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Re: Books you just bought

Postby HighCharity » Sat Mar 08, 2008 1:38 am UTC

Asimov-I, Robot
Asimov-Foundation book 1
Traviss-Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Revelation ( :cry: )
Eddings-Pawn of Prophecy

More tomorrow, or so I hope.
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Re: Books you just bought

Postby Hica » Sat Mar 08, 2008 6:22 pm UTC

My most recent book purchase was the first three books of the Foundation series by Asimov

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Re: Books you just bought

Postby Zohar » Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:05 am UTC

"Everything is Illuminated" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safran Foer. I loved the movie (of the first) and I decided to buy the book. There was a sale, so I got his other novel as well.
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Re: Books you just bought

Postby Felstaff » Sun Mar 30, 2008 7:03 pm UTC

"Julian Barnes" by Flaubert's Parrot. Or, the other way around.

£0.01 from Amazon Marketplaces.

It turns out, that there's actually 50 of them. I honestly believe that if a novel contains 50 parrots, there need not be any other content.
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Re: Books you just bought

Postby Sinten » Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:53 am UTC

I just recently picked up stephen king's dark tower series #6 and 7 in the bargain section at borders, hardcovers for about 6 dollars are delicious.
also good since I have a reason to get around to finishing the series, I just need to finish The Sirens of Titan first

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Re: Books you just bought

Postby TheAmazingRando » Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:52 am UTC

Today I picked up trade paperbacks of Everything is Illuminated, Ishmael, Snow Crash, and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, for a whopping total of $4.25. Library bookstores are amazing.

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Re: Books you just bought

Postby Amnesiasoft » Thu Apr 03, 2008 5:30 am UTC

Just got a copy of The Ruins. Never heard of it or the movie by the same name. I shall see if it's any good, probably by the end of tomorrow or something.

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Re: Books you just bought

Postby Culden » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:17 am UTC

I got Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs a couple of weeks ago, but before then, nothing much. I did buy several books i Japanese a few months ago, but mostly because they were very, very cheap, and a I couldn't pass that up. Tonight though, i plan on getting William Faulkner's Light in August and maybe a couple of other books.

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Re: Books you just bought

Postby jakkle » Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:07 pm UTC

today i bought, on the recommendation of xkcd-ers:
house of leaves and
slaughterhouse 5

i also randomly bought day of the triffids

oooh im looking forward to reading them, though house of leaves looks insane :D
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Postby |Erasmus| » Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:44 pm UTC

fukiyo wrote:I just bought Dreamsongs, a massive anthology of some of George R.R. Martin's past short stories and novellas, from his first story sold to the prequel of A Song of Ice and Fire.


I bought that monstrosity before I went overseas in January, as I figured a 19 hour plain flight was a good time to do some reading. I really like it though. Martin is brilliant, and it's an interesting mix of biographical stuff and his shorter works.

I recently bought:
The Pragmatic Programmer by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas.
Spirit Gate by Kate Elliot
Polar Shift by Clive Cussler (he is reasonably good at what he does, and it was only $5)

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Re: Books you just bought

Postby cernansagan » Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:02 pm UTC

about a week ago i bought First Man so i'll have something ready for when i finish my current book. i needed a good non fiction, and first man sounds fantastics

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Postby no-genius » Thu Apr 17, 2008 1:52 pm UTC

(Not really) recently bought

Scott Adams - Stick to drawing comics, monkey brain
QI annual (heh.)
New Scientist - Why Don't Penguin's feet freeze?
William Gibson - Pattern Recognition
Thomas Pynchon - Against the day
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Re: Books you just bought

Postby spacecase » Thu Apr 17, 2008 2:33 pm UTC

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Me too!

The one near me has an excellent collection of science fiction, but I always feel bad buying it because I know the three libraries in my hometown also have excellent selection.

That's the problem with book buying: Don't you worry that once you've read it, especially if you didn't absolutely love it, you'll wish you'd just checked it out of the library?
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Postby jakkle » Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:23 pm UTC

no i just like posessing books. also even if i dont really like them now, if i go back to them later i might love them. also my local library is exceptionally poor, so i pretty much disregard it.
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Re: Books you just bought

Postby Jessica » Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:53 pm UTC

Couple days ago, I picked up 4 books. One RPG and 3 others.
The others were Palahliuk books (fight club, choke and rant). I will start one of them tonight.
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Postby Narsil » Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:57 am UTC

no-genius wrote:William Gibson - Pattern Recognition
Thomas Pynchon - Against the day

Oh, you have to tell me how Against the Day is. I loved Gravity's Rainbow, but I'm not quite ready to tackle that particular monster. As for Gibson, are his books that aren't Neromancer good? I've head mixed things, but I'd like to read the rest of the Sprawl books.
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Postby McCaber » Sat Apr 19, 2008 1:28 am UTC

