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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

top 10

Started by Jeffrey. Last reply by David Maxwell Jun 3. 16 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

The Atheist Book Club @GoodReads.com

Started by Donegal. Last reply by Jessica Mar 28, 2012. 8 Replies

To all Lovecraftians

Started by Fabio. Last reply by A Former Member Mar 3, 2012. 11 Replies

I Don't Believe in Atheists, by Chris Hedges

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by D.O.S Jan 7, 2012. 7 Replies

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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: http://humanistgrief.com/

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."

Comment by Brian Magee on March 21, 2013 at 9:51am

NASA Scientist Shows How Anyone Can “Make the Break” With Gods and Religion

New book uses science, history to show gods to be a product of human invention

Dr. Reginald J. Exton, a NASA scientist for five decades, shares clearly and succinctly the evidence that points to the human origin of religions in Make the Break (If You Can), the latest title from Humanist Press. To this end, Exton has gathered a representative list of events, scientific observations, and religious developments that lead the reader to the eventual realization that there is voluminous evidence that humanity itself created gods and religions to shield itself from the unknown.

The printed book is in magazine format, making its 64 full-color pages—including pictures, charts and graphs—easy to read and comprehend. The ebook version contains links to additional online content, including a forum where readers can communicate with one another.

“My sincere hope is that the book will help to relieve people of their historical guilt and clarify the individual rights and responsibilities of all human beings,” Exton said. “These hopes are particularly meaningful at the beginning of the twenty-first century as two major religions again conduct crusades against one another, and the political arm of religion in the U.S. strengthens itself to secure by ‘democratic’ means what it cannot obtain by argument.”

Outlining the human origin of religions, Make the Break (If You Can) begins with a brief synopsis of the major developments in the formation of our universe; a description of more recent events in the development of civilization, including the period of religious fervor; and the evolutionary process leading to modern man. From these initial chapters, Exton discusses why religious beliefs are so strongly entrenched in peoples’ thinking and why many maintain these beliefs today. The subsequent chapters list some of the worldwide conflicts that have arisen out of religion; an outline of an astrophysical projection of the ultimate fate of our universe; and offers an alternative to god-based religions that captures the best parts of the various religious rules and philosophies practiced today.

Dr Exton’s scientific career began in 1954 at the University of Richmond, where he majored in physics, graduating with a B.S. in 1958. He completed is education in physics with an M.S. and a Ph.D. at West Virginia University. For the past 50 years, he has been a researcher with NASA at Langley Research Center. During his interesting career, he has worked on reentry physics, atmospheric and oceanographic pollution, laser spectroscopy, hypersonic combustion, aerodynamics, and plasma physics. A list of his publications in these areas can be found at http://asomb.larc.nasa.gov/directory/exton_reginald.htm.

The ebook is available through HumanistPress.com and major online retailers.

Comment by Stephen Goldin on February 17, 2013 at 6:54pm

Mark: Nice site. BTW, "peddling" means selling; "pedaling" means using pedals for locomotion, a la bicycles. (Common mistake.)

 
 
 

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