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Old 10-13-2016, 05:08 AM #91
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Read Patrick Rothfuss - he's a couple books in to what is going to be a classic epic fantasy.
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"Crooked Little Vein" by Warren Ellis.

Only ~115 total pages, but worth its weight in literary gold.
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Read Patrick Rothfuss - he's a couple books in to what is going to be a classic epic fantasy.
No doubt about that. How much longer must we wait for the third installment?!?!?

His word flow is truly a work of art.
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Lovely thread dear canna-readers..I admit I never heard of most novelist noted here. Before I met Hemingway, Orwell..I thought west cant produce quality writter. Russian giants like Dostojevski, Gogolj, Tolstoj, Šolohov (Tihi Don+) were my only books for many years. I am reading mainly historic books, military Yugoslav, Slovene and Russian biografies of famous generals (Zhukov+), Stane Semič Daki...
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the book that opened up my imagination at 9 years old was the paperpack 1979 edition, Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. All 3 books in one big ass paperback. Sits on my shelf today, one of my most prized posessions.

the book that opened my mind..... Be Here Now by ram dass , accompanied by heavy doses of very pure LSD and mushrooms while in the back ground the sounds of cream, cat stevens, satchmo and many others set the mood LOL

later in life i grounded myself with a full read thru of the celestine prophecies and in the past decade, A Reasonable Life by author Ferenc Mate..... a must read.

there are others.... but those come to mind.
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I do the audiobook thing. Great way to work around the garden and/or trim.

Been listening to Michael Pollan's books on Food and organic farming. His book, "The Botany of Desire" covers the human history and interaction of four different plants: Apple, Tulip, Cannabis, and Potato.

I want to pick up Wendell Berry's books about farm life in middle america. Every snippet I have came across is very profound.

Nick Offerman's books "Paddle your own Canoe" and "Gumption" are also great, and have the bonus of him narrating them.

Sarah Vowell's works on quirky American History "Assassination Vacation" "Wordy Shipmates" are wonderful.
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I do the audiobook thing. Great way to work around the garden and/or trim.

Been listening to Michael Pollan's books on Food and organic farming. His book, "The Botany of Desire" covers the human history and interaction of four different plants: Apple, Tulip, Cannabis, and Potato.

I want to pick up Wendell Berry's books about farm life in middle america. Every snippet I have came across is very profound.

Nick Offerman's books "Paddle your own Canoe" and "Gumption" are also great, and have the bonus of him narrating them.

Sarah Vowell's works on quirky American History "Assassination Vacation" "Wordy Shipmates" are wonderful.
Audiobooks have revolutionized my life. Here is a list of books that affected me, how and why.

Dune - Frank Herbert. Even a man can become a God.

The Science of Getting Rich - W. Clement Stone. I was introduced to this book as a young man by a rich man. I read it, had a falling out with the boss, left it behind and promptly forgot about it. I only just read it again about a year ago. As I listened, I could follow along as if I had read it a thousand times. I knew at once that I had read it as a young man. I can say with certainty, that some of the ideas burned into my subconscious by this book, have been solely responsible for almost any success I have attained in my life, thus far. As if by accident, I put the principles into place and followed them, haphazardly. I shouldn't wonder where my life would be now, had I followed the work, to the letter...

Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand. A former business partner sent this to me while I was in prison. It made me realize that I was destined to be a John Galt and that my desire to obtain fortune by productive enterprise was not in fact a sin, instead I was a man to be admired.

The Founding Fathers on Leadership - I read this before and after prison and it made me realize that I am living in history, and that standing up for what I believe in is the only thing to do, even if it means my imprisonment or death.

The 4 Hour Workweek - Tim Ferris. I read this book and immediately began making changes in my life to reduce my workload and make more money.

Time Management Made Simple - Brian Tracy. I hope to meet this man someday as well. He really helped me organize and discipline myself.

The Bhagavad Gita, The Bible - There are nuggets of wisdom in between the scary stories.

Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon HIll. This one has given me faith in myself, that I never thought possible. Every millionaire has read this book.

How to be a 3% Man - Coach Corey Wayne. This man has practical advice for being the kind of man a woman will love. It has helped in my marriage.

Acres of Diamonds - About keeping your eyes open for the opportunities in your own backyard.

The Magic Story - about how great life can be when you partner with the universe.

The Intelligent Investor - Benjamin Graham. One of Warren Buffets mentors. I first read about him in a book called The Einstein of Money.

How to Win Friends and Influence People &
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living - Dale Carnegie. Oh my Dear Dale, you have saved me from a life of quiet desperation.

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life - Dr Daniel Amen. Daniel, you gave a name to the demon, so I could tame it. Thank you.

Anything by Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, Jim Rogers, Anthony Robbins. So many others. I have listened to over 500 books in the last year. Like Zig Ziglar said - "Turn you car into a university on wheels".
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I read Perdido Street Station by China Mieville a while back. Something I can recommend on a cannabis website. One of the better fantasy I've read in a while. Very creative the author comes up with some interesting fictional drugs, the important one being called 'dreamshit'.
The technology is Steampunk equivalent to our level but with magic and a lot of anachronisms that I doubt would work in real life. Besides humans there are multiple races of humanoid creatures. One is khepri, the Scarab headed Egyptian God. The females have human bodies and scarab beetle heads. The males are mindless beetles that behave like insects. Eating and reproducing.
I wasted a bit of time thinking about the evolution involved but the plot supplied a convincing alternative. Parts of the planet are contaminated by chaos itself. I imagine it could do a number on many plant and animal species.
The environment and the city the book takes place in are polluted and sleazy. The author's style fits perfectly does a tremendous job of describing it in a unique narrative style.
Plot drags at time, author makes some questionable choices, blah blah it's not perfect. Still a really good read.
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