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Old 08-12-2014, 05:58 PM   #12641
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I just finished it last night, and I won't ruin it for you or anything but it was properly gr8. I've ordered a few more Mieville books but I've got a few other books to choose from as well so I don't know what I'll start next. Possibly The Machine by James Smythe, sounds really good.


hah ikr, it had me at "photosynthesise sunlight with our hair"
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I have something to confess: I've never read anything by Terry Pratchett. I always hear a lot of praise for him but I don't know where to start.


Sweet, yeah everyone who's read it seems to really dig it. Tell me what you get. Can highly recommend The Scar cos it has what is probs one of the most admirable depictions of a woman by a male writer (like, she's not some badass in leather nor some meek fool), just a really tight consideration of being a woman. and y'know, if you're into fun fantasy adventure, intrigue and strange cities/places/creatures.

Incidentally, his book King Rat is set around the jungle/DnB music scene so you might dig that not read it myself tho.

As for Pratchett, I started with Guards! Guards! which I enjoyed but found it a bit too childish/corny sometimes, and the only other thing I've read is Mort which I liked too but it's that same thing of getting tired of his humour, but either of them are a good start. My mate who's a big fan says Night's Watch is his favourite, for what it's worth.
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:45 PM   #12642
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The Stand by Stephen King - p. 26 of 1,168 (2%)
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft , by Stephen King - p. 82 of 297 (28%)
Fear Of Flying by Erica Jong - p. 235 of 340 (69%)
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - p. 272 of 662 (41%)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami - p. 373 of 607 (61%)

copied from goodreads which is why that's like that.
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Old 08-16-2014, 01:26 AM   #12643
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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - p. 272 of 662 (41%)

That book is excellent. You'll like the next book in the series too.
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Old 08-16-2014, 05:24 AM   #12644
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That book is excellent. You'll like the next book in the series too.

Indeed it is! I'm definitely planning on reading the 2nd book.

Book was just steady good for the most part, but things started to get really great once
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:25 AM   #12645
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The Stand by Stephen King - p. 26 of 1,168 (2%)
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft , by Stephen King - p. 82 of 297 (28%)
Fear Of Flying by Erica Jong - p. 235 of 340 (69%)
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - p. 272 of 662 (41%)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami - p. 373 of 607 (61%)

copied from goodreads which is why that's like that.


I've been wanting to read this, how is it?
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Old 08-16-2014, 10:40 AM   #12646
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I've been wanting to read this, how is it?

So far it's been more memoir than it is about "on writing", really... He starts of with recollections of his childhood and only around 50 pages in does he really get into his beginnings as Stephen King the writer we know now.

Past a quarter into it, he's already discussing Carrie and there are a lot of nice anecdotes about how the characters and ideas were conceived and came together. Also a good number of scattered reflections on the craft (and business) of being a writer that will be of interest to aspiring authors.

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Old 08-17-2014, 05:56 PM   #12647
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Just got done reading Cell by Stephen King. I thought it was really good. Kind of a zombie apocalypse type thing, with some rather scary and creepy parts to it.

Now I have Stieg Larrson's "Millennium" trilogy, as well as It, Under the Dome, and Er by Stephen King up next. Should keep me busy for a while.
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Old 08-17-2014, 11:55 PM   #12648
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Gonna start reading The Idiot soon. I also found an Italian novel at the gym so I brought it home and will attempt to read it based on the 3 week course I did, words that look similar to Spanish, and a dictionary.
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If it's a well known novel, I would search for an English translation of it (or another language you're fluent in). And then compare each sentence. I like to do that.

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Old 08-18-2014, 11:15 PM   #12650
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just finished the unbearable lightness of being. amazing read. defs my new favorite book.
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Started the Storm Front audiobook because I felt like trying out audiobooks. Pretty great.
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If it's a well known novel, I would search for an English translation of it (or another language you're fluent in). And then compare each sentence. I like to do that.

