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What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Loop » 21 December 2012, 11:54

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I'm still ripping through The Eye of the World, and at this rate I'll have read the entire thing in two weeks. Which isn't that fast, but it's a hefty novel and I did have exams last week to prepare for. Now that I have leisure time, I can fully devote many hours to staying up through the night, turning pages well past when I should have gone to sleep.

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It's exciting that I'm enjoying the novel so much because the series is so freakin' huge, so I have a lot of literature to look forward to. Hopefully it doesn't pull a Dune and ride the curve of a negative exponential function down the axis of quality into shitland, though.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Edward » 21 December 2012, 16:29

You've broken your own rules by not giving any description of the book :lol:
Having just looked it up on Wikipedia though it looks good for it's genre, but I've never been a big fan of fantasy. Do you find it shares thematic similarities with Lord of the Rings?

I'm currently reading Salem's Lot. I'm about halfway through it now. It's about a guy who visits his hometown (Salem's Lot) to write a novel, loosely related to an frightening experience he'd had at a house there and plans to rent the house. It turns out the house has been bought by mysterious people. And then there's vampires and shit goes down.

I've found it a bit disappointing so far, it just hasn't gripped me as much as other Stephen King books have. I think I've also read a bit too much King recently, it gets a bit boring when there's an identical character, based on different aspects of Stephen King, in almost every book. What I do really like about his books though is their emphasis on the power of places and how they are evil as opposed to the actions of people who live there, and ironically, Salem's Lot doesn't seem to be doing that as much so far as his other novels.
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Once I finish this, I plan to read The Great Gatsby and The Lord of The Rings trilogy/The Hobbit (any recommendations on which to read first?)
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby simpleenough » 22 December 2012, 02:41

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

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So, I was told to read some Murakami and after reading through his short story Landscape with Flatiron, I decidedly enjoyed his style of writing. This is the first of his novels I've picked up, though I was recommended by one of my professors to read Norwegian Wood as well as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

The novel talks through two distinctive character perspectives, and works as two fates merging to one. I'm not so far into the book yet, however, the style of writing as I work through it is... interesting. There seems to be some strange switch of consciousness in each narration, which at first threw me, but it's very curious how Murakami can use this 'chopped up' way of story-telling.

So far, if you have time, I do recommend it and Landscape with Flatiron.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Blaz » 22 December 2012, 03:03

Reading this thread.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Hadrian » 22 December 2012, 04:42

Ooh, finished Kafka on the Shore not too long ago. I like Murakami's books, but mentally they take a lot out of you and you have to seriously space them out. I recommend Dance, Dance, Dance for your next one. Let me know what you think when you finish it.

I'm skeptical about Jordan's Wheel of Time series/cycle/whatever. With rare exception, I believe if you can't tell your story within three books, it isn't worth my time. Writing impossibly long stories like that just seems..unnecessary. I started the first book and read about the first two-hundred pages, and even that tiny fraction of the full series seemed like he could give the characters infinite mini-adventures to drag it out as long as he wanted. Maybe I judged too harshly, but I decided to put it down. That being said, I'm a big fan of Brandon Sanderson, who is finishing the series now. And since the Stormlight Archive (see below) is apparently going to be a massive ten book epic, maybe I'm just a hypocrite.

As for me, I recently burned through Cloud Atlas and loved it. Then I maimed Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings (I was averaging 120 pages/day - it was becoming problematic) and ohthankgod the sequel should be out in early 2013.

Neil Gaiman is best classified as "dark fantasy". Everything he touches - The Sandman comics, Neverwhere (read that book now), American Gods turns to gold. Dark, creepy gold, but gold nonetheless. Now, reading Gaiman's:

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William Gibson is author of my favorite book, Neuromancer, and possibly my favorite author if such a possible title could be bestowed. He pretty much created cyberpunk and each of his books is nothing short of amazing. Also now reading:

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Read on, bibliophiles.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Mod » 22 December 2012, 05:54

Hadrian wrote:Neil Gaiman is best classified as "dark fantasy". Everything he touches - The Sandman comics, Neverwhere (read that book now), American Gods turns to gold. Dark, creepy gold, but gold nonetheless. Now, reading Gaiman's:

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William Gibson is author of my favorite book, Neuromancer, and possibly my favorite author if such a possible title could be bestowed. He pretty much created cyberpunk and each of his books is nothing short of amazing. Also now reading:

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Read on, bibliophiles.

