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Believing the lie, Elizabeth George

Started by Marianne. Last reply by Marianne Nov 24, 2013. 3 Replies

Elizabeth George is a tremendous writer when it comes to psychological thrillers and one can put the emphasis on "psychological".The twists and turn of the story, very well written, keep the reader engrossed an in full alert mode.  She delves deeply…Continue

Barbara Nadel

Started by Marianne Jul 28, 2013. 0 Replies

Barbara Nadel is a great author and I read all her books.  Her latest one DEADLINE is the fouteenth in her series about Inspector Ikmen.   This is a mystery book, read between the lines, murder (s),.  Set in Istanbul, as all other Inspector Ikmen…Continue

Reading theists books.

Started by Marianne. Last reply by doone Jun 2, 2013. 1 Reply

I'm definitely an atheist but I don't feel threatened by theists maybe sometimes by where their stupidity may lead us.I'am an addict reader. I read all kind of books (especially attracted to mysteries and thrillers and a bit by the paranormal).  For…Continue

Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat, by Bee Wilson

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by A Former Member Apr 4, 2013. 10 Replies

Two words: Absolutely fascinating. I'm listening to this on CD right now, and I just have two CDs left. This is a truly enjoyable book. It is expertly written, entertaining, and well-researched. We take a lot for granted in our modern culinary…Continue

Tags: cutlery, culture, utensils, cooking, history

1960s Science Fiction Novels Everyone Should Read

Started by Michel. Last reply by Michel Feb 20, 2013. 4 Replies

I'm a HUGE science-fiction fan (not the movies, the books) and I stumbled upon this list of 1960s classics everyone should have read and was reminded again of how little I know even if I have a wall covered floor to ceiling with shelves full of…Continue

Tags: classics, 1960, science fiction

The strange world of online book reviews

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Adriana Jan 21, 2013. 8 Replies

Hello book lovers, I'd like your opinion on a NYT article about how online book reviews are being used as a weapon to "destroy" books or writers. It is about a book about Michael Jackson, not very complimentary of the dead star, and his fans,…Continue

Tags: sockpuppetry, online, internet, review, book

On Bullshit - Harry G. Frankfurt

Started by Michel. Last reply by Chris Sep 27, 2012. 3 Replies

Now, I haven't read this book, but it looks really interesting. It makes a novel (to me) distinction between liars who understand the truth, and bullshitters who simply don't care. I'm glad someone is seriously studying the concept of bullshit in…Continue

Tags: Harry G. Frankfurt, lies, truth, bullshit

Raven’s Gate, by Anthony Horowitz

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Marianne Sep 18, 2012. 3 Replies

Raven’s Gate, by Anthony HorowitzI ran across this audio book at the library, not knowing anything about it or the author. But it was the kind of book I tend to like—supernatural horror and mystery. In many ways the book is completely unoriginal.…Continue

Tags: audio books, fiction, witchcraft, supernatural, books

Birds of a lesser paradise

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Adriana Aug 17, 2012. 1 Reply

I bought this book on the recommendation of a science blogger for summer reader. It is…Continue

Tags: fiction, reading, book

Inside the Human Genome-A Case for Non-Intelligent Design

Started by Jim Hudlow. Last reply by Adriana Jul 26, 2012. 2 Replies

First an appology...I wrote this and sent as a 'message' to all members rather than post this as a discussion...sorry...newbie in the house! I just finished this book by John Avise. I really enjoyed it though I was looking up terms and rereading for…Continue

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Comment by Ali on February 12, 2014 at 11:32am

has anyone read the book "Psychoanalysis and the Challenge of Islam" by Prof.Fethi Benslama ?

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Comment by Marianne on October 21, 2013 at 11:25pm

I just finished a spy book:  Mission to Paris, by Alan Furst, set in 1938 in Paris mostly; excellent !

Comment by Marianne on August 23, 2013 at 11:00pm

I just finished a thriller by Linwood Barclay 'Never saw it coming;  I believe it is his latest.  I have read all his books and never been disppointed.  Another favourite of mine is Greg Iles and again I've read all his books though he is not as prolific.

For thrillers afficionados...

Mo Hayden is on my bookshel next.

