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You thought you could run, you thought you could hide, but there's no escaping the 'Bump while Reading' threads

I just picked up Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance yesterday and I already recommend it. The writing is complex yet easy to consume and has a very homely feel to it.


It isn't about motorcycle maintenance or Zen at all, fyi.


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I just got Heinleins "Starship Troopers" from a friend after we discussed the movie adaption by Paul Verhoeven. It's been like 40 pages and the original story is already a completely different thing.


Starship Troopers is pretty great, both versions. I actually think the movie is pretty good. The book would have been impossible to adapt literally, so I think it was a better idea to go for an adaptation of theme. They both have a similar message, just one (the movie) is satire, and one is a more serious work.


Starship Troopers is an awesome book. Just make sure you don't join the military right after reading it. Heinlin is a very good recruiter.

I think they could have adapted the book, but it would've had to be 3 movies, instead of just one, and it would have cost a hell of a lot to make. Plus, the first movie would have been just training, and the third movie would have been a lot of training. Also, Rico would have been Filipino, so nobody would watch it. except for me


I didn't like that book too much. It's well written and all but
those rants about 'quality'? It's just too artificial, like, wow, quality is absolutely everything, it's what makes the world go round. Nope.


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Children of Dune. Would definitely recommend this along with the entire series.


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Demian by Hermann Hesse. I love the work of this author.

The story is about the childhood and youth of a boy, who was raised safely by his missionary parents and discovers the tricky, chaotic and horrible, yet fascinating and intriguing world outside of the nest under guidance of his mysterious and other-worldly friend Demian.

Mind-forging literature!


I'd recommend Dune to anyone too, it's just fucking awesome.


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did you notice the way he paralleled the concept of quality with quantity and the way they juxtaposed? I found that very interesting, applicable to everyday life; where consumer based companies will pump out huge quantities of a product, forgoing quality for mass units. Much like an artist who creates one work in their life ~ less is more. It has helped me prioritise in a lot of ways, why buy 100 pairs of shoes when you could get one quality pair that last?
H.H is great! Journey to the East was so good, also <<

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