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  • List of books that you will NOT recommend to read;

    Yep, the books that you are not going to read! Or what are the worst books around that does not deserve to be read ever?

    Here a few books from my private list that I will never bother to read;

    Richard Dawkins; the God Delusion
    Douglas N. Graham; 80/10/10
    Thomas Aquinas;Summa Theologica
    Mark Rippetoe; Starting Strength
    Yahweh (Jewish moon god): Old Testament of The Bible
    Robert Lustig; Fat chance and collected works
    Jim Wendler; 5/3/1, or beyond
    Adolf Hitler; Mein Kampf

    So what are the books that you are never going to read, no matter how they are threatening you?
    "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

    - Schopenhauer

  • #2
    50 Shades of Grey.
    Depression Lies

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    • #3
      Gorbag's memoirs
      The Champagne of Beards

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      • #4
        Gorbag, I'm just curious. If you will never bother to read these books, how can you outright dismiss ALL of them?

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        • #5
          It's harder to make straw man arguments when you actually understand what argument is being made.
          The Champagne of Beards

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          • #6
            Most of the stuff on my list I just consider to be a waste of time. I spend a lot of time reading things that I disagree with, probably more than stuff I think might have it down a little more. I will never understand the "ostrich mindset", where people refuse to read something because they dislike the source.....I feel like if there is something that I believe in or support, and it can be threatened by another human's words on a page, then I was ignorant in that belief or set of ideas to begin with.

            -- Harry Potter books. Read one. It ain't literary genius folks; It's a cute kids story. Read some TC Boyle like an adult.
            -- Mainstream Christian pulp fiction: I.E. The Shack, Heaven is for Real, or other assorted brain droppings. If I need a story about God appearing to someone in the woods, I would join a cult or something. Same here as with above; there are more stimulating things in this genre. TS Eliot anyone?
            -- Wheat belly, Engine 2 diet, Grain brain, etc. I don't have much use for these fad books either. I read Lustig's book and was highly unimpressed as well. I expected it to be more, well, sounding like it was written by a f-ing medical doctor. A first year nutrition student could've written that tripe.
            -- Hemingway.....sorry. Raed 3 of his books, and I still don't see what the acclaim is about. Done with them. Boring, melancholy, 1-dimensional characters, just bland for me.
            -- About 95% of political books, from any mainstream author, right or left. Hannity, O'Reilly, Schultz, or anyone else that makes a living talking about politics on TV....TV is owned by corporations, so the opinions of these puppets are almost always completely contrived, small-minded, and partisan. Reading a mainstream political book is a little bit like only reading nutrition books written by the American Restaurant Lobby. You will only be getting a slightly different spin on the same set of failed assumptions and disproved ideas....yet for some reason, most people are blind to it. When I get into any serious discussion, one of my main lookouts is when I say to myself "This person gets their ideas off the TV => They are BS."
            Last edited by TheyCallMeLazarus; 05-09-2014, 01:21 PM.
            "The soul that does not attempt flight; does not notice its chains."

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            • #7
              I buy a lot of fashion magazines but I never read them... especially their "dating advice" section. I only tear out the beauty and fashion editorials I like for visual inspiration.

              NEVER take advice from the Cosmopolitan magazine. NEVER.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by TQP View Post

                NEVER take advice from the Cosmopolitan magazine. NEVER.
                Dang, really?
                M2M

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Graycat View Post
                  Gorbag, I'm just curious. If you will never bother to read these books, how can you outright dismiss ALL of them?
                  All of them? Those books are just a few from an almost endless list! Life is too short and a rigid selection is the order of the day from now - since I already have read too many bad books until now!

                  Let’s take serious some of the stuff that the wise guy says here:

                  Walden - Chapter 3
                  "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                  - Schopenhauer

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                    It's harder to make straw man arguments when you actually understand what argument is being made.
                    The biggest anti-Starting Strength guy on this forum... Never even read Starting Strength.

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                    • #11
                      No need for that quikky, I have read his articles and also far too much from his disciples in this forum and that’s more than enough to upset my digestion…
                      "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                      - Schopenhauer

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                      • #12
                        An ex-hippie English teacher made us read Nickle and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich in high school (and made us write a bunch of essays about it). I probably dislike it more than any other book I've ever read.

                        Basically, a socialist writer goes "undercover" as someone in poverty and tries to survive doing various low wage jobs. The problem is that she's unbelievably incompetent. She smokes pot a few days before a drug test, tries to live off expensive fast food, chooses to live without roommates, and quits each job at the first excuse she can find. She uses her experiences to "prove" that poor people can't make it without a strong welfare system.

                        I've thankfully never encountered someone in real life as pathetic as her.

                        Originally posted by TheyCallMeLazarus View Post
                        -- Hemingway.....sorry. Raed 3 of his books, and I still don't see what the acclaim is about. Done with them. Boring, melancholy, 1-dimensional characters, just bland for me.
                        I enjoyed For Whom the Bell Tolls, but I would agree with your description for The Old Man and the Sea (damn that was boring) and most of his short stories.
                        Last edited by Jefferson1775; 05-09-2014, 02:16 PM.
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                        • #13
                          I would also agree that Nickel and Dimed is a disgrace....her and all of her other books (I read everything, even stupid trash) are pretty much everything that gives anyone of her political persuasion a bad name. Her angle is always the classic "bleeding heart liberal", whereupon everything is an emotional story meant to create sympathy, regardless of facts....the right has a similar line of BS in its "patriot" talk. In both cases, it is a set of political ideas which should normally be governed by facts, that is instead an emotional play to our base instincts. (Empathy for the left, ingroup vs outgroup for the right)

                          The worst two political books I have ever read are "The Center Will Hold" (Obama is a hero) and "Ameritopia"(Obama is Satan). They both espouse totally opposite ideas, but really both employ the same strategy....a complete revision of history in order to buttress a preordained set of outcomes; in other words, 300+ pages of idiotic confirmation bias.

                          List of books that are supposed to be good, but are actually terrible:
                          -- The Firm by Grisham (decent, but a LONG way from his best)
                          -- Atlas Shrugged (one-dimensional, predictable characters mixed with 600 pages of juvenile ex-Communist angst)
                          -- One Flew Over the Coo-coo's Nest (must actually be insane to enjoy this)
                          -- A Clockwork Orange (creepy movie, terrible book)
                          -- Slumdog Millionaire (100 pages of good story. 400 pages of political stupidity)

                          Really good books that no one seems to know about:
                          -- Drop City by TC Boyle (true story about a bunch of hippies that move to interior Alaska. Doesn't go well.)
                          -- The Frog King by Adam Davies (a modern guy-oriented relationship story)
                          -- Threshold by Thom Hartmann (Brilliant, long-viewed, concise)
                          -- The Complete Writings of Thomas Jefferson (very accessible to read, from a constantly misunderstood, complex man)

                          What is another person's list?
                          "The soul that does not attempt flight; does not notice its chains."

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                          • #14
                            I don't like Murakami.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                              50 Shades of Grey.
                              not even for the tampon scene?
                              beautiful
                              yeah you are

                              Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
                              lol

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