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Great topic, bad books being read :no:

Stephen King- Insomnia

Insomnia is one of his worst novels, makes the reader have insomnia. Try his other books, like 'Salem's lot for example. There are so many for you to choose from. Stephen is the King of Horror.

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^Oh no there's much more to it than that lol. I'm around pg 150.

This is the 2nd King novel I read. First was blackhouse. There are too many to pick from it gets confusing.

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lol you haven't even read the best works of him. Try reading them one by one. There are SO MANY GREAT novels by him, and some of them are even emotional.

Complete list of works in chronological order

Title Year Genre Length Notes

The Aftermath 1963 200pp unpublished

The 50,000 word manuscript describes life after a nuclear war. Written at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Carrie 1974 Horror 199pp

The book uses fictional documents, such as book excerpts, news reports, and hearing transcripts, to frame the story of Carietta "Carrie" White, a teenage girl from Chamberlain, Maine. Carrie's mother, Margaret, a fanatical Christian fundamentalist, has a vindictive and unstable personality, and over the years has ruled Carrie with a proverbial rod of iron.

'Salem's Lot 1975 Horror 439pp +

Ben Mears, a successful writer who grew up in the (fictional) town of Jerusalem’s Lot, Cumberland County, Maine (or “The Lot”, as the locals call it), has returned home following the death of his wife. Once in town he meets local high school teacher Matt Burke and strikes up a romantic relationship with Susan Norton, a young college graduate.

Rage 1977 Horror As Richard Bachman

The narrator, Charlie Decker, a high school senior, details how he had long been fighting his growing rage against the authority figures which populate his world. He finally snapped and hit one of his teachers with a heavy wrench he had taken to carrying in his pocket; after much wrangling and discussion, the incident was dropped and he was allowed to return to school.

The Shining 1977 Horror 447pp

Jack Torrance is a temperamental writer who is trying to rebuild his life (and his family's) after his alcoholism and volatile temper cause him to lose his teaching position at a prestigious New England preparatory school. Having given up drinking, he accepts a job as a winter caretaker at a large, isolated Colorado resort hotel with a gory history.

Night Shift 1978 Horror 368pp Short stories

"Jerusalem's Lot", "Graveyard Shift", "Night Surf", "I Am the Doorway", "The Mangler", "The Boogeyman", "Gray Matter", "Battleground", "Trucks", "Sometimes They Come Back", "Strawberry Spring", "The Ledge", "The Lawnmower Man", "Quitters, Inc.", "I Know What You Need", "Children of the Corn", "The Last Rung on the Ladder", "The Man Who Loved Flowers", "One for the Road", "The Woman in the Room"

The Stand 1978 Horror 823pp original, edited version

A post-apocalyptic science fiction / horror / adventure novel. It re-works the scenario in King’s earlier short story, "Night Surf". It is widely hailed by critics and fans as one of his best novels.

The Dead Zone 1979 Horror 402pp

Johnny Smith, who is injured in an accident and enters a coma for nearly five years. When he emerges, he can see horrifying secrets, but he cannot identify all the details because of an area of his brain being dead.

The Long Walk 1979 Horror 384pp As Richard Bachman

One hundred teenage boys (picked at random from a large pool of applicants) are chosen to participate in an annual walking contest called "The Long Walk". Each walker must maintain a constant speed of no less than four miles an hour or risk being shot by soldiers monitoring the event.

Firestarter 1980 Horror 416pp

The title character of Firestarter is Charlene "Charlie" McGee, a young girl with pyrokinesis — the ability to create fire with the power of her mind, along with other psychic powers. Charlie is a mutant; she was born with her pyrokinetic talent due to her parents' involvement in an experimental drug trial in college.

Cujo 1981 Horror 320pp

The book tells the story of the middle-class Trenton family and rural Camber clan in Castle Rock, Maine. Marital and financial difficulties of the mundane sort plague disgraced advertising man Vic Trenton and his adulterous wife Donna. Their domestic problems are dwarfed by the mortal danger when Donna and her four-year-old son Tad are terrorized by a rabid St. Bernard named Cujo.

Roadwork 1981 Horror As Richard Bachman

The story takes place in an unnamed city in the 1970s. Barton George Dawes, grieving over the death of his son and the disintegration of his marriage, is driven off the deep end when he finds that both his home and his business are going to be condemned and demolished to make way for the construction of a new interstate highway.

