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Non-Armageddon Discussion => Non-Armageddon Discussion => Topic started by: FuSoYa on September 09, 2008, 06:14:50 PM

Title: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FuSoYa on September 09, 2008, 06:14:50 PM
It's a spin-off of the 'What are you listening to?' thread! 

So, that being said... it'd be cool if you post what you are reading and your thoughts on it.

John Irving's "The Hotel New Hampshire" - Wow, it's just simply badass.  This is the kind of book I long to read.  Why is it that every badass book focusing on a family touches on incest at some point?  Read it.

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Desertman on September 09, 2008, 06:20:57 PM
One of the Star War's books.

Honestly, I dont remember the title and the book is at home.

Its the second book in the series that follows Han Solo's life from childhood up until the movies.

He just got captured by Boba Fett, man, its exciting.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Yam on September 09, 2008, 06:22:05 PM
One of the Star War's books.

Honestly, I dont remember the title and the book is at home.

Its the second book in the series that follows Han Solo's life from childhood up until the movies.

He just got captured by Boba Fett, man, its exciting.

I really liked that series. It made me bawwwwwww.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gimfalisette on September 09, 2008, 06:23:46 PM
John Irving's "The Hotel New Hampshire" - Wow, it's just simply badass.  This is the kind of book I long to read.  Why is it that every badass book focusing on a family touches on incest at some point?  Read it.

His other books are good too. They don't all involve incest, IIRC.

I'm not really reading at the moment. ARM takes up all my leisure time when I'm playing it.

However, over the summer, while not ARMing, I read:

In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan. It's really good. Well-written, interesting, and succintly addresses the question, "What should I eat?" The short answer: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." The long answer is the content of the book.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FuSoYa on September 09, 2008, 06:26:30 PM
His other books are good too. They don't all involve incest, IIRC.

I'm not really reading at the moment. ARM takes up all my leisure time when I'm playing it.

Yes, I plan on getting another of his once I finish this one and the next book I have.  Fortunately for me I can read at work when there is downtime and as much as my job can drain me at least I have that.

Brandon
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FantasyWriter on September 09, 2008, 06:27:53 PM
Star Wars:
Dark Nest 1
by Troy Denning (I think)

Cool so far.  It is nice to have a little peace and quiet (relatively speaking, of course) to start off with after then end of the Yuzzhan Vong War.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bogre on September 09, 2008, 06:30:29 PM
Lehninger: Principles of Biochemistry

Kuby: Immunology

McEwan: Saturday

Goffman's The History of the Ottoman Empire and Colin Imber's The Ottoman Empire.

A few books on Caribbean revolutionary history and premodern chinese history.




Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Desertman on September 09, 2008, 06:35:18 PM
Lehninger: Principles of Biochemistry

Kuby: Immunology

McEwan: Saturday

Goffman's The History of the Ottoman Empire and Colin Imber's The Ottoman Empire.

A few books on Caribbean revolutionary history and premodern chinese history.


Man, that makes me feel like such an ass for just reading Star Wars.

 :-[
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Yam on September 09, 2008, 06:36:20 PM
Bogre and I are reading almost the same things.

Minus Goffman's text and the Caribbean stuff.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: a strange shadow on September 09, 2008, 06:39:39 PM
Last of the Mohicans.

Just finished reading Snow Crash.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Desertman on September 09, 2008, 06:57:39 PM
Last of the Mohicans.

Just finished reading Snow Crash.

Last of the Mohicans ROCKED.

You will love that book if you just give it a chance.

I know I know, it starts out rather slow and what not, but just give the characters time to progress in your mind, you will love it.

(The movie wasnt bad either, but I recommend the book first.)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on September 09, 2008, 07:49:00 PM
John Irving's "The Hotel New Hampshire" - Wow, it's just simply badass.  This is the kind of book I long to read.  Why is it that every badass book focusing on a family touches on incest at some point?  Read it.

His other books are good too. They don't all involve incest, IIRC.

I think they do all involve bears though.

I'm reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Only about a hundred pages in. Really enjoying it.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoltan on September 09, 2008, 08:03:05 PM
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin. Pure awesome.

Just finished The Quincunx by Charles Palliser. That was also awesome. Weird reading a book that feels like it was written in the 19th century, even though it was written in the 1980s.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Marauder Moe on September 09, 2008, 08:26:20 PM
Just finished The Ghost Brigade by John Scalzi.

Up next is the Sandworms of Dune.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoltan on September 09, 2008, 08:52:34 PM
Up next is the Sandworms of Dune.

I'm so sorry, dude.  :'(
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Voular on September 09, 2008, 08:55:49 PM
"The Pickup" N. Gordimer

"Vigilante" H. Romare (Swedish book)

And I've gone back to dig through some of the Cthulu-mythos Lovecraft stories I love, I have a Cthulu-mythos encycolpedia.. So going to read through that and then go back and try to identify every clue and snippet.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bogre on September 09, 2008, 09:17:01 PM
Bogre and I are reading almost the same things.

Minus Goffman's text and the Caribbean stuff.

Properties of Histidine, go. :P

But thats pretty ironic, hah.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Marauder Moe on September 09, 2008, 09:21:55 PM
Up next is the Sandworms of Dune.

I'm so sorry, dude.  :'(


Oh please.  I've read the rest of them.  They're not as good as the first few of the original series, but I like Anderson and I want to find out how the saga ends (as was written out in Frank Herbert's notes).
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Qzzrbl on September 09, 2008, 09:46:14 PM
The Manhattan Hunt Club was an alright book.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoltan on September 09, 2008, 09:51:56 PM
Oh please.  I've read the rest of them.  They're not as good as the first few of the original series, but I like Anderson and I want to find out how the saga ends (as was written out in Frank Herbert's notes).

I've read them all, too. I thought the House series wasn't too bad.

Most of the plot points in the "last" two books didn't get my panties in a bunch; it was the lack of real character development and "thoughtfullness" of found in FH's work. And Herbert's notes... well, that's a whole 'nother can of worms there.

Well, enjoy. I didn't think it was a total waste of my time reading it, and it was fun getting some closure, I guess. And in fact, I liked the very end!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on September 09, 2008, 10:03:21 PM
Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Trilogy. I can't reccomend these books enough, people. The tale of King Arthur in the dark ages. No knights in shining armor or high-chivalry. It's gritty, bloody war against Saxon invaders, with a touch of dark wizardry. Very armish. This guy's writing is badass all around, but this series is the best of his work. The Merlin character would -thrive- on Zalanthas. Go buy the first one, The Winter King, and improve your life.

Also picking at Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. Stirring, but not good bedtime reading. Still, I reccomend.

-WP can read.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: IntuitiveApathy on September 09, 2008, 10:16:52 PM
Spook Country - William Gibson

I'm not sure about this one yet.. seems like he's drifting.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: nyrk on September 09, 2008, 10:25:12 PM
Odalisque   N. Stephenson  Surprised that this series (Baroque Cycle) doesn't appeal more to this crowd.

Federalist Papers     Because someone linked it in a political debate.  Wife says I have to stop, It angries  up the blood.

Bible

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Yam on September 09, 2008, 10:28:47 PM

Federalist Papers     Because someone linked it in a political debate.  Wife says I have to stop, It angries  up the blood.





That explains a lot. Some of those things will make you crazier than the Book of the Dead. A few aren't too bad though. I liked Hamilton's.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Agent_137 on September 09, 2008, 10:37:55 PM
http://escapepod.org/
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: mansa on September 09, 2008, 10:42:58 PM
Tales - HP Lovecraft (Library of America)
Heart Of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
Don Quixote - Cervantes (Penguin Classics)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Rhyden on September 09, 2008, 11:04:34 PM
Sea of Swords - R.A. Salvatore (my friend lent the first few books to me and I got hooked)
It - Stephen King
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: tortall on September 09, 2008, 11:14:09 PM
Chainfire - Terry Goodkind

Sword of Truth is the best series EVER. Not just a fantasy book. Plus there's a TV series comming out November 1st about Wizards First Rule.

I also really enjoy Tamora Pierce, Orson Scott Card, Julia Quinn, T.A. Barron...... There are several others, but not the major ones.

My name on here actually comes from a place in some of Tamora Pierce's books.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FuSoYa on September 09, 2008, 11:26:24 PM
I'm one of those people who Terry Goodkind make's barf...

I tried reading it like six months ago and all my life I have NEVER returned a book and I took it back after like two hundred pages. 

I swear to god, it was the flattest, least engaging, cliched book ever.  Man the characters were so two dimensional.  But I feel you, I've got a friend who swears by them.  I guess it's one of those love or hate things.

Just my piece.

Brandon
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: AmandaGreathouse on September 10, 2008, 12:39:40 AM
Beauty's Punishment- A.N. Roquelaure

Sabriel- Garth Nix

Mary Magdelene: The Illuminator- William Henry
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on September 10, 2008, 01:40:23 AM
The Geography of Bliss - Eric Weiner
BBC Correspondent travels the world looking for happiness and is very grumpy and over-analytical about it.

Mona Lisa Overdrive - William Gibson
Our favorite razorgirl's just as dangerous as ever.

Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously - Julie Powell
Crazy New Yorker Secretary flails her way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Vol. 1).  MMM, ASPIC.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ender on September 10, 2008, 01:44:14 AM
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I was stuck downtown a few weeks ago with nothing else to do, so I went to a bookstore and read Notes from Underground in the time that I had.  I really liked it, so yesterday I decided to finally pick up his most famous book and give it a shot.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: a strange shadow on September 10, 2008, 02:03:22 AM
I loved it. Flat out loved it.

The Idiot is my second-favorite but it's hard to find a good translation. His tendency to have his characters go off on sociopolitical rants that were pertinent to the times are alternatively interesting and annoying, but the story itself is tragic gold.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FuSoYa on September 10, 2008, 10:58:17 AM
I loved it. Flat out loved it.

The Idiot is my second-favorite but it's hard to find a good translation. His tendency to have his characters go off on sociopolitical rants that were pertinent to the times are alternatively interesting and annoying, but the story itself is tragic gold.

The Idiot is awesome!  I have a thing for Russian lit though.

Brandon
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Xarnia on September 10, 2008, 12:38:24 PM
Juno and the Paycock (quite funny) and The plough and the Stars (Sean O'Casey).

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Fathi on September 11, 2008, 01:41:19 AM
Over the last few weeks I've been reading tons at work. Mostly stuff I've read before but wanted to appreciate again. Here's what I remember. Interspersed throughout were a few really awful pulp horror novels some coworker left at my desk, a collection of essays, and one of those godawful Left Behind books for entertainment value.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne
I have loved this book ever since I was very small and reread it at least once a year.

Neuromancer - William Gibson
Gibson back before he had the tendency to be too Gibson.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? / Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said / Now Wait for Last Year - Philip K. Dick
I sometimes think I'm the only PKD fan who actually hated A Scanner Darkly and never even finished it. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favourite from these three, though.

Rumble Fish - S.E. Hinton
A great character story that impressed me a lot more than I thought it would.

Stardust - Neil Gaiman
Really not a Gaiman fan, but I found this pretty cute. It's a quick read. Should probably see the movie someday.

Shōgun - James Clavell
This should be required reading for anyone wanting to play a noble/merchant character in Armageddon.

Currently, I'm begrudgingly reading The Gunslinger and I must say I rather like it, despite having little to no appreciation for almost anything else King has ever written. ARE YOU HAPPY NOW, MEGAN? I'll probably be done with it by the time I get off work, so I might update this post later!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoltan on September 11, 2008, 02:37:44 AM
Shōgun - James Clavell
This should be required reading for anyone wanting to play a noble/merchant character in Armageddon.

Hell yes. I loved that book.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ender on September 11, 2008, 03:12:41 AM
His tendency to have his characters go off on sociopolitical rants that were pertinent to the times are alternatively interesting and annoying

Ha!  That's all Notes from Underground was.  There isn't even an actual story until about forty pages in.  So I went into Crime and Punishment fully prepared for the rants.  I think I'm gonna change my signature to a quote from Notes.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Aruven on September 11, 2008, 03:45:58 AM
Foreign policy of freedom - ron paul
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ampere on September 11, 2008, 01:07:02 PM
Spook Country - William Gibson

I'm not sure about this one yet.. seems like he's drifting.

Wasn't what I expected.  Fun nonetheless.


Current: Anathem, Neal Stephenson.

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: wildhalfling on September 11, 2008, 01:45:29 PM
Just finished The War of the Spider Queen books. Waiting for next month when The Pirate King comes out to continue Drizzt's journey.

I just started reading book 1 of The Legends of Lone Wolf series. Only have the first 5 of those. Hard to get since they are not made anymore and people sell them for alot on ebay. Also the Lone Wolf RPG book series. Read the first 15 prob 10 years ago, but now I have all 20 including 21,22,23 and 27 which come after those, but never were sold here in the US. What a pain it is to try and get those now.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: roughneck on September 11, 2008, 01:54:33 PM
'The Brothers Karamazov' by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

translated by David McDuff
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Briarfox on September 11, 2008, 02:39:14 PM
Currently rereading The Thousandfold Thought by R. Scott Bakker.

Just finished reading Restoration by Carol Berg.

Planning to read The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and The Ruby Key by Holly Lisle
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LittleLostThief on September 11, 2008, 02:50:26 PM
The Sword and the Chain, Joel Rosenberg.

Maybe a little campy and geared towards younger readers, but I'm digging it.  Again.  I've only managed to read the first three books because I found them in a compilation work.  I'd love to know how this series ends, but I can't seem to find the last two or three.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Grey Area on September 12, 2008, 10:53:58 PM
C J Cherryh - Hellburner.

Just arrived in the post. Been hunting it for ages, as it's the one Merchanter book I haven't read.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on September 12, 2008, 11:09:49 PM
Have moved onto Empress by Karen Miller.

I have never read a novel that reminded me so much of the Old Testament.  Seven hundred pages of tooth-gnashingly religious fervor and ritual.  Oy.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: aruna on September 12, 2008, 11:11:01 PM
The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought, From Plato to Neitzsche

True, I'm reading it for a class, but next to my biology text it's kind of like leisure reading.

(I really am digging it so far. This political philosophy class is a godsend.)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: a strange shadow on September 12, 2008, 11:29:32 PM
Ha!  That's all Notes from Underground was.  There isn't even an actual story until about forty pages in.  So I went into Crime and Punishment fully prepared for the rants.  I think I'm gonna change my signature to a quote from Notes.

If you end up liking russian lit, you might like Nikolai Gogol's "Dead Souls".

And of course Ana Karenina (Tolstoy) is a classic and another beautifully tragic story. Those Russians!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: aruna on September 12, 2008, 11:41:26 PM
Dear Ender and Shadow:

Read Mikhail Bulgakov's "Master and Margarita," while you're at it.

<3
Aruna
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FuSoYa on September 12, 2008, 11:52:53 PM
I LOVE Russian literature...

Read this: Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle by Vladimir Nabokov

Please.

Brandon
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: NoteworthyFellow on September 13, 2008, 12:03:54 AM
Currently reading: On the Road, by Jack Kerouac.

It's both for a college independent study, and because it's about damn time I read it.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on September 13, 2008, 01:07:05 AM
I feel so left out. I hated Anna Karenina. Having hated it I've avoided the Russians ever since.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Haze on September 13, 2008, 01:21:41 AM
A friend of mine forced "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," by Dave Eggers in my hands, and made me swear on my mother's life that I would read it, so I've just started that.

I'm also a couple pages into John Harrison's "Light".
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Fathi on September 13, 2008, 01:28:58 AM
Currently reading: On the Road, by Jack Kerouac.

It's both for a college independent study, and because it's about damn time I read it.

I know people always say this about books and it always comes out stupid.

My mom gave me her dog-eared, tattered, note-riddled copy of this book from one of her college classes when I was twelve.

I read it that summer. It changed my life.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on September 13, 2008, 01:42:43 AM
I also read On the Road when I was 11 or 12 after it was forced on my by a great teacher after she spied me reading the Illiad. Fantastical. Definately going back on my list.

I finished Stephen Pressfield's novel of the Spartans at Thermopolae, Gates of Fire, a few weeks ago for the fourth or fifth time. Also read Pressfield's The Virtues of War, a novel of Alexander. Great stuff in both books. This guy's writing invokes my warrior spirit. My wife even read Gates of Fire after the tenth time she heard me yelling in the bathtub."Fuck Persians!" or "Molon Labe! HAHAHAHA!"

-WP
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FantasyWriter on September 13, 2008, 01:51:31 AM
Anyone else ever read The Secret History by Donna Tart?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Malken on September 13, 2008, 02:20:07 AM
Each time I read On the Road, it makes me want to go buy a whole bunch of trail mixes and go climb a mountain.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: roughneck on September 13, 2008, 06:06:22 AM
Each time I read On the Road, it makes me want to go buy a whole bunch of trail mixes and go climb a mountain.

'On the Road' is my favourite book, although it's been a while since I've read it.
it made me want to break bones, go bankrupt, have my heart broken and drink myself into the ground - get swallowed by life and embrace my brokenness to the grave.

trail mix and mountains is probably a much better, more positive option however and I'll keep it mind

*edited to add*
"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars."

my mom's health has been pretty poor for a long time and whenever I think of writing her eulogy this quote comes to mind and captures her spirit and story so perfectly it brought tears to my eyes the first time I read it.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FuSoYa on September 13, 2008, 09:39:45 AM
A friend of mine forced "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," by Dave Eggers in my hands, and made me swear on my mother's life that I would read it, so I've just started that.

I'm also a couple pages into John Harrison's "Light".

That's a damn good book.

Brandon

EDIT:  I meant the one by Dave Eggers.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Morrolan on September 13, 2008, 11:02:59 AM
Just finished reading Snow Crash.

Rereading Snow Crash

Just finished rereading Pattern Recognition.

Just read Jim Butcher's Small Favors on the plane on the way to Korea (one year working honeymoon).

I'm also in the middle of reading American Gods to my wife.

And I used to be such a literate guy...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoltan on September 13, 2008, 01:21:47 PM
it made me want to break bones, go bankrupt, have my heart broken and drink myself into the ground - get swallowed by life and embrace my brokenness to the grave.

I hear you there. My cousin actually bought On the Road for me and demanded that I read it. Said it would "change my life". Man, it sure did... I'm pretty certain I wouldn't be living where I am, how I am if it wasn't for that book (and many others, yeah, but that was a big one). I may have made some poor choices, and things aren't nearly as easy as they could've been. But damn it! I am -living- now, and I'm so very close to doing it on my terms.

I remember reading that book and just feeling the pulse of life in it. You feel that in all true, honest and pure works of art. Good book.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FuSoYa on September 13, 2008, 01:47:34 PM
On the Road was ok... I read it in college so I think I missed the impact people say it had.  Nothing special in my opinion.

Brandon
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: IntuitiveApathy on September 13, 2008, 01:58:43 PM
I feel so left out. I hated Anna Karenina. Having hated it I've avoided the Russians ever since.

If you're feeling like testing the waters again, try the short stories of Nabokov or Chekhov.  You might find that one of their little gems brings you back around.

I'd say that it's tragic if someone swears off a whole group a writers after one bad experience because you're really going to miss out on great art that really speaks to you.  Swearing off Russians because of one bad Tolstoy experience would be like missing out on Lawrence, Woolf, Faulkner and Hemingway because Joyce just didn't connect with you..
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on September 13, 2008, 04:30:09 PM
I feel so left out. I hated Anna Karenina. Having hated it I've avoided the Russians ever since.

If you're feeling like testing the waters again, try the short stories of Nabokov or Chekhov.  You might find that one of their little gems brings you back around.

I'd say that it's tragic if someone swears off a whole group a writers after one bad experience because you're really going to miss out on great art that really speaks to you.  Swearing off Russians because of one bad Tolstoy experience would be like missing out on Lawrence, Woolf, Faulkner and Hemingway because Joyce just didn't connect with you..
Fair enough. My brother adores Chekov. Maybe I'll give it a shot.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ampere on September 13, 2008, 05:43:25 PM
I feel so left out. I hated Anna Karenina. Having hated it I've avoided the Russians ever since.

If you're feeling like testing the waters again, try the short stories of Nabokov or Chekhov.  You might find that one of their little gems brings you back around.

I'd say that it's tragic if someone swears off a whole group a writers after one bad experience because you're really going to miss out on great art that really speaks to you.  Swearing off Russians because of one bad Tolstoy experience would be like missing out on Lawrence, Woolf, Faulkner and Hemingway because Joyce just didn't connect with you..
Fair enough. My brother adores Chekov. Maybe I'll give it a shot.

Dostoevsky great.

Tolstoy good.

Chekhov not bad.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Yam on September 13, 2008, 05:46:05 PM
Russian literature is so 20th century.

EDIT: And by that I mean popular - not written in.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: staggerlee on September 13, 2008, 05:46:13 PM
I grabbed Neil Stephenson's new book, but I need to get done Ursula K Le Guin's The Dispossessed before I start on it.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on September 13, 2008, 07:38:28 PM
I feel so left out. I hated Anna Karenina. Having hated it I've avoided the Russians ever since.

If you're feeling like testing the waters again, try the short stories of Nabokov or Chekhov.  You might find that one of their little gems brings you back around.

I'd say that it's tragic if someone swears off a whole group a writers after one bad experience because you're really going to miss out on great art that really speaks to you.  Swearing off Russians because of one bad Tolstoy experience would be like missing out on Lawrence, Woolf, Faulkner and Hemingway because Joyce just didn't connect with you..
Fair enough. My brother adores Chekov. Maybe I'll give it a shot.

Dostoevsky great.

Tolstoy good.

Chekhov not bad.

I didn't think Tolstoy was good. I thought he was melodramatic and whiney.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on September 13, 2008, 08:28:54 PM
After having plowed through The Hamlet by Faulkner, Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively, and Leaf Storm by Marquez in the past
couple of weeks, I'm now on Gabriel Garcia Marquez's An Evil Hour, Tennessee William's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,
and Kate Atkinson's Behind the Scenes at the Museum.

english majors FTW.

The Hamlet kicks ass.. them Snopes don't screw around.

Moon Tiger gets 3 on a 5 point scale, if but for incest as content.  it just don't get no better..
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FantasyWriter on September 13, 2008, 08:31:48 PM

english majors FTW.


QFT
Amen, brother!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on September 13, 2008, 09:40:59 PM
...but I need to get done Ursula K Le Guin's The Dispossessed before I start on it.

Neat book.  Maybe not very truthful, but neat.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Delstro on September 13, 2008, 09:43:05 PM
Zombies: A field guide.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Taven on September 13, 2008, 10:15:56 PM
Margaret Weis' (I can't remember if Hickman is in on this one) Amber and Blood.

I've been working on it awhile, I just can't seem to get a good chunk of reading time in.
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Post by: Manhattan on September 15, 2008, 08:22:55 PM
The Catcher in the Rye
I love the narrative style. I think I'm gonna steal it.
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Post by: Ammut on September 15, 2008, 08:30:56 PM
The Templars and the Assassins: The Militia of Heaven by James Wasserman
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Post by: FiveDisgruntledMonkeysWit on September 15, 2008, 09:59:22 PM
I had to return a textbook, so instead of using the money to buy $50 worth of Ramen (like I probably should have), I decided to pick up a copy of The Watchmen, which my comic-book nerd friends have been raving about for as long as I've known them. It was a hell of a ride, a hell of a read... but I was really, really disappointed by the ending. It just didn't have the impact some of the other scenes had. I couldn't feel contented or interested with any of the conclusions it reached.


(WARNING: Here be spoilers)


-An ending involving psionic aliens just seemed too off-the-wall for such a gritty, realistic story
-Maybe it's because I didn't grow up in a world of Cold War paranoia, but it didn't seem worth it. I wished the other characters would've reacted with more anger.
-Rather than get a warm, fuzzy feeling from the final scene with the "Hollis" family, I just sort of thought; "those contented bastards"
-And the final, final panel, which seemed to offer some hope for readers like me who just weren't convinced... well, it wasn't enough to go on.
Hmm, yeah. I didn't like its conclusion, at all. Didn't feel successful to me. Otherwise a very good read.
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Post by: FantasyWriter on September 24, 2008, 06:35:03 PM
Brisingr (Paolini) - I read Eldest the day after it came out, so I have been waiting on this one for a looooong time.  Unfortunatly I am not feeling to well, so i am going to bed early tonight and will not be able to finish it.  :(

Oh well, there is always tomorrow.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Vessol on September 24, 2008, 06:55:20 PM
Just finished Brave New World and reading Children of Dune next.

Tell me how Brisingr is FantasyWriter! I read the first 2 books and considering grabbing the 3rd.
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Post by: staggerlee on September 24, 2008, 07:00:42 PM
I had to return a textbook, so instead of using the money to buy $50 worth of Ramen (like I probably should have), I decided to pick up a copy of The Watchmen, which my comic-book nerd friends have been raving about for as long as I've known them. It was a hell of a ride, a hell of a read... but I was really, really disappointed by the ending. It just didn't have the impact some of the other scenes had. I couldn't feel contented or interested with any of the conclusions it reached.


(WARNING: Here be spoilers)


1) An ending involving psionic aliens just seemed too off-the-wall for such a gritty, realistic story
2) Maybe it's because I didn't grow up in a world of Cold War paranoia, but it didn't seem worth it. I wished the other characters would've reacted with more anger.
3) Rather than get a warm, fuzzy feeling from the final scene with the "Hollis" family, I just sort of thought; "those contented bastards"
4) And the final, final panel, which seemed to offer some hope for readers like me who just weren't convinced... well, it wasn't enough to go on.
Hmm, yeah. I didn't like its conclusion, at all. Didn't feel successful to me. Otherwise a very good read.

1) It was man made, supposedly intended to unify mankind through an outside threat.  -  Here I think comparing the teleported organic/psychic creature and the  destruction of the city to a nuclear attack could pay off, consider the Cold War.    It's very specifically a (possibly misguided) attempt to unify mankind by creating/imagining an enemy.
2) Hard to comment on.
3) I don't think you're supposed to feel warm and fuzzy, the establishment isn't painted in a much more pleasant light than Rorschach or anyone else.  I think it's very intentionally sending conflicting messages about the motivations and values of the characters.
4) I don't remember the final panel. I think that where we read the book differently though is that you're taking it as having a real axe to grind or message, where as I took it as themed commentary on humanity and politics, that expressed a certain disdain for ego driven 'saviors' as much as for those deficient in more every day ways.   I found it to be incredibly cynical and not providing any answers at all, just questions.

Also consider that the whole thing is commentary on comic books and superheroes as much as anything, he was trying to scratch away some of the gloss generally given to them and show them in a darker light.

All in all I liked it. I wouldn't call it a work of genius... but I liked it.  It's interesting that we had such different reactions to the end though.  The movie is going to be an abomination though, no matter how you cut it.
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Post by: Barzalene on September 24, 2008, 07:20:02 PM
A lesson before dying.
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Post by: brytta.leofa on September 24, 2008, 10:13:37 PM
After reading quite a bit of this, I felt better about myself: http://swankivy.com/writing/essays/info/inheritance/eldest.html (http://swankivy.com/writing/essays/info/inheritance/eldest.html)  (Spoilers for the Eragon series, I guess.)
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Post by: FiveDisgruntledMonkeysWit on September 24, 2008, 11:40:02 PM
1) It was man made, supposedly intended to unify mankind through an outside threat.  -  Here I think comparing the teleported organic/psychic creature and the  destruction of the city to a nuclear attack could pay off, consider the Cold War.    It's very specifically a (possibly misguided) attempt to unify mankind by creating/imagining an enemy.
No, I fully got that. I just think it's an utterly ludicrous plot device, even if it is 'man-made.'
Good points otherwise, though.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FantasyWriter on October 09, 2008, 06:29:48 PM
i just finished The Verdent Passage and ordered the rest of the series.  If you've never read Dark Sun, it is a great place to start.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Vessol on October 09, 2008, 07:13:55 PM
Still reading Children of Dune, taking my time.

How was Brisingr FantasyWriter?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FantasyWriter on October 09, 2008, 07:35:22 PM
Still reading Children of Dune, taking my time.

How was Brisingr FantasyWriter?

pseudo-spoilers alert
It was very enjoyable.  You get to find out how Galbatorix amassed so much power (an awesome twist by the way),
Also how Murtagh and Thorn had gotten so powerful so fast before the end of Eldest.

Roran and Kartina alot more 'screen time' that I really enjoyed.

The reason for the title will really throw you for a loop when you read. (one of the best scenes in the book)

The worst part from me was finding out that the story was going to continue into a fourth book.  I didn't find this out until I was half way though the book, I was slightly pissed.

I would defiantly recommend it.

-FW


Spoilers that Paolini release before the book was released:
Eragon meets a god.
Someone gets pregnant.
There may not be so few dragons as you were led to believe.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gunnerblaster on October 09, 2008, 09:02:48 PM
Halo: Ghosts of Onyx by Eric Nylund

Setting aside the Halo game franchise, Ghosts of Onyx is a continuation/wrap-up of 'elsewhere' in the Halo universe. Like the rest of the book series, it brings life to the Master Chief character and shows that he wasn't the only elite Spartan soldier, etc.

Ghosts of Onyx follows the tales of one Spartan who was in an elaborately set up death scam to separate him from his normal tight-knit unit of Spartans in order to secretly train the next generation of Spartans, but in a different cause. The next generation spartans to be trained would be 'behind-the-scenes' soldiers, literally taking on the most suicidal missions to help turn the tide of war against their enemies.

A good book for the "Unsung Warrior" type.

Next Book I'm starting:
Forgotten Realms - The Thousand Orcs: The Hunter's Blades Trilogy, Book one by R.A. Salvatore.
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Post by: Kronibas on October 09, 2008, 09:42:01 PM
One Hundred Years of Solitude.

...it has gypsies!
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Post by: amish overlord on October 09, 2008, 11:48:11 PM
I just finished The Man with the Iron Heart by Harry Turtledove. Its alternative history where we win WWII but Reinhard Heydrich survives assassination by Czech resistance and sets up a nazi resistance movement in germany while it is occupied.

Amish Overlord  8)
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Post by: jmordetsky on October 10, 2008, 12:50:13 AM
Blood. Meridian.
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Post by: FuSoYa on October 10, 2008, 10:13:57 AM
This week I read...

Chuck Palahniuk - 'Fight Club' and 'Lullaby'


John Irving - The World According to Garp 

Wow!  Quickly becoming one of the better authors I've ever read.

Brandon
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Post by: Elieson on October 10, 2008, 01:27:16 PM
Finished: Runaway Jury (Grisham)

Started:  Landscape Turned Red (Sears)

Next:  I think I'm going to re-read Henry V.  I remember loving it and it's been awhile, either that or Much Ado about Nothing.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Shiroi Tsuki on October 10, 2008, 03:02:55 PM
Just finished reading 'The Stand' by Stephen King for something like the hundredth time. 

And promptly fell sick with a nasty runny-noise coughing fever cold.  No swollen glands though, so I think I'm Captain Trips free.

Currently reading 'A Suitable Boy' by Vikram Seth.  It's a sort of a love story, set in the early 1950s in India, about a mother trying to find a suitable boy to arrange a marriage with for her daughter.  However, what really fascinates me is all of the cultural references and major cultural differences between my place and time and that one.  My mom recommended it, and so far it's been good, though the writing style doesn't exactly do it for me.
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Post by: Rindan on October 10, 2008, 03:19:21 PM
Just finished reading 'The Stand' by Stephen King for something like the hundredth time. 

And promptly fell sick with a nasty runny-noise coughing fever cold.  No swollen glands though, so I think I'm Captain Trips free.

I read The Stand when I was about 12 or so.  Right as the plague started in the book, I got the flu.  Not just a cold, but a full on flu complete with swollen glands, a high fever, and the like.  Sufficient to say, it freaked my shit out.  I mean, I knew I wasn't going to die or anything... but I kept checking the news to make sure that the world wasn't ending.  That said, reading The Stand gave me something to do as I missed school, and as freaked as I was, I was a little thrilled by it.  Mmm... good times.
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Post by: Elieson on October 10, 2008, 08:04:06 PM
Just finished reading 'The Stand' by Stephen King for something like the hundredth time. 

Do you have the full "unedited" version?  I got mine purely by chance years ago, and it's, yes, longer, but I'd read the thing so many times that the additional information and character development was nice.

And the thing must weigh ten pounds.
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Post by: Barzalene on October 10, 2008, 08:20:31 PM
Blood. Meridian.
Just finished Child Of God.
Love McCarthy.
Before that I read a Lesson Before Dying. I can't seem to get out of the south.
Actually, I guess I can. I'm reading Mysteries of Pittsburgh.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on October 10, 2008, 08:22:06 PM

Currently reading 'A Suitable Boy' by Vikram Seth.  It's a sort of a love story, set in the early 1950s in India, about a mother trying to find a suitable boy to arrange a marriage with for her daughter.  However, what really fascinates me is all of the cultural references and major cultural differences between my place and time and that one.  My mom recommended it, and so far it's been good, though the writing style doesn't exactly do it for me.
Oh how I resented Vikram Seth. It was too big to carry and too good to put down. So, I ended up staying up too late reading.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Synthesis on October 11, 2008, 04:28:03 AM
Just finished:  Women in Pain:  Gender and Morbidity in Mexico, by Kaja Finkler
Starting:  Justice as Fairness:  A Restatement, by John Rawls

My god, Rawls is such a bore, though.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FantasyWriter on October 11, 2008, 10:31:50 AM
Also... I love everything I have ever read by Troy Denning, but The Verdant Passage had more spelling/typo/wrong word errors than I had EVER seen in a book.  Should I expect this in future Wizards of the Coast books?
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Post by: Grey Area on October 11, 2008, 10:57:12 AM
Tartan Noir!

Christopher Brookmyre - A Snowball in Hell
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Post by: Shiroi Tsuki on October 11, 2008, 11:14:20 AM
Just finished reading 'The Stand' by Stephen King for something like the hundredth time. 

Do you have the full "unedited" version?

Sure do  ;)  It was actually the first version I read, and so I sort of resent the 'original' version for not being nearly as awesome.
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Post by: Mood on October 11, 2008, 11:44:19 AM
Also... I love everything I have ever read by Troy Denning, but The Verdant Passage had more spelling/typo/wrong word errors than I had EVER seen in a book.  Should I expect this in future Wizards of the Coast books?

I bought the whole Prism Pentad series, but I haven't gotten around to finishing the first book. Some of it's good, but some parts are just... bad, rushed, cliche, and boring.
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Post by: FantasyWriter on October 11, 2008, 11:56:52 AM
Also... I love everything I have ever read by Troy Denning, but The Verdant Passage had more spelling/typo/wrong word errors than I had EVER seen in a book.  Should I expect this in future Wizards of the Coast books?

I bought the whole Prism Pentad series, but I haven't gotten around to finishing the first book. Some of it's good, but some parts are just... bad, rushed, cliche, and boring.

He does rush a good bit... I think he was trying to get a lot of story on a few pages.  Also seemed like he was working towards a the young adult market, too.  But might just be how he was writing at a time.  I have never read anything he wrote before that.  His 'writing' is soooo much better in his later stuff. The Unifying Force is on my top 20 list... not many modern authors at all make it there.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Grey Area on October 13, 2008, 06:22:00 AM
Richard Morgan - The Steel Remains

1. I don't generally like fantasy novels, but this seriously kicks ass.

2. ...Wow. Even though I've read his fairly ultraviolent SF work, I wasn't expecting it to be quite so.... brutal. Or to have quite so much gay sex.
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Post by: Fathi on October 13, 2008, 06:55:19 AM
A Dictionary of Angels by Gustav Davidson.

It's exactly what it sounds like. A big fat dictionary with biographies, relevant passages in the Bible and apocryphal texts, and collected art of every Biblical angel named in Christianity's many forms.
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Post by: Grey Area on October 14, 2008, 02:53:36 AM
Jerome K Jerome - Three Men in a Boat

This book never gets old.
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Post by: LauraMars on October 14, 2008, 08:06:54 PM
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. 

I'm pretty sure this book would be popular with quite a few Armageddon players.  Seriously.

Oh...and I guess I'd compare it to George R.R. Martin in concept but less gloomy and slow in execution.
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Post by: Grey Area on October 21, 2008, 12:00:45 AM
Neal Stephenson's Anathem. It took me a while to get into because I guess I was expecting another Baroque Cycle. It isn't, but I still don't want to put it down.

"Do you need transportation? Tools? Stuff?"
"Our opponent is an alien starship packed with atomic bombs," I said. "We have a protractor."
"Okay. I'll go home and see if I can scrounge up a ruler and a piece of string."
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Post by: Sephiroto on October 21, 2008, 12:37:32 AM
Atlas Shrugged
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Post by: Fathi on October 21, 2008, 04:32:20 AM
Quarantine by Greg Egan.

Quote from: Back of the book!
It causes riots and religions. It has people dancing in the streets and leaping off skyscrapers. And it's all because of the impenetrable grey shield that slid into place around the solar system on the night of November 15, 2034.

Some see the Bubble as the revenge of an insane god. Some see it as justice. Some even see it as proteection. But one thing is for certain--now there is the universe, and there is the earth. And never the twain shall meet.

Or so it seems, until a bio-enhanced PI takes on a job for an anonymous client: find a girl named Laura who disappeared from a mental institution by taking the most direct possible method--walking through the walls.
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Post by: Jingo on October 21, 2008, 07:52:01 AM
I got around to finishing Sabriel for about the sixth time.
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Post by: Bebop on October 21, 2008, 10:07:44 AM
Peony in Love.  Finished it in two sittings it was so amazing.

Now I am moving on to Lisa See's more famous novel the Secret Fan.

Go read Peony in Love.  It's awesome.

I find most New York Times Bestseller's are a sure bet.  But I've only read two that I know of ;)

Next I'll be reading Micheal Crichton's Next.
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Post by: Kiri on October 22, 2008, 12:52:49 PM
The Gypsy Morph by Terry Brooks.

Next will either be Mirror, Mirror or A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire.
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Post by: UnderSeven on October 22, 2008, 01:45:43 PM
A Winter Haunting by Dan Simmons.

this guy is one of my favorite authors, even if I mispell his name.
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Post by: Pantoufle on October 22, 2008, 02:00:24 PM
I just finished reading Lud-in-the-Mist, by Hope Mirrlees.

Now I'm re-reading Lolita, by Need-You-Ask-Who :P
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Post by: Grey Area on October 26, 2008, 09:47:38 AM
Carl Hiaasen, Native Tongue.

It's like Christopher Brookmyre, except in Florida. Instead of Glasgow.
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Post by: Archbaron on October 26, 2008, 11:13:48 AM
Philosophy by C.E.M. Joad

Really good book about the art of philosophy.
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Post by: Barzalene on October 26, 2008, 12:28:26 PM
I took Lauramars' suggestion and I'm trying Abacrombie. The decision was influenced by the fact that he was nominated this year for either a hugo or a cambpell, can't remember which now.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on October 26, 2008, 04:24:01 PM
I'm readin' The Blade Itself, as well.
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Post by: Jingo on October 27, 2008, 02:03:49 PM
I just read the fisrt half of "The Way of Shadows".

It started out as a nice'n gritty low fantasy. But now it's turning more and more into typical stock fantasy.
All the characters were excellent images of human duality, strong and weak at the same time. Even The master assasin is funny as hell. There are discussions on morality and how good people are able to bad things.  Genius!

AND THEN HOLY-SHIT. They start pulling magickal abilities out of their asses and start talking about different types of magick and why some are more evil than others and magickal artifacts and magickal prophecies and magickal prodigies that have yet to unlock their power.

Edit: despite my earlier reservations about the magic, I quite liked it. It was dark and gritty, and had some of the best character developement since I've read Martin.

Jingo approves.
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Post by: Fnord on October 27, 2008, 03:08:55 PM
High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers (http://www.amazon.com/High-Performance-Web-Sites-Essential/dp/0596529309/ref=pd_cp_b_2?pf_rd_p=413864201&pf_rd_s=center-41&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0596515081&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1FYVRNYRKZBV1G5DE7TN)

The Barbecue! Bible (http://www.amazon.com/Barbecue-Bible-Steven-Raichlen/dp/0761149430/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1225134208&sr=1-2)
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Post by: Fathi on October 27, 2008, 03:12:08 PM
So I had my local used bookshop order me a copy of this book whose title made it sound like a sarcastic tourist guide to America's southwestern outdoor attractions...

It is, in fact, a guide to tourist destinations in the southwest of England.

But only those destinations that are wheelchair accesible.

I am a little confused as to what to do with this book.

But if I'm ever crippled and in England, I'll know what!
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Post by: nyrk on October 27, 2008, 05:35:41 PM
So I had my local used bookshop order me a copy of this book whose title made it sound like a sarcastic tourist guide to America's southwestern outdoor attractions...

It is, in fact, a guide to tourist destinations in the southwest of England.

But only those destinations that are wheelchair accesible.

I am a little confused as to what to do with this book.

But if I'm ever crippled and in England, I'll know what!

I find when i make errors like this I like to keep them around.  It's usually good for a laugh or at least a chuckle every time you come across it.

One time I ordered several books on sea-kayaks.  Popular routes, construction techniques.  Apparently I was a bit click happy, and wound up with a book "Sea-Kayaking: A Woman's guide" 
1. I was quite surprised that such a book existed.
2. I wasn't aware that women has such unique sea-kayaking needs that there was enough material to warrant an entire book on it.
3. My male friends got a chuckle out of it when it was proudly displayed on the coffee table. (I was single at the time)
4. My female friends suddenly got all nosy, and wanted to know who I was sea-kayaking (aka Dating), and why they hadn't heard about it already.

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Post by: nyrk on October 27, 2008, 05:47:00 PM
A Winter Haunting by Dan Simmons.

this guy is one of my favorite authors, even if I mispell his name.

That's the guy that did Hyperion, right?

if so, he's awesome.
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Post by: FuSoYa on October 27, 2008, 05:58:05 PM
Currently I'm reading two anthologies on Steampunk.  I started with the first that was editted by Jeff Vandemeer and his wife.  After that I'm going to read The Watchmen... my first graphic novel!

Brandon
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Post by: Malifaxis on October 27, 2008, 05:59:11 PM
I'm writing.  So I'm technically reading my own stuff.

Somehow, I still don't know how it's going to end...
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Post by: Zoltan on October 27, 2008, 06:13:47 PM
Just finishing Martin's A Feast for Crows and I'll be starting Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz right after that.
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Post by: Fathi on October 27, 2008, 06:17:48 PM
Arkon Daraul's A History of Secret Societies.

Research for a piece I'm writing.

He delves a little too deep, as usual, into all the occult nonsense and doesn't focus as much as I'd like on the actual structure of the organisations in question, nor on the public perceptions of them.

Still an interesting read.
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Post by: a strange shadow on October 27, 2008, 06:20:08 PM
Starship Troopers, Heinlein.

After that, "The Glass of Time" by Michael Cox. I've read his "Meaning of Night" and was impressed with it.
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Post by: mansa on October 27, 2008, 06:25:06 PM
I'm writing.  So I'm technically reading my own stuff.

Somehow, I still don't know how it's going to end...

They all have sex with animals?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jingo on October 28, 2008, 01:16:29 PM
I'm writing.  So I'm technically reading my own stuff.

Somehow, I still don't know how it's going to end...

Kill them off one by one.

Then in the epilogue find a contrived reason to bring back the ones you think the readers like best.
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Post by: staggerlee on October 28, 2008, 01:40:48 PM
I just finished Anathem, it's definitely worth a read, though like much of Stephenson's stuff lately strays dangerously into pretentious, intellectual waters that sacrifice readability for long dry monologues on theory.  I know that doesn't sound like a very positive review, but the book is quite intelligent and entertaining once you get past that.

I'm currently reading Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History by Staughton Lynd, it looks like it's actually surprisingly accessible for history or theory (entertainingly enough, far more accessible than Neil Stephenson's fiction) and particularly interesting at that.   I'm a sucker for IWW history, I've been a member for years now.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on November 06, 2008, 07:37:47 PM
Twilight(Yeah, yeah, fuck you too) Honestly, I'm a hundred pages in... And I'm really liking this book.

Only started reading it because a couple of my guy friends said it was good(after admitting it was a stupid silly teenage romance silly novle), I didn't believe them but gave them the benefit of the doubt.

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Post by: a strange shadow on November 06, 2008, 09:15:17 PM
Starship Troopers, Heinlein.

...was awesome to the last drop.

The ending made me :-[
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Post by: Kiri on November 06, 2008, 09:20:02 PM
Heinlein likes those ironic endings.

I loved the one he did about the kids taking a survival class who got stranded on the planet and had a Lord of the Flies deal going on.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on November 06, 2008, 09:23:53 PM
Starship Troopers, Heinlein.

...was awesome to the last drop.

The ending made me :-[

I -really- love the movie. I don't even know why, probably on my top ten though. I can assume that the book is nothing like the movie, and better, right?
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Post by: Riev on November 10, 2008, 12:34:08 PM
I'm currently reading Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince, and taking notes on each chapter in a notepad file, to try and put things into my own words.



Like a lot of older, classical books, some stuff may seem common sense -now-, but by my word, this man knew what he was talking about. And I'm only on Chapter III!
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Post by: brytta.leofa on November 10, 2008, 12:41:24 PM
Persuasion.

Girly, but still sort of essential.
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Post by: Kiri on November 10, 2008, 01:06:40 PM
A Woman Worth Ten Coppers, by Morgan Howell.
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Post by: a strange shadow on November 10, 2008, 04:16:00 PM
No one seemed to get my wonderfully clever double-use of the word 'drop'. I'm heartbroken.

Currently "The Glass of Time", as promised. So far so good.
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Post by: Zoltan on November 10, 2008, 04:51:05 PM
Starship Troopers, Heinlein.

...was awesome to the last drop.

The ending made me :-[

I -really- love the movie. I don't even know why, probably on my top ten though. I can assume that the book is nothing like the movie, and better, right?

I liked the movie and the book. Though I heard that the director of the movie hated the themes of the book, and so "took the piss" so to speak with the movie. That's why you see a lot of fascist and Nazi imagery throughout the film. Anyway...

I just finished A Canticle for Liebowitz this weekend. Powerful stuff. But now I'm without a book to read! I need suggestions before I go to the bookstore.
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Post by: Shalooonsh on November 10, 2008, 07:39:40 PM
Rereading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, following it with A Brief History of Time by Hawking.
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Post by: Riev on November 10, 2008, 08:46:05 PM
Rereading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, following it with listen to  A Brief History of Rhyme by Hawking.

This has been fixed, Loony.

Edit: I'm bad at spacing.
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Post by: Kiri on November 10, 2008, 09:54:04 PM
Rereading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, following it with A Brief History of Time by Hawking.

Neverwhere was amazing. I also liked Anansi Boys.
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Post by: manonfire on November 10, 2008, 09:54:41 PM
Currently rereading The Brief History of the Dead
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Post by: Kiri on November 10, 2008, 09:55:45 PM
Currently rereading The Brief History of the Dead

When I was in Borders, I saw a Handbook for Zombies. I should have picked it up, it looked amusing.
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Post by: Mood on November 12, 2008, 11:55:36 PM
Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Trilogy. I can't reccomend these books enough, people. The tale of King Arthur in the dark ages. No knights in shining armor or high-chivalry. It's gritty, bloody war against Saxon invaders, with a touch of dark wizardry. Very armish. This guy's writing is badass all around, but this series is the best of his work. The Merlin character would -thrive- on Zalanthas. Go buy the first one, The Winter King, and improve your life.

Seconding this. At WP's suggestion, I picked up The Winter King (the first novel). I couldn't stop reading it after I started on it. Before I knew what had happened, I had read the first two books. I'll be picking the next one up soon. Great stuff.
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Post by: Solifugid on December 08, 2008, 07:15:15 AM
Just finished South: The Endurance Expedition, by Sir Ernest Shackleton (of course).

Now I'm reading A Sense of the World by Jason Roberts, a biography of James Holman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Holman). Greatest. Explorer. Ever.
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Post by: The7DeadlyVenomz on December 08, 2008, 07:26:02 AM
Currently I'm reading two anthologies on Steampunk.  I started with the first that was editted by Jeff Vandemeer and his wife.  After that I'm going to read The Watchmen... my first graphic novel!

Brandon
Two Anthologies? Please enlighten me as to the titles?
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Post by: staggerlee on December 08, 2008, 09:37:08 AM
Currently I'm reading two anthologies on Steampunk.  I started with the first that was editted by Jeff Vandemeer and his wife.  After that I'm going to read The Watchmen... my first graphic novel!

Brandon
Two Anthologies? Please enlighten me as to the titles?

Yes. Do it.

More topically: The Steel Remains, Richard Morgan. 
Gritty, violent, explicit, genre breaking fantasy.  Probably the closest to an intelligent fantasy book I've ever seen and a fun read.
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Post by: Rairen on December 08, 2008, 09:40:17 AM
Persuasion.

Girly, but still sort of essential.

*high five*  Me, too, for the eighty millionth time ever.
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Post by: Shalooonsh on December 08, 2008, 09:57:55 AM
World War Z.  An Oral History of the Zombie War.  -Max Brooks

I've heard endless amounts of good things about this book.
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Post by: rkbslayer on December 08, 2008, 10:00:58 AM
I am reading Piers Anthony the Xanth series, I read them all many years ago. I just found all my old books in a box and off to Xanth i went :)
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Post by: Vessol on December 08, 2008, 11:02:52 AM
World War Z.  An Oral History of the Zombie War.  -Max Brooks

I've heard endless amounts of good things about this book.

You won't be disappointed.
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Post by: Jingo on December 08, 2008, 11:27:29 AM
Finished #2 of the Night Angel Trilogy. Looking ofrward to the next one.
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Post by: Dalmeth on December 08, 2008, 12:08:06 PM
Just finished my reread of Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  It was a slow day.
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Post by: FuSoYa on December 08, 2008, 08:40:55 PM
Currently I'm reading two anthologies on Steampunk.  I started with the first that was editted by Jeff Vandemeer and his wife.  After that I'm going to read The Watchmen... my first graphic novel!

Brandon
Two Anthologies? Please enlighten me as to the titles?

Yes. Do it.

More topically: The Steel Remains, Richard Morgan. 
Gritty, violent, explicit, genre breaking fantasy.  Probably the closest to an intelligent fantasy book I've ever seen and a fun read.

Ok here we go...

Steampunk by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer (Of course it's not by them but edited by them)

Extraordinary Engines: The Definitive Steampunk Anthology by Nick Gevers (Second book put out by same publishing company I believe.)

Brandon
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Post by: manonfire on December 08, 2008, 08:42:35 PM
A People's History of the United States
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Post by: KIA on December 08, 2008, 09:37:57 PM
Carlos Castaneda... I'm reading the first two books. (The Teachings of Don Juan... and A Separate Reality)
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Post by: Biscuits on December 08, 2008, 10:23:52 PM
I read the the three books in the Dexter series yesterday and today.  And now I have nothing to read. :(
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Post by: Ammut on December 08, 2008, 11:12:50 PM
I picked up a copy of the Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy, which is basically a compilation of numerous renaissance era works:

Of Geomancy
Of Magical Ceremonies
Arbatel of Magick: Of the Magick of the Ancients
The Heptameron
Of Astronomical Geomancy
Of the Nature of such Spirits

It's interesting, to say the least.  And no, I don't practice.
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Post by: Jingo on December 08, 2008, 11:30:57 PM
I picked up a copy of the Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy, which is basically a compilation of numerous renaissance era works:

Of Geomancy
Of Magical Ceremonies
Arbatel of Magick: Of the Magick of the Ancients
The Heptameron
Of Astronomical Geomancy
Of the Nature of such Spirits

It's interesting, to say the least.  And no, I don't practice.

The Necronomicon isn't on that list. You know, Al Azif?

Also consider picking up the I-ching, or Book of Changes.
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Post by: Ammut on December 08, 2008, 11:38:05 PM
I picked up a copy of the Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy, which is basically a compilation of numerous renaissance era works:

Of Geomancy
Of Magical Ceremonies
Arbatel of Magick: Of the Magick of the Ancients
The Heptameron
Of Astronomical Geomancy
Of the Nature of such Spirits

It's interesting, to say the least.  And no, I don't practice.

The Necronomicon isn't on that list. You know, Al Azif?

Also consider picking up the I-ching, or Book of Changes.


I'm not a fan of the Necronomicon... but I know someone I could borrow a copy from.  I already have the I-ching.
If you haven't read the Sword of Wisdom by Ithell Colquhoun, it's a good historical background on western esoterism
as it exists today.
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Post by: Jingo on December 08, 2008, 11:39:33 PM
I picked up a copy of the Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy, which is basically a compilation of numerous renaissance era works:

Of Geomancy
Of Magical Ceremonies
Arbatel of Magick: Of the Magick of the Ancients
The Heptameron
Of Astronomical Geomancy
Of the Nature of such Spirits

It's interesting, to say the least.  And no, I don't practice.

The Necronomicon isn't on that list. You know, Al Azif?

Also consider picking up the I-ching, or Book of Changes.


I'm not a fan of the Necronomicon... but I know someone I could borrow a copy from.  I already have the I-ching.
If you haven't read the Sword of Wisdom by Ithell Colquhoun, it's a good historical background on western esoterism
as it exists today.

Hmmm how about the writings of Platinus and Pseudo-Dionysius?
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Post by: Ammut on December 08, 2008, 11:43:31 PM
Hmmm how about the writings of Platinus and Pseudo-Dionysius?

I have not read anything by either, no.  If you recommend them, I'll give it a shot.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on December 09, 2008, 04:25:53 AM
I read the the three books in the Dexter series yesterday and today.  And now I have nothing to read. :(

Are you as disappointing as I am with the whole supernatural direction the books are going in? Its interesting and all, just doesn't seem very... Dexter.
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Post by: a strange shadow on December 12, 2008, 09:20:47 PM
I just finished reading C.S. Friedman's "Feast of Souls" in a matter of hours, cover to cover... any fan of dark fantasy and themes of power at a terrible price will love this book. Her Coldfire trilogy was stunning, and this one promises to be just as good.
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Post by: Synthesis on December 12, 2008, 09:29:35 PM
"Farnesyl and Geranylgeranyl Transferase Inhibitors Induce G1 Arrest by Targeting the Proteasome"
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Post by: Jingo on December 13, 2008, 12:09:40 AM
I just finished reading C.S. Friedman's "Feast of Souls" in a matter of hours, cover to cover... any fan of dark fantasy and themes of power at a terrible price will love this book. Her Coldfire trilogy was stunning, and this one promises to be just as good.

Is that the Dark Sun Rising trilogy with Geralt Tarrant?

It's a gooder.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on December 13, 2008, 12:42:25 AM
"Farnesyl and Geranylgeranyl Transferase Inhibitors Induce G1 Arrest by Targeting the Proteasome"

What the hell did you just call me?
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Post by: Synthesis on December 13, 2008, 01:13:24 AM
"Farnesyl and Geranylgeranyl Transferase Inhibitors Induce G1 Arrest by Targeting the Proteasome"

What the hell did you just call me?

It's actually a really interesting paper...

You see, there's this proto-oncogene ras that codes for a number of signal transducing proteins (H-Ras, K-Ras4A, K-Ras4B, N-Ras) that are critical in a number of pathways, but especially in the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAP kinase) pathway, that's involved in cell growth and proliferation.  Frequently, this gene acquires point mutations that render it constitutively active, i.e. it continually phosphorylates its downstream MAP kinase pathway targets (among others).  When this happens, the cell begins to grow and proliferate unchecked, which leads to cancer.

Now, Ras is a membrane-bound protein, but it's only attached to the plasma or endomebrane by a farnesyl or geranylgeranyl lipid anchor.  It acquires this lipid group after translation, by a series of reactions carried out by farnesyl or geranylgeranyl transferases.  In the late '90s, a bunch of researchers came up with compounds that apparently inhibited the activity of these transferases.  The idea was that since Ras could no longer acquire its lipid anchor, even constitutively activated Ras could no longer induce cell proliferation.  This seemed to be borne out by experimentation:  tumor cells treated with these inhibitors by and large stopped proliferating.

However, there were some strange cases:  for one, these inhibitors worked much better at preventing cell proliferation than other Ras inhibitors, particularly one method that uses complementary RNA sequences to prevent the protein from being translated at all.  I mean, it seems like the best way to keep an aberrant protein from doing its work would be to prevent it from being synthesized at all, right?

Some other researchers, in completely unrelated experiments, showed that a bunch of drugs with lactone moieties inhibited something called the proteasome:  a complex of proteins that breaks down other proteins that the cell no longer needs.  The researchers in this paper took a look at the chemical structures of all the known farnesyl and geranylgeranyl transferase inhibitors, and guess what:  they all had biologically active lactone moieties.

