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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stu

Postby AvatarIII » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:11 am UTC

I'm currently reading The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg
It's playing out kind of like the ultimate horror movie cliché, a bunch of college kids go on a road trip to seek some mysterious place with the promise of immortality or death that one of them read about in some book he found in the library, but as it was written in the early 70s it possible pre-dates the cliché. Either way, it's well written and I'm only 1/3 of the way through the 200 or so pages, and I already feel quite attached to these 4 characters, who are, although caricatures, well rounded and human, and most importantly relatable.

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Postby IcedT » Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:16 pm UTC

I've finally gotten around to reading some Joyce. I'm about a third of the way through A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and I'm really enjoying it.

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Postby willaaaaaa » Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:18 pm UTC

Just finished The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides and it was a great vacation read. Eugenides is great at intermingling the ordinary and the bizarre, in such a way that even the ordinary parts are spell-binding.
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Postby emceng » Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:23 pm UTC

Started reading The Way of Kings. Very much enjoying it, but also dreading the fact that I'll have to re-read it, since it's book 1, and Sanderson is working on about 3 other things right now, so god knows when books 2 and 3 will happen.

Also saw Empire State at a book store. Should have gotten it, but my brother snagged it first. Now I have book envy, and want to read it. Dammit brain, stop thinking like that! I easily have 100 books on my shelves that need to be read! I don't need to buy another! Even if Half Price Books is having a sale this weekend.
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Postby 3fj » Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:37 pm UTC

Just finished the House of Leaves, and now I think I'm going to never read again wait for Terry Pratchett's Dodger to come out, and engage in some incredibly light reading.
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Postby Chuff » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:23 am UTC

3fj wrote:Just finished the House of Leaves, and now I think I'm going to never read again wait for Terry Pratchett's Dodger to come out, and engage in some incredibly light reading.

SO EXCITED for Dodger.
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Postby 3fj » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:50 am UTC

I KNOW. As much as I loved Snuff, I much prefer to hear about the seedier underbelly (kinda like the supporter gangs in Unseen Academicals). You have to believe a book taking the piss out of Oliver Twist-style street kids is going to give a good take on that.

Saying that, I remember laughing heartily at the suggestion that the quality of his writing is going downhill recently. I've never known the physical condition of an authour to colour someone's opinion so badly.
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Postby Kewangji » Sat Sep 08, 2012 7:51 pm UTC

3fj wrote:I KNOW. As much as I loved Snuff, I much prefer to hear about the seedier underbelly (kinda like the supporter gangs in Unseen Academicals). You have to believe a book taking the piss out of Oliver Twist-style street kids is going to give a good take on that.

Saying that, I remember laughing heartily at the suggestion that the quality of his writing is going downhill recently. I've never known the physical condition of an authour to colour someone's opinion so badly.

I need to pick up Snuff and give it a read through. I was disappointed by Wintersmith and Nation (I mean, they're good, but they're nowhere near Maurice) and am afraid the rest of the books he wrote after those might be meh as well. Wasn't interested in Unseen Academicals. I've heard enough good about Snuff to dare try it though.
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Postby Oryx » Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:22 am UTC

Just finished reading Jack Faust, by Michael Swanwick . It pretty much blew my mind.
I loved the concept of someone dropping pretty much all of human knowledge at a time where noone is prepared for it, and watch how it shapes this new world.

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Postby Chuff » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:07 pm UTC

Just finished Asimov's Foundation and Octavia Butler's Kindred. Both are fantastic. Now reading the Martian Chronicles. This is the most scifi books I've ever read consecutively.
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Postby emceng » Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:49 pm UTC

Slogging through book 8 of the Malazan book of the fallen series. I really enjoy the series, or certain aspects of it. He is so long winded though, and there is so much going on. 10 books too. I've been reading them in sets of 2 every once in a while the past few years. Started 7 in...maybe late August, possibly September. Halfway through was loving it. Really pushed myself to finish. Eight is just dragging me though. Nine and Ten will have to wait for next year, I'm done with them for now.
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Postby AvatarIII » Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:09 pm UTC

Just finished reading UBIK, I get UBIK's avatar now.

