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flurry

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3125 on: January 02, 2018, 04:14:48 PM »
Borne by Jeff Vandermeer. I'm loving it so far. It is very imaginative. I'm enjoying it much more than I did Annihilation(I couldn't get into the other two Southern Reach books but did enjoy the first).

I love Jeff VanderMeer's writing style. I really liked Finch.

Did you know he co-wrote a book of short stories with Sanvean?
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Melkor

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3126 on: January 03, 2018, 01:36:21 AM »
The Hatchet and the River were favorites of mine when i was in 2nd/3rd grade. super fun.
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RogueGunslinger

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3127 on: January 04, 2018, 02:02:13 PM »
Borne by Jeff Vandermeer. I'm loving it so far. It is very imaginative. I'm enjoying it much more than I did Annihilation(I couldn't get into the other two Southern Reach books but did enjoy the first).

I love Jeff VanderMeer's writing style. I really liked Finch.

Did you know he co-wrote a book of short stories with Sanvean?

I didn't. But that is awesome. Something else to add to the list.

LucildaHunta

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3128 on: January 05, 2018, 03:16:12 PM »
Gah, I realized I didn’t finish The Magicians series. So now I’m back into that with the Expanse series on deck.
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Tuannon

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3129 on: January 05, 2018, 06:27:14 PM »
The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie

WarriorPoet

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3130 on: January 05, 2018, 06:38:16 PM »
The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie

This dude's fight scenes are just the best.

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Cind

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3131 on: January 10, 2018, 03:27:55 AM »
Dune. I don't feel like Barnes and Noble makes many wise business decisions, but at least they keep a dozen copies of Dune on the shelf.

I love how truly -real- the cultures in Dune feel. From our own perspective, and I assume from the perspective of seventies' America, it also feels like how a culture of the future would really be--- to love technology until the society is dominated by it, and then instead turning to the powers and usefulness of the human mind and body instead, cultivating new abilities and latent old ones. Its really cool.
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Armaddict

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3132 on: January 10, 2018, 03:35:24 AM »


A continuation of the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy, which was one of my first fantasy series I got really into.  It has a little blurb on it from GRRM about how that series influenced him into writing his own huge trilogy.  These books are awesome.

If you've never read them, it starts with 'The Dragonbone Chair'.  I recommend it to anyone who has time to read (they're large books).
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Bogre

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3133 on: January 12, 2018, 07:34:09 PM »
Borne by Jeff Vandermeer. I'm loving it so far. It is very imaginative. I'm enjoying it much more than I did Annihilation(I couldn't get into the other two Southern Reach books but did enjoy the first).

I love Jeff VanderMeer's writing style. I really liked Finch.

Did you know he co-wrote a book of short stories with Sanvean?

Whoa, really? And it's called the Surgeon's Tale?

...sounds like a book for me.
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Cind

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3134 on: January 16, 2018, 03:17:06 AM »
I LOVE The Dragonbone Chair. Honestly, though, I only read up until the first time things got shitty, sometimes I just forget to keep reading because I'm busy with other things.
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Delirium

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3135 on: January 16, 2018, 11:37:48 AM »
100 Years Of Solitude. Christmas present from my darling. Enjoying it.
"There are no happy endings, because nothing ends." - Schmendrick

Large Hero

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3136 on: January 24, 2018, 11:34:44 AM »


Horror genre.

Andrew Waggoner is a young teenage boy in 1980s England. He is severely bullied at school. It goes so far as genital mutilation at the hands of his tormentors. After fleeing into the English countryside he encounters an ancient supernatural entity with roots in the druidic peoples living in the hills before Britain was a thing. Andrew makes a pact with this entity to get revenge.

As events unfold there's a conflict in Andrew. He wants revenge but there's also horror and fear when he sees - and finds himself party to - the extreme means and ends the ancient entity executes to achieve his revenge. How much "evil" is justified?

Alongside the supernatural revenge storyline there's a sensitive exploration of dealing with school as a teenage outsider. The sexual awakening and confusion that sets in around age 13. Not having enough money to afford what's cool. Drinking and smoking and drugs.

The music and culture of Margaret Thatcher's England is well represented.

It's definitely not a YA book. It is often very graphic.

While reading it I thought of Carrie, Hellraiser, Dr. Jekyll & Mister Hyde,  Frankenstein and This is England.
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boog

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3137 on: February 21, 2018, 06:10:21 PM »
Oh, nice. I'll look into that book, LH.

I'm finally reading Kushiel's Dart, during my brief breakup with the Game of Thrones series.

Yep. I traded one long, sometimes dragging book for another.

FML.
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Large Hero

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3138 on: February 21, 2018, 09:12:40 PM »
Oh, nice. I'll look into that book, LH.


I wound up not loving Chalk! It was okay. It was interesting but IMO it had some problems. Worth a read, still.
It is said that things coming in through the gate can never be your own treasures. What is gained from external circumstances will perish in the end.
- the Mumonkan

boog

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3139 on: February 21, 2018, 10:03:27 PM »
Oh. Poop.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3140 on: May 23, 2018, 06:02:32 PM »
And then I sat there going "really? that was it? that's so stupid."

I still think the best closure you get in Armageddon is just moving on to the next character.

TheHandmaid

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3141 on: May 25, 2018, 04:29:33 AM »
I just finished this for work and it was positively beautiful. From start to finish. This author has one of the most lovely voices in prose.