Danse Macabre 1981 Horror 400pp nonfiction

Danse Macabre examines the various influences on King's own writing, and important genre texts of the 20th century. Focusing on horror and suspense films, comic books, old time radio, television and fiction from a fan's perspective, King peppers his book with informal academic insight, discussing archetypes, important authors, common narrative devices, "the psychology of terror", and his key theory of "Dionysian horror."

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger 1982 Horror, fantasy, western, science-fiction 224pp +

The story centers upon "the gunslinger", who has been chasing after his adversary, "the man in black", for many years. Chronicled is the gunslinger's quest through a large desert, and then a mountain, in search of the man.

Different Seasons 1982 Horror Short stories

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: Hope Springs Eternal, Apt Pupil: Summer of Corruption, The Body: Fall From Innocence, The Breathing Method: A Winter's Tale

The Running Man 1982 Horror, science-fiction 214pp As Richard Bachman

Ben Richards needs money to get medicine for his gravely ill daughter Cathy. Not wanting his wife Sheila to continue prostitution to pay the bills, Richards turns to the Games Federation. After rigorous testing, both physical and mental, Richards is selected for the most popular game, The Running Man.

Creepshow 1982 Horror illustrated by Bernie Wrightson

A comic book adaptation of the classic anthology horror movie.

Christine 1983 Horror 503pp

The story revolves around teenage nerd Arnie Cunningham and his 1958 red and white Plymouth Fury, dubbed "Christine" by the previous owner. The story is set in Libertyville (supposedly a suburb of Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania between the summer of 1978 and the spring of 1979.

Pet Sematary 1983 Horror 416pp

Louis Creed, a doctor from Chicago, moves to a large house near the small town of Ludlow with his wife Rachel and their two young children. From the moment they arrive the family runs into trouble but fortunately their new neighbor, Jud Crandall, is there to help. He warns them about the highway that runs past their house; it is constantly used by big trucks.

Cycle of the Werewolf 1983 Horror 127pp Illustrated by Bernie Wrightson

Set in the fictional small town of Tarker's Mills, Maine, a werewolf is viciously killing people and animals and strange incidents takes place every full moon. Marty Coslaw, an eleven-year-old boy in a wheelchair, goes back and forth from the terrifying incidents to his normal day-to-day life.

The Cannibals (also called Under the Dome) 1983 Horror about 450pp unpublished, likely unfinished [1]

The Talisman 1984 Horror 672pp co-author Peter Straub

This book charts the adventure of a twelve year old boy named Jack Sawyer. The young hero sets out from the East Coast of the USA in a bid to save his mother, who is dying from cancer, by finding an artifact called 'The Talisman'.

Thinner 1984 Horror 309pp As Richard Bachman

An obese lawyer named William "Billy" Halleck who has just been through an agonizing court case in which he was charged with vehicular manslaughter after receiving a handjob from his wife Heidi while driving, causing him to run over an old woman who was part of a group of traveling Gypsies. Halleck is acquitted thanks to the judge, who happens to be a close friend of Billy's. As Halleck leaves the courthouse, the old woman's ancient father strokes his cheeks and whispers one word to him: "Thinner."

Skeleton Crew 1985 Horror pp Short stories

The Mist, "Here There Be Tygers", "The Monkey", "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut", "The Jaunt", "The Wedding Gig", "Paranoid: A Chant", "The Raft", "Word Processor of the Gods", "The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands", "Beachworld", "Nona", "For Owen", "Survivor Type", "Uncle Otto's Truck", "Morning Deliveries (Milkman #1)", "Big Wheels: A Tale of The Laundry Game (Milkman #2)", "Gramma", The Ballad of The Flexible Bullet, "The Reach"

The Bachman Books 1985 Horror selected works as Richard Bachman

Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork, The Running Man

It 1986 Horror 1142pp

"It" takes place in two separate time periods: In 1985, when the book was first published, and the main characters are adults, and in 1958, when they are eleven years old. The seven self-proclaimed members of the "Losers' Club" are united in seeking refuge from a gang of bullies led by Henry Bowers. The children each individually discover the existence of a terrifying, child-murdering, shape-changing monster

The Eyes of the Dragon 1987 Fantasy 384pp

This book is a work of classic fantasy with a clearly established battle between good and evil and magic playing a lead role. It is told from the perspective of an unnamed story-teller, who speaks casually and frankly to the reader, frequently adding his own commentary on character's motivations.

Misery 1987 Horror

Paul Sheldon is the author of a best-selling series of romance novels featuring the Victorian-era heroine Misery Chastain. Paul is rescued from the car wreck by a woman named Annie Wilkes, an experienced nurse who lives nearby. She feeds and bathes him and splints his broken legs. Annie reads his new manuscript and doesn't like it, believing that there is too much use of profanity.

