella called "Monarch of the Glen" which picks up 2 years after American Gods, to see what happens next to Shadow.

Also, I didn't ask which version you read, but the Audiobook included some commentary by Gaiman and an extra scene he pulled from the book wherein Shadow meets and speaks with Jesus.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial on Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:22 pm

Rainswept wrote:
ET, the Extra Terrestrial wrote:Finished Anansi Boys. I liked it to the end, even though I knew how it was going to end from about 1/3 of the way in. Very entertaining.


ET, I was looking at the sequel to that anthology book Legends II, and I found I own a 50 page novella called "Monarch of the Glen" which picks up 2 years after American Gods, to see what happens next to Shadow.

Also, I didn't ask which version you read, but the Audiobook included some commentary by Gaiman and an extra scene he pulled from the book wherein Shadow meets and speaks with Jesus.

No contact with the prophet in the book I read, though I imagine there's an opportunity for some comedy there. There was a bit at the end from Monarch, just enough to whet your appetite for the next book. It does refer to it as a novella - 50 pages hardly seems worth a separate binding though.
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-- Philip K Dick

OK, now let's look at four dimensions on the blackboard.
-- Dr. Joy

English isn't much of a language for swearing. When I studied Ancient Greek I was delighted to discover a single word - Rhaphanidosthai - which translates roughly as "Be thou thrust up the fundament with a radish for adultery."
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept on Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:29 pm

ya, it's part of an anthology, as I linked. It's also in a later book of just Gaiman stuff.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial on Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:22 am

duh. I probably should have clicked the link.
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-- Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805)
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-- Philip K Dick

OK, now let's look at four dimensions on the blackboard.
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English isn't much of a language for swearing. When I studied Ancient Greek I was delighted to discover a single word - Rhaphanidosthai - which translates roughly as "Be thou thrust up the fundament with a radish for adultery."
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept on Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:33 am

for what it's worth, I haven't read most of the 2nd one, but the first Legends is wonderful for finding things to read. Each novella is completely original, written for the anthology, but set in the major world of the writer.

The George Martin one is set in Game of Thrones World, years before, and the Robert Jordan novella went over so well he expanded it into a full prequel, New Spring. Terry Goodkind released his later as a stand alone, and IMO the one from Raymond Feist is better than most of his full novels.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Griffin on Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:37 am

Roy Hunter wrote:
Griffin wrote:Biopsychosocial Medicine ~ Peter White

Which is a conspiracy to condemn everyone with unexplained illnesses as mentally ill. Engels has a lot to answer for.
You should look at the revisions planned for DSM V: they plan on making ordinary grief a mental disorder, and they are introducing a category for 'behavioural addictions' like gambling and using Facebook (addictions to my mind need to have a physiological aspect, like alcohol or opiates). They are also lowering the threshold for the incidence of illnesses like depression.

It looks like we will have a whole load more medicalisation of normal human ups and downs.


Yes, they've gone totally nuts. Another thing they have introduced is Somatic Syndrome Disorder - see here - so anyone with a serious biomedical illness may be diagnosed with SSD - get cancer and you are likely to be mentally ill etc. It's horrendous. There was a consultation period (I contributed) but they ignored what people said. If you saw any of the trials they did on their new diagnostics, the results were dreadful and amazing that they are going ahead regardless. It went to the printers last week. The rumour is that the APA is short of money so they are getting DSM-V out as quickly as possible.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Helium Hands on Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:36 pm

Rainswept wrote:I found one that sounds good to me, "The Lies of Locke Lamora"


I thoroughly enjoyed that and its sequel, "Red Seas Under Red Skies." Excellent characters.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial on Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:40 am

Griffin wrote:
Roy Hunter wrote:
Griffin wrote:Biopsychosocial Medicine ~ Peter White

Which is a conspiracy to condemn everyone with unexplained illnesses as mentally ill. Engels has a lot to answer for.
You should look at the revisions planned for DSM V: they plan on making ordinary grief a mental disorder, and they are introducing a category for 'behavioural addictions' like gambling and using Facebook (addictions to my mind need to have a physiological aspect, like alcohol or opiates). They are also lowering the threshold for the incidence of illnesses like depression.

It looks like we will have a whole load more medicalisation of normal human ups and downs.


Yes, they've gone totally nuts. Another thing they have introduced is Somatic Syndrome Disorder - see here - so anyone with a serious biomedical illness may be diagnosed with SSD - get cancer and you are likely to be mentally ill etc. It's horrendous. There was a consultation period (I contributed) but they ignored what people said. If you saw any of the trials they did on their new diagnostics, the results were dreadful and amazing that they are going ahead regardless. It went to the printers last week. The rumour is that the APA is short of money so they are getting DSM-V out as quickly as possible.

So what you're saying is that, in your estimation, introducing new and unnecessary categories of mental disorders is a diagnosable mental disorder?
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Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-- Philip K Dick

OK, now let's look at four dimensions on the blackboard.
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