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Title: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tommy South on April 03, 2015, 02:36:59 pm
Those of you who like reading, pretending to read, looking at the pictures etc. Discuss!
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on April 03, 2015, 02:39:25 pm
I've considered reading John Green's "Paper Towns" in anticipation of the movie (which I'm surprisingly looking forward to), but I'm just too lazy to go to the library anymore...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tommy South on April 03, 2015, 02:45:19 pm
Finished Under the Skin a while back. It's a great book. Very different from the movie. The writing is very strong and it has a really nice flow to it. What's really great is how Faber gets into the mind of the characters, not just the lead character but also her victims. It's more horrifying than the movie, and goes into some gruesome detail about what happens to the hapless hitchhikers she picks up. I don't know whether I liked it more or less than the movie- The movie successfully captured the novel's essence, but it's a very different experience. 
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on April 03, 2015, 02:49:05 pm
Finished Under the Skin a while back. It's a great book. Very different from the movie. The writing is very strong and it has a really nice flow to it. What's really great is how Faber gets into the mind of the characters, not just the lead character but also her victims. It's more horrifying than the movie, and goes into some gruesome detail about what happens to the hapless hitchhikers she picks up. I don't know whether I liked it more or less than the movie- The movie successfully captured the novel's essence, but it's a very different experience. 

I'd like to read that some day as well. I loved the movie, and the book sounds like a very interesting experience as well.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tommy South on April 03, 2015, 02:50:56 pm
Finished Under the Skin a while back. It's a great book. Very different from the movie. The writing is very strong and it has a really nice flow to it. What's really great is how Faber gets into the mind of the characters, not just the lead character but also her victims. It's more horrifying than the movie, and goes into some gruesome detail about what happens to the hapless hitchhikers she picks up. I don't know whether I liked it more or less than the movie- The movie successfully captured the novel's essence, but it's a very different experience. 

I'd like to read that some day as well. I loved the movie, and the book sounds like a very interesting experience as well.

I'd highly recommend it.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on April 03, 2015, 02:52:23 pm
Grapes of Wrath is boring as hell....
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tommy South on April 03, 2015, 02:54:29 pm
Grapes of Wrath is boring as hell....

Hmmm. I have yet to read Steinbeck.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tommy South on April 03, 2015, 02:56:10 pm
Now I'm reading The Children Act by Ian McEwan. I l*gitimately like it so far.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Rupert Pupkin on April 03, 2015, 02:58:34 pm
A Clash of Kings is fantastic.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on April 03, 2015, 03:02:18 pm
Grapes of Wrath is boring as hell....
School assignment, I'm assuming...?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on April 03, 2015, 03:14:11 pm
Grapes of Wrath is boring as hell....
School assignment, I'm assuming...?
Correct.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: TheFoxSays on April 03, 2015, 03:25:42 pm
Grapes of Wrath is boring as hell....
School assignment, I'm assuming...?
Correct.

And Their Eyes were Watching God isn't much better.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on April 03, 2015, 03:29:01 pm
Grapes of Wrath is boring as hell....
School assignment, I'm assuming...?
Correct.
Gross. So glad I don't have an English class to worry about that stuff in (although I enjoyed Catcher in the Rye when I had to read that).
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on April 03, 2015, 04:20:18 pm
Grapes of Wrath is boring as hell....

Hmmm. I have yet to read Steinbeck.

Of Mice and Men is really good.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tommy South on April 03, 2015, 04:33:08 pm
Grapes of Wrath is boring as hell....

Hmmm. I have yet to read Steinbeck.

Of Mice and Men is really good.
Grapes of Wrath is boring as hell....

Hmmm. I have yet to read Steinbeck.

Of Mice and Men is really good.

Hmm, I meant to read that one. East of Eden is a very good movie too.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Catbus! on April 03, 2015, 05:05:22 pm
Trying to get someone to get the Audible of Ready Player One for a long drive. Anyone know if it's all it's **** up to be?  And is it safe fer young'uns?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on April 03, 2015, 05:08:53 pm
Trying to get someone to get the Audible of Ready Player One for a long drive. Anyone know if it's all it's **** up to be?  And is it safe fer young'uns?

You mean... like your two sons? 
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Catbus! on April 03, 2015, 05:11:16 pm
Trying to get someone to get the Audible of Ready Player One for a long drive. Anyone know if it's all it's **** up to be?  And is it safe fer young'uns?

You mean... like your two sons? 

Eh, whoever's in the back or trunk.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on April 03, 2015, 05:11:52 pm
Trying to get someone to get the Audible of Ready Player One for a long drive. Anyone know if it's all it's **** up to be?  And is it safe fer young'uns?

You mean... like your two sons? 

Eh, whoever's in the back or trunk.

I guess so.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Gold Jeffblum on April 03, 2015, 05:23:35 pm
Glitz
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tommy South 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.. 
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Catbus! 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Loki 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)
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway 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...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. 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!
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Catbus! 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. 
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: The One Who Lurks 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
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway 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?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tommy South 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jed Groff 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Catbus! 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tommy South on April 07, 2015, 03:45:28 pm
Farewell, My Lovely- Raymond Chandler. I like.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on April 07, 2015, 08:27:04 pm
So I finished Shadow Puppets. It picked up slightly towards the end, but it doesn't change the fact that *Spoilers in white*: The antagonist could have been offed in the predecessor and the book would still have decent conflict, as a united Muslim nation is preparing to go to war with China. It's really boring, which is a shame since Card was able to make slower books like Speaker for the Dead really involving and gripping. I'm going with a high C-.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on May 20, 2015, 12:14:22 am
Bumped. So I read Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card. I'm glad I stuck with the franchise, because this capper is a massive improvement over Shadow Puppets despite having flaws of its own. This one actually has stakes. I'm going with a B.

I'm reading 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke now. Pretty good so far, though I think I prefer the movie due to the latter's ambiguous nature and open symbolism.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on May 20, 2015, 12:16:05 am
In my English class, I'm reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Really good book.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on May 20, 2015, 12:20:15 am
In my English class, I'm reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Really good book.
Are you planning on reading the follow up? Or seeing the movie?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on May 20, 2015, 12:23:40 am
In my English class, I'm reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Really good book.
Are you planning on reading the follow up? Or seeing the movie?
We're watching the film after we're done with the book.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on May 20, 2015, 12:24:33 am
In my English class, I'm reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Really good book.
Are you planning on reading the follow up? Or seeing the movie?
We're watching the film after we're done with the book.
Are you in high school?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on May 20, 2015, 12:29:26 am
In my English class, I'm reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Really good book.
Are you planning on reading the follow up? Or seeing the movie?
We're watching the film after we're done with the book.
Are you in high school?
Ninth grade.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on May 20, 2015, 02:10:16 am
In my English class, I'm reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Really good book.
Are you planning on reading the follow up? Or seeing the movie?
We're watching the film after we're done with the book.
Are you in high school?
Ninth grade.
Welp, sorry John, but I guess I gotta do my upper-classman duty and beat you up.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on May 20, 2015, 02:18:12 am
Finished One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest recently. Amazing book.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Rupert Pupkin on May 20, 2015, 06:43:38 am
In my English class, I'm reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Really good book.
Are you planning on reading the follow up? Or seeing the movie?
We're watching the film after we're done with the book.

The movie is fantastic, probably in my top 25 of all time. Also, I'm still reading A Clash of Kings. It's really long.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tommy South on May 20, 2015, 07:46:29 am
The Crossing- Cormac McCarthy
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Chase Nyland on May 20, 2015, 08:48:42 am
The Wasp Factory- Iain Banks

It's getting a little too **** up I'm thinking of taking a break and picking up The Disaster Artist.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tho Master Fie on May 20, 2015, 02:12:15 pm
I was elected to lead.  Not to read.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tommy South on May 20, 2015, 04:33:58 pm
Braden's attitude to reading:

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Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Rupert Pupkin on May 23, 2015, 11:08:29 pm
Well, I finally finished A Clash of Kings. Great book. It's probably up there among my favorites of all time.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Looka on May 24, 2015, 11:02:17 am
The Crossing- Cormac McCarthy
The Crossing- Cormac McCarthy

Had you read the first book already? All the Pretty Horses?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Crohn's Boy on May 24, 2015, 11:33:44 am
We're reading Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry in English.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jack Sloane on May 24, 2015, 11:43:33 am
We're reading Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry in English.
I read that in school too!
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on May 24, 2015, 11:44:29 am
Reading Sonic Fan fiction.  It's quite the story.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jack Sloane on May 24, 2015, 11:45:47 am
Reading Sonic Fan fiction.  It's quite the story.
It better not be shipping fanfiction...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on May 24, 2015, 11:48:22 am
Reading Sonic Fan fiction.  It's quite the story.
It better not be shipping fanfiction...

Uh... get with the program, dork.  Shadow/Sonic
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jack Sloane on May 24, 2015, 11:48:58 am
Reading Sonic Fan fiction.  It's quite the story.
It better not be shipping fanfiction...

Uh... get with the program, dork.  Shadow/Sonic
Are you in your basement, alone?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on May 24, 2015, 11:50:40 am
Reading Sonic Fan fiction.  It's quite the story.
It better not be shipping fanfiction...

Uh... get with the program, dork.  Shadow/Sonic
Are you in your basement, alone?

Nuh-uh.  Believe it or not.  I'm in church.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jack Sloane on May 24, 2015, 11:51:21 am
Reading Sonic Fan fiction.  It's quite the story.
It better not be shipping fanfiction...

Uh... get with the program, dork.  Shadow/Sonic
Are you in your basement, alone?

Nuh-uh.  Believe it or not.  I'm in church.
What? You fap to shipping fanfiction in a church?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on May 24, 2015, 11:53:37 am
Reading Sonic Fan fiction.  It's quite the story.
It better not be shipping fanfiction...

Uh... get with the program, dork.  Shadow/Sonic
Are you in your basement, alone?

Nuh-uh.  Believe it or not.  I'm in church.
What? You fap to shipping fanfiction in a church?

There's a thing called the bathroom.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jack Sloane on May 24, 2015, 11:54:39 am
Reading Sonic Fan fiction.  It's quite the story.
It better not be shipping fanfiction...

Uh... get with the program, dork.  Shadow/Sonic
Are you in your basement, alone?

Nuh-uh.  Believe it or not.  I'm in church.
What? You fap to shipping fanfiction in a church?

There's a thing called the bathroom.
Don't forget to flush the toilet...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tommy South on May 24, 2015, 04:06:25 pm
The Crossing- Cormac McCarthy
The Crossing- Cormac McCarthy

Had you read the first book already? All the Pretty Horses?


Yeah, I read All the Pretty Horses. Really liked it.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on June 13, 2015, 01:46:51 pm
Gotta bump this thread. I started reading Paper Towns on the way to Orlando yesterday. I must say, I'm impressed so far. It has far and away one of the most relatable protagonists (for me, at least) I've seen in a good while. Loving the back and forth between the two main characters during their exploits. Makes me curious to see how the second half will play out.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta on June 15, 2015, 02:09:06 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on June 15, 2015, 03:24:36 pm
I'm gonna reread The Silmarillion over the next few weeks. I'm considering doing a fancast and maybe even a screenplay for it.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on June 16, 2015, 09:26:56 pm
Finished the majority of Paper Towns. Overall, I liked it a good bit. Like I said before, the protagonist was endlessly relatable for me, as were the interactions with his friends and a lot of the themes (it takes place during senior year, which hits home hard for me). John Green has a fun writing style that's very easy to get lost in (hence why I read basically the last 2/3 of the book all day today).

As for the twist... I'm gonna try my best to say this without spoiling anything: you guys won't like it (Tatum, for example) but I thought it worked with the rest of the book. That's all I'll say.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on June 16, 2015, 10:14:41 pm
Finished the majority of Paper Towns. Overall, I liked it a good bit. Like I said before, the protagonist was endlessly relatable for me, as were the interactions with his friends and a lot of the themes (it takes place during senior year, which hits home hard for me). John Green has a fun writing style that's very easy to get lost in (hence why I read basically the last 2/3 of the book all day today).

As for the twist... I'm gonna try my best to say this without spoiling anything: you guys won't like it (Tatum, for example) but I thought it worked with the rest of the book. That's all I'll say.

Well, I guess I'll avoid this one. May be more difficult than anticipated though, as one of my friends has expressed interest in it.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on June 16, 2015, 10:29:59 pm
Finished the majority of Paper Towns. Overall, I liked it a good bit. Like I said before, the protagonist was endlessly relatable for me, as were the interactions with his friends and a lot of the themes (it takes place during senior year, which hits home hard for me). John Green has a fun writing style that's very easy to get lost in (hence why I read basically the last 2/3 of the book all day today).

As for the twist... I'm gonna try my best to say this without spoiling anything: you guys won't like it (Tatum, for example) but I thought it worked with the rest of the book. That's all I'll say.

Well, I guess I'll avoid this one. May be more difficult than anticipated though, as one of my friends has expressed interest in it.
I wouldn't say to avoid it entirely, but I can't guarantee you'll like the third act. First two acts are very fun though, I bet you'd like that aspect of it.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on July 14, 2015, 09:59:36 pm
Currently reading Blumhouse Book of Nightmares.

This morning, I read the first story: Hellhole, written by Christopher Denham.

It involves a recovering alcoholic and his family who move into a new house in Crown Heights, NY. Then, what do you know it, weird things start happening. There's this doll made of sticks that the father destroys but turns up again completely fine, the family dog starts barking at a symbol (circles within circles, drawn in blood), and there's black tar coming out of the faucets. He thinks something evil and sinister is happening, while everyone else thinks he's crazy (typical horror stuff). He then finds out from a gypsy (an old Romanian man in a wheelchair) that a witch (who put the old guy in the wheelchair) wants her home back (the one the protagonist and his family moved into) and put a curse on it (the symbol, which turns out to be a gateway to hell). So the only way to reverse the curse is to put it on her, and the guy has to save his family from the witch and all the strange, evil sh*t that's happening in his house.

It's a well-written and creepy short story with an intriguing plot and some nice eerie scenes. One part I really liked in particular was one where black tar emerges from the protagonist's laptop's USB ports, then locusts come flying out of the keyboard. The screen becomes a black hole and the guy goes in to break the barrier and when he gets out, the laptop bursts into flames.

Overall, the book is off to a promising start. 16 more stories to go.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on July 14, 2015, 10:02:12 pm
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Bloody Fingers is brilliant.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on July 14, 2015, 10:07:16 pm
Not a "book" per se, but but all these DC trailers are tempting me to start reading The Dark Knight Returns again. I made it about halfway through before I stopped.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on July 14, 2015, 10:08:32 pm
Not a "book" per se, but but all these DC trailers are tempting me to start reading The Dark Knight Returns again. I made it about halfway through before I stopped.
Ah, back when Frank Miller was good.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta on July 14, 2015, 10:13:41 pm
Recently read Freakonomics, which was fascinating.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on July 14, 2015, 10:17:12 pm
OMG!  Lovecraft sale!
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Aaron on July 15, 2015, 02:50:18 am
Gotta bump this thread.

