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Post by: Jimmy on February 28, 2006, 11:52:36 PM
You know the drill peoples.

I've just started reading American Gods because I read Sandman: Season of Mists in my graphic novels class and was interested in what else Neil Gaiman had done. I was told to start with American Gods. So far it is pretty entertaining.
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Post by: Eusis on February 28, 2006, 11:58:52 PM
I was reading that too, but unfortunately I wound up sitting on my ass about that, and ultimately had to return it to the library before I was done. I bought one of his books with short stories though, and I intend to randomly read some of them later.

Also still have that giant Narnia tome to go through. That should be fun.
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Post by: Vilnius on March 01, 2006, 12:06:03 AM
After not being able to find the fourth book of The Runelords series by David Farland (which is an excellent series), I finally jumped on the bandwagon and picked up A Game of Thrones.  I'm about 300 pages in and hoping it gets more exciting as things move on.  Someone please reassure me that I'm not making a mistake in reading this book.
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Post by: D-Rider on March 01, 2006, 01:27:49 AM
Quote from: "Jimmy"
I was told to start with American Gods.


I don't know who told you that, but they obviously hate you. :P  Not that the book is bad (far from it), but out of all his stuff that I've read, it's by far the heaviest read.  There's a lot to chew on.  If I were to recommend a Gaiman book to start with, I'd say Neverwhere.  It's Alice in Wonderland by way of Tim Burton.
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Post by: Cauton on March 01, 2006, 03:49:09 AM
I'm with Darkrider here - while American Gods isn't really bad, it's a bit too convoluted for it's own good. Neverwhere really is a much better starting point.

I haven't been reading much lately, unfortunently. When I was younger I used to read all the time, but recently other hobbies (like video games, anime and manga) have been taking up much of the time I used to spend reading books. The last book I read was The Count of Monte Cristo, which was totally awesome. I have A Feast for Crows waiting for me, but for some reason I'm not feeling very inclined to read it. Which is strange, as I'm a big fan of the previous A Song of Ice and Fire books. I read the first few chapters, but for some reason it never really grabbed a hold of me. Might be because I'm still disappointed after all the
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Post by: Sazabirules on March 01, 2006, 06:24:15 AM
I just finished Sharpe's Tiger and am now going to start reading Sharpe's Triumph.
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Post by: Onyx on March 01, 2006, 07:23:36 AM
It sounds hella generic and fanboyish, but I just finished Batman: Knightfall yesterday.  Until about 2/3 of the way through, it was good.

I'm in the middle of the Saga of the Swamp Thing (Alan Moore) now, which is some of the most hardcore shit I've ever read.
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Post by: Dade on March 01, 2006, 12:34:16 PM
I'm reading The Covenant Rising by Stan Nicholls. It's a fun read but kinda suffers from the Dragonlance Syndrome. It's got loads of action, and has cool characters, but the story just seems so unfleshed out. I read books like George Martin and get totally engrossed and then read this....and feel so unsatisfied.
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Post by: GrimReality on March 01, 2006, 12:57:36 PM
Stll reading Assassins Quest by Robin Hobb. I'm finally getting towards the end, though. Most of the book moves very slow, but is now picking up. I will never read any more Robin Hobb books. It's not that they're bad, just too slooooooooooooooooooooooooow.
Oddly enough, the next book I have to read is Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I just figured it would be a good starting point for Neil Gaiman.
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Post by: Nemmet on March 01, 2006, 01:01:45 PM
I read the first chapter of 'I'm Not Really Here' by Tim Allen. It's actually pretty funny. I like it.
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Post by: Jimmy on March 01, 2006, 01:59:57 PM
Quote from: "The Darkrider"
Quote from: "Jimmy"
I was told to start with American Gods.


I don't know who told you that, but they obviously hate you. :P  Not that the book is bad (far from it), but out of all his stuff that I've read, it's by far the heaviest read.  There's a lot to chew on.


Jimmy = English Major. I'm used to heavy reads.
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Post by: Vilnius on March 01, 2006, 02:01:43 PM
Seems like things are really starting to pick up in A Game of Thrones after the Hand's Tourney.  I'm starting to like this book a lot.
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Post by: Sazabirules on March 01, 2006, 07:11:33 PM
Quote from: "Vilnius"
Seems like things are really starting to pick up in A Game of Thrones after the Hand's Tourney.  I'm starting to like this book a lot.


It seemed for me that it started off slow but it started kicking in and getting more awesome the more you got through the books until FFC.
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Post by: CastNuri on March 07, 2006, 04:34:01 AM
Recently bought: "Priestess of the White" by Trudi Canavan. Slightly more than a hundred pages into the book...so far, so good.
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Post by: Degolas on March 07, 2006, 07:39:34 AM
I'm supposed to be reading Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwall. However it looks like a piece of shit so I can't be bothered.
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Post by: Nemmet on March 07, 2006, 02:27:22 PM
Finished 'I'm Not Really Here' by Tim Allen. For the book he used a lot of ideas from quantum physics to talk about philosophy and existentialism... and the whole book was actually really satisfying. A fantastic book.
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Post by: Sazabirules on March 07, 2006, 06:41:04 PM
I finished Eragon and I hated it. It was just a ripoff of Star Wars plot elements with LOTR copies with no originality. It was a good children's book but not a good fantasy book. Now I'll start Roger Zelazny's 10-book Amber series in one volume that my friend gave to me.
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Post by: alchahest on March 11, 2006, 04:23:44 AM
the fiance and I were in a bookstore looking for the Chronicles of Amber, and this creepy seven foot neckbeard just randomly started talking to us about it and we were all smiling and nodding and trying to get away, but he kept following us giving us information about the series and where the best place in the city to buy it is.

then I bought Thunderhead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, because it's one of the three books of theirs I don't have yet, and I'm craving it so much, I'll even read the books that are written with the peripheral characters.

oh god, Preston and Child.


also read Prince of Fire a bit ago, by I don't remember who. It's one of those books you'd find at a drugstore, though, so it's not hard to find.  About an Israeli spy and Palestinian terror group. neat read, but a little ethnocentric. it TRIED to show both sides of the story, but it really ended up being "PALESTINE BAD JEW GOOD" and like, five ill-concieved paragraphs of "but what if.. I'm wrong!?!?!?!" and yeah. not bad, though.
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Post by: Kiem on March 13, 2006, 03:51:58 AM
I went and bought Invisible Ring and The Pillars of the World by Anne Bishop last Tuesday. I read her Black Jewels trilogy and just wanted more from that world. I finished Invisible Ring and I have to say, I just the world she's created. Great characters, great world and a very interesting look on magic and power. The balance between men and women.

I'll be starting The Pillars of the World soon, I just hope its as well fleshed out as the Black Jewels.
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Post by: Nemmet on March 13, 2006, 04:32:10 PM
Starting on The Secret Life of Peter Gabriel by Chris Welch for a class project.
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Post by: GrimReality on March 22, 2006, 08:20:19 AM
I finished Assassins Quest and am now reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.
Not sure if I would recommend the Assasin books to your average fantasy book reader. They are kind of slow going and depressing. Writing was good, but just didn't get as much out of them as I had hoped(or anticipated, based on feedback by others).
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Post by: D-Rider on March 23, 2006, 11:58:07 PM
I'm currently rereading one of my favorite stories, "The War Hound and the World's Pain" by Michael Moorcock.  Like most of his stuff, it's short but sweet.

Next on the agenda is to refresh myself with Janny Wurts' Mistwraith books.  I just found on today that the most recent entry in the series came out a few months ago, and I've forgotten damn near every detail from the earlier books. :P
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Post by: Shooichi on March 24, 2006, 12:51:43 AM
Oh man, guys, it's been about a year since I've just straight up read a good book. That was Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson, and I'd really like to read something like that again. I'm thinking of re-reading Cryptonomicon (also by Stephenson), but a new book with that amount of awesome would be even better.

Any suggestions?
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Post by: Dade on March 24, 2006, 01:09:08 PM
Neuromancer.
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Post by: John on March 24, 2006, 05:54:59 PM
I picked up "Thank You For Smoking" by Christopher Buckley.  I really wanted to see the movie after I saw the trailer, but it's not showing in Vegas (just NY and Hollywood, so far).  I saw that it was "Based on the Best-Selling Novel", so I went and snagged the novel today.  So far it's good.  Interesting style on it, but it's based on the PR industry, which is really cool.

-John
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Post by: Nemmet on April 06, 2006, 06:05:37 PM
I'm almost finished with 'Into Thin Air' by Jon Krakauer. I was assigned to read it for Journalism class, and it's really good.
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Post by: GrimReality on April 07, 2006, 12:13:53 PM
I've been reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Kind of an odd book. It's gotten a little better now that this Hunter chick has shown up. Not as good as I was hoping, at least fo far. Maybe it'll pickup.
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Post by: Jimmy on April 12, 2006, 07:42:20 PM
Reading Beowulf again because I'm writing a paper on it, well, sort of. It's still the best.
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Post by: Killy on April 18, 2006, 08:16:55 PM
Hey I read the Great Book of Amber (Amber Chronicles compilation).  It started off pretty awesome, and had some great concepts.  I'd say the first 4 or so books were the best.  Then it just kinda fizzed out, got lame... I noticed that the later books were written by like "The Amber Corporation" as opposed to Roger Zelazny, so that probably explains why they sucked.

The most recent book I read was, weirdly, Fried Green Tomatoes at Whistle Stop Cafe.  It's not my usual type of book at all, but for some reason it just jumped into my hand and I started reading it.  And I liked it.
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Post by: Extwin on April 19, 2006, 03:11:08 PM
I just finished re-reading 'Hokkaido Popsicle' by Isaac Adamson. It was ann incredibly entertaining book. Its kind of a "punk-noir" style book. It's even better if you enjoy Japanese pop culture because of the focus on J-rock in the book.
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Post by: Nemmet on April 21, 2006, 03:33:28 PM
Almost halfway into Deception Point by Dan Brown. 'Unputdownable (http://www.danbrown.com/),' as the Washington Post describes it.
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Post by: MeshGearFox on April 21, 2006, 07:41:48 PM
Reading two right now, actually.

Samuel R. Delany - Dhalgren. I've  been reading this since last summer (August, 2005 :P). Barring MAYBE Catch-22, it's my favorite book evar. It's more like a large sculpture that you can read than a story, I guess. It's sort of something that eludes description.

Also gravity's rainbow.
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Post by: Degolas on April 25, 2006, 07:38:03 AM
I read 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' last night. It fucking ruled.
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Post by: Dade on April 25, 2006, 10:40:32 AM
I'm re-reading the Pulizer Prize winner "The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" by Michael Chabon.

Wow....after kinda blazing through it the first time I didnt grab everything, but if you're a reader that loves to write too....get this novel. It's about a young man who is an artist in Nazi invaded Prague who escapes after being trained in Escape Artistry. He makes his way to Queens to live with a distant cousin and his family. The cousin is looking for someone to help him develop his new found love....Comic Books.

The language is fucking amazing, the imagery is insanely vivid, and the story is just fun.

Shouldnt be hard to find, it's only a 5 or 6 year old book. Check it out, it rocks.
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Post by: Degolas on April 30, 2006, 11:41:49 AM
I'm reading two things at the moment, one for class, one for pleasure.

For class: The Soccer Wars by Ryszard Kapuscinski.

For pleasure: The Complete Grimms Fairy Tales.
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Post by: Degolas on May 16, 2006, 07:35:47 AM
I've started up George Orwell's 1984. Why it's taken me this long to read it, I don't know.
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Post by: CastNuri on May 26, 2006, 11:58:06 AM
Magic or Madness.

My literature teacher bought a copy of this book for me when she went to see the author in Australia. It's an alright novel. Unique storyline (and variety of words- Aussie + American) and I like the main character quite a bit. It was enjoyable.

The narrative's a bit like one of those young adult high-school novels but the fantasy element gives it an interesting twist. Simplistic language as well as descriptions. Getting the second book next week.
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Post by: Azrael on May 26, 2006, 01:11:19 PM
I just finished Memoirs of a Geisha, which is fantastic, and I also watched the movie, which butchered the book completely.  So so so much is inconsistent between the two I can't believe that Golden allowed the movie to be made.
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Post by: Degolas on May 26, 2006, 01:36:35 PM
I finished 1984, thought it was pretty good. The final part was pretty damn powerful.

Next up is either 'Slaughterhouse 5' by Kurt Vonnigut, or '2001: A Space Odyssey,' by Arthur C. Clarke.

As you can see, I'm in the mood for some sci-fi :P
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Post by: GrimReality on May 26, 2006, 02:20:00 PM
Finished Neverwhere and have started reading The Real Story by Stephen Donaldson. First book in some long sci-fi series a co-worker of mine let me borrow.
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Post by: Sazabirules on May 28, 2006, 11:40:42 PM
I'm probably going to read 1984 as my next book soon since I just read Animal Farm and I have been recommended the book several times. I finished up the Deadhouse Gates and it was good. It was still confusing. It had great new and old characters.
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Post by: CastNuri on May 30, 2006, 06:04:01 AM
Completed Magic Lessons the same day I bought it. The first book was more interesting and exciting because it was a introduction to Reason's world. This one's like a varied build-up to the third book's inevitable climax. Not bad.

More than halfway through Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey". It's different; more refreshing than other Austen novels I've read. Still have to re-read some of the sentences because of the construction and words.

Not sure what to read after this. Someone recommended Terry Pratchett although I don't know if he'll appeal to me. Maybe I'll look around Kino and check out what catches my eye.
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Post by: Eusis on June 03, 2006, 05:12:12 AM
Decided to follow my whims, and started reading Snow Crash. Pretty good so far, but I'm only about 15 pages in.
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Post by: Degolas on June 09, 2006, 06:41:36 AM
I finished 'Slaughter House 5.' It was a really amazing read. The narrative was moving to so many different periods of time so quickly, but it never felt too all over the place, it was all very controlled and economical. And some of the writing, especially relating to war, was just fantastic. A really unique way to look at World War II.
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Post by: Cauton on June 10, 2006, 05:59:21 AM
It's summer, which means that it's time for me to start reading books again (reading outside in the sunshine is TEH WIN). So today I picked up the following books:

The Once and Future King by T.H White
The Confusion by Neal Stephenson. I just found out that it's the second book in the series. Meh, thought it was the first. Guess I'll have to go buy Quicksilver as well then.
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Vägen till Klockrike by Swedish author Harry Martinsson.

I think I'll start with Going Postal, as Discworld books are always quick and fun reads.
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Post by: kyuusei on June 10, 2006, 11:50:50 AM
I watched Memoirs of a Geisha a month ago and thought the movie was pretty. I read the book while travelling to/from Greece and, well, differences between books and movies don't surprise me anymore. The book is always better. In this case I like how it was written - you know, as the title suggests. :P
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Post by: Degolas on June 12, 2006, 07:58:30 AM
I'm still slowly reading my way through Grimm's Fairy Tales, and enjoying them immensely.

I'm also about to start on 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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Post by: Degolas on June 16, 2006, 03:21:06 PM
At work I've read a couple of things, as I'm working at a studio where audio books are recorded. It's a strange way of reading; I have the manuscript, but I also hear the voice actor speaking it. Anyway, the books are:

Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman
Paula Spencer by Roddy Doyle (this isn't out until September)
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Post by: Eusis on June 19, 2006, 04:30:34 AM
Finished Snow Crash. Liked it. Probably will deal with my other books later.
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Post by: Marshmallow on June 19, 2006, 09:46:08 AM
Because I'm lazy and haven't been reading much lately, I've only completed:

Stephen King- The Stand (Though technically this was really early in the school year)
Terry Pratchett- Sourcery
Vonnegut- Slaughterhouse Five

All excellent books.
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Post by: Vanguard on June 19, 2006, 12:20:28 PM
I'm the middle of Manufactoring Consent by Noam Chomsky. After this I have either A People's History of the United States or Howard Zinn on War and Other Means to Ends.
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Post by: Degolas on June 19, 2006, 12:24:06 PM
Imperium by Robert Harris.

Had to read through all of it today for work, writing down all the difficult names and words so that we can work out how to say them when recording :P
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Post by: kyuusei on June 27, 2006, 03:39:59 AM
Greece has inspired me to get to reading the Iliad of Homer while I have spare time. :P

....The Richmond Lattimore translation.
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Post by: Degolas on June 27, 2006, 12:32:40 PM
I'm reading...The Bible, for work. Genesis is fun, cause it's basically everyone fucking the shit out of everyone else. All the other parts have been boring though. I'm not just saying it in a 'LOL THE BIBLE' way, it's just very badly written.
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Post by: Nemmet on July 01, 2006, 12:02:11 AM
Traveling Music by Neil Peart. It's pretty good.
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Post by: CastNuri on July 01, 2006, 06:26:51 AM
Uuuh...my English Lit teacher lent me (kinda shoved into my hands) a stack of books she said I should read. Most by Diana Wynne Jones. I've been through two of them so far...

The Time of The Ghost, which reminds me a lot of "Fire & Hemlock" because it felt really obscure and a bit twisted. After that I read through Howl's Moving Castle. HMC is one of the few reasons I can now stand Jones. I normally don't like what she writes, but this one book was pretty nice. I'm want to get the DVD (anime-movie).  =D
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Post by: Jimmy on July 01, 2006, 12:51:18 PM
I'm currently reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley for my British Lit. class. I've read it before, but it is a different book now I know the background of ideas it was based on. Still is enjoyable, although I have to admit having to read it for class has killed some of my enjoyment because it is a fairly easy text to pick apart. If I had been reading it for recreation I would have loved it.
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Post by: Merkava on July 03, 2006, 07:39:28 PM
Right now I'm reading Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Great book. I love the way it's written. After this, I have to read The Great Gatsby for school.

I've recently become much more interested in reading than I used to. Maybe it's because I've been reading all the wrong books for me. Life of Pi just bored me and made me feel like I was being told a story by a robot and that I was being talked down to throughout. The same thing happened with Nickel & Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich.

Now I actually prefer reading to other activities. This has never happened.
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Post by: CastNuri on July 07, 2006, 10:46:03 AM
"The New Policeman" by Kate Thompson (again, from my English Lit teacher). A decent and interesting read. Finished half the book during a gift-giving ceremony at school today and the other half at home.

Light-reading, I suppose.
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Post by: Degolas on July 07, 2006, 01:26:23 PM
Quote from: "Marshmallow"
Vonnegut- Slaughterhouse Five

All excellent books.


DUDE YES.
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Post by: Cauton on July 12, 2006, 03:54:32 PM
Finished with Going Postal today. I really liked it. Compared with Pratchett's early Discworld novels, the new books are simply amazing (well, they're amazing anyway). I love how he uses the Discworld to shine light on problems and injusticies that exist in our real world. Highy recommended for everyone who likes humoristic fantasy.

Now on to Vägen till klockrike.
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Post by: Lilim on July 12, 2006, 11:49:31 PM
Re-reading through the original six volumes of Dune by Frank Herbert. At this moment, I'm just about finished with Heretics of Dune and only have Chapterhouse Dune to go. I always feel I pick up on something new every time I read, making me wonder 'Why didn't I noticed that before?'. This series has to be one of my top favorites.

With the arrival of these newer books compiled by his son Brian and Kevin Anderson, I feel rather divided on what my opinion should be. It's still within the Dune mythos so that reels me in, but it doesn't flow the same way. Not that is a bad thing, but I don't feel compelled to re-read through the two trilogies they have put out together. Now they are attempting to pick up where Chapterhouse left off based off what information they found into two new books called 'Hunters of Dune' and 'Sandworms of Dune'. I guess they have to squeeze as much melange out of it as they can. For now, I'll remain highly skeptical until I see their published result.
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Post by: Degolas on July 26, 2006, 07:01:50 PM
Bump!

I've read quite a few things. For/at work I've read Imperium by Robert Harris several times, The Afghan by Fredrick Forsyth, and almost all of the Old Testament, which has pushed over the line into agnosticism.

For pleasure:

I finished 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was good, certainly clears up a lot of the mystery of the film...which makes it not as good in my opinion.

Also read The Little Price, which was a great little children's book, which has a lot of depth to it which makes it incredibly appropriate for adults as well.

I am now reading another children's book called Private Peaceful, which deals, among other things, with WWI. I'm interested to see how it's dealt with in a children's book.
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Post by: Vanguard on July 26, 2006, 09:42:37 PM
I finished Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky about two weeks ago. I then moved on to Howard Zinn on War and Other Means to Ends, which I finished today. I then immediately moved on to Radical Chic and Mau Mau-ing the Flak-Catchers by Tom Wolfe. I'm only 30 pages in (which is a lot considering the book is only about 120 pages total), and it's really good. I'm taking a small break on the political reading and going through some of my other books before delving back into it. Next up is Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cucoo's Nest.
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Post by: Chocobowie on July 26, 2006, 11:27:42 PM
I'm currently working on The Final Solution by Michael Chabon, the complete works of Rimbaud, How Are We Hungry by Dave Eggers, Flight, which is a comic collection by a whole bunch of people, and I'm rereading His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.
I'm also going to suggest picking up CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders.  Seriously one of the best books I've ever read.  Really dark short stories, reminds me a little of Chuck Palahniuk but actually better (in my opinion).
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Post by: Marshmallow on July 26, 2006, 11:44:08 PM
You read too much hoity-toity civilized shit. :P

I'm continuing to read The Angel's Command. <3 Brian Jacques.

Also finished The Alphabet of Manliness a while ago.
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Post by: Degolas on July 27, 2006, 05:24:24 PM
Quote from: "Marshmallow"
You read too much hoity-toity civilized shit. :P

I'm continuing to read The Angel's Command. <3 Brian Jacques.

Also finished The Alphabet of Manliness a while ago.


I think I've met Brian Jacques. Is he the author of the Redwall books, with the mice and all that jazz? My Dad works with him quite a lot, and I think I met him a while back, and got some free stuff.
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Post by: Vanguard on July 27, 2006, 07:45:34 PM
Yeah, that's the guy Degolas.
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Post by: Degolas on July 28, 2006, 06:32:34 AM
Thought so. I like him, because he gave me free stuff :P I don't think I've actually read any of the books though.

I got a copy of 'The Best Loved Poems of John Betjeman,' haven't read any yet.
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Post by: Degolas on July 29, 2006, 04:37:05 PM
Bought a few books today, with the aim of lasting me until I get my reading list. They're all children's books, because that's what I want to do dammit.

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
Hitler's Canary by Sandi Toksvig

And two picture books, because I also want to do those! And they're pretty awesome.

Marvin Wanted MORE! by Joseph Theobald
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr (I had to get this when I saw it, it's such a classic.)
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Post by: Vanguard on July 30, 2006, 10:36:50 AM
I finished Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak-Catchers. It was a pretty good read. I did not move on to One Flew Over the Cuccoo's Nest though, instead I decided on Johnny Got His Gun. I'm about 50 pages in and it's really, really good. The lack of commas might bother some, but they're easy enough to insert yourself.
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Post by: Degolas on July 30, 2006, 05:02:18 PM
I finished Private Peaceful. Really good book, rather sad. Had what felt like a rushed ending, but perhaps being a children's book it didn't want to dwell on what happened for too long.

Not 100% what's next, I'll see what I pick up from the pile when I go to bed!
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Post by: Nemmet on August 10, 2006, 05:39:16 PM
Got The Dark Towers 1-4 by Stephen King a couple days ago and I'm almost done with book 1. Damn good stuff.
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Post by: Vanguard on August 10, 2006, 06:56:22 PM
I finished Johnny Got His Gun, which is an amazing book. Despite Mr. Dalton's lack of comma usage, he writes very well. In fact, I think it actually complimented the book.

I'm now on Part 3 of One Flew Over the Cockoos Nest, and it is shaping up to be one of my favorite books ever. Ken Kesey is a master of analogy.

After this, it's On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
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Post by: Eusis on August 11, 2006, 05:03:19 AM
Picked up American Gods, this time bought rather than borrowed from the library. I'll read either this or Heretics of Dune sometime, and probably one of the short stories in Smokes and Mirrors - disappointed in myself on holding off on that, since part of the reason I got it was so I'd have some good short stories to quickly blow through when I feel like it.
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Post by: CastNuri on August 11, 2006, 05:58:57 AM
Recently I've read "Night of Madness" by Lawrence Watt-Evan, a book that I got as a belated birthday present last month. It was your standard fantasy novel; weird names, enigmatic plot and a pinch of humour. Light reading.

I also read "Twilight" by Stepheni Meyer following my friend's recommendation. It's a teen novel, I think. The description fits:- modern, vampiric love-ish story. The way it was written however, didn't turn me off as most teen novels do. I kind of enjoyed it. The writer made it all feel believable in her context.

Next on my reading list, if I'm allowed to pick up another book (my mum thinks that my reading habits are causing my migraines), is "Remains of the Day" or "Last of the Wilds". Not sure.
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Post by: Degolas on August 11, 2006, 10:47:54 AM
I've been reading 'Mortal Engines' by Philip...someone.

It's really good. The concept is both original, and just a fantastic idea, and the plot, while not so quite original, has so many great characters and settings that it doesn't matter.

Also, today at work we finished the Old Testament, finally.
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Post by: MeshGearFox on August 11, 2006, 12:14:41 PM
Philip K. Dick?
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Post by: Degolas on August 11, 2006, 01:44:57 PM
No, it's not a K.Dick, it's a recent children's book. I could find out very easily, I'm just far too lazy :P
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on September 02, 2006, 05:16:52 PM
Reeve! Is a British guy, as can be deduced by the plotline. While the plot may seem unoriginal, it and its 3 sequels (Predator's Gold, Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain), are basically Post-Apocalyptic War Satire (mainly ID and ADP). Deg, you really should read the other 3 - it gets much better as it goes along. If anyone else finds copies of the books, theyre well worth a look.
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Post by: Degolas on September 02, 2006, 07:19:26 PM
Now that you mention it, I'm 100 pages into the sequel, Predator's Gold! Enjoying quite a lot so far. I won't be able to read the other two for a while though, I have my uni reading list to get through, which is pretty hefty.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on September 03, 2006, 04:17:42 PM
Meh. Started on Eragon the other day. But then this was interrupted by SFX's Pulp Idol thing free with issue 148, amongst other things. Anyway, I haven't read enough to decide whether its a good book. That will change soon.
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Post by: Metalhed on September 23, 2006, 06:41:13 PM
((Damn - my reading list feels a lot lighter than most of the books mentioned above))

I find I prefer the "serial" novels best. I find I loose interest around 350 pages. I stick mainly to the Star Wars series, the Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance.

I finished up the Everis Cale trilogy by Paul Kemp a couple of months ago. I found that to be a great read. I am just starting the new Star Wars novel arc 'Legacy of the Force" with 'Betrayal".

I have the first book in the Dragonlance 'The Lost Chronicles' trilogy on my desk to read also...

As for some of the books referenced above, 'A Game of Thrones' was fantastic (I have not read any farther into the series). I also liked 'Neverwhere' but had a hard time with American Gods (I gave up 150 pages in...)
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Post by: Degolas on September 23, 2006, 07:43:37 PM
I'm slowly chipping away at my university reading list.

I've read Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I quite enjoyed it, despite knowing the twist and everything.

Currently reading:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes by Billy Collins

Uni starts in 2 days, and I have so many damn books to read. Wuthering Heights takes so long to get through!
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Post by: Mr. Dark on September 23, 2006, 08:33:37 PM
In the middle of Blood of the Fold by Terry Goodkind.

The Sword of Truth series has become an addiction for me.
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Post by: Daggerstrike on September 23, 2006, 09:12:54 PM
I have recently been reading the Crown of Stars series by Kate Elliot. I am up to the last book, but too cheap to buy the hardcover =P

The books have a lot of characters and jump around in the perspective. I enjoy it.
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Post by: Dade on September 24, 2006, 11:56:40 PM
Picked up Nighwatch (http://www.amazon.com/Night-Watch-Novel-Sergei-Lukyanenko/dp/1401359795/sr=8-2/qid=1159156525/ref=pd_bbs_2/103-1353872-6279802?ie=UTF8&s=books) which i am totally stoked about. Oh and Crossroads of the Twighlight (Wheel of Time book 10) for $5.98 at Barnes and Noble....hardcover. Gotta love the bargain book section!
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Post by: Daggerstrike on September 25, 2006, 09:14:58 AM
Quote from: "Dade"
Picked up Nighwatch (http://www.amazon.com/Night-Watch-Novel-Sergei-Lukyanenko/dp/1401359795/sr=8-2/qid=1159156525/ref=pd_bbs_2/103-1353872-6279802?ie=UTF8&s=books) which i am totally stoked about. Oh and Crossroads of the Twighlight (Wheel of Time book 10) for $5.98 at Barnes and Noble....hardcover. Gotta love the bargain book section!


Fuck the Wheel of Time. Robert Jordan can suck my balls.
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Post by: Dade on September 25, 2006, 11:51:17 AM
Oh you'll have to wait for him to do me first....I'm in the camp that is still on board with the series only because I want to fucking finish it.
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Post by: Daggerstrike on September 25, 2006, 01:37:05 PM
I couldn't stand his writing style. I got through the second book and just said fuck it. Anyone who takes 8 pages to describe someones belt buckle needs to kiss my ass.

"It was shiny like the sun. The shine was...blah blah blah" I like detail, but I don't like wanting to drink drain-o because of it.
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Post by: Degolas on September 25, 2006, 02:31:35 PM
I'm surprised at quite how boring I'm finding Wuthering Heights.
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Post by: Daggerstrike on September 25, 2006, 03:45:22 PM
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I'm surprised at quite how boring I'm finding Wuthering Heights.


I am hoping this is sarcasm. =P
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Post by: Degolas on September 26, 2006, 07:48:15 AM
Nope. I thought I might enjoy it, it being somewhat of a classic, but it's just such a laborious read, and for me it's just not rewarding at all.
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Post by: Ruem on October 01, 2006, 01:31:19 AM
Lesse... lately I've been filling the time with spy novels and books by Dean Koontz, Micheal Connelly, occasionally interrupted by a children's fantasy story(Eragon, Eldest, then The Thief Lord). Nothing special to say about those; Mike, Dean, and authors such as Vince Flynn are often the conductors, the two children's fantasies were really read just to see what they were all about. I was seriously dissappointed by The Thief Lord.

The book I juuuuuusst finished and am really quite satisfied with is The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud. Probably also considered more a children's fantasy, I was lulled along by the somewhat different and more genesistical(huh?) avenue the story took. Plus, Bartimaeus, the namesake of The Bartimaeus Trilogy of which this is the first, constantly refers to ancient events/people(Atlantis/Ptolemy) with a wonderful mix of historical accuracy and character viewpoint. I'm definitely going to pick up the next two.

After finishing The Amulet of Samarkand and before starting on False Memory by Mr. Koontz, I discovered my roommate owns a copy of Redwall, by Brian Jacques(ya know, the mice, moles, badgers and shit? It's fucking great). Well.... last time I read that jewel was in middle school and I just couldn't resist.

edit: friggin lil tiny ass typos
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Post by: GrimReality on October 04, 2006, 12:41:04 PM
Just about done the third nook in the gap series by Donaldson. Pretty good stuff, but nothing mind-blowing. I will continiue the series, though.
Just read The Totally Geeky Guide to the Princess Bride. For folks who take the movie a bit too seriously. I love the movie, and enjoy the writings of Mary Ann Johanson, so I knew what to expect.
I also recently aquired The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. This should be interesting.
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Post by: Degolas on October 05, 2006, 11:33:29 AM
I took a break from Wuthering Heights to read Frankenstein, which I really enjoyed. Sadly, I now have to go back to the moors *sigh*
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Post by: CluelessWonder on October 05, 2006, 12:33:49 PM
I feel bad for you Degolas.  I too share your hatred of Wuthering Heights.  My main problem was that I couldn't root for the so called protagonists.  I thought the characters were selfish and crappy and I couldn't bring myself to care about them.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on October 09, 2006, 04:51:58 PM
Ever so slightly getting towards the end of Eragon - page 392, i think. It only starts getting interesting after page 60, when something actually happens. It is a bit slow-moving, but at least Christopher Paolini doesn't spend too long describing things - at one point several weeks pass in a page. It is still a very good book,  despite all of the above. It will never beat Sabriel/Lirael/Abhorsen by Garth Nix, as I don't think an SF/Fantasy book written in recent years comes close to being as good as them - Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines series comes close though.

Back to Eragon. The story is  somewhat less cliche than it seems at first, with dragons, elves, dwarves and of course an evil empire. The main thing that's a bit different is
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that you can't trust some of the main characters - it seemed as if Brom was a bad guy, but then it turns out he wasn't - and the "rebels" aren't much better than  the Empire. But that thing with Murtagh wasnt that surprising, as he did know a bit too much about the Empire and plus he recognised Zar'roc. The characters are quite interesting, too - there's even - gasp! - character development!

This is one of those books that wouldn't make a good film, unless the director/scriptwriter knew what the fuck they were doing. I bet they'll mispronounce all the words (the names of towns, ancient language words and people's names are all pronounced the way an English person would) and put a lot more action into it. And plus, it's quite hard to translate a 500-odd page book into a two-and-a-half hour film. At least there are hardly any teenage main characters, cuz everyone knows what teenage actors are like...

On a slightly different note, I too have read Wuthering Heights. Though I was forced to read it for English at high school, so it was automatically more boring than reading it out of your own free will. I have also read a few other pre-20th  century novels:
Dracula (very very long and slow to read)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (or Under the Sea for 20,000 leagues would be more accurate)
Dorian Gray (nothing happens for all 400 pages)
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Post by: Degolas on October 19, 2006, 07:55:37 AM
If you're interested in reading something from that period which you might enjoy, I recommend Jane Eyre. It's in a similar writing-style to Wuthering Heights (the authors being sisters and all), but the characters are far more likeable and interesting, and it's a lot less static than Wuthering Heights.

Frankenstein is also a good read, I've just finished it as part of my course. It's quite dense, but very well written, with a very interesting story.

I'm in a big reading mood at the moment, and I've bought myself a bunch of books to tide me over.

I've just finished 'Infernal Devices,' the third Philip Reeve book in that series. It was good, but not a patch on the first two. It felt far more simplistic, and the climax just felt like a rehash of the first book's ending.

My upcoming reading list:

- Dracula, by Bram Stoker
- Paradise Lost, by John Milton

I've also bought a lot of poetry, because as a writer I don't read anywhere enough of it!

- The Best Loved Poems of John Betjeman
- New Poems Book 1, by Charles Bukowski
- The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Other Poems, by Samuel Coleridge

And I still have course texts to read. I'm set for the next few months I think!
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Post by: Vanguard on October 19, 2006, 03:44:13 PM
I'm in th middle of Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman and On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Both are excellent.
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Post by: D-Rider on October 19, 2006, 07:19:29 PM
So I picked up "Anasi Boys" by Neil Gaiman.  I am completely amazed at how dissimilar it is to "American Gods". :P
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Post by: Ruem on October 20, 2006, 03:27:38 AM
Well, Redwall was fun, as I expected. A decade since I last read it certainly brought up a few "that seemed more gruesome when I first read it" and similarily themed moments but the story still enchants.

Afterwords I picked up The Eye of The Golem and Ptolemy's Gate, the next two in The Bartimaeus Trilogy and quickly read through them both. I tried to explain my reaction to its completion to my roommate(who doesn't really read) and the best I could come up with was: "I hated the ending at first, but that usually means I think about it forever and end up liking it". Ending aside, the whole journey was a joy, and I'd recommend it to just about anyone.... not my roommate.

Sooooo, after that, largely having to do with my snail's pace through False Memory by Mr. Koontz, I picked up a three book set of the Artemis Fowl series. Look, I like psychological thrillers at certain times, but I read through 200 pages of this first Artemis Fowl book faster than it took me to trod through 50 of this blooming mind-fuck Mr. Koontz wants to lay on me. I know I've heard this Fowl name before, whether on this board or elsewhere, and its starting off as fairly promising, though I'm a little weary of the "real life/magical world living together but seperate" trend.
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Post by: Degolas on October 20, 2006, 02:43:54 PM
Discovered today a reading list I didn't know I had! All books from the early 18th century was well. So I picked up two of the books from it, Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver's Travels. Dracula will have to put on hold sadly.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on October 20, 2006, 03:15:29 PM
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I've just finished 'Infernal Devices,' the third Philip Reeve book in that series. It was good, but not a patch on the first two. It felt far more simplistic, and the climax just felt like a rehash of the first book's ending.


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it is basically the same ending, but not everyone dies. And while Infernal Devices may not be as good, it sets things up nicely for the fourth and final book, A Darkling Plain. And without spoiling anything, that book has a very good ending.

Anyway, I finally finished Eragon today, and now I want to read the next book, Eldest. Because, while the storyline is somewhat resolved, the story hasn't actually "finished" -
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there's still the matter of an evil empire, and every other loose end that wasn't tied up in this book. The ending has neither a cliffhanger nor reminders of the loose ends so there'll probably be a different ending to the film so that it does have one or both of these things - because otherwise people probably wouldn't see the inevitable adaptations of the next books (though from what I gather it's not one of the "big" films this winter, so this may never happen).

Edit: I'm interested to see how the film is going to turn out, as it's (to my knowledge) the first to be based on a successful teenage SF/Fantasy book in recent years - unless you count Harry Potter, though that is meant for kids (and adults) of all ages so that doesn't count. I'm also wondering what rating it will have, as unless they remove most of the violence (monsters' heads being cut off, blood-stained swords and piles of human corpses, for instance) and
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lines like "When torture failed, he ordered his soldiers to use me as they would, but fortunately I still had the strength to nudge their minds to make them incapable" it'll be a 15/M - though most of the book isn't quite like those things mentioned.
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Post by: Degolas on October 20, 2006, 04:19:17 PM
I don't know. If it's monsters being eviscerated and generally maimed, the rating doesn't tend to be as high. Look at Lord of the Rings, for example.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on October 20, 2006, 05:11:34 PM
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I don't know. If it's monsters being eviscerated and generally maimed, the rating doesn't tend to be as high. Look at Lord of the Rings, for example.


Yeah, but say a game like God of War gets an 18 for unnecessary tearing of limbs of monsters complete with fountains of blood. I know Eragon doesn't have anything that violent in it, but still there is still one bit where a monster's head is cut clean open, splattering his brain all over the place. I somehow doubt that would be in the movie, though from the trailer (http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/eragon/), it looks as if it'll be at least a 12, with LOTR-style battle scenes.

While we're on the subject of the trailer, why does Eragon look about 25?! Though the guy they got to play Alex Rider was a couple of years older than the character was supposed to be and looked about 20, so maybe this guy is 17/18, but he doesn't look like it.

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And what the fuck is Durza doing with a dragon? It seems they're going for a thing where magic comes from dragons, but the whole point about Shades is that their magic comes from an evil spirit that has possessed them. And if Durza isn't possessed by an evil spirit, that gets rid of his horribly-hard-to-kill thing. I could have just misinterpreted that bit of the trailer, but there clearly were two dragons and it did look like the other one was Saphira...
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Post by: CastNuri on October 21, 2006, 06:07:49 AM
In addition to my usual DC comics (been reading 52 a lot) , I read "Red Son" recently. It was an amazing read, I didn't expect an alternate reality Superman to be so interesting.

I lent my unread copy of "The Alchemist" to a close friend ages ago and she's been too busy to return it, so I bought another one and will be picking it up for my vacation in Langkawi.

My after examinations list of novels is growing. Does anyone have any good suggestions, fantasy or literature?
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on October 21, 2006, 05:02:37 PM
Um, Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series, if you haven't read it already. I haven't read any fantasy books written in recent years that come close to being as good as Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen. It's the only series i've read  in a long time that has no cliches whatsoever, so take that as you will.
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Post by: Degolas on October 26, 2006, 09:27:27 AM
Finished Gulliver's Travels. Really really great book! I thought that, it being one of the first novels ever written, the writing style would be really difficult, but not so!
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Post by: CastNuri on October 27, 2006, 11:03:39 AM
Thanks for the suggestion Ze, I'll put it on my list.

Finished "The Alchemist" while I was in Langkawi. It was a nice read, I really enjoyed it. There were a lot of 'lessons of life' in the book but I tried not to think too much about them so that I could enjoy Santiago's story. One of my favourite books that I've read this year.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on November 04, 2006, 01:13:46 PM
Started reading the Doctor Who books again. I was surprised that they were very good - lucky that, seeing as I bought 6 of them in a row one time. The Deviant Strain seems to be nearing the end of the story, yet I'm over a hundred pages from the end. Going off The Clockwise Man, which is written by the same author, any number of plot twists could happen in that time.
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Post by: Azrael on November 04, 2006, 02:26:48 PM
I've been reading lot's of Asian Lit.  Particularly contemporary.  I am in an Asian Lit course but for the most part of branched from the books.  Murakami Haruki is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.  Thus far I've read Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, After the Quake and The Elephant Vanishes by him.  I'm also starting Sputnik Sweetheart.  All are fantastic reads.  Especially if you can get into magical realism.  His books tend to add that element.  I've also recently read Our Twisted Hero by Yi Munyol.  Fantastic read and I'd suggest it but it is out of print and may be hard to track down.  Also read Yoshimoto Banana's Kitchen.  I can see what makes it so popular but I really didn't enjoy it all that much.  Well I guess I'm really torn on the book.  Then there is Soseki's Kokoro which is a wonderful book but oh so depressing.  I've also picked up 2 anthologies of Korean Short stories that I've begun to read.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on November 05, 2006, 03:45:26 PM
The only Asian Lit i've ever read is Ring by Koji Suzuki. Much like Frankenstein, it isn't Horror, rather it's Psychological Thriller. And it's very good, too - not the kind of book I usually read, but I liked it nontheless. I also own the sequel, Spiral, but haven't got around to reading it yet.
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Post by: Vanguard on November 09, 2006, 11:43:13 AM
I finally finished On the Road by Jack Kerouac. It was okay, nothing too spectacular. I'm now 50 pages into The Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Salinger, which I've never read before. It's pretty good thus far.

Also, on the side I'm reading two books of poetry: Burning in Water Drowning in Flame by Charles Bukowski, and Collected Poems 1947-1980 by Allen Ginsberg. Both are amazing, and I'm finding the beat poetry is better than the beat novel. Although I do have Post Office by Bukowksi, which I've heard is great.
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Post by: Degolas on November 10, 2006, 10:56:18 AM
I have a book of Bukowski poetry to read myself, haven't got around to it yet.

I never finished Joseph Andrews, but did succeed in reading The Fair Jilt, by Aphra Behn, because it was short :P

I'm now moving on to Robinson Crusoe, which I was supposed to have read weeks ago, but didn't realise.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on November 11, 2006, 05:32:51 PM
Finished one Doctor Who book, started on another. After i've finished this one and the one after that, i'll have to make the impossible decision of what to read next. That'll either be Hidden Empire by Kevin J Anderson or Shade's Children by Garth Nix, methinks.
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Post by: Jimmy on November 15, 2006, 09:06:45 PM
Today I found out about a Joss Whedon graphic novel which takes place in a futuristic Buffyverse. Picked it up at the comics shop and read it. Fantastic.

It's titled, Fray, for any Whedon/Buffy fans who might be interested in reading it.
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Post by: Vanguard on November 16, 2006, 07:04:32 AM
I finished The Catcher in the Rye. I'm now almost done The Port Huron Statement by Tom Hayden. He's speaking at my college this Saturday.
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Post by: Vanguard on November 20, 2006, 09:32:59 AM
I finished the Port Huron Statement and I'm now a few chapters into Brave New World by Alduous Huxley.
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Post by: Degolas on November 20, 2006, 03:03:16 PM
I think that now, despite still having to read random bits from books for quotes, and a lot of poetry, which is cool, I can finally read something of my own choosing! I plan to resume Dracula!
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Post by: MeshGearFox on November 20, 2006, 03:21:05 PM
Probably going to start reading Siddhartha in German again. That, or Goethe. It really says something about a society when the lack of higher-level language reference books pretty much anywhere drives one to randomly diving through Project Gutenburg, and misspelling it in the process. F**K.
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Post by: Merkava on November 20, 2006, 05:58:19 PM
Finished Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. Brilliant modern tradegy, but my class didn't spend much time on it. After Thanksgiving, we are going to study Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, so I'm to read it over break. It's good so far.
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Post by: Degolas on November 21, 2006, 04:30:35 AM
Frankenstein kicks arse, I'm doing it at uni. Enjoyed it muchly I did.

I resumed Dracula, and am now very surprised how fast things are moving, considering I'm only 40 pages in! It's quite a bit trashier than I expected!
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Post by: Nutbar on December 08, 2006, 07:29:36 AM
Recently read Frankenstein for uni as well, its gripping and great fun to analyse.

I'm reading the short story "The Magic Poker" (Robert Coover) for my last assignment this semester, and for myself, I'm reading "The Discomfort Zone" (Jonathan Franzen), which is one of the most engrossing books i've read in a long long time.
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Post by: CastNuri on December 08, 2006, 08:14:39 AM
I started my holiday reading list yesterday with, of all things, "Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast".

It was a decent book. Beauty & The Beast has always been on of my favourite cartoon movies-- and I've never read the original --so this was actually enjoyable to read. Of course it was different from Disney's view, but in a good way.

Beauty's got personality and rational, thanks to the first person PoV and the writer's clever depiction. On the other hand, I think it could have been better.
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Post by: Vanguard on December 08, 2006, 09:01:31 AM
I finished Burning in Water, Dwroning in Flame by Charles Bukowski, A Coney Island of the Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Brave New World by Alduous Huxley.

All were amazing. I love Bukowski's prose as poetry style. Lawrence Ferlinghetti is my favorite beat poet thus far. Brave New World is very well done and immediately after I finished it I wrote a five page journal entry suming up my thoughts on it.
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Post by: Degolas on December 08, 2006, 12:13:30 PM
I'm still reading Dracula :P

It's really good, I've just been pretty damn busy lately.
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Post by: Vanguard on December 10, 2006, 04:46:20 PM
Degolas, when you get around to that Bukowski book let me know how you like it. If you do, A Coney Island of the Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a great follow-up.
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Post by: MeshGearFox on December 12, 2006, 01:15:06 AM
Just read Heinrich Böll - Die Blasse Anne. Need to reread it to make sure I got all the words and stuff.

More importantly, I finished Dhalgren. I want to reread the ending just so I get all the words there. I didn't quite understand it, really, but I have some ideas as to the ending. It's odd, though. Someone mentioned that it has different meanings depending on when you read it in your life. Being a freshman in college, I guess I'm relating some of the stuff that happened in Bellona in the book to what I've seen about college life so far. It is sort of an interesting parallel, even if it's not intentional. I think the loss of symbolism/arbitrary symbolism thing that comes up can relate to any life change, maybe?
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Post by: Eusis on December 12, 2006, 06:35:56 AM
I've read through Animal Farm a few weeks back, and yesterday read through Stardust. Both were pretty good, and I was surprised to find out the latter was getting a movie adaption - only knew about that after I finished it.
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Post by: Vanguard on December 14, 2006, 09:38:13 PM
I'm reading the following:

Put Out More Flags by Evelyn Waugh
Allen Ginsberg's Collected Poems 1947-1980
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

All are amazing. I've only 50 pages of Waugh's book left; I still have about 500 pages of Ginsberg and I'm only two chapters in on the Zinn book.
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Post by: everluck on December 14, 2006, 10:52:19 PM
Currently reading Everything Bad Is Good For You, by Steven Johnson. Probably moving onto How The Irish Saved Civilization next.
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Post by: CastNuri on December 15, 2006, 09:28:48 AM
I'm half-way through Peter Pan. I bought the 100th Anniversary Edition recently along with the official sequel.

It's taking longer than expected to complete the former, probably because I've never really read an unabridged version of the tale until now. The characters are fascinating and I like J.M. Barrie's way of telling stories, their little adventures.
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Post by: Vanguard on December 16, 2006, 07:39:59 AM
I finished Evelyn Waugh's book and am going to read Charles Bukowski's Post Office next.
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Post by: Vanguard on December 18, 2006, 10:06:44 AM
I sat down and read Post Office in one straight sitting. I'm now reading The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell by Alduous Huxley.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on December 18, 2006, 03:47:15 PM
Finally onto my last Doctor Who book for a while. So far The Stealers of Dreams is a bit like something that's a cross between the stories in Equilibrium and Beyond Good & Evil. Not really something that would work, you'd think. But it's one of the best of the Doctor Who books I've read so far.
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Post by: Dade on December 19, 2006, 12:56:02 AM
So I've kinda been in a fantasy/sci-fi slump lately. Nothing I pick up is engrossing. I read a hell of a lot, and after a while....nothing really does it for me anymore. David Eddings is boring and predictable, Robert Jordan can fuck himself, and Terry Brooks needs to fuck the dead corpse of Terry Goodkind.

I've been picking up random things as of late...

Fool's Crow by James Welch....more of a Native American fiction. Pretty darn good though.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabonhas recaptured my interest.....again. No surprise there. This book is amazingly written.

Then at the DEMANDING of a friend....picked up Tad Williams's Dragonbone Chair. Not sure what to think so far; I'm only about 40 pages in. Just in reading the foreward by Tad Williams himself I'm intrigued at the statement that as a reader....dont be so stupid as to assume you know what's going to happen, cause you're wrong.
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Post by: CastNuri on December 19, 2006, 02:49:59 AM
Taking a break from Peter Pan-- can't bring myself to continue reading it lately, for some reason.

Instead, I'm re-reading "Murder on The Orient Express", a brief but amusing affair by Agatha Christie. I love her books, they rarely fail to amuse me when I'm feeling down.
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Post by: Vanguard on December 19, 2006, 07:05:01 AM
I finished the The Doors of Perception half of the book but I haven't started Heaven and Hell. Alduous Huxley's a very good writer.

I read another chapter of A People's History of the United States, which is just amazing so far. It's not nearly as dry as I thought it would be.
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Post by: CastNuri on December 20, 2006, 10:40:01 AM
I've finally finished reading Peter Pan. It was wonderful! One of those books you shouldn't drag on reading, because you feel much better at its end than you do in the middle. It's a wonder so many people are enchanted by Peter-- he's such a delightful creature but still tragic in his own way. I've also come to appreciate the way J.M. Barrie writes.

Finished Murder On The Orient Express (as mentioned before) and The Clocks, both by Agatha Christie. Poirot is so interesting to read.
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Post by: CastNuri on December 22, 2006, 01:18:48 PM
Eek, double-post!

A lot of people have been telling me about how: "Death of a Salesman" is an excellent play, a gem of modern literature. So I bought it and read it yesterday. I agree with what those people told me...but that doesn't stop it from being so damn depressing! :P
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Post by: D-Rider on December 22, 2006, 01:32:25 PM
Quote from: "Dade"
So I've kinda been in a fantasy/sci-fi slump lately.  Blah, blah, profanity here, etc.


You tried reading any of Neil Gaiman's books, Dadeykins?  I know a while back, I was feeling that same "all this fantasy shit is exactly the same" vibe, then I picked up American Gods and absolutely loved it.  Then I read more of his shit, and liked it even more.

I haven't been reading much fantasy myself as of late.  New fantasy, anyway.  Nothing's caught my eye, so I've been reading lots of my old shit.  I keep meaning to pick up Traitor's Knot by Janny Wurts just to see if that series has gone the way of rambling Jordanitis yet.  The last book looked like it was on the verge.
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Post by: Cauton on December 22, 2006, 02:33:17 PM
Finished The Bonehunters, the latest book in the Malazan series, a few days ago. Amazing, as usual. Steven Erikson is without a doubt this generation's best fantasy writer - especially now that George R. R. Martin dropped the ball with A Feast for Crows.

Not sure what to read next. I have R. Scott Bakker's The Darkness That Comes Before, but after reading a few pages of it I get the feeling that it will contain everything I loathe about most modern fantasy - such as lots of "exotic" names (let me tell you, names with äs, ës or üs in them aren't exotic, just fucking stupid) and an "edgy" story (ie lots of very graphic voilence and sex for no reason at all). Might give it a few more pages before I throw it away completely, as a lot of people have praised it. I have this gut feeling that it won't improve much, though.

Chances are that I'll just re-read all of the Malazan books that have been released up till now. When reading The Bonehunters I found out that I had forgot most of the minor characters, and what roles the play in the overall story. Really need to freshen up my memory a bit.
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Post by: Vanguard on December 22, 2006, 04:49:13 PM
I'm also reading Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut. It's okay, nothing special. I'm about halfway through it now.
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Post by: CastNuri on December 25, 2006, 01:42:15 PM
Back into fantasy!

I started reading "Last of The Wilds" by Trudi Canavan. It's the sequel to "The White Priestess" and part of the Age of Five Trilogy. Although I do loathe some books of this genre because of their tedious pace and generic characters, I've taken a liking for Canavan's writing.

So far I'm slightly more than 1/3 into the book. It's good, yet I feel like the author switches perspectives more often than she did in the first book. It's entertaining but sometimes annoying.

I'm glad I put off reading this book until after my exams instead of when it was released. The next and last book of the trilogy is out in February '07, so I won't have to re-read this book to refresh my memory.
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Post by: Vanguard on December 25, 2006, 05:40:41 PM
I finished Breakfast of Champions, which was a waste of time. I still want to see what all the fuss is about with this Vonnegut fellow, so I'll give him one more shot, though I'm unsure as to what I might read next by him.

I'm currently entrenched in Junky by William Burroughs, which isn't bad. I'm nearly 3/4 of the way through and I fear it may fall into the same pattern that On the Road did, which after so many plotless pages just became redundant. However, I believe I'm in the big turning point in the book and the outcome could go either way; it could be a really great ending or it could be lackluster. I'll finish it over the next day or so.
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Post by: Dade on December 25, 2006, 08:12:38 PM
Quote from: "The Darkrider"
Quote from: "Dade"
So I've kinda been in a fantasy/sci-fi slump lately.  Blah, blah, profanity here, etc.


You tried reading any of Neil Gaiman's books, Dadeykins?  I know a while back, I was feeling that same "all this fantasy shit is exactly the same" vibe, then I picked up American Gods and absolutely loved it.  Then I read more of his shit, and liked it even more.

I haven't been reading much fantasy myself as of late.  New fantasy, anyway.  Nothing's caught my eye, so I've been reading lots of my old shit.  I keep meaning to pick up Traitor's Knot by Janny Wurts just to see if that series has gone the way of rambling Jordanitis yet.  The last book looked like it was on the verge.


Ya know I really should pick up American Gods. I read Neverwhere and fucking loved the shit outa it. As soon as I'm done with the couple books I am reading I'm totally snaggin a copy of AG.

I dunno if I'm just getting jaded or what, but Sci-Fi sucks now, and fantasy is a fuckin stretch for me.
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Post by: Vanguard on December 30, 2006, 07:30:56 AM
I finished Junky. It was okay. More than anything else it just made me want to read Naked Lunch. I'm now halfway through Fight Club, which is excellent.
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Post by: Degolas on December 30, 2006, 11:52:33 AM
Vanguard, on the topic of Vonnegut, have you read Slaughterhouse 5? It's the only of his I've read, but I thought it was amazing.

I finished Dracula a few nights OK. It was good, a little long-winded, but then that's part and parcel with the era I suppose.

I'm now reading A Darkling Plain, the last in The Mortal Engines series. About halfway through thanks to a sleepless night, and so far it's much more interesting than parts 2 and 3.
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Post by: Vanguard on December 30, 2006, 06:11:50 PM
No, but my girlfriend has. She wasn't very impressed with it, but I'm still willing to give him a shot.
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Post by: Dincrest on December 30, 2006, 07:00:20 PM
I found Slaughterhouse 5 really boring.  I'm not a Vonnegut fan.  I've read some of his short stories and found them pretty meh.  

Anyway, I finally finished The Amber Spyglass, book 3 of His Dark Materials.  Man, that book was a chore to read.  It dragged a lot and I fast forwarded a lot just to get to the stuff I needed to understand the ending.  I usually NEVER do that and read books attentively all the way through.  

The Golden Compass was good, if a bit slow in the beginning.  

The Subtle Knife was excellent; easily the best book in the series.  

Either way, Will Parry and Iorek Byrnison are the coolest characters.  Will rocks!
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Post by: Alexander on December 31, 2006, 03:11:57 AM
I am not perfectly sure if this is the place for comic books or not, and I apologize if this is not appropriate for this thread.

Batman - The Killing Joke
Batman - Knightfall
      Yes, the whole arc, crammed into three graphic novels.
I am pondering what I should be reading after The Long Halloween. I got either Hellsing, or finish off Harry Potter V.
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Post by: Degolas on December 31, 2006, 12:26:11 PM
Comic books are books too!

I however am of course far too elite to read them :P

Neal, I agree with you about The Amber Spyglass. I mean, I still liked it, but it took me about a year to actually read it! The Subtle Knife is the best of the three, and, tellingly I think, the shortest.

And Philip Pullman is an absolute dick. That is all.
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Post by: Vanguard on December 31, 2006, 07:52:46 PM
Yeah, Comc books are great. I haven't read any in about a year, but they're still valid forms of expression.
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Post by: Dade on December 31, 2006, 11:03:15 PM
So in my complete frustration with the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre (American Gods WAS really good, but I just dont think I was as into it as I could have been) I walked into a second hand bookstore today in the UDist and picked up some Hemingway. Haven't read much by him and I SHOULD start reading some classic literature if I really want to start writing heavily again.
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Post by: Sazabirules on January 01, 2007, 01:12:13 AM
I've been reading the first half of the Book of The New Sun. This is my first time reading Gene Wolfe's work. It's pretty good so far.
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Post by: CastNuri on January 01, 2007, 05:44:49 AM
Finished Last of The Wilds a while back. Quite enjoyed it, looking forward to the last installment. Going to start reading Mansfield Park or Peterpan in Scarlet this coming week.

Read the graphic novel Pride of Baghdad. It was good and with character, but kind of short if you ask me.
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Post by: GrimReality on January 02, 2007, 09:29:10 AM
I hear ya on your frustration Dade. I've read so much fantasy/sci-fi over the years that I just dont know where to go for something truly GOOD anymore.
I've read two Neil Gaiman books, Good Omens(with Pratchet), and Neverwhere. Both were quirky, throw away fun. Thats all. I honestly didn't get much more than that out of them. I prefer more serious reading.
I've been tempted to start reading the Thomas Covenant books. Anyone with an opinion on these? I've heard a lot of good things.
I'm now reading Dragons of the Dwarven Depths, and it has been tough so far. I used to think these two could write. I'm about 100 pages in , and this is pretty crappy stuff so far. Plus, all the typos are irritating me.
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Post by: thebranca18 on January 03, 2007, 10:43:06 AM
Quote from: "Dade"
Then at the DEMANDING of a friend....picked up Tad Williams's Dragonbone Chair. Not sure what to think so far; I'm only about 40 pages in. Just in reading the foreward by Tad Williams himself I'm intrigued at the statement that as a reader....dont be so stupid as to assume you know what's going to happen, cause you're wrong.


That series starts out slow but it picks up steam about 150 pages in.  I think it's worth it.

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If you don't like Jordan, I'm not sure if you'll like Williams though, he tends to be very descriptive and long winded as well.  Although I happen to like his characters a great deal better (less characters = more development).

If you're in the mood for something different, I recommend Guy Gavriel Kay.  Tigana is absolutely a great book.  Last Light of the Sun was great as well.  He likes to take history and sort of expand on it, I don't know how else to explain it.  The Lions of Al-Rassan is also really really good.[/code]
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Post by: Dade on January 03, 2007, 12:24:28 PM
Quote from: "thebranca18"
If you don't like Jordan, I'm not sure if you'll like Williams though, he tends to be very descriptive and long winded as well.  Although I happen to like his characters a great deal better (less characters = more development).


Yeah well I get the feeling Williams isnt going to be one of those assholes that introduces like fifty characters in about a hundred pages and expect you to remember everything about them, and then once you have them straight either kill them off or stop writing about them completely. Oh and then forget about writing about certain major characters for an entire book.
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Post by: Vanguard on January 03, 2007, 06:41:04 PM
I started and finished Fight Club. Great book. I like the second person viewpoint. I think I'm going to attempt my own second-person story in the future.

I'm also reading The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills by Charles Bukowski. It's not as good as Burning In Water, Drowning In Flame, but it is still good so far. I've only read like 40 pages so far anyway.

Since I've acquired every published Kesey novel, I've decided to finally read them. I'm only 20 pages into Sometimes A Great Notion, but it's going well so far; just the introduction really, so it's hard to judge it.
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Post by: CastNuri on January 05, 2007, 01:03:50 PM
I am slightly more than halfway through Mansfield Park which so far hasn't proved to be one of my more prefered novels by Jane Austen. There is a very entertaining quality to it but one can only take so much of reading about Mrs.Norris's trivial endeavours (I try not to skip them too many times).  

It's the sort of novel that I may enjoy more during a second incursion. I adore Fanny's humility and humbleness...it rather reminds me of Cinderella.
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Post by: Degolas on January 06, 2007, 03:05:41 PM
I finished A Darkling Plain. I was really impressed by it, a lot better than the two middle installments. It has a really impressive ending, which I'm so glad of because it's left the whole quartet on a high point. It's horrible when a really good book has a bad ending, because it tends to sour me on the entire thing.
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Post by: Logick on January 06, 2007, 08:21:11 PM
I justg finished the first 2 Discworld novels, The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic.  Now I'm reading this book called The Amulet of Samarkand, part of some triology, once done with them I might read more Discworld.
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Post by: Degolas on January 07, 2007, 01:14:19 PM
My reading list for this semester is about 25 books long. I have no idea how I'm going to read them all. Starting with the shortest I think! So up first, is Animal Farm.
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Post by: CastNuri on January 09, 2007, 06:58:59 AM
Twenty-five?! That's murder, even for a book lover!

Finished Mansfield Park and I take back what I said-- with the ending in mind, I don't think I would enjoy reading it again. Fanny's humbleness has become irritating passiveness and the whole scenario makes me feel a little bit depressed.

Also read and finished Peter Pan in Scarlet. I liked it a lot! Perhaps not as charming as J.M. Barrie's timeless creation but it retained his child-like charm as well as the allure that made Peter so wonderful. The first half of the novel resembled Barrie's style the most and the last half managed well enough without disrupting the original characters' dispositions.

Naturally, I overlooked anything that might have seem shifty or contradictory with the ending of the original Peter Pan (which states how Wendy never flew again to Neverland once she was a grown up, or something of the sort).

Not sure what to read next. Another Austen book? I'm interested in picking up something by Terry Pratchett, his books are supposed to be fun.
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Post by: Marshmallow on January 09, 2007, 06:15:05 PM
Started Cell by Stephen King last Tuesday, finished it on Friday. I have to say, as retarded as the premise sounds, it's a really good read. Very engaging.

I'm attempting to force myself to read the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy, but I keep getting bored and disinterested.
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Post by: Azrael on January 10, 2007, 12:19:56 AM
Recently went back to my roots so to say.  I recently finished a book called Miguel Street by a Trinidadian author, V.S. Naipaul.  Excellent book, very funny and for me it was very insightful.  It definitely had the island feel and I could feel my childhood summer days return to me.  I will definitely try to read some more of his stuff.

Currently I'm tying up so loose ends and finishing books I nearly did.  I finished up Murakami's Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and I just started the second part of Kafka on the Shore.  I really liked the ending to Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.  It was conclusive, but at the same time not.  There is definitely some key items looming over the readers head, but there is enough closure to make it satisfying.  

I'm also looking for some good suggestions. I've been trying to read sttories related to my major, East Asian Studies, and also to my heritage, Carribean.  I've been pretty good as far as Japanese and somewhat with Korean, but if anyone knows any Chinese stories and authors that they'd suggest that would be great.  Also Carribean, mainly Haitian and Trinidadian.
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Post by: Alexander on January 10, 2007, 08:35:59 AM
I finished Harry Potter V about an hour ago. I'm trying to finish off the series before school starts up again and I won't have access to them while I'm away. Goodness, I think I finally caught the bug.
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Post by: Vanguard on January 10, 2007, 01:41:54 PM
Sometimes A Great Notion was just too slow going for me. I read the first 100 pages and it just didn't do it for me, so for now it is on hold. Instead, I have started The Dharma Bums. I've read 60 pages thus far and it is great. I really enjoyed the way Kerouac wrote in On the Road, but the book didn't ever go anywhere. This book has a much better feel to it and I can say I'm already in love with it. It certainly makes me want to read more Kerouac.

I'm also making progress in Allen Ginsberg's Collected Poems 1947-1980, The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills by Charles Bukowski, and A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. I probably marked at least 3 poems by Ginsberg today, which is rare, since out of the 300+ pages of him I've read I've only marked perhaps 20 in total.
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Post by: Degolas on January 11, 2007, 06:07:17 AM
I finished Animal Farm. It was a little underwhelming to be honest. I was just surprised by how OBVIOUS it all was. Orwell didn't bother dressing it up too much. That's not a huge criticism, but I do think more could have been done with the idea.

Up next: A Series of Unfortunate Events Book I
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on January 11, 2007, 03:40:52 PM
Just finished The Stealers of Dreams. It did have a proper ending, unlike most of the Doctor Who books. Dunno what the hell I'm gonna read next, though. Hidden Empire and Shade's Children look equally interesting...
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Post by: Degolas on January 12, 2007, 06:32:47 AM
I'm now halfway through the first Series of Unfortunate Events.

Not as good as I expected to be honest. It's been hyped as super-imaginative and everything, but I've seen no evidence of that yet.
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Post by: CastNuri on January 12, 2007, 07:43:23 AM
Reading Emma by Jane Austen. Well...re-reading. I last read it sometime during the middle of last year.

It's a good read, no doubt.
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Post by: Alexander on January 13, 2007, 02:52:28 AM
Blazing through Harry Potter VI and I am wondering what I should go for next once I finish. Maybe I'll finish off Dracula since I have started it already.
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Post by: Vanguard on January 17, 2007, 07:12:45 PM
I finished the Dharma Bums. It's one of the best books I've ever read. Anyone interested in the Beats, Buddhism or spontaneous prose should check this out.

I've decided to follow it up with Scoop by Evelyn Waugh. I've only read the first chapter so far, but I can tell it's gearing up to be great.

I also finished The Days Run Away Like wild Horses Over the Hills by Charles Bukowski. I rather like about 20 poems out of the book, which is the average out of a collection this size. I can't decide if I want to read more Ferlinghetti or Whitman next.
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Post by: Degolas on January 18, 2007, 07:02:23 AM
I'm now reading The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro.

It's very slow moving, but quite enjoyable.
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Post by: GrimReality on January 22, 2007, 04:18:58 PM
Finished Dragons of the Dwarven depths. It was quite mediocre. Then again, I wasn't expecting a masterpiece. I imagine I'll still pick up the other books in the series, if only for Raistlins presence.

I've started reading Lord Fouls Bane. I've read about 10 pages so far. Leprosy is NOT good. I am wondering how all this is going to work into a fantasy novel.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on January 27, 2007, 12:14:40 PM
Just about halfway through Shade's Children. Garth Nix is proving to be the kind of author who can write for different genres and still be just as good.
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Post by: D-Rider on January 27, 2007, 12:41:45 PM
Amber, bitches.

More specifically, "The Guns of Avalon".  Even when fantasy is starting to get dull and predictable to me, I always enjoy the fuck out of the Amber books.
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Post by: Eusis on January 27, 2007, 04:38:32 PM
Checking out Microserfs now. Will hopefully read A Game of Thrones after this, but I probably jinxed myself by saying that.
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Post by: Degolas on January 28, 2007, 02:46:55 PM
I finished The Remains of the Day. Very, very well-crafted novel. Really made me realise how severely my own writing lacks subtlety.

Up next is Carry On, Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse.
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Post by: CastNuri on January 28, 2007, 03:16:12 PM
Been taking a short break from the books, but visited Kino recently.

Bought "Political Philosophy: A Short Introduction" for some bedtime reading...it's a brief and entertaining intro to the subject. Also gives me a chance to look up all those bloody political terms that get me turned about when I'm not paying attention. So far, so good.

Also got "Spirit Gate" (fantasy) but I'm gonna start that only after I'm done with The Kite Runner.
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Post by: GrimReality on January 29, 2007, 10:26:29 AM
About 120 pages or so into Lord Fouls Bane(see sig).
This has been..."interesting" so far. Donaldson is going to great lengths to make Covenant the ultimate Anti-hero. This is going to sound harsh, but I'm already tired of reading about Leprosy. I know that's what makes this different than other fantasy books, but I hope it evens out as the book(s) go on.
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Post by: Dade on January 29, 2007, 12:00:50 PM
Quote from: "GrimReality"
Donaldson is going to great lengths to make Covenant the ultimate Anti-hero.


I found the same thing in his Gap series.

He is a great writer, but he tries too hard.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on February 02, 2007, 11:21:19 AM
Finished Shade's Children - while it wasn't that great, this book did have some interesting ideas and was quite different from other books I've read in the angsty-teenagers-caught-in-the-struggle-against-a-dystopian-soceity genre. Shame Garth Nix isn't a particularly good writer, as this and his other books could be brilliant if written by someone like say, Phillip Pullman.
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Post by: Bluehaze on February 03, 2007, 07:18:30 AM
umm, reading Phenomenology of Perception by Maurice Merleau-Ponty--pretty cool so far; he's one of the main followers of Husserlian philosophy.  Mmm, also I'm going through "An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers" but G.H. Hardy, updated by E. M. Wright--it's pretty much a classic in number theory, and although about the first 8 chapters or so are review, it's very clear to read and understand and really shows some interesting perspectives on how to derive some certain proofs : )  So if you read through that, you should be very well versed in that area of math
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Post by: CastNuri on February 03, 2007, 01:21:07 PM
Aaarrgh!!

