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

Postby Narsil » Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:23 pm UTC

Finished Mao II, now reading White Noise, by Don DeLillo.

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Postby bbctol » Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:30 pm UTC

About to finish Hofstadter's Metamagical Themas. Got out from library today Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, In a Scanner Darkly, Palahniuk's Choke, and Stephenson's Quicksilver. I better have a real lot of time this vacation.

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Postby Killy_mcgee » Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:47 pm UTC

I'm reading State of Fear and The Great Train Robbery by Micheal Crichton, and Foundry by Issac Asimov. Really great novels in all.
Oh, and I just finished Timeline by Micheal Crichton.
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Postby JayDee » Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:14 am UTC

I was showing a friend around Newcastle the other day, and we popped into a second hand bookstore. I just happened to see the 2nd and 3rd Jason Bourne books, so I'm now reading The Bourne Supremacy. Even after reading only the first two chapters I think it is better than the movie.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby b.i.o » Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:40 pm UTC

JayDee wrote:I was showing a friend around Newcastle the other day, and we popped into a second hand bookstore. I just happened to see the 2nd and 3rd Jason Bourne books, so I'm now reading The Bourne Supremacy. Even after reading only the first two chapters I think it is better than the movie.


I disagree strongly...I think the movies took flawed and (in my opinion) pretty badly written books, distilled the good parts, and put the remnants of the story into the right genre. The first two Bourne movies were pretty good in my opinion, but I thought the third one was one of the best action movies in recent years.

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

Postby Rowsdower » Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:13 pm UTC

I'm reading Phantom of the Opera. I was terribly excited to find out it was a book first.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Narsil » Sat Apr 26, 2008 5:34 pm UTC

Finished White Noise, now on to Cosmopolis.

I am on a mission to collect and read every DeLillo book out there. I think I'll respect him and stay away from "Amazons", however. The man is a genius.
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Postby Phloam » Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:00 pm UTC

Read the two Dirk Gently novels last week, now cracking on with Dune. I'm enjoying it a lot, but it's taking me a while to get through cos I keep getting distracted by shorter novels/essays. Just about the start the 3rd book tonight.
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Postby Rodan » Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:55 pm UTC

After deciding to stop in the middle of an H.P. Lovecraft collection, I read Stardust, which was really, really good.
I am now reading Ender's Shadow (which is so far quite good) and Showcase Presents: Superman Vol.2 because the first was so much Silver age fun.

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

Postby ZiGouNeT » Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:42 am UTC

I'm reading the Malazan book of the fallen series by Stephen Erikson, but I'm almost finished with the published books :/

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

Postby jakkle » Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:47 pm UTC

currently the the very end of slaughtehouse 5, and at the beginning of a wild sheep chase
today i also bought the count of monte cristo and some other book, cant remember its name. This means i have the two im reading, the two i just bought and house of leaves and neverwhere to be getting on with.
on saturday i plan on buying more john wyndham - day of the triffids was awesome. also more vonnegut... thinking timequake. :D
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Narsil » Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:37 pm UTC

jakkle wrote:today i also bought the count of monte cristo and...
Read this. Now. And god help you if you bought the abridged edition.
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Postby michaelandjimi » Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:20 am UTC

Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf. I need to learn how to write stream-of-consciousness.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby bigglesworth » Tue Apr 29, 2008 4:56 pm UTC

Finished Gravity's Rainbow I also read China Mieville's The Scar. Man, I love that book so much. Currently reading Primo Levi's The Periodic Table.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby jakkle » Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:37 pm UTC

Narsil wrote:
jakkle wrote:today i also bought the count of monte cristo and...
Read this. Now. And god help you if you bought the abridged edition.

ok :)
no its not abridged.... its like 1100 pages. and i got it for... £1.99. it has a very front page missing or something so its damaged, but the actual story is intact. woo for local bookshops and their bargains
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Postby bigglesworth » Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:47 pm UTC

Doesn't that mean that someone is ripping off the publisher?
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby jakkle » Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:53 pm UTC

bigglesworth wrote:Doesn't that mean that someone is ripping off the publisher?

isd that a pun? :S

if not, then probably not because theyd have paid for the book in advance, so they're doing themselves out of money. probably broke even or slightly under, or possibly a little over.. i dont know how much books are to buy if youre a bookshop.
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Postby bigglesworth » Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:12 pm UTC

It was an unintentional pun.

I was going by a book of mine that mentions

If you purchased this book without a cover, you should be aware that this book is stolen property. It was reported as "unsold and destroyed", and neither the author nor the publisher has received payment for this "stripped book"


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stripped_book
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Postby CHeMnISTe BOY » Wed Apr 30, 2008 2:08 pm UTC

Just finished White Teeth, it's really good, very clever.

