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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Pierro stardust » 19 August 2014, 23:17

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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 Mod » 20 August 2014, 02:23

I'm reading a Philip K Dick collection. Mostly the short stories.
I forgot how much I liked him after The Game Players of Titan.
I tried to read a contemporary novel called The Informer but something about the delivery of th prose puts me off mildly.
I've been reading a tonne of sci fi and fantasy again and have really wanted to get into Lorrie Moore style, slice of life contemporary fiction. But it's really hard to find admirable stories outside of Lorrie Moore herself.
I'm finding it really hard to find contemp. fiction that doesn't come with the obligatory murder mystery which just feels waay too pulpy.
I might try Jonathan Franzen's Freedom but I suspect it's not quite what I want.
I want something modern but I might just have to disappear into sci fi, Kurt Vonnegut, and even William Faulkner for my dosage.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Magic J » 21 August 2014, 21:16

Paul wrote:I just finished reading this ["Matilda"]. 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.

Truly! One series which comes to mind is Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, which had some pretty complex ideas for a set of children's books; like the Biblical concept of the "Fall of Man". The ideas in lots of children's literature are not themselves childish or shallow, so I suppose that blurs the lines between children's literature and literature written for adults. Sounds like a cool course.

At the moment, I'm reading "We", by Yevgeny Zamyatin (Eugene Zamiatin), half because of my interest in dystopian literature, and half because he wrote it a few years after the Bolshevik Revolution, during the Russian Civil War, which is another major interest. It's very good so far, and satirizes the early Soviet regime and its ideas. Inspired Orwell to write "1984", apparently.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 21 August 2014, 21:22

In preparation for the film, I'm re-reading "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner. It's just as brilliant as I remember.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby c1ask0 » 22 August 2014, 07:29

Severelius wrote:In preparation for the film, I'm re-reading "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner. It's just as brilliant as I remember.

Is this about someone who runs in a maze? Because if it's not... :crazy:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Kingsleyer » 22 August 2014, 08:28

c1ask0 wrote:
Severelius wrote:In preparation for the film, I'm re-reading "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner. It's just as brilliant as I remember.

Is this about someone who runs in a maze? Because if it's not... :crazy:


It is! Its really good!
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby metricdinosaur_2738 » 22 August 2014, 18:28

"the Industrial Revolution" by no one really, just a trade edition.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 22 August 2014, 18:37

c1ask0 wrote:
Severelius wrote:In preparation for the film, I'm re-reading "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner. It's just as brilliant as I remember.

Is this about someone who runs in a maze? Because if it's not... :crazy:

At the heart of it, there is a maze and quite a bit of running.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby not-what-i-want » 23 August 2014, 07:30

So far I'm reading Eragon during my lunch breaks at work. I'm so hooked and I have only less than 70 pages to go! :gaping:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby StatusJoe » 23 August 2014, 07:55

Everyday Sexism. It was recommended by quite a few friends and just wanted to make sure my behaviour isn't part of the problem :P

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby not-what-i-want » 23 August 2014, 07:59

JoeOsseus wrote:Everyday Sexism. It was recommended by quite a few friends and just wanted to make sure my behaviour isn't part of the problem :P

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Is it? ;)
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby StatusJoe » 23 August 2014, 08:00

It really is!

I joke, There are probably areas I could be a bit more aware of. But on a whole I'm naturally quite good at my gender equality.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Nicholas » 23 August 2014, 10:17

not-what-i-want wrote:So far I'm reading Eragon during my lunch breaks at work. I'm so hooked and I have only less than 70 pages to go! :gaping:

:keke: Close! "Eldest" is amazing! I can't wait for you to start it! I might read the whole series again~
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Kingsleyer » 23 August 2014, 12:43

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby rct3swp » 23 August 2014, 22:09

Guys i need help.

Who here has read one of these series?

Culture series - Ian Banks
Hyperion cantos - Dan Simmons
Expanse series - James S.A corey
Nights dawn Trilogy -Peter. F Hamilton



I want to know if they are good, have good character development, good plots, twists, moments. Are the dark and grity? Basically are they some what similar to A Song Of Ice And Fire? Dark, gritty, realistic and with lots of characters and no good vs evil
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby c1ask0 » 12 September 2014, 15:53

Severelius wrote:
c1ask0 wrote:
Severelius wrote:In preparation for the film, I'm re-reading "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner. It's just as brilliant as I remember.

Is this about someone who runs in a maze? Because if it's not... :crazy:

At the heart of it, there is a maze and quite a bit of running.

A friend lent this to me a week ago. I'm finding that the story is not bad, but I don't think the writing is as good as it could be. I also don't like the overuse of the Glader slang. It's like the author made up a couple of words and didn't bother to take it any further. Also, Alby is a stupid name. :confused:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Kingsleyer » 12 September 2014, 16:06

c1ask0 wrote:
Severelius wrote:
c1ask0 wrote:
Severelius wrote:In preparation for the film, I'm re-reading "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner. It's just as brilliant as I remember.

Is this about someone who runs in a maze? Because if it's not... :crazy:

At the heart of it, there is a maze and quite a bit of running.

A friend lent this to me a week ago. I'm finding that the story is not bad, but I don't think the writing is as good as it could be. I also don't like the overuse of the Glader slang. It's like the author made up a couple of words and didn't bother to take it any further. Also, Alby is a stupid name. :confused:


I read the entire trilogy in preparation for the film and this is exactly my issue with it. The story itself is really good, but the writing is mediocre and the slang is just ridiculous and forced.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Simon » 12 September 2014, 16:08

rct3swp wrote:Guys i need help.

Who here has read one of these series?

Culture series - Ian Banks
Hyperion cantos - Dan Simmons
Expanse series - James S.A corey
Nights dawn Trilogy -Peter. F Hamilton



I want to know if they are good, have good character development, good plots, twists, moments. Are the dark and grity? Basically are they some what similar to A Song Of Ice And Fire? Dark, gritty, realistic and with lots of characters and no good vs evil

I.... would not really call ANY of those dark and gritty. Also I would not call the Simmons good, though I realize I am probably alone in that; I just find his writing rather boring, though it might be the most similar to the Martin. I have to say that both Expanse and Culture stuff is fantastic and I'd absolutely recommend both.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Paul » 12 September 2014, 16:14

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. It's not an easy read (but modernist literature is notoriously difficult) but it's okay. Little bit awkward when the black people in it are literally compared to monkeys and referred to as "niggers" but I understand why it's there, of course.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Mod » 12 September 2014, 16:20

Paul wrote:Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. It's not an easy read (but modernist literature is notoriously difficult) but it's okay. Little bit awkward when the black people in it are literally compared to monkeys and referred to as "niggers" but I understand why it's there, of course.


I read it aaages ago. It was paired with another short story of his called "The Secret Sharer" which I have to say I enjoyed far more. It was about a stowaway who I think meets the captain of the ship. They're both educated men who fall quite attached to one another. They're so similar in fact that the stowaway sometimes poses as the captain without the crew knowing. Eventually the stowaway leaves the ship but not before the two men have formed a passionate homoerotic bond.
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