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Title: What are you reading?
Post by: IsolatioN on April 24, 2006, 11:40:52 PM
Hey everyone. I'm just curious to what fellow SK.Net goers are reading for books these days? I mean, other then Berserk and other mangas, what are you reading for pleasure? I'm into a lot of suspense novels lately, and have a liking towards Dean Koontz, great suspense author. I just finished reading his novel Intensity and just started up reading another one of his titled From the corner of his eye, both excelent thus far.

So whats everyone else into? Have any suggestions? I'm a big reader so I'm pretty open to all suggestions :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: yota821 on April 25, 2006, 12:22:21 AM
Well, if you include mandatory reading for liberal studies courses, then "Winter of our Discontent", by Steinback and "Corporate and Government Deviances", by two authors that I can't recall. 

As for suggestions, the only American books I've read are Star Wars novels and some political garbage crap.  I highly recommend the Rogue Squadron series though.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vaxillus on April 25, 2006, 12:35:51 AM
I have very little taste in books, but I just finished Diamond Age (fogot the author already  :???:).  Good cyberpunk stuff.  Right now, I'm reading On the Warriors Path by Daniele Bolelli.  Cool stuff on martial arts mentality.  It's more authentic than a lot of the other BS on the market.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Meathook on April 25, 2006, 01:15:25 AM
I work at a call centre so I tend to get only to read a 1 minutes - 5 minutes between calls.  So I've been going though alot of quick science fiction reads.  Doing alot of Warhammer 40K novels.  And picked up the Inquisitor esienhorn books. 

Also If were counting RPG books, I'm going though once again the Warhammer Fantasy roleplay, and legend of the 5 rings.  Not the most enlightening reads but still good quick fun.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SMZKAH on April 25, 2006, 01:37:42 AM
I'm taking a British Literature course right now and I'm reading some of the modernists.  We just finished Virginia Woolf's short stories and Roald Dahl's adult stories.  Now I'm getting ready to read James Joyce.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Borgoff on April 25, 2006, 02:10:35 AM
Right now I'm reading the Forgotten Realms. I'm on the Legacy in R.A Salvatore's Dark elf series. I havn't been ablt to read it lately a) I've been pretty busy with other things and b) I'm in a big Berserk phase right now.  :guts: But it's an amazing series and I'll be getting back to it real soon. Definately worth checking out if you're into fantasy and you're unfamiliar with the series.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vaxillus on April 25, 2006, 02:15:37 AM
I work at a call centre so I tend to get only to read a 1 minutes - 5 minutes between calls.  So I've been going though alot of quick science fiction reads.  Doing alot of Warhammer 40K novels.  And picked up the Inquisitor esienhorn books.
Good books, I loved reading these...

Also If were counting RPG books, I'm going though once again the Warhammer Fantasy roleplay, and legend of the 5 rings.  Not the most enlightening reads but still good quick fun.
...unfortunately the rules system they're based on is broken and crappy.  Go read Dark Age (http://www.dark-age.com/) instead, it's also cheaper.  :carcus:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on April 25, 2006, 03:14:47 AM
I'm totally the kind of guy to judge a book by its cover, so let's see 'em guys!

What I'm currently reading is probably of little interest around here, but I like it:

(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/0299181642.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)

It's pretty great. Puts the entire movement into a cultural perspective.

Before that, I'd just read In Cold Blood, by Capote. He was retarded, right Wally? :guts:

I'd love to read the classics. Anna Karenina was my last great accomplishment in reading. So wonderful, Tolstoy's a genius.

I'm taking this summer off from school, so I hope to get some more reading done. We'll see how that works out.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grail on April 25, 2006, 03:37:21 AM
In my brief moments of leisure, I try to read the first book in Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast series, called Titus Groan. It's pretty bizarre with loads of imagery, and I would reccommend it to anyone who's looking for something really out of the ordinary.

Otherwise, I've had to read Beloved for my English class. Talk about trippy. :puck:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ben on April 25, 2006, 04:24:01 AM
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet is awesome.  It's a novel about the building of cathedrals.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on April 25, 2006, 05:01:30 AM
I'm currently in the middle of reading two books, one for school and one for fun.  I'm reading "The Riverman" for my Sociology of Murder class.  It's by a guy named Robert Keppel and is about how he tracked down the Green River Killer with help from Ted Bundy, also a major nemesis of his (his first case as a homicide detective was the Bundy murders).  It's pretty interesting but is very creepy because it goes into a lot of detail about various homicides that Keppel has investigated, in addition to Ted Bundy and Gary Ridgeway's confessions.  On a lighter side, I'm in the middle of "Krondor: The Assassins" by Raymond E. Feist, one of my favorite fantasy authors at the moment.  It's not as good as most of his other Midkemia novels, but the lead character is one of my favorites in the series, so it's enjoyable nonetheless.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: trapped_soul on April 25, 2006, 05:05:48 AM
just finished "The Loser" by Thomas Bernhard. Great book, if you're an artist or musician - read it.
Now i started with Sting's autobiography "Broken Music".

-TS

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: zooty on April 25, 2006, 02:41:43 PM
i just made an amazon order today :)

The 16th Round: From Number 1 Contender to Number 45472
Byrne's Complete Book of Pool Shots: 350 Moves Every Player Should Know
Brunel: The Man Who Built the World
Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills
Precision Pool
Naruto: Volume 9
The Sword of No-sword: Life of the Master Warrior Tesshu
Berserk Volume 11
The Gracie Way: An Illustrated History of the World's Greatest Martial Arts Family
The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: IsolatioN on April 25, 2006, 02:51:09 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone! I'm pretty open when it comes to reading, hell I'll read just about anything that catches my attention.

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Right now I'm reading the Forgotten Realms. I'm on the Legacy in R.A Salvatore's Dark elf series. I havn't been ablt to read it lately a) I've been pretty busy with other things and b) I'm in a big Berserk phase right now.  Guts But it's an amazing series and I'll be getting back to it real soon. Definately worth checking out if you're into fantasy and you're unfamiliar with the series.

I'm an R.A Salvatore fan as well, great books. I'm also a fan of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Anyone who likes fantasy but doesn't mind a lot of reading, I highly suggest checking them out. I'm re reading the entire series off and on, and I'm on the one that comes right after the Dragon Reborn (5 or 6th I think?).
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Proj2501 on April 25, 2006, 05:03:09 PM
Lately I've had a craving for Chuck Palahunick books....currently re-reading Haunted.
Now on a manga note: Has anyone read EDEN? I picked up both volumes and am REALLY into it so far.
I've also caught up on my manga collection (scans are nice but i like the real thing *plus it good to support the artist...like you already didnt kno that*)
Here's the list of what I've got this week:
Hellsing vol 7
Berserk vol 11
BOTI vols 14 & 15
Trigun vols 6-8 (anyone else reading it? Alot better than the anime by far.)
Crying Freeman
Eden vols 1-2
Naruto vols 6-9
Haunted by Chuck Palahunick
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Uriel on April 25, 2006, 06:09:29 PM
I've been reading George R.R. Martin's "A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE" series. Excellent read, I'm to the latest book after finishing the third book.. which was 1,200 odd pages big. I'm hooked right now and have no idea how what else I will read when I'm done and waiting for the next book in the series... I guess I could just read Berserk? :badbone:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on April 25, 2006, 06:34:00 PM
I'm currently reading Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King. I'm really digging that book a lot right now and enjoying it. It's a blast!  :carcus:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Gluestick on April 25, 2006, 07:00:53 PM
I have been reading the Bio of a Space Tyrant series by Piers Anthony currently on Volume 3 also I have been reading Children of The Mind.

To Proj have you read Invisible Monsters?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Proj2501 on April 25, 2006, 09:11:21 PM
I have been reading the Bio of a Space Tyrant series by Piers Anthony currently on Volume 3 also I have been reading Children of The Mind.

To Proj have you read Invisible Monsters?

Not yet, any good?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: darkbane on April 25, 2006, 11:20:50 PM
Currently also re-reading "A Song of Ice and Fire". Berserk fans should feel right at home in that setting  :guts:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Gluestick on April 25, 2006, 11:57:42 PM
Not yet, any good?
Ah yes it is very good I personally thought it was the best book he has written so far. It becomes very odd though.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vaxillus on April 26, 2006, 02:02:39 AM
Now on a manga note: Has anyone read EDEN? I picked up both volumes and am REALLY into it so far.
YES!  I love Eden, truly awesome.  While it's a manga, it definately feels more like I'm reading a really philosophical book.  I liked the first one more than the second though, let's hope it picks up a bit more with the third and onward.

Anyway, sorry, back to regular books.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: HawaiianStallion on April 26, 2006, 05:36:43 AM
I'm taking a British Literature course right now and I'm reading some of the modernists.  We just finished Virginia Woolf's short stories and Roald Dahl's adult stories.  Now I'm getting ready to read James Joyce.

Check out China Mieville, he's an excellent new author whose works combine all sorts of elements from sci and fantasy to horror and cyber punk. He merges genre's with a bit of a flowery type of prose and creates some excellent stories and characters. Check out Perdido Street Station, the Scar, or The Iron Council! I also think he ran for Parliment if I remember correctly.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: fuxberg on May 03, 2006, 08:44:08 PM
Im reading "Divine Comedy" translated to portuguese.
Today i've bought:
"Rulers of the World" - its about how easily we are manipulated.

"The Bible for Non-believers" - it's the bible w/ an analyses.

"Great War for Civilisation" - about the war in Middle East, i recomend this one
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: IsolatioN on May 03, 2006, 09:03:28 PM
Right now I am reading The Last Innocent Man by Phillip Margolin.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: fuxberg on May 04, 2006, 05:12:45 PM
just bought today an excelent book
"Conspiracy against America" by Philip Roth
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Wii wii wii on May 04, 2006, 06:43:54 PM
A bunch of stock, trite and cliched fantasies, in addition to a few pretentious, wannabe "political breakdowns" they're fantastic!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: fuxberg on May 04, 2006, 10:42:00 PM
 :judo:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Denial on May 05, 2006, 12:12:35 AM
The Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis
The Closing of the American Mind - Allan Bloom
& Sermons of Meister Eckhart
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: TheBeast43105 on June 03, 2006, 12:41:04 AM
I dont usually read classic literature on my own time usually.
Im currently reading The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks for the second time. Its just as hilarious as it was the first time, plus it makes a great conversation starter in public!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: C. Walken on June 03, 2006, 01:11:21 AM
Memnoch The Devil

Darker compared to Anne Rice's other stuff.

She's not the greatest author, but has some interesing inter-woven ideas.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on June 03, 2006, 01:22:32 AM
I'm about halfway through The Golden Compass, the first book in the "His Dark Materials" trilogy.  It's great, for what I'd call children's literature.  Wish I had grown up on this kind of series, rather than shit like THE HARDY BOYS, ugh.  I discovered the title from checking up on one of Casca's major rivals in the "Support Casca" competition, Lord Asriel.

Though I finished it over a year ago, I should also put in a quick shout out for one of the best and most entertaining books I've read in years: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke.  It won a Hugo award in 2005 for "Best Novel", but more importantly, scored a really amazing blurb from Neil Gaiman (of "Sandman" fame) essentially calling it the best fantasy novel since Tolkien's days.

It's in paperback now, so you can get a copy for less than 10 bucks.  At 800 pages, it's quite a journey, but in the end, I promise you'll wish it was longer.  If you can make it through the relatively boring first 50 pages, you'll find a really engaging story at the heart of which are some of the  most memorable characters I've experienced (Berserk aside  :guts: ).
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on June 03, 2006, 01:27:54 AM
Though I finished it over a year ago, I should also put in a quick shout out for one of the best and most entertaining books I've read in years: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke.  It won a Hugo award in 2005 for "Best Novel", but more importantly, scored a really amazing blurb from Neil Gaiman (of "Sandman" fame) essentially calling it the best fantasy novel since Tolkien's days.

It's in paperback now, so you can get a copy for less than 10 bucks.  At 800 pages, it's quite a journey, but in the end, I promise you'll wish it was longer.  If you can make it through the relatively boring first 50 pages, you'll find a really engaging story at the heart of which are some of the  most memorable characters I've experienced (Berserk aside  :guts: ).

Sweet, thanks for the heads-up, Walter!  I'll have to add that to my "to read eventually" list.  As for what I'm reading these days, I'm working my way through Raymond E. Feist's Midkemia novels.  I'm on Krondor: Tear of the Gods, which is only 6 away from catching up to the most recent release! :guts:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Uriel on June 03, 2006, 02:19:45 AM
I'm about halfway through Northern Lights, the first book in the "His Dark Materials" trilogy.
Fixed :guts:

Excellent series though. Asriel is one of my favourite characters from a 'Childrens' novel.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: IsolatioN on June 03, 2006, 02:21:11 AM
Right now I'm re-reading Jurrasic Park. I forgot how much I enjoyed the book :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on June 03, 2006, 02:46:44 AM
Right now I'm re-reading Jurrasic Park. I forgot how much I enjoyed the book :)

Seriously, and "The Lost World" was really good, too, from what I remember.  The film, on the other hand... :griff:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Raziel on June 03, 2006, 03:50:35 AM
Well so far I'm working on reading:

Le Morte D'Arthur

The Divine Comedy

The Serial Killer Files

And working on my library of Japanese language books.


Graphic novel-wise I'm currently enjoying:

Full Metal Alchemist

Berserk (can't resist reading through the series again)

Trigun Maximum

Excel Saga

Preacher (If you loved screwed up shit this is the series for you)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nomad on June 03, 2006, 07:27:56 AM
Le Morte D'Arthur
  A nice pick.  Still one of my favorites.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Raziel on June 05, 2006, 03:13:47 AM
  A nice pick.  Still one of my favorites.

You've got good taste. ;D 

Got to love all things medieval, I always have and guess that's just part of the reason why I love Berserk.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on June 06, 2006, 02:24:06 PM
Well so far I'm working on reading:

Le Morte D'Arthur
I've read this before, but it was a contemporary... reitteration (?) of the text. So, I wonder which version are reading of this as well as:

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The Divine Comedy
which I will begin reading soon after I finish reading Life after God and Something Wicked This Way Comes, but only because it's a book a friend of mine lent me and I don't like holding on to things months at a time if I'm not using it.
But I've got the Longfellow version of the Barnes & Noble Classics Series.
Very excited about it!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Spirit of Ukko on June 07, 2006, 08:21:46 PM
I must admit that i'm  really lazy when it comes to reading "real" books. There are many books that i'm really interested of, but i just don't have enough patience. I'm still trying so now i'm reading "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding and "Dark Tower 4 - Wizard and Glass" by Stephen King. Btw i can really recommend the Dark Tower series...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on June 07, 2006, 08:42:49 PM
Btw i can really recommend the Dark Tower series...

It keeps getting better too. Just wait until you read 5, 6 and 7! :void:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Spirit of Ukko on June 07, 2006, 08:50:22 PM
It keeps getting better too. Just wait until you read 5, 6 and 7! :void:
Cant wait to get my hands on them. The fourth DT book is most boring yet (better than many other books though) so I kinda read it slowly. Btw Roland kind of reminds me of Guts...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wonderland reject on June 07, 2006, 09:04:40 PM
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Proj2501 on June 07, 2006, 09:17:51 PM
The Walking Dead! (Just got a letter of mine published in the latest issue!) :guts:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CnC on June 07, 2006, 10:02:34 PM
The Walking Dead! (Just got a letter of mine published in the latest issue!) :guts:

you sir, have good taste
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chung on June 07, 2006, 10:29:11 PM
I just finished reading Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane, was pretty tough to get into, but it got very rewarding in the end. I heard it's very similar to Anna Karenina.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Trashcan on June 07, 2006, 11:34:44 PM
Right now, I'm reading this thread to get some leads on good books! Other than that, Lord Galactor's burgeoning collection of Dune novels are within easy reach and make for a decent read.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: C. Walken on June 08, 2006, 03:19:46 AM
Right now, I'm reading this thread to get some leads on good books! Other than that, Lord Galactor's burgeoning collection of Dune novels are within easy reach and make for a decent read.
is Lord Galactor a nickname for Frank Herbert?

because if so.. Dune Chronicles= GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SaiyajinNoOuji on June 08, 2006, 04:36:47 AM
STILL trying to finish Musashi... its been like what? a year or more? meh...

After that I am thinking about buying the complete Pip & Flinx series by Alan Dean Foster... good stuff... good stuff..
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: TheBeast43105 on June 08, 2006, 10:42:42 AM
It keeps getting better too. Just wait until you read 5, 6 and 7! :void:

Oh man how could i forget that series? Yeah the books definitely get more complex (in a good way) and epic as they go. And the ending is actually very good I thought.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Stream on July 24, 2006, 10:27:13 PM
Generally speaking, I'm a science-fiction / fantasy fan;

now I'm reading The Last Defender of Camelot by Roger Zelazny (stories collection)

and Alan Moore's The Ballad of Halo Jones.

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on July 24, 2006, 11:20:47 PM
I'm wrapping up Raymond E. Feist's Conclave of Shadows Saga with "Exile's Return."  Good stuff. :void:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SaiyajinNoOuji on July 24, 2006, 11:39:27 PM
http://objection.4camp.net/go.php?n=266281
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wonderland reject on July 24, 2006, 11:50:53 PM
I'm enjoying reading the Dune series presently in the preparation for Hunters of Dune, but I fear it will a let down.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SaiyajinNoOuji on July 25, 2006, 12:04:12 AM
On a more serious note. I was watching TV in one of the classrooms in my work and saw that a book called "Fiasco: The adventures of the US military" which is about the war in Iraq and what not.

Being a for military member and one who wasn't/isn't very involved in anything political, this booked looked interesting and thought that I would pick it up eventually.

Has anyone picked it up or fingered through it? Comments? Is it worth picking up?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: general zig on July 25, 2006, 02:19:40 AM
Has anyone read the Lord of the Ring books? They are very good, there are also many other books made by J R R Tolkien that you guys should check out. I think his books caused a revolution in fantasy fiction.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on July 25, 2006, 04:09:33 AM
Has anyone read the Lord of the Ring books?

Indeed I have and I enjoyed 'em quite a bit.  I may get around to reading more of his stuff after a few other series I'm planning on reading after I'm all caught up with Feist's Midkemia novels.

EDITED: For sleepy posting :SK:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: C. Walken on July 25, 2006, 03:17:30 PM
I'm enjoying reading the Dune series presently in the preparation for Hunters of Dune, but I fear it will a let down.
I can never get tired of reading Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune.

I can't just read one, I, at the very least, have to read those three in succession every year or so.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Denial on July 25, 2006, 09:35:23 PM
Hunters of Dune? You're not reading that Kevin J. Anderson crap, are you?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: C. Walken on July 25, 2006, 09:44:10 PM
I don't know about the prequels myself. I understand they're taken from Frank Herbert's notes, but his books went beyond just his ideas. The way he told a story and inter-connected relationships through different mediums, be it ideals, emotions, likeness, or fate- it all came out as one complete strong, and satisfying effort. Brian and Kevin try to mimic this at times, but its just not the same.. at all.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on July 25, 2006, 09:57:09 PM
Big time Dune fan here. Never read the non-Frank Herbert books, never will. I'm not interested in other people's take on it, notes or not. If the notes are enough to base books on them, then I'd rather have them published like what was done with the Silmarillion.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: C. Walken on July 25, 2006, 10:59:36 PM
The strange thing is, the prequel books get respectable reviews from general critics, but hammered by other sci-fi authors and sci-fi mags/publications.

I guess the die-hards don't like people messing with a story that has such a rich history
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: general zig on July 25, 2006, 11:20:57 PM
How about the Star Wars books do any of you enjoy them.
My friend is a huge fan of star wars and he said the books explain a lot that was never said in the movies
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: IsolatioN on July 26, 2006, 01:10:13 AM
Has anyone read the Lord of the Ring books?

The real question is, what true nerd/geek hasn't? The LOTR books were fantastic, the movie was great but not what everyone makes it out to be.

I'm ashamed to say it, but.. I have never read Dune. I hear it's a fantastic series, but I have just never gotten around to reading them. I dunno why.

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How about the Star Wars books do any of you enjoy them.
...Which StarWars books? There have been maaaany. Theres the books for each specific movie if thats what your talking about, and then there are series with new characters, mini-series, and those that take place after Episode 6 I believe.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on July 26, 2006, 01:36:18 AM
Seriously, the question should be who HASN'T read LotR?  I actually re-read through them over the summer and solidified my opinion of "LotR sucks; The Hobbit rules" opinion.  I just personally think he was too serious with LotR.  It's honestly a chore to read.

I've never given Dune a try, I guess mostly because all I've seen of Kubrick's movie was Patrick Stewart screaming into a megaphone while riding a giant worm  XD.  And I realize that's an ignorant statement, which is why I'll read the book and see what I've been missing.  C. Walken's post sold me on it, bravo dude.

How about the Star Wars books do any of you enjoy them.
My girlfriend has read many of them, and she claims the only ones worth reading for anyone who doesn't literally eat drink and sleep Star Wars are the books written by Timothy Zahn.  I've read the first three in his series, and they're definitely a notch above the other shit...  But honestly, it's hard to take this kind of sub-genre too seriously. It's really just elaborate fan-fiction with Lucas' stamp of approval (as if he actually follows them).

Right now, I've been trucking through Musashi, but it's pretty slow at the moment. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CnC on July 26, 2006, 01:49:34 AM
Seriously, the question should be who HASN'T read LotR?  I actually re-read through them over the summer and solidified my opinion of "LotR sucks; The Hobbit rules" opinion.  I just personally think he was too serious with LotR.  It's honestly a chore to read.

I haven't read it.  I did read hobbit tho. Never could get very far into LotR when I tried (three times, I think).  I agree with you on that, Walter.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: vlad on July 26, 2006, 06:45:03 AM
IMHO the main question about LotR is when did you read it, was it at a tender teen, pre-teen age, because if not I doubt you would enjoy it as much. Personally re-read it every chance I get.
As far as The Dune goes it is simply a masterpiece, and as many pointed out, the non Frank Herbert stuff doesn't do it justice.
To keep things on topic, I'm currently on Chomsky and another book called Imprimatur (a sort of historic thriller taking place during the siege of Vienna and incidentally the last large scale outbrake of the "black death")
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on July 26, 2006, 07:11:51 AM
Kubrick's movie

Lynch. :SK:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on July 26, 2006, 01:31:27 PM
Lynch. :SK:
Thank you, Aaz, thank you.
My av was nearly offended. :zodd:


Anyway, my girlfriend is pretty much forcing me to read 1984 as soon as I finish The Paradiso, which is the last book of The Divine Comedy, which I'm thinking might be sooner than I'd have expected.
And it's not because I've nearly finished it.
The companion book to my Bob Dylan CD is a more fascinating read than this. :schierke:

Seriously, boooooooooring. *sigh*

I'm not really in to Sci-fi, and I don't recall ever reading a book of that genre.
I'm unsure of this new experience....
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: wonderland reject on July 26, 2006, 02:16:02 PM
Hunters of Dune? You're not reading that Kevin J. Anderson crap, are you?
Started reading the "Prelude to Dune" trilogy and in some ways it was good but overall the tediousness of the books won out. Also the first 5 chapters to "Hunters of Dune" are on their blog. I'm personally not impressed  http://www.dunenovels.com/dune7blog/dune7blog.html
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Denial on July 26, 2006, 02:19:21 PM
The strange thing is, the prequel books get respectable reviews from general critics, but hammered by other sci-fi authors and sci-fi mags/publications.

I guess the die-hards don't like people messing with a story that has such a rich history

Shamefully I must admit I've read the first 3 Kevin J. Anderson books, as I bought the first one and it takes more than just mediocrity to get me to stop a series once I've started it. The prequel books aren't horrible, but the distance they fall from Herbert's work makes you realize they really shouldn't have been made. It was a sad ploy by Brian to cash in with a writer who isn't even well-respected. Anderson is good at churning out books (I think he does like 6+ a year, insane really), but he doesn't really "get" it -- The original books seem to be at least 50% psychological, whereas Anderson reminds me more of the movies -- Instead of letting the psychology and intrigue simmer, he turns it into a spectacle.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on July 26, 2006, 02:25:30 PM
Anyway, my girlfriend is pretty much forcing me to read 1984

It's a great book, a definite classic, and it's still as relevant as it was back then.
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Post by: The Perineum Falcon on July 26, 2006, 02:32:54 PM
It's a great book, a definite classic, and it's still as relevant as it was back then.
That's all I really needed, a little reinforcement from trusted advisers. [i'm pretty easy. :carcus:]
I'll probably start it later today (after I finish the Dylan companion book;) )
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: C. Walken on July 26, 2006, 02:56:03 PM
Shamefully I must admit I've read the first 3 Kevin J. Anderson books, as I bought the first one and it takes more than just mediocrity to get me to stop a series once I've started it. The prequel books aren't horrible, but the distance they fall from Herbert's work makes you realize they really shouldn't have been made. It was a sad ploy by Brian to cash in with a writer who isn't even well-respected. Anderson is good at churning out books (I think he does like 6+ a year, insane really), but he doesn't really "get" it -- The original books seem to be at least 50% psychological, whereas Anderson reminds me more of the movies -- Instead of letting the psychology and intrigue simmer, he turns it into a spectacle.
I've sat down at a few of those gigantic coffee litterature retail places and tried to read a few of these books, and thats exactly whats wrong with the style of writing. I sometimes have to re-read a few pages of Frank's work to get the full scope of the situation, where-as Anderson and Brian's works paints too much of a straight-forward picture. It gives you a stunning visceral representation, but lacks Frank's balanced approach where things teetered between intuition and reason.
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Post by: TheBeast43105 on July 26, 2006, 05:01:11 PM
I haven't read it.  I did read hobbit tho. Never could get very far into LotR when I tried (three times, I think).  I agree with you on that, Walter.

Ah interesting to see that some people share my opinion. I thought i was the only one who didnt really care for The Lord Of The Rings. 

Reading Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr.    This guys knows how to write, he captures the mind-set of junkies perfectly, and doesnt make them stereotypes either. Its weird to think the book came out in..... 76' or around there.
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Post by: The Perineum Falcon on July 26, 2006, 05:11:22 PM
Reading Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr.    This guys knows how to write, he captures the mind-set of junkies perfectly, and doesnt make them stereotypes either. Its weird to think the book came out in..... 76' or around there.
Yeah, really interesting style. I could almost feel the addiction of the characters, and Aronofsky adapted it perfectly, I felt.
I'm really even surprised I could understand or follow any of the conversations, given that he never used quotations.
Have you read any of his others?
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Post by: TheBeast43105 on July 26, 2006, 05:15:07 PM
Yeah, really interesting style. I could almost feel the addiction of the characters, and Aronofsky adapted it perfectly, I felt.
I'm really even surprised I could understand or follow any of the conversations, given that he never used quotations.
Have you read any of his others?

Yeah it took me a good 50 pages or so until i adapted to the no quotations, and the movie is one of my favorites of all time  :guts:  Aronofsky is a  serious inspiration to me.

I've also read The Demon by Selby.  Its extremely good, and Selby makes a mans descent into insanity disturbingly plausible.  The book starts out a little slow, but all in all, a very good read.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on July 26, 2006, 06:23:23 PM
I just read the preview on Amazon, and The Demon sounds great.

Must....Read....Soon...
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Post by: mahlernut on July 27, 2006, 04:02:09 PM
These days I'm reading Murakami's Sputnik Sweetheart and The Great War for Civilization by Robert Fisk.  Last one's a real pick-me up, let me tell you  :chomp:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: C. Walken on August 01, 2006, 05:22:54 PM
Re-started Dune for the 5th time  :carcus:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on August 02, 2006, 01:28:18 PM
Just finished 1984 and started this while awaiting shipment of another book from Amazon:

(http://a1204.g.akamai.net/7/1204/1401/04011610011/images.barnesandnoble.com/images/7300000/7303234.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Sparnage on August 02, 2006, 01:40:17 PM
Just finished 1984

I've heard good things about 1984, would you recommend it?
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Post by: Proj2501 on August 02, 2006, 02:43:14 PM
Has anyone heard of or read anything by Charles de Lint? I saw some of his books and they seemed interesting. Just curious if anyone here can recommend them or warn me to stear clear.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Raziel on August 02, 2006, 03:52:02 PM
I've heard good things about 1984, would you recommend it?

I've read 1984 before a couple of years back and I didn't care too much for it myself.  I just found it hard to get into, although other people might enjoy it more than I did.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on August 02, 2006, 03:55:47 PM
I've heard good things about 1984, would you recommend it?
It was a quick read for me.
There were some boggy moments where my interest waned, but it kept my interest for the most part.
One of my friends' biggest complaint is that Orwelle just repeats himself after the first 24pgs. I myself didn't find this to be entirely true, but there were repetitive moments.
Just try it. It won't hurt to try, right?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: TheBeast43105 on August 02, 2006, 11:18:44 PM
I've read 1984 before a couple of years back and I didn't care too much for it myself.  I just found it hard to get into, although other people might enjoy it more than I did.

I personally  didnt like the book very much either.  My memory is foggy, but when the main character gets the one book and it tells about how the government fell and everything else, that section was very tedious i think.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on August 03, 2006, 12:57:45 AM
Wow, the thread's filled with 1984 haters? Tsk tsk, you guys... I never would have suspected my little SKnet members to not dig Orwell.   It's the ultimate dystopian novel.

I won't try to convince you guys, but I personally love the book.  However, my first time through it, during high school, I felt so strongly for it that after I read the last sentence, I tore it in 2 1984 pieces and threw it in the trash.  That was, of course, before I knew about ... well anything really of historical substance.  I think that to truly appreciate the book, you need to have at least a moderate grasp on the global political tensions of the time Orwell wrote the book (1946-48), and know the implications of it.  For example, I really can't imagine Animal Farm would be too powerful without being at least a little aware of its parallels to the communist party.

I personally  didnt like the book very much either.  My memory is foggy, but when the main character gets the one book and it tells about how the government fell and everything else, that section was very tedious i think.
Well, if you aren't really into history or non-fiction books, I can see how the style may be tedious.  Personally, I could read that section over and over.  To me, it's fascinating how the Party's political ideology develops over time.  It's a really frightening, clinical depiction of the direction he saw modern politics heading.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on August 03, 2006, 01:36:26 AM
Ah 1984...another book on my "to read" list...

Anywho, just started on Raymond E. Feist's most recent book, which came out in the UK last November, Flight of the Nighthawks.  After two years of reading the Midkemia novels, I'm finally caught up and my friends who've read all of 'em before me can finally start talking with me about all the latest developments, without spoiling anything. :guts:
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Post by: Sparnage on August 03, 2006, 04:39:35 PM
Yep, the 1984 good reviews are more convincing than the bad, will read soon.
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Post by: brinco on August 07, 2006, 02:12:36 PM
I finished "1984" the last weekend and it's really a great novel.  I just couldn't stop reading.

Someone has read "Don Quijote" or some Spanish novels?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on August 07, 2006, 02:44:26 PM
Someone has read "Don Quijote"

It's a classic, too.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on August 07, 2006, 03:32:35 PM
Someone has read "Don Quijote" or some Spanish novels?
One of these days, I will.

I have a bit of an obsession with reading these great, epic-in-size Classic novels, and Don Quixote is certainly one. "Les Mis" is another, along with more Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, Dickens, more Hugo, etc etc etc.
My List of Books I Must Read Soon is becoming uncontrollable.
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Post by: Uriel on August 08, 2006, 01:25:41 PM
I'm re-reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series. I finished all of them in two months and I've thought about nothing else since... maybe the adult fantasy setting appeals to the Berserk fan in me.  Still, I cannot recommend it enough for people who like diverse characters and great depth in their Fiction.
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Post by: Oburi on August 28, 2006, 12:04:40 PM
I've read crime and punishment and notes from the underground by fyoder Dostoevsky and I would read pretty much anything by him.  Also anything by William Blake and I really enjoy, as sick as it may be, Brett Eastin Ellis novels, American Psycho in particular.  Also Hunter S. Thompson (rest in peace) has written the only books where I actually laughed out loud after reading. Other than that just things that I read when I was a younger, but still love, LOTR and stuff. O yea Conrad is also great as is Kurt Vonnegut.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Holsety on September 11, 2006, 12:28:18 AM
One of these days, I will.

I have a bit of an obsession with reading these great, epic-in-size Classic novels, and Don Quixote is certainly one. "Les Mis" is another, along with more Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, Dickens, more Hugo, etc etc etc.
My List of Books I Must Read Soon is becoming uncontrollable.
OMG Sancho Panza is so goddamn cool (justification for that statement...not included). He even faces up to fierce blanketers! I'm reading it for the first time, very fun.

I've recently been reading a few things by Wright; Native Son didn't sit well but the Outsider was an effective take on The Stranger which is also a great book in its own right.
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Post by: smoke on September 11, 2006, 03:26:15 AM
Yeah, all you 1984 haters are lame. It was a great book. Really makes you think about government in a new way.

Also The Metamorphisis is alright, but I had a hard time finishing it. Never really grabbed me by the nuts and dragged me along like some books do.
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Post by: Skullgrin140 on September 11, 2006, 08:36:44 AM
I just started reading There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale - A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Lord of the Rings, Its pretty good  :serpico:
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Post by: The Perineum Falcon on September 11, 2006, 03:04:39 PM
I just began, yesterday:

(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/7380000/7382132.jpg)
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Post by: Walter on September 11, 2006, 04:03:14 PM
Good book. I'm suprised they didn't make you read it in high school or college.

 I enjoyed the in-between chapters, describing the sweeping changes in the aftermath of the depression, rather than the actual story itself  :guts: But I'm sure I'm alone in that regard.
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Post by: The Perineum Falcon on September 11, 2006, 04:09:55 PM
Good book. I'm suprised they didn't make you read it in high school or college.
I'm thankful they hadn't. If I were forced to read it, I wouldn't enjoy it nearly as much.

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I enjoyed the in-between chapters, describing the sweeping changes in the aftermath of the depression, rather than the actual story itself  :guts: But I'm sure I'm alone in that regard.
Yeah, I'm not very far just yet, but I do quite enjoy those chapters. Though, I do quite enjoy the presence of Rev. Casy. =)
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Post by: Holsety on September 11, 2006, 06:56:47 PM
Yeah, all you 1984 haters are lame. It was a great book. Really makes you think about government in a new way.

Also The Metamorphisis is alright, but I had a hard time finishing it. Never really grabbed me by the nuts and dragged me along like some books do.

Personally I think 1984 is a good book but that Brave New World - to which it is oft compared - is better. More than anything else, because BNW depicts a government that believes it is doing good, while 1984's govt feels like control for the sake of control.

However, I'm not a great respected of dystopian books in general. The recent dystopian movie (based on a comic) V for Vendetta - which I have not seen - carried the slogan "People shouldn't be afraid of their governments - governments should be afraid of their people." I am of a similar mind, more terrified of the masses than of the dictators. Dictators can be overthrown by force when in power, but a mass of immoral, or simply foggy-minded people are more dangerous. People forget that the internment camps for Americans in World War II were markedly safer than remaining in the highly prejiduced society. (In fact a number of officials, like Stimson, tried to attack biases based on former nationality but Americans wouldn't have any of it).
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Proj2501 on September 22, 2006, 05:57:29 PM
(http://images.darkhorse.com/covers/13/13541.jpg)
http://www.darkhorse.com/profile/profile.php?sku=13-541
Has anyone read or heard about this?
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Post by: The Perineum Falcon on October 11, 2006, 09:53:15 PM
Just bought today:

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Post by: Bacongod on October 12, 2006, 04:49:04 AM
I recommend "Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht.  It's a tale of a sculptor, and his decent into madness. 

How can anyone dislike "1984"?  The last line is the single most depressing thing I ever read.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on October 12, 2006, 06:30:30 AM
Just bought (Catcher in the Rye) today:
Man, are you just now getting to your high school reading list?   :troll: Where'd you get that wacky cover? I thought he and his publisher agreed back in the 50's to only do text-based covers...

Anyway, Catcher is a great book. It's probably one of the most influential books of our generation, and from what I remember, it was almost everyone's favorite book in high school.  Once you finish that, if you enjoy Salinger, pick up 9 Stories. The first and last in there are legendary, and are more ... universally applicable than Catcher's mostly intrinsic value.

A little bit of info on Salinger, his daughter released a book several years ago, and revealed that her father has dozens of completed novels that he'd been working on since he went into seclusion in the late 50s. He gave her strict instructions that when he died, she was to release the books over a period of years. So... I and the rest of the Salinger-loving world has been counting down the days till he finally croaks... tenacious bastard  :miura:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on October 12, 2006, 01:21:49 PM
I think an assassination is in order. :carcus:

On my new "reading list," I've never had the opportunity to read these Classics of litterature. I'm taking this chance I have to do so now.
I promise that my next won't fall into this category.

It's a pretty quick read for me, so far. I'm already on Chapter 6, waiting for him to leave lousy Pencey already, and I just started last night. Goddam.
That's quick for me.
It's funny reading this today with all the "controversial" as hell language. I read that some lousy parents and teachers refused the hell out of reading this in public schools. Gives me a royal pain in the ass.
As I was saying, about the "language," I get the impression that Salinger used such language simply because it was controversial in the 50s. Controversy for controversy's sake.
My girlfriend, however, pointed out that it could be - and probably is - Holden who thinks this way (using such language just for the controversy it'd bring) and not, neccessarily, Salinger.
I think it's funny and kind of annoying at times.

