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LotR- the Fellowship of the Ring
Goodness, that dragged. 'The Council of Elrond' chapter took me literally days to wade through. :-\
 

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Arachne said:
Severian said:
LotR- the Fellowship of the Ring
Goodness, that dragged. 'The Council of Elrond' chapter took me literally days to wade through. :-\
That's one of the best parts. A slow pace, a lot of lore and an idyllic setting.
 

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Severian said:
Arachne said:
Severian said:
LotR- the Fellowship of the Ring
Goodness, that dragged. 'The Council of Elrond' chapter took me literally days to wade through. :-\
Did you manage to read through the whole trilogy?
Yup. The other two books together took me less time than that first.
 

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Arachne said:
Severian said:
Arachne said:
Severian said:
LotR- the Fellowship of the Ring
Goodness, that dragged. 'The Council of Elrond' chapter took me literally days to wade through. :-\
Did you manage to read through the whole trilogy?
Yup. The other two books together took me less time than that first.
Thank you for your response. I'm trying to become part of a new fandom since Star Wars has basically gone south. I figure LotR is as good a franchise as any.
 

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Severian said:
Arachne said:
Severian said:
Arachne said:
Severian said:
LotR- the Fellowship of the Ring
Goodness, that dragged. 'The Council of Elrond' chapter took me literally days to wade through. :-\
Did you manage to read through the whole trilogy?
Yup. The other two books together took me less time than that first.
Thank you for your response. I'm trying to become part of a new fandom since Star Wars has basically gone south. I figure LotR is as good a franchise as any.
Tolkien had too big a motor for his boat; that is, his literary vision was way beyond his capacity to convey it. His writing is downright dull in many places. A friend, who did her PhD on him, says he was like that as a lecturer as well - dull as ditchwater. You won't appreciate Tolkien if you stick to his words, only if you let your imagination go beyond them.
 

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Arachne said:
Severian said:
Arachne said:
Severian said:
Arachne said:
Severian said:
LotR- the Fellowship of the Ring
Goodness, that dragged. 'The Council of Elrond' chapter took me literally days to wade through. :-\
Did you manage to read through the whole trilogy?
Yup. The other two books together took me less time than that first.
Thank you for your response. I'm trying to become part of a new fandom since Star Wars has basically gone south. I figure LotR is as good a franchise as any.
Tolkien had too big a motor for his boat; that is, his literary vision was way beyond his capacity to convey it. His writing is downright dull in many places. A friend, who did her PhD on him, says he was like that as a lecturer as well - dull as ditchwater. You won't appreciate Tolkien if you stick to his words, only if you let your imagination go beyond them.
I see, thank you for the advice.  I noticed that myself even in the first few chapters of the book.

What's truly impressive is how well-developed (and involved) the lore is.
 

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Arachne said:
Severian said:
Arachne said:
Severian said:
Arachne said:
Severian said:
LotR- the Fellowship of the Ring
Goodness, that dragged. 'The Council of Elrond' chapter took me literally days to wade through. :-\
Did you manage to read through the whole trilogy?
Yup. The other two books together took me less time than that first.
Thank you for your response. I'm trying to become part of a new fandom since Star Wars has basically gone south. I figure LotR is as good a franchise as any.
Tolkien had too big a motor for his boat; that is, his literary vision was way beyond his capacity to convey it. His writing is downright dull in many places. A friend, who did her PhD on him, says he was like that as a lecturer as well - dull as ditchwater. You won't appreciate Tolkien if you stick to his words, only if you let your imagination go beyond them.
U gives me a Sad
 

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Had to take a break from reading Children of the Mind.  Storm of Steel came in and I sat down to read the first paragraph and was totally engrossed.  His writing style is very poetic.  The author has a dry sense of humour and adds a sense of beauty to the horror and misery he endured.
 

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vamrat said:
Had to take a break from reading Children of the Mind.  Storm of Steel came in and I sat down to read the first paragraph and was totally engrossed.  His writing style is very poetic.  The author has a dry sense of humour and adds a sense of beauty to the horror and misery he endured.
I can't believe you aren't already a fan of Storm of Steel.
 

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Jonathan Gress said:
vamrat said:
Had to take a break from reading Children of the Mind.  Storm of Steel came in and I sat down to read the first paragraph and was totally engrossed.  His writing style is very poetic.  The author has a dry sense of humour and adds a sense of beauty to the horror and misery he endured.
I can't believe you aren't already a fan of Storm of Steel.
Believe it or not, I just heard of it a few months ago and take a while to get around to reading things.

(Yeah, I am late to the party seeing as it was first printed in 1920...)
 

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Halfway through Kh. Frederica's new book "Welcome to the Orthodox Church" and almost done a bio of St. Nektary of Optina. Both great - recommend them both!
 

