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Title: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 22, 2007, 12:00:31 PM
In light of a recent story  (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-08-21-reading_N.htm?csp=34) and because there are "What are you fill in the blank" thereads on other sub boards I thought it might be good to have a What are you reading at the moment thread.

I'm currently switching between the following:

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(http://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images/I/51jd5czeXGL._SS500_.jpg)

and

(http://images.ibsys.com/2000/1003/96981.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: ChrisHanel on August 22, 2007, 12:48:56 PM
(http://vx.netlux.org/lib/img/snowcrash.jpg)

For the 4th time, as I'm doing some research for a project.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: the long undertow on August 22, 2007, 12:49:50 PM
Are book covers required?  If so...
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Neuromancer by William Gibson
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 22, 2007, 12:53:01 PM
Are book covers required?  If so...
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/6b/01/ceb1224128a0244deac99010._AA240_.L.jpg)
Neuromancer by William Gibson

Well no, but it makes for more interesting looking postings.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 22, 2007, 01:00:19 PM
(http://vx.netlux.org/lib/img/snowcrash.jpg)

For the 4th time, as I'm doing some research for a project.

Have any of the previous three time been for fun? I ask because I often see it on reading lists but rarely do I find people reading it when it's not for a class.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: ChrisHanel on August 22, 2007, 01:16:54 PM
The first two times I read it for fun. Third and fourth have been project related, though I willingly do so.

I love this book.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on August 22, 2007, 01:24:19 PM
I just finished this:
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51YldFHR4EL._AA240_.jpg)
And am just starting The Pickwick Papers (sorry, no nice cover).
Oh, and I've been working my way through this for the last year or so:
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51VJ1BQ9S3L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg)

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on August 22, 2007, 01:25:47 PM
I just finished this:
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51YldFHR4EL._AA240_.jpg)
And am just starting The Pickwick Papers (sorry, no nice cover).
Oh, and I've been working my way through this for the last year or so:
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51VJ1BQ9S3L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg)



Just noticed the 'search inside!' bit on the image. Oops. Well, guess where I linked that from...
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on August 22, 2007, 01:26:23 PM
After having read it ages ago...

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Great Stuff!!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Dim of the Yard on August 22, 2007, 01:28:48 PM
I'm embracing my inner book snob.

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Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift.

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1984, by George Orwell.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on August 22, 2007, 01:39:47 PM
I'm embracing my inner book snob.


Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift.


1984, by George Orwell.

Yes, yes, very snobby. But, are they annotated? I mean, if you're going to go book snob, you need to go all out.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Ortega on August 22, 2007, 02:33:13 PM
Knights of the black and white

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Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Hebs on August 22, 2007, 03:51:05 PM
Tristram Shandy.

Okay, I'm kidding, I couldn't get through to the end.  The over-bearingly smarmy text was just too much after the 300th page :)

(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/0393950344.02.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 22, 2007, 04:32:08 PM
Tristram Shandy.

Okay, I'm kidding, I couldn't get through to the end.  The over-bearingly smarmy text was just too much after the 300th page :)

(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/0393950344.02.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

Oh you couldn't? It's the first Metafiction ever. Better in small doses though.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Hebs on August 22, 2007, 04:42:33 PM
Oh you couldn't? It's the first Metafiction ever. Better in small doses though.

I tried.  I'll give it another shot, though, it's almost like Shakespeare, just without the iambic pentameter.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 22, 2007, 05:10:34 PM
This books has a great essay on Tristram Shandy

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It's a compilation of two books I own; Is Heathcliff a Murderer and Can Jane Eyre be Happy? as well as one I've not got (and was thrilled to find existed :)) Who betrays Elizabeth Bennet? :
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0192834681.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg) (http://images.amazon.com/images/P/019283603X.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg) (http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/0192838849.01._SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Stacey on August 23, 2007, 01:03:53 AM
In light of a recent story  (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-08-21-reading_N.htm?csp=34) and because there are "What are you fill in the blank" thereads on other sub boards I thought it might be good to have a What are you reading at the moment thread.



I'm currently (re)reading a book that smells mildly of cat urine and cigar smoke. It's called "The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide". Actually, I'm switching back and forth between that, "A Brief History of Time" and Nancy Reagan's autobiography.

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on August 23, 2007, 12:32:42 PM
Tristram Shandy.

Okay, I'm kidding, I couldn't get through to the end.  The over-bearingly smarmy text was just too much after the 300th page :)

(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/0393950344.02.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

I thoroughly enjoyed Tristram Shandy. Might be my favorite first name now. Good thing I don't have kids.

I thought the movie was decent, considering what it had to work with.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 23, 2007, 12:44:35 PM
"Tristram" just says' bully bait to me.

That could be because the only Tristram, aside from Shandy, I know is the nerdy little kid from George and Mildred (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_and_Mildred)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on August 23, 2007, 12:54:06 PM
"Tristram" just says' bully bait to me.

That could be because the only Tristram, aside from Shandy, I know is the nerdy little kid from George and Mildred (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_and_Mildred)

Oh, no doubt. I'd never actually name my own kid Tristram. My wife's family is full of Gretchens and Gustavs and other highly german names despite the family having been here for ~200 years. Those kids had rough times at grade school.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on August 23, 2007, 07:57:33 PM
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51JB0B6Q60L._AA240_.jpg)

I learned that the Romans were bastards who would surround a besieged town with small. disguised pits lined with sharpened sticks so that if the besieged army charged out they'd all impale themselves.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 23, 2007, 08:23:31 PM
i just finished freakenomics. 

http://www.amazon.com/Freakonomics-Revised-Expanded-Economist-Everything/dp/0061234001/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-9258094-1091060?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187924174&sr=8-1

this weekend ill sadly be stuck in the

PFE and my CDCs

if you only knew the horror those words OUGHT to cause in you civies. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: ChrisHanel on August 24, 2007, 01:15:49 AM
Yayyyy Freakanomics. Seventeen thumbs up.

-Chris
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on August 25, 2007, 01:52:09 PM
Currently I'm re-reading Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. I usually go back to this whenever I've been reading or doing something heavy and need to unwind my brain. Most recently, the brain tangler was a new coding project I was responsible for at work. I just can't focus my brain on any "thoughtful" reading when I've been coding non-stop for 3 weeks. ;)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 25, 2007, 09:02:22 PM
Currently I'm re-reading Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. I usually go back to this whenever I've been reading or doing something heavy and need to unwind my brain. Most recently, the brain tangler was a new coding project I was responsible for at work. I just can't focus my brain on any "thoughtful" reading when I've been coding non-stop for 3 weeks. ;)

Which book are you reading then?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on August 26, 2007, 04:42:59 AM
I just finished Going Postal a few days ago,  and right now am about halfway through Monstrous Regiment.

My personal favourite of all time is Interesting Times.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 26, 2007, 08:32:03 AM
I can't wait for Making Money, though my all time favorite is probably Guards! Guards!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on August 26, 2007, 09:31:55 AM
This is a great book:
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Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 26, 2007, 09:36:32 AM
I'm getting through Haruki Murakami's The Elephant Vanishes.  Not as fun and crazy as Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but still good.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: AmandaGal on August 26, 2007, 09:49:31 AM
I love Tristram Shandy.   It's one of my fave "classics."  It just has that kind subtle/underhanded? humor in it that I find myself snickering too.  I didn't know there was a movie.

Right now I'm reading Virus X: Tracking the New Killer Plagues for light reading, heh, and also re-reading Silent Spring since I quote it quite a bit in a paper I'm presenting in September.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 26, 2007, 10:23:45 AM
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I can't wait for Making Money, though my all time favorite is probably Guards! Guards

WOOOOOT!!!!!  a new pratchet
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: James of LinHood on August 26, 2007, 03:08:14 PM
Right now I'm re-reading Star Wars: Legacy of the Force - Sacrifice in preparation for Inferno, which gets released this Tuesday.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 27, 2007, 05:27:12 AM
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I can't wait for Making Money, though my all time favorite is probably Guards! Guards

WOOOOOT!!!!!  a new pratchet

Yes, due out next month or early October I think, and then probaly Tiffany Aching IV
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on August 27, 2007, 05:40:07 AM
I love Tristram Shandy.   It's one of my fave "classics."  It just has that kind subtle/underhanded? humor in it that I find myself snickering too.  I didn't know there was a movie.

The movie, naturally, is about the filming of a version of Tristram Shandy. Steve Coogan is in it, playing, well, Steve Coogan.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RandyMistie on August 27, 2007, 01:55:05 PM
I just finished "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy and I think I m going to read it again.  Jeezus... I didn't know people could write like that.

His writing style is like nothing I have ever read before.  And the story is horrifying and beautiful at the same time.  He is sculpting with words.

I never read any of his other stuff, I had no interest in the subjects, but as this was a post apocalyptic novel, kinda sci-fi, I thought I would give it a try.  It deserved the Pulitzer.... amazing work.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on August 27, 2007, 01:59:21 PM
I just finished "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy and I think I m going to read it again.  Jeezus... I didn't know people could write like that.

His writing style is like nothing I have ever read before.  And the story is horrifying and beautiful at the same time.  He is sculpting with words.

I never read any of his other stuff, I had no interest in the subjects, but as this was a post apocalyptic novel, kinda sci-fi, I thought I would give it a try.  It deserved the Pulitzer.... amazing work.

I agree.  The landscape was bleak, the dialogue was bleak, and yet you really understood the main characters.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: eclipt1c on August 28, 2007, 07:00:41 PM
McCarthy is great, and I love reading the reviews that say that the Road was boring and repetitive and that McCarthy can't write, is it seriously that hard to 'get'?

If you're looking for another McCarthy book try No Country For Old Men or Child of God

Child of God is very very very strange.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on August 28, 2007, 07:08:31 PM
Currently reading The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld.  I hate recounting plots, so here's the back cover blurb:

Despite the outward success of his visit to the USA, Sigmund Freud always spoke as if some trauma had befallen him there. He blamed the country for physical ailments that afflicted him long before his visit. Freud’s biographers have been bemused by his reaction, wondering whether some terrible unknown event might have happened in America that could explain this. The Interpretation of Murder is strikingly written literary thriller constructed around Freud’s American visit. An attractive young debutante is discovered bound, whipped and strangled in a luxurious New York apartment and another society beauty narrowly escapes the same fate. But nothing about the attacks--or the victims--is as it seems.

It's not bad.  New York at the beginning of the 20th century seems a fascinating time, and the author is able to bring to life the massive growth the city was undergoing.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on August 28, 2007, 07:14:22 PM
Your description about New York at the beginning of the 20th century reminded me of the book, "Devil in the White City".  In it the author describes the history of Chicago.  It's pretty interesting.  Plus there is a serial killer.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 28, 2007, 08:53:41 PM
needing a bit of fluff and enjoyable fluff at that after my Sgt test, ive bought a new copy of Dune.  my old one fell apart from use (i had bought that one used at the library for a quarter)  and am rereading it yet again.  I still think its the best SERIOUS sci fi story ever written. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Ortega on August 28, 2007, 10:02:11 PM
needing a bit of fluff and enjoyable fluff at that after my Sgt test, ive bought a new copy of Dune.  my old one fell apart from use (i had bought that one used at the library for a quarter)  and am rereading it yet again.  I still think its the best SERIOUS sci fi story ever written. 

Yep...love Dune.........ive read it once every year....
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RandyMistie on August 29, 2007, 02:21:51 AM
needing a bit of fluff and enjoyable fluff at that after my Sgt test, ive bought a new copy of Dune.  my old one fell apart from use (i had bought that one used at the library for a quarter)  and am rereading it yet again.  I still think its the best SERIOUS sci fi story ever written. 

Dude, Dune, like, changed my life when I was a kid.  I was a total Dune freak from like 11 til like 17 when I finally caved and read LoTR.  I have the Dune board game, from Avalon Hill, which is really cool, and I was first in line for the crappy movie by David Lynch and... Dune rules, (even though the movie sucked ALOT!).

Anyway, Dune rules, I guess is what I'm saying.  Seriously, if there are two great works of "escapist" fiction, Dune is to sci-fi what LoTR is to (swords and sorcery) fantasy.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 29, 2007, 05:28:55 AM
I much prefer Dune to LOTR but then I've always love political science and history.

What did people think of the prequels? I sort of didn't mind the first three but after that I can't be having with them. And I've flat out ignored the sequels.

The one thing I'll say for the Lynch movie is the it seems to get the look of the Imperium right (so props to the set and coustume designers) even if it missed the fundermental point of the plot by by a long chalk (and a swat on the muzzle with a rolled up newspaper for the director).
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on August 29, 2007, 08:07:55 AM
needing a bit of fluff and enjoyable fluff at that after my Sgt test, ive bought a new copy of Dune.  my old one fell apart from use (i had bought that one used at the library for a quarter)  and am rereading it yet again.  I still think its the best SERIOUS sci fi story ever written. 

Dune is a bit of fluff? I admit, I haven't read it in ages, but I thought it was brilliantly dense.  Hard to read, but worthwhile.  I think I read the two sequels afterwards, but sort of baulked at the others written by his son.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Stacey on August 29, 2007, 09:15:47 AM
Your description about New York at the beginning of the 20th century reminded me of the book, "Devil in the White City".  In it the author describes the history of Chicago.  It's pretty interesting.  Plus there is a serial killer.

I loved "Devil in the White City". Who knew there could be so much drama at a fairground?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 29, 2007, 09:33:55 AM
needing a bit of fluff and enjoyable fluff at that after my Sgt test, ive bought a new copy of Dune.  my old one fell apart from use (i had bought that one used at the library for a quarter)  and am rereading it yet again.  I still think its the best SERIOUS sci fi story ever written. 

Dune is a bit of fluff? I admit, I haven't read it in ages, but I thought it was brilliantly dense.  Hard to read, but worthwhile.  I think I read the two sequels afterwards, but sort of baulked at the others written by his son.

Well it's a space opera in the same way Gone With the Wind is a (historical) romance novel.  Both genres are generally a little light but Dune and GWTW transcend their respective genres by being incredibly dense and detailed.

Incidentally while one might baulk at it everyone should give GWTW a go, it's a surprisingly good book.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 29, 2007, 04:13:00 PM
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Dune is a bit of fluff? I admit, I haven't read it in ages, but I thought it was brilliantly dense.  Hard to read, but worthwhile.  I think I read the two sequels afterwards, but sort of baulked at the others written by his son.


if i needed something serious i would finish a discourse on method (which i intend to do afterwards) or some other historical or philisophical peace.  I also got some hume i need to start, and then theres crime and punishment im half way through, And then i got all those learn mandarin books to study. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 29, 2007, 08:31:13 PM
all i got out of your long post was dune=bah asimov=bah and lotr=good.

fair enough, but what "GOOD" sci fi do you see anyways?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 30, 2007, 08:02:44 AM
No, Asimov is not BAH. Foundation is bah.  Asimov's short stories = Good.

I'd agree on that point. I've never found an Asimov novel that I've enjoyed but as a short story writer he's phenomenal. I also liked his meditation on the book of Genesis.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RandyMistie on August 30, 2007, 02:00:02 PM
Well, after reading "The Road" for another time, I started on "Game of Thrones", George R.R. Martin's stuff.  Many here on these boards have waxed effulgent for this fantasy series, and I have heard great things about it since '96, so I finally gave in and started reading it.  Plus, the news that HBO is developing a series for it that will include 12 episodes for every book, every season... that was intriguing...

Well, WOW, is all I have to say.  I was sucked in from page two.  Good, clean writing, unapologetically great medieval court politics... I am hooked.  So, that's what I am going to be reading for next few months....
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on August 30, 2007, 06:08:24 PM
On the other hand, I hated Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars soap-operas, and Heinlein (despite having a few good stories here and there) is largely bat-shit insane.  So there's bad sci-fi too. :)

I quite liked Stanley Robinson's Red Mars, but felt it was padded an awful lot and according to others, it gets worse the farther the series goes.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 30, 2007, 08:51:50 PM
What I've read of Harlan Ellison has been outstanding. 

I've only read "Repent Harlequin" cried the Tick-Tock Man and Jeffty is Five.  Repent Harlequin is the more Well known one but I find that Jeffty is my favourite of the two.  Powerful stuff.  It's funny that there are some writers that are so talented but manage to make so many enemies.  It's like you either love or you hate the guy if you meet him and there's no middle ground (based on what I heard).  Maybe it's just a first impression thing, but while I heard he can be a real dick, his friends respect him and stand by him close.  Bu it's best not to confuse the artist with the art.  Say what you want about the person, the stories are great.

On a different note, I just finished reading the Elephant Vanishes, which I had problems with.  I had the same problems when I was reading Kurt Vonnegut's Bogombo Snuff Box: the stories aren't quite to my taste and they just aren't as wowing as the creators other works.  Murakami has sort of a David Lynch meets the mundane feel for most of the stories in this book: there's weird crap going down but it's really focusing on normal human emotions and realistic quirks.  My favourite story was probably the not-weird-at-all story called the Silence, about a bookish boxer's painful memory about a rival at school, and we see that while his rival is a wholly unsavory person, the real scary people are the ones who let themselves fall into mob mentality so quickly and show little empathy for others at the drop of a hat.

Sleep is another good story, but it could have been a little shorter and I didn't quite understand the end (though maybe I wasn't supposed to.  I do have some theories however, but maybe there's not supposed to be an answer and looking is a waste of time)  It focuses on a woman who discovers she doesn't need sleep to function and how she starts to question th nature of the waking world and her own mortaility.  Powerful and engaging stuff despite the fact that she's really spending most of the story reading a book and eating chocolate.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on September 06, 2007, 07:50:28 AM
I just finished reading Ender's Game.  I thought it was good, though parts of it were kinda trippy - the mind game, the ending - and I found it hard to visualize children in battle simulators seriously.  Has anyone read the rest of the series? I wouldn't mind knowing if it maintains the standard set by the first one.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on September 06, 2007, 09:16:59 AM
Yeah, it's just my own immaturity when I picture Jake Lloyd and Jonathon Lipnicki doing all the stuff Ender and co. are supposed to be doing  :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on September 06, 2007, 06:42:41 PM
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No, Asimov is not BAH. Foundation is bah.  Asimov's short stories = Good.

i can agree with that.  or at least understand it. 

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Is that too much writing, Sarcasm? I can summarize...

like Basho i feel that if you use more than 17 syllables then you've gone too far.  :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 06, 2007, 06:58:51 PM
like Basho i feel that if you use more than 17 syllables then you've gone too far.  :)

Damn those technical manuals you have to read must be a double nightmare then ;)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on September 06, 2007, 07:01:41 PM
whats really sad is my attention span only last 6 and a half syllables
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: msmpls on September 07, 2007, 07:47:40 AM
In the last three weeks I've read:
Misery by Stephen King
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley
1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell
Other People's Children by Lisa Delpit
and
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Daezarkian on September 07, 2007, 07:53:26 AM
Currently reading The Grand Design by John Marco.  I enjoy heroic fantasy, especially fantasy that takes a slightly different approach to the genre (such as this series, Tyrants & Kings, which incorporates some low-level technology and WWI style trench warfare to the proceedings to spice things up.  Great fun.)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on September 07, 2007, 07:43:52 PM
Just finished The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde.  His books are wonderfully entertaining - his take on aliens is remarkably original - and incorporate all manner of fictional figures. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on September 07, 2007, 08:26:06 PM
i just finished the novelization of Ernest goes to camp.  it was deep man DEEEEEEEP
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on September 07, 2007, 08:27:53 PM
I just read this....does it count?

(http://www.feartheboot.com/comic/images/strips/001newer.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Hebs on September 08, 2007, 06:09:02 AM
i just finished the novelization of Ernest goes to camp.  it was deep man DEEEEEEEP

Haha - I just finished reading the back of the Frankenberry box - and I figured out the puzzle in like, 6 seconds!!  Word!  <--smrt
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Big Blonde on September 08, 2007, 06:58:50 AM
Just finished The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde.  His books are wonderfully entertaining - his take on aliens is remarkably original - and incorporate all manner of fictional figures. 

I absolutely love his books, I think the way he writes is so smart and hilarious, I love everything that he's done so far (my favorite being the Eyre Affair).

As for the Ender's Game series, after reading the first one I read Ender's Shadow (which isn't really a sequel, it's more like a parallel to Ender's Game, just with the focus on a different character), and then I read Speaker for the Dead, which is a sequel to Ender's Game. I really liked the sequel because it's set in the future, so Ender is an adult now, and he basically just flies around the galaxy, never aging, and going to speak at important people's funerals. I really liked it, I think Orson Scott Card is so creative, but I never read past that sequel. Oh well.

Currently, I'm reading Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, and whatever else I have to read for class. After I finish that I'm either going to read The Road or the Book of Daniel (for anyone who likes historically based fiction, you should check out E.L. Doctorow's stuff, he has a really good book called The March that's about the Civil War).
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: the long undertow on September 09, 2007, 05:42:05 PM
The Handmaid's Tale is pretty good.  I'd say go for it to anyone who is considering reading it.

As far as the Ender sequels.  I've read them all except for the newest of the Bean saga.  Beyond Ender's Shadow, I didn't think there was really any reason for those books.  It seemed more like cashing in to me.  I enjoyed all the Ender saga books, though they don't really top their predecessors.  It's all one continuous story, so I wanted to see it through to the end more than anything.  I would say that each book has its moments, so if you like one, give the next a try.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on September 11, 2007, 03:48:11 AM
I'm reading the Bone Doll's Twin, by somebody with a vaguely Welsh name. It is wonderfully written, with a perfect glance at first-hand experience of childhood and a comfortable touch of supernatural.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Hebs on September 11, 2007, 11:32:18 AM
Speaking of Basho, I've started reading a little book of collected Rumi works.  They are lovely :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: gbeenie on September 11, 2007, 04:58:25 PM
I just finished reading Marvel Zombies. Holy crap!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on September 12, 2007, 05:22:10 AM
(http://scienceblogs.com/intersection/upload/2007/01/stormworld%20cover.jpg)
Whee, science and politics.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 12, 2007, 05:57:02 AM
I just finished reading Marvel Zombies. Holy crap!
Holy crap good or Holy Crap bad?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: gbeenie on September 12, 2007, 06:06:06 AM
Really good, and pretty damned creepy to boot. I have to say, telling a zombie story almost totally from the zombies' perspective somehow makes it more grotesque.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 12, 2007, 07:09:17 AM
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/41CEB68PJGL._AA240_.jpg)

Splendid splendid stuff!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: damfino on September 13, 2007, 10:21:40 PM
I'm almost finished with "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen, which is about a third rate traveling circus during the Depression. It's fantastic, and I highly recommend it! I'm also about halfway through Philip Roth's "The Ghost Writer". In addition to that, I'm reading a mystery that takes place in a coffeehouse called "On What Ground" (haha) by Cleo Coyle. It's actually a series and the other ones have been really fun reading.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on September 15, 2007, 06:22:50 AM
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/4170BDGWYCL._AA240_.jpg)
not pulling any punches with this title.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 15, 2007, 06:28:32 AM
Interesting, do you have a link to a synopsis?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on September 15, 2007, 10:07:27 AM
Interesting, do you have a link to a synopsis?

Here's the blurb from amazon:
In 1958, Bible scholar Morton Smith announced the discovery of a sensational manuscript–a second-century letter written by St. Clement of Alexandria, who quotes an unknown, longer version of the Gospel of Mark. When Smith published the letter in 1973, he set off a firestorm of controversy that has raged ever since. Is the text authentic, or a hoax? Is Smith’s interpretation correct? Did Jesus really practice magic, or homosexuality? And if the letter is a forgery . . . why?
Through close examination of the “discovered” manuscript’s text, Peter Jeffery unravels the answers to the mystery and tells the tragic tale of an estranged Episcopalian priest who forged an ancient gospel and fooled many of the best biblical scholars of his time. Jeffery shows convincingly that Smith’s Secret Gospel is steeped in anachronisms and that its construction was influenced by Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, twentieth-century misunderstandings of early Christian liturgy, and Smith’s personal struggles with Christian sexual morality.

And just for fun, here's the author's website:
http://www.music.princeton.edu/~jeffery/ (http://www.music.princeton.edu/~jeffery/)

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Kierewiet on September 15, 2007, 10:15:20 AM
(http://contentcafe.btol.com/Jacket/Jacket.aspx?SysID=Jacket&CustID=Image&Return=1&Type=L&Key=0156007460)

In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching.

by P. D. Ouspensky recollects the teachings of an individual to whom he refers only as "G.", known to be G. I. Gurdjieff, and the author's relationship with "G.", leading to his break with him. He meets "G." in St. Petersburg before the Russian Revolution of 1917 and follows him through the Caucasus mountains to Constantinople (present day Istanbul), and then to western Europe.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on September 15, 2007, 01:53:38 PM
A Year At The Movies by some guy

(http://www.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/7/9780060937867.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Pak-Man on September 15, 2007, 11:42:52 PM
A Year At The Movies by some guy

(http://www.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/7/9780060937867.jpg)
That's just a facinating read. I thought for sure it would end up boring but it really makes you want to go out there and support your local theatre. :^)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on September 16, 2007, 06:45:01 AM
Yeah, a great book.  Reminded me a little of Bill Bryson's books.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: damfino on September 16, 2007, 04:41:37 PM
I've been dying to read that book- but why would one assume it was boring (and then read it if they were afraid of that?) Anyway, I'm reading "A Secret Rage" by Charlaine Harris, a re-print of one of her early novels. A Southern US based mystery as usual, it's fine so far. I'm also reading my first James Patterson, "1st To Die". I just finished
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on September 16, 2007, 08:46:24 PM
once again if im not mistaken this was a can of tomata paste. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Pak-Man on September 17, 2007, 12:35:58 AM
I've been dying to read that book- but why would one assume it was boring (and then read it if they were afraid of that?)

Rabid fandom. :^)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on September 17, 2007, 06:56:04 PM
im re-reading the watch books part of the discworld series by terry pratchet.  Im in the second book called men at arms.   
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on September 18, 2007, 05:40:58 AM
[

As for the title of the thread...I'm currently in the middle of several:


(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0198145268.01._SX120_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)

You see, in the midst of my research I'm also enjoying reliving childhood.



I quite enjoyed this. Although my wife thought I was nuts for doing so.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 18, 2007, 04:45:51 PM
What sort of ideas have you had?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 19, 2007, 05:45:43 AM
No I'm a financial analyst but I did study Greek and Latin at School and am still interested in Classical Literature/History.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on September 19, 2007, 05:50:10 AM
currently I have a lead I'm following involving Odysseus.



No, don't do it! He'll lead you aimlessly around the Agean for 20 years! And you may be eaten.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 19, 2007, 07:16:11 AM
No I'm a financial analyst but I did study Greek and Latin at School and am still interested in Classical Literature/History.

Wow! Wanna send some cash my way and I'll talk to you about classics in exchange? :)

I think GM might be a tad peeved at me if I did  :D

Back on topic, I just picked this one up from the library as well.  It looks a little bit too pop-culture, but it may be useful (and some of you may have read it?):
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/518T5BMZRTL._AA240_.jpg)

I don't think I've read that one per se but I've read other like it. It'll be a history channel documentary in printed form. Fun and slightly engaging without any real substance. Still nothing wrong with a little light reading from time to time.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on September 19, 2007, 06:30:39 PM
Just finished The Jeeves and Wooster Omnibus: Part One.  It's my first foray into Wodehouse, and I can definitely say it won't be my last.  I thought they were wonderful.  Funny, Jolly (the perfect word, I think), and easy to read.  I may have to watch the series now.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: YoohooRiffer on September 19, 2007, 06:52:14 PM
I just recently got these two classics:
(http://a5.vox.com/6a00b8ea0728391bc000b8ea06ac55dece-500pi)
(http://trashotron.com/agony/images/2003/03-news/04-07-03/nelson-death_rat.jpg)

I've only just begun Mind Over Matters and already it's absolutely hilarious, which is to be expected of course.  Mike Nelson's talent knows no boundaries.  Except for maybe extreme sugar sculpture.  I'm not sure if Mike could pull off one of these:
(http://www.vestaldesign.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/images/world_pastery_championship1.jpg)

But at least Mike isn't a member of the KKK like this sculptor
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on September 20, 2007, 01:24:23 PM
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/41XG6tSOFrL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg)
It's not bad. Most of the reviewers appear to have stopped reading after the first chapter.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on September 20, 2007, 01:27:07 PM
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/41XG6tSOFrL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg)
It's not bad. Most of the reviewers appear to have stopped reading after the first chapter.


I got the audiobook.  I liked it a lot.  The whole time I kept picturing the future world as shown in 12 Monkeys.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: MarkAndrew on September 20, 2007, 01:27:53 PM
Cryptonomicon and Red Seas Under Red Skies.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Hebs on September 20, 2007, 05:34:59 PM
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/41XG6tSOFrL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg)
It's not bad. Most of the reviewers appear to have stopped reading after the first chapter.


Is it as simple as the title suggests?

Haha, thank you book designer, you wrote the ending on the first page.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on September 20, 2007, 05:41:28 PM
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/41XG6tSOFrL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg)
It's not bad. Most of the reviewers appear to have stopped reading after the first chapter.


Is it as simple as the title suggests?



Actually it isn't.  He explains in a lot of detail about all the things we in the industrialized world take for granted.  About what will happen if no one is around to maintain all these things.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 20, 2007, 05:46:34 PM
So it's a bit like the basis of  this

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n5/n28422.jpg)

Only going even further and wiping out the whole human race not just the Europeans.

I like counterfactuals, I'll see if it's at the library.

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 20, 2007, 06:15:15 PM
I used to write Connections style essays for my GCSE Double Award Science. Excellent stuff.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: gammer on September 21, 2007, 09:36:55 AM
I've been reading my son allot of Sandra Boynton before bed time. Does that count?  ;)

(http://daphne.blogs.com/photos/uncategorized/moojune04.jpg)

(http://www.schwartzbooks.com/mas_assets/full/0671449028.jpg)

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on September 21, 2007, 12:59:02 PM
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/511g1eovipL._AA240_.jpg)
Just started this (I have a cold, so I'm going through a lot of books). It's about the founding of the Royal Society. Enjoy reading about Newton, Wren, Hooke, etc. in the Baroque Cycle? Learn the reality with this book.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on September 25, 2007, 09:32:48 AM
New day, new book:
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51D9DFPQ08L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on September 26, 2007, 04:29:29 PM
Heavy Planet, by Hal Clement. It's actually a couple of books and short stories in one collection. About a bunch of aliens living on a high gravity planet. Likable, insect like charicters.

(http://www.daviddarling.info/images/Clement.jpg)

Check out the bottom left corner.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on September 26, 2007, 08:22:00 PM
the persian puzzle

http://www.amazon.com/Persian-Puzzle-Conflict-Between-America/dp/0812973364/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/105-4353068-2430840?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1190863270&sr=8-1

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on September 26, 2007, 09:43:39 PM
Hal Clement is one of the big names in "Hard Sci Fi." He does a lot of explaining, a lot of the tech involved is obviously within the realm of the posible, and the charicters have to face real perils that can't just be wished away with some super-science dues ex machina.
I do really like Hal Clement.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on September 26, 2007, 10:16:32 PM
i put my making money thoughts in the discworld thread.  discuss it there :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on September 27, 2007, 04:48:36 AM
Just tell me he doesn't read like Kim Stanley "Completely Overrated" Robinson and I'll be happy.

 He doesn't read like Kim Stanley "Completely Overrated" Robinson.

With that said, who is  Kim Stanley "Completely Overrated" Robinson?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RoninFox on September 27, 2007, 05:02:25 AM
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51JCM3MJ9TL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg)

Neil Gaiman, until recently I haven't read that much of his stuff, but now I'm hooked.  My brother let me borrow a sandman graphic novel years ago and I liked it, and I absolutely loved his version of The Dream Eaters, but it wasn't until two months ago that I picked up one of his novels (Good Omens, he co-wrote that one with Terry Pratchet, someone else I have to track down work from) and I'm about three quarters done with American Gods now.  If you enjoy reading about any mythological figure or the nature of gods then this is a fantastic read.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 27, 2007, 05:16:15 AM
Just tell me he doesn't read like Kim Stanley "Completely Overrated" Robinson and I'll be happy.

 He doesn't read like Kim Stanley "Completely Overrated" Robinson.

With that said, who is  Kim Stanley "Completely Overrated" Robinson?

(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/7720000/7724593.jpg)(http://a6.vox.com/6a00c2251d27c68fdb00c2251e224e8e1d-500pi)(http://a4.vox.com/6a00c2251d27c68fdb00c2251d30f48fdb-500pi)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 27, 2007, 05:24:05 AM
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51JCM3MJ9TL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg)

Neil Gaiman, until recently I haven't read that much of his stuff, but now I'm hooked.  My brother let me borrow a sandman graphic novel years ago and I liked it, and I absolutely loved his version of The Dream Eaters, but it wasn't until two months ago that I picked up one of his novels (Good Omens, he co-wrote that one with Terry Pratchet, someone else I have to track down work from) and I'm about three quarters done with American Gods now.  If you enjoy reading about any mythological figure or the nature of gods then this is a fantastic read.

If you're of a theological bent and want to read some Pratchett that also deals with that, check out these:

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0061092177.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)(http://www.cultfiction.com.au/userimages/user1367_1167611574.jpg)(http://www.sfsite.com/~silverag/wintersmith.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RoninFox on September 27, 2007, 05:25:52 AM

If you're of a theological bent and want to read some Pratchett that also deals with that, check out these:

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0061092177.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)(http://www.cultfiction.com.au/userimages/user1367_1167611574.jpg)(http://www.sfsite.com/~silverag/wintersmith.jpg)

Sweet, they are all noted for the future.  Thanks.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 27, 2007, 05:30:35 AM
Now admittedly the last two have characters from earlier books (the first is more or less stand alone) but they're the ones which to my mind have the highest level of religious philosophy in them.

Oh and if anyone wants to read a nonfiction book that essentially espouses the same concept of divine potency that both Pratchett (especially at the end of Wintersmith) and Gaiman (particularly with the character of Hinzelmann) also subscribe to, this is one of my all time favorite books:

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0914232630.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on September 27, 2007, 08:49:35 PM
Part of me is tempted by Kim Stanley "Completely Overrated" Robinson's books, as I'm all about Martian terraforming, if that's what it is about, but I'd have to have a look.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on September 27, 2007, 09:11:30 PM
Hmmm.... I like a human element, (or the equivalent,) but I'm pretty selective in that regard. Clement usually has interaction taking place in an active problem solving environment, and is pretty subtle with giving personality, and those personalities don't overwhelm the story.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on September 28, 2007, 06:14:39 AM
Clarke. Love his older stuff, but he started to progressivly lose it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on September 28, 2007, 07:32:02 AM
Part of me is tempted by Kim Stanley "Completely Overrated" Robinson's books, as I'm all about Martian terraforming, if that's what it is about, but I'd have to have a look.


Well, that is what it's ostensibly about, yes. What it's actually about is the petty bitching and squabbles and neo-messianic bullshit of a bunch of colonists who are perhaps the least unlikeable bunch of characters I've seen since the last time I watched "The Real World"*  It's a soap-opera with a techy background.



*1997?  Whatever the one with the cowboy and irish guy was...

I think that's a little harsh on the book.  I've only read the first one, but apart from the fact that it was needlessly long, I thought it was pretty good.  If you like "hard" Sci-Fi then I think it's a good choice.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 28, 2007, 08:02:34 AM
It occurs to me I posted a cover of another KSR book a couple of pages back (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,4862.msg147382.html#msg147382). I actually quite like The Years of Rice and Salt certainly more than the Mars Trilogy
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Jinto on September 29, 2007, 08:02:54 AM
I personally think you should just go ahead and try out the Mars trilogy by KSM yourself Junkyard and see for yourself if you like them. Yes there's civics, but there's science too, and both cover multiple areas in regards to the colonization of Mars.

Note that I did not say just 'terraforming', because colonization is more than that. It's about the people who make it happen as well. So what you end up with in these books, is the influence of both the technological need for the survival of humans on a hostile world, and the psychological and philosophical views of individuals or societies on how this should be accomplished (or not in some peoples views), all influencing the actions and directions taken in the overall colonization of Mars.

To me, it wasn't so much a civics or even science lesson, as much as it was a broad, possible-future history lesson of mankind exerting its individually competing wills on a new world, where in a sense humans are starting from square one.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: immcdonal on October 01, 2007, 01:37:13 AM
Collected Stories of Flannery O'Connor (loving it), The Room by Hubert Selby (ok so far) and A Gentle Madness (very interesting)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on October 01, 2007, 09:21:28 PM
I've decided to tackle The Lord Of The Rings trilogy again, only this time, I'm reading it with an old British man's voice. It's more fun that way!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Meat Trademark on October 01, 2007, 09:31:07 PM
Happy Cruelty Day!
By Bob Powers!

Maybe funniest book I've ever read (and I work at a library)!

 :D

(Quick shout out to the books Cosmic Banditos, Principia Discordia, The Fan Man, Flicker and Snow Crash. All books I reread more than I probably should.)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: The Televator on October 03, 2007, 02:08:47 PM
Actually, I just got my hands on Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams and its an interesting story. So far, its a pretty good read and I am kinda saddened that Adams died before finishing The Salmon of Doubt, it would have been a really interesting way with how he was going with and what, rumored of course, of what he was planning on doing.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RoninFox on October 03, 2007, 02:25:06 PM
Actually, I just got my hands on Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams and its an interesting story. So far, its a pretty good read and I am kinda saddened that Adams died before finishing The Salmon of Doubt, it would have been a really interesting way with how he was going with and what, rumored of course, of what he was planning on doing.

I have to search my collection for that one.  For some reason I never did finish it.  Loved the Hitchhikers Guide series, read them all over and over again, but for some reason couldn't get into this one when I picked it up.  I need to give it another chance.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 03, 2007, 02:29:33 PM
Actually, I just got my hands on Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams and its an interesting story. So far, its a pretty good read and I am kinda saddened that Adams died before finishing The Salmon of Doubt, it would have been a really interesting way with how he was going with and what, rumored of course, of what he was planning on doing.

I have to search my collection for that one.  For some reason I never did finish it.  Loved the Hitchhikers Guide series, read them all over and over again, but for some reason couldn't get into this one when I picked it up.  I need to give it another chance.

I liked The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul better. You might want to pick up that series there and the go back and read the first one.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: The Televator on October 03, 2007, 02:44:58 PM
Actually, I just got my hands on Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams and its an interesting story. So far, its a pretty good read and I am kinda saddened that Adams died before finishing The Salmon of Doubt, it would have been a really interesting way with how he was going with and what, rumored of course, of what he was planning on doing.

I have to search my collection for that one.  For some reason I never did finish it.  Loved the Hitchhikers Guide series, read them all over and over again, but for some reason couldn't get into this one when I picked it up.  I need to give it another chance.

I liked The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul better. You might want to pick up that series there and the go back and read the first one.

@Ronin: You see, I like collecting first editions of books so I never really wanted to pick up a reprint of the first Dirk Gently book, so I kinda read them out of order. But I thought that the book was pretty good so far, but we'll see what happens in the later parts of the book.

@Tripe: I really liked that book. nuff said. I already read it and finished reading Salmon, but never read the first one. So when I finally found a first edition last week, I started reading it. Personally, The Meaning of Liff will always hold a special place in my Adams'  fandom heart.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on October 03, 2007, 03:44:25 PM
Personally, I liked the Dirk Gently stories better than the hitchhiker stuff. Less ridden with plot wholes and dues ex machinas, and Mostly Harmless was just such a grim, dark, downer of an ending for a comedy series.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: The Televator on October 03, 2007, 04:33:11 PM
Personally, I liked the Dirk Gently stories better than the hitchhiker stuff. Less ridden with plot wholes and dues ex machinas, and Mostly Harmless was just such a grim, dark, downer of an ending for a comedy series.

The tone of mostly harmless was done by accident. Adams had a bad time in his life when he wrote that and that's how it happened. He was planning on writing a sixth book to fix the fifth book, but it never came to light because of his death. Actually on a side note, the movie was dramatically changed and re-casted after his death as well. I believe Hugh Laurie (from what I remember) was going to be in the movie as Arthur. Kinda sad how things change once a person dies.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FordPrefect on October 03, 2007, 09:07:42 PM
Personally, I liked the Dirk Gently stories better than the hitchhiker stuff. Less ridden with plot wholes and dues ex machinas, and Mostly Harmless was just such a grim, dark, downer of an ending for a comedy series.

The tone of mostly harmless was done by accident. Adams had a bad time in his life when he wrote that and that's how it happened. He was planning on writing a sixth book to fix the fifth book, but it never came to light because of his death. Actually on a side note, the movie was dramatically changed and re-casted after his death as well. I believe Hugh Laurie (from what I remember) was going to be in the movie as Arthur. Kinda sad how things change once a person dies.

For what it's worth, I don't think there was anything wrong with the casting of Arthur--Martin Freeman (aka "Tim" from The Office) has the perfect everyman cluelessness that Arthur had in spades.  I love Hugh Laurie, but he was too old by the time of the movie to be Arthur, who really should be in his early 30s.

As far as Mostly Harmless...go pick up the Quintessential Phase (http://www.amazon.com/Hitchhikers-Guide-Galaxy-Quintessential-Phase/dp/1602833060/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-1337611-5596930?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1191455363&sr=8-1)  Audio Dramas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy_%28radio_series%29) of Hitchhiker's--it changes the ending to a much happier one that brings a smile to my face when I think about it.  Very nice wrap-up.  Apparently Dirk Maggs (who did the radio scripts after DNA died) was aware of DNA's dislike of the ending of Mostly Harmless, so did it in accordance with his wishes (if not his specifications).

Actually the movie is supposed to be very close to the last draft he wrote before he died. For example: the new characters, the development of the Arthur/Trillian relationship, and the focus on Vogon bureaucracy were based on his ideas. You have to remember that the movie was in development hell for over 20 years, so a lot of different script and casting ideas came and went.

As far as Imrahil's feelings about the radio series, I couldn't agree more. The Hitchhiker radio series (both the original episodes and the continuation under Dirk Maggs) are really great to listen to. I actually prefer them over the novels. Note: He didn't technically change the ending that Adams wrote for Mostly Harmless, he added to it (which was very clever IMHO.) I'm very happy Adams picked him because he clearly knows what he's doing. Maggs is now working on a Dirk Gently radio series, based on the two complete Gently adventures AND Salmon of Doubt.  ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 04, 2007, 06:58:57 AM
I still need to get around to listening to the newer radio series, I'd agree with Imrahil and ford on their being the superior incarnation of the story (at least with the Primary and Secondary phase).

I actually like the Secondary Phase best of the radio series that I've heard. I wish Lintila had appeared in the books.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: The Televator on October 04, 2007, 08:00:18 AM
Personally, I liked the Dirk Gently stories better than the hitchhiker stuff. Less ridden with plot wholes and dues ex machinas, and Mostly Harmless was just such a grim, dark, downer of an ending for a comedy series.

The tone of mostly harmless was done by accident. Adams had a bad time in his life when he wrote that and that's how it happened. He was planning on writing a sixth book to fix the fifth book, but it never came to light because of his death. Actually on a side note, the movie was dramatically changed and re-casted after his death as well. I believe Hugh Laurie (from what I remember) was going to be in the movie as Arthur. Kinda sad how things change once a person dies.

For what it's worth, I don't think there was anything wrong with the casting of Arthur--Martin Freeman (aka "Tim" from The Office) has the perfect everyman cluelessness that Arthur had in spades.  I love Hugh Laurie, but he was too old by the time of the movie to be Arthur, who really should be in his early 30s.

As far as Mostly Harmless...go pick up the Quintessential Phase (http://www.amazon.com/Hitchhikers-Guide-Galaxy-Quintessential-Phase/dp/1602833060/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-1337611-5596930?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1191455363&sr=8-1)  Audio Dramas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy_%28radio_series%29) of Hitchhiker's--it changes the ending to a much happier one that brings a smile to my face when I think about it.  Very nice wrap-up.  Apparently Dirk Maggs (who did the radio scripts after DNA died) was aware of DNA's dislike of the ending of Mostly Harmless, so did it in accordance with his wishes (if not his specifications).

I love the audio dramas, but I was trying to say that it would have been interesting to see what DNA would have done with the sixth book.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Hebs on October 05, 2007, 06:26:36 AM
I'm reading this at the moment, mi amigos :

(http://cdn.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/3/9780060855833.jpg)

Andy has a Mil Mascaras mask up on one of the walls of our apartment.  It's super cool, except the foam head inside it has these weird eyes.... STOP LOOKING AT ME, MIL!!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: BEERxTaco on October 05, 2007, 06:50:34 AM
hmmmmm......
(http://www.groovygrouper.com/Images/menu4.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on October 05, 2007, 04:31:36 PM
hmmmmm......
(http://www.groovygrouper.com/Images/menu4.jpg)

I read that...nothing but self-indulgent tripe!



Only two brands of vodka??  Both shitty brands.  How does the author expect us to believe his narrative without Stolichnya?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on October 14, 2007, 05:41:02 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41PFVB1R2WL._BO2,204,203,200_PIlitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg)
More Dickens!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on October 14, 2007, 05:46:38 AM
(http://www.hup.harvard.edu/images/jackets/L072.jpg)

Caesar bragging about how many Gauls, Germans and Britons he's turned into buzzard food. Memorable quotes include:

"Kiss my hairy barbarian ass." - King Ariovistus to Caesar on the subject of his occupation of eastern Gaul.

Apparently there were Germanic and Belgic tribes that refused to let traders into their cities lest they spread emasculating Roman influences in items like soap, wine and underwear. The Germanics took pride in the amount of land they could keep uninhabited around their particular tribe's homeland simply by force of terror, and at least one Germanic tribe thought that saddles were for pussies and would arbitrarily chase down and slaughter any poor bastard unfortunate enough to use one in front of them. Take that, Leonidas.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Ortega on October 14, 2007, 09:34:57 AM
(http://www.hup.harvard.edu/images/jackets/L072.jpg)



heh!  In Latin class, we were given the latin text to that.   We had to translate it back into English. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Ortega on October 14, 2007, 01:51:49 PM
yeah...but apparently translating Caesar's   "Commentaries on the Gallic War" was so difficult, it took a month to do.
It was easy for me, and i found it  interesting to read the book in Caesar's native language.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Dim of the Yard on October 14, 2007, 07:45:00 PM
(http://faculty.riohondo.edu/mkoutroulis/Bruice5.jpg)

Aww, yeah.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on October 15, 2007, 06:02:57 AM
(http://faculty.riohondo.edu/mkoutroulis/Bruice5.jpg)

Aww, yeah.

How is that as a textbook?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on October 15, 2007, 07:40:37 PM
I read this awhile ago, though it was the last thing I read: Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card.  It's the follow up to Ender's Game, though the novels are completely different.  I think I may have preferred this one, and though perhaps the Piggies - the slang term for the new alien species they encounter - aren't terribly convincing, Card's ability to write humans is excellent.  I may now have to read the third one.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on October 16, 2007, 05:38:23 AM


Aww, yeah.

How is that as a textbook?

Looks very leafy.

Leaves are organic matter.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on October 16, 2007, 01:00:38 PM
Or a proctology one.  I bet that book's hard to thumb through.   ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on October 16, 2007, 01:05:02 PM


Aww, yeah.

How is that as a textbook?

Looks very leafy.

Leaves are organic matter.

Says you!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 18, 2007, 06:57:05 PM
My local library just got this for me.
(http://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/d0/d1/d71eb220dca0110ca7b64010._AA200_.L.jpg)
I loved The Last Temptation of Christ and Zorba the Greek so I thought I'd give this a go.

Depending on how I like the translation I might give Kimon Friar's poetry a go. Imrahil, any input to offer on that?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on October 18, 2007, 07:00:21 PM
im rereading jack londons the seawolf.  wolf is my hero.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on October 18, 2007, 08:18:02 PM
I've just started reading Roma Eternia, by Robert Silverberg.
It's one of those alternate history things, for if Rome had never fallen. The author goes ainly under the assumption that Christianity caused Rome's fall, it looks like.
It's starting rather slowly, but it has some potential yet.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: deadheadpunk on October 18, 2007, 09:01:27 PM
i'm on the 2nd book of the Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin, Clash of Kings

i'm completely blown away by this series so far  :clap: :D
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on October 18, 2007, 09:02:37 PM
oh and for the record"  life is the ultimate piggishness."
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 19, 2007, 05:18:05 AM
The author goes ainly under the assumption that Christianity caused Rome's fall,

Pretty much what Gibbon thought too.

And time to plug that book. If you've not read it and you have some time to, I'd suggest reading The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. It is reflective of it's time but I don't think it's ever really been equalled as a work of modern History writing.

Oh and I'm perhaps a 1/5 of the way through book one of The Odyssey A Modern Sequel and thus far it's very good.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: OTC316 on October 19, 2007, 05:03:01 PM
Robert E. Howard's "the Savage Tales of Solomon Kane". I'm a fan of the Conan stories, and I always heard about Kane and finally found a collection of the short stories. Kane is a great character, and I'll probably read it again pretty soon.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Natureboy on October 24, 2007, 07:21:09 PM
Even though King has lost a step in his writing, this book is still pretty good.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21QRCK6W46L._SS500_.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: the long undertow on October 25, 2007, 07:05:54 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51nCZmYZ3BL._AA240_.jpg)
The Boy Detective Fails
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: BathTub on October 25, 2007, 10:30:30 AM
Hahah, that looks interesting.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: msmpls on October 25, 2007, 12:34:49 PM
currently, I'm a little over half-way through Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. It's raunchy, shocking, and hilarious. Definitely a must-read if you enjoy cooking, eating out, or pirate humor.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RoninFox on October 25, 2007, 02:35:39 PM
Just finished Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister.  It's my third Gregory Maguire book, I still like Wicked best, but this was much better than Son of a Witch.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 25, 2007, 03:14:44 PM
You don't know thew half of it; that's pretty much his stock in trade. So much so that people are beginning to wonder where he'll go next (http://www.theonion.com/content/node/43211)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 25, 2007, 03:26:39 PM
Not sure though Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is Maguire's take on that story.

I don't mind parallel novels but Maguires seem to all tread the same path just with nominally different characters.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Ortega on October 25, 2007, 06:27:01 PM
(http://www.booksamillion.com/bam/covers/0/76/531/293/076531293X.jpg)

The second book of Dune 7.

While not as good as his father's earlier work, it was a decent science fiction novel.  The overall feeling i got reading this is comparable to eating a big candy bar:  It tastes sweet while your eating it, but afterwards it dosent leave you satisfied, and you'll be hungry a couple of hours later.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Brak on October 25, 2007, 07:57:04 PM
Right now i am reading A Train to Potevka  By Mike Ramsdell

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/512VNMW7Z0L._SS500_.jpg)

Its very intriguing to say the least. It's about his experiences while in the USSR as Communism is slowly falling. He is an American Spy trying to escape from the Mafia and the Russian KGB. It's not a super long book and the font is a little bigger than most, but i still find it very interesting. He says in the Prologue that he classifies it as Fiction because he cannot give out all of the information of where he was and the people he interacted with since some of it is considered classified information, but the majority of the story is true. Great read so far and i'd recommend it to those interested in History and like uplifting stories.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on October 25, 2007, 08:13:58 PM
I'm reading Pandora's Star by Peter Hamilton. 

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51S3QNKW91L._SS500_.jpg)

I like Hamilton.  He writes extremely long novels, though this one is only 1100 pages.  His other works - more specifically the Reality Dyfunction trilogy - topped out and around 4600 pages.  Good times.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on October 26, 2007, 06:29:50 AM
I finished reading "Isaac Asimov's Caliban" by Roger Allen.
Yes, you heard me. It has Asimov's name in the title, but it's written by this Allen clown. What a dirty trick.

Not such a bad book, but not Asimov.
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n3/n19439.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Pak-Man on October 26, 2007, 10:16:41 AM
I finished reading "Isaac Asimov's Caliban" by Roger Allen.
Yes, you heard me. It has Asimov's name in the title, but it's written by this Allen clown. What a dirty trick.

Not such a bad book, but not Asimov.
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n3/n19439.jpg)

There's another neat series out there called "Robots in Time" that pulls the same trick. Awesome books. At least I thought they were awesome when I was in the 10th grade. Haven't revisited them in my adult life, but it's time travel, and I dig me some time travel stories. :^)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on October 26, 2007, 10:29:09 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/26/The_First_Man_In_Rome.jpg/180px-The_First_Man_In_Rome.jpg)

There've been a half dozen briberies, a couple divorces, some arranged marriages and at least one assassination in the first 80 or so pages. I think I like it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: deadheadpunk on October 29, 2007, 07:28:12 AM
i'm on to 'A Storm of Swords' by George RR Martin, book 3 of Ice and Fire series

can't put these books down! so good!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: deadheadpunk on October 29, 2007, 08:41:37 AM
i'm on to 'A Storm of Swords' by George RR Martin, book 3 of Ice and Fire series

can't put these books down! so good!

They're fun, but kinda disturbing.  He has a penchant for killing the most likeable characters, and a strange, strange fascination for cruelty to animals.

yea it can be disturbing at times but that what makes me like it even more! i love the fact he kills off people too, he's not afraid to keep people around just because. good stuff  :D
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Rustem on October 30, 2007, 10:48:13 AM
The Crossing - Cormac McCarthy
The Idiot - Dostoyevsky
Moby Dick - Melville

Heavy stuff  :P
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 30, 2007, 07:27:38 PM
Here's the problem with libraries if you happen to be of a rather obscure bent: They have to order the books you want and often they're books nobody else will borrow, but they still hold you to the same lending times. :(

So I'll have to be giving back The Odyssey A Modern Sequel soon and they told me they had this one in and that i had just a few days to collect it.

(http://www.walkerbooks.com/images/moreperfectcov.gif)

So thoughts on Kazantzakis' book: Excellent as far as I was able to get (book VI) and I'll have to visit my local antiquarian book warehouse (http://www.rarebooklink.com/cgi-bin/kingbooks/index.html) to get a copy that will allow me to finish. Imrahil you should give it a go.

So far the Sabato book is good as well, hopefully another of my books won't come in to disturb my finishing of it.

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 31, 2007, 05:04:03 AM
I want to give Joyce's Ulysses another go as well.

Now that's an excellent book I love Joyce, not as much as Brian O'Nolan (Flann O'Brien) but almost. I suppose at somepoint I should complete the trisect of modern absurdist Irish literature and read Beckett's three novels but I think I'll wait on that a bit.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Hebs on October 31, 2007, 10:06:32 AM
(http://www.abcb.com/kiki/kiki.jpg)

Kiki's Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono


My witch reading on Halloween. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 31, 2007, 10:27:20 AM
Poor Kiki, she's such a Martha. (http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=79)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: the long undertow on October 31, 2007, 01:16:05 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51003RQ339L._AA240_.jpg)
Jack Faust
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Detective Chimp on October 31, 2007, 03:26:42 PM
(http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:_0MVvziwvghtRM:http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/marvel-zombies/3-19.jpg)

Well, it's Halloween so I'm reading the Marvel Zombies series. It's about equal parts coolness and lameness. The artwork is great. The storyline is just okay. I prefer my zombies to be the mindless variety.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: gbeenie on November 01, 2007, 01:23:04 AM
(http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:_0MVvziwvghtRM:http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/marvel-zombies/3-19.jpg)

Well, it's Halloween so I'm reading the Marvel Zombies series. It's about equal parts coolness and lameness. The artwork is great. The storyline is just okay. I prefer my zombies to be the mindless variety.

I love that the story is told almost entirely from the zombies' viewpoint.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on November 03, 2007, 06:00:26 AM
Supercontinent: 10 billion years in the life of our planet
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/11GtJ-9BveL._AA115_.jpg)

And
King Herod: A Persecuted Persecutor
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/11vC%2BMYLGjL._PIsitb-dp-arrow,TopRight,21,-23_SH30_OU01_AA115_.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on November 03, 2007, 06:58:30 AM
Finished Roma Eternia, and have moved onto Richard Matheson's Incredible Shrinking Man.

A word about Roma Eternia: It doesn't go anywhere. As a thought experiment, and as a story, it's well done. But it has not a lick of novelty. For the most part, things end up progressing near the same pace, technology wise, and the story usually comes down to some political thing happening evey hundred or so years. Also, the last chapter is just dumb.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on November 05, 2007, 04:17:59 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TQ0DB0S6L._SS500_.jpg) :highfive:
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on November 15, 2007, 10:16:31 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514zRWp%2BwHL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg)
and
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51T6wefYHRL._AA240_.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Grillslinger on November 15, 2007, 12:33:36 PM
Right now, I'm reading:

The Honk and Holler Opening Soon
Water For Elephants
Invisible Monsters
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on November 15, 2007, 10:14:49 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41KBCXRWCPL._SS500_.jpg)

Since Mailer just died.   :'(
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on November 16, 2007, 05:12:47 AM
He tended to do that in his articles at times. He was a very er "manly" man and had hmm a bit of an "old school" attitude towards women.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on November 16, 2007, 07:27:15 AM
He tended to do that in his articles at times. He was a very er "manly" man and had hmm a bit of an "old school" attitude towards women.

