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Post by masa » Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:14 pm

Do you like books? Stop by and chat about what you're reading, some of your favourite books, literary news, or just call people plebs.

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2015 Book Challenge

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Re: Literature Thread - inc. 52 Book Challenge 2014!

Post by Teair » Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:27 pm

1) If On a Winter's Night a Traveller (Italo Calvino)
2) The Vampyre (Polidore)
3) A Storm of Swords Part 1 (George R. R. Martin)
4) A Storm of Swords Part 2 (George R. R. Martin)
5) A Feast for Crows (George R. R. Martin)
6) A Dance with Dragons Part 1 (George R. R. Martin)
7) A Dance with Dragons Part 2 (George R. R. Martin)
8.) The Necronomicon (H. P. Lovecraft)
9) The Jew of Malta (Christopher Marlowe)
10) The God Delusion (Christopher Dawkins)
11) The Coma (Alex Garland)
12) Ghosts (Paul Auster)
13) Daemonology (James Stuart)
14) Candide (Voltaire)
15) Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Richard Bach)
16) The Devil and Miss Prym (Paul Coelho)
17) The Elder Edda (Unknown)
18.) The Art of War (Tsun Tsu)
19) The Art of War (Tsun Bin)
20) Unseen Academicals (Terry Prattchet)
21) The Republic (Plato)
{edit} 22) The Naked Sun (Isaac Asimov)

I may have read more, but I'll have to rack my mind, I'm currently trying to finish Paradise Lost by Milton, it's a text I keep reading then dropping (even if you can read it to the tune of the Flintstones)
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Re: Literature Thread - inc. 52 Book Challenge 2014!

Post by slorp » Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:28 pm

I've given up on 52 in 52 for this year because I've read shamefully few books recently.
I'm reading The Illuminatus! Trilogy right now which right now at least just feels like a fun postmodern book.
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Post by OrangeRakoon » Sat Oct 25, 2014 11:30 pm

Reading Crime and Punishment at the moment, and I definitely rate it so far. A little hefty going, but genuinely thought provoking.

Also recently finished Flowers for Algernon, which was very thought provoking - perhaps more so than most other books I've read. It challenges a lot of ideas on human experience and the lack of objectivity in it, which I found very interesting. Ultimately came to the same conclusion I held previously, but the book helped explore that deeper and bolster it.

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Re: Literature Thread - inc. 52 Book Challenge 2014!

Post by SYF » Sat Oct 25, 2014 11:31 pm

I'm currently bogged down with A Level reading, and since the start of sixth form my reading material has been largely stuff for Literature A Level. I read the Kite Runner (which is brilliant but nothing but sad. Not one thing could go right in that damn story) and I'm currently reading The Road and As You Like It. I said I was going to finish these books before starting any leisure ones but I bucked that trend last night and read the first dozen pages of It's Kind of a Funny Story. To be honest, personal problems (as well as studying) have left me not feeling that great and putting me off reading a bit, but I'm better enough to start reading regularly - I think.

1. Physics of the Impossible - Michio Kaku (2008)
2. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick (1962)
3. An Inspector Calls - J.B. Priestley (1946)
4. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak (2006)
5. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green (2012)
6. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (1937)
7. Paper Towns - John Green (2008)
8. Gone - Michael Grant (2008)
9. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops - Jen Campbell (2012)
10. Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade - Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
11. Looking for Alaska - John Green (2005)
12. The Elephant Vanishes - Haruki Murakami (1993)
13. Dogsbody - Diana Wynne Jones (1975)
14. Economics: The User Guide - Ha-Joon Chan (2014)
15. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes (1966)
16. More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops - Jen Campbell (2013)
17. Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut (1963)
18. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years of Pilgrimage - Haruki Murakami (2013)
19. A Maze of Death - Philip K. Dick (1970)
20. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini (2003)

I've practically given up on 52 but 26's not out of reach...yet. *sigh*

Oh and read Flowers for Algernon.

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Post by Teair » Sat Oct 25, 2014 11:40 pm

SYF wrote: 2. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick (1962)
A fantastic text which inspired a fantastic film. Also reminded me to add "The Naked Sun" by Isaac Asimov to my list of books I've read this year
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Post by OrangeRakoon » Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:35 am

I actually think Blade Runner is better than Do Androids Dream, which is notable because normally I find myself preferring the book when it then gets adapted into a film.

Obviously talking about the Director's cut here.

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Post by Teair » Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:40 am

OrangeRakoon wrote:I actually think Blade Runner is better than Do Androids Dream, which is notable because normally I find myself preferring the book when it then gets adapted into a film.

