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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 #220 on: December 21, 2015, 03:13:30 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 #221 on: December 21, 2015, 03:13:51 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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I give Pulp Fiction a pass there.  It's totally in-character and makes sense.  Also, it's just a perfect movie.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #222 on: December 21, 2015, 03:14:43 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.

I'm not black.  That's Cutler.  I'm Tom.
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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #223 on: December 21, 2015, 03:51:09 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.

Prepare to die, then! I rather liked the first one, but I read more-or-less when it came out, when I was about 10. About five years later, I found the second one and already had to slog through it. Eventually, I ended up skipping the third (incidentally, I lost pretty much nothing in terms of understanding the plot) and just tried to finish Inheritance. It was just plain horrific.

So grinding, so banal, and with so little to say. It really is LOTR divided by Star Wars in terms of ideas, and most of the writing just describes preparations for yet another battle and such, which always mean nothing, because the jihadist rebels (like, their first leader is literally called Ajihad) win every time anyway. My favorite bit of the series has to be when the capital city's Governor just fucking owns the elven queen in one-on-one fight, and sends her to grave with broken neck. I literally put the book down for a moment and clapped when it happened.

Seriously, it was so refreshing after the second book was all about how awesome and perfect elves are. The real stand-outs where when the elven Sue girl easily outruns a horse just to show she can, and in another, we're told they're much better at forging stuff then the dwarves. It's weird, that the one time it sort of went against a fantasy cliche, it actually made things much worse, and dwarves end up as a "third wheel" race that has pretty much nothing going for them compared to elves and humans. Other than that, nearly all of it is the standard fantasy stuff, and saying he has good world-building is laughable.

Now, to be fair, I can list a few relatively cool and original things there: 1) Feldunost, the dwarf mounts; 2) The Razac weren't too bad (though still very simplistic, and the ridiculous Dras-Leona cult of them ruined everything) 3) Orc-like race not being intrinsically evil 4) The magical nuke thing complete with its mutants and radiation (hardly unique, but was quite refreshing). 5) The most efficient way to kill someone with magic is to cause a stroke.  So, that's about 5 things, in four books that are each about 700 pages long. Go figure.


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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #224 on: December 21, 2015, 04:22:29 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

I had to read it for my AP Literature class, you obscenely retarded ****.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #225 on: December 21, 2015, 04:26:55 pm »

Please don't say the N-word.  It's foul, racist and oppressive.  Just never ever say it. 
Any more of this racism, and I'm going to ban you Dommy.  This is unacceptable.  Cutler can say whatever he wants.  Not to mention you're pretty much useless here, aside from some bit of entertainment value that your idiocy brings to the forum.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #226 on: December 21, 2015, 04:32:35 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

I had to read it for my AP Literature class, you obscenely retarded ****.

You're the one who WANTED me to call you a pretentious elitist snob back when you were begging me to come back.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #227 on: December 21, 2015, 04:34:04 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

I had to read it for my AP Literature class, you obscenely retarded ****.

You're the one who WANTED me to call you a pretentious elitist snob back when you were begging me to come back.

Yeah, but come on. It's a book I read for school. If you had to read Gravity's Rainbow for some class, I wouldn't call you a pretentious elitist snob.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #228 on: December 21, 2015, 04:35:15 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

I had to read it for my AP Literature class, you obscenely retarded ****.

You're the one who WANTED me to call you a pretentious elitist snob back when you were begging me to come back.

Yeah, but come on. It's a book I read for school. If you had to read Gravity's Rainbow for some class, I wouldn't call you a pretentious elitist snob.

Good point.  I DID read Gravity's Rainbow for class, for the record. 

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #229 on: December 21, 2015, 04:36:13 pm »
I'm reading Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey. 

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #230 on: December 21, 2015, 04:52:17 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.
Well... I like the first LOTR movie and Revenge of the Sith :p.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #231 on: December 21, 2015, 04:53:26 pm »
I'm reading Idiotic Post by Dom Cobb
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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #232 on: December 21, 2015, 05:10:58 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

I had to read it for my AP Literature class, you obscenely retarded ****.

You're the one who WANTED me to call you a pretentious elitist snob back when you were begging me to come back.

Yeah, but come on. It's a book I read for school. If you had to read Gravity's Rainbow for some class, I wouldn't call you a pretentious elitist snob.

Good point.  I DID read Gravity's Rainbow for class, for the record.

Pfft... you snobs... with your "education" and your "books" and your "schools." You make me sick.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #233 on: December 21, 2015, 05:16:24 pm »
I like how Dommy writes all this stuff but cannot counter my criticism of those crappy Paolini novels in any way.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #234 on: December 21, 2015, 05:18:43 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.

Maybe he's an economics geek. Also, maybe he doesn't give a shit about "failing geekdom." Thought of that?

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #235 on: December 21, 2015, 05:19:02 pm »
I'm reading Idiotic Post by Dom Cobb
What a coincidence, I'm reading the same thing.
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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #236 on: December 21, 2015, 05:19:58 pm »
I'm reading Idiotic Post by Dom Cobb
What a coincidence, I'm reading the same thing.

No.  You just read "Insult to Cobb" by Jake Braden.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #237 on: December 22, 2015, 10:22:41 am »
I like how Dommy writes all this stuff but cannot counter my criticism of those crappy Paolini novels in any way.

Because I'm aware they're all true but still enjoy them anyway.  7/10 series.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #238 on: December 22, 2015, 11:09:09 am »
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.

Maybe he's an economics geek. Also, maybe he doesn't give a shit about "failing geekdom." Thought of that?
The second part is definitely accurate, but I think Dom was just kidding around so it's fine.

Not that this is relevant, but the first part may be a little true as well now that I think about it...

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #239 on: December 22, 2015, 12:06:23 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.

Maybe he's an economics geek. Also, maybe he doesn't give a shit about "failing geekdom." Thought of that?
The second part is definitely accurate, but I think Dom was just kidding around so it's fine.

Not that this is relevant, but the first part may be a little true as well now that I think about it...

I was definitely joking.  However, there's a bit of truth in every joke...   :D

 

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