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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #150 on: 06 Jan 2009, 21:08 »

I read the actual published script by Ethan and Joel Coen on Burn After Reading.

The ending was rather subdued but the characters and the dialogue, simply by looking at the script, was brilliant.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #151 on: 06 Jan 2009, 21:42 »

I'm re-reading The Birth House by Ami McKay. If you are interested in any of the following: women, babies, witches, Nova Scotia, WWI, midwifing, or wicked awesome books in general, read this book. It is fantastic.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #152 on: 06 Jan 2009, 21:52 »

I just finished Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks. Starting off, I was chafing at the blunt, rather SF-standard writing. Then, it got really good; I remembered why I loved good SF and Banks in particular. Then, the ending sucked balls. Damn you, Banks.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #153 on: 06 Jan 2009, 22:15 »

Yar, I be reading a book called Pirates of the Chesapeake. I got it for Christmas, lets see how it goes.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #154 on: 06 Jan 2009, 23:02 »

...Catch 2?
catch 22...fuck.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #155 on: 07 Jan 2009, 01:06 »

Reading Let Us Compare Mythologies by Leonard Cohen over and over again,
and am three quarters of the way through Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #156 on: 09 Jan 2009, 18:12 »

Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks
and my next book I'll be reading :
Shopoholic Ties The Knot by Sophie Kinsella
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #157 on: 10 Jan 2009, 17:14 »

...Catch 2?
catch 22...fuck.

Am I the only one that thinks this book is hugely over rated? It was funny sure, but it wasn't the great text it's made it to be by some.

Just finished reading A Farewell To Arms by Hemingway, of which I have to say: Fuck that ended on a downer. For the rest it was pretty good. Gotta say that I enjoy his writing style.

Now I'm reading 'The Drunkard's Walk' by Leonard Mlodinow. It's a book about how randomness is really important to our lives. My dad gave it to me after a discussion about determinism vs. free will. While it doesn't prove his point about free will, I haven't fully agreed that it actually argues against determinism. So far it's a fairly good read though. Definitely interesting.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #158 on: 12 Jan 2009, 02:58 »

Staedler, yes, you are in fact the only one.

I am reading "Six Easy Pieces" by Richard P. Feynman and have just finished reading "Watchmen" by Alan Moore. I'm currently weighing up whether to start in on "Fear And Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72" by Hunter S. Thompson or "Dreams From My Father" by Barack Obama next (I had a big book-buying spree recently).
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #159 on: 12 Jan 2009, 16:18 »

Woo, got The Graveyard Book and Neverwhere
Which to start first?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #160 on: 12 Jan 2009, 16:54 »

Neverwhere!! It's great!
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« Reply #161 on: 12 Feb 2009, 15:38 »

Little bit of a necro-post but its a good thread to dig up.

As part of my degree i am studying Catalan (language of Catalunyan region of Spain) and have been given a book to read. Its called 'La Pell Freda' ('Cold Skin' in English) by Albert Sánchez Piñol. Good so far but reading in a different language is hard. May get the English translation to help out.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #162 on: 13 Feb 2009, 13:20 »

Neverwhere!! It's great!

That's actually what I just finished up reading.

I also finished up World War Z.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #163 on: 13 Feb 2009, 18:02 »

Halfway through graveyard book and i'm taking an interlude to read Death: Time of your life.

Neil Gaiman binge!
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #164 on: 13 Feb 2009, 19:34 »

Life, the Universe and Everything - Douglas Adams

And I'm finishing, Without You - Anthony Rapp
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #165 on: 13 Feb 2009, 19:37 »

I'm reading Jose Saramago's The Cave. It's a really interesting read and I've grown fond of the characters and really impressed by the author's unique perspective and writing techniques, but at the same time it's a tremendously slow read.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #166 on: 13 Feb 2009, 19:50 »

Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, I've only just started (30pgs) but I found how Capote paces the first part incredibly slowly in order to build suspense before the the murder of the Cutter's very striking.

