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What are you currently reading?
« on: 25 Nov 2008, 04:09 »

just a post to see what everyone is reading at the moment. i apologise if there is one already out there...

at the moment, I am reading :-)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1 on: 25 Nov 2008, 04:24 »

I'm reading Emma by Jane Austen.

And because it's hard to read Austen when you're tired, at bed-time I'm reading Deer Hunting With Jesus by Joe Bageant.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #2 on: 25 Nov 2008, 05:03 »

I am currently reading Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World: Equipment, Combat Skills and Tactics by Matthew Bennett, Jim Bradbury, Kelly DeVries, Iain Dickie, and Phyllis Jestice.

So far it's pretty good assuming that you have an interest in the subject matter of course.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3 on: 25 Nov 2008, 05:49 »

Everything Is Illuminated by Jonothan Safran Foer.  It is a wonderful book.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #4 on: 25 Nov 2008, 08:04 »

The Military History of Canada by Desmond Morton
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #5 on: 25 Nov 2008, 08:51 »

Brutality Garden: TropicŠlia and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture by Christopher Dunn

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #6 on: 25 Nov 2008, 09:09 »

The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco
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Free to Choose by Milton and Rose Friedman
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7 on: 25 Nov 2008, 09:21 »

I had never read Watchmen before so my roommate let me borrow his copy of Ultimate Watchmen. That book is so heavy I am now an Olympic weightlifter after finishing it.

I'm also leisurely working my way through A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. I stole it from my brother when I was 13 but I didn't really understand it then. It's a post-nuclear apocalyptic novel about a wilfully ignorant world and (so far) it centres around an Abbey in the desert that has worked for centuries to preserve the little bits of pre-deluge academia that weren't destroyed by the surviving ignoramuses. It's starting to get more exciting as the Abbey is becoming somewhat of a thing of interest to a relentlessly expansionist military leader. I've got about a hundred or so pages left.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8 on: 25 Nov 2008, 11:41 »

I'm reading Emma by Jane Austen.

You continue to convince me that we must be literary soulmates.

I'm reading The Unbearable Lightness Of Being by Milan Kundera and Fatelessness by Imre Kertťsz.  Should finish up the former soon, so tonight I plan to start something else which is yet to be decided.  I've also been reading a lot of E. E. Cummings' poetry lately.  May start Eimi soon.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9 on: 25 Nov 2008, 13:49 »

I don't even know anymore. Someone stop this thing called college.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10 on: 25 Nov 2008, 16:18 »

You continue to convince me that we must be literary soulmates.

Do you also love James Baldwin, William Maxwell, and Thomas Wolfe?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11 on: 25 Nov 2008, 16:20 »

I finished Watchmen last night, and am currently reading Barry Straus's The Trojan War: A New History, Charles Mann's 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, Neil Gaiman's Sandman (Volume 3), and Terry Pratchett's Going Postal.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12 on: 25 Nov 2008, 16:24 »

Just finished a Gotham Central trade paper back, moving on to Soon I Will be Invincible
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #13 on: 25 Nov 2008, 16:48 »

The Counte of Monte Cristo (unabridged) by Alexandre Dumas

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

And just today I started reading A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, it's tough but very very very very well written.

Oh, and I am also in the midst of reading Watchmen.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #14 on: 25 Nov 2008, 17:59 »

The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams, for the third time.

I never really get bored of it.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #15 on: 25 Nov 2008, 18:05 »

tom, i love that 'trilogy'
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #16 on: 25 Nov 2008, 19:29 »

You continue to convince me that we must be literary soulmates.

Do you also love James Baldwin, William Maxwell, and Thomas Wolfe?
I love Daniel Baldwin, Maxwell (the singer) and George Plimpton. Are we soulmates?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #17 on: 25 Nov 2008, 20:46 »

"Death Be Not Proud" by John Gunther.

It is one of my favorites. I read it many, many times per year.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #18 on: 25 Nov 2008, 20:53 »

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe.

Excellent romanticizing of flying, the space program, and the risk involved. Nothing better but hearing of how the wife of Pete Conrad had to go to funeral after funeral after funeral after a "bad run" at the field caused the deaths of several test pilots over the course of a couple weeks.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #19 on: 25 Nov 2008, 21:40 »

I'm currently reading the 3rd volume of Age of Apocalypse: The Complete Epic.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #20 on: 25 Nov 2008, 21:49 »

Man, everyone is so literary in here.

I'm skipping gaily through some light fantasy: the Dragon Jouster series by Mercedes Lackey.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #21 on: 25 Nov 2008, 21:56 »

its ok actreal. occaisionally i switch to chick lit, or some other mindless garbage just for the hell of it. i need some light reading at times
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #22 on: 25 Nov 2008, 21:58 »

Flowery language and beautiful prose, deeper truths, whoopee. But will that save you when the zombies come? Didn't think so.

