Disappointing Reads

Re: Disappointing Reads

Postby UrbanMysticDee » December 6th, 2012, 7:56 pm

The Bible Code II

If you have read the first Bible Code book but have not read the second, please do not. The two are worlds apart. Here is a brief synopsis:
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Michael Drosnin, a hard-nosed journalist and ardent atheist, having proven the existence of a code in the Bible, he now has morphed into a combination of Indiana Jones and James Bond. Drosnin writes powerful men (Clinton, Bush, Arafat, Sharon, etc.) letters about the code and the end of the world, but he always leaves out the key details, because "no one would believe them," until his books are published. He wrote to Ehud Barak that the code said he would be the next Prime Minister of Israel in an early election in 1999, but he did not think Barak would believe him if he included the date, so he conveniently left that detail out of his letter but included it in the book. Drosnin conveniently leaves us no records for which to prove any of his stories. Two pictures of code tables appear on each page, taking up about 100 pages total.

Yasser Arafat is a very pious, kind-hearted man and all Israelis are war mongerers. And God does not exist, and here is an irrelevant code table.

Oh, and Michael Drosnin doesn't believe in God.

1998, Drosnin puts forward his ET "theory".
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He finds references to DNA being "brought in a vehicle" and immediately jumps to the conclusion "when I found that encoded in the Bible, I couldn't believe it... DNA, the molecule of life, sent to Earth in a spaceship." (p. 144) It didn't say that. Just as every time he reads the word "computer" in the code when the actual Hebrew word says "thought", Drosnin reads "vehicle" as "spaceship" when it does not say that. A virus could be a vehicle to introduce a new gene into a cell, why should we believe that the word "vehicle" means "spaceship" when nothing indicates that it does? And what is the code for DNA itself? DNA is just letters, unlike the words and names used in other codes, so it might mean something completely different. It might just be nonsense. Just in case, here are four more code tables with useless words that can't be checked to mean anything.

Drosnin then says he had to call many nameless scientists to find out what they thought and just so happens to call Francis Crick, who wrote about the same idea decades before, and surprise, Crick agrees! Who would have guessed? Until you check out the back of the book, where Drosnin says he interviewed Crick years before about panspermia and he just crafted the story of trying to find reputable scientists who agree with his ET "theory" to make the book more interesting. Yes, someone who time and time again talks about being a "just the facts" hard-nosed journalist lied to make his story more interesting.

Michael Drosnin, by the way, does not believe in God. And Yasser Arafat was the nicest man he ever met, and he really, really wants peace, but religious people will kill him if he makes peace with the war mongering Israelis.

2001, Drosnin is in Israel trying to reach the Israeli PM because he has vitally important information from the Bible code about nuclear war in 2006. When an advisor asks what that information is, Drosnin says "I need to meet with the PM, because the code says if peace is not reached there will be nuclear war." The advisor replies, "tell me something I don't know," to which Drosnin drones on and on "You don't understand, I have to tell the PM face to face that the world will end if peace is not made!" "Okay, we all know that, what else?" "Damn you by the God you believe in, the world will end if you don't make peace and I must see the PM to tell him this!" Lather, rinse, repeat, ad nauseum.

1998 Drosnin must look for an "obilisk" and a "steel ark" in the area near the Dead Sea called Lisan, because it contains the key to understanding the Bible code, which was created by aliens who seeded the Earth 4 billion years ago, because Michael Drosnin does not believe God exists. He tries to get the Jordanians to let him dig, but they refuse.

2001, Drosnin confronts Colin Powell. He asks to see President Bush because the world will end if peace is not made and he must tell the President. See above. Drosnin must save the world from religion and nuclear war, because he does not believe in God, but the code is real, and created by ET, and warns of nuclear war in 2006.

1998, I think, who knows, the book keeps skipping around for no reason. Drosnin is back playing Indy again, talking about how it is vital to find this ark, or maybe it is a tomb of the original alien who brought DNA to earth, who the hell knows. Whatever it means, here are six more code tables, many are repeats from other pages. In case you were wondering, ET made the code, because Drosnin doesn't believe in God.