I was, actually, thinking of picking up Franny & Zooey instead. How is it?
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Post by: HawaiianStallion on October 12, 2006, 04:40:19 PM
Hah wow I didnt like a lot of the great books we read back in high school; respect them for what they did and meant, but just never liked a lot of the writing styles. I did like Hemmingway and Kerouac's stuff though.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on October 12, 2006, 05:24:59 PM
I promise that my next won't fall into this category.
Well, so far they're all great books. I'm just suprised your school didn't cram them down your throats during high school. It's better to read these now. I couldn't appreciate most of these books to their full extent until I was in college.
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I get the impression that Salinger used such language simply because it was controversial in the 50s. Controversy for controversy's sake.
My girlfriend, however, pointed out that it could be - and probably is - Holden who thinks this way (using such language just for the controversy it'd bring) and not, neccessarily, Salinger.
I think it's funny and kind of annoying at times.
It's definitely Holden's voice, not Salinger's gimmick. Your girlfriend is astute  :carcus: The whole book , like I said, is very introverted. All the observations are in Holden's head, and since he's such a REBEL, he uses language to spit in the face of the MAN.
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I was, actually, thinking of picking up Franny & Zooey instead. How is it?
Well, to me, Salinger is hit or miss. Franny & Zooey, two of the stories in 9 Stories, and Raise High the Roofbeam Carpenter are all tied together as their protagonists are part of a family of "child geniuses." You don't have to read them all to appreciate it, they just focus on different times and different children. I personally only REALLY liked 9 Stories. F&Z and Carpenter are pretty sprawling.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: CnC on October 14, 2006, 12:22:16 AM
While its not a novel, I've been reading "State of Denial" by Bob Woodward while I'm out of town.
 I'm about halfway into it and its really quite interesting.  I recommend it to anyone regardless of how they feel on the issue, as its very informative without bias.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on October 24, 2006, 01:53:32 AM
So, I ended up enjoying Catcher quite a bit. I loved the explanation Holden gave of the title.
By the end, my feelings toward the cynical little prick that is Holden Caulfield changed dramatically.

This next one's a quick read, but I'm personally very excited about it:
(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/8920000/8926704.jpg)
It's signed, too. :carcus:
Most probably don't care of my experience at the Photography Convention held in Boone, NC two weeks ago, but I'll briefly share anyway. :troll:
First, it was freezing the night we arrived (my friends and I went camping, and I found myself unprepared for the most part), so waking up for the convention found us mostly miserable.
We were surprised that we somehow wandered into a Photo Con that held Photoshop in higher esteem than conventional photography. I swear, it was probably even sponsored by Adobe!
The day started with a woman giving a VERY long lecture on Adobe's newest: Lightroom and another verison of Photoshop. While I found the information somewhat useful (I am required to have a working knowledge in photoshop for my computer graphics courses) and the logistics of the programs (especially Lightroom) were interesting, but it wasn't at all what I came 7+ hours for.
The rest of the day was spent looking at other artists so-called "photography" that liberally apllied photoshop to bring about the results. Granted, there may not be anything wrong, per sé, in using PS, but it's not something that I particuarly support in the realm of photography, so much so that I rarely even consider it such. Meaning (if that didn't make sense) if someone uses PS too much to add or subtract parts of their composition, I no longer consider it photography. Digital cameras are on (the lower part of) my shit list, too.
Perhaps I'm being a bit too strong here.
Moving on.
Finally there was a release. A very nice woman actually came and gave a lecture on the photos she took with her cameras! Large view cameras and pin-holes were all that she used! Oh, what a relief it was! (I later thanked her for it that night. :carcus:)
And then there was dear Sam Abell (he's pictured on the right of that book up there): documentary photographer, both personally and for National Geographic for many years, and inspirational speaker.
His lengthy, but enjoyable lecture, was a reinvigorating sermon. My friends and I found ourselves nodding to his thoughts and theories of photography in a way very similar to how a congregation nods when the preachers preachin' the Word.
But I don't want it to sound like I'm idolizing him. In a frustrating day, here was a man who admitted to not owning a computer or a digital camera; a man who claims those who use digital lack the faith inherent in photography.
After the Word was spoken, we had the opportunity to buy the book above and have it signed by him. When my turn came, I asked to shake his hand and thanked him for reaffirming everything I thought photography was supposed to be about.
He was very humble when I spoke to him and wrote, in amazing script:
For Brandon,
With appreciation for your thoughts and best wishes for you work.
Sam Abell.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on October 24, 2006, 02:13:14 AM
We were surprised that we somehow wandered into a Photo Con that held Photoshop in higher esteem than conventional photography. I swear, it was probably even sponsored by Adobe!

Well this explains that.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on October 24, 2006, 02:19:33 AM
Well this explains that.
That was sarcasm. There was no actual proof that Adobe sponsored the event. They probably didn't and had nothing more to do with the event than advertise their product. If there were, I wouldn't have been so surprised, and thus would never have mentioned it.

I should've made that clearer.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on October 24, 2006, 03:17:40 AM
That was sarcasm. There was no actual proof that Adobe sponsored the event. They probably didn't and had nothing more to do with the event than advertise their product. If there were, I wouldn't have been so surprised, and thus would never have mentioned it.

Oh, I see. Well to reply to what you were saying, I don't think digital cameras really change all that much as far as photography goes. Both digital and traditional have their advantages and are more suitable depending of a variety of factors (how you'll be displaying the picture, what's the environment you're shooting in, etc). A real photographer shouldn't have trouble nor qualms using a digital camera, and actually the majority of professionals doesn't. Sure, it's not as "romantic" as being oldschool, but these considerations are mostly reserved to amateurs that like to develop their B&W photos themselves in a makeshift darkroom. If you (general "you") reduce photography to the type of lens you're using then you're pretty much missing the point.

Now, heavily modified works using digital tools are a different matter. If the main interest of a picture is related to the fact it was digitally altered, it isn't on the same level anymore, IMO.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on October 24, 2006, 04:11:29 PM
Oh, I see. Well to reply to what you were saying, I don't think digital cameras really change all that much as far as photography goes. Both digital and traditional have their advantages and are more suitable depending of a variety of factors (how you'll be displaying the picture, what's the environment you're shooting in, etc). A real photographer shouldn't have trouble nor qualms using a digital camera, and actually the majority of professionals doesn't. Sure, it's not as "romantic" as being oldschool, but these considerations are mostly reserved to amateurs that like to develop their B&W photos themselves in a makeshift darkroom. If you (general "you") reduce photography to the type of lens you're using then you're pretty much missing the point.

Now, heavily modified works using digital tools are a different matter. If the main interest of a picture is related to the fact it was digitally altered, it isn't on the same level anymore, IMO.
Certainly, I'm sure digital has its advantages, but I prefer the process of film. Call it "romantic" if you want, but it goes beyond romanticism for me. I prefer actively developing the film and prints to sitting in front of a computer, adjusting the color and contrast.
And I don't think there's anything particularly amateurish about that, is there? That's not saying that I believe myself to be anything other than an "amateur," or what have you. I have quite a lot to learn, I know, and expect my opinions to change on certain matters as time goes on. Perhaps I'll accept its usage more, maybe I won't.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on October 24, 2006, 04:16:51 PM
And I don't think there's anything particularly amateurish about that, is there?

Developing your own films is pretty amateurish actually, as far as high quality art-oriented works go. It's a job in itself, separate from basic photography. Or at least it was until the digital era, now it has almost disappeared, for obvious reasons.

Perhaps I'll accept its usage more, maybe I won't.

If you were to make it your job, I'm pretty sure you would. Anyway I'm not trying to convince you, just do it your own way. :serpico:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on October 27, 2006, 11:14:16 PM
I've never had so many books to read, or felt the need to read so many at once. Most are photography books, however, so that makes everything a bit easier:
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(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/b8/19/b2dcb340dca00455b3222010.L.jpg)

(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/0870703781.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

Last is the one I meant to read immediately after Catcher, but didn't have the funds:

(http://www.bookofjoe.com/images/qffsv35lepomdk7ystzqpl4w5pyirppypobeinym.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on November 27, 2006, 04:27:41 PM
(http://journald-unamateur.hautetfort.com/images/medium_cover-les-miserables.jpg)

The thickness of the book looks like an exaggeration. Those tomes you see in movies that weigh 20lbs.
It's daunting at first, just considering how long it may take me, but I'm looking forward to it.
More than any book I've read in the past few months.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on November 27, 2006, 04:46:50 PM
I take it you're planning to read it in French. :zodd:



Trick question.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on November 27, 2006, 05:02:10 PM
Jesus man. Just get the abridged version, unless you want to hear 50 pages on the description of a candlestick (literally).
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on November 27, 2006, 05:25:19 PM
I take it you're planning to read it in French. :zodd:



Trick question.
I'll read it aloud with a thick french accent! :guts:

Jesus man. Just get the abridged version, unless you want to hear 50 pages on the description of a candlestick (literally).
That must be some candlestick! :griff:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Scorpio on November 27, 2006, 05:37:30 PM
Im not much of a reader, but I'd like to be.  I just never really get around to it.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v39/FighterboyZ/0618138943.jpg)

Still, I did recently manage to read Japan Unbound. Its a pretty good book about the Japanese identity, or rather, the lack thereof and how that is changing. The later part also follows a lot of recent politics, which I really knew nothing about. Not an amazing read, but definitely interesting.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v39/FighterboyZ/catch-22.jpg)
So now I've picked up Catch-22. I've heard nothing but good things about this book, so I look forward to getting farther in. So far I love it, being a fan of cynical humor.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v39/FighterboyZ/holmes.jpg)
After I finish that (which will take a long time, if my previous history with books is any indication) I was thinking about reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes. I also want to read 1984, and Brave New World, among other things...  I just wish I was a more motivated reader.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on November 27, 2006, 06:26:39 PM
I just wish I was a more motivated reader.
Maybe stop watching t.v.??
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Scorpio on November 27, 2006, 06:39:47 PM
Are you kidding me? Television projects out to me, whilst reading requires me to look in.  Not to mention tv is addictive...
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Post by: Rhombaad on November 27, 2006, 09:01:48 PM
Not to mention tv is addictive...

I used to think so, too, but television seems to be getting shittier and shittier these days (IMHO).  I'd rather spend my time re-reading Feist's Midkemia novels or diving into Ian Fleming's Bond novels.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: pippin22 on November 28, 2006, 02:04:40 AM
I'd rather spend my time re-reading Feist's Midkemia novels or diving into Ian Fleming's Bond novels.

Yes, reading can be fun, eh?  Especially when you DIVE! into it.  Kids, DIVE! into reading with rhombaad.  Has a nice ring to it, you could be one of those motivational speakers at elementary schools.  Tell kids about the importance of reading.  Unless of course rhombaad isn't your real name...  In that case the whole idea would be kind of silly.   :o
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Scorpio on November 28, 2006, 03:53:37 AM
See, its that whole diving thing that gets me.  Once I actually start reading, I can easily read for hours.  Its just picking up the damn book thats the challange.
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Post by: TheBeast43105 on December 02, 2006, 09:08:13 PM
Right now im reading Frankenstien by Mary Shelley.  I now hate how the movie industry for how it has portrayed this story.
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Post by: irredeemable on February 26, 2007, 04:06:37 AM
Wow, I'm surprised to see that only Oberi is a Dostoyevsky fan (though I may have missed others).

Oberi: if you haven't yet, read The Brothers Karamazov.

Currently, I'm in the middle of The Tale of Genji and The Third Policeman (b/c I'm a Lost fan).

Some favorites:

Romance of the Three Kingdoms (though it can be confusing at times w/ so many characters)
Journey to the West
The Ramayana (Ramesh Menon version)
Strange Tales from Make-Do Studio
A Farewell to Arms (this book is probably my 3rd favorite, after The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment)
1984 (how can you not like this book?)
Snow Country
Temple of the Golden Pavilion

I have many others I intend to read. I have to read Kokoro soon b/c they're always talking about it in anime.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on February 26, 2007, 01:34:12 PM
(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/12580000/12582981.jpg)
Finished this just last week, and it was my second fastest reading ever. Just below Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which I read in a single day.

After Slaughterhouse, I thought the most natural follow up would be:
(http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/2/2c/Catch22_cover.jpg)
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Post by: sarahofborg on February 26, 2007, 04:39:53 PM
See, its that whole diving thing that gets me.  Once I actually start reading, I can easily read for hours.  Its just picking up the damn book thats the challange.

Know what that's like. When I get into a book I can't put it down, but it takes a gun to my head to pick most of them up. I often take out a book from the library and don't even touch it.

I generally stick with classic literature from the 1800s, especially from the Industrial Revolution and on. The last book I read was Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, but more significantly before that I read The Count of Monte Cristo, all 1,400 pages. Took me a couple months, I'm a slow reader.

I was also really into Anne Rice's  Vampire Chronicles. I read all 10 in a row within a year. I havn't read anything at all for many months now though.
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Post by: Sanguinius on February 26, 2007, 06:14:07 PM
An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations by Adam Smith.  After that I have The Politics by Aristotle lined up anyone else read this?
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Post by: Ben on February 26, 2007, 08:11:24 PM
An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations by Adam Smith.  After that I have The Politics by Aristotle lined up anyone else read this?

Sir, you are a hero.  I am a philosophy major (as well as history), are you as well? 
But anyway, if you find the empiricist movement to be of interst, I would recommend reading Francis Hutcheson and David Hume, they being the core of the Scottish Enlightenment along with Adam Smith.  Hume's Treatise and Enquiry are his foundational works, but any of his essays, such as Of Commerce, are quite intersting as well.  With Hutcheson, I would recommend An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections as well as An Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue.    Also, Smith's Lectures on Jurisprudence are of interest.

If you want to get them on the cheap, as well as some very well done editions, go to www.libertyfund.org  They specialize in selling Natural Law and Enlightenment texts for non-profit, so most books are insanely cheap.
Sadly, Hume's Treatise and Enquiry are best done in the Oxford editions, which are rather expensive.  Very well done, however.

Also, links: http://www.libertyfund.org/details.asp?displayID=1863

http://www.libertyfund.org/details.asp?displayID=1821

http://www.libertyfund.org/details.asp?displayID=1631

http://www.libertyfund.org/details.asp?displayID=1683


Anyway, always good to meet a fellow philosopher.

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on February 26, 2007, 08:40:21 PM
Anyway, always good to meet a fellow philosopher.

Says the guy with the Samurai Pizza Cats avatar. XD
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Sanguinius on February 26, 2007, 09:59:57 PM
Didn't you know Aazealh? Pizza is the food of the Gods.  :troll:

Edit: Sorry, didn't respond to your question Bph, no I am not doing a course in philosophy or history, I am actually doing in a degree in economics.  It is just an interest of mine and I consider myself more of a political scientist than a philosopher, but good to meet you all the same.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ben on February 27, 2007, 12:27:00 AM
Ah.  Well, it is still important to remember that political philosophy, as with Hume and Adam Smith, were Econ and Poli Sci in their own time, so you shouldn't discount them entirely in relation to your major. The Wealth of Nations is pretty much the beginning of modern economic theory after all.  But anyway, it's still good to see that people are interested in philosophy; it has certainly fallen out of favor in modern academia, but at least there are nerds, such as ourselves, still reading it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Locus of Agony on March 02, 2007, 07:01:40 AM
Taking a philosophy course right now and loving it. The stuff I'm reading is probably old hat to you guys (Plato, Descartes, etc.) but compelling stuff none the less.

For fun I enjoy just about anything by Stephen King (have actually read every one of his including the bachmen books) and Dean Koontz. (still have like twenty to go on him.)

I enjoy good fantasy, but it's hard work sifting through most of the tripe and crap out there to find something decent.
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Post by: The Perineum Falcon on April 03, 2007, 04:49:39 PM
So, I never actually finished Catch-22, it was too similar (for me) to Slaughterhouse, which I had just finished, and I needed a change.
Don't get me wrong, what I'd read was enjoyable.

I will pick it up again, sooner or later.

So, in the interest of change I went with Cannery Row, by dear Steinbeck. It was absolutely wonderful.

To follow such wonderous words I chose Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. It was humorous at the beginning, but got old and became a chore to get through a chapter. I lost interest very quickly.
And I don't think I'll be picking it up again.

To wash that out of my system I got one of the greatest books I have ever laid my eyes on:
(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/8630000/8633079.jpg)

The man is my hero!
It's a series of interviews, but it is an absolute required text for ANYONE interested in making films.

WONDERFUL! :guts:
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Post by: The Perineum Falcon on April 11, 2007, 12:58:02 PM
(http://www.douban.net/lpic/s294.jpg)
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Post by: Walter on April 11, 2007, 02:23:50 PM


(http://johngushue.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/beasts_of_no_nation_cover.jpg)
 (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/04/books/review/04baker.html?ex=1176436800&en=4f2e809632e1f7f5&ei=5070)
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Post by: Sparnage on April 11, 2007, 02:41:38 PM
(http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/7524/n68236mc1.jpg)

Slowly but surely.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on April 12, 2007, 04:58:58 PM
http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/12580000/12582981.jpg (http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/12580000/12582981.jpg)
Finished this just last week, and it was my second fastest reading ever. Just below Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which I read in a single day.

After Slaughterhouse, I thought the most natural follow up would be:
http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/2/2c/Catch22_cover.jpg (http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/2/2c/Catch22_cover.jpg)
Kurt Vonnegut died today.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/books/04/12/obit.vonnegut/index.html
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Post by: Uriel on April 12, 2007, 07:27:30 PM
I'm going to picking this up fairly soon:

   (http://cdn.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/4/9780380803774.jpg)


The man is my hero!
It's a series of interviews, but it is an absolute required text for ANYONE interested in making films.

Yes! I recently used Netflix's uber variety to finally watch Fitzcarraldo. I can fully see why you worship this chap, in terms of film making. The ending pissed me off to no end, but I appreciated why it had to happen. As for the actual task of pulling a River ship up a large (and bloody steep) hill, without special effects or computer generated images simply blew me away... glad to see someone else on the boards who at least knows of this guy.

Kurt Vonnegut died today.

... :(
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on April 13, 2007, 11:31:20 AM
Yes! I recently used Netflix's uber variety to finally watch Fitzcarraldo. I can fully see why you worship this chap, in terms of film making. The ending pissed me off to no end, but I appreciated why it had to happen. As for the actual task of pulling a River ship up a large (and bloody steep) hill, without special effects or computer generated images simply blew me away... glad to see someone else on the boards who at least knows of this guy.
:guts:

May I recommend:
(http://www.criterionco.com/content/images/full_boxshot/287_box_348x490.jpg) (http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=287)
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Post by: TheBeast43105 on April 15, 2007, 01:09:50 AM
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Post by: smoke on April 16, 2007, 05:19:46 PM
I've started "Beyond Good and Evil" by Nietzsche, but I think he's too smart for me. Maybe.
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Post by: yota821 on May 13, 2007, 08:42:06 PM
It may have been mentioned previously in this thread (me<--way too lazy), but anyway:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f1/Faust-Goethe.jpg/150px-Faust-Goethe.jpg)

Faust.  Kind of a hard read, and now I'm writing a report on it (due Tuesday  :judo:).

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0553211757.01.LZZZZZZZ.gif)

Crime & Punishment.  Very interesting and compelling story, had me riveted till the end.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on May 13, 2007, 09:53:38 PM
Attempting to read House of Leaves, again... this time it's personal!
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Post by: Scorpio on December 30, 2007, 12:57:40 AM
FINALLY finished reading Catch-22.  Amazing book, it does a great job juggling serious emotions while maintaining a hilarious irony throughout.  My only real gripes are that the back and forth dialogues do start to get a little predictable by the end, and that when reading the book off and on like I did, the fact that the chapters aren't in chronological order and jump around quite a bit can be a little confusing.  Overall though, amazing book that pretty much nailed my cynical side's sense of humor.

Not sure what to start next, I was either thinking of The Complete Sherlock Holmes, 1984, or perhaps Rise of a Merchant Prince by Raymond E Feist. Since this next little project will probably last me a year at least, it's a tough decision.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Trench on December 31, 2007, 12:07:11 AM
ReReading through Songs of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.  Hoping he wont croak like Jordan did and finish his series!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on December 31, 2007, 06:28:04 PM
Quote
Crime & Punishment.  Very interesting and compelling story, had me riveted till the end

I know it was posted a while ago but Crime and Punishment is one of my favorite books. Anything from Dostoevsky is great and if you liked CaP I would highly reccomend Notes From THe Underground.. I'm currently going through a little Bukowski stage. I just finished Women and I'm about to start Ham On Rye. Can't wait!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: smoke on January 02, 2008, 09:30:43 AM
I know it was posted a while ago but Crime and Punishment is one of my favorite books. Anything from Dostoevsky is great and if you liked CaP I would highly reccomend Notes From THe Underground.. I'm currently going through a little Bukowski stage. I just finished Women and I'm about to start Ham On Rye. Can't wait!

Bukowski is my favorite writer at the moment.

I reccomend * looks at bookshelf* Bone Palace Ballet and Slouching Toward Nirvana.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on July 21, 2008, 09:26:57 PM
(http://www.firstshowing.net/img/watchmen-cover.jpg)

I'm reading WATCHMEN again in mock-anticipation of the upcoming film. And it's up there in my own personal top 10 of best written works. Why aren't you reading it?

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on July 21, 2008, 09:35:45 PM
Why aren't you reading it?

Because I already read it and I'm busy reading Dune.  :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on July 21, 2008, 10:01:19 PM
Because I already read it and I'm busy reading Dune.  :ganishka:

I've got to say...that's a pretty damn good reason.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Griffith on July 21, 2008, 10:06:26 PM
I've only read Watchmen once, and have coincidentally started rereading it as well (well, not much of a coincidence, since we're both reading it now on account of the movie), and I'll probably be rereading it over and over up until the movie comes out, it's rich enough that this is necessary anyway just for my appreciation of the book. Then again, maybe I don't want to appreciate it any more deeply, every subsequent read through will likely make the movie proportionally less enjoyable. =)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on July 21, 2008, 10:16:50 PM
Why aren't you reading it?
I'll just wait for the movie. :troll:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Guts' intestines on July 21, 2008, 10:20:22 PM
If the Watchmens any good I'll make time for it, right now I'm just rereading Split Infinity by Piers Anthony.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on July 21, 2008, 11:39:45 PM
every subsequent read through will likely make the movie proportionally less enjoyable. =)

I guarantee this.
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Post by: KazigluBey on July 22, 2008, 01:05:50 AM
Been continuously working on my Manga story/characters/dialog so I've been trying to go back and re-read some favorites. Lovecraft of course, I could read that all day long, both "I, Strahd" books, as well as some of those How to Draw Manga books so I can force myself to sit down and attempt to draw rough sketches of the different characters, at least to have something as a reference. 
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Post by: The Perineum Falcon on July 22, 2008, 01:44:36 AM
i'll throw in:
(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/14390000/14399871.JPG)
just beautifully written and surprisingly easy to follow and understand.

i've also been reading quite a number of online film publications, anywhere from senses of cinema, sight & sound, film quarterly, moving image source, and midnight eye.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Okin on July 25, 2008, 03:48:04 AM
Umm...Albert Camus's the Stranger? I feel so out of place.
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Post by: ELEKTRO on July 25, 2008, 02:16:09 PM
Umm...Albert Camus's the Stranger? I feel so out of place.

Nah you shouldn't, I think Swan's Way and Crime and Punishment (I only read this page) belong in the same category of great books as the stranger. If you like Camus's and haven't read The Fall and The Plague I recommend them as well as Sartre's Nausea ( I felt Roquentin and Mersault shared allot in common).
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on July 25, 2008, 06:54:21 PM
I read The Stranger just before picking up Swann's Way. I don't know why you'd feel so out of place reading that.

In related news:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8rhIw_9ucA
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on July 26, 2008, 04:57:20 PM
I just started reading Watchmen as well. I only just finished chapter II but I'm completely hooked, loving every panel, every word of it. Great stuff!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Escalus on July 27, 2008, 09:17:02 PM
"God's Demon" by Wayne Barlowe.
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Post by: Rhombaad on July 28, 2008, 10:15:14 PM
(http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/1640/14939vi1.jpg)

Just picked it up today. :guts:
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Post by: toolkid2112 on August 05, 2008, 12:41:24 PM
ive been reading dark horses version of conan the barbarian and i have to say its bad ass. story is actually really well done
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Post by: KazigluBey on August 05, 2008, 03:00:07 PM
Just finished The Left Hand of Darkness.
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Post by: Slime_Beherit on August 05, 2008, 05:22:07 PM
I recently started reading The Guin Saga, I'm on book three now, i don't read books many books, so I was really surprised by how much I like it
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Post by: Skorne on August 29, 2008, 03:43:03 AM
Has anyone read the twighlight series?  I just finished the first one, what about you all?
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Post by: Aazealh on August 29, 2008, 06:46:53 AM
Has anyone read the twighlight series?  I just finished the first one, what about you all?

Haven't read it. I'm reading Paul Auster's New York Trilogy at the moment.
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Post by: Griffith on August 29, 2008, 06:51:47 AM
I'm reading Len Deighton's Bomber.
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Post by: KazigluBey on August 29, 2008, 07:50:21 AM
Liber Kaos.
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Post by: Mr. Beherit on September 01, 2008, 02:46:58 AM
the last 2 books i read were Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End(great read! would make for a great manga/anime) and Patricia Cornwell's Case Closed: Jack the Ripper(very interesting leads/theory on his i.d.). i'm reading another one, though its been a while, and i can't remember the title. i'll have to pick it back up and let you all know what it is. i know it deals w/the origin of religion(i.e; mother earth), and how new religions sprouted from that.
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Post by: The Perineum Falcon on September 01, 2008, 01:46:21 PM
La Nausée by Jean-Paul Sartre
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Post by: Scorpio on September 19, 2008, 06:26:28 PM
Just finished reading 1984.  I thought it was a little slow at times, but after page 200 or so it got much more interesting and I powered through the rest of it. I think the slow parts had something to do with filling in backstory, and also with how Orwell beat some concepts to the ground, I suppose to make sure the reader understood the messages he was trying to convey.  It just seemed too didactic for my tastes. Fantastic book overall, but between that and Catch-22 I'm looking forward to something a little less serious/depressing.  I think The Complete Sherlock Holmes should do the trick, and since the stories are in the order they were written I'll be starting with 'A Study in Scarlet.'
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Post by: Walter on September 19, 2008, 08:11:30 PM
1984 is something that took me a few years to appreciate. I remember finishing the book the first time, when I was still in high school, and after reading the last line, RIPPED THE BOOK into several portions. It was an infuriating experience. But now, two re-reads later, it's one of my favorite novels.

To fully appreciate it you have to take it in context with what Orwell was writing against - the spreading communist threat of Russia and the dying freedoms of Great Britain after World War II. The world he made in his novel was what he saw Britain becoming by 1984. Just before publishing it, he'd changed the title to 1948 since he'd recently become so incensed by the British government. But 1984 stuck.

The novel still holds up over time, and the radical in me can even see many of Orwell's dystopian ideas in our own society. Particularly Goldsteinism and the shifting enemy whom we're perpetually at war with (Afghanistan is evil! Kill Osama! No! Iraq is the enemy. Kill Saddam!).
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Post by: Sanguinius on September 19, 2008, 08:31:53 PM
It's a good book, I think the best part was the "book within the book" Goldenstein's book.  Of course it's not just actual war though, remember how he equated perpetuate peace to perpetual war and what the true purpose of the war was.  So more than the recent ill defined potentially endless war against "terrorism", there's also been a war for decades already against drugs, and poverty and potentially a new "war" against financial instability at the moment.  I wasn't too crazy about the whole book but Goldenstein's book within 1984 was a great piece of fiction and description of trends within the real world. 

At the moment I'm reading a book on Econometrics, which I can't say I would widely recommend.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Scorpio on September 19, 2008, 09:04:34 PM
1984 is something that took me a few years to appreciate. I remember finishing the book the first time, when I was still in high school, and after reading the last line, RIPPED THE BOOK into several portions. It was an infuriating experience. But now, two re-reads later, it's one of my favorite novels.

To fully appreciate it you have to take it in context with what Orwell was writing against - the spreading communist threat of Russia and the dying freedoms of Great Britain after World War II. The world he made in his novel was what he saw Britain becoming by 1984. Just before publishing it, he'd changed the title to 1948 since he'd recently become so incensed by the British government. But 1984 stuck.

The novel still holds up over time, and the radical in me can even see many of Orwell's dystopian ideas in our own society. Particularly Goldsteinism and the shifting enemy whom we're perpetually at war with (Afghanistan is evil! Kill Osama! No! Iraq is the enemy. Kill Saddam!).

I understood the period it was written in and what the message was he was trying to convey.  I actually think I understood it a little too well, which is why parts seemed to drone on about the same thing occasionally. I wouldn't even call you a radical for noticing the parallels between the Party and our own administration. When Winston was reading Goldstein's book, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the possibility of Iran popped into my mind. Speaking of, the true author of the book caught me completely off guard, though by the end of Winston's ordeal in the Ministry of Love I knew what the last line of the book was going to be, so luckily my copy is still intact.

One aspect that did confuse me a little bit was O'Brien, or more specifically, why Winston was so taken with him especially in the Ministry of Love. I guess its probably similar to certain cases of spousal abuse, "I know you hit me because you love and want to help me."  It's just something I have trouble relating to, especially since the conditions were so extreme.
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Post by: TheBranded1 on October 27, 2008, 10:09:06 PM
I'm currently reading The Guin Saga. I have purchased the five books. Finished with book one. It's just got me introduced to the first set of main characters. We'll see how it develops.
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Post by: Ramen4ever on October 27, 2008, 10:19:35 PM
I'm currently reading The Guin Saga. I have purchased the five books. Finished with book one. It's just got me introduced to the first set of main characters. We'll see how it develops.

(http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/4818/tedmy7.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)
Every book store in my city is sold out!! For like the last 5 months.
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Post by: Aazealh on October 27, 2008, 10:20:41 PM
I'm currently reading the last book of the Soldier Son trilogy by Robin Hobb.
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Post by: Walter on October 27, 2008, 10:31:52 PM
I'm reading World War Z, by Max Brooks. It's sporadically good, sporadically bad.
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Post by: SaiyajinNoOuji on October 27, 2008, 10:53:15 PM
Currently finishing the first Vampire Hunter D novel... and I will be ordering the 2nd one very soon!
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Post by: Nomad on October 28, 2008, 04:52:04 AM
Finishing King's Dark Tower series.  Not a fan of his work... but this one I may say took me by surprise.

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Post by: Okin on October 29, 2008, 08:51:46 PM
The Aeneid, I skimmed the Odyssey and the Argonautica the other day too.
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Post by: pippin22 on November 20, 2008, 07:34:23 PM
I just read A Clockwork Orange and loved it.  Can anyone recommend anything?  I might get Crime & Punishment which I found in this thread.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Okin on November 21, 2008, 02:19:02 AM
I read Euripides, Medea a few days back, and I finally got a copy of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on November 21, 2008, 02:43:38 AM
Yeah, I went on a boring book phase for a while myself. Now I read entertaining things  :carcus:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Okin on November 21, 2008, 03:35:06 AM
Well I have the boobtube and shounen manga for that Walt! :puck:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on November 21, 2008, 06:43:15 PM
I just read A Clockwork Orange and loved it.  Can anyone recommend anything?  I might get Crime & Punishment which I found in this thread.
The Wanting Seed (http://books.google.com/books?id=5Aq2JES6y60C&dq=the+wanting+seed&pg=PP1&ots=XfOB8a8Wm_&source=bn&sig=IqAIjm3mwGi1eZMNv7BiJt-KSek&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result#PPP1,M1).
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: fuxberg on December 07, 2008, 12:14:23 AM
I completely forgot about this thread.
Since i posted I've read:
Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
The Idiot - Dostoevsky
One hundred years of solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquéz
The importance of being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
Twelve pilgrim tales - Gabriel Garcia Marquéz
Crime and Punishment - Dostoevsky
Fedon - Plato
Essay on Blindness - José Saramago

And I've been trying to read Dante's Divine Comedy, but it sure is difficult..

I highly recommend One hundred years of Solitude, truly a magical story.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: TheBranded1 on December 07, 2008, 12:57:10 AM
I just finished reading "The Guin Saga Book Two Warrio  in the Wilderness"and "The Guin Saga Book Three Battle of Nospherus". Pretty good so far. Since I know there are like more than 100 volumes to come if these volumes sell well, I will keep buying them to see where Guin's adventure goes. I recommend it. :miura:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on December 07, 2008, 07:34:24 PM
And I've been trying to read Dante's Divine Comedy, but it sure is difficult.
I read this a couple years back. It definitely helps if you get a great annotated edition. Well, I'd even say it's impossible to read it without them, unless you're well versed in medieval italian history. Though, it gets old having to refer so often to researched information.
The Inferno was obviously the best. The Paradiso was AWFUL.

I can't remember if I'd posted my recent readings or not, so here they are:

The Films in My Life by François Truffaut

and
(http://archive.sensesofcinema.com/images/07/43/filmosophy.jpg)

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: fuxberg on December 07, 2008, 11:15:18 PM
Yes I've got a great annotated edition (Portugal's finest translator did a great job);
And I've already past Inferno into Purgatorio. On a side note, his hellish descriptions are incredible (if you take the time to picture them); but alas Dante is sometimes so specific in his critics (Pope/s; historical figures of the Italian kingdoms) that tend to draw us away of the big picture. (I don't know if I expressed myself right, but I hope you'll get the meaning).
But in all its a great book, as were most of the literature back then.. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: pippin22 on December 17, 2008, 08:05:00 PM
(http://aalbc.com/authors/images/richar13.jpg)

"Richard Pryor is an alchemist who can turn the darkest pain into the deepest comedy.  His writing doesn't go for the jugular, it goes straight for his aorta. I laughed, I cried, I set myself on fire."
                                                                                                                     -Robin Williams
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SaiyajinNoOuji on December 18, 2008, 02:53:07 AM
Finished reading the 4th Vampire Hunter novel and I must say that its the best of the 4 that I have read so far. I guess since I already knew what was going to happen for the most part for the 1st and 3rd book so wasn't really surprised but the 4th left some loose ends that could change the entire world in there... which gets me really excited.

Another thing that I like about the books is that it goes into far more detail on what happened to the world and how it ended up to its present point. I am a huge sucker for a well developed story world. More info on the world and its history the better!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on December 18, 2008, 08:54:26 AM
Finished reading the 4th Vampire Hunter novel and I must say that its the best of the 4 that I have read so far. I guess since I already knew what was going to happen for the most part for the 1st and 3rd book so wasn't really surprised but the 4th left some loose ends that could change the entire world in there... which gets me really excited.

Another thing that I like about the books is that it goes into far more detail on what happened to the world and how it ended up to its present point. I am a huge sucker for a well developed story world. More info on the world and its history the better!

Hmm, you make me want to give them a shot. Guess I'll finally add that series to my reading list! :guts:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on December 18, 2008, 09:07:37 AM
I'm in the process of rereading Berserk again, and this is where I'm at right now:

(http://img367.imageshack.us/img367/4060/vol29highzr9.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SaiyajinNoOuji on December 18, 2008, 11:09:57 AM
Hmm, you make me want to give them a shot. Guess I'll finally add that series to my reading list! :guts:

The books are cheap! 10 bucks for me for total cost and shipping. SO figure it would be cheaper for you since you have the all mighty Euro!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on December 29, 2008, 08:20:13 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/Vamphunterbob/DuneMessiah.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on December 29, 2008, 08:36:38 PM
(http://cdn.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/1/9780061537271.jpg)

I'm a big time Scott McCloud fan, and my wife got me this for Christmas. It was my favorite present :guts:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on January 01, 2009, 10:02:09 PM
I tried:
(http://www.geocities.com/hebdomeroshome/only_revolutions/only_revolutions.jpg)
Still haven't read House of Leaves yet, which I'd really have preferred to read, but the local library didn't have it, so I picked this up instead.
I didn't like it, couldn't really make sense of it. There's a lot of information on the page (though, not as much as House), but you don't really know what to do with it. There are lists and dates off to the side, but when am I supposed to read that? There's no flow or any real interaction between the lists and the "poetic" narrative next to it. The story begins on opposite sides of the book (basically, each cover represents one of the two lovers and as you read [flipping back and forth] the closer you get to the middle, the closer the characters become), and so you have upside down text as well. Certain words or phrases are bolded, but it's hard to say if they really hold any significance either.
Honestly, it just seemed to me that author was REALLY in love with his concept, words and, well, himself.

I didn't even make it to the middle, honestly.

I just finished:
(http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/9277/9781585425402hfq5.jpg)
I really enjoyed this. It's very simple and a very quick read. Kind of humorous, as well.
It's basically Lynch going on about his experience with Transcendental Meditation, the benefits that he has experienced, and a few of his thoughts on film (his own films and the work of a select few).

And I've just begun:
(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/30670000/30670977.JPG)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Denial on January 13, 2009, 08:53:49 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51LzVZspWHL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

Not so much what I'm reading as what I just read. Probably the best book I've read in the past five years, if not ten years. The immediate sequel is absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, the writing in the third and fourth books drops off in quality, but still worth reading if you like the ideas and want to see more of the universe.


