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Old 08-11-2011, 10:55 PM   #441
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I'm about to finish Nekropolis by Tim Waggoner. Pretty decent read if you don't mind cheesy fiction.


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Old 08-11-2011, 11:15 PM   #442
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The Truce - Primo Levi

A true story of an Italian jew, ex-prisoner of a German concentration camp, trying to - first of all survive and just then - get home on a Europe that is a complete mess. The USSR occupies a good chunk of Central Europe and claims for itself the duty of reallocating the Nazi victims of a myriad of different places and languages.


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Old 08-11-2011, 11:37 PM   #443
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Crowded Rooms by Prem Nath

An anthology of great short stories in the magic realist vein about urban living (specifically, living in Mumbai). Some really great material in there for indie horror movies. The book only seems to be released in India at the moment, but I liked every story in it.


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Old 08-12-2011, 02:33 PM   #444
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I just read about some library banning Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, so I figured this would be as good a time as any to read it.

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Old 08-12-2011, 02:44 PM   #445
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I just read about some library banning Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, so I figured this would be as good a time as any to read it.
I found it a bit disappointing, myself. Certainly not all it's cracked up to be.



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Old 08-15-2011, 12:00 PM   #446
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I'm in the middle of reading a whole bunch of things, actually.

Arion - Lord of Atlantis
This was a 42-issue comic book run in the 80s, published by DC Comics. It was sword-and-sorcery, but wasn't totally typical of the genre. Technology existed side by side with magic, and the first issue is in space! I lurve magic and fantasy in space!

JLA Classified
Yes, another comic book series, a 54-issue run starting in the mid 2000s. It's a bunch of untold adventures of the superhero team Justice League of America. Well illustrated and (for the most part) well told, I probably enjoy it more than most because I'm a big JLA fan.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians
A five book series that was recommended to me by a close friend. Written for young adults, but people of all ages can get into it. Much like Harry Potter, except with Greek mythology rather than witchcraft and wizardry. Yes, that's a simplistic comparison that doesn't take into account all the nuances, but it's a nutshell explanation. I'm VERY much enjoying this, and am on the fourth book now.

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order
A 19-book series set in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, taking place approximately 20-25 years after Return of the Jedi. I never could finish the whole thing when it came out, and I'm having trouble getting through it now. Even though I'm a HUGE Star Wars fan, this particular series doesn't seem particularly StarWarsy, with the Yuuzhan Vong and such. I mean, I understand you can do the Empire and Sith only so much, but still! But by God, I will finish it, however slowly and torturously I must do it.

Consider Phlebas by Iain Banks
A sci-fi novel, first in the "Culture" series. I got it after I read about what the titular Culture was supposed to be, a super-advanced post-scarcity society where everyone can get what they want super-easy, and their top agents carry a planet-killer in their pocket. Upon actually reading it, I've been a little disappointed, as (a) there is another culture of supremely advanced aliens even more advanced than the Culture, which kind of spoils the effect, and (b) the story isn't told from within the Culture.

War of the Twins by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Second book in the Dragonlance Legends trilogy. An awesome fantasy series in an awesome fantasy setting. Raistlin Majere rocks! He is one of the most bad-a** characters I've seen in a book, yet he's physically puny and ill. Amazing.
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:42 PM   #447
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Blood Meridian - by Cormac McCarthy

Just now getting into it.

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Old 08-23-2011, 08:07 AM   #448
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Old 11-17-2011, 04:53 AM   #449
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Haruki Murakami - 1Q84

It's 1150 pages long and chock full of Murakami-esque magical realism and other supernatural tomfoolery. It's delicious.


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Old 11-17-2011, 10:06 AM   #450
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Old 11-20-2011, 12:29 PM   #451
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Taking a break from the epically long 1Q84 to read:

In preparation for my Human Revolution playthrough.

I'm not a fan of the jargon and adjective-laden actiony writing, but eh it's in the Deus Ex universe, so what the hell. I really would rather not read this book, but isn't a long read and it's just one, so I'm keeping at it.


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Old 11-20-2011, 01:00 PM   #452
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Sure, it's grim, and the author has no qualms about killing off well-liked characters, but there is something compelling about it.

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Old 11-20-2011, 01:23 PM   #453
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@Alk: Partly agree, once he introduced resurrections they lost most of their impact. Seems like it's not just game designers who have problems handling resurrections.


