Nexus Book Club


Nexus Book Club

A group for those of us who like reading and books. Fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry... everything goes.

Members: 825
Latest Activity: on Friday

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
The Internet Archive
Project Gutenburg

Discussion Forum

Why do they all have "happy endings"

Started by Cory D Wells. Last reply by sk8eycat on Friday. 5 Replies

New books on the secular life

Started by Nick Bottom. Last reply by Randall Smith Oct 23, 2014. 1 Reply


Started by Don. Last reply by Don Sep 13, 2014. 1 Reply

Haruki Murakami

Started by Nick Bottom. Last reply by Michael Mann Sep 7, 2014. 1 Reply


Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 31, 2014. 4 Replies

top 10

Started by Jeffrey. Last reply by Nick Bottom Aug 23, 2014. 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

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

Comment Wall


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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.
Comment by Friend of Dorothy on August 15, 2009 at 8:33am
Off the political for just a second, I have recently discovered James Rollins and am starting "Doomsday Key", talk about a exciting romp, with a touch of sci-fi. His writing style has enough twists and turns to make James Patterson grin. If high speed action, meaty characters and surprise endings are your thing, this Author dishes it all up in a neat package.
Comment by It's just Matt on August 14, 2009 at 6:36pm
If anyone is interested and does not care about piracy, I have a very good speed reading program (EyeQ) that I can transfer via instant messenger. I have AIM,YIM, and Windows messenger, let me know if you are interested.

Note: The reviews on Amazon are not favorable mainly because the American company that has rights to this Japanese program has horrible customer service. IE damaged discs, discs never came, people charged for discs they never if you are interested but your moral compass is sitting on the fence, they have screwed more people over than a few users not paying the overpriced amount of 200 US for their program.
Comment by Aiden on August 12, 2009 at 10:07am
No, I didn't know about that group. Is it specifically centered around the book you mentioned, or just propaganda in general?
Comment by A Former Member on August 12, 2009 at 10:05am
@ Aiden: Yes, I've had that book on my list for some time, many years in fact. I might also recommend Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes. I read about 1/3 of it years ago, but put it down and never got back to it. But it is still on my list to read. Are you in Felch's Propaganda group?
Comment by Aiden on August 12, 2009 at 10:00am
Glenn Branch reviews But Is It Science? The Philosophical Question in the Creation/Evolution Controversy. (Updated edition, edited by Robert T. Pennock and Michael Ruse).
Comment by Aiden on August 12, 2009 at 9:59am
Dallas, if that's the kind of book you like to read, you'd probably love Coercion: Why We Listen to What "They" Say by Douglas Rushkoff.

That book really opened my eyes to the many methods of coercion, especially marketing techniques using sounds and smells. I can't walk into a store or watch a commercial advertisement without my mind racing through the things I learned from Rushkoff.

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