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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

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 November 18, 2016 at 11:20am

Just putting this out there so people are not limited by location or finances, and can read current books for free from their public library via computer, or tablet, or kindle, or cell phone.  My eyes are not good enough for cell phone.

You need a local public library card, and your device.  That's about all.

Overdrive.com

I think this is good for most libraries.  For example, I checked Spokane, Lafayette, Indiana and Boise, Idaho, and it looks like this works in all of those.  Also Newport, Washington.

I mostly use the audio books, which I listen to most of the day.  The ebook selection is much bigger than the audiobook selection.

I am currently reading Adam Hochshild's "To End All Wars" which takes place during WWI.  Among the stories are those of one of Britain’s most prominent women pacifist campaigners - inclulding Slvia Parkhurst, pictured below.  Excellent read.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 15, 2016 at 4:53pm
Comment by Daniel W on November 13, 2016 at 11:22pm

This looks really good.  I needed an inspiration to move on to a different history topic.  The author,  Adam Hochschild, also wrote one of the most interesting books that I have read, "King Leopold's Ghost"

Unfortunately not on Overdrive as an audiobook from my library, but it is there as an ebook. 

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War.

"From the acclaimed, best-selling author Adam Hochschild, a sweeping history of the Spanish Civil War, told through a dozen characters, including Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell: a tale of idealism, heartbreaking suffering, and a noble cause that failed
For three crucial years in the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War dominated headlines in America and around the world, as volunteers flooded to Spain to help its democratic government fight off a fascist uprising led by Francisco Franco and aided by Hitler and Mussolini."

I splurged and used audible to buy an audiobook.  I'm trying to read books on paper, but listening while walking or walking the dogs or driving is my main reading time.

Comment by Daniel W on November 2, 2016 at 9:43pm

Reading "The Secret History of Twin Peaks". Quite fun.  I love the weirdness of the Pacific Northwest as detailed in the book.  It also has a strong X-Files - like aspect which is also fun.

Comment by Daniel W on October 21, 2016 at 12:10pm

Oh cool!  The library has it on audio that I can download from home.  I had to request a hold, so it might be a week or so, but no problem with that.

Comment by Daniel W on October 21, 2016 at 11:58am

Randy that sounds like an excellent book.  I love reading about the Maya as well as Inca and Aztec.  I'm on audible because I feel like I"m losing the mental capacity to just sit down and read a paper book.  Which bothers me.  But there is good audio.

Parallel to your book, Randy, I've been listening to a Great Courses lecture series called "Maya to Aztec, Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed by professor Edwin Bamhart.  It's really intgeresting and I am learning a lot.

Your description makes me want to read Jungle of Stone as well.

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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