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Re: What is WWN reading right now?

Post by monkymeet » Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:41 am

Just cracked open Godel Escher Bach. I am very excited.
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Post by MysteriousLad » Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:54 am

Started game of thrones, how many people can be murdered within the first chapters?
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Post by Dragonite » Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:49 am

Hah, don't expect that to get any better.

By the way, these are the only books I managed to finish in the last year. My will to read really has taken a nosedive, and as a result can't really unwind and get into a book either, as I'm somewhat nervous I'm going to fail again.

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Post by hawkesnightmare » Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:26 am

I picked up the new(ish) book Tarkin by James Luceno. It's obviously about Grand Moff Tarkin and his rise to power in the Star wars universe. Not sure if the author wrote it under the "Star Wars Legends" rebrand or as official Disney canon. Either way, the book is fantastic.
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Post by Sniffit II » Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:27 pm

monkymeet wrote:Just cracked open Godel Escher Bach. I am very excited.
I friend of mine has been reccommending me that for an absolute age, but I've not got round to it yet, however, this morning, I finished a book that the very same friend lent me, which is Perdido Street Station by China Mieville.

It was brilliant.

I have also been reading my way through the SciFi masterworks collection, and have so far decided that although I probably won't get on with any of Dan Simmons's other bookss (I don't like horror, and they were a little bit gory for my tste) The Hyperion Cantos is one hell of a good read. I have also decided that I must get more Dick (of the Phillip K. variety), and that Babel 17, The Forever War, Lord Of Light, and Dhalgren are some of the best damn books I have ever come across.
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Post by Xenesis » Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:13 pm

Perdido Street Station is a hellauva trip.

I did enjoy it though. Although I did remember getting lost at a few points.
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Post by Sniffit II » Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:20 pm

It took me until the last three chapters to figure out that the italic writing was Yagsharek, but then that may have been because I've mainly been reading it in small chunks.

There were a lot of bits of "I think I've figured out what the hell this thing is and where it comes fro... oh no, no I haven't".
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Post by onewaystreet » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:05 am

That book is craaaaazy. I was definitely lost a few times at the end.

The semi-sequel The Scar is a bit more intelligible and I liked it a lot more.
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Post by monkymeet » Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:56 pm

Oh god Perdido Street Station is CRAZY. One of my favourites (and obviously influential, if you see any of my writings). Mieville is totes awesome
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Post by Sniffit II » Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:41 am

I have to admit, I think I may have liked Kraken more, mainly just for the fact that it was crazy stuff in a place which distinctly should not have been crazy, but PSS was also great. They're probably about equal for me.

Edit: actually, for a country lad, London is pretty damn insane already, but the toothies gave it a nice topping.

Also: MM - good influence to have.
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Post by Terragent » Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:06 am

I've been on a re-read binge lately - Alastair Reynolds' Century Rain, Zima Blue, and Galactic North occupied my time for a while, and now I'm almost through Robert Silverberg's Lord Valentine's Castle. At some point I'll get around to reading all of my unread stuff <_<

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Post by Pkdragon » Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:40 pm

I'm working on clearing out my Terry Brooks books. Terry Brooks is in that weird place where I like him just enough that I just can't stop reading him, even though he recycles his plots all the time and doesn't exactly have the greatest prose in the world. But I keep coming back to them, god knows why.

Other than that, I figured I'd read some more Reynolds so I checked out Terminal World from my library (mostly because they only had a couple choices and it sounded the most interesting). It's decent, some fantastic ideas, and actually reminds me a bit of Perdido Street Station... at least it did, at first. Not a huge fan of where the story has gone, because I found the city of Spearpoint to be a very fascinating setting that wasn't explored nearly as much as it should have been. But it's enjoyable enough, for something that is more steampunk than hard sci fi.