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

Arm yourselves with knowledge... and a shotgun.
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« Reply #23 on: 25 Nov 2008, 21:59 »

Yeah well the other book I am reading right now is Twilight. So go figure.

(p.s. please read the Twilight thread before you comment on my choice of literature)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #24 on: 25 Nov 2008, 22:40 »

Ended up going with Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye after I finished The Unbearable Lightness of Being.  There were some interesting ideas that came up in both that sort of surprised me, given the very different nature of the two books.  Lord, was that Bataille book something else though.  I feel like I did the first time I read Burroughs.  Going to get a book of essays on him out of my school's library tomorrow.
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« Reply #25 on: 26 Nov 2008, 00:32 »

Currently Iím reading a most bland mix of;
Being and Nothingness -John-Paul Sartre
Critique of Pure Reason- Immanuel Kant
The Leviathan- Thomas Hobbes
An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding- David Hume.

So if anyone is willing to put me out of my misery I donít think I would complain.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #26 on: 26 Nov 2008, 02:39 »

I just finished World War Z, now I'm gonna have to go back and read The Zombie Survival Guide.  And then freak out about all my house's vulnerable spots until I find something a bit more literary to distract me...
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #27 on: 26 Nov 2008, 02:58 »

Flowery language and beautiful prose, deeper truths, whoopee. But will that save you when the zombies come? Didn't think so.

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

Arm yourselves with knowledge... and a shotgun.
I still need to read that. And then point out his mistakes every time someone brings it up as gospel, because I know there will be some, unless he is very well-studied when it comes to guns.

Currently reading Superior Saturday by Garth Nix.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #28 on: 26 Nov 2008, 03:21 »

I'm reading A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews for university and I should have finished that by Monday. After that I have Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult lined up, which is for fun, not study.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #29 on: 26 Nov 2008, 05:20 »

Currently Iím reading a most bland mix of;
Being and Nothingness -John-Paul Sartre
Critique of Pure Reason- Immanuel Kant
The Leviathan- Thomas Hobbes
An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding- David Hume.

So if anyone is willing to put me out of my misery I donít think I would complain.


There is nothing bland about Sartre.

And Hume has his moments too, although I wouldnt pick that book as one of them.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #30 on: 26 Nov 2008, 11:10 »

I just finished re-reading Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger and am about to start The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #31 on: 26 Nov 2008, 12:28 »

Acacia - David Anthony Durham
The Steel Remains - Richard Morgan

I'm also re-reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, this time the British version as opposed to my first read through with the American release. As much as I love Dave McKean, his illustrations are beautiful in this book, I am far more enjoyng Chris Riddell's works.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #32 on: 26 Nov 2008, 15:35 »

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams.
This book has posed a large problem in that I read it on the subway, and on more than one occasion I have laughed heartily, out loud. This morning I chuckled at a certain passage and a woman looked at me like I'd kicked a puppy.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #33 on: 26 Nov 2008, 16:24 »

Because nobody is allowed to have fun in the city.

Fuck 'em. If they think you're weird because you're reading a book and laughing, then that's between them and their miserable life and is nothing you should be concerned with.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #34 on: 26 Nov 2008, 16:28 »

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Not advanced enough on it to give an impression.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #35 on: 26 Nov 2008, 16:34 »

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #36 on: 26 Nov 2008, 17:20 »

I just finished re-reading Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger and am about to start The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Franny and Zooey is such an excellent book. Kinda depressing until the end.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #37 on: 26 Nov 2008, 18:11 »

Flowery language and beautiful prose, deeper truths, whoopee. But will that save you when the zombies come? Didn't think so.

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

Arm yourselves with knowledge... and a shotgun.
I still need to read that. And then point out his mistakes every time someone brings it up as gospel, because I know there will be some, unless he is very well-studied when it comes to guns.



How can you have gospel about defending against a made-up enemy? Is there an accepted canon for zombies, or does the book cover survival against the various different imaginings of a zombie horde in pop culture?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #38 on: 26 Nov 2008, 18:46 »

There are two schools of thought, basically...the Romero school, which is largely what the Survival Guide is based on, although it pretends not to be; and the zombies who can basically perform physically like a human being, which aren't talked about.


The guide itself I think makes a few assumptions.  Also, fozmo, if you were paying attention to the guide, shotguns are looked down upon for their potential to attract attention.  And yeah, that's definitely a shortcoming of the Guide, it doesn't cover all the different types of zombies.  In fact, it takes itself seriously when it's dismissing some of them as being too silly to exist.


I sometimes fear that the Guide is going to become something of a beacon to the Hot Topic crowd and then everyone will think they know what to do, and there'll be an Evil Dead 3 or something.

