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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:36 pm

Just recently finished reading "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline, yet another book about using a virtual reality world... Was a pretty good read, I liked all the '80s culture references (games/music/movies) used there, especially the ones that I've "missed" in my lifetime. If you're into such stuff (like a global "Massively Multiplayer Online Virtual Reality") and if you still fondly remember all the games (pen & paper/arcades/consoles) you've played in '80s - I highly recommend it. Also, it is directly related to the topic of "escapism" (something which was also recently discussed in TR forums), so if you're also into such topic - you might also find it interesting to read.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:28 am

thegleek wrote:
FroBozz_Inc wrote:"One second after" sounds pretty interesting!

Indeed it is. Highly recommended!

I loved it.

Edit: forgot to add my current reading list.
All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean & Joe Nocera
End This Depression Now by Paul Krugman
Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen) by Steven Erikson
Consider Phlebas (Culture Series) by Iain M. Banks
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:19 am

Just finished all the books of "Gregor the Overlander" series, by Suzanne Collins. It's supposed to be a children-oriented fantasy novel (the main character is 12 years old), but I really enjoyed reading it - much more enjoyable than the Collins' "Hunger Games" series. Too bad that the last book ended in such disappointing way, basically making you believe that the story will definitely continue in next book... But of course there is no "next book" and last time I've heard Collins was working on totally different book with totally different topic :cry:
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:12 am

Going through Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series. Enjoyable.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:45 am

The last Robert Jordan book is coming out Jan 8th. Brandon Sanderson wrote it with his notes, of course. A long odyssey of this series which started in the 1980's will be coming to an end. I thought overall the Sanderson books were better than the last 4 or 5 that Robert Jordan wrote. He ruthlessly closed plot threads and seemed to capture the spirit of the earlier books. I enjoyed Towers of Midnight quite a bit.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:21 pm

I've been wanting to read and reread some books I read while in school, so I ended up with a stack of books for Christmas:

To Kill a Mockingbird
1984
Fahrenheit 451
Slaughterhouse Five
Catch-22
Cather in the Rye
An Abundance of Katherines


Already tore through Fahrenheit 451 (again). Probably reading Slaughterhouse Five next.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:41 pm

Ah! The Lost Fleet - you've made to the (current) end.
How long did that take you? I found that I couldn't put them down, so it was one a day for me.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:30 pm

David Weber - Shadow of Freedom. Reading it as an ebook on my ipad.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:36 pm

Half way through Star Wars: The New Rebellion. After that its the New Jedi Order.

Reading Star Trek Myriad Universes: Rise Like Lions on ebook.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:58 pm

Stickem wrote:Ah! The Lost Fleet - you've made to the (current) end. How long did that take you? I found that I couldn't put them down, so it was one a day for me.
I read the first one on a plane trip. I read books two through six over a weekend.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:32 pm

Hawkwing74 wrote:The last Robert Jordan book is coming out Jan 8th. Brandon Sanderson wrote it with his notes, of course. A long odyssey of this series which started in the 1980's will be coming to an end. I thought overall the Sanderson books were better than the last 4 or 5 that Robert Jordan wrote. He ruthlessly closed plot threads and seemed to capture the spirit of the earlier books. I enjoyed Towers of Midnight quite a bit.


Yeah, it only took 6 books after you asked him where she was at that signing lol.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:12 pm

Bought and read Legacy of Heorot over the weekend and started on the sequel last night. Picked them up because the guys making this game (Unclaimed World) mentioned the book as inspiration for the game and it looks to be exactly "my kind of thing" - so I had to see where they were starting from. Pretty impressed, good read, wish I had read it when I was younger.

Before that I just finished the 3rd book in the Shift series (prequel to the Wool series) and I'm really looking forward to the conclusion series, Dust.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:01 pm

The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:34 pm

Rereading 1632 on my Kindle. I originally read this years ago on the CD that came with the hardback version of the 6th Honor Harrington book, using lynx to render HTML onto a 14" CRT monitor. It wasn't as horrible an experience as you might think - I think I had SVGATextMode[1] crank the monitor's refresh rate up to 85 Hz so I wouldn't get a headache.

It seems a lot more Heinlein juvie-esque wish-fulfillment (probably with less character development at this early stage) than it did, but it's still a fun read.

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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:57 pm

Reading this atm...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surely_You're_Joking,_Mr._Feynman!

Quite interesting so far...
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:37 am

J.D. Robb, Calculated in Death.

Actually quite a good read.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:41 am

I'm reading Confessor by Terry Goodkind. I got it at half price books for 90 cents. What's more interesting than the book so far is the amazon reviews. I don't know how he managed to destroy his series. The first 4 books were actually quite good. But I figure as bad as it is, I can still slog through it. I read all the other ones.

For those who don't know, this fantasy series has veered into Ayn Rand propaganda in the last few volumes. Truly bizarre, but I think he is trying to use his fantasy story to "enlighten us".
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:00 am

I just finished The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. This is probably the second best book/series I've read in recent years. His Mistborn series was pretty good, too.

So far, Patrick Rothfuss has blown me away with The Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:43 am

I'll have to get that one some time. I liked Mistborn.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:00 am

Hawkwing74 wrote:I'm reading Confessor by Terry Goodkind. I got it at half price books for 90 cents. What's more interesting than the book so far is the amazon reviews. I don't know how he managed to destroy his series. The first 4 books were actually quite good. But I figure as bad as it is, I can still slog through it. I read all the other ones.

For those who don't know, this fantasy series has veered into Ayn Rand propaganda in the last few volumes. Truly bizarre, but I think he is trying to use his fantasy story to "enlighten us".


I totally lost interest in Goodkind after book 5 or so.

Hawkwing74 wrote:I'll have to get that one some time. I liked Mistborn.


Do it. It's some of the best modern Fantasy. I also really enjoyed The Demon Cycle series of books by Peter Brett.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:28 pm

Two Graves by Preston and Child.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:47 pm

"The Way of Kings" by Brian Sanderson (the same guy who finished the Wheel of Time after Robert Jordan died). I like the complexity of his world, but he does take enough time to explain things so you have a connection with the characters... I would put it above the level of "A Song of Fire and Ice" in complexity, but well below the "Malazan Book of the Fallen" series (where even the author doesn't know WTF is happening half the time).

Edit: Ah, I see gigafinger beat me to the punch. Yeah, I'll echo his praise for the Way of Kings, and the next book in the series is supposedly coming out later this year.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:44 pm

Hugh Howey's Wool Omnibus, and holy crap it's good.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:55 pm

Dave Barry Does Japan.
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Re: What are you READING right now?

Postposted on Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:17 pm

Our Better Angels, about the decline of violence.

http://www.amazon.com/Better-Angels-Our ... ter+angels

It's an interesting read so far, making the case that this is probably the most peaceful era in human history and that the decline thus far, from pre-state societies to now, is that fairly drastic and constant. I'm digging it because it's pretty snarky about the Rousseau school of anthropology that I've never been able to stand but it doesn't attempt to whitewash the less nice parts of European history either.
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