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I've started rereading Jaroslav Pelikan's; "The Christian tradition series."

Also listened to Unbroken, the book about Louie Zamperini. The suffering he endured and his life in general was enthralling and his eventual conversion to Christianity (which was not talked about too much in the book) was described quite brilliantly.
 

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The Acquisition of the Holy Spirit / St. Seraphim of Sarov.
 

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from the cover of the March 2015
[white caps. on black background]
  'THE WAR ON SCIENCE'
          CLIMATE CHANGE --- DOES NOT EXIST
          EVOLUTION ---- NEVER HAPPENED
          THE MOON LANDING --- WAS FAKE
          VACCINATION----- CAN LEAD TO AUTISM
          GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD---- IS EVIL
 

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methodius said:
from the cover of the March 2015
[white caps. on black background]
  'THE WAR ON SCIENCE'
          CLIMATE CHANGE --- DOES NOT EXIST
          EVOLUTION ---- NEVER HAPPENED
          THE MOON LANDING --- WAS FAKE
          VACCINATION----- CAN LEAD TO AUTISM
          GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD---- IS EVIL
Needs a link to National Geographic, Cover+March+2015 just links to women's fashion magazines:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/science-doubters/achenbach-text

 

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St. Basil's Hexaemeron, Homily 1. Also reading all the Gospel accounts of the Passion. Read Matthew just now. Will read the others sometime today (Good Friday). Lord have mercy on all us sinners!
 

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@ opus 118.
Sorry, I'm a computer Neanderthal; providing links to [whatever]  is beyond me.
But thanks for doing it for me...
 

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methodius said:
          CLIMATE CHANGE --- DOES NOT EXIST
          EVOLUTION ---- NEVER HAPPENED
          THE MOON LANDING --- WAS FAKE
          VACCINATION----- CAN LEAD TO AUTISM
          GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD---- IS EVIL
You have the same avatar as Maria, so I immediately supposed this post to be hers and an accurate description of what she believes.
 

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A most profound and articulate argument against the Death Penalty:

Reflections on The Guillotine by Albert Camus

http://redlemona.de/albert-camus/reflections-on-the-guillotine/reflections-on-the-guillotine


Selam
 

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Two Elders on the Jesus Prayer


Quick Overview

translated and compiled by Igor V. Ksensov. A brief life and examination of the writings of Archbishop Anthony Golynsky-Mihailovsky and Elder Joseph the Athonite together with a theological comparison of their writings and how it impacted their lives. The Jesus Prayer connects not only these two spiritual athletes, but provides a continual spiritual legacy from early Christianity.

Most Westerners first discovered the Jesus Prayer through translations of The Way of the Pilgrim more than half a century ago (1952). The works of two ascetics of the twentieth century: Elder Joseph the Hesychast of the Holy Mountain and Archbishop Anthony (Golynsky-Mihailovsky) of Russia, are used. Because Archbishop Anthony's text assumes that the reader is a complete novice, other beginners will find this volume helpful. Each of the stages or degrees of Prayer are outlined and compared to the teachings of Elder Joseph the Hesychast, making this an invaluable benefaction for one who seeks to grow in prayer.
http://www.crossroadbooks.com.au/two-elders-on-the-jesus-prayer.html
Well, what do you know.  There's a pdf available for free.
 

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The 'Hellenization' of Judaea in the First Century After Christ, by Martin Hengel

What it's about/argues:

This short but highly significant study ...demonstrates from a wealth of evidence, much of it made readily available here for the first time, that in the New Testament period Hellenization was so widespread in Palestine that the usual distinction between 'Hellenistic' Judaism and `Palestinian' Judaism is not a valid one and that the word `Hellenistic' and related terms are so vague as to be meaningless.

--Amazon.com
I haven't started it yet, but it's already surprising me. I knew it was short (124 pp.), but what I didn't expect was that the main text would be 57 pages and the endnotes 41 pages. Thatsa lotta notes. Not that I mind...
 

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Romans.

I've been anxious on reading the Bible lately after work.
 

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Justin Kissel said:
The 'Hellenization' of Judaea in the First Century After Christ, by Martin Hengel

What it's about/argues:

This short but highly significant study ...demonstrates from a wealth of evidence, much of it made readily available here for the first time, that in the New Testament period Hellenization was so widespread in Palestine that the usual distinction between 'Hellenistic' Judaism and `Palestinian' Judaism is not a valid one and that the word `Hellenistic' and related terms are so vague as to be meaningless.

--Amazon.com
I haven't started it yet, but it's already surprising me. I knew it was short (124 pp.), but what I didn't expect was that the main text would be 57 pages and the endnotes 41 pages. Thatsa lotta notes. Not that I mind...
Sounds like a devastating argument against any kind of Neo-Ebionite or Anti-Pauline position.
 
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