I just finished the Difference Engine, and I enjoyed it. I've also heard good things about Mona Lisa Overdrive, so I wouldn't be too nervous there.
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Postby thecommabandit » Sat May 03, 2008 9:04 pm UTC

Last weekend Play.com had a £5 offer on a whole bunchload of stuff so I bought Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and Animal Farm by George Orwell. Been wanting to read the last two for a while (especially after the awesomeness of Nineteen Eighty-Four). Almost bought Fight Club and The God Delusion too but figured my accounts couldn't handle it and went with the essentials. I would've bought I, Robot too but it was out of stock D= It made me very sad.

A Clockwork Orange is very interesting. I was at first amused by the fact that the food referenced in the name is not on the cover (there in fact being a glass of milk) but it makes sense with reading the first chapter. Specifically the "knives in the milk" part. Some crazy words there too.
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Postby Felstaff » Sat May 03, 2008 9:27 pm UTC

T.S. Eliot - Murder in the Cathedral
Proust IV - The Proustening

50p each from my friendly neighbourhood bookman
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Re: Books you just bought

Postby Kookie » Sat May 03, 2008 11:06 pm UTC

"At The Mountain Of Madness" by Lovecraft.

I'm currently re-discovering his works. Kind of exciting... Even through the whole "cyclopean/no no no i won't tell you what this non-euclidian hellish abonimation looks like" stuff.

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Postby Upsilon » Sun May 04, 2008 2:37 am UTC

Today I bought House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski. I haven't really had time to read past the introduction, however.
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Postby j'suis tres chic » Sun May 04, 2008 3:30 am UTC

Just bought at a used-book sale:

A collection of Louisa May Alcott stories
The Complete Poems of Robert Frost
Gulliver's Travels
Gone With The Wind

The cool thing is that all the preceding are old copies of the books... at least 50 years old. And I love old books.

I also got the Complete Illustrated Shakespeare in almost perfect condition at a library book sale for $1.

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Postby spaceinvader » Sun May 04, 2008 2:18 pm UTC

"Going Postal" by Terry Pratchett.

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Re: Books you just bought

Postby skastonishing » Tue May 06, 2008 3:54 pm UTC

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell- Tucker Max

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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:50 am UTC

Today I bought this (spoiler'd due to size, and to prevent overload of awesomeness)

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It's so heavy, I've still got it in the trunk of my car. I may go out later tonight and get it, and begin reading it tomorrow.

Much pleasure will be had in the reading of this tome.
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Postby Fate » Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:16 am UTC

Just picked up "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. Amazing, I can't put it down.

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Postby Narsil » Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:31 am UTC

I almost picked up this neat box set of "Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell", split into the comprising three books. But I didn't, as I have a beaten-up paperback somewhere that means more to me. It's like you can buy a new copy of a book, but it's never going to be the same as the old one, you know? I sometimes with I stole the copy of Dune that I read from my school's library. The one that I got after I finished reading the whole series...it's just not quite the same.
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Postby yukari koizumi » Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:17 pm UTC

atonement - ian mcewan (i think)
kafka on the shore - haruki murakami ( for myself this time)
norwegian wood - haruki murakami
after dark - haruki murakami
the alchemist - paulo coehlo (FINALLY!!!!)

i plan on buying a book by Rudin, The Count of Montecristo by alexandre dumas ... and maybe some books by Lian Hearn cuz he is supposed to be a good writer says my e-friend....

oh and someone gave me Fight Club as a present but does that count?

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Postby Cryopyre » Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:14 pm UTC

Bible sized hitchhiker's compendium and DM for Dummies
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Postby Pa-Patch » Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:56 am UTC

Zohar wrote:Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein

Hey, how 'bout that.
Also picked up:
The Gods Themselves - Isaac Asimov
Counting Up, Counting Down - Harry Turtledove

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Re: Books you just bought

Postby kfish » Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:06 am UTC

PatrickRsGhost wrote:Today I bought this (spoiler'd due to size, and to prevent overload of awesomeness)

I clicked out of curiosity, and now I am filled with an uncontrollable urge to find the nearest bookstore that stocks it.

My first few purchases in quite a while:
Terry Pratchett - Small Gods (Rounding out my collection, it's definitely one of my favourites in the series)
Neal Gaiman - Stardust & Smoke and Mirrors

Can you believe I've never read Neil Gaiman before? I was give the umpteenth recommendation for him last weekend, and decided I'd better read something of his. Stardust was good fun. How does it compare with the rest of his books?