2001? Drosnin tells people in Israel and the US where bin Laden is hiding. He leaves that out of the book in case bin Laden buys a copy and then runs away. He hints pretty hard that it may be in Libya. Anyway, nuclear war will happen in 2006, and we have to find that thing that is still hiding in Lisan, maybe.

There is a nice appendix that describes the original rabbi experiment and its paper in Statistical Science, a refutation that was published without anyone reading it, a rebuttal of the refutation that was refused publication because codes a priori cannot exist, and there can be no evidence for something that cannot exist, and the opinions of some credible scientists who tried to debunk the code but ended up proving it exists who think refusing to publish any response is anti-science.
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Re: Disappointing Reads

Postby Savoto » December 22nd, 2012, 10:02 pm

I've been reading a lot of YA lately which may explained the amount of disappointing this year but oh well...

One of the most disappointing reads of my life was Fire by Kirstin Cashore. I know her prose is on the crappy side but nothing of what kept me interested in the first book was in Fire.The main character was a Mary Sue. It was kinda like a justified case of MS but it was still horrible. The plot and big-bad was even more forgettable than the first book.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides was kinda blah to me. I read it because I heard about the ftm protagonist and intersex stuff. Instead the character I came for was at the last third of the book and believe me when I say that Eugenides' writing style becomes grating after you've force yourself to read 400+ pages. The beginning of the book was nice and the first generation of the family was interesting.
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Re: Disappointing Reads

Postby JillyFoo » December 22nd, 2012, 10:25 pm

"They Eat Puppies Don't They?"

The cover had a cute Chinese Pug on it. I thought it totally has to be awesome. No it is not...
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Re: Disappointing Reads

Postby InsaneArtisticNerd » January 23rd, 2013, 11:39 pm

That vampire House of Night series by P.C. Cast. Terribly stupid, riddled with plot holes, outdated and corny dialogue, and full of hypocritical mary and gary sues.
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Re: Disappointing Reads

Postby Sonic-ock » April 1st, 2013, 12:24 am

Players guide for World of Warcraft, turns it's only interesting if you've played the game.
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Re: Disappointing Reads

Postby Chris chris » April 6th, 2013, 1:15 am

Retribution by Sherilyn Kenyon. The Latest book from the Dark Hunter series. I've loved almost all of them up to after One Silent Night. OSN had such a huge climax for the entire series and then. The Book after it... WHAT?!

Spoiler! :
Sex in a car in the middle of a car wash surrounded by monsters with someone you don't really know but get the feeling you belong together is NOT how that works Kenyon! Nor is it romantic. Ugh! just UGH!
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Re: Disappointing Reads

Postby Ddraigeneth » April 6th, 2013, 1:25 am

Chris chris wrote:
Spoiler! :
Sex in a car in the middle of a car wash surrounded by monsters with someone you don't really know but get the feeling you belong together is NOT how that works Kenyon! Nor is it romantic. Ugh! just UGH!

Lawl.

The only "romance" author I read is Laurell K. Hamilton; re-reading through the Anita Blake series right now, as a matter of fact. I've always said that she's a great storyteller, it's just a shame she's not a better writer (and seriously needs a better editor, those books have more typos than any I've seen).

My husband and I spent probably an hour this morning discussing the feasibility of using her vampires as astronauts--they don't need oxygen, and aren't particularly susceptible to temperature. Is there a maximum range on their telepathy with their human servants? Could they still gain sustenance through them from Mars? For that matter, is it only our sun that would hurt them, or would any star?

Yeah, these are the kinds of discussions we have while lying in bed. I suppose the disappointment is in knowing that Hamilton probably wouldn't be able to answer.
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Re: Disappointing Reads

Postby Chris chris » April 6th, 2013, 1:37 am

I never really took an interest into romance novels until I picked up this Dark hunters. Annoys me know because Kenyon has started two other projects and her writing in DH has gotten horrible. Rushed, sloppy and just littered with typos. I don't know if her editor was on holiday or if she decided her fans would just be acceptable of it. I am unsure about reading her other book series because she teamed up with another popular romance author.