Obviously talking about the Director's cut here.
Oh definitely, it's the same with the Shawshank Redemption and the Shining
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Post by kerr9000 » Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:58 pm

I prefer Blade runner but I grew up on it and only read the book version as an adult so maybe its not a fair comparison... still there both cool.

Just finished reading the Shinning... basicaly I was given a hard back of Doctor Sleep and thought rereading the shinning first might help.

Also reread An Idiot abroad ... its just one of those funny none taxing things you can read a page or two of for a chuckle.

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Re: Literature Thread - inc. 52 Book Challenge 2014!

Post by ChaosControl » Sun Oct 26, 2014 1:46 pm

I'm currently reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I was going to attempt the 52 Book Challenge, but stuff got in the way, so I might attempt it next year.

I don't suppose manga/graphic novels counts does it?
I am functioning within the established parameters.

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Post by The False Guwuh » Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:17 pm

been reading dorian gray its pretty good the chapter about sibyl and her family is my favourite so far also my 52 challenge is laughable ive read like 8 books this year
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Post by ChaosControl » Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:19 pm

I'm struggling to get through just one this year. So many new games keep coming out.
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Post by Oathkeeper » Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:23 pm

I might have to skip the challenge this year as unless I want to reread everything I already read this year I don't think I'll be able to buy enough stuff to last me. I was doing really well up until I went to France in April which completely mucked up my schedule for reading and I fell behind a bit. It was at the same time that I also got the urge to continue playing P4G as I hadn't played it since New Year's and then I didn't read another book until July...

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Re: Literature Thread - inc. 52 Book Challenge 2014!

Post by masa » Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:15 am

ChaosControl wrote:I don't suppose manga/graphic novels counts does it?
sadly no, i would've finished pretty quickly if that was the case (marathoned berserk and vagabond within a couple weeks of each other)

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Post by Teair » Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:10 am

masa wrote:
ChaosControl wrote:I don't suppose manga/graphic novels counts does it?
sadly no, i would've finished pretty quickly if that was the case (marathoned berserk and vagabond within a couple weeks of each other)
Not even Watchmen or V for Vendetta?
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Post by Finnian » Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:54 am

I'm currently reading the restored edition of A Clockwork Orange. Very good is it.
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Post by masa » Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:39 am

finally finished The World Until Yesterday, great book discussing the benefits a traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle could bring to modern western lifestyles. ends up discussing a lot more than just that though, as it goes into detail explaining the background of the topics discussed in each chapter, and it's really quite a fascinating read

don't think i'll make 52 this year either but here's hoping its still possible to hit 40. maybe for 2015 we dont have a numerical goal...
1. The Revenge of the Rose - Michael Moorcock
2. A Spaniard in the Works - John Lennon
3. Stoner - John Williams
4. Martian Time-Slip - Philip K Dick
5. I Am Legend - Richard Matheson
6. Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell
7. The Prophet - Khalil Gibran
8. The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
9. Mimizuku and the King of Night - Izuki Kogyoku
10. Ubik - Philip K. Dick
11. A Complete and Utter History of Art - John Farman
12. A Scanner Darkly - Philip K. Dick
13. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce
14. Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World - Louis de Bernières
15. O Rare Amanda!: The Life of Amanda McKittrick Ros - Jack Loudan
16. Green Hills of Africa - Ernest Hemingway
17. Iris on Rainy Days - Takeshi Matsuyama
18. The War of the Worlds - H. G. Wells
19. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
20. The Street of Crocodiles - Bruno Schulz
21. A View From The Bridge - Arthur Miller
22. The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
23. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
24. The Age of Napoleon - Alistair Horne
25. Junky - William S. Burroughs
26. The Tower Menagerie - Daniel Hahn
27. The Edge Chronicles: The Stone Pilot - Paul Stewart
28. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
29. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernières
30. The Giraffe and Pelly and Me - Roald Dahl
31. The Magic Finger - Roald Dahl
32. The Virgin: The Myth and Cult of Mary - Geoffrey Ashe
33. Bionicle Chronicles: Tale of the Toa - Catherine Hapka
34. The World Until Yesterday - Jared Diamond

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Post by WithLoveAndSqualor » Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:15 pm

just bought myself a copy of bury my heart at wounded knee after i had it recommended to me by my cousin's boyfriend, so i'm really looking forward to starting that; i was all kinds of down for that book anyway after running through bioshock infinite again.

