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REACTOR 03-07-2015 08:42 PM

What are you reading?
 
Generic Thread,

I thought I would create this thread since it would be a nice compliment to "What are you listening to?".

Me: Reading "The Histories" by Herodotus. There were sure insane events happening in the ancient world.

Boneheads 03-12-2015 04:53 PM

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Magicweb2 03-12-2015 06:59 PM

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The lighthouse land. It is a really interesting fantasy, sci-fi book.

Megadog 03-13-2015 01:41 AM

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This thread.

REACTOR 06-17-2015 03:52 AM

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I am now reading Dune, a novel by Frank Herbet.

I finished reading the Histories of Herodotus, and it was really interesting with all these insane and incredible accounts. But it sagged for a considerable time in the second half of the book.

Sodabones 06-17-2015 04:42 AM

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You guys should try K-Zone though, i am reading it right now!

Boneheads 06-18-2015 09:45 PM

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what does generic thread even mean? compared to what? name-brand thread?

REACTOR 06-18-2015 09:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Boneheads (Post 348402)
what does generic thread even mean? compared to what? name-brand thread?

The word generic itself refers to a class or theme of things, instead of anything specific.

seamonkey 06-18-2015 11:15 PM

Re: What are you reading?
 
Mazalan Book of the Fallen

Sodabones 06-19-2015 04:32 AM

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Awesome, but if somebody asks why does everyone have he same liked book, BECAUSE THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT IT YET!! HAHA!!

FlatOutLie 06-25-2015 08:08 AM

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the Eragon series
Ive read Eragon now im reading Elder

tyconger191 06-28-2015 06:51 PM

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Odd Thomas Series by Dean Koontz

Boneheads 06-29-2015 05:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Boneheads (Post 347853)
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oh yeah i ended up getting my learners permit
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FlatOutLie 07-09-2015 10:47 AM

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1 more drive for me till I get my learners permit!!!

N64 Lord 07-16-2015 08:10 PM

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I just finished Saving Fish from Drowning, so I'm going to stick with Amy Tan and read The Bonesetter's Daughter.

PONYGARYELOW 07-18-2015 06:13 PM

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I'm planning to start reading Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson.

REACTOR 08-20-2015 05:50 PM

Re: What are you reading?
 
I finished Dune, by Frank Herbet! It was a good book to read, it had a unique universe and great concepts (Such as the Bene Gesserits). Although the author had taken a lot of words from the Arabs, it was certainly better than the randomness of most universes, such as those in movies such as Jupiter Ascending. I would give it 7/10.

seamonkey 08-23-2015 02:21 PM

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Originally Posted by REACTOR (Post 348777)
I finished Dune, by Frank Herbet! It was a good book to read, it had a unique universe and great concepts (Such as the Bene Gesserits). Although the author had taken a lot of words from the Arabs, it was certainly better than the randomness of most universes, such as those in movies such as Jupiter Ascending. I would give it 7/10.

The arabic thing is at least partially because Dune was in part a commentary on oil politics.

REACTOR 08-23-2015 05:30 PM

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Originally Posted by seamonkey (Post 348790)
The arabic thing is at least partially because Dune was in part a commentary on oil politics.

Oh wow, I never looked at it that way before. Thanks for the comment.

REACTOR 10-05-2015 05:41 PM

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I am now reading "The Doll" by Bolesław Prus. So far it's a nice slow going book to read, with a lot of focus on contemporary society during the time of the author. Set in Warsaw, huzzah! Something different from Victorian Times fortunately.

HappyStikBeaver 10-05-2015 08:22 PM

Just finished The Reluctant Fundamentalist

REACTOR 10-05-2015 10:15 PM

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Originally Posted by HappyStikBeaver (Post 348952)
Just finished The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Ahh, how was that book? Would you recommend it to anyone?

HappyStikBeaver 10-12-2015 10:42 PM

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Originally Posted by REACTOR
Ahh, how was that book? Would you recommend it to anyone?

