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Read any good books lately?

Karen G.
skgainey
Sulphur, OK
Post #: 41
Sparrowhawk, Books 1 - 6, by Edward Cline. I will be ordering the set in HB for my collection. Excellent historical novel series about the American Revolution, focusing from 1763 to 1776.

Sword of Truth, 11 book series by Terry Goodkind. Fantasy novels that I found hard to put down. We own two full sets (how else can we both read them at the same time??), and I have read the entire series twice.

Noble Vision, by Gen LaGreca.

I have decided I really like reading books written by Objectivists! I am weeding down my library - strange how books that I once thought were good reading have paled in comparison. Know of any others I might want to peruse??
Sherry
SherryTX
Plano, TX
Post #: 722
Travis and the boy are reading Terry Goodkind. They seem to enjoy his works (a lot of Objectivists seem to I see from various boards.)

I just finished "God is not Great" that was very good, and no, he isn't an Objectivist, but he isn't as leftist as I feared he would be. (I enjoy the articles he writes for Slate.com as well.)

Linda Elerbe wrote a great book called "Take a Big Bite" it is about travel and food. Two things I love. Just finished that a few months ago.

I am currently reading "Tales from the South Pacific" by James Mitchner. This is the book of short stories that inspired the South Pacific musical. I haven't read his stuff before, but will be reading more when I am through with this one. He is a great story teller!

Sue Grafton is a fun read - just finished her new novel "T is for Trespass" a few months ago. Not as good as some of her others, but worth reading.

I am still working on one of Tara Smith's books, and need to get into Capitalistic Manifesto by Andrew Bernstein before he comes out. But I need to have my brain fully engaged for these types of works, and my saturation level is pretty low lately. Tara Smith is a very fine writer - although I do have a dictionary on hand when I read her stuff, I find she is not that hard to understand.
A former member
Post #: 210
Cline is great stuff.

Goodkind...so so. Although I do have some of the AP Cover Art signed by the artist for some of the books.

Currently reading "Troy and Homer".

The Gen LaGrecia book is...ok. Novels by Objectivists SOUND like novels by Objectivists. While I enjoy the theme, and often the plot, the language is...well....boring! It's as if they read Atlas Shrugged then stopped...I mean stopped reading...anything. Check out any of the very few there are and they all use the same catch words. They read like a stereo installation manual.

But then again, I'm bitter! :) I learned my lesson about EVER submitting literary material to an Objectivist for an opinion.
Sherry
SherryTX
Plano, TX
Post #: 725
It would be fun, I think, to make a list of different Objectivist authors that write fiction, and then compare them all. But, all the ones I have heard of appear to be scifi/fantasy.

Are there any that write mysteries, or military thrillers, or just good old fashion pulp fiction or dare I say mainstream fiction?

I am not interested really in reading an author trying to sound like he/she is Ayn Rand. But I would love to read one that is not in the scifi/fantasy arena. I have enough good authors to choose from there.

Anyone read Andrew Bernstein's book about the basketball player?

Jeff - I am curious, where you just looking for a straight up literary opinion, or were you looking for an opinion on whether what you wrote was "Objectivist friendly"? The two are separate I think. I think you can have really well written literature that is so far off from the philosophy - and vice versa.
Chris J.
gearjammer351
Dallas, TX
Post #: 111
I am a lit major, so....no. tongue
Chris J.
gearjammer351
Dallas, TX
Post #: 112
I almost forgot. I am taking a history class as an elective, and for it we read John Locke's Second Treatise on Government. I had read it before, but technically have read it lately. I consider it a good book; Locke is my favorite Enlightenment era thinker. A lot of his ideas made it into the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence. I wish they hadn't altered one of his most famous, which declares that government should exist primarily to protect the life, liberty, and property of its citizens. Pursuit of happiness eh?tongue What good is it to pursue happiness if they can just take it away from you when you catch it?
Sherry
SherryTX
Plano, TX
Post #: 747
I am almost finished Tara Smith's "Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics". I cannot rave about it enough. It is a great complement to OPAR I think.

I finally started reading "Capitalist Manifesto" a few days before Andrew Berstein was here. It has a nice summation of history in it - not too indepth, of course, but a great overview covering some things on the industrial revolution (never really thought about the big part the Scotts played).

Oh, and my two little brothers just published their first pieces in an independent comic book. Not er, too Objectivist Friendly, hahah, but for what it was, it was okay. I was just excited to see them finally get published.
Sherry
SherryTX
Plano, TX
Post #: 750
Just a little update (as I know you are ALL just DYING for my update tongue):
I finished Tara Smith's "Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics" last night. (Yes - slow reader here!)
Anyhoo - wonderful book. I think anyone looking to really probe and understand the ethics of an egoist under Objectivism would benefit greatly from this book. In fact, it really helped clarify a few things for me that either wasn't able to absorb well from Rand's essays (or OPAR), or I well - just didn't get.

One thing I really appreciated about this book is that Tara Smith makes sure she just doesn't cite Ayn Rand, or Objectivist's works. She often will bring up other points of views about a virtue, etc. I think it is important, because she shuts down many arguments that I think many would come up with saying, for example, that pride could not be a virtue - or trying to argue that kindness or charity is a virtue.

I haven't read her Viable Values book yet, but will be looking for it soon. The author is like Andrew Bernstein, in my opinion - they both really have talent for breaking down and discussing ideas/concepts that can be sometimes complicated without getting too academic, or writing like they are talking down to the reader.

Both books are a must have for any Objectivist section on in your personal library. On a personal note - I often thought of many of my friends at NTOS - especially when reading the appendix that specifically discusses egoistic friendship.
Karen G.
skgainey
Sulphur, OK
Post #: 45
I just received Tara Smith's Viable Values - now I am excited to get started reading. I have been rereading The Voice of Reason - Essays in Objectivist Thought by Ayn Rand. I love this book - it helps me to focus more critically. Especially now that people are being bombarded with (and verbally vomiting) socialist propaganda, I need that extra mental discipline. I have not tackled OPAR - I have it but it seems dry and I haven't made myself sit down and just read it.
Sherry
SherryTX
Plano, TX
Post #: 751
The Voice of Reason is a fav of mine.
Just finished The Devil Wears Prada last night - I needed some good light fiction. Entertaining.
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