What Are You Reading? (Vol. 4)

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  1. wonderfly

    wonderfly Shaking things up a bit
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    Time for a fresh edition of "What Are You Reading?"! Tell us what's of interest to you in the world of novels, comic books, manga, instruction manuals... ;)

    Also, while it's not required, when you post what you're reading, don't just list the name of the book, share what you find intriguing about it!

    Want to discuss a novel with your fellow Toonzone members while reading it? Nominate it for the "Book of the Month" Club! Have a previous novel that you've read that you want to discuss in depth (with spoilers)? Feel free to start up a talkback thread on the Cafe for that novel!

    This thread though is a place to give a quick shout out on what literature is of interest to you currently, but please no spoilers! (unless you use a spoiler box)

    Previous Editions:
    Vol. 1
    Vol. 2
    Vol. 3

    So....WHAT ARE YOU READING?!?
     
  2. wonderfly

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    Well, I'm currently reading the Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited website and getting caught up on some Marvel Comics from 2009 (the "Dark Reign" era). Good stuff so far.

    The last full novel I read (3 or 4 months ago) was "Sister of the Dead", book three of the "Noble Dead" line of novels. If you're into Dungeons and Dragons and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then this would be right up your alley, and I recommend the line of novels!
     
  3. Neo Yi

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    I've been rereading Planet Simpsons: How A Cartoon Masterpiece Defined A Generation. It's basically 400 pages of one guy talking about how much he loves The Simpsons and the impact it had on pop culture media as a whole. It's a fascinating, addictive read and I like that he extends beyond the pop media and examine commercialism, the cynical nature of youth in the 90s, and general exploration/criticism of American culture and society through analysis of the Simpson family (and Mr. Burns). He tends to drag on a topic away from The Simpsons at times (it's clear the author really loves music; a subject matter I'm not nearly as passionate about), but it always finds its way back to its primary core.

    I also got my copy of The History of Sonic the Hedgehog. So far I've only breezed through it and read little trivia notes sprinkled here and there - some of which are practically Captain Obvious in tone (well yes, Espio's shoes look different after his redesign; there's like three pictures of him in the same page visually showing you. Hardly necessary or good trivia) - but I'll be reading this very soon.
     
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    adyniz Surgeon of Death

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    Currently, I am reading Mark Gimenez's "The Color of Law"... Basically, the story revolves around a murder mystery.
    Prologue... In a nutshell:
    A top-notch corporate lawyer gets stuck as the suspect's defense attorney, a female prostitute who has been charged with a murder charge.
     
  5. Gold Guy

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    I've been reading some Marvel graphic novels,including Spider-Man Blue, which was pretty good, and X-Men Legacy - Lost Legions, which was much better than I thought it was going to be.
     
  6. EroSennin

    EroSennin The Frog Hermit

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    I just finished "A Memory of Light" the 14th and last book in The Wheel of Time series. Its been a long, great ride as I read all these books over the last 6 months but its finally over. The last book was great but I wanted more in the epilogue to fill out what happens afterward.
     
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    I've been reading The Heroes of Olympus book series. I read the first two books again just so that I could get a better feel for the characters and storyline in the new book, instead of jumping right into it. The Lost Hero still works really well the second time around with a great storyline and solid chemistry between the main characters. The Son of Neptune was a good follow-up. I don't think that the cast is as close or as interesting as the cast from the first book, but it was still a solid book overall. I just finished reading The Mark of Athena. It was a really engaging book. The pacing was pretty good, the twists were pretty interesting and it was great to see the two casts coming together in this book. I think that more time could have been spent on some of the new friendships among the cast than there was in the book, even though they did have to deal with the plot most of the time. Having four out of the seven characters narrate every few chapters worked better than I thought it would, even though it was annoying to wait a hundred pages to see what happened to one character after their narration was over. A couple of the characters also felt just kind of there, but since most of the characters that I actually liked, especially the characters from The Lost Hero, were the narrators, I was okay with this.

    Also, that cliffhanger ending was amazing. It blew my mind. That was the first great cliffhanger ending from the author I've seen in any of his books. The downsize of that is that I have to wait until fall to see what happens. Along with getting Pokemon X/Y, I'm looking forward to this fall to get the fourth book in the series. I don't know if The Mark of Athena is my new favorite book in the series. I still love reading The Lost Hero, but I don't know if I like this book better. It might be too soon to tell, but at the very least, it would be a close second for me.
     
  8. adyniz

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    Done reading The Catcher in the Rye. So, I have started a new one, To Kill A Mocking Bird.
     
  9. wonderfly

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    Recently found some old "Choose Your Own Adventures" of mine in a box in the garage. Going to have to pull some out and start reading, just to see if these great children's novels still hold up after all these years.
     
  10. Gold Guy

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    I've just finished reading one of those large Marvel Essentials, this one focusing on Warlock, a character I never cared for. The comics were okay, but Warlock himself bores me. He is always moping about his destiny and stuff.

    Later, I'll begin the Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia guidebook, and in a few days, I'll begin reading the classic Stephen King novel It.
     
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    Wrapping up the biography of Jimmy Stewart. It's been an uneven book; it tends to go into unnecessary sidebars at times (particularly about who was dating who in the '30s). But when it focuses on Stewart, it's fascinating and explains nicely why he's been such an enduring star.

    Next up: Thad's Ren & Stimpy book.
     
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    Gatomon41 Free Equestrian Forces

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    Finishing up with What's Wrong With the World by G. K. Chesterton. Frighteningly, for a book written back almost a century ago, it's actually far more relevant today than that time.
     
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    Do As I Say, Not As I Do by Peter Schweitzer.
     
  14. wonderfly

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    At work I'm reading a trade collection of the first appearances of Black Cat/Felicia Hardy - fun stuff, love the early 80s era artwork, but hampered a bit by the fact that the writers were still in that "I'm going to explain where I'm hitting you, why I'm hitting you there and how I'm hitting you and even explain what I'll do after I get done hitting you even as I'm hitting you" mindset as far as writing dialogue was concerned.

    At home I'm reading the Gary Fishgall biography of legendary Hollywood star Gregory Peck, since the break room at work can get kinda rowdy, sometimes too much so for a biography.
     
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    As of now, I just finished the G.I.Joe Cobra Civil War Compendium. As a joe fan, it thought it was cool. A lot of twists and some great characterization that I've come to expect from IDW. Action needs some work though.
     
  17. purplehairedwonder

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    I just sped through Divergent and its sequel, Insurgent, by Veronica Roth in a day and a half. I also read the short snippet from Divergent that Roth wrote from Four's point of view.

    Have now started the first book in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare.
     
  18. Neo Yi

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    I got the last omnibus of Cardcaptor Sakura and breezed through it. I now own all the volumes. Well, again because I already owned all twelve volumes in Korean despite my flimsy knowledge of my own native tongue. What can I say? This is still my favorite CLAMP work and I love this series to pieces.

    I also picked up the third paperback trade of Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye. Seriously, best Transformers comic I've ever read. Granted, this is a short list on my end, but still, best thing ever. I love, love, love, love it to itty, bitty pieces.
     
  19. Gold Guy

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    I've been reading some Marvel graphic novels from the library, including Avengers Omnibus volume 1, Essential Warlock, and an Astonishing X-Men volume.

    On the DC side, I snagged a Wonder Woman Chronicles. Retro FTW.
     
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    So, I couldn't make it past the first third of City of Bones and have moved on to The Magicians by Lev Grossman.
     

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