I'm about to read Neuromancer right after I finish Implied Spaces, I'm reeeeaally looking forward to it. (Also halfway through The Sandman -such an awesome series!

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This book makes me think of what The Culture novels must be like where Mankind's universe is set about a few solar systems and a large number of pocket dimensions that lead to Dyson Spheres and custom worlds.
The setting is completely managed by quantum processing A.I that form part of an incomplete Matrioshka Array. The theme of the book is what does it mean to be human in a world where death is only an inconvenience and almost all of reality was deliberately engineered. The main character Aristide/Pablo explores Implied Spaces that gaps between the deliberate design which represent the only places where the denizens were not created for the environment.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby quandmême » 23 December 2012, 04:23

Naked - David Sedaris. So far it's very similar to Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. It's good. Not as funny as his Holiday book.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby aerach » 23 December 2012, 05:10

That Murakami book sounds interesting. I like authors that put thought into the way they tell their story. Not every plot is suited to a simple beginning to end telling. Playing with time, narrators and focus can sometimes add a lot of meaning. Virginia Woolf is one of my favorites that screws with time and perspective to muddle the story. I'll have to check this guy out at some point.


Unfortunately, no time for fiction, lately. I just finished reading a stack of undergrad final exams; now I want to drink the pain away.
EDIT: on second thought, a fair number of those exams could qualify as fiction. So I guess just no time for good fiction.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Simon » 23 December 2012, 05:26

Mr.Monkey wrote:I'm about to read Neuromancer right after I finish Implied Spaces, I'm reeeeaally looking forward to it. (Also halfway through The Sandman -such an awesome series!

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This book makes me think of what The Culture novels must be like where Mankind's universe is set about a few solar systems and a large number of pocket dimensions that lead to Dyson Spheres and custom worlds.
The setting is completely managed by quantum processing A.I that form part of an incomplete Matrioshka Array. The theme of the book is what does it mean to be human in a world where death is only an inconvenience and almost all of reality was deliberately engineered. The main character Aristide/Pablo explores Implied Spaces that gaps between the deliberate design which represent the only places where the denizens were not created for the environment.

Ooo. I take it you like it, then? It sounds something like a Heinleinian version of the Wilson Darwinia.

Also, I never got around to Neuromancer. I read Mona Lisa Overdrive and Idoru and didn't like them much, so didn't feel like trying more of him. Tell me what you think about it (you too, Hadrian!)
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Mod » 23 December 2012, 07:06

Simon wrote:Ooo. I take it you like it, then? It sounds something like a Heinleinian version of the Wilson Darwinia.

Also, I never got around to Neuromancer. I read Mona Lisa Overdrive and Idoru and didn't like them much, so didn't feel like trying more of him. Tell me what you think about it (you too, Hadrian!)

I've never read them but after a browse on wiki I'm inclined to agree. There are frequent references to a war where people wrote over other's personalities whenever they backed up their conciousness. So like those two and 'Ghost hacking' from Ghost in The Shell.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Hadrian » 23 December 2012, 17:07

Simon wrote:
Mr.Monkey wrote:I'm about to read Neuromancer right after I finish Implied Spaces, I'm reeeeaally looking forward to it. (Also halfway through The Sandman -such an awesome series!

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This book makes me think of what The Culture novels must be like where Mankind's universe is set about a few solar systems and a large number of pocket dimensions that lead to Dyson Spheres and custom worlds.
The setting is completely managed by quantum processing A.I that form part of an incomplete Matrioshka Array. The theme of the book is what does it mean to be human in a world where death is only an inconvenience and almost all of reality was deliberately engineered. The main character Aristide/Pablo explores Implied Spaces that gaps between the deliberate design which represent the only places where the denizens were not created for the environment.

