I just finished "Diamond Age" by Neal Stephenson for the second time. I started Michael Shermer's "Why People Believe Weird Things" this morning.
And my to read list keeps growing:
Missionary Position - Hitchens
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Reamde - Neal Stephenson
Glory Road - Heinlein
Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea
Of course my list is likely to grow much larger as I see what everyone else is reading.
My own personal reading list, or books I would recommend:
The Religion Virus - James A. Craig
The Bible Unearthed - Israel Finklestein and Neil Silberman
The Devil's Dictionary - Ambrose Bierce
H.L. Mencken on Religion - H.L. Mencken (edited by S.T. Joshi)
Inherit the Wind - Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
The Anatomy of Revolution - Crane Brinton
The Last Place on Earth - Roland Huntford and Paul Theroux (Nothing to do with theism, morals, or ethics, but just one hell of a true adventure story about the race to be the first to reach the South Pole).
I've read Dawkins, Sam Harris, Hitchens, Hemant. I want to read more but I'm trying to keep my list to a reasonably length. It would probably help if I'd stay away from the 1000 page monsters from Neal Stephenson.
Good info on the Satanic Bible. I'll look for the Devil's Dictionary instead.
I wish I had some better used book stores near me. I really, really miss Half Priced Books.
It could have been a better experience if the manager hadn't been such a lying, game-playing, nepotistic bitch
And the library isn't a great option either. No way I can get through that list of books without a good bit of late fees. Even in the winter!
Libraries are really just glorified book brothels where the whores are free unless you bring em home late.
I may steal that.
Glory Road is great fun, among a long list of Heinlein favorites of mine.
Got any dragons you want killed?!?
I just finished Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children. If you haven't read it, think of a Harry Potter type novel written by Dean Koontz.
If you liked Miss Peregrine, you should read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. . .it's in the same vein but I dare say even better. . .
On the last 2 chapters on Carl Sagan's last written book before he passed away: "Billions & Billions"
I'd recommend everyone puts that on their "must read" list! Great book.
I just finished the Tea Party Guide To Being a Real American. Very funny book and I love the way the author, Roland Boyle, presented the story from the view of 'this book feels' 'this book thinks'.
"Teabaggers are the opposite of poets: they're made, not born. Sure, there may be a genetic predisposition toward anti-government sentiment, conspiracy theories, and misspelled protest signs, but we can't depend on even the shallowest gene pool to do all the work in producing junior members of the Tea Party. That's like asking our ancestors for a handout. We have to work to put the fear of God and hatred of liberals into kids."
Recently, I saw a documentary about Gene Sharp's 'From Dictatorship to Democracy' but haven't been able to find it for my iPad. I would really like to read this.