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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Paul » 12 September 2014, 17:46

Mod wrote:
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.



I'll have to read The Secret Sharer at some point! Sounds like more my sort of thing. I'm reading HoD as part of my Modernism and Postmodernism class.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Zari » 30 September 2014, 01:40

I'm reading Atlas Shrugged in my free time, and listening to Crime and Punishment when I'm bored at work. War and peace is next on my audio list, but I don't even have a real reading list. I always listen to very long books, and usually read classics.

Heart of Darkness is a great short story! Conrad is an amazing author, and has done a lot for the field. Modernism is notoriously difficult to read because of the way it's written, but it's a lot of fun when you get into it.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Mod » 30 September 2014, 07:14

Alice Munro's Dear Life short story collection. It's everything I've been craving from adult fiction of late.

Also prepping for Duplex by Kathryn Davis after.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby c1ask0 » 30 September 2014, 07:19

I'm currently reading The Runaway by Martina Cole. I think it's going to be good.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Derek » 30 September 2014, 07:26

Mod wrote:Alice Munro's Dear Life short story collection. It's everything I've been craving from adult fiction of late.

Oh yeah, I read Runaway in high school. That was before she won the Nobel Prize so technically it wasn't mainstream then.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Mod » 30 September 2014, 07:49

Derek wrote:
Mod wrote:Alice Munro's Dear Life short story collection. It's everything I've been craving from adult fiction of late.

Oh yeah, I read Runaway in high school. That was before she won the Nobel Prize so technically it wasn't mainstream then.

Neat. I didn't know any of that. Or anything about her until someone recommended her after I pined for something more like Laurie Moore on another forum just yesterday.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Simon » 30 September 2014, 08:25

Oh, my god, Derek, we already know you're SO ahead of the curve.

Also: I just picked up Hertling's Avogadro Corp and I am hoping that his later books, specifically one that my mother recommended, are much better, because this is spoon-feedingly bad writing. He explains everything to exhaustion. I swear to god. This is trite.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby aceasarsalad » 30 October 2014, 13:30

I was talking to Steve about this yesterday.

I am currently reading from the Star Wars: Legacy of the Force series. The book is called Revelation by Karen Traviss.

This series is written by three different authors who take turns writing each book in series. I dislike Traviss's writing style the most because she insists on inserting italicized inner thoughts of the characters. Fortunately she doesn't do it as often as she did in some books in a later series that I read. When literally every paragraph included some thoughts. None of the other two authors include these thoughts. I find it a bit distracting.

I must admit, my favourite plot line is that surrounding Boba Fett, the Mandalor. I love reading about the Mandalorians and the interesting lifestyles they live. I actually skipped ahead a couple pages yesterday at lunch to see what happened in that scene because she switched to another scene on the page I was at haha. I have to go back and read the other bit today :P
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 30 October 2014, 21:25

Currently, according to my Kindle, 25% of the way into Vector Prime, the first of the New Jedi Order series of the Star Wars Expanded Universe novels that chronicle the Yuuzhan Vong War.

So far it's setting it up well and I'm loving how true to the movie the characters of Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie are. And Luke's wife is one of my favourite characters in Star Wars already, and Han and Leia's kids Jaina, Jacen and Anakin are all characters in their own right, not just "it's Han's kids!"

The story thus far is interesting though I will admit if I didn't know that this entire series goes absolutely explosively bananas later down the line my interest might start waning a bit in the middle of the political talk between people who's names I have difficulty pronouncing with any ease.

Still, it's promising.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby aceasarsalad » 30 October 2014, 21:36

Severelius wrote:Currently, according to my Kindle, 25% of the way into Vector Prime, the first of the New Jedi Order series of the Star Wars Expanded Universe novels that chronicle the Yuuzhan Vong War.

So far it's setting it up well and I'm loving how true to the movie the characters of Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie are. And Luke's wife is one of my favourite characters in Star Wars already, and Han and Leia's kids Jaina, Jacen and Anakin are all characters in their own right, not just "it's Han's kids!"

The story thus far is interesting though I will admit if I didn't know that this entire series goes absolutely explosively bananas later down the line my interest might start waning a bit in the middle of the political talk between people who's names I have difficulty pronouncing with any ease.

Still, it's promising.