Ooo. I take it you like it, then? It sounds something like a Heinleinian version of the Wilson Darwinia.

Also, I never got around to Neuromancer. I read Mona Lisa Overdrive and Idoru and didn't like them much, so didn't feel like trying more of him. Tell me what you think about it (you too, Hadrian!)


You..you read Mona Lisa Overdrive without having read Neuromancer first? Gods man, that's like jumping to Return of the King without having read the first two! It's called the Sprawl Trilogy for a reason - it's a loose trilogy, but a trilogy nonetheless. MLO was just alright, but Neuromancer is a world unto itself, and Count Zero was second to that. For my sake, give Neuromancer a shot.

I'm pretty interested in the concept of the singularity and augmented reality fiction, so I might tack that book onto my list. Looks interesting. Monkey, definitely let me know what you think when you finish Neuromancer. And if you like singularity fiction, read some Vernor Vinge. Rainbows End is definitely worth your time.

Murakami is great, Aerarch, but like I mentioned he's also a mindfuck. It's definitely a hole in my reading but I've never read any Woolf - where's a good place to start? Yea, I had so little time to read fiction when I was in school. Now that I'm sloughing it in the real world I burn through stacks. Just wait until you're free of the yoke of school and then you can waste your life away in fiction just like me! What're you studying, anyway?

My friends at work make fun of me (jokingly) because occasionally I'll bring one to lunch. Couple weeks ago when I was reading Way of Kings I had to tell them "sorry guys, love you all, but I need to fucking know what happens". Luckily one of them's a complete addict too so she gets it.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Hadrian » 23 December 2012, 22:21

Interesting. I spend my time in the very finite worlds of engineering and american/international politics, so a bit out of my depths. I'll see about picking up Dalloway next time I'm in B&N.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Mod » 24 December 2012, 10:54

Hadrian wrote:I'm pretty interested in the concept of the singularity and augmented reality fiction, so I might tack that book onto my list. Looks interesting. Monkey, definitely let me know what you think when you finish Neuromancer. And if you like singularity fiction, read some Vernor Vinge. Rainbows End is definitely worth your time.


I will look into those.
I finished Implied Spaces today which took about a week of intermittent reading. What I failed to mention (because I didn't understand) was that unlike the Culture series these AI that govern are ruled by Asimovian Protocols and as such much of the universe languishes in self pursuit as The Existential crisis is in full effect. I don't want to give it away but suffice to say the book was engrossing and is worth the read even if it isn't as compelling to y'all.

Starting Neuromancer now, despite my access to games and film all I want to do this xmas eve is read :lol:

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Simon » 24 December 2012, 23:59

Hadrian wrote:You..you read Mona Lisa Overdrive without having read Neuromancer first? Gods man, that's like jumping to Return of the King without having read the first two! It's called the Sprawl Trilogy for a reason - it's a loose trilogy, but a trilogy nonetheless. MLO was just alright, but Neuromancer is a world unto itself, and Count Zero was second to that. For my sake, give Neuromancer a shot.

I suspect that part of the problem might have been that I read MLO when I was a wee lad of a decade old. I'm not exactly sure why I picked it up - I know there was a good reason why I was attracted to the book, but, for the life of me, I can't remember it - so my strongest memories are of distaste after the breast augmentation. That mental image of nipples sore from surgery rubbing against a paper gown was disproportionately scarring. After realizing this, though (and after solidifying my reason for dislike by writing it down - thank you!), I think I'll be more open to trying it again. Neuromancer, here I come.

Hadrian wrote:Rainbows End is definitely worth your time.

I cannot wait for the next in the series. That book is a masterpiece of its kind. Of course, knowing Vinge's publishing habits.....

Also, was it just me, or did Rainbows End seem very Doctorow-ish?

