questionsarmagedd-off 2012: when the end comes, what areā€¦

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@davidschronic: Yeah, that was my thought as well.
But, for a little variety, maybe the end of the last Narnia book, "The Last Battle". Maybe a bit of the end of Lord of the Rings.
Or the last chapter of the book that I'm just "this close" to finishing.

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Read? Who does that anymore? Oh wait....I do, lol!~

Hmmm...tough call. I would read the Bible, Revelations and then think to myself...'wait! This is all wrong! It can't be the end of the world!'

Then I would probably go and re-read all the poetry I wrote when I was younger. It reflected so much on how I felt about life and myself at the time I wrote it.

Then back to the Bible, and read Proverbs just for the fun of it, all while hoping I was right that it wasn't the end of the world. :)

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I'd go for Psalms...but I'm not sure I'd be calm enough to read effectively. I'd be a ball of nervous energy.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy seems appropriate. Is it just Earth that's ending or is it everything? Is there any hope of catching a ride on a Vogon ship?

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I'd probably read those magazines with pictures of nekked ladies. You know...for the articles.

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Firstly, what's with the downvotes on answers? I see no reason to d/v anyone's answer her.

TBH, I wouldn't be reading. I would be spending my last hours with the people I love most.

If I were reading? The Count of Monte Cristo. No great revelation, just my favorite book.

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Dang...looks like I am reading this post.

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Drat . I missed the end while working. I am currently reading a older book I liked. I am really busy this time of year (I know, who is'nt) so I like a book I know the story and can put it down easier than trying to fit in one more chapter to see what happens next.

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@thumperchick: Check out The Black Count by Tom Reiss. It's a nonfiction book about Alexandre Dumas' father, who was the inspiration for the Count of Monte Cristo.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/030738246X

The real-life protagonist of The Black Count, General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today yet with a story that is strikingly familiar, because his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used it to create some of the best loved heroes of literature.

Yet, hidden behind these swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret: the real hero was the son of a black slave -- who rose higher in the white world than any man of his race would before our own time.

Born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), Alex Dumas was briefly sold into bondage but made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. Enlisting as a private, he rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution, in an audacious campaign across Europe and the Middle East...

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@bls1: That is so cool! The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite books, too, but I never knew there was anything behind it. I will check out this book.

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@bls1: And now that is on my wishlist for later. Thank you!

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@jjkehoe: @thumperchick: Full disclosure, I'm old friends with one of the author's siblings, so I'm happy to promote the book only for that reason. The good news is that his earlier novels won all sorts of critical acclaim so you don't have to take my word for it. And my wife really liked it, too, so that's got to count for something. ;D

http://www.tomreiss.com/reviews

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The Holy Bible. It's a primer of sorts.

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Either the Silmarillion or this one particular collection of old style fairy tales from which my mother and grandfather read to me throughout my childhood. Probably would skim back and forth between the two, revisiting dreams and beauty and possibility, letting my last moments be filled with the ideal of humanity's greatest good--its artistic imagination.

Though if I knew the exact moment of when the world was going to end, I'd time it so that I could read Asimov's short story The Last Question and I'd die just as I read the most perfect last line of all last lines ever.

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These are some really great answers!