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

Postby diotimajsh » Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:23 pm UTC

Psycho Goose wrote:Sorry, couldn't resist -- Foucault's Pendulum is one of my favorite books. (And I'm planning on reading The Name of the Rose in the near future.)
IMHO, Foucault's Pendulum is much, much better than Name of the Rose. But then, I read Name of the Rose when I was somewhat younger, my tastes may have changed. (Not to say Name of the Rose isn't a good book, though! It's just that Foucault's Pendulum was that excellent. )


As for what I'm reading, I'm currently sort of half-reading about half a dozen books. Most consistently, I seem to be following Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, Jane Austen's Persuassion, and Yalom's Existential Psychotherapy. (The last of which isn't a novel, if it isn't evident.) I'm also reading the Narnia series (for the first time!), although that's on hiatus for the moment.

I was trying out Tolstoy's Anna Karenina for a while, but it got sooo booorrinng....
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby saywolfagain » Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:58 pm UTC

Drop Dead Gorgeous by Wayne Simmons

It's a zombie apocalypse sort of thing - a bit uneven but original enough not to be boring - and set where I live so that's always cool.

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

Postby Manifold » Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:50 am UTC

Manifold wrote:Currently about 150 pages into Crime and Punishment. Strangely immersive.

(Have Twilight lined up afterwards...)


So yeah. I finished Crime and Punishment late last night. For a guy whose book collection is almost exclusively science fiction, I took a deep breath and dived into this Russian classic. Certainly, I'm still thinking about it..

I did say Twilight was up next. Guess I could read it as a nice break.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby saywolfagain » Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:45 pm UTC

I lasted about 60 pages into Twilight - good luck!

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

Postby whoselinefreak12 » Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:57 am UTC

saywolfagain wrote:I lasted about 60 pages into Twilight - good luck!

I managed to finish the whole series on a bet... *shudder* Not my best choice
Currently rereading The Zombie Survival Guide, Wicked, and Siddhartha (first two for enjoyment, last for school)

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

Postby Psycho Goose » Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:59 am UTC

Tell me how Siddhartha goes -- a friend of mine recommended I read it, but I've got a looong list.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Velict » Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:26 am UTC

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx.

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Postby Captain Kirk » Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:01 am UTC

Hey, first post on here :)

I'm currently about half-way through A Game of Thrones. It's quite a bit different from the Wheel of Time series which I've been reading recently, but I'm liking it tremendously. I'm looking forward to the next installments, hopefully they're just as riveting.

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Postby Chuff » Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:31 am UTC

Tolkien! I'm reading the Silmarillion, finished the Lord of the Rings about a month ago.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Manifold » Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:24 am UTC

whoselinefreak12 wrote:
saywolfagain wrote:I lasted about 60 pages into Twilight - good luck!

I managed to finish the whole series on a bet... *shudder* Not my best choice
Currently rereading The Zombie Survival Guide, Wicked, and Siddhartha (first two for enjoyment, last for school)


Finished Twilight! Maybe I should go around wearing a badge. It took 4-5 hours. As to what I think about it.. I do not particularly like the relationship between the two leads. It's unhealthily obsessive.

I have the Count of Monte Cristo, some short stories by Chekov or maybe some physics notes lined up next...
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Czhorat » Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:02 pm UTC

Managed to avoid Twilight so far. This week I finished The Atrocity Archives (Charles Stross in his clever and funny mode), and read Niven and Pournelle's Escape from Hell. I found the former a charming mashup of a deconstructed spy novel, computer geek-fiction and Lovecraftian horror. Very highly recommended for light fun. The Niven and Pournelle book was, like their earlier Inferno, an oddly literal take which, for me, seemed lacking in substance. I'm glad I got it at the library and didn't pay for it.

Now midway through Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn. So far it's very, very good.

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

Postby Czhorat » Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:04 pm UTC

whoselinefreak12 wrote:I managed to finish the whole series on a bet...


Did someone bet you wouldn't read it, or was it your punishment for losing a bet? If the former, I hope whatever you won was worth it.

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

Postby Manifold » Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:40 am UTC

Czhorat wrote:
whoselinefreak12 wrote:I managed to finish the whole series on a bet...


Did someone bet you wouldn't read it, or was it your punishment for losing a bet? If the former, I hope whatever you won was worth it.


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

Postby charliepanayi » Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:37 pm UTC

I have just started on the second volume of Michael Palin's diaries, covering 1980-1988. He's one of my favourite personalities and I loved the first volume so I'm looking forward to this new instalment.