(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41aGrlGkI3L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

Finished this one off in one night. Definitely a page-turner. Enjoyed it more than Consider Phlebas, but still have a hard time empathizing with the Culture. Even a benevolent dictator is still a dictator. But it's hard to come up with objections to an actual utopia...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on January 17, 2009, 01:30:56 AM
Just purchased the first two volumes of the manga Doors of Chaos. Anyone know of it? Its a gothic fantasy. I actually bought it for my girlfriend who seemed to like it in the store but I'm glad I did, I can't wait to read it. Looks cool.
(http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/6590/doorsofchaos1coverps7.jpg)

(http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/4533/doorofchaosxz7.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Xem on January 17, 2009, 07:51:38 AM
I'm going to go back and read Animal Farm sometime very soon. Awesome book.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on January 24, 2009, 02:16:34 AM
Just ordered Volumes 18 and 19 of Blade of the Immortal. Took me a while, I started losing interest with Volume 17 "On the perfection of Anatomy".  Hopefully the series will pick up.  I also ordered the latest volumes of "Eden-its an endless world", one of my favorite manga. DarkHorse releases the volumes between such a time lapse that I have to force myself to forget about the series all together. Lucky for me after a year of forgetting two new books have come out and  another is coming out in a few months. Such a great manga too, and these next few books are suppose to be when the story really gets excellent.
And while I was at the darkhorse website I pre-ordered volume 27 of Berserk. Let's see how long it takes them to get it to me. The release date is Jan 28, so I expect to receive it a maximum of 14 days after that. I don't remember having much luck with release dates in the past, sometimes it seems like the release dates are a month behind, which is why I usually wait to see the books in stores. 

So overall I'm very excited to get back into some of my favorite manga titles.

EDIT:

(http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/4766/10996qh9.jpg)

(http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/9522/10997vg0.jpg)
These two volumes came in the other day. Incredible manga. My favorite, second only to berserk. Can't wait to see where this story goes. I'm not sure how many volumes are in this series though. I tried finding out for myself with no luck. Anyone know? or anyone know how to find out?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on February 23, 2009, 12:15:40 PM
Well I finished Dune Messiah yesterday. 

Funny enough I decided the best thing for me to do a month ago was to buy book 3 of the series. Nothing wrong with that of course until I finished book 2 and picked up book 3 taking a good long look at it... it was book 5. FUCK!  :sad:

Anyways because I can't just go out and buy book 3 I'm going to have to read one of the other books I own.

And that book is going to be...
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/Vamphunterbob/TheAlchemist.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on February 23, 2009, 01:00:30 PM
These two volumes came in the other day. Incredible manga. My favorite, second only to berserk. Can't wait to see where this story goes. I'm not sure how many volumes are in this series though. I tried finding out for myself with no luck. Anyone know? or anyone know how to find out?

18.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on February 23, 2009, 09:24:20 PM
18.

Thank you Aaz!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on February 24, 2009, 09:40:48 PM
Well read The Alchemist! Only took 4 hours.  :ganishka:

I was sitting in my room the other day reading the Alchemist, when my brother walks in grinning like a hobo with fucked up teeth. He hands me a package and tells me to open it. My brother apparently picked me up a copy of Children of Dune. Someone Remind me to get him a good gift!

So I'm now reading
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/Vamphunterbob/n2091.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on February 24, 2009, 10:21:43 PM
Nice man, enjoy it! :guts:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: TheBranded1 on February 27, 2009, 04:07:28 PM
I just got "The Guin Saga book four Prisoner of the Lagon" on amazon for $1.49 new, the shipping was more than the actual book. So far so good with the story.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on March 01, 2009, 12:51:20 AM
Finished Spin by Robert Charles Wilson recently. I'll probably read All Tomorrow's Parties by Willian Gibson next.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on March 02, 2009, 12:29:39 AM
In  continuing my linguistic studies, I've recently read thru:

(http://us.penguingroup.com/static/covers/all/3/1/9780140289213H.jpg)

(http://www.thecommentary.ca/images/books/nadeaubarlow.jpg)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51o04Yyu6rL._SL500_.jpg)

all the while reading this:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Fgkc%2BtA7L._SL500_.jpg)

and I've just begun:

(http://contentcafe.btol.com/Jacket/Jacket.aspx?SysID=ebsco9&CustID=tucsonpl&Key=0967370167&Type=L)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: fuxberg on March 02, 2009, 12:23:15 PM
Good luck with War and Peace.

I'm still reading "The Idiot" by Dostoevsky. And I'm aiming for "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Hemingway.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on March 02, 2009, 04:31:42 PM
Currently reading "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy.  I'm about halfway through and. so far, I'm really enjoying it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on March 12, 2009, 05:56:38 PM
FUCK!!! My second favorite manga series, Eden, is in danger of being cancelled. It has been for a while but now it looks like it's really come to an end. There is no release date, or any information for that matter, for Eden volume 12. This really sucks. There is nothing worse than seeing one of your favorite manga series cancelled. I feel sick.  :sad: :judo:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on March 13, 2009, 06:39:34 PM
I;m currently on  my fifth read through of:
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n25/n126825.jpg)

Oh yeah, I'm also reading Camus' The Stranger.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on March 15, 2009, 11:48:42 PM
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n4277.jpg)

&

(http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/exhibits/recent/salinger.jpg)

&

(http://www.alanbaxteronline.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/the_killing_joke.jpg)




(i haven't finished War & Peace...... and i've fallen head over heels for Salinger)



EDIT PLUS ADDITION TIMES ONE OVER NO LIMIT:

(http://www.med.harvard.edu/publications/On_The_Brain/Volume03/Number3/images/Summer5.gif)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on March 25, 2009, 08:30:36 PM
(http://press.princeton.edu/images/k7929.gif)
Yes, this is a real book. (Amazon) (http://www.amazon.com/Bullshit-Harry-G-Frankfurt/dp/0691122946/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238016609&sr=8-1)

Rane, did you finish War & Peace already?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on March 26, 2009, 12:03:07 PM
I'm about halfway through, actually.

I feel part of the problem is the very dry translation I have. It seems to be all business, and no real pleasure. Of course, this could be how Tolstoy had written it, but I remember Anna Karenina having some incredibly beautiful passages and it remains one of my very favorite novels. But there seems to be none of that here.

And to quote Woody Allen, "I took a speed reading course and read 'War and Peace' in twenty minutes.

It's about some Russians."

At this point, that's how I feel. =)

But I'd recommend Anna Karenina to anyone!

I've all but completely dropped it and moved on:

(http://chazzw.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/norwegian-wood.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on April 09, 2009, 08:03:20 PM
I'm re-reading:

(http://www.nowakfilms.com/joomla15/images/stories/asimov_isaac_foundation_av.jpg)

Which is probably my favorite sci-fi book/series. If no one here has heard of it or read it, I'd recommend at least reading the first in the series to get a taste for it. It's short, and quick, and if you don't dig it, you can always stop.

PS: I'd forgotten there's a character named Magnifico in it  :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Griffith on April 09, 2009, 09:14:25 PM
Just finished...

(http://www.somosprimos.com/sp2008/spnov08/locolove.jpg)

...from my favorite author. For anyone interested in picking him up though, I wouldn't start with this one, though it would definitely be a different approach, I recommend Rain of Gold or Macho!. Just previously to this I read The Real Frank Zappa Book, which was entertaining though it gets very heavy in a preachy way in the final fourth (same could be said about the former book as well, though it's more inspirational). Now reading an apparently controversial Jimi Hendrix bio.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on April 23, 2009, 06:37:50 PM
Just finished reading "Ender's Game" for the second time.  Loved the book and loved the characters.

Currently reading: Catcher in the Rye
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on April 23, 2009, 07:10:26 PM
Just finished reading "Ender's Game" for the second time.  Loved the book and loved the characters.
Hey, I'm reading Ender's Game right now for the first time. It's really hard for me to take the concept of 9 year olds commanding entire armies and secretly ruling the world ... seriously.

And the way the book is written, I'm pretty sure a 2nd grader could understand it all. I suppose it's a good intro to sci-fi. I just often find myself wishing the novel went a little deeper into the concepts, and spent less time explaining all the physical nuances of how Ender flips his body around and uses his body gracefully in the Battle Room. I personally don't give a flying fuck.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on April 23, 2009, 07:39:46 PM
Ender's Game was supposed to be the second book in the series, but ended up being the first.  "Speaker for the Dead" was supposed to be the main book, but things changed so it ended up being second.

Keep reading and all will be revealed.  It's an awesome book, dude.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on April 23, 2009, 07:51:15 PM
Hey, I'm reading Ender's Game right now for the first time. It's really hard for me to take the concept of 9 year olds commanding entire armies and secretly ruling the world ... seriously.

And the way the book is written, I'm pretty sure a 2nd grader could understand it all. I suppose it's a good intro to sci-fi. I just often find myself wishing the novel went a little deeper into the concepts, and spent less time explaining all the physical nuances of how Ender flips his body around and uses his body gracefully in the Battle Room. I personally don't give a flying fuck.

Well keep in mind the novel was originally a short story that the author later expanded. In the end the plot is pretty simple to understand though, and I'm certain you'll see the end coming a mile away just like I did when I first read it, but it is indeed a good intro to Sci-Fi.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on April 23, 2009, 07:55:35 PM
Well keep in mind the novel was originally a short story that the author later expanded. In the end the plot is pretty simple to understand though, and I'm certain you'll see the end coming a mile away just like I did when I first read it, but it is indeed a good intro to Sci-Fi.

I actually didn't see the end coming.  Like, at all.  I was completely surprised.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dar Klink on April 23, 2009, 07:58:30 PM
Ah man, the Ender series is my favorite book series. Speaker For the Dead is where the real Sci-Fi concepts and crazy shit begins. Also, Ender's Shadow is another book that takes place within the same time period but through the eyes of one of the other Battle School students, and I actually like that one better than Ender's Game. But seriously, even if you don't like Ender's Game, read Speaker For the Dead and the sequels after that, they're much more adult oriented and have heavier themes.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on April 23, 2009, 08:06:22 PM
Ah man, the Ender series is my favorite book series. Speaker For the Dead is where the real Sci-Fi concepts and crazy shit begins. Also, Ender's Shadow is another book that takes place within the same time period but through the eyes of one of the other Battle School students, and I actually like that one better than Ender's Game. But seriously, even if you don't like Ender's Game, read Speaker For the Dead and the sequels after that, they're much more adult oriented and have heavier themes.

Speaker was a great read.  The concepts of the mothers, fathertrees and third-lifes were awesome.  Also, the characters were great.

Ender's Shadow was a damn fine read.  Bean is such an awesome character.  I refer to him as Ender-2.

Actually, the entire Shadow series is really good.  Shadow of the Giant was AWESOME.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on April 23, 2009, 08:24:57 PM
I actually didn't see the end coming.  Like, at all.  I was completely surprised.

What can I say, I'm a very special boy. :badbone:

:ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dar Klink on April 23, 2009, 08:26:26 PM
I actually didn't see the end coming.  Like, at all.  I was completely surprised.
I actually didn't get a chance to be surprised really since I read Ender's Shadow first and Bean figures it out way before anyone else does in the book.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on April 23, 2009, 08:29:00 PM
What can I say, I'm a very special boy. :badbone:

:ganishka:

See, at least it HAD an ending though.

It's not like the end of the Dark Tower series where I was disgusted and actually threw all of the books away. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on April 24, 2009, 03:16:04 AM
See, at least it HAD an ending though.

It's not like the end of the Dark Tower series where I was disgusted and actually threw all of the books away. 
DT had an ending. It even had 2 endings, really.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Denial on April 24, 2009, 04:06:43 AM
Just the other day finished reading Dearly Devoted Dexter, second in the Dexter series. Read the first one awhile back. Actually a little irritated with myself since I ended up reading the third book (Dexter in the Dark) before Dearly Devoted Dexter.

Overall, loved the books. Absolutely hilarious. I enjoy the show quite a bit too, so it's interesting to see how much more likeable, yet-inhuman Dexter is in the books versus in the show. On the other hand, the show is a lot better at building up secondary characters and some dramatic elements, so they both stand up well enough in my eyes.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on April 24, 2009, 12:08:55 PM
I've finished:

The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got That Way by Bill Bryson

God Save the Mark by Donald E. Westlake

I'm re-reading that Filmosophy and taking notes this time.

And, I've picked up and am now thoroughly enjoying the last book of Salinger's (that has currently been published [when will he die??]):
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: TheBranded1 on April 24, 2009, 03:30:27 PM


Re-reading, Atlantis Found by Clive Cussler
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on April 24, 2009, 04:00:38 PM
DT had an ending. It even had 2 endings, really.

As far as I'm concerned, the series ended with Wizard and Glass.  The last three books were just too, well, off(imho).
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on April 24, 2009, 04:07:01 PM
As far as I'm concerned, the series ended with Wizard and Glass.  The last three books were just too, well, off(imho).
Well, I'm sure some Berserk "fans" would say the series ended with the Golden Age  :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on April 24, 2009, 04:33:29 PM
Well, I'm sure some Berserk "fans" would say the series ended with the Golden Age  :ganishka:

Now seriously dude I love you but don't compare Berserk to the Dark Tower. :mozgus:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: aufond on April 28, 2009, 04:32:52 AM
Any Bukowski fans here?  I haven't read any of his, but I've been hearing a lot about him lately so I just ordered Post Office off of Amazon, I wasn't really sure where to start with him but I'm looking forward to checking it out.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on April 28, 2009, 05:24:39 AM
Any Bukowski fans here?  I haven't read any of his, but I've been hearing a lot about him lately so I just ordered Post Office off of Amazon, I wasn't really sure where to start with him but I'm looking forward to checking it out.

Uhh...yea i mentioned before in this thread. I love him, personally. I would start with Ham on Rye and then maybe Women because they follow the same character, his alter ego. I would also reccomend getting one his massive books filled with his poetry and prose.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on May 05, 2009, 07:52:15 PM
Started but never finished:
(http://edinburghsfbookgroup.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/murakami-hard-boiled-wonderland.jpg)
Murakami's preoccupation with sex is outright overbearing in this book. Whereas the sexuality in Wind-Up Bird Chronicles and Norwegian Wood played a more natural role in the story, with this it just seems like he really can't get it off his mind. Sex is mentioned between characters in the most sudden and unnecessary fashion that it became a joke.

Maybe I'll finish it later, but I've since moved on to this wonderful treasure I found in the liberry:

(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/17290000/17293444.JPG)
Can any one recommend which book of M. Robbe-Grillet that I should follow this up with?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on May 05, 2009, 07:53:13 PM
Finished Ender's Game. Reading DUNE now.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on May 05, 2009, 08:12:40 PM
Finished Ender's Game. Reading DUNE now.

Geeze Walter get with the times.  :troll:

Anyways, I hit a Dune wall. I love Dune, but I can't find the urge to pick up the next book. Maybe it's school work. So In the mean time I'm reading Child of God by Cormick McCarthy, when ever I get time to go to the book store to finish it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on May 07, 2009, 05:28:23 PM
Geeze Walter get with the times.  :troll:

Anyways, I hit a Dune wall. I love Dune, but I can't find the urge to pick up the next book. Maybe it's school work. So In the mean time I'm reading Child of God by Cormick McCarthy, when ever I get time to go to the book store to finish it.

That's a good book.  You should check out Blood Meridian afterwards.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on May 10, 2009, 08:52:16 PM
(http://ebooks-imgs.connect.com/ebooks/product/400/000/000/000/000/053/423/400000000000000053423_s4.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Griffith on May 10, 2009, 09:28:42 PM
(http://www.skullknight.net/encyclopedia/merchandise/manga/images/01high.jpg)

I highly recommend Episode 303. (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=10203.msg167656#msg167656)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on May 10, 2009, 09:54:33 PM
I have to agree with Griffith on this one. Berserk is a great read and as he said episode 303 is very interesting. If you haven't checked it out yet i HIGHLY reccomend that you do.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dar Klink on May 20, 2009, 06:34:53 PM
Berserk... I think I've heard of that somewhere. Anyway, I'm currently reading The Stand by Stephen King. Kinda creepy with the whole swine flu recent events. This is my third Stephen King book the first two being Needful Things and It.
(http://www.bookpoi.com/images/The%20Stand%20Uncut%20Edition%20Front%20Cover.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: 01010111 on June 25, 2009, 04:53:51 PM
Finished reading Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum recently, GREAT read. Started reading his more successful "Name of the Rose," and while it is entertaining, I'm not getting into it as much.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on July 07, 2009, 06:05:41 PM
3 books:

Everything is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard, Richard Brody

The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice: The First Journals and Poems, 1937 - 1952, Allen Ginsberg

Huis clos, Jean-Paul Sartre
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: D-Scape on July 11, 2009, 01:49:25 PM
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut and Gulag by Anne Applebaum.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dar Klink on July 11, 2009, 04:06:19 PM
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Oh man, I love that book, read it a few months ago. I just finished The Stand last night. I thought it was really good although the ending was somewhat predictable. I think I'll read some more Stephen King next. What do any of you guys recommend? I've already read It and Needful Things.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: D-Scape on July 11, 2009, 06:00:35 PM
Oh man, I love that book, read it a few months ago. I just finished The Stand last night. I thought it was really good although the ending was somewhat predictable. I think I'll read some more Stephen King next. What do any of you guys recommend? I've already read It and Needful Things.

I'm mostly familiar with his later career. Disqualifying It which you've read, my favorite by King is a book he wrote under his Richard Bachman pseudonym: The Regulators. Most people I've talked with think it's too pulpy compared to the rest of his works, but since it was one of the first I read by him I guess it has a special place in my heart. It was also the first book I read in English (my second language). The Regulators is seen as the sister book to Desperation which is also pretty readable. Both books features the same names, but they're used on different characters and the stories take place in different settings.

The Dark Half is another recommendation. Creepy and bloody surreal.

The Girl who loved Tom Gordon is short, but kinda effective, especially if you have fears of being alone in the woods.

My best advice would be to try out some of his short-story collections like Four Past Midnight, Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Night Shift, Everything's Eventual and Skeleton Crew. Some of his most imaginative works are found here, like "The Langoliers", "1408", "The Mist". With a few exceptions I believe King master short stories better than mammoth books.


As for Galapagos; while it's definitely good it failed to hook me the same way as Vonnegut's other stuff - The Sirens of Titan being my favorite.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ELEKTRO on July 29, 2009, 08:20:44 PM
Huis clos, Jean-Paul Sartre

I love Sartre as a writer and  no exit is pretty cool. I like how in no exit hell is other people while in Nausea for Antoine Roquentin hell is the oposite.


Haven't had much time to do some pleasure reading but for work and Grad School stuff I am reading:

Kalman Filtering and Neural Networks by Simon Haykin

Markov Chain Monte Carlo: Stochastic Simulation for Bayesian Inference  by Gamerman and some other guy

The Phenomenology of Perception- Maurice Merleau Ponty. ( These one is for personal growth but it may help me out with my thesis)


 



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: karwat on July 30, 2009, 08:48:51 PM
reading "slan" by van vogt
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: thefourzoas on August 30, 2009, 06:33:24 PM
Occidentalism by Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit and Dawn and Decadence by Jacques Barzun.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on August 30, 2009, 08:53:49 PM
Currently:

How Language Works, by David Crystal

and re-reading:

Franny & Zooey, by J.D. Salinger

I also made a vain attempt at Lolita and A Confederacy of Dunces, and while they were both enjoyable, I just wasn't in the mood for the styles. It seems I've been having some trouble getting through good books lately; it's a shameful thing.

However, I recently read On the Road: The Original Scroll and found that just by changing the names back to the real life counterparts and the added honesty of drugs and sex completely changed the book for me. It felt much more like a document of a period of not only someone's life, but of America in general. And while the rambling lists of cities and states they fly through still drags on, everything else, all the destinations and especially Mexico felt much more real and exciting.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tzur on September 10, 2009, 04:00:10 AM
Edward Gibbons' "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire". I'm on chapter 16 right now I'm slogging through it.  The book's kinda dry at this point when the last fifty pages have been about the spread of Christianity in the empire with no end in sight. I'll likely be done with it by Thanksgiving. I hate leaving a book unread.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on September 13, 2009, 02:31:58 AM
(http://www.suttonsbaylibrary.org/MyImages/magicians.JPG)

Reading this after a recommendation from a friend, who also enjoyed Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Hey, that makes 2 of us now!).
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: aufond on September 13, 2009, 04:04:15 AM
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I'm sure many of you are familiar with this beauty.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on September 15, 2009, 05:25:22 PM
(http://davidlavery.net/Courses/6650_7650/Images/morel.jpg)

(http://www.raisethehammer.org/images/fenton_hardware_13.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on October 01, 2009, 04:32:19 PM
I've moved on to:

(http://www.tomhart.net/teaching/books/thumbnails/robbe-grillet2.jpg)

And Rosemary's Baby!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: D-Scape on October 01, 2009, 09:55:09 PM
Decided to check out Clive Barker's Weaveworld. Seems like lots of people consider it his best work.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on October 02, 2009, 04:55:13 PM
Sorry, this is ridiculous, maybe, but I'm done with the Baby and have begun:

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n4/n24441.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on October 02, 2009, 05:00:41 PM
How was Baby??

I'm thinking about reading The Lovely Bones before the release of the movie.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on October 02, 2009, 05:03:32 PM
How was Baby??

Quick n' Easy. The ending's a bit silly, though.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on October 06, 2009, 11:16:25 AM
Currently reading American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis.

Even though I loved the movie, I like the book better.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on October 06, 2009, 03:54:35 PM
Currently reading American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis.

Even though I loved the movie, I like the book better.

Thats a crazy book right there  :guts: You'll feel as if your going Psycho while reading it because the whole book is written as if your in the mind of a crazy person. At one point it shifts from first person (I ran up the stairs) to third person (he ran back down the stairs) then back to first person all in the same sentence, really throwing you off. Its a weird and wild book.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on October 06, 2009, 04:32:52 PM
Yeah.  I've heard it's very controversial, so I thought I'd dig in and see what I can find.

UPDATE: I have to stop reading it because it's getting a bit too realistic for me.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on October 07, 2009, 04:53:33 PM
Pussy. :ganishka:

If that's too much for you, try reading Requiem for a Dream. :magni:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Shane on October 11, 2009, 06:27:53 PM
Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy.

Sometimes I get fed up with the writing style but the story itself is great.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: KazigluBey on October 11, 2009, 07:32:14 PM
Musui's Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dembol on October 11, 2009, 07:53:37 PM
Second volume of Del Rey's collected edition of Robert E. Howard Conan stories. It's awesome.
Apart from that "The Constitution of Liberty" by Friedrich von Hayek. Libertarians FTW!
And "The 3rd Reich's healthcare and it's victims". Hard stuff.

Currently reading American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis.

Even though I loved the movie, I like the book better.
Great book, but I actually liked the movie more. The book's a bit too heavy on descriptions what people wear and eat. I know that's the whole point, but the pace is just too slow.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on October 11, 2009, 08:01:15 PM

Great book, but I actually liked the movie more. The book's a bit too heavy on descriptions what people wear and eat. I know that's the whole point, but the pace is just too slow.

yea I agree. And I just flat out started skipping the chapters on music, the chapters were pointless to me.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bunnet on October 26, 2009, 03:24:05 PM
Wizard's First Rule, an excellent book series. Its quite large having 479 page with ten font type to them but it extremely good
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lithrael on October 26, 2009, 04:03:02 PM
I must respectfully disagree with the idea that Wizard's First Rule is an excellent book series.   :void:

Somewhat hilariously, the TV version's writers seem to agree with me...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bunnet on October 26, 2009, 04:07:20 PM
Just wondering what don't you like about it?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chiron on October 26, 2009, 10:15:14 PM
I've started on Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy. I don't know why I hadn't read this yet. So far its quite charming. There is a really beautiful subtlety to the emotions expressed that seems hard for me to find in fantasy. My husband is a big fan and while he was deployed I sent him all of her books, including an autographed copy of her newest trilogy (dunno the name). You can get them from a store in Seattle for no extra cost. Her website has the number. Shipping was free and everything.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on October 26, 2009, 10:43:35 PM
her newest trilogy (dunno the name)

The "Soldier Son" trilogy? Anyway, I think Robin Hobb is a good writer, but to be honest her characters annoy me. They're weak and whiny.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chiron on October 26, 2009, 10:47:26 PM
Really? That'll be sad. I'm only 200 pages into the first one and i haven't seen any whining yet. So far the main character has been pretty stoic. But I still have 2.5 books to go so you could be right.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Breed1Ghost on October 26, 2009, 11:32:46 PM
I just got Clive Barkers book Mr.B Gone didnt get a chance to really sit down and read it but I am 16 or 20 pages in. Its pretty interesting it isnt like reading a book more like the book is talking to you which I find pretty neat. This is my first CB book I hope I enjoy it will post more if anyone is interested in knowing about it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Proj2501 on October 27, 2009, 11:35:18 AM
Just picked up "The Chronicles of the Black Company". Has anyone ever heard of it? I'm 50 pages in. It's not that bad so far.
(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/0575084170.02.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on October 27, 2009, 11:51:06 AM
Just picked up "The Chronicles of the Black Company". Has anyone ever heard of it? I'm 50 pages in. It's not that bad so far.

I've read the first book in the series: The Black Company. Peculiar writing style, I thought. But I liked it. I'll probably read the sequels one of these days.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lithrael on October 27, 2009, 05:40:42 PM
Just wondering what don't you like about it?

Wizard's First Rule?  Heh well the first one (the one I read) it's mostly just that it's simply not good writing; I was chuckling through the first few chapters thinking how much it read like a mediocre fanfic.  More personally I disliked it because the villains were all made of Evil Cardboard.  There's nothing interesting or redeeming about their characters, they're just Evil McEvil from Evilland.  You shouldn't have to give your lead villain a child rapist sidekick in order to give you the impression that he is for-serious evil.  And also personally I disliked it because I am irked whenever an author puts a rapist in the story just so a woman can look cool making him eat his balls; it's cheap.  Not saying the device can't be used well but it usually is not and it sure wasn't here.  Then there's a couple of chapters that are pretty much an unintentional parody of an old Anne Rice book.    :schierke:

From hearsay I get the impression that by the time the series wraps up, Goodkind has grown a mutant Ayn Rand head even crazier than the real one, which does most of the writing.  He wants a world with good and evil so black and white that it's cool and heroic for the lead to kill unarmed peasants because they're protesting on behalf of the evil guy, and have therefore fallen off of white into a shade of grey (which is the same thing as black) and deserve to die like all black things. 

That said, I apologize for pooping in your cereal like this.   :sad:  My favorite fantasy series back in the day was Richard Knaak's Dragonrealm, which is pretty mindless, so it's not like I think there's anything wrong with just plain enjoying stuff you find fun to read. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on October 27, 2009, 11:05:46 PM
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Not as interesting or as funny as the title might suggest (besides that, I have a different cover, one that doesn't draw comparisons to Catch-22), but, seeing as how it's supposed to be a mystery, doesn't really serve it's purpose there very well. To be honest, I was actually hoping the Rabbi would function as something of a wise Mr. Magoo-type, one that through wisdom and happenstance solves the mystery at hand, but I didn't really get that out of this.

(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/10390000/10394990.jpg)
Yuck.
One of those rare examples where the film is a MAJOR improvement upon its source material. Here, the dialogue was AWFUL, and the illustrations were downright sloppy. Oh, and it wasn't really all that interesting, either.
Skip it, or watch the movie, instead.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/74/HouseofSandandFogbook.jpg)
(without that awful Oprah eyesore)
Oh my goodness, what a book this is! What beautiful telling! Everything about it seems rendered in near-perfection: the language, the descriptions, the perspectives and the glimpses of life and cultures and one story from all angles that builds to a promising climax (.... i haven't finished it yet) and calls for an understanding and concern for all the characters.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on October 28, 2009, 02:22:20 PM

(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/10390000/10394990.jpg)
Yuck.
One of those rare examples where the film is a MAJOR improvement upon its source material. Here, the dialogue was AWFUL, and the illustrations were downright sloppy. Oh, and it wasn't really all that interesting, either.
Skip it, or watch the movie, instead.


Or you could just skip both.  The movie was horrible.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on October 30, 2009, 04:39:52 PM
Or you could just skip both.  The movie was horrible.

You could, certainly. I didn't think the movie was AWFUL or anything, but it was worth noting that while I found the film decent, the graphic novel was just shit.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: 01010111 on November 03, 2009, 04:12:37 AM
I'm trying to read Umberto Eco's The Island of the Day Before, but I'm not enjoying it nearly as much as Name of the Rose or Foucault's Pendulum. I think I may skip to the next item on my list of to-read-books, the Illuminatus! trilogy.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bunnet on November 03, 2009, 05:21:02 AM
I just got Clive Barkers book Mr.B Gone didnt get a chance to really sit down and read it but I am 16 or 20 pages in. Its pretty interesting it isnt like reading a book more like the book is talking to you which I find pretty neat. This is my first CB book I hope I enjoy it will post more if anyone is interested in knowing about it.
I really enjoy that book that one of Clive Barkers best books and the writing is just excellent, I really like how Mr. B Gone tries to do evil things and they just happen to look silly to me or when he explain how he was going to torture someone and the reader, that great
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on November 05, 2009, 05:17:38 PM
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n4328.jpg)

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chiron on November 08, 2009, 02:16:58 AM
The "Soldier Son" trilogy? Anyway, I think Robin Hobb is a good writer, but to be honest her characters annoy me. They're weak and whiny.

I am devistaed to find you may be right. The Assassin's Apprentice is fucking amazing though. The characters are so strong and individual and her style is damn near flawless. She pulls some BS Dais Ex Machina stuff at the end but I forgave it because of how strong the other 300 pages were. Then I turned to the second one and not ten pages in I was distressed. The characters aren't even the same. I found myself ranting to my husband about how I might not be able to go on because already Burrich is talking to Fitz and being kind instead of stern, wtf!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on November 08, 2009, 08:23:02 AM
I am devistaed to find you may be right. The Assassin's Apprentice is fucking amazing though. The characters are so strong and individual and her style is damn near flawless. She pulls some BS Dais Ex Machina stuff at the end but I forgave it because of how strong the other 300 pages were. Then I turned to the second one and not ten pages in I was distressed. The characters aren't even the same. I found myself ranting to my husband about how I might not be able to go on because already Burrich is talking to Fitz and being kind instead of stern, wtf!

Yeah, it's very frustrating. She's got a great style, no doubt about that, but I would probably strangle characters like Fitz if I ran into them. Way too self-pitying.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Manjou on November 18, 2009, 11:52:24 PM
I've been reading Vinland Saga, and am now catching up with some of the more recent stuff. I'd forgotten just how much I like this series :guts: I'm surprised that it's still not been licensed though; or has it? I'd have thought it'd be something dark horse would leap on. I also ordered the latest Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka and Black Jack vol 8, which will give me something to read tomorrow evening :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Xem on December 02, 2009, 02:29:22 AM
Alright, I gotta be honest, it's been a while since I've picked up a new book to read in a preeetty, pretty, long time. But alas, one has finally caught my eye!

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51DirsAuTjL._SS500_.jpg)

As one of the comments said, it's almost ironic. This book is (obviously) about pirates looking for treasure, and alas they found this little treasure on Crichton's computer after he died. I haven't read it yet, but from the reviews it seems that the book is a little "unfinished"... but it deters me not! I'm a Crichton fan, but even more, I'm a pirate fan.

Hopefully it delivers...

and on a related note, apparently Spielberg is already working on a movie!
http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/08/26/steven-spielberg-to-develop-unpublished-michael-crichton-pirate-movie/ (http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/08/26/steven-spielberg-to-develop-unpublished-michael-crichton-pirate-movie/)

I always thought it weird, that after the huge success of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies that we haven't seen any other people coming out with more pirate movies. It almost seemed like Disney had a copyright on Old World pirate stories or somethin'... come on Hollywood, there's a fan base out here! And we don't need supernatural elements or a PG/PG-13 rating to make us happy!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dar Klink on December 11, 2009, 08:21:00 AM
(http://img704.imageshack.us/img704/6601/ace6532405231194388707.jpg)
About a year ago I was at a used bookstore and found this whole series for about 15 dollars and nostalgia'd pretty hard, so I had to buy it. I completely forgot about it until a friend mentioned it the other day so... I'm reading it again. Now I'm noticing that I actually don't remember a thing about the books, so it's almost like I'm reading it for the first time again. Man, forget Twilight and Eragon, kids need more stuff like this to read these days. :mozgus:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: KazigluBey on December 11, 2009, 09:29:19 AM
100 Years of Solitude.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on December 16, 2009, 04:28:38 PM
Finally did I finish The Soft Machine; probably not the best Burroughs to start off with.

In the meantime I attempted to read two others without success:

Ancient Evenings by Norman Mailer
This may not be the best Mailer book to start out with, either. Set in Ancient Egypt where all of Mythology is real, it seems that Mailer was mostly interested in offending your sense of good taste, which he does quite well. Here are graphic depictions of sex: homo, hetero and incestuous; necrophilic and scatological. It is vulgar and distasteful, but the language used has its moments of beauty. After page 233, I decided that the book really has nothing else to offer and was quickly placed back on the shelf.

The Diviners, by Rick Moody
Moody wrote The Ice Storm, which was adapted by Ang Lee in the 90s and was pretty good.
Perhaps its the close proximity of themes with House of Sand and Fog, but I found this to be mostly unreadable and boring, especially in comparison to the beautiful other. Honestly, I can't say much because I couldn't read much, but what I did read involved 20 pages of the morning sun stretching across the earth, followed by an octogenarian on the toilet taking a massive and painful bloody dump.
Not what I call entertaining.

However, I have finished:

Jack Frusciante has left the band, by Enrico Brizzi
Entertaining, but not what I expected. I'm still not sure why the name was changed. I'm aware that it was intentional, but I don't know if it was artistic or legal. Either way, I found this book randomly in the library, and found myself reading of the comparisons to Salinger, and most notably Catcher in the Rye. I really wish people wouldn't throw that name and title around as if it didn't mean anything. To say the least, the comparison is not apt. While the book is entertaining, it does not, in ANY way, equal Salinger or Catcher (which, I guess, should be expected). Of course, there could always be something lost in translation.
The movie adaptation looks pretty silly, too.

And I'm currently reading:

(http://matthewasprey.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/savage.jpg)
Here's my recommendation for you all. I'm half way through and this one book makes up for all the above. Beautiful language and style, and the passion for literature and poetry is palpable, through the characters and the author. Lovely lovely lovely.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Breed1Ghost on December 20, 2009, 10:40:21 PM
I really enjoy that book that one of Clive Barkers best books and the writing is just excellent, I really like how Mr. B Gone tries to do evil things and they just happen to look silly to me or when he explain how he was going to torture someone and the reader, that great

Yes it was really good. I admit I was alittle scared at the end when Mr.B was counting down the pages I was reading. I that that was awesome. If anyone doesnt mind a quick read Mr.B Gone is pretty damn interesting.

Since then I have read Star Wars Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber. I thought this book was pretty good I didnt mind that no jedi were in it and it was easy to read making it a page turner for me.

I also just finished The Lightning Thief. So far the best book I have read out of the 3 since I really like the greek gods and mythos of it all. I found it to have the right ammount of commedy and action and it being in a modern setting and me and the main charecter both being from NYC was pretty cool made me feel somethen right away for the charecter. For a young adult/childrens book its awesome I would recomend this.



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on December 28, 2009, 04:22:02 PM
Got some manga to read. Mu Shi Shi and Tetragrammation Labyrinth. Anyone heard of them? they look interesting. Also reading Lovely Bones that my friend let me borrow.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on December 28, 2009, 04:38:29 PM
I got this for Christmas: http://www.amazon.com/When-Game-Ours-Larry-Bird/dp/0547225474/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262021486&sr=8-1

And so far it's been great. I've only read about 40 pages though. It's very cool to hear Bird and Magic's side of the story during this era of basketball. My wife asked me "why did you want a book about basketball...? You don't even watch it." Well, it's different with these guys. They were something very special to the game, and their partnership/rivalry was the stuff of legends. So it's great to read about their perspective on this.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on December 28, 2009, 08:17:27 PM
Currently reading Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Breed1Ghost on December 29, 2009, 03:22:37 AM
Just finished The Sea of Monsters, secound book in The Lightning Thief series. Really like this series cant say it enough. I just started the 3rd book I am kinda sad tho I am running outta books to read. I have 2 more left. The 4th book in the series and another called Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld which is alternat history on WW1 I believe.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: m on December 30, 2009, 06:29:35 PM

I just finished Matter by Iain M. Banks. I felt that the story was moving too slow for most of the book and too fast at the end. Not a bad book, but not brilliant either, in my opinion.

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Woland on January 03, 2010, 01:34:01 AM
I just finished reading Thomas Pynchon's V.

I have never read anything that could be so disturbing, yet downright hilarious at the same time.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on January 03, 2010, 05:52:43 PM
For the Christmas, my girlfriend bought me Kerouac's The Dharma Bums, to which I was pretty appreciative (and was finished shortly after). Before the gifting, I had started Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer, which I just finished today and I'm about to begin (as soon as I get back to work) Werner Herzog's Conquest of the Useless, his "reflections on the making of Fitzcarraldo," which I'm pretty excited about.