So, in this paper, they test it out:  what if the primary reason these inhibitors work has nothing to do with Ras at all?  What they found is that since these drugs inhibit the proteasome, the cell can no longer degrade another protein called p21.  p21 is a bit of a strange bird:  in certain concentrations, it acts as a scaffold protein that allows cyclins to bind with cyclin-dependent kinases, allowing the cell cycle (mitosis) to proceed.  However, in high concentrations, it binds so efficiently to these complexes that it shuts them down, locking the cell cycle in the initial growth or quiescent stage.  Now, since the proteasome is no longer active, the cell can't get rid of p21 at all, and can't progress through the cell cycle, even if a mutated Ras protein is giving it the go-ahead signal.

I thought it was pretty cool, anyway.  It's interesting from a philosophical point of view as well, because it touches on epistemological issues in science; that is, how do we interpret the results of our experiments?  How do we rule out competing alternatives?  I mean, there are FTIs and GGTIs in clinical trials right now, because cell biologists were positively sure that they were knocking down Ras activity.  As it turns out, almost 10 years of research could be entirely muddled by the possibility that all along these drugs were doing two things at once.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on December 13, 2008, 03:28:44 AM
Shit man. I wish I spoke that Latin, but I don't.

I can't believe I read all that. Sounds interesting.
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Post by: Zoltan on December 14, 2008, 12:21:28 PM
From Here to Eternity is a seriously good book so far. It's just so very passionate. Just the mood swings it goes through... god -damn-. At some points it's like the author is grabbing you by the collar and begging you to understand that -this- is what it's like.
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Post by: WarriorPoet on December 14, 2008, 10:55:53 PM
A People's History of the United States

Tedious reading in parts, but worth the effort. I reccomend it. He carries alot of difficult points without getting too shrill or whiny.

Reading I am Legend again. Good stuff.

Next comes the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'brian. People say it's the finest historical fiction ever, so I'll have to make another effort as the stories are interesting and  the Napoleonic era enthralls me. Still, I had to struggle through it. I bought the first four of the series a few years ago and managed to read them all but never pursued it because the sailor jargon gets a bit tedious after the 800th stuns'l is set, blah blah. But I always snicker about poop-deck. Hahahaha. Poop.
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Post by: Bebop on December 14, 2008, 11:05:03 PM
Just started Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand.
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Post by: musashi on December 14, 2008, 11:08:28 PM
... The GDB.
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Post by: Thunkkin on December 14, 2008, 11:17:58 PM

Fiction:
Bridge of Birds, Barry Hughart

I'm enjoying both immensely.
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Post by: Zoltan on December 14, 2008, 11:34:16 PM
Just started Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand.

Fun stuff.
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Post by: FuSoYa on December 14, 2008, 11:34:21 PM
Fiction:
Bridge of Birds, Barry Hughart

Read that a few months back.  Good stuff.

Brandon
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Post by: Fathi on December 15, 2008, 01:55:02 AM
Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Shit? by Alan McArthur and Steve Lowe.
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Post by: Is Friday on December 15, 2008, 03:38:54 AM
The Last Stand of Fox Company by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin.

It's a narrative/bio-type thing about Fox company in the 1st Marine Division during the Korean War. It's really bad ass.
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Post by: Qzzrbl on December 15, 2008, 08:12:33 AM
Started reading Dune for the first time a few days ago.
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Post by: Thunkkin on December 15, 2008, 08:36:14 AM
Started reading Dune for the first time a few days ago.

I'm envious - I still recall my first reading of it quite vividly.
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Post by: Nile on December 15, 2008, 09:22:46 AM
Just finished Feast Of Crows. Now onto Moby Dick.
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Post by: Marauder Moe on December 15, 2008, 10:17:05 AM
Higher Order Perl by Mark Jason Dominus
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Post by: brytta.leofa on December 15, 2008, 10:26:21 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51BFXXM0DXL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Last-Apocalypse-Europe-Year-D/dp/0385483368/)

No idea whether he's any good as a historian or not.  It was wandering around the local library.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on December 15, 2008, 08:02:19 PM
Started reading Dune for the first time a few days ago.

I'm envious - I still recall my first reading of it quite vividly.

Alright then, Now I'm going to go start reading it for my first time too. You inspired me.

Edit: Before I go through with this. I REALLY love the dune miniseries made in 2000. I thought it was amazing (watched it when I was 12 and was awed, carried the childish love for it ever since)

I know I always enjoy books over movies/shows, so I want to get your guys' opinion on the series in relation to the book. Was it terrible? Did it follow it closely?
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Post by: LauraMars on December 15, 2008, 10:17:43 PM
Why We Suck (by Denis Leary)

Oh, and Napoleon on the Art of War (Jay Luvaas)
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Post by: Thunkkin on December 15, 2008, 10:24:01 PM
Started reading Dune for the first time a few days ago.

I'm envious - I still recall my first reading of it quite vividly.

Alright then, Now I'm going to go start reading it for my first time too. You inspired me.

Edit: Before I go through with this. I REALLY love the dune miniseries made in 2000. I thought it was amazing (watched it when I was 12 and was awed, carried the childish love for it ever since)

I know I always enjoy books over movies/shows, so I want to get your guys' opinion on the series in relation to the book. Was it terrible? Did it follow it closely?

Never saw the TV series.  The first book is liked by most people (with the few really noisy haters).  Most people feel that the sequels dropped in quality.  I enjoyed the sequels.  Don't let people over-hype the book for you - it has its flaws.  It's also really good.

Edit: Don't read the prequels.
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Post by: manonfire on December 16, 2008, 09:44:19 AM
Construction prints for a powerhouse. Someone shoot me.
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Post by: brytta.leofa on December 16, 2008, 10:29:01 AM
Construction prints for a powerhouse. Someone shoot me.

Take a break.  Go look at a coordination study or something.
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Post by: Ghost on December 16, 2008, 12:55:01 PM
Absolute Sandman by Neil guiman (sp?)
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Post by: a strange shadow on December 16, 2008, 02:44:59 PM
Gaiman.

I have been on a binge. My reading habits look like this:

day 1: Feast of Souls
day 2: Ender's Shadow
day 3: Snow Falling on Cedars

I have calculated that I read at a pace of approximately 2 pages per minute, and my comprehension seems unimpaired.

Sometimes I wish I didn't read so fast, so that I could savor, not devour...

Up next, Kite Runner and Memoirs of a Geisha.
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Post by: Riev on December 16, 2008, 06:23:48 PM
Gorramit Shadow, now I want to go back and re-read the Ender's series, and perhaps take another stab at the Bean series.

I've had it with people telling me Bean was better, and just sort of shrugging.
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Post by: FuSoYa on December 16, 2008, 08:13:54 PM
day 3: Snow Falling on Cedars

I read that in like my junior year of HS.  It was good stuff.

Someone go read 'The House of Spirits' by Isabel Allende.  It's been several years since I have but it was badass.

Brandon
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Post by: Delstro on December 16, 2008, 10:56:05 PM
I am reading, "The Undead and Philosophy, Chicken Soup for the Souless" by Richard Greene
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Post by: jcljules on December 16, 2008, 11:27:07 PM
Never saw the TV series.  The first book is liked by most people (with the few really noisy haters).  Most people feel that the sequels dropped in quality.  I enjoyed the sequels.  Don't let people over-hype the book for you - it has its flaws.  It's also really good.

Edit: Don't read the prequels.

I'll second that. Buying the Dune prequels is one of the great mistakes of my life.  :'(
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Post by: Vessol on December 17, 2008, 01:39:50 AM
Never saw the TV series.  The first book is liked by most people (with the few really noisy haters).  Most people feel that the sequels dropped in quality.  I enjoyed the sequels.  Don't let people over-hype the book for you - it has its flaws.  It's also really good.

Edit: Don't read the prequels.

I'll second that. Buying the Dune prequels is one of the great mistakes of my life.  :'(

I've read up to Children of Dune, going to get the next book soon. Don't plan to touch the Brian Herbert prequels.
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Post by: a strange shadow on December 17, 2008, 01:51:55 AM
I enjoyed "God, Emperor of Dune" most out of the series.
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Post by: Ampere on December 23, 2008, 01:12:05 PM
On the Road. Kerouac. First time. Goodbye life!
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Post by: jhunter on December 23, 2008, 02:04:01 PM
The Insides of My Eyelids by I. B. Snouzin
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Post by: a strange shadow on December 23, 2008, 02:12:16 PM
Caesar's Women by Collen McCullough
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Post by: mansa on December 23, 2008, 03:10:15 PM
The Confusion by Neil Stephenson
The Art of Computer Programming Volume 1 by Donald Knuth
(Also signed by Donald Knuth at a chance meeting at University of Waterloo in 2000)
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Post by: Archbaron on December 23, 2008, 03:14:23 PM
I'm currently reading Bernstein Bears and the Messy Room.

I like it, it has a pleasant mixture of drama, comedy, conflict. All the things that make a great story.

(http://146.74.224.231/archives/messyroom.jpg)
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Post by: Chettaman on December 25, 2008, 03:37:28 PM
The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
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Post by: Iota on December 25, 2008, 03:51:10 PM
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach - Hennessy and Patterson
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Post by: Vessol on December 25, 2008, 04:00:54 PM
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
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Post by: Qzzrbl on December 25, 2008, 04:40:30 PM
Dune, for the first time.

 ;D
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Post by: Fathi on December 25, 2008, 08:19:00 PM
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay.
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Post by: NoteworthyFellow on December 25, 2008, 08:24:48 PM
Dune, for the first time.

 ;D

Enjoy.  I wish I knew where my copy went.

On the Road. Kerouac. First time. Goodbye life!

You, too.  I just read this for the first time for an independent study last semester.  Good stuff; it's definitely earned its place as an American classic.
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Post by: Wolfsong on December 25, 2008, 08:27:27 PM
The Books of the South
0-765-32066-5 (ISBN-10)
978-0765-32066-7 (ISBN-13)

House of Leaves
ISBN-10: 0375703764
ISBN-13: 978-0375703768
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Post by: Solifugid on December 25, 2008, 08:28:17 PM
The Gone Away World - Nick Harkaway

"A history of friendship stretched beyond it's limits; a tale of love and loss; of ninjas, pirates, politics, of curious heroism in strange and dangerous places."
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Post by: Kronibas on December 25, 2008, 08:54:26 PM
Wolfsong... House of Leaves is the shit.  A Nilazi was totally in that damned house.

I was given When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris for Christmas.  I reckon I'll start on it when I finally get burnt out on the new Call of Duty.

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Post by: NoteworthyFellow on December 25, 2008, 08:59:20 PM
House of Leaves messed with my head pretty awesomely when I read it a couple of summers ago.  I highly recommend it.
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Post by: Rahnevyn on December 26, 2008, 03:08:12 AM
Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach - Hennessy and Patterson

Is that for fun, or for school? I'm pretty sure I had to use that for a class, or something named a lot like it.
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Post by: Archbaron on December 26, 2008, 07:16:27 PM
Steal This Book 4.0

A cool primer on the secrets of the internet.
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Post by: staggerlee on December 27, 2008, 12:28:27 PM
The Evolution of Physics by Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld

I'm really enjoying this one, they break down fairly complex concepts into a relatively accessible form and I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in the subject, especially those without a great deal of background in math and physics.  It still takes a lot of thought and concentration, but I find it fascinating.
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Post by: Iota on December 29, 2008, 04:46:13 AM
Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach - Hennessy and Patterson

Is that for fun, or for school? I'm pretty sure I had to use that for a class, or something named a lot like it.

I'm reading it for school, but not for any class I'm taking yet. So I guess you could say for "fun," but it really is some of the driest reading on earth. 
There's another book like it that I've already read called Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface by the same authors (which is an excellent book, by the way).
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Post by: Jingo on December 29, 2008, 07:47:44 AM
The Evolution of Physics by Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld

I'm really enjoying this one, they break down fairly complex concepts into a relatively accessible form and I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in the subject, especially those without a great deal of background in math and physics.  It still takes a lot of thought and concentration, but I find it fascinating.

This sounds interesting. The reason I hate math is all the complicated rules for the equation busting. But I love the theory behind it all. So I might check this one out.
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Post by: AmandaGreathouse on December 29, 2008, 08:01:22 AM
Amber and Ashes- Margaret Weis

Great followup to the War of Souls Trilogy. Especially for fans of Mina.
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Post by: Biscuits on December 30, 2008, 10:16:38 PM
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay.

I got all three of them a bit before Christmas and read them in a day and a half, haha.
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Post by: Mood on December 30, 2008, 11:30:23 PM
Exalibur: A Novel of Arthur

The third and final book in The Warlord Chronicles.

I suggest everyone either download this (http://www.mininova.org/tor/1603248), or acquire the books elsewhere.
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Post by: AmandaGreathouse on December 31, 2008, 01:00:57 PM
Amber and Blood- Margaret Weis
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Post by: jcljules on December 31, 2008, 02:16:02 PM
Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz
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Post by: Grey Area on January 07, 2009, 05:45:11 AM
Market Forces, Richard Morgan.

It's like the bastard offspring of Mad Max and American Psycho.
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Post by: Incognito on January 07, 2009, 06:09:14 AM
These are currently and simultaneously being read by me:

My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk
ISBN-10: 0375406956
ISBN-13: 978-0375406959

The Go-Giver - Bob Burg & John David Mann
ISBN-10: 159184200X
ISBN-13: 978-1591842002

The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow
ISBN-10: 1401323251
ISBN-13: 978-1401323257

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters - Gordon Dahlquist
ISBN-10: 1596061057
ISBN-13: 978-1596061057

Dance, Dance, Dance - Haruki Murakami
ISBN-10: 0679753796
ISBN-13: 978-0679753797
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Post by: Riev on January 07, 2009, 12:13:01 PM
Amber and Blood- Margaret Weis

I will cut you if you don't include my man Tracey Hickman.

Dragonlance is, without a doubt, one of the best written fantasy series of all time, at least the chronicles as written by Weis and Hickman. Is it better than X series or Y series? Maybe not, but its ONE of the best, with its writing style, and ability to evoke proper emotions.
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Post by: The7DeadlyVenomz on January 07, 2009, 12:14:06 PM
The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan.

S'good shit.
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Post by: brytta.leofa on January 07, 2009, 12:47:15 PM
Dragonlance is, without a doubt, one of the best written fantasy series of all time, at least the chronicles as written by Weis and Hickman.

Really?  Really really?

After experiencing McCaffrey at too young an age, I've avoided 'most everything with Dragon in the title.
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Post by: Fnord on January 07, 2009, 01:36:10 PM
Just finished Starship Troopers (http://www.amazon.com/Starship-Troopers-Robert-Heinlein/dp/0441783589/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1231353356&sr=8-1) and it rocked.
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Post by: staggerlee on January 07, 2009, 01:50:42 PM
Dragonlance is, without a doubt, one of the best written fantasy series of all time, at least the chronicles as written by Weis and Hickman.

Really?  Really really?

After experiencing McCaffrey at too young an age, I've avoided 'most everything with Dragon in the title.

Despite avidly devouring that kind of pulp in my early teens, I'd recommend maintaining those standards, personally.
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Post by: Wolfsong on January 07, 2009, 02:34:25 PM
The Black Company series (finished Tales of the North awhile back, first three, now I'm on Tales of the South... which is... Shadow Games, Dreams of Steel, and The Silver Spike) by Glen Cook!
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Post by: a strange shadow on January 07, 2009, 05:10:32 PM
Oh, Wolfsong, I envy you. The second, third, and fifteen-millionth reading of those books is good, but never quite as delicious as the first time.
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Post by: AmandaGreathouse on January 07, 2009, 06:03:07 PM
Changeling: The Lost (the book for the offshoot rpg)
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Post by: LauraMars on January 07, 2009, 09:49:57 PM
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.  Not bad.  I'd even go so far as to say...rereadable.  Maybe.  Child-gangs, crime, mysterious alien city, interesting concept.

Blankets by Craig Thompson.  If you were raised in a religious household, you'll probably point to the pages and say THAT WAS MEEE.
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Post by: Wolfsong on January 07, 2009, 10:08:53 PM
Oh, Wolfsong, I envy you. The second, third, and fifteen-millionth reading of those books is good, but never quite as delicious as the first time.

There's something about them I can't put my finger on - but they're utterly amazing. Fantastic. Kickass. Just wow. The prose is simple, but /good/ and - it's just... Whee.
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Post by: BlackMagic0 on January 07, 2009, 11:41:49 PM
Gotta go out and buy the rest the Wheel Of Time stuffz...
So I can finally finish it.. :'(
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Post by: AmandaGreathouse on January 07, 2009, 11:49:39 PM
I've read one through eleven, I think it was eleven. I just keep track of the names, more than the numbers. I can't wait until the last one comes out. I hope that it lives up to what it's been building to so far. I mean, it's someone's lifes work, heh. No pressure.
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Post by: Rahnevyn on January 07, 2009, 11:53:58 PM
Akhil Reed Amar, America's Constitution. Talks about the Constitution as the Framer's wrote it and how it has evolved since. The author goes through the document article by article, paragraph by paragraph, phrase by phrase and talks about the history behind the decisions that were made and why they were made that way. Fascinating stuff if you like politics.

It's also the first book I've legitimately read almost since I graduated high school....... six years ago.
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Post by: Grey Area on January 08, 2009, 12:20:49 AM
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

The next book is even better.
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Post by: Fathi on January 08, 2009, 12:32:14 AM
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

The next book is even better.

And the third one has been postponed indefinitely. Sigh.

(Scott Lynch posts excerpts from his writings sometimes on his Livejournal: http://scott-lynch.livejournal.com/229097.html)
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Post by: WarriorPoet on January 09, 2009, 09:57:48 AM
Larry McMurtry. Lonesome Dove. Bang bang! This will be my fourth or fifth time to devour this book. Wonderful reading.

I started on Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses again but then I remembered why I put it down a few years ago. Because it's shit.

Don't waste your time on the Wheel of Time. It sucks and Robert Jordan is dead. Whoever finishes it, his wife I think, it's going to have the Dune syndrome. Good books for awhile, but as the series progresses and prequels were released, things snowballed downhill into shittiness.

Go Dragonlance. My first experience with Fantasy books from when I was about...  7 years old maybe. After reading them probably twenty times as a kid, I still have my original copies of the Chronicles and read them once every couple of years, even now. I loved them all, though Summer Flame was... a little cheesed. As an aside, the short story collection... I think it's 'War of the Lance' is another hidden gem. :)

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Post by: brytta.leofa on January 09, 2009, 11:04:56 AM
Don't waste your time on the Wheel of Time. It sucks and Robert Jordan is dead. Whoever finishes it, his wife I think, it's going to have the Dune syndrome. Good books for awhile, but as the series progresses and prequels were released, things snowballed downhill

See, this is why I'm hoping that the last one will actually be good. ;)

Mr. Jordan just wasn't up to the task he set himself; and, bless his heart, he had some odd little issues.
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Post by: manonfire on January 09, 2009, 03:22:33 PM
Rereading Watchmen.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on January 11, 2009, 01:38:55 AM
Dragonlance is, without a doubt, one of the best written fantasy series of all time, at least the chronicles as written by Weis and Hickman.

Really?  Really really?

After experiencing McCaffrey at too young an age, I've avoided 'most everything with Dragon in the title.
Probably not a bad idea. But,

Death Gate Cycle. Go read them. Anything else by the Weis/Hickman partnering pales.

These books were some of the first fantasy I ever really got into though, so of course that could skew my perception of them. But I've re-read them numerous times now, and still enjoy them just as much.

I can count on one hand the books I've been able to reread before.
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Post by: FantasyWriter on January 11, 2009, 02:08:34 AM
Nothing...  I have been rereading books since September.

What would you guys recommend for a truly life changing book.

For my exmple it would be the Silmarillion....

I think it is truly the best creation story and also general mythology ever.

Tolkien was awesome!!!
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Post by: LauraMars on January 11, 2009, 02:16:23 AM
You know what books I read recently that I -don't- recommend?

The Riddle Master books by Patricia A. McKillip

So. Fucking. Boring.
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Post by: FantasyWriter on January 11, 2009, 02:27:39 AM
You know what books I read recently that I -don't- recommend?

The Riddle Master books by Patricia A. McKillip

So. Fucking. Boring.

I'm sorry... The only book that I remember feeling like this after i read was Man in the Iron Mask.

It SUCKED.

I love Dumas, and The Three Musketeers is still in my top five, but seriously, Dumas, did you have to write a booked that ended half way through, then spend another 500 pages tieing up loose ends that we would have been fine without?

seriously... I would have been perfectly happy with the book ending when the FOUR musketeers FAILED at restoring a "good" king. (yeah, they actually fail in the book and the "good" brother goes back to prison for the rest of his life)

BUT NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.  Dumas had to spend another 500 pages telling us how all of the musketeers died (other than Aramis (who nds up the Bishop of spain).

I love yo, Dumas... but the book sucks... should have stopped at the end of The Three Musketeers... seriously, man in the Iron Mask sucked. 


i still need a "new" book to read/
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Post by: LauraMars on January 11, 2009, 02:29:17 AM
Fantasy Writer? O_o

Geez, go to bed, drunk.
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Post by: LauraMars on January 11, 2009, 02:29:41 AM
But seriously, Scott Lynch

(now on book 2)
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on January 11, 2009, 02:36:34 AM
But seriously, Scott Lynch

(now on book 2)

Almost half way through the first. Great stuff.
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Post by: Gunnerblaster on January 11, 2009, 01:34:24 PM
Battletech: Flashpoint by Loren L. Coleman.

Some ancient book I found lying around. It's apparently not that old but you could have fooled me.
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Post by: staggerlee on February 20, 2009, 11:46:33 AM
I miss this thread.

I just finished Cormac McCarthy's The Road. I didn't think it was very well written, but I enjoyed it. The idea is good and he obviously had fun writing it.

Before that I read Leonard Cohen's The Favorite Game.  Brilliantly written book word for word, but I didn't find the story very compelling, and I suspect that Cohen is a bit of a narcissistic, superior bastard.

I'd recommend both.
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Post by: Vessol on February 20, 2009, 12:39:37 PM
God Emperor of Dune

and I also am reading a bunch of history books I bought for cheap at this awesome used book store in Knoxville called McKays
one of them: The Age of God-Kings(it's about Egyptian, Samaritan, and early Chinese cultures).
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Post by: Majikal on February 20, 2009, 12:47:59 PM
The Dark Tower III: WASTELANDS by steven king.
I'm in love with this series. I feel the same way I feel when I'm watching a new episode of Lost.
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Post by: WarriorPoet on February 20, 2009, 01:29:58 PM
I recently finished World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. I liked it, but I prefer my zombies to shriek and run and tear shit up. I especially liked the interview style. Looking forward to reading the Survival Guide by the same author.

A friend lent me a clutch of James Ellroy books yesterday, a few of which I've read before. I just love his style of writing. So raw. I'll be starting the the Big Easy as soon as I finish my reread of Kerouac's on the Road.

And I'm halfway through the Saxon Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell. This guy never fails me. His characters are the best.
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Post by: staggerlee on February 20, 2009, 01:41:52 PM
I recently finished World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. I liked it, but I prefer my zombies to shriek and run and tear shit up. I especially liked the interview style. Looking forward to reading the Survival Guide by the same author.

A friend lent me a clutch of James Ellroy books yesterday, a few of which I've read before. I just love his style of writing. So raw. I'll be starting the the Big Easy as soon as I finish my reread of Kerouac's on the Road.

And I'm halfway through the Saxon Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell. This guy never fails me. His characters are the best.

I need to read James Ellroy! I strongly recommend Dashiell Hamett and Raymond Chandler if you like that. 
Those guys created noir and grunge as we know it today.
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Post by: flurry on February 20, 2009, 02:27:25 PM
The Haunting of Hill House 

I didn't discover Shirley Jackson's writing until last summer (with We Have Always Lived in the Castle), but I'm so glad I did.
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Post by: rishenko on February 20, 2009, 03:10:18 PM
Paradise Lost - John Milton 
If you ever felt that Satan was a laughable character or the war in heaven a roll of the eyes conversation point, read Milton.  His use of Homeric metaphors and insightful view on dark personalities is amazing.

Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
The web of cause and effect in the human psyche, combined with man's focus on incentives makes this well worth your time.

The Dark Tower III: WASTELANDS by steven king.
I'm in love with this series. I feel the same way I feel when I'm watching a new episode of Lost.

Roland of Gilead.  A truly impressive, brooding anti-hero. The first book ranks in my top five of all time.  I have always wanted to make a character based on him, though my current character has a few of his quirks.

"He realized he was screaming. He had been screaming all along. His eyes felt like cracked ball bearings. His balls had drawn up against his belly. His legs were wood. His ears were iron. The guns were empty and they boiled at him, transmogrified into an Eye and a Hand, and he stood, screaming and reloading, his mind far away and absent, letting his hands do their reloading trick. Could he hold up a hand, tell them he had spent twenty-five years learning this trick and others, tell them of the guns and the blood that had blessed them? Not with his mouth. But his hands could speak their own tale."

I will never forget the first time I read that.  Though the entire scene will always live with me, those few lines there have been forever etched into my mind.
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Post by: LauraMars on February 20, 2009, 03:18:59 PM
Service Included - Phoebe Damrosch

SECRET FOODIE.
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Post by: PerpetualPatriot on February 20, 2009, 04:07:03 PM
The Eagle and the Sword by A. A. Attanasio
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Post by: The7DeadlyVenomz on February 20, 2009, 04:12:50 PM
I've been reading Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. I've been digging it.
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Post by: Majikal on February 22, 2009, 11:02:17 AM
"He realized he was screaming. He had been screaming all along. His eyes felt like cracked ball bearings. His balls had drawn up against his belly. His legs were wood. His ears were iron. The guns were empty and they boiled at him, transmogrified into an Eye and a Hand, and he stood, screaming and reloading, his mind far away and absent, letting his hands do their reloading trick. Could he hold up a hand, tell them he had spent twenty-five years learning this trick and others, tell them of the guns and the blood that had blessed them? Not with his mouth. But his hands could speak their own tale."

Win.
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Post by: jcljules on February 22, 2009, 11:03:09 AM
I've been reading Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. I've been digging it.

I read all of those. For some reason I thought they were terrible, but I couldn't stop reading. I love and hate them at the same time.
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Post by: Zoltan on February 22, 2009, 11:33:18 AM
I just finished World War Z myself, and Neil Stephenson's Snow Crash. I'm currently reading Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad. It's awesome, and the story hits unexpectedly close to home for me.
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Post by: staggerlee on February 22, 2009, 01:09:29 PM
I just finished World War Z myself, and Neil Stephenson's Snow Crash. I'm currently reading Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad. It's awesome, and the story hits unexpectedly close to home for me.

How's World War Z? I really want to read that.
And I love Snow Crash.  Great choices.

I'm starting Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose. So far it's great.  And it seems to star Brytta Leoffa.
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Post by: WarriorPoet on February 22, 2009, 02:06:21 PM
I really liked World War Z. I liked the grand scale of it, rather than just one survival story.

But prefer my zombies to shriek and run and tear shit up, 28 Days Later style. Fuck this 'Oh noez! A zombie! Better walk briskly past.'
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Post by: Is Friday on February 22, 2009, 02:33:40 PM
Battletech: Flashpoint by Loren L. Coleman.

Some ancient book I found lying around. It's apparently not that old but you could have fooled me.
I have a collection of Battletech books. Mechwarrior series sucks. Aidan Pryde series is the best.

I grew up reading them, it's what got me into reading pretty much.
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Post by: staggerlee on February 22, 2009, 05:02:56 PM
I really liked World War Z. I liked the grand scale of it, rather than just one survival story.

But prefer my zombies to shriek and run and tear shit up, 28 Days Later style. Fuck this 'Oh noez! A zombie! Better walk briskly past.'

I believe that zombies, as Romero created them, must be slow.  The fear isn't of the individual zombie, it's of the implications.
It's the hopelessness of knowing that slowly they're filling the world, and that people are vanishing, the horror of seeing loved ones walking dead and consuming each other.  And most importantly... they're an environmental terror. It's humanity that causes the real problems, all the jealousy, intolerance greed and backstabbing leave people vulnerable to them, if we just got along it'd be easy.

They're really not monsters, they're a backdrop for human flaws and drama. You make them scary as individuals and people unite against them, it's way less fun and takes the focus off human action/reaction, and puts it on the villain instead.


There's my Sunday afternoon brain dump. *yawn*
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Post by: LauraMars on February 22, 2009, 06:36:44 PM
The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson
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Post by: mansa on February 23, 2009, 12:41:42 AM
I've been reading Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle.  Almost done.

Also, I picked up "The Killing Joke" by Alan Moore & Brian Bolland.  Seems pretty short but good.

I also picked up two Frank Miller ones - Ronin (with Lynn Varley) and Hard Boiled (with Geof Darrow).
Ronin's style is alright, but I LOVE GEOF DARROW.
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Post by: Kronibas on February 24, 2009, 07:12:09 PM
The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson

I was one of the Drummers in another life.
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Post by: The7DeadlyVenomz on February 24, 2009, 09:39:26 PM
I've been reading Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. I've been digging it.

I read all of those. For some reason I thought they were terrible, but I couldn't stop reading. I love and hate them at the same time.
The long conversations hurt sometimes, don't they? But it's just so ... yeh, addictive.
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Post by: WarriorPoet on February 25, 2009, 12:38:20 AM
It's the S&M that kept me coming back to SoT.

You too, posers. You just don't want to admit it.
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Post by: LauraMars on March 01, 2009, 10:53:19 PM
Pink Floyd - Set Controls for the Heart of the Sun

Whenever I hear that song, it reminds me of this short story by James Tiptree (aka Alice Sheldon).  It's called The Only Neat Thing To Do.  It won a Locus award and is amazing.
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Post by: LauraMars on March 01, 2009, 10:55:04 PM
The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson

Update: I loved The Diamond Age.  It was fantastic.  I read so many books, it's rare that one stands out.  But this one did.

Right now I'm reading Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn.
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Post by: satine on March 01, 2009, 11:34:56 PM
Anouther Road Side Attraction.

I don't care f it rains or freezes, as long as I have my plastic jesus sitting on the dash board of my car...
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Post by: Mechafish on April 06, 2009, 06:45:37 PM
Sorry for the MAJOR  bump.

Loamhedge by Brian Jacques

Yeah, another Redwall novel...
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Post by: Kol on April 06, 2009, 07:11:12 PM
Sorry for the MAJOR  bump.

Loamhedge by Brian Jacques

Yeah, another Redwall novel...

I love that series, Martin was the best book I read IMO,

The Traveller By John Twelve Hawks

Third time round reading the pair of books, and I still gotta say its amazing.
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Post by: Zoltan on April 06, 2009, 11:19:57 PM
Anathem by Neil Stephenson. So far, so good!
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Post by: Nile on April 07, 2009, 12:11:03 AM
I need to read House Of Leaves again. That was a crazy motherfucker of a book.
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Post by: mansa on April 07, 2009, 01:07:12 AM
I started reading the Thieves' World books.  Have you ever heard of them?  It's a shared world fantasy written by many authors, and edited by Robert Lynn Asprin.  Basically, in 1978 Robert Lynn Asprin and a bunch of other authors, like Poul Anderson, and C. J. Cherryh were sitting around drinking and talking about writing, and they said, 'You know what sucks about writing?  World Building.  There's just so much information you need to write in the backstories, just to make characters believable.'

So, Robert Lynn Asprin said it would be great to share a world, creatively, together with a bunch of authors and let the group make the world.

There's about ten of the Thieves' World books, and they all contain 5-9 short stories that share main characters, the city, religion, and everything else.  New authors come up with a new idea, and expand on the world.  Each story is different, because it's written by different people.  It's a nice read that I do, before I go to bed.

And the shared world concept really intrigued me, as ArmageddonMUD is also a shared world concept, and I'm very proud of this world that I'm apart of.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thieves%27_World
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Post by: Ourla on April 07, 2009, 01:20:08 AM
I've been really into historical fiction lately.  I'm reading one right now about the Weber sisters, the German muses of Mozart in the 17th century.  Just finished a few about Robin Hood's Maid Marian and a really good one called "Animal's People" about the Bhopal gas disaster in India in 1984.
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Post by: WarriorPoet on April 07, 2009, 01:27:54 AM
Cherryh makes me want to die. Sooooo much potential in the universe and races of the Faded Sun books, gone to shit with a story that leads to nowhere.

Reading 'Israel' by Martin Gilbert. Traces Zionism and Israeli independance from the first Zionist Congress all the way to a few years ago. Alot of very interesting stories on the kibbutz and moshav movements. The stories of the Haganah and Irgun are particularly interesting, as they slowly merge and evolve into today's IDF. A great history book that reads like a novel. I heartily reccomend it for not-so-light reading.
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Post by: Ammut on April 07, 2009, 01:34:11 AM
I am reading Puntos de partida.  It's a spanish textbook.

That and Plato.
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Post by: Majikal on April 07, 2009, 01:53:09 AM
Alas babylon. Buddy suggested it and it's still one of my favorites. Third time around. Post apocalyptic worlds ftw
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Post by: Riev on April 07, 2009, 02:00:35 AM
I'm reading a comic book series about zombies, and it is hardcore. If I ever get the time to look at the name, I'll let you know.




Otherwise, I'm reading a book about how to get laid on text-based game forums.
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Post by: Marauder Moe on April 07, 2009, 09:03:59 AM
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
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Post by: Mood on April 07, 2009, 09:10:20 AM
Alas babylon. Buddy suggested it and it's still one of my favorites. Third time around. Post apocalyptic worlds ftw

Wtf, I was planning on reading this when I'm finished with what I'm currently (slowly, as time permits) reading.

Which is Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond.
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Post by: Preacher on April 07, 2009, 09:32:39 AM
I started reading the Thieves' World books. 

And the shared world concept really intrigued me, as ArmageddonMUD is also a shared world concept, and I'm very proud of this world that I'm apart of.


Very good series of books.  The character development is exceptional, particularly when one author's character appears in another author's story.  Plus, the Vulgar Unicorn is one of the best names for a tavern.

Currently re-reading (for about the fourteenth time) Legend by David Gemmell.
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Post by: Jengal on April 07, 2009, 12:40:37 PM
Kite-Runner!
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Post by: Moofassa on April 07, 2009, 06:21:20 PM
Alas babylon. Buddy suggested it and it's still one of my favorites. Third time around. Post apocalyptic worlds ftw


Read "A Canticle for Leibowitz"
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Post by: Moofassa on April 07, 2009, 06:22:03 PM

Which is Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond.

Great read. There's a movie too.
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Post by: rishenko on April 07, 2009, 06:43:34 PM
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
One Thousand and One Nights
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Post by: PerpetualPatriot on April 07, 2009, 06:49:31 PM
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Post by: Moofassa on April 07, 2009, 06:53:16 PM
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

This book was so much fun. YAy.
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Post by: Zoltan on April 07, 2009, 07:57:13 PM
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

This book was so much fun. YAy.

I think this was my first Gaiman book, and I enjoyed it immensely.
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Post by: a strange shadow on April 07, 2009, 08:03:04 PM
"Neverwhere" was my first Gaiman book, and I've enjoyed all others since.

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http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=353&Itemid=27#toc_list
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Lizzie on April 07, 2009, 08:29:01 PM
Someone mentioned Neil Stephenson...
I'm currently reading his Cryptonomicon novel. It's a gruelling read, because it's so long. Over 1000 pages, in smallish text.

Fascinating stuff though, I kind of get a kick out of crypography.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jdr on April 09, 2009, 06:10:18 AM
Gotrek and Felix! It's all cheap mush adventure-quest dicking about, but it's good to dig into a simple and effective series from time to time, like Conan.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on April 09, 2009, 12:02:50 PM
I'm reading All The King's Men by Robert Penn Warren, a book suggested to me by my boss, who has been a lit professor since dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Also, I read Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses recently.  Four semesters of college level Spanish helped me get through that book because a lot of it takes place in Mexico.  Keep a Babelfish tab open if you read this book and don't know a lot about Spanish...

A few weeks ago I read a local author by the name of Willie Morris' book.  He's most famous for his book My Dog Skip, a book that was eventually put to film.  The one I read was written in his later years, and it's called My Cat Spit McGee.  It was a light read, and he made some insightful remarks about dog lovers vs. cat lovers in it.

Also, I've started on Neil Gaiman's graphic novel thingies.  I've read every shred of his novels and short stories, so I figured I'd dip down into the seedy world of comic books to see if he did any good with them.  The first volume I read, Preludes and Nocturnes, was, erm, interesting.  It was good enough to make me want to read the rest but maybe not purchase them.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: alicedavignon on April 09, 2009, 12:53:11 PM
Peter Pan.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Mechafish on April 09, 2009, 01:05:16 PM
Another Redwall book...

Pearls of Lutra
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ghost on April 09, 2009, 01:50:34 PM
Also, I've started on Neil Gaiman's graphic novel thingies.  I've read every shred of his novels and short stories, so I figured I'd dip down into the seedy world of comic books to see if he did any good with them.  The first volume I read, Preludes and Nocturnes, was, erm, interesting.  It was good enough to make me want to read the rest but maybe not purchase them.

Try Sandman.  It is great.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: mansa on April 09, 2009, 02:14:20 PM
Also, I've started on Neil Gaiman's graphic novel thingies.  I've read every shred of his novels and short stories, so I figured I'd dip down into the seedy world of comic books to see if he did any good with them.  The first volume I read, Preludes and Nocturnes, was, erm, interesting.  It was good enough to make me want to read the rest but maybe not purchase them.

Try Sandman.  It is great.

*cough*

Preludes and Nocturnes is book 1 of the Sandman series.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ghost on April 09, 2009, 02:24:58 PM
damn it i just stick to absolute sandman books and did not pay attention to individual volumes
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: mansa on April 09, 2009, 02:54:12 PM
damn it i just stick to absolute sandman books and did not pay attention to individual volumes
whatever, richy rich
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FantasyWriter on April 09, 2009, 03:14:28 PM
Redwall.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on April 09, 2009, 03:18:36 PM
Redwall.

Is that contagious or something?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FantasyWriter on April 09, 2009, 03:52:44 PM
I saw everyone talking about it, and had always passed it over at the bookstore... figured I'd jump on it while I had the time.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Mechafish on April 09, 2009, 04:10:06 PM
Redwall.

Oh really?  Is it good so far?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FantasyWriter on April 09, 2009, 04:10:51 PM
Ask me tomorrow... every time I have tried to start, one of the kids would demand my attention, lol/
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Mechafish on April 09, 2009, 06:10:57 PM
Okay.

I finished the one I was reading, now, it's to Marlfox.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ampere on April 09, 2009, 06:48:56 PM
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Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on April 09, 2009, 07:34:46 PM
Okay.

I finished the one I was reading, now, it's to Marlfox.

When do you have time to play Arm?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FantasyWriter on April 09, 2009, 10:00:20 PM
Redwall.

Oh really?  Is it good so far?

Slow night at the bar so I made it a little over a hundred pages in.

A nice, light, refreshing read with plenty of backstory and a well fleshed out universe.
I give it a 9.4 so far, and things are just getting interesting.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Mood on April 09, 2009, 10:23:47 PM
Redwall.

Oh really?  Is it good so far?

Slow night at the bar so I made it a little over a hundred pages in.

A nice, light, refreshing read with plenty of backstory and a well fleshed out universe.
I give it a 9.4 so far, and things are just getting interesting.

Yeah, well, you also like R.A. Salvatore, mang.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FantasyWriter on April 09, 2009, 10:26:42 PM
I do? Really?
Hmm...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Mood on April 09, 2009, 10:30:02 PM
I do? Really?
Hmm...

I thought you did.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Fathi on April 09, 2009, 10:32:40 PM
I read a few of the Redwall books when I was in middle school. They were pretty entertaining at the time; dunno how well they'll have held up if I decided to reread them. I only got through three or four because once the charm wears off, you realise that it's essentially the same story over and over.

But yeah, FW's basically got it--the world's very fleshed out and the different 'cultures' among the animals are pretty nifty, from what I remember.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FantasyWriter on April 09, 2009, 10:34:59 PM
I have never read and of his original stuff... I had forgotten that he wrote a few of the Starwars books. Sowwies... looking over the ones Salvator did write, they definately weren't my favorites.
Most were rather slow paced compared to the rest of the series.

Zahn and Denning were probably my favorite StarWars authors.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Malken on April 09, 2009, 11:44:33 PM
I'm currently reading the back of my Raisin Bran cereal box.

If anyone's interested in winning a breakfast with Wayne Gretzky, let me know.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Belgoikiss on April 10, 2009, 12:32:04 AM
Eckhart Tolle - A New Earth ~ Fnord
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jingo on April 10, 2009, 06:31:29 AM
Anyone read The Shack yet? It's hard to find at the moment.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Mechafish on April 12, 2009, 03:52:25 PM
Jhegaala by Steven Brust
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kol on April 12, 2009, 03:59:11 PM
The Dark River by Jhon Twelve Hawks, the second part of his two book series The Traveller.......

I highly reccomend these two books to anyone who likes modern based fantasy with a touch of realism.

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: mangler on April 12, 2009, 06:23:08 PM
Rubicon by Tom Holland, havn't read much of it, but seems good so far.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Marauder Moe on April 14, 2009, 09:48:53 AM
Turn Coat

I'm so sleep deprived...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on April 26, 2009, 07:09:27 PM
Just finished one of George R. R. Martin's books.. but not one from the Song of Ice and Fire series (those were pretty good, can't wait until that fucker publishes A Dance with Dragons).

It's called Tuf Voyaging.  The main theme within the collection of stories is ecological awareness, with the exception to this being
the very first story, which involves the type of murderous, character-killing fun that helps make his current series so popular.

Even though I'm not big on sci-fi, I thought this was a pretty good book.  Figured it was worth mentioning on account of me having heard of George R. R. Martin through fellow Arm players years and years ago.

Now, I'm about halfway through Tom Robbins' Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas.  To say it's "different" would be an understatement.. Robbins can come up with some really off-the-wall shit.  Entertaining as hell, though.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Vessol on April 26, 2009, 07:12:21 PM
Darkfall by Dean Koontz

After that: Abduction by Robin Cook
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on April 26, 2009, 07:13:29 PM
Black Company. Meh. I'm fairly disappointed. There's no... soul to the story. Just tough fuckers and creepy Taken without any backstory to the world.

My wife bought Redwall and has been reading it aloud to me before bed. Amusing and interesting world.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jingo on April 26, 2009, 07:18:02 PM
Dune.

I figured it was about time.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoltan on April 26, 2009, 07:20:05 PM
Ulysses by James Joyce.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on April 27, 2009, 02:35:23 AM
I need a recommendation for a good book.  It has to cost under 10 bucks, and has to be available at amazon.ca.

Someone help!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Rhyden on April 27, 2009, 02:36:55 AM
I just finished reading 'Sybil'. Now I kinda want to make a multi personality Zalanthan little girl.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Vessol on April 27, 2009, 02:51:30 AM
Dune.

I figured it was about time.

You won't be disappointed.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on April 27, 2009, 03:02:54 AM
Dune.

I figured it was about time.

You won't be disappointed.

You said this exact same thing to me. And I wasn't.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ampere on April 27, 2009, 03:07:15 AM
I need a recommendation for a good book.  It has to cost under 10 bucks, and has to be available at amazon.ca.

Someone help!

http://www.amazon.com/Dispossessed-Ursula-K-Guin/dp/0061054887/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240816076&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Dispossessed-Ursula-K-Guin/dp/0061054887/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240816076&sr=1-1)

Just finished it, was totally enjoyable.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jdr on April 27, 2009, 06:16:36 AM
Anything written by Dan Abnett. He changed Black Library novels from being trashy nerdrags to stunning and immersive stories in their own rights, completely readable to anyone not familiar with the Warhammer 40k universe.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on April 27, 2009, 07:19:54 AM
Just finished one of George R. R. Martin's books.. but not one from the Song of Ice and Fire series (those were pretty good, can't wait until that fucker publishes A Dance with Dragons).

It's called Tuf Voyaging.  The main theme within the collection of stories is ecological awareness, with the exception to this being
the very first story, which involves the type of murderous, character-killing fun that helps make his current series so popular.

Even though I'm not big on sci-fi, I thought this was a pretty good book.  Figured it was worth mentioning on account of me having heard of George R. R. Martin through fellow Arm players years and years ago.

Now, I'm about halfway through Tom Robbins' Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas.  To say it's "different" would be an understatement.. Robbins can come up with some really off-the-wall shit.  Entertaining as hell, though.

Hilarious, and great. Thank you so much for recommending. Didn't even know George R. R. Martin wrote anything else.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Mood on April 27, 2009, 08:07:00 AM
I need a recommendation for a good book.  It has to cost under 10 bucks, and has to be available at amazon.ca.

Someone help!

http://www.amazon.ca/Winter-Novel-Arthur-Bernard-Cornwell/dp/0140231862/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240879679&sr=8-1
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on April 27, 2009, 10:26:00 AM
I need a recommendation for a good book.  It has to cost under 10 bucks, and has to be available at amazon.ca.

Someone help!

They've got this new invention, the library, that lets you borrow books without paying.

It's a really novel (no pun intended) idea.  I take full advantage of mine.  Then again, it's only a few city blocks away for me.

So, go to your local library and ask if they have a copy of Faulkner's The Hamlet.  The Snopes family in that book is hard core.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Shalooonsh on April 27, 2009, 10:50:03 AM
Now, I'm about halfway through Tom Robbins' Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas.  To say it's "different" would be an understatement.. Robbins can come up with some really off-the-wall shit.  Entertaining as hell, though.

WARNING:  Reading "Half Asleep In Frog Pajamas" while at a tender young age can make you turn out like, well, me.  It is an exquisite read, but quite different, and possibly the only thing I ever read where the protagonist has to shove a specific kind of cabbage up his rectum.

Not just any cabbage, mind you.  In order to cure cancer.

Oh, and it involves monkeys.  The book, not his rectum.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: mansa on April 27, 2009, 10:52:51 AM
What are you reading, Shalooonsh?

I just finished "The Left Hand of Darkness", and I'm looking for a new book.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Shalooonsh on April 27, 2009, 10:57:39 AM
As for what I'm reading right now, I just finished Spook Country a couple weeks ago.  William Gibson contemporary novel about Assisted Reality as an art form.

And loa riding parkour experts who work indirectly for the KGB.  Oh, and ghost cargo containers.  Not ghost ships.  No, the ships are completely normal.  The cargo container, however, is not.

A very Shadowrun-y read, for anyone who likes that genre.  Still edgy, still Gibson, still somehow futuristic even though it's a world filled with d-link wireless routers, iPods, and cell phones that lose signal, but not quite as edge-of-the-seat as the Neuromancer Trilogy or his other works.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Rahnevyn on April 27, 2009, 12:49:46 PM
I need a recommendation for a good book.  It has to cost under 10 bucks, and has to be available at amazon.ca.

Someone help!

Running With the Demon, Terry Brooks -- This is the start of an interesting take on a fantasy series from a modern perspective. It's probably some of the best stuff I've read from Brooks (I think he sometimes gets a bad rap for Shannara being too generic. This series isn't.) The Amazon comments sum it up well.
http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0345422589/$%7B0%7D

Daggerspell, Katherine Kerr -- I've plugged this series on the GDB several times and I'll keep plugging until someone reads it, dammit. Very good fantasy read, the series has sort of a Celtic/Welsh flavor to it. Low magic, most of the action is about warring noble families and the politics between them.... but the interesting twist is that Kerr tells the story of the characters lives in parallel across multiple timelines. The basic jist is that they're all trapped in a sort of tragic fate that keeps replaying itself over and over in different ways. The character Nevyn in in these books is also where I got my name from.
http://www.amazon.ca/Daggerspell-Katharine-Kerr/dp/0553565214/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240850750&sr=1-1

Timeline, Michael Crichton -- Not really Crichton's best work, but one of the most enjoyable to read for me. It's about time travel, as you'd expect. I could recommend a lot of other Crichton books too.
http://www.amazon.ca/Timeline-Michael-Crichton/dp/0345417623/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240850960&sr=1-1

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: staggerlee on April 27, 2009, 12:52:28 PM
I'm working on Margret Atwood's Alias Grace, and so far I'm very much enjoying her writing. I've never looked at her stuff before, but I'd say she deserves all the critical acclaim she receives. I'm not far enough in to comment beyond that.

After that I'm going to try Leonard Cohen's Beautiful Losers, though I'm approaching that one with trepidation. As much as he's a brilliant poet, his other book was... unconventional, and I hear this one is even less palatable.

There we go. Some great Canadian literature to offset the pulp fantasy. ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FantasyWriter on April 28, 2009, 09:35:15 PM
I just finished Slaughterhouse-Five and the Dark Nest (starwars) Series. 
About to read the Legacy of the Force Series, so I can have the Starwars books behind me after two years.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jingo on April 28, 2009, 09:42:32 PM
I'm working on Margret Atwood's Alias Grace, and so far I'm very much enjoying her writing. I've never looked at her stuff before, but I'd say she deserves all the critical acclaim she receives. I'm not far enough in to comment beyond that.

I read Oryx and Crake by Atwood. 

Yeah. I wasn't expecting post-apocolyptic mutant orgies.

Well not quite, but I enjoyed it.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Mood on April 28, 2009, 10:12:50 PM
(those were pretty good, can't wait until that fucker publishes A Dance with Dragons)

There's no way in hell the hambeast is going to live long enough to finish the series at this rate.

Eat some more wings and watch some more football, Martin, you fat greasy fuck.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on April 28, 2009, 11:29:11 PM
Dance of Dragons is the last of the series, yeah?

He'll finish. He isn't so old or sickly he'll pull a Robert Jordan on us.

Still reading Black Company. Still meh about it.

Also re-reading David Gemmel's Rigante series, on the toilet. I've read the four of them all ten times over. Gritty and harsh, just how I likes it. His other books are kind of bland, but this series is good stuff. The first is "Sword in the Storm". I reccomend.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bogre on April 28, 2009, 11:33:18 PM
The namas or memoirs of the Mughal emperors.

A book on Southern history

hopefully will get back into other things soon
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: MarshallDFX on April 28, 2009, 11:39:04 PM
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. LeGuin

A book about a very harsh planet (familiar?) that is inhabited entirely by hermaphroditic neuters that only have gender during a mating period.. (not so familiar).
Great book.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoltan on April 28, 2009, 11:56:47 PM
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. LeGuin

A book about a very harsh planet (familiar?) that is inhabited entirely by hermaphroditic neuters that only have gender during a mating period.. (not so familar).
Great book.

I really enjoyed that book. I also enjoy your namesake, Marshall. Got one of those very same amps sitting right here in my room. Great Marshall tone with the convenience of solid state electronics, fuck yeah.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gobbleneck on April 29, 2009, 01:00:53 AM
Still reading Black Company. Still meh about it.
I like it so far.  The first book was great, but the second... eh.  Croaker sort of turned into a whole new character in that one.

I'm still on the second.  Hopefully it gets better or the third book gets really, really good.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Whale Fall on April 29, 2009, 04:58:16 AM
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Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on April 29, 2009, 05:00:25 AM
There's no way in hell the hambeast is going to live long enough to finish the series at this rate.

Eat some more wings and watch some more football, Martin, you fat greasy fuck.

Grin, I'm sad to say that I agree with you.  He's 60 right now... his last book, A Feast of Crows, was written about four years ago (05).  A Storm of Swords was written five years before that (2000).

So... he has three books left.  I really think he'll have a Dance for Dragons finished by the end of this year, but...

Dance of Dragons is the last of the series, yeah?

unfortunately he has two more books left in the series:  The Winds of Winter and a Dream of Spring.

My guess is that he'll be about seventy years old when (if) the series is completed.

Folks like Cormac McCarthy (The Road, No Country for Old Men) and Gabriel Garca Marquez (A Hundred Years of Solitude, Memories of My Meloncholy Whores) still put out good work after all these years, and they're ancient SOBs.  But, eh, they don't seem to consume nearly as many cheeseburgers as Martin.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Shalooonsh on April 29, 2009, 08:48:16 AM
g

Totally.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Fathi on April 29, 2009, 08:50:59 AM
Just picked up Topaz by Leon Uris and a collection of kiwi short stories from the library.

The former is a fictionalised account of the Cuban Missile Crisis made famous by the fact that Hitchcock adapted it. I read it when I was a teenager and want to know if it's held up over time.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Mood on April 29, 2009, 11:12:55 AM
Dance of Dragons is the last of the series, yeah?

No.

Edit: I stopped reading halfway through Feast in protest. If and when the series is finished, I'll pick back up at Crows, but goddamn, fuck you in your fat ass, Martin. STOP MAKING NOVELS THAT NO ONE CARES ABOUT AND FINISH YOUR MAGNUM OPUS SERIES.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: staggerlee on April 29, 2009, 12:08:20 PM
Dance of Dragons is the last of the series, yeah?

No.

Edit: I stopped reading halfway through Feast in protest. If and when the series is finished, I'll pick back up at Crows, but goddamn, fuck you in your fat ass, Martin. STOP MAKING NOVELS THAT NO ONE CARES ABOUT AND FINISH YOUR MAGNUM OPUS SERIES.

I enjoyed the first book, and tried reading a couple after... the further I read the more I regretted it. He's not much of a writer or storyteller.
At the very least he needs a gang of editors to work him over with phonebooks for a few hours, until he's appropriately humbled.

I don't understand why fantasy authors are allowed(required?) to write book after book after book of wasted words, until their fans realize that there's no plot, consistent characters or theme to the books and eventually give up in disgust. It's a bad sign if people start dropping off one by one because they've lost all hope of getting to the end of what began as pleasurable, and quickly became a grueling chore.

Keep it short and sweet, then maybe your fans won't realize you can't write until it's too late.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on April 29, 2009, 12:42:50 PM
I enjoyed all of the Ice and Fire books and think Martin is a solid writer that created a hell of a world.

I prefer good meaty series' that span tens of thousands of pages, even if they're slow in parts, rather than chaff star wars novels or whatever that are full of 'action' and I can read in one sitting but don't really touch me in any meaninful way. In the pants or the heart. Whatever.

But I see your point. Alot of writers seem to drag it out for the sake of more books, rather than more story. This is what I think of as the 'Robert Jordan Syndrome'. Where a solid storyline devolves into a dozen books of a thousand pages, with only a hundred of those pages in each book containing anything meaningful to the storyline.

Trilogies are probably best. Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Chronicals are fantastic because he tells an amazing and detailed story without dragging it out. The other side of this coin is finishing the last page of the last installment and thinking "FUCK! I could do with a few more of these books. Or a dozen more."
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Morrolan on April 29, 2009, 12:45:04 PM
As for what I'm reading right now, I just finished Spook Country a couple weeks ago.

I'm reading this to my wife at bedtime, right now.  Six months ago, I read her "Pattern Recognition".
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Biscuits on April 30, 2009, 03:13:35 PM
I've started to re-read the Dark Tower again. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on April 30, 2009, 03:24:44 PM
I read the first two Dark Tower books and honestly don't know what all the fuss is about. I hate the way King writes. Roland was a pretty cool character and the story itself was alright, I guess, but from all the crowing I heard about it, I thought it would be AWESOME. It was not. A better strategy might be for SK to brainstorm plotlines and the like, and then turn these awesome ideas over to better writers.

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Biscuits on May 01, 2009, 12:55:06 AM
I read the first two Dark Tower books and honestly don't know what all the fuss is about. I hate the way King writes. Roland was a pretty cool character and the story itself was alright, I guess, but from all the crowing I heard about it, I thought it would be AWESOME. It was not. A better strategy might be for SK to brainstorm plotlines and the like, and then turn these awesome ideas over to better writers.

/shrug

I still think that the books are AWESOME, but I'm also not too picky about writing styles, especially if I love the story. The way King writes doesn't really bother me, and I enjoy how most of his work is tied into the Dark Tower. 

To be honest, I didn't really get into DT until The Wastelands, but my interest picked up with the Drawing of the Three.  Initially, I thought The Gunslinger was pretty boring, though I finished re-reading it today and it's more interesting the second time around. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nile on May 01, 2009, 07:25:48 PM
Black Company sounds good..Might have to pick it up.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gunnerblaster on May 01, 2009, 07:43:15 PM
Conclave of Shadows: King of Foxes (Book Two) by Raymond E. Feist

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gobbleneck on May 09, 2009, 11:54:49 PM
Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams

Never knew a book about cats could be so good.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on May 10, 2009, 12:49:04 AM
Kudos to those folks who were pushing Redwall. We bought it a week or two ago and my wife has been reading aloud before we go to bed. A neat little story that I wasn't expecting. And it got my wife to reading regularly, which is awesome and something I've been trying to get done for years.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Archbaron on May 10, 2009, 01:07:45 AM
Redwall is an amazing book. It was written for blind people so it's very vivid.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on May 10, 2009, 02:46:19 AM
Does that mean it doesn't describe colors?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Adieren on May 10, 2009, 03:05:05 AM
The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey.

To Light a Candle (or book 2)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on May 11, 2009, 01:43:57 PM
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sadly, I don't understand a substantial bit of it.
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Post by: Agent_137 on May 11, 2009, 02:37:52 PM
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sadly, I don't understand a substantial bit of it.

get a better translation? there are lots. even tolkien did a translation.
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Post by: brytta.leofa on May 11, 2009, 03:02:35 PM
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sadly, I don't understand a substantial bit of it.

get a better translation? there are lots. even tolkien did a translation.

