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Re: Books and stuff - where old men come to read

Post by Kesskuron » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:07 am

Read The Body Snatchers while I was on holiday which I really enjoyed, although it seems to suffer from a bit of an I Am Legend issue in that the end is quite abrupt. The Andromeda Strain was the same, although it was a worse culprit for it tbf. Still enjoyed body snatchers though, would recommend

Currently reading two books atm; Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (which i'm very ehh about) and The Black Cloud by Fred Hoyle (which i'm enjoying more)
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Post by masa » Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:20 am

dunno if im gonna hit 50 books this year, probably not but we will see!!!!!!!!!!

also i FINALLY found a copy of Jorge Luis Borges' Ficciones in a charity shop, so happy ive been looking for it for like forever
1. Daughter of Dreams - Michael Moorcock
2. Death of a Naturalist - Seamus Heaney
3.The Emperor's Soul - Brandon Sanderson
4. We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
5. Greed: From David Hume to Gordon Gekko - Stewart Sutherland
6. Legion - Brandon Sanderson
7. Destiny's Brother - Michael Moorcock
8. Imagining Alexandria - Louis de Berneires
9. Son of the Wolf - Michael Moorcock
10. Human Chain - Seamus Heaney
11. Legion: Skin Deep - Brandon Sanderson
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18. Stung with Love: Poema and Fragments - Sappho
19. The Orchard Keeper - Cormac McCarthy
20. Inherent Vice - Thomas Pynchon
21. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
22. The Red Pony - John Steinbeck
23. As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
24. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
25. How to Cure a Fanatic - Amos Oz
26. Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
27. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
28. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
29. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
30. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift

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Re: Books and stuff - where old men come to read

Post by Kriken » Sat Nov 21, 2015 4:50 pm

Finished reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the other day. I can appreciate how clever and witty it is, but it doesn't really tickle me. Currently a little bit of the way into The Restaurant at the End of the Galaxy. Enjoying it enough, but again I'm not too crazy about it.

Kind of in the mood for some high fantasy right now, in the same vein as A Song of Fire and Ice but I've already read those books and the new one isn't out yet. Might get my hands on some more Robin Hobb, or get the last book in the Left Hand of God series. And I just remembered I haven't gotten around to reading the last Skulduggery book yet.

Edit: (30th November) Really getting into the trilogy now. Restaurant at the End of the Galaxy seems generally more polished, and funnier, than the first book.
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Post by DefinitelyGodfrey » Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:57 pm

I'm reading The Martian at the minute, it's bloody great and I'm only about a third of the way through.

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Re: Books and stuff - where old men come to read

Post by IronHide » Fri Jan 01, 2016 9:54 pm

liberal wrote: Kind of in the mood for some high fantasy right now, in the same vein as A Song of Fire and Ice but I've already read those books and the new one isn't out yet. Might get my hands on some more Robin Hobb, or get the last book in the Left Hand of God series. And I just remembered I haven't gotten around to reading the last Skulduggery book yet.
Try the Mistborn books by Brandon Sanderson and possibly the 'Night Angel' trilogy by Brent Weeks, both feature magic, assassins and GoT style violence but I'd say the former is the better read.

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Post by masa » Fri Jan 01, 2016 9:55 pm

De facto fantasy rec: anything michael moorcockn, elric and corum especially

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Post by kerr9000 » Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:29 pm

I am near the end of reading a book about the Helter Skelter murders

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Post by Rik » Sat Jan 02, 2016 1:32 pm

Currently four books into The Dark Tower and loving it, such a weird blend of genres but it works so well. Nice to see the Western elements getting more prominence in Roland's backstory as well given that King makes such a big deal about TG,TB&TU in his foreword, hasn't had that much of a Western vibe since the start of The Gunslinger except for the shootout in The Drawing of the Three and some of the Lud bits in The Waste Lands. Starting to get an idea of where the overall story is going now that they've seemingly entered the world in which The Stand takes place. The "Crimson King" seems like a big hint as well.
liberal wrote: Kind of in the mood for some high fantasy right now, in the same vein as A Song of Fire and Ice but I've already read those books and the new one isn't out yet. Might get my hands on some more Robin Hobb, or get the last book in the Left Hand of God series. And I just remembered I haven't gotten around to reading the last Skulduggery book yet.
I'd completely forgotten about The Left Hand of God, the last one's called The Beating of His Wings or something isn't it? I'll have to reread the first two and then read the third at some point, absolutely loved them when I first read them but I can't remember much of what happens. Also, the final Skulduggery is fantastic, brings the series to a great finish (apart from a mega cheesy final line, but I can forgive that given how good the rest is).
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Post by Nofes » Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:31 pm