Now I'm onto After Dark by Haruki Murakami, it's good but the drifting, sort-of-third-person narrative is a bit unusual coming from him.

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Postby Molly Millions » Fri May 02, 2008 2:14 am UTC

I just finished Thud by Terry Pratchett, and am now reading Going Postal by the aforementioned author.

I'm also currently in the middle of reading these:
Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott
1984 by George Orwell
& Darkness of the "Corean Chronicles" series by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

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I'm reading "Heart of Darkness", by Joseph Conrad. A

And "Hamlet", "Just so Stories", "The Jungle book", and the Bible.
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Postby Jessica » Fri May 02, 2008 8:21 pm UTC

Just finished Rant by Palahniuk.
My god that was weird. I couldn't put it down. so good.
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CHeMnISTe BOY wrote:Now I'm onto After Dark by Haruki Murakami, it's good but the drifting, sort-of-third-person narrative is a bit unusual coming from him.


I finished After Dark, it's a lot shorter than most of his other books. It's my least favourite Murakami book so far, I think it was really restricted by the style. It couldn't convey the depth of the characters in the same way that his others could.

I started reading A Silent Cry by Kenzaburo Oe, I've only read a dozen or so pages so far. It's quite intense, the writing style good but very unusual and complicated, if you don't read it quite carefully it doesn't make sense.

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Postby nevskey1 » Sat May 10, 2008 8:00 pm UTC

Well, I finally finished Melville's Clarel, which was spectacular. I highly recommend it.

Now I'm in the middle of Riddley Walker, by Russell Hoban. This is also an incredible work of art. So far it's kind of like Catcher in the Rye meets Mad Max, but better than either and both. Narsil, I recommended this book to you second hand before. Now I can safely and enthusiastically recommend it to you and everyone else first hand.
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Postby Narsil » Sun May 11, 2008 4:29 pm UTC

I was looking for that last time I was at the bookstore, but all I could afford was The Three Musketeers.

Which is actually really good. My only problem is that I can tell that Dumas' style hasn't matured at this point quite as much as it had in Count of Monte-Cristo. But it's still brilliant and funny, and the self referential bits make me chuckle.
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Postby nevskey1 » Sun May 11, 2008 6:24 pm UTC

Wait, Dumas does self-reference? I had no idea. *Adds another drop (well, bucket) to the To-Be-Read Sea.*
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Postby bigglesworth » Sun May 11, 2008 9:21 pm UTC

Currently reading Mage: the Awakening. And no, I haven't taken more than a cursory look over Ascension, so the only comparison I'm qualified to make is that the general design is so much better.
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Postby The Hyphenator » Sun May 11, 2008 11:15 pm UTC

Gravity's Rainbow. Most crazy, incomprehensible, funny, unique book ever. I don't think I'll ever finish it though (>1000 pages?!).
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Postby mayhaps » Mon May 12, 2008 5:18 am UTC

Currently reading...
Left Behind.

Book one from a series basically about the Rapture (second coming of Christ, what have you...). Interesting so far. Not as religious or annoyingly sermon-like as I expected, so that's a plus. (Not that I don't like sermons, I just wasn't wanting it from this book.)

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Postby Quixotess » Mon May 12, 2008 6:39 am UTC

Woo-hoo, just after finishing Clash of Kings, I found my copy of Storm of Swords. Sansa, Tyrion, Jon, Dany, Arya, and Red Wedding, here I come! Whee!
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Postby <(bLYaUn)> » Tue May 13, 2008 1:32 am UTC

Just finished Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke and Prelude to Foundation and Foundation, by Isaac Asimov.

Currently, I am reading A History of Physics, by Asimov, and The Singularity is Near, by Ray Kurzweil. I guess you can also count Head First Java because, even though it is a textbook, I am reading it for enjoyment.

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Postby Narsil » Wed May 14, 2008 1:31 am UTC

The Hyphenator wrote:Gravity's Rainbow. Most crazy, incomprehensible, funny, unique book ever. I don't think I'll ever finish it though (>1000 pages?!).

You're damn right about it being one of a kind. I don't think any book like it will ever come again. I don't the length is terrible, though. My edition (the one Frank Miller designed the cover for) it 760 pages. But, you honestly may double that because you're going to have to read it twice to get even a cursory knowledge of what it's about.
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Postby bigglesworth » Wed May 14, 2008 3:21 pm UTC

Yeah, Against the Day is longer, but less impenetrable.
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Postby MotorToad » Wed May 14, 2008 4:07 pm UTC

b.i.o wrote:I disagree strongly...I think the movies took flawed and (in my opinion) pretty badly written books, distilled the good parts, and put the remnants of the story into the right genre. The first two Bourne movies were pretty good in my opinion, but I thought the third one was one of the best action movies in recent years.

