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Title: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on December 03, 2007, 08:54:16 AM
I was pondering the other day at how little we talk about literature. What's everyone reading at the moment? I'm onto my third installment of Richard Montanari's Byrne and Balzano series "Broken Angels", a very thrilling crime novel. That is amongst others - too many Law books for college than I can count  :sleep:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Zdan on December 03, 2007, 08:59:07 AM
If we count out my university readings (which are various articles on the Idea Of America and books by Cooper, Steinbeck and Twain) I am reading "The Wizard Of Earthsea" by Ursula LeGuin - a great mix of fantasy and a "coming of age"-tale with elements of Taoist philosophy. But that is a classic and probably most people know it...

Also reading Anthony Swofford's "Jarhead" which is great because of the a-typical structure and contents for a military book.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: LaVey on December 03, 2007, 10:33:51 AM
Full Catastrophe Living-Jon Cabat-Zinn
Billion Dollar Baby-Bob Green
The Sacred Book of Werewolf-Victor Pelevin
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 03, 2007, 12:43:15 PM
The Bourne Supremacy
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on December 03, 2007, 03:23:02 PM
Sir Richard Burton "The Book Of The Sword"
T.R. Fehrenbach "Fire And Blood: A History Of Mexico"
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on December 03, 2007, 03:49:14 PM
John Grisham's The Chamber. Good stuff.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 03, 2007, 03:57:52 PM
John Grisham's The Chamber. Good stuff.

He's written much better books though.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metal_xxx on December 03, 2007, 03:59:09 PM
Tolkien - The Children of Hùrin
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mark666 on December 03, 2007, 04:00:34 PM
The Celestine Prophecy - James Redfield
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on December 03, 2007, 04:35:40 PM
He's written much better books though.
I know, I personally don't like it as much as A Time to Kill, but it's better than the other book I've read by him - The Last Juror.

Does anything he's done touch ATTK?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 03, 2007, 06:14:11 PM
I know, I personally don't like it as much as A Time to Kill, but it's better than the other book I've read by him - The Last Juror.

Does anything he's done touch ATTK?

I'd say "most of them".  I'd have to check though - I read most of his stuff years ago.  An interesting, but very different one by him is "The Painted House".  Nothing to do with lawyers (I didn't know that - I saw his name and bought it), and it took me a few chapters to get into it, but at some point I was hooked.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metal_xxx on December 03, 2007, 06:15:30 PM
The Celestine Prophecy - James Redfield
do you know if that has anything to with the Pagan's Mind cd?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on December 03, 2007, 06:19:07 PM
I'd say "most of them".  I'd have to check though - I read most of his stuff years ago.  An interesting, but very different one by him is "The Painted House".  Nothing to do with lawyers (I didn't know that - I saw his name and bought it), and it took me a few chapters to get into it, but at some point I was hooked.
Interesting. I'm still digging into his catalogue here - got The Street Lawyer as well. After that perhaps I will check out his non-law books.

On a completely unrelated note, I'll be reading The Kite Runner soon.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mark666 on December 03, 2007, 06:54:35 PM
do you know if that has anything to with the Pagan's Mind cd?

It possibly could, but I'm not sure.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 03, 2007, 06:55:01 PM
Interesting. I'm still digging into his catalogue here - got The Street Lawyer as well. After that perhaps I will check out his non-law books.

I read that one when it came out.... Must have been at least good since I don't have any bad memories of it. :lol  Two other page-turning authors are Tom Clancy and Patricia Cornwell.  I like almost all of their stuff (Cornwell has a couple of stinkers.)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Worship_Depraved on December 04, 2007, 12:10:06 PM
Lamb- Christopher Moore
one of the funniest books Ive ever gotten into.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on December 04, 2007, 01:50:30 PM
Lady Gregory's Irish Mythology: It's two books into one, Gods and Fighting Men and Cuchulain of Muirthemne.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on December 04, 2007, 01:52:02 PM
Lady Gregory's Irish Mythology: It's two books into one, Gods and Fighting Men and Cuchulain of Muirthemne.

I'm reading a paper copy, but you can access it online at
http://www.luminarium.org/mythology/ireland/
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 04, 2007, 06:07:50 PM
Interesting. I'm still digging into his catalogue here - got The Street Lawyer as well. After that perhaps I will check out his non-law books.

I picked up "The Innocent Man" while waiting in line at the drugstore today.  I'll have to check if I'm missing anything else by him.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Zdan on December 04, 2007, 06:52:54 PM
"Black Elk Speaks" by Black Elk and John Neihardt. Totally awesome and very inspiring and in-depth book. What makes is diffrent is the perspective of the old Black Elk and his way with words. Outstading piece.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on December 04, 2007, 07:03:33 PM
"Black Elk Speaks" by Black Elk and John Neihardt. Totally awesome and very inspiring and in-depth book. What makes is diffrent is the perspective of the old Black Elk and his way with words. Outstading piece.

All lies.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Thrash_Attack on December 04, 2007, 07:25:21 PM
I'm finishing up a book by Dan Brown called Meteor. I used to do a lot of reading but most of it is Magazines like Runner's World - both the English and German versions for twice the info  8) and Space View, a very cool Science Fiction mag.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Zdan on December 05, 2007, 04:37:05 AM
All lies.

I do not want to go on a tangent here but why did you say that? On what account? Whu are you telling me I am lying? Do you have any basis for that? Or are you saying that the book by Neidhardt and Black Elk are lies?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on December 05, 2007, 03:21:52 PM
I do not want to go on a tangent here but why did you say that? On what account? Whu are you telling me I am lying? Do you have any basis for that? Or are you saying that the book by Neidhardt and Black Elk are lies?

Not you dude.  "Black Elk Speaks" is all lies.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Zdan on December 05, 2007, 03:31:54 PM
Not you dude.  "Black Elk Speaks" is all lies.

Really?! No you made me curious man - on what basis you do say that? Really tell me - I would love to know! If you cannot tell me normally PM me cause I am VERY curious. I found the book an interesting read so...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sextus Loverlord on December 06, 2007, 12:20:24 AM
Baburnama autobiography of the descendant of Gengiz Khan and Tamerlane and founder of the Mughal Empire
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Ulysses on December 06, 2007, 08:06:19 PM
The Master and Margarita


Holy fuck, Holy fuck, Holy fuck, Holy fuck, Holy fuck, Holy fuck, Holy fuck!!

Best book I've read in a LONG time!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 06, 2007, 08:32:24 PM
The Master and Margarita


Holy fuck, Holy fuck, Holy fuck, Holy fuck, Holy fuck, Holy fuck, Holy fuck!!

Best book I've read in a LONG time!

What is it about?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: LaVey on December 06, 2007, 09:02:47 PM
What is it about?

I've always found it impossible to describe, you just have to read it and let it sink in.  It has to be one of the greatest books in the history of books, period.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_and_margarita (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_and_margarita)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Ulysses on December 07, 2007, 01:26:03 AM
I've always found it impossible to describe, you just have to read it and let it sink in.  It has to be one of the greatest books in the history of books, period.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_and_margarita (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_and_margarita)

Correctamundo! It is quite difficult to describe, but to give you a basic outline, a man writes about the history of Pontius Pilate and the devil visits Atheistic Soviet Russia to harass him, from what I gather.

A very amusing novel!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: godzilla666 on December 07, 2007, 02:21:07 AM
The Saga of The Volsungs
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Zdan on December 07, 2007, 07:16:25 AM
Correctamundo! It is quite difficult to describe, but to give you a basic outline, a man writes about the history of Pontius Pilate and the devil visits Atheistic Soviet Russia to harass him, from what I gather.

A very amusing novel!

True - this book is a total classic and anyone into literature at all should read it. The deconstruction of human character, critique of socialism and the how Satan is portrayed is beyond amazing.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: LaVey on December 07, 2007, 11:23:08 AM
Those who liked Master and Margarita and other works by Bulgakhov should consider reading the following by Victor Pelevin:

-Omon Ra
-Buddha's Little Finger/Clay Machine Gun
-Babylon/Homo Zapiense

The last two were translated twice; hence the two titles: one for the UK and the other for the US.  I haven't seen one bookstore that didn't carry at least one or two of these, and they will blow you away.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: luciferi on December 11, 2007, 09:55:07 AM
Glen Cook - The Black Company trilogy. <-- reccomended

And Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice for a school assignment.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on December 11, 2007, 11:30:12 AM
Glen Cook - The Black Company trilogy. <-- reccomended

Yeah! I've read them in Spanish, but they're excellent, specially if you're fed up of elves and faeries kind of fantasy.

I'm reading Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World. If you have any interest on history or languages is a really good read.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on December 11, 2007, 04:28:10 PM
Almost done with the Street Lawyer, and wow, this is the first time it's taken me less than 2 weeks to finish a book in years.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 11, 2007, 04:55:16 PM
Almost done with the Street Lawyer, and wow, this is the first time it's taken me less than 2 weeks to finish a book in years.

Grisham has that effect on people.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on December 11, 2007, 05:15:28 PM
Grisham has that effect on people.
It's just ironic being that I didn't like the book when I started - odd beginning, moved too fast, etc. But really, I like it quite a bit now, so yes, he does indeed.

Still doesn't beat A Time to Kill, but I'm not sure if anything will beat my biased opinion of that one.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 11, 2007, 05:19:16 PM
It's just ironic being that I didn't like the book when I started - odd beginning, moved too fast, etc. But really, I like it quite a bit now, so yes, he does indeed.

Still doesn't beat A Time to Kill, but I'm not sure if anything will beat my biased opinion of that one.

Funny, A Time to Kill is one of his books I liked the least.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on December 11, 2007, 05:20:22 PM
Maybe I just need to read more of 'em then.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 11, 2007, 05:45:29 PM
Maybe I just need to read more of 'em then.


:whip:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Zdan on December 12, 2007, 04:41:58 AM
Recently John Steinbeck "Of Mice And Men" and F.Scott Fitzgerald short story "May Day".
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on December 12, 2007, 06:50:46 AM
Just started Martin Baker's debut thriller "Meltdown".  :p
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: defleshed666 on December 12, 2007, 09:49:14 AM
Currently reading

The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
There are no Electrons: Electronics for Earthlings -Kenn Amdahl (Really good book explaining the fundamentals of Electronics for people other than electrical engineers).
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: orpheus on December 28, 2007, 07:53:26 AM
just finished "the Historian" by Elisabeth Kostova, a brilliant twist on the dracula tale

currently reading "imperium" by robert harris
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 28, 2007, 08:02:38 AM
John Grisham - The Innocent Man
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on December 28, 2007, 08:32:53 AM
Grisham's The Summons - am I really going to stop reading his stuff (for a while) after this? It's probably the worst I've read by him thus far, not very exciting at all.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 28, 2007, 10:00:07 AM
Grisham's The Summons - am I really going to stop reading his stuff (for a while) after this? It's probably the worst I've read by him thus far, not very exciting at all.

I haven't read that one.  What year was it published?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on December 28, 2007, 10:23:53 AM
I haven't read that one.  What year was it published?
2002. It's not bad or anything, but it's really underwhelming and short, and I'm about halfway through it and still haven't come to anything exciting that makes me want to keep reading.

I have to actually force myself to get up and read it, which I never did with The Rainmaker or The Street Lawyer, or even The Pelican Brief.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 28, 2007, 10:26:02 AM
2002. It's not bad or anything, but it's really underwhelming and short, and I'm about halfway through it and still haven't come to anything exciting that makes me want to keep reading.

I have to actually force myself to get up and read it, which I never did with The Rainmaker or The Street Lawyer, or even The Pelican Brief.

He's had a few lacklustre books in the 00s - stick to the older stuff.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Ulysses on December 28, 2007, 02:34:22 PM
FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley
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Post by: Zdan on December 28, 2007, 05:21:03 PM
FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley

CLASSIC!

Now re-reading a selection of Poe short stories and loving every second of it!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Duffman on December 30, 2007, 07:08:47 PM
currently reading "imperium" by robert harris
I liked that one, read it a few months ago.

Currently reading:
Forgotten Legion: Sonderverbande Bergmann in World War II, 1941-1945 by Armin Abramian
Corsair by Tim Severin
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Ulysses on January 02, 2008, 02:08:52 AM
CLASSIC!

Now re-reading a selection of Poe short stories and loving every second of it!

I read the complete collection of Poe's (written, not poems) work during the entire past summer.  Poe's writing is addicting to the extreme.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 02, 2008, 07:29:02 AM
Currently reading "The Black Echo" by Michael Connelly. The first novel to feature Harry Bosch - an amazing character.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Zdan on January 02, 2008, 01:06:59 PM
I read the complete collection of Poe's (written, not poems) work during the entire past summer.  Poe's writing is addicting to the extreme.

Agreed. Poe's ability to craft a bleak yet still dark atmosphere through minimal characterisation is amazing. Great writer!

As a sidenote - I am re-reading my Wheel Of Time collection as homage to Robert Jordan. Shame he died before finishing the last one - I am really eager what will happen and what conclusion will finish the series.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Duffman on January 02, 2008, 10:36:10 PM


As a sidenote - I am re-reading my Wheel Of Time collection as homage to Robert Jordan. Shame he died before finishing the last one - I am really eager what will happen and what conclusion will finish the series.
I wouldn't be reading them now if I were you, I'd wait for the last books to come out, that's right books, it may take 20 books, instead of the proposed 12. Before he did, Jordan stopped writing the last novels and told his wife how he wants the series to end, he chose the authors he wants to finish his legacy and made his wife custodial to the story, so that if she thinks one of the authors isn't writing according to Jordan's wishes she sacks him/her. So, although Robert Jordan won't be writing the last novels per se, they'll follow the plan, a rather detailed plan, that he left his wife. Though re-reading the series as a homage to Robert Jordan is a good idea, I may actually do that after I've read all these books I've got sitting here. Though I did plan on waiting until the last of them has been written, even if that is 10 years from now, and read the series from book one to the end... yet again, I seem to re-read the whole series when a new book is released!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on January 03, 2008, 12:36:54 AM
From the Xmas haul:

Girl Genius Vol 4&5
"Lost Girls" by Alan Moore
"Written With Lead"
"The Compleat Bladesmith"
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Ulysses on January 03, 2008, 12:47:32 AM
I wouldn't be reading them now if I were you, I'd wait for the last books to come out, that's right books, it may take 20 books, instead of the proposed 12. Before he did, Jordan stopped writing the last novels and told his wife how he wants the series to end, he chose the authors he wants to finish his legacy and made his wife custodial to the story, so that if she thinks one of the authors isn't writing according to Jordan's wishes she sacks him/her. So, although Robert Jordan won't be writing the last novels per se, they'll follow the plan, a rather detailed plan, that he left his wife. Though re-reading the series as a homage to Robert Jordan is a good idea, I may actually do that after I've read all these books I've got sitting here. Though I did plan on waiting until the last of them has been written, even if that is 10 years from now, and read the series from book one to the end... yet again, I seem to re-read the whole series when a new book is released!

I'll have to pass this information to my friend, who is a HUGE Wheel of Time fan. Thank you!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Zdan on January 03, 2008, 03:21:40 AM
I wouldn't be reading them now if I were you, I'd wait for the last books to come out, that's right books, it may take 20 books, instead of the proposed 12. Before he did, Jordan stopped writing the last novels and told his wife how he wants the series to end, he chose the authors he wants to finish his legacy and made his wife custodial to the story, so that if she thinks one of the authors isn't writing according to Jordan's wishes she sacks him/her. So, although Robert Jordan won't be writing the last novels per se, they'll follow the plan, a rather detailed plan, that he left his wife. Though re-reading the series as a homage to Robert Jordan is a good idea, I may actually do that after I've read all these books I've got sitting here. Though I did plan on waiting until the last of them has been written, even if that is 10 years from now, and read the series from book one to the end... yet again, I seem to re-read the whole series when a new book is released!

But see - a writer is already chosen in Brandon Sanderson. If you read Mistborn - this is the guy that wrote it. And they said that Jordan left excessive notes, audio recordings and even some parts of the book already written. So therefore the guy is not in the complete blue for this - he is rather following an outline which may be sketchy at times but still there is a way to around this book. I just hope they will not change the writer mid-project as this may only serve for the worse and for example adding a "big name" would not benefit the project much.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Duffman on January 03, 2008, 04:28:36 PM
But see - a writer is already chosen in Brandon Sanderson. If you read Mistborn - this is the guy that wrote it. And they said that Jordan left excessive notes, audio recordings and even some parts of the book already written. So therefore the guy is not in the complete blue for this - he is rather following an outline which may be sketchy at times but still there is a way to around this book. I just hope they will not change the writer mid-project as this may only serve for the worse and for example adding a "big name" would not benefit the project much.
Yes, it would be a shame if they changed author was changed mid-way through his writing, though like I said, if he writes it exactly to Jordan's extensive notes and audio recordings, Mrs Jordan (she who must be obeyed :D) won't have a reason to sack him. Thanks for telling me who the author is, I hadn't been on the site to check in a while who was appointed.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Ulysses on January 04, 2008, 06:37:43 PM
"The Discovery of Witches" by the Witchfinder General Himself, Matthew Hopkins
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Zdan on January 04, 2008, 06:46:04 PM
"The Discovery of Witches" by the Witchfinder General Himself, Matthew Hopkins

This is a great book. Very encompassing read.

"White Line Fever" by Lemmy and Janiss Garza. So far a fun, interesting read - chicks, drugs, more chicks and rock and roll.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Erk on January 06, 2008, 04:37:42 AM
Marquis de Sade - 120 Days of Sodom

This seems to be really sick....
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Ulysses on January 06, 2008, 04:49:34 PM
Marquis de Sade - 120 Days of Sodom

This seems to be really sick....

Everything I've read by Marquis de Sade is truly amazing. I swear, literature does not get any better than from what the French and Russians have to offer.  :order:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on January 07, 2008, 08:48:37 AM
Everything I've read by Marquis de Sade is truly amazing. I swear, literature does not get any better than from what the French and Russians have to offer.  :order:

Oh please, Rafael is a second rate stylist on a good day.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 18, 2008, 07:47:51 AM
"Into a Dark Realm" - latest Midkemia adventure from Raymond E Feist, the best fantasy writer in the business.

Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Zdan on January 18, 2008, 07:52:26 AM
Re-reading the first five books of the Amber cycle. If you do not know Zelazny or the Amber books - GO GET THEM. Those five books are among the cream of crop in fantasy writing - the whole concept beyond Amber is astounding and something really to behold.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on February 01, 2008, 05:31:30 AM
Harlan Coben - "Promise Me"
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on February 04, 2008, 06:21:07 AM
Michael Connelly - "The Black Ice". The second Harry Bosch thriller from the US crime master.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: godzilla666 on February 05, 2008, 06:48:48 AM
Ernest Hemingway - For Whom The Bell Tolls  :oops:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on February 05, 2008, 01:03:54 PM
... Time MARCHES ON! :oops:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on February 05, 2008, 03:03:11 PM
Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on February 06, 2008, 01:56:50 PM
... Time MARCHES ON! :oops:

Sorry for the juvenile joke. I think the best Hemingway is in the short stories, but if you finish For Whom The Bells Toll then you're a better man than I am.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: godzilla666 on February 07, 2008, 09:31:12 AM
Sorry for the juvenile joke. I think the best Hemingway is in the short stories, but if you finish For Whom The Bells Toll then you're a better man than I am.

I finished "A Farewell to Arms", does that count?  :D

I'll finish it, probably take my time with it though.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: LaVey on February 11, 2008, 01:24:03 PM
Kurt Vonnegut-Mother Night
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on February 11, 2008, 04:18:41 PM
Gonna start Fight Club tomorrow.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on February 11, 2008, 04:23:40 PM
Code Complete
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on February 19, 2008, 09:45:11 AM
Katharine Kerr - "Dragonspell - The Southern Sea"
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on February 19, 2008, 03:15:28 PM
I think I'll start Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground next.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 19, 2008, 08:05:26 AM
Just finished "The Concrete Blonde", now onto Michael Connelly's "The Last Coyote".  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Fulax on March 25, 2008, 08:30:27 AM
Quantitative Methods for Business, Management and Finance - Louise Swift and Sally Piff

Exams... :sleep:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sextus Loverlord on March 29, 2008, 11:44:11 AM
Quantitative Methods for Business, Management and Finance - Louise Swift and Sally Piff

Exams... :sleep:

I've taken that course and I'm lucky enough to have passed that with a 'D'.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 01, 2008, 09:43:00 AM
"De Niro - A Biography" by John Baxter
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Post by: godzilla666 on April 02, 2008, 11:30:16 AM
Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier: Siegfried Knappe.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: BLackwolf on April 04, 2008, 03:45:20 PM
The Turner Diaries
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on April 04, 2008, 07:40:56 PM
The Turner Diaries

Ah, so Germany is a good spot for you then.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: xiphos on April 05, 2008, 11:41:09 PM
Lord of the Rings. Greatest book of all time.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Ulysses on April 08, 2008, 11:33:58 PM
Lord of the Rings. Greatest book of all time.

That is a bold statement... But it's incorrect anyways, because "Lord of the Rings" isn't a book. It's a series.

Conan is better anyways. Robert E. Howard was much more ingenius.

Plus, Tolkien was Catholic. muahaha
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on April 09, 2008, 12:17:02 AM
That is a bold statement... But it's incorrect anyways, because "Lord of the Rings" isn't a book. It's a series.

Conan is better anyways. Robert E. Howard was much more ingenius.

Plus, Tolkien was Catholic. muahaha

Actually, it was written as one book, and divided against his wishes.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Ulysses on April 09, 2008, 09:14:53 PM
Actually, it was written as one book, and divided against his wishes.

Yeah, I was going to mention that... I even have it all under one tome - Hee was being a little odd wanting to write that all under one book... Having it divided was an intelligent move by the publisher, even if it was against his wishes.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 11, 2008, 11:16:24 AM
Yeah, I was going to mention that... I even have it all under one tome - Hee was being a little odd wanting to write that all under one book... Having it divided was an intelligent move by the publisher, even if it was against his wishes.

I read it as one book too and enjoyed much more than I would have had it been a trilogy.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Ulysses on April 11, 2008, 05:14:52 PM
I read it as one book too and enjoyed much more than I would have had it been a trilogy.

Really? After each book I had to take a break, Tolkien can really tire your eyes with his lengthy descriptions. I'm much more suited to low fantasy tales.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 16, 2008, 06:12:23 AM
I did find it a little daunting - I was in my early teens at the time - but now I do prefer them of a lighter quality. Raymond E Feist is my favourite fantasy writer, followed closely by Katharine Kerr and her Deverry saga.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on April 25, 2008, 03:23:54 PM
Reading Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas now, about halfway through. Surprisingly it doesn't suck, given my expectations from such an author who could write two very different kinds of failure like "False Memory" and "House of Thunder."
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Overfiend on May 10, 2008, 04:09:25 PM
Recently finished the 11th book of The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan...

Then he went and died on us last year before finishing the series....

Trying to get into Robin Hobb at the moment and failing spectacularily heh...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on May 16, 2008, 05:12:16 AM
I've been staying away from fantasy lately. Just finished reading Michael Connelly's 5th Harry Bosch investigation "Trunk Music." Awesome as ever. Now I'm reading the collected writings of cult dick-and-Star-Wars worshipper Kevin Smith - "Silent Bob Speaks". Pretty amusing.  :)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Duffman on May 21, 2008, 07:08:05 AM
Book 3 part 2 of the A Song of Ice and Fire, A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold by George R. R. Martin as well as The Concept of the Political by Carl Schmitt and Imperium by Francis Parker Yockey. Epic Fantasy and writings from the Revolutionary Conservatives and those that were influenced by them, nice mix.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Fulax on May 21, 2008, 07:53:30 AM
The Libertarian Reader - David Boaz
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on June 10, 2008, 08:54:50 AM
Harlan Coben - "No Second Chance"
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mark666 on June 30, 2008, 12:00:45 AM
The Bible
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on June 30, 2008, 01:43:26 AM
The Bible

Fuck off.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on June 30, 2008, 07:08:21 AM
Pro WPF with VB 2008
Pro VB 2008 and the .NET 3.5 Platform
Code Complete, 2nd Edition

That's 3300 pages of technical stuff.  *head explodes*
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mark666 on June 30, 2008, 11:54:15 AM
Fuck off.
Whats the problem with reading the bible? Not everyone who reads it is a Christian you know.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Vintar on June 30, 2008, 07:06:33 PM
I've just finished the third book from The Saxon Stories, now i'm reading The Lord of The Rigs : The Fellowship of the Ring.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on June 30, 2008, 07:12:43 PM
Just finished Carl Hiaasen's Skin Tight, will be reading HP Lovecraft's At The Mountains of Madness next, followed by Chuck Palahniuk's Diary.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on June 30, 2008, 10:04:38 PM
Started "The Ruins", but I can already tell I won't be finishing it.  What a piece of crap.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on June 30, 2008, 10:06:00 PM
Whats the problem with reading the bible? Not everyone who reads it is a Christian you know.

Why in the hell would you read it if you weren't?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: DeadlyBlessing on July 01, 2008, 02:18:59 AM
Started "The Ruins", but I can already tell I won't be finishing it.  What a piece of crap.

Terrible book indeed  :x:
One of the few that i didn't finish in my whole life.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: godzilla666 on July 01, 2008, 04:49:31 AM
Terrible book indeed  :x:
One of the few that i didn't finish in my whole life.

Then I must read it, I'm yet to find a horrible book that actually stops me from reading, because no matter how bad a book is I always end up finishing it.

I'm reading one of Lee Child's "Reacher" series, hahahahaha I should kill my self right now.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on July 01, 2008, 09:13:47 AM
Started "The Ruins", but I can already tell I won't be finishing it.  What a piece of crap.
So I take it this is where they got the idea for the 2008 movie The Ruins - it's actually pretty good if you want a gore splattered horror movie, not the best, but I'd still recommend it to people looking for such. I can't see a book being that great though.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Master Cthulhu on March 06, 2009, 10:43:34 AM
I searched for "novels" and this thread showed up, so sorry for the massive bump.


I'm reading Lovecrafts "Book of the Supernatural."

A compiliation of pretty good horror short stories. Plus, they make great campfire stories. :)

Ernest Hemmingway- For Whom the Bells Tolls

Very good so far, really emotionative.

Also, I read Stephen King's "The Shining" whenever I go to the bathroom.

Intensity at it's greatest.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: hermer the metallian on March 06, 2009, 02:00:24 PM
I am currently reading the Bible, not because I think that there is a god (i am a former christian). But rather to see what is everybody so worked up about this guy and since i attended a catholic school and my mother forced me to go to church every Sunday for 17 years i might as well educate myself (i went to church three times since 2000 and all of them were because of a wedding). So far i found that god is an asshole and a psychopath sacrifing everything and everyone in his path in order to achieve his goals (i am currently in Exodus, the tale of Moses). Considering how many people get brainwashed by this shit I say that this book is one of the bloodiest pieces of garbage ever.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Master Cthulhu on March 06, 2009, 02:18:22 PM
I am currently reading the Bible, not because I think that there is a god (i am a former christian). But rather to see what is everybody so worked up about this guy and since i attended a catholic school and my mother forced me to go to church every Sunday for 17 years i might as well educate myself (i went to church three times since 2000 and all of them were because of a wedding). So far i found that god is an asshole and a psychopath sacrifing everything and everyone in his path in order to achieve his goals (i am currently in Exodus, the tale of Moses). Considering how many people get brainwashed by this shit I say that this book is one of the bloodiest pieces of garbage ever.

Same story here. Except for that I'm only 16 and my parents still make me go to church. My parents are hardcore catholics. However, I just obtained my driver's license, so now I could leave the house before they wake up and say I went to the early mass, when I actually went out for breakfast. Muahahahaha.

But, yeah, I go to a Catholic School and I am forced to take a religion class. The religion teacher is probably one of the dumbest of the dumb. I mean, she actually told the class "If something bad happens, don't blame it on God, he doesn't interfere. But, if something good happens, praise God for he made it happen."

Fuck stupid religion, it almost ruined my life. I'm lucky that I actually thought about my (well, now former) religion. I've read the Bible. It's the same fuckin thing as any other mythological story!!!

Today's religion is tomorrow's mythology...


I am sorry if I offended anyone here that may be Christian, but these are my personal beliefs...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: hermer the metallian on March 06, 2009, 03:09:24 PM
Same story here. Except for that I'm only 16 and my parents still make me go to church. My parents are hardcore catholics. However, I just obtained my driver's license, so now I could leave the house before they wake up and say I went to the early mass, when I actually went out for breakfast. Muahahahaha.

But, yeah, I go to a Catholic School and I am forced to take a religion class. The religion teacher is probably one of the dumbest of the dumb. I mean, she actually told the class "If something bad happens, don't blame it on God, he doesn't interfere. But, if something good happens, praise God for he made it happen."

Fuck stupid religion, it almost ruined my life. I'm lucky that I actually thought about my (well, now former) religion. I've read the Bible. It's the same fuckin thing as any other mythological story!!!

Today's religion is tomorrow's mythology...