Ok, now I have to ask this. I'm too used to "bump" being a form of spamming on IMDb. What's the Trollfighters definition of bump?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tommy South on July 15, 2015, 09:09:07 am
Gotta bump this thread.

Ok, now I have to ask this. I'm too used to "bump" being a form of spamming on IMDb. What's the Trollfighters definition of bump?

I believe it's synonymous with ''hump.'' Andrew is one sick dude yo!
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Chase Nyland on July 15, 2015, 09:12:35 am
Gotta bump this thread.

Ok, now I have to ask this. I'm too used to "bump" being a form of spamming on IMDb. What's the Trollfighters definition of bump?

I believe it refers to this, me droogie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVgPCuZrPYc
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on July 15, 2015, 01:25:16 pm
I finished 2001 (Arthur C. Clarke's novel version of the screenplay) a while back but forgot to post about it. I'd give it about an A-. It's pretty well-written and I appreciate that it describes what happens after Bowman shuts down HAL (I'm sure everyone has seen the movie), though I feel that at times some of the scenes described in the book were executed better in the movie, and some parts of the book sort of demystify the movie. I hear that's part of the problem with the sequels, so I plan to skip them.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on July 15, 2015, 01:26:44 pm
I finished 2001 (Arthur C. Clarke's novel version of the screenplay) a while back but forgot to post about it. I'd give it about an A-. It's pretty well-written and I appreciate that it describes what happens after Bowman shuts down HAL (I'm sure everyone has seen the movie), though I feel that at times some of the scenes described in the book were executed better in the movie, and some parts of the book sort of demystify the movie. I hear that's part of the problem with the sequels, so I plan to skip them.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2ldhfexHAk&app=desktop (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2ldhfexHAk&app=desktop)
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on July 15, 2015, 01:29:30 pm
I finished 2001 (Arthur C. Clarke's novel version of the screenplay) a while back but forgot to post about it. I'd give it about an A-. It's pretty well-written and I appreciate that it describes what happens after Bowman shuts down HAL (I'm sure everyone has seen the movie), though I feel that at times some of the scenes described in the book were executed better in the movie, and some parts of the book sort of demystify the movie. I hear that's part of the problem with the sequels, so I plan to skip them.

One of my favorite books. I actually prefer it over the movie.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on July 15, 2015, 01:48:37 pm
I finished 2001 (Arthur C. Clarke's novel version of the screenplay) a while back but forgot to post about it. I'd give it about an A-. It's pretty well-written and I appreciate that it describes what happens after Bowman shuts down HAL (I'm sure everyone has seen the movie), though I feel that at times some of the scenes described in the book were executed better in the movie, and some parts of the book sort of demystify the movie. I hear that's part of the problem with the sequels, so I plan to skip them.

One of my favorite books. I actually prefer it over the movie.
It definitely is a great book. I just feel that the movie is a lot more open to interpretation and symbolism is a lot more present. Both are essential to understanding each other, though.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on July 15, 2015, 01:49:00 pm
I finished 2001 (Arthur C. Clarke's novel version of the screenplay) a while back but forgot to post about it. I'd give it about an A-. It's pretty well-written and I appreciate that it describes what happens after Bowman shuts down HAL (I'm sure everyone has seen the movie), though I feel that at times some of the scenes described in the book were executed better in the movie, and some parts of the book sort of demystify the movie. I hear that's part of the problem with the sequels, so I plan to skip them.

One of my favorite books. I actually prefer it over the movie.
It definitely is a great book. I just feel that the movie is a lot more open to interpretation and symbolism is a lot more present. Both are essential to understanding each other, though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2ldhfexHAk&app=desktop (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2ldhfexHAk&app=desktop)
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Crohn's Boy on July 15, 2015, 09:40:04 pm
Finishing up the Maze Runner.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: ChillinDylan Godsend on July 15, 2015, 09:41:29 pm
Finishing up the Maze Runner.

make sure you flush...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Aaron on July 16, 2015, 12:26:03 am
Finishing up the Maze Runner.

make sure you flush...

My dad came in and asked what was wrong because I laughed so loud at that...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on July 18, 2015, 02:43:19 am
Finishing up the Maze Runner.
Good (but not great) book with a really terrible ending. The plot is a bit of a mess, but it's still a pretty involving read.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tommy South on August 11, 2015, 07:01:53 pm
Bumpity bump!

I've been reading a good bit of Murican lit recently. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates is excellent. Really liked the movie too.
 
And I've fallen in love with Raymond Carver.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on August 11, 2015, 07:43:48 pm
CampbellēReece

AP Biology Textbook

It took me 70 pages to realize that I didn't understand what the hell I just read...

1/10

Also, I have this sudden depression whenever I stare at organic beings...

Switching out of this class as soon as I can.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on August 28, 2015, 05:00:05 pm
Forgot to mention: I bought Andy Weir's book The Martian at the airport after I flew back from Florida.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on August 28, 2015, 05:26:21 pm
Forgot to mention: I bought Andy Weir's book The Martian at the airport after I flew back from Florida.

9/10 book.

No way Scott can ruin this one.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Aaron on August 28, 2015, 05:43:35 pm
Cas!no Royale was a good read. 8/10
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on August 29, 2015, 12:16:22 am
I'm reading Anthem by Ayn Rand for English class. It's fine so far, but my sister says the ending is awful.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on August 29, 2015, 12:45:42 am
I'm reading Anthem by Ayn Rand for English class. It's fine so far, but my sister says the ending is awful.

Ayn Rand books should be banned from schools. 
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: David Tanny on August 31, 2015, 09:44:02 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2ldhfexHAk&app=desktop (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2ldhfexHAk&app=desktop)


I'm so glad that has it's own video.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on August 31, 2015, 09:47:54 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2ldhfexHAk&app=desktop (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2ldhfexHAk&app=desktop)


I'm so glad that has it's own video.
There's even a 5 minute loop..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YCErI-vraU
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Chase Nyland on September 01, 2015, 09:27:23 am
Finished The Disaster Artist over vacation. Very interesting stuff.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Gold Jeffblum on September 01, 2015, 02:07:42 pm
The Gunslinger
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: David Tanny on September 01, 2015, 03:48:44 pm
Started reading Dracula.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Crohn's Boy on September 01, 2015, 06:03:26 pm
My cereal box.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on September 04, 2015, 01:06:52 am
I'm reading Anthem by Ayn Rand for English class. It's fine so far, but my sister says the ending is awful.

Ayn Rand books should be banned from schools. 
Finished it. Those last two chapters are the epitome of heavy handed.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Aaron on September 04, 2015, 02:35:49 am
Live and Let Die was also a pretty good read. 9/10.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on September 10, 2015, 08:31:31 pm
For some reason, I feel like reading some of the classics that I never got around to in school. Looking back on it, The Catcher in the Rye may be the only one I was required to read (well, that, or its simply the only one I enjoyed, and I tuned out the others from my mind).

Anyways, I'm gonna start with Lord of the Flies, and I've got 1984 on order from Amazon. Any thoughts on these two, and any other suggestions?

EDIT: Just remembered we read Dracula in 9th grade.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on September 10, 2015, 09:15:01 pm
For some reason, I feel like reading some of the classics that I never got around to in school. Looking back on it, The Catcher in the Rye may be the only one I was required to read (well, that, or its simply the only one I enjoyed, and I tuned out the others from my mind).

Anyways, I'm gonna start with Lord of the Flies, and I've got 1984 on order from Amazon. Any thoughts on these two, and any other suggestions?
Been meaning to read 1984 for years now. Lord of the Flies is awesome though. One of my favorite books. Don't bother with the movie.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Gold Jeffblum on September 10, 2015, 09:17:41 pm
Been meaning to read 1982 for years now.
Sure you have...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Rupert Pupkin on September 10, 2015, 09:19:16 pm
Lord of the Flies is awesome though. One of my favorite books. Don't bother with the movie.

^THIS^. Another really good one is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It's got to be in my 10 favorite books of all time.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on September 10, 2015, 09:20:54 pm
Lord of the Flies is awesome though. One of my favorite books. Don't bother with the movie.

^THIS^. Another really good one is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It's got to be in my 10 favorite books of all time.
That's on my list as well. I think there's some Kurt Vonnegut stuff I'd like to look into too.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on September 10, 2015, 09:24:56 pm
Been meaning to read 1982 for years now.
Sure you have...
I really need to get more sleep....
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on September 10, 2015, 11:12:55 pm
For some reason, I feel like reading some of the classics that I never got around to in school. Looking back on it, The Catcher in the Rye may be the only one I was required to read (well, that, or its simply the only one I enjoyed, and I tuned out the others from my mind).

Anyways, I'm gonna start with Lord of the Flies, and I've got 1984 on order from Amazon. Any thoughts on these two, and any other suggestions?

EDIT: Just remembered we read Dracula in 9th grade.
The Great Gatsby rivals the Lord of the Rings as my favorite book. I'd go with that one.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on September 11, 2015, 12:08:52 am
For some reason, I feel like reading some of the classics that I never got around to in school. Looking back on it, The Catcher in the Rye may be the only one I was required to read (well, that, or its simply the only one I enjoyed, and I tuned out the others from my mind).

Anyways, I'm gonna start with Lord of the Flies, and I've got 1984 on order from Amazon. Any thoughts on these two, and any other suggestions?

EDIT: Just remembered we read Dracula in 9th grade.
The Great Gatsby rivals the Lord of the Rings as my favorite book. I'd go with that one.
Agreed. The Great Gatsby is brilliant.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on September 11, 2015, 12:10:50 am
Gonna start reading The Martian over the weekend. When I finish it, I might continue reading Blumhouse Book of Nightmares.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on September 18, 2015, 08:07:50 pm
The Martian was excellent. Going with an A for this one. Great writing, the science isn't too confusing, and it's quite the page turner. I'm hoping the movie is nearly as good.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Aaron on September 18, 2015, 11:48:48 pm
Goodbye, not-so-hard-earned $25.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1633530957?ref_=cm_sw_r_awd_Stn.vbFZH4S8V
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on September 19, 2015, 12:07:16 am
Goodbye, not-so-hard-earned $25.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1633530957?ref_=cm_sw_r_awd_Stn.vbFZH4S8V
You might as well have taken your $25 outside and set it on fire.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Rupert Pupkin on September 19, 2015, 12:08:35 am
Finished A Dance With Dragons. It was pretty good. I really, really hate Season 5 of GoT now.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on September 20, 2015, 05:53:27 pm
I began reading The Martian. Excellent read so far.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on September 26, 2015, 12:08:19 pm
I'm now 112 pages into The Martian. It's really, really good so far. Whenever I get to another page, I just have trouble putting the book down.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on September 26, 2015, 04:45:39 pm
I'm now 112 pages into The Martian. It's really, really good so far. Whenever I get to another page, I just have trouble putting the book down.
You should just binge-read the rest this weekend. You wouldn't want the movie to ruin any surprises...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on September 26, 2015, 04:53:43 pm
Anyway, I found A Game of Thrones at my school's library and checked it out. I can probably get away with this if it's 'safe' enough for a high school library...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on September 26, 2015, 04:55:58 pm
I'm now 112 pages into The Martian. It's really, really good so far. Whenever I get to another page, I just have trouble putting the book down.
You should just binge-read the rest this weekend. You wouldn't want the movie to ruin any surprises...
I'm going to continue reading the book before I see the film in theaters.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Rupert Pupkin on September 26, 2015, 05:31:27 pm
Anyway, I found A Game of Thrones at my school's library and checked it out. I can probably get away with this if it's 'safe' enough for a high school library...

Definitely in my top ten favorite books of all time. Westeros is by far the best and most well-realized setting of any work of fantasy I've ever read/watched. Please, please don't spoil these books.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on September 26, 2015, 05:35:39 pm
Anyway, I found A Game of Thrones at my school's library and checked it out. I can probably get away with this if it's 'safe' enough for a high school library...

Definitely in my top ten favorite books of all time. Westeros is by far the best and most well-realized setting of any work of fantasy I've ever read/watched. Please, please don't spoil these books.
I'm certainly excited to read it.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on September 26, 2015, 06:54:37 pm
Anyway, I found A Game of Thrones at my school's library and checked it out. I can probably get away with this if it's 'safe' enough for a high school library...

Definitely in my top ten favorite books of all time. Westeros is by far the best and most well-realized setting of any work of fantasy I've ever read/watched. Please, please don't spoil these books.
I'm certainly excited to read it.

Everyone dies.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on September 26, 2015, 07:27:31 pm
Anyway, I found A Game of Thrones at my school's library and checked it out. I can probably get away with this if it's 'safe' enough for a high school library...
:D

Hope you like it!
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Crohn's Boy on October 01, 2015, 07:00:04 pm
Currently reading The Martian.  Such a good book...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on October 03, 2015, 03:11:12 pm
Got another 50-something pages into The Martian. What an awesome book.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on October 03, 2015, 05:47:45 pm
Got another 50-something pages into The Martian. What an awesome book.
How far are you currently?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on October 03, 2015, 05:51:24 pm
Got another 50-something pages into The Martian. What an awesome book.
How far are you currently?
Up to Chapter 13, after the Ares 3 crew finds out that Watney is alive.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on October 03, 2015, 05:55:59 pm
Got another 50-something pages into The Martian. What an awesome book.
How far are you currently?
Up to Chapter 13, after the Ares 3 crew finds out that Watney is alive.
So you probably won't see the film this weekend, then.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on October 03, 2015, 05:59:20 pm
Got another 50-something pages into The Martian. What an awesome book.
How far are you currently?
Up to Chapter 13, after the Ares 3 crew finds out that Watney is alive.
So you probably won't see the film this weekend, then.
No. I want to finish the book before I see the film.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on October 03, 2015, 05:59:51 pm
Got another 50-something pages into The Martian. What an awesome book.
How far are you currently?
Up to Chapter 13, after the Ares 3 crew finds out that Watney is alive.
So you probably won't see the film this weekend, then.
No. I want to finish the book before I see the film.
Ah. I'm planning on seeing it tomorrow.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on October 03, 2015, 08:36:27 pm
So I finished Fahrenheit 451 (Had to read it for English). It was quite great, and significantly better than Anthem. I'm thinking it's a high A- as of now.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Crohn's Boy on October 03, 2015, 10:04:50 pm
Got another 50-something pages into The Martian. What an awesome book.
How far are you currently?
Up to Chapter 13, after the Ares 3 crew finds out that Watney is alive.

SPOILER TAGS...I'M STILL READING THE BOOK
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on October 03, 2015, 10:12:05 pm
Got another 50-something pages into The Martian. What an awesome book.
How far are you currently?
Up to Chapter 13, after the Ares 3 crew finds out that Watney is alive.

SPOILER TAGS...I'M STILL READING THE BOOK



Don't worry.  He survives in the end.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on October 04, 2015, 01:09:39 am
Got another 50-something pages into The Martian. What an awesome book.
How far are you currently?
Up to Chapter 13, after the Ares 3 crew finds out that Watney is alive.

