This is a group for the atheists on here who are book lovers.
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Started by marlowe dw Feb 16, 2014.
Ok so anyone have a favorite author that has realy inspired or a book that has changed your life in some way.
Kurt Vonnegut "Cat's Cradle"
Saramago "Cain" utterly trashes organized religion
Roald Dahl "Matilda" (for children) "Short stories" (for adults)
Nicolas Taleb "The black Swan"
Yan Martel "The life of Pi"
George Orwel "Animal Farm"
Demond Morris "The human Zoo"
@Walrus: What is it with favorite questions?
I have a top 5 or a top 10 for everything. It means if I had the time and/or money I'd favour doing one of those than other ones. For instance top 5 bands or top 5 operas. If its in the top 5 or so I'll take a trip to see a concert or opera in another european city to see it. If it's a book then it's something I highly recommend to everyone including my students and a book I savour and re-read every five years or so. If it's a top ten countries or beaches or restaurants etc. then they are the one's I want to revisit. And so on. We all have a top 10 of sorts...whether we recognise it or not.
Knowing other people's top five or top ten can be very useful. You can find a connection between the various items in their top fives and find a deep insight into their tastes (and possibly personality). More so, you can find things that multiple people consider special and try them out yourself.
What is it with favorite questions? Everyone seems to have them, and yet it is very rare that I have a decent answer. Mostly I detest the idea of narrowing it down to a favorite. So here is a few
Issac Asimov; Robert Silverberg; Frank Herbert; Brian Lumley; Philip Dick; William Gibson; Terry Pratchett; Douglas Adams; Tad Williams
Far from exhaustive, but it's a start
Almost done with "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Heinlein.
Anyone else enjoy SF? I need more high quality recommendations, please and thank you.
Denialism by Michael Specter
Discworld. no contest.
Sorry to just jump in like this, but I'm looking for an unbiased book on the historical development of Christianity. Not history according to the bible, but an anthropological approach to the origin and growth of the Christian faith, the assembling of the canon, and the determination of church structure and dogma. Any suggestions?
I'm half-way through the second of two of the best books I've ever read in my life. They're both true stories about inner-city gang life. The first is "Fam - rolling with a London girl gang" by Chyna, an amalgam of five different girls' stories, all true. It's written like a novel in that crisp concise style that inner-city Londoners have. Chyna is a very intelligent girl and you warm to her. The second book is "Among the Hoods - my years with a teenage gang" by Harriet Sergeant. She's a journalist / government researcher who befriended a gang of teenage boys in Brixton, South London. She just wants to find out what makes them tick and is very sympathetic to them. Is Harriet Sergeant peculiarly British? I like to think so. She rolls up her sleeves and goes in there like Winston Churchill. You should be able to pick up both books quite cheaply from http://amazon.co.uk.
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