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    Favourite Books!

    Post by Guest on Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:26 pm

    Mine are:
    The Gaunt's Ghosts series by Dan Abnett.
    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
    The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen.
    Almost Like a Whale by Steve Jones.

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    Re: Favourite Books!

    Post by Eggbert on Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:34 am

    The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
    The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

    That's all I can think of right now. Drunk
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    Re: Favourite Books!

    Post by ephie on Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:51 am

    Eggbert wrote:The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
    Have you seen the graphic novel versions? Fuckin' brilliant stuff. :D


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    Re: Favourite Books!

    Post by Eggbert on Sun Nov 28, 2010 1:18 am

    ephie wrote:
    Eggbert wrote:The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
    Have you seen the graphic novel versions? Fuckin' brilliant stuff. :D

    I have not, but I'm sure I saw it in a library somewhere. I'll go looking for it again next time I'm at the library.
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    Re: Favourite Books!

    Post by Tator Tot on Sun Nov 28, 2010 1:43 pm

    You should, the graphic novel is definitely a great addition to the story.
    Though unlike some people, I feel you should read the book and the novel. In any order you feel like though.

    As for my favorite books?
    Armor - John Stakely
    Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
    Starship Troopers - Robert A. Heinlein

    I mostly stick to Sci-fi/fiction stuff. I just don't find many more stories that entertaining.

    Though I'm always open to stories to read; I often don't find myself really sucked in and thus I drop a story half way.
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    Re: Favourite Books!

    Post by ephie on Sun Nov 28, 2010 2:57 pm

    I'm a sucker for thrillers, but I read Sci-fi and Fantasy as well.

    R.A. Salvatore's Drizzt series is among the best in all of fantasy. It's not too wordy, there's a lot of good action, and great fleshing out of characters.

    Steven King is also a good author I read, although I enjoyed his novels written under the pen name Richard Bachman more. The Regulators was probably the most creepy book I've read, ever. It needs a movie.

    Starship Troopers is ace, Tot.

    Angels and Demons was a way better book, by far, than the movie. I didn't like the Da Vinci Code as much but Angels and Demons is a must read for anyone who enjoys a good thriller.


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    Post by Rhosauce on Sun Nov 28, 2010 3:02 pm

    The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To - D.C Pierson
    His Dark Materials trilogy - Phillip Pullman
    The Diaries of Adam and Eve - Mark Twain
    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - Douglas Adams

    Actually, anything by Adams and Lovecraft is a total win for me.
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    Re: Favourite Books!

    Post by ephie on Sun Nov 28, 2010 3:09 pm

    Rhosauce wrote:Actually, anything by Adams and Lovecraft is a total win for me.
    I miss you reading Lovecraft to me. Sad Why did you leave the book with me!?


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    Post by Rhosauce on Sun Nov 28, 2010 3:20 pm

    ephie wrote:I miss you reading Lovecraft to me. Why did you leave the book with me!?

    I thought we decided you'd read it. Bring it over Christmas, then!

    I also love the Kushiel books by Jacqueline Carey.
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    Post by J3ipolarGod on Mon Nov 29, 2010 4:48 pm

    Well I currently have a few books that are at the top of my list....

    Quantum Psychology - Robert Anton Wilsion

    Eph, I remember that we were talking about this book about a month ago and discussed the unparalleled genius of that writer. To all of you who are into reading about existentialism and other ways to view your emic/edic reality, then I suggest that you pick this book up. It'll really make you take a hard evaluation on how you perceive the universe. (Eph, I just started reading Prometheus Rising and it's just as awesome as Quantum Psychology.)

    Morphic Resonance: The Nature of Formative Causation - Rupert Sheldrake

    Such a good read. Another book that really goes hard on causation and how subconsciously, there is much more going on than we could ever possibly hope to imagine. Morphic Resonance is a topic I wish they studied at least at some graduate level but alas, I remain disappointed.

    Physics of the Impossible - Michio Kaku

    I have to tell you, I had the awesome pleasure of taking my first two courses in quantum theory with this man and he is another who's genius is totally unparalleled. He teaches courses mainly at CCNY in Manhattan but is also an adjunct professor at all the other major universities in the area and Princeton. The book, as complicated as some of the topics he discusses may sound, is actually a great read for the layman as well as your average physicist/engineer. He goes over a wide variety of topics. Things that are mildly possible in the future (i.e. force fields, anti-matter universes, and invisibility) to things that are totally impossible (i.e. perpetual motion machines, precognition, etc.) and goes over how all of these things can, in one way or another, be totally debunked.


    ******Anyone who is into physics/mathematics/engineering, hear are a few books I would suggest to you.******


    Feynman Lectures on Physics - Richard Feynman

    It's a 3 volume series that will really get you going from the basics of Newtonian mechanics to thermodynamics, to electromagnetic theory, relativity, spectroscopy, nuclear and sub-atomic topics and mildly on the origins of quantum theory. It really is a great way for anyone to get into physics even if just to enhance your knowledge of it at a conceptual level. I understand the math may be a bit difficult. That's where this next book comes in.

    Ordinary Differential Equations - Morris Tenenbaum and Harry Pollard

    Obviously to take on a book like this you have to have some background in calculus. In that case I recommend Calculus for Dummies and another great book called Calculus Refresher for Technical Men because that, believe it or not, is how I got through pretty much all of my undergrad calculus courses. Snicker This book is a great way to start with diff eq. because it takes subjects such as integrating factors, Laplace Transform, Newton's Interpolation Formulas and Picard's Method of Successive Approximations and really breaks them down into something that's readable for first timers who are trying to study the material on there own. (One of my favorite texts, Quantum Theory by David Bohm was published by the same company, Dover. Their blue books are amazingly comprehensive!)

