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

Postby Dason » Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:13 pm UTC

LuNatic wrote:I just finished Enders Game by Orson Scott Card. Interesting read.

How long did it take you finish? I know a couple of people who claim the only way to read it is in one sitting. I don't have the time to read almost any book in one sitting so I've never accomplished this feat.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby LuNatic » Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:04 am UTC

Maybe 3½ hours? It was two sittings for me, as I like to leave a book part way through and go do other things before coming back to it. Easily doable in 1 sitting for the more patient types though.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Minerva » Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:19 am UTC

Reading Power to Save the World: The Truth about Nuclear Energy by Gwyneth Cravens... a very good book, which the world can really benefit from reading.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby nsmjohn » Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:34 pm UTC

Dason wrote:
LuNatic wrote:I just finished Enders Game by Orson Scott Card. Interesting read.

How long did it take you finish? I know a couple of people who claim the only way to read it is in one sitting. I don't have the time to read almost any book in one sitting so I've never accomplished this feat.

I didn't do it in a single sitting, but I did do it in a single day...

Currently I am on "The Truth" by Terry Pratchett. I haven't only just now started reading the Discworld books, I can't believe I have missed out on them for so long.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby illway » Thu Dec 24, 2009 2:39 am UTC

The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil. I'm not too far in so far, but it's extremely intriguing already.

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

Postby najradanti » Thu Dec 24, 2009 4:03 pm UTC

I'm just starting Peter Watts's Blindsight. Too early to tell whether it is good or not, but I got into it because of some fascinating excerpts I read showing its interesting take on multiplicity.

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

Postby LuNatic » Sat Dec 26, 2009 2:51 pm UTC

I just finished reading the copy of Unseen Academicals that I was given for Christmas.

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Where do I start? I suppose I should say it's a little disappointing. It doesn't read like a Discworld novel, but like a different author has taken the universe and altered it to his own style of writing; almost like a feature length fan-fic.

Many of the the old characters have been brought back for this book, but almost none of them act consistent with their characters in the past books. The Patrician getting drunk? Saying silly things? Making obvious mistakes? Ridcully acting sensible? Making informed and consistent decisions? Vimes wandering around acting like a jerk? Sergeant Angua being a jerk? Ponder Stibbons showing uncustomary venom and backbone?

With the possible exceptions of Nutt and Andy, the new characters feel hollow, disposable even. Many of them seem to borrow heavily from previous Pratchett characters. Andy = Carcer/Cpt. Swing. Nutt = Mau. Glenda = Agnes/Mrs. Cake. Juliet = Christine. Pepe = Casagnova/Nanny Ogg.

The story seems rather inconsistent with the description of Ankh-Morpork given in previous books. The usual inside references to earlier novels appear to have missed the boat. An Igor is introduced as a setup to a major plot event about a quarter way through the book and then promptly forgotten about.


It isn't a bad book. It just doesn't feel like Discworld to me.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby JCM » Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:29 am UTC

I recently read the last Diary of a Wimpy Kid against my will and some obscure non fiction.

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

Postby manmantong2000 » Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:47 am UTC

Dan Brown's [Angels and Demons]

and planning on working my way to [Di Vinci Code], than [Lost Symbol]
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby lemurdoom » Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:45 pm UTC

I just finished The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and decided to read The Salmon of Doubt. Mainly because Douglas Adams was awesome.

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

Postby Velict » Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:28 pm UTC

I just finished Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky. Now starting Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.

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

Postby Psycho Goose » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:37 pm UTC

Have finally gotten around to reading Cryptonomicon. I'm now about 700 pages through (I have the thousand-page version).

Hell. Yes. I'm still not entirely sure what it's about (my closest guess right now is that it's Neal Stephenson's attempt to take aconspiracy thriller-ish (almost in a Robert Ludlumesque sense) plotline and see how such a thing would really play out, but I am far from sure), but it is fucking awesome nonetheless. Definitely reading the Baroque Cycle this summer.