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Postby rmsgrey » Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:27 pm UTC

I'm currently rereading my way through David Weber's Honor Harrington series - starts out as Hornblower in space (one of the books features the French Revolution in space) but some of the later books revolutionise the technologies involved - getting aircraft carriers in space, torpedoes in space, and even submarines in space.

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Postby mercutio_stencil » Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:27 am UTC

The Hobbit; I'm excited for the movie, ok?

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Postby addams » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:33 pm UTC

mercutio_stencil wrote:The Hobbit; I'm excited for the movie, ok?

Fine with me.
I am reading a silly book.
I am an expert at getting lost. The man that wrote this book has learned and unlearned some of the same things I learned and unlearned.
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Postby emceng » Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:36 pm UTC

mercutio_stencil wrote:The Hobbit; I'm excited for the movie, ok?


I re-read it earlier this year because of the movie. My issue is the whole 3 movie thing. The copy of the book I had was I think 340 pages. Even if they have every single line of dialogue from the book, plus extra as filler, I don't see how they can drag this out to three freaking movies.
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Postby ahammel » Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:35 pm UTC

emceng wrote:I re-read it earlier this year because of the movie. My issue is the whole 3 movie thing. The copy of the book I had was I think 340 pages. Even if they have every single line of dialogue from the book, plus extra as filler, I don't see how they can drag this out to three freaking movies.
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Postby charliepanayi » Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:13 pm UTC

emceng wrote:
mercutio_stencil wrote:The Hobbit; I'm excited for the movie, ok?


I re-read it earlier this year because of the movie. My issue is the whole 3 movie thing. The copy of the book I had was I think 340 pages. Even if they have every single line of dialogue from the book, plus extra as filler, I don't see how they can drag this out to three freaking movies.


Make the Battle of the Five Armies last over an hour or something, half an hour's worth of endings, that should take care of most of the third film. Obviously three films is a bad, money-driven idea though.

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Postby rmsgrey » Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:49 pm UTC

My main gripe about them making the Hobbit 3 movies is that it comes after they squeezed LotR, each volume of which is roughly twice as long as the Hobbit into 3 movies - granted, I don't think they should have stretched it to 18 movies, but 6 would not have been unreasonable. Even 4 might have let them fit in the Scouring...

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Postby SlyReaper » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:04 pm UTC

So I just finished the Revelation Space trilogy by Alastair Reynolds. That was a bit of an anticlimax.

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The Inhibitors were set up as all-powerful elder god creatures beyond the ken of mortal kind. But right at the end, these new ancient aliens called the conch-makers are invoked (who had barely been hinted at previously), and suddenly the Inhibitors aren't a threat any more, and we skip to an epilogue where they've been driven back to unknown space. What?!? I was expecting tales of epic battles and descriptions of new weapons provided by the conch-makers. But no - it ends when the protagonists decide at the last second not to enlist the help of the shadows (under very dubious reasoning, given the circumstances at the time) with the hope of enlisting the help of these other aliens instead when they're not even sure they exist. What the shitting fuck? Okay yeah, it turns out they did exist, but seriously? They wagered the continuation of their entire species on that long-shot piece of speculation?
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Postby addams » Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:13 am UTC

Ruined By Reading, A Life in Books, by Lynne Schwartz

On page 113 she writes, "the only new thing under the sun is the sound of another voice."

This may be a thinker's book.

A Man Without a Country by Kurt Connects

It seems he, like so many others, gave up on humanity.

Edward D.e.g.a.s. at Harvard
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Woman must have been at ease with him around.
One man that woman are comfortable with describe himself as the drummer in an all girl band.
Edward D. may have been that kind of man.