I am sorry if I offended anyone here that may be Christian, but these are my personal beliefs...

but catholics cannot hold a candle to the protestant. my religion teacher told me that the bible cannot be taken literally and that was the first thing that actually made sense. protestants seem to take that garbage literally as they are expecting christ to come before my life ends. all my friends know that i am an atheist and on of them is an adventist preacher. There will be a day that i'll tell my parents that i am an atheist and have been for a long time, just not yet.

by the way the last book i've read in its entirety was "next" by Michael Crichton very difficult read, not easy to follow. i found it interesting about half way when the story finally made sense.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Master Cthulhu on March 06, 2009, 03:16:04 PM
but catholics cannot hold a candle to the protestant. my religion teacher told me that the bible cannot be taken literally and that was the first thing that actually made sense. protestants seem to take that garbage literally as they are expecting christ to come before my life ends. all my friends know that i am an atheist and on of them is an adventist preacher. There will be a day that i'll tell my parents that i am an atheist and have been for a long time, just not yet.

http://jesus-is-savior.com/
http://www.godhatesfags.com/

Yes, telling your parents is probably the hardest thing about conversion...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Eternal_Sorrow on March 06, 2009, 03:22:39 PM
Last few books I have read were:

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

and 3 Day Road by Joseph Boyden

Both amazing and highly recomended books.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Valkyrie from the Void on March 10, 2009, 09:17:06 AM
I am currently reading both The Memory of Earth    and     Ender in Exile. I'm an orson scott card fan.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Ravan on March 10, 2009, 02:16:18 PM
The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: spudford on March 13, 2009, 02:49:06 AM
I've almost finished Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb and I have to say I'm liking it a lot, it's really quite different to the standard fantasy fare
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 13, 2009, 08:38:54 AM

I'm reading one of Lee Child's "Reacher" series, hahahahaha I should kill my self right now.

I agree. His style is just horrid. I'm reading the MUCH better Charlie Parker series from John Connolly right now. Fucking fantastic. Just finished the second book in the cycle, Dark Hollow. What a novel. His prose is simply wonderful.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: xanades on March 13, 2009, 08:47:55 PM
2666 - Natasha Wimmer's translation of Roberto Bolano's work. Fantastic!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Surtur on March 14, 2009, 06:49:45 AM
I,Robot by Issac Asimov .Brilliant sci-fi .  :bow: :bow:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 14, 2009, 07:24:59 AM
Now reading the Watchmen graphic novel.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Master Cthulhu on March 14, 2009, 11:07:37 AM
Just finished Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton.

Pretty good book(s), and a very good message behind the story.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: darigaaz on March 14, 2009, 01:34:24 PM
http://jesus-is-savior.com/
http://www.godhatesfags.com/

Yes, telling your parents is probably the hardest thing about conversion...

I had come across this website a few years back and i thought you guys might find this a good read  :lol

Have Fun!!!

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20America/devils_music.htm (http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20America/devils_music.htm)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on March 14, 2009, 02:57:50 PM
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20America/devils_music.htm (http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20America/devils_music.htm)

Beyonce? REO Speedwagon? Elton John? I wouldn't let these guys anywhere near any black metal.

If God existed, I don't think He would be bothered with Marilyn Manson.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Ravan on March 14, 2009, 05:16:16 PM
Anybody ever read Salem's Lot  :deal:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 17, 2009, 12:36:46 PM
Anybody ever read Salem's Lot  :deal:

I read it when I was about eight. Pretty scary stuff.  :naughty:

I'm now reading Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Ravan on March 18, 2009, 07:31:49 AM
I read it when I was about eight. Pretty scary stuff.  :naughty:

I'm now reading Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs.


It was scary alright, but great reading, i love Vampires

Desperation, another Stephen King, and this is really good  :super:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 18, 2009, 11:07:39 AM

It was scary alright, but great reading, i love Vampires

Desperation, another Stephen King, and this is really good  :super:

If you enjoy it you should check out the self-titled debut by Redemption. It's a concept album about that novel. I have a review of it somewhere on this site...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Ravan on March 18, 2009, 04:46:14 PM
If you enjoy it you should check out the self-titled debut by Redemption. It's a concept album about that novel. I have a review of it somewhere on this site...

Thanks, i'll do that and i'll be sure to check your review  :headbang:

Anybody ever read or are reading The Dark Tower series  :super:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Chris Foley on March 18, 2009, 07:13:30 PM
I tried to get into it but it didn't happen :oops:

I would like to give it another try soon, I have the Gunslinger sitting right in front of me (beneath my review pile :lol)

It's worth noting I enjoy R.A. Salvatore, Graham McNeil and Dan Abnett in my reading endeavors  :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metalhead633 on March 18, 2009, 07:15:33 PM
A collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories...

Amazing in so many ways...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on March 18, 2009, 07:15:50 PM
Currently leafing through HP Lovecraft - The Doom that Came to Sarnath (and other short stories); it's good as ever. You can't argue with Lovecraft.

edit: Damn you, metalhead, you stole my line!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Master Cthulhu on March 18, 2009, 07:58:29 PM
I am reading Lovecrafts "Book of the Suprenatural," showcasing some of the horror authors that influenced Lovecraft.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on March 18, 2009, 08:22:50 PM
I finished "Betrayal" by John Lescroart a few days ago.

I just started The Diamond Throne by David Eddings (book one of "The Elenium".)  Funny, I was sure I had read this, but so far it doesn't ring a bell at all. :lol I've had the three books for quite a while (years?)  I guess they just slipped through the cracks because of a move at some point.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metalhead633 on March 18, 2009, 10:43:27 PM
Currently leafing through HP Lovecraft - The Doom that Came to Sarnath (and other short stories); it's good as ever. You can't argue with Lovecraft.

edit: Damn you, metalhead, you stole my line!

Whoa, that's creepy that we posted such similar things separated by 17 seconds
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: spudford on March 19, 2009, 02:42:59 AM
I just started The Diamond Throne by David Eddings (book one of "The Elenium".)  Funny, I was sure I had read this, but so far it doesn't ring a bell at all. :lol I've had the three books for quite a while (years?)  I guess they just slipped through the cracks because of a move at some point.

I just finished reading the Elenium for the 2nd time (first time was about 15 years ago) and thoroughly enjoyed it again. The characters are really good but it is a pretty predictable tale. The Sapphire Rose is the best of the three by a long way
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 19, 2009, 11:11:18 AM
I tried to get into it but it didn't happen :oops:

I would like to give it another try soon, I have the Gunslinger sitting right in front of me (beneath my review pile :lol)

It's worth noting I enjoy R.A. Salvatore, Graham McNeil and Dan Abnett in my reading endeavors  :naughty:

I've read the first three Dark Tower books. Kinda lost intrest with Wizard and Glass.

Oh, and R.A. Salvatore sucks. Raymond E Feist is the king of fantasy fiction  :p
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 21, 2009, 06:29:25 AM
Just bought Feist's new one actually. Can't wait to get stuck in!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: luciferi on March 30, 2009, 04:00:59 PM
Two fantasy books from the Warhammer Fantasy world (my favourite fantasy lore world), in the Time of Legends series.

Malekith vol I - A Tale of the Sundering
Nagash the Sorcerer vol I - The undead will rise...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Chris Foley on March 30, 2009, 07:16:30 PM
Two fantasy books from the Warhammer Fantasy world (my favourite fantasy lore world), in the Time of Legends series.

Malekith vol I - A Tale of the Sundering
Nagash the Sorcerer vol I - The undead will rise...

How is Malekith?

I'm a big fan of the Warhammer world :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Master Cthulhu on March 30, 2009, 07:50:50 PM
All Quiet on the Western Front


epic.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Eternal_Sorrow on March 31, 2009, 04:11:32 AM
All Quiet on the Western Front


epic.

I agree 150%, such an epic read.

Speaking of which, anyone have any recomendations, I havent read anything good in a while.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: luciferi on March 31, 2009, 06:33:13 AM
How is Malekith?

I'm a big fan of the Warhammer world :naughty:

Well, I absolutely love Dark Elf lore in Warhammer (I used to play and paint an army of them). The various short stories and lore found in the tabletop army book are splendid, and I expected Gav Thorpe to put a great deal of effort into the Malekith book. I highly reccomend it if you like Dark Elf lore!  Sadly (?) it's a trilogy like the other two, and the last two books are miles apart (last one comes out in 2011 or something  :x:). I can't wait.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Chris Foley on March 31, 2009, 06:40:38 AM
Well, I absolutely love Dark Elf lore in Warhammer (I used to play and paint an army of them). The various short stories and lore found in the tabletop army book are splendid, and I expected Gav Thorpe to put a great deal of effort into the Malekith book. I highly reccomend it if you like Dark Elf lore!  Sadly (?) it's a trilogy like the other two, and the last two books are miles apart (last one comes out in 2011 or something  :x:). I can't wait.

Sweet I'll give this a look in, even though I was a High Elf player :naughty:

The recent Dark Elves miniatures look fantastic though.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 31, 2009, 10:27:05 AM
Reading Alan Warner's Morven Callar for Uni at the moment. Pretty horrific novel  :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: luciferi on March 31, 2009, 11:27:27 PM
Sweet I'll give this a look in, even though I was a High Elf player :naughty:

The recent Dark Elves miniatures look fantastic though.

A High Elf?! I'll pretend I didn't read that!  :peace:

The miniatures look awesome indeed, I've been interested in starting painting again, but I just couldn't be bothered really - it's also quite expensive.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on April 01, 2009, 08:03:34 AM
Lots of fantasy fans here...

More in to science fiction, myself.

Ben Bova - Titan
Alan Campbell - Scar Night (started promising but sucked at the end)
Elizabeth Moon - Trading in Danger (space opera)
Issac Asimov - Foundation Trilogy

For fantasy, everything pales to Lord of the Rings, so I just go back and read that every year or two.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 01, 2009, 10:20:37 AM
Now reading another book for my university degree, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Master Cthulhu on April 01, 2009, 09:17:14 PM
Lots of fantasy fans here...

More in to science fiction, myself.

Ben Bova - Titan
Alan Campbell - Scar Night (started promising but sucked at the end)
Elizabeth Moon - Trading in Danger (space opera)
Issac Asimov - Foundation Trilogy

For fantasy, everything pales to Lord of the Rings, so I just go back and read that every year or two.

Yes, I like science fiction better than fantasy, also, but it is really epic when they are both prominent.

Yes, LOTR is the most epic book ever written, and is probably even more epic than the history of Earthly men. There are diverse species of creatures, and every one of them has their own history, mythology, etc.
It is pretty much like an extended period of repeating WWIIs. The good are in power first, Sauron & the "dark side" take control, realizes the ring has been lost (LOL!), and tries to kill all of the "good side" because of greed. The good end up winning, but eventually the dark side will most likely take control again, like they did before the book started. Mordor will never fall forever. Muahahahahaha.

Wayyy more interesting than human history, IMO...


Discussion topic:
What do you think would happen if Bilbo DID NOT luckily accidentally slip out a thought about Gollum's pocket during their riddle game in "The Hobbit"?
Would the ring ever be found, or would Gollum give in to the dark riders right away once they found him? Would Mordor be invincible?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Warlust on April 02, 2009, 01:16:01 AM
Re-read Neuromancer by William Gibson and Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson after an argument about which one was better...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 02, 2009, 05:00:11 AM
All you fantasy nuts should check out Katharine Kerr's Deverry cycle. Dragonspell is one of the best fantasy novels ever written  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on April 02, 2009, 09:45:42 AM
Currently re-reading The Bane of the Black Sword, by Michael Moorcock.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Conservationist on April 10, 2009, 08:15:52 PM
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

I like that one. Its title is very apt.

The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq here. Very metal: chicks with huge tits, warfare, occult cults, intoxication, vengeance, drunkenness, murder, sodomy and the world collapsing.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 17, 2009, 10:22:00 AM
I like that one. Its title is very apt.

It was okay. Not quite as spectacular as people say. I'm just finishing up with Raymond E Feist's Wrath of a Mad God. Exciting stuff!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 21, 2009, 06:41:54 AM
Now reading The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen, the third crime novel in her Detective Rizzoli/Maura Isles series.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on April 21, 2009, 06:57:42 AM
Reading Cradle to Grave by Susan Claudia. Nice occult-ish horror, very classy.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 23, 2009, 10:36:39 AM
Reading another book for my lit class, Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. 
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: godzilla666 on April 28, 2009, 01:36:51 PM
Currently reading The Inferno by August Strindberg

Only just started, so no comment yet.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Valkyrie from the Void on May 05, 2009, 01:24:50 PM
Frankenstein, and Earthfall by orson scott card
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on May 06, 2009, 09:41:08 AM
Whitewash by Alex kava
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Master Cthulhu on May 06, 2009, 07:13:54 PM
Finally finished All Quiet on the Western Front after a long delay to finish War of the Worlds.

The last two paragraphs sent chills down my spine, and was uniquely ironic.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Menternor on May 06, 2009, 10:13:41 PM
Demian by Herman Hesse

A pretty easy read, I have to finish it for tomorrow for an exam.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: godzilla666 on May 07, 2009, 02:00:14 AM
Finally finished All Quiet on the Western Front after a long delay to finish War of the Worlds.

The last two paragraphs sent chills down my spine, and was uniquely ironic.

One of my all time favorites is All Quiet on the Western Front, the imagery is immaculate.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: spudford on May 07, 2009, 04:31:57 AM
Just finished The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie, and I can very heartily recommend it to fans of fantasy literature. Great story and fantastic characters, really gritty adult fantasy with plenty of dark humour. The first book is a bit slow setting up the world and the plot, but the second and third books are just awesome.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on May 27, 2009, 11:05:48 AM
Haven't posted on this thread for a while, so this is what I've been reading over the past couple of weeks.

Annie Proulx - Close Range: Wyoming Stories
Brian Azzarello - Joker
Alan Moore -  Batman: The Killing Joke
Philip Pullman - The Subtle Knife
Philip Pullman - The Amber Spyglass - what an ending!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on May 29, 2009, 08:11:38 PM
I picked up Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones today and started it. Very...strange so far. Very artistic, I guess.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on May 30, 2009, 07:46:11 AM
I picked up Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones today and started it. Very...strange so far. Very artistic, I guess.

I bought that for my girlfriend a year ago, but she still hasn't read it. Trying to get her to read anything is like pulling teeth. I'll probably pick it up myself one day.

Just finished Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and J. Michael Stracynski's Coming Home edition of The Amazing Spider-Man. Started Michael Connelly's City of Bones last night, too.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: skotos on May 30, 2009, 07:55:25 AM
Almost finishing Stephen King's "The stand". It is in my humble opinion, his best book to date.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on May 30, 2009, 08:12:11 AM
Almost finishing Stephen King's "The stand". It is in my humble opinion, his best book to date.

I haven't read the book, but saw the miniseries several years ago.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on May 30, 2009, 08:17:36 AM
I don't really know what my favorite King book is. He's had a pretty consistent run of good shit, with a few missteps in the 90s and 00s, but still.

Quote
J. Michael Stracynski's Coming Home  edition of The Amazing Spider-Man.

Kick ass stuff, huh?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: skotos on May 30, 2009, 05:41:45 PM
I haven't read the book, but saw the miniseries several years ago.

Was it any good? Or  :sleep:? I have to say, the book is phenomenal.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on May 30, 2009, 07:47:43 PM
Was it any good? Or  :sleep:? I have to say, the book is phenomenal.

I seem to recall it was good (it was a LONG time ago.)  Of course I can't compare it to the book, but considering that they made it a miniseries, it's likely that it reflects the book more than the usual 2 hour movie ever could.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on May 30, 2009, 08:41:40 PM
I hated The Stand so much.  It's so fucking juvenile.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on May 30, 2009, 08:50:11 PM
Yeah, it definitely was. But I liked it a lot anyway.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: spudford on June 01, 2009, 03:57:31 AM
I really enjoyed The Stand (although it's been about 20 years since I read it I'd guess) but it has the worst fucking deus ex machina ending I've ever witnessed, totally killed it. IT is much better but also suffers from a somewhat lame ending - its always disappointing when the monster is revealed, it's just never as scary as the unknown.

I'm going through a huge blaze of fantasy reading at the moment. I'm into book 5 of the 7 book series about The Raven by James Barclay and am really enjoying it - good rollicking heroic fantasy. Like all fantasy you know the good guys will win in the end but the path they take keeps you guessing, and Barclay is not afraid to kill off his characters so you can never be sure they are all going to make it. Makes for some surprisingly exciting story telling. I reckon that so far the second book (Noonshade), and the one I'm half way through now (Shadowheart) are the best, but of course still have two to go. Recommended if you are into heroic fantasy.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on June 02, 2009, 10:09:26 AM

Kick ass stuff, huh?

Absolutely 'amazing'  :naughty: One of the best Spider-Man graphic novels I've ever read. Totally unique, but still very much grounded in the 60s style.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on June 20, 2009, 07:13:13 AM
Over the last couple of weeks I've read:

Michael Connelly - Chasing the Dime
Tess Gerritsen - Body Double
David Simon - Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets   :bow:
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Post by: Master Cthulhu on June 20, 2009, 11:15:47 AM
I rereading LotR, and enjoying it much more than the first time I read it.
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Post by: Nahsil on June 20, 2009, 03:59:22 PM
The Light Fantastic

can hardly go wrong with the guy.
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Post by: luciferi on June 22, 2009, 04:34:57 PM
Mike Lee - Time of Legends - Nagash the Sorcerer Vol. 1

Love this series from the Warhammer Fantasy world.
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Post by: Chris Foley on June 22, 2009, 06:26:42 PM
The Light Fantastic

can hardly go wrong with the guy.

Your certainly not wrong there. My favorite of his was always Mort, although anything of his Novels with Rincewind in come close to being favorites. :)
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Post by: Dragonchaser on June 23, 2009, 05:11:26 AM
I thought The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic were his best novels. Just before he got a bit too comedic.  :D
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Post by: luciferi on June 23, 2009, 06:29:08 PM
If you haven't read Thief of Time, by him, you should. :thumbup:
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Post by: Dragonchaser on July 03, 2009, 09:10:29 AM
I have it in the house, just haven't got around to it yet.

In the last week or so:

Raymond Chandler - The Big Sleep
Michael Connelly - Lost Light
Tess Gerritsen - Vanish
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Post by: Phoenix on July 03, 2009, 09:53:19 AM
Dostoevsky's The Gambler. Intriguing read...not sure what to make of it yet.
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Post by: MetalCrypt on July 04, 2009, 08:28:46 PM
Extreme Metal

A bit tedious at the beginning, but gets better after a couple of chapters.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on July 06, 2009, 11:35:01 AM
Michael Connelly's The Narrows
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Post by: MetalMike on July 08, 2009, 06:53:52 AM
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max. 

Quick read about a guy who is (admittedly) a real asshole.  The parts where bad stuff happens to him due to his rotten personality are hysterical.  Otherwise he is a total creep.
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Post by: spudford on July 10, 2009, 06:21:47 PM
Some of those stories are fucking hilarious. The one where his girlfriend finally lets him do her in the ass and he uses too much lube had me in tears!

I've just finished reading The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies, both by Scott Lynch, and they were fantastic! Fantasy novels about a gang of thieves, really brutal and often hilarious. Not your standard fantasy fare as there is very little magic in it, they are more like mafia stories from the 1600s or a Renaissance version of Oceans 11.
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Post by: Nosrac1691 on July 22, 2009, 02:31:34 AM
The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard

 :bow:
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Post by: Sextus Loverlord on July 23, 2009, 04:09:21 AM
I got "A Briefer History of Time" by Stephen Hawking yesterday. It seems very interesting up till now.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on July 23, 2009, 09:50:25 AM
I got "A Briefer History of Time" by Stephen Hawking yesterday. It seems very interesting up till now.

I have that, too. Just haven't gotten around to reading it yet.

In the last week or so I've read:

Tess Gerritsen - Under the Knife
Meg Gardiner - China Lake (pretty cool thriller, actually)
Tess Gerritsen - The Mephisto Club
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Post by: Phoenix on July 23, 2009, 09:53:42 AM
Phew. Just finished Notes from Underground, now I need something lighter. Time for Carl Hiaasen's Strip Tease, I think.
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Post by: MetalMike on July 29, 2009, 07:41:19 AM
Robert E. Howard collection:  The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

My first experience with Howard/Conan since the late 70s comics like Conan the Barbarian.  Of course, back then I preferred Red Sonja, for two very obvious reasons (yowza!)   :)
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on July 29, 2009, 07:43:29 AM
Ah, finally you get the real thing.
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Post by: MetalMike on July 29, 2009, 05:26:59 PM
Ah, finally you get the real thing.

How did I know you would respond to my post?  Oh, yeah, the picture of you in Robert E. Howard's study.   :lol

You'll be able to tell how much I like it, when the exclamation "By Crom!" shows up in my reviews.

Is there a good account of Howard's life and death on line, or should I look for a print biography?  I like to read up on the authors themselves after I check out their writing for the first time.
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on July 29, 2009, 05:47:19 PM
The wikipedia page is a decent place to start.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E_Howard (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E_Howard)

Howard fanatic Mark Finn wrote a great bio called Blood and Thunder: the Life and Art of Robert E Howard  You can usually get it on Amazon for like 10 bucks.

And FYI: That's not Howard's study - that's his whole bedroom.  He slept and wrote in a space a little bigger than a closet.

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Post by: MetalMike on July 29, 2009, 06:35:15 PM
Cool.  Thanks for the info. :thumbup:
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Post by: Dragonchaser on July 30, 2009, 06:40:47 AM
Been reading graphic novels mostly the last day or so. DeMatteis' Spider-Man: The Lost Years, Ellis' Iron Man: Extremis, Winick's Batman: Under the Hood, and Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Strikes Again. Pretty good stuff.
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Post by: MetalMike on July 30, 2009, 08:17:53 AM
Been reading graphic novels mostly the last day or so. DeMatteis' Spider-Man: The Lost Years, Ellis' Iron Man: Extremis, Winick's Batman: Under the Hood, and Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Strikes Again. Pretty good stuff.

Science Fiction Book Club has been featuring a lot of graphic novels lately.  They had 3 featuring Conan and that's what made me seek out the actual book.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on July 31, 2009, 07:00:59 AM
Science Fiction Book Club has been featuring a lot of graphic novels lately.  They had 3 featuring Conan and that's what made me seek out the actual book.

I don't think I've actually ever read a Conan graphic novel. I've been into comic books since I was a kid (and never really grown out of them) but for some reason Conan passed me by.
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Post by: Agis on July 31, 2009, 09:25:07 AM
I have read a lot of Conan comics. Some are brilliant. However, the novels are even better.  I think we can get them freely and legally in the Internet, is that right? 
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on July 31, 2009, 06:51:38 PM
Actually, Howard only wrote one Conan 'novel' called The Hour of the Dragon all the rest is short fiction.
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Post by: MetalMike on July 31, 2009, 07:23:10 PM
Just finished the first Conan story, The Phoenix on the Sword.  It read quite similar to how I remember the comics from the 70s reading, although Conan is portrayed as a much more intelligent person (he IS a king in this story, after all!)  So far, quite enjoyable!
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on July 31, 2009, 11:29:32 PM
Conan was always intelligent.  The 'big, stupid barbarian' is an invention of people who have never read actual Howard stories.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on August 01, 2009, 06:28:42 AM
How important are the Conan stories in fantasy fiction?
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Post by: MetalMike on August 01, 2009, 07:27:45 AM
How important are the Conan stories in fantasy fiction?

Most of the stuff I've read about Howard include the assertation that he "created" the sword and sorcery genre.  His stories were written in the late 20s and early 30s (he committed suicide in 1936).  He was widely respected by his peers including H.P. Lovecraft.  He created a multitude of characters, but Conan is, by far, his most well known and enduring.

I believe Sargon will be teaching an online course, through the University of Phoenix, in the fall semester, "The Genius of Robert E. Howard."  Tuition discounts will be given to anyone who can name any album by Pagan Altar.   :naughty:
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Post by: Agis on August 01, 2009, 08:18:33 AM
However, apart from being an initiator, what he wrote is among some (or most) of the best in the S&S genre. To put an example, he is to Sword and Sorcery what Tolkien is to High Fantasy. SO Highly recommended.    :thumbup:

http://gutenberg.net.au/plusfifty-a-m.html#letterH
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on August 01, 2009, 01:38:33 PM
Most of the stuff I've read about Howard include the assertation that he "created" the sword and sorcery genre.  His stories were written in the late 20s and early 30s (he committed suicide in 1936).  He was widely respected by his peers including H.P. Lovecraft.  He created a multitude of characters, but Conan is, by far, his most well known and enduring.

I believe Sargon will be teaching an online course, through the University of Phoenix, in the fall semester, "The Genius of Robert E. Howard."  Tuition discounts will be given to anyone who can name any album by Pagan Altar.   :naughty:

Howard did invent Sword and Sorcery, and he's one of those writers, like Lovecraft, who has had a huge influence on a lot of writers since then.  He wasn't a stylist on the level of Clark Ashton Smith, but then Howard didn't live to reach his full potential.
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Post by: Schattengott on August 01, 2009, 01:47:01 PM
Stephen King - Insomnia
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Post by: Dragonchaser on August 04, 2009, 07:09:28 AM
Cool. I'll have to check out some of the Conan short fiction.

Just finished DC's World Without a Superman (pretty boring collection of the Funeral For A Friend storyline following the Doomsday arc) and now reading Lyall Watson's Dark Nature: A Natural History of Evil
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Post by: Dragonchaser on August 10, 2009, 10:14:28 AM
Now reading Tess Gerritsen's new novel Keeping the Dead.
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Post by: MetalMike on August 10, 2009, 08:25:02 PM
Just finished reading The Hobbit to my 6 year old.  She loved it, except for the goblins in the mountain pass.  Shit coming out of the dark to grab people just isn't her speed yet.
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Post by: MetalCrypt on August 10, 2009, 08:56:13 PM
I'm reading Paul Martin's biography (a former Prime Minister.)  I don't usually read those but someone lent it to me saying it was a good read.  The first half was cool, but getting in the second half which covers his short time as PM is getting a bit tedious.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on August 18, 2009, 10:33:49 AM
Reading Linwood Barclay's No Time For Goodbye. Very exciting, actually.
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Post by: Nosrac1691 on August 18, 2009, 06:59:34 PM
Just finished reading The Hobbit to my 6 year old.  She loved it, except for the goblins in the mountain pass.  Shit coming out of the dark to grab people just isn't her speed yet.

That's awesome.
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Post by: MetalMike on August 18, 2009, 08:35:51 PM
That's awesome.

Yeah, I was pretty psyched.  Actually, she's making me read it to her again.  And I'm only too happy to oblige.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on August 21, 2009, 07:02:26 AM
Yeah, I was pretty psyched.  Actually, she's making me read it to her again.  And I'm only too happy to oblige.

It was first book I read after my gap in reading. When I was younger, I read a lot of horror, but stopped when I was about 12. Then I picked up The Hobbit when I was fifteen and have been reading non stop ever since. It's a masterpiece.
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Post by: Agis on August 23, 2009, 05:18:24 AM
Saint Joan, by George Bernard Shaw.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on August 27, 2009, 07:11:11 AM
Rides A Dread Legion, by Raymond E Feist
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Post by: Master Cthulhu on August 27, 2009, 03:02:32 PM
Reading something called Enders Game

Pretty good.
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Post by: Phoenix on August 27, 2009, 04:32:49 PM
Reading something called Enders Game

Pretty good.

Um, isn't that book immensely popular and well known?

I'm reading Dennis Lehane's Sacred. Kickass really, like everything I've read by him.
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Post by: Master Cthulhu on August 27, 2009, 04:37:01 PM
I dunno, I just had it for some reason.
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Post by: MetalMike on August 27, 2009, 06:38:31 PM
Reading something called Enders Game

Pretty good.

It's considered a classic in Science Fiction, although I've yet to read it.  Have read several other books by Orson Scott Card.
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Post by: Bad_Bud on August 27, 2009, 07:38:30 PM
It's considered a classic in Science Fiction, although I've yet to read it.  Have read several other books by Orson Scott Card.

It's good, and Ender has a brutal death metal brother.
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Post by: Schattengott on August 28, 2009, 02:03:23 AM
Just got my hands on Stephen King's "Desperation"
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Post by: Sextus Loverlord on August 28, 2009, 07:07:41 AM
Richard Dawkins - God Delusion

Second time I'm reading this and I know it won't be the last.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on September 08, 2009, 06:21:25 AM
Linwood Barclay's Too Close To Home
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Post by: Nahsil on September 09, 2009, 02:39:08 AM
Kull - Exile of Atlantis :super:
Marcus Aurelius - Meditations :thumbup:
Descartes - First Meditations on Philosophy :sleep:
Death of a Salesman for my contemporary American lit class

maybe it's just me but Death of a Salesman makes me think of David Lynch.
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Post by: xanades on September 09, 2009, 04:43:54 AM
Filthy Lucre - Economics for Those Who Hate Capitalism

Not so bad, but it doesn't really 'debunk' much that is still thought to be true
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Post by: Sextus Loverlord on September 10, 2009, 01:26:08 PM
Kull - Exile of Atlantis :super:
Marcus Aurelius - Meditations :thumbup:
Descartes - First Meditations on Philosophy :sleep:
Death of a Salesman for my contemporary American lit class

maybe it's just me but Death of a Salesman makes me think of David Lynch.

Excellent book. I read that after reading Art of War. It's a seriously underrated book. I mean, the thought of reading the inner thoughts of a brilliant man who lived 2,000 years ago is something mesmerizing on its own. It makes me sad to know that the best books of Aurelius' contemporaries, the original Greek Stoics, have been lost forever.
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Post by: Nahsil on September 11, 2009, 07:21:21 PM
Excellent book. I read that after reading Art of War. It's a seriously underrated book. I mean, the thought of reading the inner thoughts of a brilliant man who lived 2,000 years ago is something mesmerizing on its own. It makes me sad to know that the best books of Aurelius' contemporaries, the original Greek Stoics, have been lost forever.