I'm probably gonna read Pynchon's Against the Day next. Any warnings or advice?
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby hopesdead » Tue Jan 05, 2010 2:26 am UTC

I am reading Eragon, the first book in the Inheritance Cycle. After that I plan to read Breaking Dawn and Jurassic Park. I've tried to read Jurassic Park in like 7th grade but I couldn't seem to finish it.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Tue Jan 05, 2010 2:29 am UTC

Re-reading "Everything's Eventual". I don't remember it at all, but I do remember being fairly pleased with it.

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Postby semicharmed » Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:01 pm UTC

Finally, finally finished The Savage Detectives by Robert Bolaño. Took me a really long time (especially for how quickly I normally read). Not ever reading anything by that author again, even if they drop into my lap free.

About 200 pages into The English Passengers by Matthew Kneale right now. Really enjoying it, it's really engaging and incredibly funny. Something I can read more than a couple pages of before bed without wanting to fall asleep.

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

Postby aMan » Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:28 pm UTC

I just finished Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being ...
Makes you think a lot... Worth reading, definitely. I loved the way it's written : variations ... Just like in music.

Reading "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov... Different. Good. :)

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

Postby Jar'O'Jam » Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:14 am UTC

Re-reading the whole Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, also half-way through the Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby LuNatic » Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:21 am UTC

Just finished The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson. Highly recommended.
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Postby thicknavyrain » Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:34 pm UTC

About 1/4 of the way through "The Man who was Thursday". Pretty cool so far.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby novax6 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:17 am UTC

Just started To Siberia by Per Patterson. Total impulse buy, just sounded interesting, we'll see if that was a good decision.

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

Postby mickyj300x » Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:59 am UTC

I've just started Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. It's really entertaining so far, but very little has happened plot wise.

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

Postby LuNatic » Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:13 am UTC

Finished Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide by Orson Scott Card. I'm glad I got into this series, I'm really enjoying it.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Dason » Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:13 am UTC

LuNatic wrote:Finished Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide by Orson Scott Card. I'm glad I got into this series, I'm really enjoying it.


I loved Ender's Game and I read Speaker for the Dead and enjoyed it but not as much as Ender's Game. Is Xenocide worth it? I've heard bad things...
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Postby LuNatic » Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:55 am UTC

I quite liked it. The ending has one hell of a twist. He eases off on attacking the Catholic Church in the second one and turns his ire more towards Chinese Mysticism.
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Postby rheakith » Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:37 am UTC

Just finished J.D. Salinger's Nine Stories and got over halfway through Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? in 2 hours earlier. Salinger's was an interesting collection of short stories, as usual from him, and Dick's is great so far, I would have finished it straight through if it were not for my large desire for sleep tonight.

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

Postby Moment-of-Genesis » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:54 pm UTC

Currently starting "Grendel" tonight, I'm reading it for a creative writing class while simultaneously reading "Beowulf" for my class on the Heroic Age. I literally just started reading it, it's quite short but the first 5 pages have interested me greatly. I have just finished reading "The Consolation of Philosophy" (More heroic age fodder), and have just purchased "And Another Thing.." which is the 6th installment of THGTTG, penned by Eoin Colfer.
I'm contemplating re-reading the entire THGTTG series before I start though, as it's been 6 years :p

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Postby Chuff » Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:11 am UTC

Just finished the newest Jasper Fforde, Shades of Grey. Very interesting, very amusing, and the source of a valuable addition to my vocabulary: Retroussé. I was amused by the fact that the explanation of the science fictiony aspects was to not explain anything, but to leave the characters in the dark as well.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Alobar » Sat Feb 06, 2010 5:17 pm UTC

Dason wrote:
LuNatic wrote:Finished Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide by Orson Scott Card. I'm glad I got into this series, I'm really enjoying it.


I loved Ender's Game and I read Speaker for the Dead and enjoyed it but not as much as Ender's Game. Is Xenocide worth it? I've heard bad things...


