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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby wizid » 15 March 2013, 02:23

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No shit, cover to cover.. bout half way through, its mind numbingly boring.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Aspienaut » 15 March 2013, 20:10

Currently reading Immanuel Velikovsky's Worlds in Collision. Fascinating stuff I have to say.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Mod » 18 March 2013, 08:43

Hadrian wrote:A William Gibson book I haven't read? This needs to be corrected immediately. Should have mentioned within this thread that I finished Zero History not long ago. Arguably my favorite author.

Yeah it's really good. It turns out that it's part 2 of the Bridge trilogy But it's a superficial link like with Neuromancer et al.
He's climbed pretty high on my list too. I really enjoy his style.

I feel like I kinda get his nodal point process too

"Laney’s node-spotter function is some sort of metaphor for whatever it is that I actually do. There are bits of the literal future right here, right now, if you know how to look for them. Although I can’t tell you how; it’s a non-rational process."
—William Gibson, August 1999.

You see an ecology of current trends and try to follow them to a conclusion.
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Like how Laney empathises with a woman to the point that he can see her future suicide.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Loop » 19 March 2013, 05:03

hnngh wrote:
Simon wrote:House of Leaves was brilliant and I, personally, adored it. I'd really recommend it.


I actually picked it up today. It was on the same table as 50 shades of grey and it was buy 2 get 1 free but my dad was with me so I was afraid.


I ended up really disliking House of Leaves. It was a frustrating read. I noticed that it quickly fell into a pattern: for every 10 pages, 4 of them were wasted space, be it on useless footnotes or wonky formatting, 5 of them were wasted text (Zampano rambling, Johnny rambling, plot slowly going nowhere, etc), and 1 was substantive and plot-driving. I very nearly couldn't finish it.

So imagine my great disappointment when I do finish it, and it's one of those "HAHA NOTHING IS EXPLAINED, PLOT ISN'T RESOLVED, USE YOUR IMAGINATION TROLOL" post-modern surrealism books. Fuck it. What a waste of time. I admire the sheer effort that Mark put into this novel but I just can't help sighing because it easily could have been so much better.

The letters from Johnny's mom, though, were fantastic.

Now I'm reading The Fires of Heaven, which is fifth in the Wheel of Time. I can't believe Jordan is still doing that "a ter'angreal is this, Tar Valon is that" explanation thing. You'd think he'd trust his readers, who are, what, 4,000 pages into his world, to get it by now...
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Mod » 28 March 2013, 05:36

Still reading Idoru. Finished in two weeks at the most.

Also I picked up Poems to a Glass Woman by James K. Baxter.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Hadrian » 29 March 2013, 06:53

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby RK » 30 April 2013, 11:07

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Working my way through some of the older Crichton books I never made it around to. This one has been enjoyable mainly because it relentlessly references psychology, some of the classic research studies in social psych, etc. As a Psych major it's fun to know exactly what the main character is talking about.

The plot is pretty tense but some stuff could definitely have been made a little more subtle. It bothers me when an author throws his Chekhov's gun at you over and over.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Mod » 1 May 2013, 18:30

So I read Idoru by William Gibson (pictured ITT). It had its moments but it felt a let down from the expectation I'd formed reading Neuromancer. Sure there's something to be said for N. being his first novel during his youth and how people seem trend to be less creative the more experience they have. But the book felt like a template sleepwalk with fewer baroque quirks of the kind that drew me to his style.

Reading Consider Phlebas by Ian M. Banks right now.
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I liked it at the start and lost interest during a dull chapter(s) about 1/4th into the book. I'm just over halfway now and the pacing's picked up and I'm starting to really enjoy it.
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BOOKS REVIEWS!

Unread postby Elven11 » 21 May 2013, 14:39

I'm guessing ya all read So what books have you read and can recommend!? I'm currently reading game of thrones and am fucking loving it.

