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Thread: What book are you reading?
27-06-2013, 10:44 AM #1541
I read a certain part of Storm of Swords last night and it made me very depressed.
Before starting A Feast for Crows, I'll read A Cat's Cradle which I have heard very good and weird things about, as well as The Princess Bride. Which is one of those books/movies that everyone besides me seems to have read/seen.GW2: Urraca Aldor
27-06-2013, 11:36 AM #1542
If you're going to read AFFC you might want to read ADWD at the same time as the books essentially cover the same period, just from different viewpoints. There's a rather good recommended combined chapter reread guide here: -
I've heard good things about it from others. Plan to reread the books that way shortly to see if it make the narrative more cohesive.
27-06-2013, 12:55 PM #1543
27-06-2013, 01:04 PM #1544
Watch the movie first. While the book is good, the movie is superlative.GW2: Urraca Aldor
27-06-2013, 02:37 PM #1545
The Creation of Inequality: How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery, and Empire
by Kent Flannery and Joyce Marcus
The Public Burning
by Robert Coover
28-06-2013, 01:03 AM #1546
28-06-2013, 01:20 AM #1547
28-06-2013, 03:34 AM #1548
I tend to like tomes that work as theses. I strongly disagree with Jared Diamond, for instance, but appreciate his comprehensiveness. Likewise I like Daron Acemoglu and Pankaj Mishra.
I think his first two books are great. The man came out of the gates running, so in that sense I'd suggest The Origin of the Brunists and The Universal Baseball Association. Neither, however, are what I'd call light reading. Coover likes his books dense.
28-06-2013, 04:26 AM #1549
28-06-2013, 02:53 PM #1550
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28-06-2013, 03:14 PM #1551
I only knew the first one came out long after the fact. It is actually really strange since I would think they would be exploding with joy over another Abnett inquisitor series, but it is possible that Abnett has told them he is leaving (he DID have the epilepsy issues a year or two back and his Marvel and creator-owned careers really took off) so they are trying to focus on their other talent. In fact, come to think of it, they also barely promoted the latest Gaunt's Ghosts book. So yeah, pretty sure BL is pissed at him for something or another.
Err, to answer you question: she is a presence in Ravenor, but she was really Gregor's love (her and Gideon were just friends), and Ravenor kind of has other stuff to deal with. It is unclear exactly how the Bequin/"Eisenhorn VS Raveor" trilogy is going to work, but the viewpoint character is a pariah who is referred to as Bequin, so yeah :p
Of the two existing trilogies, I prefer Eisenhorn conceptually (a good man being turned into a Renegade), but Ravenor has much better writing.
28-06-2013, 08:05 PM #1552
Next on the list: The Road. Finally catching up with my years-old book backlog.
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29-06-2013, 01:53 AM #1553
And the Gaunt's Ghosts series is great. Does a really good job about being an "anyone can die" book without feeling formulaic.
As for Metro 2033: About 60% of the way done. All in all, I am very much enjoying it, but the translation amazon sells on the Kindle is kind of weak. It isn't the worst, but it is definitely a half-assed translation, especially compared to something like the (non-CD Projekt) translation of The Witcher books or Sergei Lukyanko's (sp?) Night Watch series.Steam: Gundato
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29-06-2013, 03:36 AM #1554
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Tonight, I will be diving back into The Silmarillion. I left it a short way in, when one of the elf leaders became entranced by the well-known beauty of a lower-tier godling. (Melion? Melian? Ah! I know I was in or near the chapter "On (Of?) Thingol and Melian", at least.) They then made centuries-long love in a forest, leaving the elf's people to wonder where he went, or something to that effect. I love Tolkien's style (including even the pace of this one), but I really should read it sometime other than just-before-bed.
More interestingly for readers of newer books: The reason for my break from Tolkien was that I took the more travel-friendly Jam (by Yahtzee Croshaw) on a trip and wanted to finish that up since it's a relatively quick read. Since it looks like it hasn't been discussed here yet, I present my thoughts on it:
According to Yahtzee himself, "It's about an apocalypse -- with jam in it." This intrigued me, and I liked his previous book Mogworld quite a bit, so it sounded like a good bet. I found it largely enjoyable with a number of good laughs and even some interesting apocalypse-society ideas, but my biggest beef with it is that I didn't find any of the characters particularly likeable, except for one short-lived scientist. And while Jam's writing is similar in tone to Mogworld (the humor of both has much in common with Zero Punctuation), I prefer the latter, possibly because its silliness doesn't really have to contend with a pretense of reality. I don't like analyzing things to death, but I felt I should offer something, so there you go! In short, it was enjoyable and had many more than zero punctuations in it.
Any other readers of Mr. Croshaw's books here?
01-07-2013, 09:08 PM #1555
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02-07-2013, 11:03 AM #1557
Finished listening to(are audiobooks aloud in this thread?) The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Absolutly fantastic book, its actually one of his least fantastical being mostly about a 7 year old boy growing up, sure there is some fantasy with it which is fantastic but a lot of the charm is the boy living life and eating at the Hempstock's place. It got to me because I culd see myself in the main character since it was pretty much my childhood he was writing lol. The main villain is quite creepy and it does have lots of great images and themes its saying. Very recommended and I really wish we don't have to wait another 8 years for another of his adult books.
02-07-2013, 01:03 PM #1558
02-07-2013, 06:44 PM #1559
Ever since I got a kindle I started to read mutiple books at once. At the moment they are:
True Grit, Charles Portis - surprisingly well written and a great read. Unfortunately I get Jeff Bridges' terrible accent stuck in my head when I read Rooster.
Lords of The Bow, Conn Igguldun - Well researched series about Genghis Khan and friends. It's about as good a historical fantasy as I have yet come across.
A Scanner Darkly, Phillip K. Dick - Meh. It's that train wreck one keeps staring at. A bit like a Palahunik novel only without Chuck's juvenile bullcrap and a good deal more hippie slang.
03-07-2013, 12:16 AM #1560