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: Dec 3

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

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


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 Ian Mason on September 23, 2013 at 10:36pm

When in doubt, chronologically. Happy reading.

Comment by Humble Pie on September 23, 2013 at 7:34pm

Funny that you mention it, Ian.  I have both of the books in my house (my partner's) but haven't read either of them.  Care to recommend one to read first?  :)

Comment by Ian Mason on September 23, 2013 at 1:18am

Have just read Douglas Adams's "Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul" (1988) and was suprised by the similarities to Niel Gaiman's "American Gods" (2001) Shall we be kind and call it "inspiration"?

Comment by Reg MM on September 18, 2013 at 12:52pm

Hi! New member to A|N! Currently reading the Prairie series by Willa Cather and since I can't seem to read just one book at a time, I have my finger poised over the buy button on my kindle for the new Manson book by Jeff Guinn. Has anyone read it? I'm highly intrigued by cults and con men for some reason...

Comment by Ian Mason on July 16, 2013 at 1:53pm

Have just read "The Nether World" by George Gissing. He's not considered a great artist like Dickens or Hardy but this story of the London poor in the late Victorian era is very moving. Unlike Dickens, there's no deus ex machina to provide a happy ending and, unlike Hardy, it's society, not impersonal fate that is to blame for the trials and tribulations of ordinary people. Recommended.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 8, 2013 at 10:32am

Just finished the latest Will Self novel, "Umbrella". Spanning more than a century, it's a wild ride. The story (mainly) of Audrey Death, a child at the beginning of the 20th century, then socialist, Sufferagette, muntions worker during WW I and victim of the encephalitis lethargica epidemic that followed. A long-term inmate of Colney Hatch Asylum/Friern Barnet Mental Hospital, it seems that help is on the way in 1971 with the experimental use of L-DOPA. Also staring Zach Busner, young, enthusiastic psychiatrist (at first), later a tired and retired man revisiting the third-of-a-mile corridor that was a hospital and is now (since 1993) luxury flats.

A "difficult" book in that there are no chapters or divisions and the narrative changes point of view and/or time period in mid- sentence. Worth the effort though.

Comment by Jennifer Hancock on June 29, 2013 at 9:39am

FYI - I recently published The Humanist Approach to Grief and Grieving - details at:

Comment by Stuart M Rees on May 12, 2013 at 9:36am

“You have the effrontery to be squeamish, it thought at him. But we were dragons. We were supposed to be cruel, cunning, heartless and terrible. But this much I can tell you, you ape – the great face pressed even closer, so that Wonse was staring into the pitiless depths of his eyes – we never burned and tortured and ripped one another apart and called it morality.”

Comment by Joseph P on May 12, 2013 at 9:35am

I've read them all, in order, plus all of his non-Diskworld books.  The Watch books are the most interesting setting/cluster-of-characters in the series, in my opinion.

I particularly recommend Small Gods, too.  It's my favorite of the series.

Comment by Stuart M Rees on May 12, 2013 at 9:25am

I decided to start reading Terry Pratchett's Diskworld books this month, and have already finished the first two in the City Watch series, "Guards! Guards!" and "Men at Arms" Here's a quote from the former that made me think about organized religion:

"The Supreme Grand Master smiled in the depths of his robes. It was amazing, this mystic business. You tell them a lie, and then when you don't need it anymore you tell them another lie and tell them they're progressing along the road to wisdom. Then instead of laughing they follow you even more, hoping that at the heart of all the lies they'll find the truth. And bit by bit they accept the unacceptable. Amazing."


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