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My favorite book!! I got it for Christmas n finished it in 3 days, I wanna re read it again bc it's so funny, cute, n a bit touching. Gets me in the feels a bit too. :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart:

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 09:43 PM

Just finished this one:

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 10:58 PM

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Dense, but it's great so far.

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 11:14 PM

The Disaster Artist- Greg Sestero.

It's the book the recent movie was based on.  Both tell the story of the making of the cult bad movie, The Room, and the story of The Room's writer-director-producer-actor Tommy Wiseau. Very entertaining; the author is skeptical and affectionate of Tommy at the same time.

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 11:28 PM

View Postblueschica, on 03 January 2018 - 11:14 PM, said:

The Disaster Artist- Greg Sestero.

It's the book the recent movie was based on.  Both tell the story of the making of the cult bad movie, The Room, and the story of The Room's writer-director-producer-actor Tommy Wiseau. Very entertaining; the author is skeptical and affectionate of Tommy at the same time.

I wanna buy it! I saw the movie last week. "What a story, blueschica!"

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 12:00 AM

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The Disaster Artist- Greg Sestero.

It's the book the recent movie was based on.  Both tell the story of the making of the cult bad movie, The Room, and the story of The Room's writer-director-producer-actor Tommy Wiseau. Very entertaining; the author is skeptical and affectionate of Tommy at the same time.

I wanna buy it! I saw the movie last week. "What a story, blueschica!"

Yes, now I can't wait to see both "The Room" and "The Disaster Artist" movies !!   "Oh, Hi Mark !!"

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 05:07 AM

Watch The Room first... I saw The Disaster Artist last week, and kept thinking that someone who hasn't seen The Room before will not enjoy it as much.

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 11:34 AM

View PostRod in Toronto, on 04 January 2018 - 05:07 AM, said:

Watch The Room first... I saw The Disaster Artist last week, and kept thinking that someone who hasn't seen The Room before will not enjoy it as much.

Even more so, watch it on Rifftrax and the review by Nostalgia Critic. Love Mike Nelson’s reaction to the scene with Denny crying like a girl about the drugs:

“It’s like Richard Simmons playing the James Dean role in Rebel Without A Cause!” :rfl:

Fire And Fury by Michael Wolff (audiobook format)

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 01:42 AM

The Confessor by Daniel Silva. So far, not the thriller I was promised. Pretty predictable

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 03:48 AM

Going thru the Qur'an again. Halfway there.
Interesting that it's essentially an addendum to the Bible, with many Biblical figures/stories featuring prominently.
Also interesting to read it while I'm in a Muslim country (Indonesia).
And I find its telescopic structure quite fascinating.

Main reason I'm re-reading it is that I'm writing something involving a Muslim character, and just want to make sure that I understand as much as possible, and to cover my ass if offense is taken (the character, while a good person, swears a lot and is conflicted about wearing a hijab, and based on someone I met a few years ago).
The Oxford Classics version has a great introduction and decent footnotes, and is not translated as a poem (which the original Arabic text is). It's translated by MAS Abdel Haleem, if anyone is interested.

The main difference with Christianity is that Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet (or "Messenger") and not the physical son of god.
The main difference with Judaism is that Muslims are against usury. That's pretty much it.

The Qur'an made simple!
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Posted 26 January 2018 - 03:01 AM

Got 3 on the go:

Four Hours in My Lai - Bilton/Sym.   Saw the documentary of the same name, so now reading the book. Brutal.

Cambodian Interlude - Tom Riddle.    So far a good read amusingly told about the first election in Cambodia in 1993 and the UN’s attempts to help.

Mother Tongue: The English Language - Bill Bryson.   Never read Bryson before. So far so sood. Never realized how difficult it was to define the word “what” (apparently takes 5 pages in the Oxford English Dictionary)!

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 02:58 PM

Steven Pinker - The Better Angels Of Our Nature

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 05:26 PM

Lately.......... The Bible.

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 06:18 PM

View Postliquidcrystalcompass, on 10 February 2018 - 05:26 PM, said:

Lately.......... The Bible.
Still a good read, even with all the spoilers that are out there?

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 09:45 AM

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Going thru the Qur'an again. Halfway there.
Interesting that it's essentially an addendum to the Bible, with many Biblical figures/stories featuring prominently.
Also interesting to read it while I'm in a Muslim country (Indonesia).
And I find its telescopic structure quite fascinating.

