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Pretty interesting and entertaining read, if you tolerate the pseudoscience and get past the semi-racist overtones. Even though the book is permeated with factual and scientific errors, Robert Charroux does raise a few intriguing questions and ideas. Also of interest to readers of Von Däniken's works.
What about dogs? What about cats? What about chickens?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2014 at 18:08
Originally posted by Archeus Archeus wrote:

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Pretty interesting and entertaining read, if you tolerate the pseudoscience and get past the semi-racist overtones. Even though the book is permeated with factual and scientific errors, Robert Charroux does raise a few intriguing questions and ideas. Also of interest to readers of Von Däniken's works.
I enjoy reading about ufos, , ancient aliens , etc....I'll see if I can find a copy.
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Check out Kadrey's new Sandman Slim book Dr. Wu.it's very good.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 03 2014 at 08:45
Originally posted by TheProgtologist TheProgtologist wrote:

Check out Kadrey's new Sandman Slim book Dr. Wu.it's very good.

Just starting


I reading the Drood series now by Green........after that the next book will be the 4th in the Slim series.
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^^^^^^
Enjoy them,both authors are favorites of mine in the genre.



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Really enjoyed Beukes' last novel The Shining Girls so I'm really looking forward to starting this tonight.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Toaster Mantis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 14 2014 at 07:19
Reminds me quite a bit of Franz Kafka despite being a century older and having a somewhat more flowery prose style with the narration often rambling away on philosophical tangents. It's got the same kind of incredibly decrepit and bleak, yet somewhat otherworldly feel to it I like to call "Eastern Gothic". Similar absurdist and pessimist worldview with an undertone of humanism to it. Don't think I've ever seen any Western European author nail that vibe as perfectly as either.


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"The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?" - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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^^^  classic
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Been listening to lots of Hawkwind lately, so thought I should complement my listening with some Michael Moorcock.  So many to read but consensus is that the Elric Saga is a good starting point.  Will soon move on to 'The Dancers at the End of Time.'
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Love those books!



Interesting take on the Lizzie Borden tale.



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Just starting this and really enjoying reading about his formative years in West Acton, Ealing College area.  Learning about Mods and Rockers a bit, his musician father, and some discussion of "snogging." 




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Danish-language history of the horror genre in both literature and film, going all the way back to the 18th century's earliest supernatural fiction remembered as "gothic fiction" today. The actual classification of "horror literature" is somewhat younger than that. I quite liked the author's book on the history of action movies from the 1970s to now, so far this reads more gracefully.... perhaps since a certain strain of horror fiction is more cerebral in its appeal, and hence easier to intellectualize in a way that does not on some level strike the reader as awkward. Once again she shows a good handle on knowing what makes each specific sub-style of horror tick mentally for the audience.

(the book's title translates to In Lust and Death)
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I'm reading some books about music:


Half taking the piss out of the clichéd shibboleths and unlikely sacred cows of professional music criticism, half handy explanation to a lot of the more esoteric technical terms encountered in the same writing and to influential but not always well known artists. It's a bit UK/US-centric in its frame of reference, though, but very funny.


Full of amusing anecdotes from not just Lemmy but also the other musicians who have played in the group over the years, and gives a good sense of the broader context the band's career developed through in a very conversational way. Including some less well known details about the formative moments. I haven't read Lemmy Kilmister's autobiography but apparently it focuses less on the music and more on his private life?

I'm also reading this:


Very much a coffee table book, the entries on each secret society is rather short and without much in the way of sources. However, it's rather sober in tone and includes more than the usual suspects, plut it's got plenty of rare photographs.
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Really digging Thomas,his Punktown and Hades novels and short story collections are good examples of original and imaginative world building.Clap


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Right now I'm somewhere between a third and halfways through this:


As usual for Chandler, the plot's something of a mess being more of a way to tie together a lot of vaguely meditations of the human condition's most desparate corners. The man could write the pants off most other crime novelists who ever lived when it came to prose and characterization, though, at times it feels like epic poetry as filtered through the ramblings of a disillusioned old drunk at a late night bar.

When I'm done with this I've got a bunch of nonfiction books (unrelated to the master's thesis I'm writing right now) and detective novels by other authors to read.

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