I'm also reading Brubaker's run on The Immortal Iron Fist. Standard Brubaker + orientalism, I'm enjoying it.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #167 on: 13 Feb 2009, 20:07 »

The last of the Spider-man/Sinister Six novels by Adam-Troy Castro
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #168 on: 14 Feb 2009, 07:16 »

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer.

It is really fucking good.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #169 on: 14 Feb 2009, 13:20 »

The third book in the "Regeneration" trilogy,"The Ghost Road" by Pat Barker is calling to me. Instead I am on the internet, pretending that I am just about to start my essay on media polarization... Yes, so much easier to pretend you're just about to do your work this way.

But holy shit, Pat Barker is good. Especially "Regeneration" which is one of those books I read twice in the span of about two months, then read several times more over the next two years.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #170 on: 14 Feb 2009, 13:21 »

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer.

It is really fucking good.

That quickly become one of my favorite books ever.  It's incredible.  The film adaptation isn't half bad either (especially with the lead singer of Gogol Bordello as Alex).

I'm currently reading Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky and The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman.  Salt is pretty interesting.  The Principles of Uncertainty is pretty amazing.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #171 on: 17 Feb 2009, 13:35 »

I also finished up World War Z.

Man, I've been meaning to pick up that for the longest time.

Right now I'm finishing up Haruki Murakami's Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #172 on: 17 Feb 2009, 14:29 »

The third book in the "Regeneration" trilogy,"The Ghost Road" by Pat Barker is calling to me. Instead I am on the internet, pretending that I am just about to start my essay on media polarization... Yes, so much easier to pretend you're just about to do your work this way.

But holy shit, Pat Barker is good. Especially "Regeneration" which is one of those books I read twice in the span of about two months, then read several times more over the next two years.

I am incredibly impressed at your willpower, managing to go two years without reading The Ghost Road when you had read Regeneration.  Once I had started the trilogy, read the whole thing within a week.  Stunningly well done.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #173 on: 17 Feb 2009, 17:02 »

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #174 on: 17 Feb 2009, 19:03 »

I just started Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. It was recommended by a coworker; we shall see if it turns out that this coworker has good taste or bad.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #175 on: 17 Feb 2009, 22:00 »

Halfway through graveyard book ....

Did you see that The Graveyard Book won the Newbery this year?

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #176 on: 18 Feb 2009, 10:15 »

I did

Didn't even know what the Newberry was before
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #177 on: 18 Feb 2009, 19:25 »

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer.

It is really fucking good.

I am glad to hear that.  I picked it up and looked at it in a book store, but ended up putting it back because I wasn't sure if it was worth the time and money.  Maybe I will grab it next time.

I am currently reading Death by Black Hole: and Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.  It is most fascinating.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #178 on: 20 Feb 2009, 14:16 »

Consider Phlebas by Ian Banks

To your scattered bodies go by Philip Jose Farmer

Both are very good
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #179 on: 20 Feb 2009, 14:26 »

I just finished The Pluto Files, by Neil deGrasse Tyson.  It is informative and hilarious.  I highly recommend it to everybody.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #180 on: 20 Feb 2009, 17:52 »

I am really enjoying Death by Black Hole... so maybe I will pick that up next.  Thanks!
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #181 on: 21 Feb 2009, 13:27 »

I just read X-Factor v3 #40, and OH MY GOSH SO FUCKING AWESOME.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #182 on: 21 Feb 2009, 18:19 »

Attacks (WWI Infantry Tactics) by Erwin Rommel

Recently:
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
From a Buick 8 by Stephen King

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« Reply #183 on: 21 Feb 2009, 22:00 »

My Boring-Ass Life by Kevin Smith.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #184 on: 22 Feb 2009, 12:01 »

Somehow I've gotten myself juggling Neverwhere (Gaiman), The Jungle Books (Kipling), The Phantom of the Opera (Leroux) and Double Indemnity (Cain)

Need to focus on just one
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #185 on: 23 Feb 2009, 12:18 »

I am currently reading Watchmen for the first time after it was recommended by a friend excited by the upcoming movie. So far, i really like it.

