Books I've read

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  1. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

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    This is a work in progress. I will add them as I think of them (and as I read them.) Also, I would like to add that just because a book is listed here, doesn't mean I agree with it. I'm just presenting a list of what I've read. I'm happy to discuss my views on any and all books!

    Agiokyprianites, Archimandrite Cyprian - Orthodoxy and the Ecumenical Movement
    Aslanidis, Demetrios & Monk Damascene - Apostle to Zaire: The Life & Legacy of Blessed Fr. Cosmas of Grigoriou
    Bercott, Daniel - Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up?
    Berinstain, Valerie - India & the Mughal Dynasty
    Birchall, Jonathan - Ultra Nippon
    Bogolepov, Alexander - Towards an American Orthodox Church
    Bolshakoff, Serge - Elder Melchizidek: Hermit of the Roslavl Forest
    Boosalis, Harry - Orthodox Spirituality According to St. Silouan the Athonite
    Buford, Bill - Among the Thugs
    Caner, Ergun Mehmet & Emir Fethi Caner - Unveiling Islam
    Cao, Lan - Monkey Bridge
    Carlton, Clark - The Faith
    Cavarnos, Constantine - The Concept of Christian Love
    Cavarnos, Constantine - St. Cosmas Aitolos
    Cavarnos, Constantine - St. Nektarios of Aegina
    Chekhov, Anton - The Duel
    Chesterton, G.K. - The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare
    Cho, John (editor) - Spam-ku: Tranquil Reflections of Luncheon Loaf
    Chomsky, Noam - The New Military Humanism
    Chow, Claire S. - Leaving Deep Water: Asian American Women at the Crossroads of Two Cultures
    Clement, Olivier Conversations with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I
    Cleopa of Romania, Elder - The Truth of Our Faith
    Cyprian of Oropos and Fili, Metropolitan - The World Council of Churches and the Interfaith Movement
    Dalrymple, William - From the Holy Mountain
    Damascene, Hieromonk - Not of This World: The Life & Teachings of Fr. Seraphim Rose
    Davidson, Kathy - 36 Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan
    Degyansky, Father Daniel - Orthodox Christianity and the Spirit of Contemporary Ecumenism
    de Tocqueville, Alexis - Democracy in America
    DeLillo, Don - The Body Artist
    Didion, Joan - Fixed Ideas: America Since 9/11
    Dragnich, Alex - Serbs and Croats: The Struggle in Yugoslavia
    Drew, Bettina - Crossing the Expendable Landscape
    Endo, Shusaku - Deep River
    Endo, Shusaku - The Samurai
    Franklin, Peter - The Life of Mahler
    Gehr, Richard - The Phish Book
    Goad, Jim - The Redneck Manifesto
    Golder, F.A. - Father Herman: Alaska's Saint
    Gorman, Dave & Wallace, Danny - Are You Dave Gorman?
    Greene, Graham - The Quiet American
    Greene, Graham - The Power & the Glory
    Ha, Jin - In the Pond
    Harris, Daniel - Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic
    Haydon, Jeffrey - John Tavener: Glimpses of Paradise
    Hillier, Paul - Arvo Part
    Hornby, Nick - High Fidelity
    Hornby, Nick - How to be Good
    Horowitz, David - Hating Whitey & Other Progressive Causes
    Horowitz, Tony - Baghdad Without a Map
    Ivashkin, Alexander - Alfred Schnittke
    Jacobsen, Bernard - A Polish Renaissance
    John Chrysostom, St. - On Marriage & Family Life
    John of Damascus, St. - On the Divine Images
    Joseph the Hesychast - Monastic Wisdom
    Kafetzopolou, Aliki - The Purple Mantle
    Kalsi, Sewa Singh – A Simple Guide to Sikhism