Yeah, if you want a taste of the "old school" attitude (actually more than a taste) get "An American Dream".  What he does to that German lady would have been very disturbing at the time it was written, but now with the internet you can actually see it happen.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RandyMistie on November 21, 2007, 03:17:00 AM
Well, I'm still reading the George R. R.Martin stuff but MAN!  It is some dark stuffs.  The good guys get nothing from this author.  He's all like, "Oh you like this character, DEAD, oh you like this woman?  DEAD!"  He's a crazy man.  It's a bloodbath in there, man.

Really good stuffs, though.  Amazing writer.  DEAD!!!!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Jinto on November 21, 2007, 04:54:32 AM
Well, I'm still reading the George R. R.Martin stuff but MAN!  It is some dark stuffs.  The good guys get nothing from this author.  He's all like, "Oh you like this character, DEAD, oh you like this woman?  DEAD!"  He's a crazy man.  It's a bloodbath in there, man.

Really good stuffs, though.  Amazing writer.  DEAD!!!!

Just so you know, Martin is releasing two books collecting a lot of his older, short stuff, called Dreamsongs I and II. The first came out at the end of Oct, and the next is due out at the end of Nov.  I've read his kids' book "The Ice Dragon", which is good, and also his book "Tuf Voyaging", which is a collection of short stories about a merchant trader who gets his hands on an ancient, bio-warfare uber-starship and sets himself up as an Ecological Engineer. It's good stuff, and I can hardly wait until Dreamsongs II comes out, which is when I'll sit down and read both I and II in succession. Until then, I'm catching up on my reading in other areas.

Speaking of other reading, and getting back on topic with this thread, I've recently been plowing through the old X-Wing series of Star Wars books by Michael Stackpole and Aaron Allston. They're fairly decent.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on November 21, 2007, 05:22:28 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21FI4bNdKtL._AA115_.jpg)
About Sir Francis Walsingham. It's ok. Nothing too insightful.
and
Biogenesis: Theories of Life's Origin by Noam Lahav. Sadly, no cover. But it's blank except for the word Biogenesis, so use your imagination.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on November 21, 2007, 05:31:04 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21FI4bNdKtL._AA115_.jpg)
about Sir Francis Walsingham. It's ok. Nothing too insightful.

Who's that by?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on November 21, 2007, 05:46:34 AM
Elizabeth's Spymaster, by Robert Hutchinson. Not to be confused with Her Majesty's Spymaster, by Stephen Budiansky (about which I know nothing, but it also came up in a quick amazon search.).
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on November 21, 2007, 05:49:55 AM
So not great then huh? That's a shame, the intelligencers were a fascinating group.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on November 21, 2007, 11:42:41 AM
I'm only 30 pages or so into it. I'll come back later with an update.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: the long undertow on November 25, 2007, 09:34:52 PM
(http://i3.ebayimg.com/03/c/00/c0/c7/ba_7.JPG)
The Moviegoer
by Walker Percy
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on November 26, 2007, 09:39:36 AM
Ok, now 30 pages from the end of Elizabeth's Spymaster, and my initial take on it still holds. Not much insight into the guy. Much of the book seems to deal with other people more than Walsingham.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on November 26, 2007, 09:49:29 AM
But who are those other people?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on November 26, 2007, 11:59:31 AM
His spies, Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth of course.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on November 26, 2007, 12:02:21 PM
And while it's not that interesting as a biography of Walsingham, how is it dealing with the others?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Old Trusty Legs on December 09, 2007, 02:33:47 PM
I tend to read a number of books at the same time, so here's the list for the moment.

Who Owns History?: Rethinking the Past in a Changing World by Eric Foner
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
The Other Side of the Altar by Paul E. Dinter
The Struggle for Celibacy: The Culture of Catholic Seminary Life by Paul Stanosz

And today I just bought Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII by John Cornwell.  While I generally tend to stay away from revisionist history (though at this point isn't that what we're all doing?), his sources were just too intriguing to pass up.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Halifirien on December 11, 2007, 12:17:22 PM
My current book is "Night Watch," by Sergei Lykyanenko. I've been seeing the movie trailers all over the place, so I figured I'd read it before I rented the DVD. I'm enjoying it well enough, so I'll probably pick up the next volume when I finish it.

My current audiobook is "Sandworms of Dune." These guys aren't nearly the writer Frank Herbert was, but it's supposed to be based on his notes and I needed closure after the "Chapterhouse: Dune" cliffhanger. I don't really feel a need to try out their prequel novels.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on December 11, 2007, 11:22:11 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ZfofHh0uL._AA240_.jpg)
Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity
Anne Elizabeth Moore
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1595581685 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1595581685)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on December 12, 2007, 05:36:35 AM
A Lycanthropy Reader-
(http://www.lycanthropes.org/shapeshifter/ott-lyc.jpg)

Pretty much the most boringest, 70'sest approch to the subject of werewolves EVER. Blah.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Hebs on December 12, 2007, 05:58:18 AM
(http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/b/b5/180px-Nakedcoverc11418.jpg)

Maketh me laugh. 

I like Sedaris a lot - the short story format keeps the jokes from getting overwhelming. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: the long undertow on December 14, 2007, 08:17:16 AM
(http://contemporarylit.about.com/library/graphics/oryxCrake.jpg)
Oryx and Crake
by Margaret Atwood
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Shannihilator on December 15, 2007, 02:58:38 AM
i love sedaris. i recently read "dress your family in corduroy and denim", after a long sedaris draught and fell in love all over again.

i moved back to orange county from oakland, and sadly the library branches in anaheim blow compared to the lakeview branch, (better selection in oakland, if they have a book that isn't in the particular branch, you can request it and it comes the next day...and unlike anaheim they don't charge you 50 cents for it.)

i just got through reading make love! the bruce campbell way, and im midway into the great shark hunt by the great hst.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: the long undertow on December 17, 2007, 12:45:21 PM
Is that the Handmaid's Tale lady?
Yeah.  I liked Tale, so I figured she could do a good post-apocalyptic story too.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: deadheadpunk on December 20, 2007, 08:13:37 AM
Well, I'm still reading the George R. R.Martin stuff but MAN!  It is some dark stuffs.  The good guys get nothing from this author.  He's all like, "Oh you like this character, DEAD, oh you like this woman?  DEAD!"  He's a crazy man.  It's a bloodbath in there, man.

Really good stuffs, though.  Amazing writer.  DEAD!!!!

I just finished reading 'A Feast for Crows' and good god i can't wait for him to finish up 'Dance with Dragons' . And I still can't get over him killing off the one huge character that he did. the guy is crazy I love it!!

right now I'm finishing up the 3rd book in the bourne trilogy. don't know what to read after that
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on December 20, 2007, 03:20:16 PM
Ok normally I don't bother putting up the comics I read because, well they don't take that long to read and I'd have to call it "What have I just finished reading".

However since there are a bunch of Doctor Who fans here I thought I'd post the cover image from the first Issue of Dr Who Classics that I picked up today.

(http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0709/20/doctorwho1.jpg)

They're reprints and recolours of the old Dr Who Weekly strips (and perhaps some from other sources down the line).  Oh and next month they'll be bringing this out:

(http://www.idwpublishing.com/images/previews/121607/DW01_COV_A.jpg)

Both $3.99 from your local Android's Dungeon
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: hare.29 on December 21, 2007, 06:46:52 PM
I've decided to reread
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51H375EW4CL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg)
So I'm set for a month or two.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on December 22, 2007, 09:46:49 AM
(http://www.idwpublishing.com/images/previews/121607/DW01_COV_A.jpg)

That is one lousy cover...  The Tom Baker one is much better.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: BathTub on December 22, 2007, 11:03:19 AM
That is one lousy cover...  The Tom Baker one is much better.

Yeah, definitely.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2007, 01:55:06 PM
Yep it is, I'm hoping there'lll be an alternate one.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on December 22, 2007, 02:24:24 PM
That is one lousy cover...  The Tom Baker one is much better.

Drawn with that same attitude that's kept me far away from the new Doctor Who.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on December 22, 2007, 02:26:35 PM
(http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0709/20/doctorwho1.jpg)


Is that cover by Jae Lee? I haven't read comics in so long, I'm forgetting artists' names already...
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on December 22, 2007, 03:36:20 PM
Joe Corroney aparently
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Dim of the Yard on December 22, 2007, 08:48:49 PM
(http://www.larryfine.com/newbook.jpg)

... Yeah.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on December 22, 2007, 09:14:39 PM
(http://www.larryfine.com/newbook.jpg)

... Yeah.

And they use a pic with Curly Joe for the cover?   You'd think they'd use the original three for no other reason than he was younger then.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on December 30, 2007, 05:15:48 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51W6004JQML.jpg)

Excellent so far, I wonder if the films any good (it'd have to be in Bengali for the first quarter at least and I'm not sure they'd do that).
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Dim of the Yard on December 31, 2007, 07:46:58 AM
I'm reading two right now.  Kind of switching between 'em every so often.

(http://pds.egloos.com/pds/1/200501/05/07/a0015607_983338.jpg)

and

(http://www.oldpunks.com/1ifchins.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: deadheadpunk on December 31, 2007, 09:48:44 AM
I've moved on to 'The Pillars of the Earth- by Ken Follett. great stuff
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RoninFox on December 31, 2007, 02:20:09 PM
I'm reading two right now.  Kind of switching between 'em every so often.

(http://pds.egloos.com/pds/1/200501/05/07/a0015607_983338.jpg)

and

(http://www.oldpunks.com/1ifchins.jpg)

Two of my favorite books of all time.  After you finish "Chins" I highly suggest Bruce's novel "Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way" and I especially recommend picking up the audiobook version of it, which he produced like a radio production with a full cast.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: stansimpson on December 31, 2007, 03:19:59 PM
I read Bruce's book a few months ago.  I was hoping for a little more, but I can't say I was disappointed.  A fun read!  I just finished Steve Martin's autobiography "Born Standing Up" (read it in 2 days  :o!) and now I'm reading "Groucho & Me."  I love autobiographies... and funny people.  ;)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on January 01, 2008, 09:16:00 AM
(http://www.mst3kinfo.com/images/DEATHRAT.jpg)

Interesting Stuff. Dalty got it for me for christmas!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: the long undertow on January 02, 2008, 09:24:24 AM
Is that the Handmaid's Tale lady?
Yeah.  I liked Tale, so I figured she could do a good post-apocalyptic story too.

I was wrong.  It was average at best.

So I washed the bad taste away with a rereading of
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
by Philip K. Dick

followed by
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World War Z
by Max Brooks

and am now reading
(http://www.galactium.com/books_MonaLisaOverdrive.jpg)
Mona Lisa Overdrive
by William Gibson
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mlcorcoran on January 02, 2008, 11:33:20 AM
I'm currently reading The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman, which is about the changing dynamics of politics, economics, and society in general as explored by 10 major events in recent history that have shaken the foundation of how we live, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web, controversial overseas outsourcing by big corporations, and others.

I just finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I'm a huge fan of the Sandman series and this is my first foray into Gaiman's non comic book work, and I loved it. It's a brilliant exploration of philosophy, religion, faith, mythology, and the clash between old world traditions and new world secularism.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: BathTub on January 02, 2008, 11:46:12 AM
Did you work out who the forgotten god was?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on January 02, 2008, 11:50:41 AM
What forgotten god? ;)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: BathTub on January 02, 2008, 05:15:05 PM
:P
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on January 05, 2008, 09:45:44 AM
I just finished reading Bill Bryson's biography of Shakespeare:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513FVyeQDGL._SS500_.jpg)

It's an excellent read.  Perhaps concise at just 200 pages, but there's really much we know about Shakespeare (though compared with other notables of the time, it's quite a lot).  Bryson talks about the various theories about Shakespeare's life, loves, and identity, including informative and amusing background on Elizabethan and Jacobean England.  It holds off on any attempt at analyzing the plays, though it does briefly talk about the language Shakespeare used in them (to highlight his innovative use of words and to demonstrate Shakespeare's rural background).  If you want to know what we know about the man, rather than his works, then this is an excellent book.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RoninFox on January 05, 2008, 10:21:37 AM
What forgotten god? ;)

Oh wait, I know this one...damn...I did know it!

I'd finish that joke, but it shames me...
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: BathTub on January 05, 2008, 10:40:11 AM
It's not a joke, I really don't know who it was meant to be, and Neil Gaiman wasn't telling the last time I checked his site.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RoninFox on January 05, 2008, 10:56:47 AM
It's not a joke, I really don't know who it was meant to be, and Neil Gaiman wasn't telling the last time I checked his site.

Yes, but me saying that I knew who the god was, but forgot, is indeed a lame joke.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: the long undertow on January 07, 2008, 09:05:07 AM
I somehow didn't realize that Mona Lisa Overdrive was the 3rd book of the Sprawl trilogy and not the 2nd.  Luckily that didn't ruin the book for me.  I still can't believe I did that though...

As far as the forgotten god thing, I thought about it a little when I read that part, but I don't know how you could definitely be sure of what god it is supposed to be.  I stopped caring shortly after I finished the book.  Same with House of Leaves.  It's supposed to be a labyrinth in itself and there's supposedly a "correct path" through the book, but I don't see how you could figure out if you got it right or not, or how exactly it would change the book at all.  Meh.

Now I'm reading
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41e401vnfqL._AA240_.jpg)
No Country for Old Men
by Cormac McCarthy
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: LemSlaw on January 07, 2008, 12:59:50 PM
I'm rereading Norman Spinrad's Iron Dream, always makes me think about cons.  And I've been slowly reading The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps, a nice collection of crime stories from the 20's and 30's.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: deadheadpunk on January 07, 2008, 01:04:02 PM


Now I'm reading
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41e401vnfqL._AA240_.jpg)
No Country for Old Men
by Cormac McCarthy

when you're done reading this can you post your thoughts? i am debating putting this on my list since it looks interesting :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: the long undertow on January 07, 2008, 02:02:45 PM
No Country for Old Men
by Cormac McCarthy
when you're done reading this can you post your thoughts? i am debating putting this on my list since it looks interesting :)
I just finished it (started it Saturday).  It's a very easy, quick read.  His style is very sparse and understated, and everything flows smoothly.  I read it because I thought the movie was fantastic, and the book and movie are very similar.  The Coens changed very little.  Though having seen the movie, the book wasn't as thrilling because I knew what was going to happen, word for word in some cases.  Still a great story.  I plan on reading more of his stuff in the near future.

I would say if you're thinking about reading it, go for it.  It took me very little time at all to get through.  I was able to read large sections at a time without getting bored at all and only stopped because I had other things I needed to get done.  If you've seen the movie, it'll all feel very familiar, but there are enough little things for it to still feel fresh.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: deadheadpunk on January 08, 2008, 06:17:47 AM
i haven't seen the movie so maybe reading the book first will work to my advantage. I just picked up a bunch of books from borders yesterday (yay christmas giftcards) when i go back for a 2nd round i'll probably get this. thanks for your thoughts  :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on January 10, 2008, 02:03:24 AM
I just started and finished reading
Soon I will Be Invincible
(http://heliologue.com/img/albums/52_Books_in_52_Weeks_2007/sooniwillbeinvincible.jpg)

I couldn't put it down. In fact, I couldn't even shut my brain down to sleep until I finished it. In fact, my brain still won't shut off.

Anyway, yeah, a good book. I like the 2 narrirator approch. You end up feeling empathy for both characters. Lots of neat twists, cultural references, and subtle jokes.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on January 10, 2008, 06:21:56 AM
i can't find a  cover photo, but i am reading Middlemarch by Geroge Eliot
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: the long undertow on January 10, 2008, 07:25:33 AM
I just started and finished reading
Soon I will Be Invincible
I'm waiting for the paperback version as I wasn't all that thrilled with that cover design.

Currently reading
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The Forever War
by Joe Haldeman
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on January 10, 2008, 07:42:35 AM
I'm waiting for the paperback version as I wasn't all that thrilled with that cover design.


Yeah, not too thrilled with the Pink Helmet dust jacket or the Colorful Spandex hard cover. However, that is one of the odder reasons I've heard to wait for the softcover.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: the long undertow on January 10, 2008, 08:53:31 AM
I'm waiting for the paperback version as I wasn't all that thrilled with that cover design.


Yeah, not too thrilled with the Pink Helmet dust jacket or the Colorful Spandex hard cover. However, that is one of the odder reasons I've heard to wait for the softcover.
It's more that I prefer to not buy hardcovers in general, and despite hearing lots of positive things about that book, the cover keeps me from giving in.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: deadheadpunk on January 10, 2008, 09:45:50 AM
right now I've moved on to Stephen King's The Stand
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on January 10, 2008, 02:04:45 PM
I've bought a book called "Who Built the Moon," which I'm interested in reading. From the back cover, it seems the author thinks there are too many coincidences about the moon to be, well, coincidence.
This should be fun.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RoninFox on January 10, 2008, 03:14:34 PM
There are things about the moon that just seem...too odd to be chance.  It could just be paranoia talking though.

I have heard people theorize that seeing the moon was a defining moment in the development of human intelligence.  We saw something in the sky that behaved in a way nothing else in the sky did and our brains developed trying to figure out why.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on January 10, 2008, 04:57:08 PM
Thing is, I think he's pointing to aliens.

Just a general question: Why, when faced with some big mysterious thing, do people always assume some super- science answer?
The best some people can come up with to explain the unexplainable is aliens, or animals too big or elusive to be real, or hideously impractical government experiments. When did basic magic and miracles go out of vogue?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Ben on January 11, 2008, 07:08:58 AM
Currently reading MUSASHI, by Eiji Yoshikawa.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on January 11, 2008, 07:50:03 AM
Thing is, I think he's pointing to aliens.

Just a general question: Why, when faced with some big mysterious thing, do people always assume some super- science answer?
The best some people can come up with to explain the unexplainable is aliens, or animals too big or elusive to be real, or hideously impractical government experiments. When did basic magic and miracles go out of vogue?

Beginning from The Enlightenment onwards. Superstition didn't disappear it merely began to were the Groucho glasses of pseudoscience.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on January 11, 2008, 11:07:55 AM
Well, I'm taking it back for magic.

Crop circles are the aftermath of secret celtic rituals.
Bigfoot and Nessie are nature spirits.
Abductions are celestial ascentions.
UFO's are sprites, dragons, ghosts etc.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on January 11, 2008, 11:20:16 AM
Well, I'm taking it back for magic.

Crop circles are the aftermath of secret celtic rituals.
Bigfoot and Nessie are nature spirits.
Abductions are celestial ascentions.
UFO's are sprites, dragons, ghosts etc.

*smack

No. I'd rather deal with pseudoscientists than hippies and Wiccans.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on January 11, 2008, 11:27:38 AM
Crop circles are the aftermath of secret celtic rituals.
They are: the ritual of "too much scrumpy and easy access to a rope and a plank" (I am not bothering to translate that into Gaelic since only I would have got the joke most likely, though it would have looked cool)

Bigfoot and Nessie are nature spirits.
The first one sure, I kind of liked the pre science explanation of Nessie as a child eating lake monster with a dislike of livers, great holiday fun!

Abductions are celestial ascentions.
Or visits to Fairyland

UFO's are sprites, dragons, ghosts etc.
Wow as a Hindu I thought you'd go with them being literal Chariots of the Gods like the Vimanas
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on January 11, 2008, 04:07:56 PM
By the way, UFOs are, at best, weird reflections, and Nessie is driftwood. As for Bigfoot, I'm not sure. People can fool themselves quite easily, but...

Meanwhile, I'm going to start a thread on the Supernatural. I want to hear what people think of stuff like this.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on January 11, 2008, 07:55:32 PM
Where is it? Did you change you mind?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on January 11, 2008, 08:02:51 PM
Where is it? Did you change you mind?

In the ultimate irony, Junkyard's been abducted by aliens.   ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on January 11, 2008, 08:04:09 PM
Truly it is a mystery, perhaps Arthur C. Clarke and Leonard Nimoy can investigate. ;D

Actually his posting should have gone like this:

By the way, UFOs are, at best, weird reflections, and Nessie is driftwood. As for Bigfoot, I'm not sure. People can fool themselves quite easily, but...

Meanwhile, I'm going to start a thread on the Supernatural. I want to hear what people think of stuff like this.

What th.....
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And I had to Youtube it cause I couldn't get any of the quicktime files to work >:(
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on January 11, 2008, 09:02:37 PM
Gah, I was in the middle of Riffing when I wrote that. Forgot.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fortis on January 14, 2008, 01:29:01 PM
Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians! By Brandon Sanderson.

A Kids book more brilliantly written than harry potter
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on January 14, 2008, 07:18:48 PM
well i have put middlemarch on hold because it wasn't the first book we were reading for class. instead we are reading this book
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I already finished it. I was unimpressed. I don't think i like atwood very much
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Sideswipe on January 14, 2008, 08:07:27 PM
read it

(http://www.liavek.net/ford/pix/covers/Novels/HMFJTP.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: the long undertow on January 18, 2008, 07:17:18 AM
(http://lagesse.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/WindowsLiveWriter/Relaxingonice_6B0/180px-Mote_in_God's_eye_-_Amazon_thumb.jpg)
The Mote in God's Eye
by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Sideswipe on January 19, 2008, 10:23:43 AM
read it

(http://www.liavek.net/ford/pix/covers/Novels/HMFJTP.jpg)

Did you like it? It's definitely a weirdo Trek novel. Really unlike almost all the others.


Yeah, it definately is a strage book but I thought it was pretty entertaining.  Its definately not meant to be taken seriously.  LIght hearted and fun.  A good read.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RoninFox on January 19, 2008, 10:33:09 AM
read it

(http://www.liavek.net/ford/pix/covers/Novels/HMFJTP.jpg)

Did you like it? It's definitely a weirdo Trek novel. Really unlike almost all the others.


Yeah, it definately is a strage book but I thought it was pretty entertaining.  Its definately not meant to be taken seriously.  LIght hearted and fun.  A good read.

Might have to give that a shot.  The TOS era crew really lent itself to light hearted stuff better than any other.  Even when DS9 decided to do a comedy episode, they had to go back in time to Kirk's Enterprise to pull it off.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: k1 on January 21, 2008, 03:58:27 PM
A Year At The Movies by some guy

(http://www.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/7/9780060937867.jpg)

I'm in the middle of my 2nd attempt to finish this book.  My first attempt was thwarted when I left my AUTOGRAPHED COPY on my flight from Chicago to Boston that had a lovely 13 hours worth of delays.  They did the amazing delay for an hour or 3, cancel the flight, move everyone to a new one,  then get everyone on the plane and move the plane to a "holding area" (which from what I've heard from friends who work in the airlines, once people are loaded and they move the plane it counts as having left or something stupid so they can say they left on time instead of the 3 hours it actually was before we took off.  Never a good thing when you get to watch all of Casino Royale before they even do the safety instructions.  But I digress...)  Basically when I finally landed I just wanted to get off the plane.  Grabbed my iPod, but forgot the book.

So I bought it again.  And now I'm reading it again.  Hopefully I won't forget it again on my flight home.  I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of it before I left it.
I end
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: stansimpson on January 22, 2008, 02:59:44 PM
A Year At The Movies by some guy

(http://www.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/7/9780060937867.jpg)

I'm in the middle of my 2nd attempt to finish this book.  My first attempt was thwarted when I left my AUTOGRAPHED COPY on my flight from Chicago to Boston that had a lovely 13 hours worth of delays.  They did the amazing delay for an hour or 3, cancel the flight, move everyone to a new one,  then get everyone on the plane and move the plane to a "holding area" (which from what I've heard from friends who work in the airlines, once people are loaded and they move the plane it counts as having left or something stupid so they can say they left on time instead of the 3 hours it actually was before we took off.  Never a good thing when you get to watch all of Casino Royale before they even do the safety instructions.  But I digress...)  Basically when I finally landed I just wanted to get off the plane.  Grabbed my iPod, but forgot the book.

So I bought it again.  And now I'm reading it again.  Hopefully I won't forget it again on my flight home.  I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of it before I left it.
I end

I've really wanted to read this.  What are the pro's/con's?  Too long?  Too short?  Maybe an interesting tidbit to entice me to read the whole thing?  Overall, is it worth my time?  If the answer is 'no,' could you make sure Kevin doesn't find out?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Pak-Man on January 23, 2008, 02:03:58 AM
Yeah. "A Year at the Movies" is an awesome read. It makes you wanna drop everything and go to theatres all over the world. It's almost Kerouac-Like. :^)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on January 23, 2008, 05:22:58 PM
myth inc  volume 2

and

six great ideas
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on January 24, 2008, 08:39:21 PM
Just finished "Nor Crystal Tears" by Alan Dean Foster.
(http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/Humanx/img/cover_lg.jpg)
I love first contact novels. Can't help it.
I also like that while the narrirator was third person omnicient, it still seemed to favor the alien persective on things. Some things had to be figured out as you went along, but those things didn't keep you from understanding what was happening, a problem I've seen too often.
The characters had an element of realism and consitency, as well as depth.
It also postulates that humanity is a race of psychotics, and we essentially just need to work with a more levelheaded, logical race for both of us to achive our potentials.

The title comes from the third to last page, and i still don't know what the hell it means.
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Post by: bratpop on January 25, 2008, 03:17:08 AM
For those with less laziness than me (more... unlaziness?), there's a series of clips on YouTube (or Google) from a reading Kevin did of A Year At the Movies, with some Tom Servo-signings at the end. If that doesn't convince you to buy the book, nothing will.

BTW when I mentioned the laziness thing, I have the clips on my computer, I just don't feel like finding them online again and posting the links. But trust me, it's good stuff. There's also a really long clip (I think on Google) of Mike at some college or something, where he says things with his mouth, and reads a bit of his Batman & Robin review, and spends a really long time trying to figure out how to show a clip from House on Haunted Hill and turn the commentary on while he's trying to find the chapter in his book with the B&R review. Which is all fairly amusing. Though he plays the clip from the end of the movie which references characters people wouldn't know. (Call all that a P.S.)

Huh. What did I just post? Just doing my part to keep people from having to read books I guess.
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Post by: bettertomorrowamy on January 27, 2008, 03:10:29 PM
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Post by: Tripe on January 28, 2008, 05:26:45 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51NOgDr0wLL._AA240_.jpg)

It's rather slight but quite entertaining if you enjoy mythology and don't mind it being scuttled a little.
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Post by: Tripe on January 28, 2008, 05:51:02 AM
Depends on what you're looking for, it's more like a collected magazine serial than an actual novel.

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Post by: Tripe on January 28, 2008, 12:00:58 PM
This is more of a pissing contest between Apollo and Aphrodite (who is referred to as Apollo's aunt in this which sits odd with me as I always think of her the very youngest of the Titans making her Apollo's Great Aunt).
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Post by: Tripe on January 28, 2008, 12:13:37 PM
See I like the older version though. I know the others  (and you know they sort of had to keep the comming from the sea part due to her name) but the original one is the most satisfying.

EDIT: You know, as I was driving home it occurred to me that, even going with Hesiod Aphrodite is still Apollo's Aunt on his mother's side, she's his great aunt on his fathers (crazy incestuous Deities)
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Post by: Courtney on January 28, 2008, 02:46:47 PM
(http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b388/courtlynne/x10782.jpg)

Anything Wallace writes, I'll read.
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Post by: k1 on January 28, 2008, 03:55:07 PM
I recently re-read "Simplicity" by Mark Salomon (singer of the band Stavesacre)
(http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/imageDB.cgi?isbn=9780976035763)
(one of the 3 versions of the cover.  I couldn't find the original one that I have with the skeleton on it.)

I really enjoyed it, and could relate to quite a few things that were said in it.  (As both a musician and a Christian.)

You can find it online for pretty cheap.  Check eBay, Half.com, etc.
Here's one link:
http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=1-9780976035763-0
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Post by: Courtney on January 28, 2008, 06:54:01 PM
Anything Wallace writes, I'll read.

Interesting--my fiancee absolutely adores him; she's got his autograph and a postcard from him framed on her bookshelf. She still guilts me that she's read Tolkien and Pratchett but I haven't read any DFW.  I've agreed to look at some essays she's picked out in Lobster, but I really don't want to read Infinite Jest. TL;DR.

Read A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, or at least a couple of essays.  That's my favorite.  It's what made me a fan.
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Post by: Rodney on January 29, 2008, 09:04:48 AM
Read A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, or at least a couple of essays.  That's my favorite.  It's what made me a fan.

Agreed.  I'm not a big fan of essay colections, but I really enjoyed this one and read it pretty much straight through.
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Post by: Rodney on January 29, 2008, 09:06:53 AM
Ugh.  Somehow made my reply part of the quote above.   Sorry.  Repeating, re SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING etc....

"Agreed.  I'm not a big fan of essay colections, but I really enjoyed this one and read it pretty much straight through."
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Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on January 29, 2008, 02:14:14 PM
if audio books count then im listening to a couple of things, like this

power faith and fantasy

http://www.amazon.com/Power-Faith-Fantasy-America-Present/dp/0393330303/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201644753&sr=8-1

and this

on the wealth of nations

http://www.amazon.com/Wealth-Nations-Books-Changed-World/dp/0871139499/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201644782&sr=1-1

im also currently reading oliver twist

and

six great ideas by mortimer j adler

http://www.amazon.com/Six-Great-Ideas-Mortimer-Adler/dp/068482681X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201644822&sr=1-1

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Post by: gbeenie on January 30, 2008, 05:44:01 PM
I watched the Ultimate Avengers movies this past weekend, so I got inspired to go ahead and read the Ultimates books by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch.
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Post by: Junkyard on January 30, 2008, 06:53:08 PM
Never much liked the Ultimates. You see Hank chasing Jan with the bug spray, and all you can think is, "They're trying a little too hard."
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Post by: gbeenie on January 30, 2008, 07:17:36 PM
I didn't see it that way at all. I've seen enough domestic violence close-up to know how it can spiral out of control, just like that (not that I'm implying that "in control" domestic violence is laudable, either).
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Post by: Compound on January 30, 2008, 07:41:57 PM
...I'm going to refrain from a Mark Millar rant at this time. I'll just note that Red Son is a better work.
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Post by: Artie on January 30, 2008, 09:44:40 PM
I just finished reading

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513QNdCipyL._SS500_.jpg)

I haven't read a Wild Cards novel in ages (having skipped the books after the original 13(?) book series)

It was a fun read, and I'll be sure to pick up the other two books they plan on releasing the this year.
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Post by: bratpop on January 30, 2008, 09:55:08 PM
Somebody explain to me why exactly it is that only authors seem to have two middle initials?
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Post by: Tripe on January 31, 2008, 12:29:29 PM
Somebody explain to me why exactly it is that only authors seem to have two middle initials?

I have two middle initials, though I'm not a professional writer (thought I do write to a limited degree in my job).
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Post by: anais.jude on January 31, 2008, 12:44:13 PM
Somebody explain to me why exactly it is that only authors seem to have two middle initials?

I have two middle initials, though I'm not a professional writer (thought I do write to a limited degree in my job).

and they are..................................
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Post by: Tripe on January 31, 2008, 12:51:10 PM
E. and I.
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Post by: Compound on January 31, 2008, 12:56:01 PM
Ack! They snuck out another Wild Cards book?

Quick Robin, to the bookstore!
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Post by: anais.jude on January 31, 2008, 03:18:51 PM
E. and I.

My middle initial is T.

Is one of them your mom's maiden name? Or are they two different names?
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Post by: Tripe on January 31, 2008, 03:31:25 PM
One's my fathers name (and indeed a traditional family name) and the other indicates my family's left wing Catholicism
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Post by: k1 on January 31, 2008, 03:36:39 PM
I go by my middle name, so I guess I have a first initial instead of a middle one.
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Post by: bratpop on January 31, 2008, 05:56:50 PM
Quote
I'm currently reading Stephen R. Donaldson's (only one middle initial!) The Runes of Earth, the first book in the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
I'm waiting for him to actually finish all the books. You know, just in case he drops dead in the middle of it. 80 pages of backstory? Phew, I'm glad I remember the books well enough to not have to read that part. Though maybe it would have been better to read just those 80 pages.
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Post by: Kzinistzerg on January 31, 2008, 06:54:00 PM
Currently i'm rereading the Doom (based off the game) books. They're pretty well written; it's a pity they're so hard to find.
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Post by: RobtheBarbarian on January 31, 2008, 06:58:08 PM
Hey, I have those. They kind of lost me after the third though.
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Post by: deadheadpunk on February 01, 2008, 08:05:10 AM
Quote
I'm currently reading Stephen R. Donaldson's (only one middle initial!) The Runes of Earth, the first book in the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
I'm waiting for him to actually finish all the books. You know, just in case he drops dead in the middle of it. 80 pages of backstory? Phew, I'm glad I remember the books well enough to not have to read that part. Though maybe it would have been better to read just those 80 pages.

Well it starts out with a fairly lengthy (10 pages or so) "What has come before."  The 80 pages here are Linden Avery in her post-2nd Chronicles life and such, but yeah, she doesn't get to the Land until page 80 or 81.

To be fair, it's pretty good, suspenseful, spooky stuff.  I think this is not going to be a fun ride...

how many books has this guy written so far?
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Post by: bratpop on February 01, 2008, 04:32:44 PM
He also did some books about The Gap or something. I haven't read them because I prefer Old Navy.
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Post by: Tripe on February 01, 2008, 08:12:07 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51WSDVW5VPL._SS500_.jpg)
horrible image, I know
Middleton's great and if you've never read him do yourself a favor and check out some of his (tons and tons of) plays.

This is a collection of four of his City Comedies: A Mad World My Masters, Michaelmas Term, A trick to Catch the Old One & No Wit, No Help Like a Woman's
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Post by: anais.jude on February 03, 2008, 06:56:04 PM
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I am reading this for the novel as a genre
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/middlemarch.jpg)
as well as this, but we are reading it in stages. We have to have read the second section by thursday
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/thingsfallapart.jpg)
this is for Literature of the African Diaspora
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Post by: mrbasehart on February 03, 2008, 06:58:53 PM
I haven't read Middlemarch, and as elegant a writer as George Eliot is, her books bore me to tears.  :)  I crawled through Silas Marner and barely made it to the end of Mill on the Floss. 
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Post by: bratpop on February 03, 2008, 07:02:16 PM
I just finished I Am Legend (Plus Other Children's Stories). Richard Matheson is a sick mofo. He makes Stephen King look like Beverly Cleary.
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Post by: TeamRAD on February 03, 2008, 10:22:59 PM

For amusement, I'm currently reading Christopher Moore's "Coyote Ugly", yikes...Freudian slip..."Coyote Blue".

To appease my sabermetric-geeky baseball tendencies, I'm reading Alan Schwarz's "The Numbers Game".

And I'm paging through Sagan's Demon-Haunted World & Wilson's Outsider for some references/inspiration in fleshing out the novel that will take me in the likelihood of another 4 years to complete.
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Post by: Dim of the Yard on February 03, 2008, 11:03:24 PM
(http://www.ofertondelibros.com/images/large/isbn978030/9780306811036-l.jpg)

Tore my way through it during the Superbowl.  The book is essentially a collection of letters that Groucho sent to his daughter, Miriam, from before she was in her double digits to about ten years before Groucho passed away.  There are some comments from Miriam that explain who is who in the letters, or what was going on around the time that the letter was sent, but apart from these, the letters speak for themselves.  Not a bad read in the least; Groucho is quite skilled in the art of letter-writing, and the letters show a different side of him, one that's made me rethink my take on the guy.
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Post by: anais.jude on February 04, 2008, 09:50:54 AM
I haven't read Middlemarch, and as elegant a writer as George Eliot is, her books bore me to tears.  :)  I crawled through Silas Marner and barely made it to the end of Mill on the Floss. 

i think that is why my prof is having us read it in sections. plus, since the novel was released in sections we get to feel like readers in the days of yore. except they didn't have lost to distract them
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Post by: Tripe on February 04, 2008, 10:02:32 AM
They did have the search for Livingstone and the Mary Celeste to fulfil that distraction function
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Post by: Halifirien on February 12, 2008, 12:17:01 PM
I'm reading Frank Herbert's The Green Brain, which I bought over the weekend. The beginning threw me off a little -- this is one of those cases where I'd like a little more exposition just so I can tell what's going on -- but I'm starting to get into it. I think it's something that'll work better for me on a second reading, when I have a handle on the entire situation. It definitely reflects the ecological interests he displayed throughout the Dune books.

I also finished the sixth TPB of The Walking Dead, since i can't get enough of zombies.
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Post by: Kzinistzerg on February 12, 2008, 04:23:22 PM
Reading through P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves books-- I've gotten through Carry on, Jeeves and am nearly through Very Good, Jeeves. Love that guy's writing!
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Post by: DarthChimay on February 12, 2008, 11:16:44 PM
Right now, I'm reading Misquoting Jesus by Dr. Bart Ehrman, A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman, and Marvels by Kurt Busiek (one of my favorite comic writers).
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Post by: Mr.Quark on February 13, 2008, 09:16:27 PM
Been reading the Dresden Files series. Excellent stories. The Sci-fi series didn't do the books justice.
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Post by: Natureboy on February 16, 2008, 02:29:24 PM
Dean Koontz - The Husband
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Post by: deadheadpunk on February 19, 2008, 09:56:22 AM
i've set 'The Stand' aside for now as I just can't bring myself to read anymore S.King.

so i'm drifting off reading 'Kushiels Dart- by J. Carey..
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Post by: MarkAndrew on February 19, 2008, 10:06:39 AM
I'm reading Broken Sword, a facinating account of the Battle of Midway from the Japanese perspective.

I'm also starting 'The flight of the Eisenstein' tonight, from the surprisingly interesting 'Horus Heresy' series.
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Post by: DixieRoadrash on February 24, 2008, 05:07:52 PM
I am currently trying to educate myself with the finer things in life by reading the classics that have eluded me for so long. Such as the writings of Mark Twain and Homer.

I know, I am uncultured swine.
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Post by: RoninFox on February 24, 2008, 05:15:45 PM
I am currently trying to educate myself with the finer things in life by reading the classics that have eluded me for so long. Such as the writings of Mark Twain and Homer.

I know, I am uncultured swine.

At least you're getting to them eventually.

I'm in the midst of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (My roommate gave me a stack of HP books to borrow, wanting me to read through them before the last couple movies come out.) and I finally picked up a copy of Hogfather on Tripe's suggestion from way back.  It's not often a book can convince me of it's greatness with a single sentence but as soon as I read "Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree." I pretty much knew I had started something good.
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Post by: Fortis on February 24, 2008, 11:11:57 PM
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n2/n12993.jpg)

I wasn't sure how I thought about this book that I started today...until I realized that in one sitting I had read over 200 pages. So yeah, I like it.

The first book was fantastic, but it has been several months since I have read that and started reading this, I need to settle into it more before I make a final decision on whether this book gets added to my reread list.

To be honest I bought this book at a signing when I met the author, he was really cool and gave me a lot of advice on how to get my books published, so I bought a couple of his books since they were all cheap and I could get them signed right there. So even though these books started out as me being polite, they are a really good read so far.
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Post by: Tripe on February 25, 2008, 05:48:06 AM
When I read the title I though it was a novel detailing further (or rather previous) adventures of Grégoire de Fronsac  and Mani. Which incidentally would rock (Especially if Sylvia turned up as well). :)
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Post by: Tripe on February 25, 2008, 05:52:23 AM
Indeed mmmmm

But her character is excellent too.
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Post by: Fortis on February 25, 2008, 11:41:49 AM
This isn't the guy who writes his books in the present tense, is it?

Hm, after looking around, I think that's L.E. Modesitt. I read one, pure shit, didn't read any others.

Similar covers though, looks like Darryl K. Sweet illustrating.

Yeah the guy who did that cover art is the same guy who does cover art for the wheel of time and lots of other fantasy books. The author says he gets a lot of sales from people who are giving his books as gifts thinking they are the wheel of time books.

I guess you really can't judge a book by its cover....somebody slap me for that.
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Post by: Junkyard on March 06, 2008, 04:25:59 AM
Just finished Food of the Gods and Invisible Man by H.G. Wells. FotG had more political and social commentary, while IM had more scientific speculation and fun.
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Post by: Doctor Who? on March 08, 2008, 08:28:08 PM
Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

So far it is a very enjoyable book,it's even better then the movie.  B.Traven is a master of pacing and decribing things in a way that doesn't bore you.  Today writers could learn a lot from him.
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Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on March 08, 2008, 09:00:06 PM
lords and ladies, terry pratchet.  woot
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Post by: bratpop on March 09, 2008, 01:06:34 AM
I'm reading Conan the Freebooter and so far I only REALLY like one of the stories. The 300-ish war stories are boring, and the "pirate story rewritten as a Conan story" stuff doesn't really work.
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Post by: anais.jude on March 09, 2008, 10:59:03 AM
Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

So far it is a very enjoyable book,it's even better then the movie.  B.Traven is a master of pacing and decribing things in a way that doesn't bore you.  Today writers could learn a lot from him.


Oh, i read that a while back. I was surprised at how much i liked it. V awesome
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Post by: Doctor Who? on March 09, 2008, 07:21:51 PM
I am about half way done with it and i have to say it is already one of my favorite books.

I love the way it give you so much detail with out getting stuck in long periods of nothing but details.

It really is an entertaining book.
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Post by: Tripe on March 11, 2008, 05:05:22 AM
I just finished (listening to an unabridged version of) this:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Which was overall quite good; it features a boy whose uncle has killed his father and now marries his mother, and the ghost of his father has returned to tell him that he needs to take revenge.  Sound familiar? That's right, it's a retelling of
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

You have to visit my favorite jewelry shop, you may wonder why it's named for a cartoon parrot ;)
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Post by: anais.jude on March 11, 2008, 06:31:09 AM
I just finished (listening to an unabridged version of) this:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Which was overall quite good; it features a boy whose uncle has killed his father and now marries his mother, and the ghost of his father has returned to tell him that he needs to take revenge.  Sound familiar? That's right, it's a retelling of
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

It's written in the style of an 11-year old; I don't know how this plays out in reading the book, but the audiobook was -read- by a 12 year old boy, so it was very "authentic" sounding and quite enjoyable in that medium.  The ending of the book was rather disappointing, but I think I can still say that on the whole I enjoyed it.


*Yes, I'm being sarcastic.


BRILLIANT!

It reminds me of when i listened to "The Curious Incident of the dog int he nighttime" The 1st person narrator is autisitc and the performance sounded very young. it def added tot he brilliance of the book
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Post by: BassBone on March 16, 2008, 11:32:11 PM
I am rereading The Protector's War by S.M. Stirling now.
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Post by: BassBone on March 17, 2008, 10:54:56 AM
Factual errors? Which one? And what's wrong with lesbian love scenes?
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Post by: BassBone on March 18, 2008, 12:52:01 AM
Well, dead languages are hard to research. That doesn't bother me so much. As for the love scenes/blowjob scenes, the former wouldn't seem out of place to you if it were a man and a woman, no? Why should it be different for two women? And the latter was there to show just what a prick Walker was, if I recall correctly. I haven't read the Nantucket series in a while.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on March 18, 2008, 09:14:05 AM
For a class on Mexican History, I have to read Diego Rivera's autobiography, "My Art, My Life."

First impression: This man is full of shit. He is absolutely shamelss in his lying. And he likes himself a lot.

Second impressions: The writing is poetic, if you can avoid realizing for one moment the absurdity of what he is writing.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on March 18, 2008, 09:40:37 AM
Have you seen his work? He really deserved to be full of himself.
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Post by: DarthChimay on March 18, 2008, 02:47:57 PM
I'm reading Michael Shermer's The Mind of the Market. Very interesting stuff. He compares the theory of evolution to economics and shows a lot of parallels (while also admitting to differences). It's a very libertarian look. I'm not certain I totally agree with him, but then again, I don't know enough about economics to make a fully informed decision.
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Post by: bettertomorrowamy on March 18, 2008, 08:39:36 PM
For a class on Mexican History, I have to read Diego Rivera's autobiography, "My Art, My Life."

First impression: This man is full of shit. He is absolutely shamelss in his lying. And he likes himself a lot.

Second impressions: The writing is poetic, if you can avoid realizing for one moment the absurdity of what he is writing.

Frida Kahlo's self-portraits are amazing as well.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: fortytwice on March 18, 2008, 10:11:38 PM
Right now I'm reading "Dexter in the Dark" by Jeff Lindsay

The first two books were great, but this one is starting to get a little too supernatural for my taste. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on March 19, 2008, 02:54:17 AM
For a class on Mexican History, I have to read Diego Rivera's autobiography, "My Art, My Life."

First impression: This man is full of shit. He is absolutely shamelss in his lying. And he likes himself a lot.

Second impressions: The writing is poetic, if you can avoid realizing for one moment the absurdity of what he is writing.

Frida Kahlo's self-portraits are amazing as well.

Amazingly fugly.

Well if you want your art to be realistic portraiture and romanticized landscapes you should probably stick to Renaissance works.
Art of the last few centuries has focused on internal self-discovery.  She didn't create murals like her husband did, and she didn't have any patrons she was working for so her art was of a very personal nature.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on March 19, 2008, 04:49:08 AM
Yeah Frida was pretty talented, though personally I think Diego had significantly more talent.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on March 19, 2008, 06:21:01 AM
Most of Diego's work was commissioned and financed.  It is amazing.  Kahlo's was very personal.  It's hard to compare the two for me.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on March 19, 2008, 06:25:13 AM
Yeah but the majority of art throughout time has had patrons, that's really how it has always worked: Talented and poor artist "sponging" off a rich benefactor. Also Diego wasn't exactly all that deferential to his patrons. Ford hated the courtyard.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on March 19, 2008, 10:30:45 AM
Yeah but the majority of art throughout time has had patrons, that's really how it has always worked: Talented and poor artist "sponging" off a rich benefactor. Also Diego wasn't exactly all that deferential to his patrons. Ford hated the courtyard.

I'm not saying it's a bad thing that he was actually a working artist, just that his wife wasn't and still produced what she did.
He definitely didn't compromise his work as much as they wanted him to, but there had to be a little while his wife was painting for cathartic reasons.
It's just hard to compare two artists for me.  Especially when they have very distinctly different styles.
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Post by: Tripe on March 19, 2008, 10:45:42 AM
I was always partial to Magritte really but Joseph Wright is very good as well.
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Post by: bettertomorrowamy on March 19, 2008, 10:48:15 AM

Well if you want your art to be realistic portraiture and romanticized landscapes you should probably stick to Renaissance works.
Art of the last few centuries has focused on internal self-discovery.  She didn't create murals like her husband did, and she didn't have any patrons she was working for so her art was of a very personal nature.

Meh, internal self-discovery is just another word for blind egocentrism.  I much prefer the pre-Raphaelites for painters.

Well then you appreciate artisans more than artists.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on March 19, 2008, 11:08:35 AM
There's an overlap in sensibilities between the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and those within the Arts and Crafts movement, that might be what Amy's getting at.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: DarthChimay on March 19, 2008, 12:44:26 PM
Right now I'm reading "Dexter in the Dark" by Jeff Lindsay

The first two books were great, but this one is starting to get a little too supernatural for my taste. 

I had the same problem with that book. I also really didn't like how Dexter lost his will to kill. He went from being a narcissistic anti-hero to being just a prick.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on March 19, 2008, 12:44:59 PM

Well if you want your art to be realistic portraiture and romanticized landscapes you should probably stick to Renaissance works.
Art of the last few centuries has focused on internal self-discovery.  She didn't create murals like her husband did, and she didn't have any patrons she was working for so her art was of a very personal nature.

Meh, internal self-discovery is just another word for blind egocentrism.  I much prefer the pre-Raphaelites for painters.

Well then you appreciate artisans more than artists.

Why do you say that? Not that I don't think it's true--I think this is probably very true. But I'm curious why you say that.

Artisans are concerned more with creating a clean, finished product.  Artists are concerned with expressing themselves through the product.
But they both overlap.  There is a spectrum. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Junkyard on March 20, 2008, 07:11:38 AM
Okay, I'm further in, and the douche is a cannibal. If he's telling the truth, that is.
And while I'm sure his art is nice, I have no real concept of it. I just have no appreciation for art in general. And I make no apologies for it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fortis on March 21, 2008, 02:58:09 PM
(http://trashotron.com/agony/images/2003/03-reviews/nelson-death_rat.jpg)

One of the most brilliant books ever written. Proof once again, that Mike Nelson is a genius.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fortis on March 22, 2008, 12:08:48 PM
(http://trashotron.com/agony/images/2003/03-reviews/nelson-death_rat.jpg)

One of the most brilliant books ever written. Proof once again, that Mike Nelson is a genius.

Yeah, I found it pretty uninspired and not very funny.  I was sort of shocked that Nelson wasn't hilarious.

Well then we will have to agree to disagree. Its one of those things where you go in expecting some hilarious book because it has Mike Nelson's name on it, but instead you actually get a serious story and characters you care about.

I was a little dissapointed at the lack of hilarity in it, but the story was brilliant. It was a coming of age story, for a guy pushing 60, how can it get any better?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fortis on March 25, 2008, 10:38:14 AM
(http://bluepyramid.org/ia/tfotrjrrt.jpg)


The only book that I can't read in a very short amount of time. I love to read, but Tolkien's words force me to slow down and think about them...I'm still waiting for another book that will do the same for me.

In my opinion Tolkien puts Shakespeare to shame when it comes to putting words together. I mean, Tolkien has invented several languages, Shakespeare was just a story thief.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on March 25, 2008, 10:42:00 AM
In my opinion Tolkien puts Shakespeare to shame when it comes to putting words together. I mean, Tolkien has invented several languages, Shakespeare was just a story thief.

Who contributed over 20,000 new words, to say nothing of the phrases, to the English languauge, a real language that is actually used by real people.  ;)

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fortis on March 25, 2008, 12:09:28 PM
In my opinion Tolkien puts Shakespeare to shame when it comes to putting words together. I mean, Tolkien has invented several languages, Shakespeare was just a story thief.

Who contributed over 20,000 new words, to say nothing of the phrases, to the English languauge, a real language that is actually used by real people.  ;)

What...don't you speak Elvish?  ::)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on March 25, 2008, 12:11:32 PM
Well of course, it helps me communicate with the bloke that works down at the chip shop, I swear he's elvish. :rimshot:
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on March 25, 2008, 12:14:03 PM
Just bought No Country for Old Men.

The movie is very much like the book. It's pretty good so far, once you get used to McCarthy's style of writing.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: BassBone on March 25, 2008, 01:09:38 PM
In my opinion Tolkien puts Shakespeare to shame when it comes to putting words together. I mean, Tolkien has invented several languages, Shakespeare was just a story thief.

Who contributed over 20,000 new words, to say nothing of the phrases, to the English languauge, a real language that is actually used by real people.  ;)

What...don't you speak Elvish?  ::)

Sindarin or Quenya?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on March 25, 2008, 01:12:42 PM
In my opinion Tolkien puts Shakespeare to shame when it comes to putting words together. I mean, Tolkien has invented several languages, Shakespeare was just a story thief.

Who contributed over 20,000 new words, to say nothing of the phrases, to the English languauge, a real language that is actually used by real people.  ;)

What...don't you speak Elvish?  ::)

Sindarin or Quenya?

I speak Jive.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fortis on March 25, 2008, 01:36:05 PM
In my opinion Tolkien puts Shakespeare to shame when it comes to putting words together. I mean, Tolkien has invented several languages, Shakespeare was just a story thief.

Who contributed over 20,000 new words, to say nothing of the phrases, to the English languauge, a real language that is actually used by real people.  ;)

What...don't you speak Elvish?  ::)

Sindarin or Quenya?

Depends...the High Elves tend to use Quenya for their speaking, while the common elvish is Sindarin...

So I ask again...
Pedich i lam edhellen?  ::)    That was Sindarin just so you know...Oh, and for a cool website that translates everything that the people say in all forms of Sindarin and Quenya in the Lord of the rings movies go here...

http://www.councilofelrond.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Content&file=index&action=ViewContent&cid=4       

It spells out the elvish for you, gives you a literal translation, and a normal translation, it also translates the elvish said that didn't have subtitles. Like Legolas' lament for Merry and Pippin...
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Hiro hyn hîdh ab’wanath.
which means...
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May they find peace after death...

Or the spell that Arwen spoke to the waters to make them rise up against the ringwraiths...
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Nîn o chithaeglir, lasto beth daer; Rimmo nîn Bruinen dan in Ulaer.
which means...
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Waters from the Misty Mountains, listen to the great word; Flow waters of the Loudwater against the Ringwraiths.

Pretty awesome of I may say so. That website itself actually has lots of tools if you have the time to learn elvish... (The nerd inside me cries out in joy...while my brain says, you're kidding me right?)

So its pretty fun. And I actually did try to learn Quenya when I was in 8th grade...I even got to the point where I could write using their awesome alphabet (I can't now), but I just didn't have the patience to do it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: BassBone on March 25, 2008, 02:34:51 PM
In the book I am reading now (aforementioned as The Protector's War by S.M. Stirling) there is a woman who has formed a unit called the Dunedain Rangers. Their official languages are Sindarin and American Sign Language.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on March 26, 2008, 10:59:25 AM
I've been on a reading frenzy lately - with three whole books!

My Boring-Ass Life: Basically Kevin Smith's online diary slapped inbetween the covers of a book.  It's pretty entertaining, with some really great stories involving Jason Mewes' drug addiction and Smith's experiences on set of Die Hard 4.  It helps if you're a fan.

Death Rat: I liked it, with some nicely veiled attacks on who I presume is Garrison Keiller and Prince.  It's a pretty quick read too, perfect for those quiet shifts at work.  ;)

Down and Dirty Pictures: Peter Biskind's official follow-up to the excellent Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is an examination of the rise of the independent film in the mid-80s to its commericialization 15 years later.   The book recounts both the rise of the Sundance Film Festival and Miramax, both with startling anecdotes about the people who run them.  It's a fascinating tale, made all the more riveting because all the people mentioned in the book are still involved with the film industry.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fortis on March 26, 2008, 11:04:32 AM
Death Rat: I liked it, with some nicely veiled attacks on who I presume is Garrison Keiller and Prince.  It's a pretty quick read too, perfect for those quiet shifts at work.  ;)

Its good to know somebody else liked this besides me. It is a quick read, and a lot of fun. But I get an even bigger kick out of the book because I have always imagined King Leo to be like this guy...

(guy on the left)
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How can you not get a kick out of King Leo when you imagine that guy with a sleeveless turtleneck, red leather pants, and a bear skin cape...

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Compound on April 01, 2008, 03:29:53 PM
The title comes from the third to last page, and i still don't know what the hell it means.

Junkyard,

IIRC, when the thranx "cried" they didn't emit liquids,  just resin-y crystals. I think. It's been a while since I read Foster.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bratpop on April 01, 2008, 10:50:54 PM
That sounds like such a ripoff of Gumby: The Movie.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on April 02, 2008, 06:37:07 PM
Well me and Tripe (so far) are reading this: "Novel Without a Name"  in the official Rifftrax Book Club!  Anybody else want to read it with us?
   
46 of 50 people found the following review helpful:
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Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on April 02, 2008, 06:42:23 PM
So far it's got Orangutan soup, but no elvish dwarfs or star children.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on April 02, 2008, 08:33:35 PM
Well me and Tripe (so far) are reading this: "Novel Without a Name"  in the official Rifftrax Book Club!  Anybody else want to read it with us?

BOYCOTT THE BOOK CLUB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on April 02, 2008, 08:39:21 PM
Well me and Tripe (so far) are reading this: "Novel Without a Name"  in the official Rifftrax Book Club!  Anybody else want to read it with us?

BOYCOTT THE BOOK CLUB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The more you tighten your grip, Anais, the more book club readers will slip through your fingers.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on April 03, 2008, 05:20:50 AM
So far it's got Orangutan soup, but no elvish dwarfs or star children.

But Quan has met a troll of sorts.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on April 03, 2008, 05:47:32 AM
So far it's got Orangutan soup, but no elvish dwarfs or star children.

But Quan has met a troll of sorts.

Oh yeah, a horny Troll at that.  You like horny female Trolls don't you Imrahil?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on April 03, 2008, 05:49:02 AM
She's well meaning though, albeit disgusting.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: BassBone on April 03, 2008, 10:45:02 AM
So far it's got Orangutan soup, but no elvish dwarfs or star children.

But Quan has met a troll of sorts.

Oh yeah, a horny Troll at that.  You like horny female Trolls don't you Imrahil?

Female trolls are Trollops. And yes!

Pervert...

or is it Pervect?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: BassBone on April 03, 2008, 03:13:41 PM
"Clod," eh? An apt description! (kidding)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on April 03, 2008, 05:51:52 PM
Definitely not a Jahk...