The Kite-Runner is driving me crazy. Everytime I read it, I feel like putting it down, even though it's extremely "read-able" (the simple and direct English makes it so). I've forced myself through some depressing and dry books before, such as Bronte's Jane Eyre, but I think I'm going to put this one down for now.
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Post by: Vanguard on February 04, 2007, 01:31:06 AM
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh was pretty good. I think I've decided that he can write beautifully and create very interesting characters but his plots are only average.

I also finished the first half of Wild Dreams of a New Beginning by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Not as good as A Coney Island of the Mind, but it had a few great poems.

My girlfriend gave me two books to read; 1984 and Lolita. I think I'm going to read 1984 first, so I can compare it to Brave New World.

There are two books I really want to read sometime soon. The first is The Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller. I read the first four pages of it and was blown away. Also, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston seems interesting enough.
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Post by: D-Rider on February 04, 2007, 12:06:29 PM
During this past week of bed-bound convalescence, I was able to catch up on my reading.  Or in one case, try to catch up. :P

I plowed through "Kushiel's Scion" in a few days time, and I absolutely loved it.  I wasn't sure how I'd like having the protagonist change in a series that is told from a first-person perspective, but it was okay.  I guess it helps that the new protagonist was introduced back in book three and wasn't some random individual out of nowhere a la the Corwin/Merlin shift in the Amber books.

After that, I decided it was high time I had a round with good ol' Robert Jordan again.  I almost bailed on "Knife of Dreams" early, when I realized that I was twenty pages in but didn't recognize a single one of the proper nouns I had seen. :P  It started coming back to me the more I read, but it's still kinda hazy.  But since I started reading this shit when I was ten or eleven, that's bound to happen.  I'm probably gonna have to start Googling some of these names, though. :P
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Post by: Nutbar on February 05, 2007, 11:07:58 AM
Quote from: "Degolas"

Up next is Carry On, Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse.


I see the Jeeves omnibus in almost every book store i go into, but have never actually known anyone to read them, I will be interested to know what you make of them.

Right now I am sticking firmly to my course reading; The Scarlet Letter feels like a real kick in the teeth though. Heart of Darkness is growing on me the more I contemplate it, and I can't wait to get further into "If on a winter's night a traveller", so its not all bad.
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Post by: Vanguard on February 05, 2007, 03:20:33 PM
I told my girlfriend about my interest in Henry Miller and she let me borrow The Tropic of Cancer, so that is what I'm reading right now.
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Post by: Degolas on February 06, 2007, 10:09:07 AM
I've been ill the past few days, far too tired and dizzy to read.

Now I am better, I am not starting Wodehouse because we're not studying it yet, and I need to read things in order OR THEY ACTUALLY YELL AT ME.

The uni keep adding books to my list :(
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on February 06, 2007, 05:00:50 PM
Been too tired to read anything properly, so I've half-read Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz and Wrong About Japan by Peter Carey. The latter I could probably read in a week if I read if I tried hard enough, so maybe I'll continue with that one.

Other than that, my reading list consists of at least 20 books I've never got around to reading yet. That'll be my reading done for the year.
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Post by: Mauru on February 10, 2007, 11:00:43 PM
Well I love reading psychology books, I read once "Autobiography of a Schizophrenic girl" I loved that book, it describes the poor girl experience in such detail, but the content of the book is quite strong, supposedly non-functioning adults shouldn't read this, but I don't see why not? also the classical short story "The yellow wallpaper" is such a joy, about a women in depression that goes into madness.
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Post by: Valthrudnir on February 11, 2007, 11:24:02 AM
Lately I haven't came across anything that piqued my interest. Instead of quitting, I started reading a few of my selection again. Bertrand Russell's collection of essays Why I Am Not A Christian: And Other Essays On Religion and Related Topics. Russell, while somewhat lacking in other areas of philosophies (from a personal standpoint), performs beyond expectation in his explanation describing to folly of religion. The writings remain relevant to this day despite it being some odd days shy of eighty years old.

I've also bought busted ass copies of Nietzsche books from used book stores to highlight and use as review copies when I don't feel like re-reading to find a certain point or quote.
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Post by: Mauru on February 11, 2007, 01:28:00 PM
Quote from: "Valthrudnir"
Lately I haven't came across anything that piqued my interest. Instead of quitting, I started reading a few of my selection again. Bertrand Russell's collection of essays Why I Am Not A Christian: And Other Essays On Religion and Related Topics. Russell, while somewhat lacking in other areas of philosophies (from a personal standpoint), performs beyond expectation in his explanation describing to folly of religion. The writings remain relevant to this day despite it being some odd days shy of eighty years old.

I've also bought busted ass copies of Nietzsche books from used book stores to highlight and use as review copies when I don't feel like re-reading to find a certain point or quote.




Oh that is quite very interesting reading material!, I wish I could read it. but that means you are against religion no? I don't believe in god neither, so we are on the same boat, even so studies indicate that religious people are more happier, tend to suicide less etc. because of their value system. that is why is important to have values to live by.
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Post by: Degolas on February 11, 2007, 02:02:43 PM
I started and finished The BFG for me Writing For Children module. It was ridiculously amazing. Roald Dahl really is/was greatest children's writer ever. It depresses me how good it, and he was, because I'll never be anywhere near as amazing!
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Post by: Killy on February 11, 2007, 04:21:01 PM
Agreed, Deggy! Not that you won't be amazing, but yea Roald Dahl was really great!

I've read Life with Jeeves before, on a friend's strong recommendation of P.G. Wodehouse.  It was pretty droll and amusing, though not overly exciting.  I would've liked to get it as assigned reading; lucky you.
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Post by: Dincrest on February 11, 2007, 04:33:01 PM
Mauru- I don't think it's so much that religious people are happier, it's that people who embrace spirituality are happier.  Believe me, the hardcore religious fundamentalists are just as high-strung, tense, angry, whatever as the hardcore fundamentalist atheists.  

Spirituality (and religion) can be great things, but in moderation.  Too much of a good thing can make you ill (be it physically or mentally.)  

Religion and spirituality are not necessarily enmeshed.  You don't need to subscribe to an organized religion to be spiritual.  The closest thing I can consider myself is a spiritual agnostic.  I'm not a fan of organized religion, but I do believe a higher power can exist, especially since there are aspects about the nature of life, the universe, and everything else that simply cannot be explained through the limited array of logic and science we possess.  There's a lot out there we don't know and probably don't have the capacity to know.

As for my reading, nothing beyond textbooks.  Mostly counseling psychology textbooks since, well, I'm in a grad program studying to be a school guidance counselor.
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Post by: Mauru on February 12, 2007, 07:38:17 PM
Quote from: "Dincrest"
Mauru- I don't think it's so much that religious people are happier, it's that people who embrace spirituality are happier.  Believe me, the hardcore religious fundamentalists are just as high-strung, tense, angry, whatever as the hardcore fundamentalist atheists.  

Spirituality (and religion) can be great things, but in moderation.  Too much of a good thing can make you ill (be it physically or mentally.)  

Religion and spirituality are not necessarily enmeshed.  You don't need to subscribe to an organized religion to be spiritual.  The closest thing I can consider myself is a spiritual agnostic.  I'm not a fan of organized religion, but I do believe a higher power can exist, especially since there are aspects about the nature of life, the universe, and everything else that simply cannot be explained through the limited array of logic and science we possess.  There's a lot out there we don't know and probably don't have the capacity to know.

As for my reading, nothing beyond textbooks.  Mostly counseling psychology textbooks since, well, I'm in a grad program studying to be a school guidance counselor.

Well you are right, you don't need to be religious to be spiritual and have a moral life, but religious push to be like that, what I mean is that they live their life’s by values and morals, non-religious people can do that too, but only a few can live a life of values and morals without conning themselves, guess religious facilitates that path, and explains their greater happiness among other populations, having purpose, fate, meaning and having a support group are necessary elements for happiness and religion provide this.

Oh really you are studying to be a guidance counselor, ah! I am so jealous, I am barely in my second semester to study to become a psychologist, (since I am only 19) oh I really admire you!
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Post by: Dincrest on February 12, 2007, 08:46:02 PM
Good point, Mauru.  

By the way, if you enjoy books chronicling the lives of people dealing with psychological and neurological difficulties, you may want to read "An Anthropologist on Mars" by Dr. Oliver Sacks.  There is some amazing stuff in there.  

Sacks has also written "Awakenings" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" among others but I never read those.
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Post by: Mauru on February 12, 2007, 09:35:50 PM
Quote from: "Dincrest"
Good point, Mauru.  

By the way, if you enjoy books chronicling the lives of people dealing with psychological and neurological difficulties, you may want to read "An Anthropologist on Mars" by Dr. Oliver Sacks.  There is some amazing stuff in there.  

Sacks has also written "Awakenings" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" among others but I never read those.


I would really love to read those books, but I prefer them to be real stories since authors of books without knowledge of psychological problems will not have a clear picture of psychological troubled people. for me is an insult when they call people with mental problems, "crazy" "insane" and all that!
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Post by: Dincrest on February 12, 2007, 10:09:23 PM
Uhhh, you *do* realize that the Oliver Sacks books *are* real accounts/ case histories of real people who have sought his expertise/treatment.  Dr. Sacks is a reknowned neurologist, so he knows his stuff.  

You read a book like Anthropologist on Mars and it'll blow your mind, because the stuff is real, yet unbelievable too.  The story "A Surgeon's Life" in "Anthropologist on Mars" really blew my mind.  Other case accounts in that book are more well known, such as that of Temple Grandin.

And the whole "crazy" and "insane" labels given to people like schizophrenics is indicative of US/Western culture.  In a more "primitive" (for lack of a better word) tribal society, a schizophrenic would probably be hailed as a shaman.  The delusions of a US/Western schizophrenic would be spiritual gifts from beyond the mortal realm in that tribal culture.
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Post by: Mauru on February 13, 2007, 02:27:50 PM
Quote from: "Dincrest"
Uhhh, you *do* realize that the Oliver Sacks books *are* real accounts/ case histories of real people who have sought his expertise/treatment.  Dr. Sacks is a reknowned neurologist, so he knows his stuff.  

You read a book like Anthropologist on Mars and it'll blow your mind, because the stuff is real, yet unbelievable too.  The story "A Surgeon's Life" in "Anthropologist on Mars" really blew my mind.  Other case accounts in that book are more well known, such as that of Temple Grandin.

And the whole "crazy" and "insane" labels given to people like schizophrenics is indicative of US/Western culture.  In a more "primitive" (for lack of a better word) tribal society, a schizophrenic would probably be hailed as a shaman.  The delusions of a US/Western schizophrenic would be spiritual gifts from beyond the mortal realm in that tribal culture.


Oh! I am so sorry, because of the title of the book I tough it was fiction, they sound extremely interesting, and could you tell me a quick review please? and about the the culture thing, I doubt Schizophrenics will be called shamans in other cultures when they exhibit other symptoms as tough disorder, or erratic behavior. they will probably be called "possessed" or something. the people that will more likely to be called shamans and the like, are of those with shizotypal personality disorder.

And thanks for the recommendation, the books sound very interesting.
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Post by: Dincrest on February 13, 2007, 02:39:11 PM
http://www.oliversacks.com/ I think the Oliver Sacks website would give you more than I could.  

--

Back on topic... still mostly reading academic material.  Mostly going through research articles on group counseling with middle-school students for a paper I need to write for my group counseling class.
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Post by: CastNuri on February 14, 2007, 03:12:42 AM
Back on the Austen train with "Persuasion" but it's going very slowly. I detested Walter Elliot as soon as I was through with the first two pages of the book, really. :P
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Post by: Alexander on February 15, 2007, 03:45:52 AM
The Call of the Wild by none other than Jack London. I saw this bound with another of his classics, White Fang, for 6 freakin' bucks at Barnes and Noble and I could not resist its siren-like call. Good story I read when I was a little kid and now I'm happily going through it again. Yay.
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Post by: Degolas on February 15, 2007, 06:07:46 AM
I'm currently reading two things:

The Complete Maus, by Art Spiegelman

Horrid Henry's Big Bad Book, by Francesca Simon
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Post by: Viarca on February 16, 2007, 09:46:14 PM
It's rare that I read anything other than medical journals and scientific articles for work anymore, but I did just start reading "The Book of the Dead" written by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child a couple of days ago.  It's the last in a trilogy arc, and I'm still trying to remember exactly what happened in "Brimstone" (it's been a while), but I'm starting to get back into it... though sadly I'll probably be done with it too soon.
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Post by: D-Rider on February 27, 2007, 10:47:43 AM
I just finished up the latest book in the Wheel of Time series yesterday.

...Did the rest of the books have as much kinkiness as this one?  It seems like on every page some man is getting chained up, some woman is begging for a spanking, lesbians are licking all over the place, etc.  There's even piss tasting for fuck's sake.

I always had a feeling something was up with Jordan with his whole "women are superior to filthy men" vibe running through the books, but now I know:  he's a wannabe submissive type.  The whole thing's just a metaphor for wanting a woman to tie him up and shit on his chest. :P
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Post by: Aelph on February 28, 2007, 06:16:33 PM
Wow... I'm really impressed at the range of books people here enjoy! I'm impressed with you folks. Smart people... ah, it's good to know you're out there somewhere!

I'm currently re-reading Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (I read it when it first came out... 6 or 7 years ago, I think). It's a great book, even if you don't have a whole lot of interest in comics or the comic book industry... though of course, that helps. I've been a comics geek most of my life, but really, trust me, you don't have to be. (Although the cool thing is that Chabon then allowed the protagonists' main character, the Escapist, to be turned into a real comic -- and that's excellent, too, if you're into that kind of thing.) I love the ambience of it; Chabon has captured perfectly a certain 'feel' to the proceedings, that mid-20th-century American optimism, which is darkly juxtaposed by the fact that the two main characters are Jewish, and one of them is a teenage escapee from pre-WWII Prague -- leaving his family behind, just before the Holocaust really gets going. Chabon also deals with the sadly-all-too-true-to-real-life screwing-over of many of the creators of some of the greatest characters in comics when it came to rights and royalties. (Something still going on to this day.) All in all, Chabon is one of those can't-put-it-down, makes-anything-interesting writers -- it might be a stretch, but I'd compare him to Tom Wolfe or Donna Tartt, just in terms of his use of language and storytelling. (And that's high praise from me -- I worship Donna Tartt.) It's pretty dense prose, but you'll be so pulled along you won't notice. Plus, it's about comics. And comics are always cool.

I'm also re-reading Battle Royale. (At some point, I really must buy something new...!) The original book, not the manga, although I've read that, too. Despite the often very dodgy translation, I love this book. It's dark, it's gruesome, it's often difficult to get through... but at its very core, it does have a lot of hope and lot of heart, which is why I love it. (That, and the fact that it's a page-turner extraordinaire, particularly towards the end.) It's one of those that I've got on my list of "Learn Japanese so you can read these in the original language" books. (Similar to my list of "Learn Japanese because the bastards won't release this in English" games...)
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Post by: Degolas on March 01, 2007, 06:30:04 AM
I've completely lost track of what I'm supposed to be reading!

It's approximately four books this week, one of which is 'England, England' by Julian Barnes. It's all post-modern and that jazz, and it seems very purposefully cold, which doesn't appeal to me at all.
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Post by: GrimReality on March 01, 2007, 01:02:00 PM
Still reading the first Thomas Covenant book. I am about halfway through, and it HAS improved. It's starting to feel like a genuine fantasy book now. I Still cant stand how whiny Thomas is, though.
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Post by: CastNuri on March 02, 2007, 03:29:36 AM
I'm still on Austen's Persuasion as I haven't taken the effort to pick it up recently, even though it really is great to read.

I picked up Inkheart at the request of a young friend of mine, who said that I "should really read it". I like young adult fantasy and after flipping through the first few pages, this one's going to be an easy read once I'm through with Persuasion.
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Post by: kyuusei on March 05, 2007, 11:09:47 PM
Hmmm, I had to read A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews for English (as well as some other stuff that's not worth mentioning, but this book is), basically dealing with growing up in a small, backwards Mennonite town. It's kind of hilarious and really depressing at the same time.
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Post by: Aelph on March 06, 2007, 05:50:53 AM
I've just gotten my copy of Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box -- I had to get it from the States, as it's not out here yet. I've barely cracked it open, but it looks like it's going to be a good one...
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Post by: Logick on March 06, 2007, 06:16:35 PM
I just finished reading His Dark Materials (all 3 books).  Man was I blown away.   Now I'm rereading A Game of Thornes.
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Post by: CastNuri on March 09, 2007, 01:29:40 PM
Tintin!!

I grew up reading Archie comics, bits of DC + Marvel, Dandy, Beano and such. But one of my favourite comics has got to be Tintin. I've been going through the adventures recently; I buy the 3-in-1 volumes, for storage reasons and because those were the ones I used to have.

I'm still looking for the first two volumes but the collection is otherwise complete, unless there are more after the seventh.  Anyways...I'm in love with Tintin's adventures just as much as I used to be. Blistering barnacles and hoorah to some of my favourite characters! :P

<3
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Post by: Vanguard on March 10, 2007, 04:19:30 PM
I fnished Tropic of Cancer, which was good, but a very long slow read. I'm reading The Pump House Gang which is great, because Tom Wolfe is a very good writer.
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Post by: CastNuri on March 18, 2007, 01:59:52 PM
I decided to take a break from the European comics and literature. That is, by diving into the dangerous realm of Chic Lit! :P

My friend lent me some books (by Meg Cabot, you may painfully note) that she said weren't that bad. I thought that maybe mindless Chic Lit novels would give me a rest, as I usually ponder the content of the books I normally read.

Boy, was I wrong. Some of the issues and perspectives written by Cabot in All-American Girl (the 2nd because I forced myself to read the 1st a year ago) and Teen Idol-- well, they just made me think more critically of adolescent society.

On the bright side, the novels did make me laugh at times, so maybe if I stop taking them too seriously, I'll be able to enjoy the stuff.

Maybe.
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Post by: Eusis on March 19, 2007, 06:33:22 AM
Gave into temptation, and am reading Shadow & Claw, the first half of the Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. Didn't really get far into Microserfs, will revisit that later.
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Post by: Sazabirules on March 19, 2007, 03:56:57 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Gave into temptation, and am reading Shadow & Claw, the first half of the Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe.


I just finished that and I loved it. I'm going to start the second half soon. I just wish I could find a good site with info to help me comprehend some things in the book.
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Post by: Dincrest on March 26, 2007, 10:08:48 AM
I read chapter 1 of Motley Crue's "The Dirt" at a friend's house.  I'll definitely be borrowing it from him over the summer.  I don't care if you hate Motley Crue or think hair/glam metal is the absolute gayest form of music ever created, but the book is f'n hysterical.  It's so preposterous, but it's funny 'cuz it's true.  

How could I not dig a book whose first words are "We used to call her Bullwinkle."  My favorite line in the chapter is "...but we always bought our own booze.  It was a matter of pride."  They'd con, steal, swindle, etc. anything and everything else, but not booze.
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Post by: Eusis on March 28, 2007, 05:15:39 PM
Finished the Shadow of the Torturer half of Shadow & Claw. Fantastic so far.
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Post by: Tlonuqbar on March 28, 2007, 08:29:35 PM
Currently working my way through:

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
The Fate of Africa by Martin Meredith

On the Horizon:

Dune by Frank Herbert
Counterfeit Unrealities (a collection containing The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Ubik, and A Scanner Darkly) by Philip K. Dick
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Links by Nuruddin Farah

...and those are just the library books.  One of these days I'll get around to reading the few hundred books that I own but have not yet read, but considering I'm always close to my 30 book limit from the public library, I hardly touch the books that I actually PAID for.  *shrug*
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Post by: Degolas on March 29, 2007, 10:18:31 AM
I'm finally reading Fight Club. It rocks.
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Post by: Vanguard on March 29, 2007, 06:53:57 PM
Yes, Degolas, it does. The movie does do it justice, too.

I'm currently wrapped up in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig. Astonishing stuff, it really is. I've been becoming more interested in Eastern ideas and while this isn't exactly on target with what I want, I'm glad to be reading it.
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Post by: CastNuri on March 30, 2007, 06:14:20 AM
Finally got around to reading Inkheart, which wasn't that bad. There's something out-of-place about the descriptions that could've used a more subtle touch, but I liked the concept that the story revolves around.
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Post by: Degolas on March 30, 2007, 06:55:51 AM
I finished Fight Club. It was friggin' great. I just wish I'd read it before seeing the film. The film sticks so well to the book that it was like I'd already read it.
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Post by: Tria on March 30, 2007, 06:36:11 PM
It is really sad.  I've always disliked reading novels, or lengthy readings of any kind.  I never got into books at all.  Yet, for some reason, I absolutely love writing, and am in the process of becoming an English Teacher.  Heck, I had only ever actually read one novel my entire life completely (some fictional book about Genghis Khan).

And soon after I figured out what I'd be majoring in in college, I figured I'd obviously need to read a lot to be successful.  So I borrowed a book from my girlfriend's gigantic book collection.  Yes, this may sound pathetic, and I may not be at the same reading level as a lot of people here, but the book I picked up was:

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning

I began reading it on Wednesday night, just to see if I could make it through even just a chapter.  I started reading at 10pm, and by 11:20, I had finished the entire book.  I absolutely loved it.  So I went to my school library yesterday, and picked up The Reptile Room, and absolutely loved that.  I finished that in one sitting in around an hour, too.  So today I picked up the 3rd one, The Wide Window.  I am 60 pages in, and I love it.

I regret not really giving reading a chance before.  But I guess I just had to find the right book first.  I know it isn't a complex set of stories, and the books are for younger children, but I tend to enjoy light-hearted childish things rather than gigantic philisophical books.  But anyways, ummm...yeah!  

So yay A Series of Unfortunate Events for getting me into reading!
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Post by: Tlonuqbar on March 30, 2007, 07:17:18 PM
Nothing wrong with liking Lemony Snicket!  I took the time to read the first 5 books about a year or two ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed them.  One of these days I'll finish the series, but I have SO many books on my agenda, it's not even funny.

So if anyone gives you crap about liking A Series of Unfortunate Events, just tell them that you know of a guy who prefers 19th Century Russian fiction to just about anything...and even HE says Lemony Snicket rocks.  (Hmm, now that I think about it, there is a certain grotesque humor to the books that reminds me of Gogol, and the overriding bleak fatalism definitely has a Russian character to it....lol)
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Post by: Eusis on April 02, 2007, 12:41:31 PM
Finished the Claw of the Conciliator half of Shadow & Claw, and thus the whole book. Like that too, and will start Sword & Citadel soon.
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Post by: CluelessWonder on April 03, 2007, 12:19:29 PM
After watching Eragon with a friend, she let me borrow The Great Tree of Avalon:  Child of the Dark Prophecy.  I finished up that sucker in a few days and went and bought the second book.  It's a fast and fun read.  Oh I also went and bought all 3 books of the His Dark Materials series since Logick recomended it to me.
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Post by: Tlonuqbar on April 03, 2007, 10:32:15 PM
I put all the books I was reading before on hiatus, since I felt the strong urge to reread:

Pushkin's complete prose fiction
A few of my favorite short stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann
Dostoyevsky's Demons (commonly called The Possessed)
Chekhov's short stories (well, not ALL of them...there are just too damn many...just my favorites)

Also reading for the first time:
Goetz von Berlichingen by Goethe
Quite a few short works that I have never read by Tolstoy (along with a few of my old favorites)

On the horizon:

Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami (which is the only one of his fictional works available in English that I have not yet read at least once)
The Red and the Black by Stendhal
The Wild Ass's Skin by Balzac
This really thick anthology of Turgenev's works that I checked out of the library
What is the What by Dave Eggers


And yeah, I really do read that many books at once; a chapter or two in one book, then move on to a few sections of other works before I come back.  Yes, it's very inefficient, but it's how I like to read.
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Post by: Aillas on April 04, 2007, 02:07:53 PM
Hello! I'm a new guy here, and lately I've been reading some Raymond Feist and some Jack Vance.

Raymond E. Feist's books are a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. I usually dislike such Tolkien styled fantasy, but for some reason I've always found Feist's Midkemia books entertaining.

Having said that, the book I read this time,  The King's Buccaneer was definately one, if not the worst of his books. The characters are uninteresting in almost all of Feist's books, but this one broke the record in that regard. There were problems with plot progression too and the book was generally too long for it's plot.

Then the Jack Vance book, Madouc.

Madouc is the third book in the Lyonesse trilogy, which had been brilliant so far with Suldrun's Garden and the Green Pearl. This third book continues that brilliance and brings the series to a satisfying end. While the plot certainly moves extremely slowly, it doesn't matter in a Jack Vance book. His dialogues are so well written and his descriptions are so beautiful, that reading his text is fun with or without any plot progression. The characters are great too.
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Post by: Eusis on April 07, 2007, 09:26:51 PM
Finished the Sword of the Lictor half of Sword & Citadel around 2 AM this morning. Started Citadel of the Autarch today.
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Post by: D-Rider on April 07, 2007, 09:29:36 PM
I'm about three-quarters of the way through "Mein Kampf".  I have to say, that plot twist came out of fucking nowhere, man.
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Post by: Lard on April 08, 2007, 07:56:31 AM
Here's a list of the books I've bought over the last month or so

    Museum of Terror 1,2 & 3 by Junji Ito
    Overclocked by Cory Doctorow
    Birthday by Koji Suzuki
    Superman - True Brit    
    Superman - Emperor Joker
    The Last Temptation - Neil Gaiman/Michael Zulli
    Kingdom Come  - Mark Waid/Alex Ross
    Faction Paradox - Erasing Sherlock - Kelly Hale
    Faction Paradox - Warring States - Mags L. Halliday
    Shaping Things  - Bruce Sterling
    Vampire Hunter D - Vol 6 by Hideyuki Kikuchi
    Dead Romance - Lawrence Miles
    Visionary in Residence - Bruce Sterling
    V for Vendetta - Alan Moore, David Lloyd

Currently reading "Arsene Lupin" by Maurice LaBlanc.
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Post by: Merkava on April 08, 2007, 11:48:29 AM
Quote from: "Tria"
It is really sad.  I've always disliked reading novels, or lengthy readings of any kind.  I never got into books at all.  Yet, for some reason, I absolutely love writing, and am in the process of becoming an English Teacher.  Heck, I had only ever actually read one novel my entire life completely (some fictional book about Genghis Khan).



Actually, for a long time, I was that way. I used to hate books, but love writing. Recently, I've developed an appreciation for novels. I only really invest my time in books with a definite style and that are personally moving. My all-time favorite book is The Great Gatsby, if that indicates anything.

I just finished Siddhartha by Herman Hesse for my IB English class. I loved it. The writing is beautiful, it begins rather simply, but more emotion and passion are injected into the story and are reflected in the prose. I wonder how a German author could have developed this spiritual understanding and write it so convincingly as to make it seem like he had been immersed in this Eastern culture.

I'm now sort of re-reading A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. I had read a lot of it over the summer, but didn't get the chance to finish it. I can't remember where I left off, so I'm just starting from the beginning. Great stuff.
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Post by: CastNuri on April 08, 2007, 05:26:03 PM
Read Witches' Forest (Adventures of Duan Surk). It's like a book based on an MMORPG character....written by the character himself.

Figures that Tokyopop would publish a novel like this. :P
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Post by: Degolas on April 10, 2007, 05:46:59 AM
I've started reading 'Carry On, Jeeves' by PG Wodehouse. Based on the first chapter I think it's something I'll enjoy.
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Post by: Eusis on April 10, 2007, 04:25:08 PM
Finished Citadel of the Autarch last night. Having read all of the Book of the New Sun... Hmm. I really liked it, but it'll probably need a few re-reads, and the series just kinda ended. Definitely felt it was at it's strongest in the early parts.

Ah well, I suppose that'd be why the Urth of the New Sun was written. I ordered that on Sunday, so I'll have it before long. :P
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Post by: CastNuri on April 11, 2007, 12:32:33 PM
Finished reading Twelfth Night (Shakespeare) recently. It was actually a really nice and funny play! I thought perhaps that in the production of the play, Viola and Sebastian would be played by the same person but considering the ending, that's unlikely. :P

Started on Remains of The Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (sp?). So far, so good. There was this one chapter that went on about...

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...defining a great butler, which the narrator accomplished (after several paragraphs or even pages) by using the word 'dignity', only to go on to define the word 'dignity' for a few more paragraphs. I thought perhaps he'd keep it up by defining more definitions!
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Post by: Eusis on April 14, 2007, 04:23:20 PM
I got about 2 chapters into a Game of Thrones... Then my package from Amazon arrived with the Urth of the New Sun and the Book of the Long Sun series. Since the former is thinner than either of the two books in the Book of the New Sun were and the font's bigger, plus I wasn't wholly satisfied with it's ending, I'll read through that before returning to a Game of Thrones.
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Post by: CastNuri on April 15, 2007, 06:44:20 AM
Finished reading Remains of The Day.

It was a very accomplished novel I think, capable of bringing out very strong opinions and reactions from me. The author did a good job of writing in a style that was easy to read yet still retained a sense of (coincidently, if you've read the book) dignity.

On a lighter note, it makes me wonder if some men are as oblivious as Mr. Stevens seemed to be. Or maybe I should be using the word studious, as well.
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Post by: Eusis on April 16, 2007, 04:59:01 PM
Finished the Urth of the New Sun last night. It felt a bit rushed at parts, but I think the book was pretty good and more or less gave the ending the Book of the New Sun didn't quite have. Still seemed a bit abrupt though. This too will have to be reread later on. :P

Now I'll get back to a Game of Thrones tonight or tomorrow. Ideally, after that I'd read the two Harry Potter novels I have yet to start, then the Book of the Long Sun.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on April 16, 2007, 06:23:31 PM
I've finally gotten around to Book VII of The Dark Tower by Steve King. I'm almost half way through now. Once I finish I might go back and re-read all his "Dark Tower related" novels just for the hell of it.
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Post by: Vanguard on April 20, 2007, 12:16:15 PM
I, as in the last ten minutes, just finished Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It ended on a really good note. I have a lot of work left to do before the semster's over, but up next is One Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse.

I also recently finished Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass.
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Post by: Degolas on April 20, 2007, 05:26:29 PM
I finished Carry On, Jeeves. It was fairly awesome.

I am now reading a book for my course called Criss Cross. It is teen-fiction arse.
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Post by: Seultoria on April 20, 2007, 08:40:45 PM
I'm going to start 2001: A Space Oddysey this weekend, and I'm only reading it for my quarterly book project for English class.
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Post by: CastNuri on April 30, 2007, 04:47:43 AM
Read "Cards on the Table", Agatha Christie. It's one of my favourite Christie novels and one of the few books that I can re-read on a frequent basis.

The plot has different faces and crimes so it wasn't  difficult to forget who the real murderer was, hence the re-read. :P
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Post by: Vanguard on April 30, 2007, 09:00:47 AM
I'm reading One Dimensional Man. It's pretty good, but the writing is a little hard to follow sometimes. I haven't read a political/philosophical book in a while, but I like this one.

Also, for poetry I'm still working in that massive book by Ginsberg. I'm almost done, maybe only another 130 pages to go.

And I'm in the middle of what could possibly be my favorite poet ever. Bob Kaufman's Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness. It's so jazzy and his use of the language is just amazing.
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Post by: D-Rider on April 30, 2007, 09:54:16 AM
I'm re-reading "A Study In Scarlet" by Arthur Conan Doyle at the moment.  It's been way too long since I last read some Sherlock.
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Post by: Degolas on April 30, 2007, 11:38:26 AM
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I'm going to start 2001: A Space Oddysey this weekend, and I'm only reading it for my quarterly book project for English class.


It's quite good actually, I enjoyed reading it, though it was of my own free will to do so. Certainly a bit clearer than the film.

I started and finished A Note of Madness for my course, and quite enjoyed it.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on May 04, 2007, 03:58:03 PM
I finally finished up the Dark Tower series last night.  Book 7 may have been the best of all but the ending was kind of a let down.  I imagine, however, that I wouldn't have liked the ending regardless of how it turned out. It was pretty funny too that Stephen King told the readers not to send him any hate mail about the ending:P
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Post by: CastNuri on May 05, 2007, 10:57:14 AM
Read more of Duan Surk in Tokypop's second novel for him, The Two Headed Wizard. It was pretty much like the first book. Typical, lamely written...I still like it. One of my guilty pleasures? :P

Currently reading George Orwell's 1984 after picking it up from my slowly shrinking stack of unread books. I'm halfway through and so far all's good. It feels very political and contemplative, in a secular way.
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Post by: Degolas on May 05, 2007, 11:23:39 AM
I'm reading 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time' by Mark Haddon. It's incredibly good.
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Post by: CastNuri on May 10, 2007, 12:34:57 PM
Finished reading 1984 a couple of days ago. Although I found that there were certain 'similarities' between the book and reality, I'm also sure that BB isn't capable of existing in real life (at least not for long). Human beings are too selfish and too greedy for it to happen. Strange how our failing points can be seen as our saving points, sometimes.

Also re-read The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which is Poirot's first published case. Taking a break atm.
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Post by: Degolas on May 10, 2007, 05:13:16 PM
I read Harry the Poisonous Centipede as research for my writing class, and it was awesome. Very inspirational for what I'm writing.

I'm now reading Not the End of the World as further research.
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Post by: CastNuri on May 12, 2007, 03:07:06 PM
So much for that break. Finished reading "Hercule Poirot's Christmas" recently. I really liked this one, more than I thought I was going to.

Starting on another one of Christie's, "Hallowe'en Party." Ariadne Oliver is so silly sometimes.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on May 13, 2007, 12:51:46 PM
Let's see, I've been reading:
Hidden Empire
A Forest of Stars

Now I'm onto Spiral. I also recently bought Horizon Storms by Kevin J Anderson and The Year of Our War by Steph Swainston.
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Post by: CastNuri on May 16, 2007, 12:17:40 PM
I didn't enjoy reading "The Hallowe'en Party", although it did have its moments, such as the descriptions of beauty in a man and certain characters with fantasy-ish looks.

Starting on The Hobbit now. It's supposed to be really good and my eyes are getting tired, so I'm going to take my time with this one. :P
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Post by: Degolas on May 16, 2007, 01:34:07 PM
The Hobbit is fantastic!

I'm now reading Alice in Wonderland. I got it yesterday and have nearly finished it :P It is quite awesome.
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Post by: Vanguard on May 16, 2007, 02:49:25 PM
Let's see, I've read:

Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness by Bob Kaufman
1947-1980, Collected Poems by Allen Ginsberg

I'm working on:

One Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse
Starting From Sanfrancisco by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Post by: Dincrest on May 19, 2007, 04:26:40 PM
On the urging of my parents and friends, I attempted to read "The Namesake."  I'm probably the only person who doesn't like the book.  I try to give a book a fair shake by reading the first 50 pages and if I don't like it by then, I'll put it down.  The first 50 pages of "The Namesake" were pure torture for me to read.  The free-flowing, stream-of-consciousness, going off on lengthy and often pointless tangents writing style did NOT sit well with me and I found the book boring and needlessly whiny.  

On the other hand, in the last hour, I've already gotten through 100 pages in Motley Crue's "The Dirt."  Freaking awesome book.  I don't care if you hate hair metal or Motley Crue, the book is an absolute riot to read.  Some of the shit is so freaking off the wall I was hysterical.  How could I not like a book whose first words are "Her name was Bullwinkle."  I simply cannot put that book down.

UPDATE:  I'm about 330 pages into "The Dirt" and have 100 more to go.  This book reads really quickly.  This book is like how Tommy described the "Girls Girls Girls" tour.  It's a complete blur of mayhem and awesomeness that I can't remember a darn thing, 'cept that it was nonstop mayhem and awesomeness.  I can see why all my friends re-read this book once every year.  Looks like I'll be doing the same.  Most books, save for children's books, I read once and don't want to read again.  This one, I definitely want to read again and will make a point to do so once a year.  

Who'd have thunk it that a nerdy guy like me's favorite book is fucking Motley Crue's "The Dirt." Guess I minored in English Lit for nothing, eh? :P

UPDATE:  Finished The Dirt weeks ago and immediately bought myself a copy on half.com.  It's the only book I've read in my life where after I was done, I wanted to go back to page 1 and read it all over again.  This is one book I will make a point of reading every year.  For that rereadability factor alone, especially given its size, I'd call The Dirt my favorite book.
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Post by: Nemmet on June 03, 2007, 11:40:52 PM
Reading Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami and I'm enjoying it so far.

(If I made more posts in this thread they would all sound exactly like this one.)
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Post by: Murdoc on June 04, 2007, 02:06:20 AM
I'm reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran

It's very good so far.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on June 04, 2007, 04:19:49 PM
Finished Spiral a while back. Suzuki thinks of some strange ideas, it has to be said. I think I'm only going to be reading Loop just to see how insane it gets by the end (if that's possible).

I got about 150 pages through The Year Of Our War before giving up. I'm not sure whether it was because it was boring, or the fact I hated the main character, or because someone said the word 'fuck' in every second sentence (and I thought Shade's Children was bad). I think maybe it was all three. It was slightly... odd too. There aren't many books I've read where the main character a) is immortal b) flies and c) is a drug addict. And slightly unrealistic for an "adult" fantasy book -
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I'm now about 200 pages into Horizon Storms. I'm starting to notice that the characters haven't changed much (i.e. at all) since the start of book one. Apart from the ones that have died, of course. I don't think the characters were why I was reading these books anyway, as there are too many of them and they're all a bit cliched.

As when I was reading the first half of Hidden Empire, I'm starting to wonder where The Saga of Seven Suns series is going. The plot is getting ever more complex, and nothing much has changed since the end of book one and the start of book three.
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I wish the Klikiss robots would stop cackling evilly as they torture poor innocent compies and talk about how they're going to annihilate humanity, and actually get on with it and destroy all of human civilisation in the space of week. Then it would get more bloody interesting!
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Post by: Degolas on June 04, 2007, 06:20:46 PM
I'm reading Crash by JG Ballard. It's rather good.
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Post by: Trance on June 05, 2007, 04:41:25 PM
Stephen King - Misery

mmmm... drugs
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Post by: Chibs on June 06, 2007, 01:35:33 PM
Am continuing my mission to read every single Anne McCaffrey book ever written as they are truly wonderful.  Just finished "DragonSinger: Harper of Pern" :)
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Post by: Logick on June 06, 2007, 03:34:57 PM
Just finished George RR Martin's A Clash of Kings, now I'm reading A Storm of Swords(the next book).
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Post by: Vanguard on June 07, 2007, 04:14:10 PM
I just finished:

The Back Country by Gary Snyder

The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot

In both cases, there were great parts (moreso in the Snyder book) and very boring, tedious parts. I'm not sure which two books of poetry I'm going to read next, but I have four or so more books to choose from.

Also, I'm reading 1984 by George Orwell. I'm 100 pages in and almost nothing has happened. He can certainly write, but so far the plot is non-existent. However, I heard it's similar to Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, so I want to see where they differ.
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Post by: Zebulun on June 19, 2007, 02:31:36 AM
I’ve been reading Tom Clancy’s Executive Orders. It picks off just after the events in his previous book Debt of Honor…..

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To see him take on such a role and the issues he deals with, as a non-politician, is very interesting. And of course conspiracies and rogue states abound. All in all, an enjoyable read.
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Post by: Nemmet on June 19, 2007, 07:22:11 PM
Finished Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.

I liked it more than Slaughterhouse Five.
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Post by: Eusis on June 21, 2007, 04:52:47 PM
I'm slowly picking at a Game of Thrones... And rereading a least a little bit into the Book of the New Sun.
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Post by: CastNuri on July 04, 2007, 11:20:36 AM
Finished reading The Mysterious Benedict Society. It was a fun children's book affair, although I did spot some darker themes that reminded me of Orwell's 1984. Or that could just be me, since I read the latter only a few months ago.

Reading Macbeth right now as well as The Hobbit, which I'd put off reading since my trip to Canada.

On another note, I've been itching to pick up The Golden Compass ever since I saw the movie trailer. :P
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Post by: Degolas on July 04, 2007, 11:47:44 AM
I'm reading The Wind in the Willows, and so far it's really great. I'm a sucker for such bucolic Britishness, especially with animal protagonists :P
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Post by: Cauton on July 04, 2007, 02:47:19 PM
Just finished with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, which is a book written from the perspective of a 15 year old boy with Asperger syndrome. It chronicles his attempts at finding out who killed his neighbor's dog, and gives an insight in how the mind of a person with autism works. Or well, at least I think it does - I know too little about the thing to be able to tell if this is an accurate depiction or not.

It was a good book, either way.
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Post by: Degolas on July 04, 2007, 05:27:59 PM
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Just finished with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, which is a book written from the perspective of a 15 year old boy with Asperger syndrome. It chronicles his attempts at finding out who killed his neighbor's dog, and gives an insight in how the mind of a person with autism works. Or well, at least I think it does - I know too little about the thing to be able to tell if this is an accurate depiction or not.

It was a good book, either way.


It really is. Haddon is a friend of a friend of one of creative writing lecturers. Basically, that friend's (who was also an author) son had Asperger's syndrome, and Haddon spent lots and lots of time with him. He wrote and submitted 'Curious Incident' based on his experience with the boy without ever telling his mother, despite knowing that she planned to write a similar novel. Bit of a friendship ender, that.
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Post by: CastNuri on July 13, 2007, 10:53:01 AM
Coincidently, I'm currently reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. I find Christopher quite funny, in an unintentional way.

I put down The Hobbit... for some reason, I can't pick it up. Maybe another day.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on July 25, 2007, 03:52:09 PM
Finished Scattered Suns in order to read The Deathly Hallows. So now it's time for a King Peter rant:
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Surely it would be the trying to assassinate him, or the trying to make Estarra have an abortion, or the putting his "brother" into a coma that would make Peter want to kill Basil Wenceslas, not killing the bloody dolphins!

I've also read The Curious Incident, but a while ago. I actually thought it was meant to be entirely serious. But it erm... wasn't. Was a good book, though.

Edit: I have also started The Deathly Hallows. I'm not very far through it yet, but at least I'm used to 600+ page books now after 4 Saga of Seven Suns books.
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Post by: Vanguard on July 26, 2007, 12:32:48 AM
I finished:

Bob Kaufman - The Ancient Rain
Louis Zukofsky - Selected Poems
Arthur Rimbaud - A Season in Hell and the Drunken Boat
Henry Miller - Tropic of Capricorn

The poetry was good, but thing that really floored me was the Miller book. It has become my new favorite book.
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Post by: CastNuri on July 26, 2007, 03:33:00 AM
I'm reading "A Game of Thrones" right now. Everyone keeps telling me how good this book is, so I picked it up. Too bad they failed to mention how long it is, as well. :P

I'm around half-way through. It's entertaining but I don't see what's so special. Maybe it'll grow on me as I read on.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on July 27, 2007, 12:41:38 PM
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On another note, I've been itching to pick up The Golden Compass ever since I saw the movie trailer. :P
Nuri, I'm not really sure how much the movie(s) will resemble the book(s), the way it's going.

As I'm sure I've demonstrated before I can complain at length about things they change in movies of books, so I'm now going to rant about only "a few" "minor" grievances.

For a start, the film makers seem to have taken the word "anbaric" to mean "ultra-cool cold fusion power source" (no pun intended), not what it actually means. So because of this UCCFPS, as it will now be called, Lyra's world must be all futuristic, which it shouldn't be. That's not too bad, I suppose, but if Lee Scoresby has a bloody Plasma Rifle, then that's going too far.

And I notice a distinct lack of the daemons, but that's probably because they think it would spoil the "surprise". Or so they can show off with their CGI in the movie.

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Lyra is Lord Asriel and Marisa Coulter's daughter if she isn't blonde like they are? She's supposed to be blonde, anyway.

And just a thought: if they are going to cut out the religious bits, what exactly are they going to put in the third movie? The Amber Spyglass was just Pullman attacking Christianity and organised religion in general in as many ways as he could think of.
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Post by: CastNuri on July 28, 2007, 04:16:07 AM
That puts a damper on things. :P

I don't like the whole futuristic theme; when I saw the trailer, it made me feel a little dissapointed. Movies don't always live up to the books they're based on though, so I'm not going into the cinema with high hopes anyways.

No idea how they're going to do next two films if they cut out the religious critisism; I wonder what Philip Pullman thinks about it all?
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on July 28, 2007, 08:10:24 AM
I always thought the His Dark Materials books would never make good films, as there's quite a lot to them that would be lost in the translation, if you know what I mean. Subtle things like
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"anbaric" meaning "electric" , and how things are described when a character ends up in a different universe. I'm sure at least the first book could be made into a quite good film, but things start getting a bit wierd from the second book onwards.

I'm not really sure if most writers think too highly of movie adaptations of their books. I know Alan Moore doesn't, but that's probably something to do with the fact that films based on his graphic novels hardly resemble the original version. At least The Golden Compass might at least vaguely resemble the book...
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Post by: Degolas on July 28, 2007, 10:38:25 AM
Philip Pullman is a complete dick. I read an interview when it was first announced that the films were being made without the religious content. When asked what he felt about his books being 'dumbed down' he said he said, in pretty much these words, that he didn't care because they drove a dumptruck full of money up to his house.

He then went on to insult The Chronicles of Narnia (which are far, FAR superior, imo) for being too pro-religious. Pretty hypocritical in my opinion, considering how blatantly anti-religion The Amber Spyglass is.
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Post by: CastNuri on July 28, 2007, 11:26:43 AM
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When asked what he felt about his books being 'dumbed down' he said he said, in pretty much these words, that he didn't care because they drove a dumptruck full of money up to his house.

He then went on to insult The Chronicles of Narnia (which are far, FAR superior, imo) for being too pro-religious. Pretty hypocritical in my opinion, considering how blatantly anti-religion The Amber Spyglass is.


He seriously said that? I always thought that writer's had more respect for their work.
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Post by: Degolas on July 29, 2007, 11:02:20 AM
His words were along the lines of: 'You try resisting when they offer to pour money down your chimney'.
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Post by: CastNuri on July 29, 2007, 11:17:33 AM
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His words were along the lines of: 'You try resisting when they offer to pour money down your chimney'.


There goes my respect for Pullman as an author. :-/

Stopped reading Game of Thrones. It just doesn't captivate me enough to read through the next half. I'll get back to it when I have the patience.
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Post by: Cauton on July 29, 2007, 01:13:55 PM
I'm reading Reaper's Gale. Steven Erikson is still superior to all other contemporary fantasy authors. Though at this point the Malazan books are beginning to suffer from the same problems that a lot of other fantasy series do - too many different characters and plot threads, and not enough setting them apart. I'm beginning to have a hard time keeping track of all the different Tiste Edur, Andii, Letherii and Malazan characters. And the Lether setting just isn't as interesting as Quon Tali and Genabackis, and many of the more interesting character are thus far missing from Reaper's Gale. No Anoes Paran, no Apsalar, not enough Icarium.

Still, I'm enjoying it and things are progressing towards what should be a pretty satisfying conclusion.
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Post by: Jimmy on July 30, 2007, 12:04:40 PM
w00t! Jimmy's back and he actually did some reading that wasn't required for school!

I finally had a chance to finish American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Took me forever to get through it because I never had the chance to read for recreation during school (being an English Lit. major and all). Love it. It reminded me a lot of The Sandman series with its subtleties and dark humor. I'm going to have to check out his other stuff now for sure.

Next I read The Iron Heel by Jack London. It's a dystopian predecessor to Orwell's 1984. To be honest, I thought it was really cool in spite of the odd presentation. It's written in the first-person perspective of a woman, but is kind of sci-fi in that her manuscript is "discovered" in the 27th century and has footnotes by a person from that time period who explains some of the nuances. Like I said, in spite of that being somewhat strange, it was pretty fascinating.

And third I read the last Potter book, but I'll talk about it in the Potter thread.
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Post by: Degolas on July 30, 2007, 04:01:58 PM
I've started up Howl's Moving Castle, because I thought Harry Potter to Don Quixote was a bit too much of a jump :P
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Post by: Zebulun on July 30, 2007, 07:12:05 PM
I just finished reading Farley Mowat's The Polar Passion.

In it he explores the ventures of hero's conquests to the North Pole in their own words. From the saga of Thorgisl Orrabeinsfostri, to the eighteen hundred mile drift upon an ice floe of George Tyson,  and then finally the attainment of the Pole itself by Dr. Frederick A. Cook.There lie many stories in between, each outlining mostly tragic, hardship ridden attempts to break through to the locality where from which all directions due South.  It puts exploration itself into perspective, and how man has changed from one with the wilderness to the harnesser of machines to meet his goal and the apathy that follows along with it. Nothing better implicates this than Mowat's own words:

  "In truth the polar passion burns low in the hearts of modern man. Giant planes fly Great Circle routes across the polar pack by day and by night and, informed by the pretty stewardesses of what lies beneath them, passengers glance casually down at those white wastes where men of another time, and of another breed, once dared and died. So the Pole has been subjected to that ultimate degradation of our times...it has become a tourist attraction"

Mowat is ardent in bringing the truth to light, and gives credit where credit is due, highlighting the exploits of the true explorers themselves(and not the fallacies of some of the others such as Robert Peary) and the invaluable assistance they received from the Eskimo's for whose help had made said adventures even possible.

I found it a tough read, (mostly due to older English from explorers years past) but it was certainly worth the extra applied effort to see these amazing stories through. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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Post by: D-Rider on July 30, 2007, 09:58:32 PM
I finally did it.  After owning it since the first week it was released, I finally read the last book of The Dark Tower.  I put it off after a douchebag spoiled the end for me, but I figured now was the time to rub this name off the backlog.

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the Crimson King = senile grenade throwing Santa Claus motherfucker.

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big bad hyped-up Mordred just ended up being a fucking seven-legged spider with dysentery that got his plan fucked up by a talking raccoon

, even though that really sucked.  But what I can't deal with is:

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One:  Walter, the main antagonist since the first sentence of the first fucking book, got taken out like a bitch by said shitting spider.  This guy is the catalyst of the whole fucking quest, and he gets wasted with ease.  The way Walter got taken out was obviously done to try and make Mordred out to be the king badass, but since that failed to happen, it makes Walter's death seem even less significant.

Two:  Susannah bailing out at the end for no fucking reason.  She's like "Yeah, let's fuck shit up" on one page and then BAM, she gets all "g2g, l8r"  and leaves in like a thirty page span of time.  I know King needed to get rid of her before Roland got to the Tower, but he could have done something that, you know, went along with how her character had acted in the past five books.


If the day ever comes when Stephen King doesn't botch a fucking ending, I think I will drop dead on the spot.  Speaking of that, how much of an asshole do you have to be to write yourself in a story as one of the keys to the entirety of existence?  Fucking pretentious writers, I swear to God.
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Post by: Eusis on July 30, 2007, 10:03:09 PM
While I have the first book of the Dark Tower checked out and plan to actually finish it before I return it to the library... After reading three of those spoilers (skipped the last one), is it really worth going through the whole thing?
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Post by: D-Rider on July 30, 2007, 10:19:52 PM
Eus, most folks I know would tell you that the series peaked at the third book and then went to hell from there.  I'm not one of them, because I really liked "Wizard and Glass", the fourth book.  That's my favorite book of his, in fact.

If I were you, I'd go ahead and read "The Gunslinger" and "The Drawing of the Three".  If you haven't gotten into the story by then, then you never will.  "The Gunslinger" by itself, while a good book, isn't very reflective of the series as a whole.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on August 04, 2007, 05:24:56 AM
Bought The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen part 2, and Here Lies Arthur and Larklight by Philip Reeve. I think I got Larklight just because it was Reeve doing more Steampunk, but this time - in space! And Here Lies Arthur because it was Reeve doing something other than Steampunk.
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Post by: CastNuri on August 15, 2007, 12:42:49 PM
Read "The Outsider" (The Stranger) by Albert Camus.

It was depressing in its own sense, but still a good book. I can see why it is studied by so many literature classes. There's a lot of material to comprehend and analyze. The author's final word was illuminating; it helped put some thought's into perspective.
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Post by: D-Rider on August 15, 2007, 12:54:35 PM
Man, make that two books in a row that I put off finishing for a long time.  Of course, there's no book in existence that took me longer to finish than this most recent one:  The Silmarillion.  I've never liked what I've read of it, but I also don't like blowing money on a book and then not finishing it.

So how did I like it?  Let's just say that it didn't get better with age. :P  It read too much like the Bible, and not the good parts; it needed less of the "and Shem begat Malachi who begat Spielberg" type and more of the "and lo, I kill your firstborn with a bloody rain of frogs riding flying chariots of fire" type.
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Post by: Eusis on August 15, 2007, 06:53:48 PM
Man, I never even read the bible proper and I thought it read like it. It's probably from exposure to what the bible tells though and the fact the Silmarillion gave the same vibe. :P
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on August 18, 2007, 12:34:02 PM
Finished reading The Deathly Hallows (finally) and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen part 2. Now I can get on with reading the other 30 unread books on my shelf...
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Post by: CastNuri on August 19, 2007, 05:24:37 AM
Finished "New Moon" of the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer.

It was alright. Not horrible at all, as my Twilight-crazy friends have led me to believe. I suppose they were probably pissed off at the lack of a certain teenage vampire's presence. :P

The third book of the saga came out recently. I guess I'll get that too, to complete the set.
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Post by: Vanguard on August 23, 2007, 03:18:00 PM
I most recently finished Love in the Days of Rage by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. It was so-so, but only because his poetry is so great. I also finished Road Movies by Lee Ranaldo, which was fantastic, if a bit indulgent. On top of that I also read the selected poems of Federico Garcia Lorca.

I'm not reading any novels/short stories currently, but I've been dabbling in The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara and Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology.

I forgot to mention I read Big Sur by Kerouac recently as well. His prose is the most fun in this book, and it's also different from The Dharma Bums and On the Road the way it focuses on himself rather than whomever he's shambling after. However, plotwise, it is my least favorite book I've read. It consists mostly of him crooning about how he wished he was in the city or out in the cabin and how he shouldn't be going on 4 and 5 day drunk binges.
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Post by: Tooker on August 24, 2007, 12:58:40 PM
Wow - I'm so late to this party.  Just yesterday, I finished a book called "Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask" - it was released into bookstores, and then later released as a free ebook.  Pretty decent, especially considering the price.

Before that, I read Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.  I liked it quite a bit.

I've been alternating books, something random and then another book from a series I finally got all of after a long time.  The series is called Wild Cards, and if the people who made Heroes haven't read it, I'd be shocked.  The Wild Cards books are written by teams of authors (some very well known) and edited by George R. R. Martin.  If you can find them (think online), they're really good stuff.  They were written through the late 70s, 80s, and into the 90s.  There are 13 of them, and then a new trilogy was written later.  Sadly, if you try to read them starting somewhere other than the first book, you'll probably be pretty lost.
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Post by: Merkava on August 24, 2007, 08:25:58 PM
Feeling guilty about not touching my family's ridiculous book collection and the fact that I may want to become a writer, I decided to dive in.

Books I've read so far:

An American Childhood (Dillard) - This is a summer reading book for IB, but I loved it. Her prose is pure poetry. There's a lot of detail, which can be overwhelming, but I felt the book was worth the frustration.

The Namesake (Lahiri) -  This was given to me by my girlfriend, who is also a writer and a lightning-fast reader, because we saw the movie together a while back. Although I like the amount of detail put in the book, I feel like the book is lacking a bit of soul. For one thing, she states the obvious, something I always try and avoid with my writing since it dulls the effectiveness of an otherwise touching moment. Don't get me wrong, I loved the book, but I felt like the movie was so much more moving. Mira Nair has such a gift for making India seem like such a wondrous place, and the performance of Ashoke's character gave the story so much life. The movie both ruined and made the book for me. I didn't enjoy the book as much as the movie, but the movie helped me find what the book was lacking. I'll take them as a combined experience, and as an experience, it ranks up there with my favorites.

One-Hundred Years of Solitude (Marquez) - Quite incredible. It's rare that I get truly excited while reading a book, and the beautiful prose and incredible mythology just struck a nerve. Like Juan Rulfo's Pedro Paramo (which partly inspired this book), it's very sensual and involves fantastical but believable elements in it's world. It's just incredible. The only thing I didn't like was the incest. Well, it's fine until the last mentioned relationship, which left a sour taste in my mouth. Still a beautiful book, though.

The Icarus Girl (Oyeyemi) - Kind of overrated. The plot itself is excellent, but the whole thing feels sloppy. I kept hearing about how Helen Oyeyemi is a prodigy, and from reading a few pages of The Opposite House I believed it, but this book disappointed me. She has some really beautiful moments, but not nearly enough. The use of Nigerian mythology was quite brilliant, though.

Now I'm reading Such a Long Journey by Rohanton Mistry. Another excellent book. It's about India during the creation of Bangladesh. It follows one family as it struggles through the period and becomes involved in the clandestine events within the period. So far I really like it.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on September 01, 2007, 03:51:36 PM
Started A Game of Thrones. 70 pages in so far, so it'll  be about 6 weeks before I read anything else.
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Post by: Eusis on September 01, 2007, 09:05:35 PM
I'll probably read the Fifth Head of Cerberus before I return to a Game of Thrones. That's really a collection of three Novellas, so I can just read the namesake one for now.
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Post by: Superflat on September 05, 2007, 10:41:19 PM
I'm reading A Murder in Amsterdam by Ian Buruma for an exchange program at school. Pretty interesting so far, aside from the fact that I know next to nothing about the subject matter.
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Post by: Degolas on September 06, 2007, 05:26:24 AM
I'm reading Vampirates by Justin Somper. It's somewhat similar in style to what I'm writing for my university final piece, so it's worth reading. It won't be great literature by any stretch, but I love the concept.
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Post by: GrimReality on September 10, 2007, 03:30:31 PM
Last night I finished book 2 in the original Thomas Covenant trilogy. Pretty good stuff. I'll probably start up book 3 right away. This whole book was really dark and depressing. Not much good going on for the forces of good. I find myself drawn more to the world itself than the characters. Thomas is incredibly annoying(intentionally, I know) and leaves us with no one to root for or sympathize with. I'm hoping book 3 gives me something positive to latch on to, as well as giving us more info on Lord Foul. I hate generic bad guys.
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Post by: Tooker on September 10, 2007, 08:27:27 PM
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Thomas is incredibly annoying(intentionally, I know) and leaves us with no one to root for or sympathize with.


I only managed to make it through the first book in that series.  The fact that he raped the girl who was helping him and there were never any real consequences and he didn't even seem to feel very bad about it turned me away, even though there were some cool elements to the universe.
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Post by: Merkava on September 10, 2007, 09:50:10 PM
Gotten pretty far in Oyeyemi's The Opposite House. It's MUCH better than Icarus Girl. Her voice is much more assured and risky, and it pays off virtually every time.
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Post by: GrimReality on September 11, 2007, 03:52:42 PM
Quote from: "Tooker"
Quote from: "GrimReality"
Thomas is incredibly annoying(intentionally, I know) and leaves us with no one to root for or sympathize with.


I only managed to make it through the first book in that series.  The fact that he raped the girl who was helping him and there were never any real consequences and he didn't even seem to feel very bad about it turned me away, even though there were some cool elements to the universe.


FWIW, book 2 is much better about tackling the issue and the repercussions of it. It also happens to be less Thomas' story than the other, more interesting, characters.
At this point I can't stand Thomas, but I really want to know what happens to him.
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Post by: CastNuri on September 13, 2007, 06:34:05 PM
Read The Homecoming by Harold Pinter.

It was... intriuging. My first reaction was that I felt a bit disgusted at some of the characters by the end of the script, but in retrospect, there was just something very desperate and strange about it all that softened my feelings towards the play in whole.
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Post by: Daggerstrike on September 13, 2007, 06:42:18 PM
The Hawk and Fisher books by Simon R. Green is awesome.
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Post by: Eusis on September 16, 2007, 02:46:31 AM
I got Cryptonomicon for my Birthday, and I picked up the first volume of Scott Pilgrim at Borders today. May not read the former for awhile, but I've read through some of the latter.
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Post by: Seultoria on September 22, 2007, 12:56:43 PM
I'm reading I, Robot.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on October 01, 2007, 02:50:36 PM
Stopped reading A Game of Thrones a while back, but now I've finished all the other books I was reading (all of them manga), I'm going to leave the Doctor Who book half-read and get back to reading A Game of Thrones.
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Post by: Tooker on October 02, 2007, 08:30:57 AM
Just read The Gunseller by Hugh Laurie (yeah - he's House).  He's a good author!  There were a lot of clever phrases that made me laugh, but none I can pull out of my memory (and out of context) to throw down here.
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Post by: Dominion on October 06, 2007, 11:23:05 PM
I'm reading Japanese Death Poems and another book of poetry the name of which I am unable to recall.
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Post by: Eusis on October 16, 2007, 02:13:35 AM
Read through the whole Scott Pilgrim series (comic books, but whatever) and now I'm going through Litany of the Long Sun. Finished the Nightside half of it.
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Post by: Melotron Scratch on October 22, 2007, 10:20:30 PM
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I got Cryptonomicon for my Birthday, and I picked up the first volume of Scott Pilgrim at Borders today. May not read the former for awhile, but I've read through some of the latter.
 


This is truly a book of epic proportions, literally and figuratively. If you have any interest in military history combined with exhausting detail of mathematics and operating systems technical info, you'll enjoy this one immensely. The amazing thing is how Stephen ties the characters together, it is something he must have had in mind for decades. It never feels forced either, like he is trying to impress anyone, nor does it ever get boring, since the epic feel keeps you going through even the most intricate of minutea. I actually started it around a decade ago and never finished, but picked it up again from the start last fall and read till the very end.

To get back to the topic, I am currently reading(along with my textbooks on phonology, ergonomics, and Indo-European languages~not as fancy as they sound), a great collection of horror stories called "Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural." I am and always will be a major horror fan, and this has some great stuff. "Graveyard Shift" by Matheson, "The Music of Erich Zann" by Lovecraft, "Carmilla" by Sheridan Lefanu, and one of the most disturbing stories I've read in a long time, "Euminedes in the Fourth Floor Lavatory" by Orson Scott Card(ever hear of him?^-^). Tons of other great stuff, too much to mention.

I have also been recently reading "Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader" about the life of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. Never in the history of communism has any leader had such control over their population as they have since around 1967(though the parallels between them and Pol Pot are noteworthy, if lesser in extremity).

I really do need to start reading more fantasy novels if the opinions of my rpger's are worth any gil too! Any suggestions where I should start?
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Post by: Eusis on October 26, 2007, 09:19:05 PM
Quote from: "Melotron Scratch"
This is truly a book of epic proportions, literally and figuratively. If you have any interest in military history combined with exhausting detail of mathematics and operating systems technical info, you'll enjoy this one immensely.

... Hmm. I really don't know what to say to that. I loved Snow Crash though and this sounds just as fantastic if not moreso, so I should be content regardless. Also, for the fantasy recommendation... There's the usuals to check out, a Song of Ice & Fire and the Wheel of Time series, but I'll leave those to people who more seriously read them. I'd like to recommend Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Heck, you'd be fine with any of his stuff, like Neverwhere and American Gods, but I only read Stardust to completion. These other recommendations are more... science fantasy if you will. The Coldfire Trilogy by C. S. Friedman is pretty damn good, I've gushed plenty about the Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe, and the Book of the Long Sun (also from Gene Wolfe) seems about as good so far and I definitely recommend that anyone who liked Phantasy Star III's setting check it out. Both series are hard reads though, so if you want something easier you're probably better off with another of the suggestions.

On that note, I finished the Litany of the Long Sun. I like how expectations can get royally fucked with, I'll start Epiphany of the Long Sun soon.
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Post by: PKProductions on October 27, 2007, 03:56:33 PM
I have 3 books sitting on my shelf currently, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, and Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. All 3 of these books kick ass. Huxley is a genius for writing Brave New World, its similar to 1984, but in my opinion superior in terms of being realistic for something that might actually happen, 1984 has a better story. Clockwork Oragne is a hard read, but an excellent book once you have figured out what hes talking about (I recomend the movie for most). Fight Club, well most of your have seen the movie, if your a big enough fan of it, definatley check out the book its alot more over the top than the movie. Mr. Palahniuk has many other superb books, like Survivor, Invisivble Monsters, Stranger than Fiction, and his newest book rant, just to name a few.
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Post by: Vanguard on October 28, 2007, 07:54:35 PM
Yeah, Brave New world is better with its overall point I think. Huxley's characters aren't particularly interesting, but they do their job for plot purposes. A Clockwork Orange is the most amazing book ever written, not for plot, but simply for the language. And Fight Club is great as a book and a movie.
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Post by: PKProductions on October 30, 2007, 07:13:36 PM
soooo, I gave in and checked out a book from the Library. Its actually a Star Trek book based on The Next Generation, called Q-Squared, and apparently its a decent book. I am real big star trek fan, there are a slew of DS9 books I really wanna check out, and they are insanely cheap on amazon.
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Post by: CastNuri on October 31, 2007, 04:20:41 PM
"The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver. I'm on the last section, after Exodus.

Turned out to be an enjoyable book in spite of what I first thought. I've really grown fond of the characters (Rachel aside).
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Post by: GrimReality on November 02, 2007, 01:14:41 PM
I decided I needed to read more of the "classics" so I put Thomas on hold and went out and bought Catcher in the Rye. I just finished it last night.
WTF is the big deal about this book? Was it controversial at the time of release due to the language/content?
The stream of consciousness writing is really quite obnoxious. Holden is an odd character, and certainly not very likable. He's really quite an idiot.
I'm really confused as to why this book is held in such high regard.
As for my next classic? Any recommendations? Perhaps A Clockwork Orange?
Back to Thomas for now.
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Post by: Dincrest on November 02, 2007, 01:31:52 PM
It was language and content that got Catcher in the Rye banned from a lot of high schools.  I read it in high school and I liked it... probably because it was one of the only books I read in middle and high school that didn't completely suck.  The book was fairly easy to read and back in high school, I liked that I was reading a book about a disillusioned somewhat modern day character close to my age rather than some stodgy adult in the distant past.  It seemed every book I had to read in the middle and high school canon felt old and stodgy.  Catcher in the Rye didn't.  

You'd probably have a different view if you read the book at age 15 than now.  I was a sophomore in high school when I read it, so I was probably 15 or 16.  Remember, I was in high school from 1992- 1996, the grunge era, so Holden seemed to resonate more with us back then.  

Animal Farm was probably the best book I read for school, pre-college.
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Post by: Vanguard on November 03, 2007, 07:35:23 AM
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I decided I needed to read more of the "classics" so I put Thomas on hold and went out and bought Catcher in the Rye. I just finished it last night.
WTF is the big deal about this book? Was it controversial at the time of release due to the language/content?
The stream of consciousness writing is really quite obnoxious. Holden is an odd character, and certainly not very likable. He's really quite an idiot.
I'm really confused as to why this book is held in such high regard.
As for my next classic? Any recommendations? Perhaps A Clockwork Orange?
Back to Thomas for now.


Yeah, I hated Holden. All he did was bitch. I understand its historical place in literature, but as far as classics go, this is one I could have gone without reading.

A Clockwork Orange is great, but it's a challenge, I will warn you. If you didn't already know this, the entire book is written in Nadsat. Nadsat is basically the hipster language that the protagonist and all his friends (the'yre all teenagers) speak in. It's some weird mix of all of these Russian and Slovak dialogues. You can find a translation sheet for all the words on the internet, but after the first 30-50 pages you get what he's saying and don't really need it.

You should give Tropic of Capricorn a try. However, you should know what you're getting into before you just check it out of the library or buy it. There's no plot in it. At all. It's a book written in a sort of stream of conscious style, and Henry Miller, the author, just writes about life and strings all these little anecdotes together. Honestly, all I can tell you is that the feeling after you finish it is indescribable.
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Post by: Tooker on November 03, 2007, 11:35:11 PM
Wow - you guys are making me feel lame.  I just finished the third book in "The Edge Chronicles," a series targeted at probably early teens.  I read the first two a while ago after liking the Series of Unfortunate Events books, and had to read the third one to finish out the first trilogy.

I'm now reading the third book in David & Leigh Eddings' series "The Dreamers."  I was reminded fairly quickly that this series is kind of weak, even if you're a fan of their work, but oh well.  I have read pretty much everything he/they have ever written (he used to just put his name on everything, but later said "you know what?  My wife has really been a big part of writing these books" and started putting her name on all of them too.

Guess I'm in "finish old series" mode right now.
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Post by: D-Rider on November 03, 2007, 11:57:02 PM
I've been neglecting the shit out of my reading lately, but I did manage to find time to finish up "The War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells.  I think my age was in single digits the last time I read this.  I had totally forgotten the aliens were fucking vampires. :P
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Post by: Viarca on November 07, 2007, 09:47:29 PM
About a month ago, I wandered into Borders and James Rollins was there signing books.  I'd never heard of him before, but have always been a fan of the Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child partnership and people were saying his books were similar.  Anyway, I've now read all but 2 of the 8 novels he's written.  I'd highly recommend his Sigma Force series if you're into action/suspense thrillers, but some of the earlier books weren't great.

The other thing I read recently was the long, short story I Am Legend.  I was discussing holiday movies with a friend and they said the Will Smith movie of the same name was the one they were looking forward to the most.  Being ignorant of the storyline, I expressed disdain at watching a movie with only Will Smith in it as the last person alive.  I was quickly given a copy to read and was surprised it was actually about vampires.  It's a pretty good read given when it was written and is a quick read (barely 150 pages).
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Post by: Tooker on November 07, 2007, 10:48:45 PM
In case you were interested, I Am Legend has been made into a movie twice before.  

