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What's the most amazing book no one (you know) ever read?

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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   10/9/2012 6:19:07 PM
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According to the Wikipedia ( http://bit.ly/OlBBBp ) a Film Adaptation of Winter's Tale is planned. This could be MAGNIFICENT ... or if could be a DISASTER ... I'm hoping for the best...

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RaulHuertas   10/10/2012 3:25:14 AM
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I'll read it :)

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Max The Magnificent   10/10/2012 1:34:59 PM
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Hi Raul -- I would LOVE to hear what you think about this book (I'd also love to hear how YOU describe it to other people when you've finished :-)

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seaEE   10/10/2012 3:46:22 AM
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Well I am intrigued enough to want to see the movie! One of my favorite books is Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing.

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Max The Magnificent   10/10/2012 1:40:43 PM
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I've not read that, but when I was in Oslo, Norway earlier this year I went to the Kon-Tiki Museum to see Thor Heyerdahl's raft and then to the Fram Museum next door wehere I saw the Fram - -the boat that was used by Roald Amundsen in his southern polar expedition from 1910 to 1912

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bcarso   10/10/2012 3:35:12 PM
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I wasn't able to finish Winter's Tale at the time, many years ago, so I might revisit it. I do remember that I was impressed that Helprin's word processor was, exclusively, a Mont Blanc fountain pen. Brad

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Max The Magnificent   10/10/2012 3:42:03 PM
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I think it's fair to say that, in many respects, it's not an *easy* read ... but I also think it's true to say that it's a very *rewarding* read...

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vapats   10/11/2012 9:28:18 AM
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/The Dispossessed/ by Ursula K. LeGuin.

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Max The Magnificent   10/11/2012 1:18:16 PM
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I loved LeGuin'e Earthsea Trilogy (and the additional fourth book) in the series. I just ordered a secondhand copy of "The Dispossessed" from one of the Amazon sellers -- thanks for the suggestion

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Paul A. Clayton   10/11/2012 1:41:19 PM
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I would not have thought that it would be especially hard to find someone willing to read and talk about The Dispossessed (if you can find people willing talk about science fiction). While it has been a long time since I read it, I remember it being a nicely balanced, if necessarily incomplete, view of anarchy (syndicalism?)--e.g., social conformity can be a worse tyranny than dictatorship (driving a satirist crazy). I do not fully agree with the cynical view of academic grading being only about ego; grading provides a relative quality measure to the student and to organizers of talent (employers in a capitalist system). I also feel that committed partnership is contrary to Odonism; exclusive sharing--sharing all of oneself with a single other--is still exclusive. This is more a failure of the Odonist principle than of partnership. Responsibility is a difficult problem. Partial identification with the object of responsibility can corrupt the "owner" ("I am no more than my property") or the "owned" ("It must conform to my self concept."). Stewardship can lack the intensity and intimacy of ownership ("Well done, good and faithful servant" is a small reward unless one loves and admires the true owner--'The praise of the praiseworthy is above all rewards' [LoTR, approx.]). Ownership can justify irresponsibility ("It is my X, I can do with it as I please." This would not be a problem if one's pleasure was in maximizing the true value of X.).

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Paul A. Clayton   10/11/2012 1:45:25 PM
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Sorry, Odonianism not Odonism.

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Max The Magnificent   10/12/2012 1:13:31 PM
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Wake up man!!! :-)

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vapats   10/16/2012 11:28:44 AM
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"I would not have thought that it would be especially hard to find someone" It's relatively obscure -- and certainly under-appreciated. "social conformity can be a worse tyranny than dictatorship" /The Stalin in the Soul/, also by U.K. LeG. Brilliant essay, but hard to find...

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Paul A. Clayton   10/16/2012 3:41:48 PM
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Perhaps you could find a person that likes speculative fiction and do a book trade ("I'll read a book from you and you'll read a book from me, and later we can discuss both."). I admit The Dispossessed is probably not popular even among SF readers, and many SF readers (it seems) are more interested in action-adventure and technology than sociological, psychological, or philosophical speculation. I have not had a deep philosophical conversation in quite a while, but I am almost a hermit, so this is more a failing on my part. I do hope you find someone to discuss this book with; it certainly has significant food for thought.

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Max The Magnificent   10/16/2012 3:49:12 PM
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My secondhand copy of the Dispossessed arrived in my office -- but now it's on the shelf with all of the other books I want to read...

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vapats   10/18/2012 12:18:30 PM
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@Bar-Rollin, I'd be happy to share thoughts with you any time... how can we contact each other? I believe that you'll agree with me that /The Dispossessed/ is *not* about social systems; it's about what it means to be human, and the prices we pay. Why must I suddenly mention /The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas/? :-) cheers, - vic

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vapats   10/18/2012 1:03:24 PM
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And lest we forget: Patrick McGoohan's /The Prisoner/ TV series! It still holds up very well.

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vapats   10/18/2012 1:00:11 PM
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Found it: it's in /The Language of the Night/ Amazon, etc.

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Paul A. Clayton   10/25/2012 1:50:41 PM
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There appears to be a nesting depth limit for comments, so I am posting my contact information here. My gmail.com address is 'paaronclayton'. (Sorry for the delayed response.)

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Quintadad   10/12/2012 6:45:31 AM
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"The Emporers New Mind" by Roger Penrose. QED, religion, philosophy, ZEN..all connected?? Offers something for the most technical of us to the casual contemplator. Nver met anyone who even heard of him.

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Max The Magnificent   10/12/2012 1:14:21 PM
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Sound's brilliant - -I am going to add it to my wish list on Amazon, but it looks like their server is down at the moment...

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Max The Magnificent   10/12/2012 1:17:46 PM
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Ah Ha! It's back up and I've added this to my wish list

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Colli   10/12/2012 12:30:42 PM
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Gonna be a film next year with Will Smith!!!

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Max The Magnificent   10/12/2012 1:13:16 PM
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That's what I hear -- I cannot wait!!!

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strangluv   10/13/2012 4:38:07 AM
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I also love Ursula K LeGuin, 'The Lathe of Heaven' and a great PBS movie too. Protagonist's dreams become reality, and each day he wakes up in the previous dream. Seeking help, he visits a psych that realizes he is right, and has him create 'effective' dreams with suggestions that build him a fantastic new office. On the EE side, I am reading some really famous 'fossils' that are at the beginning of electronics and semiconductor design using computers: Introduction to VLSI Systems - Carver Mead Analysis and design of Analog Integrated Circuits - Paul Gray Circuit Design Using Personal Computers - Thomas Cuthbert I highly recommend these, for anybody wanting to know circuit simulation with working code (Cuthbert) examples, and straight forward math for analog design (Gray) Meade's book is without a doubt the landmark book that started CMOS design, and its very readable. I have never seen these three books on any engineers bookshelf. Maybe I am the fossil.

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Max The Magnificent   10/18/2012 1:08:52 PM
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I used to have the Carver Mean one and the Thomas Cuthbert one -- not the other one (I say used to because I've been trying to clear my shelves of out of date books over the last few years)

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