Thumbs are up all around.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on January 06, 2010, 11:31:57 PM
I'm posting this here because my personal feelings about George Lucas aside, I'm interested in this book.

http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2010/01/06/television-is-goofy-and-fun-for-star-wars-creator-george-lucas/
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dar Klink on January 13, 2010, 04:05:55 AM
(http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/5751/9780060853969.jpg)
Almost done with it too, really awesome, hilarious, and easy to read book(I mean that it never gets boring, not that it's at a lower reading level :troll:)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on January 13, 2010, 06:13:14 AM
I remember reading it in high school. It's a fun book, and you can tell the authors really had fun collaborating with it. But it sort of comes off as a book they wrote while drinking a lot of beer together over the keyboard. Kind of just mindless fun.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on January 13, 2010, 02:44:35 PM
Once, while perusing thru Goodwill, I found a first edition Maltese Falcon (anyone know a wealthy buyer? :daiba:), and decided to give it a shot after finishing the wonderful Herzog journals, and found myself all wrapped up in it. I've yet to see either existing adaptation (though, that shall shortly be remedied), but I got to thinking about a more inspired cast if ever they were to remake this (which, in this day and age, is increasinly likely - though my chosen stars would not be):

Sam Spade, Private Eye = Woody Harrelson
Mr. "Gütman" = John Goodman

thinking in this way makes it more entertaining, and changes the tone slightly to make it potentially hilarious.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on January 18, 2010, 06:15:57 PM
You can ignore that last post if you want, I'm okay with it.

Anyway, Waldenbooks is having a "going out of business" sale, which I couldn't be more happy about (the sale, not the business), with EVERYTHING being 50-70% off when I was there. :ubik:

Taking advantage of their plight, I picked up these three books, the last of which I am on now:

(http://www.wikiwak.com/image/Murakami+After+Dark.jpg)

(http://theteenagehead.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/n317417.jpg)

(http://regularrumination.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/2666.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on January 18, 2010, 06:48:43 PM
Taking advantage of their plight, I picked up these three books, the last of which I am on now

What do you think of 2666 so far?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on January 20, 2010, 03:05:56 PM
Wonderful thus far. I'm not that far into it yet (considering it's 900-page length), but I've no complaints. So far, it's similar to the basic plot of The Savage Detectives, in that there's a group of people looking for a mysterious author they've all become experts on and coming up with very little. That same passion for literature that I found so electric in ...Detectives is present here, and I can't wait to see where this book will lead.
It definitely feels EPIC. I'll be sure to give my closing remarks when I finish it (which, given my usual pace when I'm enjoying a book, shouldn't be too far off)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on February 08, 2010, 06:00:10 PM
2666 was wonderful till the end, Aazie.

Thought I'd follow it up with more classic literature, I've just begun L'Assommoir by Emile Zola. I can't find the cover in proper res, and since it does incorporate one of my favorite paintings by one of my favorite painters, I'd thought I'd post that instead:

(http://emptyeasel.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/l%27absinthe.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on February 09, 2010, 01:56:55 AM
(http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/5081/herethereeverywhere325.jpg)
 
Got it for Christmas but hadn't started reading until the other night and now m blowing through it. Its a great read for any Beatles fan and really gives you perspective on how they worked in the studio.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on February 19, 2010, 05:24:18 PM
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0192839632.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Konketsuji on February 20, 2010, 02:03:31 PM
I started on Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher. Pretty cool so far.
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/14/Andrzej_Sapkowski_-_The_Last_Wish.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on April 08, 2010, 01:24:22 PM
Last few & the New:

Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut

Repetition, Alain Robbe-Grillet

Dr. Sax, Kerouac

Les Enfants terribles, Jean Cocteau

The Hunting of the Snark
Sylvie & Bruno
         "          Concluded
, Lewis Carroll

Hunger, Knut Hamsun

Salt Seller (Marchand du sel), Marcel Duchamp
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Turkitage on April 08, 2010, 05:38:41 PM
reading Shingetsutan Tsukihime. So far so good awesome!

it's the manga version of Tsukihime which was a popular visual novel (I need to get it somehow, I heard it's translated too!)

I searched on this forum and the word Tsukihime didn't show up, can't believe it! It's a good manga.

melty blood (fighting game by type-moon), and kara no kyoukai got me into this awesome world that Kinoko nasu and takashi takeuchi created!

I have fate/stay night, but haven't seen it yet. But all their worlds are in the same world.. so it should be good!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Proj2501 on April 13, 2010, 01:17:38 AM
Reading this
(http://www.alimbaratur.com/All_Pages/Baydat_T_Stuff/B_T_20/B_T_20_A.jpg)
Everyone ever read or heard of it? I'm only around 100 pages in but I'm loving it. It's so dense.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on April 13, 2010, 02:04:44 AM
Yeah, it's one of my favorite books. I splooged about it a few times in the thread, but it was here first: http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=5964.msg117912#msg117912

If you thought the first 100 pages were great, then you're in for a treat, because that's the slowest, driest portion of the book.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aphasia on April 13, 2010, 04:12:21 AM
(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestselling-sci-fi-fantasy-2006/316-1.jpg)
(http://www.wicknet.org/library/middle/hobbit.gif)

Just finished these two classics. : D Both were a great read.  I hadn't read the hobbit since I was a kid...hoping to start the 3rd in the space trilogy by CS. Lewis after school!

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell looks extremely interesting...but I'm a sucker for sweet covers.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lithrael on April 13, 2010, 04:15:17 PM
If you're into that type of stuff try out George Macdonald's Lilith or Phantastes.  George mostly wrote boring ass period drama but he stuck awesome fairy tales in them, and occasionally did a straight-up fantasy novel.  Like (and IIRC, inspiring,) CS Lewis they have a decidedly religious bent, especially Lilith of course.  But they're just plain not like anything else I've read.  So if you dig early fantasy, give George Macdonald a try.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Manjou on April 16, 2010, 04:56:20 PM
(http://www.cosmictherapy.com/images/poisonelves/pe_mulehide_years.jpg)
NYAR! It's been years since I've read this, I'm enjoying it all over again  :guts:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aphasia on April 16, 2010, 05:12:32 PM
If you're into that type of stuff try out George Macdonald's Lilith or Phantastes.  George mostly wrote boring ass period drama but he stuck awesome fairy tales in them, and occasionally did a straight-up fantasy novel.  Like (and IIRC, inspiring,) CS Lewis they have a decidedly religious bent, especially Lilith of course.  But they're just plain not like anything else I've read.  So if you dig early fantasy, give George Macdonald a try.
In fact I do! Thank you for the recommendation...time to buy some books off half!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: m on April 18, 2010, 05:34:47 PM
I just finished 2666 which caught my attention when reading the good things I read about it here. It took me almost two months to finish it but it was worth it (I don't really have much time to read, I mostly read on my way home from work)

Now I think I'll read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell if I find it in my local library.

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on April 22, 2010, 12:31:09 PM
I'm glad you enjoyed 2666! :ubik:

This is where I am right now:

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/c0/c3362.jpg)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_2cCWjHaZUAI/RmdeQ9xiR6I/AAAAAAAAAJ4/Wepn3Jw7HoI/s400/BrautiganTheAbortion.jpg)

(http://ciccoricco.net/teaching/FinalProject07/Todd_House_of_leaves.jpg)
Thought I'd give this a try, based on word of mouth (except for Bobby's; sorry!!). Didn't take long for me to realize how TEDIOUS it gets. Blah.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: m on June 24, 2010, 04:52:06 PM

I finished Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell a few days ago, it was definitely a very good book and even though it's over a thousand pages long it didn't feel long at all, it was very easy to read.

So far I haven't been disappointed by the recommendations I've taken from this thread. I wonder what to read next. Perhaps I'll read Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse again.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on June 24, 2010, 04:57:31 PM
(http://ciccoricco.net/teaching/FinalProject07/Todd_House_of_leaves.jpg)
Thought I'd give this a try, based on word of mouth (except for Bobby's; sorry!!). Didn't take long for me to realize how TEDIOUS it gets. Blah.
Yes, yes, yes. I'm glad we agree on this since before now I've been the only one I know of that didn't like it. Starts with a great, creepy concept, then focuses on a fucking tattoo artist with little to nothing to do with the backstory. Ultimately, payoff is extremely minimal for sitting through all the tedium.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on June 24, 2010, 05:39:43 PM
Danielewski invented tedium. I've never been so bored. I still haven't finished it; haven't picked it up since the day I put it down, and (despite what some people have told me) i have NO INTEREST IN EVER READING ANOTHER WORD OF THIS TERRIBLE TERRIBLE BOOK.

The next book he writes should be called "Jissom", with a single page of splooge, since that's all anything he's done so far ever amounts to. Fuck this guy.

On a lighter note, I just finished:

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/c4/c24048.jpg)
*thumbs up*
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on June 24, 2010, 05:50:47 PM
I've been reading Neuromancer, the novel that started cyberpunk, and pretty much redefined scifi.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Fellmark on July 06, 2010, 09:28:46 PM
About half way through Wizards First Rule. After I finish it I will either contue the series, finish the Black Company books.  I finished the First four dark tower books and got about 70 pages into the fifth and couldn't go on.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on July 06, 2010, 09:39:49 PM
I finished the First four dark tower books and got about 70 pages into the fifth and couldn't go on.
Wise move.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Staralfur on July 07, 2010, 07:10:59 PM
About half way through Wizards First Rule.
I tried this one not too long ago and I don't know how I managed to finish it. One of the most boring books I ever read. Right now I'm reading the second volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, so far I like it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dar Klink on July 07, 2010, 08:05:55 PM
Right now I'm reading the second volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, so far I like it.
Very nice! I'm in the middle of the first one right now. I also picked up a little anthology thing with some Philip K. Dick novels in it, including Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep and... Ubik! :ubik: :ubik:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on July 07, 2010, 08:07:35 PM
Currently reading Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (http://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Ashes-History-Tim-Weiner/dp/0307389006/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1278536806&sr=8-1) by Tim Weiner.

So far the Agency hasn't been up to the level of our April Fools' Day pranks. :badbone:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Griffith on July 07, 2010, 08:19:05 PM
I finished the First four dark tower books and got about 70 pages into the fifth and couldn't go on.
Wise move.

That's only a wise move in Wally's world, where's there's no such thing as a point of no return. You'd be a good poker player/better. =)

I say, if you're already four books and approximately 2,000 pages in, at least read book 7, it's worth it. It's got a lot more in common with the first four books (for better and worse, because those weren't faultless either) than 5 and 6, which were basically a useless side story, and worthless 400 page tease for book 7. I don't know what their purpose was, other than I guess King needed to get that out of his system before finishing. So, you won't miss anything, except the nadir of the series, and you'll at least get closure on your time invested. Book 7 isn't bad on its own merits either, it's naturally got direction and momentum, and in terms of general quality, I'd rank it somewhere between books 2/3 and 4.


Currently reading:

(http://learn.bowdoin.edu/italian/dante/images/zeitoun.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on July 07, 2010, 08:20:06 PM
Thought I'd give this a try, based on word of mouth (except for Bobby's; sorry!!). Didn't take long for me to realize how TEDIOUS it gets. Blah.

I don't remember what I've said about it, but that is a very boring book.

Attempting to read House of Leaves, again... this time it's personal!
Such a terrible Idea that was...

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on July 08, 2010, 12:35:19 PM
I remember you being pretty explicit on your distaste for the book and your reccommendations against it were quite strong, as well.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: m on July 11, 2010, 07:23:19 AM

I'm reading The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. I'm about one third in and it's been OK so far.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on July 13, 2010, 04:16:27 PM
(http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/8241/apdtpb.jpg)

I think I'm going to start reading this. Anyone know if it's good? I hear it's one of the best AvP comics.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Death May Die on July 13, 2010, 04:22:18 PM
I have read some of the AvP novels from a while back. They are pretty good. They have a lot of good expansions on the Alien/Predator universe. But for that particular novel/comic I have no idea. Sorry.  :griffnotevil: 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: IncantatioN on July 14, 2010, 07:54:17 PM
Re-reading The Lie by Chad Kultgen. Funny, and breaks my heart every single time.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: kaimera on August 05, 2010, 11:38:28 PM
Damn! Arkadi and Boris Strugatzki are damn good sci-fi authors! I'm currently reading their Maxim Kammerer Trilogy...EPIC!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dar Klink on August 25, 2010, 07:21:16 AM
Just finished A Clash of Kings, book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire. Gonna start 3.... right when I'm done posting! After that I have 4! But then... :sad: at least Berserk has trained me for waiting. :griffnotevil:

Oh, and I love the series so far! It's said all the time, but GRRM really loves to kill off his characters.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on August 25, 2010, 09:44:23 AM
Oh, and I love the series so far! It's said all the time, but GRRM really loves to kill off his characters.

It gets old.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Konketsuji on August 25, 2010, 12:27:28 PM
I started on R.A. Salvatore's "Road of the Patriarch", it's ok, but kinda boring after Sapkowski's Witcher Series which was so fucking epic, English Editions are going to be available soon(first two books are published already), so don't miss it! Also I bought the game and it's pretty good according to reviews.

Damn! Arkadi and Boris Strugatzki are damn good sci-fi authors! I'm currently reading their Maxim Kammerer Trilogy...EPIC!
Wow, never thought it was famous in Germany, I've got a lot of their books, but never actually started reading them. :guts:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dar Klink on September 14, 2010, 04:59:00 AM
Just finished A Storm of Swords, book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire.
I didn't think they could make Jaime too sympathetic, also god damn! Killing off Robb and Catelyn in the same chapter? The Red Wedding was a bit much if you ask me and if Tyrion had also died in this book... :mozgus: I still somehow hoping the Hound shows up in book 4... but I doubt it.
So far I'd say my favorite characters have been Sansa because I thought her point of view was one of the most interesting, Tyrion, The Hound, and Jon Snow.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on September 14, 2010, 06:08:55 AM
I'm not a huge fan of that series myself, but you certainly picked a good time to start reading it. The hype train for this painful misanthropic series is about to morph into a bullet train. DESTINATION? NERDZONE.

http://www.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/index.html
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on September 14, 2010, 08:52:22 AM
I don't think there's one character I like more than the others. They all have annoying flaws. And while I read the books quite a few years ago I can't say I'm a big fan of the series either. I think Martin's a good writer, but he's got bad tendencies.

Also I've been reading 2666 these days.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Staralfur on September 14, 2010, 04:21:59 PM
Just finished A Storm of Swords, book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire.
I didn't think they could make Jaime too sympathetic, also god damn! Killing off Robb and Catelyn in the same chapter? The Red Wedding was a bit much if you ask me and if Tyrion had also died in this book... :mozgus: I still somehow hoping the Hound shows up in book 4... but I doubt it.
So far I'd say my favorite characters have been Sansa because I thought her point of view was one of the most interesting, Tyrion, The Hound, and Jon Snow.

I didn't read as far as you, I'm somewhere in the middle of book 3. I wouldn't pick Sansa as my favorite character, I find her much too annoying at times, but the other characters you mentionned are definitely among my favorites, especially Tyrion and The Hound.

Damn, I read your spoiler, I shoudn't have!!! :isidro:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dar Klink on September 14, 2010, 06:56:15 PM
I didn't read as far as you, I'm somewhere in the middle of book 3. I wouldn't pick Sansa as my favorite character, I find her much too annoying at times, but the other characters you mentionned are definitely among my favorites, especially Tyrion and The Hound.

Damn, I read your spoiler, I shoudn't have!!! :isidro:
I like Sansa a lot because I think she seems pretty stupid and dense, but in reality she knows a lot more than she even lets herself see. She also gets to have interactions with the King's Landing people.

I WARNED YOU ABOUT THOSE SPOILERS BRO
I *TOLD* YOU DAWG!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Staralfur on September 14, 2010, 09:07:39 PM
I see what you mean, but still, it seems to me that whenever she's offered a choice, she makes the stupid one, and whenever she can do something, she doesn't, and at length it gets irritating. That being said, I'm still waiting to see how she will evolve to forge a definite opinion of her.

As a young female character, I prefer Daenerys by far, she's got a strong evolution and is really interesting. Besides her point of view is quite unique as she is completely outside of Westeros, unlike all the other narrators. And I don't dislike Arya's personality either in a "straightforward tomboy pipsqueak" kinda way.

I know, that's what I get for letting my eyes wander where they shouldn't...  :schnoz:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on September 17, 2010, 06:58:25 AM
Wow http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2010/09/dark-horse-to-resume-two-series/

After being on hiatus for god knows how long MPD psycho and Eden: it's and endless world are going to be released. Eden is truly a masterpiece and the only manga I followed besides Berserk fora while (before they stopped printing). I withheld from reading scans online for this reason and I'm so happy. Thank you Darkhorse!

If anyone enjoys serious science fiction manga that is almost Berserk explicit, read Eden. Parts of the story are better than others but the first four books in that series have got to be some of the best manga writing I've ever had the joy to read.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: kaimera on September 19, 2010, 11:13:38 AM
Wow, never thought it was famous in Germany, I've got a lot of their books, but never actually started reading them. :guts:

It is not that famous. I took notice of them after watching movies by Andrej Tarkowski (master!). But a new revisioned collective edition is being published, it was cheap and good so i had to buy and read it! You should read the books. They are really really good.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Konketsuji on September 22, 2010, 01:19:11 PM
It is not that famous. I took notice of them after watching movies by Andrej Tarkowski (master!). But a new revisioned collective edition is being published, it was cheap and good so i had to buy and read it! You should read the books. They are really really good.

I guess I'll give it try someday, but I have a lot of books in my list so maybe in a couple of years. First of all, I'm planning to start on G. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Skullgrin140 on October 03, 2010, 07:37:13 AM
Currently reading Jonah Hex - Face full of Violence.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: GiantSpiderGoat on October 03, 2010, 01:53:58 PM
I'm reading Dune: Messiah.

I have to say that Dune so far seems to be my favorite book series. It has some really great character development. I think the saddest thing about the book is how the main character Paul constantly battles with himself to find some way to stop the god like worship of himself and trying to stop the Jihad that would sweep across the universe in his name. But failed in trying to stop it because even if he chose to die he would be hailed a martyr and the jihad would still continue.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Pez on October 03, 2010, 05:15:20 PM
Currently reading "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath and re-reading "The Magicians" By Lev Grossman. If anyone is interested in reading a more grown up story about how teenagers might really be when they are thrown into a world of magic, I really recommend "The Magicians." It is a fantastic book.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on October 03, 2010, 06:45:54 PM
I'm reading Dune: Messiah.

I have to say that Dune so far seems to be my favorite book series. It has some really great character development.

Can't go wrong with Dune. The books written by Frank Herbert, that is. Don't waste your time on the rest.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: IncantatioN on October 03, 2010, 11:26:21 PM
^ Agreed.

I'm reading 1984 by Orwell. I surprised a close pal when I admitted not having read it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on October 03, 2010, 11:29:26 PM
^ Agreed.

I'm reading 1984 by Orwell. I surprised a close pal when I admitted not having read it.
One of my favorite books.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on October 04, 2010, 07:17:08 AM
I'm reading 1984 by Orwell. I surprised a close pal when I admitted not having read it.

Understandable since it's a masterpiece.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: IncantatioN on October 04, 2010, 08:19:43 PM
I love how it's cold (as in the atmosphere or tone of the book) at the beginning and the story kind of reminded me of the movie - Equilibrium, but I'm sure it's a lot more and different. I can't wait to finish it!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on October 04, 2010, 08:27:18 PM
the story kind of reminded me of the movie - Equilibrium

Orwell would be proud.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Staralfur on October 09, 2010, 04:33:04 PM
Just finished A Storm of Swords, book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire.
I didn't think they could make Jaime too sympathetic, also god damn! Killing off Robb and Catelyn in the same chapter? The Red Wedding was a bit much if you ask me and if Tyrion had also died in this book... :mozgus: I still somehow hoping the Hound shows up in book 4... but I doubt it.
So far I'd say my favorite characters have been Sansa because I thought her point of view was one of the most interesting, Tyrion, The Hound, and Jon Snow.

I finally finished book 3, and I just began book 4.
I don't worry too much about the Hound, it makes absolutely no doubt to me that Martin is not done with him. Also, it would be too lame an ending for such a character!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on October 12, 2010, 03:35:51 AM
the story kind of reminded me of the movie - Equilibrium

Equilibrium relies heavily on 1984.

By the way, 1984 is an excellent read.

Me?  I'm currently reading Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card, and The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Truder on November 06, 2010, 05:44:14 PM
I'm a huge DBZ fan! i grew up with the Goku N friends.

I just Found out about a Dragon Ball Z Manga made by a fan. It's called Dragon Ball Multiverse, ITS AWESOME, although its made by 2 Fans of the series, it looks just like Akira T's art style. (and they are French)

the story they made up is awesome:D its more like a Dragon Ball Z movie with so many Interesting Situations! DBM takes place right after DBZ ends. They Completely ignore GT exists, which is awesome, because quite frankly GT sucked ass and it had so many holes in the plot.

If you are a big fan of DBZ i suggest you give it a read. its still on-going.

http://www.dragonball-multiverse.com/en/chapters.html (http://www.dragonball-multiverse.com/en/chapters.html)

and in a rare double-whammy, i found some awesome rock songs (artists) from the youtube videos of the chapters with the songs playing in the background.
I could never find the right type of rock songs that i liked (because i mainly listen to Indie Hip-hop), but the songs playing during the videos definitely peaked my interest :guts:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on November 06, 2010, 05:51:05 PM
Currently reading Moby Dick; or The Whale.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: umop_3pisdn on January 29, 2011, 11:02:01 PM
I'm re-reading Narcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse.  The best 'existentialist' novel ever.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on February 22, 2011, 08:13:13 PM
Currently reading Moby Dick; or The Whale.

 Still reading: Moby Dick; or The Whale.
 I intended on finishing it over my winter break, but didn't (because I forgot where I left it) so I finished American Gods and Julius Caser over the New Years weekend. Then, I got back home and realized I left it at my girlfriends (who had the book at her apartment), so I picked up and read, As I lay Dying, instead. Now that I have the book, I have less time to read it.

 This book is turning out to be my own personal White Whale!  :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on February 22, 2011, 08:17:25 PM
I intended on finishing it over my winter break, but didn't (because I forgot where I left it) so I finished American Gods
So how lame was American Gods, in your opinion?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on February 22, 2011, 08:22:27 PM
So how lame was American Gods, in your opinion?

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest), 10.

I am pretty sure you were the one that recommended that book to me!  :troll:

I read it, and felt that the ending was complete crap. I also felt that most of the characters were useless and served no purpose. Like Sam! What role did Sam have? I couldn't think of anything; yet, she certainly had plenty of pages dedicated to her bullshit! Also I like how there was no theme, I still think about what theme the book had and couldn't think of anything.

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Post by: Walter on February 22, 2011, 08:23:59 PM
I am pretty sure you were the one that recommended that book to me!  :troll:

I read it, and felt that the ending was complete crap. I also felt that most of the characters were useless and served no purpose. Like Sam! What role did Sam have? Yet she certainly had plenty of pages dedicated to her bullshit!
Pfff, maybe I did in like 2001 or something. Read Neverwhere. That's the book Gaiman will be remembered for.
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on February 22, 2011, 08:25:06 PM
Pfff, maybe I did in like 2001 or something. Read Neverwhere. That's the book Gaiman will be remembered for.

Is this book good, or is this book "good"?
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Post by: Walter on February 22, 2011, 08:39:27 PM
Is this book good, or is this book "good"?
Neverwhere's one of my favorite books.
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Post by: Dar Klink on March 05, 2011, 02:09:41 AM
Reading Destination:  :void: right now. I love reading about the OMCs which are basically exposed human brains and thinking about... well you know who! I wanna read  :slan: ,  :ubik: , ...And Call me (too lazy to find that Conrad test emote that I remember seeing at some point) as well.

Anybody else read these and try to attribute the naming of the God Hand to anything throughout the books?
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Post by: Aazealh on March 05, 2011, 09:32:07 AM
Reading Destination:  :void: right now. I love reading about the OMCs which are basically exposed human brains and thinking about... well you know who! I wanna read  :slan: ,  :ubik: , ...And Call me (too lazy to find that Conrad test emote that I remember seeing at some point) as well.

Anybody else read these and try to attribute the naming of the God Hand to anything throughout the books?

I read them years ago, before I discovered Berserk. I always thought the connexion tangential at best.

Will soon start reading Neverwhere on Walter's recommendation.
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Post by: Oburi on March 05, 2011, 02:52:41 PM
I read them years ago, before I discovered Berserk.

You mean you weren't born with Berserk Volume 1 in your hand?  :slan:
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Post by: TheBranded1 on March 05, 2011, 04:07:35 PM
You mean you weren't born with Berserk Volume 1 in your hand?  :slan:

That was probably you, getting spanked with one to get your first breaths of life. :iva:
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Post by: Aphasia on March 15, 2011, 05:01:34 PM
Starting the Dune series.  I don't read often, but I've heard it's good and I love me some sci-fi.
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Post by: Rhombaad on March 15, 2011, 05:13:34 PM
Starting the Dune series.  I don't read often, but I've heard it's good and I love me some sci-fi.

You're in for a treat. :serpico:
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Post by: JudeauChop on April 01, 2011, 02:11:28 PM
Just finishing up 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' and getting excited for my copy of 'The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2)' by Patrick Rothfuss to come in!
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Post by: Rhombaad on April 05, 2011, 02:08:47 PM
I started reading George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four this morning on the bus ride to work. Now I can't wait until my lunch break so I can keep going. I'm so pissed they didn't have us read this in high school.
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Post by: Dar Klink on April 05, 2011, 04:14:31 PM
I started reading George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four this morning on the bus ride to work. Now I can't wait until my lunch break so I can keep going. I'm so pissed they didn't have us read this in high school.
I know that feel man, I swear my high school skipped out on like half of what sounded awesome for... slavery era southern black stories. No Lord of the Flies, no Catcher in the Rye, and no Ender's Game(my sister got to read this sometime this year!) :judo:
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Post by: Aazealh on April 05, 2011, 04:57:33 PM
no Ender's Game(my sister got to read this sometime this year!) :judo:

Hahaha well that's not a classic man, seriously. It's a neat story but comparing it to Nineteen Eighty-Four, Lord of the Flies or Catcher in the Rye is unseemly.
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Post by: Rhombaad on April 05, 2011, 05:36:46 PM
Catcher in the Rye is next on my list. :guts:
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Post by: Walter on April 05, 2011, 05:43:26 PM
Been working my way through a Pulitzer-winning biography on Theodore Roosevelt for the past 2 weeks. It's refreshing to read about how one very extraordinary person can change the world without compromising himself along the way. I'm not sure that can happen these days.

It is excellent: http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Theodore-Roosevelt-Edmund-Morris/dp/1400069653/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302028987&sr=8-1
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Post by: Aazealh on April 05, 2011, 06:12:32 PM
Been working my way through a Pulitzer-winning biography on Theodore Roosevelt for the past 2 weeks. It's refreshing to read about how one very extraordinary person can change the world without compromising himself along the way. I'm not sure that can happen these days.

It is excellent: http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Theodore-Roosevelt-Edmund-Morris/dp/1400069653/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302028987&sr=8-1

Awesome, it'll be on my next order for sure!
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Post by: Rhombaad on April 05, 2011, 09:11:18 PM
Conan interviewed Edmund Morris the other day. It looks like a fascinating trilogy. I can't wait to read it myself.
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Post by: Walter on April 05, 2011, 09:14:40 PM
Conan interviewed Edmund Morris the other day. It looks like a fascinating trilogy. I can't wait to read it myself.
Did he really? Wow, I'll have to check that out.
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on April 05, 2011, 10:11:45 PM
Rereading Child of God. The book is simply amazing; even thought I'm rereading the book it somehow still gives me the feeling that I'm reading a whole new book. There's just so much I didn't catch on my first read through. I highly recommend this book to any fan of Berserk!

Also, almost done Moby Dick! Not even close.
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Post by: Turkitage on April 06, 2011, 12:30:04 AM
Catcher in the Rye is next on my list. :guts:

I really liked that book.

Currently reading: Thomas Campbell's My Big TOE (Theory of Everything)
Theory books seem to hold my interests lately, got a few chapters in. Enjoying it so far.
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Post by: TheBranded1 on April 07, 2011, 04:55:44 AM
Also, almost done Moby Dick! Not even close.

I'm on chapter 9  , maybe I'll caught with you.
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Post by: m on April 07, 2011, 05:27:01 PM

I'm about half way through Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared M. Diamond. It's been very interesting and informative so far.
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on April 07, 2011, 07:15:22 PM
I'm on chapter 9  , maybe I'll caught with you.

Some of the reading is just really long and tedious. And when they start talking about whaling (i mean they as when the book just starts lecturing you on whaling) you just want to put the book down.

Melville wrote this to separate the boys from the men.   :farnese:
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Post by: Rhombaad on April 08, 2011, 05:42:47 PM
I finished Nineteen Eighty-Four this morning on my break. Wow. This one is going to stay with me for some time. Reading the book was both painful and enjoyable. While reading Part III (Winston's capture, torture and reconversion), I found my hands shaking every now and then. It was so horrifying and real, and yet not dated in the least, despite the novel having been published in 1949.

In an effort to escape depression (at least for a little while), I think I'm going to reread Dan Simmon's Hyperion Cantos next, after which I'll delve back into the classics, like Catcher in the Rye.
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Post by: Walter on April 08, 2011, 05:56:36 PM
1984 is one of my absolute favorite books. It had such a profound effect on me after the first time I read it, I literally tore the book into two halves a few seconds after reading the last pages. I've read it a number of times since then and still love it. It grows even more on subsequent readings.

If you're fresh off of 1984, I'd actually recommend you read up on Modern Russian and European history, from 1900-1950s, particularly British policies during the second world war, and Russia's political atmosphere in the early 20th century, to see the reality from which Orwell based his ideas on, and how he saw the world feasibly turning toward this end -- so much so that he nearly named the book 1948. Very scary stuff. It might actually be more convenient to pick up a companion book to 1984 to have all these things explained without need for interpretation.
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Post by: Rhombaad on April 08, 2011, 06:10:39 PM
1984 is one of my absolute favorite books. It had such a profound effect on me after the first time I read it, I literally tore the book into two halves a few seconds after reading the last pages. I've read it a number of times since then and still love it. It grows even more on subsequent readings.

I can see why you reacted that way. I was bewildered, angry and just plain defiant after reading the last third of the novel. O'Brien is such a lunatic, yet he is treating Winston as if he's the insane one. One minute he's torturing him, the next he's his friend, and the writing is so brilliant you really feel as if you are Winston and that you can relate to why one minute he hates O'Brien and the next he loves him. Orwell was a genius.

If you're fresh off of 1984, I'd actually recommend you read up on Modern Russian and European history, from 1900-1950s, particularly British policies during the second world war, and Russia's political atmosphere in the early 20th century, to see the reality from which Orwell based his ideas on, and how he saw the world feasibly turning toward this end -- so much so that he nearly named the book 1948. Very scary stuff. It might actually be more convenient to pick up a companion book to 1984 to have all these things explained without need for interpretation.

I may need a break for a few days, but picking up a companion piece isn't a bad idea. I never read the novel in school, so I didn't get to analyze and deconstruct it like I did A Brave New World or The Great Gatsby.
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Post by: JudeauChop on April 08, 2011, 06:32:02 PM
If you're a fan of 1984, and dystopian literature as a whole, I'd highly recommend checking out We by Yevgeny Zamyatin... I don't think there would be a 1984 if it wasn't for We (though 1984 has a special place in my heart).
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on April 08, 2011, 07:54:58 PM
I started reading 1984 for a political science class (for a project), and subsequentially stopped and picked up one of the easier projects. I liked the writing, and enjoyed the story, it's one of the books I plan on reading before I start up Moby Dick agian.
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Post by: JudeauChop on May 31, 2011, 02:56:55 PM
I just finished reading The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2) by Patrick Rothfuss, and would definitely recommend this series. I can't wait for book 3 to come out. 

Due to how great the Game of Thrones TV series is thus far, I'm pretty sure I'll be picking up book 1 today.
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on June 04, 2011, 09:28:49 PM
The Sound and the Fury: Currently loving this book a lot. I'm still reading through the second chapter of the book and Quentin is certainly a much easier character to understand than Benjamin.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/Vamphunterbob/soundandfury.jpg)

Timescape: Read this before, and liked it a lot. I'm four chapters into it so far and enjoying the horrible future past!
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/Vamphunterbob/GregoryBenford-Timescape.jpg)

Rereading Child of God. The book is simply amazing; even thought I'm rereading the book it somehow still gives me the feeling that I'm reading a whole new book. There's just so much I didn't catch on my first read through. I highly recommend this book to any fan of Berserk!

Loved, Child of God. The character of Lester Ballard is one of those characters that is so fascinating while still being one of the most vile characters I have ever read. As I said originally, this book I would recommend to any Berserk fan, or anyone that loves to read.
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Post by: JudeauChop on June 06, 2011, 02:06:55 PM
The Sound and the Fury: Currently loving this book a lot. I'm still reading through the second chapter of the book and Quentin is certainly a much easier character to understand than Benjamin.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/Vamphunterbob/soundandfury.jpg)

I love this book!  So good.
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Post by: MrSmit on June 17, 2011, 02:43:45 PM
Just finished the Time Machine for the first time. Wow, the movies butchered it.

Now starting the Iliad, Fagles translation.
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Post by: Rhombaad on June 28, 2011, 02:44:02 PM
I finished reading the final book in Dan Simmon's Hyperion Cantos (The Rise of Endymion) last night. These books were even better than I remembered; I last read them in high school. I highly recommend the series to fans of science fiction everywhere. You won't be disappointed.

I heard recently that Warner Bros. is working on a film adaptation of the first two novels (Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion), with director Scott Derrickson (The Day the Earth Stood Still) taking on the project. Not only has the screenwriter, Trevor Sands, not done much, but Derrickson's work has been less than stellar (no pun intended) so far. I really hope they don't ruin this beloved series of mine, but I'm not getting my hopes up. At the very least, they might make a cool version of The Shrike.

I started reading The Hobbit this morning. It's been over ten years since I read it last and I'm looking forward to a refresher before Peter Jackson's adaptations come out next year. I'll be reading The Lord of the Ringsafterwards.

Is The Silmarillion worth reading? I know it was published after Tolkien's death, so I've always thought of it like the Dune novels published after Herbert's. I know the two cases aren't identical, since Tolkien wrote a lot of The Silmarillion, but I just thought I'd ask. The same question applies to The Children of Húrin.
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Post by: Gobolatula on June 28, 2011, 06:16:12 PM
LOL I just read "Shit My Dad Says" on the plane trip from New Jersey back to California.

"Shit My Dad Says" is based on the Twitter account of the same name. I didn't expect it to be so heartfelt. Really, it's the story of growing up with this cranky old dude who is actually a pretty smart fellow. Brain-smarts and philosophical-smarts as well.

It was a fun, silly book that definitely helped pass the time on the airplane.
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Post by: Aazealh on June 28, 2011, 06:35:53 PM
Currently reading Anathem by Neal Stephenson. It's pretty cool so far, but I haven't got much time to read these days so I'm not that far in yet.

I finished reading the final book in Dan Simmon's Hyperion Cantos (The Rise of Endymion) last night. These books were even better than I remembered; I last read them in high school. I highly recommend the series to fans of science fiction everywhere. You won't be disappointed.

I never read the two Endymion books. Are they as good as the first ones?

I heard recently that Warner Bros. is working on a film adaptation of the first two novels (Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion)

What a terrible idea.

Is The Silmarillion worth reading? I know it was published after Tolkien's death, so I've always thought of it like the Dune novels published after Herbert's. I know the two cases aren't identical, since Tolkien wrote a lot of The Silmarillion, but I just thought I'd ask. The same question applies to The Children of Húrin.

The Silmarillion is worth reading if you really like Tolkien's work in general. It's mostly compiled from his notes and it doesn't aspire to be much more than that.
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Post by: Rhombaad on June 28, 2011, 07:03:24 PM
I never read the two Endymion books. Are they as good as the first ones?

They're quite different than the Hyperion novels, but they're very good. Simmons ties up a lots of loose ends regarding The Shrike, the AI TechnoCore, etc., while at the same time causing you to rethink some of the events that occurred in the original two books. If you liked the first two, I think you'll like these, as well.

I noticed a couple continuity errors, mainly having to do with the Hawking drive and Gideon drive (the latest Core gift bestowed to Man after The Fall of the Farcasters) and space/time relativity. But other than it, they're pretty solid. The only reason these errors bugged me is because the rest of his work is just so damn perfect. If anything, I blame his editor. :void:

What a terrible idea.

Even worse is that they're combining Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion into one movie. I don't know how that's possible without throwing out the majority of material in the first book (namely the pilgrim's tales).

The Silmarillion is worth reading if you really like Tolkien's work in general. It's mostly compiled from his notes and it doesn't aspire to be much more than that.

Gotcha. Is it considered to be canon, even though Tolkien's son, Christopher, had to write parts of it to fill in gaps and inconsistencies?
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Post by: Aazealh on June 28, 2011, 07:24:43 PM
They're quite different than the Hyperion novels, but they're very good. Simmons ties up a lots of loose ends regarding The Shrike, the AI TechnoCore, etc., while at the same time causing you to rethink some of the events that occurred in the original two books. If you liked the first two, I think you'll like these, as well.