Oh, the translation's fine.  It's the Middle English itself that...some of the words have changed.
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Post by: Majikal on May 11, 2009, 03:14:18 PM
The Curse of Chalion

The Dark Tower book VI
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Post by: Zoltan on May 11, 2009, 05:35:31 PM
I'm reading Moby-Dick right now. It's a lot funnier than I was expecting, actually.
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Post by: Eloran on May 11, 2009, 05:48:37 PM
Middle English is not too too bad. You'll get the gist of it.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on May 11, 2009, 06:27:48 PM
You kidding me? It's easier to read than A Clockwork Orange was.
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Post by: a strange shadow on May 13, 2009, 01:07:13 AM
I just read "A Thousand Splendid Suns" in one sitting.

It was that good.
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Post by: Yam on May 13, 2009, 01:33:38 AM
Nadsat is beautiful.
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Post by: Solifugid on May 13, 2009, 02:59:19 AM
This week, the entirety of C J Cherryh's Merchanter collection. Didn't mean to. Just picked one up and kept going.
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Post by: WarriorPoet on May 13, 2009, 01:02:31 PM
Ooooh!

I finally got ahold of a paperback of the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. I scanned it a little but intend to wait until I go on vacation to read on it. I'll let you know how it turns out but from what I've seen of Dawkins he's a very intelligent man who manages to carry points without becoming shrill.
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Post by: Zoltan on May 13, 2009, 10:59:35 PM
Ooooh!

I finally got ahold of a paperback of the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. I scanned it a little but intend to wait until I go on vacation to read on it. I'll let you know how it turns out but from what I've seen of Dawkins he's a very intelligent man who manages to carry points without becoming shrill.

One of my friends read that and couldn't recommend it enough. I still haven't gotten to it, though. Probably not telling me anything I don't already know.  :P
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Post by: Vessol on May 14, 2009, 04:18:55 AM
(http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/dune/images/thumb/3/34/Heretics_of_Dune_Cover_Art.jpg/250px-Heretics_of_Dune_Cover_Art.jpg)

So far I'm enjoying it a lot more then any other Dune book since the original. Dune Messiah was too short, Children of Dune was good, God-Emperor of Dune had too much dialog and the pacing was off. So far, Heretics is really awesome.
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Post by: Majikal on May 14, 2009, 08:50:13 AM
Ooooh!

I finally got ahold of a paperback of the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. I scanned it a little but intend to wait until I go on vacation to read on it. I'll let you know how it turns out but from what I've seen of Dawkins he's a very intelligent man who manages to carry points without becoming shrill.

I own a few of his works but this books concerning religion intrigued me the most. I suggest getting some Sam Harris or Christopher Hitchens as well, while they overlap on alot of points they all take a different approach at explaining it. Sometimes I feel like Dawkins is so hard/insulting on his points that he defeats himself to certain readers, I personally love his attitude though.

Just started book VII of the Dark Tower.. everyone's been telling me to brace for disappointment.  :'(

Say it ain't so..
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Post by: SMuz on May 14, 2009, 09:42:13 AM
Ooooh!

I finally got ahold of a paperback of the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. I scanned it a little but intend to wait until I go on vacation to read on it. I'll let you know how it turns out but from what I've seen of Dawkins he's a very intelligent man who manages to carry points without becoming shrill.

I flipped through it at a bookstore once. I found it much too derogatory to enjoy. I do like seeing the opinions of other religions, but Dawkins is just too openly hostile towards every religion, and taking the assumption that every religion is non-scientific, that my instincts make me just not want to listen to him. Maybe after enough time on the Internet, I'll be jaded enough at religious flaming to actually read it.

I do own a copy on one of his other books about biology, those were pleasant to read, if not a little textbook-ish.
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Post by: Mood on May 19, 2009, 09:47:22 AM
American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
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Post by: obtuscated on May 19, 2009, 10:15:35 AM
Rereading A Song of Ice and Fire, also about to start on The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Just finished Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma, which is effing mindblowing.

Everything is made of corn.
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Post by: Wyx on May 19, 2009, 10:22:24 AM
My Booky Wook by Russell Brand
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Post by: Ammut on May 21, 2009, 12:10:22 AM
THE WORLD AS WILL AND REPRESENTATION by Arthur Schopenhauer
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Post by: LauraMars on May 21, 2009, 12:40:38 AM
High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
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Post by: Fathi on May 21, 2009, 01:28:38 AM
American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

Loved it.

Finished The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan a few days ago. Amazing. If you don't mind the fact that it's peppered with a healthy dose of gay sex scenes that are graphic as all get-out.
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Post by: House Rising Sun on May 21, 2009, 01:39:44 AM
Herman Hesse fairy tales.
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Post by: path on May 21, 2009, 01:40:47 AM
Herman Hesse fairy tales.

Oops. That was me.
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Post by: hcotterson on May 21, 2009, 03:23:38 PM
Play Money: Or, How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot (http://www.amazon.com/Play-Money-Millions-Trading-Virtual/dp/0465015352), by Julian Dibbell.

This book is fascinating, not just for its discussion of virtual economies and our "real" economy, but also for how it approaches the topic of play and work and the intersection of the two. I'm listening to the audiobook, and I was enjoying it so much that I ran out to get it the paper version at the library just so I could re-read parts and put down all the references to other books so I can read them, too.

This is written by the same guy who wrote the famous "A Rape in Cyberspace (http://www.juliandibbell.com/texts/bungle_vv.html)" article about an in-game rape in the early days of LambdaMOO (which, if you haven't read it, you should give it a look-see).
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Post by: hcotterson on May 21, 2009, 03:25:15 PM
Rereading A Song of Ice and Fire, also about to start on The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Just finished Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma, which is effing mindblowing.

Everything is made of corn.

Dude. The Road, dude. The Road. Read it.

It totally consumed me for a few days. It's horrible and terrible and amazing.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on May 21, 2009, 04:01:11 PM
I really hated how the dialog was in The Road. Hard as shit to read clearly.
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Post by: hcotterson on May 21, 2009, 05:11:00 PM
I really hated how the dialog was in The Road. Hard as shit to read clearly.

Oh man, I disagree hard. The writing in the Road is pure bliss. Cormac McCarthy is amazing.
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Post by: aruna on May 21, 2009, 06:36:53 PM
I'm taking an english class this summer, and on the reading agenda is:


I've gotten through all but the last, and I already want to slit my wrists. Can we say depressing?
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Post by: Ampere on May 22, 2009, 02:01:39 PM
American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

Loved it.

Finished The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan a few days ago. Amazing. If you don't mind the fact that it's peppered with a healthy dose of gay sex scenes that are graphic as all get-out.

(http://scifiwire.com/assets_c/2009/02/SteelRemainsReview-thumb-300x459-12866.jpg)
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Post by: a strange shadow on May 22, 2009, 06:21:18 PM
/me puts Cormac McCarthy and Richard Morgan on her list of authors to check out.

Reading The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory. She's one of my guilty-pleasure authors. Not stunning by any means, but an entertaining way to pass a few hours, which is how long it takes me to get through one of her english court dramas.
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Post by: staggerlee on May 23, 2009, 12:51:00 PM
American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

Loved it.

Finished The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan a few days ago. Amazing. If you don't mind the fact that it's peppered with a healthy dose of gay sex scenes that are graphic as all get-out.

When you consider the genre it's written in, that's a fairly subversive and daring move. I liked the inclusion of it, it was a better book for it.
In a lot of ways he clearly set out to redeem or shake up the genre with that book, and in a lot of ways I think he did a good job.

I prefer his scifi, but that's because I prefer scifi.
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Post by: a strange shadow on May 23, 2009, 01:20:12 PM
Queen's fool was pretty good. Enjoyable for a single read, but I don't know that I'd read it a second time.

Now reading Lady Macbeth by Susan Fraser King.
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Post by: flurry on May 23, 2009, 07:26:12 PM
Cormac McCarthy is definitely worth checking out. So far I've only read No Country for Old Men, and mainly because I was so impressed by the movie. The book was every bit as good or better.

You have to get used to his writing style, though. Especially spelling and punctuation. At first I was thinking "Ugh, this is going to be work. Why is he writing like this?", but that was quickly replaced with "Wow, his descriptions are so vivid." and "This dialogue is fantastic." and "Must read more Cormac McCarthy."

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Post by: LauraMars on May 24, 2009, 12:50:40 AM
The Road reminded me of the annoying writing style of Jose Saramago in Blindness.  I don't understand what these authors are trying to prove.  Since when was punctuation optional?

(outside of internet message boards that is)
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Post by: LauraMars on May 24, 2009, 12:51:10 AM
ESPECIALLY QUOTATION MARKS GOD
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Post by: Grey Area on May 24, 2009, 07:47:20 AM
All of my favourite authors use language in all kinds of fascinating ways. From Richard Morgan, who drops more stunningly apt smilies in every damn paragraph than most writers will use in their entire careers; to China Meiville, who's intricate use of vocabulary (seemingly springing from sheer love of language) contributes more to the story than the storytelling does. Michael Chabon, Mervyn Peake, Scott Lynch, Peter Watts, Neal Stephenson... There's a whole damn pile of them.

In other words, while I liked The Road, I think that writing the way McCarthy does is not unlike undergoing a voluntary lobotomy.
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Post by: jcljules on May 24, 2009, 08:31:39 AM
Karnak Cafe by Naguib Mahfouz
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on May 24, 2009, 04:04:40 PM
The Road reminded me of the annoying writing style of Jose Saramago in Blindness.  I don't understand what these authors are trying to prove.  Since when was punctuation optional?

(outside of internet message boards that is)

Just got book in audio format, and it's way way way more enjoyable like this. I suggest it.
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Post by: WarriorPoet on May 25, 2009, 06:05:43 PM
Since when was punctuation optional?

I made this complaint nearly verbatim to my wife when I started it a few days ago. I'm halfway through the Road. I like his descriptive writing and his sudden vague challenges to god or whoever, but yeah. The dialogue without punctuation or reference in particular is irritating. But I like his style. Looking forward to No Country for Old Men.

My copy of the God Delusion vanished somewhere on the drive up, I think sabotaged by my wife, so I bought the Road, Cold Mountain, Into the Wild, and the Shack. So I've got my reading list set for a couple of weeks at least. Cold Mountain is one I've been eager to read for a few years but never got around to it.
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Post by: staggerlee on May 25, 2009, 10:19:38 PM

The Road reminded me of the annoying writing style of Jose Saramago in Blindness.  I don't understand what these authors are trying to prove.  Since when was punctuation optional?

(outside of internet message boards that is)

I agree. I was thoroughly annoyed, and at no point did I feel that the choice not to punctuate was defended or valuable. 
The book was nothing special. I enjoyed it I guess, but it almost would have made a better short story - it droned on and on, and that sense of drabness and droning was only contributed to by the lack of punctuation.

Which is to say, I enjoyed it, but would never recommend it to anyone. There are far better books about the apocalypse out there. A Canticle For Lebowitz for example.


All of my favourite authors use language in all kinds of fascinating ways. From Richard Morgan, who drops more stunningly apt smilies in every damn paragraph than most writers will use in their entire careers; to China Meiville, who's intricate use of vocabulary (seemingly springing from sheer love of language) contributes more to the story than the storytelling does. Michael Chabon, Mervyn Peake, Scott Lynch, Peter Watts, Neal Stephenson... There's a whole damn pile of them.

In other words, while I liked The Road, I think that writing the way McCarthy does is not unlike undergoing a voluntary lobotomy.

With all of that complaining aside, Grey Area apparently has great taste.  heh. I only read one of Meiville's novels, and it was so so, but his short stories are absolutely awesome.
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Post by: Fathi on May 25, 2009, 11:55:17 PM
Since when was punctuation optional?

I made this complaint nearly verbatim to my wife when I started it a few days ago. I'm halfway through the Road. I like his descriptive writing and his sudden vague challenges to god or whoever, but yeah. The dialogue without punctuation or reference in particular is irritating. But I like his style. Looking forward to No Country for Old Men.

My copy of the God Delusion vanished somewhere on the drive up, I think sabotaged by my wife, so I bought the Road, Cold Mountain, Into the Wild, and the Shack. So I've got my reading list set for a couple of weeks at least. Cold Mountain is one I've been eager to read for a few years but never got around to it.

OOH, AUTHOR PIMPIN' TIME. Krakauer is an acquaintance/ex-coworker of mine and I'm thrilled to finally see his work getting some real publicity.

If you end up liking Into The Wild, which I thought was pretty good, I'd highly recommend two of his other books.

Under the Banner of Heaven is a nonfictiony journey into the minds of Mormon fundamentalists and attempts to explain the motivations behind some of the atrocities they've committed over the last couple hundred years. However, I think his best work is Into Thin Air, which is a first-person account of his trip up Mount Everest and all the things that went wrong.



As for me, I'm about to start reading Pelagia and the Black Monk by Boris Akunin. Historical fiction about a Russian nun that fights crime. (In a nutshell.)
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Post by: LauraMars on May 26, 2009, 01:57:49 AM
But then there's The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, and yeah, she eschews the use of quotation marks at various points throughout.  It's logical and fits with the story and I understand why she did it.  So it's not always bad, and besides, she kept the other punctuation.  Thanks, Margaret Atwood.  All things in moderation.
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Post by: LauraMars on May 26, 2009, 01:59:06 AM
Oh, and Escape by Carolyn Jessop, speaking of mormons.
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Post by: obtuscated on May 28, 2009, 09:29:36 AM
Just finished The Road yesterday. The lack of quotes made me work for it for about 50 pages but after that I was enthralled. Maybe Anathem by Stephenson next.
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Post by: Majikal on May 28, 2009, 08:03:19 PM
Still reading the Dark Tower book VII (I'm not tearing through it nearly as fast as I had hoped I would), I thought Stephen King was fucked up before. Now I know he's fucked up. Series recommended.
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Post by: Zoltan on May 28, 2009, 08:45:08 PM
Just finished The Road yesterday. The lack of quotes made me work for it for about 50 pages but after that I was enthralled. Maybe Anathem by Stephenson next.

Anathem rules.
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Post by: obtuscated on May 28, 2009, 10:48:57 PM
I read the first part of it today, it was fantastic. Started during school but if I ever stop a Stephenson book I have to start from the beginning.
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Post by: a strange shadow on May 29, 2009, 12:02:23 AM
Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass", the first (1855) edition.

It is amazing.
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Post by: Fathi on May 29, 2009, 02:33:12 AM
Oh, and Escape by Carolyn Jessop, speaking of mormons.

This one was really, really good.

To anyone who might be interested... it's an autobiography written by a woman who managed to escape from a Mormon fundamentalist compound where she'd lived almost her entire life. A lot of the issues it discusses (rape, incest, 15-year-olds with multiple children, etc.) aren't for the faint of heart, but I didn't think it got too graphic. People outside Utah probably don't know a whole lot about what exactly goes on in some of these towns, and if you're at all interested in that sort of thing, I'd recommend it.
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Post by: Kronibas on May 29, 2009, 08:09:20 AM
I've read two books by Cormac McCarthy: The Road and All the Pretty Horses.  I take a certain amount of pride of having read The Road before it was featured in Oprah's Book Club, heh.  I loved the book, but man.. when I picked it off the bestseller list at my local bookstore, I surely wasn't expecting something so graphic.  A lot of the scenes in that book are just simply nightmare-worthy.
(Spoiler alert:  A newborn baby is roasted on a spit by starving survivors)

Conversely, All the Pretty Horses was a more easy and, uh, pleasant read.. it wasn't nearly as bleak as the Road.  It did have some rough parts, but IMO it's a fine piece of literature, especially if you can dig something Westernish.  But to classify it as a Western would be entirely unfair.. that would be like calling No Country for Old Men just a "chase film".. I mean it was that, but it was so much more.. and that's how it is with All the Pretty Horses.

Huh, words.

But to contribute:  I have been swapping between two books by a favorite author of mine, Larry Brown.  He was never formerly educated, is a veteran of the Marine Corps, and writes about fucked up daily life things.  Some folks call his work "grit lit" because it's really coarse.  I've been re-reading a collection of his short stories called Facing the Music and another called Billy Ray's Farm.  The latter is interesting because he speaks a lot about writing in it, even though there's plenty of prose.  I guess it's biographical anecdotes intermingled with metawriting.  Anyone who's a would-be writer and interested in the way things are in the Deep South would appreciate both books.
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Post by: LauraMars on May 29, 2009, 08:42:37 AM
Just read Microserfs by Douglas Coupland...very cute, very easy read.  Lots of pop culture references from the early 90s.  Sadly(?), I'm about a decade too young to really relate.  But worth it for the proto-geek philosophy.
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Post by: staggerlee on May 29, 2009, 02:22:42 PM
I'm playing an audio book of Dan Simmons' Hyperion while I work.
For whatever reason, I really find that book endures, and is solidly entertaining.
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Post by: obtuscated on May 29, 2009, 06:36:51 PM
Just read Microserfs by Douglas Coupland...very cute, very easy read.  Lots of pop culture references from the early 90s.  Sadly(?), I'm about a decade too young to really relate.  But worth it for the proto-geek philosophy.

The character ideal jeopardy boards were inspired.

Have you read JPod by Coupland? It's basically the same book but in the jaded age of google.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on June 01, 2009, 07:08:37 AM
The Name of the Wind (http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/content/books.asp) By Patrick Rothfuss.

IF there's anything I can say about my self, it's that I'm a terribly critical person when it comes to reading. Never have I read through a book and didn't think "It would be s much better if this happened instead." I can hardly read through most books I pick up, and have finished no more than 1/10 that I've started to read. Why does this matter? Because I can not stress enough the love I have for this book. Never before The Name of the Wind have I considered leaving a book unfinished because of the possibility of disappointment.

But I won't quit reading. I can't quit reading. Finishing the story of Kvothe has become such an investment of my being that I would sooner leave a long, loving, trusting friendship than have to part with the connection I feel with this character.

It has both inspired me to pick up writing again, and has given me a new hope in books that not even my favorite authors of past could do. (Terry Pratchett, George R. R. Martin, Tolkien, etc...)

So yeah, If there's a book you could ever trust in my judgment enough to recommend to you. This is it.
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"I was reminded of Ursula LeGuin, George R. R. Martin, and J. R. R. Tolkien, but never felt that Rothfuss was imitating anyone. Like the writers he clearly admires, he’s an old-fashioned storyteller working with traditional elements, but his voice is his own. I haven’t been so gripped by a new fantasy series in years. It’s certain to become a classic."
-The London Times
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"The debut novel from Patrick Rothfuss -- the first installment of an epic fantasy trilogy entitled the 'Kingkiller Chronicle' -- not only lives up to its extraordinary pre-press hype (DAW president Elizabeth Wollheim called it "the most brilliant first fantasy novel I have read in over 30 years as an editor"), it surpasses it. When fantasy fans begin reading THE NAME OF THE WIND, they should be fully prepared to lose all contact with the outside world while immersed in this highly original and mesmerizing tale of magic, love, and adventure."
-Strange Horizons
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"THE NAME OF THE WIND is quite simply the best fantasy novel of the past 10 years, although attaching a genre qualification threatens to damn it with faint praise. Say instead that THE NAME OF THE WIND is one of the best stories told in any medium in a decade. Author Patrick Rothfuss teaches English at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and he describes himself in self-deprecating terms as a perpetual student, role-playing geek, and connoisseur of rejection letters. That's all about to change. His debut novel combines the intricate stories-within-stories structure of The Arabian Nights with the academic setting of the Harry Potter series, and transforms it all into a brooding, thoroughly adult meditation on how heroism went wrong. More entries in the series, dubbed 'The Kingkiller Chronicle,' are promised; they can't appear fast enough."
-Onion AV Club
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Post by: Zoltan on June 01, 2009, 12:58:22 PM
Sweet. I picked up that book recently, but it's currently languishing atop my computer until I finish Moby-Dick. Definite next read.
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Post by: Vessol on June 01, 2009, 02:19:07 PM
Well I'm on the last frank herbert dune, Chapterhouse Dune. Dunno if I should pick up any of Brian Herbert's work, I've heard bad things about it.

After finally hearing so much good about it and the series, I finally picked up A Game of Thrones by George R. Martin.
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Post by: obtuscated on June 01, 2009, 02:25:47 PM
In between Anathem binges I'm re-reading Game of Thrones. As enthralling as I remember.
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Post by: Solifugid on June 01, 2009, 08:23:54 PM
The Name of the Wind (http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/content/books.asp) By Patrick Rothfuss.

Yeah, this is a good'un.
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Post by: jhunter on June 07, 2009, 12:08:45 PM
Finally getting around to reading the Prism Pentad. Almost done with The Verdant Passage now.
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Post by: Cerelum on June 07, 2009, 12:14:28 PM
Finally getting around to reading the Prism Pentad. Almost done with The Verdant Passage now.
Awesome series of books, I just sold my copies at a friends garage sale for a staggering..six US dollars.
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Post by: obtuscated on June 08, 2009, 11:38:25 AM
Anathem done, gotta finish The Captain is Out To Lunch and The Crew Has Taken Over the Ship.

After that it's Baroque cycle (starting for like the 3rd time) or something new. House of Leaves?
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Post by: WarriorPoet on June 08, 2009, 02:37:38 PM
After having a dream about them a few nights ago, I've once again, for maybe the tenth time, been tearing through the Temeraire books by Naomi Novik. These are -excellent- books. A fun little alternate history of the Napoleonic Wars... WITH DRAGONS. I reccomend heartily. The first of them is 'His Majesty's Dragon'.
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Post by: LauraMars on June 08, 2009, 05:30:35 PM
(http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs111.snc1/4662_579981911292_185103630_34579705_3738202_n.jpg)

THIS IS GETTING A LITTLE MUCH, FORSOOTH

p.s. I've read the Temeraire series like five times in a row.  THEY ARE EXCELLENT.  High five, WP.
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Post by: jstorrie on June 08, 2009, 05:35:14 PM
(http://assets.fishpond.co.nz/9780472065219.jpg)
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Post by: Vessol on June 08, 2009, 06:58:53 PM
Man, compared to Heretics of Dune...Chapterhouse Dune is so fucking slow.
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Post by: WarriorPoet on June 08, 2009, 07:17:37 PM
p.s. I've read the Temeraire series like five times in a row.  THEY ARE EXCELLENT.  High five, WP.

Yay! You're the only other person I've found that's read them.
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Post by: Jengal on June 11, 2009, 07:45:53 AM
The woman who walked into doors by Roddy Doyle
 :D
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Post by: Mechafish on June 11, 2009, 09:05:33 AM
The paths of the dead by Steven Brust
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Post by: Eloran on June 11, 2009, 02:32:49 PM
Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshall
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Post by: obtuscated on June 15, 2009, 02:25:18 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4f/Infinite_jest_cover.jpg)

Daunting.
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Post by: Jingo on July 01, 2009, 12:59:31 AM
How to Win a Cosmic War

Black Company


I'm having trouble getting started on Dune.
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Post by: Wolfsong on July 01, 2009, 02:04:27 AM
I'm not reading anything right now.

 :-[


Halp?
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Post by: Majikal on July 01, 2009, 02:30:40 AM
I'm having trouble getting started on Dune.

The first 120 pages took me damn near a month to crawl through, after that initial slump I finished the book in 2 days. All of my friends fought to get started.
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Post by: Vessol on July 01, 2009, 02:49:31 AM
I'm having trouble getting started on Dune.

The first 120 pages took me damn near a month to crawl through, after that initial slump I finished the book in 2 days. All of my friends fought to get started.

Yeah. I'm having the same problem with Chapterhouse Dune..except it's the whole goddamned book. Man I loved Heretics of Dune, but Chapterhouse Dune is so freaking boring. Nothing happens. At all. People talk in different locations, that's about it.
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Post by: Pale Horse on July 01, 2009, 05:42:07 AM
Oath of Swords, Wargod's Own, Windrider's Oath by David Weber.  Military Fantasy genre.  Most anything you'll find by David Weber has a militant bent.  Good reads, though.

Might go back and read his "Council War" series.  There will be Dragons, Emerald Sea, Against the Tide, East of the Moon West of the Sun (actual title could be reversed).  Set in the far, far future where life is basically an Utopia due to technology having advanced to the point where it literally is indestinguishable from magic.  Dragons were created (by Disney, no less).  Elves exist (an attempt to make the "perfect soldier race".  Everything they wanted in a soldier, they got..they just made them too placid).  Merpeople, Catpeople, Giants, Kraken, you name it, they got it, thanks to body modification.
Then everything goes to hell, when the rulling Council that "controles" the planet controling supercomputer "Mother" falls out and goes to war.  Thanks to the limits Mother imposses on reality, no explosive force can be used, nor steam power.  The war is faught with swords, legions, dragons, crossbows, merfolk, elves, dwarves and whatever horrors the various Council members that still posses acess to the near limitless power and capability of advanced technology can conjure up.  Orcs, altered men and women made to be aggresive, pittyless and without number.  Ogres, giant monstrosities made up by warping and litterally merging five or more men or women into a single beast.
Legends are back, war is had amongst man once again, and the Four Horsemen are loose to wreak havoc as they please.

Needless to say, I liked the series...or the concept of it, at least.
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Post by: Pale Horse on July 01, 2009, 05:57:20 AM
Oh, and Escape by Carolyn Jessop, speaking of mormons.

This one was really, really good.

To anyone who might be interested... it's an autobiography written by a woman who managed to escape from a Mormon fundamentalist compound where she'd lived almost her entire life. A lot of the issues it discusses (rape, incest, 15-year-olds with multiple children, etc.) aren't for the faint of heart, but I didn't think it got too graphic. People outside Utah probably don't know a whole lot about what exactly goes on in some of these towns, and if you're at all interested in that sort of thing, I'd recommend it.

Haven't read it, for all I live in Utah.  I hear enough about what goes on in those places to have developed a healthy..disgust?  for the whole topic.  Might be more educational to read another first hand account, though.  I've never really been able to get into a book that talks about how zealotry and fanatacism have twisted a religious practice/belief into something..less than what it was/is.  I skipped over most of the Crusades, back during my world history courses.
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Post by: brytta.leofa on July 01, 2009, 10:59:07 AM
Just read Microserfs by Douglas Coupland...very cute, very easy read.  Lots of pop culture references from the early 90s.  Sadly(?), I'm about a decade too young to really relate.  But worth it for the proto-geek philosophy.

The character ideal jeopardy boards were inspired.

Have you read JPod by Coupland? It's basically the same book but in the jaded age of google.

Y'all should read The Soul of a New Machine (http://www.amazon.com/Soul-New-Machine-Tracy-Kidder/dp/0316491977).  That's real engineering, that is.
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Post by: LauraMars on July 01, 2009, 11:21:11 AM

Just read Microserfs by Douglas Coupland...very cute, very easy read.  Lots of pop culture references from the early 90s.  Sadly(?), I'm about a decade too young to really relate.  But worth it for the proto-geek philosophy.

The character ideal jeopardy boards were inspired.

Have you read JPod by Coupland? It's basically the same book but in the jaded age of google.

Yeah, I liked it better than microserfs.  More action packed, and with more crime!

I just finished The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold.  I didn't like it much.
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Post by: Mechafish on July 01, 2009, 12:04:35 PM
This for me:

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n9/n49576.jpg)
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Post by: Solifugid on July 05, 2009, 07:13:00 AM
Charles Stross' Accelerando, for the second or third time.

Guess what? You can read it too. (http://www.antipope.org/charlie/accelerando/accelerando.html)
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Post by: Mechafish on July 06, 2009, 12:37:38 PM
Back to Brust stuff:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/3c/Yendi.jpg/200px-Yendi.jpg)
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Post by: aruna on July 07, 2009, 01:44:17 PM
The Kushiel's Legacy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kushiel%27s_Legacy) series, by Jacqueline Carey.

I'm starting Kushiel's Avatar now. I am so riveted.
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Post by: a strange shadow on July 07, 2009, 05:44:54 PM
Foundation, by Issac Asimov.

Next is Alexander the Great, by Robin Lane Cook.

I had a hard time getting into the Kushiel books... but if they're aruna-recommended I might give it another try.
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Post by: WarriorPoet on July 07, 2009, 05:49:27 PM
Next is Alexander the Great, by Robin Lane Cook.

Thumbs up man. You're gonna love it.

I just finished 'Xombies' by some unremarkable writer. Not terrible... Not good either, though.

Now reading 'A Summer Bright and Terrible' by David E. Fisher. It's about Hugh Dowding and the Battle of Britain. Good stuff so far.
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Post by: aruna on July 07, 2009, 06:54:15 PM
I had a hard time getting into the Kushiel books... but if they're aruna-recommended I might give it another try.

I wasn't really hooked until the villainess emerged and people started dying.. which I think was about halfway through the first book. They do start off kinda slow. Also, her persistent use of the word 'somewhat' in place of 'something' gets on my nerves. But for all of that, I dig it.

Actually, the heroine kind of reminds me of a certain character of yours. If you take out the whole dutifully obedient, masochistic sex-slave bit.

Hmm.
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Post by: Mechafish on July 07, 2009, 08:05:06 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/81/Taltos.jpg/200px-Taltos.jpg)

I have finished the third one.  (Bored, just ready for fun)
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Post by: MarshallDFX on July 07, 2009, 11:55:23 PM
(http://www.youngengineers.co.in/Images/BATTLEFIELD%20EARTH%20by%20L.%20Ron%20Hubbard.jpg)

Good author, bad prophet, terrible movie.
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Post by: Solifugid on July 08, 2009, 12:06:51 AM
(http://www.iain-banks.net/lib/TheWaspFactory.jpg)
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Post by: Whiran Luck on July 08, 2009, 12:11:32 AM
Last book I read was:

(http://www.eeriebooks.com/horror/book-club/pride-prejudice-zombies.jpg)
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Post by: WarriorPoet on July 08, 2009, 01:41:58 AM
(http://www.youngengineers.co.in/Images/BATTLEFIELD%20EARTH%20by%20L.%20Ron%20Hubbard.jpg)

Good author, bad prophet, terrible movie.

Decent book. Nothing wrong there. I like the Scots. :)
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Post by: spicemustflow on July 08, 2009, 08:09:43 AM
Last book I read was:

(http://www.eeriebooks.com/horror/book-club/pride-prejudice-zombies.jpg)

lol, what the hell is that?

"Mr Bennett, I humbly request your daughter's brains."
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Post by: Fathi on July 08, 2009, 08:34:31 AM
I had a hard time getting into the Kushiel books... but if they're aruna-recommended I might give it another try.

I wasn't really hooked until the villainess emerged and people started dying.. which I think was about halfway through the first book. They do start off kinda slow. Also, her persistent use of the word 'somewhat' in place of 'something' gets on my nerves. But for all of that, I dig it.

Actually, the heroine kind of reminds me of a certain character of yours. If you take out the whole dutifully obedient, masochistic sex-slave bit.

Hmm.

Can you explain a bit more about what you like in these? You said 'start off kinda slow', but after I read the first one, my impression was more "started out as total garbage."

If the series honestly does pick up, I wouldn't mind giving them another shot. Reading about the way the world was set up and the political intrigue sounded really promising. I wanted to like it so much... but man, the first book was awful. Like... Anita Blake awful.

For those of you who have no idea what we're talking about, Kushiel's Dart is Jacqueline Carey's first book. It reads like a collected interpretation of a 14-year-old junior misogynist's first flirtation with BDSM fantasies.
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Post by: Whiran Luck on July 08, 2009, 10:49:44 AM

lol, what the hell is that?

"Mr Bennett, I humbly request your daughter's brains."

It's freakin' awesome, that's what it is.

Here's an excerpt from the first chapter:

IT IS A TRUTH universally acknowledged that zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. Never was this truth more plain than during the recent attacks at Netherfield Park, in which a household of eighteen was slaughtered and consumed by a horde of the living dead.

"My dear Mr. Bennet," said his lady to him one day, "Have you heard that Netherfield Park is occupied again?"

Mr. Bennet replied that he had not and went about his morning business of dagger sharpening and musket polishing—for attacks by the unmentionables had grown alarmingly frequent in recent weeks.

"But it is," returned she.

Mr. Bennet made no answer.

"Do you not want to know who has taken it?" cried his wife impatiently.

"Woman, I am attending to my musket. Prattle on if you must, but leave me to the defense of my estate!"

This was invitation enough.

"Why, my dear, Mrs. Long says that Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune; that he escaped London in a chaise and four just as the strange plague broke through the Manchester line."

"What is his name?"

"Bingley. A single man of four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!"

"How so? Can he train them in the ways of swordsmanship and musketry?"
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Post by: a strange shadow on July 08, 2009, 11:09:20 AM
I almost picked that book up, but got Foundation instead. It's so next on the "must have" list.
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Post by: aruna on July 08, 2009, 11:13:18 AM
Can you explain a bit more about what you like in these? You said 'start off kinda slow', but after I read the first one, my impression was more "started out as total garbage."

If the series honestly does pick up, I wouldn't mind giving them another shot. Reading about the way the world was set up and the political intrigue sounded really promising. I wanted to like it so much... but man, the first book was awful. Like... Anita Blake awful.

For those of you who have no idea what we're talking about, Kushiel's Dart is Jacqueline Carey's first book. It reads like a collected interpretation of a 14-year-old junior misogynist's first flirtation with BDSM fantasies.

It's the world and the political intrigue that I like about it... enough that I forgive the cheesy parts. If you read the whole first book and thought it was total garbage, then I wouldn't recommend reading the others. Although, I do think the second book was better than the first in that there is a LOT less smut and more politicking.

In the end, it might just come down to different tastes. That, and I haven't been able to read for leisure in almost a year, so I could just be starved for a plot, any plot.
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Post by: LauraMars on July 08, 2009, 11:15:45 AM
I had a hard time getting into the Kushiel books... but if they're aruna-recommended I might give it another try.

I wasn't really hooked until the villainess emerged and people started dying.. which I think was about halfway through the first book. They do start off kinda slow. Also, her persistent use of the word 'somewhat' in place of 'something' gets on my nerves. But for all of that, I dig it.

Actually, the heroine kind of reminds me of a certain character of yours. If you take out the whole dutifully obedient, masochistic sex-slave bit.

Hmm.

I love these books too.  However, I find that when magic starts getting involved I lose interest.  All the social intrigue, sex, and politics is the true appeal.  I'm also not a big fan of the Imriel series.

Although, I do think the second book was better than the first in that there is a LOT less smut

:(

Quote from: aruna
and more politicking.

:)
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Post by: a strange shadow on July 08, 2009, 11:17:08 AM
I fangirl about the Coldfire trilogy a lot, but I'll do it again, because I think you'd love it, aruna. C.S. Friedman. Check 'em out.
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Post by: aruna on July 08, 2009, 11:28:05 AM
I fangirl about the Coldfire trilogy a lot, but I'll do it again, because I think you'd love it, aruna. C.S. Friedman. Check 'em out.

I might read those next. That, or the Black Company series.. they seem to come highly rated.
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Post by: Tallefred on July 08, 2009, 11:45:08 AM
Just finished reading A Song of Ice and Fire, and got started on Black Company. ASOIAF was better, but it's a good read. Can't really go through life comparing books to ASOIAF or I'll probably hate everything.
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Post by: WarriorPoet on July 09, 2009, 09:23:44 PM
Reading "Rise to Rebellion" by Jeff Shaara and I'm quite pleased with it. I read the second book of the two-part, The Glorious Cause, a long time ago and regret reading them out of order, though I checked them both out from the library this time. Good stuff. This is is the guy that wrote Gods and Generals and those books on the Civil War. I like his style.
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Post by: MarshallDFX on July 12, 2009, 09:58:10 PM
Hey, read THIS (http://www.multivax.com/last_question.html)
It's a short story, by Isaac Asimov.  One of my favourites.
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Post by: jstorrie on July 12, 2009, 10:02:50 PM
Still Infinite Jest. Whatever, it's long!
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Post by: Fathi on July 13, 2009, 02:30:47 AM
Reading "Rise to Rebellion" by Jeff Shaara and I'm quite pleased with it. I read the second book of the two-part, The Glorious Cause, a long time ago and regret reading them out of order, though I checked them both out from the library this time. Good stuff. This is is the guy that wrote Gods and Generals and those books on the Civil War. I like his style.

Everything Jeff Shaara writes is great.

The Wasp Factory
by Iain Banks here. Haven't read it since I was in 6th or 8th grade or something. It's just as good if not better than I remembered.
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Post by: MarshallDFX on July 17, 2009, 02:01:54 AM
Just got Dune.  I've never read it before.  I'm excited.  Armageddon made me do it.
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Post by: Vessol on July 17, 2009, 02:07:56 AM
Holy fuck.

Reading the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones. Soooo fucking good. I can't believe I didn't read this book before. It's amazing and really well written.
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Post by: Bogre on July 17, 2009, 05:48:49 PM
My Name is Red, by Orhan Pamuk.

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Post by: Aaron Goulet on July 17, 2009, 07:20:53 PM
Webster's New World Pocket Style Guide (http://www.amazon.com/Websters-World-Pocket-Style-Guide/dp/0028621573/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247872664&sr=8-6).  If you are a Grammar Natzee (http://dinyctis.deviantart.com/art/Grammar-Natzee-24904825) like myself, you will learn to live by this book.
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Post by: Gimfalisette on August 14, 2009, 11:59:30 AM
I just finished reading The Time Traveler's Wife. It's sexist, racist, and classist. But hey, if you can get past the vapidly empty oh-I'm-waiting-for-my-man female character...and all the people of color who are stereotypes and just there to serve the white folk...or the fact that the main characters are obscenely rich...and the assumption throughout the book that all of that constitutes normative life...then hey, it's a great story.
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Post by: Fathi on August 15, 2009, 05:47:35 AM
Just finished:

(http://www.philipkdick.com/covers/wait7.jpg)
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Post by: Jengal on August 15, 2009, 07:49:28 AM
Duma key - Stephen king
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Post by: FantasyWriter on August 15, 2009, 12:13:45 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/81/N141432.jpeg)
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Post by: IntuitiveApathy on August 15, 2009, 05:17:06 PM
(http://www.coveringphotography.com/files/images/large/ManRayMarias.jpg)
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Post by: elvenchipmunk on August 15, 2009, 05:31:14 PM
Just finished Shake Hands with the Devil, recently. Very well written. And am now onto something completely different. I'm reading the W40K series, "The Horus Heresy".
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Post by: Kronibas on August 16, 2009, 01:14:04 PM
Billy Ray's Farm, written by a sincere hardass, Larry Brown.
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Post by: LauraMars on August 17, 2009, 04:16:41 PM
I just finished reading the Harry Potter series, again.
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Post by: Xagon on August 17, 2009, 04:20:37 PM
Just got Dune.  I've never read it before.  I'm excited.  Armageddon made me do it.

Mansa made me get Dune. I've upped my reading habits to three chapters each time I'm on the toilet :o
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Post by: Vessol on August 17, 2009, 04:32:11 PM
(http://www.zarno.net/blog/public/tdf/us3.jpg)

omg so good, i cant stop reading
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Post by: Zoltan on August 17, 2009, 05:36:05 PM
Name of the Wind. God, it's awesome. I just started and I'm already about half-way done.
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Post by: The7DeadlyVenomz on August 17, 2009, 05:50:33 PM
Name of the Wind. God, it's awesome. I just started and I'm already about half-way done.
God, yes. If only Pat would fucking release the second book. Geez.
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Post by: LauraMars on August 17, 2009, 07:45:20 PM
Now I'm reading The Court of the Air, by Stephen Hunt.

Good steampunk themes!
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Post by: Ourla on August 17, 2009, 10:46:08 PM
(http://www.kingscomics.com.au/catalog/images/prodimg/img6723.jpg)
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Post by: Marauder Moe on August 19, 2009, 03:46:34 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/417RfJJ0y6L._SS500_.jpg)
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Post by: Gimfalisette on August 20, 2009, 04:17:36 PM
Hood by Stephen Lawhead. First book in his Robin Hood trilogy. It's a good story and I like his plot twists and take on the setting, but I don't love his writing style.
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Post by: Is Friday on August 21, 2009, 12:21:02 AM
(http://blogs.feministsf.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/swordspoint.jpg)

I've been forcing myself to read lately. I'm at page 20.... I haven't read a book in a long, long time.
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Post by: The7DeadlyVenomz on August 21, 2009, 12:57:04 AM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_YhrLAYLQ8So/R7tshqyBdzI/AAAAAAAACG8/XOrfVq9HxnE/s400/Whitechapel+Gods.jpg)
All wyn.
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Post by: FantasyWriter on August 26, 2009, 04:35:34 PM
(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestselling-sci-fi-fantasy-2006/604-1.jpg)

One of the best Star War's Sieries I've read.. go Troy Denning.
The antagonist race is sooo much like the Dark Sun Thri-Kreen (mantis), it's funny.
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Post by: spicemustflow on August 26, 2009, 05:16:20 PM
Gormenghast series, pure win if you can tolerate Peake's long winded descriptions. Actually the books are about the byzantine and depressing building than i's influence on the characters' minds. Someone said it's like reading a painting and I agree.


(http://www.kingscomics.com.au/catalog/images/prodimg/img6723.jpg)

What's this? Looks interesting.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on September 24, 2009, 02:27:40 PM
I just picked up Wicked, anyone know if this is good? Looked pretty funny.
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Post by: Jengal on September 24, 2009, 05:08:53 PM
Grapes of Wrath

I hate it.

Stupid School.
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Post by: Akaramu on September 25, 2009, 11:54:43 AM
I'm reading the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton.

Mainly because a friend casually mentioned that those books have TOO much sex in them. Made me curious you see :P
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Post by: Adieren on September 25, 2009, 12:02:11 PM
I JUST finished a book called The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. It's absolutely fabulous.

And for you, RG. Wicked is an interesting book, it's hinted with a little anti-political things that you'll need to think about for it to make sense. The musical, however, is a lot better. In terms of being easier to follow and even more consistency in the characters. I've read all of Gregory MacGuire's novels, but it's not my favorite. (Although Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is great)
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Post by: FuSoYa on September 25, 2009, 12:19:27 PM
I just started 'The Difference Engine' by Gibson and Sterling.  So far so good.

Then again I'm a steampunk junkie.

Brandon
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Post by: Gobbleneck on September 25, 2009, 04:13:14 PM
Jack the Bodiless
by Julian May

Great book, but not as great as the Pilocene Exile Saga.
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Post by: Adieren on September 25, 2009, 04:15:44 PM
I'm considering picking up The Host. But I'm not sure. What do you guys think?
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Post by: Gobbleneck on September 25, 2009, 08:30:48 PM
I'm considering picking up The Host. But I'm not sure. What do you guys think?
Honestly?  No.  I think you should pick up The Many Colored Land and read it.
Then read the other three books of the series when you're done with that.

...please
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Post by: aruna on September 25, 2009, 10:50:21 PM
(http://prologolibros.com/images/isla_bajo_el_mar.jpg)

It's um... very slow going.
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Post by: Pale Horse on September 25, 2009, 11:14:18 PM
..The Island beneath the Sea?
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Post by: Zoltan on September 26, 2009, 01:32:26 AM
The Idiot by Dostoevsky.
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Post by: Fathi on September 26, 2009, 04:44:49 AM
Books I read in the last two weeks, in no particular order:

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(http://www.inthenews.co.uk/photo/a-snowball-in-hell-by-christopher-brookmyre-$7016603$300.jpg)

(http://trashotron.com/agony/images/2003/03-columns/01-07-03/brookmyre-sacred_art.jpg)

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n5/n25529.jpg)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_jKDuEG1KcRM/Rl1bm2b9sVI/AAAAAAAAAgo/YPSgFD834X8/s200/Quinn,Seamus%2BSmyth,%2Bgreen%2Bcover.jpg)

Currently reading:

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n4/n23163.jpg)
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Post by: Sephiroto on September 26, 2009, 10:43:13 AM
I finally finished the first act of Atlas Shrugged.  I like this book a lot.
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Post by: FuSoYa on September 26, 2009, 03:55:30 PM
(http://prologolibros.com/images/isla_bajo_el_mar.jpg)

It's um... very slow going.

I am a big fan of hers though it has been years since I read her work.

I fell in love with the House of Spirits back in 12th grade years ago.

What an amazing book and shitty movie.

Brandon
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Post by: Yseulte on September 27, 2009, 03:36:38 AM
(http://i34.tinypic.com/2ecf0c9.jpg)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is better though, atleast so far.
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Post by: LauraMars on September 27, 2009, 09:47:28 AM
Um, the Temeraire series AGAIN, I think this is the fifth time in two years.

I MUST read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I just must.
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Post by: LauraMars on September 27, 2009, 09:51:01 AM
I'm considering picking up The Host. But I'm not sure. What do you guys think?

Don't do it. DON'T DO IT. 

Really, a very poor book.  I only read it because I was paid to do so.
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Post by: rishenko on September 27, 2009, 10:35:15 AM
Finished up most of the Sandman graphic novels, written by Neil Gaiman.  I'm not a huge fan of graphic novels, but damn... this was pretty impressive.

Otherwise, I've started numerous books that I need to finish.

I finally finished the first act of Atlas Shrugged.  I like this book a lot.

That is a damn good book.  A damn good book.
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Post by: Majikal on September 27, 2009, 11:08:24 AM
Wheel of Time.
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Post by: Adieren on September 27, 2009, 12:59:02 PM
I've been looking for my copy of The Blue Sword by Robin McKinney. It's been my favorite since middle school and I miss it. Once I find it I shall be reading it.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on September 28, 2009, 01:01:01 AM
The Name of the Wind. Again. I've only read a novel twice a couple times in my life. I've never enjoyed it as much as the firt time until now.


Go read The Name of the Wind, by Patric Rothfuss.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jdr on September 29, 2009, 02:53:39 AM
Wheel of Time.

Have you read the prologue and first two chapters of the new book yet? Leaked on teh internets! >_>
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Majikal on September 29, 2009, 07:07:46 AM
Wheel of Time.

Have you read the prologue and first two chapters of the new book yet? Leaked on teh internets! >_>

Nope, I'm nearing the last few chapters of the first book. WoT newb.  :(
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bogre on September 29, 2009, 04:29:13 PM
Just started Neuromancer.

And finished the Bhagavad Gita last night.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: spicemustflow on October 20, 2009, 03:55:47 PM
I need recommendations for urban fantasy/horror, something in the vein of Neverwhere, Weaveworld, Books of Blood etc. I'm trying to find a copy of From the Depths of Dark Waters in English. One of the stories was made into the movie Dark Water. That's the kind of mood I'm in now, urban decay, terror and dirty tiles of run down buildings.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: staggerlee on October 20, 2009, 04:00:09 PM
I need recommendations for urban fantasy/horror, something in the vein of Neverwhere, Weaveworld, Books of Blood etc. I'm trying to find a copy of From the Depths of Dark Waters in English. One of the stories was made into the movie Dark Water. That's the kind of mood I'm in now, urban decay, terror and dirty tiles of run down buildings.

China Mieville. The City and the City or Looking for Jake very much fit the dark, urban fantasy genre. The latter is a collection of his short stories. He's not really a horror writer, but I think you'd find them satisfying.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: IntuitiveApathy on October 20, 2009, 04:19:58 PM
Books I read in the last two weeks, in no particular order:

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Hey Fathi, was Haldeman any good?  I'm looking for sci-fi recommendations - I haven't really read much 'hard' sci-fi.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: spicemustflow on October 20, 2009, 04:24:35 PM
I need recommendations for urban fantasy/horror, something in the vein of Neverwhere, Weaveworld, Books of Blood etc. I'm trying to find a copy of From the Depths of Dark Waters in English. One of the stories was made into the movie Dark Water. That's the kind of mood I'm in now, urban decay, terror and dirty tiles of run down buildings.

China Mieville. The City and the City or Looking for Jake very much fit the dark, urban fantasy genre. The latter is a collection of his short stories. He's not really a horror writer, but I think you'd find them satisfying.

Thanks, I'll check him out. Actually I remember I read somewhere about is story of a rat/man mutant killing serially through a steampunk city. Is that from a second book?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: staggerlee on October 20, 2009, 04:31:06 PM
I need recommendations for urban fantasy/horror, something in the vein of Neverwhere, Weaveworld, Books of Blood etc. I'm trying to find a copy of From the Depths of Dark Waters in English. One of the stories was made into the movie Dark Water. That's the kind of mood I'm in now, urban decay, terror and dirty tiles of run down buildings.

China Mieville. The City and the City or Looking for Jake very much fit the dark, urban fantasy genre. The latter is a collection of his short stories. He's not really a horror writer, but I think you'd find them satisfying.

Thanks, I'll check him out. Actually I remember I read somewhere about is story of a rat/man mutant killing serially through a steampunk city. Is that from a second book?

He has a steampunk/fantasy world he writes about... I'm just not really into fantasy much myself. It's not half bad stuff though, for what it is.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Mi%C3%A9ville
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Fathi on October 20, 2009, 07:12:11 PM
Hey Fathi, was Haldeman any good?  I'm looking for sci-fi recommendations - I haven't really read much 'hard' sci-fi.

I got the book recommendation from my boyfriend, who says it's a 'classic.' I think he's definitely right. As far as 'hard' SF goes, Haldeman isn't that bad. You could definitely find harder. I'd read other things by him in the past (a short story collection and I think a book about Vietnam), but it turns out I'd completely missed what's arguably his best novel. It's fairly short, but it's great.

I noticed that you quoted that Peter F. Hamilton book, so I'll chime in on it as well: it gets REALLY GOOD about 360 pages in. If you can read that far without getting bored and wandering off first. I found the book's initial antagonist characters to be really paper-thin, but toward the end of the book, every character I didn't like had either grown on me or died.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Wolfsong on October 20, 2009, 07:27:07 PM
(http://jacbayle.perso.neuf.fr/images/im_Haiti/Alexis.jpg)
General Sun, My Brother - Jacques Stephen Alexis

Someone mentioned Haldeman? Forever War's alright, considered a classic, but I prefer Forever Peace, or even the more junior high, kidsy There is No Darkness - if you want good scifi military fiction, though, pick up Armor now or die.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: IntuitiveApathy on October 20, 2009, 09:18:10 PM
I got the book recommendation from my boyfriend, who says it's a 'classic.' I think he's definitely right. As far as 'hard' SF goes, Haldeman isn't that bad. You could definitely find harder. I'd read other things by him in the past (a short story collection and I think a book about Vietnam), but it turns out I'd completely missed what's arguably his best novel. It's fairly short, but it's great.

I noticed that you quoted that Peter F. Hamilton book, so I'll chime in on it as well: it gets REALLY GOOD about 360 pages in. If you can read that far without getting bored and wandering off first. I found the book's initial antagonist characters to be really paper-thin, but toward the end of the book, every character I didn't like had either grown on me or died.

Hmm, okay.  When you say 'harder', do you have examples?  I guess when I think of 'hard' sci-fi I think of Asimov or Lem or something, but I haven't even read one Asimov book yet.  I've only read a few from Clarke and Heinlein and cyberpunk from Gibson (doesn't really strike me as 'hard'?).  Doesn't necessarily have to be dense or techy or w/e, I'm really open to just plain good writing..
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Fathi on October 20, 2009, 09:37:01 PM
I got the book recommendation from my boyfriend, who says it's a 'classic.' I think he's definitely right. As far as 'hard' SF goes, Haldeman isn't that bad. You could definitely find harder. I'd read other things by him in the past (a short story collection and I think a book about Vietnam), but it turns out I'd completely missed what's arguably his best novel. It's fairly short, but it's great.

I noticed that you quoted that Peter F. Hamilton book, so I'll chime in on it as well: it gets REALLY GOOD about 360 pages in. If you can read that far without getting bored and wandering off first. I found the book's initial antagonist characters to be really paper-thin, but toward the end of the book, every character I didn't like had either grown on me or died.

Hmm, okay.  When you say 'harder', do you have examples?  I guess when I think of 'hard' sci-fi I think of Asimov or Lem or something, but I haven't even read one Asimov book yet.  I've only read a few from Clarke and Heinlein and cyberpunk from Gibson (doesn't really strike me as 'hard'?).  Doesn't necessarily have to be dense or techy or w/e, I'm really open to just plain good writing..

I think I've been using a much narrower definition than you! I wouldn't classify Asimov or Lem as 'hard', I'm thinking more Clarke's A Fall of Moondust, if you're familiar with that one. Larry Niven can also write some pretty hard stuff, as can Hal Clement, who was probably the first hard sci-fi author I got introduced to when I was young.

Personally I don't think dividing the genre up into 'hard' and 'soft' solves much. Although I suppose the label is a good warning to people who don't like their writing riddled with technical details and rigourous science that sometimes override the story itself. I think there are some real gems out there, but in the end, like you said, it comes down to good writing rather than the tech that does it for me.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FuSoYa on October 21, 2009, 08:38:14 AM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_N6APHtFPWNc/R3VkcYG2spI/AAAAAAAAAI0/y-jsghQekRU/s400/Atheist_Universe.jpg) - (http://cdn.overstock.com/images/products/muze/books/9780618918249.jpg)

Though I did just finish this:

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Brandon
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on October 21, 2009, 10:48:25 AM
I need recommendations for urban fantasy/horror, something in the vein of Neverwhere, Weaveworld, Books of Blood etc. I'm trying to find a copy of From the Depths of Dark Waters in English. One of the stories was made into the movie Dark Water. That's the kind of mood I'm in now, urban decay, terror and dirty tiles of run down buildings.

(http://www.sfsite.com/gra/0606/vllg.jpg)

A weird book.  First take your basic college level Mythology course, and mix with equal parts social commentary, cyberpunk, and dark fantasy.  Throw in a little Satanism and add just a dash of Stephen King, to taste.  Blend well until completely chaotic.  For the record? I'm not sure I liked it.

I'm reading this now.  It's great!

(http://reneesbookaddiction.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/uglies.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: spicemustflow on October 21, 2009, 01:29:31 PM
(http://www.sfsite.com/gra/0606/vllg.jpg)

A weird book.  First take your basic college level Mythology course, and mix with equal parts social commentary, cyberpunk, and dark fantasy.  Throw in a little Satanism and add just a dash of Stephen King, to taste.  Blend well until completely chaotic.  For the record? I'm not sure I liked it.

Never heard of the man, but your description sounds great, I'll check it out.

Quote
I'm reading this now.  It's great!

(http://reneesbookaddiction.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/uglies.jpg)


This looks like Gattaca clone of some sort?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: mansa on October 21, 2009, 02:25:29 PM
(http://www.angstorm.com/img/xHereticsOfDune.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoltan on October 21, 2009, 03:17:54 PM
Fuck yeah, Heretics! Um... I'm still on The Idiot but during it I've finished V for Vendetta and a bunch of Kafka short stories.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FuSoYa on October 21, 2009, 03:39:29 PM
Fuck yeah, Heretics! Um... I'm still on The Idiot but during it I've finished V for Vendetta and a bunch of Kafka short stories.

The Idiot is JAWSOME.

Brandon
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on October 21, 2009, 05:42:23 PM
This looks like Gattaca clone of some sort?

Not even a little bit.  The only thing it has in common with Gattaca is some kind of sci-fi dystopia, which is a fairly common theme.  It's actually a kid's book, though - or YA, as we call it in the Business.  However, that doesn't stop it from being totally tricky, man.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on October 21, 2009, 09:09:23 PM
In middle of The Road(finally reading it all) right now, I read it at work so I'll probably finish it tomorrow. I'm also in near the end of the first Otherland book by Tad Williams, I'm not finishing it because I can't find the next one in the series,

Just picked up The War Of The Flowers by Tad Williams. Hoping it's a good read, I like his writing style.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jdr on October 21, 2009, 09:16:08 PM
I have read every Tad Williams book ever. I love the way he always makes 'normal' people heroes, who aren't fantastic warriors, or magicians, or don't even learn how to use them and become epic as the story goes along. They remain 'normal', and yet shape the world around them by merely being in the right place at the right time.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on October 21, 2009, 09:21:56 PM
Are his newer books better or worse?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jdr on October 21, 2009, 09:30:39 PM
Still as awesome quality as ever. I like his 'Shadowrealm' books so far. Or whatever the title is. Damn cliffhangers though. HURRY UP TAD.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: MarshallDFX on October 22, 2009, 02:51:05 PM
http://elsa.berkeley.edu/~saez/piketty-saezAEAPP06.pdf (http://elsa.berkeley.edu/~saez/piketty-saezAEAPP06.pdf)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gwoshi Cheese on October 22, 2009, 04:47:56 PM
(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestselling-sci-fi-fantasy-2006/2893-1.jpg)

M:tG and its accompanying novels are a guilty pleasure of mine.

 :-[
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Yam on October 22, 2009, 04:49:44 PM
I didn't even know they novelized that.

Does it play out like a card game?





