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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:11 am

Roy Hunter wrote:
black bart wrote:Bleak House by Charles Dickens...in digital format no less.

What the Dickens would Dickens make of all this new technology?
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Exactly...although it costs £500 to buy an ipad you can download lots of free books and stuff. It's best to avoid the free translations of classics such as Homer etc because they tend to be very, very old translations.

I loved Moby Dick apart from all the technical shite about Whales and stuff which interfered with the main tale. If I'd been around in Herman Melville's day I could have given him a few pointers about writing a long winded tale, but credit where credit's due, at least he could spell.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Almighty Doer of Stuff » Sat Jul 09, 2011 11:02 pm

I haven't actually read them as I'm still on-again off-again reading the King James Bible (still on Genesis...) but today I went to Used Book Superstore in Salem, NH, with Ashley, and I bought the Book of Mormon, the Good News Bible (official Catholic bible), and a book featuring the Tao Te Ching (which I already have) and the Analects of Confucius (which I didn't have until today) plus a selection of the writings of some other Eastern philosopher in one book.

I still want the Jehovah's Witness bible as I believe that has some notable differences from other versions, but that wasn't there. I'd like some Buddhist and Hindu texts too, but the only Hindu text was the Kama Sutra. :lech: Ashley's 80-year-old uncle wouldn't have looked kindly upon my purchase of that book though. :idiot:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby PKMKII » Sat Jul 09, 2011 11:07 pm

The Bhagavad Gita is widely available, and it's a pretty easy read.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:43 am

PKMKII wrote:The Bhagavad Gita is widely available, and it's a pretty easy read.


There's not much sex in 'Bleak House'.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby gronank » Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:53 pm

Waterloo, about to get very gory. I get to follow all the diffrent commanders and their units as they walk around belgum on a map.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:40 am

gronank wrote:Waterloo, about to get very gory. I get to follow all the diffrent commanders and their units as they walk around belgum on a map.


The story of the battle of Waterloo is absolutely brilliant, especially the bit with the Kings German Legion at La Haye Sainte. Apparently La Haye Sainte has hardly changed at all since the battle (apart from the satellite dishes and the double glazing).
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Qwertyuiopasd » Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:08 am

Just finished Johannes Cabal, Necromancer. I quite liked the writing, and the main character is awesome. One of those books where you're like "How did he manage to make a borderline psychopathic satanist necromantic scientist (he reminds me of daftbeaker in some respects) a sympathetic character?"

Turns out, a good sense of humor and intense sarcasm is a good place to start.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby pieces o'nine » Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:38 pm

Neil Gaiman: Smoke and Mirrors

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Nef Yoo BlackBeard » Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:32 am

Hi readin Moby Dick, by John Bonham.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:42 am

Finished both A Dance with Dragons and Ghost Story today.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby daftbeaker » Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:26 pm

Qwertyuiopasd wrote:Just finished Johannes Cabal, Necromancer. I quite liked the writing, and the main character is awesome. One of those books where you're like "How did he manage to make a borderline psychopathic satanist necromantic scientist (he reminds me of daftbeaker in some respects) a sympathetic character?"

Turns out, a good sense of humor and intense sarcasm is a good place to start.

But I have a sense of humour and lots of sarcasm :confused: :moon:

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:04 am

I am still reading Bleak House...it's full of amazing characters as you'd expect from Dickens.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Clifford » Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:43 pm

Hi all

If someone hasn't recommended it already, then I suggest this:

http://www.goodreads.com/

It's a site where you can show and rate books you've read, and recommend books to others! It's pretty neat.

In other news I've finished reading The Complete Lyonesse by Jack Vance. I seriously recommend you anything written by Jack Vance if you're a fan of fiction/fantasy/science fiction, he's a master.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby PKMKII » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:00 pm

NPR's list of the top 100 sci-fi/fantasy works, as voted on by readers/listeners.

Let the nerd complaining begin!
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby daftbeaker » Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:13 am

PKMKII wrote:NPR's list of the top 100 sci-fi/fantasy works, as voted on by readers/listeners.

Let the nerd complaining begin!

Only two Discworld books and people chose Going Postal over Jingo or Night Watch? :idiot:

Nah, it looks like a pretty good list.
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