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

Postby cplns » Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:06 pm UTC

Just finished The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick, and now I'm starting in on a book of Sylvia Plath's poems.

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Postby Quercus » Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:10 pm UTC

I've just finished "Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea", by Adam Roberts. It was magnificently weird, as most of Robert's books are, but I'm not sure what I think of it overall. Certainly it has nothing on "Jack Glass" which was bloody good. For those of you who aren't familiar with Jack Glass, it's best described as a "how-dun-it" in a sci-fi setting. You are told that in each of the component stories Jack Glass is the murderer, what you have to work out is how, and in some cases why he did it.

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Postby EMTP » Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:03 am UTC

cplns wrote:Just finished The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick, and now I'm starting in on a book of Sylvia Plath's poems.


I liked the SLPB quite a bit.

I just finished "There Will be Dragons" & while I found it very readable and engaging, it suffers from late-stage Heinlein Imitation Syndrome.
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Postby Izawwlgood » Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:44 pm UTC

Just started The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz by Dan Simmons, and at about 2/5ths of the way through, it is some of the most entertaining Sword and Sorcery I've ever read, with lots of nods to the Hyperion Cantos which are as it stands probably my favorite book series.

I read The Martian, which was hilarious and a lot of fun and brilliant. It conjured to mind at one point one of the most laugh out loud images I've ever experienced in literature.

I finished two books of Peter V Bretts Demon Cycle, and find it... Entertaining but kind of meh. There have been a lot of FUCK YEAH moments, the characters are believable if a bit heavy handed, the world is interesting as hell, but the pacing and execution a little... Could be better. Not bad, but could be better.
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Postby emceng » Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:50 pm UTC

Got my library about 3/4 organized. Four bookshelves full of sci'fi/fantasy. Still need to organize non-fiction and general fiction.
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Postby tectonic » Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:22 pm UTC

I'm reading Wool by Hugh Howey (which is pretty amazing), as well as some non-fiction books including The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric Raymond and High Output Management by Andrew Grove.

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Postby addams » Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:03 am UTC

What am I reading Now?
So funny.

I am reading my way through someone else’s book case.
There I found:

Children of the Self Absorbed.
A grown ups guide to getting over Narcissitic Parents.

I think it is so funny.
One generation gets books about the Smothering OverInvolved Parent.
The next generation gets books about the Self Involved Narcissistic Parent.

The advice is the same.
Be a Person.

Grow Up. Take Responsibility for Who You Are.
And; The Tough One: Insist that your Parents do The Same.

How are you ever going to get over your Childhood?
People buy these books and read them.

Because people have to get over having someone watching their every move.
Because people have to get over being Feral. No adults in the home at all.

The Big People often do not qualify as Adults.
They are helpless, moody children in Adult Suits.

Maybe we need another self help/children’s book.

How To Train Your Parents.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stu

Postby ahammel » Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:46 am UTC

Peter F. Hamilton: because sometimes what you really want to read is 2500 pages of space opera.
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Postby Quercus » Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:40 am UTC

ahammel wrote:Peter F. Hamilton: because sometimes what you really want to read is 2500 pages of space opera.


Indeed, and if you haven't read it I can really highly recommend Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, which basically feels like space opera set in the late 17th/early 18th century (I could also recommend lots of good spacey-space opera, but I figured you probably have that one pretty well covered - although if you're not familiar with Alastair Reynolds I suggest that you become so; you are unlikely to regret it).

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

Postby ahammel » Thu Sep 04, 2014 3:33 pm UTC

Quercus wrote:
ahammel wrote:Peter F. Hamilton: because sometimes what you really want to read is 2500 pages of space opera.


Indeed, and if you haven't read it I can really highly recommend Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, which basically feels like space opera set in the late 17th/early 18th century (I could also recommend lots of good spacey-space opera, but I figured you probably have that one pretty well covered - although if you're not familiar with Alastair Reynolds I suggest that you become so; you are unlikely to regret it).

