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Christmas reading

Postby StewartP » Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:42 pm

I got a couple of books for Christmas, one of which is Stephen jay Gould's "Lying Stones of Marrakesh"

I had just read Panda's thumb before Chrimbo and had Stones on my Amazon wishlist so I'm well pleased.


Anybody else got some good reading in their stocking?
or any other Chrimbo present with which they are particularly pleased?
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Re: Christmas reading

Postby jarsulic » Sat Dec 27, 2008 8:05 pm

Interesting. I got Gould's The Structure of Evolutionary Theory this year. I doubt I will ever have the time to read it cover-to-cover, but it should be one hell of a reference book.
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Re: Christmas reading

Postby clostridiophile » Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:53 am

I read Gould's Wonderful Life over the holidays...great book, particularly the famous ending. Superb. I've read Panda's Thumb and about half of SOET...that is a huge fucking book.

Stew,

The only thing I ever ask for are books, and I got alot. Here they are

Nietchze (Thus Spoke Zarathustra)
Kant (Critique of Pure reason)
Locke (Essay concerning Human Understanding)
Hume (An enquiry concerning human understanding)
Epicurus (The writings and sayings of Epicurus)
Persig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance-great book so far)
Dawkins (The Ancestor's Tale)
Rousseau (The Social Contract)
Mill (On Liberty, The Subjection of Women, Utilitarianism)
Spinoza (A Spinoza Reader)
Frazier (The Golden Bough)

Trying to broaden my understanding of philosophy. My father-in-law came over to me with beer in hand, inspected the books, read some of the titles and said, "Sounds kinda geeky". Reluctantly, I concurred.
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Re: Christmas reading

Postby Quasar » Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:52 am

All you people with your non-fiction books: all I got were novels. I'm attempting to collect the entire Discworld series (Pratchett) and Sword of Truth Series (Goodkind), and my family knows it. :D I got:

Blood of the fold
Temple of Winds
Soul of the Fire
Chainfire
Phantom
Confessor

and

The Wee Free Men
The Last Hero
Making Money
The Discworld Companion
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Re: Christmas reading

Postby BeamStalk » Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:04 pm

I got two Stephen King books. Duma Key and Just After Sunset.
The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.
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Re: Christmas reading

Postby ExPatMatt » Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:09 pm

Good books all (and added to my wish list...)

I got - and just started - The Geneticist Who Played Hoops with my DNA by David Ewing Duncan. Only read the first couple of chapters but it is a pretty interesting insight into the giants of modern science.

Good topic; we should update our progress as we go (book reviews?)
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Re: Christmas reading

Postby nonmagic » Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:52 pm

I didn't get any books for Christmas because for the past 2 years I've gotten nothing but books and on top of that I went out last year and the year before and blew HUGE chunks of tax refund on books.

I'm on vol. 4 of In Search of Lost Time, which was a gift from last Christmas.
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Re: Christmas reading

Postby StewartP » Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:05 pm

clos - I bought 'A Treatise of Human Nature' by Hume. I found myself completely blocked by the archaic language.
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