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Re: The Last Book You Read

Postby Moon-Crane » Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:02 pm

Forever Jung wrote:
Patrick wrote:Isn't Moonraker a James Bond story?


:twisted: It is.
It's a LOT different from the film.
The only things the book and film have in common is that the good guy is called Bond and the bad guy is called Drax.


Decent one as well. Would have likely made a better film. Of course the Bond producers were, like many others of that period, looking to piggy back on the Star Wars success and just had to have something 'in space'. :D
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Re: The Last Book You Read

Postby Patrick » Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:43 pm

Moon-Crane wrote:
Forever Jung wrote:
Patrick wrote:Isn't Moonraker a James Bond story?


:twisted: It is.
It's a LOT different from the film.
The only things the book and film have in common is that the good guy is called Bond and the bad guy is called Drax.


Decent one as well. Would have likely made a better film. Of course the Bond producers were, like many others of that period, looking to piggy back on the Star Wars success and just had to have something 'in space'. :D

Actually, I've read them all a long time ago and I still have the books somewhere in my shelf-space. In the movie Drax was a French guy if I remember correctly. Drax' rocket in the book was some sort of improved V3 if I am not mistaken, well I guess that had to evolve with the times, the Dr NO looks antiquated enough when we watch it now and yet it was closer to its book than any other film.

One story that I've found a bit iffy is Casino Royale, I mean the idea that you could win in baccarat if you played long enough is idiotic and the way he wins all of the other guy's money (sorry I don't remember his name) because being flat broke and defeated he gets an unexpected Check from a secret admirer is deus ex machina in its tackiest form.
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Re: The Last Book You Read

Postby Hawkspur » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:14 am

Patrick wrote:
Hawkspur wrote:No, not yet....

Unfortunately a lot of people I know would really benefit from reading Bad Science, but they wouldn't do so. I can't help but wonder how they (some with Science degrees) can swallow some of the tripe they gobble.
They'd much rather talk about healing energy than evidence and robust methods.

I can't remember the quote, but there is one about the difference between being open-minded and being gullible.

I wish I could answer intelligently to that but I have no idea of what you call gullible. I've met people who thought it was gullible to believe in fossil evidence... I just hope you're not one of them.


I am referring to people who do believe in anecdotal evidence, and perversely, find the robust peer reviewed evidence implausible.
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Re: The Last Book You Read

Postby Patrick » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:42 pm

Hawkspur wrote:...Yes, Homeopathy and its followers are good examples.

Yes, homeopathy is pure bullshit! They dilute substances beyond the molecule. These people have been obsolete since we learned of the Avogadro number In 1811!!! I mean i can't forgive that kind of imbecility. Anyone worth is salt knows that the molecule is the smallest quantity of a compound that still retains it's chemical properties and yet these charlatans are still selling products that have been allegedly diluted beyond that. That's highway robbery in my book. And all that bullshit about a product still being active after it had completely disappeared is pure voodoo science. If there was any justice these products would be banned from Pharmacies. Unfortunately, there isn't any justice.
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Re: The Last Book You Read

Postby rsjones1 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:04 am

I kinda read Kindle books now, as I tend to find that books take up too much space. Although I would buy the book if it was a good read
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Re: The Last Book You Read

Postby Hawkspur » Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:21 am

"I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced" by Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui
This book prompted me to learn a bit about the Yemen. Rather worrying stats about their water and food shortages. :(
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Re: The Last Book You Read

Postby Forever Jung » Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:59 pm

:twisted: I'm having a read of the 1st of SK's Dark Tower series to see how I get on with it.
I know there are several in the series, and you could beat a fair sized whale to death with a couple of them, and it's not the usual horror tale that I like SK for, so i'm a bit weary of getting into the series.

References to the Dark Tower series are in the booke Hearts In Atlantis and Insomnia, and one of the stories in a collection of short stories is, if I remember rightly, something that was left out of one of the books and printed as a stand alone story.

So far the book has still got me on the fence.
It's a decent enough read, but not really grabbing me. But it's not pushing me away either, so we'll see what happens.
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