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Author Topic: Book Thread. What are you reading?  (Read 3461 times)

Charles Longboat Jr.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2015, 09:12:12 pm »
So at my school, we have this thing where we have to read a book of our choice a month. I am unfortunately reading Shadow Puppets, the second sequel to Orson Scott Card's Ender's Shadow. I'm on Chapter 13 of 20, and I have to finish it by next week. It drags, has some really weird/mildly disgusting plot occurrences, and is pretty frustrating. Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide were slower than this, but they were so much more interesting. Card missed the mark, and I am very concerned for Shadow of the Giant.

Also, I'm reading A Midsummer Night's Dream. This will probably give away my approximate age.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #21 on: April 03, 2015, 09:22:39 pm »
Ender's Game was an okay book, but I'm not too bothered about checking out more of his work.

Your approximate age? It does? You could be anything from a high school or university student to a ruff-wearing noble gentleman from the 16th century.. 

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #22 on: April 03, 2015, 09:44:59 pm »
So at my school, we have this thing where we have to read a book of our choice a month. I am unfortunately reading Shadow Puppets, the second sequel to Orson Scott Card's Ender's Shadow. I'm on Chapter 13 of 20, and I have to finish it by next week. It drags, has some really weird/mildly disgusting plot occurrences, and is pretty frustrating. Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide were slower than this, but they were so much more interesting. Card missed the mark, and I am very concerned for Shadow of the Giant.

Also, I'm reading A Midsummer Night's Dream. This will probably give away my approximate age.
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Ender's Game was an okay book, but I'm not too bothered about checking out more of his work.

Your approximate age? It does? You could be anything from a high school or university student to a ruff-wearing noble gentleman from the 16th century.. 
Well, it's my first Shakespeare play. And if you didn't love Ender's Game you should probably avoid his work. However, I really like Speaker for the Dead - It's an indirect sequel to Ender's Game and is far more philosophical.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #23 on: April 03, 2015, 10:31:22 pm »
Going to read some Lovecraft stories.  Been a while since I've read one and that was the Call of Cthulhu.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #24 on: April 03, 2015, 10:39:27 pm »
Going to read some Lovecraft stories.  Been a while since I've read one and that was the Call of Cthulhu.

Dreams in the Witch House is wayyy better than the title. Shadow Over Innsmouth has some wonderful dread. Willem Dafoe should play the lead. At the Mountains of Madness can be a trudge, but well worth it.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #25 on: April 03, 2015, 10:42:42 pm »
Going to read some Lovecraft stories.  Been a while since I've read one and that was the Call of Cthulhu.

Dreams in the Witch House is wayyy better than the title. Shadow Over Innsmouth has some wonderful dread. Willem Dafoe should play the lead. At the Mountains of Madness can be a trudge, but well worth it.

I've been meaning to watch the At the Mountains of Madness movie, but I haven't had the time.  The other two stories seem really cool though.  I'll be sure to check them out and maybe get them if I like it as much as I did War of the Worlds.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #26 on: April 03, 2015, 10:49:40 pm »
I'm reading a series of fairly obscure Doctor Who novels from the 90s because I'm a **** nerd.
(in other news, yes, I'm back, hello)

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #27 on: April 03, 2015, 10:51:51 pm »
I'm reading a series of fairly obscure Doctor Who novels from the 90s because I'm a **** nerd.
(in other news, yes, I'm back, hello)

The prodigal **** lover returns...

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2015, 10:55:42 pm »
I'm reading a series of fairly obscure Doctor Who novels from the 90s because I'm a **** nerd.
(in other news, yes, I'm back, hello)
Welcome back!

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #29 on: April 04, 2015, 02:17:35 am »
Going to read some Lovecraft stories.  Been a while since I've read one and that was the Call of Cthulhu.

Dreams in the Witch House is wayyy better than the title. Shadow Over Innsmouth has some wonderful dread. Willem Dafoe should play the lead. At the Mountains of Madness can be a trudge, but well worth it.

I've been meaning to watch the At the Mountains of Madness movie, but I haven't had the time.  The other two stories seem really cool though.  I'll be sure to check them out and maybe get them if I like it as much as I did War of the Worlds.

War of the Worlds is the ****. While I like Lovecraft overall a wee bit more than Wells, nothing from the mythos has quite the impact of War of the Worlds.
I really wish that someone would make a version from the era it was written (and not the low budget Indy crap). It would make the horror all the greater. Besides, let's face it, if those Martians came down today, we'd whup 'em in months. We're the killingest mofoes in the solar system. 

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #30 on: April 04, 2015, 03:02:57 am »
We're finally done with my classes required curriculum of novels, so I might as well post my ratings for all of them.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: 7/10 (The ending is terrible.)

Into the Wild: 5/10 (The movie was better.  Never thought I'd get to say such a thing.)

The Kite Runner: 8/10 (Despite a half-assed conflict close to the end, the majority is well-written and likable)

Thousand Cranes: 5/10 (Uninteresting and unpleasant)

Sound of Waves: 6/10 (Generic but charming)

A Distant Neighborhood: 7/10

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #31 on: April 04, 2015, 09:52:25 am »
Going to read some Lovecraft stories.  Been a while since I've read one and that was the Call of Cthulhu.

Dreams in the Witch House is wayyy better than the title. Shadow Over Innsmouth has some wonderful dread. Willem Dafoe should play the lead. At the Mountains of Madness can be a trudge, but well worth it.