This one I opened up tonight.

I thought my demons were almost defeated, but you took their side and you pulled them to freedom.

MeTekillot

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3142 on: May 30, 2018, 10:41:03 AM »


Reading this. In one of the chapters the viewpoint character cries about being lonely. I read gritty high fantasy for an escape, Joe Abercombie, you complete ass.
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Delirium

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« Reply #3143 on: May 30, 2018, 11:12:24 AM »
The best character is Glotka. Bar none.

I'm reading The Crying of Lot 49.
"There are no happy endings, because nothing ends." - Schmendrick

Sorry

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3144 on: May 31, 2018, 12:39:27 PM »
apex-magazine.com/the-bread-we-eat-in-dreams
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And in her long nights, in her long house of smoke and miller’s stones, she baked the bread we eat in dreams, strangest loaves, her pies full of anguish and days long dead, her fairy-haunted gingerbread, her cakes wet with tears.
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there is not a demon in Hell who was not once something quite other, and more interesting. In the land where the Euphrates runs green and sweet, I was a grain-god with the head of a bull. In the rough valley of the Tyne I was a god of fertility and war, with the head of a crow. I was a fish-headed lord of plenty in the depths of the Tigris. Before language I was she-who-makes-the-harvest-come, and I rode a red boar. The earth answers when I call it by name. I know its name because we are family.”

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17694319-the-bread-we-eat-in-dreams

https://littleredreviewer.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/the-book-of-apex-vol-4-review-part-2/
"And in her long nights, in her long house of smoke and miller’s stones, she baked the bread we eat in dreams, strangest loaves, her pies full of anguish and days long dead, her fairy-haunted gingerbread, her cakes wet with tears."

Cind

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3145 on: June 03, 2018, 02:29:16 AM »
The Moon's Shadow by Catherine Asaro. This book would be a good read if you want to play a Tuluki or a noble, although the book (I didn't get past the first half) seems mainly to deal with the upper crust of the upper crust of its society (and not something like junior nobles who can get away with a playboy lifestyle, doing nothing but spending daddy's money.) Lot of reputation -obliterating- secrets being held by very high-ranking members of this society too. Basically the six or so most powerful members of the most powerful mini-caste of the most powerful caste, dealing with the new emperor in an attempt to gain power and keep their secrets hidden. I don't try to remember everything, I just enjoy it.
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cshoov

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3146 on: June 03, 2018, 04:57:42 PM »
I'm almost finished with the penultimate essay in David Foster Wallace's A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again.

PriestlySiren

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3147 on: June 03, 2018, 05:33:28 PM »
The Line from the Witching of Savannah series. It's a reread so I remember everything before I get to ones I've never read. I just finished the Purge of Babylon series.

Sorry

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« Reply #3148 on: June 03, 2018, 08:17:17 PM »
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Don’t think I didn’t watch the news, sister of mine,
in those days. Don’t think I didn’t see you
in that mountaintop palace strewn with blood–red bones,
the mosasaur moat, the horned, hooved footmen.
At four in the morning with the baby biting me,
I watched you call the President of Australia
from his velvet bed
and feed him to the army ants.
You were never satisfied. Money, sex, guns, velociraptors:
Mother only wanted your voice on the phone.
You wanted the world.

Evil, they said. Pray for her soul, they said,
for her to step down meekly right this instant
and join some convent, or die. But I clung to the television
not knowing what I felt, at first,
pretending to change diapers and scrub sheets,
not knowing half of it was envy.

They broadcast that final battle of yours —
you remember, I’m sure — and I scratched tic–tac–toe
in my arms to wake myself.
I often dreamed they’d murdered you because I’d put a foot wrong:
I’d made the wrong face
or whispered your name to my son.
Those grim, strapping, blue–pyjamas men:
I watched them fly. They shattered stones with their hands
and cracked wise like you were nobody’s sister.
That last explosion, like a nursery–school
spilled can of paint, Golden Yellow and Clementine
licked with Sea Green.

Of course they never found your body.
Finding people is a black art, sister —
ask me about the time I lost my husband.
One morning, the squeeze of his sweaty arms:
the next, nothing. Bedclothes in disarray.
It took a month to find him:
lazing in the U.S. Virgin Islands
with a younger me whose voice didn’t choke
when they broadcast endless sparkling parades
for your defeat.
I get it, sister.
I know the rage that fills a woman,
swelling you up cumulonimbusly
until not even the President of Australia
could be enough.

So don’t grovel like that on the doorstep.
I can’t offer much:
I don’t keep army ants
or a bathtub big enough for your mosasaur.
But the guest room’s clean.
Don’t beg for forgiveness like I’m one of them, sister,
like I’ll put on blue pajamas and blow you to smithereens
if you cry the wrong number of tears.
You don’t know what you did for me
in your old defiance. Please, come in.
There’s tea in the kettle, soup on the stove,
and a six–year–old, chocolate–smudged nephew I’d like you to meet.
We can talk until sunup and past,
if you like. Don’t sorry me. We’re sisters.
You’re home.

Ada Hoffmann
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"And in her long nights, in her long house of smoke and miller’s stones, she baked the bread we eat in dreams, strangest loaves, her pies full of anguish and days long dead, her fairy-haunted gingerbread, her cakes wet with tears."

Veselka

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3149 on: June 04, 2018, 05:42:18 PM »
Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.

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