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

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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!

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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

Why do they all have "happy endings"

Started by Cory D Wells. Last reply by sk8eycat Jan 22. 5 Replies

New books on the secular life

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

POLLY AND THE ONE AND ONLY WORLD

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

"Cli-fi"

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

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

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

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Comment by Brian Magee on September 27, 2013 at 6:27am

Visit www.humanistpress.com

An original multimedia collection of lauded humanist poetry is the latest offering from Humanist Press, the expanding publishing arm of the American Humanist Association. "Questions About God" from humanist poet Stephen Perry, being released today, is being called “. . . an excitingly different read” by the New York Journal of Books, as well as “challenging and thought-provoking,” by Midwest Book Review, concluding that “Questions About God delves into fundamental mysteries with a unique and insightful flair.” The ebook contains 25 of the author’s creative photos and photo montages, as well as his dramatic reading of a number of poems, including the 121-line title poem.

Visit www.humanistpress.com

Comment by TNT666 on September 27, 2013 at 12:46am

Hello all. Don't know why I hadn't seen this group before. Some of you already know me, I give all the necessary points in my profile.
So my dislike of anglo-atheist horsemen has long pushed me to read atheist ideas from other languages like Spanish and French. But I've recently been tuning in to "the end of multiculturalism" regarding the happenings in Dutch society. Contrary to North America, it seems the avid secularists are on the right-hand side of politics, and the Netherlands have decided to scrap multiculturalism, in large part due to their distaste for invading religions from the developing. One of the journalists/authors which is well known on this debate in the Netherlands is Paul Cliteur, author of The Secular Outlook: In Defense of Moral and Political Secularism.
Has anyone here heard of him or read him? I'm no fan of morality, but this author seems to keep things farther away than Humanist and Christian moral obsessions with "goodness". I've added it to my reading list... but there are several in line before this one.
I'd love to hear someone's take on it...
Or if there's anyone around here from the Netherlands who's been in tune with the secular and multiculturalism issues over there. In Canada, multiculturalism is pretty much all about religious plurality, or an "interfaith" view of society, not my cup of tea.

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: 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.”

 

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