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Title: What are you reading?
Post by: Lord Wilmore on October 31, 2009, 03:14:07 PM
Fairly straightforward! I've just finished The Final Bet by Abdelilah Hamdouchi, and I'm now reading The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. I'm also reading Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes in the background.
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Post by: Proleg on October 31, 2009, 03:37:53 PM
The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on October 31, 2009, 03:48:46 PM
The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud

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Post by: Benjamin Franklin on October 31, 2009, 04:06:01 PM
1984 By George Orwell, then I plan to read a few Discworld books.
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Post by: The Terror on October 31, 2009, 04:08:32 PM
Drood, by Dan Simmons
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Post by: grogberries on November 01, 2009, 11:50:32 AM
I just did Walden and I was satisfied with it.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on November 01, 2009, 11:57:56 AM
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - Douglas Adams
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Post by: Robert Palmer on November 02, 2009, 01:22:34 AM
I've met Margaret Atwood.

Pretentious twit. Ever seen an 'artiste-as-presented-by-fiction'?

Yeah, that's her. Incredibly self-involved. And that's just too much time not devoted to my own true self for any real enjoyment, so **** her, the dozy ****.

Seriously, though, she's something Tom Clancy would invent to degrade the left by example.

Anyways, right now I'm reading: a Patrick O'Brian (The Nutmeg of Consolation, no less, which has to be on the top 10 titles of all time), John Elting's 'Swords Around a Throne, Geraldine Brooks' People of the Book, some Plutarch and I've a Wodehouse stashed in the washroom for empty moments.) Edit: Also just started Death Comes As Epiphany, by Sharan Newman, but it's touch and go whether I'll keep going with it.

I'm going through the Flashman series again, and just finished Flashman For Freedom, which is my least fave of the series, but still gold.

Yes, I am that guy. I know, I know, but seriously, I am nice in real life.
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Post by: Mugthulhu on November 02, 2009, 08:14:57 AM
I'm somewhere in the middle of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, by H.P. Lovecraft. But I think I may have to start over from the beginning of it. I kinda stopped reading maybe a year ago, but I've been thinking about taking it up again, and start off with The Case of Charles Dexter Ward because I never got around to finish it.
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Post by: physics101 on November 02, 2009, 08:18:16 AM
Just finished Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn, and I'm on The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.
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Post by: optimisticcynic on November 02, 2009, 10:31:01 AM
The Lost Fleet: Relentless by Jack Cambell. Not reading anything else because all the series I read don't come out with a new book for a couple of months.  :'(
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Post by: Blanko on November 02, 2009, 11:20:23 AM
Fragile Things and The Graveyard Book, both by Neil Gaiman.

Also I'm once again reading through the Death Note manga.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on November 02, 2009, 11:43:34 AM
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (a bit)
The Motorcycle Diaries (a bit)
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Post by: Robert Palmer on November 02, 2009, 02:16:47 PM
I just did Walden and I was satisfied with it.

In what way?
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Post by: General Douchebag on November 02, 2009, 02:59:20 PM
Faust - Von Goethe
The Twelve Caesars - Suetonius
Inferno - Dante
Beyond Good and Evil - Nietzsche

And for light reading I recently finished The Road and Lolita, I may pick up The Greatest Show on Earth to replace them after I become a Friend and get a T-shirt.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on November 02, 2009, 03:09:15 PM
Beyond Good and Evil - Nietzsche


Ah, BG&E, it's been a while.
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Post by: Sentient Fridge on November 02, 2009, 03:10:59 PM
I recently finished Counting Heads by David Marusek. I need to get my hands on the next book, and I attempted to read The Space Opera Renaissance but it was much too thick to finish in the librarys one week checkout time.
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Post by: grogberries on November 02, 2009, 04:26:48 PM
I just did Walden and I was satisfied with it.

In what way?

I enjoyed reading it. He is quirky, articulate about complex things, and first hand account a period of history. The style of writing was friendly and he has a particular way with words and made me feel like I was wrapped up in a blanket on a brisk fall day. It was easy to read but endlessly complex.
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Post by: Robert Palmer on November 02, 2009, 04:31:54 PM
I just did Walden and I was satisfied with it.

In what way?

I enjoyed reading it. He is quirky, articulate about complex things, and first hand account a period of history. The style of writing was friendly and he has a particular way with words and made me feel like I was wrapped up in a blanket on a brisk fall day. It was easy to read but endlessly complex.

Ok.

If you ever decide to move to Alaska and live in an old bus in the woods, let me know/take pics!
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Post by: Sexual Harassment Panda on November 03, 2009, 08:16:46 PM
I just finished Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. Great book if you want to learn about the culinary world.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on November 08, 2009, 08:14:55 AM
I finished The Blind Assassin, and I also read Double Blank by Yasmina Khadra. I'm now reading H.D.'s The Gift.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on November 08, 2009, 11:42:05 AM
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler   

Great pulp crime fiction although I enjoy the earlier novels/novellas more.  And someone has dragged off my Dashiell Hammett anthology without my permission.  >:(      (or I have misshelved it)
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on November 09, 2009, 12:20:02 PM
I've finished The Gift, and I'm now reading The Attack by Yasmina Khadra.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on November 09, 2009, 12:42:59 PM
Eoin Colfer's And another thing...
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Post by: Nomad on November 09, 2009, 12:46:12 PM
Make Love! The Bruce Campbell Way!

I love Bruce, and finally got my hands on this book.  He writes how he talks.  I love it.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on November 09, 2009, 01:50:42 PM
Eoin Colfer's And another thing...

I love Eoin Colfer. I really like the Artemis Fowl series, despite them being for young teenagers. He has a wonderful writing style and is genuinely original.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on November 09, 2009, 03:06:24 PM
Eoin Colfer's And another thing...

I love Eoin Colfer. I really like the Artemis Fowl series, despite them being for young teenagers. He has a wonderful writing style and is genuinely original.

Never read any of his work up until And another thing... and I have to say it's miles ahead of Douglas Adams' last one Mostly Harmless. The only thing I would say for book 7 of 3 is to cut down on the guide notes a bit
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Post by: Crustinator on November 09, 2009, 03:18:09 PM
Foundation and Empire.
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Post by: optimisticcynic on November 09, 2009, 07:54:29 PM
Eoin Colfer's And another thing...

I love Eoin Colfer. I really like the Artemis Fowl series, despite them being for young teenagers. He has a wonderful writing style and is genuinely original.

Never read any of his work up until And another thing... and I have to say it's miles ahead of Douglas Adams' last one Mostly Harmless. The only thing I would say for book 7 of 3 is to cut down on the guide notes a bit
I liked it but I thought it was a little to linear for a hitchhikers guide book.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on November 10, 2009, 02:18:10 AM
Foundation and Empire.


Though a classic example of Globularist fantasy literature, the Foundation series is a great read.


I've finished The Attack, and I'm now reading Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.
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Post by: Crustinator on November 10, 2009, 09:05:31 AM
Foundation and Empire.


Though a classic example of Globularist fantasy literature, the Foundation series is a great read.

::) Yeah. Don't let your mask slip Willy.

I have yet to read the passage where Asimov makes any kind of announcement about the shape of the Earth. Maybe it's because it was written before NASA started filling our heads with lies for profit.  :'(
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on November 10, 2009, 11:27:57 AM
The bits with space travel, planets and a spiral shaped galaxy all contradict FET. He's a great writer; I'm just pointing out that it's based on globu-science. That said, the Foundation series is better than the Robot series, in my opinion.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on November 10, 2009, 11:30:14 AM

I liked it but I thought it was a little to linear for a hitchhikers guide book.

Yeah, perhaps.
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Post by: Guessed on November 10, 2009, 12:40:27 PM
The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric
By: Sister Miriam Joseph, C.S.C, P.H.D

It sounds dry as hell, but if you have a fascination with language and linguistics, like I do, it's incredibly informative.
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Post by: Nomad on November 10, 2009, 06:16:16 PM
Make Love! The Bruce Campbell Way!

I love Bruce, and finally got my hands on this book.  He writes how he talks.  I love it.

Spent the day in bed and finished reading this.  It was pretty funny.  I recommend it to anyone who has a sense of humor.
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Post by: Crustinator on November 11, 2009, 04:16:12 AM
The bits with space travel, planets and a spiral shaped galaxy all contradict FET. He's a great writer; I'm just pointing out that it's based on globu-science.

Umm no. Firstly space travel is entirely possible in the flat earth model. Secondly, it is a work of fiction. Regardless of your beliefs of the shape of the earth it is still possible to imagine that such travel can take place.

*sigh* Enough derailing a good thread. If you have a point to make I suggest you create a thread titled "Lies and Misconceptions: How Round Earth Theory Took Over The Bookshelves"
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Post by: mellifluousmoose on November 13, 2009, 05:59:58 AM
Rereading the Scarlet Letter. i adore the writing style.
 i'm trying to get my hands on a novel called lovely bones.
i heard it was equally delectable. anyone know of a good read they can recommend? no nonfiction s'il te pla?t. 
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Post by: Guessed on November 13, 2009, 07:54:22 AM
Rereading the Scarlet Letter. i adore the writing style.
 i'm trying to get my hands on a novel called lovely bones.
i heard it was equally delectable. anyone know of a good read they can recommend? no nonfiction s'il te pla?t. 

A Confederacy of Dunces, By John Kennedy Toole. If you appreciate unique writing styles and dry humour, this is an excellent read.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on November 14, 2009, 07:26:13 AM
Just finished And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer. Taken on it's own I'd give it a 4/5 Good story, good humour and warm characters, I'd just criticise too many flow-breaking guide notes.

Taking it as book 6 of H2G2 I'd give it 3.5/5, it's at least as good as Mostly Harmless but not as original as the first books.

(http://www.bscreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/9780718155148h.jpg)
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Post by: Trekky0623 on November 14, 2009, 08:57:54 AM
Didn't everyone die at the end of the Hitchhiker series?

Anyway, I'm reading Life of Pi by Yann Martel for the second time.  Although this:

The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric
By: Sister Miriam Joseph, C.S.C, P.H.D

I must say, sounds interesting.
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Post by: physics101 on November 14, 2009, 04:04:40 PM
Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, As Written by Himself

Pretty good actually.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on November 16, 2009, 08:18:51 AM
I've finished Fingersmith, and I'm now reading Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett.
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Post by: Guessed on November 16, 2009, 09:13:10 AM
Didn't everyone die at the end of the Hitchhiker series?

Anyway, I'm reading Life of Pi by Yann Martel for the second time.  Although this:

The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric
By: Sister Miriam Joseph, C.S.C, P.H.D

I must say, sounds interesting.

It truly is the most helpful book I've ever read. I'm a bit of a linguistics nerd though.

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Post by: Nomad on November 18, 2009, 05:49:33 AM
So Long and Thanks for all the Fish had my favorite lines in it.  The part about 3/4 through with the lines about swinging a cat about the bathroom made me laugh so fucking hard, I had to put the book down before I could keep reading.

I picked up Good Omens again and am trying to read.  It's so funny, but I often have a hard time reading.  Especially with how shitty I've been feeling.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on November 20, 2009, 02:24:18 AM
I've finished Wyrd Sisters, and I'm now reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.
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Post by: Sentient Fridge on November 20, 2009, 04:22:06 AM
I need a new book, or I'm going to end up reading Mr B Gone again, for like the fifth time.

Any suggestions?
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Post by: Guessed on November 21, 2009, 05:55:48 PM
I need a new book, or I'm going to end up reading Mr B Gone again, for like the fifth time.

Any suggestions?

Hey Nostradamus! By Douglas Coupland. It's about a high school shooting, and it's one of my favourites.
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Post by: Benjamin Franklin on November 22, 2009, 01:45:03 PM
I'm reading Terry Pratchett's Reaper Man.
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Post by: Ichimaru Gin :] on November 22, 2009, 02:45:45 PM
There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz
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Post by: grogberries on November 23, 2009, 08:36:47 PM
Aristotle's Physics translated by Joe Sachs
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on November 28, 2009, 09:04:45 AM
James Peterson's Sauces
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Post by: Eddy Baby on November 28, 2009, 09:43:26 AM
About to start Black Swan Green by David Mitchell. Cloud Atlas was so awesome that I needed another book by him. To buy it I used a 5 pound voucher that I awarded by being the worst in a class, but that's another story.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on November 28, 2009, 02:21:07 PM
I'm reading Terry Pratchett's Reaper Man.

Love that book, it was my first Discworld.

The scene where Death desperately tries to pick a name is one of my all-time favourite Discworld scenes.
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Post by: physics101 on November 29, 2009, 04:30:04 PM
"What every Body is saying" by Joe Navarro. Its written by an ex-FBI agent and its all about body language and how to interpret it. I'm excited, should be coming in tomorrow.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on November 29, 2009, 04:41:24 PM
Just finished Eisenhower, A Soldier's Life by Carlo D'Este,  Eisenhower's life up to the end of WW II, very informative especially the squabbles amongst the Allies.  Now I've picked up The Seekers by Daniel Boorstin which was a gift but has been hanging around unread for a few years.



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Post by: Lord Wilmore on November 29, 2009, 04:55:41 PM
I've finished Leviathan and Blood Meridian. I'm now reading Baruch Spinoza's Ethics.
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Post by: physics101 on November 29, 2009, 05:48:40 PM
Just finished Eisenhower, A Soldier's Life by Carlo D'Este,  Eisenhower's life up to the end of WW II, very informative especially the squabbles amongst the Allies.  Now I've picked up The Seekers by Daniel Boorstin which was a gift but has been hanging around unread for a few years.





If you liked that one, I read one a few years ago for my WWII class called: Ike's Spies that was pretty good. It probably wasn't as much about Ike as it was the OSS and how he used them and they then became CIA, but it was still pretty good.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on November 29, 2009, 06:11:38 PM
I always like spy stories.  I'll look for it.  :)
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Post by: physics101 on November 29, 2009, 06:19:08 PM
I always like spy stories.  I'll look for it.  :)

Yeah, it talks about all the crap the Allies were able to pull back in the day. We were so much ballsier back then, now we wouldn't dare do half the shit they talk about in that book.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on December 03, 2009, 09:31:19 AM
I've finished The Seekers. I didn't enjoy it as well as the other two in the trilogy, The Discoverers and The Creators. I've dug out yet another unread volume, Ted Morgan's Wilderness At Dawn and trust that I'll get through it before the holidays overwhelm all my free time.
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Post by: Guessed on December 03, 2009, 10:02:51 AM
Just started " I Drink For A Reason" by David Cross, haven't stopped laughing since.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on December 03, 2009, 11:13:30 AM
Just finished Spindrift by Allen Steele
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41K21MNdd3L._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

A very slow-burning book to begin with, I had to force myself to pick it up through the first 50-100 pages then it seriously picked up, in the end I found myself sneaking reads in work.

I now have a choice between Arthur C Clark and Stephen Baxter's Time's eye, Paul McAuley's Fairyland and The stupidest angel: A heartwarming tale of Christmas terror by Christopher Moore.

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Post by: Colonel Gaydafi on December 03, 2009, 09:26:02 PM
Moominpappa At Sea  :D

Soon to be followed by Snobs's Island by Henrik Tikkanen
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on December 14, 2009, 09:00:54 AM
(http://grayza.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/stupidest-angel.jpg)

Just finished The stupidest angel: A heartwarming tale of Christmas terror by Christopher Moore.

It's one of CM's better books (up there with a dirty job) let down only by it's ending.

Can't decide between McAulley or Clarke's book next...
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on December 15, 2009, 02:10:42 AM
Just finished Timbuktu by Paul Auster. I'm now reading Two Treatises on Government by John Locke.
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Post by: Sentient Fridge on December 17, 2009, 06:18:53 AM
Dnal Rorrim, by me. In 8th grade. Well, started in 8th grade. It needs to be rewritten. Dammit, I don't feel like rewriting yet.
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Post by: Benjamin Franklin on December 17, 2009, 03:33:10 PM
Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
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Post by: theonlydann on December 22, 2009, 05:26:48 AM
I just read a hundred pages of Songs Of Susannah last night. I was shocked. I just ogt a reading lamp for my bed, and i sat down and started reading, and next thing i know its 11 and i burned through about 100 pages. I was proud of myself.

Also, im very upset that i know this stupid twist... and im very upset that the book is going the way it is.

i want to finish it so i can start

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
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Post by: Eddy Baby on December 22, 2009, 05:29:03 AM
David Mitchell's Number9Dream.   This is my third Mitchell book in a row, and it's amazing how they're all somehow linked. Often subtly, but always linked, even though they're set hundreds of years apart from eachother and in different parts of the world.
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Post by: Sentient Fridge on December 22, 2009, 06:55:37 AM
David Mitchell's Number9Dream.   This is my third Mitchell book in a row, and it's amazing how they're all somehow linked. Often subtly, but always linked, even though they're set hundreds of years apart from eachother and in different parts of the world.


Is there a guy named Cid in each one?!
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Post by: physics101 on December 22, 2009, 01:24:40 PM
Emotions Revealed by Paul Ekman. I'm quite excited.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on December 22, 2009, 03:54:17 PM
David Mitchell's Number9Dream.   This is my third Mitchell book in a row, and it's amazing how they're all somehow linked. Often subtly, but always linked, even though they're set hundreds of years apart from eachother and in different parts of the world.


Is there a guy named Cid in each one?!

EVEN BETTER!
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Post by: Sentient Fridge on December 23, 2009, 08:26:26 AM
David Mitchell's Number9Dream.   This is my third Mitchell book in a row, and it's amazing how they're all somehow linked. Often subtly, but always linked, even though they're set hundreds of years apart from eachother and in different parts of the world.


Is there a guy named Cid in each one?!

EVEN BETTER!

I always thought that Final Fantasy games were like Quantum Leap. Cid is in every single one, always playing a different role, and usually always 'tied' to an airship.
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Post by: theonlydann on December 23, 2009, 09:43:50 AM
David Mitchell's Number9Dream.   This is my third Mitchell book in a row, and it's amazing how they're all somehow linked. Often subtly, but always linked, even though they're set hundreds of years apart from eachother and in different parts of the world.


Is there a guy named Cid in each one?!

EVEN BETTER!

I always thought that Final Fantasy games were like Quantum Leap. Cid is in every single one, always playing a different role, and usually always 'tied' to an airship.
Then isnt he playing a similar role?
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Post by: Eddy Baby on December 24, 2009, 07:38:43 AM
David Mitchell's Number9Dream.   This is my third Mitchell book in a row, and it's amazing how they're all somehow linked. Often subtly, but always linked, even though they're set hundreds of years apart from eachother and in different parts of the world.


Is there a guy named Cid in each one?!

EVEN BETTER!

I always thought that Final Fantasy games were like Quantum Leap. Cid is in every single one, always playing a different role, and usually always 'tied' to an airship.
Then isnt he playing a similar role?

In IX, he's not even human!  :o
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Post by: Sentient Fridge on December 24, 2009, 01:01:43 PM
David Mitchell's Number9Dream.   This is my third Mitchell book in a row, and it's amazing how they're all somehow linked. Often subtly, but always linked, even though they're set hundreds of years apart from eachother and in different parts of the world.


Is there a guy named Cid in each one?!

EVEN BETTER!

I always thought that Final Fantasy games were like Quantum Leap. Cid is in every single one, always playing a different role, and usually always 'tied' to an airship.
Then isnt he playing a similar role?


I guess that would make sense, no? Why did I not think of saying it that way.

I think IX was my favorite Cid, and favorite FF, but despite being an Oglop and king, he still has an airship!
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Post by: Daniel on December 25, 2009, 05:00:13 PM
I just read a hundred pages of Songs Of Susannah last night. I was shocked. I just ogt a reading lamp for my bed, and i sat down and started reading, and next thing i know its 11 and i burned through about 100 pages. I was proud of myself.

Books 6 and 7 are a bit of a slog, but I'm glad I finished them. And I didn't think the ending was as bad as everyone else did.
 
I just finished Under The Dome a couple days ago. Not King's best novel but generally solid. He managed to avoid his patented great-premise-stupid-ending formula.

I think I'm going to read The Road or Blood Meridian next. I've never read anything by Cormac McCarthy before and people keep telling me how great he is.   
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Post by: theonlydann on December 26, 2009, 09:16:43 AM
I just read a hundred pages of Songs Of Susannah last night. I was shocked. I just ogt a reading lamp for my bed, and i sat down and started reading, and next thing i know its 11 and i burned through about 100 pages. I was proud of myself.

Books 6 and 7 are a bit of a slog, but I'm glad I finished them. And I didn't think the ending was as bad as everyone else did.
 
I just finished Under The Dome a couple days ago. Not King's best novel but generally solid. He managed to avoid his patented great-premise-stupid-ending formula.

I think I'm going to read The Road or Blood Meridian next. I've never read anything by Cormac McCarthy before and people keep telling me how great he is.   
hehe. Slog. Cute.

Yeah... THe last chapters in 6 were kinda bad... and i heard terrible things about 7. But i wil finish it, so i can read the Graphic Novels of Dark Tower. i am reading Cycle of the Werewolf... and my goodness is it dull.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on December 26, 2009, 11:47:55 AM
I think I'm going to read The Road or Blood Meridian next. I've never read anything by Cormac McCarthy before and people keep telling me how great he is.   


Both are excellent. I'm actually using Blood Meridian in my final year project for college. Astounding imagery.


Right now I'm reading A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. Winter is coming!
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Post by: Nomad on December 27, 2009, 07:26:12 AM
I'm reading Terry Pratchett's Reaper Man.

I have that but I haven't read it
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Post by: Sentient Fridge on December 28, 2009, 12:25:22 PM
The Illearth War.


Dunno who its by because I just started reading it, but its part 2 of the Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever trilogy (?, again). I have part 3, but I cannot find part 1 anywhere.

The cool thing is, there's a huge recap of the first book in the first chapter (And a recap chapter before that) so I don't really feel like I'm missing out on much but the juice.


It's pretty good so far and I'm not even to the part where Covenant goes to this magical land where his leprosy is cured and he doesn't believe in anything there.
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Post by: theonlydann on December 29, 2009, 03:50:27 PM
Shawshank Redemption the movie > the book er... short story.

And yes, i heard Morgan Freeman the entire time i was reading it. I love is voice. I wanna kiss him

Now i am going to attempt to read a grown-em-up book

Steven Pinker
Blank Slate - The Modern Denial Of Human Nature
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on January 03, 2010, 03:51:39 PM
The Illearth War.


Dunno who its by because I just started reading it, but its part 2 of the Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever trilogy (?, again). I have part 3, but I cannot find part 1 anywhere.

The cool thing is, there's a huge recap of the first book in the first chapter (And a recap chapter before that) so I don't really feel like I'm missing out on much but the juice.


It's pretty good so far and I'm not even to the part where Covenant goes to this magical land where his leprosy is cured and he doesn't believe in anything there.

I loved those books when I was in high school! Kinda depressing now, though. 
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Post by: SupahLovah on January 11, 2010, 09:36:30 AM
I'm reading Catch-22, The Collector, and a few Kurt Vonnegut books.
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Post by: grogberries on January 15, 2010, 09:49:03 AM
Much Ado About Nothing
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Post by: theonlydann on January 15, 2010, 09:51:30 AM
Shawshank Redemption the movie > the book er... short story.

And yes, i heard Morgan Freeman the entire time i was reading it. I love is voice. I wanna kiss him

Now i am going to attempt to read a grown-em-up book

Steven Pinker
Blank Slate - The Modern Denial Of Human Nature
I quit trying to read this, as my head is not ready for it yet.

I switched to A Philosophy for Dummies
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Post by: Eddy Baby on January 15, 2010, 10:22:41 AM
Much Ado About Nothing
Have you read Not Much Ado About Nothing?


Don't.
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Post by: grogberries on January 15, 2010, 10:34:36 PM
I might just watch the movie then.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on January 16, 2010, 03:18:09 AM
I might just watch the movie then.

Not Much Happens.

Ghostwritten - David Mitchell
This was his first book, and I've now nearly completed reading them in reverse order.


Der Herr Der Ringe: Die Gefaehrten - J.R.R. Tolkien (translated by Wolfgang Krege)
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on January 19, 2010, 04:09:25 AM
Just gave up on Fairyland by Paul McAuley, the constant leap forwards by ten-twenty years are completely disconnecting.

Now reading Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett.
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Post by: Secret User on January 19, 2010, 04:26:49 AM
Why Good People Do Bad Things: Understanding Our Darker Selves by James Hollis.

It's pretty interesting, even if I don't agree with it.
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Post by: physics101 on January 19, 2010, 08:12:02 AM
Why Good People Do Bad Things: Understanding Our Darker Selves by James Hollis.

It's pretty interesting, even if I don't agree with it.

Psychology book? I feel like I've read excerpts from that in some of my classes.
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Post by: physics101 on January 19, 2010, 08:13:47 AM
Why Good People Do Bad Things: Understanding Our Darker Selves by James Hollis.

It's pretty interesting, even if I don't agree with it.

Psychology book? I feel like I've read excerpts from that in some of my classes.

How to win friends and influence people. you read it?

No, but it sounds along the lines of the body language and emotion books I have been reading lately.
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Post by: grogberries on January 19, 2010, 11:21:08 AM
Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD
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Post by: Secret User on January 19, 2010, 05:05:09 PM
Why Good People Do Bad Things: Understanding Our Darker Selves by James Hollis.

It's pretty interesting, even if I don't agree with it.

Psychology book? I feel like I've read excerpts from that in some of my classes.

Yup, deals with psyches and the sort.
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Post by: Sean on January 30, 2010, 08:05:18 AM
I started reading A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn.
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Post by: Trekky0623 on January 30, 2010, 09:00:21 AM
I was reading The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality by Andre Comte-Sponville, but it wasn't really holding my attention. I might move on to Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World next.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on January 30, 2010, 09:02:52 AM
I'm reading The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing.
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Post by: physics101 on January 30, 2010, 07:48:39 PM
Taking a break from intelligent books and reading "Nightlight." Its a parody of Twilight, and it is absolutely hilarious.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on February 03, 2010, 02:47:39 PM
I was reading The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality by Andre Comte-Sponville, but it wasn't really holding my attention. I might move on to Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World next.

I tried to get that a little while ago but no shop in the Midlands stocked it. I think I might read Cosmos before that though, I'm about halfway through the TV series and it's amazing.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on February 13, 2010, 03:44:26 PM
I have picked up The Anatomy of Melancholy AGAIN.  I hope to do better this time except I have a somewhat cheap edition and wish I had one that translated all the Latin.   
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Post by: General Douchebag on February 14, 2010, 05:57:30 AM
I started War and Peace not so long ago, I'm almost ten pages in now. Woo...

*cries because it's so long and dense*
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on February 14, 2010, 06:31:51 AM
I've finished The Golden Notebook, and I've since read a couple of plays, The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter, and Arcadia by Tom Stoppard (which was brilliant). I'm now reading a couple of plays by Joe Orton, namely Loot and What the Butler Saw.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on February 14, 2010, 10:14:00 AM
...and Arcadia by Tom Stoppard (which was brilliant). ...

I saw that on Broadway on my very first trip to New York long ago and now I can't remember too much of the plot.


I started War and Peace not so long ago, I'm almost ten pages in now. Woo...

*cries because it's so long and dense*

I ploughed my way through forty-five and one-half inches of Walter Scott mainly because I found a 1892 leather bound set in somewhat poor shape except that the pages were for the most part uncut.  I got a distinct pleasure reading with paper knife in hand.  Lesson: My likelihood of finishing something is proportional to what I paid for it.
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Post by: Colonel Gaydafi on February 14, 2010, 10:49:51 AM
I started War and Peace not so long ago, I'm almost ten pages in now. Woo...

*cries because it's so long and dense*

It is a very good read, you don't notice how long it is once you start to get into it.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on February 14, 2010, 02:25:21 PM
War and Peace is wonderful, but the parts about Tolstoy's theory of cyclical history were very boring. The story is brilliant, but those sections were a real slog.
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Post by: Colonel Gaydafi on February 15, 2010, 09:20:58 AM
Thats true, some parts were hard to get through
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on February 16, 2010, 09:11:52 AM
Sorta like the whale blubber chapters in Moby Dick.

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Post by: Colonel Gaydafi on February 16, 2010, 01:12:45 PM
I started Moby Dick but never finished it
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on February 16, 2010, 01:18:22 PM
I finished it but that was back when I thought there was a rule in place about finishing a book.
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Post by: Colonel Gaydafi on February 16, 2010, 01:41:12 PM
There is such a rule but sometimes you have to make exceptions.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on February 16, 2010, 02:00:55 PM
I finished it but that was back when I thought there was a rule in place about finishing a book.


THERE IS  >:(
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Post by: Eddy Baby on February 17, 2010, 04:00:45 PM
I'm reading something about our imminent ascension to a more spiritual existence as a human race. No idea what.
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Post by: Jack1704 on February 18, 2010, 11:24:50 AM
Im reading Frankie Boyles autobiography.

So funny
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on February 19, 2010, 05:53:58 AM
I've only ever had two books I couldn't read to the end. Well, three if you count the one which got blown up by the bomb squad...

Just Finished 'Unseen Academicals' by Terry Pratchett. Very good,and a return to form after a couple of iffy ones.

Now reading 'Bad Science' by Ben Goldcare.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on February 19, 2010, 11:32:41 AM
I've finished those plays by Joe Orton, and I've since read The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut. I'm now reading The Waterfall by Margaret Drabble.


...and Arcadia by Tom Stoppard (which was brilliant). ...

I saw that on Broadway on my very first trip to New York long ago and now I can't remember too much of the plot.


Didn't see this post until now, but reading it, I found Arcadia one of the most affecting plays I've ever read. Witty, philosophical and above all beautiful, I think that on the page at least it's a masterpiece.
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Post by: optimisticcynic on February 26, 2010, 09:34:56 PM
night side series again. a really fun world. although the later books seem to get a little religious for my taste.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on February 27, 2010, 01:31:31 PM
I've finished The Waterfall, and I've since read The Gunslinger by Stephen King. I'm now reading The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on February 27, 2010, 02:41:01 PM
I'm almost through my rereading of the whole Dark Tower series by Stephen King.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on February 28, 2010, 04:43:12 PM
We should have had a DT reading group.  I love that series, it's probably been long enough since I read them that I could read them again.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on March 01, 2010, 07:56:59 AM
I just heard so many people talking about it on here that I thought I should give it a read. Also, I somehow managed to pick up the 4th book in the series (Wizard and Glass) about 9 years ago, not realising that it was, you know, the 4th book in a series. Always said I'd eventually read the series to justify buying that book =)
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on March 01, 2010, 08:02:17 AM
Always said I'd eventually read the series to justify buying that book =)

Yup, that's the second rule of the bibliophile; purchases must be justified.  :)
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on March 06, 2010, 01:53:36 PM
I've finished The Drawing of the Three, and I'm now reading The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.
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Post by: Colonel Gaydafi on March 06, 2010, 08:44:23 PM
I'm reading Moomin comic strips, volume 1
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Post by: cmdshft on March 07, 2010, 11:37:09 PM
Alice in Wonderland. I have it on my iPhone from Classics, along with Through the Looking Glass.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on March 08, 2010, 02:55:51 PM
Right now I'm reading The Stranger by Albert Camus, but it's such a quick read I'll probably be done tonight.

We should have had a DT reading group.  I love that series, it's probably been long enough since I read them that I could read them again.

I'd totally read it all again if we were to have a reading group.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on March 09, 2010, 08:26:35 AM
Cool! We should try to get one going.  People who just read it all wouldn't need to read it again to participate, since it should still be fresh in their memory.  

I'll start a thread and see if there's any interest.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on March 09, 2010, 03:32:04 PM
I've finished The Remains of the Day, and I'm now reading Possession by A.S. Byatt.
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Post by: Weegee Board on March 12, 2010, 06:38:41 PM
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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Post by: Benjamin Franklin on March 13, 2010, 04:35:44 PM
Freakonomics. It's good. Read it.
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Post by: Friedrich on March 13, 2010, 04:41:30 PM
I got a book from my sister and I am deciding right now if I should risk it or just read an online summary and hand it back. Our tastes in literature do not mesh very well.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on March 22, 2010, 07:07:51 AM
Just finished Long Dark Teatime of the Soul by Douglas Adams and I'm now onto The Demon Haunted world - science as a candle in the dark by Carl Sagan.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on March 26, 2010, 07:15:44 AM
With my FYP out of the way, I've finally finished Possession. I'm now reading Principles of Human Knowledge and the Three Dialogues by George Berkeley.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on March 26, 2010, 02:39:50 PM
I just got done Siddhartha by Herman Hesse and am now reading Pyramids by Terry Pratchett.
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Post by: General Douchebag on March 26, 2010, 06:08:49 PM
Silas Marner, but not through choice.
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Post by: Sean on March 31, 2010, 01:49:49 PM
Das Kapital and Manifesto of the Communist Party.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on March 31, 2010, 02:33:10 PM
Cloud Atlas again. I have so many ideas about using this book in other art forms.
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Post by: The Terror on April 02, 2010, 05:05:01 AM
The Walking Dead, volume 2
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Post by: Colonel Gaydafi on April 08, 2010, 07:21:21 AM
The Unknown Soldier by V?in? Linna. Been waiting 2 fucking years for it to be available in the library, it was always checked out, then I went to the library yesterday and there was two copies there, hooray!

edit: damn inability to post letters with dots on
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on April 08, 2010, 07:30:00 PM
Big Trouble by Dave Barry.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on April 21, 2010, 07:42:28 PM
Koko by Peter Straub
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on April 22, 2010, 07:51:59 AM
I finished Principles of Human Knowledge and the Three Dialogues, and I've since read Invisible by Paul Auster. I'm now reading Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on April 29, 2010, 09:13:52 PM
The Damnation Game by Clive Barker
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on April 30, 2010, 05:20:29 AM
The Liar By Stephen Fry
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Post by: divito the truthist on May 08, 2010, 03:56:47 PM
Finished The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins awhile ago. Am now reading God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens.
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Post by: Crustinator on May 08, 2010, 04:43:01 PM
I am reading War And Peace by Leo Tolstoy. To be honest I find his characterisations a bit hackneyed. Tomorrow I will be reading Dante's Divint Comedy, in original italian of course.
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Post by: Guessed on May 08, 2010, 05:18:06 PM
Finished The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins awhile ago. Am now reading God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens.

If you haven't already, you should read Breaking The Spell by Daniel Dennett. Personally, I prefer his views to the more vitriolic ones of Hitchens.

/brief derailment

I'm currently reading Post Office by Charles Bukowski, for the fourth time.
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Post by: Sentient Fridge on May 08, 2010, 08:40:38 PM
About to read Mr B Gone by Clive Barker again tomorrow, got to have it back at the library on the thirteenth. Excellent book. Frakker needs to finish the Abarat and Scarlet Gospels.
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Post by: Nomad on May 09, 2010, 11:59:28 AM
I'm reading a book called Wolf Moon by Charles De Lint, Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, and If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell.  I've recently started volunteering at the library so I've been picking stuff up practically every day.  Mostly batman comics so far.  :D
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Post by: Eddy Baby on May 10, 2010, 09:07:39 AM
Artemis Fowl is the epicest series ever. Slightly childish, but the third one is amazing. And the fifth.
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Post by: Nomad on May 10, 2010, 10:00:10 AM
Yeah, I've been wanting to check out Eoin Colfer for a while now since he wrote that new Hitchhiker's Guide book.  Want to make sure I like him before he ruins my experience with the best book series in history.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on May 15, 2010, 05:55:40 AM
Yeah, I've been wanting to check out Eoin Colfer for a while now since he wrote that new Hitchhiker's Guide book.  Want to make sure I like him before he ruins my experience with the best book series in history.

I really rated 'And another thing...' it's perhaps not quite random enough but it is definately a worthy addition to the series.
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Post by: Benjamin Franklin on May 15, 2010, 07:12:39 AM
The Art of Deception by Kevin Mitnick
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on May 15, 2010, 09:34:47 AM
Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on May 17, 2010, 12:56:04 PM
Ark by Stephen Baxter, a sequel to Flood
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on May 18, 2010, 09:06:33 AM
Jingo by Terry Pratchett.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on May 18, 2010, 09:09:12 AM
Jingo by Terry Pratchett.

One of my favourite Pratchetts. Is it your first read?
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on May 18, 2010, 09:12:45 AM
Jingo by Terry Pratchett.

One of my favourite Pratchetts. Is it your first read?