Indeed, he was a noble and interesting figure, true philosopher/king. It's an inspirational book and still really relevant.
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Post by: luciferi on September 14, 2009, 09:03:57 PM
Reading a lot of poetry and philosophy, at the moment, these:

T.S. Eliot - Collected Poems 1909-1962

Theodore Roszak - Sources (..anthology of contemporary material..)
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Post by: Dragonchaser on September 18, 2009, 07:05:29 AM
Had to read some university texts this week.

Thomas More's Utopia, Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, but also found time to read Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones. Right now I'm reading Michael Connelly's Echo Park.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on September 29, 2009, 07:23:12 AM
Been on a Pratchett binge lately. Just finished Sourcery, now reading Wyrd Sisters
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 11, 2009, 10:29:07 AM
Now reading Lisa Gardner's Hide. A very enjoyable thriller.
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Post by: MetalCrypt on October 11, 2009, 10:47:13 AM
Scarpetta (Patricia Cornwell.)
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 11, 2009, 10:56:35 AM
Did you finish Dark Before Dawn?  :naughty:
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Post by: MetalCrypt on October 11, 2009, 12:23:57 PM
Did you finish Dark Before Dawn?  :naughty:

Yes.  I like the "more developed" story (which incidentally is possible due to having more pages.)  I dragged the reading a bit too much though, so in a couple of places I got lost.
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Post by: DeadlyBlessing on October 12, 2009, 05:11:52 PM
Bernard Cornwell - Sword Song
Ben Pastor - The Water Thief
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Post by: Nahsil on October 12, 2009, 05:31:07 PM
Just started Flatland by Edward Abbott.

Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth for a lit class, Kiss Me, Deadly by Mickey Spillane in another lit class.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 19, 2009, 10:52:28 AM
Stephen King Carrie
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Post by: Phoenix on October 19, 2009, 02:07:43 PM
Stephen King Carrie

Read that for the first time earlier this year, pretty damn good.

I'm reading Hunter S. Thompson's Hell's Angels, his biography written by Jann S. Wenner, and Stephen King's Just After Sunset.
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Post by: jared on October 20, 2009, 07:59:56 AM
robert silverberg - lord valentine's castle
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on October 20, 2009, 02:25:38 PM
robert silverberg - lord valentine's castle

I remember than one.  I read it like 25 years ago.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 21, 2009, 09:48:51 AM
Read that for the first time earlier this year, pretty damn good.


I really enjoyed it. Thought the ending was a little sloppy though. The way it came to a close seemed to drag.

Now reading Strunk & White's The Elements of Style.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 23, 2009, 08:06:04 AM
Sue Grafton's A Is For Alibi.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 30, 2009, 08:20:43 AM
Stephen King's It
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Post by: Jan on October 30, 2009, 03:11:06 PM
Stephen King's It

Haven't read that for ages and ages. Hmmm......

Currently reading Stuart MacBrides 'Broken Skin'  - pretty good so far - rebus light is probably a fair comparison.
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Post by: luciferi on October 30, 2009, 08:21:23 PM
Ursula Leguin - City of Illusions  :thumbup:
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Post by: jared on October 31, 2009, 04:13:16 PM
mike resnick - santiago: a myth of the far future
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on October 31, 2009, 04:18:01 PM
mike resnick - santiago: a myth of the far future

That book is great fun.
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Post by: MetalMike on November 01, 2009, 08:02:46 AM
Martians and Madness a collection of Frederic Brown stories
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Post by: jared on November 02, 2009, 10:02:01 AM
That book is great fun.

yeah...will definitely seek out the other titles
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Post by: Dragonchaser on November 16, 2009, 12:45:18 PM
In the last couple of days:

Michael Connelly's The Overlook, Stephen King's Night Shift
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Post by: Dragonchaser on November 25, 2009, 09:16:49 AM
Sue Grafton's B Is For Burglar, and also listening to Kathy Reich's Deadly Decisions, read by Katherine Borowitz   :bow:
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on November 25, 2009, 03:36:00 PM
The Cutting Edge - Studies in Ancient and Medieval Combat
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Post by: Dragonchaser on November 27, 2009, 07:21:07 AM
Patricia Cornwell - Postmortem.
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Post by: metal_xxx on November 29, 2009, 03:50:10 PM
The Cutting Edge - Studies in Ancient and Medieval Combat

Sounds pretty neat,

me however, "The Human Body - Anatomy and Physiology". Fucking exams.
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Post by: MetalMike on November 29, 2009, 04:17:25 PM
me however, "The Human Body - Anatomy and Physiology". Fucking exams.

Been there, my friend.  Of course that was in 1987 (warning:  geezer alert!).  On the upside, A&P was where all the cute nursing students were.
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Post by: metal_xxx on November 29, 2009, 04:35:03 PM
I know hehe, small class but 7/8 of the students are girls.

I'm in dietics, so things'll get pretty different after the next semester.
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on November 29, 2009, 04:57:59 PM
Sounds pretty neat,

It's a bunch of academic papers by guys who tested reconstructed weapons and armor of the bronze age to see what it could really do.  Some of it is too academic, but it has a lot of solid information.
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Post by: metal_xxx on November 29, 2009, 06:35:53 PM
I've always been fascinated by stuff like that, will probably not read it, not yet at least, but sounds interesting definitely. If stuff is too academic, I probably wouldn't understand shit anyways.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on December 05, 2009, 12:22:19 AM
Michael Connelly The Brass Verdict
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Post by: Duffman on December 06, 2009, 04:51:26 AM
The Gathering Storm - Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on December 11, 2009, 09:14:26 AM
The Gathering Storm - Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson.

What's this like? Is it as good as the original RJ stuff?
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Post by: Nahsil on December 11, 2009, 01:35:23 PM
Carl Sagan's Cosmos
Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil
Misc. Terry Pratchett

Just glad to be able to read what I want now, as opposed to earlier in the semester when I was constantly bombarbed by shitty detective fiction and modernist/post-modernist/new journalist/minimalist pieces (the latter being better than the former).
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Post by: Duffman on December 11, 2009, 06:02:06 PM
What's this like? Is it as good as the original RJ stuff?
It is. Tarmon Gai'don actually feels like it is starting to happen! It takes off from where Knife of Dreams left, i.e. pulling all the threads together from the previous novels, boy did RJ meander during the middle books in the series... Perrin and Mat could be seen as extended cameos as some say, especially Perrin. Though seeing how the last three books were intended to be one I'm guessing they have more chapters in the next two. The two major POVs are Rand and Egwene, normally I hate it when the girls get many chapters but seeing how the major plot twists involving them are solved, it's all good and I didn't find myself skipping to other POVs, instead sometimes I'd find myself skipping to the next Egwene chapter! I've seen some people say Mat doesn't seem like Mat, I can't really comment on this seeing how I've forgotten most of the story... I'll reread the whole series once the final book has been released, that should tied me over for a while when I do that.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on December 13, 2009, 10:17:54 AM
Alison Taylor's Sticky Fingers.  :naughty:
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Post by: Dragonchaser on December 23, 2009, 06:17:37 AM
Audrey Niffenigger - The Time Traveler's Wife
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Post by: overfiend on December 23, 2009, 12:30:52 PM
Rereading the "Wheel of Time" series and then I'm picking up the new 12th book by Brandon Sanderson. Kinda dubious about his writing style and how it will fit in with Jordan's.
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Post by: luciferi on December 23, 2009, 07:07:40 PM
Friedrich Nietzsche - Thus Spoke Zarathustra
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Post by: Dragonchaser on December 26, 2009, 07:06:19 AM
Stephen King Under The Dome  :bow:
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Post by: Phoenix on December 26, 2009, 10:07:59 AM
Stephen King Under The Dome  :bow:

How good is it so far? I'm really not expecting that much tbh, but I could be wrong.

Hunter S. Thompson - Great Shark Hunt
John Grisham - The Firm

Good stuff.
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Post by: Nahsil on December 26, 2009, 05:45:46 PM
Rereading Frank Herbert's Dune, brilliant fucking novel. I keep wishing Jessica could see through Dr. Yueh's betrayal, though.
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Post by: overfiend on December 29, 2009, 08:09:47 AM
Friedrich Nietzsche - Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Read that years ago. It's a life changer.
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Post by: Nosrac1691 on December 29, 2009, 01:22:34 PM
Stephen King - Under The Dome
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Post by: Dragonchaser on December 31, 2009, 05:34:26 AM
How good is it so far? I'm really not expecting that much tbh, but I could be wrong.


I'm loving it at the moment. It's King's prose I enjoy rather than his storytelling. The book is very well written and has kept me gripped so far. Not sure how everyone else is feeling about it, but I'd say it is the best he's done for a while.
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Post by: Phoenix on December 31, 2009, 09:18:03 AM
I always enjoy his prose too, but his latest short story compilation Just After Sunset is busting my chops. Terrible storytelling.
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Post by: MetalCrypt on December 31, 2009, 09:28:58 AM
Star Wars: Dark Lord - The Rise of Darth Vader

This picks up right after the movie "The Revenge of the Sith".
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Post by: Nosrac1691 on January 01, 2010, 03:45:25 AM
I'm loving it at the moment. It's King's prose I enjoy rather than his storytelling. The book is very well written and has kept me gripped so far. Not sure how everyone else is feeling about it, but I'd say it is the best he's done for a while.

I am absolutely loving it. Very engaging and entertaining. Also, I love that the bad guy is a car salesman, which is what my dad is  :D
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Post by: MetalMike on January 01, 2010, 06:16:07 AM
Lemmy's autobiography.

The writing is terrible, but it should be worth a few laughs as well as a few  8O moments.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 04, 2010, 07:40:26 AM
I am absolutely loving it. Very engaging and entertaining. Also, I love that the bad guy is a car salesman, which is what my dad is  :D

Me too. You don't fuck with Big Jim  :no:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 18, 2010, 07:26:58 AM
Over the weekend...

Michael Connelly - Nine Dragons
Shaun Hutson -  Breeding Ground
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 22, 2010, 07:14:25 AM
Terry Pratchett - Unseen Academicals
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 25, 2010, 07:34:15 AM
Stephen King Misery
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Menternor on January 28, 2010, 07:30:14 PM
Dante's Divine Comedy
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 29, 2010, 07:28:16 AM
James Joyce - A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on January 29, 2010, 08:13:52 PM
I suggest we change this thread to "Dragonchaser's Current Reads"   :lol

Damn, man!  Where do you find the time?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on January 30, 2010, 03:39:28 AM
Ian Rankin: Witch hunt

Not as good as his Rebus novels, but enjoyable.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on January 30, 2010, 06:17:38 AM
I think Bruce reads 20 books in the time I read one.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on February 01, 2010, 07:01:51 AM
I think Bruce reads 20 books in the time I read one.

 :peep:

Over the weekend: Adele Parks Love Lies and Ford Madox Ford The Good Soldier
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on February 01, 2010, 07:06:42 AM
I read a chapter and a half over the weekend.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on February 01, 2010, 07:13:14 AM
I read a chapter and a half over the weekend.

 :naughty:

You touched The Distance Between yet?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: xanades on February 01, 2010, 07:13:39 AM
:peep:

Over the weekend: Adele Parks Love Lies and Ford Madox Ford The Good Soldier

I remember someone saying something about the number of books you read predicting your income.. But I can't remember who it was, so you should probably disregard it. Speaking of which, for men, height predicts income like you wouldn't believe. Too bad I'm only 6/6"1.

Ian Plimer - Heaven And Earth: Global Warming, The Missing Science

Giving this a read, as the guy is a local. I'm thoroughly sick of this debate though, in Australia it's all we hear about
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on February 01, 2010, 07:53:58 AM
:naughty:

You touched The Distance Between yet?

No, but I will once I'm done with that last chapter in the book I'm reading.  I thought I could finish it last night but I was too tired.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sirliftsalot48 on February 01, 2010, 12:15:55 PM
Too bad I'm only 6/6"1.
Are you saying 6'/6'1" is short?  Unless you are trying to be a professional basketball player, it is most certainly not short by any means.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: xanades on February 01, 2010, 07:54:36 PM
Are you saying 6'/6'1" is short?  Unless you are trying to be a professional basketball player, it is most certainly not short by any means.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on February 05, 2010, 05:50:59 AM
Stephen King Cell. Much better than people think.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on February 05, 2010, 09:00:19 AM
Stephen King Cell. Much better than people think.

I was very disappointed by the time I got to the end of that. So disappointed that I ended up donating the thing to my neighborhood library thing. Don't want that in my collection anymore.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on February 05, 2010, 10:24:04 AM
I have to admit, I'm still about one hundred pages off finishing it. You really seem to dislike the guy  :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on February 05, 2010, 10:35:54 AM
I have to admit, I'm still about one hundred pages off finishing it. You really seem to dislike the guy  :naughty:

I really like his earlier works. IT and The Stand still have firm places in my collection and I have fond memories of Salem's Lot, The Dead Zone, Christine, Pet Sematary and others. Duma Key and Bag of Bones were even good, too.

Only ones I really don't like are Cell and the new compilation book Just After Sunset, which actually hurt me to read...really sad, considering how much fun I've had reading a great deal of his old material.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on February 05, 2010, 02:20:30 PM
I really like his earlier works. IT and The Stand still have firm places in my collection and I have fond memories of Salem's Lot, The Dead Zone, Christine, Pet Sematary and others. Duma Key and Bag of Bones were even good, too.

Only ones I really don't like are Cell and the new compilation book Just After Sunset, which actually hurt me to read...really sad, considering how much fun I've had reading a great deal of his old material.

I agree totally in regards to his earlier works - loads of good reads there.  Apart from the ones you mention, Tommyknockers are also a firm fave here.   

Currently eading "Bleeding Hearts" by Ian Rankin.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on February 09, 2010, 01:12:59 PM
I'll admit, his 80s stuff was the best, but I still enjoyed Cell and all the other newer work he has released (currently going through his novels - I read a lot of them when I was younger so re-discovering them, so to speak).

Currently reading Dennis Lehane's A Drink Before The War
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Master Cthulhu on February 09, 2010, 07:32:11 PM
Hiroshima

Fucking boring. At least it was short.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Joseph Allen on February 17, 2010, 03:17:19 PM
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies  :lol
Nectar in a Sieve- Holy shit, this book should have a doom metal concept album about it; I didn't expect for it to be so hopelessly depressing.  8O
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on February 23, 2010, 11:18:15 AM
In the last two weeks:

Zora Neale Hurston - Their Eyes Were Watching God
Stephen King - The Dark Half
Janet Evanovich - Four To Score
Jeph Loeb - Batman: The Long Halloween
John Connolly - The Killing Kind
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on February 26, 2010, 07:17:53 AM
Harlan Coben - One False Move
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 02, 2010, 11:10:07 AM
Willa Cather  My Antonia
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 05, 2010, 07:04:06 AM
Alan Moore - Saga of the Swamp Thing Book Two
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 10, 2010, 05:08:44 AM
Janet Evanovich - Plum Spooky
Linwood Barclay - Fear The Worst - this is great.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on March 10, 2010, 05:09:33 AM
Neil Gaiman - American Gods
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on March 11, 2010, 11:23:56 AM
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Schattengott on March 11, 2010, 12:14:46 PM
Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 22, 2010, 09:09:18 AM
Stephen King - Thinner
Adele Parks - Playing Away
Sue Grafton - C Is For Corpse
Grant Morrison - WE3
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 02, 2010, 06:16:36 AM
Sue Grafton - D is for Deadbeat
Stephen King - Pet Semetary
Ed McBain - Lady Killer
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on April 02, 2010, 07:59:24 PM
The Pythons - An Autobiography by the Pythons

Funny stuff.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Joseph Allen on April 03, 2010, 11:14:41 AM
Stephen King - Pet Semetary
Same here, reading Gunslinger next.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 04, 2010, 11:29:41 AM
Same here, reading Gunslinger next.

I read that years ago I've just finished PS. I loved the first hundred pages or so, but then thought it dragged a lot until the end, which was definitely one of King's best. The prose was sublime, as always.  8)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on April 04, 2010, 02:09:41 PM
I read that years ago I've just finished PS. I loved the first hundred pages or so, but then thought it dragged a lot until the end, which was definitely one of King's best. The prose was sublime, as always.  8)

Sublime?  Oh please, King is a mediocre stylist on a good day.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on April 04, 2010, 06:37:01 PM
Thought I'd jump in on the King train and say I am currently halfway through IT.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Joseph Allen on April 04, 2010, 10:09:31 PM
Thought I'd jump in on the King train
WOOWOO!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Menternor on April 04, 2010, 10:21:03 PM
Fyodor Dostoevsky - Crime and Punishment

Never really had an opportunity to read many "classic" books before, now that I'm in an university I hope I'll read more.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on April 04, 2010, 10:46:26 PM
You won't, unless you're an English major - the workload kills.

The Children of Men. Fantastically gripping so far, if very bleak and pessimistic. But that's part of the beauty.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 06, 2010, 05:30:34 AM
Sublime?  Oh please, King is a mediocre stylist on a good day.

I'm sorry, but you're wrong. While there are stylistic problems with his novels, his prose is among the best in modern fiction. Particularly in books such as It and Misery. It just depends on what you like. If you dislike his style, you won't see the majesty in it.

I'm Larry would agree with me on this point.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on April 06, 2010, 05:53:43 AM
I'm sorry, but you're wrong. While there are stylistic problems with his novels, his prose is among the best in modern fiction. Particularly in books such as It and Misery. It just depends on what you like. If you dislike his style, you won't see the majesty in it.

I'm Larry would agree with me on this point.

Majesty, piffle.  Try him against a genuine stylist like Dunsany, Tanith Lee, E. R. Eddison, or Clark Ashton Smith, and you will find him gimmicky and trite.  That's not even talking about heavyweight prose artists like Melville or Hawthorne.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on April 06, 2010, 06:36:07 AM
I find King incredibly entertaining at best. Don't know about 'majestic'...I mean I'm not saying I don't like him, but still.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 06, 2010, 06:37:17 AM
Majesty, piffle.  Try him against a genuine stylist like Dunsany, Tanith Lee, E. R. Eddison, or Clark Ashton Smith, and you will find him gimmicky and trite.  That's not even talking about heavyweight prose artists like Melville or Hawthorne.

Maybe in comparison to Eddison, perhaps. But the style isn't in the same ball park. Besides, you can hardly compare King to Melville. I was talking about modern fiction. Tanith Lee's prose is too simple to be compared (at least from what I've read). And anyway, isn't it possible that I just find his prose sublime because I happen to love his writing? I've admitted there are better writers out there, and perhaps he is overrated as a storyteller. But just because you think he pales in comparison to others doesn't mean some people don't find his writing majestic, as I put it. Same goes for bands. Some love Dragonland for example  :naughty: And others hate Ironsword. So what?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Joseph Allen on April 06, 2010, 08:41:35 AM
Maybe in comparison to Eddison, perhaps. But the style isn't in the same ball park. Besides, you can hardly compare King to Melville. I was talking about modern fiction. Tanith Lee's prose is too simple to be compared (at least from what I've read). And anyway, isn't it possible that I just find his prose sublime because I happen to love his writing? I've admitted there are better writers out there, and perhaps he is overrated as a storyteller. But just because you think he pales in comparison to others doesn't mean some people don't find his writing majestic, as I put it. Same goes for bands. Some love Dragonland for example  :naughty: And others hate Ironsword. So what?
So, Ironsword rules!  :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Schattengott on April 06, 2010, 11:31:15 AM
Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on April 06, 2010, 11:50:31 AM
I'm reading a very good novel by some guy.  I'm just not sure I can talk about it. :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on April 06, 2010, 02:46:37 PM
Maybe in comparison to Eddison, perhaps. But the style isn't in the same ball park. Besides, you can hardly compare King to Melville. I was talking about modern fiction. Tanith Lee's prose is too simple to be compared (at least from what I've read). And anyway, isn't it possible that I just find his prose sublime because I happen to love his writing? I've admitted there are better writers out there, and perhaps he is overrated as a storyteller. But just because you think he pales in comparison to others doesn't mean some people don't find his writing majestic, as I put it. Same goes for bands. Some love Dragonland for example  :naughty: And others hate Ironsword. So what?

Because there are absolutes in art, otherwise there is no basis for saying anything is better than anything else, and that causes all critical theory to break down entirely.  That way lies aesthetic relativism and the death of art.  I have no problem with liking things despite their quality - after all, I am a great fan of early 20th century pulp literature, but I will never state that Burroughs, Howard, or Lovecraft are great artists - though Howard would have been, had he lived.  But I cannot abide saying something is 'the best' simply because you happen to like it.  I love Ironsword, but I will not claim they compare to bands like Moonsorrow or Primordial - bands with far more serious artistic qualities.  A fundamental truth of real art, that people in our proletarian age do not want to admit, is that quality is not all relative, and some things are better than others, and that's all there is to it.

Even King himself has referred to his writing as 'salami writing', and makes few pretensions to art.  He is a pop writer, and an entertainer, not an artist.  He has a pulpy sense of character, overheated dialogue, and the tiresome stylistic tic of inserting character's thoughts in parenthesis or italics in mid-sentence.  Even his best works, like The Shining, or Eyes of the Dragon are quite riddled with cliches and melodrama, and his idealization of childhood is sentimental in the extreme.  In fact I would say sentimentality is the primary flaw in his work.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Joseph Allen on April 06, 2010, 03:28:55 PM
There should really be a philosophy forum for this kind of thing.  :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Joseph Allen on April 08, 2010, 09:22:18 PM
Besides, does a band have to be "serious" to qualify as art? And if so, what subjects would be considered serious enough, and how would a band go about achieving the right amount of "seriousness" to be considered as such? Just wanted to put my thoughts out there.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on April 08, 2010, 09:48:10 PM
I consider music "art" in itself, regardless of the supposed "seriousness" of musical acts.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Joseph Allen on April 08, 2010, 09:52:27 PM
I consider music "art" in itself, regardless of the supposed "seriousness" of musical acts.
I guess that's kind of what I'm trying to say.  :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 09, 2010, 07:28:24 AM
I'm reading a very good novel by some guy.  I'm just not sure I can talk about it. :naughty:

 :peep:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 09, 2010, 07:31:13 AM
Because there are absolutes in art, otherwise there is no basis for saying anything is better than anything else, and that causes all critical theory to break down entirely.  That way lies aesthetic relativism and the death of art.  I have no problem with liking things despite their quality - after all, I am a great fan of early 20th century pulp literature, but I will never state that Burroughs, Howard, or Lovecraft are great artists - though Howard would have been, had he lived.  But I cannot abide saying something is 'the best' simply because you happen to like it.  I love Ironsword, but I will not claim they compare to bands like Moonsorrow or Primordial - bands with far more serious artistic qualities.  A fundamental truth of real art, that people in our proletarian age do not want to admit, is that quality is not all relative, and some things are better than others, and that's all there is to it.

Even King himself has referred to his writing as 'salami writing', and makes few pretensions to art.  He is a pop writer, and an entertainer, not an artist.  He has a pulpy sense of character, overheated dialogue, and the tiresome stylistic tic of inserting character's thoughts in parenthesis or italics in mid-sentence.  Even his best works, like The Shining, or Eyes of the Dragon are quite riddled with cliches and melodrama, and his idealization of childhood is sentimental in the extreme.  In fact I would say sentimentality is the primary flaw in his work.

Okay, I get what you're saying. I agree about the absolutes in art. I never said that King was the master of all things literary. I just admire popular writers more than classic ones (or ones with allusions to canonization). As a pulp writer, I think he is one of the best, perhaps my favourite. And I'm not sure if he invented the fragmented thoughts in parenthesis, but I really like that element of his style.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on April 09, 2010, 09:13:20 AM
I think what Sargon said about King's writing being pulpy, somewhat cliche and overdramatic is exactly what I like about him. It never bothers me at all with his really good works. Just a ton of fun to read.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on April 09, 2010, 02:23:50 PM
And that's fine.  Nothing wrong with enjoying pop art, since that is what it is for anyway.  Pulp is supposed to be entertaining, so it had better be.

Forgive me, I've been a serious writer for 20 years, and I take writing seriously.

Current reads:
The Guns of August Barbara Tuchman
On Moral Fiction John Gardner
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: luciferi on April 14, 2010, 07:42:02 AM
Ursula K. Le Guin - The Left Hand of Darkness

Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 15, 2010, 07:26:51 AM
Last couple of weeks:

Sue Grafton - E Is For Evidence
Janet Evanovich - Twelve Sharp
Janet Evanovich - Lean Mean Thirteen
Grant Morrison - Batman: Arkham Asylum
Harlan Coben - The Final Detail
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on May 07, 2010, 07:15:26 AM
The Moon of Three Rings by Andre Norton.  Picked up a couple of old paperbacks at a used book sale a while back.  Fun to see how science fiction themes and writing have changed in 40 years.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on May 13, 2010, 08:39:36 AM
In the last few weeks or so:

Harlan Coben - Hold Tight
Stephen King - Bag of Bones
John Hart - King Of Lies
Luke Rhinehart - The Dice Man
Art Spiegelman - The Complete Maus
John Connolly - The White Road
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on May 13, 2010, 11:42:03 AM
Frederick Lewis Allen's Only Yesterday

I really think this should be required reading for all US students.  I don't see how people can understand their own country without reading a book like this one.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on May 13, 2010, 06:15:29 PM
Frederick Lewis Allen's Only Yesterday

I really think this should be required reading for all US students.  I don't see how people can understand their own country without reading a book like this one.

Sounds pretty damn cool, and I'm a history whore anyway.  I have reserved a copy at my library.  Oh, yeah, in addition to being a history whore, I'm a huge nerd as well.   :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on May 13, 2010, 06:18:33 PM
Sounds pretty damn cool, and I'm a history whore anyway.  I have reserved a copy at my library.  Oh, yeah, in addition to being a history whore, I'm a huge nerd as well.   :naughty:

Also on my stack:
Dancing in the Dark
Metropolis in the Making
Endangered Dreams
The Great Depression


All 20's, 30's -era histories.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on May 14, 2010, 03:40:54 AM
Eric Flint: 1634: The Bavarian War
- Third vol in an alternate history tale of a 20th century US town moved to 1632. Entertaining, but somewhat naive.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on May 14, 2010, 05:21:04 AM
Eric Flint: 1634: The Bavarian War
- Third vol in an alternate history tale of a 20th century US town moved to 1632. Entertaining, but somewhat naive.

I've never read those, but Eric is a cool guy.  He co-writes the Course of Empire books with my friend KD Wentworth.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on June 01, 2010, 11:25:42 AM
Alex Barclay - Darkhouse
James Joyce - Ulysses
Michael Connelly - The Scarecrow
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: darigaaz on June 01, 2010, 03:23:31 PM
The Silmarilion................. just speechless.

I can only dream that some day a very well produced tv series of this epic can be made.

Making a movie would be impossible. It would not be realistic to make it into a movie just due to the fact it is too long, and character development (unless narrated) would take up too much time, and there are waaaaaaaaayyyy too many characters!!!!!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Master Cthulhu on June 01, 2010, 03:27:16 PM
Reading a collection of short stories from Lovecraft. I've read most of them already, but I wanted to catch a few that I've missed.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on June 01, 2010, 04:53:25 PM
The Silmarilion................. just speechless. I can only dream that some day a very well produced tv series of this epic can be made.

Please, Gods, don't let it happen.   :x:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: wanderingfrank on June 01, 2010, 06:44:01 PM
Please, Gods, don't let it happen.   :x:
Seconded,somethings are just better left to our imaginations.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on June 02, 2010, 07:34:56 AM
The Silmarilion................. just speechless.

I've never got all the way through that. I started reading it as a kid after LOTR, but it was like trying to read the bible. I don't know how well it reads now that I'm older.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on June 02, 2010, 08:46:44 AM
I've never got all the way through that. I started reading it as a kid after LOTR, but it was like trying to read the bible. I don't know how well it reads now that I'm older.

My sentiments exactly.  I plowed through it when I was in high school, but it was so dense with names and places, I can't remember anything.  It reminds me of when Rev. Lovejoy on the Simpsons drones on and on about so-and-so the father of so-and-so, the father of so-and-so, as nauseum.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: darigaaz on June 02, 2010, 10:54:52 AM
 :twisted: I never said it would be easy, but i bet few who read LotR before the movie came out believed it would be such a great movie, and it was quite true to the book apart for the ending and Tom Bombadil being left out.

Its definitley not an easy read especially if not read in a few days, cos i tend to forget the characters and have to go back few chapters to remember, so i ended up jotting some notes to have an idea of the characters, their families and their abode. After a few careful reads the big picture starts to form and it really is an awesome story.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on June 02, 2010, 04:36:08 PM
and it was quite true to the book apart for the ending and Tom Bombadil being left out.

Not many people missed him.   :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on June 02, 2010, 06:29:56 PM
Robert E. Howard - The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sirliftsalot48 on June 02, 2010, 09:55:50 PM
Robert E. Howard - The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
:thumbup:
It's best when read while listening to Ironsword.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on June 03, 2010, 03:16:49 AM
:thumbup:
It's best when read while listening to Ironsword.

And Manilla Road.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on June 03, 2010, 06:56:50 AM
Its definitley not an easy read especially if not read in a few days, cos i tend to forget the characters and have to go back few chapters to remember, so i ended up jotting some notes to have an idea of the characters, their families and their abode. After a few careful reads the big picture starts to form and it really is an awesome story.

