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Posted 11 February 2008 - 10:05 AM #1 What have you been reading recently?

The topic is dead!  Long live the topic!

—Alorael, who will throw in The Ringmaster's Daughter, a relatively normal and therefore still quite unusual novel by Jostein Gaarder. Unlike Sophie's World and therefore like his other books, it's definitely a novel and not a textbook. Like much of what he's written, it's very much concerned with the fiction.

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 12:03 PM #2 What have you been reading recently?

It's sad to see the end of the old topic  frown

I just read Century Rain, most enjoyable.  Also trying to get through a backlog of Accountancy Magazines (snooze...)
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Posted 11 February 2008 - 02:22 PM #3 What have you been reading recently?

I recently read "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne on a lark. Completely silly given what we know these days, but still a very enjoyable adventure tale.

I also recently read the graphic novel version of "Stardust" by Neil Gaiman. I have to say, I actually preferred the movie version.

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You know, having read three works by Gaiman - "Neverwhere," "American Gods," and "Stardust," I'm finding myself a little underwhelmed by him, and not understanding what all the hype is about. He's okay at telling what happens, but not very good at describing it. "Tristram and Yvaine had many adventures on their way back to Wall." Great. A lot of that detail would have been nice to flesh out the story a bit further. I think this problem may come from the fact that he got his big start with "Sandman," which had great artwork to describe all the details he omits.

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 02:43 PM #4 What have you been reading recently?

Gaiman's stories never seem to be about the stories he tells, really. It's the peripheral characters and the world or cosmology that make his writing interesting. That works well for world-building junkies (like me) and less for anyone who wants to read a novel.

[Edit: The great niper makes no typos.]

—Alorael, who thinks American Gods is just plain different enough to deserve hype, Good Omens is fantastic but heavily Pratchettized, and Neverwhere is a very mediocre story with a fantastic setting.

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 02:48 PM #5 What have you been reading recently?

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Gaiman's stories never seem to be about the stories he tells, really. It's the peripheral characters and the world or cosmology that make his writing interesting. That works well for world-building junkies (like me) and less for anyone who wants to read a novel.

—Alorael, who thinks i]American Gods[/i] is just plain different enough to deserve hype, Good Omens is fantastic but heavily Pratchettized, and Neverwhere is a very mediocre story with a fantastic setting.
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Posted 11 February 2008 - 04:10 PM #6 What have you been reading recently?

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 04:29 PM #7 What have you been reading recently?

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 10:50 PM #8 What have you been reading recently?

Currently, Pragmatism, Minima Moralia, and a thick but unintimidating summary of psychology of religion.

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 10:30 AM #9 What have you been reading recently?

Path to Power, by Robert Caro - the first part of the story of LBJ
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Posted 12 February 2008 - 11:58 AM #10 What have you been reading recently?

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 05:21 PM #11 What have you been reading recently?

It was *great*. I'm moving on to Means of Ascent soon.
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Posted 13 February 2008 - 08:04 AM #12 What have you been reading recently?

The Legend of Drizzt Parts 1 and 2.

Looking for number three. Best darn fiction I've ever read.
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 07:32 AM #13 What have you been reading recently?

I have arisen from the toaster freshly buttered on a clean white china plate. Behold  smile

I am reading The Wood Wife by Terri windling.  It is a Mythopoeic award winning book. I have Neil Gaiman's Stardust waiting to read, I intend to read the book, then immediately watch the film afterward.
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 08:08 AM #14 What have you been reading recently?

The book and the movie were definitely pretty different. I actually think that I prefer the film.

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 09:21 AM #15 What have you been reading recently?

I recently finished Ian McDonald's Scissors cut paper wrap stone. Now I'm browsing through random "how to create your character" threads on Ninja RPG forums.
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 09:27 AM #16 What have you been reading recently?

I'm in the process of rereading "The Intelligent Investor" by Benjamin Graham.
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 10:00 AM #17 What have you been reading recently?

I read Stardust, not realizing there was a graphic novel. My opinion was "meh," especially since I had thought American Gods was the standard. He is not an author I spend a lot of time looking for now. Recently I read 1632. That would make a good movie.
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 10:50 AM #18 What have you been reading recently?

Trying to find time to read Mr. Baggins and Return to Bag-End by John D. Rateliff.  It's quite hobbit forming.