Yup. I'm slowly but surely working my way through the Discworld series in order. Only read the first couple in each 'sequence', but I've been waiting to read Jingo for ages, as several people have told me it's great.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on May 18, 2010, 09:20:47 AM
I'm still reading The Anatomy of Melancholy but I've gotten further along than the first time. I just don't have the time I had back in the winter to read. This damned book is fascinating, addicting, and makes me feel very, very ignorant.  I love it.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on May 18, 2010, 05:07:14 PM
Jingo by Terry Pratchett.

One of my favourite Pratchetts. Is it your first read?


Yup. I'm slowly but surely working my way through the Discworld series in order. Only read the first couple in each 'sequence', but I've been waiting to read Jingo for ages, as several people have told me it's great.

I've been doing this too, but I'm only up to Pyramids.  It's taking a long time.
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Post by: markjo on May 28, 2010, 01:29:05 PM
I'm slowly but slowly making my way through Robert Heinlein's long lost For Us the Living.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on May 29, 2010, 09:16:00 AM
Just finished Ark by Stephen Baxter, such a bleak book but very good.

Now I have choice between Larry Niven's Ringworld or Sunstorm by Arthur C Clark and Stephen Baxter.
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Post by: Nomad on May 29, 2010, 10:38:21 AM
Finished Artemis Fowl and If Chins Could Kill.

Have a stack of comics I'm tearing through also.  Will get to Virtual Mode by Piers Anthony soon, which although I've already read it, was a long time ago and I want to read the rest of the series finally so I want the first one fresh in my mind again.
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Post by: Mugthulhu on May 29, 2010, 11:18:45 PM
I wish I could find time to read again.
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Post by: General Douchebag on June 04, 2010, 09:54:35 AM
Interesting contrast.
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Post by: Nomad on June 05, 2010, 06:57:46 PM
Finally started reading Virtual Mode.  Been engrossed in the first three volumes of Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics, and a handful of Batman collections!
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on June 05, 2010, 07:02:32 PM
Been engrossed in the first three volumes of Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics

I'm currently working my way through the whole series; I have all four Absolute editions.  I'm up to Brief Lives right now.  Sandman is my favorite comic book series ever.
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Post by: Nomad on June 05, 2010, 07:03:28 PM
I'm plowing through the series myself.  Getting them via the library.  Love them so far!
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Post by: SupahLovah on June 05, 2010, 09:08:36 PM
I've been reading sandman too! Just got to destiny, and morpheus' trip.

Also reading flatland.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on June 06, 2010, 11:52:50 AM
Also reading flatland.

I just bought that book not too long ago.  Saw it at the Goodwill for 25 cents (that place is a goldmine for cheap reading).  I haven't read it yet though.
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Post by: Mugthulhu on June 07, 2010, 05:28:13 PM
I'm currently reading a Western, based upon the Dollars trilogy with Clint Eastwood.
It's in Swedish, but the title translates into The man with no name: 20 000 dollars - Dead or alive.
By, Joe Millard

I like to listen to the Dollars trilogy film scores by Ennio Morricone while reading it.
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Post by: Nolhekh on June 08, 2010, 07:53:49 PM
I am also currently reading Terry Pratchett's Discworld books back to back.  I just finished Jingo, and have started the Last Continent.
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Post by: Tea. on June 12, 2010, 02:03:32 PM
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, by Richard Dawkins

Difficult read.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on June 16, 2010, 12:44:53 PM
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, by Richard Dawkins

Difficult read.

I found it an easier read than Climbing Mount Improbable (which I'm reading at the moment.

Just finished The tennis Star's Balls by Stephen Fry and started reading Ringworld by Larry Niven
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on June 16, 2010, 08:15:37 PM
Just finished The tennis Star's Balls by Stephen Fry and started reading Ringworld by Larry Niven

I liked Ringworld.

I'm reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.
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Post by: SupahLovah on June 18, 2010, 11:15:30 AM
Just finished The tennis Star's Balls by Stephen Fry and started reading Ringworld by Larry Niven

I liked Ringworld.

I'm reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.
Read it a while ago. Not super great, he wrote it really fast for some money.

Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. :D
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Post by: Sean on June 20, 2010, 07:10:46 PM
Freakonomics by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt.
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Post by: jnwright23 on June 24, 2010, 02:50:16 AM
So Long and Thanks for all the Fish

I need to buy the next book and I'm all out of cash. :(
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Post by: Vongeo on June 26, 2010, 11:11:00 PM
I found my copy of Bluebeard By Kurt Vonnegut, I shall be reading that.

Freakonomics by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt.
My economics teacher told us a lot about that in her class, Do drug dealers live with their mom? Throughout the course we keep bringing up the profitablity and inelasticity of (can't spell heronine so bear with me I'm going Phonetic) HAIR-o-Win.
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Post by: Muphci on June 27, 2010, 01:54:27 PM
My mom said I should read our copy of Sophie's World. Anyone ever read that? Reviews?
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Post by: Nomad on July 07, 2010, 08:47:53 AM
I randomly picked up these comics from Brian K. Vaughan "Ex Machina" and was pleasantly surprised.  It's a really good series so far.  Now that I'm employed I won't feel as guilty making time to sit and read, since my uncle seems to think it's nothing but idleness.
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Post by: Weegee Board on July 07, 2010, 09:01:17 AM
Ted Kennedy's autobiography
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on July 08, 2010, 01:39:15 PM
I read The Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy. Loved it.
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Post by: Benjamin Franklin on July 08, 2010, 03:39:16 PM
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky.
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Post by: Guessed on July 09, 2010, 07:45:17 AM
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky.

I've always considered Chomsky to be a bit out of his element (and mind) on subjects that are NOT linguistics.
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Post by: Sentient Fridge on July 17, 2010, 10:11:46 PM
I recently finished Counting Heads by David Marusek. I need to get my hands on the next book, and I attempted to read The Space Opera Renaissance but it was much too thick to finish in the librarys one week checkout time.


Urf. I can never find the second book, anywhere. Except online, and there are no bookstores around here >.>
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Post by: Sean on July 30, 2010, 02:54:49 PM
The Overton Window by Glenn Beck.
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Post by: General Douchebag on July 30, 2010, 03:13:41 PM
Recipes for Disaster: An Anarchists Cookbook by Anarchists (I assume)
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Post by: Sean on August 01, 2010, 12:39:08 AM
The Overton Window by Glenn Beck.

It's so bad it's awesome. I'd recommend it.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on August 02, 2010, 12:58:12 PM
Truths Men Live by: A Philosophy of Religions and Life by John A. O'Brien

Or, I would be but I left it at the pub..

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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on August 02, 2010, 03:06:05 PM
The Throat by Peter Straub
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on August 02, 2010, 06:01:34 PM
Finished Jingo, and I've since read a couple more of the Dark Tower series (The Waste Lands and Wizard and Glass) by Stephen King, A Storm of Swords I&II by George R.R. Martin, and a bunch of Plato's shorter dialogues. I've also read Libra by Don DeLillo, The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick, and Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke. I'm now reading In Praise of Idleness, a collection of essays by Bertrand Russell, while I struggle on with Hume's Treatise of Human Nature, which is massive and daunting.
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Post by: Sentient Fridge on August 14, 2010, 03:54:16 PM
I have just purchased The Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton. I plan to start reading it tonight.
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Post by: Tea. on August 20, 2010, 06:53:50 AM
Just finished Awkward Situations for Men by Danny Wallace. A piss-easy but very funny read.

I'm now doing my own book, which takes influence from $cientology, Islam, the Greek word for 'replenish' and the anti-blasphemy law in Ireland. It's fictional, but based around what I think will happen in the UK in the next 10-20 years.

I didn't really answer the question. I need a new book, perhaps.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on August 20, 2010, 07:39:36 AM
I have just purchased The Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton. I plan to start reading it tonight.

Love Peter F. Hamilton and met him at a convention once. Did you ever read the Commonwealth series (Pandoras star, Judas Unchained) before The Dreaming Void? You don't need to as it's set a thousand or so years in the future but it's nice to see the references to the earlier books, even bringing some of the best characters back!
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Post by: Eddy Baby on August 20, 2010, 09:24:17 AM
Read The World Of Karl Pilkington recently. Only book to have made me cry with laughter. Just transcripts from Ricky Gervais' podcasts. I also read Artemis Fowl And The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer, the seventh book of the series.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on August 24, 2010, 12:56:40 AM
Half way through The Ringworld Engineers
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Post by: Vongeo on August 31, 2010, 07:41:45 PM
Closing time, and Special Use Vehicles.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on August 31, 2010, 07:48:38 PM
I am reading The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.
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Post by: Tea. on September 04, 2010, 06:18:17 AM
My dad got me a book about human evolution called Ape Man. It has lots of pictures. My dad knows me very well 8)
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Post by: Vongeo on September 04, 2010, 09:36:54 AM
Half way through The Ringworld Engineers
My brothers reading that. Now I think. He might be done. He reads too fast.
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Post by: Jack1704 on September 17, 2010, 10:50:23 AM
Aston Villa - Miscellany
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on October 07, 2010, 09:06:19 AM
I'm currently reading The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster, my favourite writer. I'm only about a 1/3 in, and it's already apparent that this is going to be another wonderful story from the man I consider to be the finest American writer of the last 25 years.
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Post by: Besoeker on October 07, 2010, 09:25:34 AM
Bill Bryson. A Short History of Nearly Everything.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on October 07, 2010, 09:27:31 AM
The Evolutionary Void - Peter F. Hamilton
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Post by: berny_74 on October 07, 2010, 09:42:09 AM
Let the Right One In, english translation, John Ajbide Lindqvist
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Post by: General Douchebag on October 07, 2010, 03:44:21 PM
Finally made a start on Foundation - Asimov and holy shit I wish I'd started sooner rather than wading through more Dawkins.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on October 07, 2010, 03:52:39 PM
Foundation rules.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on October 08, 2010, 05:35:51 AM
Let the Right One In, english translation, John Ajbide Lindqvist

Ahh ,loved the film of that book
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Post by: berny_74 on October 08, 2010, 06:20:12 AM
Let the Right One In, english translation, John Ajbide Lindqvist

Ahh ,loved the film of that book

Yeah I saw the film before reading the book.  For a film based on a book it was quite decent, just a few extra story parallels were cut out.  And the how Elias became Eli.

Berny
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Post by: Kira-SY on October 08, 2010, 07:38:23 AM
Candles burning, by Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.

I read everything by Stephen King, also read one of his son's books "the heart-shaped box", and now one of his wife's, not very good though, the style is strange, and slow, and... well, it's taking me a big effort to keep reading it.
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Post by: Sentient Fridge on October 08, 2010, 08:20:02 AM
The Evolutionary Void - Peter F. Hamilton

I'm reading The Dreaming Void!

Or, I was...

It's the last book I bought, it was good, but I just haven't been in a book reading mood x.x
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on October 11, 2010, 08:36:25 AM
I'm now reading Walden by Henry Thoreau.
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Post by: Hazbollah on October 11, 2010, 09:46:54 AM
The Oxford History of Anglo-Saxon England, by the late Dr. Frank Stenton. Heavy, but very interesting.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on October 12, 2010, 01:03:20 AM
The Evolutionary Void - Peter F. Hamilton

I'm reading The Dreaming Void!

Or, I was...

It's the last book I bought, it was good, but I just haven't been in a book reading mood x.x

Did you read the Commonwealth books beforehand? You don't need to but there are lots of in-jokes and references only readers of 'Pandora's Star' and 'Judas Unchained' will get.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on October 13, 2010, 12:13:20 AM
I'm reading The Thousand Autumns Of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell, and also just started Krabat by Otfried Preussler. I'm also kinda reading Woyzeck by Georg Buechner and Der Kaukasische Kreidekreis by Bertolt Brecht, for my course.
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Post by: Fabion on October 20, 2010, 05:12:51 AM
I usually have a few going at once. A modern novel, a historic one. Some history or bio & some sci-fi. Right now I'm rereading Jack Kerouac's On The Road, into Piers Anthony's Shade of the Tree-(He's Nora Roberts like). I've got Baldacci's Split Second for next & I LOVE Raymond Chandler. Just found a few I haven't yet read of his.

Great Expectations is a marvelous read. I hated to see it end. &Alcott is a very good writer. Always nice to read something by either.
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Post by: sherman t tank on November 16, 2010, 01:49:48 AM
Walking to Hollywood- Will Self
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Post by: Kira-SY on November 16, 2010, 02:19:21 AM
After I finished "Candles burning" I started reading a friend's self-published book named "Los angeles del fuego fatuo", it has good things, but in general, the last episode is confusing and strange, left me with a weird sensation.
Now I'm starting with "A secret rage", by Charlaine Harris, the author of the books on which the show True blood is based on.
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Post by: Ski on November 21, 2010, 04:40:13 PM
I finally finished Tolstoy's War and Peace. This is noteworthy as it is the only book on my shelves I had not read in entirety. 
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on November 22, 2010, 10:16:20 AM
I finally finished Tolstoy's War and Peace. This is noteworthy as it is the only book on my shelves I had not read in entirety. 


The final sections on his philosophy are beyond tedious.
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Post by: Ichimaru Gin :] on November 22, 2010, 10:18:05 AM
Reason, Faith, and Revolution.
Reflections on the God Debate.

-Terry Eagleton.
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Post by: Jack1704 on December 26, 2010, 06:12:15 AM
Chris Kamara's autobiography.

Funny.
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Post by: Skeleton on December 26, 2010, 10:41:52 AM
DRACULA! by Bram Stoker.
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Post by: Kira-SY on December 26, 2010, 03:12:36 PM
I finished The chameleon's shadow, then Zombie survival guide, and now i'm with The catcher in the rye.
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Post by: Mugthulhu on December 26, 2010, 03:19:01 PM
DRACULA! by Bram Stoker.
Been planning on reading it, but haven't found the, uh.. time for it.
I can't believe I were able to finish Frankenstein, seeing as I'm not someone who usually read books.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on December 26, 2010, 04:50:40 PM
Autobiography of Mark Twain

I found it under my tree.  :)
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Post by: Skeleton on December 26, 2010, 09:38:15 PM
DRACULA! by Bram Stoker.
Been planning on reading it, but haven't found the, uh.. time for it.
I can't believe I were able to finish Frankenstein, seeing as I'm not someone who usually read books.

Every film adaptation Ive seen has been so different I wanted to find out what the real story was.
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Post by: Mugthulhu on December 26, 2010, 09:39:09 PM
DRACULA! by Bram Stoker.
Been planning on reading it, but haven't found the, uh.. time for it.
I can't believe I were able to finish Frankenstein, seeing as I'm not someone who usually read books.

Every film adaptation Ive seen has been so different I wanted to find out what the real story was.
Same here.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on December 28, 2010, 05:22:04 AM
Just finished The Time Machine by H.G.Wells. I love the voice in his writing, even with 19th century background racism thrown in there.

Also reading Weapons of choice: World war 2.1 by John Birmingham. It's about a fleet of mid-21st century military ships who are accidentally thrown back to 1942 Pacific. A story done time and again but a pretty good read none the less.
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Post by: Kira-SY on December 28, 2010, 02:06:25 PM
"The gun seller"
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Post by: General Disarray on December 29, 2010, 10:10:25 AM
Journey to the center of the earth by Jules Verne

Got an e-book reader for christmas, trying it out on free books  :)

Next up will be The Mysterious Island, been meaning to read that one for a while now.
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Post by: Hazbollah on December 30, 2010, 01:21:58 PM
A Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer.
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Post by: Guessed on January 06, 2011, 11:48:04 AM
What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell

At this point, I'd say he's one of the most important voices of our times. His examinations of the seemingly banal ("The Pill", homelessness, and the enron scandal) and seemingly insignificant (Ketchup, The Dog Whisperer), range from thought provoking to, quite frankly, earth shattering.
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Post by: Ski on January 06, 2011, 04:12:11 PM
Derech HaShem -- by RaMCHaL

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Post by: terrence004 on January 08, 2011, 01:37:06 AM
Just finished "The Help" by Kathryn Stockard. It was very well written and a very moving book about a town in Mississippi in the 1960's.Yesterday I  started Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson...
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Post by: Crustinator on January 08, 2011, 11:03:36 AM
Reign of Cum.

Fan fiction based on the film Reign of Fire. Very good so far. I'm learning a lot about dragons too.
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Post by: Kira-SY on January 15, 2011, 10:22:45 AM
El juego del angel - Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

At the end, The gun seller was kinda disappointing and confusing, not recomendable.
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Post by: pizzaguy on January 15, 2011, 01:59:25 PM
What the hell do you THINK I am reading at this very moment?

Some stupid-assed internet forum about the earth being flat.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on January 16, 2011, 06:35:48 PM
Harry Potter und Der Stein Der Weisen.


Yeah..
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Post by: markjo on February 02, 2011, 10:37:54 AM
Just started The Color of Magic a few nights ago.
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Post by: Kira-SY on February 02, 2011, 11:04:40 AM
What a coincidence, i've read lately "Sourcery", and now i'm with "(Faust) Eric".
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Post by: ﮎingulaЯiτy on February 02, 2011, 09:40:13 PM
This thread.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on February 03, 2011, 08:57:32 AM
Harry Potter & Der Stein Der Weisen, lol.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on February 03, 2011, 09:20:04 AM
What a coincidence, i've read lately "Sourcery", and now i'm with "(Faust) Eric".

Faust Eric is the only Discworld I've yet to read.

I'm now reading The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry.
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Post by: Wendy on February 03, 2011, 09:55:05 AM
Right now, I am reading three compendiums(compendia? compendii?) on purifying sewage and sewer water. I also have a book to read on the same  subject, called The Art of Purifying Water. When the nuclear apocalypse rolls over, you'll be happy I'm there to provide you with clean drinking water.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on February 03, 2011, 10:44:39 AM
Right now, I am reading three compendiums(compendia? compendii?) on purifying sewage and sewer water. I also have a book to read on the same  subject, called The Art of Purifying Water. When the nuclear apocalypse rolls over, you'll be happy I'm there to provide you with clean drinking water.

What. Why?
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Post by: Wendy on February 04, 2011, 02:38:34 AM
Right now, I am reading three compendiums(compendia? compendii?) on purifying sewage and sewer water. I also have a book to read on the same  subject, called The Art of Purifying Water. When the nuclear apocalypse rolls over, you'll be happy I'm there to provide you with clean drinking water.

What. Why?

It's for school. That is not to say it isn't interesting.
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Post by: Weegee Board on February 17, 2011, 09:37:33 AM
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
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Post by: Kira-SY on February 17, 2011, 01:22:21 PM
"The stand", uncut version by Stephen King.
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Post by: 29silhouette on February 17, 2011, 07:30:38 PM
One of the H.P. Lovecraft collections. 
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Post by: Tea. on February 20, 2011, 01:39:20 PM
Dude, Where's my Country? by Michael Moore.

Meh.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on February 20, 2011, 01:41:57 PM
Mark's Gospel.
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Post by: Trekky0623 on February 21, 2011, 03:52:30 PM
I was depressed today so I picked up Fahrenheit 451 and finished it in about two and a half hours. It's one of my favorite books.
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Post by: Daniel on February 21, 2011, 05:49:17 PM
I'm in the process of reading Misquoting Jesus: The Story of Who Changed the Bible and Why (http://www.amazon.com/Misquoting-Jesus-Story-Behind-Changed/dp/0060738170) for the first time and reading Philip K. Dick's VALIS (http://www.amazon.com/Valis-Philip-K-Dick/dp/0679734465/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1298338960&sr=1-1) for about the 10th time.  They actually work well together, as the idea of Gnostic Christianity (a topic I find really interesting) pops up frequently in both books.  Misquoting Jesus is a bit dry, I guess, but it seems quite thorough and well-researched.  And it doesn't really have an agenda, which is nice.
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Post by: Ski on February 21, 2011, 06:06:18 PM
The only positive of Ehrman, in my opinion is that he is writing to the masses on a topic which is generally written by scholars to scholars. He does have an axe to grind, though the issues (he seems to be focusing on pseudonymity this time) are genuine and age-old; he seems to take an all-or-nothing approach laden with non-sequiturs . I say this as a person who does not believe the New Testament to be canonical.
I've not read anything by the second author.
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Post by: Wakka Wakka on February 21, 2011, 07:06:35 PM
I'm in the process of reading Misquoting Jesus: The Story of Who Changed the Bible and Why (http://www.amazon.com/Misquoting-Jesus-Story-Behind-Changed/dp/0060738170) for the first time and reading Philip K. Dick's VALIS for about the 10th time.  They actually work well together, as the idea of Gnostic Christianity (a topic I find really interesting) pops up frequently in both books.  Misquoting Jesus is a bit dry, I guess, but it seems quite thorough and well-researched.  And it doesn't really have an agenda, which is nice.
 (http://www.amazon.com/Valis-Philip-K-Dick/dp/0679734465/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1298338960&sr=1-1)
Longest hyper-link evar, also "Mere Christianity" C.S. Lewis, much more interesting than I thought it would be.
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Post by: Trekky0623 on February 21, 2011, 09:26:07 PM
All right...

I'm going to try and read Moby-Dick with the aid of an audiobook companion. I'm not sure how successful I'll be.
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Post by: Muphci on February 21, 2011, 09:39:04 PM
Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five and Toni Morisson's Beloved for AP Lit currently. I really enjoy SF so far. I haven't really picked up Beloved like I should have though. I liked what I did read derp.

EDIT: No more Beloved, but I plan to start Gal?pagos soon.
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Post by: Daniel on February 24, 2011, 12:13:25 PM
Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five.. I really enjoy SF so far.
I plan to start Gal?pagos soon.

My advice would be to just read Slaughterhouse Five again.
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Post by: Tea. on February 24, 2011, 12:29:32 PM
Oh Sorry, I thought it was a birthmark! - An illustrated guide to brown tattoos

Also, Cambridge Companion to Berg. I'm rubbish at reading fiction.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on March 04, 2011, 08:37:59 AM
I have my first Asimov book 'Nemesis' to read once I've finished The Fry Chronicles
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Post by: Hazbollah on March 05, 2011, 07:57:18 AM
The War that Never Was by Duff Hart-Davis. It tells of Britain's unofficial, highly secretive campaign  in the 60s supporting Yemeni Royalists to keep President Nasser's Egyptians and Yemeni collaborators from conquering Arabia and crushing Israel. Interestingly, my dad worked on the Yemeni border in the closing stages of the war servicing missiles, radio equipment and assisting Saudi border patrols.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on March 05, 2011, 08:47:43 AM
A Purple Place for Dying by John D MacDonald.
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Post by: Weegee Board on March 05, 2011, 09:08:36 AM
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut.
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Post by: Beorn on March 06, 2011, 04:30:53 PM
the hobbit, thought i might read that again
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Post by: Eddy Baby on March 06, 2011, 04:48:39 PM
Good plan.
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Post by: Weegee Board on March 07, 2011, 09:22:42 PM
All right...

I'm going to try and read Moby-Dick with the aid of an audiobook companion. I'm not sure how successful I'll be.

I read that. It sucks.
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Post by: Horatio on March 08, 2011, 03:42:19 AM
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, James D. Hornfischer

The Quiet American, Graham Greene

The Mechanic's Tale, Steve Matchett

Also, I read Hitchhiking With Larry David yesterday and I highly recommend it.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on March 08, 2011, 03:52:20 AM
All right...

I'm going to try and read Moby-Dick with the aid of an audiobook companion. I'm not sure how successful I'll be.

I read that. It sucks.

What I've read of it was pretty good, though it might have been because I pictured Captain Ahab as patrick Stewart!
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Post by: The Terror on March 08, 2011, 03:57:58 AM
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut.

I just finished reading that. Cat's Cradle was better
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Post by: Weegee Board on March 09, 2011, 02:46:05 PM
Now I'm reading Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, which is fantastic.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on March 09, 2011, 03:05:51 PM
What I've read of it was pretty good, though it might have been because I pictured Captain Ahab as patrick Stewart!

'Ahab' looks like 'Arab' so he's an Arab.
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Post by: fluffycornsnake on March 09, 2011, 05:00:49 PM
I'm reading Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil for the first time. Wow.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on March 10, 2011, 06:53:08 PM
I'm reading Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil for the first time. Wow.


Dude, amazing book! Watch out though, he's a very persuasive writer - make sure you consider the broader implications of his ideas. Gotta say though, I've always preferred the semi-ironic presentation of those ideas in Thus Spoke Zarathustra. I say semi-ironic, because I think it's clear he enjoyed the revelatory aspect of it.


I've basically been re-reading Plato and Aristotle for the past month, though the Poetics was new to me. Going to start on Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy this weekend, which should be fun. It's been a while since I last enjoyed of his inimitable writing style.
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Post by: Trekky0623 on March 13, 2011, 07:06:04 PM
Just fiished Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I also decided to read the epilogue, so I am now sad. :'(
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Post by: Daniel on March 15, 2011, 11:24:28 AM
Just fiished Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I also decided to read the epilogue, so I am now sad. :'(

I feel your pain.  When I finished that book, I was sad because I realized I'd just spent several hours reading a terrible book.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on March 15, 2011, 03:59:59 PM
What I've read of it was pretty good, though it might have been because I pictured Captain Ahab as patrick Stewart!

'Ahab' looks like 'Arab' so he's an Arab.



Also I'm starting The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore again, I keep getting distracted by other books.
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Post by: Kira-SY on March 20, 2011, 04:50:55 PM
"Our mutual friend", by Charles Dickens.

It's giving me a headache to follow the English :(
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Post by: General Douchebag on March 20, 2011, 06:20:21 PM
I'm reading Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil for the first time. Wow.

I love Nietzsche. That's the one that starts by implying that moral dogmatists can't get laid, right?
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Post by: Horatio on March 20, 2011, 06:57:15 PM
Elmer Gantry, Sinclair Lewis.
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Post by: Trekky0623 on March 24, 2011, 10:01:24 AM
I'm reading Breakfast of Champions, and I'll probably read Slaughterhouse-Five after that.
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Post by: fluffycornsnake on March 24, 2011, 10:59:34 AM
I'm reading Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil for the first time. Wow.


Dude, amazing book! Watch out though, he's a very persuasive writer - make sure you consider the broader implications of his ideas. Gotta say though, I've always preferred the semi-ironic presentation of those ideas in Thus Spoke Zarathustra. I say semi-ironic, because I think it's clear he enjoyed the revelatory aspect of it.


I've basically been re-reading Plato and Aristotle for the past month, though the Poetics was new to me. Going to start on Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy this weekend, which should be fun. It's been a while since I last enjoyed of his inimitable writing style.

Yeah, his writing style is fantastically refreshing, even invigorating, though the implications of his moral philosophy are so unnerving that I find it difficult to take him seriously at times. I've started Plato's Republic now for a nice, drastically different change of pace.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on March 24, 2011, 01:09:09 PM
A Peace To End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East

the title coming from a comment made by Field Marshal Wavell, "After the war to end war they seem to have been pretty successful in Paris at making a peace to end peace"

It's somewhat old (1989) but that might prove to be a boon. My own library's Middle East division is somewhat lean but is better than the my town's library which apparently has the same type books Jack1704's library has.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on March 24, 2011, 09:31:28 PM
Thanks for your suggestion. My book budget is always in the red but I will put it on my 'want list.'  I don't remember how I acquired the book I'm reading now but it's adequate for my limited aim of just a little more historical grounding in an area where I am lacking in knowledge.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on March 27, 2011, 03:35:31 PM
The Soddit

Absolutely hilarious.
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Post by: Trekky0623 on March 27, 2011, 09:00:41 PM
Why the hell doesn't Cormac McCarthy use punctuation?
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Post by: Particle Person on March 27, 2011, 09:39:01 PM
Why the hell doesn't Cormac McCarthy use punctuation?

Because he's like super original and too intelligent for literary conventions.
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Post by: Jack1704 on March 30, 2011, 10:37:31 AM
Al Murray
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Post by: fluffycornsnake on March 30, 2011, 01:55:48 PM
An essay entitled Is the history of Philosophy Good for Philosophy? by Catherine Wilson.
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Post by: Benjamin Franklin on March 30, 2011, 03:31:17 PM
A More Perfect Constitution by Larry J Sabato
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on March 31, 2011, 10:12:30 PM
Dave Barry is Not Taking This Sitting Down, by Dave Barry
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Post by: Trekky0623 on April 03, 2011, 11:01:30 PM
A More Perfect Constitution by Larry J Sabato

Just researched this real quick. It sounds thoroughly interesting.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on April 04, 2011, 01:31:01 AM
Just finished Nemesis by Asimov. A pretty good book but Asimov can't write dialogue at all, unless there was some aspect of Rotorian society which naturally fostered overly-formal and emotionless speech...

Now reading the second part of John Birmingham's 'Axis of Time' trilogy

(http://img.tesco.com/pi/Books/M/22/9780141029122.jpg)
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Post by: lettiedwestlake on April 04, 2011, 07:50:46 AM
Hello, friends. I'm reading ghost story books.  8)
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Post by: Eddy Baby on April 05, 2011, 03:36:52 AM
I've finally finished Krabat and I'm now reading 1000 Years Of Annoying The French
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Post by: James on April 05, 2011, 04:10:18 AM
Adrian Galilio
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on April 05, 2011, 08:23:03 AM
Adrian Galilio


I really must get around to that.


I've just finished Paul Auster's The Music of Chance, and I'm now reading Swift's Guliver's Travels.
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Post by: Benjamin Franklin on April 05, 2011, 09:55:54 PM
A More Perfect Constitution by Larry J Sabato

Just researched this real quick. It sounds thoroughly interesting.
Even though I've taken a break from that to read books for class, it's pretty good. At first, I disagreed with almost all his points, but within halfway through the first chapter I'm starting to agree with a lot more of his ideas. It's a good book that could lead to some interesting debates.
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Post by: Secret User on April 08, 2011, 07:35:03 AM
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller. Somehow my teacher assigned it to me to read, even though every other page there is a quite disturbing sex scene.
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Post by: quark the cointelpro on April 08, 2011, 10:35:23 AM
 going through frank herberts short stories
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Post by: Hazbollah on April 11, 2011, 01:38:43 PM
Crawling through the Sharpe novels.
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Post by: Horatio on April 12, 2011, 04:51:37 PM
One Hundred Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander, Admiral Sandy Woodward.
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Post by: Particle Person on April 12, 2011, 09:17:15 PM
The Things They Carried by Tim O'brien. War is skeery.
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Post by: vhu9644 on April 12, 2011, 09:42:29 PM
the lord of the flies
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Post by: Particle Person on April 17, 2011, 03:18:45 PM
Has anyone read Anathem?
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Post by: Demouse on April 18, 2011, 09:50:41 PM
Reading Second Contact by Harry Turtledove
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Post by: General Disarray on April 19, 2011, 10:14:08 AM
Finishing up 1984, surprised at how much like this forum it is...
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Post by: Ski on April 19, 2011, 02:11:05 PM
Wheel of Stars by  A.G. Roth
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Post by: General Douchebag on April 19, 2011, 02:22:32 PM
Still War and Peace. I've broken the 100-page mark now though, so it's smooth sailing now.
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Post by: Ski on April 19, 2011, 02:26:11 PM
Still War and Peace. I've broken the 100-page mark now though, so it's smooth sailing now.

I finished it relatively recently -- it might be the only book I have ever had to try multiple times to get all the way through.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on April 19, 2011, 02:36:52 PM
Riding the Rap by Elmore Leonard.  It's a Raylan Givens book.
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Post by: General Douchebag on April 19, 2011, 02:46:20 PM
Still War and Peace. I've broken the 100-page mark now though, so it's smooth sailing now.

I finished it relatively recently -- it might be the only book I have ever had to try multiple times to get all the way through.

I'm on my fourth attempt and this is the furthest I've made it, don't get too self-deprecating. I can entirely see how people can read it over and over, there's just a ridiculous amount of content and complexity, I'm not even sure how Tolstoy wrote anything else with the years it must have taken from idea to novel.
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Post by: Muphci on April 21, 2011, 08:17:55 PM
Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger and 1984 by George Orwell
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on April 25, 2011, 07:30:58 PM
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
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Post by: Nolhekh on April 25, 2011, 07:52:47 PM
Star Trek: Klingon for the Galactic Traveler by Marc Okrand
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Post by: General Disarray on April 25, 2011, 08:53:19 PM
The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on April 26, 2011, 10:00:35 AM
Cosmos - Carl Sagan
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Post by: Daniel on May 01, 2011, 04:56:25 PM
I finished Time Out of Joint by Philip K. Dick a week or two ago.  A couple people recommended it to me but it was pretty meh.  The beginning was promising but the explanation at the end was really disappointing.  It's one of his earlier books, though, and he was just beginning to experiment with the themes that would eventually lead to much better books like VALIS.  To the book's credit, though, it basically was The Truman Show about three decades before The Truman Show was made.  Dick seems to have always been way ahead of his time.

I'm 2/3 of the way through Ursula K. Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven now.  I like it a lot so far.  It's a shame it's so short, though.  The ideas from the book warrant a much deeper investigation.  Maybe I'll feel differently by the end.  We'll see.

I'm also about 2/3 of the way through Neil Gaiman's American Gods.  It's plodding along nicely although everything so far strikes me as a very, very long exposition and I'm starting to wonder when the actual story will kick in.  The central conflict has been hinted at numerous times but it hasn't really taken off yet.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on May 01, 2011, 05:43:33 PM
Philip K. Dick was always better at coming up with good ideas than executing them well. He had a brilliant imagination, but in general the only thing duller than his characters is his prose. That's perhaps a bit harsh, but I just don't think he's a great writer in stylistic terms.


Also, I haven't read American Gods, but I hear it's a very divisive novel, even among Gaimen's fans. Out of interest Daniel, have you read Tanith Lee's Flat Earth series? I've been thinking about picking it up for ages, and you seem like the kind of person who might (for obvious reasons) have read it!
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Post by: Daniel on May 02, 2011, 02:23:11 AM
Philip K. Dick was always better at coming up with good ideas than executing them well. He had a brilliant imagination, but in general the only thing duller than his characters is his prose. That's perhaps a bit harsh, but I just don't think he's a great writer in stylistic terms.

It depends on the book.  I think it just took him a long time to get the hang of it.  What you've said is definitely true about his early books, though.  With the exception of The Man in the High Castle, those early books have good ideas but the characters are pulp sci-fi cardboard cutouts and the prose is mediocre.  There's a big change starting with A Scanner Darkly, though.  The writing is better and the characters have much, much more depth.  The Transmigration of Timothy Archer was almost nothing but character and it still managed to be a very good book.  It's a shame he died so young, just as he was really getting the hang of his craft.  I'm sure his next books would have been incredible.

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Also, I haven't read American Gods, but I hear it's a very divisive novel, even among Gaimen's fans. Out of interest Daniel, have you read Tanith Lee's Flat Earth series? I've been thinking about picking it up for ages, and you seem like the kind of person who might (for obvious reasons) have read it!

I haven't read any of that.  I don't know much about them, but they always struck me as being very wizards/dragons-oriented, which isn't really my thing.  I read a fair amount of that as a kid and haven't had much desire to return to it recently.  Maybe some day, though!
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on May 02, 2011, 08:34:50 AM
I haven't read any of that.  I don't know much about them, but they always struck me as being very wizards/dragons-oriented, which isn't really my thing.  I read a fair amount of that as a kid and haven't had much desire to return to it recently.  Maybe some day, though!


I know what you mean, but the descriptions I've read of her writing style have me intrigued. The words 'dreamlike', 'mythological' and 'poetic' come up a lot, which means it's could either be pretentious fantasy which thinks it's better written than it is, or just the kind of writing I like. I think I'll have to check it out some time soon.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on May 03, 2011, 02:07:26 PM
Ingeborg Bachmann's Das Gebell for uni.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on May 03, 2011, 03:57:56 PM
I always wish that Philip K. Dick could have transferred his amazing ideas into an equally talented writer. His dialogue is usually stilted and the characters wooden.

Also: Relevant

http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Philip_K._Dick
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Post by: Ski on May 04, 2011, 02:34:01 PM
Constantine's Sword by James Carroll
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Post by: Ski on May 08, 2011, 08:46:27 PM
Constantine's Sword by James Carroll

May I suggest at your convenience to compare Carroll's opinions and conclusions about Constantine with the perspective of the modern greek-american historian Professor D. George Kousoulas?
http://dgkousoulas.com/

'The Life and Times of Constantine the Great'
By D. G. Kousoulas
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Times-Constantine-Great/dp/1419660411/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304731682&sr=1-1

I will pick one or both up "at my convenience." So far it has been interesting. Carroll is rather convincing in some places and somewhat naive in others. I'm only 200 pages or so in, so he has time to impress me. But it has certainly been an interesting read.

