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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #480 on: February 07, 2010, 09:16:09 PM »
Just finished the Twilight series, they were actually pretty good.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #481 on: February 09, 2010, 02:52:21 AM »
Neal Stephenson's Anathem.

It's really dry in the beginning but it gets much better once you get about a 1/3 into it.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #482 on: February 11, 2010, 05:12:33 AM »
Just finished "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" by John Ringo.  It's the fourth book in his "Council War" series.  Like most of Ringo's stuff, it's very interesting and well paced, but the guy just has real issues with sexual aggression.  Yes, in a total collapse of society and civilization, people will get raped.  Doesn't mean I want to read multiple pages of graphic detail, and then multiple books wherein the hero has to cope with his own suppressed desire to join in.  But that's Ringo for you.

That said, it's a pretty interesting take on the collapse of an advanced technological society in a very short time.  The good guys are generally all good, and the bad guys are either VERY bad or subject to redemption by the good guys.  There's some humor (including an AI built into a mini-lop rabbit named Bun-Bun...), some interesting tactical situations, and all in all it's a decent story, but it's got an edge to it that I didn't care for.  It's certainly better than the sadomasochistic Ghost/Kildar saga, of which I read half of the first book and then ran screaming, but it's not as good as his collaborative works like the "March Upcountry" series he did with Weber or the Posleen War stuff, nor is it as good as "The Last Centurion".

If you like gritty military sci-fi, or post-apocalyptic sci-fi, it's worth a read.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #483 on: February 11, 2010, 06:20:02 AM »
Orson scott card's Hidden Empire, second book in his Empire series... I won't tell you enough to spoil anything, but go buy it today!!!
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #484 on: February 22, 2010, 09:48:58 PM »
Finishing up "Last Arguement of Kings", the third and final book in The First Law series, Joe Abercrombie's breakout publication.

Its fucking awesome.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #485 on: February 22, 2010, 11:38:21 PM »
Gardens of the Moon, the first book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series.

The first book I've ever read that was so complex in its descriptions that I have to stop at times and re-read sentances just to figure out what he's trying to say.

I find it refreshing, especially after certain fantasy novels I've read over the years...
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #486 on: February 23, 2010, 01:27:49 AM »
I just picked up and blazed through Don't Split the Party, book 4 of Order of the Stick. The bonus strips in this one were some of my favorite.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #487 on: February 27, 2010, 04:47:22 AM »
Just finished "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman.  Very interesting.  This is the first pure Gaiman book I've read, the only previous experience being "Good Omens" which he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett.

American Gods is predictable, and somewhat cliched, but what are gods if not cliches?  Altogether a pretty good book.  Enjoyable.  Not epic, not world-shattering, but enjoyable.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #488 on: February 27, 2010, 06:06:51 AM »
Not really reading, but teaching Jabberwocky to my English students.  :D
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #489 on: March 27, 2010, 08:31:44 AM »
Just starting in on re-reading Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Most of the way through The Gathering Storm by "Robert Jordan."

Recently finished up The Savage Garden by Mark Mills (art history murder mystery), Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan, The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom and The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #490 on: March 29, 2010, 06:10:24 AM »
Just finished Book 11 of "The Walking Dead".  Very good graphic novels, but very dark and grim.  I had to go listen to some Jimmy Buffett to balance the Force, so to speak.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #491 on: March 30, 2010, 12:17:41 AM »
Gardens of the Moon, the first book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series.

The first book I've ever read that was so complex in its descriptions that I have to stop at times and re-read sentances just to figure out what he's trying to say.

I find it refreshing, especially after certain fantasy novels I've read over the years...
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I haven't posted in this thread in ages so I won't list everything, but among the books I've read the Black Company series by Glen Cook stands out. Awesome.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #492 on: May 01, 2010, 04:09:05 AM »
"A Mighty Fortress", by David Weber.  Book 4 of the Safehold series.

Slow beginning, but it's starting to speed up nicely.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #493 on: May 06, 2010, 08:31:03 PM »
Spook Country by William Gibson
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #494 on: May 06, 2010, 10:57:26 PM »
Currently reading Iron Council by China Miéville. I haven't read any of his others before, and it is one weird book, pretty enjoyable though if you don't mind a bit of liberal thinking.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #495 on: May 06, 2010, 11:37:38 PM »
Spook Country by William Gibson

I read it and still can't figure out if I liked it or not.



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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #496 on: May 06, 2010, 11:49:54 PM »
im in a Lit class this quarter..

so far we covered

Tartuffe
Phaedra
Candide
Confessions (rousseau)
The world is too much with us
Dejection
On first looking into chapmans homer
ode on a grecian urn
Ulysses
In memorian
My last Duchess
Song of myself


we have ibsend, tolstoy, kafka and camus left..

at least i like the russian novellas... the romantics not so much..
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #497 on: May 09, 2010, 01:19:21 AM »
Just starting The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss because Penny Arcade told me to a while back and I have had a few family members tell me that it is "teh be5t b00k ev4R!" We shall see. I am optimistic.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #498 on: May 09, 2010, 05:28:38 AM »
Just starting The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss because Penny Arcade told me to a while back and I have had a few family members tell me that it is "teh be5t b00k ev4R!" We shall see. I am optimistic.

I enjoyed this book a whole lot. I wouldn't call it "ZOGM BEST EVAR!" but he subverts a lot of cliches and wallows in others. Wish he'd finish the fskcing sequel.

Edit: May as well. I'm currently reading The Last Unicron Unicorn, though very slowly (no fault to the book, just haven't been reading much lately).

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #499 on: May 09, 2010, 09:23:16 PM »
I just finished Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I'm still carrying it around, though, because that way I have a rebuttal to anyone I see carrying a Twilight book. ;)