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Title: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on May 14, 2009, 04:09:47 PM
What are you reading atm? Is it good? Would you reccomend it?
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Post by: Silver Wolf on May 16, 2009, 02:22:07 PM
I'm reading The Sorrows of Young Werther by G
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Post by: comrade_general on May 16, 2009, 03:38:53 PM
The History of Middle Earth - Volume 7 - The Treason of Isengard
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Post by: Jubal on May 16, 2009, 04:48:05 PM
I have the histories, but haven't read right through them.  :D
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Post by: comrade_general on May 16, 2009, 06:57:36 PM
Quote from: "Jubal"
I have the histories, but haven't read right through them.  :D
That be what I'm doing  ;)

Here's my list so far:

The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings
 -The Fellowship of the Ring
 -The Two Towers
 -The Return of the King
The Silmarillion
The Children of Hurin
Unfinished Tales
The History of Middle Earth
 -The Book of Lost Tales Part 1
 -The Book of Lost Tales Part 2
 -The Lays of Beleriand
 -The Shaping of Middle-earth
 -The Lost Road and Other Writings
 -The Return of the Shadow
 -The Treason of Isengard (halfway)

and I have plenty more to read  B)
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Post by: Jubal on May 16, 2009, 07:03:11 PM
Unfinished tales is great.
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Post by: Jubal on May 30, 2009, 09:35:47 PM
I'm about to read the Iliad properly, I've never found time to yet.
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Post by: Silver Wolf on May 30, 2009, 09:49:12 PM
I don't like the Iliad ... It's too long and hard to understand
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Post by: Jubal on May 31, 2009, 09:01:38 AM
I quite enjoy Homer. The language is really just epic, which is good compared to the cruddy novels of today.
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Post by: Silver Wolf on June 03, 2009, 07:08:57 PM
I'm reading A Hero of our time by Lermontov and I must say that I like it... Last week I was reading The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe and I think that it is also a great book, although a bit short.
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Post by: Gen_Glory on June 07, 2009, 07:36:29 PM
dare i say it...

New Moon
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Post by: Darkstar707 on June 07, 2009, 10:15:23 PM
Your mind.

You dirty, dirty man.

Reread all the inheritance cycle, and LOTR. Might reread silmarillion.
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Post by: Son of the King on June 07, 2009, 11:19:00 PM
Quote
dare i say it...

New Moon
I've read the whole series. Was kind of forced to by my ex lol...
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Post by: Jubal on June 10, 2009, 05:35:27 PM
The Iliad now well underway. It's longwinded in parts, but it is pretty kickass IMO.
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Post by: comrade_general on July 11, 2009, 04:00:16 PM
The History of Middle Earth - Volume 8 - The War of the Ring
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Post by: comrade_general on July 29, 2009, 02:49:10 AM
The History of Middle Earth - Volume 9 - Sauron Defeated
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Post by: Silver Wolf on July 29, 2009, 11:55:26 AM
The return of the king (Croatian version)
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Post by: Darkstar707 on August 01, 2009, 12:36:48 AM
I'm not reading anything *slids pron magazine under bed*

I recently reread the silmarillion by Tolkien. Thinking about rereading The Hobbit.
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Post by: comrade_general on August 01, 2009, 02:14:22 AM
Quote from: "Darkstar707"
I'm not reading anything *slids pron magazine under bed*

I recently reread the silmarillion by Tolkien. Thinking about rereading The Hobbit.
slids? pron? the?

yeah, i cant wait to reread the hobbit after i finish this 12 volume history
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Post by: comrade_general on September 20, 2009, 05:34:05 AM
The History of Middle Earth - Volume 10 - Morgoth's Ring
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Post by: Jubal on October 30, 2009, 05:12:36 PM
Laurie Lee - As I walked out one Midsummer Morning
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Post by: comrade_general on December 11, 2009, 03:47:17 AM
The History of Middle Earth - Volume 11 - The War of the Jewels
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Post by: joek on December 16, 2009, 08:45:20 PM
Just re-reading Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay asher, which is good but kind of depressing.
Also re-reading all the Watch books by Terry Pratchett, which is the best part of the Discworld books by far.
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Post by: Son of the King on January 08, 2010, 12:34:11 AM
I've just finished reading One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie. I got that and two other Poirot books for Christmas, and decided I liked the change in genre.
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Post by: Jubal on January 08, 2010, 11:28:24 AM
I read Of Mice and Men yesterday. Ir's pretty god albeit tragic.
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Post by: comrade_general on January 08, 2010, 02:31:52 PM
Quote from: "Jubal"
I read Of Mice and Men yesterday. Ir's pretty god albeit tragic.
Yes it is good. It is a standard high school book 'round these parts.

You should also watch the movie - the Gary Sinise version.
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Post by: Jubal on January 08, 2010, 03:06:35 PM
Round here too, we're doing it at the moment. I quite like Steinbeck anyway (I've read Cannery Row and I've got the Grapes of Wroth for future reading), so it made sense to read it soone r rather than later.
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Post by: comrade_general on February 01, 2010, 04:47:16 AM
The History of Middle Earth - Volume 12 - The Peoples of Middle Earth

last one  :)
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Post by: Marcus on February 01, 2010, 05:34:18 AM
The Subtle Knife - Phillip Pullman
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Post by: Jubal on February 09, 2010, 01:47:54 PM
His Dark Materials is awesome.  :D
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Post by: Jubal on March 22, 2010, 11:01:07 PM
The Grapes of Wrath for me atm. :)
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Post by: CN2 on March 23, 2010, 09:09:22 PM
Currently reading the Emperor Series by Conn Iggulden. Brilliant books :D

Then onto Slash's auto-biography.
Title: What are you reading?
Post by: comrade_general on April 14, 2010, 01:14:47 AM
Finally finished The History of Middle Earth. Here's my Tolkien list (started in fall 2008):

