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Philosophers Without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life by Louise Antony
Philosophers Without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life

demelzack, May 31, 2013

I've always been somewhat passive about being an atheist. Sometimes (when the weather is just right) I even feel like I'm missing something because I'm not a god-believer.

I picked up this book on a whim and for the first time, I feel proud of my lack of beliefs. Not arrogantly, mind you, but there was one essay especially that resonated with me about the gratitude I feel for human achievements in medicine, science, and technology. Thanking God for that is dismissive of the human beings that made the achievements.

I found this particular collection of writing very accessible, entertaining, anecdotal, and many experiences written about resonated with me personally.
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The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America

demelzack, November 15, 2010

Bill Bryson is hilarious. My appreciation of another of his books, Made in America, made me buy The Lost Continent. After reading this book I gave it to my mother-in-law who suggested it for her book club. Then I bought it again. It was just as funny the second time.

Everyone in America should recognize at least a few of the small towns Mr. Bryson passes through in his travels. His cutting wit contrasted by his easy familiarity makes the reader feel like almost like a confidant.
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Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby? by Allyson Beatrice
Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby?

demelzack, September 27, 2009

You should seriously consider reading this book. I keep picking it up even though it doesn't have much of a point. It's totally the kind of thing I would write... if I had wit. It's about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, online communities, and fandom. But she (the author) has a lot to say about other things like politics, how to raise kids, how to respond to forum trolls, etc. And it's all pretty funny.

A few of the jokes are over the top. There was one about kicking a puppy on life support in Florida and I think saying "in Florida" ruined the funniness...

But it's still very good and I really think you might like it. Especially since I'm even an outsider, what with only ever having developed an appreciation for Buffy that makes me think of a half-finished sandwich (for no other reason than I tried it and didn't really appreciate it to its fullest - but it WAS there!).

Anyway, chances are good that you, what with your capacity to have an appreciation for the show that was once Buffy the Vampire Slayer, might find the book even more humorous than I do. Then again, you might not and I won't think any worse of you for it.
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A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4) by George R. R. Martin
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4)

demelzack, August 8, 2009

NO! The series can't be unfinished! It's a perfect fantasy series. Terry Goodkind is great but in some ways hit or miss. In this series George R.R. Martin gets hit after hit.

George, please write fast and furiously for that final book in the series. I need to know what happens with Tyrion.
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Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders (P.S.) by Neil Gaiman
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders (P.S.)

demelzack, March 30, 2009

I liked this book better than Smoke and Mirrors because I don’t dig poetry and songs so much but I love Neil Gaiman’s writing. My favorite story in here is “October” where Mr. Gaiman anthropomorphizes the months of the year and they tell their stories. Genius!
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