SPOILER TAGS...I'M STILL READING THE BOOK



Don't worry.  He survives in the end.
It's a true story, right? We can throw out all the spoilers we want if so. You can't spoil a true story, after all.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Gold Jeffblum on October 04, 2015, 10:27:25 pm
Disliking The Shining movie more and more as I ah read the book. Kubrick clearly missed the point.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tho Master Fie on October 10, 2015, 12:08:20 pm
Disliking The Shining movie more and more as I ah read the book. Kubrick clearly missed the point.
(http://www.graffitiwithpunctuation.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/tljncfom.jpeg)
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on October 10, 2015, 12:28:57 pm
Thinking about picking up the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson before the movie goes wide. I started it a year or two ago, but never finished it. I don't even know if I'll see the movie in theaters, but I'd like to read it anyways.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on October 18, 2015, 09:30:08 pm
Up to page 254 on The Martian.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on October 19, 2015, 08:52:02 pm
I'm reading Lord of the Flies for school. I like the writing style.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on October 19, 2015, 08:52:56 pm
I'm reading Lord of the Flies for school. I like the writing style.

Flounder cracks his skull open.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on October 24, 2015, 03:10:58 pm
Up to Chapter 22 on The Martian. This book is God.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Chase Nyland on October 24, 2015, 03:13:15 pm
Kingdom of Fear by Hunter S. Thompson

It's the one Hunter book I haven't' read yet.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on October 24, 2015, 03:18:47 pm
Up to Chapter 22 on The Martian. This book is God.

Then I saw it, I saw a flounder who would die before finishing a book, a man who would fap for his dumpster baby, a boy, angry & alone, laid out in front of him the bad path. I saw it & the path was a circle, round & round.

(http://38.media.tumblr.com/a051c114229b941bea288c72dd33e520/tumblr_mlbfs4YdOC1qf8dx0o1_400.gif)
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on October 29, 2015, 09:27:32 pm
Up to Chapter 26 on The Martian.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on October 31, 2015, 07:32:11 pm
Just finished The Martian. Holy shit, that was phenomenal.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on November 01, 2015, 11:11:08 am
Lord of the Flies is by far the best book I've ever had to read in an English class. Solid high A.

On a side note, does anyone know if the movie version is good? (I'm referring to the one that was made in the 80's/90's.)
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on November 01, 2015, 11:11:54 am
Lord of the Flies is by far the best book I've ever had to read in an English class. Solid high A.

On a side note, does anyone know if the movie version is good? (I'm referring to the one that was made in the 80's/90's.)
I haven't read the book nor have I seen the movies. I heard the 1990 film is pretty bad though.
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Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on November 01, 2015, 11:13:57 am
Lord of the Flies is by far the best book I've ever had to read in an English class. Solid high A.

On a side note, does anyone know if the movie version is good? (I'm referring to the one that was made in the 80's/90's.)
I haven't read the book nor have I seen the movies. I heard the 1990 film is pretty bad though.
It wasn't part of your 9th grade English curriculum? (Then again, the only books our states probably share in the grade's curriculum are To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men...)

But you should read it. It's very well written.
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Post by: Chase Nyland on November 01, 2015, 11:18:05 am
Lord of the Flies is by far the best book I've ever had to read in an English class. Solid high A.

On a side note, does anyone know if the movie version is good? (I'm referring to the one that was made in the 80's/90's.)
I haven't read the book nor have I seen the movies. I heard the 1990 film is pretty bad though.
It wasn't part of your 9th grade English curriculum? (Then again, the only books our states probably share in the grade's curriculum are To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men...)

But you should read it. It's very well written.

I read Of Mice and Men as part of an AP summer reading program going into high school but I read To Kill a Mockingbird, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, and I think Romeo and Juliet in my freshman year. LOTF is an excellent book but the movie isn't so good.
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Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on November 01, 2015, 11:21:59 am
Lord of the Flies is by far the best book I've ever had to read in an English class. Solid high A.

On a side note, does anyone know if the movie version is good? (I'm referring to the one that was made in the 80's/90's.)
I haven't read the book nor have I seen the movies. I heard the 1990 film is pretty bad though.
It wasn't part of your 9th grade English curriculum? (Then again, the only books our states probably share in the grade's curriculum are To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men...)

But you should read it. It's very well written.

I read Of Mice and Men as part of an AP summer reading program going into high school but I read To Kill a Mockingbird, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, and I think Romeo and Juliet in my freshman year. LOTF is an excellent book but the movie isn't so good.
We're reading To Kill a Mockingbird and Romeo and Juliet next semester. I don't know about Animal Farm, but it does seem like an interesting read.

Is there a reason why the movie is of lesser quality than the book? Or is it just a case of unfilmable source material?
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Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on November 01, 2015, 11:23:32 am
It wasn't part of your 9th grade English curriculum?
Yeah, during freshman year, I had to read Romeo & Juliet, To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, and Tears of a Tiger.
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Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on November 01, 2015, 11:25:10 am
It wasn't part of your 9th grade English curriculum?
Yeah, during freshman year, I had to read Romeo & Juliet, To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, and Tears of a Tiger.
Interesting. I guess I should also recommend Fahrenheit 451 if you haven't read that already as well.
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Post by: Chase Nyland on November 01, 2015, 11:28:17 am
Lord of the Flies is by far the best book I've ever had to read in an English class. Solid high A.

On a side note, does anyone know if the movie version is good? (I'm referring to the one that was made in the 80's/90's.)
I haven't read the book nor have I seen the movies. I heard the 1990 film is pretty bad though.
It wasn't part of your 9th grade English curriculum? (Then again, the only books our states probably share in the grade's curriculum are To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men...)

But you should read it. It's very well written.

I read Of Mice and Men as part of an AP summer reading program going into high school but I read To Kill a Mockingbird, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, and I think Romeo and Juliet in my freshman year. LOTF is an excellent book but the movie isn't so good.
We're reading To Kill a Mockingbird and Romeo and Juliet next semester. I don't know about Animal Farm, but it does seem like an interesting read.

Is there a reason why the movie is of lesser quality than the book? Or is it just a case of unfilmable source material?

From what I remember, it just didn't capture any of the emotions from the book. You can't create a film from a masterpiece like LOTF and pepper it with outdated 80's/90's cheese from the acting, to the score, to the simple adaptation.
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Post by: Chase Nyland on November 01, 2015, 11:29:01 am
It wasn't part of your 9th grade English curriculum?
Yeah, during freshman year, I had to read Romeo & Juliet, To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, and Tears of a Tiger.
Interesting. I guess I should also recommend Fahrenheit 451 if you haven't read that already as well.

Excellent book. Bradbury was a genius.
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Post by: Bobby McConway on November 01, 2015, 10:46:04 pm
Based off of memory

9th grade year:
Anthem: 1/10
To Kill a Mockingbird: 8/10
Romeo and Juliet: 3/10

10th grade:
Lord of the Flies: 7/10
The Illiad: 8/10

11th grade:
The Great Fapsby: 2/10
Of Mice and Men: 9/10

So far, in 12th grade, we haven't read any books (aiside from a short version of Beowulf and Macbeth). 
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Post by: Bobby McConway on November 01, 2015, 10:49:41 pm
Honestly,  most of 10th grade was spent watching films.  We saw the Harryhausen Jason and the Argonauts and two made-for-TV films, Helen of Troy and Jason and the Argonauts.   Both had Rufus Sewell,  and that's when I realized his career was dead.

We also watched Don Quixote with John Lithgow. 

Pretty fun year.
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Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on November 01, 2015, 11:30:57 pm
Anthem: 1/10
I agree, albeit to a less drastic extent. Screw the last two chapters. Especially Chapter 11.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta on November 02, 2015, 01:02:32 pm
Anthem: 1/10
I agree, albeit to a less drastic extent. Screw the last two chapters. Especially Chapter 11.
Think I remember reading and disliking that one too (Neil Stephenson book, right?).
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on November 02, 2015, 01:09:35 pm
Anthem: 1/10
I agree, albeit to a less drastic extent. Screw the last two chapters. Especially Chapter 11.
Think I remember reading and disliking that one too (Neil Stephenson book, right?).

Ayn Rand
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Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on November 02, 2015, 04:45:47 pm
Got done reading A Raisin in the Sun in English class. Good book. We also watched the 1989 American Playhouse adaptation starring Danny Glover. It was pretty good despite some hammy overacting (particularly from the actors playing Beneatha and Asagai).
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta on November 02, 2015, 07:57:15 pm
Anthem: 1/10
I agree, albeit to a less drastic extent. Screw the last two chapters. Especially Chapter 11.
Think I remember reading and disliking that one too (Neil Stephenson book, right?).

Ayn Rand
Ah. I Googled it and it turns out the one I read was Anathem, hence my confusion. It's been like 5 years since I read it...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Gold Jeffblum on November 04, 2015, 09:08:19 pm
Pet Sematary

If you haven't ah noticed by now, I'm on a ah Stephen King spree.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on November 04, 2015, 09:09:18 pm
I'm reading your mom's butthole.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on November 04, 2015, 09:11:37 pm
Pet Sematary

If you haven't ah noticed by now, I'm on a ah Stephen King spree.
"Sometimes... dead is better."
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Aaron on November 04, 2015, 09:12:27 pm
Re-reading the scripts for both parts of Dawn of the Flounder. Cutler should get a job writing movies.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on November 04, 2015, 09:12:57 pm
Pet Sematary

If you haven't ah noticed by now, I'm on a ah Stephen King spree.
"Sometimes... dead is better."

-Flounder's bishop, circa 2012
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on November 04, 2015, 09:15:08 pm
Re-reading the scripts for both parts of Dawn of the Flounder. Cutler should get a job writing movies.

Where did you find part one?  It's been deleted by RT. 
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Aaron on November 04, 2015, 09:17:13 pm
Re-reading the scripts for both parts of Dawn of the Flounder. Cutler should get a job writing movies.

Where did you find part one?  It's been deleted by RT. 

I have a copy of it saved on my computer.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Gold Jeffblum on November 10, 2015, 07:42:05 pm
Pet Semetery was ah very good.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: David Tanny on November 10, 2015, 07:43:38 pm
I think I'm going to reread The Hobbit, and perhaps follow it with Lord of the Rings. I haven't actually read LotR in it's entirety. And the last time I tried to read it, was when the Return of the King Extended Edition was first released in 2004.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on November 10, 2015, 08:12:47 pm
I think I'm going to reread The Hobbit, and perhaps follow it with Lord of the Rings. I haven't actually read LotR in it's entirety. And the last time I tried to read it, was when the Return of the King Extended Edition was first released in 2004.
Hope you enjoy them! The Hobbit has been my favorite book since grade school. It's what got me into LotR.
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Post by: David Tanny on November 10, 2015, 08:13:53 pm
Hope you enjoy them! The Hobbit has been my favorite book since grade school. It's what got me into LotR.
Oh, I've read The Hobbit several times. If I were to say what my favorite book is, it'd probably be that.
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Post by: PORG on November 10, 2015, 08:16:20 pm
Hope you enjoy them! The Hobbit has been my favorite book since grade school. It's what got me into LotR.
Oh, I've read The Hobbit several times. If I were to say what my favorite book is, it'd probably be that.
Awesome. You ever read The Silmarillion? I'd highly suggest it to any LotR fanatic. It sets up the world perfectly.
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Post by: David Tanny on November 10, 2015, 08:19:53 pm
Awesome. You ever read The Silmarillion? I'd highly suggest it to any LotR fanatic. It sets up the world perfectly.
I own it, along with some other books, like Children of Hurin, that I need to eventually get to. I also have books of maps and weapons/armor that are pretty cool.
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Post by: Aaron on November 10, 2015, 11:10:37 pm
I just finished reading this book called "My Summer on Earth." It was fucking hilarious. 9/10
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Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on November 11, 2015, 12:13:52 am
I think I'm going to reread The Hobbit, and perhaps follow it with Lord of the Rings. I haven't actually read LotR in it's entirety. And the last time I tried to read it, was when the Return of the King Extended Edition was first released in 2004.
Hope you enjoy them! The Hobbit has been my favorite book since grade school. It's what got me into LotR.
I started with the movies (LotR trilogy), then read The Hobbit, followed by watching An Unexpected Journey, then reading The Lord of the Rings, then watching The Desolation of Smaug, and then wrapping things up by reading The Silmarillion and watching The Battle of the Five Armies.

I have yet to read Unfinished Tales, the Children of Hurin, and so on.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on November 11, 2015, 03:11:22 am
I think I'm going to reread The Hobbit, and perhaps follow it with Lord of the Rings. I haven't actually read LotR in it's entirety. And the last time I tried to read it, was when the Return of the King Extended Edition was first released in 2004.
Hope you enjoy them! The Hobbit has been my favorite book since grade school. It's what got me into LotR.
I started with the movies (LotR trilogy), then read The Hobbit, followed by watching An Unexpected Journey, then reading The Lord of the Rings, then watching The Desolation of Smaug, and then wrapping things up by reading The Silmarillion and watching The Battle of the Five Armies.

I have yet to read Unfinished Tales, the Children of Hurin, and so on.
Unfinished Tales has some cool segments. Haven't read all of Children of Hurin myself, though I know the basic outline of it thanks to The Silmarillion.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Gold Jeffblum on November 19, 2015, 07:28:51 pm
You're so cool.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: $+/\|_°|\| on November 19, 2015, 07:33:56 pm
Reading Gone Baby Gone. Holy sh!t it's amazing. I'll be surprised if Affleck's adaptation comes close to being this good. I hope he sticks to the source material...
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Post by: Tho Master Fie on November 19, 2015, 07:40:21 pm
Reading Gone Baby Gone. Holy sh!t it's amazing. I'll be surprised if Affleck's adaptation comes close to being this good. I hope he sticks to the source material...
It was released years ago.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: $+/\|_°|\| on November 19, 2015, 07:44:10 pm
Reading Gone Baby Gone. Holy sh!t it's amazing. I'll be surprised if Affleck's adaptation comes close to being this good. I hope he sticks to the source material...
It was released years ago.
I know it was.... I haven't seen it yet, so, I obviously am saying that once I get to watching it, I'll be surprised if it's as good as the book.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta on November 19, 2015, 08:50:54 pm
Reading Gone Baby Gone. Holy sh!t it's amazing. I'll be surprised if Affleck's adaptation comes close to being this good. I hope he sticks to the source material...
Haven't read the book, but that movie's great- in my top 20. That being said, knowing what will happen will take it down a bit for sure, the twists and turns (especially the finale) are a big part of what makes it great.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on November 19, 2015, 08:53:18 pm
Reading The Cat in the Hat.  Not sure if I can finish this.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Gold Jeffblum on November 19, 2015, 08:54:31 pm
Reading The Cat in the Hat.  Not sure if I can finish this.
It gets ah better toward the end. Hang in there.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on November 19, 2015, 09:01:44 pm
Reading The Cat in the Hat.  Not sure if I can finish this.
It gets ah better toward the end. Hang in there.