I noticed a couple continuity errors, mainly having to do with the Hawking drive and Gideon drive (the latest Core gift bestowed to Man after The Fall of the Farcasters) and space/time relativity. But other than it, they're pretty solid. The only reason these errors bugged me is because the rest of his work is just so damn perfect. If anything, I blame his editor. :void:

Alright, thanks for the info. I'll give them a shot one of these days.

Even worse is that they're combining Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion into one movie. I don't know how that's possible without throwing out the majority of material in the first book (namely the pilgrim's tales).

Honestly the very idea is so wrong I wouldn't know where to start.

Is it considered to be canon, even though Tolkien's son, Christopher, had to write parts of it to fill in gaps and inconsistencies?

Not as far as I know, but it's been a long time since I read Tolkien's work. Thinking that it would never be published, as he had written it for himself, Tolkien reused many elements from The Silmarillion for The Lord of the Rings. It'll definitely give you a better understanding of the world and its mythos though.
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Post by: Skullgrin140 on July 16, 2011, 05:26:27 PM
Just started reading Transformers: Last stand of the Wreckers, some of the most well written and well drawn comics I've seen in a while.
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Post by: Rhombaad on July 16, 2011, 09:34:19 PM
I finished The Hobbit last night and started in on The Lord of the Rings. It's been years since I've read it and am looking forward to doing so again.
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Post by: MrSmit on July 20, 2011, 12:43:55 AM
I'm mostly done with The Iliad now. It's been a good read.

How do you guys feel about The Count of Monte Cristo? It has been recommended to me numerous times the past few months, and everyone seems to love it.
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Post by: Aazealh on July 20, 2011, 11:04:30 AM
How do you guys feel about The Count of Monte Cristo? It has been recommended to me numerous times the past few months, and everyone seems to love it.

It's a classic of French literature. Certainly a good read in the original language, but I can't speak for the English translation.
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on July 20, 2011, 06:59:48 PM
I finished As I lay Dying at the beginning of the month and decided to put Timescape on hold for when I finish my literature class. I've read so far, half of East of Eden (this isn't part of my class), finished Brave New World (read that in 5 hours) and currently reading Dead Man Walking (non-fiction, but I'm digging it).
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Post by: Rhombaad on July 20, 2011, 07:41:15 PM
What did you think of As I Lay Dying? I read it in college and was pretty depressed by the end of it. Brave New World is one of my favorites. Have you read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on July 20, 2011, 08:05:02 PM
What did you think of As I Lay Dying? I read it in college and was pretty depressed by the end of it. Brave New World is one of my favorites. Have you read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

I meant to say The Sound and the Fury, but I've read As I lay Dying a while ago I didn't really find it sad. I felt it was really suppose to be funnier in at least how after everything the family went through it was all about Anse getting a new wife and teeth . Brave New World is fantastic, and one of the easiest books I have read. Once I put a dent in my reading list I'll give it a try and read it at a slower pace.

I've read the three chapters of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and loved it. I've wanted to read it, but I kept going back and forcing my self to read one of the sixty books I already own (I have bunch of books I still need to read). So as of right now I haven't started reading it. 

EDIT: Just finished East of Eden, and reading Suttree. I'm going to finish this month with Light in August.
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Post by: TheBranded1 on August 21, 2011, 11:25:33 PM
I just finished reading Moby Dick. It was good, alot of explanation about the whale trade. Starbuck and Stubb were my favorites. Ahab too, but until he had more to say at the end of the book.
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Post by: Rhombaad on August 22, 2011, 08:24:02 PM
I'm about half way through The Two Towers, Book III, of The Lord of the Rings. I'm glad I decided to read it again and am enjoying it much more than I did when I first read it as a child, and then again in college. I downloaded the Encyclopedia of Arda app for my iPhone and it has been a great help whenever I need to look up a term, person or event in Tolkien's legendarium.

I was also surprised (having watched the films recently when they came out on Blu-ray) at how much of Tolkien's dialogue the filmmakers put into their trilogy. I'm even more amazed at how much they altered the characters and events in the books in order to adapt them to film. Reading the LotR again has given me a great appreciation for what Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens went through in order to successfully adapt such a monstrosity. While some hold them in great disdain for "ruining" Tolkien's novel, I'm actually quite impressed with how faithful they were. They got a lot of stuff wrong, but they also got a lot right. I can't see how anybody could top what they did and I'm glad they made the films when they did. I might never have gotten back into Tolkien's universe had it not been for those films.
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Post by: Madam President on August 23, 2011, 07:43:38 PM
I'm about to bust out some Guin Saga.  I finished the anime recently (apparently, it only adapted books 1-16)with mixed feelings, and some fans told me that I really needed to go back read the manga, as the anime condenses or leaves out some events for the sake of brevity.  I'll admit, I had to slog through the series up until the last 10 or 12 episodes or so until I hit pay dirt, but it was worth it in the long run. :beast:  I could definitely see where Miura may have been influenced with certain characters, and certain scenes! I just hope more than five volumes are published Stateside! ;_;

I'm also attempting to read further into my copy of Sun Tzu's Art of War that I've owned for eight years...not working out so well.  That book is so damned dry, when I open it up, sand and bleached cow skulls pour into my lap! 
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Post by: Oburi on September 03, 2011, 10:06:55 AM
(http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/2136/eden13.jpg)

Finally after over a year on hiatus Darkhorse finally continued Eden, me second favorite manga after Berserk. If any you guys are interested in a new manga similar to Berserk (obviously not a fantasy but similar in other aspects) I can't recommend Eden enough. Even if you don't want to invest in a whole new series the first four books alone are like one continual story that is basically one giant bloody battle that has everything from nosebleed induced computer hacking, giant mecha, terrorist warfare, sniping and the most brutal hand to hand combat i've ever witnessed on paper (i was actually squirming as the characters knocked each others teeth out and dislocated their bones). There was even a romantic scene in this last issue the reminded me of Berserk book 9 with Guts and Casca at the waterfall.

Amazing series. Incredibly underrated.  
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Post by: Señor Caudillo on September 03, 2011, 02:47:17 PM

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Finally after over a year on hiatus Darkhorse finally continued Eden, me second favorite manga after Berserk. If any you guys are interested in a new manga similar to Berserk (obviously not a fantasy but similar in other aspects) I can't recommend Eden enough. Even if you don't want to invest in a whole new series the first four books alone are like one continual story that is basically one giant bloody battle that has everything from nosebleed induced computer hacking, giant mecha, terrorist warfare, sniping and the most brutal hand to hand combat i've ever witnessed on paper (i was actually squirming as the characters knocked each others teeth out and dislocated their bones). There was even a romantic scene in this last issue the reminded me of Berserk book 9 with Guts and Casca at the waterfall.

Amazing series. Incredibly underrated.  

Yes, I've been reading Eden for over 5 years, and it is my third most favorite manga series (after  :guts: and (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Smileys/Vagabond/ganishka.gif)). In fact, in terms of its storyline and atmosphere, I've sometimes even imagined Eden to be exactly what Miura's earlier, pre-Berserk sci-fi drama Noa might have become like, had it been given an opportunity to be developed into full-length serialized manga.
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Post by: Aazealh on September 03, 2011, 03:52:29 PM
In fact, in terms of its storyline, I've sometimes even imagined Eden to be exactly what Miura's earlier, pre-Berserk sci-fi drama series Noa might have developed like, had it not flopped and gotten cancelled almost right after its debut (obviously a good thing too, in long term).

Noa did not flop, nor was it cancelled. It was a one-shot. Your ignorance seemingly knows no bounds.
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Post by: Dar Klink on September 03, 2011, 05:34:58 PM
So why the accusations of me being "ignorant", when the actual source I used to get my info on Noa simply lacked that particular detail about it supposedly being one-shot manga in the first place? :schierke:



I can't seem to find the part in that post that says it "flopped and got cancelled right after its debut," I mean, it's easy to infer that it's a oneshot from that, but still, it doesn't explicitly say it I guess. Nowhere does it say that it flopped or got canceled though.
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Post by: Aazealh on September 03, 2011, 09:08:22 PM
...and not a word is mentioned about Noa being a "one-shot" there

I don't blame ZKK for not pointing it out when he wrote that post in 2004, and neither should you.

only of Miura having had a falling out with the editors and it leading to "no further work" being published anymore (in other words = cancelled).

"Miura had a difference of opinion with one of, or the editor, and no further work was published" doesn't mean there was a series that flopped and was cancelled. Just, literally, that no further works of his were published in Fresh Shonen Magazine. One could imagine that if things had been otherwise, another one-shot or even a series might have been published afterwards.

So why the accusations of me being "ignorant", when the actual source I used to get my info on Noa simply lacked that particular detail about it supposedly being one-shot manga in the first place? :schierke:

Because you were ignorant either way, regardless of what your source was. And Noa being a one-shot isn't a supposition, it's a fact (one obvious to anyone who's read it). Please word your sentences appropriately.
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Post by: Oburi on September 10, 2011, 02:24:29 PM
(http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/7356/thebelievingbrain.jpg)
 Cool book on why people believe all sorts of things. From religion to ufo's.
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Post by: Walter on September 10, 2011, 04:27:36 PM
Ready Player One (http://www.amazon.com/Ready-Player-One-Ernest-Cline/dp/030788743X) has been getting some good reviews, so I got it the Kindle edition. Good so far. The book references '80s culture to the point of being obnoxious, but that's also why it's sort of fun to read.
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Post by: Turkitage on September 10, 2011, 07:11:20 PM
(http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/7356/thebelievingbrain.jpg)
 Cool book on why people believe all sorts of things. From religion to ufo's.

Hopefully the book is better. I saw this and decided to check out one of his speeches and it was annoying and nothing real insightful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqAwfv3HYGo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqAwfv3HYGo)
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Post by: Lithrael on September 10, 2011, 11:17:44 PM
Hopefully the book is better. I saw this and decided to check out one of his speeches and it was annoying and nothing real insightful.

Yeah, most of those type of speeches preach to the smarmier end of the choir a little too much.  My favorite thing with Shermer on Youtube is this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gnQz32c5EA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gnQz32c5EA)

The Mr. Deity series cracks me up in general.

Last book I read was the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, in honor of pissing off the people who want to publish an edition with all billionty instances of the word 'nigger' expunged.  Censoring Mark Twain seems like missing the point of fighting racism by a country mile.  Huck Finn is an awesome character, a pure white trash kid absolutely certain that he's an evil little asshole because he can't help but want to help Jim escape slavery.
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on September 23, 2011, 08:41:48 PM
Just finished reading Suttree. A lot of great writing in this book, it is pretty clear why it's lumped in with Blood Meridian and Child of God.

Next on my list is anything that is below 200 pages! I've been eye-balling The Great Gatsby, Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts and Other Plays, or 1984. I'm pretty much set on holding off reading The Sunset Limited (another McCarthy) until I at least read all three of those other books.
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Post by: JudeauChop on October 10, 2011, 07:53:09 PM
I'm about 1/2 way through http://www.amazon.com/Clash-Kings-Song-Fire-Book/dp/0553381695/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318279917&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Clash-Kings-Song-Fire-Book/dp/0553381695/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318279917&sr=1-1)  Clash of Thrones.   I can't put the damn thing down.  Definitely enjoying it.
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Post by: Konketsuji on October 11, 2011, 03:59:28 PM
I'm about 1/2 way through http://www.amazon.com/Clash-Kings-Song-Fire-Book/dp/0553381695/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318279917&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Clash-Kings-Song-Fire-Book/dp/0553381695/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318279917&sr=1-1)  Clash of Thrones.   I can't put the damn thing down.  Definitely enjoying it.
Heh, I'm reading Feast for Crows, goddamn this novels are great and intriguing as hell, I feel sad, because there's just one book left to read... I hope to find something that good someday, but I'm not sure that it's gonna happen any time soon. :sad:
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Post by: Aazealh on October 11, 2011, 05:38:53 PM
Heh, I'm reading Feast for Crows, goddamn this novels are great and intriguing as hell, I feel sad, because there's just one book left to read... I hope to find something that good someday, but I'm not sure that it's gonna happen any time soon. :sad:

Yeah, mediocrity of this caliber is hard to come by these days. :iva:
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Post by: Konketsuji on October 11, 2011, 05:49:00 PM
Yeah, mediocrity of this caliber is hard to come by these days. :iva:
Care to help me with a guide to some incomparable fantasy novels?  :guts:
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Post by: Aazealh on October 11, 2011, 06:12:02 PM
Care to help me with a guide to some incomparable fantasy novels?  :guts:

Hahaha, I don't know about incomparable, and truth be told I don't think Georgie's work is terrible either, but if you want modern fantasy I think there's really a lot of stuff available. Guys like David Gemmell, Glen Cook, David Eddings, Raymond E. Feist and such have all published some pretty good novels by fantasy standards, and in relatively different styles too. Or, if you're into whiny, underachieving characters, you should check out Robin Hobb (she doesn't kill too many of them off though).
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Post by: Rhombaad on October 11, 2011, 07:39:16 PM
Unfortunately, Raymond E. Feist's novels have taken a turn for the worse. I really enjoyed the Riftwar Saga, The Sons of Krondor, and the Serpentwar Saga...but after that it's a downhill slope. Honoured Enemy is pretty good, too.
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Post by: Aazealh on October 11, 2011, 07:54:24 PM
Unfortunately, Raymond E. Feist's novels have taken a turn for the worse. I really enjoyed the Riftwar Saga, The Sons of Krondor, and the Serpentwar Saga...but after that it's a downhill slope. Honoured Enemy is pretty good, too.

Now that you mention it, I remember reading about that long ago. I haven't read his more recent stuff so I can't comment, but I think the Riftwar Saga's good.
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Post by: Griffith on October 11, 2011, 08:57:53 PM
Well, I'm back in school and am therefore charged with reading The Prophet and the Age of the Caliphates, A History of Islamic Societies, White By Law, Silent Covenants, Racial Formation in the United States, The Racial Contract, Augustus and the Creation of the Roman Empire, the Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus, Cassius Dio's Roman History: The Reign of Augustus, and Ronald Syme's immortal The Roman Revolution. So, to answer the question, I'm reading Berserk volume 35 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight volume 6.
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Post by: Rhombaad on October 13, 2011, 03:04:19 AM
I just finished The Return of the King and am making my way through the appendices. Whew.
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Post by: Konketsuji on October 14, 2011, 06:37:01 PM
Hahaha, I don't know about incomparable, and truth be told I don't think Georgie's work is terrible either, but if you want modern fantasy I think there's really a lot of stuff available. Guys like David Gemmell, Glen Cook, David Eddings, Raymond E. Feist and such have all published some pretty good novels by fantasy standards, and in relatively different styles too. Or, if you're into whiny, underachieving characters, you should check out Robin Hobb (she doesn't kill too many of them off though).
Thanks, I'm really intrigued by  David Gemmel's work, I guess his next. Also Glen Cook seems very talented according to his books reviews. By the way, Andrzej Sapkowski, one of my personal favorites, said that he follows Patrick Rothfuss, Joe Abercrombie and Steven Erikson work, did anyone read their books? I found positive reviews as well.
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Post by: Aazealh on October 14, 2011, 07:21:22 PM
Thanks, I'm really intrigued by  David Gemmel's work, I guess his next.

Good choice. I'm very fond of Gemmell. Read almost everything he wrote.

Also Glen Cook seems very talented according to his books reviews.

I recommend you check "The Black Company". I found it to be a refreshing take on the genre, and it's also told in first person, which is pretty unusual.

By the way, Andrzej Sapkowski, one of my personal favorites, said that he follows Patrick Rothfuss, Joe Abercrombie and Steven Erikson work, did anyone read their books? I found positive reviews as well.

Haven't read their work, sorry.
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Post by: Rhombaad on October 21, 2011, 01:33:58 PM
I finished reading the last of the appendices of The Lord of the Rings last night (I'll admit that I skipped over most of the appendixes dealing with pronunciation and letters) and started reading The Silmarillion. It's pretty damn good so far.
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Post by: Dr.Legato on October 27, 2011, 09:33:28 PM
Just finished Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Screwjack by Hunter S thompson.
Started on Fear and Loathing: on the campaighn trail '72  :guts:
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Post by: Walter on November 04, 2011, 03:04:26 PM
I'm about halfway through The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It's a sort of low fantasy coming-of-age tale, told in a very interesting frame story. It's been enjoyable so far. Pretty hard to put down.

(http://www.sfsite.com/gra/0802/nw2lg.jpg)
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Post by: JudeauChop on November 04, 2011, 03:05:34 PM
I'm about halfway through The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It's a sort of low fantasy coming-of-age tale, told in a very interesting frame story. It's been enjoyable so far. Pretty hard to put down.

(http://www.sfsite.com/gra/0802/nw2lg.jpg)

It just gets better.. the 2nd book (A Wise Man's Fear) is really good.
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Post by: Walter on November 04, 2011, 03:16:17 PM
It just gets better.. the 2nd book (A Wise Man's Fear) is really good.
I know that the first book came out in 2007, and the second book just came out this year. Does that mean I have to wait 4+ years for the third?  :judo: I guess I'll pace myself.
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Post by: jackson_hurley on November 04, 2011, 10:02:12 PM
I am halfway done with something wicked this way comes be Ray Bradbury. This is my first Bradbury book and so far I really like it. Dark fantasy with two kids as the protagonists and the story revolve around a weird carnival arriving in their town changing the life of those getting involved to much...
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on November 06, 2011, 01:50:48 PM
Question for all of you book worms, what would you say is the number of books you read in a year?
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Post by: Señor Caudillo on November 06, 2011, 02:31:56 PM
Question for all of you book worms, what would you say is the number of books you read in a year?

From the cover to cover? It was twelve books, 3 years ago. This included "The Collected Stories" anthology of Alexander Pushkin, Antonio Gramsci's "Selected Writings", "Professor Dowell's Head" by Alexander Beliaev, "The Mongol Art of War" by Timothy May, "Anglo-Norman Warfare" by Matthew Strickland, "On War" by Clausewitz, Jeffrey Lockwood's "Six-legged Soldiers", Joseph Conrad's "Nostromo" and Daniel Defoe's "A Journal of the Plague Year."      
Unfortunately I've only had read four books so far this year, from the beginning to end. And one of them included "A Self-Instruction Music Theory Course" by Sandy Feldstein  :farnese:
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Post by: Walter on November 06, 2011, 03:19:58 PM
Probably 2-4 for me normally. But more this year, probably 10, because I've been hooked on getting books on kindle. I go through those like a California brush fire.

The pace at which I read is based mostly on having a steady flow of books that interest me. I'm a tough sell. These days I shop for new books before I jump in. I'll read previews of a dozen books or so before finding one to settle into.

I read enough literary books in college, so I prefer book reading in my free time to be entertaining above all. I tend to stick to scifi for those purposes. But I also enjoy biographies, as long as they're insightful and not merely a timeline of events in prose.
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on November 06, 2011, 03:34:31 PM
I've read 7 books so far, which is pretty good considering I normally stop at around 5 in a year. I've read more, but haven't kept a good record of what I've read, so I'm probably around 10 books this year.
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Post by: Aazealh on November 06, 2011, 05:49:20 PM
Question for all of you book worms, what would you say is the number of books you read in a year?

Good question. I guess around 10 a year on average over the past 5 years. I usually only read while commuting.
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Post by: Konketsuji on November 06, 2011, 06:05:08 PM
I read a lot of books when I was in my teens, now I don't have that much free time, so I only read in the bus on my way to work. So it its 5-10 books a year I think. But in 2011 I read 10-12 books somehow, R.R. Martin's got me hooked. :guts:
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Post by: m on November 06, 2011, 06:55:30 PM

I don't read as much as I'd like to but I guess I've read 4 or 5 books this year. Just like Aaz I also mostly read while commuting, the exception being what I'm reading now which I've only read at home.

Right now I'm reading the fourth of five The Walking Dead books I have at home. Walter has spoken so highly of the series I thought I'd give it a shot. Once I started reading them I have had a hard time stopping. Today alone I've read two books (which in retrospect may not be the best way to make the most of the experience) and I have to say I can definitely see why Walter speaks of the series the way he does.
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Post by: Oburi on November 06, 2011, 11:52:51 PM
(http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/7240/20111106151823.jpg)

I grabbed some manga today. Those two on the side are new series from Darkhorse from the artists of Trigun and Hellsing. Of course that's Volume 2 of the giant Viz editions of Vagabond. Unfortunately they didn't have the first one but I have read the first two books in the past. Can anyone tell me if it's cool to pick up from here? I think I'm basically skipping book three. It's not ideal but I can still make sense of the story right?
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Post by: Sarcomere on November 07, 2011, 12:32:13 AM
I try, yet fail, to read a book a month.  I'll probably be close to finishing 15 this year, mostly because Game of Thrones made me read the whole series.

I started reading A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.  It's one of the funniest stories I've ever read.  
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Post by: IncantatioN on November 07, 2011, 12:43:26 AM
I grabbed some manga today. Those two on the side are new series from Darkhorse from the artists of Trigun and Hellsing. Of course that's Volume 2 of the giant Viz editions of Vagabond. Unfortunately they didn't have the first one but I have read the first two books in the past. Can anyone tell me if it's cool to pick up from here? I think I'm basically skipping book three. It's not ideal but I can still make sense of the story right?
I'm gonna say no if you're asking about skipping the vizbig version of volume 3 because it has the Inshun arc which is pretty important in Musashi's path. By the way, Drifters is just 'ok', I'm past volume 1 in terms of story and used to follow it, before I got strapped for time.
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Post by: Oburi on November 07, 2011, 02:06:27 AM
I'm gonna say no if you're asking about skipping the vizbig version of volume 3 because it has the Inshun arc which is pretty important in Musashi's path. By the way, Drifters is just 'ok', I'm past volume 1 in terms of story and used to follow it, before I got strapped for time.

No you misunderstand. I mean since these big editions contain 3 volumes in one (right?) and I've only just grabbed this big book two, technically I haven't read volume 3 of the regular editions. That's not a big deal right? I can read the synopsis and go back eventually.
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Post by: IncantatioN on November 07, 2011, 02:46:25 PM
You can do that with virtually all volumes if you want to. It's completely up to you man and your reading style/ preference(s). Series that have good story telling make it hard to grasp 'everything' that happened in a volume from reading a short synopsis at the beginning of a subsequent release. I'll just say, like Berserk, the manga has no filler episodes.
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Post by: Walter on November 07, 2011, 03:13:07 PM
technically I haven't read volume 3 of the regular editions. That's not a big deal right? I can read the synopsis and go back eventually.
Volume 3 has Musashi's first big duel. Up to you.
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Post by: JudeauChop on November 07, 2011, 04:14:13 PM
I know that the first book came out in 2007, and the second book just came out this year. Does that mean I have to wait 4+ years for the third?  :judo: I guess I'll pace myself.

Yeah.  The entire trilogy was done being written when the first book was released (and the 2nd book had like 4 release dates, spanning 2 years). So they're really just taking a LONG time to edit,  but the amount of polish on the 2nd book is amazing.  I think it makes the wait for the 3rd more bearable.
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Post by: Griffith on November 07, 2011, 04:50:57 PM
Of course that's Volume 2 of the giant Viz editions of Vagabond. Unfortunately they didn't have the first one but I have read the first two books in the past. Can anyone tell me if it's cool to pick up from here? I think I'm basically skipping book three. It's not ideal but I can still make sense of the story right?

Yeah, at that point you can probably just dive in to what you've got without messing up the big picture too much. Obviously, I recommend catching up on volume 3 ASAP, especially before volume 9 (last volume of the next VIZBIG), but you're OK for the moment and will be able to determine yourself how urgent it is for you to catch up.
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Post by: Dr.Legato on November 15, 2011, 11:33:56 PM
Just read "Screwjack" By Hunter S Thompson  :badbone:
Pretty messed up little book, I like it :beast:
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Post by: Johnstantine on November 16, 2011, 02:53:03 AM
"Man in the High Castle" by Phillip K. Dick
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Post by: Rhombaad on November 18, 2011, 02:07:10 AM
I finished reading The Silmarillion and have started reading Dune. I last read the Dune Chronicles when I was in junior high, but I've read the first novel a number of times. I'm excited to read the series now that I'm an adult and have a greater understanding of the world.

By the way, the Litany Against Fear is one of my favorite portions of the book. I want to say I used it as an example of poetry in fiction back when I was in grade school.
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Post by: Walter on November 18, 2011, 03:26:20 AM
I'm excited to read the series now that I'm an adult and have a greater understanding of the world.
It is fantastic. It's become one of my favorite books. Easily favorite sci-fi.
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Post by: Rhombaad on November 18, 2011, 04:25:57 AM
It is fantastic. It's become one of my favorite books. Easily favorite sci-fi.

I'm just bummed that Herbert passed away before he could finish the series. From what I remember, Chapterhouse: Dune ends on a major cliffhanger. I've heard the way his son and Kevin J. Anderson wrapped up the series isn't that great, which is disappointing.
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Post by: Aazealh on November 18, 2011, 08:16:09 AM
I'm just bummed that Herbert passed away before he could finish the series.

Aren't we all. I was seriously depressed when I got to the end of the series back in the day, knowing that I'd never know the end. Yet I'll never read Brian's gross sequels.

From what I remember, Chapterhouse: Dune ends on a major cliffhanger.

It does.
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Post by: Rhombaad on November 18, 2011, 04:49:29 PM
Aren't we all. I was seriously depressed when I got to the end of the series back in the day, knowing that I'd never know the end. Yet I'll never read Brian's gross sequels.

Nor will I. I've read the summaries of them on Wikipedia, and even those turned my stomach.
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Post by: Joe Chip on November 25, 2011, 08:48:30 AM
I went and bought Dune because of all the praise you guys give it. I remember watching the movie when i was small, fortunately i don't remember any details that will spoil me the book.
Aren't we all. I was seriously depressed when I got to the end of the series back in the day, knowing that I'd never know the end. Yet I'll never read Brian's gross sequels.
It's sad to know that the series will never be completed by Frank Herbert, but can i ask you why you won't read the sequels?

I have to admit that this comment on wikipedia looks kind of fishy...
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Beginning in 1999, his son Brian Herbert and science fiction author Kevin J. Anderson have published a number of prequel novels, as well as two which complete the original Dune series — Hunters of Dune (2006) and Sandworms of Dune (2007) — partially based on Frank Herbert's notes discovered a decade after his death.
Yeah, discovered a decade after his death ... i don't know.
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Post by: Aazealh on November 25, 2011, 10:11:16 AM
It's sad to know that the series will never be completed, but can i ask you why you won't read the sequels?

Kevin J. Anderson is a hack that specializes in this kind of shit (guy released a sequel to van Vogt's Slan), and Brian Herbert looks like the average opportunist looking to make an easy buck. I know myself well enough to be absolutely certain that I would despise these sequels, and so I'd rather not waste my time with them, nor give these guys my money.
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Post by: Joe Chip on November 25, 2011, 01:15:49 PM
Kevin J. Anderson is a hack that specializes in this kind of shit (guy released a sequel to van Vogt's Slan), and Brian Herbert looks like the average opportunist looking to make an easy buck. I know myself well enough to be absolutely certain that I would despise these sequels, and so I'd rather not waste my time with them, nor give these guys my money.
I see, thank you for clearing this up. At first i thought about reading the sequels but now you convinced me not to. Anyway i'm still looking forward to reading this book judging from all the previous comments it must be a very good.
I remember reading about a Slan sequel but i didn't know it wasn't written from A. E. Vogt. It's good that i didn't buy it in the end. I enjoyed Slan a lot. I remember thinking that if Miura has named a character after this book, it must be good :)
Other books that i recently read are George Martin's 4th book and Babel-17 from Samuel R. Delany (halfway through this one). 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on December 23, 2011, 05:30:16 AM
I finished Dune last week and started Dune Messiah, which I'm almost finished with. Next up: Children of Dune.  :guts:
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Post by: m on December 24, 2011, 08:53:12 AM
I'm re-reading Aztec by Gary Jennings; I guess it's been about 15 years since I read it for the first time. I'm enjoying it quite a lot.

EDIT: I finished the book yesterday and I can't recommend it enough, I think it may just be one of my favorite books. It's a historical novel set around the time of the conquest of Mexico. I've read a review somewhere that compared this book to a book called Shōgun by James Clavell and out of the two I have to say that I liked Aztec considerably more.

Has anybody here read or heard about Aztec or Shōgun? I'd find it very interesting to know what people who like Berserk think about these books.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on January 18, 2012, 07:44:50 PM
Has anybody here read or heard about Aztec or Shōgun? I'd find it very interesting to know what people who like Berserk think about these books.

Haven't read either of them. But I'll make a note of them and so maybe someday I will. :serpico:
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Post by: hellrasinbrasin on January 19, 2012, 04:09:41 AM
Just wrapped up, A Tale of Two Cities; currently reading If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! (I can thank Fringe for this one).
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on January 28, 2012, 01:45:29 PM
So far this month I've read: The Great Gatsby, Death of a Salesman, The Sunset Limited, How to Read Literature like a Professor, and How to Read a Novel like a Professor.

Thankfully I really liked everything I read.
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Post by: Rhombaad on January 30, 2012, 07:59:54 PM
I'm about 3/4 of the way through Children of Dune.

I'll be honest: I'm not enjoying these books as much as I did when I read them all those years ago. I'm really struggling with the material. I pride myself on having a great vocabulary, and thought I'd be getting even more out of these books than I did when I was in grade school and junior high, but sometimes I don't know what the hell Herbert is talking about. I'll read a sentence, understand every single word of it, and still have no idea what he just said. That, and the conversations between characters are tough to follow, what with all the spaces between dialogue filled with each side's thoughts and suspicions.

I'm going to try and power through them as best I can, but I want to know if anyone else who has read Dune and its sequels has had these same issues? I hope I'm not alone in this. It's been pretty disheartening.
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Post by: Aazealh on January 30, 2012, 10:04:43 PM
I actually haven't read them in years (since my original read-through in French), and I've been delaying a re-read in English for many years now. I'll get to it eventually, and when I do I'll be sure to let you know.
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Post by: Johnstantine on January 31, 2012, 02:30:53 AM
Just ordered Cloud Atlas: A Novel. Can't wait to read it.
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Post by: Rhombaad on January 31, 2012, 02:56:54 AM
I actually haven't read them in years (since my original read-through in French), and I've been delaying a re-read in English for many years now. I'll get to it eventually, and when I do I'll be sure to let you know.

Thanks man! I read another chapter on the bus tonight, which was much easier to get through. It's like he's purposefully lulling me into literary confidence, right before he dashes it to pieces in the following chapter! Damn you, Herbert! :mozgus:
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Post by: Walter on January 31, 2012, 03:38:48 AM
I'm going to try and power through them as best I can, but I want to know if anyone else who has read Dune and its sequels has had these same issues? I hope I'm not alone in this. It's been pretty disheartening.
It's definitely not just you. Herbert has a unique way of throwing in jargon and futuristic terminology that takes some getting used to. It stems from the fact that he's created whole histories, religions and philosophies in an utterly alien world. So of course there are words that don't have binary meanings to our vocabulary.

But though it serves a function, it's definitely annoying. Particularly if you've put the books down for a while and come back to them. (Gom Jab-whaaat?!) That's actually part of what kept me from finishing the series. I liked Dune the best from what I'd read. It has the best story momentum. It feels perfectly crafted. I could be happy reading that book 20 times over.
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Post by: Rhombaad on January 31, 2012, 04:21:22 AM
It's definitely not just you. Herbert has a unique way of throwing in jargon and futuristic terminology that takes some getting used to. It stems from the fact that he's created whole histories, religions and philosophies in an utterly alien world. So of course there are words that don't have binary meanings to our vocabulary.

Oddly enough, it isn't his futuristic jargon that annoys me; it's his writing style. It's hard to explain, but you'll probably know what I mean: conversations, paragraphs, etc. just don't flow the way they're supposed to. His writing style is utterly unique, and utterly frustrating.

I liked Dune the best from what I'd read. It has the best story momentum. It feels perfectly crafted. I could be happy reading that book 20 times over.

I've read Dune the most, and it's definitely my favorite, but despite all I've said, I think you should give the rest of the series a shot. I remember the last two novels, Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse: Dune, were spectacular. But that was some time ago. We'll see how I feel about them this time around. :serpico:
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Post by: Scorpio on January 31, 2012, 10:38:23 PM
Recently read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and didn't like it. For a mystery-crime novel, there weren't enough shocking revelations and there were too many people sitting around making coffee. I'm now going to pick up Dune, which is something I've meant to do for about a decade with this thread bringing it to a head.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on January 31, 2012, 10:44:02 PM
Recently read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and didn't like it. For a mystery-crime novel, there weren't enough shocking revelations and there were too many people sitting around making coffee.
I also finished that book about a month ago. Wasn't impressed at all.

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I'm now going to pick up Dune, which is something I've meant to do for about a decade with this thread bringing it to a head.
Good man!  :ubik:
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Post by: Aazealh on February 01, 2012, 10:09:30 AM
Oddly enough, it isn't his futuristic jargon that annoys me; it's his writing style. It's hard to explain, but you'll probably know what I mean: conversations, paragraphs, etc. just don't flow the way they're supposed to. His writing style is utterly unique, and utterly frustrating.

Hmm. I'm going to have to re-read the books pretty quickly so that I can disagree more firmly on that!

I remember the last two novels, Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse: Dune, were spectacular. But that was some time ago.

Miles Teg! :ubik:
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Post by: Rhombaad on February 01, 2012, 06:22:34 PM
Hmm. I'm going to have to re-read the books pretty quickly so that I can disagree more firmly on that!

Haha, that supposed to probably should have been between quotation marks. I should also be a little more specific: the majority of his writing flows very well, but the occasional sentence, or transition in conversation, leaves me dumbfounded. I think this is more a reflection on my comprehension of his material (or lack thereof), however, than on his writing style. I was in a pretty pessimistic mood when I wrote my initial post and its follow-ups, and after re-reading them, they don't give as much credit to Herbert's detail-oriented writing style as they should. Like I said, I believe the fault lies more with me than with Herbert. I was just curious to see if anyone else had struggled as I have with the novels.

Miles Teg! :ubik:

Goddamn right! :guts:

I love the Honored Matres, as well. What great villains!
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Post by: Skullgrin140 on February 07, 2012, 04:32:25 PM
Just finished reading X-Men & Ghost Rider: Brood Trouble In The Big Easy, next up I think I might read Lobo: Portrait of a Bastich. Having a sort of overload on comics for a little while.
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Post by: Scorpio on February 12, 2012, 02:24:40 AM
Finished Dune...  It's brilliant. What balance in story-telling. I couldn't help but be completely taken in by the first part, where I was continually warned of what was going to happen- to the point of it being completely spelled out- only to be sucked in by the actuality of it. It was like yelling, "Don't go in there!" in a movie theater. The other parts had their own strong themes and I was completely gripped for the whole ride. I definitely should have read this a long time ago.

As for the way Frank Herbert writes: I had no problems with it. The only thing that seemed jarring to me is that I haven't seen the word 'presently' used in some of the ways he made it commonplace before. After reading the whole book I still haven't completely gotten used to it.
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Post by: Rhombaad on February 12, 2012, 05:26:13 AM
Finished Dune...

Awesome! :ubik:

As for the way Frank Herbert writes: I had no problems with it.

Damn, I guess it's just me, although I've been enjoying Children of Dune the more I read. I'll probably read them all again after I finish Chapterhouse: Dune to familiarize myself even more with the story.
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Post by: Oburi on February 13, 2012, 12:37:05 AM
I bought this when I saw it in a bookstore today.

(http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/137/dsc00668nd.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/215/dsc00668nd.jpg/)

This book is as big as a bible and it's all shiny and pretty.
(http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/4219/dsc00656be.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/802/dsc00656be.jpg/)

(http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/3633/dsc00657v.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/405/dsc00657v.jpg/)

Now does anyone have a suggestion as where to begin? What should I read first? or next? I'm thinking Shadow Over Innsmouth since other people were talking about that during recent Berserk episodes. But holy hell there must be 50 stories here! It also had this awesome illustration.

(http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/4460/dsc00672h.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/826/dsc00672h.jpg/)
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Post by: Aazealh on February 13, 2012, 12:40:38 AM
I bought this when I saw it in a bookstore today.

[...]

Now does anyone have a suggestion as where to begin? What should I read first? or next? I'm thinking Shadow Over Innsmouth since other people were talking about that during recent Berserk episodes.

Nice! And I think you should start with The Call of Cthulhu. You should read everything anyway, it'll be quick enough. :guts:
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Post by: Oburi on February 13, 2012, 12:42:04 AM
Awesome! You know what too, I didn't realize but he was born same place as me  :guts: Providence RI.

Edit- Wow some history here, he was also born on my family street (that is, a street named after my family from way back). How did I not know this? This is so cool.
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Post by: ApostleBob on February 13, 2012, 04:41:22 AM
Aaz is right on the money, The Call of Cthulhu first.  Maybe Shadow over Innsmouth or the At Mountains of Maddness next.  The Dunwich Horror is pretty great as well.  They're all pretty connected within the Lovecraft Universe.  Be prepared to despair!  Some truly creepy stories.  :magni:
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Post by: Johnstantine on February 13, 2012, 05:58:33 AM
Dagon is a good one.

It's been a while since I delved into some HPL. I think I'll do that tonight=)
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Post by: NightCrawler on February 13, 2012, 04:33:45 PM
Sweet book Oburi. Love the psychedelic cover.

