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

Postby Narsil » Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:30 pm UTC

I'm currently reading Weaveworld, by Clive Barker. It's turgid and overwritten, but I need some trash. Or my brain she will be asplode. Besides, if I just read postmodern literature all the time I'd be a massive pompous douche. My favorite zero-literary-content books though are Alastair Reynolds. Cheesy actiony space opera and it's sooo good.
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Postby neelakantankk » Sun Aug 10, 2008 6:30 pm UTC

Short Stories of Kafka

I read them once when I was 15. Totally flew over my head. Now I can understand a bit.

The Outsider by Albert Camus.
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Postby MShades » Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:47 am UTC

Previously: The River Where America Began by Bob Deans. Good if you're interested in an overview of the Virgina colonies.

Currently: The First Book of Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber. I have a feeling that I should have read this when I was about thirteen. I've been on it for a week, and I'm only up to page 107. For someone who can plow through several hundred pages a day, this indicates a definite lack of interest.

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Postby JayDee » Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:08 am UTC

MShades wrote:Currently: The First Book of Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber. I have a feeling that I should have read this when I was about thirteen. I've been on it for a week, and I'm only up to page 107. For someone who can plow through several hundred pages a day, this indicates a definite lack of interest.

I read it only recently also, and I found that I would put it down for a while after each story. Each story would be read in one sitting, but then I wouldn't pick it up for a while. I kinda felt the same way as you at first.

Now I have to find the Second Book of Lankhmar, or The Swords of Lankhmar and Swords and Ice Magic separate, so I can read more.
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Postby Narsil » Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:38 pm UTC

I just finished Clive Barker's Weaveworld, and damn that was amazing. I went into it expecting pulp fantasy and it was so much more. I'm totally going to get the rest of his stuff sometime. At the very least Imajica and the Art books.
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Postby Alder » Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:38 am UTC

Reading the second half of Simon Singh's The Code Book, taking it up where my brain fritzed out the first time... :roll:
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Postby Jessica » Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:33 pm UTC

Finished microserfs.
It was boring and has no plot.
I don't know why I finished it.

Finished storm watch (dresden 1).
Pulpy goodness.

Didn't finish never the bride. Figured out the "twist" on page 35 I think. Stopped reading after the first story.

I think wicked's next on the list. I also have Fool moon to read, and I'm about half way through twilight.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Joker316 » Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:24 am UTC

Well I just started to re-read Homeland by R.A Salvatore. It's one of the books, and series I can read again, and again.

I just completed "The Corean Chronicals" series, by L. E. Modesitt Jr. a few days ago, it consists of 6 books, in order

Legacies
Darkness
Scepters
Alector's Choice
Cadmian's Choice
Soarer's Choice

They are Very good books, and I'd recomend that anyone read them

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

Postby McCaber » Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:09 pm UTC

This year I have 2 major plans for reading. First comes the Golden Bough. I've read the first book and it's interesting if anything. It comes highly recommended, and so far it lives up to it.

Also up for this year: Discworld. I just finished Colour of Magic and Light Fantastic. I give myself three months before I've finished the last book.
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Postby IronyandParadox » Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:14 pm UTC

I'm currently reading "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks, the lady who wrote "March" and "Year of Wonders." It was...well, I like it, but it's not one of my favorite books in the world so far. It's reminded me of some history that I needed to learn about, though. =) That lady is admittedly WONDERFUL at writing historical fiction. Also, (one of) the main character(s) is an old manuscript. How much better does it get? =D

Also, "Macbeth" because I've never read it and feel all illiterate... Also, my little sister is currently beating me in our read-lotsa-shakespeare competition, and I can't let her do that!
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Postby lesliesage » Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:54 pm UTC

IronyandParadox wrote:Also, "Macbeth" because I've never read it and feel all illiterate... Also, my little sister is currently beating me in our read-lotsa-shakespeare competition, and I can't let her do that!

Forsooth- I as we speak read Hamlet notes, As just Monday I saw it in the round, And found alarming how much slid right past, 'Twixt "o'ers" and the "softs" of ancient tongues.

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

Postby Mercurius » Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:29 am UTC

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi, and The Rise and Fall of the Nation-State by Martin van Creveld.

