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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 25 December 2012, 07:33
by Hadrian
Hard to say. He's probably the type where it either really works for you or it doesn't. I've always had a bit of a gothic/emo kid style so I like his stuff a great deal. You should try Neverwhere before you give up on him - it's my favorite of his books.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 25 December 2012, 07:43
by Simon
I have. I suppose he's just not for me, then (though I adore Good Omens, which is why I want to like him!).

Also, I'm two pages into Neuromancer. :glasses:

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 25 December 2012, 07:53
by Hadrian
Of course you have. Hm, that's funny, I just read Good Omens and was pretty underwhelmed. Solid start, then kinda fizzled out. Guess you're just more of a Pratchett man. To each his own.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 25 December 2012, 11:21
by Bardock
Spygate the Untold Story



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By Bryan O'Leary



I've read about 50% of this garbage conspiracy theory nonsense it is quite clear that Bryan O'Leary doesn't like my New England Patriots and has self funded this book to try and tarnish their legacy

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 26 December 2012, 09:34
by Mod
Hadrian wrote:Monkey, definitely let me know what you think when you finish Neuromancer

I'm halfway through Neuromancer which kinda throws my camping trip. Anyway I won't be online when I do but I find this book brilliant; regrettably not transformative as a book like this might have been a year or so ago. It feels familiar as a heist story (in fact it feels a lot like Swordfish) and familiar in other respects (probably as forefather to certain scifi tropes). I'm enjoying it a ton.
Parts of the book are confusing but I'm chalking that up to a first read, if I can keep my pace I'll return to it in a few months for a better grasp.

Next book will be William S Burroughs - Exterminator! and maybe a few of NZ author Owen Marshall's short stories. I might buy A Storm of Swords too so I have a book that will definitely last the trip.

Failing that if I have power for my laptop I'll read Douglas Hofstadter's Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid -at least more of it.

How goes Zero Thirty Hadrian?

What's your current experience Simon?

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 26 December 2012, 09:42
by Simon
Well, um, actually I got distracted by Benford's Beyond Infinity (which might not have been the best elaboration on the original short story), so I will get to Neuromancer tomorrow. Yes.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 26 December 2012, 10:20
by Bookface
Okay now I am going to read necromancer too.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 26 December 2012, 17:14
by Hadrian
*Neuromancer.

And break's been busy, I'll get on Zero History today. I remember when I first tried to read Neuromancer I got halfway through before I realized I had no idea what was happening. Then I just restarted the whole book and this time around, understood what was going on, and was blown away.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 27 December 2012, 16:30
by xeil
I've just finished 15th book of Anita Blake and now waiting for exams to finish so I can start reading Silmarillion :O

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 31 December 2012, 06:53
by Hadrian
Veered off course. Now halfway through:

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Found the movie surprisingly good.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 31 December 2012, 07:10
by Simon
I have a confession, Hadrian. I kept trying to read Neuromancer, but I kept starting other books, so in the past few days I've read Niven's Bowl of Heaven, Harris's Moral Landscape, and Cabot's first Lightning Girl. I am thinking that maybe Neuromancer really is not for me.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 31 December 2012, 07:21
by Hadrian
You sure do read a lot.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 31 December 2012, 07:35
by Simon
But not the right stuff. :(

On the other hand, next in my queue is Black Swan Green. It and Neuromancer might actually prop each other up.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 31 December 2012, 08:42
by aerach
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 31 December 2012, 23:32
by Loop
I loved the Hobbit movie. It was quite different from the novel but not in a bad way-- all the exposition, the dialogue, and the extra scenes were very engrossing in my opinion, though I think the film bored the rest of my family to tears. I guess you have to be a fantasy geek. I wish I hadn't seen it in 3D though, it's such a gimmicky waste of money and it was significantly harder to appreciate the beautiful set pieces.

I finished Eye of the World. Enjoyability: 10. Originality: 2. It was basically a dumbed down LOTR, but it's still well-written and fun to read. Looking forward to book 2, after I finish...

