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

Postby Angelene » Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:09 pm UTC

Rushdie's Fury is an utterly excellent book.

Is it just me, or did that sound a bit Wayne's World?

Anyway, I'm currently reading Joyce's The Dubliners...and by currently reading I mean picking up every now and again and reading stories at my fancy.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby daydalus » Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:14 pm UTC

Just finished No country for old men so I'd be ready for the film. Starting up Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow... verbose isn't quite the proper term for that tome, but it'll do.

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

Postby Narsil » Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:58 pm UTC

Hahahaha- Oh man.
Gravity's Rainbow.

Gotten to the bit about bananas yet?
Just the first entry in a long series of strange tangents to the story / extended phallic metaphors.

Oh, also Pirate is not the main character. Just so you aren't confused when you never see him again. But you will be confused. Oh god will you be confused. I'm 400 pages into it and even I don't know what's going on. But yeah, stick with it and good luck.

Also, the part near page 400 with Rocketman and the kilo of hash made me lol. Oh that wacky Slothrop.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Guybrush » Wed Oct 03, 2007 9:46 pm UTC

I've read Running with Scissors and Possible Side Effects, both by Augusten Burroughs and I'm currently reading Dry, which is also by him. I reccomend them to everyone who understand sophisticated fart jokes (Not really, but they are extremely funny, while at the same time depressing).
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Belial » Mon Oct 08, 2007 3:24 am UTC

I just started "Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell", a 1000-page fantasy novel set in England. Given how much time I have for reading these days, I'll be working on this for a good long while.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Rodan » Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:54 pm UTC

I just finished Second Variety and other stories by Philip K. Dick, and now I'm going to start Speaker For the Dead. Afterwards I'll probably read Xenocide, Which Lie Did I Tell, Watership Down, and possibly the complete works of Edgar Allan Poe or the Tragedies of Shakespeare. Who knows.

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

Postby Narsil » Tue Oct 09, 2007 8:50 pm UTC

Belial wrote:I just started "Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell", a 1000-page fantasy novel set in England. Given how much time I have for reading these days, I'll be working on this for a good long while.

I got about 50 pages into it, but it started seeming too dense and contrived for me so I put it down to read Gravity's Rainbow.

Yeah, I don't get me either.

I'll go back to it soon though. It was very promising.

Rodan wrote:I just finished Second Variety and other stories by Philip K. Dick, and now I'm going to start Speaker For the Dead. Afterwards I'll probably read Xenocide, Which Lie Did I Tell, Watership Down, and possibly the complete works of Edgar Allan Poe or the Tragedies of Shakespeare. Who knows.

You're better off pretending that there are no more books in the Ender series. Seriously. Speaker is okay. Xenocide is mostly crap, but the Asian substory was okay. Children of the mind runs this interesting substory into crap, magically turns the sci-fi saga of Ender's game into fantasy, and leaves a cliffhanger to the only interesting story left in it.

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

Postby Sulla158 » Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:34 am UTC

I'm not sure why this happened but right now I'm reading four books, usually I try and stick to one or two. A discworld book i can't remember the name of, Godel,Escher, and Bach by: Hofstadter, Lord of the Flies for English and The Perks of being a Wallflower.

I went into The Perks of Being A Wallflower expecting it to be some terrible angsty teenager book, but so far at least I really like it. My being an (angsty?) teenager might have something to do with why I like it so much. Better than The Catcher in the Rye in my opinion.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Angelene » Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:21 am UTC

Awh I really likes Perks of Being a Wallflower, I read it in one sitting the evening before one of my finals...I did most of my reading before exams, actually, unfortunately.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Flying Betty » Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:52 am UTC

"Smoke and Mirrors" by Neil Gaiman. I love this man. Next on my list is the first Baroque Cycle book by Neal Stephenson.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby George Orr » Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:30 pm UTC

Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami. So far it's an excellent book, in my opinion.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby xenuphobia » Sun Oct 14, 2007 5:28 pm UTC

Narsil wrote:
Belial wrote:I just started "Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell", a 1000-page fantasy novel set in England. Given how much time I have for reading these days, I'll be working on this for a good long while.

I got about 50 pages into it, but it started seeming too dense and contrived for me so I put it down to read Gravity's Rainbow.

