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    Registered User whistlenm1's Avatar
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    A must read is 1632 by Eric Flint! I'm now looking for 1633 by same author , although I believe their is a co-author?
    Man's mind once streched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions
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    In other words, if you teach your cat to bark (output) and eat dog food (input) that doesn't make him a dog. It would have to chase cars, chew bones, and have puppies before I'd call it Rover ;-)
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    I guess you could say I've stopped reading.

    When I joined this board more than a year ago, I think I was
    into the second volume of an eight volume set by Edward
    Gibbons, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Well, I'm
    still reading it. I'm up to the middle of volume seven. I only
    read it when I'm in bed and I rarely read more than two or three
    pages at a clip. Give me another year and I should be almost
    done with it. It is an amazing book, as some of you who have heard my rants on it, are aware. Quite frankly, I think it's one
    of the most important books ever written.
    No. Wait. Don't hang up!

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    The Illuminatus trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, and the Schrodinger's Cat trilogy by Wilson are both pretty good. I also like some of Robert Traver's books, Trout Madness, Trout Magic, Danny & The Boys.
    For hard sci-fi Stephen Baxter is pretty good. For mysteries there's Reginald Hill & Minette Walters, & Raymond Chandler's always good. And the Sherlock Holmes stories.
    Harlan Ellison wrote one of the best sci-fi short stories, Repent, Harlequin, Said The TickTock Man. He also wrote an episode of the original Star Trek series, City On The Edge Of Forever, but he didn't like how it ended up, so used a pseudonym in the credits.
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    > The Illuminatus trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

    That's a good one - pretty messed up, but good...

    > City On The Edge Of Forever

    I thought Roddenberry changing it was what ticked him off.

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    >>> Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    I read that lot, and have just bought the DVD as a Christmas present for myself. Very interesting stuff. I'd never been a historical scholar, but after that, I read a couple of Robert Graves's books, "I, Claudius" and "Claudius the god", and got well into this. I have a modern translation of Suetonius's "The Twelve Cęsars" in my "new books" pile.

    Those Romans certainly new how to live.
    Wave upon wave of demented avengers march cheerfully out of obscurity unto the dream.

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    What about The metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle, or Amerika by franz kafka? I'm reading the trial right now. I'd say Kafka's my favorite author.
    I've read Der Prozess and Die Verwandlung, I especially liked Der Prozess.

    There's a lot about Kafka on the internet, you may like the Kafka project on

    What books are you reading and why do you like them so much?

    I read a lot type of books, I have no special preference. Currently I'm reading Een vlucht regenwulpen of Maarten 't Hart, a Dutch book from one of the better Dutch writers.

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    Een vlucht regenwulpen of Maarten 't Hart

    are you fluent in whatever language is in the quote?

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    I grew up with two languages, Frisian is my first language, Dutch my second. The language in your quote is Dutch.

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