The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three 1987 Horror, fantasy, western, science-fiction 399pp +

This story is the continuation of The Gunslinger, Roland of Gilead, and his quest towards the Dark Tower. The book begins with Roland waking up from unconsciousness on a beach where he is suddenly attacked by a strange lobster-like creature, dubbed "lobstrosities." He manages to kill the creature but not before losing the index and middle finger of his right hand, and most of his right big toe.

The Tommyknockers 1988 Horror 558pp

While maintaining a horror style, the novel is more of an excursion into the realm of science fiction for King, as the residents of the Maine town of Haven gradually fall under the influence of a mysterious object buried in the woods.

Nightmares in the Sky 1988 nonfiction photos by f-stop fitzgerald

A coffee table book about architectural gargoyles with text by King.

The Dark Half 1989 Horror 448pp

Thad Beaumont is an author and recovering alcoholic who lives in the tiny Maine town of Ludlow (the setting of Pet Sematary and about an hour away from the fictional town of Castle Rock, often used in King's novels). His own books are not very successful, but under the pen name George Stark, Thad writes gritty crime novels about a violent killer named Alexis Machine, which are very popular and successful.

Dolan's Cadillac 1989 Horror Limited edition

Robinson finds himself a childless widower when Dolan, a wealthy crime-boss, has Robinson's wife murdered in order to prevent her from testifying against him. Robinson, unskilled in the arts of revenge, has no recourse.

My Pretty Pony 1989 Horror Limited edition

An elderly man, his death rapidly approaching, takes his young grandson up onto a hill behind his house and gives the boy his pocke[Edited Out]ch. Standing among falling apple blossoms, the man also gives instruction on the nature of time.

The Stand

The Complete & Uncut Edition 1990 Horror 1168pp +

The Stand is a post-apocalyptic science fiction / horror / adventure novel by Stephen King originally published in 1978. It re-works the scenario in King’s earlier short story, "Night Surf" (included in the short story collection Night Shift). It is widely hailed by critics and fans as one of his best novels.

Four Past Midnight 1990 Horror 804pp Short stories

The Langoliers, Secret Window, Secret Garden, The Library Policeman, The Sun Dog

Needful Things 1990 Horror 792pp

Set in the small fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, a new shop named "Needful Things" opens, to the curiosity of the townspeople. One by one, they start to come into the shop, drawn there by something they want more than anything else.

The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands 1991 Horror, fantasy, western, science-fiction pp +

Gerald's Game 1992 Horror pp

Jessie Burlingame and her husband Gerald are simply trying to spice up their sex life with a little bondage game. But the game turns into a nightmare for Jessie, handcuffed to the bedposts and forced to face her deepest fears.

Dolores Claiborne 1993 Horror pp

Dolores Claiborne decides to tell the truth when her longtime employer, Vera Donovan, dies under suspicious circumstances. Including the mysterious death of her husband during a solar eclipse thirty years before.

Nightmares & Dreamscapes 1993 Horror pp Short stories

"Dolan's Cadillac", "The End of the Whole Mess", "Suffer the Little Children", "The Night Flier", "Popsy", "It Grows on You", "Chattery Teeth", "Dedication", "The Moving Finger", "Sneakers", "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band", "Home Delivery", "Rainy Season", "My Pretty Pony", "Sorry, Right Number", "The Ten O'Clock People", "Crouch End", "The House on Maple Street", "The Fifth Quarter", "The Doctor's Case", "Umney's Last Case", "Head Down", "Brooklyn August", "The Beggar and the Diamond"

Insomnia 1994 Horror pp +

Set in Derry, Maine, this novel features Ralph Roberts, who falls victim to insomnia, which gives him the remarkable ability to see visions of his fellow townspeople turning into demons. He knows he's not dreaming. He knows he's not crazy, because someone else sees what he sees. But knowing doesn't tell him how to stop the visions coming true.

Rose Madder 1995 Horror pp +

Rose Daniels has been dreaming away her life. One single drop of blood is enough to rouse her from her sleep, and sends her on a journey hundreds of miles away from her abusive cop husband, Norman. She begins to find happiness in her new home, until Norman figures out where she is.