"Now I've got you!", said the greasy-haired man. "My counter-spell undoes your mystical enchancements! Bwahahaha!"

A rather fat little boy slams his fists on the table in primal rage at his rival's cajoling.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jengal on October 22, 2009, 05:02:06 PM
Lisey's story or Needful things, and also grapes of wrath.

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Wolfsong on October 22, 2009, 05:52:35 PM
In middle of The Road(finally reading it all) right now, I read it at work so I'll probably finish it tomorrow. I'm also in near the end of the first Otherland book by Tad Williams, I'm not finishing it because I can't find the next one in the series,

Just picked up The War Of The Flowers by Tad Williams. Hoping it's a good read, I like his writing style.

War of the Flowers (and Shadowmarch) made me sad as a Tad Williams fan, FYI - but, here's the good news. I love fueling addictions, and I have the rest of the Otherland books (I think.) If you promise not to fuck them up too much, I could totally ship them your way - providing I do indeed have them handy.

And anthrax.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on October 22, 2009, 10:39:32 PM
No need for that, If I'd had the need to get it that bad I'd just get it from amazon. But
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on October 23, 2009, 03:21:38 PM
Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island and Harry Crews' Florida Frenzy.

Harry Crews is pretty fucking awesome.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on November 10, 2009, 10:04:14 AM
I'm reading Cryptonomicon, then moving on to anathem.

I'm really enjoying the WWII romps throughout as well as the cool secrets and treasure hunting and pirates and everything else.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoltan on November 10, 2009, 10:06:49 AM
Anathem ruled. I just finished The Idiot, damn that was a good book. Now it's on to The Martian Chronicles by Bradbury.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FuSoYa on November 10, 2009, 10:22:54 AM
I've got something to say about the last two posts!!

Cryptonomicon is SICK SICK SICK!!

I've got Anathem and ready to read it once I get through a few more books.

The Idiot is FANTASTIC.  I do have a thing for Russian lit though.

Brandon
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on December 10, 2009, 05:12:43 PM
The Maze Runner was pretty great. I recommend it for all, don't worry what the sites say, it's not a "Teen" book. I read it in two days.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FuSoYa on December 10, 2009, 05:19:42 PM
I finished Anathem the other day....

All I have say is READ IT NOW!!!  It's just that good.

Brandon
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on December 10, 2009, 07:23:56 PM
I'm reading Cryptonomicon, then moving on to anathem.

I'm really enjoying the WWII romps throughout as well as the cool secrets and treasure hunting and pirates and everything else.

Sergeant Bobby Shaftoe ain't to be fucked with.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: a strange shadow on December 10, 2009, 07:25:58 PM
Anathem's next on the list. Looking forward to it. I loved Snow Crash to pieces.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on December 10, 2009, 07:54:19 PM
I'm reading Cryptonomicon, then moving on to anathem.

I'm really enjoying the WWII romps throughout as well as the cool secrets and treasure hunting and pirates and everything else.

Sergeant Bobby Shaftoe ain't to be fucked with.

Only reason I finished the book, really. I loved every part. But I get bored easily. I don't finish books often.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Fathi on December 10, 2009, 09:02:21 PM
Now it's on to The Martian Chronicles by Bradbury.

One of my all-time favourites. Amazing little book.

Currently reading:

(http://www.its.caltech.edu/~len/images/drunkard.jpg)


Recently finished Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy:

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_rnEgFAf0m6U/StNpuNRnM4I/AAAAAAAAAdI/AE2Xu7vxZww/s400/Trilogy+less+Hornet.jpg)

(http://bibliojunkie.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/the-girl-who-kicked-the-hornets-nest.jpg)

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jengal on December 11, 2009, 06:41:21 AM
(http://www.lexink.com/Covers/11409637.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on December 11, 2009, 09:05:07 AM
(http://www.lexink.com/Covers/11409637.jpg)

I just saw a caopy of King's Under The Dome. Anyone heard anything about this? It's fucking massive.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoltan on December 11, 2009, 11:30:28 AM
I finished Martian Chronicles, Blood Meridian and The Road all in a row, and now I'm onto a Mexican novel, The Shadow of the Shadow. It's an extremely fun read so far.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: staggerlee on December 11, 2009, 11:52:44 AM
This seems like as good a place as any to post this:
LINK (http://www.boingboing.net/2009/12/11/dr-peter-watts-canad.html)

If anyone has ten bucks to spare, it sounds like the guy could use it. As if supporting yourself as a sci-fi writer isn't bad enough...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: askaran on December 15, 2009, 02:25:50 AM
Im rereading all of the Wheel of Time books because im sick of waiting on the new guy to publish something im probably going to hate anyways.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: amish overlord on December 15, 2009, 02:41:41 AM
Im rereading all of the Wheel of Time books because im sick of waiting on the new guy to publish something im probably going to hate anyways.

He did publish something a few months ago. Was pretty good.

Amish Overlord  8)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: staggerlee on December 15, 2009, 11:27:17 AM
Im rereading all of the Wheel of Time books because im sick of waiting on the new guy to publish something im probably going to hate anyways.

He did publish something a few months ago. Was pretty good.

Amish Overlord  8)

Isn't he dead?
That slows writers down.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on December 15, 2009, 12:49:50 PM
Im rereading all of the Wheel of Time books because im sick of waiting on the new guy to publish something im probably going to hate anyways.

He did publish something a few months ago. Was pretty good.

Amish Overlord  8)

Isn't he dead?
That slows writers down.

'Parently ain't stopped Zombie Jordan.

I was, in fact, quite satisfied with the most recent book, which I accidentally.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on December 15, 2009, 12:53:40 PM
Accidentally what?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on December 15, 2009, 12:57:03 PM
Accidentally what?

The whole thing.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on December 15, 2009, 12:59:27 PM
:o
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: nyrk on December 15, 2009, 01:48:27 PM
I'm reading Cryptonomicon, then moving on to anathem.

I'm really enjoying the WWII romps throughout as well as the cool secrets and treasure hunting and pirates and everything else.

Sergeant Bobby Shaftoe ain't to be fucked with.

Only reason I finished the book, really. I loved every part. But I get bored easily. I don't finish books often.

Baroque Cycle.  Start with King of the Vagabonds, skip Quicksilver and come back for it later, it's a bit slow.
Jack "Half-cocked" Shaftoe is "King of the Vagabonds"  He rocks hardcore, medieval style.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: askaran on December 15, 2009, 04:57:27 PM
yeah hes dead but appearantly he left enough notes to finish the last book and they got some new guy to do it.. Im still waiting for it because I want to know how it damn ends but I know its not going to be good as the ones he wrote himself.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: rishenko on December 15, 2009, 05:42:58 PM
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on December 15, 2009, 06:09:24 PM
yeah hes dead but appearantly he left enough notes to finish the last book and they got some new guy to do it.. Im still waiting for it because I want to know how it damn ends but I know its not going to be good as the ones he wrote himself.

I'm not so sure. It may be better.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Pale Horse on December 15, 2009, 06:21:33 PM
yeah hes dead but appearantly he left enough notes to finish the last book and they got some new guy to do it.. Im still waiting for it because I want to know how it damn ends but I know its not going to be good as the ones he wrote himself.

I'm not so sure. It may be better.

I'll ruin the ending for everyone.

Rand thinks he's going to die.  Been sure of it the whole time.  Since his life is screwed up so much, many fans just believe it's another misunderstanding on his part.

It's not.  He's dead, folks.  Shadow wins.  ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: a strange shadow on December 15, 2009, 06:33:43 PM
I do? What do I win?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on December 15, 2009, 08:02:12 PM
I do? What do I win?

Four female warders,
Three angry widows,
Two busted sa'angreal,
And al'Vere in the Amyrlin Seat.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Fathi on December 20, 2009, 05:59:52 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/57/Transitionianbanks.jpg)

I finished this in like one sitting today. Highly recommended.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on December 20, 2009, 10:21:13 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/57/Transitionianbanks.jpg)

I finished this in like one sitting today. Highly recommended.

Was pretty good. Weird. It read like I remember my dreams, all foggy and just on the tip of your tongue.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ampere on December 20, 2009, 01:23:57 PM
(http://reading.kingrat.biz/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/the-city-and-the-city.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on December 20, 2009, 09:07:02 PM
n/t
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: flurry on December 21, 2009, 11:33:54 AM
In the Woods, by Tana French. Love it so far.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jdr on December 21, 2009, 11:43:36 PM
I finished WoT 12 recently. I think the New Guy writes the series better than Jordan did! :O
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gobbleneck on December 22, 2009, 09:49:19 AM
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin.

Pleasantly surprised so far.  I really just need my medieval-setting fix.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Decameron on December 27, 2009, 07:08:33 PM
With Christmas and all, got a few books that ought to keep me busy for a while.

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse
   - Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, Orson Scott Card, Gene Wolfe, Octavia E. Bulter, and others.

The Black Company
   - Glen Cook

American Gods
   - Neil Gaiman

A Canticle for Leibowitz
   - Walter M. Miller Jr.

The Winter King
   - Bernard Cornwell

The Mountains of Madness and Other Tales
    - H.P. Lovecraft

I, Cladius [Re-Reading, isn't a part of the Christmas list.]
   - Robert Graves

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: valeria on December 27, 2009, 08:42:23 PM
American Gods
   - Neil Gaiman

My boyfriend and I are reading this aloud to each other, and it's a great book.  I'd also recommend Anansi Boys, if you end up enjoying it.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: deviant storm on December 27, 2009, 08:45:42 PM
American Gods is one of my favorites. I reread it a few weeks ago.

I'll have to look for other Gaiman works, as I'm out of fresh reading material and really want something to read.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoltan on December 27, 2009, 08:52:37 PM
American Gods
   - Neil Gaiman

My boyfriend and I are reading this aloud to each other, and it's a great book.  I'd also recommend Anansi Boys, if you end up enjoying it.

Both very good. A Canticle for Liebowitz was also awesome.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on December 27, 2009, 10:37:04 PM
The Winter King
   - Bernard Cornwell

Ending may make even cold hard Decameron shiver just a little bit.      ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Decameron on December 27, 2009, 11:19:25 PM
No. No.. No.

I love the cold, dark themed books, hence why the first one of those was tales about the apocalypse.

Although, I will certainly be honest and tell you if it does. I've never really been heart-wrenched by a book. Typically I never get to the point of associating with a character enough for that to happen. McCarthy might've gotten close, once or twice, especially in the Road, but never quite made it.

I'll be sincere and say Storm of Swords made me shudder, when Ygritte tells Jon Snow that he knows nothing, just before she dies. I am not certain why it bothered me so much, it just seemed so utterly bleak.  No matter what he did, and whatever love that had existed between them, even in the midst of her death, he would always be ignorant in her eyes.  But, in either case, yeah .. I'm certain there are much sadder moments in tons of books, that's the one that just got of made me shudder a moment.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jengal on December 30, 2009, 02:56:29 PM
(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/stephen-king-books/40-8.jpg)

Started reading it a while back but stopped and decided to read another one of his. (Lisey's story- Ah-weez-um)
Looks pretty good  :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ampere on December 30, 2009, 11:04:25 PM
(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/igallo/WorldsExile.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Morrolan on December 30, 2009, 11:33:31 PM
American Gods
   - Neil Gaiman

My boyfriend and I are reading this aloud to each other, and it's a great book.  I'd also recommend Anansi Boys, if you end up enjoying it.

I read this to my wife on our honeymoon.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Chettaman on December 30, 2009, 11:47:49 PM
(http://www.comicsbulletin.com/reviews/images/0903/Batman%20RIP.jpg)

Made me appreciate my favorite hero even more.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Delstro on December 31, 2009, 01:20:35 AM
The Guerilla Reader

This book is a collection of writings from generals, and other people in the know, pre-Napoleon to World War II about the role of Guerilla Warfare in Warfare.
It is amazing. It has one chapter that describes one of the captains of a guerilla group shortly after the Napoleanic Wars. This captain was out of touch with reality. He describes one occasion where his platoon was caught off guard and he woke to sounds of battle. He calmly got dressed and walked tot he door where he found both of his guards dead and three German Mercenaries.  He didn't have any weapons so, he beat all three of them to death with the wooden bar that kept his door locked.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: path on December 31, 2009, 10:38:01 AM
It has one chapter that describes one of the captains of a guerilla group shortly after the Napoleanic Wars. This captain was out of touch with reality. He describes one occasion where his platoon was caught off guard and he woke to sounds of battle. He calmly got dressed and walked tot he door where he found both of his guards dead and three German Mercenaries.  He didn't have any weapons so, he beat all three of them to death with the wooden bar that kept his door locked.

Like a raging mul.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: jcljules on December 31, 2009, 09:35:36 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/78/Foundation_cover.jpg)

So. Good.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: a strange shadow on December 31, 2009, 09:41:22 PM
Fuck yeah. I love the Foundation series.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: AmandaGreathouse on December 31, 2009, 11:03:30 PM
Book two of the Deathgate Cycle, Elven Star, by Hickman and Weis of dragonlance novel demi-fame.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: jcljules on January 01, 2010, 12:15:42 AM
Fuck yeah. I love the Foundation series.

Don't forget Robots and Empire series too. I've read every single book set in that universe. Also:

http://www.archive.org/details/IsaacAsimov-TheFoundationTrilogy (http://www.archive.org/details/IsaacAsimov-TheFoundationTrilogy)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: path on January 01, 2010, 01:40:29 AM
I want to win something. I'm rereading A Deepness in the Sky and Fountainhead.

I just finished rereading Neverwhere and Ender's Game. Can someone recommend me some books that stand up to these? I just finished the Kushiel series. I liked the first one.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Potaje on January 01, 2010, 05:25:12 AM
Danial Quinn - Story of B and  Ismael

Book of Joby (very good book 600 + pages.. only took 2 weeks to read. )

Steven King's - The gunslinger

Heinlein - Friday

       
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Fathi on January 06, 2010, 01:15:32 AM
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0553383442.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: zeia on January 06, 2010, 08:01:56 AM
Warlock - Wilbur Smith
Tis the third book in his egyptian series.. AMAZING!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Majikal on January 19, 2010, 11:15:26 AM
Just started book 8 of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, "Winters Heart"

Finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy last night.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gunnerblaster on January 19, 2010, 01:42:53 PM
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a180/Gunnerblaster/3209-1.jpg)

Over seven years of trailers, demos, video documentaries, and it amounts to, what?

A book?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Vessol on January 19, 2010, 02:43:39 PM
Just finished

(http://a3.vox.com/6a00c2251d530d604a0109d0f197ab000f-500pi)
now going to

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n1841.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: UnderSeven on January 19, 2010, 02:59:01 PM
I just finished reading 'dissolution' the first book of the war of the spiderqueen.  Let me tell you something it was TERRIBLE!  In fact I'm of the conclusion that all fogotten realms books must be garbage.  Allow me to rant.

So the drow, which this book is about, is supposed to be a matriatical race of evil elves.  So you expect the books to be about women with women main characters right right? WRONG.  Instead the books are all about male main characters.  Apparently DnD books are incapable of ever really truly taking female protagonists seriously.  But is that all? No, the book is horrible for so many reasons.  Just about every single page presented a new plot hole.  Some of them included things like the world changing rules and laws just to make the main character pervail.  It isn't like they outsmarted their enemies, they just had the writer on their side the entire time.  An example would include a magic user main char is in a prison cell and instead of being well helpless, he breaks out by using his feet to cast spells, because the evil doers thought to bind his hands and mouth, but not to bind his feet.  They also apparently didn't bother to post sufficient guards, sedate him, or just kill him.  Furthermore it was amazing how all of the bad guys couldn't hit anything with anything (storm troopers?) yet the good guys couldn't seem to miss and if someone did hit them they were always protected by x or y magical enhancement, which seemed to be in most cases just I kid you not MADE UP ON THE FRIGIN SPOT.  Then there was the whole evil thing.  In order to establish that the characters are evil in this book they literally spend the entire book telling you how evil they are.  They're like, "We dont' make friends, because we're evil" I am not making this up, they more or less actually say that outright on several occasions.  This goes to the point of being ridiculous when minor character slaying occurs to such an extent you have to ask yourself 'Why arn't these people protecting themselves better if they live in such a rough place?'  I'll tell you why not.  Because Richard Lee Byers is a terrible writer.

I've read one Salvador book (icewind dale) and I can say it was at best slightly better.  While the main chars do less survival by stupidly contrived means, there is an instance of a puzzle door in a highly secure tower which is stupid.  Because when I don't want people breaking into my house, I don't make my front door one that someone could actually solve with simple logic. 


It bothers me to no end that a book series about Drow elves has more male main characters than females, and the women are often little more than supporting cast. 

I hate DnD.  I hates it so much.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: UnderSeven on January 19, 2010, 04:12:59 PM
Just starting "Boneshaker" 

this is supposed to be a steampunk book and so far I'm pretty excited.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Medena on January 19, 2010, 04:47:20 PM
The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay.

Before that I read The Sarantine Mosaic (two books) by the same author.  These books, especially the second, are very Zalanthan -- murder, corruption, betrayal, political intrigue, very little magic and what exists is somewhat frowned upon.

I'm so sad that I am nearly finished my book as I will have read everything by this author.  What the hell am I going to read next?  :'(
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Aaron Goulet on January 19, 2010, 04:55:46 PM
Heinlein is the shiznit.  Time Enough for Love FTW!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: captjak2010 on January 19, 2010, 04:56:51 PM
The good people at Tor books have re-released all the Black Company books as compendiums.... There are 4 volumes out encompassing all the tales... Definite read for anyone that is going to take the Soldierish lifestyle.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Sephiroto on January 19, 2010, 05:06:29 PM
"Cosmos" by Carl Sagan.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on January 19, 2010, 11:55:25 PM
(http://archives.buffalorising.com/img/img_entries/w600/20729.jpg)

Christmas present
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on January 27, 2010, 09:16:31 AM
(http://[http://ebooks-imgs.connect.com/product/400/000/000/000/000/079/888/400000000000000079888_s4.jpg)

(http://img.flipkart.com/bk_imgs/658/9780141441658.jpg)

(http://www.familylosangeles.com/blog/uploaded_images/9780060577070-793603.jpg)
(http://www.silke-und-max.de/Images/Books/CoetzeeBarbarians.jpg)

annndddd lots of fucking Modernist poetry.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: deviant storm on January 27, 2010, 10:00:56 AM
Heinlein rocks, for sure. I grew up reading him. Stranger in a Strange Land, Friday, Starship Troopers, The Door into Summer, To Sail Beyond the Sunset. All those. I spent many of my teenage years in libraries hunting down Heinlein books I'd never read before.

I should find some to reread.

I finished Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. That was a great read.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: path on January 27, 2010, 01:46:41 PM
I'm reading Pride and Prejudice.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: flurry on January 28, 2010, 12:13:17 PM
(http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/9808/c66c05f1fd482f359374d6c.jpg)

So very good.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: tortall on January 28, 2010, 12:28:39 PM
Granted this is for a class, but I'm reading way ahead already. Ovid is amazing, and everyone should learn Latin just to read his works.


http://www.amazon.com/Ovid-Hermes-Books-Sara-Mack/dp/0300042957/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264699547&sr=8-1
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Shalooonsh on January 28, 2010, 04:13:21 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/c4/c21777.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Xygax on January 28, 2010, 04:14:04 PM
I'm currently reading a book called "The Battle" about Waterloo.

- X
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: MusicInTheSoul on January 29, 2010, 07:28:09 PM
Wheel of Time. Almost done with book #3
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: mansa on January 29, 2010, 07:33:34 PM
I'm currently reading a book called "The Battle" about Waterloo.

- X

I'm currently reading through the Sharpe's series.

I'm on this one:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharpe's_Prey
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/03/Sharpes_Prey.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: zeia on February 03, 2010, 07:13:32 AM
Am now reading Quest - by Wibur Smith last book in the series -tear- boo!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Majikal on February 04, 2010, 10:09:41 AM
I'm looking for some post apocalyptic themed books. If anyone has any suggestions I'd love to get them PM'd to me.

I've read Alas Babylon and The Road  which are two of my favorite easy reads. I also just finished reading The Stand which I lurved.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: The7DeadlyVenomz on February 04, 2010, 10:12:55 AM
Boneshaker.
Whitechapel Gods.
Heart of Veridon.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on February 04, 2010, 10:29:05 AM
(http://www.wowowow.com/files/imagecache/300x/book-sons_and_lovers_dh_lawrence.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoltan on February 04, 2010, 10:47:40 AM
The Prince by Machiavelli and Dracula by Stoker.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kryos on February 04, 2010, 11:21:34 AM
So much seriousness in this thread.  So I present to you:  Badass.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoltan on February 04, 2010, 11:29:00 AM
Badass? Is that the book by the guy that does the "Badass of the Week" website? His writing was the main inspiration for my last character!

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The whiny subordinate makes a gripe, complaint, or warning of imminent danger.

After making a show of checking his pockets, you say to the whiny subordinate, in sirihish:
   "Well, that's a shame 'cause it looks like I'm fresh out've give-a-fuck."
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: musashi on February 04, 2010, 12:00:32 PM
I'm reading the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: staggerlee on February 04, 2010, 12:10:28 PM
I'm reading the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.

I found it... convincing, but irritatingly smug. I much preferred Sagan's Demon Haunted World, it made very similar points but was a much more intelligent, rational and productive book. I highly recommend it.
If you're after Dawkins, I hear The Selfish Gene was a much more interesting work but I haven't tackled it yet.


Idle Complaint: I keep looking at this thread expecting discussion.  Tell us what you think about the books once you're done, not just that you're reading them! PLEASE!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FuSoYa on February 04, 2010, 12:35:46 PM
I'm reading the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.

I found it... convincing, but irritatingly smug. I much preferred Sagan's Demon Haunted World, it made very similar points but was a much more intelligent, rational and productive book. I highly recommend it.
If you're after Dawkins, I hear The Selfish Gene was a much more interesting work but I haven't tackled it yet.


Idle Complaint: I keep looking at this thread expecting discussion.  Tell us what you think about the books once you're done, not just that you're reading them! PLEASE!


I recently finished it.  He definitely feels very strongly about the subject though and can tend to be a bit on the smug side.  That being said I've been finding recently that scientists can get VERY nasty (especially with each other) when they are defending a subject or attempting to break apart something they disagree with.

Already being an atheist when I read The God Delusion meant I wasn't swayed to that path by it but offer me insight I had previously lacked. 

Before this I read Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism by David Mills.  Good stuff.  I've yet to read any Hitchens or Harris but I'm sure I will.

I'm reading The Selfish Gene right now and I really dig it.  Some of it can be a bit dense (I know, it's sad too considering it was written for the layperson) but I'm glad I'm getting through it.  I just hate it when I don't comprehend everything I'm reading.

I actually have a copy of Demon Haunted World as well and it's the next thing on my list to read.

Brandon
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Grey Area on February 08, 2010, 05:33:17 AM
(http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/0552125660.02._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)

Book one of the Chronicles of an Age of Darkness (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronicles_of_an_Age_of_Darkness). Yes, it's worth reading all ten volumes.

Caution: Acquired taste. Burdened with misleading titles and cover art. Not even remotely typical fantasy fare.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WWYD on February 08, 2010, 01:23:00 PM
I am currently reading: nothing. Because I just finished the last book in Gemmel's Troy trilogy.

Someone reccommend me some awesome historical/sci-fi/fantasy.  :(
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Booshay on February 08, 2010, 01:30:54 PM
I am currently reading: nothing. Because I just finished the last book in Gemmel's Troy trilogy.

Someone reccommend me some awesome historical/sci-fi/fantasy.  :(

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Warlord_Chronicles
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Medena on February 08, 2010, 02:46:43 PM
I am currently reading: nothing. Because I just finished the last book in Gemmel's Troy trilogy.

Someone reccommend me some awesome historical/sci-fi/fantasy.  :(

Read anything by Guy Gavriel Kay except the Fionavar Tapestry and Ysabel.  All the rest of his books are fantasies set in a place which is very much based on a real location in a particular time period (like  12th C France or 11th C Spain).

I finished reading the last one of his books that I'd not read about a month ago and was desolate but finally found something else.  I'm currently reading Neil Gaiman's American Gods.  The friend who got me playing Arm had recommended it to me years ago. I'm glad I finally picked it up. I'm enjoying it a lot so far.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: musashi on February 08, 2010, 07:20:46 PM
I'm reading the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.

I found it... convincing, but irritatingly smug. I much preferred Sagan's Demon Haunted World, it made very similar points but was a much more intelligent, rational and productive book. I highly recommend it.
If you're after Dawkins, I hear The Selfish Gene was a much more interesting work but I haven't tackled it yet.


Idle Complaint: I keep looking at this thread expecting discussion.  Tell us what you think about the books once you're done, not just that you're reading them! PLEASE!


I recently finished it.  He definitely feels very strongly about the subject though and can tend to be a bit on the smug side.  That being said I've been finding recently that scientists can get VERY nasty (especially with each other) when they are defending a subject or attempting to break apart something they disagree with.

Already being an atheist when I read The God Delusion meant I wasn't swayed to that path by it but offer me insight I had previously lacked. 

Before this I read Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism by David Mills.  Good stuff.  I've yet to read any Hitchens or Harris but I'm sure I will.

I'm reading The Selfish Gene right now and I really dig it.  Some of it can be a bit dense (I know, it's sad too considering it was written for the layperson) but I'm glad I'm getting through it.  I just hate it when I don't comprehend everything I'm reading.

I actually have a copy of Demon Haunted World as well and it's the next thing on my list to read.

Brandon

I didn't think he seemed smug... just ... British. But I know how grey those over lapping lines can be  :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on February 08, 2010, 08:50:46 PM
(http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/assets/product/0618082492.gif)

In borrowed efficiencies, and desperate women
Shimmying onto the mirrored stage of the Pussycat
to bare and jiggle their breasts for crystal meth.


Fuck yeah.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Pale Horse on February 08, 2010, 09:38:07 PM
"We're currently down for our maintenance...."

 :(
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Briarfox on February 08, 2010, 11:11:01 PM
(http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs215.snc3/22232_291719114751_775299751_3212649_485661_n.jpg)

I really liked this. The New Zealand author wrote in a very fresh, interesting way but the ending totally blew my mind. The blurb does it little justice to its philosophical content.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: James de Monet on February 09, 2010, 07:47:40 AM
I just finished reading Armor and Vampires, both by John Steakley.  Despite their seemingly uninspired titles, these are both very good, very interesting reads.  Not like most other books you might find in the sci fi or creature genres.  Steakley spins a very compelling story.

I think next I am going to start The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, because I am really interested to know what gets an author condemned to death in Iran.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Cavaticus on February 09, 2010, 12:46:59 PM
(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/56/161890749_dc05e09bec.jpg)

I read an article once positing that the early years of SF (or the Golden Age, I guess depending on your PoV) is an entirely different genre than the stuff being written today. It's true. These old stories are awesome but they're concerned with entirely different ideas than modern SF literature.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on February 10, 2010, 06:45:43 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51P8s9vdOFL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU02_.jpg)



"I sit at my desk with my computer monitor before me and my keyboard beneath my hands, writing. What exactly am I doing as my fingers press the keys and my eyes scan the screen? One answer would be that I am attempting to express my ideas in words. If that is the case, I must already know in some fashion what those ideas are, and the activity I am engaged in is a form of translation, a trying-out of different words until I hit upon the ones that match the idea I want to express. Leaving aside the problems raised by the notion of a pre-verbal idea, it may be that what I am engaged in for much of the time that I am writing is not far from this kind of translation. In this case, when I have formed a sentence to my satisfaction the feeling I have is that it encapsulates something I wanted to articulate without at first having the appropriate words or, more accurately perhaps, without my words possessing the required linear and organized sequence."



Mmmm, metacreation. 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Vessol on February 16, 2010, 04:48:49 AM
A Dance with Dragons

in my dreams that is

But seriously, GRRM is grinding away on it like a madman currently. I can't help but squeal in excitement.

http://grrm.livejournal.com/
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: TOOL on February 16, 2010, 04:55:25 AM
Spook Country by William Gibson.

It's a great book if you like Gibson's style of writing.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on February 16, 2010, 05:05:38 AM
i just got the 30th anniversary special edition of Shel Silverstein's 'Where the Sidewalk Ends.'

Here's a good and short one:

LISTEN TO THE MUSTN'TS

Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child,
Listen to the DON'TS
Listen to the SHOULDN'TS
The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON'TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me-
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be.

I also recently got a book of short stories written by Barry Hannah titled High Lonesome.  He's the writer in residence at my university, where Faulkner was spawned, so literature is held in high regard, meaning that this book /shouldn't/ suck too much.  But we'll see.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Akaramu on February 16, 2010, 05:43:44 AM
A Dance with Dragons

in my dreams that is

But seriously, GRRM is grinding away on it like a madman currently. I can't help but squeal in excitement.

http://grrm.livejournal.com/

*squeals in excitement*
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: racurtne on February 16, 2010, 06:28:46 AM
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

An absolute must read if you are a fan of science fiction (I wasn't much of one until I read this)

Haldeman, a Vietnam vet,takes what he experienced in Vietnam and applies it to making a great novel that explores the mindset of soldiers and what they go through both during the war and after they return home. A lot of speculative but plausible technology and its implications are explored as well. Of course FTL travel is the exception to this, but he comes up with a pretty decent method that doesn't kill my immersion too much. The book is full of great quotes and memorable moments. I find Haldeman's writing to be tinged with a sort of morbid humor at points, which I think was intentional and added loads to the book for me. I laughed out loud reading this book more than any other novel I've ever read I think.

Check it out, people. Seriously. It is -not- a very long book, and shouldn't kill a lot of your time for such an enjoyable read.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Booshay on February 16, 2010, 02:35:20 PM
A Dance with Dragons

in my dreams that is

But seriously, GRRM is grinding away on it like a madman currently. I can't help but squeal in excitement.

http://grrm.livejournal.com/

He'll be distracted by a new project before to long, just you wait.

On topic:

I'm thinking about starting up on Malazan Book of the Fallen. I'm wary of serial fiction anymore, though. To those of you who have read it: worth the read or no? It doesn't look like I'm going to be left stranded and waiting like a fiend for five years, à la GRRM. He seems to put out a new novel every one-two years. WEIGH IN, GDB.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: staggerlee on February 16, 2010, 04:20:59 PM
A Dance with Dragons

in my dreams that is

But seriously, GRRM is grinding away on it like a madman currently. I can't help but squeal in excitement.

http://grrm.livejournal.com/

He'll be distracted by a new project before to long, just you wait.

On topic:

I'm thinking about starting up on Malazan Book of the Fallen. I'm wary of serial fiction anymore, though. To those of you who have read it: worth the read or no? It doesn't look like I'm going to be left stranded and waiting like a fiend for five years, à la GRRM. He seems to put out a new novel every one-two years. WEIGH IN, GDB.

It's long winded, cheesy, regurgitated crap. In the same league as George R R Martin and Robert Jordan.
If you can't stand knowing that your story might end some day, if you're able to turn off your brain, and if you can wallow in cheesy fantasy... well then, I suppose it's the story for you.

Personally think that all of these authors should be lined up and shot by a firing squad of editors.



I just finished Not Wanted On The Voyage (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_Wanted_on_the_Voyage) by Timothy Findley. Highly recommended. Words do not do it justice.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on February 16, 2010, 04:44:08 PM
(http://bobsbooks.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-portable-door.jpg)

Ugh.  Timid, self-deprecating British protagonists just don't do it for me.  But it still had some funny parts.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on February 16, 2010, 04:51:25 PM
(http://carolsnotebook.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/the-great-book-of-amber.jpg)

Someone got me this book as a present years ago, and I finally got around to picking it up.

How did this writer ever get a TEN BOOKS published, let alone one?  This contains some of the worst dialogue I have ever read.

"Tell me.  Are you a supernatural creature?"
"Let's have another glass of wine."
"It'll go to my head."
"Good."
I poured them.
"We are all going to die," she said.

Pages upon pages of this.

I need to get to the library asap.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Miri on February 16, 2010, 11:17:50 PM
No, no, you do not.

What you need to do with that is get it to a fire asap.

(http://www.affordablehousinginstitute.org/blogs/us/Huxley_brave_new_world_small.jpg)

It takes me for-fricking-ever to finish reading the second chapter of this book.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Fathi on February 17, 2010, 01:43:05 AM
Recently reread:

(http://www.temp.sfbok.se/kat/img/59864.jpg)

(http://smolderingink.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/skeletoncrew.jpg)

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n1/n5738.jpg)

Recently read for the first time:

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0060594268.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

Currently reading:

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Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ampere on February 17, 2010, 02:05:10 AM
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Post by: Kankfly on February 17, 2010, 11:09:26 AM
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I wanna try the Hunger Games too. But they don't sell it here. I'd have to order and wait forever for it.
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Post by: Gobbleneck on February 17, 2010, 02:32:46 PM
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Finally getting around to reading it.
She wrote the Pilocene Exile Saga, which turned out to be her best book series eveeeeeer (though unintentionally).
It was actually sort of just made to set the readers up for -this- series.

And this series isn't all that good at all.  In fact, I really don't like it.
Still, it has Jack the Bodiless in it, so it's pretty okay.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on February 27, 2010, 06:17:22 AM
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I didn't know much about the Earp Brothers and Tombstone, Arizona in 1881 when I started this book, and after finishing it...I still pretty much don't.  But damned if Westerns don't have a whole new appeal to me now.  I think this is Emma Bull's finest work of fiction.

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Starting this now.
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Post by: parham on February 27, 2010, 06:54:49 AM
I'm reading the Dreampark series by Larry Niven & Steven Barnes. Great fantasy books, mixed in with a little scifi.
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Post by: Kronibas on February 27, 2010, 10:40:48 AM
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This was a book of 55-word short stories, 'The World's Shortest Stories,' entertained as much as it gave ideas.

You want an example?  Okay, here's one I really liked:


"What the Devil Wanted"


The two boys stood watching Satan walk away, the power of his hypnotic eyes still in their minds.

"Geez, what'd he want from you?"
"My soul. How 'bout you?"
"A quarter to call home."
"Oh. Wanna go get something to eat?"
"Yeah, but I can't.  Now I'm out of money."
"No problem.  I've got plenty."

hah.

(http://writebloody.com/wp-content/themes/default/store/images/poster_TLAValentine.jpg)

And this is a book of love poetry that has, 120 pages in, been hit and miss.  An excerpt?  Sure.

"Happy Valentine's Day
I hope you got the cards I sent
and the flower.

let's do acid tonight."


Also, I've just started on this:

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"I am an explorer, then, and I am also a stalker, or the instrument of the hunt itself.  Certain Indians used to carve long grooves along the wooden shafts of their arrows.  They call the grooves "lightning marks," because they resembled the curved fissure lightning slices down the trunks of trees.  The function of lightning marks is this: if the arrows fails to kill the game, blood from a deep wound will channel along the lightning mark, streak down the arrow shaft, and spatter to the ground, laying a trail dipped on broad-leaves, on stones, that the barefoot and trembling archer  can follow into whatever deep or rare wilderness it leads.

I am the arrow shaft, carved along my length by unexpected lights and gashes from the very sky, and this book is the straying trail of blood."

Holy shit, right?  I was impressed, at least.  Other people were too, obviously, as Pilgrim at Tinker Creek earned a Pulitzer Prize for Annie Dillard.


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Tom Robbins is amazing, and this book, though it's really light and really short (120 pages) sort've falls short in many ways of the standard he's set.  But if you ever wanted to learn about the fundamentals of beer from a more than clever writer, this is your chance.
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Post by: Gloomshroud on February 27, 2010, 11:31:59 AM
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Good stuff. NOt my normal quota, but I like it...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on February 27, 2010, 11:35:45 AM
She's pretty good.

Hah, the half-retarded vampire version of Elvis, Bubba, was my favorite part in Dead Until Dark, the only book of hers I've read.

One of her cousins, Dr. Sturgis Montieth, was a professor of mine.  I still haven't watched True Blood but was disappointed to hear there's no 'Bubba' in it.
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Post by: Reiteration on February 27, 2010, 11:39:15 AM
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Post by: Pale Horse on February 27, 2010, 12:46:50 PM
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"1632," by Eric Flint.

I've read it several times, but it's such a good read that I have to do it again, and again.
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Post by: Ourla on February 27, 2010, 12:58:00 PM
This is the most visually stunning, masterfully constructed, unusual graphic novel I've ever read. 

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(http://madinkbeard.com/blog/wp-content/images/mazzucchelli_asterios_1.jpg)
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Post by: a strange shadow on February 27, 2010, 01:09:28 PM
The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin.

Absolutely fantastic book. Enlightening, engaging, inspiring, etc, etc.
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Post by: Ampere on February 27, 2010, 01:20:50 PM
The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin.

Absolutely fantastic book. Enlightening, engaging, inspiring, etc, etc.

Get the real dirt. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjZR1Rjj_p0)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gloomshroud on February 27, 2010, 05:55:36 PM
She's pretty good.

Hah, the half-retarded vampire version of Elvis, Bubba, was my favorite part in Dead Until Dark, the only book of hers I've read.

One of her cousins, Dr. Sturgis Montieth, was a professor of mine.  I still haven't watched True Blood but was disappointed to hear there's no 'Bubba' in it.

Yea...the series True Blood in general is a disappointment from 2nd season on. The first season was (fairly) true to the books, with minor exceptions. Everything else they just made up...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Delstro on February 27, 2010, 06:53:12 PM
Right now, I am reading The Pillars of Wisdom, by THE Lawrence of Arabia.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: zeia on February 28, 2010, 12:51:48 AM
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If anyone like's stuff to do with magick and egypt and squish them both together.. start from the first book. River God and work your way through them.. They're feking awesome ^_^
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gloomshroud on February 28, 2010, 03:58:49 AM
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If anyone like's stuff to do with magick and egypt and squish them both together.. start from the first book. River God and work your way through them.. They're feking awesome ^_^


Ooooh...I like the sound of THAT. I'll be giving these a read-over.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FuSoYa on March 01, 2010, 11:40:57 AM
Right now I'm reading:

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I have been realizing I'm switching from fantasy over towards sci-fi so I'm trying to catch up on as many badass books as I can.

I just put in an order through Amazon this morning for five books.

Brandon
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Post by: staggerlee on March 01, 2010, 01:01:22 PM
Right now I'm reading:

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I have been realizing I'm switching from fantasy over towards sci-fi so I'm trying to catch up on as many badass books as I can.

I just put in an order through Amazon this morning for five books.

Brandon

How's his scifi?
His contemporary fiction is pretty much mindblowing, I don't think I've found much to compare. I'm really reluctant to open his scifi though for some reason.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FuSoYa on March 01, 2010, 01:27:20 PM
How's his scifi?
His contemporary fiction is pretty much mindblowing, I don't think I've found much to compare. I'm really reluctant to open his scifi though for some reason.

This is the first I've read of him so far.

Started off pretty slow for me and I wasn't wild about his style (though I'm worried that's more a fault of my own then his writing) but it's picking up very, very nicely.

Brandon
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Post by: Kronibas on March 02, 2010, 11:02:24 AM
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I tore through about eighty pages of this one earlier.  On page forty four, I started underlining all references to eyes and marking the page numbers on the novel's back page. Eyes eems to be a big deal in Lawrence's work, this one more-so than the last one I read, and most Armers can relate to use their characters' eyes to convey, I dunno, malice or murderous intent.

So, from page 44 to page 78, I counted approximately fifty references to eyes. That's a lot of eyes.

If you want to own at emoting with looks, read The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence.  The dude's a fuckin' ocular fetishist. 

Oh... and he make thirteen references to sinister encroaching darkness in those pages, too, all you Drovians. Here's some of the better ones:


Otherwise it was black darkness: one breathed darkness.

And there was no escape. Save in the old obliviousness, the cold darkness she strove to retain.

How could he close his arms round all this darkness and hold it to his breast and give himself to it?

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Post by: Vanth on March 02, 2010, 11:36:50 AM
Currently reading...
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This was recommended to me by a lot of people when it was first published, and I've just now gotten around to it.

Imagine you're reading a Jane Austen or Charles Dickens novel and a couple of untrained magicians and a tricksy fairy king show up.

Really well written and a ton of fun so far.
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Post by: Kronibas on March 03, 2010, 12:56:20 PM
I also recently got a book of short stories written by Barry Hannah titled High Lonesome.  He's the writer in residence at my university, where Faulkner was spawned, so literature is held in high regard, meaning that this book /shouldn't/ suck too much.  But we'll see.

Quote from: the news

Author Barry Hannah dies

Associated Press

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Associated Press
JACKSON, Miss. - Author Barry Hannah, whose fiction was laced with dark humor and populated by hard-drinking Southerners, died Monday at his home in Oxford, Miss. He was 67.

Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy said Hannah died Monday afternoon of "natural causes," declining to elaborate until he shared the details with Hannah's wife, Susan. Kennedy said the death is not under investigation.

Hannah's first novel, "Geronimo Rex," was published in 1972. It received the William Faulkner prize for writing and was nominated for a National Book Award. His 1996 short story collection, "High Lonesome," was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.



So it goes...
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Post by: Briarfox on March 04, 2010, 01:39:20 AM
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Clowns. Creepy.
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Post by: FuSoYa on March 09, 2010, 03:23:09 PM
I just want to share my excitement for a haul of books I just got in from Amazon.  I'm on a sci-fi kick.

Iain M. Banks

Vernor Vinge

David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas: A Novel

Richard K. Morgan - Altered Carbon: A Takeshi Kovacs Novel

Robert Charles Wilson - Spin

YAY!

Brandon
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Post by: Fathi on March 12, 2010, 03:47:55 AM
I just want to share my excitement for a haul of books I just got in from Amazon.  I'm on a sci-fi kick.

Iain M. Banks
  • Consider Phlebas
  • The State Of The Art
  • The Player of Games

Vernor Vinge
  • A Fire Upon The Deep (Zones of Thought)
  • A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought)

David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas: A Novel

Richard K. Morgan - Altered Carbon: A Takeshi Kovacs Novel

Robert Charles Wilson - Spin

YAY!

Brandon


If I was a guy, I would sneak onto your front porch and make sweet, sweet inappropriate self-love all over your Amazon delivery boxes.  :o
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on March 12, 2010, 10:39:05 PM
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Supposedly something I should have read years ago.

I don't know why, but the blatant, in-your-face fantasy used in this book sort of bothers me.  Do I really need to read another story about a magical amulet and a magical land and magical talking animals that are all really smug and condescending lesson about the Power of Imagination?  It's still fairly entertaining, though.  I doubt I'd be so picky as a youngster.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gobbleneck on March 20, 2010, 08:43:59 AM
Why isn't anyone here reading the Pilocene Exile Saga?
Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: janeshephard on March 20, 2010, 01:38:59 PM
Why isn't anyone here reading the Pilocene Exile Saga?
Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

I read that years ago and think I stopped at the second book. It was interesting but I had trouble imaging a lot of it in my head.

Especially, and I recall this part in particular, when the "great hunt" was being described.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gobbleneck on March 20, 2010, 02:32:50 PM
Why isn't anyone here reading the Pilocene Exile Saga?
Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

I read that years ago and think I stopped at the second book. It was interesting but I had trouble imaging a lot of it in my head.

Especially, and I recall this part in particular, when the "great hunt" was being described.

It was pretty simple to me.
A bunch of the tanu forming together into a big floating shroud of colors that go and hunt stuff.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FuSoYa on March 22, 2010, 10:53:25 AM
If I was a guy, I would sneak onto your front porch and make sweet, sweet inappropriate self-love all over your Amazon delivery boxes.  :o

You could do it as a girl too.

Brandon
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Post by: LauraMars on March 23, 2010, 12:52:00 AM
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This was actually really good.  The main character is a super angry, super strong princess assassin.  I didn't read it in spanish though.  That was just the first cover that came up on GIS.
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Post by: Kronibas on March 23, 2010, 01:45:46 AM
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Got this in last week... fucking awesome.

"Our existence deforms the universe.  That's responsibility."
- Delirium

"It's astonishing how much trouble one can get oneself into, if one works at it."
- Destruction

Also:

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This is an amazing book.  I've read Waiting for the Barbarians and essays from Inner Workings, both by Coetzee, already this year, and none of it has left me very disappointed.

How can you not appreciate a book with material like this:

"That's wonderful, then.  I'm sorry, my child, I just find it hard to whip up an interest in the subject. It's admirable, what you do, what she does, but to me animal-welfare people are a bit like Christians of a certain kind. Everyone is so cheerful and well-intentioned that after a while you itch to go off and do some raping and pillaging. Or kick a cat."

"Do I like animals? I eat them, so I suppose I must like them, some parts of them."


"'She told me you were in trouble.'

'Not just in trouble. In what I suppose one would call disgrace.'"

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Post by: spawnloser on March 23, 2010, 05:22:40 AM
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Umm... does that sword have boobs?
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Post by: Sephiroto on March 24, 2010, 05:47:39 PM
A Brief History of Time: The Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition
                                   Stephen Hawking
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on March 24, 2010, 07:41:01 PM
This is the most visually stunning, masterfully constructed, unusual graphic novel I've ever read. 

(http://1979semifinalist.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/asterios-polyp-cover1.jpg)

(http://anendlesssupply.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/asterios_polyp_pg1.jpg)

(http://www.guttergeek.com/files/asterios1.jpg)

(http://madinkbeard.com/blog/wp-content/images/mazzucchelli_asterios_1.jpg)


Finished this today... Yeah, fucking great book. Thanks for the rec.
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Post by: Sephiroto on March 25, 2010, 06:33:41 PM
Also reading Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies.  I've only recently been interested in non-fiction and, until I picked up this book, not at all in history and development of early human civilization.  So far this book has been very easy to read, interesting, and has engaging since page one.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: janeshephard on March 26, 2010, 10:46:20 AM
I am reading "How Proust Can Change Your Life" by Alian de Botton

It's the intelligent man's self help book :)
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Post by: flurry on March 26, 2010, 01:43:39 PM
Just started Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I haven't read much Russian lit at all, but I'm enjoying it so far.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on March 28, 2010, 06:20:09 AM
Is the Dresden files worth reading, knowing that I won't be able to finish the series until my children are born?
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Post by: racurtne on March 28, 2010, 07:09:31 AM
Also reading Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies.  I've only recently been interested in non-fiction and, until I picked up this book, not at all in history and development of early human civilization.  So far this book has been very easy to read, interesting, and has engaging since page one.

A Brief History of Time: The Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition
                                   Stephen Hawking

You have some good choices there, both are books I've been wanting to pick up...if I can only find a copy in english.

Meanwhile I'm reading:

Patrick O'Brian's Post Captain It's british naval historical fiction, part of the same series as Master and Commander. This book starts off -slow-. It hasn't picked up yet etiher, but I haven't gotten very far in it yet.
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Post by: MarshallDFX on April 01, 2010, 03:00:50 PM
(http://www.alexholden.net/books/covers/Pebble_In_The_Sky_f.jpeg)

Where are all these beautiful daughters of famous phyiscists (who are also phyiscists), waiting for some dashing social scientist save the galaxy with?  I want to meet some.
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Post by: evil_erdlu on April 01, 2010, 03:31:00 PM
Twilight....

<runs away>
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on April 01, 2010, 08:03:06 PM
You wont be reading for long, trust me.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: janeshephard on April 02, 2010, 11:00:34 PM
Now reading Alain de Botton's "Architecture of Happiness"

I'm getting into de Botton a lot these days. I'll need to get his "The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work" as soon as it hits paperback in a couple of months.
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Post by: LauraMars on April 03, 2010, 08:59:04 AM
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Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: evil_erdlu on April 03, 2010, 11:05:03 AM
Twilight....

<runs away>

Explanation: My wife _loved_ the first movie. She's been sick for two days and yesterday she asked me to go find Twilight books. Sadly only the second book was around. After she finished the second book, she begged for more. I got forced to download PDFs... in English. So I've been lying beside her all day, reading the book and translating a summary to her.

Now she fell asleep and (THANK GOD) I got a break but... eww!

"I love Edward, but I love Jake too, let me let him kiss me.. Uh.. You say you rather want a blow*** before the fight or you'll kill yourself? We don't want to feel guilty of killing you so I guess I've no choice."

"Uh.. this was tricky, but I am not angry with you Bella. I just wished you didn't ask to give him a ****job. Uh.. by the way.. Breathe, Bella. I know it's hard for you to remember so I made this mp3 for you. See? It will play in loop telling you to breathe once in ten seconds."


Save me.. Find me a turkish pdf... send me a turkish book and I swear I'll play 1500$ for it. Just.. save meeeeeh!
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Post by: Devilb0y on April 03, 2010, 01:23:26 PM
Given I'm knee-deep in a 12'000 word dissertation at the moment pretty much everything I'm reading bears some relation to the internet and identity (a fact which led me to sign up for this MUD, interstingly enough). Currently I'm ploughing through Life on the Screen by Sherry Turkle and The Virtual Community by Howard Rheingold, and in terms of fiction I'm double-fisting Neuromancer by William Gibson (which I heartily recommend) and Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (also a very good read).

Too. Many. Books.
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Post by: Kronibas on April 05, 2010, 10:33:24 PM
Acts of Attention: The Poems of D.H. Lawrence, which I bought (out of print so hard to find) to help with an essay

also:

The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley (1945-1975), just because I saw one of his poems online and wanted more.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on April 05, 2010, 10:55:34 PM
(http://jacketupload.macmillanusa.com/jackets/high_res/jpgs/9780765321855.jpg)

Actually readable, which doesn't usually happen when I randomly pull down a book from the library shelf without even looking at it.  It seems to be about an angry, powerful girl who kills people.  A popular theme. Apparently this author has also written steampunk novels.  Score!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ampere on April 06, 2010, 02:49:39 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/01/Spin%281stEd%29.jpg/170px-Spin%281stEd%29.jpg) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_%28novel%29)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Marauder Moe on April 06, 2010, 03:34:14 PM
Soon, very soon, I'll be reading the latest Dresden Files book: Changes
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on April 06, 2010, 04:49:49 PM
I'm listening to the Name of The Wind Audiobook whilst playing arm. It's actually pretty awesome, and not hard to keep track of.
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Post by: LauraMars on April 12, 2010, 07:26:13 PM
(http://www.cd-dvd-club.com/images/MARK_TWAIN_A_Connecticut_Yankee_in_King_Arthur%27s_Court.jpg)

It's very funny, but also reads like a bald-faced political agenda.
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Post by: Ashes on April 12, 2010, 09:25:00 PM
Tao of Jeet Kune Do.

Bruce Lee.
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Post by: Kronibas on April 12, 2010, 10:01:45 PM
"The Waste Land" and other poems by T. S. Eliot.



What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
Out of this stony rubbish?Son of man, 20
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief, 23
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Reiteration on April 12, 2010, 10:14:53 PM
(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/075532434X.jpg)
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Post by: jhunter on April 26, 2010, 12:57:42 PM
(http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r113/BeyondTheEnd/patient_zero.jpg)

Really enjoying this one so far.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on April 26, 2010, 02:03:16 PM
One of the short stories I read this morning was about fetal puppies thinking about being dogs.

But they died.

And then some weird old lady kept them in the freezer. I think it was called "the puppies" and is in New Sudden Fiction, a great collection of three page short stories.

Read some from Vonneguts short story book during this past week. In the introduction to Look at the Birdie, some dude who knew Vonnegut (offit or something) recounts leaving a literary critic's funeral alongside him.

Vonnegut looks over at this guy and says with emphatic pain:

She had no children, no books, and few friends...

He paused and looked over at his friend:

sounds like she was doing something right, he said
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on April 26, 2010, 02:03:56 PM
It's "The Puppies" by Dean Paschal



Some months ago, my mother's dog Kayceil (pronounced kay-seal) had seven puppies.  Two were still-born with cranial defects, and were buried immediately.  Two more, the only males, both the runt and the largest of the litter-and both perfect in form-lived a bit more than a day, then, somewhat mysteriously, stopped breathing and died and were removed from the company of their tiny sisters.  My mother placed them in a little stainless-steel pan and put the pan in the freezing-compartment of the refrigerator, where as far as I know, they remain to this day, nestled together, curled and frosty.

She says she talks to them every time she opens that compartment.

The following is their story:



and it's an awesome story.  one can probably Google it.
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Post by: LauraMars on April 28, 2010, 09:19:32 AM
Wow, Kronibas, that is creepy.

I just started reading this:

(http://seriouslyread.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/forestofhandsteeth.jpg)

Which as far as I can tell is some kind of love story or romance, but with zombies in it.  It's quite scary.  No, the zombies do not sparkle.
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Post by: flurry on April 28, 2010, 09:35:19 AM
The Likeness by Tana French. I guess it would be categorized as suspense/mystery. It's about a detective who goes undercover as murdered woman to investigate her death (which hasn't been made public). It's a premise that seems implausible on the surface, but the author does a good job making it believable.

This is her second novel, and like the first one (In The Woods) it's set in Ireland and has some of the same characters (but with a different one narrating this time).
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Post by: Lizzie on April 28, 2010, 11:50:51 AM
Neal Stephenson's Anathem.

It's speculative fiction. It took me several chapters to catch what was going on when I read Cryptonomicon, this one is a little hard to follow as well. But once I got into Crypto I really loved it so I'm hoping the same with Anathem.
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Post by: LauraMars on April 30, 2010, 12:20:37 AM
(http://image3.examiner.com/images/blog/EXID13081/images/0765318997_01_LZZZZZZZ.JPG)

Economic sci fi!  Actually entertaining so far, unlike the last three books I've read or attempted to read until giving up from their badness.
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Post by: boog on May 01, 2010, 01:25:54 PM
In just this last page,Kronibas totally is my sort of person in regards to stuff read! (I looove T.S.!) Jhunter: I had to stop in the first quarter of Patient Zero because I can only take so much science-y sort of stuff at a time, was it at all difficult to perceive during the rest of the novel? ...I went to the library and picked up ...:

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n914.jpg) (http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n4/n24003.jpg)(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n26/n131362.jpg)

In the past 45 minutes I've read about 70 pages of Never Let Me Go. I am in love with it so far.
Edit: Finished it. Loved it. Cried like the little girl I am!!!

My recently books finished are..:

Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
Oryx & Crake - Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale - Atwood
In the Garden of Dead Cars - Sybil Claibourne
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

--
All of those read, I would highly recommend! I am sort of obsessing over dystopian works at the moment, it would appear. :x
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on May 02, 2010, 12:57:31 PM
Publication date for The Wise Mans Fear, book 2 of the King Killer Chronicles, is March 1st 2011.

Thought I'd let ya'll know. http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/
 (http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/)
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Post by: jhunter on May 02, 2010, 01:48:48 PM
In just this last page,Kronibas totally is my sort of person in regards to stuff read! (I looove T.S.!) Jhunter: I had to stop in the first quarter of Patient Zero because I can only take so much science-y sort of stuff at a time, was it at all difficult to perceive during the rest of the novel? ...I went to the library and picked up ...:

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n914.jpg) (http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n4/n24003.jpg)(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n26/n131362.jpg)

In the past 45 minutes I've read about 70 pages of Never Let Me Go. I am in love with it so far.
Edit: Finished it. Loved it. Cried like the little girl I am!!!

My recently books finished are..:

Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
Oryx & Crake - Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale - Atwood
In the Garden of Dead Cars - Sybil Claibourne
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

--
All of those read, I would highly recommend! I am sort of obsessing over dystopian works at the moment, it would appear. :x
Sounds like you quit reading about the time the book begins to shift gears. *shrug* I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next in the series.
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Post by: Barzalene on May 02, 2010, 02:14:04 PM
Just finished Meiville's the Scar.
Right now, reading my friend Rachel King's brilliant second novel Magpie Hall. Only available in New Zealand though.

Have Joe Abercrombie's Best Served Cold on the kindle, so that's probably next.
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Post by: solera on January 05, 2002, 04:49:08 AM
Lindsay Davis.  Set in Roman 100AD.  When I'm reading her it feels like I'm in 'nak, minus Him and His minions.
In fact , when I read..
"So Florius was here.  That meant Petronius Longus was virtually standing in the gates to Hades, ready to tramp in after the guide with the downturned torch.
What was I to do? Find him.  Tell him Florius(
a mob Boss )was in Britain"
I immediately thought " CONTACT HIM!"
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Post by: TheSandman on January 05, 2002, 10:45:38 AM
Paid something like twenty bucks for it so I can seem classy and sophisticated and learn to be witty.
(http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/999/44489226.jpg)
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Post by: Cavaticus on January 05, 2002, 10:50:40 AM
Just started today:

(http://a5.vox.com/6a00b8ea0714f01bc000e3989d79750005-500pi)
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Post by: LauraMars on January 05, 2002, 10:51:30 AM
Paid something like twenty bucks for it so I can seem classy and sophisticated and learn to be witty.
(http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/999/44489226.jpg)

Hey, I read that back on page 18!  High five.

(http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs111.snc1/4662_579981911292_185103630_34579705_3738202_n.jpg)
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Post by: TheSandman on January 05, 2002, 11:19:42 AM
Paid something like twenty bucks for it so I can seem classy and sophisticated and learn to be witty.

