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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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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!

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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

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The Last Blade of Grass

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Why do they all have "happy endings"

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New books on the secular life

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Haruki Murakami

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top 10

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Robert Jordan "Wheel of Time" fans?

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Currently Reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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Comment by Johnny P on December 11, 2010 at 1:44pm
Lightning Source is owned by Ingams, one of the biggest book distributors in the world. As a result, it is available to whosoever uses Ingrams and others. I have set my wholesale discount at 80% so it will never get sold in bricks and mortar shops. That is fine as it is a niche book. I am relying on internet sales. It is already on every amazon around the world, and some other random ones (barnes and noble, etc). For philosophy / theology niche, POD is the way to go. For a more popular book, then prob not. It costs me £7 a years and about £50 to set up the cover and the book. Cheap as chips really.
Comment by Keith Brian Johnson on December 11, 2010 at 1:39pm

I thought of POD for my own book, but I talked to a local bookstore and discovered that they won't carry POD books (unless, possibly, they're by local authors).  So, I don't know how you can hope for anything more than local sales with it.

Comment by Johnny P on December 11, 2010 at 1:12pm
ps - the image is not yet up for my book because it has only just been submitted to amazon.
Comment by Johnny P on December 11, 2010 at 12:48pm
Hi Tony,
If you get no luck with the publishers, then look into POD (print on demand) through someone like Lightning Source. Lightning Source are great because they can print in the UK and US (and Australia soon). I have sort of started my own publishing company, and would print your book, but the UK US issue is a bit confusing. It does mean you have to market yourself, which is why I am desperately asking people to buy my book (please do:

If you want any info on it, message me. Even David Mills (Atheist Universe) now recommends it (POD). You make a much larger cut per book, but selling / marketing them is the issue. You can also set your own wholesale price.


Comment by Tony Davis on December 10, 2010 at 4:28pm

Greetings all,


I am writing to ask the collective advice of the group.  I am an aspiring writer and want to learn from the experience of others.  Bottom line up front I am willing to listen to advice of any sort but what I am looking for specifically is insights on getting the right (or ANY) agent and ultimately a publisher.


Brief background on me and what I am writing.  I am a retired (well, technically not retired for two more months, but not working in the job anymore) Army Intelligence Lieutenant Colonel.  I have written a lot over the past 21 years for service journals, joint publications and the like, and some unpublished articles that I’ve always thought would work if I can find the right place for them.  But now I am getting serious about it and for the past few years I’ve been researching a book dealing with the truth claims of religions generally and Christian Apologetics specifically.  I currently have 85,000 words but freely admit I’ve still got a lot of work to do.  For the past year I’ve spend about 90% of my time researching and 10% writing and I am about to the point where I need to switch those two around.  I have made some great contacts who have agreed to help me out with expert advice (leading physicists for example).


In addition to the book I write a column for the Examiner (but am looking for another outlet also).  The link to my articles is and I welcome ALL criticism, even if it’s “hey ass you can’t write don’t quit your day job!” LOL


Thanks in advance for any thoughts!




Comment by Tony Davis on December 5, 2010 at 8:40am

Many thanks! You are right on "belief" vs "believe". And it is little mistakes like that which can really hurt the "feel" of the entire article. Appreciate the help!

Comment by Johnny P on December 5, 2010 at 3:51am
Hey there tony,

nice article. i think you meant belief and not believe here:
"Even if the apparent fine tuning mitigates toward believe in a god"

it is always difficult writing an article when every paragraph could command its own essay. job well done though.

Comment by Tony Davis on December 4, 2010 at 7:28pm
Just posted article on the fine tuning argument. If anyone is interested in reading it I'd really appreciate any and all feedback positive or negative (even grammatical errors!). It can be found here:

On a somewhat unrelated note, and perhaps this has already been addressed many times but I'm new here, any published authors interested in playing "mentor" to an aspiring writer? I have published a few things but almost exclusively in military journals. I am now trying to write my first book and I am sure I'm making every mistake along the way at least once.

I have a draft manuscript of about 85,000 words and have promised myself that after I finish the two books I am now reading then the research becomes second priority and finishing the writing, editing, rewriting, etc., becomes first priority.

Any thoughts and advice would be greatly welcome.

Comment by Johnny P on December 3, 2010 at 10:06am
Hey there fellow peops,

I have just had my book become available in the US and UK on Amazon, amongst others, and really need support in getting it out there. If you could support my writing by buying a copy, I would be massively grateful.



My website:

Here is the description:
This book is a fine introduction into the age-old philosophical debate as to whether we have free will, or whether we live determined lives. Pearce approaches the subject in a lively manner, explaining terms clearly and using anecdotes to break down some of the heavier philosophy so that it is available to the popular philosophy reader. Now that we are understanding our genetic heritage and our neurology better, can we account for all our characteristics and decisions? The author also looks at how theories of free will and determinism integrate with religion, particularly Christianity. If we live under the illusion of free will, do religions need reassessing? How does free will work when God knows what we are doing in advance? Does God have free will? How does prophecy interfere with free will? How is our justice system affected if we know exactly why people commit crimes? These and other crucial questions are investigated with a deft touch, and the author uses recent and important scientific findings to support the text supplying a valuable overview to the subject.


Johno (Jonathan M.S. Pearce)
Comment by The Big Blue Frog on November 30, 2010 at 2:34pm
Just finished reading Chris Kuzneski's The Lost Throne. Apparently it's part of a series of ads featuring a pair of retired Special Forces guys who get involved in political, religious and historical intrigue. I enjoyed it. If you're a fan of Dan Brown, or Tom Clancy, you'll probably enjoy the book. I learned a lot about Eastern Orthodox hierarchy and organization, because the bulk of the book is set in monasteries in Greece, especially Mt. Athos. Mt. Athos is like the Vatican of the Eastern Orthodox faith.

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