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his novels, very well researched, cover the history, so far, of the world as we know it.
China, France - [occidental], Scandanavia, Toronto!!!
"Oh taste and see ..."
 

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two -VERY - difficult books.
Orthodox spirituality  [Dumitru Staniloae];
and
The mystical theology of the Eastern Church. [Vladimir Lossky]

I get as far as the end of the Introduction to each, then I have to go back to the beginning again.
One can simply not comprehend the concept of the Holy Trinity without about a lifetime's study.
 

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oh, the 'cross outs' were completely accidental.
I don' t know how that happened........
 

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His Broken Body: Understanding and Healing the Schism between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches  - Laurent A. Cleenewerck


 

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Madame Bovary in post-war Germany.
 

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Unless you own the extended versions, which are closer to 4 hours each (Return of the King exactly so.)
 

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I'm in the middle of the History of the Hobbit.
Which is about 10 times as long as The Hobbit itself.

 

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Arachne said:
Unless you own the extended versions, which are closer to 4 hours each (Return of the King exactly so.)
I have heard that there are also extended versions of the Hobbit films, but watching them just doesn't seem worth it.
 

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Papist said:
Arachne said:
Unless you own the extended versions, which are closer to 4 hours each (Return of the King exactly so.)
I have heard that there are also extended versions of the Hobbit films, but watching them just doesn't seem worth it.
Not enough geekery there, I guess. We'll buy the boxed set when it comes out, because we have a little boy who will love watching it at least for a few years, but won't bother with extensions or extras.

(By comparison, we have two extended LotR sets - we each bought our own before we married - and one theatrical, that we picked up at the supermarket for £5. ;))

Back to reading now...
 

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We have all three regular films for LOTR, and the Extended versions as well.

We have the same for the first film of the Hobbit, not to mention multiple copies of the Lord of the rings book, and the hobbit im both french and English.
 

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the instruction book to my new Kindle.
I can't print anything with my printer.
Bloody nuisance.............. :mad:
 

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For my YA Lit class, I just finished John Green's Looking for Alaska
 

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For my YA Lit class, I just finished John Green's Looking for Alaska
He's good. I thought The Fault in Our Stars would be all mawkish, but it was anything but. Looking forward to tackling An Abundance of Katherines.
 

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Arachne said:
TheMathematician said:
For my YA Lit class, I just finished John Green's Looking for Alaska
He's good. I thought The Fault in Our Stars would be all mawkish, but it was anything but. Looking forward to tackling An Abundance of Katherines.
He is a very good tragic writer, especially for YA.

That said, im not a fan of tragedy
 

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I don't normally read stuff like this but I have no choice given my upcoming exam and how I need to manage a 2:1 for my modules:

Accounting and finance for non-specialists -Peter Atrill, Eddie McLaney

 

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"Little Girl Lost," Brian McGilloway, and "Ashes to Dust," Yrsa Sigurdardottir.
 

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Porter ODoran said:
Justin Kissel said:
C++ Programming for Beginners, by Beryl Hoffman
How are you finding it? Do you have programming or scripting experience?
It's too early to have much of an opinion at this point (first day at it). I took basic, cobol and rpg in high school (vo-tech) but that was the mid-90s and I've forgotten almost all that stuff. Still, 15 year old, energetic, oblivious, idiot me didn't have a problem picking that stuff up, so I'm hoping 35 year old, half-oblivious, half-idiot, but also now half-energetic, me will do similarly.  :angel:
 

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Justin Kissel said:
Porter ODoran said:
Justin Kissel said:
C++ Programming for Beginners, by Beryl Hoffman
How are you finding it? Do you have programming or scripting experience?
It's too early to have much of an opinion at this point (first day at it). I took basic, cobol and rpg in high school (vo-tech) but that was the mid-90s and I've forgotten almost all that stuff. Still, 15 year old, energetic, oblivious, idiot me didn't have a problem picking that stuff up, so I'm hoping 35 year old, half-oblivious, half-idiot, but also now half-energetic, me will do similarly.  :angel:
Oh I'm sure you will. Good going! Remember all the resources and communities online nowadays.

I've done scripting off and on my whole career, but never got into programming proper. Recently I landed a contract to do something a little more like programming, but I've had to withdraw for health reasons. Bit of a bummer.