"Has Danny Zucco turned Jahk?"
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bratpop on April 08, 2008, 05:05:41 AM
I just finished The Making of Tank Girl. To think I desperately wanted this book for years. Funny how I thought it would give me some insight to the making of Tank Girl. There's some interesting pictures and a few trivial anecdotes, but it's supremely flimsy and it ends out of nowhere. Of course it was written before the movie came out, but still. I thought they only made crappy cash-in books for the American market.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bratpop on April 08, 2008, 07:43:44 AM
Knowledge is power. That, and I'd already read every other book ever written at least 5,000 times. And if you get that reference, you get a maaagic cookie.

Besides, they were all out of The Making of Roadhouse.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on April 08, 2008, 11:14:02 AM
I'm starting "The Black Tattoo" and "Dragonworld". The former has a promising looking back-of-the-novel summary, but I'm still waiting for it to really pull me in and/or start making sense. The latter was something I put off reading for a long time cause it didn't look that inventive, but is actually turning out to be quite intriguing and engaging, and it looks to offer a wholly unheard of perspective on Teh Dragunz.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: basselope on April 11, 2008, 12:29:05 PM
Journey to the West        generally attributed to  Wu Cheng'en

Some of you may remember the SciFi mini series "The Monkey King". That's what got me interested, and when I found the 4 volume set through an Amazon dealer for $10.00, well heck.
I know it was written in the late 1500's, but I'm tellin' ya... they must have had some good home-grown back then.
I'm very nearly done with it................... I've only got about 300 more pages to go.   (party for me!)  :highfive:
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on April 11, 2008, 12:30:17 PM
Which translation is that?

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: basselope on April 12, 2008, 09:33:02 AM
Which translation is that?

http://www.amazon.com/Journey-West-4-Boxed-Set/dp/7119016636/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1208016544&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Journey-West-4-Boxed-Set/dp/7119016636/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1208016544&sr=8-1)
translated by W.J.F. Jenner  circa 1993. Looks like $19.00 USD is the best dealer rate now.

Not that I really have anything to compare it to, but I think he did a pretty good job of sticking to the "feel" of the original text. There were a lot of poetic vignettes in the story... some of which were translated (seemingly) verbatim, so they lose their rhythm. Others translated to keep the rhythm, but they feel kind of clunky at times.

If you're thinking of reading it (assuming you haven't already) be prepared. It's about 2300 pages, single spaced, small type face. Much of the time you have to just go with the flow and not try to pick up on every little reference. Many of the characters have multiple names (Monkey, Sun Wukong, Great Sage equaling Heaven,etc) which are used higglty-pigglty and may be shortened, mixed or thoroughly ignored (same character as before referred to as The Mind Ape)

And there are a lot of colloquial references thrown in as well. Still, I've enjoyed it. I highly recommend watching Sci-Fi's "The Monkey King" just to get a feel for the subject. It's a good mini-series even if you don't plan on reading the books.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on April 12, 2008, 09:41:52 AM
I have read it, I like the Waley translation better(I wish he'd translated more of the novel), but ask Imrahil about my liking of 19th century translation. ;D

I grew up watching the NTV adaptation of the book. Do a youtube search for Monkey Magic

Oh and aparently Damon Alban from Blur wrote an opera based on Journey to the West, I've not seen it but I'd like to if I can find a way to.

Have you read The Romance of the Three Kingdoms or The Water Margin/Outlaws of the Marsh? If not give those a go  :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: basselope on April 12, 2008, 10:20:24 AM
I have read it, I like the Waley translation better(I wish he'd translated more of the novel), but ask Imrahil about my liking of 19th century translation. ;D

It may be awhile before I could start over again.  :D Thanks for the Waley tip... I'll definitely remember that!

OK Imrahil, clue me in!  ;D

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I grew up watching the NTV adaptation of the book. Do a youtube search for Monkey Magic
Cool! I'll do that!
And I'm sure you probably already know, but Archive.org has a Chinese production of "Princess Iron Fan" based on these books posted. Subtitles are linked to as well.
http://www.archive.org/details/princess_iron_fan (http://www.archive.org/details/princess_iron_fan)

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Oh and aparently Damon Alban from Blur wrote an opera based on Journey to the West, I've not seen it but I'd like to if I can find a way to.
Blur Studios! Great stuff there. I managed to snag "Aunt Luisa", "In the Rough", "Rockfish" and" Gopher Broke" before they took them down.
Big thanks on that one!

Doh! not Blur Studios. My mistook.  :-[

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Have you read The Romance of the Three Kingdoms or The Water Margin/Outlaws of the Marsh? If not give those a go  :)

I noticed them and thought I might give Outlaws a go. What would you recommend? I'm pretty flexible.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on April 12, 2008, 11:16:44 AM
What's Blur Studios?

Ok as for editions well I was going to see what is now available and I found this version (http://dw3k.com/newrotkebook/) of Romance of the Three Kingdoms which, after an admittedly cursory glance, isn't too bad and has a nice presentation.

As for The Water Margin Shapiro (http://www.amazon.com/Outlaws-Marsh-Chinese-Classics-Boxed/dp/7119016628/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1208024124&sr=1-1) is a good one though the woman that wrote The Good Earth also did one back in the '30s. That's probably not all that good though it was apparently very popular in its day.

What this does make me think is that I need to read Dream of the Red Chamber which I've never actually done.

Oooh now there's a future title for the Rifftrax book club :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: basselope on April 12, 2008, 03:51:31 PM
Blur Studios is an animation company. I'm sure you've seen their work without knowing it.
Here's a low res version of In The Rough, about 4 minutes. This should give you an idea of their more traditional animation.
http://www.atomfilms.com/film/rough.jsp (http://www.atomfilms.com/film/rough.jsp)
hehehehe... I still giggle.  :D

Dude! three Kingdoms looks great! I'll be checking that one out! With the others you mentioned, it looks like my reading may be planned for a while.

As long as we're on the subject of translated texts, I should mention this one:
http://www.invisiblebooks.com/Amduat.htm (http://www.invisiblebooks.com/Amduat.htm)
I haven't dug into the details that much, but apparently this is the first time it's been translated in the last 100 years.Only the first half so far. in PDF form. I seem to recall that this was translated from the version found in Ramesses II's tomb. It's a little esoteric, but I love touching on the heartbeats of other cultures. The older the better. Makes me realize how different we can be... and just how much we are the same.

As an aside, if you ever run across a video copy of John Romer's BBC series "Testament" snatch that puppy up and name your price! Only available for around $700.00 now.... comes with Broadcast rights too! (yea, I'll be doin' that!  ::) )

Hey! I just realized something... you people are seriously infringing on my ability to be abnormal in any given crowd.
Stop it!..... You Stop it right now!
 :angry:
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: BassBone on April 12, 2008, 03:54:52 PM
How long has it been since you read The Last Basselope?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: basselope on April 12, 2008, 05:32:04 PM
How long has it been since you read The Last Basselope?

To be perfectly honest..... the first week it was released.
Gotta love Berkley!  :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on April 13, 2008, 06:50:56 AM
Blur Studios is an animation company. I'm sure you've seen their work without knowing it.
Here's a low res version of In The Rough, about 4 minutes. This should give you an idea of their more traditional animation.
http://www.atomfilms.com/film/rough.jsp (http://www.atomfilms.com/film/rough.jsp)
hehehehe... I still giggle.  :D

You know they probably could do a good version of Journey to the West, certainly the parts before Monkey's imprisonment.


As an aside, if you ever run across a video copy of John Romer's BBC series "Testament" snatch that puppy up and name your price! Only available for around $700.00 now.... comes with Broadcast rights too! (yea, I'll be doin' that!  ::) )
One of my favorite popular History/Archeology series EVER, the accompanying book was great too. I might have to track that down :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: basselope on April 13, 2008, 07:43:11 AM
One of my favorite popular History/Archeology series EVER, the accompanying book was great too. I might have to track that down :)

What ever it takes, brother... count me in! The closest I've come so far is a Reference Section copy (can't be checked out) in a college 60 miles away, and an invitation only torrent site in the UK... so maddeningly close!

You can try a library search for your area.
http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/18763642&tab=holdings?loc=Dayton+OH#tabs (http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/18763642&tab=holdings?loc=Dayton+OH#tabs)
In my case, the first three no longer have it in their collection, but it only takes a minute to call and ask.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bratpop on April 14, 2008, 03:11:49 AM
Why did they have to rename the TV series "The Monkey King"? It would've got even worse ratings if it had been called that.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on April 14, 2008, 06:28:08 AM
woooooooooooooooooo

lotr for the fourth time
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: basselope on April 14, 2008, 06:03:44 PM
Ok as for editions well I was going to see what is now available and I found this version (http://dw3k.com/newrotkebook/) of Romance of the Three Kingdoms which, after an admittedly cursory glance, isn't too bad and has a nice presentation.

Not  sure if you caught it or not, but the site is mostly about a modernized version of the books, though they do have what appears to be the full text of the "original" in a free e-book .exe. Doesn't look like the .exe does anything funny.
http://dw3k.com/rotk.html (http://dw3k.com/rotk.html)

I nabbed chapters 1 thru 63 of the "New" Kingdoms as well. I'll give it a go... just as soon as I finish the other four books I'm reading.  ;D
Thx again!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on April 15, 2008, 10:00:38 AM
Currently reading Glen Cook's Dreams of Steel (5th book of The Black Company series) So far so good, they changed "narrators" so it's a bit odd in that aspect...but it feels like a Black Company book, and that's really all I'm asking for with it.

Next up, probably going to go the next book in Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen - Deadhouse Gates. I wasn't too big of a fan of the debut, but people have been pretty insistent that the rest of the series is vastly superior.

(BTW, hello...I'm a huge fantasy/sci-fi geek, as should be fairly obvious since my "hello" post is in the reading thread :P )
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Mrs. C on April 15, 2008, 08:12:56 PM
Imrahil, I LOVE that series!  I just re-read it in January for the fourth time.
I agree about the sexes thing, and also how very defined the different personality of the nationalities are... but they're still such good books.
Great characters. Durnik and Porenn are my favorites.

Just read Water for Elephants - couldn't put it down
and The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things and How To Do Them by Peter Sagal.  Great in parts.

Looking for something new.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Mrs. C on April 15, 2008, 09:04:29 PM
I'm a sucker for stuff I know I like.  I do it with movies, too.  I'm secretly afraid of picking up a bad book (because I feel obligated to finish it), so I read stuff I know I like over and over. 

Plus what you said about being in a different place in your life and reading things over again is always interesting.  Gives one perspective.

You're the third person to recommend Martin - so I guess I'll be going to my local library soon.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fortis on April 15, 2008, 10:43:49 PM
If you can make it through that one (I almost put it down twice while reading it out of shock/horror), I think you can make it through the series.

Please define...as I'm thinking about picking up this book as well, and I am a lot like Mrs C in that I am extremely picky but read books all the way through...like eragon for instance, sucked but I kept on reading it. So I don't want to start something crazy and then feel obligated to finish it even though it hurts the soul...

And I really do see where you are coming from Mrs C with rereading stuff because you are picky. I've read Lord of the rings, every year since I was 12 (thats seven times through now) and working on the eighth. And I've read through Orson Scott Card's Ender's Shadow books at least four times because of that reason...sigh...I should go through this thread more of a variety of books to read.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Jinto on April 16, 2008, 08:08:09 AM
Well, it's just sort of shockingly violent, and there are very surprising deaths of characters you didn't think would die. 

It's dark. leave it at that. Imrahil, what you just said was spoiler material. Seriously. This series is so complex and has an easily ruined experience if you spoil even some of the smallest things about it, that you need to treat it like Fight Club until all individuals discussing it are known to be totally caught up on the story. It's very easy to spoil, so keep spoilers in the other thread where we discussed stuff and used spoiler tags a lot and people will have no excuse if they spoil it for themselves by going and reading the thread before they read the books. But here you didn't give them a choice on even that specific detail, which happens to be a big deal in this series.

Pay no attention to Imrahil. It's a great series and happens to be very good literature. Go read it and avoid any threads that talk about it so nothing gets spoiled. Then you can say for yourself what you think about the series once you've caught up with the story..
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Jinto on April 16, 2008, 10:37:35 AM
Nah, I didn't mention any names, I'll leave it as is.

And it's not good literature; it's gripping literature.  There -is- a difference.

Character death is a big deal. Even though you haven't named any names, you've partially ruined the surprise that would have come with those deaths because now they would be expecting the formerly unexpected. That's spoiling. Especially in this series.

And how do you figure it's not good literature if it's gripping? Do you often find yourself unable to put down bad literature?
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Post by: Tripe on April 16, 2008, 10:39:58 AM
Oh absolutely there are a number of series of terrible literature that are compelling, The Fu Manchu books for example, they're awful yet they are compelling reading.
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Post by: Mrs. C on April 16, 2008, 10:51:39 AM
Imrahil-

Ce'Nedra is tough.  When I first read it, I had the same reaction as you.  However, as I grow up, I can see her as the young girl she is - and she does grow up a ittle throughout the series, albeit through those "battle of the sexes" roles we were talking about earlier.  there is something inexplicably compelling about her, though.  Perhaps it's the dryad in her.   ;)   Mostly, though, the other women in the books are highly superior.  You're right - Polgara  and Liselle are amazing characters, too.
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Post by: Tripe on April 16, 2008, 10:55:21 AM
Looking for something new.

Since you're looking for something new to read, have you read Pratchett?
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Post by: Mrs. C on April 16, 2008, 01:04:09 PM
No, but I read Robert Apsrin's MYTH Adventure series in High School.  I hear they have a similar style.
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Post by: Tripe on April 16, 2008, 01:07:00 PM
I find then less self conscious about their lampoonery but yes if you like the one you'll probably be able to enjoy the other.
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Post by: Tripe on April 16, 2008, 01:14:38 PM
No, but I read Robert Apsrin's MYTH Adventure series in High School.  I hear they have a similar style.

Hah! I was just re-reading those this year as well. Let me say that Pratchett is to Asprin as an adult is to a child.  The stories are far more complex, the humor is quicker and deeper, and the world infinitely richer. Even the puns are better.  :)

Question is: which book to start with? Tripe?  I really like the Rincewind books, but other people poo-poo them.

Ah but then you like Asprin and the Rincewind books, at least the first few are the ones that have the most overlap between Pratchett and Asprin in style I think.

So if you really enjoyed Asprin then you could actually start with The Colour of Magic
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Post by: basselope on April 16, 2008, 01:45:53 PM
Not to get too far off of the subject, but did any of you catch the BBC production of "Hogfather"? What did you think?
It certainly didn't have the "zing" of Pratchett's prose, but I thought they did a pretty good job all in all.

And I've never read Gormenghast, just seen the series. Worth the read, do you think?

I'll leave it at that. Don't want to spam the board.
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Post by: Jinto on April 16, 2008, 02:12:17 PM
Question is: which book to start with? Tripe?  I really like the Rincewind books, but other people poo-poo them.

My preference is to never read a series out of order, even if the books are supposedly stand-alone. The Discworld series DOES still have continuity to deal with at times, so I wouldn't muck it up by reading out of order.
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Post by: skenderberg on April 16, 2008, 02:54:26 PM
Not to get too far off of the subject, but did any of you catch the BBC production of "Hogfather"? What did you think?
It certainly didn't have the "zing" of Pratchett's prose, but I thought they did a pretty good job all in all.

And I've never read Gormenghast, just seen the series. Worth the read, do you think?

I'll leave it at that. Don't want to spam the board.
The Gormenghast novels take patience, but I enjoyed them.  They all have glacial plots and enormous page counts, but they're filled with fascinating characters and heaps of fantasy minutia.  Even the third one--which was written in the throes of Parkinson's Disease and makes absolutely no sense at all--is loaded with so much bizarre detail that I couldn't look away.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: DarthChimay on April 16, 2008, 03:31:29 PM
I'm re-reading Akira. It's been a long time. And then, after that, I have a couple of Tomb Raider novels.
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Post by: Jinto on April 16, 2008, 04:06:15 PM
I'm re-reading Akira. It's been a long time. And then, after that, I have a couple of Tomb Raider novels.

there's tomb raider novels? ugh. why?

I did like the Myst novels though.
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Post by: basselope on April 16, 2008, 05:36:35 PM
The Gormenghast novels take patience, but I enjoyed them.  They all have glacial plots and enormous page counts, but they're filled with fascinating characters and heaps of fantasy minutia.  Even the third one--which was written in the throes of Parkinson's Disease and makes absolutely no sense at all--is loaded with so much bizarre detail that I couldn't look away.

Sounds like a plan!
Project #163                           ;D

Thx for the input! I've been contemplating it for a while and you made my mind up for me.
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Post by: DarthChimay on April 16, 2008, 07:18:30 PM
I'm re-reading Akira. It's been a long time. And then, after that, I have a couple of Tomb Raider novels.

there's tomb raider novels? ugh. why?

I did like the Myst novels though.

Hey, I also read the Mass Effect novel before the game came out. I can be such a consumer whore sometimes.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Jinto on April 16, 2008, 07:28:13 PM
I'm re-reading Akira. It's been a long time. And then, after that, I have a couple of Tomb Raider novels.

there's tomb raider novels? ugh. why?

I did like the Myst novels though.

Hey, I also read the Mass Effect novel before the game came out. I can be such a consumer whore sometimes.

you should mention those Tomb Raider and Mass Effect novels in a new thread I started as a result of this conversation:
http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,8603.0.html
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bratpop on April 16, 2008, 09:38:20 PM
Just finished the Beatles Anthology. Apparently John Lennon is still alive, as the book does not mention otherwise.
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Post by: damfino on April 17, 2008, 03:01:26 PM
I'm reading "Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafron, and it freakin' rocks. It's one of those novels that has a million different genres/tones- gothic horror, mystery, romance, family relationships and just a lot of sly humor and great characters. It's also a book dealing in the love of literature and books (the main character works in a bookstore his father owns), and I'm a sucker for those. It's actually making me want to re-read one of my favorites, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield...
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on April 28, 2008, 05:50:51 PM
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n371.jpg)

Which I'm sure some of you have read. This is only the second PKD book I've read (I read "Do Androids..." ages ago).  So far, seems okay, I'm not blown away or anything.  And the cover is pretty bizarre.

Fan-fecking-tastic book, weird ass cover on that edition though. I have the plain white but textured one from the mid 90s, much cooler
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Post by: mrbasehart on April 28, 2008, 06:02:01 PM
Same here.  It looks like I'm learning braille.  :)
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Post by: Tripe on April 28, 2008, 06:44:37 PM
Loved that series of books. I think I got all of them.

I'm trying to work out how Imrahil's edition's art relates to the story. It's a puzzler and no mistake.
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Post by: Thrashalla on May 05, 2008, 08:54:08 AM
I finally finished Glen Cook's Dreams of Steel.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/ThrashKreator/Reading%20List/081250210801_SCLZZZZZZZ_.gif)

It was quite excellent in a different sort of way. It's the first Black Company book to feature an annalist other than Croaker, so a lot of the humor that he injected into the story was missing, plus the lack of Goblin and One-Eye (don't worry, not a spoiler...they aren't dead or anything) seriously cut back on the stuff I had loved about the series previously; but Cook did pretty well compensating with a boost in the intrigue and the backstabbing, and finally getting to play around in certain female characters' heads after so much mystery. Definitely the weakest book so far, but still good shit and now I need to track down the rest of the series, which sucks because I know there is at least one more rare/OOP that I'll have to spring for.

Now starting Tolkien's Fellowship of the Rings for the first real time (Yeah...this one has been a long time coming )
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 08, 2008, 12:52:34 PM
I was working my way through "Crooked Little Vein" by Warren Ellis, but I have to many comics to get through (just finished Powers vol 10)
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Post by: mrbasehart on May 08, 2008, 06:06:13 PM
I just finished reading Picture, by Lillian Ross.

(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/15030000/15036327.JPG)

It's a non-fiction novel (written about 10 years prior to Truman Capote's In Cold Blood) reporting the making of, and aftermath, the movie Red Badge of Courage, directed by John Huston.  Ross is a brilliant and perceptive writer, bringing out the various characters involved with the movie to life, from Huston's sycophantic assistant Albert Band to the frankly crazy head of production Louis B Mayer, it's an absorbing read, especially after the movie is finished and they start the disastrous previews, whereupon the movie is edited - while Huston is in Africa filming The African Queen - under the eyes of the increasingly frustrated producer, Gottfried Reinhardt.  Funny and fascinating, it's a real insight not just into the movie business, but into the movie business at that time, which would shortly go though upheaval with the rise of TV and the divestment of the studios' theatre distribution.
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Post by: Tripe on May 09, 2008, 05:05:18 AM
Oh, and I'm re-reading this:
(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/95/98/fb324310fca064b0b0f23010._AA240_.L.jpg)

It gets better after reading more of the city/faculty books I think.

Also I have never seen that edition.
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Post by: Tripe on May 09, 2008, 07:02:28 AM
hmm, and it has that issue the Kirby ones did of screaming THIS IS A WACKY BOOK I TELLS YER, WACKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on May 09, 2008, 07:11:04 AM
Well it's good they aren't cold* or blue tits then eh?


* ok Coal but I always thought it was Cold
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Post by: Tripe on May 09, 2008, 07:20:11 AM
And Great Crested Boobies too.
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Post by: Tripe on May 09, 2008, 07:36:53 AM
Who you know you'd have a good time with. Well, you say you had a good time, on pain of pain.
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Post by: anais.jude on May 10, 2008, 03:37:08 PM
I'm almost done with this
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/0732282047.jpg)
its very good
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Post by: mrbasehart on May 12, 2008, 07:29:16 PM
Just finished Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.  I love her books, but she does have a tendancy to end her stories really, really abruptly.  It's something like: "But their differences were resolved and after marriage, they lived happily ever after."
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Post by: Tripe on May 12, 2008, 07:32:07 PM
That's my favorite one, but yes she wasn't good at climaxes really.
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Post by: anais.jude on May 12, 2008, 10:44:36 PM
i just finished
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/postoffice.jpg)
and now i am starting on this
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/americangods.jpg)
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Post by: Fortis on May 13, 2008, 12:24:52 AM
(http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/press/images/PB-Two_Towers_2008_Alan_Lee.jpg)

Just started book 4...You know, even though I read Lord of The Rings once a year, I've never gotten bored of it. If anything I like it more each time. One of my favorite passages is this...

Quote
"'I speak no comfort to you, for there is no comfort for such pain within the circles of the world. The uttermost choice is before you: to repent and go to the Havens and bear away into the west the memory of our days together that shall there be evergreen but never more than memory; or else to abide the Doom of Men.'

"'Nay, dear lord,' she said, 'that choice is long over. There is now no ship that would bear me hence, and I must indeed abide the Doom of Men, whether I will or I nill: the loss and the silence. But I say to you, King of the Númenoreans, not till now have I understood the tale of your people and their fall. As wicked fools I scorned them, but I pity them at last. For if this is indeed, as the Eldar say, the gift of the One to Men, it is bitter to receive.'

"'So it seems,' he said. 'But let us not be overthrown at the final test, who of old renounced the Shadow and the Ring. In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory. Farewell!'

"'Estel, Estel!' she cried, and with that even as he took her hand and kissed it, he fell into sleep. Then a great beauty was revealed in him, so that all who after came there looked on him in wonder; for they saw that the grace of his youth, and the valor of his manhood, and the wisdom and majesty of his age were blended together. And long there he lay, an image of the splendor of the Kings of Men in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world.

"But Arwen went forth from the House, and the light of her eyes was quenched, and it seemed to her people that she had become cold and gray as nightfall in winter that comes without a star. then she said farewell to Eldarion, and to her daughters, and to all whom she had loved; and she went out from the city of Minas Tirith and passed away to the land of Lórien, and dwelt there alone under the fading trees until winter came. Galadriel had passed away and Celeborn was gone, and the land was silent.

"There at last when the mallorn leaves were falling, but spring had not yet come, she laid herself to rest upon Cerin Amroth; and there is her green grave, until the world is changed, and all the days of her life are utterly forgotten by men that come after, and elanor and niphredil bloom no more east of the Sea.”

And that for those who are wondering...is the fate of Aragorn and Arwen as told in the Appendices in the back of the book. I don't know what it is, but Tolkien I believe is one of the most poetic of all writers. He rivals Shakespeare on many things in my opinion.
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Post by: DarthChimay on May 13, 2008, 10:46:53 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ed/DoloresClaiborneNovel.jpg)

This is the first King novel I've read since Needful Things first came out. When I was younger, I read all of his books up to that one in the space of a few months and then I decided to become a literary snob and stop reading his books. After watching the movie for this one the other night, I figured, what the hey? I picked it up and it really was like slipping into an old chair again. I'm really enjoying it.
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Post by: anais.jude on May 13, 2008, 10:48:45 AM
the movie for dolores claiburne sucked! the big is soooo much more awesome! (especially if you read gerald's game with it)
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Post by: DarthChimay on May 13, 2008, 11:04:18 AM
the movie for dolores claiburne sucked! the big is soooo much more awesome! (especially if you read gerald's game with it)

I really like the movie, for some reason. It ranks up there with Shawshank Redemption, The Dead Zone, and Christine in terms of movie adaptations. I don't know why it works for me so well, but it does.  And I've heard that the book and Gerald's Game are linked together in some way, so I'll probably read that one at some point. I just wanted to read a King book I figured I'd like first.
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Post by: mrbasehart on May 13, 2008, 05:15:19 PM
the movie for dolores claiburne sucked! the big is soooo much more awesome! (especially if you read gerald's game with it)

I really like the movie, for some reason.

Same here.  I think Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh are terrific in it.
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Post by: DarthChimay on May 13, 2008, 05:21:59 PM
the movie for dolores claiburne sucked! the big is soooo much more awesome! (especially if you read gerald's game with it)

I really like the movie, for some reason.

Same here.  I think Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh are terrific in it.

Absolutely. While watching, I was wondering what ever happened to JJL? She was huge in the '90s and then just disappeared off the face of the earth. I'm sure I could look it up on this intertoob thingy...
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Post by: mrbasehart on May 13, 2008, 05:23:11 PM
She appears now and again.  She does some theatre work too, but I think she's intelligent enough to know that there's not really that many great parts out there for her. 
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Post by: DarthChimay on May 13, 2008, 05:37:42 PM
That's so unfortunate. At least she hasn't gone the Foster/De Niro/Hoffman route of just doing whatever will pay the bills.
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Post by: gojikranz on May 17, 2008, 07:25:40 PM
i just used my big borders 40% off coupon to finally get absolute watchman and hae started reading that.  id heard it was good and its pretty darn awesome so far.  im gald i decided to get the big super verison i would have wanted it if i had bought the cheap verison.
(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y143/jksterup/watchmen1.jpg)

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Post by: anais.jude on May 26, 2008, 08:59:57 PM
So i finished this book yesterday
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/dexter.jpg)
And i must admit, the show is FAR supieror. I read the book because i wanted more detail about the characters, but instead i got less. It was odd.

I don't know what I'm going to read next though
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 26, 2008, 09:03:13 PM
yeah you do:
(http://www.harperacademic.com/coverimages/large/0061177598.jpg)

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on May 26, 2008, 11:40:08 PM
yeah you do:
(http://www.harperacademic.com/coverimages/large/0061177598.jpg)



you're insinuating you are going to finish the current book club pick at some point. i have much less faith in you
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Post by: DarthChimay on May 27, 2008, 11:21:01 AM
So i finished this book yesterday
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/dexter.jpg)
And i must admit, the show is FAR supieror. I read the book because i wanted more detail about the characters, but instead i got less. It was odd.
I don't know what I'm going to read next though

Really? I liked the books more. I thought they were funnier than the show and that the books were more honest towards Dexter than the sometimes silly Pinocchio theme of the show. The books don't forget he's a sociopath. Don't get me wrong, I do like the show. I just enjoyed the books more. Well, except for the last one, but that's because it got really weird.
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Post by: Kat Rocha on May 27, 2008, 12:42:42 PM
So i finished this book yesterday
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/dexter.jpg)
And i must admit, the show is FAR supieror. I read the book because i wanted more detail about the characters, but instead i got less. It was odd.

I don't know what I'm going to read next though

If you enjoyed Dexter, I highly suggest you look into MPD Psycho. Cop's girlfriend is murdered by a psycho killer, he snaps, takes on a diffren personality and kills the guy, then that personality disapears and he takes on a compleatly diffrent 3rd presonality. Now he's a PI trying to discover who he is while solving a new string of serial murders that he may have a connection with.

It is both a live action show and a manga published by Dark Horse.

-Kat
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Post by: anais.jude on May 27, 2008, 09:32:10 PM
I started to read this
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/Bitter_is_the_New_Black__Confession.jpg)
Bitter is the New Black: A Memoir By Jen Lancaster. It was reccomended by a good friend of mine, and the book is funny, but i just have no desire to read about a woman who wears Prada and Dolce and Gabana while discussing her life in the corporate rat race. Maybe I will give it a try later.
Now I read
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/chins_couldkill.jpg)
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Post by: Junkyard on May 28, 2008, 04:30:32 AM
 "Memoirs of a Monster Hunter" 

(http://www.ghostvillage.com/library/2007/redfern_lg.jpg)

Not a bad book so far. It tells the story of how this English cryptozoologist/paranormal investigator met his American wife, and his subsiquent monster encounters/research in his new American home.

The book has a good mix of old legends and new sightings, and there's an interesting crossover with Linda Godfrey and the Beast of Bray Road, but the parts where he goes into his personal life are a tad boring, and not very endearing. His description of his soon- to- be wife made her look kinda slutty, and pointing out how he tried and failed to get her in bed on the first date was kinda creepy for some reason. Assumably, the latter point was made to contradict the former.

In any case, I'm interested enough to keep reading, so there you go.
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Post by: Fortis on May 31, 2008, 08:23:15 PM
Almost done with my annual reading of the lord of the rings...I think this is the ninth time I've read Lord of the Rings.

Oh and Imrahil, its weird seeing your name everywhere in the last few chapters of book 5 during the siege of Gondor. Now everybody knows Imrahil's secret idenitity, Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth, brother-in-law of Denethor the steward of Gondor, and son of Adrahil.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fortis on May 31, 2008, 09:31:04 PM
Almost done with my annual reading of the lord of the rings...I think this is the ninth time I've read Lord of the Rings.

Oh and Imrahil, its weird seeing your name everywhere in the last few chapters of book 5 during the siege of Gondor. Now everybody knows Imrahil's secret idenitity, Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth, brother-in-law of Denethor the steward of Gondor, and son of Adrahil.

Yeah, I loved his Knights during the Siege of Minas Tirith--the last big group to come inside the walls, in silver mail with the blue standards. He rocks. :)  His daughter Lothiriel marries Eomer, too, so he's pretty highly placed. Plus, he's one of the few guys left with proper Elvish blood in his line. :)

Yeah, Legolas was totally impressed with imrahil. He said to Gimli, "That is a fair lord and a great captain of men, if Gondor has such men still in these days of fading, great must have been its glory in the days of its rising." Thats some pretty cool stuff.

One of my favorite things about lord of the rings, is that Tolkien will say things that hint at how crazy the history of middle earth is. Like take this passage when Legolas is talking to Imrahil, "Hail, lord! It is long since the people of Nimrodel left the woodlands of Lorien and yet still one may see that not all sailed from Amroth's haven west over water." I always think to myself, wait, I want to hear that story too, why didn't all the people of Nimrodel go west? Where and when did they meet the men that created the lineage of Dol Amroth?! I wish fantasy novels today did stuff like that, because it just makes the world you are reading feel so much more real, as if there really is a history, and that the people of Nimrodel really did pass west over the water from Amroth's haven.

I think I'm going to try and accomplish that in my novels, because I love that.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fortis on May 31, 2008, 09:44:25 PM
Almost done with my annual reading of the lord of the rings...I think this is the ninth time I've read Lord of the Rings.

Oh and Imrahil, its weird seeing your name everywhere in the last few chapters of book 5 during the siege of Gondor. Now everybody knows Imrahil's secret idenitity, Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth, brother-in-law of Denethor the steward of Gondor, and son of Adrahil.

Yeah, I loved his Knights during the Siege of Minas Tirith--the last big group to come inside the walls, in silver mail with the blue standards. He rocks. :)  His daughter Lothiriel marries Eomer, too, so he's pretty highly placed. Plus, he's one of the few guys left with proper Elvish blood in his line. :)

Yeah, Legolas was totally impressed with imrahil. He said to Gimli, "That is a fair lord and a great captain of men, if Gondor has such men still in these days of fading, great must have been its glory in the days of its rising." Thats some pretty cool stuff.

One of my favorite things about lord of the rings, is that Tolkien will say things that hint at how crazy the history of middle earth is. Like take this passage when Legolas is talking to Imrahil, "Hail, lord! It is long since the people of Nimrodel left the woodlands of Lorien and yet still one may see that not all sailed from Amroth's haven west over water." I always think to myself, wait, I want to hear that story too, why didn't all the people of Nimrodel go west? Where and when did they meet the men that created the lineage of Dol Amroth?! I wish fantasy novels today did stuff like that, because it just makes the world you are reading feel so much more real, as if there really is a history, and that the people of Nimrodel really did pass west over the water from Amroth's haven.

I think I'm going to try and accomplish that in my novels, because I love that.

It's the same thing that Lucas managed in the first few Star Wars movies--you create a vast world, but then only show a bit of it.  Everything there has a history and a reason for being in the shot or whatever (just like life), and just like life, you don't dwell on it.  It's there, but you don't focus, and it feels real.

Start writing your massive concordance now. :)

Oh you have no idea. This world I'm creating is getting so big. I have a list of major historic events and people for the last few millenniums and way more. I know what is going to happen in the 800 years after my book is finished too. The ramifications and such. And I'm considering several sequels with different characters set in the same world several centuries later because of the ideas. And yet...even after all of that, its nowhere even near the size of Tolkien's middle earth or history.

I don't know how he did it.

I've often had to explain to people that the problem with the star wars prequels is their lack of being in awe at their world. With the prequels Lucas told us way to much, the last thing i needed to know were the political nuances of downfall of the old republic. I remember just being so amazed when I saw Luke Skywalker looking at the two suns setting on Tatooinne after the droids show up. It was like this whole other universe was revealed during that one shot.
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Post by: mrbasehart on June 01, 2008, 05:59:41 AM
I'm currently reading the Bible.  But when that thing gets a little too heavy, I'll dive back into Moonfleet, or A Game of Thrones, which I bought recently based on all you guys recommendations.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on June 01, 2008, 06:02:22 AM
Which version?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on June 01, 2008, 07:46:07 AM
This (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonfleet)

The CBBC adaptation of it was pretty good.

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on June 01, 2008, 09:20:22 AM
Heh.  It's part of Penguin's Classic series which they produce pretty cheaply, and so the cost is minimal: about a pound, new.  The version of the bible is the NASB Classic Reference Bible.  Do all bibles have ridiculously thin pages? :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on June 01, 2008, 12:09:30 PM
Oh yeah you can see through the pages of some of the versions I own if you hold them up to the light. And that's before you rub them with a donut  ;)

I love those series of special budget editions with funky covers that Penguin does from time to time.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fortis on June 01, 2008, 12:10:07 PM
Heh.  It's part of Penguin's Classic series which they produce pretty cheaply, and so the cost is minimal: about a pound, new.  The version of the bible is the NASB Classic Reference Bible.  Do all bibles have ridiculously thin pages? :)

 yes, my bible goes from genesis 32, to 34...dang thin pages.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on June 01, 2008, 09:26:37 PM
Heh.  It's part of Penguin's Classic series which they produce pretty cheaply, and so the cost is minimal: about a pound, new.  The version of the bible is the NASB Classic Reference Bible.  Do all bibles have ridiculously thin pages? :)

 yes, my bible goes from genesis 32, to 34...dang thin pages.

You can use those pages to roll ciggies or blunts though.......
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on June 01, 2008, 09:43:20 PM
Mmm, printer's ink.

i'm sure it adds to the high.....cause i wouldn't know....cause i would never do that type of thing with a bible (have if it readily availible  :rimshot:)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on June 02, 2008, 07:34:42 AM
Having finished "If Chins Could Kill" I move on to
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/CultureOfFear.jpg)
My fave professor reccomended it a couple years ago and I am finally getting around to reading it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on June 02, 2008, 10:54:33 AM
I'm listening to the audiobook of "What Happened" by Scott McClellan.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51c%2BqtCiomL._SS500_.jpg)
Scott is either really naive or a total dipshit.  Either way listening to this book is like ripping your eyes out of their sockets.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on June 02, 2008, 03:14:19 PM
BTA likes pain
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on June 10, 2008, 01:03:58 PM
Finished Daniel Abraham's A Shadow In Summer. I enjoyed it quite a bit as it was a change of pace from the normal fantasy read...there was a more "Eastern" influence, there was very little physical confrontation, and the magic system is probably the most innovative I've read. Good characters with believable dialog helped...despite getting a big Soap-Opera'ish at times... really flesh the story out. Add that with better than average world building that promises to be expanded in the following 3 volumes and I'm pretty excited for next month when the sequel, A Betrayal In Winter, comes out in Mass Market PB and the third book's first edition is released.

For now, I'm going back to Glen Cook and giving The Tyranny of the Night a try. It's Glen Cook, so I don't doubt I'll enjoy it. It's been pretty complex with descriptions of factions, sub-factions, and hierarchies for several different continents, but the characters and dialog have always been Cook's strong point and it looks like things are starting to roll.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/ThrashKreator/n141407.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on June 10, 2008, 01:10:46 PM
OK I'll be getting the book club selection once I get paid. However in the meantime I'm reading:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61-S6c7zbhL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)
The Reavers - George MacDonald Fraser

His last novel, and one that can truly be worthy of the description "rollicking" it's a nice buzz through Elizabethan England and Scotland with lots of deliberately skewed references that will amuse anyone who is familiar with the time period (which some of you might remember includes your's truly).
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fortis on June 10, 2008, 01:21:56 PM
Wow, that is a sweet cover...reminds me of this piece of zelda fan art...

(http://www.80stees.com/images/products/Nintendo_Zelda_Fight_Scene-T-link.jpg)

...As for me, I just finished reading Orson Scott Card's anthology of Short Stories called "Keeper of Dreams."

(http://trashotron.com/agony/images/2008/08-news/04-14-08/card_keeper_of_dreams.jpg)

Now my opinion on Orson Scott Card, is that either his stories are incredible, or just really weird. Painfully weird. But some of his best work, is in this book. I think he should have picked a different story to be the first one in the book, since it put me off, and almost made me stop reading the book. But the second story was good enough to make up for it.

What is weird, is that, I read Sci-Fi and Fantasy mostly...But one of my favorite stories I have ever read, was just a straight up piece of literature with no fantasy or sci-fi. It was a character driven piece of a modern story. And it was incredible. And it was in no way, anything like Orson Scott Card has ever written. It was called, "Feed the Baby of Love." I loved that story, for exactly the reasons why I normally hate movies like this story. The ending was poetic, and it really touched me, even if the main character is 30 years older than me and I could tell that the intended audience was not me when I was reading it. But if you happen to pick up this book, read that story.



Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Doktor Sleepless on June 16, 2008, 04:57:22 PM
Doktor Sleepless, Tag, MPD Psycho, etc. Mostly nerd comics/manga.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fortis on June 16, 2008, 06:45:27 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/44/Mistborn-cover.jpg/200px-Mistborn-cover.jpg)

Love love love love love this book. This is book 1, after I'm done, I will read book 2...this one in fact.

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n44/n220435.jpg)


These are both great books, I'm way excited for the third one, ever though I won't be able to read it for two years. This book has the coolest magic system I have ever read, plus the characters are awesome. Oh, and the ends of these books, have twists that would make Shyamalon do a spit-take.

I never saw them coming, but when they happened, they are brilliant. Highly recommend these books.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on June 16, 2008, 06:51:15 PM
Currently reading the Bible.  And man...the Old Testament is a slog! There's some good stuff buried in there, but the repetition and lists of pointless facts are really tough to get through.    To begin with, I didn't much like God, as he was a bit of dick to his "chosen ones", but after their endless moaning and frequent idolatry, they deserve whatever they get.  :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on June 16, 2008, 09:59:15 PM
In between reading for the book club, I have also been perusing this fine bit of literature

(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/bondage.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on June 17, 2008, 05:18:03 AM
In between reading for the book club, I have also been perusing this fine bit of literature

(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/bondage.jpg)

That actual edition?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on June 17, 2008, 06:35:56 AM
No, I have this hardcover edition that I bought at an estate sale. It's from 1945 and the quality isn't great, but it only had one owner. (and then she died and I bought it for less than a dollar)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on June 17, 2008, 07:47:44 AM
Got a couple going right now, both are awesome thus far.

First up:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/ThrashKreator/Reading%20List/dglg.jpg)
It took me three attempts to get through the first book (Gardens of the Moon) but in the end I suppose I did enjoy it and I've had several people hound me to keep going as they claim the writing improves ten-fold. Well, they're right. It took me a bit to get into this one too (especially the new characters) but once things got moving I've been moving along at a good clip. I have this one on my phone in eBook format, so during long rendering and general downtime on the move I've been reading this one. I would certainly call this series a lot "deeper" than most of the fantasy out there and mixes it's vast comic-book'esque magical supermen with genuine human emotion pretty well. Epic is also an understatement for this series.

Second:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/ThrashKreator/Reading%20List/n174711.jpg)
This one wasn't a debate for me...I loved, fucking LOVED The Blade Itself and Before They Are Hanged, the only debate for me was working up the patience to order it from the UK because the US sucks and doesn't release it until September  :grr: Did it finally, and am kicking myself for not doing so sooner. It's violent, witty, funny, and just a plain fun read with great characters and locations. I guess I would say Abercrombie's writing has improved a bit with each volume and this is no exception. Anyone familiar with fantasy will definitely recognize the themes and character types in this, but should also get a kick out of how they're handled...Abercrombie has said that this is his take on the traditional fantasy tale.

Both are highly recommended, as long as you read their predecessors first.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: DarthChimay on June 17, 2008, 10:51:47 AM
Currently reading the Bible.  And man...the Old Testament is a slog! There's some good stuff buried in there, but the repetition and lists of pointless facts are really tough to get through.    To begin with, I didn't much like God, as he was a bit of dick to his "chosen ones", but after their endless moaning and frequent idolatry, they deserve whatever they get.  :)

Yeah, some parts are really fascinating (like reading the Moses story and seeing just how much of the Jesus story is borrowed directly from it), but then you get to Leviticus and Numbers and Chronicles... oi.

Reading this now:

(http://smallvictories.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/i-am-legend.jpg)

Holding off on the movie and the riff until I finish it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on June 17, 2008, 12:05:17 PM
No, I have this hardcover edition that I bought at an estate sale. It's from 1945 and the quality isn't great, but it only had one owner. (and then she died and I bought it for less than a dollar)

I really should go to those more often.

OK in addition to Women (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,9580.0.html), I'm reading this when i need something light to pass the time:

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

I still think my favorite bit is Gambia and Senegal
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Doktor Sleepless on June 17, 2008, 05:13:45 PM
I just bought the Oldboy manga.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: dangfish on June 18, 2008, 01:03:51 PM
I jump genres all the time (love them all).  Right now I'm on a spy kick.  Just finished Quiller's Run by Adam Hall. If you're an Ian Fleming fan you should defiinitely check out this series. Quiller is a slightly more realistic James Bond. There are over 20 books in the series and they're all worth reading.

Just started Assignment; The Girl in the Gondola by Edward S. Aarons. One of the many books about super agent Sam Durrell. Not as good as the Quiller books but good, pulpy fun from the 60's.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Douche Baggins on June 20, 2008, 07:04:54 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41KDPYQ956L.jpg)
(http://www.dynamicforces.com/images/FablesVol8WolvesTP.jpg)

re-reading this:
(http://elenamerin.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/confederacy_of_dunces_cover.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on June 21, 2008, 02:16:32 PM
Awwwwwwwww Confederacy of Dunces. Now that I live in NEw Orleans, that book is sooooooooooooooo much more awesome
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on June 21, 2008, 08:18:34 PM
Okay, so the Bible has gone on the back burner - I think I might have to tackle it a book at a time between "proper" books - so I've started reading A Game of Thrones.  Man, is it awesome! I'm only a couple of hundred pages in, but it really strikes me as something 'real'.  It feels a little like Dune, crossed with Lord of the Rings, and a bit of Ender's Game thrown in for good measure. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on June 22, 2008, 12:12:19 AM
Awesome to see more people getting into A Song of Ice and Fire. Once you start A Clash of Kings you get the official "Welcome to the Addiction!!!" greeting, and invitations to the support group for waiting for the next book.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on June 22, 2008, 05:48:17 AM
Awesome to see more people getting into A Song of Ice and Fire. Once you start A Clash of Kings you get the official "Welcome to the Addiction!!!" greeting, and invitations to the support group for waiting for the next book.

Yeah, and I only bought it because of the thread that was started about it here.  Damn you people with excellent taste!  :angry:
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Courtney on June 24, 2008, 12:18:04 PM
Re-reading:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51KP3549PQL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

And because I hate myself for not having read this yet (hadn't had the time/was reading other things/got distracted by watching the entire series of Bullshit)...

(http://matty13.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/obama.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: dignan on June 24, 2008, 12:25:50 PM
Re-reading:

(http://www.smileysmile.net/images/albums/backtothebeachbook.jpg)

The Beach Boys fascinate me.  They really do.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Lil_Otik on June 24, 2008, 08:55:42 PM
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0345452739.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

The cover says everything that makes this book so awesome. If ya love Sherlock Holmes and HP Lovecraft, I'd recommend this book. Neil Gailman wrote a very clever Sherlock Holmes story, but you'd expect that from him.

After that I'm reading "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", I was listening to the whole radio drama at work and it made me want to re-read the book again. I hadn't read it since middle school.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: DarthChimay on June 25, 2008, 11:03:26 AM
Re-reading

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n4/n23284.jpg)

I told myself that I was only going to flip through it for research/inspiration, but I got sucked in to it all again. Creepiest book I've ever read. It unnerves me in the same way that The Haunting of Hill House (both the book and the movie) does.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Bill Corbett on June 25, 2008, 11:19:31 AM
Re-reading

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n4/n23284.jpg)

I told myself that I was only going to flip through it for research/inspiration, but I got sucked in to it all again. Creepiest book I've ever read. It unnerves me in the same way that The Haunting of Hill House (both the book and the movie) does.

Read HOUSE OF LEAVES a few years back.  Creepy, creepy indeed.  Real tour de force, though. 

I also hung out with the author in an L.A. bar once.  (He's a friend of a buddy of mine.)  Danielewski wasn't nearly as creepy as his book, you'll be happy to know.   Or -- WILL you? 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: jewishcarpenter on June 25, 2008, 11:26:21 AM
Taking my girlfriend to see David Sedaris at a book signing tonight. Then I'm going to read his new book When You Are Engulfed in Flames after she's done reading it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: DarthChimay on June 25, 2008, 05:55:16 PM
Re-reading

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n4/n23284.jpg)

I told myself that I was only going to flip through it for research/inspiration, but I got sucked in to it all again. Creepiest book I've ever read. It unnerves me in the same way that The Haunting of Hill House (both the book and the movie) does.

Read HOUSE OF LEAVES a few years back.  Creepy, creepy indeed.  Real tour de force, though. 

I also hung out with the author in an L.A. bar once.  (He's a friend of a buddy of mine.)  Danielewski wasn't nearly as creepy as his book, you'll be happy to know.   Or -- WILL you? 

I've had to add it on the ever-growing list of books that I re-read ever few years, like Dune, The Ancestor's Tale, and Foucault's Pendulum. There's just so much to unpack, it makes me giddy.

I don't know if I'm happy or not (but definitely jealous)... it always seems like the people with the scariest imaginations are the most stable. And comedians always seem to be depressed and kinda nutty, present company excepted... or IS IT?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on June 25, 2008, 06:45:50 PM
Re-reading:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51KP3549PQL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)


I have this audiobook.  She is the narrator.  It's great.  She's wonderful on This American Life.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on June 26, 2008, 05:30:17 AM
I've had to add it on the ever-growing list of books that I re-read ever few years, like Dune, The Ancestor's Tale, and Foucault's Pendulum. There's just so much to unpack, it makes me giddy.

You are a gentlman and a scholar, Eco is the best :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: DarthChimay on June 26, 2008, 10:58:50 AM
I've had to add it on the ever-growing list of books that I re-read ever few years, like THAT MOVIE RVR KEEPS MENTIONING, The Ancestor's Tale, and Foucault's Pendulum. There's just so much to unpack, it makes me giddy.

You are a gentlman and a scholar, Eco is the best :)

He is. I haven't read his latest, though. I started it then got distracted with school work, and I haven't picked it up since. I need to get back into it. Misreadings is another one of my favorites of his.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on July 06, 2008, 09:18:36 AM
Just finished Joe Abercrombie's Last Argument of Kings...I've gotta say, The First Law is probably the most enjoyable read I've had since my first trip through ASoIaF; and considering since then I've discovered Robin Hobb and Cook's first 4 Black Company books, thats a BIIIIIIG statement. Joe's writing style is so much fun that it should only be legal in underpopulated counties in Nevada.

Now I'm either onto Abraham's A Betrayal In Winter, or Iggulden's Genghis: Birth Of An Empire. Haven't decided yet.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fortis on July 06, 2008, 09:33:32 PM
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n32/n163754.jpg)

Okay...totally absurd premise...but a fun action book. The only criticism I have for it, is that orson scott card seemed like he as righting it to be a video game of a movie. A lot of the stuff described in the book would look great on screen, or in a video game...but just to shallow for a book.

Oh well, its still fun.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Doktor Sleepless on July 07, 2008, 12:59:22 AM
(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/0f/cd/3d20024128a09bb620f3c010._AA240_.L.jpg)

^^ One of the most refreshing graphic novels I've read in a long time.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fortis on July 15, 2008, 12:18:21 AM
Good to see you Imrahil...hope your vacation is fun...


Right now, I'm reading this...

(http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/press/images/Hobbit_70th_Anniversary_Edition_front.jpg)


This is the 70th anniversary edition of The Hobbit, and it is exactly the way Tolkien originally wanted it to be published. It has all of his illustrations, the maps exactly the way he wanted, and the cover was drawn by him, and has all the colors he wanted for it. Whereas the british first edition was similar to this one, without the sun and dragon being red.

I love this book though, its a really amateur version of Tolkien's genius. You can see when you read this...some of the Silmarillion, and then Lord of the Rings, how much Tolkien's writing evolves over the years. This book is awesome though.

It caused me to pick up a couple of books on the history of the Hobbit, it has copies of Tolkien's original manuscript with annotations and corrections made by him. Also some illustrations, sketches, and maps that never made it into the final manuscript. Interesting tidbit...Thorin was originally named Gandalf, and Gandalf, was originally named Bladorthin....awesome.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Super Monkey Death Car on July 15, 2008, 09:38:40 AM
Finishing "The Philosopher's Stone" by Brian Stableford in the July 2008 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction.

On deck:

* Spring 2008 issue of Postscripts (which includes the short story "The Ghosts We Have Become" by Paul Jessup)
* August 2008 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction (which includes the short story "Radio Station St. Jack" by Neal Barrett, Jr)

...and way in the back, but not off the coffee table:

* June 2008 issue of Fantasy & ScienceFiction (which includes the short story "Monkey See..." by P.E. Cunningham)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Hebs on July 15, 2008, 06:15:09 PM
Currently reading summer fare:

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS



..... dun dun duuun
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Rowsdower the Lumpy on July 16, 2008, 08:34:44 AM
I am getting ready for the fall semester. So I am reading: Excavation (Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology). I collect books on ancient and medieval history as well as human osteology.

(http://assets.cambridge.org/97805217/98013/cover/9780521798013.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: TeamRAD on July 16, 2008, 01:42:59 PM

I've a mere 30 days until my classes resume and with the sparse free-time I've at the moment...I've been hitting...

For pleasure: Egger's A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
For research: Tarnas' The Passion of the Western Mind

And this weekend: I'm going to reread Fray before I dive into the Buffy/Fray arc of Season 8. I'm sure I'll be starting a thread on the subject matter unless Tripe beats me to it.  :)

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on July 16, 2008, 02:20:55 PM
Oh my god that's right, I'd forgotten that this was the month, I was waiting a couple of weeks so I could get all of my comics on the same day.

Ok I'm going to my local Android's Dungeon after work tomorrow.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on July 17, 2008, 07:14:25 PM
I'm currently about 2/3rds of the way through the 6th book of Glen Cook's "Black Company" series. I never managed to find more than the first 2 books back when they were out of print, so I'm ecstatic that both the first and second trilogy have been rereleased, and I can't wait to get my hands on the final three.

The thing I love about Cook's writing, is that even though you can usually ferret out some of the twists and turns in your mind, he ALWAYS manages to take it somewhere you don't see coming (and this is coming from someone who figured out Sixth Sense, The Others, and The Village all in the first 15 minutes), and hit you from left field. Soulcatcher, Limper, Lady, and the Dominator are some of the most awesome villains ever. I think this has actually displaced LOTR as my favourite book series of all time.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on July 17, 2008, 07:26:07 PM
Ok so I read the Fray/Buffy crossover first installment.

Ahem:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Thoughts TR or others?


Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on July 17, 2008, 11:51:54 PM
I'm currently about 2/3rds of the way through the 6th book of Glen Cook's "Black Company" series. I never managed to find more than the first 2 books back when they were out of print, so I'm ecstatic that both the first and second trilogy have been rereleased, and I can't wait to get my hands on the final three.

The thing I love about Cook's writing, is that even though you can usually ferret out some of the twists and turns in your mind, he ALWAYS manages to take it somewhere you don't see coming (and this is coming from someone who figured out Sixth Sense, The Others, and The Village all in the first 15 minutes), and hit you from left field. Soulcatcher, Limper, Lady, and the Dominator are some of the most awesome villains ever. I think this has actually displaced LOTR as my favourite book series of all time.

Yes! another Glen Cook fan. I'm with you on pretty much everything you said. I'm not much of a LOTR guy, but The first 5 Black Company books are definitely up with (if not tied with) my favorite series: A Song of Ice and Fire. I absolutely love the way he really owns Croaker as a dynamic personality, and his talent for switching perspective styles is very well done. I really can't recommend this series enough.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: euphoriafish on July 18, 2008, 02:40:02 AM
Currently reading: *Nabokov's Lolita (slower going because it is the annotated version and I am a little OCD about it)
                             * a reference on Adobe Flash
                             * another reference on game testing

Mean to go back to: * Thackeray's Vanity Fair
                                * Murakami's Hard Broiled Wonderland

and I need to get back on my 15 minutes a day schedule.  I read a lot, but it isn't books often enough anymore, and I don't finish them very often.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: TeamRAD on July 18, 2008, 04:29:19 AM
Ok so I read the Fray/Buffy crossover first installment.
Thoughts TR or others?

I'll be hitting up my comic book store later this morning, and my thoughts should be coming Saturday.

 :)

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: k1 on July 18, 2008, 04:56:07 AM
Currently reading these two:

(http://i20.ebayimg.com/08/c/000/77/46/4c9c_7.JPG)
Deep Drive: A Long Journey to Finding the Champion Within (by Mike Lowell & Rob Bradford)

(http://www.joshway.com/wp/Book290.jpg)
and this one by some guy you probably have never heard of.   :D
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on July 18, 2008, 06:40:24 AM
I'm currently about 2/3rds of the way through the 6th book of Glen Cook's "Black Company" series. I never managed to find more than the first 2 books back when they were out of print, so I'm ecstatic that both the first and second trilogy have been rereleased, and I can't wait to get my hands on the final three.

The thing I love about Cook's writing, is that even though you can usually ferret out some of the twists and turns in your mind, he ALWAYS manages to take it somewhere you don't see coming (and this is coming from someone who figured out Sixth Sense, The Others, and The Village all in the first 15 minutes), and hit you from left field. Soulcatcher, Limper, Lady, and the Dominator are some of the most awesome villains ever. I think this has actually displaced LOTR as my favourite book series of all time.

Yes! another Glen Cook fan. I'm with you on pretty much everything you said. I'm not much of a LOTR guy, but The first 5 Black Company books are definitely up with (if not tied with) my favorite series: A Song of Ice and Fire. I absolutely love the way he really owns Croaker as a dynamic personality, and his talent for switching perspective styles is very well done. I really can't recommend this series enough.

I really enjoyed how his writing style changed so visibly when he was writing from Croaker, the Lady, and then Case's point of view. It made the experience much more visceral, like you had unearthed these ancient journals yourself and were really poring over the history of the world.

The only thing that bugged me about book 6 was the stuff that he told from other peoples' point of view that based on some of the things that happened at the end would have been impossible for Case to have ever found out about (like how he said Stahl never told anyone his story). That was kind of irritating, because it takes you out of the "this is a journal of real events" feeling. But otherwise, very awesome.