    Kapuscinski, Ryszard - Shah of Shahs
    Karahasan, Dzevad, Sarajevo, Exodus of a City
    Kerr, Alex - Lost Japan
    Knowles, John - A Separate Peace
    Kurspahic, Kemal - As Long As Sarajevo Exists
    Lan, Cao - Monkey Bridge
    Lederer, William J. & Eugene Burdik - The Ugly American
    Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird
    Lee, Yuan-Yuan – Chinese Musical Instruments
    Lewis, C.S. – The Abolition of Man
    Lewis, C.S. - The Four Loves
    Lewis, C.S. – Mere Christianity
    Lewis, C.S. – The Screwtape Letters
    Mander, Jerry - Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television
    Mango, Cyril (editor) - The Oxford History of Byzantium
    Marler, John & Andrew Wermouth - Youth of the Apocalypse
    Marushchak, Archdeacon Vasiliy - The Blessed Surgeon
    Massie, Robert – The Romanovs: The Final Chapter
    Maxomovitch, St. John - Orthodox Veneration of Mary, the Birthgiver of God
    Mehta, Gita – Karma Cola: Marketing the Mystical East
    Meyendorff, John - Vision of Unity
    Mishima, Yukio - The Sound of Waves
    Mishima, Yukio - Patriotism
    Mishima, Yukio - Spring Snow
    Mishima, Yukio - Runaway Horses
    Mishima, Yukio - The Temple of the Dawn
    Mishima, Yukio - The Decay of the Angel
    Mishima, Yukio - Sun and Steel
    Morgenthau, Henry – Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story
    Murakami, Harumi - Underground
    Nathan, John - Mishima: A Biography
    Oe, Kenzaburo - A Personal Matter
    Omvedt, Gail - Violence Against Women: New Movements and New Theories in India
    Orwell, George - Animal Farm
    Papadakis, Aristeides - The Christian East & the Rise of the Papacy
    Parenti, Michael - To Kill A Nation: The Attack on Yugoslavia
    Prendergast, Mark - The Ambient Century: From Mahler to Trance: The Evolution of Sound in the Electronic Age
    Rashid, Ahmed - The Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia
    Rollins, Henry - Smile, You're Travelling
    Rose, Eugene - Nihlism: The Roots of Revolution in the Modern Age
    Rose, Fr. Seraphim - Orthodoxy & the Religion of the Future
    Rushby, Kevin - Eating the Flowers of Paradise: A Journey Through the Drug Fields of Ethiopia and Yemen
    Sakharov, Nicholas - I Love, Therefore I Am: The Theological Legacy of Archimandrite Sophrony
    Salinger, J.D. – Franny & Zooey
    Schaeffer, Francis - Art & the Bible
    Scott, Cathy - Seraphim Rose: The True Story and Private Letters
    Sederholm, Fr. Clement - Elder Anthony of Optina
    Sederholm, Fr. Clement - Elder Leonid of Optina
    Smith, Richard - Can't You Hear Me Callin': The Life of Bill Monroe
    Speake, Graham - Mount Athos: Renewal in Paradise
    Theroux, Paul - The Great Railway Bazaar
    Thornton, Fr. James - Wealth & Poverty in the Teachings of the Church Fathers
    Thubron, Colin - The Lost Heart of Asia
    Trifkovic, Serge - The Sword of the Prophet
    Veal, Michael E. - Fela: The Life & Times of an African Musical Icon
    Wertz, Joachim - Blessed Euphemia of Serbia
    Whelton, Michael - False Gods
    Williams, Benjamin & Anstall, Harold - Orthodox Worship
    Yamazaki, James - Children of the Atomic Bomb
    Yan, Mo - The Garlic Ballads
    Yannaras, Christos - The Church in Post-Communist Europe
    Yannoulatos, Archbishop Anastasios - Facing the World
    Zacharias, Ravi - Deliver Us From Evil
    Zamyatin, Yevgeny - We
    Zervakos, Philotheos, Fr. - Paternal Counsels, volume 2
    Zograf, Aleksander - Bulletins From Serbia: Emails and Cartoon Strips From Beyond the Front Line
     
