The Reading Thread

Discussion in 'Arts and Entertainment' started by The Eye in the Sky!, Jan 25, 2017.

  1. The Eye in the Sky!

    The Eye in the Sky! That guy eating pie Moderator Premium Member

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    This one was another that, I think I saw you post once, that I was interested in checking out. I had thought about reading it after finishing Mistborn but the premise with the thieves and the same dark setting as the Mistborn series would have burnt me out on it so I went with Brent Weeks' series instead.

    The Name of the Wind is awesome, I'm 81% done with it according to my Kindle so maybe after the second book I'll tried Lies of Locke Lamora. I've heard from other sources as well that the first book in the series is awesome.
     
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    I just finished The Name of the Wind last night. The prose and writing style of the book made it stand out above many others I've read. It was a very introspective book, and even though other authors have long internal monologue's, Kvothe felt more alive and real. Maybe because he told the story in first person.

    It was kind of refreshing to have the book balanced so nicely. Sanderson is well known for his "Sanderslide" where the first 70% of the book is establishing a setting and characters and the last 30% is OH MY GOD EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING AND I CAN'T STOP READING.

    I'll probably take a few days off and play Zelda/Horizon Zero Dawn and then jump into book 2.
     
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    Nae'blis I remember when CT's were cool.

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    Haha, that was pretty much my experience with Warbreaker! Great book.
     
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    Glad you liked it. I love how the character motivations all of a sudden shifted and the action went into full speed once
    it was revealed that Denth was the bad guy and Vasher just took over as being a badass. I also love Lightsong and how he went from spoiled god to a hero over the course of the book.
     
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    I finished Norm's book, and it was a fun read. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys his humor.

    I started Mistborn yesterday but haven't really dove into it yet. I'm still in the prologue. So far so good though!
     
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    I'll put Norm's book onto my list. With baseball season coming up, I've always wanted to read Dirk Hayhurst's Bullpen Gospels. People have said its the most interesting and well written book about the inner workings of day to day baseball in the majors.
     
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    Nae'blis I remember when CT's were cool.

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    And the revelation that the harmless Pahn Kahl were masterminding the whole deal was great too. Loved Vasher from the prologue and onwards. Talking swords, yay! Yeah, Lightsong was great! "Ooh, maybe I was a detective or in the city guard! Oh, a scribe.":D
     
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    Nae'blis I remember when CT's were cool.

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    I started re-reading Sara Douglass' Axis trilogy. Also a great series with two follow-up trilogies. Great characters and a fair share of twists and turns!
     
  9. Gorge

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    I think im the odd man out with the kind of books I read here and the past year most of my reading has been through comics.
    I cant remember what i've read in the past year but the past couple years I've read:

    Haruki Murakami Books
    1Q84
    The Colorless Tsukuru and His Years of Pilgrimage
    Kafka on the Shore
    A Wild Sheep Chase
    The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

    Other Books
    Blood Meridian
    Neuromancer
    Collection of Short Stories by Mark Twain

    A couple years ago I started reading a lot but kind of fell off of it last year. If you cant tell Murakami is probably my favorite author, there's something about his books that are hypnotizing to me. If you dont know Murakami writes these sort of surreal stories in the vein of Franz Kafka but not quite as difficult. It feels like there's a deeper meaning to his books but at the same time they dont come off as pretentious or full of themselves, theyre actually quite easy to read. I strongly recommend everyone reads The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

    Reading Now
    Count Zero - the next book after Neuromancer. Its not quite a sequel but it takes place in the same universe and has some of the same characters. I had mixed feelings about Neuromancer, most with how the author writes, but I'm giving Gibson one more shot with Count Zero.

    Plan to Read in the Future
    Grace of Kings
    Mona Lisa Overdrive
    Devil in the White City
    Maybe a Witcher book

    I'm quite picky when it come to what books I read so it makes it difficult for me to find books I might enjoy. Like yesterday I found a book that sounded interesting, but it was about the World Trade Center towers reappearing in S. Dakota and Elvis' still born child wakes up in the tower but as a grown man. The fact that it involved a real world thing like the WTC and a real life person was enough to make me not want to read it. And I definitely judge books by their cover which is why I dont often read sci-fi or fantasy because they can have some absolutely terrible covers.
     
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    No idea what it is but I will look it up tonight. I generally stick to fantasy, sports and humor books but I'm not opposed to expanding genres.

    I hear ya. Every time I look at my paperback collection of Wheel of Time I just think how lame all of the characters look. It's like all of the authors had a friend who claimed he was artistic and could make an awesome cover for these wizard and magic books but in reality they're just the run of the mill nerdy dude that really isn't that talented at all. The font choices and typefaces also are usually pretty crappy.

    Brandon Sandersons' Stormlight Archive have some nice covers and inside sleeve artwork, though, I especially like Words of Radiance.
     
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    This book I saw in the store a few years back is a prime example of why I dont read sci-fi/fantasy books.

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    Look at how terrible looking that is. It may well be a great book, but sci-fi covers seem to be stuck in the 80's. Humanoid cats with metal underwear armor 1 pieces. WTF?!

    And I say if you do end up reading a Murakami book give it 50-100 pages before giving up if youre not into it. A few of his books took about 100 pages to really get into it. Its not that theyre boring or bad, its just never clear where its going for a while but at the same time it remains really interesting to me.
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    I looked it up and it seems... odd, but if Amazon gives me a free preview to the Kindle, I'll read the first couple of chapters.
     
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    It is a surrealist novel. Its supposed to be a little weird, but just keep going.
     
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    I'll check it out on preview but if its interesting, I'll have to wait until after I read the Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Book 2) since I just bought that to continue on from the first book.
     
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    Not sure if being serious or not, but if you are, there is bad and campy books in every genre
     
  16. Gorge

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    Im partially being serious. I get every genre has cheesy books, but the covers for sci-fi and fantasy seem to be especially bad, even for books that are supposed to be good.