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Old February 26th, 2010, 06:19 PM   #21

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Erasmus, Praise of Folly...if available.
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Old February 27th, 2010, 03:43 AM   #22

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Old February 28th, 2010, 04:26 AM   #23

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Okay, I've just added HG Wells to the list and that made me think about Isaac Asimov - someone I've never felt compelled to read. Does anyone have any suggestions in this line?
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From HG Wells, I would like to suggest, obviously, The time machine!
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Okay, I've just added HG Wells to the list and that made me think about Isaac Asimov - someone I've never felt compelled to read. Does anyone have any suggestions in this line?
I like the foundation trilogy, which is at least peripherally related to history. He took some figures in the books from historical figures. I know of one any way, Bel Riose is bsased on Belasarius. The whole concept of the foundation trilogy is the fall of the Roman empire in space in the future and how to help it reform as quickly as possible.
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Erasmus, Praise of Folly...if available.
I like this one as I started reading it once and didn't finish so would like to do so! Julius excluded from heaven is often in the same anthology!
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Old February 28th, 2010, 08:25 AM   #27

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From HG Wells, I would like to suggest, obviously, The time machine!
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I like the foundation trilogy, which is at least peripherally related to history. He took some figures in the books from historical figures. I know of one any way, Bel Riose is bsased on Belasarius. The whole concept of the foundation trilogy is the fall of the Roman empire in space in the future and how to help it reform as quickly as possible.
Sounds real interesting. I've added the first book, Foundation to the list.
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Old February 28th, 2010, 03:40 PM   #28

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Last call for suggestions! A good books that are not too long and fairly easily read. Please!
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Suggested Book titles – and a thought. Maybe for variety and to avoid fatigue a short story of outstanding merit be considered occasionally. Something classic in the line of H.G. Wells, in The Land of the Blind. As much as I love Sherlock Holmes (have the BBC series plus) I would not include it because it is pure entertainment, not prone to philosophical discussion.

Late thought: I certainly appreciate Asimov’s great learning and have over the years learned a lot from his books. He is a born teacher. His breadth of learning is probably unmatched by anyone in my memory, yet his fiction I have never been able to warm up to. I would be more interested in selecting a writer with less breadth with a profounder depth.

Bradbury, Ray – Fahrenheit 451
Bradbury, Ray – Zen in the art of writing. (non-fiction)
Campbell, Joseph – Myths to Live By (non-fiction)
Camus, Albert – The Fall, The plague, The Stranger
Chandler, Raymond – The Simple Art of Murder (suggested because it is a short work. Not one of his full length detective novels.)
Golding, William – Lord of the Flies
Lewis, C.S. – The Screwtape Letters

All are at http://www.truly-free.org/#nonfiction

This site has a five book download in two weeks limit. Lot of title I have not seen on other ‘download free’ sites. I didn’t read the fine print and wasted my five downloads testing the site. Most were pdf files. Of the five, one had no formatting and was unreadable until I cut and pasted in wordperfect. That worked fine.


Last call? Already? I haven't finished Candide yet.
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I can't believe I missed this!

Thank you Pedro for the "advertisement" of the book section in another thread.
http://www.historum.com/showthread.php?t=13343
At first I thought it was some incomprehensible remark about the subject discussed (Pedro's comments befuddle me sometimes), until I realised that it might actually be an announcement.

Is the suggestions list closed, or is there still time to propose some books?
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