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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #650 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

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #651 on: August 05, 2015, 02:07:03 PM »
I finished reading The Subtle Knife. Now it's on to The Amber Spyglass!

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #652 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.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #653 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.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #654 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.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #655 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:
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #656 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.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #657 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).

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #658 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.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #659 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.

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« Reply #660 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.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #661 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? :???:

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #662 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
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #663 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.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #664 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.

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« Reply #665 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.

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« Reply #666 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.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #667 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.

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« Reply #668 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.
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« Reply #669 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.

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« Reply #670 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.
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« Reply #671 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.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #672 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?
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« Reply #673 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!
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« Reply #674 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.