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The book club

Unread postPosted: 3 May 2018, 17:42
by Hericoon
Well I love reading and I don't remember seeing a topic about books so here is one I guess ^^

So I thought we could talk about what we are reading right now, recommend books, talk about our favorite authors and books :)

Currently I'm reading The Labyrinthe of Dreaming Books, by Walter Moers. That's weird because it's the second book of a serie which first book might be my fav book ever and I discovered like 10 years after reading that it had a second tome, as it's not sold in french libraries I had to command it so I'm pretty emotional reading it at the moment lol. Technically it's a book for children but who cares ahah. Anyway the first book was about a young dragon, a writer, to is trip to the city of Bookholme, a city entirely devoted to literature. The universe is really complete and the writer is also an illustrator so his book are accompanied with his drawings, so it's pretty pleasant (I personally love his style). Okay I'll stop here ^^ I recommend it if you are into fantasy :)

My favorite author is Stephen King though, I'm not sure I could really choose a book from him tbh and picking a short story is just impossible ahah !

What about you guys ?

Re: The book club

Unread postPosted: 3 May 2018, 23:16
by Subra
William Hope Hodgson's "House on the Borderlands", Lovecraft's "The Whisperer in Darkness", all time fave HG Wells' "The Time Machine". I'm a sci-fi horror kinda guy.

Re: The book club

Unread postPosted: 4 May 2018, 09:05
by GearFetTwinkRomance
I used to read a lot in childage times, and if I get concentrated to do it, I still do. Usually it's been lexicon and science related a lot, about astrophysics and biology, genetics, psychology and psychiatry, palaeo - anthropology, palaeontology, birds, fossils, snails, minerals, that kind of thing.
The usual kids stories they would read at school I found boring.
I would read comic books to my little cousin and somewhat impersonate the voices of the characters. That's been a fun time.
I came to read novels fairly late. I think it started simultaneously when I started to write on my own.

I think my first actual read story was of James Oliver Curwood, 'Nomads of the north'. My heart was set out for Canada and Alaska already back then. :cool:

In the meantime it's been so many. I don't remember the writer, but I had some fascination on dynasties of the Victorian time for a while, and then I would dive into Sci-Fi like Isaac Asimov and Perry Rhodan.
One I particularly remember is of Sydney J. Van Scyoc, 'Assignment Nor Dyren'. Even got me to design the characters and some of the scapes my imagination produced while thinking about that type of regressing society.
Another one that lingers, was 'The mote in god's eye' from Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.

I do enjoy King a lot, since about the Bachmann shorts were about. In his novels, I like how he's got always hints and little relations of characters and places in his stories, and he really can scare the shits outta you. I had some books in German and later I had them in the English version, so I could compare and find some things weird in translation.

I like Thomas Harris, too, and I read some of a similar writer, I think he was a cop in real life, but don't remenber the name. He writes psycho- thrillers, I had some back in Canada.

And I pretty well liked J.D. Salinger's 'Catcher in the rye' , although I got a German translation, and they used to translate "ass" to "Esel" (donkey, as it's in male donkey) all the friggin time. I laughed my ass off, pretty well. ( The donkey, I hope, didn't mind )

So, other things were Archie Andrews Comics ... Archie really happens to be a guy to my tastes, if he were a living person. I was sad when he died, even.

And I had read some existentialism like of Kierkegaard, Dostojewski, Jung, Schopenhauer, Sartre, Nietzsche, Marx and all those, Ayn Rand, even Krischnamurti at times, just because someone in Canada had urged me to. Yepp, can be interesting to look into people's views about the world and get introduced to how they think, it all relates. Broadens one's mind, even if I don't believe I'm bright enough to catch on, or not yet patient enough, rather that.

Latest book, I think, was Richard Dawkins 'The god delusion' and I started at 'The holy Quran' but I don't get it, so I went to 'Let the right one in' from John Ajvide Lindqvist.
Not much into religious books anyhow, although I've read a bit on the 'Edda' , some First Nations creation myths and a Thai Version on Buddhism and his life as a teacher.