I don't think I want to read something that forces me to take notes just so I understand it...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: darigaaz on June 05, 2010, 10:20:37 AM
Its not that you have to take notes per se.

You can definitely read through it and take it as a story, just like you can listen to an album while doing something else like studying, but taking some notes (maps + family trees) to see the big picture is just the way i personally approach the book in order to fully immerse myself into the world of middle earth.

In fact it can be read very easily after the first few pages because infact its much shorter than the lord of the rings trilogy.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on June 09, 2010, 07:37:29 AM
I might give it a shot at some point.

In the last few days:

Jane Fallon - Foursome
Shaun Hutson - Spawn
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: tbab on June 11, 2010, 04:05:56 PM
Cormac McCarthy - The Road

Same guy who wrote No Country For Old Men, if you've seen the movie. Very interesting, believable book. Supposed to be a movie coming out based on it.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Joseph Allen on June 11, 2010, 04:57:38 PM
Cormac McCarthy - The Road

Same guy who wrote No Country For Old Men, if you've seen the movie. Very interesting, believable book. Supposed to be a movie coming out based on it.
Already out. I rented it on my birthday from the Redbox, but as I was with my family celebrating, It's Complicated won out in the majority.
Ugh.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on June 11, 2010, 07:44:04 PM
Open by Andre Agassi

Love books where they name names and tell where the dogs are buried.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on June 12, 2010, 06:26:33 AM
Love books where they name names and tell where the dogs are buried.

Alive?  :twisted:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on June 12, 2010, 12:21:07 PM
Alive?  :twisted:

Some questions are better left unasked  :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on June 12, 2010, 04:46:03 PM
Some questions are better left unasked  :naughty:

 :lol :thumbup:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: tbab on June 13, 2010, 11:09:43 PM
Already out. I rented it on my birthday from the Redbox, but as I was with my family celebrating, It's Complicated won out in the majority.
Ugh.

Wow, I had no idea it was already on DVD. I assumed it was still in theaters. Shows how much I pay attention to theaters.

Just finished the book this morning. I'm curious to see how well it translates to film.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sirliftsalot48 on June 15, 2010, 01:44:38 AM
Almuric
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on June 16, 2010, 02:59:05 AM
Robert E. Howard - The Bloody Crown of Conan
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Post by: Nahsil on June 16, 2010, 04:35:21 AM
The Trial by Franz Kafka
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Post by: Dragonchaser on June 23, 2010, 06:36:26 AM
Adele Parks - Tell Me Something
Zeb Wells - Venom: Dark Origins
James Joyce - Dubliners
Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
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Post by: Dragonchaser on July 08, 2010, 08:47:53 AM
John Hart - Down River
Jodi Picoult - Salem Falls
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Post by: tbab on July 08, 2010, 02:08:38 PM
Working through:

Plato - Republic
Christopher Hitchens - God Is Not Great
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Post by: Dragonchaser on July 12, 2010, 12:17:51 PM
Plato - Republic

How are you finding this?
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Post by: tbab on July 12, 2010, 07:12:10 PM
How are you finding this?

Interesting and surprisingly accessible. This, coming from a total philosophy noob.

However, I'm not very far in at all.
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Post by: Joseph Allen on July 12, 2010, 09:32:10 PM
Big Fish
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Post by: Dragonchaser on July 19, 2010, 08:35:06 AM
Ed McBain - Killer's Choice
Jackie Collins - The Love Killers
Jodi Picoult - My Sister's Keeper
Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451
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Post by: MetalMike on July 19, 2010, 07:05:25 PM
Ed McBain - Killer's Choice
Jackie Collins - The Love Killers
Jodi Picoult - My Sister's Keeper
Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451

Strange story, but very good.  Sometimes I really like the stories that give you minimal frame of reference so you have to stretch your imagination beyond the words on the page to understand what is happening and, more importantly, why.
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Post by: Phoenix on July 20, 2010, 01:09:51 PM
William S. Burroughs - Naked Lunch
Stieg Larsson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Guillermo del Toro - The Strain
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on July 20, 2010, 03:06:11 PM
Sun Tzu The Art of War

USMC Staff Warfighting
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Post by: MetalMike on July 20, 2010, 08:46:25 PM
Stories of King Arthur and His Knights - U. Waldo Cutler
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Post by: Dragonchaser on July 22, 2010, 03:41:46 PM
Strange story, but very good.  Sometimes I really like the stories that give you minimal frame of reference so you have to stretch your imagination beyond the words on the page to understand what is happening and, more importantly, why.

I agree. I loved this novel. I thought the prose was excellent.
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Post by: MetalCrypt on July 22, 2010, 03:48:40 PM
The Sinful Deep

(it's written by some British dude...)
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Post by: Dragonchaser on July 23, 2010, 07:45:09 AM
The Sinful Deep

(it's written by some British dude...)

What do you think of this, by the way? I've been thinking about getting some of his books.
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Post by: MetalCrypt on July 23, 2010, 07:52:37 AM
What do you think of this, by the way? I've been thinking about getting some of his books.

Well, the guy seems pretty full of himself, not sure you'd like it.



















 :lol :twisted:
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Post by: Dragonchaser on July 26, 2010, 05:59:32 AM
Well, the guy seems pretty full of himself, not sure you'd like it.

 :lol

You'll have to email me when you finish it, let me know what you think.
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Post by: Sirliftsalot48 on July 28, 2010, 10:17:46 PM
Elric: The Stealer of Souls
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Post by: Jan on August 01, 2010, 05:37:16 AM
Just finished the Mistborn trilogy  http://www.brandonsanderson.com/book/Mistborn

I fairly blazed through this and enjoyed it a lot.

Recommended if you are into non-standard fantasy with a twist.  (lots of twists actually)
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Post by: Dragonchaser on August 23, 2010, 02:26:05 PM
Among others:

Tess Gerritsen - Harvest
Tess Gerritsen - The Killing Place
Harlan Coben - Darkest Hour
Sophie Kinsella - Twenties Girl
Ed McBain - Killer's Payoff
Ed McBain - Killer's Wedge
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Post by: Master Cthulhu on August 26, 2010, 09:12:20 PM
Went to Goodwill and got a haul of books.

Better get started :D
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Post by: Joseph Allen on August 26, 2010, 10:29:49 PM
Stephen King- Just finished Tommyknockers, about 250 pages into It.
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Post by: metaldomdom on August 27, 2010, 07:30:24 PM
Ken Follet - Pillars of the Earth

 I have to stop reading Dune books or Asimov but they're so addictive
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Post by: Dragonchaser on September 02, 2010, 01:44:18 PM
Richard Montanari - The Devil's Garden
Harlan Coben - Long Lost
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Post by: Dragonchaser on September 02, 2010, 03:07:14 PM
Also, the Lords Of Chaos book.
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Post by: Nosrac1691 on September 02, 2010, 04:37:04 PM
Yu Hua - Brothers
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Post by: burning missive on September 04, 2010, 01:12:56 AM
Transmetropolitan: Back on the Street by Warren Ellis
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Post by: Dragonchaser on September 24, 2010, 09:33:30 AM
In the last few weeks or so...

Ed McBain - Cop Hater
Evan Hunter - The Moment She Was Gone
Linwood Barclay - Never Look Away
Adele Parks - Men I've Loved Before
Tracy Chevalier - Girl With A Pearl Earring
Karin Slaughter - Blindsighted
Alan Moore - League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910
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Post by: MetalMike on September 24, 2010, 09:02:33 PM
In the last few weeks or so...

Ed McBain - Cop Hater
Evan Hunter - The Moment She Was Gone
Linwood Barclay - Never Look Away
Adele Parks - Men I've Loved Before
Tracy Chevalier - Girl With A Pearl Earring
Karin Slaughter - Blindsighted
Alan Moore - League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910

Between reading, listening to music, writing reviews and your band, when the hell do you sleep?? :lol
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Post by: Dragonchaser on September 27, 2010, 04:43:42 AM
Between reading, listening to music, writing reviews and your band, when the hell do you sleep?? :lol

 :) I spend most of my time writing fiction, and spread all the music stuff around that. I am very tired most of the time, usually sleeping through lectures.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 08, 2010, 07:16:07 AM
Nathaniel Hawthorne - House Of The Seven Gables
Herman Melville - Billy Budd, Sailor And Selected Tales
Ian McEwan - On Chesil Beach
Henry James - The Aspern Papers and Turn Of The Screw
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Post by: Agis on October 08, 2010, 11:48:13 AM
Red Nails - Howard, for the third time.
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Post by: MetalMike on October 08, 2010, 06:13:41 PM
Nathaniel Hawthorne - House Of The Seven Gables
Herman Melville - Billy Budd, Sailor And Selected Tales
Ian McEwan - On Chesil Beach
Henry James - The Aspern Papers and Turn Of The Screw

I bought the book after visiting the actual House of Seven Gables in Salem, MA.  Sadly, I couldn't finish.  Hawthorne, like Melville, writes in a style I find exceedingly difficult to get in to.  The house was pretty cool, though.
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Post by: Jan on October 09, 2010, 05:15:56 AM
Oath of Fealty, first in a new trilogy that continues The Deed of Paksenarrion - but focusing on the other characters.

 
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Post by: Memnarch on October 09, 2010, 10:21:38 AM
Flowers to Algernon
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Post by: Butchersword on October 10, 2010, 06:57:03 PM
Red Nails - Howard, for the third time.

I just got into Conan. I've read a bunch of the stories, but I'm not to that one yet. I'm about to set into the novel.

I finished a collection of HPL stories titled after "At the Mountains of Madness" that I found at B&N. The writing itself was interesting to read, to say nothing of what he was writing about.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 11, 2010, 07:21:16 AM
I bought the book after visiting the actual House of Seven Gables in Salem, MA.  Sadly, I couldn't finish.  Hawthorne, like Melville, writes in a style I find exceedingly difficult to get in to.  The house was pretty cool, though.

I would love to visit the house. I think the book is good, if not a little plodding at times. But I agree about the style. Melville is better at it.
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Post by: luciferi on October 12, 2010, 05:11:58 PM
Joseph Heller - Catch 22
George Orwell - 1984
Hunter S. Thompson - A Sad Week In America (And other articles 1962-2003)
Ursula Le Guin - The Wind's Twelve Quarters
Colin Wilson - From Atlantis To The Sphinx - Recovering the lost wisdom of the ancient world.
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Post by: MetalMike on October 12, 2010, 08:39:13 PM
I would love to visit the house. I think the book is good, if not a little plodding at times. But I agree about the style. Melville is better at it.

I'll be going there in a couple of weeks, although I don't think I'll be going inside.  It's almost impossible to get in without a reservation during the Halloween season.  I'll grab a couple of photos and send them along.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 13, 2010, 06:25:13 AM
I'll be going there in a couple of weeks, although I don't think I'll be going inside.  It's almost impossible to get in without a reservation during the Halloween season.  I'll grab a couple of photos and send them along.

Yeah, that would be cool. Do you live in Salem, then?

Just finished -

Anne Enright - The Gathering
Tennessee Williams - A Streetcar Named Desire
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Post by: MetalCrypt on October 13, 2010, 08:41:59 AM
I visited Salem back in 1999.  At some point we ended up in a very small cemetery and I tripped over a very small tombstone (barely bigger than a large brick.)  That was a bit freaky. :lol
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Post by: Victim_of_Deception on October 13, 2010, 03:11:29 PM
Just read Misery by Stephen King.
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Post by: MetalMike on October 13, 2010, 07:21:03 PM
Yeah, that would be cool. Do you live in Salem, then?

Just finished -

Anne Enright - The Gathering
Tennessee Williams - A Streetcar Named Desire

No, but not very far, 45 minutes or so.  I go every year, around Halloween, to people watch and drink the local pumpkin-flavored ale.

Michel's cemetery is in the heart of the downtown area and people wander through it all the time.  It is quite old, but I don't think any of the actual accused "witches" are buried there, but there is a memorial.  Actually, the trials happened in the next town over, Danvers, which was known as Salem Village in the 17th century.  The whole thing is a bit surreal, but fun.  The city of Salem really embraces both the history and the fun.
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Post by: MetalCrypt on October 13, 2010, 07:26:15 PM
No, but not very far, 45 minutes or so.  I go every year, around Halloween, to people watch and drink the local pumpkin-flavored ale.

Michel's cemetery is in the heart of the downtown area and people wander through it all the time.  It is quite old, but I don't think any of the actual accused "witches" are buried there, but there is a memorial.  Actually, the trials happened in the next town over, Danvers, which was known as Salem Village in the 17th century.  The whole thing is a bit surreal, but fun.  The city of Salem really embraces both the history and the fun.

Yeah we ended up there kind of by accident - I don't think there was any mention of accused witches being buried there.  We were walking and next thing I know I'm in the middle of a bunch of small tombstones.  OK...
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 14, 2010, 05:42:33 AM
No, but not very far, 45 minutes or so.  I go every year, around Halloween, to people watch and drink the local pumpkin-flavored ale.

Michel's cemetery is in the heart of the downtown area and people wander through it all the time.  It is quite old, but I don't think any of the actual accused "witches" are buried there, but there is a memorial.  Actually, the trials happened in the next town over, Danvers, which was known as Salem Village in the 17th century.  The whole thing is a bit surreal, but fun.  The city of Salem really embraces both the history and the fun.

I'd love to go there during Halloween. I've only been to a few cities in the US, all during winter, just after Christmas, so I missed out on seeing any holiday stuff. You guys take things like Halloween to greater levels than we do. It's a shame, I think. The spirit is lost for us.
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Post by: Memnarch on October 19, 2010, 04:25:01 AM
On book 2 now of the Wheel of Time  8O
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 19, 2010, 05:01:35 AM
On book 2 now of the Wheel of Time  8O

I loved the first one, but haven't got around to The Great Hunt. I have it waiting, though.

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Post by: MetalCrypt on October 19, 2010, 07:23:11 AM
On book 2 now of the Wheel of Time  8O

I never got past the fourth one.
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Post by: Joseph Allen on October 19, 2010, 10:15:19 AM
I never got past the fourth one.
All I had to do to know I could never read the whole series was look at the stats on their wiki page. So many pages...so many books...so many, many PAGES... 8O
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 19, 2010, 01:46:02 PM
All I had to do to know I could never read the whole series was look at the stats on their wiki page. So many pages...so many books...so many, many PAGES... 8O

I plan on reading them all at one point. I read everything Raymond E Feist wrote, which was about the same (there were more books but less pages per volume). I agree, though. They are rather large...
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Post by: Jan on October 19, 2010, 01:51:59 PM
All I had to do to know I could never read the whole series was look at the stats on their wiki page. So many pages...so many books...so many, many PAGES... 8O

Many pages is good - if the quality is there.  Unfortunately WoT started out great for the first few volumes, then declined rapidly.  Think I made it to 7 or 8 and the last few was a chore... :sleep:

Currently reading Masters of Flux & Anchor by Jack L Chalker.  I have always had a soft spot for his books and I have tracked down the long out print volumes as used over the years. 
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 21, 2010, 08:27:48 AM
Many pages is good - if the quality is there.  Unfortunately WoT started out great for the first few volumes, then declined rapidly.  Think I made it to 7 or 8 and the last few was a chore... :sleep:

I wonder if anyone has finished them? 8O

Just finished -

Tennessee Williams - The Glass Menagerie
Stephen King - The Dead Zone
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Post by: Duffman on October 21, 2010, 07:42:25 PM
I wonder if anyone has finished them? 8O

I have...  :peep:

And I will pick up Towers of Midnight Tuesday week when it comes out!

Though, I  do agree that after the first few books the series did go downhill, mostly because it meandered too much. Though, the last few books have been remedying that by drawing all the strands together.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 22, 2010, 07:32:07 AM
I have...  :peep:

And I will pick up Towers of Midnight Tuesday week when it comes out!

Though, I  do agree that after the first few books the series did go downhill, mostly because it meandered too much. Though, the last few books have been remedying that by drawing all the strands together.

I will read them all at some point. Maybe one per year, or something...
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Post by: tbab on October 22, 2010, 07:11:23 PM
I never got past the fourth one.

Yeah, I finished the 3rd, and that's it. A lot of people love the series, but it seemed very slow to me.

I'm kinda done with fantasy books in general now, though.
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Post by: Agis on October 24, 2010, 03:28:26 PM
Sapowski - Lady of the Lake
Heroquest (a RPG game)
A Guide of the Louvre Museum
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 25, 2010, 04:43:48 AM
I'm kinda done with fantasy books in general now, though.

I used to read a lot of them, but can't say I've read many this year. Just one by Terry Pratchett.
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Post by: MetalMike on October 25, 2010, 05:07:12 PM
Images of the House of Seven Gables in Salem, MA.  It is right in the middle of a quite crowded neighborhood, very difficult to get one view of the whole thing.

(http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad56/microgaddus/IMG_3332.jpg)
(http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad56/microgaddus/IMG_3330.jpg)
(http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad56/microgaddus/IMG_3329.jpg)

And Michel's cemetery (now closed to the public, so no one trips over the head stones!  :lol)

(http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad56/microgaddus/IMG_3342.jpg)
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Post by: MetalCrypt on October 25, 2010, 07:28:47 PM
Images of the House of Seven Gables in Salem, MA.  It is right in the middle of a quite crowded neighborhood, very difficult to get one view of the whole thing.

(http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad56/microgaddus/IMG_3332.jpg)

I think I went in there... Not sure if that was the place.  It was some visitor center, so only they have several, that was it.
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Post by: Phoenix on October 25, 2010, 07:31:26 PM
That's a pretty awesome looking cemetery. Would love to go in there and tell scary stories or something at night.

Kurt Vonnegut - Player Piano

Infectious, as par for the course.
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Post by: MetalMike on October 25, 2010, 09:23:17 PM
I think I went in there... Not sure if that was the place.  It was some visitor center, so only they have several, that was it.

I don't think the current visitors center was there in 1999 when you were there, so that could very well be the one you went in.

The cemetery is cool, especially when you used to be able to wander around in it.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 26, 2010, 04:55:25 AM
I don't think the current visitors center was there in 1999 when you were there, so that could very well be the one you went in.

The cemetery is cool, especially when you used to be able to wander around in it.

Those pictures are really cool, Mike. Thanks for posting them. Do you visit the house every year?
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Post by: MetalMike on October 26, 2010, 07:13:58 AM
Those pictures are really cool, Mike. Thanks for posting them. Do you visit the house every year?

We go by it every year (the oldest continually operating candy company in the U.S. is across the street) but we only go in every few.  During Halloween they run "spirit" tours with actors portraying both characters from the book as well as people who actually lived in the house (like Hawthorne himself).  The tours are relatively expensive and you have to make reservations weeks in advance.  They also haven't changed much, so multiple visits isn't necessary.  But if you've never done, it is highly recommended.

Salem's a cool town as the city has done a lot to preserve the historical architecture.  Some houses and buildings date back to the late 1600s (can't hold a candle to Europe, of course!)
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 26, 2010, 09:07:15 AM
We go by it every year (the oldest continually operating candy company in the U.S. is across the street) but we only go in every few.  During Halloween they run "spirit" tours with actors portraying both characters from the book as well as people who actually lived in the house (like Hawthorne himself).  The tours are relatively expensive and you have to make reservations weeks in advance.  They also haven't changed much, so multiple visits isn't necessary.  But if you've never done, it is highly recommended.

Salem's a cool town as the city has done a lot to preserve the historical architecture.  Some houses and buildings date back to the late 1600s (can't hold a candle to Europe, of course!)

To be honest, I'm more interested in American history and culture than I am European (even though I am British). There is something about the US that really draws me in.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on October 29, 2010, 11:14:49 AM
Just finished William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!

Anyone read this? I'd be interested to know what you thought of it.
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Post by: burning missive on November 13, 2010, 02:49:24 AM
Last Words by George Carlin

A very interesting and (obviously) entertaining read about his life, as told from his perspective.  He calls it his semi-autobiography.

What's great about it is, unless his other books, is that this is George Carlin the man speaking, not the comedian.  Even so, he still effortlessly interjects humor here and there.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on November 13, 2010, 05:53:38 AM
James Lee Burke - The Neon Rain
Adele Parks - Young Wives' Tales
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Post by: Dragonchaser on November 24, 2010, 07:41:00 AM
Stephen King - Firestarter
Toni Morrison - Beloved
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Post by: Victim_of_Deception on November 24, 2010, 05:23:56 PM
James Clavell - Shogun
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Post by: Dragonchaser on November 26, 2010, 06:52:14 AM
James Clavell - Shogun

Some friends of mine agree this is the best book they've ever read.
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Post by: Feoreunn on December 01, 2010, 09:51:30 AM
Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
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Post by: Joseph Allen on December 01, 2010, 10:01:56 AM
Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
Damn it! Now I have to go read Restaurant at the End of the Universe again!  :lol
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Post by: Warhammer on December 02, 2010, 09:20:05 AM
Just finishing up Anne Coulter's, If Democrats had any brains, they would be Republicans. It's a collection of her more "over the top" witticisms on a variety of topics in different venues. Pretty funny actually. She says things in public that a lot of people would be to afraid to say behind doors.
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Post by: Memnarch on December 03, 2010, 12:58:51 PM
Yevgeny Zamyatin - We
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Post by: Warlust on December 04, 2010, 09:10:09 AM
I never got past the fourth one.

Did you ever get around to reading Security Engineering bro? I read the new addition last week. On this topic, there's no book better than that. I can't believe it was written by just one man.
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Post by: MetalCrypt on December 04, 2010, 09:16:11 AM
Did you ever get around to reading Security Engineering bro? I read the new addition last week. On this topic, there's no book better than that. I can't believe it was written by just one man.

No.  I kept your PM so I'd get around to it "some day", but that hasn't happened yet.  As the king of procrastination, it would have hurt my reputation if I had read that already! :order:
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Post by: Master Cthulhu on December 04, 2010, 09:45:56 AM
Some of HP Lovecraft's more unknown works, and I'm just starting Lord of the Rings for a third time.
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Post by: Warlust on December 04, 2010, 09:57:03 AM
No.  I kept your PM so I'd get around to it "some day", but that hasn't happened yet.  As the king of procrastination, it would have hurt my reputation if I had read that already! :order:

If you can get through Code Complete this will be easy (because it's way more badarse) but I know what you mean... my shelf is full of books I haven't read l;)
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Post by: MetalCrypt on December 04, 2010, 11:38:30 AM
If you can get through Code Complete this will be easy (because it's way more badarse) but I know what you mean... my shelf is full of books I haven't read l;)

I went through about 90-95% of Code Complete.  I skipped a part that was of no interest to me.

I saw that that security book is also available in Kindle version.  I might get that.  My bookshelves are pretty much full and I don't feel like adding more.
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Post by: Memnarch on December 04, 2010, 11:53:42 AM
I just can't see the appeal in that kindle nonsense, I like actually having something physical. Same mentality as the CD/mp3 issue I suppose.
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Post by: Joseph Allen on December 04, 2010, 12:05:16 PM
I just can't see the appeal in that kindle nonsense, I like actually having something physical. Same mentality as the CD/mp3 issue I suppose.
Yeah, the Kindle's appeal lies with its portability.
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Post by: MetalCrypt on December 04, 2010, 12:08:28 PM
I just can't see the appeal in that kindle nonsense, I like actually having something physical. Same mentality as the CD/mp3 issue I suppose.

When your bookshelves are full and you're tired of receiving books you order with their cover bent (I'm pretty anal at keeping my books and magazines "like new"), it starts making sense.  But at the end of the day I don't have to justify my choices. ;)
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Post by: Memnarch on December 04, 2010, 12:12:46 PM
I'd probably just end up getting a massive headache anyway with one, as i tend to when staring at a computer screen for a long period of time.
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Post by: MetalCrypt on December 04, 2010, 12:45:24 PM
I'd probably just end up getting a massive headache anyway with one, as i tend to when staring at a computer screen for a long period of time.

That's the thing - it's not like your usual computer screen.  It's "e-Ink" and it's pretty much like reading a book.  It's not backlit or anything (unlike, say, using an iPad or a laptop).  Completely different technology.  You pretty much have to see it to understand though.
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Post by: The Protagonist on December 04, 2010, 02:06:26 PM
That's the thing - it's not like your usual computer screen.  It's "e-Ink" and it's pretty much like reading a book.  It's not backlit or anything (unlike, say, using an iPad or a laptop).  Completely different technology.  You pretty much have to see it to understand though.

I understand completely the ideal and appeal of a kindle/mobile device. I personally prefer the iPad as an electronic reading device because it can do so much more. What frustrates me is that people expect us readers to pay as much for an electronic copy as we would a softcover, sometimes more!

On that note, I just finished a novel called "Haven" by my friend that's available for digital download on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Haven-ebook/dp/B0031Y6TKW/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1291489468&sr=8-6

Pretty good, if a little rough, and he's trying to make his way as an independent author. I'd say it's easily worth a buck, he's gotten a LOT of views, perhaps one of the most popular indy authors on Amazon.
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Post by: Warlust on December 04, 2010, 08:27:42 PM
Well, soon enough you'll be able to -search- your book collection, which would make e-book collections vastly more useful, and all those unread books would suddenly become useful. And school kids will get their text books from the pirate bay  :naughty:
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Post by: MetalCrypt on December 04, 2010, 11:01:15 PM
I understand completely the ideal and appeal of a kindle/mobile device. I personally prefer the iPad as an electronic reading device because it can do so much more.

I didn't want the iPad because of the screen (same eyestrain problem as a computer) and also because "it can do so much more."  I'm easily distracted, and with a device that allows me to e-mail, browse, etc... I would never finish reading anything.  The Kindle has a basic browser but it's not all that great - I'm not even sure it works in Canada.

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What frustrates me is that people expect us readers to pay as much for an electronic copy as we would a softcover, sometimes more!

I haven't seen "more", but yeah the price difference is often slim.  Thank Apple for that.  When the iPad came out with the iBookstore in tow, they made deals with publishers that gave them more control on the price than Amazon did, and Amazon had to hike the prices as a result just to stay competitive with Apple (if the publishers won't let you sell their stuff, you lose.)  So this is a case of the customer losing because of competition.  Sucks.

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On that note, I just finished a novel called "Haven" by my friend that's available for digital download on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Haven-ebook/dp/B0031Y6TKW/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1291489468&sr=8-6

Pretty good, if a little rough, and he's trying to make his way as an independent author. I'd say it's easily worth a buck, he's gotten a LOT of views, perhaps one of the most popular indy authors on Amazon.

I might check it out at some point...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on December 05, 2010, 11:14:36 AM
When your bookshelves are full and you're tired of receiving books you order with their cover bent (I'm pretty anal at keeping my books and magazines "like new"), it starts making sense.  But at the end of the day I don't have to justify my choices. ;)

Same here keeping my stuff "like new.". I actually irritate myself with how anal I can be.  Sometimes I won't even buy something I want if I can't find a nice enough copy.  I clearly need professional help.  Does my reviewer position have medical benefits?  :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Feoreunn on December 05, 2010, 10:03:46 PM
Douglas Adams - The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe
H.P. Lovecraft - The Unnameable
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Joseph Allen on December 05, 2010, 10:18:48 PM
Douglas Adams - The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe
The joke about the civilization exiling the "useless" drones, only to die to a virus spread by pay phones cracks me up every time I read it.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on December 06, 2010, 08:07:04 AM
Aldous Huxley - Brave New World
Joyca Carol Oates - We Were The Mulvaneys
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on December 06, 2010, 06:13:52 PM
Olaf Stapledon - Star Maker (for the second time)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 06, 2010, 06:28:32 PM
Just finished The Sinful Deep yesterday.  Now reading Holiday Bound - fucking christ that's some steamy sex alright.  Next after that will be The Harbingers.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on December 06, 2010, 06:42:39 PM
Just finished The Sinful Deep yesterday.  Now reading Holiday Bound - fucking christ that's some steamy sex alright.  Next after that will be The Harbingers.

I'm trying to finish a photo essay book on WWII then it's on to The Harbingers as well  :cheers:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on December 07, 2010, 09:36:25 AM
I'm trying to finish a photo essay book on WWII then it's on to The Harbingers as well  :cheers:

Oh, it's all coming together!  :naughty:

Reading Ed McBain's The Con Man at the moment, with Til Death to follow.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on December 15, 2010, 06:40:04 AM
Toni Morrison - Sula
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
James Lee Burke - Heaven's Prisoners
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 15, 2010, 06:41:07 AM
The Harbingers
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on December 15, 2010, 06:43:34 AM
The Harbingers

How you finding this?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 15, 2010, 07:38:19 AM
How you finding this?

Definitely wondering where it's going with that tree thing.  :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on December 15, 2010, 07:48:46 AM
Definitely wondering where it's going with that tree thing.  :naughty:
:D
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on December 15, 2010, 05:52:03 PM
Definitely wondering where it's going with that tree thing.  :naughty:

Now I need to start to find out about "the tree thing!!!"
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Ásatrúar on December 15, 2010, 06:18:09 PM
I am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on December 15, 2010, 06:24:37 PM
Reading some pulp fiction, Forgotten Realms novels. Right now it's "The Crystal Shard" by R. A. Salvatore.

Have also slowly been digesting "Meditations on Middle-Earth", a collection of essays on Tolkien's work by modern fantasy/sci fi authors.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Chris Foley on December 15, 2010, 07:24:36 PM
Reading some pulp fiction, Forgotten Realms novels. Right now it's "The Crystal Shard" by R. A. Salvatore.

