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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Rodan » Sat Dec 08, 2007 5:23 pm UTC

Right now I'm reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (thank you, Narsil)
I've got in a queue, Dune, Slaughter House Five, Crypto Nomicon, Adventures in the Screen Trade, and Ender's Shadow, and I mean to check out Neverwhere, Stardust, and the first Dark Tower book.

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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Narsil » Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:20 am UTC

Glad to be of service, Rodan.

I'm stalled at the beginning of Part 2 of Atlas Shrugged. I found the first part really good, actually, against the near unanimous hatred of the book.

I think one poster summed it up best, but I don't feel like hunting you down and ripping out your quote right now, so I think it went something along the lines of "Atlas Shrugged is basically a really long comic book for adults, except there's no pictures.". That's absolutely right. And everyone's super power is "Money". And the laws of science are given the same respect.
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Postby George Orr » Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:40 am UTC

Right now I've just finished reading Libra by Don DeLillo, and have moved on to The Names, by the same author. The guy writes way too fucking well for it even to be possible; although it's a little slow going, there are lines of such surpassing beauty that it's more than worth it. I'd like to thank Jesster for recommending DeLillo a while back. I don't think I'd have read his stuff otherwise.
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Postby thejdawg » Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:45 pm UTC

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I'm stalled at the beginning of Part 2 of Atlas Shrugged. I found the first part really good, actually, against the near unanimous hatred of the book.

Prepare for lots of Objectivist Rhetoric. In blocks. Large, large blocks.


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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby b.i.o » Thu Dec 13, 2007 8:10 am UTC

Narsil wrote:"Atlas Shrugged is basically a really long comic book for adults, except there's no pictures."



There's also ridiculously extended objectivist rants.

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Postby Ixca Cienfuegos » Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:04 pm UTC

I'm struggling with Doktor Faustus by Thomas Mann, which is easily the dullest book I've read since I gave up half way through The Bostonians by Henry James. But I feel I have to finish this one, given I did almost no other further reading for my class on Schoenberg.

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Postby bbctol » Fri Dec 14, 2007 4:38 am UTC

Lolita. And it's really good.

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Postby Cai » Sun Dec 16, 2007 2:39 pm UTC

I've started reading Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger. I finished the first part, Franny, and started Zooey. Franny was disappointingly short, because I actually really liked it a lot.
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Postby someguy » Sun Dec 16, 2007 2:45 pm UTC

The Kindness of Women, by James G. Ballard; I'm also taking a peek at Pantaleón y las visitadoras by Mario Vargas Llosa (Captain Pantoja and the Special Service in English, I believe.) Though I'll probably leave that one for when I'm done with the Ballard.
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Postby Aesar » Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:49 pm UTC

I never just read one book. ATM I read these:

Schismatrix by Bruce Sterling
Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong
Cryptanalysis by Helen Fouche Gaines

Mostly I read fiction (currently Schismatrix). But other times I more feel like reading something more political/learninglike
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Postby scowdich » Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:55 pm UTC

I just finished Lolita, and thought it was pretty okay; not one of my favorites, like Cryptonomicon or Catch-22. (Good Omens was also quite enjoyable)

I've just started The Count of Monte Cristo, based entirely on praise I've heard for it on this forum. Wish me luck finishing a 1200-page book before winter break is over.

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Postby bigglesworth » Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:31 pm UTC

Dawkins' collected sermons 'A Devil's Chaplain'
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Postby Lord Bob » Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:53 am UTC

I'm reading Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card. It's one of the best things I've read in a while. Can somebody tell me what the next book is in that series?
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Postby Hephesus » Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:26 am UTC

Lord Bob wrote:I'm reading Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card. It's one of the best things I've read in a while. Can somebody tell me what the next book is in that series?


Xenocide is the next book in the series.

I am currently reading The Road by Cormak McCarthy. It is a very bleak, depressing book, but it is also challenging and hard to put down.

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Postby d33p » Thu Dec 20, 2007 10:47 pm UTC

Hephesus wrote:I am currently reading The Road by Cormak McCarthy. It is a very bleak, depressing book, but it is also challenging and hard to put down.


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Postby NightStar » Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:45 pm UTC

I just finished A Sense of the World by Jason Roberts. It's a historical biography of a blind Englishman named James Holman who traveled around the globe, by himself, in the early 1800's. It was extremely well researched and held my attention easily; the way Holman's experiences intertwined with the important historical events of that era is really fascinating. He's certainly the most interesting historical figure I'd never heard of.
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Postby pieaholicx » Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:34 pm UTC

I've temporarily put aside 1984 in favor of Haunted. After that I'll probably read another Chuck Palahniuk novel, or Lois Lowry's The Giver and its two sequels.
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Postby aion7 » Sun Dec 30, 2007 4:00 am UTC

I'm currently reading Fight Club. It's disturbing, and extremely well written.

