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The Book Thread

Postby Konrad on Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:30 am

Can't remember if there is already a "What's everyone reading?" thread going.
I just finished "Wicked" by Gregory McGuire. It is, in addition to being a clever, brutal twist on the Oz story, a beautiful tragedy. I don't think I'm spoiling the ending by saying that. I recommend watching "The Wizard of Oz", see how messed up that story is, "Oh no Dorothy. Only wicked witches are ugly...." and then give it a read.
Hey, on the off chance there is anyone old fashioned and still reads books as in their original paper form, we ought to have a summer book swap. Bring a pile of paperbacks to the next game day and lend, lease, borrow away.
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby The Underdweller on Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:39 am

I haven't read many paper books recently, except for about 45 minutes on the train every week. I just started listening to Jules Verne's "From the Earth to the Moon" on recommendation from a guy at work. And just finished listening to "A Thousand Sons" which was good if a bit overly descriptive for my tastes.
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby Primarch on Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:52 am

I started reading The Purging of Kadillus recently from the Black Library. However, I kind of gave up on it as it suffered from "All but one of the main characters is retarded as a way of moving the plot forward" syndrome.
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby job on Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:20 am

Konrad wrote:Can't remember if there is already a "What's everyone reading?" thread going.
I just finished "Wicked" by Gregory McGuire. It is, in addition to being a clever, brutal twist on the Oz story, a beautiful tragedy. I don't think I'm spoiling the ending by saying that. I recommend watching "The Wizard of Oz", see how messed up that story is, "Oh no Dorothy. Only wicked witches are ugly...." and then give it a read.
Hey, on the off chance there is anyone old fashioned and still reads books as in their original paper form, we ought to have a summer book swap. Bring a pile of paperbacks to the next game day and lend, lease, borrow away.

I most recently finished "The Heretics of Dune", the fifth book in the Dune series by Brian Herbert. I recommend the first three, but afterwards you are reading to mostly just re-immerse yourself in this sci-fi universe. If you haven't read "Dune" I recommend it. If you haven't read "The Heretics of Dune", well, I think you'll enjoy some of the vistas on the way to this book. That and the character Miles Teg is fun to read about.

Otherwise, a book swap would be pretty cool. Should we post books that we are looking for? Or books we can offer? I'm looking for the 3rd installment of the Stieg Larrson series, "The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest".
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby The Other Dave on Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:56 am

I recently read "Blindsight" by Peter Watts (you can pick it up for free here).

Very hard SF, very dark, very dense. Good stuff if you're into that kind of thing.
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby Spevna on Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:14 am

Finished the last Game of Thrones book last month , just finished listening to Know no fear last week. I'm now rereading Enter the Kettlbell by Pavel Tsatsouline.
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby ashmie on Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:44 am

@Spev, Prim, Lovejoy How was Game of Thrones?

I've finished a really heavy going book on the plantations in Jamaica and Barbados. 'The Sugar Barons' Slow reading indeed. Now I'm enjoying Stephen Kings Novel 11/22/63. It's a back to the future style romp through the Kennedy assassination and a what if it was stopped. Sounds naff but he has got better, he does a really good period piece of the '50's in Maine America. He also revisits the dirty town of Derry from 'IT'. Yes there are links to that novel and references given. It's the same town and something is inherently wrong about Derry once again. It's satisfying for fans to have that background info ahead of the protagonist in the narrative.
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@ job Well done for getting as far as Heretics of Dune. I really enjoyed the first 2 books but got a bit lost on the third one. Maybe I got as far as the 4th but I don't remember.

@ TOD, sounds good, I'll pick up a copy. Thanks. :)
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby Tenorikuma on Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:54 am

I just finished The High Crusade by Poul Anderson, a light-hearted sci-fi tale about medieval knights who manage to commandeer an alien starship.
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby job on Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:17 am

@ job Well done for getting as far as Heretics of Dune. I really enjoyed the first 2 books but got a bit lost on the third one. Maybe I got as far as the 4th but I don't remember.

Hehe :D The part I didn't mention was that I've been reading the series periodically for the past 13 years. But each time it really fires up the imagination.
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Re: The Book Thread

Postby ashmie on Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:18 am

Thanks Ten, just ordered a copy of that High Crusade as well as TOD's Blindsight recommendation. Liking the sci-fi lately. Better cancel that flight and get some reading done.
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