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Book Recommendations for All/Fellow Zoners

PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 10:35 pm
by wonkabar
For ZombieZoneSolutions
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 10:37 pm
by wonkabar
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 10:48 pm
by wonkabar

Re: Zoner-books

PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 10:50 pm
by ZombieZoneSolutions
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oh yeah! that book is a riot. i feel like i wrote it... or lived it... seriously, it's remarkably comprehensive. i highly reccomend it in case a zombie outbreak occurs in your hometown...

hopefully they'll come out with a updated volume which addresses the peculiar problem of "speed zombies" or "speed infected" such as freaked the fark out of me in 28 Days Later. those guys are just nigh unstoppable! and they always get to the choicest raw human flesh before us easy going zombies can catch up!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 11:01 pm
by wonkabar

Re: Zoner-books

PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 11:14 pm
by wonkabar
ZombieZoneSolutions wrote:
wonkabar wrote:For ZombieZoneSolutions
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oh yeah! that book is a riot. i feel like i wrote it... or lived it... seriously, it's remarkably comprehensive. i highly reccomend it in case a zombie outbreak occurs in your hometown...

hopefully they'll come out with a updated volume which addresses the peculiar problem of "speed zombies" or "speed infected" such as freaked the fark out of me in 28 Days Later. those guys are just nigh unstoppable! and they always get to the choicest raw human flesh before us easy going zombies can catch up!

Some more
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/gu ... 52-7596821

PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 1:34 am
by wonkabar

PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 1:38 am
by Man-in-the-Box

That's hot...

PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 1:42 am
by wonkabar
It made me hot.


Lyra, obviously....
http://www.randomhouse.com/features/pullman/

PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 2:25 am
by wonkabar

PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 2:28 am
by St. Alphonzo


Yeah, I bet you'd like us to read that... I won't just play along like some damn sheep. I SEE THROUGH YOUR GAME WONKA!!!

PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 2:41 am
by wonkabar
St. Alphonzo wrote:


Yeah, I bet you'd like us to read that... I won't just play along like some damn sheep. I SEE THROUGH YOUR GAME WONKA!!!

Oh....I get it

PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 8:18 am
by wonkabar

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by wonkabar

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:11 pm
by MiltonWaddams
I just recently learned how to read, and my bookshelf only contains "Go Dog Go". I'm totally out of the literary loop due to my friends all being retards.

Subject matter: Science and Science Theory (I use that loosely). Any sort of non fiction that's just straight up neat. Nothing drastically historical. I started reading a book on string theory, but even if you dumb that shit down as much as possible, it's still confusing as hell.

There are four fundamental forces in the universe: gravity, electromagnetism, and the weak and strong nuclear forces. Each of these is produced by fundamental particles that act as carriers of the force. The most familiar of these is the photon, a particle of light, which is the mediator of electromagnetic forces. (This means that, for instance, a magnet attracts a nail because both objects exchange photons.) The graviton is the particle associated with gravity. The strong force is carried by eight particles known as gluons. Finally, the weak force is transmitted by three particles, the W+, the W- , and the Z.


See? I can sort of understand that. Food science is a sweet field too, but the books in that subject are thin at best. Evolution, diseases, obscure physics theory, history of extinction, etc.

Any ideas?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:12 pm
by Carolian
Did you read "Go Dog Go" yet?

Because it's real real good.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:12 pm
by havocSchultz
Everybody Poops...

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:13 pm
by MiltonWaddams
Carolian wrote:Did you read "Go Dog Go" yet?

Because it's real real good.


I'm working up to it.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:23 pm
by John-Locke
You sound like a Kurt Vonnegut kind of guy, Cats Cradle, Sirens of Titan and Galapagos are good ones to start on before moving on to the ones that also explore slightly political stuff like Slaughter House 5, Breakfast of Champions and Mothers Night, all his books are fantastic though, I'm 100% positive you will be a huge fan, if only from your AV.

ETA: Oh Non fiction??? Scrap that then.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:34 pm
by Peven
The Elegant Universe

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:38 pm
by Pacino86845
Yeah, I don't think you can go wrong with Hawking A Brief History of Time is excellent)... just wait 'til Balmy gets here, he'll be able to make some great suggestions as well.

I personally am not a big fan of Carl Sagan, but lots of smart people get a boner out of that guy, so you might wanna get something of his.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:46 pm
by burlivesleftnut

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:47 pm
by burlivesleftnut

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:57 pm
by MadCapsule
havocSchultz wrote:Everybody Poops...


Unless you're Catholic. Then you want You're a Bad Person and that's Concentrated Evil Coming Out the Back of You.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 2:08 pm
by havocSchultz
MadCapsule wrote:
havocSchultz wrote:Everybody Poops...