Ok... it's hust such an unnecessarily long book.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on November 19, 2015, 09:09:09 pm
Reading The Cat in the Hat.  Not sure if I can finish this.
Make sure you watch the movie afterward if you are able to finish it.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on November 19, 2015, 09:10:56 pm
Reading The Cat in the Hat.  Not sure if I can finish this.
It gets ah better toward the end. Hang in there.

Ok... it's hust such an unnecessarily long book.

Goddammit.

Reading The Cat in the Hat.  Not sure if I can finish this.
Make sure you watch the movie afterward if you are able to finish it.

Sounds much better honestly.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on November 19, 2015, 09:17:57 pm
Reading The Cat in the Hat.  Not sure if I can finish this.
No way it can be worse than Chapter 11 of Anthem.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on November 19, 2015, 09:20:14 pm
Reading The Cat in the Hat.  Not sure if I can finish this.
No way it can be worse than Chapter 11 of Anthem.

I'd rather snort coke off a clown's boner than touch that book
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on November 19, 2015, 09:28:14 pm
Reading The Cat in the Hat.  Not sure if I can finish this.
No way it can be worse than Chapter 11 of Anthem.

I'd rather snort coke off a clown's boner than touch that book
Exactly my point. If you finished that, you can finish The Cat in the Hat.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: David Tanny on November 20, 2015, 12:28:21 am
Reading The Cat in the Hat.  Not sure if I can finish this.
There's A Wocket in my Pocket is better.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on December 20, 2015, 05:39:56 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.
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Post by: Diego Tutweiller on December 20, 2015, 05:50:35 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on December 20, 2015, 05:56:08 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).
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Post by: cupcake on December 20, 2015, 06:17:08 pm
I read one paragraph of The Fellowship of the Ring before returning it back to the library.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake 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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Post by: Diego Tutweiller 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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Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb 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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Post by: cupcake on December 21, 2015, 03:07:10 pm
Bran

(http://foodgardenonline.com/image/cache/data/foodgardenmart/KELLOGGS%20BRAN%20FLAKES1-500x500.jpg)
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb 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.

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/29/21/a4/2921a4708f10f8184662b046e24dca0b.jpg)
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb 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. 
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito 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. 
https://youtu.be/k_IXzU-lnLU
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: $+/\|_°|\| 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito 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. 
He can say it because he's black.
*We think he's black
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb 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. 
https://youtu.be/k_IXzU-lnLU

I give Pulp Fiction a pass there.  It's totally in-character and makes sense.  Also, it's just a perfect movie.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Robert Neville 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.

Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Diego Tutweiller 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 ****.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tho Master Fie 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Diego Tutweiller 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb 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. 
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb on December 21, 2015, 04:36:13 pm
I'm reading Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey. 
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tho Master Fie on December 21, 2015, 04:53:26 pm
I'm reading Idiotic Post by Dom Cobb
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Diego Tutweiller 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Robert Neville 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Diego Tutweiller 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?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb 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.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta 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...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb 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
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb on December 22, 2015, 12:08:27 pm
Now I'm reading Newt's Emerald.  God, this is disappointing.  It's not a terrible book, but I know that Garth Nix is capable of so much more, and it's easily his weakest work.  Also, there's a lot of romance in it, which leads me to worry that he may have sold out.  4/10 book.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Diego Tutweiller on December 22, 2015, 12:34:55 pm
Now I'm reading Newt's Emerald.  God, this is disappointing.  It's not a terrible book, but I know that Garth Nix is capable of so much more, and it's easily his weakest work.  Also, there's a lot of romance in it, which leads me to worry that he may have sold out.  4/10 book.

I thought you said you were leaving permanently...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on December 22, 2015, 12:40:46 pm
Now I'm reading Newt's Emerald.  God, this is disappointing.  It's not a terrible book, but I know that Garth Nix is capable of so much more, and it's easily his weakest work.  Also, there's a lot of romance in it, which leads me to worry that he may have sold out.  4/10 book.

What if Tom Hiddleston's eyes were on the cover?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Robert Neville on December 22, 2015, 12:47:39 pm
Now I'm reading Newt's Emerald.  God, this is disappointing.  It's not a terrible book, but I know that Garth Nix is capable of so much more, and it's easily his weakest work.  Also, there's a lot of romance in it, which leads me to worry that he may have sold out.  4/10 book.

Haven't heard of it, but that's quite sad to hear. The last book of his I read was the relatively recent A Confusion of Princes, and in some ways, it was one of his strongest works. (Though in hindsight, I don't really look back on any of his other novels (Keys to The Kingdom, Abhorsen series, about half of those short Aenir books & Shade's Children) as fondly as I used to. Still like them, and some bits of each are pretty great, but I can't escape the feeling each premise had lots more potential than what he ultimately made out of it. 
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb on December 22, 2015, 04:43:13 pm
Now I'm reading Newt's Emerald.  God, this is disappointing.  It's not a terrible book, but I know that Garth Nix is capable of so much more, and it's easily his weakest work.  Also, there's a lot of romance in it, which leads me to worry that he may have sold out.  4/10 book.

I thought you said you were leaving permanently...

And then they all asked me back.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb on December 22, 2015, 04:45:36 pm
Now I'm reading Newt's Emerald.  God, this is disappointing.  It's not a terrible book, but I know that Garth Nix is capable of so much more, and it's easily his weakest work.  Also, there's a lot of romance in it, which leads me to worry that he may have sold out.  4/10 book.

Haven't heard of it, but that's quite sad to hear. The last book of his I read was the relatively recent A Confusion of Princes, and in some ways, it was one of his strongest works. (Though in hindsight, I don't really look back on any of his other novels (Keys to The Kingdom, Abhorsen series, about half of those short Aenir books & Shade's Children) as fondly as I used to. Still like them, and some bits of each are pretty great, but I can't escape the feeling each premise had lots more potential than what he ultimately made out of it.

The Abhorsen series are perfect in every way.  I even named myself after Kerrigor for a while back on Rotten Tomatoes.  The Keys to the Kingdom and A Confusion of Princes are phenomenal as well.  I liked Shade's Children and The Ragwitch but it's pretty clear that they're early Nix and it shows.  The Seventh Tower books are decent, but not up to his usual standards as they were a predominantly corporate endeavor.  For the record, I think that Garth Nix is easily one of the best writers in YA fantasy right now, as his writing is fantastic and his stories and worldbuilding are so creative and original.   I feel that Newt's Emerald hewed more closely to typical YA fare rather than his other works, which can be read over and over again by any generation.

Abhorsen series- 10/10
The Keys to the Kingdom- 9/10
A Confusion of Princes- 9/10
Shade's Children- 8/10
The Ragwitch- 8/10
The Seventh Tower- 6/10
Newt's Emerald- 4/10
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb on December 22, 2015, 04:46:37 pm
Now I'm reading Newt's Emerald.  God, this is disappointing.  It's not a terrible book, but I know that Garth Nix is capable of so much more, and it's easily his weakest work.  Also, there's a lot of romance in it, which leads me to worry that he may have sold out.  4/10 book.

What if Tom Hiddleston's eyes were on the cover?

Still no.  Jennifer Lawrence's breasts or ass, though, definitely.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tho Master Fie on December 22, 2015, 04:49:35 pm
Still no.  Jennifer Lawrence's breasts or ass, though, definitely.
I think you need to get a life sentence in prison before you grow up to be a rapist.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb on December 22, 2015, 04:50:12 pm
Still no.  Jennifer Lawrence's breasts or ass, though, definitely.
I think you need to get a life sentence in prison before you grow up to be a rapist.

Didn't Avril Lavigne give you a restraining order?  Also, I will never be a rapist because I respect women and respect their space, dignity and human rights.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tho Master Fie on December 22, 2015, 04:54:46 pm
Still no.  Jennifer Lawrence's breasts or ass, though, definitely.
I think you need to get a life sentence in prison before you grow up to be a rapist.

Didn't Avril Lavigne give you a restraining order?  Also, I will never be a rapist because I respect women and respect their space, dignity and human rights.
You talk about raping Jennifer Lawrence every single day.  I brought up that I liked Avril Lavigne one time, like a year ago.  This only furthers my point that you have an unhealthily obsessive personality.  And since you're too socially awkward and self-indulgent to make any positive interactions with people, I think it'll bring out the worst in you for your future.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb on December 22, 2015, 04:58:36 pm
Still no.  Jennifer Lawrence's breasts or ass, though, definitely.
I think you need to get a life sentence in prison before you grow up to be a rapist.

Didn't Avril Lavigne give you a restraining order?  Also, I will never be a rapist because I respect women and respect their space, dignity and human rights.
You talk about raping Jennifer Lawrence every single day.  I brought up that I liked Avril Lavigne one time, like a year ago.  This only furthers my point that you have an unhealthily obsessive personality.  And since you're too socially awkward and self-indulgent to make any positive interactions with people, I think it'll bring out the worst in you for your future.

When did I EVER say that I'd rape Jennifer Lawrence?  Give me ONE instance or shut up.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom Cobb on December 22, 2015, 05:04:39 pm
Ooh look, they couldn't prove me right so they banned me.  What fun.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tho Master Fie on December 22, 2015, 05:07:44 pm
Ooh look, they couldn't prove me right so they banned me.  What fun.
What?  You aren't banned.  Though you're making it hard to resist.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb on December 22, 2015, 05:09:42 pm
Oh good.  I must have logged out of my account accidentally.  Good to know. 
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on December 22, 2015, 05:17:12 pm
Oh good.  I must have logged out of my account accidentally.  Good to know. 
You. Are. So. Stupid.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on December 22, 2015, 06:23:47 pm
Oh good.  I must have logged out of my account accidentally.  Good to know. 

Post a picture of yourself and we'll assess your chances with Ms. Lawrence.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Dom_Cobb on December 23, 2015, 10:55:11 am
I like how Dommy writes all this stuff but cannot counter my criticism of those crappy Paolini novels in any way.

I should add that I haven't read the Inheritance Cycle for many, many years.  I read the first three when I was twelve and the fourth when I was 17.  I'm 20 now, and have read countless books since then, so I don't remember them all that well; I just remember finding them very enjoyable.  I may think differently if I were to read them today.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Gold Jeffblum on December 23, 2015, 01:24:39 pm
Tommysouthknockers
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on December 23, 2015, 02:01:52 pm
What if when we banned Hazelrabbit, we banned a similar server to South.  Just sayin'... they lived really close to each other.  Both Slovakians.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Rupert Pupkin on December 27, 2015, 05:58:35 pm
Just finished Star Wars: Dark Disciple. It was pretty good, it was essentially a Clone Wars arc, but one of the good ones, complete with that clunky dialogue. What I did get out of this book was a definite theory on Snoke. This book went fairly in depth on the Sith and how complex the Sith Rule of Two actually is. I'll start with the post Phantom Menace Dark side users that were considered to be Palpatine's apprentice.

Grievous - Ruled out as he could not use the force
Ventress - Essentially wasn't powerful enough (won't say more without spoiling the book)
Savage Opress - Not powerful enough compared to Maul
Maul - Not powerful enough compared to Dooku
Dooku - Too old (leading to Anakin)

So here's the thing - why was Palpatine content with Anakin as his apprentice post Revenge of the Sith? Anakin couldn't use Force lightning and honestly was not that powerful, especially compared to Maul or Dooku. I think that it's absolutely preposterous that Palpatine didn't even consider trying to find someone newer and more powerful than Vader until Luke came along. That's where I think Snoke came in. Palpatine's secret apprentice. Well, that's the theory. I'm anticipating some TL;DR action.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Gold Jeffblum on January 06, 2016, 01:55:22 am
Tommysouthknockers
I don't ah suggest this one. Probably the worst ah King book I've ever read.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on January 06, 2016, 08:57:51 am
Tommysouthknockers
I don't ah suggest this one. Probably the worst ah King book I've ever read.
I haven't read the book, but I have seen the miniseries...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Aaron on January 09, 2016, 09:26:54 pm
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51jfQrQM7DL.jpg)
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Gold Jeffblum on January 14, 2016, 01:36:24 pm
Reading a book on ah the works of the Coen brothers. I'm not sure how seriously I can take any ah film scholar who says that ah The Ladykillers is the only remake that the Coens have done though...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on January 14, 2016, 02:02:23 pm
Reading a book on ah the works of the Coen brothers. I'm not sure how seriously I can take any ah film scholar who says that ah The Ladykillers is the only remake that the Coens have done though...

How old is the book?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Gold Jeffblum on January 14, 2016, 02:12:10 pm
Reading a book on ah the works of the Coen brothers. I'm not sure how seriously I can take any ah film scholar who says that ah The Ladykillers is the only remake that the Coens have done though...

How old is the book?
Post Inside Llewyn Davis.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Diego Tutweiller on January 14, 2016, 02:33:23 pm
Reading a Led Zeppelin biography called Stairway to Heaven. I'm not enjoying it much. It's written by one of their tour managers, so it's mostly about their debauchery and drug use, not their music. Although the story of John Bonham driving his VW Bug into a lake to see if it would float was pretty funny...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on January 14, 2016, 03:03:34 pm
Reading a Led Zeppelin biography called Stairway to Heaven. I'm not enjoying it much. It's written by one of their tour managers, so it's mostly about their debauchery and drug use, not their music. Although the story of John Bonham driving his VW Bug into a lake to see if it would float was pretty funny...
Funny, I'm listening to "Stairway to Heaven" at this exact moment....
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jed Groff on January 14, 2016, 11:59:16 pm
Huckleberry Finn for school. I hate it.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on January 15, 2016, 12:02:29 am
This week, I've been reading The Taming of the Shrew in English class. We've been assigned roles to read characters' dialogue. I read Biondello's with an over-the-top English accent and they all find it pretty funny.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on January 15, 2016, 12:03:52 am
Since this thread is bumped, I'm going to start reading The Revenant here soon. I need to keep reading 1984 too, I was really enjoying it but somehow I stalled out and stopped reading. I also need to restart the Walter Isaacson Steve Jobs biography... too many books...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on January 15, 2016, 12:17:25 am
Huckleberry Finn for school. I hate it.
Not really the most entertaining book to read, but it's one of the most brilliant pieces of satire ever created. Twain is a genius.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jed Groff on January 15, 2016, 12:18:38 am
Huckleberry Finn for school. I hate it.
Not really the most entertaining book to read, but it's one of the most brilliant pieces of satire ever created. Twain is a genius.
I like the writing style of it... that's about it.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on January 15, 2016, 05:37:57 am
This week, I've been reading The Taming of the Shrew in English class. We've been assigned roles to read characters' dialogue. I read Biondello's with an over-the-top English accent and they all find it pretty funny.

John, they're not laughing with you.  They're laughing at you!
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta on January 15, 2016, 02:22:08 pm
I've been reading Absalom, Absalom! in AP lit and it's brutally dense. Faulkner's sentences are so long that by the time I finish one I've usually forgotten where it started.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Chase Nyland on January 15, 2016, 10:43:42 pm
I've been reading Absalom, Absalom! in AP lit and it's brutally dense. Faulkner's sentences are so long that by the time I finish one I've usually forgotten where it started.