I enjoyed it, but it had some flaws. The author does a good job of pulling it together in the end, though.
Seems a bit rushed but still very well written.

REACTOR 11-16-2015 10:24 PM

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Originally Posted by HappyStikBeaver (Post 348998)
I enjoyed it, but it had some flaws. The author does a good job of pulling it together in the end, though.
Seems a bit rushed but still very well written.

What was the main gist of the book?

HappyStikBeaver 11-16-2015 11:31 PM

In short it's a middle easterner's perspective (and criticism) of the united states, but its got a bunch of twists involved.

Also I had to read Fight Club recently for the same class. It was pretty bad but I'd recommend it for people who don't like reading. Full of action and at the very least it'll keep you interested.

N64 Lord 11-17-2015 05:09 AM

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Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything

Actually I've had it a long time, but the book's been through so much abuse that the cover came off years ago, and I'm only now finding out what it's called. Definitely amazing enough to deserve a re-read though.

seamonkey 11-17-2015 04:14 PM

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Originally Posted by HappyStikBeaver (Post 349137)
In short it's a middle easterner's perspective (and criticism) of the united states, but its got a bunch of twists involved.

Also I had to read Fight Club recently for the same class. It was pretty bad but I'd recommend it for people who don't like reading. Full of action and at the very least it'll keep you interested.

Oh dude I so disagree. Fight Club is chock full of cool stuff. If you care, reading some literary theory (marxist theory, some feminism, and perhaps some psychoanalysis would be the most rewarding in this case), makes some of the stuff in that book so cool.

HappyStikBeaver 11-20-2015 10:53 PM

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Originally Posted by seamonkey
Oh dude I so disagree.

yeah, you and over a million IMDB users who consider it the greatest movie of all time. Of course, I'm sure only a small percentage of those people have read the book, but from what I've seen of the film it follows along pretty closely.
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Originally Posted by seamonkey
If you care, reading some literary theory (marxist theory, some feminism, and perhaps some psychoanalysis would be the most rewarding in this case)

I definitely won't say I'm well-versed in any of these subjects but I have touched on them in a number of classes that I've taken in the past. Currently I'm in sociology (not by my choosing) so I'd say I'm covered at least when it comes to conflict theory and feminism. That being said I do think Palahniuk makes a few very compelling arguments in his work. I would say I understood the majority of what he's getting at throughout the story. The problem for me is his style of writing. With want of a better way of saying it I think it's extraordinarily 'edgy on purpose.' On top of that the author thinks he has to force every stupid figure of speech and attempt at being clever down your throat. If you find subtlety appealing then this is not the book for you. In addition to that my english professor made sure to point out and over-analyze every 'hidden' symbol and theme in the novel. I don't know, it's just not my thing.

Boneheads 11-24-2015 06:27 PM

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Finished reading Speak a couple days ago. It was required for school, but I actually really liked it.

Redbone 11-25-2015 11:38 AM

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I somewhat recently finished Scale-bright, and I'm currently working my way through Revelation Space for a (free choice) school project. I also have the Wandering Son graphic novel series put off to the side.

N64 Lord 11-29-2015 07:02 AM

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Bel Canto. It's surprising me, but I can tell at a glance that some people would hate it.

N64 Lord 12-02-2015 05:20 PM

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The Gathering by Anne Enright. Not as good as Bel Canto, but still a beautifully sympathetic book. I guess it's also depressing.

Right now though, that doesn't matter. Because I'm realizing that I love to read. This is frightening... because I do this every time I read. Why do I forget about this so completely? I've been attending some lectures from a biochemist.. and we've been discussing how the very first time you give a baby sugar, the baby almost literally lights up in shock and awe, and when you get older, sugar is only nice... But I seem to get that every time. I don't know why. The amount I read is still enormous. Even more strangely... before starting the book.. I wasn't worried about it being a chore to start, or looking forward to it. I know it isn't the quality of the book... But today, just for a while, I shone. To the point of scaring (surprising is probably more approaite) someone with how much energy I had after my holiday, and how enthusiastic I was about talking about something objectively dull. I certainty didn't do it for their company.