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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on May 13, 2011, 03:38:45 PM
I'm reading Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut.
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Post by: Tausami on May 14, 2011, 08:52:33 AM
I'm reading Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut.

I'm reading Cat's Cradle
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on May 14, 2011, 08:56:15 AM
I'm reading Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut.

I'm reading Cat's Cradle

That's one of my all-time favorites.

See the cat?  See the cradle?
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Post by: Daniel on May 16, 2011, 08:51:32 AM
I'm reading Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut.

I'm reading Cat's Cradle

Me too.  I just started it today.  I hope it's better than Galapagos, the last Vonnegut book I read.
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Post by: Tausami on May 16, 2011, 01:54:23 PM
I'm reading Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut.

I'm reading Cat's Cradle

Me too.  I just started it today.  I hope it's better than Galapagos, the last Vonnegut book I read.

It's pretty good. I liked Slaughterhouse Five better, but it's one of his best works.
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Post by: Beorn on May 16, 2011, 02:19:00 PM
Finishing up 1984, surprised at how much like the modern world it is...

FTFY
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Post by: Vindictus on May 19, 2011, 01:54:31 AM
I've actually picked up a couple of Lovecraft's short stories.

Has anyone else read them/enjoy him?
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Post by: Ski on May 19, 2011, 03:56:56 PM
"Mountains of Madness" is the only Lovecraft I've read, actually.
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Post by: Vindictus on May 20, 2011, 07:27:05 PM
I'm about half way through Mountains of Madness.
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Post by: General Disarray on May 21, 2011, 06:59:08 AM
I've read a few of his stories, I did like Mountains of Madness. they do all seem pretty similar.
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Post by: Daniel on May 22, 2011, 02:16:40 PM
It's pretty good. I liked Slaughterhouse Five better, but it's one of his best works.

I just finished Cat's Cradle today.  I'm pretty underwhelmed.  I loved Slaughterhouse Five and liked Mother Night, but just about everything else I've read from him has been disappointing, especially given the critical praise he gets.  I didn't find the story particularly compelling.  The characters were 2-dimensional.  I just didn't care what happened. 

I was reading through the reviews on goodreads.com and this one summed up my feelings perfectly:

"Perhaps I am just getting old, but there seemed to be too much cleverness to no effect and little substance."

His writing just feels smug to me. 
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Post by: Muphci on May 23, 2011, 07:46:18 PM
About three chapters into Name of the Wind and have to finish by Wednesday. Doable?
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Post by: General Disarray on May 25, 2011, 05:14:46 PM
Just started A Study in Scarlet. I have the whole series but it will take a while to get through them.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on May 29, 2011, 09:05:46 AM
I am thoroughly enjoying Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, by Al Franken, for the second time.  Wardogg would love this book.
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Post by: gotham on June 04, 2011, 12:50:13 PM
The Clown -  by Heinrich Boll
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on June 04, 2011, 01:01:09 PM
Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on June 05, 2011, 05:16:12 AM
*Long pause*



Damn.
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Post by: mark520 on June 13, 2011, 01:13:35 AM
Finished Starship Troopers a while ago. Liked it as much as the movie, if not more. The movie was good for being action-y and epic, but the novel I liked because of it's more thought provoking. I really didn't like how he kept switching to different squads and being with different people every chapter or so, but I guess (I've never really been in the army myself, so I'm just guessing) that that's more realistic.
Started on Catch-22. So far my favorite part is when Yossarian is trying to find out why Orr used to put crab apples in his cheeks and keeps getting extremely literal and/or answers that are right, but not what he's looking for
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Post by: Thork on June 19, 2011, 01:59:23 PM
(http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/milton/micheal.jpg)

I just stumbled across free online editions of Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. If you have never read them its well worth getting into.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/milton/index.htm
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on June 23, 2011, 04:41:52 AM
Just finished The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, a very well written steampunk novel.

Just about to start on The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
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Post by: PizzaPlanet on June 23, 2011, 05:35:11 AM
This forum.
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Post by: Wendy on June 23, 2011, 07:13:16 AM
I have begun to read Maddon's Rock by Hammond Innes, as it's a rather small volume with a story that sounds interesting enough. I have found little time for it, however. I curse the fact that I no longer need to take two bus rides of forty minutes each every single day. It has cut my reading habits to practically nil.
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Post by: Trekky0623 on June 23, 2011, 08:48:48 AM
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind.
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Post by: Hazbollah on June 24, 2011, 10:04:00 AM
In Honour Bound by Gerald Seymour.

The War that Never Was
by Duff Hart-Davis.
It tells of Britain's unofficial, highly secretive campaign  in the 60s supporting Yemeni Royalists to keep President Nasser's Egyptians and Yemeni collaborators from conquering Arabia and crushing Israel. Interestingly, my dad worked on the Yemeni border in the closing stages of the war servicing missiles, radio equipment and assisting Saudi border patrols.

That sounds fascinating.  Egyptian kings from Muhammad Ali Pasha (circa 1805) to King Farouk (1952) were all western puppets whose dynasty was overthrown by Mohammad Naguib and Nasser in the 1950's and who were the least foreign manipulated leaders of Egypt in over a century.  The British would logically support puppets like the Saudi and Yemeni royals against Nasser whom it is well known they tried to assassinate. 

Indeed, Nasser actually managed to pull the wool over Kennedy's eyes as to his intentions. Kennedy wanted Nasser to unite Arabia, but he didn't see the threat to Israel. In fact, the campaign saved the state of Israel from destruction. Nasser also had the USSR on his side, and we had to lie to the yanks repeatedly to keep the cover on the op.
Here's the book:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/War-That-Never-Was/dp/1846058252
And more on the man behind it (his obituary):
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/2553726/Colonel-Jim-Johnson.html
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on June 24, 2011, 02:39:00 PM
I curse the fact that I no longer need to take two bus rides of forty minutes each every single day. It has cut my reading habits to practically nil.

Yeah, the same thing happened to me when I stopped taking the bus.  It takes me forever to get through a book now because I don't read very often.

Right now I'm reading Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl.
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Post by: Deanyx on June 25, 2011, 01:16:55 AM
Currently rereading; the Nightside series by Simon R. Green

Recently finished; World War Z - Max Brooks
Celestial Matter - richard garfunkle
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on July 02, 2011, 01:49:46 AM
Just finished The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde and now I'm debating whether to go back and read some Terry Pratchett or Christopher Moore.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on July 02, 2011, 10:47:32 AM
I'm reading Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett right now.  I swear the series gets more and more hysterical as it goes on.

I have also taken it upon myself to read Othello over my extended holiday weekend.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on July 02, 2011, 11:22:34 AM
Still Harry Potter Und Der Stein Der Weisen because I mostly read textbooks and exercise books. Is that weird?
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Post by: Crazy Diamond on July 02, 2011, 03:13:07 PM
Hmmm - found my collection of Terry Pratchett books - should i go there again ? lol
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on July 03, 2011, 03:27:36 PM
I decided on 'A Dirty Job' by Christopher Moore.

It's worth it if only to read about the Emperor of San Francisco again!
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Post by: fluffycornsnake on July 07, 2011, 02:37:03 PM
About to lose my Kierkegaard cherry to Fear and Trembling.
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Post by: Hazbollah on July 09, 2011, 01:14:30 PM
Those in Peril by Wilbur Smith. Cracking story, but seems to descend into porn every 50-odd pages.
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Post by: Nomad on July 09, 2011, 07:49:50 PM
Going to read Neil Gaiman's Sandman series again, I just bought the first two books and will buy the rest with subsequent paychecks.  Feels good giving my money to a REAL comic book store that I've met and chat with the owner rather than throwing my money at a faceless corporate entity like Borders or B&N.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on July 10, 2011, 11:07:07 AM
I just ordered A Dance with Dragons, A Canticle for Leibowitz, and The Name of the Wind. Can't wait!
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Post by: But_I_Digress on July 10, 2011, 01:13:46 PM
I just ordered A Dance with Dragons, A Canticle for Leibowitz, and The Name of the Wind. Can't wait!


I can't WAIT for A Dance with Dragons to come out! Best fantasy series EVER!

Name of the Wind was pretty good too, but it is kind of slow moving. I'm planning on getting the sequel soon.
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Post by: gotham on July 10, 2011, 01:32:49 PM
The Mill on the Floss - by George Eliot
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on July 11, 2011, 11:46:21 PM
I'm going on holiday next week and I want to take three books with me, two fiction and one non-fiction, any suggestions, oh learned members of FES?
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Post by: PizzaPlanet on July 12, 2011, 12:25:24 AM
I'm going on holiday next week and I want to take three books with me, two fiction and one non-fiction, any suggestions, oh learned members of FES?
The Koran, the Bible, and the Book of Mormon.
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Post by: MattyS on July 12, 2011, 01:08:51 AM
Patterson's The Lake House. Pretty good.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on July 12, 2011, 09:42:02 AM
I'm going on holiday next week and I want to take three books with me, two fiction and one non-fiction, any suggestions, oh learned members of FES?

Have you read Dune?
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Post by: Thork on July 12, 2011, 01:11:37 PM
A Playboy Magazine. I am enjoying the pictures.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on July 13, 2011, 05:45:24 AM
I'm going on holiday next week and I want to take three books with me, two fiction and one non-fiction, any suggestions, oh learned members of FES?

Have you read Dune?

I haven't, never really appealed for some reason.

I think I'm going to get:

Weapons of Choice - World War 2.3 - John Birmingham - The first two books of the series have been excellent, about a mid-21st century multinational fleet being sent back and scattered around the world during the Battle of Midway in WW2, the series looks not only on the military consequences of jet fighters in the spitfire generation but lokos at how the society, attitudes and politics of the 21st centure affect the world in the forties (Oh, and the USSR learns that it will lose he cold war and forms a stronger alliance with Germany)

Atom - Lawrence Krauss A history of the universe from the Big Bang to the end of time, what's not to love?

Hitch-22 - Christopher Hitchens

A lighthearted comedy novel, probably one by Christopher Moore.
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Post by: General Douchebag on July 14, 2011, 03:05:51 PM
Almost finished with A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin.

Ye gods, these are good books. I read Steel and Snow in 24 hours, straight through the night without noticing. I'm picking up the finale on Saturday and intend to complete it by Monday morning.
Then the work begins.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on July 15, 2011, 05:02:49 AM
When I go on holiday I do things like ski and drink and shit
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on July 15, 2011, 11:56:37 AM
Almost finished with A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin.

Ye gods, these are good books. I read Steel and Snow in 24 hours, straight through the night without noticing. I'm picking up the finale on Saturday and intend to complete it by Monday morning.
Then the work begins.

I love GRRM.  I'm watching for the mailman to bring A Dance with Dragons any day now.
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Post by: General Douchebag on July 15, 2011, 02:22:44 PM
Almost finished with A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin.

Ye gods, these are good books. I read Steel and Snow in 24 hours, straight through the night without noticing. I'm picking up the finale on Saturday and intend to complete it by Monday morning.
Then the work begins.

I love GRRM.  I'm watching for the mailman to bring A Dance with Dragons any day now.

Does A Feast for Crows get more exciting? I'm getting sick of watching Cersei get more paranoid and Jaime get more honourable, surely there must be some point when Tyrion, Dany and Sandor Clegane sweep back into the narrative in a whirlwind of awesome?
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on July 15, 2011, 03:09:22 PM
No, you'll have to slog through the less interesting POVs the entire book. GRRM said the book was so long he ended up splitting it up, and the book didn't come out as good as all the others. Fortunately Tyrion, Dany, and Jon are back in A Dance with Dragons.
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Post by: But_I_Digress on July 16, 2011, 09:59:52 PM
I'm reading "A Dance with Dragons" now. 200 pages in and am loving it so far.
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Post by: Hazbollah on July 18, 2011, 02:26:38 AM
Parsifal, or Charles Kovac's retelling and commentaries upon the aforementioned.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on July 18, 2011, 08:06:48 AM
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Annie Dillard
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on July 20, 2011, 12:54:34 PM
A Dance with Dragons is finally here! The book is so big I had to take a break, lol.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on July 20, 2011, 07:15:16 PM
I'm reading The Bear and the Dragon (speaking of dragons) by Tom Clancy.  I hope to be finished by next summer.
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Post by: Sean on July 20, 2011, 10:31:47 PM
I am reading The Post American World 2.0, by Fareed Zakaria.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on July 22, 2011, 02:43:16 PM
When I go on holiday I do things like ski and drink and shit

Yeah, I got through about 100 pages of Hitch-22, the rest I spent drinking, swimming, walking or pissing off the neighbour.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on July 22, 2011, 04:54:32 PM
I'm finally reading A Dance with Dragons.
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Post by: Tausami on July 22, 2011, 05:01:18 PM
Tick Tock, by James Patterson.

He kinda writes for the least common denominator, but it's otherwise pretty good.
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Post by: Particle Person on July 24, 2011, 11:21:49 AM
Tick Tock, by James Patterson.

He kinda writes for the least common denominator, but it's otherwise pretty good.

That guy churns out literature at a ridiculous pace. By the end of 2011, he will have released 11 books just this year.

I just started reading the first book in The Chronicles of Amber, Nine Princes in Amber, the protagonist of which I was almost named after (Corwin).
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Post by: Crazy Diamond on July 25, 2011, 03:57:15 PM
Mrs Fry's Diary - by Mrs Stephen Fry

Great if you can only snatch 5 minutes of reading time at a time.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on July 26, 2011, 11:10:04 AM
Finished A Dance with Dragons today.  I hope I don't have to wait 5yrs for the next one!
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Post by: General Disarray on July 26, 2011, 01:10:56 PM
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher!

Been waiting on this one for a while.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on July 26, 2011, 03:10:22 PM
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher!

Been waiting on this one for a while.

Is that a Dresden Files book?  I read one of those once.  It was pretty good.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on July 26, 2011, 03:33:55 PM
1000 Years Of Annoying The French.

Funny history yayyy
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Post by: General Disarray on July 26, 2011, 05:38:47 PM
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher!

Been waiting on this one for a while.

Is that a Dresden Files book?  I read one of those once.  It was pretty good.

Yep, this is #13 in the series.
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Post by: General Douchebag on July 27, 2011, 05:20:10 AM
Got A Dance with Dragons yesterday.

I lost track of time and read through till sunrise, so I can't focus enough to read any more.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on July 28, 2011, 05:06:14 PM
Got A Dance with Dragons yesterday.

I lost track of time and read through till sunrise, so I can't focus enough to read any more.

Winter is coming!
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on July 31, 2011, 01:27:30 PM
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on August 01, 2011, 03:20:40 PM
I don't see a united Africa as a remotely viable construct at the moment. It's too big, too many disparate tribes, religions and ways of life, too much inequality between the states, too many unresolved conflicts, too many centuries-old blood feuds. Not even the Sudan could remain united, what hope is there for a continent-wide unification?
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Post by: General Douchebag on August 01, 2011, 04:33:10 PM
Since DwD is too bulky to carry around I'm going with a more slender volume for travelling, The Computer and the Brain by von Neuman. I'm sort of understanding most of it.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on August 03, 2011, 07:22:42 AM
I don't see a united Africa as a remotely viable construct at the moment. It's too big, too many disparate tribes, religions and ways of life, too much inequality between the states, too many unresolved conflicts, too many centuries-old blood feuds. Not even the Sudan could remain united, what hope is there for a continent-wide unification?

Looks like a good list of reasons why the present schemes (neo-colonialism or whatever you want to call it) don't work.

Not saying the current system 'works' but a 'United Africa' is nothing more than a pipe-dream.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on August 03, 2011, 11:11:56 AM
December 6
Martin Cruz Smith

I've read two or three of this guy's books and they're pretty entertaining, mostly intrigue plots in unfamiliar places.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on August 03, 2011, 06:41:59 PM
December 6
Martin Cruz Smith

I've read two or three of this guy's books and they're pretty entertaining, mostly intrigue plots in unfamiliar places.

I love Martin Cruz Smith.  I think Gorky Park is my favorite police procedural I've ever read.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on August 03, 2011, 07:01:33 PM
Yeah, that one and I've read Polar Star and Havana Bay.  All three good reads.  This one I'm reading now is set in Japan.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on August 03, 2011, 07:17:02 PM
Yeah, that one and I've read Polar Star and Havana Bay.  All three good reads.  This one I'm reading now is set in Japan.

lol, yeah, I just realized that I bought it two years ago and never read it.  I think I actually lost it in my last move.

Red Square was also a good read.  It's another Arkady Renko book.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on August 03, 2011, 08:15:06 PM
Now you've found that you lost it.  ;D   You sound like me.
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Post by: Hazbollah on August 06, 2011, 10:00:59 AM
For Whom The Bell Tolls.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on August 09, 2011, 12:33:36 PM
The Name of the Wind.
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Post by: General Disarray on August 12, 2011, 04:44:02 PM
Finished up A Game of Thrones after watching the show, now I'm working on A Clash of Kings
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Post by: Marcus Aurelius on August 16, 2011, 05:16:21 PM
I'm finally reading A Dance with Dragons.

I'm about to start reading a Game of Thrones.  I've had it for months but haven't had time to get into it.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on August 16, 2011, 06:29:14 PM
The Information Officer
Mark Mills
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on August 17, 2011, 10:16:46 AM
I'm finally reading A Dance with Dragons.

I'm about to start reading a Game of Thrones.  I've had it for months but haven't had time to get into it.

Winter is coming! I think you'll really enjoy it.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on August 18, 2011, 09:16:03 PM
A Song of Ice and Fire is amazing. I finished A Dance With Dragons about two weeks ago, and though it was very good, I'm not sure it was up to the same (very high) standard as the other books.


I've just finished The Ethics of Liberty by Murray N. Rothbard, and I'm about to start Maurice Merleau-Ponty's Phenomonology of Perception, along with Reading Merleau-Ponty (ed. Thomas Baldwin) and Merleau-Ponty by Taylor Carmen.
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Post by: PizzaPlanet on August 18, 2011, 11:42:10 PM
The FES collaboration book.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on August 19, 2011, 08:09:53 AM
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Does your condemnation of a United Africa mean that you think that Africans are unfit to govern themselves?  Is it okay for europeans to have a United Europe but too advanced for Africans?  I especially disrespect racism that is too cowardly to declare itself openly, but attacks the legitimate dreams of the exploited and their true leaders.

Not at all, I think a United States of Europe is a pipe-dream for basically the same reasons. I don't want Africa to be a colonial power, I want the people of Africa to decide for themselves where their national and cultural boundaries are and to govern themselves as they see fit. If Sudan couldn't even remain as one country or South Africa and Namibia, is it likely that we'll see a large-scale unification?

A United Southern Africa would be hard enough to achieve but at least SA, namibia and Botswana are all at more or less equivalent economic levels and have similar cultures

the difference in culture between the North and South of Africa is startling
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Post by: Vindictus on August 19, 2011, 11:42:21 PM
Another Lovecraft short story: The Whisperer in Darkness. I'm enjoying this one more than some of his more famous works. Shadow Over Innsmouth was a good read, but nothing spectacular.

Also, can someone recommend me a really good fantasy series? It should be easier to get recommendations from this thread than from Google.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on August 20, 2011, 04:01:22 PM
Just started Singularity Sky, by Charles Stross.
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Post by: Mr Pseudonym on August 20, 2011, 06:04:00 PM
The last few posts of this thread.
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Post by: Tausami on August 22, 2011, 05:36:44 PM
Sex, Drugs, and DNA, by Michael Stebbins. It's a look into the world of science and a debunking of the misconceptions about some of the more controversial topics. As a future scientist, I've found it both useful and interesting so far.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on August 22, 2011, 09:09:39 PM
Finally finished The Bear and the Dragon; I am now on Dune.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on August 23, 2011, 11:24:49 AM
OMG! You just made me squee! :)  I hope you get as much out of Dune as I have, it is the one book I've read over and over again, and always get something new out of.

ALSO, I finished Singularity Sky (I love Charles Stross) and started The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on August 23, 2011, 01:55:11 PM
Indigo
Catherine McKinley
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on August 23, 2011, 06:24:05 PM
Finally finished The Bear and the Dragon; I am now on Dune.


Dune is awesome.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on August 23, 2011, 06:25:26 PM
OMG! You just made me squee! :)  I hope you get as much out of Dune as I have, it is the one book I've read over and over again, and always get something new out of.

Dune is awesome.

These are the kinds of things I keep hearing about this book.

I haven't gotten too far yet but I'm enjoying it so far.
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Post by: Ski on August 24, 2011, 10:57:17 AM
Just finished:
"Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism" by Kevin Phillips


Moving on to "Age of Reagan: A History" by Sean Wilentz
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Post by: Part of the Problem on August 25, 2011, 10:08:06 AM
Jon Krakauer - Under the Banner of Heaven

http://www.amazon.com/Under-Banner-Heaven-Story-Violent/dp/0385509510
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on September 05, 2011, 01:01:29 AM
About to read Fear and loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
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Post by: Wendy on September 05, 2011, 01:43:15 AM
Well, it's over two months since I started reading Maddon Rock, and I'm about halfway through and making good headway. I've read some reviews of it online which stated that it isn't a very good book, but I'm enjoying it thus far.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on September 05, 2011, 06:04:48 AM
Just finished Hitch-22. It's a fantastic bookwith some real insights into how he arrived at many of his more controversial opinions (Such as the Iraq war)

the only downside to it is that there is simply so much to take on board, so many people, ideologies, countries and histories that sometimes keeping track is difficult to say the least.
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Post by: Marcus Aurelius on September 07, 2011, 08:03:36 AM
I'm finally reading A Dance with Dragons.

I'm about to start reading a Game of Thrones.  I've had it for months but haven't had time to get into it.

Winter is coming! I think you'll really enjoy it.

Finished the first book and onto the second one now, A Clash of Kings.  This time I dl the audiobook from the library and I am listening to it on my way to and from work every day.  It makes my 1 hour commute through rush hour traffic much more pleasant.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on September 10, 2011, 10:11:56 AM
Reading a free book from the Muslims in town called 'The Man in the Red Underpants' a spectacularly ill-researched book full to the brim of the oldest 'arguments' for god you've ever heard.

Just awful, back to Fear and Loathing, I think.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on September 10, 2011, 10:44:45 AM
Reading a free book from the Muslims in town called 'The Man in the Red Underpants' a spectacularly ill-researched book full to the brim of the oldest 'arguments' for god you've ever heard.

Is Abdul Aziz credited as an author?

I finished Dune earlier this week; started reading Eric by Terry Pratchett.
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Post by: Sean on September 14, 2011, 08:15:55 AM
I am reading The Armchair Economist, among a bunch of textbooks.
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Post by: Vongeo on September 14, 2011, 08:58:42 AM
Atonement.
among a bunch of textbooks.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on September 16, 2011, 06:57:31 AM
Started and finished Louis Theroux's Call Of The Weird while being away.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on September 18, 2011, 05:09:40 PM
Can You Forgive Her?
Anthony Trollope

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Post by: Nomad on September 18, 2011, 07:15:17 PM
Reading through Neil Gaiman's rendition of Black Orchid.  It's a little hard to follow, but the art in it is excellent.  Really under-the-radar for him, I'm surprised it's not as renowned.  Worth checking out if you like him, or like more mature comics at all.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on September 18, 2011, 07:45:29 PM
@ 17November

I like Trollope.  I like his character-driven situations and I enjoy his language.  I read the Barsetshire novels and a couple of others some time ago and now am most happy to get the Palliser novels delivered to my new e-reader for the magnificent sum of $0. 

I'm afraid I'm not much of a critic.  I read novels to get lost in them and that's about it. 
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on September 18, 2011, 08:10:37 PM
If you ever find yourself in need of an antidote to pop-culture saturation, you might enjoy a chapter or two of Trollope.  :)
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Post by: General Disarray on September 20, 2011, 08:49:31 PM
Finished Dance with Dragons today, those are some seriously long books, but I just couldn't stop reading.
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Post by: Marcus Aurelius on September 23, 2011, 07:33:32 AM
Alright, finished Clash of Kings.  Wow that was good.  On to book 3 now.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on September 23, 2011, 07:45:19 AM
Just started 'Coyote Blue' by Christopher Moore
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Post by: Crustinator on September 23, 2011, 11:49:19 AM
Danielle Steel - One Day at a Time
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Coco Barrington was born into a legendary Hollywood family, her last name loaded with expectations. Her mother is a mega-bestselling author who writes under the name of Florence Flowers – and her sister, Jane, is one of Hollywood’s top producers. They’re not your typical family, by any means . . . Jane has lived with her partner, Liz, for 10 years, in a solid, loving relationship. Florence, widowed but still radiant, has just begun a secret romance with a man twenty-four years her junior. And Coco, a law school dropout and family black sheep, works as a dog walker, having fled life in the spotlight for the artsy Northern California beach town of Bolinas.

But when Coco reluctantly agrees to house-sit in Jane’s luxurious home, she soon discovers just how much things can change in just a matter of days . . . It turns out Jane’s house comes complete with an unexpected houseguest: Leslie Baxter, a dashing but down-to-earth British actor who’s fleeing a psycho ex-girlfriend.Their worlds couldn’t be more different.The attraction couldn’t be more immediate.

Suddenly Coco is seeing things differently: Leslie is not just a celebrity, he’s a single dad to an adorable six-year-old girl. Her mother is not just a self-centered walking advertisement for great cosmetic surgery, she’s a woman in love, with vulnerability and new insight. And Jane and Liz are about to take the bravest plunge of all – into parenthood. As Coco contemplates a future with one of Hollywood’s hottest stars, as her mother and sister settle into their lives, old wounds are healed and new familes are formed – some traditional, some not-so-traditional, but all bonded by love.

With wit and intelligence, Danielle Steel’s new novel explores love in all its guises, taking us into the lives of three unusual, but wonderfully real couples.Funny, sexy and wise, One Day at a Time is at once moving, thought provoking, and utterly impossible to put down.
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Post by: Vindictus on September 25, 2011, 02:49:41 PM
About halfway through A Game Of Thrones, and thoroughly enjoying it.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on September 25, 2011, 03:12:17 PM
About halfway through A Game Of Thrones, and thoroughly enjoying it.

Great story and writing... and for once the TV show based on a book series is also kickass.
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Post by: Marcus Aurelius on September 26, 2011, 10:04:23 AM
I heard they are going to keep it pretty close to the books for seasons 1 and 2.  But once it gets to season 3, since the book is so long, they are planning to split that up a bit.  I hope it turns out okay.  I'm on book 3 now, and loving it.
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Post by: rooster on September 26, 2011, 11:23:04 AM
I heard they are going to keep it pretty close to the books for seasons 1 and 2.  But once it gets to season 3, since the book is so long, they are planning to split that up a bit.  I hope it turns out okay.  I'm on book 3 now, and loving it.

I'm stuck in the middle of book 4 since this one is a tad boring.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on September 26, 2011, 05:55:11 PM
I heard they are going to keep it pretty close to the books for seasons 1 and 2.  But once it gets to season 3, since the book is so long, they are planning to split that up a bit.  I hope it turns out okay.  I'm on book 3 now, and loving it.

Yeah, I think they're going to have to do that. Also, I think when they get to A Feast for Crows, they'll merge it with A Dance with Dragons, and then divided into several seasons. Once you start reading Feast you will understand... most of the main P.O.V. characters are absent. Dance with Dragons takes place during the same time frame, but from your favorite characters P.O.V. Feast suffered from a serious lack of Tyrion. 
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Post by: General Douchebag on September 27, 2011, 11:38:24 AM
I heard they are going to keep it pretty close to the books for seasons 1 and 2.  But once it gets to season 3, since the book is so long, they are planning to split that up a bit.  I hope it turns out okay.  I'm on book 3 now, and loving it.

Yeah, I think they're going to have to do that. Also, I think when they get to A Feast for Crows, they'll merge it with A Dance with Dragons, and then divided into several seasons. Once you start reading Feast you will understand... most of the main P.O.V. characters are absent. Dance with Dragons takes place during the same time frame, but from your favorite characters P.O.V. Feast suffered from a serious lack of Tyrion. 

A serious lack of everyone. Most of the POVs in Feast hadn't been POVs before, and were usually only slightly interesting. Oh gods, Brienne. Such a bland woman.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on September 27, 2011, 03:11:39 PM
Well, I loved Brienne and Jaime (for the most part), but the rest of the book was a bit of a drag. If I were to read the series again, I'd read Feast and the first half of ADwD at the same time.
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Post by: General Douchebag on September 28, 2011, 10:32:04 AM
Well, I loved Brienne and Jaime (for the most part), but the rest of the book was a bit of a drag. If I were to read the series again, I'd read Feast and the first half of ADwD at the same time.

I thought Jaime and Cersei were the most interesting characters, it was really interesting to watch them develop. Brienne is just a standard knight-in-shining-armour type, and such a simple character made for a boring POV, in my opinion.
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Post by: Marcus Aurelius on September 28, 2011, 11:54:16 AM
I like Jamie, then again I just started the third book where he is a POV character.  I am a fan of Jon and Danerys.
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Post by: rooster on September 28, 2011, 11:56:20 AM
All of my favorite characters have died except for Dany.  :'(
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on September 28, 2011, 04:27:31 PM
Tyrion and Arya are my favorites, but I like Jon and Daenerys too. I'll probably like Jaime again, once his POV comes back. I hope it doesn't take 6 years for the next book.
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Post by: Vongeo on October 03, 2011, 04:09:37 PM
Luka and the fire of life, I'm convinced I wrote it, like that movie.
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Post by: General Disarray on October 03, 2011, 05:34:39 PM
Game of Thrones is up there with the most faithful reproductions of a book, and I like it just fine that way. I mean obviously they had to throw in a few gratuitous sex scenes to keep people interested, but I'm not complaining.
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Post by: Vindictus on October 03, 2011, 05:39:25 PM
Started a Clash of Kings, and am halfway through the Game Of Thrones TV series. Even though Martin was involved in the making of the series, I'm still surprised at how true to the books it is.
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Post by: Ski on October 06, 2011, 08:56:15 AM
As a Driven Leaf by M. Steinberg
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on October 11, 2011, 09:19:52 AM
'Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth'
By Jeffrey Satinover

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080105625X/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Some books of this nature are unfortunately combined with the politics of the religious right, but I became particularly interested in this one by the reviewer who stated that "The chapter on genetics alone is worth the price of the book."

The following review was another indication of its objectivity:

Paul Jennens wrote "As an openly gay man having lived in the lifestyle for 12 years, I found Dr. Satinover's book refreshing and poignant. His book reflected an amazing and timely understanding of homosexuality and current gay culture, and its position in our society as a whole. His analysis of the role of religion in this issue is refreshingly objective for such a controversial and emotional subject. This book will challenge the perspective of openly gay people--whether atheist, agnostic, or persons of faith--who honestly answer the questions it poses in their own lives."

Hmm, it would take a very convincing review to make me read work from 'Focus on the Family' especially when the 'customers also bought... lists "The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today " and "The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised As Freedom"
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on October 18, 2011, 11:48:29 AM
A portable library is a magnificent thing when away from home.

Just finished:
Phineas Finn (1867)
Anthony Trollope

The Benson Murder Case (A Philo Vance Story) (1926)
S. S. Van Dine

Just started:
The Eustace Diamonds (1871)
Anthony Trollope

Dipping into at will:
The Green Helmet and Other Poems (1910)
W.B. Yeats

On deck:
Bulldog Drummond (1920)
"Sapper" (Herman Cyril McNeale)
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Post by: Ski on October 20, 2011, 04:44:28 PM
The Robe
Lloyd C. Douglas
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Post by: Particle Person on October 27, 2011, 09:20:18 PM
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. I'm learning a ridiculous new word every few pages.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on October 28, 2011, 03:59:17 AM
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. I'm learning a ridiculous new word every few pages.

I loved that book.  Have fun with the endnotes.

Reading Oliver Twist.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on October 28, 2011, 08:42:18 AM
Currently have Julians Bruder by Klaus Kordon, The German Speaking World: A Practical Introduction To Sociolinguistic Issues by Patrick Stevenson, Дама С Собачкой by Anton Chekov and Language Myths on the go. Slow progress really.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on October 28, 2011, 10:12:17 AM
Snuff
Terry pratchett

(http://media.avclub.com/images/media/book/2/2255/Snuff_jpg_150x1000_upscale_q85.jpg)
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on October 31, 2011, 12:06:01 PM
Have added the Boston Blackie and Raffles series to my pulp crime fiction collection.  I could be stuffy and say I'm studying the genre, but actually I'm just chuckling and enjoying.  Delicious reading in a time-traveling capsule.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on October 31, 2011, 01:27:53 PM
RE: The Pink Swastika

How does the book explain homosexuals being sent to the death camps if they were pro-gay?
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on November 01, 2011, 03:23:57 AM
I could understand the execution of senior nazis, but what about the purge of homosexuals throughout the reich, pursued with as much vigour as the hunt for Jews, Romanies, Slavs, the disabled etc?

To say that some senior Nazis were closet homosexuals who distracted attention from themselves by persecuting others is practically historical fact; however, to claim that the Nazi movement was even in part a homosexual copnspiracy is an extraordinary claim.

Finally, there is very good cause for gay people to shout down any objection and that is that unlike a political position or taste in music an attack on homosexuality is attack on both the person themself in a very personal manner and attack on anyone they love.

Is it any wonder that people react less than amicably after thousands of years of being called 'abominations' and being persecuted, often to death, for who they are?
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on November 02, 2011, 07:41:11 PM

The Woman in White
Wilkie Collins

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Post by: Mrs. Peach on November 06, 2011, 05:57:16 PM
Sartor Resartus
Thomas Carlyle
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Post by: Ski on November 08, 2011, 07:51:46 PM
I'm a few pages into "The Silmarillion" again, but I fear it will be lost among the more important reading to be done.
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Post by: Vongeo on November 08, 2011, 08:21:43 PM
I'm reading my posts, I'm the only one who does.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on November 08, 2011, 08:40:36 PM
I'm reading my posts, I'm the only one who does.

(http://i39.tinypic.com/xdfo5v.jpg)
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Post by: Vongeo on November 10, 2011, 08:46:51 AM
I'm reading my posts, I'm the only one who does.

(http://i39.tinypic.com/xdfo5v.jpg)
Roundy is too cool for bool.
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Post by: General Disarray on November 16, 2011, 10:26:24 AM
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

It took me a few chapters to realize it was the basis for Blade Runner.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on November 18, 2011, 03:47:43 PM
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

It took me a few chapters to realize it was the basis for Blade Runner.

Philip K. Dick is awesome.
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Post by: General Disarray on November 18, 2011, 04:44:15 PM
I have a few more books by him, what do you recommend?
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on November 18, 2011, 04:56:24 PM
Do you have The Man in the High Castle, and A Scanner Darkly? Those are good.
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Post by: General Disarray on November 18, 2011, 05:04:53 PM
Those will be next on my list.
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Post by: General Disarray on November 20, 2011, 06:22:41 PM
I lied, I just started Ender's Game, and I like it a lot so far.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on November 21, 2011, 02:48:04 AM
Duizend schitterende zonnen by Khaled Hosseini. Dutch translation of A Thousand Splendid Suns
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on November 21, 2011, 04:01:43 AM
Do you have The Man in the High Castle, and A Scanner Darkly? Those are good.

Phillip K Dick has a great imagination for worlds and stories but I tend to find that his characters feel flat. The man in the high castle typified this for me.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on November 21, 2011, 11:21:02 AM
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt. Hilarious so far.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on November 21, 2011, 06:31:02 PM
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt. Hilarious so far.

Berendt gets south Georgia spot on.



The Thirty-Nine Steps
John Buchan
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on November 22, 2011, 09:22:53 AM
My great aunt lived south of Savannah for many years, I love that part of Georgia.
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Post by: rooster on November 22, 2011, 02:43:22 PM
So jelly. I'd love to go to Savannah, although I guess it's not too far away.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on November 22, 2011, 03:12:46 PM
It's a good place for a road trip!
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on November 25, 2011, 12:00:57 PM
Just finished 'Snuff' by Terry Pratchett. Not his best work but definitely back on form after the slightly disappointing 'Unseen Academicals'

Need to decide on a non-fiction book to cover now.
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Post by: Hazbollah on November 25, 2011, 12:16:01 PM
Jeeves and Wooster. Absolutely brilliant.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on November 26, 2011, 08:50:51 AM
About to start War and Peace.

Translated by Louise and Alymer Maude.

It looks daunting but 1200 pages is about half the length of a Peter F Hamilton book!
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Post by: General Disarray on November 27, 2011, 07:56:29 AM
Started A Scanner Darkly, fought through about 30 pages, realized I had absolutely no interest in it, and quit.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on December 01, 2011, 01:28:14 PM
My great aunt lived south of Savannah for many years, I love that part of Georgia.