Yeah, I don't get me either.


It's actually really, really good. After you get past all of the introduction and exposition stuff, it becomes pretty interesting. What's great is the way Clarke effectively rewrites English history with magic as a force that has always been around, plus iirc the moral and ethical implications of magic. I don't actually remember, as I read it years ago, but I think that was one of the themes.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby lamaros » Mon Oct 15, 2007 12:04 pm UTC

I'm currently reading Dante's 'Inferno' and Rhyme's Reason by John Hollander. Woah!

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

Postby ducknerd » Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:49 am UTC

Getting through Iron Council by China Mieville (first time through, I was 14 and it had a little too much gay sex for my tastes at the time). Much more fun with a few years' more maturity.

Also reading Home Economics by Wendell Berry. Very interesting ideas.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Q.W.Quee » Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:02 am UTC

Ender's Game by Card,
Assorted Lovecraft stories,
and Watchmen by Moore.

They are all very good books,
I highly recommend them.

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

Postby Ptera » Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:21 pm UTC

I just finished The Prestige, by Christopher Priest. It was really good, but I'd seen the movie before I read it, which ruined the surprise. It also lacked a proper denoument (sp?), but I'll survive.

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

Postby jamesusillxd » Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:16 pm UTC

Im reading Stephen Kings: Dark Tower
Series, Im on the third one (The waste lands)
If your willing to read a seven book epic i ecommend this book highley.

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

Postby Ptera » Thu Oct 18, 2007 12:23 am UTC

Ok, I'm reading too much, instead of writing my exam proposal for grad school.

I also just finished Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. It's a good fun book to read. It's like an action movie in text form. Actually... It looks like the movie version cut out two of my favorite characters. :cry:

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

Postby madaloon » Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:34 pm UTC

CaraInFrames wrote:Awh I really likes Perks of Being a Wallflower, I read it in one sitting the evening before one of my finals...I did most of my reading before exams, actually, unfortunately.

My roommate just started reading that. She's not much of a reader, so it will probably take her a while to finish it.

I just started "Boundaries of Her Body: The Troubling History of Women's Rights in America." It is full of information and very interesting. I've barely made a dent in it and already know so much more than when I started. I am also reading "Parables as Subversive Speech," which is a unique take on the parables from the Bible. A book I always recommend is "Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam." It is an incredibly moving autobiography.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Angelene » Thu Oct 18, 2007 10:07 pm UTC

I was halfway through Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth and all astonished and astounded and aready to burn my bras when I discovered that she embellished an awful lot of the statistics and 'facts' she used, for the sake of effect...apparently she thought it perfectly justified to get her point across, I thought it perfectly deceitful and abandoned the book in a fit of disgust. She may have been making valid points but I need to be able to trust an author who's trying to change my mindset or enlighten me.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Flying Betty » Fri Oct 19, 2007 7:12 am UTC

I just realized that "readioactive" is slightly mislabeled since I'm rarely in the middle of a book. Books get consumed in one go, pretty much, so I use this as the point out fun things I just read. Like "Sagramanda" by Alan Dean Foster. A futuristic novel set in India, which turned out to be pretty good.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Araneae » Mon Oct 22, 2007 1:11 am UTC

I'm close to finishing "Marie Antoinette: The Journey" by Antonia Fraser. It's a very sympathetic biography. The hierarchy at Versailles is mind-bending, so I find it a little hard to remember who has what position, but the story is well-told. Just as good, though, and a little easier to read is "The Lost King of France: How DNA Solved the Mystery of the Murdered Son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette" by Debra Cadbury.

