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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Qwertyuiopasd » Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:08 pm

Even if it was Douglas writing it, I'd probably still feel the same. I thought Mostly Harmless was mostly dumb.

I have acquired a copy of Life of Pi, but I have yet to start it. I've been meaning to read it for quite some time now.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby tris » Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:22 pm

Qwertyuiopasd wrote: I have acquired a copy of Life of Pi, but I have yet to start it. I've been meaning to read it for quite some time now.
Get on with it! I really enjoyed that book! And it only takes a day or two to read!
I'm kinda stuck halfway thru- Fight Club... I think I prefer the film (that's the first time I ever said that about a book!)
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Ubi Dubius » Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:59 pm

Rainswept wrote:...And Another Thing.

book six of the Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy

I enjoyed that one. It wasn't as good as the first three (is there anything that good?), but I thought it was about as good as the last couple.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Ubi Dubium » Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:00 am

Ubi Dubius liked it more than I did. I found ...And Another Thing reminded me more of fanfiction than of the next installment in the story. Pretty good fanfiction, but fanfiction nonetheless. Colfer seemed more worried about making sure he got most of Adams's original characters and invented words and such in there, and not so much about making it an original good story. I should go back and count the number of times he used "frood" or "froody", instead of coming up with something new. And the story really focused on Wowbagger and Thor. I think Adams would have been coining new words and creating new characters, not just rehashing the existing ones.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:53 am

I like reading short Ghost Stories...just read some good ones (over Halloween) from The Giant Book of Ghost stories, including one entitled 'The Secret of Macarger's Gulch' by Ambrose Bierce.

I am going to get hold of 'Ancient Sorceries And Other Weird Stories' by Algernon Blackwood.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Clifford » Thu Nov 11, 2010 3:58 am

Catch 22! I found it rather eratic at first, but it's brilliantly written and very funny.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby kaioshin00 » Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:25 pm

I'm currently reading the W3C working draft for CSS3 (http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-background/)

Its SUPER exciting. :sleep:

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby PKMKII » Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:10 pm

Princess Bride. It's very, post-modern as compared to the movie; all the layers of "real world" vs "original novel" vs "abridged novel." Goldman wasn't just writing a story; he was making commentary on novels themselves. Plus, setting up the narrative as not his own work is a subtle post-modern acknowledgment that even original works are always derivative.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept » Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:11 am

I love the book and the novel. Hope u got one of the later ones that include the first chapter of the sequel.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:15 am

Algernon Blackwood's 'Ancient Sorceries and other Weird Stories' is brilliant. It is well known that 'Ancient Sorceries' was the inspiration for the film 'Cat people'. I am wondering whether 'The Willows' inspired 'The Blair Witch project'.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept » Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:33 am

Just finished the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks. The first book made me a bit nervous that it was going to turn into Narnia, start hiding Christian themes in it b/c it seemed like the only ethical people in the book were the ones that believed in the "One God" but thankfully that never came to pass and instead I got a nice entertaining story about assassins with a subplot of how they really want to get laid. Of course since it's a traditional fantasy, a couple books in the main character is in his 20's, has dozens of kills to his name, was partially raised in a brothel... and is still a virgin.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Clifford » Sat Nov 27, 2010 5:02 pm

Shadowside - The Long Sun, by Gene Wolfe. Good thus far, but it's only been the first few chapters. Gene Wolfe is a good writer, so I look forward to the rest of the book/series.

I've just finished Catch-22 and certainly agree with it's status as a brilliant novel.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Ubi Dubius » Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:32 pm

I"m starting "The Age of Reason" by Thomas Paine.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:59 am

Ubi Dubius wrote:I"m starting "The Age of Reason" by Thomas Paine.


Should be a good read. I read some stuff about his English roots recently.

Algernon Blackwood's 'Ancient Sorceries and other Weird Stories' includes a story called 'The Wendigo'. Blackwood's description of the Canadian forests and lakes is quite brilliant, bringing home the vastness of the landscape, and it reminded me of ET and his canoe.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Qwertyuiopasd » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:16 am

I always get Wendigo and Winnebago mixed up...
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