Have also slowly been digesting "Meditations on Middle-Earth", a collection of essays on Tolkien's work by modern fantasy/sci fi authors.

Dude, R.A. Salvatores Forgotten Realms novels are so much fun. I really enjoyed The Icewind Dale trilogy. I kind of lost track after the Orc King though.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on December 15, 2010, 07:50:20 PM
Yeah? I grab them whenever they're on the dollar rack at Half Price Books, and have amassed a pretty impressive collection by now, probably 60+ Forgotten Realms novels. D&D nerd here, particularly Faerun (via the Baldur's Gate games), so it's close to home.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on December 16, 2010, 05:53:37 AM
I am also a fantasy roleplaying fan. I haven't played for years, but I still read the books. I'm currently reading the GURPS Vikings sourcebook. GURPS sourcebooks are excellent.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Chris Foley on December 16, 2010, 09:27:01 AM
Fantasy roleplaying is great, just a shame I can't find the guys to get some sort of RPG night together in my town.  :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on December 16, 2010, 09:36:49 AM
Fantasy roleplaying is great, just a shame I can't find the guys to get some sort of RPG night together in my town.  :lol

Silly as it may sound, I actually play with my father, who plays with Harnmaster stuff and old AD&D 1st edition material. I can't take the dumbed down newer stuff that's like an MMORPG on paper, it's all hack and slash, you know? I like a rich story with rich details.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on December 16, 2010, 09:55:45 AM
I wish I had someone to play these games with myself, but only Foley comes close to being a local fantasy nerd.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on December 16, 2010, 01:55:51 PM
Silly as it may sound, I actually play with my father

I think that's great. I never found anybody in my family with an interest in RPGs. You two are very lucky.   :thumbup:

who plays with Harnmaster stuff and old AD&D 1st edition material
.

I'm more of a 2nd Edition Man (Dark Sun -hence my screen name-, Birthright), but I agree.   :D

Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on December 16, 2010, 06:18:17 PM
Big fan of the original AD&D game.  Still have all the books from the early 80s like Fiend Folio and Deities and Demigods.  Still pull them out every now and then and read through a bit.

Nerd, obviously.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on December 16, 2010, 06:36:10 PM
Big fan of the original AD&D game.  Still have all the books from the early 80s like Fiend Folio and Deities and Demigods.  Still pull them out every now and then and read through a bit.

Nerd, obviously.
I wish I had someone to play these games with myself, but only Foley comes close to being a local fantasy nerd.

Clearly, someone needs to start an online Metal Crypt AD&D campaign via ventrilo or some DM'ing software.  :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on December 16, 2010, 06:42:53 PM
Clearly, someone need to start an online Metal Crypt AD&D campaign via ventrilo or some DM'ing software.  :lol

I've tried, and it's not like the real thing.   :neutral:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Warhammer on December 16, 2010, 06:47:59 PM
I like DnD also. I like Neverwinter Nights, The Elder Scrolls, and stuff like that. Been many years since I played the pen and paper version. For one, it's almost impossible to find a decent GM.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Master Cthulhu on December 16, 2010, 06:51:58 PM
I have a couple of friends who play D&D, but I've never gotten into it myself. Looks interesting, though.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on December 17, 2010, 05:03:00 AM
I like [...] The Elder Scrolls, and stuff like that.

Me too! I've been playing Oblivion since it came out.

I used to be a competent roleplayer. I even won some prizes.     :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on December 17, 2010, 06:44:00 AM
Me too! I've been playing Oblivion since it came out.

I like all the D&D related games and other similar titles, but I haven't got months of my life to spare anymore, so I don't play them.

The latest Dragon Quest on the DS looks good though.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on December 28, 2010, 06:24:37 AM
I run a game every week, have been a gamer for 29 years.

Back on topic: King Leopold's Ghost a history of atrocities in the Belgian Congo in the early 20th Century.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on December 28, 2010, 07:29:55 AM
Dean Koontz - Darkness Comes
Stephen King - Full Dark, No Stars
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on December 28, 2010, 08:06:34 AM
Jeff Lindsay - Dearly Devoted Dexter
Carl Hiaasen - Star Island
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 28, 2010, 08:27:59 AM
"The Scarpetta Factor" by Patricial Cornwell.  Hopefully this will be better than "Scarpetta".
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on December 28, 2010, 08:30:32 AM
Just finished The Dome, by King.

I was an avid fan during his golden run, but have not read a King novel for years and years.

But this was actually quite good - not quite on par with his best works, but definitely up there.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 28, 2010, 08:33:45 AM
Stephen King is an author I've always had a hard time to read, so I don't bother anymore.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on December 28, 2010, 10:29:11 AM
Andre Norton and A.C. Crispin's Witchworld collaboration, "Songsmith", my fiancee is making me read some of her old favorites. Was pretty enjoyable.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Victim_of_Deception on December 28, 2010, 12:47:24 PM
Dean Koontz - Lightning
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Butchersword on December 30, 2010, 09:38:03 PM
Stephen King is an author I've always had a hard time to read, so I don't bother anymore.

I was a huge fan of his writing when I was a teenager, but then I went like 5 years without reading him, and when I tried to pick it back up something about his writing had become a turnoff, even his older stuff that I really liked. I can't put my finger on it, but I don't read him anymore either.

Currently reading A Princess of Mars by Burroughs. Very colorful.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on December 31, 2010, 03:10:08 AM
A huge book of Lovecraft stories
Padraic Colum - Nordic Gods and Heroes
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Feoreunn on December 31, 2010, 03:43:09 AM
A huge book of Lovecraft stories
Padraic Colum - Nordic Gods and Heroes

The Necronomicon, by any chance? I have a rather huge collection of his stories under that name.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on January 01, 2011, 06:54:28 PM
John Grisham - The Testament
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on January 02, 2011, 05:43:07 PM
not really a curent read, but these I got at Christmas:

Micheal Jackson's Great Beer Guide (500 Classic Brews)
Ken Follet - World Without End
Isaac Asimov - Pebble In the Sky
The Winds of Dune
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Lord of the Underground on January 03, 2011, 01:10:13 AM
Machiavelli- The Prince
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 04, 2011, 06:44:29 AM
Machiavelli- The Prince

What do you think of this? Some interesting ideas...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Victim_of_Deception on January 04, 2011, 02:08:13 PM
Robert McCammon - The Queen of Bedlam
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on January 04, 2011, 07:15:05 PM
And finally, The Harbingers.  By some British bloke, s'posed to be good or something   :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on January 04, 2011, 07:17:19 PM
And finally, The Harbingers.  By some British bloke, s'posed to be good or something   :naughty:

That snotty little pr.... er... I mean, that very nice Englishman.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on January 05, 2011, 07:16:23 AM
Patricia Cornwell - Trace
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on January 08, 2011, 11:28:33 PM
Does anybody have suggestions where I should start with Clark Ashton Smith? Right now I am looking into buying one of three different collections, which are Out of Space and Time, Lost Worlds, and The Return of the Sorcerer.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Butchersword on January 09, 2011, 03:41:39 PM
I'd like to get something by CAS, too, but I haven't yet looked into it beyond the website Eldritch Dark.

http://www.eldritchdark.com/ (http://www.eldritchdark.com/)

I read a story called "The Abominations of Yondo" on there a while back and enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 13, 2011, 08:04:31 AM
That snotty little pr.... er... I mean, that very nice Englishman.

 :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on January 13, 2011, 06:59:51 PM
:lol

Wondered when you'd comment.  I'm liking it so far, don't usually read this type of stuff, so pleasant change.  Plus, it isn't Harry Potter, a series I just finished reading to my daughter. :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 14, 2011, 12:41:38 PM
Wondered when you'd comment.  I'm liking it so far, don't usually read this type of stuff, so pleasant change.  Plus, it isn't Harry Potter, a series I just finished reading to my daughter. :naughty:

That's good. As long as I can keep non-genre buffs interested, I feel like I'm doing my job.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on January 14, 2011, 06:14:15 PM
That's good. As long as I can keep non-genre buffs interested, I feel like I'm doing my job.  :thumbup:

Tonight I hope to find out what is under the tree...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on January 14, 2011, 06:15:16 PM
Tonight I hope to find out what is under the tree...

Wasn't that last month... oh... wait...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on January 14, 2011, 08:03:27 PM
John Grisham - The Brethren
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on January 14, 2011, 08:08:12 PM
Wasn't that last month... oh... wait...

The author uses big words that I have to look up  :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Victim_of_Deception on January 14, 2011, 08:39:20 PM
Robert McCammon - Swan Song
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 15, 2011, 12:42:04 PM
The author uses big words that I have to look up  :naughty:

Any in particular?  :D
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on January 15, 2011, 06:39:05 PM
Any in particular?  :D

Not really, I was just trying to defend myself from Michel's comment that I'm a slow reader (at least, I think that's what he meant  :lol)

Once I looked up the word "tree," I was off and running!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on January 15, 2011, 06:43:02 PM
Not really, I was just trying to defend myself from Michel's comment that I'm a slow reader (at least, I think that's what he meant  :lol)

Once I looked up the word "tree," I was off and running!

I meant "under the tree" = "under the Christmas tree" = last month.

Geez... even small words.... er...  :deal: :lol :lol :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on January 15, 2011, 06:48:06 PM
I meant "under the tree" = "under the Christmas tree" = last month.

Geez... even small words.... er...  :deal: :lol :lol :lol

We don't have a "slow on the uptake" emoticon, do we?  Maybe this one?

Michel  :idiot: Mike
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 16, 2011, 09:09:32 AM
 :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 17, 2011, 09:15:58 AM
Just finished:

Patrick Suskind - Perfume
Samuel Beckett - Waiting For Godot
Albert Camus - The Outsider
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Butchersword on January 20, 2011, 04:22:25 PM
Belisarius, by Ian Hughes

Just started this one. It's history but it's not dry, at least not so far. Then again, if you're like me and you enjoy history no matter what, it could be as dry as sandpaper and you'd still be enthralled.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sir_Gawain on January 21, 2011, 11:00:16 AM
Belisarius, by Ian Hughes

Just started this one. It's history but it's not dry, at least not so far. Then again, if you're like me and you enjoy history no matter what, it could be as dry as sandpaper and you'd still be enthralled.

That one looks interesting to me too.  The all-too-fleeting glory of Belisarius would perhaps make good material for an epic concept album.

On my end, Sex Texts from the Bible, translated and annotated by Teresa J. Hornsby.  Contains some gratuitous bias, but if you go into it prepared for that it's a quick and informative read and a real eye-opener.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 22, 2011, 11:48:41 AM
Fyodor Dostoevsky - Notes From The Underground
Jean Rhys - Good Morning, Midnight
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Menternor on January 22, 2011, 07:44:18 PM
Hey Dragonchaser, you've listed a LOT of books since this thread was started, but have you actually enjoyed all of them? I'm just curious for some books myself  :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 27, 2011, 10:06:44 AM
Hey Dragonchaser, you've listed a LOT of books since this thread was started, but have you actually enjoyed all of them? I'm just curious for some books myself  :naughty:

Well, some books are better than others, obviously, but I read a lot and generally only choose books I think I am going to like. I enjoy most of them, for sure. Haven't read a real stinker in a while...

If you're looking for some good reads, there are good writers in every genre. If you want fast-paced crime, The Poet by Michael Connelly and The Rosary Girls by Richard Montanari are great. In the thriller genre, John Hart's King Of Lies is worthy, as is Too Close To Home by Linwood Barclay. Literary fiction...hmm, depends on what you like but you can't go wrong with William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying and Jean Rhys's Good Morning, Midnight. Chick lit (if you're interested; it's always a pleasant change) is dominated by Adele Parks and Sophie Kinsella, and I guess fantasy goes to Raymond E Feist and the series he started with Magician.

Those are just some of the authors I've read and really enjoyed. If you want a list of good books send me a pm.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 27, 2011, 10:07:48 AM
OT:

Jean Rhys - Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys - Quartet
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sir_Gawain on January 28, 2011, 08:04:28 AM
Fyodor Dostoevsky - Notes From The Underground

Excellent selection.  It's not an easy read (despite its length), but it's essential to understanding Dostoevsky's oeuvre.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on January 29, 2011, 07:12:32 AM
Just finished North by Northwestern by Sig Hansen, captain of the Northwestern from The Deadliest Catch

Now reading The Return of the Sorcerer a "best of" Clark Ashton Smith (the only book of his I could find at the library)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 29, 2011, 07:31:46 AM
Excellent selection.  It's not an easy read (despite its length), but it's essential to understanding Dostoevsky's oeuvre.

It's the only one I've read of his so far, but I certainly enjoyed it. Bleak and unforgiving, but still great stuff.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on January 29, 2011, 08:02:02 PM
Black Notice by Patricia Cornwell
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Butchersword on January 29, 2011, 09:39:37 PM
That one looks interesting to me too.  The all-too-fleeting glory of Belisarius would perhaps make good material for an epic concept album.

I'd give that album a try.

The first chapters of the book were great, but I haven't had time to read lately, so haven't gotten any further. It's seems detailed but concise, though I'll reserve any full judgement till I finish (whenever that may be!).

I've got a box of unread and half-read books under my desk, but little time to really enjoy them.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Menternor on January 30, 2011, 12:35:37 AM
Well, some books are better than others, obviously, but I read a lot and generally only choose books I think I am going to like. I enjoy most of them, for sure. Haven't read a real stinker in a while...

If you're looking for some good reads, there are good writers in every genre. If you want fast-paced crime, The Poet by Michael Connelly and The Rosary Girls by Richard Montanari are great. In the thriller genre, John Hart's King Of Lies is worthy, as is Too Close To Home by Linwood Barclay. Literary fiction...hmm, depends on what you like but you can't go wrong with William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying and Jean Rhys's Good Morning, Midnight. Chick lit (if you're interested; it's always a pleasant change) is dominated by Adele Parks and Sophie Kinsella, and I guess fantasy goes to Raymond E Feist and the series he started with Magician.

Those are just some of the authors I've read and really enjoyed. If you want a list of good books send me a pm.

Well, thanks for those recommendations. I'll check them out when I have the time, which isn't a lot since university consumes most of it by making me read stuff I really don't care about (theology, science of written and spoken language [!]) and studying the different science subjects. Ok, I'm not that busy this time of the year but I'm no fast reader anyway  :lol. So those few titles you mentioned should keep me interested for quite a while  :)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on January 30, 2011, 04:44:27 AM
Just finished Chalker's Rings of the Master series.  Among his better works.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 31, 2011, 05:53:10 AM
Well, thanks for those recommendations. I'll check them out when I have the time, which isn't a lot since university consumes most of it by making me read stuff I really don't care about (theology, science of written and spoken language [!]) and studying the different science subjects. Ok, I'm not that busy this time of the year but I'm no fast reader anyway  :lol. So those few titles you mentioned should keep me interested for quite a while  :)

I have lots of painful reading to do for university as well. I guess you're doing something similar to a friend of mine. He is studying historic linguistics. The books he has to read are pretty hardcore.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on January 31, 2011, 11:52:52 AM
A lot of Harnmaster material.

For a game, this stuff is CHEWY and delightful. First session of this last weekend was like half a history lesson. Anyone else familiar with the Harn fantasy rpg setting?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Menternor on January 31, 2011, 12:12:39 PM
I have lots of painful reading to do for university as well. I guess you're doing something similar to a friend of mine. He is studying historic linguistics. The books he has to read are pretty hardcore.

Actually, my career of choice is Chemistry, but I'm in a catholic church owned university, so we all (every single career) have to study theology at some point and for reasons unknown, every science-based career also have to take a course about the science of written and spoken language.

Anyway, back on topic.

Innocent Eréndira, and Other Stories and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Marquez
The Inquisitor by Catherine Jinks

Some books I had lying around in my house.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on February 02, 2011, 06:07:02 AM
Jean Rhys Voyage In The Dark
Thomas Hardy Jude The Obscure (reading this one now).
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on February 06, 2011, 07:50:46 AM
Sullivan's Justice by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on February 07, 2011, 04:46:16 PM
She is the Darkness, by Glen Cook
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sir_Gawain on February 13, 2011, 08:29:16 AM
Edward Gibbon, The Christians and the Fall of Rome (from his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire).  Very thoughtful analysis and I love his writing style.  I might have read the whole magnum opus someday.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Butchersword on February 16, 2011, 08:10:44 PM
I have an abridged single-volume version of Gibbon's Decline and Fall somewhere here. I got it as a present a looooong time ago, and though I read three or four hundred pages of it, I didn't have the attention span necessary to see it through at the time. Some day when I'm really old and have the time I'd like to read the whole thing.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on February 17, 2011, 05:59:52 AM
Jean Rhys - Sleep It Off Lady
Anton Chekov - Plays
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on February 17, 2011, 07:15:00 PM
Philip K. Dick - Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on February 17, 2011, 08:41:44 PM
Philip K. Dick - Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

Excellent book  :thumbup:

Gives some extra insight into Blade Runner, as well.  Some of his short stories are outstanding as well.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on February 21, 2011, 05:02:05 AM
Jenny Colgan - Operation Sunshine
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on February 21, 2011, 06:14:43 AM
John Grisham - The Summons
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Victim_of_Deception on February 22, 2011, 04:12:25 PM
Stephen King - Bag of Bones
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on February 23, 2011, 12:05:57 AM
I have started on Wilbur Smiths "Courtneys of Africa" saga - currently on vol 3 (after which I will take a break)

Good entertainment, but not without faults.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on February 28, 2011, 07:41:31 AM
Janet Evanovich - Fearless Fourteen
Alexander McCall Smith - Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Claus on March 01, 2011, 05:43:47 PM
I'm currently reading Gardens of the Mood by Steve Eriksen.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 02, 2011, 10:59:02 AM
Alexander McCall Smith - The No 1 Ladies' Dectective Agency
Norman Mailer - The Deer Park
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 10, 2011, 09:24:58 AM
Janet Evanovich - Finger Lickin' Fifteen
Thomas Mann - Death In Venice
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sir_Gawain on March 21, 2011, 01:41:36 AM
I have an abridged single-volume version of Gibbon's Decline and Fall somewhere here. I got it as a present a looooong time ago, and though I read three or four hundred pages of it, I didn't have the attention span necessary to see it through at the time. Some day when I'm really old and have the time I'd like to read the whole thing.

I'd have to say my plans would be the same.  As an interesting aside, Ira Levin has Rosemary reading the whole thing when she's sitting at home pregnant in the original Rosemary's Baby novel.

In the meantime, just finished The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution by P.D. Ouspensky and have moved on to Joseph Campbell, The Transformation of Myth Through Time.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on March 21, 2011, 06:13:16 AM
No Lesser Plea by Robert K. Tanenbaum
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 21, 2011, 06:37:09 AM
Harlan Coben - Caught
Bill Bryson - Notes From A Big Country
Ray Bradbury - The Illustrated Man
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Claus on March 22, 2011, 12:12:23 AM
Harlan Coben - Caught
Bill Bryson - Notes From A Big Country
Ray Bradbury - The Illustrated Man

For my English class we read The Pedestrian, by Ray Bradbury, for some reason I've never heard of him before...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 22, 2011, 12:24:18 PM
For my English class we read The Pedestrian, by Ray Bradbury, for some reason I've never heard of him before...

Wow. Then you should definitely check out Fahrenheit 451. It's a modern classic, and a shocking read.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Claus on March 22, 2011, 07:21:57 PM
See, now that's the thing.  I've heard of that book, read a somewhat detailed synopsis on wikipedia, and the author's name never stuck with me.  I don't get it.   :idiot:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Menternor on March 22, 2011, 08:39:51 PM
Of course the author's name won't stick if you haven't actually read one of his books  :lol A synopsis won't do it.
 :p

Patrick Süskind - Perfume
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Claus on March 22, 2011, 10:48:38 PM
I think I have a problem with author's names.  I forget almost all of them, except if they're really famous or something.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on March 23, 2011, 06:47:31 AM
1939 - The Lost World of the Fair David Gelernter
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 23, 2011, 08:46:00 AM
Patrick Süskind - Perfume

What did you think of this? Very strange and compelling.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Menternor on March 23, 2011, 11:43:53 AM
It was quite different from the other stuff I have read. Yeah, it was strange, but also very interesting from beggining to end. Quite an peculiar character he created.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on March 23, 2011, 07:08:57 PM
I think I have a problem with author's names.  I forget almost all of them, except if they're really famous or something.

Ray Bradbury isn't famous???
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Claus on March 23, 2011, 07:53:28 PM
He's not a name that would be mentioned in the top 10 or so authors based on popularity right now.  Although its probably just me.  I have a thing with names.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on March 23, 2011, 09:26:52 PM
Well yeah, but he's one of the all time classic authors. With that said, the last time I read Fahrenheit 451 was when I was in 7th grade. I didn't really 'get' it then.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 29, 2011, 11:15:40 AM
Elizabeth Crane - When The Messenger Is Hot
Raymond Carver - What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on April 05, 2011, 12:15:43 AM
Currently on vol 2 of Harry Harrisons Hammer & Cross trilogy. Really enjoying this mix of alternate story/fantasy set in ninth century northern Europe (mostly England & Scandinavia) and telling the story of an unlikely hero and the clash between Christian and Norse religions.


This is some of the best I have read in a long long time - heartily recommended. (If you can find copies - I had to buy them used.)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 05, 2011, 09:20:14 AM
Kahlil Gibran - The Prophet - very strange and yet enjoyable, the first piece of religious fiction I've read.
Ray Bradbury - Farewell Summer
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on April 05, 2011, 10:16:31 AM
religious fiction

¿Religious fiction? That's redundant.   :twisted:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on April 05, 2011, 01:48:56 PM
¿Religious fiction? That's redundant.   :twisted:


:D
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on April 05, 2011, 03:01:32 PM
I'm at 50 page of finishing The Bourne Legacy

Which one should I start next?? :

Isaac Asimov      - Forward The Foundation
                          - Pebble In The Sky
Clive Cussler        - The Mediterranean Caper
Dune                   - The Winds Od Dune
Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game
Stephen King        - The Dark Tower II
J.R.R. Tolkien        - Unfinished Tales
Ken Follet             - World Without End
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on April 05, 2011, 03:45:14 PM
I'm reading the complete narratives of Lovecraft. I've wanted to go through his stuff for a long while.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Claus on April 05, 2011, 09:04:45 PM
Right now, I'm starting Dante's Inferno, to be followed up by Purgatorio and Paradisio, yeah, that's right its The Divine Comedy. How much metal can you get? :headbang:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on April 05, 2011, 09:35:01 PM
Right now, I'm starting Dante's Inferno, to be followed up by Purgatorio and Paradisio, yeah, that's right its The Divine Comedy. How much metal can you get? :headbang:

Hope you enjoy it :) I really did. What copy do you have? I have the Everyman's Library Edidtion; 800 pages; Paintings and drawings; and more than 200 pages of notes that you must have or else you don't know you are the people Dante's talking about or the double meaning of the words.

My gf gave it to me 5 years ago for Christmas. One of my favourtie book
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Menternor on April 05, 2011, 10:00:08 PM
Oh yeah, don't even think of skipping the explanation notes. It's been a while since I last read it, but I remember Dante telling you what time it was by telling which zodiacal constellation was visible at some region of Europe, so you can imagine what else may deal with in that book  :)

I didn't understand very well Paradisio though. Inferno and Purgatorio were pretty cool and very interesting, far easier to understand than Paradisio, in which he used far more theological symbols than the rest of the book.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Claus on April 05, 2011, 10:08:36 PM
It actually came in three seperate books. I borrowed them from my school's library, so the Inferno is different than the other two.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on April 06, 2011, 12:09:31 AM
I'm at 50 page of finishing The Bourne Legacy

Which one should I start next?? :

Isaac Asimov      - Forward The Foundation
                          - Pebble In The Sky
Clive Cussler        - The Mediterranean Caper
Dune                   - The Winds Od Dune
Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game
Stephen King        - The Dark Tower II
J.R.R. Tolkien        - Unfinished Tales
Ken Follet             - World Without End

Go with Tolkien - some great stories to be found in unfinished tales....
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on April 06, 2011, 12:17:52 AM
Go with Tolkien - some great stories to be found in unfinished tales....

Seconded. I may not read much anymore, but there is little I find more fulfilling than an occasional bout of Tolkien, especially his sundry works.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 06, 2011, 05:48:49 AM
¿Religious fiction? That's redundant.   :twisted:

The novel, if you can it that, is quite interesting. It's basically a set of sermons on how to live your life, spoken by a man who is hailed as a great prophet in his town. Supposedly it started the New Age movement. Nothing metallers will appreciate without a snigger, I'm sure.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on April 06, 2011, 06:01:25 AM
I read The Prophet a long time ago. It's a good read, but I don't think it can be called 'religious'. A religion demands some organization, some priests, some doctrine... I'd call it 'spiritual' or 'reflexive'. Maybe I'll read it again.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 06, 2011, 06:04:08 AM
I read The Prophet a long time ago. It's a good read, but I don't think it can be called 'religious'. A religion demands some organization, some priests, some doctrine... I'd call it 'spiritual' or 'reflexive'. Maybe I'll read it again.

A lot of people seem to have made major life decisions based on it. I have to say, it didn't really affect me that way, but it was still a good read.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on April 06, 2011, 05:07:14 PM
Go with Tolkien - some great stories to be found in unfinished tales....

Tanx, My favourite story from the Silmarilion was Children of Hurin, very sad. I also bought the book Children Of Hurin
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on April 07, 2011, 12:09:06 AM
Tanx, My favourite story from the Silmarilion was Children of Hurin, very sad. I also bought the book Children Of Hurin

Ok - then I am pretty sure you will enjoy Unfinished Tales.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 08, 2011, 07:03:47 AM
Ray Bradbury - The Martian Chronicles

Wow, this is incredible. Best science fiction novel (it's a collection all on the same theme) I've ever read.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Butchersword on April 09, 2011, 05:54:44 PM
Have you read Burroughs' Martian Tales novels? Just wondering how you think they compare, or if they compare at all.

Though I've only read the first, A Princess of Mars.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on April 09, 2011, 07:07:42 PM
Not some current reads, but I just bought

Stephen King - It
                     - The Shinning
Robert Ludlum - The Bourne Identity
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Victim_of_Deception on April 09, 2011, 07:33:11 PM
Peter Straub - Mr. X
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on April 09, 2011, 09:23:42 PM
Lord of the Rings out loud to my 8 year old.  She's enjoying it until the history parts with all the names...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on April 10, 2011, 07:26:30 AM
Lord of the Rings out loud to my 8 year old.  She's enjoying it until the history parts with all the names...

That was my bedtime story when I was 5...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 11, 2011, 05:46:26 AM
I wish someone had read it to me. A girlfriend I had when I was fifteen gave me The Hobbit and said it would blow my mind. It did, and about two days later she gave me The Lord Of The Rings, which I devoured in two weeks. Still one of the best books ever written, the only fantasy text you need, really.

Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Feoreunn on April 11, 2011, 07:28:57 AM
I wish someone had read it to me. A girlfriend I had when I was fifteen gave me The Hobbit and said it would blow my mind. It did, and about two days later she gave me The Lord Of The Rings, which I devoured in two weeks. Still one of the best books ever written, the only fantasy text you need, really.

Ever since I read Tolkien's work, every other fantasy saga just doesn't seem as worthwhile. I even wrote (and unfortunately have to re-write  :lol) a thesis about his work.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on April 11, 2011, 09:31:02 AM
My parents had the animated version of The Lord of the Rings and The Return of the King, and they had this rule where we couldn't watch the movie before we'd read the books. I was eight, so the choice seemed clear. Took me a few days to get into the Fellowship, but once I hit Moria I slammed the rest of the trilogy down in about 5 days. I was really nutters for reading back then.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Agis on April 11, 2011, 10:31:50 AM
There are some great fantasy works apart from The Lord of The Rings.

I'd recommend:
Andrzej Sapkowski - The Witcher Saga
Ursula K Le Guin - Earthsea novels
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on April 11, 2011, 01:14:53 PM
There are some great fantasy works apart from The Lord of The Rings.

I'd recommend:
Andrzej Sapkowski - The Witcher Saga
Ursula K Le Guin - Earthsea novels

If we're going to start recommending fantasy novels, we may as well start another thread...  :p
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Joseph Allen on April 11, 2011, 01:25:18 PM
If we're going to start recommending fantasy novels, we may as well start another thread...  :p
Please do.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on April 11, 2011, 07:27:57 PM
My parents had the animated version of The Lord of the Rings and The Return of the King, and they had this rule where we couldn't watch the movie before we'd read the books. I was eight, so the choice seemed clear. Took me a few days to get into the Fellowship, but once I hit Moria I slammed the rest of the trilogy down in about 5 days. I was really nutters for reading back then.

That is the rule in my house.  We had to read all the Harry Potter books before we could see the movies and now we are halfway through The Fellowship of the Ring, which we will need to complete prior to my daughter watching the movie.  Can't wait for The Hobbit movie since we've read the book 3-4 times and listen to it in the car often.

I feel the same was as Bruce about Fantasy in general.  It all seems so contrived and I can't help but compare anyone else's stories with Tolkien's.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on April 11, 2011, 07:29:42 PM
The Pragmatic Programmer

(taking a break off novels)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 12, 2011, 08:29:52 AM
Sylvia Plath - Winter Trees
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Butchersword on April 14, 2011, 09:45:19 PM
Reading some history stuff by Alistair Moffat—The Wall and Before Scotland
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on April 14, 2011, 11:13:25 PM
Ever since I read Tolkien's work, every other fantasy saga just doesn't seem as worthwhile. I even wrote (and unfortunately have to re-write  :lol) a thesis about his work.