Now I need to figure out what the hell to read while I wait around for Cook's publisher to get off his arse and re-release the last 3 books. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 20, 2008, 07:40:36 PM
For comics I recently read Ultimate X-Men 18 (ugh, I probably should stop reading it since it's gotten so bad, but I have a friend who borrows them after), Monster Vol. 3 (great series) and best of the week Arkham Asylum: Living Hell (not to be confused with the much more famous Batman: Arkham Asylum: a serious house on a serious earth).  Basically, it starts off with a sleazy white colloar crook who thinks he can get away with a Enron-scale crime by pleading insanity.  Unfortunately he made one mistake: he pleaded insane in Gotham city.  Wait'll you see what happens when he drops the soap in front of the Joker.  Plus it's got some great art by Ryan Sook and cool covers by Eric Powell (the Goon)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on July 30, 2008, 05:19:02 AM
Ok so while I wait for Kavalier and Clay (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,10066.0.html) to turn up, I’m reading a couple of collections of poetry, both inspired by tradgedy, though the tragedies are very different:

Olympia Street by Michael Ford (http://www.amazon.com/Olympia-Street-Michael-Ford/dp/097907021X)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/515rgiIJdFL._SS500_.jpg)
is a meditation on New Orleans during and immediately post Katrina but being inspired by that terrible event to contemplate the history of the city. The poetry is free form and Ford uses some visually interesting techniques in his stanzas.

I like what I’ve thus far read but I’ll need to think about it longer before I have a concrete opinion of it as a whole.

Anais, would Michael like me to write a review of it on the Amazon page?

The second collection is Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes (http://www.amazon.com/Birthday-Letters-Ted-Hughes/dp/0571194737/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1217420158&sr=1-1)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5127Q6TWY6L._SL500_AA240_.jpg)
Which reflects Ted’s thoughts on his incredibly flawed marriage to Sylvia Plath. I love both Hughes and Plath, they’re two of my favorite poets, and arguably the two best poets of the latter half of the 20th century,. However as human beings they were less than satisfactory, both being prone to depressive fits and mentally quite fragile (Sylvia more so). Hughes came in for a great deal of scorn over the end of his and Sylvia’s marriage and her subsequent suicide, and he was hardly blameless, but it’s interesting to see the thoughts that tragedy had engendered within him.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on July 30, 2008, 05:38:26 AM
They sound...cheery.  :)

I'm on the last "Song of Ice and Fire" book, and though I think I'll be glad to get away from Westeros and all the political intrigue for a while, I'll certainly be looking forward to the next one, though it's not out till next year.  Leaving the fantasy schtick aside for now, I went and bought this:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41VR38EZ35L._SS500_.jpg)

It's a biography of noted cinematographer Jack Cardiff, who made some truly extraordinary films with Powell and Pressburger in the 40s.  Anyone see Black Narcissus or The Red Shoes? Well, Cardiff's the reason why they look so good.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on July 30, 2008, 07:38:17 AM
I just got done reading a book I got in the bargain bin at Chapters. It was called Banewreaker, by Jaqueline Casey, and it was the first book in a series. Frankly, I'm amazed anyone gave the green light to publish it. What a joke... the "plot twists" were visible from about 400 pages away, the character development was sad and haphazard, and most of the events and characters were pathetically derivative. Oh, and the book couldn't even be bothered to end on a cliffhanger... it just sort of... petered out.

I definitely won't be picking up the rest of the series. Now I understand why it was only $4.99 hardcover. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on July 30, 2008, 09:14:58 AM


Olympia Street by Michael Ford (http://www.amazon.com/Olympia-Street-Michael-Ford/dp/097907021X)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/515rgiIJdFL._SS500_.jpg)
is a meditation on New Orleans during and immediately post Katrina but being inspired by that terrible event to contemplate the history of the city. The poetry is free form and Ford uses some visually interesting techniques in his stanzas.

I like what I’ve thus far read but I’ll need to think about it longer before I have a concrete opinion of it as a whole.

Anais, would Michael like me to write a review of it on the Amazon page?


I'm sure he would love it. The author of this poetry collection being a friend of mine. (Tripe, you forgot to mention that is an autographed copy)  ;)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on July 30, 2008, 09:16:18 AM
Oh yes that too.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Super Monkey Death Car on July 30, 2008, 03:36:43 PM
Just finished:

(http://www.gordsellar.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/asimovs_july_cover.jpg)
July 2008 edition of Asimov's

Just starting:
(http://news.pspublishing.co.uk/images/postscripts_14_wrap.jpg)
Issue 14 of PostScripts. Currently on the Editorial, "Are you properly desensitized?" by Eric Schaller
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on August 01, 2008, 01:48:01 PM
(http://www.austinchronicle.com/binary/c922/books_readings2.jpg)
Synopsis:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Courtney on August 01, 2008, 02:50:06 PM
(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/b4/56/818a90b809a063e1d1375110.L.jpg)

Bought it at the airport to read on the plane to San Diego and fell in love fast. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: dignan on August 01, 2008, 03:38:17 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51PVvF7olDL._SS500_.jpg)

Thoroughly enjoying this...Maximus Beer is a favorite so far.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Courtney on August 01, 2008, 04:04:23 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51PVvF7olDL._SS500_.jpg)

Thoroughly enjoying this...Maximus Beer is a favorite so far.

DAMN YEAH.  That book is awesome.  I love MIB.  I'm still bitter that I was at the office while he was doing a signing here.   :'(
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: dignan on August 01, 2008, 10:49:41 PM
You can really *hear* his voice in the essays.  Too bad you missed him when he came to sign.  By reading the back flap, I see he lives in Connecticut.  That's not too far from here.  Maybe I'll stalk him. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on August 02, 2008, 06:30:25 AM
(http://www.austinchronicle.com/binary/c922/books_readings2.jpg)
Synopsis:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

So was it any good? Sounds interesting, but it really depends on how well the author writes it, not on how well his/her publisher pushes it. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on August 02, 2008, 08:33:00 AM
Electric Church
Synopsis:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

So was it any good? Sounds interesting, but it really depends on how well the author writes it, not on how well his/her publisher pushes it. :)


I'm about 75 pages in and so far it's quite good. It's written in first person, so it gives it a lot of grit. It's also violent as hell and filled with more F-bombs than Scarface...so if that doesn't throw you off I can recommend it if you're up for a quick shoot 'em up type story. (again, 75 pages in....my word isn't solid on any recommendations yet)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on August 02, 2008, 11:24:07 AM
I'm always in need of a good sci-fi or fantasy book... most of the ones that are glutting the market these days are utter trash (see my previous post re: Banewreaker). So I'll wait till you're finished reading it and if you still give it a thumbs up, I'll probably pick it up. It SOUNDS like my style of book, anyway. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on August 02, 2008, 11:45:28 AM
I'm always in need of a good sci-fi or fantasy book... most of the ones that are glutting the market these days are utter trash

Who do you like/Who have you read? Maybe I can make some suggestions. I'm pretty much an exclusive SF&F reader.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Super Monkey Death Car on August 02, 2008, 01:17:02 PM
You should give some of the Sci-Fi digests a try. I came across a good story by Brian Shackleford. After a quick Google search, I found out that Shackleford is actually one hell of an author. Some of the greatest Sci-Fi authors came from such magazines...Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Poul Anderson and so on.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 02, 2008, 02:21:32 PM
It was this discussion and one in the music thread, that gave me an idea for a game (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,10297.msg300520.html#msg300520) :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on August 04, 2008, 08:51:10 AM
I'm always in need of a good sci-fi or fantasy book... most of the ones that are glutting the market these days are utter trash

Who do you like/Who have you read? Maybe I can make some suggestions. I'm pretty much an exclusive SF&F reader.

I prefer the witty/sardonic writers (Terry Pratchett) first, then the really well-written gritty ones (Glen Cook, Terry Goodkind BEFORE he started to suck - i.e. book 1 and book 2 only, plus Faith of the Fallen naturally), and then the ones with really compelling stories that do a good job of creating their worlds (anything by Guy Gavriel Kay - Fionovar in particular is one of the best trilogies I've ever read, and Sarantium was also wonderful). I like authors that take the time to make the genre their own instead of just making sad immitations of Tolkein's work.

I've only read through book 6 of Cook's Black Company series so far... I have to decide whether I can wait for the next 3 to be released as a group set, or if I'm going to just break down and order the old out of print ones through Amazon. I'm getting antsy for more Croaker and Lady. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on August 04, 2008, 09:10:04 AM
I'm always in need of a good sci-fi or fantasy book... most of the ones that are glutting the market these days are utter trash

Who do you like/Who have you read? Maybe I can make some suggestions. I'm pretty much an exclusive SF&F reader.

I prefer the witty/sardonic writers (Terry Pratchett) first, then the really well-written gritty ones (Glen Cook, Terry Goodkind BEFORE he started to suck - i.e. book 1 and book 2 only, plus Faith of the Fallen naturally), and then the ones with really compelling stories that do a good job of creating their worlds (anything by Guy Gavriel Kay - Fionovar in particular is one of the best trilogies I've ever read, and Sarantium was also wonderful). I like authors that take the time to make the genre their own instead of just making sad immitations of Tolkein's work.

I've only read through book 6 of Cook's Black Company series so far... I have to decide whether I can wait for the next 3 to be released as a group set, or if I'm going to just break down and order the old out of print ones through Amazon. I'm getting antsy for more Croaker and Lady. :)

Haha, I'm in the exact same situation with the Black Company series. I'm actually waiting on a few people about copies of Bleak Seasons and She Is The Darkness to avoid the Amazon prices, and if they don;t come through I have them on eBook :P

As for recommendations - Joe Abercrombie is the man. He has a lot of that witty/dark humor, but also manages to write a compelling (and brutal) story. He only has one series out now, but it's complete! (I know *shock/awe*) The series order is The Blade Itself ---> Before They Are Hanged ---> Last Argument of Kings. LAoK isn't released in the US until September, but BookDepository has free international shipping and it a life saver.

How about George RR Martin or Robin Hobb?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on August 04, 2008, 11:32:46 AM
I'm on (or rather, I just finished up) American Psycho. It was good and I liked it, but it was pretty screwed up (and that's putting it mildly). As such, I need something a bit more light, and am going to pick up Last Chance to See (for about the hundredth time; I just really like that book).
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on August 04, 2008, 06:36:40 PM
I'm always in need of a good sci-fi or fantasy book... most of the ones that are glutting the market these days are utter trash

Who do you like/Who have you read? Maybe I can make some suggestions. I'm pretty much an exclusive SF&F reader.

I prefer the witty/sardonic writers (Terry Pratchett) first, then the really well-written gritty ones (Glen Cook, Terry Goodkind BEFORE he started to suck - i.e. book 1 and book 2 only, plus Faith of the Fallen naturally), and then the ones with really compelling stories that do a good job of creating their worlds (anything by Guy Gavriel Kay - Fionovar in particular is one of the best trilogies I've ever read, and Sarantium was also wonderful). I like authors that take the time to make the genre their own instead of just making sad immitations of Tolkein's work.

I've only read through book 6 of Cook's Black Company series so far... I have to decide whether I can wait for the next 3 to be released as a group set, or if I'm going to just break down and order the old out of print ones through Amazon. I'm getting antsy for more Croaker and Lady. :)

Haha, I'm in the exact same situation with the Black Company series. I'm actually waiting on a few people about copies of Bleak Seasons and She Is The Darkness to avoid the Amazon prices, and if they don;t come through I have them on eBook :P

As for recommendations - Joe Abercrombie is the man. He has a lot of that witty/dark humor, but also manages to write a compelling (and brutal) story. He only has one series out now, but it's complete! (I know *shock/awe*) The series order is The Blade Itself ---> Before They Are Hanged ---> Last Argument of Kings. LAoK isn't released in the US until September, but BookDepository has free international shipping and it a life saver.

How about George RR Martin...

Yes.  This guy is awesome.  The Song of Ice and Fire saga is really, really, good.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on August 04, 2008, 07:08:23 PM
Haha, I'm in the exact same situation with the Black Company series. I'm actually waiting on a few people about copies of Bleak Seasons and She Is The Darkness to avoid the Amazon prices, and if they don;t come through I have them on eBook :P

As for recommendations - Joe Abercrombie is the man. He has a lot of that witty/dark humor, but also manages to write a compelling (and brutal) story. He only has one series out now, but it's complete! (I know *shock/awe*) The series order is The Blade Itself ---> Before They Are Hanged ---> Last Argument of Kings. LAoK isn't released in the US until September, but BookDepository has free international shipping and it a life saver.

How about George RR Martin or Robin Hobb?

I'll have to check out Abercrombie. I'm in Canada, so we can usually get UK books no problem even if they aren't out in the States yet (Chapters, our national Barnes & Noble clone, imports from both countries all the time).

Any chance you could send me a copy of those eBooks? I hate giving money to Amazon if I can possibly avoid it, especially since their .ca site is such a travesty compared to the real one. Its very existence is insulting. :P
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Ortega on August 04, 2008, 09:05:00 PM
ok.....just finished this
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OK.  While i know some people, and initially myself included, might think that Frank's son & the talented SF author actually finishing the last installment( which they plit into two) of the Dune saga might seem like sacrelige, but it was actually entertaining.  In all honesty, i thought that Frank' Herbert's overall arch got a little cumbersome once we get to God Emperor, and he unfortuntaley left us with a whopper of a cliffhanger at the last few pages of Chapterhouse, and sadly, went to join Shai-hulud,  two years later with the story unfinished.  ABout twenty years, and a few prequel novels later Frank Herbert's son Brian, and the accomplished author Kevin J. Anderson decide to do the impossible, and try and close the book on the Dune saga with Hunters of Dune , and Sandworms of Dune, which comprise Book 7.

  Let's start with the bad stuff first.
   
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

But all of that aside, i have to give it to Brian and Kevin.  They can craft really good page-turners.  Even when i was put off at some of the weaker parts of the story, i felt compelled to keep reading.  They can suck you in, and keep you saying to yourself, " OK, just one more chapter, and that's all.." only to keep reading a few hours more. 

All in all, a decent book, more than worth the read.  Though i would suggest reading "The Butlerian Jihad" triliogy before picking these up.  While it might not be the true Frank Herbert's Dune, they are more than acceptable substitutes.


Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on August 05, 2008, 06:35:33 AM
Finished The Electric Church by Jeff Somers. It was a fun, quick, run n' gun cyberpunk type book; I'll certainly be checking out the sequel...but I won't be running out today or anything.

Now onto The Edge of Reason by Melinda Snodgrass.
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I got the chance to meet her at ComicCon and got to see her speak on a panel about Superheroes in prose fiction (she helped GRRM create the Wild Cards) and she had probably the most insightful things to say about the writing process. As for this book, GRRM's endorsement pretty much got me hook line and sinker:
“It's the eve of Armageddon and the gates of hell are about to yawn open. Jesus Christ is a homeless schizophrenic living in a cardboard box, Lucifer commands the forces of light, and humanity's best hope is a tormented young beat cop from Albuquerque, New Mexico. If H.P. Lovecraft and H. L. Mencken had ever collaborated, they might have come up with something like The Edge of Reason . This one will delight thinkers--and outrage true believers--of all stripes.”

...SOLD!!!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on August 12, 2008, 11:35:03 AM
Finished off The Edge of Reason last night. It was pretty good, certainly different from what i usually read and I really enjoyed Melinda's writing style...great dialog and the scene changes reminded me of a movie. The first half of the book was fantastic - filled with tension and philosophy/theology musings, but the second half kind of dragged as it was very heavy on back story of the main character, - it was interesting and well thought out but it just kind of paled in comparison to what came before. The ending, however, was great and I can see where she's going for the sequel and I look forward to it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on August 12, 2008, 08:11:51 PM
I just finished Magic Hour, an autobiography by famed cinematographer, Jack Cardiff.  A pleasant, but not exactly earth-shattering, read.  I'm not entirely sure what I'll read next, I might go book hunting before I pick up another one.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on August 12, 2008, 11:22:57 PM
Now reading:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/ThrashKreator/books_BetrayalInWinter.jpg)

Synopsis
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
I really enjoyed A Shadow In Summer (in fact, that was the book that got me fired back up about reading after taking a few months' break) so this should be fun...been looking forward to it, and after two more sci-fi/contemporary books it'll be nice to head back into epic fantasy, my first love. :P
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: DarthChimay on August 13, 2008, 02:01:48 PM
Added The Edge of Reason to my wishlist.

Anyone ever read Soon I Will be Invincible? I think I'm gonna get that one and check it out at some point.


Yes. It was decent, but it seemed to me that the people who lauded it should've just picked up Astro City instead.

Anyways, right now I'm reading
(http://sf.emse.fr/AUTHORS/CYUKNA/MARS.GIF)

So far, it's incredible and it's reinforced my disturbing adoration of neurotic women.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on August 14, 2008, 10:08:40 AM
Okay, so I bought the following from amazon: Anasi Boys and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, Bring on the Empty Horses by David Niven, and The Road by Cormac MacCarthy. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: DarthChimay on August 14, 2008, 10:20:59 AM
Added The Edge of Reason to my wishlist.

Anyone ever read Soon I Will be Invincible? I think I'm gonna get that one and check it out at some point.


Yes. It was decent, but it seemed to me that the people who lauded it should've just picked up Astro City instead.

Anyways, right now I'm reading
(http://sf.emse.fr/AUTHORS/CYUKNA/MARS.GIF)

So far, it's incredible and it's reinforced my disturbing adoration of neurotic women.


Huh. I -barely- got through Red Mars. I thought it was tedious beyond belief--there's about 30 pages of plot sandwiched in between about 600 pages of angst.  I did not read the other two Mars books after that.

What's Astro Boy?

I guess I'm kinda digging on the angst (for some reason, I'm totally in love with the main neurotic Russian woman, Maya), and I'm totally digging on the science of terraforming.

Astro City (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astro_city (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astro_city)) is a comic book written by Kurt Busiek. It's a deconstruction of the superhero genre, in its broadest sense, but it's also just a kickass comic book. What I really love about it is that some stories are told from the pov of the heroes, others from the pov of the villains, and still others from the pov of just normal people living on the streets. If you read and enjoyed Watchmen, I highly recommend it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on August 14, 2008, 01:47:34 PM
Astro City is a wonderful series.  I found it kinda funny that when Busiek was really ill, he could still manage to write the best run on Avengers I'd seen in a long time, but said he was still mentally unable to write Astro City.  That's how much he puts into the book.  There are some really sweet Alex Ross covers too.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: DarthChimay on August 14, 2008, 02:27:34 PM
Astro City is a wonderful series.  I found it kinda funny that when Busiek was really ill, he could still manage to write the best run on Avengers I'd seen in a long time, but said he was still mentally unable to write Astro City.  That's how much he puts into the book.  There are some really sweet Alex Ross covers too.

Yeah. That was strange. But at least he's back occasionally. I need to pick up The Dark Age now that the collections are coming out.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Super Monkey Death Car on August 14, 2008, 05:04:31 PM
(http://www.robertreedwriter.com/images/Postscripts14.jpg)

Currently reading Postscripts, Summer 2008 issue.

Just finished reading A Little Knowledge by Guy Immega, which is a nice little science fiction (to science fact, believe it or not) story about arthritis and the storage capacity of junk DNA. Currently reading a story called A World Without Sleep by Sarah Monette, which is an odd little story about insomnia and vampires. That is, someone dealing with insomnia and a run-in with a vampire.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 21, 2008, 07:58:03 PM
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Ok just finished that.

So far (issue one of I suspect ten), and it's about as close to a The Ten Doctors as we are likely to ever get. So I'd say if you're interested in Doctor Who from the new series but wanted to see a glimpse of the earlier regenerations, this one might be the one to pick up. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Dim of the Yard on August 21, 2008, 08:14:09 PM
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Ok just finished that.

So far (issue one of I suspect ten), and it's about as close to a The Ten Doctors as we are likely to ever get. So I'd say if you're interested in Doctor Who from the new series but wanted to see a glimpse of the earlier regenerations, this one might be the one to pick up. :)

Oh, now I REALLY want this comic!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 22, 2008, 06:09:05 AM
Yep

And next issue it's at least Doc 2 and possibly Doc 3

So mybe it'll not be ten issues.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on August 22, 2008, 07:18:06 PM
Just finished Anansi Boys at work (450 pages in one shift, now THAT's what I call busy!) by Neil Gaiman.  I enjoyed it, though I thought it was a little more simplistic than the other novel of his I've read, American Gods, but that's probably due to the fairy-tale nature of the story.  It felt a bit like a slightly darker Robert Rankin book, where gods and magic interfere with the slightly non-plussed commonfolk. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 22, 2008, 07:20:31 PM
You know it's interesting, I liked Anansi Boys much more than American Gods because it was lighter. Mind you I especially liked it as an audiobook read by Lenny Henry. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on August 22, 2008, 07:37:23 PM
It says in the back of the book that Lenny Henry was one of the first people to tell Neil Gaiman that his idea would make a good novel.  Though I don't really like Lenny Henry anymore.  I don't think I have since Chef went off the the air.  He seems to confuse volume with humour.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: ninjacat11 on August 23, 2008, 08:26:36 PM
Watchmen. I'm not even a big fan of much comics, and this is still a genius book.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on August 24, 2008, 07:41:09 PM
Just finished The Road by Cormac McArthy.  Wow.  I don't think I've been that devastated by a book since I read Atonement a couple of years ago.  The narrative style took a little while to get used to, but it seems to perfectly fit with the story.  It's brilliant, beautiful, and very sad.  I wonder how faithful the soon-to-be-released movie will be?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on August 25, 2008, 06:39:08 PM
Heh.  And now I've finished reading Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman.  I enjoyed it, but I thought it betrayed its TV roots with it's lack of atmosphere and reliance on dialogue.  The hero is far too much of a milk-sop for too long as well, which really doesn't engender much sympathy in the reader.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on August 29, 2008, 07:23:47 PM
I guess I'm the only one allowed to read at work? :)

Just finished Bring on the Empty Horses, which is a loose jumble of memoirs by David Niven.  It's fun, full of anecdotes about his friends.

I also just bought some new books with some money from my birthday.  Woo-hoo!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on August 29, 2008, 07:49:26 PM
Finished off Daniel Abraham's A Betrayal In Winter today, finally. It was really quite excellent. Very little physical action, but a lot of great characters and politics. Kind of difficult to are about the "big picture" that I know is coming in the next few books, but the ride is still fun.

Now reading:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/ThrashKreator/076531178X_FinalEmpire.jpg)
Brandon Sanderson - Mistborn: The Final Empire
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Post by: Fortis on August 29, 2008, 08:25:57 PM
Finished off Daniel Abraham's A Betrayal In Winter today, finally. It was really quite excellent. Very little physical action, but a lot of great characters and politics. Kind of difficult to are about the "big picture" that I know is coming in the next few books, but the ride is still fun.

Now reading:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/ThrashKreator/076531178X_FinalEmpire.jpg)
Brandon Sanderson - Mistborn: The Final Empire

That's a great book. I loved Allomancy, there are some amazing fight scenes and battles in that book, Allomancy lends itself greatly to excitement, and the second book is even better. While Brandon Sanderson's books aren't the best things I've read, I'm really excited to see what his career brings...plus him finishing the wheel of time series is pretty cool (except I'm a little scared by having to reread the books again when the last one comes out next year...thats a lot of pages.

Hope you enjoy it
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Post by: exlibris11235 on August 29, 2008, 10:30:30 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/4174FT0XMVL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

Because Wodehouse can bring the funny.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on September 02, 2008, 05:14:09 PM
I just finished Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut.

(http://nealpollack.com/blogimg/n1362.jpg)

What a wonderful book.  Funny, childish (in the best way), insightful, brave and silly. 
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Post by: anais.jude on September 02, 2008, 06:46:49 PM
Breakfast of Champions is one of the greatest books i've ever read!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on September 07, 2008, 05:30:13 PM
Aaand another Kurt Vonnegut book (which cost me the princely sum of 9p):

(http://coudal.com/i/sirens_of_titan.jpg)

It's the first "straight" novel I've read of his, and I really enjoyed it.  There's some seriously awesome ideas contained within, and seems quite ahead of its time.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 07, 2008, 05:36:23 PM
Aaand another Kurt Vonnegut book (which cost me the princely sum of 9p):

Jumble sale or Oxfam?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on September 07, 2008, 05:39:08 PM
Amazon Marketplace.  I also bought Player Piano for 1p.  About £3 with postage overall though.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 07, 2008, 05:43:46 PM
Oh ok, see my local Oxfam actually had a pretty good book (and Vinyl) selection.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on September 08, 2008, 07:32:04 AM
William Goldman's Brothers.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51qMDCFA5mL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

I'm a big fan of Goldman, and have never read this book. It's quite interesting so far.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on September 08, 2008, 07:35:31 AM
Aaand another Kurt Vonnegut book (which cost me the princely sum of 9p):

(http://coudal.com/i/sirens_of_titan.jpg)

It's the first "straight" novel I've read of his, and I really enjoyed it.  There's some seriously awesome ideas contained within, and seems quite ahead of its time.

Oh, me likey that one too!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on September 08, 2008, 10:24:42 AM
For School:  :grr:)
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/moll-flanders-defoe-kibbie.jpg)

(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/SPN33.jpg)

AND FOR FUN:
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/9780060937867.jpg)
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Post by: Super Monkey Death Car on September 09, 2008, 01:03:19 PM
(http://www.robertreedwriter.com/images/Postscripts14.jpg)

Just finished "Flecks from the Isle of Chrome" by Rhys Hughes in #14 of Postscripts, thus finishing the entire issue.

"Flecks..." is a funny little sci-fi story about a couple living in a very awkward society, where women get to torture and then dispose their male companions in order for them to get new ones. Dispose being a polite word for murder. It is also about awkward society rules that everyone must obey. For example, if it's ordered that it's fashionable for women to smoke tobacco pipes, they must do so or put behind bars. The story has a couple of twists at the ending hinting that all is not what it appears.

(http://thefix-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/2008_8_asimovs.jpg)

On Deck is the August 2008 issue of Asimov's. First article is "Some Thoughts on the Short Story" by Robert Silverberg. Here is a short clip:

"A couple of working definitions:
1) A short story is a piece of prose fiction in which just one significant thing happens.
2) A science fiction short story is a piece of prose fiction in which just one extraordinary thing happens.
There are not definitions of my devising, nor are they especially recent."
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on September 09, 2008, 03:09:23 PM
Finished off Sanderson's Mistborn: The Final Empire a few days ago. It was truly excellent. Had I known Sanderson was a Mormon before reading I probably would have avoided this, but luckily I was about 50 pages in when I looked up more info about him and I'm glad I wasn't turned away. He does let some of his faith leak in, but it's actually almost in blasphemous ways so it's kind of funny. That stuff aside: the story was extremely entertaining, with great characters, and a cool magic system that I would love to see get a big screen adaptation (or even a video game) if they could manage to stay true to the source. Of course this is spec fiction, so anyone who reads "literature" won't be too impressed but anyone who is looking for escapism and a great storytelling with tasty, tasty violence should be pretty delighted. 

Now onto:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51M8B537SPL.jpg)
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Post by: stansimpson on September 09, 2008, 05:12:12 PM
(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/25340000/25346156.JPG)
Diablo Cody's book (released years before she wrote "Juno") chronicles her foray into stripping at a club in a the quiet, frozen terrain of Minnesota.  She even got on Letterman to promote it when it first came out.  A lot more sophisticated than I thought it was gonna be.  Surprising in many ways.  Laugh-out-loud moments on just about every page.  Her competence as a writer shines a dozen times brighter here than in "Juno."  Her witticisms and humor makes me recommend it to any MST3k fan.  A hard-to-put-down book fer shure.  Try reading the first few pages at Amazon.com.

How is Kevin Murphy's book anyway?  I've flipped through it, but the lack of dates/details on a lot of entries kinda turned me away when I looked through it some years back.  Is it worth tracking down?  (I know, I may be asking a biased crowd here)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on September 15, 2008, 09:52:32 PM
Finished A Wizard Of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin. Wow.

Concise, short, and masterfully written. With a style that reminds me of the Prose Edda, Le Guin gives breath and life to the world she created in ways that longer winded authors could only dream. The tale itself might be considered simplistic when faced with the massive tomes of gritty backstabbing that we have in high fantasy today, but the way in which Ged's story is told should hit readers with an epiphany of, "Oh, so THAT is how you're supposed to do it!" in regards to the building blocks of the genre. Character, story, detail, and WONDER.

Even when compared to master like Tolkien, Le Guin stands solid and, in my humble opinion, surpasses his storytelling ability. While a short read, you can tell that this was written for a more mature audience than a lot of fantasy that came before.

I love modern fantasy (as you probably could tell by reading any page of this thread :P), but there truly is something refreshing to go back to a book like this and seeing that simplicity could still evoke such imagination. This one hit me pretty hard.

Next Up:
(http://www.galactium.com/books_WellOfAscension.jpg)
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Post by: Tripe on September 16, 2008, 05:22:29 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/516532RFXML.jpg)
Julian A Novel by Gore Vidal

It's not going over anything I didn't know and I'm very favorably disposed to Julian already but it's a nicely written novel that, thus far, seems to capture Julian's self deprecating voice and distaste for Galileans and their charnel houses.

If you like this sort of thing, which I do, then this is the sort of thing you'll like.
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Post by: mrbasehart on September 16, 2008, 06:13:05 AM
With the size of that lettering on the cover, it could be Gore Vidal, a novel by Julian...   :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 16, 2008, 06:19:29 AM
Yeah, don't you hate that?

(http://files.list.co.uk/images/2007/09/06/panel-DavidThewlis_thumb.jpg)
"Jane Austen by Emma"

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on September 16, 2008, 11:04:42 AM
AND FOR FUN:
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/9780060937867.jpg)

Found a copy at a local Half Price Books for about 5 bucks. Looking forward to reading it!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: DarthChimay on September 25, 2008, 11:44:50 AM
Just finished:

(http://www.rthawkins.com/covers/book/book54.jpg)

Finishing:

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0061054895.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

About to start:

(http://www.supermanhomepage.com/images/book-covers/its-superman.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on September 27, 2008, 08:35:43 PM
Working on

Superior Saturday ^_______________^

Finally got the next peice of Keys to the Kingdom, YAAAAY!

Keys to the Kingdom Series is almost over though, boo =(

Oh well. There's still Shade's Children

Here's a lolcat, because it was so awesome I had to post it in whatever thread I was frequenting at the time:

(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/funny-pictures-you-are-making-a-care-package-very-correctly.jpg)
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Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on September 29, 2008, 01:40:14 PM
About to start:

(http://www.supermanhomepage.com/images/book-covers/its-superman.jpg)
Very, very good book....if you can let go of every other telling of Superman's origin you've been told before.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: DarthChimay on September 29, 2008, 05:37:29 PM
About to start:

(http://www.supermanhomepage.com/images/book-covers/its-superman.jpg)
Very, very good book....if you can let go of every other telling of Superman's origin you've been told before.

So far, only 150 pages in and I love it. I have no problem with people monkeying around with origin stories; lord knows they've never been straight from the get-go. I love the take on Clark in here. So long as Willi Berg doesn't become Jimmy Olsen, I'll be very pleased. I wanted to read this before the Coen bros. got their fingers into it, if the rumors are true that they're looking to bring it to the big screen.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on September 30, 2008, 01:10:17 PM
Very, very good book....if you can let go of every other telling of Superman's origin you've been told before.
So long as Willi Berg doesn't become Jimmy Olsen, I'll be very pleased.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
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Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on September 30, 2008, 01:54:28 PM
Don't know why they want to try to make a movie of it thought.   :(  Too character driven to keep the Suits happy.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Racer™ on September 30, 2008, 05:14:47 PM
Currently reading:
A Year at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey
by Kevin Murphy


Next book on my list:
The March of Unreason: Science, Democracy, and the New Fundamentalism
by Dick Taverne

(First post ever, yay... Now back to lurking)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 02, 2008, 01:05:30 PM
Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk.  It's been a long time since Hulk has been this much fun.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: KingOfShippers on October 02, 2008, 03:58:14 PM
Currently reading through the Sword of Shannara, as well as The Eye of the World (Wheel of time Book 1), both books are excellent, also I just ordered the first book in The Belgariad series as well as first of the Discworld series.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 02, 2008, 04:47:07 PM
The Colour of Magic?

OK, just so you know,the series really didn't find its voice till the fourth book. TCoM is good but if you find yourself asking what all the fuss is about at the end be assured it's not representative of the rest of the books really. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 02, 2008, 05:02:37 PM
You're in the minority though, just giving a bit of advice to somebody starting with TCoM who might have a fairly common reaction to it amongst those who have heard of The Discworld Series and start at the beginning.

If he doesn't then all well and good, but if he does I'm simply saying it's not unusual to feel that way. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on October 03, 2008, 09:36:15 AM
I started with TCoM a few months ago and haven;t had the chance to continue...but I didn't think it was lacking anything and I saw the appeal and reason for the hype pretty clearly. How does things change from book 4 on? Is it just style or is there a serious overhaul?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 03, 2008, 09:44:50 AM
No it's just the the voice is surer, Death is much more like himself as he is in the rest from Mort onwards. Even Ysabel is different in Mort from how she seems in The Light Fantastic.

The first three seem more like a Tom Holt style comic fantasy than the works of stealth philosophy that they have come to be.

Again I love all of the series but I'm not alone in thinking that Mort is a good starting place. :)

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 03, 2008, 03:13:23 PM
Yes it is, but I've known many people who statred at the beginning and said "what's all the fuss about" and then not read any other. I'm simply trying to stave that off :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Bairman on October 03, 2008, 03:19:08 PM
Just finished re-reading The Foundation Trilogy + Foundation's Edge.  Asimov is always fun.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Bairman on October 03, 2008, 05:18:00 PM
The spoiler you mention is at the end of Foundation's Edge... and yeah, that's the one part that fell flat.  The story's moving along nicely toward the conclusion and then it's like he just threw it into reverse and shredded the transmission.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Halifirien on October 07, 2008, 08:10:43 AM
I'm reading F. Paul Wilson's The Keep. I'd like to track down more of his Adversary Cycle novels, but so far it seems like the chain bookstores only want to stock his Repairman Jack stuff.... which is nice, but I want more.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 10, 2008, 12:22:02 PM
I just finished Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules, a book about the "real" Fantastic Four.  I think most of it is just meta and not really real like the author said (especailly since there seem to be characters who seem suspiciously like the Sub-Mariner (a beatnik named Joey King) and another who seems like the Moleman, and a cartoonist is credited as an archived for "Vapor Girl Comics" (yeah, I'm pretty confident by "archivist" they mean artist) but whether true or imaginary, it was very well written.  It was supposed to be a part of a trilogy so I hope writer James Sturm is working on it.  I'm probably going to reread 100 Bullets Vol. 11 soon before I read Vol. 12, just to catch up.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Ranika on October 11, 2008, 10:34:34 PM
My own stuff. Over and over and over... Editing sucks.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Cryptobotanist on October 15, 2008, 10:13:14 AM
Currently reading the Sixth Column by Robert Heinlein. It's an old book my Dad gave me from his personal collection. The book is no longer in print though, look it up on Wikipedia, you'll see why.

afterwards I'll be reading Starship Troopers also by Heinlein, and then Night of the Triffids by Simon Clark
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: MSTJedi on October 15, 2008, 11:17:30 AM
Just picked up the "A Time Odyssey" trilogy by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter at my local library. They're basically a continuation of the Space Odyssey series. Two of the books hadn't been checked out before, so it's no wonder why I'd never seen them there before. I've really enjoyed all of Clarke's books that I've read, so I'm looking forward to these.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on October 15, 2008, 12:40:48 PM
I'm reading "Boys on the Bus" by Timothy Crouse.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0812968204 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0812968204)

Amazon.com Review
Political spin-doctoring has become something of an art form in the last few decades. It was less artful in the early years of the information age, and Crouse's entertaining look at the attempts of both the Nixon and McGovern '72 campaign staffs to control the media seems almost comical, so poor were they at the image-and-sound bite manipulation that now defines our politics. Crouse is a serious-minded journalist, however, and his firsthand report on how political news is made and shaped remains important reading. Check out Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 for a more madcap view of the same matters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Trumpysgirl on October 15, 2008, 02:08:10 PM
"In the Blink of An Eye" by Walter Murch: God of the movie-editing world.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: MSTJedi on October 16, 2008, 04:13:32 PM
Just picked up the "A Time Odyssey" trilogy by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter at my local library. They're basically a continuation of the Space Odyssey series. Two of the books hadn't been checked out before, so it's no wonder why I'd never seen them there before. I've really enjoyed all of Clarke's books that I've read, so I'm looking forward to these.

Even "Rama II"? That one left me snoozing.

Haven't read that one yet. Like I said, of the ones I've read, I liked them all. Apparently my local library has a bit of a limited selection.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on October 16, 2008, 06:53:04 PM
Un Lun Dun, by China Meiville

It's pretty good so far, especially the creepy bit with an ambulatory umbrella.  The visuals and atmosphere are spectacular, but I'm still not totally decided one way or the other.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on November 03, 2008, 06:34:38 PM
Just finished Michael Cricton's Sphere again. Love that book.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513Xd7a5EWL._SL500_BO2,204,203,200_AA219_PIsitb-sticker-dp-arrow,TopRight,-24,-23_SH20_OU01_.jpg)


Now I'm starting Ian Fleming's Dr. No, for the first time. It's great so far.

I found 4 of his Bond books from this particular collection:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51A4DK4Ee6L._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

Dr. No, Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die, and Octopussy & The Living Daylights.
They cost me next to nothing, as I bought them from a Goodwill or thrift store, and they're in excellent condition. Practically new. I love finds like that!!
http://www.amazon.com/Fleming-Moonraker-Diamonds-Goldfinger-Thunderball/dp/B000TRCTUI/ref=sr_1_51?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1225765747&sr=1-51
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 11, 2008, 07:27:53 PM
I finished reading the short story "I, Row-Boat".  Not bad.  I also finished vol. 2 of Ex Machina, which is a very good read.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bratpop on November 11, 2008, 09:12:05 PM
I'm reading a book about cheese. I think it's called Mitch Nielsen's Nummy Megacheese or something.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: saltwrench on November 13, 2008, 06:31:41 PM
Reading:

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Actually really good so far, but by no means an easy read.

The New Knowledge of Dog Behavior by Clarence Pfaffenberger
Based on a lot of research of eugenics and I think sometimes of calling the author Clay PfaffenNazi
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on November 15, 2008, 04:15:43 PM
Finished Bernard Cornwell's The Winter King today. F**king. Phenomenal.

Cornwell really is unmatched when it comes to these types of books - add his knack for history to the large gap in historical facts about this time period and we get a book that is basically epic fantasy...right down to the magic! I know I've said it everytime I've finished a Cornwell book, but he really is the master at writing pitched battles. No one I've read comes close. He gets the atmosphere, the description, and the tension perfect. Of course his characters are fun, and the setting is engrossing...and I can bullshit myself until my breath is able to fertilize plants, that I'm here for the story and journey - I'M HERE FOR BLOOD!!! :P

That said, after one book, I still like the Saxon Tales a bit better, but mostly because of the narrator and the subject matter (Vikings & Christain bashing > ALL)
Next up:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/ThrashKreator/26697645.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: stansimpson on November 15, 2008, 07:35:18 PM
I can't believe this actually happened.  A "fictional" account of O.J. committing double murder.  I can't think of any reason to write this other than to profit off of murder.  Which is probably why the courts intercepted and gave the book to the Goldman family to release.  Chilling.
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4f/If_I_did_It_2.png)
I liked this alternate cover better:
(http://dailycontempt.com/wp-content/uploads/oj_simpson_if_i_did_it.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Hebs on November 15, 2008, 07:43:49 PM
HAHA
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on November 15, 2008, 08:40:42 PM
Rereading this:

(http://www.librarything.com/picsizes/a0/59/707cb30c7304a686ec306cd4ce6d5e46.jpg)

Nice thing about re-reading Pratchett. I usually have almost no recollection of any but the most vague outline of the book. 

So far this one has the great snapshot of a "day" in the life of the Disc's shortest- and longest-lived creatures (mayflies and Counting Pines, respectively).  It also mentions a wizards' football team, which is going to be a future book ("The Unseen Academicals").
I have never seen that edition before.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on November 15, 2008, 08:50:46 PM
Yeah that's really cool, it has echos of the Kirby cover but it's much better (I too couldn't stand them, I like the Kidby ones though).
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on November 16, 2008, 05:37:41 AM
Is there a link to all of the covers?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on November 16, 2008, 04:54:28 PM
I'm not sure which ones are the "kirby covers" or not, but I've found the covers in this vein
(http://www.e-steve.co.uk/Jo/Discworld/Images/The%20Light%20Fantastic.jpg)
to be the ugliest things on the planet since Strom Thurmond had that boil lanced (1998).
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 16, 2008, 05:53:12 PM
(http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/sideways-crime/images/sideways-crime-med.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on November 16, 2008, 06:05:38 PM
That's a Kirby, I think.

It is, notice the beardless dwarfs.

And yes explain the sideways crime :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on November 16, 2008, 07:21:24 PM
After I finished Un Lun Dun, I started reading San Sombrero, the latest of Jet Lag's humorous fake country travel guides (a series that began with Molvania: A land Untouched by Modern Dentistry).

It starts out pretty funny, but I think it ebbs a bit and feels repetitive as I get used to the tropes and style of their humor. Maybe it's just funnier when you read it aloud, or maybe I have to read some real travel guides for it to be really funny.

Oh yeah, I definately loath Kirby. The minimalistic but aesthetically inoffensive paperbacks I see in borders are an improvement.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 16, 2008, 07:36:56 PM
(http://www.solarisbooks.com/books/sideways-crime/images/sideways-crime-med.jpg)

Interesting.  Please to explaining.

It's an anthology of Alternate History Mysteries.  The first story I finished is about false Glycon prophet Wil Shaxpur solving a mystery in an 16th century England (Brithan) where Christianity doesn't exist (or is in the minority).

There's also a Paul Di Fillipo story titled "Murder in Geektopia"  That's one of those stories you want to read for the title alone.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: KingOfShippers on November 19, 2008, 09:57:29 AM
Currently reading through The Light Fantastic, great book so far, it' certainly a improvement over The Color of Magic, which i felt lagged at times...also Death's personality is slowly starting to come together.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: DarthChimay on November 19, 2008, 10:38:30 AM
Finishing up Death from the Skies by Phil Plait (aka the Bad Astronomer). Excellent book about the many ways the world could end, from comets to black holes.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on November 27, 2008, 12:06:10 AM
I finished Brandon Sanderson's Hero of Ages. Damn good wrap up to a fast paced and entertaining series. He does get a bit preachy this time around, but it's tolerable ads he actually gives said preaching context within the plot rather than just going Ayn Rand/Badkind on us.

Seriously though, good shit...however, I still think the first book was the best.

Next up, something I've really beenn looking forward to:

Heroes Die by Matthew Woodring Stover
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n1/n5359.jpg)

I've been trying to get my mitts on this one ever since I read a handful of good reviews a while back, and then I read this  (http://www.fantasticmetropolis.com/i/stover/)interview with him and he got bumped to the top of my list.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on November 27, 2008, 07:06:38 AM
Why is Michael Douglas posing for book covers all of a sudden? :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on November 27, 2008, 04:50:23 PM
Here it is. The final book I will have to read for a University class. Wow, just wow
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/14527954.jpg)
Now, I will be reading more books to study for my final comp exam, but this is the last for a class.  :highfive:
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on November 27, 2008, 08:01:20 PM
Ooh, I love that book.  :)   I think I prefer Pride & Prejudice a little more though.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on November 27, 2008, 08:34:55 PM
Ooh, I love that book.  :)   I think I prefer Pride & Prejudice a little more though.

I suppose I should say something like "You liking Jane Austen means you're sensitive and sleepwithable" but, um, no
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2008, 05:56:30 AM
Actually it more sort of means he's British and bright; tons of British men like Austen, liking Austen isn't about being sensitive, it's about appreciating elegantly written snark.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on November 28, 2008, 06:14:11 AM
Ooh, I love that book.  :)   I think I prefer Pride & Prejudice a little more though.

I suppose I should say something like "You liking Jane Austen means you're sensitive and sleepwithable" but, um, no

Sensitive? Debateable.  I do think she's funny and a lot more sardonic than people give her credit for though.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on November 28, 2008, 08:01:39 AM
I was making a joke, people!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on November 28, 2008, 08:37:59 AM
I was making a joke, people!

Yeah, well you really hurt my feelings!

*goes back to his boxes of chocolates and Danielle Steele novels*
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on November 28, 2008, 09:44:56 AM
I was making a joke, people!

Yeah, well you really hurt my feelings!

*goes back to his boxes of chocolates and Danielle Steele novels*

Oh Basehart, what's happened to us? Can't things go back to the way they were when took our trip to Land's End? ( :P )
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on November 30, 2008, 05:33:20 PM
"We'll always have...Cornwall."

Anyways, I'm reading this:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51W89NHFSYL.jpg)

It's a pretty entertaining read.  Mick comes across just as you'd expect (funny, humble, but pretty candid about himself and other wrestlers) and though I haven't gotten to the WWE-era yet, it's kept my interest.  I wonder if he'll write one about his current stint in TNA.  That's probably why he went there: for new material.  :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on November 30, 2008, 06:07:59 PM
That is one awesome book, Basehart! I enjoyed reading it lots
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on November 30, 2008, 06:17:02 PM
Better yet, it cost me a total of 79 pence.  Hardcover!

I might check out his other stuff too, now.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on December 01, 2008, 05:22:20 AM
Better yet, it cost me a total of 79 pence.  Hardcover!

I might check out his other stuff too, now.

Booksale? Or whatever they call themselves these days.

He's pretty entertaining as a writer.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: DarthChimay on December 01, 2008, 02:08:51 PM
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/074320011X.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

This is a book about parasites and how ignored they generally are. It's fantastic, utterly absorbing, and it makes your skin crawl. From now on, I'm only eating meat that has been saturated through with antibiotics. But Carl Zimmer (who wrote one of my favorite books, Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea) also makes these little critters beautiful in their own way.

Next up on my reading list:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/714PH4X5FRL._SS500_.gif)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: k1 on December 01, 2008, 04:00:12 PM
Better yet, it cost me a total of 79 pence.  Hardcover!

I might check out his other stuff too, now.

I got my hardcover copy at Buck-A-Book for a whopping 1 buck.


I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on December 01, 2008, 05:46:49 PM
Better yet, it cost me a total of 79 pence.  Hardcover!

I might check out his other stuff too, now.

I got my hardcover copy at Buck-A-Book for a whopping 1 buck.


I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Has anybody read his others?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on December 01, 2008, 05:48:31 PM
Sorry I meant to put that explicitly in my last response, yes I've read the other one (unless there were more than two in which case it's Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker than Wrestling). :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RoninFox on December 01, 2008, 05:49:10 PM
Better yet, it cost me a total of 79 pence.  Hardcover!

I might check out his other stuff too, now.

I got my hardcover copy at Buck-A-Book for a whopping 1 buck.


I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Has anybody read his others?

Foley Is Good and Hardcore Diaries are both good reads, though not as good as Have a Nice Day.

I really enjoyed his novel Tietam Brown too.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on December 15, 2008, 02:30:47 PM
Finished Matthew Woodring Stover's Heroes Die. This was one of those books that really reminds me why I love to read, and why I love spec fiction. Simply the best book I've read in a long time; probably since the first time I read Robin Hobb, maybe even GRRM. (*shock/awe*)

The story was great - action packed with great pacing and interesting characters that avoided fantasy cliches. It also had a bit more depth and relevance to social/philosophical issues without seeming "CNN".

The writing itself was enjoyable as hell. Not only descriptive with its wonderfully flowing narrative - the perspective and tense jumps were incredibly well done. It runs the gamut from 1st person present, to 1st person past, to 3rd person past; sometimes in the same page...and it isn't jarring or confusing.

I really can't say enough good things about this. though, it appears that Stover writes at just slightly faster than GRRM speed. I still have 2 books in this series until I'm caught up in the series, so hopefully he'll get the lead out.

Anyways, next up is Jim Butcher's Furies of Calderon
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/ThrashKreator/540-1.jpg)
Reading it as part of a deal: I read this, and my buddy would read Game of Thrones. A small price to pay to spread the word. Hopefully it won't be too bad.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: k1 on December 15, 2008, 03:16:33 PM
I'm trying to get started reading this, but life keeps getting in the way.

(http://othersideoftheplanet.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/Soon_I_Will_Be_Invincible_1.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 15, 2008, 04:23:35 PM
I'm going to a secret sale at my local comic shop (for favoured customers), so now I'm thinking hard about what "more expensive than usual" comic I should pick up.  Alan Moore's Voice of the Fire is tempting, as is "the Vault of Horror" vol. 1.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on December 15, 2008, 04:58:09 PM
Alan Moore's Voice of the Fire is tempting
The text novel or is there a comic of it that I'm not aware of?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on December 15, 2008, 05:23:52 PM
Currently about two-thirds the way through...

(http://cyrusfirst.com/guests/mcbooks/large_illustration/undertheeagle.jpg)

Which is a historical fiction novel about the Roman's invasion of Britain in the first century AD.  It's pretty good, though rather straight forward, with some really nice realized set-pieces thrown in.  It's clear the author meant this as the first book in a series, and it's one I'll probably be checking out more of soon. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 15, 2008, 07:14:16 PM
Alan Moore's Voice of the Fire is tempting
The text novel or is there a comic of it that I'm not aware of?

Text, but it's available at my local comic shop.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on December 15, 2008, 09:32:41 PM
Currently about two-thirds the way through...

(http://cyrusfirst.com/guests/mcbooks/large_illustration/undertheeagle.jpg)

Which is a historical fiction novel about the Roman's invasion of Britain in the first century AD.  It's pretty good, though rather straight forward, with some really nice realized set-pieces thrown in.  It's clear the author meant this as the first book in a series, and it's one I'll probably be checking out more of soon. 

I'm really looking forward to reading this series myself one of these days.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on December 16, 2008, 05:25:53 AM
Alan Moore's Voice of the Fire is tempting
The text novel or is there a comic of it that I'm not aware of?

Text, but it's available at my local comic shop.

Oh yeah I'd definitely get that one.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: KingOfShippers on December 16, 2008, 02:07:18 PM
currently a quarter ways through The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan, is it just me or has Rand regressed back into 'whiny little bitch' since the end of the last book as he was actually getting bearable.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 16, 2008, 04:46:02 PM
I didn't get voice of the fire but I'm proud of the books I got:
(from what I'm least excited about to most)

Ultimate Human
Preacher: Dead or Alive
Conan: Book of Thoth
Twisted Toyfare Theatre: 10th Anniversary Edition
Promethea Vol. 3
Dead Boy Detectives
Fray
The Vault of Horror Vol. 1
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on December 16, 2008, 04:47:58 PM
Aww,Voice of the Fire is ace.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 16, 2008, 04:54:57 PM
Yeah, but
A) I'm more of a comics reader except on vacation.
B) I was scared that my parents picked it up.

Plus, I HAD to get Vault of Horror.  I've always had a soft spot for EC Comics ever since I heard their tragic history.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: a pretty girl is like on December 16, 2008, 06:12:51 PM
I didn't get voice of the fire but I'm proud of the books I got:
(from what I'm least excited about to most)

Ultimate Human
Preacher: Dead or Alive
Conan: Book of Thoth
Twisted Toyfare Theatre: 10th Anniversary Edition
Promethea Vol. 3
Dead Boy Detectives
Fray
The Vault of Horror Vol. 1

Which Dead Boy Detectives?  The one by Jill Thompson or the one by Brubaker/Talbot?  Mind you they're both good but I've always preffered the Brubaker/Talbot one.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Doc Steve on December 16, 2008, 06:31:58 PM
Armageddon and Retribution by Max Hastings.  (Yes, I am reading both at the same time for the moment.  When the war in Europe and Armageddon end, I will finish up the war in Asia and Retribution.)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 16, 2008, 07:33:50 PM
I didn't get voice of the fire but I'm proud of the books I got:
(from what I'm least excited about to most)

Ultimate Human
Preacher: Dead or Alive
Conan: Book of Thoth
Twisted Toyfare Theatre: 10th Anniversary Edition
Promethea Vol. 3
Dead Boy Detectives
Fray
The Vault of Horror Vol. 1

Which Dead Boy Detectives?  The one by Jill Thompson or the one by Brubaker/Talbot?  Mind you they're both good but I've always preffered the Brubaker/Talbot one.

Brubaker/Talbot
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Trumpysgirl on December 17, 2008, 05:56:05 PM
Now that Christmas break has begun, I can start reading what I like instead of what I'm required to read. I'm now working on finishing the John Adams biography. Good stuff :P
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on December 17, 2008, 06:07:49 PM
McCullough?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: a pretty girl is like on December 17, 2008, 06:35:56 PM
Macushla?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Trumpysgirl on December 17, 2008, 06:41:14 PM
McCullough?

Yep, the sad part being that I saw the miniseries first and now when I read John Adams I see Paul Giamatti.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on December 17, 2008, 06:43:00 PM
That's not too bad, it was a fairly good adaptation. Ann really liked that biography. His one on Theodore Roosevelt, Mornings on Horseback, is great too. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Trumpysgirl on December 17, 2008, 06:45:51 PM
I know for a fact that I'm getting 1776 from my mother for Christmas ("accidentally" walked into her closet and "forgot" that that's where the presents are hidden). I love Teddy Roosevelt too, so it looks like I've got a lot of reading ahead of me.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on December 17, 2008, 06:50:49 PM
Yeah TR was one of the best, The River of Doubt by Candice Millard. is a good one too, about the trip him and Kermit took in Brazil.

One of my favorite Tee Shirts was one Ann got me from DC featuring a sort of psychedelic Roosevelt on the back.

Mentioning John Adams reminds me, I still need to make my Brit Pop tribute to the Founders videos.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Trumpysgirl on December 17, 2008, 06:59:50 PM
Yeah TR was one of the best

Funny story: I work at the Molly Brown house and we have an event called Teddy Bear teas. Basically it's where little girls visit the house with their teddy bears, have tea and listen to a hired actor dressed as Teddy tell the story of how the Teddy Bear came to be.

We usually use the same actor, but last month he was sick and we got someone new. This actor looked very much like TR right down to his threads and mustache, but we noticed that he was a little...different.

I was standing in the back, listening to his story, and I started to notice that this guy was getting extremely graphic with his story, talking about how his team corned and clubbed this poor black bear and wanted him to shoot it in the head and opting to kill it to put it out of its misery. I looked over at my fellow volunteer and she looked horrified. This Teddy wasn't used to talking to seven year old girls, and they were all clutching their teddies like it was their lifeline.

Thankfully we got through it okay, but I don't think we'll ever ask him back.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on December 17, 2008, 07:03:45 PM
Deary Deary me, although points for authenticity. ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Trumpysgirl on December 17, 2008, 07:05:47 PM
Deary Deary me, although points for authenticity. ;D

yes, today's children are wimps :D
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on December 17, 2008, 07:07:18 PM
Well I dare say he'd still have made a turn of the century seven-year-old cry too :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on December 18, 2008, 05:11:10 AM
I also do maths problems for fun.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on December 21, 2008, 06:05:42 PM
Because I like the series, I decided to pick up the first novel in the Sword of Truth series:

(http://www.prophets-inc.com/art_gallery/cover_art/wizards.jpg)

I like it so far (though in the first 100 pages, there's not a huge difference between that and the pilot), but the dialogue is just atrocious.  It's so bad, it makes me wonder if Goodkind brought in someone whose first language wasn't English to write it.  It sounds like robots are speaking.  There's also a lot of crying.  I mean, a LOT.  Apart from that, I like the world the author's set up, and once the quest begins proper - it's funny that we learn about the boxes of Orden almost straight away in the books, but they're only found out about until the eighth episode of the TV series - I'm sure it'll pick up further. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on December 22, 2008, 09:26:15 AM
Yeah TR was one of the best

Funny story: I work at the Molly Brown house and we have an event called Teddy Bear teas. Basically it's where little girls visit the house with their teddy bears, have tea and listen to a hired actor dressed as Teddy tell the story of how the Teddy Bear came to be.

We usually use the same actor, but last month he was sick and we got someone new. This actor looked very much like TR right down to his threads and mustache, but we noticed that he was a little...different.

I was standing in the back, listening to his story, and I started to notice that this guy was getting extremely graphic with his story, talking about how his team corned and clubbed this poor black bear and wanted him to shoot it in the head and opting to kill it to put it out of its misery. I looked over at my fellow volunteer and she looked horrified. This Teddy wasn't used to talking to seven year old girls, and they were all clutching their teddies like it was their lifeline.

Thankfully we got through it okay, but I don't think we'll ever ask him back.