The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings
-The Fellowship of the Ring
-The Two Towers
-The Return of the King
The Silmarillion
The Children of Hurin
Unfinished Tales
The History of Middle Earth
-The Book of Lost Tales Part 1
-The Book of Lost Tales Part 2
-The Lays of Beleriand
-The Shaping of Middle-earth
-The Lost Road and Other Writings
-The Return of the Shadow
-The Treason of Isengard
-The War of the Ring
-Sauron Defeated
-Morgoth's Ring
-The War of the Jewels
-The Peoples of Middle-earth

Now I shall start the two volume History of the Hobbit when I feel like reading again.  ;)
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Post by: Marcus on April 14, 2010, 01:26:06 AM
comrade, you have a stronger reading will than I will ever have. I don't think I got past TRotK.
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Post by: Jubal on April 27, 2010, 04:55:55 PM
I haven't even read right through the histories (they are sitting on my shelves though!)
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Post by: Cuddly Khan on August 03, 2010, 07:14:48 AM
I am reading 2 books both with an average of about 700 pages (Go me  B)  ). One is called Ship of Magic Book One of the Liveship Traders By Robin Hobb and the other is Emperor: The Death of Kings By Conn Iggulden. Conn Iggulden and Robin Hobbs Books are realy good books ;) .
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Post by: Cuddly Khan on August 03, 2010, 07:27:04 AM
Quote from: "CN2"
Currently reading the Emperor Series by Conn Iggulden. Brilliant books :D

Then onto Slash's auto-biography.
What about the other series by Conn Iggulden, the one about Gangis Khan. I've read almost all of them (1-4 not book 5 yet got too stuck into the Emperor Series. Great books).
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Post by: Hopit on August 06, 2010, 08:53:23 PM
Reading  (in english)Imperial Guard Omnibus, after 5 Soul Drinker novels, grey knight omnibus, ultramarines omnibus, Space wolf omnibus and 2 Horus Herersy Novels. I'm such a nerd B) after that 1 I'm reading Blood Angels Omnibus
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Post by: Jubal on August 15, 2010, 01:12:07 PM
I read Beasts in my Belfry by Gerald Durrell recently. If you have any love of animals his books are a must, brilliantly funny in the older and more genteel sense of the word and pretty heartwarming too. Also I'm currently reading The Far Pavilions, which is a stunning epic set in India maybe 20 years after the Mutiny.
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Post by: Hopit on August 15, 2010, 04:13:32 PM
blood angels omnibus suqs...
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Post by: Jubal on August 16, 2010, 10:39:28 AM
40K is just a ***t universe for stories. It's TOO dark, so everything just feels broken.
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Post by: Hopit on August 16, 2010, 05:00:10 PM
no it doesnt :D
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Post by: Cuddly Khan on August 17, 2010, 06:45:51 AM
I've read the halo books, there good.
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Post by: Viao on August 18, 2010, 05:35:59 PM
"The sea of Trolls" and WOW is it good.
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Post by: Silver Wolf on August 20, 2010, 08:17:34 PM
Blood on the Reik is a very interesting book... It's a bit short and it's full of drawings (which are the best part of the book actually)...
It's a must for every WHF fan...
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Post by: Jubal on August 21, 2010, 11:38:27 AM
Quote from: "Viao"
"The sea of Trolls" and WOW is it good.
Who's it by?
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Post by: Silver Wolf on September 09, 2010, 08:20:55 PM
Franz Kafka : The Metamorphosis
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Post by: Captain Carthage on January 22, 2011, 11:54:48 PM
V for Vendetta.
Ruddy spiffing.
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Post by: Son of the King on January 23, 2011, 12:29:40 AM
The Collected Stories - Arthur C. Clarke
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Post by: comrade_general on January 23, 2011, 01:38:41 AM
Just read a few snippets from The Celts by Gerhard Herm.

Nordic "Atlantians" and other protohistoric-european-superpowers, 700 year carbon dating errors, and theories on the Ur (the "original" people) from which descended all Indo-Europeans. (those are the not-so-Celtic chapters)

A wee bit farcical at times but an interesting read.
Title: What are you reading?
Post by: Phoenixguard09 on January 23, 2011, 03:25:42 AM
Quote from: "comrade_general"
Just read a few snippets from The Celts by Gerhard Herm.

Nordic "Atlantians" and other protohistoric-european-superpowers, 700 year carbon dating errors, and theories on the Ur (the "original" people) from which descended all Indo-Europeans. (those are the not-so-Celtic chapters)

A wee bit farcical at times but an interesting read.
Aaah that sounds good.  I'd like to read that I think.  

Unlike usually, I'm not actually reading anything at the moment, focusing instead on modding and flitting between new, and therefore crap White Dwarfs.
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Post by: debux on January 23, 2011, 06:46:52 AM
"Collapse" by Jared Diamond. I've only read three chapters and I've already stopped at least 3 times reading to reflect on what the book made me think about. I highly recommend it. Basically, as the title reads, it's the attempt to explain the collapse of societies and cultures.