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 07:49 PM #19 What have you been reading recently?

I'm finally reading for enjoyment again (a bit), and just finished Ray Bradbury's Farewell Summer. Now, I'm back on one of my favorite authors, reading Jack McDevitt's Odyssey.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 01:53 PM #20 What have you been reading recently?

Naruto (vols 1 - 19)
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 11:53 AM #21 What have you been reading recently?

Animal Farm and Brave New World simultaneously. I'll through Nineteen Eighty-Four in the mix eventually. If only our societies were like that...
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 03:08 PM #22 What have you been reading recently?

Ah, high school reading. Next stop for you: discovering the fascinating world of Ayn Rand, and then hopefully getting over it before college.  smile

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 04:28 PM #23 What have you been reading recently?

Hipsters read Rand nowadays? Well, I suppose it's preferable to Coulter.

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 05:42 PM #24 What have you been reading recently?

I don't think Drew is a hipster.  He was in law school last time I heard.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 06:26 PM #25 What have you been reading recently?

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Ah, high school reading. Next stop for you: discovering the fascinating world of Ayn Rand, and then hopefully getting over it before college.    smile  
Nope. High school reading would be the great Latin classics.

EDIT: The reason I'm reading the books now is simple, I'm planning. Using these books as a foundation for my One World State...
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 09:15 PM #26 What have you been reading recently?

I eagerly await the next Song of Ice and Fire book, A Dance With Dragons. Expected to come out in 2006.  rolleyes  

Amazing. Just amazing. And worth the wait, I'm sure. But until then, maybe I'll get with the times and read the Harry Potter books.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 09:49 PM #27 What have you been reading recently?

I just re-read the Lone Wolf books. They were my original introduction to fantasy literature at about age 5, and they're now free online at  Project Aon . Freakin' awesome.
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Posted 25 February 2008 - 12:30 AM #28 What have you been reading recently?

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I just re-read the Lone Wolf books. They were my original introduction to fantasy literature at about age 5, and they're now free online at  Project Aon . Freakin' awesome.
Yeah, they're pretty well-written and well-balanced as gamebooks go, at least most of the time. Just... don't think too hard about the racial undertones in some of them. (Undertones? Ha ha. More like overtones.) Joe Dever's probably a BNP voter now.  frown

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 01:28 AM #29 What have you been reading recently?

I recently finished A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by some Briton named Julian Barnes. It's a fictional account of the earth's history - how things "actually" went down, from Noah to now, and why our history books tell us what they do. Relatively unknown, but terrific. I recommend it, but it won't be easy to find.
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Posted 25 February 2008 - 07:41 AM #30 What have you been reading recently?

Just put down E. R. Eddison's  The Worm Ouroboros. Amazing, and a quite new adventure for me, being one of the first books I;ve read written in that type of archaic English.
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Posted 25 February 2008 - 07:54 AM #31 What have you been reading recently?

Rereading through my Chichton collection right now. Just finished Prey , hoping to grab Sphere and State of Fear while I'm home for spring break.

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 08:22 AM #32 What have you been reading recently?

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Just... don't think too hard about the racial undertones in some of them. (Undertones? Ha ha. More like overtones.) Joe Dever's probably a BNP voter now.   frown
I took it as typical fantasy fare; Tolkien's just as bad or worse, and that's trickled down into lots of other authors as a result.
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Posted 25 February 2008 - 08:52 AM #33 What have you been reading recently?

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I just re-read the Lone Wolf books. They were my original introduction to fantasy literature at about age 5, and they're now free online at  Project Aon . Freakin' awesome.
Kel - you are awesome for finding that link - thanks so much! I have many fond memories of feeling grateful for hanging on to the firesphere from Book 3(?) through the whole series...    smile

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 12:16 PM #34 What have you been reading recently?

Ouroboros is indeed great.  I re-read it every few years.  Eddison's other novels aren't as good; similar in style, but where Ouroboros is a rollicking yarn with a few spooky ideas for fun, the others are trying too hard to represent some obscure theme about dark-light symmetry or something, and too many characters are lifeless.
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Posted 25 February 2008 - 02:26 PM #35 What have you been reading recently?

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the firesphere from Book 3(?)
Given that it was the Kalte Firesphere, yes, it had to have been from Book 3.   tongue
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