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Old 12-02-2012, 06:19 PM   #1971
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I love nearly all of Slade's books. It sucks that apparently no American publishers will distribute them any more.
Has there been any new Slade books out in the last couple years?
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:05 PM   #1972
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Bought Eye Witness To The Civil War The Complete History From Secession To Reconstruction by Neil Kagan and Stephen G. Hyslop.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:26 PM   #1973
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found this today at a resale shop:
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:48 PM   #1974
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:43 AM   #1975
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The Twelve by Justin Cronin, but heaven knows when I'll get a chance to finally start it!
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:09 PM   #1976
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The Twelve by Justin Cronin, but heaven knows when I'll get a chance to finally start it!
Did you read the passage ?
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:50 PM   #1977
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The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker.

Pinker is one of those think tank types who has made a living writing watered down scholarship for the mass market. He's a pretty good writer, though his style is so breezey at times that it seems as if he's purposely dumbing down his material to reach the lowest common denominator in terms of his readership. He can be rather smug, and his attempts to balance his ivory tower smarts by citing pop culture examples comes off at times as both smarmy and hopelessly nerdy. His tendency toward condecension aside, Pinker is an engaging writer who delights in his subject matter.

In this book, he argues that despite more than one hundred years of cataclysmic wars and the perfection of lethal technology, the world is a less violent place then at any time in history. He attributes this to the rise of a humanistic philosophy as a by-product of The Enlightment and the general civilizing force of society as it progresses through history. He has plenty of charts and graphs and endless amounts of data to prove his point; problem is, I just don't buy his premise. And based on what happened in Conneticut today, I'm even less inclined to believe him. Still, it's an entertaining read, possibly because Pinker takes such delights in enumerating the many ways man has perpetrated violence on his fellow man from biblical times to the present even while insisting that we are becoming more empathic, commisserat, and less savage in general. Consequently, the book come off like a grand guignol shot through with just enough moral pronouncements to make it appear righteous. Weird.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:11 PM   #1978
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Has there been any new Slade books out in the last couple years?
Slade's last 3 were Kamikaze, Crucifed and Red Snow. He/they got on a WWII kick for some reason. Not sure how long ago they were all published, but if you have an e-reader, their website had great news:

http://www.specialx.net/specialxdotnet/novels.html

And now that I have a Kindle Fire, I've been taking advantage of Amazon free stuff (or at least moderately priced). Downloaded a shit-ton of Phillip K. Dick stories, some free horror short story collections and a couple Stephen King/Joe Hill collaborations.
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And now that I have a Kindle Fire, I've been taking advantage of Amazon free stuff (or at least moderately priced). Downloaded a shit-ton of Phillip K. Dick stories, some free horror short story collections and a couple Stephen King/Joe Hill collaborations.
You really cannot go wrong with Phillip K Dick
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:29 PM   #1980
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Mangled Meat by Edward Lee......getting some hardcore gore, nice!
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