Are 27 year olds allowed to participate with their teddy bears? oh please, oh please, oh please!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on December 22, 2008, 04:38:21 PM
Mr. Basehart: There was a series? o.0

I think that Terry Goodkind books are the literary equivalent of Hot Pockets a la Jim Gaffigan's routine.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on December 22, 2008, 04:59:12 PM
Mr. Basehart: There was a series? o.0

Not was, is, it's called Legend of the Seeker.  I think it shows on Sci-Fi or something over your way.  It's basically a new version of Xena or Hercules, but inoffensive and entertaining enough to keep me watching.

There's one hilarious moment in Wizard's First Rule that's probably completely unintentional.  Richard is staring at Kahlan while she sleeps and he sits watch, and he realises his love for her.  Then he "polishes his sword."  So awesome.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Magneto/Cerebro on December 22, 2008, 06:15:16 PM
I just got my copy of Deborah Curtis' Touching From a Distance (her biography of husband Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division) in the mail, so I've started up on that. Plus, I decided to reread The Best Christmas Pageant Ever for the first time since 4th grade, and it's still as funny as I remember it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Trumpysgirl on December 25, 2008, 12:12:50 PM
Yeah TR was one of the best

Funny story: I work at the Molly Brown house and we have an event called Teddy Bear teas. Basically it's where little girls visit the house with their teddy bears, have tea and listen to a hired actor dressed as Teddy tell the story of how the Teddy Bear came to be.

We usually use the same actor, but last month he was sick and we got someone new. This actor looked very much like TR right down to his threads and mustache, but we noticed that he was a little...different.

I was standing in the back, listening to his story, and I started to notice that this guy was getting extremely graphic with his story, talking about how his team corned and clubbed this poor black bear and wanted him to shoot it in the head and opting to kill it to put it out of its misery. I looked over at my fellow volunteer and she looked horrified. This Teddy wasn't used to talking to seven year old girls, and they were all clutching their teddies like it was their lifeline.

Thankfully we got through it okay, but I don't think we'll ever ask him back.

Are 27 year olds allowed to participate with their teddy bears? oh please, oh please, oh please!

Just do what I do: Rent-a-Kid
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on December 25, 2008, 05:23:12 PM
I took a break from Furies of Calderon, after ~100 pages it really wasn't grabbing me, and picked up Defiance by Nechama Tec. It's the basis for the upcoming Daniel Craig movie. Great book, I'm not usually one to devote all of my reading attention to a history book (despite me being a History glutton) and read one in less than a month, but the events just hooked me and I finished in just 4-days. The writing style was choppy, the time line jumped around, and there were more than a few grammatical stutters (overall it read like a very long college paper); but all of this was overshadowed by the amazing events and content, she had so many first-hand accounts that it really came to life. I really enjoyed it. 

Next up, I'll probably keep slogging through Furies of Calderon just to finish and shut people up ( :P )...but I'm itching to keep going with Stover's Caine Series and Cornwell's Warlord Tril.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: AmandaGal on December 25, 2008, 08:39:34 PM
I was standing in the back, listening to his story, and I started to notice that this guy was getting extremely graphic with his story, talking about how his team corned and clubbed this poor black bear and wanted him to shoot it in the head and opting to kill it to put it out of its misery. I looked over at my fellow volunteer and she looked horrified. This Teddy wasn't used to talking to seven year old girls, and they were all clutching their teddies like it was their lifeline.

That's pretty much what you get when you come to my zoo. I once made a little girl cry because she asked what our big snake and I said, "He eats bunnies.  We feed him two a week." She cried before I could tell her the whole story (at least I stopped! I normally tell kids how she hunts them down and suffocates them).  Probably should have said "lagomorphs" and left it at that.  I also tend to tell them about the eating habits of our birds of prey and how they rip their prey to shreds or swallow it whole.  Fun! 

In my defense, most kids love that (and when I bring out the frozen rats, most kids beg to hold them and have their photo taken, they're not allowed to touch it for obvious reasons though) and I often hear kids telling their mom some of the gruesome facts. 

He may be the best presenter you have! :)

The only time I traumatically scarred kids for life is when a wild bird of prey took a pigeon out of the sky right in front of us. Blood spewed over the path and he proceeded to rip off his head before I even realized what had happened.  These were like 5-6 year old kids.  I hurried the kids away as soon as I realized.  That wasn't my fault...though I wish I could rig cool stuff like that. :)

And to keep on topic, I'm right now reading  Clinical Arrhythmology and Electrophysiology. . . just for the heck of it and because I want to learn more about EKGs, not that anyone is ever going to ask me to interpret one.  If they do, I'll laugh and try to get their license revoked.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 26, 2008, 01:52:16 PM
I'm starting the Mysterious Flame of Queen Laona by Umberto Eco.  It's interesting and I like a good character study.

I'm also reading The Vault of Horror Vol. 1, which holds up surprisingly well.  I only read the first story, Portrait in Wax, and though I more or less know how it was going to end, I loved the ending.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: lassieface on December 31, 2008, 07:17:45 PM
Watchmen...but it is going to be due back to library any day now.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on January 01, 2009, 04:59:11 PM
Just finished Glen Cook's Bleak Seasons. I've been reading the eBook on my Blackberry for a good few months now so it's kind of difficult to comment on quality. It was good, but I must say: for the first book of what turned into a 4-book story arc, this was very lackluster in terms of action and overall plot progression compared to the previous books in the series and a lot of the magic just seemed like an excuse to expose endlessly; but despite the flaws I still like the world and the characters...though Goblin and One-Eye got straight laced quick.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: ManUnderMask on January 08, 2009, 08:34:57 PM
At the moment I'm reading this thread.  ;D

Seriously: Harry Turtledove's Second Colonization: Aftershocks.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on January 09, 2009, 01:39:56 AM
I finished Jim Butcher's Furies of Calderon. Meh, it was alright. The world building looks decent but we only get to see one tiny, barely populated, corner of it that resembles the typical fantasy setting more so that the rest of the place seems to (the world is based on the Roman Empire but we're sent off to this world's version of post-Imperial/pre-Saxon England? Come on!)

The writing was a bit stale. It was by no means bad, but after reading people like Martin and Stover - who have very distinct voices - Butcher doesn't do much. Although every writer does have their "thing" it seems. Ie. Martin always describes the food people are eating to great extent, Hobb really likes to go into great depth about livestock. Well, Butcher likes to describe hypothermia and limbs freezing. I really can't count how many times someone gets dumped into a frozen pond or caught in a winter storm. The big difference between him and the previously mentioned writers, however, is that when they do it - it adds to the scene and the atmosphere, when Butcher does it - it's excessive, kills the pace, and gives me images of the thronging masses in Monty Python going, "GET ON WITH IT!!!" He definitely improved for the last 150 or so pages, when things get a bit more action oriented and tension builds up he can't dwell on shit for too long and the situations kind of force him to resolve those stylistic problems. That said, he's better than your average fantasy writer at writing pitched battles, but Bernard Cornwell he ain't (even fucking close) I'll give him a nod about on par with GRRM & R. Scott Bakker in battle scene writing, and slightly worse than Joe Abercrombie (Whom I feel is the best in the fantasy genre, that I've read, at that particular task...but I'm really not entirely thrilled with most of the genre here) Note that I'm talking pitched battles here from a strictly writing technique standpoint - not singles combat or emotional impact. 

He's also way too afraid to take risks with his characters; at least in this first book. The plot certainly has a few (thinly veiled) twists, but the characters pretty much stick to their chosen paths and talents - they have fleshed out enough personalities, just not "souls" I guess the word would be.

The magic system - meh. Sentient nature spirit based that all of the people of the empire have access to to some degree. Feels like I've seen it, done it, got bored with it. The details are kind of fun and the way he arranges the powers attributed to certain elements - metalcrafters can dull their sense of pain, watercrafters can heal, earthcrafters can riot other peoples' emotions, etc. Not bad work, but again - "Stale" pops to my mind.

Overall, despite my bitching, I enjoyed it for the most part. It wasn't different in terms of the genre as a whole, but it was different for what I had been reading leading up to it, so it provided a nice change of pace and kindled my desire for GOOD fantasy, which had been waning in favor of more real world based stuff over the past month or so.

Next up: John Scalzi's Old Man's War (Been a while since I dove into a good Sci-Fi novel, and I've heard nothing but good about this one)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/ThrashKreator/oldmanswar.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on January 11, 2009, 01:32:12 PM
Alright, just finished John Scalzi's Old Man's War. I haven't blown through a novel in less than a day in a looooooong ass time. This book was quite simply f'ing awesome. It wasn't particularly heavy on the tech side of sci-fi or on the military tactics side...but holy shit was it a fun ride! Fun characters, fun weapons, fun aliens getting their brains blown in...F U N! This book is the literary equivalent of Motorhead: not overly complex, but it still kicks your teeth in and blasts a big ol' middle finger at your conceptions of what it should be doing.

It basically follows a new recruit of the CDF (Colonial Defense Forces) through his first year of active duty after he enlists on his 75th birthday. After some intro and exposition things get kind of disjointed in kind of a travel journal kind of way...he jumps from place place without much connection between them, but it fits nicely with how he describes military life of a new recruit: their schedule is pre-arranged, and they tot he planets they're told to and kill anything that isn't human. They start coming back together, for the last 1/4 of the book, into a more linear narrative and for the big finale.


Next up, either Cornwell's Enemy of God or onto the sequel to Old Man's War: The Ghost Brigades.

Fuck that was good. *smokes cigarette*
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Trumpysgirl on January 12, 2009, 09:42:17 AM
Thrashalia, I have to say: I want to marry your avatar.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on January 12, 2009, 09:54:02 AM
Finished "Soon I Will Be Invincible," and it was a good read; I really wanted
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

At a bit of a loss now; this always happens after I tear though a book I really enjoy.  I might read this Rosemary Sutcliffe book, but after the first page or two I'm not that interested. When it comes down to it, the unpronounceable names in Celtic myth really turn me off of the whole thing.

I'm kind of dealing with that right now...start associating those names in your head with an average name and it goes easier. (Gyrfhlldiden? Nope, you're Greg now, buddy!) And then I find that when you're not pulling the brakes whenever you hit those names, they actually come a lot easier and you eventually don't need to sub the names.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: ninjacat11 on January 12, 2009, 12:53:00 PM
The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Good stuff.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 13, 2009, 07:42:34 PM
Finished League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier.

Very good read and a great mix of all media past and present.  Unfortunately, this feels so final, I almost don't want Alan Moore to do the next book.  I'm sure it will be good, but this really feels like an end to the whole saga.  Still, I would like to see the adventures of the League fighting there French counterparts.  I know it was summarized (very well) in 3 pages, but even without surprises, reading the thing made me imagine how awesome the comic version would be.  I also love the use of 3D glasses, and the 1984 Tijuana Bible was laugh out loud funny.  It also made want to hunt down every subtle reference to comics, literature and TV made in the book (a cute aside has our heroes arrested in Mayberry).  On the downside, I just friggin gave up trying to read the chapter written in beat. 

I'm also reading through my copy of 1001 Films to Watch Before You Die, and I Am America (and so can you).  I'll also probably start Neil Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors tomorrow.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on January 13, 2009, 08:36:54 PM
I listened to I Am America (and so can you) on audiobook. It was abridged, but Colbert is just too cool not to listen to his voice
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on January 15, 2009, 12:44:59 PM
(http://www.presidentialcomics.com/images/obama_cover.jpg)

I wanted to be reading the companion McCain comic but I can't find it.

Anyone seen it?

(http://www.presidentialcomics.com/images/mccain_cover.jpg)

Obama's mother is about 300% hotter as a comic book character than in reality.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on January 15, 2009, 12:52:35 PM
My favorite Star Wars novels are the ones that get away from the main characters and their descendants (lame, boring) and treats "off-camera" parts of the universe. 

Have you watched Pink Five?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on January 15, 2009, 01:00:45 PM
Yes, I thought it was pretty entertaining.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on January 17, 2009, 01:30:54 PM
I finished Bernard Cornwell's Enemy of God today.

Bernard Cornwell, Medieval Setting, Shield Wall...there you go, nothing else need be said. 4.5 stars out of 5. Brilliant. There certainly wasn't as much shield wall action as the last book, but what it lacked in that area it made up in drama and truly memorable characterization.

He seriously does fantasy better than most fantasy authors, as, if you took away the British setting that is what you would have here.

Now reading Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/ThrashKreator/morgan_b.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RoninFox on January 17, 2009, 01:46:37 PM
(http://www.presidentialcomics.com/images/mccain_cover.jpg)

Wait'll they get a load of me....oooooooooh.

Sorry, that weird ass smile just pulls that line out like a reflex.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 18, 2009, 07:05:44 PM
I've seen creepier smiles on John McCain.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on January 20, 2009, 08:13:08 PM
I finished Kavalier and Clay. Now, I don't know what I shall read...most likely gonna start studying for that darn American Lit comp exam so I can my damn degree
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on January 21, 2009, 04:31:17 AM
I'm reading "The Rights of Employees and Union Members" an ACLU Handbook.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on January 27, 2009, 11:06:47 AM
I took a slight detour from Altered Carbon...starting that after Enemy of God was a mistake. So I finished Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell last night. Fucking brilliant, amazing, jaw-dropping...and kind of funny that he says he would never try writing fantasy yet claims this to be his favorite work, it's a location name change away from being modern fantasy, and had the most fabrications & embellishments due to so few reliable sources for research. Oh well. If he did pure fantasy we would lose his characters' venomous ridicule of Christianity. :P
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Dankbuds on January 27, 2009, 02:09:59 PM
I'd enjoyed
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1d/Too_fat_to_fish_by_artie_lange_2008.jpg)

I was not able to put it down.

I also picked up the audio book it is also funny especially the parts where The Reverend Bob Levy read... since he can barely speak let alone read.

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bratpop on January 31, 2009, 12:16:13 AM
Sounds like a USA Network spinoff of a Star Wars show.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: ImOscardotcom on February 03, 2009, 08:01:14 PM
I'm about to start on the "Rabbit" series by John Updike.
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6a/RabbitRunbookcover.jpg)(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fe/RabbitReduxbookcover.jpg) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/89/Rabbit_is_rich.jpg)(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/91/Rabbit-at-Rest-cover.jpg)

Oddly, I actually checked these out of the library three days before Updike died. I haven't read them yet because I tend to procrastinate before reading even the most insubstantial of books-never mind a tetralogy that's won two Pulitzers.

I might post brief reviews of them on here-depends on how I react to them and if I feel like it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RVR II on February 03, 2009, 08:02:53 PM
Those Trip'n Rabbit covers are Freaking Me Out, YO!! :gouge:
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Trumpysgirl on February 03, 2009, 08:07:53 PM
I've been in kind of a Ray Bradbury mood lately. And while Fahrenheit 451 is a super novel and all, I wanted to go with something a little more fun. So I went to the library and picked up:

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n140.jpg)

I only know the story from the Disney film (with Jonathan Pryce, woo!), but I'm digging the book so far. Ray does love his spontaneous dialogue, though.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: ImOscardotcom on February 03, 2009, 08:11:52 PM
I've been in kind of a Ray Bradbury mood lately. And while Fahrenheit 451 is a super novel and all, I wanted to go with something a little more fun. So I went to the library and picked up:

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n140.jpg)

I only know the story from the Disney film (with Jonathan Pryce, woo!), but I'm digging the book so far. Ray does love his spontaneous dialogue, though.

Hmm. Think I have a paperback somewhere with that exact same cover. Might have to give that a whirl after Rabbit.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Trumpysgirl on February 03, 2009, 08:15:43 PM
I've been in kind of a Ray Bradbury mood lately. And while Fahrenheit 451 is a super novel and all, I wanted to go with something a little more fun. So I went to the library and picked up:

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n140.jpg)

I only know the story from the Disney film (with Jonathan Pryce, woo!), but I'm digging the book so far. Ray does love his spontaneous dialogue, though.

Hmm. Think I have a paperback somewhere with that exact same cover. Might have to give that a whirl after Rabbit.

I really wish that they would update the cover, they've kept the same one on there since the eighties.

An added bonus: Nox Arcana made a companion soundtrack for the book. It really gets you in the mood.

(http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/les%20goupes/N/Nox%20Arcana/Carnival%20of%20Lost%20Souls/Carnival%20of%20Lost%20Souls.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 04, 2009, 05:55:24 AM
I'm about to start on the "Rabbit" series by John Updike.
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6a/RabbitRunbookcover.jpg)(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fe/RabbitReduxbookcover.jpg) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/89/Rabbit_is_rich.jpg)(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/91/Rabbit-at-Rest-cover.jpg)

Oddly, I actually checked these out of the library three days before Updike died. I haven't read them yet because I tend to procrastinate before reading even the most insubstantial of books-never mind a tetralogy that's won two Pulitzers.

I might post brief reviews of them on here-depends on how I react to them and if I feel like it.

Excellent, excellent books, aside from Rabbit is Rich which I found a bit less than excellent but still pretty good.

Ok reading:

(http://www.africanafrican.com/negroartist/Octavia%20Butler%20Literature/Bloodchild.jpg)
Since I've not really read any Octavia Butler and I like short stories.

(http://www.penguinclassics.co.uk/static/covers/all/8/6/9780140455168H.jpg)
Since Gossip columns are always fun.

I was reading this:
(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/27350000/27356433.JPG)
But after yet another semi-modern detection technique was plucked by Pliny from one of his uncle's unpublished manuscripts, I decided to give it a rest before I learned that Pliny the Elder had written an epigram on DNA analysis.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 04, 2009, 06:17:25 AM
Eep.  I haven't been reading much lately.  I'm currently dipping in and out of Richard Maltby's excellent (but overly verbose) Hollywood, which is basically a textbook about films and film criticism.  Very interesting, if that's your sort of thing.  While I was stuck in work the other day, I had an hour to kill, and not feeling in the textbook kind of mood, I rummaged around in our lost property to see if there was anything there I could read, and lo and behold! I found this:

(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/8380000/8388496.jpg)

It's meant for kids, obviously, and it's neatly written, but there was absolutely zero comedy, which I thought was odd. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on February 04, 2009, 08:27:59 AM
Wuthering Heights.

Right now I want to give Catherine a right ding round the ears for being such a moron. -__-
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 04, 2009, 08:31:26 AM
Wuthering Heights.

Right now I want to give Catherine a right ding round the ears for being such a moron. -__-

Yep it's book obviously written by a woman who has no idea of how men and women actually interact.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 04, 2009, 12:58:48 PM
Man, imagine the literary collaboration between Emily Brontë and Robert Jordan
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 04, 2009, 01:18:23 PM
It'd be the longest, broodiest, fucking thing ever.  :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Hebs on February 04, 2009, 01:47:37 PM
Reading "Born Standing Up" by Steve Martin.  Christmas gift from my sister. 

I had an easier time reading the other book she gave me this year ...

(http://cyclists.perfect-match.co.uk/pig_of_happiness.jpg)

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tony on February 04, 2009, 01:48:47 PM
FWIW,  I'm currently reading Richard Morgan's latest novel, Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Steel Remains. I'm a bit disappointed because it drags in exactly the way Altered Carbon doesn't. I'm already 2/3 of the way through and it's FINALLY picking up in dribs & drabs of serious writing.

It almost makes me want to go read Iain M. Banks' Use of Weapons, or Excession, and/or Stephenson's Snow Crash for the 5th or 6th time again. Good stuff. :D

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 04, 2009, 01:52:36 PM
FWIW,  I'm currently reading Richard Morgan's latest novel, Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Steel Remains. I'm a bit disappointed because it drags in exactly the way Altered Carbon doesn't. I'm already 2/3 of the way through and it's FINALLY picking up in dribs & drabs of serious writing.

Is it a Takeshi Kovacs novel? Altered Carbon is brilliant, but the others have been lacklustre.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: ImOscardotcom on February 04, 2009, 02:25:53 PM
(http://cyclists.perfect-match.co.uk/pig_of_happiness.jpg)

:shivers:
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 04, 2009, 02:40:57 PM
Yeah, Snow Crash is great.  I remember reading it back-to-back with William Gibson's Neuromancer.  Good times.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on February 04, 2009, 05:21:22 PM
I thought Snow Crash was okay. It wasn't bad, but it didn't bowl me over.

I think I might have enjoyed it if I actualy read cyberpunk and cyberpunk-flavored stuff instead of recoiling from it like Hammer Horror Dracula retreating from a cross.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tony on February 04, 2009, 07:15:09 PM

Is it a Takeshi Kovacs novel? Altered Carbon is brilliant, but the others have been lacklustre.
Yeah I have to agree with that, though book #2 Broken Angels was a pretty good follow-up. I've read everything of his, and those two books are still the best of the lot. The rest are interesting but not very compelling to me.

Snow Crash is a shockingly good book.  Not at all the type of thing I'm normally into.  I read something else of his--Mona Lisa Overdrive, I think--that's since been utterly forgotten.  I still have Anathem on my reading list too.

Snow Crash is a blast! The Diamond Age (book #2) was more densely packed but was also pretty cool.

I finished Anathem a month ago, and... at 900+ pages of science, philosophy, alternate universes, and typical NS drama it can be tough to get through. Good book, but I wish it had flowed a little better.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 04, 2009, 07:27:11 PM

Is it a Takeshi Kovacs novel? Altered Carbon is brilliant, but the others have been lacklustre.
Yeah I have to agree with that, though book #2 Broken Angels was a pretty good follow-up. I've read everything of his, and those two books are still the best of the lot. The rest are interesting but not very compelling to me.

I think the reason is that he moved away from the noir influence that gave the tone such a interesting feel.  It became slightly generic afterwards. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bratpop on February 05, 2009, 05:21:26 AM
Fuck... am I in for the long haul with the Robert Jordan Conan books I bought, or are they safe ground?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Dankbuds on February 05, 2009, 08:20:36 AM
Wait, you can read?
Yes I can thank you very little... and I'll have you know I'm almost half way done with
(http://www.kerrianne.org/wp-content/uploads/pokey-little-puppy.jpg)
It's only taken 5 weeks
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 05, 2009, 08:21:38 AM
Poky looks like he or she is "presenting"...
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 05, 2009, 08:24:22 AM
Poky looks like he or she is "presenting"...

Not called "Poky" for nothing.

God, we're awesome.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on February 05, 2009, 10:27:53 AM
Wuthering Heights.

Right now I want to give Catherine a right ding round the ears for being such a moron. -__-

Yep it's book obviously written by a woman who has no idea of how men and women actually interact.

Wuthering Heights is awesome! And no, women can and have acted as stupid as Catherine! In fact, I know some men who act that stupid too! Well one guy...
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 05, 2009, 10:41:04 AM
Not the actions of the individuals, the interactions between them.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on February 05, 2009, 04:19:31 PM
Earlier today I took part in a debate as to who was a bigger dickweed, Heathcliffe or Hindley.

I made the claim that while they both have unhappy pasts, Hindley is a bigger jerkwad because he's so consistently dangerous and violent to all around him that Ellen has this blase "oh, master's home, better hide the gun" attitude. Still, I'm not that far in, and later developments may sway my opinion.

I think the author's message was that everyone in the world is a total idiot, an evil little sot, or both, except for Ellen the maid.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on February 05, 2009, 09:42:35 PM
Earlier today I took part in a debate as to who was a bigger dickweed, Heathcliffe or Hindley.

I made the claim that while they both have unhappy pasts, Hindley is a bigger jerkwad because he's so consistently dangerous and violent to all around him that Ellen has this blase "oh, master's home, better hide the gun" attitude. Still, I'm not that far in, and later developments may sway my opinion.

I think the author's message was that everyone in the world is a total idiot, an evil little sot, or both, except for Ellen the maid.

I just like it when peopl actually think Heathcliff is some sort of romantic hero (see Jasper FfOrde's Thursday Next series) but he is really the worst human being EVER
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: torgosPizza on February 05, 2009, 10:28:42 PM
Currently reading: (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/73/Hyperion_cover.jpg/200px-Hyperion_cover.jpg)

Almost done with it. Anyone read Simmons?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tony on February 06, 2009, 01:06:26 PM
I read it quite a while back, and pretty much enjoyed it even though it's a pretty emotionally heavy novel. The sequel was a lot tougher for me to be interested in, and I put it down about half-way through (rare for me). Just couldn't get into it.

Novels are weird that way: Iain M. Banks' novels (most of them) are my favorite, but there are a few people out there who can't stand his stuff. Illiterate heathens! ;)

Currently reading: (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/73/Hyperion_cover.jpg/200px-Hyperion_cover.jpg)

Almost done with it. Anyone read Simmons?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: torgosPizza on February 06, 2009, 01:12:12 PM
I have heard that the last couple books in the Hyperion Cantos are full-blown action but I've also heard the series described as a "space opera"... he's a brilliant writer, but there is one character in the book who grates on my nerves: he's a poet and always feels inclined to spout verse instead of answering questions. (He's usually told to stuff it, of course.) The thing is the poet (and poems) seem to be kind of a central point to the book.

But the chapter I just finished was absolutely nuts, and made the previous 400 pages worth it. I think I'm on the last chapter or two now so we'll see how things go. I have the sequel and will probably dive into that relatively soon (but probably but Richard Morgan's The Steel Remains before that.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Courtney on February 06, 2009, 09:56:37 PM
With but a month to go, I'm re-reading...

(http://girlsentertainmentnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/watchmen-novel-cover-b.jpg)

I'm deep in preparation.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: ImOscardotcom on February 06, 2009, 10:14:43 PM
With but a month to go, I'm re-reading...

(http://girlsentertainmentnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/watchmen-novel-cover-b.jpg)

I'm deep in preparation.

See, I also re-read that not too long ago, but only because the ad for the movie reminded me about it-I really couldn't give a shit about the film.  The book is so irrevocably tied to its chosen medium that I don't think you would have anything to gain by adapting it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tony on February 06, 2009, 11:12:08 PM
I have heard that the last couple books in the Hyperion Cantos are full-blown action but I've also heard the series described as a "space opera"... he's a brilliant writer, but there is one character in the book who grates on my nerves: he's a poet and always feels inclined to spout verse instead of answering questions. (He's usually told to stuff it, of course.) The thing is the poet (and poems) seem to be kind of a central point to the book.

But the chapter I just finished was absolutely nuts, and made the previous 400 pages worth it. I think I'm on the last chapter or two now so we'll see how things go. I have the sequel and will probably dive into that relatively soon (but probably but Richard Morgan's The Steel Remains before that.
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Thanks, I'll probably read it again and give the sequels another chance.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 07, 2009, 06:05:26 AM
With but a month to go, I'm re-reading...

(http://girlsentertainmentnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/watchmen-novel-cover-b.jpg)

I'm deep in preparation.

See, I also re-read that not too long ago, but only because the ad for the movie reminded me about it-I really couldn't give a shit about the film.  The book is so irrevocably tied to its chosen medium that I don't think you would have anything to gain by adapting it.

OMG Mr Moore I didn't realize you're a poster here, I love your work! ;)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: ImOscardotcom on February 07, 2009, 06:12:18 AM
With but a month to go, I'm re-reading...

(http://girlsentertainmentnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/watchmen-novel-cover-b.jpg)

I'm deep in preparation.

See, I also re-read that not too long ago, but only because the ad for the movie reminded me about it-I really couldn't give a shit about the film.  The book is so irrevocably tied to its chosen medium that I don't think you would have anything to gain by adapting it.

OMG Mr Moore I didn't realize you poster here, I love your work! ;)

Please. I can barely develop stubble, much less the genteel Grizzly Adams look he rocks.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Darth Geek on February 07, 2009, 10:02:30 AM
(http://cdn.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/7/9780060937867.jpg)
I've been wanting to get to this for years, and I'm loving it.

Kevin Murphy, you magnificent bastard. I read your book!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Trumpysgirl on February 07, 2009, 01:16:19 PM
(http://cdn.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/7/9780060937867.jpg)
I've been wanting to get to this for years, and I'm loving it.

Kevin Murphy, you magnificent bastard. I read your book!

I bought that the year it came out. That's right, Kevin, I helped to pay for your new car!

I keep hoping that he'll be in Denver sometime so that he can sign it, oh well.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tony on February 07, 2009, 04:18:01 PM
(http://cdn.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/7/9780060937867.jpg)
I've been wanting to get to this for years, and I'm loving it.

Kevin Murphy, you magnificent bastard. I read your book!
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Heh, nice "Patton" quote!

Excellent book: I read it a couple of months ago and it's amazing the lengths Kevin went to to accomplish his movie-going odyssey




Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: PsypherPunk on February 07, 2009, 05:58:05 PM
Currently reading: (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/73/Hyperion_cover.jpg/200px-Hyperion_cover.jpg)

Almost done with it. Anyone read Simmons?
Thanks to this post I now know that there is a real bird called a 'shrike' which impales its prey on thorns for convenient eating.

I hate nature...
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 07, 2009, 06:39:45 PM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/groups/1223398833p7/9369.jpg)

I'm up to the mid-1950's.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tony on February 08, 2009, 11:43:22 AM
Hey I found the two first books!

Problem is, they're in a huge (70qt) plastic storage bin, under 6 other huge plastic storage bins full of books & novels. I may not be able to get to them until I move again. ;D

Currently reading: (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/73/Hyperion_cover.jpg/200px-Hyperion_cover.jpg)

Almost done with it. Anyone read Simmons?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: a pretty girl is like on February 09, 2009, 10:22:50 AM
With but a month to go, I'm re-reading...

(http://girlsentertainmentnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/watchmen-novel-cover-b.jpg)

I'm deep in preparation.

See, I also re-read that not too long ago, but only because the ad for the movie reminded me about it-I really couldn't give a shit about the film.  The book is so irrevocably tied to its chosen medium that I don't think you would have anything to gain by adapting it.

OMG Mr Moore I didn't realize you're a poster here, I love your work! ;)

How awesome would that be if it were true?  You can finally discuss classy Victorian porn with him..  :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 09, 2009, 11:02:52 AM
OMG Mr Moore I didn't realize you're a poster here, I love your work! ;)
How awesome would that be if it were true?  You can finally discuss classy Victorian porn with him..  :)

I could definitely be down with that :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on February 09, 2009, 12:15:14 PM
McCullough?

Yep, the sad part being that I saw the miniseries first and now when I read John Adams I see Paul Giamatti.

I am also reading John Adams by McCullough AFTER seeing the miniseries. I'm a crazy slow reader, so I have to REALLY want to read something or I'll never finish it. It took the amazing miniseries to make me really want to read it. And I'm enjoying it immensely. But I grew up with the musical 1776, so John Adams has always been my hero. We owe him so much. (Plus I'm his direct descendant. tee hee.)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 09, 2009, 12:19:45 PM
Well that's two out of the fourty four (possibly three or four depending on the line of descent) who have a direct line relative on the forum, any more?  :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on February 09, 2009, 12:49:02 PM
(http://cdn.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/7/9780060937867.jpg)
I've been wanting to get to this for years, and I'm loving it.

Kevin Murphy, you magnificent bastard. I read your book!

I bought that the year it came out. That's right, Kevin, I helped to pay for your new car!

I keep hoping that he'll be in Denver sometime so that he can sign it, oh well.

Yea Kevin, there at least. 1, 2, 3, 4 of us here in Denver. Come on up!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on February 09, 2009, 02:51:18 PM
Nothing.  Books make my eyes hurt and my thinky parts feel sore.

Worry not, that's why they make Dragonlance and Warhammer 40K books.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on February 09, 2009, 04:21:54 PM
Nothing.  Books make my eyes hurt and my thinky parts feel sore.

Books are supposed to do that.  That hurting is neurons firing.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 09, 2009, 05:40:51 PM
I just finished Born Standing Up, by Steve Martin.  It's a relatively short autobiography, really only focussing on his years as a stand up comedian.  It's kinda fascinating, and Martin is a good writer (in an interview he said that's where his creativity goes now) and though he recounts his depression and anxiety during that time, you get the vague sense of fondness too. 

Plus, his act was fucking awesome.  :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on February 09, 2009, 07:36:39 PM
I'm rereading Sabriel, by Garth Nix.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Nekrose on February 10, 2009, 12:27:10 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/21/StephenDonaldson_TheRunesOfTheEarth.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 10, 2009, 12:30:47 PM
Nice, do you like Donaldson? Would you say he's one of your top twenty five authors (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,12675.0.html)?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: ImOscardotcom on February 10, 2009, 12:36:30 PM
Nice, do you like Donaldson? Would you say he's one of your top twenty five authors (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,12675.0.html)?

Imrahil slackin' on the thread pimpin', huh?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on February 10, 2009, 01:00:47 PM
I haven't gotten past the recap section from one of those books. I can't read anything with a protagonist who's a rapist.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tony on February 10, 2009, 03:08:08 PM
I love the Thomas Covenant series, and this last set is excellent. According to the author, his publishing schedule for the final trilogy is one every 3 years. So we'll probably have to wait until 2011 for the last book.  :P
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tony on February 10, 2009, 03:37:08 PM
Well I finished The Steel Remains last night and need to move on to something else. I'm torn between Fact, Fluff, Fiction, or some combination of the three.

Anyone have any thoughts on these, or maybe other ideas? I've read at least part of everything below except for the "fact' books.

Fact:
The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (Liberation Trilogy book 2) by Rick Atkinson
War As I Knew It by George S. Patton
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

Fluff Fiction:
The Hitchhiker's Guide 5-book trilogy (read many times already)

Fiction as Fluffy as a Sack of Hammers:
Ulysses by James Joyce
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pinchon
The Silmarillion by Tolkien

Seriously I can't decide. Any help would be appreciated!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 10, 2009, 04:06:39 PM
These would be my choices:

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

Ulysses by James Joyce

Especially the latter, I really like reading Joyce, not as much as Flann O'Brien or Samuel Beckett but he's generally a good read if your in the mood for that sort of thing

If you really felt up for a challenge try reading Finnegans Wake instead :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 11, 2009, 05:35:14 AM
I will say I suggested the Diamond because I've not read it and was hoping for a review. I have read Joyce and I love his stuff. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 11, 2009, 06:11:54 AM
Honestly, I struggled through a couple hundred pages of Ulysses before I decided that his prose style wasn't my sort of thing.  That, and the secondhand book that I had had fell to pieces.  :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on February 11, 2009, 08:24:23 AM
Fact: A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson. It's full of the most interesting bits of scientific history, with stuff you knew and stuff you didn't. It has the rules, and the exceptions, weird little oddball strangenesses, and rich real-life human dramas in the cutthtroat and often morally dodgey world of invention and discovery, .plus a few hovering doomsday scenarios to boot.
If you only read twelve nonfiction books in your lifetime, make sure this is one of them.

Fiction: Sabriel by Garth Nix. Magic, monsters, and mayhem. Events with a dark flavor which nevertheless manage to not be gritty or "and then she was raped by her estranged brother before commiting suicide" ish. Dark yet playful, action-packed yet well characterized, with a unique, richly imagined setting and a load of undead monsters. It's something for people who are tired of sword-weilding buff-mc-large-huge vs. clothes-ripping dragon High Fantasy.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on February 11, 2009, 02:22:07 PM
*shrug*

Oh well. I still think it's an awesome high fantasy book.

Update on my Wuthering Heights reading. Previously I got the impression that everyone in the story was an idiot, a dickweed, or both, except Ellen. Now it appears that Ellen is not an exception.

x_X I still have eight chapters to go.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 11, 2009, 02:25:23 PM
I'm telling you, don't judge the sisters on Emily's effort.

Both Currer and Acton Bell wrote better works, even the poetry.  :)

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrifty on February 11, 2009, 02:46:42 PM
I'm telling you, don't judge the sisters on Emily's effort.

Both Currer and Acton Bell wrote better works, even the poetry.  :)



Aren't you overdue for a new title or something?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 11, 2009, 02:48:55 PM
Well no I think the title fell to my uncle upon my father's passing.

Not that there's any land attached or anything, we don't even have a seat anymore, what with Blair's reforms of the House  :angry:
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrifty on February 11, 2009, 02:50:45 PM
Well no I think the title fell to my uncle upon my father's passing.

Not that there's any land attached or anything, we don't even have a seat anymore, what with Blair's reforms of the House  :angry:

Arizona smells funny!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on February 11, 2009, 04:16:45 PM
Reading Wuthering Heights is draining. x.x
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tony on February 11, 2009, 09:51:53 PM
Thanks everyone for the comments & reading suggestions. Still haven't decided, but there are a lot of great suggestions here - I may just go with something else entirely.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 12, 2009, 04:51:03 AM
So, Finegans Wake it is then ;)

Or maybe something by Flann O'Brien.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 12, 2009, 12:26:50 PM
Anybody know of a good Edgar Allen poe collection? I see a lot of omnibuses around, but I can't tell which might be a good overall look at the weirod.   :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 12, 2009, 02:39:13 PM
This one's (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Collected-Tales-Wordsworth-Special-Editions/dp/184022052X/ref=pd_sim_b_2) probably pretty good. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 12, 2009, 09:00:06 PM
Started rereading Watchmen before the movie comes out.

Also rereading Grant Morrison's JLA run.  Not his best work but lots of cool ideas floating around.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tony on February 12, 2009, 11:13:34 PM
So, Finegans Wake it is then ;)

Or maybe something by Flann O'Brien.
.
Heh! I am NOT brave enough to tackle Finegans Wake yet. A few years ago I took a class that turned into a semester-long in-depth study of Ulysses. It was one of the best classes I ever had, but it also took me the entire semester to somewhat understand the thing.

We also touched on Finegans Wake, which pretty much scared the crap out of me! So it may be a while before I suck it up and start reading it.

Flann O'Brien sounds very cool. What do you think of this as a choice? And anyone else have a thought about this? Might as go all out since it's not very expensive...
The Complete Novels (Everyman's Library) (Hardcover) (http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Novels-Everymans-Library/dp/0307267490/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234506719&sr=8-1)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 13, 2009, 05:20:10 AM
Yeah I wanted to get that for some reason based on a review I read in the New York Review of Books, I'll have to trawl back through the back issues to see what it was. I have all of the novels already but there was something else in that edition I think.

Maybe it has both English and Gaelic versions of  An Béal Bocht.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tony on February 13, 2009, 05:26:50 PM
Thanks very much. Flann O'Brien it is. 8)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on February 13, 2009, 06:28:51 PM
I is rereading Sabriel. Alternating Wuthering Heights with chapters of Sabriel has made Bronte more bearable.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on February 14, 2009, 12:13:20 PM
I've been in kind of a Ray Bradbury mood lately. And while Fahrenheit 451 is a super novel and all, I wanted to go with something a little more fun. So I went to the library and picked up:

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n140.jpg)

I only know the story from the Disney film (with Jonathan Pryce, woo!), but I'm digging the book so far. Ray does love his spontaneous dialogue, though.

Hmm. Think I have a paperback somewhere with that exact same cover. Might have to give that a whirl after Rabbit.

just to make everyone jealous, i have this book signed by the author, as well as 451F. He is a hilarious guy.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: KingOfShippers on February 15, 2009, 04:32:20 PM
I'm currently reading a Clash of Kings, and so far Tyrion's chapters are the best, I loved the Fighting Hares with a Crossbow scene.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on February 15, 2009, 04:33:53 PM
I'm in the middle of that too, actually. Tyrion's probably my favorite as well.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on February 15, 2009, 06:04:13 PM
Because George R. R. Martin knows how to take jerk characters and milk them for all their worth?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 15, 2009, 06:13:55 PM
I dunno, Martin makes at least understand Tyrion, and the things he's had to overcome to get where he is.  And there are times when he's downright heroic. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on February 15, 2009, 07:36:42 PM
Can't deny that he at least pulls you out of the slack-jawed coma Bran's chapters put you in.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: KingOfShippers on February 15, 2009, 07:57:07 PM
Bran gets better as the books go on.  I think my least favorite of all was probably Cat. I hate her with the white-hot intensity of a thousand supernovae.  I figure most of the bad stuff in the books is pretty much directly or indirectly attributable to her.

My feelings towards her exactly, though my least favorite for the majority of the first book was probably Sansa, closely followed by Dany, though with Sansa came the reaction of 'Geez girl how stupid are you'. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: gbeenie on February 15, 2009, 09:13:03 PM
I fully intended to read Watchmen at Barnes and Noble last night, but the bastards only have shrink-wrapped copies, and at $40, I'm not going to buy it.

For the trade paperback? That IS lame.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on February 15, 2009, 09:14:34 PM
Bran gets better as the books go on.  I think my least favorite of all was probably Cat. I hate her with the white-hot intensity of a thousand supernovae.  I figure most of the bad stuff in the books is pretty much directly or indirectly attributable to her.

Feeling's mutual about Cat. What do you hate about her?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: gbeenie on February 15, 2009, 09:24:00 PM
$40 for a hardcover of Watchmen is actually a really good deal.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 16, 2009, 05:15:15 AM
The hard cover for Lost Girls was about $75.00 so, yeah $40 sounds about right.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: a pretty girl is like on February 16, 2009, 06:04:14 AM
The hard cover for Lost Girls was about $75.00 so, yeah $40 sounds about right.

And worth every penny. 

The Absolute Watchmen is $60 even on Amazon.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on February 16, 2009, 04:04:21 PM
I think he's an arrogant prick who splits his time between self-pity and grandiose self-congratulation.   I like Jaime better than I like Tyrion, if we're talking Lannisters.

Wait, which one is he? x.x

I'm starting to get my Lannisters mixed up. Why do they have to choose so many T-names?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 16, 2009, 05:51:17 PM
Tyrion's the dwarf.  For some reason, I always picture him as Warwick Davis, but with the head of Bruce Vilanch.

To me, he's Peter Dinklage:

(http://www.cinemacafri.com/img/foto/grande/Peter-Dinklage.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 16, 2009, 06:07:39 PM
I think it could work either way with Tyrion.  He's really the only one I can picture strongly though.  The others are pretty faceless, especially the kids, as it's still a bit of a stretch to imagine what some of them can do. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on February 16, 2009, 10:25:41 PM
i own watchmen though i dont know when ill read it again...i sorta remember most of it anyway...
I fully intended to read Watchmen at Barnes and Noble last night, but the bastards only have shrink-wrapped copies, and at $40, I'm not going to buy it.

For the trade paperback? That IS lame.

No, it was hardbound, but still. $40? Maybe $20, I could see.

and the paperback version was that much on amazon, and as was said before, that sounded like a good idea, but i wouldnt recommend it unless you really like alan moore or are a hardcover freak...

i am currently reading the 23rd or so edition of the years best SciFi Stories...just feel like reading a bunch of misc stuff...i am also reading the complete idiots guide to creative writing that someone so thoughtfully sent me...now i just have to finish another story and have some people read it...
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 17, 2009, 06:38:13 AM
I'm about 60 pages into The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon.  It's an odd tale of an alternate timeline where Jewish evacuees from war torn Europe were settled into Alaska, and have lived there for 60 years.  It's also a Detective story about a broken down (what else?) Jewish cop who discovers one of his neighbours murdered.  It's written in Chabon's usual style, but it's also (and this is probably a silly thing to say) very Jewish.  So much so, that it feels to me more like a Science Fiction novel where I have to understand the culture as well as the people in it to full appreciate the book. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on February 17, 2009, 08:54:25 AM
i own watchmen though i dont know when ill read it again...i sorta remember most of it anyway...
I fully intended to read Watchmen at Barnes and Noble last night, but the bastards only have shrink-wrapped copies, and at $40, I'm not going to buy it.

For the trade paperback? That IS lame.

No, it was hardbound, but still. $40? Maybe $20, I could see.

and the paperback version was that much on amazon, and as was said before, that sounded like a good idea, but i wouldnt recommend it unless you really like alan moore or are a hardcover freak...

i am currently reading the 23rd or so edition of the years best SciFi Stories...just feel like reading a bunch of misc stuff...i am also reading the complete idiots guide to creative writing that someone so thoughtfully sent me...now i just have to finish another story and have some people read it...

Flocky stop being so cryptic. I got you the book and I'm the one who takes FOREVER to read your stories.

Also, I bought the paperback of watchmen last night because I have three friends who want to read it too, so it is now the communal copy.  ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on February 17, 2009, 07:03:13 PM
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj277/anaisjude/middlesex.gif)

I love it!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on February 17, 2009, 11:06:22 PM
i just finished a great story called "in the quake zone" by david gerrold from the 23rd annual The Year's Best Science Fiction i highly recommend it...not only is it one of the longer stories, it is one of the most thought provoking ones that i can remember...read it, you know you want to...
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on February 17, 2009, 11:18:53 PM
(http://www.thegenrefiles.com/images/ten_thousand_450_UK.jpg)

Synopsis:
"The world of Kuf, an ancient Assurian Empire, dominant, prestigious and thought to be invincible, is about to be shaken to very foundations. An exile from the empire, the Great King’s brother hires a force of Ten thousand elite mercenaries of a legendary race known as the Macht to take the throne by force. But when their employer is killed, The Ten Thousand find themselves abandoned. This is the story of their fight for freedom, and marks the start of a brand new series by one of the finest writers of fantasy. "

...pretty much Xenophon told in a fantasy setting.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 18, 2009, 06:03:30 AM
Pity about the cover art.

Yeah, who thought the male model would make it more appealing? When the cover first started to load, I thought it was the poster art for some crappy Sci-Fi Original movie.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on February 18, 2009, 06:22:20 AM
Would that require too much research?

As if that ever stopped anyone.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on February 18, 2009, 07:58:02 AM
Would that require too much research?

As if that ever stopped anyone.

Granted, but I'm guessing the rationale was that anytime he got a detail wrong or didn't want to look it up, he could just say, "Well, this is a -ficitional- universe, so yeah, they do have toilet paper."

Which is a huge cop-out. 

The only other reason I can think of for doing this is to include magic or something.

Speaking as a lover of history and fantasy, I can also see him wanting to do it like this for the world/culture building aspects. There is considerable mythology and sense of "wonder" built into this (as well as a bit of 'magic'), and while it draws from the Xenophon story I would in no way call it a "cop out" to avoid research...as was said above, that hasn't stopped idiots from writing historical fiction before.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on February 18, 2009, 08:28:38 AM
Would that require too much research?

As if that ever stopped anyone.

Granted, but I'm guessing the rationale was that anytime he got a detail wrong or didn't want to look it up, he could just say, "Well, this is a -ficitional- universe, so yeah, they do have toilet paper."

Which is a huge cop-out. 

The only other reason I can think of for doing this is to include magic or something.

Speaking as a lover of history and fantasy, I can also see him wanting to do it like this for the world/culture building aspects. There is considerable mythology and sense of "wonder" built into this (as well as a bit of 'magic'), and while it draws from the Xenophon story I would in no way call it a "cop out" to avoid research...as was said above, that hasn't stopped idiots from writing historical fiction before.

It is a huge copout.  "Assurian" empire? Gee, where'd he get that? "Macht"? How original!

See, I know near eastern history too. And I can read German.  It's just lazy. If he wanted to world-build, shouldn't he have actually done that?


That's some strong criticism from someone who has only read the back cover blurb. ;)

Don't agree on the cop-out at all. World building goes a shit-ton deeper than names and part of that is keeping some aspect of the familiar to keep your reader with you, also with him using Xenophon as a base - it's not that far fetched to use familiar names.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on February 18, 2009, 09:49:29 AM
Woohoo!
(http://wireeagle.auburn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/ali_liston.jpg)

:P
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on February 18, 2009, 10:08:12 AM
Would that require too much research?

As if that ever stopped anyone.

Granted, but I'm guessing the rationale was that anytime he got a detail wrong or didn't want to look it up, he could just say, "Well, this is a -ficitional- universe, so yeah, they do have toilet paper."

Which is a huge cop-out. 

The only other reason I can think of for doing this is to include magic or something.

Speaking as a lover of history and fantasy, I can also see him wanting to do it like this for the world/culture building aspects. There is considerable mythology and sense of "wonder" built into this (as well as a bit of 'magic'), and while it draws from the Xenophon story I would in no way call it a "cop out" to avoid research...as was said above, that hasn't stopped idiots from writing historical fiction before.

It is a huge copout.  "Assurian" empire? Gee, where'd he get that? "Macht"? How original!

See, I know near eastern history too. And I can read German.  It's just lazy. If he wanted to world-build, shouldn't he have actually done that?


That's some strong criticism from someone who has only read the back cover blurb. ;)

Don't agree on the cop-out at all. World building goes a shit-ton deeper than names and part of that is keeping some aspect of the familiar to keep your reader with you, also with him using Xenophon as a base - it's not that far fetched to use familiar names.

i agree, you cant change all of the aspects of the world or else it would be unrecognizable and no one would feel connected enough to read it...also i dont think most people have the stamina to be the next Tolkien and create their own fricking language...on a side note, i also wont be getting that book, but that's cause its a fantasy one and i dont dig fantasy...
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on February 18, 2009, 11:16:59 AM
I suggest exploring YA and juvenile fantasy. The writers there are a bit less restrained by self-made cages of cliche.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on February 18, 2009, 11:43:02 AM
I generally don't read fantasy any more at all, because most of it is just really derivative. Sure, I revisit old stuff that I liked way back when, but that's as much a nostalgia kick as anything else.

I'd say there's more bad fantasy out there than any other genre, with the possible exception of "romance."

that's why i dont like considering my work fantasy, even though there are fantasy elements in it...
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on February 18, 2009, 12:07:04 PM
I generally don't read fantasy any more at all, because most of it is just really derivative. Sure, I revisit old stuff that I liked way back when, but that's as much a nostalgia kick as anything else.

I'd say there's more bad fantasy out there than any other genre, with the possible exception of "romance."

I'd say any genre is going to be 90% shite and 10% good. To say you generally don't read fantasy at all anymore and still make a statement like that is kind of ignorant. I'm really not trying to be a disagreeable asshole here, but this kind of attitude is why most of the good fantasy/sci-fi writers go unnoticed these days. Of course very little of it would appeal to a "literature" minded crowd (which would be an unfair expectation anyways as the goals of each are completely different), but more and more authors are pulling away from the tropes of cliched Tolkienism and telling great (and original) stories. Bakker, Abercrombie, Gilman, Stover, Jones, Scalzi, Ruckell, Abraham, etc...it's really a good time to be a fan of genre fiction.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on February 18, 2009, 12:12:41 PM
I quite like Science Fiction.


Ohhhh....you're one of THOSE guys! Nevermind, then. :P
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 18, 2009, 12:16:00 PM
Which Sci-Fi authors do you read, Im?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on February 18, 2009, 12:18:59 PM
yeah that's pretty much it, i never said i dont read scifi just not fantasy....and i am a scifi writer, even if i call it magical realism or occult noir...everything i do is based on some sort of fact or belief in our world...i like to mix religious philosophy w/ science fact...right now i am writing something that one of the main premises behind the universe is that m-theory/superstring theory as well as the many-worlds theory is a proven truth...
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on February 18, 2009, 12:19:35 PM
Sci-fi just requires more on the part of the author, I think, than does fantasy. So it's more self-selecting, and therefore generally produces better stuff.  There's almost never the fallback of "well it's just magic, okay?" which allows for really shitty dei ex machinae that you get in fantasy.

You've really been reading the wrong kind of fantasy. Magic systems that require no justification of their actions and have no consequences are a sign of bad (or dated) fantasy. Well thought out magic systems are almost a technology in themselves and there is very little of that fallback you speak of in most good fantasy with those well thought out systems.

As a reference, I point you to this podacast for a better explanation: http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/05/18/writing-excuses-episode-15-costs-and-ramifications-of-magic/
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 18, 2009, 12:26:42 PM
I'm not overly familiar with the Sci-Fi genre, but there are some authors I really enjoy reading.  Peter F Hamilton, Neal Asher, Ashley Reynolds, Phillip K Dick, and of course, HG Wells.  I've really only read a little of Arthur C Clarke's stuff (the 2001 series) and Asimov (one of the Foundation series, I forget which.)
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on February 18, 2009, 12:32:45 PM
Which Sci-Fi authors do you read, Im?

Hmm, let's see...

Asimov, Zelazny, Arthur C. Clarke, Fredric Brown, Octavia Butler, Neal Stephenson, Nancy Kress have all written sf books I've loved.  I like to pick up the "Year's Best" science fiction anthologies and read those.

Oh, golden-age stuff is great fun too--Philip Francis Nowlan's Armageddon 2419 A.D. (=Buck Rogers) was great, as were Burroughs' John Carter books, and H.G. Wells' stuff.

I've tried to hit all the "greats" in SF, and a lot leave me cold; I hated Heinlein and just refuse to read any more after the travesty that was Stranger in a Strange Land (I quit that one in disgust).  I found Herbert too insane to bother with after the first one.  Some authors have individual books I like (Ender's Game) but whose other stuff is horrible (Worthing Saga, et al)

Still on my list to read are Bester and Ellison.

You a fan?

i agree with most of that, though from what i remember i liked stranger in a strange land and the other ender's game books that i've read were good, though the maker series was only ok...at the moment, i havent really felt like reading entire books, so i've been reading my old scifi & fantasy mags as well as the only best of sf book i have
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Post by: mrbasehart on February 18, 2009, 12:41:26 PM
They may be more popular in the UK than the US.  Hamilton writes HUGE novels - The Reality Dyfunction trilogy was 1200+ each - but they're also really involving with some neat characters.  Asher and Reynolds both play in their own universes, but Reynolds is more technical, while Asher is a little more downbeat.

Richard K Morgan's first book, Altered Carbon, is a pretty great too, combining noir and Sci-Fi to great effect.
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on February 18, 2009, 12:45:20 PM
They may be more popular in the UK than the US.  Hamilton writes HUGE novels - The Reality Dyfunction trilogy was 1200+ each - but they're also really involving with some neat characters.  Asher and Reynolds both play in their own universes, but Reynolds is more technical, while Asher is a little more downbeat.

Richard K Morgan's first book, Altered Carbon, is a pretty great too, combining noir and Sci-Fi to great effect.

i liked phillp k dick but i have a book of short stories...and morgan sounds interesting, ill have to check him out...
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Post by: Tripe on February 18, 2009, 01:39:33 PM
Which Sci-Fi authors do you read, Im?

Hmm, let's see...

Asimov, Zelazny, Arthur C. Clarke, Fredric Brown, Octavia Butler, Neal Stephenson, Nancy Kress have all written sf books I've loved.  I like to pick up the "Year's Best" science fiction anthologies and read those.

Loved the stories in that collection I recently read. Which of her longer fiction would be good?

Still on my list to read are Bester and Ellison.
I liked The Demolished Man, Tiger , Tiger not so much.
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on February 18, 2009, 03:55:24 PM
it's sort of funny, but morgan's altered carbon (paperback) costs $10 on amazon.com while the kindle version costs $7...that seems a little strange considering the intangibility of the latter form...
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on February 18, 2009, 06:11:34 PM
its just interesting how expensive something is when it costs nothing to print and distribute physically...i wonder how much of that is going to the authors and how much to the middlemen like publishers and amazon.com....the idea of a "published" electronic book is interesting to, but i wont get into that now...
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Post by: mrbasehart on February 18, 2009, 06:32:28 PM
Yeah, but the used ones are like .47.

Yeah, the thing that bugs me about Amazon Marketplace is the set limits on P&P.  On the UK site, they're basically enforcing a postage that's probably two or three times what it should be. 
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on February 18, 2009, 06:39:35 PM
Yeah, but the used ones are like .47.

Yeah, the thing that bugs me about Amazon Marketplace is the set limits on P&P.  On the UK site, they're basically enforcing a postage that's probably two or three times what it should be. 
p&p im guessing means s&h here? but yeah unless you have the prime membership or spend $25 or more, the cost for shipping is ridiculous...unfortunately neither counts for the third party sellers...
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on February 18, 2009, 07:48:57 PM
im addicted to it, but then i have to time it when im home to accept the package cause i live in an apartment so they wont leave it at my doorstep, but its worth the extra $$ for now...
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Post by: Parturition Squeeze on February 25, 2009, 01:28:54 PM
I think the $25 limit for free shipping is quite reasonable, though. I usually just wait until I have enough items that I want so I can get the free ship.

I did the "free trial" of amazon prime, but it isn't worth an annual fee.

I love Amazon Prime.  It's the greatest thing since cruise control.  I was just finishing a book yesterday and didn't know what to read next, so I went into a thread here and saw Confederacy of Dunces recommended, ran to Amazon, and with free 2-day shipping it'll be waiting for me when I get home tomorrow.  Near-instant gratification.
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Post by: Tony on February 25, 2009, 02:21:43 PM
I think the $25 limit for free shipping is quite reasonable, though. I usually just wait until I have enough items that I want so I can get the free ship.

I did the "free trial" of amazon prime, but it isn't worth an annual fee.

I love Amazon Prime.  It's the greatest thing since cruise control.  I was just finishing a book yesterday and didn't know what to read next, so I went into a thread here and saw Confederacy of Dunces recommended, ran to Amazon, and with free 2-day shipping it'll be waiting for me when I get home tomorrow.  Near-instant gratification.
Yeah, my GF and I renew it every year because the benefit definitely outweighs the cost, especially at Christmas. There are several times I've ordered something I needed fast, and the fast shipping was already paid for.

