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William asks…

Where can I find the entire Dragonball comic series?

I am a big Dragonball fan and just recently discovered the comic books by Akira Toriamya. I bought a three in one book that starts from the very beginning and ends just after Kuririn beats Bacterian at the World Tournement. I liked it very much and would like to finish the series but am having trouble finding the books. If anyone can help, I’d really appreciate it !

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Lisa asks…

What is it that makes a good book and how do I enjoy reading books?

I know some people who REALLY enjoy reading, and I just don’t know what it is that makes them LOVE books. I tried, and got no where as I still take forever to finish a book and when I do finish, I’m generally relieved instead of sad that I finished the book. Am I supposed to be enjoying the style the author uses or the plot or what? I really want to enjoy reading, but I don’t know how to start.

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Start with a book that catches your interest. For me I love science-fiction, fantasy, adventure, and romance books. Have you read any of these books?
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. A hero who is the son of Poseidon, the God of the seas.
Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn. The famous love story between a vampire and a human girl. A werewolf is also thrown into the mix.
House of Night series. A series about vampires. These people turn into vampires by being marked not bitten. Cool huh? This series has a lot of cool characters in it.
Maximum Ride series. A series about children injected with avian DNA also known as bird DNA.
Night world series. Several stories about the night world. The night world has vampires, witches, werewolves and other night creatures. These creatures usually fall in love with a human who is their soul mate. It’s such a good series!
Fallen, and Torment. These books are about a girl who is in love with an angel but she gets reborn every time before she turns seventeen. In this lifetime she can’t be reborn because she doesn’t believe in any religion. Sound cool?
These are just some of the cool books out there! Try different kinds and you might be surprised at what you discover you like. Hope I helped!

Carol asks…

How many theists here have actually read a book or visited a website which opposes your worldview?

I can only speak for myself, but I have read a couple of Christian apologetics books, one on the supposed greatness of Islam, and a TON of websites on similar subjects.

I have also read most of the Bible and Koran, and some of the book of Mormon.

Have any of you read any books about atheism?

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I have bookshelves of texts of other religions other than my own and I have read the texts considered holy to all the world’s major religions in English translations. I prefer to use texts given to me by adherents of those religions for that purpose so as to try to gain the best understanding from their perspective of what they believe and why.

I have had an intense interest in learning what people of the world believe, and why, from a very young age…my natural intense inquisitive nature combined with a question of WHY do people have such bizarre and wrong notions about Jews and what we believe, first led me on this path of discover to understand many other paths, too.

This does not imply by any means that I am one of those folk who try to make some kind of unintelligible mish mash of different paths. I recognize and respect that there is wisdom to be found in the paths of others, but I have chosen my path..and while we connect and intersect on many levels with others, each of us has a path that is valid and true for us.

I’ve gained a greater understnding of world history and current events by learning about different religions and their developments. Behavior is a reflection of belief..individually and collectively.
Until or unless they’re trying to convert me, they misrepresent an aspect of my faith or they’re hateful to me and try to base it on their belief, I get along with most folk. I try be respectful and tolerant of the right of individuals and groups to have their own unadulterated culture, customs and beliefs. My tolerance extends to the point where the expression of those beliefs violate certain standards of behaviors: If they attempt to violate another’s civil rights, seek to incite harm to anyone, willfully deceive another or misrepresent the beliefs of others then my tolerance ceases.

Now as to the aspects of dogma. I disagree. Since I’m Jewish, that’s rather obvious or I would be something else instead of Jewish. :)

I do not even feel I have to respect every other belief out there, but I do need to recognize and live in a manner that respects the right of others to have their different beliefs. That’s what we generally mean when we say we want them to respect us.
The fundamentalists have a hard time wrapping their heads around the fact that there is no dogma of atheism .

Not being able to accept something as real unless you have objective evidence or compelling subjective experience of your own that you do not believe is delusion…is logical thinking.

There is no harm to self or others when you employ this as a guide for your life. It does not imply a lack of moral or ethical capacity or function, in fact, when combined with a nature and environment supportive of compassion and ethical values; it can create a person who lives a fulfilling life that can also benefit lives around them and future generations. There is no less inherent good in the life of a self-actualized atheist than a self-actualized theist who is not bound by narrow ideology to demonize the other.

The atheist who paints all theism with the same brush-stroke can be as narrow in thinking as the fundamentalist can. The extreme of an immoral atheist who has no concern for another is no less a reality than the extreme of the immoral theist who has no concern for another outside their narrow belief. Let us avoid extremes for just a moment to try to get my point.

I have no problem with the brain that will not accept subjective reports of reality. I have a greater problem with the type of thinking and “reasoning’ that creates individuals who do not question and test reality and objectivity. Blind faith is dangerous…whether it is in a deity or a creed. Human nature being what it is, allows for a broad spectrum of capacity within our species for formation of self-concepts and concepts of self-in-relation-to-all-else.

I’ll close with something I first wrote on the internet almost a decade ago, though I’d written it long before:
“Religion at best connects humans to something beyond our mere mortal existence while it helps us to find purpose and meaning for our existence as mortals. It connects us to all other humans, all other life, and to God.