I'm with you about the movies being better than the books (*gasp*). I think I've mentioned it in this or maybe the "books that suck" thread. I enjoyed the first two movies and found the books in a used book store. After choking through the first book, 5-6 pages at a time it seemed, I have no plans to subject my eyes to any more of his words. Obviously they couldn't make the movies directly from the books since 30 years of technology has changed even the imaginary spy business, but I do agree that they distilled the best two or three ideas from the book and made a good story out of them.

However, the third movie failed utterly (IMO) as it had such shitty camera work that I found it impossible to look at. I *CAN NOT STAND* that shaky effect that they use to try and make things exciting. It's either exciting or it isn't, making it hard to look at and flashing a new scene every three seconds isn't going to make it exciting.


More directly on subject, I just finished Too Many Cooks by Rex Stout and reread (again) The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. Stout's stories are so eloquently gruff and easy to read, I really like every book of his I've read. I also dug out and reread The Hunt for Red October by some guy named Clancy. HfRO wasn't quite as good as I remember it, but in its day it was mind-blowing. He had so much stuff in that book that was actually classified at the time that it turned the submarine community on its head.

Has anyone read much Tom Wolfe? I read A Man in Full a few years ago because I got the book for free. I remember it seemed a big deal when it came out (at least I saw the cover everywhere in book stores), but I found it to be decidedly "eh." Not hard to read, but hardly worth reading.
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Postby Narsil » Wed May 14, 2008 6:03 pm UTC

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However, the third movie failed utterly (IMO) as it had such shitty camera work that I found it impossible to look at. I *CAN NOT STAND* that shaky effect that they use to try and make things exciting. It's either exciting or it isn't, making it hard to look at and flashing a new scene every three seconds isn't going to make it exciting.
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Totally agreed. It's like sometimes I just want to see what it is the camera's pointed at. You're not ratcheting up tension, just pissing me off.
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Postby Jessica » Thu May 15, 2008 11:31 pm UTC

Just finished Choke, another Palahniuk. Not as good as rant. Actually, I really wasn't at all impressed by it. Just eh.
But, I shall read more Palahniuk. If I can find more of his books. Can't afford to buy books right now.

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Postby lesliesage » Thu May 15, 2008 11:35 pm UTC

Ah, Palahniuk. Fight Club is probably the best ever example of a movie that's better than the book.

It was a first novel, folks.

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Postby Narsil » Fri May 16, 2008 12:42 am UTC

I believe that could be hotly debated. It was his first published novel, so it wasn't like he was on training wheels the whole time. But the book and the movie offer slightly different stories.
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Whereas the movie ends simply with the narrator overcoming Tyler and falling for Marla, living out their lives in the shadow of Tyler's creation, the book is more sinister. The book constructs a love triangle out of Tyler loving Marla, who loves the narrator, who in turn is obsessed with Tyler. The narrator does not want Tyler, he wants to be him. He's frustrated that Tyler is everything he wants to be, but even though Tyler is a creation of the narrator, the narrator still is not Tyler. This frustrates him to the point where he tries to topple Tyler's creation, Project Mayhem, because though it is what he wants, it's not is creation. Tyler's army rebels, and the narrator is brought to a mental institution. Ironically, this is both a prison and a throne. A prison for the narrator, but a throne for Tyler when he returns.


The book and film could be seen as different interpretations of the beach scene in the book, when Tyler creates the shadow of a hand on the sand, and sits in it, though his perfect creation lasts for but a moment. Is it a fist or an open palm? In the movie, the shadow is an open palm and the narrator lives peacefully in Tyler's creation. In the book, the shadow is a fist and the narrator is a prison of Tyler's perfect creation.

So both the book and movie take different routes to arrive at the same conclusion, a man being inferior and subservient to his creation.

tl;dr: meh, they were about equal.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby nevskey1 » Fri May 16, 2008 1:02 am UTC

So, I just finished Riddley Walker. It was so, so, so damn good. One of my favorite books, and I really could've used a couple of hundred more pages.

Now for the big news: I'm about to start redoing Gravity's Rainbow. Last summer, almost a year ago, I got through part I and then... I don't know... I just got side-tracked I guess. But it's time and I'm going to take another dive. Wish me luck!

My serious non-fiction is Dave Chalmers' The Conscious Mind. Also, I'm reading The Fellowship, about Frank Lloyd Wright.

Here's my current summer plan:
1. Gravity's Rainbow
2. Infinite Jest
3. House of Leaves
4. Memoirs of My Nervous Illness
5. The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas

Again, wish me luck.

EDIT: Narsil, careful how you wield your weapon. If I didn't stop myself in time, I would've had to interkill you for spoiling the book for me. Now spoiler that thing before someone gets hurt.

EDIT II: Much obliged. :)
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