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    Definitely! Nothing makes time pass faster than (if you're on a car or train) getting incredibly dizzy trying to focus on minuscule words.

    But yeah, reading on the road is the best. Especially on a plane.

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    Just finished Death's Daughter by Amber Benson. Would definitely not recommend; about ten pages in I was rooting against the protagonist.

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    Kindle had the first book in Sanderson's Reckoners series on sale a month or two back for 60 cents, so I bought it. Finally got around to reading it and the two sequels. It was clearly written for a younger audience (which wasn't a problem - much of my reading lately has been on the heavier side, so something a little lighter was in order), and held together well enough.


    Overall, I would call it "Competent". That's a good word to describe it.

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    I'm rereading Stephen King errrr Richard Bachman...The Bachman Books - and forgot..they have some grit : The Long Walk still holds up awesome, dunno about The Running Man yet...

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    d6 I guess this group enjoys reading? !

    With that statement in mind.

    What books are currently reading?

    I do not know what to read next.

    What books did you start reading and had to put down for what reason?



    In my case Atlas Shrugged tried 3 times to read that book. Had it confiscated once by a college professor. The other two time got to the suicide and could not continue.

    What book do you really enjoy and would recommend and reread?

    Oddly enough my answer to this is by the author of Atlas Shrugged but it's the prequel book The Fountainhead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by denthor View Post
    With that statement in mind.

    What books are currently reading?

    I do not know what to read next.

    What books did you start reading and had to put down for what reason?



    In my case Atlas Shrugged tried 3 times to read that book. Had it confiscated once by a college professor. The other two time got to the suicide and could not continue.

    What book do you really enjoy and would recommend and reread?

    Oddly enough my answer to this is by the author of Atlas Shrugged but it's the prequel book The Fountainhead.
    Ayn Rand can *** off. I tried to get some sense out of "The Virtue of Selfishness" but it turned out to be a bunch of short essays, not all by Rand, the punchline of every one was "buy Atlas Shrugged".

    It was pure bait and switch, if you can't write a book, don't write a book.
    The end of what Son? The story? There is no end. There's just the point where the storytellers stop talking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfeye View Post
    Ayn Rand can *** off. I tried to get some sense out of "The Virtue of Selfishness" but it turned out to be a bunch of short essays, not all by Rand, the punchline of every one was "buy Atlas Shrugged".

    It was pure bait and switch, if you can't write a book, don't write a book.

    I would never recommend Atlas Shrugged. The Fountainhead you better believe is a better book.

    I suggest reading and taking notes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by denthor View Post
    With that statement in mind.

    What books are currently reading?

    I do not know what to read next.

    What books did you start reading and had to put down for what reason?


    .[snip]

    What book do you really enjoy and would recommend and reread?

    [snip].

    A good source for that information may be found in the long running
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    thread, where I plan to post after I get deeper into the three books I'm reading The Broken Sword, Daily Life in Chaucer's England, and Lord Jim.
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    Non-fiction for the moment. Factfulness by Hans Rosling, which might be a bit too political to discuss here but while I don't agree with every word I welcome a very positive view on a world that feels rather the opposite too often.

    I also have Anansi Boys lying around since Christmas but my parents got it in German and... Well, the translation isn't bad but it's clunky at times. And I feel like I have to make myself read it.
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    Finished Expanse Book 8.
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    Neat series.
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    Just done with Around the World in 80 days. I should read more Verne.
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    The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.

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    My eldest is in a classical history class, so right now we're both reading and discussing Polybius' Rise of the Roman Empire. I've already learned more about the First Punic War than I ever learned in school.

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    Just finished the audiobook of Marie Brennan'sVoyage of the Basilisk, the third part of her Memoirs of Lady Trent series. Also got notice that my purchase of Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs happened, so I'll actually be reading a book for a couple days.
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    Well, I managed to finish Twilight for my reading challenge (the 'book with poor reviews'). I forced myself to read 50 pages a day, but it was genuinely terrible and kept geting worse. I guess I expected the story to be dumb and the characters to be annoying, but the thing I was not prepared for was the sheer awkwardness of the dialogue between the two main characters. Seriously, we are talking Star Wars Episode II levels of poor romance dialogue. Glad it's over, not going to read the sequels.