First, it was The Last Man on Earth, starring Vincent Price.  That one's available on Google Video (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6415726085148908432) for free because it's old enough to be public domain.  I've seen it two or three times, and I think it's a pretty good film.  It leaves out some of the interesting stuff from the story (like the answer to the question "what if a vampire is jewish?"), but it's still good.

After that, it was made again as The Omega Man, starring Charlton Heston.  I haven't seen that one, but it's very different from the book, and I hear it's not very good.  Here's a trailer. (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6909410999983175974)

I just finished listening to the book on tape of The Picture of Dorian Gray.  Great book.  It's kind of twilight zoney, and I like that.  It's available for free too, also because it's public domain.  I found it at Librivox (http://www.librivox.org).  

While I'm plugging free stuff, if you want to read old books for free (rather than listen to them), you can download them for free at Project Gutenberg (http://www.promo.net/pg/).

More recently, I found out that Baen books has stuff available for free (http://www.baen.com/library/) too!  Baen puts out fantasy books, in case you don't know them by name.  There aren't a TON of books there, but hey, they're more recent books and they're available legally for free, and that's pretty nice.
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Post by: Alexander on November 08, 2007, 10:24:37 PM
Dude Tooker, Gutenberg is flippin awesome. Thanks for that!

For me, it's been Martin's A Feast For Crows.  I'm really looking to get through this one so I can finally scour the internet for this series' community without worry of the threat of spoilers.  Also, I'll be diving headlong into New Jedi Order in all its hugeness after this.
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Post by: CastNuri on November 09, 2007, 12:36:28 PM
Reading "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margeret Atwood. Definitely reminds me of 1984 but I think that I'm enjoying this a bit more. It's scary and intriuging enough to keep me reading.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on November 12, 2007, 08:14:59 PM
I'm currently reading Nikki Sixx's "The Heroin Diaries".  Very Good read.  I had no idea he was that far gone back then.  I'm amazed that they were able to release "Girls, Girls, Girls" at all.
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Post by: kyuusei on November 12, 2007, 09:45:48 PM
It's not a traditional book but... the last PostSecret book, A LifeTime of Secrets. I always liked looking at PostSecret and those sorts of things.
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Post by: CastNuri on November 13, 2007, 09:55:21 AM
Finished The Handmaid's Tale. It was an overall good and solid read. May be one of my favourite contemporary classics, now that I think about it. I pity the fools who have to study this for lit class, though. :P

Started reading "King Leopold's Ghost" for a background understanding of The Poisonwood Bible (Congo and all!).
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Post by: Dincrest on November 22, 2007, 07:17:42 PM
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I'm currently reading Nikki Sixx's "The Heroin Diaries".  Very Good read.  I had no idea he was that far gone back then.  I'm amazed that they were able to release "Girls, Girls, Girls" at all.


Have you read Motley Crue's "The Dirt" at all?  If you liked Nikki's book, you should check out The Dirt.  The Mick Mars chapters are probably the best ones in the book.  And I gained a whole new respect for John Corabi after reading The Dirt.  

Nikki Sixx must have superhero-esque powers.  I mean, the guy went into the hospital for a heroin overdose, died, came back to life, went back home, shot up again, and is still alive, kicking and rocking today.

It's kinda funny how some rock star autobiographies start out with a whole "drugs are bad, don't do them... now let me tell you about the totally awesome and crazy life I had while fucked out of my mind on drugs!"
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Post by: Marshmallow on November 22, 2007, 08:45:23 PM
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After that, it was made again as The Omega Man, starring Charlton Heston.  I haven't seen that one, but it's very different from the book, and I hear it's not very good.  Here's a trailer. (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6909410999983175974)


I actually liked The Omega Man, but I'll be damned if I actually have any reasons to back up why I liked it.

As for reading, recently I've read two books. First up was Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabi. There's a PSP game set in the same world, though the book is way fucking better, and an excellent read. Most especially if you like fantasy, this book is great.

Second, I read The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs. This one is a true account of the author's attempt to live by the Bible's rules literally for a year. It was both hilarious and informative.
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Post by: Dincrest on December 22, 2007, 10:15:41 PM
I'm about 5 chapters into "Better than Real" by Huw Lyan Thomas.  It's a sci-fi (post modern cyberpunk) book.  The writing is a tad choppy and the story is nothing original (it evokes aspects of various anime and comics I've liked), but the pacing is excellent and the characters are cool.  Part of me thinks that this book would actually work quite well as a movie, at least so far.
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Post by: Vanguard on January 01, 2008, 02:33:25 PM
In the past few days I read:

The Stranger by Albert Camus. What a fantastuc little book. I really liked the sparse prose style. It makes the moments when the language picks up a fast pace more effective.

A Far Rockaway of the Heart by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. This is a sequel to his earlier work, A Coney Island of the Mind. The poem sequence in this book is easily his best work to date. That I read it in 2 sittings (all 120 poems or so) is quite telling.

Paris Spleen by Charles Baudelaire. This was my first introduction to his poetry, and it was very good. I can see how much Rimbaud was inspired by him.
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Post by: Degolas on January 01, 2008, 06:27:34 PM
My Dad got me Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Disaster by Pablo Neruda for Christmas. It has the original Spanish version and then the translation. I'm never too sure when reading translated poetry, it often feels a little soulless. I do like this book though.

I also finally read Peter Pan, and as I expected it was rather good. The sheer natural creativity of the entire thing is truly astounding. I thought the narrator interfered a tad too much toward the end, but that's a minor complaint.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on January 01, 2008, 10:59:10 PM
I just finished Secret Window Secret Garden. I haven't read that one in years.  Next up is a book called When Rabbit Howls.  A friend loaned it to me for some reason. She assures me it's good so....we'll see. Pretty sure it's about Schizophrenia.
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Post by: Dincrest on January 01, 2008, 11:46:03 PM
I finished New Brunswick New Jersey: Goodbye by Ronen Kauffman.  Awesome book.  I'm loaning it to a friend now.
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Post by: Adapheon on January 02, 2008, 12:06:24 AM
I'm reading the Changeling: The Lost RPG game book because, you know...nerd.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on January 02, 2008, 01:48:05 PM
Finished Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve. I wish he'd write some normal books that don't have either zombie terminators, cross-dressing children or... gangster spiders.
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Post by: Vanguard on January 03, 2008, 01:42:41 AM
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My Dad got me Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Disaster by Pablo Neruda for Christmas. It has the original Spanish version and then the translation. I'm never too sure when reading translated poetry, it often feels a little soulless. I do like this book though.

I also finally read Peter Pan, and as I expected it was rather good. The sheer natural creativity of the entire thing is truly astounding. I thought the narrator interfered a tad too much toward the end, but that's a minor complaint.


Translations are always a little risky. Have you tried any of the French poetry translated by the people at New Directions? If not, give their Rimbaud and Baudelaire a try, you won't be disappointed. Specifically try the Drunken Boat by Rimbaud. You could probably even find it online.
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Post by: Tooker on January 03, 2008, 12:35:09 PM
I just finished Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell - it was pretty good stuff.  Sort of historical fiction/fantasy.

Then, I read I Am Legend.  I can see why they've made three movies of that story - it's good stuff.
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Post by: Seultoria on January 04, 2008, 07:11:52 AM
I had to read Anthem by Ayn Rand for English class. One of the worst books I've ever read.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on January 04, 2008, 06:51:29 PM
I've just started "Cell" by Stephen King.  Pretty good apocalyptic story so far. Has a 28 days later kinda vibe going on...sort of.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on January 07, 2008, 03:34:27 PM
Finished Across the Nightingale Floor, and A Game Of Thrones (yay). Now I'm going to read some random shit before moving onto A Clash of Kings. Time to read at least 5 books in one week...
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Post by: PKProductions on January 07, 2008, 10:59:18 PM
Well, I checked the the library today for Mario Puzo books, they had 2 The Last Don and The Sicilian, so I looked up some reviews, and I think im gonna check out The Last Don tomorrow. I still havent read the godfather book yet, but from what I was reading its alot better than the last don, I am sure the library probably has Godfather, but I'm gonna go ahead and check out last don first anyway. I wanna read godfather before The Sicilian though, seeing as Micheal Corleone is a character in The Sicilian, and I want to read the original material before going onto something else.
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Post by: Tooker on January 08, 2008, 07:56:00 AM
I just finished I Am Legend.  Been wanting to read it for years, and got it as a Christmas present.  Good stuff.  Now I'm reading Peter and the Starcatchers, which I've also wanted to read for years because I love Dave Barry's stuff.
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Post by: Jimmy on January 14, 2008, 08:29:38 PM
I bought the His Dark Materials trilogy after Christmas, and I just finished The Amber Spyglass today. Such a great trilogy!
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Post by: Lard on January 14, 2008, 10:01:35 PM
Picked up AHistory on the weekend.

It's a Doctor Who reference book(!) that attempts to slot all the TV, book, audio and comic stories into one consistent history.

Interesting read.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on January 17, 2008, 11:20:38 AM
Since I started reading "The Stand" on Friday, I've somehow managed to get about 850 pages of it read. It's good, but it would be better if it was half as long. Only 600 pages to go..............
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Post by: Lard on January 19, 2008, 09:21:13 PM
Borrowed World War Z from a friend of mine.

Pretty interesting take on a zombie apocalypse book. A few dull bits about the army but good overall.

About halfway through and I would recommend it.
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Post by: Tooker on January 21, 2008, 09:37:23 AM
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Since I started reading "The Stand" on Friday, I've somehow managed to get about 850 pages of it read. It's good, but it would be better if it was half as long. Only 600 pages to go..............


Is it the original version, or the longer "director's cut" version?  Because I've read both, and I think I prefer the original.  There's a scene in a motel with a pistol in the longer version that still gives me the jibblies when I think about it.
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Post by: GrimReality on January 21, 2008, 01:04:48 PM
Finally finished the first Covenant trilogy. In the end I liked it, despite Thomas being his prickish self. I'll probably read the second trilogy, but not any time soon.
I have a ton of books laying around waiting to be read.
I think I'm going to read some Sherlock Holmes(I got this giant compendium for Christmas) than read the Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on January 26, 2008, 04:33:09 PM
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Since I started reading "The Stand" on Friday, I've somehow managed to get about 850 pages of it read. It's good, but it would be better if it was half as long. Only 600 pages to go..............


Is it the original version, or the longer "director's cut" version?  Because I've read both, and I think I prefer the original.  There's a scene in a motel with a pistol in the longer version that still gives me the jibblies when I think about it.

Yes, it's the director's cut version. Is the motel scene the bit with Trashcan Man and the psychopath or where Lloyd and that other guy go round "pokerising" people? I didn't think it was that disturbing, actually. The only things i found disturbing in the book were The Dark Man and the weird stuff going on in people's heads (like say, Harold, Nadine or the Trashcan Man).

Finally finished the Stand! It was better at the start as everyone was dying - the middle section was a bit too... meandering. That is by far the longest book i've ever read.  Also read all of I Am Legend. Its a bit more realistic than the movie, as i thought it was a bit implausible that Will Smith's character was a police marshal and a brilliant scientist - Neville is just an amateur in the book.

Now i've started on Seventh Son, which is apparently "the most important american fantasy since the original Thomas Covenant trilogy". Um, shouldn't the most important american fantasy be Ursula le Guin, and shouldnt A Song of Ice and Fire be the most important one since then?
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on January 26, 2008, 04:35:57 PM
I'm reading Swan Song again since it's been around 10 years.  It's like The Stand in a way but I actually think it's much better. It's long as hell too.
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Post by: Tooker on January 26, 2008, 05:46:24 PM
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Is the motel scene the bit with Trashcan Man and the psychopath or where Lloyd and that other guy go round "pokerising" people?...


The one with Trashcan Man.  Still gives me chills - guess I know what I'm phobic about!  Tell you what - I did not feel too bad when that guy got
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Also read all of I Am Legend. Its a bit more realistic than the movie, as i thought it was a bit implausible that Will Smith's character was a police marshal and a brilliant scientist - Neville is just an amateur in the book.


I felt the same way - just read that book, and I thought "well, I guess they had to leave that out for time."  The Vincent Price movie was similar - he was a research doctor trying to cure the disease before everyone died.  The book is great.

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Now i've started on Seventh Son, which is apparently "the most important american fantasy since the original Thomas Covenant trilogy". Um, shouldn't the most important american fantasy be Ursula le Guin, and shouldnt A Song of Ice and Fire be the most important one since then?


I couldn't say on Ursula le Guin, because although I have her books, I haven't read them yet, but Seventh Son was written before Song of Ice and Fire, so it's still fair to say that.  I love the Alvin Maker series (of which Seventh Son is the first book) - easily one of my top five fantasy series.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on January 30, 2008, 03:14:23 PM
Finished Seventh Son, and started Larklight. It's better than i thought it was, but not as good as Reeve's original series. Also, the Thomas Covenant trilogy and The Keys to the Kingdom series from Wednesday to Friday arrived today.
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Post by: Lard on January 30, 2008, 09:12:34 PM
About 1/2 through Mr. B Gone by Clive Barker.

It's a fun read and even though it's classed as horror, I dunno if I would classify it as that.

It seems more in the vein of his fantasy books.

Here's a question:

Which of Barker's longer fantasyish works are worth picking up?

I'd read that alot of them seemed overlong and self indulgent.

(Though I have both Abarat books and enjoy those.)
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on January 30, 2008, 09:35:56 PM
^ I don't know if you've read Barker's  "The Thief of Always" but if you didn't, you'd be doing yourself a favor by reading it.  It's not long but I enjoyed it immensely.
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Post by: D-Rider on February 05, 2008, 07:04:59 PM
I'm about a third of the way through Kushiel's Justice.  I'm disappointed in the lack of graphic sexual acts, but I've been like that since the second book. :P
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on February 07, 2008, 11:01:25 AM
Finished Larklight, A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore. Now I've got to finish Tehanu and get on to A Clash of Kings.
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Post by: Tooker on February 11, 2008, 07:39:09 PM
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^ I don't know if you've read Barker's  "The Thief of Always" but if you didn't, you'd be doing yourself a favor by reading it.  It's not long but I enjoyed it immensely.


I have that book - was going to read it recently, but ended up reading something else instead.  I'll have to pick it up soon.

I've been reading a series called Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce.  It's aimed at teens, but it's a really good series.  

I also read a book this weekend called Replay, by Ken Grimwood.  It's about a guy who dies of a heart attack while sitting at his desk, and then wakes up in his bed 25 years earlier, back in college, remembering everything from before.  Over the course of the book, he lives his life several times.  It's a great book, but it's from 1987, so it may be tough to find.
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Post by: Eusis on February 11, 2008, 08:28:23 PM
Finally finished the Book of the Long Sun on Saturday, it's a great series. The Book of the Short Sun sounds fairly daunting however, and I promised Vilnius I'd read a Game of Thrones. I kinda want some lighter (or at least shorter) fare so I'm reading Stephen Colbert's I Am America (And So Can You!) and Pirate Freedom by Gene Wolfe. Going to MORE Gene Wolfe probably is a poor idea if I wanted something lighter, but it seems like it's one of his more accessible books and anyway it's a single 300 page book so it won't take forever to go through.
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Post by: Merkava on February 12, 2008, 10:01:32 PM
The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh is one of the greatest books ever written.

Their Eyes Are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston has not hit me as hard yet. Hurston's prose is beautiful, but I'm having a lot of trouble with the dialogue. It adds to the authenticity of her representation of post-Civil War black culture, and leads to some very poignant moments, but its such a chore to read through on a full IB schedule.

The next book we will be reading in IB English is Faulker's As I Lay Dying. I actually can't wait; I've never read Faulkner before.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on February 20, 2008, 12:14:52 PM
Read Eldest, Of Fire and Night and Metal Swarm. Eldest isn't anywhere near as bad as I'd heard - well, it was at least better than Eragon. Now I'm reading A Clash of Kings.
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Post by: Seultoria on March 06, 2008, 07:48:40 PM
Reading The Call of the Wild. Need to finish it before 11:30 AM tomorrow, but I got halfway done so far.
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Post by: Nemmet on March 11, 2008, 10:51:07 PM
So I think Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift might be my favorite book I've read for school, even if part 3 is pure shit.
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Post by: Lard on March 23, 2008, 08:34:38 AM
I picked up Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman and a short story collection by Iain M Banks in Hong Kong.
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Post by: newgameplus on April 08, 2008, 08:23:51 AM
Anansi Boys is a good read. I'm a big Neil Gaiman fan.

I'm currently juggling all kinds of books. On the fiction side of the tracks, I've finally completed Book 6/7 of Stephen King's The Dark Tower. I have to take a break in between each book, though, so I'm currently reading the third Takeshi Kovacs novel by Richard K. Morgan, Woken Furies. Kovacs series is a great read if you're into sci-fi/cyberpunk/noir. Like Blade Runner knocked up a notch.

To make myself teh smarts, I'm reading Blogging Heroes by Michael A. Banks. It contains 30 interviews with successful bloggers, including Chris Grant from Joystiq, Brian Lam from Gizmodo, etc.

I'm also reading The Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race From 4500BC to 2000AD.
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Post by: Tooker on April 08, 2008, 06:56:27 PM
I just read Anansi Boys too!  Currently reading Imajica by Clive Barker, but it's slow going.  I bought Stephen King's Lisey's Story today, so I'll probably read it soon too.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on April 10, 2008, 11:31:03 AM
I'm still reading A Clash Of Kings! Nearly done (relatively speaking)!
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Jon just saved that wildling girl. Oh no, he couldn't possibly kill a /girl/, could he? Zombies, they're fine, but women? Absolutely not! At this rate, he'll end up like his "father"...

I hope Theon gets killed, preferably by Hodor. Or even Osha. Maybe then they'd reward her by not chaining her up in the kitchens with Gage, and then maybe Catelyn won't think Robb's turned into a misogynist while she's been away!


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To make myself teh smarts, I'm reading Blogging Heroes by Michael A. Banks. It contains 30 interviews with successful bloggers, including Chris Grant from Joystiq, Brian Lam from Gizmodo, etc.
I'm sure there are other, er, more successful ways to become smart... I could be wrong, though.
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Post by: newgameplus on April 10, 2008, 05:27:32 PM
Not if you want to hear advice from some of the most successful new game reporters/game news blogs out there. Blogging continues to take the journalism field by storm. I'm very interested in what Brian Lam has to say on the field, etc.

Besides, I think The Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race From 4500BC to 2000AD. makes up for my other nonfiction choices.
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Post by: Eusis on April 10, 2008, 06:24:59 PM
I picked up Moby Dick! But I haven't made much more progress in Pirate Freedom, still a little over half way. I oughta just sit down and blitz through it so I can go to Game of Thrones then the Book of the Short Sun.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on April 13, 2008, 08:02:04 AM
Isn't that the 6th or 7th time you said you were gonna read A Game Of Thrones? I'd give up on it if I had tried and failed to get into it that many times.

Anyway, i'm still not finished A Clash of Kings - at this rate, A Dance With Dragons will be out before I'm done...
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Post by: Eusis on April 13, 2008, 04:37:51 PM
Haha, I've only really tried twice (three actually, but when one of those times only gets through the prologue and I can't stay focused due to it being at a call for potential jury duty...), but I've been meaning to read it for forever.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on April 17, 2008, 11:58:21 AM
FINALLY finished A Clash of Kings. Now i'll read some short books...
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Post by: Vanguard on May 01, 2008, 12:47:26 PM
Reading Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery
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Post by: Azrael on May 01, 2008, 11:38:51 PM
I have had quite a bit of time to read these past few days and got quite a bit of reading done. Last week I read through Free Food For Millionaires by Min Jin Lee.  It was at once an aggravating and fun read.  Definitely a strong breakout novel and I'm looking forward to future novels by her.  I also decided I would finally get around to finishing the Ender Saga, I read through the first two books this week and I don't think I could possibly read anymore.  I love Ender's Game, but Speaker didn't sit as well with me this time around as it did before and I find myself disliking Ender a whole lot more now.
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Post by: Tooker on May 02, 2008, 01:18:12 PM
Because I'm a huge nerd, I read The Rivan Codex by David Eddings.  It's mostly the background notes that he wrote up so he could write the Belgariad and Malloreon series. *sigh* I am a nerd.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on May 05, 2008, 03:51:51 PM
Reading A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow. Jaime is the second-best character, I've decided. Tyrion is Number 1.
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Post by: Eusis on May 08, 2008, 02:37:16 PM
Finished Pirate Freedom at last. Just blasted through the last nearly 100 pages last night, tired of being most of the way through the book but not having completed it. I enjoyed it, it came off as a bit more realistic take on pirates (as realistic as you can get with a time slipped protagonist anyway), but I found it a bit hard to follow at times. This was due in part to having stretched out reading so much and the assorted names and terms thrown around.

Anyways, now it's on to A Game of Thrones to see if I can actually stick this time as well as Haruki Murakami's Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.
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Post by: Lard on May 09, 2008, 11:49:02 PM
Bought Uzumaki Vol.3.
I like Kikuchi but his endings are fucking weak.
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Post by: Kyle on May 10, 2008, 10:46:06 AM
I just finished Watchmen yesterday. It was the first graphic novel I've ever read, and it certainly made me appreciate the medium. I was unsure at first, but they really did some great things with the dialogue/artwork combinations.

The actual story, too, is rather great. The characters are obviously the most important part, and they're amazing. The narrative got a little strange by the end, but considering the contents of the rest of the book, I don't think it was impossible. I was a little disappointed at first, but I think I'm growing to love the conclusion (and the rest).
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Post by: Vanguard on May 10, 2008, 10:30:02 PM
Even if you've seen the movie, you should read V for Vendetta. It'll blow your mind. As far as comics go, they're an extremely viable medium. Actually, modern film technique borrows heavily from comic books and the stuff they were pulling 10 and 20 years ago.

Currently re-reading Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer. I'm enjoying much more this time around, but it still doesn't come near Tropic of Capricorn.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on June 10, 2008, 03:46:22 PM
Moved onto A Storm of Swords part 2. It only took me a month to finish part 1. Let's see if I can improve on that. :P
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Post by: Adapheon on June 10, 2008, 08:41:03 PM
I'm just waiting incredibly inpatiently for Toll the Hounds, which is the next in the series Malazan Book of the Fallen. This will be book 8 of 10. Normally a horribly massive series of books like this would fall under its own weight (hell, most get trapped with three) but not only is the story holding up on its own it's staying interesting every single step of the way.

Wish I could say I was reading something now. I guess the Dungeons and Dragons 4E books will have to be it.
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Post by: Tooker on June 11, 2008, 09:15:42 AM
My wife stumbled across about 50 issues of Analog and Isaac Asimov magazines at a thrift store recently, so I just started reading that.  I've also been sort of rereading Piers Anthony's Xanth series.  It's OK, but not my favorite.

Also read a book online recently called Timely Persuasion.  Great stuff.  I feel like I mentioned it somewhere on these forums already... but it wasn't in this thread, so now it is.
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Post by: Azrael on June 11, 2008, 10:02:20 AM
Picked up Kite Runner and The Trial from the library the other day.  I've yet to read any Kafka and have heard good things so I'm going to give it a shot and my friend has said nothing but good things about Kite Runner.   I started Kite Runner and it is easy to see what is so good about it.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on June 18, 2008, 05:26:02 AM
Finished A Storm Of Swords: Blood and Gold, then 2 hours later started on A Feast For Crows. I still have to read another 27 books after that's done, though. This is going to be a long summer...
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Post by: Jimmy on June 18, 2008, 11:48:53 AM
Started reading A Clockwork Orange yesterday. It has been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read for two years now and I finally have the time to read it since I won't have school for the next two months. I'm hoping to get through the rest of my stack before my summer is over as well.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on July 08, 2008, 05:14:40 PM
A Feast For Crows
Starcross
Red Shift

AFFC was good, but not as good as ACOK or AGOT. Starcross was even more mad than Larklight:
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Moob!Red Shift made no sense even at the end. I think there was probably a sentence or two that explained everything, but I missed it. Never mind.
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Post by: Eusis on July 20, 2008, 09:03:31 PM
About a week ago now I finished One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. It was an amazing book, but I don't really think there's much for me to say here.

Resuming a Game of Thrones, about 450 pages in,
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Tyrion was found innocent via a trial of combat. I'm thinking of just rushing through the rest of the book so I don't have this hanging over me anymore, especially since I like it and don't want it to fall to the wayside again. Only reason I put it down was to participate in the first entry of the Book Club at the other forum I frequent, and at first I tried to juggle the two before deciding focusing on just one to get it out of the way ASAP was better.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on July 20, 2008, 10:31:07 PM
I'm reading some Raymond Feist lately. I finished Magician: Apprentice and i'm now around halfway through Magician: Master.  It's probably the best fantasy i've read in quite some time.
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Post by: Tooker on July 21, 2008, 10:28:56 AM
That Magician series is pretty good.  He's written a few followups, also.

I've been gradually working my way through the Xanth series again.  No idea if I'm reading stuff I have read before or not.
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Post by: Tooker on August 06, 2008, 09:04:57 PM
Woot for double-posts in the book thread!  Or not.  No matter.

I recently saw a trailer for an upcoming movie called City of Ember, and I thought "ooh - it's like Fallout!"  I hit the bookstore and found that it's a sci-fi book intended for "young readers" (like the first Harry Potter books, I think).  Not kids - probably teens.

ANYWAY... I read it over the course of about a day.  It's a really good book, and it does have a vibe of "what if you lived in the vault from the first Fallout, but didn't realize there was anything else out there?"  There are two sequels, with a third coming out later this month.  I'm gonna be hitting the bookstore tomorrow to get the next one.
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Post by: Superflat on August 06, 2008, 10:16:35 PM
Reading the Watchmen, which is maybe the first book I've read for pleasure since Harry Potter 7 last year. I'm really enjoying it, and the more I read it, the more I realize how well the tale is crafted. About to start Chapter 8.
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Post by: Alexander on August 11, 2008, 09:34:16 PM
Started "Watchmen" as well.  Character development is superb.  It's interesting the way the way Moore guides the audience to simultaneously sympathize with the Comedian but retain memory of his mistake with the first Silk Spectre.  Just hit chapter 6 and excited to keep on going.

Also, this week's Batman looks psychotic and intriguing, which is very characteristic of Morrison.  I'm really stoked to see where RIP is heading!

The preview's up on Newsarama if any of you are interested.

http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album.php?aid=20624
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Post by: Tooker on August 15, 2008, 11:00:54 PM
Bought and read Watchmen start to finish last week while on vacation.  Started People of Sparks, the sequel to City of Ember.  Good stuff so far.
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Post by: CastNuri on August 19, 2008, 03:51:28 PM
>_>

I've recently read "Voice of the Gods" (fantasy) and "Heart of Darkness."

I really enjoyed the latter. It was a little slow at first but I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. Amazing piece of a literature and I can really appreciate Conrad's use of descriptive forces.
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Post by: Lard on August 27, 2008, 01:30:27 AM
I've been reading the Dark Tower series all summer as I finally got decent copies of all the books - meaning large size, not paperbacks.

Books 1-3 are great but book 4 was kind of a slog. The story was good....but so incidental to the rest of the series that it just really seems like filler. Yes, there's character development, but I just didn't find it that compelling.

Book 5, on the other hand, has been fucking great. I'm having a hard time putting it down.
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Post by: Tooker on August 27, 2008, 08:03:45 AM
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book 4 was kind of a slog.


My favorite series ever.  Totally agree about book 4.  A good story, but didn't really need to be book 4 of the series.  Should have just had that as a side thing after the fact or something.

Will be watching to see what you say here after you finish book 7.
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Post by: Seultoria on August 27, 2008, 10:19:17 AM
I'm about to reread eragon, since the last book of the Inheritance trilogy comes out next month. So, by the time I reread eragon, pick up Eldest and read that, the last book should be out.

Don't really remember much about Eragon except I was disappointed with the ending.
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Post by: Lard on August 27, 2008, 10:29:14 AM
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Will be watching to see what you say here after you finish book 7.


I was hoping to have them done by the end of the summer, but I really took my time with book 4. I will hopefully have them done by mid September, as school is starting and Yakuza 2 and Odin Sphere (GH) are coming out.
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Post by: D-Rider on September 03, 2008, 05:12:51 PM
I'm reading a book by Anette Motley entitled "Green Dragon, White Tiger".  It's about a Chinese girl who starts out as the Emperor's concubine then, through a rather wild series of events, ends up as the ruler of China.  I'm not sure how true to life this is, but it's a good read so far. :P
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Post by: Lard on September 04, 2008, 04:44:46 PM
Oh for fuck's sake.

I finished book 5 of the Dark Tower series.

Really? I *hate* fourth wall breaking meta-type stuff.

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This series just jumped the shark.
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Post by: D-Rider on September 04, 2008, 04:47:43 PM
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Oh for fuck's sake.

I finished book 5 of the Dark Tower series.

Really? I *hate* fourth wall breaking meta-type stuff.

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This series just jumped the shark.


HAHAHAHA

Welcome to the death of the series. :P
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Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on September 04, 2008, 08:02:32 PM
I realized a few days ago that I'd never read any Sherlock Holmes so I picked up the complete works yesterday. I've already finished A Study in Scarlet, which I loved, but I realized I've never seen any film adaptations of this one. Wonder why?
 
I'm a big fan of the Jeremy Brett TV series, and I wasn't sure the books would be my cup of tea, but I'm flying through 'em so far.
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Post by: Seultoria on September 04, 2008, 09:33:01 PM
I stopped re-reading Eragon, as I just learned it was going to become a 4 book series.

I might read a book in the next year, but this'll probably be my last post for a looooong time in here.
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Post by: Lard on September 05, 2008, 12:03:53 AM
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Welcome to the death of the series. :P


Please tell me it doesn't get worse from here.
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Post by: Tooker on September 06, 2008, 01:05:48 PM
There's a lot of good stuff in what remains, but also some things that people hated.  Even the ending has people divided.  I liked it and thought it made sense for the series, other people hated it.  In my opinion, there's nothing that sucks nearly bad enough to make it worth stopping over.
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Post by: Adapheon on September 08, 2008, 11:26:24 AM
So I finished reading Toll the Hounds by Steven Erikson and I have to say sometimes his writing style is a little clunky, this book was a lot different than the 7 that came before it in terms of narration and style but it was still an amazing book and this dude knows how to write a story. In terms of world building, Middle-Earth seems bland and lifeless in comparison. I couldn't sleep at all after finishing it, the book got every part of my brain working and sleep was not an option.

Also for a series that is based around several wars, both small and large scale, there was actually very little fighting. Also as with a lot of the more recent fantasy novels no character is safe and everything from the lowliest human characters to some of the most major gods die in this book. It's not as big a deal as with say George Martin where the true cast of characters is fairly small and once a character dies (at least so far with one exception) they are gone forever from the story. Not quite a true in the Malazan world where dying can be just another step in the ladder towards godhood and in general the series probably has like 20-30 main characters and a supporting number of characters twice that number at least. A lot of them are dead now, but not all of them. There's still two books left though :P

I honestly feel if anyone is interested in all epic fantasy this series is one to read, not try-out, but read the whole thing. The first book is somewhat badly written, I read half of it and put it down and like 6 months later started reading it again just to say I finished it and the last 1/4 of the book made it impossible to not buy the second book the day afterwards. Almost everything that happens is going to affect something in the next book or possibly the one afterwards in some way that you'd never imagine. There's still stuff from the second and third book that hasn't gone anywhere and I'm sure they'll pop their heads up somewhere in book 9 and 10 (the planned end of the series is book 10, then he is going to write an encyclopedia of the world, then a trilogy prequel, then a trilogy sequel. At least that's the contract that he signed says he's going to do)
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Post by: CastNuri on September 08, 2008, 02:30:52 PM
Whoah. New board layout? I need to be here more often.

I'm currently reading "Passage to India". It started off a little slow but I'm beginning to like it. Definitely has that sort of Asian flavour that I get whenever I'm reading something Malaysian or Indian-Malaysian. Also bought a copy of "The Three Musketeers" that I really, really feel like delving into but I can't until I'm finished with my school-assigned things.

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Post by: Kyle on September 08, 2008, 02:47:02 PM
I finished Atlus Shrugged yesterday, and I must say it is probably the most profound, well written book I've read, and it may be my new favorite. No book has given me so much to think about in so clear a fashion. My mind was fucked and pumped full of delicious, juicy intellect, and I'm a changed man.
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Post by: Eusis on September 08, 2008, 06:19:18 PM
My mind was fucked and pumped full of delicious, juicy intellect, and I'm a changed man.

Whatever you say. (http://www.angryflower.com/objectiv.html)

Unless there really is an Atlus Shrugged, in which case I want to know more.

Oh, as for myself: reading The Razor's Edge. I think it's decent so far.
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Post by: Kyle on September 08, 2008, 06:30:37 PM
That comic was pretty thoughtful. Obviously the author was unable to comprehend what he or she read on the philosophy. And I assume that he or she did read something. They did, right?
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Post by: Eusis on September 08, 2008, 06:39:43 PM
That comic was pretty thoughtful. Obviously the author was unable to comprehend what he or she read on the philosophy. And I assume that he or she did read something. They did, right?
He read it, yes. He made this (http://www.angryflower.com/atlass.gif) before doing so, was called out on not reading it, then read it and made the comic I linked before.
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Post by: Kyle on September 08, 2008, 08:33:39 PM
Perhaps he should read it again. Obviously, he didn't "get" it.
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Post by: Hidoshi on September 08, 2008, 08:49:45 PM
Bookworm Fight! :D

Also, Eus, if you like the book, the original black and white movie starring Tyrone Power is excellent as an accompaniment. The Bill Murray version from the 80's is... substantially awful.

Currently re-reading Rendezvous with Rama, one of my favourite sci-fi books as a kid.
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Post by: Lard on September 09, 2008, 02:53:43 AM
There's a lot of good stuff in what remains, but also some things that people hated.  Even the ending has people divided.  I liked it and thought it made sense for the series, other people hated it.  In my opinion, there's nothing that sucks nearly bad enough to make it worth stopping over.

So far, book 5 is okay. I'm at the part where Susannah is at the hotel and Mia has just been talking on the phone to her boss.

I'm surprised that book 5 is so short - only 400 or so pages! Practically a short story in this series!
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Post by: Raze on September 09, 2008, 03:13:57 AM
 After finding out Joss Whedon did some comics, read some Joss Whedon comics :P

 Fray, a story about a Slayer in the future was decent enough way to pass time, but far from him at his best.

 Buffy season 8 is great. Good to get back into the series and the comic lets them go a bit more over the top then they could on tv. My favorite one though actually went away from the main cast and starts with the death of a slayer posing as a decoy for Buffy, who narrates her story after the fact, which was really good stuff.

What really amazed me though was his run with the X-men. It's everything about Whedon that's great and he's at his absolute best here. From the storytelling, to his humor to his ability to write a great female protagonist. It just bleeds his style. Having just watched the cartoons and first two movies I'd never seen Kitty Pryde before(At least not beyond a quick cameo). But you can't not fall in love with her. It's impossible.

Really, next time they make a x-men move he needs put behind the wheel, because he blew me away.
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Post by: Dincrest on September 11, 2008, 09:44:08 PM
What I've read recently:

The Namesake- except for the incessant whining of the mother that encompassed the first 50 pages, the book was pretty good. 

I read the first two graphic novel volumes of Paradigm Shift by Dirk I. Tiede.  I'm really looking forward to vol.3, which is already underway in webcomic form.  But I'm waiting for the book. 

I also read this comic called "Dark Blue" by Warren Ellis.  Great illustrations, insanely violent, dialogue was quite liberal with curse words (though it made sense why toward the end), and it seems like something that would make a pretty cool movie. 
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Eusis on September 12, 2008, 02:10:41 AM
Perhaps he should read it again. Obviously, he didn't "get" it.
Well, he may just think the philosophy (and the book itself) is bullshit! I'm not familiar enough with the book to speak fairly on that, but what I know about objectivism (admittedly mostly thanks to Bioshock) doesn't sound that great to me.

Anyways! I finished The Razor's Edge and thought it was pretty great, not sure I'll check out the movie though after seeing the comments made in the introduction to the version I read, but if I did it'd definitely be the one you recommended Mark. I'm moving on to Siddhartha and picking back up A Game of Thrones since that was voted as the book to read at the other forum I go to, and I was kinda waiting on that.
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Post by: Hidoshi on September 12, 2008, 03:34:10 PM
Siddhartha's so-so. A lot of people like it, but I don't think they understand its background, nor how 'un-Buddhist' it actually is. It's extremely influenced by the thoughts of Krishnamurti, who to say the least was a psuedo-guru, and at the very most a corrupt asshole who fucked over a lot of people. Very "you don't need a teacher to learn things properly", blah blah blah -- basically the whole self-indulgent train of thought that gave us the horribly diluted version of new age beliefs a lot of people go on about these days.

A good companion to Siddhartha is Bones of the Master by George Crane. It offers a similar voyage, only as an actual autobiography and with a slightly more realistic view of the learning process.
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Post by: Eusis on September 12, 2008, 05:15:53 PM
Duly noted, but on a similar topic I wonder if you have anything to say on Lord of Light? (http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Light-Roger-Zelazny/dp/0060567236/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221254056&sr=1-1) I've had it for awhile, but haven't gotten around to reading yet.
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Post by: Lard on September 13, 2008, 02:34:39 AM
Read it, it's good.

I'm generally a fan of Zelazny anyway.
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Post by: Hidoshi on September 13, 2008, 10:44:32 AM
Duly noted, but on a similar topic I wonder if you have anything to say on Lord of Light? (http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Light-Roger-Zelazny/dp/0060567236/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221254056&sr=1-1) I've had it for awhile, but haven't gotten around to reading yet.

Zelany is intentionally writing fiction. It visits ideas in Buddhism and carries with it the one note of prevailing bigotry in its philosophy, which is that Hindu beliefs are somehow wrong and often stupid. I feel very strongly that this is the worst part of Buddhism, and more or less leave it at that. Zelany is, as I said, writing intentional science-fiction. Herman Hesse was attempting to be actually philosophical; the problem there is that Hesse was coloured by Krishnamurti's point of view. Zelany's probably innocent, if anything.
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Post by: Lard on September 16, 2008, 12:05:13 AM
Well I've finished books 5 & 6 of the Dark Tower series, and it's finally dawned on me what's been bugging me.

The first three books are about Roland, Jake, Eddie and Susannah. Books four five and six are at least partly about other people

Book four is completely superfluous to the series, save for the Blaine resolution, Book five (which I thought was good) is at least partly a sequel to Salem's Lot and Book Six is half about Mia.

I guess after seeing them work so well together in the first couple of books, having the next books focus on other people threw me off.

So far I have avoided spoilers and resisted spoiling myself. I hope the last book is good.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Degolas on September 18, 2008, 12:45:40 PM
Well, I finished up all 950 pages of 'Don Quixote'. Very enjoyable read, and a very good translation. I think finishing it earns me some bragging rights too :P

I also read 'The Time Travellor's Wife', which I really enjoyed. It avoided gimmickry for the most part, and was just very engaging and readable, especially after 'Don Quixote'.

I'm now reading 'The Life of Pi', which seems pretty good so far.
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Post by: Tooker on September 20, 2008, 12:55:47 AM
Congrats on making it all the way through Don Quixote - I've tried a few times and never managed to finish.  Of course, the fact that my copy is in the original early 17th century Spanish makes for a handy excuse...  You may or may not be interested to know that at least a pretty large percentage of the books that he reads are real books - I've read a bunch of them.  They're kind of like a lot of fantasy books today - they follow a pretty basic formula, so if you like some of them, you'll probably like many of them.

I liked The Time Traveller's Wife too - was a bit nervous about it, but it turned out well in the end.  I think it was earlier in this thread that I mentioned another time travel book, which I read online, called Timely Persuasion.  If you want to check it out, it's at: http://reader.timelypersuasion.com/Introduction.html

I'm currently reading Lisey's Story - one of Stephen King's more recent books.  It's OK, but that's about as much as I'd say for it.
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Post by: Kyle on September 20, 2008, 12:58:46 PM
I'm currently reading the Bible.
For a class.

It's... repetitive.
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Post by: CastNuri on September 21, 2008, 08:42:25 AM
Finished reading Passage to India. There was a lot of beauty to the novel and I can see the appeal to anyone who hasn't spent a good deal of their lives surrounded by Asian cultures--- personally, I loved that it played on the social politics of the English in India at the time. The only boring bits came towards the end, when Forster started lengthening his descriptions.

Currently re-reading Ender's Game. <3
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Post by: Kyle on September 21, 2008, 12:14:48 PM
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Currently re-reading Ender's Game. <3

Good idea.
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Post by: CastNuri on September 22, 2008, 11:17:40 AM
Yeah, it's probably one of my few ventures into the Sci-Fi genre that I can really appreciate.

Finished re-reading Ender's Game last night-- still greatly entertaining. Right now I'm wondering if I should start on the Three Musketeers.

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Post by: D-Rider on September 22, 2008, 06:00:56 PM
I recently finished reading "Castleview" by Gene Wolfe.  It's easily the dullest book I've read in a while.
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Post by: Tooker on September 22, 2008, 07:28:25 PM
I'm currently reading the Bible.
For a class.

It's... repetitive.

I'm actually proud to say I've read the whole thing, start to finish, Genesis to Revelations (which has a cooler name in Spanish - The Apocalypse).  I'm not a super-religious guy, but I feel like it's an achievement a lot of people who are more religious than me can't claim.  (I think I got 300 points for that one!)
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Post by: Kyle on September 23, 2008, 06:37:52 AM
I certainly recognize that as an achievement! It's a task, all right. I don't even have to read it all for my class.
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Post by: Tooker on September 25, 2008, 08:52:13 AM
Finallly finished Lisey's Story (one of Stephen King's more recent books).  Feels like I've been lugging that enormous thing around for a month.  Next up is one of those Harry Turtledove alternate history books.  I like that genre, at least conceptually, but haven't read anything of his yet.
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Post by: Lard on September 25, 2008, 10:56:59 AM
How was it? I have it, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on September 25, 2008, 04:21:56 PM
Just Finished "Blaze" by Richard Bachman a.k.a. S. King. It was okay I guess. A sort of crime noir novel.  I'm now starting on "Duma Key" and also "The portable 'Rollins'". That guy has some issues but it's unsettling how close to home some of his ravings are hitting:\
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Post by: Hidoshi on September 26, 2008, 01:36:00 PM
Reading The Holy Science by Sri Yukteshwar, and rereading Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.
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Post by: Tooker on September 27, 2008, 11:20:26 AM
How was it? I have it, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

Lisey's Story?  It was pretty decent, but I felt like it went on too long.  There was too much time and build up before she finally figured out the big mystery thing, and too much wind down after the big climax.
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Post by: Lard on September 29, 2008, 04:29:33 PM
So

Dark Tower 7 -
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Everyone but Susannah dies. Susannah gets a replacement Eddie. Roland starts his quest all over.
Fucking weak.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on September 29, 2008, 06:49:47 PM
^ Yeah man, I spent most of my teenage/adult life reading those books and that ending was not cool.  To be fair, I can't imagine ANY ending to the series that would satisfy me.  It's also funny how he devoted a paragraph explaining it and saying to readers. "Don't send my any fucking hate mail over this!"
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Post by: Lard on September 29, 2008, 08:16:20 PM
I think Susannah's ending bugged me the most. She simply gave up and accepted
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a copy of Eddie instead of going on the quest to the end.

Lame.
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Post by: Tooker on September 29, 2008, 11:18:16 PM
Yeah - I was actually pretty OK with Roland's ending situation, but everyone else...

Reading Guns of the South and am liking it quite a bit, despite not being into Civil War stuff at all.  It's an "alternate history" book where some guys come back and give the South AK47s, allowing them to win the Civil War.  It's not a total slam dunk, and the war's over well before halfway into the book, which I like.  Seems well-written and well-researched.
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Post by: CastNuri on October 01, 2008, 04:00:06 PM
Started reading "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro recently. I'm liking it so far.

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Post by: D-Rider on October 01, 2008, 06:59:14 PM
I just finished "The White Plague" by Frank Herbert.  I liked the overall idea of it (scientist's family gets killed by the IRA, so he creates a virus that only kills women and sets it loose), but it kinda went nowhere after the halfway mark.
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Post by: Adapheon on October 07, 2008, 10:23:11 PM
Just finished Night of Knives by Ian C Esselmont, it's a book in the Malazan series that I've been reading for awhile, he co-created the world with Steven Erikson. Although Erikson's books are far more involved in a way I enjoyed this book more as it is much smaller (400 compared to 800 pages) and takes place over a single night. It's basically: shit happens, people need to get it resolved, shit gets resolved. Much nicer than shit happens, events cause 8000 other things to happen, wait 3 years for two books later to explain it.

It also helps that the book fully explains events that were only kinda explained at happening in the main series which made everything all the better.
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Post by: D-Rider on October 09, 2008, 04:51:18 PM
I just finished re-reading "Olalla", a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson.  I generally like his short stories more than his longer shit, and this one is my favorite.
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Post by: Tooker on October 10, 2008, 01:11:21 PM
I'm reading Lord Valentine's Castle.  It's pretty good stuff.  I tried to read Imajica by Clive Barker a while back and had to give up probably 25% of the way through because I just hated it so much.  Now, I'm reading Lord Valentine's Castle, and it makes me feel like Imajica was just a really twisted knockoff of it.
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Post by: CastNuri on October 23, 2008, 09:01:48 PM
Finished Othello yesterday. The more I think about the story and characters, the more I like it. Definitely one of those things I like better because I'm actually studying it for class. It would've taken me a little longer to grow fond of Othello if I had read it independently.

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Post by: Tooker on October 24, 2008, 04:42:02 PM
I'm reading a fictional book about Shakespeare right now - Ruled Britannia, another alternate history book by Harry Turtledove.  In this one, England is under Spanish control during Shakespeare's time.  He's the main character.  Wish I knew enough about their real history to know what really happened, so I would know the "trigger" for the differences in this history.
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Post by: CastNuri on October 27, 2008, 07:56:01 PM
Does Shakespeare still go on to write masterpieces in that reality? o_O

Just started reading Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. So far so good.


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Post by: Tooker on October 27, 2008, 08:49:41 PM
Yeah, he does.  He writes two over the course of the book that he didn't write in real life, and he makes a promise to another character to write one of the Henry plays.
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Post by: Dincrest on November 04, 2008, 07:43:53 PM
I'm about 100 or so pages into Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.  Good book; I definitely want to read the whole trilogy.  The premise is not that uncommon, but it's executed in a fresh way.  Hopefully the upcoming movie for it will be good. 
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Post by: Tooker on November 04, 2008, 08:52:11 PM
I'm listening to a free audio book that I got from librivox.org right now - it's an old sci-fi book called The Time Traders, by Andre Norton.  I think I've pimped librivox here before, so I won't again.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on November 05, 2008, 05:29:48 PM
I'm rereading Pet Sematary right now and after that i'm going to read The Shining again. It's been a long time.
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Post by: Seultoria on November 12, 2008, 02:00:14 PM
I rented The Count of Monte Cristo from the local library. I loved the anime adaptation (Gankutsuou), so I wanted to read the source material without all the sci-fi elements.
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Post by: Hidoshi on November 19, 2008, 03:34:31 PM
Reading Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, then gonna re-read The Holy Science by Sri Yukteshwar. Once that's done, I might just get around to actually reading all of Scott Pilgrim. We shall see.
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Post by: Dincrest on November 19, 2008, 03:54:50 PM
I just finished Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.  Good book, though the second half was far mor eexciting than the first half.  I read the first couple of chapters in the sequel Inkspell and so far, it's really good.  It seems like it will be darker and twistier. 
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Post by: Seultoria on November 19, 2008, 07:11:12 PM
I got through 50 pages and I think I'm done. I just don't have the patience to read anymore. I'll just blame it on there being better forms on entertainment out there.
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Post by: Lard on November 20, 2008, 01:40:02 AM
Does Shakespeare still go on to write masterpieces in that reality? o_O

Just started reading Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. So far so good

How did you end up enjoying Snow Crash?

I should go back and re-read it. I went through a big Stephenson/William Gibson/Bruce Sterling phase around 2000/2001.

I remember Snow Crash being amazing.
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Post by: CastNuri on November 21, 2008, 07:29:10 PM
I never ended up finishing it, actually. Half-term exams came in the way and... well, life, so my non-school-related books have been put aside.

Was really enjoying it though. :-(

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Post by: Dincrest on November 21, 2008, 09:26:56 PM
SNow Crash was a pretty exciting read.  YT was my favorite character throughout the whole thing.  However,
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I still don't think Neal Stephenson's that great at writing endings.  The ending to Snow Crash seemed a bit muddled to me and the whole resolution regarding YT's skateboard was wacky at best.
I'm still reading Inkspell.
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Post by: Tooker on November 21, 2008, 11:10:16 PM
I'm still reading Inkspell.

I have Inkheart (and I think I also have Inkspell), but haven't even picked it up off the stack.  I saw a trailer today for the movie and thought "I bet that's a good book."  I'm going to have to move it up to the top of the stack. :)
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Post by: D-Rider on December 11, 2008, 10:17:40 AM
I just finished up "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire.  It was good until the end, when he awkwardly shoehorned in the protagonists from "The Wizard of Oz".  I got the exact same feeling from one of Maguire's other books, "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister".  You're rolling along until the last few chapters and then it's all "LOL here's the story/fable/fairy tale I based this off of =^.^=".  Maguire would be way better off creating his very own stories instead of updating old tales, because he's a good writer.
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Post by: CastNuri on December 11, 2008, 12:42:42 PM
Had to read Conrad's "Typhoon" for class. I didn't find it as entrancing as Heart of Darkness but it was a good read. Not many of the kids in my class liked it though-- the text felt very dense in places.

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Post by: Azrael on December 11, 2008, 01:13:33 PM
I decided to read The Chronicles of Narnia in chronological order.  Halfway through The Magician's Nephew, and I have to say I am loving it.  I definitely didn't appreciate it as much when I was younger and I am glad I've decided to give it a second chance because it has entranced me.
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Post by: Dincrest on December 30, 2008, 08:55:42 PM
I finished reading Inkspell.  Good book, but it was slow going.  I still haven't been able to find Inkdeath in bookstores, even though it's been out since October. 
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Post by: Eusis on December 31, 2008, 01:19:24 AM
Finishing up Crows Over a Wheatfield since I failed to finish it for the class and I'm most of the way through anyway, and also have Haruki Murakami's "The Wind Up Bird Chronicle" to read.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on December 31, 2008, 01:36:54 AM
I'm currently reading Duma Key. I'm about a third into it right now. So far it's very good.
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Post by: Dade on December 31, 2008, 09:06:13 PM
I decided that since I am on a rereading mode (as I just ripped thru a Song of Ice and Fire 1-4 in a little less than a month) I'm going to give another series that I hadnt read in a while a shot...one that I only read the first three books of.

So i cracked open the first book in the Sword of Truth series: Wizard's First Rule. I gave up after reading the third book because I was kinda getting sick and tired of Richard and Kahlan's constantly strained relationship, yes, they're destined to be together, but not for a while and after a lot of trials in tribulations.

It got super annoying, but hey, it's been about 7-8 years since I've read it, maybe I can handle it this time around. And if I cant, I can always stick forks into my eye and read the Wheel of Time again. I love the series, but goddamnit Jordan, RIP, you fucking write like Stephen King and I really really hate him.
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Post by: D-Rider on December 31, 2008, 10:37:54 PM
So i cracked open the first book in the Sword of Truth series: Wizard's First Rule. I gave up after reading the third book because I was kinda getting sick and tired of Richard and Kahlan's constantly strained relationship, yes, they're destined to be together, but not for a while and after a lot of trials in tribulations.

I gave up on that shit after book six.  Your problem doesn't get any better as it goes.

With that said, book six has the corniest ending I've ever read.  I laughed aloud at that shit, and NOTHING makes me laugh aloud. :P
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Post by: Dade on December 31, 2008, 10:42:17 PM
So i cracked open the first book in the Sword of Truth series: Wizard's First Rule. I gave up after reading the third book because I was kinda getting sick and tired of Richard and Kahlan's constantly strained relationship, yes, they're destined to be together, but not for a while and after a lot of trials in tribulations.

I gave up on that shit after book six.  Your problem doesn't get any better as it goes.

With that said, book six has the corniest ending I've ever read.  I laughed aloud at that shit, and NOTHING makes me laugh aloud. :P

I now demand a PM spoiling the end for me.
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Post by: D-Rider on December 31, 2008, 10:53:05 PM
So i cracked open the first book in the Sword of Truth series: Wizard's First Rule. I gave up after reading the third book because I was kinda getting sick and tired of Richard and Kahlan's constantly strained relationship, yes, they're destined to be together, but not for a while and after a lot of trials in tribulations.

I gave up on that shit after book six.  Your problem doesn't get any better as it goes.

With that said, book six has the corniest ending I've ever read.  I laughed aloud at that shit, and NOTHING makes me laugh aloud. :P

I now demand a PM spoiling the end for me.

You really have to read the rest of the series and follow its devolution into half-baked Objectivism propaganda for it to make sense.  But man, it's fucking great, I won't lie.  :P
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Post by: Tooker on January 01, 2009, 12:00:34 PM
...I can always stick forks into my eye and read the Wheel of Time again.

I've been thinking very hard about doing that too.  Er... reading the Wheel of Time books again, not the fork thing. :D  I know I'm going to need to before I read the final book, and it will supposedly be released late in 2009, so I'd probably better get started.

I recently read the last book in the City of Ember series, and it was really good.  In case you haven't read that series, I must say it's a quick, easy read (it's technically for teens), and books 1, 2, and 4 are great.  Book 3 is a crappy prequel that has nothing to do with the rest of the series, so feel free to skip it.
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Post by: Ramza on January 03, 2009, 12:51:35 AM
In fiction, I've been SLOWLY going through the original Dragon Lance trilogy. My older brother loved these books. When I was in seventh grade I actually read the Twins trilogy, but never read the original Dragon Lance books. I'm told no one likes Krynn-based stuff in D&D circles because "it's for girls." But I'm down with Dragon Lance.

In non-fiction, I've been reading "The Underground History of American Education" by John Taylor Gatto. Book is available, legally, free here:

http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm

I'm pretty much in agreement with the "compulsion school conspiracy theory" ... I just wish someone with better writing skills would take a more coherent, comprehensive look at what went down. I bet someone has. But this book is the best I've found thus far.

Ramza
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Post by: Dade on January 03, 2009, 12:56:31 AM
Started rereading some Hemingway today, since I'm so fucking restless when it comes to fantasy lately.

Gonna fire up the Prince of Nothing series again as soon as I'm done with For Whom the Bell Tolls.....always a great read.
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Post by: Dincrest on January 05, 2009, 08:12:57 AM
I'm reading Too Many Curses by A. Lee Martinez.  It's a humor-fantasy book and a fairly easy read.  After two Inkheart books in a row (which are solid, but don't read quickly), I needed a relaxed read. 
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Post by: Nutbar on January 07, 2009, 05:04:44 PM
Term starts up again on monday, so I will be diving futher into the Aeneid and The Divine Comedy over the weekend.

I also ordered the girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson. I like detective novels and have heard good things about this one. The second in the triology has just been translated and released in hardback as well, so my non-course reading has somewhere to go for a while, which is a good thing because I normally get bogged down in my course reading :).
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Post by: Dincrest on January 16, 2009, 10:54:15 AM
Too Many Curses was fun.  I'm now in search of my next great read.  I'll likely check out the Coldfire stuff DR mentioned and Dade validated.


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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on January 23, 2009, 01:05:13 PM
I'm not reading Twilight, honest... Yeah, it's vomit-inducing drivel, but at least it's not Eragon. See what books I'm reduced to without A Dance With Dragons?
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Post by: CastNuri on January 23, 2009, 03:38:33 PM
I've read the Twilight Saga-- the first out of curiosity, some years back, and the rest because I don't like leaving stories half-finished.

On a totally different scale, I finished "Beloved" by Toni Morrison, yesterday. Reading it was emotionally exhausting-- but I liked it because of that. Morrison really brought out strong and horrifying themes without losing any of the poetic syntax.

Currently reading Fahrenheit 451 for fun and I'm liking it so far.

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Post by: Esper_Crusader on February 01, 2009, 06:45:34 PM
I'm reading Slash's book right now. I've been meaning to read it for some time now. So far it's very...illuminating.  Anyone who's ever been a G'n'R fan should read it.
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Post by: Dincrest on February 01, 2009, 09:08:40 PM
I'm about 200 or so pages into Black Sun Rising (book 1 of the Coldfire trilogy.)  So far I'm digging it, though an index of terms, a map, and some background on the world would have been nice.  Of course, that's like wishing an old 8-bit RPG had an automapper or something, which is pretty lame.  I'll be a manly man and do things the old fashioned way by writing important details down on a notepad for future reference. 

Still, though the worldbuilding is sometimes choppy, I'm really digging the characters. 
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Post by: Azrael on February 01, 2009, 09:25:46 PM
I'm wrapping up The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.  It's an interesting book to be sure, parts I'm not entirely sure about how I feel but on the whole it is still a great book.  I'm also reading I and Thou by Buber.  Philosophically, this man is a genius.  I truly love this guy's thought, I just wish his writing were a bit easier to swallow.  Still, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone into theistic existentialism.
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Post by: Tooker on February 02, 2009, 08:19:10 AM
On my walk to work today, I started an audio book called The Brotherhood of the Seven Kings. It's one of those librivox.org books, so you know it's old.  I'd never heard of it before, but the blurb on its page intrigued me.  Not far enough in to say whether it's good or not, but it looks like probably a collection of short stories about the same characters, which I like, especially for "walking to work" listening.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on February 11, 2009, 12:31:31 PM
I'm reading Clive Barker's "The Great and Secret Show" I found it in the basement the other day and I can't remember if I've read it before. Time will tell, I guess:P
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Post by: Tooker on February 11, 2009, 02:00:14 PM
I have that book, but didn't read it yet.  I started to read Imajica and got hundreds of pages in before I gave up on it because I hated it.  Will be interested to see if you post what you think about The Great and Secret Show.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on February 11, 2009, 11:42:07 PM
As I recall, I didn't care too much for Imajica either but I absolutely LOVED "The Thief of Always" by Barker so...we'll see what this one is like.
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Post by: Azrael on February 12, 2009, 04:09:43 PM
I'm reading Someplace to be Flying by Charles De Lint, supposedly the father of Urban Fantasy.  The book has been fairly good thus far though keeping track of all the characters has been something of a task.

I also have to read Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee, can't say I know much about him or his work other than him being a Nobel Prize winner but that alone says a lot so I am certainly looking forward to it.
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Post by: Viarca on February 16, 2009, 11:12:56 AM
I just finished House by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker a couple of weeks ago, and if you like old Stephen King books, it'd probably be worth checking out.  It was the first book of 10 I bought last month in an attempt to find some new authors to read.  Right now I'm working on Decipher by Stel Pavlou, but so far it really hasn't hooked me.

The recommendation may have been made before, but I'm still shocked by how much use has been made by my copy of Creepers by David Morrell since I read it about 4 months ago.  It's a great read, but unfortunately Morrell's other work (including the follow-up Scavenger) did not prove to be as interesting... a lot of his more popular books jut seemed dated to me.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on February 16, 2009, 01:45:58 PM
I finished "The Great and Secret Show", which was pretty good. I've now moved onto Motley Crue's book, The Dirt.
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Post by: CastNuri on March 11, 2009, 09:06:55 PM
I read the Watchmen graphic novel as I'm thinking about going to see the film sometime over the weekend. It was a great; piece of literature. Felt like I was reading a novel but it did things that novels can't do. The political themes were interesting and I liked how it handled humanity as an issue.

Starting on "Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro. Read it a couple of years back but we've been assigned it for my literature class so I'm gonna re-visit Mr Stevens and his memories. :-)
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Post by: Eusis on March 11, 2009, 09:37:04 PM
Read Watchmen myself and thought it was pretty great. Dunno when/if I'll see the movie though, guess it depends on if it's still showing in IMAX here.

Also reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. I'm liking it, it has a relaxed feel to it and feels odd in the same way Earthbound does.
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Post by: Dincrest on March 14, 2009, 10:14:42 PM
Finally finished Black Sun Rising (part 1 of the Coldfire Trilogy.)  Good book. 
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Post by: Azrael on March 15, 2009, 02:30:52 PM
Halfway through Watchmen, definitely a great book, not sure if I want to see the movie, doesn't feel like it was meant for a movie screen.  Also just finished Botchan by Soseki, great, east and fun read but I'm not sure what to think coming away from it.  The ending felt so unbelievably abrupt, and then one character I'm completely baffled by.  Still a worthwhile read.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is definitely a great book, first Murakami novel I read.  That relaxed feel really lends itself well to some of the ugliness that goes on in that book.  And the characters in that book are wild.  I should go back and reread it sometime soon, I feel like I've forgotten a lot of it already.
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Post by: Lard on March 15, 2009, 11:48:54 PM
I picked up two collection of "The best of Hellraiser" comics on the weekend. Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Larry Wachowski, Mike Mignola, Alex Ross - some cool people involved.
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Post by: Dincrest on March 24, 2009, 05:20:25 PM
I'm about halfway through "The Automatic Detective" by A. Lee Martinez.  It's good.  It's not as laugh out loud funny as his other books, but it's charming and witty.  This author has yet to disappoint me.  I've enjoyed every book of his I've read. 
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Post by: Azrael on March 25, 2009, 12:16:00 AM
Recently read Xala by Sembene Ousmane, fantastic book.  Really simple, easy read with a lot of great insight into polygamy and greed. Would recommend this book to anyone.

Picked up Aloft by Chang-Rae Lee from the library.  I've been long overdue on reading this book, I thoroughly enjoyed his first two.
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Post by: Tooker on March 25, 2009, 07:58:54 AM
Reading a YA book called "How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found."  Not too far in, but I really like some of the writing.  My wife recommended it to me, and I think she was right to do so.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on March 29, 2009, 03:31:47 PM
I started Goodkind's "Wizards First Rule". I have a LOT of reading ahead of me:p
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Post by: Dincrest on March 29, 2009, 05:43:16 PM
I finished The Automatic Detective.  I liked it.  A. Lee Martinez is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.  I shall now have to read his debut Gil's All Fright Diner, which all his fans say is the best. 
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Post by: D-Rider on March 29, 2009, 09:34:15 PM
I started Goodkind's "Wizards First Rule". I have a LOT of reading ahead of me:p

Enjoy it; the first one is the good one. :P

As for me, I'm reading "The Stand" by some hack.  I thought I had read this before, but if I have I've forgotten it completely.
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Post by: kaelkale on April 05, 2009, 04:53:28 PM
Currently re-reading the Silmarillion by Tolkien, still stands as one of my favorite books ever.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on April 09, 2009, 01:54:21 PM
I'm almost done with Wizards First Rule, which is amazing. I can't remember the last time reading has stressed me out so much.:P  I also FINALLY picked up World War Z yesterday and will start that real soon.
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Post by: Tooker on April 11, 2009, 12:19:01 AM
I started Goodkind's "Wizards First Rule". I have a LOT of reading ahead of me:p

Enjoy it; the first one is the good one. :P

As for me, I'm reading "The Stand" by some hack.  I thought I had read this before, but if I have I've forgotten it completely.

Yeah, I hear the series just devolves into S&M after not too long.  First book's still the only one I've read.

And I <3 The Stand.  I prefer the original version to the extended version, though.  There's one extra scene that kind of scarred me for life...
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on April 14, 2009, 04:03:11 AM
I finished World War Z today. Totally awesome book. I think it would make an interesting movie if someone choose to do it. Haven't seen a good zombie flick in years..
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Post by: Ithunn on April 15, 2009, 10:28:39 PM
Going through my fourth read through of The Three Musketeers.

Finished reading Anthony Blunt's iconographical book of Picasso's Guernica - Guernica, and finished Juan Larrea's exhausting and mind-numbing psychoanalytical reading of Picasso's Guernica also. Finished plenty of other readings, but those were scholarly journals and not books. After I'm done with The Three Musketeers in all of D'Artagnan's superglory, I'm going to read Empress Orchid by Anchee Min, then 100 Years of Solitude. I've been debating to read Les Miserables, but I'm sort of interested in quick reads à la moment.
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Post by: Azrael on April 16, 2009, 02:02:45 PM
I was hoping to be able to finish Brothers Karamazov over my break but realized very quickly I have too much damn school work so I've read the first two books in Part One and have to shelve it for a while.  For class I just finished Milan Kundera's The Joke which was a fantastic novel.  I also have to read A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which I'm not looking too forward to.  Everything I've heard about Joyce just doesn't sound too great to me.  I also have to read two of the worst science fiction novels ever.  Some weird Star Trek novel and some other novel about time travel that I am about ready to burn

I tried reading Les Mis but found it extremely tough to get into.  I've had it sitting on my shelf for a very long time and keep telling myself to read it since I love the musical but every time I start it I quickly put it down.
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Post by: Tooker on April 17, 2009, 11:56:04 PM
I'm in India, and wanted to get something local to read.  I picked up a book by a guy named Ashok Banker that was the first in the Ramayana series... then found out that the Ramayana is a (or the) holy book for Hinduism.  So that's cool.  Anyway, as an avid reader of fantasy, I love the way he's written the book, and as an outsider, I think he's done a really good job of explaining most uniquely Indian concepts/words.  I found out that the US edition has a glossary at the end, which might have come in handy from time to time, but I ended up buying all of the books here because they're cheap, they're hardback, and they're crazy bright colors - the first book is like fluorescent pink. :D
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Post by: Geop on April 20, 2009, 01:32:18 AM
The Ramayana... wasn't that Hanuman monkey guy that lead a monkey army to defeat a demon king part of that epic/scripture thing?

That's the only thing I remember from the silly mandatory World Religions course I had to take last semester.  Silly Catholic school. 
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Post by: Tooker on April 20, 2009, 08:09:14 AM
Well, there's a dude trying to defeat a demon king, but he's a human named Rama.  Hanuman's from some other story.  Still, +1 for remembering something!

As a complete aside, an Indian developer just released the first Indian-developed game for the PS2, called Hanuman: Boy Warrior.  From what I can tell, "atrocious" might be too kind a description for the quality of that game.

I finished the first book this morning.  If you're a fantasy fan, I'd recommend these books.  Ashok Banker's version of them is pretty new, but the basis for the books is something like 5,000 years old.  I definitely saw shades of LotR a bunch of places.
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Post by: Dincrest on April 20, 2009, 08:03:16 PM
Hanuman is in Ramayana.  He's key to helping Ram defeat Ravana and bring home Sita.  Hanuman is an insanely powerful monkey, and yes he's a general of a monkey army. 

Hanuman is also in Mahabharata.  I recall one story where he "makes a monkey" out of one of the Pandavas who thinks he's the mightiest dude out there. 

Ramayana and Mahabharata are pretty cool.  They're epic myths kinda like Iliad and Odyssey in Greek myth.  Although the Bhagavad Gita, considered a holy text, is actually part of Mahabharata where Krishna imparts his godly wisdom unto Arjuna. 

I ought to read those in depth.  I only know bits and pieces from temple youth groups as a kid and back then I hardly paid attention because I was a self-hating Indian who just wanted to be an American white kid like everybody else.  Now as an adult, I'm proud of my heritage.  My mom even tells me that since I love RPGs I should really read those. 

...but instead I'm reading Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez.  I already like that author's books, but this is so far his best one.  It's hard to say no to a book about a redneck werewolf and a redneck vampire stuck in a small town plagued by zombie cattle, a jailbait sorceress, and more.
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Post by: Tooker on April 21, 2009, 12:34:56 AM
Wow - looks like there's lots more crazy stuff for me to look forward to in the remaining books - thanks, Din!  Ashok Banker is apparently working on writing up the Mahabharata like he did with the Ramayana, so I'll have to keep an eye out for that when it comes out.
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Post by: D-Rider on April 21, 2009, 07:00:57 PM
I finished "The Stand" yesterday.  Some books are just too long for their own damn good.

I'm probably going to commence with my annual reading of the Dune series next.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on April 22, 2009, 04:15:06 PM
I'm on book 2 of The Sword of Truth series: Stone of Tears.
good stuff.
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Post by: Losfer on May 01, 2009, 08:10:18 PM
Hello.

I am reading a book.  It's the first book I have read in a decade and some.

:(

Anyway, there has been a large amount of books I have meant to read, but have never made the time for.  I now have extra time, so I have partially filled that with walking and reading.  ...Cause I already play too many games during the rest of my time.  :P

I started up the first Dark Tower book this morning.  It's good.  The Gunslinger reminds me of Solid Snake but with a cowboy hat.  :P  It's pretty good, so far he's: Had some corn, had some burgers, had a beer, had his donkey die, and had some sex.  I'm on chapter six.  Good times.

I've picked up lots of books in the last two days.  Some Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance (as per what I read in my teenage years), but also some not D&D related stuff.  Like the aforementioned Gunslinger, also: The Stand, Dune, Robots of Dawn and Robots and Empire by Isaac Asimov, a couple Star Trek novels, and I've been checking the place I get used books for 2001 by Arthur C. Clarke, as I loved the movie, but...  I want less passages with classical music and dopey effects.  :P

Also got some TNG tech manual.  >_>
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Post by: Tooker on May 01, 2009, 09:40:52 PM
A lot of folks feel like the Dark Tower series didn't end so well, but it sure starts out great.  I love the Gunslinger.
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Post by: Dincrest on May 02, 2009, 09:43:47 AM
I started reading When True Night Falls by C.S. Friedman.  It's part 2 of the Coldfire trilogy. 
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Post by: Losfer on May 03, 2009, 12:50:49 AM
A lot of folks feel like the Dark Tower series didn't end so well, but it sure starts out great.  I love the Gunslinger.

