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    Rudy Rucker is a Mathematician, (ex) Computer Science lecturer and Science Fiction writer. His book is an eclectic mix of philosophy, simple mathematics and stories.

    He addresses the fascinating concept of whether there might be a mathematical basis for consciousness.

    Rudy Rucker has a unique style, it feels much more like a friend explaining his thoughts, work and aspirations than some remote authority presenting his perfect and complete theory of the universe.

    I really must find more of his fiction - I read Software a few years ago and I remember liking it a lot.
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    I recommend Rousseau's Confessions.

    A miraculous piece of art filled with human abysses.

    http://philosophy.eserver.org/rousseau-confessions.txt

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    Harry: I ought to read it one of these days.

    Juvenal: Looks interesting.

    Alcuin: Not a bad book, though reading it made me dislike the author immensely.

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    Steel of Fury,

    maybe you should have a look at "The Marquis de Sade - A Life". Very amusing from a psychopathological point of view.

    http://www.neilschaeffer.com/sade/index.htm

    http://www.de-sade-spektakel.de/start.html

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    Steel of Fury,

    maybe you should have a look at "The Marquis de Sade - A Life". Very amusing from a psychopathological point of view.
    I've come across that book a few times and it looks interesting. There are very few historical personages as interesting as the "Divine Marquis".

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    Histories by Herodotus

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    Ghosts & Soldiers

    about warfare during classical antiquity, but about the thought process along with some tactics..it's pretty cool

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    The Last Oracle by James Rollins

    Got to have my thriller fix.

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    Lucifer's Hammer - Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven
    Caesar's Wommen - Colleen McCullough
    Mars Crossing - Forget Author's Name, but pretty entertaining.

    Re-reading:
    The Illuminatus Trilogy - R.A.W.
    The One that Got Away - Mr. Ryan, the SAS fellow
    The how-to instructions for some bonding agent I'm using to fix some furniture. So far I've succeeded in gluing my automatic drill to my foot, and a magpie to my forehead.

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    "Foundation" by Isaac Asimov.

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    "The Thirty Years war Europe In Fire" By Lars Ericson Wolke,Göran Larsson and Nils Erik Villstrand(All of them swedish historians]
    It's a book about the first European Great War.A war when armies from all the corners of europe met on the battlefield.
    The war affected all parts of europe ,So big armies had never been essembled.
    never before had so many humans died on the battlefields.

    The People behind the war,Emperors and kings,politicians and Generals, are all presented in personal portraits.
    common soldiers and their families faith is also described in the book.
    More then 350 ilustrations and maps showing diffrent aspects of the war that burned Euorope in over 30 years.
    The autors are all Leading historians that have The thirty years war as their main area

    My friendly regards/Carl VD
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    The Idiot by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
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    Loving every word of the Song of Ice & Fire series right now. I just started A Feast For Crows. Fantastic series. Lives up to the hype!

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    I'm now reading "Dracula: Prince of Many Faces" now - it's by Florescu and McNally. It seems like a nice introduction to the life of Vlad the Impaler.
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    It's interesting. Tolkien manages to describe the tragedy of Turin's life in a rather subtle fashion.

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    Some local history about the Spanish frontier missions.

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    Vendetta: High Arts and Low Cunning at the Birth of the Renaissance by Hugo Bicheno. Pretty good so far.
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    I'm currently reading "Age of Napoleon" "Holy War" and "Why I Left Jihad"

    Age of Napoleon is pretty dry, yet interesting, your basic History of Napoleon book.
    Holy War is VERY dry but even more interesting, it's going into the Jewish Wars of Conquest...very VERY interesting.

    Why I Left Jihad is pretty good, not very dry, a personal narrative in the life of an Ex-PLO terrorist.

    I should probably read books 1 at a time...but I'd get bored.
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