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Postby el_loco_avs » Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:16 pm UTC

Reading High Fidelity. Surprised at how much like the movie it actually is. IT's fun.
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Postby Kangaroo » Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:41 pm UTC

Reading my way through all the original Conan stories after having finished Slumdog Millionaire and Anna Karenina. The Complete Chronicles of Conan is, however, to large to carry with me now when I'll go on holiday; probably 1984 by Orwel will have to fill the void.

Just discovered to interesting books - House of Leaves and Battle Royale - that I'll buy as soon as I get the chance. Alas, we have got this book by Dickens from school which we have to read too; I guess all my summer will turn into a reading spree. :D

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Postby jeffk » Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:38 am UTC

I've been on an Agatha Christie kick for the past couple of weeks or so. I found myself in situations where I couldn't study or do research, so I toted along a few of my old Christie paperbacks.

I really enjoyed The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, primarily because of...well, the main reason everyone remembers Roger Ackroyd, but also because this was Christie's first "small English village" mystery. It's a forerunner to the Miss Marple stories, both in the person of Caroline Sheppard, and in the way it describes and affectionately pokes fun at life in a small town.

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

Postby bigglesworth » Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:19 pm UTC

Re-reading the Dune books (well, the first three).

Both better and worse as an 18 year old as opposed to an 11 year old reading them.
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Postby Wednesday » Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:13 pm UTC

Plutarch's Lives, for a college course over the summer...

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Postby rat4000 » Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:07 am UTC

Hal Duncan's Vellum.

I think I have a new favourite author/book (Vellum and Ink are his only books for sale to date AFAIK, so right now the two are equivalent). It's just made of awesome.

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Postby mystic_aura » Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:33 am UTC

I'm halfway through Anna Karenina, The Bonesetter's Daughter and Catcher in the Rye =) Although, the reason I've stopped halfway through Anna Karenina is because I've only got the 1st volume : / ..Hopefully, I'll get the rest off a friend...Sigh.
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Postby brakos82 » Sun Jul 19, 2009 8:59 pm UTC

Reading Isaac's Storm by Eric Larson - about the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900. Back when meteorology was more instinct and logic rather than today's computer programs and simulations.

Just finished Sudden Sea by R.A. Scotti - about the New England Hurricane of 1938.

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Postby LuNatic » Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:07 am UTC

I'm struggling to get through Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, but I'm losing interest fast. Not even zombies can save this one...
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Postby Cytoplasm » Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:55 am UTC

I'm reading: It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins. I'm reading it for my school leadership program, Driven.
So yes, summer homework^^

So far, I have enjoyed this book and cried.
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Postby viscusanima » Sat Jul 25, 2009 2:36 pm UTC

Currently reading The Dark Tower, by Stephen King.

Quite possibly one of the best series I have ever read. To begin with I wasn't sure about
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but I sort of realised eventually that it's a fantastic symbolism of his own life etc.

I would thoroughly recommend the entire series to anyone - it's not horror (although the last book especially has horror elements) so it's pretty accessible in comparison to some of his stuff.

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Postby JayDee » Sat Jul 25, 2009 2:57 pm UTC

bigglesworth wrote:Currently reading V. by Pynchon.
I just recently re-read V by A. C. Crispin, the novelisation of the mini-series. One of my favourite novelisations. Then I learnt that the mini-series itself was based on the book It Can't Hapen Here by Sinclair Lewis, about a regular fascist revolution in America - apparently the network said "hmm, we like the idea, but can you make it about man-eating alien invaders?" and /ken said "Sure, why not." so I just read that.

It's kinda weird to read a book about fascism that was written before World War II.
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Postby GraphiteGirl » Mon Jul 27, 2009 1:13 am UTC

Just finished Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams... *swoon*
Having read his biography, it becomes really clear that everything he loves is somewhere in that book - conservation, Bach, complicated technology, English universities...

