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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby xyz72 » 24 October 2015, 10:40

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xyz72 wrote:Murakami Haruki's Norwegian Wood...in Japanese. :D It's tough and I advance very, very slowly. But it's just oh so satisfying.


Kanji scare me. . . :noes:


As long as I don't have to hand-write them I'm fine. :lol: I actually like Kanji. Whenever possible I'll use kanji instead of kana - even when the kanji spelling is outdated. 此の looks better to me then この, for example. And reading a text that is mostly or entirely kana is just hell. I stopped playing the Pokemon games in Japanese because they were all kana!
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 24 October 2015, 18:20

xyz72 wrote:此の looks better to me then この

To my eye, the latter combination looks better. The characters compliment each other, with both being simple and rounded.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby xyz72 » 24 October 2015, 18:37

Brenden wrote:
xyz72 wrote:此の looks better to me then この

To my eye, the latter combination looks better. The characters compliment each other, with both being simple and rounded.

It's very different in an actual text, in which you a) see a larger block of text and b) rely on the kanji (the more complicated characters) for meaning and orientation, as Japanese uses punctuation very sparingly and has no spaces between words, while kana (the simpler ones) are mainly used for verb endings, particles and foreign loan words. The Japanese have gotten lazier over the past couple decades and started writing more and more common words completely in kana, it's a lot more annoying to read. Incredibly confusing when you see a long unbroken string of them.
I would agree 此 isn't the most beautiful of kanji though, it's just the first example that came to mind. The font doesn't help either.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby René » 3 November 2015, 21:35

Not right now, but I recently read Frank Herbert's Dune while Brenden and I were on a trip to see my parents at their temporary abode in Prague, CZ. I downloaded it while waiting in line at the gate for our flight out, started reading it while taxiing to the runway, and finished it as we were landing on the flight back.

It was really good. :awesome:

My dad warned me about it being quite a depressing book, but overall, I quite disagree.

I've been wanting to truly know this story for some 20 years now, ever since my dad introduced me to the early-1990s (DOS) Dune and Dune II video games and I saw David Lynch's 1984 film adaptation when I was little, and I am very pleased.

I was expecting it to be more of a science-fiction book per se since it's such a classic within the genre, but I feel like the science-fictional aspects were mostly a necessary background to the story that was really told, which was mainly about politics, ecology, war, human emotion, mysticism, religion and the development of such.

I would have approached the film adaptation quite differently than David Lynch did, but in retrospect, I do very much approve of the casting. While reading the book, even though I must have been about 10 when I saw the (definitely not age-appropriate :P) film adaptation, the mental movie I saw rendered from the words mostly featured the actors that played in the film (and occasionally the voiced interactive characters from the Cryo/Virgin game which were derived from said actors).

Reading the book, it was very clear that Herbert used personal experiences with mind-expanding/psychedelic drugs as an inspiration for the psychological effects of the spice melange. Many aspects of the altered states of consciousness produced by the seemingly magical drug that is the spice melange in the book are things that I've personally experienced while using such drugs and can directly relate to, which is pretty cool.

Ciniselli, thank you very much for recommending this book to me at the London meetup! I was always going to read it eventually as I've felt such a connection to the story my whole life, but it was your recommendation that sparked me finally downloading it and reading it, and I am grateful. :3 :keke:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Derek » 4 November 2015, 11:07

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, by Harold McGee.

How did I not know about this "seminal classic" until recently? I've picked up a lot about the science of cooking over the years, but my knowledge was nowhere near comprehensive. It's a must-read for cooks.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 11 November 2015, 22:42

Space–Time–Matter by Hermann Weyl
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 11 December 2015, 20:19

Just started Head of State by Andrew Marr, after having it on my Amazon cloud for ages but ignoring it.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby ophelia » 11 December 2015, 21:54

Neverwhere (Author's preferred text) by Neil Gaiman. Honestly I dont know if Gaiman could publish something I wouldn't read. He kind of owns my soul.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby xyz72 » 11 December 2015, 22:39

I just got done with The Shortest History of Europe. It really was short. I read it on train rides and bathroom breaks over the course of 2 days. I really liked its style and the very concise, though at times possibly a bit too generalized, way it presented information as developments rather than dates and events, but felt it lacked content. I'm not closely familiar with European history past the (surprisingly extensive) stuff taught in high school, yet I learned barely anything new from it.

