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Aug. 26, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Oops, too much with the italics. :D

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Destinee replied...
Aug. 26, 2013 at 7:50 pm

KK: 
 
EWWW Kite Runner.

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KatsKThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I know, right, Dess? I'll stop ranting online because he worked hard to write that book, even though it is his fault that he used stereotypes and didn't bother elevating his writing when he could have....
Seriously, guys, I'm done. And the book I've been reading is Longitudes and Attitudes (subtitle: The World in the Age of Terroris.m). I'd highly recommend it.

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Imaginedangerous replied...
Aug. 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm

^LOL at Izuo! :D
 
 
Des: Yeah, it's pretty good. It's a collection of essays by a writer about writing- not how to do it but what it means to us (writers) and how it fits into our lives.
 
Half.Note- I read The Book of Awesome and loved it. Did you know there's a sequel?

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CollinFThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 26, 2013 at 8:58 pm

What is Kite Runner even about? I remember watching the movie, but all I remember about it was a creepy h.omosexual r.ape scene that made me gag? O.o

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Aug. 27, 2013 at 2:52 pm

KK: 
 
Thanks for the recommendation. XD 
 
Imagine: 
 
Ohh I see. Interesting. 
 
Collin: 
 
It's this really dumb book. Basically this kid sees his servant get r.aped by this half-German s.adist kid, finds out his servant is his half brother, leaves his servant and goes to America, the Taliban takes over, he feels guilty, he comes back, surprise surprise the leader of the Taliban stronghold is the half-german r.apist from his childhood (what the h.ell right??!?), the servant is dead, he saves the servant's kid WHO IS BEING ABUSED BY THE HALF-GERMAN R.APIST (did I mention that this r.apist likes H.itler??) and then some boring stuff happens.
 
The end. 
 
It sucked.

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Aug. 27, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Oh yeah. Spoiler alert.
 
And * :P

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KatsKThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Collin: Like, who uses sodom.y/r.ape as a major plot point? That was basically the novel's inciting incident. If they had just been well-rounded, normal characters and Amir hadn't had his stupid, cowardly guilt, all this wouldn't have happened. *sighs* Yeah, I doubt I'd want to see the movie. The 15 "I remember seeing the snow stained dark with his blood"s was enough for me. I think you'd enjoy the book, Dess. I've only read a few of his essays but they're quite informative.

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half.noteThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Imagine:
 
Hehe. I love it, too. ^u^
 
And yeah, I did know there was a sequel. That's how I heard about it actually. I had a summer job cleaning at my school and when I was cleaning one of the English teacher's rooms I saw it on the shelf and started reading it. I saw the first one in a bookstore a couple weeks later and decided to buy it.
 
Yep. And that's the exciting story about how half.note met The Book of Awesome. :P
 
God bless. ♥

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JubilexThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 28, 2013 at 11:06 pm

I am now also reading Bad Science, by Ben Goldacre.

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Destinee replied...
Aug. 28, 2013 at 11:07 pm

^ Good book. :) But I found I couldn't finish it. The tone... bleh. 

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JubilexThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Aw. The guy writing it is really knowledgeable. He's got a TED talk about the pharmaceutical industry. He was also on an episode of QI. I find that at the start, he writes very much like how he speaks, just a little more elloquent. I don't know what it's like further through the book though.

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Aug. 28, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Well, I got the basic gist of it. I think he had a point to make - there's such a thing as bad science and media/the public will buy into it so don't do it, O Educated Reader - and i got that much. 
 
And haha I remember there were pictues. I like pictures... 
 
Have you read The Panic Virus? It's about the a.utism/vaccine scare. Actually really good. *

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JubilexThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 28, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Yeah, that seems to be where it's going. Did you read a copy with the chapter about the HIV vitamins BS? That had to be removed initially due to lawsuits.
 
Haha, the pictures help.
 
I haven't. I'll add it to my Book Depository wishlist. There's a chapter right at the end of Bad Science about the MMR vaccine scare. It's obviously not going to be as in depth as an entire book though.

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Destinee replied...
Aug. 28, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I don't remember? :/ Sorry. But whoa. Intenseeeeee. 
 
Ya. I was really surprised. My sis buys into the vaccine/autism stuff. *

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JubilexThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 28, 2013 at 11:48 pm

No worries. The guy suing was entirely wrong and the lawsuit got dropped in the end.
 
Oh man. No. It's actually ridiculous. Even if there is a correlation in increased risk, that does not equal cause, and it sure as he.ll does not make it safer to not vaccinate your kids. So even if there is some evidence, which is sketchy at best, that does not support any kind of anti-vaccine claims. I'm sure you know this, but it really gets me riled up.

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JubilexThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 28, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Here's the missing chapter. My copy of the book doesn't have it either. I read this before I even purchased the book. It's the reason I went out and bought it.
 
badscience.n et/2009/04/matthias-rath-steal-this-chapter/

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Destinee replied...
Aug. 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Thanks Jubilex :) I may or may not read it :P but thanks!

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JubilexThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 31, 2013 at 4:15 am

No worries. No pressure to read it, but thought I'd link you to it just in case you are interested :)

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KrianThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Sept. 3, 2013 at 9:18 pm

The Gunslinger by Stephen King. Wonderfully raw and cruel.

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