I used to have long visits in Statesboro which isn't that far from Pembroke.  Emma Kelly, the piano lady in the book, was from there and I got to hear her numbers of times.  I agree, Savannah's fun.
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Post by: rooster on December 01, 2011, 04:39:23 PM
Embracing Defeat by John Dower

Japanese history outside of the Heian Period is boring but this is a nice, depressing read if anyone's into non-fiction and post Pacific War-ness.
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Post by: whixhanny on December 02, 2011, 12:43:28 AM
The latest issue of Readers Digest, it contains lots of info that is worth reading [I decided to take a break in reading novels for a change..haha]
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on December 02, 2011, 03:19:55 PM
My great aunt lived south of Savannah for many years, I love that part of Georgia.

I used to have long visits in Statesboro which isn't that far from Pembroke.  Emma Kelly, the piano lady in the book, was from there and I got to hear her numbers of times.  I agree, Savannah's fun.

My aunt lived in Midway. I just love how nice the people in that area are, and you can get the best food in places you'd normally not even think about... like a cafeteria in a grocery store  :)

As for what I'm reading.. I'm trying to read The Bonfire of the Vanities, but so far not liking the style.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on December 03, 2011, 11:12:09 AM
I really enjoyed Bonfire of the Vanities.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on December 03, 2011, 04:05:39 PM
What I'd really like to see here is a pic of Wardogg in his war gear reading Alice in Wonderland.
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Post by: Particle Person on December 04, 2011, 07:29:40 AM
Diarios de Motocicleta by Ernesto Guevara
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on December 09, 2011, 08:19:33 PM
King Soloman's Mines
H. Rider Haggard

I didn't much like She but I seem to have fallen into a movie origin rut lately so why leave this one out.
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Post by: Parsifal on December 09, 2011, 08:25:27 PM
I didn't much like She

Irrelevant. This thread is about what you are reading, not what you have enjoyed reading.

On topic, I am currently reading a thread titled "What are you reading?".
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on December 09, 2011, 08:29:45 PM
I am reading "I am reading."
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Post by: Vongeo on December 11, 2011, 12:25:09 PM
Blake's Therapy by Ariel Dorfman
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Post by: Ocius on December 18, 2011, 12:12:52 PM
Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut
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Post by: Eddy Baby on December 18, 2011, 02:44:44 PM
So much for university right now. Notes from the Underground by Dostoevsky, a collection of poems by Velimir Khlebnikov, some Chekhov, and a few books on German grammar and sentence structure.
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Post by: Vongeo on December 19, 2011, 01:18:05 PM
Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut
WOO!

In the begining there was absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing. But nothing implies something just as Up implies down and sweet implies sour and man implies woman and drunk implies sober and happy implies sad. I hate to tell you this friends and neighbors but we are just a teensy weensy Implication in the enormous implication. If you don't like it here, why don't just you go back to were you came from?

The first something to be implied by all the nothing was infact two somethings, who were God and Satan. God was male and Satan was female. They implied each other and were hence peers in the emerging power structure which its self was nothing but an Implication. Power was implied by weakness.

God created the heavens and the earth...


Memorized with parts ommited and only grammared enough for the sake of speech
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Post by: rooster on December 20, 2011, 03:47:13 PM
I dislike Kurt Vonnegut. But I know this is blasphemy cause all the cool kids love Vonnegut and Palahniuk.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on December 20, 2011, 04:37:54 PM
Palahniuk is the guy who wrote that story about the guy getting his guts yanked out in the pool, isn't he? That was awful.
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Post by: Blanko on December 20, 2011, 04:44:30 PM
Awfully great.

Also, speaking of Vonnegut, I very recently read Slaughterhouse-Five. I really liked the style of narrative.
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Post by: rooster on December 20, 2011, 06:06:31 PM
Palahniuk is the guy who wrote that story about the guy getting his guts yanked out in the pool, isn't he? That was awful.

Funny enough that was the only Palahniuk book I read. Slaughterhouse-Five was also the only Vonnegut book I read. I disliked them both.
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Post by: Blanko on December 20, 2011, 06:07:21 PM
2deep4u
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Post by: rooster on December 20, 2011, 06:11:18 PM
2deep4u

Maybe that's what it is. I tend to think that books or movies that try to be really deep are dumb, yet people love it (examples, Fight Club and Inception). But maybe I just don't get it. Although I feel that I do and yet, I don't care.
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on December 20, 2011, 06:13:12 PM
2deep4u

I am engaged in a long reading regimen of shallowness.  There's something to be said for fluff.
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Post by: Blanko on December 20, 2011, 06:18:52 PM
2deep4u

Maybe that's what it is. I tend to think that books or movies that try to be really deep are dumb, yet people love it (examples, Fight Club and Inception). But maybe I just don't get it. Although I feel that I do and yet, I don't care.

I was just kidding. There's fucking nothing deep about Fight Club and Inception. Seriously though, people value different things in books, some may simply look at the prose by itself or its presentation and some read books for the plot and the characters. If you're in the latter category, then it's understandable that you wouldn't like Vonnegut or Palahniuk.
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Post by: rooster on December 20, 2011, 06:21:13 PM
2deep4u

Maybe that's what it is. I tend to think that books or movies that try to be really deep are dumb, yet people love it (examples, Fight Club and Inception). But maybe I just don't get it. Although I feel that I do and yet, I don't care.

I was just kidding. There's fucking nothing deep Fight Club and Inception. Seriously though, people value different things in books, some may simply look at the prose by itself or its presentation and some read books for the plot and the characters. If you're in the latter category, then it's understandable that you wouldn't like Vonnegut or Palahniuk.

I assumed you were kidding. Only hipster intellectuals think that stuff is actually deep. But yes, I'm definitely not just a prose kinda gal.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on December 20, 2011, 06:28:32 PM
I never read Fight Club, but I liked the movie. Guts was bad, though.. I didn't like it at all.

I've read some Vonnegut, I wouldn't say they were deep, just good. I like satire. His stories are a bit dated now. It's like trying to read Heinlein, with all his cold war references.
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Post by: Blanko on December 20, 2011, 06:34:22 PM
Guts was bad, though.. I didn't like it at all.

Did you not like it because it was disturbing or because it was written badly?
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Post by: General Disarray on December 21, 2011, 05:24:59 AM
Neil Degrasse Tyson suggested this list of books, so I'll work my way through them as I have time:

Quote from: NDT
The Bible, The System of the World (Newton), On the Origin of Species (Darwin), Gulliver's Travels (Swift), The Age of Reason (Paine), The Wealth of Nations (Smith), The Art of War (Sun Tsu), The Prince (Machiavelli). If read all of the works above, you will have profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world.
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Post by: General Douchebag on December 21, 2011, 09:30:56 AM
Neil Degrasse Tyson suggested this list of books, so I'll work my way through them as I have time:

Quote from: NDT
The Bible, The System of the World (Newton), On the Origin of Species (Darwin), Gulliver's Travels (Swift), The Age of Reason (Paine), The Wealth of Nations (Smith), The Art of War (Sun Tsu), The Prince (Machiavelli). If read all of the works above, you will have profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world.

Er, no. You need a lot more political work, at least some Hobbes or Montesquieu, and that one Scottish fellow whose name escapes me right now. David something, I think.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on December 21, 2011, 10:32:22 AM
Guts was bad, though.. I didn't like it at all.

Did you not like it because it was disturbing or because it was written badly?

Disturbing... he seems to write really well. I have Choke, but haven't read it because of Guts, lol.
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Post by: Blanko on December 21, 2011, 10:40:28 AM
Guts was bad, though.. I didn't like it at all.

Did you not like it because it was disturbing or because it was written badly?

Disturbing... he seems to write really well. I have Choke, but haven't read it because of Guts, lol.

I see, and why would that make it bad, seeing as disturbing is exactly what it was going for?

It's like saying a horror movie is bad if it's scary.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on December 21, 2011, 10:53:29 AM
It was bad to me, just to me.. or anyone else who doesn't like that kind of thing, I suppose.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on December 24, 2011, 05:59:47 AM
Chekhov's Попрыгунья
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Post by: Sean on December 29, 2011, 07:52:51 AM
I'm looking for decent books on political theory and/or history and/or economics. Something informative, yet entertaining to read. If anyone has any suggestions on specific books or authors, it would be appreciated.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on December 29, 2011, 12:29:32 PM
I am just about finished with Dune Messiah, will be moving on to Children of Dune. I love reading this series.
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Post by: Hazbollah on December 29, 2011, 01:24:27 PM
About 100 pages into Game of Thrones. Cracking read, so far.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on December 29, 2011, 05:02:35 PM
About 100 pages into Game of Thrones. Cracking read, so far.

Winter is coming.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on December 29, 2011, 05:36:26 PM
Dis thread
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on January 07, 2012, 08:46:58 PM
seed catalogues
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Post by: Mrs. Peach on January 09, 2012, 08:18:26 PM
I put away the dreaming about spring and resume my examination of early twentieth-century detective stories with Call Mr. Fortune by H. C. Bailey.  I hope my box of Cheez-it will prove adequate.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on January 19, 2012, 04:07:24 PM
I'm looking for decent books on political theory and/or history and/or economics. Something informative, yet entertaining to read. If anyone has any suggestions on specific books or authors, it would be appreciated.


A great book that covers all those areas in one way or another:

http://www.amazon.com/Revolution-Formation-Western-Legal-Tradition/dp/0674517768

Long, but one of the most impressive pieces of scholarship I have ever read.
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Post by: rooster on January 19, 2012, 10:15:21 PM
I'm looking for decent books on political theory and/or history and/or economics. Something informative, yet entertaining to read. If anyone has any suggestions on specific books or authors, it would be appreciated.
Badass by Ben Thompson
Historically accurate but put in an action movie perspective. It's pretty funny.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on January 21, 2012, 07:06:12 PM
Reading essays by Kant, The Gay Science by Nietzsche, and bits of Habermas for college. For fun, I'm reading William Gibson's Neuromancer.
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Post by: General Disarray on January 22, 2012, 10:09:36 PM
Just recently started The Wheel of Time series on the recommendation of a friend. I feel like I know what is coming though. It is like a 12k page series though. Seems good so far.
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Post by: The Terror on January 25, 2012, 02:19:38 PM
I'd stop reading the Wheel of Time now if I was you. The first few books are pretty good, but then the pace gets slower and slower until you get to book 6 where the prologue alone is about 200 pages long. And the female characters are all pretty much the same person anyway.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on January 25, 2012, 03:16:57 PM
All that braid tugging.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on January 29, 2012, 06:12:26 AM
De Vliegeraar by Khaled Hosseini
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Post by: General Disarray on January 29, 2012, 10:11:56 PM
I'd stop reading the Wheel of Time now if I was you. The first few books are pretty good, but then the pace gets slower and slower until you get to book 6 where the prologue alone is about 200 pages long. And the female characters are all pretty much the same person anyway.

Although you are probably right, I would like to experience this particular folly on my own. You may be 100% right, but I'll make that judgement on my own. The first 400 some odd pages have kept me reasonably entertained so far.
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Post by: The Terror on February 06, 2012, 02:33:26 PM
Maybe it was just one bad book which put me off the entire series.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on February 07, 2012, 04:54:26 PM
I've finished Neuromancer. I'm now reading Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche, and The City by Max Weber, both for college. For pleasure I've finally got round to reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on February 10, 2012, 09:14:50 AM
'James G. Endicott:  Rebel Out of China'


Oh! A book you're reading which I recognise. It's a book I've had in my 'to erad' list for years
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on February 10, 2012, 10:25:47 AM
Oh, It's 'Read' sorry.
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Post by: rooster on February 13, 2012, 09:16:13 PM
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy by Tad Williams.

If I do this Around And About will read some of The Game of Thrones series.
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Post by: General Disarray on February 19, 2012, 06:04:08 PM
Friend got me into the Wheel of Time series, most of the way through the second book now. First book struck me as being a lot like LOTR, but it seems to diverge after that.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on February 22, 2012, 05:15:09 PM
The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers (edited by Betty Sue Flowers).

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Post by: Lord Wilmore on February 22, 2012, 05:22:17 PM
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
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Post by: Aytron on February 22, 2012, 05:42:02 PM
The only answer ever to this thread is technically that I'm reading this thread.
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Post by: Mr Pseudonym on February 22, 2012, 06:18:03 PM
The only answer ever to this thread is technically that I'm reading this thread.
Wrong.

inb4argumentaboutsemantics.
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Post by: Vongeo on February 25, 2012, 12:00:33 AM
Grim Fairy tells cuz they are free on my phone.
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Post by: rooster on February 25, 2012, 10:08:12 AM
Grim Fairy tells cuz they are free on my phone.
I have their collection. Some of the tales really suck.
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Post by: Vongeo on February 25, 2012, 10:17:28 AM
Grim Fairy tells cuz they are free on my phone.
I have their collection. Some of the tales really suck.
I know right! like the one with the cat who meowed and they were like FIRE THE CANNON!
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Post by: General Disarray on March 02, 2012, 11:15:39 PM
Finished the 4th book of Ender's Game, started on 3rd book of Wheel of Time, added Carl Sagan and Dan Simmons (Hyperion) to my list.
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Post by: Mugthulhu on March 03, 2012, 12:18:14 AM
How do I find time/patience to read?
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on March 03, 2012, 03:06:08 PM
GD, you're gonna love Hyperion. It's a great book.
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Post by: Graff on March 03, 2012, 09:56:32 PM
At the moment; Sherlock Holmes.
Though, my favorite book is Ender's Game.
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Post by: Thork on March 04, 2012, 02:44:25 PM
The Iliad. Again ... :D
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on March 05, 2012, 10:29:10 AM
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin.
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Post by: Thork on March 06, 2012, 01:15:51 PM
Finished the Iliad. Would be rude not to do the Odyssey.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on March 08, 2012, 10:38:08 PM
I just got done Stephen King's new book, 11/22/63.  If anyone's interested I think it's the best book he's written outside of the Dark Tower series in a very long time.

I am now reading I am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter.
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Post by: Hazbollah on March 09, 2012, 09:39:28 AM
The First 50 Years of Private Eye.
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Post by: Supertails on March 09, 2012, 03:38:38 PM
I just got done Stephen King's new book, 11/22/63.  If anyone's interested I think it's the best book he's written outside of the Dark Tower series in a very long time.

Agreed, so much. Though I haven't read the Dark Tower series. Are they really that good?

Also I just started The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson today. About 70 pages in and it's moving along greatly so far.
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Post by: Thork on March 15, 2012, 05:25:48 AM
Having done the Iliad and Odyssey in the last 2 weeks I'm going to do the Aeneid next.

For those that haven't heard of if, it is written by Virgil, not Homer and is another epic poem. It picks up where the Iliad finishes, with Aeneas fleeing the sacked city of Troy to found a new city, Rome. Full of gods, heroes and whatnot I have never read this one, so am looking forward to it muchly.
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Post by: The Terror on March 17, 2012, 11:51:30 AM
I'm working my way throughan HP Lovecraft collection. I just finished At The Mountains of Madness. Tekeli-li!
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Post by: Thork on March 23, 2012, 10:47:07 AM
Having done the Iliad and Odyssey in the last 2 weeks I'm going to do the Aeneid next.

For those that haven't heard of if, it is written by Virgil, not Homer and is another epic poem. It picks up where the Iliad finishes, with Aeneas fleeing the sacked city of Troy to found a new city, Rome. Full of gods, heroes and whatnot I have never read this one, so am looking forward to it muchly.
This hasn't happened. I am unable to find a prose translation of the Aeneid. There are plenty where someone has tried to shoehorn it into rhyming English verse or done an absolute literal translation, but I want a prose version so I can read it and enjoy it like a human being would. There seems to be a conspiracy amongst prose translators though. None of these works are available even though some are hundreds of years old.

Anyway, I had the da Vinci code lying about so I started that instead. Gonna be crap though because I've seen the film and know what happens. >:(
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Post by: rooster on March 24, 2012, 01:43:13 PM
Schindler's List

It's weird that I haven't read this book yet since I devour anything to do with the Holocaust.
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Post by: Thork on March 24, 2012, 01:56:42 PM
I devour anything to do with the Holocaust.
You are literally Hitler pie aren't you?
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Post by: rooster on March 24, 2012, 02:15:31 PM
I devour anything to do with the Holocaust.
You are literally Hitler pie aren't you?
I'm literally a pie?  ???
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Post by: Thork on March 26, 2012, 12:46:03 PM
I finished the Da Vinci code. I must have had a lot of spare time cos its 600 pages. Anyway, it was ok, but it was hyped. I enjoyed it enough though. I happen to have 3 other Dan Brown books lying about so I may do Angels and Demons next. Would prefer the Aeneid though. :(
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Post by: Sean on March 27, 2012, 08:32:16 AM
Saw The Hunger Games and enjoyed the story, so I am going to skip the first book and read Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins.
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Post by: Thork on March 27, 2012, 08:33:35 AM
Don't do it Sean. Irushtoscvs has taken to looking at what we are reading and proving the spoiler in the spoilers thread! Give him nothing. Not a crumb. He's a total bastard! >:(
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Post by: rooster on March 27, 2012, 09:14:27 AM
Saw The Hunger Games and enjoyed the story, so I am going to skip the first book and read Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins.

Hmm, then maybe I should see it? I read the books awhile ago and the movie looked like it would be another cheesy Twilight teen girl sensation, which completely turned me off. But I keep hearing good things. I am still disappointed with the casting though.  :-\

Anyway, the first book is the best so don't judge the second and third too harshly.
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Post by: Sean on March 27, 2012, 09:55:19 AM
I thought all of the actors played their roles very well, actually. I'd recommend it. You probably won't be blown away or anything, but I doubt you'd be disappointed since you seen to have low expectations. It's worth the trip to the theatre, which I don't say very often with the movies they've been putting out lately.
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Post by: General Disarray on April 01, 2012, 09:35:13 PM
Started the 4th Wheel of Time book, I had no idea it was 1k pages, oh god I am so bored.

Halfway through, I will persevere.
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Post by: Supertails on April 02, 2012, 03:18:10 AM
Finished Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore. It was surprisingly simultaneously hilarious, sweet, endearing, and deep at points.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on April 06, 2012, 11:16:32 PM
I just got done Stephen King's new book, 11/22/63.  If anyone's interested I think it's the best book he's written outside of the Dark Tower series in a very long time.

Agreed, so much. Though I haven't read the Dark Tower series. Are they really that good?

Oh yes.

I'm reading God Bless You Mr Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut.
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Post by: General Disarray on April 09, 2012, 03:24:14 PM
GD, you're gonna love Hyperion. It's a great book.

Truth. Just finished the soldier's story.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on April 09, 2012, 04:30:07 PM
I Am America (And So Can You!), by Stephen Colbert.

Only a few pages in, and have lol'd many times already.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on April 09, 2012, 04:31:17 PM
I haven't read that yet.  :(
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Post by: Particle Person on April 09, 2012, 05:45:01 PM
Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on April 17, 2012, 04:08:12 PM
Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on April 17, 2012, 04:32:58 PM
Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert.

OMG (squeee)

I hope you are loving the Dune series.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on April 17, 2012, 04:49:03 PM
Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert.

OMG (squeee)

I hope you are loving the Dune series.

I am.  It is awesome.

Like with Discworld I'm surprised I didn't get into this sooner.  It gives me a lot to look forward to.
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Post by: Blanko on April 23, 2012, 06:25:45 AM
Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan. I've long held his theory on the social contract as one of the most brilliant ideas in social philosophy, so it's about damn time I picked this up.
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Post by: Blanko on April 24, 2012, 01:37:33 PM
Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan. I've long held his theory on the social contract as one of the most brilliant ideas in social philosophy, so it's about damn time I picked this up.

Hobbes was a monarchist.  You might want to balance such reading with:

'The Social Contract'
By Jean Jacques Rousseau

Never fancied Rousseau too much buuut I only have a general idea of his theories so I guess I'm too quick to judge. Maybe I'll give him a try.

And of Hobbes, I do in fact disagree with his views on authority and I've argued about it for many a time, but I still respect him greatly solely for his theories on the state of nature and the social contract.
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Post by: drevko on May 02, 2012, 05:46:58 AM
'Gun Control:  Gateway to Tyranny'
By Aaron Zelman
Published By Jews For the Preservation of Firearms Ownership

'Nazi Weapons Law of 1938 Compared Side By Side With the US Gun Control Act of 1968'

Shows clearly that the most pervasive gun law in US history, the US Gun Control Act of 1968 was based on a Nazi anti-gun law.

http://jpfo.org/filegen-a-m/GCA_68.htm

That's false. You should check who is lying to you.

Read this analysis of the laws and documents of the real situation in Germany by William L. Pierce

http://archive.org/details/GunControlInGermany1928-1945

Hitler was pro-gun and started to change the laws towards more pro-gun. You have lots of details in this small book.

It's a big lie.

The Americans forbid guns in Europe and in Germany. It was the Americans who made guns illegal in Germany and were astonished to see how many millions of guns normal Germans had.

So, blame the Americans, and the Weimar Republic, Jewish-lead. Once Hitler came to Power, this laws were changed and over-looked, gun ownership was allowed and well looked at.
 (Until the terrorism of the brutal sadistic "resistance").

Seriously, stop reading the JPO. The Jews had been behind gun persecution from the begging, don't fall into that face-saving web/group.
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Post by: Particle Person on May 05, 2012, 01:06:40 PM
Just finished the Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov. I'm tempted to read the rest of them. I just started American Psycho by Bret Ellis.
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Post by: The Terror on May 07, 2012, 12:02:09 PM
Weaveworld by Clive Barker
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on May 07, 2012, 03:26:29 PM
I'd like to be reading this:
http://www.theflatearthsociety.org/forum/index.php?topic=53823.msg1321143#msg1321143

but someone refuses to update it.  >o<
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Post by: Mr Pseudonym on May 13, 2012, 03:34:38 AM
The Art of Cars 2.  Ok, it's more of a picture book, but that's how I roll.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on May 13, 2012, 08:49:49 AM
The Odyssey
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on May 14, 2012, 11:27:15 AM
I am reading Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco.
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Post by: Thork on May 14, 2012, 11:42:20 AM
The Odyssey

Having done the Iliad and Odyssey in the last 2 weeks I'm going to do the Aeneid next.

For those that haven't heard of if, it is written by Virgil, not Homer and is another epic poem. It picks up where the Iliad finishes, with Aeneas fleeing the sacked city of Troy to found a new city, Rome. Full of gods, heroes and whatnot I have never read this one, so am looking forward to it muchly.
This hasn't happened. I am unable to find a prose translation of the Aeneid. There are plenty where someone has tried to shoehorn it into rhyming English verse or done an absolute literal translation, but I want a prose version so I can read it and enjoy it like a human being would. There seems to be a conspiracy amongst prose translators though. None of these works are available even though some are hundreds of years old.

Never did find the Aeneid.
:(
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Blanko on May 14, 2012, 03:10:08 PM
Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan. I've long held his theory on the social contract as one of the most brilliant ideas in social philosophy, so it's about damn time I picked this up.

Hobbes was a monarchist.  You might want to balance such reading with:

'The Social Contract'
By Jean Jacques Rousseau

Never fancied Rousseau too much buuut I only have a general idea of his theories so I guess I'm too quick to judge. Maybe I'll give him a try.

And of Hobbes, I do in fact disagree with his views on authority and I've argued about it for many a time, but I still respect him greatly solely for his theories on the state of nature and the social contract.

Many people think of Rousseau as Karl Marx's eighteenth century predecessor.

I personally believe that the difference between Voltaire and Rousseau could not be greater (on almost any issue). 

Rousseau was a sincere writer on behalf of the rights of masses of exploited people. 
Voltaire, on the contrary, was born an aristocrat and a staunch monarchist who spent his entire life in pleasure with other aristocrats and kings and queens - some of whom were notoriously cruel such as Catherine of Russia.   When Voltaire received a copy of Rousseau's 'Social Contract', he replied to him that it was an essay against the human race.  I suggest that is one of many indications that Voltaire's disdane and condescending attitude towards the lower classes does not deserve the reputation of freedom and enlightenment occasionally and thoughtlessly imputed to him.

Rousseau's work did pave the way for the French revolution. 
As to Voltaire, I am less convinced.  I would even say the hard facts indicate Voltaire was a man of the political right - comparable to Nitszche.

You seem the kind of person who's more concerned with what the philosophers were like instead of what ideas they had.

But anyway, I'm picking Rousseau up next, partly due to your recommendation but also due to the perhaps a strange coincidence that my friend happens to be reading The Social Contract right now (though maybe not that strange - since he picked it up after I had picked up Leviathan, maybe the two books just complement each other that well). He's explained some of Rousseau's ideas to me and I've read some excerpts and it does seem interesting, despite the apparent political charge (and before you say that applies to Leviathan as well, Hobbes never appears to hold his monarchistic views as anything other than preference; the sovereign he speaks of could be fulfilled by a congressional democracy). I might just lay off Leviathan for now anyway, since I've reached the third part where he determines the biblical accordance with his ideas. To me, it just seems like pandering since Hobbes himself doesn't seem to hold Christian beliefs to much value.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lord Wilmore on May 14, 2012, 05:49:43 PM
Yeah, parts III & IV are not worth reading. I slogged through them because it was part of a project I had set myself that sort of meant being a completist, but they're really not worth the effort. There's really nothing of philosophical value in them.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ichimaru Gin :] on May 14, 2012, 05:53:59 PM
I prefer Burke's accounts of human nature.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: General Disarray on May 14, 2012, 07:48:21 PM
Shit is in the process of getting real in The Fires of Heaven, Rand just charged into a room full of Forsaken guns a-blazin. No idea why I stopped reading right there.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Eddy Baby on May 15, 2012, 09:03:17 AM
Just done The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. Great read, wonderful language throughout, but a strange sweeping ending.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on May 23, 2012, 01:19:02 AM
Finally finished War and Peace

Really enjoyed the parts set with the military and the abandonment of Moscow, Pierre's involvement in the Masons was good as well, but some of the endless parties and balls could have been trimmed to bearable levels.

In addition, he needed an editor to plug at some of the essays in the later parts of the book,  his arguments regarding the nature of power and freewill were interesting, but I swear I must have read his 'what powers the train' analogy three or four times.

need to read something lighter next to clear my palate Shadows in Bronze by Lindsey Davis, perhaps.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: rooster on May 23, 2012, 03:51:27 PM
An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin by Gad Beck
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ski on May 24, 2012, 04:33:36 PM
Finally finished War and Peace

Really enjoyed the parts set with the military and the abandonment of Moscow, Pierre's involvement in the Masons was good as well, but some of the endless parties and balls could have been trimmed to bearable levels.

In addition, he needed an editor to plug at some of the essays in the later parts of the book,  his arguments regarding the nature of power and freewill were interesting, but I swear I must have read his 'what powers the train' analogy three or four times.

need to read something lighter next to clear my palate Shadows in Bronze by Lindsey Davis, perhaps.

I've never given up on a book and had to restart it more than with Tolstoy. It rarely happens at all, really, but I think I had to try atleast three times to finish War and Peace. Parts were very entertaining. The sermonizing at the end was needless.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on May 25, 2012, 01:28:22 AM
best review I've read of it:

 "Here is what you must do: simply take a keen exacto knife (you might ask a helpful Cossack to sharpen it for you), and slice out the final "Epilogue" portion of this burdensome tome. You will do no damage to the book -- the epilogue's like an appendix -- as this part is not necessary, and in fact though it's theoretically only about 7% of the book, this portion is actually responsible for at least 63% of its weight. So slice that bitch out, and throw it away! Your vertebrae will thank you later.
>
> Another advantage to getting rid of the Epilogue is that it will save you from having to read what is conceivably the most deadly dull and deflating ending to a vast and magnificently readable book, ever written. As a particularly exacting size queen, I demand that the glory of a huge novel's ending be proportional to its length. I feel this is only fair: I was loyal and patient, and devoted many hours to reading the author's story, and at the end I should be rewarded for my fortitude with a glorious finale. That's always been my philosophy, anyway. Apparently, though, it's not Tolstoy's.
>
> What is Tolstoy's philosophy, you ask? In particular, what's his philosophy of history? Well, let me tell you! Or better, let him tell you. Cause he will. Over and over. And then again. And then, in case you were interested and wanted to know more, let him REALLY tell you.... and keep telling you.... and tell you some more.... and some more.... no, let him get into it finally now, in great detail.
>
> Yeah, Tolstoy's that perfect house guest who crashed on your couch for nearly two months and you're just thrilled as hell the whole time to have him visiting, because he's just such a smart and great and interesting and heartfelt guy. Quel raconteur! Oh, sure, sometimes he gets a bit dull and wonky with his policy ramblings, but that stuff's basically okay. And then yeah, he's got these ideés fixes about history that are fine, you guess, but it's a bit weird how he's always repeating them and focusing on the same points over and over, and he will corner your roommate's friend or a classmate you run into at the supermarket, or an old lady waiting for the bus, to explain yet again why he thinks Napoleon really isn't that great at ALL, yeah, that's odd, but basically Leo is just super, and you're thrilled to have him -- even for such an extended visit -- because he really is so brilliant and diverting and nearly truly worth his weight in gold....
>
> You are sad to know he's going to leave, but then his plane is delayed and you're happy you'll have him there just one more night, but somehow that's the night that he suddenly decides to come back to your house, completely high on cocaine. Leo then proceeds to stay up for hours drinking all your expensive scotch and talking your EAR off about his goddamn PHILOSOPHY of HISTORY that you really just could not care LESS about, and he WILL not leave and let you go to bed, he keeps TALKING, and it's BORING, and apparently he thinks your catatonic stare signals rapt interest, because he just keeps on going, explaining, on and on -- He WILL NOT SHUT UP! It is almost just like being physically tortured, by this guy who you'd thought was the best houseguest in the whole wide world. And so when Leo finally leaves again the next morning -- ragged and bleary and too dazed still to be properly sheepish -- you're not sorry to see him go, in fact you're very glad. And does one annoying night cancel out two months of the great times you had together? Of course it doesn't, and you remember him fondly, and tell anyone who asks how nice it was when he stayed. But the night does carry a special weight because it was the last, and when you remember dear Leo, your wonderful houseguest, your affection will not be totally untainted by the memory of his dull, egotistical, coked-out rantings, the night before he left for real."
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Hazbollah on May 25, 2012, 03:02:32 AM
Just finished Shan Hackett's Third World War. A pretty good what-if, really.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: rooster on May 25, 2012, 09:51:43 PM
Stella by Peter Wyden. It's about Stella Goldschlag, a Jewish greifer in Berlin during the Holocaust.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Conker on May 26, 2012, 10:28:42 AM
"Lfe, Unverse, and Everithing", By Douglas Adams, original version, non-translated. A bit of a challege to me.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: rooster on May 27, 2012, 11:41:49 AM
'Steal This Book'
By Abbie Hoffman

http://www.tenant.net/Community/steal/steal.html
Disgusting hippie book.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Robbyj on May 27, 2012, 11:54:26 AM
'Steal This Book'
By Abbie Hoffman

http://www.tenant.net/Community/steal/steal.html
Disgusting hippie book.

It's only fiting that there is a chapter on scoring free pot.  I laughed.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: rooster on May 27, 2012, 12:54:28 PM
'Steal This Book'
By Abbie Hoffman

http://www.tenant.net/Community/steal/steal.html
Disgusting hippie book.

It's only fiting that there is a chapter on scoring free pot.  I laughed.
I remember trying to read it in HS when I was more prone to hippie ways, but I only made it 1/3 of the way through.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Eddy Baby on June 01, 2012, 01:13:14 PM
The attitude of that book is appalling.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: General Disarray on June 03, 2012, 04:17:03 PM
Almost done with Ringworld's Children after finishing book 7 of Wheel of Time. That series is depressingly bogging down, it seems way longer than it should be.

Sure is refreshing to read a book around 200 pages again. Which reminds me, I need to start The Stand
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Space Cowgirl on June 03, 2012, 04:27:05 PM
The Wheel of Time series started out great, but I think I gave up around book 6 or 7.

I need to find something to read  >:(
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: General Disarray on June 03, 2012, 04:28:50 PM
I've heard it's good to just skip the middle few books and read summaries.

Try out The Dresden Files or The Codex Alera, they're great!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Conker on June 06, 2012, 02:34:55 PM
Just finishing "Mostly Harmless', and still the best Sci-Fu trilogy of 5 books ever written
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on June 06, 2012, 09:05:56 PM
I thought the bits on Earth in that book were some of the funniest scenes from the series.

I'm reading Ulysses by James Joyce.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Supertails on June 06, 2012, 09:13:17 PM
Reading through The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. Love this series, though the start of this book is...I dunno. Finding Lisbeth's change kinda off-putting and out of nowhere.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Conker on June 07, 2012, 10:41:56 AM
I thought the bits on Earth in that book were some of the funniest scenes from the series.

I'm reading Ulysses by James Joyce.
They share some caracteristics. Also, I'm proud to say that my "Don't panic" ebook leather cover was a success in a cosplay fair.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nomad on June 08, 2012, 09:24:41 PM
I'm still reading through "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman.  I'm almost finished.  It's really great.  Can't wait to start on Anansi Boys.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: General Disarray on June 08, 2012, 11:02:47 PM
I was wrong, I was actually done with book 6, slogging through book 7 now but I find myself skipping a lot. Anything focusing on the women tends to lose my interest pretty quickly.

This review was pretty hilarious:

Quote
While Nynaeve tugged her braid, Elayne smoothed her skirts and Egwene folder her arms under her breasts, all of them wishing Rand, Mat, Perrin and/or Lan were there so they could give them the rough side of their tongues and then take off their clothes to admire their pretty buttocks and so on.
Meanwhile, Rand, ever mindful of the oily taint of saidin, wished he knew as much about women as Mat and Perrin did. Perrin, ever mindful of Faile's constant nagging, wished he knew as much about women as Rand and Mat did. And Mat, freshly bedded at knifepoint by Queen Tylin, wished lhe knew as much, etc.

Elsewhere, in Tear or somewhere, the cleavage was robust, the chamber pots were made of porcelain, the lace dresses with the little silver thingies in them were very pretty and the forked beards shone in the pale summer morning like flaxen straw or some crap. Earrings were bright and sparkly and horses wore intricate, ornate saddles and, and uh...did I mention the cleavage and how firm and robust it was? Darkfriends walked the streets and did...things. Whitecloaks arrested anybody who said the word "darkfriend" and looked at them funny. Several Aes Sedai were stilled and then just as quickly unstilled...then stilled again if they stepped out of line. Other Aes Sedai, meanwhile, searched high and low for various weather-altering kitchen utensils. And the Sean'chean invaded every so often, just to keep things mildly interesting...

...and stuff
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Space Cowgirl on June 09, 2012, 09:30:20 AM
lol, that is a great review. I got sick of all the braid tugging pretty quick. It was kind of amazing how that story went from great to fucking tedious crap.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Terror on June 09, 2012, 02:01:59 PM
Robert Jordan needed a decent editor to tell him to cut all the excess shit and braid tugging out of his books.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Benjamin Franklin on June 18, 2012, 06:06:05 PM
By my count, that is four (rather interesting) books in two days. November 17, you need to give your eyes a break.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Blanko on June 24, 2012, 02:41:07 PM
Well, I said about a hundred billion years ago that I would read it, and now I'm finally doing just that: Jean-Jacques Rousseau's The Social Contract. My first impressions are that I'm not particularly impressed. He would have probably fared better in politics: he speaks with passion which makes for impressionable speeches, but philosophically his arguments seem very unconvincing. He comes across as sounding embittered by the society in his life experience and yet having the utmost confidence in human nature, and in the end he can't make them meet in a harmonious and convincing conclusion. Hobbes, on the other hand, had such brilliant and concise arguments that even with his advocacy for monarchism, I was left astonished just by how much sense his rationalizations made. I'll reserve my final judgment for when I'm finished, but for now I must say I was a lot more impressed with Hobbes.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on June 25, 2012, 01:33:39 PM
Just finished 'Shadows in bronze' by Lindsey Davis, a crime novel set in the Roman Empire just after Nero's fall. Loved the characters but the plot wasn't tight enough.