Too bad I haven't been able to advance much, there quite a bit to do in San Francisco (besides of learning to use PS3 controllers)
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Post by: Phoenixguard09 on January 23, 2011, 06:52:43 AM
Oh, I've got something, Temeraire (or His Majesty's Dragon for you American folks)  Combines Napoleonic warfare, with Dragons.  Excellent read, they are so good.
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Post by: Hopit on January 23, 2011, 09:34:45 AM
Dead men walking by steven lyons
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Post by: Doomchild on January 23, 2011, 06:48:50 PM
The Gun: The AK-47 and the Evolution of War by C. J. Chiver. Really intresting goes through the invention of different automatic weapons as well as thier reception and use in warfare
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Post by: Jubal on January 23, 2011, 09:18:13 PM
You revolutionary, you.  :P

I really want to get round to reading my lovely shiny copy of the Alexiad, but haven't gotten round to it yet. :(
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Post by: Doomchild on January 23, 2011, 10:03:01 PM
yup just getting all the info i can before staging my militray coup. Also reading Sun Tzu's art of war so im totally prepared
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Post by: Jubal on January 23, 2011, 10:08:53 PM
You actually have a copy of art of war? Can I borrow it at some point?
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Post by: Marcus on January 23, 2011, 10:21:38 PM
That's like having War and Peace in your bathroom. :P
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Post by: Doomchild on January 23, 2011, 10:38:20 PM
@Jubal

Yer sure, it's not a very good copy though, poor formating. It's also got 'the book of five rings' in it which is also about military strategy but was written by a samurai
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Post by: comrade_general on January 23, 2011, 10:39:56 PM
It's really cheap on Amazon ;)
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Post by: Andalus on January 26, 2011, 11:59:55 PM
I just finished "The Owl Killers" by Karen Maitland. Excellent novel, set in the fictional village of Ulewic in 1321 England, where pagan superstitions and leaders still rule beneath the Christian facade. It follows the struggles of a group of religious women from Flanders attempting to set up a beguinage (define:beguinage (http://lmgtfy.com/?q=define%3Abeguinage)) in the village and the obstacles they face from both pagan and church alike.

It's a very good tale, with a great historical backdrop, featuring the struggles of common people in the 14th century, faith and the lack of it, and a touch of horror. I recommend it.
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Post by: Othko97 on October 27, 2012, 03:19:15 PM
I just finished rereading The Art of War (written by Sun Tzu) and The Book of Five Rings (by Musashi Miyamoto). I've also been reading (on and off) On the Origin of the Species since about April. I'm about to start The Prince and The Art of War, both by Niccolo Machiavelli.

Necroposting FTW.
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Post by: Jubal on October 27, 2012, 03:22:45 PM
I've read The Art of War, it's an interesting book.

I've got the Prince on my bookshelf, but it keeps getting neglected in favour of riveting titles like Bruce Campbell's "English Seigniorial Agriculture 1250-1450"  :P
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Post by: Doomchild on October 28, 2012, 12:44:07 AM
Read the Prince its fascinating
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Post by: debux on October 31, 2012, 02:14:27 AM
I've tried starting "The Girl of the Dragon Tattoo"... but failed horribly. Time seems to run by so quickly, it makes me feel really old, and I'm supposed to be in the prime of my life.
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Post by: Silver Wolf on October 31, 2012, 09:03:16 PM
I feel exactly the same. It's like my days are constantly getting shorter and shorter.
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Post by: Othko97 on October 31, 2012, 10:05:38 PM
Might be because the nights are drawing in up in the northern hemisphere... :P
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Post by: debux on November 02, 2012, 12:15:31 AM
Whereas, here, in the southern hemisphere, longer daytime causes the illusion that ones has more time in the day... I'm still surprised to find that it's sunset at 9 o'clock, as I still think that it should be at 7 o'clock (and technically deducting two hours of my day)
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Post by: Jubal on December 06, 2012, 12:32:18 AM
Death of Kings, Bernard Cornwell. Bunch of Saxons and Danes stabbing each other == a good evening.  ;D
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Post by: debux on December 06, 2012, 01:55:53 AM
Woha! Finally an author I have a mild knowledge about. Doesn't feel right to know him only because of his most famous series, no matter how awesome those books are.

I'm going to give the tattoed girl another try, starting it again tonight! ;D
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Post by: Othko97 on April 25, 2013, 10:52:43 PM
Recently finished the Hunger Games trilogy, now I have made the grave mistake of starting reading A Song Of Ice and Fire just before my exams. Why, oh why did I choose now to start reading an addictive series?
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Post by: Clockwork on July 15, 2013, 10:29:25 PM
I have just bought and will start reading soon a book called Atlas Shrugged. Why? Because Bioshock is awesome and I wanted to understand better the philosophy behind Rapture without actually reading a book on objectivism.
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Post by: Jubal on July 15, 2013, 10:53:35 PM
Eww, Ayn Rand. I mean, I ought to read it too at some point, but still ew Ayn Rand.  :P
Let me know what you think/whether I should read it too :)

I've just finished Wolf Hall, the first of two big historical novels on Thomas Cromwell, and am now reading some classic Pratchett (though not discworld, The Dark Side of the Sun, it's sci-fi stuff :) )
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Post by: Clockwork on July 15, 2013, 11:54:11 PM
What's wrong with Ayn Rand? She seems delightful, if slightly sociopathic.

I heard good things about the Cromwell novels, they're good I take it? It shames me to admit this, but I've never been able to read more than a chapter or two of Pratchett :(
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Post by: Othko97 on July 16, 2013, 08:12:35 AM
I need to buy A Storm of Swords, then I can continue reading :P
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Post by: Silver Wolf on October 20, 2013, 04:51:53 PM
Robert E. Howard.
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Post by: Jubal on October 20, 2013, 05:02:54 PM
Thucydides - term hath once more started.  :-\
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Post by: Othko97 on November 04, 2013, 09:54:10 PM
Just finished World War Z. It was actually quite interesting, as it covered more about the social, cultural and personal effects of a near-apocalypse, and wasn't just Brad Pitt running around shooting stuff up :P

Also recently finished:
Quiet - Susan Cain - an eye opening book on introversion and the cultural views surrounding it, I really would recommend to, like, anyone
The Art of War - Niccolo Macchiavelli - In my humble opinion a bit of a drag, as it goes too far into specific details, but it's still worth a read for the wider tactics for anyone so inclined
An Abundance of Katherines - John Green - Can't say much because spoilers, but like all of John Green's books I would highly recommend
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Post by: Jubal on November 04, 2013, 10:24:22 PM
I really should read some John Green - generally I've got about zero fictional reading done so far this term (excluding history books which are wrong, but there the fictions are unintentional :P )