One thing I find fascinating is, having read the book and later watch the movie. With movies they made of King novels it always seems they really ruin it and barely scratch the volume of the story told. It's more like the SMS they would make out of the book. :nag:

So that's an excerpt really. I didn't count in the fantasy realm, the comic books or countless magazines and articles, after all it's meant to books and not everything one could read. ;)

Re: The book club

Unread postPosted: 10 May 2018, 02:38
by Toddo
I'm currently reading the series Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clarke. I don't really consider my self a book reader but my friend recommended it to me and now I cant put the books down. Vampires, Demons, Witches/Warlocks, Shadow Hunters all of it has caught my eye, not to mention the many plot twists. Happy my friend recommended it to me, anyone who is interested in mythological creatures should give this series a read =]

There is also another series which is called The Mortal Instruments which is just like Infernal Devices but in a more modern time. The show Shadow Hunters on freeform is based off The Mortal Instruments series =]

Cassandra Clarke is easily becoming my favorite author =]

Re: The book club

Unread postPosted: 11 May 2018, 15:49
by Sherri
I joined an actual book club here recently xD. They've read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and Artemis by Andy Weir since I joined. The book this month is Red Sparrow and I don't know who it's by yet because I haven't gone out and gotten it. They aren't meeting again until the middle of June and if I start reading now I'll have forgotten a lot of it by the time the meeting happens. I read quickly!

On my own, I've got a Lovecraft book I'm wanting to delve into. Lovecraft is the inspiration for a lot of Stephen King's stories so I figure I pretty much owe it to myself to give one of the fathers of horror a good perusal. I also have the Wicked novels that I have been wanting to read since high school and just never did. They seem like they'll be fun light reads :D.

Re: The book club

Unread postPosted: 11 May 2018, 16:03
by PopTart
I'm a big Brandon Sanderson Fan. Read pretty much everything by him. He writes some wonderful fantasy fiction with really three dimensional characters and very compelling and often times alien worlds.

I like almost all of his work but I especially like his Stormligh archive and the books Elantris and a short story called The Emperors Soul.

I too like Lovecraft, dark and visceral, really exlpores the more alien landscapes of the human mind. Fun.

I was reading a diverting series by married authors Barb and J.C. Hendee, but last book of theirs I read, was not as good as it might have been. Was a fresh take on Vampires, Elves and all that shit, but the books got alittle repetitve. It had started so well otherwise.

Re: The book club

Unread postPosted: 13 May 2018, 20:23
by Hericoon
Speaking of Lovecraft I definitely need to read his works it seems interesting and I also started a role-play game with friends that happens to be in a Lovecraftian universe.

The mythology he created seems also very exciting and interesting !

Re: The book club

Unread postPosted: 14 May 2018, 00:57
by Jzone
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I'm not really in a hurry, but I like to think I am. I used to love sci-fi, but now I find the best non-fiction science writing to be so much better.

Re: The book club

Unread postPosted: 17 May 2018, 00:09
by Magic J
Hericoon wrote:The mythology [Lovecraft] created seems also very exciting and interesting !

Interestingly, quite a lot of the development of the mythology has been down to writers other than Lovecraft himself. The one's I've read tend to be more explicit in their portrayal of the terrible terrors than Lovecraft was, which is a bit different than Lovecraft's style which invited the reader's imagination provide most of the horror.

It's been ages since I've read anything in the Lovecraft ambit, but I remember enjoying Donald Tyson's "Necronomicon", which is presented as the writings of Alhazred (Al haz red... all has read... gettit? :P), an Arab scholar who discovers the existence of the Old Ones and subsequently goes raving mad (he might have been mad before the discovery, I can't really remember). He wanders around for a bit, visits some other worlds/dimensions, talks to demons, eats people, standard mad guy stuff. It's a fun read.

Last thing I finished was "Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible" by Peter Pomerantsev, which was pretty disturbing. It's a a series of anecdotes and personal reflections on modern Russia (particularly Russian media), rather than an academic study, and Russia, as he describes it, is far, far more corrupt than I could have imagined. The rampant bribery, corruption, and self-enrichment by the gangsters in charge is perfectly obvious. More unsettling is the epistemic malaise which they encourage and provoke at home and, increasingly, abroad (see title). The truth's flexible in their eyes, and the spectacle is all very postmodern and cool and apt to invade Ukraine receive invitations to lunch in Ukraine. Good read from one of the forefronts in development towards our brave new world in which an utter disregard for anything resembling truth may well be a defining characteristic.