Next up, Doctor Faustus and A Doll's House and a whole heap of short stories for uni. And eventually, also for uni, Paradise Lost. I'm excited.
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Postby Ended » Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:57 pm UTC

Reading Ringworld by Larry Niven. I picked it up at a second-hand book stall along with two others which I've already finished (arty covers are arty):
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I am now in serious danger of falling into a classic-science-fiction-novel-reading-vortex and never emerging.
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Postby Mavas » Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:10 pm UTC

At the moment I'm deep inside Helter Skelter by Vince Bugliosi. Charles Manson is a sick dude, but his entire story is really interesting if you're into true crime or serial killers or stuff like that. Yeah.

I'm also reading A Peoples History of the United States by Howard Zinn for AP US Histoty next year. May God have mercy on my soul.
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Postby charliepanayi » Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:33 am UTC

Ended wrote:Reading Ringworld by Larry Niven. I picked it up at a second-hand book stall along with two others which I've already finished (arty covers are arty):
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books_small.jpg

I am now in serious danger of falling into a classic-science-fiction-novel-reading-vortex and never emerging.


The company I work for published those books, part of a Space Opera series we did. They havn't done as well as we'd hoped though :(

Anyway I'm still reading The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, which is crammed with her usual attention to detail. I'll be interested to see where the story goes in the latter half though.
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Postby Zohar » Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:36 am UTC

I'm reading Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear. I'm past the half point. It's a sci-fi novel about a virus that causes women to miscarriage, and what it really means. It's pretty interesting, but a lot of it goes over my head. I wonder if people who know more biology would enjoy it more (for understanding) or less (for seeing where it's wrong).
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Postby songwithnosoul » Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:46 pm UTC

Right now I'm reading the Time Quartet by Madeleine L'Engle, just starting the second one, A Wind in the Door. I'd definitely recommend these books, although I'd guess that most of you are already familiar with these books, or at least the first one, A Wrinkle in Time. If not, read them; it's really great fantasy.
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Postby Ended » Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:23 pm UTC

charliepanayi wrote:
Ended wrote:Reading Ringworld by Larry Niven. I picked it up at a second-hand book stall along with two others which I've already finished (arty covers are arty):
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I am now in serious danger of falling into a classic-science-fiction-novel-reading-vortex and never emerging.

The company I work for published those books, part of a Space Opera series we did. They havn't done as well as we'd hoped though :(
That's a shame; they're very nice editions. I might try to complete my collection at some point.
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Postby just-mark » Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:47 pm UTC

GraphiteGirl wrote:Just finished Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams... *swoon*
Having read his biography, it becomes really clear that everything he loves is somewhere in that book - conservation, Bach, complicated technology, English universities…


That is a rather good book. I'd go so far as to say I probably prefer it to the Hitchhikers Guide books, it's somehow more random in a less random way.

I've just finished reading A Scanner Darkly and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. A Scanner Darkly was a bit dense to get through in places but probably worth it overall for the story. I preferred Do Androids Dream… and in my opinion it's better than the film as there's more back story as to what's going on and why Deckard is the way he is.

Currently re-reading Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov as I just really like the series and find them easy to to pick up whether I want to read for 5 minutes or for hours on end.
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Postby Manifold » Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:01 pm UTC

Thanks to you guys, I've begun to read again. Took a really long hiatus during the university term time, but hopefully I'll get stuck in.

At the moment:

The Abolition of Man - C. S. Lewis
Okay, it's not a book, but it's within a collection of his works. I read this essay-lecture in one sitting on the train back home and it exhausted me. I also have a feeling that most of it went right over my head, so now I am re-reading with a finer toothed comb.

Spook Country - William Gibson
And to contrast the first essay with something a little more Postmodern. Pattern Recognition was an absolute hit for me. A lot of my interests were dipped into at one point of another. So far, the sequel hasn't gripped me nearly as quickly.

just-mark wrote:I preferred Do Androids Dream… and in my opinion it's better than the film as there's more back story as to what's going on and why Deckard is the way he is.


I feel that the director (Ridley Scott) took many liberties (read as dumbing down) with the plot. Usually, that is a big no-no in my eyes, but every so often, the resulting film is as, if not more, effective than the book. I love the atmosphere of Blade Runner - it spoke to my 'heart'. I also liked Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? too, but for me, it was more blatantly cerebral..
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Postby Mister_Penguin » Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:06 am UTC

Just finished On The Road, and I'm now starting on The Brothers Karamazov (the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation). I really, really loved On The Road - Kerouac's prose really appeals to me, and I've always had a pretty romanticized attitude towards the great american roadtrip tradition (Roadtrips have always held a certain quasi-spiritual and philosophical appeal for me).