This week, lots of books on Sparta  :)
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Post by: debux on November 04, 2013, 11:07:16 PM
They better mention Gerald Butler, or else you should consider kicking the books out the window and write letters to the authors in a similar fashion to this "This is NOT SPARTAAAAAAA"
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Post by: Jubal on November 04, 2013, 11:14:12 PM
These were mostly written in the 1980s, so it seems a bit unfair to require that of them   :P
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Post by: debux on November 06, 2013, 01:29:02 AM
False! They should have anticipated the brilliant minds behind Hollywood and the consumers that keep it alive
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Post by: Paramythion on November 06, 2013, 04:09:37 AM
Making my way through the ever spectacular Aubrey/Maturin series, for something like the eighth time.
Lost to the West, by Lars Brownworth. Quite a engaging read on the Byzantines, although rather clearly biased about some of the personalities he discusses.
And Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman. Which has been utterly fantastic so far.
Not sure what to read once I have finished tackling this bunch of books. I am considering re-trying the Game of Thrones series, although I couldn't even bring myself to finish the first book last time.
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Post by: comrade_general on November 09, 2013, 09:11:38 PM
The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel. Very interesting look at the paranormal world. Should finish it in a day.

After that recommend Invisible Residents by Ivan Sanderson for similar topics.
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Post by: Scarlet on November 10, 2013, 11:21:46 AM
The Geology of New Zealand Volume I? :P I am a cool cool kid.
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Post by: Pentagathus on November 10, 2013, 11:47:36 AM
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I might go to the local library and see what books are aboot, I only brought the hobbit up here and although its a bitchin book I reckon it'l get a bit stale if I re-read it too much.
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Post by: Jubal on November 10, 2013, 02:45:24 PM
This week, Alexander. All the Alexander.  :)
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Post by: debux on November 13, 2013, 10:53:23 PM
Every single one of them?
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Post by: Othko97 on November 14, 2013, 07:26:13 AM
After gathering £30 in WHSmith vouchers from my school, I have now bought: The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, The Book Thief and some others :P
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Post by: Jubal on November 14, 2013, 09:24:36 AM
Let me know what you thought of Catcher in the Rye. Because I found it really, really dull.  :P

I think it's supposed to be good because of all the themes of adolescent rebellion etc... but I just never related to that maybe?
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Post by: Gen_Glory on November 15, 2013, 10:15:34 PM
World War Z....
Holy hell is it a gripping book, I just want to know more, expand the stories more!
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Post by: Othko97 on November 16, 2013, 03:21:51 PM
@Dripping D: Oh Dear Lord I know! That book is incredible. The film, by contrast is apparently awful :/

@Jubal: Reading Gatsby at the moment, so I can't comment yet :P
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Post by: debux on November 16, 2013, 06:06:12 PM
I'd like to hear your opinion of "The Catcher in the Rye". I still can't understand the message the author was trying to get through.

(It seems it took me *way* to long to answer, I was behind by a whole page!)
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Post by: Gen_Glory on November 16, 2013, 11:14:31 PM
Just from the trailers you can tell they are only the same in namesake, shame really as a really great film (or tv series) could of been made, not just another 'american family man sets out to save the world'
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Post by: Skull on November 16, 2013, 11:18:03 PM
That book is incredible. The film, by contrast is apparently awful :/

I think the same could be said about "The Name of the Rose" by Umberto Eco...
The movie kinda missed the point of the book about the "Dark Middle ages".
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Post by: Jubal on March 30, 2014, 12:02:55 AM
Currently reading "Fear of the Dark" - which is a Doctor Who novel about the 5th doctor, by Trevor Baxendale. Very good so far.  :)
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Post by: Cuddly Khan on March 30, 2014, 02:45:12 AM
Currently reading Raymond E. Feist's books. Magician is one of the best (Of not the best) books I've ever read.
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Post by: Death Nade on April 02, 2014, 06:41:00 AM
Just finished a couple of books, The bridge to Wisemans cove and The eleventh commandment. I'm also reading Raymond E. Feist's books (courtesy of Khan).
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Post by: Cuddly Khan on April 02, 2014, 08:34:36 AM
Which one are you up to? :P I've nearly finished "Murder in LaMut", it starts out a bit boring but it gets pretty cool (As a lot of books do).
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Post by: Silver Wolf on April 02, 2014, 09:12:49 AM
After seeing this thread I've realized that I haven't read anything besides a few Robert E. Howard's short stories in more than a year and a half.
Just tons of science papers and chemistry books with an occasional biochemistry, physiology book and other biological stuff.

And that's kind of sad.
Well, back to geobotanics then. Boredom is not going to bore itself.
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Post by: Jubal on April 02, 2014, 02:37:17 PM
Fear of the Dark was very good and would recommend.

Also read The Dancers At The End of Time recently. Very, very weird and somewhat trippy. But well written.
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Post by: TTG4 on April 02, 2014, 04:05:15 PM
After seeing this thread I've realized that I haven't read anything besides a few Robert E. Howard's short stories in more than a year and a half.
Just tons of science papers and chemistry books with an occasional biochemistry, physiology book and other biological stuff.

And that's kind of sad.
Well, back to geobotanics then. Boredom is not going to bore itself.