See, I almost always spoil things for myself.  So...  Spoilers for the end of the series I read about previously. 
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I'm on chapter 16 or something now.  I liked Allie's flashback of the man in black's visit to Tull.  Then again, I like
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Post by: Lard on May 03, 2009, 02:13:27 AM
Reading Chronicles of Amber.

It's still a great series.
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Post by: Eusis on May 03, 2009, 02:21:34 AM
Finished The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. It was pretty good! I also grabbed another book of his, After Dark, and received The Notebook, The Proof, and The Third Lie by Agota Kristof since I've heard the book inspired Mother 3 to some degree, at the least it stars twins named Lucas and Claus.
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Post by: Azrael on May 03, 2009, 05:34:25 PM
Finished The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. It was pretty good! I also grabbed another book of his, After Dark, and received The Notebook, The Proof, and The Third Lie by Agota Kristof since I've heard the book inspired Mother 3 to some degree, at the least it stars twins named Lucas and Claus.

i read about halfway through After Dark and put it down, I don't think it is all that great.  If Wind Up Bird is your first book by Murakami then his other must read books[in my opinion of course] are Norwegian Wood[by far his most popular book] and Kafka on the Shore.  The rest are hit or miss I think.  I liked most of the stories in After the Quake

As for me, just finished A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by Joyce and I was completely taken aback by it.  It was an amazing read.  I couldn't describe it if I tried but I can understand how so many consider Joyce to be the greatest 20th century writer of prose.  I am also almost done with The Fugitive by Pramoedya a Javanese writer.
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Post by: Eusis on May 21, 2009, 07:57:46 PM
I'll need to check those out, I currently also have Hard Boild Wonderland and the End of the World.

Anyways, I read through The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It's an amazing book and definitely worth reading.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on May 24, 2009, 04:55:35 PM
I just finished "Stone of Tears" and I guess "Blood of The Fold" is up next. I'm really enjoying this series.
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Post by: Losfer on May 31, 2009, 09:51:09 PM
Finished the Gunslinger awhile ago.  Currently reading Human, All Too Human by Friedrich Nietzsche.
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Post by: Dincrest on June 01, 2009, 05:43:30 PM
"When True Night Falls" is a very good book, but heavy.  I recently ordered Q & A by Vikas Swarup, so I'll start reading that when I get it.  For those who don't know, Q & A is the book that the film Slumdog Millionaire was based on.  And, yes, the film is *that* freakin' good.  So I'm sure the book'll be even better. 
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Post by: Azrael on June 01, 2009, 08:56:35 PM
I am just finishing up The Stranger by Albert Camus...very very good book.  Hopefully I can also fit in The Kingdom of this World before my summer class kicks my ass...
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Post by: Eusis on June 21, 2009, 02:26:34 PM
Read through After Dark by Haruki Murakami and The Fifth Head of Cerberus by Gene Wolfe, though technically I finished the first novella in the latter then read through After Dark quickly before reading the other two novellas. Both were pretty good, I like how the novellas connected and will probably reread it sooner or later just to better grasp the story, while After Dark was a nice, fast read even though it wasn't on the same level as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

I'll be moving on to Fight Club then The Book of the Short Sun after this. I'll also see if I can easily pick back up Game of Thrones from where I left off last.
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Post by: Tooker on June 22, 2009, 07:46:33 AM
Finally made it to the last book in the Ramayana (well, the version I have, anyway).  About 700 pages to go, but there's already been a "holy crap" moment or two.  Good stuff.  Fantasy readers might want to check it out - look for the books by Ashok Banker, because there have probably been hundreds of versions written over the years.
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Post by: Azrael on June 24, 2009, 02:58:59 PM
I've been reading The Communist Manifesto and I gotta say I think Marx and Engels were on to something...heh.  I have also been reading Neurosis and Human Growth by Karen Horney which is a pretty fascinating psych book.
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Post by: Leo on June 27, 2009, 12:35:58 PM
I've been reading the Star Wars book series, The New Jedi Order, about the Yuuzhan Vong war; it takes place several years after Return of the Jedi. Well, I'm reading the book, Star by Star right now. It's getting interesting.
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Post by: Eusis on June 27, 2009, 01:27:10 PM
Most of the way through Fight Club. I wound up getting myself outright spoiled on THE twist after I bought it but long before I started reading, but it does give an interesting perspective. I just wish I could've saved that perspective for a re-read or when I watch the movie.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on June 30, 2009, 02:55:38 AM
Dr Denis Leary - Why We All Suck.  Wickedly funny book and I pretty much agree with everything he wrote.
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Post by: Adol on June 30, 2009, 07:17:02 AM
Just finished Darkly Dreaming Dexter.  This is a first, but I like the Showtime series better than the book o.o;  Now on to Making Money....
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Post by: Tooker on June 30, 2009, 08:09:06 AM
Finished the Ramayana last night at about 1:30.  Great stuff.  The same author (Ashok Banker) is tackling the Mahabharata next, but he says he's up to 18 volumes of 800 pages, and it sounds like he's not done yet.  That's a lot of reading, even for someone who loves books.
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Post by: (Tunnels) on July 23, 2009, 09:13:51 PM
Bought Munchkin Cthulhu, which inspired me to read more Lovecraft. I just finished "The Music of Erich Zann" and am now starting "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward." I'm thinking about starting a drinking game where you take a drink every time Lovecraft refers to something as either unspeakable or indescribable.
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Post by: Tooker on July 24, 2009, 01:19:00 AM
Better stick with something like light beer - you'll get alcohol poisoning if you don't! ;)
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Post by: Eusis on July 26, 2009, 11:48:30 PM
Read through On Blue's Waters by Gene Wolfe and 69 by Ryu Murakami. I liked both, it's nice to finally get around to reading the Book of the Short Sun series, and I enjoyed 69 on the same level as I did On the Road, finding both to be an interesting glimpse into a different era.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on July 27, 2009, 02:12:19 AM
I'm taking a break from the Sword of Truth series for a while and getting back into Stephen King's "Duma Key'. It's pretty slow going but it will most likely pick up soon.  I'm also reading "The Client" by Parnell Hall...whoever that is.
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Post by: kaelkale on August 26, 2009, 05:08:31 PM
Most recent book I finished was Mass Effect: Ascension. Have to say I'm excited to hear that The Invisible Man will be in ME2 because his character was great. Reminded me slightly of Andrew Ryan from Bioshock
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Post by: Tooker on August 26, 2009, 07:30:38 PM
I'm now... 8 books, I think, into re-reading Wheel of Time (don't care if other people hated it - I liked it enough to read it again). 

Happened to pick up and start reading what I believe is the latest book in the Wild Cards series, Inside Straight.  George R. R. Martin fans, check that series out.  He didn't write it all, but he was the editor for the whole thing, and most of it's very good stuff.  It's a shame that the earlier books are hard to find offline. 

And I read some other book about time travel just last weekend, liked it, and already can't think of the name. :D
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Post by: Daggerstrike on August 26, 2009, 09:45:52 PM
In the past 2 weeks I have read the first 10 books in the Dresden Files series.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on August 26, 2009, 10:00:34 PM
I finally got around to finishing "The Blood of the Fold" and was surprised that it ended so abruptly. Still, it was a good read. On to book four I suppose.
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Post by: Eusis on August 26, 2009, 10:11:42 PM
I'm now... 8 books, I think, into re-reading Wheel of Time (don't care if other people hated it - I liked it enough to read it again).

Honestly, I kinda want to give the series another shot, but only after reading the Mistborn trilogy and seeing if I can skim past the prose enough to transform them into fast reads.

Anyways, I finished Return to the Whorl by Gene Wolfe and thus the Book of the Short Sun series. There's a few bits that don't sit quite well with me, but overall the "Solar Cycle" novels are amongst the best I've read.

I'm reading Peace now, also by Gene Wolfe, and afterwards I'll probably focus mostly on school reading.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: CastNuri on September 11, 2009, 05:28:16 PM
I've used my summer to catch up on a backlog of books.

Finally got around to reading "Jurassic Park" (after which I immediately went out to buy and read "The Lost World"). They were both fantastic, I'm in love with Ian Malcolm. Also got to read "A Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go."

On a lighter note.... did some light reading with Skulduggery Pleasant, Cecilia & Sorcery, Howl's Moving Caslte (re-read) and Harry Potter. Tried reading the Witch of Portobello but it was simply too boring.

More recently I've read "The City of Dreaming Books" by Walter Moers, which was extremely entertaining. Currently reading The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.
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Post by: Blace on September 15, 2009, 07:44:42 PM
I'm currently reading The Soloist and it is giving me goosebumps. I can see a little of me in both of these characters.
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Post by: CastNuri on September 20, 2009, 11:10:30 AM
Finished reading The Moonstone today. It started off slow but overall, I really enjoyed the book. A captivating detective story, once the pace picks up (took around four to five relatively short chapters).

Also re-read Sabriel and read another light fantasy novel called 'The Naming'. There seems to be an influx of Australian (young adult) fantasy writers these days.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Esper_Crusader on September 22, 2009, 02:59:10 AM
Reading book 4 of The Sword of Truth right now. So far, so good.
Also, I've read books 1 and 2 of the "Gone" series. Yeah, they're aimed at "young adults" but I find them really good. It's like a quote by someone on the back of the books said as "If Stephen King had written Lord of the Flies". Chuck in a bit of X-Men for good measure and have a very entertaining read.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: CastNuri on September 22, 2009, 12:21:23 PM
Read "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez today. Reminiscent of "A Hundred Years of Solitude" but nowhere quite as poetic or as rich in imagination.

Been thinking about reading Herbert's "Dune".
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Post by: Tooker on September 22, 2009, 04:00:09 PM
You know, I read the first Dune book, thought it was pretty decent, but couldn't get through even one more.  And yet from what I see, tons of other people think that whole series is fried gold.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Eusis on September 22, 2009, 04:06:10 PM
Actually, opinion seems to mixed on where it stops being good, I believe some consider only the first one any good. At least opinion is unified on the Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Anderson books, but that's hardly a surprise.

Reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Eh, I'll have more of an opinion on it when I read further in.

Edit: Forgot to point out I got from Amazon The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, The Soldier of Sidon by Gene Wolfe, and The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa.
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Post by: D-Rider on September 23, 2009, 02:56:08 PM
"God Emperor of Dune" is the greatest science fiction novel I have ever read.  Take that as you will. :P
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: CastNuri on October 09, 2009, 04:44:17 AM
So after failing to pick up and read Dune (just can't get into the mood), I've decided to read "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies" instead.

I love the original novel so much that reading this is almost as painful as it is entertaining. :P
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Tooker on October 09, 2009, 10:41:18 AM
Oh my gosh - I have totally wondered how that book would seem to anyone who'd read the original, and how they managed to put in the zombies and still have it somehow go with the original stuff.  If you feel like giving more info, I for one would be interested.


Oh, and to give myself a break from re-reading the Wheel of Time series, I've been re-reading the Alvin Maker series by Orson Scott Card.  He's a grade A nutcase these days, but that's still a great series (and one that started a long time ago), and if he ever writes the last book, I'll totally read it. :)
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Post by: CastNuri on October 09, 2009, 11:58:24 AM
Oh my gosh - I have totally wondered how that book would seem to anyone who'd read the original, and how they managed to put in the zombies and still have it somehow go with the original stuff.  If you feel like giving more info, I for one would be interested.

The re-writer sort of inserts this 'plague of the walking death' into the story and zombie-fighting skills sort of become a social necessity in a sense that it's frowned upon by some and admired by others. The more complex thoughts of Elizabeth are edited out and you mostly get the more memorable lines with zombie content in between. Not a very tasteful edit but very flippant. There's also some of the re-writer's cheekiness when he decides to deliver the full meaning of a character's words instead of Austen's clever layering (Mr Darcy is a lot more rude to Miss Bingley in this version, for instance, which can be quite satisfying).

EDIT: Some of the lines are straight from film versions of the book (most notably the Keira Knightley version)
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Dincrest on October 09, 2009, 05:09:04 PM
With the weather slowly getting colder and soon my bike rides will shift indoors, I'm getting back into When True Night Falls by CS Friedman.  It's part 2 of Coldfire. 
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: CastNuri on October 13, 2009, 10:12:04 AM
So I finished Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. There were some very funny moments but it is still a novel driven wholly by Austen's plot and writing. The only improvements, if you could call 'em that, are the endings given to the despised characters-- Lydia, Wickham, Mr Collins, etc.

Just started reading "The Undercover Economist" to keep myself interested in the subject (have decided to postpone my studies to the 2010 entry).
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Esper_Crusader on October 17, 2009, 02:31:59 PM
I reread 'Memnoch The Devil' again last night. Book 5 of Anne Rice's 'The Vampire Chronicles".  Still as good as ever but a bit preachy. I'm pretty sure she wrote this as she was becoming "born again".
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Killy on October 19, 2009, 06:33:40 AM
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.  Big doorstopper of a paperback but it was pretty cool.  It has that different POV style & it follows a series of different characters from different times- half the story's in like 1980's-ish with a couple of techie guys, and the other half's set in like Vietnam War-ish times following this average joe-ish soldier.  I get really into good characters and that soldier was awesome.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Esper_Crusader on October 19, 2009, 08:16:40 AM
Stephen King - The Eyes of the Dragon.  This is around the 6th or 7th time I've read this. King really should have done more fantasy/fairy tale stuff.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Tooker on October 19, 2009, 09:45:48 AM
Stephen King - The Eyes of the Dragon.  This is around the 6th or 7th time I've read this. King really should have done more fantasy/fairy tale stuff.

I agree!  I keep a few extra copies, and when someone says "Ooh, I'd never read Stephen King.  He's all scary demons and stuff," I give them one and say "Here, read this.  I promise it won't be anything like what you're expecting."  (Seriously - my wife picks them up at a local thrift store for 75 cents.)
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: CastNuri on November 03, 2009, 01:08:54 PM
Read the first two tp volumes of "The Runaways" and the second tp of "The Umbrella Academy" (was was vastly entertaining).

Going on to read the compilation of "Persepolis" and then maybe "White Tiger".

Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Esper_Crusader on November 04, 2009, 07:17:54 AM
Soul of the Fire(Book 5 of The Sword of Truth). This series is continuing to impress me but I think there's a dud coming up soon. At least that's what I hear from the friend i'm borrowing them from says.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Tooker on November 04, 2009, 11:23:01 AM
I read the first book in that series (it's the one that starts with Magician's First Rule, right?), thought it was OK... and then was told that the series quickly becomes pretty much all about S&M.  Do you think that person was right?
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Esper_Crusader on November 04, 2009, 04:23:29 PM
^Umm....no. There's something like that for a while with a Mord-Sith but It's brief. I would check it out for yourself. I think it's some of the best fantasy out there.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Tooker on November 04, 2009, 06:18:47 PM
Thanks to a local thrift store, I have a bunch of books in the series.  I'll give them a read and judge for myself.  Thanks for the info.

Finished re-reading book 10 or so of the Wheel of Time series and went back to the Alvin Maker books for a break.  Then I'll try to finish up Wheel of Time so I can get the new book, as well as the new Hitchhiker's Guide book.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Alexander on November 04, 2009, 11:07:05 PM
I reread 'Memnoch The Devil' again last night. Book 5 of Anne Rice's 'The Vampire Chronicles".  Still as good as ever but a bit preachy. I'm pretty sure she wrote this as she was becoming "born again".

Looked up on her website, it says she returned to the Catholic Church in 1998 and consecrated her work to be for Christ in 2002.  Memnoch was published in '95.  She wasn't officially a Christian at this point, but it's very possible at this point her heart was headed in that direction.

For myself, I just finished Homer's Odyssey and I'm moving on to Virgil's Aeneid.  Go, go action homework.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: LillianRed on November 14, 2009, 12:08:24 PM
Never was a huge Anne Rice fan. Some of her work was okay, and some of it was atrocious (like, Violen. Her writing prose in that was down-right torture). You would think, with me being from New Orleans, I would like her. Unfortunately, she is kind of a joke from where I come from.

Been re-reading all of the Valdemar books from Mercedes Lackey, lately. Currently finishing up Magic's Price. Vanyel is one of my all-time favorite characters from a book. Cute, gentle, and powerful. Pity he's also gay. Would turn him straight in a heart-beat, if I could.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Hidoshi on November 14, 2009, 12:42:39 PM
Been reading The Self-Aware Universe by Amit Goswami. Quantum Physics makes a compelling case for Consciousness.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Dincrest on November 14, 2009, 07:06:20 PM
My reading's been sporadic, but I'm reading When True Night Falls by C.S. Friedman (book 2 of Coldfire) and the manuscript for a friend's futuristic fantasy novel. 
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: LillianRed on November 15, 2009, 10:26:02 AM
Coldfire Trilogy... loved that series. Gerald Tarrant was a GREAT anti-hero. If you haven't read the third book, I definitely recommend it. It does not disappoint.

Another good series is Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series. Not surprisingly, King does really good fantasy. Plus, the way he ends it is amazing.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Esper_Crusader on November 15, 2009, 03:40:10 PM
I'm halfway through book 5 of "The Sword of Truth" series and it's still enjoyable. The focus has sort of shifted to a new set of characters but the regulars are still there. Great books overall.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: CastNuri on November 15, 2009, 06:49:34 PM
Been busy with Uni work but I'm sort of reading Barack Obama's "Dreams From My Father".

It's very well written and not at all what I was expecting.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Esper_Crusader on December 07, 2009, 08:38:37 PM
I'm up to book 6(i think) with the Sword of Truth series: Faith of the Fallen.  I'm still enjoying them immensely. Probably my favorite fantasy series thus far.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Tooker on December 07, 2009, 11:11:16 PM
More kiddie books for me - read the first two "Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy" books.  They're simple and entertaining. :)

Oh, and listening to the audio book of the new Wheel of Time book.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: CastNuri on December 09, 2009, 11:39:30 AM
"Sad Cypress" by Agatha Christie. I never really appreciated this one the first time I read it a few years ago.

Also, "Murder in Mesopotamia" which was entertaining.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Larahl on December 12, 2009, 12:24:11 PM
Currently I'm reading The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla.

I just started, and for now it's seems fine to me.
Not as good as Wizard and Glass, but still fine.
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Post by: Azrael on December 13, 2009, 11:48:07 AM
I'm working on The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano.  Not very far in but I'm hooked.  Thus far an absolutely fantastic book.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Tooker on December 13, 2009, 08:27:38 PM
Finished the audio book of the latest Wheel of Time - The Gathering Storm.  Great stuff.  The new guy did a really good job - I loved most of the first 11 books, but in some parts, I think book 12's actually better because it was written by someone other than Jordan.  A big part of the theme is growing up, and throughout all of Jordan's books, the main characters didn't really get much more mature.  For example, in this one, there's a bit where Aviendha says that Rand's not stupid for not getting something - just uneducated.  If Jordan had written this book, she never would have gotten to that point.

Oh, and splitting it into 3 books was absolutely the right decision.  This one was chock full of plot advancement - can't see how he could have logically moved it forward any more quickly than this.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: CastNuri on December 26, 2009, 02:30:06 PM
Currently reading "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neal Hurston. So far, so good. Sometimes I just gravitate towards African-American Literature. :P
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Esper_Crusader on December 27, 2009, 01:19:45 PM
I'm reading through Stephen King's "Four Past Midnight" for the thousandth time. If I had to pick a favourite story from this one it would have to be The Langoliers. Very cool.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: CastNuri on December 27, 2009, 01:38:34 PM
Wasn't there a film called Langoliers? Not sure if they're the same thing but I remember loving the concept.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Esper_Crusader on December 27, 2009, 04:48:51 PM
^Yes, there was a t.v. movie based on the book. It starred Bronson Pinchot. You know, from 'Perfect Strangers':D   He didn't do "The dance of joy" in the movies though..
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Post by: CastNuri on December 27, 2009, 05:23:55 PM
Ah, found it on IMDB. Starred David Morse too. I was six or seven the first time I watched that. :-D
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Post by: Tooker on December 27, 2009, 06:12:42 PM
Also, the TV version was terrible. :D
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Dincrest on December 28, 2009, 10:28:00 PM
Well, I just finished reading the manuscript for a budding novelist friend's debut "futuristic fantasy" novel.  I liked it. 

I'm also still sporadically reading book 2 of the Coldfire trilogy.  It's very good, but my motivation to read seems to run hot and cold lately.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Eusis on December 28, 2009, 10:29:32 PM
I remember finding Book 2 the weakest in the trilogy anyway, it was the first and third books that held my attention.

Cryptonomicon's falling to the side due to a deluge of games. I'll probably pick it back up when I weed out at least a few of them.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Hidoshi on December 29, 2009, 05:50:16 PM
Currently reading The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. God, what a piece of shit.
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Post by: Azrael on December 29, 2009, 11:06:07 PM
Currently reading The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. God, what a piece of shit.

Yeah...you should just stop.  Ayn Rand is batshit insane and I think I will steer very clear of her.  I think the book I got the most out of by her is Anthem but I know I read it differently than she perhaps intended it to be read. Meh...not an author I plan on touching ever again.

I'm reading On The Road by Jack Kerouac...finally.  I've been meaning to read it for years but for some reason never actually opened it up until now.

Edit for some pretty atrocious errors
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Post by: Hidoshi on January 03, 2010, 07:43:23 PM
It's been a topic lately. One of my friends is really... into her. Like, lifestyle and views and shit. I kind of wanted to get inside their head, since it's starting to cause major problems in our circle of friends. Maybe kind of... divert her, I guess? She's young, kind of misdirected, so yeah.

Done The Fountainhead. Piece of shit that it is. Ayn Rand can go fuck herself.

Reading Sri Santaraksita's Ornament on the Middle Way to divest myself from all that selfish, ego-driven thinking.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Azrael on January 04, 2010, 12:08:07 AM
Yeah...she's definitely a person I would never recommend to anyone.  But I hear she's really on the rise these days in popularity, especially amongst high school and college aged people. 
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Hidoshi on January 04, 2010, 03:28:18 AM
Yes, but that doesn't mean a damned thing. Highschool through college is where you find the most tasteless humour and confoundedly stupid opinions.

And everyone writes "God is dead - Nietzche" as if it were a fresh rebellion against institution. Blegh.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Alexander on January 04, 2010, 06:47:30 PM
So I finished up the second Percy Jackson book The Sea of Monsters.  I really like the character Riordan is building up; it's near solid proof Aquaman can be really cool (as long he's not actually named Aquaman).  I love how the series gives mythological explanations for the everyday world such as mega corporations are tied to the lifeforce of monsters.  Should you cut off a hydra's head two more grow back in its place, and another fast-food chain springs up out of nowhere overnight.

My only real complaint for the series is Percy's narration.  A lot of times it just gets in the way and dumbs things down.  His description (and wisecracks of that description) feels too childish and naive.  I know that it's probably more realistic that way (in that children can talk like they are ever so clever) but it makes me want to read less because of Percy's voice getting in the way of what's typically a very entertaining chain of events.

Next up, Ender's Game!
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: D-Rider on January 05, 2010, 08:59:05 PM
This morning I finished one of the worst books I've ever read. :P

My sister got me a book entitled Dracula:  The Un-Dead (http://www.amazon.com/Dracula-Un-Dead-Dacre-Stoker/dp/0525951296/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262742632&sr=8-1) for Christmas, solely because she knows I love Bram Stoker's novel and this book has the balls to state that it's "the sequel to the original classic" right on the front cover.

Wrong. :P

It was written like fucking last year by a great-great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker and some other random asshole.  I read more plausible shit when I oversaw the fan fiction section around here.  It tried to combine Francis Ford Coppola's vampire movie with Jack the Ripper and the Titanic.  Seriously. :P
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Dincrest on January 05, 2010, 09:27:52 PM
It tried to combine Francis Ford Coppola's vampire movie with Jack the Ripper and the Titanic.  Seriously. :P


So it was a JRPG plot then? (ha ha.) 

Well as for reading, I'm more into the later additions to the friend's manuscript I mentioned earlier.  Haven't really touched When True Night Falls in a while.  And in anticipation for book 3 of the Paradigm Shift (American) manga, I'm rereading books 1 and 2. 
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Esper_Crusader on January 12, 2010, 11:42:06 AM
I'm reading "The Lovely Bones". I picked it up the other day out of sheer boredom but it's a pretty good read so far. After this i'm moving on to book 8 of "The Sword of Truth".
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: CastNuri on January 28, 2010, 05:55:49 PM
Currently reading "Slaughterhouse 5" by Kurt Vonnegut.

So far, so good. But I've only just started.
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Post by: Dincrest on January 28, 2010, 07:03:15 PM
Yay!  I got my copy of the manga Paradigm Shift vol. 3: Emergence yesterday!  Because I preordered it back in October, my copy was autographed (I bought the first two volumes at Connecticon '08, which were autographed) and I got a piece of artwork too.  YAY!

Yes, it was good, but I can't wait for the continuation of the story.  There is still so much more to tell.  This isn't the end of Kate and Mike! 

ASIDE:  It's funny, a lot of cartoons and comics/manga I really like are either set in NYC or Chicago.  Gargoyles lovingly crafted NYC.  And stuff like Gunsmith Cats and this Paradigm Shift manga lovingly crafted Chicago.  Heck, one of my favorite movies, The Blues Brothers, starts out in Chicago.  I ought to go visit there. 

Although I love NYC and even lived there for 2 years, I need to find a good comic set in Philly since that's more-or-less my city now. 
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Post by: Azrael on January 28, 2010, 09:03:00 PM
And now school swings back into gear and I must get started on my readings before they become overwhelming.  At the moment that would be Family Sayings by Natalia Ginzburg and Explosion in a Cathedral by Alejo Carpentier.  I'm too early into either to judge them...and I think still a bit braindead from the long break.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Esper_Crusader on February 02, 2010, 07:50:42 AM
Book 8 of The Sword of Truth Series. The Naked Empire. I'm still enjoying these books immensely.:)
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Post by: Ragnarok-Sabin on February 16, 2010, 05:52:14 AM
In the last few weeks I've read all 11 currently-released Dresden Files books, and all but two of the short stories/novelletes. I am so far beyond impressed with the story Jim Butcher is weaving; it's totally drawn me in on nearly every level, though I will admit the series gets off to something of a slow start. Cannot wait for April, since Changes is coming out. Have to say, it kinda sucks knowing there's a whopping 12 more books too come out before the series ends, which is going to take, likely, almost as many years, but a book a year is a pretty good rate when you consider he writes two series at a time.

Still... I'm going to be about 31 when the series is over. That's scary shit.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Esper_Crusader on February 16, 2010, 11:54:31 AM
Sword of Truth:  I just finished "Debt of Bones" which was just a short novella about Zed's past and I'm now into "Chainfire". I think I only have 2 more to go after this:P
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Post by: Daggerstrike on February 19, 2010, 11:33:33 AM
In the last few weeks I've read all 11 currently-released Dresden Files books, and all but two of the short stories/novelletes. I am so far beyond impressed with the story Jim Butcher is weaving; it's totally drawn me in on nearly every level, though I will admit the series gets off to something of a slow start. Cannot wait for April, since Changes is coming out. Have to say, it kinda sucks knowing there's a whopping 12 more books too come out before the series ends, which is going to take, likely, almost as many years, but a book a year is a pretty good rate when you consider he writes two series at a time.

Still... I'm going to be about 31 when the series is over. That's scary shit.

Huge fan.


I am currently re-reading the Song of Ice and Fire series. On book 3.
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Post by: Ragnarok-Sabin on February 21, 2010, 03:27:11 AM
Picked up Jim Butcher's other series, Codex Alera. Finished the first book, Furies of Calderon and about to pick up Academ's Fury. It definitely has a totally different feel than the Dresden books, and I'm not nearly as quick to get into it, but it's growing on me a bit. My only complaint is that I really don't give a shit about Amara and just want to see what's going on with Tavi all the time. I understand why he has to jump back and forth to explain everything, but it still irritates me.
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Post by: Daggerstrike on February 21, 2010, 11:31:06 AM
Picked up Jim Butcher's other series, Codex of Alera. Finished the first book, Furies of Calderon and about to pick up Academ's Fury. It definitely has a totally different feel than the Dresden books, and I'm not nearly as quick to get into it, but it's growing on me a bit. My only complaint is that I really don't give a shit about Amara and just want to see what's going on with Tavi all the time. I understand why he has to jump back and forth to explain everything, but it still irritates me.

I was the same way at first. It didn't really grab me until the second book. The first was ok, but seemed a bit..plain and overused. One kid, different from everyone else. It's the way Jim Butcher tells the story that really makes it different.

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Post by: Ragnarok-Sabin on February 21, 2010, 07:20:38 PM
Yeah, I'm nearly done the second book now--maybe 70% done--and I'm finding it far more interesting. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that in both books I've liked Tavi best, and in the first one he just coasted along. This time he's actually doing something of his own volition, rather than being led along.

In other news, I still don't give a shit about Amara's side of things.

Jim is definitely an excellent author, however. Can't support the man enough.

UPDATE: I'm now done the entire series. Loved it, generally. Of course, by the end I STILL didn't give a shit about Amara, but you can't like every character. I think much of the focus on her should have been redirected to Kitai, who I found to be the most interesting (and therefore my favourite), yet woefully under-developed. She was just there a lot, when she could have been doing so much more. A lot of untapped potential in her, which was really disappointing to me.

I am, however, a big fan of how Butcher tells his stories. Events, separated by years, and seemingly unconnected, all coming to a head... He does it in the Dresden Files even more so, and I positively love the results in both that and Codex Alera. Eagerly await both Changes and his rumored new series.

However, as much as I liked reading the stories, I hate the feeling I get after finishing a good series. It almost without fail leaves me with an "empty" feeling; I don't want to leave whatever world I've been in for so long, and more importantly, I want to see where the characters are going afterward more. Characters make or break it for me and I have a hard time leaving them behind.
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Post by: D-Rider on March 22, 2010, 12:50:26 AM
I am currently undergoing my annual reading of the Dune series.

I am roughly two chapters into the first book. :P
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Post by: Fadedsun on March 25, 2010, 03:25:19 PM
I am currently undergoing my annual reading of the Dune series.

I am roughly two chapters into the first book. :P

I started reading the first Dune book about 3 years ago and was really enjoying it, then I came across this one day:

http://www.arrakis.co.uk/jpg/duneextendeddvd.jpg

I couldn't finish the book because all I could see in place of what I created as the characters was these stupid looking 80's versions and Sting.
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Post by: CastNuri on March 28, 2010, 03:52:12 PM
I finished reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" today and enjoyed it very much.
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Post by: Azrael on March 29, 2010, 11:37:51 AM
I just finished reading Salt by Earl Lovelace for a class, very very good book about making a national identity in the face of one that was forcibly imposed upon a people.  The style and form is also very unique and interesting.

I'm on Spring Break right now and plan on attempting something absolutely nuts, which will probably fail, but I don't think I'll have time to do it otherwise.  I am hoping to read through and finish Nabokov's Lolita, Camus' The Fall, Anzaldua's Borderlands, and Glissant's Fourth Century, all this week...while also continuing work on a writing project.  I'm probably going to fizzle out and give up by Wednesday.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on March 30, 2010, 06:53:22 AM
I'm now reading "Confessor", the final book in the Sword of Truth series. I have to say that I've enjoyed every book. The best series that I've read overall actually.

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Post by: CastNuri on April 06, 2010, 04:40:31 PM
Just finished reading "The Graveyard Book". It's an excellent book-- the sort a child would enjoy and re-read as an adult (only to find they enjoy it more then).
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Post by: Tooker on April 08, 2010, 10:32:19 PM
Just bought and started reading a book called "The Black Company," by Glen Cook.  It's a fantasy book that focuses on a mercenary company.  One of the quotes on the back says it's like a book about the Vietnam war on peyote.  So far, so good, but I'm not that far in.
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Post by: Azrael on April 09, 2010, 12:53:10 AM
I'm about halfway through Lolita (though I should have it done by now dammit) and it is pretty damn freaking good.  So many amazing things going on.  What is incredibly misleading is the fact that they have a critical excerpt on the back calling Lolita "The truest love story of our time."  Anyone who could possibly call what is in that book love is clearly demented. 
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Post by: Starmongoose on April 21, 2010, 10:38:13 AM
Just finished reading Anansi Boys by Neil Gaimen, I enjoyed it but not as much as American Gods.

Now started reading The Knight by Gene Wolfe
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Post by: CastNuri on June 06, 2010, 06:11:38 PM
"Stardust" by Neil Gaiman.

About halfway through and I'm liking it.
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Post by: Azrael on June 07, 2010, 12:16:38 AM
Just started reading Beijing Coma by Ma Jian and I'm hooked.  The whole novel takes place in the memories of a man in a coma.  One of the most original structures for a novel I've ever seen.  Oh and it's a damn good story too.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on June 08, 2010, 01:33:53 AM
I'm reading a Star Wars novel.  Actually a first for me.  It's called Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. It seems alright so far I guess but I apparently don't know NEARLY as much about the Star Wars mythos as I had thought. It's funny that as I'm reading it, it makes my want to watch the movies and play the games again.
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Post by: Seultoria on June 11, 2010, 08:15:01 AM
Reading "My Name is Kim Sam Soon" in Korean. I bought the book because I loved the drama series, and the drama was based upon the book.
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Post by: Daggerstrike on June 11, 2010, 09:56:20 AM
Reading From Hell with Love by Simon R. Green.
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Post by: Azrael on June 19, 2010, 08:16:15 PM
Reading 2666 by Roberto Bolano.  I am about 100 pages in and I absolutely love this book and I think Bolano has secured his spot as my top author.  Hell, I may have to learn Spanish just so I can go back and reread this and The Savage Detectives the way they were meant to be read.  I highly recommend this book to any, and everyone (just as long as they have the time since it is a 900 page beast.)
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Post by: Seultoria on June 21, 2010, 05:43:00 PM
Finished My Name is Kim Sam Soon and moved onto Kim Yuna's 7 Minute Drama (Korean.) Since the last time I posted, I also started the first Full Metal Panic! book (in Japanese.)
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Post by: Darilon on June 21, 2010, 05:57:08 PM
I just finished The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and the twelfth book of the wheel of time.

I cannot wait to get The next book by Patrick Rothfuss. He has a very unique way of telling a story.

I enjoyed the work Brandon Sanderson did in the Gathering Storm but some characters seemed slightly off.
While Mat and Talmanes seem like they have very different personalities than the earlier books this is to be expected by a new author. Overall I was very happy with it. On a brighter side Perrin is his old self again and Rodel Ituralde suddenly shot up to being one of my favourite characters in the series. (I always had an immense dislike of Rand so I am not the best judge on how he was portrayed. He seemed his regular self to me though)
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Post by: Tooker on June 22, 2010, 01:37:29 AM
I <3 the Wheel of Time series a ton, and therefore Robert Jordan, but...

I felt the same way, that some of the characters changed in this book, but for the better.  Finally, some of these people are freaking growing up!  For example, at one point, Rand gets something wrong, and Aviendha thinks to herself that he's not an idiot - he just doesn't know better on this one, and she needs to teach him about it.  That NEVER would have happened in a Robert Jordan Wheel of Time book, and it REALLY needed to.  He would have had her go off on a rant for several pages about what a moron Rand is and how can she be expected to deal with a moron like him who can't even get simple things right!!!!!!!!!!

So yeah.  Love the series, but also love the way the new guy has honored the old stuff, but still made some of the changes that absolutely had to happen in order to get to a good ending.

Oh, and yeah - Ituralde is a pretty cool guy.  My feeling is that he's basically Napoleon, except that he's not in a position to take over the world himself.
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Post by: Darilon on June 22, 2010, 03:55:40 AM
.  He would have had her go off on a rant for several pages about what a moron Rand is and how can she be expected to deal with a moron like him who can't even get simple things right!!!!!!!!!!

You forgot to mention she would then drink tea. But I agree that it is great to see changes such as that one. Also as much as I loved the past books, if Jordan had continued writing them I could see them reaching the mid twenties at the very least.

The problem I had with Mat was neither his responses or his actions but rather with his...tone?. Also Talmanes seems a chatterbox compared to his old self. Nothing major but Mat has probably been my favourite character ever since his one on two duel at Tar Valon in the early books.

Strange to say it but I have the odd feeling Mat may be the real dragon reborn. Although that may just be my dislike of Rand and being a fanboy of Mat clouding things. For all I know Padan Fain could pop out of nowhere kill the Dark One and Tarmon Gaiden never occurs.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on July 08, 2010, 11:10:44 AM
I'm reading Eyes of The Dragon by Stephen King for the thousandth time.  I never get tired of this one:)
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Post by: Seultoria on July 17, 2010, 11:11:27 PM
I've hardly progressed in Full Metal Panic (it kind of sucks when you encounter a lot of kanji you don't know.) I finished Kim Yuna's 7 Minute Drama and moved onto Tablo's (of Epik High) Pieces of You (Korean version) and I'm almost done with that one.
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Post by: Azrael on July 18, 2010, 11:33:21 AM
I've been reading Cesare Pavese's The Moon and the Bonfires.  It's really beautiful thus far and I'm enjoying it though I can't say anything is really happening.  Still a nice book.

Also, I'm spending the next few weeks with family in Trinidad and managed to get two books that are out of print in the US, one by Earl Lovelace and another by Sam Selvon, and while on my way on an excursion across the island the group stopped at a rumshop/restaurant area where we just happened to run into Earl Lovelace partying the night away.  I'm sure almost no one knows who he is, but it was the most amazing random happening.
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Post by: Starmongoose on July 18, 2010, 09:03:02 PM
Reading "Eat, Pray, Love" because I now have three copies of it because my friends keep forcing it into my hands.

It's clever and funny in parts, touching in places but it isn't changing my life and I'm having a hard time swallowing this journey of hers. It feels to deliberate and artificial.
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Post by: Tooker on July 19, 2010, 12:49:55 AM
Last week, I read the first book in the "Chronicles of Amber" series by Roger Zelazny.  I liked it quite a bit.   Thankfully, when I got it at a used book place, I got the whole first series. :)
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Post by: GrimReality on July 20, 2010, 09:44:52 AM
I read the first two Temeraire books, and just started the third one. They are nowhere near as good as I was hoping they would be. The author really isn't a very good writer, and has severe pacing issues. I keep reading them because I love the premise and hope at least one of the books lives up to it.
After I finish book three, I'll be reading some Moorcock. Now THAT should be good stuff.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on July 20, 2010, 02:10:14 PM
"Under The Dome" by Stephen King finally went into paper-back so I picked up a copy the other day. I'm only a few chapters in but it seems good so far. This is a huge novel too at over 1000 pages. It should keep me busy for a month or so.
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Post by: Kyle on July 21, 2010, 08:33:21 PM
Tooks, can you tell me a bit more about Chronicles of Amber? Is it pulpy, character driven, meaningful, etc.?
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Post by: Tooker on July 21, 2010, 11:33:40 PM
Gosh... it's pretty character-driven.  It starts out with the classic "protagonist with amnesia" trope, but I liked the way it developed from there.  You get into the deeper conflict between the titular princes, but not always how you'd expect.
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Post by: CastNuri on July 27, 2010, 04:23:12 PM
Starting on "Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins.

Quite enjoyed "The Moonstone" and I heard that this is even better so I'm looking forward to the experience!
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Post by: Azrael on July 27, 2010, 05:17:15 PM
Just finished "The Moon and the Bonfires."  Took longer than I expected since it's such a short book, but I guess I've been busy.  Very good book, but I think I will need to reread it at some point.

Starting up "Dharma Bums" by Jack Kerouac.  I've read "On The Road" and enjoyed it but I've been told "Dharma Bums" is his best books so I'm going to give it a go.
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Post by: CastNuri on August 03, 2010, 07:14:07 PM
Fell ill recently. Unable to choke down Collins' Woman in White yet but managed to consume "The Hunger Games", a young adult Dystopian novel in the vein of Battle Royale.

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Post by: Starmongoose on August 05, 2010, 01:53:09 PM
I found my copies of the "His Dark Materials" trilogy by Phillip Pullman and plan on giving them a good read. I do love these books.
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Post by: CastNuri on August 14, 2010, 05:46:53 PM
Been slowly making my way through "It" by Stephen King this week. I admit, any negative impressions I got from King's collaboration with Straub (The Talisman) have been eradicated. This is looking to be a really interesting story.
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Post by: Tooker on August 15, 2010, 12:19:40 AM
You didn't like The Talisman?  :(  I love that book.  I was just thinking about reading it again, and I have SO many things on my plate to read and play right now...
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Post by: Andrew on August 15, 2010, 01:53:46 AM
I'm ashamed to say I haven't read a book in two years. I used to read all the time. I'd read at night, at school, as I sat around at home. I just don't do it any more for some reason. I think I get my reading pleasure from visual novels now. The dialogue is usually not as good as a printed novel, but the pretty pictures make up for it. Haha.

Having said that, maybe it's time to find something new to read...
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Post by: GrimReality on August 19, 2010, 10:53:49 AM
Finished the third Temeraire book. To put it plainly, it sucked. I am SO done with this series. The writing is poor, the plotting is poor, and the author sucks at writing any type of action scene. To top it all off, the endings of all three books are anti-climactic and feel horribly rushed. It's like someone told her she had two pages to wrap up what should have taken 30 pages.
Time to start reading the Elric stories. I've been looking forward to this for awhile.
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Post by: Dincrest on August 19, 2010, 11:45:05 AM
I have so much other stuff happening that I'm still not finished with When True Night Falls (book 2 in the Coldfire trilogy.)  It's quite good, even if the pacing's uneven in spots, but I haven't had time to sit down for a while and read.  RPGFan, my creative pursuits (2 bands and a solo act), and cycling/fitness are quite time consuming hobbies, but I love to partake in them. 
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on August 22, 2010, 09:32:45 PM
I just finished "Under The Dome" by Stephen King and it was pretty epic.  His best work in a while.
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Post by: Daggerstrike on August 25, 2010, 01:09:28 AM
Currently reading Stormlord Rising. It is interesting.
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Post by: CDFN on August 26, 2010, 04:26:34 PM
Did anyone here get "the art of resident evil 5"? Destructoid review says it's fantastic, http://www.destructoid.com/book-review-the-art-of-resident-evil-5-182218.phtml (http://www.destructoid.com/book-review-the-art-of-resident-evil-5-182218.phtml)
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Post by: Jotacon on August 30, 2010, 12:23:49 AM
Just about to start The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro. I'm not too sure about it, but I like Del Toro's movies so it's worth a try.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on August 30, 2010, 10:26:43 AM
Halfway through 'The Talisman'.  I suppose i'll read 'Black House' after that.
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Post by: Daggerstrike on August 30, 2010, 09:33:24 PM
Reading Black Prism by Brent Weeks...Awesome book.
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Post by: Darilon on September 07, 2010, 01:09:52 PM
Just read Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I really enjoyed the idea of Graces and thought it was a good book even if the romance was pretty weak.
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Post by: GrimReality on September 08, 2010, 01:44:09 PM
I've been reading the first Elric short story compilation, Stealer of Souls. I am not impressed. I understand how this may have been interesting back when it came out, but now it's just not working for me.
The stories are (understandably, due to the format) rushed and feel incomplete.
Cliches run rampant.
The resolutions all seem to be pulled out of thin air. Oh, look! I can use this plant to make a potion that will make us invulnerable! huh?
Then we have him falling in love with some 17 year old girl and getting married 5 minutes later. WTF?
IMHO, the concept of Elric is far cooler than the actual implementation.

I read through some "great fantasy book" lists yesterday and have decided to read the Coldfire trilogy. Ordered the first book from Amazon.
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Post by: Yoda on September 13, 2010, 09:11:41 PM
I just finished up The Magic Labyrinth. It's the 4th book in the Riverworld series.


Riverworld and the 2nd book are some of the best works of fiction I've ever read. The last two books are terribly disappointing.

Anyone here give these a shot?
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Post by: Tooker on September 13, 2010, 10:08:22 PM
Wow - I can't believe someone else has read the Riverworld books!  I just looked up book 5 (book 4 was apparently intended to be the last), and still can't remember if I read it or if I stopped at 4.  My recollection is the same as your experience - the first ones are great, then it all falls apart.

Just please, don't watch the SyFy miniseries they made recently.  I saw it cheap and picked it up, and it was horrible!!!!


Currently reading book 4 of the Prince of Amber series, but am almost done.  Book 5's in my backpack waiting for me.  On the other hand, book 4 of Scott Pilgrim is on the table in front of me.  It's going to win that fight. :)
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Post by: Yoda on September 13, 2010, 10:46:41 PM
Wow - I can't believe someone else has read the Riverworld books!  I just looked up book 5 (book 4 was apparently intended to be the last), and still can't remember if I read it or if I stopped at 4.  My recollection is the same as your experience - the first ones are great, then it all falls apart.

Just please, don't watch the SyFy miniseries they made recently.  I saw it cheap and picked it up, and it was horrible!!!!


Currently reading book 4 of the Prince of Amber series, but am almost done.  Book 5's in my backpack waiting for me.  On the other hand, book 4 of Scott Pilgrim is on the table in front of me.  It's going to win that fight. :)

I saw that the miniseries was on instant watch (netflix) but couldn't bring myself to even watch it for a few minutes. The main guy was Helo in battlestar galactica and I think he's a great scifi actor but from what I heard it's awful.


Here are some of my problems w/ the books

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They manage to advance technology on their world, which is fine. I mean if all the people that ever lived were together I'm sure it's possible. But in the later books they have bloody closed circuit cameras, laser guided weaponry, etc. That's a pretty damn far stretch from the initial notion that ores and minerals were rare as hell.

In Labyrinth they don't explain who the hell created riverworld and why until the last few sections of the book. And the dramatic payoff was awfully lame. A mis-programmed computer. Fucking great

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Post by: Azrael on September 14, 2010, 08:30:04 PM
I've been on a big graphic novel binge I guess.  I just finished reading "American Born Chinese" by Gene Yuen which is geared more toward the younger crowd, but did a fairly good job of tackling an issue that is too often ignored, the minority identity in a world that projects a particular majority type of identity.  The ending might turn people off, but I think it wasn't too poorly done as there are aspects of the book that make it a very plausible ending.

I just bought "Koko Be Good" by Jen Wang from the bookstore and am eager to open it up.  Looks like just my kind of book, though I really have no idea what I'm getting into.  This is also the case with two books I ordered online that should be here by the end of the week, "Jimmy Corrigan, Smartest Kid on Earth" by Chris Ware and "Asterios Polyp" by David Mazzucchelli.  The artwork in both books I can say I'm already in love with and I can't wait to make my way through them.
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Post by: Yoda on September 30, 2010, 04:36:11 PM
A local coffee shop has a bookshelf w/ a take one and leave on policy.

I took something called The Devil is Dead by RA Lafferty.

Read about 20 pages and nearly shot myself after that. I was on the train reading it, couldn't take anymore and then just threw it on the seat in front of me. I had more fun watching people pick it up, reading a bit, then putting it down in disgust than anything else.
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Post by: Tooker on September 30, 2010, 06:19:19 PM
Speaking of graphic novels, I just read Scott Pilgrim. Pretty good - felt like the last book was by far the strongest.

Now I'm reading a book named Monster Hunter International. Good stuff, even though the main character is a real Mary Sue in the beginning.
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Post by: Archendrus on September 30, 2010, 09:30:41 PM
Kinda readin' two books at once, not something I normally do.  One is an H.P. Lovecraft collection "The Road to Madness" and the other is "The Anubis Gates" by Tim Powers.  Both are good!
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Post by: Starmongoose on September 30, 2010, 09:34:30 PM
Reading some Warhammer 40k book that my bf insisted I read.

It's called "Eisenhorn" and it is rather good. From what i've read anyway.
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Post by: Yoda on October 01, 2010, 12:51:46 AM
Kinda readin' two books at once, not something I normally do.  One is an H.P. Lovecraft collection "The Road to Madness" and the other is "The Anubis Gates" by Tim Powers.  Both are good!

Nice. Lovecraft rules
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Post by: Archendrus on October 01, 2010, 06:49:21 PM
Kinda readin' two books at once, not something I normally do.  One is an H.P. Lovecraft collection "The Road to Madness" and the other is "The Anubis Gates" by Tim Powers.  Both are good!

Nice. Lovecraft rules

Indeed =D  He's from my state too!  Born and died in Providence, Rhode Island.  About 20 min from where I live.
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Post by: Azrael on October 01, 2010, 07:31:38 PM
I just bought Nazi Literature in the Americas by Roberto Bolano.  I have to say I am in love with the man.  He was a crazy, mad genius and his works hit me on so many different levels, and this is just one of those mad, insane books.  I only wish I wasn't in school and I could give it the proper attention it deserves.
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Post by: Daggerstrike on October 02, 2010, 12:09:50 AM
Reading- Brandon Sanderson-The Way of Kings


This is the guy that took over for Robert Jordan after he died. This series is AWESOME so far. This is the first book in his own "EPIC SERIES".
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Post by: Yoda on October 02, 2010, 01:34:25 AM
Kinda readin' two books at once, not something I normally do.  One is an H.P. Lovecraft collection "The Road to Madness" and the other is "The Anubis Gates" by Tim Powers.  Both are good!

Nice. Lovecraft rules

Indeed =D  He's from my state too!  Born and died in Providence, Rhode Island.  About 20 min from where I live.


You killed him, didn't you?!
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Post by: Tooker on October 02, 2010, 11:46:14 AM
Anyone else ever read Neal Gaiman's Lovecraftian Sherlock Holmes story?  It's been a while, but I seem to remember it being pretty good, and available free at his website.
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Post by: Archendrus on October 02, 2010, 10:10:46 PM
Kinda readin' two books at once, not something I normally do.  One is an H.P. Lovecraft collection "The Road to Madness" and the other is "The Anubis Gates" by Tim Powers.  Both are good!

Nice. Lovecraft rules

Indeed =D  He's from my state too!  Born and died in Providence, Rhode Island.  About 20 min from where I live.


You killed him, didn't you?!

Haha! I did not!  Lovecraft is great though =D  It's awesome that he references so many real locations around here.  Rhode Island/Providence is pretty small, so you can almost always go "Hey I know that place!".

Anyone else ever read Neal Gaiman's Lovecraftian Sherlock Holmes story?  It's been a while, but I seem to remember it being pretty good, and available free at his website.

I have not, but that sounds really cool.  I'm a big Holmes fan too.  Do you remember what it was called?  I poked around his website a bit but couldn't figure it out.
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Post by: Andrew on October 19, 2010, 09:08:14 AM
I took a walk to my local bookstore the other day and saw they had a HUGE section of re-released classics, and older fiction at very cheap prices. Having only read a couple that were in the display I bought myself:

--The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
--Treasure Island (by Robert Louis Stevenson)
--Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Caroll)

Also contemplating picking up The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Clockwork Orange and Lolita. In fact, if anyone has read them I'd love to hear what you thought.

Only read Sherlock so far. And it was fantastic.
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Post by: Azrael on October 19, 2010, 11:23:52 AM
I have read "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Lolita."

Lolita is a mad genius piece of art.  I can only imagine how long Nabokov took to create that novel.  Every single sentence is painstakingly crafted and tells a very wonderful story.  It's funny, and heart breaking, and funny, and a very worthwhile read.  If you do pick it up, do note that there is a Foreword in the novel that is actually a part of the novel.  I don't know about you, but I tend to skip Forewords and Introductions since a lot of times they tend to be critiques and the like, but yeah...don't skip.

Tom Sawyer is a good, fun, kids book.  It's really not meant to be much more than that though.  I love Twain, but I like him because his humor really strikes a chord at lashing out against the hypocrisy of racism and race and the like.  Tom Sawyer doesn't do that really.  That isn't to say it isn't an enjoyable read though.
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Post by: Andrew on October 20, 2010, 08:42:30 AM
Thanks Az. Sounds like they're both worth taking a look at.
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Post by: D-Rider on October 21, 2010, 11:36:40 PM
I am still undertaking the project I started several months ago:  buy and read every single Discworld novel.  According to Wikipedia, when I finish off these last few pages in "Feet of Clay", I'll be...halfway.  Holy shit, that's a lot of reading down and a lot of reading to go. :P
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Post by: Yoda on October 22, 2010, 02:51:53 PM
I want to tackle that terry goodkind sword of truth series some day.


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Post by: D-Rider on October 23, 2010, 02:26:18 AM
I want to tackle that terry goodkind sword of truth series some day.


HAHAHAHAHA

No, you really don't. :P  Just read "Anthem" by Ayn Rand, it's the same bullshit but much shorter.
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Post by: Eusis on October 23, 2010, 03:43:13 AM
I've heard about the CHICKEN THAT IS NOT A CHICKEN and I'm staying as far away from that as I can. That, and I have a problem getting into long fantasy series anyway, guess it's from trying to read through Wheel of Time when I was a teenager. If I'm going to bother it'll have to be really good (see: Song of Ice and Fire).
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Post by: Starmongoose on October 23, 2010, 07:35:23 AM
Oh god, I had forgotten all about the demon chicken!
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Post by: CastNuri on October 23, 2010, 03:42:09 PM
Taking a stab at "Sense & Sensibility", one of the two Austen novels I never got around to reading. It's going to take a few chapters before I adjust to her writing style after weeks of dense academic textbooks. :P

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Post by: Azrael on October 23, 2010, 07:20:48 PM
I did a bit of a splurge and decided to pick up three books.  One that I'm ashamed of myself for waiting so long to read, the other at a recommendation of a friend, and the other because it's somewhat related to my studies and I was surprised to find it at a local bookstore.  They are, respectively:

Native Son - Richard Wright
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
Your Republic is Calling You - Kim Young-Ha
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Post by: insertnamehere on October 23, 2010, 08:34:00 PM
Artemis Fowl
this book needs furries
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Post by: Yoda on October 26, 2010, 11:25:36 PM
anyone here have any thoughts on the Wheel of Time series?
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Post by: Tooker on October 27, 2010, 01:09:42 AM
I like it a lot.  However, it really starts dragging around book... 7 or 8, I think?  Thankfully, it picks up again a few books later, but that's still like a couple of thousand pages or so.

The new author who picked it up after Jordan died did an outstanding job.  Some of the characters finally grew up in ways that they really needed to, but Jordan had been dragging his feet on.  I think the second to last book comes out next month.
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Post by: Starmongoose on October 27, 2010, 07:54:12 AM
Atlas Shrugged. An okay book.

Ayn Rand quite clearly needed a good few kicks in the teeth though.
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Post by: Azrael on October 27, 2010, 08:04:52 AM
She needed more than a few kicks in the teeth.  And it's scary how popular her books are...though it does make complete sense in the current climate that we live in.
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Post by: Yoda on October 27, 2010, 10:50:28 AM
I want to tackle that terry goodkind sword of truth series some day.


HAHAHAHAHA

No, you really don't. :P  Just read "Anthem" by Ayn Rand, it's the same bullshit but much shorter.

I'll take a pass on that. I read Fountainhead by her and that was enough
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Post by: Azrael on October 27, 2010, 06:27:49 PM
Started reading Amulet by Roberto Bolano.  I'm happy to have a professor that appreciates Bolano as much as I do.  Very short novel.  I also have to read The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector for class.
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Post by: insertnamehere on October 29, 2010, 01:17:06 AM
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No, you really don't. :P Just read "Anthem" by Ayn Rand, it's the same bullshit but much shorter.

I read that for school.
it was bleh
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Post by: Darilon on October 30, 2010, 02:18:55 PM
Just finished reading Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett and The One Kingdom by Sean Russell.

Unseen Academicals disappointed me. It was a good book but lacked that certain something that a lot of the other books had.

I was not expecting much after reading the back of The One Kingdom but once I started I could not put it down.
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Post by: Seultoria on October 30, 2010, 08:36:43 PM
Since the last time I posted, I've read a couple of books in Korean. Currently reading Coffee Prince (since I liked the drama,) and if I wasn't busy, I'd be done with it by now. Also reading the second Full Metal Panic light novel.
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Post by: Daggerstrike on October 30, 2010, 10:31:13 PM
Reading Mistborn by the guy that took over for Robert Jordan. I really like his writing style and might...just might...pick back up the wheel of time series
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Post by: Tooker on October 31, 2010, 01:00:43 AM
Reading Mistborn by the guy that took over for Robert Jordan. I really like his writing style and might...just might...pick back up the wheel of time series

See my comments higher up on this page. :)
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Post by: Yoda on November 01, 2010, 12:17:35 AM
I like it a lot.  However, it really starts dragging around book... 7 or 8, I think?  Thankfully, it picks up again a few books later, but that's still like a couple of thousand pages or so.

The new author who picked it up after Jordan died did an outstanding job.  Some of the characters finally grew up in ways that they really needed to, but Jordan had been dragging his feet on.  I think the second to last book comes out next month.

Thanks for the thoughts.

I probably wouldn't read the whole series, but the 1st books are supposed to be solid.

I'm frequently let down by long series... Riverworld, Dark Tower
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Post by: Daggerstrike on November 01, 2010, 12:46:06 AM
I like it a lot.  However, it really starts dragging around book... 7 or 8, I think?  Thankfully, it picks up again a few books later, but that's still like a couple of thousand pages or so.

The new author who picked it up after Jordan died did an outstanding job.  Some of the characters finally grew up in ways that they really needed to, but Jordan had been dragging his feet on.  I think the second to last book comes out next month.

Thanks for the thoughts.

I probably wouldn't read the whole series, but the 1st books are supposed to be solid.

I'm frequently let down by long series... Riverworld, Dark Tower

I stopped at book 5. I found myself annoyed with the series. With Brandon Sanderson taking over I am interested again. I have read a few of his books and I really like his style.
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Post by: Yoda on November 07, 2010, 09:47:43 AM
I had a crazy dream that I was wandering through a crazy old bookstore that was filled w/ nothing but awesome Tor brand sci-fi books with amazing cover art
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on November 08, 2010, 07:49:06 AM
Currently reading "Mustaine".  It's not telling me much I didn't already know but it's interesting enough.  Especially about the early days of Metallica and such. Should be finished by the end of the day.
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Post by: Jimmy on November 08, 2010, 09:05:56 PM
I've read a ton of books this semester for an literature of slavery class. I thought I'd mention a few here. Sentimentalism perpetuates most of them, but I thought I'd at least mention one that stuck out to me: Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs. Such an extraordinary story and it's all true! I highly recommend it.
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Post by: Tooker on November 09, 2010, 12:32:10 AM
Just finished an advance copy of a book that'll come out in a few months, "The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore."  It's about a chimpanzee who learns to talk.  Not bad at all.  It's one of those books that you can't really classify more closely than "fiction."

Now reading Michael Chrichton's posthumous book, Pirate Latitudes.  Dude knew how to write a book that's hard to put down, that's for sure.  Thought it was interesting that after the book ends, they give the first couple of chapters of "The Great Train Robbery," which has always been my favorite Chrichton book.
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Post by: Vanguard on November 09, 2010, 05:28:21 PM
Calligrammes by Guillaume Apollinaire

The Mystery of Small Houses by Alice Notely

The Collected Poems of Barbara Guest
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Post by: CastNuri on November 21, 2010, 01:05:35 PM
So I gave up Austen- I realize now that she is not ideal for term-time reading. :P

Started and finished "V for Vendetta" last night. I loved it and I can see why fans of the graphic novel did not like the movie. They're both great, imo. The novel is definitely deeper and spouts a lot more quotations/philosophy.

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Post by: Vanguard on November 22, 2010, 05:52:19 PM
I didn't see V the movie, but the comic is pretty high in the running for my #1 favorite. I actually think it's a better work than Moore's oft-cited pus, The Watchmen.

Of course, both of these pale in comparison to Lost Girls.
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Post by: CastNuri on November 22, 2010, 07:46:04 PM
It would be really difficult for me to choose a favourite between The Watchmen and V for Vendetta. I enjoyed reading them both tremendously.

I want to read From Hell now. Have heard of Lost Girls as well, wasn't sure what to make of it.
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Post by: Vanguard on November 23, 2010, 05:11:08 PM
My last comment was sarcasm. I'm not sure I can reccommend Lost Girls for the following reasons:

1. A cockfight between Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Literally.
2. Bestiality.
3. It's an orgy featuring characters from children's stories.

That being said, the art is very well done and there is a real story that is interesting. Actually, there's an essay that Alan Moore wrote about his reasons for writing Lost Girls, most of it focusing on how sexually repressed America is. It's probably the most artfully done comic porn out there, but it's still pornography.

From Hell sounds awesome. I guess there's a lengthy notes section in the back that chronicles how much research Moore had to do before writing it.
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Post by: CastNuri on November 23, 2010, 05:27:33 PM
My last comment was sarcasm. I'm not sure I can reccommend Lost Girls for the following reasons:

1. A cockfight between Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Literally.
2. Bestiality.
3. It's an orgy featuring characters from children's stories.

That being said, the art is very well done and there is a real story that is interesting. Actually, there's an essay that Alan Moore wrote about his reasons for writing Lost Girls, most of it focusing on how sexually repressed America is.

It sounds intriguing but it doesn't seem to have the elements that I found really compelling in V for Vendetta or Watchmen. I'll probably give it a skip for the meantime. >_>;

Currently reading "Payback" by Margaret Atwood. Slow start but she's a good writer and I'm going to persevere.
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Post by: Tooker on November 24, 2010, 12:15:57 AM
I had the chance to read some of Lost Girls, and I felt like it was "dirty for dirty's sake."  Like there wasn't really a point to things being filthy other than to say "look how dirty I can make my comic!!!"

And I like Moore.
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Post by: Starmongoose on November 24, 2010, 12:17:31 AM
Sometimes writers just need somewhere to vent all that raunchy and dirty material they have stored up.
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Post by: CastNuri on November 24, 2010, 12:26:51 AM
Apparently his wife was the artist who he co-wrote it with? Maybe they were sorting out their sexual/marriage problems. :P

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Post by: Vanguard on November 24, 2010, 12:00:39 PM
I had the chance to read some of Lost Girls, and I felt like it was "dirty for dirty's sake."  Like there wasn't really a point to things being filthy other than to say "look how dirty I can make my comic!!!"

And I like Moore.

The comic is obviously filthy, but I never thought it was to the point that it got gratuitous. Actually, thinking about it now, it's like an episode of the Golden Girls, only the cast consists of characters from fairy tales who have a sex addiction.
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Post by: Tooker on November 24, 2010, 04:03:40 PM
That is a hilariously disturbing concept. :)
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Post by: Alexander on November 27, 2010, 01:27:16 AM
Carefully making my way through Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn.  It took a while to get going and could have served to be split into two books as the first half is only buildup to the "Outbound Flight" project itself. 

I like my Star Wars EU and really would like more material in between I and II.  Funny how Lucas and co. made big projects in between the last two episodes of each trilogy (Clone Wars for PT and Shadows of the Empire for OT) and somewhat neglected the other gaps of I-II and IV-V (even though each of them span longer time than the later gaps of II-III and V-VI).  Though I suppose they'll very well do what they want with or without the consent of my geekery.
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Post by: Superflat on November 28, 2010, 02:32:12 AM
I read the first two Hitchhiker's Guide books for the first time fairly recently, and they're both pretty phenomenal.

Now I'm reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. The best adjective I have to describe it is haunting, not that it's scary or anything, but the emotion really gets under my skin.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on November 28, 2010, 05:22:02 PM
Reading a lot of manga lately, mostly Bleach and Inuyasha.  I needed a break from big-ass novels for a while.
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Post by: ShadowLaguna on December 05, 2010, 10:13:13 AM
It's funny, because I usually don't read. However, I am currently speeding through Dave Mustaine's autobiography he recently put out. Loving it, so far!
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Post by: CastNuri on December 05, 2010, 10:33:34 AM
Poetry. I've been reading poetry lately. A copy of a collected childhood poems mostly, and today I acquired one of Palgraves "Treasured Anthologies" at a second-hand bookstore for £4.

I love second-hand bookstores.
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Post by: Vanguard on December 05, 2010, 11:36:15 AM
I love second-hand bookstores.

As do I. In fact, there is little reason to ever set foot in anew bookstore in my opinion.
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Post by: Azrael on December 05, 2010, 11:51:35 AM
Second hand bookstores certainly are great.  I'm currently reading some Drama, and a short novel as well.  Finished reading Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard a few days ago, which is absolutely brilliant, and I'm about to make my way through Ibsen's A Doll House.  I've also just started reading Camus's The Fall.  
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Post by: CastNuri on December 05, 2010, 01:15:00 PM
I love second-hand bookstores.

As do I. In fact, there is little reason to ever set foot in anew bookstore in my opinion.

Agreed, although it's probably for the better that a majority of people don't feel the same way. I mean... it'd be really difficult getting newer stuff otherwise. :P
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Post by: Azrael on December 05, 2010, 03:15:15 PM
I love second-hand bookstores.

As do I. In fact, there is little reason to ever set foot in anew bookstore in my opinion.

Agreed, although it's probably for the better that a majority of people don't feel the same way. I mean... it'd be really difficult getting newer stuff otherwise. :P


It depends.  I live in the NYC area and there is a really great independent book store here called The Strand which is at every moment of the day immensely packed.  Really great store with amazing prices on used books (including selling review copies that are almost always in immaculate condition at used prices).  In fact I think The Strand does so well and can sell books at so low a price because they have such a large patronage.  Though the smaller ones do also have their charm, and sometimes you just want to browse a shelf alone without wading through people.

Oh and of course Library sales.  I LOVE library sales.  Last library sale I was at I managed to get a Chekhov play, a Shaw play, a collection of Lorca's plays and a novel by Hesse all for $2.  It was a really nice haul.
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Post by: Vanguard on December 05, 2010, 04:44:52 PM
I love second-hand bookstores.

As do I. In fact, there is little reason to ever set foot in anew bookstore in my opinion.

Agreed, although it's probably for the better that a majority of people don't feel the same way. I mean... it'd be really difficult getting newer stuff otherwise. :P


It depends.  I live in the NYC area and there is a really great independent book store here called The Strand which is at every moment of the day immensely packed.  Really great store with amazing prices on used books (including selling review copies that are almost always in immaculate condition at used prices).  In fact I think The Strand does so well and can sell books at so low a price because they have such a large patronage.  Though the smaller ones do also have their charm, and sometimes you just want to browse a shelf alone without wading through people.

Oh and of course Library sales.  I LOVE library sales.  Last library sale I was at I managed to get a Chekhov play, a Shaw play, a collection of Lorca's plays and a novel by Hesse all for $2.  It was a really nice haul.

What part of NYC? I'm in Brooklyn myself, off the G train.

Honestly, The Strand was a huge letdown for me. I had heard so many good things about it, but I couldn't find one book that catered to my tastes. Then again, I primarily read experimental poetry. Not the most luctrative books on the market by any means.

Were I to go into a new bookstore, I'd hit up St. Mark's even though the people who work there suck.

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Post by: Tooker on December 05, 2010, 05:14:26 PM
I worked in Manhattan for a couple of years and never went to the Strand.  Didn't dare - it's just too dangerous.  :)

I also <3 used bookstores a ton.  They are the reason I don't have any use/desire for e-book readers.  I have over 3500 books at home, and I'd guess that 3300 or so came into my hands used.
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Post by: Azrael on December 05, 2010, 05:34:09 PM
What part of NYC? I'm in Brooklyn myself, off the G train.

Honestly, The Strand was a huge letdown for me. I had heard so many good things about it, but I couldn't find one book that catered to my tastes. Then again, I primarily read experimental poetry. Not the most luctrative books on the market by any means.

Were I to go into a new bookstore, I'd hit up St. Mark's even though the people who work there suck.



Interesting.  With The Strand I find that as long as I don't go in wanting a specific title then I won't be disappointed.  Many times I've gone hoping to find a specific book only to find that the online site had the incorrect stock, etc.  But I've found some amazing books at great prices.  But yeah, experimental poetry I guess wouldn't be big there.  I've actual never seen their poetry section before, myself more into novels.

I've been to St. Mark's as well, but only twice.  Managed to get a nice collection of Robert Creeley's poetry there, and a collection of short stories that I couldn't find anywhere else. 

I hate/can't really order books online so the disappearance of book stores is saddening me.  There used to be this great used bookstore in my town.  Unfortunately it was also right across the street from the local library and they soon went under.  What bookstores do you usually go to then?  Second-hand I mean?

I don't live in the city anymore.  I grew up in Brooklyn (Flatbush area) and also lived in the Bronx, and was schooled in Manhattan, but now live out east in Nassau country.  Still go to school in Queens though so I'm in the city most days and don't mind making the trip every once in a while if I can afford to (time-wise that is, it's a really long trip for me to get most places.)
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Post by: Vanguard on December 05, 2010, 11:03:13 PM
I never go into a used bookstore looking for specific titles, cause part of the excitement is finding books you didn't expect to find. The Strand has a huge poetry section considering how under represented it is in most bookstores. I guess part of my disappointment was that, despite the fact that there were something like four of five entire bookshelves dedicated to poetry, not a single title was remotely worth purchasing.

My favorite used book store is in Boulder, CO. It's called Red Letter books and that place will shame almost any used bookstore it's compared to. Plus, the people who work there have lived in Boulder since the 60s and have all sorts of wild stories to tell you about the town. If you hang around long enough and don't act like the typical frat asshole, they'll probably strike up a conversation with you.
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Post by: Tooker on December 06, 2010, 10:34:53 AM
Aw man - don't tell me that!  I just finished working in Boulder, and I never went in there, although I walked by it all the time.  Oh well.  I've already got way too many books.