Previous I was reading I Love You, Beth Cooper after I heard it was meant to be a lot better than the crappy film adaptation. It was OK, but the main character was largely a geek with no redeeming defensive qualities like a healthy streak of sarcasm. As such, he just came across as annoyingly supine at times. But it goes at a fair old pace and never gets dull.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby whoselinefreak12 » Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:04 am UTC

Czhorat wrote:
whoselinefreak12 wrote:I managed to finish the whole series on a bet...


Did someone bet you wouldn't read it, or was it your punishment for losing a bet? If the former, I hope whatever you won was worth it.

I was bet that I couldn't read it. For my efforts, I was rewarded with a cookie, two dollars, and the attention of several girls at school (as one of the biggest nerds in my school, the last was rather new to me).

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

Postby nerdynunchucks » Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:30 am UTC

Staying as far away from Twilight as I can. The whole thing sounds so, dare I say it, Disney.

As for what I'm reading now? About 9 books, but I'll only tell you the ones that matter. Make that 'the ones I think I like more than the others'.

Okay, so there's The Odyssey, which is interesting but I'm not that far into it yet.

'Gone With The Wind' because I was curious. I'm regretting that choice, but I'm finishing it for the sake of finishing. I'm about 550 pages in. It's really blech.

'War and Peace' because I felt like it. Looking to be a good choice, but, again, not that far into it.

Various histories on Africa, the Arabs, China, Burma, Mao, and Tannenberg.

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Postby Czhorat » Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:05 pm UTC

I have to condess a certain curiousity about Twilight in how the relationship between a 100+ year old vampire and a high school girl is handled. I personally find the idea vaguely repellent, and suspect that something can be done with the idea of an ageless but young-appearing vampire who wants to be with young girls being considered a pervert, at least by his peers.

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

Postby Nemphael » Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:31 pm UTC

Gunnerkrigg Court found its way to my home the other day. The printed hardcover version, that is. So, yeah, pretty much.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby nsmjohn » Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:53 pm UTC

Czhorat wrote:Managed to avoid Twilight so far. This week I finished The Atrocity Archives (Charles Stross in his clever and funny mode), and read Niven and Pournelle's Escape from Hell. I found the former a charming mashup of a deconstructed spy novel, computer geek-fiction and Lovecraftian horror. Very highly recommended for light fun.


I've avoided Twilight like the plagued. The second part of your post definitely caught my attention. I'm a huge Stross fan and actually have The Atrocity Archives sitting a about a foot to my right; reading it for the second time. Just finished Stross's Wireless short story collection.
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Postby Czhorat » Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:09 am UTC

nsmjohn wrote:I've avoided Twilight like the plagued. The second part of your post definitely caught my attention. I'm a huge Stross fan and actually have The Atrocity Archives sitting a about a foot to my right; reading it for the second time. Just finished Stross's Wireless short story collection.


Stross is a very interesting writer, with lots of great ideas and what seems to be an impressive intellect. One of the best things about him is that he's not a "one trick pony" like so man other genre-writers. He's written very good fantasy, post-singularity fiction, thrillers, and the horror-spy-novel series. I'd be curious to see him try his hand a a completely non-genre literary novel.

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Postby el_loco_avs » Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:29 pm UTC

Started Stephenson's Anathem this week. Adjusting to the... jargon... is a slight chore, but humorous at times. The world he created is very interesting, as is puzzling about what his words refer to in the real world.
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Postby GraphiteGirl » Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:41 pm UTC

The Library of Babel, by Jorge Luis Borges.
Sad, but in a very detached, symbolic way.
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Postby JayDee » Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:42 pm UTC

el_loco_avs wrote:Started Stephenson's Anathem this week. Adjusting to the... jargon... is a slight chore, but humorous at times. The world he created is very interesting, as is puzzling about what his words refer to in the real world.
I'm about to start this one, probably tomorrow evening. Should be a nice way to start mid-semester break, big and dense and absorbing, just what the doctor ordered.
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Postby Psycho Goose » Wed Sep 23, 2009 5:06 pm UTC

Heh. I got started on Anathem a while ago but never finished it do to school stuff.
I intend to finish it sometime in the next couple of months.
One thing that stuck out at me: for such a long book, it didn't feel very difficult at all. I mean, it was just so... fun! Not very dense at all -- though I do like the world Stephenson creates in there.
Of course, I only got a hundred or so pages in...
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Postby indecision » Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:28 pm UTC

Finished 1984, which I found brilliant, and am now reading Good Omens by Pratchett/Gaiman.