In the same sort of boat, barely get any chance to read for pleasure any more! Hopefully after finals are done I can have free time again! Last book I finished was Citadel by Kate Mosse, she creates really engaging characters that I just find myself getting hooked. Whenever I get chance I dip into 'And now on Radio 4' by Simon Elmes, it's quite interesting to see how the radio section of the BBC has changed over time.
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Post by: Son of the King on April 06, 2014, 11:38:39 AM
I've recently started reading the Discworld books, anyone else read them?
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Post by: Pentagathus on April 06, 2014, 11:53:45 AM
I speak for many of us when I say yes and they are awesome. Enjoy. The enjoy part is from me, I can't speak for the others regarding that one.
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Post by: Jubal on April 06, 2014, 01:52:23 PM
They are excellent. The first few and the most recent few are a little less good, perhaps, but some of the middle ones are stunningly good. As a whole they're the best corpus of satire a single author has produced in the English language, for my money.
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Post by: Tom on April 06, 2014, 06:37:01 PM
Man, the discworld is such a great universe :)
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Post by: TTG4 on April 22, 2014, 01:47:05 AM
Finished the R4 thing, good fun. Making a start on Ken Follett 'Winter of the World'. This series hasn't been as good as pillars of the earth, some of the characters are quite unbelivable (especially the children) but I do like the way he weaves the plotlines together with historical events.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on May 09, 2014, 09:26:20 PM
I'm reading lots of history (and odd bits of obscure Tolkien).

Has anyone else read Tal-Elmar here? It's an unfinished short story at the end of the Histories of Middle-Earth, and it's rathergood.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: comrade_general on May 09, 2014, 09:56:43 PM
Have read everything of Middle Earth, but that was years ago so I not remember much.  :-\

Can you expand?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on May 09, 2014, 11:09:08 PM
It's about some guy in the lower Anduin region at the time of the Numenoreans coming to settle, where the natives have this basically neolithic culture and Numenoreans turn up with bows and swords and suchlike. And it includes a guy called Hazad Longbeard, which is a) a fantastic name and b) the description of his pride in his beard is wonderful.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: comrade_general on May 09, 2014, 11:23:59 PM
I scantly remember that one. :(
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on May 09, 2014, 11:31:37 PM
Right at the end of Book 12 of the Histories, if you have them to hand.  :gandalfgrey:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: comrade_general on May 09, 2014, 11:38:30 PM
I don't, I libraried them way back when. :(
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Othko97 on July 30, 2014, 08:33:58 PM
Currently I am reading Periodic Tales, a book which talks more about the history of the elements, rather than their chemical properties. It is the latest in a LONG line of books which I got at Christmas :P
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Pentagathus on July 30, 2014, 09:12:23 PM
Sounds wibulnib.

Hey what the fudge? Why has the common term for masturbate been replaced with wibulnib? I am outraged that my culture is being so blatantly offended!
Exilian isn't even exilian anymore!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Othko97 on July 30, 2014, 09:41:08 PM
This brings whole new meaning to your title.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on July 30, 2014, 10:18:25 PM
I'm just kind of amused it's taken everyone this long to notice. I'll change it if you're that offended.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Cuddly Khan on July 31, 2014, 08:54:02 AM
I wonder what other stuff has been added to the custom language filter. :P
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Pentagathus on July 31, 2014, 10:21:28 AM
Nah don't bother, I don't actually give many portugals.
Although having said that, does that particular word even need censoring?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on July 31, 2014, 11:55:23 AM
I dunno, I just changed a bunch of words because I thought it might be kind of amusing.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Glaurung on August 03, 2014, 08:30:44 PM
I've very recently read one of Neil Gaiman's latest novels, "The Ocean at the End of the Lane", and I recommend it. It has something of the feel of "The Graveyard Book", in that the protagonist is a child, but the story is rather different - almost horror, in some ways.

Looking back, I've enjoyed everything that I've read by Gaiman: novels "American Gods", "The Graveyard Book", "Neverwhere" and "Stardust", and "Good Omens" (with Terry Pratchett); short story collections "Smoke and Mirrors" and "Fragile Things".
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on August 04, 2014, 12:46:20 PM
I should read more Neil Gaiman... currently on "The Moor's Last Sigh" which is by Salman Rushdie. It's an interesting read and he's an excellent writer, very different to the pacier style of most modern western novellists.  :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Pentagathus on August 21, 2014, 01:36:10 PM
I've just finished reading "The Lord of Middle Air" by Michael Scott Rohan. T'was amazingly good and I heartily recommend it. I'm surprised I've never heard of this author before, definitely going to check out his other works.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Glaurung on August 22, 2014, 01:42:09 AM
... "The Lord of Middle Air" by Michael Scott Rohan. T'was amazingly good and I heartily recommend it. ...
I agree - he's a very good writer who's published frustratingly little, and seemingly nothing at all since 2001 (which is probably why you've not heard of him). There's a probably complete bibliography on his Wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Scott_Rohan). He also has his own website (http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/mike.scott.rohan/) that explains more about his work, though there several unfinished pages, and it looks as if it's not been updated since 1998!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Glaurung on August 22, 2014, 08:55:10 PM
Thus prompted, I re-read Run To The Stars in one sitting last night. It's an SF thriller, set in a near-ish future dystopian world.