Trying out audiobooks for the first time. I'm not a huge fan of the idea, but I have sensitive eyes and literally everything in my life requires staring at a screen or a page. Everything. So it's nice to relax and listen instead of look. I'm "reading" The Shadow of The Torturer by Gene Wolfe, which is a dense, complex fantasy/sci fi book that was probably an awful first audiobook. On the other hand, it's a very atmospheric book and listening to it keeps me from skipping lines so at least I don't miss anything!
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Post by Bonesy » Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:11 am

binged on discworld and the rest of the main black company novels this year so far

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Post by Pkdragon » Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:41 am

holy crumpets. So The Shadow of the Torturer was freaking amazing, first book I've given a flat 5/5 (would be 10/10 if goodreads ran off a 10 star system) in a long time. I'm not even done with it, though I don't think that will matter so much, because I'm pretty sure I'm in the "falling action" segment of the story. Then again, Gene Wolfe has surprised me again and again with this book. Structural playfulness, social satire, an unusual main character, and just enough touches of science fiction to keep things interesting. The big flaw is that Severian, the main character, has a tendency to ramble and go on long, seemingly pointless stories, but this is not only acknowledged as being part of his character (he remembers everything, or so he says) but those rambling sequences are fascinating, full of analysis gold that would make lit teachers weep in pleasure, at least if they could get past the fact that this is undeniably genre fiction.

Definitely was worth audiobooking too, the narrator had a very soft voice that perfectly fit the story (it was my first audiobook so I can't exactly compare him to others). Also helped me get past those long rambley sequences that otherwise I would have gotten annoyed at if I was reading in print. I did have to have a print copy available as well to look up exactly what some of the words were (and to reread a couple pieces that I missed due to reading while playing FFXIV >_>) but overall it wasn't too hard to follow due to being one character's stream of consciousness.
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Post by Gallant » Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:26 am

Currently I'm reading Fall of Giant. I've bought it not expecting much, but I'm surprised how fast and light the reading is. And it did induced me to search more books about war. Now I consider the reading of Ernest's book Farewell to Arms a lot more. This topic fascinates me. Since when I was much younger. Now, despite that book being surprisingly good (Fall of Giants), I wonder how it is on its original language. Sometimes it just feels weird, lord.
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Post by Linkman » Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:02 pm

I am finishing my first Murakami novel: Tokyo Blues, or Norwegian Wood.

It's interesting. I will expand on my thoughts once I am done. It makes me feel so weird though, and I can tell it is slowly seeping into my writing style. People who text me must think I'm so weird.
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Post by Treedweller » Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:42 pm

Murakami has the most contagious writing style. I don't know what the Japanese original feels like, but I've read him in English and French, and I get the same feel regardless of the translator or language. He has a punchy and masculine directness that still leaves room for quiet melancholy. I can't get him out my head for months after reading his novels. Everything I try writing too close to reading Murakami reads like a pale co-optation.

I'm so glad you're reading him, Linky dear. He's one of my favourite writers to get lost in.

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Post by Linkman » Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:49 am

Happy international book day, WWN!

Cervantes and Shakespeare both died today, at exactly 399 years ago. Isn't it a fun coincidence that the most famous writers of the English and Spanish tongues died on the same day?

I am perusing this topic and compiling your reading suggestions. Bookstores should be having good discounts today!
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Post by Xenesis » Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:00 am

I'm reading the Dresden Files series.

My wife adores them, and I've found what I've read so far to be pulpy and enjoyable. And I like pulpy :P
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Post by hawkesnightmare » Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:16 am

I can tell Xen takes pride every time he says "my wife".

Sadly, I have not read anything since my last post. I have the material, I just haven't had the interest as of late. Borderlands 2 sucked me back in.
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Post by Sniffit II » Sat Apr 25, 2015 5:03 pm

I've been reading my way through the Sci Fi Masterworks collection for much of the last year/ year and a half. I'd never really read much sci-fi , so I decided that I was going to try to get into it by buying books in the collection which seemed interesting and seeing if I liked the genre.

Evidently I must have been enjoying them, as I'm still doing it, and so I'm currently motoring through Floating Worlds by Cecelia Holland.
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Post by hawkesnightmare » Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:41 pm

Sci-fi can be super interesting if the author finds the right balance between sci and fi. Not many authors that I know of can't do that, since when you're writing your own space book, you can make up whatever physics crumpets that you want to make it fit in your story. Though a good amount of books are based in either alternate universe Earth or post-apocalyptic Earth.
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Post by Sniffit II » Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:19 am

Yeah, I think that's the thing. I tend to prefer the books where the science is either very hard science (like Tao Zero) or the scifi is used to make a fairly important point (like The Forever War), however, I have come across some really whacky ones which I have massively enjoyed, like Lord Of Light (which is basically Eastern mythology given a touch of sufficiently advanced science).
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Post by HPD » Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:28 am