Umney's Last Case 1995 Horror pp

The Green Mile 1996 Horror pp Originally published as a monthly serial consisting of six parts: The Two Dead Girls, The Mouse on the Mile, Coffey's Hands, The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix, Night Journey, and Coffey on the Mile

The Green Mile is Cold Mountain Penitentiary's Death Row. Paul Edgecombe has seen many men come and go through E Block, but none quite like John Coffey. The giant, sentenced to death for a horrifying crime, reveals a fascinating truth to Paul, shaking the very foundations of his world.

Desperation 1996 Horror pp +

The Regulators 1996 Horror pp As Richard Bachman

+

Six Stories 1997 Horror pp Short stories

The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass 1997 Horror, fantasy, western, science-fiction pp +

Bag of Bones 1998 Horror pp +

Storm of the Century 1999 Horror pp

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon 1999 Horror pp

The New Lieutenant's Rap 1999 Horror pp Limited edition

Hearts in Atlantis 1999 Horror pp +

"Low Men in Yellow Coats", "Hearts in Atlantis", "Blind Willie", "Why We're in Vietnam", "Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling"

Blood and Smoke 2000 Horror audio book

Stephen King reads three of his own short stories. All the stories in Blood and Smoke are about smoking in one way or the other.

The Plant

Book 1-Zenith Rising 2000 Horror ebook, unfinished

The first part was put on his web site for anyone to download. The last installment was published on December 18, 2000. The book was never completed.

On Writing

A Memoir of the Craft 2000 nonfiction

A book about the prolific author's experiences as a writer. Although he discusses several of his books, one doesn't need to have read them or even be familiar with them.

Secret Windows

Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing 2000 nonfiction both fiction and non-fiction

A collection of stories and essays that are primarily concerned with writing and the horror genre. Several of the entries have been published elsewhere, including introductions for other authors' novels.

Dreamcatcher 2001 Horror pp

Black House 2001 Horror pp Sequel to The Talisman

Written with Peter Straub

+

From a Buick 8 2002 Horror pp +

When a mysterious vehicle is left at a Pennsylvania gas station, it becomes the property of Troop D. Officers soon realize this is no ordinary car. The steering wheel doesn't move, the buttons and knobs on the dashboard can't be pushed or turned, and it can't even be started. They realize there is much more to the car than it seems, as the horror unfolds through two decades of day-to-day Troop D life.

Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales 2002 Horror pp Short stories

+

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger 2003 Horror, fantasy, western, science-fiction pp Revised edition

+

The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla 2003 Horror, fantasy, western, science-fiction pp +

The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah 2004 Horror, fantasy, western, science-fiction pp +

The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower 2004 Horror, fantasy, western, science-fiction pp +

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon 2004 Horror pp Pop-up book version

Patricia "Trisha" McFarland, a Red Sox fan, gets lost in the woods during a camping trip toilet break. As the days pass, she wanders deeper and deeper into the impregnable forest, home to the God of the Lost. To comfort and guide her, her idol, Tom Gordon, a Red Sox player, occasionally speaks to her through her walkman.

Faithful

Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season 2005 nonfiction, baseball 432pp co-written with Stewart O'Nan

Chronicled exchanges between King and O'Nan about the Red Sox's upcoming 2004 season, beginning with an e-mail in summer 2003, and throughout the 2004 season, from Spring Training to the World Series.

The Colorado Kid 2005 Mystery pp

Cell 2006 Horror 350pp

Clayton Riddell is in Boston to sell his comic books when something horrifying happens. Anyone who uses a cell phone becomes insane and violent, attacking anyone around them. Clay must, with the help of survivors Tom and Alice, return to Maine to find out if his wife and young son are among the survivors or the monsters.

Lisey's Story 2006 Horror, Romance pp

Widow Lisey Landon has finally gotten around to cleaning out her dead writer husband's study. The cleaning stirs up old memories, many of which she has blocked out and fights to keep blocked. But those memories become vitally important as her life is threatened. She must use every ounce of courage and willpower to go "beyond the purple" and remember.

Stationary Bike 2006 Horror audiobook Read by Ron MacLarty

The story depicts the struggle of Richard Sifkitz — a commercial artist and widower — to suppress a passion for consuming unhealthy foods by using a stationary bike. Originally published in the fifth edition of From the Borderlands in 2003.

The Secretary of Dreams: Volume 1 2006 Horror, comic illustrated by Glenn Chadbourne

A graphic short story collection.

Blaze 2007 Horror pp As Richard Bachman

The story concerns Clayton Blaisdell, Jr. (known as "Blaze" for short, thus the title), a mentally challenged small-time con artist who kidnaps a millionaire's infant child, in the hopes of fulfilling the dreams of George, Blaze's deceased best friend and partner in crime.