Speaking of which, I just got a small box with four excellent books, including:

Watchmen (not the $60 Absolute version)
The Complete Novels by Flann O'Brien

Thanks everyone for the great reading suggestions!

I haven't started either yet, but from all of the comments on both I have pretty high expectations.
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Post by: Parturition Squeeze on February 25, 2009, 02:52:01 PM
   I just got a small box with four excellent books, including: The Complete Novels by Flann O'Brien
If you haven't already, do NOT read the introduction/forward to The Third Policeman until after you've read the story (assuming you want to read the forward at all, that is).

MAJOR spoilers in there.
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Post by: Tripe on February 25, 2009, 02:54:54 PM
Incidentally I never could find that review from the New York Review of Books, what is the contents of that edition?
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Post by: Tony on February 25, 2009, 07:43:45 PM
   I just got a small box with four excellent books, including: The Complete Novels by Flann O'Brien
If you haven't already, do NOT read the introduction/forward to The Third Policeman until after you've read the story (assuming you want to read the forward at all, that is).

MAJOR spoilers in there.
.
No, I haven't read the forward yet so I'll be avoiding that. I'm definitely not the kind of person who reads the last page first. ;) Thanks very much for the warning!

Incidentally I never could find that review from the New York Review of Books, what is the contents of that edition?
.
I searched all over for that review too and never found it, but I did find this (http://www.powells.com/review/2008_04_15.html) review of the whole book. I actually concentrated more on your words and the Amazon reviews of readers to sway me, though. Thanks very much for the suggestion: I'm sure I'll enjoy it.
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Post by: Tony on February 25, 2009, 07:48:56 PM
I'm almost never in that much of a hurry to get something. I mean, sure, I'd like it fast. But I don't need to pay for it.

I hear ya. I felt the same until two years ago, until I seriously procrastinated at Christmas season. Then free two-day shipping looked like a much better option. That's how they get you hooked, of course.  :P
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Post by: Tony on February 25, 2009, 08:15:05 PM
Incidentally I never could find that review from the New York Review of Books, what is the contents of that edition?

And since I constantly get the LOADING... message of death every time I edit a forum post, here's the answer I forgot...

The book contians all five of his novels, plus an intro, short biblio, and brief chronology of O'Brien's life. It's small-ish hardback, and even has a thin gold tassel. not really a bad deal, especially for a 2007 printing.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 26, 2009, 07:53:11 AM
I'm up to the year 1978 on the 1001 Movies to See Before You Die.
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Post by: bettertomorrowamy on February 26, 2009, 06:17:52 PM
Some obscure Graphic Novel called Watchmen or something.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 26, 2009, 08:37:56 PM
It never attained the success of Alan Moore's 1963 or Big Numbers.
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Post by: godslabrat on February 27, 2009, 09:55:41 AM
From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming
The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
On Writing by Stephen King
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on February 28, 2009, 10:45:21 AM
i wish they had an omnibus version of all the foundation novels (those written by asimov himself, not the spinoff ones) and/or the robot series...i liked the ones ive read and would rather have a concise hard cover edition rather than a bunch of paperback ones...but i suppose he might not be as popular as adams to have a whole series of his books in one cover, lol
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 02, 2009, 08:49:40 AM
I'm starting Queen and Country by Greg Rucka.  I got the First Definitive Edition and will get the next one next Wednesday.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 02, 2009, 02:12:41 PM
I think since you used "quite like" instead of "love", she thinks you only do things half way.
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Post by: mrbasehart on March 02, 2009, 02:38:20 PM
I thought he was just saying that because you like Sci-Fi stuff, you're somehow against Fantasy. 
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Post by: MSTJedi on March 05, 2009, 02:03:44 PM
Just finished The Children of Hurin. Good God, was that depressing.
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Post by: Jazzman99 on March 08, 2009, 09:14:40 AM
Gearing up to teach an American Novel class, so I've just finished rereading Gatsby for probably the first time in a decade, and I'm a couple of chapters into To Kill a Mockingbird, which I haven't read since I was in high school.  Up next is Morrison's Song of Solomon.  Huck Finn and The Awakening are also on the syllabus, but I've read them within the last couple of years so I'll be fine with my notes.
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Post by: bratpop on March 08, 2009, 09:20:29 AM
Just finished Project Pope by Clifford Simak. It ends with a robot pouring wine on his chin to simulate drinking. I almost expected the characters to start laughing and the book to end on a freeze frame while a song by Hoyt Axton played. Simak always has a "surprise" non-ending, but that was a real WTF moment.
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Post by: SJP on March 08, 2009, 10:33:56 AM
Friend asked me to read a copy of "Plum Island" by Nelson DeMille.  It's a good book, but he loaned me a paperback he wanted me to avoid damaging the spine on.  Trouble is, most of the time I read while I'm doing something else, which means I would probably end up damaging the spine by either holding the book wide open or using a weight to hold it open, which I refuse to do to a friend's copy of a book.  So, it's taking me awhile to finish it.
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Post by: MSTJedi on March 08, 2009, 05:30:20 PM
So why get a paperback if you're concerned about how it looks? Those things are made to be abused.
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Post by: bratpop on March 08, 2009, 07:54:56 PM
Sounds like the kind of guy who wears multiple pocket protectors.
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 08, 2009, 09:54:18 PM
Sounds like the kind of guy who wears multiple pocket protectors.
awwww, you've found a kindred soul ;)

and i am currently reading The Wind-up Bird Chronicle and i find it very interesting...i think i shall have to try another of the guy's books when i am done...if only i can fucking remember what the author's name is...
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 09, 2009, 08:48:17 PM
Haruki Murakami

I suggest "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World"
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Post by: bratpop on March 09, 2009, 08:53:29 PM
Hmmm...never read Simak. What's a good one to pick up? His "best"?
I have no idea. I haven't read all of his books yet.
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Post by: mrbasehart on March 09, 2009, 09:04:03 PM
Hmmm...never read Simak. What's a good one to pick up? His "best"?
I have no idea. I haven't read all of his books yet.

Huh.  Way to be a complete dick.
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Post by: bratpop on March 10, 2009, 07:19:43 PM
It's kind of just a simple fact, really.
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 10, 2009, 07:31:17 PM
Hmmm...never read Simak. What's a good one to pick up? His "best"?
I have no idea. I haven't read all of his books yet.

i think that it can be implied that he meant, "of the ones that you have read, which one would you pick to be the best" lol
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 10, 2009, 08:26:11 PM
Yeah, that reminds me of a girl I was teaching English to.

"OK, imagine your at your job."

"But I don't have a job."

"I know, but just imagine"

"But I don't know what it would be like"

"Well you've seen jobs on TV haven't you?  Just imagine."

For some reason she refused to take part in any roleplaying lessons outside of her experiences.
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 10, 2009, 08:59:11 PM
Yeah, that reminds me of a girl I was teaching English to.

"OK, imagine your at your job."

"But I don't have a job."

"I know, but just imagine"

"But I don't know what it would be like"

"Well you've seen jobs on TV haven't you?  Just imagine."

For some reason she refused to take part in any roleplaying lessons outside of her experiences.

there is some issue with understanding english if it is not your first language...
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 11, 2009, 06:11:28 AM
No, she just felt like being difficult for whatever reason
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 11, 2009, 08:53:18 AM
Oh, yes.  Doesn't get teenagier.
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Post by: bratpop on March 11, 2009, 09:58:00 AM
I'd just rather not recommend a Simak book and disappoint anybody. I find comparing the books too subjective. The only thing I can say definatively is that he hardly ever writes a traditional ending. Although many of the books have some semblance of a climax, there is rarely a solid resolution. A lot of his books end with something akin to, "Oh well, I guess we will have find a way to live with the _____ that has changed the world." Which is not to say he writes prequels. He just writes about the conflicts that lead to some big change, and the big change often has no solution. Like if he wrote Lord of the Rings, Sauron would be defeated, and the Orcs would become docile servants of all the Middle-Earthings, whether they wanted them or not. They would hang around in people's gardens if ignored. And they'd be indestructible, so people would have to deal with Orcs in their yards for the rest of eternity, some making them butlers, others using them for shade. But the book would end with just the Orcs hanging around. It's hard to explain. Suffice it to say, if you like to use your imagination, great endings. If not, you might hate them. The fact that he writes like this makes it hard to recommend anything, because that's all his books share suffice a few basic themes like time travel, alternate dimensions... guys with interesting names, robots, aliens, spaceships, dogs, religion, etc. He doesn't have any sequels or books in a series. I guess the point is, he doesn't have the one great novel, just lots of very different ideas. I know "City" won an award, but I can't recommend it because I haven't read it yet. I'm saving it till last.
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Post by: Tripe on March 11, 2009, 06:23:53 PM
Currently flipping through this:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/511XFAEV6RL._SS500_.jpg)

Which is fun if a little arch. But it did inspire me to make a substitution on my list (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,13272.0.html)

And this (which I've been reading off and on for a bit so I might have mentioned it already):

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n58/n293496.jpg)

Which is a bit like Molly Bloom finds herself on The Quite Earth.

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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 11, 2009, 10:25:02 PM
still reading
 (http://blog.lib.umn.edu/raim0007/gwss3307_summer2008/theWindUpBirdChronicle.jpg)

which is really good and i might be getting a hardcover version of it at some point in time...

also started rereading this for a comic i am writing...

(http://jennietsai.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/understanding-comics_5001.jpg)

puts comics in perspective...plus its a comic so it "shows as it goes"
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Post by: Nekrose on March 17, 2009, 09:11:51 AM
(http://www.eternalnight.co.uk/books/d/donaldsonstephen/fatalrevenant.jpg)
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Post by: Tony on March 17, 2009, 10:11:08 AM
(http://www.eternalnight.co.uk/books/d/donaldsonstephen/fatalrevenant.jpg)

Looks like we have a while to go before getting to finish the epic of self-hate. Book 4 was a surprise... I thought it was only going to be a trilogy.

The Last Chronicles:
       1. The Runes of the Earth (2004)
       2. Fatal Revenant (2007)
       3. Against All Things Ending (planned for 2010)
       4. The Last Dark (planned for 2013)

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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 17, 2009, 11:06:56 AM
i started reading some of his stuff, i think maybe the first or second books but that was a while ago and i dont think that i was all that interested in them, lol
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Post by: Doctor Who? on March 17, 2009, 11:43:32 AM
This thread :P
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Post by: ebeth on March 17, 2009, 12:04:07 PM
I'm on a Stephen Elliot kick (Happy Baby, My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up) and I finished Will Self's book, Dr. Mukiti & other Tales of Woe
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Post by: Nekrose on March 17, 2009, 12:30:04 PM

The Last Chronicles:
       1. The Runes of the Earth (2004)
       2. Fatal Revenant (2007)
       3. Against All Things Ending (planned for 2010)
       4. The Last Dark (planned for 2013)



D=

Nice.

I still think The Illearth War is one of the best books ever written.

So how was Fatal Revenant, without giving away spoilers?  I haven't picked it up yet.



Only half way through at the moment but it's rather good. I find that Linden lady really annoying though, it was much better when it was just Covenant.
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Post by: bratpop on March 17, 2009, 08:44:58 PM
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I still think The Illearth War is one of the best books ever written.
I AGREE WITH SOMETHING! Though I had the hardest time trying to figure out the title based on the old English font. The Mearth War? WTF

I'm not reading the last chronicles till they're done. I can't fucking wait that long between books. Plus, what if he dies before they're finished?
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 17, 2009, 10:46:47 PM
that would be amusing, lol
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Post by: Pak-Man on March 19, 2009, 09:41:18 AM
After getting hooked on the Drinky Crow show on Adult Swim, I finally picked this up for myself:
(http://www.marsimport.com/images/MAAKH01.JPG)
Premillenial Maakies: The First Five Years.

The comic strips are a bit on the surrealist side, and the humor usually involves me thinking, "That's horrible! That's not funny." followed by bouts of guilty snickering a few seconds later. It's a voyage I reccomend if you're in to that kind of thing. :^)

(http://www.maakies.com/archive/m722.gif)
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 19, 2009, 03:19:03 PM
Conan Vol 5

And these threads, which I would like you to take part in:

http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,13198.0.html

http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,13272.0.html
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Post by: bratpop on March 20, 2009, 02:26:36 AM
What is Conan Vol 5? The comics?
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Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on March 20, 2009, 09:19:04 AM
Possession: a Romance, for school. It's turned out to be a bit of a pleasant surprise so far, not as dull or gritty as I thought, but I'm reserving judgment until I see if the ending is as satisfying as reviews claim it to be.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 20, 2009, 03:07:50 PM
What is Conan Vol 5? The comics?

That's the one.  Also just Finished the Immortal Iron Fist Vol. 3: Book of the Iron Fist.
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 20, 2009, 05:53:01 PM
just finished the first vol of walking dead the other day a few hours after getting it...next book i will be purchasing/reading is
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51VDWHM3QZL._SS500_.jpg)

as was recommended by tripe
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Post by: Tripe on March 21, 2009, 05:52:31 AM
By the 13 year old me no less :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on March 22, 2009, 11:51:21 AM
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n47/n239583.jpg)
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 22, 2009, 02:18:32 PM
well, i would have ordered the second volume of the Walking Dead but amazon says it will take at least a week to ship, lol, so i shall have to wait
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 22, 2009, 02:30:46 PM
i think its sorta funny that star trek has alternate history stories...
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 22, 2009, 06:52:49 PM
I'm not a big Star Trek fan, but it occured to me that it would be cool to make a book of fairy tales and children's story that each of the races tell their children.  It would reveal a lot about each culture, their values and their philosophies in the form of a fun fable.  Humans could have a straight forward space age fairy tale.  The Klingon's story would be a Jack the Giant Killer type story about how bravery and ferocity are more valuable than power.  The Vulcans' children's stories are paradoxes and mysteries with no clear answers, but leaves them something to ponder and meditate on.  Oh, and here's my borg "children's story"

YOU ARE CURRENTLY ENTERING THE BORG COLLECTIVE.

PLEASE STAND BY...

YOU ARE NOW _____ OF ______.

YOU ARE NOW A PART OF THE BORG COLLECTIVE.
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Post by: bratpop on March 23, 2009, 02:30:47 AM
Quote
It's a way to celebrate the continuity, rather than chuck it out the window.
Or a way to segue from one sentence and make a quick buck. But you don't have to take MY word for it.
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Post by: Tripe on March 23, 2009, 05:14:08 AM
Heh.

I think there are plenty of Klingon myths that are fairly well-developed. They'd probably do Kahless.

Which I why I think my local opera theatre, never one to shy away from something different, should produce a Klingon Opera, somebody must have written one, or it could be written. I've got to think it might draw a crowd.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 23, 2009, 01:42:12 PM
Really, doesn't Titus Andronicus seem like the best choice for a Klingon Opera?  There's honour, violence, rape, mutilation and cannibalism
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on March 23, 2009, 02:12:08 PM
Well if you were to adapt an play that already exists, sure, I was thinking something new or at least newish (a fleshed out version of one of those Klingon myths that occasionally gets mentioned) :)
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Post by: Darth Geek on March 23, 2009, 06:11:28 PM
Well if you were to adapt an play that already exists, sure, I was thinking something new or at least newish (a fleshed out version of one of those Klingon myths that occasionally gets mentioned) :)
The one about the Klingon who walks out into a storm and gets killed?
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Post by: mrbasehart on March 23, 2009, 06:30:05 PM
Well if you were to adapt an play that already exists, sure, I was thinking something new or at least newish (a fleshed out version of one of those Klingon myths that occasionally gets mentioned) :)
The one about the Klingon who walks out into a storm and gets killed?

Klingon Lear?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on March 23, 2009, 06:42:15 PM
Well if you were to adapt an play that already exists, sure, I was thinking something new or at least newish (a fleshed out version of one of those Klingon myths that occasionally gets mentioned) :)
The one about the Klingon who walks out into a storm and gets killed?

You know, I'm not too au fait with Klingon legends, I just know occasionally they'd have Worf belch on about some legend or other and they tended to do more of that for the various Klingons that stomped in and out of Deep Space Nine.

On a related note, I wish they'd had Kang whip out a guitar at some point in The Undiscovered Country to entertain one and all with a nice guttural rendition of Edelweiss. :)

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Post by: Tripe on March 24, 2009, 05:17:23 AM
Ah yes that's right, well him I'd have like to see singing or at least having the other Klingons under his command introduce themselves by doing that odd stomp stomp march thing like the Von Traps :)

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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on March 25, 2009, 09:42:21 PM
ok, i just finished the wind-up bird chronicles and thought it was great, thanks for the intro to it...
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Nekrose on March 31, 2009, 07:36:29 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/12/Black_hawk_down_bookcover.png)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: AmazingThor on March 31, 2009, 08:56:48 AM
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson*

*For you Wheel of Time-oholics, Brandon Sanderson is the guy RJ and his wife chose to finish the last novel after RJ's death
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: AmazingThor on April 01, 2009, 01:32:02 PM
I find that I like reading one short story a night, rather than a sequence of them. So I read a short story and then go to either Bradbury or Pratchett until I fall asleep.
I have a big giant book of all* of Ray Bradbury's short stories. That could save you a step :)


*most
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 01, 2009, 08:46:04 PM
I picked up the first issue of Seaguy: the Slaves of Mickey Eye.  I almost only pick up comics in trade paperback, but I had to get this.  I LOVE this series, glad to see it return.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Xu4yE58y1A4/SXZzDta9I-I/AAAAAAAAAc4/ucc8qBKhB0U/s400/seaguy+slaves.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on April 06, 2009, 07:58:37 AM
OK just finished this:

(http://neuronarrative.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/nationus1.jpg)

I liked it quite a bit, it's got a strong melancholic streak running through it and it stresses the importance of critical thinking.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on April 06, 2009, 09:23:01 PM
Love Bradbury---saw him last year and got some books signed. Now I have a signed copy of one of my favorite books Fahrenheit 451

I started reading "A Night To Remember" and it is SO interesting! It's the book about the Titanic and it's interestingly written, and the best part is, unlike the badly written screenplay of the Titanic movie, it's all true! (I much prefer the movie Night to Remember--that's why I'm reading the book now)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on April 07, 2009, 06:51:59 AM
Oh yes definitely, much better than either Strata or Dark Side of the Sun.

So yesterday I listened to this:

(http://www.radioandtelly.co.uk/images/dirkgentlycd.jpg)

Which was very enjoyable, I'll have to track down The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul next.

I'd have never thought of Harry Enfield as Dirk but I think he's great in the part.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 07, 2009, 08:32:30 AM
That's not reading!  That's Listening!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on April 07, 2009, 09:34:13 AM
I am reading the shinning...er...shining
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on April 07, 2009, 10:33:59 AM
That's not reading!  That's Listening!

Good point and one that occurred to me. :)

And so... (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,13590.0.html)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on April 07, 2009, 08:58:26 PM
Tunnels.

It's a bit of gritty-grimey Juvenile lit with a subterranean theme. The timbre rather puts me off, but I'm waiting for the action to really kick off before I commit to finishing the book.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: James of LinHood on April 08, 2009, 06:07:57 AM
I just read:

(http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa229/DarthRageFist/075640407X02LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

Very, very good book.  If you like fantasy novels you should love this one.  It's over 650 pages long and I managed to finish it in just over a week.  It's one of the few books that I just couldn't put down.  Read it, won't you?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bratpop on April 13, 2009, 01:16:58 AM
I listened to... I mean read... the radio drama of Life, The Universe and Everything. Except for the fake Paul McCartney song, it was kind of boring. Adapting the books doesn't work as well as writing for the radio. Ironically, the best part of the book was from the radio series, so they couldn't use it. And so much of the rest didn't work as audio, like seeing the neon sign, or Agrajag's appearance. Book stuff. There was too much, "Why, look at the thing I'm seeing! Let me describe it for no reason." And I really missed the ridiculous music from the original. The new music (save the song) was too serious, boring, or just not much fun. I wonder if the issue really stems from the book being a decent sequel to the books, but not to the radio series. Where the first two, and part of the third, books are good adaptations of the series that add a new dimension, the third book continues with that new dimension, but strays from the series. I don't think the ideas are quite as good. Bistromathematics is silly. The people of Krikket are almost too realistically sci-fi. All the killing isn't what you might call hilarious. The flying is quite good, and the flying party, and the truth guy, but nothing so clever as the Heart of Gold, or the Restaurant, or the Arc Fleet, or the Vogons.

And then the series settles down and gets even more serious and less comedic, and has fewer and fewer good ideas, so I'm not jumping to buy the rest of the radio dramas.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on April 13, 2009, 04:52:03 AM
I listened to... I mean read... the radio drama of Life, The Universe and Everything. Except for the fake Paul McCartney song, it was kind of boring. Adapting the books doesn't work as well as writing for the radio. Ironically, the best part of the book was from the radio series, so they couldn't use it. And so much of the rest didn't work as audio, like seeing the neon sign, or Agrajag's appearance. Book stuff. There was too much, "Why, look at the thing I'm seeing! Let me describe it for no reason." And I really missed the ridiculous music from the original. The new music (save the song) was too serious, boring, or just not much fun. I wonder if the issue really stems from the book being a decent sequel to the books, but not to the radio series. Where the first two, and part of the third, books are good adaptations of the series that add a new dimension, the third book continues with that new dimension, but strays from the series. I don't think the ideas are quite as good. Bistromathematics is silly. The people of Krikket are almost too realistically sci-fi. All the killing isn't what you might call hilarious. The flying is quite good, and the flying party, and the truth guy, but nothing so clever as the Heart of Gold, or the Restaurant, or the Arc Fleet, or the Vogons.

And then the series settles down and gets even more serious and less comedic, and has fewer and fewer good ideas, so I'm not jumping to buy the rest of the radio dramas.

You'll be wanting this thread. (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,13590.0.html)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: rebisaz on April 18, 2009, 11:54:52 AM
Currently finishing up The Way of the World by Ron Suskind, and probably need to follow *that* up with some fiction *whew*, so I think it will be Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on April 18, 2009, 08:32:28 PM
i am reading
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513B2A7P9AL._SS500_.jpg)
and am hooked on this guy

also started
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51VDWHM3QZL._SS500_.jpg)
and so far its pretty interesting and will help me with my stories...
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: SJP on April 19, 2009, 02:44:10 PM
Just a question: Why are there so many people in the field of Science Fiction with the name 'Poul,' be it first name or surname?  Never read Frederik Poul, but I read Poul Anderson's "Operation  Luna." (Think I mentioned that one in another thread.)  He's supposed to be a grand master of the genre, but Op Luna just flat out sucked.  Haven't read his other work, it's probably better, but man...

Am actually going through an anthology of short horror stories (grabbed the book from the library because it had Edward Gorey artwork on the cover).  It has a story in it I'm working on now called, "Carmilla," which is a vampire story written before Dracula was published.  An interesting story so far, and way more risque for its time than Dracula surely was.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on April 23, 2009, 02:13:46 PM
Just got the third book in the series:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CK31J87CL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

 I love these.

"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it."
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Trumpysgirl on April 25, 2009, 02:04:17 PM
Hey Queen, it wouldn't let me look inside.  :-\
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrifty on April 27, 2009, 09:14:03 PM
Been reading Fahrenheit 451, but I give up. It's shit.

I tried to read that book at least six times.  Each time, I got through 2 or 3 chapters and it spontaneously burst into flames.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on April 28, 2009, 12:22:05 PM
Sorry none of you like 451F, one of my favorite books, but, like everything, it's not for everyone, and I think it's an acquired taste.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on April 28, 2009, 12:35:04 PM
I sometimes do a monologue from Montag as a audition piece (though not so much since people tend to prefer cold readings)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on April 28, 2009, 12:40:21 PM
I like Fahrenheit 451.........I even like the movie.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on April 28, 2009, 02:17:14 PM
i'm not that big a fan of bradbury...

and i just finished hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world.  that was a great book, but i noticed the similarities between it and the wind-up bird chronicles.  namely the protagonist (a middle-aged japanese man), the love interest (the librarian in the former and his wife in the latter), and the teenage girl (both sorta sexually attracted or whatever to the protagonist)... this is not a detraction, just something i noticed, i couldn't put either book down...

this is different than the dan brown horrors angels and demons and the divinci code which were pretty much mirror images of each other.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Drusilla on April 28, 2009, 11:59:18 PM
I just finished Darkly Dreaming Dexter... which was good... but I am sad to admit that the TV show is better with more developed characters and such, however, the ending of the book was much better.

Next on my list is Anansi Boys by Neil Gaimen
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on April 29, 2009, 09:22:23 PM
almost 100 pages into Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut. Last time I tried reading a book by him, he died later that day. No joke.

There was just a character named William Corbett, which I thought was pretty funny. I think he might only be around for that one (short) chapter though.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on April 30, 2009, 03:47:22 PM
almost 100 pages into Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut. Last time I tried reading a book by him, he died later that day. No joke.

There was just a character named William Corbett, which I thought was pretty funny. I think he might only be around for that one (short) chapter though.

that's one i haven't heard of...cool another to add to my list

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on April 30, 2009, 07:10:31 PM
It's Vonnegut's first.  I didn't particularly like the book -- ti shows very little of what he would become. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on May 04, 2009, 12:41:12 PM
Just starting Shade's Children.

I normally dislike gritty future dystopia novel's, but I've loved most of Garth Nix's offerings, so I'm counting on him to restore the genre to my favor.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on May 04, 2009, 02:37:04 PM
It's Vonnegut's first.  I didn't particularly like the book -- ti shows very little of what he would become. 
So far I'm liking it better than the world's favorite Vonnegut book (SlaughterHouse-Five), though maybe I just need to read that again.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on May 04, 2009, 03:01:28 PM
just finished reading Coming of the Quantum Cats which was a great book...
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on May 04, 2009, 06:23:54 PM
It's Vonnegut's first.  I didn't particularly like the book -- ti shows very little of what he would become. 
So far I'm liking it by the world's favorite Vonnegut book (SlaughterHouse-Five), though maybe I just need to read that again.

Have you read Mother Night?

just finished reading Coming of the Quantum Cats which was a great book...

The younger me says "told you" :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: SJP on May 04, 2009, 08:08:45 PM
Just finished an anthology of short horror stories...while I would have the say the guy who compiled it is sort of a buzz-kill literary snob (he claims one of the stories is much better than the "overrated Rosemary's Baby," which I've never read but figured at least, oh, I don't know, a few people liked), a couple of the stories there are really good, and introduced me to a few writers I'd love to get other works by.  I thought I mentioned it on here, but couldn't find the post; it's either buried somewhere here or on another forum where other people were talking about "Snow Crash" (though most of the people there keep calling the guy who wrote that a hack, though I personally hadn't read anything by him myself).

The authors worth reading:
One who unfortunately I cannot recall the name of: I know his first name is Johann.  He wrote a very quotable story called "Wake Not the Dead," about a young man who loses his first love, remarries and has a nice life, but cannot help but pine for his original fiancee.  A sorcerer brings her back to life, whereupon she immediately destroys his life piece by piece, and though he destroys her in the end, he remarries a third time, though to dire consequences.  The sorcerer has a great line along the lines of "I can bridge the chasm between life and death, but cannot fill it in."

Robert Aickman: A writer of "weird literature," his short story "The Hospice" was strange and unsettling, though...well, weird.  It ends a little anticlimatically, though there does seem to be something going on in it (deliberately...I'm not just reading into things that aren't there).

Ralph Adams Cram: A great, Lovecraftian story written by a guy born almost 50 years before Lovecraft (he actually loved Cram's writing).  Can't recall the exact title, but it's a French street (contains at least "Rue de Place" in it).  A guy goes to visit his friend in Paris, who cannot properly inherit a house there because, though his occult-loving Aunt willed it to him, her friend and accomplice placed a curse on it that no one would ever sleep soundly in it.  So far, everyone who has rented it has stayed one night, no more.  They decide to see if the rumors are true.  What they find is truly unpleasant.  I don't want to give too much away, but I certainly wouldn't want to wake up to that, I'll tell you what.

Richard Matheson: Yeah, I know he's more famous than ever, but the short story in the collection, "Graveyard Shift," is awesome.  Nothing supernatural about it, but the best way to summarize it is, sometimes Mother doesn't know best.

EDIT: Ralph Cram's story is "No. 252 Rue M. Le Prince," readable here:
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/26687/26687-h/26687-h.htm (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/26687/26687-h/26687-h.htm)

Johann Ludwig Tieck is the other guy.  His story can be found here:
http://www.sff.net/people/DoylemacDonald/l_wakeno.htm (http://www.sff.net/people/DoylemacDonald/l_wakeno.htm)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on May 04, 2009, 10:14:32 PM
I just finished Darkly Dreaming Dexter... which was good... but I am sad to admit that the TV show is better with more developed characters and such, however, the ending of the book was much better.




I agree.

It's Vonnegut's first.  I didn't particularly like the book -- ti shows very little of what he would become. 

No, vonnegut's first book was sirens of titan
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on May 04, 2009, 10:17:22 PM
oh wait, i am wrong. Apparently it was player piano
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on May 05, 2009, 06:02:31 AM
Just finished these two:

(http://static.bookdepository.co.uk/assets/images/book/large/9781/8598/9781859840542.jpg)

(http://www.rca.org/view.image?Id=4315)

And I'm alternating between these at the mo:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51UQtu6YWKL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

(http://www.nybooks.com/shop/product-file/12/engl5412/product.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: MSTJedi on May 05, 2009, 06:21:30 AM
Rama II. Not sure what to think about it. This one is definitely more about the characters and their squabbles rather than the science and discovery so far. Rendezvous with Rama left a lot of questions open and I'm hoping at least some of them get touched upon in between the bitching, backstabbing, and Shakespeare references.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: MSTJedi on May 05, 2009, 08:01:14 AM
Rama II. Not sure what to think about it. This one is definitely more about the characters and their squabbles rather than the science and discovery so far. Rendezvous with Rama left a lot of questions open and I'm hoping at least some of them get touched upon in between the bitching, backstabbing, and Shakespeare references.

I -hated- Rama 2, basically for exactly the reasons you're talking about.  Rama has this great premise, this whole world to explore...and then Rama 2 is a fucking soap opera.  I figure it's got to be Gentry Lee's fault.

Please tell me there's a reason to actually read the rest of it instead of skipping to the third book.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on May 05, 2009, 08:13:06 AM

Have you read Mother Night?



No I have not. Should I?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on May 05, 2009, 08:13:45 AM
It's my favourite one so I'd say yes :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on May 05, 2009, 08:52:44 AM
I wouldn't even consider it properly sci-fi; it's sort of sci-fi for people who have never read sci-fi.  Not that this is my only criterion, but it's sort of presenting these ideas as if they're "oooh amazing" and "ohmygosh, no, a ROBOT DOG!" and whatever, and it lacks any kind of whizbang appeal.

You do realize how long ago that was written?  That's like saying that Jules Verne was crap because he was writing in the 19th century about things that were decades away from being invented but that we all take for granted now.

Or watching Brazil or reading "1984" now and - after the Dept of Homeland Security and all that - going "What's the big deal?"

They saw it coming.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on May 05, 2009, 09:59:08 AM
Been reading Fahrenheit 451, but I give up. It's shit.

I tried to read that book at least six times.  Each time, I got through 2 or 3 chapters and it spontaneously burst into flames.

I doff my hat to you, sir.

It just wasn't very interesting to me. I wouldn't even consider it properly sci-fi; it's sort of sci-fi for people who have never read sci-fi.  Not that this is my only criterion, but it's sort of presenting these ideas as if they're "oooh amazing" and "ohmygosh, no, a ROBOT DOG!" and whatever, and it lacks any kind of whizbang appeal.

He doesn't really write sci-fi, it's more or less fantasy. Any sci-fi elements are there just for the convenience of the story or message
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on May 06, 2009, 06:20:37 AM
It's my favourite one so I'd say yes :)

Well seeing as how it's only about $10 on Amazon, I suppose I'll buy it. I probably won't get around to reading it for a year, what with all these other books I'm supposed to read, but at least then I'll have it so I don't forget.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Nekrose on May 08, 2009, 12:46:53 PM
(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestselling-sci-fi-fantasy-2006/1681-1.jpg)

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n46/n230249.jpg)

I liked "Horus Rising", so I thought I'd try some other ones by him.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on May 08, 2009, 07:40:50 PM
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n780.jpg)
a very interesting book and a quick read...after i finish, i need to watch the movies
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Wamstorfia on May 09, 2009, 11:19:48 PM
Funny, I just got my hands on a long ton of Bradbury and have been inhaling it all week along with smoke from Jesusita -- most recently, Dark Carnival. I love Ray more than I love most of my friends and relatives, but nevertheless I cast my lot with the haters on Fahrenheit 451. Out of all his books that's the one I can't stand.  :-\

I liked The Lathe of Heaven but the (2002) movie version bored the crap out of me. Didn't even know there was an earlier version.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on May 10, 2009, 01:09:53 PM
I liked The Lathe of Heaven but the (2002) movie version bored the crap out of me. Didn't even know there was an earlier version.

Find it.  NOW!  (pretend they didn't replace the Beatles version of "A Little Help From My Friends" on the soundtrack)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on May 10, 2009, 08:39:53 PM
I liked The Lathe of Heaven but the (2002) movie version bored the crap out of me. Didn't even know there was an earlier version.

Find it.  NOW!  (pretend they didn't replace the Beatles version of "A Little Help From My Friends" on the soundtrack)

i am in fact getting both the original and the newer one on netflix, with the former coming on mon
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Wamstorfia on May 11, 2009, 09:06:35 AM
Find it.  NOW!

Yes sir, Mr. Swayze, sir!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: ebeth on May 13, 2009, 02:33:05 PM
I decided to read the Twilight books out of respect to my female friends (all in their thirties) who swore these books were great even though I knew they weren't.

Here have been my outbursts:

The hell?...
What the f--k?
Are you shitting me?
Why is he made of marble?
They're not having sex because he wants to get married first?
Huh...but...that...why...son of a bitch!

Thank you.  And I look forward to reading Breaking Dawn.

I hate my friends
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: MSTJedi on May 13, 2009, 06:20:07 PM
I say it's time to get new friends.

Friends don't let friends read Twilight novels.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on May 13, 2009, 07:46:40 PM
I suggest doing an intervention. If you can't get them to go cold-turkey, at least wean them off onto some healthier paranormal romance novels, like Undead and Unwed, Stroke of Midnight, or Nora Robert's circle trilogy.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Darth Geek on May 15, 2009, 11:03:10 AM
Stroke of Midnight
(http://blogs.chron.com/specialfeatures/archives/beavis.jpg)
HeHe.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RVR II on May 15, 2009, 11:09:53 AM
Stroke of Midnight
(http://blogs.chron.com/specialfeatures/archives/beavis.jpg)
HeHe.
'It's High-Noon on my sun dial! Uh huh huh.. Th'that was Cool..'
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on May 23, 2009, 06:56:46 AM
Just started this:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/64/Memoirs_of_Hadrian.jpg)

Thus far it's pretty cool, I wonder what the film will be like.

Not really seeing Daniel Craig as Hadrian but you never know, I imagine he'll be sporting a beard not unlike the one from that Phillip Pullman adaptation. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on May 23, 2009, 04:13:31 PM
This book is cracking us up:
(http://www.workman.com/is/pshrink/products/covers/9780761129790.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on May 23, 2009, 07:01:16 PM
reading this, though my edition is in better condition.
(http://hem.passagen.se/peson42/lgw/img/covers/wizard77.JPG)

although i'm not that big on high fantasy, i do remember watching at least part of this mini series when it was on  tv or whatever, and tripe mentioned this trilogy and having no idea what else to read, i started reading...it is definitely an interesting book, nothing too original about the setting other than the world geography itself, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Darth Geek on May 23, 2009, 09:36:36 PM
This book is cracking us up:
(http://www.workman.com/is/pshrink/products/covers/9780761129790.jpg)

I wonder how many college kids think that Pearl Harbor got bombed by the Germans?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on May 24, 2009, 02:10:45 PM
This book is cracking us up:
(http://www.workman.com/is/pshrink/products/covers/9780761129790.jpg)

I wonder how many college kids think that Pearl Harbor got bombed by the Germans?

Oh these kids are even dumber than that----like how the British in WWII used mostly Aztec armies. They think Pearl Harbor is where the Boston Tea Party happened.  :o I recommend this book for all intellectuals who like laughing at stupid people.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: MSTJedi on May 25, 2009, 07:01:42 PM
Garden of Rama. If I'd stopped in the middle of Rama II like nearly every fiber of my being wanted to, I would've missed out on some pretty good sf. I'm not sure who's idea all that soap opera crap was during the first part of II, but it really turned me off. Once certain characters were taken out of the picture, II got back to the wonder and exploration of the first book. So far Garden is shaping up to be a good one. At least I'm halfway through it and I'm still intrigued to see what happens next.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on May 25, 2009, 10:36:08 PM
Stroke of Midnight
(http://blogs.chron.com/specialfeatures/archives/beavis.jpg)
HeHe.

It's paranormal romance. It's supposed to be full of puns, re Lick of Frost and Love Sucks.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: MSTJedi on May 25, 2009, 10:43:09 PM
Garden of Rama. If I'd stopped in the middle of Rama II like nearly every fiber of my being wanted to, I would've missed out on some pretty good sf. I'm not sure who's idea all that soap opera crap was during the first part of II, but it really turned me off. Once certain characters were taken out of the picture, II got back to the wonder and exploration of the first book. So far Garden is shaping up to be a good one. At least I'm halfway through it and I'm still intrigued to see what happens next.

I read it all the way through and I don't remember it getting any better.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 26, 2009, 08:45:11 PM
Getting towards the end of "the Areas of My Expertise" By John Hodgman and halfway through "Was Superman a Spy?" which is good, though I'm largely familiar with a lot of the trivia.
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Post by: jd75 on May 27, 2009, 01:46:10 AM
Getting towards the end of "the Areas of My Expertise" By John Hodgman and halfway through "Was Superman a Spy?" which is good, though I'm largely familiar with a lot of the trivia.

I guess  "Was Superman a Spy?"  was a great and interesting read. So was he a spy? A spy of what?

(http://storeyourpicture.com/images/signature_riffers.jpg)
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Post by: James of LinHood on May 27, 2009, 04:45:51 AM
Getting towards the end of "the Areas of My Expertise" By John Hodgman and halfway through "Was Superman a Spy?" which is good, though I'm largely familiar with a lot of the trivia.

I guess  "Was Superman a Spy?"  was a great and interesting read. So was he a spy? A spy of what?

(http://storeyourpicture.com/images/signature_riffers.jpg)

You could give it a read for yourself.  If not, wikipedia is your friend.
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Post by: Thrifty on May 27, 2009, 06:10:17 AM
The New York City Municipal phone book.
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Post by: Hebs on May 27, 2009, 06:46:30 AM
James Elroy - the Big Nowhere

In a noir mood
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Post by: Darth Geek on May 27, 2009, 07:35:31 AM
The New York City Municipal phone book.
I hear that's good. Very suspenseful, if a bit dry.

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Post by: spaceforarent on May 27, 2009, 07:42:49 AM
The New York City Municipal phone book.
I hear that's good. Very suspenseful, if a bit dry.

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Steven Wright's influence on society.
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Post by: Tripe on June 12, 2009, 12:00:27 PM
(http://wsupress.wayne.edu/images/covers.2/main/9780814322710.jpg)

It's, alright.

I mean if you've never read anything about the worship of "Canaanite" deities and later, more theologically derived, emanations of the divine feminine amongst the Hebrews then this is probably quite an eye opener. As it is I've not read anything really new yet.

Not a bad read just not especially revelatory.  :-\

Mind you, I got it for $2 at the Scarab Club book sale so I'm not really complaining. :)
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Post by: Tripe on June 15, 2009, 05:20:26 AM
Considering some of the source texts and illustrations...
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Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on June 15, 2009, 03:20:19 PM
Blood and Chocolate-I'm really enjoying it, and it's at a tense point in the narrative.
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Post by: keribra on June 17, 2009, 01:22:21 AM
I am reading "about a boy" by Nick Hornby at the moment. Very well written, Hornby is a fine storyteller that knows how to keep the readers interested. Saw the movie a few months ago and  so I decided to read it. I think I won't regret the decision and recommend the book, it's worth reading.
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Post by: dignan on June 17, 2009, 09:41:41 AM
Trying to read The Gunslinger again.  I like Stephen King, but for some reason I never got into the Dark Tower books.  But maybe I'm mellowing with age or something, as it's a much easier read than I remembered it being. 
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 19, 2009, 04:35:40 PM
Reading some sci-fi short stories and a lot of comics, including Joss Whedon's run on Runaways.  Good stuff.
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on June 23, 2009, 10:06:45 PM
partly anne rice's "blood canticle" and wondering why i am and just started "the best short stories of the modern age"
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Post by: SJP on June 23, 2009, 11:31:27 PM
Blood and Chocolate-I'm really enjoying it, and it's at a tense point in the narrative.

Haven't read the book, but saw the movie, and heard the book was a hell of a lot different (and a lot less like the 'Underworld' rip-off it turned into).  I mean, for one, the movie takes place in Romania, and I'm pretty sure the book takes place somewhere in Alabama or Georgia, right?

But I just finished reading Christopher Moore's "Fool."  Not his best book (I still think "The Stupidest Angel" is his best), but it's essentially a parodic retelling of King Lear from his jester's perspective.  It also has enough swearing to make Tarantino blush, among many other extraordinarily naughty scenes that means you wouldn't recommend this book to your grandmother.  But if you've not easily offended, you should be fine (he does put a warning right up front).

I do want to take a moment to recommend "The Stupidest Angel," though.  The plot revolves around a small child at Christmas who sees a woman kill Santa Claus (it's actually a woman fighting off her drunken, abusive husband who is wearing a Santa suit).  He prays that Santa be brought back to life.  His prayer is heard by an angel, whose job every year is to make one child's prayer come true.  Unfortunately, he's not very good at it, and when he brings 'Santa' back to life, he also awakens everyone else who has since died in the town graveyard...and they're hungry for brains.

So yes, it's a black comedy about zombies eating townsfolk at Christmas time.  It is absurd as it can get, but very, very funny.  Two memorable moments involve an aging film starlet who goes off her medication and starts pretending she's her old movie heroine (who happens to be a broadsword-wielding barbarian queen) and a fruit bat who has arguably the best moment in the story (made better by a good reader; the Book on CD version is well worth it, if you can find it).
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Post by: mrbasehart on June 28, 2009, 07:08:04 PM
Just finished up...

(http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/Dresden%20Files%20Book%201%20Storm%20Front%20Jim%20Butcher%20Orbit.jpg)

I'd seen a few episodes of the Dresden Files, and it seems the show was actually pretty faithful to the source material.  It does mean that the book really held no surprises for me.  As an introduction to the universe of Harry Dresden, it's fine, but my main problem is with the lead character.  Does he really have to be such a whiny bitch? Every few pages he's moaning about how bad everything is, how crappy his life is, and how shitty he's treating other people (and how guilty it makes him feel).  It's irritating, and slows the story down.  Does he get better in the books afterwards? 'cause if not, I ain't touching the future books.
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Post by: Tripe on June 28, 2009, 07:29:59 PM
I like that cover much better than the ones here. Unless that is an American one I've just not seen.
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Post by: mrbasehart on June 28, 2009, 08:26:19 PM
It's the one I have.  You can't tell there, but the "tape" bits are embossed and run around the cover and back.  Doesn't exactly scream "fantasy!" though.
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Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on June 28, 2009, 08:39:52 PM
I'm trying to get into a Steampunk anthology, but the introductions almost scared me off. >_>
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Post by: Tripe on June 29, 2009, 04:17:46 AM
It's the one I have.  You can't tell there, but the "tape" bits are embossed and run around the cover and back.  Doesn't exactly scream "fantasy!" though.

But I like that, I also like those black covers for the Discworld books (not sure if those are still being put out)
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Post by: Tripe on June 29, 2009, 08:21:51 AM
No, I mean these ones:

(http://www.randomhouse.com.au/systempicts/9780552152624.jpg)

I also liked this one

(http://www.lspace.org/ftp/images/bookcovers/uk/the-colour-of-magic-2.jpg)

Wish they'd produced more of those.

Actually my least favourite are the second wave of US ones (like the one you posted) and the Kirby one, I just never liked those.
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Post by: Tripe on June 29, 2009, 11:50:08 AM
Yeah I like those, for a while I collected multiple editions, even some foreign language ones, like this:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51J04KVZNYL._SS500_.jpg)
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on June 29, 2009, 09:39:18 PM
you nerd! :P ;)
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Post by: Relaxing Dragon on June 29, 2009, 11:35:15 PM
About midway trough this right now:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514N388V0QL.jpg)

Loving it, as I have the other two books of the series so far. Really excited to get through them all (at 19, I think it will be the longest continuous book series I've ever read)
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Post by: Tripe on June 30, 2009, 04:06:38 AM
Yeah I like those, for a while I collected multiple editions, even some foreign language ones, like this:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51J04KVZNYL._SS500_.jpg)

I take it that's Sourcery?

Equal Rites  :)

This is Sourcery

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HMJS0YMSL._SS500_.jpg)
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Post by: Jill74 on June 30, 2009, 10:32:17 PM
I like the story of Snow Crash. (http://storeyourpicture.com/images/signature_riffers.jpg)
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on June 30, 2009, 11:51:02 PM
Yeah I like those, for a while I collected multiple editions, even some foreign language ones, like this:

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I take it that's Sourcery?

Equal Rites  :)

This is Sorcery

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that seems to be a much more provocative cover than the engrish one...
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Post by: Tripe on July 01, 2009, 05:26:53 AM
No it is the English one slightly repositioned to accommodate the title:

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n1977.jpg)(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HMJS0YMSL._SS500_.jpg)
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Post by: mrbasehart on July 01, 2009, 05:34:49 AM
It looks like the French one just airbrushed the English title out.
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Post by: Tripe on July 01, 2009, 05:44:07 AM
Well kind of but the picture's been moved to the right a little (more of Creosote less of Nijel) and resized it a little too. What they did, presumably, is take the original Kirby panel and recreated the cover:

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This is another one I have:

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Post by: Tripe on July 01, 2009, 11:41:56 AM
I don't like it as much as the one for Reaperman in that same edition series.

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Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on July 01, 2009, 02:34:20 PM
My friend and I were talking about all the plot stuff in Harry Potter and the horcruxes and stuff, and I realized how long it's been since I read book 6, and for that matter book 7, so I'm gonna start reading them again. My favorite part of book 6 are all the flashbacks into Voldemort's past. I think that's so interesting.
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on July 01, 2009, 07:56:28 PM
ok im, that's another book i'm gonna have to get...
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Post by: mrbasehart on July 01, 2009, 08:00:47 PM
I got one of the beautiful omnibus editions that Penguin Modern Classics put out a while back.  Farewell My Lovely, The Long Goodbye, and The Big Sleep.  One thing I notice about Chandler (and Dashiell Hammet, come to think of it) is that they make drinking coffee and eating some ham and eggs at a diner the most appealing thing in the world.
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on July 01, 2009, 08:03:10 PM
yeah i got a combo of the big sleep and farewell my lovely in hardcover in the modern library edition and it looks great...the movie for farewell my lovely was interesting to, though as i said on  a much earlier post, it was a bit different...
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on July 01, 2009, 10:16:55 PM
oh no i'm a fan of chandler and the first book i read was the big sleep while farewell my lovely was the second...
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Post by: mrbasehart on July 02, 2009, 08:20:38 AM
There's an infamous story about Howard Hawks, after making the movie of Chandler's The Big Sleep, sending the author a telegram asking: "Who killed Owen Taylor?" No one knew! :)
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Post by: mrbasehart on July 02, 2009, 08:34:28 AM
There's an infamous story about Howard Hawks, after making the movie of Chandler's The Big Sleep, sending the author a telegram asking: "Who killed Owen Taylor?" No one knew! :)

Was he the guy in the car on the beach?

*strains memory*  I think he's the chaffeur.  Man... These stories are complicated! :) 
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on July 02, 2009, 10:26:46 AM
makes me wanna watch the big sleep (on netflix online) and reread it
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Post by: ManUnderMask on July 03, 2009, 04:58:08 AM
Having finished Children of the Jedi I decided to take a break from Star Wars and reread a favorite of mine: Battle Royale.

Yes that Battle Royale. It was a book first, and the book is so much better than that crap fest of a movie.
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Post by: TheBatman on July 07, 2009, 01:38:47 PM
Batman: R.I.P - Depicts the events lwhich happen to Bruce Wayne before he's killed in the Final Crisis arc. Loved it, excellent, highly recommended

Batman: The Black Casebook - A companion to R.I.P in a way. It features a bunch of old school Bats stories that inspired Grant Morrison's story. Good stuff if your interested in reading the old stuff from the 50's

Also, I have a copy of the Goodfellas novel which came free with this month's copy of Total Film, think I'll give that a go next.
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on July 07, 2009, 05:23:04 PM
(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/91/4e/2102eb6709a0e0b4777b0110.L.jpg)

after reading the wind-up bird chronicles and hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world it's interesting to read a more reality based fiction story about post-ww2 japan.
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Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on July 08, 2009, 01:33:55 PM
Batman: R.I.P - Depicts the events lwhich happen to Bruce Wayne before he's killed in the Final Crisis arc. Loved it, excellent, highly recommended

Batman: The Black Casebook - A companion to R.I.P in a way. It features a bunch of old school Bats stories that inspired Grant Morrison's story. Good stuff if your interested in reading the old stuff from the 50's


You're a Batman fan? You hid it so well!  ;)
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Post by: a pretty girl is like on July 09, 2009, 03:03:46 PM
Batman: R.I.P - Depicts the events lwhich happen to Bruce Wayne before he's killed in the Final Crisis arc. Loved it, excellent, highly recommended

Batman: The Black Casebook - A companion to R.I.P in a way. It features a bunch of old school Bats stories that inspired Grant Morrison's story. Good stuff if your interested in reading the old stuff from the 50's


You're a Batman fan? You hid it so well!  ;)

He's the goddamn Batman.  He has ninja skills. 
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Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on July 14, 2009, 12:46:30 PM
Okay, last night I finally started rereading Harry Potter 6, before the movie comes out. And it sucked me in. Would that I could read it right now instead of put stuff on ebay for mi madre. But that's life.
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Post by: anais.jude on July 14, 2009, 06:31:23 PM
The Fourth Twilight book


I'm so ashamed!
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Post by: Tripe on July 15, 2009, 04:35:57 AM
The Fourth Twilight book


I'm so ashamed!

Rightly so, to the pillory with you, wretch!
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Post by: anais.jude on July 15, 2009, 07:00:05 PM
I finished it! Now I'm reading the good Earth!
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Post by: Tripe on July 16, 2009, 05:34:55 AM
Great Book, kind of.

Go read The Water Margin next.  :)
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on July 16, 2009, 07:42:18 AM
no, she's supposed to read my novella ;) lol
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 18, 2009, 06:25:16 PM
I finished 100 Bullets.  Wow, that is one of the best endings I've ever seen for a comic.  I'm sure there might be holes somewhere along the way, but the tension and build-up from the final chapter to the very last scene is incredibly rewarding.  Even though I knew I wasn't going to know the exact ending, I always felt some elements where guaranteed.  I'm very glad to be wrong on those counts.

I also read Fell by Warren Ellis.  Now I got this in trade and I usually get all my comics in trade for a number of reasons I won't get into here, but this is one of the few books I plead readers to get in individual issues for a number of reasons I will get into here:

1. A letters column (remember those?)
2. Lots of extras including insight into the inspiration for the story inside (not in the trades, though I wish they were).
3.  They are relatively cheap.  This is because Ellis created the series for fans who had trouble affording comics.  The book has almost no ads (I can't remember if the back of the book has one), and 16 pages of story.  Now 16 pages sounds short, but the content of the story is very satisfying and neither feels rushed or cramped.
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Post by: JMac345 on July 30, 2009, 06:43:36 PM
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams.  I love this series  :)
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Post by: anais.jude on July 31, 2009, 05:09:23 PM
I'm reading The Once and Future King by....some guy, T H WHite, that's it. Anyway, it's really good, but slow going. I like devouring my books and I just haven't gotten to that point yet.....
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Post by: Tripe on July 31, 2009, 09:42:44 PM
Yeah great books but not much like The Sword in the Stone the movie when it comes to pacing.
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 03, 2009, 03:04:49 PM
just finished parable of the sower by octavia e. butler that i picked up in santa cruz last weekend.  wish i had gotten one of the other books of hers that i saw in a bookshop here in denver.  i had trouble putting the book down, though i felt that the book sorta ended abruptly.  it stopped in a good place, but i was so into it, that i wanted it to keep going.  tripe, you are a pusher of good literature and now i gotta go to rehab :P
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Post by: Tripe on August 03, 2009, 03:53:34 PM
Isn't she good? I only started reading her fairly recently but I think she's fantastic. Shame she's no longer with us.  :(
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Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on August 03, 2009, 05:14:26 PM
Cemetary Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child....or at least I'm having it read to me by Rene Auberjonois.

Zombies in NYC.....or are they?   :D
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 04, 2009, 03:28:59 PM
Cemetary Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child....or at least I'm having it read to me by Rene Auberjonois.

Zombies in NYC.....or are they?   :D

well are they? i just gotta know!
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Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on August 04, 2009, 08:14:19 PM
Cemetary Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child....or at least I'm having it read to me by Rene Auberjonois.

Zombies in NYC.....or are they?   :D

well are they? i just gotta know!
Haven't gotten there yet.   That's the thing with these Agent Pendergast books - they all start out that the murders appear supernatural in nature. Some turn out to have normal explainations and some don't.
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 04, 2009, 08:54:42 PM
Cemetary Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child....or at least I'm having it read to me by Rene Auberjonois.

Zombies in NYC.....or are they?   :D

well are they? i just gotta know!
Haven't gotten there yet.   That's the thing with these Agent Pendergast books - they all start out that the murders appear supernatural in nature. Some turn out to have normal explainations and some don't.
so you recommend them? which one would you say would be a good start?
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Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on August 04, 2009, 09:48:07 PM
Finished reading a nonfiction book about Vampires.

Now rereading Un Lun Dun.
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Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on August 04, 2009, 10:48:57 PM
Cemetary Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child....or at least I'm having it read to me by Rene Auberjonois.

Zombies in NYC.....or are they?   :D

well are they? i just gotta know!
Haven't gotten there yet.   That's the thing with these Agent Pendergast books - they all start out that the murders appear supernatural in nature. Some turn out to have normal explainations and some don't.
so you recommend them? which one would you say would be a good start?
I would recommend them.  There have been little bumps here and there - like a three book story arc that started brillantly and ended just okay - but a very good series.  There's been nine books so far.  I start jonesing for the next one not long after the current one is finished.

For some reason, my gut is saying recommend that you start with The Cabinet of Curiosities.  It's the third Pendergast novel and it's not like I didn't like the first two.

Where to start might depend on if you've seen the movie The Relic - and if you enjoyed it.  That movie was loosely based on their book, Relic in that they took Pendergast out of the story altogether and changed the ending.  If you hated the movie, start with Cabinet. Then if you enjoy that and Still Life With Crows...go back and read Relic and it's sequel book, Reliquary.

And if you liked the movie or never saw it, start with Relic and see what they intended it to be...
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...then go on in order.  There are characters from their other books (Thunderhead, for instance) who have become part of the Pendergast books but you don't have to have read those to understand what's going on.
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 05, 2009, 08:00:29 AM
Cemetary Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child....or at least I'm having it read to me by Rene Auberjonois.

Zombies in NYC.....or are they?   :D

well are they? i just gotta know!
Haven't gotten there yet.   That's the thing with these Agent Pendergast books - they all start out that the murders appear supernatural in nature. Some turn out to have normal explainations and some don't.
so you recommend them? which one would you say would be a good start?
I would recommend them.  There have been little bumps here and there - like a three book story arc that started brillantly and ended just okay - but a very good series.  There's been nine books so far.  I start jonesing for the next one not long after the current one is finished.

For some reason, my gut is saying recommend that you start with The Cabinet of Curiosities.  It's the third Pendergast novel and it's not like I didn't like the first two.

Where to start might depend on if you've seen the movie The Relic - and if you enjoyed it.  That movie was loosely based on their book, Relic in that they took Pendergast out of the story altogether and changed the ending.  If you hated the movie, start with Cabinet. Then if you enjoy that and Still Life With Crows...go back and read Relic and it's sequel book, Reliquary.

And if you liked the movie or never saw it, start with Relic and see what they intended it to be...
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
...then go on in order.  There are characters from their other books (Thunderhead, for instance) who have become part of the Pendergast books but you don't have to have read those to understand what's going on.

cool, thanks can't remember if i saw relic, but i like comparing books to the movies they inspired.