I think the "Winter of the World" trilogy is probably next: The Anvil of Ice, The Forge in the Forest, The Hammer of the Sun. Heroic-ish fantasy set during the Ice Age, weaving in elements of Norse and Finnish mythology. I say heroic-ish because the "good" characters are not uniformly so: they can make bad decisions, their actions can hurt others. There's also a peculiar appeal to me in that, judging by the place names, the principal language is Cornish or Breton!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Pentagathus on August 23, 2014, 09:58:53 AM
I've been reading the winter of the world trilogy, not far through the forge in the forest yet. To be honest I was a bit disappointed, its a good tale so far but its very different from the lords of the middle air. The style of writing and sometimes the main protagonist's character reminds me of the children of hurin, not sure yet if thats a good thing or not.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Glaurung on August 24, 2014, 10:56:32 AM
Despite my intention, I haven't got started on MSR's "Winter of the World" yet. I also have a copy of Iain M. Banks' Surface Detail which I got about halfway through some months ago. This is unusual - I normally read a new book right through, as fast as other commitments will allow. Anyway, I had a couple of hours on trains yesterday, so I picked it up again and have got back into it. I think it's going to be very good - possibly one of Banks' best.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Cuddly Khan on August 29, 2014, 11:06:07 AM
I'm reading the Metro 2033 book. It's actually really good. I recomend it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tom on September 27, 2014, 01:18:30 PM
I'm reading the long earth at the moment and I'm loving it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Cuddly Khan on September 27, 2014, 11:19:08 PM
I'm reading Exilian E-book
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Glaurung on February 19, 2015, 11:50:10 PM
I'm now on Stephen Donaldson's The Last Dark. It's the last in his series "The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant". I read the first Thomas Covenant book over thirty years ago; I'm reading this last one at least partly just to find out what happens in the end. I'm about halfway through it, and I'm struggling to see how things can come to any sort of happy ending at all. Donaldson seems to have gone to some lengths to paint his characters into a corner.

After this, I will probably move on to Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice. I have heard only good things about it, and it's won all the major literary SF awards.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Glaurung on April 04, 2015, 12:02:58 AM
I finished The Last Dark some while ago. There was a great deal of to-ing and fro-ing, of running away and fighting. In the end, I think all the loose ends got resolved, and Donaldson probably managed to ensure that he never has to write another Thomas Covenant book again. I'm not sure that this, and the previous three books, are going to end up on my bookshelves - I doubt I will want to re-read them.

Then I moved on to Ancillary Justice. I was less enthused about it than I expected to be, based on the awards and so on. It has a lot of interesting ideas, and I think it's well-written, but it didn't have the 'spark' that would have grabbed me. Maybe it would have helped if I had read it in one go, rather than intermittent 15-minute doses on the bus to and from work.

I've now moved on to some non-fiction: Germania by Simon Winder. It's a history of Germany from the Roman Empire up to 1933. It's a complex subject, and I hope I will finish the book understanding it better. After that it will probably be the same author's Danubia, a history of the Habsburg empire in Europe.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on April 04, 2015, 12:07:07 AM
Mostly lots of Herodotus, the Tom Holland translation. It's very interesting, quite stressful working out what one is meant to extract from it for a coursework essay though.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Othko97 on April 24, 2015, 06:49:10 PM
I've been re-reading Tolkien recently.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lizard on April 24, 2015, 10:00:55 PM
Book Club is reading World War Z, so I guess I'm rereading that? I'm also reading Child 44, which if you're as into Soviet-era Russia as I am, is a total hoot.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on April 25, 2015, 01:43:33 AM
Finished with Byzantines (for a little while, I'm not abandoning them forever!), back to reading Archaic Greek poetry...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Pentagathus on May 01, 2015, 07:15:40 AM
Been reading Tolkien's Tales of the Perilous Realm for the first time, regret not doing this sooner.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on May 01, 2015, 02:31:25 PM
It's very good :)

More Herodotus here :/
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lizard on May 11, 2015, 11:41:01 AM
Started re-reading Catcher in the Rye to honour my soon-to-be JD Salinger-related tattoo <3
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on December 26, 2015, 06:22:19 PM
I just read the Shepherd's Crown - the last Pratchett book - this morning, it was great :) Though really really sad to know that it's the last of them.  :'(

Also pinned, we should use this thread more, it's good.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: comrade_general on December 26, 2015, 06:45:18 PM
Got Walden from my unit for Xmas.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Glaurung on December 26, 2015, 07:07:15 PM
The Wood Beyond The World, by William Morris. It was published in 1895, and is perhaps the first modern fantasy novel. I have some more Morris books with me for the weekend.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on December 26, 2015, 07:18:04 PM
^ These both look/sound like things I should read!

Meanwhile I'm back to John Kinnamos' "Deeds of John and Manuel Komnenos", and trying not to regret my choice of topic for this essay too much...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lady Grey on February 26, 2016, 10:24:39 PM
I'm in the process of reading a few things at the moment.
Really getting into the Agatha Christies - I'm reading 'The Clocks' currently. Also reading the movie novelization of Crimson Peak before I see the film - I want to mentally prepare myself! SotK got me a sort-of companion to Crimson Peak as well call 'The Art of Darkness' which is sort-of a making of etc. which is a gorgeous book.


I also finished The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester a while ago - I loved it - right down my street! :D


AND I have the Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children series to start!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Pentagathus on February 26, 2016, 11:02:12 PM
Those Morris books do sound like something I'd enjoy. Currently reading nothing except a physiology text book. Fun fun.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on April 16, 2016, 10:54:41 PM
I'm reading Donald Rayfield's "History of Georgia", which I just bought for myself - it's really very well written, in terms of focus it skews to the modern but it's big enough to incorporate several chapters on the middle ages which are very good. Would recommend, though keeping track of the different names (especially if you don't know the geography) is a tad tough! :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Glaurung on May 22, 2016, 11:19:43 PM
I've just finished a re-read of Diana Wynne Jones' The Tough Guide to Fantasyland. It's written as a sort of generic travel guide to the worlds found in a lot of modern fantasy, and consists mostly of a series of encyclopedia-style entries describing all the features that the tourist might expect to find during a visit to Fantasyland. There are some unexpected insights - for example, that Fantasyland horses appear to breed by pollination, and that the staple diet seems to be stew.

As I heard the story, Diana Wynne Jones read a lot of generic fantasy to write entries for the Encyclopedia of Fantasy, and she then wrote the Tough Guide to get the experience out of her system. It's all done quite humorously, but the Guide points out many features of fantasy writing that have been repeated somewhat mindlessly by a lot of authors. I'm reasonably confident that at least one author changed various aspects of their fantasy world after reading the Guide.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on May 22, 2016, 11:54:02 PM
That sounds like a fun read, I should look out for it...

