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

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #200 on: December 20, 2015, 06:18:50 pm »
Reading The Cat in the Hat.  Not sure if I can finish this.

Finished.  Very tough read.  Challenged me on every level
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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #201 on: December 20, 2015, 06:49:00 pm »
I've been trying to read Lord of the Rings finally... it's rough going. That book is honestly the densest, most impenetrable load of nonsense I've ever sat through. But I'm going to try and at least make it to Strider's first appearance, which is when my friend Will says it starts getting good. It'll be tough getting there, though. Tolkein may have been a good world-builder, but he seriously didn't know how to edit. He just spent an entire chapter on mushrooms.
I read Fellowship of the Ring (and The Hobbit beforehand) at some point while I was in high school, and ended up enjoying it once I got past Tolkein's way of writing. Was never a fan of the random song breaks or the weird focus on random things (like you mentioned), but the story and world building is just too fascinating for me. Never got around to Two Towers or Return of the King though (well, I read half of the former, then stopped for some reason).
Yeah, the songs are colossally boring. I enjoy the whole wandering, rambling style he has when it comes to the spirit of adventure, but man... what a chore it is getting through all that. I'll try to read more tonight. I've started reading a bunch of Hemingway books as well, mostly as an antidote to Tolkein.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #202 on: December 20, 2015, 11:18:08 pm »
Bump
I've been trying to read Lord of the Rings finally... it's rough going. That book is honestly the densest, most impenetrable load of nonsense I've ever sat through. But I'm going to try and at least make it to Strider's first appearance, which is when my friend Will says it starts getting good. It'll be tough getting there, though. Tolkein may have been a good world-builder, but he seriously didn't know how to edit. He just spent an entire chapter on mushrooms.
Tolkien's a bit of an acquired taste. I agree that it took a bit for LoTR to start picking up (Once they get out of the Old Forest I started enjoying it), but I think you should at least get to the second half of the book.

On a side note, LoTR book purists can be some of the most infuriating people around.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #203 on: December 21, 2015, 01:58:56 pm »
Bump because I finally started reading 1984. Only read the first chapter (it's getting too dark to read in the car), but it's already pretty eerie.

That book is all right. I honestly find it better written than Brave New World (the book it's most often compared to), but I still think BNW's concept is more likely. People are far more willing to let pleasure control them than pain.

I've been trying to read Lord of the Rings finally... it's rough going. That book is honestly the densest, most impenetrable load of nonsense I've ever sat through. But I'm going to try and at least make it to Strider's first appearance, which is when my friend Will says it starts getting good. It'll be tough getting there, though. Tolkein may have been a good world-builder, but he seriously didn't know how to edit. He just spent an entire chapter on mushrooms.

I also just read Voltaire's Candide, which is totally awesome.
I read 300 pages of Fellowship back in like 6th grade and I honestly couldn't finish it. I'm a fast reader, so I finish pretty much every book I pick up but I honestly just couldn't get through that book. Glacially slow pacing. Would you recommend Brave New World? I liked 1984 and I've been reading almost exclusively non-fiction economics books lately so I'm kinda looking for a novel to read over break.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #204 on: December 21, 2015, 02:52:48 pm »
A Clash of Kings is fantastic.

10/10 book.  A Song of Ice and Fire is one of my all-time favorite series.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #205 on: December 21, 2015, 02:56:50 pm »
During my hiatus, I read the Inheritance Cycle (2700+ pages in less than two weeks, I was pretty proud) and now I'm reading A Game of Thrones, which is decent so far.

I liked The Inheritance Cycle a lot in middle and high school.  Christopher Paolini isn't the best storyteller around, but his worldbuilding is fantastic, far more ambitious than you'd expect from someone his age.  Also, he was a huge role model for me as a kid.   A Game of Thrones is one of my very favorite books.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #206 on: December 21, 2015, 02:58:17 pm »
Finishing up the Maze Runner.

I read The Maze Runner right when it came out.  I was in 8th grade, and I finished it in two days.  Really exciting read.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #207 on: December 21, 2015, 02:59:37 pm »
Forgot to mention: I bought Andy Weir's book The Martian at the airport after I flew back from Florida.