Speaking of books I actually have, I'm reading Towers of Midnight - the latest Wheel of Time book.  I'm about 350 pages in, so it'll be a week or two before I finish.  It's good, and it's reminding me of just why there had to be three books to wrap up the series.  Darned Robert Jordan and his dozens of plot threads.
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Post by: Vanguard on December 06, 2010, 05:04:36 PM
Where'd you work? Colorado is such a pretty state, even if the cost of living in downtown Boulder is basically the cost of living in NYC.
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Post by: Tooker on December 06, 2010, 06:10:44 PM
I worked for CU, but not on campus.  I was on Pearl (the same street as Red Letter), but way down on the other side of Foothills.  After working in Manhattan, I'd gotten used to walking, so I would walk up to dinner.  When I was feeling crazy, I'd walk the 3 miles to the Pearl Street Mall.
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Post by: Vanguard on December 06, 2010, 09:04:25 PM
Right on. I just left Boulder earlier this year after graduating from Naropa. Y'know, the other school in Boulder. I'm glad I got out though, that town is in for some serious trouble. It was voted #1 small city in America and the brainiest city in America, so I'm sure people are going to flock to it.

Also, I worked at Juanitas, the Mexican dive bar on the Flatiron side of Pearl St. For all we know, we probably passed each other once or twice.
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Post by: Starmongoose on December 07, 2010, 08:27:51 AM
Reading Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I hear it's good.
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Post by: Tooker on December 08, 2010, 11:11:25 PM
Speaking of books I actually have, I'm reading Towers of Midnight - the latest Wheel of Time book.  I'm about 350 pages in, so it'll be a week or two before I finish.  It's good, and it's reminding me of just why there had to be three books to wrap up the series.  Darned Robert Jordan and his dozens of plot threads.

I lied.  Finished this book just now.  Good stuff, and I can tell that there's plenty of stuff left to happen in the last book.  I currently think that it'll all end mostly OK.  Partly because I don't think these guys would have dragged us through over 11,000 pages so far only to give us a bad ending.  (Yep, counting the prequel book, over 11,000 pages, and still one more book to go.)
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Post by: Yoda on December 09, 2010, 11:14:32 AM
My gf's parents got me some of the books for xmas, tooker. I only wanted the 1st three to see if I like it. Well they got me more than that based on the box that showed up from amazon.

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Post by: Alexander on December 09, 2010, 11:09:19 PM
Finished "Outbound Flight" and its accompanying short story "Mist Encounter."  I was not expecting them to tie together.  I am now a Thrawn fan. :)  Eventually I'll get to Zahn's original trilogy.  But now I can say for sure I'm looking forward to it.
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Post by: Vanguard on December 12, 2010, 05:04:59 PM
I've been re-reading the current Daredevil series lately. I think I trucked through issues 51-85 this weekend alone. There's a reason I went out of my way to buy the entire series.
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Post by: CastNuri on December 12, 2010, 06:48:07 PM
When my brother went through his Daredevil phase I pretty much read all the tps he bought. Loved them but DD has always been one of the saddest comic characters I've had to read. :(

Currently reading an Economics textbook but will soon be on a five-hour train ride, reading something less excruciating. I hope.

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Post by: Azrael on December 13, 2010, 11:16:25 AM
School is essentially done and now I'm at a loss as to what to read.  I've got three books in front of me that I'm thinking of picking up:

Naked Lunch - Burroughs
Nazi Literatures in the Americas - Bolano
The Fall - Camus

Leaning towards The Fall just because it's so short.
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Post by: CastNuri on December 15, 2010, 03:45:50 PM
"Five Little Pigs" by Agatha Christie. Really almost done with it. I love Hercule Poirot. :D

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Post by: dyeager on December 15, 2010, 03:52:39 PM
Reading the Annotated Turing by Charles Petzold. Truly amazing stuff.
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Post by: Yoda on December 18, 2010, 10:30:10 PM
started the wheel of time series.

Takes a while to get used to all the odd names whenever you start a new fantasy epic... but I like it.
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Post by: Tooker on December 18, 2010, 11:06:21 PM
Hey, cool - hope you love it.  It's gonna get slow at some point, but hopefully it'll be for you like it was for me: far enough into the series that I slogged on anyway.  A couple of books later, things picked back up, and now we're one book away from the end.  It may even come out before you get that far.

And yay for Agatha Christie!
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Post by: Yoda on December 19, 2010, 10:15:10 AM
Hey, cool - hope you love it.  It's gonna get slow at some point, but hopefully it'll be for you like it was for me: far enough into the series that I slogged on anyway.  A couple of books later, things picked back up, and now we're one book away from the end.  It may even come out before you get that far.

And yay for Agatha Christie!

I enjoy the writing style a lot. Though I probably won't read the series in one straight shot. Since I don't know much about the series at all actually I wanna ask, is there a major arcing storyline or do the books sort stand on their own?

Also, are you happy with the way the whole thing ended up after like a billion pages?

Did you read the sword of truth books? How do those compare?

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Post by: Tooker on December 19, 2010, 01:57:16 PM
I actually tried to re-read the series at one point, and even as a fan, I had to break things up. Read one WoT book, then one non-WoT book.

There's absolutely a storyline for the whole series.  It's about the Dragon Reborn* preparing for the final battle against... basically Satan, who is about to break out of the prison he was put into thousands of years earlier and take over the world.

*Not trying to be pretentious there - I just don't want to ruin anything if you don't know which character that is yet.

Even after 11,000 pages, the series isn't quite over yet - there's one more book to go, scheduled to come out in about a year.  Robert Jordan died a few years ago, but knew that he was going to die without finishing the series, so he took tons of notes, recorded hours and hours of sessions talking about what needed to happen, and picked someone to finish the remaining books.  The new guy has done a really great job so far, though.

I've only read the first Sword of Truth book... so I'll leave the comparison to someone else.  I prefer the Wheel of Time series, though.
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Post by: Vanguard on December 19, 2010, 10:19:24 PM
When my brother went through his Daredevil phase I pretty much read all the tps he bought. Loved them but DD has always been one of the saddest comic characters I've had to read. :(

Currently reading an Economics textbook but will soon be on a five-hour train ride, reading something less excruciating. I hope.



He's probably the most tragic superhero out there. What I like about him, is that whether you're reading about Matt Murdock or Daredevil, it's always interesting. I feel with most other super-heroes, you're just waiting for them to put on the mask/costume. Not with this character. I'm such a geek that I bought the entire current series (1998-present) in issue form. So I have a box of ~120 Daredevil comics at the foot of my bed. Out of the 1000+ comics I own, they are my favorite.

However, the new writer, Andy Diggle, seems like he's completely fucked up ten solid years of comics. I haven't read it all yet, but from what I've heard he basically took the single-best run in Marvel's history and made it just another lame super-hero comic. After Shadowland, the current story arc, resolves, the book is getting changed to "The Black Panther: The Man Without Fear", which is the dumbest shit I've ever heard, since the Black Panther didn't appear in a SINGLE issue prior to this story arc. I might actually have to stop reading this comic monthly, which is a shame because it's been constant for the last five or so years, even when I wasn't reading anything else.

I read Kick-Ass tonight. This is the most violent comic I've ever read, by far. It's also awesome. Apparently, the sequel is coming out monthly now. Might have to snag the few back issues and add it to my reading list instead of Daredevil.
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Post by: Yoda on December 20, 2010, 11:00:23 AM
I actually tried to re-read the series at one point, and even as a fan, I had to break things up. Read one WoT book, then one non-WoT book.

There's absolutely a storyline for the whole series.  It's about the Dragon Reborn* preparing for the final battle against... basically Satan, who is about to break out of the prison he was put into thousands of years earlier and take over the world.

*Not trying to be pretentious there - I just don't want to ruin anything if you don't know which character that is yet.

Even after 11,000 pages, the series isn't quite over yet - there's one more book to go, scheduled to come out in about a year.  Robert Jordan died a few years ago, but knew that he was going to die without finishing the series, so he took tons of notes, recorded hours and hours of sessions talking about what needed to happen, and picked someone to finish the remaining books.  The new guy has done a really great job so far, though.

I've only read the first Sword of Truth book... so I'll leave the comparison to someone else.  I prefer the Wheel of Time series, though.
 

Cool, thanks!

the only thing i dont like is the character Lan. The way he calls everyone by their profession: "come, blacksmith" "listen to me sheepherder" is annoying 
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Post by: GrimReality on December 20, 2010, 11:47:04 AM
Yoda, I would recommend you stay far away from the Sword of Truth books. I actually kinda liked the first two, but then it just kept getting weirder and weirder.
I read, I think, the first 2 or 3 Wheel books. They were fine, but a bit plodding, and I left for greener pastures. Hope you enjoy them.

I just finished Black Sun Rising, which is the first book in the Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman. I found the story to be a bit basic, but the characters fascinating. I'll be getting book two from the wife for Christmas.

I am also reading I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas by Lewis Black. It is surprisingly unfunny.
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Post by: Tooker on December 20, 2010, 11:55:36 AM
the only thing i dont like is the character Lan. The way he calls everyone by their profession: "come, blacksmith" "listen to me sheepherder" is annoying 

Don't worry - he'll lighten up some.  He'll still be a tough guy, but you get a better feeling from him later on.  Probably one part character development and one part author maturing. :)
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Post by: Yoda on December 20, 2010, 12:42:57 PM
Yoda, I would recommend you stay far away from the Sword of Truth books. I actually kinda liked the first two, but then it just kept getting weirder and weirder.
I read, I think, the first 2 or 3 Wheel books. They were fine, but a bit plodding, and I left for greener pastures. Hope you enjoy them.

I just finished Black Sun Rising, which is the first book in the Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman. I found the story to be a bit basic, but the characters fascinating. I'll be getting book two from the wife for Christmas.

I am also reading I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas by Lewis Black. It is surprisingly unfunny.


By weird do you mean all together just far out and non-traditional or ridiculous and implausible?
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Post by: GrimReality on December 20, 2010, 02:27:15 PM
Yoda, I would recommend you stay far away from the Sword of Truth books. I actually kinda liked the first two, but then it just kept getting weirder and weirder.
I read, I think, the first 2 or 3 Wheel books. They were fine, but a bit plodding, and I left for greener pastures. Hope you enjoy them.

I just finished Black Sun Rising, which is the first book in the Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman. I found the story to be a bit basic, but the characters fascinating. I'll be getting book two from the wife for Christmas.

I am also reading I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas by Lewis Black. It is surprisingly unfunny.


By weird do you mean all together just far out and non-traditional or ridiculous and implausible?

The latter. Goodkind got himself in a corner way too early in the story arc, and was forced to turn Richard into some super powered hero dude who keeps coming across impossible enemies. It's almost laughable. It's like he was planning it to be a trilogy, but when it became popular, he had to alter the story so he could write more books, and make more payola. I gave up a long time ago, and never looked back.
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Post by: Yoda on December 20, 2010, 04:16:07 PM
Yoda, I would recommend you stay far away from the Sword of Truth books. I actually kinda liked the first two, but then it just kept getting weirder and weirder.
I read, I think, the first 2 or 3 Wheel books. They were fine, but a bit plodding, and I left for greener pastures. Hope you enjoy them.

I just finished Black Sun Rising, which is the first book in the Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman. I found the story to be a bit basic, but the characters fascinating. I'll be getting book two from the wife for Christmas.

I am also reading I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas by Lewis Black. It is surprisingly unfunny.


By weird do you mean all together just far out and non-traditional or ridiculous and implausible?

The latter. Goodkind got himself in a corner way too early in the story arc, and was forced to turn Richard into some super powered hero dude who keeps coming across impossible enemies. It's almost laughable. It's like he was planning it to be a trilogy, but when it became popular, he had to alter the story so he could write more books, and make more payola. I gave up a long time ago, and never looked back.


Damn, well that does not bode well.

I'll give them a shot though in the future (far future) since I'm not reading two hugeass fantasy series at the same time. I've got some good crap saved up from thrift store diving to alternate with the wheel of time series.
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Post by: Starmongoose on December 23, 2010, 12:52:25 AM
Here's my experience with the Goodkind books so far.

Wizard's First Rule = Loved it. Amazing storytelling and the world is alive and vibrant and the villain is absolutely despicable, the way i like them.
Stone Of Tears = Excellent reading, filled with awesome characters and loads of well-placed plot twists.
Blood of the Fold = Different, more political in its approach but still very much familiar.
Temple of the Winds = A lot of meandering in this book, though it does a great job of making you guess who the bad guy is.
Soul of the Fire = I stopped reading it.

...


Then a year later I picked it up again (I just finished it).

Soul of the Fire was good and bad. There were a whole bunch of new characters introduced, maybe too many. I never felt the main threat in the book (The Chimes) were ever really an issue. Mostly they were kept in the background while we learned about Anderith. So yet again this book does a much better job at the political side rather than the adventure side.

At the end of it though I ended up loving it and now I can't wait to pick up the next one "Faith of the Fallen".

I agree with what GrimReality said though, it does make you laugh sometimes.

You just beat the ULTIMATE EVIL IN THE UNIVERSE.

A New Challenger Approaches!

Oh no, it's an even MORE ULTIMATE EVIL. and so on. Just roll your eyes and go with it though, the man does weave a good tale if you suspend disbelief for a moment.
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Post by: Yoda on December 23, 2010, 11:04:33 AM
I will for sure read the 1st three since people cream over those, but not until I'm done with WoT. There's no way I'm reading two similar and lengthy fantasy stories at the same time.

When i'm done w/ WoT #1 I'll either read murakami's a wild sheep chase, whatever my +1 got me for xmas (i don't know what but i can tell it's a book in my STOCKING), or something else


I really enjoy WoT so far but it's clear that the author is in no rush. It's like you're at grandpeppy's house and he's telling a tale.

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Post by: Tooker on December 23, 2010, 11:43:48 AM
I really enjoy WoT so far but it's clear that the author is in no rush. It's like you're at grandpeppy's house and he's telling a tale.

How I Met Your Dragon?
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Post by: D-Rider on December 24, 2010, 11:14:02 AM
I can't wait to pick up the next one "Faith of the Fallen".

LOL

You'll regret this feeling.

...LOL
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Post by: Starmongoose on December 24, 2010, 11:32:31 AM
D: Aw man.

That bad?
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Post by: D-Rider on December 25, 2010, 11:58:31 PM
I think I said earlier in this thread that anyone interested in this series could just save themselves a lot of time and read Ayn Rand's "Anthem".  "Faith of the Fallen" is why I tell people that.  Take that as you will. :P
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Post by: Tooker on December 27, 2010, 10:12:52 PM
Anyone else ever read Neal Gaiman's Lovecraftian Sherlock Holmes story?  It's been a while, but I seem to remember it being pretty good, and available free at his website.

I have not, but that sounds really cool.  I'm a big Holmes fan too.  Do you remember what it was called?  I poked around his website a bit but couldn't figure it out.

I feel like an idiot - I missed this question.  Arch, if you're still around, here's a link to the page where you can download it.  It's called A Study in Emerald.  There are a few others available there, too.
http://www.neilgaiman.com/p/Cool%20Stuff/Short%20Stories
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Post by: Vanguard on December 29, 2010, 01:04:11 PM
I'm reading The Flaneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris by Edmund White. It's kind of a field guide to Paris for the francophile who is too poor to visit the city. 
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Post by: Yoda on December 29, 2010, 03:42:37 PM
I think I said earlier in this thread that anyone interested in this series could just save themselves a lot of time and read Ayn Rand's "Anthem".  "Faith of the Fallen" is why I tell people that.  Take that as you will. :P

In the interest of discussion, why should we want to do that?

When I read a fantasy book I look for and enjoy a richly detailed world filled with legends, lore, and centered around an interesting premise. I like characters that grow and explore and I like moments of action.

Does Anthem provide any of that?
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Post by: Azrael on December 29, 2010, 04:11:23 PM
Anthem is a tiny little book (easily finished in an hour or two--even for the slow reader) that provides absolutely none of that.  I have never read the book D-Rider speaks of but Anthem is about a guy who lives in this place with an extreme sense of the word collectivism.  They have no names, just numbers.  No one refers to themselves, they refer to the group, so everything is We.  Basically the whole book is that one guy's journal and how he slowly discovers some stuff.  I don't think that gives away too much of the book (at least intentionally).  I remember that the first time I read the book I loved it because I thought Rand was arguing for one thing, then I read more about Rand and realized how crazy her world view was and that the end of the book probably represents the ideal man in her eyes and I lost all respect for her.  That said I do intend to read one of her giant novels at some point because I just want to get a bigger picture of her ideas, but she's scary man. 

I have a feeling D-Rider's basically saying that that series is a long as fuck way of doing what Ayn Rand does in some like 70 pages in Anthem, and the payout is totally not worth it.
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Post by: Yoda on December 29, 2010, 04:28:19 PM
Eh. Then if that's his argument then it's pretty out of place in an RPG forum.

Take a game like DQ8 or any standard RPG that any of us have devoted untold hours to. Are any of us blown away by the ending? Or is it the experience getting there that draws us in?

I have not finished WoT and I'm not trying to make excuses for drawn out endings, but if I'm as entertained as I am along the way a less than stellar ending will sit just fine. Of course I hope for the best.

Same thing w/ LotR. Books were absolutely brilliant, but the climax was obvious from page one and was less than thrilling when it happened. But the book remains a landmark in fiction.
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Post by: Azrael on December 29, 2010, 04:45:07 PM
But...I think that is his argument.  That a shorter book has a better (though ultimately not good) experience than the longer one.  Of course I can only guess and wait until he replies perhaps.

Also, I should add, that payout, the way I used it, wasn't referring to the end of the book, but to the overall argument the book was making.  In a general sense, many videogames don't tend to present any ideas beyond basic good v. evil tropes.  But the idea that Goodkind's book presents is not that great and was presented in a much shorter and better way in Anthem. 
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Post by: Starmongoose on December 29, 2010, 09:34:42 PM
I've bought Faith of the Fallen, so I will see how similar to Anthem it is.

I also bought "Perdido Street Station" in case it is as warped as Ayn Rand's waffle.
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Post by: Yoda on December 29, 2010, 10:18:13 PM
I've bought Faith of the Fallen, so I will see how similar to Anthem it is.

I also bought "Perdido Street Station" in case it is as warped as Ayn Rand's waffle.

This must look fab on your nightstand
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n4/n23250.jpg)
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Post by: Starmongoose on December 29, 2010, 11:08:36 PM
Yep, it is that cover and it looks simply DIVINE, darling.
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Post by: Yoda on December 29, 2010, 11:13:25 PM
It does look good.

I wonder why they chose a picture of a guy making a 100% accurate statue of Dice and I as cover art though?

(http://img102.imageshack.us/img102/6198/ythinkingzw2bc5.gif)
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Post by: Archendrus on January 04, 2011, 03:31:42 PM
It does look good.

I wonder why they chose a picture of a guy making a 100% accurate statue of Dice and I as cover art though?

(http://img102.imageshack.us/img102/6198/ythinkingzw2bc5.gif)

Smooooooooooth =D
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Post by: Yoda on January 06, 2011, 06:11:55 PM
It does look good.

I wonder why they chose a picture of a guy making a 100% accurate statue of Dice and I as cover art though?

(http://img102.imageshack.us/img102/6198/ythinkingzw2bc5.gif)

Smooooooooooth =D


I thought so!


A friend lent me a graphic novel called the umbrella academy. Thoughts? Prayers?
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Post by: Banestar on January 06, 2011, 07:27:05 PM
A friend lent me a graphic novel called the umbrella academy. Thoughts? Prayers?

I liked it quite a bit, and didn't expect to. If you like a little surreal in your superhero comic (ie. Grant Morrison, Peter Milligan) then you'll probably like this. And the art is pretty fun, the artist is one of the more talented working today. Definitely worth a read, though it doesn't really resonate with everyone.
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Post by: CastNuri on January 07, 2011, 01:43:34 PM
A friend lent me a graphic novel called the umbrella academy. Thoughts? Prayers?

I quite liked the Umbrella Academy-- if you even mildly like the first tp, you should definitely check out the second one. I enjoyed reading that tremendously.

Bought the "Eternals" graphic novel, gonna plow through it this weekend.

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Post by: Yoda on January 07, 2011, 03:11:43 PM
Almost done w/ WoT1, probably by sunday. I'' read umbrella then.



I've done some reading on forums and blogs about fantasy books and WoT v Sword of Truth, etc.


It's amzing that no matter what you want to look up there'll be a forum on it and there'll be people queefing for either side of the argument.
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Post by: CastNuri on January 07, 2011, 07:02:30 PM
So I ended up reading the entirety of "Eternals" over the last few hours and now I need something else to do this weekend. :P

I didn't love the art but I quite liked the story. It had its moments-- I've never read the original "Eternals" so I can't compare, but I do kinda wish that this hadn't been cancelled. I feel like it could have grown into something much better if given the chance. Oh well.... what ifs. Will need to take a trip down to the comic stories tomorrow...
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Post by: Banestar on January 07, 2011, 07:13:06 PM
So I ended up reading the entirety of "Eternals" over the last few hours and now I need something else to do this weekend. :P

I didn't love the art but I quite liked the story. It had its moments-- I've never read the original "Eternals" so I can't compare, but I do kinda wish that this hadn't been cancelled. I feel like it could have grown into something much better if given the chance. Oh well.... what ifs. Will need to take a trip down to the comic stories tomorrow...

For all the terrific work that Neil Gaiman has done has done in the comic world, I think that Eternals was his weakest. And honestly, I felt that the Kirby Eternals, for all their clever design and space-dots, never really resonated with me at all. No question he's a master storyteller, but the pieces of the cosmology didn't fit into place, didn't feel epic enough to me. But he did some nice work with the characters.
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Post by: CastNuri on January 08, 2011, 09:14:08 PM
For all the terrific work that Neil Gaiman has done has done in the comic world, I think that Eternals was his weakest. And honestly, I felt that the Kirby Eternals, for all their clever design and space-dots, never really resonated with me at all. No question he's a master storyteller, but the pieces of the cosmology didn't fit into place, didn't feel epic enough to me. But he did some nice work with the characters.

I think my problem with Eternals is that it moved too quickly. I felt like there should have been more involvement with the 'human' side of the characters, slowly building up towards their full immortal identities in some fantastic and epic climax. Instead there was this quick and not quite satisfactory glimpse of the characters and their realm. I love Neil Gaiman but as far as comics go, I've only ever read The Sandman-- and nothing quite compares to that. :P
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Post by: Yoda on January 12, 2011, 12:38:11 PM
My thoughts after finishing Eye of the World
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The book was a great adventure but the ending seemed to jump out of nowhere. I can buy the part w/ the green man since they explained how he appears at random to those in need. But all of a sudden Rand can summon the power and slay like crazy? Do they explain at any point that the dragon reborn would be able to use the power without going mad? If so I forgot. After 800 pages I can't be expected to remember everything :)
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Post by: Banestar on January 12, 2011, 02:10:14 PM
Honestly, I think that Eye of the World is weaker than the next book in the series, The Great Hunt. Also, I think that some of the plot questions you might have seem to get answered moving forward in the book - not that it's a total excuse for leaving you with said questions.
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Post by: Yoda on January 12, 2011, 02:44:46 PM
That's cool.

I don't mind being left with questions but in a
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series with 11k pages and the hero has access to the end all be all magic at page 750 or so I'm left wondering how they'll develop the story.
I'm just curious as to where it's going and I'm concerned about how the story gets there.


I'll keep reading though, I'm intrigued.

After the umbrella academy I'll start book 2.
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Post by: Tooker on January 12, 2011, 05:59:33 PM
Curiosity is good. :)  You should be curious at the end of the first book in a long series like this.

As for your concerns, fear not:
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Rand's power (and his intermittent control of it) gets explained as the series goes on.  And the madness is a thing, it's just not a "the first time you use the power, you'll go instantly mad" thing.
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Post by: Yoda on January 16, 2011, 07:34:52 PM
Rand is a huge pussy so far in book two. He dogs his friends, then wants to run away and hide when that's obviously not an option. Yeah the most powerful magic user in their realm is going to be fooled by you hiding in your main squeeze's room. *rolleyes*

And when any of the boys is thinking about women and thinks to himself that "I wish rand were here, he knows about women" and then next chapter "I wish Perrin was here, he knows about women" is annoying.

OTHER THAN THAT I LIKE IT
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Post by: Tooker on January 16, 2011, 07:48:48 PM
You know, I actually thought that aspect was pretty nice.  All three of them have that thought from time to time, even Mat, who's the total ladies' man.  Even though he can get girls into bed, he feels like he doesn't know anything about actual relationships, but like Perrin does (or is it Rand?  I think it's Perrin.).  Rand feels like Mat's the big smooth-talker, and he wishes he had some of that skill...

I guess it made me feel like these guys really respect their friends and aren't totally self-centered, and I liked that.

But even if you don't like that, I'm glad you're liking the book on the whole. :)
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Post by: Superflat on January 17, 2011, 12:42:47 AM
I read American Gods about a week ago. Apparently people like it or something? Who knew. (Just kidding, it was super awesome and got me back on a reading kick. I read the whole thing in like 4 days which is pretty fast for me.)
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Post by: Banestar on January 17, 2011, 08:06:48 AM
Yep, American Gods rules. :-) If you can, pick up Anansi Boys. Not quite as awesome, but if you like one, you'll probably dig the other.
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Post by: Superflat on January 19, 2011, 10:05:59 PM
A friend of mine told me Anansi Boys is the weakest of his novels, recommending Neverwhere instead.

These days I'm reading Kindle samples of trashy fantasy novels, but nothing's really grabbed me so far. I've been meaning to read Haruki Murakami for a while though, so I may start into one of his books.
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Post by: Tooker on January 19, 2011, 10:09:38 PM
Well, Anansi Boys may be weaker than others, but I think Banestar's right - if you liked American Gods, you'll probably like it.
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Post by: Yoda on January 19, 2011, 10:31:30 PM
A friend of mine told me Anansi Boys is the weakest of his novels, recommending Neverwhere instead.

These days I'm reading Kindle samples of trashy fantasy novels, but nothing's really grabbed me so far. I've been meaning to read Haruki Murakami for a while though, so I may start into one of his books.

I read Sputnik Sweetheart last summer. A good quick read and entertaining enough. Wild Sheep Chase is in the hopper.
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Post by: Azrael on January 20, 2011, 12:10:32 AM
Norwegian Wood is probably Murakami's best (and most popular) short and easy book.  If you REALLY want to read Murakami though, you must read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. 

Been reading Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies.  Really enjoying it so far.  It feels dense, but it moves at a really nice pace, which is good given the subject matter (ships and seas and the opium wars).  Been meaning to read this for a while.  He used to teach at my school and I had the chance to go to a Q&A about this book he did a couple months ago.  A very worthwhile read.
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Post by: Banestar on January 20, 2011, 08:40:32 AM
A friend of mine told me Anansi Boys is the weakest of his novels, recommending Neverwhere instead.

Yup. I liked both Neverwhere and Stardust better than Anansi Boys. That having been said, I liked Anansi Boys.

These days I'm reading Kindle samples of trashy fantasy novels,

What's your tolerance level on bad fantasy? I could send you the first couple chapters of mine. :)
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Post by: CastNuri on January 20, 2011, 12:20:06 PM
Norwegian Wood is probably Murakami's best (and most popular) short and easy book.  If you REALLY want to read Murakami though, you must read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. 

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. I.Love.It.

Currently reading "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison.

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Post by: Azrael on January 20, 2011, 01:51:10 PM
Norwegian Wood is probably Murakami's best (and most popular) short and easy book.  If you REALLY want to read Murakami though, you must read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. 

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. I.Love.It.

Currently reading "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison.



Yeah that one also gets recommended a lot.  It's the only one of his really popular books I haven't gotten around to reading.  Gonna get to it one of these days.  And to round it off, Kafka on the Shore is another big one. 
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Post by: Vanguard on January 21, 2011, 05:48:30 PM
Reading Earthlight by Andre Breton
             The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano
Both are good.
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Post by: Azrael on January 21, 2011, 08:19:34 PM
The Savage Detectives is all kinds of amazing.  I really love Bolano.  I would wholly suggest 2666 if you like this book.  Probably not right away though since the book is kind of a beast, but definitely check it out.
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Post by: Vanguard on January 21, 2011, 11:53:09 PM
I read Monsieur Pain before this and loved it. 2666 seems like an undertaking, one I'll likely put off for another year. I think, though I haven't committed, I'm going to try and read The Cantos by Ezra Pound. If so, that's my achievement for the year.

Bolano is an interesting figure. He seems to be the Latin American Rimbaud.
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Post by: Azrael on January 22, 2011, 12:50:14 AM
That's an interesting way to describe him.  I'd say Bolano's got the one-up on Rimbaud because he never stopped writing, and he wrote some impressive and expansive novels with the knowledge that death was just around the corner.
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Post by: Vanguard on January 22, 2011, 01:40:00 AM
Yeah, in terms of output, he definitely is more prolific than Rimbaud. However, the fact that Rimbaud wrote all of his major works before he was 21 and then abandoned it all still makes him the exemplary figure in my mind.

Still, if you like Rimbaud, John Ashbery's translation of Illuminations  (http://Illuminations) comes out in April of this year, I think. Chances are, it'll probably be the definitive translation of that book, which is one of my favorites.
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Post by: Starmongoose on January 22, 2011, 02:31:21 PM
Yeah, reading through Pillars of Creation right now and I can tottally see the similarity to Ayn Rands "Anthem" and its really putting me off. :(



EDIT: I meant Faith of the Fallen
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Post by: Azrael on January 22, 2011, 03:45:07 PM
I'll have to look into that.  Honestly I've read very little Rimbaud.  I've never read much poetry in the past (only now getting into it).  And no doubt it's impressive he managed to produce such highly regarded work from so young an age. 

Been reading sporadically a few different works at a sluggish pace.  Still chugging on Sea of Poppies, also been reading a collection of short stories by Cesare Pavese.  And finally, on my poetry bent, been reading Robert Creeley. 
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Post by: Superflat on January 22, 2011, 04:51:11 PM
I started reading "Kafka on the Shore" because it was sitting on my bookshelf, but I'm only 20 pages in or so. One day I'll get around to reading all of his books. Or at least most of them. I received "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" as a gift recently but I want to read at least one of his novels first, if not two, just so I can have a sense of how his memoir informs his writing style.
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Post by: Yoda on January 23, 2011, 01:01:03 PM
Yeah, reading through Pillars of Creation right now and I can tottally see the similarity to Ayn Rands "Anthem" and its really putting me off. :(



EDIT: I meant Faith of the Fallen


Bloody sloppy!

(http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/6852/whoamgyb1nf4.gif)



I'm about 1/2way done w/ WoT2. It's pretty good but rand continues to be a pudwacker. He came across some bodacious babe in some alternate reality that happens to have compelling power over him. If she ends up being just some sexy hussy and not a sububus of some sort i'll be mad.

Also, book two is called "The great hunt" but I for some reason looked at book three's chapter titles. I noticed there was a chapter called THE HUNT BEGINS.

If the great ass hunt doesn't even begin in book 2 I'll be MAD

Good story though
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Post by: Tooker on January 23, 2011, 01:55:35 PM
Man, this series just keeps hanging on the edge of pissing you off, doesn't it? :)

Don't worry, though - she is someone important.  Don't remember how long it'll be before you find out who she is, though.  Not saying it'll be forever, just don't remember.
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Post by: Vanguard on January 23, 2011, 10:33:01 PM
I'll have to look into that.  Honestly I've read very little Rimbaud.  I've never read much poetry in the past (only now getting into it).  And no doubt it's impressive he managed to produce such highly regarded work from so young an age. 

Been reading sporadically a few different works at a sluggish pace.  Still chugging on Sea of Poppies, also been reading a collection of short stories by Cesare Pavese.  And finally, on my poetry bent, been reading Robert Creeley. 

Should you want any recommendations, hit me up. Figuring out where to start and what to read next can be daunting, given how many options there are.
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Post by: Yoda on January 24, 2011, 11:42:51 AM
Man, this series just keeps hanging on the edge of pissing you off, doesn't it? :)

Don't worry, though - she is someone important.  Don't remember how long it'll be before you find out who she is, though.  Not saying it'll be forever, just don't remember.

I think I figured it out. Don't say if I'm right or wrong though
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I forget her name, but the female aes sedai of the forsaken who was supposed to have the hots for the dragon.


(i feel like the worlds biggest dork, typing all that out :(
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Post by: CastNuri on January 24, 2011, 07:46:03 PM
Between bits of "The Bluest Eye" (which is going slowly, as books do during the academic term), I've been reading some graphic novels. Mainly the latest Fables and House of Mystery tps. Also got "The Walking Dead" Compendium, which I am saving for this weekend. Because that's how I roll. :P

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Post by: Yoda on January 24, 2011, 09:09:13 PM
Between bits of "The Bluest Eye" (which is going slowly, as books do during the academic term), I've been reading some graphic novels. Mainly the latest Fables and House of Mystery tps. Also got "The Walking Dead" Compendium, which I am saving for this weekend. Because that's how I roll. :P



I was mildly surprised at how many walking dead issues there are.

I did like Umbrella Academy. But it was so short. It seemed like they introduced everyone then it was over.
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Post by: CastNuri on January 25, 2011, 12:22:06 PM
I was mildly surprised at how many walking dead issues there are.

I did like Umbrella Academy. But it was so short. It seemed like they introduced everyone then it was over.

Yeah, Umbrella Academy does feel short-- it's why I prefer the second tp. There's more to it.

Walking Dead caught me by surprise. I didn't know there were so many issues either but I guess I'm glad now. Not much waiting.
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Post by: Starmongoose on January 26, 2011, 05:56:31 PM
Okay, I was staying with my Gran for a couple of days, which meant I got plenty of reading done because she has not internet connection and I don't watch TV. So, yeah, I finished Faith of the Fallen. I feel awful for still wanting to read the next book, but I'm just so invested in these characters it seems a shame to stop. I do like them.

Faith of the Fallen wasn't bad, I've read bad books, this wasn't bad. It was just...preachy and misguided. Richards character got messed up in this book, doing some things that are very unlike him.

Also starting to think Terry Goodkind has mother issues. How many times is Richard going to be held captive by sadomasochistic dominatrix's?

Moving on, now reading Perdido Street Station by China Mieville., I hear good things.
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Post by: Banestar on January 26, 2011, 06:29:07 PM
I thought Wizard's First Rule was pretty good as a standalone, but the further I got into the story, the more I started hating the characters and the writer. By the time I got to Temple of the Winds, I was like "Well, I don't really enjoy this - but I should keep going!" By the time I got to Faith of the Fallen (airplane reading when traveling), I was like "Nope. I'd rather just stare out the window than read any more of this crud."

To me, he was like the inverse of Robert Jordan, where the more I read, the more I liked it (well, outside of boring books 7-9).
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Post by: Starmongoose on January 26, 2011, 07:44:29 PM
I know the feeling Banestar.


Things I dislikes about this book (My god, this got long so I don't blame anyone for not reading it)

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The sudden change in what the Imperial Order stood for. By the way they raped, pillaged and murdered there way across 3 books they were far from the cleansing fire of a fanatical religious sect, which is what they were made into in Faith of the Fallen.

Kahlan's hatred towards the Sisters of the Light that was never really resolved. She warmed up to them alot during the war, yeah, but we are given no indication of her forgiveness, or even if she still beleives that Prelate Ann was the cause  of all the catastrophe around her.

Richard's betrayal of the D'haran people. Spin it any way you want, but Richard abandoned the people who dedicated their lives to him to be massaccared at the hands of the Order. He claimed fighting would only cause more death, although we have plainly seen that when the Order invades a city they slaughter every man woman and child in sight, leaving no survivors. It makes no sense, the soldiers would have died anyway, regardless of whether they fought or not. At least their way, they killed over a million of them in the process.

Brother Narev who was quite clearly singled out as being a special type of wizard, a Sorcerer, who never once casted a fricken spell. What was the point of mentioning that he was a rare type of wizard if he died without doing anything of note. It was just a cheap workaround to explain how Janang was going to slow the aging process down in his palace, which never happened anyway.

A wasted oppoertinity with Kalahns Half-sister, the mad Queen of Galea. We get told that her kingdom was taken by the Order by a passing comment from a soldier. I just found the premise interesting.  

Kadar Kadeef. No one in that day and age could survive those types of burns. They were too severe, he didnt even get healed with magic. Impossible, simple as that.

It was too simplistic. This book is obviously more heavily laden with Goodkinds personal views on life and society than any of his other books (that ive read). Yes yes, Goodkind, communism and all it stands for is steaming dog poo with the blood of sick babies mixed in, while capitalism is a sugar-coated Jesus with gold gilding and a lemony scent. God forbid there be shades of gray. I mean, Capitalism never made anyone poor, right? Remember kids, if anything bad ever happens to you, you brought it on yourself for not trying hard enough.

The ending was obviously rushed. Months would pass between chapters. Not to mention the absolutely ridiculous scene where Richard was on the ground after being stabbed. First of all Kalahn is leaning over him to check if he is okay, but then she collpases to the ground because Nicci is doing...something, who knows, never explained. Anyway, then Sister Allessandra appears to check if Richard is okay, but then she collpases to the floor because she has been stabbed by brother Neal. But then HE collapses to the floor because some fucking RANDOM woman comes in and hits him over the head just in time, then runs away again, but then Brother Narev appears over Richard, and falls to the floor after Richard somehow bests him.

We never learn if Sister Allessandra was healed. She wasn't stabbed for a FRACTION of the time Richard was, but she was completely useless throughout the entire book, so why should she live, really?

If Nicci had no magic, how was she able to cloak Richards link with the D'haran people?

  

Things I did like though were,

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Cara is still awesome in this book, she is steadily becoming more emotional, which I'm not that keen on really because most of the books comedy comes from her dark sense of humor, ignorance in emotional matters and simplistic view of solving problems, which usully consisted of killing the problem in a horrible way.

Verna's idea of using tiny shards of glass to blind the enemy. I just thought it was a cool little idea that got around the enemys magical protection and the way Kalahn delevered it was a rather beutiful image.

The cottage Richard built really did seem like an idealic place that would be wonderful to live in.


 

Christ, that list is awful unbalanced. Maybe i wont get the next book, I obviously loathed a lot of this one.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on January 26, 2011, 10:04:14 PM
I've read all of the Sword of Truth series twice and It's one of my favorite fantasy series.  Yeah, there were a couple of shaky books and lots of gorgeous/warped/angry women but it's a solid tale.
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Post by: Yoda on January 26, 2011, 10:41:38 PM
A few pages left in WoT 2.


A good book, entertaining, but I can see where some of the criticism in this series comes from.

When I'm done I'm going to read the his dark materials series. It's a quick read....I had started it in the past but didn't finish it b/c of school.

+1 read it and she wants me to read it so we can (http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z70/Chips347/blah.gif) about it.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the ending of WoT #2. The Seanchan are totaly weirdos and I love them. I also thought what they do to their "aes sedai" was creepy and fucked up but made for awesome reading. I'm starting to come to terms w/ Rand being a wuss.

I'm kind of detecting a pattern in the books (hopefully I'm not right). So far in #1 and #2 both books have started and ended w/ big action sequences and then mostly adventuring type shit in the middle.

I'm about 1/2 way done w/ the golden compass and that's an incredible contrast to WoT. So much has happened in the beginning part of GC but yet the level of detail in the world and characters has not suffered.

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Finished golden compass over the weekend and that book was very entertaining and thought provoking. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

I used a coupon to get 50% off of Walking Dead volume 1 (hard cover) and The Road.
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Post by: Starmongoose on February 05, 2011, 09:53:12 PM
Finished Perdido Street Station, a great book except for a few things that really stop it from being excellent.


Mostly


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The ending.
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Post by: Yoda on February 05, 2011, 11:49:58 PM
Has anyone had any experience with this book?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leviathan_(Westerfeld_novel)

I'm not adverse to reading young adult books since they can be clever page turners.

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I'm almost done w/ the Amber Spyglass.... he's trying to do to much with this. In my mind this last book is littered w/ some ridiculous developments.

Still, parts of it are fascinating. Hopefully the end is on board for the big win.
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Post by: Starmongoose on February 06, 2011, 09:00:24 AM
The ending to Amber Spyglass satisfied me, so I think you should be okay.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on February 06, 2011, 05:31:13 PM
Genesis of Shannara: Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks.  I'm halfway through it and enjoying it quite a bit.
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Post by: Yoda on February 07, 2011, 01:29:05 AM
The ending to Amber Spyglass satisfied me, so I think you should be okay.

Yeah... the ending tied it all together nicely and made me a little misty-eyed. (http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z70/Chips347/1e7ac786.gif)

I'm curious to watch the golden compass movie now...

I doubt that books 2 and 3 would've translated well but book 1 is a pretty solid and straightforward adventure
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Post by: Starmongoose on February 09, 2011, 03:30:09 PM
I am exactly the kind of person who goes to a movie and says "Wasn't as good as the book". I am sorry.

However, that being said, with all my heart I believe that The Golden Compass movie was dumbed down far to much to be enjoyable. They turned a childrens books intended to make both children and adults alike learn and think, and made it a popcorn flick with little substance. It was a real, real shame.
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Post by: Yoda on February 09, 2011, 03:32:30 PM
Oh i have no doubt about that. I'm just curious to see the art direction and such.

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Post by: Tooker on February 09, 2011, 04:58:30 PM
I am exactly the kind of person who goes to a movie and says "Wasn't as good as the book". I am sorry.

Gotta say, my personal theory is that whichever came first is always better.  Book made into a movie?  Book's better.  Movie given a novelization?  Movie's better.  I've never found an exception.

Not even The Princess Bride, which is an awesome movie.  The book came first, and it's even better.
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Post by: Yoda on February 09, 2011, 05:01:33 PM
I am exactly the kind of person who goes to a movie and says "Wasn't as good as the book". I am sorry.

Gotta say, my personal theory is that whichever came first is always better.  Book made into a movie?  Book's better.  Movie given a novelization?  Movie's better.  I've never found an exception.

Not even The Princess Bride, which is an awesome movie.  The book came first, and it's even better.

LOL. My friend was at a coworkers house helping them set up a network or something. He spied their bookcase and they had a novelization of the movie Spawn.

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Post by: Tooker on February 09, 2011, 05:58:49 PM
Wow.

You know, I almost want that book just to see the look on people's faces when they see it. :)
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Post by: Yoda on February 09, 2011, 06:09:33 PM
Wow.

You know, I almost want that book just to see the look on people's faces when they see it. :)

http://www.amazon.com/Spawn-Novel-Rob-Macgregor/dp/0380794411

When I was a kid I read a "Doom" book.

I thought it was rad.
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fb/Doomnovel.jpg)
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Post by: Vanguard on February 10, 2011, 09:36:27 AM
I am exactly the kind of person who goes to a movie and says "Wasn't as good as the book". I am sorry.

Gotta say, my personal theory is that whichever came first is always better.  Book made into a movie?  Book's better.  Movie given a novelization?  Movie's better.  I've never found an exception.

Not even The Princess Bride, which is an awesome movie.  The book came first, and it's even better.

Honestly, Sin City the movie is better than Sin City the comic book. The only exception is That Yellow Bastard, because comics can be more violent than movies without having some crazy rating that scares parents away.

I took out some biographies of the number zero from the BPL. Haven't started yet, but will this weekend. My favorite part so far is from the index of one of the books. This is the entry:

Winston Churchill, proof that he is a carrot

EDIT: Note to self, zero is not a letter.
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Post by: Yoda on February 10, 2011, 09:41:49 AM
What are some books or stories where the movie is better?
Two that I can think of off the bat are Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me. Those were excellent films, and it's an odd coincidence that they're both from a collection of stephen king short stories.
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Post by: Azrael on February 10, 2011, 12:29:04 PM
I'm actually having a difficult time thinking of movies right now but a few that pop in my mind are some of the movies based on Elmore Leonard's books. I'm thinking of say, Get Shorty, and Be Cool. My favorite would be Rum Punch which Tarantino turned into Jackie Brown. There are so many more too that I haven't seen but I hear were good, like 3:10 to Yuma, and I know the new show Justified is from him.

If it counts...Apocalypse Now. I wouldn't count it though, heh.

Oh, though I've never read the book I can't help but think that The Godfather movies are better. But this is just a guess until I actually sit down and read the book.
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Post by: Tooker on February 10, 2011, 01:06:14 PM
Well, you know - Stephen King movies have their own special sub-set of rules. :)  Namely, if he writes the movie, it'll stink.  If someone else does, it'll be good.  It's been long enough since I read either Shawshank or Stand By Me that I can't remember if I liked them more than the books or not.

I recently saw a quote from him... wish I could find a link to the exact wording.  Anyway, after she was introduced to Stephen King, a lady said something like "Oh, I don't like your books.  Why don't you write uplifting things, like that Shawshank Redemption?"  He was, predictably, unable to convince her that he wrote it. :)
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Post by: Banestar on February 10, 2011, 01:43:13 PM
Well, you know - Stephen King movies have their own special sub-set of rules. :)  Namely, if he writes the movie, it'll stink.  If someone else does, it'll be good.

This is a lie. The worst movie I've ever seen (ever) is a Stephen King movie written by someone else. It is called Dreamcatcher. And it is awful. And it was (co-)written by William Goldman, believe it or not.
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Post by: Tooker on February 10, 2011, 03:15:55 PM
That. Never. Happened.  At least not in my world.


Actually, I have to say, that book wasn't much good either.  But still, William Goldman!  If it's true that "nobody bats 100%" (that saying really doesn't work if you write it down), that's the movie where Goldman made a wild swing, tripped, got hit in the head by the ball, and smacked the umpire with his bat. :(
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Post by: Banestar on February 10, 2011, 03:23:14 PM
That. Never. Happened.  At least not in my world.


Actually, I have to say, that book wasn't much good either.  But still, William Goldman!  If it's true that "nobody bats 100%" (that saying really doesn't work if you write it down), that's the movie where Goldman made a wild swing, tripped, got hit in the head by the ball, and smacked the umpire with his bat. :(

I KNOW! It's like..."Butch Cassidy, The Princess Bride, Misery...Dreamcatcher?" How does that even happen?
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Post by: Starmongoose on February 10, 2011, 03:38:17 PM
I tried to name my sister "Misery" but my mum wouldn't allow it
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on February 10, 2011, 05:26:41 PM
If Frank Darabont is involved in the Stephen King movie, then it'll be good.  Otherwise, it could go either way.  And, yes, Dreamcatcher was abysmal.
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Post by: Yoda on February 10, 2011, 06:00:08 PM
I tried to name my sister "Misery" but my mum wouldn't allow it

Settled on Miserly
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on February 11, 2011, 07:53:38 AM
^*laugh*
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Post by: Yoda on February 11, 2011, 08:14:57 PM
Anyone here try out Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Jane Slayre, etc?
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on February 13, 2011, 02:02:49 PM
I finished Genesis of Shannara book 1.  I'm on book 2 now.
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Post by: Tooker on February 16, 2011, 08:23:28 PM
Just heard about this today - it's a Russian book telling The Lord of the Rings from Mordor's point of view. :)

An article talking about the book:
http://www.salon.com/books/laura_miller/2011/02/15/last_ringbearer/index.html

Here's where it was posted for download, as mentioned in the article:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/a75r7u
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Post by: Yoda on February 16, 2011, 10:42:07 PM
That is cool, and made even more interesting because it's a new voice and not Chris Tolien
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Post by: Lard on February 16, 2011, 11:12:10 PM
My copies of Vampire Hunter D 14 & 15 as well as Yashakiden Vol. 3 arrived. Just waiting for Yashakiden Vol. 2, so I can read through all three books during reading week.
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Post by: Starmongoose on February 19, 2011, 10:23:41 AM
Just got a big, gorgeous complete Sherlock Holmes book. Cost a pretty penny, but I just couldn't resist.

Also picked up all the books in a Song of Ice and Fire
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on February 19, 2011, 10:51:18 PM
Terry Brooks - The first king of Shannara.  I'm suprised at how I've overlooked these for so long.  I'm pretty much going through all his works right now and I'm enjoying them quite a bit. When I'm done with those I think I might get into The Wheel of Time books too.  I've heard good things..plus I'm running out of options.
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Post by: Azrael on February 20, 2011, 01:19:18 AM
So the Borders near my house is one of the Borders being closed due to their recent bankruptcy and they are in the process of clearing stock. Honestly, the deals weren't as good as they might get to (20-40% off, but basically all fiction books are only 20% off) but I went to check it out and see if I could get something cheap. The place was MOBBED. Seriously the line to check out was probably an hour wait. The place was just so crazy. I didn't think it was worth the wait for $2-3 off a book, but I guess everyone else did. I'm going to go in sometime later when the discounts get better and hope that there's still a copy of one of the books I want to get. I was looking at either Joyce's Ulysses, Kerouac and Burroughs's And the Hippos Were Boiled in their Tanks, or Bolano's Monsieur Pain.

As for what I'm actually reading...

Mostly some short stories from Cesare Pavese. He was certainly an interesting writer.
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Post by: Yoda on February 20, 2011, 05:12:40 AM
Just got a big, gorgeous complete Sherlock Holmes book. Cost a pretty penny, but I just couldn't resist.

Also picked up all the books in a Song of Ice and Fire


Show off
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Post by: Vanguard on February 20, 2011, 07:04:32 PM
So the Borders near my house is one of the Borders being closed due to their recent bankruptcy and they are in the process of clearing stock. Honestly, the deals weren't as good as they might get to (20-40% off, but basically all fiction books are only 20% off) but I went to check it out and see if I could get something cheap. The place was MOBBED. Seriously the line to check out was probably an hour wait. The place was just so crazy. I didn't think it was worth the wait for $2-3 off a book, but I guess everyone else did. I'm going to go in sometime later when the discounts get better and hope that there's still a copy of one of the books I want to get. I was looking at either Joyce's Ulysses, Kerouac and Burroughs's And the Hippos Were Boiled in their Tanks, or Bolano's Monsieur Pain.

As for what I'm actually reading...

Mostly some short stories from Cesare Pavese. He was certainly an interesting writer.

Having read Ulysses, let me give you some advice. This is a book that lends itself to a class. Also, it's really not worth it unless you want to see someone experimenting with language and narrative. Don't get me wrong, it's incredible. One of my favorite reading experiences ever, but it's not something you just casually crack open.

If you do get it, go for the Gabbler edition. The Penguin one isn't as textually accurate, I believe.
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Post by: Yoda on February 20, 2011, 07:29:04 PM
I've heard reading Ulysses is quite the chore.




Reading "It" is taking longer than usual, I didn't read that much this past week. Story is still amazing though.
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Post by: Vanguard on February 20, 2011, 09:27:01 PM
I just typed up a long response and the internet ate it. So, here's the abridged version:

Ulysses is the type of book that you get out what you put into it. My personal favorite is chapter 11, when Harold Bloom is sitting at a bar with the knowledge that his wife is home fucking some other guy. Another good one is chapter 15, when Bloom, drunk on absinthe, hallucinates that he's being tried for lechery by the prostitutes in Dublin's red light district.
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Post by: Azrael on February 20, 2011, 10:26:53 PM
I am a huge fan of Joyce and have read and loved Dubliners and Portrait of the Artist. I've been meaning to read Ulysses for some time now. I know full well what I'm getting myself into and fully intend to pick it up when I'm prepared to really pour myself into the work. The only Joyce work I don't want to touch is Finnegan's Wake.
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Post by: Vanguard on February 20, 2011, 11:23:53 PM
Ulysses is the only Joyce I've read.

Finnegan's Wake is interesting for a few reasons. At the time Joyce was writing it, he was nearly blind. To deal with this, he enlisted someone to take his dictation. That person was Samuel Beckett, one of my three favorite writers (the others being John Ashbery and Gertrude Stein).

Some speculate that FW is Joyce's attempt to understand schizophrenia, a condition his daughter suffered from. During the time he wrote it, she was a patient of Carl Jung. There's a quote attributed to Jung that goes something like this, "Two people are headed toward the bottom of a river. One is falling, the other is diving."

Still, I doubt I'll ever read it either. My goal is to try Ezra Pound's The Cantos this year. I'll probably fail.

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Post by: Azrael on February 21, 2011, 01:53:11 AM
I highly recommend Portrait of the Artist. Not nearly as long as Ulysses and probably a lot more accessible.

I also thought that it was his wife that had helped him in writing Finnegan's Wake. Never knew Beckett was involved.
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Post by: Starmongoose on March 07, 2011, 03:08:15 PM
I picked up the entire Song of Ice and Fire series whilst I was in Glasgow a few weeks ago, I had already read A Game of Thrones about a year before though when I checked it out of the library. I liked the book a lot, but it didn't make me crave the next book immediately after. I guess subconsciously I've been wanting to read the rest.

So, I am just about to sit down and read A Clash of Kings.
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Post by: Dade on March 24, 2011, 12:27:46 AM
Evelyn bought me a Kindle for a late anniversary present. Just tore through The Gathering Storm (Book 12 of the Wheel of Time) in about a week, about 1/4 of the way through Towers of Midnight (man, Brandon Sanderson is REALLY great) and once I'm done I plan on hopping into The Name of the Wind and give that a re-read so I can be fresh for The Wise Man's Fear.

Once I've finished that, it's time for a Song of Ice and Fire reread in preparation for A Dance with Dragons, and then by the time THAT is out and read, I should be able to reread The Way of Kings (if you havent read, it's a fucking massive tome of awesome) so Sanderson's new book can be released. And if his next book isn't out, I can actually read the Mistborn series.

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Post by: Azrael on March 24, 2011, 07:30:07 AM
It's funny that now that I'm working everyday and have less time on my hands than before, I'm reading more than I did as a bum sitting at home all day. Most recent reads:

By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolano - It took me way too long to complete this damn book considering how short it is, but I can understand why it was this book that made Bolano a superstar in the English world. I don't even know how to describe it except as being distinctly Bolano (which is a great thing).

The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon - Book about the influx of West Indians into London in the 50s and 60s. Amazing book that managed to have a sharp and biting portrayal of the discrimination that these colonials faced when going to the "motherland" while being pretty damn funny throughout. Selvon really nailed the humor aspect of it.

Native Son by Richard Wright - I can't believe I waited so long to read this book. What an unforgiving and scathing view of Chicago of the 30s and in 1930s US in general. Some parts I felt were a bit tacked on, but overall pretty damn amazing.

Aunt Julia and The Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa - Just about finished with this and it has been nothing short of amazing (which gets me excited for future works since this seems to be considered minor Vargas Llosa). The parallels between Mario's life and these insane soap operas and the view on the art of writing and what it means to be a writer are all amazing. And again, the humor that is all throughout the novel is fantastic.

I think I need to find some books on the study of humor because I really think writing humor is far more difficult than any other type of writing and I think it has a far more biting effect.

Sitting on my desk waiting to be read next:

Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec
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Post by: Vanguard on March 24, 2011, 10:32:38 AM
One of the best things I've learned about writing humor is this: if during the course of composition you don't laugh once, it isn't funny.

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Post by: Yoda on March 25, 2011, 12:16:31 PM
Finally finished "It"

Don't know why it took me so long, it's a damn good read. King does what he does best, make you really care about the characters and make you feel like you're a part of the story.

One thing I didn't see coming (and this is a for real spoiler her) was
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gangbang at the end of the book in the sewer w/ the 11 year olds

After reading 2 WoT books, The Golden Compass series, and now It so far this year I'm going to read something under 300 pages for sure. :)

Maybe the stranger?
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Post by: Azrael on March 25, 2011, 12:28:03 PM
Camus's The Stranger? That's definitely shorter than 300 pages. Great book as well.
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Post by: Vanguard on March 25, 2011, 12:35:55 PM
Yeah, you can tear through it in an afternoon pretty easy. I think it just cracks 100 pages.
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Post by: CastNuri on March 25, 2011, 09:57:48 PM
Finally finished "It"

Don't know why it took me so long, it's a damn good read. King does what he does best, make you really care about the characters and make you feel like you're a part of the

I love that book. It took me a long time to finish it when I first read the thing as well but it was definitely an epic story. Didn't expect the spoiler either but it didn't bother me as much as I thought it would've.

Re-read Jurassic Park recently. Because it's fantastic and fun and it has dinosaurs (and Ian Malcolm!). :D
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Post by: Yoda on March 25, 2011, 10:15:15 PM
Finally finished "It"

Don't know why it took me so long, it's a damn good read. King does what he does best, make you really care about the characters and make you feel like you're a part of the

I love that book. It took me a long time to finish it when I first read the thing as well but it was definitely an epic story. Didn't expect the spoiler either but it didn't bother me as much as I thought it would've.

Re-read Jurassic Park recently. Because it's fantastic and fun and it has dinosaurs (and Ian Malcolm!). :D



It bothered me a little at that point... then after I finished it...not so much. I really don't understand what purpose it hat though.

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Post by: CastNuri on March 25, 2011, 10:31:39 PM
Probably just Stephen King being Stephen King. I can see how he wrote it in because

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there are bold hints of that border between childhood and adolescence through the entire novel but the sex scene seemed like such an odd way to reinforce the theme.
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Post by: Yoda on March 25, 2011, 10:54:35 PM
Ah that makes sense :)
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Post by: Azrael on March 26, 2011, 01:48:22 AM
I remember now why I had so much trouble with Georges Perec's book the first time. I think the man was meant to be a photographer, but instead of a camera someone gave him a pen and he just adapted. His work is so freaking visual, and his style is just so simple, straightforward, but I have some trouble when reading those types of descriptions.

Still good though.
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Post by: Vanguard on March 26, 2011, 08:03:53 PM
It takes some effort to read any of the Oulipians really. Have you read Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style? He writes the same vignette 99 times using a different method for each one, switching between the hilarious and the tedious.
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Post by: Tooker on March 26, 2011, 09:05:00 PM
Read Stephen King's Full Dark, No Stars.  In the afterword, he says that if there were parts of the book that were hard to read, fear not, because parts of it were hard to write.  And there were parts that were hard to read.  But it was good.
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Post by: Yoda on March 27, 2011, 12:08:15 AM
So I started reading The Road. My +1 and I are going to read The Stranger at the same time.


This seems to be ok. I'm not digging the way conversation is typed out.
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Post by: Azrael on March 27, 2011, 06:16:58 PM
It takes some effort to read any of the Oulipians really. Have you read Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style? He writes the same vignette 99 times using a different method for each one, switching between the hilarious and the tedious.

Yeah, they're a tough group. I've only read Calvino and Perec in the group. I like both of them, but I need a huge break between their works to give my mind a break. For me, with Perec (That I've read) it's the visual aspect that is more difficult for me. Sometimes his descriptions get crazy detailed and mechanical and I've always had difficulty with that aspect of writing. Still interesting stuff. My next read though will be far lighter (and shorter).
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on March 28, 2011, 03:58:50 AM
Just finished The Sword of Shannara.  Next up is The Elfstones of Shannara.
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Post by: Vanguard on March 28, 2011, 10:43:27 AM
It takes some effort to read any of the Oulipians really. Have you read Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style? He writes the same vignette 99 times using a different method for each one, switching between the hilarious and the tedious.

Yeah, they're a tough group. I've only read Calvino and Perec in the group. I like both of them, but I need a huge break between their works to give my mind a break. For me, with Perec (That I've read) it's the visual aspect that is more difficult for me. Sometimes his descriptions get crazy detailed and mechanical and I've always had difficulty with that aspect of writing. Still interesting stuff. My next read though will be far lighter (and shorter).

I never thought of Calvino as being a member of that group the way Perec and Queneau were. At least his writing doesn't feel like the work of Oulipo. 
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Post by: Yoda on March 28, 2011, 10:44:54 AM
I read about 100pages of The Road last night. That's no big deal since the book isn't that dense but it's a great read.

It's pretty much the novelization of Fallout 3 from the average wastelander's POV
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Post by: Tooker on March 28, 2011, 11:23:40 AM
That settles it - I need to read The Road. :)
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Post by: Yoda on March 28, 2011, 01:59:34 PM
That settles it - I need to read The Road. :)

I recommend reading a few pages at the bookstore or where you get your reads. It's plays out like this with conversations.


He saw the barn in the distance. Don't go there, the boy said.
We have to.
I'm scared
It'll be fine.
I'm scared
We have to go.




So there's a good deal of that. And in the 1st couple of pages I thought I was going to hate it. But I'm getting wrapped up in it.

It's perfect to read at night and get caught up in a post apocalyptic world
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Post by: Vanguard on March 28, 2011, 02:55:51 PM
I think that kind of spare punctuation fits in nicely with how bleak the book is in general. The trick is to slow down on those parts and let it play out like a real conversation.
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Post by: Azrael on March 28, 2011, 06:22:24 PM

I never thought of Calvino as being a member of that group the way Perec and Queneau were. At least his writing doesn't feel like the work of Oulipo. 

If you've never read Palomar, check that out. That to me screams Oulipo. I admit my knowledge of French lit is very very minimal, but Palomar seems to fit into Oulipo's really restricted, structured sort of writing.
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Post by: Yoda on March 30, 2011, 04:13:05 PM
finished the road and the stranger, both great.


going to continue WoT w/ book #3
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Post by: John on April 05, 2011, 02:17:17 PM
I love military sci-fi and I started reading John Ringo's "Live Free or Die".  Really digging it.  A nice mixture of humor, political content and action.
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Post by: CastNuri on April 05, 2011, 07:20:00 PM
Currently reading "When You are Engulfed in Flames" by David Sedaris.

It's witty and easy to read, not a bad way to pass the time.
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Post by: Yoda on April 05, 2011, 09:01:54 PM
after WoT3 I'm either going to read at the mountains of madness, needful things, or ringworld
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Post by: Desert Walker on April 05, 2011, 10:18:52 PM
I'm juggling several books right now, but my main reads are "Bloodties:  Nature, Culture, and the Hunt" by Ted Kerasote, "Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving" by Michael Ham and "The Ultimate History of Video Games" by Steven Kent.
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Post by: Vanguard on April 06, 2011, 07:57:32 AM
The Cloud Corporation by Timothy Donnelly.

I'm also trying to start reading Wallace Stevens Collected poems but having some trouble getting going.
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Post by: Dice on April 06, 2011, 06:18:01 PM
I breezed through a tween version of Pride & Prejudice called Prom & Prejudice.  ....yeah, don't point anything out about me.  And that's how I got through the 4 hours between classes that day.

Anyways, reading some fantasy novel right now.  It's a nice break from studying....it is more reading, but it's at least reading I *want* to do.
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Post by: Azrael on April 06, 2011, 06:40:48 PM
Been reading Krik? Krik! by Edwidge Danticat. First time I picked up this book I couldn't get into it. But now, holy shit is this book blowing me away. It's a collection of some of her earliest stories. Really powerful stuff. Really readable and short as well.
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Post by: Yoda on April 13, 2011, 08:32:50 PM
about 1/2way done w/ WoT3. I hated the first parts, and the writing for some of the characters blows at times (such as Nynaeve's hatred for Moiarane and Aes Sedai even though she's becoming one) but the world is great and some the events are intriguing.

Will I ever read the whole series? I'll let you know in 5 years lol.




Has anyone read the Mistborn trilogy?
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on April 14, 2011, 07:07:35 AM
Just finished The Elfstones of Shannara.  Next up is The Voyage of Jerle Shannara or I may get back into the "Genesis" series with Armageddon's Children.
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Post by: Adapheon on April 14, 2011, 02:08:52 PM
Just finished The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, really great detective/pulp/noir story.
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Post by: Perigryn on April 17, 2011, 04:44:52 PM
First of all, Adapheon, awesome avatar. Such a great book in such a fabulous series. I'm SO excited to read the final book!

But, that aside, when I'm getting to reading things, I've dabbled back into my teen-hood and I'm reading some Dragonlance books. I'm reading the... Time of the Twins, I think? No wait... Test of the Twins, by Weiss and Hickman who are by no means Steven Erickson... But still, I did miss the misadventures of Tasselhoff Burrfoot, in spite of the 'okay' writing of their novels. I mostly just want to read them because I was always curious about Raistlin's history and what made him who he is.

After that... I'm hoping to read Margaret Atwood's Year of the Flood, since I got it at Christmas but haven't gotten to it, then devote the rest of my time to Erickson's latest. I am kinda' sad it'll be ending, though. I'll have Esselmont's works to look forward to, but I know I'll want more Erickson. I hope he has a new series planned.

Since we're moving shortly, I was packing up our books and I think I've decided I've run my course with the Wheel of Time series. It just... doesn't grab me anymore. I'll likely donate them to the library, or to friends who're missing some of them.
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Post by: Adapheon on April 18, 2011, 12:29:48 PM
Hey Perigryn, for Erikson I recall him stating his next book is an Malazan Encyclopedia followed by two more trilogies, one being a prequel about Anomader Rake. If you haven't yet I would also check out his novellas on Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, I own two of them and they're hilarious.
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Post by: Yoda on April 20, 2011, 01:33:11 PM
finished book 3 of wheel of fortune ....er time.

I was dreading it, in the 1st 100 or so pages but this turned out to be a great read. I like how everyone converged at the end.



Going to read this next to give myself a fantasy break:
http://www.amazon.com/American-Pharaoh-Richard-Battle-Chicago/dp/0316834890
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Post by: badsanta on April 21, 2011, 04:38:17 PM
Started reading, believe it or not, Lord of the Rings. You think I would've done this by now. Better later then never though...

Oh, and in relation to this, Lord of the Rings is just the start of me trying to find some good Fantasy to read; I haven't read much (at all; books in general, aside from when I was in school in classes,) actually, but I've started getting into it. (LoR is fairly interesting thus far.) ; Any good suggestions for Fantasy? It's what I'm in the mood for at this point.
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Post by: Yoda on April 21, 2011, 05:19:52 PM
Started reading, believe it or not, Lord of the Rings. You think I would've done this by now. Better later then never though...

Oh, and in relation to this, Lord of the Rings is just the start of me trying to find some good Fantasy to read; I haven't read much (at all; books in general, aside from when I was in school in classes,) actually, but I've started getting into it. (LoR is fairly interesting thus far.) ; Any good suggestions for Fantasy? It's what I'm in the mood for at this point.

It seems like A Song of Fire and Ice is the go-to fantasy series these days. People love it and when you're done reading you can watch the new tv series based on it.


I'm reading Wheel of Time....it's good but I sort of regret getting into it. It's so. fucking. long. (that's what she said)
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Post by: badsanta on April 21, 2011, 05:30:27 PM
Started reading, believe it or not, Lord of the Rings. You think I would've done this by now. Better later then never though...

Oh, and in relation to this, Lord of the Rings is just the start of me trying to find some good Fantasy to read; I haven't read much (at all; books in general, aside from when I was in school in classes,) actually, but I've started getting into it. (LoR is fairly interesting thus far.) ; Any good suggestions for Fantasy? It's what I'm in the mood for at this point.

It seems like A Song of Fire and Ice is the go-to fantasy series these days. People love it and when you're done reading you can watch the new tv series based on it.


I'm reading Wheel of Time....it's good but I sort of regret getting into it. It's so. fucking. long. (that's what she said)

I tried to read Wheel a while back; it didn't work, though maybe it was because I couldn't tolerate reading much at the time. It's different now though, as I sort of stated.

I also tried to read the first Malazan book sometime after that; got it from the library and started reading it too late, so I only got so far before I had to return it. I've been thinking of trying that series again after LoR. I'm still open to other suggestions though.
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Post by: Adapheon on April 21, 2011, 07:26:45 PM
Nah,go for the first Malazan book, it's worth it. Funny thing is I really didn't like it at first, got about 200 pages in and stopped for like 6 months and then went back to it just because I ran out of other stuff to read. The day after I finished it I bought the next 2 books (which is how long it was into print at that point). It's still my favourite fantasy series. If you wanted something shorter The Prince of Nothing series is a trilogy and excellent. Very mature though, so if you don't like lots of swearing, graphic sex and violence then you might not wanna get into it because it's pretty vulgar at times.

The downside to getting into A Song of Ice and Fire is wondering how long George RR Martin will take to finish it. I'm happy as a clam A Dance of Dragons is coming out but after that it could be another 5 year wait.
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Post by: Yoda on April 21, 2011, 07:36:15 PM
is the next fire and ice book the last or will he milk the fuck out of this?
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Post by: badsanta on April 21, 2011, 08:07:35 PM
Nah,go for the first Malazan book, it's worth it. Funny thing is I really didn't like it at first, got about 200 pages in and stopped for like 6 months and then went back to it just because I ran out of other stuff to read. The day after I finished it I bought the next 2 books (which is how long it was into print at that point). It's still my favourite fantasy series. If you wanted something shorter The Prince of Nothing series is a trilogy and excellent. Very mature though, so if you don't like lots of swearing, graphic sex and violence then you might not wanna get into it because it's pretty vulgar at times.

The downside to getting into A Song of Ice and Fire is wondering how long George RR Martin will take to finish it. I'm happy as a clam A Dance of Dragons is coming out but after that it could be another 5 year wait.

Thanks; I think I'll try out Malazan at some point, though it may be a while. LoR comes first, and then I may do Similarion and Children of Hurin after that; depends on on how much I'll end up liking LoR, though I do happen to already own them both. (Similarion and Hurin.) And after that, I'm going to have to sit through 9 other reserves for a Library copy of Gardens of the Moon; if it was just Gardens, then I'd just buy it, (5 bucks easy used,) but buying all of the books would be rather expensive. Unless someone knows of a way to get the full set for dirt-cheap.
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Post by: Adapheon on April 21, 2011, 11:10:06 PM
is the next fire and ice book the last or will he milk the fuck out of this?