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

Postby bigglesworth » Mon Oct 22, 2007 6:36 pm UTC

I'm reading The Human Brain by Susan Greenfield. It's just a popular science book based upon her public lectures, but for some reason the points she brings up always cause my mind to go on a tangent, and I think about that whilst my eyes scan the rest of the page. I hope i'm subconsciously absorbing it, but I think not.
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Postby jareturns » Mon Oct 22, 2007 8:44 pm UTC

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

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Postby pieaholicx » Tue Oct 23, 2007 3:14 pm UTC

The Art of Deception - Kevin Mitnick

A basic introductory to social engineering techniques, as well as how to prevent them. It's a pretty good read so far, though for those who already have some skill in the area you won't find much here.
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Postby Zohar » Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:35 am UTC

I'm reading Ilium by Dan Simmons. It's so crazy and interesting. Basically, sometime in the future (4000 years or something? I don't know), there are:

1. Cyborgs mining the Jovian moons while discussing Shakespeare and Proust

2. Self proclaimed Greek gods on mount Olympos on a terraformed Mars (they use technology to use their powers and it seems they believe they truly are the gods). Somehow they got hold of a large population of humans, they populated them on Mars and they're having them recreate the Illiad (hence the name - Illiad = Troy). Also, they ressurect old scholars to monitor that the Illiad is followed closely since none of the gods my know the poem, by order of Zeus.

3. Humans on Earth living a life of comfort with the help of technology. They have no culture, don't know how to read, they are completely dependent on their technology (given to them by the "post humans").

And there's still more elements in the story. It's very cool, I can't wait to read the sequel.
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Postby Dibley » Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:27 pm UTC

Just finished the second volume of The Baroque Cycle. Stephenson is my god.

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Postby CrackTheSky » Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:10 am UTC

Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds. Gotta love space opera :mrgreen:

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Postby Belial » Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:23 pm UTC

Those were such good books
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Postby Droooo » Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:30 pm UTC

I've just finished "Star of the Sea" by Joseph O'Connor and it was brilliant. Everything, characters, plot, style, was perfect.
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Postby CrackTheSky » Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:55 pm UTC

Belial wrote:Those were such good books

Yeah, the first one was really good and I'm enjoying the second one so far...the main problem I have is that the technology is absolutely ridiculous. Seriously, remember the suits in the first book? wtf?

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Postby Belial » Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:10 pm UTC

Well, they are, like, a thousand years into the future. I honestly think the melding plague was in the books just to keep the technology from being (any more) completely over the top.
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Postby Marbas » Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:13 am UTC

I just finished Light by M. John Harrison, it did not mesh well with the Sex Gang Children CD that I had on while reading through it.

Now I am working through The Iron Council by China Mieville.
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Postby Angelene » Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:14 pm UTC

Araneae wrote:I'm close to finishing "Marie Antoinette: The Journey" by Antonia Fraser. It's a very sympathetic biography. The hierarchy at Versailles is mind-bending, so I find it a little hard to remember who has what position, but the story is well-told.


Ah, yes, that's the book on which the Sofia Coppola film was based, yes? A film which I rather liked, not least for the costume, set design and soundtrack...*wanders off topic*
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby bagelfairy » Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:00 am UTC

The Guide to Getting It On. One of the best general knowledge sex books I've read yet. It's a bit hetero-centric is my only complaint.
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Postby zomgmouse » Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:00 am UTC

I'm reading Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, as well as The Three Musketeers in French (so it technically should be Les Trois Mousquetaires)

I recently finished Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks. That was pretty well written, and was rather interesting too. I wouldn't say it's a straight-out favourite though.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Rodan » Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:49 am UTC

in response to Narsil's post a while back that I'm too lazy to scroll to and quote:
I don't work like that. Sure Xenocide was pretty lame, but I still have to read them all... in order... see, I'm the kind of person who gets the DVD-ROM collections of comic-book series and reads them all in order, including, say, the clone saga.
So anyway, I just finished Which Lie Did I Tell? (Great book, highly recommended) and now I think I'll start on Watership Down, then maybe some Children of the Mind, then maybe the bean books, or possibly Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.
and at some point I gotta look for some Stephen King or Lovecraft...

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

Postby Chaos9 » Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:03 am UTC

I'm reading Lord of the Rings for the first time...and as for recomended books, I'd say anything written by Garth Nix. Best author ever.
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Postby Narsil » Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:27 am UTC

I just finished Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. If Douglas Adams and Thomas Pynchon had children together that combined to form a literary Voltron of sorts, these two would be them. One of my favorite books ever.

Makes me want to read all of Gaiman and Pratchett's entire collection. I've almost done so with Gaiman (American Gods was amazing), but I don't even know where to begin with the Discworld books.
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Postby Rodan » Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:36 am UTC

dang it Narsil, you just reminded me of so many things I should read.


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