Excellent book.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #208 on: December 21, 2015, 03:02:56 pm »
Disliking The Shining movie more and more as I ah read the book. Kubrick clearly missed the point.

I absolutely love both the book and the movie.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #209 on: December 21, 2015, 03:04:20 pm »
During my hiatus, I read the Inheritance Cycle (2700+ pages in less than two weeks, I was pretty proud) and now I'm reading A Game of Thrones, which is decent so far.

I liked The Inheritance Cycle a lot in middle and high school.  Christopher Paolini isn't the best storyteller around, but his worldbuilding is fantastic, far more ambitious than you'd expect from someone his age.  Also, he was a huge role model for me as a kid.   A Game of Thrones is one of my very favorite books.
I love The Inheritance Cycle more than I should. I dunno, I just find it incredibly involving. I ended up enjoying A Game of Thrones as well, although it really depended on which perspective the chapter was from. I loved the Daenerys chapters, for example, but I was generally pretty uninterested in the Bran/Sansa chapters.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #210 on: December 21, 2015, 03:06:44 pm »
I've been trying to read Lord of the Rings finally... it's rough going. That book is honestly the densest, most impenetrable load of nonsense I've ever sat through. But I'm going to try and at least make it to Strider's first appearance, which is when my friend Will says it starts getting good. It'll be tough getting there, though. Tolkein may have been a good world-builder, but he seriously didn't know how to edit. He just spent an entire chapter on mushrooms.

I also just read Voltaire's Candide, which is totally awesome.

You're the only person I know who would hate LOTR but then gush about Voltaire.  Were you also unable to put down Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics?  #PretentiousElitistSnob

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #212 on: December 21, 2015, 03:08:49 pm »
I've been trying to read Lord of the Rings finally... it's rough going. That book is honestly the densest, most impenetrable load of nonsense I've ever sat through. But I'm going to try and at least make it to Strider's first appearance, which is when my friend Will says it starts getting good. It'll be tough getting there, though. Tolkein may have been a good world-builder, but he seriously didn't know how to edit. He just spent an entire chapter on mushrooms.

I also just read Voltaire's Candide, which is totally awesome.

You're the only person I know who would hate LOTR but then gush about Voltaire.  Were you also unable to put down Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics?  #PretentiousElitistSnob

Calm your tits down, nigga.  Diego meant Voltorb from Pokemon.
goodbye!

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #213 on: December 21, 2015, 03:09:32 pm »
During my hiatus, I read the Inheritance Cycle (2700+ pages in less than two weeks, I was pretty proud) and now I'm reading A Game of Thrones, which is decent so far.

I liked The Inheritance Cycle a lot in middle and high school.  Christopher Paolini isn't the best storyteller around, but his worldbuilding is fantastic, far more ambitious than you'd expect from someone his age.  Also, he was a huge role model for me as a kid.   A Game of Thrones is one of my very favorite books.
I love The Inheritance Cycle more than I should. I dunno, I just find it incredibly involving. I ended up enjoying A Game of Thrones as well, although it really depended on which perspective the chapter was from. I loved the Daenerys chapters, for example, but I was generally pretty uninterested in the Bran/Sansa chapters.
The Inheritance Cycle is just a really exciting, well-written series.  I will defend them to the death.   I loved all of A Game of Thrones, but Sansa always annoyed me in the books.  In the show, I began to like her a lot more starting in, I think, Season 4.


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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #214 on: December 21, 2015, 03:10:32 pm »
I've been trying to read Lord of the Rings finally... it's rough going. That book is honestly the densest, most impenetrable load of nonsense I've ever sat through. But I'm going to try and at least make it to Strider's first appearance, which is when my friend Will says it starts getting good. It'll be tough getting there, though. Tolkein may have been a good world-builder, but he seriously didn't know how to edit. He just spent an entire chapter on mushrooms.

I also just read Voltaire's Candide, which is totally awesome.

