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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

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Comment by Friend of Dorothy on September 5, 2009 at 9:43pm
I just finished James Rollins, Deep Fathom. Indiana Jones goes to Atlantis. As usual, action packed, twists and turns, with a touch of sci-fi to make it more interesting. Like most of Rollins work, you will find this hard to put down.
Comment by Aiden on August 26, 2009 at 10:15am
FREE AUDIO DOWNLOAD: a Chapter from War: History, Causes, and Solutions by Dr. Michael Shermer

War is a serious subject and serious consequences, and Dr. Michael Shermer treats it as such, bringing to bear on the topic all the tools of science and history to understand war’s history, causes, and solutions. In this free audio download of Lecture 1, Dr. Shermer introduces the course, defines what he means by war, what sorts of causes will be sought (proximate causes and ultimate causes), human nature and human culture and how they interact to cause conflict, and the ultimate consequences of war.
Comment by Friend of Dorothy on August 23, 2009 at 9:16am
I was completely captivated by Brandon Sanderson's "Mistborn Trilolgy" so I grabbed "Warbreaker" when it came out. What a dissapointment. I am 2/3 through and still waiting for something interesting to happen. The story envolves two Princesses trying to prevent war from a bunch of crazy Priests of a bunch of nihilistic, sort of Gods. Being generous I give it 2 1/2 stars.
Comment by Dawson Gould on August 22, 2009 at 9:27pm
Dallas, here's an review from Amazon. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who might be interested. All I can say is I haven't laughed so hard, or so often in awhile.

Amazon.com Review
Pilot Tucker Case has a weakness--well, Tuck really has two--and the combination of drinking and sex in the cockpit of the pink Mary Jean Cosmetics Learjet puts him on the front page of papers all over the planet. But he finds another job with a mysterious employer--someone with a brand-new Lear 45-- who's willing to pay Tuck generously and ask no questions about his record. The jet and job are on Alualu, a speck in the Pacific Ocean, and Tucker has nowhere else to go. But first he has to get to Alualu, and once there, he faces a hurricane, Shark People, atypical missionaries, and boredom ... and the responsibilities assigned to him by Capt. Vincent Bennidetti, U.S. Air Force, deceased bomber pilot and present-day deity of the Shark People.
Comment by Dawson Gould on August 22, 2009 at 8:22pm
I read Pullman's trilogy about a year ago and really enjoyed it. I just finished Island of the Sequined Love Nun, by Christopher Moore and I'm getting ready to start Lamb by the same author. I'm also reading The Fabric of the Cosmos, by Brian Greene. The last one is taking some time because I have only a rudimentary knowledge of physics that I picked up in X-Ray school.
Comment by OutlawGirl on August 22, 2009 at 7:25pm
So what's everyone reading?

I'm currently working my way through Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass. A friend of mine has been raving about it for years. I'm not very far in yet, but so far I'm enjoying it.
Comment by Jaume on August 19, 2009 at 7:01pm
Because the Elves forged these rings themselves (they were not tainted by Sauron's hand).
The Mages and Balrogs were all Maiar. As well as many more listed in the Silmarillion.

Found this in Wikipedia: the Rings of Power, Elven Rings, Maiar
Comment by Jaume on August 19, 2009 at 2:29pm
Didn't see the movies, but according to the books:
1) Sauron was a Maia (plur. Maiar), a kind of lesser deity - just like good ole Gandalf.
2) IIRC the Dwarven rings were buried with their owners. The Elven rings were still in possession of Galadriel, Elrond and what-his-name, the Lord of that haven in the far west.
Comment by Aiden on August 19, 2009 at 12:55pm
FREE AUDIO DOWNLOAD: a Chapter from The History of Science by Dr. Michael Shermer

This is one of Dr. Michael Shermer’s finest college courses that he taught in his 20-year tenure as a college professor, presenting his sweeping visage of science, its history, philosophy, and impact, particularly over the past 500 years. In this free audio download of Lecture 1, Dr. Shermer answers the questions What is History? What is Science? and What is the History of Science? Along the way he shows that the facts never just speak for themselves but must be interpreted through hypotheses, theories, models, paradigms, and even worldviews, and that science is a social process conducted by people with a host of cognitive biases, and how this fact led to the development of a rigorous scientific method to help avoid these psychological shortcomings to our observations and conclusions.
Comment by Friend of Dorothy on August 15, 2009 at 8:33am
Off the political for just a second, I have recently discovered James Rollins and am starting "Doomsday Key", talk about a exciting romp, with a touch of sci-fi. His writing style has enough twists and turns to make James Patterson grin. If high speed action, meaty characters and surprise endings are your thing, this Author dishes it all up in a neat package.
 

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