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Re: The Book thread

Postby Brendancoles » Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:31 pm

Started reading Down and Out in Paris and London the other day. Orwell never disappoints.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Tet » Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:36 pm

Bisset wrote:Finished Gardens of the Moon, going to have to dive into the other Malazans now

"Deadhouse gates" I didn't find to be as compelling a story as the first one. However, it has some of the most intense, gut wrenching moments of any book I've read to date.

Since I last posted, I've read:

David Eddings -- "The emerald throne"
David Eddings -- "The ruby knight"
David Eddings -- "The sapphire rose"
Michael Moorcock -- "Count Brass"
Michael Moorcock -- "The champion of Garathorm"
Michael Moorcock -- "The quest for Tanelorn"
Poul Anderson -- "Gypsy"
Eric Frank Russell -- "...and then there were none"
Isaac Asimov -- "Profession"
Rudy Rucker -- "Wetware"
Hugh Cook -- "The wizards and the warriors"
Hugh Cook -- "The wordsmiths and the warguild"
Hugh Cook -- "The women and the warlords"
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Bisset » Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:51 am

Tet wrote:
Bisset wrote:Finished Gardens of the Moon, going to have to dive into the other Malazans now

"Deadhouse gates" I didn't find to be as compelling a story as the first one. However, it has some of the most intense, gut wrenching moments of any book I've read to date.


I've heard it's a major change in style from the first and not typically as good. Also I've heard it's confusing as balls at parts. I believe a character changes gender because the author fucked up :lol:
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Re: The Book thread

Postby MetalBeast » Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:55 am

Tet wrote:Rudy Rucker


:lol:

Sounds like a porn star name to me.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Bisset » Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:03 am

Also two new Mistoborn books announced to continue the story of Wax and Wayne (the correlation of their names took me longer to get than I'd like to admit).
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Tet » Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:46 pm

MetalBeast wrote:
Tet wrote:Rudy Rucker

:lol:
Sounds like a porn star name to me.

Nope. Just a substandard cyberpunk author.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Applecore » Sun Dec 21, 2014 10:11 am

Started and finished Paper Towns by John Green in 2 days. Great read - in fact, I probably preferred it to The Fault in Our Stars.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby DoS » Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:38 pm

Had The Saga of The Volsungs, and The Tales of Ragnar Lodbrok delivered today. Along with the Poetic, and Prose Edda . . They should keep me happy for a few weeks.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Bisset » Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:51 am

Well...my brother bought me the entire Malazan Book of the Fallen series for Christmas. That'll be some light reading.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby NeglectedField » Sat Jan 10, 2015 3:14 pm

Just finished reading The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Fantastic book, thanks to Sam for recommending that one. Took a bloody long time to read it though.

Now starting Ghost Rider by Neil Peart. Really feelsy so far, found myself reading until 1am on a school night.

I'll be obliged to read this book that a colleague wrote, after that, I think.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Bisset » Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:57 am

Making a start on Deadhouse Gates tonight when I get home. Might as well start on the 9 outstanding books I have.

Shit...Brandon Sanderson's Firefight is also out. WHY DO YOU HATE ME LACK OF FREE TIME?!
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Skippy » Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:33 pm

Bisset wrote:Making a start on Deadhouse Gates tonight when I get home. Might as well start on the 9 outstanding books I have.

Probably the best in the series if you ask me. A lot of aimless walking around for the first part, but the payoff is great towards the end.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Bisset » Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:34 am

I heard it's a bit of a Marmite book with Malazan fans actually, will let you know.

Although I did also just start Brandon Sanderson's Firefight (sequel to Steelheart) but I can power through this one!
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Applecore » Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:40 am

Dusted off the old magic book slate (my Kindle) last night and have downloaded a few books onto it.
Figured this was the best way to go about reading for the time being, as I'm soon to be leaving Australia and could do without the added weight of books to read.

Started and finished Simon Rich's "The Last Girlfriend on Earth" (aka "Man Seeking Woman", the name of the TV series adapted from it) and loved it. A collection of bizarre short stories about relationships (or lack thereof), including a guy dealing with his ex-girlfriend now dating Hitler, the story of a condom's life in a guy's wallet told from the condom's perspective, and what it would be like dating the last girl left on earth after a plague wipes out the rest of the female species.

I've got The Strain lined up, and have just started Nick Offerman's "Paddle Your Own Canoe". So far so good.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Bisset » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:38 am

Skippy wrote:
Bisset wrote:Making a start on Deadhouse Gates tonight when I get home. Might as well start on the 9 outstanding books I have.

Probably the best in the series if you ask me. A lot of aimless walking around for the first part, but the payoff is great towards the end.


Just finished (I took my time I'll admit). Really enjoyed it. Proper cluster fuck of everything going wrong at the end.
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