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Postby smw543 » Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:37 am UTC

Just added Freakonomics to the list. I think "fascinating" sums it up pretty well.
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Postby Hazel » Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:35 pm UTC

Nemphael wrote:Gunnerkrigg Court found its way to my home the other day. The printed hardcover version, that is. So, yeah, pretty much.

*jealousy time* It's pretty and shiny.

As for Twilight, it just doesn't look to be thought through very well. It does read exactly like teenage self-insert fantasy-fulfillment. (Never read, but I've picked up enough of it over the interwebs to make actually reading it superfluous.)

Reading Jacques-Yves Cousteau! Life and Death in a Coral Sea. Also re-reading The God Delusion, dipping into most of the Discworld, and will start on T.H. White's The Once and Future King within the week.

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Postby MotorToad » Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:27 pm UTC

Just started Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and... erm, some other guy. It's brilliant.

Officially I'm still reading Les Miserables but I've read... oh... twenty books since I've started that and I'm just now getting to where the romantic foursome split up. Slow going.
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Postby tin » Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:38 pm UTC

I'm currently reading Cormac McCarthy's The Road.

Um...possible contender for the darkest book i've ever read. It's so bleak but brilliant. I'm now very, very intrigued on how the film version of this is going to be.
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Postby GraphiteGirl » Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:32 pm UTC

MotorToad wrote:Just started Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and... erm, some other guy. It's brilliant.

*wince* S..some other guy?

Slowly getting through Paradise Lost, reading High Fidelity for lightness in the meantime. Really really want to read The Road, I'm a sucker for a good dystopia/postapocalyptic/that sort of thing.
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GraphiteGirl wrote:Slowly getting through Paradise Lost, reading High Fidelity for lightness in the meantime. Really really want to read The Road, I'm a sucker for a good dystopia/postapocalyptic/that sort of thing.


The Road is pretty darn post apocalyptic. Read it before the film (potentially) ruins it! Although, good idea about reading another book for something lighthearted. I think I might do that myself.
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Postby diotimajsh » Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:08 am UTC

Having finished Persuasion, now reading Pride and Prejudice (Sans zombies, regrettably). I started it when I was rather much younger and never finished it, trying again now. So far it's quite witty.
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Postby Hazel » Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:45 pm UTC

GraphiteGirl wrote:
MotorToad wrote:Just started Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and... erm, some other guy. It's brilliant.

*wince* S..some other guy?

I was gonna say! MotorToad, do yourself a favour and read all the Neil Gaiman you can grab.

In other news, gonna see if I can find a copy of The Road.

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Postby rheakith » Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:08 pm UTC

For classes: Dream of the Red Chambers, also known as The Story of the Stone
Just finished Fear and Trembling and moved on to Notes from the Underground.

For fun: Recently finished Dune and Slaughterhouse 5, now reading Only Revolutions.

I've liked every one of them so far.

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Postby MotorToad » Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:09 pm UTC

Hazel wrote:
GraphiteGirl wrote:
MotorToad wrote:Just started Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and... erm, some other guy. It's brilliant.

*wince* S..some other guy?

I was gonna say! MotorToad, do yourself a favour and read all the Neil Gaiman you can grab.

In other news, gonna see if I can find a copy of The Road.

And so I shall. I'd just never heard of the guy, but the book's terrific. I guess I could have looked up his name but the internet was so far away at the time. :)
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Postby semicharmed » Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:27 pm UTC

Just finished The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. Don't think I'll be picking him up again, just something about the writing style that really wasn't my particular cup of literary tea.
And I'm now reading Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier, which I'm really enjoying. Very much so.

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Postby Brother Maynard » Thu Oct 15, 2009 3:43 pm UTC

Unseen Academicals ~ Terry Pratchett

Just started today. Anyone else gotten their hands on a copy yet?

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Postby charliepanayi » Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:47 pm UTC

Brother Maynard wrote:Unseen Academicals ~ Terry Pratchett

Just started today. Anyone else gotten their hands on a copy yet?


I've started on it this week too.
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Postby Apparently Anonymous » Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:05 pm UTC

The Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde
Love it so far.

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Postby GraphiteGirl » Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:24 am UTC

Brother Maynard wrote:Unseen Academicals ~ Terry Pratchett

Just started today. Anyone else gotten their hands on a copy yet?

Want this so badly!
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