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We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
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Postby kybernetes » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:14 am UTC

Just finished up the novel Money by Martin Amis. It was written in 1984, and offers a study of hedonism in Capitalist america, and the benefits and pains that come with it. The writing style is interesting and a little unexpected, just enough so to make this a very interesting read.

If you're looking for a book to get into that's different from your normal reads, I guarantee Money will satisfy.
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Postby addams » Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:25 pm UTC

David Sedaris
When you are engulfed in flames.
On page 242-243, he writes, "Be Prepared."

Summer Reading in the dead of winter.
The man makes a good point or two.

!!People!!
What is going on in your head today?
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
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Postby Chuff » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:21 pm UTC

I'm reading Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-5. Enjoying it so far but I preferred Cat's Cradle. I've also been reading a lot of Western novels recommended by my dad. I didn't like Steigner's All the Little Live Things. All the Pretty Horses (McCarthy) is fantastic though.
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Postby kobayashimaru3 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:16 am UTC

A Memory of Light, the final volume of The Wheel of Time series just came out and it is excellent. Of course you have to read the previous 13 books to understand this one, but I highly recommend the series.

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Postby NecklaceOfShadow » Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:46 am UTC

For uni: selections from a feminist book, This Bridge Called My Back. And K&R.

Personally, just finished Night Watch (Discworld) and loved it. I'm about to finish Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke. Dunno what I'll read then.
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Berlin Game. Len Deighton cold war spy stuff. Sort of stuff where you have to be annoyingly attentive to tiny details to keep track of what's actually happening.
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Postby Jofur » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:34 pm UTC

I've actually been reading all of the Halo fiction. I hope not to get grouped with the usual fans of the series.

I find it to be an incredible sci fi universe and even an interesting alternative human history. (kind of)
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Postby angrygreenfrogs » Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:03 pm UTC

Nice thread - was looking for some new book ideas.

Just finished a couple of the Mongoliad books, which are co-authored by Stephenson and Bear amongst others. Good fairly easy read.

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Postby ahammel » Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:37 pm UTC

angrygreenfrogs wrote:Just finished a couple of the Mongoliad books, which are co-authored by Stephenson and Bear amongst others. Good fairly easy read.

Do any of them have endings? :P
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Postby addams » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:39 am UTC

Victor Frankl's
Man's Search For Meaning.

Again; Why am I reading this, again?

Teachers must get so upset. What? You didn't read it?
Who would assign this book? I did not read it for an Undergrad Project,

I have done some weird stuff. Victor had a few rough years, too.
The man lived. Many did not.

The book I hold in my hands is the 1984 edition.
1984 was a Magic year. We had avoided 1984.

Dr. Victor Frankl died in 1997.
Man's inhumanity to man. Victor Frankl knew a great deal about the subject.

Spoiler?
Spoiler:
The first time through this book, I was impressed by the story of a man Dr. Frankl was seeing Professionally.
Dr. Frankl was sure, 'Some people are evil. Beyond Redemption.'

As Dr. Frankl gossiped with the Pt. The Pt. told him about what a good friend Fat Rat Bastard had been in the Russian Prison.
As I reread this book, that may be what I am looking for.

Oh. And; Something about some weird kind of Therapy he came up with. It is for people that have experienced some strange situations. I did not find that kind of Tx. interesting when I read it, the first time or two. The Tx. part is separate from the rest of the book. It is tacked on in the back, as I remember it.

This book is only 179 pages long. It may be a little preachy, in the last bit.

Oh, Dear. This edition; I memorized some of this book. I may have memorized it wrong. (Shrug.)
The way I remembered it, "We, those of us that survived, know; The best of us did not survive."

It is nearly the same thing. Close enough. I did not memorize much of the book.
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I want to talk about this book, while I reread it.
Fairy Tails. We need fairy tails.

The man was having episodes of disassociation.
He describes it beautifully.
His mind went to an old Fairy Tail.
He tells the Story in his own words.

Death in Teheran was an old fairy tail about a servant that askes his Master for the use of the Master's horse.
Everyone tells the story a little different.
The Master asks, "Why?"