Religion at worst separates us from all of the aforementioned best.”
—– mama_pajama_1—-

James asks…

What are books like the hunger games, matched and divergent?

So I am obsessed with these 3 books and I need to know books like them. I have read wither, bumped and delirium && of course those three. Oh & if they are on the kindle store that would be fantastic, thanks!

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The official category of these books is “dystopian”, so you can search on-line for that. Related to that genre is “post-apocalyptic”. Below are my favorite that you have not already mentioned, featuring teen protagonists. Summaries are from http://yawestruck.blogspot.com.

The Shore of Monsters and Fall of Darkness by David J. Nix – Five generations earlier, a horde of monsters nearly obliterated humanity. All males are dead or ruined by a monster plague; words like ‘father’ and ‘romance’ have lost meaning. When teenager Sky joins an expedition to the shore that falls apart, she must survive amongst the monsters that roam the ruins. She gets unexpected help from a very surprising source. Mystery, action, and romance follow!

The Long Walk by Stephen King – King’s first novel, it gathered dust for years before printing. In a future society where reality shows rule, 100 boys set out on a walk. The rules are simple: average four miles per hour. If you fall behind you get warned. If you get three warnings, the punishment is absolutely horrifying. To the last boy standing goes the spoils. The novel is striking in its prediction of the current culture’s thirst for reality television, and foretold of King’s greatness as an author of the gruesome.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – Seven generations have passed since the Return, a plague that reanimates dead humans into creatures that feed on the living. Teenager Mary lives inside one of the last enclaves of uninfected, protected by a chain link fence that surrounds her village. When the fence is breached, Mary flees the village with a small band of survivors. Their flight toward an uncertain salvation is both harrowing and revealing, as they try to determine if they are humanity’s last hope.

Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi – In a near future where oil has run dry, grounded oil tankers are scavenged for parts by teenage crews. Seventeen-year-old Nailer works the dangerous duty, hoping to survive his job and his murderous father. When he discovers a luxury yacht wrecked by a storm, he faces a difficult decision: scavenge the ship to become rich, or rescue the sole survivor, a beautiful, wealthy teenage girl. His decision propels him into more danger, adventure, and love than he had ever counted on!

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff – Fascinating novel about the outbreak of a 21st century world war as seen through the eyes of Daisy, a 15 year old American staying with her cousins on a remote England farm. At first utopian, the kid’s existence degenerates into horror as the war encroaches on the farm. Through the several month period covered by the story, Daisy grows from a self-centered girl into a determined survivor. This book will leave a mark on the reader for years to come.

Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden – In a fantastic coming-of-age novel, Ellie tells the story of the invasion of her homeland of Australia by a foreign power. She escapes to the outback with six of her friends, where they make plans to fight a guerilla war against the occupiers. Ellie tells the story with superb sensitivity and insight, which generates the power that makes a good story a remarkable one. The relationships amongst the teens are incredibly realistic, and the accounts of armed conflicts are riveting.

Uglies by Scott Westerfield – In a future society, a mandatory operation at age 16 wipes out physical differences, turning “Uglies” into “Pretties”. The Pretties are allowed freedom to play, while the Uglies jealously await their turn. Ugly Tally has gotten into trouble that may forfeit her operation. The menacing government offers her a way out: find a group of rebel Uglies, infiltrate, and betray them. Tally agrees, but upon finding the rebels comes to understand the terrible price of becoming pretty.

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer – The moon has moved closer to Earth and the resulting calamities have resulted in the death of most people. The story, told through the eyes of a teen girl, chronicle the aftermath.

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman – In an alternate reality England, white-skinned people, called Noughts, are an underclass minority oppressed by a dark-skinned majority descended of Africans, called Crosses. Nought teenager Callum falls for Sephy, the daughter of a politically powerful Cross. As their romance grows, so does their safety in a society that does not tolerate racial mixing. When Callum’s family is implicated in a terrorist act, the lovestruck teens face difficult choices. Regardless of your heritage, this story will lend you a new perspective on race and what it means to be human. Stunning!

Donald asks…

When was the last time you went to church other than for a wedding or a funeral?

For me it was 1975, after I discovered better books in the college library….

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LOL….. Hear you about the library

Well, I went into a church last summer…. To tour it.. Its this huge menacing stone thing right in the center of town, you cant miss it… Its like huge.. And of course catholic… We were doing the tourist thing and well, we decided to go in as it was 150 years old…. I didn’t do the water and kneel thing upon entering… I grew up catholic but broke away years ago and wasn’t about to start again…. I looked at all the expensive gold gilt in the interior… It was crazy….. The ceilings soared four stories high if not more… The mezzanine was about two stories up and the front was carved statues… Angels jesus… There was a massive organ in the rear above the entrance on the second floor…. I didn’t light a candle because it costs money… Another thing I think is ludicrous… I checked out the museum part… Pictures of all the past priests of the church and I wondered what percentage molested alter boys… I used the bathroom…. Then I left…. And I thought…. Typical catholic church… Donation boxes everywhere, tons of money spent on glitz and glamor of the church…… Meanwhile people in the town are broke, lost jobs… Dying for you to buy their cheap souvenirs so they can eat…… Yep, glad I am no part of that nonsense anymore

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