Started reading Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World today because people just kept mentioning this book.
I'm also about halfway through Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars, which feels more like an introductionary art history course than a book(much better than the course I took and dropped out of). There's a lot of passion and admiration in the way Paglia writes about individual pieces, it's wonderful to read.

Been reading only non-fiction lately, so I guess I'll throw myself into a novel next.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Lucas » 12 December 2015, 02:49

The Art of Seduction :naughty:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Muspelli » 26 December 2015, 08:16

'The Pernicious Rise of Poptimism', an article from early 2014. It's an interesting look at how music criticism has changed over the last few decades.

Saul Austerlitz wrote:Rosen is describing poptimism as a reaction to what I think of as “Rolling Stone disease,” whereby Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen were treated as geniuses and the likes of Marvin Gaye and Madonna as mere pop singers. Obviously there should be no test of race or gender in musical immortality. But now the reaction has swamped the initial problem and created a wildly distorted version of the music world in 2014, as reflected in the way it’s covered.

Poptimism now not only demands devotion to pop idols; it has instigated an increasingly shrill shouting match with those who might not be equally enamored of pop music. Disliking Taylor Swift or Beyoncé is not just to proffer a musical opinion, but to reveal potential proof of bias. Hardly a week goes by in music-critic land without such accusations flying to and fro. In one particularly ugly contretemps a few years back, led by prominent critics, the indie hero Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields was accused of being a racist for expressing his appreciation for the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” from the (actually racist) Disney musical “Song of the South,” and his general dislike of hip-hop.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Commander » 26 December 2015, 08:43

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I know I'm a twenty year old reading children's books, but shut up, okay?
I do feel bad though, I mean I know how much the whole series cost having looked up the difference between buying bulk and buying them separately, and she keeps trying to buy me double what I normally would get in an attempt to make up for my father leaving as if it even matters to me.

All I bought her were a couple of necklaces and a minions money box...
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Lonewolf810 » 10 January 2016, 06:09

Commander wrote:
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I know I'm a twenty year old reading children's books, but shut up, okay?

Hey, those books are freaking amazing and I still read them :P

As for me, I got a Neil Gaiman collection for Christmas that I really wanted, so that's consuming all my time right now :P
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Joey90 » 21 January 2016, 21:26

The Age of Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Sullivan » 18 February 2016, 17:02

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

All it did was enable and inflame my already reprovable predisposition to melancholy.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Dommy » 13 March 2016, 03:39

A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara - aren't I sophisticated putting things in italics?
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Russian Doll » 13 March 2016, 11:23

I'm kind of reading three books right now, but they are combined volumes and I'm between volumes. For example I've finished the first section of Divine comedy-Inferno, set to start Purgatorio. I'm also a third of the way though the best of 1001 Arabian nights, but I treat this as my bedtime book. I have just finished off a book on Greek mythology.

The book that I'm reading primarily is Murakami- A Wild Sheep Chase
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 31 March 2016, 20:25

Currently taking a small breather from The Wheel of Time's 6th book to read Broken Vows: Tony Blair, The Tragedy of Power by Tom Bower. Not far into it but it's an interesting and really damn detailed insight into the minutia of the running of Tony Blair's premiership and how utterly dysfunctional the whole operation was, how naive or negligent the senior cabinet was and just how casually ignorant and naive Blair himself was about a lot of stuff.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Saul » 1 April 2016, 03:16

"The Sellout" by Paul Beatty
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby QHelx » 14 April 2016, 14:11

The Art of War, Sun Tzu.
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