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Topic: TC Intermittent Book Club #???

+Anti !M6R0eWkIpk10 months ago #46,901

This might be a bit late for the months quarterly semiannual annual intermittent book club, but here it is.

"Church and State. No longer shall the devout draw any such distinction. Henceforth and forevermore, be it known: The Church is the State" -- The New Republican Testament, 5th Ed.

Club #???'s reading is The Acolyte by Nick Cutter (aka Craig Davidson.)


Jonah Murtag is an Acolyte on the New Bethlehem police force. His job: eradicate all heretical religious faiths, their practitioners, and artifacts. Murtag's got problems - one of his partners is a zealot, and he's in love with the other one. Trouble at work, trouble at home. Murtag realizes that you can rob a citizenry of almost anything, but you can't take away its faith. When a string of bombings paralyzes the city, religious fanatics are initially suspected, but startling clues point to a far more ominous perpetrator. If Murtag doesn't get things sorted out, the Divine Council will dispatch The Quints, aka: Heaven's Own Bagmen. The clock is ticking towards doomsday for the Chosen of New Bethlehem. And Jonah Murtag's got another problem. The biggest and most worrisome... Jonah isn't a believer anymore.

Give it a shot. Actually give everything under the name Nick Cutter a shot.

Bonus Reading:
The Complex by Brian Keene

+Anonymous B10 months ago, 23 minutes later[T] [B] #509,143

Currently reading The Mind at Night non fic. By andrea rock. Will update in 2-3 days..

Will try the acolyte by next week.

+Anonymous C10 months ago, 1 minute later, 24 minutes after the original post[T] [B] #509,144

it's #6

> The Acolyte by Nick Cutter (aka Craig Davidson.)
Sounds good

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+Anonymous D10 months ago, 3 hours later, 3 hours after the original post[T] [B] #509,150

@509,143 (B)
You read one book a week?

+Anonymous E10 months ago, 30 minutes later, 4 hours after the original post[T] [B] #509,157

there was this kid in my neighborhood once who was involved in a 'readathon' where people pledged money for every book the participants read in the allotted time period...I think it was a week..

the kid read about a dozen dr Seuss books and I had to pay him like twenty dollars..

+FuckAlms !vX8K53rFBI10 months ago, 2 hours later, 7 hours after the original post[T] [B] #509,165

@previous (E)
He read 12 Dr. Seuss books in a week? Kid sounds like a slacker.

(Edited 10 seconds later.)


·Anonymous B10 months ago, 1 hour later, 9 hours after the original post[T] [B] #509,171

@509,150 (D)
> You read one book a week?

Not really. Im halfway in the aforemebtioned book "mind at night". Usually read read 2-3 book at a time.

Sometimes its never finished. But fuck it eh.

+Bat Nugget is !GrateABlug10 months ago, 1 hour later, 10 hours after the original post[T] [B] #509,173

@509,165 (FuckAlms !vX8K53rFBI)
I think it is.

·Anonymous A (OP) — 10 months ago, 21 hours later, 1 day after the original post[T] [B] #509,239

@509,143 (B)
@509,144 (C)

If you like dystopian fiction you'll probably dig it tinycomrades. Few things are more horrifying than a non-Satanic theocracy.


@509,157 (E)

Dr. Seuss isn't even a real doctor!

+Anonymous H10 months ago, 4 days later, 5 days after the original post[T] [B] #509,653

Hello, I'm the guy from the $10 dollar gift card. I bought Gray's anatomy and the art of war.

I dunno WTF i was thinking bout buying a medical book. Art of war has been decent so far.

·Anonymous C9 months ago, 1 week later, 2 weeks after the original post[T] [B] #510,559

Seems like I'm a slow reader
Anyway, this is a good book. I'm maybe half way through and I still don't see the "horror" part of this. Unless dystopian = horror, I guess.

+Anonymous I9 months ago, 10 minutes later, 2 weeks after the original post[T] [B] #510,560

Ilikereadesdigest articles..

·Anonymous D9 months ago, 2 days later, 2 weeks after the original post[T] [B] #511,077

@OP
Lol "kiketown"

+Anonymous J9 months ago, 6 hours later, 2 weeks after the original post[T] [B] #511,118

Im reading about people missing in the Smoky Mountains

+Anonymous K9 months ago, 3 minutes later, 2 weeks after the original post[T] [B] #511,119

@previous (J)
Missing411?