Isn't she good? I only started reading her fairly recently but I think she's fantastic. Shame she's no longer with us.  :(

yeah and i enjoyed the little q&a she had at the end of parable of the sower, very interesting.
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Post by: SJP on August 05, 2009, 02:25:38 PM
As for my two cents regarding the Pendergast books, I like the series a lot...though I can't say I liked "Cemetery Dance" that much.  After what I thought was a fairly interesting departure from form in the "Wheel of Darkness" (and despite how people feel about Constance Green), "Cemetery Dance" seemed to be almost a "Greatest Hits" compilation of the first few novels...set in New York, chases in dark places, idiots in authority who clearly have no grasp of the situation and think their 'grand plans' are working even though it's clear from the start they won't work...the wrap-up is decent enough, but it's such a re-tread getting there.  Even so, Pendergast hasn't changed one bit, and his character is in top form, as usual.

My personal favorite of the series is the first one I read, "Still Life with Crows." I don't know what it is about that one, but at the very least it's a mostly stand-alone story that doesn't require any background to read (except for a chapter or two that refers to "The Cabinet of Curiosities," which I think is my second favorite), but maybe it's because even more than any of the other books it takes a long time before you can figure out what the hell is going on.

It also has my favorite line of any of the novels:
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Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 05, 2009, 06:18:51 PM
it's sorta funny but i randomly went into a nearby barnes and nobles and just inside the door was "wheel of darkness" (i think) hard cover for $6. i didnt get it, but i might have to go back before i leave and pick it up.
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Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on August 06, 2009, 02:11:33 PM
As for my two cents regarding the Pendergast books, I like the series a lot...though I can't say I liked "Cemetery Dance" that much.  After what I thought was a fairly interesting departure from form in the "Wheel of Darkness" (and despite how people feel about Constance Green), "Cemetery Dance" seemed to be almost a "Greatest Hits" compilation of the first few novels...
Haven't finished "Cemetary Dance" yet. But I'm happy to see them back to the old formulas (for lack of a better word).  Preston and Child can be predicible when you've read as many of their books as you and I have. 
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Wasn't thrilled with the latter part of The Diogenes Trilogy.  Think they answered too many questions - if you know what I mean.  And I thought if anything should have come from The Cabinet of Curiosities it was
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- not Constance Greene.

BTW,..found an interview at Bookgasm (http://www.bookgasm.com/interviews/qa-douglas-preston/) with Douglas Preston: they have a producer who is trying to make Still Life with Crows into a film - if he make a deal with Paramount for the film rights to Pendergast. and there was this....

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The book we’re writing now is another Pendergast novel, but it’s completely removed from his milieu, with the museum and Smithback and D’Agosta and all that. We don’t have a title for it yet, but it starts out at a remote monestary in Tibet and then moves quickly into a dull suburb in Connecticut … which doesn’t remain dull for long! And we’re bringing Corrie back for this one, because we love that character. So it’s a stand-alone Pendergast/Corrie adventure.

A remote monestary in Tibet?  You don't think....?    :-\
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on August 06, 2009, 02:32:19 PM
damnit! you and tripe both getting me hooked on series of books/authors :P...i hate you both! ;)

on a side note, pendergast sounds a bit like how my series of stories could be like, if i ever get off my metaphorical ass and start writing consistently.  dont let anyone tell you that writing's easy :P
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 06, 2009, 04:19:16 PM
The same can be said for remembering to review manuscripts  :-[
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: SJP on August 06, 2009, 07:08:53 PM
damnit! you and tripe both getting me hooked on series of books/authors :P...i hate you both! ;)

on a side note, pendergast sounds a bit like how my series of stories could be like, if i ever get off my metaphorical ass and start writing consistently.  dont let anyone tell you that writing's easy :P

Tell me about it...I wrote a novella and was about to submit it to a publisher, but then the publisher stated they weren't taking any manuscripts at the moment.  When they started up again, they specifically stated they didn't want any more books about murder, death, horror, etc.  In other words, what I was about to send them.  I also wrote a full-length novel that's up on the internet for free, since it's technically 'fan fiction' (though not...THAT kind of fan fiction, if you get my drift).  The one nice thing, though, is that I did get my novella copyrighted; it's kind of cool to go to the LOC website and look it up on the database and go, "Holy crap, I'm IN there!"  Not that having an unpublished manuscript really means anything, but it just feels weird to have done it.  Can't seem to get going on any of my 'real' work, though...

As for the above Spoiler note...I read everything from beginning to end.  Even the worst books I've read, I read cover to cover.  So even when it's the "Yeah, I've seen this sort of thing before," I read it anyway.  And yeah, I thought that was what was going to happen in Cabinet as well.  I still think it's one of the creepier books in the series; the Relic storylines seem much more action-oriented than frightening, though they've got plenty of weird for everybody.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on August 07, 2009, 11:05:12 AM
I still think it's one of the creepier books in the series;
That at the ultimate answer to Still Life - my reaction was pretty much the same as Pendergast's.

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.....the Relic storylines seem much more action-oriented than frightening, though they've got plenty of weird for everybody.
Speaking of those, were you as disappointed as I was that
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
  Seemed like a natural to me...
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on August 10, 2009, 12:38:08 PM
I said a while ago that I was reading the classic "A Night to Remember", the orignal book about the sinking of the Titanic, based on eye witness accounts. But I'm an ADD reader who starts things then reads other things then remembers I was reading that, so I haven't read it in a while. But the last couple days I have been and it's so interesting!! So much better than that stupid james cameron movie.....
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: TheBatman on August 10, 2009, 01:44:22 PM
(http://www.avatarpress.com/robocop/robo1fm.jpg)

A decent read so far and the art is wicked!
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Post by: Action Batch on August 10, 2009, 02:51:27 PM
(http://www.avatarpress.com/robocop/robo1fm.jpg)

A decent read so far and the art is wicked!

They finally disarmed him, I see.

Don worry bout 'im Guv'na, ee's armless.
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Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on August 16, 2009, 04:27:54 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41M39MW1ZZL.jpg)
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Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on August 16, 2009, 07:29:49 PM
Cemetary Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child....or at least I'm having it read to me by Rene Auberjonois.

Zombies in NYC.....or are they?   :D

well are they? i just gotta know!
In case you were serious....
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Interesting book.  Nice to see them back to form. Can't wait for the next one.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on September 02, 2009, 10:05:47 AM
I ended up reading Mother Night a few months ago thanks to someones suggestion a while back. And that's a big thanks, since I loved it.
I haven't started anything since, so I figure I should start something up soon. Classes start up next week, so I'll probably find something then. Any suggestions? Either something else by Kurt Vonnegut, or perhaps something somewhat similar.
Also, just pre-ordered Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction by Vonnegut. I didn't even know you could pre-order books.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on September 02, 2009, 10:53:19 AM
I ended up reading Mother Night a few months ago thanks to someones suggestion a while back. And that's a big thanks, since I loved it.
I haven't started anything since, so I figure I should start something up soon. Classes start up next week, so I'll probably find something then. Any suggestions? Either something else by Kurt Vonnegut, or perhaps something somewhat similar.
Also, just pre-ordered Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction by Vonnegut. I didn't even know you could pre-order books.

as someone told me, octavia butler is good and if you want her short stories, Blood Child (which i am reading at the moment, as well as listening to the book of the dead by preston/childs) is pretty good.  butler also gives a good narration of what it was like to be the only black woman sci-fi writer at the time (if not now)
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Post by: lassieface on September 03, 2009, 09:52:53 PM
Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" just arrived from Amazon.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 04, 2009, 05:12:14 AM
Tripe, I know you love her, but I find Susan really fucking tedious; she's like Tiffany Aching without the redeeming compassion.

No I think you misunderstood, I like Michelle Dockery, who played Susan. :)

In looking up the spelling of her name I notice she'll be in an adaptation of The Turn of the Screw. There's just something about her that whispers "Governess". Which makes me think; there are so many other novels featuring Governesses I'd not mind seeing her act out, heh heh heh.  ;)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Trumpysgirl on September 04, 2009, 06:20:02 PM
Can anyone recommend a good Action/Adventure book? Although spending hours wandering around the library is one of my favorite things to do, my time has become rather constricted as of late.

Preferably with a strong female lead. Thanks!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 04, 2009, 06:30:47 PM
Some of the New Adventures books with Bernice Summerfield maybe?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on September 04, 2009, 09:36:20 PM
Can anyone recommend a good Action/Adventure book? Although spending hours wandering around the library is one of my favorite things to do, my time has become rather constricted as of late.

Preferably with a strong female lead. Thanks!

I like to go with the Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde.  Quirky, and with a real love for literature.
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Post by: Trumpysgirl on September 04, 2009, 10:24:56 PM
I'll look them both up tomorrow. Thanks, fellas.
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Post by: Tripe on September 05, 2009, 07:13:52 PM
Well since this year is apparently The Year of Two Sherlocks I thought I'd read the cannon all over again starting with:

(http://www.randomhouse.com/images/dyn/cover/?source=9780307430489&height=300&maxwidth=170)

And now I'm a couple of chapters into The Sign of Four :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Trumpysgirl on September 05, 2009, 07:23:29 PM
Well since this year is apparently The Year of Two Sherlocks I thought I'd read the cannon all over again starting with:

(http://www.randomhouse.com/images/dyn/cover/?source=9780307430489&height=300&maxwidth=170)

And now I'm a couple of chapters into The Sign of Four :)

Holy crap, same here. I originally thought that A Study in Scarlet was two separate stories since the story suddenly goes from England to Mormon Utah. Thank God I was wrong because I thought that the story just ending at Sherlock arresting a random driver was a cop-out.

Just started Sign of the Four two days ago.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 05, 2009, 07:29:47 PM
That's a shame, because it's weird how similar to Under The Banner of Heaven the Utah bits are.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 06, 2009, 06:54:04 AM
Don't know it.

It's a recent book about  real-life malfeasance in one of the off shoot Mormon communities (essentially the ones who didn't like the changes made by the church and who want to keep with the faith as it used to be).

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on September 09, 2009, 12:27:28 PM
The computers no longer open right up to the catalog search at my college's library, and it was far too slow for me to look around to find it, so I just wandered around until I found something of interest. So now I am reading 2001: A Space Odyssey. So far it's quite enjoyable.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on September 09, 2009, 12:33:58 PM
The computers no longer open right up to the catalog search at my college's library, and it was far too slow for me to look around to find it, so I just wandered around until I found something of interest. So now I am reading 2001: A Space Odyssey. So far it's quite enjoyable.


Yeah, it is.  Made me understand the movie, too.

Haha, yea, that's exactly what I thought. I'm only 50 pages in but now I understand so much more of the movie. I'll have to watch it again after I finish reading it and manage to find that much free time.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 12, 2009, 05:05:34 PM
I'm halfway through "the Road" by Cormac McCarthy, but I got distracted by new comics.  I'm also reading War Stories by Garth Ennis and have picked up Agents of Atlas.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on September 14, 2009, 02:21:32 PM
Just finished 2001. I really hope the others in the series are that good. Now I need to re-watch the movie now that I'll be able to understand it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on September 14, 2009, 09:05:07 PM
from what i remember they're pretty good :) i have/read them all
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Doctor Who? on September 15, 2009, 07:14:04 PM
I'm on chapter two of "Don't shoot it's only me."  It's a very interesting and fun read.

It's right up there with "Groucho and me" when it comes to being a fun read with interesting stories.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on September 26, 2009, 11:15:50 AM
Not really, it's just a throw away Kirsty MacCole (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6K8R8KqpCE) reference thus far.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on September 26, 2009, 11:22:36 AM
reading relic and bloodchild though will be getting altered carbon sometime in the mail as well as the first book of walking dead (which has vol 1 and 2 in it
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 03, 2009, 11:32:55 AM
Finished the Road.  WOW.  That was an amazing book.  Completely heartbreaking.  I have no idea how they are going to make a slight, quiet book into a movie (hopefully not just focusing on attacks by "bad guys") but I'm interested.  I hear the "the old man" who shows up briefly is played by Robert Duvall.  Anyway, back to the book: it is one of the most powerful, beautiful books I've read in a while.  I love the sparse simple style and it makes me interested in readin more Cormac McCarthy.

Also, I read Brian Azzarello's Joker book.  Also an amazing book, though with a lot less hope.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 03, 2009, 03:25:35 PM
Still reading Holmes (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,15418.0.html), but I went to a used book sale today and picked up this for a dollar:

(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n5/n28328.jpg)

Which is one I've not read (and by the looks of it, neither had the original owner ;)), so that was mildly exciting  :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on October 03, 2009, 07:44:03 PM
I read the Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.  That was really good.  Movie adaptation wasn't a patch on it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on October 03, 2009, 08:01:34 PM
A while back I finished 2010, but the library didn't have any more in that series, so I ordered them all on Amazon. While I waited for them to arrive, I decided to read some of this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Collected_Stories_of_Arthur_C._Clarke) 1000 page collection of his short stories, with the intention of returning it when the others arrived. However, I found that there were some really good stories so now I'm going to  try finishing it before I continue with the series.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 04, 2009, 05:49:35 AM
I read the Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.  That was really good.  Movie adaptation wasn't a patch on it.

I love Collins, this should be fun, it's one of his earlier novels.

Started reading this the other day:

(http://pelicanpub.com/prodimages/1565543467.jpg)

It's all right so far. I suspect some of her research isn't quite up to par on the ancient stuff (I'm not an expert on druids, but then I don't think she is either).

I think it'll get better as she gets closer to our time.
As long as it's not Jack Chick levels of inaccuracy I'm sure it'll be fine :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 04, 2009, 07:30:02 AM
Puritans were assholes.
Without a doubt.

I'll have to find the book at the library I'm interested in how the pre-christian bits are portrayed.

EDIT: So from reviews it sounds like there a bit of an infestation of fluffy bunnies when it comes to talking about the druids.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: esoobaC .T bocaJ on October 06, 2009, 07:30:26 PM
(http://www.allabouttherush.com/The_Strain.JPG)


best vampire book I ever read, granted it's the only vampire book I've ever read, but still
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 07, 2009, 04:31:08 AM
Yeah, fluffy bunnies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluffy_bunny). :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 07, 2009, 07:17:15 AM
Ah, I didn't realize that was a specific term. :)

She referred in the reading I did last night to the "Celtic sun god Baal."  Whoops. :)

Still, as I said, her colonial stuff is fun, learning about autumn play-parties and such.

Oh dear.

Yeah autumnal celebrations are great to read about. There are a few people from Scotland who still remember celebrating Halloween fondly. Somebody came to my mother's church and droned on about how evil the observance of the holiday was only to have one of my mother's friend get really upset since she'd been celebrating it for decades ever since she was a wee lass.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: electronsexparty on October 08, 2009, 02:27:00 PM
Read: Watchmen
Thought: Excellent. While I enjoyed the film, the novel was a hell of a lot better.

Reading: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Hor-RIFF-ic Productions on October 09, 2009, 08:42:43 AM
(http://www.allabouttherush.com/The_Strain.JPG)


best vampire book I ever read, granted it's the only vampire book I've ever read, but still

I'm holding off judgement until the rest of the trilogy comes out, this is just such a set up for the rest I have a hard time judging it by itself.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 15, 2009, 01:43:32 PM
She also appears to accept a lot of stuff from earlier authors at face value, which is a bit of a mistake when dealing with 19th century folklorists.

Oh but they're so much fun to read, awful as research, delightful as simple reading matter.

Currently reading this

(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/42630000/42638151.JPG)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on October 19, 2009, 06:30:44 AM
OK finished it, loved it, actually thought about finding somewhere where there's a football league. :)

Mr Nutt is excellent as new characters go. Almost all of the regulars are referenced or featured save the witches and even they get a minor nod with a mention of Queen Ynci from Lords and Ladies (which is appropriate since this one contains a Tolkien reversal that corresponds to the one in L&L, which is great considering this is about football and a lazier author might have gone the Tolkien route).

I think there is something of Soames Forsyte in how Pratchett has portrayed Vetinari; initially a plainly bad character, eventually a rather endearing (if severe) one. Certainly the little anecdote about otters that he tells at dinner is one of my favourite Vetinari moments.

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on October 24, 2009, 10:40:38 AM
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/c5/c25814.jpg)
This just arrived. I still have to finish the Arthur C Clark collection, then Odysseys 3 and 4. Then I may get to this.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on November 06, 2009, 12:23:08 PM
Finished up Odyssey 3 the other day, now I'm working on The Final Odyssey. Three was a bit of a disappointment to me. Just seemed like very little actually happened. I'm enjoying this one though, even if it seems like he's gone a bit future technology crazy.

Tried finding someone's suggestion of Octavia Butler at my school's library, but found nothing. I'll have to try some other library soon.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on November 06, 2009, 12:34:47 PM
Finished up Odyssey 3 the other day, now I'm working on The Final Odyssey. Three was a bit of a disappointment to me. Just seemed like very little actually happened. I'm enjoying this one though, even if it seems like he's gone a bit future technology crazy.

Tried finding someone's suggestion of Octavia Butler at my school's library, but found nothing. I'll have to try some other library soon.

Municipal libraries are marvelous and underused resources. I suggest you try yours. :)  Even if you can't get it there, you can probably ILL (inter-library-loan) it from another nearby one.
There is one that wouldn't be too far if I had a car or it wasn't too cold out, since I hate walking in the cold (and snow, as it seems we are getting now).

Though now that I think about it I think there's one near the bus stop downtown. I'll check it out whenever I get a chance.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on November 12, 2009, 11:51:02 AM
Finished 3001, then started and finished Look at the Birdie. I should be able to finish another book before I can make it to the library, so I'll be reading Childhood's End next.
Is there any particular Octavia Butler work I should start with?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on November 13, 2009, 12:15:05 AM
Reading Stephen King's IT for the first time.

Also, read Clear and Present Danger, the first Tom Clancy novel I've read. It was very good, and so was the movie. Pretty rare, that.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Artie on November 14, 2009, 12:21:50 AM
About 400 pages into Stephen King's latest opus - "Under the Dome"

Enjoying it so far, and despite the length its actually a pretty quick read.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Nekrose on November 27, 2009, 02:08:21 AM
(http://www.leechild.com/images/withoutfail_uk_pb2.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on November 27, 2009, 06:21:10 AM
I just finished a biography of Bob Dylan entitled "Behind the Shades" and now I ma reading "The Call of Cthulu and other stories" by HP Lovecraft
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: I Was A Teenage Wharwilf on November 27, 2009, 07:03:24 AM
Thumbs up for H.P. Lovecraft. "Shadow Over Innsmouth" remains one of the greatest horror short stories ever written, perhaps the greatest.
I'm in the middle of Charles Bukowski's "Ham On Rye," right now, the book about his awful childhood. Very dark in parts, but shot through with his usual black humour. I don't know if I'd recommend it as a place to start with Bukowski. "Post Office" is probably the best of his novels to start with. Which MST3K episode has the reference to Bukowski's sink in it? I think it's one of the Bert I Gordon films.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on November 28, 2009, 06:35:43 AM
I've read Post Office and Women by Bukoski, and I like him waaaaaaaaaaaaay more than I thought I would.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 02, 2009, 07:24:47 AM
I'm almost 2/3 of the way through American Gods.  It's kind of hit a slow point, but it looks like things are going to pick up again.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: wurwolf on December 04, 2009, 12:56:13 PM
Just finished two books that I was reading simultaneously:

(http://patdollard.com/wp-content/uploads/773863088_6589fb4e14.jpg)

I love this book but haven't read it for years. Maybe it's because I'm older, but for some reason this time the book really touched me and nearly had me in tears on the train. The juxtaposition of the barbershop quartet and the German guards after the bombing just sucker punched me, as did Billy's response to Montana Wildhack's question that immediately followed.

The other book I just read was:

(http://www.nybooks.com/shop/product-file/31/thes7931/product.jpg)

Tove Jansson is one of my favorite authors based solely on her Moomin books that I loved as a child. Last week I was in Philadelphia with my family browsing in a used bookstore when APGIL pointed it out to me. I bought it. It was alright, and may be the kind of book I need to re-read to pick up the subtleties. I kind of rushed through it a little. A whole lot of nothing happened but it was definitely a Tove Jansson book -- it read very much like a Moomin adventure.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on December 04, 2009, 01:12:40 PM
I finished Childhood's End, as well as Octavia Butler's Blood Child, and I'm almost done with Animal Farm.
Don't know where to go from there.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on December 05, 2009, 04:59:52 AM
(http://www.nybooks.com/shop/product-file/31/thes7931/product.jpg)
I love Tove Jansson and I love the books published by the New York Review of Books (which that is by the looks of it), they have so many unusual and often otherwise out of print novels and obscure rarities.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: wurwolf on December 07, 2009, 06:45:25 AM
I just started reading After Dark by Haruki Murakami. So far so good -- I'm enjoying it a lot, even though I'm not yet a quarter of the way into it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: JimJ on December 08, 2009, 03:54:08 AM
About 400 pages into Stephen King's latest opus - "Under the Dome"

Enjoying it so far, and despite the length its actually a pretty quick read.

I read a blurb for that--isn't it basically the premise of the Simpsons Movie?

Obviously it's similar, but he first started writing it in 1976.  I heard that he put pages of it online the day the Simpsons Movie came out to prove he didn't rip them off, but I don't know if that's actually true or not.  Regardless, I just finished it an hour or so ago and loved it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: wurwolf on December 26, 2009, 03:55:00 PM
Just finished At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft and am now reading Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut. After that I've got the Island of Dr. Moreau lined up. I can't believe I've never read a single H.G. Wells book.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrifty on December 26, 2009, 04:46:58 PM
Acts of God: Book 3 of the Christ Clone Trilogy.  Great series.  It's like Left Behind, but competently written.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on December 27, 2009, 04:20:43 AM
On a whim I started James Clavell's King Rat. Never really been interested in war (or in this case POW) stories, and this is no different. Not that I'm completely disinterested in it, but there isn't so much of a plot as there is a bunch of little stories that start up at any moment.
I'm much more interested in starting my new book:
(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/45400000/45406152.JPG)

Looks like I need to pick up a few more of these Leather Bound Classics, specifically  The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide Deluxe Edition (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Ultimate-Hitchhikers-Guide-Deluxe-Edition/Douglas-Adams/e/9780517226957/?pwb=1&).
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mearnest on December 27, 2009, 09:31:13 PM
Just started reading this:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41CZJ2GE5ZL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
It's pretty good so far.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on December 27, 2009, 10:48:33 PM
i'm about halfway through "the years of rice and salt" by kim stanley robinson.  i haven't really read any alt histories before, but this is pretty good with an added extra of the same characters living different lives via reincarnation.

before that, i read a bunch of graphic novels including all my preacher, y: the last man, etc volumes :P
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on December 28, 2009, 02:34:03 PM
Just started reading this:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41CZJ2GE5ZL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
It's pretty good so far.

Oh that looks awesome
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on December 29, 2009, 01:53:14 PM
I just finished the Fall 2009 issue of "A Thousand Faces-The Quarterly Journal of Superhuman Fiction," and my gods, it's incredible. A few stories were "meh" ish, but there was nothing I couldn't bring myself to finish or that actively made me regret reading it. This is VERY rare for me with literary journals. I can generally manage about two peices of flash fiction and/or part of a novellette before giving up in disgust. "The Power of the Dead" and "River Rat" possessed an unsought for poignant beauty and enjoyably ghoulish subject matter.

Please don't let the fact that I'm one of the contributing authors dissuade you from buying a copy at http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/a-thousand-faces-%2310/7885631
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: deadking13 on December 31, 2009, 12:14:44 PM
i'm currently reading at least three books... "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy, "Genesis Illustrated" by Crumb and "Zombies: An anthology" by various. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: warofthebees on January 01, 2010, 04:18:39 PM
Been listening to MacGuire's "Wicked."   The first part really, REALLY blew.  More interesting now that green-girl is at Hogwart's.

I tried to get through this, I did.  Maybe it was the fact that as you say, the first part blew, but I could not get into it.  The manual for my computer was more entertaining.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on January 01, 2010, 05:40:27 PM
The musical is so much better.

Actually some sort of hybrid, like maybe having Winnie Holzman rewrite the novel keeping all the key bits and concepts but jettisoning MacGuire's self-indulgent moments (of which there are many) would be best of all.

Perhaps for the movie.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 01, 2010, 06:10:58 PM
I'm halfway through Midnight Nation by J. Michael Straczynski and Gary Frank.  It's pretty good.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on January 13, 2010, 04:33:58 AM
Just finished " a fine and private place" by Peter S Beagle. Pretty slow going to start, but the climax was super awesome. Very similiar themes as The Last Unicorn. I think one line might have even been the same as Last Unicorn

Also just finished "Legend, Lies, and Cherished Myths of American History". Fun and interesting read.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Darth Geek on January 13, 2010, 09:48:40 AM

Also just finished "Legend, Lies, and Cherished Myths of American History". Fun and interesting read.

Did anything blow your MIND?
So high you couldn't come down?
Did you prepare yourself for the Rubber Band?
Man.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Kzinistzerg on January 13, 2010, 02:30:49 PM
Just finished reading Bring Out Your Dead: The Great Plague of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia in 1793. Veeeryy interesting book.

Also finished "The Blank Slate" by Steven Pinker.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on January 13, 2010, 02:47:39 PM
reorganized my books and found "Politically correct fairy tales"---so funny!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 13, 2010, 06:32:54 PM
Just finished "Box Office Poison", which was not nearly as good as I was hoping, considering the good stuff I heard before and how much I enjoyed Alex Robinsons much shorter but much more poignant and potent book "Too Cool To Be Forgotten."

Starting Black Hole by Charles Burns tonight.  Read it before, but it is a really good book.  David Fincher showed interest in directing, but I think David Cronenburg is the obvious choice (if he were to go back to his new flesh style).
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: MSTJedi on January 13, 2010, 10:13:31 PM
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. This is one of the handful of books I have lying around from my SF Literature course I took in college. Haven't read it since then (over 10 years ago) and I have to admit it's still interesting. Mix Oxfordian time travel with the Black Death and all kinds of shenanigans ensue. Oh yeah, and a nice flu epidemic thrown in to boot to make the people back in the present/future up shit creek as well.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: a pretty girl is like on January 14, 2010, 05:11:42 PM
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. This is one of the handful of books I have lying around from my SF Literature course I took in college. Haven't read it since then (over 10 years ago) and I have to admit it's still interesting. Mix Oxfordian time travel with the Black Death and all kinds of shenanigans ensue. Oh yeah, and a nice flu epidemic thrown in to boot to make the people back in the present/future up shit creek as well.

Check out also To Say Nothing of the Dog if you like Doomsday Book.  The time traveling in this one involves the Victorian period.  It's her version of a Wodehouse comedy of manners with some light detective work thrown in.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: wurwolf on January 15, 2010, 09:31:22 AM
Just read The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells for the first time ever and I thought it was fantastic. I've never really delved into the science fiction classics but this was a good one. Much more brutal than I expected it to be (never saw any of the movies based on the book). It's a short book but well-written -- nice sense of pacing. Next on my list is The Invisible Man by the same author.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on January 15, 2010, 09:59:07 AM
The Last Olympian.

Tis gud. I left it off a while ago but it's starting to pick up. We are heading towards serious epic territory.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on January 18, 2010, 10:08:13 AM
I just finished reading Christopher Hitchens' book about Mother Teresa. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on January 18, 2010, 06:11:08 PM
Great little book isn't it?

I love the anecdote about Malcolm Muggeridge.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: wurwolf on January 21, 2010, 06:00:34 AM
After reading The Island of Dr. Moreau, I thought I'd give H. G. Wells' other books a shot. The Invisible Man was next on the list so I started with that one. I'm about half way through and I have to say, I don't like it very much.

I'm hard-pressed to put a finger on what it's supposed to be about. Is it a comedy? A thriller? A social commentary? So far it's basically just some dude who's invisible and a bunch of yokels carrying on about it. Nothing particularly gripping has yet happened, unless you count a few tussles as action.

He's also losing me with all the British stuff. When the yokels say something, he writes in their vernacular (ie. "I heerd 'en" means "I heard him"). I have no clue as to what Whitsuntide is, nor do I care, and so this sort of additional fodder is not holding my interest at all.

I'll finish the book, but so far it's getting a big meh out of me.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 21, 2010, 06:06:56 PM
I finished Black Hole recently and though I don't want to read it right away,  really need to read it again.  In terms of narrative, it's pretty straight forward but besides the more obvious metaphors, I get the feeling there's something more to get out of it.  But at the same time it's a bit of a bummer. so I'm not eager to dive back in.  On the much lighter, though much gorier, side, I'm reading Scud the Disposable Assassin.  I read an early issue when I was young and liked it and I like it well enough at the moment, it's a bit of a letdown.  Not bad, but I was expected a lot more belly laughs.  The action is very impressive, especially since it's drawn by a guy who's background is comedy.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on January 22, 2010, 02:40:36 PM

Now I've started:
The Black Company

Which so far is mostly disjointed; I hope the style settles down a bit as the narrative moves on.

The style does settle down a bit, but be warned that the first book was written as a series of short stories. Definitely keep going with at least the first 3...brilliant stuff and some of the most fun I've had reading fantasy.

Anyway, for me: Just finished Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle" which was every bit as mind blowing as the hype led me to believe it would be. Great humor, great voice, and great experience...couldn't have been happier.

Now reading:
(http://theblackcell.com/contest/burningland-01-18-2010.jpg)

mmmm...Saxony-Danish-Viking action. *drool*
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on January 22, 2010, 03:13:56 PM
I just finished reading Christopher Hitchens' book about Mother Teresa. 

Yeah, it's a very quick and good read.  I can't even imagine how one gets their mind into the place her mind was at.  The rationalizations are stupendously evil and yet entirely Christian it could be argued.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: wurwolf on January 25, 2010, 10:05:23 AM
Okay, The Invisible Man has officially lost me, so I've moved on to this:

(http://www.craphound.com/images/jackoffablescover.jpg)

Definitely a better read.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on January 25, 2010, 05:55:21 PM
Really you should try some of Well's other fiction. He really was very good and not just as a science fiction writer. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: wurwolf on January 25, 2010, 08:16:55 PM
I plan to, really. I have a list of books and/or authors I'd like to read, and I browse the used book stores in search of them. I hate the idea of going to Barnes & Nobles to pay $15 for a brand new book when there are perfectly good used ones for less than five bucks out there. So more of H.G. Wells is on my list -- I'm not letting The Invisible Man dissuade me from reading more of his works.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: deadking13 on January 28, 2010, 08:46:44 PM
Currently reading "Under The Dome" by Stephen King.  I've always been a King fan and this book is better than the last one of his i read.  it's 1,050 pages long and I've gone through seven hundred pages in the last week.  I think this book is the longest I have ever read. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 31, 2010, 07:22:29 AM
(http://www.bookswim.com/images_books/large/More_Information_Than_You_Require-122375311447173.jpg)

Began More Information Than You Require.  John Hodgman is not only one of the funniest writers of all time, but he's skilled at world-building.  I loved The Areas of My Expertise where he created an entire Hobo mythology which is brilliant and fun and this book doesn't disappoint so far. (first chapter: US Presidents, the new hobos?)  Now on the surface, the constant referring to a single topic of humour implies that the joke has been bled dry, but John knows how to make it fresh each time he revisits a subject (and mentions it briefly enough that you don't say "Move on already.")  I also love that even the cover is dense with humour.  It's definitely not a one-day read.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on February 02, 2010, 12:37:27 PM
Been enjoying the new PBS miniseries of Jane Austen's EMMA, so I'm finally reading the book.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 04, 2010, 06:43:04 PM
Finished rereading the Fixer by Joe Sacco.  Not quite as good as I remember, but still a a solid book.  I like the fact that the author really wants to believe in Neven, but it's hard to tell whether Neven is self-aggrandizing, telling the truth or if he's someone kind of beyond that.  Looking forward to reading more stuff by him.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on February 05, 2010, 04:04:30 PM
Finished Bernard Cornwell's The Burning Land

Awesomeness in book form. After a minor disappointment with Sword Song, Cornwell gets things swinging with the latest Saxon book. Blasphemy, blood, and hot shield wall action served up in nice meaty chunks. Not as good as Lords of the North or The Pale Horseman, about on par with The Last Kingdom. Next, please.

(Not literature by any means, just a whole lot of fun with some actual history thrown in for good measure.)

Next up:
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Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 05, 2010, 07:02:44 PM
Yep loved that one, I may be biased based on the subject matter but it's definitely one of my favourite historical novels (and indeed Vidal novels)

Im have you read Memoirs of Hadrian?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on February 05, 2010, 08:24:37 PM
Tripe, I have it on my shelf right now but it's used and falling apart, so before I attempt it I think may upgrade my copy. I also have Anthony Everitt's new bio of Hadrian there too waiting to be read. As opposed to Im, I THRIVE on Roman history and novels based on the classical world are like candy to me. :D
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 05, 2010, 08:44:22 PM
Yeah I like them, I love Graves' works (as dodgy as they are) and other books in a classical setting. I really should check out Pressfield's novels.

Memoires is one of the best books I've read recently, it's very evocative and as a novel in of itself utterly beautiful. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on February 05, 2010, 10:28:19 PM
I also need to try out Pressfield...I've acquired two copies of Gates of Fire over the past year and just need to go ahead and pick one of them up. (But I kind of want to take a stab at the Landmark Herodotus first)

Have you ventured forth into Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series? The volumes are massive, but quite worth the trip based on the two that I've read. Also, if you dig the historical adventure novel (like Bernard Cornwell) you should give Simon Scarrow a shot.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 06, 2010, 06:09:36 AM
Oh he has many more than just those two (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Pressfield#Historical_fiction) :)

I think I'll go and see what they have at the library today Thrashalla :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 06, 2010, 08:24:50 AM
There's a couple about Alexander as well.

After that it's all Rommel and Caddies who are actually God.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: LordZordec on February 06, 2010, 04:09:35 PM
I am reading three books...

Implementing Citrix XenApp 5.0 in a Windows Server 2008 Environment - A political thriller involving international espianage, political corruption, and the torrid love affair between an emotionally neglected housewife and her mysterious Canadian lover who is not exactly what he seems.

The Windows Server 2008 Administrator's Toolkit - A delightful, lighthearted story about a young journalist that moves to rural Arizona to rediscover herself, and along the way befriends a quirky blind elderly woman with an eventful past.

Comptia Network+ Study Guide - An introspective sci-fi drama about a 28th century widower living in solitude on one of Saturn's moons.  By way of  flashbacks to his past, we gradually discover how his entire life has led to this one epic moment where he will change the history of the universe as we have known it or obliterate its very existence if his experiments do not go as planned.

Oh yeah, and I am reading some crappy snoozer technical manual for work...  :P
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Scribblesense on February 06, 2010, 04:42:11 PM
Really trying to ease back into reading everyday. I got Stephen King's "The Stand" as a gift a couple months ago (a large bearded stranger clad in red burst into my house at night, stuffed the book in a sock and then threw it at my head while I was sleeping. Second weirdest Thanksgiving ever) and have been trying to plow through it, but diligence is a foreign concept to me.

I've heard nobody take the middle-ground for Stephen King; it seems everyone I meet either wants to prostrate themselves at his feet or banish him back to the netherworld with the aid of holy and mystical Arabian artifacts (I've also heard he's releasing a book based on that experience, "The Banishing", about a writer from New England facing the occult over several thousand pages; Coming Summer 2010).

I don't mind his books. So far. I've only ever read The Gunslinger and watched 1408 once because I heard Samuel L. Jackson was in it. So we'll see how I like it; when I get it done at the turn of the next century, I'll let you know.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Darth Geek on February 06, 2010, 04:59:32 PM
I am reading three books...

Implementing Citrix XenApp 5.0 in a Windows Server 2008 Environment - A political thriller involving international espianage, political corruption, and the torrid love affair between an emotionally neglected housewife and her mysterious Canadian lover who is not exactly what he seems.

The Windows Server 2008 Administrator's Toolkit - A delightful, lighthearted story about a young journalist that moves to rural Arizona to rediscover herself, and along the way befriends a quirky blind elderly woman with an eventful past.

Comptia Network+ Study Guide - An introspective sci-fi drama about a 28th century widower living in solitude on one of Saturn's moons.  By way of  flashbacks to his past, we gradually discover how his entire life has led to this one epic moment where he will change the history of the universe as we have known it or obliterate its very existence if his experiments do not go as planned.

Oh yeah, and I am reading some crappy snoozer technical manual for work...  :P
Surprisingly, Love's Sweet Throbbing Gondola is (mostly) about installing a second harddrive on a Commodore 64.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: LordZordec on February 06, 2010, 06:56:17 PM
Quote
Surprisingly, Love's Sweet Throbbing Gondola is (mostly) about installing a second harddrive on a Commodore 64.

Well, I could see the metaphorical representation of love and romance by storage media on antiquated home computers.  "His hard drive churned and purred as the 5.25" floppy disk was inserted into the drive receptical.  The drive light lit brightly as the read head vacilated back and forth over the smooth surface of the magetic media, sensing the subtle variations in the magnetic field surrounding the plastic film, absorbing its data one small bit at a time.  The drive moaned over and over as the motions of the read head became more rythmic and repetitious until the data copy was complete and in a sudden climatic burst, the disk ejected from the drive...and then it was silent, except for the gentle purr of the cooling fan."
 :o
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Darth Geek on February 06, 2010, 08:37:07 PM
Quote
Surprisingly, Love's Sweet Throbbing Gondola is (mostly) about installing a second harddrive on a Commodore 64.

Well, I could see the metaphorical representation of love and romance by storage media on antiquated home computers.  "His hard drive churned and purred as the 5.25" floppy disk was inserted into the drive receptical.  The drive light lit brightly as the read head vacilated back and forth over the smooth surface of the magetic media, sensing the subtle variations in the magnetic field surrounding the plastic film, absorbing its data one small bit at a time.  The drive moaned over and over as the motions of the read head became more rythmic and repetitious until the data copy was complete and in a sudden climatic burst, the disk ejected from the drive...and then it was silent, except for the gentle purr of the cooling fan."
 :o
“I dreamed a gold man was reading to me from a dirty manual.”
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: stansimpson on February 08, 2010, 04:05:07 PM
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking - Malcolm Gladwell's books are like a series of "This American Life" episodes strung together to dissect the nature of the human experience.  He offers many things that alter the way you see the world just a little differently.  The chapter about microexpressions (how the face reveals unintended tells) was particularly fascinating seeing how scientific emotional reactions are, despite our attempts to mask them with all our might.  Anyone who wants to know how Derren Brown does his "magic" should read this book for his "secret insights" into human nature.

Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home by Nando Parrado - First account experience of 49 people who crash landed in the barren Andes, and, after 72 days had 16 survivors rescued.  I've been loving the show "I Shouldn't Be Alive" recently so I watched the 1992 movie "Alive!".  Then this weekend I burned thru the whole book (not the book "Alive" that the movie was based on).  I was surprised how every major thing in the movie is depicted in the book and quite accurately (I was hoping for some "missing chapter" that would be cut due to time restraints).  I prefer autobiographies of events so I can read about thought-processes and personal decisions, and this did not disappoint.  A testament to the human spirit if there ever was one.  Also, I found Nando's recounting of how he dealt with the vast, intimidating yet beautiful and awe-inspiring mountains that supposedly were sealing his fate wound up being entertainingly poetic.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Halifirien on February 08, 2010, 06:19:52 PM
I read Brian Keene's Dark Hollow yesterday and now I'm on the sequel, Ghost Walk. He's definitely grown on me.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 08, 2010, 07:45:43 PM
What do you think of Mr. Nutt?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 11, 2010, 05:58:36 PM
I'm currently reading:

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Kermode's probably my favourite film critic, and his book is very much in the style of the radio show that he and Simon Mayo do together every week for the BBC. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on February 11, 2010, 07:20:13 PM
He was always an entertaining guest on Mark Radcliff's show.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on February 11, 2010, 07:34:39 PM
If you listen to podcasts at all, the show is available on iTunes every week.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on February 12, 2010, 06:24:36 PM
sourcery, again :D bit of a pratchett binge atm.  before this was the light fantastic and it differs slightly from the movie.  next is...something or other...must go out and get more pratchett :P
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Nunyerbiz on February 14, 2010, 07:00:55 AM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_BUAkWx4_1ms/SNpRWo1sz3I/AAAAAAAAAK4/ensKrUMql5I/s320/Hitler%27s+Empire.jpg)

I would highly recommend this to anybody interested in WW2 history. While the narrative is a bit scattershot in places, sometimes coming across as repetitive, it's an interesting angle on the European theater. There is virtually no emphasis on military battles or tactics. The thrust of the work is centered on how the Nazis ruled over the conquered territories and their plans, or lack thereof, for continental domination. While the Nazis and their collaborators are given no quarter, they aren't broadly painted as comic book supervillians either. Don't get me wrong, this is chilling reading. You'll never get much of a respite from the immense human suffering the war brought to it's victims... The deeply researched, almost emphatically academic narration, lays out things in very matter of fact terms. Mazower doesn't need to embellish the atrocities or attack their perpetrators... Simply presenting the facts does that work for him.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: I Was A Teenage Wharwilf on February 23, 2010, 09:01:05 AM
I'm reading Chump Change by Dan Fante, who is the son of my favourite writer, John Fante (author of 'Ask the Dust' and 'The Road to Los Angeles') Anyway, Dan is a worthy successor to his father (a Mike to his Joel, if you will) and writes an intense novel. I'd also recommend his latest book 86'd, which I read over the winter holidays.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 01, 2010, 05:41:33 PM
Reading Justin Gray and Jimmi Palmatti's Jonah Hex series.  How has Phil Noto not hit it huge, based on his art in a lot of the series.

(http://media.photobucket.com/image/Phil%20Noto%20Hex/witchyhoy3/AAA/HexTalluCvrV4.jpg)

(http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/12/JHEX-Cv17_solicit.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on March 07, 2010, 01:30:34 PM
Reading books on management and training to get better at my job. Not what I want to be reading, but I like impressing the Boss Woman

In between that, I finsihed a novel called the Syringa Tree, about living in Apartheid South Africa. Now I am reading Prisoner of Azkaban (again) as I slowly wait for the Goblet of Fire riff to.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on March 07, 2010, 04:08:06 PM
Reading books on management and training to get better at my job.

Fuck jobs.

I love it when people with Jobs say that
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: MSTJedi on March 07, 2010, 05:13:13 PM
Reading books on management and training to get better at my job.

Fuck jobs.

I love it when people with Jobs say that

It's one of those necessary evils. Like my job at Wal-Mart . . . That's more like a necessary stint in Hell, though. I would've quit months ago if I didn't have a wife and kids to answer to.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Doctor Who? on March 07, 2010, 09:04:06 PM
Reading books on management and training to get better at my job.

Fuck jobs.

I love it when people with Jobs say that

It's one of those necessary evils. Like my job at Wal-Mart . . . That's more like a necessary stint in Hell, though. I would've quit months ago if I didn't have a wife and kids to answer to.

I was "lucky" my boss finally wnet to far and when i stood up for myself she was going to fire me and then i did a verry stupid thing,i quit.  With the job market the way it is a lot of times aI regret it but then i remember how horid that place was and i don't feel so bad.

I am reading Thunderball.  Never got a chance to read this one before,it's very close to the movie.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: MSTJedi on March 07, 2010, 09:24:05 PM
Reading books on management and training to get better at my job.

Fuck jobs.

I love it when people with Jobs say that

It's one of those necessary evils. Like my job at Wal-Mart . . . That's more like a necessary stint in Hell, though. I would've quit months ago if I didn't have a wife and kids to answer to.

I was "lucky" my boss finally wnet to far and when i stood up for myself she was going to fire me and then i did a verry stupid thing,i quit.  With the job market the way it is a lot of times aI regret it but then i remember how horid that place was and i don't feel so bad.

I am reading Thunderball.  Never got a chance to read this one before,it's very close to the movie.

Ah, if only I could get fired . . . Can you get unemployment from a part-time job? And if so, does it matter how you got fired? 'Cause I could just call in a couple more times and accomplish that easily (already got "coached" once for it).

Just got done with Star Wars: Crosscurrent, about the canon (human male) version of the character you play in Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, dealing with his issues from what he did in a recent war and a Jedi (and Sith) from 5,000 years in the past. Was a little dubious at first, but it really picked up about halfway through and turned out to be pretty good. The only problem I had was the stilted dialogue. It was like the author thinks no one in the Star Wars galaxy uses contractions. Only sometimes they do . . . but there's no rhyme or reason to it.

Next up is Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. Yes, I'm a Star Wars geek, but with a name like MSTJedi, I'm sure it's pretty obvious from the get-go.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Doctor Who? on March 07, 2010, 09:39:50 PM
Reading books on management and training to get better at my job.

Fuck jobs.

I love it when people with Jobs say that

It's one of those necessary evils. Like my job at Wal-Mart . . . That's more like a necessary stint in Hell, though. I would've quit months ago if I didn't have a wife and kids to answer to.

I was "lucky" my boss finally wnet to far and when i stood up for myself she was going to fire me and then i did a verry stupid thing,i quit.  With the job market the way it is a lot of times aI regret it but then i remember how horid that place was and i don't feel so bad.

I am reading Thunderball.  Never got a chance to read this one before,it's very close to the movie.

Ah, if only I could get fired . . . Can you get unemployment from a part-time job? And if so, does it matter how you got fired? 'Cause I could just call in a couple more times and accomplish that easily (already got "coached" once for it).

Just got done with Star Wars: Crosscurrent, about the canon (human male) version of the character you play in Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, dealing with his issues from what he did in a recent war and a Jedi (and Sith) from 5,000 years in the past. Was a little dubious at first, but it really picked up about halfway through and turned out to be pretty good. The only problem I had was the stilted dialogue. It was like the author thinks no one in the Star Wars galaxy uses contractions. Only sometimes they do . . . but there's no rhyme or reason to it.

Next up is Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. Yes, I'm a Star Wars geek, but with a name like MSTJedi, I'm sure it's pretty obvious from the get-go.

Not in delaware.  So i really had nothing to lose by quiting a few minutes before she could fire me.  It was one of tthose things where i was getting blamed for something a guy who was a friend of managment was doing andf when i refused to go along with it any more they were going to fire me but i beat them to it,i wnet back to the timeclock,punched out,turned in my namebadge and discount card at the CSM desk and walked out of the store.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Darth Geek on March 08, 2010, 06:35:54 AM
Reading books on management and training to get better at my job.

Fuck jobs.

I love it when people with Jobs say that

It's one of those necessary evils. Like my job at Wal-Mart . . . That's more like a necessary stint in Hell, though. I would've quit months ago if I didn't have a wife and kids to answer to.

I was "lucky" my boss finally wnet to far and when i stood up for myself she was going to fire me and then i did a verry stupid thing,i quit.  With the job market the way it is a lot of times aI regret it but then i remember how horid that place was and i don't feel so bad.

I am reading Thunderball.  Never got a chance to read this one before,it's very close to the movie.

Ah, if only I could get fired . . . Can you get unemployment from a part-time job? And if so, does it matter how you got fired? 'Cause I could just call in a couple more times and accomplish that easily (already got "coached" once for it).

Just got done with Star Wars: Crosscurrent, about the canon (human male) version of the character you play in Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, dealing with his issues from what he did in a recent war and a Jedi (and Sith) from 5,000 years in the past. Was a little dubious at first, but it really picked up about halfway through and turned out to be pretty good. The only problem I had was the stilted dialogue. It was like the author thinks no one in the Star Wars galaxy uses contractions. Only sometimes they do . . . but there's no rhyme or reason to it.

Next up is Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. Yes, I'm a Star Wars geek, but with a name like MSTJedi, I'm sure it's pretty obvious from the get-go.

Not in delaware.  So i really had nothing to lose by quiting a few minutes before she could fire me.  It was one of tthose things where i was getting blamed for something a guy who was a friend of managment was doing andf when i refused to go along with it any more they were going to fire me but i beat them to it,i wnet back to the timeclock,punched out,turned in my namebadge and discount card at the CSM desk and walked out of the store.
Um...if she had fired you, wound't you have gotten unemployment benefits. Whereas if youu quit you don't get any? I totally get the factor of not giving her the satisfaction, but still...
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Doctor Who? on March 08, 2010, 08:29:53 AM
I was only part time(they really needed me fulltime and I wanted it but they would not give it to me)and in Delaware you have to be fulltime to get unemployment.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on March 08, 2010, 09:44:43 AM
I'm cooling it on Julian for a bit. I really enjoy what I've read so far, but I want to research the actual history a bit more before I get any deeper - the characters that Vidal has introduced so far are way too interesting to be creatively embellished and I want to know the REAL last pagan emperor of Rome before I delve into Vidal's vision of who he was.

So, in the meantime I'm actually reading a couple of books.

(http://ttrumble.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Ancient_Rome.jpg)
Freaking excellent so far. It's very reader friendly, written almost like a novel...not very academic at all, yet has just as much information as you would find in more scholarly work. I love it when actual writers (or at least someone with a writer's instinct) decide to write a history book as opposed to a scholar trying their hand at writing. I've never understood the disdain that the academic community shows towards informative texts that are actually fun to read. 

(http://image.hotdog.hu/_data/members1/541/665541/images/kepek_illusztraciok/Dirk_Gently_UK_front_cover.jpg)
It's a crime that I haven't read this before. Remedying that situation now.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on March 08, 2010, 09:48:02 AM

Freaking excellent so far. It's very reader friendly, written almost in prose...

Yeah, I hate history books written in verse.

Leave me alone, it's early. :P

Thanks for the catch, though.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on March 08, 2010, 11:02:02 AM
No problem, it's always nice to get dickery in before noon.

There's a whole emerging genre of history written like novels (I find it really irritating, and academically quite irresponsible--if you want to write a novel, write a novel--don't pass it off as history), but you might like Barry Strauss's stuff on Salamis and the Trojan War.  I bought them thinking they'd be useful, and was pretty horrified by what I found.


How is it academically irresponsible as long as the sources are sited and the information is accurate? I mean, I draw the line at attempting to apply characterization and dialog to such things ( Stephen Dando-Collins makes me cringe), but as far as writing with a bit more of a narrative flare...I really don't see the harm. Adrian Goldsworthy and Peter Heather, for example, do this quite well.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on March 08, 2010, 11:45:31 AM
Because when you write a novel like that, you're making up dialogue, descriptions, emotions, etc., that are completely conjecture and not based on anything other than "well, this would sound nice."  This is not how professional historical methodology works.

I have NOTHING against historical fiction. It just needs to be marketed as such, not as history. 

I agree with that, making up dialogue and what-not should be left out of a history book. I'm referring simply to more active/conversational presentation of facts...history does not need to be dry to be valid. The book on Day in Rome book that I'm reading now is interesting in that it does use descriptions, emotions, and dialogue...but the author isn't doing it to describe events that actually happened. He's creating basic, daily scenarios based on writings and archaeological finds to bring a city to life. Within that structure he presents the facts and the proof. Ie. 'We walk down this road and see this, and these people talking about this. We know these types of things happened because so-and-so wrote about it here and we have found graffiti and amphorae that support those authors' claims.'
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: stansimpson on March 09, 2010, 12:23:26 AM
Because when you write a novel like that, you're making up dialogue, descriptions, emotions, etc., that are completely conjecture and not based on anything other than "well, this would sound nice."  This is not how professional historical methodology works.

I have NOTHING against historical fiction. It just needs to be marketed as such, not as history. 

I agree with that, making up dialogue and what-not should be left out of a history book. I'm referring simply to more active/conversational presentation of facts...history does not need to be dry to be valid. The book on Day in Rome book that I'm reading now is interesting in that it does use descriptions, emotions, and dialogue...but the author isn't doing it to describe events that actually happened. He's creating basic, daily scenarios based on writings and archaeological finds to bring a city to life. Within that structure he presents the facts and the proof. Ie. 'We walk down this road and see this, and these people talking about this. We know these types of things happened because so-and-so wrote about it here and we have found graffiti and amphorae that support those authors' claims.'
Gentlemen!  Now THIS is real history!
http://www.youtube.com/v/ZI0hvm10AHo&hl=en_US&fs=1&
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on March 09, 2010, 05:36:02 AM
I'm cooling it on Julian for a bit. I really enjoy what I've read so far, but I want to research the actual history a bit more before I get any deeper - the characters that Vidal has introduced so far are way too interesting to be creatively embellished and I want to know the REAL last pagan emperor of Rome before I delve into Vidal's vision of who he was.

So, in the meantime I'm actually reading a couple of books.

(http://ttrumble.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Ancient_Rome.jpg)
Freaking excellent so far. It's very reader friendly, written almost like a novel...not very academic at all, yet has just as much information as you would find in more scholarly work. I love it when actual writers (or at least someone with a writer's instinct) decide to write a history book as opposed to a scholar trying their hand at writing. I've never understood the disdain that the academic community shows towards informative texts that are actually fun to read.

In England there was (maybe still is) a TV show for schools called How We Used To Live that has essentially the same approach. It tends to focus on more recent history however.  It can be a really good presentation of popular history.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on March 09, 2010, 01:46:43 PM
Finally got a chance to read the play "Driving Miss Daisy" and I was amazed at its simplicity. I also admire how he made the film so cinematic. I want to direct it now.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Rozax on March 10, 2010, 03:32:47 PM
The Dolphins of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

I started this book five years ago and put it down when finals came 'round.  I picked the book back up last night and I'm almost finished reading it today.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on March 25, 2010, 06:22:41 PM
(http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/image-library/port/376/b/books-wolf-hall.jpg)
Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel

Pretty good so far, love the depiction of Cromwell, which almost every reviewer has mentioned I think, but also the portrayal of Wolsey (like Cromwell not shown to be utterly detestable as is often the case in retellings of the whole Henry/Katherine/Six Fingered Anne debacle).
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on April 02, 2010, 09:17:43 PM
All my books are packed away at the moment so I just ordered:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51hwnN4GOzL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

and
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51l%2BvPCnqHL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

A bit of a departure from what I usually read, but should be interesting none-the-less
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on April 10, 2010, 03:18:40 PM
Death: A Life


Sample:

Quote
As it was the history of trees would end up closely paralleling that of humans, with the tress even having their own wooden messiah  ; a humble olive tree, whose sap, it was alleged, could heal oak wilt, Dutch elm disease, and spike phytoplasma. But the tree messiah was betrayed by Flora envious of its powers, and it suffered horrible tortured; being whittled, sawed, and carved into the shape of a cross, where, in a remarkable twist of fate, it found itself nailed to the back of the human messiah. Many orthordox deciduous tress still blame this terrible episode on the yews.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: anais.jude on April 10, 2010, 04:07:33 PM
Oh no, but i should totally check that out next
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Dustin on April 27, 2010, 06:49:48 AM
(http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p249/servomoore/9781416556206.jpg)

I really enjoy this book and am tempted to buy "My Year of Flops," but probably will not.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on May 03, 2010, 03:22:05 PM
Just finished re-reading a few Discworld books for fun. I'm now reading The Dread Empire series by Glen Cook, and as soon as I finish that, I'm going to start in on the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik... I've been looking forward to starting that one for awhile now.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on May 03, 2010, 07:15:21 PM
Damn, Chaos, I didn't even notice this was you! When did you get back?

I've been back for about a month, just kind of popping in here and there as I can - still no internet from work, which is where I used to do 98% of my posting.

I read the first Glen Cook Black Company novel a while ago; it was terrible at first, then got pretty good, but I'm not sure I'll read any more.  It didn't really 'hook' me.

It starts out slow (and the writing style is not something that most people are used to, the "from the trenches" approach was pretty much popularized by Cook). Do yourself a favor and try a few more books in the Black Company. It's an incredible series - one of my favourite of all time.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on May 04, 2010, 03:31:35 PM
I saw get ahold of them any way you can, and give them a shot. :)

They should be in the library, if the city you live in is big enough.

I'm fairly sure you could also find them online, if you were so inclined to use such methods. :P
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on May 04, 2010, 08:38:28 PM
They've done reprints of the series with 3 books per binding - they cost me around $20 CAD for my copies, so you can probably pick it up for cheaper down there in "The America," especially if you shop around online or something.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on May 06, 2010, 12:05:49 PM
I'm reading Jurassic Park again. Such a fun book and a fairly quick read.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: THE QUEEN!!! on May 06, 2010, 12:07:41 PM
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Got it for Christmas 2 years ago and forgot about it. ;) (sheepish grin)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: The Lady Rommel on May 08, 2010, 11:19:52 AM
I love to read, but normally don't read what I call "thinking books".  Life is so serious, I like a light book...something entertaining and/or trashy.

But I just finished reading "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks".  The story of a black family and their contribution to science.  Especailly love the book parts about Henrietta's life.  Everybody should read this book.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on May 08, 2010, 02:11:54 PM
Time for some Pratchett to cleanse the palate.
Any particular one in mind?