Yeah, Faulkner will do that. Ever read Kafka?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on January 15, 2016, 10:44:21 pm
Kafka is a genius. 
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Chase Nyland on January 15, 2016, 10:46:21 pm
Kafka is a genius. 

Most definitely, me droogie.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on January 15, 2016, 10:48:34 pm
The Metamorphosis is one of the better horror stories I've read and also the grossest.  He's not quite Lovecraft, but he damn sure is brilliant.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Chase Nyland on January 15, 2016, 10:52:25 pm
Even though I believe it's a horror story, I think there's an argument to be made that it's a black comedy. And no, he isn't Lovecraft mostly because his stories are utilized best as social and political satire versus visceral body horror.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on January 15, 2016, 10:56:38 pm
Even though I believe it's a horror story, I think there's an argument to be made that it's a black comedy. And no, he isn't Lovecraft mostly because his stories are utilized best as social and political satire versus visceral body horror.

I think there's a level of social satire within some of Lovecraft's books.  Not as plain as Kafka's, but it's still there.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Chase Nyland on January 15, 2016, 11:00:31 pm
Even though I believe it's a horror story, I think there's an argument to be made that it's a black comedy. And no, he isn't Lovecraft mostly because his stories are utilized best as social and political satire versus visceral body horror.

I think there's a level of social satire within some of Lovecraft's books.  Not as plain as Kafka's, but it's still there.

No, you're absolutely right. Although a horror mind primarily, Lovecraft was a satirist but he was more subtle. Drinking sometimes makes it difficult to articulate. I also haven't smoked yet today so I'm about to get on that right now.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on January 15, 2016, 11:03:32 pm
Even though I believe it's a horror story, I think there's an argument to be made that it's a black comedy. And no, he isn't Lovecraft mostly because his stories are utilized best as social and political satire versus visceral body horror.

I think there's a level of social satire within some of Lovecraft's books.  Not as plain as Kafka's, but it's still there.

No, you're absolutely right. Although a horror mind primarily, Lovecraft was a satirist but he was more subtle. Drinking sometimes makes it difficult to articulate. I also haven't smoked yet today so I'm about to get on that right now.

Yeah... take a sip.

And I guess I'm more interested in cultism than I am existentialism,  which is why I think Lovecraft is geared more towards me.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Chase Nyland on January 15, 2016, 11:05:30 pm
Even though I believe it's a horror story, I think there's an argument to be made that it's a black comedy. And no, he isn't Lovecraft mostly because his stories are utilized best as social and political satire versus visceral body horror.

I think there's a level of social satire within some of Lovecraft's books.  Not as plain as Kafka's, but it's still there.

No, you're absolutely right. Although a horror mind primarily, Lovecraft was a satirist but he was more subtle. Drinking sometimes makes it difficult to articulate. I also haven't smoked yet today so I'm about to get on that right now.

Yeah... take a sip.

And I guess I'm more interested in cultism than I am existentialism,  which is why I think Lovecraft is geared more towards me.

That's the beauty of classic literature, me droogie! There's something in it for every mind.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tho Master Fie on January 15, 2016, 11:06:03 pm
Yeah... take a sip.

I used to think this was a line in the Aqua Teen theme song.
"You wanna trip?  Take a sip."
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on January 15, 2016, 11:08:38 pm
Yeah... take a sip.

I used to think this was a line in the Aqua Teen theme song.
"You wanna trip?  Take a sip."

My name is...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Chase Nyland on January 15, 2016, 11:12:47 pm
Yeah... take a sip.

I used to think this was a line in the Aqua Teen theme song.
"You wanna trip?  Take a sip."

My name is...

Shake-zula?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tho Master Fie on January 15, 2016, 11:13:52 pm

Shake-zula?
The mic rulah.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on January 15, 2016, 11:14:46 pm

The mic rulah.

The old schoola
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Chase Nyland on January 15, 2016, 11:15:02 pm

The mic rulah.

The old schoola

You want a drink?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on January 15, 2016, 11:19:29 pm

The mic rulah.

The old schoola

You want a drink?

I'll bring it to ya!
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tho Master Fie on January 15, 2016, 11:22:41 pm

The mic rulah.

The old schoola

You want a drink?
You wanna trip?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta on January 16, 2016, 09:06:03 pm
I've been reading Absalom, Absalom! in AP lit and it's brutally dense. Faulkner's sentences are so long that by the time I finish one I've usually forgotten where it started.

Yeah, Faulkner will do that. Ever read Kafka?
Nope. Closest I've gotten is that one episode of Breaking Bad (Kafkaesque, s2 e9) lol.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on January 16, 2016, 09:08:56 pm
I've been reading Absalom, Absalom! in AP lit and it's brutally dense. Faulkner's sentences are so long that by the time I finish one I've usually forgotten where it started.

Yeah, Faulkner will do that. Ever read Kafka?
Nope. Closest I've gotten is that one episode of Breaking Bad (Kafkaesque, s2 e9) lol.

(http://papilot2.mykmyk.pl/img/660/0/juliana-wetmore-10090360.jpg)
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta on January 16, 2016, 09:24:56 pm
I've been reading Absalom, Absalom! in AP lit and it's brutally dense. Faulkner's sentences are so long that by the time I finish one I've usually forgotten where it started.

Yeah, Faulkner will do that. Ever read Kafka?
Nope. Closest I've gotten is that one episode of Breaking Bad (Kafkaesque, s2 e9) lol.

(http://papilot2.mykmyk.pl/img/660/0/juliana-wetmore-10090360.jpg)
Ok then.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Aaron on March 07, 2016, 11:43:26 pm
Reading Gone with the Wind in English class. I fucking love it so far.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on March 08, 2016, 08:24:47 pm
I finished To Kill a Mockingbird a while ago for class, but was too lazy to locate this thread.

Great book, by the way.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jed Groff on March 08, 2016, 08:48:15 pm
Just finished Into the Wild. Very powerful book, despite its narrative inconsistencies. We're watching the movie tomorrow, and I have high hopes.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta on March 11, 2016, 01:02:28 pm
Just finished Into the Wild. Very powerful book, despite its narrative inconsistencies. We're watching the movie tomorrow, and I have high hopes.
Read that freshman year, liked it quite a bit. Never got to the film though, unfortunately.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jed Groff on March 12, 2016, 12:05:00 am
Just finished Into the Wild. Very powerful book, despite its narrative inconsistencies. We're watching the movie tomorrow, and I have high hopes.
Read that freshman year, liked it quite a bit. Never got to the film though, unfortunately.
Turns out we were actually just watching a documentary about Chris McCandless, not the film lol. It was very interesting, though. Turns out he had an abusive father.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake on March 16, 2016, 04:49:01 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

What is wrong with enjoying great pieces by great minds?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on April 26, 2016, 12:32:48 am
Just finished reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the book that Blade Runner is (loosely) based of. Really weird premise, but it's played straight and the writing is just impeccable. Philip K. Dick falls into a few of the pitfalls of sci-fi writing every once in a while (gadgets for gadgets' sake, for one), but overall his writing is great. He shifts from utilitarian and concise explanation to colorful, almost flowery description, but it totally works given the perspectives he's juggling. And, of course, the central themes are great. The parallels between the supposedly unfeeling androids and the cruelty with which the humans treat them is an interesting concept. Humans are supposedly empathetic in this story, but they don't show it very often.

9/10 book.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on April 26, 2016, 12:35:48 am
Just finished reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the book that Blade Runner is (loosely) based of. Really weird premise, but it's played straight and the writing is just impeccable. Philip K. Dick falls into a few of the pitfalls of sci-fi writing every once in a while (gadgets for gadgets' sake, for one), but overall his writing is great. He shifts from utilitarian and concise explanation to colorful, almost flowery description, but it totally works given the perspectives he's juggling. And, of course, the central themes are great. The parallels between the supposedly unfeeling androids and the cruelty with which the humans treat them is an interesting concept. Humans are supposedly empathetic in this story, but they don't show it very often.

9/10 book.
Would you recommend reading it before or after seeing Blade Runner? Just curious, as I've had the final cut of Blade Runner sitting on my shelf for months.

Also, did you ever finish LotR?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on April 26, 2016, 12:38:47 am
Forgot to mention: We're reading through Romeo and Juliet in my English class. We're on Act 4.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on April 26, 2016, 12:40:35 am
Just finished reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the book that Blade Runner is (loosely) based of. Really weird premise, but it's played straight and the writing is just impeccable. Philip K. Dick falls into a few of the pitfalls of sci-fi writing every once in a while (gadgets for gadgets' sake, for one), but overall his writing is great. He shifts from utilitarian and concise explanation to colorful, almost flowery description, but it totally works given the perspectives he's juggling. And, of course, the central themes are great. The parallels between the supposedly unfeeling androids and the cruelty with which the humans treat them is an interesting concept. Humans are supposedly empathetic in this story, but they don't show it very often.

9/10 book.
Would you recommend reading it before or after seeing Blade Runner? Just curious, as I've had the final cut of Blade Runner sitting on my shelf for months.

Also, did you ever finish LotR?

I have to say... despite the fact that I gave Blade Runner a ten and this a nine, I almost like the book better. Its scope is a lot wider than Blade Runner, and its few shortcomings stem mainly from nitpicks I have with wording or sci-fi cliches. I'd say you're fine seeing the movie first and then reading this (if you decide to). At the end of the day, the movie diverges so much from the book that you're not really spoiling it for yourself.

And I'm doing LOTR in installments... but it's slow going. Unlike the movies, I actually have respect for this book, but... Jesus Christ. It's like reading the Bible all over again.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on April 26, 2016, 12:46:36 am
Just finished reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the book that Blade Runner is (loosely) based of. Really weird premise, but it's played straight and the writing is just impeccable. Philip K. Dick falls into a few of the pitfalls of sci-fi writing every once in a while (gadgets for gadgets' sake, for one), but overall his writing is great. He shifts from utilitarian and concise explanation to colorful, almost flowery description, but it totally works given the perspectives he's juggling. And, of course, the central themes are great. The parallels between the supposedly unfeeling androids and the cruelty with which the humans treat them is an interesting concept. Humans are supposedly empathetic in this story, but they don't show it very often.

9/10 book.
Would you recommend reading it before or after seeing Blade Runner? Just curious, as I've had the final cut of Blade Runner sitting on my shelf for months.

Also, did you ever finish LotR?

I have to say... despite the fact that I gave Blade Runner a ten and this a nine, I almost like the book better. Its scope is a lot wider than Blade Runner, and its few shortcomings stem mainly from nitpicks I have with wording or sci-fi cliches. I'd say you're fine seeing the movie first and then reading this (if you decide to). At the end of the day, the movie diverges so much from the book that you're not really spoiling it for yourself.

And I'm doing LOTR in installments... but it's slow going. Unlike the movies, I actually have respect for this book, but... Jesus Christ. It's like reading the Bible all over again.
Duly noted for both.

As a Tolkien fan I'd normally encourage you to keep going, but if the writing style just isn't connecting with you, you should probably stop. I've found that Tolkien's a bit of an acquired taste. As for the movies, though, I thought you said Fellowship was a 7/10.

At least we mutually agree on Ramble On being the best track of LZII.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jed Groff on April 26, 2016, 12:52:30 am
Unlike the movies, I actually have respect for this book
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Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Chase Nyland on April 26, 2016, 10:28:57 pm
I've been on a Vonnegut kick so I picked up Goodnight, Mr. Rosewater again.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on April 28, 2016, 10:05:40 pm
Throughout the past few weeks, I've been reading a book in my English class called The Five People You Meet in Heaven, written by Mitch Albom. If you've never heard of it, here's the gist of it: an 83-year-old man named Eddie works at an amusement park called Ruby Pier and dies when he tries to save a little kid from getting crushed by a falling cart from one of the rides. He wakes up in Heaven and meets five people who have all made an impact on his life when he was alive. I also watched the made-for-TV film adaptation from Hallmark, starring Jon Voight.

The book was good. It can get a bit too sappy and melodramatic at times, but the story Albom told is still quite compelling and he explores very mature and thought-provoking themes. The movie was not so good. It's well-acted, well-shot, and beautifully scored, but the more sappy and melodramatic moments of the book are even more so in the film, some scene-switching didn't make a lot of sense, and there were some things cut out that really needed to be in there but weren't.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta on April 28, 2016, 10:08:35 pm
Throughout the past few weeks, I've been reading a book in my English class called The Five People You Meet in Heaven, written by Mitch Albom. If you've never heard of it, here's the gist of it: an 83-year-old man named Eddie works at an amusement park called Ruby Pier and dies when he tries to save a little kid from getting crushed by a falling cart from one of the rides. He wakes up in Heaven and meets five people who have all made an impact on his life when he was alive. I also watched the made-for-TV film adaptation from Hallmark, starring Jon Voight.

The book was good. It can get a bit too sappy and melodramatic at times, but the story Albom told is still quite compelling and he explores very mature and thought-provoking themes. The movie was not so good. It's well-acted, well-shot, and beautifully scored, but the more sappy and melodramatic moments of the book are even more so in the film, some scene-switching didn't make a lot of sense, and there were some things cut out that really needed to be in there but weren't.
I read one or two of his books for English in middle school, remember enjoying them despite a bit of sappiness.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on April 28, 2016, 10:12:31 pm
Just wondering.  Has anyone here, other than me, read Blood Meridian?  If so, who had the 'bright' idea was it to write that book (rhetorical question)?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on April 28, 2016, 10:13:01 pm
Throughout the past few weeks, I've been reading a book in my English class called The Five People You Meet in Heaven, written by Mitch Albom. If you've never heard of it, here's the gist of it: an 83-year-old man named Eddie works at an amusement park called Ruby Pier and dies when he tries to save a little kid from getting crushed by a falling cart from one of the rides. He wakes up in Heaven and meets five people who have all made an impact on his life when he was alive. I also watched the made-for-TV film adaptation from Hallmark, starring Jon Voight.

The book was good. It can get a bit too sappy and melodramatic at times, but the story Albom told is still quite compelling and he explores very mature and thought-provoking themes. The movie was not so good. It's well-acted, well-shot, and beautifully scored, but the more sappy and melodramatic moments of the book are even more so in the film, some scene-switching didn't make a lot of sense, and there were some things cut out that really needed to be in there but weren't.
I read one or two of his books for English in middle school, remember enjoying them despite a bit of sappiness.
I had to read Tuesdays with Morrie in ninth grade. It was okay.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on April 29, 2016, 01:44:15 am
Just wondering.  Has anyone here, other than me, read Blood Meridian?  If so, who had the 'bright' idea was it to write that book (rhetorical question)?
No, but I've read All the Pretty Horses.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Robert Neville on April 29, 2016, 02:16:33 am
Just wondering.  Has anyone here, other than me, read Blood Meridian?  If so, who had the 'bright' idea was it to write that book (rhetorical question)?