You're exactly right about everything you said Image


They are definitely their own characters, and they are each Jedi's. I agree the characters are true to the movies.

The names are ALWAYS so difficult LMAAAO. Luke and Leia are basically the only ones I am familiar with!

I do enjoy the complex names though. I find them clever at times.

Jagged Fel, Natasi Daala, Boba Fett, Tahiri, Admiral Pellaeon, etc.

I really enjoy the political aspect of it. I like the complex plot consisting of many connections, allegiances, and the Light and Dark side of the Force. But I can see how that may not be for everyone...
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby xyz72 » 30 October 2014, 21:37

A Japanese Grammer guide.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 30 October 2014, 22:02

aceasarsalad wrote:
Severelius wrote:Currently, according to my Kindle, 25% of the way into Vector Prime, the first of the New Jedi Order series of the Star Wars Expanded Universe novels that chronicle the Yuuzhan Vong War.

So far it's setting it up well and I'm loving how true to the movie the characters of Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie are. And Luke's wife is one of my favourite characters in Star Wars already, and Han and Leia's kids Jaina, Jacen and Anakin are all characters in their own right, not just "it's Han's kids!"

The story thus far is interesting though I will admit if I didn't know that this entire series goes absolutely explosively bananas later down the line my interest might start waning a bit in the middle of the political talk between people who's names I have difficulty pronouncing with any ease.

Still, it's promising.


You're exactly right about everything you said Image


They are definitely their own characters, and they are each Jedi's. I agree the characters are true to the movies.

The names are ALWAYS so difficult LMAAAO. Luke and Leia are basically the only ones I am familiar with!

I do enjoy the complex names though. I find them clever at times.

Jagged Fel, Natasi Daala, Boba Fett, Tahiri, Admiral Pellaeon, etc.

I really enjoy the political aspect of it. I like the complex plot consisting of many connections, allegiances, and the Light and Dark side of the Force. But I can see how that may not be for everyone...

The mark of a good character is "can they make me fall in love with them" and at least Jacen Solo has already kind of managed that.

I've gotten better with names since I started watching more anime. If I can pronounce Aaroniero Arruruerie without missing a beat, Star Wars names won't bother me that much. It's just a touch tricky that you don't hear them, only see them written, so it's harder to work out how you're meant to pronounce them. Like where to put emphasis, or junk like that.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby aceasarsalad » 31 October 2014, 14:28

Fa sho! And I'm pretty sure that I want to take Ben Skywalker to the bedroom Image

(He's probably really young in the series you're reading but he gets older lol)
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby René » 23 November 2014, 13:19

A Stitch in Time by Andrew Robinson (the actor who played Elim Garak on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Burns » 23 November 2014, 21:19

I'm just getting around to reading last week's edition of The Nation.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby EleniDoSorto66 » 25 November 2014, 00:15

Truman Capote's "Music for Chameleons"

Memoirs of famous and not-so-famous people he had met.

He wrote the most beautiful and human memoir of Marilyn Monroe; salty-talking and all.

Really good short stories.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Greg » 25 November 2014, 15:40

Currently reading Stephen King's new novel Revival. So far, so good. Still not entirely sure if this is a novel with horror aspects or not.

I am one of the few that has really been enjoying his recent books (Mr. Mercedes, Doctor Sleep, 11/22/63, Under the Dome). He is not entirely the same writer he was at the beginning of his career. For that type of King, I read his son's novels now.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby aceasarsalad » 29 December 2014, 15:19

Finished Sam Harris's Waking Up. It was only alright. I took some notes from it, but I didn't appreciate some of his writing style. Meh.


Finishing up Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Invincible by Troy Denning atm.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Burns » 30 December 2014, 00:39

aceasarsalad wrote:Finished Sam Harris's Waking Up. It was only alright. I took some notes from it, but I didn't appreciate some of his writing style. Meh.


Yeah I wasn't a huge fan either; it was probably my least favorite book that I have read by Harris.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Greg » 30 December 2014, 18:43

Just finished Station Eleven, it is a post apocalyptic novel that focuses on a traveling group that perform Shakespeare to the remaining towns 20 years after civilization ends. It was a really interesting novel that focuses on very different themes and ideas than most fiction in the post-ap setting.
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