Re: The book club

Unread postPosted: 24 June 2020, 02:57
by ThatNomad
Currently reading The Kingdom of Gods, by N.K. Jemison, and then will be starting "We Were Eight Years in Power" by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and probably also The Ancestors Tale by Richard Dawkins. I like to try to have two going at a time, especially if they are non-fiction, so I don't get bored.

Re: The book club

Unread postPosted: 24 June 2020, 07:03
by josheTR
Recently found a set of books online in a Facebook group I am in that I have been getting shipped in. It’s about a guy who sends letters to, and meets up with, some of the most prolific jailed serial killers. They seem to open up to him strangely and present a lot of details about their crime and mental states. It’s a dive into mental illness, psychopathy and whether people are born evil or created that way through savagery. Extremely interesting - It’s called “Talking with Serial Killers”


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Re: The book club

Unread postPosted: 5 December 2020, 19:43
by Alibion1982
My favorite writer
I think that life is impossible without reading and it's very important to choose the right book, which you will be reading. I suppose that this right book you can find by writers of books, which you read earlier and which liked you. Almost all the books I like I couldn't find in my country but I could find them in PDF format so I decided to buy an e-book. I couldn't decide which is better nook or kindle so I searched for some information and found some forums and read a lot of reviews and statistics and I decided to buy Kindle.

Re: The book club

Unread postPosted: 6 December 2020, 19:18
by OutsideIn
I could use a good mystery novel right now.

Re: The book club

Unread postPosted: 6 December 2020, 20:28
by Magic J
OutsideIn wrote:I could use a good mystery novel right now.

Not a big mystery reader, but I can suggest Donna Tartt's The Secret History and Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose for murder mystery. Both relatively easy reads. For conspiracy mystery, there's Eco's Foucault's Pendulum, which is excellent, but mind-bendingly difficult. Oh, and The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. That's a bit mental, too. Good, though, especially for these conspiratorial times. :P

Re: The book club

Unread postPosted: 6 December 2020, 21:02
by OutsideIn
Magic J wrote:
OutsideIn wrote:I could use a good mystery novel right now.

Not a big mystery reader, but I can suggest Donna Tartt's The Secret History and Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose for murder mystery. Both relatively easy reads. For conspiracy mystery, there's Eco's Foucault's Pendulum, which is excellent, but mind-bendingly difficult. Oh, and The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. That's a bit mental, too. Good, though, especially for these conspiratorial times. :P

Thanks! I'll check those out.

Re: The book club

Unread postPosted: 7 December 2020, 01:42
by John27
I can vaguely recall The Name of the Rose. My father read it out loud when I was young. Probably not long after it was published in the US. I wonder if the book wasn't a Christmas gift or something my mother got. As I recall--although I was young--it was a bit hard getting interested, although later there were aspects that interested me. One undeniable thing: it's long.

A few months back, I was reading--actually rereading--old Erle Stanley Gardner Perry Mason books (although since I didn't remember the murderer, I guess it was like reading the books for the first time!). It can be fun living vicariously in another era (although, admittedly, that era had problems--something the "let's dial things back to the 50s!" conservatives don't admit).

One series I like is Charlotte MacLeod's Sarah Kelling/Max Bittersohn series. Sarah is from old Boston family (that has moeny), and Max is a private investigator, specializing in in art. The books have comic quality--they are not good choices when one wants gritty reality. But they are possibly good escapist reading for this current horrible year! It's probably a good idea (although not essential) reading the first few books in order, given character development. The Family Vault (the first) has Sarah and Max meet right after a murder victim is found in a Kelling family mausoleum.

I like Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax books. Mrs. Pollifax is an grandmother who does occasional jobs for the CIA. Often it seems simple--like a courier assignment--but then things go horribly wrong...