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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

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

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

The Atheist Book Club @GoodReads.com

Started by Donegal. Last reply by Jessica Mar 28, 2012. 8 Replies

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Comment by Pat on February 1, 2016 at 1:23pm

Randall, I looked up the book on Amazon.com.  I believe the author is Ed Klein. So, I looked him up, and found this article about him on Salon. The Salon piece is none to kind to Klein, referring to him as a deluded conservative and the 'king of hacks.' The article states most of Klein's accusations cannot be independently verified, and are more than likely made up. Just one observation. I tend to agree with Cornell West from Harvard when he said that when one hears Hillary's name, integrity is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, if she is to be criticized, it should be based on reality, and not Faux News types of distortions and dishonesty.

Comment by Joseph P on February 1, 2016 at 7:45am

She still wins by several orders of magnitude, in any comparison to any of the Republicans.  It's a sad day, when Lindsay Graham and Chris Christie are the reasonable candidates.

Well, maybe Pataki.  I don't know the first thing about him, beyond him being associated with New York, and I don't care enough to look him up.  He could be reasonable, but I neither know nor care.

When in doubt, suck it up and vote against the worse one.  I'm definitely going Sanders in the primary, though.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 1, 2016 at 7:32am

Damn. Just when I thought perhaps Hillary isn't so bad after all, and that if Bernie doesn't beat her, I could force myself to vote for her. After all, any Democrat is better than a Republican. But then I read Unlikeable (Ed Stein), an expose, if you will, on Hillary's two-sided nature. In a word, she's a bitch. Go Bernie.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on January 18, 2016 at 8:12am

Randall--Sure you could. It just takes a masochistic nature and unbridled youth with a cause to do it. However, I did reread both of them about five years ago and still feel the same except the communism angle is nearly worthless today considering other social experiments that are thriving. Of course, the Soviet Union was so tied to the Marx that no one  noticed how that implementation of Marx theories failed largely because of corruption.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 18, 2016 at 7:56am

Donald, I don't think I could plow through either of Marx's books! There were enough snippets in the biography that satisfied me. And since you mentioned Engels' name, I got the impression that he was equally important in "the cause", but never got the due credit. One thing that surpised me was Marx's hatred of Russia. Talk about irony.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on January 17, 2016 at 9:39am

Randall--I read DAS KAPITAL and the COMMUNIST MANIFESTO during the 60's when I was on the edge of the Black Panther movement. I read his bio and found it interesting because of the things I didn't know about him. However, I also read Engels biography of Marx and thought it to be excellent. Perhaps, because it was written shortly after Marx’s death. Nevertheless, I think many that write Marx off as a "communist" without really knowing anything about him.

I read DAS KAPITAL and the COMMUNIST MANISFESTO during the 60's when I was on the edge of the Black Panther movement. I read his bio and found it interesting because of the things I didn't know about him. However, I also read Engels biography of Marx and thought it to be excellent. Perhaps, because it was written shortly after Marx’s death. Nevertheless, I think many that write Marx off as a "communist" without really knowing anything about him. 

Comment by Randall Smith on January 17, 2016 at 8:13am

I've always known about Karl Marx, but never read a bio on him until recently. I think he's given more credit than deserved, but that's another story. I couldn't help but make comparisons with Bernie Sanders. Hmmm. But that's not all bad.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 21, 2015 at 7:49am
I had fun reading "1954, by Bill Madden. It was about the baseball pennant races and persons involved, including the "new blacks", like Willie Mays, Larry Doby, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, etc. I was 11 years old, heavily into baseball card collecting. Since I still have my cards, I pulled out the '54s and found the people mentioned in the book--at least those I had. What fun I had! Of course, I had no idea at the time what was going on behind the scenes--all the racial tensions and so forth.
Comment by Aiden on November 24, 2015 at 11:59am

Check out What the Fresh Hell is This? by Star LaBranche, my friend and assistant organizer of our local Skeptics meetup group.  This book chronicles her religious upbringing, her gradual shift away from the Catholic church, her coming to terms with her atheism, and her survival as a non-believer in the Bible Belt.

Comment by Don on September 19, 2015 at 5:30pm

The esteemed Australian philosopher, writer, and critic (and prominent atheist), Russell Blackford, has just posted a wonderful review of my latest novel, POLLY AND THE ONE AND ONLY WORLD, a fantasy for all ages, which features an atheist witch as its heroine and Christian fundamentalists as its villains.   

 

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