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What are you reading?
« on: November 04, 2006, 10:56:10 PM »
Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2006, 11:17:18 PM »
Helliconia, by Brian W. Aldiss, as soon as I receive the second book in the trilogy.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2006, 07:27:02 PM »
"Labyrinth"  by Kate Mosse
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2006, 07:45:45 PM »
The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2006, 08:23:11 PM »
The Forgotten Realms D&D supplement, for source material. How sad.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2006, 10:07:30 PM »
Nah, that isn't sad. I own several D&D books that I read for fun and inspiration. I have never played D&D and I never intend to, but the books are interesting, nevertheless.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2006, 09:00:01 AM »
I just finished Paradise Lost.  It's great. :)

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2006, 10:46:19 AM »
Dune, by Frank Herbert.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2006, 02:20:36 AM »
The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester. Very interesting take on telepathy.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2006, 10:45:58 AM »
"The End of Faith" by Sam Harris.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2006, 11:01:44 AM »
Lord of the Rings Trilogy for like the 20th time.  I am currently on the stairs to Cirith Ungol for anyone interested.

@Echon:  Is Helliconia any good, I always wanted to read that but never actually bought it.

@melora:  I could never get past page 20 of Labyrinth, it just never grabbed me.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2006, 12:42:27 PM »
Yes, I think so. I finally bought it and now I am going to read it for the 4th or 5th time. Dune is the best science fiction book I have read and Helliconia is a close second, but it is an unusual science fiction novel.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2006, 02:28:59 PM »
"The End of Faith" by Sam Harris.


That's a great book.  I just finished it and am currently slogging through Bob Woodward's "State of Denial."  I am finding it very odd that he keeps mentioning height (as in "the 6'3 4 Star General thought otherwise" blah blah blah).
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2006, 05:13:22 PM »
I just finished Paradise Lost.  It's great. :)

I bought that this summer, along with Inferno by Dante Alighieri. I'm not sure if I want to read those on my own or wait until I can take a class that includes them.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2006, 05:52:14 PM »
the divine comedy is pretty good, i liked it, (same with paradise lost), having devil may cry being heavily influenced by the divine comedy was pretty cool.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2006, 08:20:32 PM »
"The End of Faith" by Sam Harris.


That's a great book.  I just finished it and am currently slogging through Bob Woodward's "State of Denial."  I am finding it very odd that he keeps mentioning height (as in "the 6'3 4 Star General thought otherwise" blah blah blah).

Ah, then I think I'll go and get a copy of "State of Denial," as well!  It's always nice to have personal reccomendations such as in this thread.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2006, 06:38:18 PM »
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The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester. Very interesting take on telepathy

  You may like Tiger, Tiger by the same author then, too. This time it's an interesting take on Dimension Door. Or rather on Dryad Teleport, since the casting time is pretty short, IIRC

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2006, 08:03:22 PM »
Just finished The Republican War on Science by Chris Mooney. Too bad the author wasn't acquainted with logic or rational, consistent arguments instead of jumping up and down and shouting 'Bush Bad!'
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2006, 10:11:19 PM »
About halfway through Thud! by Terry Pratchett and trying to get through the Timaeus and Critias by Plato.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2006, 11:37:44 PM »
  @ Corvis the Terrible
 
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The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester. Very interesting take on telepathy

  You may like Tiger, Tiger by the same author then, too. This time it's an interesting take on Dimension Door. Or rather on Dryad Teleport, since the casting time is pretty short, IIRC


It was released as 'The Stars My Destination' here in America and yeah, I've read it-- it's good stuff, I'm leaning towards saying the better of the two novels. Bester had a talent for building interesting worlds around one weird concept (telepathy, teleportation).

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #20 on: November 15, 2006, 02:42:45 AM »
I hate stacking replies, but oh well.

Finished The Demolished Man. I still like Stars better, and this one seems a little more dated in some places-- Bester's pulp roots are showing. I could have done with more focus on Reich and less on Powell, and I'm not very happy with the last chapter. Still glad I read it, and I'm sad that no one seems to be following its example re: the presentation of telepathy.

Moving on to Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny. Not very far in, but holy shit is it good so far. Hindu gods, talking apes, Budhha, etc.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #21 on: November 15, 2006, 05:42:52 PM »
Just finished The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett, and am eagerly looking forward to the rest of the DiscWorld series.

That one reminds me a lot of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and I dearly loved that series.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2006, 10:25:59 PM »
I hate stacking replies, but oh well.

Finished The Demolished Man. I still like Stars better, and this one seems a little more dated in some places-- Bester's pulp roots are showing. I could have done with more focus on Reich and less on Powell, and I'm not very happy with the last chapter. Still glad I read it, and I'm sad that no one seems to be following its example re: the presentation of telepathy.

Moving on to Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny. Not very far in, but holy shit is it good so far. Hindu gods, talking apes, Budhha, etc.

i absolutely LOVE Roger Zelazny !!!!  have you read the Amber series?  they are awesome.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #23 on: November 16, 2006, 05:56:45 PM »
i absolutely LOVE Roger Zelazny !!!!  have you read the Amber series?  they are awesome.

I read the first five and loved them (the first two more than the others, but), then part of the last five. Can't remember how far I got before I got burned out and quit, but they were of generally lower quality and I don't feel any need to go back and visit them.

I've also read Jack of Shadows, which was great, and Changeling, which was good for what it was and had moments of brilliance you wouldn't usually find in such a Standard Fantasy Adventure. After I'm done with what I'm reading now I'll probably grab a short story collection.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #24 on: November 17, 2006, 11:45:05 AM »
Zelazny's short stories are every bit as good as his longer work (which I find to be a mixed bag, but when he is good he is freaking awesome).

The second half of the Amber series would, on its own, be great, but after the first half its rather disappointing. I too got burned out when I tried to read it the first time. But even though it's got a lot of inconsistencies with the first half, there's still cool stuff, like Ghostwheel and Mandor (and his balls).