Well, after being greatly disappointed by No Country for Old Men a while ago, I did Google "Blood Meridian" and then followed it by "Blood Meridian is overrated." to confirm my suspicions I did it again now, and like before, I got this:

Why Cormac McCarthyís Blood Meridian Is The Most Overrated Novel Of The 20th Century (http://sabotagetimes.com/life/why-cormac-mccarthys-blood-meridian-is-the-most-overrated-novel-of-the-20th-century)

The comments below it are also worth checking out: the Cormackians over there will give post-TDKR Nolanites a run for their money in terms of death threats and such.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on May 01, 2016, 03:06:34 pm
Just wondering.  Has anyone here, other than me, read Blood Meridian?  If so, who had the 'bright' idea was it to write that book (rhetorical question)?
No, but I did read No Country For Old Men a couple weeks back (I forgot to mention that when I finished). I thought it was fine, though it did get a bit dense later in the book. I'd probably rewatch the movie over rereading the book.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jim Raynor Remastered on May 01, 2016, 03:11:39 pm
Finished The Man in the High Castle recently. Man, Phillip K. Dick has yet to dissapoint me. Loved the world building and I found the setting fascinating, not to mention the characters were interesting, to say the least.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on May 01, 2016, 03:15:05 pm
Finished The Man in the High Castle recently. Man, Phillip K. Dick has yet to dissapoint me. Loved the world building and I found the setting fascinating, not to mention the characters were interesting, to say the least.
The premise does pique my interest. I may give it a shot during the summer.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake on May 01, 2016, 03:28:48 pm
Just wondering.  Has anyone here, other than me, read Blood Meridian?  If so, who had the 'bright' idea was it to write that book (rhetorical question)?
No, but I did read No Country For Old Men a couple weeks back (I forgot to mention that when I finished). I thought it was fine, though it did get a bit dense later in the book. I'd probably rewatch the movie over rereading the book.

Same.  McCarthy just doesn't know when too much is too much.  I found myself going back to another paragraph at times trying to recall what the hell he was talking about at times.  It's a shame too, considering they both have interesting stories to tell. 
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on May 01, 2016, 03:36:49 pm
Did you know that Nicholas Sparks once called Cormac McCarthy overrated?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on May 01, 2016, 05:53:57 pm
Just wondering.  Has anyone here, other than me, read Blood Meridian?  If so, who had the 'bright' idea was it to write that book (rhetorical question)?
No, but I did read No Country For Old Men a couple weeks back (I forgot to mention that when I finished). I thought it was fine, though it did get a bit dense later in the book. I'd probably rewatch the movie over rereading the book.

Same.  McCarthy just doesn't know when too much is too much.  I found myself going back to another paragraph at times trying to recall what the hell he was talking about at times.  It's a shame too, considering they both have interesting stories to tell. 
Does the lack of quotation marks in his dialogue bother you? I got used to it when reading No Country, though I did get lost a couple times during lengthy exchanges, with the whole segment with Bell talking to his uncle being the largest culprit.

I do love the chapters following Chigurh though. He's quite an enigma.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jim Raynor Remastered on May 01, 2016, 05:57:03 pm
Seeing this thread reminds me that I must finish reading finishing Siddharta, god damnit.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on May 01, 2016, 05:59:58 pm
Seeing this thread reminds me that I must finish reading finishing Siddharta, god damnit.
Good book. Pretty quick read, too.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jim Raynor Remastered on May 01, 2016, 06:08:18 pm
Seeing this thread reminds me that I must finish reading finishing Siddharta, god damnit.
Good book. Pretty quick read, too.
Yeah, I started reading during my last year summer vacations, and I somehow stopped midtrough, still perplexed by the thematics of that book, though
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on May 08, 2016, 03:40:51 pm
Roughly halfway through Of Mice and Men. Enjoying it so far.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on May 10, 2016, 04:42:36 pm
Finally started reading A Game of Thrones again. I'm determined to finish it this time, hopefully within a reasonable amount of time.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Rupert Pupkin on May 10, 2016, 07:46:19 pm
Finally started reading A Game of Thrones again. I'm determined to finish it this time, hopefully within a reasonable amount of time.

A couple of months ago I started to read one chapter of ASOIAF every day and now I'm a few chapters into A Storm of Swords. I just love these books so much...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Bobby McConway on May 10, 2016, 07:48:12 pm
Finally started reading A Game of Thrones again. I'm determined to finish it this time, hopefully within a reasonable amount of time.

A couple of months ago I started to read one chapter of ASOIAF every day and now I'm a few chapters into A Storm of Swords. I just love these books so much...

Start reading some real books, nigga!

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Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Andrew Milito on May 10, 2016, 07:49:54 pm
Finally started reading A Game of Thrones again. I'm determined to finish it this time, hopefully within a reasonable amount of time.

A couple of months ago I started to read one chapter of ASOIAF every day and now I'm a few chapters into A Storm of Swords. I just love these books so much...
That's what I'm hoping to do. At least one chapter a day and I think I'll make at least decent progress.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on May 10, 2016, 09:14:29 pm
Finished Of Mice and Men. Definitely a worthwhile read.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jim Raynor Remastered on May 17, 2016, 10:56:42 am
Finished reading the Manga of Akira.
I'm speechless...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on June 13, 2016, 11:10:04 pm
Started Around the World in 80 Days since the Honors English teachers at my school give us summer homework. I'm only a couple chapters in. It's all right so far.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jim Raynor Remastered on June 14, 2016, 02:55:58 pm
Started reading the Manga of Death Note. Pretty dope so far.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on June 30, 2016, 05:05:26 pm
Around the World in 80 Days was reasonably entertaining albeit nearly too reliant on plot conveniences. I'd probably enjoy it more if I was reading it recreationally.

Now to get on with the paper...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on June 30, 2016, 06:40:19 pm
Checked out a Sherlock Holmes anthology from the library. Always wanted to read these stories. It's pretty good so far; well-written and concise.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: The One Who Lurks on July 02, 2016, 01:44:00 am
Picked up a Batman: Year One hardcover.

Comes with the movie and everything.

Should make for a nice two-to-three hours.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Catbus! on July 02, 2016, 05:46:02 am
Checked out a Sherlock Holmes anthology from the library. Always wanted to read these stories. It's pretty good so far; well-written and concise.
Yeah, they're surprisingly fresh and snappy for being 120 years old.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on July 02, 2016, 01:21:09 pm
Checked out a Sherlock Holmes anthology from the library. Always wanted to read these stories. It's pretty good so far; well-written and concise.
Yeah, they're surprisingly fresh and snappy for being 120 years old.

Holy shit, the rare non-snarky Catbus comment. And it's directed at me! Don't blow this, Diego. Uh... uh... penguins have an organ above their eyes called the supraorbital gland that filters salt out of their bloodstream.

Did I do good?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Robert Neville on July 02, 2016, 03:18:19 pm
Well, I've just finished reading (or "reading") Lovecraft's "The Nameless City" through the Silent Conversation (http://www.kongregate.com/games/GregoryWeir/silent-conversation). It's the same thing I've mentioned earlier in my challenge for Raynor. However, I don't really care if you can get the scores or not: just experiencing the idea of "interactive novel" done like this is pretty much insane. A pity Braden is currently away: he would definitely love this.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Frankie on July 02, 2016, 04:45:30 pm
Well, I've just finished reading (or "reading") Lovecraft's "The Nameless City" through the Silent Conversation (http://www.kongregate.com/games/GregoryWeir/silent-conversation). It's the same thing I've mentioned earlier in my challenge for Raynor. However, I don't really care if you can get the scores or not: just experiencing the idea of "interactive novel" done like this is pretty much insane. A pity Braden is currently away: he would definitely love this.

That actually sounds amazing. I love Lovecraft. Going to check this out later tonight when I get home.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Gold Jeffblum on July 18, 2016, 01:43:35 pm
The Dark Half 7/10

I really like ah stories about evil alternate selves and George Stark proved to be ah one of King's nastiest villains.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on October 19, 2016, 08:16:19 pm
Finished reading Frankenstein yesterday. It hasn't aged that well, but the concept is still awesome even if the execution is sometimes lacking.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jed Groff on October 19, 2016, 11:16:04 pm
Finally finished reading Candide for English class. Well, that was a very odd and excessively disturbing experience.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on October 20, 2016, 12:09:24 am
Finally finished reading Candide for English class. Well, that was a very odd and excessively disturbing experience.

That book is hilarious.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake on October 20, 2016, 12:29:50 am
Finally finished reading Candide for English class. Well, that was a very odd and excessively disturbing experience.

That book is hilarious.

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Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: PORG on October 20, 2016, 04:46:34 am
Finished reading Frankenstein yesterday. It hasn't aged that well, but the concept is still awesome even if the execution is sometimes lacking.
Totally agree. Just read this a few weeks ago myself.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jed Groff on October 20, 2016, 08:58:03 am
Finished reading Frankenstein yesterday. It hasn't aged that well, but the concept is still awesome even if the execution is sometimes lacking.
I don't think it's aged a bit, tbh. An unchallenged masterpiece of literature.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on February 07, 2017, 07:29:15 pm
I checked out a book on fascism from my school library. Thought it would be interesting to read given the recent election. I was right.

"The new fascism opposes communism, but communism has ceased to be a threat... Socialism, Soviet style, is dead, and consequently anticapitalism is sure to come to the fore among the extreme Right, even though they lack an alternative socioeconomic program. They have opposed all along liberal capitalism, free trade, and multinational corporations, and 'Wall Street,' but they have never made clear what alternative they would offer."

"There is now a dearth of truly new political ideas. It is nearly impossible to advocate a fascist dictatorship, and as a result, the neofascists have their work cut out for them. But ideological vagueness also has certain advantages. The neofascists' main hope is to appear as the unsullied alternative to the breakdown of the old liberal-democratic system... In these circumstances it is best if the neofascists do not define their aims too closely."

"It may be enough for the neofascists to appear as the party of order, of national regeneration, and of the defense of their country against rapacious or parasitic aliens... Seventy years ago the Nazis and the Italian Fascists had very short programs, and hardly anyone paid attention to them. But their absence did not significantly impede their political progress."

Sound like anyone you know?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake on February 07, 2017, 07:33:06 pm
I checked out a book on fascism from my school library. Thought it would be interesting to read given the recent election. I was right.

"The new fascism opposes communism, but communism has ceased to be a threat... Socialism, Soviet style, is dead, and consequently anticapitalism is sure to come to the fore among the extreme Right, even though they lack an alternative socioeconomic program. They have opposed all along liberal capitalism, free trade, and multinational corporations, and 'Wall Street,' but they have never made clear what alternative they would offer."

"There is now a dearth of truly new political ideas. It is nearly impossible to advocate a fascist dictatorship, and as a result, the neofascists have their work cut out for them. But ideological vagueness also has certain advantages. The neofascists' main hope is to appear as the unsullied alternative to the breakdown of the old liberal-democratic system... In these circumstances it is best if the neofascists do not define their aims too closely."

"It may be enough for the neofascists to appear as the party of order, of national regeneration, and of the defense of their country against rapacious or parasitic aliens... Seventy years ago the Nazis and the Italian Fascists had very short programs, and hardly anyone paid attention to them. But their absence did not significantly impede their political progress."

Sound like anyone you know?

Dawson Joyce.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta on February 07, 2017, 09:25:48 pm
I checked out a book on fascism from my school library. Thought it would be interesting to read given the recent election. I was right.

"The new fascism opposes communism, but communism has ceased to be a threat... Socialism, Soviet style, is dead, and consequently anticapitalism is sure to come to the fore among the extreme Right, even though they lack an alternative socioeconomic program. They have opposed all along liberal capitalism, free trade, and multinational corporations, and 'Wall Street,' but they have never made clear what alternative they would offer."

"There is now a dearth of truly new political ideas. It is nearly impossible to advocate a fascist dictatorship, and as a result, the neofascists have their work cut out for them. But ideological vagueness also has certain advantages. The neofascists' main hope is to appear as the unsullied alternative to the breakdown of the old liberal-democratic system... In these circumstances it is best if the neofascists do not define their aims too closely."

"It may be enough for the neofascists to appear as the party of order, of national regeneration, and of the defense of their country against rapacious or parasitic aliens... Seventy years ago the Nazis and the Italian Fascists had very short programs, and hardly anyone paid attention to them. But their absence did not significantly impede their political progress."

Sound like anyone you know?
I saw the last line first and then the top and was so sure this would be about me.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake on February 07, 2017, 09:27:27 pm
I checked out a book on fascism from my school library. Thought it would be interesting to read given the recent election. I was right.

"The new fascism opposes communism, but communism has ceased to be a threat... Socialism, Soviet style, is dead, and consequently anticapitalism is sure to come to the fore among the extreme Right, even though they lack an alternative socioeconomic program. They have opposed all along liberal capitalism, free trade, and multinational corporations, and 'Wall Street,' but they have never made clear what alternative they would offer."

"There is now a dearth of truly new political ideas. It is nearly impossible to advocate a fascist dictatorship, and as a result, the neofascists have their work cut out for them. But ideological vagueness also has certain advantages. The neofascists' main hope is to appear as the unsullied alternative to the breakdown of the old liberal-democratic system... In these circumstances it is best if the neofascists do not define their aims too closely."

"It may be enough for the neofascists to appear as the party of order, of national regeneration, and of the defense of their country against rapacious or parasitic aliens... Seventy years ago the Nazis and the Italian Fascists had very short programs, and hardly anyone paid attention to them. But their absence did not significantly impede their political progress."

Sound like anyone you know?
I saw the last line first and then the top and was so sure this would be about me.

4 in the mornin'
and i'm zonin'
they say i'm possessed.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Crohn's Boy on February 07, 2017, 09:28:51 pm
I checked out a book on fascism from my school library. Thought it would be interesting to read given the recent election. I was right.

"The new fascism opposes communism, but communism has ceased to be a threat... Socialism, Soviet style, is dead, and consequently anticapitalism is sure to come to the fore among the extreme Right, even though they lack an alternative socioeconomic program. They have opposed all along liberal capitalism, free trade, and multinational corporations, and 'Wall Street,' but they have never made clear what alternative they would offer."

"There is now a dearth of truly new political ideas. It is nearly impossible to advocate a fascist dictatorship, and as a result, the neofascists have their work cut out for them. But ideological vagueness also has certain advantages. The neofascists' main hope is to appear as the unsullied alternative to the breakdown of the old liberal-democratic system... In these circumstances it is best if the neofascists do not define their aims too closely."

"It may be enough for the neofascists to appear as the party of order, of national regeneration, and of the defense of their country against rapacious or parasitic aliens... Seventy years ago the Nazis and the Italian Fascists had very short programs, and hardly anyone paid attention to them. But their absence did not significantly impede their political progress."

Sound like anyone you know?
I saw the last line first and then the top and was so sure this would be about me.

4 in the mornin'
and i'm zonin'
they say i'm possessed.

It's an omen
I keep it 300
Like the Romans
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on February 07, 2017, 09:48:56 pm
I checked out a book on fascism from my school library. Thought it would be interesting to read given the recent election. I was right.

"The new fascism opposes communism, but communism has ceased to be a threat... Socialism, Soviet style, is dead, and consequently anticapitalism is sure to come to the fore among the extreme Right, even though they lack an alternative socioeconomic program. They have opposed all along liberal capitalism, free trade, and multinational corporations, and 'Wall Street,' but they have never made clear what alternative they would offer."

