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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 8 July 2022, 21:21

PopTart wrote:The latest Brandon Sanderson book, Rythm of war. I know Sanderson again, but truth is, I haven't read fiction in well over a year. I've read alot of factual or informative books but not had time, or made time for any fiction.

And boy did I need this. I've been feeling dissatisfied with tv/movies and gaming hasn't scratched that solo entertainment itch for a while.

After finishing the first chapter, I felt this pressure lifting as I remembered how great it feels to be excited to read the next chapter, to lay on my bed and think... just another half hour, while furtively glancing at the clock, knowing that I have work in the morning.


I'm reading Sanderson's The Way of Kings on the recommendation of my therapist. It's pleasing enough, but I still think Sanderson an ant compared to Tolkien.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby PopTart » 15 July 2022, 17:32

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PopTart wrote:The latest Brandon Sanderson book, Rythm of war. I know Sanderson again, but truth is, I haven't read fiction in well over a year. I've read alot of factual or informative books but not had time, or made time for any fiction.

And boy did I need this. I've been feeling dissatisfied with tv/movies and gaming hasn't scratched that solo entertainment itch for a while.

After finishing the first chapter, I felt this pressure lifting as I remembered how great it feels to be excited to read the next chapter, to lay on my bed and think... just another half hour, while furtively glancing at the clock, knowing that I have work in the morning.


I'm reading Sanderson's The Way of Kings on the recommendation of my therapist. It's pleasing enough, but I still think Sanderson an ant compared to Tolkien.

That's fair enough. I find Tolkien to be abit... wooden, stiff. He is very poetic, lyrical and has wonderful world building but it's all so dry.

I find Sanderson, while not being as technically sophisticated, has a lot more creative flare, his characters have more dimensions and seem like genuine, conflicted people with shifting motivations and goals, failings and shortcomings.

It's his focus on characters that change that I find most compelling. The flashy magic stuff is fun too ofcourse. But while Tolkiens characters can have depth, they represent ideals and concepts rather than actual people most of the time. It's less engaging to me for that reason.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 16 July 2022, 23:50

I just finished reading Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us by Will Storr.

The most interesting parts of the book were the tidbits about Ayn Rand and her little cult of personality. Apparently when her lover and her had a quarrel, the group debated whether it would be ethical to assassinate him — and they came to the conclusion it would.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 17 July 2022, 16:28

Brenden wrote:I just finished reading Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us by Will Storr.

The most interesting parts of the book were the tidbits about Ayn Rand and her little cult of personality. Apparently when her lover and her had a quarrel, the group debated whether it would be ethical to assassinate him — and they came to the conclusion it would.


Doesn't surprise me one bit. Rand was a raging, cold-blooded bitch (and not even in the hotter femme fatale sort of way).
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 17 July 2022, 16:29

PopTart wrote:
McTaggartfan wrote:
PopTart wrote:The latest Brandon Sanderson book, Rythm of war. I know Sanderson again, but truth is, I haven't read fiction in well over a year. I've read alot of factual or informative books but not had time, or made time for any fiction.

And boy did I need this. I've been feeling dissatisfied with tv/movies and gaming hasn't scratched that solo entertainment itch for a while.

After finishing the first chapter, I felt this pressure lifting as I remembered how great it feels to be excited to read the next chapter, to lay on my bed and think... just another half hour, while furtively glancing at the clock, knowing that I have work in the morning.


I'm reading Sanderson's The Way of Kings on the recommendation of my therapist. It's pleasing enough, but I still think Sanderson an ant compared to Tolkien.

That's fair enough. I find Tolkien to be abit... wooden, stiff. He is very poetic, lyrical and has wonderful world building but it's all so dry.

I find Sanderson, while not being as technically sophisticated, has a lot more creative flare, his characters have more dimensions and seem like genuine, conflicted people with shifting motivations and goals, failings and shortcomings.

It's his focus on characters that change that I find most compelling. The flashy magic stuff is fun too ofcourse. But while Tolkiens characters can have depth, they represent ideals and concepts rather than actual people most of the time. It's less engaging to me for that reason.


Well considering that his project, which was one of the creation of myth, was different from that of Sanderson, I'd almost say there's not much point in comparing the two. But yes, I can see why you call Tolkien "stiff" and "dry," as do many others. At least you can recognize how poetic he was.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby René » 18 July 2022, 00:22

Just started Chapterhouse: Dune, the last book in the Dune series written by Frank Herbert himself.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 16 August 2022, 16:52

Last night I started reading Joseph Brent's Charles Sanders Peirce: A Life; I'm halfway through and I'll finish it later, but overall I'd say it's a pretty interesting and well-written presentation of the facts and documents of Peirce's life.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Magic J » 20 August 2022, 15:15

René wrote:Just started Chapterhouse: Dune, the last book in the Dune series written by Frank Herbert himself.

How is it? I've been meaning to read the Dune series for ages, but I hear it declines quite rapidly once Herbert, for obvious reasons, stopped writing them. I might just read up to Chapterhouse. I enjoyed the first book a lot.

OT: I'm reading A People's History of Scotland. Good so far, I much prefer the social history approach over the "this king, then this king" approach. Similar in focus to The Making of the English Working Class. Interesting chapter on Scotland's feudal system and the often forgotten violent transition to a capitalist economy. Thumbs up.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby René » 28 August 2022, 18:12

Magic J wrote:
René wrote:Just started Chapterhouse: Dune, the last book in the Dune series written by Frank Herbert himself.

How is it? I've been meaning to read the Dune series for ages, but I hear it declines quite rapidly once Herbert, for obvious reasons, stopped writing them. I might just read up to Chapterhouse. I enjoyed the first book a lot.

It's too soon to say for this book. Based on the preceding books, I will say I enjoyed the first book by far the most, the second a bit less, and I think it was downhill from there. Still enjoyable to read, but nothing can compare to the magnificence of the first book. :D
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 30 August 2022, 12:32

Magic J wrote:OT: I'm reading A People's History of Scotland. Good so far, I much prefer the social history approach over the "this king, then this king" approach. Similar in focus to The Making of the English Working Class. Interesting chapter on Scotland's feudal system and the often forgotten violent transition to a capitalist economy. Thumbs up.

Oh cool! I've added it to my list.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 31 August 2022, 19:55

Strongly considering finally, after years of meaning to, getting round to starting the Discworld series. My only hesitation is that it's a lot of books and my therapist has been trying to talk me out of my habit of constantly forcing myself into really really long-term tasks that I'll almost certainly never finish.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby LokiLover87 » 5 September 2022, 19:10

I'm reading an Alien Vs Predator anthology (AVO: Ultimate Prey) and Dead dead girls for a queer book club I'm in.

Both are good so far.
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