  2. soccernutter

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    What, no Dickens, Tolstoy, Greek scholors? What kind of list is that? :p
     
  3. nicodemus

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    I've actually got several Tolstoy novels I want to start soon, they're just so friggin' huge. No, I haven't read any Dickens, and I've read plenty of Greek philosophers (both ancient & modern), I just haven't gotten around to putting them up yet. It is a "work in progress" after all :p
     
  4. mackem_ftm

    mackem_ftm New Member

    Jun 8, 2002
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    Sounds like you are a big reader then.

    I'm posting here because you said (on skipshady's board) you are virtually the only one who does here, so I decided to help out :)
     
  5. nicodemus

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    yes to comment one.
    thank you to comment two.

    feel free to come here more often.
     
  6. mackem_ftm

    mackem_ftm New Member

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    I'm sure I will.
     
  7. mackem_ftm

    mackem_ftm New Member

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    By the way, how is Fela: The Life & Times of an African Musical Icon? Any good?
     
  8. nicodemus

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    it is quite interesting. he was one messed up dude. he was the son of a preacher that eventually got into polygamy, sorcery, drugs & magic and stuff like that. i find his music fascinating but i think he would've been a difficult person to be around.
     
  9. elainemichelle

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  10. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

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    I'm actually working on Inferno, but haven't finished it yet...so it hasn't made the "books I've read list." plus like I said, that list is a work in progress. I've ready many many more books in my life.
     
  11. hangthadj

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    3stripe and I checked out a concert video of his from the library and laughed when we read the desciption on the back of the box..."A great stage performer who performs provacative dances with 15 of his wives..." :)
     
  12. nicodemus

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    i've got that video coming in the mail from Netflix...was it any good?
     
  13. hangthadj

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    I've only watched about ten minutes so far, but i liked what i saw.
     
  14. nicodemus

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    cool, the more i read that book, the more i discover what a nutter that guy was. married 27 women in a communal wedding. i can barely handle one, much less 27! that's just the tip of the iceberg though, he was really crazy. my favorte though is when he started referring to himself as "Double Fela" because he felt his music had come twice as far from where it started!
     
  15. hangthadj

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    "Double Fela" hahaha. That cracks me up. I should see if my library has that book. Does the book go into his politics alot?
     
  16. nicodemus

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    yeah, it spends a lot of time on that. he had three attempts at running for president of nigeria. the election commission always found one reason or another to disqualify him though. he also was arrested over 100 times and spent several years in jail. longest time actually spent was 18 months straight. if they don't have the book, let me know and i will mail it to you when i'm done.
     
  17. hangthadj

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    Man that would be great if you canm mail it. I'll check the library this weekend, first though.
    The only Fela Cd's I have are beasts of no nation and black man (something but i can't remember what, its six songs ************..ah well) but i like em both alot...i gotta get some more of his stuff once i get more income...
     
  18. nicodemus

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    two fela cds you've got to get are 'opposite people' and 'noise for venor mouth.' very awesome. easily the best two i've heard. i've heard about 10 cds of his...he's got like 100, but still those two are awesome.
     
  19. skipshady

    skipshady New Member

    Apr 26, 2001
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    I see you've read Hornby's How To Be Good. Did you enjoy it?

    I wanted to like it, especially after reading About A Boy but it just didn't do anything for me. The main character seemed to be the female version of all Hornby protagonist - except she was neither all that likeable or over the top self consumed.
     
  20. nicodemus

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    It wasn't the best book I ever read, but there were parts of it I enjoyed. I enjoyed it more as a point of philosophical departure rather than a piece of entertainment. "How to be good" is such a huge topic. DJ Goodnews is just downright annoying as is her husband after a while. She's not much better though. I thought there was too much ambivalence for it to really make a strong impression on me. Perhaps that's what he was going for, but I've certainly enjoyed his other books more.
     
  21. nicodemus

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    Don't you hate it when you come across some super huge error in a book? I'm about 20 pages from being finished with the Fela book and what do I read but, "The Nigerian government was riding a wave of public euphoria after the Golden Eagles won the World Cup in 1996."

    This book was written by a professor at Yale, don't you think they'd have a fact checker comb over that book? It's just about ruined the book for me. I got to thinking, well what about all the crap in here that I don't know whether it's true or not. That type of thing just really makes a book so suspect to me. Two factual errors in the same sentence!
     
  22. skipshady

    skipshady New Member

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    I agree. I didn't enjoy the story but it did get me thinking about the subject.
    Ugh, Goodnews. I suppose he was supposed to be some quirky loveable goof. Didn't work at all.
    Not trying to be sarcastic at all, but I did enjoy the very last page where the family was fixing something or other in the rain. I can't remember what exactly it was about, but I do remember thinking "Ok, I guess this makes sense."
     
  23. nicodemus

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    I thought it was okay, but largely forgettable as a whole (I didn't even remember the ending you mentioned.) Definately not one I'm recommending to others. I'm glad I didn't buy it either, I borrowed it from my brother, pvan4.
     
  24. hangthadj

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    There was a lot of stuff that I didn't like about this book, but thayt character just sent it over the top for me. I haven't reccomended that book to anyone, and I am glad that I wasworking at Borders where you could check-out books when it came out. If I bought it I woulda been even more frustrated.
     
  25. nicodemus

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    I've decided that I could never work at a music store or a book store. My entire paycheck would be gone. I have a hard enough time not spending all my money on those two things without having to constantly surround myself with them. Or do you just get jaded and it isn't a big deal after a while? That's cool that they would let you check out books. How did that work?
     

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