I'd recommend to start with The Outsider and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. The Call of Cthulhu, The Shadow over Innsmouth and The Dunwich Horror would be next.
Just stay away from At the Mountains of Madness and the Dream cycle stories until you read quite a few of the others.
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Post by: Scorpio on February 15, 2012, 12:54:15 AM
As this thread just covered what a hack Kevin J. Anderson is I felt like I should post this here:

http://io9.com/5884531/kevin-j-anderson-will-novelize-rushs-new-album
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Post by: Rhombaad on February 24, 2012, 04:33:05 PM
I finished reading Children of Dune last night and started God Emperor of Dune.

I take back a lot of the things I said about Frank Herbert's writing. As I said earlier in the thread, I think it was my frustration at the lack of my own understanding of his writing than anything wrong with the writing itself. As I continued with Children of Dune, I did my best to read it in quiet places with few distractions, so that I could focus my entire concentration on reading it and understanding its content.

Despite the difficulties I had with the book, I really enjoyed reading it, and am looking forward to rereading the series after I finish Chapterhouse: Dune, in order to understand Herbert's exciting, imaginative world even more.
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Post by: Aazealh on February 24, 2012, 04:55:28 PM
I take back a lot of the things I said about Frank Herbert's writing.

Good. :femto:
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Post by: Rhombaad on February 24, 2012, 05:11:07 PM
Good. :femto:

:magni:
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Post by: m on February 25, 2012, 06:05:55 PM

I just finished Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall. Once I started reading it I couldn't stop until I finished it.
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Post by: Rhombaad on July 14, 2012, 01:45:06 AM
I finished Heretics of Dune a few minutes ago. Up next: Chapterhouse: Dune! :guts:
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Post by: Aazealh on July 14, 2012, 09:10:52 AM
Going to start reading The Mongoliad soon.
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Post by: m on July 15, 2012, 05:00:10 PM

I'm very close to the end of The Great Dune Trilogy which includes Dune, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune (I'm getting some good reading suggestions on this thread  :serpico:)

Next I'll be reading The Night Visitor and Other Stories by B. Traven, which includes a story I like a lot called Macario.
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Post by: Jaze1618 on August 21, 2012, 09:46:25 PM
Picked up the Red Dwarf Omnibus containing Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers & Better Than Life I loved the sitcom as a kid, so far only a few chapters in but the writing is spot on, and I love how much depth is given to the universe and characters.
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Post by: hellrasinb on August 21, 2012, 10:35:59 PM
My current reading block is split between the following: HP Lovecrafts Necronomicon , Friedrich Nietzsches Thus Spoke Zarathustra , Sir Thomas Malorys Le morte d'arthur , and George R.R. Martins A Song of Ice & Fire Books (Re-Read).
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Post by: Lithrael on August 22, 2012, 10:26:19 AM
I adored Better Than Life.  Really, really loved that book.  Hope you enjoy it too.   :serpico:
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Post by: Aazealh on August 22, 2012, 01:14:16 PM
I'm reading a collection of stories called Wool on Kindle. It's dirt cheap and not bad at all so far (I'm half-way through).
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on August 22, 2012, 03:31:46 PM
Currently reading Lights in August. I've read and enjoyed some of his other stories (As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, and Barn Burning) so I'm sure I'm going to enjoy it.

I have also finished The Inferno, Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie, and Drown by Junot Diaz. I recommend Drown it's really good.
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Post by: Surakemastura on September 15, 2012, 02:20:51 PM
I just finished reading Think of a Number by Josh Verdon. I really liked it, was glued to the pages and went through it in very few sittings. I recommend it to anyone that wants to read a good (and pretty original IMHO) thriller/mystery.
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Post by: IncantatioN on November 04, 2012, 11:02:48 PM
My pal lent me American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I used to read growing up but lost track as years passed by and it felt like I couldn't keep up with the literary world, but that excuse will always stay and I decided to do something about it, make a start somehow and this is it. I hope to be consistent in my reads and will look to this topic for your recommendations ^_^. Finished the 1st chapter, decent so far.
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Post by: Walter on November 05, 2012, 12:15:08 AM
My pal lent me American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I used to read growing up but lost track as years passed by and it felt like I couldn't keep up with the literary world, but that excuse will always stay and I decided to do something about it, make a start somehow and this is it. I hope to be consistent in my reads and will look to this topic for your recommendations ^_^. Finished the 1st chapter, decent so far.
American Gods isn't bad. But I liked Neverwhere quite a bit more.
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Post by: JudeauChop on November 05, 2012, 03:58:17 PM
I've been looking for some good, fairly gritty, dark, fantasy to read.  After failing at a starting a few series, I just started The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One), by Joe Abercrombie.  So far, I'm enjoying it.  We'll see how it goes.
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Post by: Walter on November 05, 2012, 04:12:46 PM
I should have mentioned that I've been reading Stephen King's 11/22/1963 (http://www.amazon.com/11-22-63-A-Novel/dp/1451627289). Good so far, some interesting time travel ideas. But man, King's style really gets under my skin sometimes. His dialogue has always seemed extremely unnatural to me.
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Post by: Rhombaad on November 06, 2012, 04:10:52 AM
I finished Chapterhouse: Dune about a week ago and started reading A Game of Thrones, which I'm really enjoying so far. Finishing The Dune Chronicles is always sad, but it's nice to dream about what might have been. They're such good books, and I highly recommend fans of Sci-Fi check them out ASAP.
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Post by: Johnstantine on November 06, 2012, 05:45:27 PM
I should have mentioned that I've been reading Stephen King's 11/22/1963 (http://www.amazon.com/11-22-63-A-Novel/dp/1451627289). Good so far, some interesting time travel ideas. But man, King's style really gets under my skin sometimes. His dialogue has always seemed extremely unnatural to me.

Agreed. I try to steer away from listening to a writer's voice, because then all I can do is read the characters in the voice.
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Post by: Skullgrin140 on November 30, 2012, 06:53:11 PM
A while ago I finished reading Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, highly recommended book for anyone who has not read it. Right now reading Preacher's Gone o Texas.
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Post by: Joe Chip on November 30, 2012, 07:12:40 PM
I bought The name of the Wind a few days ago. I haven't started it yet but it's supposed to be really good. I can't wait to find out.
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Post by: Walter on November 30, 2012, 09:00:30 PM
I bought The name of the Wind a few days ago. I haven't started it yet but it's supposed to be really good. I can't wait to find out.
I really enjoyed it, particularly the way magic works in that world. And of course the main character, who's unlike most fantasy leads.
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Post by: Aazealh on November 30, 2012, 09:45:39 PM
I wouldn't say really good, but it's pretty neat for the most part.
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Post by: Joe Chip on December 01, 2012, 08:55:25 AM
Yeah, i remember when you guys mentioned it one of the skullcasts. To tell you the truth it's one of the reasons that i decided to pick it up.
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Post by: JudeauChop on December 02, 2012, 09:13:56 PM
I really liked Name of the Wind.  Do you guys know when the 3rd book is set to release?  I've been reading the First Law series by Joe Abercrombie and am really enjoying it as well (about 1/2 way through book 2).
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Post by: arrowchild on December 02, 2012, 09:46:39 PM
I just finished up Kafka on the Shore which thoroughly delighted and disturbed me. 
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Post by: Walter on December 02, 2012, 09:49:44 PM
I really liked Name of the Wind.  Do you guys know when the 3rd book is set to release?
I've heard varying reports of 2013 or 2014.
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Post by: Breed1Ghost on December 04, 2012, 12:54:10 AM
I just picked up Earthsea 1 and 2 and Ready player one. will start it soon. Almost done with Gotrek and Felix: Dragon slayer.
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Post by: Oburi on December 04, 2012, 06:05:22 PM
Started reading Unfinished Tales before the Hobbit movie.
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on January 10, 2013, 08:41:39 PM
Just finished reading Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. I was never a big fan of the title story, so that caused me to steer away from reading this book, but thankfully I ended up giving it a chance. It is a really great book, with "The Lives of the Dead" being my favorite story.
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Post by: m on January 17, 2013, 07:09:39 PM

I just started The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet and I get the feeling that I'm going to enjoy it very much.
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Post by: Aazealh on January 17, 2013, 08:38:36 PM
I just started The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet and I get the feeling that I'm going to enjoy it very much.

It's a bit longish at times but pretty good overall.
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Post by: m on February 19, 2013, 06:36:44 PM
It's a bit longish at times but pretty good overall.

So I finished reading the book during the weekend. I can definitely see what you mean, but those parts didn't bother me at all. Two things that did bother me a bit were that Martha kind of disappeared towards the end and no real conclusion is given to her character, and the conclusion given to Waleran Bigod's character. Overall I really enjoyed reading the book, so much so that I'll be reading the sequel as soon as I get the chance. I might watch the TV series as well.
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Post by: Aazealh on February 19, 2013, 08:04:35 PM
I didn't even know he'd written a sequel. And I unfortunately can't really relate to your spoilers because it feels like it's been 20 years since I read it and those details have become fuzzy.
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Post by: m on February 19, 2013, 08:57:31 PM
I didn't even know he'd written a sequel.

My copy of the book actually included the first chapter of the sequel at the end. I guess the editors were trying to get readers to also get it (it worked with me).

And I unfortunately can't really relate to your spoilers because it feels like it's been 20 years since I read it and those details have become fuzzy.

No worries. I was just nitpicking anyway.
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Post by: Viral Harvest on February 20, 2013, 10:46:15 AM
Lots and lots of Hemmingway. Haven't since high school probably, and reaffirmed to me that he is still a misogynist prick, even in death. He certainly had a good way of painting ugly portraits of people through his characters though.
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Post by: Skeleton on February 21, 2013, 12:59:41 PM
Lots and lots of Hemmingway.

I love Hemingway. (He's like an idol for the writer in me.) Funny enough I'm reading a book that he technically did write but didn't write called Ernest Hemingway On Writing.  He refused to teach people how to write because he believed it was a personal experience. Each person had to find his own way through the wilderness and all that. But he did leave little bits and pieces of how he viewed writing, technique, how to create a story, and the like in some of his stories and letters to his friends. So this guy went through everything Hemingway ever wrote, from novels to magazine interviews to personal letters, and put everything he said on the subject of writing into one book. It's great stuff.
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Post by: m on March 17, 2013, 06:03:51 PM

I'm now reading World Without End by Ken Follet (the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth). I'm about one third in and I can't say I'm enjoying it as much as I did the first one. I hope it gets better at some point.
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Post by: Johnstantine on March 17, 2013, 08:24:33 PM
God is not Great, by Christopher Hitchens,
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Post by: KazigluBey on May 23, 2013, 09:18:03 PM
The Lair of the white worm is the newest story I've read. Other than that I've been listening to audio books of HP Lovecraft, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert E. Howard, etc. Good inspiration for writing.
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on May 31, 2013, 10:09:49 PM
My Summer (to mid Fall) reading list:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/Vamphunterbob/summerreadinglist.jpg)
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Post by: IncantatioN on June 26, 2013, 03:41:26 PM
6 months on and I'm almost at the end of American Gods. Been a bad reader but there were days where I could spend some more time on it or felt like reading it. I'll check out Neverwhere next.

I see Bob's post full of physical books, which is really really cool. I grew up watching my parents grow a library of their favorite books and I've asked them a few times whether they'd want an e-reader and they prefer a physical book.

How do you read your books ... physical format or digital on an e-reader? Is there a significant price difference between the two? It piqued my curiosity because of this article - http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/06/digital-publishing-genre-fiction/

Sorry if this's in an inappropriate place to post.
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on June 27, 2013, 04:04:27 PM
Finished The Outlanders and As I Lay Dying. I originally wanted to have three books finished this month, but I think this is fine.

The Outlanders, a collection of poetry by Peter Weltner, is divided up into three section, which the first was mostly about his conflict with God. I preferred the second and third sections the most. Overall, I enjoyed this collection of poetry.

By now I've read As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner, three times. It’s a great book. If you haven’t read it, do so.

Working on Inherent Vice and The Sound and the Fury.

How do you read your books ... physical format or digital on an e-reader? Is there a significant price difference between the two? It piqued my curiosity because of this article - http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/06/digital-publishing-genre-fiction/

Sorry if this's in an inappropriate place to post.

I think it's appropriate.

My preference is physical books, which are much easier to read. My girlfriend got me an e-reader (I have a Nook Color) and it just doesn't have the same feel as a book [duh], because it is incredibly slow and occasionally hard to flip pages. I use it for books that I don't want to take up the book space in my apartment, such as detective/science/fantasy fiction or theory books [gender, race, ect].
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Post by: IncantatioN on July 15, 2013, 02:47:11 PM
Since I got back to reading that 1 book, I've quite enjoyed the experience of it - riding the subway and reading as opposed to closing my eyes for 45 mins to and fro from home-work. It was a ritual for 2ish weeks and I finished the book finally on Friday last week. Do you have set times or rituals like that or you can read whenever, wherever?

Thanks for that little insight on the Nook Color. I might invest in an e-reader but only after a few months of constant reading. Don't want to dive into that sort of purchase without justification, you know. The friend who lent me American Gods met me over the weekend and lent me Gaiman's Anansi Boys, which I started to read this morning. I think Mr. Nancy from American Gods dies in the first chapter of this one, description's too coincidental? Hah. Not sure if he owns Neverwhere but I'll pick up a 2nd hand copy when I get close to the end of this book.
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on July 23, 2013, 09:37:16 PM
Since I got back to reading that 1 book, I've quite enjoyed the experience of it - riding the subway and reading as opposed to closing my eyes for 45 mins to and fro from home-work. It was a ritual for 2ish weeks and I finished the book finally on Friday last week. Do you have set times or rituals like that or you can read whenever, wherever?
I'm pretty bad about setting schedules. Part of my summer reading goal is to reading As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, and Light in August in three months, but I'm pretty behind in my reading mostly because I am easily distracted and do other things instead of reading.
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Post by: IncantatioN on July 25, 2013, 02:28:37 PM
Three months for those books, I couldn't do it haha. So much to take in, I quickly looked em up.

I finished Anansi Boys this morning and I don't have anything to read on my way home grrr. It's not-so-serious tone made it quicker to read, was entertaining, the end being more satisfying that American Gods. With the latter, everything comes to an end very quick, like Shadow gets the Gods to stop their war within 2/3 pages of dialog when it took 400 pages to planning/ setting up the upcoming battle.

Neverwhere has not arrived yet. Has anyone read Gaiman's new book?
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Post by: Deci on July 27, 2013, 04:30:34 AM
Just finished A Game of Thrones and today I started A Clash of Kings. Really enjoyed the first book, and HBO did a pretty decent job of adapting it accurately. The one character that stuck out as much more likable in the book was Renly Baratheon for me. Also, the characters being much younger made them more interesting and understanding their actions and motivations easier.

I've never understood why people stop reading them because of the changing of perspectives too often breaking any momentum built up. If you want you can strictly read the perspective you want to alone, unlike the TV show. The idea is actually pretty neat in my opinion, the way you'd find out about the other characters and events would be just as the characters do. For example, I could follow Jon Snow explicitly, then when he gets news from a raven about his family or the king is when I would find out about his family or the king.

If he dies, then the books over! =) Not that I will do it that way, but if someone thinks they want to try it out I'd love to hear how it goes, heh.
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Post by: Delta Phi on July 27, 2013, 03:03:13 PM
If you want you can strictly read the perspective you want to alone, unlike the TV show. The idea is actually pretty neat in my opinion, the way you'd find out about the other characters and events would be just as the characters do.
That would be an interesting way to approach the series, but I feel like you'd be cheating yourself quite a bit. Most of my favorite characters either aren't perspective characters or barely get any chapters when they are. I'd be missing out on almost the entire story.

I'm still reading A Dance With Dragons. I've barely begun but I haven't touched it in a month or so. I really need to finish it. Every couple weeks my book list grows and I'm fixing to start grad school, so I don't think I'll have much time to leisurely read. I don't know when i'm going to find time to finish all these books.
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Post by: Akebobo on July 29, 2013, 09:07:49 PM
Three months for those books, I couldn't do it haha. So much to take in, I quickly looked em up.

I finished Anansi Boys this morning and I don't have anything to read on my way home grrr. It's not-so-serious tone made it quicker to read, was entertaining, the end being more satisfying that American Gods. With the latter, everything comes to an end very quick, like Shadow gets the Gods to stop their war within 2/3 pages of dialog when it took 400 pages to planning/ setting up the upcoming battle.

Neverwhere has not arrived yet. Has anyone read Gaiman's new book?

Read it Sunday (it's fairly short.)
It's well worth an afternoon spent in a comfy chair.  Very much in the vein of Coraline or Clive Barker's Thief of Always.  Recommended  :ubik:
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on September 01, 2013, 03:39:13 PM
Finished Light in August yesterday. Starting The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry.
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Post by: Rhombaad on September 07, 2013, 12:01:18 AM
I finished A Storm of Swords today and started on A Feast for Crows.
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Post by: Mucha on September 07, 2013, 08:22:42 AM
I'm currently reading The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

However, I'm almost more excited by the prospect of me soon getting my hands on On the Front Line: The Collected Journalism of Marie Colvin. Colvin appears to have been a truly exceptional person and writer so I'm very much looking forward to reading this book. Nota bene, she also looked like a female version of Snake Plissken:

 (http://cdn.theguardian.tv/brightcove/poster/2012/2/23/120223ColvinMotherEditor_5856210.jpg)
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Post by: m on September 08, 2013, 06:15:47 PM

I'm reading The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño. I came across this book on my last trip to the library and since I liked 2666 quite a lot I decided to borrow it. I'm about 120 pages (about 1/6 of the book) in and somehow it feels as though the story is just getting started.

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Post by: Rhombaad on March 06, 2014, 07:14:28 PM
I finished A Dance with Dragons on my lunch break, and started reading Snow Crash. I was going to start reading Neuromancer, but my fiancee's friend loaned me Snow Crash, so I'm going to save Neuromancer for later.
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Post by: RanShi on April 12, 2014, 09:10:41 PM
A History of Medieval Europe by R.H.C. Davis. I truly recommend it.  :guts:
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Post by: Skeleton on April 17, 2014, 01:07:21 AM
I just finished Arnold Schwarzenegger's autobiography Total Recall. I really enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed the chapters about his youth, bodybuilding career, early movie career, and (surprisingly) his time as governor.

The worst parts of the book were the ones that dealt with Maria. It was fun reading about how they met and the early days of their relationship. It was also neat to get a glimpse into the world of the Kennedy family. But he talks about Maria like she's the personification of perfection. He gushes over how amazing she is, how perfect their wedding was, blah blah blah. The man is clearly in love with his wife. I can't fault him for that. But he lays it on thick. A little too thick. Some reviewers have suggested or outright stated that he really wrote the book specifically for Maria in an attempt to win her back. I think it would be hard to refute that claim.

Tied into that is the second to last chapter, ominously titled The Secret. It's the chapter that probably sold the most books, the one about his affair. Like most interested people I was looking for some TMZ-esque details. But the chapter's a bit of a dud. The affair itself is limited to two sentences. The rest is about his wife confronting him and the familial fallout. And even that's only about half of the chapter itself. That probably makes sense though since it's an ongoing drama.

The final chapter is called Arnold's Rules. It deals with advice/"rules" to live by if you want to be successful too. It's actually pretty cool. Even if you don't want to read the book I recommend hitting up a bookstore and at least reading that chapter (it's short). It couldn't hurt, right?

All in all, if you're a huge fan of the Austrian Oak like I am it's a must read. If you're interested in a successful immigrant story or looking for something to inspire you to greatness I highly recommend reading it.

Now I'm moving on to Nikos Kazantzakis's Zorba the Greek.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on August 06, 2014, 09:34:56 PM
Just started reading Urasawa's Monster (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/142156906X?pc_redir=1407069676&robot_redir=1). Viz recently began releasing "perfect" editions of the series with two volumes in each release, with nice thick covers and quality paper. The story isn't necessarily blowing me away yet, however I can already tell that it is a work of superb quality.

Every time Viz goes and pulls a clutch move like this, it makes me wonder what could have been if they'd secured the US publishing rights to Berserk, instead of Dark Horse...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jaze1618 on August 07, 2014, 12:31:31 AM
Just finished Flash Boys, and have recently begun John Dies at the End.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: NightCrawler on August 07, 2014, 02:49:16 AM
Just started reading Urasawa's Monster (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/142156906X?pc_redir=1407069676&robot_redir=1). Viz recently began releasing "perfect" editions of the series with two volumes in each release, with nice thick covers and quality paper. The story isn't necessarily blowing me away yet, however I can already tell that it is a work of superb quality.

Every time Viz goes and pulls a clutch move like this, it makes me wonder what could have been if they'd secured the US publishing rights to Berserk, instead of Dark Horse...

The ending will infuriate you to no end. But then again, nothing could ever live up to such a build-up. Endings are hard, man. Ask anyone but John Carpenter. That dude knows how to end shit.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on August 07, 2014, 12:36:15 PM
The ending will infuriate you to no end. But then again, nothing could ever live up to such a build-up. Endings are hard, man. Ask anyone but John Carpenter. That dude knows how to end shit.

That's too bad. But as long as the entire story doesn't hinge on some BIG REVEAL at the end, and there's actual quality to the bulk of the story, I'll probably be okay with a mediocre ending.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ryOtoha on August 07, 2014, 01:49:40 PM
That's too bad. But as long as the entire story doesn't hinge on some BIG REVEAL at the end, and there's actual quality to the bulk of the story, I'll probably be okay with a mediocre ending.

Except Pluto, all Urasawa's stories doesn't end properly. It's a unfortunate tendacy, he's sharing with Tezuka, his greatest influence. Unless you already red it, you should try Pluto which is (a tribute to Astroboy through a personal interpretation of ''The Greatest Robot on Earth'') in my opinion, Urasawa's best work so far.

Every time Viz goes and pulls a clutch move like this, it makes me wonder what could have been if they'd secured the US publishing rights to Berserk, instead of Dark Horse...

It's almost 10 years i'm living in Montreal and for years i searched some good english publishers and i was pleasantly surprise when i discover the work of Viz. I also really dig what Vertical Inc. (own by Kodansha and Dai Nippon Printing) is doing.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Griffith on August 07, 2014, 01:53:51 PM
The ending will infuriate you to no end. But then again, nothing could ever live up to such a build-up. Endings are hard, man. Ask anyone but John Carpenter. That dude knows how to end shit.

He knew how to do a lot of things he doesn't get much credit for but that are common practice today. I guess that's one trick people can't copy so easily, unfortunately. BTW, Childs allegedly wasn't breathing at the end of The Thing and it was intentional. I swear, you guys!

That's too bad. But as long as the entire story doesn't hinge on some BIG REVEAL at the end, and there's actual quality to the bulk of the story, I'll probably be okay with a mediocre ending.

The Sopranos, Mass Effect 3, and Breaking Bad demand absolution. =)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on August 07, 2014, 01:54:56 PM
He knew how to do a lot of things he doesn't get a lot credit for but that's common practice today. I guess that's one trick people can't copy so easily, unfortunately. BTW, Childs allegedly wasn't breathing at the end of The Thing and it was intentional. I swear, you guys!

The Sopranos, Mass Effect 3, and Breaking Bad demand absolution. =)

The Sopranos doesn't belong in that list, but yeah, I'm probably guilty of holding mediocre endings over the other two  :sad:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Griffith on August 07, 2014, 02:15:28 PM
The Sopranos doesn't belong in that list

Granted, I'm counting it's last 3 seasons as "the end."

, but yeah, I'm probably guilty of holding mediocre endings over the other two  :sad:.

What's interesting is those endings are disliked for opposite reasons, one for not being very mind blowing and the other for trying to be in the worst way. I think Bad's ending is perfectly fine on paper, but safe and it didn't go out with the bang people expected and knew the show was capable of at its best.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on August 07, 2014, 02:24:05 PM
Granted, I'm counting it's last 3 seasons as "the end."

What's interesting is those endings are disliked for opposite reasons, one for not being very mind blowing and the other for trying to be in the worst way. I think Bad's ending is perfectly fine on paper, but safe and it didn't go out with the bang people expected and knew the show was capable of at its best.

The first 80-90% of Mass Effect 3 is solid. The last bit... Well, it just didn't feel natural at all, to me. Breaking Bad had a fine ending. It's hard to grudge it for what it did. But the show's final season was such an insane roller coaster; it had built expectations so high by that point that a passing grade just wasn't enough to wow me.

True Detective ended really well, I thought. But ironically that show disappeared from my headspace as soon as it was over, while things from Breaking Bad's finale still haunt me (mainly that amazingly subdued scene of Junior arriving home, while Walt looks through broken glass from a distance). That could just be the dad factor for me, though  :farnese:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Griffith on August 07, 2014, 03:21:24 PM
The first 80-90% of Mass Effect 3 is solid. The last bit... Well, it just didn't feel natural at all, to me.

Hard to argue with that because it was totally unnatural. I get that's what they were going for, but I still don't quite understand why except they were trying to live up to the promise of the first one's premise... in the last 10 minutes of the series. Whoops! And it was so tacked on they basically had to release a paper (the extended DLC) explaining and massaging it, "Oh, well, what we really meant to say was... ...isn't that deep!?" I pretty much just chose to appreciate the moment instead. Also, whatever they say, the real ending is Shepard destroying the Reapers and somehow surviving, ending on that revived breath. =)

things from Breaking Bad's finale still haunt me (mainly that amazingly subdued scene of Junior arriving home, while Walt looks through broken glass from a distance). That could just be the dad factor for me, though  :farnese:

It's not just you, that episode and all those kinds of moments they managed to seamlessly cram in it age very well. In retrospect, it's impressive they had the discipline to focus on that and didn't just go for the kill the whole time. I think we all wanted Ozymandias x2 though.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on August 07, 2014, 03:47:17 PM
I think we all wanted Ozymandias x2 though.
If the show ended with Ozymandias, I wouldn't have had any major qualms.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Griffith on August 07, 2014, 03:57:59 PM
If the show ended with Ozymandias, I wouldn't have had any major qualms.

I understand the sentiment, that was climax of the story as we knew it for five (six) seasons, the final two episodes basically being the definition of falling action and resolution, respectively. Still, I think as filmed that would have been more than a little unsatisfying, "WELL, THEN WHAT HAPPENED!?" Even if they altered it there wasn't time for much else, unless they threw up ((http://www.skullknight.net/images/gutsbarf.gif)) a text screen stating that Walter died alone of cancer or something. Yeah, that wouldn't have been good either. =) I really think it comes down to the fact that they were forced to cut it off at that point, not that they had organically arrived at their final destination or were done, creatively speaking. When you hear all the different ideas for what could have been just after Ozymandias (like Walt truly living a new life somewhere), they clearly had a lot more storytelling left in them that they didn't get to explore (though it did make for some fantastically jam packed season 5 episodes). Hopefully Bad's loss will be Saul's gain.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on August 07, 2014, 04:12:14 PM
Of course more could have been said, but it would have been such a bold punctuation mark that I doubt I'd have much cause to complain. It was all wrapped up relatively well by that point, albeit in perhaps the gloomiest way possible. So it wouldn't have been akin to David Chase's cut to black maneuver. Again, it's not something I lament, or wish had happened. Just that I can guess what my reaction would be, and it's not bad.

I'm going to have to merge this thread with BB now...  :azan:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on September 07, 2014, 07:09:25 PM
Just started reading Urasawa's Monster (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/142156906X?pc_redir=1407069676&robot_redir=1). Viz recently began releasing "perfect" editions of the series with two volumes in each release, with nice thick covers and quality paper. The story isn't necessarily blowing me away yet, however I can already tell that it is a work of superb quality.

Every time Viz goes and pulls a clutch move like this, it makes me wonder what could have been if they'd secured the US publishing rights to Berserk, instead of Dark Horse...

Hmm, I always wanted to read this. With the release of these Perfect editions I might do just that =)

And yea, I think Berserk is long overdue for similar treatment. Dark Horse must raise their game.



EDIT- I was wondering if anyone has read Alan Moore's book Voice of the Fire? If so, is it any good?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on October 06, 2014, 08:26:47 PM
I finished Snow Crash months ago and loved it. I just finished reading The Chronicles of Narnia (I'd get about halfway through them as a child before moving on to something else, and I wanted to have it finally checked off my list) last week. Despite being books for children, I really enjoyed them.

I like to take complete 180s after reading something, or at least jump into a different genre, so I did both and started reading American Psycho. It's really good so far.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: m on October 08, 2014, 07:11:20 PM

Unfortunately I don't read as much as I used to (not that I read all that much to being with,) but about a year after starting it I finally finished The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. One of the reasons it took me so long to finish it was that it took a while for me to get into the story; the first part wasn't all that interesting to me, but once I got past the first part I got hooked. I'm glad I did read it through, it was well worth it.

At the moment I'm in the middle of The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, which is a book that I haven't found all that easy to get through. After I'll finally read the Sherlock Holmes books, which for some reason I haven't read yet.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on October 13, 2014, 12:05:32 AM
I got about two thirds of the way through American Psycho before I started feeling ill. It got to the point where I was dreading the next chapter, so I decided to take a break from it and get back into my Japanese language studies.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dar Klink on October 13, 2014, 07:22:35 AM
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. Second book I'm reading by him, I'm enjoying it so far.
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Post by: Salem on October 13, 2014, 01:08:43 PM
I just started reading Homeland by R A Salvatore.  Love it so far.  The world feels similar to midkemia and I love Ray Feist.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on October 20, 2014, 06:45:42 PM
I can't always find enough quiet time during the day to do my studies, so I've started reading Dracula during my breaks at work.

Edit: I finished Dracula, and now I plan on reading Neuromancer. I've heard good things, and am really excited to start reading it.

Edit: I finished Neuromancer, and loved every page of it. I can't believe I waited this long to read it. Before moving on to the other books in Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy, I'm going to re-read Vagabond.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: IncantatioN on February 17, 2015, 01:27:59 PM
Picked up Murakami's Norwegian Wood in preparation of staying occupied, reading it on a 21 hour journey last weekend, turned out I slept through most of the journey without any reading. So I got to it after and I couldn't put it down, time flew and few paper cuts later the book ended. I need to moisturize my paws better. Satisfying end to a sad coming of age-love story. He threw in some deep questions. I could somewhat relate with the sentiment of lost love or the connection between characters like Toru and Midori. I'm curious about his other works, this was my first book by him. Picked up The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, while I wait to receive it in the mail I began reading the comic John sent me - Invincible.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on February 17, 2015, 03:09:30 PM
Just finished Scott McCloud's "The Sculptor" (http://www.amazon.com/The-Sculptor-Scott-McCloud/dp/1596435739). I've been a big fan of McCloud's since his Zot days, so this was a real treat since it's been almost a decade since he'd made a new comic.

He's one of the best visual storytellers in US comics. He literally wrote the  book (http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Comics-Invisible-Scott-McCloud/dp/006097625X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8) on visual critiques of comic art. So, this was a book he'd worked on for 5+ years and was a concept he'd had rolling in his head for more than 20 years.

The story itself is straightforward enough: A down-and-out sculptor makes a deal with Death to gain the ability to shape any material to anything he can imagine, but he has just 200 days to live. The power is in the visual storytelling, the action between frames, all the details of the world. McCloud is pretty clever about building in backstory to even the smallest characters, and smallest moments, so the dense artwork between the lines of the story are like a little world in and of itself.

Highly recommended for anyone still into American comics.  :guts:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on February 17, 2015, 07:04:05 PM
Sounds cool. I'll be sure to check it out one of these days. Thanks, Walter!
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Post by: IncantatioN on February 18, 2015, 05:30:07 PM
Cool recommendation, thanks Walter. Just picked it up on Amazon along with the rest of the Invincible series by Robert Kirkman.

Wrapped up volume 1 of Invincible (Ultimate Collection) and was left kicking myself for not having volume 2 right beside me. This volume contains 13 issues and the story flies quick. It starts with Mark, a high school senior, finding his powers inherited from his superhero dad come to form. He then becomes part of a teen superhero squad and has to juggle that with being in school and getting trained on the side by his superhero dad. His dad's originally an alien from a race of people who put themselves on different planets to protect the people and help with their technological progress. There's a plot twist 2/3rd's into the volume and things get hard for everyone. The best part of the story so far is the relationship between Mark and his superhero dad. Thanks John for introducing me to this comic!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on February 18, 2015, 07:19:47 PM
Cool recommendation, thanks Walter. Just picked it up on Amazon along with the rest of the Invincible series by Robert Kirkman.

Wrapped up volume 1 of Invincible (Ultimate Collection) and was left kicking myself for not having volume 2 right beside me. This volume contains 13 issues and the story flies quick. It starts with Mark, a high school senior, finding his powers inherited from his superhero dad come to form. He then becomes part of a teen superhero squad and has to juggle that with being in school and getting trained on the side by his superhero dad. His dad's originally an alien from a race of people who put themselves on different planets to protect the people and help with their technological progress. There's a plot twist 2/3rd's into the volume and things get hard for everyone. The best part of the story so far is the relationship between Mark and his superhero dad. Thanks John for introducing me to this comic!

It's my absolute pleasure. If you want volume 2, I can mail it to you. I have the compendiums now (which contain 47 issues per volume), so it's yours if you want it.

You won't be able to stop though.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kaladin on February 18, 2015, 07:31:52 PM
Reading Brandon Sanderson's "The Way of Kings" book 1 of 10 (only 2 are out atm) not too far in but so far im really enjoying it. any of you guys read it?

(http://i60.tinypic.com/10mifth.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on February 18, 2015, 07:37:43 PM
Reading Brandon Sanderson's "The Way of Kings" book 1 of 10 (only 2 are out atm) not too far in but so far im really enjoying it. any of you guys read it?

(http://i60.tinypic.com/10mifth.jpg)

I haven't read it, but man...10-part series is pretty substantial. Hopefully he does GRRM him fans.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kaladin on February 18, 2015, 07:48:15 PM
I haven't read it, but man...10-part series is pretty substantial. Hopefully he does GRRM him fans.

lol these super long epic fantasies are pretty overwhelming. The author puts out multiple books a year (2-3) the Stormlight archive is not the only series he's working on though, if that was the case, he could probably release 1 book per year, these are long books too, first book is 1000+ pages, second book is even longer. there are two other series he's working on right now, when he's finished with them i hope he focuses on this one more. he's been planning the story for 10+ years so hopefully the pay off is great buy the end of the series  :guts:.

one thing in this series that reminds me of berserk is one of the main characters has a companion that kinda reminds me of puck! puck is still the best though :puck: :puck: :puck: :puck: :puck:

Fanart
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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Dar Klink on February 19, 2015, 05:04:17 AM
Picked up Murakami's Norwegian Wood in preparation of staying occupied, reading it on a 21 hour journey last weekend, turned out I slept through most of the journey without any reading. So I got to it after and I couldn't put it down, time flew and few paper cuts later the book ended. I need to moisturize my paws better. Satisfying end to a sad coming of age-love story. He threw in some deep questions. I could somewhat relate with the sentiment of lost love or the connection between characters like Toru and Midori. I'm curious about his other works, this was my first book by him. Picked up The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, while I wait to receive it in the mail I began reading the comic John sent me - Invincible.

Nice Incantation, I actually finished 1Q84 recently and enjoyed it a lot, I'm currently reading Hard Boiled Wonderland and the World of Tomorrow, which heavily influenced my favorite anime Haibane Renmei. I've also read Kafka on the Shore by Murakami and bought The Strange Library by him recently.

1Q84 was really interesting throughout although I felt the ending was almost a bit rushed. It didn't leave me dissatisfied with what I got, but I did want more! Hard Boiled Wonderland is good so far and I can definitely see how it influenced Haibane and how the "Hard Boiled" part was influenced by detective novels. I'm glad I'm finally taking the time to read more of Murakami's novels since I first read Kafka on the Shore in 2008.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Joe Chip on February 19, 2015, 06:27:35 AM
Reading Brandon Sanderson's "The Way of Kings" book 1 of 10 (only 2 are out atm) not too far in but so far im really enjoying it. any of you guys read it?
I freaking loved the first two books. If you like Fantasy and Sci fi stories check these books out, it's a really amazing story. Even if it doesn't ever get finished, give the first books a chance.
One thing i have to recommend to you, don't read the first two books together. I did and i was burned out towards the end. I suggest you let a few months pass till you start the second book, just to appreciate the story more.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: IncantatioN on February 19, 2015, 02:06:57 PM
It's my absolute pleasure. If you want volume 2, I can mail it to you. I have the compendiums now (which contain 47 issues per volume), so it's yours if you want it.

You won't be able to stop though.

Aaah shoot, I ordered up to volume 10 on Amazon right after I finished reading 1 and 2 has been shipped. Thanks for offering to help!

Nice Incantation, I actually finished 1Q84 recently and enjoyed it a lot, I'm currently reading Hard Boiled Wonderland and the World of Tomorrow, which heavily influenced my favorite anime Haibane Renmei. I've also read Kafka on the Shore by Murakami and bought The Strange Library by him recently.

1Q84 was really interesting throughout although I felt the ending was almost a bit rushed. It didn't leave me dissatisfied with what I got, but I did want more! Hard Boiled Wonderland is good so far and I can definitely see how it influenced Haibane and how the "Hard Boiled" part was influenced by detective novels. I'm glad I'm finally taking the time to read more of Murakami's novels since I first read Kafka on the Shore in 2008.


Nice, guess I have a lot of catching up to do. Is there an order to what should be read among his works?