I bet I'd love doing that but unfortunately even Google doesn't know this book there must be a reason it got left behind at the gym, but I'd like to read it anyway

I was wondering how many of you have read Twilight? I just found out that one of my profs wrote this article about why everyone should read Twilight. I don't agree haha but it's interesting I guess

http://singaporereviewofbooks.org/2...-twilight-saga/
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^that was interesting, but the conclusion that Bella is the perfect object is a little worrying. I mean I know he's using 'object' in the theoretical way (subject/object), but I fail to see in what way her character being silenced is a good thing.
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I bet I'd love doing that but unfortunately even Google doesn't know this book there must be a reason it got left behind at the gym, but I'd like to read it anyway

I was wondering how many of you have read Twilight? I just found out that one of my profs wrote this article about why everyone should read Twilight. I don't agree haha but it's interesting I guess

http://singaporereviewofbooks.org/2...-twilight-saga/


I haven't read Twilight, and though your professor's piece was an interesting read, I must say it hasn't really convinced me to do so. It's as if he's saying: it's a bad book, but if you ignore the bad parts, you might see this interesting thing which I've already summed up here.

I did read a few chapters of 50 shades of grey though, partly out of interest, mostly out of boredom I guess I can kind of see why it has become so big.

On another note, I just finished reading The Prestige. Didn't even know it was originally a book (loved the movie) until I saw it in the bookshop a week ago. The book definitely didn't disappoint me and I think they've done quite a good job of adapting the story for the big screen.
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^I'd probably disagree with him that it's essential purely because of an accidental concept she might have stumbled upon. It's still a trainwreck of a book, packed with purple prose that serves no other higher purpose (or any at all).

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just finished the unbearable lightness of being. amazing read. defs my new favorite book.

Cool, I just picked that up. In the mail soon

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^that was interesting, but the conclusion that Bella is the perfect object is a little worrying. I mean I know he's using 'object' in the theoretical way (subject/object), but I fail to see in what way her character being silenced is a good thing.

That last paragraph is so much fun to take out of context
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^I'd probably disagree with him that it's essential purely because of an accidental concept she might have stumbled upon. It's still a trainwreck of a book, packed with purple prose that serves no other higher purpose (or any at all).


Yeah this is what I was thinking too. If the point of reading it is to understand that concept, I'm sure there are plenty of other books which do the same thing and are more enjoyable too. However I did like it on facebook when he posted it



I am so fed up with The Idiot. Parts 1 and 2 were gripping, but Part 3 was unbearably tedious and I'm basically forcing myself to finish the rest now because the ending looks promising. I always feel slightly guilty for disliking "classics" but then I remember I've read Pride and Prejudice zillions of times (granted, there wasn't much else to read in English at my grandparents' house besides the newspaper, but I could've gone to the library) and suddenly it doesn't matter what anyone likes anymore as long as I like it.
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@clanyx i prefer purple prose generally, but yea I can see how it could be used incompetently.
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I like purple prose when it's used humorously (PG Wodehouse in the Mr. Mulliner stories)
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Yeah this is what I was thinking too. If the point of reading it is to understand that concept, I'm sure there are plenty of other books which do the same thing and are more enjoyable too. However I did like it on facebook when he posted it



I am so fed up with The Idiot. Parts 1 and 2 were gripping, but Part 3 was unbearably tedious and I'm basically forcing myself to finish the rest now because the ending looks promising. I always feel slightly guilty for disliking "classics" but then I remember I've read Pride and Prejudice zillions of times (granted, there wasn't much else to read in English at my grandparents' house besides the newspaper, but I could've gone to the library) and suddenly it doesn't matter what anyone likes anymore as long as I like it.


^i comfort myself by saying I'm just a modernist at heart whose modern sensibility will never entertain older prose. But I do like some older stuff so I dunno. I'm constantly trying to get into Dickens but it's hard to sustain interest sometimes. And yeah, I've long since given up the anxiety about 'essential reads' and stuff, read what you like.
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