    Afterwards I read The Hazel Wood ('book with a beautiful cover') purely because I spotted the cover at random in the library and liked it. I had no idea what the book was about, but it turned out to be a fantasy story about dark fairy tales crossing into reality in various ways. I...sort of liked it, I guess. The writing was sometimes a bit weird and I felt the book perhaps took a bit too long getting to the all-out fantasy sections - and then felt a bit rushed when it finally got there. My favourite thing about it was when I actually got to read some of the disturbing fairy tales the story revolves around, which were genuinely disturbing. Wish there had been more of them, though.

    I am currently reading World War Z ('book that has been adapted into a movie'). I am a bit over halfway through, but so far not a huge fan of the style. It feels a bit gimmicky, and I wish there were some characters that persisted that I could actually get invested in. I think I would have liked it better if it had been Grapes of Wrath-style, with half the chapters dealing with a specific cast of characters, and alternate chapters dealing with happenings across the globe. Still, some of the stories have been decently fun, and it is an interesting idea to describe a zombie apocalypse in a truly global scope. I have not watched the movie, so have no idea how that is in comparison.
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    The movie World War Z has nothing to do with the book at all and is pretty forgettable by itself.


    The gretest part is in the closing credits:

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    Currently mostly nonfiction. Ian Goodfellow's "Deep Learning" and Judea Pearl's "the book of why".

    Fiction, I am rereading Return of the King at the moment.

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    Why isn't this in Media Discussions anymore? I'm confused?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymouswizard View Post
    Why isn't this in Media Discussions anymore? I'm confused?

    The Two Towers, for the record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by denthor View Post
    With that statement in mind.

    What books are currently reading?

    I do not know what to read next.

    What books did you start reading and had to put down for what reason?



    In my case Atlas Shrugged tried 3 times to read that book. Had it confiscated once by a college professor. The other two time got to the suicide and could not continue.

    What book do you really enjoy and would recommend and reread?

    Oddly enough my answer to this is by the author of Atlas Shrugged but it's the prequel book The Fountainhead.

    and since they're the same subject a Mod combined it with the older "What are you reading right now?" thread.

    Maybe it will stay here or maybe it will be moved back to the "Media Discussions" subthread

    Anyway, I've been reading "Daily Life in Chaucer's England" by Jeffrey L. Singman and Will McLean, which is aimed at 'living history' re-enactors, so it has stuff like clothes patterns and recipes in it, and it's been good so far, I recommend it.
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    Reading Jihad by Paul Fregosi. Not going to bring up religion here, so I'll just say he makes...interesting points.

    Did just finish The Bell Jar (by Sylvia Plath), however. Amazing read.

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    Reading Henry Gilbert's King Arthur's Knights, because I found a copy in a used book shop for $5, and it has really good illustrations. It's kind of fun if you've got a tolerance for substantially antiquated prose. Also I was feeling Arthurian.


    Also started a Dragonlance reread, which you should check out.
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    I have been reading a lot of different stuff recently. My favourites include.
    Discworld
    The edge chronicles
    The enders gane series
    and the hitchhikers guide trilogy.
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    And of course Lizard Wizard (Lizardfolk Sorcerer)

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    Been on a Stephen King kick recently. Reading through Four Past Midnight on my lunch breaks at work, a collection of 4 novellas including The Langoliers and Secret Window. At home I've been working on Nightmares & Dreamscapes, which is a short story collection of his. I'm finding I really enjoy the town with a dark secret and abandoned location/world ones best.
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    I have been reading a lot of different stuff recently. My favourites include.
    Discworld
    The edge chronicles
    The enders gane series
    and the hitchhikers guide trilogy.
    I loved the Edge Chronicles! I heard they got a few new installments a few years ago and wonder if I should go and find them to see how they compare...
    (the other things are also good, but everybody knows about them already.)


    Lately, I've been dabbling in the kindle store and found:

    Fire above, Fire Below, Garth Nix. A short story that was suprisingly cheap until I read it. It's very short and not particularly interesting. Nix's flaws as a writer are very prominent and his strengths mostly absent. I was pretty disappointed, as I also found...

    Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz: Three adventures, Garth Nix. A series of short sword & sorceries starring a womanising knight and a creepy animated puppet on a mission to kill small evil gods. They're a great series of stories about trying to be a good man in a gritty world where even your successes lead to the suffering of innocents (even parasitic gods have innocent followers unknowing of their diety's true nature) and general fantastic monsters and swashbuckling.

    Record of a Spaceborn Few, Becky Chambers. The third in the Wayfarers series, a collection of science fiction stories about people doing day-to-day lives in a galaxy with no major wars, mysterious forebears or evil empires. This one focuses on the lives of people living in the major human settlement, and has no returning characters from the previous books, although one on the protagonists is related a previous protagonist. I wasn't sold on it at first, as it started out a little slowly and came across a a bit preachy, but by the end, things were moving well, the themes had emerged and there flaws of the society were being examined. All in all, this was definitely worth picking up.
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    Almost finished listening to The Blade of Tyshale, the sequel to Heroes Die. It's been... alright. Like the first one, I thought it dragged a bit in the middle, after...
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    Shanna died and until Caine got put in the Pit
    ...but the real problem was that none of the villains compared to Mael'Koth, Berne, and Kolberg.
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    The Blind God is too inhumanly monstrous for me to really hate him, and Raith was pathetic by design.
    That said, I've liked Caine's personal journey a lot, and I'm interested to see what happens to Ankhana after this climax, so I'll continue the series. Besides, the voice in Caine's monologues and Stefen Rudnicki's narration are enough to keep me going no matter how bored I get during the non-Caine chapters.


    I'm also about halfway through The Traitor Baru Cormorant, which I'm really liking. I dig stories about colonialism and morally compromised protagonists, and it's a refreshing change of pace to read a fantasy novel where the protagonist isn't a fighter (the noun, not the D&D class.) Baru is who you'd get if you combined Tyrion and Cersei, made her a queer woman of color in an intensely racist and homophobic society, shipped her off to the most politically unstable province in the empire, handed her to highest profile position available, and wished her good luck and washed your hands of it. If you're in the market for fantasy political thrillers, this is darn good one.

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    Currently: Carpe Jugulum, by Terry Pratchett.

    Up next: The Master Mind of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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    The dream quest of unknown kadath by lovecraft, for like the 20th time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookieetank View Post
    Been on a Stephen King kick recently. Reading through Four Past Midnight on my lunch breaks at work, a collection of 4 novellas including The Langoliers and Secret Window. At home I've been working on Nightmares & Dreamscapes, which is a short story collection of his. I'm finding I really enjoy the town with a dark secret and abandoned location/world ones best.
    I GENUINELY enjoy his short stories more than his actual novel works, which is saying something because Lisey's Story is, like, my favorite thing of all time ever.

    Anyways, I'm currently pushing through the Johannes Cabal series. I liked Johannes Cabal The Necromancer (book 1) a lot, but had a hard time getting through book 2 and gave it up to get to book three (Fear Institute, the one with Nyarlathotep as the Big Bad), thought I would be able to go back to book 2, got a few chapters further, and now I've skipped onto book 4, The Brothers Cabal.

    I genuinely like the characters and the witty dialogue and humor, but after having read JLH's short stories from the series, I think he's better suited to short format than actual novels.

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    The Murderbot Diaries.

    Poor introverted Murderbot, just wants to be left alone to watch its TV shows in peace, but keeps ending up caring about those idiot humans and trying to help them. Really felt for the poor thing.

    Really, really liked the first one (All Systems Red), really liked the second one, the last two were good but
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    got a bit tired of Murderbot being able to beat enemies like 3 CombatBots where we're specifically told that CombatBots are way better fighters than SecUnits. Having Murderbot beat humans when we're told at the beginning that SecUnits are on a whole 'nother level than even augmented humans was fun and realistic.
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    I'm reading Why We Sleep and Atomic Habits. I should get around to reading more fiction though. Any recommendations? I recently finished the second book in the Three Body Problem Trilogy, so that really should be next. I'm really liking the message, so if anyone has recommendations in that vein, hit me!

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