Hey, I read that back on page 18!  High five.


OK good, I kind of felt like a pretentious douche posting it. But if I am, at least I've got company!
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Post by: flurry on January 05, 2002, 06:28:43 PM
It's not what I'm currently reading, but Neil Gaiman's American Gods has been selected for the first-ever 'One Book, One Twitter', which is supposed to be like one huge community book club. I think it officially begins tomorrow.

edit: Info: http://www.crowdsourcing.com/cs/2010/05/ready-set-read-the-one-book-one-twitter-discussion-schedule.html
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Post by: Old Kank on January 05, 2002, 07:20:33 PM
Just started today:

(http://a5.vox.com/6a00b8ea0714f01bc000e3989d79750005-500pi)

If you like Chabon, I highly recommend his third book, "Gentlemen of the Road."  The writing is a little bit over the top (some might say it's a pretentious showing of his vocabulary), but it's a fun story, a fairly quick read, and has a great Arm feel to it.
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Post by: Grey Area on January 05, 2002, 07:45:04 PM
Gentlemen of the Road is friggin' awesome.
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Post by: caellyndria on January 05, 2002, 09:02:31 PM
I like to read two or three things at once, so I've been picking around in my huge Oscar Wilde anthology and reading these:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a8/Anansi_Boys.png/200px-Anansi_Boys.png)


(http://unicornparade.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/zombie_survival_guide.jpg)
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Post by: IAmJacksOpinion on January 05, 2002, 09:18:47 PM
Cosmic Trigger: The Final Secret of the Illuminati by Robert Anton Wilson.

I don't know why. A friend recommended Wilson to me, and looking through his various books on Amazon, this just seemed like one that would interest me the most. Supposedly it discusses his theory of "reality tunnels" which is something (if I understand it correctly) that I've always perceived about the world.

Bah, anyways, I'm at one of those milestones of life where I just closed a huge, prolific chapter of my life, and now there's a stack of blank pages staring at me. It seems like a good time to invest some interest in philosophy.
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Post by: Delstro on January 05, 2002, 09:26:34 PM
(http://server40136.uk2net.com/~wpower/images/product_images/9780140424737.jpg)


Fantastic read.
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Post by: jhunter on January 05, 2002, 11:38:33 PM


(http://unicornparade.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/zombie_survival_guide.jpg)

Read this one just after Patient Zero.
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Post by: solera on May 28, 2010, 03:48:44 PM
Quote
The Land of Painted Caves, Jean M. Auel’s Sixth and Final Book in the Earth’s Children® Series, to Be Published Worldwide on March 29, 2011 — Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc., and Crown Publishers Announce Major International Laydown
 


Here's hoping.
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Post by: rishenko on May 28, 2010, 03:52:20 PM
The Drunkard's Walk - How Randomness Rules Our Lives (http://www.amazon.com/Drunkards-Walk-Randomness-Rules-Vintage/dp/0307275175/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275076303&sr=8-1)
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Post by: Agent_137 on May 28, 2010, 05:16:12 PM
you guys know there are sites for this, right? THis sharing and talking about what you're reading?

http://www.goodreads.com/

someone should make an armageddon group
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Post by: LauraMars on June 04, 2010, 07:47:55 AM
(http://www.insiderdatingnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/thegame-bookcover.jpg)

This was one of the strangest books I've ever read.
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Post by: brytta.leofa on June 04, 2010, 09:22:31 AM
This was one of the strangest books I've ever read.

Hey, that's kind of a dumb post, but your choice of shoes reveals an impeccable sense of style.  May I purchase an intoxicating beverage for you to consume?
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Post by: RedKingsBreaker on June 04, 2010, 09:23:08 AM
I'm finishing up "Just After Sunset" by Stephen King... it's good, but not what I expected.  There was some substance to them that I wasn't expecting.  There was one about the survivors of 9-11, which sort of jarred me, but then it was okay.  I think my first thought was "huh.. is this too soon?".  But it's worth the quick and easy read.

Edited to add:  A friend of mine showed me this book that she said was amazing, and from just glancing at it, I was intrigued.  The sentences became pictures in their placement and I can't remember what it was called... I know it was not an American author, I want to say Swedish, but I'm totally unsure.  I believe it was a mystery novel.  That's all I've got really, but if anyone recognizes it from my description of it here could you let me know?  Many thanks!

There was another (I don't think it was by the same author) that told a story from two perspectives, and as you read it it  would tell you to flip the book over and turn to page *whatever* and the story would pick up from a different person's point of view.  Anyone that knows the name of this one, would also have my undying appreciation.  I think I'll have to order both online because I haven't seen either in any bookstores.
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Post by: Niamh on June 04, 2010, 10:18:58 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HJ6QQSVZL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

The more I read about Jung and his theories and philosophies, the more fascinating I find them.
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Post by: LauraMars on June 04, 2010, 08:46:05 PM
Hey, that's kind of a dumb post, but your choice of shoes reveals an impeccable sense of style.  May I purchase an intoxicating beverage for you to consume?

BRYTTA.LEOFA UNDERSTANDS HUMANITY.
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Post by: brytta.leofa on June 04, 2010, 11:34:19 PM
Hey, that's kind of a dumb post, but your choice of shoes reveals an impeccable sense of style.  May I purchase an intoxicating beverage for you to consume?

BRYTTA.LEOFA UNDERSTANDS HUMANITY.

Brytta Leofa is somewhat familiar with the ravings of diseased minds.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on June 07, 2010, 03:24:00 AM
61 hours. A Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. It's been good so far, but slower than the last Reacher book(Gone Tomorrow), which I enjoyed immensely. Really do like this series of books. It's my default, go-to every couple of years, book series and seldom disappointments.
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Post by: Aaron Goulet on June 07, 2010, 03:52:16 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Fh1fiMWbL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

Yay school.  Is it wrong of me to think of how I can apply the leadership concepts I'm learning from this class/book in my Armageddon MUD career?
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Post by: Akaramu on June 07, 2010, 06:42:35 AM
Recently started the wheel of time series again. This will be a long term project.  ;D
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Post by: Kronibas on June 08, 2010, 03:23:14 PM
(http://img.infibeam.com/img/04eef6cc/947/6/9780802136947.jpg)

excerpt:  The "Priest" They Called Him

"What's wrong son?"

It's my legs senor... cramps... and now I am without medicine.

The Priest could see the cramps like knots of wood there in the young lean legs dark shiny black hair legs.

"Three years ago I have damaged myself in a bicycle race it is then that the cramps start and..."

And he has the leg cramps back with compound junk interest.  The old Priest stood there *feeling* the boy groan.  He inclined his head as if in prayer and went back and got his dropper.

"It's just a quarter g kid."

"I do not require much senor."

The boy was sleeping when the Priest left room 18.  He went back to his room and sat down on the bed.  Then it him hit like heavy silent snow, all the grey junk yesterdays.  He sat there and received the *immaculate fix* and since he was himself a priest there was no need to call one."


Forever and ever amen.
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Post by: Is Friday on June 08, 2010, 03:26:40 PM
(http://ccplic4teens.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/gates_of_fire.jpg)
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Post by: Royal on June 08, 2010, 10:29:38 PM
Dune Messiah! :D
Just finished Dune.. which was the reason I was away from Arma for the last few days. xD
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Post by: zombieguy on June 09, 2010, 02:08:25 AM
Richard Dawkins "The God Delusion" is what I'm reading.

Excellent book, really sheds light on the issue.
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Post by: netflix on June 09, 2010, 02:31:24 AM
(http://www.abc.nl/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/dust-of-dreams1.jpg)

9th book of Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series. By the 6th book it took the place of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire as my favorite fantasy series.

The first book, Gardens of the Moon, can be a bit tough for some people to get into, because it doesn't have a "traditional" start. It just sorta dumps you right down into the middle of a whole lot going on. But if you can vibe with that (I personally had no problems with it) it's just wonderful. A -whole- lotta characters, but Erikson does a great job balancing them out, and not bunching them together, so that while, all in all, some characters don't get a lot of overall page time, they still feel like very flushed out and well developed members of the storyline. And they're the kind of books that once you hit the lat 150 pages, don't plan on getting anything accomplished till you've had a chance to finish.

This one came out a few months ago. Currently rereading it, cause damn if the last 90 pages alone aren't almost as good as the entire series thus far. There's one book left in the saga, which is due out in early 2011, so now's a great time to get started! And yes, unlike Martin, Erikson is damn fine and meeting all of his deadlines.

(And how is it this series hasn't made this list yet? I'm flabbergasted!)
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Post by: caellyndria on June 09, 2010, 03:04:20 AM
Huh. I'm ordering the first two Steven Erikson books to try because this isn't the first time I've heard of the series being awesome. And I'm on a half.com spree tonight to bulk up the 'waiting to read shelf'. I should start the Kushiel Dart series I bought, but ehhh.

I am re-reading pieces of this fascinating gem and am ordering the other book from him that supposedly "takes readers on an engaging and high-spirited romp through Victorian England to expose the very human side of Dickens, the Brontes, Thackeray, and other great literary figures of the time."

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0671882368.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
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Post by: LauraMars on June 09, 2010, 07:15:23 AM
I am re-reading pieces of this fascinating gem and am ordering the other book from him that supposedly "takes readers on an engaging and high-spirited romp through Victorian England to expose the very human side of Dickens, the Brontes, Thackeray, and other great literary figures of the time."

Oh, that looks good.  I should read it after I finish this:

(http://thebookwormchronicles.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/emma.jpg)
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Post by: caellyndria on June 10, 2010, 01:15:16 AM
The first book above
I am re-reading pieces of this fascinating gem and am ordering the other book from him that supposedly "takes readers on an engaging and high-spirited romp through Victorian England to expose the very human side of Dickens, the Brontes, Thackeray, and other great literary figures of the time."

Oh, that looks good.  I should read it after I finish this: EMMA

I didn't know how I felt about his first book when I started it because it's really just a collection of facts and ways of life, but it got amazingly fascinating. Therefore, I'm really excited about this one just from the cover alone. It's the one I was talking about that I ordered. Tell me it doesn't look awesome. It's got ROWS in it. ROWS!

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71YKWC68GGL._SL500_AA300_.gif)
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Post by: Irulan on June 10, 2010, 01:18:51 PM
I've recently started reading the Dresden Files, and have been really enjoying them. I'm on book three now.  :)

 - Irulan
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Post by: valeria on June 10, 2010, 04:08:38 PM
I'm borrowing Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy, from Zoltan.  It's too bad that I'm so busy at school or I could read more of it.

Also, the font is hard on my eyes.  But it's a good story so far.
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Post by: RedKingsBreaker on June 10, 2010, 07:17:59 PM
Psychos! Sickos! Sequels: Horror Films of the 1980's by John Stell
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Post by: Majikal on June 10, 2010, 07:31:33 PM
I've recently started reading the Dresden Files, and have been really enjoying them. I'm on book three now.  :)

 - Irulan

Just picked up book five myself, the books are an easy read and really intriguing. I started out listening to an audiobook of the first two while I was at work to pass time, can't remember who recommended it but it was someone in the arm community. Good call on their prt.
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Post by: Jengal on June 14, 2010, 01:14:33 PM
(http://www.housmans.com/images/The%20Little%20Friend.jpg)
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Post by: FantasyWriter on June 14, 2010, 06:01:54 PM
If you like her style, Jengal, you need to read The Secret History next.



Mississippi Authors FTW!!!
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Post by: flurry on July 09, 2010, 12:18:14 PM
(http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/7638/faithfulplace.jpg)

At least, I will be reading it when it comes out next week.
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Post by: LauraMars on July 09, 2010, 12:29:33 PM
(http://bookgrubs.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/the-collector1.jpg)

Super creepy and it made me upset and angry, but it was well written, even with the political agendas anviling through the entire text.

(http://www.smvblog.com/smv_lit_society/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/n209138.jpg)

This was great.

(http://library.fayschool.org/Pages/images/city_lake.jpg)

This was amazing.

(http://www.planetvideo.com.au/blog/2009/09/04/ChildThief.jpg)

I'll be reading this next.  It's supposed to be a retelling of Peter Pan, but in a dark way, which should be interesting since I've always thought the original tale of Peter Pan was pretty dark and brutal already.
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Post by: Pills on July 09, 2010, 01:30:25 PM
Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galeano.
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Post by: Akaramu on July 09, 2010, 01:56:52 PM
STILL Wheel of Time. It just never ends...
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Post by: RedKingsBreaker on July 09, 2010, 03:42:54 PM
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
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Post by: Malifaxis on July 09, 2010, 05:02:35 PM
STILL Wheel of Time. It just never ends...


WoT is the literary equivalent of Lost.

Boring, long, and thoroughly pointless.
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Post by: Ath on July 09, 2010, 05:09:33 PM
The first Harry Potter book.
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Post by: janeshephard on July 09, 2010, 05:23:28 PM
(http://i25.tinypic.com/w6si1e.jpg)
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Post by: roughneck on July 09, 2010, 05:38:19 PM
the gdb... get it?

*cricket*  *cricket*

didn't read the whole thread to see if somebody's made the joke yet
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on July 09, 2010, 08:03:20 PM
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

Tangentially,
When I saw the movie I knew it was based on a book, even though I hadn't heard of the book. I think it's because even though it was a period piece is was not nostalgic because it came from that time. It's funny how time is best examine contemporaneously.
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Post by: boog on July 09, 2010, 08:11:54 PM
(http://girlebooks.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/books/ageofinnocence.jpg)

I'm finding it's really hard to get through, though. Slow paced and out of my time period, I guess. Oh well. It was technically free with Barnes & Noble's "buy 2 classics, get the third free" offer.
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Post by: Bogre on July 09, 2010, 11:08:29 PM
Finished:
(http://amyletinsky.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/waterhsip-down.jpg)
(http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.sc.edu/library/spcoll/amlit/hemingway/images/sun1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.sc.edu/library/spcoll/amlit/hemingway/hem3.html&usg=___MPzZ1cdmbUoX0vAPPjZxXqTxD0=&h=600&w=421&sz=70&hl=en&start=1&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=Mpgxvbx_cBPOSM:&tbnh=135&tbnw=95&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dthe%2Bsun%2Balso%2Brises%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26tbs%3Disch:1)
(http://a0.vox.com/6a00c2251d82998fdb0110182e2db0860f-500pi)

+ five of The Southern Vampire Mysteries:

Current:
(http://spl225.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/under-the-dome1.jpg)
(http://www.musowls.net/library/images/scarlet.jpg[img])http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0451459946.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg[/img]
(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestselling-sci-fi-fantasy-2006/1681-1.jpg[img])http://janeqrepublican.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/atlas-shrugged-book-cover.jpg[/img]

+ probably a dozen others

On Deck:
(http://www.krisandro.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/the-eye-of-the-world.jpg)

+ finishing Southern Vampire, rereading Anne Mccaffrey's Pern, + a half dozen Black Library books, + the rest of Hemingway and then starting on Faulkner.

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Post by: racurtne on July 10, 2010, 01:32:47 AM
Books


I highly recommend the Forever War, it's not long, and it's a really good read. It's pretty much a Vietnam novel, and examines a lot of soldier psychology.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bogre on July 10, 2010, 02:42:17 AM
^^ I agree. It's not just good military science fiction, either, its a good story on all levels.

I've got a couple of his other books that I'm planning to read after the list.
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Post by: janeshephard on July 19, 2010, 11:48:08 PM
(http://i30.tinypic.com/z0ry8.jpg)
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Post by: Kronibas on July 20, 2010, 01:09:36 AM
(http://images.indiebound.com/854/091/9780300091854.jpg)

Reading this for class.  Shoot me please.  Thanks.



Also:

(http://img.infibeam.com/img/71a3fd6a/731/8/9781570718731.jpg)

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ampere on July 20, 2010, 01:50:18 AM
(http://www.housmans.com/images/Dada%20and%20Surrealism.jpg)

Excellent shitting material.
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Post by: RedKingsBreaker on July 20, 2010, 11:19:11 AM
Burmese Days by George Orwell
I should look for a picture!

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0156148501.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
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Post by: brytta.leofa on July 20, 2010, 04:14:03 PM
WoT is the literary equivalent of Lost.

Boring, long, and thoroughly pointless.

We can no longer be friends.  Not that I'm saying you're wrong.
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Post by: Jdr on July 20, 2010, 05:58:51 PM
I really liked WOT 12, even if it was written like Twilight. Every third paragraph or so was describing Rand's STOMY EMOTIONLESS EYES.
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Post by: Eternal on July 20, 2010, 06:15:36 PM
(http://marketingimplementer.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/the-war-of-art.jpeg)
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Post by: boog on July 20, 2010, 06:18:55 PM
^
How do you like it?
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Post by: Eternal on July 20, 2010, 06:22:34 PM
Oh wait, I missed the original request.

I'm enjoying it.  Lots of the information therein I learned from experience, but there's a ton of insight that I might have missed without the book.
I also recommend "Writing the Breakout Novel" by Donald Maass and "Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer" by Jenna Glatzer.
Finished those earlier this year.
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Post by: rishenko on July 21, 2010, 11:44:43 AM
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
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Post by: Kronibas on July 22, 2010, 02:03:33 PM
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

If you like Walden, you will really like Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard.  Excerpt:


I would like to learn, or remember, how to live. I come to Hollins Pond not so much to learn how to live as, frankly, to forget about it. That is, I don't think I can learn from a wild animal how to live in particular...but I might learn something of mindlessness, something of the purity of living in the physical senses and the dignity of living without bias or motive.


what do we know about mindlessness?

heh...
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Post by: Reiteration on July 22, 2010, 02:04:50 PM
(http://i490.photobucket.com/albums/rr265/jasperbarros/Terry_Goodkind_Sword_of_Truth_serie.jpg?1279821856)

Currently on Stone of Tears
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Post by: LauraMars on July 22, 2010, 03:12:45 PM
(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestsellers-2006/505-1.jpg)
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Post by: Malifaxis on July 22, 2010, 03:15:15 PM
(http://i490.photobucket.com/albums/rr265/jasperbarros/Terry_Goodkind_Sword_of_Truth_serie.jpg?1279821856)

Currently on Stone of Tears

Oh god... really?!

Dude, I had so much respect for you.
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Post by: Ath on July 22, 2010, 03:17:32 PM
I've already read them... finished... a couple were very hard to get through, but the last book... wow.  All the pieces just fit... my jaw dropped... I didn't want it to be over.  It is a very good series.
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Post by: Qzzrbl on July 22, 2010, 03:21:08 PM
(http://images.indiebound.com/854/091/9780300091854.jpg)

Reading this for class.  Shoot me please.  Thanks.



Also:

(http://img.infibeam.com/img/71a3fd6a/731/8/9781570718731.jpg)



Is that guy shearing a pig? o-O
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Post by: Barzalene on July 22, 2010, 08:06:50 PM
(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestsellers-2006/505-1.jpg)

I enjoyed that.

I heard someone criticize her for being a "manipulative" writer. I think I don't mind being manipulated by art, as long as it's done skillfully enough that I am able to go where the artist pushes me, rather than being distracted by their attempts. I enjoyed being manipulated by her. She always makes me cry.
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Post by: LauraMars on July 23, 2010, 04:20:00 AM
I liked it too, but I think I may have liked White Oleander better.
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Post by: Reiteration on July 23, 2010, 05:14:39 AM
I've already read them... finished... a couple were very hard to get through, but the last book... wow.  All the pieces just fit... my jaw dropped... I didn't want it to be over.  It is a very good series.

If you're referring to the Sword of Truth series, it's not over yet, early 2011 will see the release of the 13th book "The omen machine".


Currently on Stone of Tears

Oh god... really?!

Dude, I had so much respect for you.

Why, is it bad?
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Post by: Malifaxis on July 23, 2010, 09:49:04 AM
Well, uh, it's not good.  Portions of it have some very good writing, but other parts are clearly the author just trying to get his fetishes out in the open.

I also find the author highly mysogynistic.  Sure, there are leading female heros, but they're simply not on par with Dick who wields The Sword.
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Post by: Ath on July 23, 2010, 10:26:24 AM
Some of the books drag on... a lot of it's great.  I could care less about the Author, I personally don't like him either, but that doesn't mean I dislike the books.
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Post by: brytta.leofa on July 23, 2010, 12:50:35 PM
Well, uh, it's not good.  Portions of it have some very good writing, but other parts are clearly the author just trying to get his fetishes out in the open.

I also find the author highly mysogynistic.  Sure, there are leading female heros, but they're simply not on par with Dick who wields The Sword.

Are we talking about the Wheel of Time again?
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Post by: jhunter on July 23, 2010, 01:59:03 PM
Some of the books drag on... a lot of it's great.  I could care less about the Author, I personally don't like him either, but that doesn't mean I dislike the books.
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Post by: Xeran Van Houten on July 23, 2010, 02:10:15 PM
I've read all those too, and while some parts were very good and exciting and well written, sometimes I couldn't remember what the last 35 pages were about...

Mostly I found it to really embody New Powers as the Plot Demands (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NewPowersAsThePlotDemands).
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Post by: Kronibas on July 23, 2010, 02:58:43 PM
(http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/images/full13/9780300059908.jpg)

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Post by: a strange shadow on July 23, 2010, 03:12:32 PM
I picked up 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' in the airport thanks to this thread. I plowed through it in a few days. So I picked up Girl who Played With Fire. It's reasonably good too. The plots took a few unexpected twists, but I figured out the culprit in Dragon Tattoo from the moment he was introduced as a character. All in all though, I like the writing style and I like the story.
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Post by: Fredd on July 23, 2010, 03:16:14 PM
game of thrones series, specifically. "A feast for crows"

And I love this series.
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Post by: Jingo on July 23, 2010, 03:28:07 PM
game of thrones series, specifically. "A feast for crows"

And I love this series.

Once your done, you get to join the rest of us in waiting.

And waiting.

And waiting.
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Post by: jhunter on July 23, 2010, 03:40:50 PM
And waiting.

And waiting.

And waiting.

And waiting.
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Post by: a strange shadow on July 23, 2010, 03:57:15 PM
... and waiting.
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Post by: Malken on July 23, 2010, 04:03:42 PM
... and waiting.

...While he writes other books that nobody cares about and goes on trips to find the best pizza places in the world  :-\

But, then, in the words of Neil Gaiman, "George R. R. Martin is not your bitch."
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Post by: Malifaxis on July 23, 2010, 04:19:58 PM
I picked up 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' in the airport thanks to this thread. I plowed through it in a few days. So I picked up Girl With The Flaming VajayJay. It's reasonably good too. The plots took a few unexpected twists, but I figured out the culprit in Dragon Tattoo from the moment he was introduced as a character. All in all though, I like the writing style and I like the story.

FTFY.
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Post by: Clegane on July 25, 2010, 05:12:21 AM
I am quite enjoying 'Ash:A Secret History' by Mary Gentle.

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Post by: spicemustflow on July 25, 2010, 11:10:43 AM
I heard someone criticize her for being a "manipulative" writer. I think I don't mind being manipulated by art, as long as it's done skillfully enough that I am able to go where the artist pushes me, rather than being distracted by their attempts. I enjoyed being manipulated by her. She always makes me cry.

Manipulative writer?
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Post by: Barzalene on July 25, 2010, 12:45:27 PM
She writes in such a way as to provoke a visceral emotional reaction, rather than a thoughtful reaction.
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Post by: Tuannon on July 25, 2010, 12:52:39 PM
Have Joe Abercrombie's Best Served Cold on the kindle, so that's probably next.

I loathed the main protagonist of that book, otherwise it was pretty good. That Inquisitor Glokta (sic) would make a terrific Red Robe (or Tuluki opposite number).
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Post by: LauraMars on July 25, 2010, 01:04:06 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n2/n13659.jpg)

SO GOOD!?
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Post by: Barzalene on July 25, 2010, 01:06:59 PM
Have Joe Abercrombie's Best Served Cold on the kindle, so that's probably next.

I loathed the main protagonist of that book, otherwise it was pretty good. That Inquisitor Glokta (sic) would make a terrific Red Robe (or Tuluki opposite number).

It was ... OK.
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Post by: spawnloser on July 25, 2010, 08:34:37 PM
( Difference Engine by Gibson and Sterling )

SO GOOD!?
Is that a question or declaration?  I'd agree with it as a declaration.
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Post by: FantasyWriter on July 25, 2010, 11:04:14 PM
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/0345481283.01._SX220_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)

Thanks again to LauraMars.
Although my Laura thieved it and I am just now getting to read it.  I think she is on book 3 or 4.
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Post by: janeshephard on July 25, 2010, 11:58:39 PM
Feel free to post a good vampire book. I've done the Anne Rice thing and haven't found anything that came close since.

WoD books don't count :\
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Post by: LauraMars on July 26, 2010, 12:22:16 AM
Feel free to post a good vampire book. I've done the Anne Rice thing and haven't found anything that came close since.

WoD books don't count :\


(http://thingonethingtwo.com/images/deadwitch.jpg)

Not technically a vampire story...but it has vampires in it.  Lots of vampires.  And witches.  And a foul-mouthed pixie. 

(I liked the first few, but like many "genre" series it went downhill after the author ran out of logical things to write about.)
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Post by: LauraMars on July 26, 2010, 12:23:58 AM
Feel free to post a good vampire book. I've done the Anne Rice thing and haven't found anything that came close since.

WoD books don't count :\


(http://www.westportlibrary.org/teenblog/images/twilight_book_cover.jpg)

Oh yeah and seriously this is like the best vampire book I have ever read.  I love Edward, lol. :)
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Post by: janeshephard on July 26, 2010, 08:42:10 AM
Your post must be dripping with sarcasm, Laura :D

Thanks for the recommendations anyway.
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Post by: Kol on July 26, 2010, 09:09:40 AM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1175264038m/498214.jpg)

Kathrine Kerr FTW! Litteraly tore through the first four books in a week, couldn't stop reading, the complexities of a medieval fudal system, with a bit of inventiveness, all mixed in with those dirty gickers, neckers and stumps everyone loves.

I'm now onto the second set, and I seriously reccomend these books to anyone.
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Post by: brytta.leofa on July 26, 2010, 09:10:39 AM
Laura, why am I not surprised that you like Kim "lolkushiel" Harrison?

I stare at you.

Oh, I should-- I read Kim Stanley Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt recently.  Early parts were interesting; I wound up skimming the last couple chapters.

To read: Oliver Wiswell.
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Post by: Malifaxis on July 26, 2010, 09:50:18 AM
Laura, I was wondering what the fuck was wrong with your brain.

Now I know.

Thanks for clearing that up!
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Post by: spicemustflow on July 26, 2010, 10:37:21 AM
Feel free to post a good vampire book. I've done the Anne Rice thing and haven't found anything that came close since.

WoD books don't count :\


Tell me you've read Dracula? Actually don't, cause that would mean you think it doesn't compare to Anne's crap. Go read it, and see who's the darkest motherfucker in the world of vampires.

Other recommendations are Polidori's Vampyre and LeFanu's Carmilla. That is vampires should be like, soulless, undead, satanic monsters. Not just fags who drink blood. From a glass.
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Post by: LauraMars on July 26, 2010, 10:41:06 AM
DAKOTA FANNING (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHfyad6Jitk&feature=autofb)
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Post by: LauraMars on July 26, 2010, 10:47:42 AM
Laura, why am I not surprised that you like Kim "lolkushiel" Harrison?

What was that, Mr Brytta "Wheel of Time" Leofa?  Moral Superiority?  Surely you jest.
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Post by: brytta.leofa on July 26, 2010, 10:56:09 AM
Laura, why am I not surprised that you like Kim "lolkushiel" Harrison?

What was that, Mr Brytta "Wheel of Time" Leofa?  Moral Superiority?  Surely you jest.

RAND BURNINATE EVERTHING > i hunt vampyres and take off my clothes
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Post by: Malifaxis on July 26, 2010, 12:35:37 PM
Laura, why am I not surprised that you like Kim "lolkushiel" Harrison?

What was that, Mr Brytta "Wheel of Time" Leofa?  Moral Superiority?  Surely you jest.

RAND BURNINATE EVERTHING > i hunt vampyres and take off my clothes

FIGHT!  FIGHT!  Er... literarily.  You know.   Fight while being on topic, I guess.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61dUicxoBoL._SS500_.jpg)
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Post by: janeshephard on July 26, 2010, 05:36:55 PM

Tell me you've read Dracula? Actually don't, cause that would mean you think it doesn't compare to Anne's crap. Go read it, and see who's the darkest motherfucker in the world of vampires.

Other recommendations are Polidori's Vampyre and LeFanu's Carmilla. That is vampires should be like, soulless, undead, satanic monsters. Not just fags who drink blood. From a glass.

I've read Dracula long ago.

I'm making a note of your other recommendations. I want to have a few vamp books for Halloween :D
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Post by: RedKingsBreaker on July 26, 2010, 05:54:12 PM
I watched Let the Right One In today, and have got to pick up the book.  I've heard it's better than the movie and one plot point is very easily made clearer.
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Post by: flurry on July 26, 2010, 05:55:19 PM
Feel free to post a good vampire book.

I haven't actually read it yet, but I love Terry Pratchett, so I'm going to suggest Carpe Jugulum.
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Post by: ILoveDawley on July 26, 2010, 08:38:50 PM
I picked up 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' in the airport thanks to this thread. I plowed through it in a few days. So I picked up Girl who Played With Fire. It's reasonably good too. The plots took a few unexpected twists, but I figured out the culprit in Dragon Tattoo from the moment he was introduced as a character. All in all though, I like the writing style and I like the story.
Someone suggested I read that, but I just couldn't get into it. Does it pick up the pace at any point? The story seems so slow at first. I could really care less about the details of that flower ):
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Post by: chuci on July 26, 2010, 08:44:59 PM
I enjoyed 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. I felt like the small details added flavor.
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Post by: Lythaniel on July 27, 2010, 12:57:11 AM
been stuck on the mercy thomas novels by patricia briggs.  Not overly long reads but seem to be fairly good reads that keep me engrossed.
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Post by: ILoveDawley on July 29, 2010, 02:33:07 AM
I enjoyed 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. I felt like the small details added flavor.
Hmm, really? Guess It's just not my style. I might try it again later, though, since I've heard so many good things about it.
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Post by: zeia on July 29, 2010, 04:22:28 AM
I'm all out of things to read! Someone give me something!
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Post by: TOOL on July 29, 2010, 05:08:08 AM
Feeling cyberpunkish? Neuromancer or Count Zero by William Gibson.
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Post by: Reiteration on July 29, 2010, 05:08:55 AM
Just finished the three main books from the "Uglies" Trilogy, really enjoyed it. Currently on the four book called "Extras" that follows another character. Infact, my current signature was quoted from the third book of the trilogy, "Specials".
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Post by: Barzalene on July 29, 2010, 06:32:01 AM
Steampunkish? Perdido Street Station
American Allegory? The Intuitionist
Fantasy? Acacia

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Post by: Wolfsong on July 29, 2010, 08:43:36 AM
BOOKS?!

You should read...

Left Hand of Darkness
Armor (by John Steakley)
The Black Company (series)
Malazan Book of the Fallen (series)
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Post by: a strange shadow on July 29, 2010, 09:07:02 AM
I was just recommending the first chunk of the Black Company books to somebody the other day.

I fucking love 'em.

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/Girl who played with Fire: both of them got better toward the end.
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Post by: janeshephard on July 29, 2010, 08:48:48 PM
Steampunkish? Perdido Street Station
American Allegory? The Intuitionist
Fantasy? Acacia



I haven't read "Boneshaker" yet but apparently it's the greatest recent work of Steampunk out there. Looking forward to it.

Also I LOVED Mieville's "The Scar." Much more than Perdido Street Station just because Bellis Coldwine made me laugh out loud so many times, and the story of the Anophelii in that boat all by himself touched something inside of me.
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Post by: Barzalene on August 01, 2010, 10:39:07 AM
I started Boneshaker. It's really good based on what I've read so far.
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Post by: brytta.leofa on August 01, 2010, 03:35:52 PM
I finished The Handmaid's Tale this last week, but forgot to post anything about it.

It made me want to buy more guns.  >:(
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Post by: Ampere on August 01, 2010, 03:40:04 PM
(http://literotica.com/images/logobw.gif) (http://literotica.com/stories/index.php)
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Post by: boog on August 01, 2010, 07:42:24 PM
I finished The Handmaid's Tale this last week, but forgot to post anything about it.

It made me want to buy more guns.  >:(

God, me too. It also made me want to stop direct deposit and keep all my money in the freezer!

I finally finished "The Age of Innocence" after reading so little of it at a time. Now I am on toooo:
(http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/Moments07RS/19_Uncle_Toms_Cabin.jpg)

It's pretty good so far, though the vernacular is tough to get through at times, even having lived in the south for 8 years.
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Post by: Wolfsong on August 01, 2010, 08:44:25 PM
Never read Handmaid's Tale but I did read Oryx and Crake and then Year of the Flood, which I enjoyed.
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Post by: brytta.leofa on August 01, 2010, 08:55:58 PM
When you're done with Uncle Tom's Cabin, you should read:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/1/15/Guns_of_the_south.jpg/175px-Guns_of_the_south.jpg)

Yes, that's Robert E. Lee holding a Kalashnikov.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on August 02, 2010, 12:47:51 AM
(http://literotica.com/images/logobw.gif) (http://literotica.com/stories/index.php)
lol wtf. You're the third armer i've found that goes to that site.
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Post by: LauraMars on August 02, 2010, 01:43:07 AM
(http://literotica.com/images/logobw.gif) (http://literotica.com/stories/index.php)
lol wtf. You're the third armer i've found that goes to that site.

NSFW
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Post by: RedKingsBreaker on August 02, 2010, 09:06:21 AM
Lisey's Story-Stephen King
(http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u24/wings4peace/LiseysStory-1.jpg)
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Post by: nihilist on August 05, 2010, 11:41:42 AM
I love this thread.

Currently finishing up

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51lBHb7lFaL._SS500_.jpg)

More drawn to its delicious plot than to the nanotechnology backdrop.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on August 05, 2010, 11:44:24 AM
I love Neal! I couldn't get into that fucking book though, to save my life. Maybe I'll give it a try after Uncle Tom's.

Snow Crash was WAY more engaging than Diamond Age, to me.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: spawnloser on August 05, 2010, 01:04:32 PM
I suggest trying again.  There's a character from Snow Crash in Diamond Age.
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Post by: LauraMars on August 05, 2010, 01:08:57 PM
I love this thread.

Currently finishing up

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51lBHb7lFaL._SS500_.jpg)

More drawn to its delicious plot than to the nanotechnology backdrop.

I loved that book.

I just finished:

(http://blog.newsok.com/nerdage/files/2009/07/pride-and-prejudice-and-zombies.jpg)

I was disappointed!  I was expecting Pride, Prejudice and Zombies!  Instead I got Pride, Prejudice, Unfaithful To Original Narrative Ridiculous Plot Twists, and Zombies!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: nihilist on August 06, 2010, 08:00:24 AM
Okay, I just finished The Diamond Age and am very disappointed. At thirty pages to the end I was beginning to lose hope that the author would be able to tie up all his plot threads. And he didn't. The novel kinda just teetered out and ended with a whimper. I think that if I just tore up the second half of the novel and forgot about it, I would've been left with a better experience. What happened, Neal?! You started out so strong but had to devolve into weak, indecipherable writing. That whole sequence with the Dramatis Personae made no sense whatsoever and was entirely unnecessary. Why did you have to introduce the mystical element of the Drummers and their orgy nonsense into your story, Neal? I'm still left scratching my head.. who was Oda and Beck?? The Mouse Army.. what the hell??
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Post by: Niamh on August 06, 2010, 10:37:54 AM
Sometimes, a little light reading is in order.

(http://books.google.com/books?id=-0wyPwAACAAJ&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1&l=220)
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Post by: RedKingsBreaker on August 06, 2010, 11:44:06 AM
Sometimes, a little light reading is in order.

(http://books.google.com/books?id=-0wyPwAACAAJ&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1&l=220)

That just sounds fun.  :)

I am on to:
Tell Me Your Name: Eric Enck
(http://www.authorsden.com/WorksCover/21560.jpg)
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Post by: Jengal on August 06, 2010, 06:55:15 PM
Just finished reading the little friend (I'm a slow reader) and I loved it.

Now I'm reading Out by Natsuo Kirino: (http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n26/n131627.jpg)

and I -finally- found a copy of 'IT' by Stephen King, I've been wanting to read that book since I was 12.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: 3kanks on August 06, 2010, 07:18:42 PM
Sometimes, a little light reading is in order.

(http://books.google.com/books?id=-0wyPwAACAAJ&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1&l=220)

I never thought of Wicked as light. I was suprised it got made into a musical. My first experience with Maguire was Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and I think he does a lot of interesting things with allegory.
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Post by: janeshephard on August 06, 2010, 11:19:13 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n2/n13659.jpg)

SO GOOD!?

My favorite thing about this book is how they make a screen out of tiny little domino things that flip about making an image. Really cool steampunk.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FiveDisgruntledMonkeysWit on August 06, 2010, 11:50:42 PM
Neil Gaiman's "Smoke and Mirrors." It was largely crap. But then again, I'm picky.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: nihilist on August 07, 2010, 03:28:28 AM
Anyway, rereading

(http://image.aladdin.co.kr/Community/mypaper/pimg_719856153454330.jpg)

To pick up on what I might have missed the first time through.

Also reading

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3441/3971915568_db84eecc16.jpg)

To understand what all the Amber hype is about. Finished the first in the series on one plane ride. It's very bare bones writing and not particularly interesting..
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Post by: InsertCleverNameHere on August 07, 2010, 03:44:47 AM
Just finished

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/512ADN0KCSL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Next is

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51PsCS1f8oL._SCLZZZZZZZ_AA250_The-Lunatic-Cafe-Anita-Blake-Vampire-Hunter-Book-4.jpg)
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Post by: LauraMars on August 07, 2010, 11:04:10 AM
My favorite thing about this book is how they make a screen out of tiny little domino things that flip about making an image. Really cool steampunk.

It is really cool, except I found that the last half of the book was really, really boring.  Out of Loyalty to Mr Gibson, I'm going to assume the other author wrote that part.

To understand what all the Amber hype is about. Finished the first in the series on one plane ride. It's very bare bones writing and not particularly interesting..

I don't get it either.  I think the Amber characters are full of yogurt.  Not even the interesting kind with fruit either, just plain.  So bland and boring.
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Post by: Malken on August 07, 2010, 02:29:48 PM
(http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/4875/scottpilgrimvol01.jpg)
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Post by: Winterless on August 07, 2010, 05:28:57 PM
Just finished

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/512ADN0KCSL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Next is

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51PsCS1f8oL._SCLZZZZZZZ_AA250_The-Lunatic-Cafe-Anita-Blake-Vampire-Hunter-Book-4.jpg)

Love her books.
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Post by: nihilist on August 09, 2010, 06:29:39 AM
Anita Blake vs Mercy Thompson!  :D
http://www.amazon.com/Mercy-Thompson-vs-Anita-Blake/forum/Fx1EC3JBDU8A2KT/Tx227ZP19YTQSGD/1?_encoding=UTF8&asin=0441013813

"Mercy has got 3 books in so far without showing a hint of Nymphomania, so chances are good the series isn't going to degrade into porn the way the Anita books did."
LOL
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Post by: Niamh on August 09, 2010, 09:10:31 AM
I never thought of Wicked as light. I was suprised it got made into a musical. My first experience with Maguire was Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and I think he does a lot of interesting things with allegory.

It's a lot lighter than the last book I was reading, a book about synchronicity written by a Jungian psychologist.  (I posted a few pages back.)
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Post by: Kronibas on August 09, 2010, 11:50:48 AM
(http://laughingsquid.com/wp-content/uploads/high-times-cheech-chong.jpg)
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Post by: Kol on August 09, 2010, 02:46:01 PM
Reading me book two of the Banned and Banished series by James Clemens called Witch Storm. Finished the first book and had to move onto this one.

Epic adventures all around.

(http://laughingsquid.com/wp-content/uploads/high-times-cheech-chong.jpg)

Dude, Cheech and Chong are back together? CHYEAAAAA!
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Post by: spicemustflow on August 09, 2010, 04:21:31 PM
Anyway, rereading

(http://image.aladdin.co.kr/Community/mypaper/pimg_719856153454330.jpg)

To pick up on what I might have missed the first time through.

And then reread it again to see what you might have missed the second time. Awesome books.
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Post by: IntuitiveApathy on August 09, 2010, 05:31:45 PM
(http://becomearobot.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/latheofheaven-200805reprint_600h.jpg)
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Post by: nihilist on August 12, 2010, 01:44:39 AM
Working on book two of the New Sun tetralogy:

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n6/n32057.jpg)

The second read of Shadow of the Torturer revealed a lot. Gene Wolfe writes literature, not scifi.  ;D
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Post by: Bakha on August 12, 2010, 06:57:52 AM
Just finished The Passage by Justin Cronin.


Awesome post-apocalyptic in the tradition of World War Z, the Stand, I am Legend. Definitely recommend it. It's long, but it's well worth it, imo.
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_t68ar0SFX54/S8KALMFcxcI/AAAAAAAAEpw/9ZfDsJUWW0I/s1600/The+Passage+US.jpg)
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Post by: Qzzrbl on August 12, 2010, 07:05:46 AM
(http://www.bookhills.com/images/The-Alphabet-Of-Manliness-revised-0806531444-L.jpg)
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Post by: Armaddict on August 12, 2010, 07:06:23 AM
(http://images.contentreserve.com/ImageType-100/0211-1/%7BE8CAA0CD-F033-46F7-A1C6-F75D54DCC930%7DImg100.jpg)

Deadhouse Gates.

Steven Erickson is an awesome writer, always slow in the beginning, but snowball effect towards the end.
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Post by: janeshephard on August 13, 2010, 04:28:05 AM
So I started Cherie's "Boneshaker" and I'm disappointed.

I'm on the fourth chapter and the prose is really light. Is this what a "young adult" book is supposed to be like? Curious if others felt the same way. I was much happier with China Mieville's New Crubozun books for my steampunk fix. Cherie is letting me down man!
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Post by: spawnloser on August 13, 2010, 04:58:54 AM
So I started Cherie's "Boneshaker" and I'm disappointed.

I'm on the fourth chapter and the prose is really light. Is this what a "young adult" book is supposed to be like? Curious if others felt the same way. I was much happier with China Mieville's New Crubozun books for my steampunk fix. Cherie is letting me down man!
Yes, 'young adult' books are written for people in the 11-15 age range.  They're pretty light reading, generally, for adults.
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Post by: nihilist on August 13, 2010, 06:25:39 AM
But Boneshaker was nominated for the Hugo!
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Post by: Wolfsong on August 13, 2010, 06:42:48 AM
But Boneshaker was nominated for the Hugo!

...And Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire won the Hugo.
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Post by: nihilist on August 13, 2010, 07:09:20 AM
But Boneshaker was nominated for the Hugo!

...And Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire won the Hugo.

I liked that series!
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Post by: Barzalene on August 13, 2010, 07:34:27 AM
I'm reading Boneshaker. I am enjoying it. I have no issue with her prose.
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Post by: Barzalene on August 13, 2010, 07:34:59 AM
But Boneshaker was nominated for the Hugo!

I didn't know that.
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Post by: Barzalene on August 13, 2010, 07:37:51 AM
Just finished The City and The City. I found it to be the least accessible of his books so far. That said, I really enjoyed it. He has a really good grip on pacing.
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Post by: nihilist on August 13, 2010, 07:57:37 AM
I really need to get started on the rest of Miéville's work.
The Scar, Un Lun Dun (which features really nice pictures that he drew himself), Kraken.

Perdido Street Station was a good piece. I like Bas-Lag.
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Post by: janeshephard on August 13, 2010, 12:38:37 PM
If you haven't read "The Scar" you really should. It is amazing. Between the Possibilty Sword and the anophelli China never ceases to amaze with the richness of his world. Just remembering how the anophelli described things gives me goose bumps."Thr City & The City" is much lighter because it is a detective story.
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Post by: spawnloser on August 13, 2010, 12:43:11 PM
Hey, I've never read Bonecrusher.  I was just stating that, in general, young adult literature is light reading.  I wasn't saying anything about that that book in particular.
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Post by: brytta.leofa on August 13, 2010, 01:09:29 PM
I absolutely loved Lloyd Alexander (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyd_Alexander) when I was ten or so.
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Post by: janeshephard on August 13, 2010, 01:30:11 PM
Hey, I've never read Bonecrusher.  I was just stating that, in general, young adult literature is light reading.  I wasn't saying anything about that that book in particular.

Your post was misleading. I asked if "Boneshaker" was "young adult." No big deal though I'll read it when I get tired of higher reading levels.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on August 13, 2010, 03:11:52 PM
I hate the misconception that some books are "higher reading levels" than others. What classifies something as a higher reading level? Word choice? The idea? The age of the main characters? Graphic violence? I don't believe there's such a formula for books to be put under.

Not picking at your wording or anything, Jane. Just stating. I realize you were just being general.
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Post by: spawnloser on August 13, 2010, 03:17:23 PM
Hey, I've never read Bonecrusher.  I was just stating that, in general, young adult literature is light reading.  I wasn't saying anything about that that book in particular.
Your post was misleading. I asked if "Boneshaker" was "young adult." No big deal though I'll read it when I get tired of higher reading levels.
My apologies.  My apologies, also, for screwing up the title of the book.  :-X
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on August 13, 2010, 03:26:38 PM
Your title sounds more like the type of book i would read, honestly.
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Post by: janeshephard on August 13, 2010, 05:54:05 PM
I hate the misconception that some books are "higher reading levels" than others. What classifies something as a higher reading level? Word choice? The idea? The age of the main characters? Graphic violence? I don't believe there's such a formula for books to be put under.

Not picking at your wording or anything, Jane. Just stating. I realize you were just being general.

Higher reading levels are more expressive."Readers Digest" for example is considered fairly low. Everything is trimmed down. Its like comparing a sign post to a Picasso. One is accessible the other is significant. It certainly takes more effort to appreciate the later but its worth it.

 My English Lit professor would say "Shakespeare is hard but he's worth it." She also thought poetry died when Sonnets became fashionable. I did not agree with that.
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Post by: janeshephard on August 13, 2010, 10:25:39 PM
And not to hijack this thread or derail it but here's higher level reading rendered down to accessible. It takes a damn good actor, in particular, Marlon Brando who claimed to have done a horrible job on this movie but managed in delivering T.S. Elliot nonetheless. He was channeling Elliot the whole time only through reading him

Here's the text:

http://aduni.org/~heather/occs/honors/Poem.htm

Here's the rendition:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th8Y2V0qumE&feature=related

People who can read very well can get the rendition in their heads (or something good but different) after a few tries. This is why "young adult" and other mass fiction deters me. It lacks prose. It lacks color or form. It's like a badly made soap opera: calculated, thin and placid.

And MOAR: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KvkJdcmqek&feature=fvw a completely different reading. Here again, the same theme repeats. Guy Fawkes, Imperialism in Africa, WWI, and Vietnam. T.S. Elliot was somehow able to express man's condition during these times and it lives on.


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Post by: nihilist on August 16, 2010, 10:37:19 PM
I gave up on The Guns of Avalon, book 2 of Amber, after only five pages in. As a matter of fact, I decided to stop reading further into the series altogether. The writing is horrendous and not "fantasy"-like at all. I seriously wonder what else is on the reading list of all those Amber fans..
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on August 17, 2010, 12:53:40 AM
What does "fantasy-like" writing entitle?
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Post by: spawnloser on August 17, 2010, 01:07:18 AM
Zelazny's writing is different, I'll give you that, but those books are something else.  You won't really understand what's going on for a while.
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Post by: a strange shadow on August 17, 2010, 01:41:30 PM
Winds of Dune.

It blows.
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Post by: flurry on August 19, 2010, 05:53:11 PM
Anyone who's read the Stieg Larsson books (or some of them), is it best to read them in order?
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Post by: FantasyWriter on August 20, 2010, 09:38:56 PM
The Count of Monte Cristo
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Post by: Kronibas on August 25, 2010, 09:25:28 AM
Pell Grant Refund Money:  Not just for beer, sluts, and weed.


(http://www.shellshock420.com/catalogue2/products_pictures/Cannabible2.jpg)
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Post by: Old Kank on August 25, 2010, 12:50:39 PM
All the news coverage for 'the Hunger Games' midnight sales of the last book have left me wondering... what the hell are 'the Hunger Games?'

Is there anyone out there reading the series that would care to recommend it (or not) to those of us who don't follow the latest trends in young adult fiction?
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Post by: Gobbleneck on August 26, 2010, 10:45:51 AM
(http://www.timallenbooks.co.uk/images/books/jsw_winterking.jpg)

The Winter king

So far so good.  I'm only the first 60 pages, so I haven't gotten to how 'bleak' or 'dark' it is.
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Post by: Decameron on September 02, 2010, 12:23:31 AM
Purely awesome, his writing sort of reminds me a Gaiman's in American Gods. Something about the main character seems very similiar.
(http://www.bscreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/sandman-slim-richard-kadrey.jpg)

Again - Like my 6th time reading..

(http://materfacit.files.wordpress.com/2007/05/house_of_leaves.jpg?w=600)

And .. I'll be honest. Sometimes when I am not reading either of those two, tired of reading about C#, Matlab and other languages, or when I am at work .. well, sometimes you just need to shut your brain down:

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n38/n192449.jpg)
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Post by: Niamh on September 08, 2010, 02:43:16 PM
Gaiman is awesome.  Hands down.

I've finished Wicked, which was awesome.  It paints a very interesting picture of Oz, its politics, customs, and history - very gritty!

Now, I am currently reading:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51dfQGuge8L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

aka my textbook for my nutrition class at school.
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Post by: Dar on September 08, 2010, 03:04:31 PM
Out of curiosity, anyone read this one?

(http://www.sfwriter.com/calculating-god-pb.jpg)
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Post by: WarriorPoet on September 08, 2010, 03:18:19 PM
(http://www.timallenbooks.co.uk/images/books/jsw_winterking.jpg)

The Winter king

So far so good.  I'm only the first 60 pages, so I haven't gotten to how 'bleak' or 'dark' it is.

Cornwell is my favorite author and the Warlord books are the best of his work, in my opinion. GREAT stuff. I've stolen alot of characters for Arm right out of those pages. Sagramor wins. :) Also worth reading are his other series, the Grail Quest books, The Saxon Chronicles, and the Starbuck books, whose proper series name eludes me right now. He's an awesome writer.

I'm reading Flags of Our Fathers with my wife at night for her Engligh class, and Mussolini's Italy on my own. The author focuses less on politics and Mussolini's life than on how the Fascists changed everyday life for the common Italian. Really liking it so far.

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Post by: LauraMars on September 12, 2010, 08:02:34 PM
I've been on a pretty hard sci-fi kick for the past few weeks.

(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/0575080469.02.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

This is like a cross between Ursela K. LeGuin and...I dunno, Pilgrim's Progress.  It is VERY LONG.

(http://www.bscreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/for-the-win1.jpg)

This is set in the near future where MMOs are a way of life for a ton of third world gold farmers, and it reads like a cross between Ender's Game and a college level economy textbook.
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Post by: brytta.leofa on September 15, 2010, 11:23:12 AM
BOOK TRAILER: http://www.amazon.com/Towers-Midnight-Wheel-Robert-Jordan/dp/0765325942/ref=pd_sim_b_3 (http://www.amazon.com/Towers-Midnight-Wheel-Robert-Jordan/dp/0765325942/ref=pd_sim_b_3)

Yes, I squeed.
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Post by: Jingo on September 15, 2010, 02:50:32 PM
Out of curiosity, anyone read this one?

(http://www.sfwriter.com/calculating-god-pb.jpg)

Yeah. Meh.
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Post by: boog on September 20, 2010, 01:24:17 AM
(http://imgs.sfgate.com/c/pictures/2008/06/19/dd-books20_missy_0498658906.jpg)

On Chapter 3, ish, I think. I'm in love!!
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Post by: Kankman on September 20, 2010, 10:25:23 PM
F.A. Hayek, Road to Serfdom.

If you want to know what he's about, he's the nerd in this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0nERTFo-Sk
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Post by: Barzalene on September 20, 2010, 10:28:40 PM
Turned out I really hated Boneshaker. It's not that it was bad. Or the writing was bad. But it was way too earnest. The villains weren't bad enough and the good guys were too good.
I'd really wanted to like it.
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Post by: LauraMars on September 21, 2010, 12:17:43 AM
Turned out I really hated Boneshaker. It's not that it was bad. Or the writing was bad. But it was way too earnest. The villains weren't bad enough and the good guys were too good.
I'd really wanted to like it.

I just read it.  I actually liked it, because so seldom do we see a mother on a shotgun-toting, zombie-slaying quest to rescue her son, much less a mother being the main character and hero of anything.

In fact, I'm going to go ahead and say that I have never seen such a thing in any work of fiction.  It may still exist.  I just have never encountered it before.

Anyway, there was definitely something odd about the writing and the characters, but it was so unique that I found it was charming.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on September 21, 2010, 12:20:31 AM
So I started Cherie's "Boneshaker" and I'm disappointed.

I'm on the fourth chapter and the prose is really light. Is this what a "young adult" book is supposed to be like? Curious if others felt the same way. I was much happier with China Mieville's New Crubozun books for my steampunk fix. Cherie is letting me down man!


Is Boneshaker a Young Adult book?  I just got it from the library and it was categorized under adult scifi/fantasy...it was in the same place in the two bookstores I've seen it in too.
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Post by: LauraMars on October 14, 2010, 06:15:43 PM
HELLO: WUT R U READING, GUYS

(http://josephmallozzi.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/infoquake-2.jpg)

Infoquake: ECONOMIC SCI FI AGAIN.  I don't know, I love it and I hate it.  I read it anyway.

(http://www.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/2/9780060930172.jpg)

This is basically about food and sex and other awesome things.

(http://library.fayschool.org/pages/images/epic.jpg)

lol, this was bad
don't read it
lol

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1175043224l/472611.jpg)

Science for dumb people.  (That's me.)

(http://images.indiebound.com/396/626/9780763626396.jpg)

This is generic Tolkien-inspired fantasy about a girl and there is bards.

Also in the near future (as soon as my local library library fills the request) I will be reading the The Eye of the World or brytta.leofa is going to come over and proselytize read them to my firstborn.
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Post by: Marshmellow on October 14, 2010, 06:22:51 PM
Prism Pentad.  This time the person that was lending me the books won't move away while I'm reading them (what a jackass), since I bought the entire series for 5USD at a recent 'clearance sale' held by a used books chain in the area.  In D&D, originally, you didn't pick 'Sorcerer' as your class and then decide to defile or preserve as you went, and had to pick at character creation... but in these books, Sorcerers work like they do in Arm.  Halflings are the coolest creatures alive, and just as cool as they were before they all drowned (silly halflings).  The Gaj is singular and oh so epic.  I heartily recommend these books for anyone that plays this game, so long as you remember that there are many differences between Dark Sun the game, Dark Sun the novels and ArmageddonMUD... but the flavor is oh so similar and the plot and setting is oh so cool.  Please, read these books if you can find them.

For reference, the books are:
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Post by: Gunnerblaster on October 14, 2010, 06:32:49 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514WCJA1YJL.jpg)
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Post by: WarriorPoet on October 14, 2010, 06:48:23 PM
I just finished Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. You guys really let me down on that one. What the fuck? I liked Anansi Boys alot more, and even it was... meh.

Now I'm reading The Burma Road by Donovan Webster. This is great stuff. I'd never even heard of 'Vinegar' Joe Stillwell before picking it up.

There's a biography of Ben Franklin that is next on my list.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on October 14, 2010, 07:03:27 PM
I just finished Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. You guys really let me down on that one. What the fuck? I liked Anansi Boys alot more, and even it was... meh.

Definitely one of his weaker novels, I agree.

But I'm never a big fan of spineless, self deprecating protagonists.
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Post by: Marshmellow on October 14, 2010, 07:07:40 PM
Neverwhere was originally written to be a screenplay for a mini-series and then was made into a book by Gaiman.  The main character wasn't spineless but simply thrust into a world beyond his experience.
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Post by: LauraMars on October 14, 2010, 07:12:26 PM
He WAS spineless.  He was in a relationship with an alpha bitch for years and he did everything she said and wore everything she bought him.  He grew a spine when he stopped to help Door instead of heeling like Jessica told him to.  I loved him for that a little.  But he was still sorta timid and meek and I dunno.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on October 14, 2010, 07:20:14 PM
Rereading Their Eyes Were Watching God.
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Post by: Wolfsong on October 14, 2010, 08:37:39 PM
Theodore Sturgeon.

Everything by him.

After that... Either going to reread Armor (by Steakley) for the 9th time, or pick up Last of the Mohicans.
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Post by: boog on October 15, 2010, 12:45:04 AM
Theodore Sturgeon.

Everything by him.