Did you score good on your thesis :P
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 16, 2011, 09:24:45 AM
Miles Corwin - The Killing Season
Marianne Moore - Selected Poems.

Man, those poems were a headfuck.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on April 16, 2011, 11:50:15 AM
Merlin's Bones - Fred Saberhagen

Hardcover I found at a booksale for half a buck.  How bad can it be?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on April 25, 2011, 12:27:36 PM
The Associate - John Grisham
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Victim_of_Deception on April 25, 2011, 01:45:14 PM
Dean Koontz - Phantoms
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Butchersword on April 25, 2011, 05:11:07 PM
Our Dumb World, an atlas by The Onion
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on April 25, 2011, 05:33:17 PM
Short Stories of F Scott Fitzgerald
And starting The Restaurant at the End of the Universe soon.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Joseph Allen on April 25, 2011, 05:51:03 PM
Short Stories of F Scott Fitzgerald
And starting The Restaurant at the End of the Universe soon.
Fuckin love that book.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 26, 2011, 09:03:32 AM
Walter Mosely - Devil In A Blue Dress
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on April 26, 2011, 12:33:30 PM
Go with Tolkien - some great stories to be found in unfinished tales....

I'm loving this book, I'm at The History Of Galadriel and Celeborn and it's just breathtaking. How did he came up with this stuff.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Joseph Allen on April 26, 2011, 03:17:11 PM
Toni Morrison- Song of Solomon
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on April 27, 2011, 08:24:44 AM
Toni Morrison- Song of Solomon

I haven't read this one, but I enjoyed Sula and Beloved.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on April 27, 2011, 05:06:20 PM
I'm loving this book, I'm at The History Of Galadriel and Celeborn and it's just breathtaking. How did he came up with this stuff.

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on April 29, 2011, 03:36:37 AM
Just finished Joe Abercrombie: Best Served Cold.

A great read - if he can keep putting out this quality, he is surely on the fast track to become a legendary author. 

If you like fantasy fiction you should really give him a try, in particular the First Law Trilogy, which is among the best I have ever read.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on May 03, 2011, 10:22:53 AM
James Baldwin - Go Tell It On The Mountain
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on May 04, 2011, 12:54:35 AM
Finally finished Deena Weinstein's Heavy Metal - The Music and its culture

This is an cultural/sociological history of heavy metal, with a strong US focus and being first published in 1991, it covers the early period of metal.  (There is a chapter from 2000, updating it a bit - but this is a add-on without much depth.)

Being a non-academic, I must admit that I found it heavy going at times, as it conforms to the rules of an academic text, quoting other studies and texts often, sometimes seemingly just for the sake of doing so.

Being an European, I found it to be quite a bit (too much) focused on the US and in particular what happened there during the second half of the 80ies (PMRC hearing etc).

But all in all, it was an enlightening read, and I recommend it to everybody who is serious about metal and its history.

(I would love to read a similar book about how the internet has changed the scene these last 15 years.)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sir_Gawain on May 04, 2011, 11:32:37 PM
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight / Pearl / Sir Orfeo (the Tolkien translations)
Jerry Mander, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television
George Every, Christian Mythology
Timothy Ware, The Orthodox Church
Thomas Ligotti, Songs of a Dead Dreamer
Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
Jack Zipes (ed.), Aesop's Fables
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on May 10, 2011, 01:41:26 PM
JD Salinger - Catcher In The Rye
Dean Koontz - The Taking
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on May 25, 2011, 07:39:34 PM
Stephen King - Full Dark, No Stars

After the horrible Just After Sunset I stayed away from King for a while, but reading an excerpt of "Big Driver" from this novella collection drew me back, and I think this one is pretty rockin' so far. Pure King goodness.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Menternor on May 25, 2011, 10:00:25 PM
Isabel Allende - Ines of My Soul
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on May 25, 2011, 11:05:56 PM
Ernest Hemingway - A Farewell to Arms

Also "The Colour Out of Space" by Lovecraft.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on May 26, 2011, 06:41:05 AM
Stephen King - Full Dark, No Stars

After the horrible Just After Sunset I stayed away from King for a while, but reading an excerpt of "Big Driver" from this novella collection drew me back, and I think this one is pretty rockin' so far. Pure King goodness.

Yeah, it's a real stylish King outing. I enjoyed it a lot. Looking forward to his JFK novel in November.

Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on May 26, 2011, 07:23:56 AM
Yeah, it's a real stylish King outing. I enjoyed it a lot. Looking forward to his JFK novel in November.



Haha, just looked that up; looks great. Have to check it out sometime.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on May 26, 2011, 07:25:12 AM
Pride and Prostitutes
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Claus on May 26, 2011, 06:04:45 PM
Pride and Prostitutes

 :lol I'd read that!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on May 26, 2011, 06:16:55 PM
:lol I'd read that!

You should, I wrote it.

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/51551 (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/51551)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on May 26, 2011, 06:24:05 PM
You should, I wrote it.

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/51551 (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/51551)

 :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Claus on May 26, 2011, 08:55:56 PM
 :lol

I thought he just wrote a parody name for Pride and Prejudice!

Also:  :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow:

I figured if the description on the link was accurate, it was necessary! 
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sir_Gawain on May 29, 2011, 08:59:43 AM
Philippe Walter, Christianity: The Origins of a Pagan Religion
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Feoreunn on June 10, 2011, 06:45:28 PM
George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones, inspired by the excellent television drama. The book is even better.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on June 11, 2011, 11:33:10 AM
George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones, inspired by the excellent television drama. The book is even better.

Of course it is. I tried to find it last week and couldn't.

Mercedes Lackey- Exile's Honor

Surprised by how much I enjoyed this.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on June 13, 2011, 03:41:56 AM
I've been reading a lot of stuff lately, but the book that stood out most was Hugh Brogan's Penguin History of the USA. It's a massive undertaking but as a British historian he treats the subject with respect. Anyone read this?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on June 13, 2011, 05:55:42 AM
The Runelords by David Farland
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on June 13, 2011, 05:51:06 PM
The Union of Heroes by some guy... :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Claus on June 13, 2011, 06:02:54 PM
The Union of Heroes by some guy... :naughty:

 :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on June 18, 2011, 08:26:06 AM
I'm almost at the end of Orson Scott Card - Ender'S Game

and just bought a lot of 35 books of Clive Cussler of Ebay for 60$  :D
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on June 18, 2011, 10:45:04 AM
I have just finished vol 5 of Bernard Cornwell's Saxon series.  (http://www.bernardcornwell.net/index2.cfm?page=1&seriesid=10)

This is very entertaining historical novels set in the ninth century and dealing with Danish/viking occupation of parts of the british isles and the clash between the christian and norse religions.

Heartily recommended for anybody who like a good read sprinkled with warriors and battles. 
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on June 22, 2011, 10:15:00 PM
Just finished Sargon's The Union of Heroes.  Anyone who was/is into comics and graphic novels should plunk down the $2.99 and check it out.  A page turner  :super:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on June 23, 2011, 05:41:19 AM
Just finished Sargon's The Union of Heroes.  Anyone who was/is into comics and graphic novels should plunk down the $2.99 and check it out.  A page turner  :super:

Write a short review - there's currently only one: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/64304  :order:

I roughly half way through The Runelords, after that I'll get to Sargon's book.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on June 23, 2011, 06:57:27 AM
Will do, the author already hit me up  :lol

I just need to figure out what I want to say without spoiling anything. 
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on June 23, 2011, 07:09:32 AM
Will do, the author already hit me up  :lol

I just need to figure out what I want to say without spoiling anything. 

You spoil, you die. :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on June 23, 2011, 07:25:38 PM
You spoil, you die. :naughty:

...so then, one of the heroes jumps right in front of the....did you say something, Michel?

edit: fixed incorrect word
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Claus on June 24, 2011, 12:53:52 AM
...so then, on of the heroes jumps right in front of the....did you say something, Michel?

 :lol :lol :lol

Fantastic.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on June 28, 2011, 08:49:05 AM
...so then, one of the heroes jumps right in front of the....did you say something, Michel?

edit: fixed incorrect word

*loads shotgun*

I finished The Runelords last night and I'll start reading The Union of Heroes after work.  I need a little break before getting into the second book about the Runelords...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sir_Gawain on June 28, 2011, 11:04:27 PM
Richard Rudgley, Pagan Resurrection
Aton Edwards, Preparedness Now: An Emergency Survival Guide
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on July 06, 2011, 04:24:56 PM
Mercedes Lackey- Exile's Valor
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Victim_of_Deception on July 06, 2011, 04:32:42 PM
James Clavell - Tai-Pan
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Feoreunn on July 06, 2011, 07:46:04 PM
George R. R. Martin - A Clash Of Kings
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on July 09, 2011, 05:47:06 PM
Mercedes Lackey- Take A Thief
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on July 09, 2011, 06:44:42 PM
Brotherhood of the Wolf by David Farland
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on July 09, 2011, 07:15:19 PM
Brotherhood of the Wolf by David Farland

Did you read Sargon's book between this and Runelords?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on July 09, 2011, 09:25:51 PM
Brotherhood of the Wolf by David Farland

And can you tell me what you thought of it? Big fantasy reader here and I just inherited books 1-3 and 6 of that series. Wondering if I ought to give it a go soon, I like to read on recommendation.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on July 10, 2011, 09:19:56 AM
Did you read Sargon's book between this and Runelords?

Yeah.  It's short and it's a page-turner so it didn't take me much time to read it. :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on July 10, 2011, 09:23:50 AM
And can you tell me what you thought of it? Big fantasy reader here and I just inherited books 1-3 and 6 of that series. Wondering if I ought to give it a go soon, I like to read on recommendation.

The first 100 pages or so of book 1 (an approximation - the Kindle doesn't have page numbers, just what % of the book you have read) are a bit tedious - the guy likes to talk about endowments and it sometimes reads like a pissing contest or a hero story told by a kid.  But once things get going, it's not bad.  It's been a while since I've read fantasy and this is not the best I've read, but not the worst either.  I'd say the second half of the first book got me hooked, and now I want to see the story through.  I'm about 1/3 into Brotherhood of the Wolf.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Feoreunn on July 10, 2011, 01:44:15 PM
George R. R. Martin - A Storm of Swords
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Ásatrúar on July 10, 2011, 02:57:26 PM
Blood of the Isles by Bryan Sykes. It's the results of a mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosome study of the genetic makeup of the British Isles to determine the lasting genetic effects of the various peoples who occupied the various regions at different times (i.e. Celts, Saxons, Normans, Vikings). It's pretty damn interesting in my opinion. It does a good job of linking verifiable historical occurrences to  modern genetic makeup.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on July 10, 2011, 04:43:20 PM
Yeah.  It's short and it's a page-turner so it didn't take me much time to read it. :naughty:

Where have I heard that description before?

Oh, yeah, ME!  Plagiarism!   :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on July 10, 2011, 07:32:04 PM
Just finished Forward The Foundation by Isaac Asimov, stunningly good. A real Page Turner :P
I don't know if the books writting by the author who continued the Foundation serie are any good. I'll read some review first.

Now I'm off to start Clive Cussler - The Mediterranean Caper
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on July 11, 2011, 05:50:42 PM
Just finished Forward The Foundation by Isaac Asimov, stunningly good. A real Page Turner :P
I don't know if the books writting by the author who continued the Foundation serie are any good. I'll read some review first.

Now I'm off to start Clive Cussler - The Mediterranean Caper

Everyone is out to rip me off!!!! 

 :lol :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on July 11, 2011, 05:58:05 PM
Everything I've read lately is a big ol page turner.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Claus on July 11, 2011, 09:37:01 PM
Any recommendations for a good PAGE TURNER???
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on July 12, 2011, 02:48:46 PM
there's no copyright on your statement, so it's free-for-all :P
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on July 12, 2011, 04:21:19 PM
Any recommendations for a good PAGE TURNER???

Gonna have to be a bit more specific on what you want. I have an immense fantasy (and some sci-fi) collection to recommend from, but that may not be at all what you're looking for. :D

OP:

Mercedes Lackey- Arrows Of The Queen
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Claus on July 12, 2011, 09:07:49 PM
Gonna have to be a bit more specific on what you want. I have an immense fantasy (and some sci-fi) collection to recommend from, but that may not be at all what you're looking for. :D

OP:

Mercedes Lackey- Arrows Of The Queen

 :lol Meh, I was just jumping on the page turner bandwagon. I don't really have time to read these days (which is really weird, seeing as it's summer holidays).
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on July 13, 2011, 06:47:05 AM
Janice J.K. Lee - The Piano Teacher
Justin Webb - Have A Nice Day
Sarah Palin - Going Rogue
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on July 13, 2011, 07:12:38 AM
Sarah Palin - Going Rogue

Did she get someone literate to write it for her?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on July 13, 2011, 06:06:54 PM
Did she get someone literate to write it for her?

It certainly read like she wrote it herself. I think she was targeted a lot in the media for the wrong things.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on July 13, 2011, 08:33:35 PM
It certainly read like she wrote it herself. I think she was targeted a lot in the media for the wrong things.

Not to get too political in the old Current Reads thread, but she is a doofus.  And I consider myself pretty moderate and don't judge politicians solely on their party affiliation, so this isn't Republican bashing.  There just seems to be a very large, strategic reserve of air between her ears.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on July 17, 2011, 10:04:18 PM
Mercedes Lackey- Arrow's Flight and Arrow's Fall
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Feoreunn on July 21, 2011, 01:21:12 PM
George R. R. Martin - A Feast for Crows
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on July 21, 2011, 01:33:58 PM
George R. R. Martin - A Feast for Crows

Thinking about jumping into that series soon. How is it?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on July 21, 2011, 01:39:15 PM
It is really great - at least the 3 first vols are. Vol 4 is reputedly a little filler like.

The series has the potential to be one of fantasy's great classics - but seems in danger of going the robert jordan way.
Which would be a great shame.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on July 21, 2011, 02:21:09 PM
The series has the potential to be one of fantasy's great classics - but seems in danger of going the robert jordan way.
Which would be a great shame.

If it's even in danger of "going the Robert Jordan way", it ain't no classic. I'd like to hear some thoughts on the new one when someone finishes it.

Mercedes Lackey- By The Sword
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on July 22, 2011, 02:35:25 AM
Just finished "To Live is to Die" - a Cliff Burton Biography by Joel McIver.

It is rather good and is recommended for those who want to know more about Cliff and his influence on Metallica.

Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on July 22, 2011, 07:54:37 AM
The Mentor by Rebecca Forster
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Feoreunn on July 22, 2011, 03:15:20 PM
Thinking about jumping into that series soon. How is it?

So far I'm really enjoying it. There's a great inherent logic to Martin's world, yet nothing is ever predictable. I really like the moral ambiguity and diversity of all the characters, and the lack of an easy "good vs. evil"-structure. "A Feast for Crows" is not so much filler, as just half a book, "A Dance with Dragons" being the other half. Half the characters have been shelved, for example. What I like about it so far, is that Martin doesn't rush to finish the stories, but lingers for a while in places, and with characters we haven't seen yet. It only adds to the depth of the mythology he's created. I think therefore the fourth book can't be judged without the fifth. And I ordered that one today, so, Dan, give me another week, OK? :p
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on July 22, 2011, 03:43:09 PM
So far I'm really enjoying it. There's a great inherent logic to Martin's world, yet nothing is ever predictable. I really like the moral ambiguity and diversity of all the characters, and the lack of an easy "good vs. evil"-structure. "A Feast for Crows" is not so much filler, as just half a book, "A Dance with Dragons" being the other half. Half the characters have been shelved, for example. What I like about it so far, is that Martin doesn't rush to finish the stories, but lingers for a while in places, and with characters we haven't seen yet. It only adds to the depth of the mythology he's created. I think therefore the fourth book can't be judged without the fifth. And I ordered that one today, so, Dan, give me another week, OK? :p

I am an American, and therefore demand instant gratification. Why can't you read faster?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on July 22, 2011, 05:11:40 PM
Stepehn King - IT

I got 66 pages done, 1030 more to go
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on July 22, 2011, 05:12:55 PM
F Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby

Up next I have Dennis Lehane - Coronado and Stephen King - Under the Dome...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Claus on July 22, 2011, 09:05:36 PM
I am an American, and therefore demand instant gratification. Why can't you read faster?

 :lol :lol :lol

Damn that's funny!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on July 25, 2011, 06:01:09 PM
Wizardborn: Book Three of 'The Runelords' by David Farland (who has yet to learn the difference between "insure" and ensure.)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on July 25, 2011, 06:40:44 PM
Wizardborn: Book Three of 'The Runelords' by David Farland (who has yet to learn the difference between "insure" and ensure.)

Doesn't he realize the negative affect/effect he'll have on his readers and there/their sensibilities?  Dam/Damn, I hate that.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on July 25, 2011, 07:00:23 PM
Doesn't he realize the negative affect/effect he'll have on his readers and there/their sensibilities?  Dam/Damn, I hate that.

No shit.  I go into an epileptic fit every time I see that! :naughty:  And Rebecca Forster did the same thing in her book (plus some misuse of then/than.)  I may have to sue.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on July 26, 2011, 01:56:04 AM
White Line Fever

One of the most entertaining and funny biographies I have ever read  :)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on July 27, 2011, 05:53:51 PM
No shit.  I go into an epileptic fit every time I see that! :naughty:  And Rebecca Forster did the same thing in her book (plus some misuse of then/than.)  I may have to sue.

I will join you.  We'll make it an international class action deal. :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on July 29, 2011, 07:21:08 AM
Stephen King - The Shining
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Feoreunn on July 29, 2011, 11:41:41 AM
George R. R. Martin - A Dance with Dragons
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on July 29, 2011, 12:06:53 PM
Michael Stackpole- Ghost War
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on July 29, 2011, 09:29:24 PM
Went at Cape May, NJ for a week a vacations and bought 3 Stephen King

'Salem Lot
The Stand
Stephen Goes To The Movie (5 short story) The Shawshank Redemption, 1408, Children Of The Corn,  The Mangler and Hearts Of Atlantis

My god the book in the US are cheaper than Canada, always 3-4 bucks off and with almost no taxes.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on July 31, 2011, 03:44:55 PM
Ice Station Zebra - Alistair MacLean

Pretty mindless, which aids in falling asleep each night  :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on August 10, 2011, 06:03:12 AM
The Lair of Bones (Book 4 of The Runelords) by David Farland
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on August 10, 2011, 08:47:27 PM
Just finished George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones and now starting A Clash of Kings.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on August 11, 2011, 05:36:39 AM
Just finished George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones and now starting A Clash of Kings.

How do you like the books?  I saw the first season of Game of Thrones and that was pretty damn good.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on August 11, 2011, 01:15:28 PM
Joyce Carol Oates - Rape: A Love Story
Annie Proulx - Fine Just The Way It Is
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on August 11, 2011, 07:57:40 PM
How do you like the books?  I saw the first season of Game of Thrones and that was pretty damn good.

I really enjoyed the first one and I would definitely recommend it. The second one is also great so far. I didn't know there was a television series when I bought the book, so now I've got another show to watch.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on August 19, 2011, 06:42:26 AM
I really enjoyed the first one and I would definitely recommend it. The second one is also great so far. I didn't know there was a television series when I bought the book, so now I've got another show to watch.

I'll at least check the first book and go from there.

Finished reading Sweet Sixteen by our own Bruce a few days ago.  A page-turner. ((TM) MetalMike)  My favourite along with The Mariana Trench.

Now reading Stock Investing for Canadians for Dummies.  Gotta love those "for dummies" books - never boring and no filler crap.

About to start Star Wars: X-Wing: Rogue Squadron by Michael A. Stackpole.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on August 19, 2011, 08:07:44 PM
I'll at least check the first book and go from there.

Finished reading Sweet Sixteen by our own Bruce a few days ago.  A page-turner. ((TM) MetalMike)  My favourite along with The Mariana Trench.

Now reading Stock Investing for Canadians for Dummies.  Gotta love those "for dummies" books - never boring and no filler crap.

About to start Star Wars: X-Wing: Rogue Squadron by Michael A. Stackpole.

Thank you, thank you.  Sweet Sixteen is up next for me.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Claus on August 19, 2011, 08:21:21 PM
Thank you, thank you.  Sweet Sixteen is up next for me.

 :lol Recurring jokes.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Chris Foley on August 21, 2011, 12:01:58 PM
Thank you, thank you.  Sweet Sixteen is up next for me.

I'll be joining on Sweet Sixteen, although it might take me a little longer to read.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on August 22, 2011, 06:22:03 AM
I'll be joining on Sweet Sixteen, although it might take me a little longer to read.  :thumbup:

Glad to hear it.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on August 26, 2011, 05:41:51 PM
Just finished Stephen King - IT

It feel like I read 4 books in 1. There's so much details to everythings.

Now starting:

Clive Cussler - Iceberg
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on August 28, 2011, 01:31:11 AM
Talk about a shift in complexity  :)


Used to enjoy Cussler's tales - but they become quite one-dimensional with time.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on October 02, 2011, 07:09:43 PM
This thread has been quiet lately.

Just finished "Sons of the Oak" by David Farland.  It's the first book of the second Runelords series (Scions of the Earth), which starts 8 years after The Runelords series ended.

About to start the second book, Worldbinder.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on October 02, 2011, 11:17:31 PM
This thread has been quiet lately.

Just finished "Sons of the Oak" by David Farland.  It's the first book of the second Runelords series (Scions of the Earth), which starts 8 years after The Runelords series ended.

About to start the second book, Worldbinder.

I take it you're enjoying them well enough then. I just picked up Worldbinder myself.

David Eddings- The Diamond Throne and The Ruby Knight
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on October 03, 2011, 06:18:15 AM
The first one was a bit rough to get through, but the others got better.

David Eddings.  Been a while since I read something by him. I read those books something like 20 years ago, mostly when waiting for/riding on the bus.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on October 03, 2011, 09:38:56 AM
The first one was a bit rough to get through, but the others got better.

David Eddings.  Been a while since I read something by him. I read those books something like 20 years ago, mostly when waiting for/riding on the bus.

It's really much simpler fantasy. I've never read any of his work, but the Elenium seems to be fairly enjoyable and more mature than the most-read Belgariad.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on October 03, 2011, 11:43:48 AM
The Belgariad was cool - that's the first one I read, and then I went on to read the Elenium. Not sure if I've read anything else he's done. I might look into that once I'm done with the David Farland stuff.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on October 03, 2011, 05:49:35 PM
Still working my way through The Lord of the Rings out loud to my daughter.  We are halfway through The Return of the King.  I have to say, reading out loud takes time (which is why I haven't read Sweet Sixteen yet, sorry Bruce!) but I'm actually getting more out of the story by having to slow down and pronounce each word.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on October 03, 2011, 10:54:46 PM
Still working my way through The Lord of the Rings out loud to my daughter. 

I hope she's enjoying it, I really can't wait to do this with my kids.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on October 04, 2011, 08:36:51 AM
Still working my way through The Lord of the Rings out loud to my daughter.  We are halfway through The Return of the King.  I have to say, reading out loud takes time (which is why I haven't read Sweet Sixteen yet, sorry Bruce!) but I'm actually getting more out of the story by having to slow down and pronounce each word.

Don't worry about it, Mike!

Read too much lately to mention it all, but recently:

Richard Stark - Point Blank
Stephen King - The Dark Tower - The Gunslinger
Napoleon Hill - Think & Grow Rich
Iain Banks - The Wasp Factory
Shaun Hutson - Lucy's Child
Ray Bradbury - Something Wicked This Way Comes
Patricia Cornwell - Body Of Evidence
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on October 04, 2011, 05:07:00 PM
Currently reading Dune - Winds Of Dune (previously known as Jessica Of Dune). I'm more than halfway. Even after reading 15 books of the Duniverse, I can't get enough.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Warlust on October 05, 2011, 03:38:28 AM
Read William Gibson's Neuromancer again, last time was in 1997. Still rules.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: The Protagonist on October 11, 2011, 07:41:48 PM
David Eddings- The Sapphire Rose

Very climactic end to that trilogy. It gets a bit samey in writing style, but if all Eddings is close to this good, I'll reasonably enjoy all of it.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on October 19, 2011, 08:28:06 AM
Linwood Barclay - The Accident

Loving this so far. A great edge-of-your-seat thriller.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on October 19, 2011, 09:58:05 AM
I have a new horror e-story available for Halloween.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/96847 (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/96847)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on October 19, 2011, 01:43:12 PM
I have a new horror e-story available for Halloween.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/96847 (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/96847)

Cool.  I'm almost done with one of the Runelords books, so I'll check that out to take a little break before starting the next book in the series.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on October 19, 2011, 07:46:55 PM
I have a new horror e-story available for Halloween.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/96847 (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/96847)

Downloaded.

First up, Sweet Sixteen then this one.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on October 26, 2011, 09:47:55 PM
Cold Lady

Pretty cool so far.  Just getting into the scary stuff.  At $0.99, you bitches should get it too. :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on October 27, 2011, 06:44:12 PM
The price is right and I hear the guy who wrote it likes cool music...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on October 30, 2011, 04:40:47 PM
The Wyrmling Horde (Book seven of The Runelords)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on October 31, 2011, 03:40:37 AM
Just finished Brandon Sanderson: Warbreaker.

A great stand alone fantasy novel - very well written and original.  Recommended!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Master Cthulhu on November 01, 2011, 11:44:37 PM
Red Dragon

Seen the movie and read the other books in the series but I finally found a copy at the local Goodwill  :D
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on December 11, 2011, 03:59:18 PM
Sargon's Cold Lady  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on December 11, 2011, 04:52:12 PM
Sargon's Cold Lady  :thumbup:

That'll keep you from sleeping.  :twisted:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 12, 2011, 07:04:58 AM
I finished "The Wyrmling Horde" by David McFarland (book seven of The Runelords - one to go).

Taking a little break and reading "Live and Let Die" by Ian Fleming.  I don't think I've ever seen the word "negro" used so much in my entire life.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on December 12, 2011, 11:05:00 AM
Reading Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master And Margarita. Very strange novel.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on December 13, 2011, 11:13:15 AM
I finished "The Wyrmling Horde" by David McFarland (book seven of The Runelords - one to go).

Taking a little break and reading "Live and Let Die" by Ian Fleming.  I don't think I've ever seen the word "negro" used so much in my entire life.

 :lol :lol :lol

Those Bond books are soooooo different from the movies.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on December 13, 2011, 11:18:32 AM
That'll keep you from sleeping.  :twisted:

Nah, just need to learn to sleep with ALL the lights on.  :lol

I'm not looking forward to the first morning I have to get up and shovel snow in the dark.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metalkingdom on December 13, 2011, 01:06:09 PM
Currently not reading anything but I would like to get into reading horror novels.Any suggestions?

A couple of new autobiographies sound good,too:Duff McKagan,Sammy Hagar,Dave Mustaine,Tony Iommi just to name a few.

I'm always reading various cookbooks,too,but I miss metal mags these days.Metal Maniacs was one I read every month for years.So I'm thinking of subscribing to Decibel Magazine.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on December 13, 2011, 04:13:18 PM
:lol :lol :lol

Those Bond books are soooooo different from the movies.

I've never read any of his books, and it's been a while since I saw Live and Let Die, but this is definitely different from what I remember.  The Kindle edition was on special for $1.99 for a day a couple of weeks ago, so I figured I'd give it a try.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on December 14, 2011, 03:01:56 AM
Nah, just need to learn to sleep with ALL the lights on.  :lol

I'm not looking forward to the first morning I have to get up and shovel snow in the dark.

 :twisted:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on December 14, 2011, 07:48:28 AM
I've never read any of his books, and it's been a while since I saw Live and Let Die, but this is definitely different from what I remember.  The Kindle edition was on special for $1.99 for a day a couple of weeks ago, so I figured I'd give it a try.

I found a bunch of them at a bookstore for $1 each several years ago and couldn't pass them up.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on December 30, 2011, 04:33:21 PM
Finished Assassin's Creed - The Fall comic book.

Starting

Batman - A Death In The Family
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on December 31, 2011, 12:59:57 AM
The Lords of Misrule

Totally awesome Brit horror comic.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on December 31, 2011, 04:39:04 PM
No Regrets - Ace Frehley

Always interesting to learn some of the history of a gateway band.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on January 05, 2012, 01:02:07 AM
Regretably just finished 11/22/63 by Stephen King.

It took me 2 months to finish it, but it was well worth it.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 05, 2012, 05:05:33 PM
I'm in the middle of it now. Really enjoying it.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on January 06, 2012, 03:09:19 AM
I'm in the middle of it now. Really enjoying it.

You really feel like you're in 1960's. King write so damn good about every little details, it feel like he was there.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on January 06, 2012, 03:41:39 AM
King write so damn good.

 :laughatyou:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on January 06, 2012, 11:46:03 AM
Hehe I guess Sargon hates King
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on January 06, 2012, 01:42:05 PM
He doesn't care for him one bit. It has always provided me with much amusement, like his hatred for jazz.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on January 06, 2012, 02:46:44 PM
Good writer in the traditional sense or not, 11/22/63 is his best since the 80s.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on January 06, 2012, 06:37:51 PM
He doesn't care for him one bit. It has always provided me with much amusement, like his hatred for jazz.