·Kooksupersleuth !!UvGID4qsU9 months ago, 2 minutes later, 2 weeks after the original post[T] [B] #511,120

@previous (K)
No because they are not available digitally, that fucker!

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·Anonymous A (OP) — 9 months ago, 3 minutes later, 2 weeks after the original post[T] [B] #511,121

@510,559 (C)

Some parts of it are certainly horrifying, but I'd be inclined to agree with you. Not exactly what I was expecting going in, but still pretty grate.

@511,077 (D)

The casual racism and homophobia is very upsetting.

Who says 'heeb'... and would a place such as Kiketown really be inside a ghetto? Maybe it'd be a portion of Jew York City or (((LA))).

@511,118 (J)

Sounds interesting.

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·Kooksupersleuth !!UvGID4qsU9 months ago, 3 minutes later, 2 weeks after the original post[T] [B] #511,122

@509,171 (B)
I like to have four books going at once

+Anonymous L9 months ago, 58 seconds later, 2 weeks after the original post[T] [B] #511,123

nudity has returned to playboy..

just saying..

+Anonymous M9 months ago, 2 weeks later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #513,936

@OP
I read this before. Surprising good the first half, but unfortunately it starts going down hill just before the second half.
Not saying it's a bad book, but I was losing interest by the time The Quints arrived, which is ironic because after that the pace just changes dramatically. I think the main issue was that it tried to go somewhere with being a mix of horror, dystopia, and noir. But it just fell short.

I really liked the dystopian setting, I have to say. But I feel like it didn't get much attention after the first half. Also I feel like they were going somewhere with that meth drink plot? Seemed like it was dropped, and the ending just fell apart by being just plain confusing.


I might read more of his books, but this one just didn't do it for me, as much as I liked it.

·Anonymous M9 months ago, 2 minutes later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #513,937

@OP
Also, I have to say I was not expecting that much detail in the sex scenes.

·Anonymous A (OP) — 9 months ago, 7 hours later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #513,979

@513,936 (M)


While I enjoyed it, I'd be inclined to agree with you. Sort've wish they'd killed Murtag outright... esp. if he'd became a suicide bomber instead of Swift. I like the idea of him becoming a martyr and hammering back, but the execution didn't satisfy me.

It's too bad about the hallelujah energy drink too, it had potential for a subplot, but it was wasted in the end. With that said I'd still pick up another book by him all the same though.

Plastic Jesus, you've got to go, your magnet's burst my radio
Sitting on the dashboard of my car
But I, won't loose faith and I won't loose hope
cos, now I've got a pope on a rope
Swinging from the dashboard of my car

·Anonymous C8 months ago, 9 hours later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,006

@previous (A)
> Sort've wish they'd killed Murtag outright... esp. if he'd became a suicide bomber
Considering what happened with the kid and his partner, it doesn't make sense for him to do that

·Anonymous C8 months ago, 23 hours later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,152

I should read more cyberpunk tbh

+Anonymous N8 months ago, 25 minutes later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,155

@511,122 (Kooksupersleuth !!UvGID4qsU)
I like to have 104 books going at once.

+Anonymous O8 months ago, 4 hours later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,196

@514,006 (C)

I dunno, m8. He's taking tOC to go an hero at the end anyway.

·Anonymous O8 months ago, 8 minutes later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,198

@514,152 (C)

It's too bad cyberpunk is still on the decline. Thought the Neuromancer film might revitalize the genre for a new audience, but that's not looking too promising either.

+Dead !Pool..v42s8 months ago, 14 minutes later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,202

I suggest the book of the law

+Anonymous Q8 months ago, 20 minutes later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,214

@previous (Dead !Pool..v42s)
I suggest you read How To He TT Aids ( for dummies)..

·The Detector !3yzc29zx8c8 months ago, 14 minutes later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,216

@previous (Q)
Nice drunkpost.

·Kooksupersleuth !!UvGID4qsU8 months ago, 22 hours later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,324

@514,155 (N)
Cool

·👹 !!CKJaFnHp7 (OP) — 8 months ago, 3 hours later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,362

@514,202 (Dead !Pool..v42s)

It's a grate book IMO, but it's definitely not for everyone or most even.