There's still a couple more books to go so it may take some time to see the series done.
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Post by: Yoda on April 22, 2011, 01:49:35 AM
question for those who have read WoT (keep in mind i've only read the 1st three)
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Who does rand kill at the end of book 2? if at the end of book 3 he thinks he kills ba'alzamon but it's really one of the forsaken... was the guy he "killed" at the end of two another forsaken?
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Post by: Tooker on April 22, 2011, 02:46:25 AM
If I understand correctly,
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he doesn't actually kill Ba'alzamon at the end of book 2. He just beats him in the fight. But at the end of book 3, he really does kill him.
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Post by: Yoda on April 25, 2011, 06:41:03 PM
http://io9.com/#!5795511/amazons-2369865593-book-about-flies
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Post by: Tooker on April 25, 2011, 11:24:15 PM
Insanity. :)
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Post by: Desert Walker on April 30, 2011, 04:27:43 PM
The newest addition to my list of stuff I'm currently reading is Moanin' at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin' Wolf by James Segrest and Mark Hoffman.  I've just started the third chapter, and it's been pretty dark thus far.  The man had a life rough enough to match his voice.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on April 30, 2011, 06:19:27 PM
Wishsong of Shannara
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Post by: Azrael on May 01, 2011, 01:24:36 AM
I just finished Conversation in the Cathedral by Vargas Llosa. I don't really know what to say about the book. Absolute masterpiece. Books like this make me wish I could sit inside some people's heads and just watch it go to work.

Recently bought a copy of Kobo Abe's The Box Man and D. M. Thomas' Memories and Hallucinations. Started reading The Box Man earlier today. I can tell I'm very much going to enjoy this book.
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Post by: CastNuri on May 07, 2011, 03:25:40 PM
Currently reading (selectively) poems from "Twenty Love Poems & a Song of Despair" by Pablo Neruda. It has the original Spanish text alongside English translations. :)

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Post by: Azrael on May 07, 2011, 05:58:49 PM
Do you speak any Spanish?
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Post by: CastNuri on May 07, 2011, 06:08:17 PM
Yeah. I know enough for the grammar/basic vocab to make sense, but some of the more complicated words and tenses are a bit confusing.

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Post by: Tooker on May 07, 2011, 10:14:41 PM
Speaking of Spanish, I've been trying to get started again on Don Quixote.  I have a copy in the original, very old school Spanish that I was reading while I was in college, but I had enough other things to read that I gave up on it.  It's got amazing footnotes that helped me get the old references... but now I speak Spanish so infrequently that I think it'd be too much even with the footnotes.  Think I've got to find an updated language version.

While I'm on the subject, it's a matter of strange pride to me that I have read many of the books that Don Quixote read before he went crazy.  I won't say I'm not crazy, but I can say that I've never jousted with a windmill. :)
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Post by: Desert Walker on May 08, 2011, 03:19:14 PM
I've just started reading Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta by Robert Palmer.  It looks promising and should be easy to tear through.  The 600 page text-book sized monolith Texas Blues by Alan Governar which is probably coming up next, on the other hand...that will be a challenge.
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Post by: CastNuri on May 08, 2011, 11:23:06 PM
Listening to the audiobook for Tina Fey's "Bossypants." This book seems to be aimed at a certain demographic. Well, it's definitely aimed at females.

Entertaining stuff while I'm painting my nails or drying my hair off. I'm already nearly halfway through the thing and I can tell that it does what Fey presumably set out to do-- make you laugh/smile/snort. :P

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Post by: Superflat on May 17, 2011, 11:34:07 AM
I'm reading this book... what's it called... "A Game of... Bones...?" No, that's not quite right... "A Frame for Homes?" That doesn't seem to be it.

Oh! It's "A Game of Thrones." It's some obscure fantasy novel, you've probably never heard of it.

...what? HBO made it into a TV show? There goes all my hipster nerd cred.

(Jk, it's really good, I'm like a bajillion [read: 600] pages in.)
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Post by: Vanguard on May 17, 2011, 12:35:05 PM
I finally managed to get a copy of Roberto Bolano's "The Savage Detectives" and have burned through about 100 pages in the last day. Gotta love the morning commute.

I finished Raymond Roussel's "New Impressions of Africa", which is a very fun, eccentric poem. Basically, it's divided into 4 cantos and each canto is a single sentence that keeps getting interrupted by parenthetical digressions, footnotes, and illustrations. It has next to nothing to do with Africa.

Basically, the French Whitman.
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Post by: CastNuri on May 17, 2011, 12:58:36 PM
Finished the audiobooks for "Bossypants" as well as "And Then There Were None" (which was read by the guy who plays Hastings in the ITV series!). Liked them both.

Currently reading 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda.

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Post by: GrimReality on May 19, 2011, 10:20:12 AM
I finished Crown of Shadows last night. The last in the Coldfire trilogy. The book, and the series as a whole, never really lived up to the potential  I saw early on. The highlight was the characters, with Gerald Tarrant being a poster boy for anti-heros everywhere. Unfortunately the story was kinda all over the place, and truly bored me on several occasions. I guess I was hoping for something a bit more magical and fun, and got the complete opposite.

Now I'm going to read the second Hitchhiker book. I expect to be amused.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on May 22, 2011, 07:03:36 PM
I re-read Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers again today just to kill some time.  Awesome, as always:)
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Post by: CastNuri on May 24, 2011, 02:33:38 AM
Read the latest Fables tp and some of my Walking Dead compendium. Trying to catch up on my backlog of graphic novels!

Also re-reading "Hunger Games" because I have the other two novels from the trilogy and I want to finish it in time to talk to my friends about the movie casting.
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Post by: John on May 24, 2011, 08:49:00 AM
Speaking of Spanish, I've been trying to get started again on Don Quixote.  I have a copy in the original, very old school Spanish that I was reading while I was in college, but I had enough other things to read that I gave up on it.  It's got amazing footnotes that helped me get the old references... but now I speak Spanish so infrequently that I think it'd be too much even with the footnotes.  Think I've got to find an updated language version.

While I'm on the subject, it's a matter of strange pride to me that I have read many of the books that Don Quixote read before he went crazy.  I won't say I'm not crazy, but I can say that I've never jousted with a windmill. :)

http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2134
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Post by: Azrael on May 24, 2011, 09:22:30 AM
That was awesome.
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Post by: Tooker on May 24, 2011, 11:57:29 AM
I agree wholeheartedly. :)

And yay for Red Dwarf!  That's one of those books I always figure nobody else owns but me.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on May 28, 2011, 02:43:39 AM
^Oh yeah, I've been a Red Dwarf nut from way back.  It's up there with The Simpsons as one of my favorite shows ever.  The books were just as good as the program too...if not better in some ways.

Anyway, I'm on to Terry Brooks' "Heritage of Shannara" series now after finishing "Wishsong" last week.  Book one: "The Scions of Shannara".
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Post by: Tooker on May 29, 2011, 12:10:43 AM
I liked that the book set things up so that Lister going into stasis was a plan, not just him being dumb. :)
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Post by: Yoda on May 29, 2011, 06:51:10 AM
I am reading this, which comes highly recommended

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunger_Games
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Post by: CastNuri on May 29, 2011, 08:34:41 PM
I am reading this, which comes highly recommended

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunger_Games

I love that book! Still have to read the other two.

Spent my weekend reading Hitman (Tommy Monaghan) comics and more poetry.

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Post by: Yoda on May 31, 2011, 06:40:39 PM
I am reading this, which comes highly recommended

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunger_Games

I love that book! Still have to read the other two.

Spent my weekend reading Hitman (Tommy Monaghan) comics and more poetry.



Hunger Games was a damn great read. Katniss is one of the biggest badasses ever and I love her.


The ending left me satisfied, though. If +1 likes the next two books I'll read them.
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Post by: Vanguard on June 01, 2011, 10:26:16 AM
Still working on Bolanos Savage Detectives. Part I was incredible, but this second, much longer section, is somewhat lacking. I'll have to wait until I finish it before I pass any final judgment though.

Also, Rimbaud translated by Ashbery. Not as good as I was expecting it to be.
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Post by: Starmongoose on June 05, 2011, 07:13:18 AM
Stop the presses! Mother outraged! Doesn't like vampires! Clearly this required a long article in the Wallstreet Journal.

Apparently reading young adult fiction that is "dark" or violent, she talks about Hunger Games, damages a childs "tenderness of heart", whatever the fuck that means.

The author has clearly missed the point.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303657404576357622592697038.html?mod=wsj_share_twitter#articleTabs%3Darticle
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Post by: Tooker on June 05, 2011, 08:17:20 AM
Or has been playing WAY too much Kingdom Hearts.


I finally read Slaughterhouse Five.  Very good.  Manages to draw a line somewhere and be a book that's just melancholy, or maybe bittersweet, rather than really depressing, although it's about a guy being a POW in WW2 and witnessing the firebombing of Dresden.
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Post by: Ramza on June 05, 2011, 11:17:14 PM
I finally read Slaughterhouse Five.  Very good.  Manages to draw a line somewhere and be a book that's just melancholy, or maybe bittersweet, rather than really depressing, although it's about a guy being a POW in WW2 and witnessing the firebombing of Dresden.

It's also about aliens with 7 genders and time traveling and poo-tee-tweet.

It's like my fav book ever. Until I get around to reading more Vonnegut. Did anyone say CAT'S CRADLE? ICE - 9? 999?!
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Post by: CastNuri on June 08, 2011, 09:43:11 AM
Reading chapters of "Terror & Consent" by Philip Bobbitt. It's a really interesting book about terrorism, war and sovereignty-- with what I think is an intelligent appraisal of evolving warfare methods.

Can't bring myself to read the whole thing in one go, though. It's heavier than it looks.

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Post by: GrimReality on June 08, 2011, 09:46:59 AM
Hmmm. I've never read Slaughterhouse Five. I should add it to The List.

I just finished reading the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. It was fun, but not as good as Hitchhiker. There was almost TOO much randomness and unexplained happenings. I'm not too sure about reading the next one.

I've decided now to start reading the Dresden books. Storm Front is first. Sounds like fun. Detective novel + wizards and such? Cool beans.
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Post by: CastNuri on June 11, 2011, 11:27:20 PM
So instead of re-reading the entirety of the first Hunger Games book, I read the first few chapters and the last few chapters. I remember the stuff in between well enough (the first time I read it was only sometime last summer).

Next up, Catching Fire! I'm really hoping rest of this trilogy is as good. :D

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Post by: Yoda on June 12, 2011, 10:19:08 AM
So instead of re-reading the entirety of the first Hunger Games book, I read the first few chapters and the last few chapters. I remember the stuff in between well enough (the first time I read it was only sometime last summer).

Next up, Catching Fire! I'm really hoping rest of this trilogy is as good. :D



Keep me updated!

pretty please w/ sugar on top
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Post by: Fadedsun on June 12, 2011, 03:13:25 PM
I've been reading Shadow&Claw:The Book Of The New Sun and highly enjoying it so far.
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Post by: CastNuri on June 12, 2011, 06:59:02 PM
Keep me updated!

pretty please w/ sugar on top

I'm half-way through Catching Fire right now. It's good- the author knows when not to drag on the boring bits but there are some slow moments. I have a feeling I'm at the turning point of the story though, and that things are really going to pick up pace!

EDIT: Finished it, was right about the pace. I liked the second book! Not as much as I liked the first but it doesn't disappoint me in any way.
 
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Post by: Vanguard on June 13, 2011, 04:59:52 PM
I'm in the last third of the Savage Detectives. Some of these short vignettes are genius; others...not so much. I also finished Ashbery's translation of Rimbaud last week. Very good, but I still think prefer that of Varese.
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Post by: CastNuri on June 13, 2011, 07:02:46 PM
So finished Mockingjay just a while ago, so the Hunger Games trilogy is behind me.

Yoda: I'm not as fond of the other two books as I am of the first but they're definitely worth reading. Action-packed, heart-wrenching stuff. And it carries an important message. I feel like too much stuff has happened but that might just be because I've been through all the stories over a span of about three days.
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Post by: Starmongoose on June 13, 2011, 07:07:28 PM
Nuri, you are a reading MACHINE. Sure I read the last harry potter book in less than 24 hours, but DAMN, a whole trilogy in like, a few days?
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Post by: CastNuri on June 13, 2011, 07:16:44 PM
Only read half (bits and pieces, here and there) of the first book because it was a re-read though, so it's not that impressive a feat. :P

... aaand I think I might have skipped dinner without realizing it when I was reading today.

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Post by: Yoda on June 13, 2011, 07:28:17 PM
Good to hear the last two were enjoyable. I'll relay your findings to +1 as she's the most eager to read the last two.

I think Katniss rules, so I'm going to see this through.
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Post by: CastNuri on June 13, 2011, 07:34:30 PM
Katniss is a pretty bad-ass protagonist. I have so much admiration and sympathy for her!

Starting on "The Help" next. Tomorrow, maybe.

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Post by: Yoda on June 13, 2011, 07:46:22 PM
i'm currently reading "how the world ends: the road to a nuclear world war 3"

pretty interesting. it talks about how there were plenty of near misses and close calls in history with nuclear exchanges
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Post by: CastNuri on June 15, 2011, 04:41:25 AM
Finished reading "The Help" this morning. It was interesting and at times really heart-breaking. It certainly makes me think about inter-racial (and inter-class) behaviour in my own history. Not a very subtle novel but still worth reading.

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Post by: GrimReality on June 15, 2011, 10:20:49 AM
God, Nuri, you're reading habits remind me of my wifes. If we didn't live so close to a nice library we'd go broke from the amount of books she goes through. I can't fathom having so much time to read. I wish I did. Regardless, I'm a slow reader. A book she might finish in a couple days could take me a month or more to get through.

I'm currently reading Storm Front by Jim Butcher. It's the first Dresden files book. It's not very good. I didn't really expect it to be, so there's that. Despite it's mediocrity I keep reading because I like the character of Harry Dresden, cliches and all. Hopefully, the writing improves in future books.
I would call this a "fluff" book. Something to read and be amused by in between more substantial fare.
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Post by: Vanguard on June 15, 2011, 11:33:25 AM
I miss the days of finishing 3+ books a week.
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Post by: Starmongoose on June 15, 2011, 12:16:54 PM
All I used to do is read. Read read read. Now? I'm lucky if I can finish one a month.
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Post by: CastNuri on June 15, 2011, 12:20:04 PM
God, Nuri, you're reading habits remind me of my wifes. If we didn't live so close to a nice library we'd go broke from the amount of books she goes through. I can't fathom having so much time to read. I wish I did. Regardless, I'm a slow reader. A book she might finish in a couple days could take me a month or more to get through.

It's why I don't read much during term-time, can't afford to go disappearing in a book when there are essays to write and meals to be taken. The library is my best friend but so is my backlog of unread books: I have so many that I may never have to enter a shop for the rest of the year! It has become a library of sorts for my friends.

Setting my mind on finishing my Walking Dead compendium as I'll be leaving it in Scotland for the summer.
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Post by: Vanguard on June 15, 2011, 12:31:33 PM
Libraries are my favorite things ever. I used to have three books shelves worth of books, now I'm down to half of one full of things I can't replace or poetry I constantly re-read.

If you have good one nearby, there is almost never a reason to actually buy a new book.
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Post by: CastNuri on June 15, 2011, 12:38:13 PM
Yep, it's reached a point where I can't enter a bookshop in good conscience! Nowadays it's just me wondering which of my books to take on next. I have a shelf here at Uni, a shelf at my sister's flat and about two or so shelves in KL.

If I'm lucky, I'll be able to hang on to all those books for when I have nieces/nephews or children of my own. Books just aren't meant to collect dust.

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Post by: Dincrest on June 18, 2011, 08:22:29 PM
I finished Crown of Shadows last night. The last in the Coldfire trilogy. The book, and the series as a whole, never really lived up to the potential  I saw early on. The highlight was the characters, with Gerald Tarrant being a poster boy for anti-heros everywhere. Unfortunately the story was kinda all over the place, and truly bored me on several occasions. I guess I was hoping for something a bit more magical and fun, and got the complete opposite.

Now I'm going to read the second Hitchhiker book. I expect to be amused.

I'm 100 pages from the end of Crown of Shadows and I'm pretty much with you there.  Gerald Tarrant is the best anti-hero since Elric of Melnibone (my favorite character is Hesseth.)  But the story was definitely inconsistent (the 2nd book was a SLOW read and the progression often felt like a retread of the first book) and there were places where it seemed like Friedman was grasping for straws with ideas (i.e. Naigra Falls) and there were also times where she'd pore over details on things we didn't need so many and skimped on details on aspects that really needed them and couldn't be lent to blind assumption.  Just like the His Dark Materials trilogy, Coldfire is in the "good, but not great" pile for me.  EDIT: I'm surprised at how quickly I'm getting through Crown of Shadows.  Normally I'm a VERY slow reader.

Once I finish it, I'll read The Taqwacores as a palate cleanser before jumping into the A Song of Ice and Fire series.  It's high time I finally read that series.  (Yes, I know The Taqwacores isn't supposed to be that great a book, but how can I say no to a book where one of the characters is a girl who wears a burqa with punk band patches stitched all over it?)

And if it means anything to you, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is my favorite of all the HHG books.  
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Post by: Tooker on June 20, 2011, 12:07:35 PM
Been reading a bunch lately, but haven't thought to come in and say anything.  Let's see what I can remember, since anything else probably isn't worth paying attention to.

Fool, by Christopher Moore: I love this guy's books.  This one is kind of a retelling of King Lear, with the jester as the main character.  I honestly don't know King Lear, and I can't decide if I would have liked it more (or less) if I did know it.  But I liked it anyway, so who cares?

Lamb, by Christopher Moore: I actually re-read this a while ago, but I'm pretty sure I didn't say anything here.  This book's full title is "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Cihldhood Pal."  I could not possibly recommend it to everyone... but I'd recommend it to anyone who can handle the subject matter.  Basically, it's about Christ as a kid, realizing that he is supposed to be this Messiah, but that he has no idea what that means or how to do it.  So he goes out on this journey with his friend, Biff, to learn.  And that's what happened during the years the Bible doesn't talk about.  If you're OK with that concept and the idea that Jesus wasn't 100% serious during his entire life, read this book.

Hell, by Robert Olen Butler: The main character of this book is the anchor of the nightly news in Hell.  It's kind of about his quest to figure out why he's there (although he doesn't doubt that he belongs), and kind of about his quest to find out if everyone's there.  I really liked Mr. Butler's depiction of Hell.  It's a giant city with a seemingly infinite number of streets with nearly identical names (like Peachtree Street, Peachtree Lane, and Peachtree Street Lane), the newscaster has to deal with a teleprompter that mostly prompts him to say embarrassing things.  Newspaper legend William Randolph Hearst is mentioned - his torture is that he's stuck writing a blog, and his CAPS LOCK WON'T TURN OFF.  To me, this one was definitely worth reading, even though the author is a Pulitzer Prize winner. ;)

The Search for WondLa, by Tony DiTerlizzi: This is by the author of the Spiderwick Chronicles books, and it kind of caught my eye because of the cover.  It's for the same audience, and it's pretty decent.  But you must temper your expectations based on what it is.  If you like that stuff, you'll like it.  If you don't, you won't.

It's been forever since I read them, but that reminds me of the Series of Unfortunate Events books.  Note to whoever: that's a really good series, but you might want to read only one at a time.  They get really depressing otherwise. :)
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Post by: Yoda on June 20, 2011, 12:50:36 PM
Yep, it's reached a point where I can't enter a bookshop in good conscience! Nowadays it's just me wondering which of my books to take on next. I have a shelf here at Uni, a shelf at my sister's flat and about two or so shelves in KL.

If I'm lucky, I'll be able to hang on to all those books for when I have nieces/nephews or children of my own. Books just aren't meant to collect dust.



Do you have a goodreads account? if so I'd like to be your buddy on that
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Post by: CastNuri on June 20, 2011, 01:51:41 PM
Do you have a goodreads account? if so I'd like to be your buddy on that

I don't, though I'm considering making one. My shelfari account is outdated and the website interface is just annoying.

EDIT: Much prefer Goodreads. Link in my signature, for anyone who's interested (still updating shelf). My to-read list is basically my owned but unread list.
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Post by: CastNuri on June 21, 2011, 09:44:41 PM
Double post. :-P

Reading "When You Are Engulfed in Flames" by David Sedaris. I got through half of it before exams and now I'm finishing it off. It's difficult for me to read books where one chapter doesn't link to the next because I get distracted: but this is a good way to pass the time while I'm packing my flat up. Very entertaining in small doses.

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Post by: Dincrest on June 26, 2011, 12:37:30 PM
I finished Crown of Shadows.  My opinion of it and the trilogy as a whole echoes Grim's.  Solid characters, spotty plot and storytelling. 

I started reading The Taqwacores and am really enjoying it so far.  However, I can see why a lot of people don't like it.  The writing style is very stream-of-consciousness, sometimes makes the obvious sound profound, and there isn't a glossary for the various Islamic terms, but that's what I like about it.  It's about atmosphere and context.  And the sentiments speak to me because I'm neck deep in my local punk scene, so I can see some of it being lost on those who don't quite "get" it. 

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Post by: Vanguard on June 28, 2011, 11:44:39 AM
I finished Bolano's The Savage Detectives. What a strange book. I felt like I would be disappointed by the ending, but I wasn't. It ends so quietly and you wonder what happened to everyone and the only clues you have a re these fragmented interviews that you read in the middle of the book.

Now I'm going through John Ashbery's Houseboat Days.
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Post by: Azrael on June 28, 2011, 11:50:21 AM
How'd you find the book overall? I know you said you found parts of part 2 to be underwhelming. I love the book, and particularly the way it ends since it really does leave you with such a big gap as to how what happens at the end of the book leads those two characters to the places they end up. I also love how (who I feel are the main characters) are never given a moment to speak for themselves and it's a book that kind of surrounds them through all those interviews. I would say you should pick up 2666 as well at some point. There are parts that feel tedious in that as well, especially in part 4, but on the whole it's an incredible book. Of course you should probably take a break from Bolano for a while.

Lately, for whatever reason, I've been unable to pursue any sort of literary activity, reading and writing, and it's been kind of depressing. I bought Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World a few weeks ago to bring with me on a week trip out of the country, but I touched a chapter before putting it down. I also just ordered a Korean reader to further my language studies. Hopefully, when it arrives, I can get focused and start reading again.
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Post by: Vanguard on June 28, 2011, 12:06:19 PM
I liked it a lot. His work has this weird aura about it, that, after you're done reading, everything seems to have this haze and mystery about it, which is something I enjoy in a reading experience. It seems like nothing worked out for any of the characters. Garcia Madero disappears completely (has kids with Lupe I suppose?), Ulises Lima stays more or less the same, Belano kills the mother of Mexican poetry and drifts across the globe, writing, never loving, and always seems to have a certain melancholy to him.

I actually think the middle section is the strongest section of the book, though some of the stories are fairly dull.

I don't know that I'll ever attempt 2666. I like Belano, but I think my next book would be By Night in Chile. I usually don't read more than three books by an author that I only like, not love.
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Post by: Azrael on June 28, 2011, 12:16:29 PM
By Night in Chile is certainly good, but I feel like if you're only going to read 3 books by Bolano 2666 MUST be on that list...but I can totally understand why someone wouldn't want to touch it given its size. Of his shorter books you may also want to check out The Skating Rink or Nazi Literature in the Americas.
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Post by: GrimReality on June 29, 2011, 01:56:42 PM
I finished Storm Front, and decided it worked as casual entertainment, but not much more than that. I like the character of Harry Dresden, but the rest of it was cliche and all sorts of ridiculous. I'll still probably read the next one, because sometimes this is the kind of stuff you want. The type of stuff you read in between the more substantial stuff.
I started up The Black Company by Glen Cook. I was immediately confused, and felt like I came in in the middle of the story. It's fascinating, though, and I'll keep going just to see where this is leading.

I also pre-ordered A Dance With Dragons today. Less than 2 weeks now!
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Post by: Tooker on June 29, 2011, 04:06:21 PM
I started up The Black Company by Glen Cook. I was immediately confused, and felt like I came in in the middle of the story. It's fascinating, though, and I'll keep going just to see where this is leading.

I read that a while back - I really liked it. :)
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Post by: GrimReality on July 08, 2011, 09:43:09 AM
I'm almost halfway into The Black Company, and can see how this book(series?) could totally divide the audience. The story is almost nonexistent, but the characters are fascinating. The writing has a "fractured" feel to it. Like we're getting only a small part of the whole story(which we are). He'll gloss over battles that occur with a sentence or two, then focus on something that doesn't seem as important as what we missed. Totally bizarre. And yet I'm hooked. 
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Post by: Tooker on July 08, 2011, 10:02:09 AM
Yeah, I felt like he was saying that to a soldier, the battle itself isn't that important or worth talking about.  "I survived, and that's all that matters."  After all, the individual soldier doesn't really have the whole battle in perspective.  I don't know if that's true or not - I've never been into battle, and even when I was a soldier, I wasn't that kind, so my buddies hadn't been, either.  (I was in the National Guard, which counts a lot more today than it did 10 years ago.)

And yeah, the writing style seems to stay pretty constant through the series, so you're right.  If someone doesn't like book 1, they won't like anything else.
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Post by: Yoda on July 11, 2011, 12:44:28 AM
A friend is reading this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Leaves) and it seems pretty interesting.
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Post by: Vanguard on July 11, 2011, 09:33:05 AM
I've always wanted to read that book, but it seems like a huge undertaking.
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Post by: Yoda on July 11, 2011, 10:41:33 AM
to make the Harry Potter movies more fun:

pretend snape is trent reznor's dad

realize that snape is trying to seduce everyone when he talks
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Post by: Dincrest on July 13, 2011, 04:37:27 AM
After I finished Crown of Shadows, I read:

The Taqwacores.  I loved this book.  The characters could be any one of my friends or bandmates from my local punk scene. 

Bob Moore: No Hero.  This free e-book is like a novelized comic book about an ordinary human PI who takes cases for superhero powered clients.  I liked the concept, but the writing was shallow and the plot was too simplistic and cliched.  I could see every plot twist a mile away. 

I'm currently reading:

A Game of Thrones.  It took me long enough to finally start this series, but I'm so happy to be doing so.  The characters are so vivid and the book is so gripping.  Daenerys, Bran, Arya, and Sam Tarly are early favorites.  Tyrion's a great character as well.  And how could I not love the direwolves?  I'm at the part where Sam is introduced.  I've only watched one episode of the HBO show, and it was a Sam episode so I couldn't wait to read him in the book.  I love how the theme of "coming into your own by uprooting to the places you least want to be" is portrayed. 
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Post by: Tooker on July 13, 2011, 04:33:14 PM
I'm totally downloading No Hero - thanks for mentioning it! :)

You might also be interested in "Fly Boy Action Figure Comes With Gas Mask."  It's available as an ebook, it's a super-hero-y thing, and at least when I got it a while ago, it was free.  Looks like it's now "pay what you want."
http://nomediakings.org/category/books/flyboy-action-figure-comes-with-gasmask

And knowing your love for music, you might also like Timely Persuasion.  It's also available online, and free, and it's billed as "A rock and roll time travel tale you'll get lost in."
http://www.timelypersuasion.com/Home.html
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Post by: Dincrest on July 13, 2011, 10:04:57 PM
Hope you like Bob Moore: No Hero, Tooker.  Either way, the site Smashwords.com is awesome.  That's where I found out about Bob Moore: No Hero, the Spinward Fringe series, and all kinds of other stuff.  

Heh, and go figure, an RPGFan ad made me check out and download this 99 cent e-book called Lunara: Seth and Chloe.  I enjoyed the excerpt I downloaded and hopefully this new series will be good.  I'll either start that when I need a break from Song of Ice and Fire.  
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Post by: Yoda on July 17, 2011, 11:00:28 AM
I'm about 200p through book 4 of Wheel of Time #4... I'm not sure if I have the endurance to read this series.
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Post by: Tooker on July 17, 2011, 12:18:46 PM
It is good stuff, but there's no question that it is an marathon rather than a sprint.
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Post by: Yoda on July 17, 2011, 12:25:29 PM
Trouble is, I have the whole a song of fire and ice set, including the newest book which I got for cheap
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Post by: Tooker on July 17, 2011, 07:36:57 PM
It's generally tough for me to read a whole series back to back, even if I love it. I feel like I notice the flaws a lot more if I do. For example, I recently read Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality for at least the fifth time, and when I went straight from one book to the next, I noticed a lot of internal inconsistencies I hadn't picked up on before now.

Or in other words, if you want to read both series, maybe read one from one series, then one from the other. And when you finish the one series waaaay before the other one, maybe move on to some other series to put between books. Dunno - these two may be too character-heavy to make that work.
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Post by: GrimReality on July 20, 2011, 11:26:30 PM
Finished The Black Company. After a rough start, I finally got into it and ended up really enjoying it. Mostly for the characters, as the story is kind of weak. The final battle scene really sealed the deal, as it was wonderfully written. Kept me turning pages. I'll definitely read the next one.
Dance With Dragons is next, though. Well, after Nan reads it first.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on July 21, 2011, 12:15:14 AM
I'm now on the last book of the "Heritage of Shannara" series, "The Scions".  After that I guess it's going  to be the "Voyage of the Jerle Shannara" books.  That should take me into the fall and then..who knows. I still have the "Genesis of Shannara" books to read and have yet to start the "Wheel of Time" books.  I suppose I have enough for a year at the very least.
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Post by: D-Rider on July 21, 2011, 10:09:36 PM
I'm currently re-reading all the A Song of Ice and Fire books, because I knew I wouldn't remember a damn thing about what happened in the earlier books if I jumped straight into the new one.  I'm almost halfway through A Game of Thrones at the moment.

Can't wait to get into A Dance With Dragons.  Damn near all my favorite characters weren't even in A Feast For Crows, for fuck's sake.  It's hard to believe Jon's been chilling on the Wall for a decade. :P
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Post by: Dincrest on July 23, 2011, 04:49:37 AM
I finished A Game of Thrones.  My favorite character right now is Samwell Tarly and I look forward to seeing how he grows and develops. 

Like I said earlier, I only saw one episode of the HBO series and my favorite scene from that isn't even in the book, kinda like how the cannolli scene from The Godfather isn't in the book, yet it's one of "the" scenes in the movie, ya know? 

My favorite scene being:

*Sam and Jon talk about women and Sam assumes Jon probably got laid a lot because he's good-looking*

Jon: No, but I came very close once... too close (or something like that)

Sam: What happened?  You didn't know where to put it? 

*Jon gives his whole emo wah-wah-wah sob story about being a bastard and not wanting to create another bastard child like he is.*

Sam (with a funny look): So... you *didn't* know where to put it!
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Post by: CastNuri on July 23, 2011, 06:20:39 AM
Sped through "Howl's Moving Castle" today. I think I read this one every two or three years- it's delightful. Not sure what to start on now.

EDIT: Decided to start ploughing through my unread YA books. Currently on "The Warrior Heir".
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Post by: Vanguard on July 25, 2011, 11:23:18 AM
I'm reading Your Father on the Train of Ghosts by John Gallaher and GC Waldrep. Very, very good poems.

On the narrative side of things, I'm reading Inferno: A Poet's Novel by Eileen Myles. It's very cool to get a different take on NYC in the 60s.

Lastly, I'm teaching myself some basic French for the Berlitz self-teacher book. 
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Post by: GrimReality on July 25, 2011, 02:13:07 PM
I saw my son was reading The BFG by Roald Dahl and I realized that I had never read it before. After he finished I picked it up and started reading. I love it! Such a fun little book.
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Post by: Azrael on July 25, 2011, 03:13:08 PM
Still wracking my brain with Korean essays and poetry. My grammar has improved tenfold and my reading isn't so bad, but my vocab can certainly use a boost. Improvement is improvement though.

Also reading a Korean book in English called Peace Under Heaven. It's one of the better translated Korean books I've read. I'm sure a lot is going over my head but it's really interesting to see the interactions between this very tumultuous family.
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Post by: Yoda on July 25, 2011, 03:58:10 PM
Still wracking my brain with Korean essays and poetry. My grammar has improved tenfold and my reading isn't so bad, but my vocab can certainly use a boost. Improvement is improvement though.

Also reading a Korean book in English called Peace Under Heaven. It's one of the better translated Korean books I've read. I'm sure a lot is going over my head but it's really interesting to see the interactions between this very tumultuous family.

It's probably been asked/discussed before but:

Why are you learning Korean?

Fun / work / hopes of going to Korea to find a maiden with virtue true?

Self taught? Software? Books?
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Post by: Azrael on July 25, 2011, 04:12:45 PM
Yeah, of course it's been asked a lot, and there are a lot of reasons, and there are days when I think to myself that it's a waste of time and I've really fucked myself over in this pursuit. There are a whole slew of reasons, but a few would just be an immense interest in foreign languages and literatures. It's actually my major of study at school right now which is why I'm kind of stressing out over the next month to build myself up to snuff for two classes I need to take (Korean Literature classes in which I read books not in translation). I picked Korean due to interest in the area (Asia as a whole, not simply East Asia), and the fact that for an Economic and Technological giant, it's such a closed world. There is so little known about Korean culture and literature and it spurred me to just go for it. But, like I said, I've kind of shot myself in the foot because rather than doing the smart thing and just studying on my own, I decided to pursue it in school (and I'm at the end of the road schoolwise where I need just one semester to graduate). The problem being it's very unsupported in schools on the East Coast, so a lot of my studying has been on my own, and the classes I need to graduate virtually don't exist. There's still a chance one class I need this fall to graduate won't come through which will leave me completely screwed.
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Post by: CastNuri on July 28, 2011, 09:52:04 AM
That sounds terrible, Azrael. I hope you find a way out of your predicament, soon. :-/

Been reading the collected Tintin volumes (four, five and six so far) recently.

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Post by: Azrael on July 28, 2011, 11:07:19 AM
Yeah, thanks. It hasn't been fun past few months trying to get in touch with this professor whose attitude has made it very clear she just could not be bothered to deal with me...but so it goes.

Anyway, for those who like poetry, at some recent literary festivals some organizers have been playing with an event called a Translation Slam, where translators take a poem and translate them concurrently without knowing what the other is doing, then they are presented. I think it's a pretty cool idea to see the different styles and approaches to the translation. I read this Korean one yesterday:

http://www.pen.org/blog/?p=1094

There are a couple more on the site, and I love that they went for more "unconventional" languages, there's a Farsi and Catalan poem on there, so anyone who's interested in that sort of thing can check it out.
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Post by: Vanguard on July 28, 2011, 11:32:34 AM
Just FYI Azrael, there's a two day poetry festival on Governor's Island this weekend. Should be worth checking it out. Check it out:

http://dguides.com/newyorkcity/blog/upcoming-events/new-york-poetry-festival-nypf-on-governors-island-july-30-31-2011/ (http://dguides.com/newyorkcity/blog/upcoming-events/new-york-poetry-festival-nypf-on-governors-island-july-30-31-2011/)
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Post by: Yoda on July 28, 2011, 11:46:46 AM
Yeah, of course it's been asked a lot, and there are a lot of reasons, and there are days when I think to myself that it's a waste of time and I've really fucked myself over in this pursuit. There are a whole slew of reasons, but a few would just be an immense interest in foreign languages and literatures. It's actually my major of study at school right now which is why I'm kind of stressing out over the next month to build myself up to snuff for two classes I need to take (Korean Literature classes in which I read books not in translation). I picked Korean due to interest in the area (Asia as a whole, not simply East Asia), and the fact that for an Economic and Technological giant, it's such a closed world. There is so little known about Korean culture and literature and it spurred me to just go for it. But, like I said, I've kind of shot myself in the foot because rather than doing the smart thing and just studying on my own, I decided to pursue it in school (and I'm at the end of the road schoolwise where I need just one semester to graduate). The problem being it's very unsupported in schools on the East Coast, so a lot of my studying has been on my own, and the classes I need to graduate virtually don't exist. There's still a chance one class I need this fall to graduate won't come through which will leave me completely screwed.

How did they let you register for a program if they knew classes weren't going to be available?


Book 4 of WoT has been pretty good after a lame start. The stuff going on w/ Perrin and his +1 is ridiculous though.
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Post by: Azrael on July 28, 2011, 11:51:55 AM
Just FYI Azrael, there's a two day poetry festival on Governor's Island this weekend. Should be worth checking it out. Check it out:

http://dguides.com/newyorkcity/blog/upcoming-events/new-york-poetry-festival-nypf-on-governors-island-july-30-31-2011/ (http://dguides.com/newyorkcity/blog/upcoming-events/new-york-poetry-festival-nypf-on-governors-island-july-30-31-2011/)

That actually sounds pretty good. I wish I wasn't tied into, what sounds like, a crappy Casino Cruise. Maybe I'll cut my losses and just go to this festival though.

How did they let you register for a program if they knew classes weren't going to be available?


The program is simply Comparative Literature, it's up to the student to decide what language they'd like to pursue. I went to the school and pursued that degree because I assumed there would be a strong Korean program there. My school is in the heart of the Korean community at NYC and I figured it just had to work. That was my mistake. It's too late for that now though as I'm at the end and I just need to get in everyone's face until I get my way.
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Post by: Dincrest on July 31, 2011, 07:18:14 AM
I'm a couple hundred pages into A Clash of Kings.  I notice that George RR Martin has quite a fondness for east Indian female names: Arya, Asha, Meera, Sansa, Shireen to name a few.  So very good at naming people.  Sometimes the most labor intensive aspect when I write is coming up with names.  

I also find it very interesting that he writes such amazing strong female characters.  I dare say he writes women better than most female writers.  Every woman is strong; even the fringe female characters have a presence about them that isn't easily forgotten.  (Okay, yes, Sansa starts out as a bit of an airhead but once she sees the truth for what it is, she grows up really fast and her resolve is put to task.  She's a lot stronger than she seems.)  
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Post by: CastNuri on July 31, 2011, 05:26:48 PM
Started on "The Wizard Heir", about half-way through. Will jump into the final book of the trilogy ("The Dragon Heir") right after.

I like these books. The right level of violence and grimness for its YA audience. More detailed descriptions, maybe some swearing- and you've got yourself something I'd pick off the shelves in the Fantasy section instead.
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Post by: Tooker on July 31, 2011, 06:50:35 PM
Recently picked up a book called Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures, by Walter Moers.  It's apparently translated from German.  It's a fantasy book, kind of in the vein of the many teen-oriented books that cropped up after the Harry Potter books' success.  It's really good - definitely worth reading if you stumble across a copy.
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Post by: GrimReality on August 01, 2011, 11:14:11 AM
The BFG was a wonderful little book! Glad I read it.

My wife was reading A Dance With Dragons, but stopped after 400 or so pages claiming that it was boring ad nothing was happening. Hers is the first negative "review" I've heard of it. Now I've started reading it. I hope she's wrong.
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Post by: Seultoria on August 13, 2011, 10:00:57 PM
I've been reading 나의 달콤한 도시 lately. I get the gist of what's happening in it.
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Post by: Vanguard on August 19, 2011, 07:39:46 AM
I finished Inferno this morning. Very cool portrait of New York in the 70s. Also, lots of lesbian sex.
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Post by: Raze on August 25, 2011, 10:57:33 PM
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My wife was reading A Dance With Dragons, but stopped after 400 or so pages claiming that it was boring ad nothing was happening. Hers is the first negative "review" I've heard of it. Now I've started reading it. I hope she's wrong.

I just finished it and I enjoyed it. But the entire thing is pretty much prologue for the next book.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Vanguard on August 26, 2011, 08:15:56 AM
I started and finished Fire Wind by Yvan Yauri and When I was a Poet by David Melzer. I also finished Your Father on the Train of Ghosts. This all happened last weekend.

I'm now reading Ron Padgett's How Long. These are not his best poems as a lot of them meditate on death and his usual humor is not as present. Still, it's a fun, quick read. I'll probably finish it this weekend.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Dincrest on August 26, 2011, 03:18:55 PM
Finished Clash of Kings, started Storm of Swords.
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Post by: Tooker on August 27, 2011, 12:20:48 AM
Just finished reading 7 Steps to Midnight by Richard Matheson.  (He wrote the original story of I Am Legend, among other things.)  Good book - I pretty much always enjoy his stuff.  Can't decide how much I like the reveal near the end, but I can definitely say I didn't see it coming.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on August 28, 2011, 12:05:15 AM
I've finally finished The 'Talismans of Shannara' so I'm about to start the 'Voyage of the Jerle Shannara' books. I'm trying my best to play catch up with these books but it aint easy:/ I spotted the first of a new series the other day.
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Post by: Vanguard on August 29, 2011, 09:27:03 AM
Finished How Long by Ron Padgett.
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Post by: GrimReality on August 29, 2011, 11:31:07 AM
I'm a couple hundred pages into A Dance With Dragons, and I'm enjoying it well enough. It's pretty much what I was expecting. Movement of characters on a  chessboard in preparation for something bigger to come. The writing is fantastic.
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Post by: CastNuri on September 01, 2011, 09:18:38 PM
Been unable to commit to finishing any books lately, so I'm just flipping through "The Fortean Times Book of Strange Deaths" now. Some of it is just tedious or disgusting but there are some really weird gems in here. :)

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Post by: Logick on September 02, 2011, 02:11:22 AM
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My wife was reading A Dance With Dragons, but stopped after 400 or so pages claiming that it was boring ad nothing was happening. Hers is the first negative "review" I've heard of it. Now I've started reading it. I hope she's wrong.

I just finished it and I enjoyed it. But the entire thing is pretty much prologue for the next book.

Me too and I couldn't say it better myself :)
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Post by: Azrael on September 02, 2011, 06:16:38 AM
Class is in session...which means a whole lot of reading to do.

Reading a couple books on Buddhism (though one hasn't arrived yet). I am particularly enjoying "What the Buddha Taught" by Walpola Rahula. Very clear and accessible writing, and lots of really great information on a wildly popular, but misunderstood, religion.

Also started "America is in the Heart" by Carlos Bulosan. I've wanted to read this book for quite some time and just never seemed to find the time to pick it up.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Vanguard on September 02, 2011, 11:58:05 PM
The Rahula book is great. I took a Foundations of Buddhism class and we used that as one of the main texts.
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Post by: Azrael on September 05, 2011, 01:02:10 AM
America is in the Heart is an absolutely fantastic book. This should be required reading in all US schools as part of US culture and history. Very simple writing that packs an amazing punch about the immigrant experience (particularly an immigrant experience that almost no one in this country learns about).
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Post by: Hathen on September 05, 2011, 04:01:41 AM
Always been a real slow reader which limits me a bit (Not so much that I read slow but that I often read lines several times before I really get it into my head), but I've always been a fan of lighter fantasy. I've recently re-read the Harry Potter series and still found it to be a great series, save the deathly boring final book.

Decided to read the Narnia books. Ending's a bit of a downer, isn't it? It might as well have been

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The series certainly shows its age, but I found the Dawn Treader and The Horse and His Boy really fun reads.

Think I'll give A Game of Thrones a shot next, since I keep getting lots of recommendations for it.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Vanguard on September 06, 2011, 08:42:12 AM
So...I watched the entirety of Game of Thrones this last weekend and I'm maybe thinking about checking these books out. However, I hate fantasy novels. Aside from the Chronicles of Narnia and the Hobbit, I can't remember an enjoyable experience I've had with anything else. Explain to me why this series doesn't suck. Don't tell me how awesome the story is, tell me how well George R.R. Martin writes. If it's typical fantasy writing, chances are I'll pass and watch the show.
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Post by: Eusis on September 09, 2011, 06:06:45 AM
Read through about 100 pages of the Ico novelization (http://www.amazon.com/ICO-Castle-Haikasoru-Miyuki-Miyabe/dp/1421540630/) due to an outstandingly bad power failure. (http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/sdcounty/article_10d5aea2-f59f-5d09-ac4b-5172315b1f96.html)

Certainly seems like one of the better game novelizations, but I haven't read enough to really get a perspective on that.
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Post by: Raze on September 09, 2011, 03:25:50 PM
So...I watched the entirety of Game of Thrones this last weekend and I'm maybe thinking about checking these books out. However, I hate fantasy novels.

I haven't watched it, but if it's accurate you've probably already gathered from the show: it's not really fantasy. It's politics, drama and backstabbing in a medieval setting. The dragons, zombies and such, that's just there to give you a breather from that. That kind of thing might not even be there at all except for the fact that you need it there to move books off the shelves.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Dincrest on September 10, 2011, 09:29:12 PM
To add to what Raze said, what I like best about the series is that it's damn near 100% character driven. I like that every chapter takes the point of view of a character going through stuff.  And every chapter just feels different based on different characters.  I feel the mother's anguish in the Catelyn chapters.  I feel the cynicism in Tyrion's chapters.  I feel the misunderstood defiance in Arya's chapters. 

So basically, the characters are what make the series so good, and the books flesh them out way more than the show can.  Like in the series, you just see Bran climbing.  But the book so beautifully describes every essence of what he feels when he climbs, like you're in his head feeling what he's feeling. 

Fantasy can be hit or miss with me.  The Coldfire trilogy was painfully slow for me to read and get through, and each book was only 500-600 pages.  On the other hand, I voraciously went through 2.5 of the ASOIAF books over the summer and they're 800-1200 pages apiece. 
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Vanguard on September 10, 2011, 11:18:21 PM
I guess I'm hesitant because this is a story that is going to be roughly 8000 pages to get. If reading comic books has taught me anything, it's that long stories like this never pan out well. It's the perpetual motion that gets addicting and the point where it stops is never satisfying.

I've read the prologue of the first book. In terms of writing, I think Martin overdoes it a little bit. I tend to go for more minimalist stuff in general. At least the dialogue is good.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Azrael on September 11, 2011, 08:06:17 PM
Almost finished with America is in the Heart. What a powerful freaking book. This should be required reading across every single high school in the US. Absolutely powerful look into the life of Filipino Americans and a piece of history that absolutely no one learns in this country (unless they take it upon themselves to seek it out).

Been on too much of a book buying binge lately. Ordered a book online and plan on picking up two more if I ever get a chance to go to St. Marks. I ordered I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita, and I plan on getting The Insufferable Gaucho by Bolano and Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo.
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Post by: Yoda on September 11, 2011, 11:01:22 PM
I guess I'm hesitant because this is a story that is going to be roughly 8000 pages to get. If reading comic books has taught me anything, it's that long stories like this never pan out well. It's the perpetual motion that gets addicting and the point where it stops is never satisfying.

I've read the prologue of the first book. In terms of writing, I think Martin overdoes it a little bit. I tend to go for more minimalist stuff in general. At least the dialogue is good.

I've only read a few multi-book series so far (not counting LoTR) and I think I'm 50/50. Harry Potter was great, and the ending satisfied me. The Riverwold series held my interest even though the last few books were convoluted. However the ending was the biggest, steamiest, smelliest pile of shit I've ever read.


Currently the Wheel of Time series is good. I took a long pause in book 4 but started back up. I'm more or lest more interested in seeing how the hell it's dragged out over so long a time. I have a feeling the ending will leave me wishing I had stopped reading it.

It seems like the books follow a pattern. Action in the first few chapters, not much for most of the book, then more action at the end.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Esper_Crusader on September 12, 2011, 02:15:47 AM
Almost finished with 'Isle Witch' which is book 1 of 'The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara'.  I have a feeling that this may be the best trilogy of the Shannara series yet.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Vanguard on September 12, 2011, 10:40:11 AM
I'm sure there are exceptions. I read the first two or three Harry Potter books years ago and decided they weren't for me.

In general, I don't read series. Ever. Unless they're comic books, of course.

Speaking of comics. Hellboy is dead. For real. The series isn't over, but he is dead. Deadboy.

I've read the first two or three chapters of A Game of Thrones now. I have mixed feelings about it. The story is good, the dialogue is good, but George R.R. Martin's prose isn't my cup of tea.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Tooker on September 13, 2011, 03:25:15 PM
I know we've been over the whys and wherefores, but I have to complain once again: it sucks that ebooks cost as much as they do.  I just looked up this book "Brainiac," by Ken Jennings.  On Amazon, I could get a new copy in hardback for $2.99 (presumably plus shipping), or I could spend $11.99 for the Kindle version.
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Post by: Raze on September 13, 2011, 05:21:39 PM
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Speaking of comics. Hellboy is dead. For real. The series isn't over, but he is dead. Deadboy.

I don't think it will stick(Mignola said he wanted to do a Hellboy in Hell story and I imagine it'll end with him busting out), but I think it's pretty neat that the books setup in a way where he could kill him...and keep him dead since the stories aren't chronological. One could be around present day and the next fighting vampires in mexico with luchadors in 1960 or whenever.
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Post by: Azrael on September 13, 2011, 09:56:46 PM
I know we've been over the whys and wherefores, but I have to complain once again: it sucks that ebooks cost as much as they do.  I just looked up this book "Brainiac," by Ken Jennings.  On Amazon, I could get a new copy in hardback for $2.99 (presumably plus shipping), or I could spend $11.99 for the Kindle version.

I'm pretty sure hardcovers depreciate far quicker than any other format. It's pretty damn amazing actually. There are numerous books where I've gotten hardcovers in damn near new condition for .50-1.00 where beat up paperbacks were almost $10. I've got a friend who's a bookseller (well reseller) and he hates picking up hardcovers because they're such a pain in the ass to sell and they sell for so cheap compared to paperbacks. I'd really love to understand why it works that way. I guess they're just really hard to sell once the paperback hits the shelves maybe due to the high initial cost. Not sure.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Vanguard on September 13, 2011, 11:35:24 PM
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Speaking of comics. Hellboy is dead. For real. The series isn't over, but he is dead. Deadboy.

I don't think it will stick(Mignola said he wanted to do a Hellboy in Hell story and I imagine it'll end with him busting out), but I think it's pretty neat that the books setup in a way where he could kill him...and keep him dead since the stories aren't chronological. One could be around present day and the next fighting vampires in mexico with luchadors in 1960 or whenever.

Oh it definitely won't stick. This is a comic book after all. The next series, schedule to come out next year, is called "In Hell".
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Azrael on September 17, 2011, 06:29:06 PM
No-No Boy by John Okada. Wow. Just started it, and wow, what a powerful book. So far this class has been 2 for 2 with books that pack one hell of a punch in terms of content. It's all about the Japanese Internment during World War 2 (well it specifically deals with what happened afterward). This class is also 2 for 2 with books that fell completely into obscurity, authors who died young, and books that aren't as widely read or celebrated as they should be.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Vanguard on September 21, 2011, 10:28:27 AM
I dropped A Game of Thrones after about 200 pages. It's not bad, but I don't feel any urgency to get through any of these books. I'll still watch the show, however.

So now I'm reading Jack Spicer's My Vocabulary Did This to Me, and it's fucking fantastic. I haven't been this excited about a book of poems all year. Fun fact: the title of this book were his dying words.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: GrimReality on September 21, 2011, 02:32:04 PM
I'm about halfway through A Dance With Dragons. It took awhile to catch up on the goings on of all the characters, but I'm now all the way there. It's really quite good so far. The man just writes so well. The way he describes a scene makes you feel like you are there. It's one of those books where it takes a moment to adjust back to reality when you stop for the night. I'm looking forward to seeing what other character viewpoints show up.

I also finally decided to read the Sandman comics. I have the first compilation sitting next to my chair now. Very much looking forward to it.
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Post by: CastNuri on September 21, 2011, 08:26:24 PM
I dropped A Game of Thrones after about 200 pages. It's not bad, but I don't feel any urgency to get through any of these books.

That's how I felt when I picked up that book a couple of years ago.

Currently reading "Pedro Páramo"  by Juan Rulfo. Translated, of course. I like it so far.
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Post by: Azrael on September 21, 2011, 08:31:42 PM
I dropped A Game of Thrones after about 200 pages. It's not bad, but I don't feel any urgency to get through any of these books.

That's how I felt when I picked up that book a couple of years ago.

Currently reading "Pedro Páramo"  by Juan Rulfo. Translated, of course. I like it so far.


Aaaah, must let me know how it is when finished. I've been wanting to pick that up for some time. Going to check out some places on Friday after class to see if I find it cheap.

Still working on Okada's No-No Boy. Still absolutely amazing. The story of Okada and this book is very sad though. Also reading some Korean poetry. Read Kim Sowol's Azaleas and gotta get going on Yoon Dongju's Seo-Si.  Azalea's is quite beautifully written. Very musical. Pretty much impossible to translate. I've read a couple of interesting critiques in English and the issues of translating it.
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Post by: CastNuri on September 21, 2011, 08:50:13 PM
Was lucky actually- found the last copy at a bookstore in town today when I was taking refuge from the rainstorm.

Some of the best books I've read have been acquired in the process of hiding from terrible weather. :P
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Tooker on September 22, 2011, 12:58:37 AM
I also finally decided to read the Sandman comics. I have the first compilation sitting next to my chair now. Very much looking forward to it.

I did that recently as well! Sandman's cool. I have one of those compilations of old House of Mystery comics, and I was surprised to see a few characters from it show up in Sandman.

I just finished reading The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead.  One of the worst names ever, but it's quite a good book.  About a guy who finds out that there are multiple dimensions out there and people can travel between them.  The title refers to a map some dude had tattooed on himself.  The sequel came out 2 weeks ago, and I went right out and bought it - something I almost never do.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Dincrest on September 22, 2011, 08:12:39 PM
Still slowly but surely getting through A Storm of Swords.  Love the book, but I don't get enough time to just sit down and read.  I barely get through half a chapter on my lunch break at work. 

I still think it's funny that despite A Song of Ice and Fire becoming a cultural phenomenon what with the HBO show and all, people still complain that there aren't enough people to talk about the books with.  Then when they learn I'm not even finished with book 3 yet, they're all like, "Ehh, don't talk to me till you've finished all of them."  WTF, eh? 
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Esper_Crusader on September 26, 2011, 04:03:38 AM
I ran out and grabbed "Clash of Kings" the other day.  There's no way I'm sitting around until spring to watch season 2 of Game of Thrones.  The book will do just fine.:)
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Post by: Tooker on September 26, 2011, 04:39:50 PM
Holy crap - awesome deal on an awesome series.  I mentioned earlier in this thread that I was reading a modern translation of Ramayana, one of the most important historical Indian epics.  Well, that translation is available now on the Kindle store for $1.99.  4,000 pages for 2 bucks, and it's even text-to-speech enabled!  Buy this - you won't regret it.

http://www.amazon.com/RAMAYANA-SERIES-Part-1-ebook/dp/B005N7QA5E/
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Post by: Azrael on September 26, 2011, 04:52:55 PM
Damn. That's a freaking amazing deal. Eh...if only it weren't an ebook. I don't think I'm ready to take the plunge into ebook territory yet.

I've got a 6-day break from work/school starting Wednesday and I've decided instead of reading the books I should be reading for school (well...I guess on top of, but with more focus on this one) I'm going to try and read through I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita. I read the first little chapter and it's pretty damn interesting and there are a lot of really great things happening just in that short section. It's a pretty long book, and sprawls across decades of US History, but I think I could finish it in that time.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Vanguard on September 26, 2011, 04:56:40 PM
I read ~200 pages of My Vocabulary Did This to Me. This might be the fastest I've ever torn through anyone's collected poetry. Damn good.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: (Tunnels) on October 05, 2011, 04:13:49 PM
I'm re-reading A Clash of Kings in order to get to A Dance with Dragons, which I bought at release and its sexy hardcover self has been waiting patiently for me to re-tread stuff I've already read so I can remember who most of these people are. Anyway, still good the second time around. For those of you who have watched the show and loved it and find it hard to inspire yourself to read, try listening to the opening theme. It makes me wanna read every time.

Outside of that, I've been also re-reading House of Leaves. Its more of a mindfuck the second time around, since I'm realizing just how unreliable any of the narrators are. I don't even know if the editors are real or not.
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Post by: Azrael on October 05, 2011, 04:48:16 PM
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston is...interesting. There are so many things I like about it, but at the same time I'm struggling. I want to like it, but there is something about it that I can't quite put my finger on that is making it something of a chore to read. I will persevere though. I have two copies of the book, both from the same publish, but I find it funny that the newer edition is marked as Fiction/Literature, and the older edition is marked as Nonfiction/Literature.

Also, I walked into the Strand yesterday. I was bored before class and was in the area with nothing to do and intended to only browse. And for the most part that's what I did. But, just as I was about to leave, it caught my eye. A hardcover copy of Bolano's Last Evenings on Earth. It was a British edition. I don't know how they got it, but whatever. They were brand new and being sold for $6. I absolutely couldn't resist that deal. Bought it immediately and read the first story inside. Well well worth it. God dammit I love Bolano.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Vanguard on October 05, 2011, 04:48:31 PM
I read Dean Young's The Art of Recklessness and Peter Gizzi's The Outernationale last week.
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Post by: Tooker on October 05, 2011, 11:42:18 PM
A hardcover copy of Bolano's Last Evenings on Earth. It was a British edition. I don't know how they got it, but whatever. They were brand new and being sold for $6. I absolutely couldn't resist that deal. Bought it immediately and read the first story inside. Well well worth it. God dammit I love Bolano.

I'm a neanderthal and don't know who that is, but that still sounds like an awesome deal. :)
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Post by: Tooker on October 08, 2011, 10:47:45 PM
Finished a trilogy today called Spinward Fringe: Origins. It was a free ebook, and I liked it enough to think about buying the next books in the series. The writing reminded me a lot of Farscape. Especially the ending to the Origins trilogy, and if you're a fan of Farscape, you'll know what I mean by that.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/3178
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Post by: Azrael on October 09, 2011, 08:21:49 PM
Bolano is a beast! Absolutely must read for all! In my opinion anyway. Definitely not going to be easy to swallow for everyone.

Anyway, finished The Woman Warrior. Pure shit. Okay, not pure shit, it is rather well written, but man, talk about garbage in terms of presentation of Chinese Americans. I'm really trying hard to figure out what the hell it is that makes this such a freaking important work in Asian American Literature. This is probably the most widely read Asian American book, but it seems so steeped in stereotypes. I almost think it's worse than The Joy Luck club, if only for that fact that this book is taken so seriously.
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Post by: Vanguard on October 10, 2011, 12:04:43 PM
I've been dipping back into A Game of Thrones. I really dislike his writing. George R.R. Martin is not a good writer. He is, however, good at creating interesting characters.

Also started reading Dean Young's Fall Higher. Gotta love a book where the first poem is this:

Lucifer
By Dean Young

You can read almost anything
about angels, how they bite off
the heads first, copulate with tigers,
tortured Miles Davis until he stuck
a mute in his trumpet to torture them back.
The pornographic magazines ported
into the redwoods. The sweetened breath
of the starving. The prize livestock
rolls over on her larval young,
the wooden dwarf turning in the cogs
of the clockworks. I would have
a black bra hanging from the shower rod.
I would have you up against
the refrigerator with its magnets
for insurance agents and oyster bars.
Miracles, ripped thumbnails,
everything a piece of something else,
archangelic, shadow-clawed,
the frolicking despair of repeating
decimals because it never comes out even.
Mostly the world is lava’s rhythm,
the impurities of darkness
sometimes called stars. Mostly
the world is assignations, divorces
conducted between rooftops. Forever
and forever the checkbook unbalanced,
the beautiful bodies bent back
like paper clips, the discharged
blandishing cardboard signs by the exits.
Coppers and silvers and radiant traces,
gold flecks from our last brush,
brushfires. Always they’re espousing
accuracy when it’s accident, the arrow
not in the aimed-for heart but throat
that has the say. There are no transitions,
only falls.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Dincrest on October 10, 2011, 04:24:34 PM
I used my day off to finish A Storm of Swords.  Now to start A Feast for Crows... unless I decide to take a breather from reading before I start another epic. 
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Post by: Dade on October 13, 2011, 10:29:57 PM
I used my day off to finish A Storm of Swords.  Now to start A Feast for Crows... unless I decide to take a breather from reading before I start another epic. 

I might recommend a break, Neal, if only because A Feast for Crows was a little underwhelming and A Dance with Dragons is terrific. Probably a good idea to leave Westeros for a bit so your appetite grows so when the Feast is less than tasty, you'll still be hungry for Dragons.
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Post by: Vanguard on October 14, 2011, 07:59:41 AM
Dragons taste better than crows.
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Post by: Dincrest on October 14, 2011, 07:18:49 PM
I'm taking a break.  Been sampling some indie manga on my Kindle (some convert well, others are painful to read, I'll read novels on my Kindle but still kill trees for my comics and manga) and this weekend I'll be borrowing my friend's copy of Persepolis.  So that's next on my reading list. 

As far as Westeros goes, Samwell Tarly was an easy pick for my favorite male character, but for favorite female character, it's been between Arya and Daenerys, but I have to go with Arya.  I love her storyline- she has IMO the most vivid adventures. 
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Vanguard on October 15, 2011, 12:36:18 AM
Arya is probably the best character in the series, and I'm basing that on the 400 pages I've read of the first book and the HBO series.

Also, yay for Marhane Satrapi! She writes great comics. Have you seen the movie, Neal? It's very much worth it, if you dig the comics (and even if you don't).
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Post by: Dincrest on October 15, 2011, 08:08:11 AM
Haven't seen it.  It and Waltz With Bashir are two that should be on my viewing list.  I also need to see The Taqwacores, because I really enjoyed the book.  That one's a fictional story about a Muslim punk house in Buffalo. 
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Post by: CastNuri on October 16, 2011, 04:32:07 AM
I'm reading "Matilda" by Roald Dahl right now. Dahl's stories were never a part of my childhood so I'm sort of catching up on that now!

Meant to say that I finished "Pedro Paramo" and loved it. Not all of the story is amazing but there are some really exquisite moments that had me mesmerized. It was like I couldn't leave the town in the book until I was done reading.
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Post by: Dincrest on October 17, 2011, 05:20:57 PM
A friend of mine loaned me both Persepolis and Blankets.  

I finished Persepolis yesterday and I rather liked it.  I like how the drawings look simplistic in design, yet have a really nice variety of textures.  I also liked how the pacing reflected all the sudden changes happening to Iran and how difficult it was for the people to keep up with everything.  I was left kinda exhausted after reading it.  

I started Blankets during my lunch break at work today, and I'm really enjoying it.  This is another one where the drawings have a killer variety of textures.  I also like the theme, how it's harbored around relationships.  Relationships are always the most interesting part of a story/character development to me, so anything with well-written relationships gets a plus in my book.  

EDIT: Finished Blankets.  It was difficult to put down.  Definitely a good read.
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Post by: Tooker on October 17, 2011, 09:03:37 PM
Read a book called The Magicians.  It's one part Harry Potter, one part Narnia, and one part... I don't know - something serious.  Pretty good.   Will look for the sequel when I get a chance.  (It came out last month.)
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on October 19, 2011, 07:03:53 AM
Reading "Morgawr" by Terry Brooks. It's book 3 of the Voyage of The Jerle Shannarra series.  Very good although I think I know how it's going to end.   Next up will be the "High Druid" series.
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Post by: Dincrest on October 23, 2011, 05:01:58 PM
I started Feast for Crows.  So far, I like it. 
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Post by: ZeronHitaro on October 28, 2011, 03:25:20 PM
Just finally had my novel's e-book form published to Amazon this morning so finally I have free time to read something besides my own writing (and to think I used to complain about one-read over in High School...). I've been looking over the "Princess" series by Jim Hines. The Stepsister Scheme and The Mermaid's Madness have actually been pretty fun reads, bit fanservicey but I like the spin on the old fairy tales. Red Hood's Revenge has been harder to get through for some reason. Something about it just isn't clicking.

Hoping The Snow Queen's Shadow will be more like the first two when I finally get to it.
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Post by: Vanguard on October 31, 2011, 12:23:16 AM
I just finished Dean Young's Fall Higher. I did not like it as much as I expected to based on the first few poems. There were very memorable ones throughout, but there were also some clusters of work that just did not do it for me.
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Post by: Tooker on October 31, 2011, 09:50:21 AM
Congrats, Zeron - hope it does well!

Read "I am Number Four" - I'm a sucker for stuff with powers.  It was pretty entertaining, but a very fast read.  Went out to lunch one day and before an hour was up, I had read 100 pages.  Must be fairly big print and simple sentences.
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Post by: Dincrest on October 31, 2011, 09:28:06 PM
225 pages into A Feast for Crows and I'm still waiting for it to suck.  Everyone tells me it's a weak entry in the series, that it's terrible, yadda yadda yadda.  It seems the very things people complain about are the very things I'm enjoying.  The reading's going by pretty quickly. 

Oh, and congrats to Zeron for his novel being out on Kindle.  I think Degolas (from back in the day) has his first book out in Kindle format too. 
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Post by: Dade on November 01, 2011, 09:47:32 PM
225 pages into A Feast for Crows and I'm still waiting for it to suck.  Everyone tells me it's a weak entry in the series, that it's terrible, yadda yadda yadda.  It seems the very things people complain about are the very things I'm enjoying.  The reading's going by pretty quickly. 

Oh, and congrats to Zeron for his novel being out on Kindle.  I think Degolas (from back in the day) has his first book out in Kindle format too. 

I think my beef with Feast was the lack of impact in certain areas of the story. It took me a while to really get into the Dornish story, I stopped caring about Cersi being a See You Next Tuesday, and I really just missed Jon and Tyrion's story (especially after the ending to Storm of Swords).

It's not a terrible part of the story, but in my view it's the weakest book yet.
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Post by: Vanguard on November 02, 2011, 12:26:51 AM
I'm like 600 or so pages into a A Game of Thrones. As usual, good dialogue, terrible everything else.

I just started Mary Jo Bang's Bride of E, which has been fantastic.
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Post by: Dincrest on November 02, 2011, 05:22:21 PM
I will say this, Dade.  My favorite chapters are definitely the Brienne and Jaime ones.  I think what I like best about Brienne's chapters is that they remind us omniscient readers that
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on November 06, 2011, 10:05:25 PM
Just started the fourth "Shannarra" series, "The High Druid of Shannarra". It's now roughly 1000 years since the first series took place and I now only have a couple more to go. The next set of books are a prequel so that should be interesting.
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Post by: GrimReality on November 06, 2011, 10:34:33 PM
Finally finished Dance With Dragons. Overall a good read. A few slow parts there in the middle, but by the end I was totally into it. I was also a bit floored by a couple things. Not cool, George. Now I have to wait forever to find out what happens next.

Next I think I'll read the second Dresden book(Fool Moon), then start up The Sandman series.
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Post by: Dade on November 07, 2011, 12:43:27 AM
I was also a bit floored by a couple things. Not cool, George. Now I have to wait forever to find out what happens next.

Yeah pretty much an exact description of what I thought the second I finished the book.
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Post by: Logick on November 08, 2011, 07:07:15 PM
I loved Dance not as much as Storm but more then Feast,  I recently finished reading the "Dunk and Egg" stories GRRM wrote:
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If you want to know who the three eyed crow was in dance, read them.
I'm currently reading Neal Stephenson's latest, REAMDE, I might stop reading it, it started off as a Neal Stephenson novel, but in the halfway point, it appears Tom Clancy began writing it.  Also funny you should say I'm rereading Sandman for the 6th time also lol.
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Post by: Vanguard on November 09, 2011, 10:14:22 AM
Finished Bride of E, which was fantastic. Glad I got to share some drinks with the author a few weeks ago.

I red my friend's book of poetry she is working on yesterday and it was a lot of fun. Going to reread it one more time before I send her my comments.

I managed to get a chapter in of Thrones this morning. Unfortunately, it was a Catelyn chapter.
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Post by: GrimReality on November 21, 2011, 11:34:18 AM
Finished the first Sandman compilation. Took me a bit to get in to it, but once I did I was hooked. The writing is fantastic. I already bought the 2nd volume and will be starting that up today.
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Post by: Tooker on November 21, 2011, 02:18:29 PM
Cool.  I did the same recently - 2 is as far as I've gotten, but they were both good.  It was a while between 1 and 2 for me, so I really appreciated the recap text at the beginning. :)

On the subject of Neil Gaiman: http://neil-gaiman.tumblr.com/post/13021376607/why-am-i-wearing-a-tie-in-this-simpsons-scene
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Post by: Logick on November 21, 2011, 03:02:58 PM
For the record guys when he was writing vol 1, he thought it was going to get cancelled so he was just fucking with it(being asked to write a comic he didn't have interest in so he decided to experiment with the medium, we all know he succeeded :P).  He began taking it seriously when The doll's house story began.

Oh and I dropped REAMDE the second half of the book is unreadable crap.  Started with Chuck Palahuik's Survivor, twisted shit :P
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Post by: Dincrest on November 22, 2011, 09:29:09 PM
According my Kindle, I'm 52% done with A Feast for Crows.  I'm still enjoying it immensely, the reading is going wicked quickly, and I still think that the people who say it's terrible or it sucks have rocks in their heads.  I love the introspectiveness of subtle movements of pieces on a chess board.    

And since my job moved me to a reading class, I've been using prep periods to actually go through some of the books the students can choose to read.  Thumbing through Sideways Stories from Wayside School brought back nostalgia.
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Post by: Tooker on November 22, 2011, 10:25:36 PM
I never read that book as a kid, but I read the first few chapters to my nephew about a year ago before giving it to him (he was almost 8 at the time).  Good stuff, and he LOVED it. :)
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Post by: Dade on November 25, 2011, 01:17:07 AM
Thumbing through Sideways Stories from Wayside School brought back nostalgia.

DUDE.

You should get them to read Maniac Magee too!
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Post by: Vanguard on November 25, 2011, 08:58:18 PM
Fuck you George RR Martin. You write long books full of characters I don't care about. I have 80 pages left in a Game of Thrones, and like every chapter is a Sansa, Catelyn, or Bran chapter.
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Post by: Logick on November 25, 2011, 10:02:52 PM
HEy I'm not a Sansa fan either but I do like to read whats going on around her, esp book 2-3.  Cat's chapters make more sense post book one, as for Bran, I'd say book 3.
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Post by: Dincrest on November 26, 2011, 10:32:51 PM
Sansa is a bit of an insufferable airhead at first, but in the later books she develops as a character and I came to respect her.  Catelyn too can be a bit much at first, but you need that to really "get" her in the later books.  It's the ol' "someday you'll thank me!" thing.  As for Bran, well, Bran f'n rocks!  His chapters were often my favorites. 

