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I am reading Living Theology by Pokrov Press.  It is interesting to read about lives of ascetics during Communism - rather dampens the anti MP opponents.
 

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I'm set to start reading Radical Monotheism and Western Culture (With Supplementary Essays), by H. Richard Niebuhr. I very much enjoyed it the first time I read it, but that was over 5 years ago, and a lot has happend during that time. :)
 

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Donna Rose said:
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Oroonoko....that's the one that is structured largely like a romance right? between an African princess and prince, iirc? i read it 2 summers ago i think...there was something troubling about the ending though, i cant clearly recall what. sparked lots of discussion in class. let me know your thoughts on it when you finish?
My apologies for not getting back here in a while.  Yes, "Oroonoko" by Aphra Behn is part romance, part social commentary on both slavery and life in what is now called Suriname, part travelogue.  It all ends in tragedy: Imoinda and Oroonoko try to run away so their child is not born into slavery, but in the end Oroonoko kills her, is recaptured, and tortured/dismembered until he dies.  It lead to some lively discussion in my class as well about slavery, the fact that Oroonoko took others as slaves and sold them when he was a prince, "Is Behn decrying slavery?" and more.

Ebor
 

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Just finished "Eragon" and loved it...have to get my hands on book 2 now.
 

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For research reading, currently eating up "On the Beaten Path, an Appalachian Pilgrimage," by Robert Rubin, and any other books I can find on the Appalachian Trail (planning to hike at least part of it come May). 
For entertainment purposes, reading "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman.
For spiritual enrichment "The Orthodox Church," Timothy Ware.
 

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Taking my first plunge into Tolkien... hobbit, then trilogy, then maybe more?
 

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I'd start with The Hobbit, because it's a an easy intro (being primarily a children's book) and because it sets the stage so nicely for the LOTR trilogy. I was very glad I'd read about Bilbo's "There and Back Again" adventure before launching into the trilogy, as wonderful as the latter is. (Wonderful enough, IMHO, to merit several full re-readings over the years.)

Neat little piece of trivia: In the original 1930s version of The Hobbit, the ring Bilbo finds is a neat little thing, but not terribly sinister. It turns him invisible and all that, but it doesn't have the same corrupting power. When Tolkien started writing the continuation of TH, he realized the ring would be The Ring of Power, the focus of the story. So he went back and rewrote part of TH, having honest little Bilbo trick Gollum rather meanly to acquire the Ring, and lie to Gandalf about how he got it, to show its corrupting influence. This is the version one finds in bookstores today.

As for me, I'm enjoying The Paul Evdokimov Reader. Most impressive. But I've taken a brief timeout to re-read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
 

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BJohnD said:
I'd start with The Hobbit, because it's a an easy intro (being primarily a children's book) and because it sets the stage so nicely for the LOTR trilogy.  I was very glad I'd read about Bilbo's "There and Back Again" adventure before launching into the trilogy, as wonderful as the latter is.  (Wonderful enough, IMHO, to merit several full re-readings over the years.) 
This was the advice my friend gave me: Go Hobbit, Trilogy, then The Simarilion, then the Unfinished tales and whatnot.  Thanks for the trivia point, too!
 

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Eragon and Eldest are so great, aurelia - you'll enjoy the 2nd book! go to your local library, it'll be in the kid's/young adult section. and cleveland - makes me so happy you're makin your first foray into Tolkien! you wont be disappointed!

as for me, i am kinda nuts right now w/ my books....i am still rereading LOTR (i'm in Two Towers now), Chronicles of Narnia (Prince Caspian), Harry Potter (Half-Blood Prince), and now I have moved onto the next book I am up to in the Redwall series (Salamandastron)...and finally, at last i got my hands on the sequal to Gregory Maguire's book Wicked, called Son of a Witch, which i just started last night and I am so excited about because Wicked was wonderful. anyone who is into fairy-tales or kid's stories at all, I recommend his work - he rewrites common fairy-tales w/ an adult sensibility (Wicked is the Oz story from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West, starting from when she is a little green-colored baby - others include Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Mirror Mirror, the 1st a retelling of Cinderella and the 2nd a retelling of, i think, snow white).

so, yea, im in fantasy land - best place to be when it comes to books :)

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Son of a Witch,

I LOVED Wicked, I so want to read the sequel.  ave to pay off some library fines first though...bad me... :eek:
 

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C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church by Joseph Pearce.
 

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Starting on The Secret of the Rosary by St. Louis De Montfort (130 pgs, TAN books) and Baudolino by Umberto Eco- its gonna take me forever to get through this one- its small type and its like 520 pgs.
 

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cleveland said:
This was the advice my friend gave me: Go Hobbit, Trilogy, then The Simarilion, then the Unfinished tales and whatnot.  Thanks for the trivia point, too!
Fantastic choices all!  I tend to read LoTR about once every year or so, and have done so since ca. 1982.  During my time at CSU I took part in two marathon readings (for both The Two Towers and The Return of The King) held at Mather Mansion.  I got to read a lot of the Gollum sequences, and was nowhere near as good as what was in the last two films.  Good times nonetheless.

Right now I'm reading At The Corner or East and Now by Frederica Mathewes-Green, and am about to start The Living Bread by Thomas Merton.

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Right now I'm reading At The Corner or East and Now by Frederica Mathewes-Green....
So am I!  I'm on pg.103 at the moment.  I think she does a great job of weaving theology/praxis (and explaining it) with her narrative, but fails to really keep in mind that the actual praxis/ability of those in her own parish are beginners/amateurs wrt Orthodoxy and just doing their best - considering that she only has a few "cradle" Orthodox in her parish.  I'm enjoying the book - it is very light in reading and reads quickly.
 

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The Spiritual Counsels of Father John of Kronstadt, a 230-page "Reader's Digest" version of My Life in Christ.  I came across this book, a 1960s paperback in British-English translation, one evening before Vespers when I decided to take a peek at our parish's humble little library.  As soon as I opened it I became aware that it was exactly the book I needed to be reading right then, if you know what I mean.  It's an amazing work -- I highly recommend it or any similar distillations of MLIC.

(The book is old enough for the translator to have noted that while the "political situation" in the USSR had not permitted the MP to glorify St. John, the Church in Exile had done so.)
 

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Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros (English Version)
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Memoria de mis putas tristes by Gabriel García Márquez

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Apologia Against Those Who Decry Holy Images by St. John of Damascus
Christ in the Psalms by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality by Kyriacos C. Markides
 

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Elisha said:
So am I!  I'm on pg.103 at the moment.  - it is very light in reading and reads quickly.
I'm only on pg. 40 or so.  Just picked up a copy of Facing East as well, but I'm at least a week from being able to start on it.  My list is too long...I'll never get around to everything.

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