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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept » Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:02 pm

Just finished Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson. Loved it.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept » Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:05 pm

pieces o'nine wrote:I'll let him speak for himself, if he cares to. :haha:


Sorry I didn't catch this exchange. You are sorely missed, PON.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:58 pm

Strange but true, I've just finished reading To Kill A Mockingbird for the first time. I found it much more entertaining than I expected it to be, albeit highly predictable.

Now jumping into a re-reading of Dan Simmons' Hyperion quadrology.
"Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens."
("Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.")
-- Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805)
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-- Philip K Dick

What happens when all the renewable energy runs out?
-- Victoria Ayling

English isn't much of a language for swearing. When I studied Ancient Greek I was delighted to discover a single word - Rhaphanidosthai - which translates roughly as "Be thou thrust up the fundament with a radish for adultery."

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby daftbeaker » Thu Aug 27, 2015 5:29 pm

The Shepherd's Crown. I almost don't want to start it, knowing that after this there will never be another Discworld book where I don't already know the plot.

Plus, having read the back cover and half a page I randomly flicked to, I think I already know a major plot point. If I'm right it will almost be Pratchett acknowledging he wasn't going to write any more books (spoiler)I think Granny Weatherwax dies during the book(/spoiler)
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby daftbeaker » Thu Aug 27, 2015 9:19 pm

Well, I finished it. I don't know if knowing it was the final Discworld book affected things but I did cry a bit several times during it. Plus my guess about the spoiler was correct :bummer: Given Terry's enormous output over the years I feel this was a good way to say goodbye, the themes in the book definitely cover that area.

I think the afterword was the single most depressing thing I've read dealing with fiction:
The Shepherd's Crown wrote:We will now not know how the old folk of Twilight Canyons solve the mystery of a missing treasure and defeat the rise of a Dark Lord despite their failing memories, nor the secret of the crystal cave and the carnivorous plants in The Dark Incontinent, nor how Constable Feeney solves a whodunnit amongst the congenitally decent and honest goblins, nor how the second book about the redoubtable Maurice as a ship's cat might have turned out. And these are just a few of the ideas his office and family know about.


Personally, in my own selfish way, I will always curse the universe for denying me the Moist von Lipwig novel where he is put in charge of the tax system.

The Daily Mash wrote:DEATH has been told it is not allowed to take Sir Terry Pratchett until an investigation is held.

Following the passing of the author, the final ferryman has been suspended and will be held to account by an independent body before making any further decisions that are patently wrong.

Deathologist Roy Hobbs said: “Any rational person would agree that only after the publication of another 30 Discworld books, at least two of them starring Rincewind, would it have been correct for Terry to die.

“And for this to happen only two years after the death of Iain M Banks, leaving a number of massive Culture novels unwritten, smacks of incompetence.

“At this point the Grim Reaper looks less like an implacable, unanswerable end and more like a haphazard dick on roller skates swinging his scythe about like a fat kid at a piñata.”
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ChowMein » Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:22 am

ET, the Extra Terrestrial wrote:Strange but true, I've just finished reading To Kill A Mockingbird for the first time. I found it much more entertaining than I expected it to be, albeit highly predictable.

Now jumping into a re-reading of Dan Simmons' Hyperion quadrology.


My favorite sf series . I wonder what happened to all those people wired up to the tree of pain ? Also did God ( the human ) come back from his sabatical ?

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Nef Yoo BlackBeard » Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:48 am

Ummmmm............

i iss reeding a boook , it hass lotsa big wurds an' cullard pickchurrs innit .

i lyke da pikchurrs besst cos i can reed dem eesey .

ummmm..... , nuffin else . :lurk:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:27 pm

ChowMein wrote:
ET, the Extra Terrestrial wrote:Strange but true, I've just finished reading To Kill A Mockingbird for the first time. I found it much more entertaining than I expected it to be, albeit highly predictable.

Now jumping into a re-reading of Dan Simmons' Hyperion quadrology.


My favorite sf series . I wonder what happened to all those people wired up to the tree of pain ? Also did God ( the human ) come back from his sabatical ?

If you like Big SF, I strongly recommend the Night's Dawn trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton. Simmons and Hamilton are both fantastic authors, I have yet to read anything by either one that I didn't think was terrific.
"Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens."
("Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.")
-- Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805)
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-- Philip K Dick

What happens when all the renewable energy runs out?
-- Victoria Ayling

English isn't much of a language for swearing. When I studied Ancient Greek I was delighted to discover a single word - Rhaphanidosthai - which translates roughly as "Be thou thrust up the fundament with a radish for adultery."

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Nef Yoo BlackBeard » Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:04 am

I stiwll reeding a buk .
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Mon Oct 05, 2015 10:33 pm

Just finished a novella (115K words) by my niece/godchild. Fantasy fiction for young adults. I am blown away by how good it is. Minor editing being undertaken now (yes, she knows I'm doing it), but IMO it is not far from publishable, and would sell well. She has a bunch of published research/opinion type articles in various magazines. She's about 25 or so.
"Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens."
("Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.")
-- Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805)
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-- Philip K Dick

What happens when all the renewable energy runs out?
-- Victoria Ayling

English isn't much of a language for swearing. When I studied Ancient Greek I was delighted to discover a single word - Rhaphanidosthai - which translates roughly as "Be thou thrust up the fundament with a radish for adultery."

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Edd » Sun Nov 22, 2015 6:14 pm

Rereading Perdido Street Station by China Miéville.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Sun Nov 22, 2015 6:17 pm

Reading multiple consecutively overlapping times a novel written by my niece. I'm editing it on about four levels, so I'm going over each paragraph about half a dozen times. It's surprisingly good. ("Young adult" level story.)
"Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens."
("Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.")
-- Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805)
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-- Philip K Dick

What happens when all the renewable energy runs out?
-- Victoria Ayling

English isn't much of a language for swearing. When I studied Ancient Greek I was delighted to discover a single word - Rhaphanidosthai - which translates roughly as "Be thou thrust up the fundament with a radish for adultery."

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby MourningStar » Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:56 am

Going to start on The Walking Dead comics soon... heard WAY more than enough good things about them and I can't wait. Also, they have CURSING.. I would for SURE curse in the Zombie Apocalypse. Porch Dick just doesn't cut it... :lol:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ChowMein » Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:22 am

MourningStar wrote:Going to start on The Walking Dead comics soon... heard WAY more than enough good things about them and I can't wait. Also, they have CURSING.. I would for SURE curse in the Zombie Apocalypse. Porch Dick just doesn't cut it... :lol:


You havn't heard cursing until you hear Negan or is or Neagan ?

I can't see the show doing him justice without the profanity , maybe they could put in a lot of " bleeps " ?

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Roving Punster » Sat Nov 28, 2015 6:10 am

I've heard the walking dead comic is excellent ... I'm a fan of the TV series that was based on it, but I've never read the source material.

My favorite comic book series of all time was The Sandman, by Neil Gaiman, by a very wide margin. I just finished one of my periodic rereadings just a few weeks ago.

These days I don't read anywhere near as much as I used to (which was around 2-3 novels a week).
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