I don't suggest reading Messenger, pieaholicx. It manages to ruin the endings of both of the previous books. It's still a good book, but it's not worth it. It really diminishes the experience of The Giver and Gathering Blue. I'm serious. Don't read it.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Kabann » Sun Dec 30, 2007 8:17 am UTC

C.J. Cherryh's Cyteen, which I started to read a couple of years ago but set down, and I resolve to finish up this time.

Cherryh's one of my favorite science fiction authors, and her Alliance/Union universe books, even the ones with a space opera tone, don't disappoint - I never feel like my intelligence is being insulted.

Next up, more Cory Doctorow stories and Neuromancer by Gibson.
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Postby pieaholicx » Mon Dec 31, 2007 1:20 pm UTC

aion7 wrote:I don't suggest reading Messenger, pieaholicx. It manages to ruin the endings of both of the previous books. It's still a good book, but it's not worth it. It really diminishes the experience of The Giver and Gathering Blue. I'm serious. Don't read it.

Is it really that bad? If so, well...fuck.
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Postby bigglesworth » Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:01 pm UTC

Just finished Riddle of the Sands Pretty good book, apparently caused the Great War?
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Postby smurpleturtle » Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:31 am UTC

I'm reading Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being. I can already tell that it will be one of my favorite books :D

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Postby Marbas » Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:47 am UTC

Dhalgren, I'm currently loving it. It's pretty haunting for reasons I don't understand.

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Postby Eoin » Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:37 pm UTC

I'm currently reading "Assassin's Quest", the final installment in the Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb. My opinion of the trilogy so far: I started the first book on Saturday, so you can probably guess from there.

Next in line is "The World According To Garp", by John Irving. The only one of his books I've read so far is "The Cider House Rules", and I'm hoping this will be as good.

After that, a rather random collection of books that various people thought I might like for Christmas.

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Postby Narsil » Wed Jan 02, 2008 4:27 pm UTC

I am currently reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and it is fucking awesome. The line that made me fall in love with the book was "He often liked to talk about magic, and when he did no one could bear to listen to him.". From there I knew it was going to be something new.
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Postby Pirate.Bondage » Fri Jan 04, 2008 3:17 pm UTC

Right now I'm reading two books- one is Killer Dad by Robert Scott and the other is The Stalking of Kristen but I forgot the author's name. Both are true crime books <33
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Postby Zohar » Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:50 pm UTC

When I'm in the bathroom at home I read a book about a year an Israeli guy spent in London. Before bed and in general I'm reading Nemesis by Asimov. I put down a Philip K. Dick short story collection for it. At work when I go to the bathroom I read Olympos by Dan Simmons, though if I ever want to finish it I'll have to move it up the reading hierarchy. :-) Also, my brother just got me two comics I need to read...
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Postby newbeat » Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:59 pm UTC

Notes from a Dead House-Fydor Dee.

I'm enjoying it very much.
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Postby Upsilon » Sun Jan 06, 2008 6:16 pm UTC

I just finished reading I Am Legend. It was good.

I am now going to attempt, for the second time, to read The Fellowship of the Ring.

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Postby Narsil » Mon Jan 07, 2008 2:46 am UTC

Flog yourself if you have to. It's a damn good book.
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Postby sherbertfox » Mon Jan 07, 2008 3:33 am UTC

Hard Boiled Wonderland & The End Of The World - Haruki Murakami
Supernature - Lyall Watson
Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu
Perfume - Patrick Suskind
Computer Music Tutorial - Roads
John Kennedy Toole - A Confederacy of Dunces
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The Hobbit - Tolkien (reminds me of being little and my Dad reading it to me and my sister)
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Brighton Rock - Graham Greene
The Garden Of Forking Paths / Collected Fictions - Jorge Luis Borges
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That's the most recent, anyway......
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Postby TheAmazingRando » Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:16 am UTC

Murakami is excellent.

I'm working on Absolute Sandman Volume 2 at the moment. I'm trying to read it slowly to savor it, so the wait won't be so long for the third set, but I'm sure I'll finish it long before then.

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Postby sherbertfox » Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:23 am UTC

Yup, Murakami is awesome, inspiring as an inspirational thing. That book.... I wrote an EP to go with it. It didn't, but I tried.
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Postby l33t_sas » Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:56 am UTC

Books I've read in the last week or two:

The two Latro books by Gene Wolfe, they were pretty damn good, I'm going to have to read more of his stuff.

"Greetings Carbon-Based Bipeds" by Arthur Clarke. A collection of Arthur Clarke's Non-fiction writing. To be honest I only read about half of it, skipping the essays I wasn't interested. Ooh but there was one awesome quote I have to share. It's lifted verbatim by Clarke from his diary during the time he and Kubrick were brainstorming ideas for what would later become 2001: A Space Odyssey:

"Oct. 17. Stanley has invented the wild idea of slightly gay robots who create a Victorian environment to put our heroes at their ease"

If only that had been included in the movie, if only.

