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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

New books on the secular life

Started by Nick Bottom. Last reply by Randall Smith Oct 23. 1 Reply

Haruki Murakami

Started by Nick Bottom. Last reply by Michael Mann Sep 7. 1 Reply

"Cli-fi"

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 31. 4 Replies

top 10

Started by Jeffrey. Last reply by Nick Bottom Aug 23. 17 Replies

Top 5 Books on Atheism

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Kosak Grabovsky Dec 15, 2013. 1 Reply

The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, by Leonard Mlodinow

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Keith Brian Johnson Jun 16, 2013. 5 Replies

Atheism books (beyond Hitchens, Dawkins, & Harris)

Started by Dr. Thoss. Last reply by Kelli Evans Nov 24, 2012. 52 Replies

Robert Jordan "Wheel of Time" fans?

Started by Jenn Wiffen. Last reply by Joseph P Sep 10, 2012. 1 Reply

Why do they all have "happy endings"

Started by Cory D Wells. Last reply by Kosak Grabovsky Jul 24, 2012. 3 Replies

Currently Reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Started by The Big Blue Frog. Last reply by Cory D Wells Jul 24, 2012. 8 Replies

Raven’s Gate, by Anthony Horowitz

Started by A Former Member May 18, 2012. 0 Replies

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Comment by Dawson Gould on August 22, 2009 at 9:27pm
Dallas, here's an review from Amazon. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who might be interested. All I can say is I haven't laughed so hard, or so often in awhile.

Amazon.com Review
Pilot Tucker Case has a weakness--well, Tuck really has two--and the combination of drinking and sex in the cockpit of the pink Mary Jean Cosmetics Learjet puts him on the front page of papers all over the planet. But he finds another job with a mysterious employer--someone with a brand-new Lear 45-- who's willing to pay Tuck generously and ask no questions about his record. The jet and job are on Alualu, a speck in the Pacific Ocean, and Tucker has nowhere else to go. But first he has to get to Alualu, and once there, he faces a hurricane, Shark People, atypical missionaries, and boredom ... and the responsibilities assigned to him by Capt. Vincent Bennidetti, U.S. Air Force, deceased bomber pilot and present-day deity of the Shark People.
Comment by A Former Member on August 22, 2009 at 8:39pm
Okay Dawson, you have to tell us about Island of the Sequined Love Nun. With a title like that, you can't just leave us hangin'.
Comment by Dawson Gould on August 22, 2009 at 8:22pm
I read Pullman's trilogy about a year ago and really enjoyed it. I just finished Island of the Sequined Love Nun, by Christopher Moore and I'm getting ready to start Lamb by the same author. I'm also reading The Fabric of the Cosmos, by Brian Greene. The last one is taking some time because I have only a rudimentary knowledge of physics that I picked up in X-Ray school.
Comment by A Former Member on August 22, 2009 at 8:00pm
Outlaw, in response to your question: I'm reading The Lucifer Principle, by Howard Bloom and The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations, by Charles Harrington Elster.
Comment by OutlawGirl on August 22, 2009 at 7:25pm
So what's everyone reading?

I'm currently working my way through Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass. A friend of mine has been raving about it for years. I'm not very far in yet, but so far I'm enjoying it.
Comment by Jaume on August 19, 2009 at 7:01pm
Because the Elves forged these rings themselves (they were not tainted by Sauron's hand).
The Mages and Balrogs were all Maiar. As well as many more listed in the Silmarillion.

Found this in Wikipedia: the Rings of Power, Elven Rings, Maiar
Comment by A Former Member on August 19, 2009 at 5:37pm
Why did the Elves keep the rings if Sauron was such an evil guy? And where were the other Maiar? Did the Semarillion cover that, by chance?
Comment by Jaume on August 19, 2009 at 2:29pm
Didn't see the movies, but according to the books:
1) Sauron was a Maia (plur. Maiar), a kind of lesser deity - just like good ole Gandalf.
2) IIRC the Dwarven rings were buried with their owners. The Elven rings were still in possession of Galadriel, Elrond and what-his-name, the Lord of that haven in the far west.
Comment by A Former Member on August 19, 2009 at 2:01pm
Any Lord of the Rings experts in this group? If so, I have two questions. I was watching the movie(s) again last night and I was unclear on some points: 1.) What kind of race/being was Sauron? He wasn't a man, or elf, or orc, or anything like that to my knowledge. 2.) I know that the nine rings he gave to men are still worn by the Ring Wraiths, but what happened to the rings he gave the Elfs and Dwarfs?
Comment by Aiden on August 19, 2009 at 12:55pm
FREE AUDIO DOWNLOAD: a Chapter from The History of Science by Dr. Michael Shermer

This is one of Dr. Michael Shermer’s finest college courses that he taught in his 20-year tenure as a college professor, presenting his sweeping visage of science, its history, philosophy, and impact, particularly over the past 500 years. In this free audio download of Lecture 1, Dr. Shermer answers the questions What is History? What is Science? and What is the History of Science? Along the way he shows that the facts never just speak for themselves but must be interpreted through hypotheses, theories, models, paradigms, and even worldviews, and that science is a social process conducted by people with a host of cognitive biases, and how this fact led to the development of a rigorous scientific method to help avoid these psychological shortcomings to our observations and conclusions.
 
 
 

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