(http://www.saieditor.com/falco/images/bronze.jpg)

Reading 'The Grand Design' now by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, so far their description of the double slit experiment is the most useful I've read for explaining why it such a big deal for quantum mechanics.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/10/The_grand_design_book_cover.jpg)

Can't wait to finish it, though so I can get started on the collaboration between Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter 'The Long Earth'

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1335532694l/13147230.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Conker on June 27, 2012, 03:45:41 AM
Terry Pratchett's Discworld series are one of the most funnier books I've ever read. Also, Re-reading by n-esime time Isaac Asimov's "The secret of the universe" recopilation of articles. It teached me to love science.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on June 27, 2012, 03:55:21 AM
I love Pratchett's non-Discworld books like 'Nation' too. About to start on The Long Earth now I've finished Hawking.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Blanko on June 28, 2012, 06:30:11 AM
My personal critique depends imminently more on whether a given writer is right or wrong.  His writing style is a distant second.

I concur, but I don't think it's entirely applicable to simply judge their thoughts in terms of right or wrong, considering they were subject to the values of their time -- what could have been right then could be completely wrong now. That said, I did find Hobbes to be more "right" in terms of how convincing his arguments were - since Rousseau's arguments were emotionally charged rather than rationally, he failed to achieve the level of logical consistency Hobbes did.

And in the end, in such a philosophical context, what you call "right or wrong" is simply "agree or disagree". I definitely agree with Hobbes's stance of a violent and power-hungry human nature -- it's baffling to me how Locke and Rousseau could think so lightly of human nature when the consequences of disregarding established authority is so easily observed.

And yes, writing style bears no philosophical value. It's simply to make the text more interesting to read.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on June 29, 2012, 01:13:46 AM
The problem with the British Revolution was that it wasn't a republican revolution, it was just opposition to Charles (A Catholic) as monarch. Cromwell's 'Lord Protector' role was a monarchy by another name.

In other news I'm half-way through The Long Earth now and loving it, I love the sometimes obvious Pratchett or Baxter influences and the pioneering spirit of the story.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on July 02, 2012, 05:41:51 PM
Previously: Aldous Huxley - Brave New World
Currently: William Faulkner - The Sound and the Fury
Next: Aldous Huxley - Island

To get list:
Jorge Luis Borges - Labyrinths / Fictions
J.G. Ballard - Crash / The Atrocity Exhibition / The Unlimited Dream Company
Thomas Mann - Doctor Faustus
James Joyce - Dubliners / Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man / Ulysses / Finnegans Wake
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Faust
Miguel de Cervantes - Don Quixote
Fyodor Dostoevsky - Crime and Punishment / The Brothers Karamazov
Julio Cortázar - Bestiary
Thomas Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas / Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

I'm well aware that most of these are "classics" and I should have read them already, but whatever.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on July 03, 2012, 02:36:38 AM
I loved Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, it made me want to go on a road trip, though perhaps without the copious amounts of drugs.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on July 04, 2012, 03:16:27 AM
Just finished The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. great setting and characters but needed a more tightly-bound  plot I felt. I definitely reccomend it, though.

To read next? might be an introduction guide to Russian, see if I can pick up a few phrases before August.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Eddy Baby on July 05, 2012, 08:28:31 AM
Crudblud, what's your interest in Faust?


I just read The Phantom Tollbooth on the train home from a friend's. I think it's rate good.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on July 10, 2012, 05:40:16 AM
I've picked up Asimov's original 'Foundation' trilogy and just started on 'Foundation' this morning.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Eddy Baby on July 10, 2012, 05:43:15 AM
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident. Not read this for years and years. The eighth and last Artemis Fowl book is out today.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: General Douchebag on July 10, 2012, 07:45:54 AM
I've picked up Asimov's original 'Foundation' trilogy and just started on 'Foundation' this morning.

I can't find Empire anywhere. I will literally get the train to Brum to borrow that if this gets any worse, consent be damned.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on July 10, 2012, 07:57:50 AM
I've picked up Asimov's original 'Foundation' trilogy and just started on 'Foundation' this morning.

I can't find Empire anywhere. I will literally get the train to Brum to borrow that if this gets any worse, consent be damned.

Really? the big old Waterstones had a 'Everymans's library' collection of the original 3 published (Foundation, Foundation & Empire, Second Foundation) plus the books up to 'Forward the foundation' sold separately.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: markjo on July 10, 2012, 10:50:22 AM
Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burrows
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Post by: rooster on July 10, 2012, 11:13:29 AM
The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I stole it from Particle Person. >.>
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ThinkingMan on July 10, 2012, 11:32:06 AM
Nemesis by Isaac Asimov. Been dying to get my hands on the foundation series. I can't find it in e-book (which I used to scoff out and have recently become addicted to).
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on July 10, 2012, 12:00:37 PM
Nemesis by Isaac Asimov. Been dying to get my hands on the foundation series. I can't find it in e-book (which I used to scoff out and have recently become addicted to).

I didn't enjoy the characters in Nemesis, the dialogue didn't seem realistic.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ThinkingMan on July 10, 2012, 12:31:25 PM
It does seem a bit corny, but the plot line is interesting. It's supposedly not tied in with his other series (which are all tied together somehow), but it seems to mesh very well with End of Eternity and Foundation.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Space Cowgirl on July 10, 2012, 12:53:33 PM
The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I stole it from Particle Person. >.>

One of my favorite books.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on July 10, 2012, 06:24:30 PM
I'm reading To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer.

I'm also still reading Ulysses.  I just... needed a break.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: General Douchebag on July 10, 2012, 06:26:14 PM
I'm reading To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer.

I'm also still reading Ulysses.  I just... needed a break.

Know that feel, I've spent longer staring at the closed book in mixed anticipation and dread than actually reading it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on July 10, 2012, 06:42:30 PM
It deserves every drop of its reputation as the most difficult book ever written.

And yes, I am thoroughly enjoying it, even if I don't fully understand it.  I'm contemplating reading it through a second time once I'm done now that I've gotten used to the book's weird rhythm (those times it sticks to a regular rhythm, of course).  I did that with Infinite Jest and it definitely enriched my enjoyment of it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ThinkingMan on July 11, 2012, 06:03:54 AM
Oh yes, conspiracy theory books!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: markjo on July 11, 2012, 08:59:16 AM
I'm reading To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer.

I'm also still reading Ulysses.  I just... needed a break.

Know that feel, I've spent longer staring at the closed book in mixed anticipation and dread than actually reading it.

Mark Twin is credited as saying something to the effect of "the classics are the books that everyone wants to have read but nobody wants to read."  In my experience, that sounds about right.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: rooster on July 13, 2012, 12:50:41 PM
'The Manufacturing of a President:
The CIA's Insertion of Barack H. Obama, Jr. Into the White House'

By Wayne Madsen
http://www.lulu.com/shop/wayne-madsen/the-manufacturing-of-a-president/paperback/product-20216251.html (http://www.lulu.com/shop/wayne-madsen/the-manufacturing-of-a-president/paperback/product-20216251.html)
The best book on Obama yet written.

Oh yes, conspiracy theory books!

You don't think too much before posting for a guy that labels himself "Thinking Man."

I checked out Wayne Madsen's history and read his articles before I ordered his book and posted about it.  I think any who labels a book as a theory without knowing anything about it disrespects the author and indicates more about their own lack of honour.

After reading particularly several articles in the Wayne Madsen Report, he speaks with certainty and not speculatively about the details he has researched, and his resume shows that he has been interviewed on many mainstream national TV news programs and daily newspapers and magazines (both conservative and left).

I have personally liked what the 'American Free Press' newspaper has published about the World Trade center attacks, the FBI, and Al Qaida, etc in general, but I discern from his articles that Wayne Madsen's articles about the same have a keen knowledge that is superior to any I have encountered. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Madsen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Madsen)
Speaking with confidence does make anything true. Just make sure you're thinking objectively and not trying to validate your own suspicions, that's how people ignore falsifying evidence and become pseudoscientists or... news reporters, I suppose.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on July 19, 2012, 03:26:58 PM
Crudblud, what's your interest in Faust?

Aside from simply wanting to read some Goethe, I've been a big fan of classical music for many years now, and Faust is a major inspiration behind many great works from operas to symphonies and then some. Getting to read the work behind favourites like Schnittke's "Historia von D. Johann Fausten" and Liszt's "Mephisto Waltzes" is quite an exciting prospect for me.

P.S.: Apologies for the late reply. I didn't see you question until about 10 minutes ago.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Eddy Baby on July 24, 2012, 10:59:29 AM
No problem. I was just interested because I've done a bit of research on it myself recently.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: General Disarray on August 13, 2012, 06:01:24 PM
Close to the end of book 13 in WOT. Am I a bad person for thinking it only got really good when Sanderson took over? Although it seems kind of like he's wrapping up the various storylines too quickly and happily, not sure how much can possibly be left for the last book.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: rooster on August 14, 2012, 02:36:22 PM
I've been going through Barnes & Noble's classic collection. I've finished Last of the Mohicans and Wuthering Heights. Loved the former not a big fan of the latter.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on September 04, 2012, 03:07:17 AM
While I was away I read Asimov's original Foundation trilogy and loved it. I also read the final part of the Axis o Time trilogy by John Birmingham, a satisfying conclusion to a  great series and also erad 2001: A space odyssey and can't believe I'd left it for as long as I had. I want to see the movie now.

-

Next to read is either Mortality by Christopher Hitchens if I can find it at the bookshop or Day of the Jackal if not.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Mr Pseudonym on September 10, 2012, 06:52:35 AM
Extras; the Illustrated Scripts: Series 1 & 2.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Beorn on September 11, 2012, 08:17:00 AM
Disc world serie of Terry Pratchett, now at Sourcery
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on September 12, 2012, 09:07:25 AM
Speaking of Discworld, I just finished Reaper Man.  Now I'm reading Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Pongo on September 17, 2012, 06:38:52 PM
Wow, I haven't checked this thread since 2010.

http://www.theflatearthsociety.org/forum/index.php/topic,33818.msg917328.html#new (http://www.theflatearthsociety.org/forum/index.php/topic,33818.msg917328.html#new)

Was the link when I hit "new". I guess I just don't care what you guys are reading. Anyways, about me. I just read the hunger games books, and my advice is don't. Picked up "The Name of the Wind" cause it's supposed to be the next great fantasy book. But I mostly got it cause I couldn't find anything by Sanderson at .5 Priced Books.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Space Cowgirl on September 18, 2012, 11:31:49 AM
I liked The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear. They were better than most fantasy.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Vongeo on September 18, 2012, 12:23:50 PM
I read billly budd, It was pretty homoerotic.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ataraxia on October 17, 2012, 06:21:02 PM
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Particle Person on October 18, 2012, 01:56:51 PM
I'm going through a series of short stories by Anton Chekhov. The one I read last was called Sorrow, in it a very poor man is taking his very sick wife to the hospital, to beg the local doctor for treatment. As he's describing how he'll do this to her, he notices that the snow isn't melting from her face and that she has gone stiff. Surprise, she's dead. The man regrets having beaten her all her life and treating her as a dog and begins to lose his mind. It is snowing very heavily, and he gets lost. He slumps over on his horse, and loses consciousness. He wakes up in the hospital, and he's lost all of his limbs to frostbite. End.

That one was called Sorrow. The very next story is called Misery. I can hardly wait.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on October 18, 2012, 06:52:13 PM
I'm reading J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets by Curt Gentry.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ataraxia on October 18, 2012, 08:07:14 PM
I'm going through a series of short stories by Anton Chekhov. The one I read last was called Sorrow, in it a very poor man is taking his very sick wife to the hospital, to beg the local doctor for treatment. As he's describing how he'll do this to her, he notices that the snow isn't melting from her face and that she has gone stiff. Surprise, she's dead. The man regrets having beaten her all her life and treating her as a dog and begins to lose his mind. It is snowing very heavily, and he gets lost. He slumps over on his horse, and loses consciousness. He wakes up in the hospital, and he's lost all of his limbs to frostbite. End.

That one was called Sorrow. The very next story is called Misery. I can hardly wait.

What is the name of the series? It sounds similar to some work by Fredric Brown that I enjoyed.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Particle Person on October 18, 2012, 08:22:38 PM
I'm going through a series of short stories by Anton Chekhov. The one I read last was called Sorrow, in it a very poor man is taking his very sick wife to the hospital, to beg the local doctor for treatment. As he's describing how he'll do this to her, he notices that the snow isn't melting from her face and that she has gone stiff. Surprise, she's dead. The man regrets having beaten her all her life and treating her as a dog and begins to lose his mind. It is snowing very heavily, and he gets lost. He slumps over on his horse, and loses consciousness. He wakes up in the hospital, and he's lost all of his limbs to frostbite. End.

That one was called Sorrow. The very next story is called Misery. I can hardly wait.

What is the name of the series? It sounds similar to some work by Fredric Brown that I enjoyed.

It's just a very old collection published in the twenties. "Short Stories by Anton R. Chekhov" is all that's printed on the cover. There's no relation between any of the stories, except for the crippling depression that pervades every single one of them. Somebody should go to Russia and tell them about happiness. Spoiler alert: Misery was even more dreary than Sorrow.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lord Wilmore on October 18, 2012, 09:14:54 PM
Right now, Holy Fire by Bruce Sterling.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on October 19, 2012, 01:17:55 AM
Clovenhoof by Heide Goody and Iain Grant - a collaboration between two writers at my writing group which they've self-published. Surprisingly good so far, especially considering its self-published status which is rarely an indicator of quality.

A comedy about the Devil thrown out of Hell and forced to live in English Subburbia.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Particle Person on October 19, 2012, 07:06:59 PM
A comedy about the Devil thrown out of Hell and forced to live in English Subburbia.

a joke along the lines of "what's the difference"
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ataraxia on November 11, 2012, 11:50:11 PM
Brave New World Revisited
By Aldous Huxley

http://faculty.txwes.edu/csmeller/human-prospect/ProData09/03WW2CulMatrix/WW2WRTs/Huxley1894/BrNewWrldRe1958/BraveRevIndex.htm (http://faculty.txwes.edu/csmeller/human-prospect/ProData09/03WW2CulMatrix/WW2WRTs/Huxley1894/BrNewWrldRe1958/BraveRevIndex.htm)

Island by Huxley is one of my favorite books of all time. Check it out if you like him.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on November 12, 2012, 10:54:04 AM
Currently reading 'Dodger' by Terry Pratchett. Not his best work by any means but a quarter of the way through it's finally starting to pick up pace.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0a/Terry_Pratchett_Dodger_cover.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: illmunati on November 13, 2012, 06:38:32 PM
The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Pongo on November 20, 2012, 06:48:01 PM
I finished "Name of the Wind" and it's sequel the other day.  They were fantastic.  Question though, "Ender's Game".  Is it as good as I have been lead to believe?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Space Cowgirl on November 21, 2012, 12:10:15 PM
I love Ender's Game. You'll probably like it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Pongo on November 24, 2012, 10:57:33 PM
It wasn't bad by any means, but I wasn't overly excited about it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Eddy Baby on November 24, 2012, 11:54:02 PM
I'm going through a series of short stories by Anton Chekhov. The one I read last was called Sorrow, in it a very poor man is taking his very sick wife to the hospital, to beg the local doctor for treatment. As he's describing how he'll do this to her, he notices that the snow isn't melting from her face and that she has gone stiff. Surprise, she's dead. The man regrets having beaten her all her life and treating her as a dog and begins to lose his mind. It is snowing very heavily, and he gets lost. He slumps over on his horse, and loses consciousness. He wakes up in the hospital, and he's lost all of his limbs to frostbite. End.

That one was called Sorrow. The very next story is called Misery. I can hardly wait.

What is the name of the series? It sounds similar to some work by Fredric Brown that I enjoyed.

It's just a very old collection published in the twenties. "Short Stories by Anton R. Chekhov" is all that's printed on the cover. There's no relation between any of the stories, except for the crippling depression that pervades every single one of them. Somebody should go to Russia and tell them about happiness. Spoiler alert: Misery was even more dreary than Sorrow.

Chekhov is a stunning writer. The Lady with the Dog is a wonderful story.

And if you come to Russia you might see why they're like that. When I walk to uni in the morning it is dark and about -5, and we still have about a month until the solstice. Luckily I won't be here for the cold bit of the year.

tl;dr read The Lady with the Dog. "To hell with realism!"

I currently have the Russian translations of Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl and Cloud Atlas on the go. Reading in a language you still aren't fluent in is quite draining so I find it helpful to swap around.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: rooster on December 06, 2012, 12:59:29 PM
Has anyone read anything on Omm Sety? This bitch is crazy. She claimed she was a reincarnation of some 14 year old Egyptian priestess and has nightly love affairs with Sety. Unfortunately I have to write a paper on this one and I can't just say "this bitch is crazy."
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ski on December 06, 2012, 03:26:04 PM
That does seem unfortunate, because based on the simple facts you've presented thus far "crazy" seems a fair summation.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Pongo on December 08, 2012, 08:54:19 AM
You can say that bitch is crazy, you just have to do it with style and eloquence. Something like, "The author's imagination and authenticity was stunning until one considers that Eady frequently visited mental hospitals likely as a result of brain damage from a nearly fatal fall at age three." [Pongo 39]

http://www.brown.edu/Research/Breaking_Ground/bios/Sety_Omm.pdf (http://www.brown.edu/Research/Breaking_Ground/bios/Sety_Omm.pdf)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: rooster on December 09, 2012, 10:25:53 AM
You can say that bitch is crazy, you just have to do it style and eloquence. Something like, "The author's imagination and authenticity was stunning until one considers that Eady frequently visited mental hospitals likely as a result of brain damage from a nearly fatal fall at age three." [Pongo 39]

http://www.brown.edu/Research/Breaking_Ground/bios/Sety_Omm.pdf (http://www.brown.edu/Research/Breaking_Ground/bios/Sety_Omm.pdf)
i knew it must be brain damage. perfect!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Thork on December 09, 2012, 11:50:18 AM
You can say that bitch is crazy, you just have to do it style and eloquence. Something like, "The author's imagination and authenticity was stunning until one considers that Eady frequently visited mental hospitals likely as a result of brain damage from a nearly fatal fall at age three." [Pongo 39]

http://www.brown.edu/Research/Breaking_Ground/bios/Sety_Omm.pdf (http://www.brown.edu/Research/Breaking_Ground/bios/Sety_Omm.pdf)
i knew it must be brain damage. perfect!
Christine Garwood wrote one of the most comprehensive books on the Flat earth society. But its a shit read. And the reason for that is because she shows absolutely no empathy with her subjects. I would advise against just stacking evidence up against the author to discredit her. The top marks will surely go to those who deliver from her point of view and that of her detractors. Tough, but that's what separates a good read from a riveting one.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: rooster on December 09, 2012, 11:54:26 AM
You can say that bitch is crazy, you just have to do it style and eloquence. Something like, "The author's imagination and authenticity was stunning until one considers that Eady frequently visited mental hospitals likely as a result of brain damage from a nearly fatal fall at age three." [Pongo 39]

http://www.brown.edu/Research/Breaking_Ground/bios/Sety_Omm.pdf (http://www.brown.edu/Research/Breaking_Ground/bios/Sety_Omm.pdf)
i knew it must be brain damage. perfect!
Christine Garwood wrote one of the most comprehensive books on the Flat earth society. But its a shit read. And the reason for that is because she shows absolutely no empathy with her subjects. I would advise against just stacking evidence up against the author to discredit her. The top marks will surely go to those who deliver from her point of view and that of her detractors. Tough, but that's what separates a good read from a riveting one.
Ehm, no.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Thork on December 09, 2012, 11:56:50 AM
When you read a review/critique you aren't interested in the author's point of view. You want to be able to make up your own mind from what the reviewer has written. Also laying down a convincing argument on behalf of the derranged sungod fapper will surely score the top marks.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on December 09, 2012, 01:33:07 PM
Well, I finally finished William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury. It was a tough read, but one of which I have relished every page, and I would certainly like to read it again someday.

I'm not sure what to read next, at the top of my pile are James Joyce's Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, but just below that, and equally tempting; Franz Kafka's The Trial. I would also like to read Aldous Huxley's Island following on from Brave New World, which I did think was brilliant.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: rooster on December 09, 2012, 08:28:18 PM
When you read a review/critique you aren't interested in the author's point of view. You want to be able to make up your own mind from what the reviewer has written. Also laying down a convincing argument on behalf of the derranged sungod fapper will surely score the top marks.
Except that this paper isn't really a review. I have to summarize people's reactions to her throughout the book, summarize my reaction to her, poke holes in her argument, and point out any inaccuracies from a historian's point of view.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lord Wilmore on December 09, 2012, 09:05:42 PM
I just finished Holy Fire by Bruce Sterling, and I'm now reading The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco.


I keep forgetting about this thread.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on December 10, 2012, 06:32:45 PM
Just started reading American Gods for the second time.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: iwanttobelieve on December 10, 2012, 06:35:05 PM
Earth not a globe
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Pongo on December 10, 2012, 10:19:41 PM
When you read a review/critique you aren't interested in the author's point of view. You want to be able to make up your own mind from what the reviewer has written. Also laying down a convincing argument on behalf of the derranged sungod fapper will surely score the top marks.

Normally I would agree with you, Thork, but in this case it's directly relevant if the person is question is brain damaged. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Thork on December 11, 2012, 09:54:58 AM
When you read a review/critique you aren't interested in the author's point of view. You want to be able to make up your own mind from what the reviewer has written. Also laying down a convincing argument on behalf of the derranged sungod fapper will surely score the top marks.
Except that this paper isn't really a review. I have to summarize people's reactions to her throughout the book, summarize my reaction to her, poke holes in her argument, and point out any inaccuracies from a historian's point of view.
You have to pick holes in the reasoning of someone with brain damage? Sounds like a tough course. Have you finished the potato prints and macaroni family collage for your practical coursework yet?

(http://www.porkulent.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/ReclaimedMacaroni-1-640x426.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: rooster on December 11, 2012, 10:57:28 AM
When you read a review/critique you aren't interested in the author's point of view. You want to be able to make up your own mind from what the reviewer has written. Also laying down a convincing argument on behalf of the derranged sungod fapper will surely score the top marks.
Except that this paper isn't really a review. I have to summarize people's reactions to her throughout the book, summarize my reaction to her, poke holes in her argument, and point out any inaccuracies from a historian's point of view.
You have to pick holes in the reasoning of someone with brain damage? Sounds like a tough course. Have you finished the potato prints and macaroni family collage for your practical coursework yet?

(http://www.porkulent.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/ReclaimedMacaroni-1-640x426.jpg)
It's actually a bit harder than you'd think. She was an extremely knowledgeable Egyptologist so her depictions of things are crazy good.
But I didn't end up writing the paper. It was only 5% of the grade so I decided to spend the time studying for the final instead.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on December 15, 2012, 02:03:45 AM
Abft some deliberand, I decided to start reading Dubliners.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: iwanttobelieve on December 27, 2012, 12:55:01 PM
Earth not a globe
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on January 02, 2013, 08:16:32 PM
The Trial by Franz Kafka.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: EduardoVS-BR on January 03, 2013, 12:59:10 PM
Lord of Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: illmunati on January 03, 2013, 01:00:40 PM
Lord of Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

good choice
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Eddy Baby on January 03, 2013, 01:12:06 PM
That is known to be a good book
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on January 03, 2013, 06:56:13 PM
Just finished The Hobbit for the second time; I'm more perplexed than ever at how they could possibly stretch that into three movies and make them good.

Now I'm reading The Man Who Knew Too Much by GK Chesterton.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lord Wilmore on January 03, 2013, 07:10:25 PM
I'm reading The Principia Discordia.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Beorn on January 04, 2013, 04:06:12 AM
Just finished The Hobbit for the second time; I'm more perplexed than ever at how they could possibly stretch that into three movies and make them good.

Now I'm reading The Man Who Knew Too Much by GK Chesterton.

I can't wait for the second movie and see me kick some goblin ass  :D
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on January 04, 2013, 10:19:01 AM
Just finished The Hobbit for the second time; I'm more perplexed than ever at how they could possibly stretch that into three movies and make them good.

Now I'm reading The Man Who Knew Too Much by GK Chesterton.

I can't wait for the second movie and see me kick some goblin ass  :D


The second movie?  But that happens at the end of the book!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on January 04, 2013, 11:13:38 AM
BBC Active: Talk Russian

Getting a crash course before a visit to the Ukraine.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on January 05, 2013, 01:00:04 AM
Seems too small a query to make a new thread, so I'll ask here. I'm looking for an unabridged English translation of the Prose Edda that's as close to the urtext as possible, I've searched myself but have met with nothing but arguments about who translated this or that sentence better and I'm not too bothered about picky little issues like that. So, are there any mythology buffs who can help me out? I'd greatly appreciate it, and if you're feeling generous I wouldn't mind recs for other English translations of mythological texts like the Kalevala or the Bardo Thodol.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Thork on January 05, 2013, 05:52:28 AM
I'm not sure how helpful it is, but the same site that hosts "Earth Not a Globe" also has a version of Prose Edda.

http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/pre/index.htm (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/pre/index.htm)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: markjo on January 05, 2013, 08:52:02 AM
I'm reading The Principia Discordia.

Have you read the Illuminatus trilogy Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson?  I swear that I've never done LSD, but after reading those books, I feel like I have.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on January 05, 2013, 04:09:04 PM
I'm not sure how helpful it is, but the same site that hosts "Earth Not a Globe" also has a version of Prose Edda.

http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/pre/index.htm (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/pre/index.htm)
Thank you, Thork. I was looking for a print copy (which I foolishly forgot to mention), but I'll check this out too. Thanks again.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Eddy Baby on January 09, 2013, 05:00:45 AM
Just finished The Hobbit for the second time; I'm more perplexed than ever at how they could possibly stretch that into three movies and make them good.

The Hobbit was made before The Lord of the Rings, and Tolkien hadn't developed Arda at that point. In fact, if I recall correctly, when he wrote The Hobbit, he had no special plans for the ring; it was just a cool magic ring.
And seeing as The Lord of the Rings was turned into a film first, it would make little sense to suddenly delete a load of mythology and make the film from the narrow perspective the book was written in.


BBC Active: Talk Russian

Getting a crash course before a visit to the Ukraine.

Do you find those help? I never get anywhere with BBC Language stuff. I prefer the Colloquial series of books.

Speaking of that I've had two new books arrive recently, Colloquial Afrikaans and Duizend Schitterende Zonnen, the Dutch translation of Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on January 09, 2013, 07:45:23 AM
I'm not far through at the moment but it seems to be quite good. All I need is a very basic understanding so that when we go to the Ukraine in march I won't be utterly bewildered. We struggled to find places to eat in Moscow and I feel that was much more English-tourist friendly than Kiev and Odessa will be.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lord Wilmore on January 09, 2013, 05:09:03 PM
I'm reading The Principia Discordia.

Have you read the Illuminatus trilogy Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson?  I swear that I've never done LSD, but after reading those books, I feel like I have.


I plan to, but given how important the Principia Discordia is within that trilogy, I thought it might be worth reading first.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on January 13, 2013, 05:04:28 AM
Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nonstandardson Eegunk on January 15, 2013, 01:34:11 AM
Let me start by saying that I don't read much.

That said I have no problem recommending the following three books to everyone and anyone

Ubik by Philip K Dick
Only Philip K Dick book I've been able to get through, and with no problem at that, read it in a night. Don't be surprised if the ending is lackluster. The shtick with the d... oh never mind, just read the thing.

Bed by Tao Lin
Love his prose. Sort of a meditation on ordinariness in america. Very funny. The language is to die for if his brand of writing is to your taste.

Half Asleep In Frog's Pajamas by Tom Robbins
Couldn't put it down until I fell out of the swing of things. Currently 144 pages in. I like it so much I pretty much don't care how it ends at this point.



Am I the only person who found Gravity's Rainbow to be unreadable? (I will admit to certain cognitive deficiencies when it comes to locations, names, non essential details, etc, but I just found it so fucking tedious trying to pin down what was actually happening, so I gave up. Early.)



I'm reading The Principia Discordia.

 :D
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Space Cowgirl on January 15, 2013, 08:08:01 AM
I love Tom Robbins.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Eddy Baby on January 15, 2013, 08:38:45 AM
In an annoying habit that I am attempting to break, yesterday I disregarded everything I was already reading and read The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz from start to finish. Very interesting, although I considered it far-fetched, and upon a quick search online I discovered that there is indeed serious doubt as to its credibility.
I then read Probleme Probleme, a short story by Ingeborg Bachmann.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on January 15, 2013, 08:47:59 AM
Finished Pedro Páramo, which I highly recommend to all of you.

Now I can't decide whether to read The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard or A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Foxy on January 15, 2013, 11:30:06 AM
Dude I freaking love Philip K Dick, it usually took me about a night to finish any of his books. I could never get enough!

Anyways, just picked up The Trial by Kafka, I've been meaning to read that for a while now.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Thork on January 15, 2013, 12:55:50 PM
Dude I freaking love Philip K Dick, it usually took me about a night to finish any of his books. I could never get enough!
You love Dick. It takes you all night to finish. You can never get enough.

Noted.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Foxy on January 15, 2013, 01:01:17 PM
Dude I freaking love Philip K Dick, it usually took me about a night to finish any of his books. I could never get enough!
You love Dick. It takes you all night to finish. You can never get enough.

Noted.

Haha, yep.  :P
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Eddy Baby on January 15, 2013, 05:17:18 PM
Read the Communist Manifesto earlier, back onto Duizend Schitterende Zonnen and I plan to finish it. After that I'd like to do The Motorcycle Diaries. Alternating between foreign and English language books seems to be the best way to progress.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on January 16, 2013, 04:53:56 AM
The Orbs by Chris Spaghetti

I'm reading through and red-penning the first draft of a novel I hope to have published.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on January 16, 2013, 05:42:35 AM
Thanks to a recommendation from a friend I am now reading Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre.

Edit: I wasn't in the right frame of mind for it, so instead I started reading Crash by J.G. Ballard.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Pongo on January 17, 2013, 07:37:52 PM
Pillars of the Earth. It's alright.
Title: Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy
Post by: Saddam Hussein on January 17, 2013, 07:57:03 PM
Has anyone else read these books?  I have some mixed feelings on them.
Title: Re: Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy
Post by: Supertails on January 17, 2013, 08:22:03 PM
I read the first and need to get around to reading the second. I'm like 50 pages in, but for some reason I put it down and haven't picked it up again yet. I loved the first one a lot, as well as the David Fincher film. So I'll come back to this thread when I've read the last two, for the sake of not getting anything spoiled. :P
Title: Re: Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy
Post by: EnigmaZV on January 18, 2013, 02:06:19 PM
I have the first book, I don't think I ever finished it. If you claim the series has some value, then I may try again.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Pongo on January 21, 2013, 07:27:08 PM
Pillars of the Earth. It's alright.

Okay, I finished it.  It's was a neat look into the life of medieval life.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: illmunati on January 24, 2013, 05:56:42 AM
Pillars of the Earth. It's alright.

Okay, I finished it.  It's was a neat look into the life of medieval life.

Redundant

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Eddy Baby on January 26, 2013, 02:48:17 PM
I'm going to take Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis to work tomorrow. A friend gave it me over coffee a couple of days ago and it seems interesting.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Particle Person on January 26, 2013, 04:02:37 PM
Pillars of the Earth. It's alright.

Okay, I finished it.  It's was a neat look into the life of medieval life.

Redundant

It was a neat look into the way living people lived their medieval lives during medieval life times.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Genius on January 26, 2013, 04:04:42 PM
Pillars of the Earth. It's alright.

Okay, I finished it.  It's was a neat look into the life of medieval life.

Redundant

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Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on January 29, 2013, 06:54:33 PM
Children of Dune by Frank Herbert.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ezo on January 29, 2013, 09:27:44 PM
"The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov

http://rd.slavepianos.org/ut/rttcc.historical/text/Bulgakov1967a.pdf (http://rd.slavepianos.org/ut/rttcc.historical/text/Bulgakov1967a.pdf)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Space Cowgirl on January 30, 2013, 11:35:28 AM
Children of Dune by Frank Herbert.

Do you love it?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on January 30, 2013, 06:31:47 PM
Children of Dune by Frank Herbert.

Do you love it?

Oh, God, yeah.  I think I'd honestly have to say this is the best science fiction story I've ever read (by which I mean the Dune saga).  It will be disappointing when I'm through with Frank's books; I'm not even going to bother with the ones by his son after what people have said about them.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Space Cowgirl on January 31, 2013, 08:30:04 AM
Children of Dune by Frank Herbert.

Do you love it?

Oh, God, yeah.  I think I'd honestly have to say this is the best science fiction story I've ever read (by which I mean the Dune saga).  It will be disappointing when I'm through with Frank's books; I'm not even going to bother with the ones by his son after what people have said about them.

I love the Dune series, I love it the same way others love LotR. I've read them so many times, and still feel like I get something new out of them each time.

There are people who enjoy the KJA stuff, but I can barely get through the excerpts that are posted online. The writing reminds me of cheap romance novels, it's so repetitious and uninspired.   

I'm always happy when I see someone else getting hooked on Dune.
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Post by: Genius on January 31, 2013, 08:37:09 AM
Um readin A brief history of time by Stephen Hawking. Since I've kept up so far, this is surely a miracle.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on January 31, 2013, 08:12:51 PM
Children of Dune by Frank Herbert.

Do you love it?

Oh, God, yeah.  I think I'd honestly have to say this is the best science fiction story I've ever read (by which I mean the Dune saga).  It will be disappointing when I'm through with Frank's books; I'm not even going to bother with the ones by his son after what people have said about them.

I love the Dune series, I love it the same way others love LotR. I've read them so many times, and still feel like I get something new out of them each time.

There are people who enjoy the KJA stuff, but I can barely get through the excerpts that are posted online. The writing reminds me of cheap romance novels, it's so repetitious and uninspired.   

I'm always happy when I see someone else getting hooked on Dune.

It's weird, a friend of mine at work asked me if I've ever read Dune today.  I told him I'm in the middle of Children of Dune right now (and really, really enjoying it -- I think it's the best one yet, at least so far).  He's a huge LotR fan too, incidentally, I think he saw The Hobbit five times or something ridiculous like that.  Anyway.  He said Dune is his favorite science fiction series of all time.  It seems to have that effect on people.  The guy who initially lent me the first Dune book said it's his favorite book series of all time.  There's a depth to it that I think is rare in popular literature, much less science fiction which I think tends often to be on the juvenile side.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on February 01, 2013, 10:14:40 AM
Wait until you read God Emperor of Dune.  You might hate it at first, but it will grow on you.
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Post by: Crudblud on February 06, 2013, 05:56:28 AM
John Kingdom - No Such Thing as Society?
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Post by: Supertails on February 21, 2013, 03:05:36 PM
I am reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Well, I will be once I pick it up again...the first chapter is so damned hard to get through 'cause it's written all fancy 1800's style. I consider myself someone with a rather good vocabulary, but I keep needing to have my dictionary up on my iPod every page. Yeesh.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on February 22, 2013, 06:36:31 AM
The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald.

I have to say 50 pages in and I don't understand why its such a rated novella at the moment.
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Post by: Dr.Nor on February 22, 2013, 11:37:27 AM
Steven Weinberg - the quantum theory of fields, Volume 3.
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Post by: EnigmaZV on February 24, 2013, 10:25:08 AM
End this Depression Now! by Paul Krugman.

UPDATE: It was actually pretty good. I found myself agreeing with it on pretty much all fronts, and it made a lot of sense. I'm now on a mission to find something that directly contradicts this book.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on February 26, 2013, 10:24:39 PM
I am reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Well, I will be once I pick it up again...the first chapter is so damned hard to get through 'cause it's written all fancy 1800's style. I consider myself someone with a rather good vocabulary, but I keep needing to have my dictionary up on my iPod every page. Yeesh.

Prediction: You will love the second chapter.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on February 27, 2013, 01:59:10 AM
Finishde The Great Gatsby and have to say I didn't care for it. I didn't sympathise with any of the characters, there were too many twenties pop-culture references which went straight over my head, nothing actually happens until the last quarter of the book and when it does - nobody seems to change.

Now reading Carry On, Jeeves. by P.G. Wodehouse. I've wanted to pick up some Wodehouse for a long time.
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Post by: Crudblud on March 03, 2013, 03:41:12 PM
James Joyce - Ulysses
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Post by: Blanko on March 03, 2013, 03:46:12 PM
Robert M. Pirsig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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Post by: EnigmaZV on March 03, 2013, 07:03:40 PM
Robert M. Pirsig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

That looked like an interesting one, let me know how it goes.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on March 03, 2013, 10:24:22 PM
I'm reading De Bewaker by Peter Terrin. It's an odd read, but I'm enjoying it so far.
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Post by: Genius on March 10, 2013, 03:36:27 PM
Game of Thrones. :D Fiction~
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Post by: Crudblud on March 12, 2013, 01:23:19 AM
@any modern literature/Joyce experts: Looking for advice regarding editions of Finnegans Wake. I've been looking at this edition on Faber and Faber (http://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/finnegans-wake/9780571217359) which features all of Joyce's alterations and corrections and isn't too ridiculously overpriced, but there's also this new version on Penguin (http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780141192291,00.html?strSrchSql=finnegans+wake/The_Restored_Finnegans_Wake_James_Joyce#) which has supposedly been corrected further and costs a whole lot more and has kind of a shitty looking cover. Should I get one of these (and if so, which?) or are there other editions worth getting instead?
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on March 14, 2013, 05:22:51 AM
The Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe.