I've been meaning to watch the At the Mountains of Madness movie, but I haven't had the time.  The other two stories seem really cool though.  I'll be sure to check them out and maybe get them if I like it as much as I did War of the Worlds.
There's no At the Mountains of Madness movie. Guillermo del Toro was planning on making a film adaptation, but Universal refused to greenlight it if it wasn't PG-13. So del Toro tried to set it up at another studio. In April 2012, he said that the project would face a long pause since ATMOM and Prometheus were both very similar in terms of premise and concept art. In January 2013, del Toro said that he'd try one more time to get ATMOM made.
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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #32 on: April 04, 2015, 10:13:54 am »
Going to read some Lovecraft stories.  Been a while since I've read one and that was the Call of Cthulhu.

Dreams in the Witch House is wayyy better than the title. Shadow Over Innsmouth has some wonderful dread. Willem Dafoe should play the lead. At the Mountains of Madness can be a trudge, but well worth it.

I've been meaning to watch the At the Mountains of Madness movie, but I haven't had the time.  The other two stories seem really cool though.  I'll be sure to check them out and maybe get them if I like it as much as I did War of the Worlds.
There's no At the Mountains of Madness movie. Guillermo del Toro was planning on making a film adaptation, but Universal refused to greenlight it if it wasn't PG-13. So del Toro tried to set it up at another studio. In April 2012, he said that the project would face a long pause since ATMOM and Prometheus were both very similar in terms of premise and concept art. In January 2013, del Toro said that he'd try one more time to get ATMOM made.

My bad.  I mistook it for In the Mouth of Madness, which does have a character based on Lovecraft, right?

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #33 on: April 04, 2015, 10:20:34 am »
Going to read some Lovecraft stories.  Been a while since I've read one and that was the Call of Cthulhu.

Dreams in the Witch House is wayyy better than the title. Shadow Over Innsmouth has some wonderful dread. Willem Dafoe should play the lead. At the Mountains of Madness can be a trudge, but well worth it.

I've been meaning to watch the At the Mountains of Madness movie, but I haven't had the time.  The other two stories seem really cool though.  I'll be sure to check them out and maybe get them if I like it as much as I did War of the Worlds.

War of the Worlds is the ****. While I like Lovecraft overall a wee bit more than Wells, nothing from the mythos has quite the impact of War of the Worlds.
I really wish that someone would make a version from the era it was written (and not the low budget Indy crap). It would make the horror all the greater. Besides, let's face it, if those Martians came down today, we'd whup 'em in months. We're the killingest mofoes in the solar system. 

Yes!  I was really hopeful for the Tom Cruise/Steven Spielberg version, but I think the fact that it was set in the modern age really ruined the film, along with other more persistent problems.  I never saw the other 2005 version, but I doubt it'd match up to Wells' book. 

As for Lovecraft vs. Wells, I think they're both really great at sci fi horror fiction, but I think that The  Shadow Out of Time is really what got me hooked onto horror fiction.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #34 on: April 04, 2015, 10:25:12 am »
Going to read some Lovecraft stories.  Been a while since I've read one and that was the Call of Cthulhu.

Dreams in the Witch House is wayyy better than the title. Shadow Over Innsmouth has some wonderful dread. Willem Dafoe should play the lead. At the Mountains of Madness can be a trudge, but well worth it.

I've been meaning to watch the At the Mountains of Madness movie, but I haven't had the time.  The other two stories seem really cool though.  I'll be sure to check them out and maybe get them if I like it as much as I did War of the Worlds.
There's no At the Mountains of Madness movie. Guillermo del Toro was planning on making a film adaptation, but Universal refused to greenlight it if it wasn't PG-13. So del Toro tried to set it up at another studio. In April 2012, he said that the project would face a long pause since ATMOM and Prometheus were both very similar in terms of premise and concept art. In January 2013, del Toro said that he'd try one more time to get ATMOM made.

My bad.  I mistook it for In the Mouth of Madness, which does have a character based on Lovecraft, right?
Yeah, In the Mouth of Madness is Lovecraftian horror.
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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #35 on: April 04, 2015, 10:43:12 am »
Love HG Wells, even his non-scifi stuff. Have yet to try Lovecraft.

The Children Act was a fine novel, though far from McEwan's best.

Now I'm reading rebellion by Joseph Roth.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #36 on: April 04, 2015, 11:18:12 am »
I'm reading "Night" by Elie Wiesel for school right now, and I'm loving it. I'm also stuck on UnSoulled for recreational reading, but it's been so long since I've had a chance to read it.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #37 on: April 04, 2015, 12:02:51 pm »
I'm reading "Night" by Elie Wiesel for school right now, and I'm loving it. I'm also stuck on UnSoulled for recreational reading, but it's been so long since I've had a chance to read it.
I had to read Night in eighth grade.
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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #38 on: April 04, 2015, 03:45:55 pm »
I'm reading "Night" by Elie Wiesel for school right now, and I'm loving it. I'm also stuck on UnSoulled for recreational reading, but it's been so long since I've had a chance to read it.
I had to read Night in eighth grade.

And I listened to it while stuck at a desktop processing job. A good book is a good book.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #39 on: April 07, 2015, 03:45:28 pm »
Farewell, My Lovely- Raymond Chandler. I like.

 

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