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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.

Members: 818
Latest Activity: Oct 6

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

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 Daniel W on December 26, 2016 at 7:51pm

Randy, I will have to look for Carroll's book.  I like your review.

Reading Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath".  Way back when, when I was a young soldier stationed at remote posts in Turkey, I read most of Steinbeck's works  - and Vonnegut, and Bellow, and a bunch more.  I had forgotten how poetic Steinbeck wrote.  Wonderful reading.  Available from my library via Overdrive, which is great for me.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 6, 2016 at 7:41am

Yes, it's a hard read, even for a former science teacher, but I recommend The Big Picture, by Sean Carroll, "an unprecedental scientific worldview, a tour de force that will sit on the shelves alongside the works of Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, Daniel Dennett, and E.O Wilson for years to come."  Carroll frequently refers to himself as a "naturalist", rather than atheist. If you want to learn more about universe we live in, plus take home some human morsels, this is a good book to read.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 22, 2016 at 11:28am

Daniel, I don't think my library gives access to Overdrive.  Here is the library site:  http://www.marshallpl.org

I found kindle editions of my two books on Amazon, but they want $12.50 and $16 for them.  That price hurts my wallet a lot.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 19, 2016 at 7:23am

Thanks, Daniel, for the "overdrive" info and the book report. Sounds interesting.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 18, 2016 at 12:08pm

I just checked-out 2 Mac computer books from my local library because they don't have them available on any other format.

With so many floaters in my eyes, reading books is quite annoying, but I'm slogging through them, and hoping the library will get more books I want to read on other formats.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 15, 2016 at 4:53pm
Comment by Plinius on October 21, 2016 at 8:41am

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.

http://www.nposales.com/ohanlons-heroes-a-series-of-discoveries-thr...

Comment by Randall Smith on October 21, 2016 at 7:37am

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'.

 

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