I've also got Mikhail Gorbachev's memoirs on order.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on March 14, 2013, 06:46:15 PM
The Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe.

I loved this book.  Don't bother with the awful movie they made from it.

I'm reading Hellhole by  :-\ Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson.  A friend recommended it and I have to say it's not bad.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on March 15, 2013, 06:58:19 AM
The Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe.

I loved this book.  Don't bother with the awful movie they made from it.

I'm reading Hellhole by  :-\ Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson.  A friend recommended it and I have to say it's not bad.

I didn't even know they'd made a movie.

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Post by: rooster on March 15, 2013, 07:08:22 AM
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series.


I'm starting to think that people who live in consistently cold climates are pretty dark and twisted. Swedes and Russians in particular.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on March 15, 2013, 10:55:47 AM
The Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe.

I loved this book.  Don't bother with the awful movie they made from it.

I'm reading Hellhole by  :-\ Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson.  A friend recommended it and I have to say it's not bad.

I didn't even know they'd made a movie.

Yeah, it had Tom Hanks in it, but don't let that fool you.
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Post by: General Disarray on March 17, 2013, 01:50:45 PM
I'm about halfway through the third Alex Verus book by Benedict Jacka, it's a pretty good series.

I'm also reading the Culture series by Ian Banks.
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Post by: OMEGA MAN on March 20, 2013, 07:41:50 PM
@any modern literature/Joyce experts: Looking for advice regarding editions of Finnegans Wake. I've been looking at this edition on Faber and Faber (http://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/finnegans-wake/9780571217359) which features all of Joyce's alterations and corrections and isn't too ridiculously overpriced, but there's also this new version on Penguin (http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780141192291,00.html?strSrchSql=finnegans+wake/The_Restored_Finnegans_Wake_James_Joyce#) which has supposedly been corrected further and costs a whole lot more and has kind of a shitty looking cover. Should I get one of these (and if so, which?) or are there other editions worth getting instead?
Try Wordsworth editions. 656 page Finnegans Wake for a really silly £1.99! I use there services all the time. The books are very sturdy and well bound.
http://www.wordsworth-editions.com/collection/classics/book/title/finnegans-wake (http://www.wordsworth-editions.com/collection/classics/book/title/finnegans-wake)
(http://www.wordsworth-editions.com/images/covers/large/9781840226614.jpg)
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Post by: Crudblud on March 21, 2013, 07:14:33 AM
@any modern literature/Joyce experts: Looking for advice regarding editions of Finnegans Wake. I've been looking at this edition on Faber and Faber (http://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/finnegans-wake/9780571217359) which features all of Joyce's alterations and corrections and isn't too ridiculously overpriced, but there's also this new version on Penguin (http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780141192291,00.html?strSrchSql=finnegans+wake/The_Restored_Finnegans_Wake_James_Joyce#) which has supposedly been corrected further and costs a whole lot more and has kind of a shitty looking cover. Should I get one of these (and if so, which?) or are there other editions worth getting instead?
Try Wordsworth editions. 656 page Finnegans Wake for a really silly £1.99! I use there services all the time. The books are very sturdy and well bound.
http://www.wordsworth-editions.com/collection/classics/book/title/finnegans-wake (http://www.wordsworth-editions.com/collection/classics/book/title/finnegans-wake)
(http://www.wordsworth-editions.com/images/covers/large/9781840226614.jpg)
OMEGA I could make sweet love to you, but I won't because that isn't how I roll. In any case, that's fantastic. A million thanks!
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Post by: Eddy Baby on March 21, 2013, 11:21:50 PM
For £1.99 I think I shall be buying a copy.
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Post by: Crudblud on March 23, 2013, 03:02:53 PM
Samuel Beckett - Molloy

Decided to put Ulysses on hold for a few days after happening upon this at the library.
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Post by: Genius on March 23, 2013, 03:05:50 PM
A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin. I'm sure you all know him well.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on March 23, 2013, 03:19:57 PM
A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin. I'm sure you all know him well.

He is awesome. Are you enjoying the series so far?
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Post by: Genius on March 23, 2013, 03:21:38 PM
A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin. I'm sure you all know him well.

He is awesome. Are you enjoying the series so far?

More so than most of the books I've read. Doesn't do much harm that I like the author too. How do you like 'em? (Presuming you've read some of/all of the series).
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on March 23, 2013, 03:24:16 PM
A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin. I'm sure you all know him well.

He is awesome. Are you enjoying the series so far?

More so than most of the books I've read. Doesn't do much harm that I like the author too. How do you like 'em? (Presuming you've read some of/all of the series).

A Song of Ice and Fire is my second favorite book series OF ALL TIME  :P (The Dune series is 1st). 
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Post by: OMEGA MAN on March 29, 2013, 10:27:56 PM
Samuel Beckett - Molloy

Decided to put Ulysses on hold for a few days after happening upon this at the library.
Have you read anything by JM Synge? I think he's utterly brilliant and very divers. Ti's a great pity he died so young.
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Post by: Crudblud on March 30, 2013, 05:15:25 AM
Samuel Beckett - Molloy

Decided to put Ulysses on hold for a few days after happening upon this at the library.
Have you read anything by JM Synge? I think he's utterly brilliant and very divers. Ti's a great pity he died so young.
I have not, but I shall put him on my list of stuff to read. Any titles you'd recommend for a first read?
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Post by: OMEGA MAN on March 30, 2013, 02:20:06 PM
Salutations Crudblood, Synge was quite prolific and he wrote in just about every genre there is. If I were pushed to recommend initial reading to inspire further interest in his work I would forward his three act play, Playboy of the Western World. It's about a young man who runs away from home to the west coast of Ireland. It is set in a pub and Christy Mahon [the young man] begins to tell the locals about how he murdered his father and ran away. The locals are fascinated by this handsome young man and his tail and soon he captures the attention of Pegeen Mike, a beautiful young Barmaid who's father [Flaherty] owns the pub. The play reads very well and the dialogue is captivating and very amusing.
My second recommendation would be his spectacular account of living on the Aran Islands at the turn of the last century. Here's the opening words:
Part I


I am in Aranmor, sitting over a turf fire, listening to a murmur of
Gaelic that is rising from a little public-house under my room.

The steamer which comes to Aran sails according to the tide, and it
was six o'clock this morning when we left the quay of Galway in a
dense shroud of mist.

A low line of shore was visible at first on the right between the
movement of the waves and fog, but when we came further it was lost
sight of, and nothing could be seen but the mist curling in the
rigging, and a small circle of foam.

There were few passengers; a couple of men going out with young pigs
tied loosely in sacking, three or four young girls who sat in the
cabin with their heads completely twisted in their shawls, and a
builder, on his way to repair the pier at Kilronan, who walked up
and down and talked with me.

In about three hours Aran came in sight. A dreary rock appeared at
first sloping up from the sea into the fog; then, as we drew nearer,
a coast-guard station and the village.

A little later I was wandering out along the one good roadway of the
island, looking over low walls on either side into small flat fields
of naked rock. I have seen nothing so desolate. Grey floods of water
were sweeping everywhere upon the limestone, making at limes a wild
torrent of the road, which twined continually over low hills and
cavities in the rock or passed between a few small fields of
potatoes or grass hidden away in corners that had shelter. Whenever
the cloud lifted I could see the edge of the sea below me on the
right, and the naked ridge of the island above me on the other side.
Occasionally I passed a lonely chapel or schoolhouse, or a line of
stone pillars with crosses above them and inscriptions asking a
prayer for the soul of the person they commemorated.

Find the whole book here:
http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=1455644&pageno=2 (http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=1455644&pageno=2)

and the play here:
http://www.bartleby.com/1010/ (http://www.bartleby.com/1010/)

 :)


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Post by: Crudblud on March 30, 2013, 06:57:21 PM
Many thanks, Omega. I look forward to reading both of those!

Currently reading: Gore Vidal - Myra Breckinridge

I feel terrible for abandoning Ulysses, but on the whole it is just too long-winded for me at present.
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Post by: Sean on April 01, 2013, 02:00:26 PM
The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money by John Maynard Keynes.
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Post by: Genius on April 01, 2013, 04:35:04 PM
The Tiny Story by The Tiny Author
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on April 01, 2013, 05:21:19 PM
Wait until you read God Emperor of Dune.  You might hate it at first, but it will grow on you.


Just saw this now. I did not finish that book, which is rare. Really couldn't stand it at the time. I should probably go back and give it a try, but it just felt so disappointing compared to the previous three. Dune Messiah is probably my favourite. It's short, but it's consistently brilliant.


Dune is probably my favourite sci-fi series. I think it captures a sense of history and culture better than any other.


I feel terrible for abandoning Ulysses, but on the whole it is just too long-winded for me at present.


Another book I didn't finish, and I've tried twice. I really liked it, but I was reading it when I was in college, and it's so long and dense that term-reading always caught me out, even when I thought I'd left myself plenty of time to finish it.


Anyway, right now I'm reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
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Post by: Crudblud on April 01, 2013, 06:12:40 PM
Another book I didn't finish, and I've tried twice. I really liked it, but I was reading it when I was in college, and it's so long and dense that term-reading always caught me out, even when I thought I'd left myself plenty of time to finish it.
I don't share the college experience, but I basically agree with what you're saying. I haven't given up on it exactly, but I feel that it will be a long time before I pick it back up again, and I'll need to start over to have even a hope of following it properly.

Currently: Jorge Luis Borges - A Universal History of Infamy
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on April 02, 2013, 10:29:36 AM
Wait until you read God Emperor of Dune.  You might hate it at first, but it will grow on you.


Just saw this now. I did not finish that book, which is rare. Really couldn't stand it at the time. I should probably go back and give it a try, but it just felt so disappointing compared to the previous three. Dune Messiah is probably my favourite. It's short, but it's consistently brilliant.


Dune is probably my favourite sci-fi series. I think it captures a sense of history and culture better than any other.

I hope you do give it another chance someday.  How will you know what the Golden Path really is if you don't? The beginning of GEoD is tough to get through, because 3,500 years have passed and it all seems unfamiliar, but Leto is a fantastic character and Frank Herbert's knack for profound thought comes through.  I probably didn't properly appreciate GEoD until my 3rd or 4th reading of it.
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Post by: Crudblud on April 02, 2013, 04:28:00 PM
Dashiell Hammett - The Thin Man
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Post by: OMEGA MAN on April 02, 2013, 08:10:34 PM
I am reading the Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam. I read it when it came out some years ago but the
book resonated with me so a reread is in order. When I was hokeing it out I also came across Hunting Mister Heartbreak: A Discovery of America by Jonathan Raban, this also deserves a reread.
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Post by: Crudblud on April 05, 2013, 07:28:50 PM
J.G. Ballard - The Atrocity Exhibition
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Post by: Ski on April 06, 2013, 09:59:14 PM
James Joyce - Ulysses

Put it down gently, and then run, do not walk, away.

You are welcome.
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Post by: Crudblud on April 06, 2013, 11:38:48 PM
James Joyce - Ulysses

Put it down gently, and then run, do not walk, away.

You are welcome.
It's a good book, but I screwed it up after about 250 pages when I saw Molloy in the library. I'd been looking for a Beckett novel for some time and I found myself giving in to temptation. Eventually I'll start Ulysses again, at the moment I'm taking time to read through some shorter books, as well as plays and poetry.
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Post by: Crudblud on April 11, 2013, 12:56:46 AM
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray
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Post by: Eddy Baby on April 11, 2013, 02:52:28 AM
Witi Ihimaera - The Whale Rider
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Post by: Crudblud on April 13, 2013, 09:01:27 AM
Aeschylus - The Oresteia
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on April 16, 2013, 04:29:22 AM
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray

Really enjoyed that book. Couldn't say the same about the film.

Currently reading 'Memoirs - Mikhail Gorbachev'
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Post by: Crudblud on April 16, 2013, 05:04:10 AM
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray

Really enjoyed that book. Couldn't say the same about the film.
It's a good'un, definitely, though I could have done without 10 pages detailing all the things he owns, I get the point of it but I think one or two pages would have sufficed. As for the film, I only saw bits of it some years ago, barely remember any of it.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on April 16, 2013, 04:32:15 PM
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum.

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Post by: Eddy Baby on April 18, 2013, 09:16:00 AM
Wow.

I'm currently reading various Austrian journals and other academic shite for an essay.
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Post by: Crudblud on April 18, 2013, 10:45:01 AM
Alan Watts - The Book

Still reading Oresteia, but as I am currently between Agamemnon and The Choephori I wanted to read something else for a change of pace and I've had this sitting around for a couple of years now. Currently 50 pages in and it is very interesting indeed.
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Post by: Crudblud on April 22, 2013, 08:17:15 AM
William S. Burroughs - Naked Lunch
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on April 27, 2013, 05:57:08 PM
Read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, now reading book I of The Illuminatus! Trilogy, The Eye in the Pyramid.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on May 02, 2013, 07:31:29 AM
Read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

And what did you think? It's one of my favourite books, in particular the Frobisher section.
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Post by: Crudblud on May 06, 2013, 04:35:09 AM
James Joyce - Finnegans Wake
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Post by: General Disarray on May 25, 2013, 05:16:33 PM
The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. I think it's cool how he has his characters use magic, but he makes up hard rules as to how that magic operates. He did the same thing with Warbreaker. He's a pretty good fantasy writer, check him out.
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Post by: rooster on May 25, 2013, 07:08:53 PM
Read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

And what did you think? It's one of my favourite books, in particular the Frobisher section.
Did you see the movie? I've heard good things about the book and movie, so I'm kinda interested.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on May 26, 2013, 12:59:50 AM
Read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

And what did you think? It's one of my favourite books, in particular the Frobisher section.
Did you see the movie? I've heard good things about the book and movie, so I'm kinda interested.

I have yeah. The film kind of inverts my opinions on the various stories. Like I say, Robert Frobisher's story in the book is easily my favourite, but I don't like it so much in the film. For a start they change the setting from Flanders to Edinburgh. WHY.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on June 10, 2013, 08:21:40 PM
I'm working my way through A Song of Ice and Fire.  I'm on A Clash of Kings right now.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on June 11, 2013, 08:15:34 AM
I think I will read something by Ian Banks next. I have several of his novels, but I'm not sure which one to read first.
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Post by: ataraxia on June 11, 2013, 04:31:46 PM
Interpretation of Dreams by Freud, On the Road by Kerouac, and What Mad Universe by Fredric Brown. This is the first time I've attempted multiple books at the same time, and it's not working very well, but I can't decide which one to stick with.
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Post by: Crudblud on June 12, 2013, 04:44:16 AM
Peter Calvocoressi - World Politics Since 1945 (7th ed.) Part Three: The Middle East

Partly in preparation for going to see The Gatekeepers on Friday.
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Post by: mathsman on June 12, 2013, 04:48:11 AM
Why Does e=mc2 by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on June 12, 2013, 06:10:57 PM
Read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

And what did you think? It's one of my favourite books, in particular the Frobisher section.


Frobisher is easily the best-written character/narrative, though I did enjoy the deliberately cliched style of the Luisa Rey sections - really compelling conspiracy caper, even though it's playing up to the genre. Overall the book is very good, though the two sci-fi sections were a little weak, especially the Sloosha's Crossing chapter.


Anyway, I've since read the first book of the Illuminatus! trilogy, Heinlen's Starship Troopers, and I'm now struggling through The Insidious Dr Fu-Manchu, which is actually offensively racist. Imagine what Nazi pop-lit was like, but directed against Chinese people instead of Jewish people.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on June 13, 2013, 08:34:15 AM
Just finished The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, also by David Mitchell. His most recent work, and probably his best. Very historically accurate, I gather, gripping, and with incredibly ornate language. I didn't realise the first time I read this, but even this book, set in the late 18th century, has links to Cloud Atlas.
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Post by: Ski on June 13, 2013, 01:57:16 PM
For fifty-cents, I picked up "Keplar: A novel" by John Banville  for fifty-cents perversely because I cannot stand Keplar. While the protagonist, the book has done nothing to evoke any sympathy for the character/historical person.

At the same time I also grabbed "Ghost Eater" which is a nautical tale, which I just started. Imagine my shock when A.R. Wallace rears his ugly head early in the first pages.

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Post by: Eddy Baby on June 14, 2013, 03:09:14 AM
For fifty-cents, I picked up "Keplar: A novel" by John Banville  for fifty-cents perversely because I cannot stand Keplar. While the protagonist, the book has done nothing to evoke any sympathy for the character/historical person.

What does this mean
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Post by: three-dimensional-world on June 15, 2013, 11:29:22 AM
Brave New World Revisited
By Aldous Huxley

http://faculty.txwes.edu/csmeller/human-prospect/ProData09/03WW2CulMatrix/WW2WRTs/Huxley1894/BrNewWrldRe1958/BraveRevIndex.htm (http://faculty.txwes.edu/csmeller/human-prospect/ProData09/03WW2CulMatrix/WW2WRTs/Huxley1894/BrNewWrldRe1958/BraveRevIndex.htm)

Island by Huxley is one of my favorite books of all time. Check it out if you like him.

seconded, Island is a favorite book.

I'm listening to an audiobook of "fire upon the deep" and it doesn't make any sense I might stop.
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Post by: Ski on June 15, 2013, 08:21:30 PM
For fifty-cents, I picked up "Keplar: A novel" by John Banville  for fifty-cents perversely because I cannot stand Keplar. While the protagonist, the book has done nothing to evoke any sympathy for the character/historical person.

What does this mean

The character is not written in a way that evokes any sympathy despite being the protagonist.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lord Wilmore on June 16, 2013, 08:24:55 PM
Okay, Fu Manchu was just to boring and racist. Gave up, now reading Ulysses in honour of Bloomsday.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on June 19, 2013, 01:16:22 PM
I've put Gorbachev down for a bit. After the interesting rise through the Soviet ranks and general life in the USSR it's gotten bogged down in some pretty heavy political bits which must, I'm sure, be interesting for people who lived through them, but I can't connect at all. I think the problem is that he assumes a base knowledge of the events in question(which I don't have) and adds his own commentary on them. It's a shame because he's a good writer and can make even the driest topics fairly interesting when he assumes the reader is as ignorant as I am; a great example is when he's minister for agriculture in his region and after a couple of pages of writing about grain quotias and tractor factories adds a great line which is along the lines of "...I am aware that the casual reader may not be as enthused about these matters as I am, however, if you will indulge me a little longer..."

I've restarted Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe.
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Post by: Crudblud on June 19, 2013, 01:49:30 PM
Made it to the halfway point (section II.3) of Finnegans Wake, for some reason not as difficult as Ulysses.
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Post by: Supertails on June 20, 2013, 01:20:41 AM
Just starting Joyland, Stephen King's new novel. I'm excited.

I actually only started reading because my internet annoyingly died (I'm not proud to admit that :[ I need to start reading consistently again.), but luckily it's already caught my interest enough that I'm going to continue reading. Why is Stephen King so amazingnggngng
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Post by: three-dimensional-world on June 22, 2013, 02:29:09 PM
Im reading kafka on the beach, I hate it! I'll finish reading it though. I feel sorry for the cats  :'(
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on June 23, 2013, 02:37:37 PM
The Crow Road, by Iain Banks.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lord Wilmore on June 23, 2013, 08:04:39 PM
Made it to the halfway point (section II.3) of Finnegans Wake, for some reason not as difficult as Ulysses.


I forgot that I swore I would read the Odyssey before reading Ulysses again, so that is my current project.


P.S. read it in an Irish accent. The wordplay is more obvious.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on June 23, 2013, 09:53:31 PM
P.S. read it in an Irish accent. The wordplay is more obvious.

That was my instinct, it seems to have paid off so far.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Space Cowgirl on July 04, 2013, 06:47:18 AM
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. It's pretty good, so far.
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Post by: Genius on July 04, 2013, 06:53:47 AM
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. It's pretty good, so far.

Katniss sucks.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: OMEGA MAN on July 06, 2013, 07:10:15 PM
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. It's pretty good, so far.
I bought my daughter the series to read, when she finished them [she just turned 13] she pestered me to read them, so I gave in and read the lot. They are very good, sometimes brilliant and at moments profoundly sad. More from Suzanne Collins and her alter ego  Katniss.   
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on July 07, 2013, 08:43:06 AM
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. It's pretty good, so far.
I bought my daughter the series to read, when she finished them [she just turned 13] she pestered me to read them, so I gave in and read the lot. They are very good, sometimes brilliant and at moments profoundly sad. More from Suzanne Collins and her alter ego  Katniss.

I've read the trilogy now. I agree with you that they were brilliant at times, and very sad... but at times they were also rather silly (the "muttations" and the boobytraps in the Capital were a bit much).  I'm glad I read them.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on July 07, 2013, 08:57:08 AM
On the whole the series was a lot darker than I was expecting.  There were a few times that I stopped reading and said to myself, "This was written for kids?"... a fact which of course does explain some of the series' sillier elements.

I loved the Snow/Coin dichotomy towards the end, and I give Collins points for not holding back on the bleakness of war.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Space Cowgirl on July 07, 2013, 10:34:25 AM
I liked how Katniss was written, too. It's kinda rare that a female character gets to be the hero. Collins didn't make her perfect, and I like that too.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on July 12, 2013, 12:16:30 PM
Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson. It's really good.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on July 13, 2013, 12:54:26 PM
Read the Communist Manifesto earlier, back onto Duizend Schitterende Zonnen and I plan to finish it. After that I'd like to do The Motorcycle Diaries. Alternating between foreign and English language books seems to be the best way to progress.

Still kinda doing this. Left Duizend Schitterende Zonnen at a friend's before I left for Austria; I've only just got it back so this time it's actually happening.
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Post by: Crudblud on July 13, 2013, 03:37:19 PM
Finally reached part III, I now have about 230 pages of the Wake to go.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: General Disarray on July 14, 2013, 05:12:22 PM
Recently got into John Scalzi's books, I'm on Zoe's Tale, I think the series (beginning with Old Man's War) is excellent.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on July 18, 2013, 06:47:56 PM
I'm almost through with A Storm of Swords... or, as I've come to think of it, "Four Weddings and a Shitload of Funerals".
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on July 18, 2013, 06:50:07 PM
I'm working my way through A Song of Ice and Fire.  I'm on A Clash of Kings right now.

Wow, this is taking me forever.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Adolf Hipster on July 27, 2013, 06:24:42 PM
evidence that demands a verdict, vol.1 by Josh McDowell
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Space Cowgirl on July 28, 2013, 10:37:37 AM
I'm almost finished with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and will be reading the rest of the Millennium trilogy. 
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Post by: Eddy Baby on July 28, 2013, 03:07:37 PM
Joe Speedboot by Tommy Wieringa. Having a talk from him tomorrow, ooooh
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on July 30, 2013, 07:08:25 PM
I have begun a Discworld marathon!  Well, hopefully I'll manage to find them all.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on July 31, 2013, 12:28:02 PM
I finally put Finnegans Wake on hold, I don't think 462 pages is bad for a first run. It seems like the kind of thing you can dip into at any point anyway, so I'll come back to it when I'm ready.

Now reading: Aldous Huxley - Island
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Supertails on August 01, 2013, 03:59:04 PM
Finished Joyland a few weeks ago and it was good. Started and finished The Hunger Games in a day last week and loved it, almost done with Catching Fire, the second book in the trilogy, and loving it way more so far. :]
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on August 01, 2013, 04:16:38 PM
And I have finished The Colour (>o<) of Magic and moved on to The Light Fantastic.
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Post by: Junker on August 01, 2013, 04:26:59 PM
I just finished "In the Lake of the Woods"

Fantastic read.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Space Cowgirl on August 01, 2013, 04:35:17 PM
I'm almost finished with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ski on August 01, 2013, 04:37:50 PM
I have begun a Discworld marathon!  Well, hopefully I'll manage to find them all.

Are these any good? 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: The Terror on August 01, 2013, 05:19:22 PM
The first three Discworld books aren't that good and they're not really representative of the rest of the series. Mort is probably the best book to start with.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on August 01, 2013, 05:39:56 PM
They seem pretty good to me so far.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on August 01, 2013, 06:26:45 PM
I thought the early books were good but they definitely got better as the series rolled along.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on August 01, 2013, 06:48:35 PM
And it's just the kind of series I want to read after getting through the A Song of Ice and Fire saga.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on August 01, 2013, 06:53:32 PM
And it's just the kind of series I want to read after getting through the A Song of Ice and Fire saga.

You just read that?  I'm working my way through it now.  I'm about 2/3 through A Feast For Crows.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on August 01, 2013, 07:38:42 PM
Yes, I bawed and ranted about it in the GoT thread.  Perhaps I should have done that here.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on August 01, 2013, 07:42:00 PM
I've been avoiding the GoT thread because of spoilers.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on August 01, 2013, 07:50:19 PM
Good call.  It's mostly full of hipsters who complain about the changes from the books, anyway.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on August 05, 2013, 01:06:27 PM
I thought the early books were good but they definitely got better as the series rolled along.

The early books almost purely parodies of the fantasy genre, Pratchett widens his scope and starts taking a look at modern phenomena in a fantasy setting later on.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on August 05, 2013, 08:14:59 PM
But they're still funny, right?
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Post by: Supertails on August 07, 2013, 03:54:40 PM
How "funny" are they? Mildly so? Laugh-out-loud funny? For comparison, I love the Hitchhiker's Guide series.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Alex Tomasovich on August 07, 2013, 03:57:06 PM
I just read Celestial Matters by Richard Garfinkle.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on August 07, 2013, 06:39:17 PM
How "funny" are they? Mildly so? Laugh-out-loud funny? For comparison, I love the Hitchhiker's Guide series.

Personally I think they're funnier than Hitchhiker's.  But it's been a while since I've read Hitchhiker's so I might not be the best judge.

They are often laugh-out-loud funny.  I've gotten strange looks on the bus while reading them.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on August 07, 2013, 07:17:29 PM
I finished Equal Rites.  It wasn't terrible, but it was kind of a letdown after the first two.  Most of the jokes are just sort of fourth wall references that ramble a bit too much, and none of the characters are all that funny.  It's cute and all, but not great.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on August 07, 2013, 07:27:18 PM
Ooh, Mort is next.  If you don't love that one you might as well just give it up.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on August 08, 2013, 12:45:13 AM
Ooh, Mort is next.  If you don't love that one you might as well just give it up.
It's certainly the best Discworld I've read, though I recently found The Colour of Magic and Night Watch, neither of which I knew I had, so I'm looking forward to trying those.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on August 08, 2013, 04:02:58 AM
Albert Camus - The Outsider

120 pages is the most reasonable book length, I'm sure you'll agree.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on August 09, 2013, 08:28:28 AM
But they're still funny, right?

I think he peaked somewhere around 'Thief of Time' the really recent ones have been emotional, really well written and leave a smile on your face, but not as out-and-out funny as his earlier stuff. The earlier ones are better comedies, the later ones are better stories.

How "funny" are they? Mildly so? Laugh-out-loud funny? For comparison, I love the Hitchhiker's Guide series.

Varies between laugh-out-loud humour and a wry smile.

"'It's just that his memory's bad. We had a bit of trouble on the way over. I keep telling him, it's rape the women and set fire to the houses.'
 'Rape?' said Rincewind. 'That's not very — '
 'He's eighty-seven,' said Cohen. 'Don't go and spoil an old man's dreams.'" - Interesting Times


"Ahahahahaha! Ahahahaha! Aahahaha!
 BEWARE!!!!!
 Yrs sincerely
 The Opera Ghost

 "What sort of person," said Salzella patiently, "sits down and writes a maniacal laugh? And all those exclamation marks, you notice? Five? A sure sign of someone who wears his underpants on his head. Opera can do that to a man."
" - Maskerade

"'I Suggest You Take Me And Smash Me And Grind The Bits Into Fragments And Pound The Fragments Into Powder And Mill Them Again To The Finest Dust There Can Be, And I Believe You Will Not Find A Single Atom Of Life-'
 'True! Let's do it!'
 'However, In Order To Test This Fully, One Of You Must Volunteer To Undergo The Same Process.'
 There was silence.
 'That's not fair,' said a priest, after a while. 'All anyone has to do is bake up your dust again and you'll be alive...'
 There was more silence." - Feet of Clay

"Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show." - Going Postal
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on August 09, 2013, 10:08:03 AM
I've finished Mort.  A fine read.  Also, I found this:

http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-20.jpg (http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-20.jpg)

I chuckled.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on August 09, 2013, 11:26:24 AM
Patrick Chamoiseau - Solibo Magnificent
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Post by: Crudblud on August 16, 2013, 12:21:47 PM
Paul Auster - The New York Trilogy
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on August 19, 2013, 10:58:12 AM
I have checked out the next load of Discworld books from the library.  Well, I had to skip over Wyrd Sisters, as I couldn't find that one.  Hopefully I'll find that one someday.  Beginning Sourcery now.
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Post by: Sir_Drainsalot on August 19, 2013, 02:24:16 PM
Just finished Footfall by Larry Niven. Very interesting if a bit hard to believe at times, even for an alien invasion scenario.
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Post by: Crudblud on August 22, 2013, 06:11:23 AM
J.G. Ballard - Super-Cannes
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Post by: Genius on August 22, 2013, 06:23:51 AM
Hyperspace - Michio Kaku
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Post by: Sir_Drainsalot on August 22, 2013, 08:40:12 AM
Hyperspace - Michio Kaku

Excellent book. When I was 15/16 I bought a copy and read it intensively. Much of it went over my head but I was very interested the analogies of higher dimensions to Flatland - in fact it inspired me to read that book as well. Result was that while I was already known as a bit of a geek/nerd type in my friends/school group it got a whole lot weirder when I kept going on about hypercubes and making little paper tesseracts and seeing if I could 'fold' them mentally if I stared at them long enough - still hasn't happened I'm afraid  :P

The book is not far off 20 years old now as well so much of the theories described in it are likely either out of date or have been confirmed. Still well worth a read along with Flatland if you want to hurt your brain.

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Post by: Eddy Baby on August 22, 2013, 10:35:30 AM
I'm reading Uit de Bergen kwam de Echo by Khaled Hosseini. The Dutch translation of his new book And the Mountains Echoed. Not sure why I read all his stuff in Dutch but I have the first two so it seems like a tradition now.
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Post by: Genius on August 23, 2013, 03:26:21 AM
Hyperspace - Michio Kaku

Excellent book. When I was 15/16 I bought a copy and read it intensively. Much of it went over my head but I was very interested the analogies of higher dimensions to Flatland - in fact it inspired me to read that book as well. Result was that while I was already known as a bit of a geek/nerd type in my friends/school group it got a whole lot weirder when I kept going on about hypercubes and making little paper tesseracts and seeing if I could 'fold' them mentally if I stared at them long enough - still hasn't happened I'm afraid  :P

The book is not far off 20 years old now as well so much of the theories described in it are likely either out of date or have been confirmed. Still well worth a read along with Flatland if you want to hurt your brain.

Genius is my name, and hurting my brain is my game  >o< Heh. Anyway, yeah, it seems to be going fairly well, despite me not really entirely knowing what's going on. I'll give Flatland a go aswell, I suppose, after.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on August 25, 2013, 08:53:56 PM
I have read Jeffrey Archer's The Sins of the Father.  Unfortunately, it was something of a disappointment.  There was no real focus, and Archer just kept jumping from one perspective and time period to another abruptly, tying it all together very poorly.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on August 28, 2013, 06:41:48 PM
Also, I read Dan Brown's latest novel, Inferno.  Well, I read about two thirds of it.  I've successfully managed to switch my brain off for Brown's previous books and enjoy them as silly fun, but he went too far with this one.  See, when he fudged history in the past, at least he was smart enough to focus on events or organizations that weren't very well known.  Very few people are going to read The Da Vinci Code and think to themselves "Hey, that's not what the Priory of Sion was, what bullshit!"  But in this book, he makes up shit about mainstream, present-day organizations, like the United Nations and the World Health Organization, and anyone with an ounce of common sense will call bullshit on it.  And it's not as simple as noting these discrepancies at the start of the book and setting them aside, because these aren't made clear from the beginning - they're actually the twists that come into play during the third act.

Aside from that, there are some more typical problems with the book.  A lot of plot elements from previous books are rehashed, there's a very clichéd "the hero has amnesia" subplot that hits every predictable note, the characters are boring, and the quality of Brown's writing seems to have actually gotten even worse.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on August 29, 2013, 09:50:59 AM
Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lord Wilmore on August 29, 2013, 11:06:59 AM
Paul Auster - The New York Trilogy


If you liked it, read Moon Palace. Similar style, better story and execution (in my opinion).


I'm currently reading Anathem by Neal Stephenson.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Space Cowgirl on August 30, 2013, 12:01:42 PM
Wilmore, are you enjoying Anathem? I read Snow Crash not long ago and loved it. I've got a few Stephenson novels but I don't know which one to read next.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Sir_Drainsalot on August 30, 2013, 01:17:30 PM
One of the most depressing books you can read today is a little gem from 1954 called How to lie with statistics. Pretty self explanatory. Depressing because, aside from the money examples being skewed by inflation and a few outdated cultural references, this book could totally pass as being written yesterday. Absolutely every single marketing trick and deception the book covers can be seen totally unchanged in pretty much every advert or press release you can find. Nearly 60 frickin years later and the small print on ads still says 'tested on a sample of 8 people' or some other bull. Maybe the author thought by now we'd be able to see through it all. Turns out there is far more than one sucker born a minute.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Alchemist21 on August 30, 2013, 08:36:05 PM
Reading a book titled Is Anyone Out There?  It's by a man named Frank Drake and it details some of the earliest projects that attempted to find extraterrestrial life.  Slightly outdated but still teaches me a lot about these kinds of searches.
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Post by: Foxy on September 01, 2013, 01:46:36 PM
Invisible Monsters - Chuck Palahniuk
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on September 01, 2013, 07:56:44 PM
Time for an update on my literary adventures through Discworld!

Sourcery was okay, I guess.  It had its moments, but it felt like it was retreading a lot of old ground from the previous books, especially The Light Fantastic.  I'm already a little tired of the Unseen University.   Pyramids and Guards! Guards! were much more enjoyable.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on September 01, 2013, 08:01:31 PM
I found Eric disappointing but the one after that, Moving Pictures, is my favorite yet.

You're now almost as far through the series as I am.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: spoon on September 01, 2013, 08:23:44 PM
Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Hunter S. Thompson is a crazy mofo. Where are you in the book?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on September 02, 2013, 04:02:03 AM
Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Hunter S. Thompson is a crazy mofo. Where are you in the book?
Chapter 6 of Part 2.
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on September 02, 2013, 06:30:25 AM
Hunter S. Thompson on Letterman, 11/25/88 (http://#)
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Post by: spoon on September 02, 2013, 06:42:34 AM
After watching that, I can really appreciate John Depp. He had Thompson's mannerisms and speaking down to a point in Fear and Loathing.
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Post by: Crudblud on September 03, 2013, 05:45:39 AM
Fyodor Dostoevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (trans. Constance Garnett)

If you liked it, read Moon Palace. Similar style, better story and execution (in my opinion).

Noted, thanks!
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on September 03, 2013, 02:13:09 PM
Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Loved it. Really need to get hold of ...on the campaign trail...

I'm almost finished bonfire of the vanities and debating either 'gold' by Asimov or 'Crime and punishment' by Dostoevsky. I want to have read the later before I go to Petersburg in November with the girlfriend.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on September 03, 2013, 02:14:48 PM
Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Loved it. Really need to get hold of ...on the campaign trail...

I'm almost finished bonfire of the vanities and debating either 'gold' by Asimov or 'Crime and punishment' by Dostoevsky. I want to have read the later before I go to Petersburg in November with the girlfriend.

Wait, you're not gay?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Thork on September 03, 2013, 02:21:06 PM
Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Loved it. Really need to get hold of ...on the campaign trail...

I'm almost finished bonfire of the vanities and debating either 'gold' by Asimov or 'Crime and punishment' by Dostoevsky. I want to have read the later before I go to Petersburg in November with the girlfriend.