    The Audiophile's Project Sourcebook - G. Randy Slone

    This was an awesome book for me back in the good ol' days of being and engineering student. No complex math, no crazy formulas that you had to memorize, nothing like that. Just schematics! Pages and pages of schematics!!! More specifically schematics for audio projects. This is the book I used to build my first distortion pedal (a copy cat of the MXR Distortion +) and have constantly referred to it when I need some sort of help in any design work that I do. Topics range from audio preamps, power differentiation, power amplification filtration circuits, other miscellaneous audio effects (chorus, phaser, delay, reverberation, vibrato). As a musician, this is probably one of my best kept secrets. Build these projects yourself and you'll save yourself from having to spend $50-$100 on a brand name and you'll have the satisfaction of DIY.

    FINALLY (and here is where your brain gets scrambled)

    Quantum Mechanics - Albert Messiah

    This book is 2 volumes that were bound into 1 when I bought it. It's simple enough for students and comprehensive enough for working physicists. Starting directly with origins of the quantum theory, we see methods in photon scattering, quantum spin, further into Schrodinger's Equation and the formalism of the wave equation (maybe some of you will be familiar in the reference of the Schrodinger's Cat paradigm - is the cat dead or alive Orh ) and ending with a number of different approximation and stationary perturbation method, time reversal, particle collision theory, and relativistic quantum theory. It goes over all the math in excruciating detail. I bought this book about a year ago to get my ass ready for graduate school and I still find myself stumbling over the formalisms that are presented within the first 60 pages of the book. Nonetheless, if you are interested in doing physics research in grad school, or even as an undergraduate, then this is absolutely the book that you should make your new bible.


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    Re: Favourite Books!

    Post by Guest on Mon Nov 29, 2010 4:51 pm

    TLDR

    Lol, no. I read the titles and authors. Why so much physics LOVE?
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    Re: Favourite Books!

    Post by J3ipolarGod on Mon Nov 29, 2010 4:57 pm

    It's just sort of what happens when you have no life and a whole lot of physics texts just laying around to be read all day. Seriously, I am in school like 10-14 hours a day so I read A LOT!!!!

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    Post by Guest on Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:02 pm

    That sounds... so... depressing (to be in school for so long but then... I hated high school).

    Maaaaaan, physics was ALWAYS my worst subject.

    Quote my physics teacher, "You're a very fun girl and I like having you in my class... but you're shit at physics."

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    Post by J3ipolarGod on Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:09 pm

    That's awesome, Redline. I love reading books about formative causation and how it relates to all those cognitive sciences. It's interesting stuff. It's just building up the momentum to really start reading all the material but once you do, you really can't put it down.

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    Post by Guest on Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:17 pm

    I have a book called The Lives of the Brain by John S. Allen which looks at the evolution of the brain and the way it develops throughout life.
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    Re: Favourite Books!

    Post by ephie on Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:35 pm

    *smacks BP with a newspaper*

    Sorry Red, there goes J3 again, trying to seem smarter than a dog who just learned how to lick his own balls.

    But seriously, I have to find my Quantum Physics book I have laying around here. It's a good read too.


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    Re: Favourite Books!

    Post by J3ipolarGod on Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:41 pm

    ephie wrote:*smacks BP with a newspaper*

    Sorry Red, there goes J3 again, trying to seem smarter than a dog who just learned how to lick his own balls.

    But seriously, I have to find my Quantum Physics book I have laying around here. It's a good read too.


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    Re: Favourite Books!

    Post by ericxboba on Fri Dec 03, 2010 5:19 pm

    This is hard...but I'll give it a go.

    The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King...seems like a lot of dark tower love here so maybe i'll start a topic and we can talk about it. I also really liked Hearts in Atlantis.

    Dune by Frank Herbert

    A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

    The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

    There are a bunch of others but I'll spare everyone the long list haha.

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    Post by Rhosauce on Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:24 pm

    Don't spare us! Goodness knows we need a better list of books. The only stuff we have is thriller novels by John Grisham in the house. Oh, and a lot of forensic dramas that I'm going to read but other than that, need more ideas.

    Post them, Eric!
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    Post by Sloid on Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:20 am

    My fav books would be:
    The Theif Lord(Cornelia Junke)
    The Sunbird(Wilbur Smith)
    Duma Key(Stephen King)
    Roadside Picnic(the S.T.A.L.K.E.R book basically)
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    Post by IngoSmith on Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:09 am

    By comparison I read some trash. still, I have little time, so little adventures please me. The alien and predator books, especially Steven and stephanie Perry's work I find a riot. The hagakure I find a suitable self help book when its needed. The hitchhikers I loved to bits. Tolkein I have devoured, and pratchett. I read technical manuals, currently working through the Canadian defence manual for combat and survival in arctic and sub arctic conditions. Half a dozen small arms maintenance and operation manuals. It's all good fun. Lady chatterlys lover is also a favourite, as are.the works.of.Chaucer. I suppose I'm an eclectic. But don't tell my.mother
    (posted.from my outboard brain.)
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    Post by Rhosauce on Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:09 pm

    Anyone else a big fan of To Kill a Mockingbird?
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    Post by Xian on Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:17 pm

    huge fan of Stephen E. Ambrose's work
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    Post by IngoSmith on Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:12 pm

    forced to dissect it during my education, absolutely killed it for me. its beautiful, but i can't read it anymore.
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    Post by ericxboba on Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:20 am

    Rhosauce wrote:Anyone else a big fan of To Kill a Mockingbird?

    Classic. That and Catch 22.

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