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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Geoff_B » 23 Apr 2012, 00:35

I'm most of the way through Game of Thrones (book). I have to say, if I hadn't seen the series already I would probably have found it hard to get into. I've bought all the books so far as one complete volume on my Kindle for £30, which by itself makes the Kindle the greatest e-reader in the world :D
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Postby Ayailla » 23 Apr 2012, 02:36

I just finished reading The Hobbit again and I've moved on to The Lord of the Rings. All in preparation for December.

Also... I love my Kindle too. Means I can have The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King in my bag all at the same time without breaking my back carrying it. :P
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby JustAName » 29 Apr 2012, 01:29

I read the curious incident of the dog in the night-time tonight. The ending was wrong.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby LogicSword » 29 Apr 2012, 03:54

I really didn't like that book at all. Haven't read it since I was about 10, so i can't remember any reason why other than it having a lot of sex and swearing for what was meant to be a kids book.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Geoff_B » 29 Apr 2012, 03:55

Did the dog bark when it shouldn't have? Because what was so curious about it was that the dog didn't bark.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby elvor » 29 Apr 2012, 03:59

Clearly you must launch a massive Internet campaign to have the ending changed.

I've just finished reading all the Unknown Armies sourcebooks ever, along with both the 'Thackery T Lambshead pocket guide to Eccentric and Discredited Deseases' and the 'Thackery T Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities', both very good short fiction collections. Now onto 'One of Us' by Micheal Marshall Smith and still listening to The Diamond Age. Both heartily recommended.
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Postby Geoff_B » 29 Apr 2012, 04:03

I'd much rather launch a massive campaign to have Song of Ice and Fire finished, preferably before the author dies of old age, cos he looks like he's getting on a bit.
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Postby Metcarfre » 29 Apr 2012, 07:11

My new-used copy of Nabokov's "Invitation to a Beheading" is sitting on the shelf, mocking me.

(I was so busy I couldn't finish "On the Road", even though I renewed it and incurred late fees from the library.)
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Postby CtMolloy » 29 Apr 2012, 08:42

After my ex and I complaining that neither of us seem to find the time to read I have decided to stop whining about it and just start reading, damnit! *shakes fist at self*

I am going to read Raymond Feist - A kingdom besieged, because I bought it ages ago and never started reading it.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Avistew » 29 Apr 2012, 08:52

Geoff_B wrote:Did the dog bark when it shouldn't have? Because what was so curious about it was that the dog didn't bark.


The dog didn't bark, because it died. It's the story of an autistic kid investigating the death of a dog. It's very realistic. I read it a while ago but can't remember anything "wrong" about the end.
I liked it, but only because my ex-husband worked with autistic people (among other things) and so I recognised a lot of things. As I said, very realistic.

EDIT: Geoff, won't you look at that, the Nook has them for 30 dollars. US dollars. Half what you paid for them. And I can buy it from Europe at that price, since that's what I'm doing right now.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby JustAName » 29 Apr 2012, 09:01

After all of that, the ending is suddenly not logical, and merely there to give the reader warm fuzzies. It was wrong, in my view. *shrug*
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Avistew » 29 Apr 2012, 09:29

Ah, that's possible. As I said, I don't remember the ending.

@Geoff: In the end, I grabbed the free sample, it was 400 pages long, I figure I'll get an idea from it whether the series is for me.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Ptangmatik » 29 Apr 2012, 11:10

Having read a dance with dragons, I can tell you its a gripping read, but disappointing (in my opinion) in several ways I can't say without spoiling stuff.

Then again, I enjoy ploughing through things like Lord of the Rings (I think leaving Tom Bombadil out was a good choice, he seemed like a sort of interlude in the books to me) and Robin Hobb (though I got too annoyed at the main character in the Soldier Son trilogy, and only made it half way through and haven't picked up the Dragon Keeper, probably as a result)
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Postby Geoff_B » 29 Apr 2012, 11:51

Avistew wrote:
Geoff_B wrote:Did the dog bark when it shouldn't have? Because what was so curious about it was that the dog didn't bark.


The dog didn't bark, because it died. It's the story of an autistic kid investigating the death of a dog. It's very realistic. I read it a while ago but can't remember anything "wrong" about the end.
I liked it, but only because my ex-husband worked with autistic people (among other things) and so I recognised a lot of things. As I said, very realistic.


Oh sorry I thought it was a Sherlock Holmes story, because, y'know, that's where the quote comes from.
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Postby Avistew » 29 Apr 2012, 12:04

Geoff_B wrote:Oh sorry I thought it was a Sherlock Holmes story, because, y'know, that's where the quote comes from.


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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby LogicSword » 29 Apr 2012, 19:32

Just finished listening to the audiobook of Storm Front by Jim Butcher, really good book. Having to resist the urge to go out and buy the rest all at once.
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Postby Tyrodis » 29 Apr 2012, 19:48

Blood Reaver by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Galaxy In Flames by Ben Counter and Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves by Matthew Reilly
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Postby plummeting_sloth » 30 Apr 2012, 18:00

Started To Speak Nothing of the Dog, which so far has been a really interesting take on the time travel genre. The most important person in a time-traveling department is a good theater costumer and a symptom of going back to the past too many times is over-the-top flowery language and ridiculous sentimentality.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Jenelmo » 30 Apr 2012, 18:08

Geoff_B wrote:I'd much rather launch a massive campaign to have Song of Ice and Fire finished, preferably before the author dies of old age, cos he looks like he's getting on a bit.


But he wants to make the correct ending and not just an ending, as he said in an interview

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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Geoff_B » 30 Apr 2012, 23:15

Oh I agree that it needs a good ending (and I liked the ending to Lost!). I just hope he's the one who actually gets to write it.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Ptangmatik » 01 May 2012, 02:57

Geoff_B wrote:Oh I agree that it needs a good ending (and I liked the ending to Lost!). I just hope he's the one who actually gets to write it.


Yeah, I hope he's at least written down some notes for direction and secured them in a safety deposit box or something. Not to be negative or anything, but not enough people take this sort of thing seriously and I'd hate for the ending not to go the way he wants it to after all this set up.

Any idea if he has a plan for how many more books he reckons the series will go on for?
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Postby Geoff_B » 01 May 2012, 03:07

Two more - The Winds of Winter (of which he's written a few chapters) and the last book is A Dream of Spring

Unless of course he decides to go for an eighth book.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Avistew » 01 May 2012, 04:45

If he only writes two more, and counting six years per book, that's 12 years, I think barring an accident it should be fine. He'd be less than 80.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby JayBlanc » 01 May 2012, 05:19

The next two books will be the last in the series.

And G.R.R.M has been the target of an internet campaign to get him to finish Dance of Dragons.

It prompted Neil Gaiman to say the following - George R.R. Martin is not your bitch.
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Postby Geoff_B » 01 May 2012, 05:30

But will there be a huge internet campaign to change the ending?
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