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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 25 June 2014, 20:03

The Wheel of Time, Book 4: The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan.

It took me a long time to get through book 3, mainly just because I kept getting diverted by everything else. I am determined to crack through this one in a halfway decent time, however. 102 pages down, 899 to go. Then 10 more books in this series after this one.

I can do this... I think. We'll see how it goes.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Mod » 25 June 2014, 20:05

xyz72 wrote:I finished 5 more Murakami novels since this time last month. Bathroom breaks and short train trips add up.

Maan I really need to get onto him and Kazuo Ishiguro. But I've been telling myself that since I was 17.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby xyz72 » 25 June 2014, 20:12

Mod wrote:
xyz72 wrote:I finished 5 more Murakami novels since this time last month. Bathroom breaks and short train trips add up.

Maan I really need to get onto him and Kazuo Ishiguro. But I've been telling myself that since I was 17.

Most of the Murakami I read so far were VERY comfortable and rather quick reads. I'd suggest just grabbing one of his 150-300 page novels and just going for it.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Ericb91 » 25 June 2014, 20:49

I'm re-re-re reading the Harry Potter books, at PoA at the moment. I'm thinking about re-reading the Game of Thrones books after PoA.. I haven't read them since they came out and it would be nice to have it all fresh in my memory for the upcoming season.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Frigid » 26 June 2014, 18:37

Paragon wrote:
Frigid wrote:The pomodoro technique.

How's it working for you?

I read it and it's not even remotely suitable to my actual work. But it has plenty of good tips and techniques to translate through to other stuff.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Magic J » 1 July 2014, 16:10

I'm reading "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig. I'm not sure what to make of it right now, it's quite complex and not at all what I expected. One part travel log, part motorbike maintenance, part philosophical discussion, with some emotional and intellectual trauma thrown in. It requires some teasing. I'm told that there's whole online communities dedicated to discussing the concepts in it (such as the "middle way" between the rational/romantic perception dichotomy, and what can be considered to be "True"). It's flowing over my head quite nicely, though. :P

Also, "Robinson Crusoe" was good. I'm on a classic literature drive (I've too many lit student friends). "Moby Dick" is next.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby metricdinosaur_2738 » 1 July 2014, 19:59

Alexander: God of war.

Chapter one was helluva boring but chapter 2 brought the characterization, yeah it seems good so far, I'm liking it.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Mod » 1 July 2014, 20:02

I'm reading
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It's really nice to be reading another one of her books; they're funny, insightful, subtle, and modern. Most of all reading her work is so interesting to me because it's the writing that draws me in and not some pumped up plot description.The characters are the things that make her book work not some mention of a mystery or a space station or a faerie kingdom.

I'm actually getting pretty bored of books being described to me on the strength of their story rather than their writing. "Oh read this it has dragons and anyone can die and there's magic! Sometimes..."
I read books like Game of Thrones and chew my way through 'high resolution' scenery descriptions, occasional actions, and people acting like bastards to each other. But most of the actual events get condescend in my mind to a few key scenes and by the end I think "Was that all a gigantic waste of time?"

JackFrost wrote:Alexander: God of war.

Chapter one was helluva boring but chapter 2 brought the characterization, yeah it seems good so far, I'm liking it.

You might be better off with Arian Anabasis or some other first edition source. That's not to say they're any more truthful -they're probably more interesting though?
Besides Alexander wasn't exactly a god of war. Sure he fought a lot of them, But it was his Dad who truly got the ball rolling. Alex was just the one who lived long enough to see it through.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Lonewolf810 » 9 July 2014, 00:39

Ok...So I'm about 300 pages into this and I'm now scared as fuck of getting sick :lol: I even threw a fit when I started coughing before :rofl:
But anyway, I can't put the freaking thing down. It's just amazing :wide-eyed:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Joey90 » 13 July 2014, 08:23

I'm going to start reading The Seed and the Sower by Laurens Van Der Post this afternoon.

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This is war as experienced in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Java in 1942, but, above all, war as experienced in the souls of men. What follows is the story of two British officers whose spirits the Japanese try to break. Yet out of all the violence and misery strange bonds of love and friendship are forged between the prisoners - and their gaolers. It is a battle of survival that becomes a battle of contrasting wills and philosophies as the intensity of the men's relationship develops.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Joe » 18 July 2014, 14:58

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Meh.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby senseofanending » 21 July 2014, 01:04

Low Life - Jeffrey Bernard, it's a collection of his articles from The Spectator. It's quite good.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby rct3swp » 18 August 2014, 13:05

First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Kingsleyer » 19 August 2014, 20:34

rct3swp wrote:First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie


I loved those books! Have fun!!!
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Joey90 » 19 August 2014, 21:46

Kingsleyer wrote:
rct3swp wrote:First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie


I loved those books! Have fun!!!
I am reading:
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:awesome: I read that one too!!! Have fun, I liked it a lot!
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby c1ask0 » 19 August 2014, 22:12

I'm reading a book written by Martina Cole.

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I bought it along with two more of her books from a pop-up book shop at work. In total it was £5, so I figured it was worth a buy. It's not bad.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Paul » 19 August 2014, 22:26

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I just finished reading this. I'm doing a children's literature class at uni next semester. It's fun reading a load of children's books again but I get the feeling that it's going to be insanely hard when it comes to studying them. Our first seminar is: "What is Children's Literature?" and I just know with the vagueness of that question that it's going to be a really hard thing to define.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Kingsleyer » 19 August 2014, 22:38

Matilda used to be my favorite book growing up! :thumbsup:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Paul » 19 August 2014, 22:42

Kingsleyer wrote:Matilda used to be my favorite book growing up! :thumbsup:


Tbh, I'd rather be studying something like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as Mr Willy Wonka is one of the most fascinating characters around. He's completely plastic and I love his portrayal for that reason. I understand why they've gone with Matilda as there's a lot of interesting stuff about gender in there but what I'm looking forward to reading most are these:

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Joey90 » 19 August 2014, 23:08

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:heart: Ohhhh good memories :heart:
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