The former is essentially the Art of War applied to the individual level, and an old favourite of mine. Its one of those books you can go back and read again and again and take something new from it. The latter is a broad history of social organization, from hunter-gatherer tribes up to the present, covering along the way a good deal of European history about the struggles between monarchs, the nobility, towns and the Churches. A really good read.
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Postby thelibrarian » Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:12 pm UTC

McCaber wrote:Also up for this year: Discworld. I just finished Colour of Magic and Light Fantastic. I give myself three months before I've finished the last book.


^^^ I've also been reading the Discworld books, *is on Thud! now*

and when I finish the Discworld I've got The Winter of the World trilogy (The Anvil of Ice, Forge in the Forest and Hammer of the Sun) by Michael Scott Rohan
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Postby McCaber » Sun Sep 14, 2008 9:19 pm UTC

In that note, Equal Rites has just been finished. So enjoyable.
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Postby JayDee » Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:26 am UTC

Wow, is it really two months since I finished Dracula? I haven't started on a new book since, although I've been having fun reading poetry. Finally decided to wander through Shakespeare's Sonnets.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby eternal luna » Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:43 am UTC

Sartre's Nausea, mostly because I thought that it might make more sense in the state I'm in now. Simultaneously, I'm plowing through the collected works of Oscar Wilde, but I don't think I can do it anymore- his style just irks me.
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Postby DarkKnightJared » Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:57 pm UTC

In-between Bram Stoker's Dracula for my Lit & Film class and The Last Days of Krypton by Kevin J. Anderson.

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Postby carbohydrated » Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:58 pm UTC

Right now I'm going through Haruki Murakami's Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, which is a collection of short stories by him. I've gone through 5 of them now and I loved them all, Murakami's writing is amazing. The stories are short and simple, but somehow they feel magical when you're reading them. Also, I adore short stories more than anything else in the world.

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Postby Jessica » Thu Sep 18, 2008 6:51 pm UTC

Finished supervillainz. Still reading - wicked, twilight. And a few others that I've stopped.

Supervillainz was... good at times, awesome at other times, and depressing as well. I don't think it was "bad". There were some parts that made me really sad, because I empathized with the secondary protagonist (the Mtf).

The end was really depressing. A real low point. Which is unfortunate.

I couldn't keep reading at parts, because it hit really close to home.

But, well, that's me. You may or may not like it like I did, as you may not have the same empathic connection to the characters. But they were writen well.
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Postby wery67564 » Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:51 am UTC

Previous - American Pastoral by Philip Roth

Now - Anathem by Neal Stephenson (Halfway through it and have to stop because it is getting hard for my eyees to keep focused, its fracking good.)

Next - Jihad (don't know authors name...but its about the modern creation of millitant islam sects, reckoned i need to step out of the fiction world for a second...)
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Postby neelakantankk » Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:31 pm UTC

Previous - Utopia :: Sir Thomas More. Some of it is really interesting. Like the bit where he describes the Utopians system of having no money. Some, not so much.

Currently - Essays by Francis Bacon - Shakespeare's Sonnets.
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Postby MaybeAndroid » Sat Sep 20, 2008 4:06 pm UTC

I'm currently reading Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut. I'd read it before, when I was about 14, and I remember loving it, but almost nothing else about the book. So I decided to reread it, and I still love it.
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Postby pollywog » Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:53 pm UTC

Island by Aldous Huxley, and Lolita by Vladimir Nabokav.

Also, Good News for a Change by David Suzuki and Holly Dressel, but I have to return that to the library about 3 weeks ago, and it's gonna cost me.
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Postby Sebeka2 » Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:16 am UTC

I'm on a Jane Austen kick right now.
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Postby icanus » Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:38 pm UTC

just finished Terry Pratchett's latest, Nation. IMO, one of his best, though a bit more serious in tone than the Discworld series (which isn't to say there's not plenty of comedy, just that there's some pretty serious stuff in there too)

Just starting on James Clavell's King Rat (re-reading, but the first time was nearly a decade ago, so I can't remember too much of it)

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Postby <(bLYaUn)> » Sat Sep 27, 2008 2:11 am UTC

Nearly finished with Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. Overall, it has been really enjoyable. Heinlein's style doesn't focus as much on the hard sci-fi, but his character development is much better compared to Asimov's. After that I have GEB, Foundations Edge, and Neuromancer on my list of books to read.

