The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1776 Post by Steel Frog » 12 Jul 2012, 17:22

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Dawson wrote:I need something to read. Just read some book called Helix, was recommended by Stephen Baxter who I think is awesome so I was expecting to think. Helix is a good book, but a lil too 'soft'. i need some geeky harder sci fi. An epic or something to get into. I'm even considering getting into the steampunk scene next. Anyone got any ideas?
Steampunk is more a visual medium then written, isn't it? I would love to see if steampunk translated to book form.
There are a few I have been told about and I think it's something I'd like to get into... maybe this: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

I dunno, I'll keep looking
Now that I think about it, H.G.Wells has a lot of steampunk imagery in his work. At least 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and The Time Machine do. So I guess it has been around for awhile.
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My daughter is a big fan of steampunk literature; perhaps I can get her to recommend some titles.

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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1777 Post by Batman » 12 Jul 2012, 23:30

Dawson wrote:I need something to read. Just read some book called Helix, was recommended by Stephen Baxter who I think is awesome so I was expecting to think. Helix is a good book, but a lil too 'soft'. i need some geeky harder sci fi. An epic or something to get into. I'm even considering getting into the steampunk scene next. Anyone got any ideas?
Have you ever read William Gibson's Neuromancer? That's a pretty good read.
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1778 Post by Sela » 06 Aug 2012, 16:31

Sela wrote:Just started this
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Divergent was a great read, as well as it's second book, Insurgent.

However, I must let you know that the third and final book is not slated until next year. So, avoid the series until then (And thanks to my wife for making me endure the torture of waiting with her)
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1779 Post by » 06 Aug 2012, 21:06

I'm reading Adam Carolla's Not Taco Bell Material. It's decently funny (if you like his stuff) but if you listen to his podcast even semi-regularly there aren't really any stories you haven't already heard.
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1780 Post by Dawson » 07 Aug 2012, 06:22

Found my steampunk books,a trilogy

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Is the first. Great read, got the signed copies from the author, highly reccomend
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1781 Post by spymeg » 17 Aug 2012, 10:42

This book is awesome.

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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1782 Post by sldawgs » 17 Aug 2012, 12:09

spymeg wrote:This book is awesome.
Did someone look you in the eyes and say "You will read this book and recommend it to your friends." over and over again?
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1783 Post by Dawson » 24 Aug 2012, 14:15

sldawgs wrote:
spymeg wrote:This book is awesome.
Did someone look you in the eyes and say "You will read this book and recommend it to your friends." over and over again?
Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, don't look around my eyes, look into my eyes, you're under.
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1784 Post by Toasty » 25 Aug 2012, 15:35

Just picked up Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon... Opinions before I form my own? I've heard he is not "for everybody", but I am curious enough.
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#1785 Post by Philip » 29 Aug 2012, 11:17

Toasty wrote:Just picked up Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon... Opinions before I form my own? I've heard he is not "for everybody", but I am curious enough.
He's not for anybody but don't let that stop you.

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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1786 Post by Sela » 01 Oct 2012, 11:39

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Will be released on November 27th :banana: :banana: :banana:
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#1787 Post by Odd Todd » 01 Oct 2012, 16:25

Sela wrote:Image

Will be released on November 27th :banana: :banana: :banana:
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#1788 Post by Philip » 01 Oct 2012, 17:43

Toasty wrote:Just picked up Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon... Opinions before I form my own? I've heard he is not "for everybody", but I am curious enough.
So Toasty, how far did you get before you gave up? ;)

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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1789 Post by Toasty » 01 Oct 2012, 18:18

Philip wrote:
Toasty wrote:Just picked up Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon... Opinions before I form my own? I've heard he is not "for everybody", but I am curious enough.
So Toasty, how far did you get before you gave up? ;)
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Page 39, brother.
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Funny though, I just picked it back up today to try again... back tracked one scene... we'll see if I can get to page 78 this time around.
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1790 Post by Philip » 02 Oct 2012, 09:58

Toasty wrote:
Philip wrote:
Toasty wrote:Just picked up Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon... Opinions before I form my own? I've heard he is not "for everybody", but I am curious enough.
So Toasty, how far did you get before you gave up? ;)
:lol:
Page 39, brother.
It took me over ten years to finish reading the damned thing and it was stubborn determination and the desire to say I'd read it that carried me through. It helped me that I read some other Pynchon (during breaks from GR) to get the hang of his writing. V and Inherent Vice are good, The Crying of Lot 49 is one of my favorite books.