"There is now a dearth of truly new political ideas. It is nearly impossible to advocate a fascist dictatorship, and as a result, the neofascists have their work cut out for them. But ideological vagueness also has certain advantages. The neofascists' main hope is to appear as the unsullied alternative to the breakdown of the old liberal-democratic system... In these circumstances it is best if the neofascists do not define their aims too closely."

"It may be enough for the neofascists to appear as the party of order, of national regeneration, and of the defense of their country against rapacious or parasitic aliens... Seventy years ago the Nazis and the Italian Fascists had very short programs, and hardly anyone paid attention to them. But their absence did not significantly impede their political progress."

Sound like anyone you know?
I saw the last line first and then the top and was so sure this would be about me.

For the record, Caleb, I'd still vote for you over The Donald.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on February 07, 2017, 09:52:19 pm
For the record, Caleb, I'd still vote for you over The Donald.
I'd vote for an anthropomorphic turd over The Donald.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Crohn's Boy on February 07, 2017, 09:54:13 pm
For the record, Caleb, I'd still vote for you over The Donald.
I'd vote for an anthropomorphic turd over The Donald.

I'd vote for Kinopoisk over The Donald.








Okay maybe not that far.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on February 07, 2017, 10:04:37 pm

I keep it 300
Like the Romans

300 was about the Spartans...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake on February 07, 2017, 10:05:15 pm

I keep it 300
Like the Romans

300 was about the Spartans...

The Roman numeral 300

Which is CCC

Which stands for Cool Calm and Collected in past Kanye songs.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on February 07, 2017, 10:09:12 pm

I keep it 300
Like the Romans

300 was about the Spartans...

The Roman numeral 300

Which is CCC

Which stands for Cool Calm and Collected in past Kanye songs.

Kanye sucks 509.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake on February 07, 2017, 10:10:57 pm

I keep it 300
Like the Romans

300 was about the Spartans...

The Roman numeral 300

Which is CCC

Which stands for Cool Calm and Collected in past Kanye songs.

Kanye sucks 509.

Didn't your boyfriend leave you for a $10 tranny at Dunkin Donuts?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on February 07, 2017, 10:20:03 pm

I keep it 300
Like the Romans

300 was about the Spartans...

The Roman numeral 300

Which is CCC

Which stands for Cool Calm and Collected in past Kanye songs.

Kanye sucks 509.

Didn't your boyfriend leave you for a $10 tranny at Dunkin Donuts?

This comment made me 51 6 500.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake on February 07, 2017, 11:32:05 pm

I keep it 300
Like the Romans

300 was about the Spartans...

The Roman numeral 300

Which is CCC

Which stands for Cool Calm and Collected in past Kanye songs.

Kanye sucks 509.

Didn't your boyfriend leave you for a $10 tranny at Dunkin Donuts?

This comment made me 51 6 500.

I bet you thought this was clever.  At first.  Then you started to think about it for a bit, and slowly turned your head towards that rope on your ceiling fan...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: $+/\|_°|\| on February 21, 2017, 07:01:27 pm
Checked out William Gibson's Burning Chrome from my school's library, to fuel my newfound cyberpunk obsession.

Hopefully it's a good book.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on March 14, 2017, 06:18:27 pm
Reading Elie Wiesel's Night in English currently.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake on March 14, 2017, 06:42:49 pm
Reading Elie Wiesel's Night in English currently.

damn, r u 12?  lmao we read dat book in middle schl.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Gold Jeffblum on March 14, 2017, 11:12:04 pm
The Jack Reacher novels are ah pure pulp but they're quite addictive.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on April 06, 2017, 11:08:23 pm
Started The Kite Runner a few days ago for class while also reading A Passage to India.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on April 06, 2017, 11:12:14 pm
The next book I'll be reading in English class is F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake on April 07, 2017, 02:47:53 am
The next book I'll be reading in English class is F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

worst thing i was forced to read.  up there with blood meridian for worst books ever
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Frankie on April 07, 2017, 11:38:18 am
My favorite book from high school was The Road.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta on April 07, 2017, 02:17:16 pm
The next book I'll be reading in English class is F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

worst thing i was forced to read.  up there with blood meridian for worst books ever
Lol
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Gold Jeffblum on April 07, 2017, 02:23:28 pm
The next book I'll be reading in English class is F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.
Terrific book. Fitzgerald's prose is so beautiful.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jim Raynor Remastered on April 26, 2017, 08:43:06 pm
Finished Frank Herbert's Dune...

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Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on April 28, 2017, 12:39:12 am
Finished The Kite Runner.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on May 06, 2017, 01:24:28 pm
Finished Persepolis (or at least the first part). A well paced, gripping read.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: The One Who Lurks on May 06, 2017, 03:05:44 pm
Finished The Kite Runner.

Completely overlooked this.

What were your thoughts on it?  I remember generally liking it up to
Spoiler (hover to show)
towards the end.  Felt like forced drama for the sake of forced drama.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on May 06, 2017, 10:46:54 pm
Finished The Kite Runner.

Completely overlooked this.

What were your thoughts on it?  I remember generally liking it up to
Spoiler (hover to show)
towards the end.  Felt like forced drama for the sake of forced drama.
I think it was generally a riveting read that got better in the second half. I can see why you'd feel that way about that scene in particular, though at the same time I find it admirable that Hosseini opted for the bittersweet route. Perhaps having him stay emotionally broken the whole time might have been the better option under the excuse that trauma is still very hard to get over. Regardless, I was satisfied with the book overall.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tho Master Fie on May 07, 2017, 01:47:02 am
the kite mizzie
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: The One Who Lurks on May 07, 2017, 02:07:36 am
Finished The Kite Runner.

Completely overlooked this.

What were your thoughts on it?  I remember generally liking it up to
Spoiler (hover to show)
towards the end.  Felt like forced drama for the sake of forced drama.
I think it was generally a riveting read that got better in the second half. I can see why you'd feel that way about that scene in particular, though at the same time I find it admirable that Hosseini opted for the bittersweet route. Perhaps having him stay emotionally broken the whole time might have been the better option under the excuse that trauma is still very hard to get over. Regardless, I was satisfied with the book overall.

I don't mind bittersweet endings, as long as they don't make it feel too forced/melodramatic.  IMO that's how I felt here, and it's a glaring stain on an otherwise really good read for me.  Like you said, Hosseini could've simply had the trauma linger on all the way to the end, rather than try turning the
Spoiler (hover to show)
into the climax.

Glad you enjoyed it though.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Crohn's Boy on June 15, 2017, 07:03:40 pm
I was looking through our summer reading list, and one of the books we can read is IT (and after the discussion on September 8th, everyone who participated sees the movie together).  So looks like I'm gonna be reading it over the summer.

We'll see how I handle the 1,000+ pages.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on June 15, 2017, 07:08:27 pm
I was looking through our summer reading list, and one of the books we can read is IT (and after the discussion on September 8th, everyone who participated sees the movie together).  So looks like I'm gonna be reading it over the summer.

We'll see how I handle the 1,000+ pages.
Excellent choice. Aside from one incredibly misguided scene, it's a fantastic book.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Gold Jeffblum on June 15, 2017, 07:15:51 pm
I was looking through our summer reading list, and one of the books we can read is IT (and after the discussion on September 8th, everyone who participated sees the movie together).  So looks like I'm gonna be reading it over the summer.

We'll see how I handle the 1,000+ pages.
That's a fantastic book but... ah... hmmmm...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake on June 15, 2017, 07:27:33 pm
I was looking through our summer reading list, and one of the books we can read is IT (and after the discussion on September 8th, everyone who participated sees the movie together).  So looks like I'm gonna be reading it over the summer.

We'll see how I handle the 1,000+ pages.
That's a fantastic book but... ah... hmmmm...

Doesn't seem like something 8th graders should be reading...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jeff Gold on October 18, 2017, 05:28:47 pm
So I read all 1439 pages of The Stand to see important characters killed off unceremoniously and the main conflict resolved in a really stupid manner that had nothing to do with the actions of the heroes. Safe to say I won't be reading Stephen King for a while.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake on October 18, 2017, 05:56:59 pm
So I read all 1439 pages of The Stand to see important characters killed off unceremoniously and the main conflict resolved in a really stupid manner that had nothing to do with the actions of the heroes. Safe to say I won't be reading Stephen King for a while.

I remember reading an S.E. Hinton book once (I wanna say it was Rumble Fish, but I doubt it) and one of the main characters was just killed off so randomly, it turned me off from the rest of the book.  Death has to have purpose for it to have emotional impact, dammit!
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jeff Gold on October 18, 2017, 10:12:34 pm
So I read all 1439 pages of The Stand to see important characters killed off unceremoniously and the main conflict resolved in a really stupid manner that had nothing to do with the actions of the heroes. Safe to say I won't be reading Stephen King for a while.

I remember reading an S.E. Hinton book once (I wanna say it was Rumble Fish, but I doubt it) and one of the main characters was just killed off so randomly, it turned me off from the rest of the book.  Death has to have purpose for it to have emotional impact, dammit!
Right? Especially in something as monstrously long as The Stand. You spend 400+ pages setting up this person to have them be collateral damage?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake on October 18, 2017, 10:16:00 pm
So I read all 1439 pages of The Stand to see important characters killed off unceremoniously and the main conflict resolved in a really stupid manner that had nothing to do with the actions of the heroes. Safe to say I won't be reading Stephen King for a while.

I remember reading an S.E. Hinton book once (I wanna say it was Rumble Fish, but I doubt it) and one of the main characters was just killed off so randomly, it turned me off from the rest of the book.  Death has to have purpose for it to have emotional impact, dammit!
Right? Especially in something as monstrously long as The Stand. You spend 400+ pages setting up this person to have them be collateral damage?

This is definitely a problem I have with Tom Clancy's books.  He introduces like 20 characters on one page and then kills all of them in the next.  I mean, come on. 
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta on October 19, 2017, 03:31:22 pm
Hadn't read anything in a little while, so on Monday I decided to check The Girl on the Train out of the library and just read the whole thing in one day. Fairly average book, but I'm glad I did it.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Robert Neville on October 19, 2017, 03:37:57 pm
So I read all 1439 pages of The Stand to see important characters killed off unceremoniously and the main conflict resolved in a really stupid manner that had nothing to do with the actions of the heroes. Safe to say I won't be reading Stephen King for a while.

I remember reading an S.E. Hinton book once (I wanna say it was Rumble Fish, but I doubt it) and one of the main characters was just killed off so randomly, it turned me off from the rest of the book.  Death has to have purpose for it to have emotional impact, dammit!
Right? Especially in something as monstrously long as The Stand. You spend 400+ pages setting up this person to have them be collateral damage?

This actually makes me want to read this now, tbh.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jeff Gold on October 19, 2017, 03:55:39 pm
So I read all 1439 pages of The Stand to see important characters killed off unceremoniously and the main conflict resolved in a really stupid manner that had nothing to do with the actions of the heroes. Safe to say I won't be reading Stephen King for a while.

I remember reading an S.E. Hinton book once (I wanna say it was Rumble Fish, but I doubt it) and one of the main characters was just killed off so randomly, it turned me off from the rest of the book.  Death has to have purpose for it to have emotional impact, dammit!
Right? Especially in something as monstrously long as The Stand. You spend 400+ pages setting up this person to have them be collateral damage?

This actually makes me want to read this now, tbh.
I'd be interested in reading your thoughts. Especially about the almost but not quite deus ex machina climax.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta on October 19, 2017, 04:03:23 pm
So I read all 1439 pages of The Stand to see important characters killed off unceremoniously and the main conflict resolved in a really stupid manner that had nothing to do with the actions of the heroes. Safe to say I won't be reading Stephen King for a while.
I was gonna read this over the summer but it was checked out of the library and I ended up reading The Dead Zone instead (and like 2 other books given The Stand's unbelievable length). Guess I'll probably never read it now.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Crohn's Boy on October 19, 2017, 06:03:51 pm
I thought IT was King's longest book.  Had no idea about The Stand.  Jesus Christ.

Speaking of Stephen King novels, I'm reading 11/22/63 right now.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: cupcake on October 19, 2017, 06:27:35 pm
This week, I've been reading The Taming of the Shrew in English class. We've been assigned roles to read characters' dialogue. I read Biondello's with an over-the-top English accent and they all find it pretty funny.

Can you please provide us with some examples?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on October 19, 2017, 06:43:34 pm
Currently reading Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides as extra credit for AP US History. It's quite interesting in how it melds a narrative style with the requisite historical context, so it's a lot more accessible than I thought.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jeff Gold on October 19, 2017, 07:04:11 pm
So I read all 1439 pages of The Stand to see important characters killed off unceremoniously and the main conflict resolved in a really stupid manner that had nothing to do with the actions of the heroes. Safe to say I won't be reading Stephen King for a while.
I was gonna read this over the summer but it was checked out of the library and I ended up reading The Dead Zone instead (and like 2 other books given The Stand's unbelievable length). Guess I'll probably never read it now.
There's better (and shorter) King stuff out there.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on February 01, 2018, 01:30:56 am
I respect women and respect their space, dignity and human rights.
Give me a sexy, voluptuous girl with soft smooth skin, long hair and firm, big breasts and butt over a wrinkly, sagging, ancient prune.

Mmmmm, thatís good irony...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on March 06, 2018, 06:49:03 pm
I got that Fire and Fury book from the library. All the best parts have already been dissected ad nauseam on the PBS Newshour, though.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: ChillinDylan Godsend on March 06, 2018, 07:24:14 pm
I respect women and respect their space, dignity and human rights.
Give me a sexy, voluptuous girl with soft smooth skin, long hair and firm, big breasts and butt over a wrinkly, sagging, ancient prune.

Mmmmm, thatís good irony...

This about sums up Dommy (he's not here yet Diego, so I'm allowed)...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Reign in Treet on March 06, 2018, 07:50:34 pm
I entirely forgot Dommy was ever a poster here.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: ChillinDylan Godsend on March 06, 2018, 08:12:31 pm
I entirely forgot Dommy was ever a poster here.

Dissociative amnesia
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Flounder Prefers Browntown on March 06, 2018, 08:12:59 pm
I entirely forgot Dommy was ever a poster here.
I don't blame you.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on March 06, 2018, 08:17:15 pm
This about sums up Dommy (he's not here yet Diego, so I'm allowed)...

He's gone radio silent these past few days. But we need him now more than ever.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Reign in Treet on March 06, 2018, 08:17:49 pm
Dissociative amnesia

I can't be expected to keep up with all of these things.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: ChillinDylan Godsend on March 06, 2018, 08:49:31 pm
This about sums up Dommy (he's not here yet Diego, so I'm allowed)...

He's gone radio silent these past few days. But we need him now more than ever.