Comment by Marianne on June 1, 2013 at 11:43pm

Dan Brown: Inferno

The latest book from Dan Brown bears striking similarities with its two previous novels 'The lost symbol' and the blockbuster 'the Da Vinci code'.

His main protagonist, Robert Langdon, accompanied as usual by a bright young woman and suffering from amnesia leads us in a gripping  chase across Florence for the first quarter of the book without revealing what this chase is about...

After that, we begin to get little grasps of what might be underneath it and of the plot, again as usually, it  is full of deceptions, as in subterfuges, and surprises.  Following some kind of twisted map by Botticelli based on Dante's Inferno, the whole book abounds with historical, art, symbolism, iconography references and evidently to a lot of religious lore.  The chase brings us to Venice and finally ends in Istambul where the plot is finally revealed.  I found some incongruities in the plot and it's characters.

It definitely is a again a megalomaniac kind of a book but it doesn't really tackle religious issues.

Good easy reading for thrillers aficionados.

(This is my take on it and if anyone has read the book, I'd be very interested to know what they think about it.)

Comment by Marianne on May 2, 2013 at 11:48pm

Linwood Barclay :  Bad Move

                          Bad Guys

I am halfway into Bad Guys and still devouring it.  The first one, Bad Move, was a hilarious thriller and I couldn't  believe this sequel could be better;  and it is.

So I guess this is for mystery thriller book lovers who migh like some pepper into them.

Comment by A Former Member on April 3, 2013 at 7:53pm

Hmmm....yeat another book I should add to my list. This definitely looks like something that would appeal to me. 

Death on the Installment Plan

Death on the Installment Plan is a novel by author Louis-Ferdinand Céline, published in 1936. The most common, and generally most respected English translation is Ralph Manheim's.

Ferdinand, Céline's alter ego, is a doctor in Paris, treating the poor who seldom pay him but take every advantage of his availability. The action is not continuous but goes back in time to earlier memories and often moves into fantasy, especially in Ferdinand's sexual escapades; the style becomes deliberately rougher and sentences disintegrate to catch the flavour of the teeming world of everyday Parisian tragedies, struggles to make a living, illness, venereal disease, the sordid stories of families whose destiny is governed by their own stupidity, malice, lust and greed.

Though at times off-putting due to its idiosyncrasies and apparent redundancies, the novel is considered among many of Céline's fans as his most accomplished work. It offers a profound vision of the nature of individual human existence, rooted in suffering and inertia. The anti-heroic genius of Ferdinand's search for a livable life in 20th century Paris forms a direct literary metaphor for modern humanity: to search and search again for happiness and meaning in a complex world and to often come up empty. Or more precisely, to find words, stories, experiences, and ideas that stretch the boundaries of consciousness while providing little or no structure with which to assign any meaning to life as a whole. Life becomes merely a subjective personal experience in the midst of madness and savagery. It is considered beautiful in itself but with overtones of profound suffering and a lack of moral prerogatives, always at the mercy of the strange human forces that are both within and without. To Céline, we become our own history and our own suffering. As such we live, accumulating the pain, confusion, and death that life allows us to have on installment.

Comment by doone on March 3, 2013 at 1:24pm

Why Religion Remains

MAR 3 2013 @ 12:33PM

Reviewing A.C. Grayling’s forthcoming book, The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism, Bryan Appleyard sighs at the outspoken atheist’s approach to religion:

Like it or not, religions are here to stay. Grayling sort of gets round this by ignoring the primary argument for their continued existence – that religion is a beneficial adaptation. He argues that religion is kept in place by, in essence, political power. This is altogether too weak and too inconsistent to explain the prevalence of religion and most thinkers accept some sort of evolutionary explanation. If you do accept at least some version of the adaptive argument – or, indeed, if you are a believer – then the study of religion becomes an obligation. Religious faith is not remotely like the belief in fairies; it is a series of stories of immense political, poetic and historical power that are – again, like it or not – deeply embedded in human nature. Seen in that light, to dismiss all religious discourse as immature or meaningless is to embrace ignorance or, more alarmingly, to advocate suppression. It will also make it impossible for you to understand the St Matthew Passion, Chartres Cathedral and the films of Andrei Tarkovsky.


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