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Re: Books discussion

Postby Turgon » June 8th, 2012, 6:51 pm

I don't dare to open the spoiler yet. is it a spoiler for Storm of Swords or for later?
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Re: Books discussion

Postby Rigor » June 8th, 2012, 8:06 pm

just open it already :mrgreen:

i read a bit about how frankenstein was written, fascinating story. he doesnt look like a monster in the book, but it was propagated like that via theater plays, and our minds are completely associated with the electrical innovations and inventions of that time - and the prototype of the crazy scientist.
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Re: Books discussion

Postby Turgon » June 8th, 2012, 8:38 pm

Agree... though:
Spoiler:
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Re: Books discussion

Postby Crow_T » June 8th, 2012, 9:26 pm

Does Mary Shellie's Frankenstein, Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Picture of Dorian Gray count for that?


Yeah I suppose... ;)
I had Frankenstein in my hands but couldn't get into it, it's a pretty dense book- I prefer around the mid 1900s for my reading. This is obviously a personal taste, but I like more "loose" prose, I guess you'd call it. The Road is a great, absolutely hopeless book, it's good if you are in the right mood.
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Re: Books discussion

Postby Daravel » June 10th, 2012, 12:35 pm

Turgon! Spoiler that! Tut tut... :) Haven't read that far yet.

I'm not finding the third book too bad and I am prepared for it to get worse. We shall see.
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Re: Books discussion

Postby Turgon » June 11th, 2012, 8:14 pm

sry,but someone mentioned and critizised it earlier...
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Re: Books discussion

Postby thespaceinvader » June 13th, 2012, 9:05 pm

In no particular order over the past few months:

A Song of Ice and Fire: dang, quite a series. I'm thoroughly impressed to find an author who portray really, REALLY realistic people - the utterly amoral ones, the ones who survive by being that way. And equally, doesn't shy away from killing off the unrealistically idealistic.

The Vorkosigan Saga (well, all except Memory - the ones that are FREE!!): really nice space opera, a series I got right on board with and always enjoyed. Great stuff, too short :(

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb. Overall, disappointed that it wasn't the culmination of a trilogy, rather a longer book in a saga. Good book, but just a little too slowly-paced.

Currently reading the Rogue by Trudi Canavan. Decent fantasy, like all her work.

I'm sure there are more, too, but that's been most of it.
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Re: Books discussion

Postby Kanzil » June 14th, 2012, 10:07 pm

I'm reading some Dumas(love the Man in the Iron Mask :) ),Pushkin, especially the Queen of Spades, and a bit of Orlando Figes.At the moment I 'm re-reading Natasha's Dance and Crimea.
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In din of crowded streets, going among the years, the faces,
May I still meet my memory in so lonely a place
Between the streams and the red clouds, hearing the curlews, Hearing the horizons endure.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby cookie » November 4th, 2012, 7:06 am

Turuk wrote:Edguy, I think you mean Joseph Conrad, as Joseph Heller wrote Catch-22. Also something that most people read in their high school days as well though.


That's true i'm in my senior years of high school and I started catch-22 this week! I didn't get the joke about crab-apples; I suspect its an american thing? Its actually my first timing hearing of it. I do like the texan hospital inmate. Does he re-appear later on? I cross my fingers he does!

I've also got these books on my table after I finish catch.:
Paul Auster - The invention of solitude
Tim Winton - Dirt Music
Dario Fo's, Plays:1
James Joyce - Ulysses
And
Virgina Woolf - The Waves.

I'm encouraged by my teacher to expand my reading with books which have textual integrity and to stop reading romances which I constantly do. Yes' I've also read 50 shades of grey and Gabriels Inferno Series. Truely, dont waste your time with either. UGH! :eng: :annoyed: <-- Im serious.

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Re: Books discussion

Postby thespaceinvader » November 4th, 2012, 2:18 pm

Now in possession of Goodreads where, given time and motivation, I might actually get round to regularly reviewing what I'm reading.

Currently, just finishing the bonus material from Zoo City, which is one of the many lovely books in the Humble Ebook Bundle https://www.humblebundle.com/ . I've been mostly impressed thus far, with a package of authors like John Scalzi, who I've been (thanks to WritingExcuses.com) been meaning to read for a while, and new authors such as Lauren Beukes of Zoo City, and Polo Bacigalupi (Pump Six and Other Stories) who I've been phenomenally impressed with. Sadly, a couple I haven't really got on with, specifically Kelly Link's Magic for Beginners, which I just couldn't get into the style of. Too much in medias res, too little actual explanation. I just didn't gel with the style, but I gelled enough that I'll give the other book of hers in the bundle a try.

Been a good few weeks of books, since I got my replacement for my expired ebook.
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Wonderful Thread

Postby Trilarion » November 12th, 2012, 10:28 pm

I just read some pages of this thread and I like that you all talk about the books you are reading. I will keep coming back for inspiration.

I just finished the Witcher saga after incidentally mixing the order of the books and reading a hundred pages of volume 4 before reading volume 3 without noticing. I regretted a bit that Geralt is so seldom "on stage". I would have loved to hear more from him, what he feels, what he experiences. The author, Sapkowski, could have written two times more books I would had read them. Now I am reading the Name of the Wind by Rothfuss, also fantasy and somehow similar from the concentration on characters.
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Re: Books discussion

Postby thespaceinvader » November 12th, 2012, 10:36 pm

Recently finished Invasion by Mercedes Lackey and friends, and Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow. Loved both books, intending to post some sort of review on goodreads at some point.
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Re: Books discussion

Postby Dugi » November 12th, 2012, 10:44 pm

I am a fan of fantasy literature, because as a person whose domain is physics, I cannot stand sci-fi and stories about relationships between people seem boring to me.

My favourite books used to be Legend of Drizzt saga, but the later books kinda less interesting. Actually reading Hounds of Avalon by Mark Chadbourn. Some other stuff I liked:
Discworld series from Terry Pratchett.
Lord of the Rings (ofc)
anything from Sergei Lukyanenko
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Re: Books discussion

Postby RLennon » November 13th, 2012, 10:40 am

I love the Drizzt books as well. Have you read 'The Cleric Quintet' also by Salvatore? I have been reading Song of Fire and Ice. However, it all pales to my anxiously waiting for the release of the final book in the Wheel of Time series. 'Memory of Light' is due out this January, and I cannot wait.

Has anyone else follwed these epic story?

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Re: Books discussion

Postby Dugi » November 13th, 2012, 12:02 pm

I love the Drizzt books as well. Have you read 'The Cleric Quintet' also by Salvatore?

I have not read so far. I stopped reading after Thousands of Orcs, because the last part translated and accessible in my country is Servant of the Shard, and reading the other parts from the screen of my computer or mobile was too annoying (I plan to get an Amazon Kindle to read the rest).
And I have not came across Wheel of Time, some books are hard to get in countries where english isn't an official language.
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