On an unrelated note, I just finished reading David Brin's two Uplift trilogies, and I wanted to know if anyone else noticed the same problem - namely, that by the end of the series, they turn into science-fantasy porn. Perhaps it's just me, but when I'm reading something with strong roots in harder fiction I don't expect it to descend into fantasy dressed up in pseudoscientific babble, and felt it lent the books an air of cheapness.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Hadrian » 25 December 2012, 02:27

Common theme in sci-fi fantasy. Just look up the authors. By and large, they're overweight neckbeards (I'm looking at you, G.R.R. Martin) that are obviously living out their own fantasies in their fiction. That's my brother's theory, at least, and it makes sense to me.

Woah woah woah. Rainbow's End has a sequel coming out? If so, I am on that. And I haven't read any Doctorow yet, but I've been told I need to try him. Honestly Simon, you know both every band and every book I've pretty much ever thrown at you. I'm not sure how you do it.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Simon » 25 December 2012, 02:40

I read a recent interview somewhere where Vinge said that he's intending to write a sequel but that, given how long it takes for him to write, don't expect it for another five to ten years. It's very frustrating - I want to know more about the Rabbit! On a side note, I recently read Children of the Sky*, and I wanted to complain a little bit about how Vinge, as per usual, inflates misunderstandings and puts the villains ahead of the game. I think it was a fantastic technique in Fire Upon the Deep, but repeating it just provides fuels for those fantasies where you descend into the book and strangle a few of the characters.

*There we go - twenty years for a sequel.

Doctorow is a funny guy. His writing style is very... jocular and semi-simplistic in terms of presentation. I can't say I love him.

Also, what are your thoughts on The Graveyard Book?

Hey, Max - have you read Peter Watts' Rifters trilogy?
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Re: What are you reading right now?

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Simon wrote:Hey, Max - have you read Peter Watts' Rifters trilogy?

Never, it's all kinda new to me because when I last read sci fi or fantasy my mainstays were Derphammer and Dragonlance. I indulged in Harry Turtledove for a while but his fantasy series turned into WWII WITH DRAGONS(!) and after I grew bored I lost place -never to be found again.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Hadrian » 25 December 2012, 07:23

Simon wrote:I read a recent interview somewhere where Vinge said that he's intending to write a sequel but that, given how long it takes for him to write, don't expect it for another five to ten years. It's very frustrating - I want to know more about the Rabbit! On a side note, I recently read Children of the Sky*, and I wanted to complain a little bit about how Vinge, as per usual, inflates misunderstandings and puts the villains ahead of the game. I think it was a fantastic technique in Fire Upon the Deep, but repeating it just provides fuels for those fantasies where you descend into the book and strangle a few of the characters.

*There we go - twenty years for a sequel.

Doctorow is a funny guy. His writing style is very... jocular and semi-simplistic in terms of presentation. I can't say I love him.

Also, what are your thoughts on The Graveyard Book?

Hey, Max - have you read Peter Watts' Rifters trilogy?


I know right? I'll be losing my hair before I find out what happens to Ravna and friends. I liked Children of the Sky. I read it first and then read the reviews on amazon which were by and large hateful and furious. I found it enjoyable, even if the villain did come out of nowhere with little motive I could find. But I'm not one for holding my fiction to an incredibly high standard, either, as long as I enjoy the tale.

The Graveyard Book was good. A short read; finished it on the plane. Hard to go wrong with a Gaiman book.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Simon » 25 December 2012, 07:30

Mr.Monkey wrote:
Simon wrote:Hey, Max - have you read Peter Watts' Rifters trilogy?

Never, it's all kinda new to me because when I last read sci fi or fantasy my mainstays were Derphammer and Dragonlance. I indulged in Harry Turtledove for a while but his fantasy series turned into WWII WITH DRAGONS(!) and after I grew bored I lost place -never to be found again.

I think you should try it! Peter Watts is a marine biologist and the first book, Starfish, takes places in the deep, deep sea. It is somewhat droolworthy.

I didn't like Graveyard Book, actually. I don't like Gaiman in general; American Gods, for example, felt very soupy to me. I feel as if I'm missing something about his writing that would make it all click into place.
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