Main reason I'm re-reading it is that I'm writing something involving a Muslim character, and just want to make sure that I understand as much as possible, and to cover my ass if offense is taken (the character, while a good person, swears a lot and is conflicted about wearing a hijab, and based on someone I met a few years ago).
The Oxford Classics version has a great introduction and decent footnotes, and is not translated as a poem (which the original Arabic text is). It's translated by MAS Abdel Haleem, if anyone is interested.

The main difference with Christianity is that Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet (or "Messenger") and not the physical son of god.
The main difference with Judaism is that Muslims are against usury. That's pretty much it.

The Qur'an made simple!
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Not even close.  The difference is much deeper and more complex.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:14 AM

View Postliquidcrystalcompass, on 11 February 2018 - 09:45 AM, said:

View Postvaportrailer, on 14 January 2018 - 03:48 AM, said:

Going thru the Qur'an again. Halfway there.
Interesting that it's essentially an addendum to the Bible, with many Biblical figures/stories featuring prominently.
Also interesting to read it while I'm in a Muslim country (Indonesia).
And I find its telescopic structure quite fascinating.

Main reason I'm re-reading it is that I'm writing something involving a Muslim character, and just want to make sure that I understand as much as possible, and to cover my ass if offense is taken (the character, while a good person, swears a lot and is conflicted about wearing a hijab, and based on someone I met a few years ago).
The Oxford Classics version has a great introduction and decent footnotes, and is not translated as a poem (which the original Arabic text is). It's translated by MAS Abdel Haleem, if anyone is interested.

The main difference with Christianity is that Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet (or "Messenger") and not the physical son of god.
The main difference with Judaism is that Muslims are against usury. That's pretty much it.

The Qur'an made simple!
By simpleton vt.
Not even close.  The difference is much deeper and more complex.

I assume you’re referring to the last couple of sentences? Notice the “Qur’an made simple” joke?
Of course the differences are deeper and more complex but these appear to be the main sticking points. They believe in the 10 commandments, they believe in Jesus. They certainly believe in Noah and Moses because half the book is endless repetitions of their stories! :lol:
I’m happy to hear your take on the Qur’an, if you care to enlighten. Not an easy book to read. Like the Bible, or pretty much every religious text, some of it’s a slog but there are some good bits. The telescopic structure is very cool.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:21 AM

Bogged down with Bill Bryson’s Mother Tongue. Can’t describe it as super compelling although very interesting. English is indeed a flexible language.
Halfway thru Off the Road by Caroline Cassady (The wife of Neil Cassady, Jack Kerouac's traveling partner and essentially the Dean Moriarty figure in On The Road). What a bunch of jerks. :P

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:57 PM

View Postvaportrailer, on 12 February 2018 - 11:14 AM, said:

View Postliquidcrystalcompass, on 11 February 2018 - 09:45 AM, said:

View Postvaportrailer, on 14 January 2018 - 03:48 AM, said:

Going thru the Qur'an again. Halfway there.
Interesting that it's essentially an addendum to the Bible, with many Biblical figures/stories featuring prominently.
Also interesting to read it while I'm in a Muslim country (Indonesia).
And I find its telescopic structure quite fascinating.

Main reason I'm re-reading it is that I'm writing something involving a Muslim character, and just want to make sure that I understand as much as possible, and to cover my ass if offense is taken (the character, while a good person, swears a lot and is conflicted about wearing a hijab, and based on someone I met a few years ago).
The Oxford Classics version has a great introduction and decent footnotes, and is not translated as a poem (which the original Arabic text is). It's translated by MAS Abdel Haleem, if anyone is interested.

The main difference with Christianity is that Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet (or "Messenger") and not the physical son of god.
The main difference with Judaism is that Muslims are against usury. That's pretty much it.

The Qur'an made simple!
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Not even close.  The difference is much deeper and more complex.

I assume you’re referring to the last couple of sentences? Notice the “Qur’an made simple” joke?
Of course the differences are deeper and more complex but these appear to be the main sticking points. They believe in the 10 commandments, they believe in Jesus. They certainly believe in Noah and Moses because half the book is endless repetitions of their stories! :lol:
I’m happy to hear your take on the Qur’an, if you care to enlighten. Not an easy book to read. Like the Bible, or pretty much every religious text, some of it’s a slog but there are some good bits. The telescopic structure is very cool.
They don't believe in Jesus as the only way to salvation.  The Koran also teaches that you can get to heaven by good works.  The Koran does not teach that the way to the Father is through Jesus.  The Muslims believe that Jesus was nothing more than a profit.  In other words, the Koran doesn't teach that Jesus was here from the beginning and to the everlasting.  It's not part fo their teaching.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:59 PM

And not to hijack this thread.........maybe you should PM me.  I don't think this conversation is suitable for this sub forum.




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