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The "What Are You Reading" Thread

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edited September 2011 in Debate and/or Discourse

TAKE A LOOK, IT'S IN A BOOK!

This is the thread where we talk about what we're reading and why, recommend things to each other, and maybe find out about some things we never would have known otherwise. Because if you're anything like me, you're always on the lookout for something new and interesting, even if you have a stack of unread books climbing halfway up to your ceiling.

To get us started, here are some books that a lot of people in these parts have enjoyed.

The (Semi)Official D&D Recommended Reading List

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So what's on your bedside table these days?

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  • DoctorArchDoctorArch Curmudgeon Registered User regular
    edited September 2011
    Jacob, the goodreads link you put up there doesn't work.

    And I just finished the Magician King. What a fantastic follow-up to The Magicians.

    As for what I'm reading now, I'm trying to decide between a non-fiction and the second Mistborn book.

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  • adytumadytum Registered User regular
    I clicked that link for Centipede Press and I saw they have a run of Stand on Zanzibar and I went yessssssssssss!

    Then I clicked on the link and saw it cost $225 and I went nooooooooo!

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  • Styrofoam SammichStyrofoam Sammich WANT. Registered User regular
    I'm almost done with wheel of time.

    At this point its pure force of will.

    I could teach Olympic marathon runners lessons about sucking it up and powering through.

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  • emnmnmeemnmnme Heard about this on conservative radio:Registered User regular
    This Is Not a Game by Walter Williams

    Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty by Bradley Martin.

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  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    edited September 2011
    I'm still working through Battle Royale, courtesy of YamiNoSenshi.

    After that I will start rereading ASOIAF so I can finally read A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.

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  • poshnialloposhniallo Registered User regular
    I'm reading Mike Carey's Felix Castor series. Well, I'm reading the first one, and I plan to read the rest. They're urban fantasy set in London. An exorcist/sensitive detective story (although the protagonist doesn't think of himself as a detective).

    Pretty good, although they are structured like a murder-mystery and suffer from the same 'expositiondump just before the denouement' problem that most of them have.

    I'd love it if more mystery/crime/suspense fiction had multiple aspects to each mystery and they gave you more tools to work then out yourself. Whenever I read them I just bumble along until the villain is revealed and then they tell us everything that's happened. Perhaps if I was more familiar with the genre I might get the conventions enough to work things out - but then most of the mysteries I read are F/SF that turns out to be a murder mystery, so I'm not assuming that the villain must have been one of the characters introduced in the first few chapters, for example.

    Also reading some Soseki Natsume short stories (in the original because I'm pretentious) - they're quite unsettling and not what I expected at all from him.

    I figure I could take a bear.
  • pyromaniac221pyromaniac221 Registered User regular
    Reading Gone-Away World in those moments when I'm not reading something for class. I really like it so far. Harkaway's prose is wonderful, and once the plot picks up its riveting.

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  • Captain MarcusCaptain Marcus Right here in River CityRegistered User regular
    Downbelow Station, by C.J. Cherryh. Excellent. Really deserved its Hugo.

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  • TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    Nothing at the moment (well, a book on SQL Server, The Complete Onlsaught Epic and War of Kings TPBs but I'm not counting those).

    Temporal Void is next on my list to start, maybe this weekend.

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  • LoveIsUnityLoveIsUnity Registered User regular
    The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov, because I just haven't read much of the Russians outside of the three or so big name people like Gogol, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. It is fucking excellent, and the story of how the novel came to be is also excellent. I'm also reading the autobiography of Rafael Nadal, because I love that man and occasionally need something that I can pick up and put down without any problems.

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  • JusticeforPlutoJusticeforPluto Skavenblight Scramblers The Bestest CheatersRegistered User regular
    The Hammers Slammers series by David Drake. A series of sci-fi stories in the same universe about a mercenary armored regiment. The only recurring character so far is the leader of the regiment.

    Normandy Crucible by John Prados. Its about the aftermath of the Normandy invasion, for the breakout to the Falsie Pocket.

    I Also own Collapse by Jared Diamond, and plan to read this after I finish up with Normandy Crucible.

  • TaminTamin Registered User regular
    edited September 2011
    A few years ago I picked up a Babylon 5 book called The Shadow Within, which explained Anna's mission to Z'ha'dum, and John gaining control of the Agamemnon. I enjoyed how Cavelos handled Anna and John; they felt correct.

    Stumbled across her trilogy in omnibus format (The Passing of the Techno-Mages) at HPB a week or so ago, and picked it up.

    Finished it yesterday. Low points? Lots of repetition (agitating tech, energy surging). The way Cavelos expands on the episodes her trilogy intersects (The Geometry of Shadows; And The Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place; Z'ha'dum) annoys me slightly. In the first place, too much time is spent reliving Geometry; in the second, I dislike the explanations she gives for the 'behind-the-scenes' moments. Not completely, but at a significant level.

    Still, it's an interesting read and look at the B5 universe.

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    Re-reading Night of Knives, by Ian Cameron Esslemont; part of the Malazan Book of the Fallen universe.

