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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Timelady » 02 Oct 2013, 12:44

Last of the Doughboys by Richard Rubin. It's interviews with the last remaining American veterans of WWI that the author could find, interspersed with details about the war, the author's own experiences trying to find the veterans to interview, and some background information about the times. It's really interesting so far.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Bebop Man » 02 Oct 2013, 16:20

Well I'm trying to read Child of God, but I think I'm a little fed up with McCarthy and the "shitty 20s midwest novel" at this point.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Gap Filler » 11 Nov 2013, 07:28

Blazed through To Kill a Mockingbird the other day then promptly lent it to a friend. Heh, "pork." What next? Damn, that's quite a pile of Discworld amassed recently. Best get cracking.
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Postby Lord Hosk » 11 Nov 2013, 10:03

Timothy Zahns New Cobra series, its just as good as the first trilogy was when I read it in high school.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby D'Arcy » 11 Nov 2013, 12:28

Been reading Roadside Picnic, but it's been slow with a heavy schoolwork load
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby JayBlanc » 11 Nov 2013, 12:44

"Raising Steam" is pretty good.
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Postby Aztren Skrimish » 11 Nov 2013, 13:32

I've been reading "The Long Dark Tea-Time of The Soul" by Douglas Adams. It's a good book if you can appreciate it's humor and (at times) pure sarcasm.
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Postby MinniChi » 25 Nov 2013, 00:15

I need help finding a book. Well, the title and/or author of a specific series. I am hoping the well read members of this forum can help me. I also hope my memory of the books is fairly accurate as I haven't seen/read these books in at least 10 years. It was 2002 ish? and I was in Nova Scotia when I read them. Here goes.

The basic story:
A group of what I assumed to be teenagers took a camping trip in a very isolated location in a canyon/valley of some sort. They had to climb down a rock formation they called the devil's staircase, or the steps into hell. Something along those lines (I remember the name Hell, as it made me giggle, I was 12). They were camping for a week or two, when they came out, their city/town/country was under attack by an un-named military force. The teens had no idea what happened to their families, and decided to engage in guerilla warfare using their campsite as a base of operations due to its remote location.

Everything else I remember is very specific to one of the books, but I have no idea which one. I also thought one of the books was called "Back into Hell" (It was one of the few ways I could get away with saying Hell at the time, so that part of the title got ingrained into my brain), but I can't seem to find any mention of the books at all. If anyone knows what books I'm talking about, please let me know who the author is, or what they're actually called. I would really appreciate that.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Duckay » 25 Nov 2013, 00:22

It's the Tomorrow, When The War Began series by John Marsden, about the invasion of Australia, I'm very nearly sure of it. If it's not, it's uncannily similar.

The seven books in the series are:

Tomorrow, When The War Began
The Dead of the Night
The Third Day, The Frost (published in the US as A Killing Frost)
Darkness, Be My Friend
Burning For Revenge
The Night Is For Hunting
The Other Side of Dawn

A group of teenagers go camping in "Hell", over Commemmoration Day long weekend, and return to find that their town (and, they gradually realize, the country) has been invaded. The series was very mature in many ways, it was my first exposure to sex in a book, and there was some significant wartime violence, and it was aimed at 15/16 year olds.

I really kind of hope it is them (and as I said, I was certain very quickly it was; they're very similar if not). I read them when I was in early high school in the early 2000s and have reread them more recently. Still my favourite series in that demographic.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby MinniChi » 25 Nov 2013, 00:37

Yes! That's it! I looked at the wiki on the books. I guess I got the titles wrong. Oh well, 10 years changes the memory. Thank you so much! Seriously, I've been trying to learn the titles, off and on, for at least 5 years now.
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Postby Mara Kalat » 25 Nov 2013, 01:14

Wow, that's a super quick reply. I was hoping to stretch my Google-Fu on that one :P

I've finished the last of my Birthday books (Son of a Witch was the last one, and good but not great) so now I'm rereading the Hitchhiker's 'Trilogy' so bridge the gap until Christmas / regional equivalent.

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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Duckay » 25 Nov 2013, 01:17

As soon as I saw MinniChi's description, I was convinced I knew it. I know those books damn near backwards, though.
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Postby plummeting_sloth » 25 Nov 2013, 08:10

I had a get together here the other night, and a few people spent the night. Some got bored the following morning and pulled a few books to read as I made breakfast and now, instead of simply reshelving the damn things, I'm rereading them all from start to finish. Dang it, I still hadn't finished the book I already had... I can't get through all of What God Hath Wrot to pick it back up!
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Bebop Man » 25 Nov 2013, 08:43

I'm curious, when was the last time you (anyone) read a classic?
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Postby Jamfalcon » 25 Nov 2013, 08:59

I read Brave New World at the start of the year, which I think is old enough to qualify. The plot itself didn't thrill me, but I loved the way it was written.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Jenelmo » 25 Nov 2013, 09:02

I am not sure what you define as a classic but is in the middle of reading Bram Stokers Dracula
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Bebop Man » 25 Nov 2013, 09:19

That would be one yes.
I know what defines a classic is debatable and doesn't necessarily mean it's aged well to begin with, but let's go on a limb and treat the concept as "relatively correct".
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby plummeting_sloth » 25 Nov 2013, 09:29

I used to get drunk at the dollar a pint night at the bar by the Barnes and Noble and then go over and use the money I saved to by something from their Classics line. So I read Emma, A Tale of Two Cities, and most recently the Brothers Karamazov.
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Postby Master Gunner » 25 Nov 2013, 14:55

Probably Catch-22, a few years ago. Since then most of my reading has been modern sci-fi and fantasy.
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Postby My pseudonym is Ix » 25 Nov 2013, 15:12

I READ NOTHING ANY MORE

Seriously, I don't have the time. Be prepared for a bitch over in the Venting thread at some point during the next week.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby JustAName » 25 Nov 2013, 21:57

I'm reading The Raw Shark Texts and

I........am having

problems

.........................conceptualizing

now
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Lord Chrusher » 26 Nov 2013, 06:11

I since getting my Kindle a couple years ago I have read A Tale of Two Cities and Oliver Twist. I have tried reading Crime and Punishment a few times but I have never gotten through it.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Drecon » 26 Nov 2013, 13:19

I'm currently reading the Belgarion series. Just started in book five "End game".
It's actually a pretty good series that has taught me a lot about how to write a good story.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby JustAName » 26 Nov 2013, 14:35

Oh man, I love the Belgariad. I need to get the ones I'm missing.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby ocelotteranian » 26 Nov 2013, 16:59

Bebop Man wrote:I'm curious, when was the last time you (anyone) read a classic?


Being a medieval history major, the most recent classic I was required to read was Abelard and Heloise, but I believe Dante's Inferno (if not the whole Comedy) is coming up. But on my own, over the summer I FINALLY got around to The Once and Future King.

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