I found out about the author because of 1Q84. I was seeing everyone reading it on the subway when it came out and talking about it on my social feed, quoting the book as much as people quoting Paulo Coelho's stuff! It got annoying, so I kinda stayed away from it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kaladin on February 19, 2015, 04:26:33 PM
I freaking loved the first two books. If you like Fantasy and Sci fi stories check these books out, it's a really amazing story. Even if it doesn't ever get finished, give the first books a chance.
One thing i have to recommend to you, don't read the first two books together. I did and i was burned out towards the end. I suggest you let a few months pass till you start the second book, just to appreciate the story more.

yeah so far i only heard great things about the series, and i was planning on starting words of radiance after i finish the first book because my memory of the first book will still be pretty fresh but ill take your word for it, ill either take a break or read a stand alone book. I do think that he will finish the series without a doubt, his work eithic is amazing, i am sure he will finish it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on February 19, 2015, 05:17:05 PM
my favorite anime Haibane Renmei.

I had to google that, couldn't remember what it was. Funny that it's your favorite anime. I watched it when it aired, it's been so long it feels like it was another life.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rupert Sinclair on February 26, 2015, 04:07:37 AM
Halfway through both Neuromancer and Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House.  Even now I can tell these will both end up as all time personal favorites.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Cuthbert19 on February 26, 2015, 07:36:48 AM
Hi everybody, first post here.

One of my favorite ongoing series is Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.  The story and artwork are amazing, I can't recommend it enough.  The easiest way to describe the plot is Romeo and Juliet meets Star Wars but for a complete adult audience but that doesn't even begin to do the plot justice.  This is one of those books that when said and done will be up there with the greatest achievements in the medium without question, everyone should check this out.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on February 28, 2015, 04:38:29 PM
Hi everybody, first post here.

Welcome!

One of my favorite ongoing series is Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.  The story and artwork are amazing, I can't recommend it enough.  The easiest way to describe the plot is Romeo and Juliet meets Star Wars but for a complete adult audience but that doesn't even begin to do the plot justice.  This is one of those books that when said and done will be up there with the greatest achievements in the medium without question, everyone should check this out.

A friend of my wife's recommended Saga. I've flipped through the first volume, and it looks really unique. I'm looking forward to checking it out one day. (That first page... :ganishka:).
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on March 01, 2015, 08:43:14 PM
I've been trying to read The Way of Kings, but everything already seems all too familiar so it's a little difficult to get into.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Joe Chip on March 03, 2015, 06:39:33 AM
I've been trying to read The Way of Kings, but everything already seems all too familiar so it's a little difficult to get into.
This happened to me too, i can understand what you are feeling. I was hooked as soon as they reached the Shattered Plains ( <- Don't worry, it's not a huge spoiler =) )
Give it a bit of time, i am sure that it'll grow on you.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ApostleBob on March 03, 2015, 06:33:07 PM
I'm reading "Conspiracy against the Human Race" by Thomas Ligotti and "Half the World" by Joe Abercrombie.  "Conspiracy" has been a really creepy non-fiction so far that makes the case that being alive and conscious isn't a good thing, that it is an abomination against nature.  True Detective draws a lot of inspiration from it.  "Half the World" is just as solid as most of Abercrombie's work.  Very Grimdark, subverting fantasy tropes, and full of wit and gallows humor. I'd recommend both so far.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on March 23, 2015, 02:11:58 PM
I'm all caught up on Vagabond (on the Viz releases, anyway), so I've started reading The Walking Dead. My wife's parents got me the first compendium for Christmas.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kruge on March 26, 2015, 06:33:40 AM
Reading Dorohedoro at the moment. I really like the sketchy art style and the storyline progression.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on April 05, 2015, 11:05:17 PM
Caught up on Robert Kirkman's new ongoing series called "Outcast". It's absolutely fantastic.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: IncantatioN on April 17, 2015, 03:48:03 PM
Last week I finished Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and it's great. 600+ pages though, so it took me a while to finish and I was more open to distractions. To me, it has two distinct phases with the occasional slip between dream and reality. The book opens with the main protagonist on the search for his lost cat. He's unemployed. His wife, Kumiko, is a magazine editor and she insists he go look for their cat. While on his search, he interacts with interesting people and strange things begin to happen. It's not straightforward, there are different stories happening all at once. Had a hard time keeping up with towards the end but the story snapped back and finishes strong. Again, it's the length of the book that made way for distractions for me. 

I'd recommend it. I did like it a lot. Maybe re-read it in a few years.

Currently reading Murakami's Dance Dance Dance.

I'm currently reading Hard Boiled Wonderland and the World of Tomorrow, which heavily influenced my favorite anime Haibane Renmei. I've also read Kafka on the Shore by Murakami and bought The Strange Library by him recently.

Did you finish Hard Boiled...? Any good compared to other books you read by him?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grail on April 17, 2015, 05:48:56 PM
Last week I finished Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and it's great. 600+ pages though, so it took me a while to finish and I was more open to distractions...
I'd recommend it. I did like it a lot. Maybe re-read it in a few years.
What a funny coincidence, I was just recommended this book by a coworker! I tried the first couple of hours on audiobook, but the reader for it was kind of driving me crazy. :ganishka:

As for myself, I plan to attempt to get back into the Song of Ice and Fire series, at the urging of a friend. It'll be an interesting return, because I'm not sure if I remember enough of the first four books to jump into a Dance with Dragons (the one I'll be reading), and I haven't seen the show yet. In a way, it feels like revisiting an old group of friends, some of whom you're excited to catch up with, and a few you'd rather not hear from ever again. :iva: I'm not too enthusiastic about getting mired in George's over-descriptions either, but there are a few unexplained mysteries and theories that I'm hoping to see develop. I think that's where his work really shines, but he seems to have trouble with sticking to the whole show-rather-than-tell thing. Regardless, it should be a quick read, like his stuff always is.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: IncantatioN on April 28, 2015, 09:24:24 PM
What a funny coincidence, I was just recommended this book by a coworker! I tried the first couple of hours on audiobook, but the reader for it was kind of driving me crazy. :ganishka:

Nice ^_^. It's a fun book to discuss with other other people as I recently experienced at a dinner I was at.

Haven't had an audio-book experience. Are there different voices for different characters/ the narrator? Anyone on the board prefer em over reading?

I wrapped up Dance Dance Dance last night. The main character is a middle-aged freelance copywriter with no real drive to be the best in the business, just casual work that'll get him by. He's met with a memory of a place he and his then girlfriend lived. It was called the Dolphin Hotel and the hotel/ someone was now, many years later, calling to him in a dream. Curious to find his old girlfriend, he goes back to check out the hotel. When he gets there, it isn't the same shady hotel and is now replaced with a new luxurious hotel. A chain of events unfold due to his presence. You follow the fellow's life from then on ... he's the kind of guy who goes with the flow or dances his way through. The title is a metaphor to how he lives. Under 400 pages and a quick read. Enjoyed it.

I was reading his books randomly, hopped online to see if there was an order to read them. Dance is a follow up to his other work - In A Wild Sheep Chase. Not having read the latter, I didn't feel a jarring disconnect and I ought to read it. I'll order the book soon.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kazuki_Fuse on May 03, 2015, 11:22:52 PM
I've got Ellis' American Psycho for reading on the bus to and from work, and Skagboys by Irvine Welsh on my nightstand.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on May 04, 2015, 03:54:48 PM
I finished reading The Walking Dead Compendium Two last week, and am in the middle of Vagabond Vol. 37. Once I'm done with that, I plan on reading Count Zero. I really enjoyed Neuromancer, so I'm hoping Count Zero is just as good.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on May 04, 2015, 05:09:28 PM
I finished reading The Walking Dead Compendium Two last week,

Nice. I haven't followed the series very closely in the past year, but that's a great section of it (the best so far).

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I plan on reading Count Zero. I really enjoyed Neuromancer, so I'm hoping Count Zero is just as good.

I loved Neuromancer, but never finished the "trilogy." I did finish Gibson's Peripheral a few months ago though. Was solid until the veeerrryyy end. I saw him do a reading of it in D.C. back in Feb. I wish I'd finished it at that point, because I'd have a few questions for him (like wtf he was thinking).  :void:

It was fascinating to discover the obvious disdain he has for Neuromancer. He visibly winced when people asked him questions about it. Of course, it's most influential work, but it sort of haunted his career. Like any other writer (or musician) who has experienced massive success, their subsequent works are often discarded or at the least, cast in a different light because of prior success.

I took a strange U-turn in my traditional books (scifi and fantasy) to read one I'm sure everyone but me read in school: To Kill a Mockingbird. Even though I was raised in the South, this was never required reading for my classes. And precisely because it was required reading for others, I never bothered to read it myself. Funny how that works. But surprise, surprise! It's really fucking well done. And I'm somewhat grateful that I waited until now to read it, because I doubt I'd have appreciated it had it been force-fed to me in school. Same with Orwell's 1984, which is a personal favorite.

I also recently finished Stephen King's 11/22/1963, which has a great premise (I think I mentioned it in this thread a few years ago), but shitty execution on the concept. What amazed me moving from that book to Mockingbird was the quality of the dialogue. King's written probably 200+ books, and yet his dialogue is just abysmal, unbelievable crap. No one talks like that in real life... Bothered the hell out of me. But I've never liked King's stuff, apart from Gunslinger. His books often just piss me off, because he goes about everything so lazily.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Salem on May 04, 2015, 05:39:21 PM
Walter, did you read the rest of the Dark Tower series or just the Gunslinger?  I thought "The Eyes Of The Dragon" was a great read, but I understand exactly what you mean about King.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on May 04, 2015, 05:50:21 PM
Walter, did you read the rest of the Dark Tower series or just the Gunslinger?

Of course, and I thought the rest of the series was garbage. 2-4 were products of their times, incorporating whatever elements King was interested in peripherally at the time, making the whole thing lack cohesion. But the biggest insult was that he shat out those last books like he had eaten something that turned his stomach.

He ruined the series he'd had churning in his head for his entire career because he clearly just wanted to be done with it. I can scarcely think of a worse way for a series to go. Would have been better not to end it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Salem on May 04, 2015, 06:02:47 PM
I think Howard could potentially make it a fun set of movies and if that were to happen I'm sure he could make the ending better.  Obviously the series doesn't really end at all.  King always left me with this whole "get to the point" feeling when reading his books.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kaladin on May 04, 2015, 06:13:36 PM
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Of course, and I thought the rest of the series was garbage. 2-4 were products of their times, incorporating whatever elements King was interested in peripherally at the time, making the whole thing lack cohesion. But the biggest insult was that he shat out those last books like he had eaten something that turned his stomach.

He ruined the series he'd had churning in his head for his entire career because he clearly just wanted to be done with it. I can scarcely think of a worse way for a series to go. Would have been better not to end it.

Damn this series was on my list but after hearing that, i don't know if i want to read it anymore lol
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Salem on May 04, 2015, 06:16:00 PM
I disagree entirely with Walter on this.  Actually the Gunslinger was my least favorite of the series.  Read all of them in a month back on 2008.   
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kaladin on May 04, 2015, 06:22:16 PM
I disagree entirely with Walter on this.  Actually the Gunslinger was my least favorite of the series.  Read all of them in a month back on 2008.   

Salem coming in with the save, when i finally get to reading the series, ill go in with a positive mindset, i like Stephen King alot, hopefully it doesn't disappoint!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Salem on May 04, 2015, 06:30:13 PM
I can't speak for everyone, but the older I get the easier it is to shit on books, movies, and music.  What I mean by that is I have seen or heard it all.  Story elements are hardly original and music can be the same way.  Its very easy to get in a mindset where almost everything is lacking.  Truth is you may love it or you make hate the series, but being positive through it is all you can do.  I can only imagine the old grump I'll be in a retirement home if my mental state continues to be "that's unoriginal garbage."
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on May 04, 2015, 06:59:50 PM
Actually the Gunslinger was my least favorite of the series.  Read all of them in a month back on 2008.   

Wow, really? You're the first person I've head from that had that opinion. I started reading around the time the fourth book came out. At the time, it was a well-regarded series. As King thinks of it himself, it was meant to be his "Lord of the Rings." But after those last books came out (in the span of 2 years versus the 15 of the first four), it was pretty hard to remain a Dark Tower fan, and that goes for everyone I know who's read it -- Griff and Aaz included.

I'll be in a retirement home if my mental state continues to be "that's unoriginal garbage."

Lack of originality wasn't what dragged Dark Tower down into the mud for me. It just wasn't very good in my opinion, and certainly didn't match the epic tone he'd set out for.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Salem on May 04, 2015, 07:22:27 PM
Wow, really? You're the first person I've head from that had that opinion. I started reading around the time the fourth book came out. At the time, it was a well-regarded series. As King thinks of it himself, it was meant to be his "Lord of the Rings." But after those last books came out (in the span of 2 years versus the 15 of the first four), it was pretty hard to remain a Dark Tower fan, and that goes for everyone I know who's read it -- Griff and Aaz included.

Lack of originality wasn't what dragged Dark Tower down into the mud for me. It just wasn't very good in my opinion, and certainly didn't match the epic tone he'd set out for.

I was trying to paint a broad stroke there with that "retirement home" comment, lol.  The trend I see in many people my age is discarding others works for various reasons.  I think it's very easy to become bored or disappointed with many aspects of entertainment, even life at this stage. 

Sharing a different opinion with you three might get a harsher response than what I'm use to.  :)  I don't mean that as an insult but I'm pretty sure you guys are a lot more picky than I am when it comes to books and movies.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on May 04, 2015, 08:17:46 PM
Salem coming in with the save, when i finally get to reading the series, ill go in with a positive mindset, i like Stephen King alot, hopefully it doesn't disappoint!

I've read of a lot of what he's written, so I can say with confidence that King isn't a very good author. Most of all his endings are bad, and The Dark Tower is no exception. A very long time ago I used to think of The Dark Tower as a series that had the potential to be something that would go down in history, like The Lord of the Rings has. So believe me when I tell you: don't waste your time. The Gunslinger is the best thing King's ever written as far as I'm concerned, but it's also rather unlike any of his other works. And the Dark Tower series goes down the sewer right in the opening of the second book.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Delta Phi on May 04, 2015, 09:05:44 PM
I disagree entirely with Walter on this.  Actually the Gunslinger was my least favorite of the series.  Read all of them in a month back on 2008.   
What!? I absolutely love The Gunslinger. I've read it the most out of all of the Dark Tower books (the last 4 book have only gotten one pass though). It's self-contained enough that I don't need to continue reading beyond it to enjoy its story, and I just think it's absolutely fantastic. If they only made a decent movie version of that book then I'd be completely happy.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grail on May 04, 2015, 09:35:04 PM
I also recently finished Stephen King's 11/22/1963, which has a great premise (I think I mentioned it in this thread a few years ago), but shitty execution on the concept.

I haven't personally read 11/22/1963, but I can tell you that after having listened to a neat stack of Stephen King audiobooks, I know exactly what you're talking about. I feel similarly about the Stand (shhh don't tell anybody :slan: ). I think the problem tends to crop up most when he's working on any sort of novel or novel series (also in the case of the Dark Tower books), where his stories have room to bloat. His short stories and novellas seem to be a lot more palatable in terms of content, since he needs to police himself a lot more.

What amazed me moving from that book to Mockingbird was the quality of the dialogue. King's written probably 200+ books, and yet his dialogue is just abysmal, unbelievable crap. No one talks like that in real life... Bothered the hell out of me.

I think part of King's problem is that he thinks most everybody talks like an elderly white man from Maine. :ganishka:

But I've never liked King's stuff, apart from Gunslinger. His books often just piss me off, because he goes about everything so lazily.

I once read his book "On Writing" when I was in college, before I started getting into his work, and it was actually a really interesting exploration of (and an explanation for) this problem. He talked a bit about his schedule, and how he aims to write 10,000 words a day, among other things. One of his more interesting pieces of advice for readers was that characters and stories should sort of "create themselves" with less emphasis on editing. I'm sure that King genuinely believes that this method works for him personally, but the fact that he would give this out as a sort of "best practice" will tell you a lot about how some of his books end up the way that they do. :magni:

That said, I think you make a good point, Salem. I want to be fair and say that for every lazy or boring book King has written, there's another story of his that I would recommend, even if he's a bit cheesy or predictable sometimes. Though I think that as we get older, it just gets easier to criticize media because we have less and less time to consume it! Maybe as crazed retirees, we'll find that we can identify with the Crimson King a lot more. :void:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Salem on May 04, 2015, 09:55:26 PM
Haha, Grail.  Maybe that's the difference, time.  I have so much of it.  I didn't mean I hated the Gunslinger.  It took me the longest to read of the 7.  I didn't feel it took off until the second book and wasn't excited to read it until the last few pages. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on May 04, 2015, 10:13:01 PM
Guts and Roland have a lot in common, and The Gunslinger is his Black Swordsman period.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Salem on May 04, 2015, 11:24:42 PM
Guts and Roland have a lot in common, and The Gunslinger is his Black Swordsman period.

In my best Dwight Schrute "Fact."  My original idea for a back piece was Roland, Guts, and Wolvey.  Never happened but came close.  I confess I've only read the series once and didn't actually get into reading books for fun until around that time. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kaladin on May 05, 2015, 01:51:48 AM
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So believe me when I tell you: don't waste your time.

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And the Dark Tower series goes down the sewer right in the opening of the second book

damn, well I'm in no hurry to read this series but after hearing you guys, ill push it down my reading list, it can wait. ill at least check out the gunslinger one day though.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on May 05, 2015, 07:28:09 AM
damn, well I'm in no hurry to read this series but after hearing you guys, ill push it down my reading list, it can wait. ill at least check out the gunslinger one day though.

If you like King's work in general then I recommend you do at least read The Gunslinger. It's the rest of the series that's just, well, disappointing.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on May 05, 2015, 01:51:23 PM
Nice. I haven't followed the series very closely in the past year, but that's a great section of it (the best so far).

Yeah, it ends at a really rough place, too. I'm glad the third compendium is coming out in October, but it's going to be a long three-year wait after that for the fourth.

It was fascinating to discover the obvious disdain he has for Neuromancer. He visibly winced when people asked him questions about it. Of course, it's most influential work, but it sort of haunted his career. Like any other writer (or musician) who has experienced massive success, their subsequent works are often discarded or at the least, cast in a different light because of prior success.

That's understandable.

I took a strange U-turn in my traditional books (scifi and fantasy) to read one I'm sure everyone but me read in school: To Kill a Mockingbird. Even though I was raised in the South, this was never required reading for my classes. And precisely because it was required reading for others, I never bothered to read it myself. Funny how that works. But surprise, surprise! It's really fucking well done. And I'm somewhat grateful that I waited until now to read it, because I doubt I'd have appreciated it had it been force-fed to me in school. Same with Orwell's 1984, which is a personal favorite.

I loved To Kill A Mockingbird. I plan on reading it again after I finish the Sprawl trilogy. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I agree with you about not really appreciating these books until later in life. I'm going to give The Great Gatsby another try, as well. I enjoyed reading it in high school, but I think I'll like it even more now that I'm older.

I also recently finished Stephen King's 11/22/1963, which has a great premise (I think I mentioned it in this thread a few years ago), but shitty execution on the concept. What amazed me moving from that book to Mockingbird was the quality of the dialogue. King's written probably 200+ books, and yet his dialogue is just abysmal, unbelievable crap. No one talks like that in real life... Bothered the hell out of me. But I've never liked King's stuff, apart from Gunslinger. His books often just piss me off, because he goes about everything so lazily.

King might be my least favorite author. He creates interesting premises, but fails to execute or conclude them properly. I've been disappointed by the endings to his books so many times that I have no desire to read any more of his work, including The Gunslinger.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: IncantatioN on May 05, 2015, 02:09:49 PM
I've been meaning to read The Great Gatsby (since it's reference in Norwegian Wood that I read recently and in general) and To Kill A Mockingbird. I was having this conversation just yesterday with a pal about how I wish the education board was different when I was in school. There was no room for book reads like the way it's part of the syllabus in the US, for instance - giving students a list of books to read over summer and write a paper about it, having discussions on it, etc. Our structure was more academically inclined, general text books with questions and answers, no multi-choice, actual answers where you'd come off a Geometry or Math paper not knowing if you got the end result correct or not. Sometimes we'd be off by a few degrees or decimals and we'd lose marks! Anyway, point being, I missed out on reading at a young age and have a slight idea of classic books or must-reads. So if you guys can recommend books, I'll pick them up and get on them. From Aaz's and Walter's posts in the TV Show thread, I recently picked up Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Hope to get to it in August.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on May 19, 2015, 04:49:44 PM
I finished Count Zero yesterday and started reading Mona Lisa Overdrive. Walter, I highly recommend you check out Count Zero. I thought it was awesome.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on May 19, 2015, 04:53:39 PM
I finished Count Zero yesterday and started reading Mona Lisa Overdrive. Walter, I highly recommend you check out Count Zero. I thought it was awesome.

How fortuitous! I'm actually between books right now. I just finished Childhood's End, which I mostly read because aspects of Infinite Space were supposedly based on it. But I uh... really didn't see much of that. This book really hasn't aged very well.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kazuki_Fuse on May 21, 2015, 03:08:45 AM
Decided to check out All You Need Is Kill. Infinitely superior to the movie (though I can't deny I also really enjoyed the film). That ending left me quite melancholic for a while.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JMP on May 21, 2015, 01:54:57 PM
I just started Dead Wake by Erik Larson. It's about the sinking of the Lusitania. It's good so far. I've read 2 of his other books, The Devil in the White City, and In the Garden of Beasts and I really enjoyed those. They can feel a bit slow moving at times, but all the historical info and perspectives he incorporates into them are great. He gives multiple sides of the story in the books I've read so far and that has a nice way of creating perspective on the events. For example in Dead Wake he tells the story of the people on the Lusitania as well as the story of the people on the German U-boats. It's pretty interesting stuff, especially if you're a history buff.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on May 21, 2015, 06:23:59 PM
Almost done with The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker.

It's pretty good, but focuses too much on Harry D'amour and not as much on Pinhead as I thought it would.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Joe Chip on May 24, 2015, 08:31:44 PM
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Almost done with The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker.

It's pretty good, but focuses too much on Harry D'amour and not as much on Pinhead as I thought it would.
Hey John, did you finish Way of Kings??

Anybody here reading the Dresden files? I picked them up and i quite enjoy them. I am currently at book 7.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JMP on May 24, 2015, 09:13:34 PM
Anybody here reading the Dresden files? I picked them up and i quite enjoy them. I am currently at book 7.
That's a great series!  :guts: It's pretty intense. Once the action starts it's a nonstop crazy ride to the end. LOL It's been a few years since I read it, but I remember once I picked up a book it was really tough to put it down. I had to know what was gonna happen!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on May 26, 2015, 01:31:11 AM
Hey John, did you finish Way of Kings??

Unfortunately, no=/ I put it down and had many other things to read. I've been meaning to make my way back to it, but the page count is really intimidating at the moment.

Finished Scarlet Gospels. Absolute waste of time.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Joe Chip on May 27, 2015, 05:49:27 AM
That's a great series!  :guts: It's pretty intense. Once the action starts it's a nonstop crazy ride to the end. LOL It's been a few years since I read it, but I remember once I picked up a book it was really tough to put it down. I had to know what was gonna happen!
Yeah its really fun, as you already said, it's non stop action till the end. I really enjoy them.
but the page count is really intimidating at the moment.
Yeah, i can understand, the books are huge. It's funny to think that there is going to be 10 of them.

I also picked up Mr. Norrell and Jonathan Strange. You guys seem to really like this book, so i decided to read it.

I bought a kindle Paperwhite a few months ago. It wasn't available in my country, but fortunately i had a friend who traveled to Germany, so he got one for me. This way i could save some of the shipping costs. I've grown quite fond of it. Honestly, i didn't expect to like it this much.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on May 27, 2015, 01:06:13 PM
I also picked up Mr. Norrell and Jonathan Strange. You guys seem to really like this book, so i decided to read it.

Glad to hear it! You should know going in that it starts pretty slowly, which has turned a lot of people off to the book. But don't give up, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on June 08, 2015, 03:48:33 PM
I finished reading Mona Lisa Overdrive over the weekend. I really enjoyed Neuromancer and Count Zero, but Mona Lisa Overdrive was really disappointing, especially the ending, which felt like it was tacked on as an afterthought.

I've started reading Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in the U.S.), because I've heard good things about it and the rest of His Dark Materials from a number of friends.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: IncantatioN on June 30, 2015, 02:19:38 PM
Finished Murakami's Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. The story is about two worlds, the narration of each world runs in parallel with alternating chapters. Hard-Boiled Wonderland is modern Tokyo with big advances in technology, people known as Calcutecs process high volumes of encrypted sensitive data and they're an obvious government asset or to anyone wanting to break secure codes. A Calcutec's bio-engineered to use his/ her subconscious to process data and you're riding with a Calcutec on one of his jobs. The other story's about End of the World - a mysterious desolate high walled town with beasts, a dreaded forest and a place where shadows are separated from people. You're introduced to someone new to town, seeing the town through his eyes. His job is that of a Dreamreader and the longer he stays, the more his mind fades.

It was an engaging read till the beginning of the 3rd act and then I lost a little interest. Didn't touch it for 2 weeks and finished it over the weekend. It got to a point where the excitement and mystery that was building up had come to an end for me and I knoew how or expected it to end a certain way, which it eventually did but I didn't feel the need to go through the last 100 pages just then. Not disappointed at all, just had a better experience overall reading the last 3 books I read by him.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Gonzo on July 17, 2015, 01:24:54 PM
This has been my best year for reading in pretty much forever. Things I've read this year:

All the Song of Ice and Fire books by George R.R. Martin (WAY better than the show)
Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (super amazing)
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton (amazing)
Pluto by Naoki Urasawa (interesting but the ending was underwhelming)
Berserk (hence being here)

Currently reading (on and off):
Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe (finished vol. 1 'Shadow of the Torturer' a month ago, just started the second volume a few days ago)
Collected Fictions of Jorge Luis Borges (finished Universal History of Iniquity and Fictions, now halfway through The Aleph)
And Borges inspired me to read the Arabian Nights, which I'm about 200 pages into out of the 3000+ page long modern Penguin edition

Definitely gonna keep posting in this thread! Gives me encouragement to keep this pace up.

I finished Count Zero yesterday and started reading Mona Lisa Overdrive. Walter, I highly recommend you check out Count Zero. I thought it was awesome.

I really loved Neuromancer and I kept meaning to read the sequels in the Sprawl Trilogy yet never got around to it - maybe I should give Neuromancer a re-read, since I read it like 5 years ago, and then dive into Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on July 17, 2015, 04:00:09 PM
I really loved Neuromancer and I kept meaning to read the sequels in the Sprawl Trilogy yet never got around to it - maybe I should give Neuromancer a re-read, since I read it like 5 years ago, and then dive into Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive.

Hey, there's nothing wrong with rereading Neuromancer; it's a great book. Count Zero comes highly recommended as well, but like I said above, I didn't care for Mona Lisa Overdrive. That being said, as a career completionist, I still think you should give it a shot. You may feel differently about it when you're finished.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on July 17, 2015, 04:24:54 PM
Spurred by its 50th anniversary this year, I started reading Dune again -- for the 4th time. I'm sure those who have been on this forum a while already know how much I love this book. And this time, maybe just maybe I'll read Herbert's other Dune books as well.  :void:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on July 17, 2015, 05:38:53 PM
And this time, maybe just maybe I'll read Herbert's other Dune books as well.  :void:

They may not be as brilliant, but you can't call yourself a fan without having read them! :puck:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kaladin on July 17, 2015, 11:00:19 PM
for those of you who have read it, what do you guys think of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan? i have some of the books in the series on my shelf, still haven't touched it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on July 17, 2015, 11:02:11 PM
for those of you who have read it, what do you guys think of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan? i have some of the books in the series on my shelf, still haven't touched it.

Long story short, it doesn't live up to its potential. If you've already got the first few books though, you might as well read them. They're not too bad.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kaladin on July 17, 2015, 11:14:58 PM
the last few books in the series he wrote before passing away had terrible ratings for the most part but then the ratings went back up when Sanderson continued the series. I'll read the ones i have and see what its all about
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Gonzo on July 18, 2015, 06:11:57 AM
Spurred by its 50th anniversary this year, I started reading Dune again -- for the 4th time. I'm sure those who have been on this forum a while already know how much I love this book. And this time, maybe just maybe I'll read Herbert's other Dune books as well.  :void:

Girlfriend and best friend keep saying I need to read Dune asap, I really should get around it, because i'm pretty convinced that i'd like it (political intrigue, warring houses, economic conflict, etc).

Long story short, it doesn't live up to its potential. If you've already got the first few books though, you might as well read them. They're not too bad.

i read what the series is about once and it sounded very good vs. evil, lone hero on epic quest (without subverting either like Berserk does), and the sprawling length of the series means I've been too intimidated to see if that's actually what its like.

As far as huge fantasy series goes, I've heard Malazan by Steven Erikson is really good.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on July 20, 2015, 01:12:36 AM
Spurred by its 50th anniversary this year, I started reading Dune again -- for the 4th time. I'm sure those who have been on this forum a while already know how much I love this book. And this time, maybe just maybe I'll read Herbert's other Dune books as well.  :void:

Nice! Have fun! :serpico:

They may not be as brilliant, but you can't call yourself a fan without having read them! :puck:

Damn straight. :puck:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Joe Chip on July 20, 2015, 06:12:08 PM
Glad to hear it! You should know going in that it starts pretty slowly, which has turned a lot of people off to the book. But don't give up, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
I'm currently at the beginning of the book (around 70 pages in), but i can already tell you that i really like it. I love the way the book is written, the author is really talented, plus the characters look really interesting.

Spurred by its 50th anniversary this year, I started reading Dune again -- for the 4th time. I'm sure those who have been on this forum a while already know how much I love this book. And this time, maybe just maybe I'll read Herbert's other Dune books as well.  :void:
IMHO Dune Messiah is just as good. I've never read the books after that, i was a bit burned out by the time i ended the second book, but i will read the next books as well.

I also ended the Dresden Files and i got to say that i really liked them. After a while you become really interested with the characters so i personally couldn't wait to see what will happen next.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on July 21, 2015, 11:55:47 AM
I finished Northern Lights and started reading The Subtle Knife.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: VengeanceQuest982 on July 22, 2015, 04:09:13 AM
Getting ready for a re-reading of Tolkien's Middle-Earth from start to finish:

* The Silmarillion
* The Children of Húrin
* Unfinished Tales (Acts I & II)
* The Hobbit
* The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring
* The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
* The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King
* Unfinished Tales (Acts III & IV)
* The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
* Bilbo's Last Song
* The History of Middle-Earth
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on July 22, 2015, 05:06:29 AM
Getting ready for a re-reading of Tolkien's Middle-Earth from start to finish:

* The Silmarillion
* The Children of Húrin
* Unfinished Tales (Acts I & II)
* The Hobbit
* The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring
* The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
* The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King
* Unfinished Tales (Acts III & IV)
* The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
* Bilbo's Last Song
* The History of Middle-Earth

I'm actually doing this now as well. About Halfway through The Silmarillion and just ordered Children of Hurin off Amazon. I have one book called Unfinished Tales but I'm a little confused.  I didn't realize it was part of a series??
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: VengeanceQuest982 on July 22, 2015, 05:26:51 AM
I'm actually doing this now as well. About Halfway through The Silmarillion and just ordered Children of Hurin off Amazon. I have one book called Unfinished Tales but I'm a little confused.  I didn't realize it was part of a series??

....I'm sorry for the confusion Oburi the 1st 2 acts of the Unfinished Tales are set in the First and Second Ages of Middle Earth. Act 3 spans the period of time after The Last Alliance and into events set during the Lord of the Rings the 4th Act is an appendix.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on July 22, 2015, 05:42:46 AM
....I'm sorry for the confusion Oburi the 1st 2 acts of the Unfinished Tales are set in the First and Second Ages of Middle Earth. Act 3 spans the period of time after The Last Alliance and into events set during the Lord of the Rings the 4th Act is an appendix.

Ah. Got it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Gonzo on July 22, 2015, 02:25:11 PM
Finished 'The Aleph' by Borges, started the Vinland Saga, which is filling a portion of the massive Berserk-shaped hole in my heart

I'm a quarter Danish, and the main character's blonde hair looks like mine when I grow it out to that length, so it feels very TALE OF MY ANCESTORS
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on August 05, 2015, 02:07:03 PM
I finished reading The Subtle Knife. Now it's on to The Amber Spyglass!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: IncantatioN on August 05, 2015, 02:23:15 PM
I finished reading The Subtle Knife. Now it's on to The Amber Spyglass!

Quick read! How do you do it Rhomby?!! I assume the book was pretty good?

I'm reading the first book in Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle series. In the middle of it and so far so good. There are some parts that are hard to read through because of how real it feels.

Recently pre-ordered Wind/Pinball by Murakami.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on August 05, 2015, 02:45:58 PM
Quick read! How do you do it Rhomby?!! I assume the book was pretty good?

Slow work week. :serpico:

It was decent. Some parts really drag, but others are very interesting.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Gonzo on August 19, 2015, 02:13:52 AM
Reading a whole bunch of Stephen King for the first time - started with the Gunslinger, now I'm halfway through his books 'On Writing' and 'Carrie'. Plan to kep reading the Dark Tower interspersed with books my friends told me were related - Salem's Lot, The Stand, and Insomnia.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: PippinStrippin on August 19, 2015, 02:41:32 AM
I'm reading a manga called Vinland Saga.

It's about a kid that joins a group of vikings and it has a lot of amazing battles and character development. The art style and it's quality is also amazing and I specially like the realism of the whole manga. Like Guts, the main character Thorfinn has a tragic story and I personally cant wait too see where it goes. I highly recommend that you guys read it  :guts:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on August 19, 2015, 09:54:10 AM
Reading a whole bunch of Stephen King for the first time - started with the Gunslinger, now I'm halfway through his books 'On Writing' and 'Carrie'. Plan to kep reading the Dark Tower interspersed with books my friends told me were related - Salem's Lot, The Stand, and Insomnia.

You should read Talisman and Black House too.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Delta Phi on August 19, 2015, 03:01:31 PM
Reading a whole bunch of Stephen King for the first time - started with the Gunslinger, now I'm halfway through his books 'On Writing' and 'Carrie'. Plan to kep reading the Dark Tower interspersed with books my friends told me were related - Salem's Lot, The Stand, and Insomnia.

The Gunslinger is probably my favorite King book. Most of King's books have some kind of connection to the Dark Tower. Salem's Lot, The Stand, and Insomnia have probably the biggest connections. I would add to your list the first story in Hearts in Atlantis (The rest of the book is pretty good, but this is the only part that references The Dark Tower heavily) and Through the Eyes of the Dragon.

Other books to look out for that have tangential allusions to the Dark Tower:
You should read Talisman and Black House too.
(I've not read Black House, but apparently it has a big connection as well)
As well as Rose Madder.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head. But really, you can find pretty subtle connections in most of his books (though I don't know about the books he's released since his retirement).
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on September 08, 2015, 08:07:15 PM
I finished reading The Amber Spyglass and Lyra's Oxford. I ordered Once Upon A Time in the North, and in the meantime I'm reading To Kill A Mockingbird.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on October 07, 2015, 04:21:55 PM
I finished reading To Kill A Mockingbird and Once Upon A Time in the North, and started reading The Great Gatsby.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on November 03, 2015, 04:26:05 PM
I finished The Great Gatsby, and started reading Lord of the Flies. I'm glad I'm revisiting some of the books I read in high school. I appreciate them a lot more, now that I'm older. I've never read Lord of the Flies, but I've heard good things.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on November 17, 2015, 07:38:49 PM
After the darkness that was Lord of the Flies, I've started reading the James Bond novels, beginning with Casino Royale. I need a little pick-me-up after the last two books. Yikes. :SK:

By the way, I'm not sure if it's okay for me to be triple and quadruple posting like this. Should I be editing one post each time I start reading something new? :???:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on November 17, 2015, 07:46:06 PM
Started reading We Were Burning this week. It's about the rise of technical entrepreneurs in Japan, and what made their tech in the 70s-80s so amazing.

http://www.amazon.com/We-Were-Burning-Entrepreneurs-Electronic/dp/0465091180
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Delta Phi on November 18, 2015, 12:39:53 AM
I have a long list of books I need to read, but I just purchased an unabridged The Gulag Archipelago set by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and it's jumped to top priority.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on December 08, 2015, 09:53:43 PM
I finished reading Casino Royale and am about half-way through Live and Let Die, which might be one of the most racist books I've ever read. I'd heard things about it before, but have been pretty surprised by the content so far.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: IncantatioN on December 16, 2015, 07:55:54 PM
Took me a few months to finish Karl Ove Knausgaard's first book in the My Struggle series. That in no way is a true measure of how good or bad the book was, it's just that some parts of the book were easier reads than others either because it got dry in places or it hit home too hard and I would have to put it down for a day or two before getting back to it. It's supposed to be a fiction and yet reads like an autobiographical account of his life, like a diary. There's been controversy over the same and his family I hear has sued him for it because he uses their real names. Book 1 in this series touches upon Karl's childhood (teenage years, school, ), his relationship with his stubborn, alcoholic, traditional thinking Dad who he lived with alone, jumps to the time he's married and his wife's pregnant when he gets news of a death in the family and him coming to terms with it.