You're the only person I know who would hate LOTR but then gush about Voltaire.  Were you also unable to put down Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics?  #PretentiousElitistSnob

Calm your tits down, nigga.  Diego meant Voltorb from Pokemon.

Please don't say the N-word.  It's foul, racist and oppressive.  Just never ever say it. 

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #215 on: December 21, 2015, 03:12:00 pm »
I've been trying to read Lord of the Rings finally... it's rough going. That book is honestly the densest, most impenetrable load of nonsense I've ever sat through. But I'm going to try and at least make it to Strider's first appearance, which is when my friend Will says it starts getting good. It'll be tough getting there, though. Tolkein may have been a good world-builder, but he seriously didn't know how to edit. He just spent an entire chapter on mushrooms.

I also just read Voltaire's Candide, which is totally awesome.

You're the only person I know who would hate LOTR but then gush about Voltaire.  Were you also unable to put down Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics?  #PretentiousElitistSnob

Calm your tits down, nigga.  Diego meant Voltorb from Pokemon.

Please don't say the N-word.  It's foul, racist and oppressive.  Just never ever say it. 

 
Okay, nigga.
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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #216 on: December 21, 2015, 03:12:04 pm »
I read 300 pages of Fellowship back in like 6th grade and I honestly couldn't finish it. I'm a fast reader, so I finish pretty much every book I pick up but I honestly just couldn't get through that book. Glacially slow pacing.  I've been reading almost exclusively non-fiction economics books lately so I'm kinda looking for a novel to read over break.

You hate Star Wars and LOTR and you mostly read... non-fiction economics books? 

You fail geekdom forever.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #217 on: December 21, 2015, 03:12:29 pm »
I've been trying to read Lord of the Rings finally... it's rough going. That book is honestly the densest, most impenetrable load of nonsense I've ever sat through. But I'm going to try and at least make it to Strider's first appearance, which is when my friend Will says it starts getting good. It'll be tough getting there, though. Tolkein may have been a good world-builder, but he seriously didn't know how to edit. He just spent an entire chapter on mushrooms.

I also just read Voltaire's Candide, which is totally awesome.

You're the only person I know who would hate LOTR but then gush about Voltaire.  Were you also unable to put down Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics?  #PretentiousElitistSnob

Calm your tits down, nigga.  Diego meant Voltorb from Pokemon.

Please don't say the N-word.  It's foul, racist and oppressive.  Just never ever say it. 
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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #218 on: December 21, 2015, 03:12:55 pm »
I've been trying to read Lord of the Rings finally... it's rough going. That book is honestly the densest, most impenetrable load of nonsense I've ever sat through. But I'm going to try and at least make it to Strider's first appearance, which is when my friend Will says it starts getting good. It'll be tough getting there, though. Tolkein may have been a good world-builder, but he seriously didn't know how to edit. He just spent an entire chapter on mushrooms.

I also just read Voltaire's Candide, which is totally awesome.

You're the only person I know who would hate LOTR but then gush about Voltaire.  Were you also unable to put down Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics?  #PretentiousElitistSnob

Calm your tits down, nigga.  Diego meant Voltorb from Pokemon.

Please don't say the N-word.  It's foul, racist and oppressive.  Just never ever say it. 

 
Okay, nigga.

And then I realized that telling someone not to do something only makes them do it more.  I'm such an idiot.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #219 on: December 21, 2015, 03:13:06 pm »
I've been trying to read Lord of the Rings finally... it's rough going. That book is honestly the densest, most impenetrable load of nonsense I've ever sat through. But I'm going to try and at least make it to Strider's first appearance, which is when my friend Will says it starts getting good. It'll be tough getting there, though. Tolkein may have been a good world-builder, but he seriously didn't know how to edit. He just spent an entire chapter on mushrooms.

I also just read Voltaire's Candide, which is totally awesome.

You're the only person I know who would hate LOTR but then gush about Voltaire.  Were you also unable to put down Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics?  #PretentiousElitistSnob

Calm your tits down, nigga.  Diego meant Voltorb from Pokemon.

Please don't say the N-word.  It's foul, racist and oppressive.  Just never ever say it. 
He can say it because he's black.

 

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