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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Elomin Sha » 11 Aug 2014, 14:01

Moving onto Book 2 of the Corellian Trilogy. I never realised had bland and boring Book 1 was.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Lord Chrusher » 11 Aug 2014, 17:55

Even as a kid I was able to tell that trilogy was not one of the stronger entries in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Arclight_Dynamo » 11 Aug 2014, 20:54

Dhalgren. I'm reading flippin' Dhalgren. It's like Finnegans Wake, only science fiction. Have you ever both hated and loved a book at the same time? That's this book. I mean... look at this noise:

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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Lord Chrusher » 11 Aug 2014, 21:02

I finished the Chamber of Secrets.
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Postby AdmiralMemo » 11 Aug 2014, 21:10

I'm trying to finish the Star Trek: Vanguard series currently.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Metcarfre » 12 Aug 2014, 06:11

Is there an updated version of A Brief History of Time? I might try and read it on my upcoming trip.
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Postby Lord Chrusher » 12 Aug 2014, 10:42

I believe so. The copy I have is the original edition from 1987. Speaking about the cosmology, we have made great strides observationally in the last few decades. When it comes to the theoretical physics my sense is that things have not changed as much.
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Postby AdmiralMemo » 12 Aug 2014, 10:52

This reminded me to check my bookshelves, because I wasn't sure if my copy still existed or if it got destroyed in the fire. Luckily, it's still around.
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Postby My pseudonym is Ix » 13 Aug 2014, 13:23

Bout halfway through Brave New World following my trip
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Postby Metcarfre » 13 Aug 2014, 14:14

Ooh, gonna start that one too.
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Postby Jamfalcon » 13 Aug 2014, 14:18

I read it about a year back and really enjoyed the writing style. Very different and engaging, even though the plot didn't really grab me.
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Postby Mums » 13 Aug 2014, 17:17

Want to read The Selfish Gene, Vena Cava or Consider Phlebas. Have to read The development of legal methodology during the 19th century. I'm normally a slow reader, but now I'm at 1 page per 10-20 min. Excruciating.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Duckay » 26 Aug 2014, 18:14

As per my usual ritual of picking up a book to read while my car is at the mechanic, I'm currently about halfway into The Girl with No Name. It's really interesting so far although I keep stopping every few pages to read up on something in more detail.
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Postby Thysane » 27 Aug 2014, 13:24

Finished Deadhouse Gates. Really want to hop straight onto the next Malazan book, but I'm making myself finish Eye of the World (Wheel of Time #1) first. Must say, nice to have a bit of light fantasy reading after the positively blood-soaked final chapters of Deadhouse. Man. Lot of dead folks there. Guess the clues in the title.
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Postby plummeting_sloth » 27 Aug 2014, 17:27

I picked up Frederick Douglass's autobiography for a quarter outside a little bookstore in Bellows Falls. God damn... I really should have read this in high school and if I did, I really should have understood it more.
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Postby Viking_Sleyheron » 29 Aug 2014, 06:27

Rereading The Lost Fleet by Campbell since I have finally got my hands on the sequels and want to make sure I am up to date.

Also trying to finish off Feists last books in the Riftwar sagas, but cant seem to keep focus since a lot of it is ground that really have been covered before, but hopeful that Magicians End will be worth the effort.

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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Lord Chrusher » 29 Aug 2014, 12:10

Made it to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
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Postby Lord Chrusher » 08 Sep 2014, 10:56

Finished the Order of the Phoenix. Harry comes across as a stupid teenage in this one although in his defence, he is 15.
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Postby Avistew » 08 Sep 2014, 21:56

I think Harry comes across as a stupid teenager in most of the books, to be honest. Moreso the further you go. I found it extremely difficult to empathise with him, horrible stuff happened to him, sure, but he kept acting in, well, not really nice ways as well. I found Ron and Hermione (both also far from perfect) much more likeable.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby CtMolloy » 09 Sep 2014, 01:27

Do audiobooks count?

I'm listening to The Ringworld Engineers on my drive to and from work.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby adi_pie » 10 Sep 2014, 17:38

CtMolloy wrote:Do audiobooks count?

I'm listening to The Ringworld Engineers on my drive to and from work.


You're getting the same story, of course it counts. :)
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Volafortis » 10 Sep 2014, 18:49

Well, I'm nearing the end of Infinite Jest, and it's been a rather long (but very enjoyable!) read, so I've built up quite a backlog, so I'll offer to you all, which should I read next?

- Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein
- Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
- Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Niel Gaiman
- Prelude to Foundation (leading into me reading the entire series, eventually) - Isaac Asimov

(No, I have not read any of the books posted above before. As you may have guessed, I kinda want to catch up on some of the classics of science fiction.)

Or, if there's anything in particular that's super highly recommended by anyone, I'm open to suggestions to add to the backlog. I'll work through it all eventually anyway :P
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby King Kool » 10 Sep 2014, 19:41

I finished Perfect Dark: Initial Vector in unabridged audiobook form. It's OK, as these things go, but it's not a very good Perfect Dark - style story. Then again, neither is Perfect Dark Zero.

Now, I'm reading Daemon by Daniel Suarez. Again, as these things go, it's OK, but...

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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby Lord Chrusher » 10 Sep 2014, 20:49

I read Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson. It is a series of humorous articles Bryson wrote for The Mail on Sunday (a British paper) about his experiences living back in the United States after living in England for twenty years. Bryson, as usual, is quite amusing. As a Canadian who lived in Australia for most of the last five years, I feel I have an interesting perspective as someone who is culturally in between Britain and the United States.
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Re: Books you're reading now

Postby ElFuzzy » 10 Sep 2014, 20:56

Just started reading The Broken Eye, it's the third book in the Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks. It's about a world where their version of magic is people born with the ability to turn light into solid constructs and each color of the spectrum is associated with a personality trait.

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