yee yee yee 52 book challenge yee yee yee
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Post by IronHide » Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:26 pm

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Started this yesterday after ploughing through the first book, very good start, eton mess getting real.

Would definitely recommend this series to anyone remotely interest in sci-fi.

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Post by OmegaPit » Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:28 am

I'm reading The Dresden Files series at the moment, currently on Blood Rites, anyone else a fan?
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Post by K2. » Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:18 pm

Reading this, in my opinion, brilliant book/diaries. Looking forward to the next one given I have almost finished this volume.

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Post by Kriken » Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:04 pm

Reading High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. Is good. I enjoyed A Long Way Down and so far this book seems to be as good if not even better.

Learned as well that this guy wrote About a Boy. Loved the film so I may check it out some time, as well as the rest of his books because why not.
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Post by Blaxel411 » Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:20 pm

Read King Lear for english class. Wow William, how convenient that all those characters died off screen so your plays got to save money on props. Really nerfs the effect of the deaths though.
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Post by DJHero » Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:42 pm

Read Measure for Measure. It's aight.

Reading Paradise Lost. It's aight.
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Post by Kriken » Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:30 pm

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. Perfect book, unless you hate British humour for some reason.
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Post by IronHide » Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:51 pm

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Slightly different in pace to the three previous books but still an interesting read, has a distinct wild west frontier style setting too.

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Post by Edd » Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:52 pm

Read the first two Stormlight Archive books so am now on the first Mistborn one because Brandon Sanderson is apparently some kind of book-writing speed runner.
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Post by masa » Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:16 am

read reckoners next, its gooseberry fool incredible

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Post by Aren142 » Sat Feb 13, 2016 12:54 am

Just listened to the first disc of the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry because I'm bad at reading. I'd heard the BBC radio play from the 90s and seen the film, but never actually read it before and it's nothing like what I expected. It's so weird because it's brilliant, but if Douglas Adams wasn't a genius it would have been awful. It's also a lot less sensual than I've been told to write. The most it has is visual descriptions which aren't so much what something looks like, more this is what this is. Trying to get a feel for books for my own writing and this has just thrown me. Probably not the best example to go for, but I knew I'd actually enjoy it.
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Post by WithLoveAndSqualor » Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:14 pm

finished for esmé- with love and squalor, it's one of my all-time favs and it's WELL GOOD go read it

now reading list of the lost

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Post by chain chomp8 » Sat Mar 19, 2016 10:09 pm

Reading The Narrow Road to the Deep North and it's excellent. Realised it was overdue and I was scared the library was going to make me give it back but it turned out the fine was only 30c so I was allowed to renew it again. The feeling of relief I got when I found out I didn't have to stop reading shows how good it is.
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Re: Books and stuff - where old men come to read

Post by masa » Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:48 pm

Why does no one read books

I am reading the canterbury tales, its p good some tales are a lot more fun than others, currently at the wife of bath

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Post by Kriken » Sun Jul 17, 2016 3:13 pm

Reading Emperor of Thorns, last book in its trilogy. It's alright. Just left it a little late to read because I'm not remembering the story too well - which I started reading years ago - even with the recap at the start. Next I'm gonna get around to reading Beat of his Wings (Left Hand of God trilogy) I think. I just want Winds of Winter already ;_;
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Post by WithLoveAndSqualor » Sun Jul 17, 2016 5:12 pm

trying to make my way through list of the lost but it's a real slow grower for me, idk if i like morrissey's writing style or not

also reading for whom the bell tolls; hemingbae
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