What are you reading?

Re: What are you reading?

Postby hestia.edwards » October 29th, 2016, 11:00 pm

Oly-RRR wrote:Listening to Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell audio book. Quality stuff though I'm glad I tried the tv adaptation first, everyone somehow feels like more of an arsehole in the book.
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I loved the audio book! I'm not even sure if Jim Dale's Harry Potter is as good. :? Is the mini series similar to the book?

For my current reading, I'm working on Cal Newport's "Deep Work", which talks about how uncommon it is to be able to focus on a task, versus the myth of multitasking. Some of the material also overlaps with Susan Cain's "Quiet".

There's also a book on adoption in Victorian America that I need to finish for research...
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Oly-RRR » October 30th, 2016, 8:14 pm

hestia.edwards wrote:I'm not even sure if Jim Dale's Harry Potter is as good. :?

It's hard for me to say, I listened to Stephen Fry's reading of Harry Potter. But yeees, I loved the mini series!

hestia.edwards wrote:For my current reading, I'm working on Cal Newport's "Deep Work", which talks about how uncommon it is to be able to focus on a task, versus the myth of multitasking.

Interesting... I know that multitasking is a bit of a bogus thing buuut it also depends on the terminology. I mean I'd rather be distracted by some audio/video in the background than stuff in my own head. I might need to look that book up!
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby maelstrom51210 » October 30th, 2016, 9:30 pm

I've been reading HP Lovecraft a bit more often to get into the Halloween spirit.


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Re: What are you reading?

Postby hestia.edwards » October 31st, 2016, 10:04 pm

Oly-RRR wrote:Interesting... I know that multitasking is a bit of a bogus thing buuut it also depends on the terminology. I mean I'd rather be distracted by some audio/video in the background than stuff in my own head. I might need to look that book up!


I recommend it. :D I also like his book on getting straight A's. He's very into how to make the most of your time and efforts


maelstrom51210 wrote:I've been reading HP Lovecraft a bit more often to get into the Halloween spirit.


It's like being with an old friend who really hates fish.


This description made me laugh, because it's true! :mrgreen: I'm sad that my copy is back at home; I wonder if the library has copies. Have you tried Algernon Blackwood? I actually like his stuff better.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby darkenergy » November 1st, 2016, 11:42 am

Rereading 'Monstress.' Even the blood is ridiculously gorgeous O:
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Soft Dorito » December 16th, 2016, 5:41 pm

I'm reading Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel. It's a lot like listening to the podcast except I don't get Cecil Baldwin's amazing voice and it doesn't revolve around Cecil Palmer. And I still love it. :D
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Nymine » December 16th, 2016, 8:10 pm

I loaded up my eReader with a bunch of freebies. Tore through a bunch of stuff by Philip Dick (I think his short stories are probably his best stuff), and The Scarlett Plague by Jack London. That one was pretty darn interesting; bout how a plague wipes everyone but a handful of people with an advanced immune system off the earth in 2013, causing society to start over from caveman technology again.

Currently reading The Last Man by Mary Shelley. I have no idea what is going on. Like. I'm pretty sure it was classified as sci-fi but it reads like a romance novel? I'm so confused.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Tacbot Unit-89 » December 17th, 2016, 3:43 am

Nymine wrote:Currently reading The Last Man by Mary Shelley. I have no idea what is going on. Like. I'm pretty sure it was classified as sci-fi but it reads like a romance novel? I'm so confused.


That kinda how early literary styles from back then, this was some time before what we classified as "genre" came to be. Mary Shelly can be considered one of the early progenitors of sci-fi/horror, thanks to being a keystones of gothic lite and an early ancestor to weird fiction, which would splinter into the lit sub-genres as we know today. That's my vague lit-not-probably-entirely-accurate-summarization of literary subgenres, probably a lot, but yes Mary Shell invented a lot of the early examples that became much of the basis for sci-fi.

And to add reading, I'm trying to build up a reading list of atmospheric ghost stories/haunted house/etc, and some weird child's stories so I can better define what I want to do with my "haunted building" story. The first weird children story is Coraline, for ghost stories, I'm currently reading Shelly Jackson's Huanting of Hill House, and I'm highlighting passages I like or I feel close to the atmosphere I'm going for.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby UrbanMysticDee » December 18th, 2016, 1:15 am

Just finished First Person, a cross between an autobiography and interview with Vladimir Putin. Great guy. Lovely book, short, fantastic. Highly recommended. 95/100

Reading two books now, Crippled America* by Donald Trump (some dumbass wrote in the book. It's a new book, and a library book, show some respect with other people's property.), great guy, loved Art of the Deal and How to get Rich. Also reading Infinite Life by Robert Thurman. Great guy, love The Tibetan Book of the Dead, though I haven't finished it yet.

Both those books were on the same shelf at the library. For some reason they've decided to put religion and politics together.

Nymine wrote:Tore through a bunch of stuff by Philip Dick (I think his short stories are probably his best stuff)

Great guy. Tremendous writer.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby afterthedream » March 3rd, 2017, 2:20 pm

I just finished The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell, who also wrote Cloud Atlas. Thousand Autumns is a very well-written historical drama that takes place in and around a Dutch trading post in Japan in the 18th century. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction. Mitchell has become one of my favorite authors and I'm planning to read his Bone Clocks next.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby The_Hankerchief » March 7th, 2017, 3:16 am

Two new additions to my library: Larry Correia's "Monster Hunter International" series (currently on book three) and Richard Kadrey's "Sandman Slim" series (also on book three). Both are fun, well written, and endlessly entertaining.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Glueckskeks » March 11th, 2017, 6:21 pm

I've been sharing these bits from Akutagawa Ryunosuke on every single social media account I have because I want everybody to know about them
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Muntyc0re » March 22nd, 2017, 9:27 am

Currently I am readinf The Devil in the White city about the 1st serial killer
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Guest » March 28th, 2017, 9:12 pm

I am reading Wings of Fire. Its awesome :D
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Muntyc0re » May 16th, 2017, 5:06 am

right now I am reading Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
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