Nexus Book Club


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
The Internet Archive
Project Gutenburg

Discussion Forum

New books on the secular life

Started by Nick Bottom. Last reply by Randall Smith yesterday. 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 Randall Smith on September 19, 2014 at 7:00am
I'm now in the middle of a Robert E. Lee biography. Learned many new things about him so far. He graduated 2nd in his West Point class with no demerits. He became very religious. While personally opposed to slavery (although he inherited many), he justified it by believing it was "God's will", and that God would take care of the situation in his own way. He had 7 children--his four girls never married!
He opposed the Civil War, but sided with the South because he was a Virginian first (and they seceded).
I love biographies.
Comment by Plinius on September 13, 2014 at 10:32am

Nice to hear you reading, Randall! Have fun!

Comment by Randall Smith on September 13, 2014 at 7:16am
As a follow up on Wilkie Collins, I'm currently reading one of his books (of two I found at my library), titled "The Dead Secret", a mystery novel. I like his style.
Comment by Randall Smith on September 3, 2014 at 6:54am

That's funny, Nick.

Thanks, Chris, for the Collins info. I used to like mystery novels, but not so much anymore. And seldom do I read sci-fi.

Comment by Nick Bottom on September 1, 2014 at 11:17am

Wilkie Collins was a contemporary of Dickens; although Collins was popular at the time, he has been much overshadowed by Dickens, whose popularity in the U.S. is well known. I haven't read any of Collins's works, but I did read Drood by Dan Simmons, which features Collins as one of the characters. 

I used to like Dan Simmons for his science-fiction and horror novels (Endymion, Hyperion, Carrion Comfort, to name a few), but then he went out and wrote Flashback, which was horribly written and laced with political rantings—and, ironically, the main character's name was Nick Bottom, much to my disgust. I pretty much lost respect for Simmons after that one.

Comment by Plinius on September 1, 2014 at 8:30am

You missed a stack of good books Randall! English, Londoner, famous for The Moonstone and The Woman in White, both early detectives. In other books he wove stories around blindness, vivisection, identity, the law and a lot of other rather unmentionable things in his time.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 1, 2014 at 7:06am

Chris, I've never heard of Collins, but I'll look him up in the library. English writer, I presume?

Comment by Plinius on September 1, 2014 at 1:15am

I'm in the middle of a biography of Wilkie Collins, my favorite Victorian writer. He was also seen as a sensation writer - perhaps true - but he showed his contemporaries that the world is far more varied, complex and interesting than the Victorians would have it. And he was good in writing unputdownables.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on August 31, 2014 at 11:49am

Never knew much about Rockwell other than his art which appealed to many. However, because of my job, I visited Rochester, NY and along the lake in Autumn the fields always reminded me of his paintings. I never thought Rochester had anything I wanted. They big business in Bausch and Lom, Kodak and Xerox where I worked. It took a while but I learned about RIT and more, but those autumn fields always gave me something to look forward to.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 31, 2014 at 7:29am

Just finished a biography on Norman Rockwell, not that I was ever a big fan. Curious about the man. Despite being married 3 times with 3 children, he was depicted as a repressed homosexual. Also, despite some of his "religious" (pious) illustrations, he was a non-believer. Rockwell turned liberal as he got older. A very fastidious and detailed man, it took him a long time to complete a drawing. And he couldn't do it off the top of his head. He needed photographs or models. Good insight into a complex person.


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