The servant tells the Master he is frightened.
The Master gives his servant his horse to use.
(Like loaning an employee your car, only more.)

Later, The Master and Death meet and speak.
Victor tells the story well.
That story had great meaning to Dr. Frankle.

I found it. Another passage I memorized. It has been so long I had forgotten all but the last line.
All can be taken from a man, except his attitude. "To choose one's way." pg. 86
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Postby rmsgrey » Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:05 pm UTC

I'm currently reading the (non-fiction) Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre - an in depth look at just how the pharmaceutical industry (including regulatory bodies) is killing people in large numbers through misreporting of clinical trials - the basic thesis of the book is: selective publication of "successful" trials is bad science (it's equivalent to tossing a coin a thousand times and only reporting the ~500 times it came up heads) and not only are medical researchers doing that, but corporate sponsors are actively burying "bad" results, and regulatory and oversight bodies are actively co-operating in keeping the data from patients, doctors, and the general public...

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Postby angrygreenfrogs » Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:31 pm UTC

ahammel wrote:
angrygreenfrogs wrote:Just finished a couple of the Mongoliad books, which are co-authored by Stephenson and Bear amongst others. Good fairly easy read.

Do any of them have endings? :P


No. Not to date. =). However, they are still an entertaining read.

Also I have to put a vote in for Hegemony by Mark Kalina. Really well thought out and enjoyable sci-fi.

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Postby ImagingGeek » Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:02 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:So I just finished the Revelation Space trilogy by Alastair Reynolds. That was a bit of an anticlimax.

I'm also working my way through these - I hope my take is more positive than yours...so far they've been good.

I managed to not look at your spoiler - so far...

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Postby addams » Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:58 am UTC

Super Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner

It is like candy after Frankl's work.
The first one they did was fun.
This one may be as good.

Twenty pages in and I have not laughed one time.
I hope it gets funnier.
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Postby ahammel » Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:35 pm UTC

Just finished The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. I have to say that I wasn't super impressed. The main problem is
Spoiler:
Mike. Mike is way, way too powerful. It kills all the suspense. It's hard to believe the Authority has any chance whatever of quashing the revolution when the good guys have root on a hard AI that runs just about everything on the entire moon. (It doesn't really help that the bad guys are dumb as bricks.)

When you have to resort to frequently just telling the reader that the odds are against the good guys, you've probably hamstrung your villains too much.
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Postby rmsgrey » Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:29 pm UTC

ahammel wrote:Just finished The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. I have to say that I wasn't super impressed. The main problem is
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Mike. Mike is way, way too powerful. It kills all the suspense. It's hard to believe the Authority has any chance whatever of quashing the revolution when the good guys have root on a hard AI that runs just about everything on the entire moon. (It doesn't really help that the bad guys are dumb as bricks.)

When you have to resort to frequently just telling the reader that the odds are against the good guys, you've probably hamstrung your villains too much.

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The book isn't really a story about a colonial revolt; it's more of a study of the fictional society - the lunar revolt is conceived as a historical necessity (with the alternative being the collapse of the colony in food riots and cannibalism) and the inevitable consequence of colonial powers continuing to believe that they own the colonies even when the bulk of the population were born and raised out there. The point of the book is as much the Prof's lectures on ideal forms of government as it is to document a rebellion. It's a sociological essay disguised in an adventure story.

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Postby ahammel » Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:41 am UTC

rmsgrey wrote:It's a sociological essay disguised in an adventure story.
Well, yeah, but just because you're wrapping your story around a sociology essay, it doesn't give you license to write a bad story.
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Postby addams » Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:46 am UTC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MroBJsi9y6g

The Dancing Wu Li Masters

I could not make it all the way through the book.
The audio book is cheating.
But, it may have been the only way for me to make it all the way to the end.

Did it. Big Deal. I still don't know anything.
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Postby ahammel » Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:49 am UTC

addams wrote:The audio book is cheating.
Nonsense, I listen to audiobooks all the time.
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