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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1791 Post by Toasty » 03 Oct 2012, 06:31

Philip wrote:
Toasty wrote:
Philip wrote:
Toasty wrote:Just picked up Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon... Opinions before I form my own? I've heard he is not "for everybody", but I am curious enough.
So Toasty, how far did you get before you gave up? ;)
:lol:
Page 39, brother.
It took me over ten years to finish reading the damned thing and it was stubborn determination and the desire to say I'd read it that carried me through. It helped me that I read some other Pynchon (during breaks from GR) to get the hang of his writing. V and Inherent Vice are good, The Crying of Lot 49 is one of my favorite books.
A Ha! So, you are a fan. Funny, both you and the gentleman who introduced my curiosity to Pynchon are very skeptical of his audience appeal, so much so that it appears you are not really in step with his rhythm either; while in actuality you "force" yourself to revel in three or four volumes of that riddling beauty of run-on webbing, spinning down rabbit holes that may or may not connect the dots you've even and chosen a favorite. All of which reminds me very much of Humphrey's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie exporation... you sir, are not "anybody", and I am glad for that.
When are we doing Abe and Louie's, by the way?
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#1792 Post by alan smithee » 03 Oct 2012, 21:31

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"One of the most hauntingly original dark fantasy debuts in years—perfect for fans of Lost and Mark Danielewski’s cult classic, House of Leaves."

I'm ready to predict that this will be optioned to be a movie.

Oh, and you can read the first 50 pages online for free.
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#1793 Post by » 03 Oct 2012, 21:44

alan smithee wrote:Image

"One of the most hauntingly original dark fantasy debuts in years—perfect for fans of Lost and Mark Danielewski’s cult classic, House of Leaves."

I'm ready to predict that this will be optioned to be a movie.

Oh, and you can read the first 50 pages online for free.
I found House of Leaves to be preplexing, disturbing and fascinating.
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Re: The Book Thread (aka "what are you reading?")

#1794 Post by Philip » 10 Oct 2012, 09:51

Toasty wrote:
Philip wrote:
Toasty wrote:
Philip wrote:
Toasty wrote:Just picked up Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon... Opinions before I form my own? I've heard he is not "for everybody", but I am curious enough.
So Toasty, how far did you get before you gave up? ;)
:lol:
Page 39, brother.
It took me over ten years to finish reading the damned thing and it was stubborn determination and the desire to say I'd read it that carried me through. It helped me that I read some other Pynchon (during breaks from GR) to get the hang of his writing. V and Inherent Vice are good, The Crying of Lot 49 is one of my favorite books.
A Ha! So, you are a fan. Funny, both you and the gentleman who introduced my curiosity to Pynchon are very skeptical of his audience appeal, so much so that it appears you are not really in step with his rhythm either; while in actuality you "force" yourself to revel in three or four volumes of that riddling beauty of run-on webbing, spinning down rabbit holes that may or may not connect the dots you've even and chosen a favorite. All of which reminds me very much of Humphrey's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie exporation... you sir, are not "anybody", and I am glad for that.
Thanks Toasty. Yeah, I'm a Pynchon fan which surprises me as much as anyone. Just looking at the style in his later works and hearing what other people have to say about him, I typically would have said no and moved on. But someone suggested trying his early stuff and so I read TCL49 and totally got sucked in to his world. And I've heard the same thing from other fans who said "didn't think he would be my cup of tea but totally was" so yeah, it makes sense that he's tough to recommend.
Toasty wrote:When are we doing Abe and Louie's, by the way?
Man, I haven't been back to Boston in years and I'm down for a trip but I can't fly right now so we'll have to wait a bit longer.

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#1795 Post by Steel Frog » 22 Nov 2012, 07:27

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Fitting, no?

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#1796 Post by Steel Frog » 17 Dec 2012, 17:56

Steel Frog wrote:Image

Fitting, no?
Finished this. Good not great. King was, unfortunately, more interested in telling a tale than espousing or denouncing any particular conspiracy theory.

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#1797 Post by plaxii » 25 Jan 2013, 07:29

almost finished with Worm
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it is a sotry about the conficker worm that went around the internet a couple of years ago. Very interesting story but now i feel like my computer is a hot bed for viruses. I feel like this is what people must have felt like back when the ready The Jungle.
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#1798 Post by JJ » 06 Apr 2013, 19:49

Just finished Light, the end of the Gone series by Michael Grant. Awesome series; I think overall I liked it better than Hunger Games. (The ending was certainly much better, and much better than the ending of the Harry Potters for that matter.)
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#1799 Post by Nunis » 07 Apr 2013, 11:59

Had never heard of it until just now, but it sounds right up my alley. Thanks! The first one is now on my kindle, and as of Tuesday, I will have a few weeks of free time to read.

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#1800 Post by JJ » 07 Apr 2013, 22:26

Nunis wrote:Had never heard of it until just now, but it sounds right up my alley. Thanks! The first one is now on my kindle, and as of Tuesday, I will have a few weeks of free time to read.
I'm admittedly curious to see what you think. I've not been able to get anyone else to read them. I could barely put them down.
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