After that... Either going to reread Armor (by Steakley) for the 9th time, or pick up Last of the Mohicans.

I tried to read Last of the Mohicans. I didn't even get through chapter 1, I don't think. The diction back then ... whew. I found myself starting to write like JFC and nearly cried at the page long run-on sentences. ;)

(http://www.bookotron.com/agony/images/2004/04-news/04-12-04/czerneda-survival.jpg)

It's not horrible, but it's not great either. I'm not a salmon biologist.
===

Ohh, and @Missy - you could tell it was the author's first book. The climax was sort of hard to ... well, recognize, unless you were paying a whole lot of attention. The main character was SUPREMELY flawed to points where I couldn't really stand it anymore. Also, she thought a man without one arm was attractive. He 'carried' it well, or something. Bleh.

A lot of Missy was bleary for me. It was alright, in the beginning. Fast-paced read, at least, so you don't have to dig through something that's horrible, but there still was nothing fantastic about it, and there could've been -a lot- that was fantastic about it, given the setting.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Wolfsong on October 15, 2010, 06:20:22 AM
I weathered Faulkner. If JFC is more wordy ramble on than the great, failed, alcoholic Horse Breaker... well, so be it.
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Post by: Barzalene on October 15, 2010, 07:34:36 AM
The GDB. I'm not sure about it really. Some of the characters are better drawn than others. And the plot rambles. But I find it compelling and can't put it down.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on October 16, 2010, 09:55:34 PM
(http://novelnovicetwilight.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/private.jpg)

I know, I know.  You don't have to say it.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bogre on October 16, 2010, 10:02:47 PM
(http://images.contentreserve.com/ImageType-100/0211-1/%7BE8CAA0CD-F033-46F7-A1C6-F75D54DCC930%7DImg100.jpg)

Deadhouse Gates.

Steven Erickson is an awesome writer, always slow in the beginning, but snowball effect towards the end.

I have this book sitting on my shelf, and no time to read it.

This makes me want to cry a bit.
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Post by: Jengal on October 17, 2010, 04:04:40 PM
Just started the first of the hunger games,

damn it I'm excited.
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Post by: Wolfsong on October 17, 2010, 07:15:39 PM
(http://images.contentreserve.com/ImageType-100/0211-1/%7BE8CAA0CD-F033-46F7-A1C6-F75D54DCC930%7DImg100.jpg)

Deadhouse Gates.

Steven Erickson is an awesome writer, always slow in the beginning, but snowball effect towards the end.

I have this book sitting on my shelf, and no time to read it.

This makes me want to cry a bit.

Which one in the series is that? I got to around 6-7 before I lost track of them all.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on October 17, 2010, 07:23:38 PM
I want to read something amazing. It can be genre if it has literary leanings. I prefer modern lit to the classic. I want to be amazed. I want to be blown away by style, and moved to think and to react viscerally. What should I read?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Wolfsong on October 17, 2010, 07:42:54 PM
I want to read something amazing. It can be genre if it has literary leanings. I prefer modern lit to the classic. I want to be amazed. I want to be blown away by style, and moved to think and to react viscerally. What should I read?

Briefing For a Descent Into Hell (http://www.amazon.com/Briefing-Descent-Into-Vintage-International/dp/0307390616/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1287358509&sr=1-1)

"PATIENT: He floats on lazy wings down miles of foam,
And there, below, the small spreadeagled shape
Clinging to black rock like drowning man,
Who feels the great bird overhead and knows
That he may keep no voices, wings or winds
Who follows hypnotised down glassy gulfs,
is roaring ears extinguished by the flood. "

Jason and Medeia (http://www.amazon.com/Jason-Medeia-John-Gardner/dp/0394740602/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1287358569&sr=1-1)

"I dreamed I awakened in a valley where no life stirred,
         no cry
of a fox sparked up out of stillness; a night of ashes."
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on October 17, 2010, 08:11:14 PM
I want to read something amazing. It can be genre if it has literary leanings. I prefer modern lit to the classic. I want to be amazed. I want to be blown away by style, and moved to think and to react viscerally. What should I read?

Briefing For a Descent Into Hell (http://www.amazon.com/Briefing-Descent-Into-Vintage-International/dp/0307390616/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1287358509&sr=1-1)

"PATIENT: He floats on lazy wings down miles of foam,
And there, below, the small spreadeagled shape
Clinging to black rock like drowning man,
Who feels the great bird overhead and knows
That he may keep no voices, wings or winds
Who follows hypnotised down glassy gulfs,
is roaring ears extinguished by the flood. "

Jason and Medeia (http://www.amazon.com/Jason-Medeia-John-Gardner/dp/0394740602/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1287358569&sr=1-1)

"I dreamed I awakened in a valley where no life stirred,
         no cry
of a fox sparked up out of stillness; a night of ashes."

I agree with the latter and also recommend the Oresteia, particularly the Eumenides.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: flurry on October 18, 2010, 09:55:02 AM
I want to read something amazing. It can be genre if it has literary leanings. I prefer modern lit to the classic. I want to be amazed. I want to be blown away by style, and moved to think and to react viscerally. What should I read?

The recommendation that comes to mind is We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. This is how it begins:

Quote
My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all, I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise. I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cup mushroom. Everyone else in our family is dead.

It is a little creepy, like the opening paragraph might suggest, but such a good book, and that character is so compelling. And don't be misled by the werewolf reference; it's not that kind of book at all.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on October 18, 2010, 11:53:38 AM
That sounds awesome, Flurry.  If I didn't have an intimidating pile of 10+ books waiting to be read before library return date I would get that immediately.  But I guess it will have to go on the list...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Reiteration on October 18, 2010, 11:55:17 AM
And don't be misled by the werewolf reference; it's not that kind of book at all.

Good, think I'll take a peek.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on October 18, 2010, 12:09:05 PM
Limited choices for. Kindle so I downloaded Mara and Dann.
Will check out the shirley jackson too.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: flurry on October 18, 2010, 12:17:03 PM
That sounds awesome, Flurry.  If I didn't have an intimidating pile of 10+ books waiting to be read before library return date I would get that immediately.  But I guess it will have to go on the list...

If it helps, it's short!

I can't say enough good things about the author, so I'm always happy to evangelize for the awesomeness of Shirley Jackson.  If you want to get a taste of her writing, she's probably most well-known for a short story called The Lottery. I'm pretty sure you can read that online.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Wolfsong on October 18, 2010, 12:25:05 PM
Is Mara/Dann the (newer) Lessing novel? Can't vouch for it yet, haven't read it, but I'll see if the university library has a copy.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on October 18, 2010, 09:45:39 PM
It got really good reviews from the amazon reviewers
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on October 23, 2010, 10:19:42 PM
(http://blogs.feministsf.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/garden-of-iden.jpg)

This had everything I could ever want in a sci fi book and pushed all my buttons.  Robots, time travel, religion, romance, philosophy, 16th century England and courtly manners.  It was also very human, which all good sci fi should try to be.  Needless to say, I'm filled with glee that there's like six more books in the series.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Grey Area on October 25, 2010, 05:18:08 AM
Kage Baker, hell yeah.

It sure sucks that she died, but at least she finished the series before shuffling off.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on October 25, 2010, 06:46:04 AM
SHE'S DEAD?  Shucks.

(http://media.ove.cybermage.se/2010/08/zero-history.jpg)

This.  And I like it!  I've been on the fence for some of Gibson's newer stuff, but this is good.  How did an elderly science fiction writer get so interested in clothes and shoes, I wonder.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on October 25, 2010, 07:42:37 AM
Maybe he's been watching Project Runway.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on October 25, 2010, 07:44:08 AM
Do any of you read Andy Duncan?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on October 25, 2010, 10:41:36 AM
Maybe he's been watching Project Runway.

Maybe he's been reading the Wheel of Time.  :-\
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Malifaxis on October 26, 2010, 03:12:38 PM
Just finished:
(http://books.google.com/books?id=6tTELAAACAAJ&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1&l=220)

Great read if you like Warhammer 40k, which I happen to.  Just now starting on:

(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/34630000/34632612.jpg)

Which, so far, is fucking amazing.  Not surprising, considering her other works... but wow, this one is a PERFECT accompanyment to playing Fallout: New Vegas, and listening to the Canticle of Leibowitz on audiobook.

I'm kinda radiated.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on October 26, 2010, 03:54:19 PM
Oh god.  I loved Bone Dance.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: UnderSeven on October 26, 2010, 04:32:37 PM
I just finished 'Pretty Monsters' by kelly link.  I liked most of the stories there in, except she seems to have an obsession with not only not finishing stories, but specifically ending them in the middle of the action.  In some of these stories I found it not only perfectly acceptable, but actually a very nice way to end the story.  In the title story I found it to be a little too in the middle of the action.  But I suppose that was kind of the point. 

I think I'll give the first page of bone dance a try.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on October 26, 2010, 05:21:54 PM
Do any of you read Andy Duncan?

I've never heard of him.  What is he like?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Malifaxis on October 26, 2010, 05:44:03 PM
He's a pretty cool guy really, likes to drink guiness, smokes a bit, does a bit of fishing.  Usually up for a game of frisbee golf if you just drop by his house.

He can get kinda uppity if you mention the deficit though, or anything to do with the Carter Administration.  I highly advise you stay away from those topics if you aren't a close friend.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on October 26, 2010, 06:54:17 PM
I love Emma Bull, so I'm now excited to read Bone Dance.

I haven't read Andy Duncan. Someone I met this weekend suggested him. Hopefully he's on Kindle and I can dl a sample.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Marshmellow on October 26, 2010, 07:49:53 PM
Read (past tense):
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1175246444l/497317.jpg)(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1265188284l/303430.jpg)(http://pdf-ebook.org/datupian/41H-Ql9U6VL.jpg)

Reading:
(http://www.pandora.ca/pictures210/982868.jpg)

To be read:
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1227812835l/303431.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on October 26, 2010, 07:50:46 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51303S9GXQL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

If any of you think that a sex scene between a tongueless zombie-esque man with a stolen soul and a concaved head that bites at the woman's vagina after rubbin' all over and on her and causes her to bleed is amazing, you might want to read this book.

That was a long run-on but god damn. *content*
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barsook on October 26, 2010, 07:52:07 PM
Reading a short story that I have critique for my creative writing class.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Marshmellow on October 26, 2010, 07:57:36 PM
boog, I think you just described the penultimate fantasy of every female player of this game. ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on October 26, 2010, 08:01:02 PM
boog, I think you just described the penultimate fantasy of every female player of this game. ;)

Eww.

Edited to add:  Nuh uh!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on October 26, 2010, 08:30:10 PM
The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Frankllin, by H.W. Brands.

I love this book.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Wolfsong on October 26, 2010, 08:31:31 PM
That still doesn't top Imjaca, or whatever it's called - by Clive Barker.

An androgynous/hermaphrodite alien and a man have sex, and cannibalize one another in the process.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Marshmellow on October 26, 2010, 08:36:21 PM
Okay, maybe not exactly that, but something not too unlike.  Come on, who wouldn't find it curious to have a sexual partner that doesn't need to breathe?  Possibilities, as the Germans proved in Night of the Living Dorks (trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Gbf1Rpvgzg)/imdb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0378417/)).
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on October 26, 2010, 08:51:09 PM
Night of the Living Dorks (trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Gbf1Rpvgzg)/imdb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0378417/)).

Dumbest fucking movie of all time. I'd rather sit through a month of Twilight than one more viewing of this turd.

/derail
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Marshmellow on October 26, 2010, 09:18:57 PM
Really?  Never seen it, but the dubbing makes me kinda giggle with how horrible it is, in the trailer at least.  I dunno, I sometimes like watching bad movies just to laugh at them and make fun of them with my friends.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on October 27, 2010, 03:41:22 PM
Well,

(http://www.alanbaxteronline.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/eye_of_the_world.jpg)

Here goes nothing.

It's nice and fat, though!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: chrisdcoulombe on October 27, 2010, 03:56:02 PM
John Irving's "The Hotel New Hampshire" - Wow, it's just simply badass.  This is the kind of book I long to read.  Why is it that every badass book focusing on a family touches on incest at some point?  Read it.

His other books are good too. They don't all involve incest, IIRC.

I'm not really reading at the moment. ARM takes up all my leisure time when I'm playing it.

However, over the summer, while not ARMing, I read:

In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan. It's really good. Well-written, interesting, and succintly addresses the question, "What should I eat?" The short answer: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." The long answer is the content of the book.

Michael Pollen has a lot of interesting environmental documentaries. I read and watched the botany of desire.

I am reading a compilation of weird short stories now.
100 weird and spooky tales I believe is the title.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Clavis on October 27, 2010, 08:28:34 PM
read whatever it is that I just wrote on word....

Wheel of Time was a cool series.....until the passin now just don't want to read the final books....
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on October 27, 2010, 10:56:36 PM
(http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:8yrXymJWk5LUJM:http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51J87Z2NHPL._SX500_.jpg&t=1)

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Clavis on October 27, 2010, 11:01:24 PM
So had chrisdcoulombe pic as a canvas painting damn females....and read the first book in that series
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gunnerblaster on October 27, 2010, 11:10:02 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/512PTEfQSuL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on October 28, 2010, 12:44:04 AM
(http://www.alanbaxteronline.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/eye_of_the_world.jpg)

Laura, I am so happy and proud.



...Please don't hold these books against me.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on October 28, 2010, 12:45:41 AM
FIVE MORE DAYS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apJJ0NzOXEg)

(Malifaxis, to you this will be a rickroll.)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Scarecrow on October 28, 2010, 03:11:41 AM
Nothing.
Spend all my reading time on Armageddon.
That counts, right?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoan on October 28, 2010, 04:11:46 AM
I am presently re-reading Unseen Academicals by Pratchett, and then A Clash of Kings, again. As Mr Wilde so well put it, 'A book you won't read more  than once is not a book worth reading', or something like that.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on November 06, 2010, 03:26:23 PM
Just read through Barry hannah's book Ray.

It's only 100 pages and some change.

And it's the perfect book for any true southern gentleman, completely rife with fornification and substance abuse.


Cheers
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: bcw81 on November 06, 2010, 04:25:55 PM
Dresden Files... for the past year.

I need more time to read.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on November 06, 2010, 06:44:01 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51303S9GXQL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

If any of you think that a sex scene between a tongueless zombie-esque man with a stolen soul and a concaved head that bites at the woman's vagina after rubbin' all over and on her and causes her to bleed is amazing, you might want to read this book.

That was a long run-on but god damn. *content*

It got garbled and like, totally, suddenly, introduced some old Tibetan culture I know nothing about. The ending was pretty happy, so that was meh. He could've gone more with the grotesque and I would have been appeased. Anyway, I'd say it's a solid B, or something. Maybe a 3.5 out of 5. I dunno. I'm never good at rating because it makes me feel elitist, when I'm not and come to realize I could never write a book. Ever.

Gonna try to finish Dune in 3 weeks. I just find Herbert's writing to come and go in quality. Oh, and his comma-lists with no 'and' at the final item kills me:

He strides over, stands, listens with a frown. <- Shit like that. *murloc fuckin' gurgle*
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Wolfsong on November 08, 2010, 06:29:18 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/91/Venusonahal.gif)

Finally got my hand on some prized Kilgore Trout.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Sephiroto on November 11, 2010, 09:07:35 PM
(http://planetary.org/image/Sagan_cover.jpg)
http://planetary.org/programs/projects/space_information/review_sagan_varieties.html
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on November 11, 2010, 09:27:38 PM
(http://i15.tinypic.com/6s9bgr7.jpg)

No, I'm not lying. I've never read it! It's pretty fun and engaging, so far.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barsook on November 11, 2010, 09:30:41 PM
I haven't either.  I guess I should jump onto the wagon.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gunnerblaster on November 11, 2010, 09:52:14 PM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1170461552l/57042.jpg)

An epic series. Wiki it.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Wolfsong on November 12, 2010, 02:57:06 PM
"And then, while our troops still hung back, chiefly on account of the depth of the sea, the eagle-bearer of the Tenth Legion, after a prayer to heaven to bless the legion by his act, cried: 'Leap down, soldiers, unless you wish to betray your eagle to the enemy; it shall be told that I at any rate did my duty to my country and my general.' When he had said this with a loud voice, he cast himself forth from the ship, and began to bear the eagle against the enemy. Then our troops exhorted one another not to allow so dire a disgrace, and leapt down from the ship with one accord. And when the troops on the nearest ships saw them, they likewise followed on, and drew near to the enemy." - The Gallic Wars, Caesar
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Majikal on November 12, 2010, 03:03:01 PM
Just started the Sword of Truth series and made it through book 0-4 in all of a month. Loving it so far.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ampere on November 12, 2010, 05:38:43 PM
(http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/underwire/2010/09/Zero-History-cover.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barsook on November 16, 2010, 05:31:16 PM
Going to start this one soon:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51tQr4w8BML._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on November 17, 2010, 10:54:47 AM
Kage Baker overdose.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on November 17, 2010, 11:28:00 AM
Kage Baker overdose.

Laura! You promised.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Clavis on November 17, 2010, 12:02:46 PM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1170461552l/57042.jpg)

An epic series. Wiki it.

loved that series
also loved the Sword of Truth series except for the shortest one.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Lizzie on November 17, 2010, 12:56:28 PM
Currently: Grania, by Morgan Llywelyn. It's an historical fiction about Gráinne Ní Mháille, an Irish chieftain and famous sea pirate during the 16th century.

Previously: The Constant Princess, by Philippa Gregory, another 16th Century historical fiction novel about Queen Katherine, her first marriage to Arthur, and upon his death, to Arthur's younger brother Henry VIII.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Wolfsong on November 17, 2010, 03:04:49 PM
I am now convinced that Publius Sextius Baculus was the most badass man in the Roman Army under Caesar during the Gallic Wars. That said, I'm going to try to get my hands on Caesar's Civil Wars next.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: valeria on November 18, 2010, 08:14:59 PM
I recently picked up "The Fade" by Chris Wooding, and then couldn't put it back down again.  I'd recommend it for you sci-fi/fantasy reading types.  It was pretty brutal.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on November 18, 2010, 08:54:19 PM
Kage Baker overdose.

Laura! You promised.

You notice the pale, red-haired lass attempt to slip into the shadows.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on November 19, 2010, 09:15:16 AM
Kage Baker overdose.

Laura! You promised.

You notice the pale, red-haired lass attempt to slip into the shadows.

You subdue the pale, red-haired lass, despite her attempts to struggle away!
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned paperback book.
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned paperback book.
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned paperback book.
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned paperback book.
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned paperback book.
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned paperback book.
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned paperback book.
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned paperback book.
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned paperback book.
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned paperback book.
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned paperback book.
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned hardbacked tome.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Fnord on November 19, 2010, 08:27:11 PM
(http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0051/7692/products/CSS3FWD-feature.png?1288293879)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on November 19, 2010, 08:57:44 PM
Kage Baker overdose.

Laura! You promised.

You notice the pale, red-haired lass attempt to slip into the shadows.

You subdue the pale, red-haired lass, despite her attempts to struggle away!
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned paperback book.
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned paperback book.
...
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned hardbacked tome.


It's an in joke I don't understand. I even tried Google, but nope. Not a clue.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on November 19, 2010, 08:58:46 PM
I love Emma Bull, so I'm now excited to read Bone Dance.


And now I am.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on November 20, 2010, 02:06:06 AM
Kage Baker overdose.

Laura! You promised.

You notice the pale, red-haired lass attempt to slip into the shadows.

You subdue the pale, red-haired lass, despite her attempts to struggle away!
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned paperback book.
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned paperback book.
...
You give the pale, red-haired lass a gaudily-blazoned hardbacked tome.
It's an in joke I don't understand. I even tried Google, but nope. Not a clue.

He just gave me Robert Jordan's entire oeuvre against my will.  They are gaudily-blazoned, indeed.

The pale, red-haired lass staggers in shock, blind.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Niamh on November 20, 2010, 04:34:15 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514Q1XGpb0L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barsook on November 20, 2010, 06:56:49 PM
Lol, Niamh
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on November 23, 2010, 05:38:21 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/c2/c14849.jpg)

Whoo. More Atwood. I wish I was her life-partner.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Niamh on November 23, 2010, 07:26:29 PM
Lol, Niamh

Your reaction puzzles me.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Armaddict on November 23, 2010, 07:28:41 PM
With me going through massage therapy school and whatnot, and learning about all sorts of holistic medicine research on a daily basis, as well as general overall body mechanics and natural health...

Yeah, I'm with Niamh.  What's funny about Yoga again?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on November 23, 2010, 07:46:33 PM
Yoga's sexy and hard to do. Pilates, too. I envy people who can do that shit every day.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on November 23, 2010, 08:26:55 PM
A History of the Crusades - Jonathan Riley-Smith

Good stuff. A little wordy at times, but fascinating all the same. I reccomend for some not-so-light reading

And the Faded Sun trilogy? I liked the caste-system and descriptions of the mri and regul, but the story itself was agony for me. Maybe I'll have to re-read. It's still floating around my bookcase.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: zeia on November 24, 2010, 03:58:39 PM
Currently in between reading two books.. cause I'm super awesome..

Darren Shans - Demon Theif

and

Runemarks - Joanne Harris

Both awesome books!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Niamh on November 25, 2010, 08:50:53 AM
Yoga's sexy and hard to do. Pilates, too. I envy people who can do that shit every day.

Pilates FTW.  I don't have them in book form though, but on DVD.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on November 25, 2010, 11:35:01 AM
Currently listening to 'All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten' that I downloaded as an audiobook.


I've only recently discovered pirated audiobooks, and I think they're an amazing creation - and well suited for time spent playing Armageddon.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on December 09, 2010, 03:21:04 PM
(http://ebooks-imgs.connect.com/product/400/000/000/000/000/047/399/400000000000000047399_s4.jpg)
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Post by: Barsook on December 09, 2010, 03:26:19 PM
A handout from Chem21labs.com
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Post by: Goldberry on December 09, 2010, 05:26:10 PM
I just started reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig. 
(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/73240000/73246222.JPG)
Oh and I love my Nook.  >_>That is all.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on December 09, 2010, 05:40:50 PM
I demolished Band of Brothers a few days ago. Great stuff.

Now it's Masters of the Air: the Story of the American Bomber Boys who Fought the Air War Against Nazy Germany.

Good book, awful title. I forget the Author's name and it's alll the way in there.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bakha on December 09, 2010, 06:08:21 PM
Reading the Hungry City Chronicles. On the second one. Post-apoc cyberpunk? Yes please.
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Post by: Bakha on December 09, 2010, 06:09:27 PM
Reading the Hungry City Chronicles. On the second one. Post-apoc cyberpunk? Yes please.

And I mean steampunk, not cyber. Duh.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Taven on December 14, 2010, 12:05:31 AM
R.A. Salvatore's "The Servant of the Shard".

"Jarlaxle thought it over for a bit, nodded, and, with a sly look at Sharlotta, nodded toward the bed. Thoughts of great gain had ever been an aphrodisiac for Jarlaxle."

1. You're a drow elf. Don't you always think about great gain? Does this mean you are always horny?

2. Worst fade ever. Why is this even there at all?

3. Why are you sleeping with someone that is a human, when the Drow word for human also means "shit," "poop," and "crap"? This seems like flawed logic.

4. It's page 80 (now 131, but the quote is from 80) and we have yet to get a description of Jarlaxle, who is one of the main characters. In fact, we've had two physical descriptions of anybody, and one is a minor character we only meet once.

I really can't believe that this is the same author who wrote the books about Drizzt (or however you spell it). I didn't expect a lot, because his last two books have also been crap, but I was hopeful.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on December 14, 2010, 01:54:02 AM
4. It's page 80 (now 131, but the quote is from 80) and we have yet to get a description of Jarlaxle, who is one of the main characters. In fact, we've had two physical descriptions of anybody, and one is a minor character we only meet once.

I hate this. I hate it when writers do this.  I hate it so much.  Why do some writers feel the need to NOT DESCRIBE THEIR MAIN CHARACTER? FUCK.
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Post by: brytta.leofa on December 14, 2010, 12:22:34 PM
4. It's page 80 (now 131, but the quote is from 80) and we have yet to get a description of Jarlaxle, who is one of the main characters. In fact, we've had two physical descriptions of anybody, and one is a minor character we only meet once.

I hate this. I hate it when writers do this.  I hate it so much.  Why do some writers feel the need to NOT DESCRIBE THEIR MAIN CHARACTER? FROCK.

You should give Robert Jordan a go.  He...likes describing his characters.  :-X
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: rishenko on December 14, 2010, 12:56:21 PM
4. It's page 80 (now 131, but the quote is from 80) and we have yet to get a description of Jarlaxle, who is one of the main characters. In fact, we've had two physical descriptions of anybody, and one is a minor character we only meet once.

I hate this. I hate it when writers do this.  I hate it so much.  Why do some writers feel the need to NOT DESCRIBE THEIR MAIN CHARACTER? FROCK.

You should give Robert Jordan a go.  He...likes describing his characters.  :-X

Tortuous legalese like verbosity with a fictional slant and fantastical setting.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on December 14, 2010, 01:01:25 PM
I hate gratuitous physical description. Last time I read Salvatore he was a hack. He kept writing the same book over and over. Has he improved?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: a strange shadow on December 14, 2010, 01:06:44 PM
Reading 'Caesar' by Adrian Goldsworthy.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I'm a sucker for Roman history. And Caesar was one hell of a man... so was Octavius Augustus.

This guy is one hell of a writer, too.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on December 14, 2010, 01:16:25 PM
4. It's page 80 (now 131, but the quote is from 80) and we have yet to get a description of Jarlaxle, who is one of the main characters. In fact, we've had two physical descriptions of anybody, and one is a minor character we only meet once.

I hate this. I hate it when writers do this.  I hate it so much.  Why do some writers feel the need to NOT DESCRIBE THEIR MAIN CHARACTER? FROCK.

You should give Robert Jordan a go.  He...likes describing his characters.  :-X

Well I mean, all things in moderation.  But then again, I like Jaqueline Carey.*

Salvatore has always been a hack.  *But then again, I like...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Goldberry on December 14, 2010, 01:59:43 PM
4. It's page 80 (now 131, but the quote is from 80) and we have yet to get a description of Jarlaxle, who is one of the main characters. In fact, we've had two physical descriptions of anybody, and one is a minor character we only meet once.

I hate this. I hate it when writers do this.  I hate it so much.  Why do some writers feel the need to NOT DESCRIBE THEIR MAIN CHARACTER? FROCK.

You should give Robert Jordan a go.  He...likes describing his characters.  :-X
This made me laugh out loud.  I love you for this Brytta. <3

I really liked this series, but never more than when I first started reading it.  After around the fourth book, I started to become annoyed as the plotline became more stretched and the descriptions of dresses and idle unimportant thoughts became incredibly drawn out.  With each subsequent book in the series, I felt like I was being given about 10% less storyline each time, only to have it replaced with descriptive fluff.  It actually started to piss me off.  BUT, to his credit, I kept on buying those books to see where the story went.  

As long as I'm being negative, I might as well run with it...One other thing that annoyed me about this series...Jordan being compared to Tolkien on every cover.    Makes me want to channel Bensten from the 1988 VP debate.  "Author, you're no John Tolkien."

Despite all of this though, it's a rich story (despite being diluted in the latter books by Jordan) and it is definitely worth reading.
I was on Team Perrin long before Jacob or Edward were a literary glimmer. :)
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Post by: rishenko on December 14, 2010, 02:03:04 PM
4. It's page 80 (now 131, but the quote is from 80) and we have yet to get a description of Jarlaxle, who is one of the main characters. In fact, we've had two physical descriptions of anybody, and one is a minor character we only meet once.

I hate this. I hate it when writers do this.  I hate it so much.  Why do some writers feel the need to NOT DESCRIBE THEIR MAIN CHARACTER? FROCK.

You should give Robert Jordan a go.  He...likes describing his characters.  :-X
This made me laugh out loud.  I love you for this Brytta. <3

I really liked this series, but never more than when I first started reading it.  After around the fourth book, I started to become annoyed as the plotline became more stretched and the descriptions of dresses and idle unimportant thoughts became incredibly drawn out.  With each subsequent book in the series, I felt like I was being given about 10% less storyline each time, only to have it replaced with descriptive fluff.  It actually started to piss me off.  BUT, to his credit, I kept on buying those books to see where the story went.   

As long as I'm being negative, I might as well run with it...One other thing that annoyed me about this series...Jordan being co
mpared to Tolkien on every cover.    Makes me want to channel Bensten from the 1988 VP debate.  "Author, you're no John Tolkien."

Despite all of this though, it's a rich story (despite being diluted in the latter books by Jordan) and it is definitely worth reading.
I was on Team Perrin long before Jacob or Edward were a literary glimmer. :)

Matt here. In fact, that's partially the reason I named my son Matthew. ;)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Goldberry on December 14, 2010, 02:05:50 PM
Matt here. In fact, that's partially the reason I named my son Matthew. ;)

Rishenko, I suspect that in D&D,you usually played the rogue.
:)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Beethoven on December 14, 2010, 02:43:30 PM
Just finished reading True Grit in preparation for the upcoming movie.

Awesome.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on December 15, 2010, 10:23:44 PM
White Fang

I don't care what you think about me!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on December 15, 2010, 11:46:42 PM
White Fang is one of my favorites, along with Call of the Wild. I have them both in a very nice single volume that I got for Christmas as a boy. Good stuff.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: a strange shadow on December 15, 2010, 11:53:27 PM
Same, they're good books.

Except I have tattered old paperbacks... somewhere.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Taven on December 15, 2010, 11:57:21 PM
I hate gratuitous physical description. Last time I read Salvatore he was a hack. He kept writing the same book over and over. Has he improved?

I liked a few of his original books with Drizzt. However, every book of his I have read since then has been horrible. There have been massive, character-violating plot holes. The reason that I am reading this book is because I think Jarlaxle has incredible potential as a character. However, it has been nothing but a disappointment so far. I don't see it improving. I feel that if you cannot be bothered to write the description for your MAIN characters, then that is a serious problem. I feel like he thinks he wrote it in one book, somewhere, so we should just all know it. That's just not how it works.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Majikal on December 16, 2010, 12:09:47 AM
I hate gratuitous physical description. Last time I read Salvatore he was a hack. He kept writing the same book over and over. Has he improved?

I liked a few of his original books with Drizzt. However, every book of his I have read since then has been horrible. There have been massive, character-violating plot holes.The reason that I am reading this book is because I think Jarlaxle has incredible potential as a character. However, it has been nothing but a disappointment so far. I don't see it improving. I feel that if you cannot be bothered to write the description for your MAIN characters, then that is a serious problem. I feel like he thinks he wrote it in one book, somewhere, so we should just all know it. That's just not how it works.

Jarlaxle was one of the sexiest characters in his books, seconded by artemis entreri.. both characters had potential, unfortunately the author does not.

I must admit I put some aspect of jarlaxle in nearly ever elf/d-elf I've played. Heh.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on December 16, 2010, 08:32:01 AM
White Fang is one of my favorites, along with Call of the Wild. I have them both in a very nice single volume that I got for Christmas as a boy. Good stuff.

Yeah. I mean. I love White Fang so far. It's absolutely amazing.

Moreover, it was my boyfriend's reaction that made me balk a little bit:

"YOU HAVEN'T READ THOSE??? I THOUGHT EVERYONE READ THOSE AS A KID."

Well, so I'm a little late on the fucking gravy train! Leave me alone!
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Post by: IAmJacksOpinion on December 18, 2010, 01:40:41 PM
Jarlaxle is described at his first appearance. He's a bald, rakish pragmatist. A very win character, IMO. He's an awesome rubric for an elf character in Arm. (Please no bald Sun Runners - now we'll know! :P)
But R.A. Salvatore is one of those authors I hate but have read anyways. I hate everything about his writing, but I can't look away. :( 
(Well, now I can. I no longer read fantasy. Real life is way cooler and crazier than any fantasy novel.)

I saw someone post The Game by Neil Strauss way back there. Also an awesome book. I've never looked at any social situation the same way again after reading that. (From mingling at a bar / party, to sitting in a classroom with a bunch of other CIS nerds. - Trying to limit the scope of the book to "Nice shoes, want to do 10 or 20 shots?" simply shows a lack of creativity and reading comprehension. :P
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Taven on December 20, 2010, 07:45:17 PM
Jarlaxle is described at his first appearance. He's a bald, rakish pragmatist. A very win character, IMO. He's an awesome rubric for an elf character in Arm. (Please no bald Sun Runners - now we'll know! :P)
But R.A. Salvatore is one of those authors I hate but have read anyways. I hate everything about his writing, but I can't look away. :( 
(Well, now I can. I no longer read fantasy. Real life is way cooler and crazier than any fantasy novel.)

"The drow mercenary caught the next one sliding out of his bracer and snapped a his wrist, speaking a command word"
- page 23, paperback book

"Jarlaxle came forward, his glowing eyes narrowing dangerously--a threatening expression, a look of rage that the assassin rarely saw on the face of the always in control dark elf mercenary leader"
- page 25, paperback book

"Jarlaxle wearing his typical expression, that sly, slightly amused look that conferred to all who saw it that this cunning drow knew more then he did, knew more then he possibly could."
- page 25, paperback book

That is the first scene with Jarlaxle, and he isn't described beyond what I've quoted. Salvatore does do a great job describing him... In a completely different book. The best thing you get here is the occasional description of his magickal items, or his sly expression.

I've finished this book now, and I was disappointed. I got no sense of character from anyone, just that they were constantly defying their characters to do new things. I think that Jarlaxle has the potential to be an amazing character, and the books I previously read made me willing to give Salvatore a try again, but he once again disappoints in this book.

I hate gratuitous physical description. Last time I read Salvatore he was a hack. He kept writing the same book over and over. Has he improved?

I liked a few of his original books with Drizzt. However, every book of his I have read since then has been horrible. There have been massive, character-violating plot holes.The reason that I am reading this book is because I think Jarlaxle has incredible potential as a character. However, it has been nothing but a disappointment so far. I don't see it improving. I feel that if you cannot be bothered to write the description for your MAIN characters, then that is a serious problem. I feel like he thinks he wrote it in one book, somewhere, so we should just all know it. That's just not how it works.

Jarlaxle was one of the sexiest characters in his books, seconded by artemis entreri.. both characters had potential, unfortunately the author does not.

I must admit I put some aspect of jarlaxle in nearly ever elf/d-elf I've played. Heh.

Jarlaxle is impressive when he's described. Artemis Entreri never caught my attention much. I gave up on him after two books of him being obsessed with Drizzt.

Random thought: Why do popular Artemis characters always have a last name? Artemis Entreri, Artemis Fowl...
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Post by: Barzalene on December 20, 2010, 08:16:33 PM
I'm four chapters into Backseat Saints and really enjoying it.
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Post by: Recharge on December 20, 2010, 10:13:49 PM
The Child Theif by Gerald Brom, just started.
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Post by: LauraMars on December 20, 2010, 10:17:03 PM
Dang, I hated that book.

Right now I'm reading Behemoth, by Scott Westerfeld.
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Post by: Barzalene on December 20, 2010, 10:19:02 PM
Dang, I hated that book.

Right now I'm reading Behemoth, by Scott Westerfeld.

Which book did you hate?
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Post by: FuSoYa on December 20, 2010, 10:29:21 PM
So I recently finished watching Star Trek DS9 from start to finish and I finally made the leap to...

(http://i.imgur.com/kEO6p.jpg)

DS9 was so good I couldn't let it end!

Brandon
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Post by: LauraMars on December 21, 2010, 01:09:36 AM
Which book did you hate?

The Child Theif by Gerald Brom, just started.

I hated it so much I wrote a scathing amazon review.
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Post by: IAmJacksOpinion on December 21, 2010, 11:03:55 AM
A friend recommended Looking for Alaska by John Green the other day. After reading a few reviews and what not about it on Amazon, I went and picked it up. It's a young adult, coming of age novel, but the themes seem to mimic my own  high school years so closely it's amazing. And it actually has some good stuff to say about life. (My only requirement for a novel.)


Also, I managed to get my hands on a zip file with ALL the Dark Sun novels, but will probably never ever read them because I don't read fantasy - I only think of the most absolutely obscure things to pirate, and then pirate them. :D Yay internet!
But yeah, if anyone's interested I can hook you up to the link and the password to the rar file.
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Post by: WarriorPoet on December 21, 2010, 11:36:30 AM
Confederacy of Dunces

I got it for Christmas and there it sits. Wrapped in paper. Taunting me that I'm too much of a little girl to stand up to my wife and say "No, bitch! I'm reading it NOW!"
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on December 22, 2010, 01:10:37 PM
Oh my gosh, cool. (http://www.vogue.com/vogue-daily/article/gift-a-day-december-22-buy-the-books/)

I WANT IT.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bakha on December 22, 2010, 03:43:43 PM
Dang, I hated that book.

Right now I'm reading Behemoth, by Scott Westerfeld.

I was a little disappointed in Leviathan. I really liked the Uglies series, but I wasn't as crazy about this one (and I enjoy steampunk). Hopefully Behemoth is better.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bakha on December 22, 2010, 03:51:56 PM
Which book did you hate?

The Child Theif by Gerald Brom, just started.

I hated it so much I wrote a scathing amazon review.

I kind of worried that he likely got that book deal due to his artistic talents and connections in the fantasy publishing world.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on December 22, 2010, 04:30:54 PM
I kind of worried that he likely got that book deal due to his artistic talents and connections in the fantasy publishing world.

That was exactly my impression when I read it.

I was a little disappointed in Leviathan. I really liked the Uglies series, but I wasn't as crazy about this one (and I enjoy steampunk). Hopefully Behemoth is better.

I really like this new series of his, actually, but I think there isn't much that can compare to the Uglies series in terms of overall story strength.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on December 22, 2010, 05:36:35 PM
Chaff until I get my Christmas books.

So right now it's the Belgariad by David Eddings. The first one... Pawn of Prophecy I think. I read a few of them when I was maybe 16 or 17 and lost interest, so the whole series sat collecting dust until last night when I broke 'er out. Generic, predictable fantasy. Wise old sorcerer? Check. Boy who has no idea that he is the one who was Prophesized, yup. Spooky Evil One working to stop 'em, oh yeah. They even have a hooded, faceless rider that shows up repeatedly.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on December 22, 2010, 08:32:17 PM
1 credit on audible and a few things on my wishlist. Probably not on any of yours. I can get the second book in a series I liked (but not loved the first of)
I can get another by the author I'm listening to now. She's really good, and she reads her own work. And if she gets tired of writing she could read professionally. You know what I mean. Other people's books. Terry Pratchett, whom I love, but I might prefer to READ rather than have read to me. Or non-fiction Sex at Dawn.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on December 23, 2010, 12:34:40 AM
Flappers and Philosophers
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Lythaniel on December 28, 2010, 04:03:26 PM
Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs
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Post by: Sam on December 28, 2010, 06:10:42 PM
I am currently reading Every Man Dies Alone and it is my kind of book.
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Post by: Kronibas on December 30, 2010, 03:25:37 PM
(http://www.squarebooks.com/files/squarebooks/Long__Last__Happy.jpg)
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Post by: LauraMars on December 30, 2010, 03:28:30 PM
(http://www.thenibble.com/marketplace/draft-1/images/salt-world-history.jpg)

Not as boring as it sounds!

In fact, salt is a pretty fascinating mineral.
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Post by: Malifaxis on December 30, 2010, 04:00:12 PM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_s4oDBszE_5E/TMC5LZnAveI/AAAAAAAADdw/TkD4WVibOGA/s1600/3Xpenetration.jpg)

I'm finding it very fascinating, and with a lot of information on how to keep fit over the holiday season, when pretty much everyone tends to cram entirely too much into the midsection.
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Post by: rishenko on December 30, 2010, 05:07:15 PM
(http://www.bradleyalpinist.com/cart/images/Rock%20Warriors%20Way.jpg)

(http://www.roadtripsforfamilies.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/conefry9780230105577.jpg)
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Post by: Gunnerblaster on December 30, 2010, 05:23:30 PM
(http://images.indiebound.com/702/550/9780812550702.jpg)

This was sent to me, as a Christmas present. Never heard of it, until now.
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Post by: Cindy42 on December 31, 2010, 08:47:00 AM
everything C.J. Cherryh says or writes. Literally, the way she speaks comes out in her writing. its great if you like political deception and intrigue amongst aliens in space, several species of which have trouble seeing your species as much other than a potential food source to be manipulated for their honor or their bellies. they try, though, sometimes.

and kj anderson's Saga of Seven Suns. less complicated reading, with more secrets and surprises and action. also a slightly less realistic view of the language and mind barrier between races.

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1170461687l/57166.jpg)

(http://i.toynewsi.com/g/albums/Comics/DCComics/December_04/SagaoftheSevenSunsSC.jpg)

i hated sci-fi books until i read the Seven Suns.
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Post by: Barsook on December 31, 2010, 02:35:46 PM
Animanics and Pinky and the Brain comics
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Post by: Zoltan on January 06, 2011, 12:50:29 AM
Caiphas Cain: Defender of the Imperium among a few others, including a Napoleon biography. I still can't believe I'm reading a Warhammer 40K novel, but that's what gift cards get ya.
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Post by: WarriorPoet on January 07, 2011, 11:37:33 AM
The Resort, Bentley Little

I'm not much into 'horror' novels, but a friend of mine crowed about this one until I gave in. Okay so far, but... meh. I can't wait to get to Barnes and Noble. I've got two hundred dollars just screaming to be spent on new goodies.

I also read Stephen King's the Running Man for the 100th time the other day at the doctor's office. It remains one of my favorite books and by far the tastiest morsel of King's long list of shitty books.
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Post by: FuSoYa on January 07, 2011, 12:20:11 PM
I'm reading Moxyland... well, so far like five pages in it but I'm GOING to read it.

(http://i.imgur.com/CnoGZ.jpg)

Brandon
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Post by: flurry on January 07, 2011, 01:47:47 PM
The Girl Who Played with Fire. So far I'm finding it more of a page-turner than the first book.
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Post by: Gunnerblaster on January 08, 2011, 05:36:24 AM
Finished Ender's Game.

Kind've left speechless. Very good book.

Just spent $20+ picking up the next 4-5 books, in the series, online.
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Post by: lordcooper on January 08, 2011, 08:09:27 AM
(http://www.penguinbooksindia.com/upload/9780141187884.jpg)

Just too fucked up...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Marshmellow on January 08, 2011, 08:57:27 AM
Finished Ender's Game.

Kind've left speechless. Very good book.

Just spent $20+ picking up the next 4-5 books, in the series, online.
I have never read the books in the series that follow anyone but Ender.  If you want to follow Ender, you read Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind in that order.  After reading Ender's Game, I did the research to figure this out and went and bought just those other three, myself.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gunnerblaster on January 08, 2011, 03:27:02 PM
Finished Ender's Game.

Kind've left speechless. Very good book.

Just spent $20+ picking up the next 4-5 books, in the series, online.
I have never read the books in the series that follow anyone but Ender.  If you want to follow Ender, you read Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind in that order.  After reading Ender's Game, I did the research to figure this out and went and bought just those other three, myself.
Yup - To my dismay, I figured that out a bit late but now I know :P

(http://blog.mattalgren.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/knowing-is-half-the-battle.jpg)
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on January 08, 2011, 04:57:52 PM
You must read Enders Shadow next. And then decide which path you'd like to follow. But Enders Shadow is a must. The only other good book in the series if you ask me.
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Post by: Kronibas on January 08, 2011, 05:00:43 PM
(http://www.penguinbooksindia.com/upload/9780141187884.jpg)

Just too fucked up...

Jesus... I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this.
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Post by: i can haz mantis on January 08, 2011, 05:09:00 PM
Hmm... I wonder if that is who Ender stole his GDB name from.
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Post by: jstorrie on January 08, 2011, 05:13:21 PM
I'm reading news from Arizona :(
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Cindy42 on January 11, 2011, 07:38:00 PM
one time i started reading The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card. it was easily one of the most amazing, deep and thoughtful books i've ever read, while managing to stay deep inside the sci-fi category with lots of action and sparkles and drama. unfortunately i had to return it to the library but i would willingly pay a hundred dollars to own that amazing book.

i stopped around the point where (IC-sensitive) and (IC-sensitive) are writing about (IC-sensitive). its actually a somewhat easy guess.
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Post by: Spice Spice Baby on January 13, 2011, 04:27:35 AM
The City & The City by China Miéville.
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Post by: Barzalene on January 13, 2011, 07:42:36 AM
The City & The City by China Miéville.

I thought that one was really interesting. You could see him stretching as a writer and playing with the craft. I think I like the New Carbuzon (is that the right spelling? You know what I mean) books better, but I was glad I read that one.
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Post by: Majikal on January 13, 2011, 10:04:19 AM
Just finished the entire series of The Dresden Files, starting on the book "side jobs" which is a bunch of filler stories for the series while I await the last book... left me on such a cliffhanger.
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Post by: Akaramu on January 13, 2011, 11:32:17 AM
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0575074361.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

Pretty clever Sci-Fi.  8) Very much enjoying it.
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Post by: FuSoYa on January 13, 2011, 12:01:38 PM
The City & The City by China Miéville.

I thought that one was really interesting. You could see him stretching as a writer and playing with the craft. I think I like the New Carbuzon (is that the right spelling? You know what I mean) books better, but I was glad I read that one.

Same.

I'm about to start today:

(http://i.imgur.com/UZo0I.jpg)

(Not the audio-version)

I also just got three Alastair Reynolds books... the Redemption ones?  First three.  Look good.

Brandon
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Post by: Akaramu on January 13, 2011, 12:16:14 PM
My favourite expression from the above book:

"Cultural Contamination".

The plot characters are not allowed to bring any advanced technology into the city of Paris of 1959... even though it isn't really Paris, or 1959 (no time travel in this book). Fun.
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Post by: Majikal on January 13, 2011, 12:51:03 PM
That post makes me want to check this book out..
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Post by: lordcooper on January 14, 2011, 07:00:46 PM
http://hubpages.com/hub/Galadriel-in-a-Parallel-Universe (http://hubpages.com/hub/Galadriel-in-a-Parallel-Universe) is a pretty interesting essay IMO.
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Post by: Barzalene on January 14, 2011, 07:33:08 PM
Everyone in the world should read McCarthy. I know they make movies of his books. I've never seen one. They may be good, but the books, the books are challenging, and beautiful, and hard.
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Post by: WarriorPoet on January 14, 2011, 07:46:16 PM
I like his style. Wonderfully simple but also emotive and moving, but someone should remind him that punctuation isn't really optional.
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Post by: flurry on January 14, 2011, 07:51:21 PM
Everyone in the world should read McCarthy. I know they make movies of his books. I've never seen one. They may be good, but the books, the books are challenging, and beautiful, and hard.

Got to agree, although I've only read No Country for Old Men so far. I'd seen the movie first, and as an avid Coen brothers fan, I didn't know if the book could actually live up to the movie, but I loved it. I was also happily surprised to find that the great dialogue (expected in any Coen bros. flick) is actually from the book itself in most cases.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on January 14, 2011, 10:36:34 PM
I like his style. Wonderfully simple but also emotive and moving, but someone should remind him that punctuation isn't really optional.

This. I had to really press myself to finish The Road. And I actually liked the story a lot. I've never picked up another of his books simply because of that reason. It not just the lack of quotes and punctuation. I felt the dialog border-lined awful too.
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Post by: Zoltan on January 14, 2011, 10:40:05 PM
Everyone in the world should read McCarthy. I know they make movies of his books. I've never seen one. They may be good, but the books, the books are challenging, and beautiful, and hard.

Blood Meridian is probably in my top five favorite books. I can't overstate how much I loved that book.
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Post by: LauraMars on January 14, 2011, 11:57:37 PM
I couldn't deal with the lack of punctuation in his books.
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Post by: zeia on January 17, 2011, 10:33:37 AM
City of Ruin - Mark Charan Newton

Is part of the Legends of the Red Sun series.. Briliant! ^_^
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Post by: Barsook on January 17, 2011, 10:36:10 AM
The docs of Arm
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Post by: Gunnerblaster on January 20, 2011, 07:45:16 AM
Up until 4am reading this book. A real page-turner.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_aw_uK9XcPH8/S9E-xzW_NlI/AAAAAAAAC-0/-nTS1saDaeo/s320/the+warded+man.JPG)

As darkness falls after sunset, the corelings rise—demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards—symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile. It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms, but those days are gone. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault. Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past. Together, they will stand against the night.
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Post by: Barsook on January 20, 2011, 08:52:32 AM
http://aurorawolf.com/ an online lit mag
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Post by: lordcooper on January 20, 2011, 09:17:22 AM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_aw_uK9XcPH8/S9E-xzW_NlI/AAAAAAAAC-0/-nTS1saDaeo/s320/the+warded+man.JPG)

I read that a while back, except it's called "The Painted Man" over here.  Definitely one of the better fantasy novels from recent years.

The twist is that Arlen is actually Darth Vader in a parallel universe.  And a ghost.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on January 20, 2011, 08:38:22 PM
Patrick Rothfuss' blog. With bated breath. Eating up tid-bits of information like a sponge in a bath of awesomeness.

Hey guys. If you haven't read The Name of the Wind (http://www.amazon.com/Name-Wind-Kingkiller-Chronicles-Day/dp/0756405890/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1295573943&sr=8-1) yet. You're really fuckin' missing out.




Also, I went back and looked through the whole thread. Some of the more suggested books are here:

Redwall

Name of the Wind

The Song of Ice and Fire/Tuf Voyaging RR Martin stuff

Baroque Cycle/Snow crash/Anathem Stephenson books.

Temeraire

Wheel of Time
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Post by: spacewars on January 20, 2011, 09:04:10 PM
This thread


Haha. The Black Powder War - Temeraire series (Spelled wrong)
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Post by: WarriorPoet on January 20, 2011, 09:05:00 PM
This thread


Haha. The Black Powder War - Temeraire series (Spelled wrong)

Spelled right.

Well done! These are some of my favorite books.
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Post by: Barsook on January 20, 2011, 09:07:34 PM
Termeriare was a good series, can't wait for the next book
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Post by: spacewars on January 20, 2011, 09:39:03 PM
hell yea i got it right
The first book pulled me in and i never stopped.
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Post by: WarriorPoet on January 21, 2011, 05:29:33 PM
My wife is going to buy me books today. What should I get?

I'm thinking either Blood Meridian or James Clavell's Shogun. Thoughts?

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is on my list but...
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Post by: WarriorPoet on January 21, 2011, 07:39:54 PM
Decided on Blood Meridian. This is the review that swayed me.

Quote
There is not one redeeming character in the book. I cannot remember ever before reading a book that did not have have one character that projected some semblance of nobility.

Hooray!
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Post by: brytta.leofa on January 21, 2011, 09:01:34 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QXx561dIL._AA115_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Extreme-Programming-Explained-Embrace-Change/dp/0321278658/)
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Post by: Barzalene on January 21, 2011, 10:07:21 PM
Decided on Blood Meridian. This is the review that swayed me.

Quote
There is not one redeeming character in the book. I cannot remember ever before reading a book that did not have have one character that projected some semblance of nobility.

Hooray!

Go in knowing that his punctuation is not improved and that this may or may not be an English Language book. I walked away feeling like I could speak idiomatic Spanish!

But it's so very good.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on January 22, 2011, 08:47:43 AM
I just made an amazon account, someone... stop me.

Pre-ordered Wise man's. Bought the Malazan Book of the Fallen 2-3(half way through the first) and also bought The Lies of Lock Lamora(already read) And its sequel, Red Seas Under Red Skies.


All come highly recommended.
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Post by: lordcooper on January 22, 2011, 01:56:52 PM
Decided on Blood Meridian. This is the review that swayed me.

Quote
There is not one redeeming character in the book. I cannot remember ever before reading a book that did not have have one character that projected some semblance of nobility.

Hooray!

'Rinth: The Book?
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Post by: Barsook on January 22, 2011, 09:22:16 PM
http://aurorawolf.com/2010/10/tears-of-the-moon/
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Post by: LauraMars on January 25, 2011, 07:33:40 AM
(http://www.ursulakleguin.com/Covers/ChangingPlanes_l.jpg)

The stories are interesting, though the book itself is not something that's easy to read cover to cover - but that's true of a lot of short story collections.
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Post by: Cuusardo on January 26, 2011, 12:53:48 PM
(http://files.vancepublishing.com/CcmsFile-59485/ItsNotReallyAboutHair-high-res.jpg)

I got to meet her when she was signing copies at the Mall of America.  She is an amazing woman.
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Post by: Barsook on January 26, 2011, 06:31:23 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/9wmZd.jpg)

It's good so far, and I never read the first one.
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Post by: Mooney on January 26, 2011, 06:41:05 PM
Rereading Belgarath the Sorcerer. Need recommendations for books like it.
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Post by: Spoon on January 27, 2011, 06:27:30 AM
(http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/4259/outofthesilentplanet2.jpg)


I read this a few months back for the first time. Came across this cover and found it amusing.
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Post by: Cindy42 on January 28, 2011, 10:43:15 AM
i couldn't leave the school bookstore without getting these. thank god there's no philosophy major, since its almost useless and i wouldn't be able to pry myself from it;

On Evolution by Darwin
Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes
Pragmatism by William James
The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant

the last one, reading that first page almost made me high.

in the same vein I own David Hume's An Enquiry on the Philosophy of Morals which I love love love so much.
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Post by: Reiteration on January 28, 2011, 11:00:06 AM
(http://images.ebook68.com/39/object-oriented-systems-analysis-and-design-using-uml--653.jpeg)
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Post by: Barsook on January 28, 2011, 05:21:34 PM
(http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=0765310260/LC.GIF&client=sirsi&type=rw12)
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Post by: Feco on January 28, 2011, 05:25:37 PM
Just finished The Stranger by Camus.  Gonna move on to The Plague, I think.
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Post by: spacewars on January 29, 2011, 12:02:40 AM
The Armageddon General Discussion Board
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Post by: Zoan on January 29, 2011, 04:03:45 AM
"They didn't wait for daybreak. They didn't wait for clement weather, or a favourable turn in the tides. They didn't wait because they were greater than the weather and more powerful than the tides. They were brighter than the daybreak."

- Dan Abnett, The Armour Of Contempt.
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Post by: Spice Spice Baby on January 29, 2011, 04:12:54 AM
The stories are interesting, though the book itself is not something that's easy to read cover to cover - but that's true of a lot of short story collections.

(http://robertarood.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/dr-moses.jpg)

Ditto for this, though I love everything Oates has ever written. Seriously, if she scrawled "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" on a napkin I'd read it.
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Post by: LauraMars on January 29, 2011, 10:03:47 AM
(http://images.wikia.com/harrypotter/images/e/e3/Prisonercover.gif)

I love these books.  They are so magical and exciting.  I can't wait to have kids so I can read them these books.
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Post by: Barsook on January 29, 2011, 10:12:56 AM
Woah, different cover. 
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Post by: Seeker on January 29, 2011, 12:55:48 PM
The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman.   Good read.
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Post by: Is Friday on January 29, 2011, 12:58:37 PM
(http://www.lwcbooks.com/books/onkilling.jpg)

Quote from: editorial review
Drawing on interviews, published personal accounts and academic studies, Grossman investigates the psychology of killing in combat. Stressing that human beings have a powerful, innate resistance to the taking of life, he examines the techniques developed by the military to overcome that aversion. His provocative study focuses in particular on the Vietnam war, revealing how the American soldier was "enabled to kill to a far greater degree than any other soldier in history." Grossman argues that the breakdown of American society, combined with the pervasive violence in the media and interactive video games, is conditioning our children to kill in a manner siimilar to the army's conditioning of soldiers: "We are reaching that stage of desensitization at which the infliction of pain and suffering has become a source of entertainment: vicarious pleasure rather than revulsion. We are learning to kill, and we are learning to like it." Grossman, a professor of military science at Arkansas State University, has written a study of relevance to a society of escalating violence.


This is an extremely fascinating book.
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Post by: Synthesis on January 29, 2011, 02:59:49 PM
Humans have an innate aversion to killing?  Pardon me, I had to laugh at that.
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Post by: DesertT on January 30, 2011, 07:54:58 PM
You're taking it out of context.  It is an insightful piece of work.



Currently I'm reading the Chronicles of the Black Company and enjoying it immensely.
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/c4/c20017.jpg)
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Post by: Barsook on January 30, 2011, 07:57:01 PM
Good set of books.
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Post by: Malifaxis on January 30, 2011, 07:59:45 PM
Chronicles of the T'zai Byn?  Terrific stories.  I loved the Byn, always have.  Loved them 110017x as much after reading some Black Company
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Post by: jstorrie on January 30, 2011, 08:07:34 PM
(http://www.books4exchange.com/images/24618/3_Kingdoms.jpg)
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Post by: Chettaman on January 30, 2011, 08:12:49 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/9wmZd.jpg)

It's good so far, and I never read the first one.
I've been wanting to read this book forever. The first one was long... but awesome.
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Post by: Barsook on January 30, 2011, 08:14:57 PM
Now I want to read the first one.
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Post by: Kronibas on January 31, 2011, 07:41:46 PM
(http://www.ursulakleguin.com/Covers/ChangingPlanes_l.jpg)

The stories are interesting, though the book itself is not something that's easy to read cover to cover - but that's true of a lot of short story collections.