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What a fascinating book. It's kind of convoluted in narrative, told from the perspective of
an apprentice tattoo artist who...
is compiling the notes of...
a recently-deceased old man who...
spent his life writing about a house featured in...
a documentary produced by a guy who...
lived in a house with his family that is...
essentially, inexplicably bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

It's a haunted house tale at its core, but it has two appendices and over half the width of the book is comprised of supplementary notes, images, and weird ass pages full of weird ass shit. So you're reading about the "house of leaves" from the perspective of the old man, along with his plentiful footnotes, while the tattoo artist adds his own footnotes (which frequently devolve into non-sequiturs and anecdotes that can span 3-4 pages at a time), and finally, along with the footnotes of the "editors", an ambiguous entity occasionally giving small explanations and clarifications.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 1 January 2013, 03:15
by Mod
I'm back from Wanaka. Finished Neuromancer on the first day and loved it a lot. I found the characters to be quite amazing and the Burroughs references highly enjoyable. I think that there was only about 10% that I didn't get at the start when it was still unusual and I think my earlier experience with Naked Lunch, Soft Machine and other Burroughs works helped me understand Neuromancer more.

Finished Exterminator! in about a day and now I'm onto R.R. Martin's A Storm of Swords 1 and I'm almost halfway. I find it fun but I'm missing the hard scifi.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 1 January 2013, 11:41
by Bang
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 1 January 2013, 12:06
by Bardock
Mein Kampf The Ford Translation

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 2 January 2013, 02:22
by Hadrian
Simon wrote:But not the right stuff. :(

On the other hand, next in my queue is Black Swan Green. It and Neuromancer might actually prop each other up.


Black Swan Green was excellent! I hope you enjoy it.

aerach wrote:
Hadrian wrote:Veered off course. Now halfway through:

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Found the movie surprisingly good.


:thumbsup: I've been eye-ing that on the bookshelf the last couple weeks. As soon as I get a free moment, I'm definitely picking it up again. Last time I read it was in 6th grade!


Yea, about the same..it had been more than a decade. Finished it on the plane ride back to California a couple hours ago. The ending had me so upset I sat sprawled in my seat doing nothing but brooding the last hour of my flight. Still, worth the read.

Loop wrote:I loved the Hobbit movie. It was quite different from the novel but not in a bad way-- all the exposition, the dialogue, and the extra scenes were very engrossing in my opinion, though I think the film bored the rest of my family to tears. I guess you have to be a fantasy geek. I wish I hadn't seen it in 3D though, it's such a gimmicky waste of money and it was significantly harder to appreciate the beautiful set pieces.

I finished Eye of the World. Enjoyability: 10. Originality: 2. It was basically a dumbed down LOTR, but it's still well-written and fun to read. Looking forward to book 2, after I finish...

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What a fascinating book. It's kind of convoluted in narrative, told from the perspective of
an apprentice tattoo artist who...
is compiling the notes of...
a recently-deceased old man who...
spent his life writing about a house featured in...
a documentary produced by a guy who...
lived in a house with his family that is...
essentially, inexplicably bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

It's a haunted house tale at its core, but it has two appendices and over half the width of the book is comprised of supplementary notes, images, and weird ass pages full of weird ass shit. So you're reading about the "house of leaves" from the perspective of the old man, along with his plentiful footnotes, while the tattoo artist adds his own footnotes (which frequently devolve into non-sequiturs and anecdotes that can span 3-4 pages at a time), and finally, along with the footnotes of the "editors", an ambiguous entity occasionally giving small explanations and clarifications.


Pretty much me and the Hobbit. My family talked about little else but how slow it was and how they lost interest at parts - which I found fascinating because I was on the proverbial edge of my seat the whole time. House of Leaves sounds..interesting. I'll be curious as to what you think when you finish it. And don't think that I've forgotten about that drink, either!

As for me, now I need to finish Good Omens and Kafka on the Shore, and then continue reading:
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'Cause there's a little poli sci/counterterrorism/international affairs/international political economy geek in all of us.

Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postPosted: 2 January 2013, 10:23
by Simon
House of Leaves was brilliant and I, personally, adored it. I'd really recommend it.