Unless you're Catholic. Then you want You're a Bad Person and that's Concentrated Evil Coming Out the Back of You.



hahaha... catholicilash...

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 2:13 pm
by fried samurai
I dont read much non fiction but I really enjoyed The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks.He's a neurologist that investigates unusual medical cases.One of his books Awakenings was made into a movie.Very interesting stuff and not hard to follow.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 2:19 pm
by minstrel
How 'bout "Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life" by Daniel C. Dennett?

Carl Sagan's "The Demon-Haunted World" is pretty good, if you're a skeptic (like me). And it's a pretty easy read.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 2:20 pm
by Shane
The Bible.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:13 pm
by Adam Balm
Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder
by Richard Dawkins

QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
by Richard P. Feynman

A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down
by Robert B. Laughlin

Astrobiology: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach
by Jonathan Lunine

Faster than the Speed of Light
By João Magueijo

At Home in the Universe
by Stuart Kauffman

The Equations: Icons of Knowledge
by Sander Bais

The Discoveries : Great Breakthroughs in 20th-century Science, Including the Original Papers
by Alan Lightman

How the Universe Got Its Spots : Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space
by Janna Levin (<----- I'm still in love with this woman after reading it.)

Fearful Symmetry
by A. Zee

Science and Human Values
by Jacob Bronowski

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:15 pm
by Brocktune
prometheus rising - robert anton wilson

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:25 pm
by minstrel
Adam Balm wrote:Fearful Symmetry
by A. Zee



I've never heard of this guy, but he has a great name, eh? :)

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:40 pm
by Adam Balm
A. Zee (Anthony Zee) is a real character, let me tell you..

I think it was Bluebottle who sent me a paper by him about detecting evidence of God in the cosmic background radiation. Real weird stuff. I'm half sure it was a joke (Like when he suggested that this universe was a science project created by the hyperdimensional equivalent of some school kid.)

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:41 pm
by Cottonwood
I think Adam missed one:

How To Make Love Like A Pornstar - Jenna Jameson

Sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll - sumptin' for everyone!

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:25 pm
by MiltonWaddams
burlivesleftnut wrote:A Short History of Nearly Everything


yeah i'd read that, totally interesting. not exactly hard hitting science, but you'd be hard pressed to find a book that covers so much material in such a digestable way.

thanks for all the suggestions, especially adam's list, i'm literally just going to go down that list and get every one.. i'll probably check out vonnegut just because, i know it's fiction, but i'm sure it's good. i vaguely remember reading slaughterhouse five, but that was before the accident, and ever since.. my memory has been hazy.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:31 pm
by Adam Balm
And be sure to let us know what you think, when you finish them. Either here or in the 'what I'm reading' thread.

Cheers!

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 6:29 pm
by minstrel
Adam Balm wrote:A. Zee (Anthony Zee) is a real character, let me tell you..

I think it was Bluebottle who sent me a paper by him about detecting evidence of God in the cosmic background radiation. Real weird stuff. I'm half sure it was a joke (Like when he suggested that this universe was a science project created by the hyperdimensional equivalent of some school kid.)


(Maybe spoilers below if you like old Robert Heinlein stuff)

Kinda reminds me of that old Robert Heinlein story, "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag" (I think I have that right). I haven't read it since shortly after the Crimean War, but it had the same sort of idea: the universe is a work of art by a student, and there are cosmic art critics who will determine if it's worthy ... I don't remember how it ends.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 6:42 pm
by Adam Balm
Would this be in one of his collections? I want to read this sucker now...

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 6:48 pm
by minstrel
It was in a collection with the same title. It's a novella-length story. I just checked Amazon, and there's a collection called The Fantasies of Robert A. Heinlein out now, and it's in there.

Hmm. I'd haven't read any Heinlein since I was a teenager, and now this discussion has got me interested again! Maybe I'll pick this up myself!

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 6:51 pm
by Adam Balm
We gotta put Heinlein on the next book of the month poll.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 6:53 pm
by Seppuku
Speaking of which, is the February one up yet?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 6:54 pm
by Adam Balm
Hmm. I think it's been three days as of about an hour ago. So the poll should be closed....

EDIT: Er, tomorrow. So 23 hours from now.

Book Recommendations for all/fellow Zoners

PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:19 am
by havocSchultz
*UPDATE*
Now, or whenever, feel free to recommend a book to any and everyone...if you feel there is a book out there that we all should read, or if there is something that seems "perfect" for a specific zoner, let's here it - and what they think afterwards...

ETA: I'm still working on my decision. I found out the book that can be borrowed has to be either hardcover or trade paperback. And they have to have at least 2 copies of the book.

A bunch I searched for they either only have one copy in at the moment, or it's only available through online order...alas...hopefully I can decide/find something before the road trip to B.C in a couple of weeks...