Oh I understand actually Javascript (yes, Javascript) is the next big thing. There are server-side uses for it (see node.js, for example), and of course so much of what used to be server-side is now being done client-side, an envelope constantly pushed by Google.
 

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"The Bluebell Killer," Frances Lloyd. It's better than the first time I read it. Hoping to finish it in the next day or two.
 

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Porter ODoran said:
Justin Kissel said:
Porter ODoran said:
Justin Kissel said:
C++ Programming for Beginners, by Beryl Hoffman
How are you finding it? Do you have programming or scripting experience?
It's too early to have much of an opinion at this point (first day at it). I took basic, cobol and rpg in high school (vo-tech) but that was the mid-90s and I've forgotten almost all that stuff. Still, 15 year old, energetic, oblivious, idiot me didn't have a problem picking that stuff up, so I'm hoping 35 year old, half-oblivious, half-idiot, but also now half-energetic, me will do similarly.  :angel:
Oh I'm sure you will. Good going! Remember all the resources and communities online nowadays.

I've done scripting off and on my whole career, but never got into programming proper. Recently I landed a contract to do something a little more like programming, but I've had to withdraw for health reasons. Bit of a bummer.

Oh I understand actually Javascript (yes, Javascript) is the next big thing. There are server-side uses for it (see node.js, for example), and of course so much of what used to be server-side is now being done client-side, an envelope constantly pushed by Google.
*,

Ignore the above. Reach out to GiC. He gave me some excellent Infoseek on Mathis and programming, as I recall.

I can dig around for them and send them, if you would like.

I'm no longer fighting autocorrect on this device I am saddled with. It's botched every post today whether I fight it or not.
 

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A Damsel in Distress - PG Wodehouse (~1919). Read half of it so far while pacing with the book outside. I like it but I am now at the part that George Bevan, based on misinterpretations of others believes Maud loves him. I had to stop reading. If this were a TV sitcom, I would go to the kitchen and make an Italian dry salami sandwich with melted Swiss cheese, tomato and lettuce on sourdough bread and the tense situation would be all over by the time I got back to the TV, but this isn't TV, it is a book, and like most books the tension is drawn out for chapters. I do not need more tension and I am unsure what to do. George Bevan is a successful American composer. Maud is a member of the aristocracy with a castle in the county of Hampshire whose Aunt wants to marry her off to her Step-son, but she is in love with some American guy I haven't met yet and the Step-son is in love with and at the same time afraid of the secretary of Maud's father, the Earl, the latter, whose only goal in life is to get into the dirt and garden. You also cannot read this book without learning about the benefits of golf. George Gershwin thought the story was about him (as George Bevan) and wrote a musical for it (I have not seen it, but want to see it, as it has Fred Astaire, but the plot is unrelated to the book). Biographers of Jerome Kern have stronger arguments that the book was inspired my him. Sometimes curiosity can kill a cat, so I need to be cautious in regard to continuing on. I still have PTSD from reading Hardy's Tess at a vulnerable age.
 

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St. Francis by Nikos Kazantzakis

This is not a historical biography. It is "a passionate and highly personal re-creation of St. Francis of Assisi, by one of the great writers of our time." [from the back cover]

Nikos Kazantzakis is by no means Orthodox. In fact, I think he was anathematized by the GOC. But so far this is a beautiful and powerful book, full of wisdom that reads like something from the Lives of the Saints. Kazantzakis was obviously well versed in Orthodoxy and quite familiar with stories of "fools for Christ." This is a wonderful book as long as you don't confuse it for hagiography or Orthodox truth.


Selam
 

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Gebre Menfes Kidus said:
Alxandra said:
The Mountain of Silence by Kyriacos Markides

Good one!


Selam
I'm really enjoying it, and I especially love it because the Troodos mountains are my home.
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
Gebre Menfes Kidus said:
Nikos Kazantzakis is by no means Orthodox. In fact, I think he was anathematized by the GOC.
Gebre Menfes Kidus said:
Kazantzakis was obviously well versed in Orthodoxy...
Do you not understand the difference between being well versed in something and actually being something?


Selam
 

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I got the first volume of Totlandia as a Kindle freebie, and snickered so much, even in the first pages, that I was willing to pay for the rest of the series as well. :)

 
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