To me... this is worth describing as love. I haven't had this much passion in years. It feels so wonderful to be doing something for a reason other than resentment or gratitude. Looking at my history... I can predict that the feeling will wear off... What's more,, I'm unceirtain on how I'm supposed to view my life "the rest of the time". Is it just going through the motions? I want to keep thinking about it right now. This is a lot more addictive than any gum. I get up and go about my day everyday, then forget most of it, and don't go out of the way to make anything happen, but after being exposed to something as common as a book, This is more interesting than any superhero movie.

REACTOR 06-22-2016 04:03 AM

Re: What are you reading?
 
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Originally Posted by N64 Lord (Post 349196)
The Gathering by Anne Enright. Not as good as Bel Canto, but still a beautifully sympathetic book. I guess it's also depressing.

Right now though, that doesn't matter. Because I'm realizing that I love to read. This is frightening... because I do this every time I read. Why do I forget about this so completely? I've been attending some lectures from a biochemist.. and we've been discussing how the very first time you give a baby sugar, the baby almost literally lights up in shock and awe, and when you get older, sugar is only nice... But I seem to get that every time. I don't know why. The amount I read is still enormous. Even more strangely... before starting the book.. I wasn't worried about it being a chore to start, or looking forward to it. I know it isn't the quality of the book... But today, just for a while, I shone. To the point of scaring (surprising is probably more approaite) someone with how much energy I had after my holiday, and how enthusiastic I was about talking about something objectively dull. I certainty didn't do it for their company.

To me... this is worth describing as love. I haven't had this much passion in years. It feels so wonderful to be doing something for a reason other than resentment or gratitude. Looking at my history... I can predict that the feeling will wear off... What's more,, I'm unceirtain on how I'm supposed to view my life "the rest of the time". Is it just going through the motions? I want to keep thinking about it right now. This is a lot more addictive than any gum. I get up and go about my day everyday, then forget most of it, and don't go out of the way to make anything happen, but after being exposed to something as common as a book, This is more interesting than any superhero movie.

I think any good book is better than a superhero movie. Certainly trying to do a movie adaption of a book or a comic takes work, and in today's time writers are simply not as valued as they used to be. There are of course always badly written movies, from the beginning of cinema to the present. But I feel that the occurrences of such movies have been increasing in the last decade. No longer can you find any gems out there, as the species of masterpieces is becoming ever so rare. No longer can you find a film similar to Cloud Atlas. All is drowned in allegedly "dazzling" blockbuster hits with unbalanced funding. The majority of the green being used to fund the computer animation department. But anyway, it's indeed a shame that the quality of movies is going downhill every year.

Over the past months I have finished two books:
*The Doll - It was a great read! Although slow at the beginning, it was a good commentary into the times of the 19th century in Warsaw; going through the story of an aristocratic lady, Izabela, who sells herself to the rich and successful merchant Wokulski to save her family from financial peril. The author, Prus, takes many jabs at the aristocratic class, e.g. they are useless people who are fed by hardworking men. A look at the society of Jews is also included. Overall, a witty and very socialist-oriented read. I give this book 9 out of 10.
*Perdition by KS Augustin - Another enjoyable read. There were no sags as the book had a good grab on the reader. It's a science fiction story that centres around a man named Quinten Tamlan who used to be a rebel against the Republic - an oppressive regime that has spanned across galaxies. But after the protagonist's wife dead from a revenge shooting, Quiten lost his nerve and faded away into obscurity. Though when he took on a hybrid alien crew member, his meandering stopped and he found his spark of idealism again. Overall, a smooth read with well written flashbacks, round characters and a good flow of action. I give this book a rating of 10 out of 10.


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