Then again, there are people who find the Arya chapters insufferable and annoying, and I think they're lackwits because Arya's one of the best characters.  Whatever creams their Twinkies I guess...
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on November 28, 2011, 11:55:37 PM
If anyone here likes Stephen King, then you should read the short story "N." in the "Just after sunset" book.  His best short story since the "Skeleton Crew" collection.  It's very unsettling.  I've kind of ebecome jaded with some of his recent work but it's really good.  I really love his work but sometimes I feel he can't finish his books as well as he starts.  The Dark Tower series took a good chunk of my life to read but the ending was a punch in the face in many ways. To be fair though, I don't know that any ending would have satisfied me.
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Post by: Tooker on November 29, 2011, 12:11:05 AM
My copy of Just After Sunset came with a DVD of the animatic they made of that story.  It's pretty decent too.  I'm sure it's available online, but I'm too lazy to Google it. :)
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Post by: Dincrest on November 29, 2011, 05:15:06 PM
Reading A Feast for Crows makes me wonder if George RR Martin was clairvoyant about the state of the world.  That book is so relevant now it's not even funny.

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I mean, reading the Cersei chapters about the Iron Bank/King's Landing's debts beggaring the realm, and the sparrows making tent cities outside the sept of Baelor make me think of the economic crisis and the occupy movements. 
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Post by: Yoda on December 03, 2011, 11:16:11 AM

You should get them to read Maniac Magee too!

What a blast from the past.

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Post by: Dincrest on December 05, 2011, 05:48:26 PM
Maniac Magee is one of the few stories I can think of where the main character could potentially be classified as a "Mary Sue" but never falls into all the Mary Sue traps we all complain about.  Good book, but not in our library, sadly.
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Post by: Dade on December 06, 2011, 12:06:03 AM
So I really havent posted about what I've been reading lately.

Right now, I dont have anything good on my plate.

I just read through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, probably going to start the next book in the Steig Larsson series, but may read something before that.
Previously I knocked out the Mistborn Trilogy (and again, Brandon Sanderson is pretty much awesome), and I almost want to reread The Way of Kings, because it was so "NOT Fantasy", but was such epic fantasy.

I dunno, I want some fantasy, but at the same time I want some sci-fi. I saw In Her Name (http://www.amazon.com/Her-Name-Omnibus-ebook/dp/B001A7X0BI/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1323147845&sr=8-6) on the Kindle store recently and snagged it. It SOUNDS good, anyone read/heard of it? I might give it a go.

Shit, Ender's Game even sounds good.

As you can probably tell, I'm super ADD when it comes to books right now.
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Post by: Dice on December 06, 2011, 02:08:53 AM
I am reading Stieg's awesome Millennium series, and I'm on Book#2: The Girls who Played with Fire.

I like to get dramatic and go FAYAH!!!

My mum got me into it, and I LOVE this series so far.  I'm really happy I could read it before the movie came out too (proper).  I love a bit of mystery and intrigue.  And I love stuff like this where the good guys still have this sort of dark-side to them.  I'm wrapping up this book and will hopefully read the third over holidays.  I do recommend it, even though, I know, it's all part of "whats big right now".

Also picked up The Hunger Games since I heard good stuff here about it (and it was at my school's book shop for only 10 bux; what's ten dollars when you're at a school bookstore about to pay $400?).
As soon as I got over the pretty stupid name the main chick has (Katnisssssss-suh!), I am enjoying it so far.  It's a nice light read, but with interesting characters and an interesting world.
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Post by: Yoda on December 06, 2011, 02:15:14 AM
Don't watch the trailer for the movie, whatever you do. Everyone looks too pretty and everything looks too shiny.


Finish the book. Katnissssss rulesssss
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Post by: Dice on December 06, 2011, 02:21:38 AM
Don't watch the trailer for the movie, whatever you do. Everyone looks too pretty and everything looks too shiny.


Finish the book. Katnissssss rulesssss

The movie buff in me made me watch the trailer... I thought the book was already a sort of older teen light fiction novel (as in, it's pretty short); but the trailer seem to hit a sort of pop and glamour for a tween crowd.
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Post by: Azrael on December 06, 2011, 04:44:51 AM
I am reading Stieg's awesome Millennium series, and I'm on Book#2: The Girls who Played with Fire.

I like to get dramatic and go FAYAH!!!

My mum got me into it, and I LOVE this series so far.  I'm really happy I could read it before the movie came out too (proper).  I love a bit of mystery and intrigue.  And I love stuff like this where the good guys still have this sort of dark-side to them.  I'm wrapping up this book and will hopefully read the third over holidays.  I do recommend it, even though, I know, it's all part of "whats big right now".

But the movie already came out 2 years ago! Damn Americans having to remake foreign films 'cause people are too damn lazy to read some god damn subtitles.
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Post by: Logick on December 06, 2011, 10:04:47 PM
Just finished three of Chuck Palahniuk's books Fight Club, Survivor, and Invisible Monsters.  I need to take a break from nihilistic books since my love life have become an emotional rollercoaster :-/
I'm currently reading the 2011 Hugo winner for best novel Blackout/All Clear, good book so far.   

Comics wise I'm rereading Shade the Changing Man, and will soon reread Animal Man(Grant Morrison's run).  Speaking of which DC comics recently rebooted all their comics, one of which is Animal Man from what I'm told this could be 'the next Sandman' I'll have to form an opinion when I read the first TPB.
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Post by: Tooker on December 07, 2011, 01:19:49 AM
Yeah, the new Animal Man got some good buzz.  Hopefully it keeps that promise up.
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Post by: GrimReality on December 07, 2011, 10:51:55 AM

But the movie already came out 2 years ago! Damn Americans having to remake foreign films 'cause people are too damn lazy to read some god damn subtitles.
My thoughts exactly. I saw the movie awhile ago, and it was perfectly fine the way it was. No remakes necessary.


I'm just about to finish up Sandman Vol. 2, and am looking for something good to read. Nan is trying to get me to read the Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop. The premise kinda puts me off(different colored jewels represent the owners power/status, etc? Eh.)
If I don't read that I'll start up some other fantasy/sci-fi series. Not sure which, but I'm itchin' for something epic and awesome.
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Post by: Tooker on December 07, 2011, 11:16:07 AM
Have you read the Runelords series?  They're from David Farland, and they have a feel all their own.  They're fantasy books (duh), and in their world, one person can give an "endowment" of one of their aspects to another person.  For example, if a blacksmith gives an endowment of strength to his lord, the lord will be as strong as two guys, but the blacksmith will become too weak to do just about anything.  If one of them dies, the endowment is undone, so the people who receive the endowments make sure to take good care of those who give them, and if I remember correctly, it's something that has to be freely given - you can't force people to endow you with things.
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Post by: GrimReality on December 07, 2011, 11:46:42 AM
Yes, I read the first book quite awhile back. It took some time to get into it, because the premise was just so bizarre, but I ended up liking it. I never pursued any sequels.
I have a weird "thing" against these rune/jewel type systems. I know they're trying to be original and creative, but it's almost TOO far from reality for me. I love fantasy/sci-fi, but it has to be somewhat based in reality for me to really engage with the characters and story. Otherwise, I spend all my time thinking about how ridiculous it all is.
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Post by: Yoda on December 08, 2011, 02:13:37 PM
pretty cool chart that sums up all the "magic" used in fantasy / fiction

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Post by: Dincrest on December 08, 2011, 02:57:46 PM
I'm planning to finish A Feast for Crows this weekend.  
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Post by: Vanguard on December 11, 2011, 12:15:26 PM
Finished A Game of Thrones. I hated it. I won't be reading any others.

I finished Guillame Apollinaire's Alcools too. Not as good as Calligrammes, but a few of the poems have the kind of resonating force that made him so important i the evolution of French poetry.

Today I sat down and read WCWs Spring and All. I've only read anthologized poems before so this was a real treat. It has some of the fire one finds in the Surrealist Manifestos or a Henry Miller book, in addition to poems like "The Red Wheelbarrow."

The +1 bought be Bolano's 2666, which I will be tackling over vacation.
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Post by: Dice on December 13, 2011, 02:21:14 AM

But the movie already came out 2 years ago! Damn Americans having to remake foreign films 'cause people are too damn lazy to read some god damn subtitles.
My thoughts exactly. I saw the movie awhile ago, and it was perfectly fine the way it was. No remakes necessary.

I'm keeping in mind the talent going into the "remake".
Complain if, say, Michael Bay was doing the remake, and Kristin Stewart was playing Lisbeth... but we got David Fincher and Daniel Craig on this... if you say that's a bad match for the type of stuff read in these books, and to judge without even seein the flick, I will find and give you a slight slap for being unreasonable.  Of course, this is coming from a girl who preferred The Departed over Infernal Affairs (both offered something good in their own way, I just found one more enjoyable than the other).  And if TV-karma existed, then the US version of The Office wouldn't have ran passed a season.

At the very least, film wise, it'll be great having two interpretations to the material.  Don't complain about "another flick", celebrate "more material" from a great source.

EDIT: And reaallly, guys???  The Swed flick wasn't without flaws??  Mmmoookay.
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Post by: CastNuri on December 13, 2011, 02:41:12 AM
Started on "Revolutionary Road". It isn't the most cheerful writing but I'm liking it.

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Post by: Dincrest on December 13, 2011, 06:43:12 PM
I finished reading A Feast for Crows over the weekend and I absolutely LOVED it!  I can understand why most fans/readers would say it's weak and/or terrible, but I loved it for what it was.  I loved that it was more about worldbuilding and introspection. 

I plan to start A Dance With Dragons soon.  I'm just taking a short break and trying to read as much of an old Japanese DBZ manga I procured at a garage sale years ago.  I can still read all my hiragana and most of my katakana, but I've forgotten a lot of kanji. 
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Post by: Vanguard on December 13, 2011, 07:47:04 PM

But the movie already came out 2 years ago! Damn Americans having to remake foreign films 'cause people are too damn lazy to read some god damn subtitles.
My thoughts exactly. I saw the movie awhile ago, and it was perfectly fine the way it was. No remakes necessary.

I'm keeping in mind the talent going into the "remake".
Complain if, say, Michael Bay was doing the remake, and Kristin Stewart was playing Lisbeth... but we got David Fincher and Daniel Craig on this... if you say that's a bad match for the type of stuff read in these books, and to judge without even seein the flick, I will find and give you a slight slap for being unreasonable.  Of course, this is coming from a girl who preferred The Departed over Infernal Affairs (both offered something good in their own way, I just found one more enjoyable than the other).  And if TV-karma existed, then the US version of The Office wouldn't have ran passed a season.

At the very least, film wise, it'll be great having two interpretations to the material.  Don't complain about "another flick", celebrate "more material" from a great source.

EDIT: And reaallly, guys???  The Swed flick wasn't without flaws??  Mmmoookay.

The Swedes make baller movies. Also, depressing ones.
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Post by: Yoda on December 13, 2011, 11:03:26 PM
I was on a Swedish kick last year, watching all the classics. I think the last ones I watched was Let the Right One In and Insomnia.

Insomnia was great. I liked how the guy had the balls to start fingerbaning that highschooler in the car.


LTROI is an amazing movie. Best vamp movie IMHO
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Post by: Logick on December 16, 2011, 04:51:11 AM
Still reading Blackout/All Clear, its a big book so it will take a lot of time.  Comics wise I'm reading Habibi (http://www.habibibook.com) and loving every page.
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Post by: Tooker on December 16, 2011, 11:51:57 AM
I'm on a David Eddings kick, which happens for me every so often.  This time, though, instead of re-reading the Belgarion books, I went with both of the Sparhawk trilogies.  It's been a really long time since I read them, and I'm not sure if I've ever read the second trilogy or not.  I don't like them as well as the others, but I like them.
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Post by: RPGMetalFan on December 19, 2011, 04:14:59 AM
I'm currently reading Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey. I expect it to be pretty good, as I enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy, but as always, they start slow and keep progressively building. Like I said, I dig em, but they're not for everyone. After that, I'll probably get into the metric fuckton of backlogged Star Wars books I've been avoiding.
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Post by: Dincrest on December 20, 2011, 05:59:23 PM
I'm digging A Dance With Dragons.  I love how it's taking me all over the world, especially to places I wondered about, but never visited.  Sweet book!

Once I'm done with that, I'll probably read the books a couple of RPGFanners have out (Sakuri by ZeronHitaro and Broadcast by Degolas).  I like to support creative types I have some kind of personal tie to. 

I also need to start the Lunara series by Wyatt Davenport.  Indie sci-fi stuff. 
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Post by: Logick on December 21, 2011, 02:57:31 AM
Glad you're liking Dance, din.  Shame though we'll never see Asshai according to him(I asked him directly in a QnA session).
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Post by: Tooker on December 21, 2011, 12:33:23 PM
Check it out, y'all - the Wheel of Time series is finally done!
https://twitter.com/#!/BrandSanderson/status/149486690447273984
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Post by: RPGMetalFan on December 22, 2011, 05:04:56 AM
Finally. Took bloody long enough.

I fell out of love with that series a very long time ago, but morbid curiosity as to how it's finally going to end is very likely going to prompt a re-read.

Sometime next year, perhaps.
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Post by: John on December 22, 2011, 09:47:43 AM
I read Ready Player One, which is essentially just a vehicle for video game and 80s pop culture references.

I loved it.  Very easy read, only 350 pages or so.
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Post by: Ragnarok-Sabin on December 24, 2011, 03:00:45 AM
Late to the party, but I realized I'd had The Name of the Wind sitting on my Whisperwind account for nearly a year. Bought it on a whim after reading an excerpt, just before A Wise Man's Fear came out, and was quickly distracted by something else. Being done exams and having a shiny new Android with a Kindle app to read it on, I started reading.

Two and a half days later, I've just finished devouring A Wise Man's Fear, too. Damn fine reading. The wait for The Doors of Stone is going to be excruciating in a way only the wait between Harry Potter books was. Or Dresden Files Books. Except longer. Likely wont see it until 2014; here's hoping Rothfuss manages to knock it out quick and we get it in the next year (ha).
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Post by: Tooker on December 24, 2011, 11:37:38 AM
Anybody here read the Hunger Games books?  Because I just found out kind of what they're about, and they sound like something I'd really be interested in.
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Post by: CastNuri on December 24, 2011, 08:59:35 PM
Anybody here read the Hunger Games books?  Because I just found out kind of what they're about, and they sound like something I'd really be interested in.

I have and I love them. The first book is by far the best but it's an altogether entertaining trilogy. Worth it and you'll get through it quickly. :)

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Post by: Dincrest on December 25, 2011, 05:49:33 PM
I'm taking a break from Dance with Dragons and I spent the weekend reading Sakuri by our very own RPGFanner ZeronHitaro. 

It's a fun little book.  Definitely a nice snack or treat, like a candy bar or something.  If it were in anime or manga form, I could see it having a mainstream following.  Sure I had to suspend my disbelief a little, but that's par for the course with a lot of anime or manga.  Sakuri herself was a cool character- she reminded me a bit of Y.T. from Snow Crash.  And the "Metamorphers" reminded me of other sentient weapon type things like the Omnitrix in Ben-10 or the Swordians in Tales of Destiny.  I have to say, I literally LOL'd when I saw the words "flaming-duck-meteor" in the text.  I dug the ending too. 

I started "Broadcast" by our very own Degolas and I'm digging the atmosphere so far.  I definitely feel grimy and gritty. 
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Post by: Lard on January 02, 2012, 12:36:40 AM
11/22/63 is the best book Stephen King has written in a really long time.

150 pages left out of 850. I've ripped through the thing in about 3 days.

Recommended.
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Post by: Tooker on January 03, 2012, 12:52:17 PM
Figured out how to check books out form the library on my Kindle, and downloaded a trilogy called Maze Runner.  I'm well into book 2 at this point, and it feels like an action-oriented Series of Unfortunate Events.  As soon as something good happens, something else bad comes along. :D  But that doesn't make it a bad series, just dark.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on January 04, 2012, 12:54:03 AM
Anyone reading 11/22/63  by S. King?? I'm only about 1/4 into it but it's pretty cool so far.  I'm sure most know that it's about the Kennedy assassination but it crosses over into another of his books(as a few do).  That's a really great thing about his books, a lot revolves around the Dark Tower.  Anyway, It's pretty slow going at the moment but i'm sure i'll love or hate the end...as usual.
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Post by: Vanguard on January 04, 2012, 09:19:32 AM
Look two posts up, Esper.

I'm about 300 pages into 2666. I never know what you're up to Bolano.
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Post by: Dice on January 05, 2012, 11:50:25 AM
I'm reading for School...

- A Textbook of "Adult Development & Aging"; AKA, a course on old people and how they whither/get mistreated and how to look on the other, brighter side or fix their oldness with science.
- Cognitive Psych, it's less convoluted and not done over 2 columns, with few pictures.  It's also nice to have a psych text less than 500-600 pages. :D
- Medieval Art text, also follows with an Islamic Art book.  Kind of excited for this one.  Should be tough, but interesting.
- Visual Studies.  Different from art history in it's pretentiousness.  Y'know, one of those courses about the greater meaning of what we see in media forms (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZqLnNWEtos)
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Post by: Dincrest on January 06, 2012, 06:59:01 PM
I just finished reading "Broadcast," the debut novel from our very own Degolas.  I really enjoyed that book.  The theme hit very close to home for me.  See, it takes place in a dystopian future where music is outlawed and the possession and distribution of music is a crime punishable by death.  Since I live, breathe, eat, and sleep music deafness is a fate worse than death for me.  The atmosphere in the book was very gritty and I felt really grimy most of the time, like I really was part of an unsafe, unpopular, unflattering, but necessary underground rebellion.  Some of the action scenes were a bit hard to follow since they were chaotic and disorienting to read, but I think that was the point.  The narrator speaking in a colloquial dialect was immersive too. 

The only glaring issue I had with the book was that the Kindle format had a different font for the second half of the book (for no reason I could think of) and sometimes there were random blank pages here and there.  But that's more a fault of the format than the work itself. 

It was worth the 6 bucks I paid for it. 

Now, back to Dance With Dragons.  I needed a break from that series and I'm back in with gusto. 
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Post by: RPGMetalFan on January 07, 2012, 04:45:55 AM
I just finished reading "Broadcast," the debut novel from our very own Degolas.  I really enjoyed that book.  The theme hit very close to home for me.  See, it takes place in a dystopian future where music is outlawed and the possession and distribution of music is a crime punishable by death.  Since I live, breathe, eat, and sleep music deafness is a fate worse than death for me.  The atmosphere in the book was very gritty and I felt really grimy most of the time, like I really was part of an unsafe, unpopular, unflattering, but necessary underground rebellion.  Some of the action scenes were a bit hard to follow since they were chaotic and disorienting to read, but I think that was the point.  The narrator speaking in a colloquial dialect was immersive too. 

The only glaring issue I had with the book was that the Kindle format had a different font for the second half of the book (for no reason I could think of) and sometimes there were random blank pages here and there.  But that's more a fault of the format than the work itself. 

It was worth the 6 bucks I paid for it. 

Now, back to Dance With Dragons.  I needed a break from that series and I'm back in with gusto. 

Okay, sir, your entire first paragraph just sold me on this book. I am totally checking this out.

On a somewhat related note, you should totally check out Frank Zappa's Joe's Garage, if you haven't already. Same concept (music being made illegal), but injected with obscene humor and one of the most beautiful instrumentals ever recorded. Watermelon in Easter Hay ALONE makes this album worth having.
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Post by: Dincrest on January 07, 2012, 09:28:53 AM
Love Frank Zappa. 

And this is Degolas' book: http://www.amazon.com/Broadcast-ebook/dp/B005QOYG9G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325946368&sr=8-1

It's only available in Kindle format right now. 
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Post by: GrimReality on January 07, 2012, 03:57:35 PM
My wife finally convinced me to read the Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop. She's got the 3-books-in-one version. I'm glad I finally relented, because I'm 100 pages in, and it's really good so far. Like, can't put it down good. It's very well written with all sorts of great characters that I already care about. The world is also quite fascinating, with a big dance of power being played between the males and females. Neal, I can see you totally digging this.
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Jewels-Trilogy-Daughter-Darkness/dp/0451529014 (http://www.amazon.com/Black-Jewels-Trilogy-Daughter-Darkness/dp/0451529014)
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Post by: Tooker on January 07, 2012, 04:28:45 PM
Haven't started reading it yet, but I heard some good buzz about "Blindsight" today - it's apparently about a vampire piloting a starship, and you can read it online or download it free at the following link:

http://www.rifters.com/real/Blindsight.htm
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Post by: Dincrest on January 07, 2012, 06:00:21 PM
Grim- that series does sound pretty cool.  Man, so many books in my backlog.  After I finish Dance with Dragons, I need to read Wyatt Davenport's Lunara books (I bought 1 and 2 on Kindle after downloading and reading the freebie short story from Smashwords) and I need to dive into that Ashok Banker Ramayana set that Tooker recommended.  Oh, and I have Three Musketeers on my Kindle because it was free and I haven't read it yet.  

Gah, I'd love to have that Black Jewels Trilogy on my Kindle too but it's not available in Kindle format.  Argh!
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Post by: ZeronHitaro on January 07, 2012, 09:54:03 PM
Thanks again for the feedback Dincrest.

As a side note on that I apologize for the wonky formatting of the Metamorpher dialog in the book. It's supposed to be in a special font format called Orbitron but FIPB has been having major issues getting the dashed text to justify, let alone the font to show. XP *sigh* At least the print version should look less scatter-shot...

Question for everyone- After fiddling around with Katawa Shoujo I find myself in the mood for a romance book. Not like hard core or anything. Just something, for lack of a better word 'cute'. The kind of relationship you can silently cheer for while turning the pages. And if it ends tragically (don't spoil XD ) I won't mind, so no reason to exclude those from any suggestions. Any books like that? ^_^ Thanks~.
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Post by: Starmongoose on January 10, 2012, 06:01:38 PM
Just finished reading The Hunger Games.

I'm so depressed.
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Post by: Vanguard on January 10, 2012, 09:35:18 PM
I'm about halfway through 2666. I'm really enjoying it so far. The fourth section is a mixture of hilarity (random Mexican dude breaking into churches, pissing on pews and shitting everywhere) and awfulness (dozens of women vaginally and anally raped).
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Post by: Tooker on January 10, 2012, 11:33:00 PM
Just started Michael Chrichton's second (last?) posthumous book, Micro.  It's OK, but I feel like it'll be exactly like every other book he wrote.  Dude was entertaining, but predictable.
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Post by: RPGMetalFan on January 14, 2012, 11:15:09 AM
Just got done plowing through the 20th anniversary edition of Heir to the Empire. As boring, pointless, and INCREDIBLY Jedi-centric as the Star Wars expanded universe has become, it's nice to jump back into something that feels like old school Star Wars again. The annotations were really interesting, and the bonus Thrawn story at the end kicked ass. I'm hoping they do something similar with Dark Force Rising and The Last Command, although I'm not counting on it.
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Post by: Tooker on January 14, 2012, 01:03:00 PM
Finished Micro, and I'm happy to say that in addition to being entertaining, Crichton managed to surprise me a few times.  Random Crichton note - if you haven't read his The Great Train Robbery, it's very good.
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Post by: Yoda on January 14, 2012, 02:09:56 PM
Just finished reading The Hunger Games.

I'm so depressed.

The 1st one or the whole thing?

I have zwei und drei waiting for me.

Oh Katniss, when you find what you are looking for?!
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Post by: Starmongoose on January 14, 2012, 05:51:42 PM
Just finished reading The Hunger Games.

I'm so depressed.

The 1st one or the whole thing?

I have zwei und drei waiting for me.

Oh Katniss, when you find what you are looking for?!

The first one. I don't know if I'll read the other two. I kind of like the idea of the story ending right there, very bittersweet.
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Post by: Yoda on January 14, 2012, 06:36:00 PM
Kind of like how we ended....

(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z70/Chips347/1e7ac786.gif)
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Post by: Starmongoose on January 14, 2012, 06:38:57 PM
Kind of like how we ended....

(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z70/Chips347/1e7ac786.gif)

Get over it, queer.
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Post by: GrimReality on January 16, 2012, 11:23:58 AM
Star, I heard the second and third books in the series pale in comparison to the first. You might be on to something.

I'm now over 300 pages in to The Black Jewels Trilogy, and still loving it. The characters are all very neutral, which I love. There is no good and bad. There is an underlying tension to the whole thing which I just know is leading up to something BIG. I can't friggin' wait. I haven't been this into a book in awhile. Highly recommended.
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Post by: Starmongoose on January 16, 2012, 01:47:26 PM
I am 103 pages into the second book, and I can tell that it isn't going to be as good. Not that I found the first one AMAZING, or anything, but I liked it enough to know this isn't as good.

It's making the love interest (or lack of) the centre of the story, and I'm not interested in teen romance.
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Post by: WilliamKenney_author on January 23, 2012, 06:15:14 PM
Are there any self-published authors around? I am curious as to how the experience has gone for you. Do you publish physical books, digital books or both and through what sites?

Thanks,

William
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Post by: Dice on January 26, 2012, 03:20:44 PM
Kind of like how we ended....

(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z70/Chips347/1e7ac786.gif)

Get over it, queer.

I FREAKING KNEW IT!!!!!!
The evidence was really piling up!
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on January 27, 2012, 07:27:26 AM
I finished 11/22/63 by Stephen King, finally.  Easily his best book in the last decade..if not longer. Simply amazing.
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Post by: Vanguard on January 27, 2012, 10:25:16 AM
I have a little less than a quarter left of 2666. This is a big book.
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Post by: Starmongoose on January 29, 2012, 04:51:00 PM
Okay, finished Catching Fire, the second Hunger Games book. It was actually better than it looked like it was going to be.

Reading the third one now, but I'm pretty annoyed. There seems to have been a fuck up on page 58-59, as it seems to have a VERY large chunk of narrative missing, like the entire chapter is out of sequence.
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Post by: CastNuri on January 30, 2012, 10:47:57 PM
I'm currently reading.... the first Winnie-the-Pooh book.

And it's lovely. I just have a lot of children's books to read right now (sort of doing research for something). "Aesop's Fables" and "The Wind in the Willows" are next, followed by some of Kipling's "Just So Stories", maybe. :)

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Post by: Yoda on January 31, 2012, 02:40:40 AM
Okay, finished Catching Fire, the second Hunger Games book. It was actually better than it looked like it was going to be.

Reading the third one now, but I'm pretty annoyed. There seems to have been a fuck up on page 58-59, as it seems to have a VERY large chunk of narrative missing, like the entire chapter is out of sequence.

AUGH that happened to me w/ the 1/2 blood prince. There was a chunk of 35 pages missing where the last 35 pages repeated. It was right in the heat of things too.

I freaked
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Post by: Starmongoose on January 31, 2012, 12:36:08 PM
Upon further inspection I have since learned that the rest of the entire fucking book is a mish-mash of chapters from the first and second book. They don't even follow the narrative of their respective books.


What. The. Fuck.
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Post by: D-Rider on January 31, 2012, 05:03:31 PM
I'm currently re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-reading one of my favorite books, "The Brothel in Rosenstrasse" by Michael Moorcock.  I'm not even gonna attempt to describe the book, because I wouldn't do it justice.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on February 01, 2012, 07:37:18 PM
I'm finally gonna hit the classic stuff from days of yore. First up is The Time Machine. After that...Moby Dick perhaps.
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Post by: Dincrest on February 02, 2012, 06:52:42 AM
I'm three-hundred something pages into A Dance With Dragons.  I'm enjoying it a lot.  I love how it takes me to all kinds of locales.  Where Feast was mostly in and around King's Langing, Dance has me in so many places, especially Essos.  I can see how many readers felt impatient at the Danaerys chapters, but patience is a virtue, virtue is a grace, and grace was a little girl who always washed her face.  

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Post by: GrimReality on February 02, 2012, 03:14:48 PM
I finished the first book in the Black Jewels Trilogy. I really enjoyed it, despite it getting a little hokey there towards the end. Great characters to love and hate.
I then read through the third Sandman book, Dream Country. These tales were quite different than what preceded them. but still entertaining. I need to order the next collection(s) asap.
I am now reading the 2nd book in the Black Jewels Trilogy. I'm a little turned off by some of the goings on, but am hoping it gets back on track. It's not bad. It's just losing steam after how good the first one was.
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Post by: Hathen on February 09, 2012, 01:02:18 AM
Late to the party I suppose, but I began reading Game of Thrones a bit ago, and I'm about 300 pages in. I have a personal preference for prose that doesn't go on for too long, but this book is far from the worst I've seen in that regard so it doesn't bother me too much. I like the characters- I took a liking to Jon Snow and Arya pretty quickly. Of course the downfall with the way the story is presented is that it gets a bit harder to get through the chapters that are centered around characters I don't really care about.
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Post by: Starmongoose on February 09, 2012, 12:29:42 PM
Bran and Catelyn chapters.

Oh my god, I am so bored.
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Post by: Vanguard on February 09, 2012, 01:23:08 PM
Fuck that book and all it stands for.

Finished 2666. Words have not been invented to describe how genius Bolano is.
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Post by: Dincrest on February 09, 2012, 06:22:48 PM
Why all the Bran hate?  In any given book, I LOVED the Bran chapters.  Okay, Catelyn and Sansa are slightly insufferable for the first book, but in the later books they become better.  I grew to really like and respect Sansa in the 2nd- 4th books.  Arya and Samwell are still my favorite characters.  Brienne is cool too.  I tend to find the Davos chapters slowest to read.  Funny how the least literate POV character has the most dense chapters, eh? 

I'm still working my way through Dance with Dragons.  Not getting the time to read that I want.  I'd say I'm 370 or so pages in.  I just finished the parts where
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Post by: Hathen on February 09, 2012, 08:31:22 PM
I actually really like the Bran chapters I've read too. While a whole lot doesn't actually happen in them, the tangents/exposition are more interesting to me because they're often talking about the experience of doing something rather than some piece of history of Winterfell that isn't immediately relevant to the story.

Catelyn chapters bore me to tears, but I don't really find her insufferable- I can understand why she treats Jon the way she does. Sansa is insufferable in a way that I find humorous, and the cynic in me likes to say she reminds me of about 70% of the women I meet.

Haven't seen much of Samwell yet. I knew that you'd probably like him though, Dincrest, you seem to have a love for the underdog characters.
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Post by: Hathen on February 25, 2012, 11:03:34 AM
omg double post

Slow reader as always. About 600 pages into A Game of Thrones.

I don't know if I'm the only one who gets annoyed with the way the book is paced/structured. Mostly a personal complaint more than anything- I just feel like every time I find something interesting to be going on, the book decides to jump around to different characters before going back. Arya's doing something and I want to know what happens next, then it decides to jump to Sansa, okay, at least its related...then it jumps to Jon on the other side of the world, then Bran, then Daenerys...blah. This definitely has more to do with the fact that I just don't read very fast. Guess I just prefer a more straightforward approach with books.

First big surprise for me in the book was

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Visery's death. Surprised he died so early, before the chapter ended I was convinced he was going to end up becoming a golden boogieman supervillain or something. Quite a way to go, though the fact that Drogo was able to melt gold in what they were using to cook soup is ridiculous, to say the least (In seconds, even). I'd hate to be drinking out of that pot.

Not so surprising was Littlefinger's betrayal. The instant Eddard gave the whole "you need to be strong for each other" speech for Arya way back I knew he was doomed. Rule of fiction!
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Post by: Dincrest on February 25, 2012, 07:54:52 PM
You see, Hathen...
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Although gold's melting point is about 1900 deg F, a large cookfire can easily reach a good 1600 deg F.  I believe a candle's flame can hit 1000 deg F.  Anyway, it's not like the gold was melted down to liquid form.  It was probably partially melted to something like thick molasses, which would still kill the guy.  Although, it's mostly the heat that would do it.  A big stewpot of water boiling over a 1600 deg F cookfire would, at best, leave you with disfiguring burn scars if not outright kill you.  There's the possibility that the jewelry that was smelted was not pure gold, so it may have been a softer alloy.  Gold itself is a pretty soft metal so smelting it doesn't take as much heat as it would, say, steel like the folded steel for katanas. 
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Post by: Vanguard on February 27, 2012, 12:39:08 PM
I had a similar problem with the structure, though for different reasons. I just don't give a shit about a lot of the characters, and my favorite (John and Arya), got less page-time toard the end of the book.
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Post by: Yoda on February 27, 2012, 03:39:57 PM
Bran and Catelyn chapters.

Oh my god, I am so bored.

Ha I just started this last night with a few glasses of Scotch. It's basically a novelization of a WRPG and I don't see this being your style.


I'm digging it.
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Post by: Dice on February 27, 2012, 07:00:51 PM
Bran and Catelyn chapters.

Oh my god, I am so bored.

Ha I just started this last night with a few glasses of Scotch. It's basically a novelization of a WRPG and I don't see this being your style.


I'm digging it.

I giggled. x)
(LQL?)
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Post by: Starmongoose on February 27, 2012, 08:53:26 PM
Bran and Catelyn chapters.

Oh my god, I am so bored.

Ha I just started this last night with a few glasses of Scotch. It's basically a novelization of a WRPG and I don't see this being your style.


I'm digging it.

I liked Game of Thrones. x.x So, nyah.
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Post by: Dice on February 27, 2012, 10:54:22 PM
Quick, Gooseth the Flamboyant, Son of Björ the Heavy and Indifferent, hand me my axe!!!!  We must slayeth the Dragon of the Ferronian Keep of Garn or he'll besiege the pleasant township of Fleasantdale right before their Millenial-Centenial festival of Peace between the Four Realms!!!!!

AARRRGHH!!!!  HE HATH BITTEN MY BOTTOM!!!!!

DIE-TH! YOU BASTARD!!! I SHALL SMITE THEE in thine dragonish ARSE!!!!!!

Help!!!  My REAR!!! IT BLEEEEDS!!!  Use the Potion from the Fairy Keep on Gloriandis!!
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Post by: Starmongoose on February 28, 2012, 04:34:21 AM
Quick, Gooseth the Flamboyant, Son of Björ the Heavy and Indifferent, hand me my axe!!!!  We must slayeth the Dragon of the Ferronian Keep of Garn or he'll besiege the pleasant township of Fleasantdale right before their Millenial-Centenial festival of Peace between the Four Realms!!!!!

AARRRGHH!!!!  HE HATH BITTEN MY BOTTOM!!!!!

DIE-TH! YOU BASTARD!!! I SHALL SMITE THEE in thine dragonish ARSE!!!!!!

Help!!!  My REAR!!! IT BLEEEEDS!!!  Use the Potion from the Fairy Keep on Gloriandis!!

Perfection. :D

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Post by: Hathen on March 01, 2012, 11:31:46 AM
She's got the pretentious names and umlauts down, but she's missing apostrophes randomly inserted in the middle of names.

Actually went back to check on the pot thing...

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I had a similar problem with the structure, though for different reasons. I just don't give a shit about a lot of the characters, and my favorite (John and Arya), got less page-time toard the end of the book.

I do have that same problem- for me its the fact that I like some characters more than others that I feel like the story jerks me back every time I start to get really excited- though part of me thinks that might even be intentional in many places to build suspense. I even have the same favorites, Jon and Arya (I like Daenerys, too), though I wouldn't be surprised if Arya is winning all the popularity contests.

Up to about page 770. Guessing the rest of the book is just going to wrap things up.

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Rhaego being stillborn was totally unexpected. I really like the way Martin writes his female characters.
Having watched 2 episodes of the TV show, I find myself thinking I get a lot more from reading the story instead, so I'll likely keep going after I'm done with this book.
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Post by: Dincrest on March 01, 2012, 03:28:20 PM
I finally finished A Dance With Dragons today and, as the kids like to say these days, things just "got real."

I found that the most interesting chapters were not from the major characters but the side characters.  The
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Reek chapters were easily the best ones.

It is going to be a painful wait for the next book.

I think next on my reading list will be book 1 in the Lunara trilogy.  http://www.lunaraseries.com  It's a sci-fi series and I'm reading the first book to see if I'd be into it.  Then after that, I'll read the Ashok Banker Ramayana books.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on March 01, 2012, 10:10:57 PM
I'm reading 20,000 Leagues under the sea and honestly, I fucking hate it. Yeah it's super old but that fact alone is really killing it for me. The CONSTANT lists of fucking sea creatures and facts that are old hat to contemporary society is really boring to me. I get why it's a classic but it's just not my cup of tea. Too bad cuz I was really jazzed to read it initially.
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Post by: ZeronHitaro on March 01, 2012, 10:21:03 PM
Currently I'm crawling my way through Red Hood's Revenge while waiting for some beta feedback on a manuscript. Haven't been much into reading these days; but I've been trying to make time. It's not bad, like the first two books in the Princess series is has some interesting concepts and variations on the fairy tales the source material draws from. But something in this one is just...dragging. I don't know what it is, although it might be mostly due to finally feeling like things are shaping up/coming to a head in the last 70 pages after 270+ of mostly filler. I'm hoping The Snow Queen's Shadow has better pacing; as right now it's been rather tempting to just drop the books and try Eon.
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Post by: Vanguard on March 02, 2012, 04:02:14 PM
I'm reading 20,000 Leagues under the sea and honestly, I fucking hate it. Yeah it's super old but that fact alone is really killing it for me. The CONSTANT lists of fucking sea creatures and facts that are old hat to contemporary society is really boring to me. I get why it's a classic but it's just not my cup of tea. Too bad cuz I was really jazzed to read it initially.

It could be the translation. The content of the book will not change, but I'm sure there's a translation that is less painful to read while staying accurate to the original content.
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Post by: Logick on March 07, 2012, 02:00:15 AM
I just finished Blackout, now reading its sequel, All Clear.  These books won the 2011 Hugo for best sci fi novel.  Its about historians traveling back to WW2 to observe it, until something goes wrong.
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Post by: Vanguard on March 07, 2012, 10:56:00 AM
I've been playing a lot of roleplaying games these days and feel compelled to read fantasy. I have started the second book in ASOIAF. Hating much less than I expected to, but find I still kind of drone out in certain character's chapters (Sansa).
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Post by: Dincrest on March 07, 2012, 01:07:53 PM
I'm reading Lunara: Seth and Chloe.  Not a bad sci-fi read, but not OMG AWESOME! either.  A little light reading, though my idea of light reading is different than the average person's. 

Regarding the suspension of disbelief in Game of Thrones, I had to suspend my disbelief at
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Post by: Hathen on March 08, 2012, 02:50:25 AM
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I thought it was pretty funny that Martin made a bit of a smokescreen by emphasizing how much most of Eddard's children look like their mother. Makes me wonder why he made it blatant from one of the very first chapters that Jaime was jousting his sister pretty much every chance he could get.
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Post by: Dincrest on March 13, 2012, 02:23:33 PM
Appropriate vid for the Game of Thrones discussion:

http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6579356/game-of-thrones-rpg

Anyway, I finished reading Lunara: Seth and Chloe.  I will not be continuing this series.  The book isn't bad, but it just didn't tickle my mojo.  Too bad since it's been getting rave reviews.  Sure, the average reader would probably consider it a deep epic start to a saga (it's 400 pages, part of a trilogy) but to me it was light reading... perhaps too light.  I guess I'm just not really into "light" reading unless its comics or manga.  Even then, Battle Angel Alita is my idea of light reading.   

I'm interested in getting to classics I haven't read like Three Musketeers, The Great Gatsby, and Ivanhoe. I also have Ashok Banker's version of Ramayana to read.  I'll figure out what I'm going to read next.
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Post by: GrimReality on March 13, 2012, 03:44:00 PM
Finished the second book in the Black Jewels trilogy. It was nowhere near as good as the first one. There is just way too much melodrama. This thing reads like a cheap fantasy soap opera with everyone bawling their eyes out about every little thing. It's become hilarious, and would make for a great drinking game.
There are just so many contrived sequences that don't play by the rules of the world. Then the brilliant author goes and "removes" the best character for 3/4 of the book! Genius! Despite all this, I'm curious enough to read the last in the trilogy.
My wife was offended when I told her I wasn't liking it anymore. It's amazing how we take our interests so personally, isn't it?
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Post by: Dincrest on March 14, 2012, 07:10:21 PM
So Grim- it sounds like if that book had a song-and-dance number and a scene where a boy and girl run around a tree, it would be a Bollywood melodrama.  Still, it's disheartening when a first novel has so much promise then the second one hits the dreaded sophomore slump.  

And I made my decision.  Out of Great Gatsby, Three Musketeers, Ramayana and Ivanhoe, I have decided to start reading Ivanhoe.  I don't think I could really go wrong with any of these books, but something in my soul is saying "Ivanhoe."
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Post by: MeshGearFox on April 15, 2012, 03:54:33 AM
About 93 pages into Dune. It's basically been a huge info dump so far and I don't even care because it's so damn interesting.

This is kind of like Foundation only unlike Asimov, Herbert actually knew English.
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Post by: Dincrest on April 15, 2012, 08:04:40 AM
I finished Ivanhoe last night.  Good book, though the language at the time made the reading quite dense.  I need an illiteracy breather now.

You know how when you ask people what Moby Dick's about, they say, "a whale."  That's false because the whale only appears 2/3's into the book.  In much the same way, Ivanhoe is not necessarily about "a knight" because Ivanhoe himself only appears spottily within the book. 
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Post by: beLIEve? on April 15, 2012, 12:25:40 PM
About 93 pages into Dune. It's basically been a huge info dump so far and I don't even care because it's so damn interesting.

This is kind of like Foundation only unlike Asimov, Herbert actually knew English.

i finished the first book of game of thrones about a week ago and i felt it was like dune in that everything takes a long time to play out. in dune it sorta does it to it's own benefit in that it has sociopolitical and philosophy ties to the real world that kept me engaged. game of thrones i felt the pacing was a bit off i kinda feel like it was the ramp up to the story arc rather than an arc within an arc. i'm starting the second book soon. so far the only characters i care about are john snow, arya, bran, catelyn and daenerys. the rest i feel are generally dipshits.

i read the whole dune series aside from the stuff brian herbert wrote i'm kinda curious about those books. i felt the first four dune books were really good, 5&6 sorta felt like a long epilogue. 
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Post by: Tooker on April 15, 2012, 03:22:56 PM
So... I now understand something. I didn't really like Dune, and I didn't really like Game of Thrones.  This despite the fact that they are objectively recognized far and wide as being mighty good.  Seeing you all say they feel similar makes me understand better why I don't like them both.
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Post by: Yoda on April 15, 2012, 08:04:28 PM
Dune is one of my all-time favorites and one of a few books I've read more than once. What a great and interesting world with awesome history. The 2nd book is fantastic as well. However I started the 3rd one and couldn't get into it.
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Post by: MeshGearFox on April 15, 2012, 09:23:00 PM
I'm out on if I want to read the Dune sequels or not. People GENERALLY seem to like the first two of those,  God Emperor is about 50/50, and the last two were part of another trilogy that never got finished. The sort of 'rocks fall, everybody dies' approach the later books take sounds kind of... offputting to me.
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Post by: Yoda on April 15, 2012, 09:34:43 PM
The thing about the 2nd one compared to the others is that it's relatively short. It's not as rife w/ deep ass history as well, and seems a bit more tight as a story. That's all from memory though. I'd read book 1 and if it sat well read book 2 and stop there.
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Post by: beLIEve? on April 16, 2012, 07:34:03 PM
So... I now understand something. I didn't really like Dune, and I didn't really like Game of Thrones.  This despite the fact that they are objectively recognized far and wide as being mighty good.  Seeing you all say they feel similar makes me understand better why I don't like them both.

i think those books are kinda like soap operas they take so long to get where they're going but if your patient they really flesh everything out. however i can't say that 100% on game of thrones yet. my roommate couldn't get 60 pages into the game of thrones first book he said it just wasn't compelling and the characters are all talking heads which i sorta scoffed at cause i thought he sounded quick to judge. but he sorta has a point the beginning is not action driven.
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Post by: Ashton on April 16, 2012, 09:37:16 PM
Political intrigues aren't for everyone. They require a lot of thinking and keeping track of the various characters vying for power, which is more effort than some want to put in. Sometimes people just want a moderately stimulating book that doesn't require them to have extensive and meticulous knowledge about all the preceding events.
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Post by: Tooker on April 17, 2012, 10:46:05 AM
That could definitely be it for me, Ashton.

I read all the way through the first book in each series, and I may have even tried the second Dune book.  I also read the shorter Game of Thrones stuff in the Legends books, and I enjoyed that.  (Here's the first of those books (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312867875/ref=cm_cr_asin_lnk), if you don't know what I'm talking about.)
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Post by: Dincrest on April 17, 2012, 04:41:53 PM
I'm still deciding what book I'm going to read next, so I've been sampling stuff.  I read the free sample of the first Prince of Nothing book by Bakker and though it's good, I somehow just couldn't get into it.  I also read a sample of the first Malazan book and I got into that. 

I might start with the first book of Ashok Banker's Ramayana, though.
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Post by: Tooker on April 19, 2012, 12:40:45 AM
I hope you like it!  I am always nervous when I've recommended a book to people, and never more so than in this case. :)

I don't think I mentioned it earlier, but last week, I read 1632 and really enjoyed it.  It's a sort of sci-fi/alternate history thing where a coal mining town from West Virginia gets transported (ground and all) back in time to Germany in the middle of the Thirty Years' War.  I really don't know anything about that war, but it was pretty entertaining nonetheless.  It's available free (along with bunches of other books) from Baen.

http://www.baenebooks.com/c-1-free-library.aspx
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Post by: Yoda on April 19, 2012, 01:49:21 AM
I finished Game of Thrones last week and enjoyed it greatly. It didn't rock my world, maybe because I watched the show first, but I'm hooked and will read the 2nd book before I see the next series.

Cheers:
Interesting characters for the most part. They all have their own demons for the most part. Even the good guys have done their fare share of misdeeds.
The character focused chapters keep you going
A nice history is developed without being too heady or ridiculous like the wheel of time books. Things are revealed nicely here, where in WoT it seems like a lot of made up junk just plopped down.

Jeers:
There are few chapters that seem like they exist just to explain what's going on. Late in the book there's a long conversation between Tyrion and his pops where they just explain everything that's going on. It didn't seem like story development, just a quick way to show motivation. It kind of reminded me of the government agents in Burn After Reading that kind of show up and summarize what's going on.



Reading Catching Fire now. I enjoy it. A quick read. Growing attached to the characters. Having a surly Woody Harrelson as the image for Haymitch certainly is a bonus. I'm interested to see where this all goes, but it seems ridiculous at times. How does a dictator have the time to micromanage a teenager's life?
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Post by: beLIEve? on April 19, 2012, 11:00:07 AM

Reading Catching Fire now. I enjoy it. A quick read. Growing attached to the characters. Having a surly Woody Harrelson as the image for Haymitch certainly is a bonus. I'm interested to see where this all goes, but it seems ridiculous at times. How does a dictator have the time to micromanage a teenager's life?

i finished the first hunger games book right after the first GoT book. i really liked it. it was the antithesis to game of thrones that complemented my experience for both. i started the second game of throne book before catching fire though. i ended up giving my paperback copy of hunger games to my friend so she could read it and when i found out i couldn't get paper backs for the next two i just bought the whole trilogy set hard bound and told my friend she could keep the paperback. we went to see the movie the other night i thought it was okay but as someone who read the book i thought there was things in the movie you wouldn't understand without reading it like the mocking jays. normally i try to watch the movie first but i read the book first on this it sorta ruined the movie for me a little.
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Post by: Vanguard on April 19, 2012, 12:23:04 PM
I've been trucking through A Clash of Kings. I like this book much better than the first. The insufferable characters are more tolerable this time, and there is just some brilliant scenes. The coolest character is Jaqen H'ghar. I'm on pace to finish the book before this or the following episode, and am far enough ahead to not get any spoilers despite this season's erratic pacing.

Afterwards? I picked a copy of Fritz Leiber's Swords and Deviltry. Hoping to delve through some of the Appendix N stuff before DCC RPG drops next month.
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Post by: Yoda on April 19, 2012, 12:34:41 PM
what characters did you find insufferable?
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Post by: Vanguard on April 19, 2012, 12:54:13 PM
Bran, Sansa, Catelyn, mostly. There are actually some very cool moments in Sansa's chapter in this book, and Catelyn does some rad shit too. Bran, unfortunately, still sucks. He does not play a huge part this time around, though.
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Post by: Yoda on April 19, 2012, 01:41:30 PM
Sansa is what she is in book 1. Spoiled rotten with Disneygirl dreams.

Bran? I'll agree somewhat, since his only purpose was getting hurt. I did like the parts later in the book when he's buddies w/ that wildwoman.

Catelyn rules and it'd hit it.
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Post by: Vanguard on April 19, 2012, 02:00:07 PM
Every Bran chapter is like, "I'm dreaming. I was a wolf. I saw a Raven. He said some shit. Now I'm running. Now I'm walking. I have legs. Four of them. Because I'm a wolf."

Sansa personifying what she is doesn't make her fun to read.

I was underwhelmed by Catelyn more than anything. There is cool shit afoot in the second book that involves her.
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Post by: Dincrest on April 19, 2012, 04:16:32 PM
Like I've said before, I really like the Bran chapters because they're introspective. 

Sansa was insufferable in book 1, I gained some respect for her in book 2, I liked her in book 3, and loved her in book 4.  She undergoes the most drastic development of all the Starks.  The best Sansa chapters, though, are the ones where she's complemented by someone.  I.e. the Sansa/Sandor Clegane chapters are excellent.  When reading, it's so easy to forget that many of the characters are children.  Sansa is only, what, 12-13 in the first couple of books?  Think about the average 12-13 year-old girl you see nowadays.  Puts things in perspective, eh?

Catelyn is sometimes immature, though like Sansa, her best chapters are where she's complemented by someone.  The Catelyn/Brienne chapters are quite good because Brienne being such an anomaly forces Catelyn to rethink some of her worldviews. 

Although I like the character of Davos, his chapters are always the least enjoyable for me to read. 
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Post by: Vanguard on April 19, 2012, 04:25:54 PM
I agree that Sansa and Catelyn are best when accompanied by someone. I think that's why Bran is so insufferable for me. He seldom has anyone major to play off of.

Davos is one I'm not too fond of as well. Theon just keeps getting better.
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Post by: Dincrest on April 19, 2012, 05:01:56 PM
Davos does a lot of important things, but he doesn't have a very exciting personality.  He's probably the most ordinary of all the POV characters. 
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Post by: (Tunnels) on April 20, 2012, 01:14:05 PM
I agree that Sansa and Catelyn are best when accompanied by someone. I think that's why Bran is so insufferable for me. He seldom has anyone major to play off of.

I've only read through the 3rd book, so I can't speak for these characters in the latter books, but...

Bran's chapters get much more interesting nearer the end of the 2nd book, and he has some really good chapters in the 3rd book. While not major, he does get some people to play off of, which definitely improved his chapters in my eyes.

I really like Sansa. Like Neal mentioned, she deals with a lot of cruel shit for a girl her age.

LINK BELOW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BOOK 2
This video sums up my feelings for Sansa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwlx2nLqGK8&feature=plcp&context=C4e09b86VDvjVQa1PpcFNyZnZc9L0mxWahPrqhMiLOQMYHrEbVOV8%3D), although I think the author exaggerates a bit (Sansa, while capable, is no master of the political game). Despite this exaggeration, the author makes a good point about one of Sansa's scenes near the end of book 2. To me, Sansa is the anti-Cersei, and that scene really paints that image.
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Post by: Dincrest on April 21, 2012, 12:45:39 PM
I hope you like it!  I am always nervous when I've recommended a book to people, and never more so than in this case. :)

I've read the first few chapters of book 1 and it is great!  The writing is really vivid and raw.  So different than the watered down/sanitized Ramayana the coalition of Indian parents tried to teach us at biweekly religious group meetings when we were kids.  I'll bet they'd be shocked by how raw those first couple of chapters are.  If I had this when I was 12 years old, I'd have been more interested in "Sunday school."

Oh, and when the Pisacas were first mentioned, I envisioned the Pisacas from Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne.  

I feel like I did as a kid when I was first introduced to Amar Chitra Kata comics (they're an Indian comic book company who do comics of Indian mythology).  I was used to American superhero comics like Superman and Spiderman where the good guys win, the bad guys lose, the people are saved, and no blood is shed.  So reading ACK was raw!  There was blood.  People really died.  The good guys weren't "all good" and had flaws.  Good guys actually KILLED bad guys.  The writing was also no-nonsense and didn't kiddie-fy stuff.

EDIT: I've also been thumbing through my new coffee table book "I'm in the Band" by Sean Yseult (aka "the chick in White Zombie" to quote Beavis and Butt-Head).  It's really good.  Okay, I'm biased since she was my first and only celebrity crush (I was hot for her back in high school) but to this day I'm still attracted to women like her.
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Post by: GrimReality on April 26, 2012, 10:17:52 AM
The Black Jewels Trilogy -

*most likely spoilers* and rambling...


What started out as a very interesting series in the first book, took a nosedive in the second, and then flatlined in the third. This is most definitely one of those series that is more about the characters than the story, as the story is incredibly boring, with very little ever actually happening. There's plenty of build up, with no proper "finish", if you know what I mean. The ending alone renders everything that came before it moot. It's obvious the author just loves her main characters, and just couldn't get to the point of being a bit more realistic about their fates. Good thing there were plenty of red shirts(aka cannon fodder) around to fill the void.
Then we have the ultra lame antagonist(s) of the story. I never once had an inkling that their ridiculous schemes would work. It often felt like the author realized that nothing was going on, so she would fill the void with yet another scheme that had no chance in hell(ha!) of working. Then she would get back to ultra powerful witches and warlords literally crying over every little thing. It's hard to take the High Lord of Hell seriously when he blubbers over every little thing. I understand that it was not meant to be the Satan character that we all know and love so well, but COME ON.
The character of Janelle was so frustrating. There was so much potential there. She's this crazy powerful witch, but we never actually get to see her do much. It's mostly just talk. Even in the end, when she unleashes her power, it's kind of boring. I would have liked some different perspectives on what exactly happened. I wanted to read about the carnage!
Another part of the ending that I hated was how she kept most of the main characters "leashed" in the Keep. I wanted them to go to war! I wanted to see what this group could do! For some reason The Harry Potter ending just popped in my head. Probably because J.K. Rowling didn't chicken out. There was a freakin' battle, and main characters actually DIED. That's what should have happened here.
I guess maybe I was expecting too much. My wife professes these books to be some of her favorite ones EVAR, and was trying to get me to read them for a long time. I'm not sorry I read them, as they do contain some interesting characters. I guess she just underestimated my need for action over emoting.
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Post by: Vanguard on April 26, 2012, 10:29:58 AM
Finished Walking Dead Books Two and Three. I'm having fun comparing and contrasting the show with the comics.

Finished A Clash of Kings. I liked this book a lot. I think I'm going to just dive into the third one, against my better judgement.
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Post by: Yoda on April 27, 2012, 12:47:10 AM
Finished up Mockingjay... not a good book to read if you're in the mood to be cheered up haha.

A good end... but I can't see this being translated well into a movie.

I'll discuss feelings on the series more after I process things,
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Post by: GrimReality on April 27, 2012, 03:57:27 PM
Finished up Mockingjay... not a good book to read if you're in the mood to be cheered up haha.

A good end... but I can't see this being translated well into a movie.

I'll discuss feelings on the series more after I process things,
Now I want to read it! I've been himming and hawing about the series, and had already decided that I at least should read the first one. My wife read the first, and part of the second before calling it quits. Then again, we don't exactly see eye to eye on quality reading. She gave up on Dancing With Dragons, too. Not cool.
Think I'll pick up the first one over the weekend.
I'm now reading the 4th volume of Sandman, "Season of Mists" or whatever it's called.

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Post by: Yoda on April 27, 2012, 04:09:39 PM
Thoughts; satisfying ending, very grim and more or less realistic. By the end I sympathized with the characters so that's a plus.

My cousin's 11year old read it and I thought that was surprising since the last book is incredibly violent. It goes beyond the kind of violence in the 1st book/movie. I won't say more b/c that'd give away plot
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on April 27, 2012, 08:16:30 PM
Almost done of The Hunger Games and it's very good but very delpressing.  Looking forward to watching the movie when i'm done.
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Post by: MeshGearFox on April 27, 2012, 10:21:56 PM
Second part of Dune sort of turns into a JRPG :| Also still sort of feel like Jessica is the real main character.

Good god I never realized how much Avatar ripped off this too.
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Post by: ZeronHitaro on April 30, 2012, 03:06:33 AM
Still trying to keep reading 'Eon' but if nothing happens soon I'm going to probably wind up pitching it. Think I'm like between the 1/4th to 1/5th mark and it feels like the plot is somehow crawling. If this is what all 'political intrigue' stories are like you can totally count me out. XP I think it makes for a much better background plot than a foreground one. The Obsidian Chronicles had plenty of small political shenanigans going on in the backdrop while still remembering to throw an action bone every so often.
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Post by: kyuusei on April 30, 2012, 03:29:10 AM
I finished Mass Effect: Ascension (yeah I know...) which was not as good as Revelation. I actually mean to get the Game of Thrones books next, because I'll be in need of a lot of reading material this summer. And I won't get to see the TV show until who knows when anyway.
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Post by: Tooker on April 30, 2012, 01:16:31 PM
Read Mistborn last week.  I started it on a borrowed copy and decided I liked it enough that I bought the original trilogy.  Had a hard time deciding between physical and digital copies, because I don't really need more books hanging around... but the digital copies cost more than I could get the books for these days, and I don't want to support that.  Finally decided on physical because I learned that Tor does a crappy job of error checking their ebooks.
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Post by: MeshGearFox on May 01, 2012, 09:33:56 PM
Dune:

1. Chani's face is elfin as FUCK.
2. 'Usul' is really close to the Inuktitut word for penis. The fact that it means "base of a pillar" does nothing to sooth my giggles.

The Navajo Verb: A Grammar for Students and Scholars:

Up to chapter six. Goddamn this is well written. I need to buy a paper copy instead of using the GoogleBooks version. It builds up the morphological and phonological rules in a logical manner without babying the reader
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Post by: Daggerstrike on May 04, 2012, 02:57:12 PM
Read Mistborn last week.  I started it on a borrowed copy and decided I liked it enough that I bought the original trilogy.  Had a hard time deciding between physical and digital copies, because I don't really need more books hanging around... but the digital copies cost more than I could get the books for these days, and I don't want to support that.  Finally decided on physical because I learned that Tor does a crappy job of error checking their ebooks.

Good series. The follow up, The Alloy of Law is pretty good too. I really like the way that Sanderson writes. I really can't wait for the new Stormlight Archives books.
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Post by: Eusis on May 04, 2012, 09:17:10 PM
Only Dune book of the original six I don't own is God Emperor, and that's because I checked it out from the library and blitzed through it. I should get around to reading Heretics and Chapterhouse sometime, shame that rather than get a proper ending there we got his son and Kevin J. Anderson writing fanfiction.

Why is Viagra the third result when I google Kevin J Anderson?
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Post by: beLIEve? on May 05, 2012, 10:44:23 PM
i finished clash of kings last weekend. i took a break from reading this past week to focus on xenoblade. i've got catching fire sitting in front of me and william gibson's monalisa overdrive. i think i'll probably start catching fire though cause those books are a quicker read than gibson.

i think i read the last two dune book primarily to see how leto's plan unfolds. still tempted to give brian herbert a try.
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Post by: Yoda on May 09, 2012, 11:04:45 AM
I'm well into clash of kings. enjoying it.
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Post by: GrimReality on May 09, 2012, 11:38:28 AM
About 100 pages into The Hunger Games. My main question at this point is why the tributes are so young. Why 12-18 year olds? Why not 18-24 year olds? It's just so...wrong. Maybe it gets explained later? I haven't gotten to the actual "games" part yet but my mind roils at the thought of these young kids bludgeoning each other to death. I'm sure the book will spare us the details(or maybe it wont?), but I'm disturbed nonetheless. Despite this, I remain curious as to how this is going to play out so I will keep on reading.
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Post by: Tooker on May 09, 2012, 12:57:22 PM
I'm about 2/3 of the way through the final Hunger Games book, Grim, and here's what I'd say.  The whole point of the Games is to remind the districts that they are completely under the control of the capital, and that they only live because the capital allows them to - even their children.  The fact that people that age are less likely to have children of their own may play into it as well, but if so, it's never really discussed.
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Post by: Yoda on May 09, 2012, 01:27:56 PM
I'm sure the book will spare us the details(or maybe it wont?)

Won't!

Can I ask a general question to those that have read all the Game of Throne books (notice how few people actually call it A Song of Ice and Fire now?):

As the story goes on... does it grow or does it feel like you're being led along like one was with Lost (bad example, probably)? What I mean is that do plotlines get resolved or does it feel like shit is being made up and there's no real plan? Spoiler free answers please!

I was reading the blurb on the back of Clash of Kings. "...the forbidding shores of Winterfell."

uh...
(http://assets.artofthetitle.com/tv/2011/game_of_thrones/interview/got_winterfell_final2.jpg)
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Post by: kyuusei on May 11, 2012, 02:25:16 AM
125(?) pages into The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It's very.. information heavy, but I shouldn't be all that surprised after the movie.

Also a crash course in all things Sweden.
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Post by: Tooker on May 11, 2012, 02:32:20 PM
Got to chapter 20 of the final Hunger Games book and gave up on it.  Looked up a website with chapter summaries and finished the book that way.  I know different folks feel differently, but if I were telling someone about the series, I'd tell them to read the first book and skip the other two.

Now back to the Mistborn books.  I'm about 1/3 of the way through book 3.  I feel better knowing there's a new sequel set hundreds of years in the future, because at the moment, I could see this book ending with the whole world dying off...
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Post by: Daggerstrike on May 11, 2012, 03:03:51 PM
Got to chapter 20 of the final Hunger Games book and gave up on it.  Looked up a website with chapter summaries and finished the book that way.  I know different folks feel differently, but if I were telling someone about the series, I'd tell them to read the first book and skip the other two.

Now back to the Mistborn books.  I'm about 1/3 of the way through book 3.  I feel better knowing there's a new sequel set hundreds of years in the future, because at the moment, I could see this book ending with the whole world dying off...

Yeah, shit gets real in book 3. Super intense and cataclysmic feeling.

And Yoda, as far as Song of Ice and Fire, a little of both. Plots get resolved, but it kinda feels like he is just making shit up as he goes.

Also, that map of Winterfell doesn't extend far enough east or west, as I believe it refers to Winterfell as a country, not just the city. If you go north west a bit you would indeed reach a sea/ocean. This can be seen by the fact that if you go even further north and reach The Wall the shore can be seen at the ends of the wall.
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Post by: Yoda on May 12, 2012, 08:50:41 PM
Oh man lol, Clash of Kings

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Theon getting hard for his sister
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Post by: beLIEve? on May 13, 2012, 12:04:00 PM
Oh man lol, Clash of Kings

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i love that she hangs him out to dry in the end too.
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Post by: beLIEve? on May 13, 2012, 12:22:47 PM
Got to chapter 20 of the final Hunger Games book and gave up on it.  Looked up a website with chapter summaries and finished the book that way.  I know different folks feel differently, but if I were telling someone about the series, I'd tell them to read the first book and skip the other two.

Now back to the Mistborn books.  I'm about 1/3 of the way through book 3.  I feel better knowing there's a new sequel set hundreds of years in the future, because at the moment, I could see this book ending with the whole world dying off...

i just finished the second book last night. it didn't really go were i thought it was going to go at all, so i give it praise for not being totally predictable. i thought the end was satisfying even if it sorta threw everything in your lap on the last five pages but it sorta had me immersed like i was katniss getting all this info at once going wtf?

i really love dystopian future novels though so perhaps i'm biased. my favorite dystopian novel so far is "this perfect day" by ira levin the same guy who wrote rosemary's baby.
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Post by: Yoda on May 14, 2012, 01:02:12 PM
^if you like dystopian future novels then Hunger Games #3 will tickle you pink. While it does it's own thing and I really liked it, it's a pretty good homage to 1984 in ways.


Ok so I'm about 1/2way through Clash of Kings and I just read:
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The part where Renly was killed by Shadow Link. I'm not sure if I like this direction since so far (yeah I'm only on the 2nd book) this series has been about the political side of things and that's what I was expecting. Yeah sure the one chick hatched some dragons but I didn't think they'd introduce some sort of magic in this way. Please no spoilers that explain what happened!
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Post by: MeshGearFox on May 15, 2012, 07:53:23 PM
Finished Dune. That certainly ended.

Next up is Gravity's Rainbow I guess. Or Castle Gormenghast.
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Post by: beLIEve? on May 16, 2012, 11:36:58 AM
^if you like dystopian future novels then Hunger Games #3 will tickle you pink. While it does it's own thing and I really liked it, it's a pretty good homage to 1984 in ways.


Ok so I'm about 1/2way through Clash of Kings and I just read:
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The part where Renly was killed by Shadow Link. I'm not sure if I like this direction since so far (yeah I'm only on the 2nd book) this series has been about the political side of things and that's what I was expecting. Yeah sure the one chick hatched some dragons but I didn't think they'd introduce some sort of magic in this way. Please no spoilers that explain what happened!

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i think that by the end of the first book it sorta implies magic is coming back slowly and i think this the first hard evidence aside from the dragons hatching. i'm not sure when or who says it (so i'm sorry if this is too spoilery) but someone says that when the dragons are reborn magic comes with them whether that is truth or opinion of a character they sorta leave it for you to decide.
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Post by: GrimReality on May 16, 2012, 03:26:14 PM
I just got to Part II of The Hunger Games. Right after they announce
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that 2 people from the same district can win without having to kill each other. It appears to be an obvious setup for things to come, but I'm not so sureThe book has gotten progressively better, and I'm pretty much hooked at this point. I just need to find the time to sit down and plow through it.
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Post by: Logick on May 17, 2012, 03:53:15 AM
Just started reading China Mieville's latest book, "Railsea". Such an odd book, about a sea of train tracks, and people sail this "ocean" on trains hunting giant moles.  Classic Mieville :P
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Post by: Starmongoose on May 17, 2012, 05:00:10 PM
I just got to Part II of The Hunger Games. Right after they announce
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that 2 people from the same district can win without having to kill each other. It appears to be an obvious setup for things to come, but I'm not so sureThe book has gotten progressively better, and I'm pretty much hooked at this point. I just need to find the time to sit down and plow through it.

Maybe you'll be surprised.
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Post by: Dincrest on May 18, 2012, 08:47:24 PM
^if you like dystopian future novels then Hunger Games #3 will tickle you pink. While it does it's own thing and I really liked it, it's a pretty good homage to 1984 in ways.


Ok so I'm about 1/2way through Clash of Kings and I just read:
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The part where Renly was killed by Shadow Link. I'm not sure if I like this direction since so far (yeah I'm only on the 2nd book) this series has been about the political side of things and that's what I was expecting. Yeah sure the one chick hatched some dragons but I didn't think they'd introduce some sort of magic in this way. Please no spoilers that explain what happened!

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i think that by the end of the first book it sorta implies magic is coming back slowly and i think this the first hard evidence aside from the dragons hatching. i'm not sure when or who says it (so i'm sorry if this is too spoilery) but someone says that when the dragons are reborn magic comes with them whether that is truth or opinion of a character they sorta leave it for you to decide.

I think that we the readers know as much about magic as the inhabitants of the book.  It's something of a mystery (because it's been absent/suppressed from the world for so long) so when we're scratching our heads about magic, so are the people in the book (many of whom fear the arcane that they don't know about.)  Maybe it's like how the Mayan calendar says that in X year magic will somehow return to Earth, but it's all speculation how magic truly works in that world. 

In other words, Song of Ice and Fire doesn't have a fleshed out magic system like, say, Mistborn. 
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Post by: Yoda on May 18, 2012, 11:47:52 PM
I can dig that. I was more or less just surprised.

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Post by: Dincrest on May 19, 2012, 10:56:28 AM
...as were/are the denizens of the books:P 

But I too am curious as to what Martin has in mind to flesh out how magic fits in the world, especially since you have "natural resource" type magic (what with all the creatures like wights and others) and more arcane yet methodical magic like what the Red Priests and Priestesses do. 
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Post by: Vanguard on May 22, 2012, 03:45:36 PM
Just started reading China Mieville's latest book, "Railsea". Such an odd book, about a sea of train tracks, and people sail this "ocean" on trains hunting giant moles.  Classic Mieville :P

He is on the list of people to read on my quest to dig fantasy books.
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Post by: Starmongoose on May 22, 2012, 04:12:52 PM
I've only read Perdido Street Station by him, but I do recommend. It's not as deep as it can appear, but the imagination is fantastic.
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Post by: MeshGearFox on May 22, 2012, 07:36:29 PM
Started reading Babel 17.
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Post by: Tooker on May 22, 2012, 11:09:27 PM
Okey dokey.  Finished the Mistborn trilogy.  Finished The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene - it's a primer on string theory.  Way more serious than what I usually read.  It was both interesting and good for me. :)

Then I read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  I had just finished listening to a series of podcasts on the US civil war, which helped me recognize some of the actual people and events.  It was a good book - I didn't realize it was written in a documentary style.
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Post by: kyuusei on May 23, 2012, 02:19:19 AM
Finished The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo at some point last week and started The Girl Who Played With Fire. Or well, I'm halfway through now. It got interesting a lot quicker than the first book did.

