Nexus Book Club


Nexus Book Club

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

Members: 825
Latest Activity: on Friday

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
The Internet Archive
Project Gutenburg

Discussion Forum

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


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


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

Robert Jordan "Wheel of Time" fans?

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

Currently Reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Started by The Big Blue Frog. Last reply by Cory D Wells Jul 24, 2012. 8 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on Friday

Oh cool!  The library has it on audio that I can download from home.  I had to request a hold, so it might be a week or so, but no problem with that.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on Friday

Randy that sounds like an excellent book.  I love reading about the Maya as well as Inca and Aztec.  I'm on audible because I feel like I"m losing the mental capacity to just sit down and read a paper book.  Which bothers me.  But there is good audio.

Parallel to your book, Randy, I've been listening to a Great Courses lecture series called "Maya to Aztec, Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed by professor Edwin Bamhart.  It's really intgeresting and I am learning a lot.

Your description makes me want to read Jungle of Stone as well.

Comment by Plinius on Friday

Looks great, Randall! As if I had no stacks of to-be-read books everywhere!

The subject reminds me of my favorite Englishman, Redmond O'Hanlon, who made a beautiful TV series on his 19th century heroes, among them Catherwood.

Comment by Randall Smith on Friday

Book recommendation: Jungle of Stone, "The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey and The Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya", by William Carlsen. 

Occuring around 1840, American diplomat John Lloyd Stephens and British artist Frederick Catherwood joined on an expedition into the forests of Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. They fought heat, mosquitoes, ticks, the jungle, and most of all, malaria, to discover ancient Mayan cities with all their glorious temples, pyramids, and hieroglyphs.

I had a hard time putting the book down. And, of course, I now want to visit some of these ruins.  

Comment by Joseph P on October 11, 2016 at 12:44am

I just posted a discussion about The Dresden Files.  I rambled on for multiple times the character allotment of this comment section, as should be expected of me.

Anyway, if anyone here has read the series, I was wondering a few things, since I couldn't make it through the second book.  If you can make it through my over-long screed, could you let me know what you think?

Comment by Ian Mason on September 26, 2016 at 11:11pm

I'd like to recommend "The Hydrogen Sonata" by Iain M Banks. All of his SF/Space Opera books are good but this one stands out. Written partly because 'religion has virtually nothing reliable to teach us about reality'.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 9, 2016 at 7:03am

The title says it all: Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism, by Chris Jennings. Five major utopian communities are analyzed from the 19th century. They are The Shakers, New Harmony (in my home state of Indiana), The Fourierist Phalanxes, Icaria, and Oneida. Very interesting book about the ascent and decline of social experiments in the United States.

Comment by Aiden on May 31, 2016 at 7:53am

My local skeptics' group, SEVA Skeptics just hosted a lecture this past weekend with Dr. Wynne LeGrow, MD, an open atheist who for ran for Congress in southern Virginia's 4th district in 2010. He discussed his experience running as an open atheist to unseat Republican Congressman Randy Forbes, the founder and chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus.

Dr. LeGrow has written a book about his experience titled "Last Leper in the Colony" ( In it he writes, "There is no way to tell a believer from a nonbeliever by the way he or she acts. No amount of dishonesty, malfeasance, antisocial behavior, racial or homophobic prejudice, misappropriation of funds, substance abuse, sexual indiscretion or perversion disqualifies one from being considered a true believer. The one transgression that cannot be forgiven is that of thinking for oneself and coming to an unacceptable conclusion concerning the existence of a deity."

Comment by Randall Smith on May 30, 2016 at 6:54am

Shakespeare Saved My Life, by Laura Bates, is about teaching convicts in supermax solitary confinements (in Indiana) Shakespeare. It especially revolves around one "lifer" named Larry Newton with a brilliantly agile mind, astounding experts with his insights. Unfortunately, Larry was never given the chance to prove he deserved a better life in prison, let alone freedom. It's an inspiring, yet sad, story. In 2010, Indiana stopped funding education for inmates. Rehabilitation is next to impossible.

Comment by Plinius on April 21, 2016 at 8:30am

Looks good, Randall! The last book you recommended was World without Us, and that was very impressive! I've spent a lot of time in retraite on the Discworld caused by too much work and stress, but now it's almost time for something new to read...


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