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Re: What are you reading right now?

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:24 am

I read Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card over the day or so. It was very good. I'm not usually a huge fan of sci-fi, but this changed my entire perspective.

Highly recommended. ***** (Five stars)

I'm either going to read Ender's Shadow now, or Neon Genesis Evangelion. Or maybe I'll read Mostly Harmless, by Adams.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept » Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:20 am

Detective TurtleHolmes wrote:I'm either going to read Ender's Shadow now, or Neon Genesis Evangelion. Or maybe I'll read Mostly Harmless, by Adams.


I reccomend Ender's Shadow as the next Ender novel, it comes the closest in quality to Ender's Game itself IMO. After that the series splits. Chronologically, (and in my opinion quality-wise) next comes the Shadow series, which details the life of Bean, Peter, and some of the other Battle School kids, and picks up immediately after EG. The remaining novels which follow Ender's life are of a very different style and theme. I didn't enjoy them quite as much, but others have told me they really liked them, at any rate expect big changes in that they are about adults, and have much more hardcore sci-fi content.

If you can find a copy, there exists a collection of short stories entitled "First Meetings in the Enderverse" which I think is outstanding.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Zankou 2.0 » Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:43 am

And, so, I have read The Mists of Avalon, and, I think I've have never read a more emotionally moving, or enlightening, story. It was a very good book.

Before that, i read The Book Thief, which was also amazingly good.

Next up, Brisingr.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Capellini » Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:36 am

Zankou 2.0 wrote:And, so, I have read The Mists of Avalon, and, I think I've have never read a more emotionally moving, or enlightening, story. It was a very good book.


Yeah, that book was something most are not. I think the best word for it is 'poignant'.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes » Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:10 am

Rainswept wrote:
Detective TurtleHolmes wrote:I'm either going to read Ender's Shadow now, or Neon Genesis Evangelion. Or maybe I'll read Mostly Harmless, by Adams.


I reccomend Ender's Shadow as the next Ender novel, it comes the closest in quality to Ender's Game itself IMO. After that the series splits. Chronologically, (and in my opinion quality-wise) next comes the Shadow series, which details the life of Bean, Peter, and some of the other Battle School kids, and picks up immediately after EG. The remaining novels which follow Ender's life are of a very different style and theme. I didn't enjoy them quite as much, but others have told me they really liked them, at any rate expect big changes in that they are about adults, and have much more hardcore sci-fi content.

If you can find a copy, there exists a collection of short stories entitled "First Meetings in the Enderverse" which I think is outstanding.

I think I might have seen that, I'm not sure. I could only find Ender's Game and the first two books in the Shadow series.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Ubi Dubium » Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:32 pm

Zankou 2.0 wrote:And, so, I have read The Mists of Avalon, and, I think I've have never read a more emotionally moving, or enlightening, story. It was a very good book.


Oh, excellent! I'm glad you enjoyed it, it's one of my favorites. I liked the sequels, but they are not up to the same level.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Thu Dec 04, 2008 10:57 am

Wawizzle wrote:
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Wawizzle wrote:I just finished "The Theory of Almost Everything" this morning. I will now being "The Ancestor's Tale" by Richard Dawkins.


"The Theory of Almost Everything" will be the ruin of me because after reading it I want to know more about the stuff covered in it. I am attempting to read 'Quantum - A guide for the Perplexed' by Jim Al-Khalili...not a fitting book for a Pirate I hear you say but I disagree, I often feel I've taken two paths at the same time when I come out of The Admiral Benbow.


I'm also extremely interested in quantum physics and mechanics. Would you recommend "Quantum - A Guide for the Perplexed"? Is it not for the average reader?


Yes I recommend it. I am not finding it easy to take in but as Neils Bohr said:

"Anyone who is not shocked by Quantum Theory has not understood it"

Jim Al-Khalili also did a series called 'Atom' on the BBC which was superb.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Cricket » Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:36 pm

An old Ambrose Bierce collection of ghost stories - "The Hanging and Other Tales"
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby fueledbycoffee » Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:58 pm

Just picked up 1634: The Baltic War, by Eric Flint and David Weber. Since I'm a rabid fan of the series, I, of course, have high hopes.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept » Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:52 am

After reccomending it to DTH, I went to the library and found a copy of First Meetings in the Enderverse. It's even better than I remember, and includes the actual short story of Ender's Game, which was later made into the novel.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes » Sat Dec 06, 2008 4:38 pm

Rainswept wrote:After reccomending it to DTH, I went to the library and found a copy of First Meetings in the Enderverse. It's even better than I remember, and includes the actual short story of Ender's Game, which was later made into the novel.

I read that short story on the internet yesterday!

It's quite good!

Oh, and I found this picture on the interwebs also... apparently Ender's Game is being made into both a film and a comic book. This is the battlesuit.

http://cache.io9.com/assets/images/io9/ ... suit-A.jpg
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept » Sat Dec 06, 2008 5:29 pm

Actually, I think some of the comics are already out. I wouldn't hold my breath on the movie, however. He'd already been trying for years when I asked him about it in 1999.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby lordpunkmonk » Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:40 am

I just finished reading His Dark Materials
golden compass, subtle knife, ect.

and I plan on reading either Enders Game or Armor next
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Zankou 2.0 » Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:22 pm

I've got ahold of a copy of Jurassic Park, and a few Stephen King novels.
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