Manifold wrote:Spook Country - William Gibson
And to contrast the first essay with something a little more Postmodern. Pattern Recognition was an absolute hit for me. A lot of my interests were dipped into at one point of another. So far, the sequel hasn't gripped me nearly as quickly.

just-mark wrote:I preferred Do Androids Dream… and in my opinion it's better than the film as there's more back story as to what's going on and why Deckard is the way he is.


I feel that the director (Ridley Scott) took many liberties (read as dumbing down) with the plot. Usually, that is a big no-no in my eyes, but every so often, the resulting film is as, if not more, effective than the book. I love the atmosphere of Blade Runner - it spoke to my 'heart'. I also liked Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? too, but for me, it was more blatantly cerebral..


Hm... I have a copy of Spook Country, but I haven't started it yet. I'm a huge Gibson fan (The phrase "long-chain monomer" and the word "lozenge" now have a permanent place in my vocabulary), so I'm looking forward to it. I liked Pattern Recognition, but I think I enjoyed the Bridge and Sprawl novels more. I really liked the melancholy that seemed to suffuse PR, though.
I take a special pleasure in his somewhat fetishistic descriptions of anachronistic objects (The Curtas in Pattern Recognition, analog wristwatches in the bridge novels, and so on...) My only concern is that his plotting sometimes seems similar (PR reminded me of Count Zero in a lot of ways).

I just watched Blade Runner, and really enjoyed the aesthetic (Considering how much I love Gibson, that's probably not a huge surprise). I'm planning on reading "Do Androids..." once I finish The Brothers K. and The Man in The High Castle (I picked up the Library of America volume that contains four of PKD's 60's novels, so I've got a lot of trippy 60's speculative fiction ahead).
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Postby The Utilitarian » Sun Aug 09, 2009 1:32 am UTC

Just started reading Goblin Quest and I have to say it's really fun. It reminds me a lot of the "Ecology of the Adventurer" Dragon magazine article written from a kobold's point of view.
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Postby Sammael » Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:53 am UTC

I'm currently re-reading the Wheel of Time series. Also have to read "Bird by Bird", which is probably the worst book I have ever read or thought about reading, for a summer assignment.I have a greater desire to defenestrate myself than finish reading it

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Postby Manifold » Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:05 am UTC

Mister_Penguin wrote:Hm... I have a copy of Spook Country, but I haven't started it yet. I'm a huge Gibson fan (The phrase "long-chain monomer" and the word "lozenge" now have a permanent place in my vocabulary), so I'm looking forward to it. I liked Pattern Recognition, but I think I enjoyed the Bridge and Sprawl novels more. I really liked the melancholy that seemed to suffuse PR, though.
I take a special pleasure in his somewhat fetishistic descriptions of anachronistic objects (The Curtas in Pattern Recognition, analog wristwatches in the bridge novels, and so on...) My only concern is that his plotting sometimes seems similar (PR reminded me of Count Zero in a lot of ways).

I just watched Blade Runner, and really enjoyed the aesthetic (Considering how much I love Gibson, that's probably not a huge surprise). I'm planning on reading "Do Androids..." once I finish The Brothers K. and The Man in The High Castle (I picked up the Library of America volume that contains four of PKD's 60's novels, so I've got a lot of trippy 60's speculative fiction ahead).


I personally found Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive to be very difficult reads. Now I think about it, I'd prefer it enormously if Gibson would just stick to a one character narrative. That's why I love Neuromancer and Pattern Recognition. I can connect more fully with the characters. I have trouble remembering what the 4 different threads are in his other books - in fact I've considered doing the adjustments myself and making little novellas out of all the different parts. Plot continuation ignored for the sake of continuity.

Maybe it's easier to write the way he does, with different parts that join together an overarching narrative.