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Old 11-20-2011, 01:32 PM   #454
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@Alk: Partly agree, once he introduced resurrections they lost most of their impact. Seems like it's not just game designers who have problems handling resurrections.
Well, there is a difference between bringing a character back, and turning them into an undead monstrosity

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Old 11-20-2011, 02:10 PM   #455
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So far I can only think of one resurrected monstrosity that's still alive, while the number of resurrected without major side effect is quite large (an example spoiler:
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). And with at least three people capable of doing it consistently (and many more occasionally), it's readily available for most of the major characters.


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Old 11-20-2011, 02:36 PM   #456
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:27 AM   #457
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:35 PM   #458
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Just Started reading The Wheel of Time. I'm only about 30 pages into it but so far it's been great. I feel slightly sad I'm getting into this series when the author is dead.

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Old 11-29-2011, 10:38 PM   #459
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I am currently reading a science fiction novel called "Snow Crash" about a futuristic computer virus that affects humans, and a book on chakras and vibrational healing called "Wheels of Light".

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Old 11-30-2011, 11:25 AM   #460
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and I'm close to finishing Legends of the Samurai, which is translations of Japanese folktales about historical figures.


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Old 07-04-2012, 02:52 PM   #461
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RISE, FALLEN THREAD!

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Old 07-04-2012, 03:35 PM   #462
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Just Started reading The Wheel of Time. I'm only about 30 pages into it but so far it's been great. I feel slightly sad I'm getting into this series when the author is dead.
Don't read the classics, then. But you will be missing out.

I'm also reading some kind of posthumous work myself. I'm on the second chapter and quite satisfied for now:

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Old 07-05-2012, 04:44 AM   #463
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I've been reading "Wolf of the plains". A historic novel about Genghis Khan.
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:10 AM   #464
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This little work:



Close to the end. While not quite up to par with later Murakami work (or any Murakami work after his initial 3 novels), it's a suitable end to the Trilogy of the Rat.

I quite like the covers Vintage has for Murakami:
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:15 AM   #465
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Currently reading the Sworn by Gail Z. Martin. After that, will finish Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson. Then, Charon's Claw by R. A. Salvatore, followed by Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson.

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Old 08-30-2012, 07:12 PM   #466
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:53 PM   #467
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This book is...strange... to say the least. Reminds me a bit of Soviet Communism.



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Old 08-30-2012, 10:00 PM   #468
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Update: Done reading the Sworn, now reading:


Well, technically I was reading this on the side already.

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Old 08-31-2012, 01:25 PM   #469
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<3 Machiavelli. Him and Dante are the reason I want (and am going to) learn Italian.

Haven't been reading much beyond scholarly books on the history of economics and the process of globalization, but this is a fun one:



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This book is...strange... to say the least. Reminds me a bit of Soviet Communism.
You'll get it some day.

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Having finished adventures with sheeps and strange markings, I've also taken to something Italian:



A surprisingly clear read, while I was expecting something un-paragraphed, nightmarish and written-in-a-hangover like anything by Kafka.


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Old 09-12-2012, 09:41 AM   #472
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Here's a question: If I wanted to get into H.P. Lovecraft's works, what's the best book to start with?

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Dive straight in: The Outsider and Others. IIRC, it has practically every important story he ever wrote, including the novellas (towards the end).

I'm not sure if the book is actually available for sale as is, but I used its contents as a guide to read the stories off the Internet (Lovecraft is in the public domain).

Edit: Welp, it seems the book is on Amazon at a bargain price of $1,940. I'd snap it up if I were you.

There's also Wikipedia's bibliography list you can consult if you're looking to read his works chronologically and comprehensively.

Lovecraft's theme and genre never really wavers a lot, so it doesn't matter where you start, the supreme cosmic gods that slumber in dimensions unfathomable will be sure to get you either way.


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Dive straight in: The Outsider and Others. IIRC, it has practically every important story he ever wrote, including the novellas (towards the end).

I'm not sure if the book is actually available for sale as is, but I used its contents as a guide to read the stories off the Internet (Lovecraft is in the public domain).

Edit: Welp, it seems the book is on Amazon at a bargain price of $1,940. I'd snap it up if I were you.

There's also Wikipedia's bibliography list you can consult if you're looking to read his works chronologically and comprehensively.

Lovecraft's theme and genre never really wavers a lot, so it doesn't matter where you start, the supreme cosmic gods that slumber in dimensions unfathomable will be sure to get you either way.
Thanks, I was looking at some of his books at the local Chapters, and I've been wanting to get into it for a while, though admittedly, I've also got University, and plenty of other books to read first.

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This book will change your life. Honestly one of the best books I have ever read.


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