Quartet by George RR Martin. Four novellas, I read three of them, all very good. I wish he had finished Black, White and Red All Over.

The Dying of the Light by GRRM again. Fairly unremarkable, to be honest but I guess it was his first novel.

The Big U by Neal Stephenson. Written before he became famous, this novel satirizes college life. I loved it and we don't even have colleges here! (Also, I'm 16 but whatever) this book is made of awesome. The only other book I've read by him is Cryptonomicon and back then I didn't even understand it. Need to get my hands on Snow Crash and his other stuff.
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Postby George Orr » Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:49 pm UTC

TheAmazingRando wrote:Murakami is excellent.

I'm working on Absolute Sandman Volume 2 at the moment. I'm trying to read it slowly to savor it, so the wait won't be so long for the third set, but I'm sure I'll finish it long before then.

I'm reading Murakami's "A Wild Sheep Chase" right now. So far it hasn't been quite as good as Wind-up, Kafka, or Hard-boiled, but it's still pretty awesome. Any book with a sheep professor wins my approval.
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Postby tenohsix » Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:25 am UTC

@ George Orr: Slightly off-topic, but I just wanted to say after seeing your post in the favorite books thread, you are my hero for having the New York Trilogy on your list.

Anyway. I read Dance Dance Dance (the sequel to A Wild Sheep Chase, but I didn't find this out until afterwards) when I was home over winter break, and liked it a lot. I didn't get a chance to get more than a few pages into A Wild Sheep Chase, but it's definitely something I'd like to pick up again.

Some other recent reads:

Ella Minnow Pea (Mark Dunn) - "a progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable." It's a series of letters written between residents of a fictional island who are forced to stop using nearly all of the letters of the alphabet, one by one (a lipogram is any piece of writing that avoids the use of a particular letter). It was an intriguing trick, but not all that great as a novel.

Trader and The Onion Girl (Charles de Lint) - urban fantasy with a strong influence from Native American mythology. Comfort reading, really.

and I'm currently re-reading Frankenstein - a friend of mine is taking a class on science fiction this semester which I'm sitting in on, and this is the first book we're (they're?) reading.

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tenohsix wrote:Ella Minnow Pea (Mark Dunn) - "a progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable." It's a series of letters written between residents of a fictional island who are forced to stop using nearly all of the letters of the alphabet, one by one (a lipogram is any piece of writing that avoids the use of a particular letter). It was an intriguing trick, but not all that great as a novel.


I had to read that book for AP English Lit a few years ago. I thought it was clever enough, but the cleverness got stale. It was based solely on a literary quirk, the rest was heavy-handed allegory and paper-thin characters. Fun to write for a linguist, I'm sure, not so fun to read.

I'm also reading A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which I picked up after discovering that my university library has almost every book imaginable. Many more will surely follow.

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Postby The Spherical Cow » Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:47 pm UTC

I got a few books for Christmas which I read through -

"The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat" by Oliver Sacks. This was pretty fascinating, and avoided just being a freak-show, which it so easily could have been. He writes about the different cases with such affection and manages to get to the person caught in the whole mess of their own minds.

"Generation X" by Douglas Coupland. Pretty good, although I wasn't too keen on the ending.

"Tricks of the Mind" by Derren Brown. This was interesting, and he's fairly amusing too. Good chapters on memory techniques, and a low-level discussion of hypnosis. A really good section of pseudoscience too.

I'm just starting "The Battle for Spain" by Antony Beevor which, if his other books are anything to go by, should make for an interesting and enjoyable read.

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Postby theamberkey » Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:12 pm UTC

Narsil wrote:I am currently reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and it is fucking awesome. The line that made me fall in love with the book was "He often liked to talk about magic, and when he did no one could bear to listen to him.". From there I knew it was going to be something new.


YES!

It actually took me two tries to get into it, but once I did I couldn't put it down.


I have a love/hate relationship with The Wheel of Time. I no longer count myself a big fan of the series, and haven't for years now. I didn't bother reading the newest book when it came out, and Robert Jordan's death, while saddening, didn't make me think "Oh me yarm! WUT ABOUT THE LAST BOOK?!?!" But every once in a while, I decide to read the series again. From the beginning. Ugh. Why do I do this to myself?

So I've gotten through New Spring, Eye of the World, and partway through The Great Hunt in about two days.

On standstill during my wildfire obsession is Romance of the Three Kingdoms (translated into English, my Chinese is horrid).
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Postby 1hitcombo » Wed Jan 09, 2008 12:15 am UTC

wow a lot of Ender series even just on this last page.

I'm also rereading Ender's game, but losing motivation after finishing the chapter "Bonzo," which inspired me to reread it in the first place.

Also reading Watchmen. Unsure how I feel about the book excerpts at the end of each chapter. Annoyed because I read comics for pictures with words and not just words. Happy because it's another mark of the book's incredible depth.


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