By the way, I'm about a third of the way through Spook Country now. Won't comment until I get to the end.
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Postby McCaber » Sun Aug 09, 2009 2:34 pm UTC

I'm almost done with Focault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. Awesome book. I'd liken it to a more serious Illuminatus! in theme and subject matter, but change the drugs and sex for cabalism and uncertainty. I just hit the major plot twist of the story where
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the conspiracy the characters were making up to sell books actually became a real thing and was actually out to get them. The men who were the driving force were just killed, along with the main love interest/unattainable symbol.
and I'm about to finish the last of it. Tough read, but I was motivated enough to sprint through it. Great quotes are all over the place.
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Postby JayDee » Sun Aug 09, 2009 2:55 pm UTC

Manifold wrote:Spook Country - William Gibson
And to contrast the first essay with something a little more Postmodern. Pattern Recognition was an absolute hit for me. A lot of my interests were dipped into at one point of another. So far, the sequel hasn't gripped me nearly as quickly.
I had no idea that Spook Country was a sequel. I guess because I saw it in bookstores before I saw Pattern Recognition (which I am still pissed off at. That bloody ending...) Maybe I should check it out.

Manifold wrote:I personally found Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive to be very difficult reads. Now I think about it, I'd prefer it enormously if Gibson would just stick to a one character narrative.
Same. Well, occasionally tedious rather than difficult. It usually tended to be that I was only interested in one (or maybe two) of the plots, and the rest got in the way of what I wanted to read. Then again, in the Sprawl and Bridge books (besides Neuromancer, which is still my favourite, and possibly All Tomorrows Parties which I haven't read - but I'd put money on not being any better) it seemed that all the first person characters were side characters - that the main plot was in the hands of someone else, someone at the periphery. It was interesting, but felt a little like this same thing four times over.

I'm currently readings Doyle's The Lost World. Most of the books in my 'too read' pile are intimidatingly big, so this is my light entertainment before I get stuck into those. Loving it so far - old fashioned adventure stories are so much fun. It's also interesting to see what made it as a big action scene in the days before Hollywood - Jurrasic Park it ain't.
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Postby Manifold » Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:33 pm UTC

JayDee wrote:I had no idea that Spook Country was a sequel. I guess because I saw it in bookstores before I saw Pattern Recognition (which I am still pissed off at. That bloody ending...) Maybe I should check it out.


Well, to be completely correct, I quote from the Wiki:

Wikipedia wrote:In an interview with PC Magazine in February 2006, Gibson declared that the book was set " 'in the same universe,' as they say, as Pattern Recognition.


What's wrong with the ending of Pattern Recognition? Didn't you find the ending of Mona Lisa Overdrive more annoying?

JayDee wrote:It usually tended to be that I was only interested in one (or maybe two) of the plots, and the rest got in the way of what I wanted to read.

Definitely. Sometimes, the chapters in Spook Country are so small that they're hardly worth the name.

JayDee wrote:...it seemed that all the first person characters were side characters - that the main plot was in the hands of someone else, someone at the periphery. It was interesting, but felt a little like this same thing four times over.


I think the only Gibson book whose every strand engrossed me was Virtual Light. I should finish the Bridge Trilogy, really.

Should I open/re-start a Gibson thread? I like talking Gib-punk.
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Postby JayDee » Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:51 pm UTC

Manifold wrote:What's wrong with the ending of Pattern Recognition? Didn't you find the ending of Mona Lisa Overdrive more annoying?
In part I was just cursing myself for thinking that the ending of Pattern Recognition would be any better than Mona Lisa Overdrive was. Most of the rest of the book was much better, I thought.

I hated that
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the main character resolved one plot thread (with the film stuff - and I loved the way that played out), but then got drugged, and while she was out, other people resolved all the other issues quite neatly off-stage, and then they all had dinner and they told her about it. If the book had've ended with Cayce leaving the building where she found out where the film came from it would have been hundreds of times better, I think. Everything after that moment was just eugh, no matter how good what came before was.
Manifold wrote:I think the only Gibson book whose every strand engrossed me was Virtual Light. I should finish the Bridge Trilogy, really.
I had the same thing in Virtual Light (and Idoru) where I was much more interested in one strand than another, but which strand was interesting did change throughout the book. Both of them were full of interesting bits.