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Post by hawkesnightmare » Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:34 am

I am familiar with that as well. Most science fiction is at least half-chub SF.
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Post by Pkdragon » Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:36 am

I don't mind soft sci-fi, as long as it's still asking the question "what could be?"

that is, if something is exploring interesting ideas that are at least presented in a way that they maybe could be possible, even if we know they're unlikely, then I'm all for it. If the science is TOO hard, it usually isn't asking "what could be" but "what is" and I'm not a huge fan of that.
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Post by Sniffit II » Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:55 am

Tao Zero includes equations, but uses the science as a way of causing a scenario which makes for interesting psychology.

But yeah, accurate relativity equations.
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Post by Pkdragon » Mon May 04, 2015 12:04 pm

so, a quest to discover a random kid's book that i swear has been erased from history led to me googling "obscure creepy children's books". i never found the book in question (it was about farmers and dancing imps in the HELL below normal mundane farmlands), but i did find a cracked article that took me down memory lane a bit

http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-reasons-s ... kids-book/

warning, link contains creepy imagery and cracked articles. not sure which is worse =P

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark... man, my mind had managed to completely bleach itself of that series existing then i read that article. i had a love hate relationship with those books as a kid. on one hand, they were by far the most awesome books we had at our school's library, on the other hand they scared me crumpets. i'm considering tracking them down again.

these books might very well be why i have an obsession with weird fiction and lovecraftian horror, in fact. half considering tracking down a copy of these for old time's sake.
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Post by Linkman » Mon May 04, 2015 12:40 pm

I like Cracked. I try my best not to let it influence my actual opinion on things (since half the time the sources are awful and I never bother checking them anyways), but it's a fun place to get me random useless information.
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Post by Xenesis » Mon May 04, 2015 12:56 pm

Yeah, Cracked is an entertaining dose of weekly trash reading.
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Post by Sven » Mon May 04, 2015 1:37 pm

my uncle got me an actual magazine issue of cracked once when that was a thing. it was this really thick thing, must have been some special issue.

i'd never seen mad magazine//parodies of things before at that point, so it was pretty cool. i think it's where i first learned B-list superheroes existed haha.

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Post by Kanzer » Wed May 06, 2015 8:14 am

Today I was remeniscing and remembered last year when I got to read "A Monster Calls" in one sitting, one night at a friend's in Valencia. I shed two tears at a very specific point. Really touching given my near absolute inability to cry. I need to find time for some good books I have in store.
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Post by Bonesy » Mon May 11, 2015 9:10 am

reading game of thrones etc

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Post by Xenesis » Mon May 11, 2015 10:58 am

Continuing to read Dresden Files.

Now finished "Dead Beat".

It's satisfying to dive into a series of books again, I haven't done it for a long time...
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Post by Sniffit II » Sun May 24, 2015 8:38 pm

I'm having a look back through my books on East Asian art, currently one which I picked up in Leshan, back in 2009. I've never managed to find a reference to it outside of that one city though.

It probably doesn't help that it's really a collection of art by local artists, but it's got some lovely things in it.
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Post by MysteriousLad » Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:46 pm

Bonesy wrote:reading game of thrones etc
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Post by Dragonite » Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:39 pm

I'm so glad I finished the books last year. Now the tv series are catching up, spoiler danger anywhere(and from my understanding the HBO version is messing with the plot anyway). And there's already backlash because some events have changed creating a uproar.

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Post by Sniffit II » Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:48 pm

Yet again, I've decided to try getting into literature I'd not really read a hell of a lot of before (as my experiment with Sci-fi went well, except for with regards to my wallet, so I'll keep getting more of that when I run out of books), so I've ordered Dream Of The Red Chamber (an English translation, naturally) in order to start my exploration of Chinese literature.
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Re: What is WWN reading right now?

Post by Bonesy » Wed Aug 26, 2015 2:44 am

taking a break from gamey throne to read redwall, might read something else too but idk what

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Post by Xenesis » Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:18 pm

Enjoying more pulpy goodness.

Finished three Dresden Files novels in the last week: Changes, Ghost Story and Turn Coat.
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