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The Books Thread

Postby Ian » Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:30 am

Well, why not?

Finished Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets today. Very enjoyable. Have ordered Azkaban off ebay now. :D
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Rebecka Fan » Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:57 am

Just finished reading The Help. Loved it! Every bit as good the movie and neither strayed from the other storywise.
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Ian » Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:51 am

Started on Ghost Hunting, the true story of the biggest ever sceitnific study of the paranormal, in Victorian times. Very interesting so far.
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Kso » Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:32 pm

I read only internet :T
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby fish » Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:43 am

I can't read. :oops:
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Ian » Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:43 am

:lol: at both of you.

Hey, I'm only recently re-motivated, now reading net fan fiction for the first time ever and books for the first time in years. It's all the fault of a) that FA fanfic and b) The Lovegood Charm. They're what started me off again. :wink:
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Ian » Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:53 am

Ghost Hunters is proving an oddly gripping read for what is essentially a history book!
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Ian » Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:43 am

The Singularity Is Near. Science book about the technological revolution we can expect by the middle of this century. Fully immersive VR in our heads by the 2020s?


Do we really have to wait that long?! :T :P
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby fish » Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:10 am

On behalf of all the other Luddites please allow me to express my enthusiasm about the oh so rapid advance of such technology. Image

Sounds like a fun book though. :roll: :T :lol:
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Ian » Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:40 am

Oh fish, really, I'm sure even you can get excited about the possibilities inherent in virtual reality if you just... THINK ABOUT IT for a minute. :)P :W :wink:
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby fish » Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:50 am

Thinking has never been my strong point, but OK, I'll try......
........................ Oh. :shock:
I get what you're talking about. *:)* :)P :roll: :lol:
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Ian » Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:30 am

I knew you'd get it in the end. So to speak. :shock:

Now reading The Intention Experiment. Does thought actually affect reality at a subatomic level?

Weird.
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Ian » Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:35 am

Finished Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. :D
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Ian » Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:12 am

I was on the fanfiction site today and read this guy's theory, which was quitew eerie given I've just this week finished a re-read of Prisoner of Azkaban. Even before I read the page, there's this "Love Potion" line in it from Mrs Weasley that really jumped out at me too, telling Ginny (and Hermione) about this love potion she made as a girl. Given how immoral and even dangerous we're later told love potions are, it seems a very irresponsible thing for a middle aged mother to be gossiping with two young girls (one of whom is her daughter). This guy has a theory (which is creepily backed up by the evidence in the book) that someone had dosed both Harry and Hermione in the 6th book to go for Ginny and Ron respectively (an awful lot of people, myself included, find both relationships painfully unconvincing and even downright weird). He notes Ginny as the obvious suspect (given she's been obsessed with Harry since she was like 9 (!), yet he never looks at her twice beforehand and then it just seems to happen out of nowehre)

The theory is creepily convincing, espcially as he notes, when Rowling does have a habit of putting in seemingly throwaway lines in the earlier books that later turn out to have major significance. Though I'd say Ginny is not the only suspect. Mrs Weasley always made it only too clear how much she wanted Harry and Hermione in the family, and regarded them as such. Then there's Ron. I certainly wouldn't put it past him to be stupid enough to use one on Hermione and while using one to make Harry lust for his little sister seems a tad unlikely, on the other hand... we KNOW how insecure and jealous he is of Harry and Hermione's relationship, and given he knows how Ginny feels, if he wanted to shove Harry toward someone else...

Just sayin'. He's pretty much convinced me though, esp with all the other irrational behavior exhibited by Harry and Hermione in HBP (attacking Ron with birds??!!? Does that sound like Hermione, or someone under the influence of an obsessive love spell?).(Though almost all of this was cut out in the film).

Either that, or Rowling had just completely lost the plot by then. :P
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby fish » Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:46 am

Yes.









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