Wait, you're not gay?
He's whatever is fashionable at the time. Vegetarian, gay, black. He just wants to be accepted.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on September 03, 2013, 04:54:35 PM
Pretty sure I've been clear about my sexuality before. From memory, there may be an old 'post a picture' from 08 or so of me with my ex, not sure whether I've ever posted a pic of my current lass...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on September 03, 2013, 07:29:05 PM
Pretty sure I've been clear about my sexuality before. From memory, there may be an old 'post a picture' from 08 or so of me with my ex, not sure whether I've ever posted a pic of my current lass...

I know.  I just remember laughing when someone first asked you that.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on September 06, 2013, 07:53:42 AM
I found Eric disappointing but the one after that, Moving Pictures, is my favorite yet.

You're now almost as far through the series as I am.

Eric was indeed rather disappointing.  Too short, not much of an overarching story to speak of, the titular character should have been less annoying and more amusing, and I didn't even have the illustrated version.  Oh, well.  Let's see if Moving Pictures lives up to the hype.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on September 06, 2013, 09:14:58 AM
I found Eric disappointing but the one after that, Moving Pictures, is my favorite yet.

You're now almost as far through the series as I am.

Eric was indeed rather disappointing.  Too short, not much of an overarching story to speak of, the titular character should have been less annoying and more amusing, and I didn't even have the illustrated version.  Oh, well.  Let's see if Moving Pictures lives up to the hype.

Faust Eric is the only main Discworld book I haven't read. It's short so I'll probably read that next before I start on something heavier.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on September 07, 2013, 07:23:35 AM
Went out and purchased some books...

Flann O'Brien - The Third Policeman
William Faulkner - Sanctuary / Requiem for a Nun (in a single volume)
Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels
Thomas Mann - Doctor Faustus (trans. H.T. Lowe-Porter)
Anaïs Nin - A Spy In the House of Love
Roberto Bolaño - The Savage Detectives (trans. Natasha Wimmer)

Total cost of £9.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on September 07, 2013, 03:19:20 PM
Went out and purchased some books...

Flann O'Brien - The Third Policeman
William Faulkner - Sanctuary / Requiem for a Nun (in a single volume)
Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels
Thomas Mann - Doctor Faustus (trans. H.T. Lowe-Porter)
Anaïs Nin - A Spy In the House of Love
Roberto Bolaño - The Savage Detectives (trans. Natasha Wimmer)

Total cost of £9.

Charity bookshops are amazing.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on September 10, 2013, 02:12:37 PM
I've finished Moving Pictures.  It started off a little slow, but it was pretty good once it got going properly.  And now I'm about to go through another bunch of them.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on September 10, 2013, 05:47:03 PM
(some spoilers regarding A Song of Ice and Fire follow)




I finally finished (what's been written so far of) A Song of Ice and Fire.  George R R Martin really set the tone when he killed off his main character before the first book was even finished.  I knew I was getting into something special when Ned lost his head.

A Clash of Kings was great too, with all the carnage at Winterfell and the Battle of the Blackwater.  I have to say I was successfully hoodwinked when it looked like Theon had killed Bran and Rickon.  After what happened in A Game of Thrones there's a definite "anyone can die" vibe going on in this series.

A Storm of Swords was the best, by far.  My God, I think I fell in love with Dani when she unleashed her dragons on Astapor.  And all the deaths... how satisfying was it to see Joffrey finally get his?  And the way they ended it... with Tyrion killing Tywin and Shae before escaping his death at King's Landing... it's scenes like that that make him my favorite character in the series.  And all the while an apocalyptic-feeling storm raging through Westeros.  Arya with the Hound.  Samwell finally showing some backbone.  The Red Wedding... Littlefinger's murder of Lysa... the return to the narrative of Ser Barristan the Bold... the Red Viper's epic battle against the Mountain... Jaime's rescuing of Brienne from the bear... I could go on and on about this one.

The only one I didn't thoroughly enjoy was A Feast For Crows.  No Tyrion?  No Daenarys?  No Jon Snow?  I guess I can understand that Martin felt the need to split the characters up, but how do you expect to hold your readers' interest if you take the three best narrating characters out of it?  There was much I enjoyed, particularly the slow, self-inflicted unraveling of Cersei's control over King's Landing, but on the whole it felt limp and (frankly) something of a struggle to get through.

I read some negative reviews of A Dance With Dragons that seemed to suggest that the previous book was the beginning of a permanent downturn in the series' quality, but for me that one didn't disappoint.  I flat-out loved it, from Jon Snow's struggles to keep the Wall under control to Dani's struggles to keep her dragons under control.  Even some of the storylines that annoyed me in the previous book had me engaged in this one.  And Reek... unforgettable.  For not the first time Martin has made me look on a character I previously despised with sympathy.

And now, for the first time since I started reading the series near the beginning of the summer, I have to wait to read the next installment.  How frustrating.  Is Jon Snow truly dead (I'm guessing he is, but with the Red Lady around you never know)?  What will happen to Dani now?  And Varys... the chessmaster (or perhaps I should say cyvasse master)?  I love it.  Between Varys and Littlefinger, I think the Seven Kingdoms had better watch out because the people really pulling the strings are not the ones they might expect.

Martin had better hurry the fuck up with The Winds of Winter.   >:(

Anyway, my thoughts.
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on September 10, 2013, 06:59:21 PM
I couldn't stand Dany's storyline in A Dance with Dragons.  There were some interesting parts to it, like the dragons, but so much time was devoted to the great moral dilemma of what to do about Meereen. ::)  And of course, that's the justification for why she won't do what literally everyone (by which I'm referring to both the characters and fans of the books) wants her to do - go to Westeros already.  She can't go because then the people will starve.  But the problem with this is that Martin has given us absolutely no reason why we, as readers, should give a fuck about the people of Meereen.  We don't know them.  We barely ever see them.  They're in the background.  So why the hell should we care about them?

It's just not how fiction works.  You can't simply wave your hands at the readers and say, "Look at this.  This is important, because I say it's important.  Now care about it."  You've got to earn the stakes you set.  That works well with characters when you build them up, you tell us about them, get us to relate to them, sympathize with them - in short, to care about what happens to them.  And then when we're invested, you can threaten these characters, or kill them off, or save them, and we'll care because we have the emotional connection that allows us to overlook the fact that they're not real.  Without that connection, it's just an author saying that some fake people are going to die.  And who cares about that?
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on September 10, 2013, 09:25:31 PM
I'm not sure it matters what we think of the people of Meereen.  What matters is that Dani thinks the people of Meereen matter, and I think her reason for her conviction has been made clear (she is trying to avoid what happened in Astapor and Yunkai).  I think it's a matter of principle, and whether I agree with her decisions is irrelevant, because I agree that her motivations are plausible.

That being said... yeah, Dani's storyline was weaker in this one than in the other books.  The dragons saved it.  And yeah, she needs to get her ass to Westeros, but I understand making us wait from a storyteller's perspective too.

I do have a pretty harsh criticism of Tyrion's storyline, though.  I still love the character and the levity his chapters bring, but he has some 60s TV show Batman moments of insight in this one.  I know that he's been built up as a character who survives on his wits, but come on, I found it ridiculously implausible that he would be able to piece together that Young Griff was Prince Aegon the way he did.  And then he does it a couple more times, like all of a sudden it's his superpower.  It kind of took me out of it a couple times.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on September 11, 2013, 05:04:21 AM
I've finished Moving Pictures.  It started off a little slow, but it was pretty good once it got going properly.  And now I'm about to go through another bunch of them.

Moving Pictures is easily one of my favourites.

"Why are all Mister Dibbler's pictures set 'in a world gone madde!'?"

"Because Mister Dibbler is a very observant person."
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on September 11, 2013, 08:03:42 AM
What annoyed me the most about Dani's chapters was that nothing ever happened. They were mostly descriptions of the scenery, build up to a little cliffhanger, and then off to a different character. When another Dani chapter came around whatever exciting thing that was about to happen in the previous chapter happened without us being able to read it as it happened, and we were back to descriptions of the scenery.
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Post by: The Terror on September 11, 2013, 02:28:01 PM
I think that Martin deliberately pulled the rug out from under a few characters in Dance of Dragons. I think he wanted to show that things are now so fucked up that even characters Like Dany and Jon that previously seemed to be winning the game of thrones were now just as powerless as the rest. Melisandre started looking a bit shaky as well.
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on September 11, 2013, 03:28:26 PM
I do have a pretty harsh criticism of Tyrion's storyline, though.  I still love the character and the levity his chapters bring, but he has some 60s TV show Batman moments of insight in this one.  I know that he's been built up as a character who survives on his wits, but come on, I found it ridiculously implausible that he would be able to piece together that Young Griff was Prince Aegon the way he did.

Yeah, that really just came out of nowhere.  I could see him concluding that Young Griff was high-born, but he had no reason to suspect that Aegon was even alive, let alone that he was Young Griff.  He might as well have accused Connington of being Rhaegar.

What annoyed me the most about Dani's chapters was that nothing ever happened. They were mostly descriptions of the scenery, build up to a little cliffhanger, and then off to a different character. When another Dani chapter came around whatever exciting thing that was about to happen in the previous chapter happened without us being able to read it as it happened, and we were back to descriptions of the scenery.

Heh, I remember that.

Moving Pictures is easily one of my favourites.

"Why are all Mister Dibbler's pictures set 'in a world gone madde!'?"

"Because Mister Dibbler is a very observant person."

NO U

You and Roundy both, huh?  Well, it wasn't quite my favorite.  That one (so far) would be Guards! Guards!  I can never resist a good police procedural.
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Post by: Genius on September 11, 2013, 03:43:33 PM
Tyrion is the smartest man alive. He could single handedly bring Westeros to technological levels rivalling our own should he wish.
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on September 11, 2013, 04:09:28 PM
Tyrion is the smartest man alive. He could single handedly bring Westeros to technological levels rivalling our own should he wish.

Westeros goes steampunk.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on September 11, 2013, 04:13:34 PM
I do not know why I spelled Dany wrong.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on September 11, 2013, 08:05:36 PM
I do not know why I spelled Dany wrong.

Probably because I did.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on September 13, 2013, 07:53:03 PM
Right now I'm reading Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar; I figured I'd take myself out of Westeros by reading something that has nothing at all in common with it.  I fully expect it to inspire me to great heights within a matter of weeks.

I just bought Finnegan's Wake and am looking forward to reading it next, to continue my journey through the works of James Joyce.  It seems daunting.  After reading the first couple pages I fear it appears to make Ulysses look like See Spot Run.  I'm a little scared.
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Post by: Crudblud on September 14, 2013, 03:11:23 AM
I just bought Finnegan's Wake and am looking forward to reading it next, to continue my journey through the works of James Joyce.  It seems daunting.  After reading the first couple pages I fear it appears to make Ulysses look like See Spot Run.  I'm a little scared.

I wish you luck, sincerely.
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on September 16, 2013, 12:15:28 PM
Wyrd Sisters: Another one that was just okay.  The plot was a little too convoluted for my taste, especially in the third act, and it wasn't as funny as it could have been.  Also, I didn't like how the villains were portrayed.  In fact, I'm not really sure that I got what Pratchett was going for with their scenes.  Okay, I get that it's a parody of Macbeth, but most of the time the two of them were simply being weird.  They weren't particularly funny (with the one exception of the running gag of trying to wash his bloody hand - I laughed my ass off at that), they weren't particularly evil, they were just...weird.

Reaper Man: Now this was fantastic.  I don't want to gush over it like I'm Supertails or something, because I am a tough man, but I really loved every moment of this book.  Not only was it hilarious, it had some genuinely touching, heartfelt moments.  It's left me excited for moar.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on September 17, 2013, 03:07:19 AM
Reaper Man and the Death books in general are inarguably the best of DW.

I'm about to start The Long War by Pratchett and Baxter with a degree of trepidation. The first in the series The Long Earth had a weak story but I loved the exploration of the world(s). I don't think that will work in book 2 of 3 and hope to see a stronger story.
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on September 19, 2013, 07:31:08 AM
Witches Abroad: This witches plotline is definitely not my favorite of the series, so I had lowered my expectations for this book quite a bit.  And while it was a little bit better than the previous two books in the arc, it still wasn't great.  Fairly enjoyable, but not great.  I do like the three main characters - in fact, I'd say that one of Pratchett's biggest strengths is how incredibly likable most of his characters are - but the story was just too obvious and predictable.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on September 19, 2013, 03:00:30 PM
Started and finished Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K. Jerome while I was away. No idea why I haven't read it sooner.
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on September 19, 2013, 07:34:50 PM
Three men in a boat.  Sounds kind of gay.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on September 20, 2013, 01:38:53 AM
It is the most gay of adventures indeed
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on September 23, 2013, 04:49:22 PM
Faust Eric is the only main Discworld book I haven't read. It's short so I'll probably read that next before I start on something heavier.

Well?  Did you?
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on September 24, 2013, 09:27:57 AM
Faust Eric is the only main Discworld book I haven't read. It's short so I'll probably read that next before I start on something heavier.

Well?  Did you?

I did. It was a pretty good old-school Discworld book. Thr descriptions of a beaurocratic Hell, the tribe's anger with the Ruler of the World, and the weary ancient general (Are Sam Vines and Rincewind related?) were amusing and raised a few chuckles.

All-in-all worth reading, but not a standout in the series.

~

I'm about half way through The Long War at the moment and although the plot isn't as tight as I'd like, I just love exploring the Long Earth. It reads almost as a travel guide to a place I'll never visit. If you didn't like the first one, this one is unlikely to win you overas it's very much more of the same.
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on September 25, 2013, 06:46:59 AM
Speaking of Discworld, I have finished Small Gods and Lords and Ladies.  Both were quite good.
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Post by: Umiga on September 25, 2013, 08:26:56 PM
The Great Gatesby.  Because of the adapted movie so I just want to feel the luxury atmosphere again through words.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on September 26, 2013, 12:39:05 AM
The Great Gatesby.  Because of the adapted movie so I just want to feel the luxury atmosphere again through words.

I thought it was a terrible book.absolutely nothing happens until page 80/110
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Post by: Supertails on September 30, 2013, 05:02:54 AM
I don't know, I'm a pretty big fan of The Great Gatesby.
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on September 30, 2013, 05:30:00 AM
I liked the book, but being forced to super-analyze it for school kind of ruined it.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory)

My English teacher in my junior year of high school was really big on this.
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on October 02, 2013, 06:32:56 AM
And I have finished Men At Arms.  I loved it.  They're just something so hilarious about setting a police procedural/mystery in a fantasy universe.  Especially a character like Vimes.  I've seen this kind of character before, of course, dozens of times - but again, the fantasy setting just makes him so much funnier.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on October 02, 2013, 07:34:23 AM
And I have finished Men At Arms.  I loved it.  They're just something so hilarious about setting a police procedural/mystery in a fantasy universe.  Especially a character like Vimes.  I've seen this kind of character before, of course, dozens of times - but again, the fantasy setting just makes him so much funnier.

Ah yeah, I'd forgotten Men at Arms, is that the one with the 'gonne?'

If you're reading them in order, the next one's Soul Music, which is one of my favourites.
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on October 02, 2013, 09:12:11 AM
Yes, it's the one with the gonne.  I think Pratchett was trying to say something about gun control, but I'm not quite sure what it was.

And yes, I'm in the middle of Soul Music.  It's pretty good so far.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on October 09, 2013, 10:52:35 AM
I just started Foundation, by Isaac Asimov. I have no idea why I'm just now getting around to this series.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on October 09, 2013, 07:13:42 PM
I just started Foundation, by Isaac Asimov. I have no idea why I'm just now getting around to this series.

You're in for a treat.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on October 10, 2013, 12:22:33 AM
I just started Foundation, by Isaac Asimov. I have no idea why I'm just now getting around to this series.

I read this last year, great series with a wicked, yet understated, sense of humour.
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on October 10, 2013, 07:09:35 PM
Soul Music: Very enjoyable.  "Pathway to Paradise" and the obvious Sex Pistols parody made me laugh especially hard.  The only real problem I had with it was that the two main storylines really didn't work all that well together.  They had almost nothing to do with each other plot-wise or thematically, and so it felt really jarring whenever the perspective switched.  It was like on one side there was a lighthearted comedy going on, and then on the other side there was the Susan and Death subplot jumping up and down saying, "But wait, there's also a soft and emotional side to the book, let me show you!"  Part of what made Reaper Man so great was that it had the perfect balance of comedy and heart, and it was told in a such a way that it always felt natural, never forced or contrived.  Soul Music tried, but it just couldn't quite achieve that.

Interesting Times: A pretty decent read is about all I can say for this one.  Not a standout or anything, but I don't think it was meant to be.  Just a fairly straightforward sword-and-sorcery parody like the first couple of books, and for what it was, it was fun.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on October 11, 2013, 01:00:31 AM
Again, if you're reading them in order Maskerade isn't great, but I really liked Feet of Clay and then it's the incredible Hogfather (A Death novel) and Jingo (A Vetinari novel)
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on October 11, 2013, 07:05:44 PM
Yes, I'm reading them in order.  I never read or watch a series out of order if I can help it.  It feels all wrong.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on October 11, 2013, 07:29:03 PM
It's not as much an issue with this series as with most because there's very little continuity between the books.  That being said, I'm actually reading them in order too.  Just much more slowly than you.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on October 12, 2013, 08:57:11 AM
I'm nearly finished with Foundation and Empire. This series is much more fun than I expected it to be. I'm not sure if it's worth reading past the original trilogy, though. Have any of you read all of them?
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on October 12, 2013, 09:41:13 AM
I only ever read the original trilogy.  I always meant to pick up the series afterwards but never got around to it.
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Post by: spoon on October 12, 2013, 08:15:16 PM
Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon.
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Post by: Supertails on October 13, 2013, 12:28:45 AM
About a week ago I finished Cloud Atlas. I thought it was really good, if really dense in a few chapters. But I really love the setup and the way it's written. "Letters from Zedelghem" was an absolutely gorgeous chapter, filled with musical prose and references and just afjkdsl. I loved "The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing" too, though. It's hard to say which of the six chapters was my favourite.

The day after I finished it I got Stephen King's new book, Doctor Sleep, which is a sequel to The Shining, which I read years ago and absolutely loved. I reminded myself about it a little, then started Doctor Sleep. I wasn't loving it, really, for the prologue and much of the first chapter. Then somewhere along there I started liking it more and more and got really drawn in, kind of obsessively, and was reading it nonstop. I was done by the next day. It's like 520 pages or so, and I read basically half of it, put it down to sleep, woke up and finished it. Just so, so, so good. It's not as scary as The Shining (it's honestly not very scary at all, though there were a few parts where the imagery had me creeped out), but it's the latest in King's recent bout of awesome character development and stories that matter because you care about the characters.
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Post by: Foxy on October 14, 2013, 10:47:30 AM
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on October 18, 2013, 05:09:27 PM
I'm reading Foundation's Edge. It's good.
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Post by: Crudblud on October 18, 2013, 08:13:16 PM
I'm still slogging my way through Dostoevsky's Which Young Depressed Russian Murdered the Old Depressed Russian? but I picked up Pynchon's Mason & Dixon the other day, which I'm looking forward to reading despite expecting to be somewhat out of my depth when it comes to the historical period in which it is set.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on October 18, 2013, 08:44:35 PM
I'm still slogging my way through Dostoevsky's Which Young Depressed Russian Murdered the Old Depressed Russian? but I picked up Pynchon's Mason & Dixon the other day, which I'm looking forward to reading despite expecting to be somewhat out of my depth when it comes to the historical period in which it is set.

Have you ever read Dostoevsky's The Double?  Call me romantic, but I can't help but imagine it as a movie, set in modern-day New York (or even better, LA) starring Jim Carrey as both the protagonist and the titular character.

I just finished Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, by Jane Austen and some guy, which I found very amusing.  I'm reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde now, which I am also finding amusing.

Through it all, I'm trying to make my way through Finnegan's Wake.  I'm four chapters in and I think I have a pretty good grasp on what Joyce is trying to convey, although I really can't say I understand most of it.  There have, in fact, been passages that have made me laugh out loud.  I'm still not sure if I can say I'm enjoying it yet.  I'm starting to wonder if Joyce meant it as a practical joke, a sort of punchline to his brilliant career.  I would be making my way through it faster, but it's not exactly the kind of book I can sit there and read on the bus or in the break room at work.  Obviously I've been choosing substantially lighter fare for that.
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on October 18, 2013, 09:15:59 PM
Highbrow, sophisticated fare.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on October 18, 2013, 09:57:27 PM
Highbrow, sophisticated fare.
Yes, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters was quite highbrow.
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Post by: Crudblud on October 18, 2013, 10:27:09 PM
I'm still slogging my way through Dostoevsky's Which Young Depressed Russian Murdered the Old Depressed Russian? but I picked up Pynchon's Mason & Dixon the other day, which I'm looking forward to reading despite expecting to be somewhat out of my depth when it comes to the historical period in which it is set.

Have you ever read Dostoevsky's The Double?  Call me romantic, but I can't help but imagine it as a movie, set in modern-day New York (or even better, LA) starring Jim Carrey as both the protagonist and the titular character.

I just finished Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, by Jane Austen and some guy, which I found very amusing.  I'm reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde now, which I am also finding amusing.

Through it all, I'm trying to make my way through Finnegan's Wake.  I'm four chapters in and I think I have a pretty good grasp on what Joyce is trying to convey, although I really can't say I understand most of it.  There have, in fact, been passages that have made me laugh out loud.  I'm still not sure if I can say I'm enjoying it yet.  I'm starting to wonder if Joyce meant it as a practical joke, a sort of punchline to his brilliant career.  I would be making my way through it faster, but it's not exactly the kind of book I can sit there and read on the bus or in the break room at work.  Obviously I've been choosing substantially lighter fare for that.

Nope, Brothers Karamazov is my first Dostoevsky novel, I do want to read more eventually but christ is he always this long-winded?

I'm still reading the Wake as well, I had to take a breather after 460 pages, it is very funny but it gets to be too much after a while of reading nothing else. Now I'm reading it very slowly, sometimes only a paragraph per session, but then some paragraphs go on for pages anyway.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on October 19, 2013, 06:02:43 PM
Just finished The Long War by Pratchett and Baxter and found it to be a disappointment. After the relatively allow storytelling in the rest of the book, the ending felt badly rushed. The protagonist OS apparently trapped by a device which will kill him if he attempts to escape and there is nothing told about how he escapes to experience the happy prologue.

Next up, either crime and punishment or am Asimov short story collection.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on October 20, 2013, 03:30:24 PM
Wilmore, are you enjoying Anathem? I read Snow Crash not long ago and loved it. I've got a few Stephenson novels but I don't know which one to read next.


Sorry for the late reply. Anathem is good, but not great. Like, it's definitely not bad, and it's full of interesting ideas, but the characters just weren't that great. Certainly a drop in quality from Snow Crash and The Diamond Age, which I am fairly confident you will love - it's really, really good. Read it!


I finished Anathem, which was kind of huge and slow going, and then read A Room With a View by E.M. Forster. I'm now reading Dracula by Stoker. Spoiler: Count Vampire is a Dracula.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on October 20, 2013, 04:10:29 PM
Cool! I just started Foundation and Earth today, so when I finish I'll read The Diamond Age.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on October 21, 2013, 01:56:07 AM
Changed my mind, now reading 'stranger in a strange land' by Heinlein
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Post by: Crudblud on October 22, 2013, 10:20:19 PM
Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels
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Post by: Supertails on October 22, 2013, 11:23:12 PM
I read "Sociolinguistics: An Introduction to Language and Society (Fourth Edition)" by Peter Trudgill because why not and I find the subject interesting. It was quite interesting. :]

Other than that, I am reading the Bible on the side. Currently up to Genesis 24.
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Post by: Eddy Baby on October 23, 2013, 01:12:57 AM
Sociolinguistics is basically the world's most interesting topic.

Although I would say that I guess
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Post by: Supertails on October 23, 2013, 02:25:24 AM
Because you just love the pidgin languages, o u
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on October 23, 2013, 09:06:26 AM
Because you just love the pidgin languages, o u

Hey, have you ever seen this? http://www.pidginbible.org/Concindex.html (http://www.pidginbible.org/Concindex.html)  It's the Hawaiian Pidgin Bible. It's really interesting.
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Post by: Junker on October 23, 2013, 09:38:38 AM
Other than that, I am reading the Bible on the side. Currently up to Genesis 24.

You'll be to Exodus in no time, that is when shit gets real.  At least until the end of that book when you hit several chapters only describing the Ark of the Covenant in excruciating detail.
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on October 23, 2013, 09:49:58 AM
Revelation is batshit crazy.
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Post by: Junker on October 23, 2013, 10:22:24 AM
Revelation is batshit crazy.

No one wants any of that New Testament hippie crap.
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Post by: Saddam Hussein on October 23, 2013, 12:52:55 PM
Anyway, I would like to interrupt you snobs (nobs?) to announce that I read Maskerade and Feet of Clay.  They were gud.
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Post by: snuggly winter on October 24, 2013, 03:42:29 PM
Revelation is batshit crazy.

No one wants any of that New Testament hippie crap.

Stylized ethnocentric propaganda riddled epics and pun poems > folk stories and poor commentaries on the role of  Philo and Plato in a Jewish soaked worldview.
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Post by: Chris Spaghetti on October 25, 2013, 01:05:02 AM
Other than that, I am reading the Bible on the side. Currently up to Genesis 24.

You'll be to Exodus in no time, that is when shit gets real.  At least until the end of that book when you hit several chapters only describing the Ark of the Covenant in excruciating detail.

It's when it melts the Nazis faces that it gets the most exciting.

Or that may be in the Bible's extended universe...
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on October 27, 2013, 08:19:52 AM
I decided to read Good Omens again, before getting into The Diamond Age. I love Good Omens.

I watched Cloud Atlas last night, and now I'm dying to read the book.
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Post by: Crudblud on October 31, 2013, 07:07:44 PM
Anaïs Nin - A Spy in the House of Love
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on October 31, 2013, 07:58:14 PM
I'm rereading Guards! Guards! right now.  I love the running gag about the figgins.  I was reminded of how irritated I was that the back of the book spoiled a significant plot point that doesn't happen until very late.

I finished Dorian Gray, of course.  Wow, did that get dark in a hurry.

I also started reading The Red Badge of Courage, which I would by all rights be finished except that I left my Kindle in a place that circumstances are preventing me from being able to get to right now.  Another nice light-hearted read.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on October 31, 2013, 08:22:16 PM
I'm rereading Guards! Guards! right now.  I love the running gag about the figgins.  I was reminded of how irritated I was that the back of the book spoiled a significant plot point that doesn't happen until very late.

That annoyed me too.  And there are a few other books in the series that have spoilers in their descriptions as well.  It's not how you describe a book!  Give us the basic premise, not a summary of the plot!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on November 02, 2013, 06:32:56 AM
William Faulkner -  Sanctuary / Requiem for a Nun
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on November 03, 2013, 11:26:32 AM
Moar Discword:

Hogfather: A true Christmas classic.  Death was great, as he always is, and I liked that despite all the making fun of Christmas and its traditions, it still kept a positive view of it overall.  The only criticism I have is that the running gag of beings coming into existence whenever people suggest it was funny at first, but it got old really fast.  The "hangover god" in particular was terrible, just terrible.  And what, he's not just a god, he's an "oh god"?  Ugh.

Jingo: Another solid read.  Perhaps a bit heavy-handed with the message about racism, but I don't know if it could have been done more subtly.  To make another minor criticism for the sake of nitpicking, though, I wish that Carrot's character was explored in a different way.  I've been noticing this for the past few Watch novels - it's really just other characters talking or thinking about him, basically telling the reader what he's like, rather than actually showing us.  It seems like Pratchett does it on purpose, but I don't get it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on November 07, 2013, 06:44:04 AM
Out shopping today, picked up the following:

Laurence Sterne - The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
John Kennedy Toole - A Confederacy of Dunces
William Faulkner - Intruder in the Dust
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on November 07, 2013, 06:47:38 AM
No, Crudblud.  Read Discworld.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on November 07, 2013, 08:16:04 AM
No, Crudblud.  Read Discworld.
I read the Death trilogy many years ago, and enjoyed them all but felt Soul Music was a weak "finale." I have Night Watch and The Colour of Magic on my list of things to read.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on November 07, 2013, 09:00:52 AM
There are more than three Death novels.  Behold:

http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-20.jpg (http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-20.jpg)

There's Hogfather.  And there's also Thief of Time, but it looks like that one only has a minor connection.  I haven't read it yet, so I can't judge.  Anyway, you should read them all.  Go on a marathon, like me.  So far, my library has them all, so it hasn't cost me a cent.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chris Spaghetti on November 07, 2013, 09:05:44 AM
There are more than three Death novels.  Behold:

http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-20.jpg (http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-20.jpg)

There's Hogfather.  And there's also Thief of Time, but it looks like that one only has a minor connection.  I haven't read it yet, so I can't judge.  Anyway, you should read them all.  Go on a marathon, like me.  So far, my library has them all, so it hasn't cost me a cent.

Theif of Time is one of may favourite discworlds and easily the best 'new' Discworld.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Eddy Baby on November 07, 2013, 12:56:53 PM
A friend gave me a copy of Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll which I will start ASAP.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on November 07, 2013, 07:50:28 PM
This thread is about Discworld.

Speaking of which, I finished The Last Continent.  This one had some really funny moments, but right around the midway point, a lot of the humor started to wear thin and just become repetitive.  The Senior Wrangler's weird obsession with Mrs. Whitlow, for example - it was funny at first, sure.  But it's rehashed about a hundred more times, with no real twists or different takes on it.  It's not funny anymore!  Compare that with, say, whenever Ponder discusses one of his theories with Ridcully.  Those scenes are always good, because they're always a bit different.  Even though the basic formula is the same, the subject of their discussion is always different, and Ridcully always uses a different brand of idiot logic to poke holes in the theory.

Not much to say about Rincewind's storyline.  It was fun, had some good laughs, some good parodies of Australian culture - yeah, that's about it.  Rincewind novels are never particularly ambitious, so it's hard to really be disappointed by one.
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Post by: markjo on November 09, 2013, 11:37:54 AM
I finally finished Uncle Tom's Cabin and am now working on Peter Pan.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Space Cowgirl on November 12, 2013, 10:38:01 AM
Wilmore, are you enjoying Anathem? I read Snow Crash not long ago and loved it. I've got a few Stephenson novels but I don't know which one to read next.


Sorry for the late reply. Anathem is good, but not great. Like, it's definitely not bad, and it's full of interesting ideas, but the characters just weren't that great. Certainly a drop in quality from Snow Crash and The Diamond Age, which I am fairly confident you will love - it's really, really good. Read it!


I finished Anathem, which was kind of huge and slow going, and then read A Room With a View by E.M. Forster. I'm now reading Dracula by Stoker. Spoiler: Count Vampire is a Dracula.

I am reading The Diamond Age now. I think it will be one of my favorite books EVAR! I like it more than Snow Crash. I've been reading about Neal Stephenson's other books and it looks like  there aren't anymore in the same style, although Readme might be similar.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on November 12, 2013, 11:16:42 AM
Thomas Pynchon - Mason & Dixon
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: John Davis on November 12, 2013, 02:21:29 PM
Speaking of Discworld, I have finished Small Gods and Lords and Ladies.  Both were quite good.
Discworld is a great series. Although I haven't read anything out of it published in the last five years (Since Thud!), I have read everything before that point. Has anyone read any of the newer titles? I'm curious if I can expect more of the same.

Oh and per the thread, I'm reading The Essential Tao and reviewing Flat Earth: The History of an Infamous Idea. As its mostly a refresher, tomorrow I'll likely start up with The Emperors New Mind.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on November 13, 2013, 06:40:32 PM
And now I have finished Carpe Jugulum and The Fifth Elephant.  More gud.  I guess the witches plotline is all done now.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on November 15, 2013, 11:28:53 AM
Okay, that's not really good enough.  I shall go into a bit more detail about the books I didn't really review properly, plotline by plotline (according to that reading order guide):

Witches: I wasn't a big fan of the first three novels in the series, as I briefly mentioned earlier.  I'm not entirely sure why.  Maybe it was just that the plots weren't all that great to me, and they were very predictable.  Parodying fairy tales and traditional stories has been done to death over the years, what with movies like Shrek and The Princess Bride.  Those jokes may have been new when Pratchett first wrote them, but they weren't by the time I read them.  Fortunately, the series dramatically improved with Lords and Ladies.  All of a sudden, it was a lot darker, the stories were a lot better, and I was really invested.  I guess you could say that I preferred the witches when they were more serious.

Ancient Civilizations: Not much to say here.  I liked them both, but I guess that Pyramids wasn't all that great.  It started out well, but it kind of dragged after a while.  Also, the villain was boring and his immortality was weird.  Small Gods was better, but this one started out slowly and only got really good right around the halfway mark.  The ending was one of the best of the series, and I really liked the villain.

Watch: I kind of skipped over what I thought of Feet of Clay.  I actually thought it was the weakest of the Watch plotline, at least so far.  It had its good points, but the overall mystery was kind of weak, and it had a fairly predictable payoff.  Also, Carrot was at his worst here, or at least how Pratchett's weird method of explaining his character went.  It was all character shilling!  No, don't bother showing us what he's like, just have all the other characters keep on oohing and aahing over how absolutely wonderful and fantastic he is!  It's not incredibly annoying Mary Sue bullshit at all!  BAAAWWWWW!!!!  But that was toned down a bit in the later books, which I appreciated.  Anyway, The Fifth Elephant.  The title and description were misleading, but the mystery was great, and seeing Uberwald was cool.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Crudblud on November 15, 2013, 12:44:43 PM
Today I bought:

Hermann Hesse - The Glass Bead Game
Hector Berlioz - Memoirs
Don DeLillo - Underworld
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on November 21, 2013, 02:45:44 PM
The Truth: Not quite a standout of the series, but enjoyable all the same.  I especially liked how the printing press was given a "normal" origin, instead of some kind of supernatural element that they'd have to get rid of by the end of the book, like in Moving Pictures and Soul Music.  And it made for a funny joke when Vetinari started asking about dimensional portals.  The main thing that I didn't like was that the villains' plan was all too familiar - some important high-society people don't like Vetinari being in power, so they're going to oust him, blah blah blah.  Come on, Pratchett, you've obviously got a lot of creativity.  Give your villains a new scheme every once in a while.  Like the way you do with, say, the Auditors of Reality.  Speaking of which -

Thief of Time: In a word, magnificent.  No nitpicks.  It's that good.  The only interesting observation I can make is that this was the only Death novel where Death himself didn't completely steal the show.  And that's not a criticism of Death in this book, but a reflection of how awesome the History Monks were.  I agree with Chris - this is easily one of the best of the series.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on November 21, 2013, 07:13:47 PM
Well, I'm in the middle of Witches Abroad right now, and I have to say, I think Saddam's criticism is valid in the case of the Witches' line of books, to the point that I'm convinced that the writers of Shrek took notes from this book (for example, their idea of a despot running a Magic Kingdom where everyone is always happy or else is one of the major themes of this book).  To make matters worse, Pratchett is even treading ground he himself has already trod, given that the first book already satirized travel and tourism, which is a major theme of this one as well.  I'm enjoying it, because there are always laughs to be found in a Discworld novel, but this one just feels particularly tired.

On the other hand, I loved Wyrd Sisters, largely because I love Shakespeare, who is heavily lampooned in that one, I guess.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Saddam Hussein on November 22, 2013, 11:34:12 AM
Someone is reading my rambling reviews!  Hooray!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on December 18, 2013, 08:32:26 PM
I am finally reading God Emperor of Dune.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Space Cowgirl on December 19, 2013, 08:48:30 AM
YAY! You might hate it, though. Lots of people don't care for that one, and tbh the first time I read it I was a bit meh about it, but now it is one of my favorites.

I haven't read anything since The Diamond Age, because I got really terribly sick and haven't felt like concentrating on a book. I think I should go back and reread the last 100 pages or so, because I was in a cold medicine haze when I first read them.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: glokta on February 15, 2014, 06:47:07 AM
currently reading Ship Of Magic the first of the Liveship Traders trilogy by Robin Hobb - fantastic epic fantasy by far my favourite author. Highly recommend this and the first Farseer trilogy.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: physics101 on February 24, 2014, 07:44:37 PM
Currently reading my way through the Jack Reacher series. Enjoying it greatly so far, he's such a regular guy who just keeps getting thrown into bad spots.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lord Wilmore on March 28, 2014, 08:30:16 PM
Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on March 29, 2014, 02:14:46 PM
I've been rereading Ulysses.  As I expected it's much easier going the second time around, but my schedule is still making it take me a long time to finish it.