Manifold wrote:Should I open/re-start a Gibson thread? I like talking Gib-punk.
You should! I'd be up for that.
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Postby Manifold » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:59 pm UTC

Just a small dig: for William Gibson talk, visit this thread instead.
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Postby L33tsaber » Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:45 am UTC

I finally gave up on Atlas Shrugged when the library due date came up while I was still only 400 pages in.

Now I'm back to Dark Force Rising. Since I lost my bookmark, I decided to start over.

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Postby GraphiteGirl » Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:33 am UTC

el_loco_avs wrote:Reading High Fidelity. Surprised at how much like the movie it actually is. IT's fun.

Just bought this - owned it for less than 24 hours before someone borrowed it. I hope to be readioactive again soon. In the meantime, Measure For Measure (Shakespeare), Vinegar Tom (Caryl Churchill), Life Before Man (Margaret Atwood, features paleontology) and Lords and Ladies (Terry Pratchett) are vying for current attention.
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Postby Wednesday » Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:35 am UTC

House of Leaves for me.

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Postby Nemphael » Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:31 am UTC

Some manga here. I bought nine volumes ~a week ago. Two of them read so far.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, volume 1 (read)
Black Cat, volume 1 and 2
blood+, volume 1(read)
Blood+ Adiago, volume 1 (read)
Claymore, volume 1 (read) and 2
Death Note, volume 1 and 2

Also, got Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón on my hands, although I haven't started reading yet.

Snømannen (The Snowman) by Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson's Menn som hater kvinner (Men Who Hate Women) and Jenta som lekte med ilden (The Girl Who Played With Fire) and Bernard Cornwell's Det siste kongeriket (The Last Kingdom?) have kind of failed me. Or I them. I've taken a break, at least.

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

Postby Zohar » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:49 am UTC

I'm reading Across the Nightingale Floor.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Psycho Goose » Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:37 pm UTC

McCaber wrote:I'm almost done with Focault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. Awesome book. I'd liken it to a more serious Illuminatus! in theme and subject matter, but change the drugs and sex for cabalism and uncertainty. I just hit the major plot twist of the story where
Spoiler:
the conspiracy the characters were making up to sell books actually became a real thing and was actually out to get them. The men who were the driving force were just killed, along with the main love interest/unattainable symbol.
and I'm about to finish the last of it. Tough read, but I was motivated enough to sprint through it. Great quotes are all over the place.

Ah, but I don't think that's what's really happening.
Spoiler:
See, I thought the point was that the main characters themselves begin to believe in the conspiracy, but then it turns out that it isn't true. Belbo gets the last laugh by not telling those other men who thought it was true that it was a lie, and thus making them think that he foiled their plan, when in fact there was no plan!
But I guess the point is that either interpretation works. Heck, it kinda reminds me of The Crying of Lot 49, in some ways.

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.)

Now Reading: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. Um... wow...

I'm about a hundred pages from the end, and it is, hands down, one of the weirdest books I've ever read. (Yes, that even includes the Hitchhiker books and V.) And easily the most violent, and possibly the bleakest (another book that could get this position is another Cormac McCarthy book, actually... Quite a sunshiny guy.) And it's much better than The Road, which begs the question -- why did that one get a Pulitzer and this one get ignored? Accessibility?

But still... how does he write like this? And what the hell is the judge up to?
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Aequitas » Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:17 pm UTC

I'm currently reading A Fortress in Shadow by Glen Cook, a collection of prequels to his Dread Empire Trilogy. I haven't read The Black Company (his much more well-known work), but I intend to at some point. I'm currently doing some reading to get me in the mood for National Novel Writing Month. I want to write a dark fantasy story with moral ambiguity, so Cook is pretty good for getting me in the mood. I plan on reading The Road next.

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

Postby StarDolphin » Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:25 am UTC

I just started (re) reading Elvenbane. Last time I read it I didn't have access to the sequels, now I do. Anyone read the series before?

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

Postby Catch-22 » Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:18 pm UTC

Currently reading Let The Right One In (by Linkqvist or something like that) and GRRM's A Game Of Thrones.

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

Postby Manifold » Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:40 pm UTC

Currently about 150 pages into Crime and Punishment. Strangely immersive.

(Have Twilight lined up afterwards...)
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