I don't know.  I'm a huge zombie fan (don't question me on this) and I didn't find it all that great.  You could basically chop it down to the weapons section and the bits about being stealthy and also buy a Boy Scout guidebook and you'd probably be better off.  I just don't like how it takes itself so goddamn seriously.  I know that's part of the humor of it, but I felt somehow cheapened after reading this, like reading all the other zombie comics and books and watching countless zombie movies was pointless because so many of them treated zombies differently.  That's part of the appeal of zombies, is that the only set rules are that they have is to have died or been bitten first and that headshots are the most effective way to kill them (not even required, necessarily), and the rest is up to the people making the stories.  Then this book comes along and demands that I forget all that.

I'm probably making too big a deal out of this.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #39 on: 26 Nov 2008, 18:51 »

Just finished the superb World of Wonders* by Robertson Davies.  It's the last of the Deptford Trilogy^ by Robertson Davies#, one of the most famous and internationally renowned Canadian writer of his day (mid-late 20th century, a generation before Margaret Atwood).  To describe the general style, all three novels share a sort of Jungian magical-realism to greater and lesser degrees.  I read the first, Fifth Business, my senior year in high school for English class (it made up for having to read The Grapes of Wrath and all of Preacher Casey's tedious sermons with it), and it's still my favorite.  They all revolve around the consequences of one childhood friend throwing a snowball at another for the two friends through their lives and in their death, and for the child of the woman that the snowball actually hits.  The same characters and motifs occur in many of the novels, such as Liesl, the ugliest and most alluring woman any of the characters ever meet, new names and new identities, and sundry other Jungian things.


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #40 on: 26 Nov 2008, 18:56 »

Currently Iím reading a most bland mix of;
Being and Nothingness -John-Paul Sartre
Critique of Pure Reason- Immanuel Kant
The Leviathan- Thomas Hobbes
An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding- David Hume.

So if anyone is willing to put me out of my misery I donít think I would complain.


Man, the prose may be bland (except in Sartre and more poetical bits of Kant, or when Hobbes and Hume let their humor shine through, which is often...so I guess except for 95% of Kant and 50% of Hobbes even the prose isn't that bad, if archaic) I would hardly call these guys bland.  Granted I've never read Being and Nothingness, but I liked Sartre's plays well enough.

Read poetry!  Poetry is the perfect antidote to too much philosophy, along with music.  John Donne, TS Eliot, Derek Walcott are all favorites, but you might prefer someone less intellectual then these.   John Berryman (I've read little of him, but what I've read I've liked)?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #41 on: 26 Nov 2008, 21:08 »

When the inevitable zombacolypse occurs I'll be arming myself with a baseball bat and discardable cheerleaders.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #42 on: 27 Nov 2008, 00:41 »

I don't even know anymore. Someone stop this thing called college.

(If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino)

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« Reply #43 on: 27 Nov 2008, 04:59 »

Without Remorse, by Tom Clancy.  Not one of his better novels, I've been on a Ryanverse binge lately so I'm rereading all of em.

A friend was talking about Emotional Intelligence the other day, said it talks about how the brain and body react to emotion.  I'll probably go see if the library has a copy, sounds interesting.
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« Reply #44 on: 27 Nov 2008, 11:50 »

Began Joyce Carol Oates' Black Water yesterday.  I'm quite enjoying it.  It moves quickly, is fairly simple to read, and it captures moments of panic and the thought processes of impulsive decisions beautifully.

I've also started flipping through Barthes' Critical Essays, picking it up mainly for the essays on Bataille and Robbe-Grillet.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #45 on: 27 Nov 2008, 15:05 »

On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
Its a pretty interesting book, puts forth a lot of theories about why violence rates are rising in America, why violence rates are higher in certain types of communities than others, and how to deal with those problems.

edit: Nodaisho is right, its Grossman, not Grissman
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #46 on: 27 Nov 2008, 19:48 »

I believe you mean Grossman. I'm vaguely familiar with him. I know him for his book where he says that video games are training people to kill.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #47 on: 28 Nov 2008, 14:37 »

stuff about zombies and the survival guide

i'm pretty much feel the same way, except i probably liked it a bit more than you did because i'm extremely easy to please.

i liked how it didn't really follow either school of thought on zombies and used a new, sort of hybrid version that actually makes sense. as in, zombies can be fast if they're fresh but the longer they are moving around for, the weaker and weaker they become because the muscle tissue they are tearing doesn't fill in and grow back. that kind of thing.


but whatever, World War Z was better anyway.


edit:
so as to stay on topic: i am currently reading The Trouble With Physics by Lee Smolin
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #48 on: 28 Nov 2008, 14:56 »

Dune.

I started it today and am only thirty-some pages into it. I rarely read pure sci-fi but there has been so much hype that I was curious. So far it seems pretty good, though I'm not really far enough into it that I can say I feel one way or another.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #49 on: 28 Nov 2008, 15:56 »

I was in our local used book store the other day, and picked up a copy of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, because it was only 2 bucks hardcover, and was in the poetry section. I really enjoyed it, and have since found out Gibran was a favorite of my father's during his hippy days. When I finish Anna Karenina and the last chapter of Grossman's book I'm thinking about checking out The Madman and maybe some of Gibran's others as well
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