I think the whole Ender's Game series is worth it. I read all of them years ago and I'm not even into sci-fi books.

I'm currently reading Couples by John Updike. It's the novel that first gave him the reputation for lewdness, despite it first being published around the time of the sexual revolution. It's good so far if you like Updike, but like most of his novels, they can be a bit slow moving at times. Then again, it could just be me. I always preferred Updike in the short story form.

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Postby LuNatic » Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:55 am UTC

And I've finished the next book in the Ender series, Children of the Mind. The story has really diverged from the original book now and while it has some interesting stuff, it wasn't as good as the books preceding it. Towards the end it feels like Card ran out of pages, and hastily wrapped up several of the twists in an overly hasty manner. His explanations for Samoan tribal religion are rather patronising. His dissection of Japanese culture is interesting, if a little far-fetched. The way he painted the Japanese military as the misunderstood victims of WWII was a little disturbing.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Alobar » Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:53 pm UTC

aMan wrote:I just finished Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being ...
Makes you think a lot... Worth reading, definitely. I loved the way it's written : variations ... Just like in music.


That book helped shape some of my philosophical views of life. I must reread it now since it's been about 5 years since I first devoured it.

If you like Kundera, you might like his novel The Joke. That's the only other Kundera book I've read but I liked that one too.

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Postby TimelordSimone » Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:36 am UTC

My friend just got me Mirror, Mirror br Gregory Maguire for my birthday, because apparently he listens to my ramblings.
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Postby LuNatic » Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:01 am UTC

Just finished Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko (English Version). Probably the thing I liked most is the characters lack the ridiculous traits that most fantasy authors seem unable to get past.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby minesweeper » Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:45 pm UTC

From a pure literature standpoint, I'm currently two lining One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Erica Wagner's Rainbow. That's ignoring all the research papers and textbooks I've been mainlining recently.
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Postby lordshaper » Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:14 pm UTC

I got myself into Stephen King's Dark Tower series last week. Went through first two books in a week (the first one in an afternoon/evening).

Currently I'm reading the third entry, "The Waste Lands".

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Postby Chuff » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:12 am UTC

Rereading the Codex Alera. It is even better with the knowledge that it came from a bet that Butcher couldn't right a high fantasy novel based on pokemon.
Also reading Frankenstein, for school.
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Postby Vaniver » Sun Feb 21, 2010 1:47 am UTC

Just finished Knowledge and Decisions by Thomas Sowell. It's been sitting in my Amazon cart for a while, I finally bought it with my textbooks this semester, and just read it over a plane trip. Amazing book that went further and deeper than other books of his I'd read; I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in institutional decision-making.

I'm almost done with Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (which I didn't take on the plane because I didn't want to damage it, and I only have 90 pages left) but... don't have much desire to read it, except to finally get it off my 'currently reading' list.
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Postby Whispering » Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:54 pm UTC

A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born and The Stainless Steel Rat for President by Harry Harrison. Good books I just wish they were a bit longer. Just under 200 pages is too short for someone who speed reads.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Hurt » Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:07 pm UTC

Reading The Portrait of an Invisible Man by Paul Auster for class.
Reading Notes from Underground By Fyodor Dostoyevsky for fun.
and quietly going through the cantos of Purgatorio By Dante.

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Postby semicharmed » Thu Feb 25, 2010 12:53 am UTC

In the middle of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.
Definitely not as good as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by a loooong shot. I've also never read the unaltered Sense & Sensibility, so I have no real basis for comparison. As opposed to P&P, where I kind of enjoyed the original, and definitely enjoyed the addition of "ultra violent zombie mayhem".
The sea monsters bit of S&S&SM seems kind of contrived, like the author was just working too damn hard.

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Postby Nautilus » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:43 am UTC

I just finished (I think) the Edge chronicles. Excellent books, incredible illustrations- I mean, it's not hard reading, but they're fun.
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