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Postby Balsamic » Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:19 am UTC

I finished reading Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four this morning. I have read it before, but it has been many years. I'm now a few pages into The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

eternal luna wrote:I'm plowing through the collected works of Oscar Wilde, but I don't think I can do it anymore- his style just irks me.

It remains to be seen how I will respond to his work, but I do hope it is more favourably.

I haven't made a particular decision to return to the 'classics,' however as the books I've read lately have been more contemporary (Oryx and Crake, Life of Pi, The Undercover Economist, The Last Lecture and The Areas of My Expertise [in both printed and audio format for Jonathan Coulton's musical contributions]) it is a pleasant diversion.

As an afterthought, in the past couple of months I've also read Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen. This was by my Mum's suggestion and... let's just say I'll be second guessing any suggestions she gives me from now on :|
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Postby raptor.fortress » Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:21 am UTC

brave new world. I think that makes it an even dozen.


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Postby Darryl » Mon Sep 29, 2008 3:18 pm UTC

Currently: Timequake - Kurt Vonnegut
Next up: Catch-22 (about time I got around to reading this).
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Postby Narsil » Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:26 am UTC

Somehow, I've gotten into this epic horror addiction, and I cleared out my Half-Price Books' supply of Clive Barker novels, and am now searching for Swan Song and Carrion Comfort, both 1,000 page horror novels in the same vein.

Currently reading Everville, the sequel to The Great and Secret Show, and it's some good stuff. It doesn't shut my brain off entirely, but at the same time it's more pleasurable than say, Against the Day. I need three weeks locked in a padded room without the outside world to fully enjoy that monster.
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Postby DarkKnightJared » Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:52 am UTC

A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess--words there make me go "huh?" but I'm enjoying it so far. 8)

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Postby Pit » Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:55 pm UTC

Re-reading Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri in a modern translation (<3 Dante). And reading Through the looking glass from Lewis Carroll. I have a thing for classics and the likes. I've always been meaning to read it after I read Alice in Wonderland, but I never got around to it till now. :)
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Postby Aequitas » Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:14 pm UTC

Reading Greens Mars, the 2nd book of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy. Setting is 20-100 years in future (depending on where you're reading) as humanity struggles to colonize and terraform Mars over several generations. It has great drama and politics, and Robinson knows how to write perspective better than anybody else I've read short of Robert Jordan. There is a lot of real science discussed in the book, so you may find yourself getting bored if you're not interested in the science necessary to terraform a planet. Highly recommended.

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Postby The Spherical Cow » Sat Oct 04, 2008 4:49 pm UTC

Just finished The myth of Sisyphus by Camus. I like it, but I think I'm gonna have to read through it again to get a proper grip on it.

I've now started on Crash by JG Ballard, which is looking pretty good so far.

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Postby Whispering » Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:30 am UTC

Dance of Time by Eric Flint. If you like alternate history drop everything and go buy all of the Belisarius series right now you will thank me.
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Postby MotorToad » Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:34 am UTC

The Spherical Cow wrote:Just finished The myth of Sisyphus by Camus. I like it, but I think I'm gonna have to read through it again to get a proper grip on it.

That's the worst thing about the book, once you finish it you just have to start over.
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Postby MysticalChicken » Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:29 am UTC

Currently reading The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. It's my first Dickens, and I'm not counting A Christmas Carol because every single person on the face of the planet owns that book, or has read it, or has at least seen the Disney cartoon adaptation with Scrooge McDuck and Mickey Mouse. Anyway, Pickwick. The edition I bought has 832 pages, so if I finish it, it'll be the longest book I've ever read (I think...). I think I'll probably finish it. It's rather amusing. Not laugh-out-loud funny, but I'm finding myself grinning a lot. It seems to "flow" easily as well.

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Postby DarkKnightJared » Sun Oct 12, 2008 7:12 pm UTC

Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk. The characters feel different from the movie (which I loved), which is kinda jarring, but otherwise pretty good so far.

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Postby Flying Betty » Wed Oct 15, 2008 3:12 am UTC

I needed some comfort reading, so I went back to Tamora Pierce. So I reread the Keladry set last weekend and am wishing that my Alanna books weren't still in Florida. I also really need to suck it up and go pay the library lots of money (damn overdue fees) since there's a bunch of books that just came out that I *need* to read. (Nation, Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, Anathem, new Diana Wynne Jones book...)
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