·Anonymous C8 months ago, 19 hours later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,469

@514,198 (O)
I feel like reading Transmetropolitan (never read it)
Maybe next book club lol

·Anonymous Q8 months ago, 10 minutes later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,472

@514,202 (Dead !Pool..v42s)
You probably enjoy Judy Blume..

·Anonymous A (OP) — 8 months ago, 2 hours later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,483

spider.jpg@514,469 (C)
I don't think you'll be disappointed.

@previous (Q)
Is that what you read when you visit the library?

·Anonymous Q8 months ago, 1 hour later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,491

@previous (A)
> I don't think you'll be disappointed.
>
>
> Is that what you read when you visit the library?


what if it is..

+Anonymous R8 months ago, 26 minutes later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,492

@511,122 (Kooksupersleuth !!UvGID4qsU)
@509,171 (B)
I read like that too. I'll get a crazy desire to read a topic then ill get past the first two chapters and then just put it off for a few months. Then ill magically finish it in a wee or two.

+Anonymous S8 months ago, 1 hour later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,494

@514,491 (Q)

Keep it up, we're proud of you.

·Anonymous D8 months ago, 34 minutes later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,497

So uh, if the jewnited states of America turned into the republic, what happened to the other countries?

·Anonymous A (OP) — 8 months ago, 1 hour later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #514,504

@previous (D)

It didn't really get into that. Kiketown as mentioned above was on the outskirts of the city and essentially part of some heathen ghetto. P. sure Trump built a few walls in that universe.

·Anonymous C8 months ago, 3 days later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #515,129

@previous (A)
Well it's fiction, so it doesn't really matter

+Anonymous T8 months ago, 5 minutes later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #515,131

@previous (C)

Of course it matters.

·Anonymous C8 months ago, 56 seconds later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #515,132

@previous (T)
maybe if you like nitpicking unrealistic things in fictional books

·Anonymous T8 months ago, 2 hours later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #515,152

@previous (C)

Yeah, like in a thread discussing a book.

·Anonymous C8 months ago, 21 hours later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #515,259

@previous (T)
Silly me!
I sure feel dumb now.

@514,198 (O)
Thinking of also reading the rest of "Do androids dream of electric sheep".

·Anonymous A (OP) — 8 months ago, 28 minutes later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #515,262

@previous (C)

That and Ubik are fantastic, but most everything by PKD is worthwhile IME.

+Anonymous U8 months ago, 4 hours later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #515,283

Was reading white liberals and black rednecks. Its fun until i realized im tired of the race stuff.also reading sowells basic economics its alright.

·Anonymous C8 months ago, 5 hours later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #515,298

@previous (U)
> white liberals and black rednecks
Doesn't sound like a good book

+Anonymous V8 months ago, 6 hours later, 1 month after the original post[T] [B] #515,311

@previous (C)

I think it was chosen because it represents two themes of sowell's book. One is to show how it's culture that ultimately defines a people. Before ghettoes and poverty were equated with blacks it was a domain dominated by poor white southerners who faced discrimination from the north such as when they went to work in war factories. It was a long time before they rose out of their own poverty into the classes they inhabit today. The second is that white liberals and their visions of utopia are attempted to be recreated through social policies such as welfare that are much more damaging to blacks than arguably racism is.

One example that was interesting was schooling and how desegregation demolished with impunity what little success some all-black schools were having. This was due to how desegregation tore apart the all-black schools and scattered their educated number far and wide. What this caused or implied was several things. Because segregation was no longer in effect black students were sent to environments that were less conducive to their learning, all-black schools fell into disrepair as they no longer had a steady stream of students, and finally the implication was that whites were inherently better than blacks so blacks should strive to learn only from whites which was no doubt damaging to their psyche. Curiously enough, this was something that was completely the opposite in all-black colleges which some of had all-white faculty and this was deemed to be damaging to the students for the very same reasons. All of this due to the fact that desegregation was the politics of the day and it was blacks that paid heavily for it.

Similarly today schools are mandated to follow rigid curriculums regardless of whether or not they work as present politics demand total equality at whatever cost which ultimately leads to the abysmal grades and level of education we're seeing today in the US.

It's an interesting book and a lot of it has to do with misconceptions of reality. I like it a lot but I had to take a break from it because Sowell really gives your perception of history a run for it's money.

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