Duma Key 2008 Horror pp

[edit] Novels and short fiction collections

Note: + denotes a book is related to The Dark Tower series, either in characters, places, or events, or, as in the case of the short story collections, a story or two.

Year Title Genre(s) Notes

1974 Carrie Horror ---

1975 'Salem's Lot Horror +

1977 Rage Horror As Richard Bachman

1977 The Shining Horror ---

1978 Night Shift Horror Short stories

1978 The Stand Horror +

1979 The Dead Zone Horror ---

1979 The Long Walk Horror As Richard Bachman

1980 Firestarter Horror ---

1981 Cujo Horror ---

1981 Road Work Horror As Richard Bachman

1982 The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger Horror, Fantasy, Western, Science-Fiction +

1982 Different Seasons Horror Short stories

1982 The Running Man Horror, Science-Fiction As Richard Bachman

1983 Christine Horror ---

1983 Pet Sematary Horror ---

1983 Cycle of the Werewolf Horror Illustrated by Bernie Wrightson

1984 The Talisman Horror Written together with Peter Straub

1984 Thinner Horror As Richard Bachman

1985 Skeleton Crew Horror Short stories

1985 The Bachman Books Horror Novel collection (all the works as Richard Bachman)

1986 It Horror ---

1987 The Eyes of the Dragon Fantasy +

1987 Misery Horror ---

1987 The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three Horror, Fantasy, Western, Science-Fiction +

1988 The Tommyknockers Horror ---

1989 The Dark Half Horror ---

1989 Dolan's Cadillac Horror Limited edition

1989 My Pretty Pony Horror Limited edition

1990 The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition Horror +

1990 Four Past Midnight Horror Short stories

1990 Needful Things Horror ---

1991 The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands Horror, Fantasy, Western, Science-Fiction +

1992 Gerald's Game Horror ---

1993 Dolores Claiborne Horror ---

1993 Nightmares & Dreamscapes Horror Short stories

1994 Insomnia Horror +

1995 Rose Madder Horror +

1995 Umney's Last Case Horror ---

1996 The Green Mile Horror Originally published as a monthly serial consisting of six parts: The Two Dead Girls, The Mouse on the Mile, Coffey's Hands, The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix, Night Journey, and Coffey on the Mile

1996 Desperation Horror +

1996 The Regulators Horror As Richard Bachman

+

1997 Six Stories Horror Short stories

1997 The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass Horror, Fantasy, Western, Science-Fiction +

1998 Bag of Bones Horror +

1999 Storm of the Century Horror ---

1999 The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon Horror ---

1999 The New Lieutenant's Rap Horror Limited edition

1999 Hearts in Atlantis Horror +

2000 Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing Horror Fiction and non-fiction

2001 Dreamcatcher Horror, Science-Fiction ---

2001 Black House Horror Sequel to The Talisman

Written with Peter Straub

+

2002 From a Buick 8 Horror +

2002 Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales Horror Short stories

+

2003 The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger Horror, Fantasy, Western, Science-Fiction Revised edition

+

2003 The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla Horror, Fantasy, Western, Science-Fiction +

2004 The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah Horror, Fantasy, Western, Science-Fiction +

2004 The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower Horror, Fantasy, Western, Science-Fiction +

2004 The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon Horror Pop-up book version

2005 The Colorado Kid Mystery ---

2006 Cell Horror ---

2006 Lisey's Story Horror, Romance ---

2007 Blaze Horror As Richard Bachman

2008 Duma Key Horror ---

[edit] Non-fiction

* 1981 Danse Macabre

* 1988 Nightmares in the Sky (gargoyle photo book with text by King; photos by f-stop fitzgerald)

* 2000 Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing (contains both fiction and non-fiction)

* 2000 On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

* 2005 Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season (cowritten with Stewart O'Nan)

[edit] Original audiobooks

* 2000 Blood and Smoke (audio book)

* 2006 Stationary Bike (audio-book)

[edit] Original ebooks

* 2000 Riding the Bullet

* 2000 The Plant: Book 1-Zenith Rising

[edit] Comics

* 1982 Creepshow (comic book, illustrated by Bernie Wrightson)

* 2006 The Secretary of Dreams: Volume 1 (a limited edition in two volumes, the second to be released in the second half of 2008)

* 2007 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born - 7 issues (monthly comic book series, pencilled by Jae Lee, released by Marvel Comics starting in February, 2007 onward)