asides from that i'm making my way through antony beevor's d-day book, and i'll probably check out his book about stalingrad after. also morrissey's autobiography because goddamnit i loves the fella.
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1. Wise Children - Angela Carter (1992)
2. Blasted - Sarah Kane (1995)
3. Birthday Letters - Ted Hughes (1998)
4. Remainder - Tom McCarthy (2007)
5. Transmission - Hari Kunzru (2004)
6. Look We Have Coming to Dover! - Daljit Nagra (2007)
7. The City & The City - China Miéville (2009)
8. Jerusalem - Jez Butterworth (2009)
9. Oroonoko - Aphra Behn (1688)
10. Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe (1722)
11. Joseph Andrews - Henry Fielding (1742)
12. Evelina - Frances Burney (1778)
13. The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Malcolm X [& Alex Haley] (1965)
14. The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon (1966)
15. Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion (1968)
16. Beloved - Toni Morrison (1987)
17. Nickel and Dimed - Barbara Ehrenreich (2001)
18. Manhattan Transfer - John Dos Passos (1925)
19. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
20. On the Road - Jack Kerouac (1957)
21. Fall On Your Knees - Ann-Marie MacDonald (1997)
22. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson (1971)
23. The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media - Bryan Alexander (2011)
24. Game Development Essentials: Game Story and Character Development - Marianne Krawcyzk, Jeannie Novak (2007)
25. More Than A Game - The Computer Game as Fictional Form - Barry Atkins (2003)
26. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway (1952)
27. Game Cultures - Computer Games as New Media - Jon Dovey and Helen W. Kennedy (2006)
28. White Noise - Don Delillo (1985)
29. Oblivion: Stories - David Foster Wallace (2004)
30. Gilead - Marilynne Robinson (2004)
31. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth - Chris Ware (2000)
32. Simulations - Jean Baudrillard (1983)
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Post by WithLoveAndSqualor » Thu Oct 30, 2014 2:52 pm

SanTheSly wrote: 18. Manhattan Transfer - John Dos Passos (1925)

22. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson (1971)
how are you finding those? i've been meaning to check them both out for a while now.
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Post by Sparkle » Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:04 pm

Currently doing a joint degree in English Lit (With English Language/Linguistics) and making my way through Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde and about to learn a whole new version of Middle English for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Which is annoying as i'm still struggling a bit with Chaucerian Middle English. This Medieval Lit module is slaying me, but Medieval Literature is absolutely fascinating! Especially when you read it pre translation.

Next semester it'll be a 20th century American Literature model so i'm looking forward to that.

A few books I've read recently that I really enjoyed:

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
The Good Soldier, Ford Maddox Ford
The Alchemist (author escapes me! gah)
Geek Love (Katherine Dunn, definitely NOT what it sounds like)
The Dispossessed, Ursula Le Guin
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Post by SanTheSly » Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:11 pm

WithLoveAndSqualor wrote:
SanTheSly wrote: 18. Manhattan Transfer - John Dos Passos (1925)

22. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson (1971)
how are you finding those? i've been meaning to check them both out for a while now.
Manhattan Transfer was pretty great, it's like the antithesis to The Great Gatsby. Definitely worth a read. It's a bit long but it does some interesting things.

I liked Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as an artifact of it's time. It's definitely also worth a read but personally I'm not overly huge on surreal fiction.
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Post by WithLoveAndSqualor » Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:29 pm

SanTheSly wrote:
WithLoveAndSqualor wrote:
SanTheSly wrote: 18. Manhattan Transfer - John Dos Passos (1925)

22. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson (1971)
how are you finding those? i've been meaning to check them both out for a while now.
Manhattan Transfer was pretty great, it's like the antithesis to The Great Gatsby. Definitely worth a read. It's a bit long but it does some interesting things.

I liked Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as an artifact of it's time. It's definitely also worth a read but personally I'm not overly huge on surreal fiction.
i've just finished re-reading gatsby, so i might have to check out manhattan transfer.

i haven't seen the film adaptation of fear and loathing, so i guess i'll probably watch that and decide if it's worth jumping into the book; it's always been something i've meant to look into. thanks for the recommendations!
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Post by masa » Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:03 am

i dont know how i feel about A Tale of Two Cities so far

on the one hand it's boring and incessantly long winded, on the other hand it's oddly compelling and the exaggerated language of Mr Dickens is oft as beautiful as though it were indeed composed of the very essence of true beauty itself

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Post by Kriken » Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:38 am

I have no idea how many books I've read this year but I wager that this has probably been my worst compared to the few years previous. Will be attempting this challenge again for the next year but I'm going to stop slacking off for the rest of this year too.

I've just finished reading The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. It was recommended to me by a friend and I thought I'd take him up on it since I've also enjoyed Never Let Me Go by the same author. Just purchased Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn) and Paper Towns (John Green) today and will be working through the former soon.
SanTheSly wrote:I liked Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as an artifact of it's time. It's definitely also worth a read but personally I'm not overly huge on surreal fiction.
It felt rather modern to me when I read it. It's so funny.
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