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Old 03-24-2014, 09:00 PM
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Title says it all folks, come on in to discuss what book or series you are currently reading and help make suggestions to people who are currently looking for their next adventure.

I am currently reading through all of the books connected to Enders Game.
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:08 PM
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Title says it all folks, come on in to discuss what book or series you are currently reading and help make suggestions to people who are currently looking for their next adventure.

I am currently reading through all of the books connected to Enders Game.
I just finished Isak Dinesen's Seven Gothic Tales. It was a right and proper delight. "The Monkey" was my favourite tale.

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Old 03-24-2014, 09:12 PM
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Title says it all folks, come on in to discuss what book or series you are currently reading and help make suggestions to people who are currently looking for their next adventure.

I am currently reading through all of the books connected to Enders Game.
I think there's already a book thread of some sort, but I suppose someone will merge the two.

You know, I just couldn't get into Speaker for the Dead. I did end up reading most of the books in the Ender's Shadow series, which were fun enough though none really came close to the original (the books sometimes felt like Card trying to channel Tom Clancy, what with the geopolitical skulduggery—I didn't find his take on geopolitics the most convincing, but it was hardly the worst I've read in that regard either).

I'm reading Baudolino, by Umberto Eco. The framing story involves the eponymous protagonist telling his life story to a Byzantine logothete during the Fourth Crusade. Thing is, Baudolino himself is a liar. What's more, he's a liar whose lies have a way of coming true, or at least being believed by just about everyone.

For instance, while studying in Paris, Baudolino (who has been informally adopted by Friederich Barbarossa) writes to his mentor, Bishop Otto, and talks of the libraries in Paris. He makes up books that don't exist. Otto demands that they be produced, but they never appear. As a result, says Baudolino, eventually someone will have to fabricate these tomes so that the library will live up to its reputation.

The book goes into an absurd amount of detail, and I'm quite liking it.
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I just finished Doctor Sleep which was not bad but not that great either. Personally, I like Stephen King a lot more when he's writing something less sprawling and more claustrophobic (note: I haven't read any of the Dark Tower). I love the way he gets into his characters heads that way. Misery is my absolute favorite book of his.

I'm now cruising along through Neil Gaimans American Gods which I am LOVING. I hope to finish it tomorrow!
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:15 PM
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I just finished Doctor Sleep which was not bad but not really that great. Personally, I like Stephen King a lot more when he's writing something less sprawling and more claustrophobic (note: I haven't read any of the Dark Tower). I love the way he gets into his characters heads that way.

I'm now cruising along through Neil Gaimans American Gods which I am LOVING. I hope to finish it tomorrow!
American Gods is another one of those I've been meaning to read.

I have mixed feelings about the Dark Tower. The first three books were great, but the series took a terrible nosedive in the fourth. The fifth improved, yet it wasn't enough to get me to read the final two volumes.
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I just finished reading A Canticle for Leibowitz for my science fiction literature course. Feels good man.
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I really need to grab one off the shelf, so many I haven't gotten to...
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I just finished reading A Canticle for Leibowitz for my science fiction literature course. Feels good man.
Ooh, that's a great one.
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Ooh, that's a great one.
Yup, it's also like my third time reading it. I took the course, in part, because there was only one book on the syllabus I hadn't ever read before (Dragon's Egg, which had a great premise but a disappointing execution).
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A History of Histories, by John Burrow.

Because apparently I read about historiography in my free time.
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A History of Histories, by John Burrow.

Because apparently I read about historiography in my free time.
Historiography is pretty important.
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A History of Histories, by John Burrow.

Because apparently I read about historiography in my free time.


Right now I'm reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, partially in Spanish, partially in English for school. It's pretty great, and I'm enjoying it much more than I thought I would.
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Right now I'm reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, partially in Spanish, partially in English for school. It's pretty great, and I'm enjoying it much more than I thought I would.
That's another one of my favorites. I'm actually kind of take-it-or-leave-it on a lot of magic realism (it sometimes ends up coming across as a bit too precious to me), but Marquez hit it out of the park with that one.

I also like Kafka, but his magic realism draws from a much different wellspring.
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