Not true, I think King is a perfectly good pop writer, better than most.  He's got a lot of annoying habits that I wish someone would break him of, but eh.

I just thought it was funny that a sentence praising his writing was woefully ungrammatic.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on January 06, 2012, 09:06:22 PM
Yeah, I figured that was it. If you had to name King's best work, what would it be? I am quite curious.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on January 06, 2012, 10:52:16 PM
His best work is his short fiction.  Skeleton Crew stands out as nice and lean, without the excess he turned to as he got more successful.  "The Monkey" and "The Raft" are some of his most effective works.  Of his novels I'd say Eyes of the Dragon is his best-constructed.  Pet Semetary is his best horror novel.  I also have affection for Christine and It despite serious structural issues and general sentimentality.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on January 07, 2012, 01:38:18 AM
Not true, I think King is a perfectly good pop writer, better than most.  He's got a lot of annoying habits that I wish someone would break him of, but eh.

I just thought it was funny that a sentence praising his writing was woefully ungrammatic.

Ahhh so you're not laughing at my sentence, you're laughing at me now  :evil:
lol nan just kidding.

But what are those little things that disgust you? I've only read 4 books from him. It, 11/22/63, Gunsligner part 1 and 2. I have several more of him like Carrie, Salem's Lot, The Shinning, Under The Dome, Bag Of Bones, The Stand and King Goes to the movies (5 shorts that became movies like Shawshanks Redemption, 1408, Children Of The Corn, The Mangler, Hearts In Atlantis)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on January 07, 2012, 02:01:52 AM
Justin Cronin: The Passage

A sprawling apocalyptic horror novel - it's been a long time since I have read anything this addictive.  Kept me awake far too long into a few nights,  because I simply could not put it down.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on January 07, 2012, 02:41:30 AM
For some reason, I have never actually attempted to read Skeleton Crew. I've almost completely stuck to his novels over the years. I think I've read a short story here or there.

The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane - Robert E. Howard
The Great Movies II & III - Roger Ebert
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on January 07, 2012, 04:38:33 AM
Skeleton Crew is great but I like his first one, Graveyard Shift, a bit better.
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on January 07, 2012, 08:21:37 AM
Ahhh so you're not laughing at my sentence, you're laughing at me now  :evil:
lol nan just kidding.

But what are those little things that disgust you? I've only read 4 books from him. It, 11/22/63, Gunsligner part 1 and 2. I have several more of him like Carrie, Salem's Lot, The Shinning, Under The Dome, Bag Of Bones, The Stand and King Goes to the movies (5 shorts that became movies like Shawshanks Redemption, 1408, Children Of The Corn, The Mangler, Hearts In Atlantis)

Let's see, Gunslinger part 1 was brilliant, but all the sequels have sucked.  Carrie is ok but pretty simpleminded.  Salem's Lot is dull, The Shining has some brilliant parts but is mostly overwrought.  The Stand is reeaaaalllly boring.

I stopped reading him around the time he came out with The Tommyknockers.  He started to focus more on psychological stuff rather than supernatural, and it didn't interest me.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on January 07, 2012, 07:35:15 PM
I've always loved the Dark Tower books, particularly the first three. The Gunslinger is quite different from the others.
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Post by: ExNoctemNacimur on January 09, 2012, 01:07:08 PM
The Art of War by Sun Tzu is an interesting read to understand chinese culture.  I'm reading it for the thirtieth time.  Also, I am reading The Godfather by Mario Puzo, it's very good.
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Post by: Joseph Allen on January 09, 2012, 08:39:38 PM
Bone
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Post by: MetalCrypt on January 17, 2012, 07:19:01 PM
With This Ring, I Bleed, Dead! Featuring Bruce Turnbull

Just read Bruce's story earlier today.  It didn't take me in as much as the cottage story (I got lost in the timeline at first and had to backtrack a little), but it was not nearly as predictable. :thumbup:
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Post by: MetalCrypt on January 19, 2012, 07:11:30 AM
Just finished the book with Bruce's story (see above).  A couple of lame stories in there, but overall a good read.

Starting today: Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 19, 2012, 07:35:10 AM
I'm glad you at least enjoyed mine. Thanks for reading.

Recently -

John Wyndham - The Day of The Triffids
Jeffrey Eugenides - The Virgin Suicides
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on January 19, 2012, 09:44:30 AM
How the hell do you manage to read so many books?  I think you read 4-5 while I read one, if not more.

Wait... Let me guess... No TV nor video game system? :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on January 19, 2012, 02:44:01 PM
That's pretty much it.  :naughty:
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Post by: MetalMike on January 19, 2012, 09:03:15 PM
I will be grabbing Bruce's book once my Amazon gift card arrives (birthday present)
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Post by: Dragonchaser on January 20, 2012, 03:07:05 AM
 :thumbup:
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Post by: metaldomdom on February 05, 2012, 09:22:21 AM
Finished The Bourne Identity. Not at all like the movie and it's way better.

Finished Stephen King - Carrie

and now reading Ken Follet - World Without End
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on February 05, 2012, 11:11:26 AM
I painfully read The Bourne Identiy and couldn't get through The Bourne Supremacy.  That author just doesn't click with me.
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Post by: Jan on February 05, 2012, 02:13:01 PM
I didn't even make it through Bourne Identity - and normally I enjoy that kind of stuff.  Way overrated IMO
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Post by: metaldomdom on February 05, 2012, 10:45:08 PM
I didn't even make it through Bourne Identity - and normally I enjoy that kind of stuff.  Way overrated IMO

I was hooked from pages to pages. The only thing that put me off, was that it's based in the 1980's because it was written in the 80's so there's no way to track Bourne with cellphones or high-tech computer like in the movies.
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Post by: Chris Foley on February 10, 2012, 10:16:20 AM
Trying to get back into reading so I went out a bought a collection of Lovecraft stories. Seems like a good way to ease me back in.

Blazed through:

Dagon
The Nameless City
The Hound

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Post by: Master Cthulhu on February 12, 2012, 01:48:24 PM
Trying to get back into reading so I went out a bought a collection of Lovecraft stories. Seems like a good way to ease me back in.

Blazed through:

Dagon
The Nameless City
The Hound



Just finished The Hound actually. Lovecraft is always a good read.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on February 12, 2012, 03:49:06 PM
Among a bunch of trashy novels not worth mentioning -

Franz Kafka - Metamorphosis and Other Stories
Dashiell Hammet - The Maltese Falcon
Banana Yoshimoto - Kitchen
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on March 08, 2012, 06:42:13 PM
Found a bunch of Edgar Rice Burroughs at Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org) for free, so have been immersing myself in the John Carter from Mars series.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on March 09, 2012, 07:26:40 AM
Found a bunch of Edgar Rice Burroughs at Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org) for free, so have been immersing myself in the John Carter from Mars series.

Movie opens today too, I'm excited.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 09, 2012, 09:35:34 AM
Recently:

Richard Stark - Ask The Parrot
Richard Stark - Dirty Money
Carson McCullers - The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe
Michael Connelly - The Fifth Witness
Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita
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Post by: metalkingdom on March 10, 2012, 04:36:57 AM
Currently reading Sammy Hagar's autobiography.
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Post by: MetalMike on March 10, 2012, 08:33:49 PM
Movie opens today too, I'm excited.

I'm guessing this movie will either be great or horrible.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on March 20, 2012, 06:03:28 AM
Alan Moore - V For Vendetta
Julian Barnes - The Sense Of An Ending
John Rickards - Winter's End
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Post by: metaldomdom on April 17, 2012, 02:59:02 PM
Phew, just finished Ken Follet - World Without End. The sequel to The Pillars Of The Earth. It took 2 months hehe. Very good. only thing I didn't like was The Plague section. for me it ruins the book.
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Post by: Memnarch on April 18, 2012, 01:53:06 PM
Just bought Gormenghast. About time too.
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Post by: Dragonchaser on April 19, 2012, 05:18:55 PM
 8O
Just bought Gormenghast. About time too.

That is one strange trilogy. I read them when I was in school. An overlooked classic.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on April 21, 2012, 06:15:21 PM
Starting Clive Cussler - Vortex 03
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Post by: MetalCrypt on April 21, 2012, 06:52:36 PM
The Confession by John Grisham

Just finished reading Heat Wave by "Richard Castle".  That's pretty much cashing in on the TV show Castle.  I'll ignore the other books and stick to the show.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on April 22, 2012, 08:06:34 PM
The Confession by John Grisham

Finished that in two days.  Whenever I did something else I couldn't wait to getting back into it again.

Next:

The Litigators by John Grisham
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on April 24, 2012, 03:25:24 AM
Ghosts of Africa

Getting boring.  I may not finish it.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on April 24, 2012, 11:40:56 AM
Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose

Stuffy and intellectual but absolutely fascinating when I really get into it.
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Post by: MetalMike on April 24, 2012, 07:45:48 PM
Warlord of Mars - 3rd in the John Carter of Mars series, which is getting a little ridiculous, but is still fun.
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on April 25, 2012, 10:27:27 PM
Warlord of Mars - 3rd in the John Carter of Mars series, which is getting a little ridiculous, but is still fun.

All those books are ridiculous.  Burroughs never took himself that seriously.  Wait until Fighting Man of Mars, that shit is ridiculous.
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Post by: MetalMike on April 26, 2012, 08:34:45 PM
All those books are ridiculous.  Burroughs never took himself that seriously.  Wait until Fighting Man of Mars, that shit is ridiculous.

Don't they stop centering on John Carter after Warlord?
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on April 27, 2012, 12:45:08 AM
Largely.  The fourth and fifth books are about his kids, and the sixth introduces a whole new character: Ulysses Paxton.  The seventh book is Paxton retelling a story about a friend of his, Tan Hadron.  That's A Fighting Man of Mars and it's one of the funniest books in the series.  After that we get back to John Carter for Swords of Mars, then a new character, Vor Daj.  The last proper book is Llana of Gathol, which is about Carter's granddaughter.  The last book John Carter of Mars is really a posthumous collection of a story his son wrote and one Burroughs never actually finished.
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Post by: MetalMike on April 27, 2012, 06:38:46 PM
Largely.  The fourth and fifth books are about his kids, and the sixth introduces a whole new character: Ulysses Paxton.  The seventh book is Paxton retelling a story about a friend of his, Tan Hadron.  That's A Fighting Man of Mars and it's one of the funniest books in the series.  After that we get back to John Carter for Swords of Mars, then a new character, Vor Daj.  The last proper book is Llana of Gathol, which is about Carter's granddaughter.  The last book John Carter of Mars is really a posthumous collection of a story his son wrote and one Burroughs never actually finished.

Cool, I've not read much that could properly be called "pulp," if this stuff, in fact, qualifies.  It is so different from what I've read in the past, but interesting and fun.  I have read a collection of Howard's Conan stuff and a Clark Smith anthology so now its just Lovecraft left on the list.
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on April 27, 2012, 07:42:26 PM
If you want another kick, don't neglect E. R. Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros
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Post by: MetalMike on April 27, 2012, 07:57:52 PM
If you want another kick, don't neglect E. R. Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros

 :cheers:

Ouroboros has shown up on an album somewhere, has it not?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on April 27, 2012, 08:22:34 PM
You mean the book or the snake?
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Post by: MetalCrypt on April 28, 2012, 06:11:31 PM
Just finished The Litigators by John Grisham this morning - another page-turner.

Started Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy and Grant Blackwood.  I hadn't read anything by Clancy since The Teeth of the Tiger in 2003.  Hopefully this is good - it's nearly 1000 pages long.
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Post by: MetalMike on April 28, 2012, 07:56:19 PM
You mean the book or the snake?

Doesn't the word "Ouroboros" show up in a band name or album title?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on April 28, 2012, 08:16:37 PM
Doesn't the word "Ouroboros" show up in a band name or album title?

I'm sure it does.

Just re-read Who Goes There? by John W Campbell.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on May 04, 2012, 06:07:23 PM
Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy and Peter Telep

Looks like all recent Clancy books are co-authored.
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Post by: Feoreunn on May 08, 2012, 10:01:15 PM
Finally reading Stieg Larsson's "Men Who Hate Women" in Dutch. Even though I've seen two movies of this, it's pretty immersive. Perhaps it appeals to the journalist in me, since it's very much written in that vein.
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on May 09, 2012, 08:51:29 AM
Tanar of Pellucidar
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on May 13, 2012, 06:48:52 PM
The Deal by Adam Gittlin
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Post by: Phoenix on May 14, 2012, 07:29:27 AM
Neil Gaiman's American Gods
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on May 15, 2012, 08:14:12 PM
The Innocent by David Baldacci
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Post by: metaldomdom on May 16, 2012, 05:46:36 AM
Isaac Asimov - Nightfall
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on May 29, 2012, 08:10:35 PM
I started the Game of Thrones series but quickly realized that's too close to having watched the TV series, so I stopped for now.

Just bought: Sky Pirates of the Rio Grande  (that's Sargon's new book: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/158912 )
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Post by: Memnarch on May 30, 2012, 06:36:03 AM
I started the Game of Thrones series but quickly realized that's too close to having watched the TV series, so I stopped for now.

Just bought: Sky Pirates of the Rio Grande  (that's Sargon's new book: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/158912 )

They filmed alot of GoT literally 20 minutes away from me
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Post by: MetalMike on May 30, 2012, 11:22:16 AM
They filmed alot of GoT literally 20 minutes away from me

That's great, you get GoT while I get the new Adam Sandler/Kevin James abortion filming in the K-Mart in my city  :roll: :lol
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Post by: Memnarch on May 30, 2012, 06:32:31 PM
I was actually gonna audition for an extra, but the queue was like 30039485 miles long, so i went and got drunk instead.... priorities...
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Post by: MetalMike on May 30, 2012, 10:20:39 PM
I was actually gonna audition for an extra, but the queue was like 30039485 miles long, so i went and got drunk instead.... priorities...

That's a long line right there... :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on June 09, 2012, 09:39:43 AM
Zero Day by David Baldacci

I started reading this on Thursday night and I'm almost done.  It's the second book I read by this author and they've both been very hard to put down.
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Post by: Phoenix on June 09, 2012, 09:41:36 AM
Finished up Moby Dick, awesome, awesome book. Inspiring and beautiful and yet also quite humorous at times, too.

I'm going on a plane trip and taking some books with me:

Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins - Mockingjay
Christopher Farnsworth - The President's Vampire
Jack Hitt - Bunch of Amateurs
William Faulkner - The Sound and the Fury
Dennis Lehane - Mystic River

Might make a few changes but this is what it looks like so far...
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on June 09, 2012, 12:47:17 PM
How long is the fight?  :naughty:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on June 10, 2012, 12:20:54 AM
I'm coming to your country. But it's probably not long enough to sustain all that but I like to be prepared just in case...may drop one or two come the actual day.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on June 10, 2012, 02:54:13 AM
Are you vacationing in London or something?

I remember taking three books on the plane when I went to the states. I was so tired I only read one.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on June 10, 2012, 09:07:27 AM
It's a study abroad thing for my school, going to look at the media and whatnot over in England and then France too.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on June 10, 2012, 09:12:03 AM
Split Second by David Baldacci
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Post by: Chris Foley on July 08, 2012, 07:48:34 AM
The Man in the High Castle

First time I've read a book in a while, hopefully going to finish it off tonight. Really enjoying it!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on July 08, 2012, 09:29:16 AM
I'm on book four of the Star Force series by B.W. Larson.  Page-turners.
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Post by: MetalMike on July 08, 2012, 12:38:13 PM
The Man in the High Castle

First time I've read a book in a while, hopefully going to finish it off tonight. Really enjoying it!

Philip Dick, right?  (not 100% sure on the title).  I really enjoy his stuff.
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Post by: Chris Foley on July 08, 2012, 02:05:00 PM
Philip Dick, right?  (not 100% sure on the title).  I really enjoy his stuff.

Yeah it is! I really dig his style.
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Post by: MetalMike on July 08, 2012, 02:40:59 PM
Yeah it is! I really dig his style.

I have a bunch of collections of his short stories and it is amazing how much detail he can get into a 20 or 30 page story.  He fleshes out his characters very well in a short amount of time.  The only novel-length story of his I've read is "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" which was the basis for Blade Runner, and though it is quite different from the movie, it is a great read.  I've always liked the movie (even the "original" with the voice over explanations) but I like it even more now that I've read the book.  It brings some things in the movie into focus.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Chris Foley on July 09, 2012, 07:10:34 AM
I have a bunch of collections of his short stories and it is amazing how much detail he can get into a 20 or 30 page story.  He fleshes out his characters very well in a short amount of time.  The only novel-length story of his I've read is "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" which was the basis for Blade Runner, and though it is quite different from the movie, it is a great read.  I've always liked the movie (even the "original" with the voice over explanations) but I like it even more now that I've read the book.  It brings some things in the movie into focus.

I really admire how well he fleshes out his characters as well. There's a particularly brilliant few pages in The Man in the High Castlewhere he really gets into the mindset of one of the Nazi character and it's really quite chilling. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is on my list of books to read, and I might have to pick up one of these collections you mentioned, seem ideal for my style of reading.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on July 09, 2012, 07:23:08 PM
I really admire how well he fleshes out his characters as well. There's a particularly brilliant few pages in The Man in the High Castlewhere he really gets into the mindset of one of the Nazi character and it's really quite chilling. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is on my list of books to read, and I might have to pick up one of these collections you mentioned, seem ideal for my style of reading.

PM me your address and I'll send one for you to borrow to see if you like it
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Chris Foley on July 09, 2012, 08:03:50 PM
Oh cool! I will do :D

Cheers!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Jan on July 17, 2012, 03:20:52 PM
Glen Cook: Chronicles of the Black Company

An omnibus of the three first Black Company books.  Until very recently I had never heard about this series. My loss - this is great fantasy of the gritty & dark kind.

Very much recommended!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Joseph Allen on August 04, 2012, 01:16:39 AM
This Perfect Day by Ira Levin
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on August 04, 2012, 02:54:37 AM
Glen Cook: Chronicles of the Black Company

An omnibus of the three first Black Company books.  Until very recently I had never heard about this series. My loss - this is great fantasy of the gritty & dark kind.

Very much recommended!

I always felt bad that I couldn't get into those.  I read the first one and got bored.  I never had the heart to tell Glen, after he autographed it and everything.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Chris Foley on August 04, 2012, 07:37:47 AM
I've been reading quite a bit lately and have read these over the last couple of weeks:

Ubik by Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
The Wastelands by Stephen King

Currently reading Wizard and Glass, then once I've done with that I'm going to have a slight break in The Dark Tower books and read the Philip K. Dick collection Mike sent me. :D
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on August 04, 2012, 02:57:06 PM
Glad it arrived :cheers:

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on August 05, 2012, 09:29:59 AM
It took a while but finished Asimov - Nightfall

Now starting Stephen King - 'Salem's Lot
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on August 05, 2012, 09:44:27 AM
I haven't posted about a few books I've read recently, but I'm currently reading Chosen to Die by Lisa Jackson.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Erik the ... on August 07, 2012, 02:37:28 AM
This Is Where I leave You      by Jonathan Tropper

Shutter Island                        by Dennis Lehane

Let Me In                                by John Ajvide
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on August 13, 2012, 06:49:29 PM
Just Bbought 3 for 10$ new

Bram Stoker - Dracula
Homer - The Iliad
Herman Melville - Moby Dick

3 classics :D
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on December 05, 2012, 07:56:03 PM
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on December 05, 2012, 08:56:45 PM
Where Eagles Dare by Alastair Maclean. 

I like seeing how the books differ from those movies I watched on TV as a kid.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Chris Foley on December 06, 2012, 05:58:27 AM
The Forever War - Joe Haldeman
The Drawing Of The Dark - Tim Powers

Started making some headway with The Wolves Of Calla having stepped off the path of the beam for a while. ;)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on December 06, 2012, 04:03:09 PM
The Forever War - Joe Haldeman
The Drawing Of The Dark - Tim Powers

Started making some headway with The Wolves Of Calla having stepped off the path of the beam for a while. ;)

Have you had a chance to check out that Philip K. Dick anthology?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Chris Foley on December 07, 2012, 06:49:11 AM
I have indeed, haven't read all of the shorts but I've plowed through a good wedge of them. Really good stuff, he really did have a lot of interesting ideas!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on December 28, 2012, 06:47:05 PM
Ironman - Tony Iommi

Didn't take long to be assured this guy was in no way responsible for any of Black Sabbaths lyrics.  It's like reading the transcript of two neighbors talking over the backyard fence.  "As soon as I had money, I bought a Rolls Royce for my dad.  He didn't like it. You can't change some people."  Be still, my beating heart.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Warlust on January 04, 2013, 07:01:13 PM
It's like reading the transcript of two neighbors talking over the backyard fence.

 :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on January 29, 2013, 12:31:40 AM
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
On Writing by Stephen King
The Shining by Stephen King
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on January 30, 2013, 04:29:15 PM
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
On Writing by Stephen King
The Shining by Stephen King
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

I don't know how people do it, to read more than one book at the same time. For me if I stop a book to start reading another, I won't go back to the unfinished one and if i ever do, I know I won't remember a thing about it.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Menternor on January 30, 2013, 05:15:21 PM
It's not really that difficult. I don't do it, but some friends told me that making notes about each character that comes along in the book you are currently reading helps a lot.

OT:

John Grisham - The Partner
John Grisham - The Confession
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mystophales on February 19, 2013, 03:21:50 PM
Over the past year I have gotten back into reading comic books after reading a series called Crossed. Talk about some brutal shit. From there some of my favorites are Batman (killer joker story arc going on right now), Saga (Brian K Vaughan is awesome), Locke & Key (very original and trippy story).

Has been perfect for reading on my iPad at work... 8)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on March 02, 2013, 06:42:14 PM
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien :D
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on March 03, 2013, 03:59:11 PM
Finished The Bourne Supremacy and now started Ender's Shadow
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on April 06, 2013, 05:53:57 AM
Stephen King - 11/22/63: A Novel

I've never been much of a King fan but I'm a sucker for things related to Kennedy/Oswald.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on April 06, 2013, 07:05:46 AM
Finished Ender's shadow and now I'm half in The Shining. Very good
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Joseph Allen on June 27, 2013, 12:15:03 AM
Been working through A Song of Ice and Fire, nearly done with Storm of Swords.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on June 27, 2013, 02:21:52 AM
Been working through A Song of Ice and Fire, nearly done with Storm of Swords.

That's my favorite one.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on June 27, 2013, 05:57:00 AM
Finished Clive Cussler - Pacific Vortex! and now it's time for Stephen King - The Stand 1438 pages ouff
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on June 28, 2013, 06:34:50 PM
Getting kicks right now from Thomas Perry.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on July 14, 2013, 03:17:58 AM
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: hermer the metallian on July 14, 2013, 03:26:53 AM
True Blue by David Baldacci
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on July 19, 2013, 07:40:01 PM
John Updike - Rabbit Redux
JD Salinger - The Catcher In The Rye
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on August 07, 2013, 04:55:53 PM
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on August 08, 2013, 08:08:07 AM
Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Tough read.  Feels great when you finish, though.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on August 08, 2013, 04:52:13 PM
Tough read.  Feels great when you finish, though.
I've had to reread a few paragraphs just so I could properly understand them. Quite frankly, I sometimes wish I hadn't.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on August 08, 2013, 05:41:12 PM
I love Moby Dick. Challenging, odd, sometimes painstaking but a great, adventurous epic.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on August 10, 2013, 05:36:05 PM
I just bought Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson, which I plan to get around to eventually. Has anyone here ever read any of the Malazan books? The Caladan Brood album got me interested.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on August 11, 2013, 04:06:51 AM
I just bought Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson, which I plan to get around to eventually. Has anyone here ever read any of the Malazan books? The Caladan Brood album got me interested.

I tried to read that exact book.  It has a lot of interesting ideas, but the plot was too baggy and slow-moving for me to stay interested.  People have promised me that later books get way, way better, so I may give it another shot.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on August 13, 2013, 10:56:44 AM
I love Moby Dick. Challenging, odd, sometimes painstaking but a great, adventurous epic.

I've had a copy for quite a while now, always tempting me to read it, but people have put me off by saying it's not all that rewarding. I did enjoy a collection of his short stories a while back: Billy Budd, Sailor And Selected Tales.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on August 13, 2013, 06:28:22 PM
See, I never liked anything else by him I read. Moby Dick is one of my favorite books though.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on August 14, 2013, 07:00:33 AM
When it comes to nautical fiction, Joseph Conrad has him hands down. You can't deny the atmospheric power and intensity of Heart Of Darkness or Lord Jim.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on August 21, 2013, 04:17:36 PM
The Man in the High Castle

Philip Dick is weird, but I do like his stuff a lot.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on August 22, 2013, 04:57:37 AM
When it comes to nautical fiction, Joseph Conrad has him hands down. You can't deny the atmospheric power and intensity of Heart Of Darkness or Lord Jim.

Ah, Lord Jim is boring as fuck.  Only Conrad could cram 800 pages worth of boredom into 300 pages.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Chris Foley on August 22, 2013, 03:44:24 PM
The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on August 22, 2013, 08:10:41 PM
Ah, Lord Jim is boring as fuck.  Only Conrad could cram 800 pages worth of boredom into 300 pages.

Having just re-read Heart of Darkness, I can see that.  Lots of dialogue before he gets to the point.  Same with Melville, but I guess that was the style of 19th century writing.  I tried to read House of the Seven Gables awhile back and it's sheer ponderousness broke my will before I could finish.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on August 23, 2013, 03:30:09 AM
Having just re-read Heart of Darkness, I can see that.  Lots of dialogue before he gets to the point.  Same with Melville, but I guess that was the style of 19th century writing.  I tried to read House of the Seven Gables awhile back and it's sheer ponderousness broke my will before I could finish.

I have a friend who has tried to read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea multiple times but he gets hung up on the part where Arronax is looking out the porthole and describing all the different fish he sees.  He calls it the "Wall of Fish"
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on August 23, 2013, 12:03:21 PM
  I tried to read House of the Seven Gables awhile back and it's sheer ponderousness broke my will before I could finish.

I've read it, and you're not missing much. I guess you'd appreciate it considering you live near the damn thing. But the book is strange and confusing.

And I'm still defending my position on Conrad. I loved both those books. His writing style does a lot for me. Sure, Lord Jim is long, but it's still interesting and atmospheric.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on August 23, 2013, 06:33:06 PM
I've read it, and you're not missing much. I guess you'd appreciate it considering you live near the damn thing. But the book is strange and confusing.

And I'm still defending my position on Conrad. I loved both those books. His writing style does a lot for me. Sure, Lord Jim is long, but it's still interesting and atmospheric.
Living so close is why I tried to read it in the first place, but damn, it was boring.  And I'm not assaulting your opinion of Conrad, I just like when what I read gets to the point a bit quicker.

I have a friend who has tried to read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea multiple times but he gets hung up on the part where Arronax is looking out the porthole and describing all the different fish he sees.  He calls it the "Wall of Fish"

Now, I loved that part.  I read that book in a weekend when I was 14 or 15.  Of course, I went on to get a degree in Marine Biology, so that may explain why the "Wall of Fish" didn't deter me  :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on August 23, 2013, 10:36:07 PM
I think the reason I like Conrad so much is I've read Heart Of Darkness a bunch of times, and when it finally clicked, I adored it. Same thing happened with The Catcher In The Rye.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Chris Foley on August 29, 2013, 06:07:50 AM
Reading through Gene Wolfe's The Shadow Of The Torturer. It's a bit hard going, and I'm not completely enthralled, but the curiosity is there for me to see it through. Anyone else read and enjoyed this one?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on August 29, 2013, 02:43:03 PM
I think the reason I like Conrad so much is I've read Heart Of Darkness a bunch of times, and when it finally clicked, I adored it. Same thing happened with The Catcher In The Rye.

What a piece of shit that book is.  Salinger was such an overrated jerkoff artist.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on August 29, 2013, 06:10:32 PM
Heart of Darkness is a legit classic; I don't love it like some of my favorites, but it's pretty undeniable as far as atmosphere and meaning goes. Very powerful statement. I actually haven't read anything else by him though.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on August 29, 2013, 08:11:02 PM
Struggling to get into Erikson's Gardens of the Moon. I may have to put it down and try again later. It just seems unfocused and some parts are just simply bad. Based off of what EVERYONE says on the Internet, you have to suffer through the first few books before shit gets real.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on August 29, 2013, 10:54:53 PM
Struggling to get into Erikson's Gardens of the Moon. I may have to put it down and try again later. It just seems unfocused and some parts are just simply bad. Based off of what EVERYONE says on the Internet, you have to suffer through the first few books before shit gets real.

Yeah, some of the ideas are really interesting, but the plot is just a bunch of disconnected crap that seems to be stolen from everything in sight.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Chris Foley on August 30, 2013, 05:39:28 AM
I have Gardens Of The Moon sitting on my shelf, this is putting me off reading it.  :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on August 30, 2013, 10:01:09 AM
What a piece of shit that book is.  Salinger was such an overrated jerkoff artist.

