What are you reading?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Snowlilly, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. Kai "the spy"

    Kai "the spy" Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Currently reading the Frightfest Guide: Monster Movies by Michael Gingold.
     
  2. Foxhot

    Foxhot Commodore Commodore

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    THE GIRL ON THE BALCONY by Olivia Hussey, a SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE history from the late '80s, outdated bio books about Jack Nicholson and Gene Hackman, HOOKED by Pauline Kael, THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer (just finished), LITTLE GIRL LOST (the first Judy Garland bio book of note), the JUGGERNAUT film tie-in novel, CLOSING TIME by Joseph Heller, a Rue Morgue issue from 2010, John Byrne's Star Trek: New Visions, and a back issue of LEGION OF SUPER HEROES. Most of these are divvied down to one chapter per day which makes it doable.....and livelier.
     
  3. cultcross

    cultcross Every lie incurs a debt to the truth Moderator

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    I got there. It picks up in the final couple of chapters but there is a long-ass slog in the middle where nothing of import happens. With three chapters to go in Dance, the major players are essentially in the exact same place they were at the end of Crows. There's one particularly infuriating bit where Tyrion ends up in the fighting pit in front of Dany, just as in the show, but instead of having the reveal there and then, oh, he just leaves. For reasons.
    Then we get a flurry of developments to end on cliffhangers. If we ever get the last books, he's going to have to pick up the pace significantly.

    Other recent reading - I read The Handmaid's Tale while on holiday, I have read it before but many years ago and I wanted a refresh before starting The Testaments. It really is a very good book, the way that so much weight of oppression is conveyed through someone who does little but sit in a bedroom and go shopping is extraordinary. Sadly my wife didn't enjoy The Testaments very much, saying it read like a setup for a TV show more than a true sequel to the original book, but I will give it a try myself.
     
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  4. Owain Taggart

    Owain Taggart Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Finished The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp. It's billed as a Princess Bride-ish YA fantasy novel, and I'm not sure how close in style it is to the Princess Bride as I've never read it, but I honestly struggled with this. There were fun moments, but ultimately it was kind of a chore and I couldn't wait for it to end. Well, I don't read much fantasy, so maybe that's why, but I had to imagine that this being a YA novel, that it would have been just as difficult for the target demo to be enthused by it. But maybe it's just me.
     
  5. Velocity

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    fallen by Benedict Jacka --- I have enjoyed this series a lot.
     
  6. rahullak

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    The Book of Frank Herbert.

    A nice little selection of short-stories by Frank Herbert of Dune fame.
     
  7. Savage Dragon

    Savage Dragon Your Savage Overlord Moderator

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    Mistborn - The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.
     
  8. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute by Zac Bissonette. About a third of the way through. I had no idea that the owner of Ty Inc who makes the beanie babies is such an arsehole.

    I wonder if Funko Pops will end up going the same way as Beanie Babies did? I buy Funko Pops but not not as a form of investment like some people do.
     
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  9. Owain Taggart

    Owain Taggart Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    So, I've finished The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton, and it was a fairly good thriller. I could see a potential book series out of this as it shows some potential.

    I've just started Us Against You by Fredrik Backman, which is the sequel to Beartown which I loved. It's about what happens when a small town hinges their survival on a hockey team and what happens when that hockey team becomes a problem. I could picture this being any small town hinging on any particular sport or industry for their livelyhood. It becomes so much more than just being about the sport, but about the people and how everyone is being affected by it.
     
  10. USS Firefly

    USS Firefly Commodore Commodore

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    Time of contempt
     
  11. Wereghost

    Wereghost Part-time poltergeist Rear Admiral

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    I recently finished Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, as translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. The protagonist is an eccentric old woman with a penchant for astrology and for the written works of William Blake. When a neighbor who was fond of hunting is found dead after apparently choking on a bone, she begins to believe that animals could have killed him out of vengeance. Then other members of his hunting club start to meet unpleasant ends. The novel’s humour and quirky philosophising probably went a long way toward its being shortlisted for the 2019 International Booker Prize. Highly recommended.

    Now reading Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?.