I don't think I've ever made characters eat stew in anything I've written. Possibly because I'm not a great fan of stews myself!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Glaurung on May 23, 2016, 12:29:11 AM
That sounds like a fun read, I should look out for it...
Yes, I recommend it. Unfortunately, it's very probably out of print - it was first published in 1996 and I haven't seen it in bookshops for a long time. It probably won't often appear for sale second-hand either.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: comrade_general on May 23, 2016, 12:58:46 AM
Could it be found online maybe?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Glaurung on May 23, 2016, 07:38:31 AM
Could it be found online maybe?
Yes (or so Google tells me). It's also more widely available as a paper copy than I expected, perhaps as a result of a US revised edition as recently as 2006.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Son of the King on June 06, 2016, 08:07:47 PM
Currently reading Iron Winter, the third book in the Northland trilogy by Stephen Baxter.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: vulcanology on April 03, 2018, 02:00:27 AM
Old forum but I might as well drop my recent reads in here. I just finished 'a long way to a small angry planet' recently and would absolutely recommend it to anyone who is into the space-faring area of science fiction. I also finished 'The Martian' after putting off reading it for ages and it was fantastic - honestly right up my alley for the kind of tone I love in writing.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on April 03, 2018, 11:14:39 PM
Don't worry, we're very relaxed about necroposting :)

The last book I read was Zen Cho's Sorceror to the Crown, which is a sort of Victoriana-themed magicians-and-faery book. It was well written, though it sort of threw me that there was a pseudo-Victoriana in the writing style itself - it was kept extremely verbose throughout, which I assume was to keep it in-theme, though the plot was so thoroughly un-Victorian (and in a good way) that it jarred a little. I think Zen Cho actually lives in London, but it nonetheless felt like a slightly international view of how England is (which is to say, divided between "London" and "The Countryside Which Has Funny Named Places In It") - so there were a couple of things like that which made me feel a bit like I was in a rather "thin" sort of Victoriana setting, which was a pity in some ways as the faery stuff was really nicely done and she's clearly got a great talent for world-building, so adding depth to the human world would've been nice. It was a very neat plot, anyhow, and tied together very nicely, and it dealt with societies and the importance (or not) of The Rules and of bureaucracy-politics in a way which appealed to me. It examined the differences between human and faery moralities in an interesting way, too, which I liked. Would recommend, anyway, if sorcerors with complex relations with their familiars and victorian gentlemen having to seek audiences with fairy kings and so on is up your alley.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: comrade_general on April 05, 2018, 04:10:23 AM
Hory sheet need a tl;dr on that, hue.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lady Grey on April 27, 2018, 11:13:13 PM
Don't worry, we're very relaxed about necroposting :)

The last book I read was Zen Cho's Sorceror to the Crown, which is a sort of Victoriana-themed magicians-and-faery book. It was well written, though it sort of threw me that there was a pseudo-Victoriana in the writing style itself - it was kept extremely verbose throughout, which I assume was to keep it in-theme, though the plot was so thoroughly un-Victorian (and in a good way) that it jarred a little. I think Zen Cho actually lives in London, but it nonetheless felt like a slightly international view of how England is (which is to say, divided between "London" and "The Countryside Which Has Funny Named Places In It") - so there were a couple of things like that which made me feel a bit like I was in a rather "thin" sort of Victoriana setting, which was a pity in some ways as the faery stuff was really nicely done and she's clearly got a great talent for world-building, so adding depth to the human world would've been nice. It was a very neat plot, anyhow, and tied together very nicely, and it dealt with societies and the importance (or not) of The Rules and of bureaucracy-politics in a way which appealed to me. It examined the differences between human and faery moralities in an interesting way, too, which I liked. Would recommend, anyway, if sorcerors with complex relations with their familiars and victorian gentlemen having to seek audiences with fairy kings and so on is up your alley.


SotK bought me that one for Christmas, yet to read it though :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on January 08, 2019, 04:18:04 PM
My first completed book of 2019: The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared.

I absolutely loved it and would definitely recommend. It's a little like Forrest Gump in style - that is, the focus is on an ordinary-ish character who has had an utterly extraordinary life and met a ton of major world leaders and generally inadvertently changed the course of history. It's very, very funny, and written in a flash back/forward system between the present and sections of the eponymous character's past. It also includes an elephant, several explosions, dodgy fruit sales businesses, about half the major international wars in the twentieth century, and several glasses of vodka. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on February 02, 2019, 09:37:54 PM
And I've finally finished Sholokov's The Don Flows Home To The Sea. It's... big, for one thing, and it's only the second half of the Tikhii Don epic (the first part being Quiet Flows the Don). It's a book with a heavy, painful realism to it, but one that perhaps finds that clashing now and again with the author's wish to write a tragedy. Covering the cossack revolts and Russian civil war from 1919 to 1921 roughly, its protagonist, Gregor Melekhov, is a well-off cossack who ends up fighting for insurgents, whites, reds, and bandits; there's a lot of battle drama and cossacks sabring people to death, though the focus of the novel is on the complex web of character interactions as members of the cossack village of Tatarsk end up fighting for different sides and dealing with war. It probably contains considerably more vodka than the book I mentioned in my previous post.

Next bit has spoilers:
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Since my muscles have been playing up today and I couldn't do all the word processing I had planned, I also read right through If Only They Could Talk, which is the first book by James Herriot (actually a pseud but I've forgotten the guy's real name) about his career as a vet. It's a very nice read; funny in a gentle and very British way, good for observations on Yorkshire and its people, and on animals too. Not necessarily a book for the squeamish, since it spares little when it comes to shoving the accidentally passed uterus of a cow back into its body and similar things like that. It's the first book I've read in 2019 that does not include significant quantities of vodka.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on February 25, 2019, 01:06:10 PM
Lots of books recently!