    I already owned this book, which joins it to a very short list; and it's the first I've intentionally re-purchased. See, it's a numbered, signed hardcover edition (257/300), and it was $6. I do so love HPB

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  • zeenyzeeny Registered User regular
    edited September 2011
    I'm currently finishing Leviathan Wakes by Daniel Abraham and that other dude. It's..mmmmm...ok.
    After it I'm going to re-read Lud-In-the-Mist and after that I'll give another shot reading those Jasper Kent novels. I've started Twelve before and I abandoned it pretty fast, but he keeps writing so they must be good! Right?
    I'm reading Mike Carey's Felix Castor series. Well, I'm reading the first one, and I plan to read the rest. They're urban fantasy set in London. An exorcist/sensitive detective story (although the protagonist doesn't think of himself as a detective).

    Pretty good, although they are structured like a murder-mystery and suffer from the same 'expositiondump just before the denouement' problem that most of them have.

    Keep reading man!;o)

    Edit: Christopher Priest's The Islanders is supposed to come out next week and quiet probably as soon as it's out I'll drop whatever I'm reading to plunge into it.

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  • CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    Lord of the Rings Book 1.

    Also, the OP depresses me because Reading Rainbow was murdered.

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  • ClipseClipse Registered User regular
    Oh nice, I've been needing suggestions for reading -- haven't touched anything but technical books in something like a month.

    A couple of suggestions for the list, though:
    For Borges, I would recommend "Collected Fictions" (translated by Andrew Hurley) over Ficciones for English readers; I'm pretty certain that Collected Fictions includes the entirety of Ficciones and dozens of other stories beside. It's certainly more convenient than getting copies of all of the smaller collections individually.
    Under Horror, a smattering of Lovecraft should really be included. Yes he was kind of a dick, but it's practically required reading for the genre.

  • MyDcmbrMyDcmbr Registered User regular
    I can't believe The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks and the Black Company books by Glen Cook aren't on the Fantasy list.

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  • zeenyzeeny Registered User regular
    Come on man, there is enough average to bad stuff on the lists without Terry Brooks on it:o(

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  • shrykeshryke Member of the Beast Registered User regular
    MyDcmbr wrote:
    I can't believe The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks and the Black Company books by Glen Cook aren't on the Fantasy list.

    I would agree with the second, but your mentioning the first is so shameful, I can't support the other idea when it comes from you. Even if I agree with it.

  • SanderJKSanderJK Crocodylus Pontifex Sinterklasicus Madrid, 3000 ADRegistered User regular
    The first part of the Black Company books are nice in a 'war is shitty but we're good at it' kind of way. The second half isn't that great.

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  • PodlyPodly good moleman to youRegistered User regular
    Margins of Philosophy, specifically "White Mythologies," Derrida.

    Mason & Dixon, Pynchon.

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  • shrykeshryke Member of the Beast Registered User regular
    Reading The Passage by Justin Cronin right now. Pretty good book so far. The writing reminds me alot of Stephen King, but with perhaps better plotting.

    We shall see in the end though. The middle was very powerful I thought but it's headed in a potentially weird direction.

  • jakobaggerjakobagger KøbenhavnRegistered User regular
    edited September 2011
    Sword of Shannara was pretty bad. Even reading it as a clueless teenager it was fairly obvious how much it ripped off Tolkien. And badly at that.

    And I'm reading the Windup Girl. Great so far, halfway through. Very different, very believable near future world.

    Apart from that I'm reading the Economy of Cities by Jane Jacobs. Really interesting, I recommend it to anyone with an interest in urban planning and/or economy. In general I really enjoy this sort of non-fiction. Grand theories and synthesies of history, economy, anthroplogy, science etc. Eg. Jared Diamond etc.

    Other than that, it's textbooks all the way down - one on search engines, the rest on Sanskrit.

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  • nightmarennynightmarenny Registered User regular
    Just finished "The Way of Kings" by Brandon Sanderson. It is surprisingly vulgar.



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  • lonelyahavalonelyahava One day, I will be able to say to myself "I am beautiful and I am perfect just the way I am"Registered User regular
    I'm currently about halfway through Absolute Monarchy Which is a brief history of the papacy looking at the popes in chronological order. It's quite fascinatingly intriguing.

    I also just finished Devil in the White City about the Chicago world's Fair and the serial killer H.H. Holmes. Very good. page turning delightfulness.

    I powered through all the A Song of Ice and Fire and am reminded why i wanted to kill GRRM a few years ago.

    up next (after the papacy) I'll be headed back into fantasy/Fiction with Steven Lawhead's King Raven Series (Hood, Scarlet, Tuck). And if I can make it through those, I might look at his Avalon books...

  • shrykeshryke Member of the Beast Registered User regular
    Just finished "The Way of Kings" by Brandon Sanderson. It is surprisingly vulgar.

    Vulgar???

  • TaramoorTaramoor Registered User regular
    Just finished the first Mistborn book by Brandon Sanderson. I shall purchase the rest in the very near future because that was pretty awesome.