Next up - either Kafka on the Shore or Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.
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Post by: ApostleBob on December 16, 2015, 10:10:23 PM
Reading Iain M Banks "The Player of Games," my first dive into "The Culture" series. A very interesting look at a Utopian Type II civilization.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on January 04, 2016, 01:35:10 AM
I just started The Sun Also Rises.

Last month, I finished Outer Dark and No Country For Old Men. It's pretty interesting to see how Cormac McCarthy's writing style develops from one of his oldest books (Outer Dark - 1968) to one of his newest (No Country - 2005). You can really see how he matures as a writer.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on January 04, 2016, 01:43:57 AM
Last month, I finished Outer Dark and No Country For Old Men. It's pretty interesting to see how Cormac McCarthy's writing style develops from one of his oldest books (Outer Dark - 1968) to one of his newest (No Country - 2005). You can really see how he matures as a writer.

Read Blood Meridian yet? It's his best, I think.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on January 04, 2016, 01:45:46 AM
Read Blood Meridian yet? It's his best, I think.

Yeah. I read that back in either 2010 or 2011. I've been meaning to re-read it, but haven't. I've read McCarthy's big three: Suttree, Child of God, and Blood Meridian. They are all really good, I couldn't recommend them enough.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on January 04, 2016, 01:49:58 AM
Yeah. I read that back in either 2010 or 2011. I've been meaning to re-read it, but haven't. I've read McCarthy's big three: Suttree, Child of God, and Blood Meridian. They are all really good, I couldn't recommend them enough.

Nice. I haven't read his others (other than The Road, which even without reading all his books feels like his most accessible one). Blood Meridian was gloriously painful to get through for me — both in terms of the harsh reality it depicts and how dense the descriptions of everything are. But man, what a fucking ride. I don't think there's anything out there quite like it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on January 04, 2016, 01:57:47 AM
Nice. I haven't read his others (other than The Road, which even without reading all his books feels like his most accessible one). Blood Meridian was gloriously painful to get through for me — both in terms of the harsh reality it depicts and how dense the descriptions of everything are. But man, what a fucking ride. I don't think there's anything out there quite like it.

Suttree is easily McCarthy's most inaccessible book. I read that right after finishing Blood Meridian, and I wasn't prepared for how tough that book is with regards to read and subject.

The Road and No Country are his most accessible books. They are also surprisingly quick reads, and I say that as a slow reader. If you get the chance, I'd recommend reading No Country.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lawliet on January 04, 2016, 02:27:46 AM
I'm thinking of starting The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Got the first book. Anyone read that?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JMP on January 04, 2016, 06:21:36 PM
I'm thinking of starting The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Got the first book. Anyone read that?
Yeah, I read them all except for the last two, which are on my list of stuff I want to read. It's a good series. The first one as I recall, was a bit rough around the edges compared to the rest. It's still a fun read, though, for sure, but the books keep getting better as you go. At least that was my opinion. You won't want to put them down once the story gets going as the author keeps the action pretty intense. I would usually feel a bit exhausted by the end of one. :ganishka: Enjoy!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on January 04, 2016, 06:24:15 PM
Nice. I haven't read his others (other than The Road, which even without reading all his books feels like his most accessible one). Blood Meridian was gloriously painful to get through for me — both in terms of the harsh reality it depicts and how dense the descriptions of everything are. But man, what a fucking ride. I don't think there's anything out there quite like it.

Man, I had a hard time getting through it, but I did enjoy it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Joe Chip on January 04, 2016, 07:50:52 PM
I'm thinking of starting The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Got the first book. Anyone read that?
I loved the Dresden files. Action packed and good story telling. The first books are kinda rough but it gets better over time. Don't really expect anything mind blowing but i bet you will enjoy them.
I just finished The Martian, i saw that a movie was being made and i had heard that the book was amazing. I got it for a Christmas present so i dove right into it. I frigging loved it, if you like sci fi definitely check this book out.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on January 15, 2016, 08:27:03 PM
I finally finished reading Live and Let Die, and started reading Ulysses by James Joyce, which is awesome so far. :guts:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on January 16, 2016, 12:23:09 AM
I finally finished reading Live and Let Die, and started reading Ulysses by James Joyce, which is awesome so far. :guts:

I read Ulysses during my undergraduate. I wasn't particularly impressed because I felt that Joyce was trying to be obscure because he could. However, if you're into big works of modernist literature, you need to read The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann. I've read that book twice and purchased a companion to it. It's well worth the read.
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Post by: Rhombaad on January 18, 2016, 06:45:05 PM
Cool. Thanks for the recommendation. :serpico:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Delta Phi on June 01, 2016, 05:33:20 PM
Had a long 13 hour round trip drive a couple weeks ago, so I bought Dune on audio book (first time I've ever done that and I'm not convinced it's for me, since it's really easy to zone out or miss what was said) and I really enjoyed it for the most part. I found Herbert's prose to be a little too repetitive, and the time skips were mildly confusing when they occurred, but that may be more due to the presentation.

I was already quite familiar with the story since I grew up watching the 1984 movie (and even if it's an abomination, it will always hold a special place in my heart because of nostalgia), but I never had an interest in learning more about the series. Now that I've experienced the novel and all the world building it has offered, my interest has been immensely piqued. I imagine the next step would be to get into Dune Messiah, but I've heard things start to get pretty weird later on, and I don't know if I really want to bother with the stories written by Herbert's son or other authors.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on June 01, 2016, 05:40:06 PM
I found Herbert's prose to be a little too repetitive, and the time skips were mildly confusing when they occurred

(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbdown.gif)

but that may be more due to the presentation.

Must be! :azan:

I was already quite familiar with the story since I grew up watching the 1984 movie (and even if it's an abomination, it will always hold a special place in my heart because of nostalgia), but I never had an interest in learning more about the series. Now that I've experienced the novel and all the world building it has offered, my interest has been immensely piqued. I imagine the next step would be to get into Dune Messiah, but I've heard things start to get pretty weird later on, and I don't know if I really want to bother with the stories written by Herbert's son or other authors.

The later books in the series (by Frank Herbert) aren't as great as Dune, but they're still pretty damn good. Don't bother with what the son did though.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Delta Phi on June 01, 2016, 07:51:32 PM
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbdown.gif)

Ha, don't get me wrong! I thought it was well written, but there's only so many times I can hear "[Insert name/pronoun] tried to swallow in a dry throat."
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Johnstantine on June 02, 2016, 06:10:23 PM
I actually picked Dune up not too long ago and made it about thirty pages. I'll get back to it eventually, but having three kids makes it difficult to read more than a few pages at a time!

Also, not so much reading, but I've been listening to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History and it's awesome.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on June 03, 2016, 12:15:14 PM
I gave up on Ulysses months ago. I tried to prep for it by reading Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and The Odyssey, but I lost interest near the end of Dubliners. The writing was excellent, I just lost interest in the stories being told, so I turned to a favorite author of mine: Dan Simmons. I've read Song of Kali and Carrion Comfort. Now I'm taking a break from Simmons and reading The Walking Dead Compendium Three.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: IncantatioN on June 03, 2016, 02:33:18 PM
I finished Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell last month and felt the book was a lot more complex, extensive and better than the TV adaptation. It took me a little longer to finish because of the language and footnotes. I was almost curious to re-watch the TV show just when I finished the book, but I needed a break from that world. Most of my reading is now on the go while I'm traveling in the subway and on two separate occasions, this couple once and a girl the other time, asked how I was liking the book.

Kafka was a thickish book and coming off Jonathan Strange, I wanted something light I could read quick. I'm about 50ish pages from finishing A Wild Sheep Chase. Midway I realized it's a prequel to Dance, Dance, Dance I'd read last year. The main protagonist is recently divorced and works with a buddy of his in an advertising company. An old friend by the name 'Rat' reconnects with him, giving him a photo of a pasture with sheep to use for his publication at any time he wishes to. Throw in a girl with a 6th sense and amazing ears + an old dying man's quest for sheep and you're all set for the wild sheep chase.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JMP on August 23, 2016, 08:56:30 PM
I really liked Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series years ago. The last one I read came out over 10 years ago. I didn't realize he had another book for the series in 2014 called Clariel and now a new one will be released this year in October called Goldenhand. I'm really excited to catch back up with this series! :guts:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Feeblecursedone on August 23, 2016, 09:40:40 PM
Necronomicon- collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories. Currently reading Herbert West- Reanimator.
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Post by: DANGERDOOOOM on August 23, 2016, 11:58:48 PM
Just finished the Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien. Now just starting The Children of Húrin by him as well. Very good reads.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: GiantSword Mufasa on August 24, 2016, 10:55:59 AM
I just finished Giganto Maxia. Man it was awesome. I would love to spend more time in that universe. Has there been any chatter about another GM book? 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kaladin on August 24, 2016, 11:00:12 AM
I just finished Giganto Maxia. Man it was awesome. I would love to spend more time in that universe. Has there been any chatter about another GM book?

Yes it's great indeed, and yes miura said that he'd like to come back to it one day so who knows
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Post by: GiantSword Mufasa on August 24, 2016, 11:05:11 AM
Yes it's great indeed, and yes miura said that he'd like to come back to it one day so who knows

Awesome!
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Post by: Rhombaad on August 24, 2016, 12:21:41 PM
I finished reading The Walking Dead: Compendium Three, read Summer of Night and am in the middle of reading Children of the Night. It's been tough getting through it, though, because I'm in the middle of writing a novel myself. Every time I sit down to read, I feel guilty about not writing. :void:
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Post by: Aazealh on August 24, 2016, 03:04:13 PM
Necronomicon- collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories. Currently reading Herbert West- Reanimator.

Nice! There's some really great stuff among his stories and those he inspired (some mediocre stuff as well, but who cares).
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Post by: Eluvei on August 24, 2016, 04:20:57 PM
Finished John Williams' Stoner, now I'm re-reading Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: il capitano on September 11, 2016, 08:29:27 PM
Finished John Williams' Stoner

i love stoner. what'd you make of it?

started geoff dyer's out of sheer rage last night. not quite what i was expecting, didn't realize it was going to read so much like a novel. not sure i'm going to be quite as into this as everyone else i know was.
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Post by: DANGERDOOOOM on September 12, 2016, 10:37:08 PM
Just picked this up at the Post Office. Haven't read it since it started coming out a few years ago. Gonna start now! :ubik:

(http://i.imgur.com/xd4y2b3.jpg?1)

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on September 13, 2016, 02:04:28 PM
Just picked this up at the Post Office. Haven't read it since it started coming out a few years ago. Gonna start now! :ubik:

It'll be fun to read it all in one sitting. Reading it episodically, I felt it was too much of a slow build for a 7-part miniseries, but by the end I was satisfied. I particularly like Prome and her relationship with Delos. There's a lot with them that's reminiscent of Guts and Schierke, though Delos is more akin to a bizarro Guts.

You might also be interested in the podcasts we recorded around that time, where we reviewed each issue as they came out. It's Eps 38-44.
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Post by: Eluvei on September 13, 2016, 04:01:29 PM
i love stoner. what'd you make of it?

I really liked it, it left me depressed for at least a week.
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Post by: m on September 13, 2016, 05:47:44 PM

I just finished Hanns and Rudolf: The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz, by Thomas Harding. I read the second half of the book in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down.
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Post by: Oburi on September 14, 2016, 02:31:58 PM
It'll be fun to read it all in one sitting. Reading it episodically, I felt it was too much of a slow build for a 7-part miniseries, but by the end I was satisfied. I particularly like Prome and her relationship with Delos. There's a lot with them that's reminiscent of Guts and Schierke, though Delos is more akin to a bizarro Guts.

You might also be interested in the podcasts we recorded around that time, where we reviewed each issue as they came out. It's Eps 38-44.

I'm glad you reminded me because I also just ordered that and will be reading it for the first time as well. Also, I'm sure it's been mentioned before but have you guys considered doing a podcast for the other two one offs that Miura was a part of, Japan and King of Wolves?
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Post by: Rupert Sinclair on September 14, 2016, 05:08:13 PM
Also, I'm sure it's been mentioned before but have you guys considered doing a podcast for the other two one offs that Miura was a part of, Japan and King of Wolves?

Personally, I'd rather have one dedicated to Futatabi and Noa.  I'm quite fond of these works, Futatabi in particular.  Although with the steady episode releases and the rereads I wouldn't expect anything like that any time soon, but it would be cool.
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Post by: Aazealh on September 14, 2016, 05:26:44 PM
Also, I'm sure it's been mentioned before but have you guys considered doing a podcast for the other two one offs that Miura was a part of, Japan and King of Wolves?

Miura collaborated on three titles with Buronson. You forgot the sequel to King of Wolves.

Personally, I'd rather have one dedicated to Futatabi and Noa.  I'm quite fond of these works, Futatabi in particular.  Although with the steady episode releases and the rereads I wouldn't expect anything like that any time soon, but it would be cool.

I don't know. Since Miura considers these stories to be "juvenile" works, putting them forward is likely not something he would want or appreciate.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: DANGERDOOOOM on September 14, 2016, 07:53:36 PM
You might also be interested in the podcasts we recorded around that time, where we reviewed each issue as they came out. It's Eps 38-44.

Thanks! I'll have to check them out

And yes it was nicer reading it all in one sitting. Easier to comprehend what was actually going on and flowed a lot smoother. The "nectar" thing still gets me though :isidro:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: jackson_hurley on September 15, 2016, 02:15:39 AM
Miura collaborated on three titles with Buronson. You forgot the sequel to King of Wolves.


I didn't know there was a sequel. Is it good?

As for what I'm reading now, other then my Berserk rereading, the first Change trilogy. "Against the tide of year" a story about the island of Nantucket going back in 1250 BC and how they strive to survive. I finished the first book yesterday and just started the one mentioned above today. Pretty good imo.
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Post by: Aazealh on September 15, 2016, 05:39:56 AM
I didn't know there was a sequel. Is it good?

No, it's terrible.
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Post by: jackson_hurley on September 15, 2016, 01:45:05 PM
No, it's terrible.

Then I'm glad I missed it! Thx, I trust your judgement on that.
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Post by: ghats on November 28, 2016, 10:29:59 PM
Reread for the 4th time '1984' and
'The little prince' by À. St Exupéry
Very short but very profound and moving, and I feel that everytime I read it my vision about our World evolves

Just bought 'dune' on your advices

I love this forum and love you guys
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on November 29, 2016, 07:44:41 AM
Just bought 'dune' on your advices

You won't be disappointed!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on November 30, 2016, 06:27:27 PM
An omnibus edition of Blame was recently released (https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B01FHBLLCW/ref=dp_st_1942993773), printed on larger, higher-quality paper, collecting 2 volumes at a time. This is great news for Blame fans, because the initial Tokyopop publication has been out of print for years. In addition to the larger print, more pages, and better paper, it appears to have a new translation, with the main character now named Kyrii. Hm. Gonna have to get used to that, I guess.

It's selling for about $25 per vol on Amazon, with Vol 2 out in December.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Oburi on November 30, 2016, 06:36:38 PM
An omnibus edition of Blame was recently released (https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B01FHBLLCW/ref=dp_st_1942993773), printed on larger, higher-quality paper, collecting 2 volumes at a time. This is great news for Blame fans, because the initial Tokyopop publication has been out of print for years. In addition to the larger print, more pages, and better paper, it appears to have a new translation, with the main character now named Kyrii. Hm. Gonna have to get used to that, I guess.

It's selling for about $25 per vol on Amazon, with Vol 2 out in December.

Wow awesome! I'm glad you mentioned this because I had been patiently waiting for something like this for a very long time. I was never able to finish this series because it went out of print. Truly an awesome manga though.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Grail on November 30, 2016, 06:39:49 PM
I grabbed the first volume of the Blame re-release recently as well. Not a big fan of some of the translation choices, but from a visual standpoint, you can't deny that bigger is better in this case - the art looks amazing! :guts:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: residentgrigo on November 30, 2016, 11:39:36 PM
The recent Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel and The Secret History of Twin Peaks were my last reads. I also tried to figure out a few HTML5 + CSS3 books and then decided that my partner will continue do the coding for our university projects this and next semester. (Why do library science student have to learn how code... this has zero applications for my job.)
Next up is End of Watch by Stephen King. That man really regained his mojo after a decade of weird post car-crash nonsense.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: GiantSword Mufasa on December 02, 2016, 01:34:56 PM
So can we talk about Fire punch! I have only read a hand full of Manga (Berserk, Giganto Maxima, Vagabond) so my manga knowledge is limited, but im two chapters in and Fire punch is brutal. I really like it. Here is the  plot per the wiki page. "The world was turned by the "Ice Witch" into that of snow, starvation and madness. Freezing people naturally seeked flame. The "blessing" that was bestowed upon Agni, is it a hope or maybe a curse...?"
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Joe Chip on January 03, 2017, 10:20:03 AM
I recently finished my mandatory army training, 9 months of traveling around Greece and working as a dentist, so i wanted to read something about the army. I searched for sci fi books tha had a military element to them. I am between "The Forever War" and "Enders Game". I remember the later beeing recommended here all the time, so i might pick this up.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mangetsu on February 09, 2017, 05:25:13 PM
Started Ubik by Phillip K. Dick. Didn't read much of it till now, but i enjoyed what i read thus far.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on February 09, 2017, 05:32:09 PM
Started Ubik by Phillip K. Dick. Didn't read much of it till now, but i enjoyed what i read thus far.

It's a very strange, hallucinatory book (It's PK Dick afterall). I read it a few years back. There's nothing that will jump out at you as being influential for Berserk in it -- but there is arguably one very weak link in a single passage that's never really explained in the novel:

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"A grim, blue face with recessive eyes swam into focus, a mysterious countenance floating without neck or body. The eyes reminded him of flawed jewels; they shone but the faceting had gone wrong; the eyes scattered light in irregular directions."
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: m on February 10, 2017, 09:14:08 PM

I recently finished The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett. I can't say I'm familiar with the Discworld series in general, but I'm a big fan of Cohen the Barbarian. I'm now reading A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: brokenknight on March 14, 2017, 10:09:37 PM
Started Ubik by Phillip K. Dick. Didn't read much of it till now, but i enjoyed what i read thus far.

I am just over half way with this, what do you think of it?

As Walter said not much in the way of connections but I am finding it a very interesting read.

After that I will be going through all the GH books, probably Slan next then Void. I tried listening to it as a book on tape but there was way to much going on attention wise for me to be able to even try and drive and listen to it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on March 14, 2017, 10:20:03 PM
After that I will be going through all the GH books, probably Slan next then Void. I tried listening to it as a book on tape but there was way to much going on attention wise for me to be able to even try and drive and listen to it.

It's frankly unwarranted to refer to any of these novels as "GH books". Miura just named a few characters in homage of famous Sci-Fi works, but there's not much more to it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: brokenknight on March 15, 2017, 09:47:17 PM
It's frankly unwarranted to refer to any of these novels as "GH books". Miura just named a few characters in homage of famous Sci-Fi works, but there's not much more to it.


Fair enough, Still worth the read though.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on March 15, 2017, 10:26:32 PM
Fair enough, Still worth the read though.

Of course, Slan and Ubik are Sci-Fi classics and should be read by anyone interested in the genre.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Sareth on March 16, 2017, 10:39:25 AM
Started reading Vagabond. It's pretty cool.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on April 14, 2017, 07:42:24 PM
Finished reading Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth and started reading No god but God, both by Reza Aslan.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Sancho on April 14, 2017, 10:32:42 PM
I'm re-reading Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny. A Sci-Fi classic set in the future and in another planet where the first colonialists, come from Earth, used technology to elevate themselves to the status of deities, other than having immense destruction powers they can also transfer their mind to other bodies when their own becomes old, they can even create whatever body they want, achieving thus immortality.

The planet, which is habitable for humans, thousands of years after their arrive, is inhabitated by their descendants, who however have been kept completely oblivious of the truth and their origins, as well as not possessing any form of primitive technology, and praising their "gods" as if they were real and genuine deities. Each of the First took the title of a deity from Hinduism (like Bhrama, Vishnu, Shiva....) and they live their life of indulgence and vices in their city on "Heaven". The main character is one of the First, who at a certain point in the past rebeled to them and abandoned his place in order to battle the "gods" and spread the knowledge of their technology to everyone on the planet.

I like it particularly because, as the author said, it can be read both as a Sci-Fi or as a Fantasy novel. The First colonialists have created a world which emulates the features of the Hinduism religion, like reincarnation, the difference is that they can actually make it happens thanks to their technology! People of the lower classes, who believes the gods are real gods, are reincarnated in high status people if they worshipped and paid enough tributes to the gods. The more they pay, the more their "karma" increase.

Overall i think this jewel of Sci-Fi should be read only if you possess a basic knowledge of Hinduism, you can enjoy it even if you know nothing of it, but you're not really going to appreciate it fully as you would if you could get all the analogies between the technological Sci-Fi characteristics and the deities as well as the metaphysical concepts of hinduism.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Skeleton on April 15, 2017, 01:47:12 AM
Finished reading Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth and started reading No god but God, both by Reza Aslan.

What did you think of Zealot? I enjoyed No god But God.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on April 15, 2017, 02:09:30 PM
I enjoyed it a lot. I thought Aslan did a great job of simplifying a lot of complicated material and research into a coherent narrative.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Skeleton on April 15, 2017, 10:25:31 PM
I'll have to read it then.  Being fascinated by the historical Jesus, I was excited about the book when it first came out but decided to wait for the paperback edition.  And then I completely forgot about it altogether.  :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tabris on April 17, 2017, 01:35:54 PM
Just finished all around the same time

End of Eternity
RE:Zero Volume 3
Spice & Wolf Volume 2
Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1-4

Now veering away from manga and light novels to a book called One Second After my friend recommended me to read. I'm sure it'll be awesome.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: residentgrigo on May 10, 2017, 08:59:30 PM
Thrawn by Timothy Zahn. It´s his best book and the 2nd best new canon Star Wars novel after Tarkin. The quality difference with most of the new stuff and all that de-canonized Legacy rubbish is night and day. The no nonsense military narratives in my 2 recommendations even reminded me of Robert A. Heinlein. The highest prase i can give and books are my job.
Just stay away from the often ridiculed Aftermath trilogy, as even i didn´t bother with slogging though all of that (canonically important) mess, and go for one with the most appealing dust cover blurb.
You will likely pick a winner and the Marvel comic line is another keeper. Especially art wise. Well done Disney, you brought balance to the force!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Death May Die on May 28, 2017, 10:20:15 AM
Recently discovered Metabarons and The Incal by Alexandro Jodorowsky. (Filmmaker of El Topo, Holy Mountain) And holy shit, where has this been all of my life! It's pretty savage, if I could see Berserk fan's apprecaiting the stunning art and story. I sometimes get a H.R. Giger feel from it, which makes sense as these two were suppose create a 14+ hour DUNE movie together. I really opened a can of worms on this one for personally, it really made my day.  I don't know how this one went over my head for so long as a filmmaker I loved and studied Alexandro Jodorowsky's films for more than a decade. I never heard he was into novel and comic book writing.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Aazealh on May 28, 2017, 10:33:32 AM
Recently discovered Metabarons and The Incal by Alexandro Jodorowsky.

The Incal is great and a must-read but personally I would not recommend The Metabarons.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on June 09, 2017, 01:46:26 PM
I've been reading the Legend of Galactic Heroes novels, which have been released (finally) over the course of the past year. For the uninitiated, LoGH is a sci-fi known primarily for its 100+ episode animated series (OVA) that ran from the late 80s-early 90s. The OVAs are based on a series of five novels from the 80s.

I'm two books in right now, and in many ways I like these books even more than the OVAs-- which is quite a lot. The Kindle editions are $9 each. So for those who have already enjoyed the animation, I'd say buying these is seriously a no-brainer. Though it's hard for me to say though whether going in cold -- novels first -- would be the best way to experience the story. I think seeing the character and ship designs of the OVAs first helps make things easier to follow, overall.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on June 27, 2017, 03:53:49 PM
I finished reading Children of the Night and No god but God and started reading Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Kaladin on June 27, 2017, 06:37:52 PM
I've been reading the Legend of Galactic Heroes novels, which have been released (finally) over the course of the past year. For the uninitiated, LoGH is a sci-fi known primarily for its 100+ episode animated series (OVA) that ran from the late 80s-early 90s. The OVAs are based on a series of five novels from the 80s.

I'm two books in right now, and in many ways I like these books even more than the OVAs-- which is quite a lot. The Kindle editions are $9 each. So for those who have already enjoyed the animation, I'd say buying these is seriously a no-brainer. Though it's hard for me to say though whether going in cold -- novels first -- would be the best way to experience the story. I think seeing the character and ship designs of the OVAs first helps make things easier to follow, overall.

I'm half way through the OVA series and i love it, it only gets better and better. I'm curious, how do you like the english translation/adaptation from VIZ? I know that there is probably no way to check the accuracy but how do you feel about the release itself?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on June 28, 2017, 01:09:16 AM
I'm half way through the OVA series and i love it, it only gets better and better. I'm curious, how do you like the english translation/adaptation from VIZ? I know that there is probably no way to check the accuracy but how do you feel about the release itself?

I'd call it a little unbalanced, overall. The dialogue sometimes feels unnatural, which could be the fault of the writer, but then there are these portions where the translators clearly got to play a bit with the similes used to describe the destruction of space warfare. I like that stuff, even if it's almost predictable at times.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tabris on June 29, 2017, 04:45:57 PM
Currently reading RE:Zero volume 4

Finished:
One Second After
Spice & Wolf Vol 3
Dragonlance: War of the Twins
Grimgar of Fantasy & Ash Vol 1
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on July 18, 2017, 08:22:55 PM
Finished reading Frankenstein and Who Goes There? (for those who are unaware, this is the short story John Carpenter's The Thing was based on).

Right now, I'm in the middle of reading The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. :void:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: XionHorsey on July 19, 2017, 01:38:09 AM
The Darkness that Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker! The Prince of Nothing series and I am LOVING it!!1 I actually found it through this site when someone mentioned it with some comparisons. I finally started reading it when my hard drive failed, leaving me without a comp.

Maybe things happen for a reason. ;)

Some of the characters remind me of Berserk characters.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: m on August 26, 2017, 10:12:31 AM

I recently finished A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay. I don't know if I had too high expectations going in but I was disappointed.  :sad:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: XionHorsey on August 26, 2017, 08:22:49 PM
Current still reading the "Prince of Nothing Series", actually called the Second Apocalypse. I'm the Aspect Emperor Book 2: White Luck Warrior. I love this series, warts and all.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tabris on August 29, 2017, 01:46:16 PM
Reading Tokyo Ghoul Vol 11 atm.

Finished:
Grimgar of Fantasy & Ash Vol 2
Spice & Wolf Vol 4
Re:Zero Vol 4
Knights of Sidonia Vol 1 and 2
In The Garden of the Beasts
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: XionHorsey on September 19, 2017, 12:47:59 AM
I am now on the Unholy Consult, the final book for the Second Apocalypse.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Warrior-Prophet on September 19, 2017, 05:38:14 PM
I am now on the Unholy Consult, the final book for the Second Apocalypse.

That's not quite true. It's the last published book in TSA as of right now. But there will be a third series that Bakker is working on currently.

When Bakker was first developing this world when he was in college, the conclusion of The Unholy Consult was where he had envisioned ending his pipe dream of a sprawling, dense, esoteric fantasy epic. That was in the late 80s. But there are interviews as early as 2004 where he talks about developing a trilogy, and then each book in The Second Apocalpyse morphing into its own subseries. The Aspect-Emepror is only Act 2.

It's amusing XionHorsey, because I got into Berserk talking with a friend about series that we were quite fond of and I was struck by how similar Miura's story sounded to Bakker. I've been a fan of the latter's series since 2010. There is a nice symmetry between Kellhus:Achamian:Esmenet and Griffith:Guts:Casca.

Though Kellhus could destroy Griffith without blinking an eye. :slan:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: XionHorsey on September 21, 2017, 09:53:50 PM
Oh yea, you're right. The Third one is supposed to be the No God. I'm about 20% complete with the Unholy Consult.

Speaking of Berserk, I found out about Bakker ON THIS VERY FORUM when someone made some comparisons! LOL!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: XionHorsey on September 27, 2017, 06:06:56 PM
LOL! I actually ended up rage quitting the Unholy Consult and will now the starting the Malazan series.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Warrior-Prophet on September 27, 2017, 06:46:25 PM
LOL! I actually ended up rage quitting the Unholy Consult and will now the starting the Malazan series.

From what exactly if I may ask? Just curious what compels someone to go from loving a series to rage-quitting over the span of one book. I myself feel rather mixed on this novel, but the actual text, story beats, tone or thematic exigencies weren't anything different than what I would expect of Bakker.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: XionHorsey on September 27, 2017, 08:14:21 PM
Overall, I LOVE the series. I have no regrets getting into it and highly recommend it. TBH, I rage quit for reasons that had nothing to do with the overall quality and everything to do with my own biased/arbitrary reasons.

It had to do with The death of Proyas and the way it happened and when I found out what happens afterward, I saw no reason to continue. Other characters were either no longer compelling enough or never were for me to go on.

I read the ending though and tbh, I LOVED that.

FTR, he's the only author ever who got me to "tap out/rage quit". In other cases, I just lose interest/bored. Not this case. The rule of the slog is "no weepers" and I wept a great deal.

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Warrior-Prophet on September 29, 2017, 12:00:19 AM
Overall, I LOVE the series. I have no regrets getting into it and highly recommend it. TBH, I rage quit for reasons that had nothing to do with the overall quality and everything to do with my own biased/arbitrary reasons.

It had to do with The death of Proyas and the way it happened and when I found out what happens afterward, I saw no reason to continue. Other characters were either no longer compelling enough or never were for me to go on.

I read the ending though and tbh, I LOVED that.

FTR, he's the only author ever who got me to "tap out/rage quit". In other cases, I just lose interest/bored. Not this case. The rule of the slog is "no weepers" and I wept a great deal.

Really?—Interesting. So are you just talking about Kellhus making Proyas the scapegoat for the Cannibal Ordeal, hanging him on the Arobindant to die of exposure or are you talking about his actual death scene, the reunion with Cnaiur and then the mercy killing from Moenghus?

I think it's a fitting end, as much as like Proyas. As much I can like any of Bakker's characters. He was the number two of the Antichrist basically, Proyas had presided over the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people during the Unification Wars. The Sack of Sarneveh, the Purge of Mongilea etc. etc. All these cruelties and evils committed for the Greater Good: defeating the Consult and saving mankind. I think it's resonant to finally be at the threshold of ending all this misery, to be literally within sprinting distance of Golgotterath, and for Kellhus to finally sacrifice Proyas himself all for the greater good.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: XionHorsey on October 05, 2017, 12:44:46 AM
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Really?—Interesting. So are you just talking about Kellhus making Proyas the scapegoat for the Cannibal Ordeal, hanging him on the Arobindant to die of exposure or are you talking about his actual death scene, the reunion with Cnaiur and then the mercy killing from Moenghus?

Pretty much all of it.  I read up to the point to where he was kicked down and left hanging. Beyond that, I looked for spoilers and boy did I find them. Like I said, I saw no reason to continue.

I'm aware of what Proyas was involved in, but I also remember that he would negotiate surrenders only for Saubon to be the one killing every one. My anger had a lot to do with the WAY it happened and the fact that his downfall was set up. I felt like it was just subversive for the sake of being subversive. I really believe that there could have been alternatives.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Menosgade on October 05, 2017, 11:36:08 AM
I'm currently reading Dracula. No doubt why it's considered a classic - it's very well crafted. The first part is specially good and intriguing, when the birttish lawyer, wich I forgot the name, is sent to the Dracula castle and writes his daily notes.

Definitively berserk-inspired.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Warrior-Prophet on October 10, 2017, 03:35:04 AM
Pretty much all of it.  I read up to the point to where he was kicked down and left hanging. Beyond that, I looked for spoilers and boy did I find them. Like I said, I saw no reason to continue.

I'm aware of what Proyas was involved in, but I also remember that he would negotiate surrenders only for Saubon to be the one killing every one. My anger had a lot to do with the WAY it happened and the fact that his downfall was set up. I felt like it was just subversive for the sake of being subversive. I really believe that there could have been alternatives.

I'm not going to bother spoiler-texting anything. As much as I love this series, no one reads it, so no one will particularly care.

The only kind of epistemic revolt I had with the series on that level was when Nil'giccas died. A sense of simply: this is not what is supposed to happen. He's the rightful King of Ishterebinth, he needs to go back and oust all the toadies that are serving the Consult. Unite the Intact and the Wayward and with Cil'culiccas at his side ride out for one last confrontation with the Consult. But that doesn't happen. He gets accidentally killed by Achamian by a tier-1 spell, screaming about how he will wring a last drop of anguish out of the world. I was so pissed about how pathetically and anticlimactically things concluded in Sauglish, and then finding Ishual destroyed. I thought I was done with the series too. But it was a five year wait until The Great Ordeal and after that long time the more and more I thought about the series the more respect I had for Bakker's creative decisions.

Proyas may be dead man walking, but he still has three very powerful scenes left in the book. And the great confrontation/reunion between Kellhus and Achamian after all these years comes down to an argument about the fate of Proyas.  Idk. I'm arguing a sunk ship fallacy, but I don't think you read three-thousand pages whilst loving a series then tap out over the fate of a beloved character. I think it's kind of a disservice to all that Bakker has crafted, all the complex themes and ideas he has been grappling with.  And c'mon, the Battle of Golgotterath is probably the greatest fictional battle sequence ever committed to page, it can't be understood by reading some recap after the fact, it must be experienced.

I have no power to make you do absolutely anything XionHorsey, but I would say: go cleanse your palate with Malazan, takes as many months as off from Bakker as you need, but you really should finish out this series.

Malazan is a series I feel mixed about. I like Erikson commitment to creating a truly alien and bafflingly complex world, but it just gets so overwhelming. His main series is 10 books, I tapped out about halfway through Midnight Tides, book 5. Then Ian C. Esselmont's (the co-creator of the setting who is usually referred to as "ICE" in fan parlance) series is like 6 books and counting. Erikson is now working on a prequel trilogy about all the Tiste(Elf) races and he has the Bauchelain and Korbal Broach novels on the side in the same world. It's... just so much stuff to read. Keep me informed on your Gardens of the Moon progress though, I'm sure it'll be interesting.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Joe Chip on October 10, 2017, 10:50:18 AM
I've been reading The Expance, really good sci fi books. I'm currently on the third book.
The season 1 of the TV series adaptation is pretty faithful to the books (havent watched the second season)
If you liked the TV series, like me, you will love the Books.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Walter on October 23, 2017, 06:30:42 PM
Soon will be reading this! https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/10/16/preview-random-houses-35th-anniversary-complete-akira-right-left/

It's the 6 big Akira volumes, hardcover, with a new translation. It also comes with an artbook featuring all the official colored art. It's up on Amazon for $135 (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/1632364611/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER) if anyone else is interested.

I can only dream that one day Berserk will get a similar treatment... How many vols would it take though? Maybe it should just be sold as a bookshelf  :magni:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Rhombaad on October 23, 2017, 08:58:32 PM
I'm taking a break from Lovecraft and reading Carrie. It's pretty good so far. I saw the De Palma movie as a teenager, so I know what's going to happen, but it's really well written.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JMP on November 07, 2017, 10:07:59 PM
I finished reading Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson. It was entertaining and it kept me reading even though I didn't have much time/energy, which I think says a lot for it. The characters were pretty good. It felt like they could have been fleshed out more, but it was sufficient to get me to give a fuck about what happened to them. This book provides some interesting insights into the First Order, including things I'm sure you've been dying to know, like General Hux's taste in interior décor and loungewear. Well, look no further, my friends. :carcus: Phasma's backstory is explored. Her decision to bring the shields down on the Starkiller base when threatened with her life makes more sense to me now, which I had hoped. While I can't say it's great, I enjoyed reading this book and I dig that chromium armor! :ubik:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: XionHorsey on November 15, 2017, 01:02:31 AM
Gardens of the Moon. Am 80% complete. So interesting and it picks up after awhile.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Death May Die on November 21, 2017, 07:20:12 PM
Holy shit no way! This breaks my heart and pisses me off.

https://animemojo.com/shonen/rurouni_kenshin/rurouni-kenshin-manga-creator-arrested-for-child-pornography-manga-goes-on-indefinite-hiatus-a3558 (https://animemojo.com/shonen/rurouni_kenshin/rurouni-kenshin-manga-creator-arrested-for-child-pornography-manga-goes-on-indefinite-hiatus-a3558)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: NightCrawler on November 27, 2017, 09:15:35 AM
Holy shit no way! This breaks my heart and pisses me off.

https://animemojo.com/shonen/rurouni_kenshin/rurouni-kenshin-manga-creator-arrested-for-child-pornography-manga-goes-on-indefinite-hiatus-a3558 (https://animemojo.com/shonen/rurouni_kenshin/rurouni-kenshin-manga-creator-arrested-for-child-pornography-manga-goes-on-indefinite-hiatus-a3558)

"Possession of child pornography didn't become illegal in Japan until July 2015."  :???:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: XionHorsey on December 01, 2017, 03:14:59 PM
Finished Gardens of the moon. Here are my Tumblr reactions: https://divinesong.tumblr.com/tagged/gardens-of-the-moon

Now moving on to DeadHouse Gates.