I read all three books of N.K. Jemisin's The Broken Earth trilogy and I would hugely recommend them. Very powerful, punchy fantasy writing with a somewhat post-apocalypse vibe that tackles issues of oppression and slavery etc in ways I'm not that used to seeing in the fantasy genre. Her writing style is interesting, lots of second person text - the effect is spectacular though. I was left feeling less like I feel after reading most fantasy and more like after something like LOTR, in that I think Broken Earth really gave me a very different possible baseline look at what can be done with the fantasy genre, and I think it'll deservedly become a classic. Some books just hit you that way.

Also on the recently read & highly recommended: The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes. Very different to the Broken Earth - where the Broken Earth books are heavy, epic, and powerful, The Palace Job is just very, very good fun  - essentially it's a fairly played straight fantasy heist novel, executed very well and with a sharply written character cast and witty dialogue. It revels in its plot-writing, and continual twists and turns of who is one step ahead of whom. Despite being 400 pages or so it was a pretty quick read, it drags you through the plot at quite a pace.

I'm also partway through Ulysses, but I'll write that up when I'm done with it, which might be a while yet. It's... big. And mostly written in streams of consciousness.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on April 16, 2019, 05:31:57 PM
I was so exhausted after finishing Ulysses that I didn't bother writing anything about it at the time!

It was an interesting read, though not one I'll do again in a hurry - I was left a bit sceptical about its claims to be a sort of everyman paean to the human condition, and found it very wrapped up in past mentalities and social norms that felt ill at ease with how I think about the world. This is a problem with stream of consciousness novels - if you're doing it for a poem, that's one thing, but when you're spending 900 pages in someone else's brain, that's quite an undertaking if you're not sure you actually like the person all that much. The whole book is very very clever - the wordplay is intricate, the framing is very sharp, etc - but perhaps it does that at the expense of readability a bit. All in all, a decent read and I'm glad I did it, but I'm also a little bit glad it's done and I can find a few easier things on the brain to tackle next!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Clockwork on April 16, 2019, 08:03:10 PM
I may have posted this before but it's worth a repost even if I have: If you're a fan of absurdist very British humour, go read Lint by Steve Aylett. It's a masterpiece of a niche market.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on April 16, 2019, 11:20:50 PM
Ooh, I'd not even heard of it. That sounds a good idea for a read :)

I think the next thing on my list will be One Hundred Years of Solitude, which looks like it'll be interesting.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on May 19, 2019, 11:01:35 PM
I finished reading 100 Years of Solitude! It's definitely a "wow" level book, and it has a particular sort of creeping way of drawing you on through the multigenerational, semi magical and semi real, family tragedy that forms the core of its plot. There are so many tiny threads which can span multiple generations, and yet also repetition as character names and traits are recycled through the family. It deals with a number of really major themes, many of them quite grim ones, and the blurring of truth and fiction creates a powerful but also miasmic soup of a setting that one can just sort of sleepwalk through along with the characters. Would definitely recommend.
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Post by: Pentagathus on May 20, 2019, 03:37:02 PM
Sound good wi L try
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on June 27, 2019, 06:51:00 PM
Let me know what you think if you ever do :)

I just finished reading Shalimar the Clown, in what I guess is a slightly similar genre in some ways, though it's much less heavily magical realist and has more political/thriller elements to it. It's by Salman Rushdie and it's very intense, with the various characters being pulled apart both by their difficult (and, often, violent) personal lives and by political turmoil, especially the war in Kashmir though numerous other 20th century conflicts also make important appearances. Rushdie isn't really a thriller or plot-centric writer, and he's much more about characters and storytelling than about plots and pacing, and it's definitely at its best when exploring the relationships between the characters, their psychology, their history, and the history and folklore of their backgrounds. If anything I'd have liked that to come through more strongly at the tail end of the book, but that's a minor flaw - there were certainly moments where the emotional weight of the book really hit through in a way that not many books manage, and it's that narrative method of essentially binding together pain and brutality with history and narrative in a way that makes it almost, but not quite, comprehensible that I think this book does really very well. Very powerful read.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on September 22, 2019, 02:23:44 PM
My read for this trip to the UK was Lud-in-the-mist by Hope Mirrlees - which I absolutely loved. It's a 1920s (I think) piece of fairytale/fantasy writing, involving a land on the borders of faerie and the attempts of its people to avoid falling under the spell of fairy fruit. It was apparently quite influential on Neil Gaiman and I can see how, it's a very good piece of fairy-story fantasy. I probably enjoyed it more than most things I've read in quite some time.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Tusky on October 31, 2019, 03:28:45 PM
I am re-reading the dragons of autumn twilight at the moment. It must be 20 years since I read it, but still enjoying it. Still, amazed at how much I remember from it!
I can't tell if it's because of nostalgia, or it is actually a good fantasy tale. I think it's latter, but as I say I can't tell how much I'm being biased.

Has anyone read the dragonlance chronicles as an adult who can cast their opinion?

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jubal on November 07, 2019, 11:30:49 PM
I've never read Dragonlance - should I?

What I have read recently is a book of Georgian folk tales, which was excellent and also bizarre. I really now want to read some Armenian, Azeri, and Russian tales for the comparisons... there are some fascinating tropes I've not come across elsewhere, the usual cast of kadjis and devis (as Mountain Leopards readers will know of) but type characters like the "beardless deceiver", an apparently human trickster figure distinguishable for not having a beard. And some interesting cultural tropes - the desire of people who get good fortune to invite the King to dinner, even though this inevitably goes badly for them, for example. All very interesting stuff :)