[I am still reading La Pell Freda (Cold Skin) at the same time. Protip: do not waste your time with this book, it is awful]
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #186 on: 24 Feb 2009, 03:48 »

Glamorama by Brett Easton Ellis (for on the train)

Absolute Sandman vol1 - Neil Gaiman (for in bed)


and some Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen for when I'm in the mood for poetry.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #187 on: 24 Feb 2009, 04:36 »

Antony Beevor - The Battle for Spain

Really interesting book if you are into European military/political history. I also suggest reading Beevor's Berlin - The Downfall and Stalingrad.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #188 on: 24 Feb 2009, 18:16 »

TS Eliot's The Wasteland obsessively.
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« Reply #189 on: 24 Feb 2009, 18:24 »

Red Lightning by John Varley, also just picked up The Philip K. Dick Reader, so I can finally read the stories that every other scifi movie is based on.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #190 on: 01 Mar 2009, 13:14 »

Just finished Microserfs by Douglas Coupland. I'm currently getting a slow start on The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #191 on: 01 Mar 2009, 18:14 »

So far this semester I've been working on short story collections. I've made it through Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio and a "best of" kinda book of Hemingway's short stories called The Snow's of Kilimanjaro , named after one of the stories in the book. I'm about to start on Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried and eventually read Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find.

Wineburg was a really good read, but Sherwood Anderson really has something against people being happy I think. This may or may not have anything to do with the fact he was married like 4 times and died because he swallowed a toothpick. Also I think my new favorite short story ever is one of Hemingway's The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #192 on: 01 Mar 2009, 19:30 »

Recently I have been consolidating, reading things again that I have not read for a long time that I remember enjoying a lot. I have a large stack. I have already (re-)read Titus Groan, Gormenghast, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Word for World is Forest, A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, The Neuromancer, Virtual Light, Gullivers Travels, Salt, Stone, Mutants, The Wasp Factory and The Bridge. Got some real monsters ahead, including Dune, Illuminatus!, The Nights Dawn Trilogy (all 5000 odd pages), The Silmarillion, The Riverworld Saga, and if I ever get time I want to refresh my grasp on recent Russian history by re-reading Orlando Figes' 'A Peoples Tragedy' and Robert' Services biographies of Lenin and Stalin, books which I am fairly sure I have never actually read all in one go, in order. 
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #193 on: 02 Mar 2009, 19:14 »

Mostly Harmless. Again.
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« Reply #194 on: 04 Mar 2009, 15:16 »

I'm now reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "The General in His Labyrinth" about the last days of Simon Bolivar. It's great, as I expected, and a nice supplement to the piles of historical documentation I'm reading about the same time period for class. Garcia Marquez has created a complex, humane, and beautiful portrait of this legendary figure and I, for one, am convinced this is a far deeper examination of his life and accomplishments than many historians have pulled off.
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« Reply #195 on: 04 Mar 2009, 16:01 »

Thanks for reminding me, Wombat, i have been meaning to pick up a copy of "cien años de soledad" for a while.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #196 on: 04 Mar 2009, 16:30 »

Olympos - Dan Simmons

I started this yesterday.

So cool.


i am three-quarters of the way through this right now.

shit is ridiculous! oh man


p.s. have you read the Hyperion books? if not, they should probably be next on your to-do list because that shit is so fucking epic that it hurts.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #197 on: 04 Mar 2009, 22:07 »

American Pastoral!
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #198 on: 05 Mar 2009, 10:02 »

Man I don't know what it is about Hiaasen I like so much, but I can't stop reading his stuff
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« Reply #199 on: 10 Mar 2009, 10:56 »

Dune, for the 10,000th time.

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