* 2008 The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home - 5 issues (monthly comic book series, pencilled by Jae Lee, released by Marvel Comics)

[edit] Unpublished work

* 1959 Charlie (unpublished short story)

* 1960 People, Places and Things (unpublished short story collection)

* 1963 The Aftermath (unpublished novel)

* 1970 Sword in the Darkness (unpublished novel)

* 1974 The House on Value Street (unpublished and unfinished)

* 1976 Welcome to Clearwater (unpublished and unfinished)

* 1976 The Corner (unpublished and unfinished)

* 1977 Wimsey (unpublished and unfinished)

* 1983 The Leprechaun (unpublished and unfinished)

* 1983 The Cannibals (aka Under the Dome) (unpublished, likely unfinished)

* 1984 Keyholes (unpublished and unfinished)

[edit] See also

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since i get bored very easily i start like a dozen books at a time , read bits and pieces of each.

some of the books that i have been reading are :

The case against DMT elves- james kent

Theurgia- Iamblichus

The active side of infinity -carlos casteneda

The wheel of time - carlos casteneda

A thousand splendid suns - khaled hosseini

I am a strange loop- Douglas Hofstadter...oh wait i am not reading that cuz i couldnt find a free download and i would much rather have a hard copy of this one

Pros and Cons of Hitch hiking... errm did someone write it yet?..i must be just thinking it

oh dayem i envy you people i wish i didnt have ADD so i could read too :P

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Modern Cardiac Surgery, a collection of 50 articles on the subject contributed by 50 renowned cardiac surgeons, edited by D Longmore

Edited by Rawshni

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Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

To be brief, I honestly found 'The Shia Revival' to be mediocre & left much to be desired. He had poor references for his points & seemed to be giving his own opinion many times [ which seemed very biased & uninformed ]. I found his analyses left weren't very in depth & I had an issue where he seemed to be trying to 'create' a split between Ayatollah Khoei & Ayatollah Khomeini.

This thread gives an excellent review of the book.

Right now I'm reading 'Western Civilisation through Muslim Eyes' by Seyyed Mujtaba Musavi Lari

JAK for the response

i did read through the other responses

granted that there is a certain infatuation with the persona and the protrayal of the late imam Khoemini (qs), and a rather simplistic take on the Shia factor: remember that this work is meant for a non Western audience, i.e non Muslim and particularly non shi'a.

if there are splits between the two mujtahids, one has to accept them. i have gathered this even from the followers of imam al-Khui who have now returned to Iraq. it is not something new. Shi'as tend to expect that there is a unity of sorts, but there isn't considering that al Khuis own predicament during Saddam H's reign (Sachedina write about this, albeit briefly in the Prolegomena to the Quran, Oxford University Press)

i know of several muslim (read Shia) academians who have been contracted by publishing houses to write works that would provide for a bird eye view of the history of Islam, particularly that of the interaction between the two sects. one has to read the work within that context and background in mind

at the end of the day, Nasrs assessment for treating the shi'ites as an entity to be reckoned with is important, and no other author (read muslim or non Shi'i) has suggested or reckoned with. (perhaps Noah Feldman and his call for Enlightened Self Interest)

though, note-worthy is the mention of Sitani and Sayyed Nasrallahs role: remember and don't forget that their position and the respect that they have earned is with respect to and vis a vis the non muslim Other. when it comes to the shi'ites own assertiveness within the muslim body politic, it is an altogether different story: the moral depravity and the selfishness abound, and the resort to slogans of brotherhood tend to fly out the proverbial door

regards, ali.q

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read the see wolf - jack london........ kinda liked it but by the time i really started getting into it , it ended....thats the case with most of the books that i have read and have not read......... i find them incomplete

there are some short stories by this dude jack that are nice especially

wicked woman

when god laffs

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and i thought u were purely lit and bizz :P

looks like i gotta go pubMed

Just shows how easy it is to jump to conclusions

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Night by Elie Wiesel...

Basically a memoir book about the Holocaust and extermination camps...kinda sad but I gotta right an essay for it :dry:

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A Brief History of Time - By Professor Steven Hawking

Synopsis

Was there a beginning of time?, Could time run backwards? and Is the universe infinite are just some of the questions considered in this book for the non-scientific layman. The author begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein and then delves into the secrets which lie at the heart of space and time.

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(salam)

Nahjul Balagha - (first and only german translation)

and a book called "The Kite Runner" by Khaled al Hosseini

(wasalam)

this is the BEST book ever :cry: such a tear jerker!!!

watch the movie after, you'll love it!

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