I think I've read all of Stephenson's solo novels. The Baroque Cycle is quite great.

I like Reynolds, but I'm not as enthusiastic about him as some. I think he's really bad at dialogue, frankly.
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Postby Xenomortis » Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:34 pm UTC

So I suspect this weekend will otherwise be fairly dull for me, so I'm going to try reading - not done that in a while.
First up (besides the What-If book) is The Prince.
It's a lot smaller than I expected...

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Postby charliepanayi » Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:05 pm UTC

Gravity's Rainbow

I have no clue what's going on.
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Postby Djehutynakht » Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:45 am UTC

I just re-read Dracula.

It really was a great book.

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Postby Quercus » Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:39 pm UTC

I'm 100 pages into John Crowley's Aegypt, and I think it has the potential to be the best thing I've read in a decade.

There's no book that's gripped me like this since I read The Grapes of Wrath. It's slow-paced, fine grained, introspective writing and some of the turns of phrase and metaphor are absolutely beautiful.

I have a bit of trouble with some of the Gnostic philosophy (my own philosophical outlook is very far indeed from mysticism), but then I remind myself that it's a fantasy book and to just relax and enjoy it.

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Postby Vahir » Wed Nov 05, 2014 2:45 am UTC

Guns, Germs, and Steel. Reading it sort of reminds me of watching paint dry.

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Postby Djehutynakht » Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:53 am UTC

Yingzao Fashi.

12th century Chinese building manual.

Or at least an article summarizing such because I don't do ancient Chinese.

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Postby Andries » Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:29 pm UTC

I am reading the Mars Trilogy, Kim Stanley Robinson. Aloud. To my girlfriend.

We're in volume two now. Maya is having memory trouble :shock:

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Postby Andries » Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:31 pm UTC

Vahir wrote:Guns, Germs, and Steel. Reading it sort of reminds me of watching paint dry.


I loved it. But then, I thought the Order of Things was riveting.

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Postby Andries » Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:32 pm UTC

charliepanayi wrote:Gravity's Rainbow

I have no clue what's going on.


It goes on very interestingly for quite a while, though.

Bleeding Edge is much more accessible. And apparently Inherent Vice has been turned into a movie.

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Postby EMTP » Fri Feb 06, 2015 3:27 am UTC

Rereading "At the mountains of madness" and "Pride and Prejudice." Austen is an incredible writer. Every time I read it I notice new stuff, new angles, words and sentences I didn't appreciate before.
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Postby ZabetTheRabbit » Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:45 pm UTC

I recently finished This Book is Full of Spiders. I've actually started reading The Wheel of Time series, since i decided to suck it up and buy The Eye of the World.

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Postby Asmodieus » Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:22 am UTC

I just finished "Invitation to a Beheading"

I liked it a lot. Except that the ending was ruining for me by the blurb on the back. @_@
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Postby Quercus » Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:17 pm UTC

I'm reading Neal Stephenson's new novel - Seveneves. I've read apocalyptic fiction before, but never have I actually felt some sort of sense of what it would be like for the world to end. I'm getting that from this book. Probably because it's so current, and so detailed, and so well written. It's amazing, but really heavy sometimes.

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Postby Echo244 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:47 pm UTC

Sounds splendid - that's somewhere on my soon-to-be-Kindled list.

Currently reading "Unseemly Science", a follow-up to "The Bullet Catcher's Daughter" in the same alt-history steampunk dystopia. Illusion, private investigation and the constant battle against Victorian-era values, laws and perceptions of women make an engaging mix.
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Postby Izawwlgood » Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:10 pm UTC

Has anyone read the Thomas Covenant series? I'm barely capable of slugging through 10 pages at a time, and am curious if it gets better.
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Postby PAstrychef » Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:28 pm UTC

I thought it was good when I first read it-back in the 1970s. Even then, though, I found Thomas to be an unrelieved whiner. I suspect his suffering was supposed to ennoble him, I just never found him nobel enough. You could stop now and not have missed a Great Read.
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Postby rmsgrey » Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:07 pm UTC

Izawwlgood wrote:Has anyone read the Thomas Covenant series? I'm barely capable of slugging through 10 pages at a time, and am curious if it gets better.


