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Discussion in 'The Vapor Lounge' started by Helios, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. grampa_herb

    grampa_herb http://brave.com

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    Pretty versatile writer.

    In sort of the same vein, I read everything by Edgar Rice Burroughs, who is known mainly for Tarzan, but also wrote several great fantasy series like John Carter of Mars and the Venus and Pellucidar series. In Pellucidar, the earth is hollow with a mini-sun suspended in the middle. Gravity is in the world's crust, so the denizens of Pellucidar walk on the inside of the crust and the horizon stretches upwards for them. Gateways are at the poles and some dinosaurs which passed through still live.

    Edgar's books were always next to William S. Burroughs' books, like Naked Lunch or Junky. Picked one up by mistake as a 14 year old, what a thrill!
     
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  2. Helios

    Helios Well-Known Member

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    For anyone interested in reading great authors writing about Drugs and their experiences on them, I highly suggest this great gem of a coffee table book.


    White Rabbit: A Psychedelic Reader
     
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  3. Dank_Star

    Dank_Star In space no one can hear you purr.

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    @ grampa_herb Venus and Pellucidar sounds like a potentially mind-bending read. Lol I can imagine the thrill of picking up a William S. Burroughs book at that age ! :o

    @ Helios Sounds interesting, if you haven't already done so check out Storming Heaven by Jay Stevens. It's a history of the use of Psychedelics in America - great read.
     
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  4. GetLeft

    GetLeft Well-Known Member

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    With work and kids' school stuff I generally don't have the energy to get into books. Sad I know. But summer offers me a change of pace. As I check out npr daily I see their recommendations and picked up one called Tell the Machine Goodnight, but before I finished it I went for another rec called The Shades. Read that right up and am hesitant to get back into the prior one but will soon. Maybe today since it's rainy and my planned bike ride is washed out. Both titles are kind of dark reads but The Shades hit the spot. It sucked me in and kept me in and then I didn't want to come back out to deal with the real world and that causes me some psychological angst.

    I know there are some folks who deplore reading on digital devices but I prefer it.
     
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  5. grampa_herb

    grampa_herb http://brave.com

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    Love my Kindle, can take a half-dozen book on vacation taking up about the same space as smartphone.

    Once I checked out an E-book from a library to my Kindle. Book had a due date, which passed years ago. I thought the book would automatically be removed from my device but it's still there.
     
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  6. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy FUCK CANCER TOO !

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    I've just started this one

    "All of which suggests that the Buddhist ideal of ego suppression is grounded in neurochemical reality, for the brains of experienced meditators and people undergoing a psychedelic trip display striking commonalities. The more connected we feel to what’s around us, and the less we obsess about ourselves, the happier we are likely to be." -- M. Pollan
     
  7. mccringleberry

    mccringleberry Well-Known Member

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    The Red Queen- Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley
     
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  8. Megaton

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    Also been reading 'Recovery' by Russel Brand. Examins the 12 steps but without the christian overtone i supposes.

    As verbose as you would expect from Brand, but very interesting and wittily engrossing.
     
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  9. Helios

    Helios Well-Known Member

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    Picked up "War Dogs" by Brit Author Adrian Tchaikovsky about Genetically engineered bio-forms, all Rex wants to do is be a good dog.
     
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  10. GetLeft

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    John Langan, The Fisherman. Creepy but nicely unfolded yarn of undead among the living (fishermen) in the Catskills.
     
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  11. macbill

    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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    I picked up 2 autobiographical books: I Scare Myself by Dan Hicks, and Been So Long: My Life and Music by Jorma Kaukonen. These are both great musicians I'd like to get to know. Hicks died a couple of years ago, but Jorma is still kicking. A founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, Jorma plays some great acoustic blues. I've taken a couple classes from him over the years (Fur Peace Ranch). Nicest guy you'd ever want to know, and very very articulate.
     
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  12. GooglyEyes

    GooglyEyes Well-Known Member

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    Artemis, by Andy Weir
     
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  13. Ricardo

    Ricardo Well-Known Member

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    This Night's Foul Work by Fred Vargas - Part of a French series of novels about a (Zen) police detective.
    Also, on audiobook, Stephen Fry reads Sherlock Holmes.
     
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  14. HughJundys

    HughJundys Dixie Rect

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    Stepping Through The Narrow Gate by Barry Vennard

    This book proposes that a new sense of self is emerging in human beings. That a transformational change in human consciousness is a natural continuum of five billion years of the evolution of life on earth. Presented in the 12 step format usually associated with recovery programs.
     
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  15. Diggy Smalls

    Diggy Smalls Notorious

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    I'm reading only school books right now. Stuff about babies, and right now the industrial revolution.
     
  16. proceeds_the_weedian

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    Lucky find! I'm a Sanderson fanatic! Check out his Mistborn series,although not as epic as Stormlight it's pretty good.
    As for what I'm reading: right now I'm slogging through Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson. Don't get me wrong,its a great book. Erikson is a master worldbuilder and his characters are great. It's just a heavy read. You find yourself thrown into a sprawling fantasy world in the middle of a war with minimal exposition or hand-holding. The characters have histories and motivations that started way before the point where the reader gets in. It's like GoT,if it was written by Tarantino. I see it as weightlifting for my brain.

    I'm also going through Guns,Germs & Steel at a leisurely pace. Lot of info to digest,but an absolute classic work of non-fiction.
     
  17. Helios

    Helios Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to FC @proceeds_the_weedian, good fun and learning on here. Regarding the books, lucky aint the word, My local library has a used bookstore behind it, (almost always find what im looking for and then some) I found Way of Kings, Words of Radiance and "Red Rising" by Pierce Brown for $4 hardcover! haha. Turned on my Girlfriend to B.S, she ripped into mistborn, then onto the SA, I tried liking Mistborn but jumped right into WOK's, Just read Warbreaker a few months ago, great book. Sanderson has a new story arc coming in the fall, "Skyward" its another YA series I think.
    Never read anything by Erikson, looks interesting.
     
  18. jeffp

    jeffp psychonaut

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  19. Maine420

    Maine420 GROOVY GRANNY

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    I’m getting into Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. I am in the middle of “The Mysterious Affair at Styles”, it’s a great who-dun-it! I plan on downloading more on my Kindle. I just love her style.
     
  20. Diggy Smalls

    Diggy Smalls Notorious

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    Yeah the Mistborn series is good. I have read the first of the storm something several years back, and I remember really liking it a lot. Giant crustaceans and magical storms.
     
  21. Trypsy Summers

    Trypsy Summers Well-Known Member

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    Just reading my Beekeeping Book, and also the Allotment No Dig Book, However, for serious reading, I am currently reading the time loop chronicles and the divine secret garden series :hmm:

     
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  22. Nina

    Nina Well-Known Member

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    I'm reading time Loops by Eric Wargo, have followed his blog for a few years now
     
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  23. Wildeyedzan

    Wildeyedzan Well-Known Member

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    Ascension by baroody jr. And his last words -jiddu krishnamurti
     
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  24. Trypsy Summers

    Trypsy Summers Well-Known Member

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    John Panella aka John the Gnostic is the author of the books I'm reading
     
  25. Nina

    Nina Well-Known Member

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    coincidentally similar titles but different books;)
    Eric Wargo is non-fiction
     

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