Also, it's a bit annoying how hard it is to find a bookstore that stocks Asimov or Scott-Card here. I need to travel halfway across town to one of the Borders, I guess. Hopefully they've got some.

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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:17 pm UTC

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PatrickRsGhost wrote:Today I bought this (spoiler'd due to size, and to prevent overload of awesomeness)

I clicked out of curiosity, and now I am filled with an uncontrollable urge to find the nearest bookstore that stocks it.


While you're checking the Borders stores for Asimov or Scott-Card, look for the Calvin and Hobbes collection there. That's where I got mine. I saw it displayed on the shelf, and debated over whether or not to get it. It came with a hefty price tag of $150. I saw it on Amazon for about $100, but including shipping costs, it probably would have still come close to $150. Besides, I had two options: Have it now, or wait a couple of weeks for it to arrive? The choice was obvious.

And I was right. Reading it has become very pleasurable. I am still on the first book.
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Postby bennyprofane » Thu Jun 12, 2008 3:25 am UTC

For me, it'd be:

Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon
Anthology of Japanese Literature compiled by Donald Keene
Novelists and Novels by Harold Bloom (interesting read)
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima
Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
Three Plays by Kobo Abe
Kokoro by Natsume Soseski
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
Dreams of Terror and Death: The Dream Cycle by H. P. Lovecraft

I'm a busy bee, this summer, with reading. A lot of these books I got for classes I'm taking next year, indie studies, but Pynchon and Proust are there just for fun. The others are for a Japanese study I'm doing, and then Lovecraft and Heinlein are there for some genre studies. Well, that, and they're fun as well. All of the books I bought are books I eagerly await reading.

Against the Day is going to be my big summer project, though. I figure I can try to dent it if I read three chapters religiously, every day.
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Postby clayasaurus » Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:21 pm UTC

I just bought Portnoy's Complaint, and loving it. Hilarious.
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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:57 pm UTC

I had ordered it on Amazon earlier this week, but today I received a used copy of Stephen King's "It". It only cost me 75 cents, plus shipping and handling. In other words, about $7. It's in good condition, albeit missing the dust jacket (would have removed it anyways if it was brand new), and has the previous owner's name in it. That just makes it even more interesting. Who was this "Jim Wiggs" that owned it back in 1986/1987?
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Postby Narsil » Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:29 pm UTC

That was me, I lost that book when I had to flee my home due to trouble with the law. All my things had been looted when I came back.

You can have it, though.
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Postby Quixotess » Fri Jun 27, 2008 2:26 am UTC

j'suis tres chic wrote:Just bought at a used-book sale:

A collection of Louisa May Alcott stories
The Complete Poems of Robert Frost
Gulliver's Travels
Gone With The Wind

The cool thing is that all the preceding are old copies of the books... at least 50 years old. And I love old books.

I also got the Complete Illustrated Shakespeare in almost perfect condition at a library book sale for $1.

That's, like, the jackpot.

Went to B&N today (gift certificate, woo!) and bought:

Blindness by Jose Saramago
A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

I did *not* get a good deal on these. Total purchase was $82.

I already read Understanding Comics, and it was fun but forgettable. I'm happy about the Bray books because they're just going to be fluffy teen fantasy set in the Victorian times--what's not to like? My brain could use a vacation. Blindness won a Nobel Prize, and I love Saramago's prose. And the History book? Subversive classic.

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Postby jareturns » Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:17 pm UTC

Today on amazon I bought Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman and P.S. Your Cat Is Dead by James Kirkwood. I was also going to buy The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis but there was none in stock so I'll buy it next time round.

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Postby Narsil » Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:17 am UTC

Ah, quite a good haul on vacation. Game home with 16 more books; only bought three.

Those were:
Against the Day, Pynchon
Lullaby, Palahniuk
The Body Artist, DeLillo

The others:
Slaughterhouse Five
The Sirens of Titan
Foucalt's Pendulum
A Confederacy of Dunces
The Odyssey
Catch-22
Heart of Darkness
Gulliver's Travels and Other Writings
Stranger in a Strange Land
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Oh yes. I am excited. Wait, these totals are a little short. I had to leave behind The Stand, A short story collection by Dumas (I was pissed, but it was a 1927 edition, and the guy didn't want to let go.), and this neat beatiary thing by T.H. White.
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Re: Books you just bought

Postby quintopia » Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:37 am UTC

I just bought a shipton at Powell's and elsewhere.

So far I've read "A Year In Paradise" by Floyd Schmoe (awesome) and "Sons of the Profits" by Bill Speidel (hilarious and equally awesome).

Starting now on "3 Among The Wolves." After that it's sci-fi for the rest of the year.


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