I'm assigned 'The Left Hand of Darkness' for a lit class this semester on 'Special Topics in Contemporary Fiction - Science Fiction.'

Neither heard nor read much about her, but I guess we'll see what's up.
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Post by: Irulan on January 31, 2011, 08:07:40 PM
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0060574747.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)

Really enjoyed this, along with the Curse of Chalion.
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Post by: Jherlen on January 31, 2011, 10:08:22 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51qNlbNYTOL._SS500_.jpg)
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Post by: brytta.leofa on January 31, 2011, 10:41:50 PM
I'm assigned 'The Left Hand of Darkness' for a lit class this semester on 'Special Topics in Contemporary Fiction - Science Fiction.'

Neither heard nor read much about her, but I guess we'll see what's up.

One of the best wordsmiths I've enjoyed, in science fiction or otherwise.  More of a moodsetter than a storyteller, though.

Read A Wizard of Earthsea if you haven't; it's essentially a children's book, but worthwhile and iconic.  And read The Dispossessed so you'll be cool.
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Post by: Barsook on February 01, 2011, 05:17:41 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4a/Lupin_Manga_1.jpg)
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Post by: Is Friday on February 01, 2011, 05:32:11 PM
Humans have an innate aversion to killing?  Pardon me, I had to laugh at that.
Read the book. ;)
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Post by: spicemustflow on February 01, 2011, 05:39:54 PM
I'm reading Moxyland... well, so far like five pages in it but I'm GOING to read it.

(http://i.imgur.com/CnoGZ.jpg)

Brandon

Reviews of this looks great, did you finish it?
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Post by: boog on February 01, 2011, 06:07:22 PM
A Child al Confino
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Post by: Barsook on February 02, 2011, 09:33:21 AM
(http://cd.pbsstatic.com/xl/26/9026/9780765349026.jpg)  
Got almost 100 pages read in maybe 30-40 minutes.  Yeah, I speed read at 660 words per minute.
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Post by: FuSoYa on February 02, 2011, 01:08:28 PM
I'm reading Moxyland... well, so far like five pages in it but I'm GOING to read it.

(http://i.imgur.com/CnoGZ.jpg)

Brandon

Reviews of this looks great, did you finish it?

I did finish it.  It was a fun book.  I recommend picking it up and reading it if you get the chance.

Brandon
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Post by: Gunnerblaster on February 04, 2011, 05:06:42 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c2/Ga-rei_Volume_1.jpg/230px-Ga-rei_Volume_1.jpg)

Ga-Rei, the Manga.

:)
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Post by: mansa on February 04, 2011, 11:54:01 PM
I just finished "the warded man"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Painted_Man

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3d/Painted_man_cover_small.png)

it was a simple read, but an interesting concept.  I wonder where he will go in the sequel.
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Post by: Cindy42 on February 05, 2011, 12:38:42 AM
(http://bookbabie.files.wordpress.com/2007/05/ctbcap.jpg)
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Post by: chrisdcoulombe on February 05, 2011, 04:09:59 AM
Hagakure
http://www.rosenoire.org/archives/Hagakure.pdf
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Post by: Ocotillo on February 05, 2011, 04:30:53 AM
(http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://craphound.com/ftw/ftw_us_big.jpg&imgrefurl=http://craphound.com/ftw/&usg=__C9VFweUeR7bU-qXwwOB-Ca4Pdoo=&h=2760&w=1800&sz=518&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=VBKMhMBC2r7DaM:&tbnh=158&tbnw=103&ei=mBhNTZ77H8jXgQeb8-zDBw&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dfor%2Bthe%2Bwin%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D629%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=646&vpy=83&dur=631&hovh=278&hovw=181&tx=95&ty=148&oei=mBhNTZ77H8jXgQeb8-zDBw&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:0)

Finished this a little while ago. Figure a decent number of the more political-economic geeks from Arm would appreciate it.
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Post by: Ocotillo on February 05, 2011, 04:52:28 AM
Kay, so, can't get the edit button to work to save my life, but this is the image.
(http://craphound.com/ftw/ftw_us_big.jpg)
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Post by: Seeker on February 05, 2011, 02:29:18 PM
Swamplandia!.  My recommendation of it to strangers is lukewarm, but I enjoyed it hardily myself.
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Post by: spicemustflow on February 05, 2011, 04:48:34 PM
I'm reading Moxyland... well, so far like five pages in it but I'm GOING to read it.

(http://i.imgur.com/CnoGZ.jpg)

Brandon

Reviews of this looks great, did you finish it?

I couldn't find it on gigapedia, but they have her second novel, Zoo City. Hm.

I did finish it.  It was a fun book.  I recommend picking it up and reading it if you get the chance.

Brandon
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Post by: Barsook on February 07, 2011, 10:35:17 AM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n50/n253290.jpg)
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Post by: Kronibas on February 08, 2011, 01:16:35 PM
Books I've been reading:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TRBW6RQ6L.jpg)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ytaK_f4fHwY/SNPzcGGS4-I/AAAAAAAAAeQ/UwUvrfeKW7g/s320/Go+Down,+Moses.JPG)

(http://mrquale.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/black-boy.jpg)
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Post by: Barsook on February 08, 2011, 01:39:00 PM
The Pirate Devin
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Post by: boog on February 08, 2011, 05:46:52 PM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_31Rjv8SZo8A/TFRFkOa8gDI/AAAAAAAAFMQ/BtFDsPoso84/s1600/you+having+a+baby.jpg)

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Post by: a strange shadow on February 08, 2011, 06:07:55 PM
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0393325423.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
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Post by: Barsook on February 09, 2011, 10:09:20 AM
Prince of wolves by Dave Gross
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Post by: Barsook on February 16, 2011, 09:35:09 AM
(http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=9781596435551/LC.GIF&client=sirsi&type=rw12)
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Post by: Kronibas on February 18, 2011, 02:28:16 PM
current bathroom reading material.  it's novel:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Q9jSYivRL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
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Post by: Barsook on February 18, 2011, 02:36:40 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51UGr1VVa7L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
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Post by: jhunter on February 18, 2011, 03:24:54 PM
(http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r113/BeyondTheEnd/51oA7HM9kvL__BO2204203200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-clickTopRight35-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. Just finished this one and it was pretty sweet.
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Post by: spicemustflow on February 18, 2011, 03:46:02 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51UGr1VVa7L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

Nooo, don't read books written by failed bodybuilders!
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Post by: Barsook on February 18, 2011, 05:40:51 PM
Lol, and yeah the cover bugs me too.
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Post by: Majikal on February 18, 2011, 06:55:47 PM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_j1j8UNz_vqE/TDrBZbldvFI/AAAAAAAAAPQ/I21DtghU8C4/s1600/side+jobs+jim+butcher.jpeg)

Still gotta get the next book in the series, but this is a bunch of filler stories that took place between and during the books in the Dresden files series.
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Post by: DesertT on February 18, 2011, 08:56:48 PM
Went and bought the next 3 of 4 books on the Black Company.

This'll be fun.    8)
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Post by: LauraMars on February 19, 2011, 09:01:32 PM
(http://tanafrench.com/images/coverbig.jpg)

Spooky and atmospheric and strange and I haven't put it down since I picked it up, which was yesterday evening and now I'm nearly through it.

I normally despise mysteries and crime novels - but this is awesome.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: flurry on February 19, 2011, 11:18:01 PM
I loved that book, LM. The sequel (The Likeness) I liked even more. There's a third one, too, but I haven't gotten to it yet.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on February 19, 2011, 11:36:02 PM
An informational booklet about breastfeeding given to me by my mother who works for W-I-C and has cohorts in La Leche League.

The first page me and my sister opened up to was of a woman squeezing her darkened nipple with the enlarged areola. We chuckled.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on February 19, 2011, 11:50:43 PM
I loved that book, LM. The sequel (The Likeness) I liked even more. There's a third one, too, but I haven't gotten to it yet.

oh, my.  There is a sequel?  Oh dear.  I must read it immediately.

I just finished this book and am still processing the ending and I am texting all my friends about it to see if their opinions are the same as mine, and I never knew I would like a mystery novel.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: flurry on February 20, 2011, 12:10:32 AM
I loved that book, LM. The sequel (The Likeness) I liked even more. There's a third one, too, but I haven't gotten to it yet.

oh, my.  There is a sequel?  Oh dear.  I must read it immediately.

I just finished this book and am still processing the ending and I am texting all my friends about it to see if their opinions are the same as mine, and I never knew I would like a mystery novel.

One of the cool things about the books is that each book is told from a different character's perspective. The second book has Cassie as the main character, and the third one is from yet another character's point of view. I think the author plans to keep going with detective stories where the cast of characters overlaps somewhat from book to book.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on February 26, 2011, 03:12:45 AM
(http://girlsgonereading.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/the-likeness-pb.jpg)

I have this book in my lap, but I'm afraid that if I open it, I won't stop reading until the sun comes up.  That would be bad.

...That would be very bad.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gunnerblaster on February 26, 2011, 04:03:22 AM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n3/n15252.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Redheart on February 26, 2011, 03:52:47 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51huuOpKXlL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on February 28, 2011, 03:35:41 PM
Swamplandia!.  My recommendation of it to strangers is lukewarm, but I enjoyed it hardily myself.

I did enjoy this one, Seeker.  Not quite what I usually read, but nicely written.

I JUST GOT THE WISE MAN'S FEAR OMFGWTFBBQ I CANT WAIT TO TAKE MY TIME READING THIS BOOK.

Oooh, thanks for the reminder.  I'll be Kindling it tomorrow.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on March 02, 2011, 03:22:54 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/c0/c249.jpg)

so cash.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on March 02, 2011, 03:26:51 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51huuOpKXlL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

This book is awesome and reminds me of one great big long Johny Cash song.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Redheart on March 02, 2011, 03:29:08 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51huuOpKXlL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

This book is awesome and reminds me of one great big long Johny Cash song.

It is awesome, but the punctuation, or lack there of, is driving me iiinsane. lol
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on March 02, 2011, 03:34:24 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51huuOpKXlL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

This book is awesome and reminds me of one great big long Johny Cash song.

It is awesome, but the punctuation, or lack there of, is driving me iiinsane. lol

That's why I couldn't read "Blindness" or whatever it was called. It killed me.

(http://images.betterworldbooks.com/048/The-Metamorphosis-and-Other-Stories_abridged-Kafka-Franz-9780486290300.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on March 02, 2011, 04:03:09 PM
(http://girlsgonereading.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/the-likeness-pb.jpg)

I finished this! It was great.  I think I liked the first one better, all things considered, but still: very good book.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: flurry on March 02, 2011, 05:25:20 PM
I finished this! It was great.  I think I liked the first one better, all things considered, but still: very good book.

I need to get back to reading her third book (Faithful Place). I started it, and was enjoying it, but then I got distracted by the Millennium trilogy.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Cindy42 on March 02, 2011, 06:41:03 PM
The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Banned in its day, as it depicts a turn of the 20th century woman who begins to believe she is an equal to men. Actually pretty good. Just picked it up at random and started reading it.

Sure, there's servant blacks and servant spanish and there's zero depiction of the unfairness of the main character's social standing in relation to her lessers and open discrimination against Mexicans but.... hell, human society is stupid, and its refreshing to read a piece of intelligence once in a while, even an incomplete one.

DOWN WITH THE OPPRESSORS

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/055321330X.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: flurry on March 02, 2011, 06:49:25 PM
The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

Great book. I remember reading that for an American Lit class.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barsook on March 02, 2011, 07:02:56 PM
(http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=9781593271947/LC.GIF&client=sirsi&type=rw12)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on March 03, 2011, 11:37:15 AM
A love letter.  Seriously, it had SWALK and everything.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on March 03, 2011, 01:10:02 PM
this is a reread after formally studying it last spring for a class on the robinsonade.  a girl i tutored yesterday had to read it for class, so I picked it up for 2.99 at the Goodwill Bookstore.  Somehow I lost my old copy -- probably some jerk borrowed and never returned it.

don't you hate it when people don't return the books you lend them?


(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/0156030209.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on March 03, 2011, 02:34:04 PM
http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Ffan.lib.ru%2Fe%2Feskov%2Flast_ringlord.shtml&act=url
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gunnerblaster on March 03, 2011, 03:09:15 PM
(http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=9781593271947/LC.GIF&client=sirsi&type=rw12)
What the hell is that???
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barsook on March 03, 2011, 03:26:56 PM
It's a manga that teaches you Caluc.  They have other titles too.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gunnerblaster on March 03, 2011, 03:28:28 PM
It's a manga that teaches you Caluc.  They have other titles too.
That's... Interesting.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barsook on March 03, 2011, 03:33:52 PM
A copy might be found in your local library.  That's where I found it.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on March 04, 2011, 07:37:45 PM
Suggestions for dark and well written fantasy please?
I like:
Meiville
Durham
Abercrombie
Friedman
Martin

The newer the better.

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on March 04, 2011, 09:26:37 PM
Kafka is boring and redundant. Exactly how many stories can you make about young businessmen that completely relate to your morose life? God.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on March 04, 2011, 11:14:48 PM
Weird how this isn't the first thread I came to about it...

Wise Man's Fear. It's everything the first one was... But crisper, cleaner, more refined.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Cindy42 on March 05, 2011, 07:11:46 PM
i want the Tibetan Book of the Dead. its an essentially buddhist book, composed of eastern stories and anecdotes and essays from three authors, and there's an english version, and the entirety of the book is designed to teach the reader how to improve themselves spiritually. I WANT IT SO BAD.

Sogyal Rinpoche says, "To follow the path of wisdom has never been more urgent or more difficult. Our society is dedicated almost entirely to the celebration of ego, with all its sad fantasies about success and power, and it celebrates those very forces of greed and ignorance that are destroying the planet. It has never been more difficult to hear the unflattering voice of the truth, and never more difficult, once having heard it, to follow it: because there is nothing in the world around us that supports our choice, and the entire society in which we live seems to negate every idea of sacredness or eternal meaning. So at the time of our most acute danger, when our very future is in doubt, we as human beings find ourselves at our most bewildered, and trapped in a nightmare of our own creation."
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Lizzie on March 05, 2011, 08:10:13 PM
You can get a copy of the Tibetan Book of the Dead in paperback, on Amazon.com for $11.00

You can probably also find a copy for free at your local library.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Cindy42 on March 05, 2011, 08:51:40 PM
You can get a copy of the Tibetan Book of the Dead in paperback, on Amazon.com for $11.00

You can probably also find a copy for free at your local library.

thank you :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on March 09, 2011, 07:24:34 PM
(http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Kindred-octavia-e--butler-124291_408_600.jpg)

It's a "neo-slave noir."

With time traveling, a'la Quantum Leap.

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on March 09, 2011, 08:25:12 PM
Suggestions for dark and well written fantasy please?

Try David Gemmel's Rigante series. The first book is 'Sword in the Storm'. I liked them alot. Enough for multiple reads.

Reading Where the Red Fern Grows to my kids and Martin Gilbert's Israel: A History to myself. Next is another re-read with Zinn's A People's History of the United States
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoltan on March 09, 2011, 08:34:47 PM
Suggestions for dark and well written fantasy please?

Try David Gemmel's Rigante series. The first book is 'Sword in the Storm'. I liked them alot. Enough for multiple reads.

Reading Where the Red Fern Grows to my kids and Martin Gilbert's Israel: A History to myself. Next is another re-read with Zinn's A People's History of the United States

I recently finished A People's History and loved it, despite the rage it caused within me.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on March 09, 2011, 08:40:03 PM
It was my shitter reading for a couple of years. Just pick it up as I sat down and open it at random. I figure I read all of it at least twice in that... sitting. Hah.... But yeah. Gonna read it properly this time, start to finish. I like Zinn's style because he carries his points without becoming shrill or whiny, especially here. Neutrality is bullshit. Take a side and condemn a muthafucka. It's refreshing.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoltan on March 09, 2011, 08:42:56 PM
Kafka is boring and redundant. Exactly how many stories can you make about young businessmen that completely relate to your morose life? God.

Aw, come on. "In the Penal Colony?" Or that one where the doctor has to ride out to the patient... "A Winter Nights' Ride" or something like that? I thought they were cool, and no businessmen!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Synthesis on March 09, 2011, 09:50:16 PM
Ha, there wasn't shit to do on the Marine Corps base I was stationed at on Okinawa, but they had this shitty little library.

I think some subversive officer must've been planting donated books there, because I first ran into A People's History there, along with 4-5 books by John Kenneth Galbraith, and some Noam Chomsky.

Let me tell you, it sparks some interesting conversations when the Officer of the Day comes around when you're on duty, with your feet kicked up on the desk, reading "Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance."
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on March 09, 2011, 09:55:07 PM
Has anyone read Hater? Is it any good?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on March 09, 2011, 11:45:54 PM
Kafka is boring and redundant. Exactly how many stories can you make about young businessmen that completely relate to your morose life? God.

Aw, come on. "In the Penal Colony?" Or that one where the doctor has to ride out to the patient... "A Winter Nights' Ride" or something like that? I thought they were cool, and no businessmen!

Besides, The Metamorphosis was hilarious.  How funny is it that this guy is turned into a GIANT BUG, yet instead of running and screaming everyone treats it as a semi-normal but terminally embarrassing condition to be ignored as hard as possible.  LOL GERMANS.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barsook on March 11, 2011, 09:22:51 AM
(http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=9780441019977/LC.GIF&client=sirsi&type=rw12)
and
(http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=9781585678198/LC.GIF&client=sirsi&type=rw12)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on March 11, 2011, 09:25:54 AM
Kafka is boring and redundant. Exactly how many stories can you make about young businessmen that completely relate to your morose life? God.

Aw, come on. "In the Penal Colony?" Or that one where the doctor has to ride out to the patient... "A Winter Nights' Ride" or something like that? I thought they were cool, and no businessmen!

Besides, The Metamorphosis was hilarious.  How funny is it that this guy is turned into a GIANT BUG, yet instead of running and screaming everyone treats it as a semi-normal but terminally embarrassing condition to be ignored as hard as possible.  LOL GERMANS.

Wasn't that whole story meant to be a metaphor for mental illnesses?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Synthesis on March 11, 2011, 09:56:59 AM
Kafka is boring and redundant. Exactly how many stories can you make about young businessmen that completely relate to your morose life? God.

Aw, come on. "In the Penal Colony?" Or that one where the doctor has to ride out to the patient... "A Winter Nights' Ride" or something like that? I thought they were cool, and no businessmen!

Besides, The Metamorphosis was hilarious.  How funny is it that this guy is turned into a GIANT BUG, yet instead of running and screaming everyone treats it as a semi-normal but terminally embarrassing condition to be ignored as hard as possible.  LOL GERMANS.

Wasn't that whole story meant to be a metaphor for mental illnesses?

What that story meant is the grist for an eternal "Ph.D. in German Literature" mill.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jengal on March 11, 2011, 11:43:53 AM
American Psycho.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on March 11, 2011, 12:02:27 PM
Kafka is boring and redundant. Exactly how many stories can you make about young businessmen that completely relate to your morose life? God.

Aw, come on. "In the Penal Colony?" Or that one where the doctor has to ride out to the patient... "A Winter Nights' Ride" or something like that? I thought they were cool, and no businessmen!

Besides, The Metamorphosis was hilarious.  How funny is it that this guy is turned into a GIANT BUG, yet instead of running and screaming everyone treats it as a semi-normal but terminally embarrassing condition to be ignored as hard as possible.  LOL GERMANS.

Wasn't that whole story meant to be a metaphor for mental illnesses?

It was about a god damn bug. And all I know is Kafka apparently had a mill of illegitimate children, a handful of which's children came to live in NC. They say if they can correctly link themselves, they can have his fortune. Or something. I asked one of them about it one time and that's the damn story I got.

WHICH is far more interesting than any of Kafka's stories.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Cindy42 on March 12, 2011, 01:26:13 AM
(http://letubeu.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/nelson-mandela.jpg)

for my People and Cultures of Africa class. though the teacher didn't ask for us to read it. i just like the idea of learning about countries trying to become democratic.

i'm only ten pages in. but every time i pick it up and read a few pages i read something that tears me up and makes me think that this man's brilliance should be revered the way Gandhi was revered. he can write in a way that shows exactly how he respects life, culture, nature, and any number of other things and its in a more beautiful way than i can describe. its the mindset of a real freedom fighter.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on March 12, 2011, 02:13:37 AM
Suggestions for dark and well written fantasy please?

I've read these books several times (and posted about them on this thread.)  They have lots of darker, more serious themes and very good characterization.  Neither series has a modern setting, though, so if you care about that, then you may not like these.

1. Graceling - Kristin Cashore
2. Fire - Kristin Cashore

I think Graceling was a better offering than Fire, but ymmv.

1. Skin Hunger - Kathleen Duey
2. Sacred Scars - Kathleen Duey

This series isn't complete yet.  I'm anxiously awaiting the third book.

Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nile on March 12, 2011, 07:45:54 PM
The Sheltering Sky - Paul Bowles

And usually some HP Lovecraft late at night before bed.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Akaramu on March 14, 2011, 10:10:30 AM
Haven't advanced very far yet, but I can already tell it is deliciously unique.

(http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/1623/n2857.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on March 15, 2011, 01:52:03 AM
I read that series, Akaramu.  As I recall....

I hated it.

But we can still be friends.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on March 15, 2011, 03:14:53 AM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZvG0q_-XUOM/TVWUVfRvTxI/AAAAAAAACGE/jjHbby_XNqU/s1600/shadowmarch.jpg)
I just finished this.  Damn good book  :)

Next up is:
(http://mollymarsh.edublogs.org/files/2009/03/abarat.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on March 15, 2011, 07:55:01 AM
If we had a shame, the opposite of bragging for non-arm discussion that would probably be the place to admit that I've almost completely given up reading in favor of audio books.

But really, it's hard to read and walk at the same time.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on March 15, 2011, 09:50:05 AM
1. Graceling - Kristin Cashore

Notwithstanding the obvious caveat, this was fun.

I liked Otherland well enough to finish the series, but I regretted starting before I was done.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on March 16, 2011, 03:41:46 AM
Notwithstanding the obvious caveat, this was fun.

Eek.

Right now I am reading a collection of short stories called Realms.  The stories are overall quite good.  I picked it up on one of my "Oh shit, I only have fifteen minutes before work but I desperately need to stock up on books and here I am at the library to return books anyway so why don't I go in real quick and pull a bunch of books off the shelf at random," library visits.  This was about a week ago.

Oddly enough, I glanced at the back cover last night, where it lists the different authors who have contributed to the book, and whose name should I see but Cat Rambo!  Funny, Sanvean!  She's so famous I picked her out of the library at random.  But I haven't gotten to her story yet.

(http://wyrmpublishing.com/catalog/images/large/realms_LRG.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Cindy42 on March 16, 2011, 05:59:40 AM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZvG0q_-XUOM/TVWUVfRvTxI/AAAAAAAACGE/jjHbby_XNqU/s1600/shadowmarch.jpg)
I just finished this.  Damn good book  :)

Next up is:
(http://mollymarsh.edublogs.org/files/2009/03/abarat.jpg)

my mom, always competiting with the school system for the improvement of my brain, handed me abarat in third grade. i enjoyed it greatly, and had only a little difficulty grasping the plot.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Redheart on March 16, 2011, 01:43:23 PM
Next up is:
(http://mollymarsh.edublogs.org/files/2009/03/abarat.jpg)

Read "Cabal" by Clive Barker.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_wieeQ-lJhmg/TBkI3bj260I/AAAAAAAAAEs/C1SWLx59gMY/s1600/cabal-clive-barker.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Symphony on March 16, 2011, 01:54:51 PM
CA Total Defense r12 Administration Manual.


Someone had "trees" on the mind when developing this software. Policy trees, partition trees(why not call it a group for fuck's sake and make things simple?), sibling branches, parent branches....  :-X


Great software so far though!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on March 16, 2011, 04:27:54 PM
Read "Cabal" by Clive Barker.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_wieeQ-lJhmg/TBkI3bj260I/AAAAAAAAAEs/C1SWLx59gMY/s1600/cabal-clive-barker.jpg)

Isn't that the book that inspired Nightbreed?  Better or worse than the film?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on March 16, 2011, 08:41:45 PM
Haven't advanced very far yet, but I can already tell it is deliciously unique.

(http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/1623/n2857.jpg)


It's soooooooo good. I don't have the next book though so I haven't gotten the courage to read the last few chapters.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Redheart on March 16, 2011, 09:00:17 PM
Read "Cabal" by Clive Barker.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_wieeQ-lJhmg/TBkI3bj260I/AAAAAAAAAEs/C1SWLx59gMY/s1600/cabal-clive-barker.jpg)

Isn't that the book that inspired Nightbreed?  Better or worse than the film?

Yes, it is. I have never seen the film and didn't even know it existed until I googled for the book cover, but I always think books are better than their movie counterparts.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on March 21, 2011, 08:35:28 PM
Just finished Wise Man's Fear. Fucking Rothfuss should stop having any sort of life and write constantly for ME ME ME. Great book. Itching for more already.

Now it's John Toland's biography of Hitler. I got it for nine bucks at BnN because the back cover had a small tear in it. Hooray. This guy won the Pulitzeer for his book on the Japanese Empire... I think it was just called 'Rising Sun' but it's been a long time since I read that one. Great writer. Meaty history that, for me, reads as easily as any well-written novel.

I also bought a nice history of the Roman Empire that's filled with glossy photos and plenty of well-written history. Thumbing through it, it looks nice,
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gunnerblaster on March 24, 2011, 11:11:16 PM
Up until 4am reading this book. A real page-turner.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_aw_uK9XcPH8/S9E-xzW_NlI/AAAAAAAAC-0/-nTS1saDaeo/s320/the+warded+man.JPG)

As darkness falls after sunset, the corelings rise—demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards—symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile. It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms, but those days are gone. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault. Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past. Together, they will stand against the night.

In the good words of Jay-Z, "On to the next one."

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_FFXwdxbTPCQ/S7p3QTDZ3vI/AAAAAAAAA7Y/hB6f3l1oMZ0/s1600/24The+Desert+Spear.jpg)

I ordered this book, 2 months ago. I just got it in two days ago.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: FantasyWriter on March 28, 2011, 07:05:49 PM
This as soon as it comes out:

Quote
Announcing Inheritance, the Final Book in
Christopher Paolini's #1 Bestselling Series
Inheritance Cover    

It began with Eragon. It ends with Inheritance.

Eagerly awaited by millions around the world, the triumphant conclusion to Christopher Paolini's Inheritance cycle will arrive November 8, 2011.

Following the #1 bestselling novels Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr, the fourth and final book in the series will be titled INHERITANCE, a fitting designation for the concluding novel in Paolini's epic fantasy.

"The burning questions asked by fans around the world will finally be answered in this last installment," says Christopher Paolini. "All will be revealed!"
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barsook on March 28, 2011, 07:08:12 PM
(http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=9780316075558/LC.GIF&client=sirsi&type=rw12)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barsook on March 28, 2011, 07:09:07 PM
This as soon as it comes out:

Quote
Announcing Inheritance, the Final Book in
Christopher Paolini's #1 Bestselling Series
Inheritance Cover    

It began with Eragon. It ends with Inheritance.

Eagerly awaited by millions around the world, the triumphant conclusion to Christopher Paolini's Inheritance cycle will arrive November 8, 2011.

Following the #1 bestselling novels Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr, the fourth and final book in the series will be titled INHERITANCE, a fitting designation for the concluding novel in Paolini's epic fantasy.

"The burning questions asked by fans around the world will finally be answered in this last installment," says Christopher Paolini. "All will be revealed!"

One word: meh.  Dunno, but it ain't cool anymore, to much like Star Wars.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barsook on March 31, 2011, 11:59:19 AM
(http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=9780765324030/LC.GIF&client=sirsi&type=rw12)

It's freakin' awesome!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jengal on April 01, 2011, 03:23:16 PM
The Secret History by Donna Tartt and The God Squad by Paddy Doyle.

Gotta say I'm liking the god squad a lot more.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on April 01, 2011, 03:37:47 PM
(http://sarahwalstonsblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/we-were-the-mulvaneys-m5z494l.jpg)

I am liking it. I'm on like, page 8. :<
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: rishenko on April 01, 2011, 03:40:28 PM
Just finished (great book):
(http://bitpart.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/ishmael.jpg)


Am reading this currently (enjoyable thus far):
(http://www.permaculture.net/bookstore/graphics/the_story_of_b-large.jpg)


And am nearly done with this as well (very interesting though the science is somewhat off in parts):
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1170899698l/76799.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: rishenko on April 01, 2011, 03:42:20 PM
boog, when you finish that, if you like her style, give this a try. It's a mindfuck that leaves you feeling rather unclean. Having said that, it's pretty interesting.

(http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/images/books/503_zombie.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gunnerblaster on April 04, 2011, 01:48:36 AM
Up until 4am reading this book. A real page-turner.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_aw_uK9XcPH8/S9E-xzW_NlI/AAAAAAAAC-0/-nTS1saDaeo/s320/the+warded+man.JPG)

As darkness falls after sunset, the corelings rise—demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards—symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile. It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms, but those days are gone. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault. Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past. Together, they will stand against the night.

In the good words of Jay-Z, "On to the next one."

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_FFXwdxbTPCQ/S7p3QTDZ3vI/AAAAAAAAA7Y/hB6f3l1oMZ0/s1600/24The+Desert+Spear.jpg)

I ordered this book, 2 months ago. I just got it in two days ago.
Oh my God. This book is fucking amazing. Oh and there's going to be a 3rd one - Which is going to be just as good, I bet.

Oh and get this - They're making the first book into a movie. How fucking epic can that get?

I am just completely stoked off my mind about this.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on April 11, 2011, 12:34:07 AM
(http://img.timeinc.net/time/100books/100_books/nat_turner.jpg)

Pretty beautifully written so far. <3
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on April 11, 2011, 02:54:24 AM
(http://alishaw.co.uk/blog/blog/wp-content/uploads/thegirlwithglassfeetpicadorusapaperbackcover-thumb.jpg)

Just finished this.  Stay away unless you like being depressed.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_YhrLAYLQ8So/R6FHiOwlD1I/AAAAAAAACBk/EfmzYuJsFek/s400/The+Monsters+of+Templeton.jpg)

Reading this now.  It's great!  I like the writing and the characters.  It's I guess kind of a family-history tale, with a little fantasy thrown in.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: NOFUN on April 11, 2011, 03:09:55 AM
Reading is for nerds. Nerds.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on April 11, 2011, 07:42:05 AM
Got half way through Townie. I have loved both Andre Dubus and Andre Dubus II for years.  The first half of his autobiography felt like a gift.
Then suddenly, I stopped liking either one of them and needed to walk away.

I decided I don't want to know too much about the writers I'm reading.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on April 25, 2011, 12:42:47 PM
I finished Stephen Pressfield's novel of the Spartans at Thermopolae, Gates of Fire, a few weeks ago for the fourth or fifth time.
p.s. Read "Gates of Fire" for a healthy representation of a brutal warrior culture such as the Lyksaens have.

This was excellent.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on April 25, 2011, 03:31:49 PM
If you liked Gates of Fire, try his novel about Alexander. The Virtues of War. I liked it alot too. He also wrote the Legend of Bagger Vance. WTF... Who'd have guessed it?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on April 25, 2011, 04:03:41 PM
I decided I don't want to know too much about the writers I'm reading.

I am the same way, for some reason.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Cindy42 on April 29, 2011, 07:12:47 PM
(http://i43.tower.com/images/mm100245023/young-lawyers-jungle-book-survival-guide-thane-josef-messinger-paperback-cover-art.jpg)

I tried watching a movie last night. Unfortunately this happened to be on my bed at the same time. So I didn't really see the movie at all.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on May 01, 2011, 09:56:17 PM
I decided I don't want to know too much about the writers I'm reading.

I am the same way, for some reason.

I only really know a bit about Atwood. But ... I love her.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: spacewars on May 02, 2011, 05:43:07 PM
Reading is for nerds. Nerds.

And your on here because you play Arm which you have to READ.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barsook on May 11, 2011, 07:17:35 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71ACTCGVGEL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.gif)

A book that will help me greatly with my English project.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on May 13, 2011, 12:48:15 AM
(http://www.kentuckypress.com/covers/9780813108865.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Cindy42 on May 18, 2011, 08:03:01 PM
i'm going to buy a juris doctor degree's entire law book requirement

and read that shit

until i can practically defend myself in court.

later, when i have a job and the money to do this with.

also

i am totally up for a reading suggestion right now. hit me!

no mystery, no western unless its william m. johnstone.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on May 19, 2011, 06:27:51 PM
Cindy: Read Louis L'amour's The Walking Drum. This is one of my all-time favorites. Can't praise it enough.

I'm reading Game of Thrones aloud to my wife at night.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Cindy42 on May 20, 2011, 08:20:44 AM
Cindy: Read Louis L'amour's The Walking Drum. This is one of my all-time favorites. Can't praise it enough.

I'm reading Game of Thrones aloud to my wife at night.

Alright
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on May 21, 2011, 12:15:46 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n5/n25536.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barsook on May 21, 2011, 12:25:47 PM
That's some creepy guy there.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Samoa on May 21, 2011, 01:30:54 PM
I finally finished reading all the Song of Ice and Fire books over the past two weeks or so (right after I got my Kindle, coincidentally). Turns out they're pretty good.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Seeker on May 21, 2011, 01:44:41 PM
I am enjoying the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley.  Flavia has a passion for poisons and it is a treat to watch her mind work.

Picture an ancient country house somewhere in England.  The year is 1950.
Picture a girl who lives there with her decidedly eccentric family.  Her name is Flavia de Luce - she is almost eleven.
Picture a long-abandoned Victorian chemistry laboratory; no one ever goes there, it has become Flavia's domain.

Mix together with the local villagers, visiting relatives and strangers, post war history and a few brief dashes of odd murder, and you have some enjoyable detective fiction.

7/10 on the scale - Recommended.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on May 21, 2011, 04:38:48 PM
(http://content.scholastic.com/yawyr/14fb16d4f0f7c573e46dba0c8e09de6333301c79.jpg)

A very weird book.  I'm not sure what he's trying to say with it, but maybe it will all come together in the end.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on May 22, 2011, 07:03:03 AM
Should I read House of Leaves or will I be horribly disappointed by it?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Majikal on May 22, 2011, 11:24:03 AM
Me and the lady are reading a bit of The Long Walk by Stephen King every night. It's actually scary to me.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on May 22, 2011, 10:15:48 PM
Should I read House of Leaves or will I be horribly disappointed by it?

Pretty much one of the best novels of its type. Maybe even a novel unto itself, really. Yes it's worth it.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on May 22, 2011, 10:20:06 PM
Cindy: Read Louis L'amour's The Walking Drum. This is one of my all-time favorites. Can't praise it enough.

I'm reading Game of Thrones aloud to my wife at night.

I'm rereading The Three Kingdoms, UN-FUCKING-ABRIDGED, out loud to manboog. It makes my throat scratchy and it makes me wanna die.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on May 22, 2011, 10:24:51 PM
(http://content.scholastic.com/yawyr/14fb16d4f0f7c573e46dba0c8e09de6333301c79.jpg)

A very weird book.  I'm not sure what he's trying to say with it, but maybe it will all come together in the end.


SPOILER: It did not.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on May 22, 2011, 10:42:59 PM
Should I read House of Leaves or will I be horribly disappointed by it?

Pretty much one of the best novels of its type. Maybe even a novel unto itself, really. Yes it's worth it.

Cheers :)

I'll grab some time this week and get ready for the mindrape.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on May 28, 2011, 03:13:06 PM
(http://www.hittheroadjacq.com/admin/covers/Joel%20Shepherd%20-%20Sasha.jpg)

I'm reading this right now.  It started out slow, but I'm really liking it now.  It's basically your standard medieval fantasy, but it's really more about a bunch of feudal lords just establishing themselves in a land that was mostly tribal factions, and the conflicts therin.  There's a lot of action and intrigue, and the main character is a totally kickass girl padawan type.  I like it better than Game of Thrones.  It's very realistic and harsh, but there's less chauvinism.  Well, there's probably just as much chauvinism, but people are actually prepared to kill other people over it instead of whine about things or meekly accept fate, etc.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: EldritchOrigins on May 28, 2011, 03:41:48 PM
(http://www.onsoma.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Zen-Motor-Pic.jpg)

IT CHANGED MY LIFE![i/]

It's a story about one man's long search for meaning as he rides his motorcyle across the US with his son.  Lots of philosophy with real world application.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: manipura on May 28, 2011, 03:54:16 PM
(http://www.onsoma.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Zen-Motor-Pic.jpg)

IT CHANGED MY LIFE![i/]

It's a story about one man's long search for meaning as he rides his motorcyle across the US with his son.  Lots of philosophy with real world application.

A most excellent book...I have been wanting to read it again.  My list of books to read (and/or re-read) keeps getting longer, I wish I had a week off, like Reading Week in college, to catch up on a bunch of reading.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on May 28, 2011, 08:36:43 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/55/McIntosh_-_Odalisque_Coverart.png)

It's not horrible. Slightly cliche, but not horrible. It was 50 cents at Ed MacKay's. What can I saaay?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: nihilist on June 06, 2011, 10:27:06 AM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1278940608l/6597651.jpg)

Way too much fluff in the beginning but the intrigue builds after the first half.
Read this, then watch Hangover II, and you might want to visit Bangkok  ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: nihilist on June 06, 2011, 10:43:29 AM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_a8mEOKjk-lY/TRuESmCFFQI/AAAAAAAACJk/V2ursDJ-uHM/s1600/leviathan_scott_westerfeld.jpg)

I read 2/3 of Leviathan and couldn't read any further! I mean, the premise is appealing, but this is just another piece of bad juvenile fiction imo.
Has pretty pictures.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bakha on June 06, 2011, 10:49:17 AM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_a8mEOKjk-lY/TRuESmCFFQI/AAAAAAAACJk/V2ursDJ-uHM/s1600/leviathan_scott_westerfeld.jpg)

I read 2/3 of Leviathan and couldn't read any further! I mean, the premise is appealing, but this is just another piece of bad juvenile fiction imo.
Has pretty pictures.

I agree completely. I was really excited for this series, and it was a major disappointment. Just not good writing, and I like some of Westerfeld's other stuff.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: a strange shadow on June 06, 2011, 03:31:52 PM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1179006497l/864979.jpg)

Got it a long time ago as part of some research... just re-purchased it as I'd lost it a while ago during a move. It's every bit as good as I remembered, and every bit as difficult to read, too. I have to put it down from time to time or I start wanting to froth in rage, or just bawl my eyes out.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: MeTekillot on June 06, 2011, 03:38:11 PM
I just ordered all six volumes of Scott Pilgrim for 46 bucks.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/39/ScottPilgrim.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on June 06, 2011, 03:41:45 PM
(http://aidanmoher.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/the-alchemy-of-stone-by-ekaterina-sedia.jpeg)

Just finished The Alchemy of Stone.  It was a sad, steampunk-ish book.  I liked it I guess.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51E%2B7V-PDyL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Now I'm reading Mistborn.  It's good.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on June 06, 2011, 05:08:11 PM
I just ordered all six volumes of Scott Pilgrim for 46 bucks.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/39/ScottPilgrim.jpg)

Man, you really like this Scott Pilgrim, eh?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: MeTekillot on June 06, 2011, 06:45:16 PM
I just ordered all six volumes of Scott Pilgrim for 46 bucks.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/39/ScottPilgrim.jpg)

Man, you really like this Scott Pilgrim, eh?

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y191/LonelyDemon/Animations/MariaHolic-NoseBleed.gif)
no
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on June 06, 2011, 08:12:35 PM
A friend of mine, not a close friend, but someone I workshopped with had a book published last month. I am waiting for the post office to bring it. I think it's coming tomorrow. Today, I'm reading the reviews.

He's the most talented short story writer I've met, and one of the most talented I've read, so I'm excited for the novel. If it's good I'll recommend it. It's literary though, so if you're hoping he'll be GRRM you'll be sad.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on June 11, 2011, 11:49:18 PM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1170482063l/57913.jpg)

This is without a doubt the greatest book I have ever picked up.
The only good fnord is a dead fnord.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on June 17, 2011, 03:13:53 PM
If you wake at midnight, and hear a horse's feet,
Don't go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street.
Them that asks no questions isn't told a lie,
Watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!
Five and twenty ponies,
Trotting through the dark--
Brandy for the Parson,
'Baccy for the Clerk;
Laces for a lady, letters for a spy,
And watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!

Running round the woodlump if you chance to find
Little barrels, roped and tarred, all full of brandy-wine,
Don't you shout to come and look, nor use 'em for your play.
Put the brishwood back again--and they'll be gone next day!

If you see the stable-door setting open wide;
If you see a tired horse lying down inside;
If your mother mends a coat cut about and tore;
If the lining's wet and warm--don't you ask no more!

If you meet King George's men, dressed in blue and red,
You be careful what you say, and mindful what is said.
If they call you 'pretty maid,' and chuck you 'neath the chin.
Don't you tell where no one is, nor yet where no one's been!

Knocks and footsteps round the house--whistles after dark--
You've no call for running out till the house-dogs bark.
_Trusty's_ here, and _Pinchers_ here, and see how dumb they lie--
_They_ don't fret to follow when the Gentlemen go by!

If you do as you've been told, 'likely there's a chance,
You'll be give a dainty doll, all the way from France,
With a cap of Valenciennes, and a velvet hood--
A present from the Gentlemen, along o' being good!
Five and twenty ponies,
Trotting through the dark--
Brandy for the Parson,
'Baccy for the Clerk.
Them that asks no questions isn't told a lie--
Watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!


'A Smuggler's Song," by Rudyard Kipling
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on June 17, 2011, 03:26:21 PM
Paperboy. I love how Bob Thurber attacks the myth of the safe and happy home.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on June 17, 2011, 09:23:30 PM
I want to read something where I am in love with the protagonist, only to be betrayed. Suggestions?

No weaklings, please. I almost didn't finished "We Were the Mulvaneys" because I wanted to throttle and ring the necks of 75% of the 5 person family.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on June 17, 2011, 09:37:25 PM
I want to read something where I am in love with the protagonist, only to be betrayed. Suggestions?

No weaklings, please. I almost didn't finished "We Were the Mulvaneys" because I wanted to throttle and ring the necks of 75% of the 5 person family.

I don't know about betrayed at the end, but read Paperboy.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: jstorrie on June 20, 2011, 06:06:48 PM
All Work And No Pay: The Great American Speedup (http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/06/speed-up-american-workers-long-hours)

unpleasantly true.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on June 20, 2011, 09:22:51 PM
(http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/images/page/cover_277.jpg)

I'm not sure why I'm reading this, but it showed up at the library under my name so I must have reserved it at some point.  Holy crap, though, whatever impulse led me to do that however many months ago was dead on.  This book is great.  Maybe someone here recommended it.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on June 21, 2011, 08:43:36 AM
THE NAME OF THE WIND

I'm not sure why I'm reading this, but it showed up at the library under my name so I must have reserved it at some point.  Holy crap, though, whatever impulse led me to do that however many months ago was dead on.  This book is great.  Maybe someone here recommended it.

My love for it pales beside RogueGunslinger's, but isn't it nice?  Be warned that the next book has sects in it.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on June 21, 2011, 09:15:34 AM
It really is pretty great.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jdr on June 21, 2011, 08:44:48 PM
It has 'a novel' on the front cover, just in case you were confused.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on June 21, 2011, 08:56:01 PM
What has novel on the cover? Now I am confused!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on June 21, 2011, 09:08:47 PM
sects.

You know how much I love my unique bodies of religion and politics.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Cindy42 on June 27, 2011, 01:30:37 AM
The first book I've been able to read in a long time and it was... ungodly depressing, not in a dead dog book way, but you can feel the way this man is forced to live as a black person in the forties and its crushing somehow, and i couldn't put it down because it was so well-written. thing was three hundred pages long or something and i finished it very fast. i just read it because i wanted to read black literature and they didn't have Toni Morrison at the local libary, or that book the guy with the Murderface avatar recommended.

(http://weturnthepage.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/nativeson.jpg)

in related news, i got to read <3 <3 <3
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on June 30, 2011, 05:36:18 PM
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Ordered this online and devoured it in a day.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kronibas on June 30, 2011, 05:37:02 PM
The first book I've been able to read in a long time and it was... ungodly depressing, not in a dead dog book way, but you can feel the way this man is forced to live as a black person in the forties and its crushing somehow, and i couldn't put it down because it was so well-written. thing was three hundred pages long or something and i finished it very fast. i just read it because i wanted to read black literature and they didn't have Toni Morrison at the local libary, or that book the guy with the Murderface avatar recommended.

(http://weturnthepage.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/nativeson.jpg)

in related news, i got to read <3 <3 <3

I had to read Black Boy during the spring semester for a history class... yeah... depressing about sums it up.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Cindy42 on July 01, 2011, 07:30:21 AM
Finally finished Extras. Kind of upset about the one person tricking the other person to make them stay. That was a loose thread to me. I distinctly remember Pretties being much better. The technology in Extras makes me yearn for life in a super, thousand years from now high-tech society.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51eZ85LAZfL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Pretties, Uglies, Specials and Extras is the order of the series I think
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on July 04, 2011, 07:21:24 AM
I fookin hate Dickens!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Cind on July 06, 2011, 07:47:45 AM
Ray Bradbury is one of those odd places for me. Its either going to be a landmine or a treasure chest. Haven't started yet, and I'm still waiting on that l'amour book. I'm on a list, so its probably good.

(http://www.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/0/9780380977260.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: nihilist on July 06, 2011, 10:02:24 AM
Dandelion Wine is, how should I say, magical. Poetic. Surreal. You should read it in your backyard on a mild sunny afternoon.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: nihilist on July 06, 2011, 10:15:21 AM
Anyway, here's what I've been up to!

(http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ5_wXfMFiiUcwQMVCmUjuBbrgj071aAeATBDYLjjsFnmt6Vu0R)

This was like Randy Pausch's Last Lecture in story form. Chase those childhood dreams, yeah!

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1165481451l/4865.jpg)

Be nice to people and you will reap lots. This book made me feel better than that evil evil 48 Laws of Power.

(http://bethhull.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/characters-viewpoint.jpg)

I've been writing again, go me. This book is filled with tons of neat advice.

(http://www.davidmswitzer.com/slonczewski/images/ocean5.jpg)

This book was so dull I had to put it down. I was willing to give it a fighting chance so I flipped through all the remaining pages to find something interesting. I couldn't, so I had to put this book away forever :(

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1255467903l/127455.jpg)

And here's what I'm currently working on. Found out about it from you kind folks of the GDB! It's very Armageddon-ish.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on July 06, 2011, 01:33:51 PM
(http://reviewsbylola.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/faithfulplace_low.jpg)

Faithful Place.  It's the last of Tana French's dublin murder squad mysteries.  I like it so far!  I've liked all her other stuff too.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: flurry on July 06, 2011, 02:03:16 PM
(http://marywhipplereviews.com/wp-content/uploads/cover-faceless-killers-mankell-194x300.jpg)

This author was recommended enthusiastically to me by a bookstore guy when I was buying a used copy of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on July 06, 2011, 02:15:13 PM
I've learned to take book recommendations with a grain of salt.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: bartenderer on July 06, 2011, 03:44:59 PM
Reading Catcher in the Rye and Cryptonomicon. I have a short attention span so I usually read a few books at a time.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: chrisdcoulombe on July 08, 2011, 02:36:55 AM
Market research trying to sell a third tier product as possible worm bedding or planting medium.  I  have found markets that make it seem like throwing it away would be the better option. ???
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on July 08, 2011, 07:26:46 AM
City of Thieves. World War II Leningrad is reminding me of Nak! That probably deserves a couple of extra exclamations.
Excellent book so far, but I've only started.
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Post by: Olafson on July 08, 2011, 07:48:32 AM
I read that one recently.  Excellent book, highly recommend it.
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Post by: Gunnerblaster on July 09, 2011, 12:46:57 AM
Just got caught up with the most recent translated release of Claymore (manga).

(http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/7291/adsov0yd3.jpg)
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Post by: boog on July 09, 2011, 12:54:55 AM
I'm trying to read Sophie's Choice, but I fucking hate it right now.

Styron is amazing, seriously. He is a master of English. It's just his shit is so ... bulky. It is smooth, but the vernacular is so high-brow when he's trying to describe the simplest of things. I just can't handle it, I don't think.
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Post by: Cind on July 10, 2011, 06:49:40 PM
Dandelion Wine is, how should I say, magical. Poetic. Surreal. You should read it in your backyard on a mild sunny afternoon.

ugh, i can't make it past page 2. you can have this cup of coffee.

also: Johanna Lindsey, you disappoint me yet again.

crap, sorry. didn't mean to do that
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Post by: LauraMars on July 19, 2011, 12:40:07 AM
City of Thieves.

I should look this one up. Who is it by?
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Post by: Barzalene on July 19, 2011, 07:19:42 AM
Yes!
David Beninoff
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Post by: LauraMars on July 23, 2011, 04:48:46 PM
Squee this just came in at the library for me:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/81/The_Wise_Man's_Fear_UK_cover.jpg/200px-The_Wise_Man's_Fear_UK_cover.jpg)
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Post by: Fathi on July 23, 2011, 06:43:41 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41NsKGjKpML._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
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Post by: Barzalene on July 23, 2011, 07:24:33 PM
In spite of hating his biography, and finding him unsympathetic as a character, I'm reading Andre Dubus III's The Garden of Last Days. It's beautiful and painful. He's got more depth than his biography hints at.
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Post by: CravenMadness on July 23, 2011, 08:00:49 PM
Going through the Magic of Recluse series again, lots of good books.

Also just finished the Black Company series, -awesome- stuff all around.
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Post by: Kronibas on July 24, 2011, 11:39:12 PM
He paid the gold price for food and water, though it shamed him...
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Post by: Akaramu on July 25, 2011, 07:44:09 AM
A dance with dragons. I am savoring it slowly, with only about 50 pages a day, so it lasts longer. I'm also totally avoiding that Spoilerthread on here until I'm done with it.
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Post by: jstorrie on July 25, 2011, 07:46:55 AM
Just stayed up until an absurd hour reading like six volumes of BERSERK. fffffffffffffff
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Post by: brytta.leofa on July 25, 2011, 10:32:03 AM
Starting to build my vacation reading list.  So far, it contains:
- The Guns of August
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Post by: Old Kank on July 25, 2011, 11:18:16 AM
Blindness, by Jose Saramago
(http://fastcache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/8/2010/06/adfb3.jpg)

This is the first book I've read by Saramago.  I'm only a chapter in, but I can't tell if I like his style or loathe it.  "Like most works by Saramago, the novel contains many long, breathless sentences in which commas take the place of periods. The lack of quotation marks around dialogue means that the speakers' identities (or the fact that dialogue is occurring) may not be immediately apparent to the reader."
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Post by: Bogre on July 25, 2011, 11:31:48 AM
A dance with dragons. I am savoring it slowly, with only about 50 pages a day, so it lasts longer. I'm also totally avoiding that Spoilerthread on here until I'm done with it.


I haven't started because it's all I will do for days.
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Post by: Gunnerblaster on July 25, 2011, 12:41:17 PM
Just stayed up until an absurd hour reading like six volumes of BERSERK. fffffffffffffff
It's that good, though, right?
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Post by: brytta.leofa on July 25, 2011, 02:43:08 PM
I'm starting Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose. So far it's great.  And it seems to star Brytta Leoffa.

...
.......

Seriously, will I like this book?  Or will I think it's dumb hatin' on a caricatured Catholic church?
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Post by: jstorrie on July 25, 2011, 05:41:38 PM
You will absolutely fucking love that book, I can pretty much guarantee. It's not 'about' the Catholic church, despite being set in a monastery. It's basically a medieval Sherlock Holmes mystery written by someone who's a much better writer than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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Post by: Kronibas on July 25, 2011, 11:28:55 PM
(http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/11/2010/05/340x_custom_1273078705820_sht_my_dad_says_02.jpg)
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Post by: Fathi on July 26, 2011, 06:15:16 AM
I'm starting Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose. So far it's great.  And it seems to star Brytta Leoffa.

...
.......

Seriously, will I like this book?  Or will I think it's dumb hatin' on a caricatured Catholic church?

Does Mr. Leofa know that Sean Connery plays him in the movie version? Ooh la la.  :-*
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Post by: brytta.leofa on July 26, 2011, 10:22:46 AM
I'm starting Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose. So far it's great.  And it seems to star Brytta Leoffa.

Seriously, will I like this book?  Or will I think it's dumb hatin' on a caricatured Catholic church?

Does Mr. Leofa know that Sean Connery plays him in the movie version? Ooh la la.  :-*

He's that one old guy, right?  The one who played Indiana Jones' licentious dad?

I'll letchew know how it goes, jstorrie. :D
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Post by: Kassindra on July 26, 2011, 02:26:51 PM
Slowly making my way along in the series.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/24/AStormOfSwords.jpg)
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Post by: bartenderer on July 26, 2011, 03:01:08 PM
Kurt Vonnegut
NOVELS & STORIES 1963-1973
Cat's Cradle
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
Slaughterhouse-Five
Breakfast of Champions
Stories

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Post by: LauraMars on July 26, 2011, 09:56:46 PM
(http://www.girl.com.au/img/magiciansapprent.jpg)

When will this horrible, boring, dry ordeal be over, so I can move on to things I actually WANT TO READ? 
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on July 27, 2011, 05:43:43 AM
I drop shitty books like nothin'. I learned long ago sticking through to find out what happens is never worth it. And there's just so much out there
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Post by: nihilist on July 27, 2011, 09:42:50 AM
I drop shitty books like nothin'. I learned long ago sticking through to find out what happens is never worth it. And there's just so much out there

QFE. There's mountains of media to consume. If you aren't enjoying what you're reading, and you can't find anything in it to steal (if you're a writer) then throw it away! Like the Amber series...  :P

Here's what I'm reading now: GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL! I thought this knowledge was common sense!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on July 27, 2011, 08:57:55 PM
I drop shitty books like nothin'. I learned long ago sticking through to find out what happens is never worth it. And there's just so much out there

I usually do too, but I left this one too late.  Generally when I consume over half of a 700 page book, I feel obligated to finish it because I've already invested so much time. BOO.
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Post by: Marauder Moe on July 27, 2011, 10:08:08 PM
(http://www.jim-butcher.com/pics/gsCoverSm.jpg)
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Post by: Delirium on July 28, 2011, 02:30:20 AM
I made the mistake of curling up to start reading the Hunger Games, a little relaxation before I went to sleep.

Four hours later, I just finished it.

Oh my god.

Now I have to try and sleep instead of downloading the next two.  ::)

Seriously, it's amazingly well written.
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Post by: Kronibas on July 28, 2011, 02:50:35 AM
(http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/2/0/0/10b/4/AAAAAl5YKZIAAAAAAQtE2w.jpg?v=1212794092000)

Just tore through this.  Heh, amusing little birthday gift.
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Post by: brytta.leofa on July 28, 2011, 09:48:58 AM
I made the mistake of curling up to start reading the Hunger Games, a little relaxation before I went to sleep.

The last one bogs down a little...but, yes, wow.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on July 28, 2011, 07:30:56 PM
Bleh. That one of them shitty ones I dropped. Got halfway through the first and just found myself so, absolutely uncaring for any of the characters.
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Post by: bcw81 on July 28, 2011, 08:46:20 PM
(http://www.fantasybooknews.com/files/2010/05/the-innocent-mage.jpg)

It's a different writing style than I normally like, but it's good shit so far.
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Post by: lordcooper on July 29, 2011, 01:09:59 PM
(http://www.girl.com.au/img/magiciansapprent.jpg)

When will this horrible, boring, dry ordeal be over, so I can move on to things I actually WANT TO READ?  

I threw one of her books (Priestess of the White) in the trash this morning.  Don't discount her as an author before reading the Black Magician trilogy though.  That series was brilliant.

E:  So brilliant that I actually read the entire trilogy in one sitting.
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Post by: Kronibas on July 29, 2011, 07:59:29 PM
(http://www.bloodygoodhorror.com/bgh/files/Abraham-Lincoln-Vampire-Hunter.jpg)
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Post by: Jengal on July 30, 2011, 01:23:52 PM
I'm reading Apt Pupil by stephen king at the mo.

Do any of you sci-fi/fantasy book buffs know any good fantasy/sci-fi book series that I can read?
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Post by: Kronibas on July 30, 2011, 01:32:17 PM

Do any of you sci-fi/fantasy book buffs know any good fantasy/sci-fi book series that I can read?