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At least that fuck Bjurman is dead. :P
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Post by: Yoda on May 23, 2012, 10:26:22 AM
GoT #2

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I hope that's not the case
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Post by: GrimReality on May 23, 2012, 10:30:11 AM
Finished The Hunger Games. The short of it is that I liked it a bit more than I expected. Great protagonist surrounded by mostly bland side characters. A quick and intense read. The ending was a bit too predictable, though. The book definitely lacked in back story. I wonder if book 2 explains things any better. I'll most likely read it after a few others in between.
Back to The Sandman for now.
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Post by: beLIEve? on May 24, 2012, 11:16:05 AM
GoT #2

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Just got to the part where Theon is searching for Bran... In the following 2 chapters Tyrion and Cat find out they were killed :(

I hope that's not the case

that part bummed me out.
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Post by: dyeager on May 24, 2012, 11:20:33 AM
Finished The Invisible Gorilla: http://www.amazon.com/The-Invisible-Gorilla-Intuitions-ebook/dp/B0036S4EYQ/ref=kinw_dp_ke?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2
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Post by: Yoda on May 24, 2012, 12:03:00 PM
The thing I don't get about GoT is if they're constantly raping and killing all the peasants A) how can there be any people left B) why don't they rebel.

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Post by: Tooker on May 24, 2012, 03:25:46 PM
All of the peasants were transported there from the city of Metropolis on one of the DC multiverse worlds before it was destroyed during the 1985 crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths.  They used to live on a world with superheroes, and were used to losing relatives and having the city destroyed on a weekly basis, so despite their current living conditions, they still consider it an upgrade.
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Post by: Logick on May 25, 2012, 12:47:15 PM
He is on the list of people to read on my quest to dig fantasy books.
I don't know if I could call him fantasy, people call his books weird fiction, which I think is more suited for him.  If you want fantasy books that don't ride on Tolkien tropes I recommend GRRM A Song of Ice and Fire and Steven Erickson's Malazan Book of the Fallen.

I've only read Perdido Street Station by him, but I do recommend. It's not as deep as it can appear, but the imagination is fantastic.
Perdido Street station is good, but his post Bas Lag books, Unlundun, The City and The City, Kraken, Embassytown, and so far Railsea, are REALLY good.  And Embassytown(which is hardcore sci fi) is incredibly deep.
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Post by: dyeager on May 25, 2012, 12:50:49 PM
(http://art.penny-arcade.com/photos/i-x9xHBTp/0/L/i-x9xHBTp-X2.jpg)
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Post by: Logick on May 25, 2012, 08:04:10 PM
Lots of people commented on the Penny Arcade folks view of Mieville's work, realizing they mainly read "mainstream" sci fi novels and such, I'm guessing that his books are just not meant for them.
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Post by: dyeager on May 25, 2012, 08:56:33 PM
Aren't Mieville's sales enough to call him "mainstream" at this point? I mean once you've won some Hugo awards you probably qualify right? I don't know I'm just asking.
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Post by: Logick on May 26, 2012, 01:55:28 AM
Aren't Mieville's sales enough to call him "mainstream" at this point? I mean once you've won some Hugo awards you probably qualify right? I don't know I'm just asking.

The penny arcade guy only read half of city and the city and didn't understand it and accused him of being smug.   Mieville's books are geninuely different people call them Weird Fiction.  This is why I love his books, while alot of writers are formulaic, he paints a different world, he's like the Frank Zappa of scifi/fantasy :P.  I also love how even those the Bas Lag books made him known, he no longer writes books in that world, he's not obliged to.
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Post by: Yoda on May 26, 2012, 07:53:26 PM
Took me a while to read the last 3rd or so of a Clash of Kings. formulating my thoughts. Certainly a wild ending.
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Post by: kyuusei on May 26, 2012, 10:43:48 PM
Finished The Girl Who Played With Fire. WTF @ Zala.

Bought The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest but I think 120 pages is enough for one day.
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Post by: Yoda on May 27, 2012, 12:22:20 AM
I like the sequel, "The Girl That Made a Ham Sandwich"

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So A Clash of Kings:

Enjoyed it very much, except for a few points. I liked the structure of the book except how there'll be something going on in one characters "chapter" and then the book moves on to another character and we're left to find out what happened in the other in a pretty mundane dialog between characters. "such and such has done X and Mr. B has been doing Y..." etc.
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Post by: Dincrest on May 28, 2012, 04:21:06 PM
Ashok Banker's Ramayana is fantastic, but I'm putting that on hold to read Mistborn.
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Post by: GrimReality on May 31, 2012, 10:58:25 AM
Finishing up Sandman book 4: Season of Mists. It's been bizarre as hell, but fun. I'll keep going.
I got my next book in the mail yesterday. Cavern of Black Ice by J.V. Jones. First book in the Sword of Shadows series. The name sounds crazy generic, but I saw all sorts of acclaim for them, so I decided to go for it. Anyone out there read them?
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Post by: (Tunnels) on May 31, 2012, 10:47:32 PM
Been reading Richard Morgan's The Steel Remains lately, and after a rocky start, I've warmed up to it. I'm about half-way, and I think I'm finally starting to understand where the characters are in relation to each other, cause there sure as hell wasn't a map included to give any indication where these places are. I really enjoy how he has set up the novel; the main character has his viewpoint chapter ever odd chapter, so chapter 1, 3, 5, 7 etc. are the main char's chapters, while the even chapters alternate between the other two main characters, with one having his on chaps 2, 6, 10 etc., and the other having hers on 4, 8, 12 etc. It keeps things fresh, without distancing the events so far that I don't remember what the hell is going on anymore.
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Post by: Yoda on June 03, 2012, 12:13:26 AM
one of the things I love the best about A Song of Ice and Dice:

(this isn't really a spoiler but i play safe)

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I really like how semi-important characters disappear and are still referenced. We're left to wonder if they're alive or making an impact in some way somewhere. Benjen Stark, Ser Barristan to name a few. 
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Post by: GrimReality on June 04, 2012, 10:27:54 AM
Ok, so I decided to read the second Hunger Games book before Cavern, as I'll get through it a lot faster. I'm only a short ways in, but I already kind of know where it's headed. Let's hope it throws me for a loop or two.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on June 06, 2012, 07:04:17 AM
I'm reading the new Dark Tower book; The Wind Through The Keyhole.  So far, so good.
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Post by: Tooker on June 06, 2012, 11:37:46 AM
Continued my Sanderson-palooza with The Way of Kings.  Good stuff.  It's perhaps stupid, but because he's Mormon (as am I), I always find myself looking for things in his books that I think are a nod to his religion.  It's because I worry about him pulling an Orson Scott Card and going "You know, I don't have any ideas for a story right now.  I'll just copy a big chunk of the Book of Mormon and change some details."* However, with Mr. Sanderson, so far, so good.  I have seen subtle nods in his non-WoT books, some of which even I didn't pick up on until I went back and thought about them.

Two things from the Mistborn books (spoilered because they don't come up until at least the second book):

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The whole thing about storing away supplies in preparation for an upcoming disaster - Mormons are encouraged to do this.  At this point, I believe it's two weeks, but at one point, they said we should try to have two years' worth of stuff, because some day, the crap is really going to hit the fan and we'd need it.  I don't think the specifics were doctrine-based - we're just encouraged to be prepared and self-sufficient wherever possible.
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Engraving important things on metal sheets.  I think most folks are aware (especially if they've seen the South Park episode) that this is a theme in Mormon scripture.
*Card did this with his "Homecoming" series.  Well, at least he did with the first book.  I stopped reading after that, because I thought "Why keep reading?  I already know this story."
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Post by: Vanguard on June 06, 2012, 11:50:53 AM
He is on the list of people to read on my quest to dig fantasy books.
I don't know if I could call him fantasy, people call his books weird fiction, which I think is more suited for him.  If you want fantasy books that don't ride on Tolkien tropes I recommend GRRM A Song of Ice and Fire and Steven Erickson's Malazan Book of the Fallen.

I've only read Perdido Street Station by him, but I do recommend. It's not as deep as it can appear, but the imagination is fantastic.
Perdido Street station is good, but his post Bas Lag books, Unlundun, The City and The City, Kraken, Embassytown, and so far Railsea, are REALLY good.  And Embassytown(which is hardcore sci fi) is incredibly deep.

I think this is why I'm interested in him. ASOIAF is okay, but I'm not floored by it. I've been looking for weirder stuff, the kind of books you're likely to find listed under Appendix N. Mieville is too recent for that, but he at least seams to be coming from a totally different direction than most post-Tolkien stuff.
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Post by: kyuusei on June 15, 2012, 02:57:07 AM
Less than halfway through The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest, it does drag a bit (I feel like I know the Swedish government and political history in intimate detail) but picked up again with everyone taking sides.

Also the first four Game of Thrones books showed up before E3 so I'll get to those after.

Also also heard someone compare the Hunger Games' writing to Twilight. Now come on. NOTHING can be as badly written as Twilight. (Except maybe 50 Shades of Grey.) Right?

....Right?!
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Post by: Starmongoose on June 15, 2012, 10:32:04 AM
It's NOT as badly written as Twilight, and I can say that because I actually have read them both in their entirety. DONT LOOK AT ME.

It depends what you considerer the "writing" though, with YA fiction I would say you come for the story rather than the prose.
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Post by: GrimReality on June 21, 2012, 10:35:06 AM
I've never read Twilight, but I've seen the Movies(Hey, no judging! They suck) and no way is Hunger Games written as bad as Twilight. Sure it's not the most eloquent writing out there, but it is serviceable enough to convey the story and characters.
Speaking of which...
Catching Fire -
I'm really kind of surprised how much I'm liking these books. I certainly have issues, as they are far from perfect, but they are filled with great characters, and are written in a way that demands you just keep going. Katniss really is a great protagonist. She comes across, not as a superhero type, like some would portray her, but as a real person, with real issues, and emotions. It's easy to understand why she does the things she does, and why she reacts to certain situations in such a crazy way.
I was happily proved wrong by some of the character arcs here. One in particular surprised me by not becoming a walking, talking, cliche. Good job Ms. Collins. Sadly, I'm still not big on Peeta. He's just too damn perfect. I kind of get where the author is going with him, but I also wish she would flesh him out a bit more.

I'm moving right into Mockingjay, as Catching Fire ended as if it was just another chapter. I think even books in a series should have some sort of closure. There is nothing but questions and anticipation at the end of CF. I AM intensely curious to see how all this is going to play out. I have a feeling that it's not all going to go the way you would expect. I just can't see a happy happy, joy joy ending on the way. We'll see.
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Post by: Monsoon on June 21, 2012, 05:04:58 PM
Reading Mr. Paradise by Elmore Leonard.  This is my second Leonard novel, and hot damn it's great.  The man is totally unpredictable in his plots (except the nice, hardworking, lonely white guy usually gets the girl at the end) and his dialog is incredibly snappy.  Gonna try the Elmore Leonard book that Justified is based on after this. 
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Post by: kyuusei on June 23, 2012, 09:22:02 PM
It's NOT as badly written as Twilight, and I can say that because I actually have read them both in their entirety. DONT LOOK AT ME.

It depends what you considerer the "writing" though, with YA fiction I would say you come for the story rather than the prose.

Okay, I've read Twilight in all its terrible glory (yes really, but it gives me free reign to make fun of it :P) but can't bring myself to read 50 Shades. Even for lulz. I've tried to read a page at the bookstore, twice even, but it's impossible.

Onto not-shitty books, I started GoT. Really neat stuff so far. People keep telling me he goes into too much detail, but I doubt those people have read Lord of the Rings...
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Post by: Starmongoose on June 23, 2012, 09:29:51 PM
What the hell is 50 Shades?


Does she have another book now?
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Post by: kyuusei on June 23, 2012, 10:57:58 PM
50 Shades of Grey, that other series I'd mentioned. :P It's not by Stephanie Meyer, but it's.. wait for it.... Twilight fanfiction with all the names changed to original characters. With BDSM elements.

I wish I was making that up. :(
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Post by: Starmongoose on June 23, 2012, 11:12:05 PM
D:

Is it like, y'know, My Immortal levels of bad?
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Post by: kyuusei on June 23, 2012, 11:22:43 PM
I've never read My Immortal, but I've heard of its legend. It sounds about as bad.

The fact that people can get terrible, renamed Twilight fanfiction published just squicks me out.

But then Twilight itself got published, so.
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Post by: D-Rider on June 24, 2012, 09:00:01 PM
Onto not-shitty books, I started GoT. Really neat stuff so far. People keep telling me he goes into too much detail, but I doubt those people have read Lord of the Rings...

Tolkien goes into detail about flowers and elves and hobbit breakfast.

GRRM goes into detail about rape and incest.
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Post by: Dincrest on June 25, 2012, 09:40:54 PM
I haven't had much time for reading lately, though I'm going between Ashok Banker's Ramayana, the first Mistborn book, and starting this indie comic series called Akashik by Writers of the Apocalypse.
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Post by: Eusis on June 28, 2012, 01:40:19 AM
Onto not-shitty books, I started GoT. Really neat stuff so far. People keep telling me he goes into too much detail, but I doubt those people have read Lord of the Rings...

Tolkien goes into detail about flowers and elves and hobbit breakfast.

GRRM goes into detail about rape and incest.

And Robert Jordan for everything imaginable? Lord of the Ring seemed concise coming off of Wheel of Time.
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Post by: Yoda on June 28, 2012, 03:52:52 PM
Absolutely right. I've read the first 4 books of WoT and most of it's descriptive text or just repeating crap on how Rand is the chosen one.
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Post by: Daggerstrike on June 28, 2012, 11:57:30 PM
Fuck Robert Jordan and fuck Stephen King. Two of the most overhyped asshat authors out there. So fucking descriptive it quickly turns into monotonous and terrible.
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Post by: Tooker on June 29, 2012, 12:05:41 AM
I take it you've never read Tom "Technical Blueprint" Clancy...  

Jordan and King both have their problems, but they both deserve to sell lots of books.  There's a reason that so many people stuck with WoT even through a few books where nothing really happened.  And I'm not sure King's ever written a decent ending, but the stuff that gets you to that crummy ending is so good that it (usually) makes it OK.


Almost forgot that I got some books this week that I've been looking for forever and a day.  Two books of non-sci-fi short mysteries by Isaac Asimov.  I probably could have found them at any point if I'd gone hunting online, but I didn't want to get them that way.  Very happy that my persistence paid off.
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Post by: kyuusei on June 29, 2012, 12:41:49 AM
I only got through one book of the Wheel of Time. Don't see myself getting to the rest anytime soon.
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Post by: Yoda on June 29, 2012, 12:54:06 AM
King is like ME3.

It is one of the best books I've read. But yeah... the ending was something else for sure alright.
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Post by: kyuusei on June 29, 2012, 01:19:22 AM
Now imagine if that ending got an extended cut.
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Post by: Yoda on June 29, 2012, 01:32:41 AM
He'd probably tell them to fuck off from his private radio station.

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Post by: ZeronHitaro on June 29, 2012, 01:33:37 AM
I don't have so much a problem with King's endings so much as I do with his pacing and dialog choices. A lot of his stories have too much pointless chatter (He's probably one of the few people deserving to have his works hit with the 'Get on with it!' joke) and he uses far, far too much swearing. I know harsh language is part of the culture (and sometimes just bluntly part of how a character will talk based on personality) and all but there are certain numerical thresholds you cannot cross without looking like an 11-year old who just discovered you can type **** on a keyboard and thinks it hilarious.
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Post by: GrimReality on July 04, 2012, 11:29:33 PM
I sat down under a tree in my garden and read through to the end of Mockinjay:
*mild spoilers*
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I really thought this book was a bit of a disaster. It felt like the author didn't know where to go with the story after leaving the arena. We get a bunch of random scenarios that don't constitute much of anything happening, or story progression. When we finally DO get to the point of moving forward, she(the author) falls back on what she was obviously so proud of from the first two books. It makes very little sense.
Then we have the whole Gale/Peeta thing which kind of just drove me nuts.
I had heard that the ending was depressing, but it really didn't feel that way to me. It was a natural extension of the story. I wasn't particularly happy with it, but I can accept it. I just wish we had gotten a little more info on what's going on with a few of the characters.
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Post by: Tooker on July 05, 2012, 01:15:26 AM
Yeah, I only got about halfway through that book before I gave up on it.  Just read chapter summaries of the rest.
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Post by: beLIEve? on July 14, 2012, 12:36:28 PM
i kinda took a break from reading to jam through dragons dogma, then i finished the last third of the third GoT book and what a last third it was! i sorta feel like the first book introduces all the characters the second kinda gets the whole ball rolling and the third it hit it's stride. after that i picked up mockingjay blew through that in a day. i'd have to agree that there were moments where i was like where the fuck is this going? the end had too many moments where i either questioned the characters continuity of motives or i questioned the plausibility of the situation. basically from the point in district two till you get to the final battle. the end was satisfying to me it just felt wonky to get there.

i just started book four of GoT yesterday. this weekend i read a bunch of comics i read the first eight issues of "midnight, mass." i'm four issues into "saga" by brian k vaugh the same dude who did the "y the last man" series, shit's super good. it's sorta weird fantasy sci-fi supernatural with a really human storyline. i read the first issue of "revival" which is about people coming back from the dead but so far it's not your typical zombie thing. the revivers look/act like normal people. it's a super interesting premise so i'm excited to see where that goes. i read the forth trade of "sweet tooth" it's about a plague that kills most of humanity and the only children being born are animal human hybrids the main character has deer antlers and ears it deals with xenophobia in a cool way. and last but not least i'm on the 6th trade of "transmetropolitan." which is pretty much how i imagine the future would be...only if hunter s tompson were there to bitch about it.
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Post by: Yoda on July 14, 2012, 02:46:10 PM
I'm about 1/2 way through GoT #3. I agree that taht book is sweet.
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Post by: kyuusei on July 15, 2012, 03:00:07 PM
Finished GoT book one, I love the ending. :D
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Post by: Tooker on August 01, 2012, 12:22:54 PM
Blog post title says it all:

http://www.brandonsanderson.com/blog/1101/Today-I-got-up-and-I-did-not-have-a-Wheel-of-Time-book-to-work-on.
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Post by: Yoda on August 01, 2012, 10:31:30 PM
Blog post title says it all:

http://www.brandonsanderson.com/blog/1101/Today-I-got-up-and-I-did-not-have-a-Wheel-of-Time-book-to-work-on.


It's been over a year since I read a WoT book and I could only vaguely tell you what was going on. They're not very compelling and it seems like shit happens just for the sake of it.

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Post by: Raziel on August 04, 2012, 05:53:21 PM
One thing that really pisses me off about fantasy literature is the need to have multi-part epics that read like fan novelizations of some D&D campaign. If it was short, maybe, but last time I checked the fantasy section in a bookstore all I could see are series that span over 8-9 books and from a quick glance seem very amateurish.
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Post by: ZeronHitaro on August 04, 2012, 08:49:00 PM
Personally I think books should be treated like movies. If you have a large story to tell; do it in three parts. If it requires more than that; you've got far too much padding/filler. More writers need to take a leaf out of comic books and side step the whole 'I want to build this massive world/tale, ergo I must write tons of books for this single tale' and just adopt the principle of inter-universe continuity. That was you can continue to write for your world, without any one tale getting too dragged out, and still have nods/follow ups to previous stories that 'work better' if you've read all the previous works but aren't a requirement in order to fully appreciate what's going on.

I.E: To directly use my own work- Birth of a Succubus works as a stand-alone but has a scene that holds far more weight if you've read Sakuri; yet isn't 'What purpose does this serve?' if you haven't.

I mean imagine how tiresome the Marvel movies would've been; in example, if they were all one 'epic tale' rather than individual parts interconnected by a whole. I think if The Avengers was called (and prior films treated as, in a straight-path continuity) 'Marvel Heroes 6'; it wouldn't have gone over as well. This same theory applies to books. 'Dragon Slaying Knight of Clichedom 8' is far less interesting/acceptable than 'Dragon Slaying Knight of Clichedom 1; has ties to 'Dude Running Through the Sewers Killing Rats 2 & 3', if you're interested'.
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Post by: Tooker on August 08, 2012, 04:19:50 PM
Over the past few days, I read Stephen King's 11/22/63.  It was a really fast read for some reason.  I liked it - mostly even the end, where King usually struggles/fails completely.

(In case anyone doesn't know, basic plotline is that a guy from now goes back in time to try to stop JFK from getting killed.)

I liked the realizations of "well crap, I wish I had my cell phone now," or "how do you find this stuff out without the internet?"  I think the main character starts out the book at about 30, so he would have had some experience in school of researching things without a computer, but he would have definitely gone through high school and college with the web.
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Post by: Yoda on August 13, 2012, 02:16:33 AM
In high school I used the internet like twice and one of those was checking out hamster dance.

I'm 30. I'm not trying to be a jerk about that though, it's just amazing how quickly it took over. The year after I graduated I went back to my HS to get transcripts and they just finished installing a huge computer lab. They had some when I was there but I don't think I ever used it.


At a charity auction I won a collection of books, all graphic novels:
persopolis
unterzakhn
the cardboard valise
the hive
habibi

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Post by: Tooker on August 13, 2012, 03:18:47 PM
it's just amazing how quickly it took over.

You ain't just whistlin' dixie. I started college in fall of '93, and I had text-based email (yay telnet!).  I went to El Salvador at the end of '94 and came back at the end of '96, and everywhere I looked, I saw "www.whatever.com."  I had to ask people what the heck it meant.  At some point within those two years, the web went from being something hardly anyone had heard of to being all over.  Granted, websites were still pretty primitive, and many folks didn't have internet access yet, but the addresses were on billboards, magazine ads, everything.
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Post by: Starmongoose on August 13, 2012, 03:30:33 PM
it's just amazing how quickly it took over.

You ain't just whistlin' dixie.

That is adorable. I don't know what it means, but its precious.
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Post by: Tooker on August 14, 2012, 11:08:15 AM
Sorry - forgot to class it up for the Scot. I don't know how to do that, so here's the British version.

it's just amazing how quickly it took over.

Indubitably, my good man. When I joined the university in the autumn of 1993, they granted me access to their text-based electronic mail system, which utilised a piece of software known as "Telnet."  One year later, I took a two year sabbatical, during which I journeyed to the wilds of El Salvador to convert the heathens.  Upon my arrival back in the colonies, imagine my surprise when I saw unintelligible strings of letters such as "www.ISayOldBean.com" whithersoever I cast my gaze.  Indeed, I was so bewildered by these scrawlings that I was forced to ask those around me for their meanings, as though I were some country bumpkin, unaccustomed to technology.  It seems that during my missionary work, the internet had swelled enormously in popularity and accessibility, and had now become quite ubiquitous.  It must be said, of course, that the sites available to one in those early days were nothing compared to the sophistication one sees in the modern times in which we now live, and that a very significant percentage of the population still had no means by which to view said sites.  However, despite these issues, it was clear that the corporate world had grasped the potential offered by the internet, as they placed addresses to company websites in all manner of advertisements.  (That is, of course, to say, "ad-VER-tiz-ments," not "ad-ver-TIZE-ments.")

Better? ;)
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Post by: Starmongoose on August 14, 2012, 11:36:55 AM
What wouldn't be made better written like that? I love the effort.


10/10, would read again.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Tooker on August 14, 2012, 12:01:29 PM
Thanks - I have to admit, I kind of want to start a review now by saying "It was the best of games, it was the worst of games."
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: beLIEve? on August 16, 2012, 11:45:54 AM
Thanks - I have to admit, I kind of want to start a review now by saying "It was the best of games, it was the worst of games."

LOL, it also sounds like the title of a thread about games you love to hate or hate to love.
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Post by: (Tunnels) on August 18, 2012, 08:07:48 PM
Ender's Game.

Despite my misgivings of Orson Scott Card's views, this book was pretty damn fantastic. I don't really care for child characters, but everything about Ender and the world he inhabited was fascinating. Not hard sci-fi, and really, the sci-fi was second to the human drama centered around war (both on global and personal levels) and what costs were we willing to pay in order to win war.
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Post by: D-Rider on August 19, 2012, 09:54:49 PM
I have been on a MAJOR Zelazny kick this summer.  It started out innocently enough with a reading of Lord of Light, then I went on a crazy spending spree.  I bought and read:


And now I'm tearing through the Amber novels, which I already owned.  Book seven, I forget the title.  The second of the Merlin books.

That's a lot of Zelazny.  I think I'll be done with him for a while once I finish off Amber.
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Post by: GrimReality on August 26, 2012, 09:33:26 PM
I finished A Cavern of Black Ice by J.V. Jones.
My review:
    This turned out to be way different than I was expecting. It was incredibly well-written, with a wonderful sense of pace and tension throughout. It's a very demanding read.
The ultra-generic fantasy name(Sword of Shadows? Really?) of the series had me thinking I was going to get a lighter, hero and a sword type fantasy book. What I got was a dark, even disturbing at times, story, with well-drawn characters. I also like how the story bounces around to be told from the differing perspectives of the characters. Even the "bad" ones, which we learn are no more bad than our supposed heroes.
I look forward to continuing the series, but I'll definitely be reading something a little less draining in between. Great stuff.

I'm now reading The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game of You.
I have Titus Groan and Book 2 of the above series for after that.

Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Yoda on August 26, 2012, 09:37:09 PM
You watch a ton of movies and read a lot. Where the heck do you find the time? I must suck at time management.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: GrimReality on August 27, 2012, 09:11:04 AM
You watch a ton of movies and read a lot. Where the heck do you find the time? I must suck at time management.

Well, it rained all day yesterday, so I wasn't gardening for a change. This allowed me to finish my book.
Generally, the average book can take me a month or more to get through, so I don't go through a lot of books. This is mostly because I only end up getting 30-45 minutes of reading time a day.
I have my "me time" most nights from 9:30-11:00, after my wife and son have gone to bed. I break this up between gaming, movies, and reading. Plus, my wife and I almost always watch some type of movie on Saturday nights. So this results in me seeing 2-3 movies a week. I have a Blockbuster online subscription that keeps them coming. I love it, because I've caught up on so many greats and classics that I may never have seen otherwise.
Funny thing is, I never do any of this when the weather is nice. I'm totally an outdoors kind of guy. So, yes, it's a finely tuned schedule at this point.

Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Esper_Crusader on August 29, 2012, 03:18:34 PM
Going through the Dark Tower books again. I'm on book two. "The Drawing of The Three". Still one of my favorites.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Dincrest on August 29, 2012, 08:54:41 PM
I'm making progress in Mistborn book 1.  It's good, but I have limited time to embrace my literacy. 
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Daggerstrike on September 16, 2012, 07:02:18 PM
Currently reading Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks. Good stuff.

Enjoy the Mistborn books, Din. They are great.
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Post by: kyuusei on September 30, 2012, 11:23:44 PM
Just started A Storm of Swords.... everyone everywhere has made my expectations high for this book (and not so much for AFfC and ADWD).
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Tooker on October 01, 2012, 10:17:39 AM
I read Cormac McCarthy's The Road a couple of weeks ago.  It was awesome.  Now, I'm reading Grant Morrison's Supergods.  It's an analysis of the culture that brought about superhero comics and such.  Good overall, with flashes of brilliance here and there.
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Post by: Yoda on October 01, 2012, 04:20:28 PM
Loved the road. a chilling read for sure. he creates excellent tension. the part where they find the captives is terrifying
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Post by: Tooker on October 01, 2012, 05:14:54 PM
Absolutely.  And as I told someone somewhere, I really didn't feel like anything was inevitable.  Had no idea how it was going to end.  I was pretty sure they wouldn't find the land of rainbows and puppies, but that was about the only thing I thought was off the table.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on November 20, 2012, 08:50:16 PM
I finished Lisey's Story by Stephen King last night and enjoyed it overall. Onto Hearts in Atlantis now. I can't bring myself to get ahead in Game of Thrones because I want to watch it unfold on TV.
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Post by: Dincrest on November 22, 2012, 09:05:27 PM
Haven't had much time to read lately, but I did manage to eke out chapter 30 in the first Mistborn book.  Great chapter, great book, but I get little time to read because gym, work, and the band I'm currently playing in are really demanding.  

I had a few pennies left on a gift card so I bought this "American manga" for my Kindle fire called Vampire Cheerleaders.  It's as cornball as it sounds, but I found it amusing.  Amusing enough that once I collect enough change from the couch cushions, I'll buy Vampire Cheerleaders 2.  If it's just as good, I'll scrounge for more change to snag Vampire Cheerleaders Must Die! next summer.  
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Taelus on November 22, 2012, 09:12:07 PM
I just finished Heir to the Empire, the first of the Thrawn trilogy (Star Wars). What a fantastic book. Some of the prose was a little bit cliched, but man was that a fun book to read. Just picked up the other two!
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Post by: Yoda on November 23, 2012, 04:48:46 AM
I just finished Heir to the Empire, the first of the Thrawn trilogy (Star Wars). What a fantastic book. Some of the prose was a little bit cliched, but man was that a fun book to read. Just picked up the other two!

that's a fucking blast to the past. ... I remembered loving that series...then hating the ending
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on November 29, 2012, 06:32:56 PM
About halfway into Hearts in Atlantis. I can't believe I've overlooked it for so long seeing as how I probably only have around 6 or 7 King books left to read. I had no idea how much it has to deal with the Tower. So great:)
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Post by: Seultoria on December 16, 2012, 09:27:31 AM
The last book I finished was The Cassandra Project. It was interesting in concept, but the story didn't capture me. Anyway, it was still a good way to spend two hours. Currently reading Lord of Mountains right now. It's alright, it just took too long for anything to really happen in the book.

In Korean, I'm reading 미실 (Mishil). It's about a woman from the Silla Kingdom (back when Korea was divided into three countries) trying to become the queen. She was my favorite character in Queen Seon Deok, so I wanted to read a book where she was the main character.
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Post by: Cyril on December 17, 2012, 07:50:51 AM
I recently finished "Desperate Passage," a historical non-fiction based on the Donner Party, which I'd highly recommend if you're at all interested in survival stories.  Despite the genre, I usually loathe non-fiction, the book is extremely suspenseful and some parts border on horror, along with some mystery when you get into the later details.  But it is also quite brutal and descriptive, so if you're squeamish, avoid it.

If you're unfamiliar with the Donner Party, or have only heard that "they were a group of pioneers who got stuck in the Sierra Nevadas over the winter and had to resort to cannibalism" then you'll be amazed at how much you don't know.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Desert Walker on December 31, 2012, 10:32:11 PM
I'm currently reading Stephen R Donaldson's Chaos and Order, the fourth book (of five) in Stephen R. Donaldson's Gap series.  This series, while not for the light of heart, is one of the best pieces of fiction I've ever read.
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Post by: dyeager on January 01, 2013, 01:49:45 AM
Wow high praise DW. I am a huge fan of Thomas Covenant so will def check this out.
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Post by: Desert Walker on January 01, 2013, 08:59:10 AM
Wow high praise DW. I am a huge fan of Thomas Covenant so will def check this out.

If you aren't the kind of person who absolutely hates sci-fi, I would strongly recommend it.  Let me know what you think when you start.  Just be warned that the series doesn't really kick off until book two and that many find book one difficult to get through (it's the most stomach-churning).

Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Jimmy on January 06, 2013, 10:13:35 PM
Oh my goodness, this thread is still here!

Anyway, I'm currently reading The Passage by Justin Cronin, and No Easy Day by Mark Owen. Only reading both because I received them for free, but I'm hoping they'll keep me amused for a while.
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Post by: Lard on January 08, 2013, 08:12:43 AM
Finished A Game of Thrones last night.

Want to get through the second and third books by the time the third season starts.
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Post by: Tooker on January 08, 2013, 03:33:42 PM
I've spent a lot more time playing games recently, and less time reading, but my copy of the final Wheel of Time book will be arriving at my house today... ready for me to pick up when I get back there on Thursday. :(  So if anybody spoils it for me, I'm gonna be an unhappy camper.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Desert Walker on January 12, 2013, 09:49:54 AM
I've finished Donaldson's Gap Cycle (Here's a review on my blog (http://omnivorousintellectual.blogspot.com/2013/01/book-review-gap-cycle-by-stephen-r.html)), and since then I've been on a huge sci-fi binge.  Right now I'm reading Asimov's The Naked Sun.
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Post by: Tooker on January 12, 2013, 11:30:13 AM
Ah, classic Asimov.  Glad to know I'm not the only one who still thinks he's worth reading. :)

I've got my copy of A Memory of Light, but haven't been able to start it yet.  Decided I couldn't risk getting stuff spoiled for me on this one, so I'd better get it right away.
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Post by: Desert Walker on January 12, 2013, 12:03:06 PM
Trust me, join a sci fi/fantasy literature board and you will see that plenty of people still appreciate Asimov. :P
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Post by: Jimmy on January 12, 2013, 09:43:01 PM
Just finished reading the first Redwall book by Brian Jacques. I remember seeing them in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section of my local bookstore as a kid and being curious. I saw a copy at work so I snapped it up. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is definitely geared to 10-14 year olds I'd say, but it was an enjoyable read with likeable, if somewhat flat, characters and a fun story. I'll pick up Mossflower later this month.
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Post by: Yoda on January 14, 2013, 02:22:50 AM
Ah, classic Asimov.  Glad to know I'm not the only one who still thinks he's worth reading. :)

I've got my copy of A Memory of Light, but haven't been able to start it yet.  Decided I couldn't risk getting stuff spoiled for me on this one, so I'd better get it right away.

I tore through the Robot and Foundation series back in HS. Excellent reads. Foundation and Earth was amazing.

Good storytelling without being needlessly 1000pages a book, a lesson modern authors should learn.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Desert Walker on January 14, 2013, 09:42:58 PM
Currently reading Robert Heinlein: In Dialogue With His Century, Vol. 1 by William H. Patterson.  A biography of Heinlein is right up my alley right now.  I just hope the second volume (which deals with the more relevant period of his life) comes out soon.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Tooker on January 15, 2013, 10:24:00 AM
Good storytelling without being needlessly 1000pages a book, a lesson modern authors should learn.

I'm glad you included "needlessly."  I'm about 200 pages into A Memory of Light, and it's moving at a pretty darned good clip.  Nynaeve has shown up a couple of times so far, and I don't think she's tugged her braid once!
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Post by: Fadedsun on January 15, 2013, 03:45:57 PM
Currently in the middle of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. So far, so good. After this I'll be reading the complete works of Sherlock Holmes on a friend's recommendation.
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Post by: Taelus on January 15, 2013, 06:55:08 PM
Currently in the middle of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. So far, so good. After this I'll be reading the complete works of Sherlock Holmes on a friend's recommendation.

You are going to be experiencing a great deal of good reading for the foreseeable future. American Gods, also by Neil Gaiman, is probably my favorite of his books.
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Post by: Yoda on January 15, 2013, 09:27:12 PM
Good storytelling without being needlessly 1000pages a book, a lesson modern authors should learn.

I'm glad you included "needlessly."  I'm about 200 pages into A Memory of Light, and it's moving at a pretty darned good clip.  Nynaeve has shown up a couple of times so far, and I don't think she's tugged her braid once!

HAHAHAH. You fucking nailed it. I gave up on that series in book 4 I think. All the world building can't make up for the horrible characters and Rand is basically a big twat. The gripes in this article sum up my feelings pretty damn well.
http://io9.com/5975831/the-wheel-of-time-rolls-to-a-stop-io9s-review-of-a-memory-of-light
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Post by: (Tunnels) on January 15, 2013, 10:10:25 PM
Speaking of dense fantasy, I've been pushing myself through Tad Williams' Shadowmarch. Part 1 of a quadrilogy, I've got to say, not a lot has happened. I'm about 2/3 the way through and it looks like things are finally starting pick up, and the one character who got on my nerves is finally becoming interesting. I like Tad Williams, so I figure I'll give the second book a shot after this, but as of right now, my next novel is gonna be A Feast for Crows. I wanna catch up completely on ASoIaF by the start of the new season.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Desert Walker on January 16, 2013, 08:58:29 PM
I was concerned about the Heinlein biography I'm reading, given that it's volume one and covering his early years before his career as a writer really started.  Fortunately, it's quite engaging in spite of this.

Edit:

Still working on the Heinlein biography, but progress is steady. If all goes well I can finish tomorrow.

Meanwhile, this gem popped out at me and made me smile given his reputation for sexism in his writing:

The AML was expanding so rapidly that Heinlein had to recruit engineers everywhere he could--a very scarce commodity when all the young men were in the services.  But he knew there would be an untapped source: he spent the last months of the academic year scouting technical schools all over the East, looking for female engineers. Female engineers would be draft-exempt. He amused himself between interviews checking-and refuting (to his satisfaction) Doc Smith's idea that a woman could have either brains or beauty, but when he saw at first hand the unfair treatment women were accorded by universities, he became incensed. At the university of Delaware, he found that female engineering candidates were not even permitted into the School of Engineering:

Quote
I almost went through the roof...then took nasty pleasure in chewing out the President of the University in the presence of a large group of people, by telling him that his University's medieval policies had deprived the country of trained engineers at a time when the very life of his country depended on such people.

It makes me wonder if his attitude towards women has been misinterpreted...or if he was a late blooming sexist.

EDIT 2:  I'm now reading Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End.  Just finished and reviewed (http://omnivorousintellectual.blogspot.com/2013/01/book-review-city-and-stars-by-arthur-c.html) The City and the Stars.

EDIT 3:  Finished Childhood's End.  I'm now reading The Fountains of Paradise.

EDIT 4:  Finished and reviewed (http://omnivorousintellectual.blogspot.com/2013/01/book-review-fountains-of-paradise-by.html) The Fountains of Paradise.  I'm now starting on China Mieville's Perdido Street Station.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Jimmy on January 30, 2013, 08:53:00 PM
I've been trying to read The Passage by Justin Cronin. I'm going to try and keep at it with the hopes that it will actually get, ya know, interesting. But I have to say so far that the first 200 pages have been extremely boring and uninteresting. I'll give it 200 more pages because it's so freakin' long, but if it hasn't picked up by then I'll move onto the next book on my shelf.
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Post by: Desert Walker on February 02, 2013, 11:40:16 AM
After reading through part of 2001 and the beginning of ...Rama I've realized that Clarke's style has started to wear on me and I need a change. I can always return to Clarke later. I grabbed the LoA '50s sci-fi collection and started on The Space Merchants. It was just the jolt of caffeine I needed. (No pun intended. ;) )
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Post by: Tooker on February 02, 2013, 01:15:06 PM
I've been reading Brandon Sanderson's Warbreaker, which you can download free from his site here:

http://brandonsanderson.com/book/Warbreaker/page/20/WARBREAKER-Rights-and-Downloads
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Post by: Desert Walker on February 16, 2013, 08:11:13 PM
Now reading Olaf Stapledon's The Last and First Men.

EDIT:

I returned to and finished The Cold Equations and Other Stories by Tom Godwin. Lots of good stuff in there, even if some of it isn't sheer brilliance. Godwin may not be a Brahms or a Bach but I'd argue that he is a Tchaikovsky or a Chopin.  I'm currently working on Before the Golden Age: A Science Fiction Anthology of the 1930s and just started on The Skylark of Space by E.E. Smith.
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Post by: GrimReality on March 06, 2013, 09:40:34 AM
I haven't commented in this topic in a while. My reading has been all over the place.
I read Titus Groan, which was fantastic. I want to read the next one, but I've heard the first is the pinnacle of the series. I have tons of questions, though! Anyone else around here ever read this book/series?

Finished Sandman Vol. 5. Not the best of the bunch so far, but still interesting.

I'm now reading Sword From Red Ice by J.V. Jones. Third in the (horribly named) Sword of Shadows series. Damn good writing in these. Great, very real, characters.
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Post by: Tooker on March 06, 2013, 10:29:03 AM
I really need to get more of Sandman - I think I've only read the first one or two.

I recently found myself listening to the audiobook of Orson Scott Card's "Monkey Sonatas: Fables and Fantasies," which is the third in a series of short story collections he did back in '92 or so.  It's so bad - it's like reading a book of the worst episodes of The Outer Limits.  I'm happy that I can't remember whether I liked it when I read it back in the day.

Edit: can't decide if this should go in the amazing pics place or here, so I'm putting it here.  Fantasy books retitled.
http://mightygodking.com/2008/10/20/mgk-versus-his-adolescent-reading-habits/
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Post by: Desert Walker on March 19, 2013, 05:57:57 PM
Some of those were pretty good.  Conan the Libertarian gave me a good laugh.  Has a nice ring to it, actually... ;)

Currently working on Moby Dick and some Poe in the evenings.  Seriously considering starting on a novel by A.E. van Vogt (probably Slan or The Voyage of the Space Beagle) for days when Melville gets a bit too heavy for me.
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Jimmy on March 20, 2013, 01:21:31 PM
It took a while, but I finally finished reading The Passage by Justin Cronin a few weeks ago. It turned out okay, but it was one of the most tedious books I've ever read, and needlessly so.

Anyway, I wanted some lighter stuff for the next book or two. First I read Codename Verity by Elizabeth Wein. It was good, and I was actually surprised by the conclusion. A little annoyed that it used the snarky, sarcastic narrative voice that is ubiquitous in YA novels, but overall I really liked it.

Currently reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.
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Post by: Daggerstrike on March 22, 2013, 09:35:09 PM
Currently re-reading Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. The new one comes out later this year. He is one of my favorite authors. There are a few one shots that he has done that I REALLY hope he turns into series. Specifically the story Legion. Fucking awesome.
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Post by: D-Rider on March 23, 2013, 10:28:45 AM
You know what's surprisingly good?  This copy of the first Vampire Hunter D novel I picked up on a whim.  My knowledge of this character comes solely from that shitty PS1 game I played way back.  This is not high literature by any stretch of the imagination, but it has a pulp sensibility that I find refreshing in this day and age where every book I read wants to be a Tolkien-esque epic.  I'll be buying more of them...and apparently there are a lot of them. :P
Title: Re: Book Thread Continued
Post by: Lard on March 27, 2013, 07:17:38 AM
I was concerned about the Heinlein biography I'm reading, given that it's volume one and covering his early years before his career as a writer really started.  Fortunately, it's quite engaging in spite of this.

I had no idea there was one out. Heinlein is a funny bird. Some things make him seem so progressive and some make him seem so backwards.

You know what's surprisingly good?  This copy of the first Vampire Hunter D novel I picked up on a whim.  My knowledge of this character comes solely from that shitty PS1 game I played way back.  This is not high literature by any stretch of the imagination, but it has a pulp sensibility that I find refreshing in this day and age where every book I read wants to be a Tolkien-esque epic.  I'll be buying more of them...and apparently there are a lot of them. :P

I've been collecting and reading them as they've been released, and I can vouch for their quality. None of his (Kikuchi's) books are fine literature but they're well translated and just ....interesting. He has some good ideas and he can end a story in a way that doesn't make you roll your eyes or groan.
I would suggest you keep going with them. I think the last I read was Volume 16.

I'm going to try and plow through books 2 and 3 of GoT before the season starts, based on a suggestion of my friend.
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Post by: Jimmy on March 29, 2013, 01:27:51 PM
Finished Will Grayson, Will Grayson last week. Currently reading The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. It hasn't been released yet, but I got an ARC a month or so ago and figured I'd go ahead and read it.

Next up will either be Mossflower by Brian Jacques, or That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on March 31, 2013, 11:01:42 PM
Finally started The Omen Machine. Quite good to see the old gang again. Next up is Magda Searus: The fist Confessor.
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Post by: Tooker on April 01, 2013, 10:37:13 AM
I read And Another Thing, the final Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy book, which was written by Eoin Colfer.  Pretty decent, but you could definitely tell it was written by someone who's not Douglas Adams.

Now reading a book called Wool.  It's quite good.  Originally self-published but now available from actual stores and stuff.  (I got the Kindle version, which is the cheapest.)  I'm about 20% of the way into it and really enjoying it.  It's a post-apocalyptic story of people living in some kind of underground silo.  The first section stands on its own well, and tells the story of a man who decides he wants out.  The way the author leads you through the question of whether the outside world is really ruined like the character has always been told is brilliant.

http://www.amazon.com/Wool-Omnibus-Edition-Silo-ebook/dp/B0071XO8RA
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Post by: Yoda on April 01, 2013, 11:19:01 PM
Got back into ASOF&I #3. I'm resigned to the fact that it's impossible to know every damn character in the book so I'm just sticking to the major who's and the where's
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Post by: Tooker on April 08, 2013, 03:39:59 PM
I finished Wool just now (link to Amazon in my last post), and it was excellent all the way through.  People should read it. :)
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Post by: Yoda on April 09, 2013, 11:42:08 AM
Almost done w/ GoT #3. Interested to see where this goes.

The rate people are dying off is interesting
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Post by: Tooker on April 18, 2013, 03:08:43 PM
Keeping with my post-apocalyptic reading mood, I just finished The Dog Stars. It's quite good. Had a feel that reminded me of The Road quite a bit, although it's much less bleak. Sad things still happen, but it's a super-flu end of the world rather than The Road's nukes. (Or at least I think that was nukes.)

Next up is a new fantasy that's getting a lot of good buzz, Promise of Blood. It's book 1 of "the powder mage trilogy" - guns and magic together.
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Post by: Tooker on April 20, 2013, 08:02:11 PM
Oooh - check this out.  Anyone remember the Lone Wolf choose-your-own-adventure/RPG hybrid books?  The author has made them available free to read/play at the following website in about a dozen different formats.

http://www.projectaon.org/en/Main/Home
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Post by: MeshGearFox on April 22, 2013, 12:29:53 AM
Finished Illuminatus!. Going to move on to some of the Samuel R. Delaney books I've picked up recently.

Did pick up Thomas Pynchon - V. today but that can wait. I need something shorter.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on April 25, 2013, 02:46:15 PM
Re-reading Swan Song by R. McCammon. One of my all time favorites.
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Post by: kyuusei on April 25, 2013, 07:18:28 PM
Been sloooowly getting through A Storm of Swords. I'm barely ahead of the show, but not by much at all. Almost halfway through.
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Post by: Yoda on April 29, 2013, 11:32:37 AM
FINALLY finished A Storm of Swords. I like where this is going.

Crazy epilogue
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Post by: dyeager on April 29, 2013, 11:46:51 AM
FINALLY finished A Storm of Swords. I like where this is going.

Crazy epilogue

I'll give you the same advice I've been giving everybody. STOP NOW.

Nobody ever listens.
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Post by: Yoda on April 29, 2013, 11:48:43 AM
Why?
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Post by: dyeager on April 29, 2013, 11:54:40 AM
Why?

The actual editing stops after book 3.

I think part of the problem may be that originally, back in the late 90s when GRRM first started publishing these, his plan was to SKIP like 15 years of time between books 3 and 4. But he does not do that. This thing takes a hard right into Jordanville starting with book 4.
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Post by: dyeager on April 29, 2013, 11:56:56 AM
But then again - if you enjoy detailed descriptions of what is in the larder at any given moment, you may very much enjoy these books. Far be it from me to say what is "bad" or "good" - but books 4 and 5 are definitely "different" in terms of pace, attention to minutiae, and pages spent describing what people are eating.

Also, I think it is fair to warn you that the "main" characters in the sense I'm guessing you mean it are not in book 4, so steel yourself accordingly if you decide to press on.
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Post by: dyeager on April 29, 2013, 12:53:31 PM
Oooh - check this out.  Anyone remember the Lone Wolf choose-your-own-adventure/RPG hybrid books?  The author has made them available free to read/play at the following website in about a dozen different formats.

http://www.projectaon.org/en/Main/Home

BTW Tooks - not sure how I missed this before now but holy cow this is awesome!!!
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Post by: Tooker on April 29, 2013, 01:05:39 PM
Glad you caught it now, in that case. :)

Your comments about ASoIaF are interesting.  I only read the first book, decided it wasn't really for me, and put it down.  But I was recently reading a collection of short stories by George R. R. Martin, and he said something chilling in the intro.  To put it briefly, he said that he's had lots of series over the years that he just lost interest in and stopped writing.  I thought "man, if you do that with ASoIaF, you're gonna get lynched."

I'm reading Promise of Blood now, and it's pretty good.  Magic and guns, including magic based on gunpowder as well as other kinds.  Some interesting character bits that I'm hoping the author follows up on in the future, like the character who's trying to convince himself that he's not a gunpowder addict, and the issue of people having to work with someone who betrayed them in the past.

I'm reading it on my Kindle, and noticed that they added a new feature with the latest firmware update.  It watches how fast you're reading, and if you bring up the menu while in a book, it tells you how much time it'll take for you to finish the book.  Amazing idea for when you're about to go on a trip and aren't sure if your book is long enough to last you.
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Post by: Yoda on April 29, 2013, 01:27:22 PM
But then again - if you enjoy detailed descriptions of what is in the larder at any given moment, you may very much enjoy these books. Far be it from me to say what is "bad" or "good" - but books 4 and 5 are definitely "different" in terms of pace, attention to minutiae, and pages spent describing what people are eating.

Also, I think it is fair to warn you that the "main" characters in the sense I'm guessing you mean it are not in book 4, so steel yourself accordingly if you decide to press on.

Fair comments and that is a disappointing turn for sure... but man I'm too invested to not know what's up. If that's the case then it'd be interesting to know how the show handles such a departure in the future.
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Post by: dyeager on April 29, 2013, 01:47:36 PM
Fair comments and that is a disappointing turn for sure... but man I'm too invested to not know what's up.

And another one bites the dust. :-)

To be fair though, if I could go back in time 13 years ago when Storm of Swords came out and say "seriously, stop reading after this one, you'll regret it"... well, I wouldn't have listened either.
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Post by: Yoda on April 29, 2013, 02:22:01 PM
I looked at the titles of the first few chapters and was disheartened to see "The Prophet' and "someone else" but the sight of Cersei and Brienne held my chin up.


I refuse to believe it's anywhere as bad as WoT.
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Post by: GrimReality on April 29, 2013, 11:53:35 PM
Feast of Crows was a bit of a slog, but still pretty darn good compared to many other series. I would never call it bad, by any stretch. The real problem is that it's missing certain perspectives. And the ones you get in turn are not a fair trade.
Like many others, I just had to keep going. Fortunately, I found book 5 a bit better. Especially the latter half.
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Post by: dyeager on April 30, 2013, 09:16:45 AM
Feast of Crows was a bit of a slog, but still pretty darn good compared to many other series. I would never call it bad, by any stretch. The real problem is that it's missing certain perspectives. And the ones you get in turn are not a fair trade.
Like many others, I just had to keep going. Fortunately, I found book 5 a bit better. Especially the latter half.

See, there ya go. A point for the other side.
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Post by: (Tunnels) on April 30, 2013, 01:26:59 PM
Yeah, I've heard arguments for both sides for AFfC. My bf liked it a lot, but Brienne is one of his fav characters, and Cersei is too interesting to pass up a chance to peer into her character. I started AFfC recently myself, and I have to admit, the "Prophet" chapter is pretty damn interesting.
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Post by: Yoda on April 30, 2013, 01:32:56 PM
I needed something more brief so I started up At the Mountains of Madness on the train to work yesterday.

That probably has to be the best title of a book ever. I also love that it referenced another book on my shelf I need to read:
(http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1170751037l/70925.jpg)

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Post by: dyeager on April 30, 2013, 01:40:33 PM
That is a good book, you will enjoy it.

The actual name of "Arthur Gordon Pym" is "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket", which is even more awesome.
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Post by: Yoda on May 05, 2013, 01:53:30 PM
That is a good book, you will enjoy it.

The actual name of "Arthur Gordon Pym" is "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket", which is even more awesome.

Very true.

I'm doing something I don't usually do, reading two books at once. To test out my new kindle I got Out of the Silent Planet.
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Post by: kyuusei on May 06, 2013, 01:42:40 PM
I've heard a lot of people say ADWD is a bit better than AFFC, actually. And I find both Cersei and Brienne really interesting, so I'm willing to give AFFC a try - besides, I already own it.
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Post by: Yoda on May 09, 2013, 06:08:18 PM
After rifling through 40 something pages of Out of the Silent Planet on the train today I'm enthralled.
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Post by: Yoda on May 19, 2013, 10:29:26 PM
^An awesome reed
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Post by: Lard on May 22, 2013, 05:52:07 AM
Feast of Crows was a bit of a slog, but still pretty darn good compared to many other series. I would never call it bad, by any stretch. The real problem is that it's missing certain perspectives. And the ones you get in turn are not a fair trade.
Like many others, I just had to keep going. Fortunately, I found book 5 a bit better. Especially the latter half.

I finished Clash of Kings and started Storm of Swords this afternoon, so I'm a bit behind you.

Since there's two weeks to the next episode, I have been heavily encouraged to try and catch up and outpace this season before the last two episodes by a friend who has read the books.
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Post by: Yoda on May 23, 2013, 07:04:57 PM
anyone read Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrel?

Goosey?
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Post by: Tooker on May 24, 2013, 12:23:00 AM
I read it - thought it was pretty good stuff.  Long, and I'll admit that it dragged at times, but good the rest of the time.  It's got an unusual style, but unusual isn't necessarily bad.
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Post by: Yoda on May 24, 2013, 12:31:35 AM
live people ignore the strange and unusual. I myself, am strange and unusual.
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Post by: Darilon on May 25, 2013, 10:17:22 PM
Finished Under the Dome and 11/22/63 by Stephen King . I really enjoyed Under the Dome even though I thought the ending kind of sucked. Almost wished they had just left everything a mystery.

I also enjoyed reading 11/22/63 although I preferred the first half of the book. It may have been different if I knew more about JFK and Oswald beforehand. I still thought it was a great read though. While the ending seemed dissapointing at first, I can't really see how it could have been done differently.

 
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Post by: Tooker on May 25, 2013, 11:09:33 PM
I'm really interested to see how the series of Under the Dome goes.  It looks like it's planned as an actual series, not a mini-series... and I think that may be a mistake.
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Post by: Yoda on June 01, 2013, 09:58:21 PM
I just finished book two of CS Lewis' Space Trilogy, Perelandra. Fantastic combination of science fiction and theology. I think I'm going to read something else before the third book.

I need to finish at the mountains of madness.
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on June 02, 2013, 05:39:55 PM
I can't imagine HOW they can present the ending for Under The Dome in a way that viewers will understand. Casual TV viewers that is. Hell, I read the book and am I big fan of SK but I found it hard to wrap my head around it. It was interesting for sure but the concept would be very hard to present visually.
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Post by: Yoda on June 03, 2013, 01:01:57 AM
I can't imagine HOW they can present the ending for Under The Dome in a way that viewers will understand. Casual TV viewers that is. Hell, I read the book and am I big fan of SK but I found it hard to wrap my head around it. It was interesting for sure but the concept would be very hard to present visually.

I consider myself a big fan of King too, maybe even an apologist. There are some classics of his I haven't read yet andI the newest book by him I've read was the last dark tower book. While I loved the ending of that, I love all things that end that way for some reason, that book was a freaking mess.

Have you read Needful Things? That was going to be my next King book, but I was planning on waiting until the fall. He's great fall reads.
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Post by: GrimReality on June 24, 2013, 09:55:25 AM
Finally finished A Sword From Red Ice. It was the third book in a 4 book series. It dragged on for 600+ pages, then finally got interesting in the last 100. Which means I'm stuck reading the last one to find out how it all ends. Hopefully it's better than book 3. Not yet, though.

My wife brought home Gaimans new book The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It's really short, and she read through it in just a few hours. I'm a slow reader, but we have it for 3 weeks, so I'm going for it. Sounds really interesting.
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Post by: Dincrest on June 24, 2013, 04:54:53 PM
Finally finished the first Mistborn book while on the road with my band this past weekend.  Definitely good.  I'm into this series, especially because of the cool allomancy magic system.  I started book 2 and so far, the first few chapters are fantastic. 
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Post by: Darilon on June 26, 2013, 08:44:10 AM
Just finished The Chronicles of Chaos Trilogy. I actually enjoyed Orphans of Chaos and Fugitives of Chaos but the last book was pretty bad. That may in part be to how the plot seems more rushed compared to the first two which seem to drag on if anything. Amelia's love troubles which were always bad get even worse and end in a horrible conclusion.

I am looking for the third book in the Codex Alera by Jim Butcher. I really liked Furies of Calderon and Academs Fury. Hopefully the third book can keep it up.
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Post by: Starmongoose on June 29, 2013, 10:45:57 AM
My copy of The Ocean At The End Of The Lane just came in. Will report when I finish it.
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Post by: GrimReality on July 01, 2013, 11:29:12 AM
Finished Ocean at the End of the Lane. Quiick read, even for me. It's only 180 pages! I'd call it more of a novella than a full fledged novel.
I really like it. A simple story with an interesting world that I didn't want to leave. Gaiman sets up so much, then expects us to be happy with the little he gives us. I wanted 200 more pages, dammit! I have so many questions, and thoughts about what happens and why.
Star(or anyone else who has read/will read it), we must talk when you're done.
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Post by: (Tunnels) on July 27, 2013, 01:19:49 AM
Been reading A Feast for Crows.

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Cersei's chapters are a real treat; it's really like watching a trainwreck. I love that George felt not obligation to make her likable, and that she really is as awful as she comes off in others' chapters, maybe even worse. It makes for a nice contrast to Jaime's PoV in the 3rd book; which in a way redeems him; since we learn that he really isn't as awful as he comes off in the first two books. He's actually pretty downright likable by the end of the 3rd books, and one of my favs in the 4th book. He's almost like a less naive Eddard, with a touch of Tyrion's wit.

Anyway, I'm around page 700 now, and there's about 200 pages left. I can see why some people think that nothing happens in the book, and while I don't think "nothing" happens, there isn't really a lot of major events. Also the Arya in the House of Black & White chapters are amazing.

Also started At the Mountains of Madness. I forgot how dense Lovecraft's prose can be. Still good to be reading Lovecraft again.
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Post by: Yoda on July 27, 2013, 04:49:54 AM
I stalled in Mountains ... love the concept, love the visualization... but it's not doing it for me. I need to finish it before I give my grand sum
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Post by: Dincrest on July 27, 2013, 12:23:27 PM
Tunnels- I agree with you about Feast for Crows.  I enjoyed that book a lot.  Sure there really wasn't any heavy action, but there was a LOT happening.  My favorite chapters were the Brienne and Pod ones. 
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Post by: Desert Walker on July 28, 2013, 02:54:09 PM
Currently reading:

Radley Balko - Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces
Alan Moore - V For Vendetta
Maynard Solomon - Mozart
Nigel Spivey - Greek Sculpture
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Post by: Raziel on August 10, 2013, 01:03:11 AM
Richard Dawkins - The Blind Watchmaker.

I've never been a doubter in evolution, though there were (and are) many details that I was unaware pf. At any case, I will probably now have an easier time if I get into another argument with people who dismiss evolution.

:)
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Post by: Esper_Crusader on August 11, 2013, 10:45:23 PM
Reread The Omen Machine to get ready for Brooks's next installment. Hopefully get my hands on it soon. I'm going to read Joyland first though. King never fails me.
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Post by: Ashton on August 22, 2013, 11:59:13 AM
I recently read a book called Self Made Man (http://www.amazon.com/Self-Made-Man-Womans-Year-Disguised/dp/0143038702), a book about men written by a lesbian feminist.

Sounds like a train wreck, right? Well, there's a wrinkle: she passes herself off as a guy to see what it's like to be a man. I'm actually impressed by how honest she is about the different struggles each gender faces, rather than it being male-bashing patriarchy-affirming schlock like most feminist books are. I highly recommend it.
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Post by: Yoda on August 28, 2013, 10:54:10 AM
A Voyage to Arcturus:

CS Lewis APED the fuck out of this book for his Space Trilogy it seems. I'm early in but man the similarities are beyond striking
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Post by: Darilon on September 05, 2013, 11:44:10 AM
Raymond e. Feist; At The Gates of Darkness & A Crown Imperiled
 


He wouldn't be my favourite author but I always enjoy Feist's books. These two were decent reads overall. I preferred at the gates of darkness although I think A Crown Imperiled was probably the better written book. This is mainly due to a Crown Imperiled not having as much of the over arching rift war plot in it. Can't believe there is only one book left in the series.
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Post by: Desert Walker on September 22, 2013, 10:35:23 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51VRtPKpyLL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-65,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QRoX9NysL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-67,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
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Post by: Tooker on September 22, 2013, 11:03:14 PM
Read The Wind Through The Keyhole, thought it was pretty good.  Glad the "story within a story within a story" construction didn't turn out to be as confusing as it could have.

Then read Spellbound, the second in Larry Correia's trilogy of superhero noir books.  It's been a while since I read the first one, and I don't think he did quite a good enough job of reminding me how things went down in that one, but I still enjoyed the book quite a bit.  I've got the third one waiting for me.

I started up again reading Stephen Tobolowsky's book The Dangerous Animals club.  It's short stories about his life.  So far, the ones I've read are stories that he told on his (excellent) podcast, but that's OK.  They're worth reading again.
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Post by: GrimReality on September 23, 2013, 08:55:15 PM
1984 -
A fantastic book that I'm glad I finally read. It's amazing how relevant parts of it are to the modern world. This is not a good thing.
The book did have a few faults, though. It became less interesting to me after Winston was caught. The conversation with O'Brien was great until he started sounding like a mad scientist out to take over the world. I'm still not sure which side he was truly on.
I also wasn't fond of Julias portrayal. She never gets fleshed out. She's just an arbitrary love interest for Winston without any real story of her own. The way she initially contacted him bothered me the whole book, because it made no sense. She really felt like the 1948 version of a MPDG(http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php...).
The ending definitely fits the theme of the book, as depressing as it is. But there really was no way this was going to have a happy ending.
Anyway, great book, overall. Read it if you haven't.

I'm now reading Sandman Vol. 8: World's End. Brief Lives was fantastic, so I hope the rest of the series maintains that quality.

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Post by: Yoda on September 24, 2013, 11:56:29 AM
1984 is amazing. For a lark check out the movie. It's not perfect but the soundtrack by the Eurythmics is fantastic
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Post by: Dincrest on September 28, 2013, 09:46:55 AM
Slowly making my way through Mistborn book 2.  I just got to chapter 21 where
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Cett's daughter beseeches Elend for asylum and seems to have entangled herself with Breeze.
I love the series, but because I don't have large blocks of time to read as I'd like, my ADD leads me to "palate cleanser" quickie books (often in the form of comics or graphic novels) to refresh me back to the epics.  
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Post by: Tooker on October 02, 2013, 01:22:07 PM
Sad news for his fans today: Tom Clancy has died at age 66. (http://variety.com/2013/biz/news/tom-clancy-dead-1200687980/)
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Post by: Dincrest on October 03, 2013, 09:38:17 PM
More Mistborn
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Sazed's back! and the Pinkie Pie chapter book.  I liked this one because it shed light on Pinkie Pie's backstory and family.  I hope they get more screen time in season 4, especially Pinkie's sisters.  The book may have been less tightly focused than the Twilight Sparkle book, but I wouldn't expect introspective soliloquies from ADHD Pinkie Pie as I would from the calmer and more objective Twilight Sparkle.  Pinkie is my favorite pony and I liked the book (especially with all the pony-fied band names like Nine Inch Tails), but I thought the Twilight book was better. 
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Post by: Tooker on October 03, 2013, 09:56:17 PM
I liked that character that you spoiler-tagged. :)
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Post by: Daggerstrike on October 04, 2013, 10:03:02 AM
I liked that character that you spoiler-tagged. :)

My favorite character from Mistborn is Breeze because-
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He acts like he doesn't care. Like everyone is beneath him but you find out later he does care and is often soothing the emotions of his friends to calm them and make them worry less.

I really hope the movies do the books justice. Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite modern day authors.
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Post by: Dincrest on October 06, 2013, 05:56:45 PM
Breeze is pretty cool.  I like OreSeur too; he provides a completely different counterpoint to everyone. 
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Post by: GrimReality on October 06, 2013, 07:45:19 PM
Finished Sandman: Worlds End, which was great, and started up Fahrenheit 451. Surprisingly I never read it growing up, in school or otherwise. If it's anywhere near as good as 1984 was I'll be happy. The premise is certainly interesting.
In case it wasn't obvious, I'm going through some "top 100 books of all time" lists and picking the ones i haven't read.
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Post by: ultra7k on October 10, 2013, 06:18:46 PM
Re: Sanderson - I really like his novella Alloy of Law that takes place centuries after the original Mistborn series, maybe even more so than the original trilogy.
His other epic series that he started, the Stormlight Archive is also very, very good. I can't wait for the next one, and now that he is done with WoT he should have more time to write this series. He is very prolific, which is a good thing since it means we don't typically have to wait forever and a day for his next book. Also, he is known to sign random copies in airports at the bookstores there, which is pretty cool.

On that note, Scott Lynch released the third book in his series. The third book, The Republic of Thieves is one that I have been eagerly awaiting. Will have to pick it up this weekend and see how it goes. It has been a good while since I've read his books and it's good to see that he is coping with his depression. Hopefully he can really overcome it and get back to everyday life.
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Post by: Daggerstrike on October 10, 2013, 11:28:37 PM
Re: Sanderson - I really like his novella Alloy of Law that takes place centuries after the original Mistborn series, maybe even more so than the original trilogy.
His other epic series that he started, the Stormlight Archive is also very, very good. I can't wait for the next one, and now that he is done with WoT he should have more time to write this series. He is very prolific, which is a good thing since it means we don't typically have to wait forever and a day for his next book. Also, he is known to sign random copies in airports at the bookstores there, which is pretty cool.

That is awesome. RA Salvatore used to do the same thing at the bookstore where I worked. I would walk around and see a stack of his books on the floor. The first time I was confused.

I jut finished the third book in the Spellmonger series. It's called Magelord and it is pretty darn good.
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Post by: Darilon on October 11, 2013, 05:08:55 PM
re-read The Road. What an amazing book. It flows beautifully from beginning to end.


If you saw the movie and enjoyed it, read this book. The story is the same but it still manages to feel like a different beast.
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Post by: GrimReality on October 14, 2013, 09:01:34 PM
Fahrenheit 451 -
I give this only three stars because it came to a sudden and abrupt end, with so much potential lost. My copy has 50 or so pages of essays and discussion material in the back, which I did not know about, so when the end came, I was flabbergasted. The book was way too damn short! It needed another 50 pages to flesh things out, and resolve things.
The concept is certainly an interesting one, and I enjoyed it for awhile, but a few issues bothered me.
Even as it's explained in the book, I never bought that a society would willingly allow the destruction of all books. Or at least most of them. It's a little unclear which ones are allowed to stay.
I loved the character of Clarisse. I wish we had gotten more of her.
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She's just suddenly gone! Like a major character in a movie being killed off off screen. Not coolMontag is an everyman idiot, and I know that's the point, but he got on my nerves a bit too much.
I'm certainly glad I finally read it, and I get why it's a classic, but I have too many problems with it for it to rank too high on my own list.

I just ordered Sandman #9 and The Stars My Destination, so I'll be reading those soon. In the meantime I may tap into my Edgar Allen Poe Compendium.

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Post by: Esper_Crusader on October 15, 2013, 12:56:12 AM
I'm halfway through Doctor Sleep and its very good so far. I was a bit skeptical on a sequel to The Shining but it feels very natural, I'm glad to say.
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Post by: Tooker on October 15, 2013, 11:34:54 AM
That's a relief.  I hoped it'd be good.
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Post by: ultra7k on October 16, 2013, 01:30:28 PM
Currently reading through Scott Lynch's "The Republic of Thieves". After the first chapter, this feels like it will be an important book plot wise in the entire series.
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Post by: Dincrest on November 05, 2013, 09:23:54 PM
Fahrenheit 451 -
Even as it's explained in the book, I never bought that a society would willingly allow the destruction of all books. Or at least most of them. It's a little unclear which ones are allowed to stay.

Historically speaking, there were the Nazi book burnings in Germany during the 1930s.  

Re: the reading thread: I'm slowly working my way through Mistborn book 2 in between work, gym, band, and Pokemon.  I'm somewhere in the middle of book two where
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the Assembly has deposed Elend as king, by writ, and now Vin and company are scrambling to improve the dire situation they're in.
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Post by: ultra7k on November 12, 2013, 01:46:00 AM
I have no time to game, and even less time to read these days.

Still trying to make my way slowly through Republic of Thieves. I find that since I stopped working at the bookstore I used to work at, I just don't read as much which is strange, considering how much I love reading.
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Post by: Daggerstrike on November 16, 2013, 11:38:28 PM
I picked up the first Scott Lynch book. I am not sure how I feel about it yet.
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Post by: CluelessWonder on November 18, 2013, 03:27:11 AM
I can't believe I overlooked this thread.  I read mostly mysteries and currently I've gotten hooked on Tess Gerritsen's books.  It's the Rizzoli and Isles books which is very different in tone to the series.  The series is much more light hearted and humorous while the books are not.

Perusing the last few pages I see many are into the fantasy genre.  I've only dabbled in the genre, mainly reading Pier Anthony's Xanth series.  I want to branch out but I don't really know where to start.  The fantasy section in my local library is really lacking.  Well the adult section is, the YA section has a lot. 
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Post by: Daggerstrike on November 18, 2013, 10:16:01 AM
I can't believe I overlooked this thread.  I read mostly mysteries and currently I've gotten hooked on Tess Gerritsen's books.  It's the Rizzoli and Isles books which is very different in tone to the series.  The series is much more light hearted and humorous while the books are not.

Perusing the last few pages I see many are into the fantasy genre.  I've only dabbled in the genre, mainly reading Pier Anthony's Xanth series.  I want to branch out but I don't really k