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Old 09-24-2012, 06:28 AM   #10541
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Looking for a new book to read. Just finished The Book Thief, which was the best one I've read so far. Before that I read The Lord of the Rings, and though I liked it a lot, it was a bit of a heavy / slow read, so I'd rather avoid something like that for a while (I expect someone will suggest The Hobbit, but I've read it as well).

Other books I've read that I liked include The Other Hand, The Bell Jar, The Kite Runner and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Appreciate any suggestions.


try "the thief of always" by Clive barker. it is pegged as a childrens book but i enjoy it every time i read it, it is definitely a light read compared to "the hobbit".
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:23 AM   #10542
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Briefly tried Catcher in the Rye yesterday. Got about twenty pages in and gave up, found the narrator quite irritating. Moved straight onto The Sun Also Rises.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:40 PM   #10543
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I recommend "A Thousand Splendid Suns" to anyone interested in a fresh perspective on Afghanistan of the last 30 years.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:32 AM   #10544
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Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi, read it.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:05 PM   #10545
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On the third book of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn Trilogy. Great series.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:45 AM   #10546
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Just started reading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. Thoughts/comments on the book?
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:48 AM   #10547
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On the third book of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn Trilogy. Great series.

Yes, my only disappointment was the ending. But I won't give that away. He wrote a Steampunk book that's assumed to be a few hundred years after the end of the trilogy.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:37 PM   #10548
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Just finished Mistborn, starting Alloy of Law.

The ending was equal parts brilliance and disappointment in my opinion, but I'll forgive it because Brandon Sanderson is a genius. The Hoid character, crossovers from one series into the next, all his original series taking place in the same universe with an interconnected mythology...

A Song of Ice and Fire is still my favorite fantasy series but if Sanderson pulls off his super-series "Cosmere" project then I think it will legitimately be the best bit of fantasy fiction ever made. I wouldn't normally jump all over an author's dick like that, but I get chills at thinking of the way his series are interconnected. Just knowing that [spoilerspoilerspoiler]Demoux and Hoid from Mistborn were in The Way of Kings, on a different world...[/spoilerspoilerspoiler] This guy is going places.

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Old 10-09-2012, 08:09 PM   #10549
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I read 'The perks of being a wallflower' (haven't seen the film, don't think I will.) and I have to say I'm a little disappointed.

I tried to like it, but the writing seemed juvenile throughout, and the protagonist cried too much for my liking. Also, it's pretty uneventful. Alone, that would be no criticism at all, because I really enjoyed Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, and 'An Artist of the Floating World', both fairly uneventful and ponderous.

Maybe I didn't understand it properly. Also, I thought the references to other works were gratuitous, however I'm following them up and might find something interesting, so I'm grateful they're there.

I'm currently reading 'The Trial' for my fiction, and for nonfiction, 'The Invisible Gorilla, and other ways our intuitions deceive us'.

The latter is thoroughly fascinating, detailing how unreliable memories can be, and other perceptual filters we often experience.

The former is Kafka, and no more need be said.

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Old 10-10-2012, 10:05 PM   #10550
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http://www.humblebundle.com/

I don't know if anyone's heard of the Humble Bundle, but they're running a pay-what-you-want promotion for a number of sci-fi/fantasy ebooks. I was wondering if anyone had read any of the works on the list:

Pirate Cinema (Cory Doctorow)
Pump Six and Other Stories (Paolo Bacigalupi)
Zoo City (Lauren Beukes)
Invasion: The Secret World Chronicle (Mercedes Lackey)
Stranger Things Happen (Kelly Link)
Magic for Beginners (Kelly Link)
Old Man's War (John Scalzi)
Signal to Noise (graphic novel) (Neil Gaiman)

The only one I've read is Old Man's War, which I really liked. I enjoyed American Gods so the Gaiman graphic novel intrigues me, and I've wanted to read some Bacigalupi for a while now. Any opinions?
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:55 PM   #10551
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Recommend me some SF yo. I've only read The Dispossessed.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:56 PM   #10552
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Currently reading DFW's Broom of the System. It's great.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:29 PM   #10553
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I'm looking for a book of world folk tales. Something with a lot in there spanning the world. Suggestions?

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It is pretty much perfect. I still have some of the little vignettes running through my head constantly. Like the Eric Clipperton one.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:33 PM   #10554
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Just finished Slaughterhouse-Five. So good.

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Old 10-20-2012, 12:19 AM   #10555
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I do know those, though I wouldn't mind owning a nice edition.

Generally, I was looking for more things like a book on Russian folk tales or Japanese. Things beyond what I think most of us grew up with.
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Old 10-20-2012, 02:52 PM   #10556
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Woo hoo! Judas Unchained finally arrived like a month after I ordered it! Can't wait to finally see what happens like 6 months from now when I finally get to the climax.

Speaking of climax, Peter F.'s penchant for Sex Scenes became a bit ridiculous during the course of Pandora's Star. Like it felt like there was one or two every 20 pages or so. That's a lot of sex when you consider the overall length. Like, I get that these 400 year old Commonwealthers are forever young and horny but at a certain point it's like I get it bro, how are Ozzie and Tochee doin'?! Some of it was so silly too. Like w/ Kazimir and Justine. Ugh.

I felt like I only really cared about one or two of the many, many, many plots last time too at certain points though I know they'll all come together eventually.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:12 PM   #10557
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Starting reading Rabbit, Run yesterday. I like it so far. A friend kept bugging me to read it for ages, and I finally got around to starting it.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:16 PM   #10558
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That's a great series.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:46 PM   #10559
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I've been slowly progressing through the Discworld series. I'm following them in the order they were written, and I'm starting Maskerade tonight.

It's the only books I've been reading in two years.
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:58 PM   #10560
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I've been slowly progressing through the Discworld series. I'm following them in the order they were written, and I'm starting Maskerade tonight.

It's the only books I've been reading in two years.

That'll take you awhile. There's like 30 books in that series. Not that the length of it makes it any less excellent.
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