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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: 822
Latest Activity: May 26

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 Plinius on May 26, 2017 at 12:44am

I haven't watched the series, but I like the book very much! And I grew up with Ray Bradbury, he had really great stories.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 25, 2017 at 1:55pm

American Gods is also a tv series.

Comment by Daniel W on May 25, 2017 at 1:29pm
Comment by Daniel W on May 25, 2017 at 1:28pm

Reading "American Gods" now  by Neil Gaiman.  It's not a recent release but I just learned about it.  Wow, reminds me of Ray Bradbury books from the 60s, like "The Illustrated Man".  Kind of blows me away, I like it so much.

I've just finished a series by Paul Cleave.  I started reading him with Trust No One, a murder mystery in which the main character is developing Alzheimers, is a murder mystery author, and can't decide if he's also a serial killer or was that one of his book creations.  More twists and turns than I could keep track of.  I liked that so much, I read "Cemetery Lake" with a very wounded and damaged protagonist, a homicide detective whose family is run over by a drunk driver, and his career ended due to his drinking afterwards.  He's at the cemetery, which has a lake, and bodies start popping up in the lake.  There are other flawed cops, a priest, and other characters involved.  The sequel is "Collecting Cooper", which has a professor of criminal psychology who is as multifaceted as the other characters, and the finale is "Five Minutes Alone", which might be a little too much and has Dexter-like story lines, but darker and evolving even more flawed protagonists - if that's possible. 

Now I'm back to some nonfiction too, a history of Buddhism from "The Great Courses".

Comment by Randall Smith on February 19, 2017 at 7:55am
Just finished "The Book that Changed America (How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation)", by Randall Fuller.
From a single copy of "Origins", the intelligentsia of Concord eventually read and expressed opinions about Darwin's bombshell.
Only a few (Asa Gray and Thoreau) really accepted the theory of natural selection. The rest either totally rejected it or tried to assimilate it into their own beliefs (Emerson for one).
As I read the book, I was constantly (but not surprisingly) amazed at how the power of belief and faith (in god) swayed the opinions of very learned men and women (Louisa May Alcott). I am perplexed as to why reason and factual evidence were ignored. Spontaneous generation caused by a divine "Artist" was the prevailing choice.
Thoreau, however, stated "It is a vulgar prejudice that some plants are 'spontaneously generated', but science knows that they come from seeds". (I became a much greater admirer of him than ever before.)

Despite its "preaching to the choir", I do recommend
reading this book for its historical content. The account of issues and concerns that were a part of the mid 19th century are "still very much with us today, including racism and the enduring conflict between science and religion".
Comment by Randall Smith on February 15, 2017 at 7:26am

Always appreciate recommendations, Daniel.

If you're into astronomy, I learned a lot from The Glass Universe, by Dava Sobel. It's about "How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars", a historical story of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Comment by Plinius on February 13, 2017 at 1:39pm

Sounds fascinating, Daniel!

Comment by Daniel W on February 13, 2017 at 12:10pm

Just finished a book that I liked a lot.  This was via the public library's audiobook lending system, Overdrive. Trust No One by Paul Cleave

The storyline involves a murder mystery writer who develops early Alzheimers.  He begins to confuse his memory with that of his pseudonym and of the serial killer characters in his books.  Then we start to question - is HE the serial killer?  Who do we trust?  I enjoyed the book with its twisted story line, and his portrayal of forgetfulness that is true to what I saw for many of my patients.  Although as far as knew, none of them were suspected of serial murder.  The narration was quite good too.

Comment by Daniel W on February 3, 2017 at 8:55am

Randy, sounds like a good book.  I'll have to look for it at the library.

Comment by Daniel W on February 3, 2017 at 8:52am

I've read all of the mystery series from Jonathan Kellerman.  Put "read" in quotes, since it's via audio-books.  Most of them twice.  New one coming put this month.  The narrator is John Rubenstein, he's half the reason I listen.  Great narrator.  The series is a psychologist who contracts with the police to solve murders, along with his friend, a police detective who grew up in Indiana and happens to be a big bear sized gay Vietnam veteran with a bad attitude.

 

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