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Nexus Book Club

A group for those of us who like reading and books. Fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry... everything goes.

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Welcome to the Nexus Book Club!

Hello to all our new (and old) members! We'd love to hear from you; please take the time to introduce yourself either on the forum or the wall.

Feel free to discuss the books you're reading at the moment, your favorite authors or works, and so on. I'm sure everyone has a book they think others here might find interesting!

Also, don't forget to check out the page Books by A|N Members Who are Published Authors, located just under the members section on your right.


Books of Interest to Atheists and Skeptics
Breaking The Spell by Daniel Dennett
A Devil's Chaplain, by Richard Dawkins
The End of Faith, by Sam Harris
The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins
God is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens
Godless, by Dan Barker
Letter to a Christian Nation, by Sam Harris
Why I am not a Christian, by Bertrand Russell

Sites for Bibliotaphs
Audible.com
BookCrossing.com
BookMooch.com
The Internet Archive
LibraryThing.com
LibriVox.org
Project Gutenburg
Shelfari.com

Discussion Forum

Question about The Dresden Files.

Started by Joseph P Oct 11, 2016. 0 Replies

The Last Blade of Grass

Started by Robert Brown May 7, 2015. 0 Replies

Top 5 Books on Atheism

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Gerald Payne Apr 30, 2015. 5 Replies

Why do they all have "happy endings"

Started by Cory D Wells. Last reply by sk8eycat Jan 22, 2015. 5 Replies

New books on the secular life

Started by Nick Bottom. Last reply by Randall Smith Oct 23, 2014. 1 Reply

POLLY AND THE ONE AND ONLY WORLD

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Sep 13, 2014. 1 Reply

Haruki Murakami

Started by Nick Bottom. Last reply by Michael Mann Sep 7, 2014. 1 Reply

"Cli-fi"

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 31, 2014. 4 Replies

top 10

Started by Jeffrey. Last reply by Nick Bottom Aug 23, 2014. 17 Replies

book recommendations?

Started by Fester75. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 11, 2014. 5 Replies

Robert Jordan "Wheel of Time" fans?

Started by Jenn Wiffen. Last reply by Joseph P Sep 10, 2012. 1 Reply

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Comment by Randall Smith on November 23, 2017 at 7:18am

There's nothing like a great book! Glad you're enjoying it, Daniel. 

I picked up four more at the lib. yest. First, I need to finish "Inferno" by Dan Brown. I hardly read fiction anymore, but because the setting is mostly in Florence, I thought I might like it, since I was there last April.

Comment by Daniel W on November 22, 2017 at 1:55pm

Randy, I'm trying to keep my groups list to a minimum, so I'm posting any nonfiction here.  I know, I'm a curmudgeon.

Currently reading Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer.  by Jonathan L Howard.  The protagonist is a scientist who sold his soul to Satan in order to learn the science of necromancy, which is re-animating dead people to do what you want.  However, he found that his experiments were no longer reliable without his soul, so he journeyed to hell to make a wager with Satan to have his soul returned.  The deal is, he must provide 100 souls to Satan within a year.  Otherwise, he's dead.  So far, it's a well-told, colorful, funny, and sardonic.  Hell is a bureaucratic mess, and Satan is an annoying jerk - but after all, he IS Satan.  Cabal isn't much better, smart, determined, narcissistic, and well spoken.  Enjoying it thoroughly.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 21, 2017 at 8:07am

Just posted a comment in the group "Books--Nonfiction" if interested.

Comment by Daniel W on November 16, 2017 at 7:56pm

Joan, I don't think there is good evidence for cellular memory.  It did make for a good story.  I don't mind it being a little far fetched.

The autistic boy story was really enjoyable  I listened to an audio version of the book.  I couldn't put it down, so to speak.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 15, 2017 at 3:46am

Some compelling characters and themes in your two books. The murdered dog and autistic boy make a wild imagination on how it turns out. The idea of cellular memory, though debated, seems like it might be possible. What do you think? Do we have cellular memory?

Comment by Daniel W on November 14, 2017 at 8:52pm

I just finished reading The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Nighttime by Mark Haddon.  I thought is was very well written and very compelling.  The story begins as a first person mystery, about a dog that was murdered, with the writer being a teenage boy with autism spectrum condition. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Comment by Daniel W on November 4, 2017 at 6:31pm

Joan, that sounds like an interesting book.  Brain changes may explain my obsession with garden work, and why I cant seem to sit down and read a book on paper any more.  I think so much internet rewired some of my brain too.

.What does seem to work for me is audiobooks.  I just finished lustening to A Killer harvest: A Thriller by Paul Cleave.  The author is a New Zealander, and the book takes place there too,  I think tge reader is also from there, and i enjoy listening with that accent.  Seens to add something.  The book plays with the idea of cellular memory, the idea that transplanted organs may transfer some memories or behaviors to the recipient.  In this case, the organ donor was a serial killer, who was killed by a police officer who murdered bad guys and arranged for their organs to go for transplants.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2017 at 4:07am

Today's encore selection -- from "Mind of the Meditator" by Matthie...

"Brain imaging shows that when we master a task such as playing an instrument or the advanced performance in a sport, specific parts of the brain are transformed -- certain neural pathways grow and strengthen. Neuroscientists have now shown that the same could be true for mastery of meditation, with direct benefits for improving focus, overcoming depression, dealing with pain and cultivating emotional well-being."

Comment by Randall Smith on October 6, 2017 at 7:24am

Thanks Bertold and Donald. I'll look for those books.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on October 5, 2017 at 11:15am

I have been a Franken fan since he wrote since "Parliment of Whores," which I think applies so well today even though the book was written nearly 20 years ago;

 

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