Have you ever checked out George R. R. Martin's sci-fi books?  Tuf Voyaging is a really neat collection of short stories who all feature the same protagonist:  Tuf, a cat-loving mediocre merchant who happens - due to the treachery of others - to find himself in the possession of an ancient "planet-seeding" ship.

Another one of Martin's sci-fi books, a novella called Sandkings, is also a good choice.  There's also a graphic novel based on the piece.
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Post by: Grey Area on August 03, 2011, 01:24:26 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/xh74v.jpg)

It's been suggested I might have a problem.
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Post by: lordcooper on August 03, 2011, 09:09:45 AM
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_m6qjZjycSw4/TKN0N0L00WI/AAAAAAAABKg/y2l3F6zxcGM/The%20Book%20Of%20The%20Law.png)
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Post by: Biscuits on August 03, 2011, 10:36:37 AM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1258417001l/4407.jpg)

Also need to finish

(http://bordersblog.com/scifi/files/boneshaker.jpg)
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Post by: lordcooper on August 03, 2011, 10:39:45 AM
American Gods was a great read.
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Post by: Zoan on August 03, 2011, 10:45:39 AM
Wednesday = perfect canvas for a Noble concept.
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Post by: Kronibas on August 04, 2011, 12:29:22 PM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1278940608l/6597651.jpg)
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Post by: boog on August 04, 2011, 10:36:31 PM
Am I going to get smited for saying anything of Neil Gaiman's I've ever read, which is primarily his short stories and collections, etc, has never impressed me? :<
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Post by: LauraMars on August 04, 2011, 10:46:47 PM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1258417001l/4407.jpg)

I love this book so much.  Anansi Boys was even better, in my opinion.

Kronibas, I keep forgetting to put The Windup Girl on my "to read" list, even though three people have told me to read it.
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Post by: Kronibas on August 05, 2011, 12:06:19 AM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1258417001l/4407.jpg)

I love this book so much.  Anansi Boys was even better, in my opinion.

Kronibas, I keep forgetting to put The Windup Girl on my "to read" list, even though three people have told me to read it.

Laura, I happened across it while checking out Hugo award winners.  I'm not too deep in yet, but thusfar it reminds me of both 'The Diamond Age' by Stephenson and 'Neuromancer' by Gibson.  I think it'll shape out to be a decent read.  Have you ever read Neuromancer?  If you haven't... you should.


RE:  Biscuits & American Gods.  I heard about this book from an Armageddon player *cough cough Malifaxis cough*, after asking him one day for a good book to read several years ago - maybe in like 2006, I think.  He told me 'American Gods,' and it wasn't soon after that I read it.  Then, pretty soon... I had read all Gaiman's novels.  Then all of his short story collections.  /Then/ all of the Sandman graphic novels (which are conveniently available for download on many torrent sites).  Because of Armageddon.

Armageddon also led me to George R.R. Martin's series.  Thank again for that one, Clegane.


Lots of Armageddon players have great taste in literature is the moral of story, I reckon.
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Post by: Cind on August 05, 2011, 02:02:58 AM
that reminds me of something i read a while back.

i own the cover on the left.

(http://www.neilgaiman.com/works/images/GoodOmens_UnabridgedCD_1185501006.jpg)

some of the characters in the book, so i don't have to explain anything.

(http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs17/f/2007/134/9/2/Good_Omens___Supernatural_by_jdillon82.jpg)

there's a large number of sexual jokes in this one. i don't think i've ever read a book with more allusions to the Worldwide Hobby.
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Post by: LauraMars on August 05, 2011, 02:17:04 AM
Of course I've read Neuromancer.  I'm a big fan.

Look, here's the author and I together. He's the cute one, I'm the one on the right.

(http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/77083_639843932322_185103630_36815255_2015194_n.jpg)

/BRAG

Oh, I loved The Diamond Age, too, better than Snow Crash.
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Post by: Barzalene on August 05, 2011, 07:12:15 AM
Am I going to get smited for saying anything of Neil Gaiman's I've ever read, which is primarily his short stories and collections, etc, has never impressed me? :<
I feel that way about Firefly.
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Post by: lordcooper on August 05, 2011, 01:09:52 PM
Am I going to get smited for saying anything of Neil Gaiman's I've ever read, which is primarily his short stories and collections, etc, has never impressed me? :<
I feel that way about Firefly.

...I'm adding you to the list...
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Post by: Kronibas on August 05, 2011, 01:32:04 PM
Of course I've read Neuromancer.  I'm a big fan.

Look, here's the author and I together. He's the cute one, I'm the one on the right.

(http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/77083_639843932322_185103630_36815255_2015194_n.jpg)

/BRAG

Oh, I loved The Diamond Age, too, better than Snow Crash.

Hah, that is too cool, seriously.  Neuromancer is the only one of his I've read.  What are some others of Gibson's that you like?
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Post by: brytta.leofa on August 05, 2011, 02:01:20 PM
Hah, that is too cool, seriously.  Neuromancer is the only one of his I've read.  What are some others of Gibson's that you like?

Now you just hold it right there, Mister Weed.
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Post by: janeshephard on August 05, 2011, 02:24:45 PM
Of course I've read Neuromancer.  I'm a big fan.

Look, here's the author and I together. He's the cute one, I'm the one on the right.

(http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/77083_639843932322_185103630_36815255_2015194_n.jpg)

/BRAG

Oh, I loved The Diamond Age, too, better than Snow Crash.

Hah, that is too cool, seriously.  Neuromancer is the only one of his I've read.  What are some others of Gibson's that you like?

The Sprawl series are awesome: Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive. As a prerequel read Burning Chrome (it's short stories mostly).

I haven't been able to get into Gibson's other works. I liked the younger Gibson much more.
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Post by: boog on August 05, 2011, 06:22:18 PM
Weird. I liked Snow Crash far better than the Diamond Age! I just couldn't get into the Diamond Age. I'll try again, maybe.

Either way, Stephenson's pretty much a god of writing. He is fantastic, even when I can't wriggle myself into it.
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Post by: Barzalene on August 05, 2011, 07:00:08 PM
Oddly, I don't like Stephenson. I do like Gaiman though. But not as much as Terry Pratchett.
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Post by: Case on August 05, 2011, 07:10:20 PM
Neuromancer sucks
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Post by: lordcooper on August 05, 2011, 07:42:31 PM
Oddly, I don't like Stephenson. I do like Gaiman though. But not as much as Terry Pratchett.

I'm really needing some more Discworld.  The day I caught up with the series was not a good day.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on August 05, 2011, 07:48:05 PM
Case, if you don't like Neuromancer, you really have an unfortunate forum nickname.

I like Gibson's older stuff best (neuromancer, bridge trilogy, etc) it is very sci-fi core, but his newer stuff is quite nice in my opinion (I'm thinking primarily about the Pattern Recognition books) and less blatantly cyberpunk, but very philosphical about man's place in a world of technology.  I find I've re-read Pattern Recognition many times, but I'm not sure why.  

The one book that I just can't find many redeeming qualities in is The Difference Engine.  But he co-wrote that so I like to pretend Bruce Sterling was responsible for all the boring parts.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Case on August 05, 2011, 07:59:37 PM
Case, if you don't like Neuromancer, you really have an unfortunate forum nickname.

I like Gibson's older stuff best (neuromancer, bridge trilogy, etc) it is very sci-fi core, but his newer stuff is quite nice in my opinion (I'm thinking primarily about the Pattern Recognition books) and less blatantly cyberpunk, but very philosphical about man's place in a world of technology.  I find I've re-read Pattern Recognition many times, but I'm not sure why.  

The one book that I just can't find many redeeming qualities in is The Difference Engine.  But he co-wrote that so I like to pretend Bruce Sterling was responsible for all the boring parts.
I was kidding :)

Neuromancer teaches us that not even the Turing Police can stop us detoxing our bodies enough to do drugs again and that's something to live by.
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Post by: Kronibas on August 05, 2011, 10:48:08 PM
Case, if you don't like Neuromancer, you really have an unfortunate forum nickname.

I like Gibson's older stuff best (neuromancer, bridge trilogy, etc) it is very sci-fi core, but his newer stuff is quite nice in my opinion (I'm thinking primarily about the Pattern Recognition books) and less blatantly cyberpunk, but very philosphical about man's place in a world of technology.  I find I've re-read Pattern Recognition many times, but I'm not sure why.  

The one book that I just can't find many redeeming qualities in is The Difference Engine.  But he co-wrote that so I like to pretend Bruce Sterling was responsible for all the boring parts.
I was kidding :)

Neuromancer teaches us that not even the Turing Police can stop us detoxing our bodies enough to do drugs again and that's something to live by.

+1    8)
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Post by: Dan on August 11, 2011, 06:34:00 PM
Just finished reading a book called Among Thieves (Tale of the Kin #1) by Douglas Hulick and this book is amazing. Low magic, intrigue, a good bit of backstabbing.

A must read for anyone who has ever, or will ever have a Labyrinth character. Or just anyone else who likes AWESOME books. This is one.
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Post by: Jdr on August 11, 2011, 06:48:09 PM
I am really, really liking Aaron Dembski-Bowden right now. It's writers like him and Dan Abnett that make the Warhammer 40k Universe seem like a legitimate arena in which fantastic storywriting can be done, and not just trashy fan-fiction like the novels used to be. Games Workshop is really taking itself seriously lately, with their improved world success as a business.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on August 11, 2011, 08:21:48 PM
Dudes.

I am still trudging through Sophie's Choice. It's good, don't get me wrong. There is just so much intricate language that I have to stop and write down words and then get going, and then read for a while and get interrupted after that while has been a handful of pages ...

Despairing. It really is despairing. And probably not the best book for a pregnant person to read.
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Post by: AmandaGreathouse on August 12, 2011, 10:38:41 AM
"The Seventh Gate" by Weis and Hickman. It's the final book in the Death Gate Cycle series... which is just brilliant and amazing and all the good things in the world, blended up and mixed into some delicious, readable concoction and smeared onto paper.
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Post by: Malifaxis on August 12, 2011, 11:06:54 AM
"The Seventh Gate" by Weis and Hickman. It's the final book in the Death Gate Cycle series... which is just brilliant and amazing and all the good things in the world, blended up and mixed into some delicious, readable concoction and smeared onto paper.

Oh gods, the Death Gate Cycle... Hugh the Hand was still the best character in that damn series.  So awesome.


Just finished re-reading "On a Pale Horse" by Piers Anthony, from the Incarnations of Immortality series.  Not all the books in the series rocked, but I remember On a Pale Horse (about Death) and For Love of Evil (about Satan) were epic in scope and vision.  Awesome stuff.

Currently re-reading some of Cat Rambo's stuff for more audio recordings, trying to get my pacing and tone down proper.
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Post by: WarriorPoet on August 12, 2011, 11:32:02 AM
MARINE! The Life of Chesty Puller

This guy was a bad, bad, bad muthafucka.
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Post by: LauraMars on August 12, 2011, 08:45:22 PM
Finished A Wise Man's fear.  I liked the first one better, but this one was pretty great too.  I can't wait for the next one! See you in four years, Kvothe.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: AmandaGreathouse on August 13, 2011, 01:05:46 PM
"The Seventh Gate" by Weis and Hickman. It's the final book in the Death Gate Cycle series... which is just brilliant and amazing and all the good things in the world, blended up and mixed into some delicious, readable concoction and smeared onto paper.

Oh gods, the Death Gate Cycle... Hugh the Hand was still the best character in that damn series.  So awesome.


Just finished re-reading "On a Pale Horse" by Piers Anthony, from the Incarnations of Immortality series.  Not all the books in the series rocked, but I remember On a Pale Horse (about Death) and For Love of Evil (about Satan) were epic in scope and vision.  Awesome stuff.

Currently re-reading some of Cat Rambo's stuff for more audio recordings, trying to get my pacing and tone down proper.

Absolutely the best. I liked Marit a lot as well. She had some really interesting conflict and fucked up situations to deal with during the series.

I think since I now have all the books, I'm going to be bringing the first one to work with me today and do a re-read of the series from book one. Though, to be honest, I was never overly fond of the storylines with Bane. They were interesting enough, but I just... I dunno, Sinistrad seemed a bit shallow and uninteresting for Weis and Hickman. Usually their bad-guys have really interesting conflict, depth, and dimension, where Sinistrad felt like evil for the sake of evil.
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Post by: EldritchOrigins on August 13, 2011, 03:29:06 PM
(http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ5_wXfMFiiUcwQMVCmUjuBbrgj071aAeATBDYLjjsFnmt6Vu0R)

This was like Randy Pausch's Last Lecture in story form. Chase those childhood dreams, yeah!

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1165481451l/4865.jpg)

Be nice to people and you will reap lots. This book made me feel better than that evil evil 48 Laws of Power.

Reading the first one, now.  I recently finished the second one.
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Post by: lordcooper on August 14, 2011, 11:02:59 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RsCCizsWvNw/TTnE5rCZLhI/AAAAAAAAL-A/T4bitMAFVF8/s1600/worm+ooro.jpg)

I wrote a big post about this book and deleted it.  Suffice to say that this is the worst thing in existence and has ruined everything forever.  I'm gonna go scrape my brain out now.
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Post by: Kronibas on August 14, 2011, 11:05:37 PM
MARINE! The Life of Chesty Puller

This guy was a bad, bad, bad muthafucka.

GOOD NIGHT CHESTY, WHEREVER YOU ARE...

we had to say that shit every night before going to bed on Parris Island, heh.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on August 15, 2011, 01:18:52 AM
That cover is horrifying enough to make me want to look inside.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jengal on August 15, 2011, 09:43:18 AM
The breathing method - Stephen King.

Holy shit this is boring.  :'(
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: chrisdcoulombe on August 15, 2011, 11:23:31 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/gaming.gadgets/08/15/google.motorola.home/index.html?eref=rss_latest&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_latest+%28RSS%3A+Most+Recent%29
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nao on August 16, 2011, 05:17:44 AM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_t68ar0SFX54/S9pIQiMrvnI/AAAAAAAAEuA/jUGBYeAYAHM/s1600/A+Cruel+Wind.jpg)
He just killed off one of my favourites. Love certain things, but I'm having trouble following the plot.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: RogueGunslinger on August 16, 2011, 05:19:34 AM
That cover art is fucking siiiiick.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Spoon on August 16, 2011, 06:52:10 AM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RsCCizsWvNw/TTnE5rCZLhI/AAAAAAAAL-A/T4bitMAFVF8/s1600/worm+ooro.jpg)

I wrote a big post about this book and deleted it.  Suffice to say that this is the worst thing in existence and has ruined everything forever.  I'm gonna go scrape my brain out now.

I reading that exact copy right now. Suffice to say it's the best thing in existence. :-*
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on August 16, 2011, 12:28:43 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RsCCizsWvNw/TTnE5rCZLhI/AAAAAAAAL-A/T4bitMAFVF8/s1600/worm+ooro.jpg)

I wrote a big post about this book and deleted it.  Suffice to say that this is the worst thing in existence and has ruined everything forever.  I'm gonna go scrape my brain out now.

I reading that exact copy right now. Suffice to say it's the best thing in existence. :-*

Whaaaaaaaat?  You...like it?  Really?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Spoon on August 16, 2011, 02:28:51 PM
Come on. Hit me with you criticism so we can argue about it for a few pages.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on August 25, 2011, 09:54:46 AM
Gentlemen of the Road. So far 3 chapters of pure awesome. I love Chabon.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bacon on August 25, 2011, 12:50:09 PM
The Omen Machine
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on August 25, 2011, 05:21:59 PM
Today I'm starting on read #3 of my Big Red Book About Hitler by John Toland. The rise of National Socialism fascinates me. The later chapters... not so much. Depressing.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bebop on August 25, 2011, 05:39:12 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2APjIFw-6Xs/ThoxIN7kmFI/AAAAAAAACeY/nsoJm-Cdy7M/s1600/Read-Do-Androids-Dream-of-Electric-Sheep-online-free.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on September 06, 2011, 07:42:40 PM
I started reading the New Testament a few weeks ago and that Jesus chap seems like a pretty cool guy really.  It would appear that most of the Christians I've met have followed him in name alone.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not converting or anything, but there are definitely a few things I can try and take on board to improve myself.

Quote from: Mahatma Gandhi
I like your Christ.  I do not like your Christians.  Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

Seems to sum my experiences up pretty well.  Maybe emulation is a little more worthwhile than worship or mere lip service?  Anyway, I'm planning on reading the Quran, the Torah/Pentateuch, the Guru Granth Sahib, the Dhammapada, the Bhagavad Gita, the Principia Discordia and maybe a few of Aleister Crowley's books next, but does anyone have a suggestion for after that?  I'm not really sure why, but I seem to be developing an interest in the more common religions as of late.

Sorry if I've offended anyone here, I'm just kinda rambling a little and mean no harm.

@ Spoon:  Sorry dude(tte?) I must have missed your post there.  I'll write a little up when I'm more awake.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on September 06, 2011, 08:55:10 PM
Quote from: Mahatma Gandhi
I like your Christ.  I do not like your Christians.  Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

There's a good deal of truth in that, but I suspect that the more fundamental problem is in trying to generalize.  Gandhi ain't calling out anyone specific, right? it's the seething, amorphous mass of Christendom that he "doesn't like."  Mister G is uncomfortably like the hypothetical redneck who doesn't want all them Muslims settling over here, except for Hammad who runs the Stinker Station on 5th Street and is All Right.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on September 09, 2011, 04:15:21 PM
the Deed of Paksenarrion
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Malifaxis on September 09, 2011, 04:27:05 PM
Quote from: Mahatma Gandhi
I like your Christ.  I do not like your Christians.  Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

There's a good deal of truth in that, but I suspect that the more fundamental problem is in trying to generalize.  Gandhi ain't calling out anyone specific, right? it's the seething, amorphous mass of Christendom that he "doesn't like."  Mister G is uncomfortably like the hypothetical redneck who doesn't want all them Muslims settling over here, except for Hammad who runs the Stinker Station on 5th Street and is All Right.

Or uncomfortably like the hypothetical christian who doesn't want all them internet fags spreading debauchery around except for Brytta who works at Best Buy and is All Right.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on September 09, 2011, 04:47:19 PM
Quote from: Mahatma Gandhi
I like your Christ.  I do not like your Christians.  Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

There's a good deal of truth in that, but I suspect that the more fundamental problem is in trying to generalize.  Gandhi ain't calling out anyone specific, right? it's the seething, amorphous mass of Christendom that he "doesn't like."  Mister G is uncomfortably like the hypothetical redneck who doesn't want all them Muslims settling over here, except for Hammad who runs the Stinker Station on 5th Street and is All Right.

Or uncomfortably like the hypothetical christian who doesn't want all them internet fags spreading debauchery around except for Brytta who works at Best Buy and is All Right.

Remember, Mal, calling me an internet gaffe isn't actually an insult anymore.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Malifaxis on September 09, 2011, 04:57:57 PM
Quote from: Mahatma Gandhi
I like your Christ.  I do not like your Christians.  Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

There's a good deal of truth in that, but I suspect that the more fundamental problem is in trying to generalize.  Gandhi ain't calling out anyone specific, right? it's the seething, amorphous mass of Christendom that he "doesn't like."  Mister G is uncomfortably like the hypothetical redneck who doesn't want all them Muslims settling over here, except for Hammad who runs the Stinker Station on 5th Street and is All Right.

Or uncomfortably like the hypothetical christian who doesn't want all them internet fags spreading debauchery around except for Brytta who works at Best Buy and is All Right.

Remember, Mal, calling me an internet gaffe isn't actually an insult anymore.

You drew a parallel, I drew a parallel.  Trust me, if I was trying to insult you, you'd know.  If you took insult to the parallel, I don't apologize, for it was not intended.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: brytta.leofa on September 09, 2011, 05:14:41 PM
Quote from: Mahatma Gandhi
I like your Christ.  I do not like your Christians.  Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

There's a good deal of truth in that, but I suspect that the more fundamental problem is in trying to generalize.  Gandhi ain't calling out anyone specific, right? it's the seething, amorphous mass of Christendom that he "doesn't like."  Mister G is uncomfortably like the hypothetical redneck who doesn't want all them Muslims settling over here, except for Hammad who runs the Stinker Station on 5th Street and is All Right.

Or uncomfortably like the hypothetical christian who doesn't want all them internet fags spreading debauchery around except for Brytta who works at Best Buy and is All Right.

Remember, Mal, calling me an internet gaffe isn't actually an insult anymore.

You drew a parallel, I drew a parallel.  Trust me, if I was trying to insult you, you'd know.  If you took insult to the parallel, I don't apologize, for it was not intended.

And you're way more fun when you're talking about things you don't care about.  Wait, maybe I am, too.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Malifaxis on September 09, 2011, 05:20:58 PM
I feel very ambivalent towards pie.  But I think this is the wrong thread.

HOWEVER:

http://hellskitchen.mycafecommerce.com/product/damn-good-food---cookbook

(http://hellskitchen.mycafecommerce.com/images/b6cd00b66d/cache/images/b6cd00b66d/site/products/proportion/HK%20Gear%20Damn%20Good_w370_h247/HK%20Gear%20Damn%20Good_08110407.jpg)

I'm going to reread this, because not only does it have incredible recipes, but it's an amazing story about one man coming to terms with his inner madman, overcoming his drug abuse, and learning how to put his talents to the good of all of mankind('s tongues).
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: askaran on September 09, 2011, 08:37:15 PM
creepypasta.. Fuckin' trippy shit man.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Biscuits on September 09, 2011, 09:00:34 PM
My preorder of the Dark Tower omnibus came in today!  The graphic novel + companion.  It's so heavy I can barely lift it with one hand, haha.  

(http://i.imgur.com/eF2e6.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Is Friday on September 09, 2011, 09:09:13 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_LAJnbtq6GZk/TScrNDei4DI/AAAAAAAAAMs/vmIXie6cQHk/s1600/110107+Brute+Krulak.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Jengal on September 14, 2011, 08:39:06 AM
(http://images.whitcoulls.co.nz/images/ar/a62e82ab/a62e82ab-04de-4d71-a6c3-8a50f37e4d86/180/0/plain/from-a-buick-8.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Taven on September 20, 2011, 02:17:04 AM
(http://www.disenchanted.me/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/game-of-thrones-book-1-of-a-song-of-ice-and-fire.jpg)

So this is the most awesome thing ever: I am reading this for a class. Not only that, but I got the book for free, because my professor gave it to me. Can this get any more amazing?

I'm only 56 pages in so far, but I'm enjoying it a lot.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on September 20, 2011, 05:00:58 AM
(http://www.disenchanted.me/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/game-of-thrones-book-1-of-a-song-of-ice-and-fire.jpg)

So this is the most awesome thing ever: I am reading this for a class. Not only that, but I got the book for free, because my professor gave it to me. Can this get any more amazing?

I'm only 56 pages in so far, but I'm enjoying it a lot.

That's been sitting in my 'to read' pile for a while now.  I'll get around to it some day.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Kol on September 20, 2011, 06:01:24 AM
(http://i2.listal.com/image/products/1000/1857236548/books/dhiammara-maggie-furey.jpg)

This is the last book of the series, that sees our hero, Aurian, one of the last mages, in her struggle to overthrow the evil older mages, and recover four lost artifacts of power. Damn good reading so far, I've gone through the series in less than a month...Also, if you want to see what life in Nak should kinda be like, give these a read, Nexis is a blast.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Taven on September 20, 2011, 11:17:33 AM
Also, if you want to see what life in Nak should kinda be like, give these a read, Nexis is a blast.

I feel like this makes me more likely to read a book.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: IntuitiveApathy on September 23, 2011, 04:17:42 AM
(http://i43.tower.com/images/mm100233117/left-hand-darkness-ursula-k-le-guin-paperback-cover-art.jpg)

sci-fi, as it should be?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on September 23, 2011, 07:22:02 AM
Also, if you want to see what life in Nak should kinda be like, give these a read, Nexis is a blast.

I feel like this makes me more likely to read a book.

I'm telling you. City of Thieves. I think it was one of my favorite books this year. (I mean that I read this year. I don't think it was written this year.)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gunnerblaster on September 25, 2011, 03:50:11 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n31/n158240.jpg)

One day the rian just didn't stop. As the flood waters slowly rose and coastal cities and towns disappeared, some people believed it was the end of the world. Maybe they were right. But the water wasn't the worst part. Even more terrifying was what the soaking rains drove up from beneath the earth - unimaginable creatures, writhing, burrowing... and devouring all in their path. What hope does an already-devasted mankin have...?

Started this book the other night - And just now finished it, less than a day later.

A pretty damned good book. Post-apocalyptic setting, blunt and relatively violent. A mix between two mythical legends. I enjoyed this.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Delirium on September 25, 2011, 03:57:42 PM
Mr. Brian Keene must be an Edgar Allen Poe fan.


Lo! 'tis a gala night
Within the lonesome latter years!
An angel throng, bewinged, bedight
In veils, and drowned in tears,
Sit in a theatre, to see
A play of hopes and fears,
While the orchestra breathes fitfully
The music of the spheres.

Mimes, in the form of God on high,
Mutter and mumble low,
And hither and thither fly-
Mere puppets they, who come and go
At bidding of vast formless things
That shift the scenery to and fro,
Flapping from out their Condor wings
Invisible Woe!

That motley drama- oh, be sure
It shall not be forgot!
With its Phantom chased for evermore,
By a crowd that seize it not,
Through a circle that ever returneth in
To the self-same spot,
And much of Madness, and more of Sin,
And Horror the soul of the plot.

But see, amid the mimic rout
A crawling shape intrude!
A blood-red thing that writhes from out
The scenic solitude!
It writhes!- it writhes!- with mortal pangs
The mimes become its food,
And seraphs sob at vermin fangs
In human gore imbued.

Out- out are the lights- out all!
And, over each quivering form,
The curtain, a funeral pall,
Comes down with the rush of a storm,
While the angels, all pallid and wan,
Uprising, unveiling, affirm
That the play is the tragedy, "Man,"
And its hero the Conqueror Worm.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gunnerblaster on September 25, 2011, 04:12:14 PM
Well, fuck. If you read the book then read that poem, you can see that Keene must've used Edgar Allen Poe's poem as a huge background to the book. With the setting, at least.

Makes it even more awesome now.

I see it now since he made subtle hints at things; such as Edgar Allen Poe and the mythical demonic spellbook, Daemonolatreia.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Ami on September 29, 2011, 08:59:18 PM
Currently juggling Let the right one in  by John Ajvide Lundqvist and the Kuroshitsuji manga.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on September 29, 2011, 09:09:48 PM
The Outsiders. Loooooooover this book.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on September 29, 2011, 09:25:23 PM
Fahrenheit 451. Figure it's worth a second go, when it ain't fo rschoolwork.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Rhyden on September 29, 2011, 09:28:31 PM
Fahrenheit 451. Figure it's worth a second go, when it ain't fo rschoolwork.

I remember watching the 1966 movie with Julie Christie and it freaked me right out.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on September 29, 2011, 09:32:58 PM
Fahrenheit 451. Figure it's worth a second go, when it ain't fo rschoolwork.

Love that book :)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nyr on October 04, 2011, 09:36:54 AM
So, yeah...someone's going to kill me over this, but I have to post what I'm reading.*

(http://i43.tower.com/images/mm100232819/dune-40th-anniversary-edition-frank-herbert-paperback-cover-art.jpg)

*for the first time evar
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bacon on October 04, 2011, 10:26:00 AM
I think we're all too shocked to kill you.  ???
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Dalmeth on October 04, 2011, 10:27:04 AM
I think we're all too shocked to kill you.  ???

I'm just biding my time...

Good stuff, isn't it?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Nyr on October 04, 2011, 10:41:18 AM
I haven't read some of the best fantasy and science fiction classics yet, and only recently recognized that I was deficient in that area...

It's excellent!

I am wondering how far in the series I am allowed to read.  Does it begin to decline in quality at some point? 
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Dalmeth on October 04, 2011, 10:51:22 AM
I am wondering how far in the series I am allowed to read.  Does it begin to decline in quality at some point? 

I'd say it gets less focused after God Emperor of Dune, but I remember all the books by Frank Herbert himself as pretty damned good stuff.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Delirium on October 04, 2011, 10:58:25 AM
God: Emporer of Dune was my favorite of the series, actually.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on October 04, 2011, 12:27:29 PM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1167322712l/21608.jpg)

The Accidental Time Machine.  It's great!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Bacon on October 04, 2011, 04:07:15 PM
I haven't read some of the best fantasy and science fiction classics yet, and only recently recognized that I was deficient in that area...

It's excellent!

I am wondering how far in the series I am allowed to read.  Does it begin to decline in quality at some point? 

I felt it declined in quality beginning with God Emperor of Dune. I enjoyed those that came before it immensely though.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: WarriorPoet on October 04, 2011, 06:38:33 PM
Fahrenheit 451. You guys kept on about it so I bought it a few days ago. It's alright so far, but hasn't really flipped me yet.

Also Lincoln by Gore Vidal. This one is a little long-winded but pretty good.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on October 06, 2011, 01:44:08 AM
I want something epic. Atwood epic. Dystopian, maybe.

Finished F451, and of course I loved it. But now I need something meaty and lyrical and beautiful and not so to the point.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Gunnerblaster on October 06, 2011, 05:09:11 AM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4103/5085422287_9750eacfff.jpg)

I've had this 7-series book novella's for awhile and just recently started reading them.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Barzalene on October 06, 2011, 07:22:43 AM
I want something epic. Atwood epic. Dystopian, maybe.

Finished F451, and of course I loved it. But now I need something meaty and lyrical and beautiful and not so to the point.

I loved Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist. It's meaty and lyrical and beautiful and not to the point, but it's also a slow read and demanding. I had to struggle with the first quarter of the book. I'm betting you could try a sample on Amazon.

(I recommended this one to sarahjc but she didn't think much of it. So, mileage does vary.)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoltan on October 06, 2011, 12:00:05 PM
God: Emporer of Dune was my favorite of the series, actually.

Same here. My advice to a new Dune reader is to just avoid the Brian Herbert and KJA-penned books. I don't hold too much personal antipathy towards the guys... but shit. Some of the things they retconned in... just... no... NOOOOOOOOOOO!

Chapterhouse: Dune by Frank ends on a cliffhanger, and (in my edition) a beautiful epitaph about his recently-deceased wife. My advice is to just leave it at that and speculate about "Dune 7" yourself. It's just... it's better that way.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoltan on October 06, 2011, 12:01:31 PM
Oh, I'm reading Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, by the way. As recommended to me by Bebop like... ages ago. Luckily Val already owns the series! The writing's often too clipped for my tastes, but I'm really enjoying it so far. Considering I've been on a spree of history books, philosophy and other "dry" stuff, it's a great change of pace.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on October 06, 2011, 12:16:21 PM
I want something epic. Atwood epic. Dystopian, maybe.

Finished F451, and of course I loved it. But now I need something meaty and lyrical and beautiful and not so to the point.

These come highly recommended. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katharine_Kerr#Deverry_novels)  I picked up A Time of Exile as an impulse buy and it hooked me completely.

Quote
The novels of Deverry are perhaps Kerr's best-known works. Originally envisioned as a short story or novela, the project grew into a series of fifteen full novels.
The series is written in a non-linear style: the principal narrative is frequently interrupted by flashbacks to events that occurred decades, or even centuries, before. These flashbacks concern the prior incarnations of characters in the principal narrative, and provide insight into the relationships of the characters in their current incarnations.
Kerr has likened the series to a play, breaking the story into several acts.

Or this:

(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01183/arts-graphics-2008_1183023a.jpg)

It's beautiful and meandering and made me laugh and tear up in several places.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Zoan on October 06, 2011, 12:36:18 PM
The Dune books didn't decline in quality after any book, it's that Herbert was writing his books with an end goal and vision, and because we didn't get to see it through to the end we simply don't see the whole plan. If you take the books as they are, to have ended at Chapterhouse, then yes, there'd be a decline in quality.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Spoon on October 06, 2011, 02:32:09 PM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1167322712l/21608.jpg)

The Accidental Time Machine.  It's great!


Check out Mindbridge if you can find a copy, it's my favourite Haldeman. It's like a concise re-working of The Forever War .

In answer to Nyr's question, they start getting bad when Frank stopped writing them. I actually threw a copy of The Butlerian Jihad out of a train window.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on October 06, 2011, 02:51:34 PM
Litterbug
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Spoon on October 06, 2011, 06:43:56 PM
Come on, hit me with your critique already cooper.

I LIKE HOW IT ENDS WHERE IT STARTS.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Old Kank on October 06, 2011, 06:45:46 PM
A Feast for Crows.

I can't believe how awful it is, compared to the other books.  I'm having to force myself to read it because I actively dislike most of the characters.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: boog on October 06, 2011, 06:47:17 PM
Maybe we should have a book borrowing exchange thing, where the person who wants the books someone has pays for shipping.

Yeah. That'd be neat. I'm sure it can't be that expensive. Maybe.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on October 06, 2011, 06:56:56 PM
Come on, hit me with your critique already cooper.

I LIKE HOW IT ENDS WHERE IT STARTS.

Why am I critiquing you?
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Spoon on October 06, 2011, 07:10:44 PM
@ Spoon:  Sorry dude(tte?) I must have missed your post there.  I'll write a little up when I'm more awake.


Wake up. Then I'll tell you if I'm a dudette or not.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: LauraMars on October 07, 2011, 01:40:40 AM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IRz6DlR3tok/ThtYb7ccG5I/AAAAAAAABVU/CDQB7s-knKk/s1600/magicianscover.jpg)

I have that "good book" feeling already.  That feeling where I'm reluctant to read it because I don't to get to the end too quickly!
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Is Friday on October 15, 2011, 10:39:32 AM
Maybe we should have a book borrowing exchange thing, where the person who wants the books someone has pays for shipping.

Yeah. That'd be neat. I'm sure it can't be that expensive. Maybe.
My Nook has a "borrow" feature.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: lordcooper on October 21, 2011, 07:34:37 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n50/n253888.jpg)

This book shows a side of the author I've seen too rarely, while still being packed full of the Pratchett magic.  Quite possibly the best book I've picked up this year and I simply cannot wait to finish it.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading?
Post by: Taven on October 22, 2011, 02:01:38 AM
(http://www.goodcombad.com/books/publ/0050/5078_en02.jpg)

Technically, I just finished it, so I am not "currently reading" it.

It's the second book in an unfinished trilogy. The third book was supposed to come out in 2006, so I don't have much hope for the completion of the trilogy. However, "The Mageborn Traitor" is a great book with a vivid, intricate world. Just be warned, there IS a heavy dose of "IC" sexism. The world is not a patriarchy, but a matriarchy, so the gender roles are swapped. It's really, really weird to read in some spots because of that, and makes for good discussion about how we percieve gender roles still in society today.

Don't worry, there's more then just that. That's just the setting. The actual plot includes magic, intrigue, and politics.

Here's a more interesting description:

Quote from: author's website
THE MAGEBORN TRAITOR

With The Ruins Of Ambrai, the first volume of her brilliant fantasy epic, EXILES, Melanie Rawn introduced the world of Lenfell--pristine, untouched, a perfect refuge for the Mageborn, whose powers were percieved as a threat by people not gifted with magic. But the greater the magic, the greater the peril--and Lenfell was soon devastated by a war between rival Mageborn factions that polluted the land, sea, and air with hideous specters known as the Wraithenbeasts.

Generations after the terrible war, the rivalry between the Mage Guardians and the Lords of Malleris sparked off yet another terrifying conflict, a power struggle that nearly succeeded in destroying the Mage Guardians and giving the Malerrisi all they desired. But unbeknownst to the First Lord of the Malerris, there were those among their enemies who had foreseen her tactics and had worked for generations to ensure the survival of both the Mage Guardians and the people of Lenfell.

Now the lines have been clearly drawn, leaving one of Lenfell's most powerful families divided against itself, with Glenin, former First Daughter of Ambrai, plotting the ruin of her sisters, Sarra, Councillor of Sheve, and Cailet, the new Mage Captal, even as the Malerrisi--under Glenin's leadership--once again begin weaving a web which would entangle their entire work.

For though the Lords of Malerris seem content to remain in self-imposed exile within their castle stronghold, this is merely an illusion created to conceal a campaign of conquest that could see Lenfell fall permenantly under their rule--politically, economically, and magically.

And even as Cailet's dreams of a restored Mage Academy become a reality, and Sarra's legal reforms offer the hope of greater prosperity and equality for all people, Glenin prepares to strike at the very heart of both her sisters' power. All it will take is the betrayal of Ambrai's most closely guarded family secret, and the right traitor planted in the heart of Cailet's haven---a traitor trained to be the nemesis of all Mage Guardians; Glenin's perfect tool of destruction and most loyal follower, her own son....
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Post by: My 2 sids on October 24, 2011, 10:46:59 AM
First,  I love you all because now I have something to direct patrons to when they're looking for something Fantasy/ Sci Fi to read.

Second, have any of you read "Ready Player One"? by Ernest Cline?   
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Post by: Bakha on October 25, 2011, 06:54:07 AM
First,  I love you all because now I have something to direct patrons to when they're looking for something Fantasy/ Sci Fi to read.

Second, have any of you read "Ready Player One"? by Ernest Cline?  

Finished it last night. Such a fun read! I do wonder if non-geeks will find it nearly as enjoyable as I did, but I'd certainly recommend it to anyone who plays Armageddon.

Ironically, I opened this thread this morning to see if anyone else had read this book.
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Post by: Bakha on October 25, 2011, 06:57:01 AM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IRz6DlR3tok/ThtYb7ccG5I/AAAAAAAABVU/CDQB7s-knKk/s1600/magicianscover.jpg)

I have that "good book" feeling already.  That feeling where I'm reluctant to read it because I don't to get to the end too quickly!

That's a great book. The good news is that the next book, The Magician King, is equally good, if not better.
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Post by: Kronibas on October 26, 2011, 11:43:46 AM
(http://convergentemergence.pbworks.com/f/1254177565/love%20is%20a%20dog%20from%20hell.jpg)
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Post by: WarriorPoet on October 26, 2011, 09:06:23 PM
God who'd wanna be... God who'd wanna be such an asshole?
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Post by: LauraMars on October 26, 2011, 09:14:35 PM
That's a great book. The good news is that the next book, The Magician King, is equally good, if not better.

It's like Harry Potter did lines off his Firebolt with Hermoine.

It's Narnia, if Narnia grew up in the bad part of town.

It's awesome.
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Post by: brytta.leofa on October 26, 2011, 11:27:14 PM
That's a great book. The good news is that the next book, The Magician King, is equally good, if not better.

It's like Harry Potter did lines off his Firebolt with Hermoine.

It's Narnia, if Narnia grew up in the bad part of town.

It's awesome.

Quote from: http://www.amazon.com/Magicians-Novel-Lev-Grossman/dp/B00509COAK/
He loses his innocence after a prank unintentionally allows

Are you sure this isn't A Stoner of Earthsea?
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Post by: LauraMars on October 26, 2011, 11:36:39 PM
I guess it could also be The Emerald Rehab Center of Oz but who's counting?
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Post by: rishenko on October 31, 2011, 02:05:32 PM
(http://www.greatspiritualbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/zen-mind-beginners-mind-shunryu-suzuki.jpg)
and
(http://www.bradleyalpinist.com/cart/images/Rock%20Warriors%20Way.jpg)
and
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_eVUWcwzqgK8/S_Hc2e3nIwI/AAAAAAAAElU/SaQUO3_7z_8/s1600/ChiRunning+book+cover.jpg)
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Post by: WarriorPoet on October 31, 2011, 04:49:31 PM
About halfway through Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden. The series is called Genghis and as the title implies, it is appropriately bad fucking ass. Lots of low-tech savagery so far. Good stuff man.
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Post by: Ampere on November 01, 2011, 10:24:57 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Wa-At-05DZ4/TpHvZu7e8oI/AAAAAAAA02Q/_AInAfsONu8/s1600/coldcommand.JPG)
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Post by: Fathi on November 02, 2011, 01:45:34 AM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Wa-At-05DZ4/TpHvZu7e8oI/AAAAAAAA02Q/_AInAfsONu8/s1600/coldcommand.JPG)

AHGERGRSGRDGDRHDRHHHHHHHHHHHHh YES I HAVE WAITED SO LONG.





I'm reading the latest Neal Stephenson brick.

There's nothing like a book that is both fun to read and useful as a bludgeoning weapon.
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Post by: Bakha on November 03, 2011, 09:35:02 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Wa-At-05DZ4/TpHvZu7e8oI/AAAAAAAA02Q/_AInAfsONu8/s1600/coldcommand.JPG)

AHGERGRSGRDGDRHDRHHHHHHHHHHHHh YES I HAVE WAITED SO LONG.





I'm reading the latest Neal Stephenson brick.

There's nothing like a book that is both fun to read and useful as a bludgeoning weapon.

I'm excited to read Reamde. I've heard it's a return to a slightly more accessible Stephenson. I absolutely loved the Baroque Cycle as well as Anathem... but I do pine for a return to the madcap fun of Snow Crash.
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Post by: LauraMars on November 03, 2011, 09:56:09 PM
I wonder if the new Locke Lamora book is really coming out in March like the internet says.

I've waited for such a long time!!!!!
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Post by: Dan on November 03, 2011, 10:03:47 PM
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks... not really impressed so far.

Shame because I loved his Way of the Shadows trilogy.
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Post by: boog on November 03, 2011, 10:31:52 PM
Really? Right now I'm reading Arm logs that everyone's submitted 'cos they're the only things I can finish in a relatively quick amount of time.
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Post by: Kronibas on November 03, 2011, 10:33:07 PM
(http://www.greatspiritualbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/zen-mind-beginners-mind-shunryu-suzuki.jpg)


I remember Shunryu Suzuki's 'Not Always So' being the first book on Buddhism I ever bought, at random, from a Books-A-Million.


I was a teenager at the time and even used my pay from a shitty movie theater job to buy a badass looking woven doormat, which seemed strikingly like something a Buddhist monk would sit on while meditating.  I meditated while sitting on it a few times then went back to playing Armageddon.

It's been a long time since I picked that book up, but I just might, now.
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Post by: stark on November 05, 2011, 02:20:09 PM
The last of the Strain trilogy.
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Post by: FantasyWriter on November 13, 2011, 01:45:04 AM
(http://blogs.epicindia.com/leapinthedark/Inheritance%20Cover%20by%20Paolini%20small.jpg)

Came home earlier in the week and it was sitting on the table where I empty my pockets after work.

I love my wife. :)
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Post by: WarriorPoet on November 13, 2011, 01:49:06 AM
Halfway through the second book of the Genghis series, Lords of the Bow. Still great. Mongols run amok is a great storyline.
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Post by: rishenko on November 15, 2011, 08:13:02 AM
(http://www.fenton.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Half-the-Sky-book-cover-300x426.jpg)

Excellent, if emotionally draining. Also, lol to our first world problems.
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Post by: rishenko on November 15, 2011, 08:14:09 AM
I remember Shunryu Suzuki's 'Not Always So' being the first book on Buddhism I ever bought, at random, from a Books-A-Million.


I was a teenager at the time and even used my pay from a shitty movie theater job to buy a badass looking woven doormat, which seemed strikingly like something a Buddhist monk would sit on while meditating.  I meditated while sitting on it a few times then went back to playing Armageddon.

It's been a long time since I picked that book up, but I just might, now.

That's cool. I've been looking for something to fit a much more secular mindset than what I used to follow, and am seriously enjoying and appreciating the mind-science/philosophy behind Buddhism. Found an excellent Kadampa center here in the RTP.
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Post by: rishenko on November 29, 2011, 08:21:21 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/HLRkI.jpg)
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Post by: brytta.leofa on November 29, 2011, 09:38:00 AM
Rish, you start reading that stuff and pretty soon you'll be talking about a Collective Unconscious and asking people whether they extrovert their inferior sensing.
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Post by: Tisiphone on November 29, 2011, 09:40:15 AM
Take Campbell with a grain of salt; in my opinion he's more responsible for creating a myth about myths than anything else.

(Not that creating a myth about myths is either a) bad, or b) unworthy of study, but 'tisn't what he claims to be doing.)
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Post by: brytta.leofa on November 29, 2011, 09:55:58 AM
And Jung?
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Post by: lordcooper on November 29, 2011, 10:55:18 AM
Jung had a lot of cool ideas.  I've nicked a few of them for myself.
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Post by: boog on November 29, 2011, 11:25:37 AM
(http://www.sff.net/people/asaro/Covers/Quantum%20Rose%20cover.jpg)

When free time allows. Which is rare as fuck.
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Post by: stark on November 29, 2011, 12:14:46 PM
A surprisingly good read ala Kindle Fire:

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
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Post by: rishenko on December 01, 2011, 02:10:12 PM
Take Campbell with a grain of salt; in my opinion he's more responsible for creating a myth about myths than anything else.

Oh?
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Post by: Barzalene on December 01, 2011, 02:21:58 PM
Just finished Matterhorn.
Recommend it highly.
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Post by: valeria on December 01, 2011, 05:41:17 PM
Chancellorsville, by Stephen W. Sears.  I love it, but one of the best characters dies in the end.   ::)
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Post by: My 2 sids on December 02, 2011, 08:56:25 AM
Anyone know of the Red Dwarf series?  I found it on wikipedia but I have a patron who is wondering if it's worth reading or not
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Post by: Barzalene on December 02, 2011, 09:05:51 AM
I liked it better than The Hitchhikers Guide!
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Post by: lordcooper on December 02, 2011, 09:18:33 AM
Anyone know of the Red Dwarf series?  I found it on wikipedia but I have a patron who is wondering if it's worth reading or not

Never knew there were books, but the TV show is brilliant.
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Post by: bcw81 on December 02, 2011, 09:26:11 AM
I'm re-reading the Night Angels trilogy, and when I'm done, I intend to reread Ender's Game.
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Post by: Spoon on December 02, 2011, 08:03:15 PM
Anyone know of the Red Dwarf series?  I found it on wikipedia but I have a patron who is wondering if it's worth reading or not

Never knew there were books, but the TV show is brilliant.

The books are definitely worth reading. Borrow a lot of ideas from classic sci-fi but that's part of the charm.
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Post by: Barsook on December 02, 2011, 08:27:26 PM
The Spirit Lens by Carol Berg
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Post by: boog on December 02, 2011, 10:24:35 PM
(http://www.sff.net/people/asaro/Covers/Quantum%20Rose%20cover.jpg)

When free time allows. Which is rare as fuck.

As cliche as some of this is, man, I can not put this fuckin' book down.
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Post by: lordcooper on December 03, 2011, 12:39:47 AM
An awful lot of texts I wish I hadn't sent :-\
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on December 03, 2011, 06:03:34 AM
An awful lot of texts I wish I hadn't sent :-\

Aheh. That's always the worst.
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Post by: Zoltan on December 07, 2011, 01:26:36 PM
The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy. To all of you Armers with weak punctuation skills, I could forgive you if you could write like this man.  :P

EDIT: Nearly changed my sig to a cool, deep quote from one of the books because this one passage pretty much spelled out my current character's, uh, character. But the snippet I had in mind was just so ultra GRIMDARK that I couldn't live with it following up every one of my stupid posts.  :-\
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Post by: Barzalene on December 07, 2011, 01:53:31 PM
He is amazing!
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Post by: My 2 sids on December 07, 2011, 02:41:19 PM
I am currently reading the GDB   ;D
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Post by: Barsook on December 07, 2011, 02:41:41 PM
I am currently reading the GDB   ;D
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Post by: Kaiden on December 07, 2011, 02:48:31 PM
I am currently reading the GDB   ;D

If the GDB had a cover, it would totally look like this:

(http://www.sff.net/people/asaro/Covers/Quantum%20Rose%20cover.jpg)
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Post by: Cind on December 10, 2011, 06:06:18 PM
Only a couple pages into this one.

(http://www.zeldainformer.com/images/articles/Orwell-1984.jpg)

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
WAR IS PEACE

I've read Animal Farm too, and I have to say I've read more entertaining books although it was somewhat good. If there are subtler things to be gleaned, under the obvious messages of Animal Farm in response to the flaws of known economic systems along with the social issues that plague them, then I haven't caught them. I'm pretty sure I missed something about what the dogs are supposed to represent though.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on December 10, 2011, 07:27:43 PM
The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy. To all of you Armers with weak punctuation skills, I could forgive you if you could write like this man.  :P

EDIT: Nearly changed my sig to a cool, deep quote from one of the books because this one passage pretty much spelled out my current character's, uh, character. But the snippet I had in mind was just so ultra GRIMDARK that I couldn't live with it following up every one of my stupid posts.  :-\

This motherfucker needs to rot in hell.
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Post by: Gunnerblaster on December 11, 2011, 02:40:57 AM
(http://worldsoforos.com/secondviews/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/fallensun.jpg)
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Post by: Barzalene on December 11, 2011, 09:29:28 AM
Skippy Dies is an amazing book. Beautifully written, smart, funny, compelling. So very very good.
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Post by: Dalmeth on December 11, 2011, 07:30:14 PM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gIUNNSmK4Qk/TlO3WPt_lDI/AAAAAAAAJew/VjaJxnlWfTI/s200/AA+Beowulf.jpg)

I've been waiting years for the time to feel right.  Ever since I received an audio account of the most famous portion of the story.  Now it seems right.
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Post by: lordcooper on December 11, 2011, 07:37:16 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/c1/c7712.jpg)

It's surprisingly unshit so far and puts quite a nice twist on the whole fantasy shebang.
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Post by: Delirium on December 11, 2011, 07:55:04 PM
Picking it back up after getting distracted for a couple weeks.

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0345409469.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

Then I intend to finish reading this one:

(http://i43.tower.com/images/mm101789942/six-degrees-science-connected-age-duncan-j-watts-paperback-cover-art.jpg)
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Post by: Barsook on December 13, 2011, 07:31:07 AM
SkinDeep, a webcomic.
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Post by: Dalmeth on December 15, 2011, 11:58:41 AM
Lessons learned from Beowulf :

No amount of shiny gift-giving will guarantee you'll get a man able to defeat the demon from the fens nor will it guarantee your thanes at your side when facing a goddamn dragon.

There's a fatalism here that I think will at once be familiar and alien to your average Armer.  In a world full of want and desperation, why stand out?  While the game leaves the answer to the player, Beowulf answers, "Because someone has to."
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Post by: Gunnerblaster on December 18, 2011, 04:55:50 PM
What's a good mystery book to get for an elderly grandmother?

Keep in mind, a mystery book for a grandmother. Don't need none've that ridiculous violence and what-have-you.
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Post by: Wolfsong on December 18, 2011, 05:19:56 PM
You'd be surprised how much sex and violence is in the stuff most elderly grandmothers read... But let's see...

Mystery thriller? Or just straight mystery?
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Post by: Gunnerblaster on December 18, 2011, 05:25:18 PM
You'd be surprised how much sex and violence is in the stuff most elderly grandmothers read... But let's see...

Mystery thriller? Or just straight mystery?
I'd think just straight mystery?
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Post by: rishenko on December 20, 2011, 09:24:11 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/d9GyT.jpg)
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Post by: Zoan on December 21, 2011, 06:02:19 AM
Guys, the new Gaunt's Ghosts book by Dan Abnett is out. But I couldn't get a copy - they're all sold out! *sobs*
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Post by: boog on December 21, 2011, 09:09:07 AM
(http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/147640000/147641116.JPG)

Okay, okay. It's getting a little better as the series goes on.
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Post by: boog on December 27, 2011, 12:52:37 AM
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0060899077.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

So, like, as cliche as some of it is, my GOD, I can't put it down. I chalk it up to a lack of excitement. The most exciting thing that happens in my life nowadays is my child, like, being irregular in his feedings. :/
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Post by: JustAnotherGuy on December 27, 2011, 08:44:56 AM
My secret Santa got me this and I've been reading it like crazy, I love it so far.

(http://img.timeinc.net/time/photoessays/2009/fp_books/pirate_latitudes.jpg)
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Post by: AmandaGreathouse on December 27, 2011, 08:49:34 AM
(http://worldsoforos.com/secondviews/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/fallensun.jpg)

Hell yes. Mina in those books rocks so hard, I had to go buy up the dark disciple trilogy after reading them. Love some Weis and Hickman books.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on December 28, 2011, 03:40:25 AM
I just finished Ready Player One.  Burnt through it in a few hours. It was really good. I only wish I'd gotten all the references better.

But really, it's a fantastic book for anyone who is into movies, games and 80's culture. Fun, funny, and adventurous. Also, pretty short and easy to read.
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Post by: boog on December 28, 2011, 03:43:40 AM
(http://worldsoforos.com/secondviews/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/fallensun.jpg)

Hell yes. Mina in those books rocks so hard, I had to go buy up the dark disciple trilogy after reading them. Love some Weis and Hickman books.

manboog points when I scroll past this and goes, "HEY WHAT'S THAT?"

I pause and he points some more and goes, "That's a cool book!"

I finished mine. Now I need something else to read.
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Post by: Romy on December 28, 2011, 03:46:51 AM
I just finished Shantaram, Way of the Shadows, and now reading Yokohama Burning.

They are all really good.
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Post by: Bogre on January 01, 2012, 04:48:33 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a0ot55PfXPc/TguMkw38toI/AAAAAAAACMw/lMqvr1GGTek/s1600/Memories+of+Ice.jpg)
(http://images.wikia.com/wot/images/0/00/TDRCover.jpg)
(http://i.neoseeker.com/boxshots/Qm9va3MvSG9ycm9y/the_drawing_of_the_three__frontcover_large_bE3Weq8nmeVoQXR.jpg)

Currently on number 3 of Malazan Book of the Fallen, The Wheel of Time, and The Dark Tower.

I think I read all the Dragonlance books when I was younger, fond memories. Kang and the Doom Brigade <3, Tasslehoff <3.

I need to pick back up on Gaunt's Ghosts and finish off Farseer, finally.

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Post by: brytta.leofa on January 01, 2012, 04:53:32 PM
The Wheel of Time

This is your last chance to stop.  I'm not advising, just warning.
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Post by: Morrolan on January 01, 2012, 05:07:40 PM
Reamde
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on January 01, 2012, 11:58:00 PM
Reamde

I Just started this one too. My third attempt at Stephenson. I got halfway through Cryptonomicon and a third into Anathem. I really enjoy his creativity, and how very unique his stories are, but I just couldn't bring myself to finish them. Here's to hoping.

P.S. I know I should go read Baroque and Snow Crash. Just haven't gotten around to it.
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Post by: LauraMars on January 02, 2012, 12:53:41 AM
The Wheel of Time

This is your last chance to stop.  I'm not advising, just warning.

It's a square Wheel.
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Post by: Wolfsong on January 02, 2012, 01:07:11 AM
My thoughts on the matter:

1. TATTERSAIL TATTERSAIL TATTERSAIL
2. Wizard and The Glass is the best Dark Tower book IMO. I think. Was that the title of it? Book 4, anyway.
3. Wheel of Time... rolls on awhile. Though I suppose A Song of Ice and Fire is dragging on a bit too.

Related: Excerpt from The Winds of Winter: POSSIBLE SPOILERS (http://georgerrmartin.com/if-sample.html)
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Post by: boog on January 02, 2012, 01:33:56 AM
Reamde

I Just started this one too. My third attempt at Stephenson. I got halfway through Cryptonomicon and a third into Anathem. I really enjoy his creativity, and how very unique his stories are, but I just couldn't bring myself to finish them. Here's to hoping.

P.S. I know I should go read Baroque and Snow Crash. Just haven't gotten around to it.

SC is phenomenal. Diamond Age is good, too.
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Post by: LauraMars on January 02, 2012, 01:46:15 AM
Diamond Age. Best Neal Stephenson novel ever.
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Post by: Bogre on January 02, 2012, 02:46:29 AM
My thoughts on the matter:

1. TATTERSAIL TATTERSAIL TATTERSAIL

:) :) :)
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Post by: AmandaGreathouse on January 02, 2012, 03:13:27 AM
Under the Dome - Stephen King
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on January 02, 2012, 06:10:42 AM
Under the Dome - Stephen King

This book is totally decent. The ending is pretty intense. And the build up is very cool.
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Post by: Zoltan on January 02, 2012, 08:36:57 AM
Under the Dome - Stephen King

This book is totally decent. The ending is pretty intense. And the build up is very cool.

Wait a second, are you saying Steve actually managed to nail an ending?!  :D

Just finished McCarthy's Border Trilogy (sniff), now I'm reading a history book, The Radicalism of the American Revolution. Not sure if I agree with the guy's thesis thus far, but I've only just started it. Can't judge a tome of historic lore by its cover and first fifty pages, after all.

Also, Anathem was good. Aaaaand my favorite Dark Tower book was The Wasteland. That series was weird for me because I read it all out of order, but somehow I think it had more of an impact that way.
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Post by: RogueGunslinger on January 02, 2012, 02:02:38 PM
Well no. It was intense. Not exactly what I was expecting or the most satisfying. But not bad at all.
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Post by: rishenko on