Thanks for all the great suggestions. They all sound like something I would more than likely enjoy...







Sooooo...

My girlfriend works at a book-store up here...and she can borrow out pretty much any book she wants for a 2-4 week period...so we switch off each time and pick a book we want...

The last one I got was The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril...

I was gonna get Iron West, by Douglas Tennapel I believe it is, because of the review I read about it on the main site by Mori...

But alas...there seems to be no copies...
So - recommend a book to me...

I want soemthing fairly "light" and entertaining.
Kinda adventurous or something - I've never really gotten into fantasy books (even though the GF keeps pressing me into them) but I'm open to any and all suggestions.

I'm not in the mood for anything too heavy or thought-provoking right now...just a nice summer read cause we have no A/C and my head is hot...

I gots to let her know in the next day or so...
I started looking through the what're you reading" thread and the "favorite books" thread - and there seemed to be some interesting titles - but not much info given on them...

So - if you want - throw some titles at me - I'll check the availibility - and then I'll choose one (and maybe more donw the road)

Then you can feel free to lock this or use it to line the birdcage or what-not after...

Sooooooo....what pops into your head that might amuse and entertain the likes of havoc...?

PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:24 am
by Kilgore
The Fool On the Hill - By Matt Ruff - although, it is hard to find, you will totally dig this, Havoc. That's all I can say...

PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:28 am
by havocSchultz
Kilgore wrote:The Fool On the Hill - By Matt Ruff - although, it is hard to find, you will totally dig this, Havoc. That's all I can say...


You must say more...I need reasons and a basic idea of what it's about in order to make a good decision...

I trust your opinion - cause you laugh at my jokes - and I don't want anything spoiled for me - but throw me a fricken bone here...

PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:34 am
by havocSchultz
Ok, did a quick search...hmmm...very interesting...

Fool on the Hill

Fool on the Hill is a tale of two storytellers. The first is a retired Greek god, "Mr. Sunshine," who in classic Greek god fashion creates "true fictions" by magically manipulating the lives of real people—a technique he refers to as "writing without paper". The second is a lovesick mortal, Cornell University writer-in-residence Stephen Titus George, who finds himself cast as the protagonist in Mr. Sunshine’s latest drama and decides to challenge him for authorship of the story.

Also caught up in the Tale are a mongrel dog named Luther and a Manx cat named Blackjack, who set out from the South Bronx in search of heaven and instead find themselves in Ithaca, New York; Aurora Borealis Smith, a Cornell student chosen by Mr. Sunshine to be George’s love interest and damsel-in-distress; the lady Calliope, last of the nine Muses and the most beautiful woman in the world; a group of modern-day knights known as the Bohemians; a secret society of elves and an evil army of rats; a deadly mannequin called the Rubbermaid; and a fire-breathing paper-mâché dragon destined to come to life on the Ides of March
.


ETA: Alas...no copies at any of the damn Chapters/Indigo/Coles bookstores in the city...

But it does sound like something I'd like to check out eventually...thnx...

Next!

PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:42 am
by Kilgore
That synopsis leaves out the fraternity that is based entirely on Tollkein's works, complete with undergound caves...and the 'non-fraternity' of the Bohemians, whose Minister of War, named Ragnarok, is one of my favorite characters ever.

Oh, and the pixies...

PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:44 am
by Kilgore
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pritchard's 'Good Omens' - recently reissued in hardcover, so it should be there - it's a light-hearted tale about Armageddon and the son of Satan...no, really.

Re: What Should I Read...?

PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 1:00 am
by Keepcoolbutcare
havocSchultz wrote:Sooooooo....what pops into your head that might amuse and entertain the likes of havoc...?


Et Tu, Babe, Mark Leyner.

improve the vocab and laugh your ass off at the same time.

Any book that makes the theft, inhalation and psychedelic trip off a whiff "Lincoln's Morning Breath" a major plot should be mandatory reading.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 1:23 am
by Flumm
I heard that The Da Vinci code is a real page turner.

...

What?!

It's apparently a proper roller coaster ride of thrills and spills, it will have you on the edge of your seat, making you turn pages after you have read them and everything...

...

It's true I tells you!!1


EDIT: On re-reading this, 'tis perhaps best to make sure, that I am in no way advocating reading The Da Vinvi Code, it's noa bad book, it has it's place, yet many other pages deserve to be turned with more attention than those...

PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 5:49 am
by tapehead
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dice_Man

The Dice man, by 'Luke Reinhart' - It has Havoc written all over it... not literally of course.... I just know you'd get some kicks out of it. It's also a bit of a cult classic

Basic premise is a bored Psychiatrist starts making lifestyle decisions based soley on the role of a dice