The worst is in the first book or so, though it's never what I'd call an easy read...

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Postby tarascon » Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:13 pm UTC

I tend to read a couple books at a time. So, early in the day * I'll read something more challenging than what I'll read in the evening. At the moment I'm reading A Guide Through Finnegans Wake by E. Epstein and at night, in bed, I'm reading The Pope and the Heretic (a simplistic but entertaining book about Giordano Bruno) by M. White. For something better about Bruno and his era, I'd recommend Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition by F. Yates.

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Postby Minerva » Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:06 pm UTC

Quercus wrote:I'm reading Neal Stephenson's new novel - Seveneves. I've read apocalyptic fiction before, but never have I actually felt some sort of sense of what it would be like for the world to end. I'm getting that from this book. Probably because it's so current, and so detailed, and so well written. It's amazing, but really heavy sometimes.


Damn that's an intense book. So good. Imagine something like 2012 or Armageddon or Deep Impact - except, well, with one major difference. It's not shit. It's epically good.
Spoiler:
And except, well, the world actually does get destroyed.
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Postby Izawwlgood » Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:52 pm UTC

I'm reading Seveneves now too! It's cool!
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Postby addams » Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:16 pm UTC

I'm rereading an old book of true stories.
It has a very low dead body count. (shrug)

Night Crossings by Jon Humboldt Gates.
It can't compete with everyone dying.
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Postby Liri » Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:10 pm UTC

The last book I read was The Bone Clocks by David Mitchel (the Cloud Atlas guy, which I have not read). It was really enjoyable, especially the different voices that he wrote in.

I'm finally reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which my mom gave to me years ago. Accessible medical anthropology + biology non-fiction.

Invitation to a Beheading was spoiled by the back cover for me, too. It's a short enough book that I couldn't really get that out of my head but I still liked it. For the past 4 years I've been slowly working my way through a collection of all of Nabokov's short stories. 90% of them are incredibly depressing but still beautifully written.

I'll have to check out Seveneves!
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Postby tarascon » Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:24 pm UTC

David Mitchel is a very good writer.
I love Nabokov. Have you read any novels of his yet?
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Postby Liri » Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:44 pm UTC

Oh yeah. Lolita first, then Invitation to a Beheading and Despair. I'm about halfway through his complete short stories.
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Postby tarascon » Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:51 pm UTC

Liri wrote:Oh yeah. Lolita first, then Invitation to a Beheading and Despair. I'm about halfway through his complete short stories.


Lolita is brilliant. I'd recommend Ada or Pale Fire next. :D
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Postby claritchka » Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:28 am UTC

I just finished reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. It's the first book I've read by him. It was quite an experience. :D

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Postby Liri » Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:55 pm UTC

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. It's my parents favorite book, and I finally brought it home with me to read when I visited for father's day. I'm 6/7 of the way through-ish, and I absolutely love it. What a beautiful book.
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Postby tarascon » Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:44 pm UTC

Finished a Blake bio and am starting How Milton Works by Stanley Fish.

http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php? ... 0674012332
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Postby Djehutynakht » Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:35 am UTC

I've fallen to popular opinion with the renewed Harper Lee craze. I just re-read To Kill a Mockingbird (in one sitting, no less) and plan to get my hands on Go Set a Watchman, although that might be tricky close to its release given the hype (I did read the first chapter early, though).

Harper Lee's work definitely deserves attention though. Very interesting, she is. Very interesting.

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Postby Quercus » Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:51 am UTC

West with the Night by Beryl Markham. Sweet Lord that woman could write! I never been that interested in horses, and I certainly have no interest in horse racing, but her account of a horse race had me weeping and shaking. Fantastic stuff.


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