(http://i.imgur.com/Rew14Qn.gif)
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Jed Groff on March 07, 2018, 06:46:35 pm
Iím about to start 13 Reasons Why.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tho Master Fie on March 07, 2018, 08:22:58 pm
Iím about to start 13 Reasons Why.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on April 04, 2018, 12:41:14 am
Currently halfway through The Fountainhead. I gotta say... it's good stuff. I have difficulty believing Trump actually read this thing from cover to cover, though, given his functional illiteracy.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Frankie on April 04, 2018, 12:52:13 am
Halfway through Pet Sematary.

Some heavy stuff. It's definitely ramping up and I have no idea where this sick twisted story is gonna lead but I'm ready. At least I think I am.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: ChillinDylan Godsend on April 04, 2018, 01:04:14 am
Halfway through Pet Sematary.

Some heavy stuff. It's definitely ramping up and I have no idea where this sick twisted story is gonna lead but I'm ready. At least I think I am.

Scariest book I ever read.  Shame they made the movie so less intense...
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on April 15, 2018, 11:56:52 pm
Okay. The Fountainhead is one of the best novels I've ever read. I might write a full review for this thing. There's a lot to dissect here.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: ChillinDylan Godsend on April 16, 2018, 10:25:37 am
Okay. The Fountainhead is one of the best novels I've ever read. I might write a full review for this thing. There's a lot to dissect here.

Never read it.  Saw the movie years ago and remember it being pretty good though.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on June 04, 2018, 05:25:19 pm
Just read Animal Farm. Can't believe I was never assigned this in high school, but it was great. Wasn't there a meme of sorts on here that Jed didn't understand it? How did that arise?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: ChillinDylan Godsend on June 04, 2018, 08:02:08 pm
Just read Animal Farm. Can't believe I was never assigned this in high school, but it was great. Wasn't there a meme of sorts on here that Jed didn't understand it? How did that arise?

Fantastic book.  Read it in high school. 
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on June 04, 2018, 08:28:40 pm
Just read Animal Farm. Can't believe I was never assigned this in high school, but it was great. Wasn't there a meme of sorts on here that Jed didn't understand it? How did that arise?

Fantastic book.  Read it in high school. 

The conclusion of Boxer's arc is one of the saddest things I've ever read. Orwell never shies away from even the cruelest irony. I'm thinking I should revisit 1984 now, because I remember enjoying it a few years ago but I can't remember most of the details of it.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Rupert Pupkin on June 05, 2018, 05:14:05 pm
Picked up Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace the other day. I'm a big fan of This is Water and A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again so I'm looking forward to reading it.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: ChillinDylan Godsend on June 05, 2018, 05:46:38 pm
Just read Animal Farm. Can't believe I was never assigned this in high school, but it was great. Wasn't there a meme of sorts on here that Jed didn't understand it? How did that arise?

Fantastic book.  Read it in high school. 

The conclusion of Boxer's arc is one of the saddest things I've ever read. Orwell never shies away from even the cruelest irony. I'm thinking I should revisit 1984 now, because I remember enjoying it a few years ago but I can't remember most of the details of it.

Orwell has NO Disney bullshit in him.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on July 09, 2018, 09:23:25 pm
I'm currently 2/3rds of the way through Atlas Shrugged. Honestly, I've never read anything quite like this before.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on July 12, 2018, 09:48:25 pm
I'm currently 2/3rds of the way through Atlas Shrugged. Honestly, I've never read anything quite like this before.

This woman is deranged.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on July 13, 2018, 01:10:16 am
I'm currently 2/3rds of the way through Atlas Shrugged. Honestly, I've never read anything quite like this before.

This woman is deranged.
The protagonist, the author, or both?
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on July 13, 2018, 01:31:38 am
I'm currently 2/3rds of the way through Atlas Shrugged. Honestly, I've never read anything quite like this before.

This woman is deranged.
The protagonist, the author, or both?

I was referring to my good friend Mrs. Rand. I liked The Fountainhead, but I think the scope of this one is to its disadvantage. I'm in the middle of the conclusion right now, which is a 60-page speech. Still, I think a lot of the descriptions of societal collapse are vivid and arguably prescient.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on July 13, 2018, 12:21:20 pm
I'm currently 2/3rds of the way through Atlas Shrugged. Honestly, I've never read anything quite like this before.

This woman is deranged.
The protagonist, the author, or both?

I was referring to my good friend Mrs. Rand. I liked The Fountainhead, but I think the scope of this one is to its disadvantage. I'm in the middle of the conclusion right now, which is a 60-page speech. Still, I think a lot of the descriptions of societal collapse are vivid and arguably prescient.
The conclusion to Anthem felt manifesto-y to me. I donít know if thatís just her style though.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Robert Neville on July 14, 2018, 11:44:04 am
I'm currently 2/3rds of the way through Atlas Shrugged. Honestly, I've never read anything quite like this before.

This woman is deranged.
The protagonist, the author, or both?

I was referring to my good friend Mrs. Rand. I liked The Fountainhead, but I think the scope of this one is to its disadvantage. I'm in the middle of the conclusion right now, which is a 60-page speech. Still, I think a lot of the descriptions of societal collapse are vivid and arguably prescient.

After your earlier declaration of love for The Fountainhead, I was about 50-50 on whether or not this would prove too much. For someone who hasn't read, can you elaborate on the "arguably prescient"?

Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on July 14, 2018, 02:08:04 pm
I'm currently 2/3rds of the way through Atlas Shrugged. Honestly, I've never read anything quite like this before.

This woman is deranged.
The protagonist, the author, or both?

I was referring to my good friend Mrs. Rand. I liked The Fountainhead, but I think the scope of this one is to its disadvantage. I'm in the middle of the conclusion right now, which is a 60-page speech. Still, I think a lot of the descriptions of societal collapse are vivid and arguably prescient.

After your earlier declaration of love for The Fountainhead, I was about 50-50 on whether or not this would prove too much. For someone who hasn't read, can you elaborate on the "arguably prescient"?

The villains in the story are corrupt government stooges who write vague, undefined regulations so that people will break them, and then their goons can swoop in and seize property willy-nilly. I think a lot of anti-trust laws these days are too vague, and there's no doubt that they're selectively enforced. The book seems to be more anti-corruption than anti-government at some points, and it argues against the disturbing fusion of the private and public sectors we've been seeing as of late. I'm sure Rand would've said "I told you so" if she knew that insurance companies were literally writing their own industry's regulations.

Still... the part where she loaded up a train with innocent people, suffocated them, and blew them up, and then said "they had it coming" because of their support of big government... was... slightly mean-spirited.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on July 16, 2018, 01:49:37 am
Finished the book.

First, the good:

1) Despite her tendency to go on and on at times, Rand has a great knack for metaphor, magical realism, and imagery. The descriptions of the collapsing society are long-winded, but almost always captivating. Things fall to pieces very gradually, mimicking how these things happen in real life (socialism always works in the beginning, when there's still a lot of wealth to seize). One great line stood out to me: "The inhabitants of New York had never had to be aware of the weather. Storms had been only a nuisance that slowed the traffic and made puddles in the doorways of brightly lit shops... Now, facing the gusts of snow that came sweeping down the narrow streets, people felt in dim terror that they were the temporary intruders and that the wind had the right-of-way."

2) The mystery is built up expertly. Lots of fake-outs, which get hilariously irritating-- they just make you want to read more. When the origin of the phrase "Who is John Galt" gets revealed, I had some serious goosebumps. In the last third of the book, the pieces start to fall together intricately, and in a satisfying way.

3) For all I've heard about how unrealistic and silly the book is, I can't put my finger on why it feels silly. It sure does seem ludicrous at times, but I'm waiting on the argument that empirically proves that. Some people say it's ridiculous to imagine a situation where incompetent fools seize control of a country's agriculture, killing millions in a massive famine... except that happened in China. Some people say it's silly to imagine a country where the best and brightest are persecuted because they are the best and brightest... except that happened in Cambodia. Some people claim that it's insane to say that corrupt bureaucrats who are impotent and inept in every aspect of their lives could rise to power in a country, plundering the nation's wealth for themselves and killing those who protest their rule... except that happened in Russia. I think that, without the context of communism, the book seems pretty dumb to a lot of people. I guess they'll learn just how realistic it is one way or another.

The most ridiculous part of the book is easily the "strike" itself, where the nation's most productive individuals fuck off to Colorado while everything decays behind them. But this is just a description of the brain drain, only with a little magical realism. Rand even accounts for this by making every nation in the world a socialist "democracy," which leaves smart people with nowhere to run. Yeah, it's exaggerated... but it's got one foot in the realm of possibility.

4) A great lead character. Why is Dagny Taggart-- a genius railway executive who constantly outshines her talentless brother-- not considered a feminist icon? Maybe it's because Rand also uses her as a channel to work through her demented sexual predilections. Still, despite a few eyebrow-raising sex scenes, I found this character compelling as hell. Like all of Rand's characters, she's an archetype and an exaggeration, but I appreciated her ruthless competence and cutting wit.

5) Rand showed incredible foresight in mocking her detractors. Her critics (who have never read her works) call her "anti-social," "psychopathic," and "egotistical," which ironically makes them sound like villains in one of her stories. This creates a feedback loop in which those who critique her fulfill her prophecies. This woman was a legit troll, and as a fellow troll, I find this whole situation funny.

Now the bad:

1) Given the existence of global warming, the book hasn't aged well. It literally ends with a judge writing a new amendment to the constitution, stating that congress shall pass no law restricting free enterprise. Really, Ayn? No law at all? So those people drinking flammable fracking water in Oklahoma have no legal recourse in your perfect world? I don't think the woman grasped the concept of unintentional externalities (as evidenced by her love of cigarettes). If she'd known about climate change, she'd probably think it was awesome.

2) A distinct lack of unique characters. Every "good" (see: selfish) character is handsome/beautiful, confident, and completely without any self-doubt. Every "bad" character has a loathsome, ugly name (Wesley Mouch), and the various bureaucrats are generally indistinguishable from one another. There are a few notable exceptions, but I think there are a lot more facets to human nature that Rand didn't bother to explore here. When a worldview boils everything down to a "two kinds of people" theory, you know it's flawed. Also, in the entire US, there is apparently only one person capable of running a bank, one person capable of mining coal, one person capable of manufacturing cars, etc. It seems extremely half-assed.

3) A sixty-page speech. This comes right before the last hundred pages of the book, and makes the conclusion feel rushed in comparison. Hey Ayn, did you know that speeches of this length are indicative of megalomania? You and Qaddafi would have been best buds. I feel no shame in saying that I skipped this part (it's the only part of the book I did this with).

4) Going off of point number two, no characters change. In Rand's world, changing is seen as a weakness, and I somewhat agree-- but one should always alter their worldview based on contradictory facts (though not based on contradictory opinions). If a villainous "looter" character had seen the error in his ways at the end, that might've made Rand's tent a little more inclusive. But I don't think she has any interest in reaching across the aisle, as evidenced by her statement that "the midpoint between right and wrong is evil." As it is, the villains do ultimately see their own errors, though by that point they're essentially beyond saving. One character, an industrialist, does go through a change-- he learns to be less generous. ayy lmao

5) Despite some predicative power, the book conjures up some caricatures that are just patently ridiculous-- not the least of which is the preeminent scientist who denounces reason. 1000 pages later, and I'm still not sure what Rand was trying to say with that character.

6) The most conclusive argument against Objectivism appears to be its followers. Rand herself testified against communists for McCarthy-- a sin I can almost forgive, considering her personal history. Paul Ryan is a Rand-lover who appears to have no understanding of insurance, health care, or government in general. Donald Trump says he read The Fountainhead, a dubious claim at best, given that the book is well beyond his attention span of 140 characters. And perhaps most damningly, Alan Greenspan was a close friend of Rand's-- the same Alan Greenspan who would shoulder much of the blame for the deregulation and subsequent collapse of the financial sector. None of this has any bearing on the quality of the book, which is still a compelling piece of fiction, but I feel it's worth noting before anyone starts to think I'm a disciple of Rand.

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Overall, I'm glad I've delved into these books, and I'd happily recommend them. In the pantheon of philosophers I've read, I don't think there's any question that Rand has had a far more positive impact on the world than most of them. Why my philosophy class studied an absolute hack like Immanuel Kant instead of her... I have no idea. I think it's important for people to read at least some of her writing, not only to understand her influence, but also to hear a rational, moral defense of capitalism.

Next, I'm thinking I'll read the Koran or the Communist Manifesto just to shake things up. I'm having fun reading these older works and thinking about how they've influenced the world we live in.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on July 29, 2018, 08:47:19 pm
Been reading some Marx lately. I find it funny how nostalgic he seems for feudalism at times.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on August 28, 2018, 12:12:21 am
Reading Oedipus Rex for AP Lit. Finding it a bit dry but well paced thus far.

Iím also reading parts of The Power of Myth for Philosophy. Thereís a lot to unpack here, but I like it so far.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Robert Neville on September 07, 2018, 05:24:13 pm
Been reading some Marx lately. I find it funny how nostalgic he seems for feudalism at times.

Interestingly, just found a compilation of 45 letters Marx wrote to his family; intentionally or not, it also cost 45 Soviet kopeks. I'll start reading it as soon as I finish a biography of Prokofiev, and will get back to you with that once I have a feel for it. (Along with the other big arguments-in-waiting on this board. I kept thinking there would be new developments in the Alex Jones thing, for instance, but it seems to have quietened down for good. While I find some of what you all wrote on the matter pretty hilarious in hindsight, nothing matches the editorials in the Russian patriotic press trying to whitewash him.)
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on September 07, 2018, 05:29:55 pm
Been reading some Marx lately. I find it funny how nostalgic he seems for feudalism at times.

Interestingly, just found a compilation of 45 letters Marx wrote to his family; intentionally or not, it also cost 45 Soviet kopeks. I'll start reading it as soon as I finish a biography of Prokofiev, and will get back to you with that once I have a feel for it. (Along with the other big arguments-in-waiting on this board. I kept thinking there would be new developments in the Alex Jones thing, for instance, but it seems to have quietened down for good. While I find some of what you all wrote on the matter pretty hilarious in hindsight, nothing matches the editorials in the Russian patriotic press trying to whitewash him.)


For my part, I just finished Erasmus' Education of a Christian Prince. Good read.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Charles Longboat Jr. on September 12, 2018, 04:59:38 pm
Rented All the Pretty Horses from the library, as Iím reading it for AP Human Geo and need some books to use for one of the eventual AP Lit exam essays.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: The One Who Lurks on September 17, 2018, 10:52:30 pm
Realized that there was a collection released for all the Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith short stories.

Figured it was as good an excuse as any to go through the series again.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Tut on September 18, 2018, 12:44:22 am
Currently reading Machiavelli. Interesting to see how much he influenced the philosophy of realpolitik. His chapter on whether it's better to be loved or feared is frighteningly accurate.
Title: Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
Post by: Kale Pasta on September 18, 2018, 11:09:40 pm
Currently reading Machiavelli. Interesting to see how much he influenced the philosophy of realpolitik. His chapter on whether it's better to be loved or feared is frighteningly accurate.
I read The Prince last year in a political theory class, it's actually a pretty fascinating piece.