He was overrated as an author, but I still love the book. Depends what it means to you, I suppose.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: medouch on August 31, 2013, 02:02:12 AM
Bruce Sterling - Schismatrix - holy shit was this awesome, a bit off the genre charts to be compared with Neuromancer but I think I like this one even better

Frederik Pohl - Gateway series - the best scifi Ive ever laid eye on, totally hostile, smelly and dirty space, unbelievable atmosphere + Pohl must be a physicist because what he writes makes all the sense even from todays physics, and this was 1976 mind you
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on September 06, 2013, 04:38:02 PM
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on September 18, 2013, 04:42:29 PM
The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on September 19, 2013, 01:22:05 AM
Recently finished:

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Stranger by Albert Camus

Currently reading:

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on October 11, 2013, 01:39:06 PM
Just finished:

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Just started:

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on October 11, 2013, 06:44:02 PM
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Joseph Allen on October 12, 2013, 12:32:01 PM
Finally had time to finish up A Feast For Crows, and crack open A Dance With Dragons.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on October 24, 2013, 02:05:44 AM
Finished McCarthy's The Road the other day and I should finish Child of God at some point tomorrow.

After that I'm going to read some Lovecraft stories from this sexy collection. It was a Halloween gift from me to myself.
(http://img1.imagesbn.com/p/9780143122326_p0_v1_s260x420.JPG)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on October 24, 2013, 11:43:02 AM
Finished McCarthy's The Road the other day and I should finish Child of God at some point tomorrow.

After that I'm going to read some Lovecraft stories from this sexy collection. It was a Halloween gift from me to myself.
(http://img1.imagesbn.com/p/9780143122326_p0_v1_s260x420.JPG)

That was very nice of you.  I hope you send yourself a thank you  :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on October 26, 2013, 05:41:26 PM
Been reading a lot of Clive Barker lately.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on October 26, 2013, 07:32:05 PM
Been reading a lot of Clive Barker lately.

Where is a good place to start with him? A friend suggested The Great and Secret Show so I bought a used copy but I haven't attempted to read it yet.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on October 27, 2013, 01:23:10 AM
Where is a good place to start with him? A friend suggested The Great and Secret Show so I bought a used copy but I haven't attempted to read it yet.

Read his short fiction, his longer works are always overblown.  WeaveWorld was pretty good though, even if it was too long.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on October 27, 2013, 07:21:24 AM
The Hellbound Heart is pretty good. The Thief Of Always, also.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on December 02, 2013, 04:38:47 PM
The Dark Tower 1:The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Eternal_Sorrow on December 04, 2013, 02:22:08 AM
The Dark Tower 1:The Gunslinger by Stephen King

I tried to start reading this but couldnt get into it, how you liking it so far?  Also I need some suggestions on stuff to read as I havent read anything in a long while, last thing i read was game of thrones book 3 like a year ago.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on December 04, 2013, 04:44:43 PM
I tried to start reading this but couldnt get into it, how you liking it so far?  Also I need some suggestions on stuff to read as I havent read anything in a long while, last thing i read was game of thrones book 3 like a year ago.
It's starts off a bit slow, but it gets better as it goes on, and I rather like its trashy-post-apocalypse-Wild-West-meets-Middle-Earth setting. As for your second question, is there any particular genre or time period you're interested in, or do you just want a good book, regardless of either of these things?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Eternal_Sorrow on December 05, 2013, 04:28:35 AM
It's starts off a bit slow, but it gets better as it goes on, and I rather like its trashy-post-apocalypse-Wild-West-meets-Middle-Earth setting. As for your second question, is there any particular genre or time period you're interested in, or do you just want a good book, regardless of either of these things?

I dunno, im all over the place with books, I dont really like one specific thing.  I like books with good characters I guess, not typical im the hero watch me win type of characters.  Some of my favorite books are Orax and Crake, Starship Troopers (sooooo different from the movie), The Road, Three Day Road, and of course the Game of Thrones books.  I guess I like books with atypical characters, and I kind of like Sci-Fi that is based on reality.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Warlust on December 07, 2013, 02:24:44 AM
I guess I like books with atypical characters, and I kind of like Sci-Fi that is based on reality.

Try Neuromancer by William Gibson - it was one of the pioneering books of the "Cyberpunk" genre, which is not like regular sci-fi, mostly earth-bound and doesn't focus on space. Generally the characters are rebels or hackers fighting some sort of evil oppressor, often mega-corporations, which are now more powerful than governments. Stories are usually told from "street level", or from the point of view of the rebels/hackers/whatever in the story. It has a big focus on technology, hacking, tech implants, weapons, smart drugs, shit like that. Another genre trapping I dig is mostly the body-guards or protectors of the group are girls ("razor girls") who have weapons like mono-molecular whips (like in Johnny Mnemonic, also by Gibson) or razor-sharp claw-implants that extend like cat-claws from their fingers. I've read all the classics in this genre, but struggle to find time to read these days :(

Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on December 07, 2013, 02:50:14 AM
Try Neuromancer by William Gibson - it was one of the pioneering books of the "Cyberpunk" genre, which is not like regular sci-fi, mostly earth-bound and doesn't focus on space. Generally the characters are rebels or hackers fighting some sort of evil oppressor, often mega-corporations, which are now more powerful than governments. Stories are usually told from "street level", or from the point of view of the rebels/hackers/whatever in the story. It has a big focus on technology, hacking, tech implants, weapons, smart drugs, shit like that. Another genre trapping I dig is mostly the body-guards or protectors of the group are girls ("razor girls") who have weapons like mono-molecular whips (like in Johnny Mnemonic, also by Gibson) or razor-sharp claw-implants that extend like cat-claws from their fingers. I've read all the classics in this genre, but struggle to find time to read these days :(

Oh for fucks' sake not that overblown bullshit.  Gibson is an overhyped hack who never wrote a decent book in his life.  I would say go and read anything by Walter Jon Williams if you want hard-edged SF with real ideas.  Start with Hardwired and Voice of the Whirlwind, then try Angel Station or Aristoi before you move into his Dread Empire's Fall trilogy.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Warlust on December 07, 2013, 03:26:13 AM
Hardwired was pretty cool. Neuromancer & Snowcrash will always be my favorite Cyberpunk books. I was always in it for the ideas, not the writing (which was pretty hard to get through when I was 14) and even now that I've lived in Japan for a good period of time and can see where he stole all his ideas from (especially later books) I still love his old stuff.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on December 07, 2013, 04:36:57 AM
Hardwired was pretty cool. Neuromancer & Snowcrash will always be my favorite Cyberpunk books. I was always in it for the ideas, not the writing (which was pretty hard to get through when I was 14) and even now that I've lived in Japan for a good period of time and can see where he stole all his ideas from (especially later books) I still love his old stuff.

Snowcrash isn't Gibson, that's Neal Stephenson.  I studied Eastern European history with his uncle.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Warlust on December 07, 2013, 04:51:39 AM
Snowcrash isn't Gibson, that's Neal Stephenson.  I studied Eastern European history with his uncle.

Cool! Yeah, I know it was Neal Stephenson, I was just saying those two are my favorites. I struggled to get through any of his other books... I really wanted to finish Cryptonomicon, but couldn't do it. I did read the one he wrote before Snowcrash but didn't really like it.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Sargon the Terrible on December 07, 2013, 12:35:08 PM
Cool! Yeah, I know it was Neal Stephenson, I was just saying those two are my favorites. I struggled to get through any of his other books... I really wanted to finish Cryptonomicon, but couldn't do it. I did read the one he wrote before Snowcrash but didn't really like it.

Neal's like a lot of 'postmodern' writers in that he's really a bit overeducated, and his style is texturally overrich.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on December 07, 2013, 09:42:41 PM
I think I've read Cryptonomicon.  Is that the one about the mathematician who works on breaking the enigma code, or am I confusing it wi something else?
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Warlust on December 07, 2013, 11:53:09 PM
I think I've read Cryptonomicon.  Is that the one about the mathematician who works on breaking the enigma code, or am I confusing it wi something else?

Yeah, that's the one. There’s sort of two stories in a parallel, the other story is about the decedents of those mathematicians who create a Sealand-style data-centre for their startup company.  I think they then get into digital/crypto-currencies, but I never made it that far - that might explain why he spend soo long describing those shell-currencies at the start ;) I’m going to give it another go, there’s a lot of cool ideas in there.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on December 11, 2013, 04:36:14 PM
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on December 13, 2013, 04:56:11 PM
Those Extraordinary Twins by Mark Twain
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on December 13, 2013, 06:37:47 PM
Just started Doctor Sleep by Stephen King.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Erik the ... on January 07, 2014, 01:51:54 PM
Stephen King   -   11/22/63
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on January 07, 2014, 02:07:22 PM
Cormac McCarthy - The Road

Interesting so far; not very far in though.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on January 07, 2014, 02:36:34 PM
Cormac McCarthy - The Road

Interesting so far; not very far in though.

I deeply love that book. It did get some undeserved hate for being one of Oprah's picks or whatever, like that even matters.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Eternal_Sorrow on January 07, 2014, 07:46:56 PM
I deeply love that book. It did get some undeserved hate for being one of Oprah's picks or whatever, like that even matters.

I love the book as well, hard to get into and very depressing but the glimmer of hope the end brings makes it worth it!
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on January 08, 2014, 05:03:30 PM
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on January 18, 2014, 09:03:17 AM
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on January 18, 2014, 07:42:39 PM
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

Classic.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on January 29, 2014, 02:43:26 PM
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on January 30, 2014, 06:40:05 PM
Classic.  :thumbup:

I'm thinking about buying this: http://www.amazon.com/Jules-Verne-Collection-Works-Mysterious-ebook/dp/B008I6JQKS/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391125122&sr=1-4&keywords=journey+to+the+center+of+the+earth
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Phoenix on January 30, 2014, 07:23:50 PM
Cormac McCarthy - The Road

Not sure if I *like* it, but it's powerful and heavy as fuck. Very depressing.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on January 30, 2014, 08:24:55 PM
I'm thinking about buying this: http://www.amazon.com/Jules-Verne-Collection-Works-Mysterious-ebook/dp/B008I6JQKS/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391125122&sr=1-4&keywords=journey+to+the+center+of+the+earth

That looks very cool and you can't beat the price for almost 9,000 pages.  I've only read the more popular of Verne's work but enjoyed them all.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on January 30, 2014, 09:08:32 PM
That looks very cool and you can't beat the price for almost 9,000 pages.  I've only read the more popular of Verne's work but enjoyed them all.

9,000 pages?  Damn.  This better not suck.  :lol
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on January 31, 2014, 09:39:54 AM
Realizing suddenly that all that stuff was originally written in French, I found the French version - also $2.70.  No point for me reading the English translation.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on January 31, 2014, 05:05:00 PM
Realizing suddenly that all that stuff was originally written in French, I found the French version - also $2.70.  No point for me reading the English translation.

Oui, cela n'aurait pas de sens, ne serait-il?

(don't write back in French, I forgot to bookmark the translation website I used  :lol)
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Lord of the Underground on January 31, 2014, 09:34:57 PM
The Silmarillion
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on February 07, 2014, 02:45:15 PM
The Silmarillion
Same here. If anyone was ever crazy enough to start a cult that worshiped Tolkien, this would be their holy text.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on February 19, 2014, 05:23:02 PM
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on March 21, 2014, 04:34:46 PM
The Dark Tower 2: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalCrypt on March 21, 2014, 06:58:45 PM
Voyage au centre de la Terre by Jules Verne (I think it's Journey to the Center of the Earth in English).
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on March 21, 2014, 07:24:21 PM
Voyage au centre de la Terre by Jules Verne (I think it's Journey to the Center of the Earth in English).

Oui
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on March 28, 2014, 02:45:10 PM
The Dark Tower 3: The Wastelands by Stephen King
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on April 02, 2014, 04:47:37 PM
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on April 13, 2014, 03:43:39 PM
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on April 16, 2014, 04:45:31 PM
The Sea Wolf by Jack London
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on April 16, 2014, 09:25:40 PM
Cormac McCarthy - Outer Dark
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on April 25, 2014, 02:42:54 PM
The Summons by John Grisham
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Post by: metaldomdom on May 04, 2014, 09:56:28 AM
Finished Cujo by Stephen King

and now Speaker For The Dead by Orson Scott Card
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on May 05, 2014, 05:17:05 PM
White Fang by Jack London
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on May 13, 2014, 04:06:02 PM
The Damnation Game by Clive Barker
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on May 15, 2014, 04:39:16 PM
Speaker For The Dead - Orson Scott Card

Very different than Ender's game and Ender's Shadow
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on May 15, 2014, 06:01:48 PM
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on May 15, 2014, 08:31:05 PM
That's probably the finest graphic novel I've ever read.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on May 15, 2014, 10:28:55 PM
That's probably the finest graphic novel I've ever read.

It was definitely one of the most powerful graphic novels I've ever read. All the more powerful considering it's a true story. I really appreciated how Spiegelman made it just as important to not only tell his father's story but also depict something as highly personal as attempting to understand his aging and dying father and the effects the camps had on him in the long run.

Next up:

Batman and Son

I think Morrison's Arkham Asylum is one of the greatest graphic novels ever, despite its pretentiousness. I always try to check out whatever he writes in the Batman universe.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dragonchaser on May 16, 2014, 06:04:29 AM
I liked how messed up Arkham Asylum was, but thought the story was ultimately weak. Nice twisted artwork, though.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on May 25, 2014, 03:09:15 PM
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on June 02, 2014, 10:27:14 PM
Ken Follet - Fall of Giants
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Post by: Uncle Daddy on June 15, 2014, 03:16:18 PM
Gods in Darkness: The Complete Novels of Kane by Karl Edward Wagner
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on July 13, 2014, 08:23:56 AM
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Uncle Daddy on July 19, 2014, 11:05:35 AM
Necroscope series by Brian Lumley
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Post by: Mjölnir on August 31, 2014, 09:53:27 PM
Lincoln by Thomas Keneally
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Post by: Mjölnir on September 14, 2014, 01:43:42 PM
Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer by Fred Kaplan
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: metaldomdom on September 20, 2014, 10:36:25 PM
The Complete Sherlock Holmes

It so masterfully written. For short stories that are 10-15 pages, Conan Doyle sure knew how to write.

A Clash Of Kings
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on October 01, 2014, 10:53:37 AM
Lincoln's Sword by Douglas L. Wilson
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Post by: Erk on October 01, 2014, 03:43:19 PM
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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Post by: Mjölnir on January 02, 2015, 09:03:31 PM
Just finished the first book of The Deathworld Trilogy and am currently going through The Shining.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on January 02, 2015, 10:18:02 PM
The Complete Sherlock Holmes

It so masterfully written. For short stories that are 10-15 pages, Conan Doyle sure knew how to write.

A Clash Of Kings

Those were fun. Reading the Hitchhikers trilogy to my daughter.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Luxi on January 03, 2015, 05:00:03 AM
"Marras" by Sami Lopakka (ex-Sentenced guitarist)

A fictional tour diary about Sentenced's first headlining tour across Europe with Tiamat.

Sami has proved to be a great and very humorous writer, as his debut book proves it so loud and clear... recommended (not sure whether this will ever be written in English though; the book is written completely in Finnish)!! 
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dan Alderson on January 03, 2015, 06:20:34 PM
The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan
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Post by: Mjölnir on January 13, 2015, 09:48:41 AM
War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust by Doris L. Bergen
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on January 13, 2015, 07:42:40 PM
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on January 25, 2015, 03:55:05 PM
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on February 09, 2015, 12:24:26 PM
Recently finished:

Streets of Laredo by Larry McMurtry
The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock

Currently reading:

The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on February 17, 2015, 02:21:29 PM
Neighbors by Jan T. Gross
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dan Alderson on February 17, 2015, 03:08:35 PM
The Man in The High Castle by Philip K Dick
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Nosrac1691 on March 02, 2015, 12:11:51 PM
Just finished The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt.

Also been reading some Flannery O'Connor and Raymond Carver short stories.
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Post by: Nosrac1691 on March 04, 2015, 02:11:54 AM
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
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Post by: MetalMike on March 04, 2015, 08:39:53 PM
Scott Ian's book.
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Post by: MetalMike on March 08, 2015, 01:24:43 PM
Just got my copy of Swords of Steel from Howie Bentley  :headbang:
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Post by: Mjölnir on March 09, 2015, 08:35:02 PM
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt
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Post by: Dan Alderson on March 23, 2015, 04:05:35 PM
The Cold Commands by Richard K Morgan
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Post by: Chris Foley on April 03, 2015, 07:42:25 AM
Recently finished:

Gardens Of The Moon By Steven Erikson
Song Of Kali by Dan Simmons

Just about to finish:

A Wizard Of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Dan Alderson on April 07, 2015, 02:07:14 PM
Recently finished:

Gardens Of The Moon By Steven Erikson

Just about to start this myself, once it arrives in the mail.

Just finished:

The Cold Commands by Richard Morgan.

Book two of three in the "Land Fit For Heroes" series and its really started to pick up.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: Mjölnir on May 21, 2015, 01:50:48 PM
Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon
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Post by: Duffman on May 22, 2015, 02:47:53 AM
Recently finished:

Gardens Of The Moon By Steven Erikson
Song Of Kali by Dan Simmons

Just about to finish:

A Wizard Of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin

I've been reading Erikson on and off over the last few years. I got halfway through book three before having to put it down to focus on some uni work, but have recently picked the series back up. Just about done with Midnight Tides.
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Post by: Chris Foley on May 22, 2015, 04:30:22 AM
I've been reading Erikson on and off over the last few years. I got halfway through book three before having to put it down to focus on some uni work, but have recently picked the series back up. Just about done with Midnight Tides.

Yeah, these books can be quite consuming. I'm currently pushing through Midnight Tides, and have the next two patiently waiting on the bookshelf. What do you make of Midnight Tides? I'm about halfway into book two, and it's really starting to hit its stride.   
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Post by: Dan Alderson on May 22, 2015, 06:35:00 AM
Erikson masterrace, waiting on books four and five in the mail myself. I'm genuinely scared how empty I am going to feel once I finish the series.
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Post by: Duffman on May 26, 2015, 12:31:29 AM
Yeah, these books can be quite consuming. I'm currently pushing through Midnight Tides, and have the next two patiently waiting on the bookshelf. What do you make of Midnight Tides? I'm about halfway into book two, and it's really starting to hit its stride.
Just about to start book four. It hits its stride and then some. I'm enjoying this new story arc—wasn't overly enthused when I started reading the book due to wanting to get back to Bridgeburner related narrative, but I'm definitely convinced now.
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Post by: Dan Alderson on May 27, 2015, 12:05:46 PM
Just about to start book four. It hits its stride and then some. I'm enjoying this new story arc—wasn't overly enthused when I started reading the book due to wanting to get back to Bridgeburner related narrative, but I'm definitely convinced now.

I just read the first chapter to House of Chains last night, actually really drawn in to the new character's and looking forward to starting the new arc. I have to agree that the Bridgebruner narrative is indeed the most exciting, especially coupled with Caladan Brood's Host and the rest of the ascendant's. Book's four and five both arrived in the mail together so I plan on making quick progress during this part of the series.
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Post by: metaldomdom on May 27, 2015, 05:26:58 PM
1984

What a bunch a crap. Boring as hell. The first 100 pages was okay then after nothing happens, and the 50 pages paragraph about Goldstein's book was excruciating...

I can see it selling alot in 1940's but in today's world, nop
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Post by: MetalMike on May 27, 2015, 07:02:51 PM
1984

What a bunch a crap. Boring as hell. The first 100 pages was okay then after nothing happens, and the 50 pages paragraph about Goldstein's book was excruciating...

I can see it selling alot in 1940's but in today's world, nop

It has lost some of its impact what with the internet bringing the world into our homes much like Big Brother. That shit was creepy back when I read it in 1983. Now it doesn't seem like as big a deal.
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Post by: metaldomdom on May 27, 2015, 07:28:02 PM
It has lost some of its impact what with the internet bringing the world into our homes much like Big Brother. That shit was creepy back when I read it in 1983. Now it doesn't seem like as big a deal.

I understand the appeal of the book, The goverment is always watching you, think straight, walk straight, 2 + 2 = 5. I don't know if its just me, but I thought it was more science fiction. I'm not talking about laser and spaceship, just more... Like the Asimov Foundation series, it began in 1951 but it doesn't feel like it
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Post by: MetalMike on May 27, 2015, 08:01:01 PM
I understand the appeal of the book, The goverment is always watching you, think straight, walk straight, 2 + 2 = 5. I don't know if its just me, but I thought it was more science fiction. I'm not talking about laser and spaceship, just more... Like the Asimov Foundation series, it began in 1951 but it doesn't feel like it

Yeah, it gets lumped in with some of that stuff, like Farenheit 451, but it is more social commentary than sci fi, though the technology that allows big brother to watch everyone was certainly far out when the book was written. Orwell just didn't focus on that aspect.
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Post by: metaldomdom on May 27, 2015, 09:08:25 PM
Yeah, it gets lumped in with some of that stuff, like Farenheit 451, but it is more social commentary than sci fi, though the technology that allows big brother to watch everyone was certainly far out when the book was written. Orwell just didn't focus on that aspect.

It's like its there and thats it
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Post by: Duffman on May 29, 2015, 12:25:04 AM
I just read the first chapter to House of Chains last night, actually really drawn in to the new character's and looking forward to starting the new arc. I have to agree that the Bridgebruner narrative is indeed the most exciting, especially coupled with Caladan Brood's Host and the rest of the ascendant's. Book's four and five both arrived in the mail together so I plan on making quick progress during this part of the series.

You'll like Midnight Tides. So far there isn't a bad moment in the series.
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Post by: Chris Foley on May 29, 2015, 05:16:19 AM
I thought House Of Chains had some weak spots, certainly my least favourite in the series so far, although it wasn't bad by any stretch. Midnight Tides is definitely stronger to me, just a bit of a slow start. Some really cool/hilarious characters, should be finished with it today.
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Post by: Mjölnir on June 23, 2015, 05:57:06 PM
Skeleton Crew by Stephen King
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Post by: MetalMike on June 26, 2015, 07:02:22 AM
A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter Miller

I was forced to read this in high school so naturally I did so under duress and purposefully disliked it. The more I thought about it over the years, the more I felt I might have given it the short shrift so reading it again from a more objective point of view.
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Post by: metaldomdom on June 30, 2015, 05:45:21 PM
Finishing The Bourne Betrayal.

Can see this as the fifth Bourne movie staring Matt Damon
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Post by: MetalCrypt on June 30, 2015, 06:56:11 PM
As long as it's not the guy from The Hurt Locker.
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Post by: metaldomdom on June 30, 2015, 07:55:40 PM
As long as it's not the guy from The Hurt Locker.

I don't think so. Renner's character was created for the fourth movie, but Damon is in talks for a fifth movie
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Post by: MetalCrypt on July 01, 2015, 11:53:25 AM
Good.
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Post by: Nosrac1691 on July 01, 2015, 12:14:28 PM
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

And various graphic novels.

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Post by: metal_xxx on July 07, 2015, 03:17:53 AM
Joe Abercrombie - Half a King
Sam Harris - Free Will
Patrick Rothfuss - The Slow Regard of Silent Things
Ben Aaronovitch - Midnight Riot
Ali Almossawi - An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

The Rothfuss book is.... weird.
Title: Re: Current Reads
Post by: MetalMike on November 05, 2015, 09:13:40 PM
The Demon Star by Paul D. Batteiger
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on November 05, 2015, 11:12:30 PM
The Demon Star by Paul D. Batteiger

All right!  So the book arrived?
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Post by: Mjölnir on December 19, 2015, 03:07:23 PM
Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
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Post by: Dan Alderson on December 22, 2015, 07:37:03 AM
The Crippled God by Steven Erikson

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Post by: MetalMike on January 04, 2016, 03:28:03 PM
Just finished Sargon's book The Demon Star. Fun read for fans of high fantasy/sword and sorcery, plus its only $2.99 for an ebook, seriously short money. My review is at the bottom of the page when you follow the link.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/577000
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Post by: metal_xxx on January 04, 2016, 04:55:19 PM
The Royal Assassin - Robin Hobb,

Hobbs writing is absolutely exceptional. Usually read 10-20 pages a day of random books, but sped through 120 pages of this one today. Very fun.
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Post by: MetalCrypt on January 06, 2016, 09:20:53 AM
Just finished Sargon's book The Demon Star. Fun read for fans of high fantasy/sword and sorcery, plus its only $2.99 for an ebook, seriously short money. My review is at the bottom of the page when you follow the link.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/577000

I have yet to read it.  I just posted the link on the site's Twitter and Facebook accounts.
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Post by: MetalMike on June 20, 2016, 04:18:05 PM
Does anyone have a copy of Are You Morbid? the Celtic Frost biography from Tom G. Warrior/Fischer that I could borrow or does anyone know where I can pick up a copy for a reasonable price? Amazon has it for $78. Or is there somewhere I can download it? I'm willing to pay but not $78, that's ridiculous.
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Post by: MetalMike on July 27, 2016, 07:11:40 PM
The Book Thief
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on July 27, 2016, 08:30:03 PM
The Beetle Leg
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on July 28, 2016, 05:18:11 PM
Red Harvest
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Post by: Noumenon on September 05, 2016, 05:57:54 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TL9qofohL.jpg)

Just finished the chapters on the ancient Middle East (pre-Persia/Babylon era). Makes me want to throw on some Nile or Meleches.  :super:
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Post by: MetalMike on September 05, 2016, 06:34:45 PM
Love that a Vermeer painting is on the cover.
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Post by: Noumenon on September 05, 2016, 06:42:40 PM
Love that a Vermeer painting is on the cover.

Had to Google that name. Are you talking about this dude? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Vermeer

EDIT: nevermind, found the book cover on the Wiki page.
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Post by: metaldomdom on September 05, 2016, 07:33:40 PM
Stopped reading Moby Dick at chapter 41. For me, its too hard to read. Chapter 40 is about the crew, and for 4-5 pages, I was just reading words, not even doing phrases because I couldn't understand what everyone was saying. I'm not saying its badly written, it's just not my style. Probably going to read it in 3-4 reads instead of one long read.

I even read on a site that you have to read it has 2 books, not one. The first book is the adventure side of the tale. The second book is when Melville came back one year after it to add literature about whales etc...
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Post by: MetalMike on September 06, 2016, 05:14:52 AM
Had to Google that name. Are you talking about this dude? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Vermeer

EDIT: nevermind, found the book cover on the Wiki page.

That's the guy. He's one of my favorite painters along with Caravaggio.

Moby Dick is very hard to read. The style of English is very verbose. I pushed my way through it because I went to school near New Bedford, the city where Ishmael starts his journey. I found the same issue with Hawthorne's House a Seven Gables, a book I didn't not finish  :lol
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Post by: MetalMike on December 18, 2016, 06:09:13 AM
The Hour of the Dragon by Robert E. Howard.

Found a bunch of Weird Tales magazines on line that are free to download so if you've wondered what the big deal is head over to the link below and check it out (not sure if this site is available in every country...)

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=howard
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Post by: Mjölnir on March 19, 2017, 09:19:33 AM
Been going through a compilation of H.P. Lovecraft stories recently.  I never read anything of his before, but I quite like what I've read so far (occasionally garish racism aside).
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Post by: Dragonchaser on June 22, 2017, 02:51:00 PM
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins. Don't know if anyone here read The Girl On The Train, but it was a great read. This is the follow up stand-alone novel and it sucks beyond belief. First draft bullshit. Disappointing.
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Post by: Nosrac1691 on June 22, 2017, 04:04:23 PM
Recently finished Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff. Currently reading Summer of Night by Dan Simmons.
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Post by: Sargon the Terrible on June 22, 2017, 05:38:42 PM
The Arctic Grail

Book about the search for the northwest passage.
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Post by: metal_xxx on June 22, 2017, 05:52:35 PM
The Arctic Grail

Book about the search for the northwest passage.

Have you read Farthest North by Fridtjof Nansen? About exploring the North Pole in the late 1800s. Thrilling read.

OT

Toll The Hounds by Steven Erikson. This one is slow as fuck. But working my way towards the end of the Malazan books.
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Post by: MetalMike on June 22, 2017, 09:55:51 PM
Just finished Bram Stoker's Dracula (for the second time). Also reading a book on avian intelligence (I'm a birder) and Storm Of Empire by some dude from the internet.
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Post by: Nosrac1691 on June 23, 2017, 12:07:44 PM
Toll The Hounds by Steven Erikson. This one is slow as fuck. But working my way towards the end of the Malazan books.

What's your opinion of the Malazan books as a whole? I tried reading Gardens of the Moon a few years ago but couldn't get into it. I've been thinking about trying again since I keep hearing they get much better.
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Post by: Chris Foley on June 23, 2017, 01:17:04 PM
Toll The Hounds by Steven Erikson. This one is slow as fuck. But working my way towards the end of the Malazan books.

Working on this one as well, just finished chapter ten. Put this down when I was plowing through the series a year or two ago, and just had to have a prolonged break. Really enjoying it this time, and it's amazing how much is coming back to me.

What's your opinion of the Malazan books as a whole? I tried reading Gardens of the Moon a few years ago but couldn't get into it. I've been thinking about trying again since I keep hearing they get much better.

The following books Deadhouse Gates, and Memories Of Ice rank among some of the best I've read. Overall Steven Erikson can get pretty long winded, and his books require more thought and investment than your average fantasy series, but if you can get into it, it's a wild ride.
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Post by: metal_xxx on June 23, 2017, 06:17:15 PM
What's your opinion of the Malazan books as a whole? I tried reading Gardens of the Moon a few years ago but couldn't get into it. I've been thinking about trying again since I keep hearing they get much better.

I had GotM lying around for years and started it probably 10-15 timer before putting it down. Finally read it last summer and I have to say that once it gets going it's very entertaining. Not the best in the series though.