Space vampires in SPACE. That sounds epic. And freaking terrifying at the same time. But how would they feed in space? I am unfortunately unfamiliar with Hamilton's vamps.
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Re: Disappointing Reads

Postby Ddraigeneth » April 6th, 2013, 1:42 am

Chris chris wrote:But how would they feed in space?

Ideas:
-Feed through their human servant (a human who is bound to them, shares some of their powers, and can eat for them if the vampire can't feed for whatever reason). See question about range.
-Only send vampires who are able to feed off of emotions (fear or lust) rather than requiring blood (would still need to send at least one human/wereanimal as a food source, so not terribly convenient).
-Can they feed off of emotions through a video feed?
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Re: Disappointing Reads

Postby Chris chris » April 6th, 2013, 2:13 am

Ddraigeneth wrote:
Chris chris wrote:But how would they feed in space?

Ideas:
-Feed through their human servant (a human who is bound to them, shares some of their powers, and can eat for them if the vampire can't feed for whatever reason). See question about range.
-Only send vampires who are able to feed off of emotions (fear or lust) rather than requiring blood (would still need to send at least one human/wereanimal as a food source, so not terribly convenient).
-Can they feed off of emotions through a video feed?



Would long would the video feed last for them? I see see how the emotional feed of video can count but would you think it'd last for a much shorter span than a physical feeding? Like texting. Maybe they could text. "Uggh babu i fellz so lonlus. pls snd luv D:" and it could respond with "awe bby i luv u so hard u feel it yeh u feel it." Then it'd prolly turn into some perverted sexting.

Man, Now I wanna read these books so I can understand this vampire better.
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Re: Disappointing Reads

Postby Ddraigeneth » April 6th, 2013, 2:20 am

Chris chris wrote:Maybe they could text. "Uggh babu i fellz so lonlus. pls snd luv D:" and it could respond with "awe bby i luv u so hard u feel it yeh u feel it." Then it'd prolly turn into some perverted sexting.

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Re: Disappointing Reads

Postby Nikkinoodles » April 8th, 2013, 9:03 am

Chris chris wrote:Retribution by Sherilyn Kenyon. The Latest book from the Dark Hunter series. I've loved almost all of them up to after One Silent Night. OSN had such a huge climax for the entire series and then. The Book after it... WHAT?!

Spoiler! :
Sex in a car in the middle of a car wash surrounded by monsters with someone you don't really know but get the feeling you belong together is NOT how that works Kenyon! Nor is it romantic. Ugh! just UGH!


Chris chris wrote:I never really took an interest into romance novels until I picked up this Dark hunters. Annoys me know because Kenyon has started two other projects and her writing in DH has gotten horrible. Rushed, sloppy and just littered with typos. I don't know if her editor was on holiday or if she decided her fans would just be acceptable of it. I am unsure about reading her other book series because she teamed up with another popular romance author.


Ah a fellow Kenyon reader, we are few and far between.
I've read several of the first few books and she always built up to the whole sex thing before. The attraction was there but they didn't have sex before the relationship had built up a bit more... well for the most part, apart from the Sunshine/Talon book but that was mostly in character for Sunshine so it didn't seem as weird. If what happened there, happened as you described it it sounds like she's just started to write porn with a bit of plot included instead of the romances she used to write. I enjoyed those books.

I stopped reading after a while though because even her Kindle editions are quite expensive and I have no room for physical copies, even second hand ones. Has her writing really gotten that bad? The idea of that makes me sad because DH made me want to visit New Orleans and she seemed to describe everything beautifully, even when the location moved to Seattle.
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Re: Disappointing Reads

Postby Tacbot Unit-89 » April 26th, 2013, 4:01 am

The Man on the Ceiling, the writing was quiet nice to an extent, but got really meandering(in a bad way) towards the end.
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Re: Disappointing Reads

Postby mosama » April 26th, 2013, 9:24 am

Any comic by mosama he stinks like vagina
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Re: Disappointing Reads

Postby robybang » April 27th, 2013, 11:31 am

mosama wrote:Any comic by mosama he stinks like vagina


I know, right? I hear he even writes about himself in the third person. How pretentious is that?
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