This is H.P Lovecraft's omnibus written in 1931 its gothic horror and I loved it especially "At the mountains of madness" which is about these explorers who go to Antartica and uncovered a huge temple that a race owned and froze over in the ice age and they find things there and learn the truth about the world and they go insane....lol...its very good and it grips you from the get go and I like story telling from the old days because things were weird and scary bak then in a different way......the off putting thing is its gothic type writing and its kinda hard to understand because we don't talk like that today but you kinda understand it anyways....I wish i could talk today like H.P writes in the book
But yeh the things he writes about is ahead of his time I've been told movie's like aliens vs predator and prometheus borrow elements from Lovecraft.....I love that he writes books on the occult and insanity and the feeling is just sad the whole time..so yeh
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Re: What are you reading right now?

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 2 June 2013, 08:16

david3000 wrote:Im halfway the second book of Game of Thrones A Song of Ice and Fire.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Mod » 2 June 2013, 11:57

Finished A Feast for Crows (finally) and onto Niel Gaiman's American Gods.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 2 June 2013, 12:33

Mr.Monkey wrote:Finished A Feast for Crows (finally)

That was definitely the hardest one to get through. Huge swaths of it are boring as hell.

A Dance with Dragons is much better. I've seen people order the chapters from the two into one seamless chronological story and I think if I ever reread the series that's how I'll go through it.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Mod » 2 June 2013, 14:35

Brenden wrote:
Mr.Monkey wrote:Finished A Feast for Crows (finally)

That was definitely the hardest one to get through. Huge swaths of it are boring as hell.

A Dance with Dragons is much better. I've seen people order the chapters from the two into one seamless chronological story and I think if I ever reread the series that's how I'll go through it.


Neat. Not sure if I could be bothered though. Argh I take around 2 weeks to a month to read these and George R.R. takes ages to write. :runaway:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Magic J » 2 June 2013, 14:58

I'm going to have to read this series. My friend's conversations are full of references to A Song of Ice and Fire and Dr. Who and I understand nothing. :lol:

Just finished Steppenwolf, by Herman Hess. Similar to Siddartha in that it's very psychoanalytical, but whilst Siddartha finished on a high note, and left me hopefull, Steppenwolf seemed to conclude with a very strange and dark tone. I get the fact that the main character grew and developed, but it lacked the sense of completion which Siddartha had for me. It was a bit depressing, actually. Hess did say that it was one of his most misunderstood works, so perhaps I'm just not grasping the message very well. I'll read it again in ten years, see how it strikes me then.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Milo » 30 June 2013, 21:37

Soils an Introduction :lol:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby rxxli » 1 July 2013, 01:54

Halo: The Fall Of Reach

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I am at the beginning of this book right now and it seems quite interesting. I like how Halo universe is so broad and the actual game isn't just shoot-shoot-bang-bang. It's actually a really nice story. And I like how only the combination of books and the actual games give you the complete story.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Mod » 1 July 2013, 02:52

rxxli wrote:Halo: The Fall Of Reach
I am at the beginning of this book right now and it seems quite interesting. I like how Halo universe is so broad and the actual game isn't just shoot-shoot-bang-bang. It's actually a really nice story. And I like how only the combination of books and the actual games give you the complete story.


The Fall of Reach is nice and so is First Strike and Ghosts of Onyx. Can't say much for The Flood since it's pretty much a retrod of everything from the original Halo except it includes a flood soldier as a vp character which is kinda interesting.
Still need to read those others sometime.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Holyinternet » 1 July 2013, 09:15

I re-read the Name of The Wind and A Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss and currently re-reading The Hobbit
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby rxxli » 1 July 2013, 09:38

Mr.Monkey wrote:
rxxli wrote:Halo: The Fall Of Reach
I am at the beginning of this book right now and it seems quite interesting. I like how Halo universe is so broad and the actual game isn't just shoot-shoot-bang-bang. It's actually a really nice story. And I like how only the combination of books and the actual games give you the complete story.


The Fall of Reach is nice and so is First Strike and Ghosts of Onyx. Can't say much for The Flood since it's pretty much a retrod of everything from the original Halo except it includes a flood soldier as a vp character which is kinda interesting.
Still need to read those others sometime.

The Flood is then a great book for me. I haven't actually played the original Halo. Well, I did when I was like 10 but I didn't get very far and I can't remember much. I haven't played Halo 2 either so I have a massive hole in the storyline which is quite annoying.
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