I've given up on Finnegan's Wake.  I've decided it's just Joyce's huge cosmic prank and I've fallen for it as much as I care to.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lord Wilmore on March 29, 2014, 07:23:01 PM
YAY! You might hate it, though. Lots of people don't care for that one, and tbh the first time I read it I was a bit meh about it, but now it is one of my favorites.

I haven't read anything since The Diamond Age, because I got really terribly sick and haven't felt like concentrating on a book. I think I should go back and reread the last 100 pages or so, because I was in a cold medicine haze when I first read them.


As much as I love The Diamond Age, like the other Stephenson books I've read, it somehow ends poorly (IMO). So if you didn't like the last 100 pages, it may just be because they're a bit unsatisfactory - that's definitely how I felt about it, and Snow Crash, too. But despite the weakish finnish, I love The Diamond Age - it's just such an amazing mix, and Nell is the best.


I've given up on Finnegan's Wake.  I've decided it's just Joyce's huge cosmic prank and I've fallen for it as much as I care to.


I like to think of it more as a cosmic indulgence. Like, if you read good companion material, you start to realise just how deep and stupid the puns and wordplay go. But ultimately it's still just really artsy puns and wordplay...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on March 29, 2014, 10:48:25 PM
I like to think of it more as a cosmic indulgence. Like, if you read good companion material, you start to realise just how deep and stupid the puns and wordplay go. But ultimately it's still just really artsy puns and wordplay...

I've thought about delving into some of that stuff and might still at some time in the future, but I don't have enough interest right now.  Good for him for having the clout to be able to not only publish something so self-indulgent but also find a willing audience for it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Space Cowgirl on March 30, 2014, 07:32:00 AM
I loved The Diamond Age, but I still haven't gone back and reread the last part of it. I was thinking I'd let some time pass and then go back and reread the whole thing. I really loved the idea of the primer, wish I'd had one growing up!

I loved The Sprawl trilogy too, I love cyberpunk in general. I don't know what else to read in that genre now. I think I've read all the most popular ones. Charles Stross, Neil Stephenson, William Gibson - who else writes well in that genre?
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on March 30, 2014, 06:00:17 PM
I loved The Diamond Age, but I still haven't gone back and reread the last part of it. I was thinking I'd let some time pass and then go back and reread the whole thing. I really loved the idea of the primer, wish I'd had one growing up!

I loved The Sprawl trilogy too, I love cyberpunk in general. I don't know what else to read in that genre now. I think I've read all the most popular ones. Charles Stross, Neil Stephenson, William Gibson - who else writes well in that genre?


I'm quite a fan of some of Bruce Sterling's stuff - Bicycle Repairman is a great short story to start with if you can get hold of it. Holy Fire is my favourite of his novels, and in terms of characters and writing is easily the best - it's a really interesting take on youth, ageing, and the cultural implications of the average lifespan being extended. It is remarkably prophetic in terms of its themes. I also really enjoyed Distraction, though it's not for everyone.


Sterling isn't the world's greatest fiction writer, but his prose is serviceable and he has a wonderful imagination (though I should add here that Holy Fire is actually just plain good, and doesn't deserve those qualifiers). Honestly, I almost prefer his non-fiction writing and commentary (see the Virdian Design movement (http://www.viridiandesign.org/viridiandesign.htm) this speech is well worth a read, if you ask me, though there's a bit of a ramble about tea kettles in the middle).
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on April 15, 2014, 05:40:44 PM
The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevesky.
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Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on April 15, 2014, 08:42:00 PM
The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevesky.

Loved it.  I want to see a movie made out of it, set in modern times, with Jim Carrey in the main role.
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Post by: Lord Wilmore on May 02, 2014, 08:51:23 AM
The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevesky.

Loved it.  I want to see a movie made out of it, set in modern times, with Jim Carrey in the main role.

Yeah, it was bonkers, but great. Also:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Double_(2013_film) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Double_(2013_film))


Anyway, finished that, and I'm now reading The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: AlcohollicA on May 02, 2014, 02:40:51 PM
Essential Buddhism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs and Practices by Jack Maguire
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Roundy the Truthinessist on May 02, 2014, 05:58:56 PM
The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevesky.

Loved it.  I want to see a movie made out of it, set in modern times, with Jim Carrey in the main role.

Yeah, it was bonkers, but great. Also:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Double_(2013_film) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Double_(2013_film))


Wow, how about that.  Something to watch out for, I guess.  I still say Jim Carrey would have been the perfect fit for that role (roles).
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Post by: AlcohollicA on May 10, 2014, 07:42:37 AM
Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott
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Post by: Son of Orospu on May 10, 2014, 08:49:05 AM
Flatland is awesome.  It really gets your brain thinking, even though it is well over a hundred years old. 
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Post by: John Davis on June 08, 2014, 06:21:19 AM
The Stuff of Thought, Steve Pinker
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on August 21, 2014, 02:24:59 PM
I just downloaded The Rapture of the Nerds by Cory Doctorow and Charlie Stross. I hope it's good!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Shmeggley on August 21, 2014, 07:11:21 PM
Flatland is awesome.  It really gets your brain thinking, even though it is well over a hundred years old.

May I recommend The Planiverse, a newer book inspired by Flatland.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Shmeggley on August 21, 2014, 07:13:10 PM
Just started "Flat Earth - the history of an infamous idea". It's pretty good so far.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: robintex on March 17, 2015, 10:09:40 PM
I've been searching on a few websites to see if someone....anyone....has ever read or even heard of this book. :

"Sherlock Holmes In Dallas", by "Edmund Aubrey"

No luck so far.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: robintex on March 18, 2015, 12:57:47 PM
Just started "Flat Earth - the history of an infamous idea". It's pretty good so far.

I read "Flat Earth" a few months ago.If you just started.  It's worth reading all of  the rest. ;D

I have come to the conclusion that my "Sherlock Holmes In Dallas " book must have been read by only a few buyers (readers)  but quite a few professional critics....At least according to the author. I'm still looking for any ordinary readers who might have been attracted by the title.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ﮎingulaЯiτy on June 13, 2015, 04:30:49 PM
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (HPMOR)
Full Text (http://hpmor.com/)
Audiobook (http://www.hpmorpodcast.com/?page_id=56)

It is amazing fanfiction in which multiple characters are brilliant. Applying rationality and cunning stratagem to the supernatural, the book takes on many of the same qualities as Death Note.

Spells are often secretly optimized by the most intelligent wizards using rational inquiry to the true nature of said spells. The explanations actually make sense and are completely consistent with what is canon to the official series.

Ex. Harry attempts to use a time turner to break all forms of encryption. (Any problem that is easy to check but hard to solve.) He tries using a search algorithm to leave his previous self a note with a testable solution written on it. He hypothesizes that the only stable time loop would be the one where he sends himself the correct answer. If you want to know the results to this experiment, read the book.  :)

Harry is first introduced to magic:
Quote from: HPMOR excerpt from Chapter 2
Harry was breathing in short gasps. His voice came out choked. "You can't DO that!"

"It's only a Transfiguration," said Professor McGonagall. "An Animagus transformation, to be exact."

"You turned into a cat! A SMALL cat! You violated Conservation of Energy! That's not just an arbitrary rule, it's implied by the form of the quantum Hamiltonian! Rejecting it destroys unitarity and then you get FTL signalling! And cats are COMPLICATED! A human mind can't just visualise a whole cat's anatomy and, and all the cat biochemistry, and what about the neurology? How can you go on thinking using a cat-sized brain?"

Professor McGonagall's lips were twitching upward harder now. "Magic."
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Post by: WakeTheSheeple on January 08, 2016, 06:10:35 AM
The dank meme bible  :P
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Post by: Xenos2112 on January 29, 2016, 06:15:05 AM
Gardens of the Moon, first book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson. 

To anyone who will take my advice:  Treat yourself to Gardens of the Moon.  It's one of the finest fantasy books ever written, with all the brutality and intrigue of George Arg Arg Martin, Character Development of Jordan, and World-Building of Tolkien or Lewis.

No, he is not a better story teller than Tolkien, Lewis, or Jordan.  They are the gods, above us, looking down on our meager mortal attempts to write, but hoping their works inspire and guide us--each in different ways.

They are the true masters of the craft--each in their own area, to be sure.

Regards,
~Xenos, Who Sometimes Writes His Own Stories (badly)
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Post by: UltimateTemplar on February 23, 2016, 10:10:41 PM
Just finished Jasper Jones, by Craig Silvey. Some really intense stuff.

Meh. I would recommend Frankenstein for any English Lit fan. Not the first edition, but the second edition.
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Post by: Ski on July 24, 2016, 10:12:18 AM
Rereading As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg

It is a fictionalization of Rabbi Elisha ben Abuyah's life. The main theme is the interdependence of faith and reason.
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Post by: John Davis on July 28, 2016, 01:46:59 PM
Going through some more of Road to Reality by Penrose.
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Post by: 17 November on June 05, 2017, 10:49:13 PM
Now that I've collected them, when I get the time I'd like to read one of Lawrence Kuhn's books about China. They serve the same purpose as Felix Greene's books did back in the 1960's. Kuhn is perhaps slightly less militant, but certainly sympathetic to the way Deng Xiaoping has reoriented China. He dispels western myths. Great among these is the prevalent western view of the 1989 Tiananmen Square incidents.

Perhaps the silver lining linking the older generations of Mao Tse Tung and Anna Louise Strong with Jiang Zemin and Lawrence Kuhn is Israel Epstein whose book 'My China Eye' is choice.
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Post by: Crouton on June 11, 2017, 01:06:51 AM
Rise Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.

Just bought it on kindle.   Should be good for some light bed time reading.
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Post by: Twerp on June 11, 2017, 05:31:14 AM
Just read the description. So Luther's the bad guy now? It would take a bit to convince me of that.
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Post by: 17 November on June 11, 2017, 01:25:09 PM
'My Song'
By Harry Belafonte

His autobiography published in 2012, this is mainly a sensitive history of America from the late 1950's to today an activist's perspective and a history of the music and entertainment industry secondarily. 

He's very discriminating and doesn't hold back from criticising others on the left who have become conformists including Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, and even Barack Obama. While he's far more scathing of Bush and Colin Powell, his criticism of Bush is very precise and informative rather than an angry rant. He says that Obama is like most left leaders these days in that they do not have the radical spirit of the movement of the 60's such as Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.

Belafonte continued as an activist after King died in 1968 and much of the movement floundered, his attention went to anti-colonial struggles in Africa in the 70's and especially South Africa. He was sympathetic to Cuba and long time friends with Castro.

Possibly the only disappointment was Belafonte's acquiescence with the anti-communist pro-Gorbachev sentiment prevalent during the 1980's. This aspect was conformist and not radical. Possibly Martin Luther King would have concurred with Belafonte on this, but not Paul Robeson, whom Belafonte credits as his major influence. This recognition of the grossly underrated Paul Robeson is the key that distinguishes Harry Belafonte from the typical follower of Martin Luther King. In my opinion, Harry Belafonte is indeed the truest successor and preserver of Martin Luther King's heritage and activities - both in (primarily) good ways and perhaps even in a couple of bad ways (such as his collusion with Reaganite anti-communism in the 1980's).

Harry Belafonte's Moving Speech Accepting NAACP's highest Award:
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Post by: 17 November on June 12, 2017, 10:27:06 PM
'Fraud, Famine & Fascism:
the Ukrainian Genocide Myth from Hitler to Harvard'

By Douglas Tottle

http://www.garethjones.org/tottlefraud.pdf

A solidly evidenced refutation of the lie of a genocide in the Ukraine in the 1930's, this was written in the 1980's when the Reagan administration and allies like Robert Conquest and Nazi sympathisers in Ukrainian emigre communities were resuscitating Goebbels and Hearst's 1930's propaganda.
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Post by: 17 November on June 21, 2017, 08:49:01 PM
'Race War!'
By Gerald Horne

This book is about the reverse racism characteristic of Japanese imperialism that degraded white people and propagated Japan as a protector of non-whites that gained popular support from Asians which mightily assisted Japan militarily.

Refreshingly, this is a World War II book that slams America as a colonial, racist pariah. The author is a prolific and clever black communist university professor and historian who views both Japan and the U.S. as racist colonial empires. In the 1930's Japan was, without question, the country black Americans admired the most.

Japan's anti-white racial society and its military successes frightened the living daylights out of america's rich 1%, and they sought to guarantee the postwar loyalty of non-White Americans. This is the reason for Truman's integration of the military in 1948 and Eisenhower and the U.S. Supreme Court supporting civil rights of non-whites in the 1950's: the Japanese threat made their sponsors (the rich 1%) reconsider what course would preserve their hegemony. A degree of civil rights was permitted because it significantly undermined the motive behind non-White revolutionary potential.
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Post by: disputeone on July 03, 2017, 01:51:37 AM
The Prince, again.

Just finished the art of war, always get something new out of that book.
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Post by: 17 November on July 18, 2017, 06:35:39 AM
'Virtual Politics: Faking Democracy in the Post-Soviet Union'
By Andrew Wilson

This book and its author's other books are typical, anti-communist propaganda - just what you would expect from most American and British writers.

However, he does here provide a lot of evidence and facts relating to the engineering of elections in Russia. By the official polls, United Russia, Putin's party is the leading party, and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation is second.

In spite of the author's prejudices, I believe there is a measure of truth in all this evidence about Putin faking elections to stay in power.

I suspect that the majority of Russians prefer the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, and Putin has prevented its resurgence. Don't get me wrong. I generally agree with Putin about issues such as Ukraine, but so do the communists. The west and their propaganda are nothing but fascism, and this fascist propaganda has prevented correct understanding of Russia by painting communism as evil and by painting Putin as a communist. He was at one time, but he's definitely not a communist these days. He's not the devil incarnate and does have his good aspects, but I believe he is not the best for the job.  If he was the best, the Soviet Union would have already reconstituted with Ukraine and the others, Khaddafi would still be alive and in power, and the U.S. would be haulted and turning in upon itself.

http://cprf.ru/category/informmaterials/articles/
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Post by: 17 November on August 05, 2017, 06:30:19 PM
'American Inquisition: 1945-1960'
By Cedric Belfrage

The best history of the McCarthy era I've come across.
It's a year by year account with informative references to the best books on various aspects and very good analysis. The author founded perhaps the most militant non-communist national newspaper of the era and was deported in the 1950's after being questioned by McCarthy.

This book seems a relevant resource for both conservatives and liberals as many fascist extremes like American laws providing for concentration camps have their origins during this era.

This era was such a remarkable reversal of the politics of 1943 & 1944. I generally don't agree with the anti-communist themes and politics in Hitchcock's movies, but I just saw one from 1942 called 'Saboteur' which is likely the best movie he ever directed. The scene with the old blind man in the forest is obviously derived from Frankenstein and steals the show. His ideals such as "believing a man is innocent until proven guilty" or "unjust laws need to be disobeyed" are such a contrast to the McCarthy era fascism described in Belfrage's book perhaps more eloquently than any other.

'Saboteur!'


This movie broadly brought to mind a comparison with Office Space. The head of the underground fascist network who is kind of untouchable is analogous to Lumberg. The old man in the forest is most analogous to the hypnotist.
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Post by: 17 November on August 06, 2017, 07:20:23 PM
Cedric Belfrage's book is to my knowledge the best book on america's domestic fascism from 1945 to 1960 since it is not perverted by the establishment's viewpoint. It offers the victims' perspective, and it covers the entire "McCarthy" era which the civil rights movement succeeded in breaking up temporarily and only to a degree.

I'd like to get more books by the black Marxist historian Gerald Horne who (among others such as Angela Davis) shows that the establishment sought to control the civil rights leaders and labor union leaders by ensuring that only the programs of anti-communist leaders met with success. Thus, the NAACP and the AFL-CIO (and the Democrat Party) are anti-communist just like Republicans.

Indeed, the Democrat president Truman started the Cold War. That is the subject of:

'We Can Be Friends:
The Origins of the Cold War'
By Carl Marzani (1952)

This book blames the Americans and is perhaps the best history of McCarthy era foreign policy and an appropriate complement to Cedric Belfrage's book about domestic fascism.

 I just ordered Carl Marzani's book. I am reading Belfrage's. As to the name of the McCarthy era, Belfrage says in the preface that J. Edgar Hoover deserves the era named after him more than any other American as he fathered america's domestic fascism, it's police state.
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Post by: Wendy on November 22, 2017, 08:07:44 AM
Just finished Jasper Jones, by Craig Silvey. Some really intense stuff.

Meh. I would recommend Frankenstein for any English Lit fan. Not the first edition, but the second edition.

I enjoyed the hell out of the first edition, though the language is pretty archaic.

I'm currently reading the first edition of Moby-Dick or The Whale by Herman Melville. It's an absolute slog though enjoyable none the less.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on November 22, 2017, 10:25:37 AM
Just finished Jasper Jones, by Craig Silvey. Some really intense stuff.

Meh. I would recommend Frankenstein for any English Lit fan. Not the first edition, but the second edition.

I enjoyed the hell out of the first edition, though the language is pretty archaic.

I'm currently reading the first edition of Moby-Dick or The Whale by Herman Melville. It's an absolute slog though enjoyable none the less.

Wendy!!
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Post by: Pezevenk on November 22, 2017, 12:30:38 PM
Speaking of slogs, I tried to read Name of the Rose once, a while ago. My brain can only take so much medieval religious history lecturing before it starts melting away. There was some pretty great stuff in the book, but it just took these looong breaks to explain medieval history that at some point I just started to skip and eventually I got bored and abandoned it. May try again some day.
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Post by: FlatterThanMackenzie on November 26, 2017, 06:03:53 PM
I'm reading Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth and I gotta say this book is full of more BS than my 9-year-old constipated male cow.
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Post by: Crouton on March 08, 2018, 10:25:26 PM
Well I finally finished reading Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.  Learned quite a bit.  To much to talk about in a single post.

Next book, anybody know a good book that covers either the french revolution of the American revolution?
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Post by: 17 November on March 20, 2018, 01:10:05 PM
Well I finally finished reading Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.  Learned quite a bit.  To much to talk about in a single post.

Next book, anybody know a good book that covers either the french revolution of the American revolution?

I’ve been getting books by Soviet Marshalls including Chuikov (who was in command at the battles of Stalingrad and Berlin), Rokosovsky (on overall strategy against the USA), Zhukov (led entire Red Army in WW2), and Colonel Sidorenko who authored the ‘Offensive’ which is he Soviet strategy for victory in a world war using weapons of mass destruction.

I thought to balance these with a western writer, and ‘Rise and Fall of the Third Reich’ by William Shirer seems to fit the bill. I can already tell you I agree with his negative assessment of the Lutheran church, and the fact he was a Protestant himself lends to his credibility. He apparently had nerves of steel staying in Germany reporting negatively about the Nazis until 1940 which is after the war was well underway.

Since I have not read it yet, I have one question. I came across a book from 1945 by a German Jew named Samuel Igra entitled ‘Germany’s National Vice’ which gives intriguing historical perspectives about the homosexual movement in Germany including such events as the purge of the SA and arguing that the Nazi leaders were part of it.

I’ve heard William Shirer had a negative view of homosexuality and wrote that the Nazi leaders were involved in this. Did you read anything to that effect?

For a history of the American revolution, check out the ‘Counter Revolution of 1776’ by Gerald Horne which argues it was fought to preserve slavery as Britain legalised slavery in the 1770’s (& throughout the Empire in 1830) & views the USA as preserving the worst of British colonialism which itself was mellowing with age with its abolitionist Movement spearheading nineteenth century socialist legislation.

The book is a history of slaves in British America in the 1700s concluding with the revolution during which the blacks wholly were loyalists in support of Britain which in fact continued to be the case until the American Civil War.

The prolific author is a member of the CPUSA and the final editor of its journal Political Affairs.

An six part interview which discusses the book which decidedly views the American revolution as evil:

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Post by: 17 November on March 20, 2018, 01:17:58 PM
‘Sundown Towns’
By James Loewen

The  author (who also wrote ‘Lies My Teacher Told Me’) at a bookstore in Washington, DC describes this book which argues that beginning about 1890, the majority of incorporated localities (towns, cities, counties, etc) across the entire USA (outside the traditional South) excluded black people for many decades, and many still do to this day:

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Post by: Crouton on March 20, 2018, 01:48:26 PM
I’ve heard William Shirer had a negative view of homosexuality and wrote that the Nazi leaders were involved in this. Did you read anything to that effect?

This is a criticism of the book that came up in Wikipedia.  But this is a very minor part of the story.  It has to do with Ernst Rohm.  The point he was trying to make was that Hitler was willing to overlook all kinds of criminal/unethical behavior if it could earn him support.  Shirer lumped in homosexuality with immoral behavior.  He did seem to have a negative opinion of it but its about what you would expect from someone of that generation. 

For a history of the American revolution, check out the ‘Counter Revolution of 1776’ by Gerald Horne which argues it was fought to preserve slavery as Britain legalised slavery in the 1770’s (& throughout the Empire in 1830) & views the USA as preserving the worst of British colonialism which itself was mellowing with age with its abolitionist Movement spearheading nineteenth century socialist legislation.

The thought has crossed my mind.  Based on what I know, and I could be way off on this, I can't seem to find any very good reason to start a war with England over independence.  It's not like England was brutally oppressing us.

The book I'm starting is The American Revolution by Gordon S Wood.  Kind of short.  I'll see how it goes.  It's hard to get an objective history since our schools cover the American Revolution like England was Mordor and the founding fathers are Jesus.


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Post by: Beorn on March 20, 2018, 02:13:26 PM
Malazan empire of the fallen

and

somewhere in the discworld series
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Post by: 17 November on March 20, 2018, 09:07:31 PM
This is a criticism of the book that came up in Wikipedia.  But this is a very minor part of the story.  It has to do with Ernst Rohm.  The point he was trying to make was that Hitler was willing to overlook all kinds of criminal/unethical behavior if it could earn him support.  Shirer lumped in homosexuality with immoral behavior.  He did seem to have a negative opinion of it but its about what you would expect from someone of that generation.

I actually picked up a 1960 edition recently, and it’s bulky: World War II’s answer to Tolstoy’s War & Peace. I scanned it and didn’t see what I was looking for at a glance. The story of SA leader Ernst Roehm is well known. I had wondered if it had any info on the other leaders.

Samuel Igra’s book has it that when the nineteenth century founder of the German homosexual movement died around the turn of the century, the movement split into two: a Spartan like group and an effeminate group, and the two groups became enemies. According to Igra, Roehm belonged to the effeminate group who thought they were women in men’s bodies whereas Hitler, Hess, etc belonged to the Spartan group. The 1934 suppression of SA leaders was a conflict of one homosexual group against another according to Igra.

The conversations of Rauschning published in 1940 rather support this as well as a book published about 2001 entitled the Hidden Hitler which exhaustively researched evidence that Hitler himself was homosexual.

The reason for my more extensive interest here is the same as with many nonconformist positions which are inconvenient to political correctness. The establishment position seems to want to resist evidence that points in a different direction than what the media consistently touts.
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Post by: 17 November on March 20, 2018, 09:19:30 PM
Woody Holton also has a book entitled Forced Founders which complements Gerald Horne’s book. I’ve bought a couple of other of Woody’s books which are inferior to this one.

Gerald Horne himself wrote a continuation of his book into the early nineteenth century entitled Negro Comrades of the Crown showing how black loyalists eagerly assisted the British to burn down the White House circa 1812 - among many other interesting things. Pretty much all of Gerald Horne’s books are good.
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Post by: 17 November on April 27, 2018, 10:22:35 AM
I’ve been looking for books about Germany history from a communist perspective and hit the jackpot this week.

‘Racism and Human Survival:
Lessons From Nazi Germany’
By Claude Lightfoot
(1972)
(an African-American communist)

https://ia601201.us.archive.org/18/items/RacismAndHumanSurvival/Racism%20and%20Human%20Survival.pdf

‘Honecker Cross-Examined’
By Erich Honecker
(1992)

Interviews of the final leader of East Germany who built the Berlin Wall and to whom the Stasi answered. He delivers impressive answers to serious questions and accusations.

I also came across a similar set of interviews his wife later gave to a Chilean communist leader. I have to say I was proud of her to read her views - and accordingly think of the American perspective as largely unquestioned rubbish.
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Post by: moldybread on May 07, 2018, 01:15:51 PM
Just finished Jasper Jones, by Craig Silvey. Some really intense stuff.

Meh. I would recommend Frankenstein for any English Lit fan. Not the first edition, but the second edition.

i love frankenstein!
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Post by: moldybread on May 07, 2018, 01:18:48 PM
Pretty much any field guide/informational book about birds. I've forgotten a lot of my bird knowledge over the winter. My favorite field guide is the fifth edition of National Geographic's
Field Guide to the Birds of North America.
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Post by: 17 November on May 07, 2018, 08:49:25 PM
Pretty much any field guide/informational book about birds. I've forgotten a lot of my bird knowledge over the winter. My favorite field guide is the fifth edition of National Geographic's
Field Guide to the Birds of North America.

Possibly you’d find ‘Thunderbirds’ by Mark Hall interesting:

http://www.paraview.com/hall/

https://books.google.com/books?id=hWrBBAAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=true

https://www.coasttocoastam.com/amp/show/2006/06/30
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Post by: boydster on May 24, 2018, 04:29:56 PM
The Silmarillion. I haven't read it before. And I'm remembering how much I really enjoy Tolkien's writing. I might just have to read the Hobbit and LotR books again.
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Post by: Twerp on May 24, 2018, 05:58:48 PM
The Silmarillion. I haven't read it before. And I'm remembering how much I really enjoy Tolkien's writing. I might just have to read the Hobbit and LotR books again.
Did you read the whole thing? I've read parts of it but not the whole thing.
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Post by: boydster on May 24, 2018, 06:02:32 PM
The Silmarillion. I haven't read it before. And I'm remembering how much I really enjoy Tolkien's writing. I might just have to read the Hobbit and LotR books again.
Did you read the whole thing? I've read parts of it but not the whole thing.

I've only just started it. It's on Kindle for free right now, so I read the forward and the letter that Tolkien wrote to Milton Wadman. That letter was what really intrigued me. You can tell how much he is connected to Middle Earth. I'm looking forward to starting the real story later on.
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Post by: fista on February 06, 2019, 07:07:28 PM
Even if you have read one good book in your life you will know what reading gives you incomparable pleasure. Sounds draft but when you go through one book in two nights and can live without food but not reading materials it does get to be expensive. There are three books i am currently reading, this book is written on the most successful captain of indian cricket team. I was recommended by a friends who share similar tasted in books and films.
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Post by: SeaCritique on March 16, 2019, 07:29:58 PM
I'm re-reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on March 19, 2019, 08:18:52 AM
I'm re-reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

I love that book.
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Post by: SeaCritique on March 19, 2019, 10:13:29 AM
I'm re-reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

I love that book.

It's such a tragic, darkly beautiful novel. Through all the darkness is a bit of light.
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Post by: BatteryStaple on March 20, 2019, 06:55:15 AM
I'm starting the Malazan series.
Please save me from this enternal torment.
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Post by: Pezevenk on March 20, 2019, 02:51:58 PM
I'm trying to read Being and Event by Alain Badiou. Shit is complex.
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Post by: Bullwinkle on March 26, 2019, 02:24:20 AM
The last book I read was Contact by Carl Sagan.
And that was before the movie.
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Post by: Unicorn Peptide Cake on June 15, 2019, 08:39:44 AM
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Alliance
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Post by: boydster on August 18, 2019, 10:01:20 AM
After a discussion in which The Dark Tower series came up yesterday, I realized I haven't ever completed it. So I picked up my copy of The Gunslinger today and I'm making my way through. I still need to get a copy of the last 3 books (that includes The Wind Through the Keyhole).
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Post by: Pezevenk on August 18, 2019, 12:58:01 PM
Someone tried to explain to me once what The Dark Tower was about. I didn't understand a thing. Maybe he was just bad at explaining stuff.
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Post by: Space Cowgirl on August 18, 2019, 01:14:37 PM
I loved it. I should read it all again.
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Post by: Crouton on August 18, 2019, 01:24:24 PM
After a discussion in which The Dark Tower series came up yesterday, I realized I haven't ever completed it. So I picked up my copy of The Gunslinger today and I'm making my way through. I still need to get a copy of the last 3 books (that includes The Wind Through the Keyhole).

I've read that series. But I think I read thinking of it as science fiction when i should have really accepted it as a sort of poetry.
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Post by: Crouton on August 18, 2019, 01:26:32 PM
Reading the communist manifesto. Its, um, kind of ridiculous. I can almost see why conservatives freak out at the notion of communism.
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Post by: Pezevenk on August 20, 2019, 02:07:37 PM
Reading the communist manifesto. Its, um, kind of ridiculous. I can almost see why conservatives freak out at the notion of communism.
It's not at all ridiculous if you live in mid 19th century Germany. Which part did you find ridiculous? Some of it is very irrelevant to today, but some of it is also very easily misunderstood today.
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Post by: Crouton on August 20, 2019, 02:36:14 PM
Reading the communist manifesto. Its, um, kind of ridiculous. I can almost see why conservatives freak out at the notion of communism.
It's not at all ridiculous if you live in mid 19th century Germany. Which part did you find ridiculous? Some of it is very irrelevant to today, but some of it is also very easily misunderstood today.

I got half way through it and then decided that I didn't have enough knowledge of the world in which it was written to really judge it fairly.  But here's a few thoughts.

It mentions destroying the family as it's an instrument of oppression.  What the fuck does that even mean?  This one is so preposterous that I assume I must be missing something.

Many times he mentions that capitalism has made goods and service much cheaper.  But he phrases it like it's a bad thing.  It strikes me as out of touch with reality to not appreciate why making things we need to survive cheaper and more available is a good thing.

The world he describes is one I'm unfamiliar with.  America doesn't fit his description of class struggle all that well.  I feel that applying the Communist Manifesto on the society I live in is a lot like applying the ideas of Ayn Rand.  Rand's point of view might make sense in Russia.  It's nonsensical here.

This last point isn't really a criticism.  Looking at some of things Marx proposes, I think he sort of won.  The peasants have a lot of workplace protections and a social safety net that Marx seems to vaguely propose.  It makes me think that communism and capitalism really aren't mutually exclusive.

*edit.  Oh.  It also mentions abolishing private property.  How does that even work?
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Post by: Pezevenk on August 20, 2019, 03:05:30 PM


I got half way through it and then decided that I didn't have enough knowledge of the world in which it was written to really judge it fairly.  But here's a few thoughts.

It mentions destroying the family as it's an instrument of oppression.  What the fuck does that even mean?  This one is so preposterous that I assume I must be missing something.

Ooh that one freaked me out too when I first read it. But if you read some of the things Engels says about families and how the modern western family came to exist, it makes more sense and it's not as scary as it sounds. The family as used in Marx's and Engels' works is a specific structure, dependent on marriage (which is partly about passing down wealth), the children being viewed as instruments to gather wealth, subordinating the members to the authority of the father, etc. Marx does not mean he wants to destroy emotional ties between families or to split them apart or whatever. That's why he specifies it by clarifying that he is talking about the bourgeois family. And of course he also says that he is in support of social education as opposed to home education which is the standard today anyways (schools). In a sense Marx is saying that it is the bourgeoisie which is destroying family.

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Many times he mentions that capitalism has made goods and service much cheaper.  But he phrases it like it's a bad thing.  It strikes me as out of touch with reality to not appreciate why making things we need to survive cheaper and more available is a good thing.
Where was that specifically? Because he obviously doesn't think it is bad for things to be easily available, he is extremely supportive of ending scarcity in all of his writings. I don't really remember him saying something like that.

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The world he describes is one I'm unfamiliar with.  America doesn't fit his description of class struggle all that well.
Class struggle in modern America has been bluntened significantly compared to other countries, largely because of various ideological reasons. However it's not that it isn't there, it's just not as obvious, though it seems like it's getting more acute more recently.

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I feel that applying the Communist Manifesto on the society I live in is a lot like applying the ideas of Ayn Rand.  Rand's point of view might make sense in Russia.  It's nonsensical here.
Well, the CM is not exactly something you apply anyways, it was a text Marx and Engels wrote to rile people up for a conference of the communist party, it's not really a political program.

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This last point isn't really a criticism.  Looking at some of things Marx proposes, I think he sort of won.  The peasants have a lot of workplace protections and a social safety net that Marx seems to vaguely propose.  It makes me think that communism and capitalism really aren't mutually exclusive.
You're not wrong that a lot of things were won in subsequent years (which is why I said part of it is pretty irrelevant), but also communism and capitalism are obviously very mutually exclusive. The mode of production didn't change substantially, it's just that certain concessions were made.

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*edit.  Oh.  It also mentions abolishing private property.  How does that even work?
That's one of the most common misunderstandings. There is a difference between personal and private property. Your PC is personal property. Your toothbrush is personal property. Your books? Personal property. They're yours. No one will mess with your toothbrush. But maybe you own an apartment and you rent it to someone. Maybe you own a factory, or a farm, or a mine. These things are private property. They are capital, they are property which produces things and/or generates profit. This is the kind of property that will be abolished, because profit will be (eventually, in what Marx calls the higher stage of communism) abolished, and the people as a whole will control production and distribute resources produced from each according to their ability to each according to their need.
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Post by: Pezevenk on August 20, 2019, 03:29:26 PM
Oh, also, you should read the rest, there is a part at the end of the second chapter where they actually do lay down some things that they believe should be done for starters in developed countries. The 3rd chapter is mostly about trash talking other socialists of the time who are not the right kind of socialists, but it's useful because it makes you understand how marxism differs form various utopian ideas, opportunism, etc. You can draw parallels to modern disagreements between various leftist movements.
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Post by: Crouton on August 20, 2019, 03:47:46 PM
Oh, also, you should read the rest, there is a part at the end of the second chapter where they actually do lay down some things that they believe should be done for starters in developed countries. The 3rd chapter is mostly about trash talking other socialists of the time who are not the right kind of socialists, but it's useful because it makes you understand how marxism differs form various utopian ideas, opportunism, etc. You can draw parallels to modern disagreements between various leftist movements.

I'm thinking that I need something written for a more modern audience.  But I'll read the rest of it.

It goes on and on about the bourgeois.  I had to look up what exactly that is.  And I don't think that term even maps correctly to any economic class in America.
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Post by: Pezevenk on August 20, 2019, 03:54:57 PM
Oh, also, you should read the rest, there is a part at the end of the second chapter where they actually do lay down some things that they believe should be done for starters in developed countries. The 3rd chapter is mostly about trash talking other socialists of the time who are not the right kind of socialists, but it's useful because it makes you understand how marxism differs form various utopian ideas, opportunism, etc. You can draw parallels to modern disagreements between various leftist movements.

I'm thinking that I need something written for a more modern audience.  But I'll read the rest of it.

It goes on and on about the bourgeois.  I had to look up what exactly that is.  And I don't think that term even maps correctly to any economic class in America.
Oh, "bourgeois" is a far more common word in Europe, I assumed it was the same in the US. It does map to modern economic classes. The bourgeois are the capitalists, the upper class, those who own the means of production, and more modern Marxists also lump in managers etc. The bourgeois are the company stockholders, the big landlords, the tycoons, the CEOs, the stock brokers, the bankers, etc. The petit bourgeoisie or petty bourgeoisie are the small business owners (and sometimes intellectuals, academics etc are also classified as such), the working class is, well, the working class, and then you also have the lumpen proletariat which is the destitute, the vagrants, the criminals etc, basically the margins of society.

Anyways, even though it is not intended for a modern audience the CM is a good place to start reading about the radical left because it is a very accessible way to get a very general picture of the orientation of marxism, but it's definitely not the place to stop.
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Post by: Pezevenk on August 20, 2019, 04:35:23 PM
Oh, I forgot, Engels actually wrote a sort of FAQ for communism once, which clarifies some of the confusing things:
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/11/prin-com.htm#nb

Definitely read that one, it is short and it will help you make sense of the CM.
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Post by: Pezevenk on August 20, 2019, 04:38:50 PM
Here is the bit about the family:

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What will be the influence of communist society on the family?
It will transform the relations between the sexes into a purely private matter which concerns only the persons involved and into which society has no occasion to intervene. It can do this since it does away with private property and educates children on a communal basis, and in this way removes the two bases of traditional marriage – the dependence rooted in private property, of the women on the man, and of the children on the parents.

And here is the answer to the outcry of the highly moral philistines against the “community of women”. Community of women is a condition which belongs entirely to bourgeois society and which today finds its complete expression in prostitution. But prostitution is based on private property and falls with it. Thus, communist society, instead of introducing community of women, in fact abolishes it.