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Weird, but cool

I got a BORDERS gift card from my daughter for my birthday earlier this week.  Today on my lunch break I decided to go use it up.

I didn't have any particular book in mind (usually I buy things on a whim from Amazon so my "to buy" list is short or nonexistent).  Normally before buying a book, though, I'll read some reviews unless I have a strong recommendation from a trusted friend/coworker/family member.

Today, though, I happened to spot a hardbound book called "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss which drew my eye.  I didn't know anything at all about this book whatsoever.  The cover art was cool (no indication I know) and the synopsis was written well, so I read a few lines from the middle of the book.  I was impressed with the clean writing, so I checked it out.

Just now I was checking out Amazon just to see what the buzz about this book is.  Nearly all of the 70-something reviews are 5 stars.  People fall all over themselves trying to word how great a book this is.

I just think it's neat that I bought it on a total whim and apparently it's a staggering work of genius.  Of course, I have to reserve judgment until I actually read it.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
July 19th, 2007 1:21pm
Yeah happens alot with books, music and art its funny that way
Permalink what are you reading for? 
July 19th, 2007 1:35pm
A 40-something Polish woman was reading this on the train today:

http://www.amazon.com/Study-Numbers-Constant-Creation-Universe/dp/0892811129/ref=sr_1_2/103-5529120-9947029?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1184866491&sr=1-2

I wanted to talk to her about it.  I was too shy.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 19th, 2007 1:37pm
Funny how sometimes the marketing of a book and the content go well together.

I wish more books had pretty covers.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 19th, 2007 1:37pm
You should talk on the train, make conversation :)

Myself and some friends are determined not to go silent on teh tube so just talk to randoms, shake things up!
Permalink what are you reading for? 
July 19th, 2007 1:39pm
How did you know she was Polish? Maybe she was Silesian.
Permalink heartsheep 
July 19th, 2007 1:56pm
I dunno, on the bus in Lansing, talking to the other passengers at certain times of the day wasn't recommended.  A lot of them were having conversations with people who weren't on the bus, and this was in the days when cell phones were gigantic things that came in cars or bags.

Gee, remember the good old days when if you saw somebody walking down the street having a heated conversation with nobody else around you knew they were schizophrenic?  It's not so easy to tell now.
Permalink Send private email Clay Dowling 
July 19th, 2007 2:08pm
"Without direct awareness of Space and Time, human beings lack two “senses” necessary for the knowledge of all causes. Starting from the irreducible one, Schwaller deals with the unfolding of creation through the cycles of polarization, ideation, and formation. This is a masterly account of the living, universal, qualitative, and causal reality of numbers."

Wow. I don't even know what that means.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 19th, 2007 2:12pm
It means numbers are not transcendental. Except for pi and friends.
Permalink heartsheep 
July 19th, 2007 2:16pm
Well, of course Pi has friends.  Everybody likes Pi.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 19th, 2007 2:20pm
"Wow. I don't even know what that means."

Yes indeed, it doesn't mean anything.

One of the clearest indications of fakers is that they use lots of obscure words as camouflage to hide the fact they talking complete nonsense. The book is rubbish and only fools would spend time trying to read it.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
July 19th, 2007 2:26pm
She looked like she was stuck on page 10 or something.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 19th, 2007 3:03pm
There is no spoon. But are there any numbers?

http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=246995&cid=19788399
Permalink Rick Zeng 
July 19th, 2007 3:19pm
>One of the clearest indications of fakers is that they use >lots of obscure words as camouflage to hide the fact they >talking complete nonsense.

You call THIS nonsense !?

>Frater Lubicz (...) continues his very unique style of >linking everything to early Egyptian Metaphysics (...). This >time the subject matter is numbers and the entire book is >based on the singular, novel, and facinating idea that >manifestation in reality begins not with the "ONE", but with >the "TRIUNE". Such a revelation should immediately appeal to >Masonic and Rosicrucian students WHO KNOW THE LAW OF THE >TRIANGLE from their respective studies and reveals the >esoteric nature of Christendom.

.... one, two, triune, four, five ....
Permalink Send private email a2800276 
July 19th, 2007 7:06pm
Tim, are you being sarcastic?
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 19th, 2007 10:49pm

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