  • poshnialloposhniallo Registered User regular
    I also just finished Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds, and really didn't think much of it. It was incredibly overlong - I was reading it on Kindle, so I only really noticed the length when I had been reading for days and looked down and was at 45%. The first 2/3 of the book could have been condensed into an introductory chapter or two. The characters were incredibly unsympathetic and their motivations completely opaque, even after finishing the book.

    The setting was complex without being interesting, and I kept getting the feeling that I'd read it before but had forgotten it - so either I forgot reading it due to the voracity of my book-consumption and the dullness of the book, or it's merely incredibly derivative. The 'surprises' at the end of the book were predictable from the start, but so foreshadowed that I was really expecting something surprising, instead of being exposition-dumped with things that had seemed obvious since the start.

    I just don't get how he's so popular.

    I figure I could take a bear.
  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius Registered User regular
    shryke wrote:
    Reading The Passage by Justin Cronin right now. Pretty good book so far. The writing reminds me alot of Stephen King, but with perhaps better plotting.

    We shall see in the end though. The middle was very powerful I thought but it's headed in a potentially weird direction.

    Let us know what you think of it, I finished it recently.

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  • PhillisherePhillishere Registered User regular
    edited September 2011
    zeeny wrote:
    I'm currently finishing Leviathan Wakes by Daniel Abraham and that other dude. It's..mmmmm...ok.

    I ended up liking it a bit more than OK, but it took me awhile. The main problem I had was that it took me about a third of the book before the characters and story started to gel.

    It didn't hurt that, for most of that time, I hadn't clued into the fact that the dialogue was supposed to be Whedon-esque snark. Without the delivery of an actor, that style really doesn't work well on the page.

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  • themightypuckthemightypuck MontanaRegistered User regular
    I liked The Passage right down to the end when I thought it lost something. Right now I just finished A Feast for Crows which I thought was excellent and I can't wait to get my hands on A Dance of Dragons. Before that I recently finished The Magicians and The Magician King which were OK but I wouldn't really recommend. I've been on a real fantasy kick. Once I'm done with Martin I'll probably pick back up with Erickson. I've got Deadhouse Gates on the Kindle ready to go. My problem is that I've so enjoyed Martin that I have a feeling I'll be disappointed no matter what I read.

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  • mythagomythago Registered User regular
    I'm finishing Circle of Enemies, the third book in the Twenty Palaces series by Harry Connolly. It's not Shakespeare but it's pretty good, and I suspect anyone who likes the Dresden Files books will really like this series too. Plus, the hero is not a twerp like Dresden. (Full disclosure: I read the first Dresden book on a recommendation from several friends, didn't think much of it, and was told "Yeah, it gets a lot better around the third book." WTF? Life's too short.)

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  • DramDram Registered User regular
    "Bad Ideas?" by Robert Winston

    Non-fiction. A commentary on the unforseen consequences of reckless technological advancement.

  • themightypuckthemightypuck MontanaRegistered User regular
    I think I hate "urban fantasy". Dresden is OK though.

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  • MrMisterMrMister Valuing scholarship above all elseRegistered User regular
    For classes this semester I'm reading
    Taking Morality Seriously: A Defense of Robust Realism by David Enoch
    On What Matters by Derek Parfit
    The Nature of Normativity by Ralph Wedgwood
    Conscious Experience by Anil Gupta (unpublished manuscript draft)
    and a shitload of selections from Kant.

    On the side, I'm also gonna try to take another go at:
    The View from Nowhere by Thomas Nagel
    and the relevant sections from
    Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit

    I think that's it for books, although sundry articles will also be involved.

  • ShadowfireShadowfire Registered User regular
    Currently reading Death By Black Hole by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I love this man.

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  • lonelyahavalonelyahava One day, I will be able to say to myself "I am beautiful and I am perfect just the way I am"Registered User regular
    for nonfiction, I must say that I highly recommend Anthony Bourdain. Everything. No, seriously. I read all 4 of his autobiography/memoirs in like a week. could not put the kindle down.

  • themightypuckthemightypuck MontanaRegistered User regular
    Death by black hole seems pretty obvious. Gravity. Tidal forces. The ripping. The tearing.

    I just realized I have an option after I'm done with Martin beyond Erickson. (sticking with fantasy) I've got The Lies of Locke Lamora on the Kindle. I think I tried to read it in the past but I can't remember. Is it as good as they say. I think it must be flawed to have been on my Kindle for half a year unread.

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  • KamarKamar Registered User regular
    Making my way through the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne. Pretty cool urban fantasy, reminds me of Dresden Files but with a less heroic protagonist. I mean, he's a nice guy and all, but he was born in the Iron Age and can be a bit callous about people dying.

    Probably going to read the Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney next, because I have an addiction to YA fantasy.

  • BullioBullio Registered User regular
    God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens. The subject feels like low-hanging fruit for the guy, but I don't consider that a bad thing.

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  • RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    The last book I completed was the nonfiction Bad Science by Doctor Ben Goldacre. It tears into self proclaimed nutritionists, how science is portrayed by the mass media and anti-vaccination sentiment. Some chapters made me genuinely angry at what some people do, and it's a fascinating read.

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