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on May 08, 2010, 03:44:53 PM
Interesting Times or Masquerade were always my go-to cleansers whenever I needed to wipe away the stench of a particularly foul novel. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on May 08, 2010, 04:16:33 PM
(http://blog.newsok.com/bamsblog/files/2009/09/craig-ferguson-american-on-purpose.jpg)

Waiting for "Fever Dream" by Preston and Child to come out.....
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on May 08, 2010, 08:03:02 PM
I just finished a really terrible shitty fantasy novel called Six of Swords.  Gah.

Time for some Pratchett to cleanse the palate.

Do you know they showed an adaptation of Going Postal over here a few weeks back? I never saw it though.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on May 08, 2010, 08:39:25 PM
I just finished a really terrible shitty fantasy novel called Six of Swords.  Gah.

I love shitty fantasy. I saw a book in Borders about a high-security prison that gets sucked, building, guards, prisoners and all, back in time and plunked down in a sort of Lost World with dinosaurs, conquistadors and cave men all fighting each other. I'm going to get it the next time I go back.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on May 09, 2010, 07:00:18 AM
I just finished a really terrible shitty fantasy novel called Six of Swords.  Gah.

Time for some Pratchett to cleanse the palate.

Do you know they showed an adaptation of Going Postal over here a few weeks back? I never saw it though.

I thought that wasn't out until the end of the month? It's still listed as in pre-production on wikipedia (and unavailable for download on... certain OTHER websites :D).
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on May 09, 2010, 07:02:54 AM
I just finished a really terrible shitty fantasy novel called Six of Swords.  Gah.

Time for some Pratchett to cleanse the palate.

Do you know they showed an adaptation of Going Postal over here a few weeks back? I never saw it though.

I thought that wasn't out until the end of the month? It's still listed as in pre-production on wikipedia (and unavailable for download on... certain OTHER websites :D).

Huh.  Then I guess it's not out.  All I remember seeing was ads for it around the start of the year say it was coming in April.  I guess they pushed it back.  My brother told me that they're also doing The Truth at some point, too.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on May 09, 2010, 10:13:26 AM
I'll watch any Discworld material BBC wants to throw at us, providing they don't include that dickbag who played Teatime in the cast. If they do... all bets are off. Fuck I hate that guy. :P
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on May 09, 2010, 12:34:11 PM
Yeah, Sean Astin was... odd. He did okay, but it wasn't a perfect fit. And that interpretation of Rincewind was *completely* different from my mental image of the man. He should have been more scraggly, and nihilistically paranoid. On the whole, that adaptation could have been a lot better. But it was still way better than the Hogfather one, due ENTIRELY to dickbag Teatime. I loved that book, and it was totally ruined by him.

Oh well... hopefully this new one will be good. I enjoyed Going Postal quite a lot. I'll be interested to see whether or not they manage to make the golems look good and not just cheap, crappy CGI. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on May 09, 2010, 05:21:32 PM
Yeah, I thought David Jason was a weird choice too.  Since the point-and-click games, I've always seen Rincewind as Eric Idle.  Perhaps a bit younger than he is now, but definitely that kind of person.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on May 09, 2010, 06:22:27 PM
Give him a few years and I think James McAvoy might be up for playing Rincewind quite well, imagine his turn as Tumnus with a higher degree of weasely self-preservation.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 12, 2010, 06:28:28 PM
Finished two Doc Savage novellas and will finally be able to sink my teeth into some comics I've been putting off.  I'm going to start reading them from least interesting to most, so I'm starting with a Canadian anthology of melancholy called This Can Only End In Tears.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on May 12, 2010, 06:43:18 PM
Give him a few years and I think James McAvoy might be up for playing Rincewind quite well, imagine his turn as Tumnus with a higher degree of weasely self-preservation.

Yeah, I can see that.  He's also got a Paul Kidby Rincewind nose, sort of.

I like the idea of McAvoy playing young Bilbo in the Hobbit movies, but after seeing that they might be delayed for a while it might pass him by.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Zaktto on May 24, 2010, 09:33:17 AM
(http://bookcoverarchive.com/images/books/the_glass_bead_game.large.jpg)

It's a laugh out loud riot!

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on May 24, 2010, 12:49:24 PM
(http://bookcoverarchive.com/images/books/the_glass_bead_game.large.jpg)
It's a laugh out loud riot!

Steppenwolf is even more pant wettingly funny.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Blue Raja on May 24, 2010, 04:10:29 PM
(http://blog.newsok.com/bamsblog/files/2009/09/craig-ferguson-american-on-purpose.jpg)

Waiting for "Fever Dream" by Preston and Child to come out.....

Me too - love their stuff.  "Ice Limit" and "Cabinet of Curiosities" are my favorites.

My local library just called to inform me that my reserved copy of this is in, so I'm heading over there first thing tomorrow.

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on May 24, 2010, 04:18:41 PM
I started reading  Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series.  So far, very disappointed. The prose is laughable.

I wasn't particularly enthralled by it, either.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on May 24, 2010, 04:32:37 PM
I started reading  Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series.  So far, very disappointed. The prose is laughable.

I wasn't particularly enthralled by it, either.

Dammit. Wish I'd known that before I bought 3 omnibuses of his stuff (on sale, but still).

I had mentioned it a while ago when people were giving me book recommendations.  :)

Who knows, maybe it gets better as the series roles on?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on May 25, 2010, 12:02:27 AM
(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/ba/15/6ed2d250fca048d6dcbb8010.L.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 26, 2010, 05:26:44 PM
Picked up some more comics today:

The Third and last volume of Young Liars (I haven't gotten to volume 2 yet, but volume one was so impressive that I know I'll love the rest)
(http://www.kingscomics.com.au/catalog/images/prodimg/img21986.jpg)
 and Daniel Clowes Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron in which, as I understand it, Daniel Clowes taps into some David Lynch style creepiness

(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestselling-comics-2006/1469-1.jpg)

I'm not a big Clowes fan (though Ghost World is fantastic), but I love the title and when done well, I like books with challenging picaresque strangeness.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: MightyJack on May 27, 2010, 11:52:23 PM
I'm reading the new John Sandford "Prey" mystery. But there's one screwy plot point, which is driving me nuts (they have a group of suspect but have conveniently forgotten about one guy). I'm not one to try to solve the mystery as I read it, i just let it unfold. But this is such a jarring oversite that it's distracting me.

Befoie this, I finished the last CJ Box mystery. It was pretty entertaining.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 31, 2010, 10:14:37 AM
I'm reading "Revolution and the Social System" by Chalmers Johnson
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: ozman69 on May 31, 2010, 01:17:00 PM
Reading Lamentation (Psalms of Isaak Series #1) by Ken Scholes.  This is my first time reading this author, but I'm liking it so far.  Was looking for a light and fun book to read and this has fit.  The characters seem really familiar which made getting into the book really easy.

(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/34430000/34439059.JPG)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on May 31, 2010, 01:31:39 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ATCt7ph8L._SS500_.jpg)
A Gambling Man: Charles II's Restoration Game - Jenny Uglow

One of my favourite Monarchs and certainly one of the best to wear the Crown in Britain Charles II was shaped by a childhood and adolescence that could fairly be called "a bit iffy". His ascension to the throne and the restoration of the monarchy could have been a re-ignition of the conflicts that had led to the first Charles' death. They didn't however thanks to the pragmatic approach taken by Charles the younger (and Edward Hyde and George Monck amongst others on both sides). This book deals with the restoration and the ten years that follows it.

So far I'm loving it, I think it has great potential for admittance into my shelf of Stuart history for the period covered. I like it almost as much as Ungrateful Daughters. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on June 01, 2010, 11:08:58 AM
(http://www.revolutionsf.com/bb/weblogs/upload/16/1325840921471e113b3f867.jpg)

great book, gives a good feel and broad view of what the steampunk second generation sub-genre is like.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on June 05, 2010, 03:42:58 PM
Just finished rereading this:
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_YhrLAYLQ8So/SW6UXlvGPkI/AAAAAAAAHnA/ZbXgMh-V_94/s400/Daemon+UK.jpg)

Daemon, by Daniel Suarez. Absolutely a must read for any techie-type-person.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on June 26, 2010, 06:55:29 PM
Just finished "Little Brother" by Cory Doctorow - a very awesome alternate reality book about a terrorist attack on San Francisco and how the people there deal with the government moving in and taking over "for their protection." The nastiest thing about this book is how damn plausible Doctorow makes it seem.

Currently reading the Ender's Saga series, by Orson Scott Card.

I read the original Ender's Game many years ago, but recently picked up the whole series and am working my way through, and am really enjoying it. I'm up to Shadow Games (#7) so far. The first book was by far my favourite, and it was cool to see the same story from another point of view in Ender's Shadow, and to now be seeing the stuff that happens back on Earth in detail (which was mentioned in passing in Speaker for the Dead).

I still have Temeraire in my queue, and I'm hoping to get around to it sooner or later (preferably before the movie comes out next year). Same with Song of Ice and Fire. I also want to check out some more of the books by Cory Doctorow; he's really caught my attention.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 30, 2010, 06:04:28 AM
I'm reading a Discover magazine special about the brain, which is pretty cool, especially the part about human lie detectors.  Also reading a sci-fi anthology of stories about redifining being human called Transhuman.

(http://www.markvanname.com/Images/Transhuman-100.jpg)

It also has one of the better book covers for anthologies.  I find most book covers for things like this to be frightfully dull.  "I know, we'll have a bunch of stars and maybe a rocket."
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Kzinistzerg on June 30, 2010, 09:55:35 AM
I just finished A Fire Upon The Deep and A Deepness in the Sky. Excellent books.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on June 30, 2010, 03:05:37 PM
Just finished the first Dexter book (Darkly Dreaming Dexter, by Jeff Lindsay). It's very interesting to see the differences between the book and the TV show. I can't say for sure which I prefer, but the Dexter of the book is definitely a lot more vicious in his... proclivities. But of course, they couldn't show that kind of dismemberment on TV, so it makes sense that they made him more of a clinical / surgical killer for the show.

I finally started Temeraire like I've been threatening to for months. I'm only 2 chapters in, but so far I like it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on July 08, 2010, 09:40:02 AM
Finished Lavondys, now on to:
(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestselling-sci-fi-fantasy-2008/202-4.jpg)

It's kind of sad knowing that this is the last one. :(

While I'm here: I got to meet one of my heroes last night.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/ThrashKreator/5e340b19.jpg)

Direct quote: "I'm working on it, god damnit." He said he'd hoped to have it done by the time he came to Clarion this week, but it just didn't work out. However, I'll take that as a sign that we're almost there.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: stansimpson on July 08, 2010, 09:58:50 AM
That's awesome, Thrash.  In that pic, you remind me of Jackie Earle Haley (but anyone bald and with a goatee prob would, huh?):
(http://hollywoodhatesme.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/jackie_earle_haley_01.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on July 08, 2010, 01:09:05 PM
Just finished Dearly Devoted Dexter (book 2 of the series). Loved it. Again, very different from the TV show... much darker, but with all of the same feeling of creepy sinisterness mixed with fake jollity. Quite satisfying.

Just started book 2 of the Temeraire series (Throne of Jade). Liking it so far, though it kind of jumps right in, and takes a bit before you found out what has happened between books 1 and 2.

As soon as I finish that, I'll be diving into book 1 of the Southern Vampire Mysteries (the books True Blood is based on). I'm eager to find out how well the show captured the essence of the books (or if, indeed, it is a complete divergence of themes based on the basic concept alone).
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: wurwolf on July 15, 2010, 01:25:00 PM
Okay, I'm not reading this at the moment but it still has me wrecked.

Monday morning on the train to NYC I finished a book called "Goddess of the Green Room" by Jean Plaidy. It's a fictionalized account of the relationship between the Irish actress Dorothy Jordan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_Jordan) and William (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_IV_of_the_United_Kingdom), the Duke of Clarence and the third son of King George III. I picked it up because it was a couple of bucks at the used book store and because the author is a favorite of mine (she's written under various pen names -- Jean Plaidy and Victoria Holt being her most common). I really wasn't sure what to expect, I only started reading it because of the author.

I had no idea of the history of the characters, although I did know going in that it was a true story. I expected a happy ending, where the heroine gets her man and they live happily ever after.

I was so, so wrong.

After a truly loving relationship that spans twenty years and spawns ten illegitimate children, William ends up leaving Dorothy for a younger woman with an income to support him (and because he's a man in his forties and wants to get his bone on with some hot young chick). The younger woman spurns him and he goes from heiress to heiress to find his fortune. Dorothy winds up losing custody of her children and dies alone, penniless and ignored by her children in France. I remember reading the part where he's thinking about leaving her and saying, Oh no, William. Don't do it. Please don't do it. The author wrote it very well so that when the end comes your heart torn. Dorothy is the plucky kind of heroine who you'd think would get her man in the end and you can't help but fall in love with William.

It's been on my mind all week and I can't stop thinking about how terrible it all turned out. I've been so wrecked I've been trying to exorcise the whole thing through RPing and that's helped a little, but jeez.... just painful.

Anyway, just wanted to get that out.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on July 15, 2010, 01:56:09 PM
Go watch what happened with his niece (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0962736/) to cheer yourself up.  ;)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: wurwolf on July 15, 2010, 02:05:51 PM
No thanks, I hate movies and tv shows. I'd rather read a book. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on July 15, 2010, 02:18:26 PM
So, be it. (http://www.amazon.com/We-Two-Victoria-Albert-Partners/dp/0345520017/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279228674&sr=8-2) :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: wurwolf on July 15, 2010, 02:22:11 PM
Thanks! I will look for that, it looks like a good book.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on July 15, 2010, 02:38:52 PM
If you're up for reading more about mistresses try

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Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: wurwolf on July 15, 2010, 02:46:42 PM
Fancy! That'll bring the stares when I'm reading it on the train.  :clap:
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on July 15, 2010, 03:44:39 PM
I'm reading, "The Broom of the System" by David Foster Wallace.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Darth Geek on July 15, 2010, 04:01:50 PM
If you're up for reading more about mistresses try

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/516HP5MJ7JL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
It's good to be the King!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on July 15, 2010, 07:46:00 PM
Sometimes it's better to be his mistress, for a little while at least, ask Babs Villiers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Palmer,_1st_Duchess_of_Cleveland#Downfall).
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 16, 2010, 10:05:02 PM
(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/ColdestWinterCover.jpg)

One of the few books I have been able to find in the whole of Delaware's library system about The Korean War,good thing it is good.

It makes me really sad that Vets from this war are over shadowed by vets of WW2 and Nam,the vets of Korea had it just as hard if not harder then any other troops that have ever fought in any American war.  There should be more books,movies,TV shows,classes,in schools about this war. Also the Vets of it are just as much heroes as anyone but they are almost forgotten.

As I said it's pretty much the only book I have been able to find about this war but it is a good book,read it.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: a pretty girl is like on July 17, 2010, 05:19:24 PM
The Cave by Jose Saramago.  Holy balls, Jose, I get it, you're a Nobel laureate.  Quit making with the profundity and making me think thoughts that don't have anything to do with zombies or pudding or kittens.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on July 18, 2010, 05:02:37 AM
One of the few books I have been able to find in the whole of Delaware's library system

I didn't know you were in Delaware! I have friends there. Are you in Newark proper, or one of the outlying areas?

Anyway... just finished reading Dead Until Dark (book 1 of the Southern Vampire Mysteries a.k.a. Sookie Stackhouse books a.k.a. True Blood, by Charlaine Harris). It was way more romance novel-y than I expected it to be. Although the first episode of the True Blood series on HBO seemed to be lifted word for word from the beginning of the book, I actually find that the writing isn't very good or imaginitive. I think this is the first time I've ever said it, but I actually think the TV show does a better job with the story than the book does.

I'm probably going to end up reading another one or two of the books, mostly because I'm curious to know how the story goes in the original version - the TV show apparently takes a pretty massive turn from the books starting around Season 2. But I'm going to take a break from it for awhile to read some other stuff.

I'm really eager to read both the 3rd Dexter book as well as the 3rd Temeraire book, but I think I'm going to have to take a break from both of those for at least a little bit as well, because I finally got a copy of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. My library doesn't carry them (damn you, small town!), so it's been really hard to track down. Now that I've got it, I think I'll probably have to read the whole series back to back. Goodbye, the next 150 hours of my spare time. ;)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: dangfish on July 19, 2010, 09:14:07 PM
The Brant series by Ken Bruen

A twisted, grittier british version of Ed McBain's 87th precinct series. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: wurwolf on July 28, 2010, 06:44:37 AM
I'm reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Both APGIL and my daughter read it before the movie came out so I'm a little late on the bandwagon, but I'm enjoying it a lot -- as much as a book like that can be enjoyed. It's pretty bleak. I'm not too far from the end. The part so far that had the biggest impact on me was when they met the old man in the road. It seems like such a small, throw-away part but as I was reading it I began to realize that the old man spoke for the author.

I've seen the movie so I know how it ends, but the book is far more moving than the movie.


ETA: Aaaaand done. Aaaaand completely wrecked.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on July 31, 2010, 08:38:35 PM
Finished "Zoe's Tale" by John Scalzi. Since I'm lazy I'll just paste my facebook blurb for it:
"Zoe's Tale" is not a "new" story that takes place in Scalzi's "Old Man's War" universe, rather it is a new perspective on the events that took place in the last book, from the POV of a character that has played a supporting role for a while now. He gets a chance to explain some of the things that felt a bit too convenient from "The Last Colony" and try his hand at writing from a female perspective.

If you're interested in this book, odds are you have read the previous three, which means you either love what you've read so far or are a masochist...either way, I don't need to go into the Scalzi's writing style. If you haven't read the previous books. Stop here and go read "Old Man's War" and check back in when you've read "The Last Colony." If you do this without taking a break, if you're like me, you should be back by next week.

Despite the fact that everyone in Scalzi's world is a witty smart-ass, I love the way he writes dialog. This is the main reason why I can read his material faster than any other author - in the case of "Zoe's Tale" the dialog seems a bit mature for 15 year olds and Zoe comes across as a bit too self-aware when she goes into teenage-hormone overload. Ie, she calls attention to the fact that she realizes she is being irrational despite, as a narrator, not being much older than when the events take place. I know of no teenager that had that kid of emotional awareness until after college, sitting at a desk and thinking, "Wow, I really was a little shit back then..." This is a minor MINOR criticism, as I am sure that if he stuck to a completely accurate portrayal of teenage emotion, the book would have been unreadable.

I am not normally one to criticize plot content (only structure and how successful the author is at getting their points across) as I feel it is the author's story to tell, not mine - I will never slag someone for missed opportunities or say, "He totally should have done this here..." But in this case, I would have liked to have seen more of a certain off-world time period toward the latter half of the book...only because this was what I was really looking forward to when I found out who's perspective this book was told from. I am still satisfied with how everything was told, this is just a comment and maybe a plea for a short story about the further adventures of General Gau. Please.

Overall, I continue to ring my bell of endorsement of John Scalzi - he is one of the best storytellers in genre fiction today. Read his stuff. Right now.

Seriously, go! 3.5/5 Stars

For my next book I actually struck a deal with someone back east: They have to read GRRM's "A Game of Thrones" and I have to read this:
(http://www.davidmaybury.ie/journal/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/harry_potter_and_the_philosophers_stone.jpg)

I managed to find the first two HP books (the entire deal is the first 2) for dirt cheap, and she's already hooked on and half way through GoT...so we snagged another one!

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on July 31, 2010, 08:52:31 PM
I met and spoke with GRRM earlier in the month and I have absolutely no worries about his health after doing so. He's a big guy, but he's completely there mentally and was, actually, pretty light on his feet, never got short of breath like I've seen other guys of his size do when speaking for a long time, and was just a lovely person to meet. It was quite reassuring since I had similar fears. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: lassieface on August 01, 2010, 10:48:44 AM
Anybody else find it hard to settle on a book when you have a Kindle?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Nekrose on August 02, 2010, 12:36:16 PM
Dan Abnett - The Founding, The Saint, The Lost, Blood Pact, Ravenor: The Omnibus
Ben Counter - The Soul Drinkers Omnibus
Graham McNeill - The Ultramarines Omnibus
Lee Child - Gone Tomorrow, 61 Hours

23 books, should take me.. A couple weeks?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: doctorhu on August 02, 2010, 01:35:28 PM
Currently reading The Wicker Man (no bees or Nicolas Cage) and The Rose and the Ring.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 02, 2010, 02:04:10 PM
Currently reading The Wicker Man
The script of the original?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: doctorhu on August 04, 2010, 05:30:58 PM
Currently reading The Wicker Man
The script of the original?

A novel, actually. It's written by Anthony Shaffer, who also wrote the screenplay. He used it as an opportunity to put back in all of the scenes that were cut out.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on August 08, 2010, 08:14:24 AM
I just finished reading A Game of Thrones a couple weeks ago, actually. Loved it.

I'm currently most of the way through the 3rd Temeraire book (Black Powder War), which I am still enjoying very much. It's a very good series. Once I finish that, I'm planning to go back to GRRM for the 2nd Ice and Fire book.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 11, 2010, 04:51:51 PM
I'm currently reading an anthology book created for the thirtieth anniversary of the Twilight Zone.  Not great, so far, but not bad.  It reminded me, though, if they ever do a new Twilight Zone show, they must do an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's "We Can Get Them For You Wholesale".  A great story and from the title, to the build-up to the end of this darkly humourous story is pure Twilight Zone.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: a pretty girl is like on August 14, 2010, 10:21:54 AM
Just finished a collection of early James Ellroy called L.A. Noir.  I think he might have gone a bit overboard on the hard boiled dialogue.  Even the 12 year old daughter of the main dude talks like a hard drinking detective. 

And I'm re-reading American Pastoral, Phillip Roth's meditation on what it means to be "normal" American.

Also The Passage   by Justin Cronin which is supposed to be the new hotness in vampire horror fiction.  Fucking 200 pages before the first vampire attack.  The rest of the book better cram in about a thousand percent more vampire holocaust or I'm out.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: mrbasehart on August 14, 2010, 05:13:27 PM
I read all 6 volumes of Scott Pilgrim.  I liked most of it, though it really doesn't come together at the end in a way I'd call satisfying.  Most of the second-tier characters fall by the wayside, and sometimes the whole thing feels a little too frantic for its own good.  I could've probably benefited from a shorter publishing time.  Makes me more interested in the movie, that's for sure.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on August 15, 2010, 01:13:49 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51-1z4pgkTL._SS500_.jpg)

Full of interviews, personal recollections (one handwritten by Alex Toth), behind the scenes and personal photos, a checklist of all Warren Publications and artwork....lots and lots of artwork.  Finished work, pencil sketches, drawings done for birthdays.....   ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 18, 2010, 06:29:49 PM
I just got a British hard cover of this from the author, signed, my paperback was still in pretty good shape after reading it several times but it's so nice to have a hard cover of it.  One of my favorite books, really fascinating world and characters he creates. 

(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/a0/8f/0de39330dca01bf3c6f24010.L.jpg)

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: TTYT on August 20, 2010, 11:50:16 PM
(http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/5828/57907097.jpg)

http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9780765318411-0 (http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9780765318411-0)

Awesome book by a local writer here in the Pacific Northwest.

Quote
In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaskas ice. Thus was Dr. Blues Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blues widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

Wil Wheaton approved!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: knightsaber1 on August 21, 2010, 12:52:06 AM
Man, I feel so uncool...

(http://rjdent.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/finnigan-joyce.jpg)

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 21, 2010, 07:00:10 AM
Let's see how far you get before you throw it across the room. ;)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: SJP on August 21, 2010, 01:47:40 PM
I went to that "I Write Like" website and it told me a segment of a book I'm writing was in the style of James Joyce.

Different portions from the same novel said I write like George Orwell, Jane Austen, and Arthur Conan Doyle.

So, I'm apparently writing a novel of about extreme paranoia, starring nervous people who can't express themselves to the people they like, told in a way nobody can understand, that will make me regret writing it because it'll be so popular no one will want to read my "real work."   ;D

Oh, and to be on topic, I just finished reading "Shadow Prowler" by Alexey Pehov.  Not bad, but I can tell it was definitely intended to be Thief fan fiction at one point; a segment of the City walled off because it contains ghosts and zombies?  Where have I heard THAT before?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Chaos on August 21, 2010, 08:03:24 PM
Finished book 4 of the Temeraire series and am getting ready to move on to book 5. I have to say, for a story that could have become fairly stale and predictable quite quickly once you get passed the basic concept, Novik did a fantastic job of swerving the narrative in unexpected directions. Seeing the conflict as a British soldier tries to uphold his duty and honor while being horrified by his government's tactics, and dealing with the larger picture of dragon rights is all very interesting. She's really painted a marvelous picture that started with just Brittain dealing with the French invasion attempts, and spreads out to show the global struggle shaping. I'm excited to see what happens next.

The 6th book just came out a few months ago, and I guess she's announced that the 7th one is in the works... lots more to look forward to!
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: UncleDes on August 22, 2010, 08:51:22 AM
Camus' "The Plague" and rerreading and not enjoying Michael Moorcock's "Fortress of the Pearl". :-\

Des
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: ScottotD on August 25, 2010, 03:06:11 AM
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Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: knightsaber1 on August 26, 2010, 04:31:57 AM
Let's see how far you get before you throw it across the room. ;)

Actually, it's worse than you think; I've developed a hobby of annotating it. I can't remember a simple algebraic formula, and yet I'm annotating Finnegan's Wake. So... you want fries with that?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 26, 2010, 04:50:16 AM
I'd like to see the annotations.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: knightsaber1 on August 26, 2010, 05:17:18 AM
I'd like to see the annotations.

Most of them point out satirical Biblical references, others say that a certain word is a combination of two words. The Biblical references are a dig at Irish Catholic society, as well as a parallel to the storyline. Also, (SPOILER ALERT) the end of the book is part of a sentence that's completed by the partial sentence at the beginning, which is where the world is created and the story starts. My interpretation of that was that it was history repeating itself, with both the world regenerating in an endless cycle and the next generation of characters doing the same as the previous one.

Anyway, those are the most important ones. The least important was when I could have sworn I saw a reference to Joe Lieberman in an entire paragraph. At that point, I had to put the book down and maybe force myself to tolerate something from Nicholas Sparks just to make my brain stop.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 26, 2010, 05:37:51 AM
Also, (SPOILER ALERT) the end of the book is part of a sentence that's completed by the partial sentence at the beginning, which is where the world is created and the story starts.
I know, I've read it. Which is why I'd be interested in reading the annotations. :)

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: knightsaber1 on August 26, 2010, 11:49:26 AM
Also, (SPOILER ALERT) the end of the book is part of a sentence that's completed by the partial sentence at the beginning, which is where the world is created and the story starts.
I know, I've read it. Which is why I'd be interested in reading the annotations. :)



Uh, wait... are you hitting on me?
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 26, 2010, 12:04:10 PM
No, it's not often that people read Finnegans Wake past the first few pages, therefore I'm interested in what people who do think of the book.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: knightsaber1 on August 26, 2010, 12:06:44 PM
No, it's not often that people read Finnegans Wake past the first few pages, therefore I'm interested in what people who do think of the book.

Oh, okay. In that case, I would recommend not reading it straight through like a novel. It's kind of like a holy book on a severe acid trip.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 26, 2010, 12:09:17 PM
No, again, I've read it, I thought it might be interesting to discuss it in greater detail. Never mind. ::)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on August 26, 2010, 11:29:34 PM
Finished Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, enjoyable and light but with enough of a dark edge to keep me coming back. This one didn't pace as nicely as the first book and there were a few items that really didn't add anything to the narrative...still impressive for YA, and popular YA at that.

Next up, something with a bit more...um...substance.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61A86X1W9KL.jpg)

I was about an hour early for my workout a few days ago and decided to hit the bookstore to kill some time. I randomly grabbed this book from the classical history section...and almost ended up missing my workout from getting hooked into it. It's 'light' History that focuses more on character and people...but that type of thing is what made me obsessed with the subject in the first place, so me likey and it's nice to get away from the dry, academic stuff you get when you do in-depth study. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on August 27, 2010, 07:00:03 AM
It's not historical fiction, and not faux-historical fiction ala Barry Stross either...but it is more 'readable' than the more academic stuff that I usually focus on, and I misspoke - not 'character,' but it's Great Man History.  We've had this discussion before, haven't we? :P

Also, with the Punic Wars - thanks to the MAIN sources (Polybius and Livy) a lot of what we have to work with isn't far from historical fiction in the first place. Especially Livy...while Polybius was more prone to exaggeration than fabrication. Either way, our major 'actual evidence' is rather dramatized in the first place.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on August 27, 2010, 07:30:12 AM
Ok, so what are you trying to say with that point? Or are you simply hammering on something most people know going into classical history?


(excuse me if I'm a bit snippy here, I get defensive of the subject that I plan on devoting my life to at some point. :P )
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Thrashalla on August 27, 2010, 07:55:48 AM
Ok, so what are you trying to say with that point? Or are you simply hammering on something most people know going into classical history?


(excuse me if I'm a bit snippy here, I get defensive of the subject that I plan on devoting my life to at some point. :P )

I think I have a bit of ground to stand on here, as I'm (still) finishing my PhD in Classics.  Firstly, my suggestion to you would be to find a different subject. Something useful.


That's what I mean about it being fictive.  Enjoy it, learn from it, but be cautious.

I already have my useful degree, and instead of making myself better at it and increasing my skills I have to fight to pull my nose out of history books. Classical History is where my passion is, luckily I'm good at my day job so I have a fallback...but I do plan on going for my PhD in classics at some point (life is good at Rifftrax and I'm not in a rush, though - so for now I'm going part-time and getting experience with Greek and Latin.) I wish that you had mentioned that you were a classicist earlier!

Of course I'm cautious - I'm well aware of the necessity of studying more than the written sources and taking them with a grain of salt. Honestly, that aspect is part of the draw for me - the puzzle.

(Edit: Why the edit? :( ...and apologies for the thread derail, everyone.)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: SJP on August 27, 2010, 06:54:17 PM
Just stumbled across this...I'm not a classicist by any means (though I did finish The Divine Comedy not too long ago...okay, it was a prose translation, don't give me any of this 'original Italian' lip, all right?;)), but you mentioned not believing things word for word from the original source.

I was just wondering, if something like this is in your expertise (those of you going for PhDs in the subject), how likely Machiavelli's "The Prince" is a satire, rather than to be taken seriously.  I first heard this from a history professor, and just by reading a few parts of it, it seems to me possible that, especially since he never published it in his lifetime, this could be the case.  I ask because so many ruthless people are quoted (whether true or not) as citing the book as motivation, and I just would find it amusing to find out that all these great and powerful dictators based their methods on the medieval equivalent of a Saturday Night Live sketch.

As for what I'm reading now...well, I just finished "Schmucks!" by Jackie Mason.

*pause*

My tastes in reading go very wide.   ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 27, 2010, 08:44:03 PM
Wait, did you see that note at the Borders in Utica? I thought I'd doctored that to reflect how idiotic it was.

The Prince is in no way a satire, it is a treatise.

Also Machiavelli wouldn't really fall under Im's purview since it's in Medieval Italian rather than Latin or Greek, unless his specialization is broader than I thought it was.

It's a classic of world literature but not actually classical literature. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 27, 2010, 09:02:38 PM
It's even later than even the stuff you don't give a shit about. :)

Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Moe on August 27, 2010, 11:49:35 PM
I'm about halfway through Vonneguts Timequake.  After this i'm going to read The Awakening by Chopin then probably another Vonnegut (Cats Cradle maybe?) 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on August 28, 2010, 07:15:42 AM
I'm about halfway through Vonneguts Timequake.  After this i'm going to read The Awakening by Chopin then probably another Vonnegut (Cats Cradle maybe?) 
Have you read Vonnegut's Mother Night? Someone on here suggested it to me a while back. It's the book that sold me on him.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Tripe on August 28, 2010, 07:17:41 AM
Was that me? Probably, it's my favourite of his books.

Anyway I was just about to suggest it. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: spaceforarent on August 28, 2010, 07:34:23 AM
Was that me? Probably, it's my favourite of his books.

Anyway I was just about to suggest it. :)
Quick search tells me it was  :)
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: Moe on August 28, 2010, 02:55:30 PM
I'm about halfway through Vonneguts Timequake.  After this i'm going to read The Awakening by Chopin then probably another Vonnegut (Cats Cradle maybe?) 
Have you read Vonnegut's Mother Night? Someone on here suggested it to me a while back. It's the book that sold me on him.


I haven't read Mother Night yet.  It's on my list though.  I've been through Breakfast of Champions, Slaughter House Five, The Sirens of Titan,... i'm now almost done with Timequake.   Vonnegut is one of my favorites probably right next to Burgess.  Problem is when I start reading one of his books I really don't want to stop so i'll end up reading for 13 hours or so until i've finished.  It was actually that way when I read Water For Elephants... they're making it into a movie, but I do have to say... VERY good book. 
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: UncleDes on August 30, 2010, 11:00:10 PM
Gilgamesh
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Post by: Tripe on August 31, 2010, 03:44:36 AM
Which translation?
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Post by: Tripe on August 31, 2010, 05:32:30 AM
 :rimshot:
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Post by: UncleDes on August 31, 2010, 07:13:45 PM
In Braille.

Unfortunately I went to get a drink late last night, put the book down and lost three fingers before I realized I'd picked up a cheesegrater instead. :o

Des
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 31, 2010, 08:51:02 PM
Just finished SLIPT:
(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/bc/00/453162e89da0a513a5aa4110.L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

One of the few Alan Dean Foster books I hadn't read yet, been out of print for a long time, got a "new" copy through an Amazon seller in NJ.

Written in '84, fits right in with all the BP stuff going on this summer.  Bad guy is the big multinational company dumping nasty chemicals into a poor neighborhood for 50 years, then secretly cleans it up in the middle of the night and tries to scatter the people living in the area so no pattern of cancers can be linked to the area.  They don't count on one guy that has some interesting abilities due to the toxic waste.  A bit over the top with every single person working for the corporation being completely greedy and soulless, but an interesting story as they guy runs cross country trying to avoid being captured by the corporate goons that want to do "tests" on him. 

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Post by: Invader_quirk on September 10, 2010, 08:41:53 PM
I'm reading Great Expectations... very slowly. I've never read it and I feel like I can't be smart if I don't. Also, my vocabulary's slipping as of late and I just need to start reading again. I am really enjoying it so far... very good characterization... but my mind keeps wandering. Bah.
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Post by: Tripe on September 10, 2010, 08:50:25 PM
I'm reading Great Expectations... very slowly.
So, like how it was originally read then. :)
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Post by: SJP on September 11, 2010, 12:46:43 PM
All right, I have to do it:

"Hey, Topper, whatcha readin'?"
"Great Expectations."
"Any good?"
"Eh, it's not all I hoped for."
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Post by: Thrashalla on September 11, 2010, 12:50:02 PM
All right, I have to do it:

"Hey, Topper, whatcha readin'?"
"Great Expectations."
"Any good?"
"Eh, it's not all I hoped for."

:clap: Well played, sir. I must now watch that movie.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 11, 2010, 03:58:29 PM
I'm reading an anthology of Canadian Sci-fi stories.  They are pretty good, but the best one is "Ray Gun: A Love Story", which is now one of my favourite Sci-Fi short stories.  The style reminds me much of Harlan Ellison and Neil Gaiman.  I highly recommend it.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 11, 2010, 04:57:26 PM
I'm reading an anthology of Canadian Sci-fi stories.  They are pretty good, but the best one is "Ray Gun: A Love Story", which is now one of my favourite Sci-Fi short stories.  The style reminds me much of Harlan Ellison and Neil Gaiman.  I highly recommend it.

Do you consider Harlan Ellison to have a style similar to Neil Gaiman's?

Depending on the story, but yes in many ways.  This is not so much in subject matter but the ways stories are presented (though both are very talented fantasy writers).  Granted I've only read two stories by Ellison, ("-Repent Harlequin" Said the Tik Tok Man and Jeffty Was Five) but I love them both, and I think they are similar in that they have were story telling rules are played with (and I know many writers do that and it's a vague comment, but please bear with me.)  There are certain sentences that do this and hit me in just the write way.  Forgive me if I misquote but think of these as examples.

In Repent Harlequin, the Harlequin spills a bunch of jelly beans that mess with the status quo.  Ellison then asks where those jelly beans came from and then sort of changes the subject, as if to say "I don't know but it's in the story so just except it."

In Sandman, there is a moment not dissimilar where there's an establishing shot of Loki enduring his eternal (well until Ragnarok) torture and the caption says "There is a cave at the center of the Earth (though your mind screams that this can't be, you know it is true."

Granted these are some isolated moments and such, so I'll point out another relation.  A weird sense of... detachment.  Not necessarily from the emotion of the story, but both writers can (though don't always do) keep the story brief and not focus on the details... except for particular ones that give moments a punch (In Harlequin, it mostly focuses on the quick scenes while sort of presenting the events in a general overview way.  The initial premise of Jeffty is presented in a similar way, before getting into the relationship of Jeffty and the main character.  In Chivalry, he covers the daily routines of a sweet old lady who bought the Holy Grail from a thrift store and gives brief details of the visits of the courteous knight trying to convince the old lady to give it to him).  Now granted this technique is something I'm sure many writers use and I'm not trying to imply that the two writers are basically the same, but I noticed it used expertly by both these writers, which is why I think of the both of them when I read this story.  Also, both writers are experts at making sentences that just make me stop and think how awesome that sentence is.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 11, 2010, 07:58:25 PM
  He strikes me as entirely pedestrian in his prose, rather unlike Ellison.

Have you ever read Zelazny?

I think it depends on the story.  I like Gaiman a lot, but I prefer his short stories (both in comics and in books) to his longer stuff.

I've heard of Zelazny but I don't think I've read any of his stuff.  I'm borrowing a book of classic short stories after the Canadian Sci-Fi stuff.
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Post by: Tripe on September 12, 2010, 06:20:03 AM
Anansi Boys is more fun than American Gods I found.

Pick this up yesterday:

(http://www.penguin.co.uk/static/cs/uk/0/minisites/greatideas/greatideas_1/jackets/gi1_01.gif)

I really should get all of them (even though i own many of the titles already) I'm a sucker for pretty/quirky packaging. :)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 27, 2010, 10:45:31 PM
Picked up a Kindle today at Target, started rereading Dune but have now switched over to The Time Machine since I've never read that. 

Plan on trying to read the first 6 Dune books (starting with rereading Dune for the 3rd time), only thing I know about them is from the TV mini-series that combined books 2 and 3.  Only recently found out Herbert's son found notes a few years ago on how the series was going to be finished and wrote 2 books (from 30 pages of notes), we'll see if I get to those.

So far reading on the Kindle is great, hardest part is figuring out how to hold it without accidentally hitting the buttons, guess I'll have to get a cover for it.....
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Post by: Tripe on September 28, 2010, 04:54:57 AM
Only recently found out Herbert's son found notes a few years ago on how the series was going to be finished and wrote 2 books (from 30 pages of notes), we'll see if I get to those.
Three, and then he wrote some more, and some more.

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Post by: Tripe on September 28, 2010, 06:50:54 AM
I keep trying to finish Children of Dune I can't get past about halfway.

I like the first two though, it's all feuding-aristos and soap opera flourishes so it's kind of fun.
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Post by: Tripe on September 28, 2010, 07:47:08 AM
With Asimov in general I much prefer his short stories and non-fiction over his novels.

Love Azazel and In The Beginning for example.
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 28, 2010, 09:27:07 AM
Only recently found out Herbert's son found notes a few years ago on how the series was going to be finished and wrote 2 books (from 30 pages of notes), we'll see if I get to those.
Three, and then he wrote some more, and some more.

He wrote a bunch of prequels and a bunch of others that don't look interesting to me, but I think there are 2 that finish the original series (were supposed to be Dune 7), Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune.

I might not get to them, people have told me once you get to book 4 the story goes downhill.   Also I don't think I've ever read a book that's a collaboration of 2 authors that I liked, guess I'm too sensitive to changes in writing style, takes me out of the story when I notice it.  The books Arthur C Clark wrote with Gentry Lee were hard to get through but I wanted to see what happened with Rama and 2001, at least 3001 was written by Clark alone and was much easier to read.  I was reminded of that book recently reading about that computer virus that they think is targeted at the reactor in Iran, in 3001 he talks about virus wars, you know there are people in industry now thinking it would be great to shut down a competitors processing operation...

They were OK, but I didn't think they were the mind-altering, genre-shattering juggernauts that I was told they were. 

Nothing could live up to that hype, it's a very well constructed universe, well written, good plot.  It was groundbreaking in that it was the first science fiction novel to sell a lot and keep selling.
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Post by: Tripe on September 28, 2010, 09:40:22 AM
Generally, yes, I think you're right; his short stories are marvelous. I quite like "The Last Question."  The two you mention don't ring bells, but I'm sure I've read them and just forgotten--is "Azazel" the one with the typewriter imp?
Yes and In the Beginning is his meditation and cometary on the book of Genesis.

He wrote a bunch of prequels and a bunch of others that don't look interesting to me, but I think there are 2 that finish the original series (were supposed to be Dune 7), Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune.
Yeah but the first of prequel trilogies came before those and is actually better than any of the subsequent ones (I actually don't mind the House ___ trilogy too much). I was wondering about reading the Captain Nemo book that Anderson wrote, I don't imagine it'll be great or anything but it might be entertaining enough based on House Atreides et al.  :)

I might not get to them, people have told me once you get to book 4 the story goes downhill.
Yeah, the basic idea he's trying to get across; life without conflict is a swift path to extinction, is fairly interesting. The real trouble is those flourishes, the ones that make the first two books fun, they just get more and more bloated (as indeed do the books).
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 28, 2010, 10:03:04 PM
Just finished The Time Machine, wow, so none of the movies were really all that close to the book...

Back to Dune, much easier to read after reading it twice before and after the movie and mini-series.  The first time is a slow go at the beginning having to look up all the words he just throws in there as if you already know them.  A Dune dictionary for the Kindle would make reading it the first time much easier, had to use it a few times on The Time Machine for some of the out of date Old English words.
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Post by: Chaos on September 29, 2010, 08:21:20 AM
I'm in the middle of reading The Hunger Games. Another example of a young adult series that is WAY better than you would expect based purely on the fact that it's YA. A little predictable at times, a fair amount of borrowing from past themes / works, but on the whole it's a very engaging and interesting book, with well written, likable, well developed characters.

I'm looking forward to the inevitable revolution that must by definition be the climax of the series... :)
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Post by: Thrashalla on September 29, 2010, 10:38:12 AM
Currently reading:
(http://thebooksmugglers.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/RetributionFalls.jpg)

It's a bit rough on the world building and it's heavily influenced by Firefly - but it has enough going on for itself in originality to make it a lot of fun. The world building that is there is quite interesting. A world that developed flight before radio communication, magic exists to some degree, and they are just on the verge of a major age of exploration of their own world.
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Post by: UncleDes on September 30, 2010, 04:54:11 PM
Just dipping into the Koran, also going through a tome on "Evolution" and just finished reading Dave Barry's "I'll grow up when I'm dead."

Notice which one I read first...
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Post by: mrbasehart on October 05, 2010, 08:50:39 AM
I bought this:

(http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/swamp.jpg)

I listened to a SModcast where Kevin Smith was talking rapturously about the series, and it reminded me that although I have a lot of individual issues of Alan Moore's stint on the book, I don't have a particular run.  All in all, I think Alan Moore is probably the best comic writer there's ever been.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 07, 2010, 04:21:17 PM
I bought this:

(http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/swamp.jpg)

I listened to a SModcast where Kevin Smith was talking rapturously about the series, and it reminded me that although I have a lot of individual issues of Alan Moore's stint on the book, I don't have a particular run.  All in all, I think Alan Moore is probably the best comic writer there's ever been.

Right time of the year for it too, though the series does get more sci-fi-centric in the final volume.  Still great but not as horror themed.  Though it's not as good, I also found Rick Veitch's run, which happens immediately afterward, is also good and is collected in vol. 7-9 (hopefully they'll finally get to print the never-printed story where Swamp Thing meets Jesus before he dies).
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Post by: mrbasehart on October 07, 2010, 04:24:39 PM
It seems like DC are taking their sweet time in releasing these too. 
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 07, 2010, 05:46:33 PM
Finished up my re-read of Dune, then read Starship Titanic, now about 1/4 the way through The Ghosts of Cannae.

The Ghosts of Cannae is getting more interesting the farther in I get into it, this is the type of book I got the Kindle for, saw the author on The Daily Show and thought it might be interesting but wasn't something I'd want a hard cover of sitting around forever...
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 07, 2010, 08:01:57 PM
Quote
The Ghosts of Cannae is getting more interesting the farther in I get into it, this is the type of book I got the Kindle for, saw the author on The Daily Show and thought it might be interesting but wasn't something I'd want a hard cover of sitting around forever...

Haven't heard of this one, or this guy.  Can't seem to find any reputable reviews of it either.

I tried the free sample first and it seemed OK, figured it was worth the risk at $10.

He has an interesting style for writing about ancient history, throwing in an occational pop culture reference and other modern ideas.   It takes a little getting used to, kind of a casual lecture style.
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Post by: Thrashalla on October 16, 2010, 08:43:24 AM
Just finished Richard K Morgan's Altered Carbon. It was wonderful. Simple as that...just wonderful. I'm pissed at myself for letting it sit on my shelf for so long.

Next up, since it's October I wanted to give a horror novel a shot and am going with this year's British Fantasy Award Winner for best novel:
(http://www.horrorreanimated.com/wp-content/uploads/one.jpg)
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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 19, 2010, 09:05:28 PM
Been trying to get through EARTH by the Daily Show people, it's not as funny as I thought it would be, it's also a bit annoying that even with the large pages a lot of the print is microscopic and on top of pictures where sometimes it's hard to pick out the text from the background.  The format is also kind of random, so there's no build up, sort of like a comic strip where each cell is an independent joke.  Not to say it's bad, but so far I've only found it somewhat funny.

Also started Half Empty, very funny, if you are a sarcastic pessimist you will love this book, so far I've had huge laughs if not every page at least every couple of pages.
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Post by: Pak-Man on October 19, 2010, 11:50:15 PM
I've been eating collections of Penny Arcade like peanuts these last couple weeks (Metaphorically.) While I've seen the occasional strip here and there when people post them on message boards, I never sought it out for some reason. Now, 4 volumes in with the last 2 on the way, I feel I have found a kindred spirit in the creators of Penny Arcade. What I love about the collections, though, is that they're all from the early part of the decade, so it's like a trip through memory lane for me. "Oh I remember when everyone was upset that Nintendo wasn't making Metroid games!" Some of the strips are too gamer-nerd even for ME, but it's comforting to know that there IS a too-gaming-nerd-for-me. :^)
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Post by: CJones on October 20, 2010, 12:07:53 PM
Current re-reading Good Omens (by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman) for the forth time. Once I finish it it'll be tied with Dune for "book I've read the most times." They're pretty much my two favorite books.
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Post by: UncleDes on October 24, 2010, 11:21:59 AM
Re-reading China Mieville's "The Scar (http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scar) ". Mieville is the bastard lovechild of Charles Dickens, HP Lovecraft and Roddy Doyle.

Brilliant
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Post by: Tripe on October 24, 2010, 11:23:35 AM
Yes he's an entertaining writer, and I think I went to school with his missus.
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Post by: UncleDes on October 24, 2010, 11:25:01 AM
Yes he's an entertaining writer, and I think I went to school with his missus.

ORLY???
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Post by: Tripe on October 24, 2010, 11:28:37 AM
I think so, her name's the same, she's from the right area and, in pictures I've seen of her now she could be the same girl, but I'm not certain.
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Post by: Tripe on October 27, 2010, 05:03:41 AM
Gah double post.

OK so I just finished

(http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/97/80/06/14/33/9780061433047_500X500.jpg)
(aren't the feegles a wee bit to big on those covers?)

Which I loved, I love the witch books and I think this one crossed over from YA into simply being a standard Discworld book, albeit one with chapters.

Have to get a copy of The Leaping Hare.
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Post by: Tripe on October 27, 2010, 06:01:07 AM
Haven't started this yet.  I didn't really see a lot of "YA" in any of the Aching books except that the protagonist was a kid. 
There's a seam of melancholy in it that is more pronounced than in the previous three though, plus a bit of "language".

It's a much more grown up book in that respect.
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Post by: Compound on October 27, 2010, 05:53:26 PM
(http://www.topatoco.com/graphics/00000001/qc-vol01.jpg)

Always glad to pay money to re-read stuff that I read on the web for free.
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Post by: anais.jude on October 29, 2010, 06:21:47 AM
While here in Harlingen, TX on business, I read Mosquitoes by William Faulkner.

Now I am reading "Flags in the Dust" by the aforementioned author.


I like Faulkner. This is his third book and you can see a lot of the themes and ideas he was trying to express in his first two novels coming out in this one more coherently. Also, this book is much more entertaining than his first one: Soldier's Pay
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Post by: Thrashalla on November 01, 2010, 07:08:04 PM
Finished "One" by Conrad Williams. It wasn't bad, but I have no clue how it managed to win Best Novel at the 2010 Britsh Fantasy Awards. I'm all for post-apocalyptic depressinternalmonalemothons, but there was nothing that stood out as particularly original in this one.

On to one that I've been saving for a while - a nice piece (800 page...) piece of candy that I KNOW will not let me down:

(http://www.blackgate.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/tyshalle.jpg)

If you claim to be any kind of fan of genre fiction and eat up the new wave of 'gritty' fantasy like it's made of...something...really...um..good but also have affection for the work of Robert E Howard and Michael Moorcock: Matthew Stover is the best f**king thing you've never heard of.

And if you read interviews from him he gets even better. Outspoken assholes with charm FTW. :D
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Post by: Maverick Joe Six-Pack on November 01, 2010, 07:09:37 PM
(http://www.nothingmaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/dexter.jpg)

So amazing.
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Post by: UncleDes on November 06, 2010, 07:46:41 PM
Rereading Michael Moorcock's "An Alien heat". Quite a hoot.

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n2/n12544.jpg)

Mike's website is a lot of fun http://www.multiverse.org (http://www.multiverse.org)

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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 06, 2010, 07:55:58 PM
Visiting the new forum for Alan Dean Foster got me itching to reread:
(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/b5/be/49d5225b9da0c709d9591110.L.jpg)

Didn't reread the whole thing, just the parts with the T-Rexes, I love those parts.

If anyone likes Foster's books or just science fiction in general his new forum is:

http://alandeanfoster.freeforums.org/

Just started up about a week ago so not many members yet.
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Post by: Tripe on November 06, 2010, 09:29:07 PM
Rereading Michael Moorcock's "An Alien heat". Quite a hoot.

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n2/n12544.jpg)

Mike's website is a lot of fun http://www.multiverse.org (http://www.multiverse.org)



Love the Dancers, more than any of his other works. :)
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Post by: wurwolf on November 08, 2010, 06:47:16 AM
Re-reading this by my favorite author:

(http://bookcoverarchive.com/images/books/kafka_on_the_shore.large.jpg)

Of Haruki Murakami's books, this is my third favorite. First would be Wind Up Bird Chronicle and second would be Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. This is a great book, though. Lots of boning in it, more than his other books.
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Post by: UncleDes on November 13, 2010, 11:05:06 AM
"The book tie in to the worst 3D-'ed bad movie of all time..."

[whisper, whisper]

"Oh, I'm sorry: I've been misinformed: a brilliant novel by China Mieville about squid that shits on anything Jeff Vandermeer ever excreted in a similar vein."

(http://suvudu.com/files/suvudumedia/kraken.jpg)

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Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 13, 2010, 07:37:57 PM
Almost done with The Ghosts of Cannae, the authors writing style of dropping in modern cultural references to explain ancient history is really wearing thin, it was interesting in the beginning but now a little voice in my head yells "your not funny" when one shows up on the page.  There are also long stretches where it reads very dry like a textbook, that's really the reason the little voice started up when he cycles back to trying to be more interesting.  Also he doesn't get to the battle of Cannae until almost half way into the book, and the "ghosts" don't start to matter until the last quarter of the book, I kept thinking back to the riffs for Giant Spider Invasion, where are the giant spiders??

The other book I'm reading, Half Empty , is still very funny and well written about half way in, still not sure where it's going but I guess that's expected for a book on/about pessimism.

So, for authors I watched on The Daily Show and picked up their books I'm 1 for 2. ;D
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Post by: mrbasehart on November 27, 2010, 05:50:20 PM
Was so incredibly bored at work, I actually busted out a novel that had been in my bag for months:

(http://img.listal.com/image/401463/200full.jpg)
The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell.

It's an account of the legend of King Arthur, but done so without any of the magical or mythical elements that permeate the legend.  Arthur is the bastard son of Uther, while Merlin is an eccentric Lord with a penchant for Druidism (which the book makes perfectly clear as non-magical).  I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it, to be honest.  Cornwell seems to write well enough, but the book doesn't seem to have much momentum, nor an interesting enough lead character to keep you with it. 

It's no Game of Thrones.  :)
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Post by: Thrashalla on November 28, 2010, 11:33:22 AM
I f**king LOVED the Warlord Chronicles. Keep going with it. Derfl didn't do much for me at first, but he really grows into a great character with an arc as compelling, if not more so, than Arthur. You are correct - it is not ASoIaF, but it's damn close (the closest I've come across, in fact)

Also check out The Saxon Tales - The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, and The Burning Land. Very similar, but you get a ruthless, bloodthirsty, bastard as the main character who is incredibly fun to follow...and of course: hot shield-wall action like you can;t find anywhere else.
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Post by: Tripe on November 28, 2010, 01:34:00 PM
(http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2010/03/31/article-1270063631187-08F17072000005DC-91301_304x474.jpg)

A entertaining read, none too difficult and nicely structured. The stand out section is probably the chapter on Gethsemane.
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Post by: wurwolf on November 29, 2010, 09:56:22 AM
(http://fashiontribes.typepad.com/main/images/devil_in_the_white_city.jpg)

I picked this up thinking it would be a natural for me. I'd done some research on the Chicago World's Fair, since that event set the stage for the American carnival in the 20th century. I wanted to learn more about the fair, and it promised to juxtapose this event with the reign of H. H. Holmes in Chicago. And who doesn't love a serial killer story?

It fails on both counts.

The information about the fair was largely the role that the fair's builders -- nearly all architects, and one architect in particular -- played in envisioning and bringing the fair to fruition. And, you know, Snore City. I couldn't give a flying fuck about architecture. I was hoping to get less of a big picture of the fair and more of the nitty gritty, like how the acts were acquired and how they were received. Perhaps I was too specific in my expectations; maybe someone who is actually interested in architecture might find this sort of thing a good read. Personally at about the halfway point I found myself skimming through the fair chapters just to get to the serial killer chapters because I had completely lost interest.

The H. H. Holmes stuff, however, was almost equally as flat, and I'm not really sure if I can explain it. The author described the lengths the man went to in acquiring his victims and how he went about killing them. He described how the victims felt towards Holmes and even provided two death scenes (albeit truncated death scenes). It just felt, to me, that rather than get down to Holmes' level the author was distancing himself from it. Like he didn't want to touch it with a ten foot pole. Rather than feeling like I was there with Holmes, I felt as though I was looking at an exhibit in the zoo. He didn't go into specifics regarding Holmes' capture in Philadelphia, nor did he mention much of the trial for the murder of Benjamin Pietzel. And I assume that was the only murder for which he was indicted, despite the fact that he was also wanted for murder in Ohio and Chicago? The ending all seemed rushed and muddled to me. Very unsatisfactory.

I understand that this has been optioned for a movie by Leonardo DiCaprio. I hope it turns out more interesting than the book.
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Post by: Tripe on November 30, 2010, 07:04:46 AM
(http://static.letsbuyit.com/filer/images/uk/products/original/62/8/dream-angus-the-celtic-god-of-dreams-canongate-myths.jpeg)
Another excellent entry in Canongate's Myth series* (two for two thus far, I'm reading "The Fire Gospel" next). I liked the alternating retelling of the Aengus myth and the vignettes featuring echos of the story of Aengus Óg that preceded it.

It also made me think I should read more of Alexander McCall Smith.

*EDIT: I'm rather disappointed that the one on Icarus and Daedalus by Donna Tartt doesn't look like it'll ever see the light of day.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: FLOCK of RABID SHEEP?!?! on November 30, 2010, 11:49:10 AM
guns germs and steel right now and i just finished world war z with zombie survival guide before that...max brooks is great.
Title: Re: What are you reading at the moment
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 30, 2010, 02:21:10 PM
I just got a British hard cover of this from the author, signed, my paperback was still in pretty good shape after reading it several times but it's so nice to have a hard cover of it.  One of my favorite books, really fascinating world and characters he creates. 

(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/a0/8f/0de39330dca01bf3c6f24010.L.jpg)



So, I finally read this.  In about a day, actually. It's quite engrossing once you start--the beginning reads like a horror novel and I was going to be pissed if it turned out that way, but it goes in a very different direction.  I would agree that it's a fascinating world, but I think his characters are really quite flat.  It doesn't really matter for a book like this, as I enjoyed it anyway, but there it is. 

I'll probably pick up so